Arts, Entertainment and Culture
Free fun for the family
Not having raised children myself, I am always surprised by the costs of all the things for which parents have to pay. Parents usually want to give their children all they can. In tight economic times, it is often very hard to say yes even when you want to...
A 'Daring Heart' for human rights
William Wilberforce was one of the best known British abolitionists to modern audiences. After many years of futile effort, he successfully lobbied Parliament in 1807 to pass the Slave Trade Act. His work was important in leading to the end of slavery in the British Empire (although that still took a number of years). ...
Webb Craft Fair to be held Oct. 18-19
One of Middle Tennessee's premiere annual events, the 38th annual Webb School Arts and Craft Fair, will be held Oct. 18-19 in Bell Buckle, sponsored by the Bell Buckle Chamber of Commerce and The Webb School. Hours will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday...
Destinations and Diversions: Stage play ... Pet day ... Bikes? Yay!
The comedy "Daddy's Dyin'... Who's Got The Will?" by Del Shores will be presented Friday and Saturday, and Sept. 26-28, at The Fly Arts Center on South Main Street. Show times are 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. for the Sept. 28 matinee. Call 684-8359 for reservations...
'Daddy's Dyin' ... Who's Got The Will?
The comedy "Daddy's Dyin'... Who's Got The Will?" by Del Shores will be presented Friday and Saturday, and Sept. 26-28, at The Fly Arts Center on South Main Street. Show times are 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. for the Sept. 28 matinee. Call 684-8359 for reservations. The play, recommended for ages 16 and up, is the story, both comic and dramatic, of a boisterous Texas family drawn together and pushed apart by the impending death of its patriarch. The cast includes (standing from left) April Glosson-Smith as Evalita, Meredith Miller as Marlene, John I. Carney as Orville, (seated) Keith Davis as Harmony, director Sue Thelen as Mama Wheelis, Martin Jones as Buford, Andrea McTigue as Sara Lee and Leslie Talbott as Lurlene. (Submitted photo)
Art exhibit opens at Motlow
Artist Meghan O'Connor recently attended a reception to open the exhibit of her work inside the Eoff Hall Art Gallery on the Motlow College Moore County campus. The exhibit will continue through Oct. 27 and is open to the public. O'Connor, left, is joined by friend Andrew Muller and Ann Smotherman, adjunct art instructor at Motlow College. (Submitted photo)
Imagine this: Babies, books and First Lady
Tennessee First Lady Crissy Haslam is expected to be in Shelbyville Sept. 24 as part of a bus tour promoting the 10th anniversary of the Governor's Books From Birth Foundation. The tour will use a 45-foot decorated touring coach and is visiting more than 50 Tennessee counties. The tour started Aug. 26 at the Johnson County Library in Mountain City and will end Sept. 30 at the State Capitol in Nashville...
Endless potential to achieve
Look, up in the sky! Last week I wrote about Batman and how we each adopt symbols--such as Mr. Wayne's bats--that represent our convictions. This led me to thinking about super-heroes in general--In particular, the most super of super-heroes, Superman. What exactly does Superman represent?...
Coming up: Banned Book Week
Sponsored by the American Library Association, Banned Book Week, Sept. 21-27, celebrates the freedom to read and highlights free and open access to information. Librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers and readers of all types join together to support free expression of ideas, even the ones that are unorthodox and unpopular...
Art in the Park
City recreation workers were busy Wednesday at the courthouse announcing the upcoming "Shelbyville Art In The Park." It takes place Saturday, Oct. 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the square with original art and fine crafts, art activities for the kids, music and entertainment . The event is being presented by Our Town Shelbyville, The Arts Council and the city's parks and recreation department. (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
dotMom event to be simulcast at church
LifeWay Christian Resources is slated to simulcast the annual dotMom event live from Hendersonville on Sept. 19-20. Fair Haven Baptist Church is serving as a host location for Bedford County. dotMOM, sponsored by Nashville-based publishing company LifeWay Christian Resources, is geared toward mothers of all stages, and plans to feature popular Bible teachers David Thomas -- who grew up in Shelbyville and has spoken at local luncheons -- Angie Smith, Jennie Allen, Carl and Heather Cartee and Steve and Debbie Wilson.. ...
Prayer, praise and homecoming
Hurricane Grove Baptist Church will hold a prayer and praise rally for the nation 6:30 p.m. Sept. 20. Following the prayer time, the Magnolia Gospel Quartet from Mississippi, seen here, will sing. The church will hold homecoming Sunday, Sept. 21, starting at 10 a.m. The Magnolia Gospel Quartet will sing and Mike Gentry will be the speaker. Lunch will follow the service. (Submitted photo)
Destinations and Diversions: Food, fun to get fired up about
The Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce Firehouse Barbecue will be from 5-7 p.m. Monday at the Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy on Unionville-Deason Road. Free tours of the academy start at 4 with a live burn demonstration at 7:15. Door prizes will be given and there will be live music. Net proceeds benefit local fire departments/life safety devices for the community. A limited number of tickets are available from the Chamber office on Cannon Boulevard...
Henry Horton Park to host historical tours
Henry Horton State Park in neighboring Marshall County will host two historical tours in the upcoming months. The first tour, the Homes and Spirits Tour, will be held Oct. 23-25, which will include a bus ride to visit Traveller's Rest for their historic Halloween event, the Jack Daniels Distillery, the historic Polk House and the Athenaeum for their Ghostly Dinner...
Veterans share written memories
The members of MTSU's Writers Corps will share their writings with the public in a special tonight. Participants in the creative writing program for military veterans and their families will read a collection of their works titled "The Places Called Home" at 7 p.m. today at Reveille Joe's, 113 N. Maple St. in Murfreesboro...
Marble masters match off Saturday
Standing Stone State Park will host the National Rolley Hole Marbles Championship and Festival on Saturday, drawing some of the country's best players to Tennessee where they will match wit and skills in what is known as the Super Bowl of marbles. In its 32nd year, the event includes kids' games, marble making, a swap meet, tournament play, demonstrations, live bluegrass music and food...
Building the R.O.K. is year-long process
Next year's R.O.K. (Rewarding Our Kids) concert is taking shape even though it will not take place for nearly seven months. It takes nearly a year to organize one night of entertainment because of band schedules, sponsorships, logistics and other factors, said R.O.K. organizer Jason Barber...
Fall's not here yet, many say
"I can smell it coming," wrote one participant in an unscientific poll at the Times-Gazette website about the official start of fall. For the biggest group of participants, it's the foliage that means autumn has truly arrived. But several other choices got votes as well; some liked the official, astronomical start of fall, the autumnal equinox on Sept. ...
FFA car show
Yes, it's got an engine in the ... trunk? Lester Stephens of Estill Springs brought his unique wooden vehicle to a car show Saturday held by the Halls Mill Outlaws to raise money for a trip by members of the Bedford County chapter of the FFA. According to Jon Sanders of the Halls Mill Outlaws, participation may have been affected by a large car show in East Tennessee and by the fact that this was the first year for the local event. ...
Getting their groove on
When the temperature rises to the scorching upper 90s, most people opt to stay indoors. Not Jose Calixto and Juan Valenzuela. These two young men chose to bear the heat and work their beats at the Shelbyville Recreation Center last Tuesday. The competitive break dancers practice their skills regularly, rain or shine, and have been doing so for the last five years...
Versatile publisher also offers children's books
As a reviewer of books, I have the wonderful opportunity to review a wide number of books on a range of topics. Sword of the Lord Publishers in Murfreesboro is one of my favorite sources for books. They print a wide variety of faith-based books for people of all ages, from fiction to missionary materials to self-help. Here is a summary of two of their most recent titles...
MTSU participates in Dragon Boat race
The Confucius Institute at MTSU will participate in an ancient Chinese tradition that has become a modern Tennessee tradition. Rowers for the institute will compete against 38 other sponsored boats in the eighth annual Cumberland River Dragon Boat Race on Saturday in Nashville...
Bike ride tours Middle Tennessee
Bicycle enthusiasts across the state are preparing for the annual Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee, which will kick off its 25th year with a seven-day excursion beginning Sept. 13, showcasing Middle Tennessee's beautiful landscapes. Originating at Tims Ford State Park in Winchester, this year's route will feature Middle Tennessee's history, music, horses and distilleries...
Destinations and Diversions: Cars and canning
The Halls Mill Outlaws are holding a car show from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 1725 U.S. 41A North. Proceeds benefit a Bedford County FFA Chapter trip. Car entry is $20 per car; entry is from 8 a.m. to noon. Dash plaques go to the first 25 entries. There will be three trophies for each class; there are 10 classes. There will be a 50/50 drawing and door prizes. For more information, call Perry Sanders at 224-0511, Brenda Sanders at 224-6297 or Jon Sanders at 224-6353...
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...
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...
Working hard for a deal
The latest music video from the artist nobigdyl., "indie," looks professionally shot -- and if you take a close look, you'll recognize some local landmarks. Among images of kids, streets and the rap artist himself, you catch glimpses of H.V. Griffin Park, the Shelbyville public square and other Bedford County spots...
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...
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...
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...
Painting memorializes Nance
Tom Nance died in 2007 at the young age of 39, shocking the community and many who had known the amiable third-generation attorney and family man, who served as Chamber of Commerce president in 1996. Mary Morton, Nance's mother, donated a 2006 painting of the Bedford County Courthouse to the county Tuesday night, so that it can be hung at the courthouse in Nance's memory. The painting is by artist Gwen Pedigo, who's also painted the Rutherford County courthouse...
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...
Get ready to run!
Five-kilometer runs, or "5Ks," have become a regular occurrence in Shelbyville and Bedford County. United Way of Bedford County's "Spooktacular 5K," held around Halloween, was the first local 5K, but in the years since that race started 5Ks have become a common fund-raiser for numerous local non-profits in various parts of the year. One Saturday in March, there were even two 5Ks taking place at the same time -- one in Shelbyville, another in Normandy...
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. ...
