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Friday, July 25, 2014
Picturing the Past 202: Country stores
Posted Friday, June 27, at 7:16 AM
Remember country stores? And, for that matter, some in-town "mom-and-pop" neighborhood stores? Here's a look at part of a store in the Newtown area, just over the Rutherford County line from Longview Road, circa around 1960. The store's been restored by Kenneth Smith and moved to his property on Kingdom Road in Bedford County, and you can read about it in the Sunday, June 29, 2014 Times-Gazette or, from Sunday on, elsewhere at t-g.com...

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Picturing the Past 201: The popcorn stand
Posted Monday, June 9, at 9:31 AM

The popcorn stand on the Shelbyville square -- from which goodies are served today only on a few special occasions -- has a history going back into the 1930s. Julia Delk and her husband Burt Delk, were the original operators of the popcorn stand on the square. Here she is in a photo taken at the stand in the 1930s...

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Picturing the Past 200: Early-day Central High
Posted Friday, April 11, at 9:28 AM

Here's a photo of the old Central High School on Elm Street, probably made shortly after it opened in 1939. Thanks to Don Hoover for the contribution. Go here for a larger view. I'm guessing this photo was made no later than the late 1940s, based on the age of the cars. I can recognize cars from late 1940s models on, but those older ones look so much alike. Seems odd to see cars parked along the four-lane Elm Street most of us are familiar with...

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Picturing the Past 199: 1915 Football team
Posted Monday, March 31, at 12:14 PM

I'm not planning on using photos this old on a regular basis, but I found this in a 1964 Times-Gazette and imagine a lot of folks in Bedford County today are related to some of these 1915 Brandon Training School football players. From left, front, are Floris Tompkins, Lewis Lynch, Ernest Robertson, Wick Cooper, Virgil Hastings (who supplied the photo in 1964), Ronald Jones, Lawson Hill; second row, coach Frank Faulkenberry, Knox Brandon, Jimmie Harrison, Manning Kirby, Lillard Smotherman, Ammon Johnson, Charles Green, Ernest Turpin, Buford Todd, John Jewell, Raymond Brandon and headmaster A.J. ...

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Picturing the Past 198: "Typical" '63 school day
Posted Tuesday, February 18, at 2:51 PM

Here's a very much tongue-in-cheek look -- yet most of us can relate to it -- at a "typical day at Central" from the 1964 Central High Aquila yearbook. Considering the lead time in production, these photos were probably made in fall 1963. Go here for the big view, and you'll really need it on this one...

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Picturing the Past 197: Depot Street in 1940s
Posted Wednesday, January 15, at 3:16 PM

It's amazing how one street can change so much and yet so little. Here's a look at Depot Street in what I'm guessing is the 1940s. Look up today's Google Street View for approximately 200 Depot St. and you'll see the left side looking much the same - except for the signs...

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Picturing the Past 196: Landers & Russell Gulf
Posted Monday, December 2, at 11:41 AM

It's been too long since I've posted a Picturing the Past blog...but it hasn't gone away and there are plenty more to come. You're looking at Landers & Russell Gulf as it appeared on Aug. 6, 1955. Doyle Landers, who contributed the photo, says this was where the former Swing's Phillips 66 was (and that station's building still is) on the northwest corner of the North Main-Lane Parkway intersection...

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Picturing the Past 195: Merry-Go-Round
Posted Wednesday, October 23, at 5:54 PM

A 1977 fire left a landmark of over 20 years in ashes. The Merry-Go-Round on Madison Street near Wartrace Pike started as a typical 1950s-type drive-in restaurant and ended up as a bar. For you newbies, it was about where Wall Street meets Madison today. Seems like the remains of that building were around for several years before being cleaned up...

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Picturing the Past 194: Milner's
Posted Wednesday, October 2, at 10:38 AM

One of the signs in this photo contributed by Lee Shelton says "O.A. Milner" and another says "Milner's One Stop" (rest is covered). A sign in front advertises paint and a sign in the window advertiser Downyflake donuts, so apparently Milner's sold practically everything -- sort of like Handy Dandy Market was to later generations...

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Picturing the Past 193: Future collector cars
Posted Sunday, September 22, at 5:51 PM

For those of you who like old cars and trucks, take a look at this vintage 1968 photo of the old Cannon Chevrolet's service department. That's a nice-looking 1966-67 Nova in front. And when's the last time you saw a Corvair truck, also known as a Corvair rampside? Or a 1960 Impala sport sedan with the rare flat roof?...

