A new sheriff in town

There is a new sheriff in town, literally. Mark Moon was inaugurated as Blount County Sheriff before a standing room only crowd Sunday afternoon. The oath of office was administered by Moon’s father, Delane Moon. The elder Moon had served as a law enforcement officer in Blount County and was Cleveland’s chief of police for a number of years. Moon […]

Oneonta to issue invitation to bid on Heritage course and clubhouse

The Oneonta City Council approved a draft inviting bids for the former Heritage Golf Course and Twin Oaks Clubhouse. Browning Family, LLC, transferred ownership of the property Dec. 31, 2018, to the city. The bid request reserves the city’s right to reject any and all bids, to accept the most responsible and responsive bidder, and first right of refusal should […]

Passes resolution for 2020 unit system referendum

Blount County Commission

In a contentious 35-minute interlude, including a summons to courthouse security to restore order in the commission boardroom, the Blount County Commission passed a motion to allow citizens to choose in a referendum between the existing district system and the proposed unit system forms of county government organization. The first hour of the meeting and the last 45 minutes were […]

Rivermaster Bill Deutsch highlights Chamber lunch

The January Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce luncheon will be held Wednesday, Jan. 23, at noon, at Cleveland First Baptist Church on Ala 79 in Cleveland. The guest speaker will be Dr. William Deutsch, research fellow emeritus in the Auburn University School of Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Aquatic Environments. He is also the author of Alabama Rivers: A Celebration and Challenge, […]


LIONS CLUB INTERNATIONAL will hold an informational meeting tomorrow, Jan. 17, at 6 p.m., at J’s Cafe in Cleveland, to discuss a new Lions Club to be chartered in central Blount County. Lions Clubs are a group of men and women who identify needs in the community and work together to fulfill those needs. For more information phone organizer Ron […]

Capps Cove says, ‘Goodbye’

Dear friends, When we decided to make Blount County our home, we started with a few acres of wooded land, clearing and transforming the wood into a collection of buildings from the ground up. In April 1996, we opened Capps Cove Bed and Breakfast and began a 22-year journey of making friends all over the world! We were blessed when […]

Out and About

I want to be a water monitor, Dr. Deutsch

Monitoring a stream’s watershed is a vital part of ensuring the health of the stream and community. What enters the watershed will become a part of the stream. Rain is a positive contribution and very necessary. A plastic bottle is trash that could take 450 years to decompose. Potentially harmful industry wastewater discharge can be a detriment to water quality […]

Silver Queen, queen of sweet corn

County Agent’s Corner

One of the first jobs I did when I went to work for Auburn University many years ago was to conduct sweet corn variety trials at Sand Mountain Research and Extension Center in Crossville. We would plant as many as 30 to 40 varieties each year. Measurements of each variety included plant height, days to tassel, days to silk, ear […]

Recipe Corner

Well the winter weather is back. I have been freezing all week. So I thought it was a great time for another warm soup recipe. This is great served with cheese quesadillas. -Jenna Wood Crockpot Chicken Quesadilla Soup 1 pound boneless skinless chickenbreasts1 green bell pepper, diced1 medium onion, diced1 can red enchilada sauce1 can Rotel2 cans black beans, drained […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, January 16, 1980

Gym construction moves Watching rapid progress on the elementary school gym, Blountsville PTA is taking pride in raising the money for the building except for its lighting and heating, which the county school board agreed last week to finance. Donnie Breasseale, assistant principal and chairman of the building committee, said steel framing started up last week and, if all goes […]