Smoky Mountain Family Historian

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Swiss in Tennessee

Mark Rose has an interesting post about a Swiss group that settled in Grundy County. I had no ideas that we had Swiss in Tennessee. I know that my Swiss ancestors came by way of the Alsatian portion of the Palatinate to Pennsylvania and then Ohio and other parts.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Perpetual Speeder

When I visited Yahoo! this morning I saw a headline that captured my attention: Arizona Driver Gets 70 Speeding Tickets in Five Months. I immediately wondered why this person had not had her drivers license revoked long before she hit 70 tickets. (Actually I suspected it was a male until I read the article. My apologies, men, for making a false assumption.) Anyway, she appears to have always been running late for meetings with clients and just kept throwing away her tickets. Her fines could add up to $11,000 (I'm surprised it's not more) and she could lose her license. It sounds like they should require her to take "Driver's Ed" before she's allowed back on the road. I (like Glenn) am not a fan of those traffic light cameras, but I just can't imagine anyone being stupid enough to get 70 tickets in 5 months and toss them all in the garbage thinking they'd just "go away".

Friday, August 11, 2006

Most Ridiculous Item of the Day

Wow - I had no idea it had been so long since I last blogged. Anyway, I ran across an item on Marie's blog that is worthy of comment and linkage. It seems the local school has decided that students only need to go to the restroom 39 times a semester. That's going a bit to the extreme, punishing everyone when it is only the abusers who need to be disciplined.