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Wednesday, June 29, 2016
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Goodbye to great trustees
Members of the Board of Trustees of your library are legally and ultimately responsible for the library and its operation. The Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library has 14 trustees. Seven are appointed by the Bedford County Commission and seven are appointed by the Shelbyville City Council. Two other people, who may or may not be regular trustees, are appointed to serve on the Regional Library Board. Our region is the Stones River Region headquartered in Murfreesboro...
When few gather, He is there
Years ago when I was a student in Bible College in Missouri, I was asked to go and preach at a church in a small town in the Ozarks. A friend of mine accompanied me on that journey. She was to provide the special music and lead worship. We drove through the snow covered hills on that Sunday morning, and following the directions we had been given we found the little church we were scheduled to minister at...
Writing on a crash course: Thinking of new ideas
Every time I try to force myself to come up with ideas for this column, I end up with a bunch of scrapped ideas and dead ends. A bunch of rubble to sort through. The good weeks are the weeks when I am excited to write about something because I feel like I have something to write about -- whether or not I did have something write about is debatable...

Ministry encourages men to be mentors
Kent Evans is a native of Louisville, Kentucky. His parents were middle class, hard working people. They divorced when he was 17 or 18. He says he became bitter as a result of that traumatic experience. Vowing to change his own narrative, Kent was able to lean on a community of men who challenged him to understand the concepts of Biblical manhood. ...
Use lifehacking to study the Bible
A new study Bible by Zondervan can help you lifehack the Scriptures. What is a lifehack? It describes any advice, shortcut, tip or skill to help you do things more efficiently or effectively. The "NIV Lifehacks Bible: Practical Tools for Successful Spiritual Habits" gives you practical ways to integrate spiritual habits into your busy, technology-focused life. ...
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Reaching for the stars: Women in aviation talk about flying high (06/26/16)
Shelbyville Woman's Club met on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 and welcomed some very special guests. In attendance were the two 2016 scholarship winners, Halee Tucker and Sarah Pierce, accompanied by their mothers, Laura Huggins and Lisa Pierce. Each of these two young ladies, representing Cascade High School and Community High School, has an impressive resume of academic success and involvement in school and community activities...
Destinations & Diversions: Duck River cleanup, God and Country rally planned (06/23/16)
The 19th annual Duck River Cleanup will be held Saturday at Riverbottom Park, behind the Shelbyville Power, Water and Sewer offices on South Main Street. Registration begins at 7 a.m., with donuts and biscuits served and T-shirts distributed. Lunch will be served between 11 a.m. and noon. All sorts of volunteers are needed, and those with boats are particularly encouraged to participate...
Gardner sees success as veterans succeed in class (06/22/16)
Veterans success coach Daniala Gardner has spent her first year at Columbia State Community College helping with anything vets may need to make their college experience more positive. "We have completed two sessions of Green Zone; a cross-cultural learning experience to educate faculty and staff about the military experience," Gardner said. ...
Presbyterian youth run the Duck (06/22/16)
On June 10, 13 young people and three adults gathered at Duck Canoe near Chapel Hill for a five mile trip on the Duck River, organized by First Presbyterian Church. The youth included members of First Presbyterian Shelbyville Hunter Wilhelm, Ella Cobb, Zoe Jensen, Molly Jensen, Jennie Kate Conley, and Brooke Anne Farrar, as well as friends. FPC interim youth director Mitchell Cross organized the trip and the Rev. Allen Cross and elder Aaron Crafton came along as chaperones...
Bacon Jalapeño Deviled Eggs: a hot summer treat (06/22/16)
Bacon Jalapeño Deviled Eggs are a delicious twist on a traditional summer barbecue side. If your family loves heat like mine, these will be a hit. They have just the right amount of it without overpowering your senses. We've tweaked the original recipe just a pinch by swapping out diced fresh jalapeños with a pickled version of our favorite pepper and rice vinegar for white vinegar, just to suit our tastes. ...
Pierce grateful for past, excited for future (06/22/16)
The journey from recent high school graduate to adult begins for Community's Sarah Pierce in just a few days with a combination of both university and military experience as she sets off for Colorado and the Air Force Academy. She is excited to begin her adult life there, taking in all there is to absorb while not only playing the game she has long been passionate about -- basketball -- but also by having the opportunity to share her life-long passion, Christ...
Shelter supports Imagination Library at Moon Pie fest (06/22/16)
Frank Thompson, vice president of marketing for Shelter Insurance, made a special appearance at the RC Cola / Moon Pie Festival parade Saturday in Bell Buckle, taking the opportunity to present a $5,000 contribution to Bedford County Imagination Library...
Warrens are fired up for 4th of July (06/22/16)
Loyd Warren and his family are ready to help Bedford County celebrate the July 4 holiday with their seasonal fireworks tent. This is the 22nd year the Warrens have set up their stand, located for the past few years on North Main Street across from Chili's...
AEDC marks 65th anniversary (06/22/16)
When Gen. Henry "Hap" Arnold realized the potential for an air engineering facility that would advance the U.S. Army Air Corps air power development, it was the beginning of AEDC history. It wasn't until June 25, 1951, that Arnold's vision, "An Air Force Second to None," was taking shape in Middle Tennessee and marked during the dedication of the Arnold Engineering Development Center, currently known as the Arnold Engineering Development Complex...
AEDC official moves on to private sector job (06/22/16)
After 24 combined years of commitment and service to Arnold Engineering Development Complex, the former Aerospace Testing Alliance general manager, Steve Pearson, began a new chapter with Jacobs Aerospace and Technology as an interim GM after June 17...
