Commission approves Phase 2, barely


The Blount County Commission approved the second phase of the Moving Blount County Forward initiative Monday, but it was far from smooth. The Phase 2 consideration, No. 6 on the agenda, actually died on the first go-around for lack of a second after Commissioner Gary Stricklin moved for its approval. With Commissioner Dean Calvert absent due to illness, neither of […]

Puckett wins $1,000 grant for Cleveland Elementary

Chris Puckett, guidance counselor at Cleveland Elementary School, was desperately looking for any grant to help her increase the technology at her school. Puckett began to get frustrated after weeks of receiving no word. Last Tuesday, Randy Walker, Cleveland Elementary’s principal, told Puckett he needed to speak with her about school business. He asked her to accompany him to the […]

Council opposes medical supply legislation


After much discussion, the Cleveland Town Council voted to oppose legislation that would remove the requirement for medical supply companies to purchase business licenses in municipalities they service. The vote came during last Thursday’s regular council meeting. The proposed bill would allow medical supply and home healthcare agencies to make deliveries to Cleveland without buying business licenses causing the town […]

Oneonta continues Wallace State planning

Oneonta city manager Ed Lowe reported work is progressing on the renovation of a former automobile dealership to house a temporary Wallace State Community College satellite campus. Speaking at last week’s council session, Lowe labeled the project “essentially ahead of schedule,” as workers undertake laying floor coverings. The city council has scheduled two public informational and discussion meetings over the […]


NARFE CHAPTER 942 will meet tomorrow, March 17, at 10 a.m., at Catfish Cabin restaurant in Albertville. George Kappler, chairman of the board at Kappler Industries, will be guest speaker. The group will remember Charles White’s 102nd birthday. WEST BLOUNT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE will meet tomorrow, March 17, at 6 p.m., at the Hayden Community Center, 629 County Road 7. […]

Local School Funding

To the Citizens of Oneonta: humble I write this letter with a heavy heart and an extremely hand. The and shed intent of this letter is not to stir up controversy, but to ask questions of our city school system. In the past, our community light on the current funding common has been divided by referendums and proposals. The denominator […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, March 14, 1984

Palisades construction ahead The Blount County Commission has accepted a bid for construction at Palisades Park. Planned are two new large shelters and an additional restroom with water and sewer lines. Commission Chairman Frank Green told commissioners March 12 that, although only one bid was received, it was lower than the park board had estimated cost of the proposed construction […]

Blountsville man killed

in crash during police pursuit

Joshua Blake Hamby, of Blountsville, was killed in a car crash on County Road 26 last Friday night during pursuit by Blountsville police. Hamby died when his car collided with another vehicle then skidded off the road into a stand of trees. An unidentified female passenger in Hamby’s car was injured and taken to the hospital. The driver of the […]

Man who fired shot at plane found guilty of menacing

Jason McCay, who was charged in 2013 with firing a weapon at an airplane near Campbell’s Field, was found guilty last week of menacing, a misdemeanor defined as “placing another person in fear of imminent serious physical injury.” The conviction, rendered by a jury in Blount County Circuit Court last week carried a $500 fine. Campbell’s Field is a private […]