George Smith: Mitchum spent night in local jail
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WEDNESDAY’S LIST ... of beans ’n greens ’n other things:


ROBERT MITCHUM once spent a night in the Anniston City Jail.

Mitchum, a major movie star, loved to drink and he loved to fish. One of his favorite fishing spots was Lake Guntersville.

To cut a long story short, Mitchum wound up “dry” one afternoon and hit the road in search of drink. He wound up in Anniston, was walking the streets when accosted by a policeman.

Asked what he was doing, Mitchum replied, “I’m looking for a drink. You got any idea where I can find one.”

The policeman arrested Mitchum for vagrancy, not knowing who he was.

A friend bailed him out the next morning. Later, when asked in an interview by Barbara Walters (1997) how he would like to be remembered ...

“Well, if they put nothing more on my headstone than I once spent the night in the Anniston jail in Alabama, that would pretty much sum it up for me.”

That story comes from the Guntersville Gleam and was sent to me by George Monk ... and I wish I had space for the entire story.


NEWS YOU can use along about May 24.

If you’ve been out to Tweeners near Jacksonville in the last day or so, you know it is closed.

But, as of May 24, the Johnson twins, Sheri and Jeri, will open the doors on a new Tweeners. It’s on the bypass around Piedmont, right across from the high school.

A partner in the new restaurant is Marion Johnson, a very nice lady who has been at Jack’s on Quintard for the past five years.

“My heart and soul has been here for the past five years and I hate to leave, but this is an opportunity for me,” says Marion.

Actually, it’s simply more family at the new Tweeners. Marion is kinfolk to Sheri and Teri.

I’ve been a Tweeners customer for years, will be the same when I’m around Piedmont.


BIRTHDAYS: May 1 – Amelia Tuck; May 5 – Derrick Smith; May 6 – S. D. Heard, Kinze McWhorter, and Addis Lawler; May 8 – Claudette Whitley, Debbie Mahias, and Nellie Estes; May 10 – Virginia Johns.


OOPS: Apologies are due Lois Lott of Ohatchee. Lois turned 90 back on April 23.

She attended a long-ago Shady Glen school and has a great affection for her church, Ohatchee First Baptist. She has also been active in the Ohatchee Senior Group.

Again, my apologies ...


TOP TEEN: Jacksonville High School would like you to meet Lakshmi Vasudha Krishnaprasad, salutatorian for the Class of 2013.

Lakshmi will receive an Advanced College Preparatory with Honors Diploma and is a member of the National Honor Society. She is also a member of Mu Alpha Theta, on the Scholars Bowl Team and has been recognized by the College Board of Scholars.

She has been captain of the JHS Marching Band since 2011, plays a mean flute (section leader), and also plays piano in the school’s jazz band.

Along the way she has participated in the Jacksonville State and Auburn University honor bands.

“Lakshmi is a wonderful young woman with a bright future ahead of her,” says Marcia Stallings, school counselor.

Proud parents are Srinivasarao Krishnaprasad and Nagarajan Vasumathi of Jacksonville.

Some applause is in order.


George Smith may be reached at 256-239-5286 or email:

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