News from the Tennessee Valley Columnists
SUNDAY, JUNE 10, 2007

Steve Stewart

It’s all part of the cow, isn’t it?

Eating at a buffet restaurant in Athens, Paul Stackhouse heard a patron complaining loudly to a waitress about how bad the roast beef tasted. He kept on until the waitress got the manager.

The manager calmed things fast.

“That’s not roast beef you are complaining about,” the manager said. “It’s liver.”

The customer meekly went back to his seat amongst a few giggles and a lot of stares.

Miracle cure for poor vision

Decatur resident Bud Rivers became concerned about his vision, Scott Morris reports.

One eye was fine, but everything in the other eye was extremely blurry, he told friend Esco Olinger.

Bud considered going to the doctor — until he saw the lens to one side of his glasses lying on the floor. He popped the lens back in and restored sight to the blind.

A place to park

No sign remains of the former recreation area for inmates across from the old Morgan County Jail.

Inmates and county employees removed fencing from around the area weeks ago. Now a crew has paved the area to prepare it for parking spaces.

The area will provide needed parking for the courthouse, Sheryl Marsh says.

Lean pork Talk about the behind-closed-doors meetings going on in the Senate to negotiate home-district “pork” in state budgets prompted comments from a freshman House member from Elmore County. Rep. Barry Mask, R-Wetumpka, said thoughts about what a House freshman might take home in the way of “bacon” reminded him of a song, as things often do. “Nothin’ from nothin’ leaves nothin’,” he began to sing as he walked off, laughing, M.J. Ellington reports.

Instrument of destruction

Newly moved and still the owners of a house for sale as well, M.J. and her husband, Coke, couldn’t help but laugh and relate to a company slogan on a package of scissors she hastily bought to do a minor repair at the old house.

“Use on paper, fabric, thread and overused credit cards,” the slogan said.

Practicing and preaching

The dedication of the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, N.C., brought to mind what the aging evangelist’s son Franklin said while introducing him during a crusade in Nashville a few years ago.

Franklin said that, having grown up in his father’s house, he knew that there are not two Billy Grahams: The public man is the same man he saw up close day to day.

Some people watch evangelists more than they listen to them; any hint of hypocrisy can ruin their message. With his consistent and upright living, Billy Graham is a good one to watch. 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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