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Is it traffic or is it the heat? Or maybe both?

Posted Wednesday, August 29, 2007, at 4:49 PM

Is it traffic or is it the heat? Or maybe both?

It may just be the heat .. . .or maybe not.

It may just be the period I am at in my life .... or maybe not

It may just be the type of profession I am in ....or maybe not.

Whatever it is, it just seems that the traffic and the traffic lights are just sometimes slowing to a crawl.

Take one day last week... as I headed across our fine city to eat lunch... 1 caught the light red at Church and West Court Street .. . .finally it turned green... only to allow me to catch the light red at Court and Mill Avenue .... which in turn allowed me to also catch a red light at East Court and Main and yes .... another red light at Sampson and East Court ... .1 thought to myself that my lunch hour would be over before I got to my eating destination.

Later that day as I was delivering ad proofs, I caught a red light at the highway 5 ibypass and Indian Trace followed by another at the bypass and Flowering Dogwood and finally a red light at Upper Finley and the bypass... 1 guess we need all these lights... 1 guess-- and I assume they are all calculated to make sure the traffic flow does not bottle neck...

I just think that there is more traffic on our local roads than ever before... 1 think everyone is talking on a cell phone and I think our traffic lights are not going to let anyone get too far ahead of the pack...

Is all of this a step for progress??

I can remember vacations from years gone by when you would venture out on highway 98 in Panama City, Florida to go eat at one of Florida's favorite or best restaurants .. . .Five miles might take an hour ... you could see the sign of your eatery of choice in the distance... you just couldn't get there...

We certainly haven't gotten to that point yet and probably never will...

As I said, maybe it is just the heat of the summer ....

Am I alone here?? or do you find yourself thinking the same thing as you try to

negotiate in and around our city??


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You could get a chili bun at the Shake Shop for either a nickel or a dime, I forgot which............

-- Posted by Johnny Yuma on Sun, Sep 30, 2007, at 5:33 AM

Yes, and don't forget our quaint little cafes and poolrooms. Downtown we had the Silver Castles, out east was the Hamburger Haven and on the south side was Grogan's DQ, our first fast-food. As I recall, on the northern perimeter of the cruising scene was the Shake Shop. A nickel Dr Pepper and two straws! ;-)

-- Posted by gb on Sat, Sep 29, 2007, at 4:15 AM

Fifty years ago the only restaurants were The Hut on Lake Road, Tom's Cafe on the Square, and The Blue Goose on Harrell, and Elmer Russell's Snack Shack on Harrell......... We've come a long way...........

-- Posted by Johnny Yuma on Fri, Sep 28, 2007, at 7:34 AM

Ha Ha, gb. Great end to a fantastic blog. Next?

-- Posted by you have to know it on Wed, Sep 26, 2007, at 9:34 PM

Is this guy ever going to write another blog?

-- Posted by tennessee9 on Wed, Sep 26, 2007, at 4:12 PM

Tn Mom and Tennessee8, are y'all married? You sound like me and my wife. She wants to go the Ribeye. I want to to go to Catfish. We end up going to Pig-N-Out and catching every red light in town. Have we discussed that downtown traffic problem?

-- Posted by gb on Wed, Sep 26, 2007, at 12:13 PM

And to Tennessee 8... Did you read Country Kitchen is closing? Want to know why? I waited one hour for my first lunch there and got it comped. Waited 30 minutes for my second and almost left. (my last visit) Come on Abe, hire some competent managers. Your idea about a cross between Alexanders and Applebees sounds great. Cater to the business class, train your staff, establish a dress code and you will make it happen. Think like you are in a big city. We need to stop settling for second best! Create a great restaurant and they will come!

-- Posted by you have to know it on Tue, Sep 25, 2007, at 6:37 PM

Princessa, city schools are great and my children love it here. The city lacks culture and fine dining, but coming from your area of the country, we just were spoiled. Jackson is only 45 minutes away, a short drive anywhere if you are from south Florida. I will say however, that I have made the best friends I have ever had in my life here. Post when you get here and I will hook up with you.

-- Posted by you have to know it on Tue, Sep 25, 2007, at 6:31 PM

"Wow....and my family is considering moving to Dyersburg...is there really a bad drug problem? Of course, coming from south Florida, it's probably a lot worse here....the area isn't open to new business? My husband was hoping to continue his business there...bad education? Well we have that problem and that's why I homeschool....but, damn, I'm having second thoughts...PLEASE, post what's great about Dyersburg!"

There are many things great about Dyersburg and your family coming would make it even greater! Welcome!

-- Posted by gb on Mon, Sep 24, 2007, at 9:36 AM

In Dyersburg, it is SAL-mon, SAL-mon, not SAA-mon........... go Trojans!!!!!!!!!

-- Posted by Johnny Yuma on Mon, Sep 24, 2007, at 7:14 AM

Whatever 9. The county schools may have a slight advantage but when you get to 9-12 the city is the way to go. DCHS is a joke and you know it 9.

