Winter shuts down Blount County

Just two weeks after a white Christmas, Blount County received another jolt of winter as an arctic front and tropical moisture combined to bury the county under ice and snow. Snow began Sunday afternoon in parts of the county and by nightfall the majority of the county was experiencing travel problems. More snow fell on Monday and the cold temperatures […]

Blount County Board of Education

Mid-year personnel actions dominate agenda The Blount County Board of Education made several personnel moves during its regular meeting, held on Jan. 3. Among those actions taken was the replacement of Kirk Ingram as Susan Moore High’s track coach. His place will be taken by Natasha Smallwood. In other personnel actions, the board: accepted the resignations of J.B. Pennington teacher […]

Work session hears pitches on grave digging, lobbying

Two substantive issues occupied much of the Blount County Commission’s work session last week as the body listened to lengthy petitions. Attorney Ronnie Blackwood of Oneonta made the first presentation, representing Randall (Keith) Evans, a local contractor who provides grave-digging services in the county. The request was for the commission to discontinue its policy of digging graves free of charge […]



From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, January 13, 1944

Kimbrell Residence Damaged By Fire Considerable damage was done the residence of Rev. and Mrs. H.C. Kimbrell last Saturday afternoon when fire broke out from an oil heater in the bath room. The bath room was completely burned out, but the quick action of the Fire Department confined the flames to the one section of the house. A quantity of […]

Alabama Scene

Trumping Mark Twain’s words

I’m betting the folks at NewSouth Books in Montgomery are doing high-fives up and down Dexter Avenue over the national controversy erupting over their latest cover: Mark Twain’s Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn: The NewSouth Edition. In what has been noted as a radical departure from previous publications of Twain’s most famous novels, the editor, noted Mark Twain […]

Winter weather causes problems

High school basketball in the area ground to a halt this week as several inches of snow and ice made travel all but impossible. Blount County’s basketball coaches were set to meet last night to finalize plans and seeding for the Blount County Tournament coming up later this month. Hayden High School will host the tournaments this year with the […]


GIRLS SOFTBALL UMPIRES are needed in Blount County for the upcoming season. Those interested should contact Mikey Yarbrough at 205-238-4814. BLOUNT COUNTY SOFTBALL registration will begin soon at local parks throughout Blount County. Parks participating this year include Royal, Snead, Oneonta, Cleveland, Appalachian, Blountsville, Southeastern, and Locust Fork. For more information, contact a park representative. The league is open to […]


Crooked sticks

Background Scripture:Isaiah 48.Devotional Reading:1 Kings 8:33-40. On Thanksgiving Day there was a TV dramatization of the first Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims and neighboring Indians. Although it was simply a repeat of images with which I have been familiar since childhood, I found the drama disturbing. I remembered Nathan Philbrick’s book Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community and War and some […]


83, of Oneonta, died Jan. 8, 2011, in Golden Living Center, Oneonta. Born in Pike County, she was the daughter of the late William and Lela Salon Jordan. Others predeceasing her were husband Virgil Calvin Adamson; sons Marlon Adamson and Vernon Earl Adamson; grandson Steven Adamson; six sisters; one brother. Surviving are daughters Nancy (Bill) Evans of Pensacola, Fla., and […]