Arts, Entertainment and Culture
Churches reach out to public for Lent
The Lent and Easter period is often the busiest time of year for churches as congregations prepare to celebrate Jesus' resurrection. Many churches celebrate Ash Wednesday -- this past Wednesday -- which marks the beginning of Lent. Some churches follow a liturgical year, or series of seasons in which their worship style changes; Lent and Easter are perhaps the most important time in the liturgical calendar. Easter is April 20...
Euphonium emphoria: Local musician to perform at Carnegie Hall
On March 13, Tennessee Tech student Tyler Thurber will live out a musician's dream -- to play New York's Carnegie Hall. Thurber is part of the TTU Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble. Although most musicians only dream of playing the famed Carnegie Hall venue, one of Bedford County's own will soon be living out that dream...
Look ahead to spring: Plant a tree
Even with ice still hanging onto parts of the state, believe it or not, today is Arbor Day in Tennessee. With the winds of winter receding, it's the time of year when people are starting to look at how to enhance their property, and even protect it...
Fantastic season for local teams
Two district championships. A region title. Two second-place district finishes. A runner-up region finish. And two sub-state appearances. It's been quite the year for Bedford County basketball. On Tuesday night, the last team standing finished the incredible season in the Class AA sub-state match up featuring the Cascade Champions and East Nashville Eagles...
Poster contest for fourth grade students
Bedford County Farm Bureau Women will hold its annual poster contest for fourth grade students. There will be a first, second and third place winner from each elementary school in Bedford County; students in private school or home school may enter the county-wide contest as well...
Church's pews to make TV debut
The pews of a Shelbyville church will soon be featured with the stars of "Nashville." The ABC show's producers bought 18 pews from Shelbyville Mills Baptist Church on Feb. 10 to use in an upcoming episode. ABC Entertainment announced Friday that the pews will be featured at 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 12 in an episode titled, "We've Got Things to Do."...
Spying crucial in Revolutionary War
Before America had the CIA and Predator Drones, before America was even a recognized nation, it had the Culper Spy Ring. This spy ring provided vital information about the British occupation of New York City to Gen. George Washington to help him win the American Revolution. ...
Christ on the big screen: Podcasters seek movies' deeper meanings
Two local podcasters are exploring the hidden religious messages in movies, new and old, with an eye towards using them to start conversations about faith. That doesn't mean they don't have fun doing it. "You go ahead and take the Godzilla one," said Brenden Taylor, as he and Michael Hansen planned a quick movie-news segment which opens the Internet-delivered radio show...
'The Boys Next Door' reflects joy, struggle
The play "The Boys Next Door" walks a fine line between comedy and pathos, but that's part of what makes it so rewarding, say participants in a Bedford Players production of it that opens later this month at The Fly Arts Center on South Main Street...
Goodwill's Wedding Gala offers discount dresses
Goodwill's fourth annual Wedding Gala is set for 6 a.m. until 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 15, at the Goodwill store in Rivergate. Already this year, Goodwill has more than 700 wedding gowns all priced between $49 and $399. Most of them were donated by area bridal boutiques and have never been worn...
A 'Ladies' Day Out'
Christian Women's Fellowship of First Christian Church in Shelbyville enjoyed their "Ladies Day Out" Feb. 22 at the church, located on Madison Street Janelle Douglas is the current President. Whitney Danhof, UT Extension Agent, presented the program...
Jesus returns to theater in 'Son of God'
Shelbyville residents can see Jesus on the big screen starting Friday. "Son of God" will be playing at the Capri theater. Capri normally holds two Saturday matinees, at 2 and 4 p.m., owner Ray Rhoton said. Due to a long runtime, 138 minutes, Saturday will only have a 2 p.m. matinee, he said...
Garden Club enjoys pottery lesson
Members of the Volunteer Garden Club met at Webb School for a pottery lesson that was capped with members making bowls and other designs. Program chair Sharon Reagor introduced Webb School pottery instructor Sue Wood. Wood gave club members a brief lesson on pottery techniques and guided members in making original pottery designs. ...
Thompson embraces art as school teacher, leader at Fly
Megan Thompson is keeping busy with art for a woman who never planned to go into the field, who actually got into art by accident and did not know much about it at the time. Thompson organizes monthly art classes for The Fly Arts Center and teaches art at Shelbyville Central High School. She also serves on the board of the Fly and will present an exhibit there in March...
'Service' defines library director
Bedford County is still welcoming Rita Allen as the new director of Argie Cooper Public Library, but she's no stranger to many. As a resident of the Normandy area for eight years, she is familiar with the county's people and their needs. She is also no stranger to librarianship, having worked both as a reference librarian -- finding all the answers long before Google -- and a library director for more than 30 years...
Book tells story of America's first spies
Forget Jason Bourne or MacGyver. Quakers make the best American spies, apparently. A new book by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaegar, "George Washington's Secret Six," tells the story of America's first true spy network, which was led by Robert Townsend, a Quaker merchant and reporter...
Ready to rock. Anywhere.
Dawn Michele of Fireflight, the headline act for Saturday's R.O.K. (Rewarding Our Kids) concert, says Calsonic Arena is "probably the second horse arena we've played in," but is far from the most-unusual venue for the Christian rock group. She recalled the band competing in a secular festival and "battle of the bands" with venues spread across a downtown area. ...
Third-graders experience South Korea
Community Middle School got a taste of Korea on Feb. 6. Paula Smith, third-grade teacher, has been conducting a series of lessons on foreign cultures. The study has included geographic locations, languages and society. As part of the series, Smith invited Jeong Hee Dillingham to discuss life in South Korea. Although Dillingham has been a U.S. citizen for more than 20 years, she was born in Suwon, South Korea, and lived there for more than 20 years before moving to America...
Church goes Nashville, not Hollywood
The glitz and glamor of ABC's "Nashville" show will soon include a Shelbyville connection. Shelbyville Mills Baptist Church sold the show's producers 18 large pews from the center aisles. The producers carted the 15-foot and 11-foot pews away last Monday morning, said associate pastor David Brown. The pews may have to be cut down in size...
Achy Breaky Heart: I might blow up and kill this song
The song was written by songwriter Don Von Tress somewhere around 1990. Tress had the idea that he wanted to write a romance-gone-wrong song from a humorous perspective. I came across a Country Weekly interview with Tress where the writer recalls the song coming together at the "most unlikely of spots--at the drive-through at a Hardee's in Indiana."...
Find your clout - and use it to help others
Clout, n. -- "the power to influence or control situations," as defined by Merriam-Webster. Jenni Catron defines clout as a combination of gifts, experiences and opportunities that God gives a person and how it can be unleashed for others. Clout is power and influence. And Catron wants to help people use their clout to help others to be healthy leaders, whatever their roles in life and work...
ONLINE TODAY: T-G poll respondents still love Jay
As Jimmy Fallon prepares to take over "The Tonight Show" on Monday, his predecessor Jay Leno remains the overwhelming favorite among late-night talk show hosts according to a non-scientific poll of T-G web site users.
Valentine's: A special day, but how to do it?
Feb. 14. People either love it, hate it, or forget about it. What is it about Valentine's Day that so many people seem to either loathe or love? After asking people for their opinions, ideas, plans or advice, there might be some insight for us all. Responses varied, yet were very similar...
Lunch with Oprah, TV appearances keep Shelbyville native busy
From growing up in Shelbyville to living in Hollywood, Cameron Watson is keeping busy, appearing soon on another popular TV show ... ... and recently having lunch with Oprah Winfrey. It's all in a day's work for the actor and director, who has been juggling multiple projects -- such as directing stage productions and taking roles this past year on "NCIS" and "Scandal."...
Safety day, concert set next weekend
A two-part event -- a community-wide safety day followed by a Christian pop and rock concert -- returns Feb. 22 to Calsonic Arena on the Celebration grounds. "This year we're taking it to a whole new level," said Jason Barber, one of the organizers...
A dance for Valentine's
Jessica Osborne, director of youth services, leads children in a dance prior to reading Wednesday for Valentine's story time at Argie Cooper Public Library. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Musical life hits right note
Vinay Parameswaran, the Nashville Symphony's newly-named assistant conductor, will lead the Nashville Symphony during its annual concert at Calsonic Arena, including conducting a joint performance between the symphony and the Cascade High School band...
Girl Scout Cookie time!
Local Girl Scouts Mary Anna Patton, left; Kayla Forsee, right, and MaryGrace Dennis, top, help sort through 687 cases of Girl Scout cookies after they were delivered Saturday. Jabiru USA on U.S. 231 provided space for the event. Scouts started selling the cookies on Sunday, and will be at Walmart and Kroger to sell cookies this Friday through Sunday, and again Feb. 22-23. That schedule may change in case of inclement weather. For more information, call 931-389-0476. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
Library to honor new, old directors
Argie Cooper Public Library will honor its old and new directors at a reception next Thursday. Even as Pat Hastings steps aside as director of the library, new director Rita Allen has stepped in. The library's board of directors and the Friends of the Library will hold a reception from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at the library to honor the directors. The public is invited, said board member Lynn Hulan...
Human trafficking highlighted in film
To help raise awareness and encourage involvement in the fight against human trafficking, Middle Tennessee citizens are invited to attend a showing of the "Every Day in Cambodia," a CNN Freedom Project documentary in Brentwood. The showing will be hosted by Fellowship Bible Church, 3Strands and Agape International Missions (AIM) on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. at the church, which is at 1210 Franklin Road in Brentwood...
Honoring Tennessee's historic women
A new book that tells the stories of outstanding Tennessee women is headed for the state's public high schools with help from the Middle Tennessee State University Department of History. Charlotte Crawford and Ruth Johnson Smiley, editors of "Tennessee Women of Vision and Courage," will discuss the book from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at Linebaugh Public Library, 105 W. Vine St. in Murfreesboro. The event is sponsored by the American Association of University Women of Murfreesboro...
Shelbyville Garden Club learns about master gardeners
Shelbyville Garden Club held its January meeting at the Farm Bureau, with 14 members and two guests attending. Hostesses were Libby Davidson and Faye Sudberry. Freda Head presented a devotional from Acts 25. Group discussions included designing the table arrangements for the February Chamber of Commerce event, the appointment of a new Sunshine Chairman, and continued recycling efforts...
