Wallace State academic building coming right along

Downtown update

Last week, workers were completing installation of the sub-roofing for the Wallace State academic building, in preparation for the metal roof that will complete that stage of construction. Next step: work on the exterior walls will begin as they will get their brick or stone finish. City manager Ed Lowe said much of the early effort went toward construction of […]

B Street, First Avenue extensions to be paved this fall

Subgrade work on the extension of First Avenue has been completed, with only a limestone layer remaining to be spread before the new block of First Avenue can be left to cure in the weather for a time before paving later this fall. The B Street extension, completed earlier, will be paved at the same time. Visible to the right […]

‘For God alone my soul waits in silence’

While Christians may profess the Lord’s work never ends, spring and summer frequently provide a greater emphasis for missionary endeavors. Realistically, that becomes particularly true for school-aged youth. This year, Blount County churches have seen many young people sharing their faith throughout the nation and on other continents. For most of these, their experiences have certain commonalities. These “short-term missionaries” […]

Officers respond to life-threatening event

Just after 9 p.m. on July 19, Snead dispatch received a third-party call of a resident in distress. The man, whose name was not released by Snead police, had suffered a head injury after the bulldozer he was using to clear land off Hopewell Road had gone into a ravine. Reportedly legally blind in one eye, bleeding profusely from his […]


SUSAN MOORE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Kindergarten orientation is tomorrow, Aug. 2, at 6 p.m. Meet the teacher is Tuesday, Aug. 7, from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. NORTH BROAD STREET CHURCH OF CHRIST will host a LifeSouth bloodmobile blood drive tomorrow, Aug. 2, from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m., in the church’s south parking lot at 308 North Broad Street in […]

Spring Valley Beach

46 years later

Soon after relocating to Blount County in 1972, the Gilliland family bought what is now known as Spring Valley Beach. Owner Allen “Big Al” Gilliland, when asked how he acquired Spring Valley Beach replied, “I was lucky to be at the right place at the right time.” When he bought the venue it was known as Burgess Spring Lake and […]

Pecans 101

County Agent’s Corner

Sometimes we let our wants and desires out run our education. For example, close to 30 years ago, ole Dan graduated from Auburn’s Department of Horticulture with a master’s degree in horticulture. About the same time he purchased a spot of land and decided to plant pecan trees so that one day he could have some pecans to eat and […]

Oneonta High School’s new principal has been there before

On July 2, the Oneonta City Board of Education hired Joseph (Joe) Whited (pictured at right), 30, a 2006 graduate of Oneonta High School, to be it’s new principal. He replaces Lauren Wilson, who took a job as academic accountability coordinator for the school district. Whited comes to Oneonta High School from his previous job as principal of Cleveland Elementary […]

Special meeting defers action on courthouse renovation bid

Blount County Commission

The Blount County Commission voted in a special meeting Thursday to defer a decision on accepting a bid for extensive renovation of courthouse water, electrical, and heating/ventilation/air conditioning systems until the Aug. 13 business meeting. Both bids received were above $2.5 million, thus greatly exceeding the $1.5 million the commission had allotted for the project. Following the vote, Commission Chairman […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, August 3, 1944

Advertisers and their wares: Yodora Deodrant Cream – a dab a day keeps P.O. away! (perspiration odor) Dr. Fred Palmer’s Skin Whitener – Lighten your tanned, dark skin. Money back guarantee. Tire trouble? When you have a flat use Dixie self-sealing patches. Use Adlerika to relieve the pressure of large intestines on nerves and digestive track. Bowels will return to […]