April 4, 2013
Hello from beautiful Adairville, Kentucky, siting on the banks of the south branch of the Red River. The place 900 plus good citizens call home. It was also the former home of seven drug sellers that sheriff Wallace Whitaker, his staff and the drug task force took off our streets. Hallelujah for a great service to our community!
Some people though I was crazy when I started writing about the problem. One person said there was no problem and one said nothing could be done. But, most people encouraged me to keep it up. Even a couple of parents of children that were victims of drugs asked me to keep up the writing and calling people’s attention to the problem. I am thankful that the sheriff and our county prosecutor took the problem seriously and have acted. Our town is a far better place because of the recent action. If any of you witness or know of any drug dealings please call our county sheriff’s office at: 726-4911 or 726-2244. Thanks again to our sheriff, his county officers and the drug task force. They did good!
Mayor Donna Blake has sent me a message that she has business prospects that are looking at the old hosiery mill in town. The mill was donated to the city by the Auburn Hosiery Mill Company several years ago. For many years the mill was our one big employer. When it closed down and moved it’s operations to Mexico some 250 or more jobs were lost. Jobs that were never replaced in Adairville. Many had to find employment in other towns and had to move. When the people had to move away then the shops and stores that depended on their business began to close. There just were not enough people left to support the businesses that were in town.
The first major issue for our town is to increase the town population. We need jobs to bring the people and we need more affordable housing for the people. We have plenty of building lots available at very reasonable prices. Maybe the Gundersons will put up a few more houses.
Possibly the city council will rezone some property around the long closed sausage plant. No business is going to build on those house lots surrounding the old plant site. Long dreamed for businesses locating on those lots is only a dream for one or two, but not bringing notable tax money for the city. Let people build houses on their property and we gain additional tax income and people.
If the mayor and council are able to sell or lease the old hosiery mill that will be a start. If we can gain a small grocery that too will be a strong boost for our town.
Possibly a meeting can be held with the developers of the Cardinal Estates. The idea was great. Nice lots with proposed high end large homes with a number of building restrictions. After 8 years it is evident that the idea did not work. Only one home was built. All the other lots remain empty. Possibly the restrictions can be lightened up and the lot prices lowered. If the price was right on the property we might gain 10 new homes and a nice increase in population.
Our town is long overdue an assisted living facility, a clinic, an addition to the manor on South Gallatin for elderly and/or those on limited incomes. (Federal money is still available for such building programs.) You do have to apply for the money and grants before you can get them.
There seems to be serious talk of adding an addition on to the fire hall for an extra vehicle or two. At the same time I hear that talk has circulated about building a joint/combined city hall, fire hall, police office, maybe library and meeting space. Towns smaller than Adairville have been building them right and left with federal and state grants. If this were to be true then I think it would be a terrible waste to build the addition on to the fire hall and then turn around and tear it all down in the next several years for a new city complex.
I do not think that is called good city planning. I wonder if the city has ever developed any short term or long term plans for the development and improvement of the city? Will it in the future?
It has been said that a church is the conscience of a town. I have attended services at most of the churches in and near Adairville. Some of them multiple times. In one case, Calvary Baptist. I was called and invited to attend. That I really appreciated. One thing is very clear in the visits I have made. With the exception of two churches, there is a real shortage of young people. The young people are the future of the churches. Somebody better start getting the young people back in the churches pretty soon, or in 10 years or so more local churches will be closing.
Pat on the back
Wednesday I went into the NAPA Auto Parts Store in Adairville. There was a young man in front of me named Wesley Wright. I observed how polite he was with the manager of the store. In addition to a good sense of humor and nice personality, he really is a good fellow. He is a 20 year old young farmer working on the family’s 400 acre farm. (He has a younger brother that sells tomato and pepper plants at the Adairville Hardware store in the spring and fresh produce later in the season.) The parents of these two young men are definitely doing something right. Nice to see such a fine young man with such a nice outlook on life and friendly and polite manners. A big pat on the back for Wesley Wright.
It is only five weeks till the May 11 annual car show and 5K Run that kick off the annual Adairville Strawberry Festival. Next week I will be reporting on the coming festival and the event that brings the crowds to town. By popular demand the chamber is planning to bring back the popular Strawberry Festival Dinner Saturday evening May 11 following the car show and 5K Run. In addition to a good dinner, there will be music, prizes, a fund raiser auction and more. Citizens and citizen politicians are asked to bring some items for the auction. Tickets go on sale next week. They are $20 each. Money raised will go to help the chamber with it’s many projects to help the town.
With a smile
The other night I saw Tom Jones sing on an awards show on one of the TV channels. Jones is a former Welsh coal minor turned supper star singer back some 30 years ago. My how different he looked since I last saw him. He use to be this young back curly haired singer superstar. He always wore colorful too tight cloths, sang very loudly, wiped his brow with a towel after each song and threw the towel to the screaming girls and women in the packed halls where he appeared. The other night I heard the fantastic voice I know so well; but I saw an old gentleman with snow white hair, slightly bent, much looser cloths and with no sweaty towels being thrown to the adoring ladies. Still the great music was there. “Why, Why Delilah,” “The End is Near” and his best — “I Did it my Way.” I know we all change with time. I looked in the mirror the other day and said where has that young guy gone? In Tom Jones case the young guy is definitely gone, but the beautiful voice is still there.
Time to go. Good night sweet people who read my column. Even the old cranky ones. I like you for what ever it is worth. I also think of the farmers who do not get enough recognition. I hope to see many of you at the Strawberry Festival Dinner May 11. Good night “Sweet Bertie Angel” and Mrs. Calabash wherever you are!