Clearly Speaking

Why Purchase Life Insurance?

Travis L. Dobbs, CFP, is the founder of ClearView Financial, which specializes in providing retirement and legacy planning. Mr. Dobbs is Blount County’s only Certified Financial Planner and a proud member of the Million Dollar Round Table. Investment Advisory Services and securities offered through ProEquities, Inc., a registered broker-dealer, and member of NASD & SIPC. We’ve all heard about the […]

From the Archives

Palisades construction ahead The Blount County Commission has accepted a bid for construction at Palisades Park. Planned are two new large shelters and an additional restroom with water and sewer lines. Commission Chairman Frank Green told commissioners March 12 that, although only one bid was received, it was lower than the park board had estimated cost of the proposed construction […]



I was recently asked by a current member, who is moving out of state, what was the best way for his family to choose a new gym in the area where they would be moving. I thought about what I look for in a gym while on vacation and also what I like to stress most in my gym at […]

Culinary creations

From county cooks...

This week’s recipes include some more candy recipes and a couple of vegetable recipes that were prepared for earlier columns and left out because of space issues. If you are enjoying reading and trying some of the recipes, let us know. Readers: Please share your favorite recipes with others. Or, if your organization has compiled a cookbook, why not check […]

‘Freedom’ or ‘freedom to kill’

It is titled the “Freedom of Choice Act,” or FOCA. It is farreaching legislation that will cancel every state and federal restriction on aborton. Some 550 state and federal laws to limit abortion – the work of decades – would be suddenly set aside, if FOCA becomes law. It would mean an end to laws banning partial-birth abortion, as well […]

Cleveland Panthers win Blount County Tournament


Cleveland head coach Mike Johnson said he got exactly what he needed from right-hander Russell Silvers in the Blount County Tournament championship game at Locust Fork last Wednesday. “They had beaten us a couple of times already,” he said, “and we just needed Russell to hold them down and give us a chance.” Hold them down? Did he ever. Silvers, […]

Susan Moore pounds way to Hanceville title


David Stanford’s Susan Moore Lady Bulldogs won the championship of the Hanceville Invitational Tournament after finishing with a 5-1 record over the weekend. The Lady Bulldogs began the tournament with a 9-0 thrashing of Good Hope. Melanie Franks (2-for-3, home run, double, four RBIs, two runs) led the offense while Angel Hilburn allowed just two hits with six strikeouts on […]

Spring Sports Schedule

Thursday, March 12 Baseball Locust Fork at Fultondale (7/8, JV) 4:30 p.m. Douglas at J.B. Pennington (JV) 4:30 p.m. J.B. Pennington at Brindlee Mountain (DH) 4:30 p.m. Oneonta at Cleveland (JV – DH) 4:30 p.m. Appalachian at Southeastern (JV) 3:30 p.m. Softball J.B. Pennington at Southeastern (JV) 4 p.m. Hayden at Oneonta (V, JV) 4:30 p.m. Cleveland at Locust Fork […]

Oneonta continuing to make progress


The Oneonta soccer teams hosted another one of the newer programs in the state Monday evening and showed just how far their young teams have come. The Oneonta girls got a goal from Darlin Zavala and the Redskin defense kept St. Clair County’s offense under control as the girls got their first positive result of the year in a 1-1 […]


ONEONTA YOUTH BASEBALL REGISTRATION has begun. Players can register Monday – Friday from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. The registration fee is $95. The final day for baseball registration is Saturday, March 21. Oneonta baseball has aligned with Dizzy Dean for the coming year and will play in a league with Locust […]

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