Bullseye: Church on target for God
One local church is on target when it comes to ministering to hunters. Shelbyville Mills Baptist Church hosted its annual Hunter's Night Out on Saturday. Church officials estimate at least 110 hunters attended. There was a 3D archery competition, and children received help in shooting a bow and arrow as well as a pellet gun. The church also provided a free barbecue meal with all the fixings...
Destinations & Diversions: Play, hunting event, gospel concerts this weekend
Smokestack Summer Theater will present "Barefoot in the Park," Neil Simon's comedy classic about newlyweds in a big city apartment building, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at Community High School. The production features both students and alumni from the school's outstanding theater program...
Annual Night Out is Saturday
Hunter's Night Out will be held Saturday at Shelbyville Mills Baptist Church, 900 Union St. The event includes a 3D archery tournament at 5 p.m., a free barbecue meal at 6:30 p.m., door prizes and a gospel presentation by Derek Melton. Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will be on site selling hunting licenses...
Help me solve the library mysteries
Thanks to many of you for your kind response to the article about Argie Cooper from a couple of weeks ago. I enjoy learning about our local history. Our building has seen many changes and I truly do wish these walls could talk. While thinking about moving to a new building, as I look at stored items, I keep finding little treasures from the past. ...
Help me solve the library mysteries
Thanks to many of you for your kind response to the article about Argie Cooper from a couple of weeks ago. I enjoy learning about our local history. Our building has seen many changes and I truly do wish these walls could talk. While thinking about moving to a new building, as I look at stored items, I keep finding little treasures from the past. ...
Shelbyville Garden Club studies edible garnishes
Shelbyville Garden Club held its July meeting at the Farm Bureau office with 14 members attending. Guest speaker Brenda Lewis noted that she had played with food for as long as she could remember and delights in the presentation of food display, as evidenced by a large display of edible garnishes prepared for the demonstration. ...
'Barefoot in the Park' reunites Smokestack alumni
Smokestack Theatre at Community High School has a summer production each year, which gives the school's alumni a chance to come back and take the stage once more. This year's summer play is Neil Simon's comedy "Barefoot In The Park," which will be presented Aug. 8-10 at the school...
Destinations and Diversions: It's Wartrace Horse Show time
The 108th annual Wartrace Horse Show will start at 6 p.m. Saturday. The show will feature 31 classes; nine are Riders Cup. For more information, call show manager Roy Ferguson or show secretary Heather Beard at 931-703-3349. Relay fundraisers The Calsonic Kansei North America (CKNA) "Fight Club" team in the American Cancer Society Relay For Life will hold a poker run Saturday beginning at CKNA's location on Stanley Boulevard. ...
Gayle Morgan has her eye on the prize as she tracks an egg that had been thrown to her during Wednesday's egg toss competition at the Bedford County Fair. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Donna Elliott takes a close look at an entry in the canned goods competition at the Bedford County Fair on Monday. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Ready for the Fair? It starts Monday
A week's worth of family fun starts tomorrow, but if you have an exhibit to enter, today is your deadline to participate. The 17th annual Bedford County Fair runs from Monday through Saturday at the Bedford County Agriculture Center. New features for the fair include nightly pony rides and a petting zoo, fair president Judy Gambill said...
Basketball, comedy, and it's fair time
Wayne Buckingham's WAB Sports presents the first Bertie-Ruth Buckingham's Celebrity Charity Basketball Game on Saturday at Cascade High School. A meet-and-greet with the athletes starts at noon, with the game itself at 12:30 p.m. Celebrity players include Chamique Holdsclaw, Ramon Sessions, Sharone Wright, J.P. Prince and Dontae' Jones. The event benefits Cascade High School and the Bedford County Cancer Foundation. Whaley the singer will present the national anthem...
Youth theater group reunites for 'Outsiders'
Five years after its founding, Community Middle School's Stage 13 Productions is going back to its roots. The group's first-year members are reuniting for new performances of "The Outsiders" -- the play that kicked off the group. Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Community Middle's auditorium. Admission is $3...
Big Smo races up rap, country charts
Bedford County's "hick-hop" star is moving quickly up the charts. According to Billboard, Big Smo's new album "Kuntry Livin'" is holding steady at Number 8 for the week's top-selling country albums, ranked by sales data as compiled by Nielsen SoundScan...
FCE Club Reports
Pleasant Grove FCE Club met on Monday, May 19, in the fellowship hall of Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church. Hostess for the month was Donna Parker. Members present were: Sherry Brown, Carolyn Adiska and Donna Parker. Devotion was given by Carolyn Adiska. ...
Destinations & Diversions: 'Woolfie' blends fairy tale stories
The children's play "Woolfie" will be presented Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and July 20 at 2 p.m. at the Fly Arts Center on South Main Street. Blending three well-loved fairy tales -- Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Little Pigs, and Goldilocks and Three Bears -- "Woolfie" takes place in a series of flashbacks as the Wolf must defend himself in the Trial of the Century. ...
Novak joins Confucius Institute
MTSU's Confucius Institute has hired a former Bedford County educator to help promote Chinese language and culture in area K-12 schools. Mike Novak, most recently principal of Liberty School, became the institute's new assistant director July 1. "I am very excited to be part of the team at the Confucius Institute," said Novak. "I look forward to expanding educational opportunities for Tennessee and China...
Rollin' on the river: Chili Pepper Float returns
Fun and charity at the same time make for a perfect combination, and the Moose Lodge is ready. The third annual Chili Pepper River Float & Hog Roast, sponsored by Moose Members for a Cause, is scheduled Saturday, July 26. The public is invited to participate...
Chili weekend in Shelbyville
Chili took center stage over the weekend on the Shelbyville square. The Southern Summer Chili Night District Cookoff was held Friday night and the Tennessee State Chili Cookoff Championship on Saturday as part of the First Square Fair. More photos at http://www.t-g.com/gallery/chili-square2014/ ...
Fun at the Fair: Activity begins at end of month
The 17th annual Bedford County Fair will start soon -- Monday, July 28, to be exact. The fair runs from July 28-Aug. 2. The Fairest of the Fair pageants will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at Shelbyville Central High School. Home economics/agriculture exhibits will be received the day before the fair, on Sunday, June 27, from 1-5 p.m. Judging takes place Monday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m...
Destinations and Diversions: Mules, chili, and ice cream on a July weekend
The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration's 23rd annual Great Celebration Mule & Donkey Show began this morning and continues through Saturday at the Celebration grounds. Upcoming sessions are 2 and 6 p.m. today; 8 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. Friday; and 2 and 6 p.m. Saturday, with a mule sale at 9 a.m. Saturday...
Library is the place for summer fun
Fizz, Boom, Read. That's the sound of summer for many Bedford County children. Most kids look forward to not having any homework during their summer vacation. However, Bedford County's children are different when it comes to what they want to do with their sweet summertime. They want to read -- for fun!...
FCE Club reports
Eight members were present at the Unionville FCE Club on May 20. Jean Fausnaught presided as president and called the meeting to order discussing the healthy habit for May, which is "Good Fat," and reading "The Girlfriends" from the yearbook. The devotion was by Elizabeth Blackburn and was titled, "Heros." We are all heros in our own way, but God is the ultimate one, she said...
Bluebirds at the Martins'
Shelbyville's Volunteer Garden Club was treated to a visit with its own Pat Martin, a nationally known bluebird expert who entertained club members with a delightful program including the care, feeding and raising of bluebirds. The highlight of the field trip was Martin calling the birds to feed...
Jacobs addresses garden club
The June meeting of the Town and Country Garden Club was held recently at River Bend Country Club with Mary Pickhardt and Jan Schloesser serving as hostesses. The program was titled, "Master Gardening with Beth," and was presented by Beth Jacobs of Mary's Greenhouse in McMinnville...
Destinations and Diversions: Frontier fun uncorked in Lynchburg
The 52nd annual Lynchburg Frontier Days Rodeo and Carnival will take place today through Sunday in Lynchburg. The carnival midway starts the fun rolling with armband night tonight at 5 p.m. The action-packed PCA eight-event rodeo kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday night. Before the rodeo starts each night there will be a "Kids' Gold Rush" for ages 9 and under at 7 p.m. in the rodeo arena...
Star-studded game, comedy show July 26
Former Cascade basketball player Wayne Buckingham says he wants to give back to the community. Toward that effort, the former Clemson University and professional player has organized a celebrity basketball game that he hopes will become an annual affair. The game, the Bertie-Ruth Buckingham Celebrity Charity Basketball Game, will be held on Saturday, July 26, at Cascade High School. The game is named in honor of his mother, who died of cancer in 2000...
Fireworks are a tradition for local family
It's that time of the year again, when tents start popping up all over the region to offer fireworks for the upcoming July 4 weekend. For the Warren family, however, this marks the 20th year they've been selling the pyrotechnics to Bedford County residents...
Rec Center plans big for the 4th
If the weather cooperates, this may be one of the biggest and best July 4th celebrations that have taken place at H.V. Griffin Park. Last year's event had to be postponed until Labor Day due to the dreary, wet weather, but the rain day for the event this time around is set for July 5...
Not your usual ride
Maybe the names covering Perry Sanders' 1958 Chevrolet truck catch your eye first. Or maybe it's the whiskey still -- nonworking, of course -- in the bed. It could be the rat taking a, uhh, break ... atop the air breather. Or the Jack Daniel's bottle next to the radiator...
From Florida to Bell Buckle for Moon Pie fun
Four or five years ago, Lyle and Leslie Beck were passing through Middle Tennessee while on a vacation trip and stopped in Bell Buckle. They were charmed -- but the townspeople told them they really ought to see what Bell Buckle was like during the annual RC Cola and Moon Pie Festival...
Guitar legend hits right notes
Jimi Hendrix may be gone, but his music lives on -- not only on CDs, but in the live playing of childhood friend Sammy Drain. Drain, of Seattle, played at Mel's Diner in Shelbyville on Monday night. If things go well, he's hoping for a return visit with his entire band -- hopefully, he says, for a Calsonic Arena performance...
Moon Pie game results
Here are some of the contest results from Saturday's 20th Annual RC Cola - Moon Pie Games in Bell Buckle: (Under 12) 1) Amilya Smith, Morrison 2) Garland Vick, Liles 3) Noah Jett, Murfreesboro (12 and Over) 1) Katrina Fevirer, Jacksonville, Fla...
