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Thursday, July 28, 2016
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A $50 smartphone, without a contract
It's been a few months since either of the two big carriers sent me a smartphone to review -- but I was reading about a smartphone this week that I'd love to get my hands on at some point, just to try it out. Call me curious. It's not that it's a high-end, top-of-the-line smartphone; it's not. In fact, it's just the opposite...
Important lessons from the language of plants
"Mammals, a day of reckoning is coming. That's right, the same plants and flowers that saw you crawl from the primordial soup will reclaim the planet. And there will be no-one to protect you." -- Poison Ivy from the film "Batman and Robin" I've been slowly learning to effectively communicate with plants, possibly understanding their language. ...
Step on the dance floor and live
My granddaughters, like a lot of little girls, love to dance. And they love to dance for Lynn and me. We are their "mega-fans." There are some songs that I have added to my play list on my smart phone that are there simply for the girls to dance to...
Animals come alive at library
If you know me at all, you know that I love animals, (at least warm-blooded ones). My childhood pictures from a very early age usually show me with a hold on at least one cat and several others nearby. During my preschool years my only sibling was busy with high school and later with college, so I pretty much grew up as an only child. My animals were my best buddies back then...
Find, use your gifts to Soar! Zoro will help you
Zoro the Drummer, or the "Minister of Groove," as he was called by singer Lenny Kravitz, has played for the likes of Kravitz, Bobby Brown and Frankie Valli. Now, the minister of groove is stepping up his efforts to help people discover, develop and use their God-given gifts and talents...
Our first issue of "Inspire Health" magazine was included with Sunday's Times-Gazette and can be viewed online by clicking the cover above. How have you enjoyed it? We'd love to hear your suggestions and feedback, which you can e-mail to sfowler@t-g.com.
Garrison Valley offers local, farm-raised beef (07/27/16)
In the 1948 movie "Red River," John Wayne's character, Thomas Dunston, plans a cattle ranch and envisions raising "good beef for hungry people." The Curl and Lee families in northeastern Bedford County see Garrison Valley Farms, their direct-to-consumer beef sales business, as a way of doing that, and also keeping the next generation involved in the family farm...
Microtel honored (07/27/16)
Shelbyville's Microtel Inn & Suites has received honors by the Wyndham Hotel Group to which it belongs. The hotel, located on North Main Street, earned the brand's prestigious Best of the Best award for 2015. The hotel was cited for being dedicated to the hotel brand, as well being a top achiever, excelling in WynReview scores, Wyndham Rewards* program engagement and Quality Assurance scoring...
Classy, spunky and perfect: Bluetick hound has great Big Orange Country connections (07/24/16)
Every now and then we have a moment that catches us shaking our heads realizing the world can sometimes be small. In the newspaper business, perhaps these moments happen even more frequently as a result of our readers thinking to call us when they encounter something unique in their day to day travels...
Sunday Conversation: Bell Buckle resident Buddy Mason and band to perform at Fair (07/24/16)
Buddy Mason of Bell Buckle is a member of the band Judge Talford, which will perform 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Bedford County Fair. The other members of the band are Shane Norman, Michelle Bailey, Joey Gipson and Andy Brown. Mason and Norman originally played bluegrass, but evolved into a new genre, and changed the name of the band, in 2011. ...
New sauce line to hit Kroger (07/24/16)
Fortun Foods has announced that four of its popular fresh-refrigerated Finishing Touch Sauces will be stocked in the seafood department of Kroger starting in early August of this year. These sauces include Rajun Cajun, Santa Fe Verde, Four Pepper and Marsala and Mushroom...
A fair with added flair opens Monday (07/24/16)
The Shelbyville Woman's Club welcomed Judy Gambill of the Bedford County Fair earlier this month as its special guest speaker. Gambill is the president and chairman of the Board of the Bedford County Fair Association and has been on the board for 18 years...
Destinations & Diversions: Time for the fair ... and for Harry Potter (07/21/16)
Bedford County Fair will be held from July 25-30. Gates open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 4 p.m. and Wednesday and Saturday at 9 a.m. The carnival midway will open on Monday, not Tuesday as in the past. (The fair program book, based on out-of-date information, says the carnival won't open until Tuesday.)...
FCM hires Vega; hope to serve Hispanics (07/20/16)
First Community Mortgage announced today that Miguel Vega has been named AVP of Business Development.* In the AVP role, Vega will play a major part in helping FCM reach out to the growing Hispanic market. In Middle Tennessee, it is projected that 13 million of the 17 million new households between 2010 and 2025 will be diverse...
FFA members learn leadership (07/20/16)
During the week of June 6--10, 15 members of the Cascade FFA chapter attended the Tennessee FFA Leadership training camp in Doyle. "Camp Clements is not your normal leadership camp. It provides FFA members from across the state with the opportunity to have fun and make friends while developing leadership skills through officer classes, specialty classes, competing in academic contests and various sporting events. ...
AEDC supports new B-52 capabilities (07/20/16)
Testing performed at Arnold Engineering Development Complex proves critical to validate safe separation of new munitions from the B-52 Stratofortress, which has recently flight-demonstrated a joint direct attack munitions drop from the internal bay for the first time...
Jack to release anniversary drink here (07/17/16)
Providing for a special tourist experience is not the only way Jack Daniel's is celebrating its 150th anniversary. In addition to marking retail packages of liquor with an anniversary logo, the distillery is sending fans on a global scavenger hunt. From this month through September, 150 handcrafted whiskey barrels are being hidden in various regions across the globe at historic and cultural sites, with clues on Jack Daniel's Facebook pages to help guide fans to the secret location...
