Scammy Christmas


It’s sad that scammers and thieves ramp up their efforts during this time of year, but that’s the world we live in. I received multiple calls over the weekend (three of which I answered before ignoring the rest) with a robotic voice telling me that the IRS has four charges against me and I should immediately call this number before […]

Out and About

What a jewel

The Locust Fork River is ready to give its “all” to the citizens of Blount County. It is a jewel and very significant in your quality of life. It needs to be treated with respect for us to continue to get the most benefit and pleasure. We cannot take it for granted or we will lose it (a healthy river). […]

Between the Lines

The past few weeks have been very busy. I had friends visiting from NYC recently who are first timers to the South and were headed down from Nashville. While in route to Oneonta, I got a text that they wanted “authentic southern BBQ.” I thought about where I could take them for quite some time. Saw’s in Birmingham… Full Moon […]

Recipe Corner

Polar Express Hot Chocolate

6 cups whole milk1 14 oz. can sweetened condensedmilk1 ½ cups Ghirardelli milk chocolatechips1 ½ cups heavy whipping cream1 tsp pure vanilla extract1/8 tsp salt Combine all ingredients in a large pot over low heat for 30 to 40 minutes. Transfer to crock pot to stay warm. Add milk to adjust chocolate preference. With Christmas parades coming soon I thought […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, November 23, 1972

Thanksgiving: An American Tradition (editorial) There are many things which make Thanksgiving a day to voice grateful thoughts and most of them are things we see and use and enjoy every day: MUSIC, modern or old fashioned, vocal or instrumental; CHURCHES with steeples, stained glass windows, and a pervading sense of peace and humility; OFFICES, pleasant and harmonious even on […]

Recipe Corner

Crockpot Chicken Dressing

4 bone-in skinless chicken breastsCook chicken breasts in 6 cups of boiling water untildone. Debone chicken and pull meat apart. Set aside.Strain the broth and add together in a crockpot with:1 can cream of chicken soup1 can cream of celery soup, plus one can of water1 tsp black pepper1 ½ tsp salt1 cup chopped onion1 stick butter1 Tbsp rubbed sageAllow […]

Be thankful for Blount County

Roger’s Ramblings

Thanksgiving is a fitting holiday to take a moment to discuss what we in Blount County should be grateful for. Blount is a beautiful county, and has been my home for 30 years, more than half my life. My wife and I choose to live here even though neither of us is a native. My wife is from Montgomery, and […]

Time to lime!

County Agent’s Corner

Have you ever heard of blossom end rot? Blossom end rot is a physiological disease of tomato and pepper and may impact watermelon as well. Tomatoes have a blackened, sometimes sunken, lesion on the blossom end of the fruit. Bell pepper will have a light tan to brown lesion, always toward the blossom end but they may be more to […]

Recipe Corner

Chicken Chili 1 large rotisserie chicken2 28-oz. cans crushed tomatoes2 Tbsp olive oil2 cups chopped onion2 bell peppers, chopped4 garlic cloves, minced2 ½ tsp salt2 ½ tsp chili powder2 tsp ground cumin1 tsp paprika½ tsp cayenne pepper Discard the skin of the chicken and shred the meat. Set aside. Cook the onion, bell pepper, and garlic in a Dutch oven […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, November 7, 1962

Judge Woodson J. Martin opened a three-week term of the Circuit Court of Blount County here Monday. There are 162 cases on the docket, 105 of them being civil cases and 57 criminal. Of the 57 cases on the criminal docket, 30 are for violating some phase of the prohibition laws. The only case on the docket classed as murder […]

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