Gill holds book signings Saturday
A Lewisburg woman has launched a Christian children's book series. Judy A. Gill is the author of "Wish U Well" and "Operation S.O.U.P.," the first two books in what will be a six book series for youths. The "Wish U Well" series follows a character, "J," as she grows from a child through old age...
Storyteller/singer to perform in Pulaski
A Grammy Award-nominated singer, poet and storyteller will perform at Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, Tenn., on Tuesday, Feb. 11. Minton Sparks fuses music, poetry, and a gift for storytelling to paint word pictures of the rural South that put you square in the middle of the people and the places she knows, according to a college press release...
Ahoy! It's story time
"Arrrr!" "Avast!" "Yo Ho Ho!" Those were just some of the sayings the little ones could remember during Pirate Storytime at the Argie Cooper Public Library Wednesday. Some of the tykes knew about the sea-going ruffians from the Pirates of the Caribbean films, and Jessica Osborne with the library read a variety of stories to the kids, teaching them how to talk like a pirate, as well as spinning a yarn involving a pair of golden underpants...
How do you get closer to Christ?
What does it mean to get closer to Christ? As one who did not grow up in a church environment, much less as one who did not really know much about Christ, the whole idea of "knowing Jesus" was weird. The concept also was a little off-putting since I didn't know Jesus and didn't know even how I would get to know Him...
Music to fill the air in May
Tuesday, May 6, has been set as the date for the Nashville Symphony's annual concert at Calsonic Arena in Shelbyville. The symphony, under the baton of assistant conductor Vinay Parameswaran, will perform a family-friendly program, with the Cascade High School Band as special guests...
Kids create Smokey Bear, Woodsy Owl posters
Volunteer Garden Club sponsored the 2014 Smokey Bear & Woodsy Owl poster contest at Eakin Elementary School. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service and the National Garden Clubs Inc. gave students the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of wildfire prevention and basic environmental conservation principles through original drawings of Smokey Bear or Woodsy Owl...
SCHS students get creative in library
Shelbyville Central High School students have been showing off their decorating and marketing skills in the high school library. The librarians, Dona Northcutt and Heather Richards, had help from several talented students enrolled in a new class, Retail Operations, at the Central High School Annex. ...
Dandy welds steel to create pieces in fine detail
You have to hand it to Maurice Dandy. He can sculpt about any design from steel -- even a hand. The 1994 graduate of Shelbyville Central High School is welding together large and small pieces of metal to design works of art. He is in his third trimester at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville...
TV taping coming soon to Mel's Diner
Singer/songwriter Ben Stillwater is bringing his crowd-pleasing cowboy stage show, "Giddy Up" to Mel's Diner, Depot Street off the Shelbyville square, next month. Originally launched at the historic Independence Opera House, a venue which originally opened in 1904 in Independence, Wis., the production, which has the flavor of an old Western town like on "Gunsmoke," features seven cowboys and cowgirls, a traditional cowboy background with hay bales, saddles and tack plus plenty of original music by Ben and his duet partner, Cyndee Jean. ...
Knitting together talent
A love of yarns brought together more than 30 women last Monday to knit, stitch, teach and talk. The Fleece on the Duck (River) Fiber Guild met at The Fly Arts Center. Members offered their expertise to teach novices about a variety of fabrics. Akelah Rowe was one of the newcomers. She attended the meeting to try knitting for the first time ever, she said...
Wednesday was Bedtime Storytime at Argie Cooper Public Library, allowing children to wear their pajamas. Jessica Osborne, director of youth services, read such books as "Bear Snores On." The next storytime, which will have a pirate theme, will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29. To RSVP, call the library at least three days ahead of time at 684-7323. Nathan Hanson prepares to help his children make fleece pillows. From left are: Liam, Gaelan and Aralyn. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Financial peace through learning
A church wants to help you achieve financial peace of mind with the assistance of money guru Dave Ramsey. First Baptist Church on Depot Street is offering Ramsey's "Financial Peace University" system. The church is calling its series by two other names: "Momentum" and "What If...?"...
FCE Club reports
Butler's Creek FCE Club All 14 members of Butler's Creek FCE Club met on Dec. 9 at River Cafe in Normandy for a Christmas party. Guests were Joyce Cartwright, Louise Smith, Teri Locke and Whitney Danhof, as well as four members of the Town and Country FCE Club: Hazel Foster, Libby Covington, Janet Boyce and Catherine Talley. Hazel Gant reported. Nancy Smith gave the devotion...
Red Hat members celebrate birthdays
Meet the Red Hat and Sassy Sisters -- left to right, front row, Gloria Jones, Joy True, Linda Robertson-Hull, Bettye Whitaker and Brenda Stewart and back row, Libby Whitson, Barbara Green, Connie Crowell, Joyce Posey, Kathy Jett, Pat Geeting and Rachel Arnold. Stewart and Arnold were celebrating birthdays during a luncheon Monday. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Stitches in time
Dorothy Frazier works on a quilt at the Shelbyville/Bedford County Senior Center. A finished quilt hangs on the wall in the background. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Council denies library funds, citing low emergency reserve
Shelbyville City Council, meeting Thursday night, voted down a request from the Argie Cooper Public Library Board of Trustees for funding to enable construction of a new library building. The library had asked the city for $250,000 to be added to the $1,591,315 already in hand or firmly committed...
Bonnaroo grants available for non-profits
Administrators of the Bonnaroo Works Fund announced this week that the application deadline for 2014 grants has been extended until March 15. Established in 2002, the Bonnaroo Works Fund supports arts, education and environmental nonprofit organizations as well as a variety of community initiatives. To date, more than $5 million has been awarded by fund administrators; last year's award grants totaled more than $350,000...
Fit for a winter's delight
What better to do on a cold winter day than exercise or play ball inside, where it's heated and dry? The Shelbyville Recreation Center provided the perfect place Wednesday for people of all ages to get out of the house or the office and have some fun. The indoor basketball court, walking track and fitness center were among the draws...
Wartrace decorating winners announced
First place winners in the Wartrace Chamber of Commerce Christmas decorating contest, Sonia and Eddie Miller, are presented a $100 cash prize by chamber president Jerry Fox, right. A second place prize of $50 was awarded to Mookie and Vickie Smith. The Joseph Cleek family received $25 for third place. Wartrace Chamber of Commerce sponsors the contest for the best decorated property within the town's city limits. (Submitted photo)
Fired up for fitness
Soon after moving to Bedford County in 2001, Leo Wilcox bought a workout tape known as P90X--an intense workout program designed to give you extreme results in 90 days--that soon found its way into his closet. "I did [P90X] and after three or four workouts said it was too hard. I thought, 'There's no way I can do this.' It sat in the closet."...
Guild unites those who love to work with fibers
A guild of fiber-loving women is offering to teach people how to knit or crochet for free. The Fleece on the Duck (River) Fiber Guild will meet on Monday, Jan. 13, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at The Fly Arts Center. Anyone who would like to learn how to knit or crochet is invited to attend, said guild secretary Susie Henderson...
Country artist Tippin signs son's flight logbook
Most kids dream about getting their driver's license when they turn 16, but the son of country star-slash-pilot Aaron Tippin had loftier pursuits. And Ted Tippin fulfilled them this past Sunday, Dec. 15, when he completed his first solo flight. Making the milestone even more special was who signed his logbook upon landing, making the solo flight official: dad Aaron...
FCE Club reports
Fairview FCE Club met on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at the University of Tennessee Extension in Shelbyville with Susie Armstrong presiding. Louise McCarter read the Call to Order titled "Thanksgiving Dinner," and Linda Lovell gave the devotion. Roll call was answered with your favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal. ...
Library books time for $250K plea
Members of the Argie Cooper Library Board plan to attend the city's first study session of 2014 and request $250,000 to finalize construction plans for a new facility. In a letter to the council, Board Chair Amy Mitchell said that the library's ongoing campaign to fund the new building is nearing its end...
What I'm thankful for
New years are often times to look forward to new things in life, to make resolutions to make some change (regardless of whether you stick to the change) or to reflect on what happened in the outgoing year, for good or bad. For this new year, the Times-Gazette asked people what they were thankful for during 2013; health, family and bicycles were among the responses...
FCE Club reports
Heart of the Home FCE Club met on Dec. 9. Mignon Spence reported.
Business discussed: County Council meeting on Jan. 3 at 10 a.m. at the Extension Office....
With faith and toys, Santa's on his way
POINTS NORTH -- Santa was just about to finish a mug of hot cocoa when I asked him about the list. "Ah, yes, the list," he said. "Well, I can't let you see any of the names on the list -- that's between me and the kids -- but I understand people are curious."...
Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas
For most people, the time around Christmas is a time to spend with family, a time to exchange gifts, or a time to mark the birth of Christ. But for some people, it's their own birthday, and it can easily get overlooked in all the holiday busyness. The Times-Gazette recently asked readers to share their Christmas birthday experiences on Facebook...
Christmas with Flo: Home decked with owl, Santas, Bush
Florine "Flo" Qualls has been going all out for Christmas for at least the past 35 years, providing a holly, jolly environment not only for her extended family but for strangers as well. "I looked up one Christmas and there was a man putting toys together. I did not know him," Qualls said. "I always told my kids if they knew somebody who didn't have anywhere to go to invite them. I've had as many as 35 here on Thanksgiving and Christmas."...
I'll be home for Christmas, if only on your screen
Julie Culp got married in May, 2012 -- and then, about a month later, had to say goodbye as her husband Kevin deployed for Afghanistan with the U.S. Army. Their first Christmas, a time when most newlyweds might revel in their first Christmas together, they weren't together...
Christmas Eve and Christmas services
The following churches have announced Christmas Eve and Christmas services: St. William Catholic Church. Dec. 24: bells and candlelight service at 5:30 p.m.; Spanish mass at 8 p.m.; Midnight Mass at midnight on Christmas. Christ Lutheran Church. Dec. 24: Christmas Eve service at 9 p.m. (A Service of Carols and Worship)...
