Reaching out to others
Self-improvement and goal setting have always been important to me. We all have our peaks and valleys in life, but I believe human nature leads anyone to want to become better, striving toward achievement, recognition, or even simply love. Whether or not these same humans are successful in this is simply a matter of whether they have the tools it takes to get there, or to channel their energy in a useful way to push forward, whether it's getting through a difficult time in life or simply breaking away from the pack of competition and becoming one's best version of self.. ...
Rejection does not define you
A best-selling book offers the author's hard-won advice on coping with feeling rejected in your most personal relationships. Lysa TerKeurst is the author of "Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely," by Nelson Books. This past week "Uninvited" was No. 3 on Amazon's best-seller list; the week before, it was No. 2 right behind the new Harry Potter book -- putting it in great company indeed...
Style in library aisles
I was talking to a friend the other day and realized that she probably never has to worry much about getting high marks in the "grandma" category. She owns a bridal shop and sells wedding gowns, bridesmaids dresses, and prom attire. When I was a little girl, a visit to her store would have ranked right up there with a trip to Disneyland. Maybe even higher...
A taste of the past returns
I haven't had chokecherry syrup or chokecherry jelly in years. I started thinking about chokecherries this week, and I thought how nice it would be to have chokecherry syrup on a stack of hot pancakes. My mother and her sisters used to make their own jams and jellies and syrup out of the chokecherries that grew all over their family farms...
A tribute to Celebration contestants
The 78th Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration is upon us here in Shelbyville. For Vicki and me, this is our third Celebration and we continue to be impacted by its majesty and by its history. We love horses and enjoy spotting them being exercised and trained at the numerous training facilities around Shelbyville...
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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.
Destinations & Diversions: A big horse show, a big yard sale and more
Evening classes at the Celebration begin 7 p.m. today. Call 931-684-5915 for ticket information. Barbecue cookout: The Celebration will host a barbecue cookout beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27. Various vendors will sell barbecue by the plate or by the pound, and there will be music as well...
DREMC members celebrate 80th anniversary
More than 250 Duck River Electric Membership Corporation members, employees and guests gathered for the 2016 Annual Meeting and 80th anniversary observance Saturday at Tennessee Farm Bureau headquarters in Columbia. Five unopposed incumbent directors were re-elected to new terms, and board officers were named in the reorganizational session following the meeting...
Community High 'sails for St. Jude'
Community High School plans to "Sail for St. Jude" in the coming week. The student council is sponsoring the event, which will consist of a series of activities each day. Students are encouraged to bring loose change or any desired amount for donations. All of the proceeds will be donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis...
Sunday Conversation: Preaching is 'a labor of love' for Williams
Jason Williams is pastor of Trinity Baptist Church, which now has a building of its own after years of various temporary locations. Williams is not to be confused with the chief sheriff's deputy of the same name. To suggest an interview subject for Sunday Conversation, email firstname.lastname@example.org....
Destinations & Diversions: Dancing, bowling, breakfast, books this weekend
The Fly Arts Center August dance will be held 7-11 p.m. Saturday and will feature the Borderline Band. Tickets are $10 each at the door. For more information or to reserve a table for eight, call 931-684-8359. Other places to trip the light fantastic this week:...
HA Beasley acquires local accounting office
Murfreesboro-based HA Beasley & Company PLLC has acquired the Shelbyville clients, and two key employees, of Tullahoma-based Housholder Artman PLLC. The companies made the announcement in a letter to clients last week. The companies were neighbors in Shelbyville; HA Beasley & Company's office is at 306 Bethany Lane, while Householder Artman's office had been at 300 Bethany Lane...
A century and a half of faith and service
On July 24, 1866, Tennessee became the first of the Confederate states to be readmitted to the Union. It would be nearly two years before the next state, Arkansas, was allowed to re-enter. It was a time of open wounds and fresh grief in American history, and one can well imagine that people across the nation were searching for answers...
Sunday Conversation: Artist active with Fly, homeschooling
LaShawna Jones, or Shawna, is a talented artist who has taken on the role of visual director of the Fly Arts Center and Bedford Art Gallery. She is a wife and mother of six who homeschools, and she is a T-G blogger. Email Sadie Fowler at email@example.com to nominate someone for Sunday Conversation...
