2016-04-20

Presidential award finalist



The State of Alabama Department of Education recently recognized Nancy Caffee of Cleveland High School, as one of six finalists in Alabama for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). The awards recognize teachers for contributions to the classroom and to the profession and is the nation’s highest honor for K-12 mathematics and science teachers.

Jewell Thompson Kemp



JEWELL THOMPSON KEMP, 89, McClarty, died April 13, 2016, at Golden LivingCenter, Oneonta. Husband John William “Billy” Kemp predeceased her, as did sons John Wayne Kemp and Allen Lee Kemp, grandson William Steven Kemp, father James Ward Thompson, mother Fannie Gertrude Chandler Thompson, and four siblings. Surviving are sons Randy “Punk” (Gwen) Kemp, Oneonta, Steve A. Kemp, Louisiana; chosen son […]

Joyce Lucas



JOYCE LUCAS, 80, Springville, died April 9, 2016, at TLC Nursing Center. She was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses and worked for many years as an office manager at Duffner Boiler Company. She enjoyed her grandchildren, gardening, flowers, and all her animals. Predeceasing her were husband Ross Andrew Lucas, children Thomas Stephen Lucas and Timothy Ross […]

Sharon Moody Noojin



SHARON MOODY NOOJIN, 70, Oneonta, died April 6, 2016, at a local hospital. She was a member of Hopewell Primitive Baptist Church and was very involved with Sacred Harp singing. Her hobbies included reading, crocheting, gardening, and crossword puzzles. She worked at Blue Bell sewing plant for several years and most recently worked at Walmart. Parents Elvin and Eldora Green […]

David Ray Pinyan



DAVID RAY PINYAN, 58, Pigeon Forge, Tenn., died April 11, 2016. He was a graduate of J.B. Pennington High School and was self employed in the construction industry. Mother Erma Jean Smith Pinyan predeceased him. Surviving are wife Annette Pinyan; son Ryan Pinyan, Tennessee; father Billy Ray Pinyan, Blountsville; brother Carl Dale (Pam) Pinyan, Blountsville; sister Karen (Joe) Gossett, Blountsville. […]

Mildred Jean Sutherland



MILDRED JEAN SUTHERLAND, 78, Walnut Grove, died April 10, 2016, at St. Vincent’s Blount Hospital. She was a member of Warrior River Baptist Church. Predeceasing her were parents John Dennis and Verley Nelson Haynes, husband L.D. Sutherland, and son Danny Ray Sutherland. Surviving are sons Troy Dee Sutherland, Walnut Grove, Michael Phillip Sutherland, Alabaster, Anthony (Ruth) Sutherland, Altoona, Timothy (Sandra) […]

Verbon E. Wood



VERBON E. WOOD, 77, Gainsville, Ga., passed away April 11, 2016, after an extended illness. Funeral services and burial were April 14 at Memorial Park Gainseville Chapel and Cemetery with Clack Stubbs and Jason Lester officiating. Mr. Wood was born on Dec. 10, 1938, in Blountsville to the late Adrion and Annie Mae King Wood. Raised on Berry Mountain and […]

Cornelius named UA drum major



Miranda Cornelius, 2014 Oneonta High School graduate, was selected this week as one of the drum majors for The University of Alabama’s MIllion Dollar Band. She has played trumpet for the past two years and served as section leader this fall. Miranda was drum major for the Oneonta Redskin Marching Band for three years. Band director David Bearden said, “I […]

Book signing at Wren’s Nest



Local author Margretta Smith, of Snead, published a new children’s book titled ‘My Dog Can Talk.’ She will be holding a book signing and reading on April 30 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Wren’s Nest Antiques & Collectibles in Oneonta, next to the Blount County Children’s Center. There will be goody bags for the children. In ‘My Dog […]

Sears has a new name



Sears in Oneonta hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony last Friday in celebration of its new name and renovations. The store is now known as Sears Hometown. Owner Jeff Turner bought the store two years ago and has made a lot of changes in the store’s processes, as well as a remodel. Turner changed the name to Sears Hometown to showcase that […]