Jan. 17, 2020

Tupelo "Pelo" Humes

I had so much fun! I’m glad I called him. One afternoon, I was headed for Front Street and called Tupelo “Pelo” Humes and asked if he wanted to meet me for lunch.

Sure! Where at?” he asked just as happy as I was to get together.

The River Room,” I answered and hung up.

As he came in and sat down across from me, I reminded him to tell his wife, Tonya, that we had lunch as friends… “Fer-ends!” He laughed and assured me it was all good.

I just don’t want her beating me up during my next doctor’s appointment. I’m afraid she’d get the best of me,” I explained. “The most I could do to defend myself would be to swipe at her from the floor with my feet.”

Pelo used to work at the Steel Mill. As a City Councilman, he voted to bring Liberty Steel in and then later lost his position there. It was only a small hi-cup in his plan as City Council anyway. He truly just wants to do what’s best for Georgetown.

We talked about mutual friends and acquaintances (all good, and some with humorous anecdotes). He and Tonya’s two children still live here in Georgetown, and we talked about them a little, as well. He’s a proud papa. Believe it or not, Pelo is 44 years old, but he looks like he’s 24. When I think about it, his wife doesn’t look old enough to have been married to him for almost 20 years, either.

During the course of our conversation, I did say to him, “Would you be interested in running for mayor?”

Without hesitation, he answered, “No! I’m happy being City Council. This is where I want to be, for now.”

I’m guessing he seen the mayor’s job and he doesn’t want it.

We talked about the Christmas lights. For anyone who does not remember, Pelo got out there and helped put them up, stringing many of the lights himself, as well as, and worked with city officials to make it happen, including, but not limited to Alan Loveless.

There was a city council meeting that night which I wanted to attend, but my husband wasn’t home and I do not drive at night. We did talk about asking Sheldon Butts to pick me up and take me as he only lives a few blocks away, however, I wasn’t sure if Sheldon was available and I didn’t stop to ask him.

During our conversation, we talked about how he strongly is against the termination of Tim Chatman, the Utility Works city official who was terminated because his employees stole the beer from the Wooden Boat Show. 

"Seriously! How can he be blamed for what someone else did?”

And, not to be left out… the whole mess with building City Hall. “I cannot believe that anyone would agree to pay $5.2 million to an out of state company when we have plenty of hard working, excellent, and reputable companies right here in Georgetown that are just as capable, and have built things for this town already. Its just amazing!”

Pelo shared with me about the city wanting to use the old unemployment building for a group home for kids. I think that is a fabulous idea, There were also other things going on that, not only did I want to be there for, but I wanted to write about for GAB. Again though, I was not able to make it.

Something else Pelo shared with me – he doesn’t go out to eat much since he no longer works at Liberty Steel. What! I plan to remedy that. I enjoy his company and I enjoyed our luncheon together. I look forward to more of these types of meeting.

Love you Pelo. Let’s have lunch again soon. Castaways is remodeling, but will open for business in February … Let’s plan to be there.