Amazon Fire: A sleek and innovative smartphone
When I first heard that Amazon was coming out with a phone, my reaction was ... why? What could Amazon offer that many other manufacturers weren't already offering? If the phone, as rumored, had features that drove you towards Amazon product listings, would that be annoying? Would anyone want such a phone who wasn't already a heavy Amazon shopper?...
By the sweat of your brow
This was my first year to start a vegetable garden. My interest in starting a garden is rooted in wanting to eat healthier and my fear of GMO's. There are a billion articles on the Internet both for and against genetically modified food products. I tend to lean towards the side that isn't convinced of their greatness...
The best taste of them all
I worked as an orderly at a nursing home when I was a teenager, and I met a woman there named Minnie. She had a great personality and she was a joy to care for. I would be called to come and help the nurse's aide move Minnie from her bed to her chair and back again. Minnie had only one leg so she couldn't help much in the transfer. But she made our job easier by being lighthearted and fun-loving...
Let's all help build the library
Another Summer Reading Program is history at Argie Cooper Library. We had a great time at the grand finale with games, prizes and face painting. Billy Hix was there with his huge inflatable planetarium and his fascinating program on the constellations. It was a record breaking year...
Armed and ready: New Samsung Gear watches
A while back, I reviewed the Samsung Galaxy Gear, a smartwatch from Samsung which works only with Samsung smartphones. It was a clever device, and a fun thing to have for a week and be able to show off, but I wasn't sure whether it would sell. Now, Samsung has its second wave of smartwatches on the market, and I recently, courtesy of AT&T, got to try out two of them: the Samsung Gear Fit and the Samsung Gear 2 Neo...
'Barefoot in the Park' reunites Smokestack alumni
Smokestack Theatre at Community High School has a summer production each year, which gives the school's alumni a chance to come back and take the stage once more. This year's summer play is Neil Simon's comedy "Barefoot In The Park," which will be presented Aug. 8-10 at the school...
Destinations and Diversions: It's Wartrace Horse Show time
The 108th annual Wartrace Horse Show will start at 6 p.m. Saturday. The show will feature 31 classes; nine are Riders Cup. For more information, call show manager Roy Ferguson or show secretary Heather Beard at 931-703-3349. Relay fundraisers The Calsonic Kansei North America (CKNA) "Fight Club" team in the American Cancer Society Relay For Life will hold a poker run Saturday beginning at CKNA's location on Stanley Boulevard. ...
TCAT-Shelbyville helps produce McClenney plaque
Tennessee College of Applied Technology -- Shelbyville has a mission of workforce development, supplying highly-skilled workers to the community and giving local citizens the tools they need to improve their own situations. That mission, say TCAT officials, is enhanced by real-world projects on which students can work during their time at the school...
Law office changes name, adding Burk
The law firm of Bobo, Hunt, White & Nance is pleased to announce that it has changed its name to Bobo, Hunt, White & Burk to include M. Wyatt Burk, who has been with the firm since January, 2009. This year, the firm is celebrating 80 years, being founded in 1934 by Sam W. Bobo. The firm currently consists of Fred B. Hunt, Jr., John T. Bobo, John R. White, Ginger Bobo Shofner, S. Todd Bobo, W. Andrew Bobo, and Burk...
Dixon awarded Purity Dairies scholarship
Jenny Dixon of Shelbyville was recently awarded a $1,000 Purity Dairies Scholarship Award from the Tennessee Grocers Education Foundation. Dixon was recognized on June 14 at the annual convention of the Tennessee Grocers & Convenience Store Association held at the Music City Center...
Cuddling canines: Dogs' devotion helps heal humans
Dogs have often been labeled man's best friend. Having a good dog by your side can get you through the toughest times. If anyone can attest to this statement, it is Andy Kraft. The furry companions have helped Andy through one of the toughest times in his life...
Sunday Conversation: New minister meets Shelbyville
Last month, the Rev. Lanita Monroe became the pastor of First United Methodist Church on the square, having been appointed during the church's Tennessee Annual Conference. Her predecessor, the Rev. Lloyd Doyle, moved to a new appointment in Brownsville, in West Tennessee...
Children get hands-on animal contact
Children got to pet a goat and learn to care for pets during a summer day camp. "Whiskers and Paws" Summer Camp was on Monday, July 21. The annual camp is sponsored by the Middle Tennessee Spay & Neuter Clinic. Approximately two dozen first to sixth graders attended the camp at the Bedford County Agriculture Center...
Basketball, comedy, and it's fair time
Wayne Buckingham's WAB Sports presents the first Bertie-Ruth Buckingham's Celebrity Charity Basketball Game on Saturday at Cascade High School. A meet-and-greet with the athletes starts at noon, with the game itself at 12:30 p.m. Celebrity players include Chamique Holdsclaw, Ramon Sessions, Sharone Wright, J.P. Prince and Dontae' Jones. The event benefits Cascade High School and the Bedford County Cancer Foundation. Whaley the singer will present the national anthem...
