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'Dew' your homework before buying HVAC misting device
Mistbox (mistbox.com) is an add-on to your home's central heating and air conditioning system which claims to reduce your energy bill. The device, which was originally funded through a Kickstarter campaign, is a small, solar-powered electronic box that screws to the outside unit of your HVAC system, and it's got a tube with misters which wraps around all four sides of the unit. You must hook the device to an outdoor water spigot...
'Game of Thrones' is back!
"Winter is coming!" Today is the day that "Game of Thrones" fans have been waiting for with great excitement. Is John Snow really dead? Can that be? This super-popular television series begins its sixth season tonight. The TV show is a dramatization of a planned seven novel series written by George R.R. Martin entitled "Song of Fire and Ice." The first five novels have been completed and can be found here at the library. Begin your adventure with "Game of Thrones."...
Sheep rule on Navajo highways
I was driving across a lonely stretch of highway on the Navajo Reservation in northern Arizona when a herd of sheep suddenly appeared from behind an outcropping of rocks on the right side of the road. I stopped to allow the sheep to cross the road in front of me, but they just kept coming...
Christian artist shares story of hope
I recently interviewed Christian Contemporary Music artist Plumb. Plumb is embarked on the Beautiful Offerings Tour with Big Daddy Weave and Jordan Feliz. In 2015 she released her seventh album, "Exhale." The producer was Matt Brownlee, an original member of Jars of Clay...
Eyes on the sky
Last Sunday, I was sitting on my back porch and enjoying the near perfect weather when a friend of mine came over. This is the friend with whom I share all my weird ideas about the universe. Don't we all have one of those? If you don't, you should, because they are great. I think we all have strange ideas and it's important to acknowledge those...
Our first issue of "Inspire Health" magazine was included with Sunday's Times-Gazette and can be viewed online by clicking the cover above. How have you enjoyed it? We'd love to hear your suggestions and feedback, which you can e-mail to sfowler@t-g.com.
Destinations & Diversions: Rayz'n Cain, enjoying trains, 'Hee Haw' entertains (04/28/16)
"Rayz'n Cain One More Time For Kim," an 18-and-over benefit concert for Kim and Jay Mantooth, will be held Saturday at the Blue Ribbon Circle on the Celebration grounds. Doors will open at 7 p.m. with the concert, featuring the bands Speakeasy and Rayz'n Cain, at 8...
Ascend's York earns national nod (04/27/16)
On the heels of being named 2015 "Federal Credit Union of the Year," Ascend Federal Credit Union has garnered another national recognition. Ascend Senior Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer Kim York was chosen as Professional of the Year by the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU)...
A long walk back, but Kyle Burnett hasn't given up (04/24/16)
Kyle Burnett jumps rope. He runs on a treadmill. He lifts weights. He does squats. He can "use just about every machine," at MG Sports & Fitness, he says. Kyle says he's working on improving his dancing. Call Kyle, 19, a typical hard-working young man...
Still painting, still teaching, still enjoying art (04/24/16)
Iris Pierce, 93, who teaches watercolor classes at the Senior Citizens Center, has an exhibit of her work and her students' at Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library now through May 3. "I've been painting, off and on, all my life," said Pierce, who got more serious about the hobby at age 70 -- two decades ago. She started teaching four or five years ago...
Normandy gets its chili on (04/24/16)
There was a great turnout at the Normandy Fire Department Chili Supper on Saturday, April 16. Folks from all around gathered at the fire hall to show their support at the annual tradition, held since the mid-1980s. "We expect to feed around 200 people," said Normandy fire chief Ricky Prince. "It's all you can eat and drink for $5 and all of the proceeds go towards the Normandy Fire Station in order to help fund maintenance on the trucks, repairs to the station, or even paying a utility bill."...
Destinations & Diversions: Cars, Carnival For Care, and crazy aunts (04/21/16)
"Arsenic and Old Lace," by Joseph Kesselring, will be presented by The Webb School Company Players tonight through Saturday at the school in Bell Buckle. This event is open to the public. The farcical comedy, well-known from the movie version starring Cary Grant, is the story of a writer who fears that madness runs in his family. ...
100 years young: Hundreds celebrate with Mary Lynn Prince (04/17/16)
It's not every day one turns 100. But when you do, it's time to party. Mary Lynn Prince turned 100 on Monday, April 11. The day before, her family threw a party at Riverbend County Club. Daughter Marilyn Lewis estimates close to 400 attended. "It was one heck of a party," Lewis said...
Sunday Conversation: Mallard trains the people who keep tech running smoothly (04/17/16)
Steve Mallard is an instructor for the Computer Information Technology program at Tennessee College of Applied Technology -- Shelbyville, and also serves as the school's IT manager. To suggest a future subject for Sunday Conversation, email Sadie Fowler, sfowler@t-g.com. Subjects don't have to be well-known, but please give us some ideas of what topics we might want to cover in our questions...
One more item off the bucket list (04/17/16)
I got the California bug about 20 years ago while on some long run with my dad's younger sister, my aunt Marjie. At the time, she was in a similar situation to my present one, virtually a working, independent mom who found therapy and refuge in her long runs...
FCE Clubs mark another year of achievements (04/17/16)
The Bedford County Family and Community Education (FCE) Clubs held their annual achievement program April 7 with 60 members attending. Elizabeth Coker, a historian from Rockvale, portrayed Tennessee pioneer Granny White and told her story of helping to settle Middle Tennessee. ...
