From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, August 3, 1983

Highland Lake to borrow $70,000 for lake purchase

Highland Lake Town Council authorized Mayor Frank L. Lucas Saturday morning to borrow enough money to be combined with a community development block grant (CDBG) to enable the municipality to buy Lake Highland and some 20 contiguous acres from Bill Towns.

The state has provided $70,000 toward the $140,000 needed to make the purchase and has promised the municipality an additional $70,000 sometime in 1984. A new allocation must be filed for that $70,000. In the meantime, the council voted to borrow $70,000 to raise the required $140,000 now.

Snead expansion faces opposition

Representative Bob Harvey is asking Snead town officials and property owners to “work out their differences” before legislation is passed to extend town limits.

Snead council members unanimously passed a resolution March 14 calling for legislation to include new areas within the town. The extension would bring the municipality’s two wells into the town limits and would give the town some elbow room, Mayor Euel A. Wright said.


Two house fires and a number of woods and brush fires highlighted firefighting activity in Blount County last week. Nectar volunteers were called to an early Saturday morning fire at the home of Gary Standridge, who was awakened by the blaze and was able to escape without injuries. The structure received severe damages, said firemen, who listed the building as a total loss. West Blount firefighters were able to save a Hayden home belonging to Kenneth Stone after it burst into flames Friday afternoon. An alert mail carrier saw smoke rising from the unoccupied home and called the fire department.