News from the Tennessee Valley Columnists
SUNDAY, APRIL 10, 2005

Steve Stewart

Preacher may outlast his listeners

West Hobbs Street Church of Christ minister Bill Irby took visiting gospel preacher David Sain to eat Mexican on the last night of the church's gospel meeting in Athens.

Holly Hollman reports that David, from Fayetteville, Tenn., told Bill he preaches longer after eating Mexican food.

"I told him he could preach as long as he wanted," Bill said, "but folks will probably get up and walk out around 8 o'clock."

Decision-making tools

Part of Decatur City Schools' math initiative is getting students to think about different ways to solve problems, educators told the City Council in asking for continuing funding.

For example, Martin Burkey says, 5- and 6-year-olds were asked to calculate the number of legs among three cows and two chickens. They could draw pictures and use ice cream sticks or anything else.

"Can I use my calculator?" Councilman Gary Hammon asked.

A teacher for Bo

Kristin Cade of Killeen, Texas, e-mailed Ronnie Thomas about Decatur-area "American Idol" favorite Bo Bice.

"He seems like a very grounded, unassuming young man with a great deal of talent. His voice is so smooth and his stage presence is outstanding! Go Bo, and keep reporting on him!"

Kristin teaches high school speech and television broadcasting.

"I always tell my students to watch on Tuesdays and Wednesdays," she said. "I tell them if I come to school on a Thursday all dressed in black, it will be because I am in mourning because he was voted off."

Sell your name

Need cash? Sell naming rights.

No, you don't need to own a stadium and find a big corporation that will pay to put its name on it. You could follow the example of Matthew Jean Rouse, soon to have a new middle name.

The 31-year-old Utah man used eBay to auction the right to give him a new middle name. The winning bidder — at $8,000 — was, an Internet hosting company. We haven't heard what the new name will be.

Matthew did not get along with his grandfather, named Jean, so he set out to change the name. Wife Corinna's comment: "If he wants to walk around with 'Fool' as his middle name, that's his problem."

Price of vigilance

Terri Fulton drives from her upper Limestone County farm to Montgomery for every public hearing on a proposition that she believes threatens her rural lifestyle. For example, M.J. Ellington saw her Tuesday morning at a constitutional revision hearing.

"I am disabled today," Terri told state senators when she got up to speak against the bill. "I got to bed at 11 p.m. and got up at 3 a.m. to come here, so I am disabled because of that."

DAILY Weekend Editor Steve Stewart compiles and edits You Don't Say. If you have an item of community interest, call Steve at 340-2444, e-mail him at, or write to You Don't Say, THE DECATUR DAILY, P.O. Box 2213, Decatur, AL 35609.

Steve Stewart Steve Stewart
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