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Ethics on a dare

Gov. Riley is right to push for additional teeth in our state’s ethics law including separate legislation that has been introduced to make improvements and give the state Ethics Commission subpoena power. The current ethics law was passed in 1973 on the final night of the regular session. It was passed on a dare. The Senate passed the bill creating […]



The course of scientists’ research into the use of embryonic stem cells to treat patients suffering presently incurable disorders such as Parkinson’s and heart diseases and diabetes continues to be rocky, but breakthroughs do occur. Many in the field have felt the use of these cells necessary because they can be made to produce several kinds of cells to replace […]

From the Archives

From The Southern Democrat, February 10, 1966

City clerk dies Monday night William M. Graham, 56, long-time city clerk of Oneonta, died Monday night at a local hospital, which he had entered the preceding day. A native of Lawnville, Tenn., he was the son of the late George M. and Laura Ann Roberts Graham. He and his wife moved to Oneonta in 1946, at which time he […]



Risk is a statistical concept. No one can say exactly how much exercise will reduce an individual’s risk of a given illness. Overweight people with mild hypertension or type II diabetes will probably gain a great deal of benefit from regular exercise programs, while people already fairly healthy may have less measurable reductions in disease risk. Of course, everyone can […]

This Day In History

1752 Pennsylvania Hospital, the 1st hospital in the US, opened 1766 Stamp Act declared unconstitutional in Virginia 1794 1st session of US Senate open to the public 1809 Robert Fulton patents steamboat 1810 Napoleon marries Marie- Louise of Austria 1814 Norway’s independence proclaimed 1852 1st British public female toilet opens (Bedford St. London) 1861 US House unanimously passes resolution guaranteeing […]

Culinary creations

From county cooks...

  Recipes this week continue with favorite dishes of staff members responsible for the newspaper’s makeup, advertisements, articles, and briefs. It is hoped that seeing recipes of staffers’ favorite dishes will encourage readers to send in their own recipes. The Blount Countian is even making it easier for readers to share: Send in recipes freehand, computer generated, or scribbled on […]

Be generous

I’ve been told that some restaurant owners keep the tips. If you use your credit or debit card and include your tips on the card, some owners are said to keep whatever portion they want. To me, this is stealing. The owner sets the prices, which I am willing to pay. The tips are (in my opinion) for the server, […]

Comments on district/unit system

Check out Cherokee County. They have had the unit system since the state gave it back to them. We have several county shops that could be used forstorage when the men are working in that area. With a game plan it will work. Larry Acton Hayden With the current financial situation of the county, it would seem to me to […]

‘Living within our means’

In response to the woman from Oneonta whose first grader can’t go on a field trip this year: I too have a first grader at Oneonta, and they did take a field trip this year. We went to Santa’s Workshop in Huntsville before Christmas. The lack of funding has nothing to do with Blount County being dry. This is happening […]

Area tournaments end, sub-region begins


The smoke has cleared from last week’s area tournaments and five Blount County basketball teams have advanced to this week’s sub-region round. The Cleveland Panthers and Hayden Lady Wildcats won their respective area tournaments and will host this week’s sub-region game. For Conny Lowery’s Cleveland Panthers it was a case of taking care of business. However, John Simmons’s Lady Wildcats […]