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That certain courthouse smell

Posted Friday, May 2, 2008, at 7:40 PM

I was in Bedford County Courthouse this week and noticed, as I have before, that certain odor which seems to have settled within.

It's hard to describe exactly what it smells like. Not exactly musty, not a stink...it just has its own peculiar odor. And it's been there as long as I can remember. I wonder if it smelled that way 50 or more years ago

Odors sink in. When I think back to my grade school days it seems like schools had their own smell, sort of like chalkboards.

The Times-Gazette building once had an ink-and-paper smell which seems to have faded in recent years. I'm not sure why, since we still use ink and paper. Nothing's been remodeled enough to eliminate smells.

One smell I don't miss is the chemicals in the old Times-Gazette darkroom -- and I don't miss developing film, either!

I can still remember the old Burger Chef. Its hamburgers had a certain smell different from any I've eaten since.

And I remember the old Saddle (I think) Restaurant on North Main where El Mexico is today. Hope I've got the name right. They were Shelbyville's original Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet -- and their KFC tasted great and had a slightly different smell from today's KFC.

Of course, we're always on the lookout for new sources of great-smelling and great-tasting food...


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Has any one ever been to Lowes on an empty stomach and made a detour into Chilis? Now that smell you gotta love.

-- Posted by B. Lewis on Fri, May 2, 2008, at 8:01 PM

What about being around a group of very young children who come in from the cold? I can remember the smell when they would come into the State Capitol on a tour. It was certainly not a repulsive smell at all. Still, it was noticeable, but only on cold days.

-- Posted by bettyhbrown on Fri, May 2, 2008, at 9:40 PM

"One smell I don't miss is the chemicals in the old Times-Gazette darkroom -- and I don't miss developing film, either!"

I'm probably in the minority here, but I really like the darkroom smell. I never minded spending hours in the darkroom for photography classes.

-- Posted by cfrich on Fri, May 2, 2008, at 9:53 PM

You wondered if the courthouse smelled the same way 50 years ago...Yep!! I noticed it the first time I recall being there (60 years ago), and every time since. I now live a thousand miles away, but if blindfolded and led in there, I think I'd know where I was...not necessarily a "bad" smell, just distinctive!

-- Posted by dkd57 on Sat, May 3, 2008, at 11:12 AM

David and dkd,

I too remember how the courthouse smelled, not a bad smell but a distinctive odor. I also remember how the restroom smelled in the Jr. High behind Madison Street Elementary School and I cannot use pine sol to this day because that is exactly how the restroom smelled. It has been over 50 years but I remember it so well.

-- Posted by cookie on Sat, May 3, 2008, at 3:12 PM

Ya Think it could be all the lawyers that hang out there? :>)

(Just Kidding I have many friends who are lawyers)

-- Posted by Dianatn on Sat, May 3, 2008, at 4:45 PM

I love the smell of Beauty Shops. I was a hair stylist for 20 years and to this day when I walk into one it makes me want to grab a cap and ask who is next for a shampoo and a hair cut.I would always walk into the shop I worked in and say"it smells like a good day to make money".LOL!

-- Posted by redcat00 on Sat, May 3, 2008, at 8:12 PM

I do not know if it is because I have been in the hospital several times...But it seems like all hospitals have that same smell..I do not know what to call it..But it is also a smell of it's own...I love the smell of newborn Babies..Ahhhh what a sweet sweet smell...

-- Posted by rebelrose on Sun, May 4, 2008, at 11:49 AM

You want to smell something unique? Visit Korea ha ha! Sadie

-- Posted by sfowler on Mon, May 5, 2008, at 6:43 AM

I think Shelbyville has a distinct smell all it's own. When I drive in on 41A and turn up Lane Parkway, the sewer smacks you right in the face. I travel to several counties and everyone talks of the Shelbyville smell. Of course, its richest in the summertime.

-- Posted by ontheoutside on Mon, May 5, 2008, at 10:45 AM

Try a middle or high school classroom after gym or after lunch. Nice. I should buy stock in air freshener.

Really though, I love the smell of the chemistry floor at MTSU.

-- Posted by Jacks4me on Mon, May 5, 2008, at 2:03 PM

i just love the smell of food cooking at Popes Cafe,but i smoke so i dont smell anything.yeah right.

-- Posted by catdaddy on Mon, May 5, 2008, at 8:07 PM

When I was growing up, I loved the smell of Whitman(sp?) bakery on Lane Parkway. I could tell if someting came from there just by the way it smelled. I really miss that place.

-- Posted by Richard on Tue, May 6, 2008, at 2:35 AM

Come on David, the smell in the old T-G darkroom was news in the making. I could not wait to see how the photographs would turn out. Now the late night noises I heard as I processed film was another story. It really got spooky in that place late at night.

-- Posted by Bjaj1 on Tue, May 6, 2008, at 1:34 PM

( I think Shelbyville has a distinct smell all it's own. When I drive in on 41A and turn up Lane Parkway, the sewer smacks you right in the face. I travel to several counties and everyone talks of the Shelbyville smell. Of course, its richest in the summertime. ) Ha Ha Ha Ha LOL You are HILLARIOUS ontheoutside, I haven't laughed like this in years.. Thanx I needed that. No doubt.. TRUE.

-- Posted by wheresmyjoygoneto on Sat, May 17, 2008, at 12:43 AM

haha, LMAO at that last comment.. So true!

-- Posted by nascarfanatic on Sat, May 31, 2008, at 11:56 PM


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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.