Just Talkin’ for May 13, 2021

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It looks like Louisiana is about to get its seventh state song. Most everyone thinks “You Are My Sunshine” by the late Gov. Jimmy Davis holds the title. The first was actually “Song of Louisiana” in 1932 by Vashti Robertson Stopher. Now it looks like “Southern Nights,” made popular by the late Glenn Campbell around 1977, will be the latest. The late Louisiana legend, musician Alan Toussaint, wrote the song. Just in case you are wondering what are the other state songs designated by the state legislature, they are “Louisiana, My Home Sweet Home,” “ Give Me Louisiana,” “The Gifts of Earth,” the State Environmental Song and “Come Back to Louisiana,” written by Alexandria’s Jay Chevalier and Bobby Attwood, is the state song for the Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita recovery effort.

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JT ran into local attorney D. Michael Hayes at the Post Office the other day and learned that his son, Randolph, had a real presence at this year’s Kentucky Derby. Randolph, born and raised in Natchitoches, is managing partner of Equine Medicine and Surgery, LLC…and an NSU alumnus. Randolph treated second, third, fourth and fifth place finishers on the day. A proud Mike says Randolph is a part of the largest and most advanced veterinary practice in horse racing, worldwide. The entire Hayes family and the family of Natchitoches is proud of the accomplishments of one of our own.

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If you have anyone involved in travel ball (parents and grandparents) you probably need a “do over” for Mothers Day. JT was visiting with State Sen. Louie Bernard the other day and heard he was one of those caught up last weekend in a tournament. Louie and family were following a player last Sunday and the lunch for wife, Gayle, was, in his words, the options and menu was “less than stellar.” So JT is reaching out to those spouses that really didn’t get the day they deserve…to give their partners and family a “do-over.”

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JT has noticed a big call is out for workers. He’s seen a couple signs on business in town where they are now hiring. One sign even said …on the spot. He was told one business actually was closed for a while because they didn’t have enough workers to operate. The workforce here has always been problematic…but the stimulus checks have made it worse. Why would a person go back to work when their state unemployment and the federal stimulus checks equal or exceed what they were making by showing up for work? JT read where at least 10 states are opting out of federal unemployment benefits. That’s because they have jobs available but those on unemployment are not interested in working. Don’t look for our Democratic Governor to follow their lead!

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JT decided to get started early on the summer fun by heading to Shreveport last weekend for the Louisiana State Fair. It was a decent day weather-wise, not too hot or cool. There were several rides, carnival games and food stands to choose from. JT always makes it his mission at fairs and festivals to find the most peculiar food item on the menu. JT saw enormous turkey legs and fried desserts galore! But right as he was leaving, he saw it clear as day; the weirdest item being sold at a stall near the exit, mealworm pizza and cricket pizza JT was glad he was already on his way out when he saw that. JT had too much fun already riding rides and playing games but this sealed the deal for that day. Crickets and mealworms might be a delicacy, but JT is not exactly so curious that he needs know how it tastes. just beginning and we can feel it with the approaching heat, but JT has had his fill of summer fun already. Have a safe summer!