Employees get raise

Town of Snead

On a motion by Mayor Tim Kent, the Snead Town Council approved a $2-per-hour raise for town employees. Kent said, “Employees have had no raise in four years. They have been patient and to keep employees we are going to have to pay them. It is no fault of the employees and we need to rectify this.” The raise for […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, June 1, 1933

The ice patrol It sometimes takes a great disaster to awaken a community or a nation to the fact that a known menace to life and property often may be removed through intelligent action. Such was the lesson of the Titanic through collision with an iceberg on April 14, 1912, with a loss of 1,517 lives. This shocking tragedy of […]

All-county baseball


Coaches from Blount County Schools announced the 2021 All-County Varsity Baseball team. Appalachian’s Chase Payne and Hayden’s Lucas Drake took top honors. Payne, a junior, was selected by the coaches as Blount County MVP. He helped lead the Eagles to a 14-8 record pitching a total of 60 innings while striking out 149 of the batters he faced. Payne finished […]

Ellis signs with JSU


Oneonta High School’s Luke Ellis (pictured with parents Kevin and Pam Ellis) signed a scholarship to run cross country with Jacksonville State University. During his senior year, Luke finished as a Top 15 runner in the 4A Cross Country State Championship. He also had four All-State finishes in track and field, coming in sixth in both the indoor and outdoor […]

Lipscomb signs with Snead State


Surrounded by her parents, coaches, teammates, and friends, Susan Moore’s Madison Lipscomb signed a full basketball scholarship to Snead State. “All your hard work paid off,” head coach Natasha Smallwood said. “We are so proud of you and can’t wait to come watch you play next season.” Lipscomb finished her high school career with more than 1,000 rebounds. During the […]

Summer feeding programs


The Blount County Schools summer feeding program is back for a sixth year. Oneonta City Schools begins their program this year. The program, which offers breakfast and lunch, is open to children 18 and under at no cost. Meals will be offered at all county elementary schools and in the Oneonta lunchroom. (See charts for locations, dates, and times.) The […]

Annie Marie Matthews Bigham

ANNIE MARIE MATTHEWS BIGHAM, 73, Oneonta, died May 7, 2021, at Diversicare of Oneonta. J.W. Hughins officiated the 2 p.m. service held May 14 at the Chapel of Lemley Funeral Home. Burial followed at Fairview Cemetery, Springville.

Frances Lorene Moore

FRANCES LORENE MOORE, 87, Straight Mountain, died May 24, 2021. Predeceasing her were husband Jimmie Lee Moore, parents William “Boy” and Carrie Mouser, and four siblings. Surviving are children Lucky Lee Moore, Lester Lee Moore, Carrie Kathlene “Kathy” Moore Leopard, Reba Yvonne Moore Tomlinson; siblings Andrew Clifford “A.C.” Mouser, Thelma Mouser (Dougins) Simons; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral services will […]

Gary Michael Moore

GARY MICHAEL MOORE, 53, Locust Fork, better known as “Mike,” passed away at Brookwood Medical Center May 24, 2021. Michael was employed full time at Oneonta Fire Department and Locust Fork Fire Department. He served as chaplain of Palmerdale Fire Department. He served in the Smyrna Fire Department for 15 years and Calhoun Fire Department for eight years in Georgia. […]

Sarah Dean Nelson Putnam

SARAH DEAN NELSON PUTMAN, 83, Oneonta, died May 25, 2021, at St. Vincent’s East Hospital. Predeceasing her were husband Marvin Howard Putman, brother Wayne Nelson, and parents Walter and Opal Teague Putman. Surviving are son Teddy (Frances) Putman and grandchildren Caroline Putman and William Putman. Funeral service was held June 1, at 2 p.m., at the Chapel of Lemley Funeral […]