News from the Tennessee Valley Columnists
SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 2007

Steve Stewart

Wedding guests see the sights

Mark and Gay Maloney and family take every opportunity to promote Decatur, so daughter Phyllis’ wedding Saturday turned into a tourism bonanza for North Alabama.

They’ve traveled the world during Mark’s service as an international board member and a foundation trustee for Rotary International.

Friends from about 16 countries — including Nigeria, Brazil, Argentina, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, England, Japan, Korea, India, China and Romania — came for the wedding, along with family members from Illinois, Minnesota, Turkey and elsewhere. The wedding weekend resembled a tour, with 109 rooms reserved at the Holiday Inn and buses taking guests to see Point Mallard, farms and the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, and to a boat outing on the Tennessee River.

Patrice Stewart says just about everybody came but the queen of England, whom Phyllis met during her student days at the University of Cambridge.

Not forgotten

Courtland Baptist Church is using its vacation Bible school to honor the memory of a member who always supported the event, Roger Cartee.

The Rev. Sam Wallace, pastor, said Roger died six weeks ago. He was always the first to ask how he could help, Sam said.

Roger’s name is printed on the church’s Bible school T-shirt, Melanie Smith reports. The school is Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon.

Back to school?

While Hubert L. Hester spent most of his career with the Alabama State Troopers as a driver license examiner in Decatur, the state assigned him other duties at times.

He told Ronnie Thomas that he handled crowd control at an occasional wildcat strike, and during the 1960s he worked civil rights demonstrations. Hubert was working in Huntsville when schools first began to close during integration.

“A kid, probably a first-grader, was standing beside me,” Hubert said. “He looked me up and down. Finally, he said, ‘Storm trooper, are you going to let me go to school?’ I said, ‘Son, they’ll let you go to school, but I don’t know where.’ I’ll never forget that.”

Outta here

At Hartselle High School’s graduation, one member of the Class of 2007 couldn’t control his exuberance.

After getting his diploma and walking off the stage on the football field, the young man did a cartwheel across the grass, Scott Morris reports.

Then, when he returned to his seat, he opened the diploma and shook it at the audience as if to say, “And you thought I couldn’t do it!”

Politician’s escape

State Rep. Joseph Mitchell, D-Mobile, glided into the House chamber in a well-cut, conservative sport coat, geometric tie, freshly pressed slacks and gray and white running shoes, according to M.J. Ellington.

“This is to run from the taxpayers in,” he joked.

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. This column appears Sundays and Wednesdays.

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