SINGINGS DELIVERANCE NOW TABERNACLE, 1415 Fairview Church Road, Cleveland, will have The Lataste Family for singing New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, at 8 p.m. Bishop/pastor Tim McMonigal, 205-540-1016, or copastor Angie Gaither, 205-965-8426. VALLEY GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH will have singing Saturday, Jan. 2, at 6 p.m. with the Spurgeons as specials. Randy Hathcock is singing chairman, and Jeff Logan is […]

No meeting means no attorney

Town of Cleveland

A special meeting of the Cleveland Town Council was set for Monday with the main item on the agenda being approval of a new attorney for the municipality. The town’s previous attorney, Stan Glasscox, resigned last month after accepting a new position with another firm. Although the meeting was scheduled for 10 a.m. on a Monday during the holidays, approximately […]

West Blount citizens take on Warrior mayor

Boycott promised...meeting set...

Copies of a form letter to Warrior Mayor Rena Hudson protesting the city’s ordinance to collect sales taxes in west Blount County are being placed in a number of businesses along Ala 160 in west Blount County for citizens to sign, according to sources there. The Blount Countian obtained a copy of the letter, reprinted below: Dear Mayor Hudson: Just […]

Oneonta council appoints board members, names part-time officer

Oneonta City Council members filled a vacancy on a tri-county mental health agency and three others on its beautification board in its final regular session of 2009. The council named Sherrie Hicks to the Jefferson, Blount, St. Clair Mental Health Board, to assume the seat long held by retiring Jimmie Nash. Councilors also added April Loggins, Dot Ray, and Shelia […]

Little fan enjoys holiday basketball

Greer Phillips, the 18-month-old son of Oneonta coaches Phil and Jill Phillips, is surprised by the camera while taking a break from watching the Oneonta Holiday Classic basketball tournament.


Flying on broken wing

Background Scripture: Mathew 3. Devotional Reading Acts 8:26-38. In his own day, as well as in ours, the son of Zechariah the priest and Elizabeth, Mary’s kinswoman, became known as “John the Baptist.” Many also identified him with the prophet Elijah (Malachi 4:4-6), for his message was a prophecy of the immanent coming of the kingdom of heaven and the […]



The scene takes place in heaven at the conclusion of a surprise birthday celebration for Jesus. Several heavenly luminaries have just treated Jesus to cake and ice cream. As the party breaks up, Jesus and the angel Gabriel are speaking to each other. Gabriel: Well, that was nice. Were you surprised? We were so afraid you would know – after […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, December 31, 1925

Fire at Cleveland Cleveland had another disastrous fire Monday night. The post office, Box and Son’ store and the barber shop went up in smoke. The fire originated in the Box and Son’s store and was discovered between and 11 and 12 o’clock and quickly spread to the other buildings. Nothing from the store was saved. Roscoe Bynum was living […]

2009-12-30 E-Edition


New Year’s Resolutions

As the New Year begins, many people try to make their bad habits end and good habits begin. Out of shape people are taking up exercise by going to the gym. Some people are giving up smoking. It is the time of year when everybody tries to become somebody else, the time of year when no one is acting normal. […]