RC Cola-Moon Pie fun in Bell Buckle
Gov. Bill and Crissy Haslam wave at festival-goers during the parade at the 20th Annual RC Cola - Moon Pie Festival Saturday in Bell Buckle. The Haslams were crowned RC Cola King and Queen. (T-G Photos by John I. Carney) Country music star Mark Collie and Florence Hall, who was queen of the Moon Pie at the first festival in 1995, were named Moon Pie King and Queen at this year's festival...
Shelbyville Garden Club monthly reports
Garden Party The May meeting of the Shelbyville Garden Club was held at the home of Donna Simmons. Hostesses of this fun occasion were Kay Simmons and Donna Simmons. Members brought tea cup arrangements which served as table arrangements during the luncheon and meeting...
The Voice and the Vision: Spoken word, visual art combine in unique show
Shelbyville natives Terrell Johnson and Julius Hill both have vision, and unique voices to go along with it. A vision that involves bringing the community together and inspiring through art and their project called The Voice and The Vision--a group of numerous artists and talented, like-minded individuals who desire to have a positive impact on their community...
Making a more colorful world
Evelyn Solomon works on her watercolor palnting at the Shelbyville-Bedford County Senior Center. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Lynchburg Frontier Days planned June 26-29
The 52nd annual Lynchburg Frontier Days Rodeo and Carnival will take place Thursday, June 26, through Sunday, June 29. The carnival midway starts the fun rolling with Armband night Thursday at 5 p.m. The action-packed PCA eight-event rodeo kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday night. Before the rodeo starts each night there will be a "Kids' Gold Rush" for ages 9 and under at 7 p.m. in the rodeo arena...
Tasty treat turns 20: It's RC / Moon Pie time
Final preparations are underway for the 20th annual RC Cola - Moon Pie Festival Saturday in Bell Buckle, and Jenny Hunt of the town's Chamber of Commerce said organizers are hoping for a big turnout. "It looks like it's going to be up," she said, "just from the hits on the web site, people calling for information."...
See the sun rise at Old Stone Fort
Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park will host a Summer Solstice Sunrise Celebration on Saturday, June 21 at 5 a.m. Visitors are invited to join park staff at the entranceway of Old Stone Fort to view the summer solstice sunrise. The park will open at 5 a.m. and sunrise will begin around 5:30 a.m. The sun will not be visible between the mounds until it clears the canopy sometime after 6 a.m...
Bonnaroo is students' training ground
MTSU students John Coulston and Kimi Thompson are enjoying this year's Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival from a unique vantage point. They are among a select team from the College of Mass Communication providing multimedia coverage of the world-famous music event for The Tennessean and other media platforms, thanks to a partnership initiated by Dean Ken Paulson...
BREAKING: Flag Day observance cancelled
Shelbyville Parks and Recreation Director Sylvia Pinson has cancelled Saturday's planned Flag Day observance due to wet conditions at River Bottom Park, which may be made even worse by forecast rain this weekend. Pinson noted that the patriotic observance of Flag Day should still take place throughout town, and that the mayors of both Shelbyville and Bedford County have issued Flag Day proclamations suggesting that the flag be flown at least between Flag Day (June 14) and Independence Day (July 4). ...
THP gears up for Bonnaroo traffic
It's that time of year again. Since 2002, Manchester has hosted one of the nation's most popular live music events -- the annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. Held on a 700â€'acre farm, the four-day, multi-stage event showcases a diverse assortment of musical styles and performers. Thousands of people attend, and Manchester becomes their temporary home for several days each June...
Bringing art home: Brown gives back
Shelbyville native John Brown believes the city's nearness to Nashville allows Bedford Countians to utilize Music City in a unique way. If anyone knows how to view things from a unique perspective, it's Brown. As a self-taught photographer, Brown has been using his relationship with Nashville's burgeoning art community to generate opportunities for his own creativity and growth in Bedford County...
'Ex-Muslim' memoir tells of conversion, spiritual battles
Jesus. Demons. War. Infidel. Brashness. Family strife. Islam. Christianity. Pastor. These are some of the themes in the riveting life of Naeem Fazal, a former Muslim who immigrated to America to build a better life -- and hook up with blonds -- but ended up fighting demons and finding Christ...
Rapping on fame's door
Tuesday may have been a big day for Big Smo, with the release of his new album "Kuntry Livin'" -- but for him, it was all about the rising star's local fans. With a stack of CDs, T-shirts, bumper stickers and other merchandise to sign, Big Smo, whose real name is John Smith, kept busy while reuniting with old classmates, talking to younger fans and getting ready for his national television debut...
June 14's all about the flag
With the 200th anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner at hand, the city's recreation department is planning a Community Flag Day Celebration on Saturday, June 14. The event will take place at Riverbottom Greenway Park, behind Shelbyville Power Co. at 308 South Main St., kicking off at 12:30 p.m...
Garden tour stops announced
The Shelbyville & Bedford County Chamber of Commerce Beautification Committee will hold its 2014 garden tour Saturday, June 7, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., reviving the event after several years of inactivity. This year's tour will include not only private home gardens but several churches with prayer gardens...
Maggi and Maya: Local poet visited Angelou's home
Tennessee poet laureate Margaret Britton "Maggi" Vaughn of Bell Buckle is among those mourning the loss of revered poet and essayist Maya Angelou, who died Wednesday morning at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C. "We've lost a voice that will never be replaced," said Vaughn...
Puppets' play has serious message
Kati O'Grady's stage may be small, but her hopes -- and her heart -- are large. O'Grady is organizing a puppet show that will be featured at venues this summer and possibly beyond. The show teaches the ideas of unity and tolerance of others who are different...
Community holds drama banquet
Recently, Community High's Smokestack Theatre Group held its 20th annual End of the Year Show, an evening designed to pay tribute to the work of the school's drama students...
A new chapter: Now library work starts
There has actually been heavy earth-moving equipment at the site for a couple of weeks now, but for ceremonial purposes, ground was broken Tuesday for a new library to serve Bedford County. Tennessee First Lady Crissy Haslam was among the dignitaries participating in the ceremony...
RC for the governor, Moon Pie for Collie
Gov. Bill and Crissy Haslam will help celebrate the 20th RC Cola / Moon Pie Festival June 21 in Bell Buckle, along with noted country singer Mark Collie. Crissy Haslam, who was in Shelbyville on Tuesday for the groundbreaking of a new library, told the Times-Gazette she was looking forward to the event...
Fairest of Fair signup forms now available
Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Bedford County Fairest of the Fair pageants. This year's pageants are scheduled for Saturday, July 19 for ages from newborn to 20. Categories include Miss Bedford County Fair (ages 16-20); Young Miss (13-15); Junior Miss (11-12); Little Miss (8-10); Petite Miss (6-7); Tiny Miss (4-5); Toddler Miss (2-3); Baby Miss (12-23 months); and Precious Miss (newborn-11 months)...
Groundbreaking for new library booked for Tuesday
For over a decade, they kept the faith that it would be done. As of Tuesday afternoon, the dream of a new Argie Cooper Public Library for Bedford County will have finally passed a critical point in coming true. Official groundbreaking is set for 2 p.m. at the building site on South Brittain Street across from the old city cemetery...
Living legend goes live
He's had his songs performed by The Beatles, U2, Mel Tillis and the Oak Ridge Boys, and his most famous song, "Everlasting Love," has been on the charts at least once in every decade since he first co-wrote it with Mac Gayden. He's sung backup for Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, John Denver and Jimmy Buffett...
Artisans on the Square in Bell Buckle
Dawana Magliacano paints a brush during the Artisans on the Square event in Bell Buckle. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Freeman to play Key role
It was announced last week that Morgan Freeman will portray former slave William Key in a feature film about one of the more colorful stories of Bedford County history, the tale of Beautiful Jim Key. Both Variety and The Hollywood Reporter reported on Freeman's involvement in the project...
Wisdom and honors shared at Woman's Club
Members of the Shelbyville Woman's Club gathered Wednesday to hear from CEO Allen Pitner about the direction the Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce is headed (see related story at t-g.com). Additionally, club member Barbara Blanton announced the recipient of the club's annual scholarship. Abi Hunt was selected among more than 40 applicants and was praised for her commitment to excellence in a wide variety of activities, including education, sports, community service and church...
Big Smo hits big time
A Unionville artist's life and music will be going into millions of homes nationwide next month. A&E Network has announced the premiere of "Big Smo" -- a new, original real-life series that follows the Bedford County country rapper "as he takes his unique style of music to new heights."...
Photo contest result 'shocked' winner
Jessica Boyce thought she was on a normal Sunday morning shopping trip at Walmart when her husband, Dustin Boyce, nudged her -- he in a bit of shock -- and said, 'Honey, look, you're on the front page of the newspaper!" That's when Jessica learned she had been selected by the Times-Gazette as winner of this year's Mommy & Me photo contest, which was published in a special section leading up to Mother's Day...
Group to read Bible in Murfreesboro
Readers are needed to read the Bible in Murfreesboro. People will read the Bible from cover to cover starting at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 8, at Bible Pathway Headquarters, at 810 Thompson Lane in Murfreesboro, according to a press release by Bible Pathway Ministries. The public is invited, and admission is free. Some 15-minute time slots are still available for those interested in taking par, according to ministry president Jennifer Palafox. Call 615-896-4243 to register...
Shelbyville Central High School's new art club recently took a field trip to the Frist Center for the Visual Arts (pictured) and the Parthenon in Nashville. (Submitted photo)
Boogie, blues and barbecue June 7 in Wartrace
Yeah, the little country town of Wartrace can rock. If anyone refuses to believe it, take them to the 10th annual Wartrace MusicFest on Saturday, June 7. They'll be convinced. This year's show emphasizes "Boogie, Blues and Barbecue" and includes young Tennessee talent, classic Southern rock and a fireworks show to top things off...
