Pluma Copeland Blackwood Newman

PLUMA COPELAND BLACKWOOD NEWMAN, 97, died May 3, 2018. Haskel Adams and W.C. Green officiated the 11 a.m. service held May 5 at Blountsville Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Liberty Hill Cemetery.

Dr. William Edward Palmer

DR. WILLIAM EDWARD PALMER, 71, Oneonta, died May 7, 2018. A memorial reception will be from 1:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 20, at Lester Memorial UMC Fellowship Hall. Lemley Funeral Home and Crematory directing.

Ottis L. Shedd

OTTIS L. SHEDD, 96, Blountsville, died May 2, 2018. Known throughout the county as an entrepreneur, he worked as a building contractor for more than 40 years, building businesses and homes in Blount and surrounding counties. He owned and operated Shedd Building Supply in Blountsville for 37 years. He built and operated Snead Funeral Home for several years, built and […]

Herman ‘Bill’ Elwin Vincent

HERMAN ‘BILL’ ELWIN VINCENT, 82, Blountsville, died May 1, 2018, at Diversicare Nursing Center. He had served with the Army National Guard as a helicopter mechanic and earned the Berlin Crisis Medal. Parents Clarence and Gladys Vincent and sisters Margie Davis and Eloise Hamby predeceased him. Surviving are wife Etha Rene Vincent; daughters Cindy (Jesse) Marler, Kristy (Steve) Speed, Rebecca […]

Celebrating Mom

Mothers Mothers are the grandest people around They come in all sizes and shapes But they have to be giants To carry the weight of being a Mother Her head swells up When we win first place We look up and see A big smile on her face Her shoulders are bigger than ever To which we have shed many […]

AHS room 118 – an icon


When the final school bell rings at Appalachian High School on May 24, it will not only end the 2017 – 2018 school year, but it will also end a 42+ year era for room 118. You see, for the last 42 years, room 118 has been occupied by just two teachers – not just two teachers, but a mother […]

Rib Rally 2018


The second annual rib rally, benefitting the Blount County Education Foundation and the Oneonta Foundation for Educational Resources, will be held Saturday, May 19, at Terry Sligh Chevrolet from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. This free admission, family event is definitely one you will not want to miss. There is fun to be had by all. Registration is $100 per […]

News Alive in Fifty-five

As recorded in pages of The Southern Democrat for 1955

Local Drive-In Theatre Remodels The Blount Drive-In Theatre closed on April 1st in order that extensive repairs and remodeling could be taken care of before the summer season. The drive-in will reopen with a new name, “The Sky-Vue”, on Friday, May 20th. May 12 Blountsville Banker Dies Tuesday James Warren Carter, the retired 81-year-old president of the Bank of Blountsville […]

Corrections — Additions

In last month’s installment, the reporter misidentified Grace Cornelius’s son Jerry, pictured clad in the famous Blue Bell overalls as his father. Advised by several and confirmed by Ramon Lowry, the reporter learned he had misspelled that name.

Flames light the night between First Avenue and 231

First Memories

One of Oneonta’s most spectacular fires emblazed the night sky in April, 1955. According to an April 14, Southern Democrat account, Tooney Reeves stepped from ‘Round the Clock Restaurant about 1 a.m. Saturday, April 9, to see flames raging at Faust Milling and Faust Feed and Seed facing U.S. 231, north of the restaurant. He quickly reported the fire. Retired […]