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Living for today
If you purchased a video drone and decided to fly around my house every day for the past couple of weeks you would have most assuredly arrived at the conclusion that I am extremely spoiled. I prefer to call it blessed, but it could be classified as spoiled. Just a little over a week ago my wife gave birth to our second child. A precious little 6-pound, 11-ounce baby girl, with a head full of thick, dark hair...
Filmmaking rabbi calls for revival
One man is calling for a revival in America. It's not a revival with tents in fields and guest speakers from visiting churches thundering out a message from the New Testament. No, this revival-caller attends a synagogue, and the scripture he is quoting is from the Torah -- more specifically, the Book of Genesis. (The Jewish Torah includes the first five books of the Christian Old Testament, but of course, well predates Christianity.)...
109 years of living a rustic life
A dear friend of mine celebrated her 109th birthday this month. Irene Eskey, affectionately called Grandma, is a Navajo woman who has lived on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Northern Arizona all of her life. She has never had electricity or running water in her home, and that is just fine with her...
'New Screen Savers' could be a fun tech show
Regular readers of this column may notice that I occasionally cite things I heard from Leo Laporte or guests on his show "This Week In Tech." I've been a fan of Leo's for years, since he was the face of the TV network TechTV (originally ZDTV, but I don't go that far back). ...
Lessons of the skinned knee
I recently reconnected with an old friend on Facebook. Jim was my pastor at the church I attended in Tucson, Arizona in the 70s. He made quite an impact on my life at that time, and he was instrumental in me going on to Bible College to prepare for ministry...
Sunday Conversation: Brinkley talks books, art and love (04/26/15)
This week the T-G caught up with business co-owner and actress, Ashley Brinkley. If you have anyone you think would make for an interesting Sunday Conversation, please email Sadie Fowler at sfowler@t-g.com. T-G: You grew up in Shelbyville and graduated from SCHS. If you had to describe that experience to someone from a big city, what would you tell them?...
Getting down with Danica: Style expert urges confidence through fashion blog (04/26/15)
It's hard to miss Danica Woodard; not counting her studded high heels and curly hair, she stands 6-foot-3. Her height, though, isn't the only thing that immediately draws you to her. She has a 100-watt smile, an infectious laugh and, most noticeably, she exudes complete confidence. It's that absolute confidence that Danica wishes to share with other women through the fashion advice she gives in her blog, iseekfashion.com...
Suddenly, a star is born: Stage becomes a new outlet (04/24/15)
"I am not crazy! I've just been in a very bad mood for 40 years!" With both hip and head cocked, Jeanne Edwards delivered every line with Southern sass and a gritty edge. The audience vigorously applauded Edwards on her first entrance into Truvy's Beauty Shop and screamed with laughter throughout the performance...
Nature's beauty is springing out all over (04/19/15)
Redbuds have burst into their pink blossom. Dogwood trees--like brides in their frothy veil--are covered with exquisite flowers. The Tennessee hills. which only a few weeks ago were encased in a sheath of ice and snow, now are green with infant leaves and the hope of a glorious season to come...
The exotic life of Samson Ounekham (04/19/15)
This week the T-G caught up with local business owner and animal enthusiast Samson Ounekham. If you know anyone who would make for an interesting Sunday Conversation, email Sadie Fowler at sfowler@t-g.com. T-G: Where are you originally from? How did you end up in the area?...
Clinton, Mangrum engaged (04/19/15)
Laura Katherine Clinton and Joshua Nathan Mangrum, both of Shelbyville, have announced their engagement. The bride-elect is the daughter of Byron and Patti Clinton of Shelbyville. She is the granddaughter of Dick and Faye Abernathy of Shelbyville and Pat Sanders and the late Ray Clinton of Columbia, Mississippi...
Aiming at the moon: One small step for Hal Smith (04/19/15)
Several years back I was working for a local painter in town and we ended up working for a man named Hal Smith. We were at Mr. Smith's house for couple of weeks, painting several rooms. During one of the conversations with Mr. Smith, he told us of the work he did that was directly involved with our countries' first trip to the moon. Growing up, I was always interested in space exploration, so he had my attention from the first mention of being involved with the Apollo mission...
Bomar carries on parents' beliefs (04/12/15)
"Why, sure! You can come interview me. Do I have to wear a tie? I don't usually wear one to work, but I'll put on one if need be." Wayne Bomar's deep, boisterous voice carries over the Easter Sunday crowd, but his tone is gentle and reassuring. The epitome of a Southern gentleman, Bomar is polite and quick to smile as he welcomes you into his office. True to his word, he isn't wearing a tie; rather, a plaid button up, a pair of khakis, and suspenders...
Power of belief: Dowsing rods work for Stubblefield, but he gives all the credit to God (04/12/15)
"I'm going to tell you now, there won't be one person out of 100 that will believe in these things, unless they see them work," says Dwight Stubblefield as he holds up his dowsing rods. "Sometimes, they don't believe anyways." Stubblefield is a shorter gentleman, with slick, white hair that he combs to one side. He has on a pair of tortoise-shell glasses that hide his cloudy blue eyes. With a slow Southern drawl, Stubblefield speaks with enthusiasm and charm...
Sunday Conversation: Slaughter at perfect stage in life (04/12/15)
This week the T-G caught up with student and actress Lindsey Slaughter. If you have anyone you think would make for an interesting Sunday Conversation please contact Sadie Fowler at sfowler@t-g.com. T-G: You are a musician and performer. What fostered and contributed to this in your life?...
