By Barry Burleson
A few weeks back there was an odd sound in our fireplace. It appeared to be coming from just above the closed flue.
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The Preacher’s Corner
U.S. soldiers work to repair Arab Jabour schools
By Sgt. Jason Stadel,
FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq – After months of fighting, Coalition forces in Arab Jabour have rid the area of al-Qaeda in Iraq and turned their attention to rebuilding the community.
Letter To The Editor
Hat’s off to Annie’s:
This letter is being written as a commendation regarding one of your prominent restaurateurs, Annie R. Moffitt of Annie’s Restaurant
Every month, I travel to Memphis, Tenn., from St. Louis, Mo., to take care of family matters. During the first week of March, I was out for a drive with my friend Pam, because the weather was so nice. We took Highway 78 East, and we noticed the exit for Rust College and decided to have a look around. We stopped at the first service station we came to and asked for a good place to eat, since it was close to lunchtime; we were told of Annie’s.
Please continue to read because this is so uncanny — my mother-in-law was named Annie, as was my mother.
As soon as we entered the main dining room, we were greeted by a beautiful, professional woman, Annie. Pam immediately whispered to me, “I bet she is the owner.” On this particular day, Annie did not have on a blouse with her name monogrammed on it. Her greeting to us was as if we were old friends who had been out of touch and were pleased to see each other.
Pam and I were seated and given menus. We scanned over them and decided to have a lunch special. There was a lady standing behind the steam stables, smiling, ready to serve us. One thing that I would like to point out at this juncture is I was immediately impressed that there was a server instead of “serve yourself” with a lot of different hands reaching and dropping things.
Now, the steam table had a cornucopia of scrumptious foods and desserts. Annie came over to see if we were being taken care of, and went to check on other customers. I heard a gentleman from New Orleans tell her to “take out for two dinners; it’s been a long time since I’ve tasted food this good.”
I made another trip to Annie’s Restaurant before I came back to St. Louis, Mo. I did bring with me two of Annie’s homemade five flavor pound cakes and a pan of her turkey and dressing.
Jan Karon, best-selling author of the Mitford Series, and “Home to Holly Springs,” the first of the Father Tim novels, lists Annie’s in the acknowledgements.
Annie’s is only 40 miles from Memphis, Tenn., and is now a must stop for me; it is truly a dining experience that gives pleasure to the pallet and a lift to the heart.
This is a family-owned business and I pray only good things for Annie’s now and in the many years to come.
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