Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

October 31, 2013

AROUND THE TOWN: Excavating the recesses of a middle-aged brain

By Jan Boston Sellers
Chronicle correspondent

CROSSVILLE — Do you ever get something on your brain and can’t get it off? Some friends and I were talking excitedly about a new restaurant here in town when our discussion meandered over to a deli that two of us loved and frequented on the University of Tennessee campus back in the late 1970s. Neither of us could remember the name of the deli which served hot, steamed sandwiches. Those mouth-watering sandwiches and the side dishes that came along with them earned several of us the typical freshman 15.

At any rate, after trying for 72 hours to remember the name of it and coming up empty, I sent out a couple of texts asking our former suite mate and other buddies if they could recall the name. None could. Everyone, however, quickly remembered the sandwiches and how wonderful they tasted.

Trying to remember the name was literally hijacking way too much of my thought processes until I realized a man who sits near me at the UT football games lived across the courtyard from me at UTK and may remember the name of the scrumptious deli. My plan was to ask him at the Auburn UT game if he could name the deli. This realization calmed me down until something else occurred to me. I could turn to social media with the question. I logged on to the Internet with the intention of posting a question on Facebook or sending out a tweet when it occurred to me I could probably just Google it. I typed in “name of deli in Shelbourne Campus on UT campus in late 1970s” and within five seconds I had the answer: B and D’s Deli. I literally almost jumped with joy when the recognition washed over me. I immediately sent out texts to the folks who were also trying to excavate the name from the recesses of our middle-aged brains. Seconds later my responses were pouring in: “That is it! I can’t believe you googled it. We would have never come up with that name on our own…”

If you are my age or older, then you already know what the younger people have yet to learn: it takes a lot of us to tell one story. I often notice, when out with a group of friends, it takes more than half of those present to fill in all of the blanks. Our stories go something like this: “You know the lady with the beautiful, auburn hair that is married to the real tall man that used to be a state senator when they lived in that state before they came here…” Later, rather than sooner, one of us can name the woman, another the man, yet another the state from which they moved. By the time we have done all of the puzzle work, we can’t remember why we were telling the story!


Speaking of memory losses, don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour before you go to bed Saturday night. The hour we lost in the spring will come back to us this weekend, as clocks will fall back one hour at 2 a.m. Sunday morning. It is a perfect time to get that extra hours sleep if you stay up late watching football.

The annual Cumberland Mountain Storytelling Festival is this weekend. PAART will present its fifth installment of the festival at the Palace Theatre on 72 South Main St. The festival will be Nov. 1, at 6 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 2, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Visit the palace website for ticket prices at or call them at 484-6133.

Also around town this weekend, the Upper Cumberland Craft Show at the Cumberland County Community Complex will feature some of the best crafts people in the area. It gets under way Saturday morning at 9 a.m. and lasts until 4 p.m. If you need additional information about this event, contact Cathy Oakes at 510-0616.

The world premiere of a movie shot in Crossville called In Gramps’ Shoes is slated for this Saturday, Nov. 2, as well. Movies times are at 4, 7 and 9:30 p.m. at Rocky Top Theater. Members of the cast and crew will be on hand to mingle with the public, according to organizers. Matinee ticket prices are available for all three showings.


High school football action resumes tonight, Nov. 1, with both local high school football teams at home. The Cumberland County High School Jets will host Warren County, and the Stone Memorial Panthers will take on Rhea County.