Covered Bridge Arts and Music … and rain … Fest

For the first time in recent memory, last week’s Covered Bridge Festival fell victim to wet weather. Rain moved in Friday evening and continued into Saturday morning. After the rain moved out, unseasonably cool temperatures moved in as highs during the day stayed in the 40s. That didn’t stop the festival, said Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce director Aimee Wilson, […]

Oneonta adopts Zaxby’s, airport resolutions

At its Oct. 24 meeting, the Oneonta City Council adopted two resolutions and set a public hearing date for changes to city building and fire codes, in addition to other routine matters. The council unanimously passed a resolution authorizing the rebate of up to $150,000 in sales tax funds over the life of the agreement to Chicken Scratch Oneonta and […]

Superintendents pass baton

Two Oneonta school superintendents – incoming superintendent Daniel Smith, left, (below) and outgoing interim superintendent Tim Nabors met after Monday’s school board meeting as Nabors passed the baton of leadership to Smith, who will ‘direct’ the system’s fortunes going forward. Smith listed three priorities that top his list going into the new job: • building relationships with faculty, students, parents, […]

Crowd clears, work nears

Wallace State Academic Center

To be clear, work will begin on the 15,000-square-foot Wallace State academic building as soon as a contractor is chosen to build it. Invitations to bid have been issued by Goodwin, Mills, and Cahill, architects for the project, and are due Nov. 30, according to city manager Ed Lowe. “Once the bid is awarded, we’re hoping the weather is such […]

Veterans dinner and parade

On Friday, Nov. 3, Operation Grateful Heart will host an honorary dinner for service veterans and their spouses at the Oneonta Outreach Center beginning at 6 p.m. While the dinner is free, those planning to attend will need to have a ticket that can be obtained at the Blount County Memorial Museum. On Saturday, Nov. 4, Operation Grateful Heart will […]


BLOUNT COUNTY DHR invites the public or a business to sponsor a child for Christmas. Today from 11:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., Santa lists will be available for sponsors. Lunch will be provided at 11:30 a.m. to those sponsoring a child. Phone Alicia at 274-5224 for more information. BLOUNT COUNTY NATURAL RESOURCES PLANNING COMMITTEE invites all TREASURE Forest members, landowners, […]


Reader writes

Over the past couple of weeks, there has been a firestorm surrounding the numerous sexual assault allegations against a certain movie producer (whose name I choose to omit here.) Dozens of female actors began coming forward with their stories of harassment, molestation and rape. Then it happened. The dam broke. Actor Alyssa Milano took to Twitter and suggested that anybody […]

Let’s not forget the Silver Haired Legislature


With all the changes and uncertainty surrounding Alabama government in recent months, including political appointments, high level resignations, special elections, runoff elections and a host of new candidates tossing their names into the 2018 election circus, Alabamians might be relieved to know one thing remains steady and solid and many may never have heard of it – Alabama’s Silver Haired […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, November 2, 1950

Theatres Consolidated Lester Neely, Sr., of Neely Theatres and Wells Brothers of Boaz are affiliated in the new Drive-In Theatre now under construction. The new theatre will be known as the Blount Drive-In and is located about one mile from down-town Oneonta on the Albertville Highway. Construction is progressing rapidly and all of the equipment has been bought. It is […]

Where do things stand?


The Blount County Board of Education approved in its last meeting the bid opened Oct. 19 for the Phase II restoration of J. B. Pennington High School. The bid, for $3,692,000, was submitted by Williford Orman Construction LLC of Pelham. The board authorized Superintendent Rodney Green to issue a letter of intent and to negotiate the contract amount with the […]