News from the Tennessee Valley Columnists
SUNDAY, MAY 29, 2005

Steve Stewart

Confederate ancestor buried here

Folks around the country find valuable information at

Susan Guillory Pickett of Andersonville, Tenn., was helping her mother-in-law from Sabine Parish, La., search for the burial site of her great-grandfather.

John Ross Hopkins was a Confederate veteran who served in the 12th Louisiana Infantry.

Susan came across DAILY writer Patrice Stewart's articles on the Confederate Memorial Day dedication of a fence around grave markers and a historical sign in the Decatur City Cemetery.

One story noted three members of the 12th Louisiana Infantry were buried there — including Hopkins.

"The article you wrote has made her extremely happy! She has been looking for this bit of information for a long time. She is a genealogy buff and is very pleased to fill in a blank," Susan wrote.

Cemetery with sewer

More than bodies are buried at the Athens City Cemetery.

John Stockton, head of the Water and Wastewater departments, said there is a sewer line under the graves that date to the 1800s.

"We've gotten flashlights and looked in the manholes and can't see the bottom," John said. "I have no idea how long that line has been there or why it was put there."

Holly Hollman says John plans to reroute the line away from the cemetery.

Lowrider takes a dip

Chris Paschenko says he never heard of a manhole cover taking out a motorcycle, until now.

Decatur police said a motorcycle with a lowered suspension entered a dip on Marion Street Southwest, hit a manhole cover and broke the bike's engine case.

The driver wasn't injured, police said.

Now, that's commitment

Sheila Davis chairs the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce's committee on work-force development. She demonstrated her passion for the combination of education and technology.

Sheila said she would do whatever it takes to raise the $3,000 required to hire a specific expert as a speaker, reports Jay Wilson.

"If we don't get the funding, you may see me out on the street with a paper cup, asking for spare change," Sheila said.

Didn't miss the bus

Every once in a while, inattentive drivers do crazy things, like running into the back of a Decatur school bus.

Chris says the driver confessed on the police report, saying she looked down for one split second on that cool morning to turn on the heat in her car.

All 11 people in the bus and the four in the car were uninjured, police said.

It's a mystery

Rep. Tommy Carter, D-Elkmont, considered business that lay ahead on the last day of a contentious legislative session.

"What is going on today?" he pondered, as reported by M.J. Ellington. "I don't even think the Lord knows what is going on today."

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.

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