Bullying is So Not Okay
Bullying is So Not Okay. That's the title of a book, "So Not Okay! Mean Girl Makeover," by best-selling author Nancy Rue. The first of three Mean Girl Trilogy books by Thomas Nelson Publishers in the story line is available in stores. Rue is more than an author. ...
Relishing the flavors of fall
Fall -- ahh -- a breath of fresh, cool, dry air. A welcome relief after the heat of summer. The gardens are winding down from the summer crops and cool season vegetables are taking over while the fall fruits ripen. It is the perfect time for relishes...
Coming up: Banned Book Week
Sponsored by the American Library Association, Banned Book Week, Sept. 21-27, celebrates the freedom to read and highlights free and open access to information. Librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers and readers of all types join together to support free expression of ideas, even the ones that are unorthodox and unpopular...
Heed the signs of a heart problem
My friend had quite a scare this week. She was sitting at her home computer just playing a game and her left arm and shoulder started hurting really bad. At first she tried to ignore it, like most people do, thinking it would go away. But, it only got worse...
Endless potential to achieve
Look, up in the sky! Last week I wrote about Batman and how we each adopt symbols--such as Mr. Wayne's bats--that represent our convictions. This led me to thinking about super-heroes in general--In particular, the most super of super-heroes, Superman. What exactly does Superman represent?...
So, here's the thing. I love to cook, and as part of that I love making fresh salsa, of which my co-workers usually seem to approve. But I've never, ever canned anything. So when the University of Tennessee Extension advertised a salsa canning class, I decided to check it out...
Sunday Conversation: Strayhorn advocates for the children
Wanda Strayhorn is the new executive director of CASA Works Inc. The non-profit organization advocates for abused and neglected children in Bedford, Coffee and Franklin counties. If you would like to nominate someone for Sunday Conversation contact editor Sadie Fowler at email@example.com...
dotMom event to be simulcast at church
LifeWay Christian Resources is slated to simulcast the annual dotMom event live from Hendersonville on Sept. 19-20. Fair Haven Baptist Church is serving as a host location for Bedford County. dotMOM, sponsored by Nashville-based publishing company LifeWay Christian Resources, is geared toward mothers of all stages, and plans to feature popular Bible teachers David Thomas -- who grew up in Shelbyville and has spoken at local luncheons -- Angie Smith, Jennie Allen, Carl and Heather Cartee and Steve and Debbie Wilson.. ...
University of Tennessee extension agent Whitney Danhof hosted a Seasonal Eating demonstration Wednesday at the Shelbyville/Bedford County Senior Citizens Center. Her topic was on dry beans. Half of all dry beans are grown in North Dakota and Michigan, she said, and they are nutrient dense. Dry beans are low in fat. A half cup has 115 calories and 8 grams of protein. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Prayer, praise and homecoming
Hurricane Grove Baptist Church will hold a prayer and praise rally for the nation 6:30 p.m. Sept. 20. Following the prayer time, the Magnolia Gospel Quartet from Mississippi, seen here, will sing. The church will hold homecoming Sunday, Sept. 21, starting at 10 a.m. The Magnolia Gospel Quartet will sing and Mike Gentry will be the speaker. Lunch will follow the service. (Submitted photo)
Destinations and Diversions: Food, fun to get fired up about
The Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce Firehouse Barbecue will be from 5-7 p.m. Monday at the Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy on Unionville-Deason Road. Free tours of the academy start at 4 with a live burn demonstration at 7:15. Door prizes will be given and there will be live music. Net proceeds benefit local fire departments/life safety devices for the community. A limited number of tickets are available from the Chamber office on Cannon Boulevard...
Foundation grants Thomas $2,000
This week, The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded Thomas Magnet School a youth literacy grant in the amount of $2,000 to support their Thomas Magnet School Growls with Reading Intervention Technology Program. Awarded at the beginning of the academic year, youth literacy grants from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation help provide teachers, schools and organizations with the funding and resources they need to properly begin the school year...
Fisher joins dental team
The dental office of Doctors Marvin Koonce and Brad Beard has added a new face to its staff. Todd Fisher, DDS, was recently added to the practice, located at 603 North Main Street across from the Shelbyville post office. Fisher, a native of Franklin, has been at the practice for a month now, and lives with his wife Jaclyn in Murfreesboro. He's been practicing dentistry for two years...
Kroger kicks off rewards program
Kroger has kicked off its Kroger Community Rewards program that lets customers select the charities to which Kroger will donate, based on dollars they spend in stores. This program replaced the former Kroger Cares gift Card fundraising program Kroger offered...
Great Lakes to hire 200
Great Lakes Cheese is opening a plant in Manchester. Located about halfway between Nashville and Chattanooga, this state-of-the-art, high speed cheese packaging facility adds manufacturing capacity and improves distribution in the regional market. At 330,000 square feet, the facility will include equipment proven to be the best in speed, efficiency and performance. The plant is expected to employ about 200 people by 2019...
