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Steve Stewart

Train noise can’t disrupt this event

When distractions disrupt a program, just pretend they were part of the plan.

That’s what Benard Simelton, president of the Limestone County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, did when trains roared by the Alabama Veterans Museum in Athens during a Martin Luther King Jr. program.

The museum is adjacent to railroad tracks, and train horns blared louder than the guest speakers.

Holly Hollman says at the program’s end, Benard remarked, “When people are honored, you usually have planes fly by. Well, today, in honor of Dr. King, we had two trains drive by.”

Chicken boosters

During a press conference to announce the Alabama Blues Brothers would be headlining the 2007 Chicken and Egg Festival in Moulton, the soulful duo performed an impromptu song to celebrate poultry, Kristen Bishop reports.

While Blues Brother Justin Crisler played harmonica, Jamey Crisler sang “I Got Chicken on My Mind.” Festival mascot Nugget, a bright yellow chicken, did the appropriate chicken dance during the performance.

“We’d like to say we were raised on lots of chicken — fried chicken — and love it,” said Jamey.

The festival will be April 14 and 15.

Chicken and egg

Decatur police have a policy against releasing the names of suspects who haven’t been arrested, but Seth Burkett says Lt. Chris Mathews did let it slip that a suspect in a car-egging was employed at a poultry plant.

Once is enough

There was a little confusion as a state Senate committee prepared to conclude the task of assigning senators to different standing committees, according to M.J. Ellington.

Some members thought the group should adjourn, an indication that members were through with all business. Others thought the committee just needed to recess in case a problem arose when the full Senate heard the assignments.

“I thought we would stand in recess for four years,” quipped Sen. Pat Lindsey, D-Butler. “I hope we don’t have to do this again for four years.”

That’s house-training

My wife is threatening to trade in both me and the dog for Judy, a chimpanzee who escaped from her sleeping quarters at the Little Rock Zoo and cleaned the toilet before she was caught.

Judy got into a service area, where she first raided the refrigerator.

“Then,” as primate keeper Ann Rademacher tells it, “she went in the bathroom and picked up a toilet brush and cleaned the toilet. Her technique was good enough to make me think she must have done it before.”

Judy, 37, was a house pet before she came to the zoo in 1988, according to The Associated Press.

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