News from the Tennessee Valley Columnists
SUNDAY, JULY 1, 2007

Steve Stewart

Horse, barn in sketch were her own

Michelle Belovsky of Decatur couldn’t believe her eyes when she saw the sketch of a barn and horse that accompanied a story in The Daily about David Liverett’s greeting cards.

“I first recognized the barn, where we kept our horses, and then the distinctive feed trough my dad built,” Michelle told Ronnie Thomas. “I looked closer and thought, ‘Hey, that’s our horse, too! That’s Rose.’ ”

Michelle said her parents, James and Andra Burleson of Decatur, bought Rose for her and Nick Belovsky’s children, Caroline, 10, and Emma, 6.

“Rose is about 8 years old now and has been out there at the barn on Mud Tavern Road the past four years,” Michelle said.

Seen while driving

Michelle said David, a former Decatur resident who lives in Anderson, Ind., told her that his wife and sister-in-law were driving down Mud Tavern two years ago and stopped to get a photo of the barn.

“The horse came up to them, and they petted her,” David said. “That’s how she ended up in the photo and in my sketch.”

The sketch appeared in a book of drawings David published last year called “Light from the Barn.” A company selected it as one of four barn drawings for a box set of birthday cards.

Athens’ cleanest truck

Limestone County court security employee Kawana Smith was recognized by an Athens woman at the Kentucky Derby in Louisville this year. Or, at least, her SUV was recognized.

“Aren’t you the one who drives the Lincoln Navigator that is always so clean?” the woman asked her, according to Danielle Komis Palmer.

“That is the cleanest truck in Athens,” the woman declared.

Kawana had to laugh. Her brother-in-law, Demetrius Cowley, runs a mobile carwash on the Athens downtown square and details her SUV every week.

Silver linings

Alabama two-year college Chancellor Bradley Byrne said just as with any big change, his new job has brought adjustments.

He misses his colleagues in the Senate, but not the disagreements that marked so much of the 2007 legislative session.

He resigned as a senior partner from his Mobile law firm and will not be practicing law for the first time in 27 years. That still seems a little odd.

But the oddness has a plus side, M.J. Ellington reports.

“I don’t miss doing time sheets for my law firm,” he said.

Drinking man’s race

A two-mile footrace in Suamico, Wis., featured an unusual sports drink.

Runners in the 19th annual Beer Belly Two were offered beer along the way, The Associated Press reported.

For some, refreshments took priority over speed.

“My kids are running it, so hopefully they’re already at the finish line and I’ll see them in an hour or so,” said racer Doug Burmeister. “You know, there’s a lot of beer stops.”

Over the years, the race has raised more than $350,000 for charities.

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