JOSEPH B. SIMMONS has graduated from the Army ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) Leader Development and Assessment Course, also known as “Operation Warrior Forge,” at Fort Lewis, Tacoma, Wash. The 32 days of training provide the best possible professional training and evaluation for all cadets in the aspects of military life, administration. and logistical support. Although continued military training and […]


SAUSAGE/PANCAKE BREAKFAST will be held Dec. 4 at Blountsville VFW Hall with serving between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. Adult plates with a stock of three plus two pieces of sausage are $5 each. Two pancakes and one piece of sausage make up a child’s plate, available at $3 each for those 11 to 3. Children three and under eat […]

Cleveland council sails smoothly through November 4 business

Cleveland Mayor Jerry Jones reported to the town council he had discovered the Cleveland medical clinic building isn’t insured. Accordingly, members unanimously passed Mike Evans’s motion to allow the mayor to order a temporary insurance binder for the building until permanent coverage is arranged. Council member Doug Hill reported the “Christmas in the Park” program had been set for Dec. […]


A publisher listens

She grew up in rural Blount County, neither deprived nor privileged. She earned a college degree, taught school, traveled through many states, lived in several. Now retired, she’s back in this county, her favorite place to be, whose people and small towns, countrysides and farms, schools and churches she cherishes. That being so, she’s dedicated to preserving the county’s history […]