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Saturday, May 30, 2015
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Notes on being 30
At one time, I checked my Facebook account a lot more than I do now. I will typically check Facebook when I'm standing around with not much else to do, mostly while taking a leak. If I'm being honest. What? Is that crude? At least I didn't go with my number two choice...
It's all in a name
I have been called a lot of things over the years. Some of them I don't like to repeat. But, there are a lot of names that I don't mind being called. In fact, most of them I really enjoy. People call me Brother, Brother Doug, or Brother Dezotell. Some people call me Pastor or Reverend, others call me Preacher...
Musician uses faith to battle depression
It takes a brave man to admit he struggles with depression, to overcome the stigma that lingers in society. But one Christian singer is doing that. Christian musical artist Danen Kane says he has struggled with depression as long as he can remember, but it has only been in the last couple of years that he has been able to embrace it and share his story...
A break, and a big opening
I hope everyone is enjoying a pleasant weekend! The library staff is ready for a little break after the chaos of the past few weeks during the move. Slowly, but surely, we are getting boxes unpacked and preparing for our big Grand Opening this coming Saturday, May 30th. Activities start at 10 a.m. and lead up to the dedication and flag raising at 3 p.m. There will be food trucks, tours, entertainment and more. Please add us to your weekend plans...
A quite sensible solution to intrusive phones
There are times, we all recognize, when smartphones and other cell phones need to be put away. And yet, even if we cluck our tongues at someone else for using their phone inappropriately, we're tempted to do the same thing ourselves. Sometimes, the problem is common courtesy; sometimes, in the case of a movie or concert, the problem is copyright or similar issues...
Bradley's tales bring past into present (05/24/15)
Those with even a passing interest in the Civil War have more than likely heard of Dr. Michael R. Bradley. As a historian, author, professor, and lecturer, Bradley has become the "go-to" guy for historical societies and publishing companies who seek out stories from the past. Bradley is more than happy to tell them...
Strength to succeed (05/24/15)
In a sport that's growing in popularity, Kelli Burton knows weaknesses -- and strengths -- probably more than most of her competition. Burton is a 36-year-old mom, wife and professional. She's also training to compete in two upcoming bodybuilding shows in the bikini division. (Shows typically break down divisions into categories such as bikini, figure, physique and bodybuilding, with the latter being the most muscular of divisions.)...
Getting 'real' with Ben McLean (05/24/15)
This week, the Times-Gazette sat down with Ben McLean, a Bedford County native currently employed by D&R Siding. McLean is a graduate of Shelbyville Central High School and the University of Tennessee-Knoxville where he graduated in 1999 in Agriculture Economics and Business...
New officers (05/24/15)
The Beta Iota Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha met earlier this month and initiated new officers for the 2015-2016 year. Pictured: Lucille Sorrells, outgoing president, initiating Barbara Smith as the new chapter president. Beta Iota Chapter new officers for 2015-2016 are Barbara Smith, president; Linda Nichols, vice president; Rebecca Jones and Dawn Rogers, education directors; Dena Landers, secretary; and Janie Burke, treasurer (not pictured)...
Sorority cooks up annual Taste 'N Tell (05/24/15)
Epsilon Sigma Alpha held its annual Taste 'N Tell dinner with each member bringing a dish and recipe to share with their friends. The Times-Gazette appreciates the sorority sharing some of their recipes with us and encourage anyone with a special dish to share to send a photo along with the recipe for inclusion in the T-G...
Dollar General to help literacy (05/20/15)
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation this week awarded Boys & Girls Clubs of Rutherford County -- Shelbyville Unit a literacy grant in the amount of $1,500 to support local literacy programs. This local grant award is part of over $5.8 million in grants awarded to approximately 720 schools, nonprofits and organizations across the 43 states the company serves. ...
Titan Transfer supports healthy living "Big" time (05/20/15)
Every year at Titan Transfer, all employees, both office and its cross-country driving force bond together for a little healthy competition. On Jan. 1, as New Year's resolutions are made, Titan employees are busy planning their race to lose weight and win some money...
