Remembering veterans with parade, ceremony

You might mention that the veterans parade will be in Oneonta at 10 a.m. on Nov. 7. Patriotism is a disappearing attribute that was instrumented by an awesome Heavenly Father for the sake of his children. Our very existence could hang on a thread of patriotism. Think how patriotism instills an urge to serve our country in time of trouble. […]

My side

A family matter

My name is Wayne Owens. If you have not heard of me you must not live in Blount County. I have been the target of an ongoing feud in the town of Cleveland. The decision the mayor and council made to reinstate me to my job, because of a wrongful termination, has caused this new mayor and council a lot […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, October 26, 1983

Victory assures Eagles spot in 1A playoffs The Appalachian Eagles will be heading to the playoffs for the second year in a row after a 10-0 win at Madison Academy last week. Defense was the key as the Eagles held the Mustangs to just 62 yards of offense. Appalachian piled up 352 yards of offense led by Barry Tipton with […]


Lynn Pass is owner of The Gym in Oneonta. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Health and Human Performance from Auburn University and personal training and aerobic certifications in ACE, AFFA, and ACSM. How was your healthy week? For anyone who hasn’t read this article the past 2 weeks, I have challenged everyone to start living healthy. We are taking […]

Four teams make the playoffs


Now that the regular season has almost wound down and the dust – er, mud – has settled, four Blount County teams have qualified for the high school football playoffs. Two teams – Cleveland and Oneonta – know that they are in and who they play next week. Two others – Appalachian and Susan Moore – are in but won’t […]

Panthers shock Bulldogs

The Cleveland Panthers used an explosive offense to deliver a late knockout blow and take a 22-20 win at Addison last Friday night to clinch fourth place in 2A Region 7 and a playoff berth. Addison took a 20-16 lead with just 1:54 left to play on a 38-yard touchdown run by Blake Robinson. However, as they have done so […]

Golden Eagles run over Hornets

The Jacksonville Golden Eagles were playing for a playoff berth last Friday night and it showed. The visitors pounded out 352 rushing yards and cruised to a 36-12 victory at Locust Fork.   Locust Fork got a solid game from senior quarterback Kyle Smith, who completed 14 of 27 passes for 207 yards with two interceptions. His favorite target was […]

Redskins claim playoff berth

The Oneonta Redskins jumped out to a 14-0, first-half lead and then used a strong running game to hold off St. Clair County to claim a 17-7 victory in Odenville last Friday night. With the win, the Redskins wrapped up the third seed in 4A Region 6 and assured themselves a place in the playoffs. Oneonta seized momentum early with […]

Bulldogs blast Lions

The Susan Moore Bulldogs were challenged early but pulled away late for a dominant 51-20 victory at Crossville last Friday night. Susan Moore got a 78-yard kickoff return from Victor Estrada and a 66-yard run from Justin Hawkins in the first quarter but the score was tied 13-13 to start the second quarter. From there, it was all Bulldogs as […]

Appalachian uses defense to punch playoff ticket

The Appalachian defense limited visiting Ragland to just 97 yards of offense – only 16 in the second half – as the Eagles wrapped up the region schedule and secured a playoff berth with a 39-13 win over Ragland last Thursday night. Other than a brief stretch of the second quarter when the Purple Devils took advantage of a pair […]