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From The Southern Democrat, November 5, 1986

Blount rolls out red carpet for next governor Blount County rolled out the red carpet last Thursday for now Governor-elect Guy Hunt at a Republican rally that candidate Don McGriff described as the best Republican rally that he had ever attended. Hunt’s visit to the county came only hours after candidate Charlie Graddick had announced that he was withdrawing from […]

World War II Veterans Honor Flight

Last month I was privileged to be included in the Honor Flight of World War II Veterans trip to Washington, DC, to visit the World War II Veterans Memorial. This was truly the experience of a lifetime. The response of all the people along the way and the wonderful welcome-home reception in Oneonta were overwhelming and were a truly humbling […]

Drugs, not alcohol, county’s biggest problem

My name is Barbara Cornelius. I am almost 73 years of age and have lived in Blount County for many, many years. I am a Christian and an active member of First Baptist Church, Cleveland. As I am writing this letter to the editor, I do not know if the county will vote wet or remain dry at this time […]

Churches and the IRS

The right to freedom of religion is so central to American democracy that it was enshrined in the First Amendment to the Constitution along with other fundamental rights such as freedom of speech and freedom of the press. In order to guarantee an atmosphere of absolute religious liberty, this country’s founders also mandated the strict separation of church and state. […]

‘No help for small business’

Nothing is fair about bailouts. When a small businessman makes some bad decisions or his product is no longer needed and he has to go out, no one is there to bail him out, but they will take the money he has paid in taxes, licenses, and so on and bail out a large company or bank. When a lender […]

Round one playoffs begin this week


Blount County has four teams in the playoffs with two teams (Appalachian and Susan Moore) hosting first-round games as region champions and two others (Oneonta and J.B. Pennington) traveling as fourth-seeded teams. All games will kick off at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7 1A Collinsville (6-4) at Appalachian (8-2) Victory Christ. 10, Collinsville 7 Spring Garden 21, Appalachian 6 Spring […]

Youth Football playoffs begin this week

The regular season has ended in the Blount County Youth Football League and the playoffs begin this week. Hayden will host the first round of the playoffs this Saturday, Nov. 1, with Freshmen division games beginning at 8 a.m. and the final Senior division contest set to start at 5:30 p.m. Corner will host the championship games next week (Nov. […]

New coaches needed for Cleveland and Hayden


When the Hayden and Cleveland football programs move into off-season conditioning and look toward spring training, new leadership will be needed. Both Anthony Reid of Cleveland and Shane Howard of Hayden resigned as head coach of their respective programs last week, oddly after leading their team to a win over a rival. Howard, who was the dean of Blount County […]

Field is set for 2008 Oneonta Holiday Classic

The return of Albertville highlights the field for the 2008 Oneonta Holiday Classic boys basketball tournament. The tournament will once again feature 16 teams with each team playing one game per day over the four days of the tournament. Participating county schools are Cleveland, Locust Fork, and host Oneonta. First-time participants include Phillips- Bear Creek, Mars Hill Bible, and Brindlee […]

Sports Briefs

ONEONTA PARK AND RECREATION BOARD will hold a public hearing on Thursday, Nov. 13, at 5:30 Thur sday , Nov. 13 p.m. in the new town hall. Publi c Meeting Anyone with an interest in recreation activities in Oneonta is invited to attend and voice their opinion or offer suggestions. A regular business meeting will be held at 6 p.m. […]