Movie airs positive messages for youths (06/22/16)
A movie, "Remember the Goal," hits theaters around the South on Aug. 26. The film is a Christian movie with valuable life lessons for parents, coaches, athletes and teenagers. Director Dave Christiano, a Nashville resident, told me that he has confirmed the movie will show at Carmike Wynnsong 16 in Murfreesboro, but he does not plan to release it in Shelbyville at this time. Last year, he did release his previous movie, "A Matter of Faith," in Shelbyville...
AWOL Church reaches out to help others (06/19/16)
The Anointed Word of Life Church on Union Street had a free clothes giveaway and prayer stop on Saturday, June 11. "It's the first time we have done this since our doors opened in December," said Lisa Armstrong, a minister at the church. "We want people to know that we are here and we want to help those in need."...
Sunday Conversation: Kids are better than TV (06/19/16)
Kristin Conley took the helm at the Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County in April. Working with children is nothing new to the Cleveland, Tennessee, native as she has worked with the Department of Children's Services as a case worker and with nonprofits for more than 20 years...
75 years of service: St. William's celebrates anniversary (06/19/16)
St. William of Montevergine Catholic Church, on South Brittain Street, will mark the 75th anniversary of its dedication on Saturday, June 25, which is the feast day of St. William of Montevergine. A bilingual Mass will begin at 10 a.m. with the Rev. David Choby, bishop of the Diocese of Nashville; the Rev. Louis Edward Rojas, the church's current priest; and others presiding. The Mass will be followed by a meal outside the fellowship hall...
'Over The Hill' is still in its prime (06/19/16)
The Over The Hill Gospel Singers are a group of senior citizens who perform each Tuesday morning, rotating among various nursing homes and care facilities. Anyone is welcome to show up and sing as part of the group, which has grown from five members to more than 25...
Remembering a father who served (06/19/16)
On this Father's Day, Harold Smith of Bell Buckle, along with his brothers, Forrest Bedford Smith Jr. of Lakeland, Florida, and Gene Allen Smith of Smyrna, remember their father for his service to the country. Forrest Bedford Smith Sr. was a corporal in the U.S. Army during World War I. Harold Smith reports that he doesn't know a lot about his father's war career...
Thanks, Dads, for all you do (06/19/16)
Happy Father's Day to all you dads out there. It's time for us to spoil all those special men in our lives. Again this year, I'd like to applaud all the dads out there who have made special efforts to get their offspring to the library. It is such fun to see dads (with or without moms) on a family outing to find just the right books for everyone...
Flower club holds June meeting (06/17/16)
Shelbyville Garden Club held its June meeting at the Bedford County Farm Bureau. Members made arrangements for the National Garden Week, consisting of summer flowers and greenery from their gardens. Donna Simmons, president, presided over the meeting with Janie Burke serving as hostess. Pam Beasley judged the arrangements, which were delivered to businesses and government officials after the meeting...
Destinations & Diversions: Moon Pie, RC Cola on the weekend menu (06/16/16)
The 19th annual RC Cola / Moon Pie Festival will be held Saturday in Bell Buckle. The day kicks off with a 10-mile run at 7 a.m.; arts and crafts vendors open at 9 a.m., with a parade at 11:30 and the crowning of champion duck caller Johnny "Boo" Mafouz as RC King and Miss Plus Size Tennessee Misti Appleby as Moon Pie Queen at noon. Live entertainment and activities continue throughout the afternoon until the cutting of the world's largest Moon Pie at 4 p.m...
Atmos freshens looks of website, monthly bills (06/15/16)
In an effort to enhance the customer experience and provide superior natural gas service, Atmos Energy has unveiled a new website, upgraded the online Account Center, and redesigned its monthly and E-Bill for more than 3 million customers throughout eight states, including Tennessee, Virginia, Colorado, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas...
Tennova Harton earns Lifeline Award (06/15/16)
Tennova Healthcare Harton has received the Mission: Lifeline*® Bronze Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks...
Church circle meets (06/14/16)
County commissioner Linda Yockey presented a program discussing current issues and concerns that the commission is addressing regarding the jail building program to First United Methodist Church's Circle 7 at its May meeting. The group met at the home of Pam Ingraham. Donna Green, president, opened the meeting by welcoming visitors and leading the group in prayer. Barbara Pate, program chairperson for May, introduced Yockey. From left are Ingraham, Yockey, Pate and Carol Lacky, co-hostess. (Submitted photo by Donna Green)
Sunday Conversation: Family's love helps Pride sail to new horizons (06/12/16)
Recent Community High School graduate Darian Pride has just a few days left before he sets off to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, where his days will be spent participating in the rigorous activities of "Plebe Summer." Plebe, derived from the Ancient Roman word, Plebeian, is the term by which Darian and all of the others entering into the uncompromising cultivation of midshipmen will be referred -- that is, until the 1,000 that remain graduate the course and are officially deemed Midshipmen. ...
Fun summer recipes from sorority (06/12/16)
Epison Sigma Alpha recipes from a Taste and Tell on May 5 at Janie Burke's home. By Barbara Smith Cake: 9 Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened 1 cup sugar 3 eggs, separated 2 cup all-purpose flour 1 Tbsp. baking powder 1 tsp. salt *½ tsp. baking soda...
Destinations & Diversions: Take a kid fishing this Saturday (06/09/16)
Ed Carson Memorial Fishing Day will take place Saturday at Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy on Unionville-Deason Road, in the pond on the property. The event is open to children ages 4-15, who must be accompanied by an adult. No fishing license is required. Participants should bring their own rod, bait and tackle. Prizes will be awarded for catching fish, while supplies last. Call 931-684-9780 for more information...

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