And the poll shows…

The Gallup poll has come out with their ranking of the most conservative and most liberal states in America. Last year we were ranked as the most conservative in the country. We lost that mantle to Wyoming this year. In fact, we fell dramatically to No. 10. In past years either Alabama or one of our sister southern Bible Belt […]

Little further known on ‘Vote No’ signs

Political signs urging to “Vote No” for sheriff candidate Kevin Price were visible at several places around the county week before last, then disappeared last weekend – at least in the Oneonta area – without explanation. Chief James Chapman said the Oneonta Police Department confiscated as evidence the last sign still posted in Oneonta early in the week last week, […]

Museum offers genealogy classes

Patricia McGriff barnstorms county

West Blount VFD petition drive continues; April/May events

The following appearances are scheduled in April and May in connection with the West Blount Volunteer Fire Department’s effort to collect signatures to request a fire district referendum. All events are subject to change in the event of bad weather. The group has now collected about 1000 of the required 1200 signatures needed to request that the referendum appear on […]

Spring break ends and area races begin

After a week of relaxation – or a trip to a Gulf Coast tournament – high school baseball and softball teams will get back to work this week with an eye on area races. The Hayden Lady Wildcats, fresh off an impressive run in last week’s Gulf Coast Classic II, will have to fight their way out of a very […]

Zeanah wins state title

A ‘den of robbers?’

Devotional Reading: Psalms 27:1-5. Background Scripture: Isaiah 56:6-8; Jeremiah 7:8-15; Mark 11:15-19. Some scholars have expressed discomfort with Jesus’ pronouncement in Mark 11:17 (as well as Matt. 21:13; Lk. 19:45,46 and Jn. 2:16), “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations?’ But you have made it a den of robbers.” The […]


Blountsville, died March 23, 2014. A member of Southside Methodist Church, she served with the Blount County Low Vision Center, and enjoyed gardening, cooking, and caring for children. Surviving are daughter Cheryl Dyanne Sterling, Rosa; son Richard Allen Redmon, Marrionville, Ind.; grandchildren Johnathon Wade Hudgins, Dell DeAnn Calvert; five great-grandchildren. Jerry Gargus officiated the 11 a.m. service held March 26 […]


Cleveland, died March 26, 2014, at Huntsville Hospital. He was a member of the United Mine Workers, served in the U.S. Air Force, enjoyed leather work and carving, and was self employed. Parents George Elbert and Gertrude Mildred Lowder Blair predeceased him, as did four sisters. Surviving are wife Mary Ann Blair; son Edward E. (Elizabeth) Blair; sisters Julia ( […]