Industry of the Year

Daryl Bergquist (left) has been a leader in solar power in Blount County since moving here in 1987. He has used sun power for his personal home while dedicating his work life to clean energy. The Blount-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce recognized Bergquist and his company, Earth Steward Solar Consulting, as the 2021 Industry of the Year. The chamber recognized his […]

Business of the Year

In December 2014, a fun little shop popped up on Main Street in Oneonta. Full of cool finds and vintage goodies, this quaint new addition has grown into one of downtown Oneonta’s most treasured establishments. Now, the Pink Porch Market has been selected as the 2021 Blount-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year. Owner Dawn Glass (right) has created […]


BLOUNT COUNTY FARMERS MARKET opens Saturday, May 15, from 7 a.m. until noon (or everyone sells out) at the Agribusiness Center. DAFFODIL FESTIVAL will be Saturday, May 15, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., at Blountsville Historical Park. Entertainment will be provided by Pine Mountain Bluegrass, Cotton Pickin’ Kids, and others. There will be an antique car show, food, and […]

Between the Lines

One of my favorite stories of facing adversity and understanding yourself in society is the story of the carrot, the egg, and the coffee bean. So rather than writing my typical article, I’ve decided to share the story with you. A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for […]

Blount County 4-H Round Up results

County Agent’s Corner

The end of the school year always brings about a lot of excitement and events. In the 4-H program, the same applies. The end of the local 4-H project year means that all of us with the 4-H staff get the pleasure of seeing all things the 4-H members in the county have accomplished within their projects for the year. […]

Recipe Corner

This recipe was sent to me by one of our readers. She doesn’t wish to be named, but says she made this for a church function and everyone loved it. Thank you for the submission! -Jenna Wood Crock Pot Wieners 4 packages hot dog wieners1 onion, chopped½ c. sugar1 green pepper, chopped1 Tbsp. mustard1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce1 Tbsp. vinegar1 can […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, May 17, 1962

Hope Springs a 10-foot Wall The spunk of the German people has been demonstrated time and again since the commies sealed off the East Berlin paradise last August. They have risked their lives in the boldest attempts imaginable to get through the wall to freedom. Many didn’t make it. The bravery demonstrated has shown no age limit. The latest example […]

Lady Eagles soar to victory

For the third straight season, Appalachian is the 1A Area 11 champion and headed to regionals in Montgomery. Rain delayed the start of the area tournament with game one between Jefferson Christian and Victory Christian pushed to Thursday. Appalachian awaited the winner. Victory Christian prevailed and kept it close against the Eagles, but Appalachian held them scoreless in their 3-0 […]

The Hayden Lady Wildcats are 5A Area 12 champs and face Guntersville today at regionals in Florence. -Hayden Varsity Softball | Facebook

Wildcats head to regionals, look to repeat as state champs

The Hayden Wildcats celebrated the 5A Area 12 championship after a 6-1 win over Corner last Friday. Up next in their pursuit to repeat as 5A state champions is regionals with a noon game today against Guntersville in Florence. Hayden went through the regular season with a perfect record and the opportunity to host the area tournament as the number […]

Five straight championships for the Hornets

Last Wednesday, Locust Fork began its pursuit of a fifth straight area championship against Southeastern in the opening game of the 2A Area 11 tournament. The Hornets finished the regular season in first place in area play giving them home field advantage and top seed. Southeastern started the game strong scoring two runs in their first at bat. After Riley […]