George Smith: If you have a coat you don’t need ...
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Sunday morning drive time
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IF YOU came in late, there’s something really neat going on at Smith Cleaners in Saks.

Debbie Young, the boss, came up with the idea. You got an old coat you’re not using, drop it off at Smith’s Cleaners. What Debbie does is clean the coat and make it available to the Calhoun County Baptist Association. The CCBA, in turn, gives the coats to needy people.

The coats are available at the association’s service centers. There are two. One on Lenlock Lane in Saks, the other in the Friendship Community in Oxford.

The Baptist Association was closed Friday and I can’t give you the hours the service centers are open. You might try there Monday … I will, too, and post the hours in Wednesday’s column.

“So far we’ve make 600 coats available,” says Debbie. “Our goal is to reach 1,000 by Christmas.”

The coat donations come from all over, but one in particular is special to Debbie.

“One morning, a young man on a bicycle stopped,” says Debbie. “He came in and removed a coat from his backpack. That’s one I’ll remember, among all the others.”

One thing Debbie hasn’t come up with is a name for her inspiration. I think “Coats for Cold” fits. But whatever, if you have a coat you’re not using, Debbie Young definitely wants you to come by.

People, this is just one example of a number of things our community does for the needy come Christmas. It’s a good thing, so are all the others.

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IN COUNTRY SONG:

“There ain’t no trash in my trailer,

“Since I kicked you out …”


I have no idea who wrote that, but it’s as funny as it gets. Caught it on the radio this past week and, since I haven’t liked country music since Garth Books and black hats took over country, I have no idea who was at the mike.

Truth is I have no idea why I was listening to the country radio.

Another truth is I wish I could do words half as well as those who pen country songs, especially the pre-Brooks era.

I think I’ll treat you to a few of those lines along the way …

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LIKES ’N DISLIKES:

I don’t like Swiss cheese or vegetable soup. The blonde likes both so I eat both from time to time. I grumble a bit, but by eating I retain a bit of peace in the family. Not a lot, mind you, just a bit.

I do like mustard on scrambled eggs and sausage biscuits. I also flat-out love Premium crackers crumbled in sweet milk. And really love hot cornbread crumbled in cold buttermilk.

Those last two are songs from my childhood, so to speak.

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QUOTABLE: “The good news is that, according to the Obama administration, the rich will pay for everything. The bad news is that, according to the Obama administration, you’re rich.”P. J. O’Rourke
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IF YOU’RE an Alabama fan, chan-ces are you’re suffering a bit of angst and sleepless nights worrying about your Crimson Tide playing Notre Dame for the National Championship.

With 30 days left until Jan. 7, that’s a lot of lost sleep and gnawing of the fingernails.

Well, I’m here to help you.

Alabama 27, Notre Dame 13.

So now you can relax.

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FRIDAY was Dec. 7 … “a date that will live in infamy.”

Those words came from President Franklin Roosevelt in declaring war on Japan following that nation’s sneak attack on Pearl Harbor.

I hope, for a few quiet moments, you remembered …

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YOU NOW have JUST 16 SHOPPING DAYS LEFT UNTIL YOU KNOW WHAT!

That’s not a happy thought, but it’s true that I don’t always bring you glad tidings.

Sorry about that … but do have a good day and the shops will still be open when you get out of church today …

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George Smith can be reached at 256-239-5286 or email: gsmith731@gmail.com

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