CASA: looking out for the children

CASA stands for court-appointed special advocate. It is a small cadre of dedicated, stress-tested volunteers who are appointed by the court and trained to protect the interests of neglected, abused, and/or abandoned children who have come before the district court for a dependency hearing – a legal proceeding to decide where and with whom a child shall reside after having […]

U.S. Congress 6th District candidates respond to questions

On Friday, Feb. 24, The Blount Countian e-mailed a set of five questions to each of the Republican candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives for District 6, which includes Blount County. Spencer Bachus, Scott Beason, David Standridge, and Al Mickle all got the questions the same day. All were asked to respond by close of business on Thursday, March […]

Future water access remains big issue for Snead

Once again the Snead Town Council examined the question of the town’s future water access at its latest meeting. Utilities department head Jeff Whited pressed the question of the town’s seeking another well. Whited had reported previously that a well tested earlier had not met state requirements. He again asked if the council wanted him to seek a geologist to […]

Oneonta hires summer youth workers

After confirmation from councilman Mark Gargus that the number of summer workers hired for the upcoming season remains the same as last year, the Oneonta City Council approved hiring 25 pool and 27 regular and six alternate ballpark and recreation center workers. The pool workers, all of whom have certification as lifeguards, are: Ethan Boyd, Thomas Boyd, Chase Bryant, Shaw […]

Blountsville to apply for grant funds

At Monday night’s Blountsville Town Council meeting, the council discussed several state and federal grants that are currently available. Mayor Randy Millwood’s request to research grants that may provide funding for improvements to local streets was approved. The council also approved a motion to allow Terry Acuff, a grant writer for Communications Consultants, to apply for a sewer and utility […]


BLOUNTSVILLE TOWN MEETING will be held at the town hall Thursday, March 8, at 6:30 p.m. State Sen. Scott Beason will be the featured speaker. Beason is seeking the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Spencer Bachus. J.B. PENNINGTON HIGH SCHOOL and FFA will hold a consignment auction Saturday, March 24, at 9 a.m. Shop and farm equipment will be […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, March 6, 1958

Poultry plant bids to be opened Bids for the construction of Oneonta Poultry Processing Plant will be publicly opened by the City Council of Oneonta at 10:00 a.m. on March 25 at the mayor’s office in the City Hall here, according to Mayor J.W. Russum. Immediately after the opening of the bids, City of Oneonta industrial development revenue bonds will […]

Redskins fall in Final Four

The Oneonta Redskins picked the worst time – and the biggest stage – to play one of their worst games of the year. Midfield outscored Oneonta in every quarter and pulled away for a 71-52 victory over the Redskins in the 4A semifinals last Wednesday at the Birmingham- Jefferson Convention Complex. Oneonta took an early 3-0 lead on a Ryne […]

Locust Fork girls undefeated

The Locust Fork 6th grade girls basketball team recently finished another undefeated season. The girls were 62-0 from second grade through sixth grade and won the regular season and tournament titles every year. Picture are (front row, left to right) Carley Clayton, Cassidy Fountain, Shelby Green, Hannah Armstrong, and Jayleigh Tawbush. Back row (l to r) assistant coach Jay Tawbush, […]


Exceeding the limit

Background Scripture: Proverbs 8. Devotional Reading: Psalms 8. The Book of Proverbs, along with Job and Ecclesiastes comprises in the Bible what is classified as Hebrew Wisdom Literature. Some psalms also fit into this classification. So, Proverbs is not a book of sacred history, worship and ritual, law or prophecy, but rather the wisdom necessary for the living of a […]