-- Posted by Tennessee8 on Sun, Sep 23, 2007, at 10:59 PM

Its not a bad town for kids to grow up in. Theres nothing for them after that. The county school system is one of the best in the state. Def have them go to the county schools.

-- Posted by tennessee9 on Sun, Sep 23, 2007, at 10:05 PM

Wow....and my family is considering moving to Dyersburg...is there really a bad drug problem? Of course, coming from south Florida, it's probably a lot worse here....the area isn't open to new business? My husband was hoping to continue his business there...bad education? Well we have that problem and that's why I homeschool....but, damn, I'm having second thoughts...PLEASE, post what's great about Dyersburg!

-- Posted by Princessa on Sun, Sep 23, 2007, at 4:48 PM

Lupos folks: Tell your servers the L is silent in salmon. Three strikes and you are out. Bill was wrong again and food was served with the wrong side dish again at lunch. Waitress actually said when questioned as to what salad dressings were avaialble that, " she only knew two off the top of her head". You have got to be kidding me. I give you 6 months.

-- Posted by you have to know it on Fri, Sep 21, 2007, at 8:05 PM

What an idea! Former mayors and department heads as greeters? It might work. ;-)

-- Posted by gb on Tue, Sep 18, 2007, at 5:20 AM

I was down at city hall yesterday, they had rearranged it a few months ago. Its located between sporting goods and electronics.

-- Posted by tennessee9 on Mon, Sep 17, 2007, at 6:49 PM

This has developed into an interesting thread with so many interesting topics. I'll comment on a few.

Dyersburg, a dying city? We won't starve to death from a lack of restaurants. We got three new ones on the bypass last month.

This county made up of 75% Bubbas? The other 25% Bubbaettes, I hope.

The average age of our citizens rapidly climbing? Is that because us old folks are living too long or because you younger folks are just not very productive?

Wait until I-69 comes through town? Oh boy! Another road to Mexico.

Is all of this a step for progress? Si y adios!

-- Posted by gb on Sun, Sep 16, 2007, at 9:35 PM

First of all I am angered and embarrassed that it would be "beneath" someone from DYERSBURG to be seated next to me because of my wardrobe. I am considered one of the "BUBBA'S" that was mentioned earlier in a comment. As a matter of fact, this county is made up of about 75% "BUBBA'S"!! I for one am not out to "impress" anyone with the way i dress. If that's the case, i want everybody to start wearing overalls!! That is what I wear most of the time because they are comfortable, or a Dale Earnhardt Tee because thats what I am interested in. I have never looked at another human being and thought "Lord i don't want to set next to them because they have on ties and slacks and loafers or nice dresses or pantsuits". My mama always told me that I was not better than anybody, but I am AS good as ANYONE! Thats why this county has lost alot of it's growth over the years, is because too many high-ups want to "IMPRESS" whoever! I agree with tennessee9 that we should start focusing on the real issues this county faces, like cleaning up the drugs and putting our children's education at the forefront. If i got disgruntled every time my order got screwed up, i wouldn't eat out ever. They all make mistakes. Why? The reason would astound you. It's that they're human like you and me. :) As Paul Harvey says "GOOD DAY"

-- Posted by racingfan3 on Fri, Sep 14, 2007, at 11:27 PM

Simmer down TN9.

-- Posted by Tennessee8 on Thu, Sep 13, 2007, at 10:55 PM

Its amazing that a new food establishment can bring up so much attention. If the people in dyersburg would put more interest into the dying city, the meth problem, divorce rate, horribly uneducated children and old city corruption. Maybe, just maybe, dyersburg would be a city worth living in. Hopefully the new mayor and his buddies wont go around buying up all the land, then not allow any new businesses or interstates anywhere close to the city unless its built through their land. Why doesnt anyone at the paper put up a blog where we can talk about the stuff that really matters.

-- Posted by tennessee9 on Thu, Sep 13, 2007, at 8:00 PM

I'm wondering, and the question begs to be asked, why would anyone go out to eat at a place THREE times if they had such a bad experience the first AND second time?

Usually people who do that only do it so they'll have something to complain about.

Another thing that bothers me is the fact that "Bubba", in all his t-shirt, shorts and flip-flops glory, was paying just as much for his food as anyone else in there, but it was, obviously, "beneath" someone to sit next time him because of what he was wearing?

Can you say rude?

Also, there is NO possible way to get ALL the kinks worked out BEFORE you open, and anyone that thinks you can has never opened their own business...or even worked in a restaurant.

-- Posted by Mamaof2 on Thu, Sep 13, 2007, at 6:15 PM

Tn Mom. You are stupid. You cannot have the kinks worked out before you open. I have been in foodservice sales almost 10 years and you always have kinks in service no matter what you do to prevent it. The thing that has slowed the service is the very large number of customers that have hit them in the beginning. What ever restaurants you worked in must have had no business.

