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Beer Batter 2 cups Aunt Jemima completepancake mix1 bottle or can of beerSeasoned Flour:3 cups flour2 tsp. salt2 tsp. pepper2 tsp. garlic powder In a dish, whisk together the pancake mix and beer. Let it stand a few minutes then whisk again. In another dish, mix the seasoned flour. Dip the fish, chicken, etc., in the beer batter, then in […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, October 12, 1922

Ferocious “lions” turn out to be dogs Toledo, Ohio – The “ferocious man-eating lions” that have been terrorizing the natives in the vicinity of Mt. Victory are two Airedale dogs, according to Louis Scherer, keeper of the Toledo Zoo, who returned after spending a day in the woods of Hardin County. He declared that the trail of the “beasts” ended […]

Editorial

A reader from Straight Mountain called last week to alert us to a scam call he received. The scammer posed as a Verizon representative. The gentleman was thankfully not fooled. The Snead Police Department posted the following information on Facebook last week. We reprint it here because it’s good information for all Blount Countians. Scam Alert We have seen an […]

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Love and Respect:The Love She Most Desires;The Respect He Desperately Needs by Emerson Eggerichs The young woman holds out a hand to reveal her shiny, new wedding ring. “We just got married. Life is perfect. He is perfect. When we hang up the phone, we have to have a play argument about who loves the other more. I am the […]

Preparing fruit for freezing

County Agent’s Corner

Freezing is a great way to preserve seasonal fruits. Peeled peaches, apples, and pears turn brown due to oxidation. The following are optional methods to help prevent fruit from darkening. 1. To one gallon of water add two tablespoons salt and two tablespoons distilled (clear) vinegar. Don’t soak more than 15 or 20 minutes. The fruit may absorb the salt […]

Recipe Corner

Corn and Rice Casserole 1 package yellow rice, cooked1 can whole kernel corn1 can cream style corn1 ½ cups grated cheddar cheese2 cans cream of mushroom soup Mix all ingredients and bake in a 9×13 dish at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Cheryl Helton is known for sending us girls at the office a text on Sunday nights saying, “I’m […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, October 4, 1973

No loafing for Phillip by Verdie Willingham When school ended in the spring, Phillip Byrum of Snead was confronted with three months to loaf. Loafing was not exactly his forte however; he was by far too restless and ambitious to “sit it out.” He discussed his “status quo” with his parents and, with their consent and blessing, he acquired a […]

Recipe Corner

Blonde Pecan Brownies 1 cup chopped pecans½ cup butter, melted3 large eggs1 box yellow cake mix1 (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened1 (16 oz.) box powdered sugar Combine pecans, butter, 1 egg, and cake mix, stirring until well blended. Press into the bottom of a greased 9×13 baking dish. Set aside. Combine remaining 2 eggs, cream cheese, and powdered sugar in […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, September 30, 1965

Our first editor As a fitting climax to this year’s celebration of the Democrat’s 70th anniversary last October, a handsome oil painting of its founder, the late Forney Gilmore Stephens, has been hung in the office of the building he so proudly erected for his paper. Painstakingly created by Mrs. Louise Cone, well-known Birmingham artist, the painting is a striking […]

Editorial

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 […]


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