We have had a DWRD at our house for the past several weeks. And it has been truly ANNOYING. What is a DWRD? Well, let me tell you. It stands for Dish-Washer Repair Dilemma. We are some of those spoiled rotten types who have become dependent upon a mechanical dishwasher in our kitchen instead of the old tried-and-true "wash those dishes by hand" household that we grew up in...
My daughter reminds me often that she is not like me. Why? If you asked her that question she'd quickly reply that she is not only a daddy's girl -- but she is an outdoor girl. On the surface most people could see that might bother me to some tiny degree because it's only natural for mothers to want their daughters to be smaller versions of themselves. But I mostly try to embrace her enthusiasm for being this outdoor girl...
Wildlife inhabits the library
A friend of mine recently shared a very special video with me. She had filmed it with her cell phone while visiting in Florida. The recent rains and temporary high water had left a manatee and her baby stranded in a roadside ditch when the water subsided. ...
You have more musical options than ever before
I bought a five-year-old car from my brother over the weekend, which means (among many other things) that I have a working radio in my car for the first time in a while, including the first satellite radio I've ever owned. Yes, I'm the tech columnist, but in this regard I'm just catching up to the rest of you...
Stuart: One of the greats
Even though the weather seems a bit determined to hang onto summer temperatures, it is almost officially fall. Fall arrives formally on Sept. 22. Even though I have only attended it twice, I am looking forward to a special fall event again this year. ...
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Triangle leads to Shelbyville: British performer's journey winds through area
Two delightful Englishmen visited Shelbyville last week on their drive from Leiper's Fork to the Jack Daniels Distillery. "We were looking for a proper cup of coffee," said Richard Williams of Bristol, England, "and we ended up here on the Shelbyville square."...
Sunday Conversation: He can pour the juice, or send it through the wires
Larry Theis, retired from the electrical business, now lives in Shelbyville and works part time for his church, First United Methodist on the square. Got a suggestion for Sunday Conversation? E-mail it to email@example.com. TIMES-GAZETTE: Where are you a native of, and what's your background?...
Creating a mosaic of teamwork
Tucked away in the countryside near Bell Buckle is a nationally famous art studio that creates incredible life-size concrete and tile mosaics. Sherri Warner Hunter's SWH Art Studio Inc. is preparing to ship out three large commissioned projects. She held an open house Sept. 17 to show people what she has been working on for the last couple of years -- with much help from numerous assistants, interns and others in the community...
Sorority holds 'taste and tell' event
Members of Xi Alpha Zeta chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority held their first fall meeting with a Taste and Tell event at the home of Joan Gray. Members brought dishes, and the recipes with which they were created, to share. Becky Cortner 1 can diced tomatoes and green chilies (such as Ro-Tel)...
Simple, delicious pork tenderloin and rice
If there is any notable pattern to my cooking behavior, one constant is that I like it simple. Now, that is not to say I don't enjoy a good challenge -- I do -- but simple certainly suits our family's current situation. This recipe is definitely simple. It works well and has simple instructions. Because we're using a boxed rice blend that is already seasoned, the ingredient list is short and sweet...
FAA recognizes aviator for 50 years of flying
Local flight instructor Joe Roberts was surprised recently with a major aviation award. Roberts, owner of Shelbyville Flight Academy, was presented with the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award on Sept. 13. "This is a pretty prestigious award as a recipient must have been flying for more than 50 years without incident and prove significant contributions to the field of aviation," his wife Linda Roberts said...
Destinations & Diversions: Rockin', cruisin', and tryin' out this weekend
In association with the annual ROcKFEST youth concert, organizers will hold a series of public events for the entire family. The events start at 9 a.m. Saturday and run throughout the day. They include a craft fair (vendor cost $30), business expo (vendor cost $100), free motorcycle rally, free cruise-in and poker run (email for details). The ROcKFEST concert is at 6 p.m., and is free for youths and $5 for adults. For more information, email Jason Barber at firstname.lastname@example.org...
Lifeblood of our nation
"The power under the Constitution will always be in the people," said President George Washington. Saturday, Sept. 17, was Constitution Day, a time to reflect on the remarkable document that has helped America grow and survive over the past 228 years. ...
Sunday Conversation: Boutwell hones board credentials
Dr. John Boutwell, a school board member, recently received peer recognition. Boutwell has received a Level IV Boardsmanship Award from the Tennessee School Boards Association. The awards are presented to individual board members who have achieved one of five levels of boardsmanship standards over the past year (with IV being the next to highest level). ...
Christian turned atheist turned 'follower of Jesus' writes memoir
Mike McHargue was an undercover atheist. He was a faithful member of his Southern Baptist church -- which was like a family to him. He led his daughter in the prayer of salvation and saw her baptized. None of his fellow church members knew that he had stopped believing in the existence of God. ...
