‘Diary’ delivers

Blount County’s talent never ceases to amaze, and no better proof exists than in The Covered Bridge Players’ performance of “The Diary of Anne Frank.” Audiences are transported back in time to World War II to a small annex inhabited by the Frank and Van Daan families who, as Jews, were forced to hide to avoid death at the hands […]

Body of missing teen found on Tucker Mountain Road

A couple has been charged with capital murder in connection to the discovery of the body of a 17-year-old girl last week on Tucker Mountain Road in Remlap. Shannon Yager, 39, of Locust Fork, and Samantha Wright, 18, of Helena, are being held without bond after the partially-clothed body of Alexis Marie Garcia, of Birmingham, was found on Thursday, March […]

Appraising appraisal

Reading this article on appraisal may be a lot like watching paint dry for some. To nip that reaction in the bud, here are some gee-whiz facts related to appraisal to get you hooked right in the beginning. There are 40,926 parcels of appraised property in Blount County. The total appraised value of all those parcels, including land and buildings, […]


Board accepts early retirements


The Blount County Board of Education accepted two retirements during last week’s called meeting. William Rowdy Evatt, system technology coordinator, and J.B. Pennington teacher Jennifer J. Smith will retire before the end of the current school year. Evatt’s retirement is effective May 1 while Smith will work through the month of March. In other business, the board accepted the recommendation […]


BLOUNT COUNTY KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION All county elementary schools will hold kindergarten pre-registration the month of April during school hours. Bring a birth certificate, record of immunization, proof of residency, Social Security card, and completed registration forms. Forms may be printed from the website, www.blountboe.net, or picked up at elementary school offices. Students must be five years old on or before […]

Text-to-911 now available

A new text message feature allows for emergency messages from Verizon and T-Mobile subscribers to be sent directly to 911 in situations where a spoken phone call would be inadvisable or even dangerous – for example, someone in a hostage situation texting unobtrusively to report the event and location, or a person texting to report an intruder in the house […]


In last week’s edition, Alice Tilley was listed as a youth worker for the city of Oneonta, when she should have been listed as a supervisor.

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, March 22, 1995

Tax renewal supported in light vote In a remarkably light vote, the few Blount Countians who went to the polls March 14 voted overwhelmingly to renew two property taxes for schools. On the 2-mill ad valorem tax earmarked for education, 1685 voted in favor, 108 voted against. On renewing the 4- mill tax, 1617 voted for, 203 against. It’s anybody’s […]

Top teams stay hot


The Hayden Lady Wildcats had a very good week and should stay at or near the top of the 5A rankings. John Simmons’s team was ranked No. 2 last week by the Alabama Sports Writers Association. Despite a 3-1 loss to area foe Moody early in the week, the Lady Wildcats picked up a huge win over top-ranked Springville with […]