'Flying Squirrel' book signing held Saturday
Author Melissa Davis will hold a book signing of her title "Bennie the Flying Squirrel" on Saturday in Tullahoma. The signing will take place from 1-3 p.m. at The Celtic Cup Coffee House, 106 N Anderson St., Tullahoma. Davis is a resident of Fayetteville...
Destinations & Diversions: Bowling leagues, friendly dragon headline weekend fun
Like to bowl? The Swinging Seniors Bowling League will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Shelbyville Bowling Lanes, while the Thursday Night Mixed League will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18 at Shelbyville Bowling Lanes. The bowling alley is located at 105 Davis Lane, just off Madison Street. Call 931-685-1173 for more information...
A loving hand over homelessness
Maggie Yates graduated from Community High School in 2015. Since that time she has began to further her education at Middle Tennessee State University where she is studying to become an elementary school teacher. As a student she also works with Bedford County SACP, where she is able to be a part of the lives of many area children. ...
Slow cooker ribs: A summer favorite
Sweltering August is upon us. The weather this week alone is enough for all of us to sing the praises of Willis Carrier, creator of modern air conditioning! Nonetheless, most of us continue to crave one of the most glorious tastes of summer, barbeque...
Duplicate bridge club
Kristina Juk, director of the Shelbyville Duplicate Bridge Club, is pictured teaching a bridge lesson at the Senior Citizens Center in Shelbyville. Juk will continue lessons during the month of August on Mondays at 11 a.m. Club members play duplicate bridge each Monday at noon at the Center. Interested individuals may contact Donna Green at 931-684-5628. (Submitted photo)
DeWitt recognized for 25 years of service
First Church of the Nazarene recently honored their pastor, the Rev. Ron DeWitt and his wife Judy with a reception for 25 years' service to the church and community. The large guest contingent included East Tennessee District superintendent Dr. Ron McCormick and Richard Reed, assistant district superintendent-pastoral care...
Convention draws truckers from across the country
Next week, American Trucking Associations is set to welcome more than 400 of the trucking industry's top professional truck drivers to Indianapolis for the 79th annual "Super Bowl of Safety," the 2016 National Truck Driving Championships and National Step Van Championships, according to a press release from the association...
DREMC to hold annual meeting
Duck River Electric Membership Corporation will hold its annual membership meeting Saturday, Aug. 20, starting at 9:30 a.m. in the Farm Bureau Headquarters located at 147 Bear Creek Pike, Columbia. Those attending the meeting will have an opportunity to elect representatives to serve on the DREMC Board of Directors as well as hear operational reports about the cooperative. ...
Destinations & Diversions: Great variety -- plays, horses and hunting
"Revelations," a showcase of original one-act plays, will be presented 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, at Community High School. It is Smokestack Theatre Group's 10th annual summer production. Community High School students, teachers and alumni are involved...
Show benefits Goodwill, fashion advocacy group
Ticket sales are under way for The Reclamation, a celebration of Nashville's spirit and its unique fashion, food and music. The event, which will be held Thursday, Sept. 29, at Track One, 1211 4th Ave. S. in Nashville, is a co-benefit for Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee and the Nashville Fashion Alliance...
Dr. Good certified menopause practitioner
The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) has announce that Michael C. Good, M.D. Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, has successfully met the criteria and has passed the examination necessary to become a NAMS Certified Menopause Practitioner (NCMP)...
Goodwill changes hours
Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee will adjust the business hours at its 36 retail stores beginning Monday, Aug. 8. New store hours will be 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Saturday hours, which are 8 a.m.-8 p.m., will not change...
Sunday Conversation: After accident, Andrews finds new purpose in life
C.C. Andrews was living her life-long dream. As the owner of Vintage Home Décor, her passion was in full effect one Sunday as she prepared to reveal their newly redecorated bedroom to her youngest sons. Little did any of them know that afternoon would redirect their lives dramatically and set the entire family on a new path. C.C. shares her experiences from that day and the days since she has found peace with her new purpose in life...
A calling in the middle of the night
The answer, as Ann Meece recalls it, was "not only 'no,' but 'hell, no.'" The question was, "Can I go to seminary?" Meese knew from age 21 that she was being called to the pastoral ministry. But when she asked her parents if she could follow her maternal grandfather into the ministry and transfer from Western Kentucky University, where she was studying journalism, to Asbury Theological Seminary, they were staunchly opposed...