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Carter graduates

U.S. Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Tshana D. Carter graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Tex. Carter completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills, earning four credits toward an associate degree in applied science through […]

Blount County Rosie


A few months ago, The Blount Countian published a story about the American Rosie the Riveter Association. At the time, none of its current members lived in Blount County. That changed when Virginia Simmons and her daughter, Charlotte Ann Simmons, read the article and contacted the group. Simmons grew up in Limestone County. During World War II, she was known […]

Coe retires after 27 years at Otelco


Jan. 4 was a special day for Sherry Coe. On this day she began her retirement after a 27-year career with Otelco. Coe joined the Otelco team in 1991 with intentions of it being a temporary job. She has a degree in education and, at that time, sought employment “to fill a gap” until the Department of Education was no […]

90th Birthday

Bonnie Ridgeway, who taught school in Blount County for 41 years, will celebrate her 90th birthday on Saturday, Jan. 12, from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m., at Bethel Baptist Church fellowship hall in Snead. Students, faculty, family, and friends are invited to join the celebration.

Airmen graduate

U.S. Air Force Airmen Tomoz Rudolph and Justin R. Carroll graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Tex. Rudolph and Carroll completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Those who complete basic training also earn four credits […]

Peoples Bank donates to Hope House food bank

Peoples Bank recently made a $1,000 donation to The Hope House food bank. All Blount County locations of the bank held a three-month food drive to help replenish the food bank. Collected items were donated along with the check. Pictured (from left) are: Sharon Fallin, Peoples Bank market executive Chris Latta, Hope House executive director Bud Jones, Chad Reeves, Jessica […]

Clifton receives Patriotic Employer award


At the Oneonta Police Department’s Christmas party on Dec. 13, attendees witnessed Chief Charles Clifton’s surprise Patriotic Employer award issued by the Office of the Secretary of Defense Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. Retired Master Gunnery Sgt. David Holladay presented Clifton with a plaque. Officer James Stephens, who is currently deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, nominated Clifton. Stephens […]

40th Anniversary

Dennis and Sandy Nix celebrated their 40th anniversary on Saturday, Dec. 8. The couple were married in 1978 at their newly built home on Airport Road in Oneonta. Sandy is the daughter of the late Ralph and Ina Morton. Dennis is the son of the late Howard “Happy” and Luvenia Nix. The couple have two daughters, Kristy (Brian) Espy of […]

McCay plays for Lee University honor band


Oneonta High School junior Kendall McCay earned the honor of playing in the prestigious Lee University honor band Nov. 15 through Nov. 17. Under the direction of nationally renowned conductor/composer Dr. David Holsinger, McCay was one of six trombonists chosen. The journey for this honor began when McCay was selected to take part in the all-state band, which he has […]

Powell named paramedic of the year


Blount EMS operations manager Weslie Powell was named 2018 Paramedic of the Year at the annual BREMSS banquet held Nov. 13. The award is given to EMS personnel who demonstrate excellence through a specific incident or in general operations for providing consistent and outstanding patient care. Powell, who “officially retired” from full-time employment more than two years ago, did not […]


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