2020-02-19 E-Edition

Girls get ’er done

Blount County Bridal Fair

If you are planning an upcoming wedding, you will definitely want to attend the second annual Blount County Bridal Fair this Sunday, Feb. 23, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., at The Little Brick Church in Oneonta. A variety of vendors, under one roof, will be on hand to personally meet and greet brides and grooms to discuss their wedding […]

Park board by-laws amended

Cleveland Town Council

The Cleveland town council met for its regular monthly meeting last Thursday. At the outset, Mayor Jerry Jones said he wanted to clarify some statements made previously regarding the town’s park board and the most recent Labor Day Festival. Jones acknowledged there were some expressions of disappointment in the event made by some council members including himself. He went on […]


ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Tomorrow, Feb. 20, 5:30 p.m.: Novel Destinations Book Club will meet to discuss Life of Pi by Yann Martel. If you’ve read the book and would like to join the discussion, please stop by. Saturday, Feb. 22, 11 a.m.: Mr. Breakfast will be at the library teaching life lessons through stories, fun activities, and songs. Monday, Feb. […]

Out and About

Rainy day deck time

A couple of weeks ago, in between rains, I was sitting on my deck drinking a cup of hot tea and watching the Locust Fork River rise. Some of you may put that in the category of watching paint dry, but when you live a very short stone’s throw from the river during a “flood watch” you want to keep […]

Sweetie’s Place

On Friday, Feb. 14, Blount-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting at Sweetie’s Place. Owners Bobo and Sweetie Benefield welcomed guests, dignitaries, and patrons to participate in the event. All who attended were also treated to a sweet delight – chocolate covered strawberries.

Council seeks to hire water and court clerks

Town of Snead

The Snead Town Council was expected to hold a special meeting this week to select a court clerk from the six applicants that were interviewed last week at the regularly scheduled meeting. Council woman Ann Sullins, sitting in for the mayor who was not in attendance, led the interviewing and told the applicants the council would try to reach a […]

Board approves routine items

Blount County Board of Education

The Blount County Board of Education approved all of Superintendent Rodney Green’s operating recommendations for the period at its special meeting Monday. It approved: Field trip • Blountsville Elementary School’s field trip request for 5th- and 6th-grade students to go to the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga March 12. Agreements and contracts • Cleveland High School’s contracts with: Lauren Blue, April […]

Oneonta discusses need for garbage containers downtown

City manager Ed Lowe and council members discussed the need for garbage containers downtown following concerns expressed by Bart Luster who asked the council if the two-hour parking ordinance was being enforced. “It needs to be discussed,” Lowe said. “We do have an old ordinance on the books and we need to take a look at that and perhaps schedule […]