Prayer at football games?

EAS to conduct nationwide test

Beginning at 1:18 p.m. (CDT) on Wednesday, Oct. 3, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, in conjunction with the Federal Communications Commission, will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system. These tests will help determine the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and whether improvements are […]

Summary remarks on 2019 budget

Blount County Commission

“At the beginning of the budget process there are two unknowns that are much-anticipated. (1) Will there be an increase in employee health care premiums, and if so, how much? (2) Will ad valorem tax revenues increase or decrease? “This year…health care premiums will increase by five percent, a substantial increase. Thankfully, we expect to receive an approximate nine percent […]

Honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice

Describing his experience as “very humbling,” Susan Moore Fire and Rescue’s assistant chief Wesley Cox, along with fellow firefighters from across the state, took part in the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb in Montgomery on Sept. 16. Cox, who completed the 110 flights that symbolized the same climb many heroes made that tragic day, said he did it in honor of […]

Two traffic fatalities

The Alabama State Troopers office reports a two-vehicle crash on Sept. 18 claimed the life of a Trafford man and injured two others. Rodger Dale Ledlow, 66, was killed when the 2002 Ford F-150 he was driving collided head-on with a 2005 Ford F-250 driven by Johnny Lee Hobson, 34, of Cleveland. Ledlow was pronounced dead on the scene. The […]


TOWN OF HIGHLAND LAKE will have a work session at 6 p.m. and the regular council meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the Anchor, 612 Lakeshore Drive. BLOUNT COUNTY EDUCATION RETIREES will meet on Friday, Sept. 28, at 10:30 a.m., at Charlie B’s restaurant. Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey will speak on social media abuses. TOWN […]

The power of words


It’s been said that the pen is mightier than the sword. Words, written or spoken, can have a lasting impact. Once said, they’re impossible to take back. Once heard, they’re hard to forget. Over the last week, my heart has been heavy as I’ve read mean, nasty messages directed at the men and women who lead our schools. I know […]

Something to crow about

County Agent’s Corner

The last time my family had yard birds I was in the first grade. About the only thing I remember is that when it came time to put them in the pot, there were kids and chickens running everywhere. In most cases kids were chasing chickens but in others, chickens were chasing the kids! Entertainment was cheap back in the […]

Recipe Corner

Frito Corn Salad

While standing in line at a salad luncheon at Lester Memorial UMC recently, I overheard one lady whisper to another, “Is that Joan Cleveland’s corn salad? If so I have to get some.” I knew at that moment it was going on my plate. As soon as I returned to my office with my to-go plate and took a bite, […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, September 28, 1939

Stray bird dog came to my house. Describe it, pay me for my trouble and this ad, and the dog is yours. Bill Woods, Oneonta. Bantam – America’s Pioneer economy car. The smart car for smart people! Drive the new Bantam and you’ll see why thousands of shrewd buyers are changing to Bantam pleasure cars. Owners report 42 to 56 […]