News from the Tennessee Valley Columnists
SUNDAY, MAY 8, 2005

Steve Stewart

Students out front in acts of kindness

Students in Limestone County are too kind, says Holly Hollman.

East Limestone and Tanner high schools topped the nation in the numbers of kind acts they did for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Kindness and Justice Challenge.

The middle school at East Limestone did 104,473 acts of kindness. Students held a penny drive and counted each penny as a kind act. They raised $1,035 for the American Cancer Society in honor of Principal Dennis Black, who had a malignant tumor removed last year.

They also raised $1,035 for a Rotary Club in Thailand to help child victims of the tsunami.

Tanner came in second with 79,925 acts of kindness.

Flamingos at 50

When she woke up Thursday on Spring Court Southwest, Vickie Phillips had a yard filled with pink flamingos, big red hearts, spinning flowers, and a 7-foot inflatable birthday cake with candles and a banner.

Vickie was born 5-5-55, so Thursday was her 50th birthday. Sister Susan Prince and Susan's daughter, Layla Beverly, arranged the decorations through a Hartselle business, Tickled Pink Party Lawn & Specialties.

Susan said the yard got quite a lot of attention because it's right in front of Wal-Mart.

River-bridge hero

The Decatur City Council recognized Tim Lockhart on Monday for helping rescue an Indiana couple whose vehicle vaulted off the Tennessee River interstate bridge April 12 and fell 56 feet.

Tim, a field maintenance mechanic with Thompson Tractor Co., saw the wreck happen and used his 8,000-pound lift crane to lower emergency workers to the wreck and lift out the two passengers, who survived.

The council honored Tim for going out of his way to help strangers and for "heroic and able assistance," reports Martin Burkey.

Creative budgeting

Put five city councilmen in a room for six hours to argue about budget line items, and a reporter like Martin is bound to find humor.

  • Even though it's been closed for years, Blue Haven Pool remains a favorite of council critics. They want it reopened. It also remains a line item in the city budget with $0 beside it.
  • In search of revenue, someone mentioned relying more on tourism dollars. It prompted Councilman Gary Hammon to suggest a "teepee tax" on the recent Indian Festival.
  • Gary questioned a requested budget hike for the Carnegie Visual Arts Center. David Bolding suggested the extra money was for wineglasses, and Ronny Russell suggested it was for "Drink Responsibly" posters. The council shot down the Carnegie's request to serve wine last year after adjacent First Baptist Church objected.

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