Author calls for treating God with reverence
God is frequently alluded to as a lion. The Newsboys sing about God "roaring like a lion" in "God's Not Dead." C.S. Lewis, arguably modern Christianity's greatest writer, veiled Jesus in the character of Aslan the lion in his Narnia stories. And, of course, Jesus was the Lion of Judah in Scriptures...
Sweet symphonic sounds
ABOVE: Members of the Nashville Symphony play at Calsonic Arena on Tuesday night. BELOW: Shelbyville Fire Department's honor guard stands at attention before presenting the colors at the start of the performance. See more photos in Friday's T-G and in a gallery at t-g.com...
Experimenting with sound
Matthew Crosslin is all concentration as he tries out a violin at the instrument "petting zoo" before the Nashville Symphony's performance Tuesday night at Calsonic Arena. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
May flowers on the Square this Saturday
Square merchants are joining together Saturday, May 10 to offer children a chance to make their moms a special Mother's Day gift to remember. While shopping for Mom, flowers will be available for you to make a special bouquet to accompany your gift at several locations, including J. Jordan, Merle Norman, Heritage Jewelers, Torso, Antique Arts & Collectibles Malls, Mel's, Elaborate Images, Artistic Treasures & All Seasons Florist...
Coming up: Summer reading program
We are gearing up for another fun-filled Summer Reading Program at the Argie Cooper Library. The theme this year, "Fizz, Boom, Read," revolves around science. Sign up begins May 28. There will be prizes for readers of all ages. One of the highlights of this year's program is "Mad Science Monday," a good time for the whole family with a science craft you can take home every Monday evening in June...
Some days, writer's block arrives
I imagine at this point in my columns, if you had kept up with them over the past year, you have noticed that I sometimes write about topics that are somewhat obscure or off the wall. You can thank YouTube channels and Podcasts. I probably spend way too much time in front of the computer screen or with my earbuds in...
Disc golf tourney on Saturday
Jody Shelton and Chucky Merlo show off two of the personalized discs that will be given to winners of a non-sanctioned charity disc golf tournament Saturday at H.V. Griffin Park. Team Faith in the American Cancer Society Relay For Life and Shelbyville Disc Golf Club will host the tournament, which will have both amateur and professional divisions and will feature 36 holes -- the park's existing course plus a temporary course, including some holes on the Eakin Elementary School property next door to the park. The object of disc golf is to throw special discs (smaller and thicker than your backyard Frisbee) into baskets like the one seen here. As in regular golf, the object is to complete an 18-hole course in the fewest number of shots. Registration for the tournament begins at 7 a.m. with a mandatory players' meeting at 9 a.m. For more information, contact Shelton at firstname.lastname@example.org. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
Shelbyville Garden Club holds April meeting
The Shelbyville Garden Club held its April meeting at Farm Bureau, with 17 members present. Janie Burke and Pat Martin served as hostesses. Freda Head read two lovely poems about Easter as the devotion. President Amy Wells presided over the meeting, advising members of revisions in the club's program booklet. Wells also encouraged members to review the standard rules in the booklet, reminding members they are expected to bring a minimum of four flower arrangements during the year...
Ervin recognized for extension work
Gay Ervin, extension program assistant, was recognized for her work with the University of Tennessee Extension in Bedford County. The Tennessee Extension Association of Family and Consumer Science (TEAFCS) presented Ervin with the State Para-Professional Award at their recent annual conference in Pigeon Forge...
Mash Bash raises funds for Red Cross
Want to help out the local Red Cross and have fun at the same time? Tickets are now sale for the fifth Annual Red Cross Mash Bash event, to be held on Barbecue Hill at Jack Daniels Distillery in Lynchburg on Saturday, June 7 from 6-9 p.m. Red Cross volunteers are selling tickets for $40 per person or they can be purchased online at redcross.org/news/event/Mash-Bash-2014...
See art being made
Bell Buckle Arts Council will host "Artisans on the Square," featuring live demonstrations of various visual arts, Saturday, May 17, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the area between Southern Charm and Bell Buckle Banquet Hall. Visitors can meet artists and watch demonstrations of pottery, mosaics, jewelry, woodturning, photography, beading, chainsaw carving, mixed media, fiber arts, blacksmithing, and handcrafted guitars from Gallagher Guitar Co. in Wartrace...
Music to one's ears: Symphony tickets on sale
Tickets for the May 6 performance by the Nashville Symphony at Calsonic Arena are now on sale. The symphony will be led by assistant conductor Vinay Parameswaran in his Shelbyville debut. The symphony's casual, family-friendly Shelbyville concert, a tradition since 1989, will also include the Cascade High School Band, directed by David Lucich, playing on its own and joining the symphony for the grand finale. ...
Civil War book planned
Bedford County Historical Society is assembing material for a new book, "The Civil War In Bedford County." The book will give details of the war's activities in Bedford County, provide rosters of the units and the soldiers from the County, and include short biographies and glimpses of those who fought in the war. Target date for publication is early fall of this year...
'Pride and Prejudice' play comes to Webb School
"Pride and Prejudice" will be performed by The Webb Players on April 25-26 at 7:30 p.m. and April 27 at 2:30 p.m. on The Webb School chapel stage. Faculty and students will be admitted free of charge. The event is open to the public, and admission is $5 per person...
Bedford's beauty shines in garden tour
It's been a few years since one has been held, but on Saturday, June 7, the Chamber of Commerce's Beautification Committee will host the Shelbyville-Bedford County garden tour. The event will take place from 10 a.m.5 p.m., with tickets available at the Chamber or from a committee member...
UTOPIA: Create it, maybe star in it
Have you ever wanted to be on national TV, or want to create a new society from scratch? You may have the chance to do both, thanks to a local casting recruiter, Deborah Obenchain. Fox TV is producing a new unscripted social experiment series (reality series) called "UTOPIA," and is searching for candidates to create a whole new world...
A call for revival
More than 30 pastors, church staff, public officials and others gathered outside the courthouse on a windy Monday morning as part of a statewide prayer rally. The event was the Salvation Bell prayer rally, which is organized by the Tennessee Baptist Convention. Randy C. Davis, the executive director/treasurer of the Tennessee Baptist Convention, led the rally and asked several local pastors to lead individual prayers. Davis called for a revival across Tennessee...
Bell Buckle arts demos set May 17
Artisans will return to Bell Buckle next month to demonstrate their wares. On May 17, the second event organized by the town's Arts Council will be taking place, according to Sally Kilgore. The event will be "fairly unique" with invited craftspeople such as potters and quilters to demonstrate how they make their crafts, with pieces for sale as well...
Library 'geeks' help kick-off campaign
Argie Cooper Library is kicking off National Library week this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the lot of the future library. The Community is invited to stop by the Geek the Library kick-off Saturday, take a photo, and tell the library staff what they "geek" (like)...
Serious about fun: 'Hee Haw & Howdy' still in the cornfield
Hee Haw 'N Howdy packed all the excitement into one weekend this year. Saturday night was filled with anticipation and excitement as the audience filed into Central High's auditorium for this season's final performance. Renita Hill, music director, felt this year's success was due to those in attendance...
Help 'geek' the library
We are getting ready for the kickoff of our "Geek the Library" campaign. What's "Geek the Library all about?" It's a celebration of what makes you excited, what you are enthusiastic about, what tickles your fancy, what you know and love. We want to encourage everyone to remember that whatever you "geek" you can supplement your information and enjoyment by visiting the library. ...
Stations of Cross marks 10 years
The 10th annual interdenominational, bilingual Stations of the Cross event will be held Good Friday, April 18, beginning at First Presbyterian Church and ending on the steps of Bedford County Courthouse. The walk is sponsored by Bedford County Ministerial Association. Participants gather at 11 a.m., although the walk sometimes doesn't get underway until closer to 11:30...
Business (and fun) after hours
Davorka Whiteside works on a silk painting during Business After Hours, held Thursday at The Fly Arts Center by the Shelbyville & Bedford County Chamber of Commerce. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Music to our ears: Symphony coming soon
Tickets for the May 6 performance by the Nashville Symphony at Calsonic Arena will go on sale April 16 at the Elm Street main office of First Community Bank. The symphony's casual, family-friendly Shelbyville concert, a tradition since 1989, will also include the Cascade High School Band, playing on its own and joining the symphony for the grand finale. The Motlow State Community College Band will appear as well, providing pre-concert and intermission entertainment...
Library volunteers attend training
Bedford County Imagination Library volunteers recently attended a regional Imagination Library Summit sponsored by the Governor's Books from Birth Foundation (GBBF). The volunteers are: Luci Taylor, interim chairwoman; Trish Hubbard, enrollment chairwoman; and Holly Kinslow, grant writer...
Winning the battle: Young cancer victim keeps calm and fights on
It all started when Cory Phillips started having severe back pain that kept him up most of the night. "I had to prop my feet against the wall at night," recalls Phillips, "and sleep with my feet in the air just to relieve the pressure in my back." As an employee of Olympus Gym in Murfreesboro and overall athletic person, Phillips was no stranger to maintaining an exercise routine and staying healthy. ...
Topical, tough, timely, tuneful: Singer Emilie Burke keeps it real
Emilie Burke doesn't shy away from controversy in her new CD titled "Live at Ms. Brown's Diner." "Streets on fire in your own hometown/Whattya do when the well runs dry?/Stealing your freedoms & they're feeding you lies/Whattya do when your government turns? Pickin' your pockets -- then they take your guns."...
Local vets learn about fishing program
Project Healing Waters volunteer Bill Coyne of Brentwood was guest speaker at the March meeting of Shelbyville/Bedford County Vietnam Era Veterans. Coyne, a Vietnam veteran, represents a non-profit organization that helps provide emotional and physical rehabilitation to disabled military service members and disabled veterans by teaching them the art of fly fishing...
