By: Martha Woodward
Skateboarders who are using Fountain City Skateboard Park beware. City police officers are sitting in their cruisers in nearby parking lots using binoculars to watch you. You will be given a ticket if you are not wearing a helmet. Easy money for the city. Better obey all of the rules or you won’t be playing for free.
Sadly, the Ruby Tuesday Restaurant chain is in trouble. Predictions from AOL Business say that the restaurant may be the next national chain to close its doors for good within in the next 2 to 3 years. Basically, sales are down in the 778 restaurants. According to Motley Fool, for every $1 made last year only 89 cents was made in 2013. No company can last long with results like that.
In my opinion, once they got rid of the Tiffany-style lights, they were no longer fun to visit. I used to be a regular customer, but taking those lights out was a major blow to my enjoyment as I had so many pleasant memories of dining there under the sparkling, colorful lights. No one in their management would listen to the customers who were begging them not to take out the stained-glass fixtures, but, hey, they didn’t listen, and so it goes. Lights out in more ways than one. Remember, Ruby Tuesday, “The customer is always right,” and even if you think he/she is wrong, you won’t keep him/her long if you do not do what she/he wants. **************
“Yes we can (take 10,000,000 jobs away from Americans). The number of Americans not in the labor force has increased by 10,102,000 during Obama’s presidency. From July to August, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics, Americans not participating in the labor force climbed from 89,957,000 to 90,473,000, pushing past 90,000,000 for the first time, with a one month increase of 516,000. In September, it climbed again to 90,609,000, an increase of 136,000 during the month. In January 2009, when President Barack Obama took office, there were 80,507,000 Americans not in the labor force. Is this what people thought they were going to get when they voted for change? I doubt it.
Many thanks to Commissioner Amy Broyles for inviting me to attend the meeting held on Monday, October 21 of the Knox County Commission. Commissioner Broyles highlighted my book “Watermelon for Everyone” and explained that it has been nominated for an international award from Gourmand Magazine in Spain. I am grateful to Commissioner Broyles for this honor.