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Will you choose love?

Editorial

This week marked the fourth year Blount Countians came together as one to celebrate the life and legacy of one of the greatest Americans to ever live, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The annual Unity Celebration is, and will always be, one of the most special days of the year for me. If you’ve never been, I encourage you to […]

Roger’s Ramblings


What is imagination? Artists, writers, and actors use it to create their own worlds. Others use it to conceive of science fiction, then scientists and engineers make their dreams actual science. Imagination took human beings to the moon and one day, hopefully, it will take us far beyond. Dreamers dream of things yet conceived and then bring them into existence. […]

Catalogs anyone?

County Agent’s Corner

These winter days can be long and dreary, especially when it rains every other day. I like to pick up my seed catalogs and browse through them to see what is new and different in the plant world. Of course I start with new vegetable varieties being offered for the upcoming season, especially new tomato varieties. I might as well […]

Recipe Corner

I always fix at least three recipes of these at once to have some to put in the freezer. Then it makes for a quick and easy breakfast throughout the month. And you can slice off as many as you want to bake and put the rest back in the refrigerator if needed. -Jenna Wood Sausage and Cream Cheese Pinwheels […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, January 23, 1963

Old man winter shows strength Old man winter flexed his muscles when he pushed the temperature from a comfortable 49 degrees at 7 a.m. down to a shivering 20 degrees at 12:45, when snow was falling steadily and ice was forming rapidly on the streets. City superintendent Hubert Street and county superintendent Clyde Blackwood instructed all schools to close at […]

Out and About

I want to be a water monitor, Dr. Deutsch

Monitoring a stream’s watershed is a vital part of ensuring the health of the stream and community. What enters the watershed will become a part of the stream. Rain is a positive contribution and very necessary. A plastic bottle is trash that could take 450 years to decompose. Potentially harmful industry wastewater discharge can be a detriment to water quality […]

Silver Queen, queen of sweet corn

County Agent’s Corner

One of the first jobs I did when I went to work for Auburn University many years ago was to conduct sweet corn variety trials at Sand Mountain Research and Extension Center in Crossville. We would plant as many as 30 to 40 varieties each year. Measurements of each variety included plant height, days to tassel, days to silk, ear […]

Recipe Corner

Well the winter weather is back. I have been freezing all week. So I thought it was a great time for another warm soup recipe. This is great served with cheese quesadillas. -Jenna Wood Crockpot Chicken Quesadilla Soup 1 pound boneless skinless chickenbreasts1 green bell pepper, diced1 medium onion, diced1 can red enchilada sauce1 can Rotel2 cans black beans, drained […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, January 16, 1980

Gym construction moves Watching rapid progress on the elementary school gym, Blountsville PTA is taking pride in raising the money for the building except for its lighting and heating, which the county school board agreed last week to finance. Donnie Breasseale, assistant principal and chairman of the building committee, said steel framing started up last week and, if all goes […]

Between the Lines

The past few weeks have been dreary, weather-wise, for Blount County. I usually love rainy weather, but after what seemed like a Seattle-like climate had moved in, I was elated to wake up Saturday to see the sunshine peeking through my bedroom window. It certainly rejuvenated me and gave me a boost of energy. Although it was chilly, I was […]


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