County commission passes coronavirus outbreak resolutions


In an emergency called meeting Tuesday, the Blount County commission passed two resolutions in response to the coronavirus outbreak: one closing county buildings to the public from Wednesday, March 18, through Friday, April 3, and a second declaring a countywide state of emergency, reflecting similar federal and state declarations, and conferring extraordinary budgetary and emergency action authority. The resolution closing […]

Businesses deal with COVID-19


As the COVID-19, aka coronavirus, epidemic has been the main source of talk over the past few days, many residents appear to be in panic mode and heading to stores to purchase what they believe to be necessary items during this time of uncertainty. Images of buggies filled with toilet paper, paper towels, Lysol products, and hand sanitizer are appearing […]

ADPH offers recommendations regarding public health

In response to the increasing number of positive COVID-19 cases in Alabama, the Alabama Department of Public Health has made several recommendations regarding public gatherings, food establishments and other retail venues, and businesses: The following guidelines were issued Tuesday for Tuscaloosa, Blount, Shelby, St. Clair, and Walker counties: • Gatherings of 25 or more where the six-foot social distancing rules […]

Spring Clean-Up

The entire month of April is Alabama PALS “Don’t Drop It On Alabama” statewide spring cleanup. FLFR has completed the registration form to officially participate in the 2020 campaign. Your organization, business, church, school, etc.can also participate. PALS has challenged their county representatives to find 50 additional groups to join the 2020 statewide cleanup. PLEASE think about signing up. Blount […]

Recipe Corner

Sweet Tea Brined Chicken 4 cups water2 family-size tea bags½ cup packed light brown sugar¼ cup kosher salt1 Tbsp. black pepper1 small sweet onion, thinly sliced1 lemon, thinly sliced3 garlic cloves, halved2 rosemary sprigs2 cups ice cubes4 bone-in chicken breasts Bring water to a boil in a saucepan; add tea bags. Remove from heat, cover, and steep 10 minutes. Discard […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, March 19, 1953

Spring fever What a beautiful, sunshiny Monday morning. I guess if it keeps this up, the farmers will really get busy. If we will only look about us and notice all the trees budding out and the flowers beginning to bloom, we will surely realize the goodness of God. – Mrs. R.C. Standridge These pre-spring days are giving everyone spring […]

Alzie Weems Allison

ALZIE WEEMS ALLISON, 88, Oneonta, died March 9, 2020, at Gadsden Health and Rehab Center. Tommy Riggs officiated the 1 p.m. service held March 12 at the Chapel of Lemley Funeral Home. Burial followed at Blount Memory Cemetery.

Barbara Jo Wiggins Burns

BARBARA JO WIGGINS BURNS, 69, Oneonta, died March 12, 2020, at UAB Hospital. She was a member of Park Avenue Baptist Church and former owner of Elegant Touch. She enjoyed cooking, going to church, flower beds, holiday decorations, and spending time with her grandchildren. Predeceasing her were father Yon Yuree Wiggins and nephew Taylor Wiggins. Left to cherish her memory […]

Barbara Ann Champion

BARBARA ANN CHAMPION, 84, Cleveland, died March 9, 2020, at Prattville Health and Rehab. Predeceasing her were husband Carl Champion Jr., son Kenny Joe Champion, parents Henry and Leta Awtrey, and five siblings. Surviving are children Jerry (Sandra) Champion of Montgomery, Annita (Joey) Sanders of Cleveland; daughter-in-law Diane Champion; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; brother Gary Awtrey of Cleveland. Tim Green […]

John Julian Graves Jr.

JOHN JULIAN GRAVES JR., 76, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, of natural causes while at his home in Las Vegas, Nev. John is survived by his wife Minju Lee; his seven daughters Heather Graves, Jennie Graves, Megan (Scott) Hardy, Sarah (Todd) Burford, Camille (Matt) Clark, Julia Graves, and Laura (Braydon) Larson; his stepsons Jason and Justin Johnson; and 20 […]