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Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
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Book: Women can 'Rise Up!' for Jesus
A new book by Thomas Nelson Publishers invites women to "Just Rise Up!" and put Jesus first. "Just Rise Up! A Call to Make Jesus Famous" is the latest in the InScribed series, a study series written by women for women. The author is Sarah Francis Martin, a wife and mother from North Carolina...
Email tips make reading messages a little easier
I was looking for an idea for the column this week when I got a meeting notice from a local not-for-profit. The meeting notice was just a sentence or two long, just the date, time and place where the group's board of directors would be meeting. But it was contained in a Microsoft Word (.doc) file attached to an email. The email itself just said "Thank you," with the sender's name...

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month
We use our phones, tablets, computers and more to connect to the internet year-round. Today we are more connected than ever. We use the internet at home and work often forgetting there can be a dark side. With the devices we use, we have to remember that we are at a risk for fraud and theft more than ever. While it is easy to become complacent, everyone needs to remain alert when surfing, checking emails and setting up new devices...
Robertson family, Thomas Nelson release NKJV edition
Fans of "Duck Dynasty" will be quacking over an upcoming study Bible with life-application stories written by two of the Robertson family members. Thomas Nelson Publishers will release "The Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible" on Tuesday, Oct. 28. The executive editors of this New King James Version edition are Phil and Al Robertson...
Books, books, books at Argie Cooper library
One of the best parts of my job is getting to shop for books and other library materials. Of course, my husband will quickly tell you that shopping in general is my favorite sport. But seriously, it takes a fair amount of work to make sure that you have a balanced and well-rounded collection. ...
Destinations and Diversions: 5K, Child Safety Day here; BBQ in Lynchburg (10/23/14)
United Way of Bedford County will hold its annual Spooktacular 5K and its annual Child Safety Day this Saturday. Child Safety Day will take place 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday at H.V. Griffin Park. It will include public service and emergency response agencies on scene, with fire trucks and other emergency vehicles for kids to view up-close...
Stroke, osteoporosis screenings planned (10/23/14)
Bedford County residents can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke or bone fracture. Bedford County Farm Bureau, 323 Bethany Lane, will host a Life Line Screening event on Tuesday. Mary Davis of Oliver Springs attended a Life Line Screening and said, "I want to thank you very much because this screening saved my life."...
'Dog-gone' fun in 4-H (10/23/14)
4-H is amazing! I am very involved in the 4-H dog project; as well as other areas in 4-H. You may be wondering "Well, what is the 4-H dog project?" The Dog project brings 4-H'ers from across the county to learn how to train their dogs in obedience and agility. ...
My 4-H experiences (10/23/14)
I am 13 years old and I am a member of the livestock judging, photography, and embroidery groups. I am also in the sheep project. We raise two breeds of sheep and we have about 40 on our farm. I go to the regional and state level competitions. I also learn health and maintenance for my animals. My next project is livestock judging. We start in February and practice until April. We judge sheep, goats, cattle and swine. We go the Tennessee Beef Agribition and the regional 4-H contests...
'I was thrilled when they elected me' (10/23/14)
4-H offers tomorrow's leaders several opportunities to develop leadership, citizenship, and public speaking skills. One of the most fun and exciting skills that I have learned through the program this year is how to run for office. 4-H's biggest event in Tennessee is State Roundup - where youth from all over the state compete in various project portfolio competitions. ...
4-H Honor Club (10/23/14)
4-H Honor Club is the first club that I was initiated in entering my middle school and high school years. Becoming an Honor Club member, was something I had to earn. The 4-H advisors, Mrs. Emily and Mrs. Raegan, at the time, started to visit our 4th grade class and introduced 4-H to us. There on, I started to participate in 4-H activities such as: speech contests, demonstration contests, and geo caching. I kept my involvement until I reached enough points to be initiated into the club...
4-H opportunities (10/23/14)
This year in 4-H I enjoyed many fun and educational events. I am a member of the Bedford County 4-H Honor Club as part of that we do a thing called exchange. Exchange is a two-year commitment. The first year we host the 4-H club from another state and then the next year we travel to that state. ...
A senior's farewell (10/23/14)
I can't believe that I am a senior and my 4-H years are coming to an end. 4-H has been an extremely important part of my life. I have enjoyed the many projects in which I have participated, the friends I have made and the fun I have had. Recently I attended the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin. ...
4-H Exchange program (10/23/14)
Over the past two summers, the 4-H groups from Tennessee counties of Bedford and Lincoln participated in an event known as exchange with the California county of Stanislaus. 4-H Exchange is an amazing experience where each state takes turns hosting the other state, teaching the local agriculture, industry and entertaining each other with several festivities. Each member is paired with a 4-H member from the other state's 4-H group...
4-H Memories (10/23/14)
I can't believe my time in 4-H is almost over. As I reflect back on the years of 4-H I can't help but smile and remember the friends I have made the experiences that I would not have otherwise gotten to do and the amazing opportunities to help others...
Local chili-head looks for a jackpot in Vegas (10/22/14)
After winning the red chili category at the International Chili Society's Tennessee state cookoff held in Shelbyville in July, Dicky Thorpe is going to try his luck in Las Vegas. Thorpe, who lives in Shelbyville and is a supervisor at the Nissan plant in Smyrna, and his son Will are on a road trip to compete in ICS's world grand championship cookoff this weekend in Las Vegas, and then from there they'll drive to Terlingua, Texas, to compete in the 48th Annual 2014 Original Terlingua International Frank X. ...
