George Smith: Sometimes, somebody does listen
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Sunday morning drive time …


SOMETIMES, just maybe, City Hall listens. Or if City Hall doesn’t hear, someone else does.

Back in July, Joyce Comer sent a letter to Anniston Mayor Gene Robinson. Her subject was the abysmal state of the median on 8th Street between Quintard and Leighton.

A few years back, when it was young, a very lovely “garden” of green grew there. Over the years, aging (and perhaps some neglect) turned “Eden” into an eyesore.

Joyce, in detail, described the situation to the mayor … and there it rested.

On Sept. 6, Joyce forwarded me a copy.

Lo and whatever! Before I could get on my soapbox, came a story in our newspaper that work on the median had begun. Actually, according to the story, NOT from the city, but by volunteers from the Alabama Power Service Organization.

There was even a really neat photo (by our Bill Wilson) of George Kauffman taking a chain saw to some tree limbs.

I’ve said it before, the people who work for our comfort and safety are under-appreciated. The people keeping power to our homes are among them.

Hayes Jackson, who initially designed the median 20 years ago, is doing the re-design work.

Whatever or however, good news.

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NO CHARGE for this, but McClellan Boulevard from like K-Mart to 22nd Street needs a paving about as bad as any around. Especially the southbound lane. You can get a good read on how good your dentist is with just one trip.

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Nah, but I’m told a group by the name of Memory Lane does a really great job of kicking up old memories with Statler Brothers and Oak Ridge Boys music.

The rest of the story is Memory Lane will be in concert in the hay shed at Allen Crow’s farm one week from today — Sunday, Oct., 14, at 2 p.m.

More of the story is that Crow, who left his post as a District Court judge back in 2004, still practices a bit of law from his farm, but he also has a band, the Allen Crow band which, in his words, leans to “classic rock ‘n roll.”

Sunday’s concert is also a charity deal in that it is a fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association. Crow’s wife has Alzheimer’s which led his retirement from the bench back in ’04.

I’ve had a few dealings with the disease and it is a terrible thing, particularly for the “care takers” — husband, wife, sister, brother, whatever.

Anyway, the address is 2080 Mudd Street, no cost for admission, but donations gratefully accepted. BBQ butts will be available and bring a folding chair, cooler, sit back, enjoy the music … and the food.

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QUOTABLE: You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.Winston Churchill

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THE BLONDE at my house is truly an amazing person.

Last week, while visiting a friend in Atlanta, she took a tumble down some steps and came away with a broken shoulder. She was lucky in that surgery is not required, but is facing three months’ worth of healing.

The first four weeks, we’ve been told, will be roughest.

Whatever, I figured I’d have an invalid on my hands.

Hah. About the ONLY thing I have to do for her is push the lever back on her recliner. The lever is on the right side, it is the right shoulder, which means her right arm is in a sling.

Good news is she is left-handed and just sails right along without whine or complaint.

I am really proud of you, lady.


George Smith may be reached at 256-8-239-5682 or e-mail:

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