Hamby resigns job as Agri-Business Center head



Citing another job opportunity, Keith Hamby, Blount County-Oneonta Agri-business Center executive director since 2010, resigned his position last week. The Agri- Business Board accepted the resignation Monday, to be effective July 12. Oneonta city manager Lowe, who also serves as vice-president of the Agri-Business Center Board, said the board is accepting applications for the position now. He listed experience in […]

Snead establishes curfew, hears worker complaints



After some questioning and one councilman’s opposition, the Snead Town Council voted to establish a curfew for minors. Over the past few meetings, the council discussed the possibility of setting the curfew. On each occasion, councilman Dale Snead indicated his hesitancy on the proposal. In the latest round, Snead suggested the council amend the proposal, delaying the beginning time to […]

Panther paintings

Cleveland students take part in summer workshops

Last month, select Cleveland Elementary students in second through sixth grades participated in workshops to further their “Leader in Me” training. Cleveland Elementary is in the process of becoming a Leader in Me Lighthouse School which includes learning the seven habits – be proactive, begin with the end in mind, put first things first, think win win, seek first to […]

Trooper training in Oneonta



Contract target on jail HVAC replacement is $90,000 range



The Blount County Commission voted Monday to award the contract for replacing the Blount County Correctional Facility’s air conditioning system to H&M Mechanical, Inc. of Birmingham, with a low bid of $114,000. In discussion with representatives of Lathan and Associates Engineering, who bid the contract and will provide supervision on installation, members of the commission discussed ways of lowering the […]

Genealogy class set for July 18



Laura Roberson has been working on her family’s genealogy, off and on, for 40 years and will be teaching a one-time class to share her expertise. On Thursday, July 18, at 10 a.m., at the Blount County Memorial Museum, Roberson will discuss how to begin genealogy research including locating original records, organizing information, and documenting genealogy material. Roberson says the […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat July 7, 1960

Held here on murder charge A man is in jail on a murder charge in the death of Mary Hughes on Friday night, July 1. He admits having a fight with the woman but says he did not hit her hard enough to kill her. He claims her death was due to natural causes. The body showed bruises and lacerations. […]

Bullard nominated for country music award



Lilies of the field



The field is the extensive side yard of Harold and DeLois Dunn’s house on Skyball Road, home of Bloomin’ Pie Days each June. These late-season daylilies need no further explanation. Beauty is its own excuse for being. Not original, but it will suffice. – Ron Gholson

Ready for a paddling?



River Beach Outfitters (RBO), open for business recently, certainly hopes so, and will gladly accommodate you. The definition here of paddling being “the act of moving a boat by means of a paddle.” Owners Eric and Lea Ann Nolen offer kayak rentals on the Locust Fork River, with the put-in on county road 14 in Snead. “Many people think of […]


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