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Tuesday, Apr. 28, 2015
Arts, Entertainment and Culture

Apologetics movie returns to Capri (04/15/15)
A creationism movie that screened two months ago in Shelbyville is returning soon for a repeat performance. "A Matter of Faith" is a Christian film that explores the creation-evolution debate. The movie initially screened on Feb. 7 at the Capri Theatre and will return for another screening at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 18...
Celebrity chef to speak at dinner (04/12/15)
If ever there was a common thread for the folks who reside in Southern Middle Tennessee, it would probably be said that it would have to be "barbecue." Folks who live in the Tennessee Heritage Backroads communities will have a rare opportunity to enjoy an evening with a celebrity Chef Troy Black who has climbed his way up the barbecue ladder of fame. ...
It's time to R.O.K. out at concert (04/08/15)
Bedford County youth will get to R.O.K. and roll once again this spring. The third annual Rewarding Our Kids (R.O.K.) Concert will be Saturday and is hosted by local emergency services. This may be the concert's third year, but it has one major change, organizer Jason Barber said. The concert has moved to a new venue: Pleasant Valley Farms, 2395 Highway 64 East...
Books of spring (04/05/15)
Happy Easter to everyone! Now it REALLY seems like spring! Everywhere you go now people seem a bit more light-hearted and upbeat. This past weekend there was plenty of hustle and bustle in the gardening departments of stores wherever I went. Combine that with all the fresh flowers and blossoming trees and I am reminded of one of my favorite things about Tennessee. It is so pretty here so much of the year...
Honoring Mom - with an appearance in 'Emic' (04/02/15)
A few years ago, my brother Michael was rooting through some old family photos. He was looking for photos of our long-departed Aunt Ila which he could show to his young daughter, also named Ila. But he found another photo, one he held onto for a bit...
'P is for Perfect' (04/02/15)
For the first time, the biannual Shelbyville Woman's Club play will be presented for the public, as a project of the Bedford County Arts Council. In addition to its presentation for club members on April 8, the one act comedy, "P Is For Perfect," will be presented at 7 p.m. April 10 and 11 at the Fly Arts Center on South Main Street. Tickets are $8 and $10. The play is directed by Nancy Crowell; cast members are (front row, from left) Mickey McLean, Ardis Caffey, (back row) Kay Rose, Sandy Still and Sally McReynolds. (Submitted photo)
Destinations & Diversions: Easter eggs, gospel groups and Hee Haw (04/02/15)
The 50 Cent Auction Group is hosting an Easter egg hunt Saturday at the Bedford County Agriculture Center from 5 p.m. Free hot dogs while supplies last and games for the kids. l First Baptist Church (Depot St.) is hosting an Easter egg hunt Saturday at Walnut Ridge Farms, 1198 Whiteside Hill Road. Hunt begins at 10 a.m. There will be food, a bounce house, double super slide and a zip line. Children attending should bring a basket...
Two cross walks set for this week (04/01/15)
Two different events, one on Friday and another on Saturday, will commemorate Christ's crucifixion by way of volunteers carrying a cross to the county courthouse. On Saturday, the Backwoods Hunting Ministry, and members of various churches, will carry a cross from East Park Methodist Church, 103 East Parkway, to the square, a distance of about 3 miles...
Your best duck call could be a winner (04/01/15)
If you love the "Duck Dynasty" TV show and enjoy reading the Bible, the Times-Gazette has a promotion for you. The Times-Gazette published a review by staff writer Jason Reynolds of the Duck Commander Bible last fall. Thomas Nelson, publisher of "Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible," a New King James Version edition, provided the T-G with 10 complementary autographed copies to give away in a promotion. ...
New 'Duck Dynasty' book leads kids toward God (04/01/15)
The "Duck Dynasty" family has a new book that aims to point children to God. Korie Robertson and her mother Chrys Howard have released "Duck Commander Devotions for Kids." Korie is the wife of Willie Robertson, son of Duck Commander founder Phil Robertson. The publisher is Tommy Nelson, an imprint of Thomas Nelson...
Scales finds walk in life, concentrates on growing church (04/01/15)
While sitting in his MBA courses at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC), Jason Scales wasn't trying to figure out how to grow a successful business, but rather pondering different ways churches could grow and reach their communities. "We were doing case studies on Jos. A. Bank and Dell, how they got started--marketing and all that, and I'd be thinking about church," said Scales...
SEAL faced life, death, blindness with great attitude (04/01/15)
"The sun had risen, and now the people we'd just lapped could see Ryan's scarred face and closed eyes. They could tell he was blind. Suddenly, without anybody saying anything, they cleared a path for us and started clapping, one by one, all the way down the hill. ... 'They had no idea what happened to you on that roof,' I said. 'They know nothing about your struggle or the guys who never made it back. All they know is that some blind dude just humped past them on a steep hill.'"...
'The Last Supper' comes to life (04/01/15)
One of the best-known paintings of all time will be brought to life Thursday night as part of a Holy Week observance at Cedar Grove United Methodist Church. The men of the church will re-enact Leonardo da Vinci's 1498 mural "The Last Supper" 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The church is located at the intersection of Cedar Grove Road and Manire Road west of Unionville...
Adams discovers life around Dead Sea (04/01/15)
As a student of biblical history since an early age, Ronnie Adams always wanted to make a trip to Israel. Adams, a faithful subscriber to Biblical Archeology and a pastor, eventually got his opportunity in 2001, and hasn't stopped visiting the Holy Land since...
Driven to succeed: At 17, Sterchak takes care of business (03/29/15)
A busy Saturday morning in Bell Buckle; It's Daffodil Day and the town is bustling with traffic. Weaving in and out of the traffic is a little white pick-up truck with a large dent in the front passenger side and garbage in the back. The truck is driven by 17-year-old Bell Buckle local Zac Sterchak. Saturdays are his trash pick-up day...
Choosing words wisely (03/29/15)
I will never forget the determined young report writer who approached my reference desk a number of years ago. He had a serious look on his face as if he had mustered up all his courage to approach the librarian, me, with a tough question. He placed his hands on the counter, looked me right in the eye and said, "Lady, do you have thorosis?"...
Historical Society hears program on Gallagher guitars (03/26/15)
Bedford County Historical Society held its spring meeting March 16 at First United Methodist Church. The program was presented by Steve Gallagher with a history of Gallagher Guitars in Wartrace. Steve is the third-generation proprietor of the business which was started by his grandfather, J.W. ...
Destinations & Diversions: Hoops, Hee Haw and egg hunts this weekend (03/26/15)
The annual Turn on the Tap Three on Three Basketball Tournament, sponsored in part by First Baptist Church of Normandy, will be Friday and Saturday at Cascade High School. Grades 4-6 will be Friday night beginning at 6 p.m.; grades 7-12 and the men's division will be Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. For team fee, sponsorship, or more information, contact Kim Heath at 205-1358 or the church office at 857-3800. All proceeds will go to Turn on the Tap with Samaritan's Purse...
