Between the Lines

I try my very best to keep these articles centered around uniquely Blount County things. I also make it a point to highlight the positive in an often overly negative world. However, this particular article, despite my best efforts, has become quite the challenge on that front. You see, a little less than a month ago we were asked to […]

Recipe Corner

Pimento Cheese Grits 2 cups milk2 cups water½ tsp salt1 cup quick grits, NOT instant grits1 cup homemade pimento cheese In a medium saucepan, bring milk, water, and salt to a boil. Gradually stir in grits. Reduce heat and simmer until thickened. Remove from heat and stir in pimento cheese. Add more milk if needed to thin to desired consistency. […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, April 10, 1947

Telephone use during emergency In case of fire, power failure, or any other emergency, please, please do not endanger lives and property by everybody running to the telephone unless you are in trouble. Someone else is in trouble and you are delaying valuable time for operators and crews who should have access to all lines for the benefit of you […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, April 2, 1970

Officials’ report: Sheriff’s department Sheriff J.C. Carr reports that two 1500-gallon moonshine whiskey stills and 3,000 gallons of mash were destroyed late Monday afternoon some three miles southeast of Hayden in the Nyota community. No more problems: solution found Surely all our school problems are on the way to being solved. For decades women have attended PTA meetings, frantically sought […]


Not everyone “gives up” something for Lent, and the majority of those who do typically focus their fasting on food. I decided to fast from social media as a Lenten exercise this year, particularly Facebook. It had become an obsession and was taking up more of my time than was healthy. For the first few days it was difficult. I […]

Recipe Corner

Bunny Tail Bonbons 1 ½ (4 oz.) white chocolatebaking bars1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese,softened¾ cup crushed coconut cookies1 Tbsp. coconut rum or water1/8 tsp. kosher salt1 ½ cups shredded coconut Melt the white chocolate according to package directions. Beat chocolate and cream cheese with a mixer until smooth. Add cookies, rum or water, and salt, beating just until blended. […]

Don’t stop believin’


Just a small-town girl livin’ in a lonely world… don’t stop believin’ hold on to that feelin’ Those are just a few snippets from Journey’s 1981 hit “Don’t Stop Believin’.” And for reasons I cannot explain, I couldn’t get those words out of my head. Music touches each of us in different ways and we all find our own meanings […]

Roger’s Ramblings

We will survive

Interesting times we’re living now, but it should not be a surprise. Scientists have been warning for years about possible pandemics and how fast they can spread in a world where I can eat breakfast on one continent and dinner on another. History always foretells the future. Europeans brought diseases to the New World that decimated the indigenous peoples because […]

Recipe Corner

Baked Cheese and Sausage Dip 1 block cream cheese, softened1 eight oz. sour cream1 pound sausage2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, grated1 can green chilies1 round loaf of baked bread for bowl Brown sausage and drain. Mix with cream cheese, sour cream, cheddar cheese, and green chilies. Scoop out the inside of the round loaf of bread to form a bowl. […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, March 23, 1939

What to Eat and Why The gap between winter and spring has always been recognized as a trying period. Work seems a burden, tempers are short, appetites are poor, and little enjoyment is derived from meals. Just as the daily tide of human vitality is at a low ebb during the hours before dawn, so does the annual tide of […]

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