2019-11-20 E-Edition

OCC Packing party

In an after-church packing party Sunday, children at Lester Memorial United Methodist Church (above) filled 200 Operation Christmas Child boxes. Pastor Harvey Beck and the children (left) prayed for the children around the world who will eventually receive the boxes. Lester Memorial is the OCC drop off location for Blount County. Boxes will be accepted in the fellowship hall today, […]

Third Thursday welcomes Santa

November’s Third Thursday Sip + Stroll is tomorrow, Nov.21. During the 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. event, patrons will be able to enjoy various flavors of hot cocoa, mulling spices, cookies, and other Santa-themed treats as they stroll downtown visiting participating shops in search of a good deal. Those craving something a little stronger can imbibe in Grinch Juice, Goat […]

Ridgeway guilty

Clifton Marsh Ridgeway, 26, the second and remaining defendant in the 2015 murder of 51-year-old Myron Beavers of Blountsville, was found guilty by a Blount County jury on Monday of capital murder during a robbery and capital murder during a burglary. Ridgeway’s co-defendant, Justin MacNeil, 27, was found guilty of the same crimes in May. Blount County District Attorney Pamela […]

Development questions simmer

Blount County Commission

The Blount County Commission dealt with mainly routine items in its business meeting last Tuesday, while questions concerning a significant economic development matter involving a prospective new aluminum recycling and processing plant were put on hold after being raised by a group of concerned citizens in the commission’s Nov. 7 work session. The plant has been proposed for the Rainbow […]


BLOUNT COUNTY COMMISSION has called a special meeting tomorrow, Nov.21, at 1 p.m., in the Commission Boardroom at the Courthouse to consider an agreement for installation of door access controls at the Family Services Center. WEST BLOUNT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE meets tomorrow, Nov.21, at 6 p.m., at Hayden Community Center, for its sixth annual Thanksgiving dinner. The chamber will provide […]

Between the Lines


It’s the time of year where we “gobble ‘til we wobble.” Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Gathering with family, friends, loved ones, and simply sharing in a moment of thanks. Personally, I feel that we need Thanksgiving every single month. I know without a doubt that I could use the reminder to be thankful for my many blessings. […]

Oneonta interviews for council seat vacancy

In a work session following its regularly scheduled council meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 12, the Oneonta Council listened to five council seat hopefuls. The seat was left vacant with the resignation of councilman Nathaniel Butler. The five included: • Joey Prusha is employed at Technology Strategies and has worked with the parks and recreation department and coached for more than […]

Recipe Corner

Slush Punch 3 cups sugar3 cups hot water1 package lemon Jell-O®3 cups cold water1 large can pineapple juice¾ cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice½ ounce pure almond extract2 two-liter bottles ginger ale Dissolve sugar and Jell-O in three cups of hot water. Add remaining ingredients. Divide evenly into two zip lock bags (gallon size) and freeze. To serve, thaw until it starts […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, November 20, 1975

We ask the Lord’s blessings The people of this nation enjoy blessings too numerous to catalog. One has only to pick up the daily paper to discover almost countless instances of oppression and injustice in many other parts of the world. That’s not to say there’s no injustice in this country. Unfortunately, there is, but it is on such a […]