When 'like' isn't really appropriate
One of the most awkward things about Facebook's user interface is the question of what to do when someone posts a vaguely-negative status update. Perhaps you don't have much to say in the way of a comment, but you want to acknowledge that you've read the update, and so you get ready, almost by force of habit, to click the "Like" button...
Crowd-pleasing -- and festive -- cranberries
Bright red and green. The colors of the holidays are everywhere in December. In the food world this means cranberries. These tart, colorful, versatile jewels of late fall are found in so many of the holiday treats. From cranberry breads and cookies to pork roasts and gelatin salads, cranberries add a refreshing flavor and color to the season...
The darkest day of the year
Black Friday. The term dates back to the 19th century and is believed to have originally referred to a financial crisis in 1869. Fast-forward almost a hundred years and the term starts to be associated with the day after Thanksgiving--the biggest shopping day of the year...
'I just want to be with you'
Early in the morning my granddaughter, Kori, opens my bedroom door just a crack and peers in at me lying in bed. I see her little head silhouetted in the doorway. Then I hear her sweet little voice saying, "Hi, Papa!" I usually greet her with, "Good morning, baby girl!"...
There's much to be thankful for
Another Thanksgiving has come and gone, but I continue to think about the reason for the season. What are you thankful for? I try to remind myself to be thankful for the simple things: shelter, even though rent is ridiculously expensive and the house is very drafty; food, even though it's expensive -- we try to eat local and fresh, versus having everything from a can; and health, even though it's been rough in the past but is great now...
Harton names new COO
Harton Regional Medical Center announced today that Trevor Castaneda has been named as the new chief operating officer. Castaneda comes to Harton Regional from Williamson Memorial Hospital in Williamson, W. Va., where he served as interim chief executive officer...
Digging into history
If you happened to be driving along North Main Street last week and wondered why men with metal detectors were scouring the surface of the freshly cleared ground near the Waffle House, you're not alone. They were treasure hunters, so to speak, several of them looking for Civil War relics -- some for profit and some for the sheer pleasure of collecting...
Special gifts help recipients, state and farmers
With just a couple of weeks left in the shopping season, retail aisles, catalogs and cyberspace are stuffed with things to buy. But somehow, there often seems to be little of real substance to give. When you want your gift to be a true reflection of how much you care, it can be hard to find a stand-out present, one that really meets a need and will be appreciated all through the year...
Utility program assists those in need
Atmos Energy is encouraging its customers to help neighbors in need by participating in the natural gas provider's Sharing The Warmth program. "It's as easy as rounding-up the pennies on your natural gas bill," said Dan Alderson, Atmos Energy director of energy assistance. "That excess change goes straight into our Sharing the Warmth program, which can then be distributed to low-income residents this winter."...
Antique, Arts & Collectibles mall holds table decoration contest
Antiques, Arts & Collectibles Mall is holding a holiday table decoration contest through Dec. 21, said owner Carol Price. Tables are decorated with Christmas and Thanksgiving themes by participating vendors. Customers may pick up a ballot at the front desk and vote for their favorites. Voters will be eligible to win prizes, Price said. (T-G File Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Jazzy arrangements brighten familiar hymns
Jamey Simmons's mother-in-law is a church pianist in Wisconsin, while Simmons himself, a resident of the Normandy area, is director of jazz studies at Middle Tennessee State University, and an arranger and composer. For years, he's written beautiful, jazz-influenced arrangements of hymns and sent them to her as birthday or Christmas presents...
Sunday Conversation: Monajjem grateful to live, work in Shelbyville area
Dr. Navid Monajjem is a father, husband, surgeon, aviation medical examiner and community volunteer. He coordinated the recent Veterans Day 5K race for Bedford Cancer Foundation, for which he is a board member. T-G: Describe your medical practice...
Wedding on the square
After having a wedding photo taken at Bedford County Courthouse last Saturday, Reyna and Mateo Gaspar walk back to their car on their way to more wedding celebrations. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
It's decoration time in Shelbyville!
The Shelbyville Satellite Group, which is part of the larger Cheekwood Chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America (EGA), recently gathered for its 28th annual tree decorating. Each year, the group gathers at a different bank and decorates a Christmas tree. This year, the lucky bank was Peoples Bank, located at 1122 N. Main St...
Help with health care sign-up
You've most likely heard the confusion surrounding the website for the Health Insurance Marketplace, the government's new platform for offering affordable health insurance. While the site may not be fully functional yet, Heritage Medical Center's application counselors can help make things more clear and assist with the sign-up process...
Holiday open houses
Local businesses have begun hosting holiday open houses. The Times-Gazette will publish this schedule each Wednesday. Here's what's happening this weekend. Friday, Dec. 6 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Refreshments and door prizes Locations: 635 N. Main St., Ste. E (Main Street Professional Complex)...
