People of Blount County

People of Blount County — Birdella “Skipper” Gilbert


“Now what do I do?”   These words come at a time many of us will never experience.  Birdella “Skipper” Gilbert turned 100 a couple of weeks ago and asked herself this question.  She had never really thought about it until recently.  It is definitely something to ponder. Looking back over her life, Skipper can tell you some stories that […]

People of Blount County — Brandon and Jeanette Kilpatrick


There are people throughout the county who simply do good and want no recognition.  They have a desire to bless others and in turn are blessed themselves.  Today’s People of Blount County features a couple who do these random acts of kindness not only for others, but many of their acts of kindness focus on special needs children.  Brandon and […]

People of Blount County — Darlene Driggers


25, 23, and 4… These numbers may seem unimportant to most, but to Darlene Driggers, today’s People of Blount County, they are extremely important.  Darlene has been married to Dan Driggers for 25 years, she has been teaching at Appalachian High School for 23 years, and she and Dan have four wonderful children.  Noah is named after his father. Number […]

People of Blount County — Tyler Cardwell


The “best seat in the house” and “up close and personal” is how Tyler Cardwell, today’s People of Blount County, gets to see Auburn football each week.  Tyler, a 2018 graduate of Appalachian High School, began his collegiate career on the sidelines, but not as a player.  He is a graduate assistant who has various assignments assisting the Tigers’ football […]

People of Blount County — Bob Harvey


When visiting Bob Harvey, today’s People of Blount County, you will realize that he has a passion for flowers.  His home is surrounded by a multitude of flowering plants that create an environment that is not only beautiful, but peaceful.   Each morning, Bob enjoys a cup of coffee as he sits at the kitchen table and observes his own […]

People of Blount County: John Metzler


Eighty-eight years can be broken down into many ways.  It is 1,056 months, 4,576 weeks, or 8,052 days., But regardless of how it’s done, that’s how long John Metzler, today’s People of Blount County, has lived.  And although he may be slower, he is like the Energizer bunny and still going strong.  John gives all credit to God.  And even […]

People of Blount County — Dennis Nix


Dennis Nix, today’s People of Blount County, has always loved the outdoors, and the outdoors has always been a part of his life.  As he grew up, you could find Dennis baling hay alongside his dad.  If they weren’t baling hay, he and dad “Happy” Nix were tending to the crops that were a part of the family business.   […]

People of Blount County – John Hughes


Today’s People of Blount County, John Hughes, is an icon at Locust Fork High School.  He recently started his 30th year as guidance counselor there.  Because his tenure has been so stable, he has seen thousands of students, as well as children of those same students, pass through the halls over his three decades there.  Although he had worked in other school systems […]

People of Blount County: Tommy Latta


When the football season kicked off last Friday night, you could find Tommy Latta, today’s People of Blount County, right where he has been for every Susan Moore home football game for the past 48 years.  With an upfront and close view, Tommy started his 49th year as part of the Susan Moore High School football chain gang.   And, […]

People of Blount County — Dolores Fort


If you are out and about in Hayden, you may hear the name Dolores Fort frequently.  Dolores, today’s People of Blount County, is very active in and loves giving back to her community. Although she was not born and raised in the south, Dolores moved from New Jersey to Blount County in 1975 with her husband Jim when his job […]


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