Beware: It's time to be brave once and for all
A friend of mine went viral last week -- in a good way. A selfie she took with her prescription medications has become a rallying hashtag sweeping over social media as women all over the country share their own #MedicatedAndMighty selfie. My friend Erin has Aspergers and also suffers from crippling anxiety and depression. After struggling with her issues for years without prescription help, she finally turned to the doctor and medication. (See related story on front page of this section.)...
Microwaveable watering holes
So, SETI is going to start scanning the universe (again) for radio signals from other beings -- only they will be scanning more elaborately because they just received a lot of money. In case you aren't familiar, search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) is a collective name for the scientific research used to, well, do just that. Although, I'm not sure how intelligence is defined...
Pumpkin fun, in your own county!
Kori and Jojo were sitting in a 16' x 8' box of dried corn kernels having the time of their lives. Kori looked up at me with a huge smile on her face and said, "This is the best day ever!" Lynn and I took the girls to the new Over the Hill Farms Pumpkin Patch last weekend on 41-A North, and they were thrilled with all the activities they had there for kids their age (2 and 4)...
Chip cards lauded as more secure, but take getting used to
Your credit and debit cards are getting a makeover. You either have received, or should be receiving in the next few months, new cards that have a gold symbol, roughly square-shaped, on the front left side of the card. These are called EMV cards, chip cards, or smart-chip cards, depending on who you talk to. There's a computer chip lurking beneath that gold symbol...
Middle Tennessee artist releases new faith album weeks after writing book
Well-rounded Christian recording artist Andrew Peterson is releasing a new album in October that includes a family element: his 15-year-old son Asher on the drums. Peterson's album, "The Burning Edge of Dawn," features 10 songs that he wrote between February to May of this year with friend and producer Gabe Scott of the Crowder band...
Distillery honored by state for export business
Jack Daniel Distillery is one of three Tennessee firms that were recipients of the Governor's Award for Trade Excellence (GATE), it has been announced. The GATE Award honors small, medium and large sized companies that have achieved excellence in engaging in global trade...
Medicated & mighty: Selfie helps many facing mental health issues
When Middle Tennessee mother of four Erin Jones Roberts posted a selfie to Facebook, she had no idea she would become a viral sensation. "I totally woke up and had gone viral," Jones said with amusement. "I didn't leave my bed that day. The covers were over the head during interviews."...
Sunday Conversation: Normandy welcomes new pastor with grace
The First Presbyterian Church in Normandy has a special knack for attracting educated, well-spoken, and creative pastors. Their most recent acquisition continues the storytelling lineage of interim pastor Dr. Bradley, but brings a new joie de vivre to the congregation...
FCE Club presidents share their kitchens' best
The presidents of Bedford County's Family and Community Education (FCE) Clubs held a "Taste and Tell" luncheon Oct. 2 as part of their regular FCE County Council meeting. Each club president brought a dish to share, along with its recipe. The range of dishes included sweet and savory, simple and complex options. All were delicious...
Destinations & Diversions: Tickets still available for Jimmy Wayne concert at SCHS
Country music star Jimmy Wayne will perform a benefit concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15 at Shelbyville Central High School. Tickets are $20 and benefit Junior's House, a nonprofit agency that conducts forensic interviewing of children who are suspected to be victims of sexual abuse. Wayne is a former foster child and will have copies of his book, "Walk to Beautiful," detailing his turbulent childhood...
MMC fights obesity with new program
Last week the MMC Weight Loss & Wellness team grabbed their paint brushes and rakes to paint and clean up Murfreesboro's Blackman Elementary School's playground. Their efforts were a part of the Hometown Huddle project hosted by United Way in Rutherford County...
Surprising stories and redefining 'librarian'
Fresh from an all night road-trip to Philadelphia and a visit with Pope Francis, Katie Myers is bright eyed and positive as she shows off the school library at East Side Elementary. "Look over the state of the library right now," she says. "We're in the middle of book fair, and we just had our family fun night."...
Soldiers give boy flag flown in Afghanistan combat
Ashley Sand is well known for her work collecting cards and care packages for soldiers and veterans. She does it in memory of her late boyfriend, Pfc. Tommy Curd. What some may not realize is she has inspired a young relative to get involved. Sand's nephew, Joey Hobbs, 11, has joined the mission and is traveling to military bases to share his love with the troops...
Heritage welcomes Dr. Good to staff
Heritage Medical Center is welcoming Michael C. Good, M.D. to the medical staff and community. As a board-certified Obstetrics and Gynecology trained physician, Dr. Good brings his skill and experience as a gynecological physician and surgeon to Heritage's team...