'Night Vale' creators turn podcast into novel
Book publisher Harper Perennial announced this week that the creators of the very funny podcast "Welcome To Night Vale," Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, are going to write a novel based on the podcast. I've been a fan of "Welcome To Night Vale" since last spring, and I eagerly await the twice-monthly episodes, which are published on the first and the 15th. I look forward to the book -- but only if it doesn't detract from the podcast!...
Youth band carols at hospital
The Youth Band from Living Stones Community Church visited Heritage Medical Center this week to sing Christmas carols for the patients. They sang Christmas standards such as "Jingle Bells," Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer," and "O Come Let Us Adore Him." (T-G Photo by Doug Dezotell)
Arts advocate to step down as Fly director
Janice Cole will retire at the end of the year after 12 1/2 years as director of The Fly Arts Center. Bedford County Arts Council is switching to a volunteer model for the facility's operation. In 2001, Bedford County Arts Council began discussing the need for an employee to manage the facility. Cole, a four-year member of the Arts Council who had previously been employed by Arnold Engineering Development Complex near Tullahoma, applied for and got the job...
These days, Santa may as well be iSanta
Apple will have a very merry Christmas if this year's letters to Santa submitted to the Times-Gazette are any indication. "Can you get me a ipod for Christmas," Madison Elizabeth Wilson, a student at Cascade Elementary School, wrote. "I would like a ipod because I don't have a electchronic thing with a lot of games."...
Big screen, small town
Hollywood came to Bell Buckle on Saturday, with a red-carpet screening of the film "Final Recourse" held at Bell Buckle Banquet Hall. The movie, a thriller starring Teri Polo, Chazz Palminteri and Tia Carrere, was produced by Elaine Hastings Edell and Jeffrey S. ...
Warmer times for wine walk
Merchants on the square are ready for this Friday's wine walk, which was rescheduled from its original date a week ago due to bad weather. The decision to postpone the third annual event was made early Friday morning, and merchants are glad they made that decision as the weather proved to be cold and rainy...
Christmas cheer rolls by
Brittany Hand makes a 'Merry Christmas' sign to display for Christmas Parade participants and pre-parade runners as Ruby Newsom displays her finished product Saturday. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Jazzy arrangements brighten familiar hymns
Jamey Simmons's mother-in-law is a church pianist in Wisconsin, while Simmons himself, a resident of the Normandy area, is director of jazz studies at Middle Tennessee State University, and an arranger and composer. For years, he's written beautiful, jazz-influenced arrangements of hymns and sent them to her as birthday or Christmas presents...
It's decoration time in Shelbyville!
The Shelbyville Satellite Group, which is part of the larger Cheekwood Chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America (EGA), recently gathered for its 28th annual tree decorating. Each year, the group gathers at a different bank and decorates a Christmas tree. This year, the lucky bank was Peoples Bank, located at 1122 N. Main St...
Lessons, carols will fill the air at Webb
The Webb School Chapel will be filled with music, song and fellowship next Thursday during the school's annual celebration of Lessons and Carols. The performance will begin at 7 p.m. A string prelude will begin at 6:40. A reception will follow in the Grace Follin Dining Hall on the Webb campus. The event is free and open to the public...
'Wonderful Life' to be performed as benefit show
The South of Broadway Players will give free performances of "WSOB Presents: It's A Wonderful Life," an adaptation of the classic film as if it were an old-time radio show, at several different venues during the holiday season. No tickets will be required and there will be no admission charge, but donations will be accepted to purchase a wheelchair-lift van for Carol Jean, a Shelbyville police detective whose 20-year-old daughter Mandy has cerebral palsy...
'Tis the season for a parade
Cancer patient Mark Kelly Olson, 11, will be the grand marshal for Saturday's 40th annual Shelbyville Christmas Parade, which has the theme "Christmas Through a Child's Eyes." Olson suffers from very high risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia. "From what I understand, we're looking good," said Connie Smith, one of the parade organizers. The annual parade is sponsored by the Shelbyville Jaycees and Shelbyville & Bedford County Chamber of Commerce...
Holiday done in old way
Plans are underway for Saturday's Bell Buckle Old Fashioned Christmas and Quilt Walk, hosted by the Bell Buckle Chamber of Commerce. "There is nothing quite like a visit to Bell Buckle for the holidays," said Jenny Hunt, Bell Buckle's vice mayor, in a press release. "Decorated with live greenery and hand-made holiday bows, Christmas in Bell Buckle evokes memories of Christmas past. Warm, inviting, friendly, filled with the spirit of the holidays -- that's Bell Buckle."...
Sip and shop on Square
The Shelbyville square bustled with activity last weekend, and merchants are hoping that momentum will carry through to this weekend's parade and third annual Wine Tasting on the Square. Several store owners reported sales to be up with heavy traffic downtown. Saturday was Small Business Saturday, and many shoppers got an early start by hitting the square Friday...
Christmas in Lynchburg to be held Saturday
Christmas in Lynchburg will be held this Saturday. Registration for the Red Nose Run 5K to fight Cystic Fibrosis will begin at 7 a.m. at the gazebo; the race will be at 7:45 a.m. Breakfast with Santa will be held at the Masonic Lodge between 8 and 10:30 a.m. The breakfast is $7 per person and pictures with Santa are $5...
Garden club assists state's first lady
One of Volunteer Garden Club's state projects is to help Tennessee's First Lady with flowers in the Executive Mansion. Ten Designers were asked to help with Decorations for a fundraising luncheon to improve the gardens and landscaping. Two were from the Volunteer Garden Club, June Gilmore and Becky Nichols...
A 20-year tradition continues next month
It's a spectacular show many would expect to find in venues like Nashville -- but not down in Shelbyville. First Baptist Church is once again presenting The Living Christmas Tree -- a Shelbyville tradition of 20 years, with performances set for 7 p.m. on Dec. 6, 7 and 9, with a 3 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Dec. 8...
'Tis the season to sparkle
It was looking like Christmas in Shelbyville on Saturday as a number of festivals and bazaars got people into a holiday spirit. "We're hoping people go to one festival and get in the spirit and then go to all of them," said Dana Ferguson, secretary of The Fly Arts Center...
McDowell bringing songs to Wartrace
Country music star Ronnie McDowell will perform at 8 p.m. Dec. 13 at Chais Music Hall at the Walking Horse Hotel in Wartrace. McDowell was a songwriter in 1977, and following the death of Elvis Presley, he and another songwriter composed the tribute song "The King is Gone."...
Carving the turkeys
On Wednesday night, men and women from First United Methodist Church continued their preparations for Friday's annual luncheon and bazaar. Turkeys are taken home by church members to be cooked, then brought back for carving. David Sherrill, left, carves a turkey while Jack Carney advises Donna Smith on how to proceed. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
A comic twist on Sherlock Holmes
"The Game's Afoot; or, Holmes For The Holidays," a comedy by Ken Ludwig, will be presented in a dinner theater format Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 6 and 7 at The Fly Arts Center on South Main Street. The comedy, winner of a Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allen Poe award, is about a Broadway star, famous for playing Sherlock Holmes, who has to play the role for real when he's present for a murder at his Connecticut mansion...
Wartrace group promotes the arts
The Wartrace Arts Community (WAC) has formed and will hold its first public meeting on Thursday, Nov. 21. The meeting will be at the Wartrace Community Building. Bring a dish to share. There will be a speaker. You do not need to be an artist to attend, nor do you have to live in Wartrace...
Locals to perform in 'Nutcracker'
Two children from Bedford County have been selected by the Nashville Ballet to join the youth cast in its annual production of Nashville's Nutcracker. Makenzie Martin, daughter of Traci and Michael, and Tamara Uredi, daughter of Jennifer, are joining a total of 170 youngsters from Middle Tennessee and the surrounding areas to perform alongside Nashville Ballet's professional dancers in the local holiday favorite...
Sparkle and comfort top holiday trends
About eight years ago, Jennifer Jordan Thompson returned to her hometown from Atlanta to pursue a dream, and Wednesday, members of the Shelbyville Woman's Club saw the tangible results of that move. "This was her dream -- to have a dress shop," said Belinda Craig as she welcomed Thompson to the packed house of about 120 members to the Riverbend Country Club...
British sci-fi tradition marks half a century
I was at a Relay For Life meeting last week and one of the team captains in attendance happened to be wearing a "Doctor Who" T-shirt. I didn't know her, but I had to make a point of speaking to her and seeing if she's looking forward to the 50th anniversary special as much as I am...
Graveyard appears at home near Normandy
NORMANDY (AP) -- It was like a scene from a horror movie as Ricky Greene slipped his hand into the darkness under a concrete slab that had been pried up from his yard in Coffee County. Reaching into the space beneath, he felt what he thought were the wooden contours of a casket...
Schools play around seriously
Education in Bedford County is getting downright playful -- as in theatrical plays. At least three schools are producing plays this weekend and next week. Peter Pan will fly into Community High School this weekend. The school's Smokestack Theatre Group will present J.M. Barrie's "Peter Pan and Wendy" tonight, Saturday and Sunday, said director Anthony Davis. The play, adapted for the stage by Doug Rand, The show will feature flying effects by ZFX Flying of Louisville, Ky...
Porsches are his life
Visitors to Saturday's Celebration City Car Club swap meet and Christmas Village will have a chance to meet a living legend. Jim Watson of Lewisburg -- a revered Porsche mechanic and retired race driver -- will be on hand at Calsonic Arena with his newest purchase, a red 1963 Porsche 1600 Super. He'll be glad to chat...
Speaker survived the unimaginable
Sometimes, events can throw your life completely out of your comfort zone, or into a place you thought you would never find yourself. In January, Shelbyville native Shelia Scales will take the stage to tell how she dealt with that challenge at the New Beginnings Women's Conference, set for Saturday, Jan. 18 at Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro...
Peter Pan flies into Community play
The Smokestack Theatre Group of Community High is celebrating its 20th anniversary season this year, and the theme they've chosen is "Flying Higher Than Before." That sentiment is quite appropriate for their fall production, J.M. Barrie's "Peter Pan & Wendy," adapted by Doug Rand. For the first time in school history, actors will fly onstage. CHS has hired ZFX Flying of Louisville to help rig a portable flying system which will allow Peter and Wendy to literally zoom high around the stage...
