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Friday, Oct. 31, 2014
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Books of Beautiful Jim, and more
Recently a friend of mine from Woodbury called and mentioned that he would like to come down to Shelbyville and have lunch. During our conversation, he also said he would like to see the monument to Beautiful Jim Key. He said, "You know about that, right?" I said, "yes," thinking of the grave and monument in Wartrace near the old hotel...
National Novel Writing Month, made easier
I devoted a tech column to this topic in 2012, so I probably don't need to belabor it here, but I'll at least give it a mention: National Novel Writing Month starts Saturday. I pointed out in 2012 that "NaNoWriMo," as participants call it, is the type of ad hoc community that probably wouldn't have been possible, at least not on the same scale, in the days before the Internet. ...
Pastor shares Christmas stories
A Nashville pastor is sharing his church's Christmas Eve stories in a new gift book. Robert J. Morgan, pastor of The Donelson Fellowship in Nashville, is the author of "12 Stories of Christmas." Thomas Nelson is the publisher. The tales come from stories that Morgan writes every year for the church's Christmas Eve service -- he writes one story per year. Eleven of the 12 short stories are fictional. Each takes 10-20 minutes to read...
There are no words
word "Yikhidayah," which could be transferred in English terms to mean "The Limitless One," "The Only One," or simply "The One." When translated into Greek later, the term "Yikhidayah" became "Monoganace," which meant "Only Begotten." In the lecture he argues that the Greek word doesn't do the original Aramaic word justice because there translation is too confined and doesn't fully encapsulate what the original author intended. ...
Finding riches in poverty
Giovanni di Pietro di Bernadone was born into the lap of luxury. He was the son of a wealthy Italian cloth merchant and an aristocratic Frenchwoman....
Destinations & Diversions: Coupons, tricks and treats this weekend (10/30/14)
The Times-Gazette and Ann Haney will hold a coupon class at the newspaper office from 9-11 a.m. Saturday. Learn how to do couponing with Haney, a national expert. Also learn how to make free Christmas gift baskets. Includes free coupons for attendees. Reservations required. Space is limited. Call 684-1200. Admission cost is one canned good for donation to Good Samaritan Center...
Tire & Muffler USA celebrates 16 years (10/30/14)
Tire & Muffler USA, Inc. will host a customer appreciation day Friday, Oct. 31 in honor of its 16th anniversary. Customers are invited to come out and enjoy famous Cartwright chili prepared by Joel Johnson. The business is located at 1117 N. Main St. in Shelbyville...
Holiday open houses (10/29/14)
-- The Pomegranate Shoppe, 107 South Side Square, will host an open house Saturday, Nov. 1 from 5-8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 2 from 1-5 p.m. -- Open house at McGee's Gift Shop, 842 Union St., will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 8 and continue all day...
Smith selected as ATA finalist (10/29/14)
Big G Express professional driver Danny Smith has been selected as finalist for America's Road Team. Smith was the first driver hired at Big G Express and will be celebrating 20 years in January. He was runner up for Truckload Carriers Association Driver of the Year in 2013, Tennessee Driver of the Year and Tennessee Road Team Captain in 2013...
Big G's Caudle honored in trucking industry (10/29/14)
Steve Caudle has been selected as a Tennessee Road Team Captain for the Tennessee Trucking Association. Caudle was recognized as Big G's Driver of the Year at the Annual ESOP Meeting in July and is a million mile safe driver, ammassing almost 1.2 million safe miles during his career at Big G Express...
Trunk or Treat at CCC (10/29/14)
Christian Care Center of Bedford County is hosting a free Trunk or Treat from 3:30 until 5:30 p.m. Thursday Oct. 30 in the building's front parking lot. Christian Care Center is located at 835 Union St in Shelbyville. For more information call 931-680-2300...
Sunday Conversation: Harvey recounts train-hopping trip (10/26/14)
Zach Harvey grew up in Bell Buckle and attended Cascade High School and The Webb School. Harvey is a musician and songwriter and, like his musical heroes Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan, has traveled all across the country by hitchhiking and hopping trains. He currently resides in Bell Buckle and continues to pursue his music...
Local book bonanza (10/26/14)
Bedford County book lovers are sure to be in bliss over a bonanza of titles written by self-published authors. Two Bedford County natives -- and one from Tullahoma -- have recently released self-published books. ...
Destinations and Diversions: 5K, Child Safety Day here; BBQ in Lynchburg (10/23/14)
United Way of Bedford County will hold its annual Spooktacular 5K and its annual Child Safety Day this Saturday. Child Safety Day will take place 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday at H.V. Griffin Park. It will include public service and emergency response agencies on scene, with fire trucks and other emergency vehicles for kids to view up-close...
Stroke, osteoporosis screenings planned (10/23/14)
Bedford County residents can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke or bone fracture. Bedford County Farm Bureau, 323 Bethany Lane, will host a Life Line Screening event on Tuesday. Mary Davis of Oliver Springs attended a Life Line Screening and said, "I want to thank you very much because this screening saved my life."...
'Dog-gone' fun in 4-H (10/23/14)
4-H is amazing! I am very involved in the 4-H dog project; as well as other areas in 4-H. You may be wondering "Well, what is the 4-H dog project?" The Dog project brings 4-H'ers from across the county to learn how to train their dogs in obedience and agility. ...