Thorpe competes in Louisiana chili cookoff (03/25/15)
Dicky Thorpe of Shelbyville competed in the ninth annual Louisiana Regional & State Chili Cookoff this month in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The event was sanctioned by the International Chili Society. Thorpe, who lives in Shelbyville and is a supervisor at the Nissan plant in Smyrna, won the red chili division of the International Chili Society's Tennessee state championship cookoff last summer on the Shelbyville square. He went on to compete in the ICS's world championship cookoff in Las Vegas. He also competed in the 48th Annual Original Terlingua International Frank X. Tolbert - Wick Fowler Championship Chili Cookoff. Thorpe and his "Tennessee Hillbilli Chili" failed to win any awards in Louisiana, although he said both his red and green chili entries earned some points. But he had a good time and got to both meet new friends and reconnect with friends from previous ICS cookoffs. (Submitted photos)
Worship leader fishes for souls...and fish, too (03/22/15)
This week the T-G caught up with worship leader and avid fisherman, Zach Kirby. If you have any suggestions for an interesting Sunday Conversation email editor Sadie Fowler at sfowler@t-g.com. T-G: Tell us a little about your family...
The other side of March is here (03/22/15)
It seems only fitting for me to give equal time to the flipside of the "March comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb" proverb. Since I talked about lions last week, this week, with the vastly more agreeable weather, I am giving equal time to lambs. After all, lambs (and sheep) seem to play a rather large role in the childhood of most of us...
Sierra Rose's world, in her hands (03/22/15)
Inside the Argie Cooper Library, a crowd of people is gathered around a table near the front entrance. Seated at that table, with a pile of books in front of her, is Sierra Rose Johanson, and it's her 16th birthday. While most 16-year-olds are busy dreaming about what type of car they might get, Johanson has spent the last couple of years dreaming up and working diligently to publish her first novel--which she is graciously signing for those gathered around her...
Sorority learns of makeup trends (03/20/15)
Members of Xi Alpha Zeta chapter of Beta Sigma Phi sorority held their March meeting at Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio. Dena Landers, the owner, presented the program on current makeup and skin care trends. Sorority president Debbie Alcorn was the makeover model...
Shelbyville Garden Club meets (03/22/15)
The Shelbyville Garden club held its March meeting at the River Bend Country Club. Donna Simmons opened the meeting. Sandra Crowell read a poem about springtime and delivered the devotion. Loraine Sutton spoke on inspiring the younger generations to learn about and appreciate gardening, noting on how relaxing it is to get back to the earth. Sutton also announced she will be involved in an upcoming gardening show for a local cable channel...
Destinations & Diversions: Model trains, a spring fling, or wild game (03/19/15)
Bell Buckle will hold its annual Daffodil Day observance 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday. The event, sponsored by Bell Buckle Chamber of Commerce and Bell Buckle Tree Board, is in honor of the thousands of daffodils that line the roads and farmlands for a six-mile stretch of State Route 82 leading into Bell Buckle...
Sunday Conversation: Playwright with local connections pens faith-based tales (03/15/15)
Warren Sager, a playwright, lives in Rutherford County and attends Fair Haven Baptist Church in Shelbyville. He wrote the play "Something's Wrong With Abernathy" which was performed at the church last weekend. He sells scripts for churches, schools and homeschools...
'The Quiet Man': A personal project and an all-time classic (03/15/15)
John Martin Feeney was born in Maine in 1894, the son of Irish immigrants at the end of a wave of immigration. He was proud of his native country, America, but he was also proud of his Irish ancestry. As a young man, he moved to California, following his older brother Francis into the movie industry, and choosing a stage name that matched his brother's: Jack Ford, which eventually became John Ford...
Elvis-look-alike stars in faith-based family film (03/15/15)
If you're looking for a quality movie the whole family can watch, look no further than "The Identical." Produced by City of Peace Films, "The Identical" follows the life of Ryan Wade (played by a newcomer, Blake Rayne), a young man bearing a striking resemblance to The King of Rock 'N Roll. Rayne worked for a time as an Elvis impersonator after winning a impersonator competition...
Wood comes alive; McGee's figurines depict Southern life (03/15/15)
"Let me tell you what kind of business man I am," says Grady McGee as he reaches to the top shelf of a bookcase and retrieves two large, African-inspired figures--they are solid wood and hand carved by McGee himself. "That poet from Bell Buckle, Maggi Vaughn," said McGee. "She was sitting on that couch right there and offered me $200 for these."...
Destinations & Diversions: Paws For A Cause run/walk set for Saturday (03/12/15)
Middle Tennessee Spay and Neuter Clinic will host the annual Paws for a Cause 5K Run/1 Mile Fun Walk on Saturday starting at 10 a.m. at the Celebration pavilion across from Calsonic Arena. Runners will receive a timing chip and back number. Awards will be given. Pre-registration can be done online at www.active.com and is $30 per person. Day of event registration is $35 and is from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Kids under 5 are free...
Stitching memories of Seuss (03/08/15)
The Shelbyville Satellite Group to Cheekwood's Chapter of the Embroiderer's Guild of America in Nashville recently distributed bookmarks to students at Southside Elementary. The group did this in honor of Read Across America Week, which includes the birthday of Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel)...
Let your mind roam (03/08/15)
We lost one of those individuals whose face and performances are known by most humans on the planet. I suspect that most people can tell you exactly who the Vulcan, Mr. Spock is, and a great many can tell you that he was portrayed by Leonard Nimoy. A television show that was originally broadcast 1966 and ran only three years before being cancelled, "Star Trek" has had myriad influences on our lives and culture. ...
Book offers hope to struggling moms (03/08/15)
Attention struggling mothers: You can be a life-giver. An author and former Nashville pastor has that message for stressed-out moms everywhere in a book titled "9 Traits of a Life-Giving Mom: Replacing My Worst With God's Best." Sue Detweiler, the author, writes from personal experience as she has six children (including two adopted). Detweiler is honest and transparent about her struggles as a mother in order to help those who are following in her maternal footsteps...
Destinations & Diversions: Mystery theater, chili, fashion to highlight weekend fun (03/05/15)
Fair Haven Baptist Church is holding its annual mystery theater Friday through Sunday. The title is "Something's Wrong With Abernathy." Tickets for Friday and Saturday are $10 and include dinner and dessert; Sunday tickets are $8 and include dessert...
Five authors to appear at Motlow (03/05/15)
Motlow College is hosting a reception and book signing at the Moore County campus bookstore on March 19, featuring authors Karen S. Veazey, Mimi Hughes, Weldon Payne, Diane Tatum, and Dr. Michael Bradley, all of whom have Motlow connections. The reception, which is open to the public, will be from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Follett Bookstore inside the Forrester Student Center...
Daffodil Day returns to Bell Buckle (03/05/15)
Bell Buckle will hold its annual Daffodil Day observance 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. March 21. The event, sponsored by Bell Buckle Chamber of Commerce and Bell Buckle Tree Board, is in honor of the thousands of daffodils that line the roads and farmlands for a six-mile stretch of State Route 82 leading into Bell Buckle. ...
Black History quiz bowl held (03/03/15)
Finding out how much folks know about black history was the goal Saturday as a quiz bowl on the topic was held. The event was sponsored by the Gilliland Historical Resource Center, according to Mary Ann Brame, and has been held for the past few years featuring a "Jeopardy" type of competition...