Gospel star visits Shelbyville tonight
Gospel music performer Steve Green, who has four Grammy nominations, 13 No. 1 songs, and seven Dove Awards, will perform tonight at 7 at First Baptist Church on Depot Street, in a concert to benefit the Beth Sar Shalom Christian Ministries building fund...
Ready for action
Power Ranger, left, and Iron Man (who also answer to Seth and Riley Bowman) are ready to take on the world during Thursday's Halloween trick-or-treating on the Shelbyville square. Spooks hit the sidewalks for treats from merchants. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
The play's the thing, times three
Several different groups have stage productions in Bedford County this weekend: Fair Haven Baptist Church will present a mystery dinner theater, "Unaware"; the South of Broadway Players wrap up their two-weekend run of "Dr. Jeckyll ... No Place To Hyde," and The Webb School will present "Godspell."
City, towns recommend early trick-or-treating
Shelbyville City Manager Jay Johnson and Police Chief Austin Swing are recommending that trick-or-treaters go out early on Thursday night, in order to be off the streets by 6 p.m. due to expected severe weather....
Seeking Jack: Whiskey fan puts love into words
How far would you travel to pursue a passion? For one man, the pursuit of a passion brought him from Sweden to Middle Tennessee last week to immerse himself in the Jack Daniel's experience. Michael Andersson, a salesman of automotive bearings from Malmo, a city in Southern Sweden, came to Tennessee to attend the Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational barbecue last weekend in Lynchburg. He stayed over the weekend at a hotel in Shelbyville. He also toured the distillery...
'Triple-threat icon' Barry Gibb visits MTSU
Music icon Barry Gibb easily traced the genealogy of the Bee Gees classic "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?" for more than 900 fans and friends at Middle Tennessee State University's Tucker Theatre Monday night. Poignantly recalling his and his late brothers' love for country music from their Australian childhood, the singer-songwriter-producer gently began picking out a Hank Locklin country classic on his acoustic guitar while talking with Beverly Keel, chair of MTSU's Department of Recording Industry.. ...
Spooky on the streets
Things got downright spooky Saturday morning as ghosts, ghouls, clowns and Batman raced through the streets of Shelbyville in the sixth Spooktacular 5K. United Way of Bedford County hosted its annual fall run/walk Saturday morning, with the event starting and ending at the Celebration grounds...
Bikers of a different breed
Admiring glances watch their every move. They get hugs everywhere they go. And on Monday night, as they rode off into the sunset, pretty much all the customers in a large Shelbyville store's parking lot were gazing at them admiringly. Meet Gizzard, Shorty, Mater and Chucky. Call them pampered pups or cute canines, but they might as well be rock stars whenever they hit the streets...
Webb to present 'Godspell' next month
"Godspell," by John Michael Tebelak and Stephen Schwartz, will be presented by The Webb Players on Nov. 1-2 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 3 at 2:30 p.m. on The Webb School chapel stage. The production is open to the public. A $10 donation is requested. The animated, colorful musical based on the Book of St. ...
The Eyes of Pedro
Señor Rosas, the middle-aged owner of the sugar plantation, rode every morning through the cane fields, not so much to check on his workers but to ogle the women who came to the rocky hill to fill their large clay pots with the clear water that flows from the inner springs...
Too old to trick or treat?
With Halloween a week away, the consensus of participants in a non-scientific poll of Times-Gazette website users seems to be that about 12 or 13 is the proper age for a child to stop going trick-or-treating, although some commenters say you're never too old to dress up in costume and ask the neighbors for candy...
One time I don't mind being slapped
A few nights ago, some friends of mine had a serious discussion of how many times I ought to be slapped, and how hard. It's not that I did anything slap-worthy, you understand; the butler did it. I'm playing the part of Chives, a sharp-tongued butler, in the play "Doctor Jeckyll ... No Place To Hyde," a comedy by Pat Cook which will open Friday night in a dinner theater production at Mel's (the former Fifties and Fiddles) on Depot Street...
Christmas Villages held in November
It's beginning to look a lot like a crafty Christmas season. Several Christmas craft fairs are on the horizon: the second Walking for the Angels Christmas Village and Horse Show on Saturday, Nov. 2 the Unionville Volunteer Fire Department's Ladies Auxiliary Christmas Craft Village on Saturday, Nov. 9; and the Bedford County Fair Christmas Village on Saturday, Nov. 23...
Memorable music draws donations
Local talents were on display Friday and Saturday night as the Relay for Life "Strength in Numbers" team put on the production Music 'N Memories. Despite some electrical issues during the production's opening moments, the performances soon sounded off--some characters reacting to the loss of power with impromptu dialogue and reactions...
The Black Assassin
I knew it would come. There was no escaping. I thought I could outsmart it. I was wrong. Weeks earlier I heard that the wraith would come for my family. When I ran home to tell them, I was too late. They were gone. Since then, all I could do was run and hide, praying it wouldn't find me. I had been all over the hill country, staying in almost every household that would have me. I would never stay for more than a night, because if I did, I might put innocent people's lives at risk...
The Mystery of the Hot Wing Haunting
Have you ever come across a dead body on the road? Well, I have, and I was scared out of my wits. It all started on Friday, October 13, 2018. I was walking home on Skyview Road when I saw a chilling sight. There was a dead body in the middle of the road! I screamed as loud as a trucker's horn!...
Roguishly disheveled hair. Check. Black tuxedo t-shirt. Check. Million dollar smile that makes the ladies swoon--complete with glistening fangs and enough blood it looks like I've slaughtered a small mammal. Check, check, and check. I may not sparkle, but I am one smooth vampire...
Get spooked by winning stories
Once again, the entries in the Times-Gazette's annual ghost story and spooky drawing contest have delighted and frightened us with their creativity Suza Murata, 10, won the spooky drawing contest with an imaginative haunted house, including not only ghosts but carnivorous plants reminiscent of the one in "Little Shop of Horrors." There's also a witch, a spider, and a hand emerging from the grave, and the house itself has a menacing visage...
Famous names hang out at book fair
Origami Yoda, Ender Wiggins and Marie Antoinette the serial killer are making appearances for the next two weeks at Harris Middle School. The school's library is hosting its second Scholastic book fair this year; the first was in March. The book fair runs through Wednesday, said librarian Alyssa Littrell. ...
Web of the season
Fake spider webs are easy to find in October, but here's the real thing -- highlighted by the early morning sun. One thing's missing: No spider's to be seen. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
A special treat from the Captain
Captain Rodney Simmons has become a local fixture since moving to Tennessee in the 1980s. Last week, members of the Shelbyville Woman's Club were treated to Simmons' flavorful story about the origins of his delicious line of products, appropriately named "Captain Rodney's."...
Crowds began arriving unusually early Saturday at the 37th annual Webb School Arts & Craft Festival and Bell Buckle Downtown Show, and entrepreneur Rodney Simmons took that as a sign of another year of good attendance. "The last couple of years have been incredibly well-attended," Simmons said. The event continues today. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
Christmas trends discussed
Beta Sigma Phi, Xi Alpha Zeta Chapter, met on Oct. 10 at the home of Lyn Robinson. Vickey Stewart from Bedford-Moore Co-Op presented the program. She demonstrated the 2013 Christmas trends and gave many helpful hints on decorating for the holidays. She and her staff have decorated 13 trees which are on display at the co-op. The group was reminded of the Christmas Open House on Nov. 9 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with a Christopher Radko representative signing ornaments. Santa will be there from 1-3p.m. as well. From left are Vickey Stewart, Debbie Donegan and Mickey McLean. (Submitted photo)
Lights are on the way ...
Brandon Mitchell attaches a bracket to the fence on the Celebration grounds to help secure Christmas lights being put up Tuesday afternoon. Helping Mitchell is Tim Pruitt, left. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Normandy chili supper planned
Normandy Volunteer Fire Department's annual fall chili supper is scheduled for 4-7 p.m. Saturday at the fire hall. Proceeds go to the department. (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
Parenting is about relationship, says library luncheon speaker
David Thomas, a Shelbyville native who has co-written six books on parenting, stressed the importance of relationships Tuesday as the guest speaker for Argie Cooper Public Library's annual Tennessee Box Luncheon. Thomas also put in a good word for libraries, saying the love of reading he developed at the library in Shelbyville led to his success as a writer...
Weaving a crafty Webb of art, music and more
It's October in Bell Buckle, which means it's time for the the Webb School Arts and Crafts Fair. The 37th annual show, sponsored by Bell Buckle Chamber of Commerce and The Webb School, will take place 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Sunday. The official juried show and vendors will be located on a portion of the Webb School campus which touches Maple Street, but there will be other vendors and activities throughout the town...
Monsters at the library
Children attending Story Hour at Argie Cooper Public Library had a monstrously good time recently as they heard stories, did crafts and went on a monster hunt. Children's librarian Jessica Osborne, with the assistance of library volunteer Susan Farmer, read four books: "Where the Wild Things Are," "There's a Nightmare in my Closet," "The Monster Mash," and "Go Away, Big Green Monster!"...
'Plein' Air to paint new views
October is all about the arts in Bell Buckle as a newly formed group holds its first event. The Bell Buckle Arts Council is presenting the Plein Air Event and Art Show on Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. En Plein Air is French for "in the open air," and a total of 14 professional artists from across Middle Tennessee will leave their studios and set up their easels at the historic Railroad Square...
Video producer named to state panel
The man who shot a world-famous music video in Wartrace six years ago has been named to the Tennessee Film, Entertainment & Music Commission. Director/Producer Shaun Silva, Owner of TackleBox Films and FORWARD Post Production was named to the commission according to an announcement by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty...
Songs in the key of life: 'Music & Memories' returns
Fall in Shelbyville means Music 'N Memories, and the "Strength in Numbers" Relay for Life team has gathered some of Shelbyville's finest talent for another production. Covering several decades of music and fun, Music 'N Memories will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Shelbyville Central High School...
Voices in song: Community band, choir guide musical trip
Oct. 6 was an "evening at the pops," as the Community High School (CHS) Band and Choir took audience members on a musical journey back to the late '60s and up to the present when they presented their Fall 2013 Pops Concert in the school's auditorium...
