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Arts, Entertainment and Culture

Shelbyville EGA group decorates 31st tree (12/04/16)
Every year since 1986, the Shelbyville Satellite Group has decorated a Christmas tree at a local bank. This year's tree is at Regions Bank on the corner of Union Street and Main Street. The theme for this year's tree is Tassels and Baubles. A theme is decided late in the year before the tree will be decorated. Group members may use ornaments they already have so long as they fit the theme. Several programs during the year add new designs and techniques for different ornaments...
Teen twin flick will offer clean family fun in 2017 (12/04/16)
Lucas Miles seeks God in church, in movies and in books. Lucas produced the movie "Rodeo Girl" with Kevin Sorbo and is producing a new film, "Crowning Jules," which is in the works. A 2017 release date is likely as the producer is hunting for a distributor...
Happy 100th birthday! (12/04/16)
It may seem hard to believe, but the actor, Kirk Douglas, will celebrate his 100th birthday on Dec. 9. His parents were Jewish immigrants from an area that is now called Belarus. Douglas was born in Amsterdam, New York, and attended St. Lawrence University, later obtaining a scholarship to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He played a few minor roles on Broadway, but enlisted in the Navy in 1941 and served until World War II ended in 1945...
'Pajama Diaries' joins Sunday comics (12/02/16)
The Times-Gazette's Sunday color comics section recently added a new title, "The Pajama Diaries" by Terri Liebenson. Liebenson won the National Cartoonist Society's Reuben Award this year for Best Newspaper Comic Strip. The strip is focused on harried work-from-home mother Jill Kaplan, who struggles to find a balance between her work and her home life. Kaplan has a husband and two teenage daughters, with various other friends, neighbors and supporting characters...
Reindeer take a break: Santa to fly in Dec. 10 (12/01/16)
The pilots who fly through Shelbyville Municipal Airport have a lot of experience, but on Dec. 10 the airport will get a visitor who has logged more miles than all of them put together. In fact, airport director Justin Heid calls him "the most famous aviator out there."...
Webb School hosts Christmas program (12/01/16)
The Webb School Chapel will be filled with music, song and fellowship on Dec. 8 during the school's annual celebration of Lessons and Carols. The performance will begin at 7 p.m. A piano prelude will begin at 6:50 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...
Destinations & Diversions: Christmas festivities kick into high gear with parade (12/01/16)
The 43rd Annual Shelbyville Christmas Parade will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday. The parade is sponsored by Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce and the Jaycees. This year's theme will be "Peace On Earth." Local elected officials will collectively serve as the grand marshals for the parade. The rain date for the parade will be Sunday at 2 p.m...
Christmas parade: Finishing touches (11/30/16)
Preparations for the 43rd annual Shelbyville Christmas Parade continue, and Connie Smith of the Shelbyville Jaycees said even though the deadline has passed, she's still hearing from entries and hadn't yet finalized a lineup for the parade when the Times-Gazette spoke to her on Tuesday...
MTSU celebrates African music, culinary culture (11/30/16)
African Cultural Awareness Night is slated for tonight at Middle Tennessee State University to celebrate the continent's musical and culinary culture as well as promote study-abroad opportunities. The event will run from 5-8 p.m. in the Tom Jackson Building. A printable campus parking map is available at tinyurl.com/MTSUParkingMap...
Quick change artists shine (11/29/16)
It's difficult enough for an actor to master one character in a comedy or drama. But "Greater Tuna," opening Friday at The Fly Arts Center, requires its cast -- Marc Majors and Neal Gordon -- to play nearly a dozen characters each, from a would-be cheerleader to a delinquent to a Baptist preacher, dashing on and off stage in a flurry of costume changes...
MMC celebrates holidays with Lessons and Carols (11/29/16)
Martin Methodist College (MMC) will hold its second annual Service of Lessons and Carols in celebration of the holiday season. The event will be held Sunday 4 at 6 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Pulaski and is free and open to the public. This service comprises nine short Bible readings from Genesis, the prophetic books and the Gospels that tell the story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah and the birth of Jesus. ...
Lyrical legacies: Folk artists share skills, preserve heritage (11/27/16)
Bedford County is well-represented in a new program that seeks to preserve and expand the state's rich folk art traditions. The Tennessee Arts Commission has selected three residents for the inaugural Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program. The new program aims to preserve Tennessee's folk traditions by pairing a master artist with an apprentice for a six-month period, said the arts commission's Suzanne Lynch...
Book takes you on a grilling adventure (11/27/16)
Today's column is a delicious topic. That's because I'm writing about a grilling cookbook. The cookbook is "Great American Grilling," a trip through grilling, smoking and tailgating by Kent Whitaker, aka "The Deck Chef." The publisher is Great American Cookbooks...
Holiday tables made easy (11/27/16)
University of Tennessee Extension Agent Whitney Danhof provided the program for the Shelbyville Woman's Club at their Nov. 9 meeting. Her presentation was how to create holiday table settings using simple elements. "I like to use the things that I have in different ways," she said...
MTSU presents 'Messiah' on Monday (11/25/16)
The voices of the Middle Tennessee State University Schola Cantorum and the Middle Tennessee Choral Society will blend with an orchestra to celebrate the upcoming holiday season at the 32nd annual performance of George Frideric Handel's "Messiah," 7:30 p.m. Monday at Murfreesboro First United Methodist Church, 265 W. Thompson Lane...
Story Corps: Bringing history to life (11/24/16)
Longtime Shelbyville resident and Community Development Center founder Sarah Hunt has been quite busy these days. Although she calls Nashville home now, she returns to Shelbyville frequently to see friends, check in for meetings and lately has found a passion in memorializing stories with some of our city's most influential individuals through the Story Corps app...
Classical violinist performs for God (11/24/16)
Question: What do you get when you cross the music of Michael W. Smith with classical violin? Answer: You get Jean Watson's new album "Wonder." Classical violinist Jean Watson released "Wonder" on Oct. 14. Smith played the piano for one song, "I Can Hear Your Voice." Billy Smiley of Nashville is the album's producer...
School bus driver helps seniors create (11/24/16)
Carol and Taylor Reynolds have been coming to Shelbyville & Bedford County Senior Citizens Center for about two years now. On one of their early visits, they came for lunch on a Friday and asked what activities were available. At the time, there were no scheduled activities on Friday...
GPS points to tourism (11/22/16)
High-tech adventurers have a new option for playing hide-and-seek -- and the trail could lead them to Bedford County. The South Central Tennessee Tourism Association launched a new geocache trail, or geotour, on Friday: The South Central Tennessee GeoTour. Coordinator Brad Simmons, of Bell Buckle, estimated that hundreds of people have already used the geotour since Friday...
Ex-Motlow professor Reddick to speak on Pulitzer-nominated novel (11/20/16)
Dr. Niles Reddick, a former member of the Motlow State Community College faculty, will return to the Moore County campus for a book signing and reception from 11 a.m.-noon on Monday. Reddick will speak to multiple Motlow classes during the morning hours before locating in the Clayton-Glass Library Jeannie Motlow Reading Room at 11 a.m. He will speak about, and possibly read from, his latest novel, "Drifting Too Far From the Shore," followed by a book signing and reception.
Let's talk turkey at library (11/20/16)
It's time to talk turkey. Have you ever used that phrase? I certainly have and to tell you the truth, I never gave its significance much thought. The word "turkey" crops up in a lot of different uses including the name of the exotic Middle Eastern country. ...
Christmas at Bethsalem Chapel (11/18/16)
Christmas music will be performed by noted area musicians at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at Bethsalem Community Chapel in Wartrace. Pianist Kevin Syler, guitarist Don Jones, and singer-songwriters Everett Brown and Gary Pailer will perform solo with refreshments following the program. The event is free to the public with donations accepted for maintenance of the historic chapel, a former church which is available for community events and weddings at a nominal fee. The chapel is located at 205 Knob Creek Road in Wartrace. For more information, contact Linda Williams at 615-944-2050 or Paula Henson Wright at 865-382-9918.
Destinations & Diversions: Bake sales, Christmas trees and plays (11/17/16)
The Women of First Presbyterian Church will host "More Than A Bake Sale" from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday in the church fellowship hall. Baked goods, canned goods and more items will be offered for sale. Items can also be purchased from Ten Thousand Villages, a fair trade retailer, including jewelry, baskets, Christmas décor and more...
Tasty fundraiser for animal shelter (11/16/16)
Cindy Calahan and June Hockaday of the Red Hat Ladies of Shelbyville provide refreshments during the Fall Lights event Saturday night at the Blue Ribbon Circle. The annual wine and food tasting event benefits the Shelbyville-Bedford County Humane Association, which runs a no-kill animal shelter. More photos will appear in Thursday's Times-Gazette...
New books share spiritual tips (11/16/16)
I'm trying to catch up on my book review column. I fell behind as we've been fairly busy here at the Times-Gazette, from launching a new edition of our Bedford Life magazine to covering events like the elections and Veterans Day. Here are several new noteworthy titles from Nelson Books...
Terms that trump (11/13/16)
As I walked into the office Wednesday morning, equally tired as much as energized, I figure it's time to get the post-election paper wrapped up and then move on to the next items of the day. I think by the time this Sunday edition comes out people will be spent on political reflections.
Date Nut Tarts brighten any holiday feast (11/13/16)
Thanksgiving is such a beautiful holiday. A time to reflect on all that we enjoy and have in our lives, whether it is family, health, freedom, wealth, friends, faith, security, work, shelter, food or just the sunshine and breath for the day.
Sunday Conversation: Barber active in Community events (11/13/16)
Jason Barber is the organizer of the ROcKFest Concert for youths and an assistant chief of the Unionville Volunteer Fire Department.
Anna is ok, and love was there (11/13/16)
I spent the day on Tuesday at the children's hospital in Nashville with some friends. Their daughter and granddaughter was having a very delicate surgery performed to remove some masses on her spine.
People use libraries, a lot (11/13/16)
We have all heard enough about elections by now, so I won't mention them again in this article. I will mention veterans and all that they have given and continue to give for all of us. Thank you for your service; today, yesterday and always. I am proud to salute you and to honor your sacrifices.
Destinations & Diversions: Veterans Parade, 5K and salsa music (11/10/16)
The Webb School 2016-2017 Follin Speaker Series will welcome Lalo and Friends Salsa Band on Monday at 2:20 p.m. in the Follin Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.
Google Pixel is a force to be reckoned with (11/10/16)
A few weeks back, I wrote a column in which I mentioned Samsung's image problems as a result of the problems with its Galaxy Note 7. I wondered if the controversy would hurt the Samsung brand in general. The Samsung Galaxy line, which was not involved in the fire problem, has been one of the few Android phones to have something approaching the cachet and name recognition of Apple's iPhone...