TWH museum recognized
The Tennessee Walking Horse National Museum located in Wartrace, the town known as the "Cradle of The Tennessee Walking Horse," received the 2014 Award of Commendation in recognition of superlative achievement in the "Temporary Exhibition" category at the Tennessee Association of Museums Annual Conference in Greeneville, on March 19. The exhibit focused on "A Moment in the Rich Tradition of the Celebration" on Aug. 29, 2013. Pictured left to right are Adam Alfrey, president of TAM; Philip Gentry, president of the museum; Leah Walker, awards committee chair; and Tori Mason, Middle Tennessee representative. (Submitted photo)
Death, other hard questions for God
One widow has been using her insight into loss to help others deal with their grief. She calls her book, "Why God Why? What to Do When Life Doesn't Make Sense," a "handbook for getting through the pain." Karen Jensen's book from Charisma House uses her experience from her husband Brent's death. His passing away at age 37 left her alone with two boys. The book, released last July, is about hope and reclaiming your life...
Hee Haw & Howdy...and a good time, too
As a Bedford County tradition since the 1970s, Hee Haw & Howdy has always sought to provide a quality show for a good cause. This year's performances will be at Shelbyville Central High School on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. Judi Burton, team captain and director, is very excited about this year's performance...
Bridging the gap to fun and friends
Bridge is addictive, according to some who play it. A duplicate bridge club formed about two months ago and is recruiting new members, said one player, Donna Green. The club meets on Mondays at 12:30 p.m. at the Shelbyville/Bedford County Senior Citizens Center. There are currently about 20 members, including several new participants...
Sunday Conversation: Life's all smiles for Frederica Edwards
The following conversation reflects a Q&A interview with Frederica Edwards and the Times-Gazette. If you have someone you would like to nominate for Sunday Conversation please contact editor Sadie Fowler at email@example.com. T-G: How long have you lived in Bedford County? Did you grow up here? If not, where did you grow up, and what brought you to Bedford County?...
Mexican-style rodeo scheduled
A rodeo in the Mexican style is expected to draw visitors to Calsonic Arena from throughout Middle Tennessee, and as far away as Chattanooga, on Sunday, according to Anna Maria Bonanno, one of the organizers, and it could become a monthly event. The Jaripeo de Primavera, or Spring Rodeo, features Mexican bull-riding, in which the rider attempts to stay on the animal as long as possible, not just eight seconds as in American-style rodeos. ...
Beatles: More than the music
MURFREESBORO -- The Beatles and their producer, George Martin, used innovative recording and mixing techniques to push the boundaries of what was possible in popular music, and two speakers Wednesday night at Middle Tennessee State University -- one of whom had first-hand experience -- broke down the Fab Four's recording process...
Bloomin' good time in Bell Buckle
Flowers were blooming everywhere Saturday in Bell Buckle, which celebrated the 36th annual Daffodil Day Festival. The town has been known for over 100 years for its daffodil-lined roads and farmlands -- which came from mass plantings by Sawney Webb, founder of The Webb School...
Local writer is 'Student of Life'
Writing is only one of Brannon McConkey's pastimes. McConkey enjoys Brazilian jiu-jitsu, cooking, painting and videography. He also released a blues/jazz CD in 2008. Brazilian jiu-jitsu? McConkey said he considers it more an art form than a deadly form of martial arts...
Music festivals: If you play it, they will come
It is that time of year and music lovers will soon gather at music festival after sweaty music festival. I had the opportunity to go to Bonnaroo for the first time last year. It was my first BIG multi-day festival. While I have always enjoyed concerts, I don't know if I love them enough to have fully immersed myself into the Bonnaroo experience. More on this later.....
Middle school presents 'Ask Any Girl?'
Community Middle School's theater department will perform "Ask Any Girl?" today and Saturday at 7 p.m. Admission is $2. "Ask Any Girl?" is about a young college graduate named Meg who moves from a small town to New York City and resides at a women's boarding house in Manhattan. ...
Fun in the air at Aviation Day
Aircraft displays, classic autos, food, friends and all sorts of fun await the family on Saturday, March 29 when the second Shelbyville Aviation Day will be held. The free event is open to the public from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.. Many aircraft will be on the tarmac to check out, such as jet fighters, T-34s and other warbirds, seaplanes, ultra-lights, gliders, light sport planes and possibly some Yaks -- fighter aircraft built by the Russians or Chinese in World War II...
Daffodils spring up
A sure sign that spring has returned to Bedford County is Saturday's 36th annual Daffodil Day Festival in Bell Buckle. The town has been known for over 100 years for its daffodil-lined roads and farmlands -- which came from mass plantings by Sawney Webb, Webb School's founder...
Arts plate unveiled
The Legislative Arts Caucus, Tennesseans for the Arts and the Tennessee Arts Commission along with arts leaders from across the state recently announced a new Arts specialty license plate, which is now available at County Clerk offices in Tennessee...
Hard to define: Cityfide makes music for all
They call themselves "the best hip hop/rock group you have never heard of," but with their latest CD now appearing in local stores, that may no longer apply for local band Cityfide. Their new 19-track album is "From the Pen to the Pad, Chapter One."...
Frequently, it's fast food
Most of the participants in a non-scientific poll of Times-Gazette web site users say they eat fast food about one to three times a week, although nearly one in four say they don't eat fast food at all -- at least, not regularly. One participant suggested, and it was a legitimate suggestion, that our poll should have included an option for those who eat only occasionally, something between "I don't eat fast food" and the next answer, which was 1-3 times per week...
Bo-Dock music plays on
Bo-Dock Valley Cowboy Church, a non-commercial, family-friendly music venue at 2399 Unionville-Deason Road, resumed its occasional music nights last weekend after having been closed for several months due to weather and other factors. Pete Carter and the Third Trouble Band performed. There's no admission charge, although the hat is passed -- literally -- for donations. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
Churches reach out to public for Lent
The Lent and Easter period is often the busiest time of year for churches as congregations prepare to celebrate Jesus' resurrection. Many churches celebrate Ash Wednesday -- this past Wednesday -- which marks the beginning of Lent. Some churches follow a liturgical year, or series of seasons in which their worship style changes; Lent and Easter are perhaps the most important time in the liturgical calendar. Easter is April 20...
Euphonium emphoria: Local musician to perform at Carnegie Hall
On March 13, Tennessee Tech student Tyler Thurber will live out a musician's dream -- to play New York's Carnegie Hall. Thurber is part of the TTU Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble. Although most musicians only dream of playing the famed Carnegie Hall venue, one of Bedford County's own will soon be living out that dream...
Look ahead to spring: Plant a tree
Even with ice still hanging onto parts of the state, believe it or not, today is Arbor Day in Tennessee. With the winds of winter receding, it's the time of year when people are starting to look at how to enhance their property, and even protect it...
Fantastic season for local teams
Two district championships. A region title. Two second-place district finishes. A runner-up region finish. And two sub-state appearances. It's been quite the year for Bedford County basketball. On Tuesday night, the last team standing finished the incredible season in the Class AA sub-state match up featuring the Cascade Champions and East Nashville Eagles...
Poster contest for fourth grade students
Bedford County Farm Bureau Women will hold its annual poster contest for fourth grade students. There will be a first, second and third place winner from each elementary school in Bedford County; students in private school or home school may enter the county-wide contest as well...
Church's pews to make TV debut
The pews of a Shelbyville church will soon be featured with the stars of "Nashville." The ABC show's producers bought 18 pews from Shelbyville Mills Baptist Church on Feb. 10 to use in an upcoming episode. ABC Entertainment announced Friday that the pews will be featured at 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 12 in an episode titled, "We've Got Things to Do."...
Spying crucial in Revolutionary War
Before America had the CIA and Predator Drones, before America was even a recognized nation, it had the Culper Spy Ring. This spy ring provided vital information about the British occupation of New York City to Gen. George Washington to help him win the American Revolution. ...
Christ on the big screen: Podcasters seek movies' deeper meanings
Two local podcasters are exploring the hidden religious messages in movies, new and old, with an eye towards using them to start conversations about faith. That doesn't mean they don't have fun doing it. "You go ahead and take the Godzilla one," said Brenden Taylor, as he and Michael Hansen planned a quick movie-news segment which opens the Internet-delivered radio show...
'The Boys Next Door' reflects joy, struggle
The play "The Boys Next Door" walks a fine line between comedy and pathos, but that's part of what makes it so rewarding, say participants in a Bedford Players production of it that opens later this month at The Fly Arts Center on South Main Street...
Goodwill's Wedding Gala offers discount dresses
Goodwill's fourth annual Wedding Gala is set for 6 a.m. until 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 15, at the Goodwill store in Rivergate. Already this year, Goodwill has more than 700 wedding gowns all priced between $49 and $399. Most of them were donated by area bridal boutiques and have never been worn...
A 'Ladies' Day Out'
Christian Women's Fellowship of First Christian Church in Shelbyville enjoyed their "Ladies Day Out" Feb. 22 at the church, located on Madison Street Janelle Douglas is the current President. Whitney Danhof, UT Extension Agent, presented the program...
Jesus returns to theater in 'Son of God'
Shelbyville residents can see Jesus on the big screen starting Friday. "Son of God" will be playing at the Capri theater. Capri normally holds two Saturday matinees, at 2 and 4 p.m., owner Ray Rhoton said. Due to a long runtime, 138 minutes, Saturday will only have a 2 p.m. matinee, he said...
Garden Club enjoys pottery lesson
Members of the Volunteer Garden Club met at Webb School for a pottery lesson that was capped with members making bowls and other designs. Program chair Sharon Reagor introduced Webb School pottery instructor Sue Wood. Wood gave club members a brief lesson on pottery techniques and guided members in making original pottery designs. ...
Thompson embraces art as school teacher, leader at Fly
Megan Thompson is keeping busy with art for a woman who never planned to go into the field, who actually got into art by accident and did not know much about it at the time. Thompson organizes monthly art classes for The Fly Arts Center and teaches art at Shelbyville Central High School. She also serves on the board of the Fly and will present an exhibit there in March...
'Service' defines library director
Bedford County is still welcoming Rita Allen as the new director of Argie Cooper Public Library, but she's no stranger to many. As a resident of the Normandy area for eight years, she is familiar with the county's people and their needs. She is also no stranger to librarianship, having worked both as a reference librarian -- finding all the answers long before Google -- and a library director for more than 30 years...
Book tells story of America's first spies
Forget Jason Bourne or MacGyver. Quakers make the best American spies, apparently. A new book by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaegar, "George Washington's Secret Six," tells the story of America's first true spy network, which was led by Robert Townsend, a Quaker merchant and reporter...
