From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, August 12, 1937

Sheriff continues war on all law violators

First week in office finds sheriff making many arrests. Sheriff Ed Miller Sunday afternoon brought to Oneonta and lodged in jail Nim Brown, charged with attempted murder and disturbing public worship.

According to the sheriff, Felton Snell and Brown got into an argument at Mt. Zion Church, near Moore’s Store and during the altercation Brown cut Snell severely with a knife. The sheriff reported that Snell was cut so badly that 25 stitches had to be taken in his back, besides several in his neck and breast. Reports state that Snell is in serious condition.

Berry Cooper was lodged in jail Saturday night having been arrested near the Marshall County line and charged with attempted murder. Cooper, according to reports, hit Lee Smith in the head with a rock and afterwards beat him with a club. Lee, it is said, is in a rather serious condition.

The number of arrests since Miller took office has amounted to 35, mostly for minor offenses.

On Friday morning, a convict escaped while working on the road between Cleveland and Oneonta. John Graves is held in the jail here charged with having aided the prisoner to escape according to Miller.

Legion again to sponsor a fair for the county

For the second consecutive year the Oneonta Post of the American Legion will sponsor a fair for Blount County. The grounds for the fair have not been chosen, but representatives of the fair have made plans for a much bigger and better fair than last year, which was a crowning success for the first undertaking.

The Great Southern Shows will bring the carnival part of the fair and according to reports of members of the local post is a much larger carnival than the one that was here last year.

Is is well here to remind everyone in the county to get ready to gather things they have that might be of interest to the fair goers. If you have the largest stalk of corn, get it ready; if you have the biggest watermelon, etc., etc., etc., get them ready for the Blount County Fair.