Garden club learns about recycling (10/22/14)
Volunteer-Shelbyville Garden Club held its October meeting at the Bedford County Farm Bureau building with Ann Spencer, Margaret Hicks and Ardis Caffey as hostesses. Sylvia Pinson was introduced as the newest member. Members volunteered to bring flowers from their gardens and prepare arrangements for the Library Luncheon on October 14. The District II meeting is being held October 29 at Murfreesboro's Stones River Country Club...
Take a closer look at those grocery bags (10/22/14)
Each month, Bedford County spends $20,000 of your money to dispose of waste in a landfill. The price is currently being renegotiated by the Interlocal Solid Waste Authority and could go up or down depending on the outcome. Anything that reduces the waste stream saves your tax dollars -- and also makes landfills last longer, according to Bedford County recycling coordinator Diane Forbes...
Share your favorite church recipes (10/22/14)
Recently I asked people who attend various churches to submit their favorite church recipes. These could be recipes from potlucks, chili suppers, reunions or any church-type event. Two ladies -- who both attend New Bethel Baptist -- answered my call and submitted. I would love to receive recipes from a wide variety of churches, along with your memories associated with the dishes...
Ghost story: Grandpa's Halloween (10/22/14)
Tonight is Halloween, but the weather has not been very cooperative. It's warm; the sky is bright and clear. Even the moon's crescent smile is not here. There are no prospects of an icy rain, of howling three-eyed monsters and their companions, the ghouls with desiccated skins falling off their white bones....
Quick or slow, beans or no, chili always satisfies (10/22/14)
What makes a good bowl of chili? The are as many answers as there are dutch ovens ... or slow-cookers ... or pressure cookers. Some people use ground meat for a quick and easy chili, but serious competitors used chunks of meat (or very coarsely-ground "chili grind" meat, which can occasionally be found in supermarket meat cases) to stand up to long, slow simmering...
Church presents evangelistic walk-through drama (10/22/14)
North Fork Baptist Church will present its walk-through drama "Life House" Nov. 2-6 and Nov. 8. Rob McKamey, pastor of the church, has been involved with similar walk-through dramas for the past 10 years, and this is the third year for him to organize one at North Fork...
Ms. Lynda, Fran-Fran spread sunshine (10/22/14)
In a surprise recognition, the Community Development Center (CDC), the Jack Palmer family and the Tune-Farrar families honored Lynda Johnson and Frances Snelling at the Bright Temple Church morning service this past Sunday. These two ladies have been pillars of love and caring for many years to families throughout the community...
Ghost stories: Rachel's spooky tale (10/22/14)
I was running as fast as I could. He was too fast. Next thing I knew, he was right beside me. I was cold, as if my bare feet were shoved into the deepest, coldest snow. Do you want to know how I got into this mess? It all started three days before Halloween 2014...
Ghost stories: Paris in the autumn (10/22/14)
Leaves began to fall on the trampoline. The mother of the boy playing in the backyard calls to him. "It's late!" She pointed out. "Time for bed." The boy finished drawing the face on his pumpkin. "Mom, are you going to carve it tonight?" She held up the soon-to-be Jack-O-Lantern, happy to say, with a smile, "Sure thing, hon."...
Ghost stories: The Ancient Talisman (10/22/14)
The day had come that I would lose everything. If only I had done what he said, this wouldn't have happened. I wouldn't have lost them. I wouldn't be alone. It all started a few weeks ago when I was told that an ancient treasure lay in the depths of the dark forest. Maybe I could be the one who finds it and goes down in history. I couldn't be more wrong...
Bringing light to the land of the midnight sun (10/19/14)
A team from Bedford and Marshall counties took a week-and-a-half mission trip last July and August, leaving on July 24 and returning Aug. 2. But they never stopped to enjoy the sunset -- or the sunrise, either. That's because there wasn't one. Participants from several churches in the New Duck River Baptist Association traveled to Shungnak, Alaska, to minister among the Inupiat, a tribe of native Alaskans. ...
Sunday Conversation: Ward joins CCCB as new administrator (10/19/14)
Michael Ward was born and raised in Sewanee, graduated from Franklin County High in 1983. Ward serves as the new administrator for Christian Care Center in Shelbyville. He has been married to his wife Nancy for 28 years and they have three children: Randy, Joseph and Hailee and one granddaughter, Alyssia, who calls her grandfather "Poppy."...
Musical Webb grad may be a rising star (10/17/14)
A Webb School graduate has recorded and released a single that was the winner of Vanderbilt University's first annual Vandy Star songwriting competition. Sarah Jennings' single, "Addicted To You" was recorded at Kingswood Studios in Nashville this August. Lamon Records plans to distribute the single internationally everywhere music is sold...
Destinations & Diversions: It's Webb Craft Fair time again (10/16/14)
The 38th Annual Webb School Art and Craft Show will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. The event features arts, crafts, food and art demonstrations with more than 500 booths throughout town. The event began not long after Webb had gone co-ed, when almost all of its alumni were still men. ...

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