Response to comment on Paleo Profiles

First, I want to thank The Blount Countian readers for reading the Paleo Profiles. I especially appreciate both the compliments and skepticism offered by Mr. Shipp in regards to Hardouinia. It is my hope that Paleo Profiles will be informative and thought provoking. I feel that part of my responsibility as a teacher is to share my knowledge and passion […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, September 5, 1984

Stolen auto over cliff An automobile stolen from Arab last week was stripped of valuable accessories and pushed off a cliff at Horton Mill Bridge where it crashed near the river about 70 feet below. Deputy Lamon Dunn passed the area on Ala 75 shortly before 3 p.m. and noticed nothing unusual althou-gh a car and truck were parked in […]

$450,000 check kicks off campaign

Blount County Healthcare Authority’s $450,000 check to St. Vincent’s Blount will go toward purchase of a new computerized tomography (CT) scanner for the hospital and will help launch its fundraising campaign for a number of other hospital upgrades and improvements. The contribution is part of an overall campaign that hopes to raise an additional matching amount from the rest of […]

Oneonta City Board of Education

Cheak easily wins election

Kitty Cornelius Cheak won election to the Oneonta City Board of Education last Tuesday. With a very light turnout for an election that featured just one seat up for grabs, Cheak carried the election with 75 percent of the vote over fellow challengers Linc Marcum and Eric Sullivan. The totals: Kitty Cornelius Cheak 191 Linc Marcum 58 Eric Sullivan 5 […]

Blountsville smokers warned

Smokers in Blountsville will now have to think twice before lighting up in municipal buildings and at the town park except in its designated area. Mayor Randy Millwood told the town council Aug. 16 that many citizens recently have complained about smoking at the town park and that it was time the council enforced the town’s 2008 ordinance prohibiting certain […]

Snead director, clerk warn of rental liabilities

Snead utilities director Jeff Whited and town clerk Rae Ware advised Snead Town Council of potential problems with renting out town properties. The town offers its senior-citizen and community centers for rent. Whited, who received training on hazards involved in such rentals, warned that the council faces potential suit should individuals be injured at the activities. Whited and Ware referred […]


AGIGAUE CHARITY AUCTION will be held Nov. 2 and tickets will be on sale soon. Sale proceeds will continue to be used for funding scholarships and supporting Oneonta City School, the community, and other individuals. The $20 tickets include dinner at Heritage with two drinks and a great band. Dress is casual (jeans, etc.). A live auction and a silent […]


an Army National Guard Specialist, has been mobilized and activated at Fort Dix, N.J., in preparation for deployment to serve in support of either Operations Iraqi Freedom or Enduring Freedom. The soldier is a member of 214th Military Police Company, Alexander City. The soldiers are normally activated from Army Reserve or Army National Guard units from throughout the U.S. They […]


an Army PFC, has graduated from the Direct Fire Infantryman One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. The training consists of basic combat training and advanced individual training. During the nine weeks of basic combat training, he received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, […]


an Air Force Airman, graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. He completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the […]