2020-03-11 E-Edition

Author visits Susan Moore

Award winning author and illustrator Patricia Polacco visited with Susan Moore Elementary students March 2. She gave an inspiring message to students about pursuing their dreams despite any challenges they may face. Polacco always loved books; however, she did not write her first children’s book until she was 41 years old. To date, Polacco has written and illustrated 115 children’s […]

Commission approves public hearing for sale of economic development tract; votes funds for second Honor Flight

Blount County Commission

The Blount County Commission in its Monday business meeting authorized commission chairman Chris Green to set a date for a public hearing on any offer to purchase land owned by the county on U.S. 231 north of Rainbow Crossing. The property was initially purchased in January for economic development purposes, with a specific aluminum recycling and manufacturing company in mind. […]


Below are results from the March 3 primary election in Blount County as posted by the Blount County Commission. Runoff is Tuesday, March 31. Blount County RevenueCommissioner29 of 30 precincts* (96.67%)Gregg Armstrong (i)10,306 (82.08%)Bob Hoglan2,250 (17.92%) Blount CountyCommission – District 212 of 13 precincts* (92.31%)Terry Franklin743 (26.88%)Ken Mullins341 (12.34%)Mike Painter (i)641 (23.19%)Chad Trammell1,039 (37.59%) Blount CountyCommission – District 47 of […]

‘Turn it over and see what you’ve got’

Walking into the office of Oneonta Mayor Ross Norris is like taking a step back in history, sometimes ancient history. Norris is an avid collector of arrowheads and other native artifacts, a hobby he began in 1979. Norris has an impressive display of about 750 arrowheads, drill bits, pottery pieces, ornaments, fishing net weights, needles made from bones, and other […]


BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CLUB will have the monthly meeting tomorrow, March 12, at 6:30 p.m., at the Frank Green Building auditorium. ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT CHALLENGE STUDENT PRAYER BREAKFAST will be Friday, March 13, at 7 a.m., at Lester Memorial United Methodist Church fellowship hall. Guest speaker will be Damon Denney, an Oneonta High School, Samford University, and University of North Carolina […]

Between the Lines

March, so far, has been a wet, wet month. I was always told that “April showers bring May flowers,” but I guess this year April is getting a head start. All I know is we better have some pretty impressive flowers come May! Besides being a dreary, rainy month, March is also Social Work Month. I am confident we have […]

White celebrates 105 years

It is not often one gets the opportunity to celebrate a person’s 105th birthday. The fact that the honoree is also a distinguished veteran of the Second World War is just icing on the birthday cake. As rare as it is, that is exactly what is going to take place when the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association get […]

Recipe Corner

Bacon and Cheese Muffins 1 3/4 cups self-rising flour2 Tbsp sugar10 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese,shredded1 large egg, lightly beaten3/4 cup milk1/3 cup canola oil Combine first four ingredients in a large bowl. Combine egg, milk, and oil. Add to dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened. Spoon batter into well-greased muffin pan, filling 2/3 full. Bake […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, March 10, 1982

Kents share love Area residents can be proud that in 1982 there are still honest, dependable, caring people such as Otis and Ethel Kent whose influence will provide lasting impressions on the young people of today. Otis and Ethel will celebrate their 62nd anniversary April 11, and have spent their years together since 1920 building a relationship and home life […]