Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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March 20, 2007

A delightful visit with Mrs. Charles O'Brien


As you have read, Anna Belle has lots of humorous accounts from her storied life. She says this story is one she will never forget. "There is never a dull moment working in the governor's office. As receptionist, I dealt with all types of situations. One of the busiest times is the day of highway bid letting and it always comes on a Friday. All those associated with the process come to Nashville on the Monday preceding and stay all week. This involves paving, gravel and road contractors. The governor is directly involved and always arrives early along with the office staff. On this particular Friday morning, a man called, obviously upset. He said he was Mr. X‚ and he wanted to speak to Anna Belle." He told her he didn't know her and she didn't know him, but he was a big road contractor from West Tennessee. He said he had a real problem and he understood that she could do anything and he wanted her to listen to his problem. "I jumped at conclusions in thinking that he was mad at the highway commissioner and the governor." Anna Belle told him she had to see the next delegation and would get right back to him. When she did, he started again. "Lady, this is my problem. I have been married to the same woman for 37 years. She knows when I come up for bid letting I bring five people with me. She knows we work hard day and night in order to have the bid ready by Thursday afternoon. My wife knows when we go out to eat Thursday night there will be drinking and some women will go along. I did some of both last night, and lost my (false) teeth." Anna Belle said she broke up. After composing herself, she said, "And what is it you want me to do about it?" His answer was, "I hear you can do anything." To this Anna Belle replied, "In order to help you, tell me where you went and who you were with. I know a man who is retired from law enforcement and based on his experience, he will know where to look." The man must have thought she had left the phone because she heard him say, "Oh hell. I didn't know we would get into this!" Then he replied, "We went to the Alley (Printer's Alley, a notoriously popular area of bars and strip clubs in downtown Nashville) and drank heavily. I don't remember much that happened." Anna Belle told him to call back at noon and if she could find the man and if he could go look for the teeth, she hoped he would have good luck. "Well, it only took 15 minutes to find the man's teeth. They were on a shelf above a sink in the men's room at the Black Poodle." Accordingly, the man came to her office and retrieved his teeth. As he left the room still full of delegations he said loudly, "Miss Anna Belle, if you ever need my help for anything, just let me know." (I guess you can say he put the bite on the governor's office.)

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