Remembering Fred's Memphis Mardi Gras
My friend, Fred West, organized the best Mardi Gras parade I have ever been to. It was really my favorite parade of all time. There was a marching band, brightly colored floats, a Mardi Gras King and Queen, balloons and beads, lots of multi-colored beads...
Make your library connection
I have always found libraries and book stores to be good places to look for buried treasure; maybe not the kind that will make you wealthy, but the kind of treasure that will richen your imagination. I am also one of those Internet surfers who is led from one thing to another until I am miles from the subject I intended to research...
Deciding not to decide: Part 2
I wrote a column sometime last year that talked about how hard it is to make even the most simplistic consumer choices because we are flooded with so much information. Little did I know that recently I would spend two weeks going back and forth on whether or not I should purchase something...
Discovering Moby Dick
I'm not sure I should admit this, but I was an English major in College. To those who know the ins and outs of grammar, I have probably just put a big red "X" on my chest. I was also taught by my fifth grade English teacher to never begin a sentence with a preposition. Obviously, I've never played by the rules...
Privacy is foremost at library
Many of us were saddened by the passing of Robin Williams last week. It is always hard to hear that someone has lost the battle with such a private and personal disease. Confidentiality is one of our freedoms and basic rights here in America. It is also a very important part of the library service you receive...
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...
Seven decades later, a soldier comes home
Last September, on a hilltop in Dambach, Germany, several hikers noticed something under a large rock outcropping. When they looked at it more closely, they discovered that it was a skull. When the remains were exhumed from that makeshift grave, investigators found the dog tags of an American private first class, Cecil Harris. The letter "H" and a cross had been scratched into some sandstone near where the skull was found...
A taste of 2 seasons
A cookbook I tested last weekend showcases Tennessee's culinary heritage in a delicious way. I cooked two recipes last Sunday from the "Tennessee Hometown Cookbook," with much help from my sous-chef and wonderful wife, Holly. I selected these dishes out of more than 300 recipes in the book. The dishes -- Brunswick Stew and Garden Vegetable Gratin -- provide a taste of two seasons (fall for the stew and late summer for the garden)...
Sunday Conversation: New principal is farm girl at heart
Dr. LeEllen B. Carter is the new principal of Thomas Magnet School. She was promoted to the job from assistant principal after Janice Womble retired. If you would like to nominate someone for Sunday Conversation contact editor Sadie Fowler at firstname.lastname@example.org...
Around and around a ring of his own
Bill Jenne' has put together a "labor of love" for the Celebration this year, and it will be on display for all to see at his son's stables A master woodworker, Bill has designed and built a gorgeous miniature carousel, featuring 20 walking horses and 2 carts -- illuminated with over 200 miniature lights...
Destinations & Diversions: It's Celebration time in Shelbyville
Tonight's the night, as evening classes in the 76th Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration kick off in the big arena. There's a new start time, 6:30 p.m., so don't be late. The Celebration Trade Fair will be held beginning at 5 p.m. and continuing into the evening in an open area behind the Kiwanis food booth at the south end. Show admission is required to access the trade fair...
Taking the message on the road
Big G Express professional driver Danny Smith, presented a program on highway safety to Coach Kevin Thomas's Drivers Ed class at Shelbyville Central High School this past Monday. As a Road Team Captain, Danny takes the message of highway safety across Tennessee. The goal of Tennessee's Road Team is to create a safe driving environment and save lives on our highways by educating motorists on how to safely share the road with large trucks...
Gambill's back on the finance scene
Do you need assistance with a loan? A new business that has opened on Lane Parkway can give you the help you need. Preferred Financial opened their doors last week at 206 Lane Parkway, with an open house that saw over 100 visitors. Manager Paul Gambill had been in the finance business for over 39 years, spending time with another company in Shelbyville until the end of 2013...
Kroger to drop prices
The Nashville Division of Kroger has announced a comprehensive price reduction plan, investing millions of dollars to reduce thousands of prices in our stores. Kroger started cutting prices several weeks ago and have now lowered prices on thousands of individual items...
Ribbon-cutting at TuTu's Treasures
A ribbon cutting and open house was held Friday at Tu Tu's Treasures, 117 Hickory Drive. (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
One stitch at a time, quilters come together
Quilting is not only fun but also is a way to help others, some enthusiasts say. Happy Hands Quilters club often uses its meetings to create works of art to brighten others' days, members say. The club meets the second Tuesday of the month at the Bedford County Agriculture Center and has between 20-25 active members, president Arleen Kersten said...
Sunday Conversation: Haile keeps life straight at home, work
Valencia Haile is a long-time resident of Shelbyville. She and husband, Gary Haile, have two children, Julian, 24 and Christian, 20. She currently works at NJW Associates in Tullahoma. If you would like to nominate someone for Sunday Conversation contact editor Sadie Fowler at email@example.com...
Cobbler made simple
As the sweet summer begins to fade, I am working on getting in as many summertime meals and desserts as possible. I'm not a huge fan of summer -- I know it's crazy, but I do love all the delicious fruits that are available during the sweltering summer months. Even though I love fruit, I have never been a fan of fruit-based desserts like cobblers. Yes, I know that makes me crazy, too...
Destinations and Diversions: Benefit festival, Celebration offer fun
I Am What I Am -- A Music Festival for Autism will be held Saturday at the Bedford County Agricultural Center, with gates opening at 2 p.m. and the show beginning at 3 p.m. Artists playing will be Big Smo, Rayz'n Cain, Tammy Vice with Logan Blade, April Seventeen, Bad Monkey and 90 Proof...
Courting couple makes memories
Hershal Collins and Betty Jean Lamb are not your typical couple -- Collins, 90, has been courting Lamb for 35 years. Lamb will turn 80 on Aug. 24, daughter Nan Sandlin said. The family is getting together this Saturday at Legends Steakhouse to celebrate the occasion, and the friendship...
Aquarium announces new baby gentoo penguins
What's better than a new baby penguin at the Tennessee Aquarium? Two new baby penguins! The gentoo chicks - born to two separate penguin pairs -- are just over a month old and already showing their plucky penguin personalities. The oldest, and the first gentoo to hatch this year at the Aquarium, is the offspring of Biscuit and Blue. ...
Preferred Financial open house
Preferred Financial on Lane Parkway held an open house Friday to celebrate its recent opening at the location. (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
Law firm gives to Thomas Magnet
Bobo, Hunt, White and Burk Law Firm, gold sponsors, made a donation to Thomas Magnet School's STEM Lab (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). Thomas is striving to create a STEM lab to focus on science, technology, engineering and math as an innovative educational experience for students. Pictured are: Ginger Shofner, Dr. LeEllen Carter, principal, and Todd Bobo. (Submitted photo)