About Aimee Wilson

People of Blount County — Birdella “Skipper” Gilbert

By Aimee Wilson | October 22, 2021

“Now what do I do?”   These words come at a time many of us will never experience.  Birdella “Skipper” Gilbert turned 100 a couple of weeks ago and asked herself this question.  She had never really thought about it until recently.  It is definitely something to ponder. Looking back over her life, Skipper can tell you some stories that […]

Coming together as One

By Aimee Wilson | October 16, 2021

Everybody can be great because anybody can serve…. you only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love. — Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Millions of lives have been touched through Operation Christmas Child, a ministry of Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse. Shoeboxes full of toys, pencils, crayons, toothbrushes, flashlights, and lots of other fun and useful things […]

People of Blount County — Brandon and Jeanette Kilpatrick

By Aimee Wilson | October 14, 2021

There are people throughout the county who simply do good and want no recognition.  They have a desire to bless others and in turn are blessed themselves.  Today’s People of Blount County features a couple who do these random acts of kindness not only for others, but many of their acts of kindness focus on special needs children.  Brandon and […]

People of Blount County — Darlene Driggers

By Aimee Wilson | October 08, 2021

25, 23, and 4… These numbers may seem unimportant to most, but to Darlene Driggers, today’s People of Blount County, they are extremely important.  Darlene has been married to Dan Driggers for 25 years, she has been teaching at Appalachian High School for 23 years, and she and Dan have four wonderful children.  Noah is named after his father. Number […]

People of Blount County — Tyler Cardwell

By Aimee Wilson | October 01, 2021

The “best seat in the house” and “up close and personal” is how Tyler Cardwell, today’s People of Blount County, gets to see Auburn football each week.  Tyler, a 2018 graduate of Appalachian High School, began his collegiate career on the sidelines, but not as a player.  He is a graduate assistant who has various assignments assisting the Tigers’ football […]

Junior High Volleyball Tournament set

By Aimee Wilson | September 28, 2021

Susan Moore and Southeastern kick off the 2021 Jr High Volleyball County Tournament tomorrow, Sept. 29, at 3 p.m. Appalachian and Locust Fork follow at 4:15 p.m. with Cleveland and J.B. Pennington closing out the afternoon with a 5:30 start time. J.B. Pennington is hosting the two-day event. Hayden has a first round bye and will face Susan Moore or […]

People of Blount County — Bob Harvey

By Aimee Wilson | September 24, 2021

When visiting Bob Harvey, today’s People of Blount County, you will realize that he has a passion for flowers.  His home is surrounded by a multitude of flowering plants that create an environment that is not only beautiful, but peaceful.   Each morning, Bob enjoys a cup of coffee as he sits at the kitchen table and observes his own […]

People of Blount County: John Metzler

By Aimee Wilson | September 17, 2021

Eighty-eight years can be broken down into many ways.  It is 1,056 months, 4,576 weeks, or 8,052 days., But regardless of how it’s done, that’s how long John Metzler, today’s People of Blount County, has lived.  And although he may be slower, he is like the Energizer bunny and still going strong.  John gives all credit to God.  And even […]

People of Blount County — Dennis Nix

By Aimee Wilson | September 10, 2021

Dennis Nix, today’s People of Blount County, has always loved the outdoors, and the outdoors has always been a part of his life.  As he grew up, you could find Dennis baling hay alongside his dad.  If they weren’t baling hay, he and dad “Happy” Nix were tending to the crops that were a part of the family business.   […]

People of Blount County – John Hughes

By Aimee Wilson | September 03, 2021

Today’s People of Blount County, John Hughes, is an icon at Locust Fork High School.  He recently started his 30th year as guidance counselor there.  Because his tenure has been so stable, he has seen thousands of students, as well as children of those same students, pass through the halls over his three decades there.  Although he had worked in other school systems […]