City grants Tier I retirement status to employees

City of Oneonta

A vote by Oneonta city officials to adopt a resolution to allow all Tier II status employees to gain Tier I status regarding retirement was recently approved. Adoption of this resolution will enable the city to improve benefits for current employees, as well as be a major selling point for any new hirees. Legislation that went into effect Oct. 1, […]

BCCTC awarded $100,000 grant

Blount County Board of Education

In the regularly scheduled meeting of the Blount County Board of Education Monday afternoon, superintendent Rodney Green and DeWon Farmer, director of the Blount County Career Technical Center, announced that the center had been awarded a $100,000 grant. Through the Electrical and Welding Craft Training grant, BCCTC will be able to provide adult education classes in the evenings for those […]

Recipe Corner

Corn and Rice Casserole 1 package yellow rice, cooked1 can whole kernel corn1 can cream style corn1 ½ cups grated cheddar cheese2 cans cream of mushroom soup Mix all ingredients and bake in a 9×13 dish at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Cheryl Helton is known for sending us girls at the office a text on Sunday nights saying, “I’m […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, October 4, 1973

No loafing for Phillip by Verdie Willingham When school ended in the spring, Phillip Byrum of Snead was confronted with three months to loaf. Loafing was not exactly his forte however; he was by far too restless and ambitious to “sit it out.” He discussed his “status quo” with his parents and, with their consent and blessing, he acquired a […]

Mustangs are county champs


Southeastern’s junior high volleyball team set their sights on a championship and they delivered. Plus, they made a little history by winning the 2020 Junior High Blount County Volleyball Tournament last week. “I am so, so proud of these girls,” head coach Alex Cole said. “They brought home the first county championship in Southeastern volleyball. Making history by keeping elite […]

Redskins take down Bulldogs


Coach Phil Phillips was able to give most of his players time on the field as the Redskins handed the Hanceville Bulldogs a 56-24 thrashing Friday night. After trading punts for the majority of the first quarter, Oneonta put the first points on the board with 3:36 on the clock. Connor Faust’s pass to Eli Buse and Angel Marquez’s PAT […]

Tigers cage Bulldogs


J.B. Pennington traveled to Carbon Hill Friday night in hopes of getting back on the right track after two close losses the past two weeks. Things did not start well for the Tigers. They took the opening kickoff and drove to Carbon HIll’s 2-yard line on eight plays, but a Tiger fumble was returned 98 yards by Zackari Lawhorn for […]

Panthers on the prowl


On paper, Cleveland and Southeastern came into Friday night’s game pretty evenly matched. Southeastern’s high powered offense scored 145 points in five games while an experienced and tough Mustang defense had only given up 50. The Panthers weren’t intimidated, though. While they may not have as many experienced players, the Panthers have plenty of playmakers and have outscored their opponents […]

Elite Runners at Lake Guntersville Invitational


Blount County runners competed Saturday in the Lake Guntersville Invitational Cross Country meet. Included among the 44 teams were J.B. Pennington, Cleveland, Oneonta, and Locust Fork. For the Tigers, the boys and girls were both strong with many runners improving on their previous season bests. These outstanding times earned the Tigers a first place trophy in both the male and […]

Wildcats fall to Valley Cubs


The Hayden Wildcats traveled to Alexandria to take on the third ranked 5A Valley Cubs. The Wildcats lost 56-7. Alexandria built a 42-0 lead at halftime and extended the lead to 56-0 by the end of the third quarter. Hayden got on the board on a 47-yard run by Ashton Hicks. Hicks ended the game with 112 yards on seven […]