Goodbye, Ruby Tuesday. That phrase has been used a lot in headlines across the nation today, as Ruby Tuesday Inc. closed down 30 of their restaurants, including the Gardendale location that closed unexpectedly on Sunday night. Crews were removing signage and equipment from the shuttered restaurant all day Monday. The location is company-owned (as opposed to being franchised), and will be sold by Ruby Tuesday.
Standridge stands again. State Rep. David Standridge (R-Hayden) will run for re-election to his District 34 seat, this time for a full term. Standridge, the former Blount County probate judge and commission president, won the seat in a special election in December to fill the unexpired term of Elwyn Thomas. Standridge filed his election papers on Monday, the first day candidates could file for primary races.
Sports: Hardball on the hardwood. Three important area basketball doubleheaders are scheduled for tonight. Gardendale travels to Huffman, Pinson Valley hosts Springville and Hayden goes to Walker. Mortimer Jordan is at Pleasant Grove in out-of-area action.