News from the Tennessee Valley Columnists

Steve Stewart

Need stress advice? It's in the bag

Looking at the sandwich bags that Sue Brantley distributes, you'd think she was discarding stuff cleaned out of her desk.

But Sue, executive director of the Mental Health Association in Morgan County, wants people to keep these items. Clyde Stancil reports that the explanation is on a piece of paper, titled "Stress Survival Kit," inside each bag.

The items are:

  • Paper clip, to help keep it together.
  • Bubble gum, to remember not to blow it.
  • Eraser, to consider mistakes as opportunities to learn.
  • Penny, to help you adapt to change.
  • Rubber band, a reminder to stay flexible.
  • Tea bag, to help you simmer down.
  • LifeSavers, to make the point that managing stress can make your life a "hole" lot better.
  • Mint, a suggestion that you make a commit-"mint" to relax.

    "Sometimes I feel like I'm a poster child for stress," Sue said. "And I feel this is as helpful to me, to remind myself how to deal with stress, as it is for the people I speak to."

    '48 Hours' visits

    The big cameras came to the Morgan County Courthouse on Oct. 5.

    A camera crew from CBS' "48 Hours Investigates" went to Circuit Judge Glenn Thompson's courtroom to stage footage for the segment it plans to air about the murder trial of Daniel Wade Moore. He is accused of the 1999 stabbing death of Karen Tipton.

    A producer said the segment is scheduled to air next month, Sheryl Marsh reports.

    A ditch, not a dump

    A Morgan County employee caught someone dumping rubbish along a roadside.

    Decatur police told Chris Paschenko that the employee confronted the man, who thought he'd test the employee's intelligence.

    The man said he had permission to dump roofing shingles, light fixtures and wire in the ditch off Kirby Bridge Road because someone would bury it later.

    Not fooled, the employee gave police the man's license plate number, but officers weren't able to find him.

    Autumn's big baby

    Is your Halloween pumpkin big enough?

    It took five men and a forklift to get Ron and Sue Boor's 1,085-pound prize pumpkin onto the scale at the West Virginia Pumpkin Festival, according to The Associated Press.

    The Boors have toiled in their pumpkin patch since May. They installed irrigation and a shade tent, attended gardening seminars and watered endlessly.

    At the prize pumpkin's peak growth, it gained about 35 pounds a night and consumed about 200 gallons of water per day.

    "It's worse than raising a baby," Sue said.

    Send stories for You Don't Say to or call Weekend Editor Steve Stewart at 340-2444. Or write P.O. Box 2213, Decatur, AL 35609. DAILY staff members contribute many of the items you see here.

  • Steve Stewart Steve Stewart
    DAILY Weekend Editor

    Leave feedback
    on this or

    Email This Page