Diet dribs for diabetics

If you’re diabetic, don’t give up the food fight. You can still enjoy your favorite foods. You just have to plan a little more carefully to limit your carbohydrate intake. That may mean limiting portion sizes and timing your meals and snacks more than you have in the past. You may have heard that you shouldn’t eat foods with carbohydrates […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat,

February 7, 1952 L.Q. Box Enters Race For Judge L.Q. Box, retired vice president of the State National Bank, makes formal announcement of his candidacy for Probate Judge of Blount County, subject to the action of the Democratic Primary. Mr. Box needs no introduction from us to the people of this county. He has been in public life here for […]


Self-esteem It seems like a cruel irony. The majority of those who suffer from low self-esteem are the ones who stand to benefit the most from exercise. Self-esteem appears to be a make-or-break factor when it comes to exercise adherence. In fact, a recent study showed the need to improve self-esteem boosted exercise by more than 139 percent. Seven tips […]


Area tournaments begin as regular season ends

The regular season has now ended for high school basketball and area tournaments are set to begin. Three county teams – Appalachian boys; Hayden and Oneonta girls – won regular season area titles and will host the area tournament this week. Area tournaments are this week. The top two teams from each area tournament will advance to sub-state games next […]


All County Second Team

Last week, we announced the 2010 All County First Team and this week we present the second team and honorable mention selections. The first- and second-teamers will be honored at a ceremony next Wednesday, Feb. 16, at 6 p.m. in the auditorium of J.B. Pennington High School. A reception will follow in the school lunchroom and the event is sponsored […]


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 has begun at 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 players ages […]


Some said ‘It thundered’

Background Scripture:Mark 9:2-13.Devotional Reading:Malachi 4:1-5. Last Fall I enrolled in a two-day seminar. The topic was compelling and I found much that was helpful. Yet, by the end of it, I concluded that whenever the scriptures were found to record something that was not consistent with reason alone, the presenters discarded it as “fictional.” At one point, they expressed concern […]


78, of Snead, died Jan. 31, 2011, at St. Vincent’s Blount, Oneonta. He served 3 years, 11 months, and 19 days in the U.S. Navy as a gunner aboard the USS Iowa. He was a former councilman and fire chief for the Town of Snead, a member of Snead United Methodist Church, and a former member of Ebenezer United Methodist […]


83, of Pinson, died Jan. 17, 2011, at Hanceville Nursing Home. Born in Mulga, she was the daughter of the late Lonnie and Ludie Dutton Green and the widow of Warren H. Doty. Others predeceasing her were sisters Bobbie Hale and infant Bonnie Green; and grandchild Amanda Lynn Doty. Mrs. Doty was a member of High Rock Congregational Methodist Church. […]


98, of the Dallas/Selfville community, died Feb. 4, 2011, at her residence. An Alabama native, she was the daughter of the late Daniel and Mattie Colemon Loggins. Others predeceasing her were husband Claude Hallmark, grandson Chad Tidmore, and daughter-in-law Carol Hallmark. Surviving are daughter Vera Marsh of Trafford; sons Harold Hallmark of Michigan, Gary Hallmark and Burma Hallmark, both of […]