Puckett pleads guilty


Billy Glenn Puckett, 51, the retired principal of Southeastern School in Remlap who was arrested in November for two felony public corruption charges, pleaded guilty Monday to two misdemeanor crimes of theft of property in the fourth degree. The plea agreement calls for Puckett to pay $25,000 in restitution, which has been paid, according to court documents. Puckett was given […]

Recipe Corner

Creamed Chicken and Biscuits ½ large onion, chopped2 tsp butter4 cups cooked chicken, chopped1 can cream of chicken soup1 cup sour cream½ cup milk½ cup chopped pimento1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded6 frozen biscuits, thawed Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease bottom and sides of a 7×11 baking dish. Heat butter in a small skillet and cook the onions until tender. […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, February 28, 1952

Fashion show proves success The fashion show and sewing contest held by Bentley’s Store Friday afternoon at the Oneonta Grammar School auditorium was a gratifying success, with a large crowd of eager spectators and contestants present. The modeling was done by three groups. The first group was open to any girl or woman who purchased the material for her garment […]

Blount 911 Board tables differential pay, approves website updates


A local company, Mosaic Solutions, was recently chosen by the Blount 911 Board to update the 911 website. The company, with a low bid of $900, proposed to secure the entity’s personalized domain, develop a layout with a uniform look to be used throughout the site, design the navigation scheme, and design custom mastheads for the home page and secondary […]

Mission Thrift Store


When opening Mission Thrift Store last November, owner Chris Morton had several reasons he chose Allgood as its location. He lived there most of his life. His extended family still lives there. And, he needed something to fill a time gap on Friday and Saturdays. You can basically say the thrift store spawned out of boredom. Morton is hoping to […]

Lavada Bachelor

LAVADA BACHELOR, 75, Snead, died Jan. 17, 2020, at St. Vincent’s East Hospital. Predeceasing her were an infant son, fiance Sid Hughes, granddaughter and great-grandchild Sandra Garcia (baby Garcia), parents Joseph Luther Laughlin and Buena Octavia Wright, and 10 siblings. Surviving are children Lamar (Diane) Hawkins, Joseph (Paula) Hawkins, Sandy (Darrell) Floyd, Jennifer (Allen) Poole, Misty (Chris) Abernathy, Tommy (Kenna) […]

Roy Gene ‘Bugs’ Blackwood Jr.

ROY GENE ‘BUGS’ BLACKWOOD JR., 51, died Feb. 19, 2020, at the residence. Memorial service was held Feb. 22, at 2 p.m., at the Chapel of Lemley Funeral Home.

William ‘Billy’ Carter

WILLIAM ‘BILLY’ CARTER, 86, of Straight Mountain, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, at St. Vincent’s East Hospital. He was born on March 21, 1933, to the late Sidney and Annie Sanson Carter. He is preceded in death by first wife Gail Carter; parents Sidney and Annie Carter; sonin law Greg Gargus; brothers Roy (Evelyn) Carter, Pete Carter, and […]

Martha Gillilan

MARTHA GILLILAN died Feb. 21, 2020, at Le- Conte Medical Center in Sevierville, Tenn. Predeceasing her were father Ralph E. Salter Sr., daughter Amanda Tucker, and brother Steven Salter. Surviving are husband Cleary Gillilan; mother Nellie C. Salter; children Sarah (Jamie) Loyd, Adam (Amy) Tucker, Gary Gillilan, Terry Gillilan, Jerry Gillilan; siblings Ruth Sutherland, Libby McCay, Terri Salter, David Salter, […]

Lisa Hicks Hassler

LISA HICKS HASSLER, 55, Pinson, died Feb. 15, 2020. Greg Melvin officiated the noon service held Feb. 19 at Masseyline Church of God. Burial followed at the adjoining cemetery. Lemley Funeral Home and Crematory directed.