2019-07-31 E-Edition


Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey recently warned about a sophisticated telephone scam that is an attempt to get access to an individual’s banking account(s). She said a person may receive what appears to be a call from their bank. “Appears” is the operative word here because caller ID can no longer be trusted. Technology exists that allows someone to […]

OPD auction successful

It’s like Christmas in July for the Oneonta Police Department following a recent used-equipment auction which yielded $39,000 for the department to put back into new and needed items. The Oneonta City Council heard a report on the auction from councilman Richard Phillips and approved his motion to allow the department to use slightly more than $17,000 to buy car […]

Snead passes on new clerk, grants employee raise

Sometimes it takes a lot of effort to select an individual to fill the shoes of someone who has been the public face of a town for 25 years. But that is what the town council of Snead is struggling with. Councilman Greg Ogles noted, “We can’t hire all [the final four applicants], we’ve got to be patient and none […]

Senior Days in Hayden

Dinah Wilson and Sharon Jones are on a mission to bring fun to the seniors of west Blount County. After speaking with the Hayden Town Council, they have agreed to use the Community Center on Tuesdays and Fridays for Senior Days. The months of August, September, and October will serve as a trial period in order to measure its success. […]


VETERANS JOB FAIR A free hiring event for veterans, transitioning military personnel, National Guard members, Reserve members, and military spouses will be tomorrow, Aug.1, from 11 a.m.until 3 p.m., at McWane Science Center, Birmingham.Get event registration info at bit.ly/ Birmingham080119. MISSION MARKET The second semi-annual community yard sale will be Friday, Aug. 2, and Saturday, Aug. 3, from 8 a.m.until […]

Roger’s Ramblings

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” -Mark Twain, Innocents Abroad I love traveling and visiting new places. I grew up in east Tennessee and […]

Starting your fall vegetable garden

County Agent’s Corner

Many of our summer gardens may be winding down. Now is the perfect time to plan and plant our fall gardens. If you still have a craving for snap beans, you can sow a late crop this month. Also, now is a great time to plant a second round of various peppers and heat tolerant tomato varieties, such as Amelia, […]

Recipe Corner

Buffalo Chicken Dip 2 ½ cups diced rotisserie chicken8 ounce cream cheese2/3 cup ranch dressing2/3 cup buffalo sauce1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded2 diced green onions1 ½ tsp garlic powder With a hand mixer, combine the cream cheese, ranch dressing, buffalo sauce, and garlic powder. Stir in the chicken, green onions, and half of the cheeses. Spread […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, July 30, 1981

Gibbons barbecue The aroma of barbecued chicken must fill the air around the Wayne Gibbons home often. How else could Janna, Sara, and Charles have become such prize-winning barbecue chicken chefs? At the annual 4-H chickenque held at Woodland Park in June, Janna, Charles, and Sara all placed. Janna won first in the junior division and competed at the district […]