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Posted Monday, July 27, 2009, at 3:26 PM

In which area of Shelbyville are you most concerned about your safety? Are you concerned about going into a certain area of Bedford County? Is there a town or city in Tennessee you would rather avoid if possible?

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1. Yes ~ Anywhere on North Main Street between Kroger and Wal-Mart between the hours of 4 - 5:00pm.

2. Purdy Court at any time after dark or the parking lot of the Pop A Top Bar after midnight.

3. I never go to Memphis for any reason.

-- Posted by Tim Lokey on Tue, Jul 28, 2009, at 12:40 AM

Tattoos and scars has a good list, I'll add any part of the city during the horse show. Too many drunks in golf carts driving on the streets.

-- Posted by quietmike on Tue, Jul 28, 2009, at 2:17 PM

i cant believe you didnt get more responses. with all the folks swearing they are afraid to go to a coach-pitch game without their firearms, i could only imagine how fearful they'd be in really scary places (like the wal-mart parking lot).

-- Posted by lazarus on Tue, Jul 28, 2009, at 3:16 PM

Man, Memphis is a nut case.. I was on a motorcycle and some dudes reached out of a car and tried to pull me off the cycle.. Then we went to turn through a intersection and a teen in a Volvo hit us..

No way for Memphis...

Ok Shelbyville, Huh.. I am not afraid of anywhere here...Oh castle street on welfare food stamps day, trying to get to kroger.. that is scary.

-- Posted by 4fabfelines on Tue, Jul 28, 2009, at 7:32 PM

Any street a Somali is on is dangerous.

-- Posted by Chef Boy R.D. on Wed, Jul 29, 2009, at 11:31 AM

In the fifties, it was my house and my daddy on report card day................

-- Posted by chs61 on Wed, Jul 29, 2009, at 12:59 PM

If you want to be treated badly, book a room at Country Hearth Inn and pay with cash. Pay for a second night, go to a family reunion and return to find your luggage and personal property in their hotel laundry/storage room. Get accused of not paying for the second night; this is a violation of our civil rights, and an invasion of our privacy. We feel violated. This is my home town and I hoped to be treated better. That's scary, because next time we'll sleep in our vehicle. Oh, their staff can't operate their comuter system either.

-- Posted by jp1946 on Wed, Jul 29, 2009, at 4:15 PM

I'm surprised to hear such a report on the Country Hearth Inn.

I had a stay there years ago and found the people there the best hosts one could ask for.

If there are people working there now who are crooked or clueless,either their employment or the inn's good reputation will be gone in a heartbeat.

All it would take is one trip to court with an irate customer countering their claims of non-payment with receipts or the slip from a debit card.

If you haven't done so,have a talk with Home Office of the chain.

It's their job to resolve any misunderstandings and correct any mistakes made by Country Hearth staff.

I'd guess this is why the hospitality industry prefers even the over-the-counter cards one can buy from the store to old-timey greenbacks.

It's harder for an unscrupulous employee to pocket an electronic payment and using plastic leaves a paper trail proving whether or not a customer has paid.

(They can hit the card if the customer trashes the room or runs up charges,too.)

-- Posted by quantumcat on Thu, Jul 30, 2009, at 12:52 PM

We contacted their home office, left a voice mail and received no response. Next time, we will be more careful; pay with debit/credit card. Also, a close relative of mine stayed there while her home was being repaired after a fire, and received similar treatment. We've recently traveled north and had excellent service from the Marriott chain of motels. We asked for and received the "senior rate". When we visit Shelbyville again, we'll stay with relatives or friends. We can "trust" them!

-- Posted by jp1946 on Fri, Jul 31, 2009, at 10:38 AM

We usually go back to Shelbyville at least once a year. We have always stayed at the Best Western Celebration Inn and have been very pleased with the way we have been treated. I am handicapped and require certain ammenities. They have always gone out of their way to make us comfortable, and of course I always pay with plastic.

-- Posted by leeiii on Fri, Jul 31, 2009, at 12:03 PM

I hate that a good place may have lost the comfort and professionalism that made me respect and reccommend it.

I hope your relative reported her grievances to the home office and her insurer.

(Her agent won't be doing his clients any favors if he books them into "Motel Hell.")

A person who's just become homeless is far more vulnerable and appreciative of good care than someone who's merely travelling.

Little things like letting a guest use their office to go online and do email,loaning them sundries they might have forgotten (aspirin,toothpaste,etc.),taking messages from firefighters,restorers and contractors, and dozens of other "concierge" type of services can bless a customer above and beyond furnishing a regular guest a roof,bed and fresh linens.

It makes no sense to go into the business of serving the public if one isn't going to meet their needs and make them feel welcome.

As we are something of a "tourist town",I hope we make all visitors feel welcome.

(It'd be nice if we all could make one another glad we live here and have one another for neighbors,too.)

-- Posted by quantumcat on Fri, Jul 31, 2009, at 2:05 PM

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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette. He passed away November 15, 2014, at age 81.
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