2019-07-24 E-Edition

‘Hear the beep where you sleep’

Jonathan Ledbetter assists David Mosley, age 7, spraying water from the fire truck. Oneonta Fire Department visited Kids Campus last week to share with the children the importance of ‘hear the beep where you sleep and close the door when you doze.’ Oneonta Police Department and Blount County EMS also visited the children.

Board approves late summer personnel changes and contracts

Blount County Board of Education

The Blount County Board of Education, in a special meeting Friday, approved a flurry of late summer retirements, transfers, and new hires, along with a considerable number of contracts and agreements for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year. Superintendent Rodney Green reported to the board that regular pre-school preparatory activities are scheduled soon, including the teacher’s workday on Monday, Aug. 5, […]

Back to school

Ready your backpacks and pack your pencils because the school year is about to begin! All the schools have been working hard this summer to prepare for a great year. Before the first day of school, there are a few important events that need attention in order to start the fall correctly. Each school website, along with calendars, can be […]

Weaver convicted

Henry Rex Weaver, the 74-year-old substitute teacher who was arrested in March when a firearm in his pocket discharged in a classroom of first graders at Blountsville Elementary School, was convicted Monday after a bench trail before Blount County District Judge Sherry Burns. An affidavit in the case against Weaver states one student was injured by a bullet fragment. The […]

First Baptist Hayden breaks ground

On Sunday, July 14, First Baptist Church Hayden broke ground on their new 5,000-square-foot addition. It will be used as a place to greet guests and enjoy fellowship with church members. Features include a memorial wall, a coffee service, and an elevator. The church’s two-year capital campaign, led by Keith Dillard, has raised the funds necessary to build the gathering […]


OHS ATHLETIC BOOSTER GOLF TOURNAMENT will be Friday, July 26, at 9 a.m., at Limestone Springs. Four-man scramble, $100 per player or $400 per team. Lunch served following. Phone Christina (205-213-9062), Mike (205-213-8274), Charles (256-557-2065), or Steve (205-296-3333) for info. Email intentions to play to oneontaboosters@gmail.com. SMOKE RISE HOMEOWNER’S ASSOCIATION will meet tomorrow, July 25, at 7 p.m., at Smoke […]

Out and About

Go vols!

I wanna be a “vol” when I grow up. No, not a University of Tennessee Volunteer, but a citizen volunteer in my community. I want to help make my community be as good as it can be. I discovered a way as I was out and about this month. Remember hearing the proverb “It is better to give than receive?” […]

Top five tomato disease problems

County Agent’s Corner

Tomatoes here in the county, grown in the field, usually begin to ripen in late June. By mid-July, everybody with a tomato plant is harvesting tomatoes. There may be insect and disease issues that are limiting factors, impacting the quality of fruit you are picking. For instance, I haven’t been diligent in applying any pesticides to my eight plants. I […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, July 26, 1951

Registered Duroc hog sale here Coy Jones and S.A. Sloan, of Rt. 3, Blountsville will hold their annual sale of Registered Duroc Hogs at the Tomato Shed in Oneonta on Wednesday, Aug. 1. These annual sales have grown from year to year, attracting buyers from several states. This year the sale is expected to be even bigger than last year. […]