Blue Ribbon Dinner means food, fun, worthy cause

The Children’s Center Blue Ribbon Dinner is set for April 19 at the World Outreach Center. The annual event is the primary fundraiser for the agency whose mission is to protect children from sexual and other forms of abuse, and to provide comprehensive, compassionate treatment for victims and their families when abuse occurs. It is also a premier social event, […]

OUTDOOR EXPO THIS WEEKEND should be right down county’s alley

The Outdoor Expo’s subtitle is “Gun, Knife, and RV Show,” but it’s really as big as all outdoors. Promoters wax eloquent in predicting an unparalleled outpouring of people to this first of a kind – and in some ways one of a kind – event. There are lots of gun shows and knife shows, but this is an all-outdoors show, […]

Work session sets times for public discussions


At a Feb. 16 work session, the Oneonta City Council set tentative dates for informational public hearings on its anticipated Wallace State satellite campus and city school funding. Councilors decided to hold two sessions on Wallace State, one each after their March 22 and April 12 regular council meetings. Members also agreed to hold further discussion on city funding with […]

Blount County Animal Adoption Center update

The Blount County Animal Adoption Center has big plans for 2016. Center director Karen Gilham hopes to begin giving presentations at Blount County’s schools in an attempt to initiate student involvement within the shelter. Currently, the center employs four parttime and three full-time employees, and has less than 10 regular volunteers. Karen plans to increase that number exponentially in the […]

Sales tax referendum legislation delivered to county for further action

A draft of a legislative bill to authorize a referendum of the people in Blount County to vote in the November general election for or against a one percent general sales tax increase appears on page 10 among the public notices of the newspaper this week. The commission is required to advertise the bill for four weeks to allow time […]

Accidental shooting leads to drug arrest

What started out as a meeting to buy a gun led to an accidental shooting and a drug arrest last week. Two couples met in the parking lot of China Wok in Oneonta on Feb. 16, looking to make a deal on the purchase of a handgun. Unfortunately, the gun discharged and the bullet went through the front seat, causing […]

Judge grants Snead summary judgment on subdivision road dispute

Circuit Judge Steven King issued a summary judgment for the Town of Snead in a longstanding dispute with local residents over ownership of Lee Ridge Drive. Charles David Wise had sued the town seeking relief from the deteriorating condition of that road. Residents contended they were led to believe the road was maintained by the town. The town council, as […]

Super PACs bring in the money


As our primary selection day approaches, it appears that we are seeing significant campaign attention from the presidential candidates. The move by the Legislature to make us an early primary state was a good one. As is generally the case, we are seeing negative ads. That is not unusual in politics. The reason that they are employed is because they […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, February 21, 1929

Oneonta Home Burns A house belonging to E.A. Tidwell in the southern part of the town was destroyed by fire on Wednesday night of last week. The fire appears to have started in the attic or on the roof of the house. It was well under way and beyond control when discovered. The house was occupied by W.R. Perrin and […]


BLOUNTSVILLE LIONS CLUB PANCAKE BREAKFAST will be Saturday, Feb. 27, from 6 a.m. until 10 a.m., at the J.B. Pennington High School lunchroom. The $6 all-you-can-eat plate includes pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, and drinks. All proceeds benefit local Lions Club projects. BAILEY BOOK SIGNING The Pinson Historical Society and the Pinson Public Library are sponsoring a book signing by Tom […]