This hobby rocks: Gem & Mineral Society is down to earth (03/01/15)
There's a loud humming coming from the back room of the converted storage shed. A man stands hunkered over a polishing wheel, carefully putting the finishing touches on what will make a nice piece of jewelry. Judging from the outside of the building, one wouldn't assume that there would be so much activity going on inside, but there is. There are several people gathered for the Middle Tennessee Gem and Mineral Society's (MTGMS) weekly lapidary class...
Man paints 'Doctor Who' TARDIS on garage door (03/01/15)
If you're driving around the streets of Shelbyville, don't be surprised if you encounter a Time Lord's blue, rectangular space-time vehicle. Shelbyville resident Rocky Derryberry's home sports a painting of the TARDIS (Time and Relative Dimension in Space) from the "Doctor Who" television show. Part of the mural lights up...
Church serves up murder with a meal (02/25/15)
Murder is afoot at a local Baptist church, and you can find out whodunit while eating dinner. Fair Haven Baptist Church is holding its annual mystery theater March 6-8. The title is "Something's Wrong With Abernathy." The play starts out with the title character being discovered dead, said church member Warren Sager, who wrote the script. The nine-person cast, including a bumbling dectective, tries to figure out "whodunit."...
Library classes rescheduled (02/22/15)
Argie Cooper Public Library has rescheduled two classes due to the weather. The classes had been scheduled for Saturday, but were cancelled due to snow. The classes now will be held on Saturday, March 14 at the original times they were scheduled for...
Sunday Conversation: Buchanan talks beauty, black history (02/22/15)
T-G: Tell us a little about your family. Buchanan: Married to Wilkie Buchanan for 44 years. We have two sons, Wilkie Jr. and Wendell. Two grandsons, Trey (Wilkie III) and Tytus, and one on the way, due July 28...
Winter weather, rodeo don't mix (02/19/15)
Lone Star Rodeo has postponed Saturday's scheduled performance in Calsonic Arena until the following Saturday, Feb. 28. Advance tickets purchased for this weekend will be honored on the 28th. The Crofton, Ky.-based company is celebrating its 25th anniversary in Calsonic Arena. It was started in Texas in 1949 and has been run for the past 37 years by Preston C. Fowlkes Jr...
Lent begins, but Ash Wednesday services affected (02/18/15)
Schools are not the only institutions that are having to cancel functions due to the weather -- many churches have had to change the way they mark the start of Lent. Today is Ash Wednesday, the start of the Lenten season that leads up to Easter, which is April 5. Some churches hold special services on Ash Wednesday. Some also host special meals the day before, which is called Shrove Tuesday (or Fat Tuesday)...
Is the web killing 'Saturday Night Live'? (02/18/15)
The "Saturday Night Live" 40th anniversary special on Sunday night drew huge ratings for NBC, but there has been some hand-wringing lately about the long-term prospects for the show. I'm not talking about the eternal complaints that "the new cast isn't as good as the cast I grew up with." Those complaints have gone on throughout the show's history, and the cast that one generation blamed for ruining the show is looked back on fondly by a different generation as representing a golden era. ...
Rodeo postponed (02/18/15)
Lone Star Rodeo has postponed this Saturday's performance for one week, until Saturday, Feb. 28. Advance tickets purchased for this Saturday will be honored on the 28th. Tickets are now on sale at the Celebration box office (684-5915 to order by phone); The Winner's Circle; Tullahoma Drug Store; and Russell Barnett Dodge in Winches ter. For more information about the rodeo, go to http://lonestarrodeocompany.com, call (270) 269-6000 or e-mail Info@LoneStarRodeoCompany.com. (Paladin Pro photo)
Arts group offers fun-filled classes (02/17/15)
The Wartrace Arts Community will meet on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Wartrace Community Center. The guest speaker will be local quilter Karen Douglas, who also owns and operates an embroidery business called Legacy Embroidery and Gifts. Douglas is proficient at scrapbooking and will demonstrate how to create an appealing scrapbook page...
Shelbvyille Woman's Club (02/15/15)
Members of the Shelbyville Woman's Club met Wednesday for their monthly meeting at Riverbend Country Club. Members enjoyed lunch, fellowship and a musical performance, "Songs That Warm the Heart and Soul," by the Edgemont Baptist Men's Quartet. Decorations were done by Mary Cathryn Perry, place cards by Lynda Phillips and Rachel Arnold, devotional by Jo Newton, reservations by Mary Cathryn Perry and hospitality by Brenda Knight and Debbie Kee. (T-G Photo by Christy Davis)
Devotional feeds your soul, body (02/15/15)
Why can't having faith be a delicious lifestyle? It can -- and healthy as well. A popular healthy food/healthy lifestyle blog, "Dashing Dish," has expanded into the print world with "Devotions For a Healthier You: Feeding Mind, Body, and Soul." The author is Katie Farrell, a former registered nurse in Brighton, Michigan...
Rodeo marks 25th year at Calsonic (02/12/15)
Lone Star Rodeo will celebrate its 25th year of spectacle and competition in Calsonic Arena when it visits Shelbyville on Saturday, Feb. 21. The company, now based in Crofton, Ky., was started in Texas in 1949 and has been run for the past 37 years by Preston C. Fowlkes Jr...
Destinations & Diversions: Date or wedding, square's ready (02/12/15)
The fourth annual Date Night on the Square will take place from 4-7:30 p.m. Friday at participating merchants in the uptown shopping district. The event will feature door prizes and tastings of chocolate treats. Wedding showcase The fourth annual Uptown Wedding Showcase will take place Saturday at participating merchants on and near the square. Businesses will highlight wedding-related products and services...
'Ms. Wheelbilly' pageant (02/12/15)
The annual "Ms. Wheelbilly" womanless beauty pageant, to benefit the Wheelbillies team in the American Cancer Society Relay For Life, will be held Feb. 28 at Liberty School. A pizza supper will begin at 6 p.m., for a cost of $5, with the beauty pageant at 7 p.m. Admission is $2...
Garden club members learn about terrariums (02/10/15)
The Shelbyville Garden Club held its January meeting at Farm Bureau, with 14 members present. Wilene Bomar and Donna Simmons served as hostesses. Pam Beasley delivered the devotion. Treasurer Faye Sudberry reported the current balance in the club's account...
Volunteer Garden Club inspired to read (02/08/15)
Myrtle Howell, Katherine Strobel and Faye Womble served as hostesses for Volunteer Garden Club's monthly meeting. The devotion was presented by Myrtle Howell. Judy Pierce presented a report on the Fly Christmas Tree, Alice Russell presented the treasurer's report and Ann Spencer presented the report on Christmas gift wrapping at Eakin School. ...
Billie Crowell is always in tune (02/08/15)
It's a cold rainy Monday and it's Billie Crowell's day off. At least, the first part of the day. Later in the afternoon she has scheduled lessons for a few of her 30-plus students. Her home, like Crowell, is warm and inviting. At her kitchen table, she opens a large binder, chocked full with years of memories. There are pictures, notes, programs--even a few receipts from former students. She picks up one of the receipts and examines it for a moment. The year was 1962...
