Summer is here!

With tomorrow being the official first day of summer, we couldn’t resist these two cuties to usher in the season. Identical twins John and Layne Mahan are really enjoying their chocolate cones with sprinkles, some of which ended up at their feet. The boys took an ice cream break in Old Town, Alexandria, Va., on Father’s Day. The siblings, who […]

Clevenger found guilty

A week-long trial of a former Locust Fork High School assistant principal accused of making a video recording of a nude teen girl ended Friday with a conviction. Tim Clevenger, 51, was found guilty by a Blount County jury of two felonies, one count each of production of child pornography and possession of child pornography. The incident occurred in 2013 […]

Entities are receiving tax proceeds, converting them to civic benefits

Moving Blount County Forward

Thirty-nine Blount County civic entities taken together received just above $3 million in tax proceeds in 2017 from the Moving Blount County Forward (MBCF) one-cent sales tax increase Blount County citizens authorized by vote in 2016. All entities contacted received their disbursements of proceeds as promised in 2017, the amounts were very close to the amounts projected, and all have […]

‘I did it; so can you’

Dena Johnson has had her share of trial and suffering. Johnson, a Cleveland native, was born with a developmental disorder and hearing impairment. Even though she graduated from high school, she was perceived by many, including some members of her family, as a person who was limited in her capacity to integrate into the “normal” world. At the age of […]

Little Free Pantry on Fourth

Richard Phillips confirms Oneonta’s first Little Free Pantry, located near the Magnolia House on Fourth Avenue, is “up and running” as of June 11. Phillips hopes that little free pantries will pop-up in other communities. The concept of the Little Free Pantry is simple. It’s a place where community members can share food and items that someone in need might […]


BLOUNT COUNTY CO-OP ANNUAL MEETING will be tomorrow, June 21, at 6 p.m., at Charlie B’s restaurant. Phone 274-2185 with questions. PINE MOUNTAIN BBQ AND BLUEGRASS will be Saturday, June 23, at the Pine Mountain Community Center from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Seven bluegrass bands will perform throughout the day and hickory smoked chicken and Boston butt sandwiches and […]

What’s in a Name?

County Agent’s Corner

What’s in a name? The standard county agent reply is, “Well, that depends”. If you had asked me a year ago what Roundup was, I would have told you that it was a non-selective herbicide that kills just about anything that is green. Roundup was primarily a product name that had glyphosate as the active ingredient. It was sold in […]

Mandatory sentencing reportedly leads to legal, socio-economic, and psychological issues

Former Oneonta resident and Birmingham attorney Rob NeSmith addressed the Blount County Democratic Club at its June meeting. NeSmith, former aide to Seventh District Congresswoman Terri Sewell, shared and updated information from a law review published paper of his dealing with mandatory sentencing. NeSmith presented statistics purporting the United States leads the world in total number of incarcerated (2.2 million) […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, June 18, 1970

1970 local census population numbers City of Blountsville – 1,101City of Snead – 343City of Oneonta – 4,355 Groundbreaking for Blount Memorial Museum Officials met for the ceremony held recently. Construction is going forward under the direction of Evin Hullett. Eight thousand bricks from Howard College were donated by Dr. James L. Wittmeier. County prisoners stacked the bricks in order […]

Bulldogs take county

The Snead Bulldogs 10 and under baseball team was named 2018 Blount County Champs at the county tournament held recently. The team completed their season with a record of 18-1. Front row, from left: Walker Vick, Parker Zeilinski, Ty Ingram, Slade Bush, Vincente Morales, and Kyle Knowles. Middle row, from left: Tony Barboza, Elliott Walker, Payton Pannell, and Corbin Hamric. […]