Heed the call: Help others with your old cellphones
A Facebook friend of mine posted a photo this week of her old cell phones. She's apparently kept every cell phone she ever owned, and has quite a collection. You can see the progress of the phones through the years, from big chunky ones to little flip phones...
Local author pens romance title
A love triangle and prophetic dreams figure into a coming-of-age story told in a new book that is set in Rutherford County in the late 1970s. Dawn Jones, a Murfreesboro marketing agency owner, is the author of "Ruby's Choice," the first of what will be three self-published books in the "Ditch Lane Diaries." Jones is the owner of Jones Media, a full service marketing, advertising and design agency serving Middle Tennessee businesses...
The trek of our descendents
I am the grandson of immigrants. My mother's parents came to the United States from Norway at the end of the 1890s. They purchased land on the fertile plains of eastern North Dakota. My Norwegian grandparents settled there on that wide-open prairie and established what would one day become a prosperous farming enterprise...
I've been reading Chuck Klosterman's "Killing Yourself to Live." All you need to know about Klosterman is that he writes about pop culture and you should read him (by "you" I mean anyone that might find it interesting to read how Radiohead's "Kid A" album predicted 9/11 and why Jim Morrison is overrated)...
Pages of hidden treasures at library
A lot of us dream of winning the lottery, finding buried treasure, or maybe turning out to be the missing heir to a great fortune. The odds are against us, but it is fun to dream. If you are a dreamer like me, the library has lots of stories to whet your imagination. ...
Riding for the love of the horse
Some Tennessee walking horse owners can never get the love of the equine out of their blood. Dr. Leslie Perry Collins is one of those people. Collins first rode a Tennessee walking horse at age 10 when her parents bought an $800 mare. The family knew nothing about horses and did not know that was not a good matchup for a young rider, she said. They wanted to quiet her repeated "I want a horse" requests...
Destinations & Diversions: Show continues through Saturday
The 77th annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration continues at 7 tonight. Call 684-5915 or go to twhnc.com for more information. l The Celebration Trade Fair will be held through Saturday inside Calsonic Arena. Hours are 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. each day...
FNB lauded as great workplace
First National Bank of Middle Tennessee has been named one of the Best Banks to Work For in 2015 by American Banker Magazine which will feature the bank along with other winners in its September issue. First National operates a full-service mortgage loan office, FNB Mortgage, on North Main Street in Shelbyville where Carrie Graff oversees a staff of three...
FCB Night at the Celebration
First Community Bank was Saturday night's Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration sponsor and awarded cash to several attendees.
Musical traditions: Folk with a classical flair
In the Flat Creek area, there is a hollow where fiddle music has been played for more than 100 years. The hollow's current occupant, Jim Wood, tells of the land, his love for music, and his current project, the Tennessee Fiddle Ensemble. To reach the recording studio on Wood's property, one must drive down a long, one-lane, gravel driveway. At the end of the drive, the land opens into a couple of fields surrounded on all sides by forest covered hills...
Sunday Conversation: Music flows through soul of cafeteria manager
T-G: You manage the school cafeteria at Cascade Middle and High School. What have you learned about yourself through this job?
Sorrells: I'm stronger than I give myself credit for. Patience, understanding, love and care for all 750 children we feed a day, is A MUST! I've learned that God did answer my prayers, just in a little different way. I always prayed for LOTS of kids. My body wasn't able to give me that, but God did; All 750 of them!...
Yeast of Eden: Sourdough bread is worth the wait
I've never had much of a green thumb -- my last few attempts to start even a small herb garden have died unceremoniously within weeks. And I'm not really a pet person. But, guess what? I'm great at growing wild yeast. I'm talking, if you don't know, about a sourdough starter...
Destinations & Diversions: It's Celebration time again!
Evening classes at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration begin at 7 tonight. Trade Fair The Celebration Trade Fair will be held through Sept. 5 inside Calsonic Arena. Hours are 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. each day. Additional vendors will be added starting Saturday...
Contractor luncheon held
Wholesale Supply Group and SERVPRO held what they hope to be the first of a regular series of cookout luncheons for contractors last Thursday at Wholesale Supply Group, said Mickey Casson, one of the organizers. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Brighten Your Corner award
The Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce Beautification Committee presents the Brighten Your Corner award to East Depot Street merchants Northcutt Surveying, Elaborate Images and the (Pat) McMillian Building, where McMillian used to reside. Linda Nichols presents the plaque on behalf of First Community Bank, the award's sponsor. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
First Community Bank Kids Club event
First Community Bank's Kids Club Event was held August 1. Kids Club members got to paint a picture, learn about savings and received a free t-shirt and goodie bag. (Submitted photos)
NED Show teaches important lessons
Students at Liberty School had an interesting assembly Wednesday -- using yo-yos to teach kids how to do and be at their best. It was The NED Show, which stands for Never Give Up, Encourage Others and Do you Best. "We're really pushing our kids to do well," said Jordan Tatom, Liberty's new guidance counselor...
Working with Angels: Couple felt led to open business in Shelbyville
When Jason Melton and his wife, Brooke, first moved to Bedford County people puzzlingly asked why they chose the area. They are both originally from Alabama. Their honest reply was that they weren't really sure. The answers didn't become clear for the couple until a bit later...
