I became interested in rocks for a while when I was young. I'm not sure what kind of geological activity was going on outside of my dad's house in Wartrace, but I found some really cool rocks. Now that I think about it, I don't even actually remember finding the rocks hidden deep in the earth or anything like that. I think they may have been part of someone else's rock collection at one time. They just happened to be around...
Take time to bloom
There is a story that's told about a butterfly and the cocoon. It goes like this: A man found the unopened cocoon of a butterfly, and he decided to watch it closely for several days. Then one day he noticed there was a small opening that appeared in the cocoon. The man sat and watched the butterfly as it struggled to squeeze its body through the tiny hole in the side of the cocoon...
MySpace, Throwback Thursday, and psychopaths
MySpace, which was the cool social network for a while among a certain generation, was largely supplanted by Facebook. But MySpace still exists, with singer Justin Timberlake as one of its owners. MySpace was always somewhat music-focused but is even more so now; it's not trying to compete head-to-head with Facebook anymore but rather is more of a hangout for discovering, listening to and reacting to music and pop culture...
Looking ahead to the Big Move
Moving time for the library will be here before we know it. There is A LOT to do and plan to move a library or a business. We will be moving to the new library sometime this spring. We are getting plans in order right now with that move in mind. Many of you have asked me how all the aspects of a move like this are done and I always smile and think back to the words of a librarian who taught me lessons I use every day. ...
Just pay attention, you guys
One of my favorite moments in sitcom history, was in an old episode of "Bewitched." Samantha convinced her neighbor, Gladys Kravitz, that Gladys needed a makeover to spice up her marriage. Gladys was feeling that her husband didn't notice her anymore...
Young, wise and giving
It was his first day on the job, and there were 300 eighth graders eagerly waiting to hear what their new assistant principal had to say. At just 27 years old, it was a moment that Josh Young will never forget. "I remember Mr. (James) Sullivan told me to speak to the eighth graders. So, I went to the cafeteria," said Young. "I was a nervous wreck, just tore up. I tried to give them a good speech."...
Sunday Conversation: Jensen finds fulfillment in CDC position, family
This week the T-G caught up with Christy Jensen, an employee of the Community Development Center. If you have any one you think would make for an interesting Sunday Conversation, email Sadie Fowler at email@example.com. T-G: Tell us a little about your family...
Students compete one brick at a time
Thomas Magnet School is building a competitive Lego robotics team -- one plastic brick at a time. The team competed in the Lego League Regionals in Tullahoma on Dec. 6. The team came in No. 1 for core value, No. 2 for robot performance and No. 2 for overall score...
Liberty teacher helps upgrade reading skills
Liberty School has a new teacher on staff who taking the time with individual students to help improve their reading skills. Benita Spain is the new interventional reading instructor at the K-8 school, according to principal Cort Huffman, and Spain is helping with small groups of students in third through eighth grades...
Did you know?
All decisions on contributions received are made locally. There are approximately 1,200 United Way's nationwide. However, each United Way operates independently. United Way of Bedford County has a local board and local committees that make decisions for Bedford County. Check out "Partner Agencies" for a list of agencies that receive United Way of Bedford County contributions...
United Way goals and initiatives
United Way of Bedford County partnered with Membership Services Corp. in May 2006 to distribute free prescription drug discount cards to assist families who otherwise could not afford much needed prescription drugs. The cards can reduce prescription drug costs by an average of 35 percent. ...
United Way: Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is United Way? here does the money go? The United Way is a local, comprehensive way to meet growing needs in Bedford County. Each United Way is a locally governed nonprofit organization directed by volunteers like you. The United Way of Bedford County operates five of its own programs that are focused on education, income, and health...
Farrar recalls United Way's early days
Ann Farrar was United Way of Bedford County's first staff person, joining the agency not long after it organized and guiding it for the first 15 years of its existence. Farrar recalled Bob Green of Shelbyville & Bedford County Chamber of Commerce and Dr. John Derryberry, United Way of Bedford County's first local board chair, both contacting her about the position. She'd been raising children prior to that...
Destinations & Diversions: Benefit, concerts, exhibits highlight weekend fun
A benefit for George "Pokey" Sanders will be held Saturday at the Old Garrett Truck Stop on 41-A North. Sanders, who has a mental disorder, has been diagnosed with inoperable throat cancer. Music, by the Prime Time band, and food, provided by Backwoods Hunting Club, start at noon. An auction, conducted by Todd Davidson of Bob Parks Realty, will follow. For more information or to donate, call Doris Throneberry at 580-5348, Sudie Sanders at 685-9427 or Mary Ann Dennis at 580-1876...
You'll get hooked on this wool art
Beware the next time you walk into Brenna Stowell's craft booth -- you just might get hooked. Stowell sells hand-hooked wool rugs, purses and other items that she and friend Carol Walker make. The booth, Kountry Road Prims, is in the Antiques, Art & Collectibles Mall on the square...