FCE Clubs hold meetings (11/09/16)
Butler's Creek FCE Butler's Creek FCE Club hosted Liberty FCE club in a joint meeting Oct. 17 at the UT Extension Office. A welcome was extended by host president Louise Moore. Debbie Crosslin gave a blessing before everyone enjoyed the refreshments prepared by Butler's Creek members. Whitney Danhof presented her "Pretty Packages" 2016 Holiday Ideas Program. She shared 10 samples of package tags/ornaments along with written instructions on how to make them...
Destinations & Diversions: 'Les Misérables,' 'Ransomed,' stylish eyewear (11/03/16)
A stage version of Victor Hugo's classic novel "Les Misérables" will be presented Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. by the Smokestack Theatre Group at Community High School. This is not the better-known musical version but a non-musical adaptation of the novel. Fugitive Jean Valjean is running from his past and trying to improve himself while being pursued by the obsessive Inspector Javert. Tickets are $5 and are available from the school, or by calling 931-212-7867, or at the door...
Holiday Foods program (11/02/16)
Ann Throneberry presented her annual Holiday Foods program Tuesday morning and again Tuesday evening at Duck River Electric Membership Corp. on Madison Street. The program, a holiday tradition for many years, is always well-attended and well-received. Look for more photos in a future issue. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
'Les Mis' comes to Community (11/02/16)
A play based on Victor Hugo's classic novel "Les Misérables" will be presented by the Smokestack Theatre Group of Community High School Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. This is not the better-known musical adaptation but a non-musical play based on the same source material...
Open houses listed (11/02/16)
The following business holiday open houses have been announced: The Pomegranate: Saturday, Nov. 5 from 4-7 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 6 from noon-4 p.m. (It will be closed Friday, Nov. 4 and until 4 p.m. on Saturday to prepare.) TuTu's Treasures: Saturday, Nov. 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 13 from 1-5 p.m...
Halloween at the T-G (11/02/16)
It's a Halloween tradition at the Times-Gazette to hold an employee costume contest. This year's participants were, from left, John I. Carney, Diandra Womble, Christy Davis, Lakita Victory, Adria Sharp, Teresa Ward, Marsha Addessi and Hugh Jones. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Champions excel in band competition (11/02/16)
Cascade Marching Band competed in the US Bands Contest at Allatoona High School in Acworth, Georgia, on Saturday. They placed 2nd in Division lVa open and won the best music caption award. They will be competing Saturday in the Division 1 state championship at Riverdale High School in Murfreesboro and will be performing in preliminary competition at 2:45 p.m. Pictured are seniors: MaryAnna Patton, Logan Baldwin, Melea Vaughn, Jake Maisano , Austin Brown, Logan Dehne, Andie Locke, Yuukki Park, Taylor Reynolds Bower, Naomi Proffitt, Jeffrey Smotherman, Destin Vetek, Jessi Loso, Chloe Mooneyham,Sierra Wiencek, Shea Fordham, Chelsey Shouse and Riley Parker. (Submitted photo)
Spooky times in Shelbyville (11/01/16)
Cambria Prater was dressed for Halloween along with children Jaxon and Benjamin Prater. See more photos at http://www.t-g.com/gallery/halloween-2016/. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Get your scare on at the library (10/30/16)
Halloween tomorrow! Wow! This year is really flying by quickly. You still have some time to go to the store to get treats for all those little tricksters who might come tromping up on your porch. We are trying something new here at the library this year; we are having our first "Trunk or Treat," from 5 through 7 p.m. on Halloween evening. We are hoping that our parking lot will be a nice safe and well-lit spot for everyone to have a fun trick-or-treating experience...
Streeter wire figure available at Homes of Hope fundraiser Saturday (10/27/16)
Homes of Hope of Bedford County will hold its annual fundraiser dinner Saturday. The Fall Dinner & Auction will be held at the Blue Ribbon Circle. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and service begins at 6. An original Vannoy Streeter wire figure will be offered at auction. The piece is made of copper, which Streeter rarely used, said Homes of Hope of Bedford County executive director Missy Parsons. His daughter, Peggy McClean, donated the item, which she values at more than $1,200, Parsons said...
Fall festivals, Halloween fun this weekend (10/27/16)
A Boo & Brew Block Party will be held 4-8 p.m. Saturday on and near the square. There will be live music, cornhole, bobbing for apples, a costume contest, a car show, a ghost hunting walk, and beverage specials at both Bocelli's and Leo's Lounge. The event is being organized by The Shops at Main & McGrew and Torso Tuxedo Rentals...
Scary yard (10/27/16)
This yard, appropriately enough on Shadow Drive, looks downright scary. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Successful author visits hometown, alma mater (10/26/16)
When Julia Claiborne Johnson was a student at The Webb School in Bell Buckle, one of her teachers told her she'd become a writer. At the time, the prediction seemed abstract and far away -- she'd much rather the teacher have predicted she'd be popular, she said Monday...
Pretty day for pretty flowers (10/25/16)
Monday's temperatures, in the upper 70s, brought plenty of sunshine for flowers on and near the square to soak up. (T-G Photos by Jason Reynolds)
Garden club meets (10/25/16)
The Shelbyville Garden Club held its October meeting at the Bedford County Farm Bureau. Winners for underwater creative design are: Donna Simmons and Freda Head. They also served as hostesses. (Submitted photos)
Book sale browser (10/21/16)
Al Rogers browses through books for sale Monday at the Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library, which is holding its annual book sale through Saturday, Oct. 29. Rogers said he was looking especially for books by William W. Johnstone. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Ghost story, drawing winners (10/20/16)
Stephanie Anderson, 18, a Community High student, won the adult division of the Times-Gazette's ghost story contest. Ava Perryman, 10, who attends Southside Elementary, was the winner of our spooky drawing contest. Both received $25 gift cards. (T-G Photos by John I. Carney)
Fall fashion preview (10/20/16)
The Shelbyville Woman's Club was treated to a special fall fashion program during its October meeting recently, held at the River Bend Country Club. More photos will appear in an upcoming Times-Gazette. Back row, from left: Kay Simmons, Rachel Arnold, Iris Schuman, Sydney Langford; and, front row: Pam Ingraham, Frances Baucom, Jennifer Jordan Thompson, Abi Armstrong, Becky Cortner, and Suly Soto. (T-G Photo by Libby Covington)
Destinations & Diversions: Smoke rises from the hollow in Lynchburg (10/20/16)
The 28th annual Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational Barbecue will be held Saturday in Lynchburg. The event draws 25,000 fans to Moore County each year, to watch teams from the United States and eight foreign countries compete to prepare the best pork ribs, pork shoulder/butts, beef brisket, chicken, dessert, cook's choice and Jack Daniel's-based sauce...
Murfreesboro author pens romance title (10/19/16)
The last book in a locally set paranormal romance series is here. D.F. Jones has released "Sandy's Story," her final book in the "Ditch Lane Diaries" trilogy. (Dawn is her given name, but she uses her initials as her pen name.) The Rutherford County native owns Jones Media in Murfreesboro...
Ghost story winner: 'A Friend' (10/19/16)
My family is gone. Dead. My mother, my stepfather, my baby brother. He killed them all. And it's all my fault. Why is he obsessed with me? All these years I thought he was harmless, that he in no way could kill anyone. Oh, how I was wrong...
Ghost story winner: 'It's All In Your Mind' (10/19/16)
It was dark. Not just dark, a void -- a complete absence of light. My breathing hitched, sending shivers down my spine. It was too dark. Was there an end to this abyss? Was I alone? A loud snap sounded in the distance, echoing around me. ...
Ghost story winner: 'The Game' (10/19/16)
"Sebastian, for goodness sake, put that silly game down and get a move on. You're going to be late for school!" Sebastian looked up from his controller and yelled "I'll be there in a minute, Mom. I'm about to save the world!"...
'The Jack' heats up Lynchburg this Saturday (10/19/16)
Barbecue teams from around the world are preparing to smoke, season and sear their way to a chance to be named the Grand Champion at the 28th Annual Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational Barbecue in historic Lynchburg on Saturday. Judges and mre than 25,000 fans will join competitive barbecue's best of the best as they compete for the coveted title of Grand Champion in what is widely considered the world's most prestigious barbecue competition...
Spooky drawing contest winner 2016 (10/19/16)
Ava Perryman, 10, a student at Southside Elementary, was the winner of this year's Spooky Drawing contest. Ava used a mixed-media approach on her drawing, which made it stand out from others; she did the original drawing in pencil, then scanned it in and added color on the computer. There was nothing in the rules prohibiting this, and the result was quite original and striking. Perryman also wrote a story to accompany the drawing, but we treated that as an entry in our ghost story contest and did not consider it as part of this entry.
Native author to appear locally (10/18/16)
Novelist Julia Claiborne Johnson will return to Bedford County next week, with speaking engagements at both her alma mater, The Webb School in Bell Buckle, and Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library, successor to the library where she cultivated her love of books and reading...
Charges changing at library (10/16/16)
We have successfully relocated to a lovely building and grounds and have recently sold the old library building. The old library was 8,558 square feet and the new one is 11,904 square feet in size. Along with the one-third larger size, come the larger utility bills just as one often finds when one moves to a new residence. ...
Local pastor recalls movie work (10/13/16)
A movie that will start playing at the Capri Theatre Friday has a couple of local ties. "Remember the Goal" is a movie about a fictional girls cross country team that was filmed in Nashville in September 2015. Mark Hall, pastor of Ransom United Methodist Church in Deason, was an extra. He played the coach of a competing team...
'Hee Haw' standout Lulu Roman to perform in Bell Buckle (10/13/16)
She performed at the inaugural festivities for Ronald Reagan, is a member of the Country Music Gospel Hall of Fame and the Christian Music Hall of Fame. She's appeared on "Touched By An Angel" and on "The Love Boat." She received a doctorate of sacred music from North Carolina College of Theology. She's performed about 200 concerts over the past year and is making plans for a new album and her second autobiography...
Destinations & Diversions: Webb craft fair, youth rodeo headline weekend fun (10/13/16)
The 40th annual Webb School Art & Craft Show will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The juried show takes place on Maple Street; there's also a downtown show in the area behind the town's storefronts, and there will also be numerous other unofficial vendors on lawns and lots throughout the town...
Shelbyville native works to keep Jesse Stuart's words alive (10/12/16)
Dr. James M. Gifford, a Shelbyville native who for the past 30 years has preserved the literary legacy of Jesse Stuart, addressed a hometown audience Tuesday as the keynote speaker for the Friends Of The Library's annual Author's Luncheon. The group supports Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library...
