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Old school's condition

Posted Friday, June 4, 2010, at 12:57 PM

Couple of unrelated things bouncing around in my mind:

Those empty halls: Will the old Central High School on Elm Street just sit forever?

What brought it to mind was doing Photoshop work on some photos for Sunday's Times-Gazette. Many photos shot at Central High, Community Middle and Liberty schools have an irritating yellow tint due to a combination of lighting and "institutional yellow" walls. I have to max out Photoshop sometimes just to return the colors to what you'd see in person as opposed to the camera's view.

Anyway, that reminded me of the tan brick walls at the old Central High, and got me to wondering what shape the interior's in today.

The last time I heard anything about it was back in the winter when vandals broke in, and indications were that things were deteriorating. Winter's cold and Southern heat and humidity can take their toll quickly in an unused building.

I keep imagining a horror cell of vermin, rats and shelter-seeking drug addicts roaming dark, spider-webbed mold-covered halls after climbing in through broken windows.

I also wonder about the condition of the old hospital on Union Street.

Texting and smoking at the wheel: I'm driving along Madison Street, look over at the car in the next lane and notice that he's driving, texting and smoking at the same time - cigarette and cell phone in the same hand. Not a good combination.

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Is there a business "incubator" building in Shelbyville?

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jun 4, 2010, at 5:01 PM

I was coming back from Tullahoma today and as I was passing in front of the old credit union building on Madison Street a woman had a "very" long line of cars blocked because she was sitting half way in the driving lane and half way in the turning lane just chatting it up on her cell phone without a care in the world. Would you people that talk on your cell phones while driving, standing in lines at Walmart or dining out in public places please understand that you are NOT the only person on earth and start being respectful of others around you.

-- Posted by AmericanWoman on Fri, Jun 4, 2010, at 8:54 PM

David, sometimes I wonder if the deteroration of old buildings might be directly related to the lack of human activity in them. I have a theory that fresh air, breathing and carbon dioxide exhaling people help keep a building alive. Without them, the structure just gives in to mold and decay. It would be a shame if the two buildings you mentioned are just left to rot.

-- Posted by Tim Lokey on Sun, Jun 6, 2010, at 12:40 AM

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