Moon Pie money
Bell Buckle Chamber of Commerce donated funds to the Bell Buckle Volunteer Fire Auxiliary for its help with the 2013 RC Moon Pie 10 Mile Run. Bell Buckle Race Chairman Jenny Hunt presents the $400 check to Bell Buckle Volunteer Fire Auxiliary member Debbie Snell. The auxiliary organizes and serves more than 1,000 runners and volunteers during race day. The auxiliary is a fundraising and support group for the Bell Buckle Volunteer Fire Department. It consists of community volunteers, firefighter families and retired firefighters. (Submitted photo)
Spooks run for life at annual 5K event
United Way of Bedford County will hold its annual Spooktacular 5K run/walk Oct. 26, starting and ending at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration grounds. Early registration ends this Friday, although walk-up registration (at slightly higher cost) will be available on the day of the run...
Giving back in words: Local native turned author to headline luncheon
A man who spent "countless hours" at Bedford County's library as a child will be giving back in his own way next Tuesday. Author and Shelbyville native David Thomas is set to speak Oct. 15 at the annual Friends of the Library Author's Luncheon at Blue Ribbon Circle starting at noon. Tickets for the event cost $15 and are available at the front desk of the Argie Cooper Public Library...
Bikers to hit road for food
The Liberty Lions Club and the Gold Wing Road Riders Association's Tullahoma chapter are gearing up for an annual charity motorcycle ride. The Cruzin' Cauze We Care/Larry Brown Memorial Ride motorcycle poker run will be on Saturday, Oct. 12. This will be the ride's fourth year...
Sprucing up for the Craft Fair
Larry Stone paints Bell Buckle's distinctive quilt pattern on a parking lot in front of several businesses Monday. The city is gearing up for the annual Webb School Art & Craft Show from Oct. 19-20. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Fall for Fall: Some reasons why autumn rules
Fall is my favorite time of year. The humid days of summer start to dissipate and like a breath of fresh air the cool nights move in. The windows open and the fragrances of nature and spiced drinks and pies and festivity pour in. The breathtaking beauty of the changing foliage, the umbers and golden tones of autumn create an atmosphere of serenity--who could resist? This time of year friends gather to build fires and gather round them to sit with coffee in hand to tell stories and smoke pipes and read poetry and look through telescopes. ...
Quilt unveiled at Whitney Chapel
An unveiling ceremony of a quilt by Rose M. Hahn was held at Whitney Chapel at Parish Patch Farm & Inn in Normandy on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. The quilt was commissioned by David Hazelwood, owner of Whitney Chapel, as a surprise gift for his wife Claudia, and their daughter, Whitney of Swannanoa, NC...
Art, music & more
Cumberland Blue, which won the Nashville Blues Society Blues Challenge (youth division) in 2012, was among several bands who played in front of a well-attended Art in the Park event on the Shelbyville Square Saturday. In its second year, Art in the Park was one of several activities taking place in Bedford County Saturday. Look for more photos of the weekend's events in the Times-Gazette this week, and at t-g.com. (T-G Photo by Sadie Fowler)
Pets invited for blessings by church
Bless your dog, or cat, or snake, or bird, or tarantula or horse on Sunday in honor of the patron saint of pets. Episcopal Church of the Redeemer will host a blessing of the animals on Sunday at 4 p.m., said the Rev. Peter Whalen. Friday is the feast day for St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, but Redeemer decided to hold its blessing on Sunday...
Autumn's just so cool: Poll
Participants in a non-scientific poll of Times-Gazette web site users say that cooler weather is their favorite thing about fall, with the beautiful foliage in second and football coming in third. Other selections included the new TV season, which placed fourth; hayrides and bonfires, fifth; and anticipation for the holiday season, sixth...
Scarecrows to invade Bell Buckle soon
Families, schools and youth groups are invited to help Bell Buckle welcome this year's fall foliage by participating in the town's first scarecrow competition. The change of the colors and the small town's magnificent trees always attract photo bugs, so the town will be using the grassy area in front of the railroad tracks to fill with scarecrows in mid-October...
Art on the square
Ardis Caffey and Ann Spencer make a fall-themed decoration for placement at the corner of Depot and South Main Streets. The decorations are to promote Art in the Park scheduled for Oct. 5. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Ghost story submissions, spooky drawings sought
It's time again for the Times-Gazette's annual ghost story contest and our "scary drawing" contest for children. The story contest will be divided into three divisions by age, with a $25 gift card awarded in each division. The winning entries, as well as a number of honorable mention stories, will be published in the Oct. 23 "Spooktacular" edition of the Times-Gazette...
Going Electric: A Labeling Resistance (Expanded online version)
It was 1964 and the United States was in a tumultuous whirlwind of change and confusion. From Civil Rights movements to war protests to banishing forever the clean-cut image of the 50's, the nation was struggling to figure out who we were....
Local native to speak at library author's luncheon
A Shelbyville native is this year's speaker for the annual Friends of the Library Author's Luncheon in October. David Thomas, director of Counseling for Men and Boys at Daystar Counseling in Nashville, will speak on Oct. 15 at Blue Ribbon Circle starting at noon...
Site plan for library approved
Shelbyville's planning commission swiftly gave its recommendation for Argie Cooper Public Library's new site plan Thursday. The proposed location is between South Brittain and South Jefferson streets, fronted by Elliott Street on 3.29 acres. Drawings show an 11,903-square foot building, with a building height of 26 feet. A total of 41 parking spaces are shown on the plan, with an entrance on South Jefferson...
Funds for library on the books
The Shelbyville & Bedford County Library Board is close to what it needs for construction of a new library, according to a presentation library representatives made Tuesday night to Bedford County Financial Management Committee. The library board has $1,591,315 in hand or firmly committed, a total which includes a commitment of $1 million from the county. ...
Firehouse barbecue held
The annual Firehouse Barbecue, sponsored by Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce, was held Monday at the Tennessee Fire and Codes Academy. The event raises funds to provide smoke detectors for the needy. Tyler Anderton and Sue and Rick Reed help themselves to the fixings for their meals. See more photos at http://www.t-g.com/gallery/16937 (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
A knitting legacy: The Knit Kit hangs up its needles
The Knit Kit, a Shelbyville institution, is winding down, but it will never be forgotten by the owner's friends and families. Frances Farrar said she could not keep up with the store anymore. The shop has been at Merchant's Walk since 1985, providing a place not only for people to buy knitting supplies but also to gather together and learn about knitting while becoming friends...
CHRISTIANA -- Happy Thanksgiving! You'll be forgiven if you did not realize that Thursday was Thanksgiving, or at least, the Korean version of the holiday. Chuseok is Korea's Thanksgiving, and it dates back many centuries, certainly longer than America's harvest holiday...
Xi Alpha Zeta chapter of Beta Sigma Phil met recently. Front row, from left: Donna Green, Donna Simmons, Jennifer Jordan Thompson, Elaine Reed, Donna Stearns Smith. Second row: Debbie Donegan, Brenda Wright, Mary Jane Sinquefield, Peggy Orrell, Kay Simmons. Third row: Carolyn Miller, Patsy Taylor, Charlene Nelson, Joan Gray, Connie Smith. Back row: Libby Davidson, Lyn Robinson, Debbie Alcorn. Not present: Ginger Bobo Shofner, Mickey McLean, Carol Price, Ginny Saylor, Joy Caskey, Linda Anderton, Pam Fisher. (Submitted photo)
Silky smooth: Croatian artist enhances Shelbyville
Davorka Whiteside's art is just as fascinating as her background. The Croatian native sells her hand-painted silk scarves at an antique store on the Shelbyville square. The painting is a form of art called cold batik, which she teaches in classes held frequently at the antiques mall. Another form of batik, hot batik, uses wax...
Webb Craft Fair to be held Oct. 19-20
The 37th annual Webb School Arts and Crafts Fair will be held Oct. 19-20 in Bell Buckle, sponsored by Bell Buckle Chamber of Commerce and The Webb School. Hours will be 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday, 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Sunday. The event is traditionally held on the third weekend of October...
Sorority meets at the Fly
Laureate Delta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi recently held a meeting in the board room of The Fly Arts Center. President Pat Sherrill called the meeting to order. After a delicious box lunch from The Coffee Break, the ladies toured the history museum to view the new Beta Sigma Phi display being created. They also toured the theater area where the set for the upcoming play "The Headless Horseman" is almost finished...
Pull of the country: Flat Creek's unique attributes attract talented musician
Jim Wood moved to Flat Creek years ago to get away from Nashville, bringing his wife, his fiddle music and his passion for small community living. "I was a studio musician in Nashville," he said. "I moved to break the gravitational pull where I had jobs all the time playing. If I ever wanted to do my own music, I couldn't if I put all my creative energy into someone else's music."...
Recovering alcoholic's colorful new mural hits... The Spot
The Spot is back -- or, at least, a painted memory of it. Visitors to Shelbyville's public square may have noticed some colorful improvements to a building along North Brittain Street, and it's all due to the work of James Venable. Venable, an Atlanta native and a recovering alcoholic and drug addict, is undergoing treatment at the Tony Rice Center Inc. rehabilitation facility, and part of his journey is giving back to the local community...
Historical Society will spotlight quilts
The fall quarter meeting of the Bedford County Historical Society will be held at the First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall on Monday, Sept. 16. The evening will begin with a pot luck supper at 6:30 p.m., followed by the business meeting at 7:15 p.m., and then the program...
Arts Council announces memorial gifts
The Bedford County Arts Council memorials are:...
Two holidays in one
A huge crowd came out to celebrate July 4 a couple of months late on Labor Day night. Fireworks lit up the night and fun lit up faces as music from Razy'n Cain and games and food excited participants at H.V. Griffin Park.
Get ready for a Labor Day blast!
The Fourth of July may have been too wet for fireworks, but things will be popping starting at 9 p.m. Monday at H.V. Griffin Park. The fireworks display is jointly sponsored by Shelbyville and Bedford County. Constant rains earlier this summer dampened the annual tradition, but city manager Jay Johnson told the T-G Friday that the show will go on...
Imagine all the people, living for today ... again
In 1966 John Lennon made the infamous quote that The Beatles were "more popular than Jesus"-- a quote that was probably more accurate than most at the time wanted to admit. I would say I've never seen young girls cry hysterically in the presence of Jesus, but I did watch Jesus Camp...
