Book includes tales from Blount County

‘Devilish Deeds of an Absentminded, Lovable Lout,’ by Chris Slatsky is a personal memoir including some short, humorous stories taking place on Straight Mountain in Blount County. The 67-page book showcases a few of Slatsky’s comical adventures throughout his life, including his relations with residents of Appalachian and Hayden. The book is for sale online at Amazon as well as […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, June 29, 1983

Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce a reality Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce, Inc., will become an official entity July 1, 1983. A fulltime executive director and a secretary have been hired to guide the new organization. Offices will be located above Oneonta Public Library – the space is being provided at no charge to the organization by Oneonta City Council. […]


ALLGOOD TOWN HALL will be closed Monday, July 23, and will reopen Tuesday, July 24, in its new location. The new offices will be located in the lower level of the former Allgood Cumberland Presbyterian Church next to the Allgood Post Office. All payments and town business must be conducted in the new location. For questions or directions, phone 274-7138.

Swim coach brings new atmosphere to team

Jim Whitehead wants his team to be state champions. “I don’t believe there is any point in doing it if we’re not going to do it to that level,” said Whitehead, the new head coach of the Oneonta swim team. The 31-year-old took the coaching position seven months ago and since then the number of swimmers on the park and […]

Blaze wins state

Cleveland’s Standridge signs with Northeast Mississippi

Upcoming Events

ONEONTA YOUTH FOOTBALL REGISTRATION will continue through Thursday, July 12. Players can register Monday through Thursday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Oneonta Rec Center. New players will need to bring a copy of their birth certificate. For more information, phone 625-3534. BLOUNTSVILLE YOUTH FOOTBALL AND SOCCER REGISTRATION will continue through July 3. Registration is $90 per player […]


What does God really want?

Background Scripture: Deuteronomy 10:1-22; 16:18-20. Devotional Reading: Micah 6:1-8. When I was in seminary and writing a paper, I mentioned the Ten Commandments as the bedrock of morality. When the professor returned my paper, he had written: “Which edition of the Ten Commandments?” Then I remembered that there are two versions: Deuteronomy 5:6-21 and Exodus 20:2-17. While it is true […]


CAROL JEAN CLEMENTS, 66, Oneonta, died June 23, 2012, at the residence. She worked as a certified nursing assistant at TLC Nursing Center for many years and was a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church. Husband Dalton Clements predeceased her, as did parents Willis Tilton and Myrtle Irene Jones Cleveland and brother Charles Cleveland. Surviving are sons Phillip (Debbie) Horton […]

Golden anniversary

Floyd and Brenda Hogeland of Wynnville celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary recently with a reception at the Snead Senior Citizens Building. Family and friends helped the couple celebrate at the reception given by family and friends. Both graduates of Susan Moore High School, the couple have two daughters: Carol (Howard) Hill, Wynnville, and Tonia ( Jarred) Crump, Hayden; seven grandsons: […]

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