News from the Tennessee Valley Columnists

Steve Stewart

Sin, its wages are highway companions

Melanie Smith says Unity Baptist Church put this variation of “Have a nice day” on its roadside sign:

“Enjoy the day — compliments of God.”

Meanwhile, Holly Hollman found that a billboard on Interstate 65 in Limestone County, warning of the wages of sin, had sin close at hand.

Underneath it is a second billboard encouraging motorists to stop at a strip club a few miles into Tennessee. The enticement includes three scantily clad cartoon women with unbuttoned shirts.

Good Samaritan rescue

A woman who doesn’t want to be identified told Sheryl Marsh that she saved a dog’s life after a motorist hit it at a busy intersection.

She said although the woman who hit the animal was upset, she didn’t bother to get help.

The animal lover picked up the dog and tried to find a veterinarian to treat its injured hind leg. She couldn’t find one, but she knew where the pet lived and returned it to the owner.

The good Samaritan said she was shocked that so many people didn’t know where veterinarians were in town.

No Mack attack

Private sector demand for Mack trucks is really high, Clyde Stancil found.

How high? Well, the Lawrence County Commission can sell its 4-year-old fleet of six trucks, each with more than 100,000 miles, for $73,888 apiece.

“You paid $83,000 for them,” County Engineer Gordon O’Neal reminded the commission. “You can’t beat that with a stick.”

New Macks cost about $91,000 each.

Down to the wire

Decatur City Council President Billy Jackson continues trying to hold to the schedule at work sessions, despite any unorthodox timekeeping by speakers.

City Purchasing Director Jeff Fussell could see Billy fidgeting at a 30-minute work session on adding an employee to the department, Martin Burkey reports.

“I’m watching the second hand,” Jeff noted before he squeezed in another few minutes to plead his case.

“When you said you were watching the second hand, how many times were you expecting it to go around?” Billy asked when Jeff stopped.

Soup with an attitude

He’s a real chef, and he played one on TV.

Al Yeganeh, mentioned in this column recently, was the “Soup Nazi” on “Seinfeld.” His actual restaurant in Manhattan serves, “bar none, the best soup ever,” according to one customer.

Now Al and partners hope to have 1,000 franchises of “The Original Soup Man” throughout the country within seven years. The first will open in Ridgewood, N.J., this summer.

There will be signs with strict rules for ordering, such as “Have your money ready!” and “Move to the extreme left after ordering!” But they won’t let workers shout “No soup for you!” at customers who disobey.

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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