Alabama Scene

The education lottery

At the Flora-Bama Lounge, straddled across the Alabama-Florida line on the Gulf of Mexico, patrons can walk about 20 steps from the Alabama border and purchase a Florida lottery ticket, helping pay for the education of Sunshine State children. There are numerous other places along Alabama’s border, perhaps not as close as the lottery cash register at the Flora-Bama, where […]

The bookworm sez

Maybe This Time

People in love do the dumbest things. In the grip of amore, they’ll travel anywhere to be with their beloved, heedless of the price of travel these days. Risking all kinds of communicable disease, they kiss and hug repeatedly. In public – public! – they call one another by mooshy nicknames. It’s almost as if they’re possessed. In the new […]


The 18th annual National Solar Homes Tour will once again feature four Blount County homes. Tours are Saturday, Oct. 2, and Sunday, Oct. 3. Featured are a straw-bale home, a clerestory home, an underground home, and an expanded yurt home where solar hot water, solar electricity, and solar home design are utilized. Also featured are solar ovens, solar clothes dryers, […]


of Cleveland has entered one head of beef in the Chianina division of the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE). The NAILE is recognized as the world’s largest purebred livestock show with more than 22,000 entries and near $700,000 in prizes and awards. Scheduled for Nov. 6 – Nov. 19, the event takes place at the Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville. […]

Saved by worship?

Background Scripture Psalms 8. Devotional Reading: Genesis 1:26-31. Recently, my wife Valere and I talked about the times when we most truly experienced the power of worship and felt closest to God. The most moving times, we recalled, were worship without spoken words. The key was not silence per se, but our awareness of both the beyondness and nearness of […]



Listen to an argument long enough, especially one filled with passion and politics, and there is a good chance that someone will eventually invoke the name of Adolph Hitler. I’ve heard it done by both liberals and conservatives, Democrats and Republicans, and once at the grocery store when the butcher was heard to say, “This is just like it was […]

Cowboys ’n Christians

Many Christians generally dress up on Sunday and go to a church to worship. They congregate in a nice, well appointed sanctuary to sing hymns and hear sermons and lessons delivered by trained clergy. Cowboys and ranchers, on the other hand, don’t usually cotton to neckties and a lot of ceremony and circumstance. They are more gutsy and down to […]


SINGINGS HOPEWELL PRIMITIVE BAPTIST will have its annual Alexander memorial singing Sunday, Oct. 3, beginning around 9:30 a.m., with dinner on the grounds at 12 noon. If you love fa-sol-la singing, you are invited to bring a covered dish and enjoy this worship in song. The church is located just out of Oneonta on Airport Road. VALLEY GROVE BAPTIST will […]

100th chamber breakfast draws record crowd for gubernatorial debate


At 7:05 last Thursday morning traffic jammed the entrance to Twin Oaks at Heritage Green. More than 50 Oneonta high school government students along with as many people who thought they were early for the event’s announced 7:30 start time were overflowing across Twin Oaks’ porch and down the steps from the door. It was the single biggest turnout in […]

One hand all that’s needed