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Steve Stewart

Relentless questions for principal

Creekside Elementary School Principal Matt Scott dealt with jokes about snakes and his pregnant wife during a meeting of the Limestone County Board of Education.

Each meeting, principals do presentations on their schools. Holly Hollman says Matt had to explain that he didn't leave his wife at a hospital while she was in labor to make the meeting. He said the doctor rescheduled the delivery.

School board member Earl Glaze put Matt on the spot again by asking about a snake that apparently had fallen from the ceiling at the school.

"We were hoping to keep that quiet," Superintendent Barry Carroll told Earl. "Now it will be in the paper for sure."

Barry was right.

No guns — toys or not

A 15-year-old who looked like a gunman gave Athens police a scare during the city's Christmas parade, and police returned the favor.

A man told officers he saw the teen pointing a gun at spectators. Holly says officers converged on the teen and grabbed and handcuffed him.

They learned that the gun was a toy that looked realistic. Officers lectured him about using common sense.

"After the attention he got from police, I believe he'll think twice about pulling that stunt again," Lt. Floyd Johnson said.

He trapped himself

According to radio reports monitored by Seth Burkett, emergency personnel responded to a wreck on U.S. 72 three miles east of Athens on Tuesday at 12:30 a.m. At first they believed a driver was entrapped when the truck flipped into the trees and landed on its side. On closer inspection, they realized the driver was actually standing up inside the overturned vehicle, too intoxicated to climb out.

Losing his listeners?

It's usually the Decatur City Council that holds the gavel or the hook on people who speak during public hearings, but Dwight Jett Sr. got the hook from the audience recently, Martin Burkey reports.

The council was considering a request to rezone half an acre near Lowery Street and Old Moulton Road from residential to business. Dwight was among the supporters.

He talked for five minutes about the property's history until his son Dwight Jett Jr. shouted to him from the audience, "They're not listening to you! You might as well stop."

Dwight Sr., however, persuaded the council to table the action until January so members could understand the exact location on city maps.

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