Last Friday afternoon a scene played out in Covington it’s hard to imagine could have happened a year ago.
Five years ago it would have seemed even more preposterous.
About 30 members of the local business community, including ambassadors from the Covington-Tipton County and South Tipton County chambers of commerce, attended a ribbon cutting for a store just west of the Covington Square called Mother Nature’s Helpful Hemp.
Their brochure has a photo of a hemp leaf right on the front for goodness sake.
But on Friday the event’s attendees mingled, drank bottled water and munched on hot dogs and vegetables like they were in a new real estate office or beauty shop.
Lori Delashmit, who co-owns the store with Brandy Scott and Stanley Scott, who are married, told a story that received a good laugh from the assembled group. It was about an elderly woman who asked about the after-life ramifications of patronizing the