Fall display (10/12/16)
It may be warmer than normal, but fall is on display at several locations on the downtown square, including in front of City Hall. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
First Taff event a success (10/11/16)
The inaugural Russ & Tori Taff's Bell Buckle Weekend brought a delegation of devoted fans -- and an array of Christian music notables -- to Bedford County this weekend, and the couple are already talking about next year's event. Russ Taff is a Gospel Music Hall of Fame member, both individually and as part of the Imperials, and a winner of multiple Grammy and Dove awards. ...
Huge youth rodeo coming to Shelbyville (10/11/16)
Lone Star Rodeo Company, which has organized and promoted an annual rodeo event at Calsonic Arena for years now, is bringing a new event to the arena this weekend: Ultimate Youth Rodeo, with more than 250 competitors from 24 different states ranging in age from 4 to 19...
FFA student to perform flute at expo (10/11/16)
Emily Lewis, a member of the Eagleville FFA chapter in Eagleville, will be on stage and in the spotlight Oct. 19-22 during the 2016 National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis. Emily is the daughter of Scott and Angela Lewis. She is the granddaughter of Albert and Mary Crosslin of Bell Buckle...
Consultant: Joy flows from God (10/09/16)
A management coach has this message for Christians: Don't be frustrated. Be joyful. "Joy does not have to be mysterious," Jeff Spadafora told me. "God is mysterious. But the Master Plan, that's the formula we see in Jesus' discipleship." Spadafora is director of the Halftime Institute's Global Coaching Services and Product Development. ...
Busy day in Bell Buckle (10/08/16)
After several weeks of atypically warm weather, Saturday felt like fall -- and visitors turned out in Bell Buckle in force, some attending a Russ Taff fan weekend and others just taking advantage of a temperate fall day to do some browsing. A much larger crowd will descend on the town next weekend for the annual Webb School Art and Craft Festival. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
Destinations & Diversions: Antiques, poker, and gospel music this weekend (10/06/16)
Antiques, Art & Collectibles Mall on the square is holding a 15th Anniversary & Appraisal Fair Saturday. The mall will host Sue Armstrong Thompson, aka "The One Woman Antique Road Show." She will be present from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to evaluate art and antiques for a fee. She is internationally known for her expertise in pre-Civil War furniture, but also works with all varieties of art and antiques. Refreshments will be served...
Thanks for joining us! (10/05/16)
Folks from across Shelbyville and Bedford County gathered Tuesday morning to celebrate National Newspaper Week at a Chamber of Commerce coffee held at the Times-Gazette. Kimberly Warren won the centerpiece on the food table as a door prize. See more photos at http://www.t-g.com/gallery/coffee2016. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Taff fans to invade Bell Buckle (10/05/16)
Russ and Tori Taff are expecting about 100 or more per concert for their first-ever fan event this Saturday and Sunday in Bell Buckle. Individual tickets for the Saturday night dinner concert, which will feature contemporary Christian music, and for the Sunday brunch concert, which will feature gospel music, are available at Bell Buckle Café. Fans who have bought full-weekend packages will receive priority seating...
Webb craft fair planned Oct. 15-16 (10/02/16)
The 40th annual Webb School Art and Craft Festival will be held Oct. 15 and 16 in Bell Buckle. The event, which draws many thousands of visitors to Bell Buckle each year, is one of Bedford County's largest tourist draws and has been voted the top art and craft show in Middle Tennessee. It has several components: the official juried show on Maple Street, a selection of vendors downtown, and still other vendors set up on lawns and driveways throughout the town...
Bermuda to Bedford -- a tale of immigration (10/02/16)
For those of us born in this country, it is perhaps easy to forget what a privilege we have in being able to participate in choosing our leaders and voicing our opinions. Earlier this month, the Shelbyville Woman's Club was treated to the story of someone who knows what a precious right it is to be able to vote...
Auction helps fund Homes of Hope (09/29/16)
You can help an organization that works with at-risk children while also bidding to buy a piece of art from the local legend known as the "Wireman." An original Vannoy Streeter wire figure will be offered at auction during the annual Homes of Hope Fall Dinner & Auction. The event will be held Saturday, Oct. 29 at Blue Ribbon Circle. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and service begins at 6...
Destinations & Diversions: Sorghum and sea monsters this weekend (09/29/16)
The Times-Gazette will hold its National Newspaper Week coffee Tuesday from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m., featuring hot apple cider, coffee, and homemade goodies. Door prizes will be given. The newspaper is located at 323 East Depot Street. Other newsworthy places to be this week:...
B-52s frontman talks music, business at MTSU (09/28/16)
Middle Tennessee State University will hear plenty of good stuff from B-52s frontman Fred Schneider when he visits campus Thursday for a special lecture sponsored by the university's Department of Recording Industry and the Center for Popular Music...
Longshore joins percussion ensemble (09/27/16)
Chad Longshore, a music major from Bell Buckle, has been selected as a 2016-17 member of the Harding University percussion ensemble. Under the direction of assistant professor of music Wes Parker, the group performs a variety of works, ranging from the mallet ensembles of Claire Omar Musser to the minimalist works of Steve Reich. The ensemble performs a concert each semester...
Vaughn denies retirement rumor (09/27/16)
Tennessee Poet Laureate Margaret Britton "Maggi" Vaughn of Bell Buckle denied rumors Monday that she has, or is planning to, step down before the end of her current term in 2020. "I'm not sure how it started," said Vaughn, but she called the Times-Gazette to say she has no plans to leave the appointed position...
Triangle leads to Shelbyville: British performer's journey winds through area (09/25/16)
Two delightful Englishmen visited Shelbyville last week on their drive from Leiper's Fork to the Jack Daniels Distillery. "We were looking for a proper cup of coffee," said Richard Williams of Bristol, England, "and we ended up here on the Shelbyville square."...
Creating a mosaic of teamwork (09/25/16)
Tucked away in the countryside near Bell Buckle is a nationally famous art studio that creates incredible life-size concrete and tile mosaics. Sherri Warner Hunter's SWH Art Studio Inc. is preparing to ship out three large commissioned projects. She held an open house Sept. 17 to show people what she has been working on for the last couple of years -- with much help from numerous assistants, interns and others in the community...
Destinations & Diversions: Rockin', cruisin', and tryin' out this weekend (09/22/16)
In association with the annual ROcKFEST youth concert, organizers will hold a series of public events for the entire family. The events start at 9 a.m. Saturday and run throughout the day. They include a craft fair (vendor cost $30), business expo (vendor cost $100), free motorcycle rally, free cruise-in and poker run (email for details). The ROcKFEST concert is at 6 p.m., and is free for youths and $5 for adults. For more information, email Jason Barber at rewardingourkids@hotmail.com...
You have more musical options than ever before (09/21/16)
I bought a five-year-old car from my brother over the weekend, which means (among many other things) that I have a working radio in my car for the first time in a while, including the first satellite radio I've ever owned. Yes, I'm the tech columnist, but in this regard I'm just catching up to the rest of you...
Christmas Parade now taking entries (09/18/16)
Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce and Shelbyville Jaycees have announced that the 43rd annual Christmas Parade will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, and will have the theme "Peace On Earth." The rain date for the parade will be Sunday, Dec. 4, at 2 p.m...
Christian turned atheist turned 'follower of Jesus' writes memoir (09/18/16)
Mike McHargue was an undercover atheist. He was a faithful member of his Southern Baptist church -- which was like a family to him. He led his daughter in the prayer of salvation and saw her baptized. None of his fellow church members knew that he had stopped believing in the existence of God. ...
Stuart: One of the greats (09/18/16)
Even though the weather seems a bit determined to hang onto summer temperatures, it is almost officially fall. Fall arrives formally on Sept. 22. Even though I have only attended it twice, I am looking forward to a special fall event again this year. ...
Motlow beauty pageant precedes state teen event (09/15/16)
Miss Tennessee Grace Burgess and Miss Tennessee Outstanding Teen Leah Grace Humble will be attending the Miss Music Row Beauty Pageant, an official preliminary to Miss Tennessee/Miss America, on Saturday, Sept. 17, at Motlow State Community College...
Destinations & Diversions: Festivals, festivals, festivals this weekend (09/15/16)
Shelbyville-Bedford County Humane Association will hold the 12th annual Celebration Pet Day and Fair 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Bedford County Agriculture and Education Center. Admission is free. There will be dog and cat shows, vendors, a kids corner, food and area animal rescue groups. Rabies vaccinations ($10) and microchipping ($20) will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In case of rain, events will be underneath a pavilion. More information is at shelbyvillebedfordhumane.org...
ROcKFEST: More than a concert (09/14/16)
Youths can ROcK on next Saturday with a free concert and their parents can take part in a poker run and expo as well. On Saturday, Sept. 24, the annual ROcKFEST concert will take place at the Bedford County Agricultural Center, said organizer Jason Barber. The event has been called the Rewarding Our Kids, or R.O.K. Concert, in the past...
Go deep, not shallow, with your faith (09/14/16)
Do you wish to go deep in your relationship with Jesus but feel you are wading in the shallows? A new book offers to help. Brandon Hatmaker is the author of "A Mile Wide: Trading a Shallow Religion for a Deeper Faith." The publisher is Nelson Books. The book was officially released yesterday...
Firehouse Barbecue tickets available (09/13/16)
Get your Firehouse Barbecue tickets while you can. The popular annual barbecue will be held Monday, Sept. 19, but there are a limited number of tickets remaining for the event. Tickets are $12 for both adults and children. Dinner will be from 5-7 p.m., said Stephanie Crosslin Price, the chamber's member services director...
Documentary on women weightlifters airs Thursday (09/13/16)
A 40-year-old Tennessee mother's personal discovery of fitness and body image will be the subject of MTSU's first fall 2016 Women's and Gender Studies Research Series lecture. "Lift Like a Girl," a short documentary produced and directed by Middle Tennessee State University assistant professor Allie Sultan, will be shown at 3 p.m. Thursday in Room 100 of the James Union Building...
Check out cartoons (09/11/16)
We are surrounded by cartoons! They are everywhere! Isn't it amazing that one person's doodling can turn into a multi-million dollar business with offshoots in the publishing, toy, motion picture, and tourism industries? In "Walt Disney," by Neal Gabler, a 17-year-old Walt remembers telling his aunt, "Auntie, look, they're paying me to draw pictures!" Looking back, that is sort of an understatement...
Cascade Band to hold yard sale Saturday (09/09/16)
Boosters of Cascade High School marching band will hold their second annual yard sale fundraiser Saturday beginning at 7 a.m. at Bedford County Agriculture and Education Center on Midland Road. A special early bird sale will be held at 6 a.m.; admission to the early bird sale is $5...
Marine Week continues in Nashville (09/09/16)
Marine Week continues through Sunday in Nashville, with a schedule of more than 80 free, public events. Throughout the week, the public will have the opportunity to climb aboard a variety of Marine Corps aircraft and ground equipment at static display venues throughout downtown, to include the MV-22 Osprey aircraft and the multifaceted Amphibious Assault Vehicle. People of all ages...
