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Floodgate or levee?Posted Thursday, April 16, 2009, at 1:42 PM
Ever thought about what the floodgate on Cannon Boulevard actually is?
Someone in our newsroom, who is not a Shelbyville native, referred to it as the "levee."
Others of us eventually figured out he was talking about the floodgate.
And, actually, he was right.
That man-made hill, complete with a gate that's rarely raised (I'd bet most Shelbyvillians have never seen the gate up), and perfect for sledding in rare snows, is a levee.
But most people just call it the floodgate.
I guess every city and county has its locations which longtime residents routinely call one thing and newer residents, or visitors, refer to as something else.
Sort of an example (and at least one Nashville weathercaster needs to learn this): Pronounce Haunt Hollow Road, in northwestern Bedford County. How you do so tells us how long you've lived here, or how well you know the area.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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