Raise up a toast to Jack's 150th (07/17/16)
LYNCHBURG -- Jack Daniel Distillery -- and its beverage selection -- keeps getting better with age, which is fitting seeing as the company is celebrating its sesquicentennial (150th anniversary). Jack Daniel registered his whiskey in 1866, making it the oldest registered distillery in the United States, said seventh master distiller Jeff Arnett...
Potato chips, Folgers coffee lead Arnett to Lynchburg (07/17/16)
How does one become only the seventh distiller of Jack Daniel Distillery, especially when the job was largely done by family or friends of the family? Jeff Arnett is the seventh person to carry the title of master distiller. The Jackson native's father was a railroad worker and his mother was a teacher...
Sunday Conversation: Faith carries Helton through husband's struggle (07/17/16)
Heather Helton has made Bedford County her home with husband, Ryan and their children, Haley and Fisher. She is a wife, mother, friend, small business owner, and over the last year and a half she has become a force to be reckoned with as she stands by the side of her husband through his battle with Ewing Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer. ...
Lessons learned over a pot of chili (07/17/16)
Bland? Bland? I was somewhat unhappy with my chili on Friday night, but "bland" is not the criticism I would have used. If anything, I thought I'd gone overboard on a couple of things. Even so, Saturday morning, the word was there on my judge's sheet, staring me in the face...
Class of 1971 plans reunion (07/17/16)
Members of the Shelbyville Central High School class of 1971 met recently at the home of Wayne Dillingham in Murfreesboro in preparation of their 45th reunion. The reunion will be held Saturday, Aug. 13 at the Bell Buckle Banquet Hall. Classmates who have not yet registered are encouraged to do so via the class web site. Regarding the planning group, Dillingham said the reunion has been a fun opportunity for the friends to get together for a casual good time. "We're not anything official -- just a group of classmates in this area who determined that we had a wonderful time at our 40th reunion and that our waiting for the 50th would be far too long for another get-together. So, as an ad hoc planning committee, we simply started working on it to make a 45th reunion happen." Front row, from left: Pam Jones and Dillingham. Back row, from left: Debbie Sager, Grant Hitt, Debbie Griffy, Debbie McClanahan, Mike Wells and Phil S. Baker. (T-G Photo by Sadie Fowler)
Destinations & Diversions: Keep cool with a scoop of homemade ice cream (07/14/16)
Mount Olivet United Methodist Church, the white church on the hill between Shelbyville and Wartrace, will hold its annual ice cream supper beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday. The church has held the event for decades. Homemade ice cream, hamburgers, hot dogs, and desserts will be available for purchase, and there will be games for children, such as a cake walk...
Event benefits Goodwill, fashion trade alliance (07/14/16)
A unique event blending the best of Nashville fashion, food and music in support of two noble causes is planned for Thursday, Sept. 29. Tickets for The Reclamation, a co-benefit for Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee Inc. and the Nashville Fashion Alliance, will go on sale Monday, Aug. 1. Nashville Mayor Megan Barry will serve as honorary chairwoman of the inaugural event, which will be at Track One, 1211 4th Ave. S. in downtown Nashville...
New owner at The Dinner Table (07/13/16)
Tim Arnold, since taking over The Dinner Table on Memorial Day weekend, says he's had a mix of loyal Dinner Table customers from the previous owners, customers who've followed him from Hillcrest Market and his previous locations, and newcomers. When Arnold heard that the Dinner Table, a buffet-style restaurant at 802 Union St., might be available, he asked a friend of his who was both a regular customer and a real estate agent, and the friend confirmed that the business was, in fact, for sale. ...
Second time around: Pastor retires after return to ministry (07/10/16)
After graduating from seminary and being ordained in 1969, Ellen Hill went to work for a socially-active Lutheran church in Chicago, even though at the time the Lutherans weren't ordaining women. There was a traditional Lutheran worship service upstairs and a "guitar service" downstairs...
Share Fair highlights thrifty crafts (07/10/16)
Tuesday, June 28, marked this year's Share Fair for Bedford County Family and Community Education clubs. The event was held at the UT Extension office, where seven of the county's 13 clubs gave short presentations on the subject "Pinterest For The Home."...
Radio program examines jazz, fashion (07/08/16)
The impact of avant-garde jazz on five decades of fashion is the subject of the next "MTSU On the Record" radio program. Host Gina Logue's interview with Rick Cottle, an assistant professor of textiles, merchandising and design at MTSU, will air from 5:30-6 p.m. Monday, July 11, and from 8-8:30 a.m. Sunday, July 17, on WMOT-FM (89.5 and www.wmot.org)...
Destinations & Diversions: Mule show, chili cookoff, cupcakes this weekend (07/07/16)
The International Chili Society Tennessee State Championship chili cookoff will be held Friday on the Shelbyville square. During the day on Saturday, the Southern Summer Chili Day ICS cookoff will be held, along with the First Square Fair. First Square Fair events include:...
Blue Monarch set to expand its wings (07/03/16)
In a private ceremony on Wednesday, June 22, Blue Monarch celebrated the life of Mildred Jacqueline Peters and broke ground on a new expansion project that will provide transitional housing for four graduates of the organization's recovery program and their children...
Sunday Conversation: Career change leads Cataldo to true passion (07/03/16)
Kate (formerly Suttles) Cataldo of Tullahoma made a decision to change her course of life when she began working for an organization called Blue Monarch, which serves women and their families who survive from alcohol and drug addiction, domestic violence and economic hardship...

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