Destinations & Diversions: 'Steel Magnolias,' revival meeting, firefighters (09/08/16)
The play "Steel Magnolias," by Robert Harling, will opens this weekend at the Fly Arts Center on South Main Street. Shows will be presented Sept. 9-11 and 16-18, and showtimes are 7 p.m. for Friday and Saturday performances and 2 p.m. for the Sunday matinees...
WMOT switches to Americana format (09/06/16)
With a seamless segue from a classical rendition of Aaron Copland's "Hoedown" to its Americana interpretation, a new player emerged Friday in the Nashville radio market. WMOT-FM, MTSU's 100,000-watt professional radio station at 89.5 on the dial, officially changed formats at 11 a.m. Friday from a mix of classical, jazz and news-talk to Americana music in a ceremony at the Country Music Hall of Fame's Ford Theater in downtown Nashville...
Kynsie's own stage: Aspiring singer will perform (09/04/16)
Community High School sophomore cheerleader Kynsie Giles was in for a big surprise on Thursday. She was asked to perform a duet with local performer Kacey Smith during this year's ROcK (Rewarding Our Kids) concert slated for Sept. 24 at the Ag Center. ...
'Steel Magnolias' adds second matinee (09/01/16)
In response to popular demand, the Fly Community Theatre has added an additional performance to the run of "Steel Magnolias," which will open Sept. 9 at the Fly Arts Center on South Main Street. A matinee performance has been added on Sunday, Sept. 11. The center section seats are already sold out for several of the already-announced performance dates. The play, by Robert Harling, will be presented at 7 p.m. on Sept. 9, 10, 16 and 17, with 2 p.m matinees on Sept. 11 and 18...
Destinations & Diversions: Celebrate our military Friday night (09/01/16)
Evening classes for The Celebration begin at 7 p.m. daily through Saturday. Friday will be military night at the Celebration. Current and former members of the military will be honored and are encouraged to wear their uniforms. Each veteran, plus one guest, will receive free admission and parking. There will also be a display of historic military uniforms. For more information, call 931-684-5915...
Top this (08/30/16)
This group coordinated for the Hats Off to the Celebration contest Saturday with a patriotic theme. From left: Donda Combs; Lynda Brogdon; Tam Brogdon; and Ben Brogdon. Also pictured is Trudy the dog. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Rejection does not define you (08/28/16)
A best-selling book offers the author's hard-won advice on coping with feeling rejected in your most personal relationships. Lysa TerKeurst is the author of "Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely," by Nelson Books. This past week "Uninvited" was No. 3 on Amazon's best-seller list; the week before, it was No. 2 right behind the new Harry Potter book -- putting it in great company indeed...
Style in library aisles (08/28/16)
I was talking to a friend the other day and realized that she probably never has to worry much about getting high marks in the "grandma" category. She owns a bridal shop and sells wedding gowns, bridesmaids dresses, and prom attire. When I was a little girl, a visit to her store would have ranked right up there with a trip to Disneyland. Maybe even higher...
Destinations & Diversions: A big horse show, a big yard sale and more (08/25/16)
Evening classes at the Celebration begin 7 p.m. today. Call 931-684-5915 for ticket information. Barbecue cookout: The Celebration will host a barbecue cookout beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27. Various vendors will sell barbecue by the plate or by the pound, and there will be music as well...
'Horses' on display (08/24/16)
Margaret Petty poses with the latest display at the entrance of the Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library. She said the library has created a horse-themed display for at least 20 years during The Celebration. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Challenging assumptions? There's a book, app for that (08/24/16)
To simply call Dave Richardson Jr.'s new book, "Transparent," an apologetics book would be an easy way to ignore what is underneath the surface of its powerful new look at why you believe the way you do. Everyone makes assumptions. "Those assumptions are the things that drive us and control us every day," Richardson told me. "It's like an autopilot in our head."...
Bell Buckle fest drums up $$$ for SCHS band (08/23/16)
A day-long festival planned for Sept. 17 in Bell Buckle will raise money for the Shelbyville Central High School band, according to organizer Gina Beatty. The festival will include live music, a children's area, and vendors. It will take place at the Captain Rodney's Stage back behind the main row of storefronts in Bell Buckle...
Locally written novel tells dramatic story of sisters (08/21/16)
A local woman has released a novel that will tug at the heartstrings. Katie Guthrie-Shearin is the author of the self-published book "Love Enough For Two." (Her author name is Katie J. Guthrie.) She is active in the community, including being involved with the Shelbyville Lions Club...
Stuart expert to speak at library lunch (08/19/16)
Dr. James M. Gifford, a Bedford County native who is caretaker of the literary legacy of Jesse Stuart, will be the guest of honor for Friends of Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library's annual author luncheon, which will be held Oct. 11 at the Blue Ribbon Circle on the Celebration grounds...
Old barn (08/18/16)
This barn has stood the test of time -- and continues to do its job, functionally as well as providing a scenic view. (Submitted photo by Marie Lane)
Sunday Conversation: Artist active with Fly, homeschooling (08/14/16)
LaShawna Jones, or Shawna, is a talented artist who has taken on the role of visual director of the Fly Arts Center and Bedford Art Gallery. She is a wife and mother of six who homeschools, and she is a T-G blogger. Email Sadie Fowler at sfowler@t-g.com to nominate someone for Sunday Conversation...
Toying around learning (08/14/16)
There seems to be a lot of emphasis on STEM for children these days. It's an effort to get kids to become more involved in studying SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, and MATH. Sometimes it is hard to get children interested in these topics, but creative use of toys can be a help. Area librarians met with staff at the Hands On Science Center in Tullahoma recently to plan approaches to attract children to science...
Southern charm pairs up with graceful giving on trip (08/12/16)
Pam Fisher has wanted to go to Natchez, Mississippi, ever since reading a magazine article about it in 1990. Now, she's going -- and she's planning to take a group. Fisher is executive director of United Way of Bedford County, which was looking for fundraisers to supplement its traditional corporate donations and employee payroll deductions...
'Flying Squirrel' book signing held Saturday (08/12/16)
Author Melissa Davis will hold a book signing of her title "Bennie the Flying Squirrel" on Saturday in Tullahoma. The signing will take place from 1-3 p.m. at The Celtic Cup Coffee House, 106 N Anderson St., Tullahoma. Davis is a resident of Fayetteville...
Pokemon on the go (08/11/16)
The sun's long set over Bedford County Courthouse. A hush -- a sense of excitement, maybe -- is in the hot, still summer air. People, all looking intently at their cell phones, mill around; some in groups, others solo. They speak as they walk past. And share -- electronically...
Destinations & Diversions: Bowling leagues, friendly dragon headline weekend fun (08/11/16)
Like to bowl? The Swinging Seniors Bowling League will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Shelbyville Bowling Lanes, while the Thursday Night Mixed League will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18 at Shelbyville Bowling Lanes. The bowling alley is located at 105 Davis Lane, just off Madison Street. Call 931-685-1173 for more information...
Author to headline benefit brunch (08/11/16)
Author and speaker Cynthia Ruchti will appear 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at a brunch event at Fair Haven Baptist Church to benefit the Women of Grace ministry. Her topic will be "Women Like Me: Finding A Listening Ear in the Women of the Bible and the God They Served." There will be no admission cost except that those attending are asked to bring an item from the Women of Grace ministry's wish list...
Hats off ... make that on (08/09/16)
Karen Inman, Katie Whaley and Linda Nichols gather during Saturday's hat preview in anticipation of this year's 2nd annual Hats Off to The Celebration event, scheduled for Aug. 27. Pam Russell was in town from Mississippi for Saturday's preview and enjoyed a laugh with Donna Green of Shelbyville. A large crowd of ladies gathered Saturday at River Bend Country Club to preview a wide array of stylish hats on display in preparation for the upcoming Hats Off to The Celebration event...
A view so many enjoyed (08/07/16)
First off, if you have not read Derrick Hill's column, stop reading this. Read Derrick's first and then return to mine. Now, I'm going to respond with a little chapter of Sadie's View from the Hill. Derrick is very much correct with his notation that columnists rarely know exactly what they're going to write about until something suddenly hits them. ...
Sequels, prequels and more (08/07/16)
During my third grade year, if anyone asked, I told them that my favorite author was Laura Lee Hope. I devoured every Bobbsey Twins book I could get my hands on. I was a faithful caretaker of the various editions from my mother's day that were available on the family bookcase, as well as the ones I could check out from school or buy at the F.W. ...
Keshub, family seek, find God in fascinating book (08/07/16)
"Shepherd, Potter, Spy and the Star Namer: Survival in Canaan" is a fascinating title for a fascinating book. The historical fiction novel is told from the point of view of a 12-year-old shepherd boy, Keshub, in the land of Canaan during the period where Joshua leads the Israelites into the Promised Land. Keshub is a Gibeonite, a people group who lived in the Promised Land before Israel claimed the territory that God had promised them...
Duplicate bridge club (08/07/16)
Kristina Juk, director of the Shelbyville Duplicate Bridge Club, is pictured teaching a bridge lesson at the Senior Citizens Center in Shelbyville. Juk will continue lessons during the month of August on Mondays at 11 a.m. Club members play duplicate bridge each Monday at noon at the Center. Interested individuals may contact Donna Green at 931-684-5628. (Submitted photo)
Summer's not quite over (08/04/16)
It's almost time to put up the paddleboard as students and teachers return to school -- but at least the driver of this car parked at East Side Elementary is ready for a few more rides while summer's still around. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Destinations & Diversions: Great variety -- plays, horses and hunting (08/04/16)
"Revelations," a showcase of original one-act plays, will be presented 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, at Community High School. It is Smokestack Theatre Group's 10th annual summer production. Community High School students, teachers and alumni are involved...
Show benefits Goodwill, fashion advocacy group (08/03/16)
Ticket sales are under way for The Reclamation, a celebration of Nashville's spirit and its unique fashion, food and music. The event, which will be held Thursday, Sept. 29, at Track One, 1211 4th Ave. S. in Nashville, is a co-benefit for Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee and the Nashville Fashion Alliance...
Columbia State offers musical series (08/03/16)
Celebrating its fifteenth season, Columbia State is pleased to announce the 2016-2017 First Farmers Performance Series lineup, which showcases a variety of musical talent. "This year's lineup is outstanding and sure to please music lovers of all ages," said Dr. ...
Bicycle tour visits Tennessee parks (08/03/16)
Cyclists are invited to sign up for the 27th annual Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee (BRAT) -- a week long excursion through the beautiful scenery of the Cumberland region on Sept. 11-17. "After each day's ride, Tennessee State Parks staff will provide interesting and fun programming for participants and their families," said Deputy Commissioner of Parks and Conservation Brock Hill. ...
