Chattahoochee Chatter: Manners could get you hired

May 2, 2013 

Chattahoochee Chatter

Here in Chatter Land we're always worried about what's for dinner. However, judging by the way some of us eat around here, we would not qualify to be the new director of the Chattahoochee Valley Libraries …

Think of all of the qualifications you would want a public official to have, especially someone in a prominent position such as director of the Chattahoochee Valley Libraries.

Among all the criteria you could imagine, you might overlook a mighty insightful one Muscogee County Library Board chairwoman Meridith Jarrell mentioned during last week's meeting.

As she described the schedule the three undisclosed finalists will go through when they visit here May 9-10, including a public reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. May 9 in the Columbus Public Library, Jarrell noted that she and Muscogee County Library Foundation chairman Tyler Townsend and their spouses will take the finalists to dinner, "so that we can see their table manners."

Advice for the finalists: Don't order ribs or spaghetti.

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Let's face it, most of us do take for granted the ease of simply pulling out a credit card for purchases.

That was a point made by TSYS Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Phil Tomlinson at Tuesday's annual shareholder meeting in Columbus.

The head of the global credit-card processing company headquartered here noted that these days it's next to impossible to rent a car or secure a hotel reservation without a piece of plastic with that precious 16-digit number.

He even drew laughs from the audience that if someone should try to buy an airplane ticket with cash, they would call Homeland Security on you.

"The credit card is a wonderful utility that most of us take for granted these days," said Tomlinson, whose company handles 17 billion transactions worldwide each year. "You swipe it, it works, you get your merchandise or whatever, and you leave. It's a great way to manage your money. It's a great safety measure. Your money is safer there."

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If you're looking for a good used couch, children's clothing or even a punching bag, you may find those items and more at Fort Benning's semi-annual postwide yard sale.

The event is set for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in neighborhoods throughout the post.

Shoppers are cautioned to slow down for pedestrians in high traffic neighborhoods.

If items are not sold dur

ing the yard sale, families are encouraged to drop leftovers off at the Fort Benning Thrift Shop on Ingersoll Avenue. Post families benefit from the sale of items.

The yard sale is open to the public. Visitors to the post won't need a pass but anyone age 16 and older must show photo identification at the check point.

Anyone with questions about the yard sale should call the Directorate of Family and Morale and Recreation at 706-545-3328.

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