Tuesday bonus: Gossip & Lies

Sandra ClarkGossip and Lies

Has it come to this?

Walmart is partnering with Deliv and a “smart locks” company to test a new service that would deliver food products inside customers’ homes and refrigerators even when they are not home, according to a story by Daphne Howland in Dive Brief on Sept. 22.

Howland quotes a company official: Customers who order groceries can request that delivery people put their fresh and frozen items away in their refrigerators and freezers. Those participating in the test are able to watch the full delivery process on their smartphone through an app and home security cameras. The test is by invitation only for existing customers of August Home, a keyless lock designer in Silicon Valley.

The report made no mention of assistance for those Walmart shoppers wearing pocketed underwear to hide stolen meat for resale to local restaurants.

Come to Jesus: We’ve all heard of the “come to Jesus” meeting, but this is a first for gubernatorial candidates. State Rep. Jason Zachary is inviting each Republican candidate for governor to a public forum at First Baptist Concord. The format is an opening statement, followed by Q&A.

Bill Lee is today’s guest, followed by House Speaker Beth Harwell on Oct. 24. Meetings are 6:30-8 p.m. at 11704 Kingston Pike. Hymns optional.

Glenn Jacobs, who wants to be known for his business acumen, is bringing yet another wrestler to town for a fund-raiser. Jacobs is a candidate for Knox County mayor. Former WWE World Champion Daniel Bryan will be at Hunter Valley Farms from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, for a family-friendly “Yes, Yes, Yes Fest.” The cost is $25 with kids 12 and younger admitted free. Ticket info: Rob Link at 865-207-0652.

With Jacobs bringing in wrestlers and Bob Thomas bringing in Hollywood friends of his son Jake, what can Brad Anders do? Send suggestions to sclark426@aol.com.

Observation: Having attended the campaign kickoffs for all three, I saw Jacobs attract celebrity-seekers and feed hearty barbecue at Sweet P’s; Anders quietly gather folks from Grace Baptist Church for fresh fruit and finger foods; and Thomas pull in my friends – virtually every politician in Knox County – for fried baloney at Powell Auction. Hmmm.

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