Devotional shares joy with women (07/31/16)
Carol McLeod, a Christian radio personality, invites women to experience exuberant joy and hope with God through her new weekly devotional titled "Joy for All Seasons." McLeod is a public speaker and prolific radio and podcast personality in addition to writing books and more. ...
A trip into the past at your local library (07/31/16)
The summer is indeed flying by! When I see weary travelers stranded for hours in an airport on the evening news, I wonder what the pioneers of yesterday and folks moving west by wagon train would say to those who are complaining today. After all, the experts seem to agree that during covered wagon days, the average distance travelled per day was 15 miles. ...
Original one-act plays showcased at Community (07/31/16)
The Smokestack Theatre at Community High School will present its summer production, "Revelations," Aug. 5-6 at 7 p.m. and Aug. 7 at 2 p.m. The theater group's summer production is a time for alumni and current students to join forces on stage. In past seasons, the summer productions have included the thriller "Deathtrap," the Neil Simon comedy "Barefoot in the Park," and even the Shakespeare comedy "A Midsummer Night's Dream." But this year's summer production was written by Community students...
Town and Country Garden Club (07/31/16)
Town and Country Garden Club held its July meeting at River Bend Country Club with Naomi Luna, Susan Derryberry, and Sara Wood serving as hostesses. Winners in the floral competitions were (l-r) : Mary Pickhardt, Rita McDonald, Bobbye Six, and Naomi Luna. (Submitted photo)
Singer-songwriter to perform (07/29/16)
Singer-songwriter Marcus Young will perform a free concert 2 p.m. Aug. 7 at First Christian Church on Madison Street. A love offering will be taken. Young, a native of Anderson, Indiana, recently began production of his 11th studio project. He works with producer, arranger and pianist Tim McDonald, as well as guitarist Johnny Hiland, bass guitarist Roy Vogt and drummer Chester Thompson...
Gotta catch 'em all! Just don't trespass (07/28/16)
"Gotta catch 'em all" may be the motto of Pokémon, but gamers bent on catching Pikachu and his fellow creatures in the new mobile game may want to consider whether they are welcome on someone else's property during the hunt. Pokémon Go has been all over the news as millions of people have embraced the app in the few weeks since its release July 6. ...
Programs 'pork' or a need? (07/28/16)
The Beacon Center of Tennessee has released its annual "Tennessee Pork Report," a list of government spending that the not-for-profit think tank considers wasteful. The group gave its "Pork of the Year" award, based on a public vote, to The University of Tennessee's Office For Diversity and Inclusion, which was roundly criticized in August 2015 for proposing the use of gender-neutral pronouns and then again later in the year for strident holiday party guidelines which prohibited any mention of Christmas, Hannukah or other faith-specific elements. ...
Children make Harry Potter magic at library (07/28/16)
J.W. Evans is intent on crafting his wand design Wednesday at the Shelbyville - Bedford County Public Library. The craft classes were in honor of the pending Sunday release of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II. The festivities will continue with family trivia tonight at 6 and a Triwizard tournament Saturday with registration starting at 2 p.m. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Destinations & Diversions: Fair, 'Christmas in July,' charity basketball (07/28/16)
Bedford County Fair continues through Saturday at Bedford County Agriculture and Education Center. Gates open at 4 p.m. today and Friday, and 9 a.m. Saturday. Tonight's highlights include a Smoker Truck and Tractor pull, the open beef show, a performance by the Mid-State Cloggers, and the band CB3, plus the normal displays and the carnival midway...
Find, use your gifts to Soar! Zoro will help you (07/24/16)
Zoro the Drummer, or the "Minister of Groove," as he was called by singer Lenny Kravitz, has played for the likes of Kravitz, Bobby Brown and Frankie Valli. Now, the minister of groove is stepping up his efforts to help people discover, develop and use their God-given gifts and talents...
A fair with added flair opens Monday (07/24/16)
The Shelbyville Woman's Club welcomed Judy Gambill of the Bedford County Fair earlier this month as its special guest speaker. Gambill is the president and chairman of the Board of the Bedford County Fair Association and has been on the board for 18 years...
Destinations & Diversions: Time for the fair ... and for Harry Potter (07/21/16)
Bedford County Fair will be held from July 25-30. Gates open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 4 p.m. and Wednesday and Saturday at 9 a.m. The carnival midway will open on Monday, not Tuesday as in the past. (The fair program book, based on out-of-date information, says the carnival won't open until Tuesday.)...
'Bag ladies' at Extension office (07/20/16)
The UT Extension Office held FCE Bag Lady Day Monday. Participants made purses with paper mache boxes by placing fabric over them. From left are: Catherine Talley; Deanna Twaddle; Renee Kimbrell; Kathy Lamb; and Jerry Sue Boyce. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Pokemon Go ... to church (07/19/16)
First Baptist Church on Depot Street has a red-and-white Pokemon logo in rotation on its electronic marquee after discovering that it was home to two "Pokestops" in the hit smartphone game "Pokemon Go." "We have two locations on our campus," said the church's media specialist, Katie Thomas. She said the church was happy to have another avenue to interact with the community. "We want our campus to be open and available to people," she said. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
Miss Photogenic (07/19/16)
Kerri Ann Brewer, 11, a student at Cascade Middle School, was named Miss Photogenic during Saturday's "Fairest Of The Fair" contest. She is seen here with Sheriff Austin Swing. This photo was submitted by a family member; The Times-Gazette will publish photos of the contest winners once it receives them from the pageant organizers. (Submitted photo)
Short on time? We can help (07/17/16)
The 'Sunday Morning" show on CBS last week included a feature on a new item showing up in different places in Europe. Short story vending machines that print out 5, 10, or 20 minute short stories for people to read while they are in various situations where they need to kill time. There is an entire group of folks submitting stories of all kinds to the vending company for "publication."...
Film explores history of Exodus (07/17/16)
Award-winning documentary "Patterns of Evidence" showed stunning proof of how science proves the biblical accounts of the Exodus. Now, the documentary series continues with the next chapter, titled "Young Explorers." "Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus" won 13 awards. ...
Community hymn sing (07/15/16)
Award-winning singer-songwriter Gary Chapman will lead a community hymn sing 6 p.m. Sunday at First Assembly of God. Chapman is host of the internet broadcast "A Hymn A Week," in which he discusses the stories behind classic hymns. He is the former host of "Prime Time Country" on The Nashville Network.
Local musicians win at Uncle Dave Macon Days (07/15/16)
Uncle Shuffelo and his Haint Hollow Hootenanny are presented the first place trophy in the Jug Band competition at Uncle Dave Macon Days in Murfreesboro. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
New looks for Jack (07/14/16)
LYNCHBURG -- Gov. Bill Haslam cut the ribbon Wednesday on a renovated Barrel House 1-14 at the Jack Daniel Distillery, setting the stage for a dramatic change in how the 150-year-old distillery welcomes more than 300,000 visitors each year. Haslam said that wherever he travels throughout the world, people associate "Tennessee" with two entertainers and the iconic whiskey brand...
Destinations & Diversions: Keep cool with a scoop of homemade ice cream (07/14/16)
Mount Olivet United Methodist Church, the white church on the hill between Shelbyville and Wartrace, will hold its annual ice cream supper beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday. The church has held the event for decades. Homemade ice cream, hamburgers, hot dogs, and desserts will be available for purchase, and there will be games for children, such as a cake walk...
Harry Potter takes over library soon (07/12/16)
The last week of July coming up will be more magical to some people than in recent years. That's because a new Harry Potter book will be released, giving fans around the world something to celebrate, including at the public library. The Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library is hosting an entire week of events to mark the release of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child " on July 31, the birthday of both author J.K. Rowling and the fictional Harry Potter...
Pokémon's everywhere! (07/12/16)
The new Pokémon Go game app is taking the world by storm, and players have been all over Shelbyville for the past few days. From left, Blake Napper, Tyler Bushnell, Romero Rodriguez, Josh Fox and Jason Fox were capturing characters on the Shelbyville square, one of the more popular locations, before heading to H.V. Griffin Park. See John Carney's "Charge Complete" tech column in Wednesday's T-G for much more on the game. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Chili cooks heat up Shelbyville (07/10/16)
Buddy Koonce of Shelbyville readies his booth in the Southern Summer Chili Day cookoff on Saturday. Koonce, a dentist, is an experienced International Chili Society cook and has traveled to ICS and Chili Appreciation Society International events across the country...
Square dancing record (07/10/16)
Keith and Emma Jean Williams show their armbands to the video camera as each person participating in the World Record Square Dancing attempt in Murfreesboro on Thursday had to wear an armband to be officially counted as participants. They are also members of Uncle Shufflo and his Haint Hollow Hootenanny Band, which will perform at Uncle Dave Macon Days, of which the contest is a part...
Library's busy this summer (07/10/16)
We are moving right along through a busy summer! Recent summer reading program events have included a visit from the NHECM Wildlife Program with their amazing animals and Super Science with Mr. Science Guy. This Wednesday, we will have a visit from WSMV's Snowbird. He is a personal favorite of mine. Remember that this event will be at Learning Way Elementary School...
Mule and Donkey show underway (07/08/16)
The 25th anniversary Great Celebration Mule & Donkey Show kicked off Thursday on the Celebration grounds, with classes both inside Calsonic Arena and in the covered Champions Arena next door. Here, some of the entries take to the practice ring during the break between morning and afternoon classes on Thursday. Spectator admission is free to either or both arenas. A barbecue supper ($5) will be held 5 p.m. today in the Hall of Fame Club inside Calsonic Arena, and There will be a mule sale from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday inside Calsonic Arena. (T-G Photos by John I. Carney)
Radio program examines jazz, fashion (07/08/16)
The impact of avant-garde jazz on five decades of fashion is the subject of the next "MTSU On the Record" radio program. Host Gina Logue's interview with Rick Cottle, an assistant professor of textiles, merchandising and design at MTSU, will air from 5:30-6 p.m. Monday, July 11, and from 8-8:30 a.m. Sunday, July 17, on WMOT-FM (89.5 and www.wmot.org)...
Destinations & Diversions: Mule show, chili cookoff, cupcakes this weekend (07/07/16)
The International Chili Society Tennessee State Championship chili cookoff will be held Friday on the Shelbyville square. During the day on Saturday, the Southern Summer Chili Day ICS cookoff will be held, along with the First Square Fair. First Square Fair events include:...
Chili champs square off here (07/05/16)
The annual First Square Fair and two chili cookoffs will take place this weekend on the square in downtown Shelbyville. Saturday's cookoff will be the centerpiece of the "First Square Fair," which also includes a car show, a dog show, a chili dog-eating contest and a scavenger hunt, as well as a variety of vendors...
