‘Look at the back of the ballot’

I am really amaxed at how far Howard’s LLC’s ad writers will go to get their agenda across. This latest ad concerning the “No” lobby of accusing the Yes voter of exploiting the children really got me. It is not the voter doing the exploiting, but the people who will go to all lengths to get the voter to vote […]

Benefiting children or lining pockets?

Voting YES to make Blount County a wet county will, indeed, say YES to our children: YES, we’re more interested in economic growth (lining our own pockets) under the guise of helping them receive a quality education. Lotteries and alcohol sales have been used as the answer to economic woes by counties and states across this nation. Most always, education […]

Environment matters

I am in total agreement with Mr. Larry Schaffner in his letter to the editor in the Oct. 15 edition of The Blount Countian regarding his questioning of the use of children to advocate for the sale of alcohol in our county. I have worked with children from abused and abandoned backgrounds for over 26 years as an employee and […]

Move under way to cancel TVA money for Blount

The election is only six days away. We are not only electing the President of the United States along with other political offices, we are also voting on seven amendments to our State Constitution and one wet/dry referendum. The amendments and referendum are located on the backside of the ballot. The referendum simply says “Do you favor the legal sale […]

‘Polls: where your opinion counts’

Reading some of the opinions stated in The Blount Countian prompted me to send this letter. I am employed at Howard’s Restaurant and I work with the owners, who have been targeted with harassing letters, telephone calls, and gossip. It is our God-given right to express ourselves, so I will exercise my right to do that now. Just for the […]

‘We’re being held hostage’

For far too long, Blount County has been held hostage by a group of fundamentalists who want to keep this county poor, our kids undereducated for lack of school supplies, and our roads in poor shape, not to mention unsafe because people are on them drunk because alcohol sales are illegal here. All so they can impose a fundamentalist theocracy […]

Regular season comes to an end this week


Four Blount County schools will be in the playoffs next week and at least two of them will play at home. Susan Moore will host Pleasant Valley in Class 3A and Appalachian will host Collinsville in Class 1A. The Bulldogs and Eagles made the playoffs as region champions. J.B. Pennington ran all over Danville last week to snap a three-game […]

Eagles bedevil Ragland

The Appalachian Eagles scored 22 unanswered points over the final two quarters and pulled away from the home-standing Ragland Purple Devils to win the region last Friday night. The Eagles got off to a bit of a slow start and trailed 3-0 after Ragland’s Wesley St. John drilled a 20-yard field goal early in the second quarter. Appalachian answered on […]

Bulldogs batter Lions

The Susan Moore Bulldogs closed out the 3A Region 6 schedule in style with a 38-6 blasting of the visiting Crossville Lions last Friday night. The Susan Moore offense rolled up 468 total yards while the Bulldog defense limited the Lions to just 160 yards of offense, including just 22 yards rushing on 22 attempts. Justin Hawkins had a solid […]

Wildcats can’t overcome mistakes

The Hayden Wildcats ran the ball, controlled the clock, and had a 70 to 42 advantage in offensive plays. None of that mattered. Springville took advantage of five Wildcat turnovers and cruised to a 34-2 victory at home last Friday night. The Wildcats entered the game knowing they needed to control the ball and keep the high-powered Springville offense off […]

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