Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

April 18, 2013

Thursday the new Friday?

By Jan Boston Sellers
Chronicle correspondent

CROSSVILLE — I read an article the other day that postulated what I already think to be true: Thursday is the new Friday. Friday is often hailed as the best day of the work week for those who work Monday through Friday, but this article indicates most of us enjoy Thursday even more. "Why?" you ask.

Anticipation is the correct response. Anticipation, or the act of looking forward to a pleasurable event, generates hope and excitement. Apparently, getting most of the work week behind you and knowing Friday is just around the corner is almost as good as actually doing Friday. At least some experts feel this way.

I have always enjoyed Thursdays. Thursday is my “fry day.” I only eat French fries once a week and on Thursday. French fries are a really good way to make Thursday an additional day to look forward to each week. It is kind of a pre-weekend celebration.

The net-net of this story is this: looking forward to a special event, day, weekend, vacation or event, whatever it is, is very therapeutic. The anticipation, the excitement, the wonder are very healthy for us psychologically. Thursday for adults is similar to Christmas Eve for children.

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Martin Elementary School grade superlatives have been named for the 2012-'13 academic year. Kevin Flores and Lexy Ryans are Mr. and Mrs. Martin. Bryce Hurd-Smith and Taylor Gibson are Friendliest. Quinn Freitag and Haley Cowley are Most School Spirited. Jacob Moore and Lindsey Norrod were voted Most Athletic. Nick White and Sarah Carroll are Best Dressed. Carl Farr and Amy Soto were voted Wittiest. Damian Barillas and Aylissa Fuller were named as Class Clowns. Jaxon Norris and Mary Kemp were voted Most Likely to Succeed.

Ironically enough, that has already proven to be true for Kemp. She was named the winner of the 2013 TAD Youth Talent Show. She sang “Superman” and played her guitar to garner the most votes from the judges. Kemp will now advance to the Tennessee Valley Fair in Knoxville in September.

First- and second-place winners in the 13- to 21-year-old division were Timothy Hawn and Jake Wallace, who will also advance to the contest. The 8- to 12-year-old winner was Anais Villaruz. She is a sixth-grade home school student.

Congratulations to Brandon Tollett. He was the winner of the Avalon Center’s Parade of Beauties Pageant. Tollett is a deputy with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department.

Help a local boy win a contest by logging onto www.mobilityawarenessmonth.com and voting for Holdan Crawley.

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Here is what is happening around town this weekend:

There are several events for the Relay for Life. The countywide auction for Relay will be at North Cumberland Elementary School Friday. The event will also feature a barbeque dinner. Saturday, April 20 is the yard sale at Cumberland County Bank’s main office. It will be outside in the parking lot across the street from the main branch or inside if it rains. The yard sale will last from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Also on Saturday will be the Colinx Bowling Tournament for Relay. It will begin at 1 p.m. at Plateau Bowling Lanes. This is a two-person team with three games and a nine pin, no tap. You may register by contacting Ellen York at (931) 319-6711.

Book lovers may want to visit the Friends of the Library Book Sale Friday or Saturday. The sale will begin at 9 a.m. on Friday in the Cumberland Meeting Room. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday. The sale will feature children’s books, novels, mysteries, paperbacks, CDs, DVDs, VHS and nonfiction works.

The Spring Musical Show featuring Ruth and Wayne Lucas will be Friday night at the Palace, beginning at 7 p.m. Featured artists will include Anthony Woolbright, Polly Periwinkle, Terri Utsey, Beverly Lawson and Kelsey Matthews. Tickets may be obtained by logging on to the Palace website at www.palacetheatre-crossville.com.

Watch 42 at Rocky Top Cinema. This movie, about baseball’s first African American Major League Player, Jackie Robinson, is one of the better films of the year and was filmed in nearby Chattanooga. The film company used the old University of Tennessee Mocs and Lookouts Stadium as the site for many of the scenes. Stellar performances were delivered.