Murfreesboro author pens romance title
The last book in a locally set paranormal romance series is here. D.F. Jones has released "Sandy's Story," her final book in the "Ditch Lane Diaries" trilogy. (Dawn is her given name, but she uses her initials as her pen name.) The Rutherford County native owns Jones Media in Murfreesboro...
Tech travels with us, around the world
I'm taking a trip next month, and -- as is often the case -- I started to muse about how technology has transformed travel, just as it transforms so many other parts of our lives. Last month, when I made a quick flight to North Carolina to pick up a vehicle from my brother, they were already warning passengers on Delta about the Galaxy Note 7, asking them not to use or charge the phone on board. ...
Timing is everything
By the time this column publishes I will have officially fulfilled all of the major etched in red items that have been on my calendar for months. I am celebrating this because I made the mistake about six weeks ago of over-committing myself. The only relief I have had is knowing that the end of this extra busy period is simply a matter of time. One day at a time, hour by hour, minute by minute, and eventually each item will have a slash through it...
Charges changing at library
We have successfully relocated to a lovely building and grounds and have recently sold the old library building. The old library was 8,558 square feet and the new one is 11,904 square feet in size. Along with the one-third larger size, come the larger utility bills just as one often finds when one moves to a new residence. ...
Celebrate the tie
Why in the world do men wear ties? Where did this strange fashion accessory come from? Men gather a long piece of material and tie it in a knot around their neck and go about their business. I can understand a belt. It serves a good purpose. It holds my pants up...
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Four generations of the Robert and Mignon Spence family were together recently as he was being honored for 27 years' service as an elder at Green Hill Cumberland Presbyterian Church. From left are son Mike Spence, great-granddaughter Sidney Spence, Robert and Mignon Spence, and grandson Bobby Spence holding great-grandson Logan Spence. (Submitted photo)
Destinations & Diversions: Smoke rises from the hollow in Lynchburg
The 28th annual Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational Barbecue will be held Saturday in Lynchburg. The event draws 25,000 fans to Moore County each year, to watch teams from the United States and eight foreign countries compete to prepare the best pork ribs, pork shoulder/butts, beef brisket, chicken, dessert, cook's choice and Jack Daniel's-based sauce...
Ghost story winner: 'It's All In Your Mind'
It was dark. Not just dark, a void -- a complete absence of light. My breathing hitched, sending shivers down my spine. It was too dark. Was there an end to this abyss? Was I alone? A loud snap sounded in the distance, echoing around me. ...
Ghost story winner: 'The Game'
"Sebastian, for goodness sake, put that silly game down and get a move on. You're going to be late for school!" Sebastian looked up from his controller and yelled "I'll be there in a minute, Mom. I'm about to save the world!"...
State job fair at Tyson Foods
Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development's mobile Career Coach will be at Tyson Foods in Shelbyville from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday assisting Tyson Foods with recruiting candidates. The company is hiring for production positions. Career Coach Staff will be on-site helping people to create resumes and register with Jobs4TN.gov where there are nearly 200,000 jobs available...
Tennova receives mammography accreditation
Tennova Healthcare-Shelbyville has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in mammography as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Mammography is a specific type of imaging test that uses a low-dose X-ray system to examine breasts. A mammography exam, called a mammogram, is used to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women...
Breast cancer deaths decline
Across our community and the entire country this month, we will celebrate the brave women who have done battle with breast cancer. It's a time of reflection and celebration for many women, as they bond together to celebrate a precious victory and to support causes designed to eradicate the disease. But October can also be a difficult time for some, as we are encouraged to remember friends or loved ones who lost their battle with breast cancer -- some of them at a very young age...
Cycling cross-state for two good causes
Brent Lambert has been pedaling to support charity. He biked approximately 650 miles across Tennessee last week to support two free medical clinics. The Jackson man, whose right leg is prosthetic, rode through Shelbyville Tuesday morning, said he also is making the cross-state ride to inspire other amputees...
Sunday Conversation: Flick is mother, adventurer, learner
Yolanda Flick is the woman about town. She stays busy finding activities for residents at Celebration Way Assisted Living, from attending The Celebration to flying in airplanes. To nominate someone for Sunday Conversation, email Sadie Fowler at email@example.com...
Scoggins tells sorority about a balanced life
The Beta Nu Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma held its October meeting at Shelbyville Central High School. Karen Scoggins, Assistant Superintendent of Bedford County Schools and member of DKG, presented the program, "Balance in our Lives." She offered many personal ways that she keeps balance in her life; ways that people can apply to their own lives...