Sunday Conversation: The versatile life of Ryan Clanton
Wise beyond his years, Ryan Clanton is a local young man with a variety of interests. He enjoys a life filled with activities to nurture his mind, body and spirit. If you would like to nominate someone for Sunday Conversation contact Sadie Fowler at firstname.lastname@example.org...
Destinations & Diversions: Floatin', ridin' and tailgatin' this weekend
The fifth annual Chili Pepper River Float and Barbecue will be Saturday. Bring labeled kayaks, tubes, floats and chairs to 105 Patton Drive (Bennie & Toot's). Check-in at 1 p.m. Load floats and kayaks from 1-2. Hay wagons leave at 2. Organizers furnish transport to float. $15 donation supports Shelbyville-Bedford County Humane Association. For more information, call Bennie Carter at 205-0124 or Tooter Fulton at 639-0457. Entertainment by Kross Town band. The rain out date is Sunday...
Davis, Armstrong are alternate delegates
Mark Davis of Shelbyville and Kenneth B. Armstrong of Unionville have been elected as alternate delegates to the 132nd Annual American Angus Association Convention of Delegates, Nov. 5 at the Overland Park Convention Center in Overland Park, Kansas, reports Richard Wilson, Interim CEO of the American Angus Association...
Pampered contest winner
Donna Blanche of Shelbyville was the winner of a spa day at Joi De Vie Salon on South Cannon Boulevard as part of a Times-Gazette subscription promotion held earlier this summer. On Tuesday, Blanche redeemed her prize -- a pedicure, haircut, hair style, manicure, massage, facial and a gift certificate to Catie's Country Chic Boutique, which adjoins the salon. "The phone will be in the car," Blanche told her children. "If you need something, call Dad -- don't call me." From left are Madison Finch, Blanche, Lynn Dropka Womack, Dave Armour and Melanie Sliger. Womack said the salon was delighted to partner with the Times-Gazette to put on the contest. New T-G subscribers during the contest period were entered in a random drawing for the prize. Joi De Vie, which Womack said is the county's only full-service salon, is at 332 South Cannon Boulevard and can be reached at 684-5471. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
Trucking moves America forward
Titan Transfer has joined the Trucking Moves America Forward campaign, to promote the importance of trucking in the everyday lives of the public. The company has three trailers newly wrapped with promotional graphics promoting the campaign. "We are proud to be a part of the Trucking Moves America Forward program by covering three of our newest trailers with the message, and we hope that many Americans will come to appreciate all of the hardworking individuals in the trucking industry," said Titan CEO Tommy Hodges. Many essential products, both for work and home, depend on the trucking industry, and truck drivers may leave their families for weeks on end to deliver those products. Titan president Phillip Edwards said, "We are proud to be a part of Trucking Moves America Forward. Our industry employees over 7 million hard working people and we are glad to help spread the word that without the trucking employees America would stop." (Submitted photo)
TuTu's celebrates birthday
Tutu's Treasures celebrated its first anniversary Saturday, Aug. 15. Representatives from the boutique thanked their customers for their loyalty and are looking forward to meeting new customers in the upcoming year. They have a large selection of gifts, home decor, clothing, and baby items. TuTu's Treasures is located at 117 Hickory Dr, behind Traders Bank on Main Street. (Submitted photo)
American dream: Singer pitches her talent to 'Idol' judges
When Mary Know Williams sent in a video audition to American Idol, she wasn't expecting to receive a call just a week later asking her to come to a private audition. "I was absolutely ecstatic," said Williams of the phone call. "I was not expecting it."...
Sunday Conversation: Hampton talks hair, music and family
Sondra Hampton is a familiar face to many in Bedford County. A graduate of Community High School, she has been active in the community her entire life. Hampton has recently been seen acting in comedic skits in the annual Hee Haw and Howdy production for Relay for Life, a cause dear to Hampton's heart...
An easy stretch for physical therapist
Rob Colasso approaches the waiting area with a broad smile. "Hey there! How are you this morning?" he asks the patient. He listens actively as they describe the knee pain they've been having and immediately begins describing different therapies to help rehabilitate and ease the pain -- a therapy he believes in and loves...
Marsha's busy baking baklava
The Times-Gazette's Marsha Addessi tried her hand at a new challenge in the kitchen this week, baking the delicious Mediterranean sweet treat, much to the appreciation of her biggest fans at the newspaper. Baklava is a rich, sweet pastry made of layers of filo filled with chopped nuts and sweetened and held together with syrup or honey. It is characteristic of the cuisines of the former Ottoman Empire, and is also found in Central and Southwest Asia...
Fun on the ranch, at the hop, at the VFW
The Rickey Smith Memorial JAKES Day (an acronym for Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship) will be held 8 a.m. until noon Saturday at Arrowhead Ranch, 239 Cortner Mill Road near Normandy, sponsored by the Bedford County Longbeards chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation. ...
Chicago meets Shelbyville: Calderone returns with hot dogs, Italian fare
Hot diggity, dog diggity, Shelbyville is getting a hot dog restaurant. It's not just any type of hot dog, either. Lou Calderone is opening Calderone's Chicago Hot Dogs at 413 Elm St., across the street from the old high school. That's right, The Windy City's style of making hot dogs is coming to The Pencil City. ...