Check your feet!

by Lawrence W. Althouse Background Scripture 2 Thessalonians 1. Devotional Reading: 1 Peter 5:6-11 Often in reading a passage with which I think I am reasonably familiar, I find something “new”! I don’t know how often I’ve read and written about 2 Thessalonians in the 44 years I’ve been writing The Bible Speaks, as well as the number of times […]

The Sandspur Band


SINGINGS BLOUNT COUNTY GOSPEL CHOIR will have a singing in August. The event is in the planning stages but will be presented in honor of Agnes Greenhaw, a member of Lester Memorial United Methodist Church who will celebrate her 100th birthday one week before the singing. MOUNTAIN GROVE BAPTIST, county road 47, Blountsville, will have 7 p.m. singing Saturday, July […]

District attorney claims explained, defended

Claims of vast prosecutorial experience made by both candidates in the election for Blount County district attorney have raised questions of credibility from two different perspectives. With one candidate, there seemed to be too few cases to sustantiate the degree of experience claimed. With the other, there seemed to be too many cases claimed to be believable, or achievable, within […]


Summer business continues

The Blount County Board of Education continued to prepare for the upcoming school year during last week’s meeting by approving several personnel decisions and awarding food-service bids. Several new system employees were approved, including Edward Joseph Love, English teacher, Hayden High; Renee Beaube and Alicia M. Thompson, speechlanguage pathologists for all schools; Stephanie Bagwell, teacher, Hayden Elementary; Greg Gober, math […]

Art Camp coming next week

If you think Art Camp’s not a blast, check out the expressions on these young faces from last year’s edition – (From left) Taylor Latta, Trinity Doss, and Mallory Allen. This year, the five-day camp will be held July 12 to July 16 at Oneonta High School. Two sessions are available. Students who have finished third- through fifth-grade will meet […]

Community News

RIVER TUBE FLOAT SATURDAY, JULY 17 The Friends of the Locust Fork River is offering this fun opportunity to float the river in lazy, slow, cool water. We will carpool to private property where we will leave our cars. There’s a short hike through poison ivy to the river. Generally a good washing in the river gets rid of the […]

Medicine is his calling

Like most kids, Don Heinkel wanted to be a professional athlete – a professional baseball player. He spent afternoons and nights watching baseball with his dad and two older brothers, and dreamed that one day he would be the one on the pitcher’s mound. He also had another dream – to become a doctor. When not watching baseball, he was […]

Jerry Jones sworn in as Cleveland’s new mayor

A new chapter of Cleveland politics began last week at the town hall with the swearing in of Jerry Jones as the town’s new mayor. Jones publicly took the oath of office shortly after 6 o’clock Tuesday evening of last week. Jones won the June 22 election for the mayoral seat vacated by Larry Longshore, who resigned earlier this year. […]

White blossoms stir pondering

Many years ago, the father of a very good friend was hit by an oncoming car while carrying out his duties as an employee of the State Highway Department. Many broken bones were followed by many surgeries. At the time of the accident, he and his wife had six children at home. The accident caused her to take whatever jobs […]