In Other News: Clark Griswold Christmas Lights Edition

SONY DSCEarlier this month I asked on the Oak Ridge Now Facebook page where the best place were in our area to see Christmas lights. People overwhelmingly pointed to the Prestonwood area by 249 and Willowbrook and the Glen Loch/Tanglebrush neighbohood in The Woodlands. Come on, people! There’s a whole lot of Clark Griswold happening each year in your own backyard. Jimmy Lane in Oak Ridge North should be a staple in everyone’s Chrismastime activities, but there are many more great displays right here in our neck of the woods. If you hurry in the next couple of days, you may still be able to see some terrific examples of Christmas light ingenuity. We have added 46 photos of some of the best decorated houses in our area at the bottom of this page.

But we digress. There’s a whole lot going on in our community, and we don’t have the staff to cover everything. Sometimes we don’t even hear about it here at Oak Ridge Now until we read it somewhere else. But you might not have heard about it either, so we once again bring you another edition of In Other News.

The City of Oak Ridge North handed out it’s annual Christmas decorating awards, once again handing the venerable Jimmy Lane as the best overall street in the city. It’s time some folks got together with some resolve to stop the dominance next year.

This time of year also provides a good deal of sales tax revenue. Oak Ridge North has seen it’s sales tax revenue increase by 4.4% through November of this year, and the Christmas buying season should help hold up or raise that number. Mattress One, the new Sears Home Appliance Showroom were not open this time last year.

Another Oak Ridge-area retailer, M. Fatheree Interiors, was profiled in the Community Impact News this month. They have been in the Woodwind Village Shopping Center for 17 years now. There is definitely some cool stuff there. Most of it is out of my price range, but…

In area politics, we’ve had two more folks beat the filing deadline and register to run in the upcoming March Republican primary. Mark Bosma, director of infrastructure for Montgomery County, is running for Alan Sadler’s soon-to-be-vacated County Judge seat. And Oak Ridge High School graduate Craig McMichael has tossed his hat in the ring to oppose incumbent Congressman Kevin Brady. A War Eagle in the halls of Congress? Sure, it’s a longshot, but that’s better than no shot at all.  It bring’s to mind that classic Lloyd and Mary scene in Dumb and Dumber.

From the free advice department: if you have a warrant out for your arrest, don’t do one of these three things:

Some of of neighbors have not learned these simple lessons, and were given a free ride to the Montgomery County jail this month. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s office is still looking for a suspect in the robbery of one of the three Shell stations at I-45 and Rayford. If you have info about that one, please give Crimestoppers a call at 800.392.STOP.

patchesA couple of the food establishments in our area have been cited for anything by the Montgomery County Health Department this month. Gold stars went to Kroger and Nourishment for the Needy. Those not getting gold stars? Tewbeleaux’s on Rayford with an improper drain disposal at the hand sink (three demerits), and Pallotta’s Italian Grill, which garnered five demerits for food defrosting in the mop sink. [Editor’s note: Mmmmm!]

Finally, our shelter animal of the week from the Montgomery County Animal Shelter is Patches, a one-to-two year old Catahoula/Collie mix. She is a quiet 45 pounds, and loves to chew bones and go for walks.She’s available for only $25, as she’s been at the shelter for more than 60 days now. She’s just looking for a good home for the new year.

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Chuck Briese, Oak Ridge Now

[avatar user="cbriese" size="thumbnail" align="left"] Chuck Briese has been a resident of South Montgomery County since 1988. He and his lovely and patient wife, Leslie, have six sons, with only one left to finish high school. Chuck has been a Cub Scout leader, a Little League baseball coach, a church youth leader, and a general troublemaker over the course of the past 25 years. He is obsessed with his lawn, and likes restaurants that serve food that fills up the plate. He has a tendency to tilt at windmills, which may explain why he started Oak Ridge Now.

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