House District 34 race profiles; second in series

Joe Hughes Personal profile Age: 51 Residence: Honeycutt Road in Locust Fork Born and raised: Born in Jefferson County, moved to Montgomery at age of 8. Began working on asphalt paving crew summers and holidays at age 15; worked most of his life in road construction, transferring to Locust Fork in Blount County in 2004. Family details: Married to Tessa; […]

Is Blount County ‘special?’

Once again, the subject of legal alcohol sales has come up, and once again, the opponents say that we need to “Keep Blount County special.” Really? What is “special” about a county with poor roads, a school system that does not meet standards, is one of the top meth counties in the state, and has a judge begging for money […]

Oneonta approves $6.623 million 2013 budget

Unanimously and with no debate, the Oneonta City Council approved its proposed 2013 budget of $6.623 million. While the council had no discussion in the regular meeting, members had met in several work sessions and had heard from some agencies at their regular meetings concerning the budget. The figure marks the second highest of the past six years, as reflected […]

Open the door, Blount County

Open the door in your mind: the one you have closed against change. Maybe it was closed because of fear, or indecision, or lack of information. This county is saturated with alcohol, but we get no money from it. Ask your local police. Read the strict alcohol ordinances that are being proposed. There will be no strip clubs, bars, or […]

Notes on 2013 county budget

•Projected revenues for 2013 (only $15,000 above 2012) are not adequate to fund employee raises this fiscal year. “The commission regrets that fact and appreciates both the dedication employees bring to the job and understands the challenges they face in providing for their families,” Commission Chairman Chris Green said. The other side of the coin, he said, is that even […]

The Medicaid dilemma


It is basic public policy that you either have to raise taxes or reduce government services. It has become a cardinal sin in Republican politics to even say the word tax much less enact any increase in revenue. Our legislature is now overwhelmingly Republican and they are real Republicans. They take their “no new tax” pledge seriously as does our […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat October 8, 1959 Burglars break into Ray’s Store Burglars broke into Roy Ray’s Store on star route Oneonta early last Friday morning, Oct. 2, and stole between $2,500.00 and $3,000.00 worth of merchandise. Entrance was gained by boring through the door with an expansion bit, then reaching through and turning the bolt. The main loss was in […]

Panthers pound Patriots

The Cleveland Panthers roared back from an early 6-0 deficit with a 35-point run to take care of the West End Patriots 35-6 in front of a big homecoming crowd at Michael E. Dixon Memorial Stadium last Friday night. Cleveland improved to 2-3 overall while West End dropped to 0-5 on the season. West End started quickly, taking the opening […]

Hornets too strong for Tigers

The Locust Fork Hornets outscored the J.B. Pennington Tigers 21-2 down the stretch to pull away for a 48-24 win in Blountsville last Friday night. Each team’s record now stand at 1-4 on the season. Locust Fork got a big night from senior quarterback Geoffrey Bramblett, who completed 13 of 24 passes for 206 yards with four touchdowns and an […]

Addison runs over Appalachian

The Addison Bulldogs rolled up 279 rushing yards in an 18-0 victory at Appalachian last Friday night. Addison improved to 3-2 overall, 3-1 in 1A Region 6, while Appalachian dropped to 0-4 overall, 0-4 in the region. Playing without starting quarterback James McMunn, who is out for the remainder of the year with a knee injury, the Eagles managed just […]