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Monday, Dec. 22, 2014
Columns
Everyday mission made easy
A Christian doesn't have to travel to the jungles of Africa to be a missionary, two Texas pastors say in a new book. Even busy people can do mission at home. Ben Connelly and Bob Roberts Jr. are the authors of "A Field Guide for Everyday Mission: 30 Days and 101 Ways to Demonstrate the Gospel" by Moody Publishers. Connelly is a founder and copastor of The City Church in Fort Worth. Roberts founded NorthWood Church in Dallas...
Christmas memories never fade
Christmas is a special time for most of us. My father, Fred Dezotell, loved Christmas. And he loved to decorate our house for Christmas too. He made sure that the outside of the house had bright, colorful lights strung from the roof and around the doors and windows. And the trees in our front yard were all aglow with multi-colored lights as well...
A wishful wish list
Since this column will run a few days before Christmas I thought this would be a great time to make a wish list. It's always around this time my family starts asking me to do just this. I must admit it feels a little weird being 30 and still being asked to come up with what you want for Christmas...
Merry Christmas, library friends
With apologies to Clement Clarke Moore: 'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the stacks. Not a creature was stirring, not even a fax. The books were all placed by the shelvers with care, In hopes that some browsers would soon find them there...
HTC Re is a unique and fun point-and-shoot
In the last few years, much of the emphasis has shifted away from inexpensive standalone point-and-shoot cameras, whether for still prints are videos. Yes, digital SLRs and high-end video cameras are out there for the serious enthusiast, but for many people their camera of choice for everyday snapshots is the one they always carry with them -- a smartphone...
Women's juggling act: Gender role expectations still linger in business (12/21/14)
This may be the 21st century, but women can still face unfair expectations in the workplace, an issue that gets magnified for those who climb the corporate ladder. CNN recently reported that women in leadership roles are 47% more likely to suffer from depression than men in similar jobs, according to a new study in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior. ...
Sunday Conversation: Patel gives back to his adopted hometown (12/21/14)
This week the T-G caught up with Pratik "Pete" Patel, manager of a local business and member of Integrity Visitation and Family Services. If you have a nomination for Sunday Conversation please email editor Sadie Fowler at sfowler@t-g.com....
Beauty within misery: World War II soldier helps rescue famed horses (12/21/14)
The young soldier sat on a hill, somewhere in Czechoslovakia. In the valley below Germans were marching to surrender. Horse drawn vehicles, tanks, and trucks rolled in, one after another. It was a feeling of relief and exhilaration for the young man who had just endured some of the hardest months of his life...
Destinations & Diversions: Christmas time in Bell Buckle, and everywhere else (12/18/14)
Bell Buckle will wraps up its "Old Fashioned Christmas" this Saturday. The celebration is sponsored by the Bell Buckle Chamber of Commerce. It will include sleigh rides with Santa between noon and 4 p.m. on Saturday and complimentary items served by several of the town's merchants...
Special visitor (12/18/14)
Former teacher Myrna Cobb stopped by her grandson's classroom at Thomas Magnet School to share a special Christmas story with Lee Ann Butts' first graders. (Submitted photo)
FCM creates new VP position (12/17/14)
First Community Mortgage recently opened up a new position. They announced earlier this month that Jason Howze has joined FCM in a newly created position, as the Vice President of Retail (Midwest). Howze previously spent 5 years as Lending Manager at JPMorgan Chase in Louisville and Chicago...
Atmos: Share the warmth this winter (12/17/14)
FRANKLIN -- The season of giving is upon us, and what better way to show you care than to help those in need. Atmos Energy is encouraging customers to help their neighbors in need by participating in the utility's Sharing the Warmth program. "It's as easy as rounding-up the pennies in your natural gas bill," said Dan Alderson, Atmos Energy director of energy assistance. "That excess change goes straight into our Sharing the Warmth program, which is then distributed to customers in need."...
Chaplain describes job to Vietnam Era Veterans (12/16/14)
Chaplain Jason Porter of Shelbyville discussed the history of chaplaincy and the role of a Navy chaplain at the Vietnam Era Veterans meeting last Thursday. "Chaplaincy has biblical roots. It can be seen in the relationships between Moses and Aaron; the Prophets and the Kings of Israel and Judah, David and Nathan, etc.," Porter said...
History in uniform: Collection salutes well-dressed soldiers (12/14/14)
Local veteran and military collector Guy Hill has found a unique way to preserve part of our nation's military history and honor those who have served, especially women. Hill wasn't always an avid military collector and had never invested much time into studying conflicts that took place, but after being obliged to take an early retirement, the former South Central Bell employee started looking for something to keep busy...
Sunday Conversation: Fox enjoys exciting ride on the train of life (12/14/14)
This week we had the chance to catch up with Jerry Fox, owner of The Dixie Flyer in Wartrace and former bass player for the band Bandana. If you have a person whom you would like to nominate for the weekly Sunday Conversation feature email Sadie Fowler at sfowler@t-g.com...
