Qualifying update #4

Election 2016

Eleven Republican candidates have qualified for local office in Blount County as of Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 27. No Democratic candidates have qualified as yet. Incumbents are shown below in italics. Candidates qualifying since the last update on Oct. 27 are underlined. Republican qualifying candidates/offices Blount County Board of Education, superintendentRodney Green Blount County Board of Education, member, District 4Brett KingBill […]

Snead declines help for water customer, seeks more information

In their latest meeting, Snead town councilors declined assistance to water customer Gary Jessen. Jessen had asked for help on his over $800 bill at the council’s first meeting in October. Returning for the second session, Jessen sought an update but learned the council had not pursued any options for relief. Mayor Curtis Painter responded to Jessen’s inquiry, explaining the […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, November 5, 1986

Blount rolls out red carpet for next governor Blount County rolled out the red carpet last Thursday for now Governor-elect Guy Hunt at a Republican rally that candidate Don McGriff described as the best Republican rally that he had ever attended. Hunt’s visit to the county came only hours after candidate Charlie Graddick had announced that he was withdrawing from […]

Hayden wallops Curry

The Hayden Wildcats ended the 2015 season in style with a 49-7 drumming of Curry. The Wildcats also set a single season record for most points in a year at 322. Hayden will travel to Athens next week to take on East Limestone in the first round of the class 5A playoffs. After fumbling on the first play, the Wildcats […]

West End too much for Appalachian

The visiting West End Patriots got a huge night from senior quarterback Hunter Grant and were never really threatened in a 48-15 win over Appalachian at James E. Carr Stadium Thursday night. Grant completed 11 of 16 passing for 224 yards and five touchdowns and added 183 yards rushing on just 12 carries. The Eagles could not run the ball […]

Piedmont pounds Oneonta

The Piedmont Bulldogs limited visiting Oneonta to just 70 yards of total offense and shut out the Redskins 30-0 last Friday night. Playing without their top two quarterbacks, Oneonta struggled to move the ball against the No. 4 team in Class 3A. For the night, the Redskins managed just 70 total yards and four first downs and had just 37 […]

Four from county make the playoffs


Four from the county are in the playoffs, only one gets to play at home, and all games will be on Thursday night this week because of anticipated rain and stormy weather on Friday. Cleveland, the 2A Region 7 champion, will host Region 5 fourth-seed Reeltown in the only game that will be played in the county. The Rebels are […]

Cleveland rolls past Southeastern

The Cleveland Panthers wrapped up the school’s first undefeated regular season with a 61-8 win at Southeastern last Thursday night. Cleveland wasted little time as the Panthers got a 45-yard touchdown pass from Peyton Gilliland to Evan Faust to start the game and went on to score 27 points in the first quarter. The Panthers rolled up 34 more points […]

Locust Fork holds off Hokes Bluff

The Locust Fork Hornets built a 21-0 lead in the second quarter but then had to block an extra point with two minutes to play to seal a 21-20 win at Hokes Bluff last Thursday night. The Hornets used a 12-play, 83-yard drive to take a 6-0 lead in the first quarter as Drew Rogers scored on a four-yard run. […]

Three from county advance to regional


Three high school volleyball teams made it out of the area tournaments to advance to the North Super Regional in Huntsville two weeks ago. Unfortunately, all three had incredibly tough draws at the regional and were eliminated in the first round. In Class 2A, Southeastern (14-10) lost to Ider (26-9) by scores of 25-6, 25-7 and 25-11. Ider advanced to […]

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