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Picturing the Past 192: Recognize anyone?
Posted Wednesday, September 11, at 3:18 PM

We're publishing this as a "mystery photo" in the Thursday, Sept. 12 Times-Gazette print edition. Recognize anyone? I've had the impression this photo, contributed by Lee Shelton, could be either Fly or Eureka Manufacturing Co. or possibly a group from the old rubber mill...

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Picturing the Past 191: Teachers 'strike'
Posted Friday, September 6, at 3:35 PM

Actually, it was a "practice" strike. On Sept. 7, 1976, members of the Bedford County Education Association picketed Bedford County Courthouse in a "practice strike." Go here for a larger view. The teachers walked out, refusing to work until the Bedford County Quarterly Court, as today's county commission was known then, agreed to a $350 salary supplement. Commissioners proposed a $150 supplement...

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Picturing the Past 190: Cycles roar
Posted Monday, August 19, at 12:00 PM

I have no idea who was involved in the Shelbyville Motorcycle Club, but in August 1968 they were roaring around a dirt track. But I do have a fleeting memory, from my childhood years, of being near a dirt track near Halls Mill on a Sunday afternoon with quite a crowd around. I've thought for years it was an auto race, but I'm beginning to think this is what I'm remembering. This would have been several years before Duck River Speedway was built...

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Confusion near the square
Posted Thursday, August 8, at 2:58 PM

Has anyone else noticed that traffic seems to be moving more smoothly on the Shelbyville square since the worn-out traffic light on the southeast corner was changed to continuous yellow flashes on two sides? Drivers pulling onto the square from Depot Street and to Depot or South Main Street from the square's south side no longer have to stop...

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Listen to all, not just the rich
Posted Tuesday, August 6, at 2:17 PM

Here's an example of why I wonder if politicians really listen to the average person. Sen. Bob Corker is visiting Middle Tennessee this week. Between Tuesday and Thursday, he will have visited two Rotary clubs, three Realtors groups meetings, a home builders association, a chamber of commerce and a bankers' group...

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Picturing the Past 189: Stolen cars at the jail
Posted Sunday, August 4, at 8:41 PM

Recognize this location? The jail built in the mid-1980s - the one the state says is outdated - sits on this lot today. Some of you may remember when Bedford County Emergency Medical Service was first formed in the late 1960s-early 1970s and operated from a trailer and carport at this location for a few years...

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Picturing the Past 188: Muscle cars in the showroom
Posted Tuesday, July 30, at 3:09 PM

These are cars. Serious cars. It's 1968 and the old Cannon Chevrolet has just moved to their new Lane Parkway building (today's Southern Energy building). On the showroom floor for their grand opening are three dream muscle cars: two Chevelle SS396s and a Camaro Z/28 (I've got another photo showing the Camaro close-up. It is a Z/28)...

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Picturing the Past 187: Remembering the lost
Posted Wednesday, July 24, at 4:03 PM

I imagine most people remember former Shelbyville fire chief Garland King, who died Sunday, as he looked in this photo taken Monday, March 28, 1978 -- with a big smile on his face. Go here for a larger view. He was definitely enjoying the moment as he showed off a newly-purchased county fire truck to County Judge Dorothy Orr. In those days the county had one fire engine, which was housed at the Shelbyville Fire Department and manned by city firefighters...

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Picturing the Past 186: Fun on the campaign trail
Posted Tuesday, July 16, at 4:08 PM

From exactly 35 years ago to the day this is posted (posting date July 16, 2013), here's a glimpse of when political campaigns were a little less mean than today. July 16, 1978 was a Sunday afternoon, and youths were floating Duck River as part of an event for Democratic hopeful Bob Clement's campaign for governor...

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Picturing the Past 185: Lemonade/drink stands
Posted Monday, July 8, at 3:00 PM

Remember lemonade (or in this case a Kool-Aid) stands? From the July 22, 1968 T-G, here's a stand on Depot Street. According to the caption in that day's paper this is, from left, Ernest Hoover, Richie Bryan, Jerry Jones, Kenny Powell, Brent Powell and Phillip Powell - and there's a missing name since seven people are in the photo...

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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.