Ready to rock. Anywhere.
Dawn Michele of Fireflight, the headline act for Saturday's R.O.K. (Rewarding Our Kids) concert, says Calsonic Arena is "probably the second horse arena we've played in," but is far from the most-unusual venue for the Christian rock group. She recalled the band competing in a secular festival and "battle of the bands" with venues spread across a downtown area. ...
Third-graders experience South Korea
Community Middle School got a taste of Korea on Feb. 6. Paula Smith, third-grade teacher, has been conducting a series of lessons on foreign cultures. The study has included geographic locations, languages and society. As part of the series, Smith invited Jeong Hee Dillingham to discuss life in South Korea. Although Dillingham has been a U.S. citizen for more than 20 years, she was born in Suwon, South Korea, and lived there for more than 20 years before moving to America...
Church goes Nashville, not Hollywood
The glitz and glamor of ABC's "Nashville" show will soon include a Shelbyville connection. Shelbyville Mills Baptist Church sold the show's producers 18 large pews from the center aisles. The producers carted the 15-foot and 11-foot pews away last Monday morning, said associate pastor David Brown. The pews may have to be cut down in size...
Achy Breaky Heart: I might blow up and kill this song
The song was written by songwriter Don Von Tress somewhere around 1990. Tress had the idea that he wanted to write a romance-gone-wrong song from a humorous perspective. I came across a Country Weekly interview with Tress where the writer recalls the song coming together at the "most unlikely of spots--at the drive-through at a Hardee's in Indiana."...
Find your clout - and use it to help others
Clout, n. -- "the power to influence or control situations," as defined by Merriam-Webster. Jenni Catron defines clout as a combination of gifts, experiences and opportunities that God gives a person and how it can be unleashed for others. Clout is power and influence. And Catron wants to help people use their clout to help others to be healthy leaders, whatever their roles in life and work...
ONLINE TODAY: T-G poll respondents still love Jay
As Jimmy Fallon prepares to take over "The Tonight Show" on Monday, his predecessor Jay Leno remains the overwhelming favorite among late-night talk show hosts according to a non-scientific poll of T-G web site users.
Valentine's: A special day, but how to do it?
Feb. 14. People either love it, hate it, or forget about it. What is it about Valentine's Day that so many people seem to either loathe or love? After asking people for their opinions, ideas, plans or advice, there might be some insight for us all. Responses varied, yet were very similar...
Lunch with Oprah, TV appearances keep Shelbyville native busy
From growing up in Shelbyville to living in Hollywood, Cameron Watson is keeping busy, appearing soon on another popular TV show ... ... and recently having lunch with Oprah Winfrey. It's all in a day's work for the actor and director, who has been juggling multiple projects -- such as directing stage productions and taking roles this past year on "NCIS" and "Scandal."...
Safety day, concert set next weekend
A two-part event -- a community-wide safety day followed by a Christian pop and rock concert -- returns Feb. 22 to Calsonic Arena on the Celebration grounds. "This year we're taking it to a whole new level," said Jason Barber, one of the organizers...
A dance for Valentine's
Jessica Osborne, director of youth services, leads children in a dance prior to reading Wednesday for Valentine's story time at Argie Cooper Public Library. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Musical life hits right note
Vinay Parameswaran, the Nashville Symphony's newly-named assistant conductor, will lead the Nashville Symphony during its annual concert at Calsonic Arena, including conducting a joint performance between the symphony and the Cascade High School band...
Girl Scout Cookie time!
Local Girl Scouts Mary Anna Patton, left; Kayla Forsee, right, and MaryGrace Dennis, top, help sort through 687 cases of Girl Scout cookies after they were delivered Saturday. Jabiru USA on U.S. 231 provided space for the event. Scouts started selling the cookies on Sunday, and will be at Walmart and Kroger to sell cookies this Friday through Sunday, and again Feb. 22-23. That schedule may change in case of inclement weather. For more information, call 931-389-0476. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
Library to honor new, old directors
Argie Cooper Public Library will honor its old and new directors at a reception next Thursday. Even as Pat Hastings steps aside as director of the library, new director Rita Allen has stepped in. The library's board of directors and the Friends of the Library will hold a reception from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at the library to honor the directors. The public is invited, said board member Lynn Hulan...
Human trafficking highlighted in film
To help raise awareness and encourage involvement in the fight against human trafficking, Middle Tennessee citizens are invited to attend a showing of the "Every Day in Cambodia," a CNN Freedom Project documentary in Brentwood. The showing will be hosted by Fellowship Bible Church, 3Strands and Agape International Missions (AIM) on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. at the church, which is at 1210 Franklin Road in Brentwood...
Honoring Tennessee's historic women
A new book that tells the stories of outstanding Tennessee women is headed for the state's public high schools with help from the Middle Tennessee State University Department of History. Charlotte Crawford and Ruth Johnson Smiley, editors of "Tennessee Women of Vision and Courage," will discuss the book from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at Linebaugh Public Library, 105 W. Vine St. in Murfreesboro. The event is sponsored by the American Association of University Women of Murfreesboro...
Shelbyville Garden Club learns about master gardeners
Shelbyville Garden Club held its January meeting at the Farm Bureau, with 14 members and two guests attending. Hostesses were Libby Davidson and Faye Sudberry. Freda Head presented a devotional from Acts 25. Group discussions included designing the table arrangements for the February Chamber of Commerce event, the appointment of a new Sunshine Chairman, and continued recycling efforts...
Gill holds book signings Saturday
A Lewisburg woman has launched a Christian children's book series. Judy A. Gill is the author of "Wish U Well" and "Operation S.O.U.P.," the first two books in what will be a six book series for youths. The "Wish U Well" series follows a character, "J," as she grows from a child through old age...
Storyteller/singer to perform in Pulaski
A Grammy Award-nominated singer, poet and storyteller will perform at Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, Tenn., on Tuesday, Feb. 11. Minton Sparks fuses music, poetry, and a gift for storytelling to paint word pictures of the rural South that put you square in the middle of the people and the places she knows, according to a college press release...
Ahoy! It's story time
"Arrrr!" "Avast!" "Yo Ho Ho!" Those were just some of the sayings the little ones could remember during Pirate Storytime at the Argie Cooper Public Library Wednesday. Some of the tykes knew about the sea-going ruffians from the Pirates of the Caribbean films, and Jessica Osborne with the library read a variety of stories to the kids, teaching them how to talk like a pirate, as well as spinning a yarn involving a pair of golden underpants...
How do you get closer to Christ?
What does it mean to get closer to Christ? As one who did not grow up in a church environment, much less as one who did not really know much about Christ, the whole idea of "knowing Jesus" was weird. The concept also was a little off-putting since I didn't know Jesus and didn't know even how I would get to know Him...
Music to fill the air in May
Tuesday, May 6, has been set as the date for the Nashville Symphony's annual concert at Calsonic Arena in Shelbyville. The symphony, under the baton of assistant conductor Vinay Parameswaran, will perform a family-friendly program, with the Cascade High School Band as special guests...
Kids create Smokey Bear, Woodsy Owl posters
Volunteer Garden Club sponsored the 2014 Smokey Bear & Woodsy Owl poster contest at Eakin Elementary School. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service and the National Garden Clubs Inc. gave students the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of wildfire prevention and basic environmental conservation principles through original drawings of Smokey Bear or Woodsy Owl...
SCHS students get creative in library
Shelbyville Central High School students have been showing off their decorating and marketing skills in the high school library. The librarians, Dona Northcutt and Heather Richards, had help from several talented students enrolled in a new class, Retail Operations, at the Central High School Annex. ...
Dandy welds steel to create pieces in fine detail
You have to hand it to Maurice Dandy. He can sculpt about any design from steel -- even a hand. The 1994 graduate of Shelbyville Central High School is welding together large and small pieces of metal to design works of art. He is in his third trimester at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville...
TV taping coming soon to Mel's Diner
Singer/songwriter Ben Stillwater is bringing his crowd-pleasing cowboy stage show, "Giddy Up" to Mel's Diner, Depot Street off the Shelbyville square, next month. Originally launched at the historic Independence Opera House, a venue which originally opened in 1904 in Independence, Wis., the production, which has the flavor of an old Western town like on "Gunsmoke," features seven cowboys and cowgirls, a traditional cowboy background with hay bales, saddles and tack plus plenty of original music by Ben and his duet partner, Cyndee Jean. ...
Knitting together talent
A love of yarns brought together more than 30 women last Monday to knit, stitch, teach and talk. The Fleece on the Duck (River) Fiber Guild met at The Fly Arts Center. Members offered their expertise to teach novices about a variety of fabrics. Akelah Rowe was one of the newcomers. She attended the meeting to try knitting for the first time ever, she said...
Wednesday was Bedtime Storytime at Argie Cooper Public Library, allowing children to wear their pajamas. Jessica Osborne, director of youth services, read such books as "Bear Snores On." The next storytime, which will have a pirate theme, will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29. To RSVP, call the library at least three days ahead of time at 684-7323. Nathan Hanson prepares to help his children make fleece pillows. From left are: Liam, Gaelan and Aralyn. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Financial peace through learning
A church wants to help you achieve financial peace of mind with the assistance of money guru Dave Ramsey. First Baptist Church on Depot Street is offering Ramsey's "Financial Peace University" system. The church is calling its series by two other names: "Momentum" and "What If...?"...
FCE Club reports
Butler's Creek FCE Club All 14 members of Butler's Creek FCE Club met on Dec. 9 at River Cafe in Normandy for a Christmas party. Guests were Joyce Cartwright, Louise Smith, Teri Locke and Whitney Danhof, as well as four members of the Town and Country FCE Club: Hazel Foster, Libby Covington, Janet Boyce and Catherine Talley. Hazel Gant reported. Nancy Smith gave the devotion...
