Johnson is the choice

Jay Johnson of Tennessee, shown in early January for his in-person interview, was the Anniston City Council's choice of a new city manager, according to a vote taken Tuesday evening, Feb. 6.

Twenty tips for Jay Johnson, Anniston’s new city manager:

There are white residents of Wards 2 and 3 and black residents of Wards 1 and 4, contrary to what a few of our City Council members may lead you to believe.

Anniston police are not corrupt, contrary to what one of our council members may lead you to believe.

Quintard Avenue is a big deal. The Christmas lights are a must-see. And if anyone suggests cutting down some of Quintard’s historic trees, kick ’em in the shin and say no.

Buy a bicycle.

Put state Sen. Del Marsh’s phone number on speed dial.

Anniston roads are quirky. An example: 10th Street up the mountain turns into Henry Road, which turns into Golden Springs Road, which turns into Leon Smith Parkway as it funnels into Oxford, otherwise known as the Sales Tax Capital of Calhoun County. It’ll confuse you for about six months.

Always — always — have McClellan on your mind. If Anniston has an economic future, it’s at the former Army post.

If you and your family have Googled Anniston, stop. Don’t do it. Half of what you read is wrong, the other half is out of date or misleading.

Councilman Ben Little will email you more often than he changes socks.

Everything in Anniston gets seen through the Oxford prism, and for good reason.

The people who hate on Zinn Park are dog-whistling about something else. Ignore them.

Never forget that Anniston is a former military town. In fact, Anniston is a former iron town, a former textile town and a former pipe-shop town. It’s a trend.

Anniston was named an All-American City in 1978 but its population has dipped by 7,000 in the last 30-plus years.

Anniston needs to finish its portion of the Chief Ladiga Trail.

Eastsiders will eat you for lunch if you move their cheese. Be very careful.

As long as he’s not too busy defending America’s interests in outer space, U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Saks, is a good person to chat up. Saks, by the way, is where a lot of Annistonians have moved to because they don’t want to pay city taxes anymore.

Don’t expect to go to the big Anniston-Oxford football game this fall. The Bulldogs and Yellow Jackets don’t play each other these days.

If you’re on Quintard and need to turn left across traffic, it’s OK to curse since most of the crossing streets don’t have turn signals. It’s like Frogger.

In Atlanta, everything’s named Peachtree. In Anniston, it’s Noble. He’s the guy on the statue.

It’s OK to go to a college football game in Jacksonville, shop in Oxford or ride your bike on the trail to Piedmont. We’re all friends around here.