NAPA being cleaned


At 3 p.m., on Friday, April 3, Snead Auto Parts was notified that one of their employees had tested positive for COVID-19. Once notified, the store was immediately closed, and no one was allowed in the building. The Blount County Health Department was also immediately notified. Owner Jeff Maze willingly and openly put information about the situation on his Facebook […]

Caregivers carry on


As we continue our efforts to highlight all that is being done by local caregivers in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, we found some very creative and fun activities being done almost daily to keep residents stimulated during this time of social isolation and lock down. Legacy Woods Legacy Woods (formerly Jacob’s House) in Hayden knows their residents do […]

Recipe Corner

Pimento Cheese Grits 2 cups milk2 cups water½ tsp salt1 cup quick grits, NOT instant grits1 cup homemade pimento cheese In a medium saucepan, bring milk, water, and salt to a boil. Gradually stir in grits. Reduce heat and simmer until thickened. Remove from heat and stir in pimento cheese. Add more milk if needed to thin to desired consistency. […]

State issues Stay at Home order

As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to increase across the state, state and local leaders have been asking for stronger measures to help slow the quickly rising rates. On Friday, Gov. Kay Ivey and state health officer Dr. Scott Harris instituted a statewide Stay at Home order to remain in place through April 30. The order […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, April 10, 1947

Telephone use during emergency In case of fire, power failure, or any other emergency, please, please do not endanger lives and property by everybody running to the telephone unless you are in trouble. Someone else is in trouble and you are delaying valuable time for operators and crews who should have access to all lines for the benefit of you […]

Judy Wilkerson Hendon

JUDY WILKERSON HENDON, 79, Birmingham, died March 28, 2020. Anthony Bellew officiated the 1 p.m. graveside service held April 2 at Marvin’s Chapel Cemetery. Lemley Funeral Home and Crematory directed.

Paul Kilgo

PAUL KILGO, 69, Walnut Grove, died March 29, 2020. The family chose cremation and will have a private service at a later time with Lemley Funeral Home and Crematory directing.

Sidney Jacob Martin

SIDNEY JACOB MARTIN, 88, Blountsville, died March 26, 2020, at The Olive Home. He was a member of Blountsville Methodist Church, was retired from TCI Steel plant, and served as the district 2 Blount County commissioner for six years. Predeceasing him were parents Elmer and Murther Martin. Surviving are wife of 69 years Ivalee Massey Martin; sons Dennis (Donna) Martin, […]

Bobby Gene Miller

BOBBY GENE MILLER, 83, Snead, died April 2, 2020. He attended Union Grove, Snead Baptist, and Pleasant Valley churches, served in the U.S. Marines during the Korean Conflict, was a member of Boaz VFW, and was a Mason. Predeceasing him were parents Johnny and Jesse Miller, wives Janette Miller and Juanita Lovvorn Miller, and two siblings. Surviving are children Lamar […]

James Henry ‘Jimmy’ Nicholson Jr.

JAMES HENRY ‘JIMMY’ NICHOLSON JR., 60, Straight Mountain, died March 30, 2020. He was a member of Holly Springs Baptist Church and loved to travel in Amish country to visit friends. Predeceasing him were father James Nicholson Sr., mother Fayrene Hines Tate; stepfather Roy Tate. Surviving are wife Sandra Crow Nicholson; children Cherie (Adam) Battles, Jonathan (Rachel) Morton; granddaughter Ciara […]


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