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That certain courthouse smellPosted 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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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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