Ancient art technique lives on locally (02/05/15)
Batik painting, or painting on silk, dates back to long before Christ was born, and originated in Indonesia. And you can learn how to paint it here and now, in Shelbyville. Davorka Whiteside teaches a class on the technique at Antiques, Arts, & Collectibles Mall. Whiteside, a native of Croatia, learned the technique in Moldova, a country known for its creativity and art, she said...
'Crazy, smart' winners of Fly trivia contest (02/03/15)
"Hawaiians," nerds, country folks, roofers and more competed Saturday to see who knew the most during The Fly Arts Center's inaugural trivia contest. Many of the teams were themed with creative names and costumes. "We had a blast. We were totally happy with it," organizer Nancy June Brandon said...
Black History Quiz Bowl planned (02/03/15)
A Black History Quiz Bowl will be held 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at Shelbyville Recreation Center. The contest will be based on teams of three people, and game play is inspired by the TV show "Jeopardy!" The cost to enter is $15 per team, and a study guide will be provided. The entry deadline is Feb. 15. For more information, call 684-7349 or 685-4456...
Destinations & Diversions: Relay kickoff, trivia night headline Saturday fun (01/29/15)
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life in Bedford County will hold a kickoff event 2-4 p.m. Saturday in the meeting room at Bedford County Agriculture and Education Center. The kickoff event is open to anyone, whether or not they're currently on a Relay For Life team. Refreshments will be served, there will be games and activities, and children are welcome...
Faith-based movie tackles evolution debate (01/28/15)
Coming soon to a theater near you: A movie on the creation vs. evolution debate. Don't delay, or you'll miss your chance to watch the film. "A Matter of Faith" will play for one showing only at the Capri Theater at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7, said filmmaker Dave Christiano, of Nashville. The movie will show on both screens at the Capri, for a total seating of more than 500...
Trivia buffs, get ready! (01/21/15)
Question: What is another name for "Polaris?" Answer: "The North Star." If you like trivia questions like this, the Fly Arts Center has the event for you: Trivia on The Fly. The trivia contest will be held Saturday, Jan. 31. The organizers have signed up 22 teams out of a goal of 30, said one of the planners, George Bruno...
You'll get hooked on this wool art (01/21/15)
Beware the next time you walk into Brenna Stowell's craft booth -- you just might get hooked. Stowell sells hand-hooked wool rugs, purses and other items that she and friend Carol Walker make. The booth, Kountry Road Prims, is in the Antiques, Art & Collectibles Mall on the square...
Visions come alive: Grissom brothers turn dreams into realities (01/18/15)
Growing up on a farm, you learn some things. It's a lifestyle that requires ingenuity and the ability to adapt. There's always something to be fixed, be it broken-down equipment or fences in need of mending. This was the world that brothers Randy and Mike Grissom experienced as children...
Looking ahead to the Big Move (01/18/15)
Moving time for the library will be here before we know it. There is A LOT to do and plan to move a library or a business. We will be moving to the new library sometime this spring. We are getting plans in order right now with that move in mind. Many of you have asked me how all the aspects of a move like this are done and I always smile and think back to the words of a librarian who taught me lessons I use every day. ...
Memoir recounts life, death, friendship (01/18/15)
Loss. Pain. Grief. Faith. Family. Love. Surfing. Skateboarding. Music. Purpose. These are all words that describe a memoir of a man's life journey. Friendship is the word that ties all these elements together. Roger W. Thompson shares his triumphs and tragedies in "My Best Friend's Funeral: A Memoir." The book interweaves themes that include how Roger met his best friend Tim Garrety in middle school, their rite of passage, how they became pioneering skateboard park businessmen, and Tim's death and memorial service at a sold-out theater. ...
Sunday Conversation: Coffee Break owner hungry to succeed (01/18/15)
This week the T-G caught up with Edwin Fannin, who is owner of The Coffee Break and is also a pastor. If you have anyone you think would make for an interesting Sunday Conversation, email Sadie Fowler at sfowler@t-g.com. T-G: Where are you from and where all have you lived?...
Destinations & Diversions: MLK luncheon planned (01/15/15)
The third annual Martin Luther King Jr. luncheon hosted by Gilliland Historical Resource Center will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Blue Ribbon Circle on the Celebration grounds. Anthony Booker of Bird Street Church of Christ will be the speaker. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for youth, and can be obtained by calling 685-4456 or 684-9249...
Joel, Mumford & Sons headline Bonnaroo (01/14/15)
NEW YORK (AP) -- The 2015 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival will feature a star-studded lineup including Billy Joel, Mumford & Sons and Kendrick Lamar. Robert Plant, Deadmau5, and Florence + the Machine will also perform during the four-day event that kicks off June 11 in Manchester...
Arts community plans painting class Feb. 28 (01/13/15)
The Wartrace Arts Community held its first painting workshop last November. There were 15 students for the Bob Ross workshop taught by Liz Farar of Murfreesboro. Everyone took home a painting with a lake scene and foliage. The arts community will be scheduling another Bob Ross workshop soon along with other class offerings...
Messages from the Master: Moore learns as famous artist paints her portrait (01/11/15)
Long before the age of cameras and smart phones, the only true way to take a selfie was hiring someone. Preferably someone who had mastered the human form and could translate your image to canvas. The art of portraiture is one of the most widely studied and revered forms of art and the artists that perfect this form, masters in the eyes of their peers...
Garden Club stays busy (01/07/15)
Hostesses for Volunteer Garden Club's recent monthly meeting were Lynn Hulan, Faye Womble and Angela Dickens. A devotion was given by Carolyn Matusek with June Gilmore presenting the Judges report. Reports on the Empty Bowl project were presented by Sharon Reagor and Judy Pierce. Pat Hastings reported on the Library Luncheon. Faye Womble gave a report on the District II meeting which was held in Murfreesboro. Club member Alice Jensen gave an informative program on Costa Rica...
BWF accepting grant applications for 2015 (01/07/15)
The charitable arm of the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, the Bonnaroo Works Fund (BWF), is accepting online applications for the 2015 grant cycle beginning this week. The Fund gives back to communities that need it the most by awarding funding to arts, education and environmental nonprofits...
Final chapter: Children's librarian moves on (01/04/15)
The Argie Cooper Library bid farewell to children's librarian Jessica Osborne on Wednesday morning. Osborne, a student at MTSU, recently took a position at MGL Memorial Library in Murfreesboro as she pursues her education degree. The library staff and numerous patrons gathered as Osborne held her final storytime in Shelbyville...
Books to beat the blues (01/04/15)
It seems like after all of the hustle and bustle of the holidays lots of folks suffer a real letdown of their spirits. Back in Montana, we often referred to it as "SAD," Seasonal Affective Disorder. There are fewer days without sunshine here in Tennessee, but whatever the season and whatever the reason, sometimes I think we all need a boost from the doldrums...
This New Year's, I resolve to ... (01/02/15)
Opinions are split on the usefulness of making New Year's resolutions. Some don't see the point. For others, the new year is a good time to ring in a major change. I asked people on Facebook to share their resolutions -- that is, if they make resolutions. Here are their responses. Some have been edited for brevity...
