George Smith: Pick the trip over a garden
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WEDNESDAY’S LIST . . . of beans 'n greens 'n other things:
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IF ALL that sunshine and spring greenery out there has given you the urge to put in a garden or take a trip, pick the trip and buy your tomatoes off the back of a pickup truck.

I’m no travel agent, but let me give you a two or three-day deal that is a delight.

Out of here, take the Lookout Parkway from Gadsden to Mentone. You can spend a day there. In addition to the shops, there are good eating at several spots.

Miracle Pottery is just down the mountain toward Valley Head. You can spend a half-day there, easily. A restaurant is on the second floor.

From there, take I-59 past Chattanooga, hang a right onto I-75 south to Atlanta. Get off at the last Tennessee exit and you’ll find a sprawling complex of antique shops (other stuff, too) nearby.

Out of Chattanooga, take I-24 toward Nashville. Seventy or so miles, get off at the Bell Buckle exit. It’s a four-block town that is my favorite place, which I think most of you already know.

The Blue Bird Antiques has an original soda fountain where a Mrs. Phillips makes about the best desserts you’ll ever taste. You can also get a RC Cola and a Moon Pie there.

Heading home, South Pittsburgh is a good stop. So is Scottsboro.

Have fun.

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QUOTABLE: “A leading authority is someone lucky who guessed right.”Anonymous
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THE LIST of friends at the finish line keeps growing.

A couple recently was Virgil “Fire” Trucks and Harlon Hill, both in the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.

For a number of years, a frequent foursome at Pine Harbor Golf Course was me, the late Jimmy Bryan, Trucks, and a friend of his whose name I can’t remember.

Virgil was a major league pitcher with the Detroit Tigers. He threw two no-hitters in 1952, led the American League in strikeouts in 1949.

I came to know Harlon after he retired from the National Football league.

An “unknown” at what was then Florence State Teachers College, Hill was the NFL “Rookie of The Year” in 1954 and the league’s most valuable player in 1955.

As a sports writer for this newspaper, assignments often took me to Florence where I met Harlan and spent a number of fun evenings with him.

You may call that name-dropping, but both were really good guys and always made me feel I was a good buddy.

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BIRTHDAYS: Becky Burk; Apr. 14 – Sue Cotton; Apr. 16 – Michael Muns; Apr. 17 – Randy Webb and Neal Vaughn; Apr. 18 – Rich Burke.

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TOP TEEN: Meet Shelomith Gray, a senior at Anniston High School where she carries a 3.98 GPA in Honors Courses since ninth grade. She graduates in May with an Advanced Academic Career Tech Diploma.

She is also taking dual enrollment courses at Jacksonville State and Talladega College.

Shelomith is a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, the Spanish Club, Debate Club, and the FBLA.

Along the way, Shelomith has served as an intern at Regional Medical Center as job shadow in ER, EKG and EEG, and Biomed Technician. There has also been charity work at her church, the Miracle Prayer House Cathedral, American Red Cross, and United Cerebral Palsy.

“Shelomith is an exceptional student with an infectious sense of humor who is seriously dedicated to always give more than the 100 percent in all her endeavors,” says senior counselor Sherry Baxter.

Proud parents are Charles and Barbara Gray of Anniston.

So, stand for one of our finest, Shelomith Gray.


George Smith can be reached at 256-239-5286 or you can send him an email at this address:

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