What water?

A brisk change of topics for Cleveland Town Council

No mention was made at the Aug. 18 Cleveland Town Council meeting of the possible sale of water and sewer operations. The three active council members and Mayor Larry Longshore had agreed Aug. 12 to pursue negotiations with Blount County Water Authority, action prompted by the council’s opinion that the municipality couldn’t financially afford to operate the systems. Talk was […]

Locust Fork land sold to Jeffrey Todd Palmer

The Birmingham Water Works Board voted Thursday to sell its 3200-acre Locust Fork River tract to Tuscaloosa businessman Jeffrey Todd Palmer for $5 million. Of that, $4.5 million will go to the water works board, while $500,000 will be paid to a foundation that helps low income customers pay their water bills. Palmer’s business interests have been reported to include […]

Blount’s Best Burger

D & R BBQ takes top honor

The 2009 search for Blount’s Best Burger has ended and the winner comes from what may be a surprising source – D & R BBQ in Trafford. The finals were close. Very close. D & R just nosed out 2007 burger champion Covered Bridge Grill of Cleveland and Pearson’s Cafe of Allgood. How close was the voting? Well, on the […]


Yes, I can!

Background Scripture: Deuteronomy 30. Devotional Reading: Joshua 24:14-24. I realize that the title, “Yes, I can!” is reminiscent of our most recent presidential campaign. But the truth that lies behind it is one of those immutable facts of life that belong to no one – except God. “Yes, I can!” is what God always says and does whenever the world […]


WORLD OUTREACH CENTER simulcast of Christian author Beth Moore’s messages 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 28 and 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon Aug. 29. Tickets $25, available at the church office and select businesses around Oneonta. From Green Bay, Wisc., the broadcast features Moore’s message “Coming Back to the Heart of Our Desires.” 205-625-5160. ONEONTA CHURCH OF CHRIST to […]

Hope House benefit singing Sunday

The seventh Hope House benefit singing will be held this Sunday at 6 p.m. at Mountain Pointe Ministries. The church is on U.S. 231 south just beyond mile marker 247, about seven miles east of Oneonta. The church choir and ensembles will host choirs of Cleveland First, Straight Mountain, Bethel, and Mulberry Baptist churches, the latter three newcomers to the […]



We seem to have arrived at the end of sanity. Fear, anger, and raw political manipulation have become the new world disorder – at least in America. Members of Congress trying to hold town hall meetings on healthcare reform are being shouted down by angry mobs of constituents. Attendees at these events are reportedly carrying weapons. Conspiracy theorists are awash […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, August 24, 1939

Sheriff’s force kept on jump Sheriff Miller and his deputies were busy last week. On Wednesday they captured a car carrying ten gallons of liquor at Allgood and placed two men in jail charged with transporting liquor through Blount County. On Thursday three stills were raided in the Western part of the County near Blount Springs. Two of these stills […]


Is cardio or weight lifting better for weight loss?

When it comes to working out, more isn’t necessarily better. Better is better. And for fat loss, a combination of resistance training, interval training, and a steady dose of cardio works better than just doing one or the other exclusively. However, there is pretty much nothing you can do to out-train your diet, so eating right is at the very […]

2009-08-26 E-Edition