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Saturday, Mar. 28, 2015
Columns
Microsoft Band, the cheaper smartwatch
I wrote here last week about the prospects for the Apple Watch, and I mentioned the Samsung Galaxy Gear and the Pebble as competitors. Well, long-time PC Magazine columnist John C. Dvorak writes at the PC Magazine web site that he considers the Microsoft Band a great value in this category...
Growing old: A tough job
I have made multiple visits to the doctor's office the last several months. Over and over again I've had bouts of bronchitis and stomach viruses, and the nurse gave me repeated shots of antibiotics and steroids, one in each butt cheek. It was uncomfortable to sit much of the time as my bottom was sore from the jab of needles...
The other side of March is here
It seems only fitting for me to give equal time to the flipside of the "March comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb" proverb. Since I talked about lions last week, this week, with the vastly more agreeable weather, I am giving equal time to lambs. After all, lambs (and sheep) seem to play a rather large role in the childhood of most of us...
It keeps time -- but is this the right time?
I have, you may remember, reviewed a couple of smartwatches in this column. They were fun, and there was some utility in them, but I'm not sure how much I'd actually pay to purchase one. Smartwatches have a variety of different functions. In addition to telling the time, they serve as sort of a branch office for your smartphone. ...
Best Bible is the one you read
I'm a reader. I thoroughly enjoy reading the newspaper, magazines, a good mystery or action thriller, and the news items that scroll across the bottom of the screen on Fox News and CNN. I assume you are a reader too. After all you're reading my column right now...
Historical Society hears program on Gallagher guitars (03/26/15)
Bedford County Historical Society held its spring meeting March 16 at First United Methodist Church. The program was presented by Steve Gallagher with a history of Gallagher Guitars in Wartrace. Steve is the third-generation proprietor of the business which was started by his grandfather, J.W. ...
Destinations & Diversions: Hoops, Hee Haw and egg hunts this weekend (03/26/15)
The annual Turn on the Tap Three on Three Basketball Tournament, sponsored in part by First Baptist Church of Normandy, will be Friday and Saturday at Cascade High School. Grades 4-6 will be Friday night beginning at 6 p.m.; grades 7-12 and the men's division will be Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. For team fee, sponsorship, or more information, contact Kim Heath at 205-1358 or the church office at 857-3800. All proceeds will go to Turn on the Tap with Samaritan's Purse...
Thorpe competes in Louisiana chili cookoff (03/25/15)
Dicky Thorpe of Shelbyville competed in the ninth annual Louisiana Regional & State Chili Cookoff this month in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The event was sanctioned by the International Chili Society. Thorpe, who lives in Shelbyville and is a supervisor at the Nissan plant in Smyrna, won the red chili division of the International Chili Society's Tennessee state championship cookoff last summer on the Shelbyville square. He went on to compete in the ICS's world championship cookoff in Las Vegas. He also competed in the 48th Annual Original Terlingua International Frank X. Tolbert - Wick Fowler Championship Chili Cookoff. Thorpe and his "Tennessee Hillbilli Chili" failed to win any awards in Louisiana, although he said both his red and green chili entries earned some points. But he had a good time and got to both meet new friends and reconnect with friends from previous ICS cookoffs. (Submitted photos)
Worldwide goodwill: Experiences change missionaries' lives (03/22/15)
One of the most interesting ways to see the world is not to hop on a plane and set off to some foreign land, traversing into the unknown, but to spend an afternoon sitting on the back porch of two missionaries that have done just that. Mary Jane Miller and Suki Brannan of Normandy spent years traveling across the globe with an organization called Youth with a Mission, YWAM for short...
Worship leader fishes for souls...and fish, too (03/22/15)
This week the T-G caught up with worship leader and avid fisherman, Zach Kirby. If you have any suggestions for an interesting Sunday Conversation email editor Sadie Fowler at sfowler@t-g.com. T-G: Tell us a little about your family...
Shelbyville Garden Club meets (03/22/15)
The Shelbyville Garden club held its March meeting at the River Bend Country Club. Donna Simmons opened the meeting. Sandra Crowell read a poem about springtime and delivered the devotion. Loraine Sutton spoke on inspiring the younger generations to learn about and appreciate gardening, noting on how relaxing it is to get back to the earth. Sutton also announced she will be involved in an upcoming gardening show for a local cable channel...
Sierra Rose's world, in her hands (03/22/15)
Inside the Argie Cooper Library, a crowd of people is gathered around a table near the front entrance. Seated at that table, with a pile of books in front of her, is Sierra Rose Johanson, and it's her 16th birthday. While most 16-year-olds are busy dreaming about what type of car they might get, Johanson has spent the last couple of years dreaming up and working diligently to publish her first novel--which she is graciously signing for those gathered around her...
100 years, and counting... (03/22/15)
Friends and family members of Lucy (Arnold) Leggett gathered last weekend to celebrate a very special milestone. Leggett turned 100 years old -- not looking a day over 70 -- and a party in her honor, with well over 100 people in attendance, was held at Mt. Olivet Methodist Church Saturday, March 15...
Sorority learns of makeup trends (03/20/15)
Members of Xi Alpha Zeta chapter of Beta Sigma Phi sorority held their March meeting at Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio. Dena Landers, the owner, presented the program on current makeup and skin care trends. Sorority president Debbie Alcorn was the makeover model...
Wilson to head alumni, development at Webb (03/20/15)
Matt Wilson, director of annual giving and alumni relations for two years at The Webb School, has been named the school's new director of alumni and development. Wilson assumed the post Feb. 1 and succeeds Claudia Hazelwood, who retired. "We were impressed with Matt's efforts as a tireless worker," said Head of School Ray Broadhead. ...
