Fraud leads to theft from car lot

Oneonta police investigators are actively working a theft investigation of a car from a local dealership. Investigators are trying to determine the true identity of a person who, through a fraudulent transaction involving an out-of-state purchase and fake identification, took ownership of the automobile. During the past week, OPD has had three alcohol-related incidents, including one driving under the influence […]

Hayden Lions Adopt a mile of County Road 7

The Hayden Lions Club has adopted a mile of County Road 7. District 1 Commissioner Allen Armstrong, left, and Lions Club president Tim Sosebee make it official. That means that club members will donate their time and efforts to keeping that section of road clean by staging periodic drives to pick up trash from the right-of-way. The Lions’ mile begins […]

Too close to call


Most people would assume that as the race for the open U.S. Senate seat began that Luther Strange, the appointed incumbent, was the favorite. However, polling indicated that Roy Moore was the favorite and still is as we head towards the Sept. 26 runoff. The initial polling showed that Moore had a hardcore 30 percent. It was and is as […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, August 30, 1928

Knocked Down By Lightning During an electric storm Saturday afternoon Bill Aniton and his little grandson, Roy Roberson, Jr., were knocked to the pavement when lightning struck a shade tree on Second Avenue near the residence of R.R. Harris. Neither was seriously hurt. The little one was cut on one arm and was bruised about the head. Bill was badly […]

Eagles pull away from Mustangs

The Appalachian Eagles used a terrific effort from their defense and a big night from a running back to outlast Southeastern 21-12 last Friday in the season opener for both teams. Both defenses played well for the most part as the offenses struggled for consistency. Turnovers were also a problem as the teams combined for 13 giveaways. Appalachian got a […]

Bulldogs surprise Hornets

The visiting Carbon Hill Bulldogs used big plays from the offense and special teams to build a huge lead on Locust Fork and then held off the Hornets late for a 46-35 victory last Friday night. The Bulldogs got a 90-yard kickoff return, a 75-yard run and a 65-yard pass for three touchdowns and that was enough to knock off […]

Now we all get to play

The season might have kicked off last week but now all eight Blount County teams will take the field. The only county vs. county game this week will be at Southeastern, where Michael Burkett’s Mustangs will host Gardner Gilliland’s Cleveland Panthers. Also, there is only one game this week on Thursday night and that’s at Susan Moore, where the Heath […]

About People

Derek and Kimberly Owen of Horton announce the birth of their son, Ridley Levi Owen, born July 31, 2017, at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Birmingham. He weighed 8 lbs. 10 oz. and measured 21.5” long. Ridley is the grandson of Greg and Valerie Owen of Oneonta and Steve and Karen Cornett of Winder, Ga. Great-grandparents are Sue Owen of Oneonta, Bill […]

Church Briefs

EVENTS GOD’S LITTLE CHURCH will have a gospel singing featuring Nate Thornton from Boaz on Sunday, Sept. 10, at 1:30 p.m. The church is located at 4977 Old Ala 75 in Allgood. FRIENDSHIP FREE WILL BAPTIST CHURCH will celebrate Homecoming on Sunday, Sept. 10, with worship at 11 a.m., lunch at noon, and singing at 1:30 p.m. Guest singers will […]

Calling all pastors

The Blount Countian, in an effort to enhance our “church page,” invites all local pastors to submit devotionals for publication consideration. Please limit your submission to 150 words or less. Email submissions to with “Devotion” as the subject line. We reserve the right to edit or reject.

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