It happens every election season. This year it has started early-on. District 4 Supervisor Jeff Smith has reported many campaign signs missing or coming up gone, especially in the past couple of weeks. Jeff said he handed out 25 signs in the past few days to constituents and many of those are already missing. And he was quick to point out that it’s not campaign signs being erected on highways or county roads where crews are instructed to take down signs on county or state right-of-way. No, these signs are on private property with permission from the owners.
“It’s frustrating”, Jeff told me Wednesday. “It’s disappointing to use that many resources and spend that much money to have them stolen from private property,” he added.
I hear it every election season that rolls around. And if it was happening to several candidates, one could probably say it was road crews doing it. But Jeff is the first i’ve heard from about losing a significant amount of signs. In fact, he’s the only candidate i’ve heard from. Usually if it’s not isolated to one particular candidate, you could likely figure it was MDOT or the county. But with so many missing and from private property…one could deduce that theft is taking place.
“I just want my constituents to be aware of the problem,” said Jeff. “If they see anything going on (sign-stealing) I sure hope they’ll notify the authorities.”
Jeff said that many of the signs that are missing, lately, are in the Whispering Pines area. His supporters let him know when they came up missing.
“I’m asking my supporters to remain alert,” said Jeff. “I hope they catch whoever it is removing them.”
16th Annual Market Street Festival
I normally reserve my column to political going-ons and such, but it’s hard not to write about the upcoming Market Street Festival. This 16th annual version is promising to be bigger and better than ever before. Main Street Director Amber Murphree Brislin works tirelessly year-round preparing for this big weekend as do many volunteers. And in addition to the hundreds of vendors, arts, crafts, kids-games, showcases and more – there’s my favorite…local and national talent acts. All the schedules and parking area details can be found at this website, www.marketstreetfestival.com/
Be sure and attend Friday night’s main stage. The Young Guns (out of Memphis) will open for the headliner: Moonwalker (The Michael Jackson Tribute Band) from Los Angeles. Tickets will be $10.
Then all day Saturday (till 5 p.m.) arts, crafts and entertainment will fill the streets downtown (all free). A new addition to the entertainment schedule this year will have a free blues concert at the Columbus Riverwalk, Riverside Park. Starting at 6:30 p.m., The Old Memphis Kings will hit the Riverwalk stage (Caleb Childs). Followed by Cherry Lee Mewis & Friends (Cherry Lee is from the U.K.) at 8 p.m. Then, Saturday night headliner James ‘SuperChikan” Johnson & The Fighting Cocks will perform starting at 9:30 p.m. SuperChikan will also have a booth at the daytime Market Street Festival, showcasing his custom-built guitars. Watch this youtube feature on Chikan.
Ron Williams can be reached by email at Ronsings2you@aol.com.0