FCE Club reports (01/02/15)
The Liberty FCE Club met on Nov. 17. Betty Renegar was hostess. Bonnye Catron was the reporter. Joan Pimental gave the devotion. The club recorded volunteer hours and items donated for First Choice Pregnancy Center and mission work in Africa. Plans were made for the Christmas celebration. Judy Smith gave the treasurer's report. The club discussed sharing with a needy family...
Fun pops up at the movies (12/30/14)
Matte-Belle Wilson reaches for some popcorn at the concession stand at the Capri Theater. She was part of a home-school group seeing a movie Monday morning. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Spreading cheer to nursing home residents (12/24/14)
Over the Hill, pictured at a nursing home on Tuesday, is a gospel group that travels to area nursing homes to share hymns with residents. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Wine Walk raises funds for charity (12/19/14)
The downtown merchants participating in the Wine Walk last Friday raised $1,500 by receiving donations for their engraved wine glasses. Participants received a gift of an engraved wine glass for a $10 donation. All money went to The Center for Family Development. The center will purchase Christmas toys, diapers and baby formula to distribute to the needy Bedford County families they serve...
Destinations & Diversions: Christmas time in Bell Buckle, and everywhere else (12/18/14)
Bell Buckle will wraps up its "Old Fashioned Christmas" this Saturday. The celebration is sponsored by the Bell Buckle Chamber of Commerce. It will include sleigh rides with Santa between noon and 4 p.m. on Saturday and complimentary items served by several of the town's merchants...
They're stuffed, but these gorillas enjoy full lives (12/17/14)
A man walks into a gas station and orders a biscuit. His gorillas stay in the van. Yes, he has gorillas. No, they don't eat bananas -- or biscuits. Because they're stuffed gorillas. Loy Sudberry has been cruising around town for 20 years with Clyde the Stuffed Gorilla, getting into monkey business with grandkids and great-grandkids alike...
'Superfan' lives on screen (12/16/14)
Mark McGee of Shelbyville, a former editor for the Times-Gazette and a former sports writer for the Nashville Banner, is sports information director at Lipscomb University in Nashville, his alma mater. I can tell you from my time working with him that he's also a big movie fan...
FCE Club Reports (12/16/14)
Butler's Creek and the Town and Country FCE Clubs met on Oct. 20 at the Extension Office. Hazel Gant reported. Whitney Danhof welcomed everyone and presented her Holiday ideas program "Holly, Jolly Christmas." There were seven projects with instruction, patterns and a finished item for the members to see. She gave each member the materials for a paper wreath ornament to make during the meeting to take home as a completed project...
History in uniform: Collection salutes well-dressed soldiers (12/14/14)
Local veteran and military collector Guy Hill has found a unique way to preserve part of our nation's military history and honor those who have served, especially women. Hill wasn't always an avid military collector and had never invested much time into studying conflicts that took place, but after being obliged to take an early retirement, the former South Central Bell employee started looking for something to keep busy...
A Christmas Dream (12/14/14)
It is a cold, gray December afternoon. The comfort of the couch where I am lying makes me sleepy. My mind wanders. I do not comprehend why I long to return to places where I have never been. I crave the taste, the flavors of fruits and the aroma and color of flowers that do not exist...
Warm thoughts about a chili trip (12/14/14)
Dicky Thorpe didn't place in either of the chili cookoffs he entered in October -- but he still came out a winner. After 4,600 miles through seven states over the course of 12 days, Thorpe got to see amazing sights, bond with his son and his father-in-law, and have fun with fellow chili-heads in Las Vegas and in Terlingua, Texas....
Warm up with the pages of Christmas (12/14/14)
We are all decked out for Christmas at the Argie Cooper Library! Please come down and see us for a break from all the hustle and bustle of holiday festivities. We still have plenty of good reads to enjoy here or at home on a cold winter night. All the pretty lights and decorations around the county set me to thinking about some of my favorite Christmas stories and movies. Did you know if you do a keyword search for the word "Christmas" in our computerized catalog you get 628 results?...
Pastors work to shatter race barrier (12/10/14)
Two pastors -- one black and one white -- are holding an interracial service in Shelbyville on Wednesday. The friends were planning the event well before racial unrest broke out following a grand jury's ruling in Ferguson, Missouri. Jason Scales, who is black, is pastor of Believers Faith Fellowship, a church in Christiana that prides itself on having a diverse congregation. ...
Christmas in song (12/10/14)
Tis' the season to spread some holiday cheer -- and one local artist wants to do just that. Ryan Frizzell, lead singer of the Murfreesboro-based band Thunderfrog, has noticed something missing from the holiday season in the last few years: Christmas carolers...
Graham tells how caregiving for parents affected her (12/10/14)
Shelbyville native Mary Jo Graham talks about her experiences -- and especially, her emotions -- in caring for her elderly parents in a newly-published book. Graham is the daughter of Rhoda and the late Billy Gunter of Shelbyville. She has self-published a book titled, "When He Sends Redbirds: Walking Through Emotions as a Caregiver."...
Book sure to delight young children (12/10/14)
A new award-winning book series is sure to delight your young children. "The Life and Times of Birdie Mae Hayes" is a series set in Rainbow, Alabama, by Franklin resident Jeri-Anne Agee. The first book, "Friends Forever," introduces the main character, Birdie Mae Hayes, a third-grader, as well as her family, teachers and best friend, Sally. ...
'Don't Dress For Dinner' continues at the Fly (12/10/14)
The Fly Community Theater wraps up its two-weekend run of the farce "Don't Dress For Dinner" with dinner theater pefromances Friday and Saturday nights and a non-meal performance Sunday afternoon. Show times are 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. on Sundays, with the meal served an hour before showtime...
FUMC choir entertains Historical Society (12/07/14)
Bedford County Historical Society held its winter meeting Dec. 1 in the Fellowship Hall of First United Methodist Church. FUMC Choir Director John Brock and three members of the church choir, Lori Schuler, Sylvia Pinson and Monty Thomas, presented a musical program featuring songs and carols of the Christmas holiday season. Brock led the attendees in group singing of several carols. Pinson led a sing-along with all attendees joining in singing "The Twelve Days of Christmas."...
Sunday Conversation: Tillett draws his inspiration from others (12/07/14)
Wayne Tillett, the subject of this week's Sunday Conversation, is a multi-talented artist and creator. He has authored and designed several comic strips and is a professional caricaturist. If you have a person whom you would like to nominate for the weekly Sunday Conversation feature email Sadie Fowler at sfowler@t-g.com...
A new chapter in history awaits (12/07/14)
Some of you have already heard this story and you have my apologies for repeating it yet again. As I've mentioned I worked for many years for the Flathead County Library System in Northwestern Montana. The main branch in Kalispell, the county seat, occupies a former federal building/post office converted in the 1960s to be a library...
