2021-10-13 E-Edition

Bridge dedication

Last Thursday was a special day in Blount County as family, friends, officials, and military personnel came together to honor a fallen hero. Staff Sgt. Forrest Sibley was honored with the dedication of a bridge in his name. Sibley was a combat controller deployed to Afghanistan in 2015 as a part of Operation Freedom. On Aug. 26, 2015, he and […]

Honor Flight homecoming event

On Tuesday, Oct. 19, Blount County veterans from the Vietnam War, Korean War, and World War II will leave from Shuttlesworth International Airport at 5 a.m.on their way to Washington, D.C. This Honor Flight will provide an opportunity for more than 100 local veterans to visit Arlington National Cemetery, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Vietnam Wall, and other […]

Jamie’s story

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

When I first met Jamie Clowdus, I immediately felt like I was sitting there with an old friend. And to many people here in Blount County, Jamie is an old friend. She grew up here and now raises her family here. She’s a wife, she’s a mother, she’s an aunt, and soon she’ll be a grandmother. Jamie is also a […]


BROOKSVILLE VOLUNTEER FIRE & RESCUE will have a Swamp John’s fish fry Saturday, Oct. 16, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. All plates are $12 and include fish, chicken, shrimp, or combo; slaw; hush puppies; fries; pickle; onion; drink; and choice of homemade dessert. Eat in or carry out available. ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION The OBA annual awards celebration “BBQ Bravo” […]

Reader Writes

On the 11th anniversary of Brittany Weaver Stewart’s death, I would like to remind all expecting mothers about preeclampsia. Symptoms of preeclampsia are dangerous and not always apparent. Syptoms include severe headaches, changes in vision, upper abdominal pain, nausea, and decrease in urine output. It affects pregnant women and usually presents itself on or after the halfway point in pregnancy. […]

What to read this month

Better watch out, because this chicken has crossed its last road in Poultrygeist! This picture book filled with puns is a cute, “scary” story that isn’t scary at all; perfect for a little October creepiness without being too alarming. The illustrations are the best part – fun metallic “ghost” animals that shine against a shadowy background. You might not find […]


Sean of the South

I was watching cable news today, they said this was the most challenging time in our national history. They said that circumstances have never been this bad. They said we’d be lucky to make it through these hard times in good enough shape to bury. They said a lot of things. Well, I got to thinking about “they” today. Who […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, October 11, 1956

Turned out to be a good breakby Joe Marsh We had a water main break last Thursday. Happened early in the morning – about 2 a.m. – and the first thing most of us knew about it was when we tried to turn on the faucets and nothing came out but a hissing noise. Nobody was inconvenienced much though. Repair […]

Recipe Corner

Melanie Skillman shared this recipe with me and it has become my son’s favorite. It is exactly like some caramel candy that we once bought in the Smoky Mountains. It’s super easy to make and would be great for trick or treaters in a couple of weeks! I store mine in a glass bowl and we just cut pieces off […]