Monday, November 19, 2007

This Is A Post We Did Not Intend To Write

Full disclosure: We'uns was a borned in Tennessee. Lived a fair part of our formative years there afer comin' north. To this day we still like grits, but not the kind you have up here. Anyway, the point is we still like to keep tabs on our old stomping grounds, which is how we came across this:

A Maryville couple who profess to be "bondservants" of God were bound over to a grand jury on charges they operated a plant nursery without proper state certification.

The first time we read that we thought, now what kind o' plants was they a nursin' in their little nursery. We have it on good authority that the money's pretty much gone outta moonshinin' and after all a body's gotta put vittles in the little ones. Turns out though, that wasn't the story

During their preliminary hearing both Wendy and William Roseburgh said they are prevented by their religious beliefs from signing any type of agreement with anyone or any organization. "Well, that'n we cain't write," said Mr. Roseburgh. "I ain't illiterate though, it's ma atharitus. The wife? Well she tips the bottle a little if you know what I mean."

The Roseburghs also raised concerns of faith about the number of a Tennessee Department of Agriculture certificate formerly held by William Roseburgh that was carried over onto the paperwork related to Wendy Roseburgh's uncertified nursery. The number is 996, which Wendy Roseburgh says she equates with 666, the number of the beast. "If a six turned out to be nine, I do mind," she told the judge.

"Yeah, and you've got your own world to live though, and you ain't gonna copy me," Judge David Duggan of Blount County General Sessions court replied.

"Risin' up, straight to the top, had the guts, got the glory. Went the distance, now I'm not gonna stop, just a man and his will to survive," Mr. Roseburgh added.

"OK, meet the new boss, same as the old boss," Judge Duggan said as he bound them over for trial.

The Roseburghs were released on bond but a spokesman for the Police said he'd be watching every move they made.

You figure out who's strange, the Roseburgh's or us

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