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Between the Lines

One of my favorite stories of facing adversity and understanding yourself in society is the story of the carrot, the egg, and the coffee bean. So rather than writing my typical article, I’ve decided to share the story with you. A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for […]

Blount County 4-H Round Up results

County Agent’s Corner

The end of the school year always brings about a lot of excitement and events. In the 4-H program, the same applies. The end of the local 4-H project year means that all of us with the 4-H staff get the pleasure of seeing all things the 4-H members in the county have accomplished within their projects for the year. […]

Recipe Corner

This recipe was sent to me by one of our readers. She doesn’t wish to be named, but says she made this for a church function and everyone loved it. Thank you for the submission! -Jenna Wood Crock Pot Wieners 4 packages hot dog wieners1 onion, chopped½ c. sugar1 green pepper, chopped1 Tbsp. mustard1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce1 Tbsp. vinegar1 can […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, May 17, 1962

Hope Springs a 10-foot Wall The spunk of the German people has been demonstrated time and again since the commies sealed off the East Berlin paradise last August. They have risked their lives in the boldest attempts imaginable to get through the wall to freedom. Many didn’t make it. The bravery demonstrated has shown no age limit. The latest example […]

What Ricky’s Reading


Bear in the Back Seat: Adventures of a Wildlife Ranger by Kim DeLozier and Carolyn Jourdan Imagine you are standing in the Great Smoky Mountains. You see a frightened deer bound out of the woods into a clearing. Seconds later you see just exactly why the terrified deer is running for its life as a black bear clears the tree, […]

Mother’s Day

by Robert G. Wilkerson, D-Mindrbobwilkerson@bellsouth.net From the ghetto to the White House, Mother’s Day is an important occasion. On Mother’s Day, we pay tribute to the best-loved person in the world. When we start thinking about mothers and why we love them so, many reasons come to mind. Mother was the first person to love us. She loved us even […]

Recipe Corner

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Cheryl wanted me to be festive this week with this spicy-sweet Mexican party dip recipe. Enjoy! -Jenna Wood 5-Minute Strawberry Chipotle Cream Cheese Dip 8 oz. cream cheese, softened½ cup strawberry jam1 or 2 chipotle peppers in adobo3 Tbsp. water Blend the strawberry jam with the chipotle pepper and water. Place the cream cheese on a […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, May 1, 1952

Solve-A-Crimeby A.C. GordonYou are the detective You splash your way through the rain and mud of the path leading to the front door of the country home of Wesley Carter. Removing your rubbers at the front door, you step into the spotless hall and thence into a large, luxuriously-furnished living room. After requesting that the anxious-looking servants go into the […]

The problem with too much potato salad

Have you ever been to a potluck dinner where everyone decided to bring potato salad on that particular day? You may have a lot of really first-class potato salads to choose from, but when it comes down to it, you would probably be much happier if there were also a nice dish of baked beans, a platter of fried chicken, […]

Recipe Corner

Lemon Blueberry Sheet Cake 1 cup unsalted butter, softened1 ¼ c. sugar½ c. packed light brown sugar4 large eggs, room temperature1 Tbsp. pure vanilla extract3 cups sifted all-purpose flour1 Tbsp. baking powder½ tsp. salt1 cup buttermilk2 Tbsp. lemon zest½ c. fresh squeezed lemon juice1 ½ cup frozen blueberries (do notthaw)1 Tbsp. all-purpose flour Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat the […]


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