Real estate to Hee Haw

 Random notes from the passing week:


We’ve gotten another sales contract on our house in Florence, Ala.

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about how a couple from California had backed out on a deal to buy the house.

The home inspection had found all of the little idiosyncrasies that you would expect to find in a 46-year-old house. Most were just going to cost a few dollars to fix, but a couple were major items.

The house failed the radon test, something we thought wouldn’t be a problem with a house built on a slab. Wrong. Putting in the vent system: $1,500.

But the buyers backed out because our two heating and air conditioning units were old and might need to be replaced. The same point was made five years ago when we bought the house, but the units just keep chugging along.

Well, it turns out the couple flew home to California and found their house there had sold while they were gone. They flew back to Florence, looked at more houses, but in the end, only liked ours.

So we’ve sold the house twice to the same people. I hope there’s not a third time.

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I saw a different side of Mike Staten, a senior vice president of BNA Bank, when I took in the Hee Haw show at the Cine Theatre in the Magnolia Civic Center last week.

Two members of the cast called Staten, always impeccably dressed in a suit and tie, to the stage from the audience. They were doing a skit that involved two glasses of yellow liquid, one purportedly Mountain Dew, and the other, a urine sample.

With Staten looking on, one actor took a mouthful of his Mountain Dew, discovered it wasn’t, and spat the contents in Mike’s face and down the front of his suit.

Afterward, Mike said it all was for a good cause. The event raised money for the annual Relay for Life program to fight breast cancer.

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While I’m on the subject of different sides, there was Dr. Sam Creekmore on stage playing, you guessed it, a doctor. At one point, he told a patient that there was nothing he could do for him because his disease was in the advanced stages.

“Well, it was in the early stages when I first set down in your waiting room,” the patient quipped.

The audience got a good chuckle out of that one.

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The cast of the show was really good and a reminder of the wealth of talent we have in the community. But I thought the star was Lexie Kent, the daughter of BNA’s Amanda Kent and her husband.

Lexie belted out her lines in two different skits as though she had been performing on stage for years. At that age, I wouldn’t have gotten on stage in front of hundreds of people and if someone had pushed me out there, I certainly wouldn’t have remembered the lines.

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Here at the Gazette, we said goodbye Friday to Melissa Berryman, the accounting/office manager, who has moved on to another job in her career. In addition to helping me get grounded with the numbers when I came to New Albany last May, Melissa took the lead role last fall in organizing the Gazette Sharing at Christmas fundraising program. We wish her well.


T. Wayne Mitchell, publisher of the Gazette, can be reached by phone at 662-534-6321 or by e-mail at