2019-06-19 E-Edition

Sparking an interest

Junior Fire Academy, held this year at Southeastern School, has come to an end, but the knowledge students gained from the experience will follow them for a lifetime. Numerous instructors, who selflessly gave of their time, taught 33 students the “ins and outs” of fire service and how it is a very rewarding career. This year’s participants completed drills utilizing […]

Lions charter new club in Cleveland

The Central Blount County Lions Club will celebrate its charter night Thursday, June 27 at One Way Outreach Ministries in Cleveland, where it will meet on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. The church is located at 36560 State Highway 79, a short distance from Cleveland First Baptist Church. The 21 members of the new club will meet […]

Public hearings, garbage update, fish kill among body’s concerns

Blount County Commission

The Blount County Commission conducted two public hearings at the beginning of its June business meeting: one dealing with renewal of an Otelco franchise agreement for provision of cable television service, and one concerning application for a Community Development Block Grant for road and drainage improvements on Black Road, Mt. Hebron Road, and Mount Road in District 2. After questions […]

Welding to success

Calei Brown, 18, has chosen an unconventional career path and is amazing those around her. During her sophomore year at Southeastern High School, Calei’s interest was peaked after she learned about a career that employed very few women. “I became interested in welding when I was in the 10th grade because I saw that it was a male dominated career […]


BLOUNT COUNTY COOPERATIVE will have the annual meeting tomorrow, June 20, at 6 p.m., at Charlie B’s. Phone 205-274- 2185 for information. PINE MOUNTAIN BBQ & BLUEGRASS will be Saturday, June 22, at Pine Mountain Community Center. Seven bluegrass bands will entertain from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m., featuring Another Day at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Chopped Boston butt […]


I’ve spent much time over the past week replaying a conversation with a gentleman who stopped by the office. It’s strange how some conversations stick with you. But as he was leaving he said, “I guess change happens, and maybe it’s not always bad.” Change has never been something that bothered me. It’s a part of life and a part […]

Out and About

Gone fishing on Father’s Day

I hope you all had a happy Father’s Day and were able to actually spend it with your father “making memories.” All I have now are the memories. One memory in particular always comes to mind – fishing in the farm pond. I grew up on a farm in Perry County near the town of Marion. My dad lived off […]

Recipe Corner

Homemade Ice Cream 1 large box Jell-O instant vanillapudding1 large can evaporated milk1 can sweetened condensed milk½ gallon whole milk1 ½ cups sugar1 Tbsp pure vanilla extractMix all ingredients and pour into anelectric ice cream freezer and freeze. With the 4th of July coming up it’s time to start making homemade ice cream! You can use this recipe as a […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, June 18, 1953

Starting the day We note that General Eisenhower is in favor of 18 year olds voting. We have believed in this for a long time. It has always seemed to us if a boy is old enough to fight a war, he should have a voice in selecting public officials. We should either give the 18-year-old boys the ballot or […]