What Ricky’s Reading

The Girls: An All-American Town, a Predatory Doctor, and the Untold Story of the Gymnasts Who Brought Him Down by Abigail Pesta Warning: This book review contains excerpts and details of crimes of a sexual nature. While we try to convey this information with respect to our readers, we will also honor the stories of the victims because their stories […]

Recipe Corner

Pineapple Smokies 1 cup packed brown sugar3 Tbsp. flour2 tsp. dry mustard1 cup pineapple juice½ cup vinegar2 tsp. soy sauce2 pounds little smokies sausages1 20 oz. can pineapple chunks,drained Combine brown sugar, flour, dry mustard, pineapple juice, vinegar, and soy sauce in a saucepan; mix well. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Boil for one minute, stirring constantly. Add sausages […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, November 2, 1922

Jazz age near end, bobbed hair to go The age of jazz is nearing its end, Dr. Lewis E. Mudge of Philadelphia, state clerk of the Presbyterian general assembly, says. We will soon be living in the great moral age without short skirts and rolled stockings, snuggle dancing, hip pocket liquor, and — Dr. Mudge includes — bobbed hair. “The […]

Roger’s Ramblings

“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.” – Thomas Paine, American Crisis, 1776 Thomas Paine could literally move people to action with only quill and […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, October 30, 1952

Quill notes from the the old ink well: Halloween “Where the bee sucks there suck I; In a cowslip’s bell I lie; There I couch when owls do cry. On the bat’s back I do fly.” Halloween! A time for gaiety, pranks, and goblins! A time to play spooks, haints, and ghosts! Beware of black cats, jack-o-lanterns, and witches riding […]

Recipe Corner

Chicken Taco Soup 3 to 4 cups shredded chicken1 large finely chopped onion2 packages ranch dressing mix2 packages taco seasoning mix1 large can Rotel1 large can diced tomatoes1 can pinto beans1 can northern beans1 can light kidney beans2 cans white shoepeg corn Combine all ingredients and bring to a boil, then simmer for one hour. Serve with shredded cheese, sour […]

Out and About

Blount County vacation weekend

Oh boy! Friends from another part of the state are coming for a weekend visit. There will be plenty to do in Blount County, especially during Covered Bridge Festival weekend. Adding fun things to the weekend’s “to do” list will be easy. We will start the weekend early Saturday morning at the pancake breakfast fundraiser for the Blount County Children’s […]

Recipe Corner

Mom’s Grilled Cream Cheese Sandwich Sliced white loaf breadSoftened cream cheeseButterCinnamon and sugar mixture Spread softened cream cheese between two slices of bread and grill with butter in a skillet like you would a normal grilled cheese sandwich. As soon as it comes out of the skillet, dip each side in a plate of cinnamon and sugar mixture. I have […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, October 23, 1975

Out of step “Look! Look! Everybody’s out of step but Johnny,” the doting mother is supposed to have cried when she watched Johnny marching in a parade. We’ll be in the same predicament this weekend when our inner clock differs with the hour we set on our timepieces at bedtime Saturday night. Oh, for the fortitude of the rooster who […]

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