Beyond first place

Background Scripture: Ezekiel 11:14-21. Devotional Reading: 2 Corinthians 3:1-11. For several reasons, despite the enduring popularity of three Negro spirituals – “Swing Low Sweet Chariot,” “Ezekiel Saw De Wheel,” (1:4-7) and “Dem Dry Bones” (37:1-14) – the book of Ezekiel is not particularly popular with the average Christian. For one thing, most of us find it difficult to place ourselves […]



This past week marked the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin. All across the country there were celebrations and denunciations – not by the same people, of course. Celebrating Darwin’s life were scientists, biologists, medical researchers, and others who deal in the life sciences. These are the folk who know that there is much we would not understand about life had […]


SINGINGS MT. VIEW BAPTIST CHURCH will have an old-fashioned singing Sunday, March 1, beginning at 2 p.m. with The Turner Family as special guests. The singing will follow the regular services: Sunday school at 10 a.m., preaching at 11 a.m., and dinner around noon. The church is located on Arkadelphia Road one mile northwest of its intersection with Skyline Drive. […]


EARNEST L. BELL, 86, of Altoona, died Feb. 20, 2009, at Gadsden Regional Hospital. Born in Georgia, he had worked as a roofer. Predeceasing him were parents Berton Bell and Ruby Kaler and special friend Margaret Evelyn Bell. Surviving are stepdaughter Barbara Bradley and stepson Fred White, both of Altoona. Don Garrison officiated gravesides services Sunday, Feb. 22, at 2 […]


CPR/FIRST AID TRAINING COURSE will be held March 23-24 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Blount County Service Center of American Red Cross, 906 second avenue east, Oneonta. Cost is $55 for the entire class, although participants can take portions of the class for lesser rates. To register (by March 18) contact Dawn Silas, 274-2115 or at […]

Accreditation team praises local system

Blount County schools

“This gives us assurance that what we are doing meets the students’ needs,” said Blount County Superintendent of Education Jim Carr, upon learning that his system would be recommended for district accreditation. “This proves to us,” he added, “that we are heading in the right direction and providing quality education for our students. Achieving this goal was possible due to […]

West Blount eyes trash, limited home rule move

At its meeting last Wednesday, the West Blount Development Association addressed litter and rubbish discarded on roadsides as well as junk, weeds, and dead animals among other nuisances there, even noise. The discussion arose from a county visitor’s observation that the road along Skyline Drive en route to Rickwood Caverns State Park looked more like the route to the local […]

2009-02-25 E-Edition