The (electronic) nose knows
Microsoft has now released Cortana, its Siri-like digital assistant, as an Android app, albeit in a beta test version. You have to sign up for the beta test before downloading the software. Cortana began life as a feature of Windows Phone, but it's now moved to the desktop as a part of Windows 10 and is tightly integrated with Microsoft's new Edge browser. Users who discover Cortana on the desktop will be able to also use the assistant on their Android phones...
One thankful American
Back in the 70s, when I was a Bible college student in Southern California, I made a trip to Tijuana, Mexico with a group of classmates. This "field trip" was for one of our college courses entitled Cross Cultural Communications. It was to be a life-lesson for us...
I recently acquired a large magnifying glass. It's a really heavy desktop magnifying glass, complete with a bendable spine and round, solid-metal base to hold it in place. I didn't really need a magnifying glass, but when I saw it I couldn't resist...
Reel in pages of shaky times
My husband and I went to the movies a few weeks ago to see "San Andreas." There were lots of excellent special effects and poor old San Francisco really took a hit. It got me to remembering my first earthquake experience. I wish all the earthquakes in the world could be movie fantasy and no one had to go through them in real life...
All the television you want -- and then some
As we teeter between a past of scheduled, channel-based programming and a future of on-demand, streaming programming, the head of FX Networks said to a gathering of TV writers recently that there is "too much television." That's right; the head of a group of TV networks said this...
Destinations & Diversions: It's Celebration time again!
Evening classes at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration begin at 7 tonight. Trade Fair The Celebration Trade Fair will be held through Sept. 5 inside Calsonic Arena. Hours are 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. each day. Additional vendors will be added starting Saturday...
Contractor luncheon held
Wholesale Supply Group and SERVPRO held what they hope to be the first of a regular series of cookout luncheons for contractors last Thursday at Wholesale Supply Group, said Mickey Casson, one of the organizers. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Brighten Your Corner award
The Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce Beautification Committee presents the Brighten Your Corner award to East Depot Street merchants Northcutt Surveying, Elaborate Images and the (Pat) McMillian Building, where McMillian used to reside. Linda Nichols presents the plaque on behalf of First Community Bank, the award's sponsor. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
First Community Bank Kids Club event
First Community Bank's Kids Club Event was held August 1. Kids Club members got to paint a picture, learn about savings and received a free t-shirt and goodie bag. (Submitted photos)
NED Show teaches important lessons
Students at Liberty School had an interesting assembly Wednesday -- using yo-yos to teach kids how to do and be at their best. It was The NED Show, which stands for Never Give Up, Encourage Others and Do you Best. "We're really pushing our kids to do well," said Jordan Tatom, Liberty's new guidance counselor...
Working with Angels: Couple felt led to open business in Shelbyville
When Jason Melton and his wife, Brooke, first moved to Bedford County people puzzlingly asked why they chose the area. They are both originally from Alabama. Their honest reply was that they weren't really sure. The answers didn't become clear for the couple until a bit later...
Sunday Conversation: The versatile life of Ryan Clanton
Wise beyond his years, Ryan Clanton is a local young man with a variety of interests. He enjoys a life filled with activities to nurture his mind, body and spirit. If you would like to nominate someone for Sunday Conversation contact Sadie Fowler at email@example.com...
Destinations & Diversions: Floatin', ridin' and tailgatin' this weekend
The fifth annual Chili Pepper River Float and Barbecue will be Saturday. Bring labeled kayaks, tubes, floats and chairs to 105 Patton Drive (Bennie & Toot's). Check-in at 1 p.m. Load floats and kayaks from 1-2. Hay wagons leave at 2. Organizers furnish transport to float. $15 donation supports Shelbyville-Bedford County Humane Association. For more information, call Bennie Carter at 205-0124 or Tooter Fulton at 639-0457. Entertainment by Kross Town band. The rain out date is Sunday...
Davis, Armstrong are alternate delegates
Mark Davis of Shelbyville and Kenneth B. Armstrong of Unionville have been elected as alternate delegates to the 132nd Annual American Angus Association Convention of Delegates, Nov. 5 at the Overland Park Convention Center in Overland Park, Kansas, reports Richard Wilson, Interim CEO of the American Angus Association...