Gene Cunningham of Shelbyville (left) is shown holding his trophies received at the annual Studebaker Show in Lynchburg last Saturday. He placed second in the modified car class with his 1950 Starlight green coupe and first place in the People's Choice for modified cars and trucks. Shown with Cunningham is Todd Jennings of Lynchburg holding his trophies for his 1951 Studebaker, 1/2 ton, blue truck, seen here. Cunningham, a previous owner of the truck, restored the truck in 1973 and enjoyed it for 39 years, which won him many trophies throughout the years. (Submitted photo)
Art on the move: Webb instructor's car sparks creative thinking
Spend any time in Bell Buckle and you are likely to see a vehicle cruising around that will grab your attention. In some ways, it demands it. The car, a Ford Taurus, is something of a transportable canvas -- that also serves as the means of transportation for Webb art teacher P. Michael Quinn...
Sunday Conversation: Hall goes from Shelbyville to Nepal
T-G: Tell me how you got the nicknames "Churchy" and "Squirrel?"
Hall: A group of friends began calling me Squirrel in high school after a popular senior deemed it necessary to differentiate between us, as we are both named Jeremy.
Row McLaughlin, first grader at Thomas Magnet School, gets to practice being a beekeeper on agriculture day recently. (Submitted photo)
Destinations & Diversions: Cruisin' on a September weekend
Attention, car enthusiasts: There are two different cruise-ins taking place locally this weekend, and a Studebaker show just south of us in Lynchburg. l Celebration City Region Car Club will hold a cruise-in Friday from 6-8 p.m. on the square. All vehicles and all people welcome. There will be music and food...
Fiddlers at the Fly
On Sept. 11 the Tennessee Fiddle Ensemble, led by Jim and Inge Woods, performed at the Fly Arts Center. The level of musicianship was obvious as the group worked through folk songs from the past and present, offering a wide display of talent and performances on various stringed instruments...
Book by local author shares life story
A Shelbyville resident has self-published a 24-page book, "When the Clock Strikes 12." The author, Angelia Nelson-James, lives in Shelbyville and is a native of Columbia. She shares her thoughts on faith and recounts some of her life experiences, including the turbulent relationship of the grandparents who helped raise her. Nelson-James also shares details of her marriage to a man who turned out to have a turbulent life but who gave his life to Jesus before he died of cancer...
Celebrating life between 90 years
When Michael Head discovered that his neighbor, Annie Woods, shared the same birthday as his daughter, Makayla Head, he realized something interesting--the two were born 90 years apart. "In three years, Makayla will be 10 and Ms. Woods will be 100," said Head. "I want to do something special for that."...
Sunday Conversation: Samantha Chamblee, from volunteer to employee
Samantha Chamblee was an American Cancer Society volunteer who was so passionate about the organization she went on to work with the organization full-time. Now, in her new role, she's again working with her old friends in Bedford County on the Relay For Life, the cancer society's primary local fundraiser...
200 years of history: First Presbyterian celebrates
On the ground floor of the historic First Presbyterian Church, there is a small chapel. The room, which is occasionally used for small weddings and Bible studies, is now a repository of historic memorabilia. Families from the community have taken scrapbooks, documents, photos and more to the church in preparation of the upcoming 200th anniversary...
Good food benefits both mind and body, says nutritionist
What you eat can have a direct impact on your mental and physical performance, according to registered dietician Tracy Noerper, an instructor in the department of nutrition and food science at Middle Tennessee State University. "I think people often forget about fueling up our brain," said Noerper, noting that micronutrients like calcium, magnesium, vitamin D, Omega-3 fatty acides, iron and even carbohydrates can have a direct impact on mental performance...
Destinations & Diversions: A star party and a pet party this weekend
The Motlow College Foundation and the Motlow STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Outreach program will host its annual Star Party at 7 p.m. Saturday on the Moore County campus of Motlow State Community College. The public is invited and the event is free of charge...
Jean-ius idea leads to 10-year celebration
Time flies when you're having fun, and Jennifer Jordan Thompson of J. Jordan boutique has been having a lot of fun over the past 10 years. The business, which opened in 2005, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, and Jordan has enjoyed every minute of it...
Middle Tennessee Business Network will host its first Networking at Noon event Thursday at the Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce featuring MTSU's Leroy Cunningham, a small business specialist. The event, which is open to the public, starts at noon with Cunningham speaking for 30 to 40 minutes followed by time slot for questions and answers...
Cascade, Thomas receive $2,000 literacy grants
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded $2,000 grants each to Cascade Elementary and Thomas Magnet schools. The foundation donated $18,000 to schools, nonprofits and literacy organizations in South Middle Tennessee to enhance and support youth literacy and education programs. These grant awards are part of more than $4 million in grants awarded last week to approximately 870 schools, nonprofits and organizations throughout the 43 states Dollar General serves...
Titan recognizes its drivers
Titan Transfer, along with American Trucking Associations and the entire trucking industry, is taking this week to honor the millions of professional truck drivers that deliver America's freight safely and securely every day. "It's a great thing that the nation takes a whole week to honor our hard working dedicated truck drivers. ...