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From the Center 3-8-17

There was another fender bender recently in a spot that has seen quite a few of those in years past.

We do have parking issues on both sides of the road on Columbia Avenue.

I’m sure our ancestors had no clue when they built the town what size vehicles we would eventually have in use. In fact, I’m not sure they even had motorized vehicles in mind.

When I was a child and there were three red lights, we seemed to not have an issue. I know at one point the lights went to blinking yellow after 10 p.m. Over the years a fourth light was added at Regions Bank, and the three  original lights were eventually removed.

I remember one night around midnight the coroner called me when I lived on the back end of the compound and said, “Hey Holley, did you know there was a car in your dad’s office?”

It wasn’t long before I saw Betty giving the mayor and chief of police a piece of her mind. And I still agree with what she was pressing. We need the light back.

The new highway 84 construction has helped. Traffic traveling 42 east must stop just outside of Prentiss to cross the highway.

However, you still cannot see if oncoming traffic is coming on Columbia Avenue due to parked cars. You are basically out in the road before you can see.

Cars approaching town at a fast speed, parked cars on the streets, the intersection of two highways, 18-wheelers entering town and a daily school bus route prove that this is an extremely busy and dangerous area.

I hope there is a solution to this in the future. It is a scary thing to be watching TV while hoping the tractor trailer’s brakes will hold while approaching the stop sign.