Pampered contest winner
Donna Blanche of Shelbyville was the winner of a spa day at Joi De Vie Salon on South Cannon Boulevard as part of a Times-Gazette subscription promotion held earlier this summer. On Tuesday, Blanche redeemed her prize -- a pedicure, haircut, hair style, manicure, massage, facial and a gift certificate to Catie's Country Chic Boutique, which adjoins the salon. "The phone will be in the car," Blanche told her children. "If you need something, call Dad -- don't call me." From left are Madison Finch, Blanche, Lynn Dropka Womack, Dave Armour and Melanie Sliger. Womack said the salon was delighted to partner with the Times-Gazette to put on the contest. New T-G subscribers during the contest period were entered in a random drawing for the prize. Joi De Vie, which Womack said is the county's only full-service salon, is at 332 South Cannon Boulevard and can be reached at 684-5471. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
Trucking moves America forward
Titan Transfer has joined the Trucking Moves America Forward campaign, to promote the importance of trucking in the everyday lives of the public. The company has three trailers newly wrapped with promotional graphics promoting the campaign. "We are proud to be a part of the Trucking Moves America Forward program by covering three of our newest trailers with the message, and we hope that many Americans will come to appreciate all of the hardworking individuals in the trucking industry," said Titan CEO Tommy Hodges. Many essential products, both for work and home, depend on the trucking industry, and truck drivers may leave their families for weeks on end to deliver those products. Titan president Phillip Edwards said, "We are proud to be a part of Trucking Moves America Forward. Our industry employees over 7 million hard working people and we are glad to help spread the word that without the trucking employees America would stop." (Submitted photo)
TuTu's celebrates birthday
Tutu's Treasures celebrated its first anniversary Saturday, Aug. 15. Representatives from the boutique thanked their customers for their loyalty and are looking forward to meeting new customers in the upcoming year. They have a large selection of gifts, home decor, clothing, and baby items. TuTu's Treasures is located at 117 Hickory Dr, behind Traders Bank on Main Street. (Submitted photo)
American dream: Singer pitches her talent to 'Idol' judges
When Mary Know Williams sent in a video audition to American Idol, she wasn't expecting to receive a call just a week later asking her to come to a private audition. "I was absolutely ecstatic," said Williams of the phone call. "I was not expecting it."...
Sunday Conversation: Hampton talks hair, music and family
Sondra Hampton is a familiar face to many in Bedford County. A graduate of Community High School, she has been active in the community her entire life. Hampton has recently been seen acting in comedic skits in the annual Hee Haw and Howdy production for Relay for Life, a cause dear to Hampton's heart...
An easy stretch for physical therapist
Rob Colasso approaches the waiting area with a broad smile. "Hey there! How are you this morning?" he asks the patient. He listens actively as they describe the knee pain they've been having and immediately begins describing different therapies to help rehabilitate and ease the pain -- a therapy he believes in and loves...
Marsha's busy baking baklava
The Times-Gazette's Marsha Addessi tried her hand at a new challenge in the kitchen this week, baking the delicious Mediterranean sweet treat, much to the appreciation of her biggest fans at the newspaper. Baklava is a rich, sweet pastry made of layers of filo filled with chopped nuts and sweetened and held together with syrup or honey. It is characteristic of the cuisines of the former Ottoman Empire, and is also found in Central and Southwest Asia...
Fun on the ranch, at the hop, at the VFW
The Rickey Smith Memorial JAKES Day (an acronym for Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship) will be held 8 a.m. until noon Saturday at Arrowhead Ranch, 239 Cortner Mill Road near Normandy, sponsored by the Bedford County Longbeards chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation. ...
Chicago meets Shelbyville: Calderone returns with hot dogs, Italian fare
Hot diggity, dog diggity, Shelbyville is getting a hot dog restaurant. It's not just any type of hot dog, either. Lou Calderone is opening Calderone's Chicago Hot Dogs at 413 Elm St., across the street from the old high school. That's right, The Windy City's style of making hot dogs is coming to The Pencil City. ...
Business tax seminar
Registration is open for the seventh annual 2015 Tennessee Business Tax Seminar Series presented by the Tennessee Department of Revenue and MTSU's Department of Accounting. The seminar will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, at the DoubleTree Hotel, 1850 Old Fort Parkway in Murfreesboro. It is designed to provide current, in-depth information on Tennessee tax issues to business owners, CPAs and other interested parties...
Big crowd at Ollie's
A large crowd of NASCAR fans gathered Wednesday in Tullahoma for the grand opening of Ollie's Bargain Outlet and a chance to meet reigning Sprint Cup Champion Kevin Harvick, who was on hand for the grand opening. (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
Chamber member of the month
Jax Radio was chosen as the Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce member of the month for April. Keith Cook and Rusty Reed are shown with Chamber CEO Allen Pitner. (Submitted photo)
Lions hear program on housing authority
Hershel Thrasher, executive director of the Shelbyville Housing Authority, spoke to the Shelbyville Lions Club last week. Thrasher discussed changes at the housing authority and the housing units it manages. He said Shelbyville Police Department has been instrumental in helping to eliminate drug dealers from the housing developments. New units for senior citizens will be build at the South Brittain Street property in the near future. From left are club president Bill Dearing, program chair Peggy Bush and Thrasher. (Submitted photo)
Music to his ears: Pipe organ expert cherishes his work
Inside First Baptist Church, there's a lot of activity taking place on a Monday morning. There are workers from several companies working inside the large sanctuary. In one area, windows are being measured and taken out. In another, workers from Milnar Organ Co. are carefully deconstructing the large pipe organ that largely makes up the rear wall of the sanctuary. Ryan Milnar, grandson of company founder Dennis Milnar, scales up scaffolding to assist in removing the final pieces of the organ...
Sunday Conversation: Creative student Ann Taylor goes beyond tradition
This week the T-G caught up with local art lover and non-traditional student Ann Taylor. If you have anyone you think would make for an interesting Sunday Conversation, please email Sadie Fowler at firstname.lastname@example.org. T-G: What's one of your favorite childhood memories? ...
Hugging all nations: Dewitt finds purpose as pastor, Tyson chaplain
Ron Dewitt, a reserved and humble man, is visibly self-conscious as an interview subject. "I can't say I was looking forward to this," he says, "I'm not too comfortable talking about myself and what I do. I'd much rather be out there doing it instead of talking about it."...