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Dean Calvert, District 3 Blount County Commissioner, in his latest iteration of an apology for a racial slur caught on tape, did not offer his previous excuses or mitigation that it was a private conversation, or that his seven years in the military should somehow be an excuse, or that his child has Down Syndrome, or even that, in his […]

Roger’s Ramblings


One of my beats over the last three years has been the Blount County Memorial Museum and the Blount County Historical Society. I enjoy the assignment because every time curator Amy Rhudy calls me and says, “I have a story you might be interested in,” I’ve discovered she’s right. She introduces me to someone who is making history, been a […]

Recipe Corner

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Dip

10 strips bacon,cooked crisp and diced1 (8 oz.) block 1/3 less fat creamcheese, softened2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese1 cup plain Greek yogurt½ cup thinly-sliced green onions1 packet ranch seasoning mix Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Garnish with extra bacon and green onions, if desired. Refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 3 days (if it […]

Freezing summer’s bounty of fruits

County Agent’s Corner

Fresh fruits can be frozen and still be as appetizing and tasty as fresh fruit if they are properly selected, prepared, packaged, frozen, stored, and thawed. Skipping just one step, however, can damage the quality and nutritional value. Select the best ripeness and variety for freezing Fruit selected for freezing should be firm-ripe, meaning ripe enough to eat. It will […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, September 24, 1959

How to Raise Juvenile Delinquents The following is an excerpt from an article by Chief of Police H.H. Robinson of Crocket, Texas: Begin with infancy to give the child everything he wants, so he will grow up believing the world owes him a living. When he picks up “bad” or “dirty” words, laugh at him. That will make him think […]

Out and About

I will. Will you?

I really have not been out and about much in the last six months for obvious coronavirus reasons. I respect COVID-19 and still adhere to the CDC’s protection guidelines. I know people that have contracted COVID-19. The pandemic has had a terrible effect on our county. Life on the other side of my driveway gate has carried on even if […]

Making life work – healthy food choices

County Agent’s Corner
Eat more fruits and vegetables

Good alternatives to processed foods are fruits and vegetables. Fresh fruits and vegetables are best, but frozen and canned are good choices too. An excellent nutritional option is green, leafy vegetables. Opt for greener salads with spinach, kale, and romaine lettuce. Other nutrient-rich vegetable selections include red, yellow, or green bell peppers. Canned vegetables are less desirable because of high […]

Recipe Corner

Pecan Pie Bars 2 cups all-purpose flour1/3 cup sugar1/4 tsp salt3/4 cup cold butter, cubedFilling:4 large eggs1 ½ cups corn syrup1 ½ cups sugar3 Tbsp butter, melted1 ½ tsp pure vanilla extract2 ½ cups chopped pecans In a large bowl mix flour, sugar, and salt; cut in cold butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press into a greased 9×13 baking […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, September 16, 1943

Ribbon Rumblingsby H.O. Coffey Neighbors! What a common word to mean so much. Men used to say it a lot, in the old days, when they met at the blacksmith shop or the corner grocery or general merchandise store. What a change! The blacksmith shop still exists in certain localities, but in most places it’s the service station and “neighbors” […]

New assistance for Alabama agriculture through AASP

County Agent’s Corner

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey recently allocated $26 million to assist Alabama agricultural producers and processors affected by COVID-19. Through the Alabama Agricultural Stabilization Program (AASP), eligible farmers can apply for this assistance. Funds for the AASP were allocated from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). In total, Alabama received approximately $1.9 billion through the CARES Act, […]


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