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Hooper: Plant City school bus driver honored for being a mom to hundreds

Terrie Campbell, a Plant City school bus driver, enjoys "Breakfast in Bed" on May 9 courtesy of ABC's Good Morning America, Chef Emeril Lagasse and Hilton, who also awarded an all-expenses-paid vacation to Mexico to Campbell. Photo courtesy of Hilton.
Terrie Campbell, a Plant City school bus driver, enjoys "Breakfast in Bed" on May 9 courtesy of ABC's Good Morning America, Chef Emeril Lagasse and Hilton, who also awarded an all-expenses-paid vacation to Mexico to Campbell. Photo courtesy of Hilton.
Published May 13, 2019

Margo Lewis wanted the world to know how much her sister, Plant City school bus driver Terrie Campbell, has done for her students over the last 21 years.

Lewis got her wish last week when the Plant City High School band joined hundreds of students, staff and Good Morning America to surprise Campbell as the show's Mother's Day "Breakfast in Bed" winner.

The moving presentation, which featured Chef Emeril Lagasse serving her breakfast in bed — inside the hallways of the school — and a free trip to Mexico from Hilton, saw Campbell tear up. She's been a loving protector of her students, negating bullying and buying them shoes and clothes when needed.

WFTS-Ch. 28 aired the segment locally, but Tampa Bay viewers may not have known that a University of South Florida alumnus was part of the team who produced the GMA live event. Anthony Morrison got a chance to return to his old stomping grounds thanks to the segment.

Seen on a bumper sticker: I Can Only Please One Person Per Day, And Today I Pick Me. …

In an interview WFLA-Ch. 8's Evan Donovan aired on Sunday, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott appeared more effusive and emotional than he ever did as governor. Scott choked back his words as he talked about the strife in Venezuela. I don't doubt the sincerity, but I wonder if he's had some media training. …

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International Plaza may look to add a cineplex and bowling alley, even though those diversions have yielded mixed results. Topgolf has a virtual "luxury suite" concept that may be a better fit. …

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In December, just for kicks, I'm going to put together my list of the decade's 25 best pop songs. Of course, that's assuming the music world produced 25 good pop songs this decade.

That's all I'm saying.


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