News from the Tennessee Valley Columnists
SUNDAY, JULY 16, 2006

Steve Stewart

Almost too dry for mud volleyball

How dry is it?

It's so dry that the annual CASA Mud Volleyball Tournament in Athens, held Saturday, almost changed its name to Dusty Volleyball.

Fire Chief Cliff Christopher told Holly Hollman that the recreation department couldn't till the ground and remove rocks at Swan Creek Park because the ground was too hard.

Cliff's department pitched in by leaving hoses for workers to soak the ground and create mud.

Bet the players would rather have that mud bath than a dust bowl.

The event benefits Care Assurance System for the Aging and Homebound.

The other Corinth

While interviewing Ferris Blackwood, director of Corinth, Clear Creek and Houston recreation areas, for a story on area campgrounds, Kate Klepper learned a lesson on being specific.

He asked that she make it clear to readers that Corinth Recreation Area is near Double Springs in Winston County, Ala.

After past newspaper articles, several families got ready for a fun weekend outdoors and mistakenly drove to Corinth, Miss. One person asked a gas station attendant for directions to the campground. The attendant politely informed him he was in the wrong state.

Don't tell Kate about the time I stopped at a welcome center in Tupelo, Miss., and asked directions to the casinos. Tupelo sounds a lot like Tunica.

Asleep at the wheel

Not driving while under the influence landed one motorist in jail after he passed out at the wheel and held up traffic, said Lt. Chris Mathews, a Decatur police spokesman.

Officers, responding to complaints about the car stopped diagonally across both northbound lanes of Alabama 67, found the 56-year-old Decatur man passed out in the
driver's seat. Police charged him with DUI and blocking the roadway.

A 27-year-old Decatur woman in the passenger seat was also unconscious. When police woke her, she refused to get out of the car and told officers to let her go back to sleep, Chris said.

Police arrested her on charges of resisting arrest and obstructing a government operation, Seth Burkett reports.

Good neighbor

Being nine months pregnant with twins did not stop Jessica Bates of Albion, Mich., from rescuing a handicapped neighbor from a burning apartment.

Just before midnight, Jessica, 22, was watching children in her living room when she heard a cry for help. An apartment was on fire across the street.

Jessica dragged Barbara Wellman to the sidewalk in her wheelchair, then banged on others' doors to warn them, according to The Associated Press.

"I don't look at it as being a hero, I just looked at it like helping someone," Jessica said. "I knew it was a risk to myself, but I couldn't leave her."

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