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Friday, May 22, 2015
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A break, and a big opening
I hope everyone is enjoying a pleasant weekend! The library staff is ready for a little break after the chaos of the past few weeks during the move. Slowly, but surely, we are getting boxes unpacked and preparing for our big Grand Opening this coming Saturday, May 30th. Activities start at 10 a.m. and lead up to the dedication and flag raising at 3 p.m. There will be food trucks, tours, entertainment and more. Please add us to your weekend plans...
A quite sensible solution to intrusive phones
There are times, we all recognize, when smartphones and other cell phones need to be put away. And yet, even if we cluck our tongues at someone else for using their phone inappropriately, we're tempted to do the same thing ourselves. Sometimes, the problem is common courtesy; sometimes, in the case of a movie or concert, the problem is copyright or similar issues...
Feminist pork rinds
Toilet paper--that was the first thing on the list, and possibly, the most necessary. Followed by water and shredded cheeses. Last week, I found someone's shopping list in the T-G parking lot. I've been doing this a lot recently. If I see a piece of paper on the ground, I pick it up and I examine it. ...
Mom: True servant
I have a bookmark that I keep in one of my devotionals that reads, "I am here among you as one who serves. Jesus." That simple note is a constant reminder to me that I too am to be a servant. As one of Jesus' disciples I am to follow His example, and be of service to others...
We're back, and booming!
We are definitely back! In the first three hours that we were open in our new location, we had 71 visitors and by the end of the day the number was over 200! We registered 12 new library patrons, checked out 416 items, and renewed 144 more items. That was just the first day. ...
Dollar General to help literacy (05/20/15)
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation this week awarded Boys & Girls Clubs of Rutherford County -- Shelbyville Unit a literacy grant in the amount of $1,500 to support local literacy programs. This local grant award is part of over $5.8 million in grants awarded to approximately 720 schools, nonprofits and organizations across the 43 states the company serves. ...
Titan Transfer supports healthy living "Big" time (05/20/15)
Every year at Titan Transfer, all employees, both office and its cross-country driving force bond together for a little healthy competition. On Jan. 1, as New Year's resolutions are made, Titan employees are busy planning their race to lose weight and win some money...
Songs of life: Jerry Woodward lives for his guitar (05/17/15)
Tucked away in the surrounding woods sits the cozy cabin-style home of Jerry Woodward, lifelong guitar player. Moving up his long driveway, it seems like the perfect getaway--a quiet place, away from the noise. With the river nearby, one can imagine the many nights Woodward has sat outside on his deck and plucked away at his six-string, coming up with tunes or rehearsing for his next gig...
Music flows through Byrd's life (05/17/15)
This week the T-G caught up with Brandon Byrd, music minister at First Christian Church. If you know of anyone who would make for an interesting Sunday Conversation, please email Sadie Fowler at sfowler@t-g.com. T-G: Where are you originally from and how did you end up working in Shelbyville?...
It's a family affair: Smiths come together to create fun (05/10/15)
It's Saturday evening in Wartrace and a large group of people have gathered in the Smith House Theater. Phillip Smith, co-owner, is standing on stage with his guitar belting out the Beatles' classic, "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away." Smith later jokingly admits that because he grew up in a musical family--his father and mother were in a band together before they dated--the Beatles were a must. Adding that it was always, "Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and The Beatles."...
A beautiful little girl transforms Lori Peels' life (05/10/15)
This week the T-G caught up with Lori Peels, paraprofessional educator at Liberty Elementary. If you have anyone that would make for an interesting Sunday Conversation, email Sadie Fowler at sfowler@t-g.com. T-G: Can you tell the story of Hannah's adoption, from the moment you decided to adopt through the journey to bring her home? What influenced your decisions, and how did you know Hannah was meant to be your daughter?...
The perfect power of a cheese sauce! (05/10/15)
There is something about the power of cheese. Parents often use it to get children to eat their vegetables. That is a tactic that sticks with us as adults. The truth is -- cheese makes everything better (kind of like bacon!). So this month, I'm taking cheese sauce to the next level with a southwestern inspired cheese sauce. ...
Skew your summer fun with the perfect bite! (05/10/15)
Looking for a light appetizer that's not only quick, but sure to please your friends? Look no further than tortellini caprese bites. Think of these flavors all molded together and you can't go wrong: pasta, tomatoes, black olives, mozzarella cheese and basil...
Path to the stars: Hix sees bigger universe beyond Possum Trot (05/03/15)
Sitting in his office at Motlow College surrounded by awards and memorabilia from his years of teaching and working with NASA, Billy Hix tells of his early childhood memories of growing up on Possum Trot Road. Memories revisited to paint a larger picture--a picture that reveals why Hix is so passionate about science and knowledge...
Get to know the space man (05/03/15)
School visits and numerous teacher professional development programs during the school year are just part of Billy Hix's outreach to students. Hix also conducts summer STEM camps for sixth graders. According to Hix, during the past school year he conducted programs with more than 10,000 students and teachers...
When the stars are the stars: An event to remember (05/03/15)
It was a cold night in February 1986 when Dad shook me awake. "Wake up. I want you and your sister to see this." He led his sleepy-eyed daughters to the back yard where a giant telescope sat pointing toward the heavens. "Halley's Comet," he said with pride. "You will be old women when it comes back."...
Giving God the glory in midst of trials: Sudduth family faces cancer, job losses (05/03/15)
The Sudduth family is choosing to count their blessings and not their adversities. Debbie Sudduth recently defeated breast cancer -- and recovered from a broken ankle. Now, her husband Brad is fighting cancer. Debbie, an eighth-grade math teacher at Cascade Middle School, gives praise to God. That's despite all the trials the family has faced. Her husband Brad, an independent truck driver, is out of work due to the illness and has no disability insurance...
Wise counsel from Ms. Lusk (05/03/15)
This week the T-G caught up with Fredia Lusk, intervention counselor at Thomas Magnet School. If you know of anyone who would make for an interesting Sunday Conversation, please email Sadie Fowler at sfowler@t-g.com. T-G: As a native of Shelbyville, what is your most favorite thing to tell others about the town?...
Sunday Conversation: Brinkley talks books, art and love (04/26/15)
This week the T-G caught up with business co-owner and actress, Ashley Brinkley. If you have anyone you think would make for an interesting Sunday Conversation, please email Sadie Fowler at sfowler@t-g.com. T-G: You grew up in Shelbyville and graduated from SCHS. If you had to describe that experience to someone from a big city, what would you tell them?...
Getting down with Danica: Style expert urges confidence through fashion blog (04/26/15)
It's hard to miss Danica Woodard; not counting her studded high heels and curly hair, she stands 6-foot-3. Her height, though, isn't the only thing that immediately draws you to her. She has a 100-watt smile, an infectious laugh and, most noticeably, she exudes complete confidence. It's that absolute confidence that Danica wishes to share with other women through the fashion advice she gives in her blog, iseekfashion.com...
Suddenly, a star is born: Stage becomes a new outlet (04/24/15)
"I am not crazy! I've just been in a very bad mood for 40 years!" With both hip and head cocked, Jeanne Edwards delivered every line with Southern sass and a gritty edge. The audience vigorously applauded Edwards on her first entrance into Truvy's Beauty Shop and screamed with laughter throughout the performance...
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