Feed your business through networking
Just as it takes water and fertilizer to make a plant grow, it takes nurturing to make a business grow, one owner says. More specifically, it takes networking to spread the word about what your business offers, and a lunch event on Friday can help, said Nakai Waynick, owner of Celebration Travel. She and her husband Tom lead the Middle Tennessee Business Network (MTBN)...
ATA contributes to Lego League program
As a partner to the Tullahoma Chapter of the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE), the Aerospace Testing Alliance (ATA) Employee and Community Activities Committee (ECAC) recently provided a $3,300 donation for the purchase of robot kits for local FIRST LEGO League (FLL) teams...
Painting bras to fight cancer
They're not your normal works of art, but for some women, painted bras provide therapy in addition to helping fight breast cancer. Artist Becky Shelton is hosting a Painted Bra Party (yes, you read that right) on Sept. 27 at Antiques, Art & Collectibles Mall on the square in Shelbyville. The party is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and you may come at any time to paint. The fee of $35 will be donated to the American Cancer Society, Shelton said...
Sunday Conversation: Boys & Girls Club welcomes new leader
Brittany Montgomery, an Ohio native, moved to Middle Tennessee when she was young and has since then, become a true southerner. She attended the Boys and Girls' Club as a child and is now involved with the clubs as a professional. Montgomery was the Education Director of the Boys and Girls' Club of Rutherford County and has recently been named the new Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Bedford County...
Getting their groove on
When the temperature rises to the scorching upper 90s, most people opt to stay indoors. Not Jose Calixto and Juan Valenzuela. These two young men chose to bear the heat and work their beats at the Shelbyville Recreation Center last Tuesday. The competitive break dancers practice their skills regularly, rain or shine, and have been doing so for the last five years...
Destinations and Diversions: Cars and canning
The Halls Mill Outlaws are holding a car show from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 1725 U.S. 41A North. Proceeds benefit a Bedford County FFA Chapter trip. Car entry is $20 per car; entry is from 8 a.m. to noon. Dash plaques go to the first 25 entries. There will be three trophies for each class; there are 10 classes. There will be a 50/50 drawing and door prizes. For more information, call Perry Sanders at 224-0511, Brenda Sanders at 224-6297 or Jon Sanders at 224-6353...
Teacher of the Week nominees sought
American Paper & Twine Co., Titans Radio and Georgia-Pacific Communication Papers announced that Amanda Short from Mt. Carmel Elementary School in Hawkins County was selected as the Teacher of the Week for week one of the Titans 2014 football season...
Let the children walk on, too
The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration isn't the only horse show that occurs in Shelbyville during the last week of August. The kids at Mrs. Judie Pope's Daycare have a horse show of their own. Mrs. Judie Pope, a lifelong Shelbyville resident, has owned Mrs. Judie's Daycare for 44 years. Pope has always had a love for children, but she as many Shelbyville-natives do, also has a love for the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration...
Kale turns pasta into nutrient-dense delight
As a child, I was an incredibly picky eater. I wasn't just the kind of kid who didn't like to eat vegetables; I was the kid who would have a panic attack if her green beans and mashed potatoes came within an inch of each other on her dinner plate. I have since then become a little more relaxed about whether or not my food touches. ...
Local artist specializes in horse paintings
Many area residents and horse enthusiasts know Larry Lowman for his photography talents, but the local business man his also a talented painter, seen here with several of his pieces on hand for this year's Celebration goers. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Tu Tu's touts local items, artists
A new "unique boutique" has opened its doors in Shelbyville, and you'll find a lot of locally made items here. Tu Tu's Treasures, located at 117 Hickory Drive, held its grand opening and ribbon cutting this month, with owner David Pearce starting his own business...
Harton promotes benefits breastfeeding
Healthy People 2020 is a national health promotion and disease prevention initiative structured to bring together national, state, and local government agencies as well as businesses and communities to address major public health issues. In 2010 the Department of Health and Human Services released the Healthy People 2020 report which is a science-based, 10-year objective plan serving as a roadmap for improving our nation's health...
Exit Realty Bob Lamb & Memorial Associates has announced the return of Shawnn Gentry Ferrell to its Murfreesboro office. The office is located at 2630 Memorial Blvd. in Murfreesboro. Contact Shawnn at (615) 896-5656 or (615) 210-6710. The Middle Tennessee Business Network will host a networking, offering attendees a chance to meet new people and grow their businesses, Friday Sept. ...
Heritage welcomes Dr. Joseph Blythe
Heritage Medical Center is pleased to welcome Dr. Joseph "Joe" Blythe to the hospital's medical staff and community. As a board eligible and fellowship trained Spine Surgeon, Blythe brings a unique skill set to the hospital and to the surrounding communities...
Voice and Vision draws hot crowd
The high temperatures and almost unbearable heat on Friday didn't stop the Shelbyville's youth from enjoying The Voice and The Vision's Paint the Park event. More than 200 people showed up for the event, which included numerous activities such as food, music, kickball, a bounce house, and access to the batting cages...