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Friday, Feb. 12, 2016
Arts, Entertainment and Culture

Garden Club designs decor for Chamber banquet (02/12/16)
Shelbyville Garden Club's service project for February was the design of tables for Shelbyville & Bedford County Chamber of Commerce's 2016 annual membership meeting and luncheon.
Valentine's buffet (02/11/16)
Artist Darlene Shadden and musician Eric Stephens will be featured at a Valentine's buffet meal Saturday night at Urban Plantation restaurant in Merchant's Walk on North Main Street. Shadden, a nationally-known portrait artist, will make sketches of those in attendance and will be available to discuss her artwork, while Stephens will entertain throughout the evening...
Destinations & Diversions: Date night, pancake breakfast with your sweetie (02/11/16)
Businesses on and around the Shelbyville square will host the fifth annual Date Night on the Square 4-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12. Each participating business will give away a door prize. There will also be a tour of three uptown lofts. The tour costs $10, and tickets will be available that night. Look for sidewalk signs directing participants to participating lofts...
Aging expert to sign books at New Covenant (02/10/16)
New Covenant Christian Bookstore will host a book signing on Saturday, Feb. 27. Shirley W. Mitchell will sign copies of several of her book titles from 10 am.-2 p.m. Mitchell, of Alabama, is a national author, speaker, syndicated columnist and host of the radio talk show Aging Outside the Box...
Walking Horse Museum receives $3,300 grant (02/10/16)
The Tennessee Walking Horse National Museum has received a $3,300 state grant. The Tennessee State Library and Archives has awarded grants to 29 organizations, including the Wartrace museum, to preserve historical records and improve the facilities where those records are stored. In all, the State Library and Archives awarded more than $95,000 worth of archival development grants across the state...
Whose terrible twos? (02/07/16)
There is a period in every toddler's life known as the "terrible twos." Every parent can probably attest there's some truth to this statement, regardless of how you interpret it. However -- I declare in my most scholarly voice -- I'm not sure they should be called the "terrible twos."...
Colorful and great novels (02/07/16)
During one of our recent snowed-in afternoons, Larry and I were watching "Jeopardy" when the category ROY G. BIV was announced. We turned to each other in puzzlement since neither of us had ever heard of him. After the show, I consulted the trusty Internet for enlightenment. ...
Women: Learn how to break busyness (02/07/16)
A new book by a woman entrepreneur for all women is taking aim at the cultural attitude that says the busier you are, the better. Alli Worthington is an author, speaker, blogger, and the Executive Director of Propel Women, an organization that empowers female leaders. Her new book is "Breaking Busy: How to Find Peace & Purpose in a World of Crazy."...
Sorority members learn art of furniture refinishing (02/05/16)
Members of Xi Alpha Zeta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority held their January meeting at the Antiques, Art and Collectibles Mall with Cliff Hirst, manager, as guest speaker. Hirst led the group on a tour throughout the mall discussing techniques he had used on pieces of furniture displayed. He teaches classes using milk and chalk style paints and repurposes items such as beds into benches, old wooden dollies into kitchen islands and barn wood into harvest tables...
'Not Without My Daughter' continues (02/03/16)
If you have ever seen the 1991 movie or read the book "Not Without My Daughter," you may have wondered whatever became of the family featured in the biographical story and the followup book "For the Love of a Child." A new book continues the story. Amazon introduces the original book this way: "In August 1984, Michigan housewife Betty Mahmoody accompanied her husband to his native Iran for a two-week vacation. ...
Chuck says spring is on the way (02/02/16)
The Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga has released an official forecast, in verse, on behalf of "Chattanooga Chuck," its groundhog. Groundhog Day is here again. What a crazy weather year it's been! We saw springtime temps on New Year's Day. But since then snow's come through our way...
Square dancing returns to Triangle: Grab a partner and do-si-do (01/29/16)
Square dances were first documented in Europe in the 1600s, but the dance moved to the United States, where it adopted western and southern musical styles and cultures and became so deeply Americanized that -- according to Wikipedia -- 19 states have designated square dancing as their official state dance...
Woman's Club hears about Tennessee Promise (01/29/16)
Linda Yockey, graduation coach for Bedford County Schools, was the guest speaker at the Shelbyville Woman's Club meeting on Jan. 13. Prior to her current position, she was a science teacher at Cascade and then at Shelbyville Central High School. In addition to teaching, she is a county commission member and the foreman of the county's grand jury...
Stop building spiritual sandcastles (01/31/16)
You may have material success, but you may be looking for true happiness without any luck. "Material success won't make you happy or fill the void in your heart. The only answer for spiritual bankruptcy is Jesus," a new book declares. In "Sandcastle Kings: Meeting Jesus in a Spiritually Bankrupt World," readers can take a step-by-step approach through the book of Luke, Chapter 7. Nelson Books of Nashville is the publisher...
Pup's a real player: Shelbyville rescue dog makes starting Puppy Bowl lineup (01/27/16)
Professional athletes will not be the only ones playing a bowl game on Super Sunday -- the "Puppy Bowl XII" will provide plenty of furry entertainment, and a pooch with local ties will be on the national stage. Animal Planet will air its annual Puppy Bowl show from New York, at 2 p.m. Feb. 7. Shelbyville rescue group Middle Tennessee Treasures is providing one of the more than 80 pooches that come from rescues and shelters: Clover, an 18-week-old female beagle...
Kaiser kidnap attempt detailed (01/22/16)
An MTSU doctoral student tells the tale of several Tennessee youths' attempt to kidnap Kaiser Wilhelm II after World War I on the next "MTSU On the Record" radio program. Host Gina Logue's interview with Darrin Haas, command historian with the Tennessee Military Department, will air from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, and from 8 to 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, on WMOT-FM (89.5 and www.wmot.org)...
Destinations & Diversions: Motocross, music and more this week (01/21/16)
The 24th annual FMF Indoor Motocross Winter Series will be held Friday and Saturday at Calsonic Arena on the Celebration grounds. This will be rounds seven and eight of the 2015-2016 winter series. Hundreds of riders will be on hand competing on the indoor track full of enormous jumps, whoops, and turns. ...
Only the very best make this concert (01/19/16)
Shelbyville Central High School is hosting a regional honor band event this weekend. The Tri-Lakes Honor Band Camp will culminate in a free community concert Saturday at 5 p.m. at SCHS, said one of the organizers, Kayne Gilliland, band director at Central...
Trivia on the Fly returns for second year (01/14/16)
The Fly Arts Center will host its second annual "Trivia On The Fly" fundraiser Saturday, Jan. 30. The Bedford County Arts Council benefit pits three-person teams in a trivia contest, with questions created especially for the event, including questions about local history and other topics...
Historical society entertained by gospel group (01/14/16)
Bedford County Historical Society held its winter meeting Dec. 7 at First United Methodist Church. The evening began with a pot luck supper and was followed by the society business meeting. Recording secretary Carolyn Jones presented the minutes of the last meeting which were approved as read. ...
Destinations & Diversions: Several MLK remembrances planned (01/14/16)
There will be numerous observances next week of the life of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose federal holiday is on Monday. Here are a few we've been notified about: l The fourth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Luncheon will be held 11 a.m. ...
Letter to the Editor, Jan. 14 (01/14/16)
Thank you Shelbyville, I would like to thank the citizens of our community who came to participate in the Celebration Christmas. Myself, the Celebration board, fellow employees, and volunteers that put the event on were amazed with the attendance of over 2,500 people. The concept of a quality, family oriented, holiday event, with a carnival-like feel has been a goal for a couple of years...
Future is theme of MLK luncheon (01/12/16)
The fourth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Luncheon will be held Monday, Jan. 18 at 11 a.m. at First Nazarene Church. Monday is also the federal holiday. The theme is "Embracing Our Legacy As We Prepare For the Future." The guest speaker is Jimmy Tyson of Rockvale Church of God in Christ. The event is sponsored by The Gilliland Historical Resource Center Inc...
Sunday Conversation: On stage or backstage, the play's the thing (01/10/16)
Brenden Taylor, subject of this week's Sunday Conversation, is active in the local theater community, working on numerous productions at the Fly Arts Center. He is the co-host, with Michael Hansen, of the podcast "Finding Christ In Cinema" (fcc.gctnetwork.com), which attempts to find religious symbolism and evangelistic talking points in secular films. ...
Destinations & Diversions: Wedding gown display has a Shelbyville connection (01/07/16)
Wedding dresses from every decade since the 1840s will be on display starting Sunday and continuing through March 6 at the Oaklands Mansion in Murfreesboro. The gown worn by Kate Canady of Shelbyville will be on display alongside the naval uniform worn by her husband Brent during their wedding...
Santa's wish: Help others (12/24/15)
POINTS NORTH -- I handed Santa Claus the inch-thick catalog and watched a big smile of recognition creep across his face. "A Wish Book," he said. "A Wish Book," I replied. "Someone at the newspaper ran across it and thought I might mention it in the paper somehow. ...
Library donation (12/24/15)
Former local resident Paul Martin donates a copy of his book, "Pivot Points," to Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library. Accepting the donation is library director Rita Allen. (Submitted photo)
Mingle and Jingle (12/22/15)
Bedford County Schools have been working to increase parent involvement in their student's education. The Title I Department (coordinated by Sarah Perry, Connie Boutwell, Kay Prince, Sheila Bratton, Jan Hall and Marsha Sharp) recently hosted Mingle and Jingle with Frosty. Parents and students were invited to participate in games, crafts, reading with Frosty, snacks, and tips for dealing with holiday stress. There were over 400 parents and students who came to the Shelbyville Rec Center for the event. In this picture, Brenden Taylor (Frosty) reads the story "The Mitten." (Submitted photos)
Three homes deliver the holiday spirit (12/20/15)
Members of the Shelbyville Woman's Club enjoyed their annual "Christmas Tour of Homes," a tradition club members enjoy each December. This year, the homes of Karen and Mike Inman, Rita Ann McDonald, and Charlene Judd were in the spotlight. The first home featured was the Inmans'. Karen is a member of the club and Mike is the CEO of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration...
Local stitchers help decorate Governor's trees (12/20/15)
Members of the Shelbyville Satellite Group, part of Cheekwood Chapter of the Embroiderer's Guild of America, contributed ornaments decorating three trees in the entrance of Conservation Hall at the Tennessee Residence in Nashville, home of the Governor and first lady...
Sunday Conversation: Band director takes Cascade to new heights (12/20/15)
David Lucich, the subject of this week's Sunday Conversation, has been the band director at Cascade High School ever since the school first launched its band program, and has taken the school to its current award-winning status. His wife Christy is now a teacher at Community Elementary School...