She did it by the book: Library director to step aside
Pat Hastings retired July 1, after 35 years serving Argie Cooper Public Library. She still has the title of library director, but she has dropped back to a part-time schedule, the number of hours allowed by the state retirement system, and the library is now advertising for a new director...
Tattered glory: Project replaces flags
Girl Scouts MaryAnna Patton and Fayth Dennis were passing by Bedford County Emergency Medical Services on Frank Martin Road, according to MaryAnna, when they saw a patient in dire straits. The patient was BCEMS's flag, which was tattered. in poor shape and sticking to the flagpole...
Shelbyville Garden Club abuzz about bees
The Shelbyville Garden Club held its August meeting at the Farm Bureau, with Laurie Bierovic and Kay Simmons serving as hostesses. President Amy Wells presided over the meeting with 18 members attending. Following a devotion given by Becky Cortner, Wells welcomed the guest speaker, Eddie Johnson. ...
'Headless Horseman' at The Fly
"The Headless Horseman" will be presented 7 p.m. Sept. 27-28 and Oct. 4-5 at The Fly Arts Center on South Main Street. Ichabod Crane, an awkward but likeable schoolmaster, has packed up his meager belongings and moved to Sleepy Hollow. The quaint community, however, comes with a host of superstitious townsfolk who believe they have a graveyard beset with ghastly ghouls, including the venerable Headless Horseman...
FCE Club Reports
Wheel FCE met on July 11 in a picnic day meeting. Charlotte Foster reported. Carolyn Hulshof gave the devotion. Visitors were Ila Miller and two children. Business discussed: Work day next meeting on Aug. 8 at 11 a.m.; hostess for Bedford County Fair; turn in Move Across Tennessee records; and fair entries...
Visitors await opening of Discovery Park
Located in Northwest Tennessee, Obion County has been known throughout its history as an agricultural community. However, beginning this fall, the county will be known for something that will allow visitors to "see beyond" its history, world and culture with the opening of Discovery Park of America. The near-$100 million park is set to officially open with a ribbon-cutting event on Nov. 1, 2013...
Flowers and herbs surround Woman's Club
Members of the Shelbyville Woman's Club gathered Wednesday for their regular meeting at the Riverbend Country Club. Attendees were treated to a presentation by guest speaker Karen Yasui of Tullahoma about flowers and herbs. Decorations for the August meeting were done by Vavial Jamison. Toby Haynes and Janie Burke prepared place cards, Nancy Roak delivered the devotional, Margaret Hicks coordinated reservations, and Liz Palmer and Alene Hall were in charge of hospitality...
Shelbyville native among creators of 'Lost and Found'
"Lost and Found," a new musical based on the works of Stephen Foster, will be presented as a free staged reading 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, at Christ Church Cathedral, 9th Avenue and Broadway in downtown Nashville. The musical was written and directed by Nashvillians including Shelbyville native Martin Shofner...
'I Am What I Am' helps fight autism
The I Am What I Am Music Festival will return Saturday for its second year of benefiting autism groups. The all-day festival at the Bedford County Agriculture Center will start at 10 a.m., with gates opening at 9:30. Ninety percent of the funds will benefit the Bedford County Association for Exceptional Students to provide activities for the Aut 2 Be Kids group. Ten percent of proceeds will go to the Autism Society of Middle Tennessee...
It's just not the Fourth: Bell Buckle fireworks won't be rescheduled
There is just no day that can compare to the Fourth of July. And, ultimately, that's why Bell Buckle will not reschedule the rained-out July 4 celebration this year, according to fireworks organizers. Though any day in Bell Buckle is a good one, the Fourth of July is considered one of the very best, so it was a very difficult decision not to go forward with the festivities, according to a statement released by Jenny Hunt. ...
A special birthday lunch - in France
Jesa Moore and her mom Robin Moore recently enjoyed lunch at Le 58 Tour Eiffel Café in Paris, France. The luncheon was a birthday surprise, and Paris was a stop on a cruise to Ireland and Scotland. Jesa enjoyed sharing the trip with her mom, as well as her grandparents, Bobby and Patsy Lynch...
MTSU gets papers from composer of Sinatra hit
The Center for Popular Music at Middle Tennessee State University has expanded its internationally recognized collection with the works of songwriter, arranger and bandleader Joel S. Herron, who teamed with Frank Sinatra to write one of the crooner's classics, "I'm a Fool to Want You."...
Garden club hears beautification program
Town and Country Garden Club held its July meeting Wednesday at River Bend Country Club. A program entitled "Bedford Beautiful" was presented by Helen Garner. She related several beautification projects around town including "Our Town" Community Park on the Square...
'A Midsummer Night's Dream' to be performed
Smokestack Summer Theatre Group will present William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" from Aug. 16-18. The play will be offered at Community High School at 7 p.m. on Friday-Saturday, Aug. 16-17, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 18. Tickets are $4 at the door...
Lynchburg author examines Lord's Prayer
Author H.L. Robertson of Lynchburg has released "Into His Presence," a new book interpreting the Lord's Prayer. The book is a phrase-by-phrase analysis of the famous prayer, combined with a walkthrough of the tabernacle as it is described in the Old Testament. The book draws a comparison between the prayer and the worship practices used in the tabernacle...
A more realistic view of the 50s
This hardly qualifies as a book review, since the book in question was published a full 20 years ago. But I had to talk about how fascinated I was by David Halberstam's "The Fifties," which I picked up on sale for my e-reader a week ago and tore through over the next few days...
Hunting souls: Church brings outdoors indoors to spread gospel
Who knew that one local pastor's love of hunting could help him pursue his ultimate passion -- seeing others come to know Christ? Jonathan Sims, senior pastor of Shelbyville Mills Baptist Church, organized the church's first "Hunter's Night Out" four years ago as a way of reaching out to the citizens of Bedford County in a way in which few, if any, churches had...
Computers widen children's worlds
Shelbyville's library is ready to help younger children get their hands on the latest touch-screen computer technology focusing on early learning. Two AWE Early Literacy Stations are the latest additions to the Argie Cooper Public Library. They are among 137 computers being awarded to public libraries and family childcare programs across Tennessee...
'Music and Memories' cast sought
Tryouts for "Music and Memories," a benefit revue for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life, will be held 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, and Sunday, Aug. 11, at House of Prayer, 865 Union Street. Singers should bring their own music; scripts will be provided for cast tryouts...
Danhof speaks of cooking with herbs
Nancy Hulan and Gaynelle Pitner hosted the July 17, 2013 meeting of Shelbyville Garden Club at the Farm Bureau building, with 16 club members attending. Laurie Bierovic delivered the devotion. Club members enjoyed an interesting program presented by Whitney Danhof, UT Extension Agent, on the subject of cooking with herbs. Danhof shared tasty cheese straws in which she had prepared and also distributed recipes to members...
One unique ride: Is it a bicycle? A cart? Something else?
It started with the simple idea of joining two bicycles together, but for William Ralph Brannon simplicity may not be in his vocabulary. A retired truck driver who has spent his life in Bedford County, Brannon is one of the craftiest men you're likely to meet. A quick walk around his shop and you'll find a whole lifetime worth of his own clever innovations--his latest project being no exception...
Wilma Kane hands a bag of produce to Lori Stephens Thursday at the Bedford County Farmers Market on the Celebration grounds. Caden, 4, and Tanner, 15 months, are also shown. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Smoke & Fury: Tractor pull highlights Thursday night at the fair
It's a lot of dirt, noise and smoke, but also the biggest attraction of the Bedford County Fair each year, bringing hundreds from across the area to compete and watch. The Smoker Truck & Tractor Pull lived up to its name Thursday evening, attracting a capacity crowd to the Bedford County fairgrounds...
Fun continues at the fair
Up on top of the Sea-Ray, one of the larger rides at the county fair this year, these young ladies got into the spirit of the festivities on Thursday. (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
Taking a whirl
Ashlyn Yoes, 7, enjoys a ride on the merry-go-round Wednesday at the Bedford County Fair. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Building fun: Carnival workers stay on the move
The carnival workers do this every week, from one end of the country to the other. Fifteen rides must be torn down, hauled hundreds of miles to the next location, and then set back up and working safely. That's the job the crew of 20 with Carnival Tyme faces as they bring enjoyment to county fairs and other events all year round...
Bedford County Fair kicks off
Agriculture exhibits. Live music. Delicious food such as cotton candy. A dog show. A tractor pull. All that, and more, means it's time for the Bedford County Fair. It's time for family fun. The carnival opens at 6 p.m. today at the fair, which is being held at the Bedford County Agriculture Center. This evening, the fair will feature entertainment by Crystal Chandler at 7 and Kacey Smith at 8. Snow Bird will be there at 5 p.m...
Words, art mesh into magic
A skilled children's artisan and author recently joined up with two girls selling homemade cookies and lemonade to create a fun family outing on the downtown square. The Pomegranate, a boutique gift shop on the square, on Friday, July 19, hosted Clay Rice, an award-winning children's author and renowned silhouette artist. ...
A stitch in time ....
Jessica Osterhaus carefully pulls the thread through the needle as she, along with others, participate in a Sewing 101 class at the UT Extension Office on Midland Road. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
A Midsummer Night's Dream in rehearsal at Community
Keith Wortham and Sarah King Bratcher rehearse a scene from the Smokestack Summer Theatre's production of William Shakespeare's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM. Coming Aug. 16-17th at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 18th at 2:00 p.m.
Fair pass sales have begun
The Bedford County Fair Family Pass sales have begun. Passes for a family of 4 cost $50, which offers admission to the fair from July 29 through Aug. 31. This includes nightly entertainment and exhibits (excludes carnival rides offered by Carnival Tyme Attractions)...
Dancing before Shelbyville
Becky Landham and Justin Ward danced their way into Shelbyville last week when the served as guests of the Shelbyville Woman's Club. Landham and Ward own and operate Dance Murfreesboro, a studio that focuses on practical dances for adults needing to learn or spruce up their dancing skills before a special trip or occasion; or simply to learn a new skill and become more active...
Grant award recipients announced
State Rep. Pat Marsh of Shelbyville has released the list of grant award recipients from Tennessee Arts Commission for Fiscal Year 2014 (July 1, 2013- June 30, 2014). Eakin Elementary School made the list receiving $3,500 for this upcoming school year. This money will be used to enhance arts education in the school...