Red Hat members celebrate birthdays
Meet the Red Hat and Sassy Sisters -- left to right, front row, Gloria Jones, Joy True, Linda Robertson-Hull, Bettye Whitaker and Brenda Stewart and back row, Libby Whitson, Barbara Green, Connie Crowell, Joyce Posey, Kathy Jett, Pat Geeting and Rachel Arnold. Stewart and Arnold were celebrating birthdays during a luncheon Monday. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Stitches in time
Dorothy Frazier works on a quilt at the Shelbyville/Bedford County Senior Center. A finished quilt hangs on the wall in the background. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Council denies library funds, citing low emergency reserve
Shelbyville City Council, meeting Thursday night, voted down a request from the Argie Cooper Public Library Board of Trustees for funding to enable construction of a new library building. The library had asked the city for $250,000 to be added to the $1,591,315 already in hand or firmly committed...
Bonnaroo grants available for non-profits
Administrators of the Bonnaroo Works Fund announced this week that the application deadline for 2014 grants has been extended until March 15. Established in 2002, the Bonnaroo Works Fund supports arts, education and environmental nonprofit organizations as well as a variety of community initiatives. To date, more than $5 million has been awarded by fund administrators; last year's award grants totaled more than $350,000...
Fit for a winter's delight
What better to do on a cold winter day than exercise or play ball inside, where it's heated and dry? The Shelbyville Recreation Center provided the perfect place Wednesday for people of all ages to get out of the house or the office and have some fun. The indoor basketball court, walking track and fitness center were among the draws...
Wartrace decorating winners announced
First place winners in the Wartrace Chamber of Commerce Christmas decorating contest, Sonia and Eddie Miller, are presented a $100 cash prize by chamber president Jerry Fox, right. A second place prize of $50 was awarded to Mookie and Vickie Smith. The Joseph Cleek family received $25 for third place. Wartrace Chamber of Commerce sponsors the contest for the best decorated property within the town's city limits. (Submitted photo)
Fired up for fitness
Soon after moving to Bedford County in 2001, Leo Wilcox bought a workout tape known as P90X--an intense workout program designed to give you extreme results in 90 days--that soon found its way into his closet. "I did [P90X] and after three or four workouts said it was too hard. I thought, 'There's no way I can do this.' It sat in the closet."...
Guild unites those who love to work with fibers
A guild of fiber-loving women is offering to teach people how to knit or crochet for free. The Fleece on the Duck (River) Fiber Guild will meet on Monday, Jan. 13, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at The Fly Arts Center. Anyone who would like to learn how to knit or crochet is invited to attend, said guild secretary Susie Henderson...
Country artist Tippin signs son's flight logbook
Most kids dream about getting their driver's license when they turn 16, but the son of country star-slash-pilot Aaron Tippin had loftier pursuits. And Ted Tippin fulfilled them this past Sunday, Dec. 15, when he completed his first solo flight. Making the milestone even more special was who signed his logbook upon landing, making the solo flight official: dad Aaron...
FCE Club reports
Fairview FCE Club met on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at the University of Tennessee Extension in Shelbyville with Susie Armstrong presiding. Louise McCarter read the Call to Order titled "Thanksgiving Dinner," and Linda Lovell gave the devotion. Roll call was answered with your favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal. ...
Library books time for $250K plea
Members of the Argie Cooper Library Board plan to attend the city's first study session of 2014 and request $250,000 to finalize construction plans for a new facility. In a letter to the council, Board Chair Amy Mitchell said that the library's ongoing campaign to fund the new building is nearing its end...
What I'm thankful for
New years are often times to look forward to new things in life, to make resolutions to make some change (regardless of whether you stick to the change) or to reflect on what happened in the outgoing year, for good or bad. For this new year, the Times-Gazette asked people what they were thankful for during 2013; health, family and bicycles were among the responses...
FCE Club reports
Heart of the Home FCE Club met on Dec. 9. Mignon Spence reported.
Business discussed: County Council meeting on Jan. 3 at 10 a.m. at the Extension Office....
With faith and toys, Santa's on his way
POINTS NORTH -- Santa was just about to finish a mug of hot cocoa when I asked him about the list. "Ah, yes, the list," he said. "Well, I can't let you see any of the names on the list -- that's between me and the kids -- but I understand people are curious."...
Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas
For most people, the time around Christmas is a time to spend with family, a time to exchange gifts, or a time to mark the birth of Christ. But for some people, it's their own birthday, and it can easily get overlooked in all the holiday busyness. The Times-Gazette recently asked readers to share their Christmas birthday experiences on Facebook...
Christmas with Flo: Home decked with owl, Santas, Bush
Florine "Flo" Qualls has been going all out for Christmas for at least the past 35 years, providing a holly, jolly environment not only for her extended family but for strangers as well. "I looked up one Christmas and there was a man putting toys together. I did not know him," Qualls said. "I always told my kids if they knew somebody who didn't have anywhere to go to invite them. I've had as many as 35 here on Thanksgiving and Christmas."...
I'll be home for Christmas, if only on your screen
Julie Culp got married in May, 2012 -- and then, about a month later, had to say goodbye as her husband Kevin deployed for Afghanistan with the U.S. Army. Their first Christmas, a time when most newlyweds might revel in their first Christmas together, they weren't together...
Christmas Eve and Christmas services
The following churches have announced Christmas Eve and Christmas services: St. William Catholic Church. Dec. 24: bells and candlelight service at 5:30 p.m.; Spanish mass at 8 p.m.; Midnight Mass at midnight on Christmas. Christ Lutheran Church. Dec. 24: Christmas Eve service at 9 p.m. (A Service of Carols and Worship)...
'Night Vale' creators turn podcast into novel
Book publisher Harper Perennial announced this week that the creators of the very funny podcast "Welcome To Night Vale," Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, are going to write a novel based on the podcast. I've been a fan of "Welcome To Night Vale" since last spring, and I eagerly await the twice-monthly episodes, which are published on the first and the 15th. I look forward to the book -- but only if it doesn't detract from the podcast!...
Youth band carols at hospital
The Youth Band from Living Stones Community Church visited Heritage Medical Center this week to sing Christmas carols for the patients. They sang Christmas standards such as "Jingle Bells," Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer," and "O Come Let Us Adore Him." (T-G Photo by Doug Dezotell)
Arts advocate to step down as Fly director
Janice Cole will retire at the end of the year after 12 1/2 years as director of The Fly Arts Center. Bedford County Arts Council is switching to a volunteer model for the facility's operation. In 2001, Bedford County Arts Council began discussing the need for an employee to manage the facility. Cole, a four-year member of the Arts Council who had previously been employed by Arnold Engineering Development Complex near Tullahoma, applied for and got the job...
These days, Santa may as well be iSanta
Apple will have a very merry Christmas if this year's letters to Santa submitted to the Times-Gazette are any indication. "Can you get me a ipod for Christmas," Madison Elizabeth Wilson, a student at Cascade Elementary School, wrote. "I would like a ipod because I don't have a electchronic thing with a lot of games."...
Big screen, small town
Hollywood came to Bell Buckle on Saturday, with a red-carpet screening of the film "Final Recourse" held at Bell Buckle Banquet Hall. The movie, a thriller starring Teri Polo, Chazz Palminteri and Tia Carrere, was produced by Elaine Hastings Edell and Jeffrey S. ...
Warmer times for wine walk
Merchants on the square are ready for this Friday's wine walk, which was rescheduled from its original date a week ago due to bad weather. The decision to postpone the third annual event was made early Friday morning, and merchants are glad they made that decision as the weather proved to be cold and rainy...
Christmas cheer rolls by
Brittany Hand makes a 'Merry Christmas' sign to display for Christmas Parade participants and pre-parade runners as Ruby Newsom displays her finished product Saturday. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Jazzy arrangements brighten familiar hymns
Jamey Simmons's mother-in-law is a church pianist in Wisconsin, while Simmons himself, a resident of the Normandy area, is director of jazz studies at Middle Tennessee State University, and an arranger and composer. For years, he's written beautiful, jazz-influenced arrangements of hymns and sent them to her as birthday or Christmas presents...
It's decoration time in Shelbyville!
The Shelbyville Satellite Group, which is part of the larger Cheekwood Chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America (EGA), recently gathered for its 28th annual tree decorating. Each year, the group gathers at a different bank and decorates a Christmas tree. This year, the lucky bank was Peoples Bank, located at 1122 N. Main St...
Lessons, carols will fill the air at Webb
The Webb School Chapel will be filled with music, song and fellowship next Thursday during the school's annual celebration of Lessons and Carols. The performance will begin at 7 p.m. A string prelude will begin at 6:40. A reception will follow in the Grace Follin Dining Hall on the Webb campus. The event is free and open to the public...
'Wonderful Life' to be performed as benefit show
The South of Broadway Players will give free performances of "WSOB Presents: It's A Wonderful Life," an adaptation of the classic film as if it were an old-time radio show, at several different venues during the holiday season. No tickets will be required and there will be no admission charge, but donations will be accepted to purchase a wheelchair-lift van for Carol Jean, a Shelbyville police detective whose 20-year-old daughter Mandy has cerebral palsy...
'Tis the season for a parade
Cancer patient Mark Kelly Olson, 11, will be the grand marshal for Saturday's 40th annual Shelbyville Christmas Parade, which has the theme "Christmas Through a Child's Eyes." Olson suffers from very high risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia. "From what I understand, we're looking good," said Connie Smith, one of the parade organizers. The annual parade is sponsored by the Shelbyville Jaycees and Shelbyville & Bedford County Chamber of Commerce...
Holiday done in old way
Plans are underway for Saturday's Bell Buckle Old Fashioned Christmas and Quilt Walk, hosted by the Bell Buckle Chamber of Commerce. "There is nothing quite like a visit to Bell Buckle for the holidays," said Jenny Hunt, Bell Buckle's vice mayor, in a press release. "Decorated with live greenery and hand-made holiday bows, Christmas in Bell Buckle evokes memories of Christmas past. Warm, inviting, friendly, filled with the spirit of the holidays -- that's Bell Buckle."...
Sip and shop on Square
The Shelbyville square bustled with activity last weekend, and merchants are hoping that momentum will carry through to this weekend's parade and third annual Wine Tasting on the Square. Several store owners reported sales to be up with heavy traffic downtown. Saturday was Small Business Saturday, and many shoppers got an early start by hitting the square Friday...
