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Sunday, May 1, 2016
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Paranormal romance set in Middle Tennessee
A paranormal romance book series based in Rutherford County and other Middle Tennessee locations continues with the Tuesday, May 3, release of "Anna's Way." The book is part of a series titled "Ditch Lane Diaries." The author is Dawn Jones of Jones Media in Murfreesboro. Under the pen name D.F. Jones, she released "Ruby's Choice," the first book in the series, last summer...
Finding funny
Apparently, I like stand-up comedy more than I thought. As a spur of a moment decision the other night, my wife and I bought tickets to see a comedy show in Nashville. I really wasn't sure what to expect, I've only seen a few live stand-up routines in my life and those took place at church, mostly by people I didn't find very funny...
Have a happy May Day
It's May Day! When I was in grade school, we would always make little paper May baskets to take home and leave on the doorstep for our moms. I would carefully fill the little basket with whatever flowers (or weeds) might be available as I made my way from the bus stop down our lane. ...
Through eyes of a child
Little second grader, Emily, walked by herself to school every morning and back home again in the afternoon. Her family just lived several blocks from the school, and Emily knew the route quite well. On this particular morning, the sky was beginning to get cloudy as Emily made her way to school; but as the day went on it started to get windy and it began to thunder and lightning...
'Dew' your homework before buying HVAC misting device
Mistbox (mistbox.com) is an add-on to your home's central heating and air conditioning system which claims to reduce your energy bill. The device, which was originally funded through a Kickstarter campaign, is a small, solar-powered electronic box that screws to the outside unit of your HVAC system, and it's got a tube with misters which wraps around all four sides of the unit. You must hook the device to an outdoor water spigot...
Our first issue of "Inspire Health" magazine was included with Sunday's Times-Gazette and can be viewed online by clicking the cover above. How have you enjoyed it? We'd love to hear your suggestions and feedback, which you can e-mail to sfowler@t-g.com.
One carnival everyone could enjoy (05/01/16)
Area special needs individuals recently enjoyed a carnival at Shelbyville Central High School's football field, sponsored by Youth Leadership Bedford. The event was designed so that each activity would be accessible to anyone. "We went through a bunch of ideas. ...
Homeschoolers enjoy night on the town (05/01/16)
Area homeschooled students enjoyed a great night of food, fun, dancing and prizes on Friday at the Microtel in Shelbyville. The event had a spring theme and welcomed all who wished to attend. "We organized the dance so that the kids can get together and have some fun. For the older kids, it's a more formal event, like a prom," organizer Jamie Carter said. "We welcome everyone who wants to come enjoy some time with their peers, no matter the attire."...
Destinations & Diversions: Rayz'n Cain, enjoying trains, 'Hee Haw' entertains (04/28/16)
"Rayz'n Cain One More Time For Kim," an 18-and-over benefit concert for Kim and Jay Mantooth, will be held Saturday at the Blue Ribbon Circle on the Celebration grounds. Doors will open at 7 p.m. with the concert, featuring the bands Speakeasy and Rayz'n Cain, at 8...
Ascend's York earns national nod (04/27/16)
On the heels of being named 2015 "Federal Credit Union of the Year," Ascend Federal Credit Union has garnered another national recognition. Ascend Senior Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer Kim York was chosen as Professional of the Year by the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU)...
A long walk back, but Kyle Burnett hasn't given up (04/24/16)
Kyle Burnett jumps rope. He runs on a treadmill. He lifts weights. He does squats. He can "use just about every machine," at MG Sports & Fitness, he says. Kyle says he's working on improving his dancing. Call Kyle, 19, a typical hard-working young man...
Still painting, still teaching, still enjoying art (04/24/16)
Iris Pierce, 93, who teaches watercolor classes at the Senior Citizens Center, has an exhibit of her work and her students' at Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library now through May 3. "I've been painting, off and on, all my life," said Pierce, who got more serious about the hobby at age 70 -- two decades ago. She started teaching four or five years ago...
Normandy gets its chili on (04/24/16)
There was a great turnout at the Normandy Fire Department Chili Supper on Saturday, April 16. Folks from all around gathered at the fire hall to show their support at the annual tradition, held since the mid-1980s. "We expect to feed around 200 people," said Normandy fire chief Ricky Prince. "It's all you can eat and drink for $5 and all of the proceeds go towards the Normandy Fire Station in order to help fund maintenance on the trucks, repairs to the station, or even paying a utility bill."...
Destinations & Diversions: Cars, Carnival For Care, and crazy aunts (04/21/16)
"Arsenic and Old Lace," by Joseph Kesselring, will be presented by The Webb School Company Players tonight through Saturday at the school in Bell Buckle. This event is open to the public. The farcical comedy, well-known from the movie version starring Cary Grant, is the story of a writer who fears that madness runs in his family. ...
100 years young: Hundreds celebrate with Mary Lynn Prince (04/17/16)
It's not every day one turns 100. But when you do, it's time to party. Mary Lynn Prince turned 100 on Monday, April 11. The day before, her family threw a party at Riverbend County Club. Daughter Marilyn Lewis estimates close to 400 attended. "It was one heck of a party," Lewis said...