The big 'Battle at Bristol' secrets revealed
My family celebrated "The Battle at Bristol," with a fish fry. Lucky for my family, we have some avid fishermen within our ranks. My father-in-law and uncle supplied us with a bunch of crappie that was caught right in Normandy. My husband fries the fish and he has perfected his fry to a T, or should I say Power T! We are Vols fans, after all. I'm sharing his batter recipe along with my slaw recipe. Both of which have been adjusted over time...
Destinations & Diversions: Festivals, festivals, festivals this weekend
Shelbyville-Bedford County Humane Association will hold the 12th annual Celebration Pet Day and Fair 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Bedford County Agriculture and Education Center. Admission is free. There will be dog and cat shows, vendors, a kids corner, food and area animal rescue groups. Rabies vaccinations ($10) and microchipping ($20) will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In case of rain, events will be underneath a pavilion. More information is at shelbyvillebedfordhumane.org...
Area resident's Auburn gift honors late wife
Wartrace resident Charles E. Gavin III, owner of Belle Meadow Farm, and family members helped Auburn University break ground on the Gavin Engineering Research Laboratory during a ceremony held Sept. 3. Gavin and his late wife, Carol Ann, made a significant contribution to refurbish and repurpose Auburn's Textile Building, built in 1929. ...
Marsh honored by NFIB
State Rep. Pat Marsh was presented last week with the Guardian of Small Business Award by the National Federation of Independent Business. The association says the award is "the most prestigious honor that NFIB bestows on legislators in recognition of their efforts to support small business issues."...
Building lives: Success coach driven to give back
In her work as Veterans' Success Coach at Columbia State Community College Bedford County's Daniala Gardner has become familiar with The Building Lives Foundation and their commitment to "leave no veteran homeless on the streets of America." Gardner along with around 20 student veterans will be volunteering their time at the 2nd annual Art on the Fly Festival benefitting We Are Building Lives and in turn directly benefitting area homeless veterans and their families. ...
Local group tours the vast beauty in Alaska
A group of local explorers just returned from the 49th state and all agreed that it was one of the most exciting places they have ever visited. "This was the sixth time we have been there with a group. One would think that after half a dozen excursions the place would fall into the been there, seen that, category. Not so. Alaska remains as spectacular, wild and wonderful as ever," said Celebration Travel owner Nakai Waynick...
Go meatless with tortellini soup anytime
For quite some time my family and I practiced "Meatless Monday." We still do, when we (I) remember to plan for it but my memory fails me often so many a Monday remains meated. At any rate, if for no other reason, it's a great way to get the family to branch out and explore new foods...
Destinations & Diversions: 'Steel Magnolias,' revival meeting, firefighters
The play "Steel Magnolias," by Robert Harling, will opens this weekend at the Fly Arts Center on South Main Street. Shows will be presented Sept. 9-11 and 16-18, and showtimes are 7 p.m. for Friday and Saturday performances and 2 p.m. for the Sunday matinees...
Kynsie's own stage: Aspiring singer will perform
Community High School sophomore cheerleader Kynsie Giles was in for a big surprise on Thursday. She was asked to perform a duet with local performer Kacey Smith during this year's ROcK (Rewarding Our Kids) concert slated for Sept. 24 at the Ag Center. ...
Sunday Conversation: New fourth grade teachers learn along with students
New beginnings are special. For students, beginning a new school year brings excitement and anticipation. This year at Community Elementary some fourth graders began their year with two teachers experiencing the same anticipation and excitement. The new school year brought new beginnings for Megan Williams and Colt Boyce as they began their careers teaching together. ...
Stuff the School Bus contributions recognized
Regions Bank was a community partner for United Way of Bedford County's "Stuff the School Bus" campaign. Regions employee Misael Alvarez is seen with school supplies collected by the bank for the drive. (Submitted photo)
Destinations & Diversions: Celebrate our military Friday night
Evening classes for The Celebration begin at 7 p.m. daily through Saturday. Friday will be military night at the Celebration. Current and former members of the military will be honored and are encouraged to wear their uniforms. Each veteran, plus one guest, will receive free admission and parking. There will also be a display of historic military uniforms. For more information, call 931-684-5915...
Sunday Conversation: Sports' lessons made lasting impact on Davis
Robbie Davis is quite the busy guy once the school year starts. In addition to balancing family life and a busy teaching schedule, Davis finds time to coach varsity boys basketball and varsity baseball at Community High School in Unionville. To nominate someone for Sunday Conversation, send their name to editor Sadie Fowler, email@example.com...
Reed worked as E Section usher for 55 years
Celebration regulars may remember Leighton Reed, a long-serving usher in E Section of the outdoor arena...
Happy 90th to Lucille Sorrells
The 90th birthday of Lucille Sorrells of Rover was celebrated at St. Paul United Methodist Church on Sunday, Aug. 14 by a host of family, friends and church members. Sorrells' three children, and many of her grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were in attendance. Sorrells is a life-time member of the St. Paul UMC and served as a Sunday School teacher for many years and still occasionally serves as a pianist.