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Song: We need God's hand
"Take My Hand, Precious Lord," was written by Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey, a man known as the "father of black gospel music." He wrote "Precious Lord" in response to his nearly inconsolable grief at the death of his wife, Nettie Harper, who died in childbirth, in August of 1932. And his newborn son, Thomas Andrew, Jr., died just two days later....
The time I started a riot
I was in the first grade and we were one of the lucky classes to be sectioned off in a portable outside the school building. It was a typical day in the portable, a typical day in first grade. Our teacher had handed out some worksheets for us to fill out. ...
You can change the world
I don't think I am cut out to be a pioneer. I may have come from "hardy immigrant stock", but when we had the second power outage in a week at my home in Normandy, I must confess I turned cranky. There was no one to blame and the power went out before we had brewed the morning coffee so it was just plain rugged. ...
They're computers, no matter the format
The dividing line between laptops, notebooks and tablets is getting fuzzier. Some companies are marketing "two-in-one" notebook computers with which the keyboard half can be swiveled and tucked away under the screen, so that the device can be held and used with a touchscreen, like a tablet. ...

Weight of the World: Darnell juggles teaching, training
A life marked by athleticism and a competitive spirit sparked the latest goal for one Bedford County teacher. Kally Darnell, 27, of Shelbyville, teaches third graders at Eakin by day, and hits the gym hard each evening. She's training for a female bodybuilding competition -- specifically "novice bikini" -- in Jackson later this year...
This hobby rocks: Gem & Mineral Society is down to earth (03/01/15)
There's a loud humming coming from the back room of the converted storage shed. A man stands hunkered over a polishing wheel, carefully putting the finishing touches on what will make a nice piece of jewelry. Judging from the outside of the building, one wouldn't assume that there would be so much activity going on inside, but there is. There are several people gathered for the Middle Tennessee Gem and Mineral Society's (MTGMS) weekly lapidary class...
Man paints 'Doctor Who' TARDIS on garage door (03/01/15)
If you're driving around the streets of Shelbyville, don't be surprised if you encounter a Time Lord's blue, rectangular space-time vehicle. Shelbyville resident Rocky Derryberry's home sports a painting of the TARDIS (Time and Relative Dimension in Space) from the "Doctor Who" television show. Part of the mural lights up...
Sunday Conversation: Burtram finds blessings after heart attack (03/01/15)
T-G: Where did you grow up? Describe your childhood in a few sentences. Burtram: I grew up in a small community just outside Birmingham, Alabama and spent most of my time with my grandparents on their produce farm....
Million mile safe drivers (02/25/15)
Titan Transfer has announced that 24 of its drivers have accomplished the task of driving 1 million safe, accident-free miles while employed at Titan Transfer. These 24 drivers have an average of 1,354,227 safe miles over an average time span of nine years. Two of the drivers are only 120,000 miles away from 2 million safe miles. Titan Transfer recognized each of the drivers recently at a dinner held at River Bend Country Club...
Goodwill hosts job fair for Metro Industrial (02/24/15)
Goodwill Career Solutions will host a job fair from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday in Room 23 at Motlow State Community College, 1802 Winchester Highway, Fayetteville. The job fair is for Metro Industrial, which seeks to fill more than 20 positions in Lincoln County...
Sunday Conversation: Buchanan talks beauty, black history (02/22/15)
T-G: Tell us a little about your family. Buchanan: Married to Wilkie Buchanan for 44 years. We have two sons, Wilkie Jr. and Wendell. Two grandsons, Trey (Wilkie III) and Tytus, and one on the way, due July 28...
'Perfect' little Leroy beats the odds (02/22/15)
There's a bunk bed in the corner of the room and on the far side, a slide that runs from the top mattress to the floor. Leroy Smith, a rambunctious little blonde headed boy, whips down the slide plowing headfirst into his sister, Lilly, who waits at the bottom. They laugh and Leroy gets up, scales the side of the bed to the top and does it all over again. It's an impressive feat for a kid who wasn't even supposed to walk. ...
Present success leads to future plans (02/19/15)
Years ago, the owner of a firm that made electric shavers did a TV commercial in which he announced that after he'd tried one, as he put it, "I liked it so much I bought the company." Well, Reuben Shoffner lost 85 pounds in a year and a half -- and he found that he liked what he was doing so much, he's gone back to school to study to be a dietician...
Defibrillators easy to use, save lives (02/19/15)
AED: Three letters that could save your life. An automated external defibrillator is a device that can check a person's heart rhythm. It can recognize a rhythm that requires a shock, and can advise the rescuer when a shock is needed, according to the American Heart Association website. The AED uses voice prompts, lights and text messages to tell the rescuer the steps to take...
'Part of Travis is alive:' Donated heart gives recipient life' (02/19/15)
The heart of a Bedford County accident victim beats on in a New Mexico man 21 years later. And for both families involved, that means a lot. "I'm fine with that," said Leonard "Junior" Donegan of Shelbyville, whose son Travis died at 16 in a 1993 traffic accident. Travis's heart was given to Gerry Cole, who now is semi-retired in Santa Fe, New Mexico...
A new lease on life includes helping others (02/19/15)
"I'm just glad to have my life back." A few years ago Anna Collier didn't have much of a life. According to Collier, her life consisted of sitting in a recliner and that's about it. At the time, Collier's weight had reached its all-time high, which was around 500 pounds...