Shelbyville: A mission field
An Adventist missionary is working in some far-off locales this summer: Shelbyville and Tullahoma. Nadege Innocent, a student of Oakwood University in Huntsville, Ala., has been staying with members of the Tullahoma Seventh-day Adventist Church this summer. The native of Haiti will be in the region another week before attending an Adventist camp and then returning for her senior year of college...
Business group helps economy
During a recent meeting of Middle Tennessee Business Networking of Bedford County, several members mentioned they had either done business with other members or referred them to friends, family and business acquaintances. It soon became evident just how much money circulated within the group...
Kroger hosts school supply drive
Kroger is hosting a School Supply Drive now through Aug. 5 to help support public schools in Middle Tennessee. Customers are encouraged to purchase a $6 pre-assembled school supply kit or any other school supply items of their choice and place the donations in the special drop-off bins at the front of the stores...
Youth theater group reunites for 'Outsiders'
Five years after its founding, Community Middle School's Stage 13 Productions is going back to its roots. The group's first-year members are reuniting for new performances of "The Outsiders" -- the play that kicked off the group. Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Community Middle's auditorium. Admission is $3...
Webb welcomes Hoover to admissions dept.
Aimee Hoover, a Murfreesboro resident with a background in teaching and marketing, has joined The Webb School in Bell Buckle as assistant director of admissions. Hoover's main responsibility is to introduce Webb, its curriculum and programs to prospective students and families. The primary recruiting focus will be Webb's day markets. These day markets include cities located in Bedford, Cannon, Coffee, Rutherford, and Warren counties...
Donate school supplies at area Kroger stores
Kroger is hosting a school supply drive now through Aug. 5 to help support public schools in Middle Tennessee. Customers are encouraged to purchase a $6 pre-assembled school supply kit or any other school supply items of their choice and place the donations in the special drop-off bins at the front of the stores...
4-H mixes old, new activities
4-H's fabled clover is turning over a new leaf as it works to attract a new generation of children. The Bedford County 4-H program wants to entice children to join, said extension agent Jeffrey Hester. So, the program is adding such new activities as science experiments and cardio workshops while keeping its existing fare of sewing and agriculture projects...
Sunday Conversation: Clark talks coaching, devotional writing
Bedford County native Allison Clark is the subject for this week's Sunday Conversation. If you would like to nominate someone, please contact Sadie Fowler at email@example.com. T-G: Tell us a little about yourself and your family. CLARK: My dad, Jimmy Clark and stepmother, Brenda live in Shelbyville. My dad has been a dentist in Shelbyville for over 30 years...
DREMC sends students on 2014 Washington Youth Tour
A record number of young people from electric cooperative service areas in 43 states -- including more than 150 students representing Tennessee co-ops -- visited Washington, D.C., in June for the 2014 Washington Youth Tour, spending time with elected officials and taking in the historic, interesting sites of our nation's capital...
Novak joins Confucius Institute
MTSU's Confucius Institute has hired a former Bedford County educator to help promote Chinese language and culture in area K-12 schools. Mike Novak, most recently principal of Liberty School, became the institute's new assistant director July 1. "I am very excited to be part of the team at the Confucius Institute," said Novak. "I look forward to expanding educational opportunities for Tennessee and China...
MMC docs top prestigious list
Murfreesboro Medical Clinic recently announced two of its physicians -- Dr. Tammy H. Adams (Pediatrics) and Dr. Kelly G. Williams (Obstetrics & Gynecology) -- are listed among America's Top Doctors by the physician-led research team of Castle Connolly...
Historian speaks to Vietnam Era Veterans
Vietnam Era Veterans heard a military historian at their July meeting. Dr. Ferris Beasley of Lincoln County, a retired veterinarian, attends many Civil War military re-enactments. He told the group more battles were fought in Tennessee and Virginia than any other states...
MMC studies chronic sinusitis
Dr. William Gross, an Otolaryngologist (ENT) at Murfreesboro Medical Clinic, is conducting research with the use of balloon sinuplasty for the treatment of chronic sinusitis. The treatment option is an alternative to invasive surgery, as the procedure takes place in the office using a local anesthetic...
FCB partners with horse show
First Community Bank CEO Scott Coconaugher, right, joins Celebration CEO Mike Inman after the announcement was made that FCB is a new premier sponsor of the Celebration. The first Saturday night of the horse show has been designated as "First community Bank of Bedford County" night. (Submitted photo)
County honored by financial management
Joe Kimery of the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury's office appeared before Bedford County Board of Commissioners last week to present County Mayor Eugene Ray, Finance Director Robert Daniel, and Daniel's staff with the county's fifth consecutive award for excellence in financial management and reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association. Kimery said only eight counties received the award last year, with Bedford County being the smallest. He praised Ray, Daniel, the school system and highway department, and commissioners themselves for the county's financial management. From left are Ray, Kimery, Daniel, and finance department staffers Lori Schuler, Pat Thomas, Mary Anna Mitchell and Joyce Glover. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
Outstanding court personnel
At a recent meeting of the Bedford County Bar Association, President Kristin Green presented awards for Outstanding Court Personnel to Michelle Murray, Jennifer Little and Deputy Steve Trapp. Also recognized but not present was Deputy Tommie Boleyn. (Submitted photo)