Kathy Mattea Coming to Agnes Scott on October 7th

A posting on the Oakhurst Message Board, jogs my memory that country singer Kathy Mattea will be at Agnes Scott’s Presser Hall next Tuesday, October 7th at 8pm.

The Agnes Scott’s website gives the details, though I’m still not sure whether its a talk or a concert (maybe a little of both?).

With a sound that reflects both her Appalachian upbringing and a heavy infusion of Celtic culture, Kathy Mattea has released her highly anticipated new album, “Coal.” An 11-track opus inspired by the 2006 Sago Mine Disaster, “Coal” marks the realization of the Grammy award-winning environmental activist’s long-term artistic ambitions only hinted at in such classic hits as “18 Wheels and a Dozen Roses.” The result is an album that resonates on a profoundly deep level with Mattea. “I think there’s a mystery there,” says Mattea. “Somewhere in my DNA, there’s my great-grandmother singing, my grandma, and my people, singing through me, with me.” Both fans and those new to Mattea’s music are sure to feel that sacred presence as well.

Regardless, tickets are $20 a piece and according to the Oakhurst posting “Tickets are available at the Information Desk located in the Alston Campus Center.  Hours of operation: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. or Saturdays 12 – 4 p.m. and Sundays 12 – 6 p.m.”

Nelson Ferry's Traffic Trouble

Moving this out of the “About” page…

DJ writes in about existing traffic problems in my own neighborhood.

Has anyone else noticed the daily traffic jam on Nelson Ferry near the intersection with W Ponce?

Why don’t the police enforce the posted No Parking ? Why do they allow parking on both sides of the street by the park? What happens if an emergency vehicle can not get through? What a mess!

I’d like to add “why is that light so long in favor of Ponce drivers?”

But I think in this instance, for every person that complains about the traffic at that intersection, you’ll find a parent that drives their kids to that park and wants a place to park.  The popularity of that place blows my mind.

A New Way of Finding Gas Online

Over on Fresh Loaf, Andisheh has a nice little expose on the blogger behind Twitter’s #atlgas, which Carl introduced us to last week.

But DM reader, Dexter, points out another interesting way of finding gas online. Apparently there’s this company called Wright Express, which is the leading provider of payment processing for the commercial vehicle fleet industry, which provides fuel cards for drivers.

Why do you care?

Because, whenever a commercial driver with a card buys gas, you can see it online instantaneously here.  Just type in your zip code, and click on “transaction time” twice once you get the results to sort by most recent purchase.  It also provides the price per gallon.  Here’s an example of gas recently purchased within 5 miles of Decatur.

Though it might not be as “grassroots” as #atlgas, it certainly looks extremely useful!