Tennessee Interstate 81 to Close for Repairs
If you’ve traveled on Interstate 81 recently you have probably noticed the roadway has been seriously impacted by sever winter weather. The potholes are terrible. The potholes have potholes. Some truckers have started taking alternate routes because of the road conditions. As a result, the truck stops are now complaining to the state about lost business.
The interstate from Virginia State line to Exit 23 will be closed to all traffic from April 2-April 9, and from Exit 23 to Interstate 40 will be closed April 10- 16. TDOT recommends you plan alternate routes. All interstate ramps will be blocked with barriers.
Bill Clodfelter, a TDOT supervisor, says plans are also underway to extend this plan to include repairs on Interstate 40 from the NC line to Memphis.
I learned something interesting the other day, and I didn’t like it one bit. The Taco Bell fast food chain has purchased the Liberty Bell. While the bell will remain in Philadelphia, Taco Bell will own all rights to the bell and be able to use it in advertising. The Liberty Bell has been renamed the Taco Liberty Bell.
I am always amazed by the genetically modified fruits and vegetables these scientists develop. The latest are Pinanas, which are cross between a pineapples and bananas. All Kroger stores in the southeast US have them in ample supply. They are supposedly very healthy.
Last night we took Celia out to dinner to celebrate her 87th birthday. Sue B joined us for the celebration. We went to Riverfront Seafood in Kingsport for an excellent meal. We enjoyed the view of the Holston River while enjoying delicious seafood.
After returning to Celia’s home, we had some cake and sang “Happy Birthday” to Celia. The picture shows Beverly and Sue standing on each side of Celia. We also played a game of Phase 10. The “Birthday Girl” beat us all, while Beverly came in second. Sue was in 3rd place, and Jim was last as usual. (Sue might have done better if she had let Celia help her a little more.)
Be thankful if you can see the positive side of things when you are having a bad day, and be thankful if you can laugh at yourself when you do something stupid.
Joke of the Day
The teacher gave her fifth grade class an assignment... Get their parents to tell them a story with a moral at the end of it. The next day the kids came back and one by one began to tell their stories.
Ashley said, "My father's a farmer and we have a lot of egg-laying hens. One time we were taking our eggs to market in a basket on the front seat of the car when we hit a big bump in the road and all the eggs went flying and broke and made a mess." "What's the moral of the story?" asked the teacher. "Don't put all your eggs in one basket!" "Very good," said the teacher.
Next little Sarah raised her hand and said, "Our family are farmers too. But we raise chickens for the meat market. We had a dozen eggs one time, but when they hatched we only got ten live chicks, and the moral to this story is, "don't count your chickens before they're hatched." "That was a fine story Sarah.
Michael, do you have a story to share?" "Yes, my daddy told me this story about my Aunt Mildred. Aunt Mildred was a flight engineer in the Gulf War and her plane was hit. She had to bail out over enemy territory and all she had was a bottle of whisky, a machine gun and a machete. She drank the whisky on the way down so it wouldn't break and then she landed right in the middle of 100 enemy troops. She killed seventy of them with the machine gun until she ran out of bullets. Then she killed twenty more with the machete until the blade broke. Then she killed the last ten with her bare hands."
"Good heavens," said the horrified teacher, "what kind of moral did your daddy tell you from that horrible story?"
"Stay far away from Aunt Mildred when she's been drinking."