Christmas in Lynchburg to be held Saturday
Christmas in Lynchburg will be held this Saturday. Registration for the Red Nose Run 5K to fight Cystic Fibrosis will begin at 7 a.m. at the gazebo; the race will be at 7:45 a.m. Breakfast with Santa will be held at the Masonic Lodge between 8 and 10:30 a.m. The breakfast is $7 per person and pictures with Santa are $5...
Garden club assists state's first lady
One of Volunteer Garden Club's state projects is to help Tennessee's First Lady with flowers in the Executive Mansion. Ten Designers were asked to help with Decorations for a fundraising luncheon to improve the gardens and landscaping. Two were from the Volunteer Garden Club, June Gilmore and Becky Nichols...
A 20-year tradition continues next month
It's a spectacular show many would expect to find in venues like Nashville -- but not down in Shelbyville. First Baptist Church is once again presenting The Living Christmas Tree -- a Shelbyville tradition of 20 years, with performances set for 7 p.m. on Dec. 6, 7 and 9, with a 3 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Dec. 8...
'Tis the season to sparkle
It was looking like Christmas in Shelbyville on Saturday as a number of festivals and bazaars got people into a holiday spirit. "We're hoping people go to one festival and get in the spirit and then go to all of them," said Dana Ferguson, secretary of The Fly Arts Center...
McDowell bringing songs to Wartrace
Country music star Ronnie McDowell will perform at 8 p.m. Dec. 13 at Chais Music Hall at the Walking Horse Hotel in Wartrace. McDowell was a songwriter in 1977, and following the death of Elvis Presley, he and another songwriter composed the tribute song "The King is Gone."...
Carving the turkeys
On Wednesday night, men and women from First United Methodist Church continued their preparations for Friday's annual luncheon and bazaar. Turkeys are taken home by church members to be cooked, then brought back for carving. David Sherrill, left, carves a turkey while Jack Carney advises Donna Smith on how to proceed. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
A comic twist on Sherlock Holmes
"The Game's Afoot; or, Holmes For The Holidays," a comedy by Ken Ludwig, will be presented in a dinner theater format Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 6 and 7 at The Fly Arts Center on South Main Street. The comedy, winner of a Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allen Poe award, is about a Broadway star, famous for playing Sherlock Holmes, who has to play the role for real when he's present for a murder at his Connecticut mansion...
Wartrace group promotes the arts
The Wartrace Arts Community (WAC) has formed and will hold its first public meeting on Thursday, Nov. 21. The meeting will be at the Wartrace Community Building. Bring a dish to share. There will be a speaker. You do not need to be an artist to attend, nor do you have to live in Wartrace...
Locals to perform in 'Nutcracker'
Two children from Bedford County have been selected by the Nashville Ballet to join the youth cast in its annual production of Nashville's Nutcracker. Makenzie Martin, daughter of Traci and Michael, and Tamara Uredi, daughter of Jennifer, are joining a total of 170 youngsters from Middle Tennessee and the surrounding areas to perform alongside Nashville Ballet's professional dancers in the local holiday favorite...
Sparkle and comfort top holiday trends
About eight years ago, Jennifer Jordan Thompson returned to her hometown from Atlanta to pursue a dream, and Wednesday, members of the Shelbyville Woman's Club saw the tangible results of that move. "This was her dream -- to have a dress shop," said Belinda Craig as she welcomed Thompson to the packed house of about 120 members to the Riverbend Country Club...
British sci-fi tradition marks half a century
I was at a Relay For Life meeting last week and one of the team captains in attendance happened to be wearing a "Doctor Who" T-shirt. I didn't know her, but I had to make a point of speaking to her and seeing if she's looking forward to the 50th anniversary special as much as I am...
Graveyard appears at home near Normandy
NORMANDY (AP) -- It was like a scene from a horror movie as Ricky Greene slipped his hand into the darkness under a concrete slab that had been pried up from his yard in Coffee County. Reaching into the space beneath, he felt what he thought were the wooden contours of a casket...
Schools play around seriously
Education in Bedford County is getting downright playful -- as in theatrical plays. At least three schools are producing plays this weekend and next week. Peter Pan will fly into Community High School this weekend. The school's Smokestack Theatre Group will present J.M. Barrie's "Peter Pan and Wendy" tonight, Saturday and Sunday, said director Anthony Davis. The play, adapted for the stage by Doug Rand, The show will feature flying effects by ZFX Flying of Louisville, Ky...
Porsches are his life
Visitors to Saturday's Celebration City Car Club swap meet and Christmas Village will have a chance to meet a living legend. Jim Watson of Lewisburg -- a revered Porsche mechanic and retired race driver -- will be on hand at Calsonic Arena with his newest purchase, a red 1963 Porsche 1600 Super. He'll be glad to chat...
Speaker survived the unimaginable
Sometimes, events can throw your life completely out of your comfort zone, or into a place you thought you would never find yourself. In January, Shelbyville native Shelia Scales will take the stage to tell how she dealt with that challenge at the New Beginnings Women's Conference, set for Saturday, Jan. 18 at Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro...
Peter Pan flies into Community play
The Smokestack Theatre Group of Community High is celebrating its 20th anniversary season this year, and the theme they've chosen is "Flying Higher Than Before." That sentiment is quite appropriate for their fall production, J.M. Barrie's "Peter Pan & Wendy," adapted by Doug Rand. For the first time in school history, actors will fly onstage. CHS has hired ZFX Flying of Louisville to help rig a portable flying system which will allow Peter and Wendy to literally zoom high around the stage...
Gospel star visits Shelbyville tonight
Gospel music performer Steve Green, who has four Grammy nominations, 13 No. 1 songs, and seven Dove Awards, will perform tonight at 7 at First Baptist Church on Depot Street, in a concert to benefit the Beth Sar Shalom Christian Ministries building fund...
Ready for action
Power Ranger, left, and Iron Man (who also answer to Seth and Riley Bowman) are ready to take on the world during Thursday's Halloween trick-or-treating on the Shelbyville square. Spooks hit the sidewalks for treats from merchants. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
The play's the thing, times three
Several different groups have stage productions in Bedford County this weekend: Fair Haven Baptist Church will present a mystery dinner theater, "Unaware"; the South of Broadway Players wrap up their two-weekend run of "Dr. Jeckyll ... No Place To Hyde," and The Webb School will present "Godspell."
City, towns recommend early trick-or-treating
Shelbyville City Manager Jay Johnson and Police Chief Austin Swing are recommending that trick-or-treaters go out early on Thursday night, in order to be off the streets by 6 p.m. due to expected severe weather....
Seeking Jack: Whiskey fan puts love into words
How far would you travel to pursue a passion? For one man, the pursuit of a passion brought him from Sweden to Middle Tennessee last week to immerse himself in the Jack Daniel's experience. Michael Andersson, a salesman of automotive bearings from Malmo, a city in Southern Sweden, came to Tennessee to attend the Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational barbecue last weekend in Lynchburg. He stayed over the weekend at a hotel in Shelbyville. He also toured the distillery...
'Triple-threat icon' Barry Gibb visits MTSU
Music icon Barry Gibb easily traced the genealogy of the Bee Gees classic "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?" for more than 900 fans and friends at Middle Tennessee State University's Tucker Theatre Monday night. Poignantly recalling his and his late brothers' love for country music from their Australian childhood, the singer-songwriter-producer gently began picking out a Hank Locklin country classic on his acoustic guitar while talking with Beverly Keel, chair of MTSU's Department of Recording Industry.. ...
Spooky on the streets
Things got downright spooky Saturday morning as ghosts, ghouls, clowns and Batman raced through the streets of Shelbyville in the sixth Spooktacular 5K. United Way of Bedford County hosted its annual fall run/walk Saturday morning, with the event starting and ending at the Celebration grounds...
Bikers of a different breed
Admiring glances watch their every move. They get hugs everywhere they go. And on Monday night, as they rode off into the sunset, pretty much all the customers in a large Shelbyville store's parking lot were gazing at them admiringly. Meet Gizzard, Shorty, Mater and Chucky. Call them pampered pups or cute canines, but they might as well be rock stars whenever they hit the streets...
Webb to present 'Godspell' next month
"Godspell," by John Michael Tebelak and Stephen Schwartz, will be presented by The Webb Players on Nov. 1-2 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 3 at 2:30 p.m. on The Webb School chapel stage. The production is open to the public. A $10 donation is requested. The animated, colorful musical based on the Book of St. ...
The Eyes of Pedro
Señor Rosas, the middle-aged owner of the sugar plantation, rode every morning through the cane fields, not so much to check on his workers but to ogle the women who came to the rocky hill to fill their large clay pots with the clear water that flows from the inner springs...
Too old to trick or treat?
With Halloween a week away, the consensus of participants in a non-scientific poll of Times-Gazette website users seems to be that about 12 or 13 is the proper age for a child to stop going trick-or-treating, although some commenters say you're never too old to dress up in costume and ask the neighbors for candy...
One time I don't mind being slapped
A few nights ago, some friends of mine had a serious discussion of how many times I ought to be slapped, and how hard. It's not that I did anything slap-worthy, you understand; the butler did it. I'm playing the part of Chives, a sharp-tongued butler, in the play "Doctor Jeckyll ... No Place To Hyde," a comedy by Pat Cook which will open Friday night in a dinner theater production at Mel's (the former Fifties and Fiddles) on Depot Street...
Christmas Villages held in November
It's beginning to look a lot like a crafty Christmas season. Several Christmas craft fairs are on the horizon: the second Walking for the Angels Christmas Village and Horse Show on Saturday, Nov. 2 the Unionville Volunteer Fire Department's Ladies Auxiliary Christmas Craft Village on Saturday, Nov. 9; and the Bedford County Fair Christmas Village on Saturday, Nov. 23...
Memorable music draws donations
Local talents were on display Friday and Saturday night as the Relay for Life "Strength in Numbers" team put on the production Music 'N Memories. Despite some electrical issues during the production's opening moments, the performances soon sounded off--some characters reacting to the loss of power with impromptu dialogue and reactions...