Sorority celebrates Christmas (12/20/15)
Members of Xi Alpha Zeta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority met at River Bend Country Club on Dec. 10 for their annual Christmas party. A brief business meeting was held before dinner. The annual pecan sale concluded in November with proceeds going toward the scholarship fund given each year to a rising high school senior. Also, the sorority gives a donation during the holiday season to Good Sam. Members of the sorority from left to right are: first row: Brenda Wright, Donna Green, Donna Simmons, Lyn Robinson, Mickey McLean, Faye Sudberry, Kay Simmons, Jennifer Thompson, Ginny Saylor; second Row: Charlene Nelson, Debbie Alcorn, Debbie Donegan, Becky Cortner, Peggy Orrell, Linda Anderton. (Submitted photo)
Groups spread holiday cheer (12/17/15)
Members of the Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County visited Glen Oaks Health and Rehabilitation on Friday to spread a little bit of Christmas cheer. They handed out Christmas cards and candy canes and sang Christmas carols throughout the nursing home. (Submitted photo)
Award nominations sought (12/15/15)
Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for its four annual awards recognizing service to the community. The Deery Eakin Volunteer of the Year Award, the Outstanding Leadership Award, the Special Services Award and the Franklin Yates Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented during the annual membership luncheon and awards banquet on Feb. 9 at the Blue Ribbon Circle...
A Celebration Christmas (12/15/15)
Crowds fill Calsonic Arena for the first Celebration Christmas on Saturday night. See more photos at http://www.t-g.com/gallery/cel2015 (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Fifth grader wins music scholarship (12/13/15)
Conner Derryberry has been selected as the 2016 Macon-Doubler Fellowship scholarship recipient for music lessons in old time banjo. The mission of the Macon-Doubler Fellowship is to promote old time music and dance and to perpetuate the music and legacy of Uncle Dave Macon...
Books make great last-minute gifts (12/13/15)
Looking for a last-minute Christmas gift for the book lover in your life? Never fear: I have a few suggestions from books I have received this year for my media review column. "The Carols of Christmas: A Celebration of the Surprising Stories Behind Your Favorite Holiday Songs."...
Star Wars is all over the library (12/13/15)
For a great many of us, Friday, the 18th of December is a big deal this year! The long-awaited "Star Wars: the Force Awakens," will appear in theatres across the world Yippee! I can hardly wait. Science fiction usually draws a lot of interest and I think that this movie franchise is probably the biggest of all. ...
Destinations & Diversions: Wine walk Friday, Celebration Christmas Saturday (12/10/15)
The annual Wine Walk around the square will be Friday from 4-8 p.m. Taste different wines and enjoy holiday goodies in each participating store while you do some Christmas shopping. Receive an engraved collectible wine glass with a $10 donation. Proceeds will be donated to local charities...
Christmas survives on UT campus (12/09/15)
NASHVILLE (AP) -- The University of Tennessee's chancellor said Tuesday that an online memo advising employees to make sure holiday celebrations aren't Christmas parties in disguise was "poorly worded" and that oversight of the website where it was posted has been reassigned...
There's no shortage of Christmas favorites (12/09/15)
I asked Times-Gazette readers for their favorite Christmas songs, sacred and secular, and got a number of responses. My first impulse was to put up a web site poll, but there are so many songs to choose from I wasn't sure I could get all of the appropriate entries in one poll, so I just posed an open-ended question at the T-G's Facebook page and in a blog post at the T-G website...
Santa to visit Nissan (12/09/15)
Drop by Newton Nissan Saturday to have an early visit with Santa. The dealership at 2801 U.S. 231 North is hosting Cookies + Crafts with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 12 from noon-2 p.m. Take a picture with Santa and decorate your very own Christmas ornaments (several selections). The elves will be making cookies for all the good girls and boys. This event is free for the whole family...
Embroidery group decorates 30th tree (12/09/15)
The Shelbyville Satellite Group, part of Cheekwood Chapter of The Embroiderer's Guild of America, gathered at Traders National Bank on Monday, Nov. 30 to decorate the bank's Christmas tree with hand-stitched ornaments. This is the 30th year that the group has decorated a tree at a local bank...
New book has local ties (12/09/15)
A Shelbyville native has released a book detailing the grieving process she experienced when her husband died eight years ago. Rebecca (Haynes) Cooper is the author of "Hey, God? Yes, Charles.", a deeply moving journal written after her husband died Nov. 26, 2007 from complications following emergency open-heart surgery in Atlanta. Two days after Charles' 58th birthday, he suffered a thoracic aortic dissection, the same condition that killed actor John Ritter...
Learn about life from Scrooge (12/09/15)
"Bah, humbug!" That curmudgeonly exclamation is perhaps one of the most famous quotes in the English language. It instantly conjures an image of an old, miserable man in a Christmas setting who frightens off dogs, children and beggars and is not even willing to spend a little money to stay warm in the winter weather. We're talking about none other than Ebenezer Scrooge, of course...
Local art displayed at governor's home (12/09/15)
Tammy O'Connor, a stained glass artist from the area, is displaying her work in a prestigious locale: the governor's residence. O'Connor's artwork is part of an exhibit, the fifth annual Tennessee's Home for the Holidays, at the Tennessee Residence, where Gov. Bill and First Lady Crissy Haslam live. The free open house began last week and runs through Thursday, Dec. 17. Randy McCurdy, a glass artist from Wartace, is also among the featured artists...
Escape into an alternate fantasy world (12/09/15)
With so many choices of entertainment to view on the tube these days, the problem isn't what to watch, but when to find time to sit down and actually enjoy it. Fortunately, some of the best shows these days are available on streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and others so you can watch whenever and however you want...
Second commissioned piece added at Webb (12/08/15)
The Webb School last Thursday dedicated the second piece in a commissioned art series. The metal piece, "Ring Swing," has been loaned to the school for three years. Arch Gregory, a Tennessee artist, completed the original metal piece that was unveiled on Dec. 3...
Calligrapher is artist of the month (12/08/15)
Lettering artist Edwina Shannon is the featured artist at The Fly Arts Center in Shelbyville for the month of December. Her art work will be hanging through early January. Regular hours for the Gallery are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday through Dec. 17...
Traveler wings it across Europe (12/06/15)
On Oct. 5, Blake Harvey set out for an adventure than many only talk about -- an unmapped, unscheduled backpacking trip across Europe. Following his graduation from Belmont in 2014, Harvey wanted to set aside some time for adventure while his commitments were few and his options many, but found himself slightly busier than planned...
Lessons and Carols held Dec. 10 at Webb School (12/04/15)
The Webb School Chapel will be filled with music, song and fellowship Dec. 10 during the school's annual celebration of Lessons and Carols. The performance will begin at 7 p.m. The prelude will begin at 6:30 p.m. A reception will follow in the Grace Follin Dining Hall on The Webb School campus. The event is free and open to the public...
Student recognized for plan to restore author's rights (12/03/15)
Middle Tennessee State University senior Michael A. Green is the recipient of MTSU's 2015 Chitwood Award for Excellence for his plan to help best-selling author Benjamin Hoff reclaim ownership of his renowned book "The Tao of Pooh." The award was presented in a special ceremony today, Dec. 1, in MTSU's Bragg Media and Entertainment Building...
Student recognized for plan to restore author's rights (12/03/15)
Middle Tennessee State University senior Michael A. Green is the recipient of MTSU's 2015 Chitwood Award for Excellence for his plan to help best-selling author Benjamin Hoff reclaim ownership of his renowned book "The Tao of Pooh." The award was presented in a special ceremony today, Dec. 1, in MTSU's Bragg Media and Entertainment Building...
Destinations & Diversions: Tree lightings, a parade and s'more this weekend (12/03/15)
Bell Buckle Chamber of Commerce will present "An Old Fashioned Christmas" this Saturday and the following two Saturdays (Dec. 12 and 19). There will be free sleigh rides with Santa from noon until 4 p.m. each day; complimentary coffee, tea, cookies and sweets, including a free s'mores pit, at Southern Charm from noon until 5 p.m. each day...
Picture perfect: Special event helps build families (12/02/15)
Eat breakfast with Santa and get a picture made on Saturday -- all while helping a good cause. The Center for Family Development will host Breakfast With Santa on Saturday from 9-11 a.m. The center's new location is at 1304 Madison St., in the building that was previously Gateway Church...
Lighting up the city (12/01/15)
Nicky Brannon checks to make sure all of the bulbs are working after attaching a Christmas decoration to a utility pole on the south side of the Shelbyville square Monday. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Christmas Parade almost ready to roll (12/01/15)
Saturday is the day for the 42nd annual Shelbyville Christmas Parade, sponsored by Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce and the Shelbyville Jaycees. The theme is "A Storybook Christmas." Country rap artist and reality television star Big Smo will be the grand marshal. Start time is 4 p.m. Saturday, with a rain date of 2 p.m. Sunday...
Turning a new page: Youth librarian loves kids and books (11/29/15)
There's a new face at the Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library -- and she's all about getting children interested in books. Lis Ann Morehart took over as youth services librarian two weeks ago. She'll be concentrating her efforts on children and teens...
Friends of Library group makes $10K donation (11/29/15)
Friends of the Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library, a charitable organization which raises funds in support of the library, has donated $10,000 to the library's building fund. The donation is meant to be applied towards the debt on construction of the new library, which opened in May, according to library board chair Victoria McCord,...
Motlow College hosting free Christmas concerts (11/25/15)
The Motlow State Community College music department is excited to present a pair of holiday concerts during the first week of December on the Moore County campus. Both performances will be held in Eoff Hall inside Powers Auditorium. The first is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m., and the second on Sunday, Dec. 6, at 3 p.m. Both concerts feature Motlow students and community members. A reception will be held one hour in advance of each performance...
Destinations & Diversions: Give thanks, and get ready for holiday fun (11/25/15)
Enon Primitive Baptist Church in Unionville will hold its annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner and Meeting today. Singing is at 10:30 a.m. Preaching is at 11. A pot luck meal will happen directly after the service...
Book highlights epic patent battle, changing technology (11/25/15)
I was looking for a book to put on my Kindle for the weekend, and on Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library's e-book lending site I happened to stumble across "A Triumph of Genius: Edwin Land, Polaroid, and the Kodak Patent War," by Ronald K. Fierstein. I didn't read the description too closely, and I certainly didn't notice that the book was published by the American Bar Association; I might have assumed it was aimed at lawyers and passed it over...
Christmas delights (11/22/15)
Claire Marcotte checks out jewelry on display at the Festival of Trees held Saturday at The Fly Arts Center. Watch the T-G this coming week for a full page featuring the winning decorated trees. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Art that can't be bought: Shelbyville native 'sells' works for donations (11/22/15)
The artist's hands quickly, deftly fly over the paper as he sketches the Bedford County Courthouse. Squiggly lines quickly transform into a work of art. Jim Trolinger is friendly to passersby, but hardly distracted as his black-and-white sketch, later to be transformed into an oil or watercolor painting, nears completion...