Illnesses, tragedies lead dad to faith, unconditional love (12/07/14)
Today's title is one of the most compelling books I've read since I started my review column nearly a year ago. "The Unbreakable Boy: A Father's Fear, A Son's Courage, and A Story of Unconditional Love" will strike a chord with nearly anyone who reads it. The primary author is Scott LeRette, on whose family the memoir is based, and award-winning co-author Susy Flory, writer of the New York Times bestseller "Thunder Dog." Nelson Books is the publisher...
Christmas parade to go on as scheduled (12/06/14)
Tonight's Shelbyville Christmas Parade will go on as scheduled, organizers have announced.
Kids view Festival Of Trees (12/05/14)
Eakin Elementary Pre-Kindergarten students Darien Mercado, Jonathan Palacious, Amberly Farrell and Aliyah Willard view trees at the Fly Arts Center's Festival of Trees during a field trip on Thursday. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
Parade decision is set for noon (12/04/14)
Organizers will decide at noon Saturday whether or not to hold the 41st annual Christmas Parade that night. If the parade is called due to weather, it will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 12, a different rain date than previously announced. Check t-g.com Saturday for the organizers' decision...
Destinations & Diversions: 'Don't Dress For Dinner' at the Fly (12/04/14)
The Fly Community Theater will present the farce "Don't Dress For Dinner" in a dinner theater format opening Friday and continuing through Dec. 13, with a non-meal matinee on Dec. 14. Show times are 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. on Sundays, with the meal served an hour before showtime...
Living Christmas Tree comes alive (12/03/14)
Christmas will come alive at a church's annual living tree choral performance, a big-stage production that has become a Shelbyville holiday tradition. Last year marked the 20th anniversary of the Living Christmas Tree at First Baptist Church (Depot Street). The event is produced by the church's choir and orchestra...
Christmas in Bell Buckle (12/03/14)
Bell Buckle will celebrate its "Old Fashioned Christmas" on the next three Saturdays, Dec. 6, 13 and 20. The celebration is sponsored by the Bell Buckle Chamber of Commerce. It will include sleigh rides with Santa between noon and 4 p.m. each Saturday and complimentary items served by several of the town's merchants...
'Tis the season (12/03/14)
The Christian Single Widows group, which meets monthly, has a tradition for the past few years of playing handbells during its December meeting. From left: Mary Lynn Prince, Pat Hastings. Exie Nell Landers, Westelle Crosslin, Rhoda Gunter, Mary Jane Godwin. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
Faith and inspiration powers singer's new CD (12/02/14)
Local multi-talented artist Kati O'Grady is throwing a music party Sunday -- and you're invited. O'Grady is celebrating her album, "Love Lifted Me," during a CD release party from 6-8 p.m. Sunday at First Christian Church. Flat Creek musicians Jim and Inge Wood will accompany her...
A coincidental night to remember (11/30/14)
It's amazing, sometimes, the way in which we connect and reconnect with people. I graduated from Oral Roberts University in 1984. Anyone who attended Christian college can tell you that it has its good points and its bad points. Sometimes, there's a numbing kind of conformity; I had a dorm director once say in a devotion that Christian college was one of the hardest places to be a Christian, because it was so easy to just drift along with the crowd and do all the right things for all the wrong reasons, or for no reason at all.. ...
Behind the mask: Local cosplayers live superhero dreams (11/30/14)
Over the past few years superheroes have dominated the box office. There have been too many comic related movies to name. With the rising popularity of comic book characters both on screen and off, a new sub-culture known as Cosplay has emerged. Cosplay is, in the broadest sense, costumed role play in venues or events apart from the stage. ...
Sunday Conversation: Music drives new Bedford County resident (11/30/14)
Last week Corey Johnson was seen in the parking lot of MG Sports and Fitness singing and playing guitar. We decided to stop and chat for a minute with him, soon learning he was an ideal candidate for our Sunday Conversation. If you have a person whom you would like to nominate for the weekly Sunday Conversation feature email Sadie Fowler at sfowler@t-g.com...
Triple the achievement: Brothers become Eagle Scouts (11/28/14)
The Middle Tennessee Council of the Boy Scouts of America recognizes about 350-400 young men each year with Scouting's most-prized achievement, the rank of Eagle Scout. But last Friday, at Living Stones Community Church, something happened for the first time in the council's history. Three siblings became Eagle Scouts at the same time...
For what are you thankful? (11/27/14)
Thanksgiving is a day for family to gather together over the dinner table at a time when family gatherings are a rare commodity. It's also a day for people to express gratitude for what they have, so I asked people at a local restaurant what they are thankful for...
A chamber full of fun (11/27/14)
This time, a Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce event wasn't all about business. Good food, fun and dancing -- yes, dancing, complete with "Elvis" -- was on the menu at Tuesday night's annual Holiday Mixer held at Blue Ribbon Circle. Catered goodies, including shrimp, turkey and pork, ham and biscuits and chocolate delicacies, kept the crowd in good taste, literally...
Christmas spirit reigns at Festival of Trees (11/25/14)
The Fly Arts Center hosted the Festival of Trees and Holiday Bazaar on Saturday. The decorated trees were judged in various categories--with the viewer favorite to be decided at a later date. This theme for this year's festival was "All I Want For Christmas Is..." Winners included:...
Give the gift of books at Christmas (11/16/14)
Readers, rejoice! Christmas is nearly here, and if you want Santa to bring a book, here are a few suggestions from titles I have received for review this year. Most are available at bookstores, but I list any exceptions. One book, "12 Stories of Christmas," is an ideal gift. Illustrated with beautiful pictures, it makes an ideal book for reading at Christmas gatherings, author Robert J. Morgan says...
Bell Buckle craft show receives honor (11/14/14)
One of Bell Buckle's biggest annual events has been honored by readers of Tennessee Magazine. The Chamber of Commerce/Webb Arts & Crafts Show was recently honored as Best Arts and Crafts Show in Middle Tennessee by the magazine, which is published by the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association...
Women can have a talk with 'Mary' (11/12/14)
What would Mary, the mother of Jesus, say? That question will be explored in a women's conference Saturday. First Baptist Church on Depot Street is hosting the Mary's Table Women's Conference from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday. The speakers are Angela Rasnick -- wife of the church's pastor, Jeff Rasnick -- and Bible study leader Melynda Whitaker...
Man behind the music (11/04/14)
Some people work until they are 65. Others, like Auston Davis, work until they're 20 years older. The founder of Shelbyville Record Shop, who retired Oct. 11, turns 85 on Nov. 12. The shop's owner, Randy Saddler, is throwing Davis a birthday party this Saturday from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m...
Bake sale preparations (11/04/14)
Ladies from First Christian Church prepare for their annual bake sale, which takes place this Saturday at the church from 9 a.m. until noon. From left: Sally Bellar, Mattie Ray Wiser, Hilda Smith, Janie Burke, Ann McMahon, Laurie Bierovic and Janelle Douglas. (Submitted Photo)
Wartrace Arts Community activities (11/04/14)
Due to a positive response to its first "Bob Ross-style" painting workshop, the Wartrace Arts Community has added a second class on Nov. 15. The morning session is filled, but there are two openings in the afternoon session, which will run from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Call 931-389-9346 to register...
