Alabama Scene

Big Oil’s money taints Congress

As black gold spews from the ocean floor in the Gulf of Mexico, turning the worth of our beaches, fishing waters, and wetlands into black pennies, it baffles me why some members of Congress continue to voice equal concern for big oil’s offshore drilling. Consider this statement last week by a candidate for the U. S. Senate in Louisiana: “We […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, May 20, 1987

Mitchem apparent winner without runoff Hinton Mitchem, former two-term state senator, appears to have the Democratic nomination for district nine senate seat without a runoff. Randy Jones’s supporters here were stunned Tuesday night by a hard defeat. In Blount, Mitchem carried the county with 68% of the vote. District-wide, with incomplete returns from Marshall and DeKalb, Mitchem was leading with […]


Great summer workouts

Ah, summer! The great outdoors beckons with warm weather and longer days. Make the most of the season by turning your tired indoor fitness routine into a creative outdoor workout wherever you live or vacation. Fitness at the lake Taking the family to the lake this summer? Water is a great place to exercise in the heat of summer. Swimming […]

An infant died in February 1845

We know little about the child of N. B. and Effie Posey. We know she is buried in the Hudson Cemetery near Locust Fork. We know she must have been cherished by her parents because they marked her tiny grave with a hand-chiseled marker. According to her eroded tombstone, she was born in 1845 and died the same year. She […]


A 3-inch cube of Uranium

Background Scripture Philemon Devotional Reading: Colossians 4:2-9 Considering that the Epistle to Philemon is so brief (but not the briefest in the New Testament), that it is a private letter not addressed to a church, and that it deals with no issues of theology or scripture, why would it have been included in the New Testament canon? Yet, although it […]


SINGING PARK AVENUE BAPTIST will have a fifth- Sunday singing May 30 at 6 p.m. The Trammells will present a concert that night with free admission, although a love offering will be taken. The church is located at 909 Park Avenue, Oneonta. REVIVAL TRINITY BAPTIST on county road 45 in Nectar will have its last spring revival service tonight, May […]



Sarah Palin has come up with a novel idea. She told Bill O’Reilly recently that the law in America should be based on the Ten Commandments. Now folks in Alabama are used to hearing this kind of stuff because we are home to former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore. But it’s another matter altogether to hear a likely […]

Oneonta resident asks council help to resolve flooding problems

Oneonta resident Tim Alexander brought his concerns over flooding in his yard before the Oneonta City Council in its latest meeting. Alexander reviewed previous requests he had brought to the attention of town officials for help with town street signs and a three-way stop near his home. Alexander said he had tired of awaiting help on the street signs and […]

Board takes personnel actions

Blount County Board of Education

With the end of the school year looming, the Blount County Board of Education continued to make personnel decisions during last week’s called meeting. Acting on the recommendation of Supt. Jim Carr, the board: •accepted the resignation of Cleveland High School teacher Chita C. Blakely. •transferred Locust Fork custodian Barbara Hollis from full-time elementary to part-time for elementary and high […]

Chamber dinner highlights county’s riches

Growth, opportunity, teamwork, and cooperation. Those are ideals Blount County- Oneonta Chamber of Commerce strives for in its efforts to make a very good community even better, the motto furthered by Charles Carr, executive director, and the theme of the chamber’s 27th annual dinner May 11 at the World Outreach Center. Kelley Cochran, board chair; Barbara Andersen, first vice chair; […]