Local dancer to perform in Nashville's Nutcracker (11/22/15)
NASHVILLE -- Nashville Ballet has selected one dancer from Bedford County to join the youth cast in Nashville's Nutcracker Dec. 5-23, 2015, at TPAC's Jackson Hall. A total of 191 dancers from School of Nashville Ballet and the community at large will perform alongside Nashville Ballet's professional dancers and the Nashville Symphony in one of the city's most beloved holiday traditions...
Eakin singers entertain Woman's Club (11/22/15)
The Eakin Elementary Chorus, under the direction of music teacher Lisa Crunk, presented a delightful program of patriotic music to the Shelbyville Woman's Club earlier this month. Phillip McConnell assisted with the program, in charge of the recorded music that accompanied the singers. Sixty fourth and fifth graders are involved in the chorus this year. Eakin Principal Dulcie Davis came to support her students and to enjoy the event...
Preparing for today's luncheon (11/20/15)
Don and Jo Cathey pull the wishbone while carving turkeys for First United Methodist Church's annual luncheon and holiday bazaar held today. Three generations -- Rebecca Davis, Ann Spencer and Dulcie Davis -- work in the kitchen. (T-G Photos by John I. Carney)
Tennessee parks offer free hikes Friday, Nov. 27 (11/20/15)
Tennessee State Parks will offer free, guided hikes at all 56 of its parks on Friday, Nov. 27, the day after Thanksgiving. This is the second year for this event, and one in a "The After Thanksgiving Hikes are a perfect way to spend time with family and friends," said TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau. "Our parks are beautiful this time of year, and we want everyone to enjoy what our parks have to offer."...
Destinations & Diversions: Holiday festivities crank up this weekend (11/19/15)
The 21st Annual Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce Holiday Mixer will be held Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. at the Blue Ribbon Circle. Reservations should be made by Friday by calling the Chamber office at 684-3482 or e-mailing bedfordchamber@sbcchamber.com...
Visitors to the square (11/17/15)
With so many open houses to visit on Saturday in Shelbyville, some shoppers were going door-to-door to locations on the public square to see what there was to offer. (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
Cascade wins at events (11/17/15)
Cascade High School Marching Band, under the direction of David Lucich, recently traveled to Stewarts Creek High School and competed for the Division II State Marching Band Championship with their show "Mana-Tiki." A total of 21 bands participated with only 10 making it to finals. In preliminary competition, Cascade's color guard took second place. In final competition Cascade's band took third place....
Sunday Conversation: Caretaker for a Southern literary treasure (11/15/15)
This week's Sunday Conversation features a Bedford County native who cares for the legacy of one of the greatest Southern writers. Jesse Stuart (1906-1984) has been acclaimed as one of the greatest chroniclers of life in the South -- in his case, Appalachian Kentucky. Stuart was known for short stories, poetry and novels...
Spend Christmas with country stars (11/15/15)
Have you ever wondered what your favorite country music artists' most cherished Christmas traditions are? Chances are, the answer is in "Country Faith Christmas," a beautifully illustrated new book that would make a perfect gift for the country music lover in your family...
Check out these kids' books (11/15/15)
The old Frank Sinatra song says, "Fairy tales can come true, it can happen to you -- if you're young at heart!" With the holidays just around the corner, I have been thinking of all the truly wonderful children's books that exist for little readers. The thing is....some of them are worth another look from an older perspective...
Women's conference features 'Pottery Lady' (11/13/15)
Creativity will meet faith Saturday, Nov. 21 during a women's conference. The Women of Worship ministry at First Baptist Church on Depot Street will host the "In His Hands" conference from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., said Missy Long, the church's children's director and an organizer of the event...
Open Houses on the Square (11/13/15)
Several open houses will be held this weekend (Friday and Saturday), including the following on the Shelbyville Square: All of these locally owned businesses will offer special sales, refreshments, door prizes and more. Other open houses in town this weekend were listed on the business page in Wednesday's Times-Gazette...
Destinations & Diversions: Fund-raisers and holiday fun sparkle this weekend (11/12/15)
The fourth annual Walking For The Angels Christmas Village and Horse Show is being held Saturday at Calsonic Arena. For more information, call Julie Lambert at 619-2520 or email lambert@horseworld.net. Wine tasting benefit The Fall Lights annual wine tasting social and silent auction will be held Saturday from 7-9 p.m. ...
First UMC plans annual luncheon, bazaar (11/12/15)
The United Methodist Women at First United Methodist Church on the square met this week to begin getting the church's kitchen ready for the annual luncheon and holiday bazaar, which will be held Friday, Nov. 20, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Here, Liz Palmer, Dinah Agnew and Edna Lee Borders work on the kitchen. The event features a turkey-and-dressing menu with traditional recipes passed down for years, as well as several rooms with handmade and other items for sale....
Just a few sips of wine can help save animals (11/11/15)
You can sample some delectable wines and food all in the name of saving animals' lives. The Shelbyville-Bedford County Humane Association (SBCHA) is hosting its annual Fall Lights event Saturday. The wine tasting and silent auction will be 7-9 p.m. at the Blue Ribbon Circle Club...
Holiday open houses (11/11/15)
The following open houses will be held this weekend. Please see the business page each Wednesday for previews on open houses for each weekend to come. New Covenant Bookstore Friday, Nov. 13, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m...
Tea's on the table, fashion's in the air (11/10/15)
Downton Abbey enthusiasts were treated to high tea and high fashion Sunday at Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library. Tori Taff and Judy Osborne of Bell Buckle's Southern Charm Tea Room presented a tea table laden with deliciously dainty sweets and hearty tea sandwiches. Brightly colored bone china teacups and saucers were provided to everyone by the tea aficionados...
Celebration Christmas debuts in December (11/08/15)
The Celebration is gearing up for a new Christmas event and needs the support of local churches and schools to make it a success. The inaugural Celebration Christmas is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 12 from 4 to 7 p.m. inside Calsonic Arena on the grounds of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration...
Webb presents Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' (11/08/15)
"A Christmas Carol" will be presented by The Webb School Company Players as a special event, Nov. 12-15, and a holiday reception will follow each performance. Nov. 12-14 performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. with the Nov. 15 matinee set for 2:30 p.m...
Hanging up his hammer: Baucom calls it quits after 35 years restoring furniture (11/08/15)
The craftsman stops restoring antiques. The shop slowly empties of tools. The memories will always remain. Larry Baucom, 68, has retired after 35 years of restoring antique furniture. His Baucom's Refinishing shop on East Depot Street, near the old National Guard Armory, has been sold and he is selling off all his tools and equipment so he can vacate for the new owner...
Town & Country winners (11/08/15)
Town and Country Garden Club met recently at River Bend Country Club with Barbara Blanton and Doris McCord serving as hostesses. The program on bulbs was presented by Lorraine Sutton from M and L Greenhouse. The arrangement was "An Array of Autumn in Pottery" and the specimen was a marigold...
Music is literal journey of faith for Feliz (11/08/15)
What do you get when you mix an R&B influence from childhood with a California high school heavy metal band and the Nashville music scene? You get rising Christian pop artist Jordan Feliz, one of Centricity Music's shining stars. He recently launched his freshman album, "Beloved."...
A time to salute veterans (11/08/15)
Veterans Day is coming up this Wednesday. Originally, it wasn't called Veterans Day, you know. It began as "Armistice Day." The Treaty of Versailles that officially ended World War I was signed on June 28, 1919, but fighting stopped on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. That is the date we know as Armistice Day. The "War to End All Wars," -- "The Great War," was over...
Destinations & Diversions: Multiple events honor our veterans (11/05/15)
The Moving Wall, a half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, will be displayed at The Webb School in Bell Buckle through Monday. A tribute to America's POW/MIA personnel will happen Saturday during the Motor Rally; bring candles if possible. For more information, call Martha Akers at 205-1076...
Martin College hosts night of French, Latin music (11/05/15)
Enjoy an evening of French and Latin music for cello and guitar at Martin Methodist College (MMC) featuring Duo Universalis, with Deidre Vaugh Emerson playing the cello and Carlos Enrique Gonzalez playing the guitar. The event will be held Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Gault Fine Arts Center Recital Hall on MMC's campus in Pulaski and is free to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Melissa Martiros at 931-424-7360 or mmartiros@martinmethodist.edu...
Library seeks funds for new bookmobile (11/04/15)
During the month of November, you'll get a chance to help raise money for the county's bookmobile. Starting Thursday, the Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library is having a Bookmobile Drive, according to Margaret Petty, Technology & Innovation Librarian...
Author to lead journaling class in town (11/04/15)
Bible journaling has taken social media by storm. A quick search of Pintrest, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter yields more than half a million photos posted by people who have begun adding artwork, hand lettering, doodles and stamps onto the margins of their Bibles...
Holiday food tradition (11/03/15)
Ann Throneberry held her 41st annual Holiday Foods program Monday at Duck River Electric Membership Corp. This year's cookbook is titled "Magic in the Christmas Kitchen." More photos -- and some recipes -- will appear in Sunday's Life section. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Past rides into present (11/03/15)
You don't expect to see two Model T Fords filling up these days. They were driven by two couples touring Middle Tennessee on Friday morning. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Life lessons on the run: Regionally-shot cross country movie debuts in 2016 (11/01/15)
Coming next summer to a theater near you: "Remember the Goal," a film about a Christian girls high school cross country team, the fictional Orange Hills Academy. "Remember the Goal" was filmed in Nashville mostly over this past Labor Day holiday. The race scenes for a state meet were shot at the Steeplechase course at Percy Warner Park on Sept. 5...
Shelbyville Garden Club members enjoy meeting (11/01/15)
Shelbyville Garden Club held its monthly meeting Oct. 21 at Bedford County Farm Bureau. "Tips and Shortcuts on Design" was the program, presented by Pam Beasley and Suzy Stewart. The month's design was hanging design. Winners were Beasley (large division), Donna Summons (medium red), Faye Sudberry (medium blue) and Pat Martin (small red.)...
Students make a great impact (11/01/15)
The more contact I have with the younger generation of Bedford County, the more impressed I become. There are young people out there quietly making a big difference in our world and plotting a future that may just be a lot brighter than you might suspect...
What to do if you're single and feel stuck (11/01/15)
You're single. You feel stuck in singlehood. What should you do? I would suggest reading "The Dating Manifesto." Frank, biblical dating advice. That's the theme of "The Dating Manifesto" by Lisa Anderson. The author is director of young adults for Focus on the Family and host of the weekly radio program and podcast "The Boundless Show." The publisher is David Cook...
