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American Apparel continues to support military through COVID pandemic


As many businesses and manufacturing facilities have been severely crushed by the economic impacts of the coronavirus virus in early 2020, American Apparel, Inc., headquartered in Selma, has remained steadfast through the last 12 months in support of the U.S. military. Established in 1987, with manufacturing facilities in Selma, Opp, Oneonta, and Centre, the company employs approximately 700 people. American […]

Springtime is beautiful and bountiful


It is the time of year that people love. Spring is in the air and people are taking advantage of it. As you ride throughout the county, people are mowing their yards, tilling up the land for gardens, and laying down new mulch to create a beautiful array of flowers and plants around their homes. Wild flowers have also begun […]

Compassion of the people


“Blount County is just like one big family. We are truly blessed. We have the most kind and compassionate people I have ever dealt with. To me, that is one of the greatest blessings Blount County has to offer.” These words of Hope House director Bud Jones were repeated over and over as he wanted to thank citizens, law enforcement, […]

Oneonta Historical Preservation Commission


“It has been said that, at its best, preservation engages the past in a conversation with the present over a mutual concern for the future.” These words by William Murtagh, preservationist and founding member of the National Register of Historic Places, were thoughts that permeated Murtagh’s soul. He believed that historic buildings, landscapes, and streetscapes told the American story. During […]

Commission approves seeking ADECA grant for complex in Cleveland

Blount County Commission

On March 29, the Blount County Commission held a special called meeting to consider Resolution 2021-03-01 for ADECA Community Development Block Grant to request funding for the proposed agriculture, education, and economic development complex in Cleveland. A public hearing followed by the passage of a resolution is required by ADECA for the request of these funds. The public hearing was […]

Snead seeks grant for generator funding

Town of Snead

In their regular meeting last week, the Snead Town Council voted to finalize a grant which, if awarded, will go towards the the purchase of two electric generators for use to keep the town’s water and sewer systems functioning during emergencies. Council member Teresa Lindsay reported that she and council member Dale Snead participated in a recent hazard mitigation meeting […]

Principals share challenges, progress

Oneonta Board of Education

On March 16, the Oneonta Board of Education held a work session followed by its regular monthly board meeting. The work session provided an opportunity for the system’s three principals to share challenges each school has faced as well as the progress each has made as everyone continues to navigate uncertainties surrounding COVID-19. Each principal expressed their readiness for all […]

Blount County, we’ve got you covered!

In Blount County, we love our covered bridges. They are not just part of our daily lives, but integral to our identity. These bridges have witnessed countless marriage proposals, senior portraits, prom photos, and other major milestones in the lives of residents. They also serve as the go-to backdrop any time anyone wants to film a video about Blount County […]

Spring clean up

Town of Blountsville

During the month of March, the Town of Blountsville began having in-person meetings again. Social distancing and masks are still required. The council continues to share the meetings via Facebook Live for those uncomfortable or unable to attend in person. The council was very excited about March’s spring cleanup. This was the town’s first official community-wide cleaning event. Several families […]

Burge takes on role of Blountsville building inspector


In February, the Blountsville Town Council appointed Richard Burge as the town’s part-time building inspector. Last week, the council voted to promote Burge to full-time status. He will continue as building inspector, but will also work with the town’s street department. Burge brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to both positions. He retired from the Birmingham Board of Education […]


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