Sheriff's Office: Southern hospitality is real, and growing
by Jim Ruth Bradley County Sheriff
Nov 17, 2013 | 912 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Southeast Tennessee is known for a lot of things. The natural beauty of the mountains and foothills, the abundance of good-tasting water and plentiful wildlife are a few. Then there are the delicious vegetables and fruits that are grown here, along with a number of cattle and dairy farms that have prospered in our county.

Many good things can be said of living in East Tennessee. One of the most notable attributes is the hospitable attitude that is shown most of the time by most of our people.

It seems that the thousands of new residents who have moved here in recent years and that are still moving here have acclimated to the same attitude and way of life.

Maybe they were already demonstrating this quality before moving here. This hospitable life knows no socioeconomic, national or racial lines. When you hear of other cities and geographical areas that are rude, crude and unfriendly it makes you thankful that you live in Bradley County, Tennessee.

Sadly, Washington D.C., the Capitol of the free world, is known for its widespread rudeness.

Here, when you walk into a local business you experience that hospitality. The “welcome,” the “Hello,” the “How are you doing?” or the “thank you” for your business when you leave all feel heartfelt and genuine.

When you are stranded on the road, someone is always ready to help. There is always someone ready and willing to give you help up when you have been knocked down.

It is certainly in order to speak or nod your head in friendly goodwill as you pass another person on the street or while out shopping. It is still proper to wave a greeting as you travel down our rural roads, whether or not you know the other person.

I think this attitude speaks volumes of who we are as a people. Our heart is in the right place. It is no wonder that we are growing so rapidly. No wonder we have so many people retiring here from Florida and other states, which are known for being retirement meccas.

I guess this big resettlement explains all of the Florida Gator decals on a number of our cars with Tennessee license plates. It seems Vols fans need to get busy doing the same thing.

For many years people were retiring to western North Carolina. We are glad they have discovered Bradley County and all of East Tennessee. We welcome all of them, be they from the North, South, East or West. It is not heaven, but we think it is the best place to live while you are waiting to be called up there.

There is no waiting or probationary period for your becoming a full-fledged resident here. Your move here tells us you like us. We like you back in return.

You are a part of our family now. It doesn’t matter if you have a Western drawl, a Southern accent or speak in a sharp New York staccato rhythm, or maybe have the non-accented speech of a Midwesterner.

Maybe you will not say “Y’all” or “I reckon,” but I believe you too, will share this Southern hospitality with others. It is contagious.

Speaking of heaven — Bill loved softball. He started as a little boy as a pitcher, pitching through school and on into manhood. Bill was taking a break from his lawn cutting.

As he sat on the steps drinking his lemonade an angel flew down and sat beside him.

“Bill” the angel said, “I have some good new and some bad news for you.”

Bill said, “Give me the good news first.” The angel said, “The good news is that we have softball teams in heaven.” Then, “The bad news is that we have a game tomorrow and you are scheduled to pitch.”

Thanks for reading!