WEDNESDAY’S LIST ... of beans ’n greens ’n other things:


SHE’S HERE, she’s healthy, and absolutely the most beautiful baby born in the last 2,014 years. Her name is Ellison Kate Smith and she came in at 8 pounds and 21 inches.

The arrival was Thursday, June 12, in Tuscaloosa.

In attendance were 19 people  crowded into a small waiting area to talk, laugh, and munch on fried chicken. It should also be mentioned that Ellie’s parents did not wait with us.

Tyler and the former Melissa Sturdivant were closer to the action, in a room on the hospital’s back 40. Truth is “Missy” was in the middle of the action, but looked just as lovely when we all crowded into the room to look at Ellison, to make pictures of Ellison, to say how “absolutely perfect she is.”

One thing here is Ellison knows what fast-break basketball feels like. Everybody got to hold her, everybody reluctantly passed her to the next pair of eager hands.

I held her probably briefest of anybody, like 30 seconds. Truth is it has been a couple of hundred years since I held a small baby. This one was just two hours old, and I was scared, flat-out scared. Shouldn’t have been, however, because Tyler held his hands under my hands for the entire 30 seconds.

Now that I know you’ve waited for this news with bated breath and pounding heart, I’ll move on ...


QUOTABLE: “Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it; If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.” — Ronald Reagan


THE OXFORD Civic Center played to a packed house Saturday night for the 10th annual Calhoun County Sports Hall of Fame ceremonies.

Jack Grizzard, Charlie Munford and Mike Tucker were three of the six inductees. Gilbert Adams, Norwood Hodges and Sargent Prickett were inducted posthumously.

Without going into any long explanation of why, I think this is one of the stronger classes since the hall’s inception. All six were special.

Applause is in order for Joe Estep and Jon Holder. Estep is chairman of the board and he really works his bleep off to get the show to the floodlights. Jon handles the inductions and he’s about as good as it gets ... anywhere.

It was a smooth operation. Anytime you feed near 250 people and induct six in two hours and 10 minutes, that’s really good.

Take a bow, guys ... and now go to work on the Class of 2015. You have a hall that really, really is outstanding, a class act.


BIRTHDAYS: June 12 – (twins) Brettine and Dakota Smith; June 17 – Aiden Lloyd and Jeff Jones; June 21 – Allen Knight.


SOMETIMES your voice can be heard. You’ve just got to speak up.

For the rest of the story go with me to a local deli whose hot wings I flat out love. On this day, the craving was heavy and I lined up to buy a dozen or so.

The problem is there was no one at the deli counter to take my order. A half block away (it’s a big deli), a couple of employees were ignoring a customer. Finally, after what seemed an eternity, one yelled “I’m coming.”

She did, but took a detour along the way . . . and didn’t appear again until I said “Hello there.”

Back home I’m still doing a slow burn. So I sat down at the computer and e mailed the establishment’s home office with my story.

Believe it or not, two days later I got a phone call from a very nice lady. She thanked me for shopping there, listened again to my story, promised she would “look into the matter.”

Bottom line is it’s our money in their paycheck, it’s our money on their profit/loss statement. And rudeness and lousy service just doesn’t cut it.

So, speak up. Like I said, it’s your money in their paycheck.


George Smith may be reached at 256-239-5286 or email: