There will come a day when you look around and have no idea how you ended up where you are. It’s one of those days that starts out with an endless to-do list...
By SAM HATCHER
I would suspect it has been difficult this week for the Bay family to return to work after the passing last week of the family patriarch and founder of Bay’s Southern Bread, Inc., Charles (Charlie) Bay.
Many of you know the Bay story. If you don’t, it is truly a story book symbol of the “American Dream.”
Mr. and Mrs. Bay started their family owned business in their home. She was known for making some fabulous sourdough bread that, until their business was started, was shared only with family and friends.
At the time when the bakery enterprise idea was initiated, Mr. Bay was an account representative with the Kenneth O. Lester Company, a principle supplier to Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc.
So the story goes, and I have heard him tell it himself, he was invited to bring a sampling of his wife’s bread over to Cracker Barrel for a taste test by Dan Evins, a founder of the restaurant chain and former CEO and chairman. Mr. Evins liked the bread and he liked Mr. Bay. Mr. Evins asked if the Bays would be willing to transform their home kitchen into a test kitchen to see if the recipe used to make the few test loaves could be adjusted to mass produce the bread. Getting a positive response from Mr. Bay, Cracker Barrel moved forward to help them set up a test kitchen in their home.
Mr. Bay in a very lighthearted, humorous way told the Lebanon Noon Rotary just more than a year ago that he and his wife for several weeks did nothing but bake sourdough bread in their home-style commercial kitchen.
The test project was successful and as they say the rest is history.
Bay’s Southern Bread, founded in 1985, now supplies all 582 Cracker Barrel restaurants with sourdough bread, made right here in Lebanon, Tennessee.
This is a story worth telling over and over again. And one for which the entire Bay family can be proud.
But there’s more to the Charlie Bay story.
He was not only a successful and hard working business man, he was also a very good and sincere person.
He offered much from which we all can learn.
He based a great deal of his financial and business success on his faith and belief in God and publicly said so.
He gave back to the local community in a number of ways and was generous in providing financial support for a number of causes including not the least of which was Friendship Christian School.
There won’t be many to come our way like Charlie Bay. He will be sorely missed.
By ANNE DONNELL
I saw online an article about the ten most irritating words and phrases. I’ve enclosed the list. Enjoy! And did you see the tee-shirt with “I’m the grammarian about whom your mother warned you”? You need that. Where would you wear it?
-A Pal from Around Here Wow – what a pal. We’ll get to that list in a sec; I’m interested in wardrobe. Online I found the shirt with the engaging caption, and the description opens with, “Go forth and strike fear into the hearts of the clueless, the careless, and the punctuation impaired.” Nice touch. A real wish-I’d-said-that touch. So where would I wear the shirt if I spent the money requested (plus tax and shipping)? Church? Good sized crowd to see it, but a gray cotton tee-shirt on a getting gray woman is not very dressy (or very warm). If I order this tribute to me (which is humorous considering how little I know about the huge field of grammar with its many weird realms, the bits universities savor) I’ll first wear it around town, walking the streets sporting it, looking for crowds like our fine county fair. If it hasn’t shrunk too much from repeated washings. I know I won’t be doing any shrinking. Against my policies on food and beverages.
So, here’s the list. Oxford University (that would be in England, chaps) researchers conclude these are “The top ten most irritating phrases:” •1. At the end of the day • 2. Fairly unique •3. I personally •4. At this moment in time•5. With all due respect •6. Absolutely •7. It's a nightmare•8. Shouldn't of •9. 24/7 •10. It's not rocket science
THERE’S MORE (London) Daily Telegraph top ten list: • 1. Literally •2. A safe pair of hands •3. I'm gutted •4. Basically •5. Going forward •6. Upcoming •7. Shouldn't of •8. Up until • 9. Neither here not there •10. On a daily basis
Why don’t we have American lists? Ten reasons? •1. We’re too busy watching television •2. We admire television greatly. • 3. We’re too lazy • 4. We’re for the most part semi-literate • 5. We confuse phrase with phase like with the moon. •6. We’re too tired after the national elections • 7. We like saying trite words and phrases. • 8. We’re afraid people will think we’re nerds if we make a list • 9. We need to make a grocery list more because we’re out of chips and dip. 10. • We can’t stay focused because we think the national supply of Ritalin is in a box car in Nevada. So who is going to play in the Super Bowl any way? Should Jeff Fisher shave?
I’m with the Brits on several. And, fearlessly, I made a list. It’s scarcely complete, because annoyance with poor language habits is a life work for me. And subject to change. And not limited to ten.
TAH, DAH. MY LIST, unnumbered and more than ten and including some from the Isles, British, that is. • Anything with "hisself" in it• Very unique, rather unique, somewhat unique, sorta unique, kinda unique, a bit unique • With all my heart • "Myself" as subject or object• Nominative used as object of preposition as in "to Jim and I"• Awesome • Totally • Ain’t • He (or she or it) don’t • Bottom line • Heavy use of “just” • kinda, sorta • I personally • Literally • At this moment in time • 24/7 • It’s not rocket science• Duh
Why do we use these worn out, dreadful things? Well, once upon a time some of them were splendid, beguiling, and rarely used. Then the besmirching began on TV and radio. We hear it. We say it and write it because we’re usually wretched, craven beings, longing to be thought cool.
Plus, we know exactly what they mean. [ATA – According to Anne. Wonder when to put a comma between adjectives? Like wretched, craven beings. Is it little tiny berries or little, tiny berries? The simplest rule here is Could you place an “and” between the adjectives for a sensible reading? If so, put in a comma. So go with little tiny berries. Don’t worry about it.]
Well, one fine thing about these irritating phrases: they tend to go away.
WELL, CHEER UP. It’s ONLINE DEPARTMENT. “Tail End of Pet Rules” (First part “Ask Anne” November 19, as if that matters) To pacify you, my dear pets, I have posted the following message on our front door: To All Non-Pet Owners Who Visit & Like to Complain About Our Pets: 1. They live here. You don't. 2. If you don't want their hair on your clothes, stay off the furniture. (That's why they call it 'fur'niture.) 3. To you, it's an animal. To me, he/she is an adopted son/daughter who is short, hairy, walks on all fours and doesn't speak clearly.
Remember: Dogs and cats are better than kids because they: 1. Eat less 2. Don't ask for money all the time 3 Are easier to train. 4. Normally come when called 5. Never ask to drive the car 6. Don't hang out with drug-using friends 7. Don't smoke or drink 8. Don't have to buy the latest fashions 9. Don't want to wear your clothes 10. Don't need a gazillion dollars for college, and... 11. If they get pregnant, you can sell their children.
A BONUS “Answers form Children’s Science Exams” (Thanks, MT) • Q: Name the four seasons. A: Salt, pepper, mustard and vinegar. •Q: Explain one of the processes by which water can be made safe to drink. A: Flirtation makes water safe to drink because it removes large pollutants like grit, sand, dead sheep and canoeists. • Q: How can you delay milk turning sour? A: Keep it in the cow. •Q: What are steroids?
A: Things for keeping carpets still on the stairs. •Q: What happens to your body as you age? A: When you get old, so do your bowels and you get intercontinental • Q: How are the main parts of the body categorized? ( e.g., abdomen) A: The body is consisted into three parts -- the brainium, the borax and the abdominal cavity. The brainium contains the brain; the borax contains the heart and lungs, and the abdominal cavity contains the five bowels A, E, I, O, and U. •Q: What does 'varicose' mean? A: Nearby. •Q: What does the word 'benign' mean? A: Benign is what you will be after you be eight.
By Lt. Col. JIM HENDERSON
Since the 67th anniversary this past Sunday, Dec. 7, of the attack on Pearl Harbor, I have observed much more coverage in the media and the public, than prior to the coming anniversary of the event.
This, I think is a sign of the times. That is, dimming in historical importance and significance? Perhaps just so many other important and pressing issues, such as the economy and current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. I can remember just a few years back when just the reverse occurred, that is much more coverage and remembrance prior to than post. Regardless of prior or post, the sneak attack and its results make it one of the great defining moments in history. As a history major, Executive Director of the World War II 50th Commemoration in Tennessee (1991-1945), retired veteran and patriotic American, I still believe it is proper and fitting of its remembering and importance in history as I believe most Americans do.
In a little more in-depth look at the sneak attack the following facts emerge: A total of 2,403 persons were killed outright. Of this total, 2,335 were U.S. military. The U.S. Navy had the largest number killed with 2,008 killed in action, U.S. Army 218, U.S.M.C. 109 and 68 civilians died outright. Additionally, 1,178 were wounded.
Close to two-thirds of those deaths occurred in the first 15 minutes of the attack when the U.S.S Oklahoma, U.S.S Utah and U.S.S Arizona were bombed. More than 180 aircraft were destroyed as were a large number of businesses and homes.
Many people have visited the U.S.S. Arizona memorial which serves as the final resting place for many of the battleship’s 1,177 crew members who lost their lives on Dec. 7, 1941.
Hardly anyone in the United States, has not heard and remembers a portion of the line from President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 6-minute address to Congress the following day, Dec. 8, in which he opened with the statement, “Yesterday, December 7, 1941-- a date which will live in infamy -- the United Sates of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” He also pointed out that “Very many American lives have been lost,” and added, “American ships have been torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu, an attack was launched against Malays, forces had attacked Hong Kong, Guam, Philippine Island, Wake Island and Midway Island.”
Congress then declared that a state of war existed between the United States and the Japanese empire. Four days after Pearl Harbor, Germany and Italy declared war on the United States. Ultimately 16,112,566 persons were to have served in the military during World War II, with a total of 291,557 battle deaths occurring, 113,842 other deaths and 671,846 wounded.
It was a pivotal time and absolutely one of the most important and far reaching events, even today, in the history of this country.
It has been noted that more than 1,000 World War II veterans are dying each day. In fact few still survive here in Wilson County.
In the 1998 book by Tom Brokaw, The Greatest Generation, he noted of the men and women who went to war (and this also applies to those on the home front who sacrificed and supported them and our country), “They won the war, they saved the world.”
Editor’s Note: Lt. Col. Jim Henderson is retired from the United States Air Force and also is retired from the City of Lebanon.
When there is an emergency, firefighters should be properly prepared and equipped to respond.
Sixth District U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon announced Monday that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security awarded $50,300 to the Lebanon Fire Department to purchase new equipment and improve their firefighter training program.
“Countless lives are saved every day by the courageous efforts of first responders – our nation’s firefighters, EMTs and police officers,” said Gordon, a member of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus. “This DHS grant will allow the Lebanon Fire Department to do an even better job than they are already doing.”
The grant was awarded through the DHS Assistance to Firefighters Grant program. The program was developed to help firefighters and other first responders obtain critically needed equipment to improve their ability to protect the public and emergency personnel from fires and related hazards. The LFD will use the funds to purchase a mobile compressor, portable generators, lights, power saws, ventilation fans and other equipment.
“A portion of the award will go toward the purchase of equipment used to enhance daily operations and to allow our organization to voluntarily comply with national standards,” explained Lt. Mike Jones of the LFD. “The remainder of the funding will be used to purchase training programs, including computer training, DVDs, files for developing tests and printed lesson plans with PowerPoint.”
The LFD has provided fire, rescue and first responder emergency medical services to the citizens and visitors of Lebanon since 1830 when it was first established.
FOOTBALL BANQUET TONIGHT
The All-Region 4, 5A football team will be officially announced at the annual end-of-year banquet set for the Cherokee Steakhouse Wednesday evening. Some 11 honorees played for Wilson County high schools, including:
Wilson Central: JaJuan Brooks, Spencer Neville, Alex Raines, Nathan Rottero, Kelten Stewart & Ross Strong.
Lebanon: Robert Crudup, Keenan Dye, Jacob Maynard, Matthew Maynard & Elliot Wheat.
Wide receiver Marc Gooch of Siegel was voted Region 4, 5A MVP. Defensive MVP is Tim McAdoo of Oakland; Offensive MVP is Justin Bowers of Blackman; Special teams MVP is Chris Yoder of Smyrna. Coach of the year is Thomas McDaniel, first year head coach at Class 5A state champion Oakland.
NASHVILLE -- Cumberland University’s Brandon Springer has been named the TranSouth Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week ending Sunday, December 7.
Springer, a 6-5 junior forward out of Nashville's Hunters Lane High, averaged 16 points, 13.5 rebounds, and 2.5 steals over a pair of wins on the week for the No. 21-ranked Bulldogs.
He had a double-double in both games during the week. The first was a 12 point, 12 rebound effort in a 101-60 win over conference foe Blue Mountain College. His best performance was a 20 point, 15 rebound performance in a 72-57 win over Freed-Hardeman University. He was 13-of-23 (56%) from the field for the week.
Springer, a native of Nashville, is a JUCO transfer from Columbia State Community College.
Cumberland is 8-1 on the year and 2-0 in conference play. The Bulldogs are currently ranked No. 21 in the latest NAIA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Coaches Poll and No. 12 in the Victory Sports Network NAIA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Poll.