Destinations & Diversions: Model trains, a spring fling, or wild game (03/19/15)
Bell Buckle will hold its annual Daffodil Day observance 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday. The event, sponsored by Bell Buckle Chamber of Commerce and Bell Buckle Tree Board, is in honor of the thousands of daffodils that line the roads and farmlands for a six-mile stretch of State Route 82 leading into Bell Buckle...
Coldwell realtors honored for sales (03/18/15)
Dianne Arnold, Wayne Neese, Gerald Baker, Geraldine Neese, Janice Carlton, and Harold Segroves, all sales associates with Coldwell Banker Segroves-Neese Real Estate received recognition for outstanding sales. Geraldine Neese, Harold Segroves, and Janice Carlton were inducted into the Diamond Society which represents the top 11 percent of more than 87,000 Coldwell Banker agents. ...
Big G Express honored by customer (03/18/15)
Big G Express Inc. was awarded 2014 Carrier of the Year by Continental Mills (Eastern Region) in recognition of its excellent customer service, on-time deliveries and timely load status reports. This is the third time Continental Mills has awarded Big G Express as Carrier of the Year since its first annual awards in 2011. ...
Free shred day (03/18/15)
Ready to do some spring cleaning? First Community Bank is hosting a free shred day in the bank's parking lot Saturday May 9 from 9:30 a.m. until noon. The purpose of the event is to help protect citizens from identity theft. The public is welcome to bring up to three boxes of personal financial records apiece. People can watch their items, such as cancelled checks, pay stubs, credit card and bank statements and old tax forms, be shredded before their eyes. For more information call 931-684-5800...
New Angus Assn. members (03/17/15)
Mark Barr of Wartrace and Stonewall Ridge Farm LLC of Shelbyville are each new members of the American Angus Association, reports Bryce Schumann, CEO of the national breed organization headquartered in Saint Joseph, Mo. The American Angus Association, with nearly 24,000 active adult and junior members, is the largest beef breed association in the world. Its computerized records include detailed information on more than 17 million registered Angus...
Computing a future: CIT students at TCAT grab bytes of life (03/15/15)
There are many interesting reasons why people choose their career paths. Some people are in it for the money, others want to make a difference, some just happen to land a job and stick with it. Recently, Steve Mallard introduced the T-G to three of his students--each with various reasons for choosing to join the Computer Information Technology (CIT) program at Tennessee College of Applied Technology (T-CAT) in Shelbyville--all of whom are passionate about their field of study...
Sunday Conversation: Playwright with local connections pens faith-based tales (03/15/15)
Warren Sager, a playwright, lives in Rutherford County and attends Fair Haven Baptist Church in Shelbyville. He wrote the play "Something's Wrong With Abernathy" which was performed at the church last weekend. He sells scripts for churches, schools and homeschools...
Selma: A bridge to the future (03/15/15)
A beautiful Sunday morning began with church doors opening early to welcome travelers from across the country. I was meeting a group from Pennsylvania later in the day but the quiet hours before the thousands of walkers arrived allowed me to walk those five city blocks alone. ...
'The Quiet Man': A personal project and an all-time classic (03/15/15)
John Martin Feeney was born in Maine in 1894, the son of Irish immigrants at the end of a wave of immigration. He was proud of his native country, America, but he was also proud of his Irish ancestry. As a young man, he moved to California, following his older brother Francis into the movie industry, and choosing a stage name that matched his brother's: Jack Ford, which eventually became John Ford...
Wood comes alive; McGee's figurines depict Southern life (03/15/15)
"Let me tell you what kind of business man I am," says Grady McGee as he reaches to the top shelf of a bookcase and retrieves two large, African-inspired figures--they are solid wood and hand carved by McGee himself. "That poet from Bell Buckle, Maggi Vaughn," said McGee. "She was sitting on that couch right there and offered me $200 for these."...
Destinations & Diversions: Paws For A Cause run/walk set for Saturday (03/12/15)
Middle Tennessee Spay and Neuter Clinic will host the annual Paws for a Cause 5K Run/1 Mile Fun Walk on Saturday starting at 10 a.m. at the Celebration pavilion across from Calsonic Arena. Runners will receive a timing chip and back number. Awards will be given. Pre-registration can be done online at www.active.com and is $30 per person. Day of event registration is $35 and is from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Kids under 5 are free...
Goggin signs up with EPA Smartway (03/11/15)
Goggin Warehousing today announced that it has submitted and had approved their 2014 data with the SmartWay* Transport Partnership, a innovative collaboration between U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and industry. The SmartWay Transport Partnership provides a framework to assess the environmental and energy efficiency of goods movement supply chains...
Shelbyville barber turns his life around (03/08/15)
Outside, there's still traces of snow on the ground. It's an early Monday afternoon and it's Marcus "Sleep" Rippy's day off. Still in gym shorts and a T-shirt, it is apparent he's taking the day to relax and refresh his mind. As a local business owner and a rap artist, Rippy has to relax whenever opportunity strikes, which isn't too often. Although, according to Rippy, he wouldn't have it any other way...
Sunday Conversation: Everybody -- at Webb and beyond -- loves Raymond (03/08/15)
This week the T-G caught up with Raymond Pryor, Director of Technology at The Webb School and Sunday School teacher at Fairfield Church of Christ. If you know someone you think would make for an interesting Sunday Conversation, please email Sadie Fowler at sfowler@t-g.com...
Stitching memories of Seuss (03/08/15)
The Shelbyville Satellite Group to Cheekwood's Chapter of the Embroiderer's Guild of America in Nashville recently distributed bookmarks to students at Southside Elementary. The group did this in honor of Read Across America Week, which includes the birthday of Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel)...

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