Songs of life: Jerry Woodward lives for his guitar (05/17/15)
Tucked away in the surrounding woods sits the cozy cabin-style home of Jerry Woodward, lifelong guitar player. Moving up his long driveway, it seems like the perfect getaway--a quiet place, away from the noise. With the river nearby, one can imagine the many nights Woodward has sat outside on his deck and plucked away at his six-string, coming up with tunes or rehearsing for his next gig...
Music flows through Byrd's life (05/17/15)
This week the T-G caught up with Brandon Byrd, music minister at First Christian Church. If you know of anyone who would make for an interesting Sunday Conversation, please email Sadie Fowler at sfowler@t-g.com. T-G: Where are you originally from and how did you end up working in Shelbyville?...
It's a family affair: Smiths come together to create fun (05/10/15)
It's Saturday evening in Wartrace and a large group of people have gathered in the Smith House Theater. Phillip Smith, co-owner, is standing on stage with his guitar belting out the Beatles' classic, "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away." Smith later jokingly admits that because he grew up in a musical family--his father and mother were in a band together before they dated--the Beatles were a must. Adding that it was always, "Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and The Beatles."...
A beautiful little girl transforms Lori Peels' life (05/10/15)
This week the T-G caught up with Lori Peels, paraprofessional educator at Liberty Elementary. If you have anyone that would make for an interesting Sunday Conversation, email Sadie Fowler at sfowler@t-g.com. T-G: Can you tell the story of Hannah's adoption, from the moment you decided to adopt through the journey to bring her home? What influenced your decisions, and how did you know Hannah was meant to be your daughter?...
The perfect power of a cheese sauce! (05/10/15)
There is something about the power of cheese. Parents often use it to get children to eat their vegetables. That is a tactic that sticks with us as adults. The truth is -- cheese makes everything better (kind of like bacon!). So this month, I'm taking cheese sauce to the next level with a southwestern inspired cheese sauce. ...
Skew your summer fun with the perfect bite! (05/10/15)
Looking for a light appetizer that's not only quick, but sure to please your friends? Look no further than tortellini caprese bites. Think of these flavors all molded together and you can't go wrong: pasta, tomatoes, black olives, mozzarella cheese and basil...
Path to the stars: Hix sees bigger universe beyond Possum Trot (05/03/15)
Sitting in his office at Motlow College surrounded by awards and memorabilia from his years of teaching and working with NASA, Billy Hix tells of his early childhood memories of growing up on Possum Trot Road. Memories revisited to paint a larger picture--a picture that reveals why Hix is so passionate about science and knowledge...
Get to know the space man (05/03/15)
School visits and numerous teacher professional development programs during the school year are just part of Billy Hix's outreach to students. Hix also conducts summer STEM camps for sixth graders. According to Hix, during the past school year he conducted programs with more than 10,000 students and teachers...
When the stars are the stars: An event to remember (05/03/15)
It was a cold night in February 1986 when Dad shook me awake. "Wake up. I want you and your sister to see this." He led his sleepy-eyed daughters to the back yard where a giant telescope sat pointing toward the heavens. "Halley's Comet," he said with pride. "You will be old women when it comes back."...
Giving God the glory in midst of trials: Sudduth family faces cancer, job losses (05/03/15)
The Sudduth family is choosing to count their blessings and not their adversities. Debbie Sudduth recently defeated breast cancer -- and recovered from a broken ankle. Now, her husband Brad is fighting cancer. Debbie, an eighth-grade math teacher at Cascade Middle School, gives praise to God. That's despite all the trials the family has faced. Her husband Brad, an independent truck driver, is out of work due to the illness and has no disability insurance...
Wise counsel from Ms. Lusk (05/03/15)
This week the T-G caught up with Fredia Lusk, intervention counselor at Thomas Magnet School. If you know of anyone who would make for an interesting Sunday Conversation, please email Sadie Fowler at sfowler@t-g.com. T-G: As a native of Shelbyville, what is your most favorite thing to tell others about the town?...
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