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Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Armed and ready: New Samsung Gear watches
A while back, I reviewed the Samsung Galaxy Gear, a smartwatch from Samsung which works only with Samsung smartphones. It was a clever device, and a fun thing to have for a week and be able to show off, but I wasn't sure whether it would sell. Now, Samsung has its second wave of smartwatches on the market, and I recently, courtesy of AT&T, got to try out two of them: the Samsung Gear Fit and the Samsung Gear 2 Neo...
From Buffalo to brining, give these three a try
The best part of cooking -- right up there with actually eating -- is the creative process. There's really nothing more satisfying than actually making a meal. Recipes are great to a certain extent, but making adjustments and tweaks to customize a meal for your taste is so much fun. Sometimes the tweaks work, sometimes they don't -- but confidently playing in the kitchen is always a fun way to improve your cooking skills...
Date night with the Laity Club
My wife and I seldom get a "date night." Sunday through Wednesday nights we are busy taking care of our granddaughters, and Thursday through Saturday nights Lynn is working on the OB wing of Harton Hospital. But, Lynn and I try to attend the Bedford County Laity Club meeting on the second Sunday night of the month together...
Notes on being matter that matters
I never really cared about politics until the world mattered. The greater majority of my life I have simply ignored the realm of politics altogether. I would occasionally join in on bashing parties or presidents based on whatever was popular within the spheres I existed...
Who's Argie Cooper?
When I tell friends I work at the Argie Cooper Library, they ask me, "Who's Argie Cooper?" When I type the word, "Argie", the spell checker on my computer questions my choice and suggests the words, "argue" or "agree" instead. But I persist and "argue" until I force it to "agree" to let me use the word, "Argie."...
Basketball, comedy, and it's fair time (07/24/14)
Wayne Buckingham's WAB Sports presents the first Bertie-Ruth Buckingham's Celebrity Charity Basketball Game on Saturday at Cascade High School. A meet-and-greet with the athletes starts at noon, with the game itself at 12:30 p.m. Celebrity players include Chamique Holdsclaw, Ramon Sessions, Sharone Wright, J.P. Prince and Dontae' Jones. The event benefits Cascade High School and the Bedford County Cancer Foundation. Whaley the singer will present the national anthem...
Shelbyville: A mission field (07/24/14)
An Adventist missionary is working in some far-off locales this summer: Shelbyville and Tullahoma. Nadege Innocent, a student of Oakwood University in Huntsville, Ala., has been staying with members of the Tullahoma Seventh-day Adventist Church this summer. The native of Haiti will be in the region another week before attending an Adventist camp and then returning for her senior year of college...
Business group helps economy (07/23/14)
During a recent meeting of Middle Tennessee Business Networking of Bedford County, several members mentioned they had either done business with other members or referred them to friends, family and business acquaintances. It soon became evident just how much money circulated within the group...
Kroger hosts school supply drive (07/23/14)
Kroger is hosting a School Supply Drive now through Aug. 5 to help support public schools in Middle Tennessee. Customers are encouraged to purchase a $6 pre-assembled school supply kit or any other school supply items of their choice and place the donations in the special drop-off bins at the front of the stores...
Youth theater group reunites for 'Outsiders' (07/23/14)
Five years after its founding, Community Middle School's Stage 13 Productions is going back to its roots. The group's first-year members are reuniting for new performances of "The Outsiders" -- the play that kicked off the group. Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Community Middle's auditorium. Admission is $3...
Webb welcomes Hoover to admissions dept. (07/23/14)
Aimee Hoover, a Murfreesboro resident with a background in teaching and marketing, has joined The Webb School in Bell Buckle as assistant director of admissions. Hoover's main responsibility is to introduce Webb, its curriculum and programs to prospective students and families. The primary recruiting focus will be Webb's day markets. These day markets include cities located in Bedford, Cannon, Coffee, Rutherford, and Warren counties...
Donate school supplies at area Kroger stores (07/22/14)
Kroger is hosting a school supply drive now through Aug. 5 to help support public schools in Middle Tennessee. Customers are encouraged to purchase a $6 pre-assembled school supply kit or any other school supply items of their choice and place the donations in the special drop-off bins at the front of the stores...
4-H mixes old, new activities (07/20/14)
4-H's fabled clover is turning over a new leaf as it works to attract a new generation of children. The Bedford County 4-H program wants to entice children to join, said extension agent Jeffrey Hester. So, the program is adding such new activities as science experiments and cardio workshops while keeping its existing fare of sewing and agriculture projects...
Sunday Conversation: Clark talks coaching, devotional writing (07/20/14)
Bedford County native Allison Clark is the subject for this week's Sunday Conversation. If you would like to nominate someone, please contact Sadie Fowler at sfowler@t-g.com. T-G: Tell us a little about yourself and your family. CLARK: My dad, Jimmy Clark and stepmother, Brenda live in Shelbyville. My dad has been a dentist in Shelbyville for over 30 years...
DREMC sends students on 2014 Washington Youth Tour (07/20/14)
A record number of young people from electric cooperative service areas in 43 states -- including more than 150 students representing Tennessee co-ops -- visited Washington, D.C., in June for the 2014 Washington Youth Tour, spending time with elected officials and taking in the historic, interesting sites of our nation's capital...
