News from the Tennessee Valley Columnists
SUNDAY, JULY 8, 2007

Steve Stewart

Bush visits; Dan Williams gets quoted

Athens Mayor Dan Williams is a reporter’s delight: a quotable politician.

Newsweek quoted Dan’s comment about waiting on President Bush when the president came to Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant on June 21.

“It’s sort of like going to the fair and waiting on the main act to get here,” Dan said. Newsweek got the quote from The News Courier of Athens.

But the magazine missed Dan’s comment about the president’s falling approval rating, quoted by Tiffeny Hurtado.

“We’re not worried about what other people are saying about him; we’re happy to have him here,” Dan said. “We’re more concerned with who is going to replace Rosie on ‘The View.’ ”

Is this a first?

Dan believes he’s Athens’ first sitting mayor to make Newsweek.

But Holly Hollman told Dan that an Athens city councilman made the same page (“Perspectives”) in Newsweek in 2001 after the council told employees they couldn’t wear tube tops or spit tobacco.

The city had received complaints that it needed to update its dress code, and employees were spitting tobacco juice on city property and leaving spit cups in city vehicles.

Holly quoted former Councilman Danny Crawford as saying, “Apparently people spit all over the place.” Newsweek ran that quote.

“Well, he wasn’t a mayor, so I guess my stance that I’m the first sitting mayor to make the magazine still holds true,” Dan told Holly.

Neat hair, low prices

Weddings can be good for business at the barbershop, Patrice Stewart says.

Just before his daughter Phyllis married, Mark Maloney noticed a man and two sons getting haircuts at City Barber Shop and thought about how, with two daughters, he’d never had anyone to take for haircuts.

During toasts at the rehearsal dinner, Mark waxed nostalgic about getting a son-in-law to join him for one of Edsel Hardin’s $8 haircuts.

Was it the price or the nostalgia?

The next day, about five of the guests showed up to check out the barbershop.

By the way, Mark pronounced the wedding at St. Bernard’s Abbey in Cullman a success, complete with a telegram from the pope read by the cardinal in attendance, “and more priests than bridesmaids.”

Presidents in cheese

At least Troy Landwehr’s sculpture will last longer than an ice carving.

His medium is cheese. He fashioned a 700-pound block of Land O’ Lakes cheddar into a replica of Mount Rushmore, with the faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.

After a promotional appearance in Times Square, Troy goes home to Little Chute, Wis. The Associated Press says the carving goes on a publicity tour. Eventually, it will be cut into cubes and eaten in Oklahoma.

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