-- Posted by Tennessee8 on Wed, Sep 12, 2007, at 9:23 PM

The time to get things worked out is before you open. I have worked in restaurants. You don't work out the kinks in your opening weeks, you work them out prior. First opinions matter, and unfortunately, most of us in Dyersburg have gotten used to second best and have come to accept it. Every business owner has the responsibility to please from day number one. No responsible business owner opens a business to sub service standards and makes an excuse for poor performance because they are new. This is poor management 101.

-- Posted by you have to know it on Wed, Sep 12, 2007, at 7:54 PM

Tn.Mom, I have been to Lupo's every week since they opened and have had none of the problems you say you had. The food is excellenct and the service has been wonderful. The atmosphere is like many Italian resturants and personally my family likes it. Please for the sake of this city and the people who happen to think it is wonderful, please don't trash the best thing to happen to this city in recent years. No business can please everyone that walks through the door. If you don't like it just don't go. But please for the sake of the city and the people who own it,give them a chance to get things worked out.

-- Posted by brensen@cableone.net on Wed, Sep 12, 2007, at 7:38 PM

Hey Tn Mom. If you don't like mess hall feeling while you eat out; stay at home and eat in. Like any new restaurant it takes time to work out all the flaws. I am glad we finally got a nice restaurant in town and yes I said NICE. Their food is great and the atmosphere is as good as any place in town. You need to quit trashing them and give them a little time.

-- Posted by Tennessee8 on Wed, Sep 12, 2007, at 2:40 PM

It is a step for progress. Dyersburg is a dying city. Our tax base is dwindling and the average age of our citizens is rapidly climbing. I hope our new leadership will stop censoring the new industry coming into our county and think like leaders and not church elders. I can decide what I want to do and where I want to go without someone telling me what is right for me. I can only hope that when I 69 comes through that our town will grow. How sad is it we have a mall half empty and every fast food restaurant to name yet no nice restaurants. If anyone from Lupo's reads this, "train your staff". Been there 3 times and my bill has been wrong every time! Add a drop ceiling with arbor and some lights,(to stop the noise), make a few courtyards in your restaurant to eliminate the mess hall feeling, and establish a dress code. Nothing worse that spending 60$ for dinner for two sitting next to a bubba in a t-shirt and shorts with flip flops and a baseball cap with the sun blaring though the windows. Change your protocol or you will become another statistic.

-- Posted by you have to know it on Mon, Sep 10, 2007, at 5:20 PM

You are probably right, 8. Suspecting a conspiracy might have been going a bit too far on my part, even in jest, but I am told traffic is a primary cause of paranoia and I feel better blaming someone for my impairment. ;-)

-- Posted by gb on Sun, Sep 9, 2007, at 6:45 AM

Hey Dawson. Be glad that we don't live in Memphis or Jackson. I think tennessee 9 is correct when saying you can go from county line to county line in 15 minutes. When I have to go to the office in Memphis it sometimes takes that long to go a mile. If our "traffic problem" is so bad just leave 5 minutes earlier and you will be okay. I don't think our city officals are conspiring against us for not voting for them; get real gb.

-- Posted by Tennessee8 on Sat, Sep 8, 2007, at 9:54 AM

When it comes to traffic, Dyersburg has it made!! I commute from Murfreesboro to Nashville everyday for work. Now thats traffic.

I miss living in a place where I can get anywhere in the county in 20 minutes. Enjoy it!

-- Posted by JD68 on Fri, Sep 7, 2007, at 10:54 AM

No, Dawson. You are not alone. I had the same problem with the red lights when crossing town to dine at the Pig-N-Out. Every downtown light caught me as if they were timed to do so. I suspected a conspiracy orchestrated by city hall. My alderman, Freeman Dudley, thinks I voted against him. .

Looping downtown on the south bypass (Cedar Street) lessens the problem to one light at Main if you take Harton instead of Sampson back up the hill to East Court. And to avoid that Main/Cedar light, you can turn off of Cedar and cut down the alley by the fire department, ease across Mill and Main and then take the alley behind Dixie Liquor back down to Cedar.

By the way, taking this scenic route does not guarantee someone will not beat you to the drive-thru window.

-- Posted by gb on Wed, Sep 5, 2007, at 2:18 PM

Its dyersburg, it takes less than 15 minutes to get almost anywhere in the city. And more traffic on our streets,in my mind means more people in town. That equals more money to our horrible city economy. Which comes from having the same mayor for 30 years.

-- Posted by tennessee9 on Mon, Sep 3, 2007, at 9:39 PM

I have noticed the same thing, I come thru town often, the lights need to be timed in such a way that you can clear a few and not be caught by each one.

-- Posted by neildoolin on Mon, Sep 3, 2007, at 4:39 AM

it is because dyersburg has red in wrong places

-- Posted by rano on Sat, Sep 1, 2007, at 12:04 PM

Wait until I-69 comes through town...

-- Posted by maggiebarkovitz on Fri, Aug 31, 2007, at 6:30 PM


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