Joseph ‘Joe’ Carpenter

JOSEPH ‘JOE’ CARPENTER, 65, Michigan, died March 21, 2019, at St. Vincent’s Blount Hospital. He was a truck driver and loved to work in his shop, hunt, fish, and work in his yard and garden. Predeceasing him were parents William and Winifred Carpenter and three siblings. Surviving are wife Judy Carpenter; son Joseph Jesse James Carpenter II; daughter Jessica Winifred […]

Sports Brief

NINTH ANNUAL TOM BELL MEMORIAL CLASSIC High School Golf Tournament hosted by Oneonta High School will be held April 15 and 16 at Limestone Springs Golf Course. This annual event is run entirely by volunteers and has provided over $16,000 in college scholarships. If you would like to donate or get more information, visit the website at

Cleveland receives AED

Cleveland principal Chris Lakey (third from left in above photo) was one of 133 grant applicants in hopes of receiving an automated external defibrillator (AED) from the Alabama High School Athletic Association. Cleveland was one of the 13 schools that obtained an AED machine and storage cabinet. According to the American Red Cross, an AED is used to help those […]

Scores and games


(March 18-23)

A few Blount County teams are participating in spring break tournaments this week. Coverage of tournaments will appear in next week’s issue. Baseball APPALACHIAN had a fantastic week, winning all three of their games. Their first two were by huge margins against Jefferson Christian Academy, 16-1 and 18-2. During the first game, the Eagles took a quick lead scoring three […]

In all its glory

Last week as most of Blount County was still and quiet, I set out on an early morning adventure to deliver papers with Rickey. It just happened to be the first day of spring, and I’m so happy that I got to enjoy nature’s beauty at its finest. The full moon was still high in the sky when we started […]