66, Straight Mountain Oneonta, self-employed rock mason, died in a VA hospital Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011. Mr. Poole served in the Army during the Vietnam war and was a member of the VFW. He was predeceased by parents Dewey and Ruth Foster Poole and brothers Ezra, Freddie, and Junior Poole. Surviving are wife Donna Shirley Poole; daughters Tammy Suzette (Eric) […]


70, Blountsville, former production operator with SCI, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011, at St. Vincent’s Blount in Oneonta. A member of Brooksville Baptist Church, Mrs. Privett was wife of Joe F. Privett and daughter of the late Samuel E. and Lela Beatrice Standridge Waters. She was also predeceased by daughter Sharon Jones and sister Barbara Wood. Surviving are husband; son […]


63, resident of Oneonta and native of Mexico, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011, at her home. Mrs. Sanchez was daughter of Clemente Zavala and Angelina Yepez and wife of Jose Sanchez. All her surviving children have the Sanchez surname and all live in Oneonta: sons Luis, Alejandro, Juan Carlos, and Angel; and daughters Mariaester, Leticia, Virginia, and Marbella. There are […]


infant son of Jason and Kristy Peppers Sparks of Horton, died Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011, at Cullman Regional Medical Center. He was grandson of Roger and Joan Peppers, Jerry and Regina Sparks, all of Horton, and the late Barbara Peppers. Also surviving are sister Ashley Grey, Arab; brothers Austin Harris and Ryane Beal, Horton; and greatgrandparents W.G. and Sula Campbell, […]


54, Locust Fork, high school math teacher for 25 years, died Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011, at Regional Medical Center, Anniston. Mrs. Waid directed AMSTI at Athens State University and was a former math specialist at the University of North Alabama. A 1975 graduate Appalachian High School, she graduated from Judson College in Marion and earned a master of education from […]


69, died Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011, at Altoona Health Care. A member of Wilson Chapel Church of the Nazarene, Mrs. Westmoreland had worked a long time for Wrangler in Oneonta. She was predeceased by parents Floyd Jackson and Annie Mae Glover Jackson Hathcock, husband Duck Campbell, and brothers Melvin Jackson and Belton “Pete” Jackson. Surviving are husband Buddy Westmoreland, Tennessee; […]

Every Friday morning…

Well before dawn every Friday morning during football season, Susan Moore’s Sherri Alldredge rises to begin her weekly pre-game ritual. She will prepare breakfast – all from scratch, mind you – for the 20 or so young men and women who will arrive shortly at her home. She will bake pan upon pan of biscuits, stir up bowl after bowl […]

Church Briefs

HOMECOMINGS NECTAR FIRST CONGREGATIONAL METHODIST invites everyone to homecoming services with singing and fellowship at 9:45 Sunday, Oct. 23, followed by covered-dish luncheon at 12 noon and singing by the Commodores. Come for a day of remembrances, singing, speaking, and fun. CALVARY MISSIONARY BAPTIST encourages all former pastors and members to join the congregation in worship on the 28th anniversary […]

Museum happenings

Blount County Memorial Museum now offers a program for homeschooled students. Learning will be fun with hands-on activities, guest speakers, field trips, and historical tours through communities in Blount County. Programs will be offered the first and third Thursdays of each month. Amy Rhudy, curator, is asking parents of home-schooled children to phone 625-6905 or come by the museum to […]

Snead man sentenced in sodomy conviction

At a Tuesday hearing, Circuit Judge Steven King sentenced Mark Daniel Davis of Snead to 55 years in prison and fined him $50,000 after he was found guilty of sodomy of his biological daughter. Davis was found guilty by a Blount County jury in August in a trial where the daughter testified against her father as to the nature of […]

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