From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, June 12, 1975

Big plans by firemen

The Spirit of ’75 is coming to Blount County. Dallas Selfville Volunteer Fire Department is planning a big affair to raise money for operation and to dedicate the building now under construction. Congressman Tom Bevill is making plans to attend and other dignitaries are being invited. A patriotic festival endorsed by the Blount County Bicentennial Committee, a community fair, and a flea market bazaar will fill the whole day of July 4.

SEC weight-lifting champion Tom Owen with a troop of performers will exhibit their prowess. Locust Fork High School band will play. The Bill Faust Trio and other country and gospel music groups will sing.

ABE program success

Of the 42 Blount Countians who enrolled in the 12- week Adult Basic Education program this spring, 12 have already received GED certificates and five more plan to take required tests this summer. Superintendent

Donald Standridge reported the success of the program to the Blount County Board of Education at the Monday meeting.

The adult program originated at Blount County Area Vocational Center and received such wide response that classes were moved to Cleveland School. Matharee Boles taught reading, social studies, and English; Donald Benefield instructed math and science; Genevieve Ellis served as teachers’ aid.

Standridge also reported receiving repeated requests that the board offer cosmetology at the vocational center. Doing so will require adding to a wing of the building.

In discussing the center, the superintendent affirmed that students enrolling there next year will serve a trial period to make sure they are in fact interested in preparing for a vocation. He said the demand for classes there is so great that means must be taken to make sure uninterested students do not uselessly fill needed spaces.