Three weeks until playoffs

Grant made to Oneonta Public Library

State representative David Standridge announced a legislative grant to the Oneonta Public Library at the latest Oneonta City Council meeting. Library personnel may decide how best to use the $1,000 award. In the session, councilors approved a resolution committing the city to funding its share of any grant sought for the city’s Robbins field during the 2019 fiscal year. Members […]

New dog ordinance adopted

Cleveland Town Council

The Cleveland Town Council held its regular monthly meeting last Thursday. Barbara Andersen, the new executive director of the Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce, introduced herself to the council and gave a brief run down of upcoming events the chamber is working on. These include the Dinner Downtown program in Oneonta on Oct. 22 where one of the featured restaurants […]

VOCAL dedicates bench to crime victims

The Blount County chapter of Victims of Crime and Leniency (VOCAL) dedicated a memorial bench in front of the courthouse last week. The bench, donated by some twenty families who have lost members to violent crime, was dedicated in a commemorative service as a “reminder and memory symbol of victims who are no longer here,” said Wilburn Beavers, president of […]

Out and About

A walk down by the river

Calling all lovers of the Locust Fork River, waterfalls, covered bridges, hiking, or just the great outdoors. Autumn is the best time of year to be out in nature. Friends of the Locust Fork River, in conjunction with the Blount County Covered Bridge Festival in Oneonta, has a treat for you. It is an easy-to-moderate hike from Swann Covered Bridge […]


WEST END HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL will have a night of wrestling Thursday, Oct. 18, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $8 each and are on sale in the high school office. Prices will be higher at the door. Children 6-years-old and under are free. Phone 256-622-1112 for more information. BROOKSVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT will have a fish fry on Saturday, […]

One of Blount County’s treasures

County Agent’s Corner

Blount County is blessed with an abundance of treasures if you know when and where to look. The treasure I am speaking of is our native plants. As a kid growing up, I spent a lot of time crawling over the hills and hollers around Guntersville State Park. I didn’t have a cell phone or a video game, so on […]

Commission approves inmate trash pickup proposal

Blount County Commission

The Blount County Commission at its business meeting Oct. 9 approved a Sheriff’s Department proposal for a county-wide Roadside Trash Detail (RTD) made up of non-violent inmates selected by corrections officers as having a desire to reform. Inmates have performed trash pickup on an occasional basis on county roads in the past. This proposal would make it systematic and on-going. […]

Recipe Corner

Ultimate Grilled Cheese

3 ounces cream cheese, softened¾ cup mayonnaise1 cup shredded cheddar cheese1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese½ tsp garlic powder¼ tsp seasoned salt Mix all ingredients together and spread on sliced French bread. Butter and toast in a skillet. It is finally beginning to feel like fall, which means soup and sandwich season is here. These grilled cheese sandwiches go great with […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, October 16, 1941

Sheriff has busy weekend, nabs six Sheriff Miller and his force were very busy over the weekend. Four bootleggers were caught in various parts of the county consisting of two women and two men. A poker game at Summitt was raided which netted two men. Oki Shikina, the Japanese star will make his first appearance in Altoona Friday night against […]