Columns

Out and About

A walk down by the river

You must be an online subscriber to view this story – Please login below or purchase a subscription. The full version of this story will be available to all readers after 1 week. Full versions of news stories from the most recent week are available to online subscribers only. Access to full versions of news stories from issues older than 1 […]

One of Blount County’s treasures

County Agent’s Corner

You must be an online subscriber to view this story – Please login below or purchase a subscription. The full version of this story will be available to all readers after 1 week. Full versions of news stories from the most recent week are available to online subscribers only. Access to full versions of news stories from issues older than 1 […]

Recipe Corner

Ultimate Grilled Cheese

You must be an online subscriber to view this story – Please login below or purchase a subscription. The full version of this story will be available to all readers after 1 week. Full versions of news stories from the most recent week are available to online subscribers only. Access to full versions of news stories from issues older than 1 […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, October 16, 1941

You must be an online subscriber to view this story – Please login below or purchase a subscription. The full version of this story will be available to all readers after 1 week. Full versions of news stories from the most recent week are available to online subscribers only. Access to full versions of news stories from issues older than 1 […]

Journalism matters. Communities matter. People matter.

Editorial

Oct. 7 through 13 is National Newspaper Week. This year’s theme is “Journalism matters. Now More than Ever.” I’m obsessed with newspapers. Always have been. I’ve loved reading the stories of people, places, and things as long as I can remember. Today, with the world now at our fingertips, I get to read newspapers from all over the world. And […]

Between the Lines

I was a total band kid in my high school years. Starting in the seventh grade, I played the trumpet and transitioned to the cymbals my junior year. As a senior, I was the OHS mascot. With that being said, it’s been years since I was in a football stadium for the sole purpose of marching in the band. Saturday […]

Recipe Corner

Jenna’s Lasagna 2 packs provolone cheese slices2 whole milk mozzarella cheeseblocks, shredded2 packs lasagna noodles (Cook according to package instructions) Meat sauce:2 pounds ground chuck3 pounds sausage4 gloves garlic, minced½ cup diced onionCook together and drain. Add:1 large can tomato paste4 jars fire roasted tomato and garlicsauce3 tsp sugar4 tsp Italian seasoningSimmer for one hour. Cheese mixture:2 eggs2 large containers […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, October 9, 1952

Items of personal interest Jimmy Bains, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Bains, suffered painful injuries last Saturday while riding a bicycle when he ran into the back of a truck. Treatment for Jimmy involved five shots and four stitches. For Sale: Five room house and bath in Blountsville. Has electric water heater, kitchen sink, butane heating system. Also garage […]

What Ricky’s Reading


The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life andFreedom on Death Rowby Anthony Ray Hinton Anthony Ray Hinton was an ordinary man. He was born in Alabama in 1956, played baseball at West Jefferson High School in 1974, and worked in the coal mines upon graduation. Despite a brief stint in prison for stealing a car, Hinton kept his nose […]

Stinking stink bugs!

County Agent’s Corner

The smallest stink bug that we have had to deal with in the last several years is the Kudzu bug. This stink bug is about the size of a lady beetle. It is usually dark-brown to black in color and you may not notice the head or legs of this bug as it feeds on your beans, figs, or kudzu. […]


Category Pages are limited to 90 days. Please use the archive page or the search box to find older articles.