Destinations & Diversions: Strike (or at least spare) at cancer (02/18/15)
The Walmart team in the American Cancer Society Relay For Life will hold a bowling fundraiser, "Bowling For A Cure," 1 p.m. Saturday at Shelbyville Bowl. The event will have six-person teams and the cost is $20 per person, which includes shoe rental and two games. There will be numerous prizes including best bowling shirt. All bowlers must be pre-registered and space is limited. Call 931-607-0939 or 931-205-1693 for more information...
Duck River presents merger offer for Mt. Pleasant (02/18/15)
Duck River Electric Membership Corporation (DREMC) presented a merger proposal last week to the Mount Pleasant Power System Board that includes an offer of $12.275 million for utility assets and a commitment for $2.5 million in electric system improvements...
Tips on how small businesses can earn big (02/18/15)
According to the Small Business Administration, of the 22 million non-employer businesses only about 11 percent ever make six figures. To earn six figures in a year, you need to earn $8,333.33 a month or $1,923.07 a week. And more importantly, you have to have a clear and concise plan of how you're going to generate that new revenue each week (and month) in your business...
Sales to help veterans (02/18/15)
TuTu's Treasures in Shelbyville is donating 20 percent of all sales from Saturday, Feb. 21 to the Veterans' Aquatic Rehabilitation Fund. The Veterans' Aquatic Rehabilitation Fund provides free physical and psychological healthcare to veterans of the United States of America utilizing advanced aquatic therapies. ...
Shelbvyille Woman's Club (02/15/15)
Members of the Shelbyville Woman's Club met Wednesday for their monthly meeting at Riverbend Country Club. Members enjoyed lunch, fellowship and a musical performance, "Songs That Warm the Heart and Soul," by the Edgemont Baptist Men's Quartet. Decorations were done by Mary Cathryn Perry, place cards by Lynda Phillips and Rachel Arnold, devotional by Jo Newton, reservations by Mary Cathryn Perry and hospitality by Brenda Knight and Debbie Kee. (T-G Photo by Christy Davis)
Brothers in sound: Cataldos take their music seriously. (02/15/15)
"I should probably figure out what sound I want first." His brother laughs and Asher immediately goes back to work at the keyboard. It's a couple of hours into their studio session and Asher Cataldo is working on what he calls one of his "poppier" tunes...
Sunday Conversation: Cannon enjoys hometown life (02/15/15)
T-G: Tell us a little about your upbringing. Cannon: I was born in Shelbyville. I was raised by my single mother, along with my brother, Eddy, on our family land in Flat Creek. It was almost like a family compound. There was my grandmother, two uncles, and us all living on the same land in different houses...
Devotional feeds your soul, body (02/15/15)
Why can't having faith be a delicious lifestyle? It can -- and healthy as well. A popular healthy food/healthy lifestyle blog, "Dashing Dish," has expanded into the print world with "Devotions For a Healthier You: Feeding Mind, Body, and Soul." The author is Katie Farrell, a former registered nurse in Brighton, Michigan...
Destinations & Diversions: Date or wedding, square's ready (02/12/15)
The fourth annual Date Night on the Square will take place from 4-7:30 p.m. Friday at participating merchants in the uptown shopping district. The event will feature door prizes and tastings of chocolate treats. Wedding showcase The fourth annual Uptown Wedding Showcase will take place Saturday at participating merchants on and near the square. Businesses will highlight wedding-related products and services...
Finance seminar (02/11/15)
Whether you've participated in the recent market rally or been stationed near the sidelines, there are actions you can take now to help better position you to pursue your financial goals. The presentation "Outlook and Opportunities: The Game Plan Hasn't Changed" discusses actions you may need to take to prepare for the always changing markets...
Carlton named realtor of the year (02/11/15)
The Middle Tennessee Association of Realtors (MTAR) held its annual Installation and Awards Ceremony last month at Stones River Country Club in Murfreesboro. Chosen from among 1400 Realtor members in MTAR's 8-county area was Bedford County's Janice Carlton as 2014 Realtor of the Year and Chuck Shaw as 2014 Rookie of the Year...
Garden club members learn about terrariums (02/10/15)
The Shelbyville Garden Club held its January meeting at Farm Bureau, with 14 members present. Wilene Bomar and Donna Simmons served as hostesses. Pam Beasley delivered the devotion. Treasurer Faye Sudberry reported the current balance in the club's account...
Billie Crowell is always in tune (02/08/15)
It's a cold rainy Monday and it's Billie Crowell's day off. At least, the first part of the day. Later in the afternoon she has scheduled lessons for a few of her 30-plus students. Her home, like Crowell, is warm and inviting. At her kitchen table, she opens a large binder, chocked full with years of memories. There are pictures, notes, programs--even a few receipts from former students. She picks up one of the receipts and examines it for a moment. The year was 1962...
Sunday Conversation: Hamilton perfectly fit for her job (02/08/15)
T-G: Where are you originally from? Hamilton: I am originally from a very small town in Iowa. T-G: How did you end up instructing in Shelbyville? Hamilton: Well first, I ended up in Tennessee after a summer internship that I did right after high school for three summers (selling educational books door-to-door). ...

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