2019-05-22 E-Edition

Lady Wildcats State Champs

The Lady Wildcats softball team are all smiles as they receive the championship trophy for Class 5A softball on Saturday. See complete story on page A4.

Sunday wreck claims life of Oneonta woman

A wreck on Alabama 75 near AutoZone claimed the life of Sheila Sorrow, 62, of Oneonta. The Sunday, May 19, fatality occurred when the car driven by Sorrow left the road and struck a power pole. Sorrow worked at the Blount County Correctional Facility as the nutritionist for the past three years. According to Blount County Sheriff Mark Moon, Sorrow […]

Surprise, Daddy’s home!

It seemed to be a routine school assembly in the Southeastern High School gym last Friday afternoon. The whole school, K-12, was there. As a warm up, a half-dozen-odd members of the band executed a heart-thumping, syncopated, rhythmic riff on a tabletop in the middle of the gym, using hands and drinking glasses as percussion instruments on the tabletop. To […]

Fendley Furniture building demolished

Fendley Furniture has served many generations. I would love it if the walls could talk and share the stories of Jack Fendley, Sibyl Hampton, Charlie Fendley and Mary Fendley. I was raised here as much or more than I was raised at home. I spent many hours playing on the railroad tracks with my brother, Scott Fendley, playing in the […]


OPERATION GRATEFUL HEART Blount County Memorial Day Service will be Saturday, May 25, at 10 a.m., in front of the Blount County Courthouse. In case of rain, the event will be held in the Frank Green Building auditorium. OHS BAND ALUMNI Join us as we celebrate and honor David Bearden at a retirement reception Saturday, May 25, from 2 p.m. […]

Out and About

Can it be loved too much?

I did my part to make Blount County Beautiful in April just as many individuals and organizations did in celebration of PALS (People Against a Littered State) statewide trash pickup month. I picked up trash at the Crooked Shoal Bridge near Locust Fork and Swann Covered Bridge in Cleveland. Like-minded individuals picked up at other popular gathering spots such as […]

Sign up for summer camps

It’s time again for students to sign up for summer camps. The Blount County Education Foundation, in conjunction with many partners, has made it possible for academic camps to be held throughout the county at no cost to the student. Thanks to the Blount County Board of Education Summer Feeding Program, many of the camps will also provide breakfast and/or […]

Rescinds $70,000 MBCF funds; passes resolutions on local legislation, school sales tax holiday

Blount County Commission

By a 3-1 vote Monday, the Blount County Commission rescinded its previous approval of about $70,000 worth of Moving Blount County Forward expenses incurred in connection with road improvements on Joy Road made last year by District 1 Commissioner Allen Armstrong. According to discussion at Thursday’s work session, the action was apparently taken in connection with accusations of Armstrong’s failure […]

Recipe Corner

Shrimp Boil 2 large bottles Kraft zesty Italian saladdressing3 celery ribs2 lemons, quartered½ pound butter¼ cup black pepper1 Tbsp cayenne pepper Simmer all ingredients for 20-30 minutes before adding shrimp. Mixture is for 10 pounds of shrimp. A dear lady from Mobile cooked this for me one time and it was the best shrimp ever. She of course used fresh […]