My 4-H experiences (10/23/14)
I am 13 years old and I am a member of the livestock judging, photography, and embroidery groups. I am also in the sheep project. We raise two breeds of sheep and we have about 40 on our farm. I go to the regional and state level competitions. I also learn health and maintenance for my animals. My next project is livestock judging. We start in February and practice until April. We judge sheep, goats, cattle and swine. We go the Tennessee Beef Agribition and the regional 4-H contests...
'I was thrilled when they elected me' (10/23/14)
4-H offers tomorrow's leaders several opportunities to develop leadership, citizenship, and public speaking skills. One of the most fun and exciting skills that I have learned through the program this year is how to run for office. 4-H's biggest event in Tennessee is State Roundup - where youth from all over the state compete in various project portfolio competitions. ...
4-H Honor Club (10/23/14)
4-H Honor Club is the first club that I was initiated in entering my middle school and high school years. Becoming an Honor Club member, was something I had to earn. The 4-H advisors, Mrs. Emily and Mrs. Raegan, at the time, started to visit our 4th grade class and introduced 4-H to us. There on, I started to participate in 4-H activities such as: speech contests, demonstration contests, and geo caching. I kept my involvement until I reached enough points to be initiated into the club...
4-H opportunities (10/23/14)
This year in 4-H I enjoyed many fun and educational events. I am a member of the Bedford County 4-H Honor Club as part of that we do a thing called exchange. Exchange is a two-year commitment. The first year we host the 4-H club from another state and then the next year we travel to that state. ...
A senior's farewell (10/23/14)
I can't believe that I am a senior and my 4-H years are coming to an end. 4-H has been an extremely important part of my life. I have enjoyed the many projects in which I have participated, the friends I have made and the fun I have had. Recently I attended the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin. ...
4-H Exchange program (10/23/14)
Over the past two summers, the 4-H groups from Tennessee counties of Bedford and Lincoln participated in an event known as exchange with the California county of Stanislaus. 4-H Exchange is an amazing experience where each state takes turns hosting the other state, teaching the local agriculture, industry and entertaining each other with several festivities. Each member is paired with a 4-H member from the other state's 4-H group...
4-H Memories (10/23/14)
I can't believe my time in 4-H is almost over. As I reflect back on the years of 4-H I can't help but smile and remember the friends I have made the experiences that I would not have otherwise gotten to do and the amazing opportunities to help others...
Local chili-head looks for a jackpot in Vegas (10/22/14)
After winning the red chili category at the International Chili Society's Tennessee state cookoff held in Shelbyville in July, Dicky Thorpe is going to try his luck in Las Vegas. Thorpe, who lives in Shelbyville and is a supervisor at the Nissan plant in Smyrna, and his son Will are on a road trip to compete in ICS's world grand championship cookoff this weekend in Las Vegas, and then from there they'll drive to Terlingua, Texas, to compete in the 48th Annual 2014 Original Terlingua International Frank X. ...
Garden club learns about recycling (10/22/14)
Volunteer-Shelbyville Garden Club held its October meeting at the Bedford County Farm Bureau building with Ann Spencer, Margaret Hicks and Ardis Caffey as hostesses. Sylvia Pinson was introduced as the newest member. Members volunteered to bring flowers from their gardens and prepare arrangements for the Library Luncheon on October 14. The District II meeting is being held October 29 at Murfreesboro's Stones River Country Club...
Take a closer look at those grocery bags (10/22/14)
Each month, Bedford County spends $20,000 of your money to dispose of waste in a landfill. The price is currently being renegotiated by the Interlocal Solid Waste Authority and could go up or down depending on the outcome. Anything that reduces the waste stream saves your tax dollars -- and also makes landfills last longer, according to Bedford County recycling coordinator Diane Forbes...
Share your favorite church recipes (10/22/14)
Recently I asked people who attend various churches to submit their favorite church recipes. These could be recipes from potlucks, chili suppers, reunions or any church-type event. Two ladies -- who both attend New Bethel Baptist -- answered my call and submitted. I would love to receive recipes from a wide variety of churches, along with your memories associated with the dishes...
Ghost story: Grandpa's Halloween (10/22/14)
Tonight is Halloween, but the weather has not been very cooperative. It's warm; the sky is bright and clear. Even the moon's crescent smile is not here. There are no prospects of an icy rain, of howling three-eyed monsters and their companions, the ghouls with desiccated skins falling off their white bones....
Quick or slow, beans or no, chili always satisfies (10/22/14)
What makes a good bowl of chili? The are as many answers as there are dutch ovens ... or slow-cookers ... or pressure cookers. Some people use ground meat for a quick and easy chili, but serious competitors used chunks of meat (or very coarsely-ground "chili grind" meat, which can occasionally be found in supermarket meat cases) to stand up to long, slow simmering...
Church presents evangelistic walk-through drama (10/22/14)
North Fork Baptist Church will present its walk-through drama "Life House" Nov. 2-6 and Nov. 8. Rob McKamey, pastor of the church, has been involved with similar walk-through dramas for the past 10 years, and this is the third year for him to organize one at North Fork...

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