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BCSO adds new weapon to its arsenal


While a full body scanner is not in and of itself a weapon, it is now the first line of defense at the Blount County jail thanks to the efforts of Sheriff Mark Moon and Captain Ron Adkins, jail administrator. The Blount County Sheriff’s Office recently purchased the Intercept by Tek84 (pictured above) and now uses this breakthrough full-body scanner […]

SMES teachers receive appreciation boxes


In mid-February, Round Room LLC, the nation’s largest Verizon authorized retailer, partnered with local TCC stores and awarded 15 Alabama schools, including Susan Moore Elementary, appreciation boxes as part of the eighth annual Teachers Rock Supply Giveaway. The giveaway is to show support for teachers who are juggling all of the challenges brought about since the coronavirus pandemic. Each appreciation […]

Board sets calendar for next school year

Blount County Board of Education

In a special called meeting of the Blount County Board of Education last Thursday, the board approved Superintendent Rodney Green’s revisions to the 2021-2022 school calendar. Noticeably absent from the calendar are remote days. Students are set to begin the school year Thursday, Aug. 5, with in person classes on campus Monday through Friday. The full calendar can be found […]

Keeping connected


The one-year anniversary of schools transitioning to remote learning was March 13. While the anniversary was not celebrated, it will forever be etched in the minds of educators, parents, and students. Schools have opened, shut down, re-opened, as well as utilized the distance learning option. When given the chance, most students returned to in-person classes, but others chose to proceed […]

Daisy’s is back


It was a bitter-sweet day of celebration in Locust Fork on March 9. That was the day that Daisy’s Bake Shop and Cafe once again opened its doors. The restaurant, a local treasure first opened in 1989 and known for its down-home cooking and mouth-watering baked goods, had been closed since the death of its founder, Daisy Quinn. While Mrs. […]

Polk wins essay contest

Issac Polk, ninth grader at Oneonta Middle School, is the winner of The Blount Countian’s Black History Month Essay Contest. Congratulations Issac and thanks to all those who submitted essays. We enjoyed reading them all. Is it important to have Black History Month? by Issac Polk, 9th grade Confining the history of an entire race of people to a 28-day […]

Rec park plans moving forward

Oneonta City Council

Representatives of Chambless King Architects presented layout and design options for the revitalization of the city’s recreational park. Jana Cordell and Mike Shows reiterated the importance of the project and awareness of the positive impact that such a refurbishment would have on a community like Oneonta. The presentation consisted of discussing what is usable and what should undergo changes. The […]

Council hears ‘bad’ news

Town of Cleveland

The Cleveland Town Council got a bit of “bad” news from town attorney Alex Smith during their monthly meeting last week. Smith informed the council that they had overpaid employees $25,635.85 going all the way back to September 2018. According to Smith, the over payments were due to the town’s efforts to help customers pay their bills at town hall […]

Endometriosis resources


One thing I find myself doing over and over as I am chatting with a newly-diagnosed friend with endometriosis is listing different resources to help with various aspects of coping with the disease. Personal experience with different treatments and procedures can only go so far, especially with someone who likes to do their own research. Here is a list of […]

Council discusses park improvements

Town of Snead

Park improvements highlighted the Snead council’s first meeting of the month last week. Council member Greg Ogles presented pictures, layouts, and bids from two suppliers of park equipment. Ogles said it has been close to 50 years since the park has been updated and equipment is in need of repair or replacing. He went on to explain that two companies […]


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