Webb presents 'It's a Wonderful Life' (11/02/14)
"It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play," adapted by Joe Landry and produced by special arrangement with Playscripts Inc., will be presented by the Webb Players. The dates are Nov. 13-14 at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 16 at 2:30 p.m. at The Webb School Black Box Studio Theatre. ...
Destinations & Diversions: Coupons, tricks and treats this weekend (10/30/14)
The Times-Gazette and Ann Haney will hold a coupon class at the newspaper office from 9-11 a.m. Saturday. Learn how to do couponing with Haney, a national expert. Also learn how to make free Christmas gift baskets. Includes free coupons for attendees. Reservations required. Space is limited. Call 684-1200. Admission cost is one canned good for donation to Good Samaritan Center...
Veterans Day parade set for Nov. 8 (10/29/14)
Bedford County's Veterans Day Parade will line up at noon Nov. 8 on Lane Parkway. The parade will include all three public high school bands -- Central, Cascade and Community. Other floats and decorated vehicles are welcome on a first-come, first-served basis...
Christmas Parade entries now accepted (10/29/14)
Entries are now being accepted for the 41st annual Christmas Parade sponsored by Shelbyville & Bedford County Chamber of Commerce and Shelbyville Jaycees. The parade will be 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, with a rain date of 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, along the normal parade route. The parade will stop at the old Handy Dandy Market on Madison Street, not go farther as it has some years in the past...
Trunk or Treat at CCC (10/29/14)
Christian Care Center of Bedford County is hosting a free Trunk or Treat from 3:30 until 5:30 p.m. Thursday Oct. 30 in the building's front parking lot. Christian Care Center is located at 835 Union St in Shelbyville. For more information call 931-680-2300...
The Guy behind Nancy (10/28/14)
Guy Gilchrist is a big fan of the Nashville Symphony, and a friend of Gilchrist's arranged for him to be able to meet the symphony's conductor, Giancarlo Guerrero. Gilchrist was delighted at the chance to meet Guerrero -- but Guerrero was also delighted at the chance to meet Gilchrist...
Pastor shares Christmas stories (10/26/14)
A Nashville pastor is sharing his church's Christmas Eve stories in a new gift book. Robert J. Morgan, pastor of The Donelson Fellowship in Nashville, is the author of "12 Stories of Christmas." Thomas Nelson is the publisher. The tales come from stories that Morgan writes every year for the church's Christmas Eve service -- he writes one story per year. Eleven of the 12 short stories are fictional. Each takes 10-20 minutes to read...
BBQ brings out flavor and crowds (10/26/14)
The haze over Lynchburg Saturday wasn't fog, but the smell of mouthwatering meat as thousands gathered for the 26th annual Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational Barbecue. John Malloy and Patrick O'Sullivan of the Wild Geese from Ireland added some regional flavor before judging...
Local book bonanza (10/26/14)
Bedford County book lovers are sure to be in bliss over a bonanza of titles written by self-published authors. Two Bedford County natives -- and one from Tullahoma -- have recently released self-published books. ...
Spooktacular: Not your usual run (10/26/14)
Some runners in Saturday morning's Spooktacular 5K and Fun Run benefiting United Way came dressed for the occasion. Taylor Overcast and Reagan Canon (the Things), among several who ran in costumes, reach the finish line led by the Cat in the Hat who isn't in the hat...
Destinations and Diversions: 5K, Child Safety Day here; BBQ in Lynchburg (10/23/14)
United Way of Bedford County will hold its annual Spooktacular 5K and its annual Child Safety Day this Saturday. Child Safety Day will take place 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday at H.V. Griffin Park. It will include public service and emergency response agencies on scene, with fire trucks and other emergency vehicles for kids to view up-close...
Barbecue lovers whet appetites for Lynchburg (10/22/14)
The 26th Annual Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational Barbecue will take place Saturday in Lynchburg, drawing barbecue teams from all over the world, as well more than 25,000 fans, to Moore County. As the name implies, competition is by invitation only. Winners of state championships and of competitions with more than 50 entries sanctioned by the three best-known barbecue organizations are put into a drawing in early September...
Garden club learns about recycling (10/22/14)
Volunteer-Shelbyville Garden Club held its October meeting at the Bedford County Farm Bureau building with Ann Spencer, Margaret Hicks and Ardis Caffey as hostesses. Sylvia Pinson was introduced as the newest member. Members volunteered to bring flowers from their gardens and prepare arrangements for the Library Luncheon on October 14. The District II meeting is being held October 29 at Murfreesboro's Stones River Country Club...
XMBC brings world to your home (10/22/14)
With all the home entertainment options these days -- cable, streaming set-top boxes and the latest movies on DVD or Blu Ray -- finding the right setup for your home theater on a tight budget can be a challenge. However, there's a free piece of open source software called XMBC (soon to be called Kodi Entertainment Center), and with a little technical know-how and patience with the set up, you can turn your personal computer into a fully functional media powerhouse...
Ghost story: Grandpa's Halloween (10/22/14)
Tonight is Halloween, but the weather has not been very cooperative. It's warm; the sky is bright and clear. Even the moon's crescent smile is not here. There are no prospects of an icy rain, of howling three-eyed monsters and their companions, the ghouls with desiccated skins falling off their white bones....
Book: Women can 'Rise Up!' for Jesus (10/22/14)
A new book by Thomas Nelson Publishers invites women to "Just Rise Up!" and put Jesus first. "Just Rise Up! A Call to Make Jesus Famous" is the latest in the InScribed series, a study series written by women for women. The author is Sarah Francis Martin, a wife and mother from North Carolina...
Church presents evangelistic walk-through drama (10/22/14)
North Fork Baptist Church will present its walk-through drama "Life House" Nov. 2-6 and Nov. 8. Rob McKamey, pastor of the church, has been involved with similar walk-through dramas for the past 10 years, and this is the third year for him to organize one at North Fork...
Robertson family, Thomas Nelson release NKJV edition (10/22/14)
Fans of "Duck Dynasty" will be quacking over an upcoming study Bible with life-application stories written by two of the Robertson family members. Thomas Nelson Publishers will release "The Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible" on Tuesday, Oct. 28. The executive editors of this New King James Version edition are Phil and Al Robertson...
Arts, crafts and people: Thousands swarm Bell Buckle (10/19/14)
Thousands of people from all over the South -- and possibly the nation -- converged on Bell Buckle Saturday for the 38th annual Webb School Art and Craft Show. "I think every yard is filled up," said Linda Simmons, director of the Downtown Show, one of three official shows. The Webb Show and Maple Street are the other official shows. "I think this will be our biggest year, with the weather. People have been cooped up until now."...
Celebrating friends of the library (10/19/14)
Hats off and Hurrah for the Friends of Argie Cooper Library! This past Tuesday's author luncheon was their most successful yet -- a total sell-out! Author Lynne Tolley kept us all enthralled with her wonderful stories and the food was just scrumptious...
Santa hits the park two months early (10/17/14)
Halloween may be just a few weeks away, but some have noticed that the city's parks department is already getting the Christmas decorations out. That's because putting it all together and getting it installed does not happen overnight, according to parks and recreation director Sylvia Pinson, and there are a lot of other projects going on...
