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Monday, June 29, 2015
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Let freedom be safe
A wheezing sound goes past your head. You flinch, duck, look around frantically. Bang! The rocket explodes. You see a head disappear behind the tractor parked in the front yard. You run for cover. You pull the bottle rockets from your pocket and light one. ...
Pharmakon: It's what we are - and it can become our cure
I really like that word: Pharmakon. I always wanted a band with this name, but a strange sound project from New York beat me to the title, and I'm not sure I can compete. Pharmakon means healing agent. It's also dualistic in the sense that it is simultaneously the poison that causes a wound as well as its cure...
Shuttling 'round and 'round
I had the privilege of making a quick trip out to northern Arizona last weekend to attend a board meeting for a ministry I have been a part of for more than 20 years: Native American Outreach Ministries Inc. (NAOMI). The board also celebrated the more than 20 years of service that the founding director had provided to this ministry and to the many, many Native American children whose lives she had touched...
The combination that never dies
I was recently speaking with some one who told me that a real life family inspired part of the story in the book, "Misty of Chincoteague," by Marguerite Henry. That reminded me of one of my own favorite children's books, "Brighty of Grand Canyon," by the same author...
Corbin built VU dynasty right way
Deja vu! The Vandy Boys are at it again, playing for a chance to be the national champs. Vanderbilt, the defending NCAA College Baseball World Series champions, advanced to the championship after going undefeated in their bracket. The Commodores will face the winner of the Flordia/Virginia game, which was played Saturday evening...
Why, yes, indeed ... I'll have a cup of tea ... please! (06/28/15)
Flower patterned china, hot pots of tea, and decadent scones with Devonshire cream. One would think you could only find an authentic English tea after crossing the Atlantic, but you only need to travel across the railroad tracks in Bell Buckle to Southern Charm's Tea Room for an oasis of hot tea, delicious pastry, and hearty meals served on bone china...
Savory summer flavors come alive with ease (06/28/15)
Summer is in full sizzle, and homemade signs at roadside markets tout plump peaches and fleshy tomatoes by the bushel fulls. Is there anything that screams, "summertime" more than biting into a peach--it's juice dripping down your chin? How about slicing into a cherry-red tomato just off the vine? Yes, the sweaty heat and summer sun ripen the tastiest kitchen ingredients of the year, and we have two variations of a recipe that uses both of these summer staples...
Hope, one day at a time: Tanner Davis slowly recovers from heart surgery (06/28/15)
When Desiree Davis went to the doctor in May 2014, she was just expecting a normal check-up. Nothing prepared her for the news she was about to receive. It was Davis' second pregnancy -- and one that would change her life. An ultrasound revealed that Davis' baby had a high probability for Down syndrome. Several things led her doctors to their conclusion, such as not enough calcium in the baby's nose and its tongue being visible in the ultrasound...
New cookbook features local flavor (06/24/15)
A new Tennessee-themed restaurant cookbook has a very local flavor. "Tennessee Back Road Restaurant Recipes" is the latest title by Great American Publishers. The book features mom and pop restaurants in each of the Grand Divisions in the Volunteer State. ...
Junior team tennis spreads love for game (06/24/15)
Tennis has continued to grow in popularity in and around Bedford County for the past several years. In addition to helping establish one of the state's top teams at Shelbyville Central High, the Shelbyville Tennis Association has helped build youth interest as well -- which is key in establishing top tennis talent...
Leave, boredom! Try these easy, fun activities (06/24/15)
"What are we doing today?" "Are we going anywhere?" "There's nothing to do!" "I'm Boooooooorrrreeed!" Ah, the sweet sounds of summer. The summer months, while leisurely to you, are laborious to idle little minds and hands. Keeping your children occupied during the day sometimes feels easier said then done. After all, how many hours of screen time a day should a child have?...
Fireworks tent helps fill needs on two levels (06/24/15)
Loyd Warren and his family members -- multiple generations of them -- fill needs on two different levels at their seasonal fireworks tent. On one level, the Warren family serves the needs and desires of those wanting to make a blast for the Fourth of July. This is their 21st year of setting up a large fireworks stand in or near northern Shelbyville...
