A Smartway bus shuttling riders from Roanoke to Blacksburg completely missed the scheduled town stops, rolling instead into Giles County.
Bus driver Franklin Jones admitted the mistake with a simple, reasonable explanation: “I thought this was Tanburg.”
Franklin was the third bus driver this year to assume the giant red T-A-N letters glowing from Kent Square building -- the largest signage in downtown Blacksburg – denoted a town.
Next door the town municipal building has no sign facing Main Street, nor does its neighbor, the engineering department, better known to tourists as the Blacksburg Motor Company with no cars for sale.
(Meanwhile, I am blogging -- I hate that word as it sounds like I'm vomiting - from New Symrna Beach, Florida, so if anything strange happens in Tanburg, such as a day without police sirens wailing, someone post me.)