DOG FOSTER FAMILIES NEEDED Crossing Paths Animal Rescue finds homes for hundreds of Blount County dogs every year. Dogs can be saved if there are foster homes to house them for a short time. Contact Mary Ellen at 559-7648 if you are interested in being foster parents to a homeless dog. All food and medical care is provided while the […]

Gilliland to lead the Panthers

Former Oneonta head coach Gardner Gilliland has been hired as the new football coach at Cleveland. Gilliland, a 1988 graduate of Cleveland, was an assistant at Boaz High School last year and had been hired as an assistant at Etowah High School in January. As head coach at Oneonta from 2005 to 2009, Gilliland was 40-18 overall and 4-4 in […]

Softball season is starting to heat up


HOST AN EXCHANGE STUDENT World Heritage Student Exchange is seeking local host families for high school students beginning with the 2013-14 school year. Host families provide room, board, and guidance. The students have their own health insurance and spending money, and expect to be included in normal family activities and household responsibilities. If interested, phone Brandy Dahlen at 422-1748, 800-888-9040, […]



Blood relatives? Background Scripture: Luke 22:14-30. Devotional Reading: 1Coriunthians 10:14-22. Back in the late 1950s just after ordination, when I was serving my first parish church just outside Harrisburg, Penn., I was serving on an ecumenical committee to plan a statewide Christian youth convention. We were at the point of discussing how we would bring the conference to a close […]


PINE BLUFF MISSIONARY BAPTIST continues revival through March 22. 6:30 p.m. prayer band; 7 p.m. service. Daryle Holt, pastor; Tommy Riggs, helper. FAIRVIEW BAPTIST, located on County Highway 27 on Straight Mountain, continues revival through March 22, 7 o’clock nightly, with Evangelist Sammy Blakely. Jack Thomason, pastor. NECTAR BAPTIST singing Sunday, March 24, 2 p.m., featuring The Commodores. Questions? Phone […]


Locust Fork, died March 13, 2013, at the residence. A machinist at Hydroservice, he was also an ordained deacon at Locust Fork First Baptist Church. Parents Charles Hubert and Emma Jean Hayes Calvert predeceased him, as did wife Harolyn Brown Calvert and sister Juanita Calvert. Surviving are son Dewayne (Shelley) Calvert, Locust Fork; daughters Cheryl (Brue) Shepherd and Jani (Billy) […]


Springville, died March 9, 2013, at the residence. Husband Cois Bryant Hopson and parents William and Mary Estelle Rhodes Rodgers predeceased her. Surviving are sons Jerry Wayne (Betty) Hopson, Chalkville, and Michael (Penny) Hopson, Springville; daughters Geraldin (Bobby) Coe, Mona Lisa Hopson, Susan Reeves, all of Springville; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren. Eric Parrish officiated the 1 p.m. service held March […]


Springville, died March 14, 2013, at the residence. An appliance technician, he was a Mason with York Lodge #211, a Shriner, and enjoyed working in his yard. Mr. Jones was a member of Mount Carmel Church. He was predeceased by parents Bilbo and Claudia Silas Jones and sister Hildred Lockhart. Surviving are wife Patsy Jones; son Brad (Kari) Presley; daughter […]


Oneonta, died March 12, 2013, at the residence. He had worked as an automotive mechanic. Surviving are mother Rosalee Griffith, Oneonta; daughters Brenda Garbison and Sherry (David) Barger, both of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; stepson Leslie Albu, Murfreesboro, Tenn.; grandsons James and Nikki Garbison, Murfreesboro, Tenn., Dalton Moore and Michael Barger, both of Mount Pleasant, Tenn.; sisters Mildred Alexander and Barbara Peterson, […]