Many in the county know Tony Carriss, a lifelong Shelby Countian, as the longtime magistrate of District 6, which encompasses Waddy and Mount Eden along with much of the southeastern portion of the county.
Many recognize Carriss as leader in the county, for instance his willingness to step up and organize some informational meetings about the late-November and early-December animal attacks in the Waddy area. Most also know him as a big sports fan and memorabilia collector.
“A monkey? What in the world do you want with a real monkey?”
The look of astonishment on Santa’s face and his tone of voice was comparable to when the Jolly Old Elf told “Ralphie” in the movie The Christmas Story that he couldn’t have a Red Ryder BB gun because he’d shoot his eye out.