Sharks and tutus at the Senior Center (10/30/15)
The Shelbyville-Bedford County Senior Citizens Center held a Halloween costume contest Thursday. (T-G Photos by Jason Reynolds)
Band Champions (10/30/15)
The Cascade Champion Marching Band recently traveled to Antioch for the Glencliff Colt Classic. The band placed 2nd in field commander, guard, percussion, and band. Out of 20 bands in the competition they placed second overall. They will travel to Stewarts Creek High School Nov. 7th for the Division II State Marching Band Championship. Pictured are: Lauren-Taylor Nash, Grant Curtis, Maison Bucka Bea Barnett, Keauna Hiles, Gabe Gibson, Peyton Cartwright, Matthew Baldwin, Joseph Patton, Katelyn Smotherman, Samantha Blanche, Tanner Craig, Faith Lollis, Katherine Smotherman, Anna Holcombe, Autumn Stone, Taylor Clark, Jessi Woodard, Gavin McCurry, MaryGrace Dennis and Conrad Golden. (Submitted photo)
'Picnic' to be presented at Community (10/30/15)
Smokestack Theatre Group at Community High School will present William Inge's drama "Picnic" 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6 and 7, at the school. The story centers around a drifter, Hal, who shows up in a small Kansas town, almost immediately drawing the suspicion of several of the local residents. One, however ("Madge"), sees something in him. But is she right?...
Destinations & Diversions: A boo-tiful weekend for trick or treating (10/29/15)
United Way of Bedford County will hold its annual Child Safety Fun Fair Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at H.V. Griffin Park. The event will include free ID kits and fingerprinting by law enforcement officers; visits by first responders and emergency personnel; a fly-in by Vanderbilt LifeFlight (schedule permitting); a high voltage demonstration by Duck River Electric Membership Corp.; a Tennessee Highway Patrol rollover simulator; a bounce house, face painting, and more. ...
Adult ghost story contest winner (10/29/15)
Dylan Handy of Shelbyville was the winner in the adult division of the Times-Gazette's annual ghost story contest, receiving a $25 gift card for his story, "The Moonlight Hunter." Handy, who works in a family concrete business and on the family farm, said he enjoys hunting and has always been fascinated by werewolves, so it was natural for him to write a story combining the two. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
You're wanted on stage...in productions at The Fly (10/28/15)
Bedford County Arts Council hosted a pizza party Monday night for members of the local theater community, to encourage greater participation in organizing and planning productions at the Fly Arts Center. Theater productions at The Fly, such as the recent "Don't Drink The Water" and a forthcoming Christmas dinner theatre, are overseen by a theatre committee reporting to the Arts Council...
Destinations & Diversions: Blue jeans, goblins, and a moonlight ride (10/22/15)
The Fly Arts Center will host a "Blue Jean & Goblin Ball" on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 7-11 p.m. Wear your best jeans or come in your favorite costume and dance to the music of Primetime Band. Prizes will be awarded for best costume and best jeans. Tickets are $10 each at the door. To reserve a table, call 684-8359. If you have a party of eight or more, please call and reserve a table...
Book sale ends Saturday (10/22/15)
Gay Mixon adjusts books that are for sale Wednesday at the Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library. The book sale runs through Saturday. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Deason native urges preparedness in book (10/21/15)
A native of Bedford County who is a lawyer and insurance lobbyist has written a book on disaster preparedness. Paul T. Martin, who grew up in the Deason area, has written "Pivot Points: Creating a Culture of Preparedness and Resiliency in America." The author shares two personal experiences in his book to advocate for personal and national preparedness. ...
Local publisher releases children's western (10/21/15)
A local publisher has a new children's book that is sure to delight all ages. Sword of the Lord Publishers is just up the road in Murfreesboro. One of their newest titles is "Jed Cartwright and the Comanche Raiders," written by Ed Dunlop. In the book, Jed and his sister Mandy are kidnapped in St. ...
Album: God with you in the good, bad, mundane (10/21/15)
Christian rock band Carrollton is making tracks with its second album, "Sunlight and Shadows," which released in mid-September. The album reached No. 9 earlier this month on the iTunes Christian Albums Chart. I spoke recently with Justin Mosteller, the band's lead vocalist and a guitarist, about the album. ...
Ghost story, drawing contest winners (10/21/15)
The Times-Gazette thanks all of those who entered our annual ghost story and spooky drawing contests, and we'd like to congratulate our winners: Eli Nave, 11, of Shelbyville, a student at Southside School, won our "spooky drawing" contest with a drawing of the faceless Internet meme "The Slender Man."...
H.V. Griffin Park preparing for Haunted Woods (10/21/15)
It's that spooky time of year again, and Shelbyville's Parks & Recreation Department is getting H.V. Griffin Park prepared for the crowds who want to tour the Haunted Woods. This Friday and Saturday, starting at 7 p.m., folks will be loaded onto a hay wagon -- taking a ride over to the new property next to the park that will eventually become part of the complex...
Storybooks come alive on streets (10/20/15)
Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce and Shelbyville Jaycees have announced that this year's Christmas Parade, "A Storybook Christmas," will be held 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. The rain date is 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. Entries are now being accepted for the 42nd annual parade; entry forms can be obtained from the Chamber of Commerce and must be turned in no later than 4 p.m. on Nov. 27...
Local competes in state beauty pageant (10/20/15)
Misti Appleby says she will be representing Bedford County next year in the 2016 Miss Tennessee Plus America Pageant. "I am so excited to represent the county of my home," she said. The Miss Plus America Pageant has been running since 2002. The focus is to empower full figured women to promote those causes that are closest to their hearts with a title worthy of holding...
Arts' time to shine in Bell Buckle (10/18/15)
Crisp temperatures and bright sun added up to perfect fall weather Saturday for the first day of the 39th annual Webb School Art and Craft Festival, which continues today in Bell Buckle. The official juried craft fair on Maple Street drew a number of fine art and craft entries, while vendors in every nook and cranny of the town sold everything from soba noodles to soap...
Cast your vote for a good read (10/18/15)
About every conceivable form of media is spouting something to do with the upcoming 2016 presidential elections. As usual, we are only seeing the tip of the iceberg and it is a long time until Election Day. In the meantime, politicians and their supporters are going to be arguing about all sorts of things, some more important than others...
Couldn't handle craft fair (10/17/15)
Miss Winter feel asleep on mama on the hay ride. Bell Buckle craft fair 2015
Designated Popcorn Holder (10/17/15)
Miss Winter is holding Mama's favorite part of the Craft Fair- Kettle Corn
Craft fair parking info available (10/15/15)
Organizers of this weekend's 39th Annual Webb School Art & Craft Festival are taking action to help with parking problems, and the Bell Buckle Chamber of Commerce Facebook page will be updated each hour with the latest information on which parking lots have spaces available...
Destinations & Diversions: Chili in Normandy, crafts (and crowds) in Bell Buckle (10/15/15)
The Normandy Fire Department fall chili supper and auction will be held Saturday from 4-7 p.m. at the fire hall. The auction will begin at 5 p.m. Cost for chili, drink and dessert is $5 with carryouts available. Anyone wishing to donate auction items should call 931-857-3340...
Shelbyville is center of Australian Shepherd world (10/11/15)
If you see a herd of cattle at the Celebration grounds, it's not a cattle show or a group of rustlers. Instead, it's all about the dogs -- Australian Shepherds. The Australian Shepherd Club of America's championship, the National Specialty Show, is taking place at the Celebration grounds. Events began this weekend and continue through Saturday...
Garden Club visits winery (10/08/15)
Shelbyville Garden Club met on Sept. 16 at the Pickers Creek Winery in Lewisburg. Pictured are: first row, Donna Simmons and Freda Head; second row, Margaret Smith, Evelyn Coffey (guest of Becky Cortner), Libby Davidson, Becky Cortner, Babs Chicoine, Pat Martin, Faye Sudberry, Kay Simmons and Helen Garner. (Submitted photo)
Fun in Flat Creek (10/08/15)
The Crossroots -- a Southern country-gospel group featuring Christine Pyrdom, Clayton and Darlene Eychner, Rhonda Styer, Colleen and Bradley Adcock -- performed at the Flat Creek Community Club's September get-together. (Submitted photos)
Destinations & Diversions: Tickets still available for Jimmy Wayne concert at SCHS (10/08/15)
Country music star Jimmy Wayne will perform a benefit concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15 at Shelbyville Central High School. Tickets are $20 and benefit Junior's House, a nonprofit agency that conducts forensic interviewing of children who are suspected to be victims of sexual abuse. Wayne is a former foster child and will have copies of his book, "Walk to Beautiful," detailing his turbulent childhood...
Cascade band competes in championship event (10/08/15)
The Cascade Champion Marching Band competed in their first competition of the year at the Stones River Championship Saturday, Oct. 3 at Siegel High School in Murfreesboro. With all the rain received during the week, they had no idea if they would be marching outside or performing inside. When the rain started the contest was called inside to the gym. The band gave it their all and took home several trophies...
Just the bear facts: Library speaker relates close encounters (10/07/15)
As an experienced biology professor and backcountry guide, Joel Zachry knows how to react when he encounters a bear face-to-face. But during one of his first such encounters, that knowledge flew right out the window. Zachry, the keynote speaker for Tuesday's Friends of the Library author's luncheon, and his wife Kathy were hiking to a place in the Smoky Mountaines called Spence Field, five miles from Cades Cove...
Fired up over barbecue (10/06/15)
Larry Derryberry helps himself to some sauce at the annual Firehouse Barbecue, held Monday at the Tennessee Fire Service and Code Enforcement Academy. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Art in the Park (10/04/15)
The Rev. Peter Whalen of Episcopal Church of the Redeemer blesses a dog during a St. Francis of Assisi-inspired blessing of the animals held Saturday as part of the "Art in the Park" festival on the square.(T-G Photos by John I. Carney) Yvonne McChristian, holding pom-pom, leads a group line dance routine...
Surprising stories and redefining 'librarian' (10/04/15)
Fresh from an all night road-trip to Philadelphia and a visit with Pope Francis, Katie Myers is bright eyed and positive as she shows off the school library at East Side Elementary. "Look over the state of the library right now," she says. "We're in the middle of book fair, and we just had our family fun night."...
Middle Tennessee artist releases new faith album weeks after writing book (10/04/15)
Well-rounded Christian recording artist Andrew Peterson is releasing a new album in October that includes a family element: his 15-year-old son Asher on the drums. Peterson's album, "The Burning Edge of Dawn," features 10 songs that he wrote between February to May of this year with friend and producer Gabe Scott of the Crowder band...
Firehouse Barbecue tickets still available (10/02/15)
Tickets are still available for the Shelbyville & Bedford County Chamber of Commerce's annual Firehouse Barbecue on Oct. 5. The barbecue will be from 5-7 p.m. at the Tennessee Fire and Codes Enforcement Academy dining hall. Food will be served from 5-6:30...