Star of the show: Film students shoot in Shelbyville
The tables have been turned this week at the Capri Theatre, which is being used as a set in a short movie that is being shot on-site. A film crew is shooting "Movie Room Magic," a romantic comedy directed by Phillip L. Dixon II. The majority of the crew is composed of Middle Tennessee State University mass communication students and alumni, while most of the actors are donating their talent, Dixon said...
A new library moves closer to reality
A new Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library is now on the horizon. The library Board of Trustees has approved plans for the new library with ground breaking scheduled for late fall. Notable components of the new space include a larger children's zone, more square footage for computer users, additional meeting space, rooms dedicated to our local Historical Society, and a public coffee area...
Wood, stone and talent
Donald Popham started making wooden bowls 10 years ago, when he was a younger man ... age 85. He's still at it today, and will likely still be at it in September, when he turns 96. The bowls are turned on a lathe and then decorated with wooden inlays. Because of the laborious process of gluing the inlays into place, it takes about three weeks to complete one...
'S' is for Shoulders
The summer reading program at Argie Cooper Library is winding down, but there was still lots of fun to be had at Wednesday's presentation at the Fly Arts Center featuring children's author Michael Shoulders. Shoulders, a Clarksville resident, is perhaps best known for his book, "V is for Volunteer -- A Tennessee Alphabet." The author delighted Wednesday's crowd as he led them in a rap version of the book...
A hot time for chili
This weekend, chili-makers from various places will converge on Shelbyville for two separate chili cookoffs -- but readers of the Times-Gazette website, t-g.com, are divided on whether chili is anytime food or just for cool weather. In a non-scientific poll, 56 percent say they save chili for cooler weather, but a still-respectable 44 percent say it's never the wrong time for a bowl of spicy goodness. A regional chili cookoff will be held this evening on the courthouse square, while tomorrow will be the Tennessee state championships. Both events are sanctioned by the International Chili Society. (T-G Graphic by John I. Carney)
Garden club has 'botanical art' program
Volunteer Garden Club held its June meeting at the Bedford County Farm Bureau building. Edna Burk presented a program entitled "Botanical Art." She demonstrated how to create Botanical Art and showed many pictures she had drawn. In recognition of National Garden Week, club members met at the Argie Cooper Library, worked in the garden and planted a container garden for the porch. ...
Wanted: Century Farms for county fair presentation
If you own a Century Farm, Bedford County Fair organizers want to talk to you. Fair organizers plan to honor the owners of farms at least 100 years old during a Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce Coffee on July 23. But, they are having trouble contacting farm owners, said Marilyn Kaye Hunkins, the fair's secretary...
Taste the thrill of the chil(i)
Contestants from seven states have entered this weekend's back-to-back chili cookoffs on the Shelbyville square, and plans are shaping up for the Uptown City Fair which will take place on Saturday, according to festival organizer Calvin Cannon. As of midday Monday, 10 contestants had signed up for Friday night's regional International Chili Society cookoff, while a dozen had signed up for Saturday's state championship ICS event...
'Fistful of Wool' returns
The South of Broadway Players, a local not-for-profit community theater group, is bringing back a western-themed murder mystery dinner theater show it performed last year; on an unrelated note, the group now has tax-exempt status as a 501(c)3 organization...
Dog Days: 4-H group celebrates end of training classes
The Bedford County 4-H Dog Project Group recently wrapped up another session of dog training classes with a dog show and celebratory end-of-semester party. Under the direction of Heather Miller (a former 4-H member), classes were held at the Bedford County Agriculture Center. She was assisted by junior leader Timmy Martin...
FCE Club reports
Sulphur Springs FCE Club met on June 17. Renee Kimbrell hosted. Tewaan Tucker reported. Business: Move Across Tennessee continues through June. Share Fair is June 25 at 6 p.m. Educational program: "I swallowed a fly. What will I do?" by Whitney Danhof on accidental poisoning...
Fireworks fizzle due to projected rain
The City of Shelbyville has cancelled Thursday night's fireworks show, as well as all other special activities at the park, due to projected severe weather. Shelbyville Recreation Center will remain open. The fireworks display will be held Labor Day, Sept. 2, at the park complex...
Parade, ceremony tonight mark early start to holiday
In an effort to stir patriotism among Bedford County residents, Calvary Baptist Church is beginning its celebration of independence a day early -- July 3 -- with its "God and Country Parade/Rally." The event is designed to rally citizens to a new sense of patriotism while turning their thoughts back to the Christian values that our country was built on...
'Dig Into Reading' welcomes reptiles to library
"Dig into Reading," the summer reading program at Argie Cooper Public Library, is well under way with over 3,300 books already read, according to children's librarian Jessica Osborne. Children read or listen to books (depending on their individual reading level) and record them on the reading log kept at the library...
Good day for a yard sale
Pearlee Mays sits in the shade, protected from the sun with a large hat, waiting for a customer at her yard sale on East Cedar Street while playing with her cell phone. (T-G photo by Jim Davis)
Gospel legend to sing at Edgemont musical
Five-time Grammy award winning gospel musician Russ Taff is participating in the 11th annual Edgemont Baptist Church musical. Taff will be performing his hit song "We Will Stand," which is the title song of this year's musical. "It's a big honor for him to take his time to come sing our title song," said Jeffrey McGee, the music minister at Edgemont. "We are very excited for our chorus to get to sing with him."...
Revolutionary choices for July 4 viewing
Looking for some good Independence Day-themed movies? Here are three suggestions. They're entirely subjective -- based purely on my own opinions of movies I've seen. This 1972 production is based on the Broadway musical, so your enjoyment of it is, naturally, dependent on your tolerance for musicals. I love it, but my father -- who is a history buff -- stumbled across it one day and thought it ridiculous...
Fleeting love, eatery occupy musician
Chase Perryman has two big productions this summer. One is, well, "Vol. 1," the CD he's just released with his band Chase Perryman & The People Familiar with the Situation. The second is Mel's, a new restaurant and performance venue he's opening in the space formerly occupied by 50s & Fiddles on Depot Street, not far from the square. ...
Reading in Action part of nationwide event
United Way of Bedford County held "Day of Action....Reading in Action" Friday at Argie Cooper Public Library. The event was part of a nationwide "Day of Action" volunteer initiative by local United Way groups. Volunteer readers read to children at the library, and signups were taken for the "Raise Your Hand Tennessee" program which puts volunteer readers and turtors in the schools for an hour a week during the school year. ...
Special deliveries of floral design
The Shelbyville Garden Club held its June meeting at Farm Bureau with 18 members present. Lunch was provided by hostesses Sandra Crowell and Margaret Smith. Following a devotion given by Libby Davidson, upcoming events and programs were reviewed by president Amy Wells...
Bedford County Fair schedules announced
The Bedford County Fair Association is accepting trade show booth and outside concession applications. The application deadline is Monday, July 15. Vendor setup will begin on Sunday, July 28, between 2-5 p.m. Receiving for the home economics/agriculture exhibits will also begin on Sunday, between 1-5 p.m...
A Jedi Master and the blog side of the Force
The story of an autistic Bedford County boy and the Jedi Master who saved his vacation has gone viral. On May 31, the Times-Gazette ran a front-page photo of Esther and Josiah Edwards, along with their father Brock, selling lemonade to help them feel like they'd contributed to a family trip to Disney World the following week...
Cloggers entertain RC-Moon Pie crowd (WITH VIDEO)
The Mid-State cloggers perform at the 19th annual RC Cola / Moon Pie festival in Bell Buckle. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
Bonnaroo headliner Jack Johnson plays a mini-set in the press tent Friday morning. Johnson stepped in when Mumford and Sons were forced to back out due to a band member's illness. (T-G Photo by Emily-Ann Hill)
Artist aims to touch people's souls
You can take the artist out of Texas, but you cannot take Texas out of the artist, as one mixed media artist proves. Self-taught artist Becky Shelton hails from Euless, Texas, but has not lived in The Lone Star State since 2000. Her Texas roots continue to show in her mixed media collages and acrylic paintings...
Juneteenth to be celebrated Saturday
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated event commemorating the end of slavery in the United States and will be recognized locally Saturday with a special event at H.V. Griffin Park. President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation ending slavery became official Jan. 1, 1863, but news did not reach Texas until two and a half years later...
Chili adds to summer's heat
July is always hot ... but there's one weekend on the Shelbyville square when it gets a little hotter. The Tennessee State Chili Cook-off, sanctioned by the International Chili Society, will be held July 13 on the Bedford County Courthouse lawn, and it will be preceded on July 12 by the Southern Summer Chili Night District Cook-off...
Shelbyville again an alternate route for avoiding Bonnaroo traffic
As in years past, Tennessee Department of Transportation's list of alternate routes for travelers hoping to avoid Bonnaroo-related backups on Interstate 24 includes a route passing through Shelbyville. For over a decade, the Middle Tennessee city of Manchester in Coffee County has hosted one of the most popular live music events in the country - the annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. ...
Songs star in Wartrace night
Exciting music, delicious food and summer sun usually combine for a good time. Saturday's annual Wartrace Music Festival delivered all three to a large, excited crowd. The yearly event was a hit, as usual, attracting visitors of all ages from across Middle Tennessee. Bands played music across a wide variety of genres including country, rock and bluegrass, which brought fans of all kinds of music. The warm summer weather and local food choices didn't hurt, either...
SMBC dares to be Daniel with special summer ministry
In an effort to reach more children, and in turn more families, Shelbyville Mills Baptist Church has revamped its summer children's ministry for this year. Because the church's AWANA program runs concurrent with the school year, the summer months are usually filled with other activities such as Vacation Bible School, children's choir and kids' camp...
Frontier Days in Lynchburg
The 51st Annual Lynchburg Frontier Days Rodeo and Carnival will be June 20-22 in Lynchburg. An eight-event rodeo will start at 7 p.m. June 21 and 22 with "mutton bustin'" (young children riding sheep). There will be a kids' calf scramble each night, and fireworks during the intermission on Saturday...
