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Wednesday, Apr. 1, 2015
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When Shelbyville didn't even have dial-up
Bedford County needs an Internet connection. The Internet is the nationwide network of business, academic and government computers you've been reading so much about in recent years. On the Internet, you can find everything from the funniest joke to the most boring government statistic. ...
New 'Duck Dynasty' book leads kids toward God
The "Duck Dynasty" family has a new book that aims to point children to God. Korie Robertson and her mother Chrys Howard have released "Duck Commander Devotions for Kids." Korie is the wife of Willie Robertson, son of Duck Commander founder Phil Robertson. The publisher is Tommy Nelson, an imprint of Thomas Nelson...
New smartphone lives on the Edge
Samsung's Galaxy Note Edge, like its Galaxy S6 Edge, gets its name from its distinctive screen. The screen curves part of the way around the right edge of the phone, and this curved area is used for notifications and toolbars without taking any space away from the phone's regular screen, even if you're watching a video or have the phone in a closed case (provided the case's design lets you look at the phone's edge)...

My meeting with Jesus
As a Christian, I don't just celebrate Jesus dying on the cross and rising from the dead just on Easter-- I celebrate it daily. That's a pretty bold statement, but its true. It's what I believe. At one point in my life, I didn't believe. Raised by a God fearing mother, I was taught the story of Christ as early as I can remember, but I used to think it was just a really good story...
SEAL faced life, death, blindness with great attitude
"The sun had risen, and now the people we'd just lapped could see Ryan's scarred face and closed eyes. They could tell he was blind. Suddenly, without anybody saying anything, they cleared a path for us and started clapping, one by one, all the way down the hill. ... 'They had no idea what happened to you on that roof,' I said. 'They know nothing about your struggle or the guys who never made it back. All they know is that some blind dude just humped past them on a steep hill.'"...
Easter shouldn't be about sugar (04/01/15)
"Easter, except for Halloween, is the biggest holiday of the year for candy," said Keith Kantor, a nutritionist and co-author of the children's book "The Green Box League of Nutritious Justice." That can be a bad thing -- especially since Easter-themed events may stretch out over a week or more...
New 1 Voice is loud and clear: It's worth it (04/01/15)
I will be the first to admit, I'm not a "techy" kind of person. I use my cell phone primarily to talk to people or text, take photos, check social media accounts, and -- above and beyond all else -- listen to music. I'd lose it if I lost my phone, as I feel my whole life is connected to it. I use an iPhone because it is the most user-friendly, and meets my simple needs...
Scales finds walk in life, concentrates on growing church (04/01/15)
While sitting in his MBA courses at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC), Jason Scales wasn't trying to figure out how to grow a successful business, but rather pondering different ways churches could grow and reach their communities. "We were doing case studies on Jos. A. Bank and Dell, how they got started--marketing and all that, and I'd be thinking about church," said Scales...
Arnett named to Martin Methodist trustees (04/01/15)
Jack Daniel Distillery master distiller Jeff Arnett was among four new members named to the Martin Methodist College Board of Trustees. The college announced the new trustees and elected three new officers at a recent meeting. Arnett, Debbie Cassetty, Harriet Norrie and Joelle Phillips were recently introduced to the 37-member board while three other Trustees were voted in as officers...
Adams discovers life around Dead Sea (04/01/15)
As a student of biblical history since an early age, Ronnie Adams always wanted to make a trip to Israel. Adams, a faithful subscriber to Biblical Archeology and a pastor, eventually got his opportunity in 2001, and hasn't stopped visiting the Holy Land since...
Rooster rules the roost as he skates through life (04/01/15)
Let's make one thing clear up front: Rooster may be a Rooster, but Rooster's a canine. As in...dog. He just doesn't know he's a dog. "He doesn't eat dog food and doesn't like tap water," his owner Ceola McCrory of Shelbyville says. "He likes purified water or sweet drinks and has to have everything cooked."...
Charity a good fit for Central senior (04/01/15)
What started out as a project to earn a scholarship turned into a passion for one high school senior. Arin Harwell says she was looking online at dosomething.org for a project to earn a scholarship and came across an idea that intrigued her -- a blue jeans drive...
Bruiser: A big baby with a taste for life (04/01/15)
He's an adorable little beast, with a taste for human flesh. No, this isn't a promotional line for a new horror movie -- it's what we've had to endure since adopting a puppy two weeks ago. We named him Bruiser -- and he's an interesting mix, his dad was half blue pit, half black lab, while the mother was half red heeler and half Australian shepard, but I'm beginning to think he may have a little wolverine in there as well...
'The Last Supper' comes to life (04/01/15)
One of the best-known paintings of all time will be brought to life Thursday night as part of a Holy Week observance at Cedar Grove United Methodist Church. The men of the church will re-enact Leonardo da Vinci's 1498 mural "The Last Supper" 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The church is located at the intersection of Cedar Grove Road and Manire Road west of Unionville...
Driven to succeed: At 17, Sterchak takes care of business (03/29/15)
A busy Saturday morning in Bell Buckle; It's Daffodil Day and the town is bustling with traffic. Weaving in and out of the traffic is a little white pick-up truck with a large dent in the front passenger side and garbage in the back. The truck is driven by 17-year-old Bell Buckle local Zac Sterchak. Saturdays are his trash pick-up day...
Sunday Conversation: Leading worship fills Kevin Nerren's spirits (03/29/15)
This week the T-G caught up with local worship leader Kevin Nerren. If you have any suggestions for an interesting Sunday Conversation email Sadie Fowler at sfolwer@t-g.com. T-G: So, tell us a little about your family. Nerren: My wife Heather and I have have two boys. ...