Comfort, love and goulash
There are a few constants in my life which I still, at 36 years old, find enormous comfort with. I'm not sure what exactly brought about my need to be comforted; this insane presidential election cycle, my daughter's rapidly encroaching 16th birthday, or easily, the fact that said daughter recently had her appendix removed. At any rate, I have been awash with what I like to call "stuff."...
Communication across the generations
Sharon Garrett of Dale Carnegie Training talks about workplace communications for people of multiple generations during a training workshop held Oct. 7 at the Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Destinations & Diversions: Webb craft fair, youth rodeo headline weekend fun
The 40th annual Webb School Art & Craft Show will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The juried show takes place on Maple Street; there's also a downtown show in the area behind the town's storefronts, and there will also be numerous other unofficial vendors on lawns and lots throughout the town...
Sunday Conversation: Smith has a love for numbers, teaching
Beth Smith is a teacher at Cascade Elementary School. She is a mother who loves reading and math, as well as restoring old furniture. Do you have a suggestion for Sunday Conversation? E-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org. T-G: Please give your name, grade/subject you teach, and if Cascade is your first teaching assignment. If you have taught elsewhere, or had a previous career, please list it...
Butternut squash makes a hearty fall soup
Butternut squash is fall favorite of mine. I love the sweet flavor and beautiful orange flesh. I had never really had butternut squash until I moved here and Jo Newton served it at a luncheon I attended. It was love at first bite and I've been using it ever since. I make a quick bread with cranberries and butternut. I roast it in cubes for salad with kale and oranges. I roast it with molasses for a side dish. And I puree the roasted flesh for soup. Versatile and yummy...
Destinations & Diversions: Antiques, poker, and gospel music this weekend
Antiques, Art & Collectibles Mall on the square is holding a 15th Anniversary & Appraisal Fair Saturday. The mall will host Sue Armstrong Thompson, aka "The One Woman Antique Road Show." She will be present from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to evaluate art and antiques for a fee. She is internationally known for her expertise in pre-Civil War furniture, but also works with all varieties of art and antiques. Refreshments will be served...
First National Bank expanding services here
McMinnville-based First National Bank of Middle Tennessee, which has had a mortgage office in Shelbyville since 2011, is now preparing to open an actual bank branch here. The bank purchased property at 1700 North Main St. where it is constructing a bank facility...
Cannon survives open heart surgery
A year ago this month, Calvin Cannon was mowing his lawn, trying to get his place ready for a party with some old classmates. All of a sudden, he felt pressure and pain in his chest. "It stopped me in my tracks," he said. He thought it was a panic attack...
Bermuda to Bedford -- a tale of immigration
For those of us born in this country, it is perhaps easy to forget what a privilege we have in being able to participate in choosing our leaders and voicing our opinions. Earlier this month, the Shelbyville Woman's Club was treated to the story of someone who knows what a precious right it is to be able to vote...
Recipe is a taste of Shelbyville's past
Ford Times was a magazine published by the Ford Motor Company for its customers from 1908 until 1996. The magazine featured content about current Ford cars but also about travel destinations and road trips. Recently, I was digging through my files here at the newspaper, looking for something else, and found a November 1961 issue of Ford Times. ...
The T-G celebrates its own
Some members of the T-G crew gather to wish publisher Hugh Jones a happy 50th birthday Sept. 30. In the event Hugh is not happy about this photo being included in the paper or revealing his milestone birthday age, the editor of this newspaper wishes to share the blame for the decision to go against his will and publish anyway with other T-G staff members. Joking aside, we wish you a very Happy Birthday, Hugh! (T-G Photo by John I.Carney)
Nursery assistant honored
On Sunday, Sept. 11, the congregation of First Christian Church wore red in honor of Barbara Thompson's 40th year of serving as lead nursery attendant. Thompson, known as "Ms. Barbara" to everyone in the church, was honored during the service and presented with gifts and handmade cards by interim minister Kyle Harris and the children of the church. The service featured several of her favorite hymns, and a reception followed...
Destinations & Diversions: Sorghum and sea monsters this weekend
The Times-Gazette will hold its National Newspaper Week coffee Tuesday from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m., featuring hot apple cider, coffee, and homemade goodies. Door prizes will be given. The newspaper is located at 323 East Depot Street. Other newsworthy places to be this week:...
Sandwich restaurant sign stacker
A crew was installing a large sign at Arby's on Madison Street Monday. The restaurant is being remodeled as part of a chain-wide project. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Proactive screenings aid in cancer detection
Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the U.S., exceeded only by heart disease. It accounts for nearly one of every four deaths. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has identified some cancers where proactive screening can reduce the associated death rate and others where the risks of screening can outweigh the potential benefits. ...