Novak joins Confucius Institute (07/16/14)
MTSU's Confucius Institute has hired a former Bedford County educator to help promote Chinese language and culture in area K-12 schools. Mike Novak, most recently principal of Liberty School, became the institute's new assistant director July 1. "I am very excited to be part of the team at the Confucius Institute," said Novak. "I look forward to expanding educational opportunities for Tennessee and China...
MMC docs top prestigious list (07/16/14)
Murfreesboro Medical Clinic recently announced two of its physicians -- Dr. Tammy H. Adams (Pediatrics) and Dr. Kelly G. Williams (Obstetrics & Gynecology) -- are listed among America's Top Doctors by the physician-led research team of Castle Connolly...
Historian speaks to Vietnam Era Veterans (07/16/14)
Vietnam Era Veterans heard a military historian at their July meeting. Dr. Ferris Beasley of Lincoln County, a retired veterinarian, attends many Civil War military re-enactments. He told the group more battles were fought in Tennessee and Virginia than any other states...
MMC studies chronic sinusitis (07/16/14)
Dr. William Gross, an Otolaryngologist (ENT) at Murfreesboro Medical Clinic, is conducting research with the use of balloon sinuplasty for the treatment of chronic sinusitis. The treatment option is an alternative to invasive surgery, as the procedure takes place in the office using a local anesthetic...
FCB partners with horse show (07/16/14)
First Community Bank CEO Scott Coconaugher, right, joins Celebration CEO Mike Inman after the announcement was made that FCB is a new premier sponsor of the Celebration. The first Saturday night of the horse show has been designated as "First community Bank of Bedford County" night. (Submitted photo)
County honored by financial management (07/16/14)
Joe Kimery of the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury's office appeared before Bedford County Board of Commissioners last week to present County Mayor Eugene Ray, Finance Director Robert Daniel, and Daniel's staff with the county's fifth consecutive award for excellence in financial management and reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association. Kimery said only eight counties received the award last year, with Bedford County being the smallest. He praised Ray, Daniel, the school system and highway department, and commissioners themselves for the county's financial management. From left are Ray, Kimery, Daniel, and finance department staffers Lori Schuler, Pat Thomas, Mary Anna Mitchell and Joyce Glover. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
Outstanding court personnel (07/16/14)
At a recent meeting of the Bedford County Bar Association, President Kristin Green presented awards for Outstanding Court Personnel to Michelle Murray, Jennifer Little and Deputy Steve Trapp. Also recognized but not present was Deputy Tommie Boleyn. (Submitted photo)
Only in America: New citizen celebrates the Fourth (07/13/14)
This past July 4 was not Vivian Haggard's first Independence Day in America, but it was the most special, she said. Haggard became a naturalized citizen on Aug. 23, 2013, too late to celebrate Independence Day as an American citizen. She came to America on Sept. 10, 2008, on a fiance visa. She is married to Cecil Larry Haggard, a computer repairman who lives in Flat Creek...
Sunday Conversation: From Shelbyville to the SEC, and back again (07/13/14)
Shelbyville native and SEC football legend Whit Taylor is happy to live in Bedford County. Taylor, who played quarterback during a successful period for Vanderbilt University in the early 1980s, is principal at Shelbyville Central High School and has just finished his 24th year in education...
Ode to The Open Road (07/13/14)
I have always loved road trips. There is something about hitting that open road and setting forth on a journey that is good for the human soul--at least in my condition. Some of my favorite books are built upon this very topic. Jack Kerouac's On The Road is an essential American Novel and is a road map to the spirit of the Beat generation. I read it around 18 and was tempted to hitchhike across the country. Now, I have to live vicariously through novels such as this...
Destinations and Diversions: Mules, chili, and ice cream on a July weekend (07/10/14)
The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration's 23rd annual Great Celebration Mule & Donkey Show began this morning and continues through Saturday at the Celebration grounds. Upcoming sessions are 2 and 6 p.m. today; 8 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. Friday; and 2 and 6 p.m. Saturday, with a mule sale at 9 a.m. Saturday...
Touchstone Energy returns as Super Pull of South sponsor (07/09/14)
If the roar of supercharged engines in powerful tractors and trucks straining to move tons of weight sounds exciting, mark July 18-19 on your event calendar. This is when the Chapel Hill Lions Club hosts the 38th annual Super Pull of the South, sponsored for the second consecutive year by Touchstone Energy Cooperatives...
Teen completes Eagle Scout project (07/09/14)
Russell Flade with Boy Scout Troop 307 of Wartrace recently completed his Eagle Scout project. Russ and volunteers, including his fellow Scouts from Troop 307, parents, grandparents and friends, put in 251 hours to build a pavilion for the project. The pavilion is behind the Deason Community Center on Highway 231 North. Ransom United Methodist Church, where Russ attends, was the major sponsor of the project...
USO funds collected by class (07/08/14)
The Christian Warriors Class at Fellowship for Christ Church collected funds to sponsor USO care packages for deployed soldiers in honor of the July 4th holiday. From left: Taylor Poteete, Briana Ferrell, Shayla Head, Rylee Hooker, Allyson Jorgenson and Ciara Diduch. (Submitted photo)
Sunday Conversation: Social worker cares for America's future (07/06/14)
Emily Reese works with the Center for Family Development in Shelbyville and wants to become a school counselor. Hiking is one of her favorite activities. If you have someone you would like to nominate for Sunday Conversation please contact editor Sadie Fowler at sfowler@t-g.com...

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