Wednesday’s bean ’n greens ’n other things:


RANDALL PINKSTON’S impressive rise in the ranks of Alabama Power Company has led to a road he never imagined ... Puerto Rico.

Pinkston, Class of ’81 at Saks High School and Class of ’86 at Auburn, is currently distribution director with Mississippi Power (a subsidiary of Southern Company, which also owns Alabama Power). Thing is, at the moment Pinkston is a key figure in cleaning up the mess Hurricane Maria left in Puerto Rico.

And he’s paying a heavy price for his success. At the moment he’s working seven days a week, 12-14 hours daily to help Southern Company with power restoration.

I’ve watched Randall grow up. He was a close buddy with son Roger, whom we lost at age 20. His father, the late Jerry Pinkston, was one of my best friends ever. His mom, Thelma, and my blonde are joined at the hip.

Take care, “kid.”


LORRAINE BOYD WATSON is a piece of work.

Heflin is home and Sunday was her 101st birthday. Roll that one around in your mind ... 101 years old, born 1916, and just keeping on keeping.

For one thing, she has a project that speaks of her love for hometown, Heflin. She has a map of Heflin from way back “yonder” and is filling in the names of businesses and homeowners of that time.

Thing is, I’d believe anything I hear about Lorraine Boyd Watson.

A year ago, in her 100th year, I spent a delightful half-day or so with Lorraine, wrote a column about her, and the visit will forever be a soft memory of mine.

Hope you had a great day, lady ... and here’s to the next 101.


QUOTABLE: “Those who abandon their dreams will discourage yours.” — Unknown


BIRTHDAYS: Nov. 20 —  Peggie Pointer and Audrey Keeton; Nov. 21 — Mary Mullinax; Nov. 25 — Tom Mullins and John Dunn.


TOP TEEN: The people at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic School would like you to meet one of their finest, Jumoke Sanusi.

Jumoke carries a 4.0 GPA at Sacred Heart, an ACT of 21, is president of the Beta Club, and has been a member of that honor society as well as Spanish Club and SGA. As a member of the Spanish Club, she has traveled to Spain and Costa Rica.

“As president of the Beta Club this year, Jumoke has been instrumental in starting the Beta Club’s tutoring program which is available to students on Wednesday afternoon,” says guidance counselor Sandy Mallicoat.

In her time at Sacred Heart, she represented the school at the HOBY Leadership Seminar as a sophomore and as a member of the alumni staff as a sophomore.

She has also been a volunteer at the All Saints Center of Concern and Purohit Pediatric Clinic.

Jumoke has three universities on her map for the future, UAB, University of South Alabama, and Howard University. She plans a major in biology and after that study to become a bariatric surgeon.

“Jumoke is a true leader,” says Mallicoat. “She is well-respected by her teachers and peers. Jumoke will be an asset to whatever university she attends.”

She lives in Oxford. Proud parents are Dr. Adefokunbo Lapido and Dr. Abayomi Sanusi.

Applause is in order.


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