Drama professor receives prominent theater award (09/30/15)
A Martin Methodist College drama professor has received a prestigious state theater award. David Wilkerson, assistant professor and program coordinator for dramatic arts at Martin Methodist, was presented with the 2015 First Night Star Award earlier this month at the First Night Honors Gala at Nashville's Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre, according to a college press release. It's an award given to people in theatre who go above and beyond to make live theater in Tennessee more extraordinary...
Sorghum squeezin': Annual event brings back old days (09/29/15)
A reporter asked Randall Crowell if there was anything new that needed to be mentioned about this year's Halls Mill Sorghum Squeeze. "We don't do anything new here," Crowell responded. "We try to keep everything old." The day-long event, planned for Saturday at 225 Paschal Road in Halls Mill, is a celebration of a bygone era, with, as Crowell puts it, "real simplicity and Southern hospitality." There's no admission charge...
Studebaker winners (09/29/15)
Gene Cunningham of Shelbyville (left) is shown holding his trophies received at the annual Studebaker Show in Lynchburg last Saturday. He placed second in the modified car class with his 1950 Starlight green coupe and first place in the People's Choice for modified cars and trucks. Shown with Cunningham is Todd Jennings of Lynchburg holding his trophies for his 1951 Studebaker, 1/2 ton, blue truck, seen here. Cunningham, a previous owner of the truck, restored the truck in 1973 and enjoyed it for 39 years, which won him many trophies throughout the years. (Submitted photo)
Going for the Gold Festival (09/27/15)
Dancers from Dancy's thrilled the crowd with moves to Michael Jackson's "Thriller" at Saturday's Go Gold Festival on the Shelbyville square, benefiting the Mark Kelly Have Hope Foundation. (T-G Photos by David Melson) Kimberly Harmon gets a congratulatory kiss from dance instructor Lisa Neese as bystanders smile in appreciation of the performance...
Creative juices to flow at Art in the Park (09/27/15)
There will be something for everyone next Saturday at the fourth annual Art in the Park on Shelbyville's square. The event, hosted by the Fly Arts Center and the Shelbyville Recreation Center, will last from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Original arts and fine crafts, plenty of art activities for the kids and plenty of music and entertainment are scheduled all day long...
Art on the move: Webb instructor's car sparks creative thinking (09/27/15)
Spend any time in Bell Buckle and you are likely to see a vehicle cruising around that will grab your attention. In some ways, it demands it. The car, a Ford Taurus, is something of a transportable canvas -- that also serves as the means of transportation for Webb art teacher P. Michael Quinn...
Sunday Conversation: Hall goes from Shelbyville to Nepal (09/27/15)
T-G: Tell me how you got the nicknames "Churchy" and "Squirrel?" Hall: A group of friends began calling me Squirrel in high school after a popular senior deemed it necessary to differentiate between us, as we are both named Jeremy.
Book can help you adjust attitude just in time (09/27/15)
"It's not about your struggles. It's not about your circumstances. It's not about your relationships. It's about your attitude." That statement is made by author James MacDonald in his newest book "Lord, Change My Attitude: Before It's Too Late" by Moody Publishers. The foreword is written by Erwin Lutzer, senior pastor of The Moody Church in Chicago...
Are you teachable? Book argues that is the 'key' (09/27/15)
A pastor argues in a new book that there is one key to success: Teachability. Matt Keller is pastor of Next Level Church in Fort Myers, Florida and founder of Next Level Coaching. He has a book hitting the stores Tuesday, Sept. 29 titled "The Key to Everything: Unlocking the Secret to Why Some People Succeed and Others Don't." Thomas Nelson is the publisher...
Time for peaceful reading (09/27/15)
Sometimes it just seems like this old world is spinning too quickly. We have so many meetings, commitments, and weighty matters pressing on our minds that the old movie title "Stop the world! I want to get off!" comes to mind. In my own observation, some of the most peaceful and organized folks are the ones who give the most of themselves. ...
Ghouls, stories and a lot of fun (09/25/15)
It's time again for the Times-Gazette's annual ghost story contest and our "scary drawing" contest for children. Story contest The story contest will be divided into three divisions by age, with a $25 gift card awarded in each division. The winning entries, as well as some honorable mention stories, will be published in the Oct. 21 "Spooktacular" edition of the Times-Gazette...
Destinations & Diversions: Cruisin' on a September weekend (09/24/15)
Attention, car enthusiasts: There are two different cruise-ins taking place locally this weekend, and a Studebaker show just south of us in Lynchburg. l Celebration City Region Car Club will hold a cruise-in Friday from 6-8 p.m. on the square. All vehicles and all people welcome. There will be music and food...
We'll miss stories from an amazing man (09/24/15)
I would not swear to it in a court of law, but I think I remember first suggesting that the Times-Gazette have a ghost story contest. It's been an annual tradition for quite a while now, and we'll probably put out another call for entries in the next week or so...
Fiddlers at the Fly (09/24/15)
On Sept. 11 the Tennessee Fiddle Ensemble, led by Jim and Inge Woods, performed at the Fly Arts Center. The level of musicianship was obvious as the group worked through folk songs from the past and present, offering a wide display of talent and performances on various stringed instruments...
Book by local author shares life story (09/23/15)
A Shelbyville resident has self-published a 24-page book, "When the Clock Strikes 12." The author, Angelia Nelson-James, lives in Shelbyville and is a native of Columbia. She shares her thoughts on faith and recounts some of her life experiences, including the turbulent relationship of the grandparents who helped raise her. Nelson-James also shares details of her marriage to a man who turned out to have a turbulent life but who gave his life to Jesus before he died of cancer...
MTSU unveils bust of Nobel-winning alum by Wartrace sculptor (09/22/15)
A long-awaited and much-anticipated bronze bust of the late MTSU alumnus James M. Buchanan was unveiled by his youngest sister and a nationally acclaimed sculptor during a special ceremony Sept. 18 on campus. People attending the annual Buchanan Fellows Inauguration in the James E. ...
Adventure on library luncheon menu (09/20/15)
This year's Friends of the Library Annual Luncheon will be filled with grizzly tales that may be more than you can bear. That's because this year's guest -- Joel Zachry -- has been leading back country adventures into black bear and grizzly territory for over 30 years...
Book lays out biblical planning (09/20/15)
"Your Blueprint for Life" is a new title by Nelson Books that aims to point the reader toward a Christ-honoring life, one that brings joy in all aspects of life. Michael Kendrick, the author, is the founder of Blueprint for Life ministry, which is devoted to helping people discover God's purpose for their lives. Kendrick also is the founder and senior partner of a private equity firm in Atlanta...
Books stranger than fiction (09/20/15)
On the plane coming back from my time in Montana, I was seated next to a retired attorney who was reading a biography of Andrew Carnegie, who was a benefactor to so many libraries in the United States. Between 1890 and 1917, the Carnegie Library Foundation funded 1687 public libraries in 46 states; 108 university and college libraries were also donated during that time throughout the United States. ...
Praise, songs to reign at new festival (09/17/15)
"My whole vision is to bring the church and community together," said Bryan Smotherman, the organizer of the Community Outdoor Praise Gathering scheduled for Saturday at 130 East Parkway. The outdoor event, which will feature a full day of performances by groups in a wide variety of Christian music styles, is at the site of East Park Methodist Church, but Smotherman said it's not affiliated with any individual group, church or denomination and is intended as a community-wide outreach...
Wayne went through hell as a child; now, he builds brighter future for others (09/17/15)
Today's book review is very personal for me. I'm writing about "Walk to Beautiful: The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid Who Found the Way." Jimmy Wayne, a country singer, is the primary author. Ken Abraham is the co-author; he specializes in collaborating on books with public figures. Thomas Nelson is the publisher of the New York Times bestseller...
Destinations & Diversions: A star party and a pet party this weekend (09/17/15)
The Motlow College Foundation and the Motlow STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Outreach program will host its annual Star Party at 7 p.m. Saturday on the Moore County campus of Motlow State Community College. The public is invited and the event is free of charge...
Firehouse BBQ tickets on sale (09/16/15)
Get 'em while they're hot! Tickets are now on sale for Shelbyville & Bedford County Chamber of Commerce's annual Firehouse Barbecue on Oct. 5. Only 350 tickets are available, and they will go fast, said the chamber's member services director, Stephanie Crosslin. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 6-12...
Clark lifts club with inspirational words (09/16/15)
Shelbyville's Allison Clark, assistant basketball coach to the women's basketball team at Tennessee Tech in Cookville, recently spoke at the Shelbyville Woman's Club. Clark is also an author, beginning with a personal journal, graduating to a blog and finally to a book, "Off The Back Of The Rim: Uplifting Thoughts to Help You Rebound from the "Bricks" of Life."...
Studebaker show planned (09/15/15)
Gene Cunningham of Shelbyville prepares his Studebaker for the annual Middle Tennessee Studebaker Drivers Club show. The show will be held Saturday, Sept. 26, at Wiseman Park in Lynchburg. For more information, call Gene Cuthbert, 931-454-2408 or go to www.mtsdc.org. (Submitted photo)
Books still on move; kids miss bookmobile (09/13/15)
Despite rainy skies over Bedford County Thursday, librarian Margaret Petty loaded up her personal vehicle with totes full of books for the county's preschoolers to dive into. It's a little bit different this year. Petty brings the totes to the kids instead of letting them enter the bookmobile...
Bell Buckle group cancels arts event (09/10/15)
Bell Buckle's arts council has cancelled its event that was set for Saturday, Sept. 19. The council told Bell Buckle's town council it wants to hold an event every two years, freeing volunteers to plan better. It also wants to help Bell Buckle Chamber of Commerce beautify the downtown area...
Musical honors (09/10/15)
State Sen. Jim Tracy recently posed for a photo with George Hensley of Fayetteville and presented him with a proclamation signed by Ron Ramsey, speaker of the state Senate, honoring his songwriting career. His honors include four awards from the Northwest Alabama Music Publishing Co.'s songwriters contests. His career began in 1981 and he has written 18 gospel songs and 12 country songs. He also has performed in 48 benefit concerts in Lincoln County. Hensley was born in Bedford County. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Fourth fun ... a few weeks late (09/08/15)
The skies above Shelbyville are filled with fireworks concluding Monday's combined July 4/Labor Day celebration. A huge crowd filled H.V. Griffin Park for the festivities. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
They're not all winners in my book (09/06/15)
Your library board chairperson, Vicki McCord, and I were laughing about some of the "great books" that we really, in truth, hadn't particularly enjoyed. Personally, I think in some situations, too much is made of the merit of literary classics and not enough credit is given to all those "just plain good reads."...
Destinations & Diversions: Show continues through Saturday (09/03/15)
The 77th annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration continues at 7 tonight. Call 684-5915 or go to twhnc.com for more information. l The Celebration Trade Fair will be held through Saturday inside Calsonic Arena. Hours are 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. each day...
