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Monday, Dec. 5, 2016
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Simple ingredients for an easy sweet treat
Fruit salad is always a winner, during the holiday potlucks as well as anytime of year. There are so many versions from rich and heavy to light and simple. What makes a fruit salad? Basically, fruit, often combined with something that holds it together, so why not make it your own?...
Teen twin flick will offer clean family fun in 2017
Lucas Miles seeks God in church, in movies and in books. Lucas produced the movie "Rodeo Girl" with Kevin Sorbo and is producing a new film, "Crowning Jules," which is in the works. A 2017 release date is likely as the producer is hunting for a distributor...
The never-ending story -- and it's about Christmas
My biggest challenge as a parent is not pacifying my daughter for my own ease. Learning to say no is harder than selfishly saying yes for the sake of a whine-free hour here or there. Christmas time is a double-edge sword. Children tend to express all the things they want more frequently...
Happy 100th birthday!
It may seem hard to believe, but the actor, Kirk Douglas, will celebrate his 100th birthday on Dec. 9. His parents were Jewish immigrants from an area that is now called Belarus. Douglas was born in Amsterdam, New York, and attended St. Lawrence University, later obtaining a scholarship to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He played a few minor roles on Broadway, but enlisted in the Navy in 1941 and served until World War II ended in 1945...
A special time of the year
My wife started decorating the house for Christmas shortly after Thanksgiving. First she put up the outside decorations, the lights and the wreaths; and then she moved inside to put up the Nativity scenes. Then she put up the other inside ornaments, such as Christmas houses and Santas and snowmen...
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.
Program pairs students and books (12/04/16)
Excitement was in the air at Southside as the first graders in Shelby Johnson's class waited for their special guests to show up on Tuesday morning. Upon arrival, their special visitors, a group of 18 high school students from the Central Magnet School in Murfreesboro, appeared just as excited to be there as their young friends were for them to come...
Shelbyville EGA group decorates 31st tree (12/04/16)
Every year since 1986, the Shelbyville Satellite Group has decorated a Christmas tree at a local bank. This year's tree is at Regions Bank on the corner of Union Street and Main Street. The theme for this year's tree is Tassels and Baubles. A theme is decided late in the year before the tree will be decorated. Group members may use ornaments they already have so long as they fit the theme. Several programs during the year add new designs and techniques for different ornaments...
Blue Monarch dedicates cottages (12/04/16)
Nov. 12 marked a glorious day in the 13-year history of Blue Monarch. Close to 200 friends and family gathered on a beautiful fall afternoon to celebrate the dedication and open house for the Mildred Jacqueline Peters WINGS Community, consisting of four individual cottages with a playground. Each cottage provides independent housing for one mother and her children as they adjust to increased responsibilities while still benefitting from the supportive environment Blue Monarch provides...
Destinations & Diversions: Christmas festivities kick into high gear with parade (12/01/16)
The 43rd Annual Shelbyville Christmas Parade will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday. The parade is sponsored by Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce and the Jaycees. This year's theme will be "Peace On Earth." Local elected officials will collectively serve as the grand marshals for the parade. The rain date for the parade will be Sunday at 2 p.m...
Healthy holiday cooking program (11/30/16)
MMC Weight Loss & Wellness hosted a Cooking Healthy for the Holidays workshop earlier in November. Mitchell Murphree from Five Senses joined Murfreesboro Medical Clinic's Weight Loss & Wellness department in hosting the event. Mitchell instructed the audience on how to prepare several dishes that would leave friends and family feeling guilt free when dining without compromising the deliciousness that is so anticipated this time of year...
Open House announced (11/30/16)
The following business Holiday Open House has been announced: Cheese Barn will have an open house on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Backwoods Smoke Stack will be cooking and selling wings, pork sandwiches and pulled pork by the pound...
Sandals Resorts recognizes Two Sisters Travel agency (11/29/16)
Two Sisters Travel Co. has become a Preferred Sandals Agency (PSA), joining an elite group of travel agencies recognized by Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts as experts in the Caribbean's Luxury Included Resorts. To become a Preferred Sandals Agency, travel agencies must undergo rigorous training including having half of their staff become CSS certified, and spending many hours in the Caribbean, experiencing and learning about the properties firsthand. ...
Day care around the clock (11/29/16)
Restoration Station day care wants the public to know it can provide child care any time -- literally. Life Restoration Church, 2011 S. Cannon Blvd., has operated the day care since May. Dana Williams, wife of the pastor, the Rev. Randy Williams, runs Restoration Station...
Sunday Conversation: George takes charge of cemeteries (11/27/16)
Mike George is the new sexton for the city of Shelbyville, making him the man responsible for maintenance of city-owned cemeteries such as Willow Mount. George has served as acting sexton after long-time sexton Jakie Carter became sick and died. If you have someone to nominate for Sunday Conversation email sfowler@t-g.com...