Destinations & Diversions: Fancy horses, shining stars, and squirrel meat (04/14/16)
Bedford Cancer Foundation will host its annual Walking For Cancer Horse Show Saturday, April 16 at the Champions Arena on the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration Grounds. Show starts at 5 p.m. Admission is $5 with children being admitted free. Box seats of six are available for $50. For more information or to be a sponsor, call Iris Schumann at 931-703-7257 or Pam Ingraham at 615-504-9580...
State House honors Big G driver for record (04/13/16)
Tennessee Representative and Chair of the House Transportation Committee Jimmy Matlock recently sponsored a resolution to recognize and honor Danny Smith of Big G Express upon his selection as the Truckload Carriers Association 2015 Company Driver of the Year...
Vapor City holds ribbon-cutting (04/13/16)
Vapor City, 1731 North Main Street, Unit E, held a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday. Owner Cheryl Sakich held the ceremonial scissors, while Chamber CEO Allen Pitner presented her with the first-dollar-of-profit plaque. Recording artist and TV personality Big Smo was a special guest at the event. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
Bemis food drive (04/13/16)
The Bemis Foundation holds an in-house food drive each year. This year Bemis North America-Shelbyville collected 11,912 items to be distributed to Good Samaritan of Bedford County and Families First. Tammy Fults, a quality assurance technician, coordinated the campaign. "This has been the best year by far for BNA Shelbyville," she said. "I divided the 114 employees into four competitive groups each with a specific team leader. I also borrowed some shopping carts from our local Kroger grocery store and each team had a specific cart to place their items in after their leader counted them." (Submitted photo)
Egg hunt held (04/12/16)
Pit Stop Market recently held an Easter egg hunt. The winners were (0-4 years old) Alonna Johnson and Anna Rose Pratt, (5-9 years old) Aubrey Paugh and Lexi Neese, Cody Cripps and Alonna Johnson were $5 egg winners. (Submitted photo)
Try these, and you'll be wonton more (04/10/16)
You will find them, in little plastic packages, in a refrigerated case somewhere in or near the produce section. They come in various shapes and sizes, and they're called "wonton wrappers" or "egg roll wrappers." If you've never bought them, you're missing out...
Sunday Conversation: Leversen is manager, mom, cat lover (04/10/16)
Leeann Leversen is general manager of Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham. The local hotel is ranked as one of the best by its corporation and has won awards from online booking sites. Email Sadie Fowler at sfowler@t-g.com to nominate someone for Sunday Conversation...
Spring comfort in a risotto (04/10/16)
My grandfather was born and raised in Western Michigan, and as a young adult he worked on an asparagus farm. So my family has always had asparagus on the table, although I never really appreciated it until I was grown and started roasting it in the oven. It is a great spring vegetable that can be used in so many ways, from cream of asparagus soup to appetizers rolled in phyllo dough to a main dish stir fry...
Destinations & Diversions: Postcards, ponies and a play (04/07/16)
The annual Shelbyville Postcard & Paper Memorabilia Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Fly Arts Center. The show includes exhibits and sales of historic collectable paper items. Concessions will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 931-684-8693...
Call 811 before you dig (04/06/16)
Atmos Energy's natural gas pipelines are damaged, on average, 372 times each year in Tennessee and National Safe Digging Month aims to remind the public to call 811 before digging. A simple call can prevent traffic delays, evacuations and in serious cases, injury...
Good Samaritan (04/06/16)
Luanne Neeley is one of the many volunteers who operate the Good Samaritan Thrift Store, which held its monthly bag sale Monday. All sales support Good Samaritan's charitable work. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Pinnacle gives to United Way (04/06/16)
Pinnacle Financial Partners donated $500 to United Way last Friday. From left are: Andrea Sublett, United Way Executive Director Pam Fisher, Jo Ann Fann of Pinnacle and Marsha Howard. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Carpet industry pioneer honored (04/05/16)
Charles E Gavin III, chairman and CEO of Dalton, Georgia.-based MFG Chemical, was inducted into the State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame (AEHF) on Feb. 19, 2016. Gavin was honored along with four others during a black-tie gala held at the historic Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel in Mobile, Alabama...
NHS holds induction ceremony (04/03/16)
Shelbyville Central High School's National Honor Society recently held its annual induction ceremony. Seniors: Andrew Beard; Kayleigh Caldwell; Jamie Groves; Taryn Hicks; Sally Oliver; Jessica Palmeros; Kaylib Powell; and Micah Thompson Juniors: Perla Arias; Jacie Armstrong; Caitlin Boleyn; Kendall Durard; Rosario Lopez-Ortiz; Jennifer Mendiola-Molina; AnaLilia Pichardo; Keely Smith; Jesse Smotherman; and Luisa Suazo...
Students attend state FFA Convention (04/03/16)
The Bedford County FFA Chapter of Shelbyville Central High School traveled to Gatlinburg to take part in the Tennessee FFA State Convention. The chapter was awarded a Gold Rating for their National Chapter Award, was named a State Superior Chapter, awarded for having a 10 percent membership increase, and awarded a Gold rating for their Passing Literacy OnWard (PLOW) program...

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