Sunday Conversation: Mallard trains the people who keep tech running smoothly (04/17/16)
Steve Mallard is an instructor for the Computer Information Technology program at Tennessee College of Applied Technology -- Shelbyville, and also serves as the school's IT manager. To suggest a future subject for Sunday Conversation, email Sadie Fowler, sfowler@t-g.com. Subjects don't have to be well-known, but please give us some ideas of what topics we might want to cover in our questions...
One more item off the bucket list (04/17/16)
I got the California bug about 20 years ago while on some long run with my dad's younger sister, my aunt Marjie. At the time, she was in a similar situation to my present one, virtually a working, independent mom who found therapy and refuge in her long runs...
FCE Clubs mark another year of achievements (04/17/16)
The Bedford County Family and Community Education (FCE) Clubs held their annual achievement program April 7 with 60 members attending. Elizabeth Coker, a historian from Rockvale, portrayed Tennessee pioneer Granny White and told her story of helping to settle Middle Tennessee. ...
Destinations & Diversions: Fancy horses, shining stars, and squirrel meat (04/14/16)
Bedford Cancer Foundation will host its annual Walking For Cancer Horse Show Saturday, April 16 at the Champions Arena on the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration Grounds. Show starts at 5 p.m. Admission is $5 with children being admitted free. Box seats of six are available for $50. For more information or to be a sponsor, call Iris Schumann at 931-703-7257 or Pam Ingraham at 615-504-9580...
State House honors Big G driver for record (04/13/16)
Tennessee Representative and Chair of the House Transportation Committee Jimmy Matlock recently sponsored a resolution to recognize and honor Danny Smith of Big G Express upon his selection as the Truckload Carriers Association 2015 Company Driver of the Year...
Vapor City holds ribbon-cutting (04/13/16)
Vapor City, 1731 North Main Street, Unit E, held a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday. Owner Cheryl Sakich held the ceremonial scissors, while Chamber CEO Allen Pitner presented her with the first-dollar-of-profit plaque. Recording artist and TV personality Big Smo was a special guest at the event. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
Bemis food drive (04/13/16)
The Bemis Foundation holds an in-house food drive each year. This year Bemis North America-Shelbyville collected 11,912 items to be distributed to Good Samaritan of Bedford County and Families First. Tammy Fults, a quality assurance technician, coordinated the campaign. "This has been the best year by far for BNA Shelbyville," she said. "I divided the 114 employees into four competitive groups each with a specific team leader. I also borrowed some shopping carts from our local Kroger grocery store and each team had a specific cart to place their items in after their leader counted them." (Submitted photo)
Egg hunt held (04/12/16)
Pit Stop Market recently held an Easter egg hunt. The winners were (0-4 years old) Alonna Johnson and Anna Rose Pratt, (5-9 years old) Aubrey Paugh and Lexi Neese, Cody Cripps and Alonna Johnson were $5 egg winners. (Submitted photo)
Try these, and you'll be wonton more (04/10/16)
You will find them, in little plastic packages, in a refrigerated case somewhere in or near the produce section. They come in various shapes and sizes, and they're called "wonton wrappers" or "egg roll wrappers." If you've never bought them, you're missing out...
Sunday Conversation: Leversen is manager, mom, cat lover (04/10/16)
Leeann Leversen is general manager of Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham. The local hotel is ranked as one of the best by its corporation and has won awards from online booking sites. Email Sadie Fowler at sfowler@t-g.com to nominate someone for Sunday Conversation...
Spring comfort in a risotto (04/10/16)
My grandfather was born and raised in Western Michigan, and as a young adult he worked on an asparagus farm. So my family has always had asparagus on the table, although I never really appreciated it until I was grown and started roasting it in the oven. It is a great spring vegetable that can be used in so many ways, from cream of asparagus soup to appetizers rolled in phyllo dough to a main dish stir fry...
Destinations & Diversions: Postcards, ponies and a play (04/07/16)
The annual Shelbyville Postcard & Paper Memorabilia Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Fly Arts Center. The show includes exhibits and sales of historic collectable paper items. Concessions will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 931-684-8693...
Call 811 before you dig (04/06/16)
Atmos Energy's natural gas pipelines are damaged, on average, 372 times each year in Tennessee and National Safe Digging Month aims to remind the public to call 811 before digging. A simple call can prevent traffic delays, evacuations and in serious cases, injury...
Good Samaritan (04/06/16)
Luanne Neeley is one of the many volunteers who operate the Good Samaritan Thrift Store, which held its monthly bag sale Monday. All sales support Good Samaritan's charitable work. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Pinnacle gives to United Way (04/06/16)
Pinnacle Financial Partners donated $500 to United Way last Friday. From left are: Andrea Sublett, United Way Executive Director Pam Fisher, Jo Ann Fann of Pinnacle and Marsha Howard. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Carpet industry pioneer honored (04/05/16)
Charles E Gavin III, chairman and CEO of Dalton, Georgia.-based MFG Chemical, was inducted into the State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame (AEHF) on Feb. 19, 2016. Gavin was honored along with four others during a black-tie gala held at the historic Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel in Mobile, Alabama...

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