Holiday tables made easy (11/27/16)
University of Tennessee Extension Agent Whitney Danhof provided the program for the Shelbyville Woman's Club at their Nov. 9 meeting. Her presentation was how to create holiday table settings using simple elements. "I like to use the things that I have in different ways," she said...
Bank helps with Stones River trip (11/25/16)
Kari Tisma's fifth grade class at Eakin Elementary traveled to Stones River National Battlefield in Murfreesboro as part of its studies of the Civil War. First Community Bank sponsored the trip, and the students made a "thank you" banner to recognize the bank's contribution. (Submitted photo)
Holiday open house (11/24/16)
Bedford Drugs will hold a holiday open house on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Modern Woodmen members honor a hometown hero (11/24/16)
Local volunteer Rickey Lamb of Unionville was recently recognized for countless hours of service to the community during a Modern Woodmen of America member event on Oct. 13. Lamb was honored through Modern Woodmen's Hometown Hero Program for his service to our country and his continued volunteer efforts in the community...
4K becoming more affordable (11/24/16)
This isn't a year of dramatic new breakthroughs in home entertainment, said Mark Kincaid of Kincaid Service Company, but rather a year when existing improvements like 4K are becoming more affordable and filtering down to less-expensive TV sets. The term 4K refers to an ultra-high-resolution picture, dramatically better than the formats that came before it...
Norah meets Dan, and changes his world (11/24/16)
The day before my daughter Norah's fourth birthday, she foreshadowed a remarkable event. I'd just picked her up from preschool when she cautioned me to mind the elderly person walking across the parking lot at a glacier's pace...
School bus driver helps seniors create (11/24/16)
Carol and Taylor Reynolds have been coming to Shelbyville & Bedford County Senior Citizens Center for about two years now. On one of their early visits, they came for lunch on a Friday and asked what activities were available. At the time, there were no scheduled activities on Friday...
Ex-Motlow professor Reddick to speak on Pulitzer-nominated novel (11/20/16)
Dr. Niles Reddick, a former member of the Motlow State Community College faculty, will return to the Moore County campus for a book signing and reception from 11 a.m.-noon on Monday. Reddick will speak to multiple Motlow classes during the morning hours before locating in the Clayton-Glass Library Jeannie Motlow Reading Room at 11 a.m. He will speak about, and possibly read from, his latest novel, "Drifting Too Far From the Shore," followed by a book signing and reception.
Sunday Conversation: Sarah Insell, wingin' it 100 percent (11/20/16)
Sarah Insell of Shelbyville is a mother of three wonderful children, Carter, 6 Caroline, 5 and Charles, 3. She was born and raised in Bedford County. Sarah graduated from The Webb School, runs a business with her husband Tom Insell, enjoys attending sports events with her family -- her father-in-law is MTSU women's basketball coach Rick Insell -- attending horse shows, and playing golf...
Newspapers or turkeys, we've got the answers (11/20/16)
Carol Spray, a paginator for the Times-Gazette, placed a different hat on her head Tuesday morning before going to work. Carol loves turkeys, loves children -- especially her grandchildren -- and loves having a great time at work, but she's never combined all three joys at the same time.
Liberty homecoming (11/18/16)
Liberty School's football homecoming queen is Lauren Wooten, daughter of Jeff and Leann Wooten. (Submitted photos)
Christmas at Bethsalem Chapel (11/18/16)
Christmas music will be performed by noted area musicians at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at Bethsalem Community Chapel in Wartrace. Pianist Kevin Syler, guitarist Don Jones, and singer-songwriters Everett Brown and Gary Pailer will perform solo with refreshments following the program. The event is free to the public with donations accepted for maintenance of the historic chapel, a former church which is available for community events and weddings at a nominal fee. The chapel is located at 205 Knob Creek Road in Wartrace. For more information, contact Linda Williams at 615-944-2050 or Paula Henson Wright at 865-382-9918.
Destinations & Diversions: Bake sales, Christmas trees and plays (11/17/16)
The Women of First Presbyterian Church will host "More Than A Bake Sale" from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday in the church fellowship hall. Baked goods, canned goods and more items will be offered for sale. Items can also be purchased from Ten Thousand Villages, a fair trade retailer, including jewelry, baskets, Christmas décor and more...
Sunday Conversation: Barber active in Community events (11/13/16)
Jason Barber is the organizer of the ROcKFest Concert for youths and an assistant chief of the Unionville Volunteer Fire Department.
Breezy day at Thomas Magnet School (11/13/16)
Students from Thomas Magnet School have been excited to learn about lots of different careers lately, highlighted Wednesday by a visit from a Nashville meteorologist.
Destinations & Diversions: Veterans Parade, 5K and salsa music (11/10/16)
The Webb School 2016-2017 Follin Speaker Series will welcome Lalo and Friends Salsa Band on Monday at 2:20 p.m. in the Follin Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.

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