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Test Answers

5 March 2009, 10:33 pm. Comments Off. Filed under Education.

Well, did you take the test? How did ya do? I’ll be perfectly honest, I never did get around to actually doing it m’self. Had a few other things going on.

1) Red, white and blue.
2) 50.
3) White.
4) One for each state in the Union.
5) 13.
6) Red and white.
7) They represent the 13 original states.
8 ) 50.
9) Independence Day.
10) July 4.
Read on…

Front Page News From Podunk

5 March 2009, 8:46 pm. Comments Off. Filed under General News, Tennessee.

Yes indeedy, boys and girls, it’s that time again!  And wonder of wonders…..they’ve got the links up this week! :)

Hau! Snow! Nieve!


Nine-year-old Katie Rowe took snowman building to a higher lever and created a Hawaiian snow woman and Mexican snow man at her Carrington Street home in Savannah. Kids throughout the county were thrilled by the surprise weekend storm that dropped 3-5-inches of the fluffy stuff. Parents were thrilled that it wasn’t the 12-13-inches that blanketed some counties and brought traffic to a standstill.

Although the weather contributed to some cars in ditches, Hardin County Emergency Management Agency Director Melvin Martin reported there were no snow-related injuries.

Since almost everything was canceled in the area, and it is kind of hilly, most folks I know stayed home on Sunday.  Smart move, IMHO.

Arrests net crystal meth, crack cocaine

Anti-drug operations by The Hardin County Sheriff’s Department and 24th Judicial District Drug Task Force during the last week of February netted nearly a quarter pound of crystal meth and crack cocaine, along with some marijuana and hydrocodone pills, authorities said.

I guess I was rather naive to think that moving out in the middle of nowhere would be an escape from such extreme stupidity.  Evidently, the backwoods and such are a good place for destructive types to make, and peddle their garbage.

Pickwick Road will show Old Glory courtesy of Raise the Flag

On patriotic occasions, Savannah could soon be displaying more red, white and blue.

Members of the Savannah City Commission are set to consider a resolution tonight (Thursday) at 7 accepting the donation of 50 U.S. flags and mounting brackets from the Raise the Flag organization. “It’s the same organization that does the flags on the levee at the dam” in Pickwick, said Savannah City Manager Garry Welch.

Raise the Flag is asking the city to “maintain the flags by putting them up and taking them down at the appropriate time,” he said.

The group, he said, is offering to annually replace the flags, which are to be flown from utility poles on Pickwick Road. Tennessee Valley Electric Cooperative has agreed to help with the project. Commissioners will consider applying to the Tennessee Housing Development Agency for $500,000 in housing rehabilitation funds to benefit qualifying low-income residents.

Now while I think having flags up around town on specific days is an excellent idea, and would be happy to contribute (if we have a buck or two left after this last few months), if asked, I’d really like to know what the flags have to do with a grant for housing rehabilitation?

‘Unlucky’ man survives another accident

Jerry Sweat just might be one of the unluckiest men around.

Then again, he’s still alive after suffering a series of unfortunate events.

Only last month, Sweat was aboard a Hardin County Emergency Medical Services ambulance when it crashed into a tree in Lawrence County.

Sweat said he broke his neck and fractured his tail bone when the patient gurney he was on slammed forward and EMT Chad Bain fell on him.

“I jerked that IV out of my arm and I got out of that thing naked,” he declared. Why was he on the ambulance in the first place?

Y’know, this poor guy has been through quite a bit over the last few years. It’s a bloomin’ wonder he has survived! I’d have to say he’s fairly lucky. I’d also suggest, that in the future, he separate any trash he’s going to burn….leaving out any aerosol cans. :?

Crump city officials taking ’net lumps
Mayor vows to find anonymous bloggers

Politics, even on the local level, can be a rough experience.

Crump Mayor Phyllis James and Alderman Judy Hollin, who also serves as the vice mayor, are learning that first-hand lately.

The atmosphere at Crump City Hall is tense following the resignation of former Crump chief of police Tracey Grisham in December, subsequent layoffs and a significant overall cutback in city employee benefits.

Citing inadequate bookkeeping, the vice mayor has taken to spending numerous hours at City Hall, working to revamp the records process.

In turn, Hollin has been accused in the community of trying to undermine longtime City Recorder Pam Hardy, who was stripped of her title of city administrator.

Yeah, even if you aren’t getting paid, playing politics can be quite ugly. Now, while I admire the woman putting in so much of her time, on her own dime, I might add, I have to ask….who was keeping the books? Not being a long time resident of the area, I’m not familiar with a lot of the goings on, but even I know that you need reliable folks to keep the books, whether it’s a small business, or a town government.