A Christmas Dream (12/14/14)
It is a cold, gray December afternoon. The comfort of the couch where I am lying makes me sleepy. My mind wanders. I do not comprehend why I long to return to places where I have never been. I crave the taste, the flavors of fruits and the aroma and color of flowers that do not exist...
Warm thoughts about a chili trip (12/14/14)
Dicky Thorpe didn't place in either of the chili cookoffs he entered in October -- but he still came out a winner. After 4,600 miles through seven states over the course of 12 days, Thorpe got to see amazing sights, bond with his son and his father-in-law, and have fun with fellow chili-heads in Las Vegas and in Terlingua, Texas....
Destinations & Diversions: Benefit supper, wine walk, Santa photos are holiday fun (12/11/14)
A benefit supper and live auction for 4-year-old heart patient Will Shaw will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday at Cascade School. The meal will include a choice of chili or barbecue. A country ham will be raffled. Will is the son of Haven and Mandy (Phillips) Shaw. For more information or to buy tickets, call 931-389-6715, 931-639-0032 or 931-703-2777...
Redeemer shares favorite recipes (12/10/14)
I've been asking churches to provide their favorite recipes. Today, I have several from Episcopal Church of the Redeemer. (My thanks to the Rev. Peter Whalen.) Email me if you would like to submit recipes from your church's functions. 6 cups sugar...
Graham tells how caregiving for parents affected her (12/10/14)
Shelbyville native Mary Jo Graham talks about her experiences -- and especially, her emotions -- in caring for her elderly parents in a newly-published book. Graham is the daughter of Rhoda and the late Billy Gunter of Shelbyville. She has self-published a book titled, "When He Sends Redbirds: Walking Through Emotions as a Caregiver."...
The pay-it-forward Christmas family (12/10/14)
The Hernandez family has been in Shelbyville over a year, and they want to give back to the community that has helped them get on their feet. "We've had our ups and downs," Monica said, adding that they have lived their whole lives in Texas. Monica contacted the T-G, asking if the paper had received any letters asking to provide items needed for Christmas...
Local man was victim of war crime (12/10/14)
Dec. 17 will be the 70th anniversary of the death of Pfc. John Crowell, a Bedford County native who was killed in a notorious World War II massacre. Crowell's cousin Randy Curtis, who now lives near Panama City, Fla., has been researching Crowell's story...
'Don't Dress For Dinner' continues at the Fly (12/10/14)
The Fly Community Theater wraps up its two-weekend run of the farce "Don't Dress For Dinner" with dinner theater pefromances Friday and Saturday nights and a non-meal performance Sunday afternoon. Show times are 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. on Sundays, with the meal served an hour before showtime...
Back to Thailand for Lewis (12/10/14)
Earlier this fall, Ted Lewis of Shelbyville made another visit to Home of Blessing, a refuge in Thailand which Lewis and his wife Ann have supported since 2003. The facility, located in Chiangkham, Thailand, provides housing, Christian education, medical care and vocational training for as many as 220 young women, in hopes of rescuing them from, or keeping them out of, the sex trade...
They heard the call: Creators build a speaker business (12/07/14)
It can be difficult to choose a career, even risky. There are paths that lead to fulfillment and there are paths that pay the bills. Sometimes it can be hard to strike a balance between the two. This is a risk that two Bell Buckle residents are willing to take....
Sunday Conversation: Tillett draws his inspiration from others (12/07/14)
Wayne Tillett, the subject of this week's Sunday Conversation, is a multi-talented artist and creator. He has authored and designed several comic strips and is a professional caricaturist. If you have a person whom you would like to nominate for the weekly Sunday Conversation feature email Sadie Fowler at sfowler@t-g.com...
Destinations & Diversions: 'Don't Dress For Dinner' at the Fly (12/04/14)
The Fly Community Theater will present the farce "Don't Dress For Dinner" in a dinner theater format opening Friday and continuing through Dec. 13, with a non-meal matinee on Dec. 14. Show times are 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. on Sundays, with the meal served an hour before showtime...
Project gives soldiers Christmas cheer (12/03/14)
Each year, for the last three years, I have been so blessed by all the people who have donated cards, food, and helped with shipping costs to send my project, Christmas for the Soldiers, to the troops. But this year, it's been such an amazing thing, and I have gotten to meet so many wonderful people. ...
Upcoming open houses (12/03/14)
The following business will host holiday open houses this week. A list of each week's open houses appears each Wednesday on this business page. Christian Care Center will host its open house Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 5 p.m. For more information call Susan McGee at 680-2313...
Kroger helps fight breast cancer (12/03/14)
Kroger recently announced its "Sharing Courage" campaign that ran in October to coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness Month resulted in over $160,000 being raised to benefit Middle and East Tennessee area breast cancer related charities. Kroger associates, customers, and manufacturers all played a vital role in the success of this year's campaign...

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