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Jackson's is a local restaurant right off I-565 that has been at the same location for decades. Its country ham breakfast is as good as it gets. The largest serving of true country ham that I have ever had, home cooked biscuits, eggs cooked the way you want them and your choice of grits or hash browns. You also have the choice of red eye gravy or sawmill gravy (cream gravy). This meal is as old as the south.
If traveling, exit I565 at Wall Triana and then travel east on Madison Blvd toward Huntsville. It is behind Arby's. You will have to look for it as it caters mostly to locals. They server breakfast and meat and three lunches (other choices) but no dinner.
Favorite Dish: Country Ham Breakfast
Written Apr 8, 2006
Address: Off Madison Blvd
If any of you were keeping up with the severe weather central, eastern and southern US has been having this month, here of some shots about it firsthand! The storms were terible! Spring and Autumn are usually storm season/tornado season. The area usually has lot of tornadoes or funnel clouds in spring and fall and even some flooding but never as wide spread as spring 2003. The next shots of all of the flooding in Madison County. On this shot you see Aldridge Creek usually only a foot deep in a gorge about 25 deep altogether topping it banks! The owners along this creek have complained to the city many times about the flooding problems but there is still an unresolved dispute. Very scary that day May 7th, 2003!
Updated Sep 17, 2004
I took this shots because I am a volunteer weather watcher in the Tennessee Valley area. You can join the team at www.waff.com which is a local news channel. Being out in the elements is a thrill at times, and you can help out the weather people by seeing and reporting with your eyes what they see on radar.
Written May 18, 2003
This is just a minor rockslide near my home, but be careful if you see them scattered across the roadway. You could blow a tire. On higher elevations you can get the bigger ones that can be very dangerous. In our area we have a problem with this as we live in a rocky valley where many people, against warnings, have built huge homes on the sides of the mountains that are unstable. Builders carted off the topsoil and left only the rocks so of course when it rains all of this comes sliding off. Another of man's stupidity ruining their own landscapes.
Updated May 18, 2003
Can quickly get covered with water. Never try to cross it especially on foot, bike or even a car. If the water goes over a certain height on a car it stalls, or even if some gets the distributor's cap wet by spalshing up on it. You put yourself in a dangerous and deadly position. If your traveling through the area make sure to watch the news and follow directions of the authorities which will be broadcast over all stations. First you hear the piercing siren calls on all channels then important news will be given. Just throughout any neighborhood you will hear the warning sirens ringing from all firestations. Natives know that if you were this unmissible sound that severe weather is on its way, take shelter!
Written May 18, 2003
They tell people all the time, drivers especially, NOT to cross water even if looks only a few inches deep. The pressure can be swift and knock you off your feet, and if you are a driver the car can hydroplane and be swift away in the same amount of water. If you find yourself in a place where the water is rising fast and its already over your feet DON'T try to wade through it. Get on top of your vehicle and call for help. We had a fatality just because someone didn't listen to this warning authorities give every time we have a storm.
Updated May 18, 2003
Favorite thing: A lot of industry seems to be coming to this area. That's why most people move here in the first place, either they are getting away from Huntsville to a more "country" and "relaxed" place, or they are flying in from another state to work. Toyota is currently hiring for workers in this area, that's the biggest news.
Madison's boundaries are basically all the area between Highway 72 and I-565. On the I side you will find more businesses, small and large..its basically just industries and the normal restaurants, fast food places, hotels and convenience stores to serve those passing by on the highway. On the H-72 side you will find more "neighborhood" type places: grocery stores, the older parts of Madison where it engulfed even smaller places like Triana, the new and expensive houses being built to accommodate the country seekers.
Fondest memory: That is has grown from what it was 20 years ago, just a small stripe of a town you pass through on your way to bigger places.
Written Feb 27, 2003