Radiothon rides again


The Blount County Education Foundation (BCEF) will broadcast their 18th annual Radiothon tomorrow (Thursday) from 8 a.m. 5 p.m. on WCRL Radio 95.3 FM/1570 AM,, and smart phone app-WCRL. BCEF is an IRS approved 501(c) 3 nonprofit that provides fundraising and support to the students and teachers of Blount County Schools. Funds raised during the Radiothon are to be […]

2017 budget analysis

The detailed 2017 fiscal year budget analysis promised last week follows. It is made up of four parts: (1) pie charts for projected 2017 revenues and expenditures, (2) a breakdown into 29 functional categories based on types of expenditures, comparing the 2017 and 2016 fiscal year budgets, (3) a summary of the commission chairman’s remarks on budget highlights, and (4) […]

Oneonta examines possible reduced college campus building

Following the latest regular council meeting, Oneonta city officials hosted a public hearing to reveal plans for a possible resized building to house Wallace State-Oneonta classes and offices. Attended by around two dozen people, many of whom were city employees, the meeting sought opinions and suggestions about the newest design and vision for the city’s western downtown area. City manager-economic […]

Heritage Golf Course is going once, going twice…

Target Auction of Gadsden will be auctioning off Heritage Golf Course, Twin Oaks Clubhouse, 88 undeveloped acres, and 13 residential lots tomorrow (Thursday) at 11 a.m. The proceedings will take place on-site and bidder registration begins at 10 a.m. The golf course, clubhouse, and land will be auctioned separately. A $990,000 reserve has been set for the course and clubhouse. […]

Casey to appear on ‘48 Hours’

Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey will be featured on the season premiere of CBS’s “48 Hours” this Saturday. Casey was asked to collaborate on the show as a result of her work to inform parents about dangerous apps. Her videos on Facebook have attracted loads of views – one video received more than 6 million views last year. Her […]

Summary of Commission Chairman Chris Green’s remarks

2017 budget

• Pay increase. The Auburn Center for Governmental Studies completed an update this year on county personnel policies and procedures, the first done since 1999. It included new job descriptions and a new county pay scale for each job, based on comparable wages in neighboring counties and towns. In addition to a 2-percent cost of living increase, the 2017 budget […]

Keeping the Legacy Alive!

Constitution Week Sept. 17-23

In 1955, the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution petitioned Congress with a resolution to declare and commemorate the foundation of the American form of government. Constitution Week was signed into law by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on Aug. 2, 1956. George W. Bush officially declared the inception of Constitution Week in 2002. The local Warrior Rivers DAR chapter […]

Disabled American Veterans say thank you

Junior vice commander Ken Watkins (left) and senior vice commander Donnie Jackson of Blount County DAV Chapter 28 present a plaque to Walmart store personnel manager Joy Maggiore in appreciation to Walmart for allowing the group to conduct fundraisers at the store. “Our fundraisers enable us to help disabled veterans and their families all over Blount County throughout the year, […]

Budget background from county administrator Zac Marsh

The back story...

Total revenue and total expenditure numbers show the commission is budgeting to spend more than it receives in 2017. The commission may do that by using unexpended funding received in prior years. Also, the commission’s current cash balance position is very strong – strong enough to operate for five months with no revenue, if necessary. Offsetting considerations: expenditures have been […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, September 18, 1985

County board borrows to pay teachers The Blount County Board of Education will borrow between $90,000 and $100,000 to pay teachers and support personnel raises for the first month of the current school year. State funds will cover the raises for the remainder of the year. The county board voted in a special meeting Saturday to make raises effective with […]