Casey hires three more

A pair of local residents and a veteran of the state attorney general’s office have been announced as new hires by Blount County District Attorney-elect Pamela Casey. Janette Grantham will be Casey’s executive assistant and will also work as the victim services officer and take care of financial and budget aspects of the office. Grantham has a wealth of experience. […]

Holiday gathering what Cleveland needed

Christmas lights, holiday music, refreshments, and, of course, Santa Claus were what the Cleveland community enjoyed at the town park Dec. 20. The park and rec board’s first annual Cleveland Park Christmas brought upwards of 300 together to celebrate the Christmas season. This event was exactly what my community needed to begin to mend relationships that have been strained in […]

Serviceman grateful for gifts

This thank-you letter to Bob Faulkner of Rosa is from a soldier in Iraq. Amy Rhudy, curator of Blount County Memorial Museum, sent the letter to the newspaper at the request of Mr. Faulkner. She says that Mr. Faulkner, who she thinks is likely in his 80s and on a limited income, sent not one box, but several. It is […]

Thanks to those who made tour successful

On behalf of the Oneonta Foundation for Educational Resources, I would like to express my grateful appreciation to all who made our recent Christmas Home Tour a success. I would especially like to thank the homeowners, Lisa and Jim Wester, Grace Huie and the Huie Group, Mark and Jill Sims and the Trinity Management Group, and pastor Michael Cornelius and […]

What a way to build a road


So long ago he’s probably forgotten it, Wayne Lochamy, Allgood resident and Oneonta businessman, dropped off at the newspaper office a 3-inch x 6-inch, 23-page stapled booklet entitled “Blount County Road Law 1919,” almost surely printed in the newspaper’s jobshop. The little book is in good condition, considering its age. Staples are rusted and paper yellowed, but the print is […]

Morton honored for service as Agribusiness Center head

No quorum at Cleveland council meeting

With three members of the Cleveland Town Council missing – Mike Evans, Kandy Little, and David Grigsby – a quorum was not made, and issues could not be voted upon or passed. The remaining three – Mayor Jerry Jones, Doug Hill, and Glenn Puckett – listened as Tim Andrews from Self, Maples, and Copeland summarized the town’s annual audit. Without […]

Library gets tough on materials theft

Average replacement cost for books is in the $25-to- $30 range. Audio tapes can run as high as $125.

Because more and more library materials aren’t being returned, the Oneonta Public Library has requested the city pass an ordinance specifying fines of up to $500 or imprisonment for up to one year for offenders found guilty of library theft. Library theft is defined as: •removing library material from the library without checking it out, •borrowing library materials using a […]

It’s A Wonderful Life was a wonderful play

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, December 19, 1929 Moses Acquitted The jury returned a verdict of “not guilty” in the case of Charley Moses charged with the murder of his wife. The case grew out of a scuffle over a gun when a difficulty was about to take place in which R.A. Statham, Jr., Moses, and Dan Pettit were involved. Mrs. Moses […]

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