WEB EXTRA: An Extended Conversation with Pal Barger

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How did they get the name “Frenchie Fries”?

What’s Pal Barger’s favorite food at Pal’s Sudden Service? 

What is Pal’s secret for success?

News Channel 11’s Josh Smith sat down with Pal Barger, founder of Pal’s Sudden Service, a true Tri-Cities Original. 

Click here to read the full Tri-Cities Original story on Pal’s Sudden Service. 

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Born and raised in the Tri-Cities, Josh Smith has been a member of the WJHL team since 1999. His family roots go deep in the region, and he’s traveled through almost every part of it covering news on local TV since 1995. When he’s not on the job, he’s with his wife, two sons, and daughter.   “They’re the best part of me,” he said.   You may run into them biking on the Tweetsie Trail, hiking around Bays Mountain Lake, or browsing the shelves at the local public libraries.

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