Life in harmony: Award-winning gospel singer lands in Bell Buckle
Two of Bell Buckle's newest residents, Russ and Tori Taff, will be crowned king and queen next weekend at the town's 19th annual RC Cola and Moon Pie Festival. If the names are familiar to you, you're likely a fan of Christian music. Russ Taff is one of the most legendary singers in Christian music, with six Grammy Awards, 10 Dove Awards and many other nominations. ...
Look! At the top of our poll! It's Superman!
Superman leaves Batman, Wonder Woman, Iron Man and Spider-Man in the dust in a non-scientific poll as the favorite superhero of readers of the T-G web site. Superman, who'll be played by British actor Henry Cavill in the summer action movie "Man of Steel," got more than 31 percent of the vote, with Batman far behind at 13 percent. Wonder Woman was third with 10 percent of the vote, Iron Man fourth with 7.4 percent and Spider-Man fourth at 6.7 percent...
Fired up and ready to run (and slide)
Wednesday marked National Runners Day, and I was delighted to celebrate the occasion by joining a small group of runners on the most unique run I've ever experienced. Throughout my adult life, running has off-and-on served as a source of peace. It's the only space in my life where I'm able to clear my mind for an hour, trading in thoughts of what needs to be done for thoughts of how can I challenge myself to do better -- whether that means achieving a faster pace, running another mile, or, more broadly speaking, at life in general.. ...
Fun in plans
Diversity is to be the secret sauce Saturday for the sixth annual Race Unity Day Picnic. The event takes place at the Lions Club Pavilion at H.V. Griffin Park from 11 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. The picnic is sponsored by the Baha'is of Bedford County and friends. According to their website, the Baha'is is the world's youngest independent religion, which is based on the premise that "humanity is one single race and that the day has come for its unification in one global society."...
Kacey Smith to perform in Nashville during CMA Week
Shelbyville musician Kacey Smith is going "Downtown," to downtown Nashville, that is, to sing during the week of CMA Fest. Smith will perform at two venues, on June 5 and 7. While CMA Fest is June 6-9, the venues are not sanctioned by the festival, said Smith's publicist, Camilla Kleindienst of Banner Music Management...
Acts booked for 2014 R.O.K. show
Even though it's been only about three months since its inaugural event, organizers of the Rewarding Our Kids (R.O.K.) concert already have booked acts for the next date. Bedford County's emergency services agencies sponsored the first-ever R.O.K. as part of a community-wide Safety Day this past February. Now, Jason Barber, one of the organizers, said a band called Awaken has committed, making the third band to sign on for the next event...
Taffs reign as RC-Moon Pie royalty
Acclaimed Grammy and Dove award-winning Christian vocalist Russ Taff and his wife, singer and Grammy-nominated songwriter Tori Taff, will be the king and queen of the 19th Annual RC Cola & Moon Pie Festival, June 15 in Bell Buckle. The light-hearted event celebrates a beloved combination in southern culture, going back to the days when Royal Crown Cola came in a larger bottle than its competitors, and Moon Pies were one of the largest snack items sold in country stores. ...
Drowning is the second leading cause of injury-related deaths of children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Three local organizations and one courageous mom are working to change this statistic. "For me it's personal," said Tiffany Rollins. "Had I been more aware of safety measures, maybe my son would be alive today."...
Encouragement, food on Relay for Life menu
Visitors to the American Cancer Society Relay For Life, coming up this weekend at Bedford County Ag Center on Midland Road, will have their choice of tasty treats from fish and chips to muffins to thick-sliced bologna sandwiches, and everything in between...
'Boogie, blues and barbecue' in Wartrace
Plans are continuing for the Wartrace MusicFest, June 8 at the horse show grounds in Wartrace. Organizers promise "a day of boogie, blues, and barbeque." The event will have a tent stage featuring acoustic acts in a cabaret setting from 4-6 p.m. Barbecue from Git-R-Done Barbecue will be served, and the entertainment will include singer-songwriter Everett Brown and bass player Dan Green; the acoustic Americana music of trio Rickety Shack; the Jake Apple Trio; and duo Evo & Ove...
FCE Club Reports
President Sherry Brown called the meeting of the Pleasant Grove FCE Club to order at 9:30 a.m. on May 20. Members present were Sherry Brown, Cheryl Jackson and Donna Parker. Sherry Brown reported. Call to order was read by Donna Parker. Sherry Brown read devotion. Educational lesson on "Don't let the bedbugs bite" was presented by Cheryl Jackson. Today's hostess was Sherry Brown...
Wartrace arts group seeks support
Proponents of an arts and lifestyle center in Wartrace held another meeting Tuesday night, but were faced with lower turnout than at previous meetings, and they aren't certain whether that indicates a lack of support or just a busy time of year. Supporters of what's being called the Wartrace Arts Community are talking about buying a home and property in Wartrace for use as a center for the arts, for demonstrations of sustainable living, and other projects. ...
Bonnaroo affects regional economy
In just a few weeks, thousands from across the country will be headed to nearby Manchester for four days of music and fun at Bonnaroo. When they do, they will be injecting millions into the local economy, according to an economic impact study. The recently completed study by Greyhill Advisors shows that festival and its patrons dropped more than $50 million into Manchester's and Tennessee's economies last year...
Google makes artist's day
A Shelbyville Central High School sophomore who loves drawing and fishing has caught the big one -- a Google art award, not a fish. Cesar Velazquez was the top high school entrant from Tennessee in the Doodle 4 Google contest. The competition invites K-12 students in the United States to redesign Google's homepage logo, or doodle. Entries are broken into several categories by grade level...
Banding together to grow
Teamwork is an important part of any learning experience. It's when great ideas and hard work come together that something extraordinary happens--at least, it's the case for students and educators at Liberty School. In January, art teacher Helen Johnson proposed an idea for a stepping-stone garden to be designed by eighth-graders. According to Johnson, the garden idea quickly evolved into much more...
A Bedford County poet in the Big Apple
Given some talent and skill, a bit of confidence, the difference between struggle and success at authorship is in learning the business side, and how to promote your work...
Bell Buckle group builds foundation
Bell Buckle's new Arts Council is getting organized for future events to attract visitors. Sally Kilgore gave a status report on the new group, praising Tennessee Poet Laureate and town resident Maggi Vaughn for originating the idea. Vaughn had suggested inviting a different arts group to town each month, with the citizen-organized council standing on its own and with the blessing of the town board...
Songs from the heart
Although attendance was down at Tuesday night's performance by the Nashville Symphony at Calsonic Arena, organizers of the concert say they were pleased with it anyway. Dawn Holley, a co-chair of the event, estimated the crowd at 550. The concert was scheduled later than usual and conflicted with several other events, so organizers were prepared for a hit in the normal attendance, which is often in the 700-800 range...
Blooming business downtown
Business was blooming downtown last Saturday as merchants gave away free spring flowers to customers in honor of Mother's Day. Stores long-established and new participated in the May Flower event to promote gardens, home decor, fashions, and more, and encourage shopping in on an around the square. ...
It's all on the wall: MTSU, Community students paint murals
Collaboration can be a beautiful thing. At one elementary school, it turned out to be a work of art. Students and teachers from all three Community schools recently collaborated with Middle Tennessee State University art education students on a project that not only gave students experience but helped to brighten the gymnasium of Community Elementary...
Smokestack Theatre Group holds year-end show
After an eventful year on the stage, members of Community High's Smokestack Theatre Group took time out to reflect at the 19th annual End of the Year Show, an awards banquet held by the group. The evening began with a dinner to serve the more than 90 parents, teachers, and students gathered on the CHS stage itself. The show itself would include awards and dramatic and musical performances...
Just shufflin' along for a good cause
What promises to be an evening of pure fun and entertainment for local residents is being held for a serious cause. The 8th Annual First Choice Pregnancy Center Fish Fry will be held Saturday from 3:30-7 p.m. at 1198 Whiteside Hill Road. The event is held annually at Walnut Ridge Farm, owned by Barry and Pam Cooper of Shelbyville. Pam is the client services director for the First Choice Pregnancy Center...
May Flower event planned for square
On Saturday, May 11, merchants on the square will sponsor a May Flower event (April showers bring May flowers). This event is to promote gardens, home decor, fashions, and more, and encourage shopping in on an around the square. The merchants are joining The Uptown Association (working toward a Main Street designation), which will sponsor plant sales...
Back in action: Cars, more to roar in for annual show
Celebration City Region Car Club, a local chapter of the Antique Automobile Club of America, will hold its annual car, truck and bike show Saturday at the Celebration Pavilion on Whitthorne Street. This year's show has the title "Horsepower Unlimited!", chosen by club members to reflect the fact that this show is open to all sorts of vehicles, whether or not they're classified as antiques. Club president Jimmy Shreve said diesel truck classes have been added due to popular demand...
A weekend of fun activities
Absolute Skyy, Hannah Pulvers up, presented the flag to open Friday night's Row McLaughlin and Greg Maupin Benefit Horse Show at Bedford County Agriculture and Education Center. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
Growing familly entertains seniors
For about eight years, one family as dedicated their time and musical talents to a local rehabilitation center, socializing, visiting and playing music for the elders who live there. "The Collard family is very special to Glen Oaks," said administrator Daniel Richmond. ...
Symphony concert plans still in tune
Tickets remain on sale for the May 14 "Symphony at the Celebration" concert featuring the Grammy Award-winning Nashville Symphony at Calsonic Arena on the Celebration grounds in Shelbyville. Resident Conductor Albert-George Schram will conduct a program of classical and popular favorites...
Wartrace MusicFest planned June 8
The ninth annual Wartrace MusicFest, to be held Saturday, June 8, will feature exceptional musicianship from a multigenerational roster of talent that includes an award winning seven piece teenage blues band, a rising twenty-something rock and roll trio, and a veteran boomer ensemble playing Santana inspired Latin rock...
Webb Players to present 'Theophilus North'
BELL BUCKLE -- "Theophilus North," by Matthew Burnett and based on a novel by Thornton Wilder will be presented by The Webb Players on May 2-4 at 7:15 p.m. on the chapel stage. The production is open to the public. A $10 donation is requested. Webb students, faculty and staff will be admitted at no charge...
The Caltons will perform at 5 p.m. on Sunday at Edgemont Baptist Church. The public is invited. (Submitted photo)