Now, on a different note….those anonymous bloggers, like what they say or not, still have 1st Amendment rights. Seriously, I didn’t know there were any other bloggers in the area, and I’m certainly not really anonymous, so I KNOW she’s not talking about lil’ ol me.  The only thing I’ve ever said was that we needed a dispatcher, and I was sorry to see Chief Tracy gone.  Nice guy.

Grant will buy gear for firefighters

The city of Crump Fire Department has been awarded a $54,877 grant through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

“In a year that has already had its share of severe weather, we have also seen that local emergency responders are once again prepared to step forward and protect their communities,” said FEMA Regional Administrator Phil May. “As we head deeper into the severe weather season, first responders will be better equipped and trained to handle any situation put before them.”

According to the city, the funds will go to purchase 10 complete sets of turnout gear for firefighters, four radios with vehicle chargers, six new pagers, six new self-contained breathing apparatus units and pay for training five volunteers.

This is a good thing. Lots of trees, lots of underbrush, lots of backwoods areas. And the occasional, thankfully, devastating tornado. You never know when there is going to be a need for these heroes, and they should be equipped well.  See, this is the kind of stuff is just fine with me.  Tax money put to real good use.  Studying pig farts?  I don’t bloody well think so!

Local vendors can get info for school bidding

Inman Construction Corp., the general contractor for the Hardin County school construction and renovation program, is holding a pre-bid open house Tuesday.

“We want local vendors, construction people, to come to this meeting to be sure that they have everything in order to be able to bid” for the job, said Hardin County Director of Schools John Thomas.

The county board of education, he said, “wants as much of this money as possible spent in Hardin County with our local vendors.”

Local companies should get first priority, but I still have major issues with them shutting down neighborhood schools against the wish of the parents and community. It just doesn’t make any sense!

There you have it.  News from our little corner of the world.  And oh yeah…..don’t forget to set your clock foward this Sunday….well, Saturday BEFORE you go to bed.  Wanna be on time for church, don’t ya?  Spring forward, don’cha know!  I am SO ready!


5 March 2009, 2:43 pm. 7 Comments. Filed under Opinion.

Since we bought this house two years, I have been looking at some of the busiest wall paper I’ve ever had the displeasure of living with, in my bathroom.  Jiminy crickets.  It wouldn’t be so bad if it was just on ONE wall….I could probably deal with it for the remainder of my stay on this planet.  But all four?  Every nook and cranny?  *shudder*

Well, I’ve finally decided to rid myself of the overwhelming flowers……as soon as I figure out how to use the remover stuff.  :?


Religion of Pieces

5 March 2009, 11:42 am. Comments Off. Filed under Religion of Pieces.

Explosion in a Pakistan mosque wounds over 30

More than 30 people were wounded Thursday evening in an explosion that ripped through a mosque in a northern Pakistani district, said police.

Police sources told KUNA that an explosion ripped through a mosque at the time when dozens of people were offering evening Maghreb prayer in Islamic Colony of Dera Ismail Khan district of North-West Frontier Province (NWFP).

Sources said that more than thirty people were wounded in the blast and several were in critical condition.
It was not immediately clear whether it was a bomb blast or suicide explosion. However, sources suggested it was a hand-grenade attack.

Nice folks. Not only do they want to murder us, they want to murder each other.

And then there’s this little tidbit:

Jerusalem: Bulldozer plows into police vehicle; terrorist killed

A tractor plowed into a police squad car on Menachem Begin Boulevard in Jerusalem on Thursday. The driver was apparently also trying to hit a nearby bus, but missed.

Two police officers were in the car when it was hit and both sustained mild injuries. Other police officers patrolling nearby shot the terrorist.

Yup….real nice folks.

I’m Thinking They Starting To Miss W Too

5 March 2009, 11:38 am. Comments Off. Filed under The ONE, U.S. Military, video.

While George W. Bush wasn’t anywhere near as conservative as I would have liked, he, at least, had respect for our brave military.

Swiped from Infidels Are Cool.

WE, The People

5 March 2009, 10:46 am. Comments Off. Filed under Economy, Taxes, video.

Verse of the Day

5 March 2009, 9:50 am. Comments Off. Filed under Faith.

2 Corinthians 2:1-4

1 But I determined this with myself, that I would not come again to you in heaviness.

2 For if I make you sorry, who is he then that maketh me glad, but the same which is made sorry by me?

3 And I wrote this same unto you, lest, when I came, I should have sorrow from them of whom I ought to rejoice; having confidence in you all, that my joy is the joy of you all.

4 For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears; not that ye should be grieved, but that ye might know the love which I have more abundantly unto you.