Destinations & Diversions: Celebrate the Fourth on the fourth ... or the second (06/30/16)
You've got several chances to celebrate Independence Day in style: l Flat Creek Community Club will celebrate Independence Day on Saturday at the home of Roger and June Debatin, 848 Hilltop Road. Hamburgers and drinks will be provided at 7 p.m. followed by fireworks. Others are asked to bring a dish and comfortable chair...
Cities ready to blast off on July 4th (06/29/16)
It's nearly time to get fired up for 4th of July festivities, and there will be plenty of local venues to celebrate America's birthday. Shelbyville and Bell Buckle will celebrate Independence Day on the 4th, while Tullahoma will get an early start on Saturday...
Airport hosts open house (06/29/16)
Businesses and the Experimental Aircraft Association hosted an open house at Bomar Field-Shelbyville Municipal Airport Saturday, June 25. Airport employees welcomed guests upon entrance to the lobby and directed them to the various events available to take part in...
R.O.K. leader seeks support for concert; new activities planned (06/26/16)
Jason Barber of Unionville encouraged members of the Middle Tennessee Business Network Thursday to get involved in efforts to promote his upcoming R.O.K. concert, which will have a new twist this year. Barber has been the leading force behind the Rewarding Our Kids concert since it was born about five years ago. This year, Barber said he's adding a business/community fair type of flavor to the concert in hopes to attract a larger audience and more sponsors...
Arts leaders step up (06/23/16)
Bedford County Arts Council elected a new executive board at its membership potluck earlier this month. Long-time president Roy Ferguson, who, along with his wife Dana, had put in countless hours promoting the arts council and its Fly Arts Center, was honored as he prepares to leave office at the end of this month...
Destinations & Diversions: Duck River cleanup, God and Country rally planned (06/23/16)
The 19th annual Duck River Cleanup will be held Saturday at Riverbottom Park, behind the Shelbyville Power, Water and Sewer offices on South Main Street. Registration begins at 7 a.m., with donuts and biscuits served and T-shirts distributed. Lunch will be served between 11 a.m. and noon. All sorts of volunteers are needed, and those with boats are particularly encouraged to participate...
Frontier Days begins in Lynchburg (06/22/16)
Lynchburg's 54th annual Frontier Days will be held today through Saturday. Carnival Tyme Amusements will be set up beginning this evening in Wiseman Park. Hours will be 6-10 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and noon until-10 p.m. on Saturday. The festival proper begins on Thursday, with a performance by the Moore County High School Band at 5 p.m. and gospel music from 7-8:30 p.m. (those attending the gospel performance should bring chairs)...
Use lifehacking to study the Bible (06/22/16)
A new study Bible by Zondervan can help you lifehack the Scriptures. What is a lifehack? It describes any advice, shortcut, tip or skill to help you do things more efficiently or effectively. The "NIV Lifehacks Bible: Practical Tools for Successful Spiritual Habits" gives you practical ways to integrate spiritual habits into your busy, technology-focused life. ...
Movie airs positive messages for youths (06/22/16)
A movie, "Remember the Goal," hits theaters around the South on Aug. 26. The film is a Christian movie with valuable life lessons for parents, coaches, athletes and teenagers. Director Dave Christiano, a Nashville resident, told me that he has confirmed the movie will show at Carmike Wynnsong 16 in Murfreesboro, but he does not plan to release it in Shelbyville at this time. Last year, he did release his previous movie, "A Matter of Faith," in Shelbyville...
Touch down at airport for open house Saturday (06/21/16)
The Shelbyville Municipal Airport and associated businesses are encouraging people to get up close with an airplane Saturday. The airport management and companies that operate from there are hosting what they call a "mini open house" from 8-11 a.m. The event is being held in conjunction with the Experimental Aircraft Association's (EAA) monthly fly-in breakfast, said airport director Justin Heid...
Great day for Moon Pie & RC (06/19/16)
It's a long way to drive for an RC Cola and a Moon Pie. Four friends -- Tony Schwall, Frank Dupree, Layne Mattos and Mike Redus -- traveled by motorcycle from West Sacramento, California, to Bell Buckle, Tennessee so that they could attend Saturday's 22nd annual RC Cola / Moon Pie Festival...
'Over The Hill' is still in its prime (06/19/16)
The Over The Hill Gospel Singers are a group of senior citizens who perform each Tuesday morning, rotating among various nursing homes and care facilities. Anyone is welcome to show up and sing as part of the group, which has grown from five members to more than 25...
Thanks, Dads, for all you do (06/19/16)
Happy Father's Day to all you dads out there. It's time for us to spoil all those special men in our lives. Again this year, I'd like to applaud all the dads out there who have made special efforts to get their offspring to the library. It is such fun to see dads (with or without moms) on a family outing to find just the right books for everyone...
Flower club holds June meeting (06/17/16)
Shelbyville Garden Club held its June meeting at the Bedford County Farm Bureau. Members made arrangements for the National Garden Week, consisting of summer flowers and greenery from their gardens. Donna Simmons, president, presided over the meeting with Janie Burke serving as hostess. Pam Beasley judged the arrangements, which were delivered to businesses and government officials after the meeting...
Get your green thumbs out: County fair to award prizes (06/17/16)
The Bedford County Fair is asking you to bring your green thumb this year. The Green Thumb Challenge, or Bedford County Fair Planter Challenge, is new to the fair, said organizer Matt Ledbetter. Those who love planting can compete and help beautify the fair grounds...
Destinations & Diversions: Moon Pie, RC Cola on the weekend menu (06/16/16)
The 19th annual RC Cola / Moon Pie Festival will be held Saturday in Bell Buckle. The day kicks off with a 10-mile run at 7 a.m.; arts and crafts vendors open at 9 a.m., with a parade at 11:30 and the crowning of champion duck caller Johnny "Boo" Mafouz as RC King and Miss Plus Size Tennessee Misti Appleby as Moon Pie Queen at noon. Live entertainment and activities continue throughout the afternoon until the cutting of the world's largest Moon Pie at 4 p.m...
Album affirms life in midst of divorce, caregiving roles (06/12/16)
Christian musician Jason Gray chronicles his painful life in a positive, upbeat, life-affirming way in his new album, which will be available Friday, June 17. "Where The Light Gets In" delivers a new sound, with lyrics that chronicle what the past year has been like for Gray...
On a roll: Pumptrack demonstrated at park complex (06/09/16)
David Carpenter Jr. tries out a unicycle on an all-wheel pumptrack demonstrated Wednesday at H.V. Griffin Park. American Ramp Co., is on a tour of the United States and Canada, said business development specialist Jeremy Jones (not pictured). His company built the existing skate park at H.V. Griffin. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Destinations & Diversions: Take a kid fishing this Saturday (06/09/16)
Ed Carson Memorial Fishing Day will take place Saturday at Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy on Unionville-Deason Road, in the pond on the property. The event is open to children ages 4-15, who must be accompanied by an adult. No fishing license is required. Participants should bring their own rod, bait and tackle. Prizes will be awarded for catching fish, while supplies last. Call 931-684-9780 for more information...
RC, Moon Pie and fun galore: A perfect treat (06/08/16)
It's a June tradition, with tongue firmly in cheek: the RC Cola & Moon Pie Festival in Bell Buckle. This year's festival, the 22nd annual, will be held June 18, with World Champion Duck Caller Johnny "Boo" Mahfouz to be crowned RC Cola King and Mrs. Tennessee Plus America (and Bell Buckle resident) Misti Appleby to be crowned Moon Pie Queen...
Movie screeningto be altered for autistic children (06/07/16)
A special screening of the animated movie "Angry Birds" this Saturday morning at the Capri Theater in Shelbyville will be offered for families with an autistic child, according to Mary Fults of Parents ACT of Bedford County, an independent local autism support group...
Garden tour planned for Saturday (06/03/16)
Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce Beautification Committee will hold its annual garden tour, "Treasured Gardens and Creative Landscapes," tomorrow. The self-guided tour is from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The tour features three local gardens as well as the Park at Belle Meadow in Beech Grove...
Church reschedules Community Day (06/03/16)
The First Seventh-day Adventist Church of Shelbyville has rescheduled its Community Day that was scheduled for Sunday because of weather. The new date is Sunday, June 12 from 1-5 p.m. There will be free food and games for children...
More than just fish: Day brings families together (06/02/16)
If you've seen the opening credits of "The Andy Griffith Show" -- and who hasn't? -- you have an image in your mind of Andy and young Opie headed out to fish, sharing some quality time together that's as much about relationship as it is about catching a fish...
Destinations & Diversions: Fun in the water, in the mud, in the air this weekend (06/02/16)
United Way of Bedford County's eighth annual Water Safety Day will be 9-11 a.m. Saturday at the Shelbyville Recreation Center, with pool safety demonstrations, games, music and door prizes. Those who show up at the beginning of the program, at 9:30 a.m., can stay for free at the pool all day...
Statum shares ethics views (06/01/16)
A Shelbyville native has self-published a book on some of his thoughts on ethics. Anyone can self-publish, but this author, Lt. Col. (ret.) Herman Statum, has a lifetime of memories, experiences and education to draw upon for a worthy read on the topic...
Davis honored at Scout luncheon (05/31/16)
The Elk River District Middle Tennessee Council Boy Scouts of America hosted its Good Scout Award Luncheon Tuesday at the Hall of Fame Club on the Celebration grounds. Tonya Davis, Bedford County's Trustee, received special recognition when she was named the 2016 Good Scout Award recipient...
Garden club meeting is 'berry' good (05/27/16)
Shelbyville Garden Club held its May meeting at Valley Home Farm in Wartrace, then went to Bell Buckle Café for lunch. Plans were made for National Garden Week in June.
Farmer's markets bloom onto scene (05/26/16)
Summer time means it's farmer's market time in Shelbyville and Bell Buckle. The Bell Buckle Farmer's Market will open Friday from 3-6 p.m. and will run weekly through October, said the town's vice mayor, Jenny Hunt. The market will be held across the street from Town Hall by Southern Charm. Locally grown vegetables, baked goods and gourmet coffees will be offered...
Barton wins Lynch art award (05/26/16)
Davin Lynch was a fifth grade student at Southside Elementary from kindergarten until Christmas break 2015, his fifth grade year, when he was killed in a traffic accident. Davin was so passionate about art that the Davin Lynch Memorial Art Award was set up in his memory...
Singing to pay honor to veterans (05/26/16)
Patriotic music is always a vital part of the Field of Heroes Ceremony, and this year will not be any different. Local gospel singer Tiffany Lemmon said she will sing the national anthem at the start of the event. Later, she will sing "God Bless America" during the placing of the wreaths...
