More To The Story With Staley: Benton’s Grinch

Not only does the Grinch keep popping up in town, but there is now also an entire Whoville

BENTON, Tennessee (WDEF) – Downtown Benton!! Always a friendly place to be. At the courthouse, well, the Christmas spirit is alive and well.

Right across the street, Marlena Miller is cutting hair. It’s what she does, as the owner of the popular salon “Faith And Football.”

But wait a minute: there’s vermin in the house. It’s…..oh, it’s that nefarious character from the classic Dr. Seuss book. The Grinch!

But remember, the Grinch starts off as a bad guy. And then ends up as a good guy!

We have the “good” Grinch here!!

“We have four different Grinch’s here. It’s never the same one. It’s fun, because people are always trying to guess who it is. The kids try really hard to guess. It’s hilarious.”

This was all Marlena’s idea. Every day for most of this month, one of Marlena’s family members would dress up for the part. And after school let out, would stand on the sidewalk and wave to the community. Especially those kids in the school buses.

It’s the first year Marlena tried this. Turned out to be a rousing success.

JACKIE ROGERS, COUNTY CLERK;
“When I took office, it was my goal to bring something back to our community. What Marlena is doing here is absolutely wonderful.”

LYNNE MCCLARY, DIRECTOR / CHAMBER OF COMMERCE;
“It’s a great community event. This is the first year we’ve had Whoville. An idea from Faith And Football. From Marlena.”

Oh yes, right next door to the salon, in her parking lot, Marlena set up Dr. Seuss’s Whoville. So the scene is complete.

But Marlena says one of the main reasons she did all of this is to counterbalance her grief, after a death in the family. She simply wanted to spread good cheer.

“We didn’t want people to feel what we felt. Everybody handles grief differently. So why not put somebody out there to give everybody a morsel of hope. And love.

Marlena says she’ll probably do something similar to this next year. Putting a smile on the faces of not only kids, but everybody!
From Benton, Dave Staley, News 12.

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