Blasts to light the sky (09/03/15)
The annual city/county fireworks display was rained out in July, but it'll be made up at H.V. Griffin Park on Labor Day. The event kicks off at 4 p.m. with the children's Red, White and Blue parade. All kids should be adorned in red, white and blue and their wagons, tricycles and bikes may be decorated at well. Children must also be accompanied by at least one adult per group...
Grant, donations benefit library (08/30/15)
The Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library received a $500 grant from the State Library and Archives for computer hardware this week. It's a 50/50 grant, according to library director Rita Allen, meaning they will be chipping in an equal amount for replacing one of the workstations used in the facility's computer lab, plus two monitors...
Musical traditions: Folk with a classical flair (08/30/15)
In the Flat Creek area, there is a hollow where fiddle music has been played for more than 100 years. The hollow's current occupant, Jim Wood, tells of the land, his love for music, and his current project, the Tennessee Fiddle Ensemble. To reach the recording studio on Wood's property, one must drive down a long, one-lane, gravel driveway. At the end of the drive, the land opens into a couple of fields surrounded on all sides by forest covered hills...
Local author pens romance title (08/30/15)
A love triangle and prophetic dreams figure into a coming-of-age story told in a new book that is set in Rutherford County in the late 1970s. Dawn Jones, a Murfreesboro marketing agency owner, is the author of "Ruby's Choice," the first of what will be three self-published books in the "Ditch Lane Diaries." Jones is the owner of Jones Media, a full service marketing, advertising and design agency serving Middle Tennessee businesses...
Destinations & Diversions: It's Celebration time again! (08/27/15)
Evening classes at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration begin at 7 tonight. Trade Fair The Celebration Trade Fair will be held through Sept. 5 inside Calsonic Arena. Hours are 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. each day. Additional vendors will be added starting Saturday...
Float the Duck and help out animals (08/20/15)
A charity kayak float this weekend promises to deliver more fun than you can shake an oar at. The fifth annual Chili Pepper River Float and Barbecue will be Saturday. Bring your kayak, organizer Bennie Carter said. However, the water will be too cold for tubes or floats, she said...
Destinations & Diversions: Floatin', ridin' and tailgatin' this weekend (08/20/15)
The fifth annual Chili Pepper River Float and Barbecue will be Saturday. Bring labeled kayaks, tubes, floats and chairs to 105 Patton Drive (Bennie & Toot's). Check-in at 1 p.m. Load floats and kayaks from 1-2. Hay wagons leave at 2. Organizers furnish transport to float. $15 donation supports Shelbyville-Bedford County Humane Association. For more information, call Bennie Carter at 205-0124 or Tooter Fulton at 639-0457. Entertainment by Kross Town band. The rain out date is Sunday...
Libraries offer services beyond book checkouts (08/19/15)
September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country remind parents and children that registering for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning. During the month libraries from coast-to-coast will showcase homework help resources, technology training programs, community engagement efforts and offer a variety of educational programs and events...
Education, the Chinese way (08/18/15)
As Bedford County students return to school this month, Shelbyville Woman's Club guest speaker Mike Novak's discussion of "Education From Here To Around The World" was interesting and timely. Novak, a former Bedford County educator who is now the assistant director of The Confucius Institute at Middle Tennessee State University, spoke to the club at their August meeting last Wednesday...
FCE Club reports (08/18/15)
The Wheel FCE Club met July 9 in Chapel Hill at Country Diner for a picnic. Charlotte Foster was the reporter. Jerry Boyce called the meeting to order. Members had lunch, then a short meeting. Carolyn Hulshof read the devotion. There was no educational lesson, nor a sunshine report...
American dream: Singer pitches her talent to 'Idol' judges (08/16/15)
When Mary Know Williams sent in a video audition to American Idol, she wasn't expecting to receive a call just a week later asking her to come to a private audition. "I was absolutely ecstatic," said Williams of the phone call. "I was not expecting it."...
Inmate finds life on death row (08/16/15)
Mitchell Rutledge, a convicted murderer who was once described as not worth killing, has been serving as an inspiration to people in prison and on the outside for more than three decades. "To most people the life of a foolish punk like Rutledge does not count for much," a reporter for Time magazine wrote in an article on Jan. ...
Book medicine from the belly (08/16/15)
It has often been said that laughter is the best medicine. I don't know it's true, but I do know that laughter almost always makes the day seem a bit brighter. A 1979 book that the library still owns called "Anatomy of an illness as perceived by the patient," by Norman Cousins, chronicled his use of huge doses of vitamin C and laughter from watching Marx Brothers films supplemented with faith, hope and love to fight illness...
Fun on the ranch, at the hop, at the VFW (08/13/15)
The Rickey Smith Memorial JAKES Day (an acronym for Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship) will be held 8 a.m. until noon Saturday at Arrowhead Ranch, 239 Cortner Mill Road near Normandy, sponsored by the Bedford County Longbeards chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation. ...
Safe hunting, with a shot of fun (08/12/15)
Looking for a way to entice your child to spend some time outdoors and learn about nature? There's a wonderful opportunity in the near future for just that. The Bedford County Longbeards, the local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) will be holding their third annual JAKES Day event Saturday at Arrowhead Ranch. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and costs $10. Assistance is available for those unable to cover the registration...
Music to his ears: Pipe organ expert cherishes his work (08/09/15)
Inside First Baptist Church, there's a lot of activity taking place on a Monday morning. There are workers from several companies working inside the large sanctuary. In one area, windows are being measured and taken out. In another, workers from Milnar Organ Co. are carefully deconstructing the large pipe organ that largely makes up the rear wall of the sanctuary. Ryan Milnar, grandson of company founder Dennis Milnar, scales up scaffolding to assist in removing the final pieces of the organ...
Sunday Conversation: Creative student Ann Taylor goes beyond tradition (08/09/15)
This week the T-G caught up with local art lover and non-traditional student Ann Taylor. If you have anyone you think would make for an interesting Sunday Conversation, please email Sadie Fowler at sfowler@t-g.com. T-G: What's one of your favorite childhood memories? ...
'Deathtrap' at Community among weekend highlights (08/06/15)
The Smokestack Summer Theatre will present Ira Levin's thriller "Deathtrap" on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 7-8, at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, Aug. 9, at 2 p.m. at Community High School. Admission is $5 at the door. The story centers around a has-been playwright named Sidney Bruhl who receives a script in the mail from one of his previous students. ...
'Hats off to the Celebration' (08/05/15)
A group of walking horse supporters is adding a festive touch to this year's Celebration. Karen Inman, wife of Celebration CEO Mike Inman, is spearheading an effort to top off The Celebration -- literally. Inman wants every man, woman and child to wear a festive hat on Aug. 29, the first Saturday night of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. The event will be called "Hats Off to The Celebration."...
Our Town wants park named for McMillan (08/04/15)
Shelbyville's city council will hear a request tonight to rename the park on the square as "Pat McMillan Park." McMillan, who died in April, was instrumental in seeing a vacant lot turned into the park. The Our Town -- Shelbyville organization is also asking, along with the name change, to have the area added to the routine security checks made by the parks and recreation department...
Art is his life: Bush tells stories with brush and paint (08/02/15)
It's not easy to frame someone's entire life into a single feature, especially when that person is local artist and business owner Michael Bush. It's an early weekday morning and Bush is seated at an outdoor table near his home, the rolling hills of Bell Buckle making up the scenery. Just behind Bush is his home studio, in a separate building from his house and where he goes to work on his latest art and painting projects...
Swann driven by love for helping kids grow (08/02/15)
Jennifer Swann is in her eighth year as the program coordinator for Shelbyville Parks and Recreation and still finds the joy in her work. "When you wake up everyday, you have the opportunity to change somebody's life," Swann said. Swann, a Normandy native, graduated from Cascade before attending Middle Tennessee State University to major in outdoor recreation...
Local library and beyond: feeling loss and gain (08/02/15)
As many of you already know, the Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library bookmobile was destroyed in a fire on July 23. Some equipment and all of the books onboard were also lost. That's the bad news. The good news is a great deal more important. No one was hurt. That's first and foremost. Thanks to all the firefighters and law enforcement who came to our aid as well as employees of the Whiteside Market who were there to help when trouble struck...
Bookmobile drive speeds up (07/31/15)
The Shelbyville-Bedford County Library board is looking at options on replacing the bookmobile, while an official on-line fundraising drive has kicked off. Last Thursday's fire that claimed the bookmobile also consumed some 1,600 children's books, but donations for those are also pouring in...
Tractors pull their weight at the fair (07/31/15)
The Smoker Truck & Tractor Pull pulled its weight in attracting a crowd Thursday night at the Bedford County Fair. See more photos from throughout the week at http://www.t-g.com/gallery/fair-2015. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
High in the sky (07/29/15)
The midway opened at Bedford County Fair on Tuesday night, and these riders were getting into the fun. The fair continues through Saturday at Bedford County Agricultural Center. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Cruise-In on the square (07/29/15)
What it is, is participants and visitors to the Celebration City Car Club's Cruise-In on Friday night, as seen through the windshield and back window of a 1963 Chevrolet BelAir four-door sedan mounted on a four-wheel-drive truck chassis. We couldn't find the owner, but the imaginative combination definitely drew attention. (T-G Photos by David Melson)
Fairest of the Fair (07/29/15)
Miss Bedford County Fairest of Fair 2015 Scholarship presentation. Brandi Smith is presenting Tea Phillips with her $500 scholarship. (Submitted photo)
Concern drives bookmobile help (07/28/15)
The county's bookmobile has only been gone five days, yet citizens are already stepping up to replace what was lost. Last Thursday, an overheated engine led to a blaze that destroyed the 1986 van and its contents, including books distributed to Bedford County's day care centers...
History in paintings: Bowling's walls portray his life (07/26/15)
Sitting in his easy chair, Ray Bowling is still a little sore from a fall the previous day. The fall required an emergency room visit to get checked out, but he's still in good spirits as he recovers. Looking around Bowling's house, the walls do talk. The walls tell a story of a man's life, through the paintings he's diligently produced. Bowling recalls one particular year where he managed 58 paintings...
Pages for the outdoor enthusiast (07/26/15)
It's hot outside. Very hot. Summer Reading program is over and summer vacation will soon be history for local school students. But I doubt the weather will cool down just because we think it is time to head back to the classrooms. We still have weekends, so get out there and enjoy our beautiful Tennessee. ...
Time for the Fair (07/24/15)
People will be in for a Fair time starting Monday. That's because it's time for the 18th annual Bedford County Fair. The fair runs from Monday through Saturday. The Home Ec and Ag exhibits will be received Sunday from 1-5 p.m. The fair's new theme is "Sow It, Grow It, Show It."...