Destinations & Diversions: Plenty of options this Memorial Day weekend (05/26/16)
As the weather marches towards summer, it's time for local farmer's markets to open, showcasing the best in locally-grown produce: l Bell Buckle Farmer's Market will open Friday from 3-6 p.m. It will be held across the street from Town Hall by Southern Charm. Enjoy locally grown vegetables, baked goods and gourmet coffees...
Splash of Color: Gardens, landscapes stand out in annual tour (05/25/16)
Plans are underway for a self-guided tour of some of the area's prettiest gardens and landscapes. The Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber's Beautification Committee is organizing the Treasured Gardens and Creative Landscapes tour, scheduled for June 4 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m...
Celebrate College Savings Day by visiting science center (05/25/16)
This Sunday, May 29, the TNStars College Savings 529 Program is teaming up with Adventure Science Center. May 29 has been nationally recognized as 529 College Savings Day, a way to raise awareness of the importance of saving early for college while your child is still young. TNStars is celebrating by offering fun family deals at venues around the state and extra incentives to help families save more...
Musician's book discusses Korn, Jesus (05/25/16)
Brian "Head" Welch is a guitarist with the heavy metal band Korn. Welch has released a new book by Thomas Nelson titled "With My Eyes Wide Open." The book tells his story during the time he left Korn. Welch was a new Christian who was trying to live out his faith. The book is extremely open and honest about Welch's missteps, ones that I believe every Christian can relate to, even if they are not literal rock stars...
Sagas of families fascinate (05/22/16)
The television series "Roots," fascinated viewers in record numbers back in 1977, as did its continuation, "Roots: The Next Generation," in 1979. Alex Haley's remarkable feat of historical and genealogical research and storytelling is a landmark achievement. Simply put, if you haven't read it, you should...
Other worlds are virtually here (05/22/16)
I haven't played video games in about two years now, at least not for any notable amount of time. While this may not prove noteworthy, it does break about a 23-year gaming streak. Since I've been old enough to hold a controller, I've done just that. There were a few summers as a teenager in which the only light I received came from a television set. I know, I'm shaking my head too. #kidsthesedays...
Library's summer programs promote fitness (05/20/16)
The Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library's staff hopes to help people of all ages enjoy an active summer, one that involves more than just turning pages in a book. The Summer Reading Program themes revolve around sports, fitness and living a healthy lifestyle, said Margaret L. Petty, technology and innovation librarian...
Destinations & Diversions: Relay all night, eat pancakes Saturday morning (05/19/16)
Feel like a hearty pancake breakfast Saturday morning? You have at least two choices: Pleasant Grove United Methodist Biscuit Club and Methodist Women will host a pancake breakfast and bake sale on Saturday at the church from 7-10 a.m. Breakfast is $6...
Spring concert (05/17/16)
The Motlow State Community College music department recently came together to present three performances at the college's annual Spring Concert on the Moore County campus. The brass ensemble, vocal ensemble and community jazz ensemble provided music which covered a variety of genres. Pictured here, Motlow student Joshlynne Williams performs PINKZEBRA'S "We Can Dream." She is accompanied by Motlow student Christopher Smith on piano, and local musicians Kyle Copeland on drums, Charlie Vining on bass and John Cook on guitar.
Creativity essential for leadership (05/15/16)
Today's column is about Ken Wytsma, who has some thoughts on creativity and leadership. Wytsma, a pastor in Oregon, is the founder of the Justice Conference, an annual event that aims to help Christians better understand and engage in social justice. More information is at thejusticeconference.com...
Learning Way fifth graders show talents (05/13/16)
Learning Way Elementary held its fifth grade talent show on Thursday, with fifth graders entertaining the entire school with various vocal, dance and acrobatic performances. Look for more photos and details in a future issue of the Times-Gazette.
Library holds book sale (05/12/16)
Linda Glover browses through books for sale Wednesday at Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library. The book sale runs through Saturday. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Destinations & Diversions: Twirl your spaghetti, or yourself on the dance floor (05/12/16)
The Senior Citizens Center's spaghetti dinner and auction fundraiser will be held this evening at the center. Dinner will be served from 5-6 p.m. with the live auction at 6 p.m. Tickets are $6 and can be purchased in advance or at the door. Carry-out orders will be available. For more information, call 684-0019...
Hot wagon survives icy past (05/08/16)
The sparkling red 1957 Chevrolet Nomad station wagon has been a familiar fixture in the life of Larry Watkins of Shelbyville for years. But the journey has been a rough ride at times, Watkins said as he polished the Nomad's tailgate Saturday at the Celebration City Car Club's annual show...
Vet tackles arm wrestling in interview (05/06/16)
An MTSU student who balances aircraft inspection, entrepreneurship and competitive arm wrestling will be the guest on the next "MTSU On the Record" radio program. Host Gina Logue's interview with Jason Gulley will air from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Monday, May 9, and from 8 to 8:30 a.m. Sunday, May 15, on WMOT-FM (89.5 and www.wmot.org)...
Destinations & Diversions: Cars, kayaks, a fish fry and a foreign fellow (05/05/16)
First Choice Pregnancy Center's annual Fish Fry & Auction will be held from 3:30-7 p.m. Saturday at Walnut Ridge Farm, 1198 Whiteside Hill Road. Children's activities, a live and silent auction and live music are scheduled. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door; call 680-0066. Children under 12 eat free...
Paddlin' for paws, poker (05/05/16)
The CGFreck Foundation, a Wartrace-based animal rescue group, will hold its third annual "Paddlin' For Paws" fundraiser Saturday on the Duck River. The event is a poker run -- not unlike motorcycle-based poker runs. Kayakers collect playing cards at various stops along the river, and at the end of the day the person with the best poker hand wins...
Porsche expert to visit car show (05/04/16)
Retired Porsche race car driver and mechanic Jim Watson of Lewisburg will be the guest of honor at Saturday's Celebration City Region AACA Car Club swap meet, car and truck show on the Celebration grounds. "He's got a lot of stories," said Jerry Clanton of the Celebration City club, "a lot of history with racing Porsches."...
Paranormal romance set in Middle Tennessee (05/01/16)
A paranormal romance book series based in Rutherford County and other Middle Tennessee locations continues with the Tuesday, May 3, release of "Anna's Way." The book is part of a series titled "Ditch Lane Diaries." The author is Dawn Jones of Jones Media in Murfreesboro. Under the pen name D.F. Jones, she released "Ruby's Choice," the first book in the series, last summer...
Finding funny (05/01/16)
Apparently, I like stand-up comedy more than I thought. As a spur of a moment decision the other night, my wife and I bought tickets to see a comedy show in Nashville. I really wasn't sure what to expect, I've only seen a few live stand-up routines in my life and those took place at church, mostly by people I didn't find very funny...
Have a happy May Day (05/01/16)
It's May Day! When I was in grade school, we would always make little paper May baskets to take home and leave on the doorstep for our moms. I would carefully fill the little basket with whatever flowers (or weeds) might be available as I made my way from the bus stop down our lane. ...
Special holiday shared in new 'Chicken Soup' volume (04/29/16)
As an instructor in Tennessee College of Applied Technology- Shelbyville's industrial maintenance program, Chris Cantrell teaches his students how to keep industrial machinery going, so that big factories can stay in constant production. But Cantrell also understands the value of down time, and it was not productivity but a power outage which landed him in the pages of a new book...
Women of achievement exemplify service to others (04/28/16)
Serving others -- one common denominator that all the award recipients at Wednesday's 23rd annual Professional Women's Luncheon share. Winners include Colleen Fogle, Professional Woman of the Year; Brenda Clifford, Secretary of the year; Christy Womack, Volunteer of the Year; and Lisa Chick, Faithful Service Award...
Destinations & Diversions: Rayz'n Cain, enjoying trains, 'Hee Haw' entertains (04/28/16)
"Rayz'n Cain One More Time For Kim," an 18-and-over benefit concert for Kim and Jay Mantooth, will be held Saturday at the Blue Ribbon Circle on the Celebration grounds. Doors will open at 7 p.m. with the concert, featuring the bands Speakeasy and Rayz'n Cain, at 8...
Cruise-In revs up for new season (04/24/16)
Celebration City Car Club's monthly Cruise-Ins kicked off for the warm season Friday night on the Shelbyville square. Among attention-getting vehicles was the just-completed "Moonshiner" built by Louis Maxwell of Unionville, seen describing the home-built truck to passersby...
Still painting, still teaching, still enjoying art (04/24/16)
Iris Pierce, 93, who teaches watercolor classes at the Senior Citizens Center, has an exhibit of her work and her students' at Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library now through May 3. "I've been painting, off and on, all my life," said Pierce, who got more serious about the hobby at age 70 -- two decades ago. She started teaching four or five years ago...
Christian artist shares story of hope (04/24/16)
I recently interviewed Christian Contemporary Music artist Plumb. Plumb is embarked on the Beautiful Offerings Tour with Big Daddy Weave and Jordan Feliz. In 2015 she released her seventh album, "Exhale." The producer was Matt Brownlee, an original member of Jars of Clay...
'Game of Thrones' is back! (04/24/16)
"Winter is coming!" Today is the day that "Game of Thrones" fans have been waiting for with great excitement. Is John Snow really dead? Can that be? This super-popular television series begins its sixth season tonight. The TV show is a dramatization of a planned seven novel series written by George R.R. Martin entitled "Song of Fire and Ice." The first five novels have been completed and can be found here at the library. Begin your adventure with "Game of Thrones."...
Destinations & Diversions: Cars, Carnival For Care, and crazy aunts (04/21/16)
"Arsenic and Old Lace," by Joseph Kesselring, will be presented by The Webb School Company Players tonight through Saturday at the school in Bell Buckle. This event is open to the public. The farcical comedy, well-known from the movie version starring Cary Grant, is the story of a writer who fears that madness runs in his family. ...
Runway success: Lonestar shoots video at Shelbyville airport (04/20/16)
When Lonestar's country music video "Never Enders" comes out next Friday, one of the locations may look familiar. The country music band transformed Shelbyville Municipal Airport's runway into a set Tuesday evening to film their latest video, which is due to release on Friday, April 29, said the video's director, Jacob Moyer of production company Luminary Creative...
Mother tells story of miraculous events (04/20/16)
A Texas mother's love for her family and her faith in God are told in the critically acclaimed family-friendly movie "Miracles From Heaven." The movie is based on a memoir of the same name written by Christy Beam. The true story revolves around Beam's daughter Anna, who has a rare, incurable disease that left her unable to digest food. Beam lives near Burleson, Texas, with husband Kevin and their daughters Abby, Annabel (Anna) and Adelynn...
FCE Clubs mark another year of achievements (04/17/16)
The Bedford County Family and Community Education (FCE) Clubs held their annual achievement program April 7 with 60 members attending. Elizabeth Coker, a historian from Rockvale, portrayed Tennessee pioneer Granny White and told her story of helping to settle Middle Tennessee. ...
