Raise your hand, and learn
I won't start back to school for a few more weeks yet, but I can't wait. For the past few years, I've been a volunteer in "Raise Your Hand Tennessee," a United Way-organized initiative which places adult volunteers in elementary schools to help kids read...
Local library and beyond: feeling loss and gain
As many of you already know, the Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library bookmobile was destroyed in a fire on July 23. Some equipment and all of the books onboard were also lost. That's the bad news. The good news is a great deal more important. No one was hurt. That's first and foremost. Thanks to all the firefighters and law enforcement who came to our aid as well as employees of the Whiteside Market who were there to help when trouble struck...
Rebekah: A case study on marriage
You can learn a lot about marriage from the book of Genesis, whether it's the creation of the sacrament with Adam and Eve or the relationship between Isaac and Rebekah. The latter is highlighted in a new book by a local publisher. Sword of the Lord Publishers in Murfreesboro has released "Rebekah: The Chosen Bride."...
Bad to worse
Have you ever had one of those days when everything just seemed to go wrong? From the time you woke up in the morning until you manage to crawl into bed at night, one thing after another goes wrong, and your whole day is just messed up. I hate it when that happens...
'Poof! Gone.' to violence
I should open by noting that this isn't written as a bashing of the church or the people within. I'm simply writing about various instances in which I noticed a certain attitude towards death and justice amongst my fellow churchgoers. I was raised in the church and have attended just about every denomination there is, so I feel I have some credibility when it comes to the topic. You do anything long enough and you're bound to notice something...
School all in the family for new teacher
It's all in the family for the Cooks when it comes to education. Karen Cook retired from Eakin Elementary School in May after 31 years as a teacher. Now, her daughter Taylor Beth Cook is following in her footsteps. The younger Cook is a new teacher at Harris Middle School. She is a sixth grade Magnet ELA/Social Studies teacher...
Rallying the teachers during in-service
Even teachers need a pep talk every so often. In-service is a good time for one. Bedford County's teachers attended a two-day in-service July 27-28. They heard from their local leaders and from Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen. "Every day think of how they (students) will remember you and how they will remember what they learned," McQueen said. "You are the player this year ... who can move them from Point A to Point Z."...
Maintenance gets schools ready for the new year
"You name it, we do it." Bob Rose, a 15-year veteran of the maintenance department for the school system, said that sums up his job. On July 28, he and two other maintenance workers were hurrying to prepare Community Elementary School for the start of the school year. Rose and Bryant Pinkston were laying new linoleum in the cafeteria. A leak in the room the previous school year had damaged the old floor, Pinkston said...
Smartphones in school: The basics
Some things are obvious for the back-to-school backpack -- pencils and paper and notebooks and what have you. But what about a smartphone? Is it appropriate? Is it even allowed? Some parents consider smartphones in school a distraction, perhaps even a mechanism for cheating. Others like being able to communicate directly with their child about after-school schedules, weather cancellations, and so on. Some teachers are now even incorporating smartphone technology into the classroom...
Art is his life: Bush tells stories with brush and paint
It's not easy to frame someone's entire life into a single feature, especially when that person is local artist and business owner Michael Bush. It's an early weekday morning and Bush is seated at an outdoor table near his home, the rolling hills of Bell Buckle making up the scenery. Just behind Bush is his home studio, in a separate building from his house and where he goes to work on his latest art and painting projects...
Wise beyond his years...Haney talks business
T-G: Tell us a little about your family. Are you a single child?
Haney: I am the middle child of a family of 8. Myself and all of my siblings were home schooled so we grew up very close. They are a group of incredibly talented individuals and a lot of fun to be around....
Swann driven by love for helping kids grow
Jennifer Swann is in her eighth year as the program coordinator for Shelbyville Parks and Recreation and still finds the joy in her work. "When you wake up everyday, you have the opportunity to change somebody's life," Swann said. Swann, a Normandy native, graduated from Cascade before attending Middle Tennessee State University to major in outdoor recreation...
From Mid-Tenn to Meggido: Smith travels to Israel to learn about church planting
How far has your faith taken you? One Bell Buckle resident's faith took her to Israel to do fellowship with a missionary in the Holy Land. LouAnn Smith of Bell Buckle was part of a group of 17 Middle Tennesseans who toured Israel over the course of 10 days in June. The trip was organized by their church, Christian Life Church in Murfreesboro. Each person raised his or her own funds to pay for the trip...
Cookbook gives party ideas, menus broken down by season
Kristin Sollenne is a New York-based chef and nutritionist who oversees the kitchens of three different restaurants and who makes TV appearances -- she was a mentor on "Food Network Star," has been a frequent guest judge on "Beat Bobby Flay," and will be a season finale judge for the next season of "Worst Cooks in America." She also appears frequently on local New York City television...
Titan Transfer expands west
Titan Transfer Inc. a Shelbyville-based trucking company recently announced its purchase of Reynolds Logistics, headquartered in Tucson, Arizona. Reynolds operates approximately 90 tractors and generated over $30 million in annual revenue comprised of both domestic and international truckload and airfreight business...