Hot notes, cool sounds: Trombone player still jazzed up (06/21/15)
Outside, the heat is bearing down. The air is muggy and noticeably hot to breathe in. This isn't a bother to Don Jensen, a local trombone player and lifelong musician. Jensen is sitting in his office, the cool waves of jazz coming from his computer speakers into his finely tuned ears. ...
The man behind the music -- and sound system (06/21/15)
This week the T-G caught up with local business owner and musician Randy Saddler. If you have anyone you think would make for an interesting Sunday Conversation, please email Sadie Fowler at sfowler@t-g.com. T-G: You're a musician. What instruments do you play and how did you develop an interest in playing?...
Music lovers: Look no further than backyard (06/21/15)
Bonnaroo and CMA week are the go-to musical entertainment events for hundreds of thousands of concert goers in the mid-state and beyond. Even out-of-state visitors plan months in advance, travel thousands of miles, brave the sticky heat, elbow through throngs of sweaty hippies, (or cowboys), and collectively pay millions of dollars to enjoy live music in the Tennessee summer...
Books honoring Dad (06/21/15)
Happy Father's Day to all you Dads out there! I want to give a very special thank you to all those dads that make trips to the library turn into family outings. It is such fun to see the whole family come to the circulation desk each with their stack of books ready for checkout...
So berry, berry good! Farm's owner finds peace in picking (06/14/15)
"Have you ever smelled a whale's breath?" Rick Sehnert poses this question from his back porch overlooking his seemingly endless rows of blackberry and blueberry bushes. The rain has just started to quiet down to a drizzle and gives the perfect backdrop to accompany Sehnert's fishing tale...
Deep thinking, lots of music reflect Amy Jo Krise's life (06/14/15)
This week the T-G caught up with local artist and mother Amy Jo Krise. If you have anyone you think would make for an interesting Sunday Conversation, email Sadie Fowler at sfowler@t-g.com. T-G: You mentioned you grew up in California? At what age did you leave and how did you end up in Bedford County?...
Locally Grown Network: A taste of home (06/14/15)
There's a portion of society that holds true to the values of tight-knit communities and support of local business. Tracey Burks would likely fall into this category. Standing in jeans and a purple onion colored shirt, Burks greets each customer as they arrive to pick up their selection of items, all locally produced, all under the umbrella of the Locally Grown Network...
Slow braising success (06/14/15)
Braising is a great technique for weekend suppers. Meats and vegetables are simmered in liquid until fall apart tender and full of flavor. It fills the house with a delicious aroma and is comfort food at its best. The Rutherford County farmers market opened earlier this month and I finally made it there to pick up some of the spring produce. Our Bedford County market isn't open quite yet, hopefully in the next week or two so watch for the opening announcement...
Knowing the code: Camp preps children for high-tech world (06/07/15)
A group of teens talk and laugh as they feverishly click away on their laptops. One might assume they are scrolling through social network feeds, watching YouTube videos, or playing online games. Not so. These teens are learning and taking advantage of a free coding camp hosted by the Hands On Science Center in Tullahoma...
Hometown talent: Meet Bell Buckle's Billy Phillips (05/31/15)
Bell Buckle has garnered world wide recognition as a destination spot for those looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of life. Visitors enjoy the slow pace of the small town and its combination of arts, crafts, festivals, food, shops, and eclectic citizenry...
Podcast host: Shows offer surprises, variety (05/31/15)
This week the T-G caught up with Dwayne Burleson, host of the Geek Show podcast. If you have anyone you think would make for an interesting Sunday Conversation, please email Sadie Fowler at sfowler@t-g.com. T-G: Tell us a little about your podcast, The Geek Show. What do you talk about in the podcast?...
Her eye's on the prize (05/31/15)
Those who claim, "youth is wasted in the young," would be wise to rethink their stance after meeting Hayla Sanders. This recent Cascade graduate is as ambitious and hard working as she is friendly and energetic. She bounces on the balls of her feet with excitement and directs a bright smile to everyone she meets...
Hudsons celebrate 50th anniversary (05/31/15)
Jeanette and Ed Hudson celebrated their 50th anniversary with their friends on Saturday, May 23. The celebration was held at Victory Baptist Church, where the couple has attended for many years. Their anniversary was actually Thursday, May 28. Jeanette Hudson said they were married at Victory Baptist, and they have been active there since then. She has taught Sunday School for 50 years, and her husband has been the Sunday School supervisor for that time. They also help out with special events...
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