Local volunteers recognized at state banquet (03/29/15)
Bedford County residents Amanda Jones and Marsha Howard were among the Tennesseans honored March 9 at the Governor's Volunteer Stars Award celebration at the Franklin Mariott Cool Springs. The award recognized the efforts of volunteers to improve their community...
Historical Society hears program on Gallagher guitars (03/26/15)
Bedford County Historical Society held its spring meeting March 16 at First United Methodist Church. The program was presented by Steve Gallagher with a history of Gallagher Guitars in Wartrace. Steve is the third-generation proprietor of the business which was started by his grandfather, J.W. ...
Destinations & Diversions: Hoops, Hee Haw and egg hunts this weekend (03/26/15)
The annual Turn on the Tap Three on Three Basketball Tournament, sponsored in part by First Baptist Church of Normandy, will be Friday and Saturday at Cascade High School. Grades 4-6 will be Friday night beginning at 6 p.m.; grades 7-12 and the men's division will be Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. For team fee, sponsorship, or more information, contact Kim Heath at 205-1358 or the church office at 857-3800. All proceeds will go to Turn on the Tap with Samaritan's Purse...
Thorpe competes in Louisiana chili cookoff (03/25/15)
Dicky Thorpe of Shelbyville competed in the ninth annual Louisiana Regional & State Chili Cookoff this month in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The event was sanctioned by the International Chili Society. Thorpe, who lives in Shelbyville and is a supervisor at the Nissan plant in Smyrna, won the red chili division of the International Chili Society's Tennessee state championship cookoff last summer on the Shelbyville square. He went on to compete in the ICS's world championship cookoff in Las Vegas. He also competed in the 48th Annual Original Terlingua International Frank X. Tolbert - Wick Fowler Championship Chili Cookoff. Thorpe and his "Tennessee Hillbilli Chili" failed to win any awards in Louisiana, although he said both his red and green chili entries earned some points. But he had a good time and got to both meet new friends and reconnect with friends from previous ICS cookoffs. (Submitted photos)
Worldwide goodwill: Experiences change missionaries' lives (03/22/15)
One of the most interesting ways to see the world is not to hop on a plane and set off to some foreign land, traversing into the unknown, but to spend an afternoon sitting on the back porch of two missionaries that have done just that. Mary Jane Miller and Suki Brannan of Normandy spent years traveling across the globe with an organization called Youth with a Mission, YWAM for short...
Worship leader fishes for souls...and fish, too (03/22/15)
This week the T-G caught up with worship leader and avid fisherman, Zach Kirby. If you have any suggestions for an interesting Sunday Conversation email editor Sadie Fowler at sfowler@t-g.com. T-G: Tell us a little about your family...
Shelbyville Garden Club meets (03/22/15)
The Shelbyville Garden club held its March meeting at the River Bend Country Club. Donna Simmons opened the meeting. Sandra Crowell read a poem about springtime and delivered the devotion. Loraine Sutton spoke on inspiring the younger generations to learn about and appreciate gardening, noting on how relaxing it is to get back to the earth. Sutton also announced she will be involved in an upcoming gardening show for a local cable channel...
Sierra Rose's world, in her hands (03/22/15)
Inside the Argie Cooper Library, a crowd of people is gathered around a table near the front entrance. Seated at that table, with a pile of books in front of her, is Sierra Rose Johanson, and it's her 16th birthday. While most 16-year-olds are busy dreaming about what type of car they might get, Johanson has spent the last couple of years dreaming up and working diligently to publish her first novel--which she is graciously signing for those gathered around her...
100 years, and counting... (03/22/15)
Friends and family members of Lucy (Arnold) Leggett gathered last weekend to celebrate a very special milestone. Leggett turned 100 years old -- not looking a day over 70 -- and a party in her honor, with well over 100 people in attendance, was held at Mt. Olivet Methodist Church Saturday, March 15...
Sorority learns of makeup trends (03/20/15)
Members of Xi Alpha Zeta chapter of Beta Sigma Phi sorority held their March meeting at Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio. Dena Landers, the owner, presented the program on current makeup and skin care trends. Sorority president Debbie Alcorn was the makeover model...
Wilson to head alumni, development at Webb (03/20/15)
Matt Wilson, director of annual giving and alumni relations for two years at The Webb School, has been named the school's new director of alumni and development. Wilson assumed the post Feb. 1 and succeeds Claudia Hazelwood, who retired. "We were impressed with Matt's efforts as a tireless worker," said Head of School Ray Broadhead. ...
Destinations & Diversions: Model trains, a spring fling, or wild game (03/19/15)
Bell Buckle will hold its annual Daffodil Day observance 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday. The event, sponsored by Bell Buckle Chamber of Commerce and Bell Buckle Tree Board, is in honor of the thousands of daffodils that line the roads and farmlands for a six-mile stretch of State Route 82 leading into Bell Buckle...
Coldwell realtors honored for sales (03/18/15)
Dianne Arnold, Wayne Neese, Gerald Baker, Geraldine Neese, Janice Carlton, and Harold Segroves, all sales associates with Coldwell Banker Segroves-Neese Real Estate received recognition for outstanding sales. Geraldine Neese, Harold Segroves, and Janice Carlton were inducted into the Diamond Society which represents the top 11 percent of more than 87,000 Coldwell Banker agents. ...
Big G Express honored by customer (03/18/15)
Big G Express Inc. was awarded 2014 Carrier of the Year by Continental Mills (Eastern Region) in recognition of its excellent customer service, on-time deliveries and timely load status reports. This is the third time Continental Mills has awarded Big G Express as Carrier of the Year since its first annual awards in 2011. ...

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