A gorgeous grandma contest was held at the Senior Citizens Center. Front row, from left: Annie Bailey, third place; Elinor McHale, first place; and Barbara Jackson. Back row; Carolyn Ouellette; Dorothy Campbell and Sandra Locke, who tied for second place. (Submitted photo)
Locks of Love donation
Sarah Morgan Brock, daughter of Jon and Donna Brock, recently donated hair to the Locks of Love organization. Stylist Patsy Taylor of Brass Shears cut Sarah Morgan's hair. Locks of Love provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children suffering from long-term medical hair loss. (Submitted photos)
Perfect menu of life: Chef Mason enjoys working at Cortner Mill
Chef Mason runs his fingers through his tousled hair, still wet from his morning shower, and sits at a dining room table. He is relaxed and quick to laugh, but his fiery passion for culinary arts is easily distinguished in the conversation. "I'm living the dream here," he says with a nonplussed shrug...
Sunday Conversation: Stephenson finds life's mission in serving veterans
T-G: Tell us a little about your role at the Bedford County Veterans Office.
Stephenson: I am the administrator for the Veterans Service Office. I schedule appointments for our DAV (Disabled American Veterans) officer Jessie Purdom to visit with the veterans and help with their needs....
Goal accomplished: Soccer field owner does it for the love of the game
It's a hot, muggy day and inside the old Palmer's building on Lane Parkway there's the sound of hammering going on. Follow the clanking of the hammer and you'll find Ruben Soto. It's his day off from running his contracting business and he's fixing up what he can at the building, which is partially converted into an indoor soccer field with more to come. ...
History in paintings: Bowling's walls portray his life
Sitting in his easy chair, Ray Bowling is still a little sore from a fall the previous day. The fall required an emergency room visit to get checked out, but he's still in good spirits as he recovers. Looking around Bowling's house, the walls do talk. The walls tell a story of a man's life, through the paintings he's diligently produced. Bowling recalls one particular year where he managed 58 paintings...
Fair, cruise-in, fish fry promise fun this week
Bedford County Fair will begin Monday and continue through through Saturday, Aug. 1, at Bedford County Agriculture and Education Center, 2119 Midland Road. Start times are Monday-Friday at 4 p.m. and Saturday at 9 a.m. The carnival midway opens on Tuesday and continues the rest of the week. For more information, go to bedfordcountytnfair.org; call Judy Gambill at 684-0239; or call the Fair office at 684-0760 during the event...
La Rivera brings a new twist to table
A new Mexican restaurant has been packing them in since opening their doors, with a variety of dishes and drinks to choose from. Located at 112 Sunlite Road, near McDonalds, La Rivera Mexican Restaurant's manager and co-owner Antonio Rivera said while it's a traditional Mexican restaurant, they also serve dishes that are unique to traditional Mexican restaurants, like steaks, seafood and more...
Looking for a bargain? Get ready for Ollie's
Bargain hunters get ready! Ollie's Bargain Outlet is coming to Tullahoma on Aug. 5, bringing along NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Kevin Harvick with them for the grand opening. The building is located at 385 W. Lincoln in Tullahoma at the site of the old Fuji Photo Lab...
Allstate honors O'Neal, donates $1K to UW
Allstate agency owner Amanda O'Neal received the Allstate Agency Hands in the Community Award for her commitment to helping others. With this award came a $1,000 grant from The Allstate Foundation for the United Way of Bedford County. Allstate agents and employees have a proud history of putting their good hands to work in supporting Tennessee communities, promoting volunteerism and providing financial resources to enable local organizations to help others...
Actor/director finds humanity on stage
The backstage area is strewn with the building blocks of show-making. Cans of hairspray, make-up brushes, and hairpins litter the dressing room tables. A clothing rack on a side wall is hung with costumes for an upcoming show. Overalls, flower print dresses, and straw hats await the young actors portraying characters from Mark Twain's imagination...
Williams' world: Former missionary finds a home
Inside Charlie Williams' office in Shelbyville, two circular wall decorations resemble globes. On one, the Americas are represented; on the other, Europe, Asia, and the rest of the continents. It's a fitting decoration for a man who has spent a great deal of his life between one side of the world or the other. Fitting and interesting -- considering there was a time when Williams had no inclinations toward living in another country...
Sunday Conversation: Womble always aspired to medicine
T-G: How long have you been involved in health care and when did you know it was what you wanted to do?...
Womble: I began working as a registered nurse in 1995 and my first job was at the old Bedford County Medical Center....
Donation helps 'Ensure' Stubblefield's goal
The Anne Stubblefield Cancer Outreach was formed by Dwight Stubblefield in 2006 in honor of his late wife. The mission of his outreach is to provide people struggling through chemotherapy with Boost and Ensure, nutritional drinks that were the only thing Anne could stomach while she underwent chemotherapy. Following his wife's passing, Stubblefield wanted to help others battling cancer...
Shear pleasure: 'Llama Whisperer' turns hobby into a job
"April, May, and June is shearing season," says professional shearer and llama/ alpaca lover Gerdi Laems while shearing a llama named Joseph. Joseph is new on the farm and hadn't been sheared in almost two years. "When a llama hasn't been sheared for two or three years, you never know what's under the hair, I've found feed, a lot of grain, and even a bird's nest," Laems said...