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Spaced Out Downtown

Whiz Trophies

In the Mood for Excess?

Speedie Delivery

Washington Scores Big

Dumbwaiter Wanted

Bug in Our Ear

Spaced Out Downtown

That should soften at least some of the complaints about a lack of parking in the city’s center. The rates are fair and reasonable, too. Monthly fees are $90 for corporate entities and $40 for downtown residents. Hourly rates are $2 for the first hour and $1 an hour, up to a daily maximum thereafter. Parking will be free evenings after 6 and on weekends, and a $5 flat rate will be charged for special events, such as UT home football games. Michele Hummel , the Central Business Improvement District’s executive officer, says the CBID’s negotiated parking tokens, mostly in 50-cent denominations, are on offer to downtown merchants at 45 cents apiece, and are good at all garages and surface lots that offer hourly parking downtown.

 

Whiz Trophies

Baumgartner presides over the Drug Court, which he initiated, that tries to get offenders cleaned up, out of the criminal justice system and out of the county’s overcrowded jail. When people complete the course and have had clean drug screens every week during the program he awards them a golden “pee cup” as recognition for their success. If there has been only one drug screen that shows backsliding, the graduate gets a silver cup. The awards are said to be very popular with participants.

The county jail, the juvenile justice system and the courts are clogged with drug offenders. Baumgartner initiated the nationally recognized Drug Court in an effort break the cycle of addiction and get druggies out of the criminal justice system.

 

In the Mood for Excess?

Twin Lakes Limos says it’s available for your birthday party, wedding or anniversary at a rate of $180 an hour, three-hour minimum. The company has two of the stretch Hummers as well as a stretch Ford Excursion and a couple of “smaller” models.

The company is DOT-certified and can go anywhere in the United States, so if you want to get some friends together to go to see the Vols in the Rose Bowl… er, never mind. (TwinLakesLimo.com)

 

Speedie Delivery

Owner Tommy Hensley spared no expense on its décor, laying über-hip hardwood flooring and placing Nouveau Classic-looking tables suitable for breakfast meetings or power lunches throughout. The restaurant is set to close at 2:30 p.m. daily, with no current plans of serving on evenings or weekends.

While we’re still mourning the loss of Tortilla Mac’s, formerly housed in the same space, it may finally be time to move on. (For it is better to have eaten a Big Pig burrito and lost, than to have never eaten a Big Pig burrito at all.) Let’s hope Speedie Pie delivers.

 

Washington Scores Big

Washington was described by fans as “the nicest man,” and he and his wife Paulette attended a dinner in his honor at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, where Paulette Washington sang a solo .

Vivian James , school nurse at Austin-East Magnet School, the site of the game, said she shook hands with the famed actor and her daughter “almost fainted.”

 

Dumbwaiter Wanted

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