Music for the World: Bedford County Mass Choir rings out in song (04/15/16)
Beaming parents, family and friends of 132 elementary and middle school students making up the annual Bedford County Mass Choir filled Shelbyville Central High School on Tuesday. This year's third annual program, "Music for the World," included eight songs from West Africa, Jamaica, Israel, Japan, Australia, South Africa and America...
Destinations & Diversions: Fancy horses, shining stars, and squirrel meat (04/14/16)
Bedford Cancer Foundation will host its annual Walking For Cancer Horse Show Saturday, April 16 at the Champions Arena on the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration Grounds. Show starts at 5 p.m. Admission is $5 with children being admitted free. Box seats of six are available for $50. For more information or to be a sponsor, call Iris Schumann at 931-703-7257 or Pam Ingraham at 615-504-9580...
Webb presents 'Arsenic and Old Lace' play (04/13/16)
The timeless comedic classic, "Arsenic and Old Lace" by Joseph Kesselring, will be presented by The Webb School Company Players April 21-23. This event is open to the public. Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. on the Chapel stage. Admission is $10 and seating begins at 7:10 p.m...
The 'bear' facts: Big game fundraiser to include unique meats (04/12/16)
The Rev. Ellen Hill, pastor of Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, provides for her flock each year in a way you might not expect. When the church holds its annual game dinner fund-raiser Saturday night, the menu will include venison, rabbit, squirrel, fish, raccoon and woodchuck. Oh, and honey garlic pepperoni ... made from bear meat...
'Hee Haw & Howdy' tickets on sale Monday (04/10/16)
Tickets go on sale Monday for the 40th anniversary production of "Hee Haw & Howdy," an annual fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society performed as a tribute to the classic TV show "Hee Haw." The show, which will take place April 29-30 at Shelbyville Central High School, is produced by the Strength In Numbers team in the American Cancer Society Relay For Life...
Author helps you get courageous (04/10/16)
One woman is sharing her hard-learned life lessons on living an authentic life in a new book. Ann White is the author of "7 Steps to Courage." She is the founder of In Grace Ministries and host of Christian talk show "Atlanta Live." She is also an author, speaker, teacher, and short-term missionary...
Veteran-turned-writer separates fact from fiction (04/07/16)
A retired U.S. Marine who turned his military career into critically acclaimed literature will share his experiences at MTSU. Michael Pitre, a veteran of two tours of duty in Iraq and author of "Fives and Twenty-Fives," will speak at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in Room 106 of the Paul W. Martin Sr. Honors College Building. A printable campus parking map is available at tinyurl.com/MTSUParkingMap...
Destinations & Diversions: Postcards, ponies and a play (04/07/16)
The annual Shelbyville Postcard & Paper Memorabilia Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Fly Arts Center. The show includes exhibits and sales of historic collectable paper items. Concessions will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 931-684-8693...
Clean up with great reading (04/03/16)
It is finally spring! Warm weather, dandelions, outdoor activities, and of course, spring cleaning! Visiting my three cousins at my Aunt Sandy and Uncle Bill's house was always a treat for me because I didn't have siblings near my age at home to play with. Aunt Sandy was a school teacher and always had interesting activities that were bound to both teach and entertain...
'The Foreigner' cast, dates announced (04/01/16)
Rehearsals are underway for the Fly Community Theatre production of "The Foreigner," by Larry Shue, which will be presented May 6, 7, 13, 14 and 15 at The Fly Arts Center on South Main Street. The comedy tells the story of Charlie Baker, who's going through domestic problems and whose friend "Froggy" LeSeur tries to cheer him up with a visit to a remote Georgia hunting lodge. ...
On their way to Mule Day (03/30/16)
We couldn't get to these folks amidst vehicle traffic on Lane Parkway to get their names Monday, but they were part of a wagon train on their way to Mule Day in Columbia this weekend. Shelbyville's own mule show -- the 25th annual Great Celebration Mule and Donkey Show -- is scheduled for July 7-9. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Frank-ly speaking: Former Shelbyville resident writes debut novel (03/27/16)
Each child is different -- but when a child is so different that he or she is alienated from other children, how do we as grownups react? Are we looking out for the good of the child, or just reacting to our own stereotypes and expectations? "Be Frank With Me," the debut novel from one-time Shelbyville resident Julia Claiborne Johnson, is a very funny novel about the world's most dapper 9-year-old boy, but it raises some serious questions about parenting and education as they relate to kids who break the mold.. ...
Garden club holds luncheon (03/25/16)
Shelbyville Garden Club met March 16 for its annual luncheon at Riverbend Country Club. There were 15 members present and two guests. Helen Garner and Nancy Hulan were hostesses for the lunch with St. Patrick's Day-theme decorations that were given as door prizes...
MTSU program explores gender in country music (03/25/16)
The next "MTSU On the Record" radio program will explore how gender in country music is about much more than just "honky tonk angels." Host Gina Logue's interview with Kris McCusker, a professor of history, will air from 5:30-6 p.m. Monday, March 28, and from 8-8:30 a.m. Sunday, April 3, on WMOT-FM (89.5 and www.wmot.org)...
Destinations & Diversions: Hop-hop-hoppin' along this weekend (03/24/16)
First Baptist Church (Depot Street) will hold its annual free Easter musical on Saturday at 5 p.m. Benji and Jenna Cowart, the writers of the musical, will be present. The Cowarts are songwriters with Word Publishing in Nashville and worship leaders in Franklin. They have written songs for Christian music artists such as Aaron Shust and Meredith Andrews...
Drop the clichés, develop real faith (03/23/16)
Los Angeles pastor Chad Veach directs readers away from clichéd Sunday school answers to life's toughest questions such as "Where was God?" and "How could God allow this?" Such answers fail to provide true comfort or build up faith. Veach uses God's promises in the Bible and from his daughter's diagnosis with a debilitating disease to show simple, purposeful steps to deal with pain. ...
Sun shines on Daffodil Day in Bell Buckle (03/20/16)
Bell Buckle celeberated its 39th annual Daffodil Day on Saturday. The event included flower sales, a flower show, seminars, demonstrations and vendors. Bell Buckle celebrates its recertification as Tennessee's smallest Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation during Daffodil Day, and this year's seedling giveaway (right) included black cherry, native sweet pecan and swamp chestnut oak seedlings. See more photos in a gall...
You are special: Leigh Ann Young learns to believe in herself (03/20/16)
Long-time Bedford County resident Leigh Ann Young has made it her purpose to serve the members of her community. She graduated from Cascade and went on to receive her bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies K-6 at Middle Tennessee State University...
Woman forgives daughter's killer (03/20/16)
How do you forgive the man who murdered your child? Can you? Do you seek his death? Or do you petition the legal system to lock him up forever and throw away the key? A book released last week shows how a couple chose to forgive the man who used a shotgun on their 19-year-old daughter, Ann, during a breakup argument. The couple had been on again, off again for a while, and had wanted to get married...
Heroes collide: Superfans anticipate 'Batman v Superman' (03/18/16)
America's two most-famous superheroes, about to share a movie screen, are a study in contrasts. Superman, an alien with seemingly endless power, is optimistic, idealistic, and openly cooperates with the powers that be. His true identity is Kal-El, the last surviving native of the planet Krypton. He hides behind the persona of Clark Kent, a journalist, although Clark's small-town values are part of him as well...
Wearin' o' the green (03/18/16)
A number of Times-Gazette employees wore green to work Thursday, but sports editor Chris Siers and Ron Cirillo of the mail room went the extra mile and found the true festive spirit of the St. Patrick's Day holiday. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
Happy St. Patrick's Day! (03/17/16)
A number of Times-Gazette employees wore green to work today, but sports editor Chris Siers and Ron Cirillo of the mail room went the extra mile and found the true festive spirit of the St. Patrick's Day holiday. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
Destinations & Diversions: An odd couple and an odder author take the stage (03/17/16)
"The play's the thing," said Shakespeare, and whether you're on stage or in the audience there's nothing quite like live theatre. Here are some chances to see for yourself: l The Smokestack Theatre Group at Community High School will present Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple" 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The beloved play, which has been the basis for multiple movie and TV adaptations, focuses on mismatched roomates Felix Ungar and Oscar Madison...
Willie-and-Waylon tribute band to headline Wartrace Music Fest (03/16/16)
The national touring act "The Outlaws: A Tribute to Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson" will headline the 12th annual Wartrace MusicFest on June 4. The all-day music festival will also feature Nashville acoustic trio 2nd Nature, which won first place at the 2007 MerleFest songwriting contest; and regional favorite JackWagon, a classic rock band...
Tragedies are not God's fault (03/16/16)
One pastor says God has a PR problem, but it's mankind's fault, not His. Lucas Miles is pastor of Oasis Church in Granger, Indiana, and author of the new Worthy Publishing book "Good God: The One We Want to Believe In But Are Afraid to Embrace." "For a long time, religion has painted a picture of God that holds Him responsible for everything that happens, including the good and the bad," he said in an interview. ...
Fair receives awards (03/16/16)
Several of the Bedford County Fair board members went to the Tennessee Association of Fairs Convention. The board received two awards. With the merit award are: Jerri Lynn Smith, Judy Gambill, Fred Pimental and Matt Ledbetter with Bedford County Fair Queen Tea Phillips. (Submitted photo)
Movies are good reads, too (03/13/16)
Well, no one called me with an answer to the brain teaser that I posed to you week before last, but I will give you an answer. To talk continuously for one minute in English at a normal speed without saying a word with a letter "A" in it, just begin counting by ones. Try it! "One, two, three, four, five..."...
Guest singer (03/11/16)
Csilla Muscan will testify and sing during morning worship Sunday at First Nazarene. Born to Hungarian parents in Romania, when it was under communist rule, Muscan felt like an outsider from a young age. She began singing in the church choir at age 6, finding music a way to connect. Her website is http://csillamuscan.net. (Submitted photo)
Destinations & Diversions: Dance, run, laugh or eat this weekend (03/10/16)
The Strength In Numbers team in the American Cancer Society Relay For Life will hold a dance and live auction, featuring the band Thunderhill, Saturday at the Blue Ribbon Circle on the Celebration grounds. Tickets are $20 in advance by calling Judi Burton, 931-607-6035, or $25 at the door...
Bell Buckle goes Daffodilly to kick off spring next week (03/09/16)
Bell Buckle will host its 39th annual Daffodil Day March 19 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., sponsored by the Bell Buckle Chamber of Commerce and the Bell Buckle Tree Board. The town's association with daffodils began when Sawney Webb, founder of The Webb School, and his students planted daffodils a century ago on the roads leading in to Bell Buckle. ...