2021-10-06 E-Edition

Covered Bridge Festival is Saturday

After taking a COVID break, the Covered Bridge Festival is back and it’s coming up Saturday. The weather is forecast to be fabulous.The festival shines a spotlight on all that is good about Blount County, plus you can enjoy the arts and crafts, live music, Rib Rally, river walk, quilt show, cruise-in, great food, and fun for all ages. It’s […]

Simply the best

When you are good at what you do, you are appreciated. But, when you are great at what you do and care about the people you work with, you are a legend. That was the life of Denis Ryan. Sadly, Denis’s life was abruptly shortened on Jan. 2, 2019, due to a pulmonary embolism. Once a blood clot reaches your […]

Misty’s story

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Maya Angelou once said, “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” This perfectly sums up my friend Misty Chaviers. We shared part of her story in 2019 as we turned the page on Domestic Violence Awareness month. In the spring of […]

Williams, Abel sentenced

Blount County District Attorney Pamela L. Casey announced the sentencing of two convicted sex offenders Tuesday morning. Eric Williams, 23, of Cleveland, was sentenced to 15 years in the Alabama Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to Rape 2nd. Chris Abel, 51, of Smoke Rise, was sentenced to 15 years each on three counts of Sex Abuse of a Child […]


BLOUNT COUNTY QUILTERS GUILD will have the annual Quilt Show Friday, Oct. 8, and Saturday, Oct. 9, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., at Palisades Park. Admission is $5 per person.Phone 205-994-4749 for more information. COVERED BRIDGE FESTIVAL is Saturday, Oct. 9, beginning at 9 a.m., in downtown Oneonta. FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER Saturday, Oct. 9: Stop by […]

Church Briefs

CHURCH BRIEFS Beginning with this issue, The Blount Countian will print only special events or services in the Church Briefs (revivals, fundraisers, Homecoming, VBS, etc.) We will no longer publish regular weekly services for churches. We have a special advertising rate if your church wishes to publish this information. Phone 205-625-3231 or email production@blountcountian.com to submit your event or for […]

About People

Snead State graduates Snead State Community College announced students who received degrees and/or certificatesduring the summer and spring 2021 terms. Amongthem were: SUMMER 2021 Altoona: Madisun Kayleigh Lyles, Montanna RoseMashburn, Tonya Kaye PattersonBlountsville: Lacey Kay Bailey, Dillon Blevins, JamesPeyton Dean, Kayla Shea PutmanHorton: Morgan Elizabeth Collins, Patrick R. Saint,Holly Alain Smith, Isaac Lee Spinks, William TideThompson, Sandi Valdez, Caleb Hugh […]


A newspaper with a passion for our people

We all have a story and those stories build connections that bring people and communities together. Our story starts Oct. 18, 1894. The South Democrat made its debut and for more than 125 years, we’ve been Blount County’s hometown newspaper. Through the pages of each edition, we record our story, documenting the history of our community and the lives of […]

Day of celebration and controversy

On Monday, Oct. 11, Columbus Day will be observed. It commemorates the landing of Christopher Columbus, who was of Italian heritage, in the Americas in 1492. Although Columbus believed he had reached his desired destination of Asia on Oct. 12, 1492, he actually landed on a small island in the Bahamas. Until almost 300 years later, it was not formally […]