Visions come alive: Grissom brothers turn dreams into realities
Growing up on a farm, you learn some things. It's a lifestyle that requires ingenuity and the ability to adapt. There's always something to be fixed, be it broken-down equipment or fences in need of mending. This was the world that brothers Randy and Mike Grissom experienced as children...
Sunday Conversation: Coffee Break owner hungry to succeed
This week the T-G caught up with Edwin Fannin, who is owner of The Coffee Break and is also a pastor. If you have anyone you think would make for an interesting Sunday Conversation, email Sadie Fowler at firstname.lastname@example.org. T-G: Where are you from and where all have you lived?...
Civitans welcome new member
Shelbyville Civitan Club President Brian Perry welcomes new members Chris and Chrissy Fox. The club has an emphasis on projects to assist those in the community with special needs. Anyone interested in joining can email Mary Cathryn Perry at email@example.com. (Submitted photo)
New pastor joins Woodfork AME
The Rev. Dr. Janie Dowdy-Dandridge has joined Woodfork Chapel AME Church on Lipscomb Street as its new pastor. Dowdy-Dandridge has served as pastor of several congregations in Middle Tennessee and Kentucky. She is no stranger to Bedford County; she is the former owner and CEO of Boutique 2'Day and for the past 15 years she and her husband have lived in Shelbyville...
Goodwill announces employment results
Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee said in a news release on Tuesday that it far exceeded its mission goals for 2014, providing free employment services and job training to 28,159 people -- including more than a thousand from the Bedford County area -- and helping 9,558 obtain jobs...
Destinations & Diversions: MLK luncheon planned
The third annual Martin Luther King Jr. luncheon hosted by Gilliland Historical Resource Center will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Blue Ribbon Circle on the Celebration grounds. Anthony Booker of Bird Street Church of Christ will be the speaker. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for youth, and can be obtained by calling 685-4456 or 684-9249...
Messages from the Master: Moore learns as famous artist paints her portrait
Long before the age of cameras and smart phones, the only true way to take a selfie was hiring someone. Preferably someone who had mastered the human form and could translate your image to canvas. The art of portraiture is one of the most widely studied and revered forms of art and the artists that perfect this form, masters in the eyes of their peers...
Sunday Conversation: Handyman speaks of constructing healthier lives
This week the T-G caught up with local business owner and handy man, Andy Brantley. If you have any suggestions for our Sunday Conversation please email Sadie Fowler at firstname.lastname@example.org T-G: Where are you from? Brantley: I was born in Longview, Texas. That's about two hours east of Dallas...
Destinations & Diversions: Gospel group returns to Bell Buckle
The Crusader's Ministries, from Magnolia, Arkansas, will perform in concert 7 p.m. Friday at Bell Buckle United Methodist Church. The group had appeared previously in Bell Buckle to film a music video of its newest single, "He's Right There," including scenes outside Bell Buckle First Baptist and inside Bell Buckle United Methodist. That video will be shown as a part of Friday night's concert...
Garden Club stays busy
Hostesses for Volunteer Garden Club's recent monthly meeting were Lynn Hulan, Faye Womble and Angela Dickens. A devotion was given by Carolyn Matusek with June Gilmore presenting the Judges report. Reports on the Empty Bowl project were presented by Sharon Reagor and Judy Pierce. Pat Hastings reported on the Library Luncheon. Faye Womble gave a report on the District II meeting which was held in Murfreesboro. Club member Alice Jensen gave an informative program on Costa Rica...
FCB earns top rating
First Community Bank recently learned it was again selected as a 5-Star rated Bank by BauerFinancial. This rating means the bank is one of the strongest in the nation excelling in areas of capital adequacy, profitability and asset quality. Banks are rated so that customers have the knowledge that their deposits are safe with their bank. Since 1983 BauerFinancial has been the leading independent bank and credit union rating firm...
Seniors celebrate birthdays
Members of the Shelbyville-Bedford County Senior Citizens Center recently celebrated birthdays for October, November and December. Sitting: Council Hatcher, Minnie Cooper and Steve Nelson. Standing: Elfie Donaldson, Eleanor Keller and Jimmy Vasser. (Submitted photo)
Mission accomplished: Sister's love helps Darryl Graham surpass goals
This past year Denise Graham's son graduated high school with an standard diploma, a feat that she didn't always know would be possible. The story begins in 1996, when Graham arrived at the hospital to deliver her baby. She was expecting the normal birthing procedure and wasn't fully prepared for the days to come...
Sunday Conversation: New resident enjoying Shelbyville scene
This week the T-G caught up with Joshua Taylor, new assistant manager at a local paint store and resident of Bedford County. If you have any suggestions for future Sunday Conversations, email Sadie Fowler at email@example.com.
T-G: Where are you from?...
Bemis gives $5,000 to Good Sam
Bemis Company Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Bemis Company, Inc. (NYSE: BMS), announced on New Year's Eve that it was making a year-end donation of $200,000 to food pantries and emergency shelters in its communities across the country, including $5,000 to the Good Samaritan Association in Bedford County...