Last Thursday’s groundbreaking for the Wallace State Oneonta Academic Center constituted a major benchmark for Oneonta in two ways. It signified progress already made and it galvanizes progress yet to come. Progress consists of enhancements in the local educational and economic environment already achieved by the “temporary” Wallace State campus (no longer considered temporary), and progress to be further amplified […]

Downtown Dinner kicks off Covered Bridge Festival Week

Hearty appetites and a cool evening were the highlights of Monday night’s Downtown Dinner, which served as the kickoff for Covered Bridge Festival week. With a menu featuring the culinary expertise of Limestone Springs, Woodfire Grill and Swamp Tails, the more than 125 diners on hand enjoyed fine dining and music provided by Ed Berry and Tom Prickett, all on […]

Scenic overlook and noise ordinance approved

At its Oct. 12 meeting, the Cleveland Town Council resolved two issues brought to its attention in recent months. The council voted unanimously to adopt a new noise ordinance to deal with events that have reportedly caused some residents a problem. Under the old ordinance, a building owner could rent their property to a third party for the purpose of […]


BLOUNT COUNTY EDUCATION RETIREES ASSOCIATION will meet at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 17, at the Blountsville Historical Park. There will be a barbecue meal available for $5 per plate. BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRATIC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE will meet Saturday, Oct. 28, in the meeting room at the Frank Green Building, at 9:30 a.m. The public is invited. HAYDEN LIONS CLUB BREAKFAST […]

Congratulations Blount County…

Last week’s groundbreaking for the new Wallace State-Oneonta Academic Center was a great example of all parties coming together for the greater good. Leaders from the city and the county and our legislative delegation were on hand – and why shouldn’t they be? How often does the Governor come to our county? Especially when a rather large check ($2.3 million) […]

Reader Writes

Lost ring Headlines in the Life section of a recent Sunday edition of The Birmingham News read ‘Lost Class Ring resurfaces 45 years later,’ prompted me to write this letter. Five or six years ago, my husband, Ralph Tidwell, was working on his truck in the back yard. His college ring was pinching his finger, so he took it off […]

New Birmingham leaders; Dye supports a lottery


There have been quite a few political happenings in the Heart of Dixie during October. Birmingham has elected a new mayor as 36-year-old Randall Woodfin defeated two-term mayor William Bell. I never got to know Bell that well; however, the few times I visited with him he seemed to be an affable fellow. He surely looked like a mayor. His […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, October 24, 1984

Susan Moore may get public housing A police department, recreational park, highway turn lane, and now a public housing are developing for Susan Moore because of the determination and tenacity of its town council and other residents. “Anything that will help our growth, we need it…and I’m for it,” Joel Ballard said at the regular meeting Oct. 15. Mayor T.R. […]

Phase III in Oneonta’s downtown reimagining

Wallace State anchors bigger picture

Phase I was getting Wallace State Community College situated immediately somewhere in Oneonta – what was then tagged a “temporary campus” until a permanent building could be built. The campus is in place and burgeoning in the downtown fringe area at the extensively renovated Gargus Buick/GMC building. It has morphed into a permanent location to focus on career and technical […]

Superintendents emphasize expanding opportunities

Superintendent Rodney Green of Blount County Schools and Daniel Smith, who takes the reins as superintendent of Oneonta City Schools Nov. 1, were both notable presences at the groundbreaking for the Wallace State Academic Center last week. The event is significant for both school systems. The Blount Countian asked both men for their comments. Rodney Green: “We’ve been supportive of […]