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George Smith: Truman: Fox in the hen house

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Wednesday’s list ... of beans ’n greens ’n other things:


I HAVE a couple of leftovers from a recent column I did on the naming of Jacksonville Fire Station No. 1 for the Rev. Truman Norred who “suffered” through 12 years as my pastor at Blue Mountain Baptist.

The preacher not only can come at you with a pretty good look at God’s Word, but there is humor in his soul. One story from his high school years at Handley High in Roanoke:

“I was a senior, Cheryl was a junior. One look at her took care of my roving eye of back then.

“I was also in charge of a study hall that had nothing but young ladies in it at the time. That was like putting the fox in charge of the henhouse. Cheryl was in the study hall and that also had a lot to do with putting blinders on my roving eye.”

From Cheryl:

“We had a small church, Friendship Baptist in Amite, La. The parsonage was a converted dairy barn and you’d wake up every morning with cows grazing outside your bedroom window.

“You had to watch your step when you went outside.”’

I suspect the good humor had a lot to do with a 56-year marriage come March.


RETIREMENT ... Just for fun from reader Wyatt Lane:

Q — How many days in a week?

A — 6 Saturdays, 1 Sunday.

Q — When is a retiree’s bedtime?

A — Two hours after he falls asleep on the couch.

Q — What is the best way to describe retirement?

A — The never-ending coffee break.

You’ll have to excuse me, but I gotta go put on a fresh cup of coffee.


BIRTHDAYS: Jan. 18 — Harriet Taylor; Jan. 19 — James Patterson and Mattie Watkins; Jan. 20 — Jim Mikle and Richard Doss.


SINCE I left my Grandmother Cobb’s breakfast table and her country bacon, Wright’s  thick-sliced has been pretty much my bacon of choice, especially when over-the-hill buddy Joe Hays begins leaving his home-grown tomatoes in the carport along about June.

Not anymore.

The next time you’re in the meat department look for Conecuh Hickory Smoked. Get the thick-sliced and head to the house. Conecuh will make even a store-bought tomato taste pretty good.

One other thing in Conecuh’s favor is it comes out of Evergreen, Ala.


TOP TEEN: Meet Bryant Barrentine, a senior at the Donoho School, where his 4.4 GPA carries more honors than sand on a beach.

Among those are the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Tri-M Honor Society and the National Spanish Honor Society.

This young man has talent on top of talent and a wide-ranging list of interests that is astounding. Such includes he is a Leadership of Calhoun County graduate, in Key Club International and Alabama Rural Health Scholars graduate and on the robotics team.

He is on the advanced/choir jazz team as well as the track and field team.

His musical talents have earned Bryant superior rankings (he’s lead saxophone in the jazz band) and he has been chosen for the Alabama All-State Choir and a recording session at the NuttHouse Recording Studio in Muscle Shoals.

Oh, by the way: His peers have elected Bryant president of the Student Body Association as well as president of the Donoho School Band.

“Bryant excels academically,” says Jacqueline Gaines, senior counselor. “He is an extremely positive and encouraging person with genuine concern of the well being of others. He is a true leader in our school and in our community.”

Proud parents are Trista and Nick Barrentine, Pell City, Ala.

Standing applause is in order.


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