Snow on the river…

It can happen here…

Run. Hide. Fight. It’s a class taught by officers of the Oneonta Police Department (OPD) and represents a training protocol on how to respond to an active shooter situation. In the words of OPD officials, the preparation should become an instilled mindset so training can take over in an emergency. The purpose of the class is to point out that […]

Zaxby’s opening Monday

Zaxby’s will begin serving its signature chicken on Monday, Dec. 18, at 10:30 a.m., signaling one of the most eagerly-awaited, diligently-inquired-after establishment debuts in modern Oneonta history. Announcement highlights: • Hours of operation are 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. • First 100 guests in line by 10 a.m. Monday […]

Some ALDOT meeting takeaways official; others, not so much

I-65/Ala 160 intersection

The good Lord willing and the creek don’t rise, the I-65/Ala 160 intersection could possibly be engineered, approved and re-approved; designed, approved, and re-approved; funded, approved, and reapproved, then built and opened to traffic in three years, given favorable weather and other astrological conditions. The design and approvals would take the first two years, construction the last. That’s an Alabama […]

Officer’s heroic action saves man

It started out just as an ordinary workday for Oneonta Police Department’s Cpl. Steven Adamson (at right, with Chief Charles Clifton). He was prepared to handle any emergency situations during his 12-hour shift. Little did Adamson know what an important role he would have that day in saving someone’s life. During his shift, Adamson heard Blount County 911 dispatch Oneonta […]


BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CLUB will meet in the auditorium of the Frank Green Building on ‘Alabama Day,’ tomorrow, Dec. 14, at 6:30 p.m. Blount County Memorial Museum curator Amy Rhudy and Stanley Moss will present the program on the Alabama Bicentennial. TOWN OF CLEVELAND will have the annual Christmas in the Park on Saturday, Dec. 16, beginning at 5 p.m., […]

‘To get along you have to go along…’


Sam Rayburn, the legendary speaker of the U.S. House, coined a famous phrase he used often and imparted to young congressmen when they would arrive on Capitol Hill full of vim and vigor. He would sit down with them and invite them to have a bourbon and branch water with him. The old gentleman, who had spent nearly half a […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, December 11, 1975

Cleveland seeks to reduce traffic danger Because of eight accidents having occurred recently at the intersection of Highways 79 and 160, Officer Neal Staton recommended Cleveland Town Council ask the state to reduce speed limits on Hwy 79. By unanimous vote, the council will apply for a 40-mile speed limit on the highway 300 feet above and 300 feet below […]

MACC adopts from local Angel Tree

The Metro Area Crime Center (MACC) members adopted children from the St. Vincent’s Blount Angel Tree and are shown here with the gifts they delivered recently. MACC is a multi-agency unit made up of investigators and crime analysts based from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office. MACC members assist detectives in departments within the metro area with all types of investigations, […]

Hope House Christmas Box Delivery

Hope House will deliver special Christmas food boxes of frozen chicken and fixin’s this Saturday, Dec. 16, to Blountsville and Snead: 150 boxes to each location. In Blountsville, delivery will be to the Hope House Thrift Store at 9 a.m. In Snead, delivery will be at 11 a.m. in front of the park on U.S. 278 east, across the highway […]