Snead, died Sept. 21, 2012, at Marshall Medical Center South. She is predeceased by great-grandfathers Bobby Smart and Rick Wilson; cousin Billy LaRue. Surviving are parents Morgan Wilson and Scotty Hudgins; brother Derrick Hudgins; grandparents Riley and Tonya Wilson, Alicia McCormick, Audra and Tom Hudgins; great-grandparents Tommy and Katie Floyd, Melba Wilson, all of Snead, Jim and Barbara Packer, Ron […]

Aggies bury Hornets

The Fairview Aggies scored 28 first-quarter points and rolled to a 55-26 victory at Locust Fork last Friday night. Fairview improved to 3-1 overall, 2-1 in 4A Region 6, Locust Fork fell to 0-4 overall, 0- 3 in the region. The Aggies got a great night from senior quarterback Luke Bailey, who completed 17 of 22 passes for 378 yards […]


PHS TRACK AND GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAMS will have a soup and chili supper before the Pennington-Locust Fork football game Sept. 28 from 4:30 until 7 p.m. in the school cafeteria. All you can eat soup and chili with drink and dessert for $7. Tickets available from any team member or pay at the door. BLOUNTSVILLE AMERICAN LEGION POST 129 will […]


THE BIBLE SPEAKS Is love the greatest?

Background Scripture: Background Scripture: Hebrews 13:1-6; 1 Corinthians 13.. Devotional Reading: John 13:31-35. I loved my wife Valere, I love my children and friends, “Sugar” my cat, my churches, the music of Chopin, Manhattan clam chowder and chocolatechip mint ice cream. The word “love” applied to each of those looks the same, but is not. In Greek there are several […]


88, died Sept. 20, 2012, at Fair Haven Methodist Retirement Center, Birmingham. Mrs. Akeman, a life-long Methodist, moved to Oneonta from Mississippi with her husband in 1948. Known as a constant scholar and volunteer, she was instrumental in the opening of Oneonta’s first library, volunteered for more than 75 years with the Red Cross, the Girl Scouts, and the Blount […]


84, Steele, died Sept. 19, 2012, at St. Vincent’s East Hospital, Birmingham. A former member and deacon of the Fellowship Baptist Church in Center Point, he was a member of the Philadelphia Baptist Church in Oneonta. Mr. Cochran retired from Pemco/Hayes as an aircraft hauler. Parents Eddie Lee and Ruby Vanzandt Cochran predeceased him, as did brother Phillip Cochran. Surviving […]


87, Tuscaloosa, died Sept. 20, 2012, at the residence. Parents Leonard and Johnnie Irene Morgan Richey predeceased her as did husbands Homer Tawbush and Warren Gammon; children Cecil Tawbush and Karen Love; sisters Audrey Price, Joan Alexander, Bertha Self; brother Jimmy Richey. Surviving are daughter Diane (Henry) Hinds, Tuscaloosa; grandchildren Keith (Alice) Hinds, Charlotte, N.C., Olivia Smith Richey, Locust Fork, […]


90, Bangor, died Sept. 19, 2012, at the residence. A member of Highrock First Christian Methodist Church, she also attended Friendship #2 Baptist Church. Parents Jesse Lee and Myrtle Head Hammock predeceased her, as did husband Levi Clinton Green, daughter Ola Marie Blackwood, granddaughter Janice Ruth Hestla, sisters Thelma Fortner and Katherine Bentley, brother Chester Hammock. Surviving are daughters Agnes […]


67, Decatur, died Sept. 17, 2012, at Decatur General Hospital. She was predeceased by parents George Roy and Emma Ilene Kelley Ward and brother Roy Lee Ward. Surviving are husband Louie Holcombe Jr., son Todd (Kris) Holcombe, Birmingham; daughter Audra (Mark) Yesnach, South Carolina; grandson, Alexander Holcombe, Birmingham; granddaughter Presley Yesnach, South Carolina. Sandra Locke-Godbey officiated the 2:30 p.m. service […]

West Blount Chamber of Commerce invites candidates; opens local office near I-65

The West Blount Chamber of Commerce will hold its next business meeting on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 6:30 p.m. at Crossroads Baptist Church. A meet-and-greet period with refreshments at 6 p.m. will precede the meeting. The six candidates running for the District 34 House Seat covering much of Blount County have been invited to address the meeting, according to chamber […]