Arts Council Memorials (07/22/15)
Here are memorial and honorary donations to Bedford County Arts Council between October 2014 and June 2015. IN MEMORY OF: Ronnie Reed by Don and Terri Locke; Juanita Fly by Larry and Amy Wells; Lillian (Libby) Segal by Dan Parrish; Frances Farrar by Don and Terri Locke; James Richard Adcock by Don and Terri Locke; Bob Bomar by Don and Terri Locke; Walter Garner by Nancy June Brandon; Shonta Whorley Lamb by Nancy June Brandon; Donald Stephens by Nancy June Brandon; William Ralph Burgess by Nancy June Brandon; Glenn (Bo) Melson by Evelyn McGrew and Nancy June Brandon; Edward Lions by Nancy June Brandon; Larry Nash by Nancy June Brandon; Betty Grace Curlee by Nancy June Brandon and Evelyn McGrew; Newt Howell by Evelyn McGrew; William M. ...
Actor/director finds humanity on stage (07/19/15)
The backstage area is strewn with the building blocks of show-making. Cans of hairspray, make-up brushes, and hairpins litter the dressing room tables. A clothing rack on a side wall is hung with costumes for an upcoming show. Overalls, flower print dresses, and straw hats await the young actors portraying characters from Mark Twain's imagination...
Evangelists reach Millennials with music (07/19/15)
Faith, music and movies are coming together in a powerful way to reach a demographic that has seemed elusive to many evangelicals: The Millennial generation. In 2015, the movie "God's Not Dead" drew headlines for its evangelistic outreach and smashed box office records. The film was headlined by stars like Kevin Sorbo (the "Hercules") and Dean Cain ("Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman")...
Dinosaurs live on at library (07/19/15)
With all the buzz about dinosaurs because of the new "Jurassic Park" movie, I found myself thinking about what a timeless connection there seems to be between human kids and dinosaurs. I remember when I was in grade school, the dinosaur picture books were always the ones that were the most tattered because we all propped them open and drew our own pictures of them. ...
My next move (07/15/15)
Jeremy Pirtle contemplates his next move during a friendly game of chess. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
A hog-wild good time (07/15/15)
On Saturday, the Happy Pig Collectors Club will hold its annual convention at Bedford County Agriculture and Education Center. This year's convention will be extra special as the club celebrates 20 years since its conception. Jean Sharp of Unionville has been a member from the beginning and has amassed a collection of over 7,500 pigs. ...
Steaming day, hot dogs and hotter chili (07/14/15)
The weather and the chili competed to see which was hotter Saturday. The Tennessee State Championship Chili Cook-off was a spicy hit on Saturday, a hot day filled with chili, hot dogs and canines. The First Square Fair was held in conjunction with the International Chili Society state sanctioned event; the top chili winners qualified to represent Tennessee in the World's Championship Cook-off in Reno, Nevada, Oct. 16-18...
New book hearkens back to literary legend (07/12/15)
It's one of the most-anticipated new book releases in decades, with fans here in Bedford County and across the world anxiously awaiting their pre-ordered copies. Only it's not a "new" book at all. "Go Set A Watchman," being released on Tuesday by HarperCollins, was written in the 1950s, and introduced the character of Scout Finch as an adult. It includes a few short flackbacks to Finch's childhood...
Sunday Conversation: Library's just one chapter in Petty's active life (07/12/15)
T-G: You've spent your entire career working in the library. What do you love about working in a library, and what do you think would surprise people about libraries today? Petty: What's not to love about working in a library!? I have always loved books and reading, but after being here for 20 years, I think my favorite part of working here is getting to know our patrons....
Cascade art students fly high in contest (07/12/15)
Cascade High School and Cascade Middle School had four of the 10 Middle Tennessee winners in the International Aviation Art Contest, including Middle Tennessee senior division winner Rose Espino, according to art teacher Jojo Bills. Mallory Houchin (honorable mention, intermediate division), Tori Hull (second place, intermediate division) and Sara Rodriguez (third place, senior division) were the other winners. All received plaques and ribbons...
Novelist plans book signing (07/10/15)
J. Carroll Anderson will sign her fantasy novel "Dark Moon Saga: Crimson Moon" from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the Shelbyville - Bedford County Public Library, 220 South Jefferson St. Anderson, who lives in Portland, is the granddaughter of Roy and Patricia Carroll Waggoner, who were 1964 graduates of Shelbyville Central High School, and the great-granddaughter of the late Frank and Lula Carroll, who lived in Shelbyville, and the late Lloyd and Albertine Waggoner, who lived in Wartrace...
'Deathtrap' comes to Community (07/09/15)
Smokestack Summer Theatre will present Ira Levin's thriller "Deathtrap" at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 7-8, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9, at Community High School. The story centers around a washed-up playwright with writer's block who may or may not be planning to plagiarize and/or kill one of his students. ...
Chili chefs square off for cook-offs (07/07/15)
Contestants are expected from as far away as Connecticut and Texas for Saturday's Tennessee State Chili Cook-Off Championship on the square Saturday, according to organizer Calvin Cannon, with some coming early to participate in a separate district cook-off held Friday night...
Steeled and ready: Guitar player's fingers weaken, so he makes music a different way (07/05/15)
The worst thing a person pursuing a passion can hear is that they will no longer be able to pursue that passion. That is precisely the predicament that Larry Allen, a guitar player for over 40 years, has found himself in. "Sometimes I can do an hour and sometimes five minutes in and my hand is killing me," says Allen, after picking a tune on his acoustic guitar...
Shelbyville park's July 4 activities canceled (07/03/15)
All Independence Day activities planned for H.V. Griffin Park on July 4, including the fireworks show have been canceled due to expected weather conditions. The forecast calls for a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms Saturday and Saturday night, according to the National Weather Service...
Rasnick travels to China for Webb (07/01/15)
Angela Rasnick, Bell Buckle, director of studies at The Webb School, traveled to China in June with a delegation that was hosted by the Confucius Institute at Middle Tennessee State University. Also making the trip were her husband, Jeff Rasnick, and Mike Novak, institute assistant director, and his wife, Jessica of Murfreesboro, and parents of Emma Roy, a Webb seventh grader...
DAR donates lineage books to library (07/02/15)
On June 26, the Shelby Chapter DAR met at the new Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library with Rita Allen, director. They presented the two volume collection from DAR members throughout Tennessee about their great-great grandmothers who lived in pioneer Tennessee. ...
Local graduate makes art donation (07/01/15)
Local artist and 2015 Shelbyville Central High School graduate Amellaly Lopez recently donated a few pieces of her original art work to Assistant Principal Michael McCoin at the CTE Annex at Central High School. Amellaly is a member of DECA and the Art Society at Central and has had her artwork displayed locally at the Fly Arts Center in Shelbyville. Her donated artwork will be displayed in various classrooms at the Annex. (Submitted photo)
Why, yes, indeed ... I'll have a cup of tea ... please! (06/28/15)
Flower patterned china, hot pots of tea, and decadent scones with Devonshire cream. One would think you could only find an authentic English tea after crossing the Atlantic, but you only need to travel across the railroad tracks in Bell Buckle to Southern Charm's Tea Room for an oasis of hot tea, delicious pastry, and hearty meals served on bone china...
New cookbook features local flavor (06/24/15)
A new Tennessee-themed restaurant cookbook has a very local flavor. "Tennessee Back Road Restaurant Recipes" is the latest title by Great American Publishers. The book features mom and pop restaurants in each of the Grand Divisions in the Volunteer State. ...
Dancing, running, fun at RC-Moon Pie Festival (06/21/15)
The Mid-State Cloggers performed at Saturday's 21st annual RC Cola / Moon Pie Festival Saturday in Bell Buckle. Occasional drizzle moderated the temperature. "It's the coolest weather we've ever had, in 21 years of it," said merchant Billy Phillips. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)...
The man behind the music -- and sound system (06/21/15)
This week the T-G caught up with local business owner and musician Randy Saddler. If you have anyone you think would make for an interesting Sunday Conversation, please email Sadie Fowler at sfowler@t-g.com. T-G: You're a musician. What instruments do you play and how did you develop an interest in playing?...
Hot notes, cool sounds: Trombone player still jazzed up (06/21/15)
Outside, the heat is bearing down. The air is muggy and noticeably hot to breathe in. This isn't a bother to Don Jensen, a local trombone player and lifelong musician. Jensen is sitting in his office, the cool waves of jazz coming from his computer speakers into his finely tuned ears. ...
Music lovers: Look no further than backyard (06/21/15)
Bonnaroo and CMA week are the go-to musical entertainment events for hundreds of thousands of concert goers in the mid-state and beyond. Even out-of-state visitors plan months in advance, travel thousands of miles, brave the sticky heat, elbow through throngs of sweaty hippies, (or cowboys), and collectively pay millions of dollars to enjoy live music in the Tennessee summer...
Open for reading: Library welcomes public with fun-filled festivities (05/31/15)
Books, local authors, face painting, dogs and fairy tale characters were all part of the grand opening of Bedford County's new library. The Shelbyville-Bedford County Library at 220 S. Jefferson St. actually opened on Monday, May 11, but did not have its blowout opening party until Saturday...
Hometown talent: Meet Bell Buckle's Billy Phillips (05/31/15)
Bell Buckle has garnered world wide recognition as a destination spot for those looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of life. Visitors enjoy the slow pace of the small town and its combination of arts, crafts, festivals, food, shops, and eclectic citizenry...
MusicFest returns June 6 in Wartrace (05/28/15)
Southern rock, a fireworks show, classic cars, and over 30 arts and crafts dealers will all convene Saturday, June 6 at the 11th annual Wartrace MusicFest in Wartrace. The six piece Allman Brothers tribute band Midnight Riders from Nashville will close the show with a fireworks display beginning at 10 p.m. Threatening weather prevented the Riders from performing at last year's festival...
Bedford County's beauty waiting to be admired (05/24/15)
Get ready to see the beauty of Bedford County -- both in Shelbyville and out in the country -- during the 2015 Home Garden Tour. The self-guided tour will be held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, June 6, and the itinerary is entirely up to you. The event is sponsored by the Shelbyville/Bedford County Chamber of Commerce Beautification Committee. Tickets are $10, available at the Chamber or any of the tour site...
Library's big day nears (05/24/15)
The doors have been open for several weeks now, but this coming Saturday, the new Shelbyville-Bedford County Library at 220 S. Jefferson St. will be holding its grand opening. Tours of the new facility, scavenger hunts, story telling, local bands and musical artists, and even a petting zoo will be on hand starting at 10 a.m. Tours led by storybook characters will be conducted all day...