S'mores galore! Cooking with kids creates satisfaction (04/12/15)
The art of cooking, passing down family recipes and culinary techniques, is rapidly becoming lost as our lives become increasingly busy. It's all too easy to "grab and go" these days; picking up dinner from take out spots to get the family fed and manage our time. However, there is a case to be made for carving out a few minutes to pick up the wooden spoon and cook with your kids...
Rescue your yard! (04/08/15)
Before you dig into your next outdoor project, Atmos Energy invites you to enter its Yard Rescue 811 contest. As part of National Safe Digging Month in April, the contest reminds property owners, construction crews and do-it-yourselfers to stay safe by always calling 811 before digging...
Fly high, Davin: Southside kids remember classmate (04/08/15)
Southside Elementary students gathered March 24 to pay tribute to classmate Davin Lynch on what would have been his 11th birthday. Davin lost his life in a traffic accident on Dec, 19, 2014. Southside fifth grader Azaezha Williams proposed the idea that she and her classmates release balloons on Davin's birthday...
Jack Daniel's defeats challengers in state legislature (04/08/15)
NASHVILLE (AP) -- Jack Daniel's has turned back the latest challenge to a state law that determines which spirits can be marketed as "Tennessee Whiskey," but upstart distillers hoping their brands make the cut vow the fight isn't over for good. Opponents of the law enacted at the behest of Jack Daniel's in 2013 said they withdrew their repeal measure Tuesday to try to generate more support before next year's legislative session. ...
Athena earns Chamber nod (04/08/15)
Athena Broadband internet providers earned recognition as the Shelbyville Bedford-County Chamber members of the month. From left: Stephanie Crosslin of the Chamber; John Rowland and Josh Lynch, owners of Athena; and Chamber CEO Allen Pitner. (T-G Photo by Sadie Fowler)
Teen throws fashion show for special needs youths (04/05/15)
A young lady with a heart for serving others is throwing a fashion show to celebrate the beauty of girls with special needs -- and she could use your help. Marissa Countess is the organizer of "Shining Stars," an event to spotlight, encourage and boost the self-esteem of local special needs girls ages 6-12th grade...
About Marissa and Shining Stars (04/05/15)
My name is Marissa Countess. I'm 17 and attend Cascade High School. I enjoy staying on the go with church activities, service clubs, friends, crafting and traveling. I value time with my family which consists of two fabulous younger brothers and outstanding parents who are led by God to mold me into who I am today. (My parents are Russ and Natalie Countess)...
Sunday Conversation: Teaching, athletics make Jennifer Gray's life (04/05/15)
T-G: When did you decide to become a teacher? What influenced that decision? Gray: As long as I can remember, I have always wanted to become a teacher. I have always enjoyed working with children and being able to help them gain confidence they never knew they had so therefore becoming a teacher was my way to accomplish that goal. ...
Webb students travel for spring break (04/05/15)
Two groups are using the 2015 spring break to travel and study. Trips are being led to Peru and to Canyonlands National Park in Utah. Susan Mullen, Webb's strings teacher and string orchestra director, is leading the Peru trip March 29-April 5 with 15 students and six parents. She will be assisted by Gayle McClanahan, Webb's graphic designer, and Mike Quinn, art teacher. Among students making the trip are Jessica Avery of Wartrace and Erin Parsons of Shelbyville...
Destinations & Diversions: Easter eggs, gospel groups and Hee Haw (04/02/15)
The 50 Cent Auction Group is hosting an Easter egg hunt Saturday at the Bedford County Agriculture Center from 5 p.m. Free hot dogs while supplies last and games for the kids. l First Baptist Church (Depot St.) is hosting an Easter egg hunt Saturday at Walnut Ridge Farms, 1198 Whiteside Hill Road. Hunt begins at 10 a.m. There will be food, a bounce house, double super slide and a zip line. Children attending should bring a basket...
Easter shouldn't be about sugar (04/01/15)
"Easter, except for Halloween, is the biggest holiday of the year for candy," said Keith Kantor, a nutritionist and co-author of the children's book "The Green Box League of Nutritious Justice." That can be a bad thing -- especially since Easter-themed events may stretch out over a week or more...
New 1 Voice is loud and clear: It's worth it (04/01/15)
I will be the first to admit, I'm not a "techy" kind of person. I use my cell phone primarily to talk to people or text, take photos, check social media accounts, and -- above and beyond all else -- listen to music. I'd lose it if I lost my phone, as I feel my whole life is connected to it. I use an iPhone because it is the most user-friendly, and meets my simple needs...
Scales finds walk in life, concentrates on growing church (04/01/15)
While sitting in his MBA courses at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC), Jason Scales wasn't trying to figure out how to grow a successful business, but rather pondering different ways churches could grow and reach their communities. "We were doing case studies on Jos. A. Bank and Dell, how they got started--marketing and all that, and I'd be thinking about church," said Scales...
Arnett named to Martin Methodist trustees (04/01/15)
Jack Daniel Distillery master distiller Jeff Arnett was among four new members named to the Martin Methodist College Board of Trustees. The college announced the new trustees and elected three new officers at a recent meeting. Arnett, Debbie Cassetty, Harriet Norrie and Joelle Phillips were recently introduced to the 37-member board while three other Trustees were voted in as officers...
Adams discovers life around Dead Sea (04/01/15)
As a student of biblical history since an early age, Ronnie Adams always wanted to make a trip to Israel. Adams, a faithful subscriber to Biblical Archeology and a pastor, eventually got his opportunity in 2001, and hasn't stopped visiting the Holy Land since...
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