News from the Tennessee Valley Columnists
SUNDAY, MAY 15, 2005

Steve Stewart

Bless first, and then you can gossip

Alabama native Kim Hall-Yang says she picked up her Southern accent while visiting friends in Athens.

Kim has lived in the Bronx seven years. She said friends have noticed she regains some Southern twang each time she visits Alabama.

"They tell me the only other time they really hear it is when I get mad," Kim said. "They tell me I make mad sound nice because I slip into that twang."

Kim, as quoted by Holly Hollman, explained something to her New York friends:

"You can talk about people as long as you preface it with 'Well, bless his heart, but he is ...' or 'Well, God love her, but she is ...' That doesn't make talking about someone sound as bad."

Baseball or barbecue?

When California fishermen Steve Oliver Sr. and Steve Oliver Jr. went looking for a place to eat after a long day of practicing for the Wal-Mart FLW fishing tournament, they found Decatur's Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q.

Steve Jr. asked a local citizen, "Does (St. Louis Cardinals Hall-of-Famer) Bob Gibson have anything to do with this restaurant?"

No, but Bayne Hughes says they still enjoyed the barbecue and ribs.

Maybe, maybe not

It's hard to box in an attorney, even your own, but Councilman Ronny Russell tried at a Decatur City Council work session.

Developer Herb Underwood was asking the council to sell him the former Decatur Utilities warehouse on First Avenue Northeast for renovation into an Italian restaurant.

City officials maintained they needed a property appraisal, Martin Burkey reports. Herb said they did not. Councilman Ray Metzger asked City Attorney Herman Marks for an opinion.

"Sometimes it is, and sometimes it is not," Herman replied.

"Could you be a little more specific?" Ronny said.

Any cause will do

Bicycling legend and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong started a trend with his "LiveStrong" yellow rubber bracelets. Originally sold for $1 each, the bracelets raised close to $40 million for cancer research.

Now the bracelets are everywhere. Former Alabama football player George Teague is selling crimson "Roll Tide" bracelets to support his foundation.

A green bracelet that Bayne found in a local grocery store didn't even choose a cause; all it asks is to "Support A Cause."

That was a filibuster

Rep. Tommy Carter, D-Elkmont, has watched the Legislature longer than any other member.

"They don't know how to conduct a real filibuster," Tommy said of his friends in the Senate, according to M.J. Ellington.

"In the old days, when there was a filibuster, they called in the security guards and kept on talking. They would talk all weekend if they needed to.

"They didn't do any of this going home on Thursday to see family and coming back on Tuesday stuff like they do now. But they would get through."

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