Plucking, picking and twanging (05/24/15)
An acclaimed alumnus, a past winner, neighbors and friends will help MTSU celebrate the 14th annual Tennessee Guitar Festival and International Competition, taking place Wednesday through Saturday on campus alongside some of the world's best young guitarists in concerts and master classes...
Chapter One: Waiting's over as new library opens (05/12/15)
The day finally came -- and the new library's doors are open. At 9 a.m. Monday, the dream was realized at Shelbyville-Bedford County Library. Library director Rita Allen was overcome with emotion "and so deeply touched" for all the volunteer work that went into the move...
Wartrace gears up for 11th MusicFest (05/12/15)
Southern rock, a fireworks show, classic cars, and more than 30 arts and crafts dealers are all part of the 11th annual Wartrace MusicFest, set for Saturday, June 6. The six-piece Allman Brothers tribute band Midnight Riders from Nashville will close the show with a fireworks display beginning at 10 p.m. Threatening weather prevented the Riders from performing last year...
Move going smooth (05/03/15)
"It's all happening," was the word from library director Rita Allen as the move from the old Argie Cooper Library continues to the new facility only a block away. Tentative date for reopening the library is May 11, with the big grand opening set for May 30...
Apologetics movie returns to Capri (04/15/15)
A creationism movie that screened two months ago in Shelbyville is returning soon for a repeat performance. "A Matter of Faith" is a Christian film that explores the creation-evolution debate. The movie initially screened on Feb. 7 at the Capri Theatre and will return for another screening at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 18...
Celebrity chef to speak at dinner (04/12/15)
If ever there was a common thread for the folks who reside in Southern Middle Tennessee, it would probably be said that it would have to be "barbecue." Folks who live in the Tennessee Heritage Backroads communities will have a rare opportunity to enjoy an evening with a celebrity Chef Troy Black who has climbed his way up the barbecue ladder of fame. ...
It's time to R.O.K. out at concert (04/08/15)
Bedford County youth will get to R.O.K. and roll once again this spring. The third annual Rewarding Our Kids (R.O.K.) Concert will be Saturday and is hosted by local emergency services. This may be the concert's third year, but it has one major change, organizer Jason Barber said. The concert has moved to a new venue: Pleasant Valley Farms, 2395 Highway 64 East...
Books of spring (04/05/15)
Happy Easter to everyone! Now it REALLY seems like spring! Everywhere you go now people seem a bit more light-hearted and upbeat. This past weekend there was plenty of hustle and bustle in the gardening departments of stores wherever I went. Combine that with all the fresh flowers and blossoming trees and I am reminded of one of my favorite things about Tennessee. It is so pretty here so much of the year...
Honoring Mom - with an appearance in 'Emic' (04/02/15)
A few years ago, my brother Michael was rooting through some old family photos. He was looking for photos of our long-departed Aunt Ila which he could show to his young daughter, also named Ila. But he found another photo, one he held onto for a bit...
'P is for Perfect' (04/02/15)
For the first time, the biannual Shelbyville Woman's Club play will be presented for the public, as a project of the Bedford County Arts Council. In addition to its presentation for club members on April 8, the one act comedy, "P Is For Perfect," will be presented at 7 p.m. April 10 and 11 at the Fly Arts Center on South Main Street. Tickets are $8 and $10. The play is directed by Nancy Crowell; cast members are (front row, from left) Mickey McLean, Ardis Caffey, (back row) Kay Rose, Sandy Still and Sally McReynolds. (Submitted photo)
Destinations & Diversions: Easter eggs, gospel groups and Hee Haw (04/02/15)
The 50 Cent Auction Group is hosting an Easter egg hunt Saturday at the Bedford County Agriculture Center from 5 p.m. Free hot dogs while supplies last and games for the kids. l First Baptist Church (Depot St.) is hosting an Easter egg hunt Saturday at Walnut Ridge Farms, 1198 Whiteside Hill Road. Hunt begins at 10 a.m. There will be food, a bounce house, double super slide and a zip line. Children attending should bring a basket...
Two cross walks set for this week (04/01/15)
Two different events, one on Friday and another on Saturday, will commemorate Christ's crucifixion by way of volunteers carrying a cross to the county courthouse. On Saturday, the Backwoods Hunting Ministry, and members of various churches, will carry a cross from East Park Methodist Church, 103 East Parkway, to the square, a distance of about 3 miles...
Your best duck call could be a winner (04/01/15)
If you love the "Duck Dynasty" TV show and enjoy reading the Bible, the Times-Gazette has a promotion for you. The Times-Gazette published a review by staff writer Jason Reynolds of the Duck Commander Bible last fall. Thomas Nelson, publisher of "Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible," a New King James Version edition, provided the T-G with 10 complementary autographed copies to give away in a promotion. ...
New 'Duck Dynasty' book leads kids toward God (04/01/15)
The "Duck Dynasty" family has a new book that aims to point children to God. Korie Robertson and her mother Chrys Howard have released "Duck Commander Devotions for Kids." Korie is the wife of Willie Robertson, son of Duck Commander founder Phil Robertson. The publisher is Tommy Nelson, an imprint of Thomas Nelson...
Scales finds walk in life, concentrates on growing church (04/01/15)
While sitting in his MBA courses at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC), Jason Scales wasn't trying to figure out how to grow a successful business, but rather pondering different ways churches could grow and reach their communities. "We were doing case studies on Jos. A. Bank and Dell, how they got started--marketing and all that, and I'd be thinking about church," said Scales...
SEAL faced life, death, blindness with great attitude (04/01/15)
"The sun had risen, and now the people we'd just lapped could see Ryan's scarred face and closed eyes. They could tell he was blind. Suddenly, without anybody saying anything, they cleared a path for us and started clapping, one by one, all the way down the hill. ... 'They had no idea what happened to you on that roof,' I said. 'They know nothing about your struggle or the guys who never made it back. All they know is that some blind dude just humped past them on a steep hill.'"...
'The Last Supper' comes to life (04/01/15)
One of the best-known paintings of all time will be brought to life Thursday night as part of a Holy Week observance at Cedar Grove United Methodist Church. The men of the church will re-enact Leonardo da Vinci's 1498 mural "The Last Supper" 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The church is located at the intersection of Cedar Grove Road and Manire Road west of Unionville...
Adams discovers life around Dead Sea (04/01/15)
As a student of biblical history since an early age, Ronnie Adams always wanted to make a trip to Israel. Adams, a faithful subscriber to Biblical Archeology and a pastor, eventually got his opportunity in 2001, and hasn't stopped visiting the Holy Land since...
Driven to succeed: At 17, Sterchak takes care of business (03/29/15)
A busy Saturday morning in Bell Buckle; It's Daffodil Day and the town is bustling with traffic. Weaving in and out of the traffic is a little white pick-up truck with a large dent in the front passenger side and garbage in the back. The truck is driven by 17-year-old Bell Buckle local Zac Sterchak. Saturdays are his trash pick-up day...
Choosing words wisely (03/29/15)
I will never forget the determined young report writer who approached my reference desk a number of years ago. He had a serious look on his face as if he had mustered up all his courage to approach the librarian, me, with a tough question. He placed his hands on the counter, looked me right in the eye and said, "Lady, do you have thorosis?"...
Historical Society hears program on Gallagher guitars (03/26/15)
Bedford County Historical Society held its spring meeting March 16 at First United Methodist Church. The program was presented by Steve Gallagher with a history of Gallagher Guitars in Wartrace. Steve is the third-generation proprietor of the business which was started by his grandfather, J.W. ...
Destinations & Diversions: Hoops, Hee Haw and egg hunts this weekend (03/26/15)
The annual Turn on the Tap Three on Three Basketball Tournament, sponsored in part by First Baptist Church of Normandy, will be Friday and Saturday at Cascade High School. Grades 4-6 will be Friday night beginning at 6 p.m.; grades 7-12 and the men's division will be Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. For team fee, sponsorship, or more information, contact Kim Heath at 205-1358 or the church office at 857-3800. All proceeds will go to Turn on the Tap with Samaritan's Purse...
Thorpe competes in Louisiana chili cookoff (03/25/15)
Dicky Thorpe of Shelbyville competed in the ninth annual Louisiana Regional & State Chili Cookoff this month in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The event was sanctioned by the International Chili Society. Thorpe, who lives in Shelbyville and is a supervisor at the Nissan plant in Smyrna, won the red chili division of the International Chili Society's Tennessee state championship cookoff last summer on the Shelbyville square. He went on to compete in the ICS's world championship cookoff in Las Vegas. He also competed in the 48th Annual Original Terlingua International Frank X. Tolbert - Wick Fowler Championship Chili Cookoff. Thorpe and his "Tennessee Hillbilli Chili" failed to win any awards in Louisiana, although he said both his red and green chili entries earned some points. But he had a good time and got to both meet new friends and reconnect with friends from previous ICS cookoffs. (Submitted photos)
Worship leader fishes for souls...and fish, too (03/22/15)
This week the T-G caught up with worship leader and avid fisherman, Zach Kirby. If you have any suggestions for an interesting Sunday Conversation email editor Sadie Fowler at sfowler@t-g.com. T-G: Tell us a little about your family...
The other side of March is here (03/22/15)
It seems only fitting for me to give equal time to the flipside of the "March comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb" proverb. Since I talked about lions last week, this week, with the vastly more agreeable weather, I am giving equal time to lambs. After all, lambs (and sheep) seem to play a rather large role in the childhood of most of us...
Sierra Rose's world, in her hands (03/22/15)
Inside the Argie Cooper Library, a crowd of people is gathered around a table near the front entrance. Seated at that table, with a pile of books in front of her, is Sierra Rose Johanson, and it's her 16th birthday. While most 16-year-olds are busy dreaming about what type of car they might get, Johanson has spent the last couple of years dreaming up and working diligently to publish her first novel--which she is graciously signing for those gathered around her...
Sorority learns of makeup trends (03/20/15)
Members of Xi Alpha Zeta chapter of Beta Sigma Phi sorority held their March meeting at Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio. Dena Landers, the owner, presented the program on current makeup and skin care trends. Sorority president Debbie Alcorn was the makeover model...
Shelbyville Garden Club meets (03/22/15)
The Shelbyville Garden club held its March meeting at the River Bend Country Club. Donna Simmons opened the meeting. Sandra Crowell read a poem about springtime and delivered the devotion. Loraine Sutton spoke on inspiring the younger generations to learn about and appreciate gardening, noting on how relaxing it is to get back to the earth. Sutton also announced she will be involved in an upcoming gardening show for a local cable channel...
Destinations & Diversions: Model trains, a spring fling, or wild game (03/19/15)
Bell Buckle will hold its annual Daffodil Day observance 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday. The event, sponsored by Bell Buckle Chamber of Commerce and Bell Buckle Tree Board, is in honor of the thousands of daffodils that line the roads and farmlands for a six-mile stretch of State Route 82 leading into Bell Buckle...