Belden joins law firm
Westmoreland Law Firm in Shelbyville has announced the addition of attorney Brian Belden to its staff. Belden recently relocated to Bell Buckle, but he's no stranger to Middle Tennessee. He grew up in Columbia and completed his undergraduate degree at Middle Tennessee State University...
Spa helps reduce stress
You may enter the building stressed, but once they get their hands on you, will leave Balance Massage Spa feeling revitalized. With their experienced licensed massage therapists (LMT) on staff, they can perform massages of the full body, do a chair massage or foot massage reflexology...
Apolnia Nicolos, Jazmyn Watson and Jordan Melanson shared a birthday on 11/12/13. They are students at Eakin Elementary School. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Sacrificial love: Sarah Beth, 11, will give birthday gifts to needy student
A Community Elementary School fifth-grader is foregoing birthday presents to instead present gifts to one of her peers. Sarah Beth Stacy turns 11 on Friday, Dec. 6. She is hosting a party after school that day for six of her friends. But instead of her guests bringing toys and other gifts for her, they will bring money -- to provide Christmas for a child in need at Community...
Sunday Conversation: Elisha Hodge
Elisha Hodge is a legal eagle for the state of Tennessee and a Bedford County native. She works as the open records counsel for the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury's Office of Open Records. The Office of Open Records counsel serves as the contact for concerns on access to local government public records under the Tennessee Public Records Act (Tenn. ...
Mildred Bomar celebrated 100th birthday
Longtime Bedford County resident Mildred Bomar recently celebrated her 100th birthday in Nashville, where she now resides. Over 160 well-wishers attended the festivities. She was wife of the late Edgar Alan "Teddy" Bomar of Wartrace. They were dedicated members of Wartrace United Methodist Church for many years. ...
Pet adoption trees
The Shelbyville Central High School NHS Service Learning Leadership class decorated two pet adoption Christmas trees for the Shelbyville-Bedford County Humane Association.
You can adopt dogs and cats from these trees in the Antiques, Arts & Collectibles Mall on the square and at The Fly Arts Center. Pictured (in no order) are: Octavio Ayala, Preston
Brown, Sarah Coker, Brittany Cook, Allen Doyle, Courtney Hornaday, Amanda Jones, Madison Martin, Tiana Sanders, Ellie Smith, Garret Smotherman, Jonathan Smotherman,
Shelby Smotherman, Karla Suazo, Alisha Tillman and Christie Tran. (Submitted photo)
Toys for Tots
Marine Corps League Detachment 1128 Commandant Dave Uselton presents
Col. Ken Crowell, USMC retired, with a $500 donation to the 2013 Toys for Tots
Program. (Submitted photo)
On Saturday, Nov. 23, the Cascade FFA chapter worked with the Shelbyville, Bell
Buckle and Wartrace Fire Departments to conduct a smoke detector drive. After
completing a two-hour training session, 20 FFA members, 10 alumni members and
six volunteer firefighters hit the streets of Bell Buckle and Wartrace to inspect and/
or install smoke detectors. The chapter was very successful and installed 90 smoke
detectors, while delivering literature about fire safety. Pictured are Haley Hollis and
Carter McAnally. (Submitted photo)
Students get financial advice from Dave Ramsey
Students in the personal finance class at The Webb School completed a course created by Dave Ramsey, personal money management expert, best-selling author and nationally syndicated radio show host. To reinforce what they have learned in the classroom, the students traveled to Financial Peace Plaza in Brentwood to hear firsthand how to avoid some of the financial pitfalls that plague young adults and how to plan for the future...
Garden club assists state's first lady
One of Volunteer Garden Club's state projects is to help Tennessee's First Lady with flowers in the Executive Mansion. Ten Designers were asked to help with Decorations for a fundraising luncheon to improve the gardens and landscaping. Two were from the Volunteer Garden Club, June Gilmore and Becky Nichols...
A 20-year tradition continues next month
It's a spectacular show many would expect to find in venues like Nashville -- but not down in Shelbyville. First Baptist Church is once again presenting The Living Christmas Tree -- a Shelbyville tradition of 20 years, with performances set for 7 p.m. on Dec. 6, 7 and 9, with a 3 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Dec. 8...
Budget gaming systems still offer a bundle
For those on a budget, buying the newest gaming system might not be an option. The current generation of consoles and smaller devices still have plenty to offer at a manageable price. The PlayStation 3 (PS3) from Sony and Microsoft's Xbox 360 have been mainstays, with plenty of games, apps and content available for both systems...
Webb students visit craft center
Approximately 50 students from The Webb School in Bell Buckle visited the Appalachian Center for Craft in Smithville this month, as part of a program organized by the Friends of the Appalachian Center for Craft of Tennessee (FACCT). Webb art teacher Michael Quinn brings his students to the center each year. ...