From the Archives

The Southern Democrat
September 14, 1950

Local Guard Company To Leave This Week

Blount County’s National Guard Unit, made up of 139 enlisted men and three officers, were royally entertained over the week-end, prior to their leaving for Ft. Knox this week.

Saturday a barbecue was arranged for the guardsmen at the Oneonta Grammar School, followed by a dance at which Johnny Long and his band furnished music.

At 5:00 o’clock Friday afternoon the Blount County High School band, which was to have paraded with the guard through downtown Oneonta, gave a concert at the court house under the new director, Adies Holliday. The parade was called off because of rain, and the band joined the guard for the barbecue.

Judge E.C. Hudson spoke to the gathering which included families, friends, and sweethearts of the guardsmen. He said, “We hate to see you marching off to camp. We do hope and pray that you will have to go not farther than camp, however.

“It is sad that before the smoke of battle of World War II has cleared and wounds healed you must again march off to defend the freedoms we enjoy.

“Our prayers are with you, and we know you will make excellent soldiers.” Lowell Gregory Appointed Judge

Lowell Gregory, local manager of Emergency Aid Insurance Co., was appointed Monday, to the office of Judge of the Inferior Court of Blount County.

The appointment was made by Governor James E. Folsom to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Judge W.J. Nash Jr., which occurred on July 21st.

Mr. Gregory is well and favorably known to the people of Blount County. He was born and reared in the Clarence Community and attended school at Susan Moore, where he was a star athlete.