Musical Webb grad may be a rising star (10/17/14)
A Webb School graduate has recorded and released a single that was the winner of Vanderbilt University's first annual Vandy Star songwriting competition. Sarah Jennings' single, "Addicted To You" was recorded at Kingswood Studios in Nashville this August. Lamon Records plans to distribute the single internationally everywhere music is sold...
Destinations & Diversions: It's Webb Craft Fair time again (10/16/14)
The 38th Annual Webb School Art and Craft Show will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. The event features arts, crafts, food and art demonstrations with more than 500 booths throughout town. The event began not long after Webb had gone co-ed, when almost all of its alumni were still men. ...
FCE Club reports (10/16/14)
Flat Creek FCE Club met on Sept. 8 at the Bedford County Agriculture Center. Six members and one guest were present. Annette Carlos reported. A discussion was held on eating sugar. The club remembered the late Annie Mae Phillips, who was a member of the club...
Cooking up some tales (10/15/14)
The always-personable Lynne Tolley, who retired earlier this year as proprietor of Miss Mary Bobo's in Lynchburg, told tales about her work with the restaurant and with the Jack Daniel Distillery, which owns it, during the annual Friends of Argie Cooper Public Library author's luncheon on Tuesday at Blue Ribbon Circle...
Former Bell Buckle merchant publishes new thriller (10/15/14)
Jay Mouton, former operator of the Bell Buckle Bookstore, has self-published his fourth novel, "Apocalypse Awakening," a thriller surrounding a terrorist attack on Election Day 2016. The novel follows the events that transpire beginning on Election Day, 2016 as college English Professor Elliot Leader of Jacksonville Beach, Florida, having just voted, arrives home to watch the election coverage. ...
MTSU seminar discusses Bonnaroo origins (10/15/14)
Bonnaroo began as a way to reinvigorate outdoor music festivals, its organizers said last week at MTSU, and over the last 13 years has used its business model to embrace and expand on the same peaceful, inclusive culture of the events that inspired it...
Artist wannabees can plug into Wartrace arts scene (10/12/14)
Wartrace Arts Community will meet Thursday, Oct 16, at 7 p.m. at the Wartrace Community Building. If you have an interest in any of the arts, please come. You do not have to live in Wartrace to participate. The arts community will hold its first painting workshop on Nov. 15 from 9-11 a.m. Liz Farar, a certified Bob Ross instructor from Murfreesboro, will teach. She has been teaching for more than 13 years and holds classes at more than 15 centers in Middle Tennessee...
Library coming along well (10/08/14)
Bedford County's new library is coming together quickly, with workers erecting steel and the first part of the walls of the structure. The new building has a target completion date of March 2015. (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
Take away 52 lessons from 'Les Miz' (10/05/14)
A new book examines suffering, injustice, love and hate, grace and other spiritual themes from one of the world's greatest stories, "Les Misérables." Journalist Bob Welch authored "52 Little Lessons from Les Misérables." The title by Nelson Books will hit store shelves Tuesday...
Busy weekend (10/04/14)
People were out in droves Saturday in one of the busiest weekends in Bedford County in recent memory. Here, The Voice and The Vision perform at Art in the Park. Julius Hill talks of his life while Terrell Johnson paints interpretive art. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Car parts, gifts for holidays -- all in one place (10/03/14)
If you are a gearhead, or just love cars and everything about them, then stop by the Bedford County Agricultural Center while out and about this Saturday, a day which offers tons of things for families to do (see calendar of events on page 4). The Celebration City Region Car Club is holding its automotive swap meet and Christmas/crafts village from 7 a.m.-4 p.m...
Dogs, cats, other pets can receive blessing (10/03/14)
One church ceremony on Saturday will be for the dogs -- and cats. Episcopal Church of the Redeemer holds a free pet blessing ceremony each year to commemorate the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. The feast day is always on Oct. 4...
Chili supper and country store planned (10/03/14)
This 68-inch by 82-inch Berkley Square quilt, made by Sue Bragg, will be given away at a chili supper and country store which will be held 5-7 p.m. Oct. 11 at Shiloh United Methodist Church in Wheel, sponsored by the United Methodist Women at both Shiloh UMC and Mt. Lebanon UMC. The event will include all-you-can-eat chili, and the country store will have homemade items, baked goods and homemade candy. (Submitted photo)
Library booked for Crafty Saturdays (10/02/14)
Argie Cooper Public Library is getting crafty in its outreach to customers. The library will hold "Crafty Saturdays" on the second Saturday of each month (except during December, which will be the first Saturday). Class times will be at 10:30 a.m. The series is part of an effort by the library to expand its outreach of programs to adults and teens, said Margaret L. Petty, circulation and technology specialist...
Harris Homecoming Queen (10/02/14)
Emily Crabtree was crowned Harris Middle School's homecoming queen during halftime of Tuesday night's game against Franklin County South. Her escort was Nolan King. (T-G Photo by Gary Johnson)
Destinations & Diversions: A very busy Saturday in Bedford County (10/02/14)
This Saturday may well be one of the busiest of the year in terms of fun events in and around Bedford County. Fasten your seatbelts for the rundown: Art in the Park The Shelbyville Art in the Park event will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday on the square. The event features a multi-media juried art show, artist booths, food, artistic demonstrations, live entertainment on stage, children's art activities and more...
Faith, songs & fun: Music festival planned in Bell Buckle (10/01/14)
A Christian festival being held Saturday was inspired by a contemporary Christian song about doing something, and its organizer aims to do just that. The Hands of Jesus Festival will be held from 3:30-9:30 at the Bell Buckle Park Amphitheater. Organizer Chris Powell said the idea was born out of the Matthew West song "Do Something."...
Characters come alive for local illustrator (09/28/14)
For Will Kelly, art is a connection to the past -- to childhood. That's why Kelly was delighted to get the chance to illustrate Veita Jo Hampton's new children's book, "Turtles & Trains: A Collection of Short Stories for All Ages." Kelly, 23, lives with his parents in Shelbyville and works for a Tullahoma business that sells portable storage sheds. But he's an aspiring artist, hoping to someday be able to pursue his art full-time...
Words from the top (09/25/14)
Tennessee First Lady Crissy Haslam read to local children on Wednesday during a Shelbyville stop in the Governor's Books From Birth Foundation bus tour. Officials also recognized local board members and supporters of the Imagination Library program...
Art in the park (09/25/14)
Activities will fill the public square next Saturday, Oct. 4 as the third Shelbyville Art in the Park kicks off. Festivities start at 10 a.m., running until 5 p.m, with music and entertainment throughout the day, original art and fine crafts on display and for sale, plus art activities for the kids...
Destinations & Diversions: Spaghetti at the ranch, for a good cause (09/25/14)
Arrowhead Ranch near Normandy will hold its annual spaghetti supper and auction Saturday. Proceeds benefit the children. Guided tours of the ranch will begin at 4 p.m., with the spaghetti dinner starting at 5 and the live auction at 6 p.m. There will be live music, games and activities for children, along with a giant movie screen. There will be a drawing for a flat screen TV...
Chinese culture to be celebrated (09/25/14)
The Discovery Center's relationship with MTSU's Confucius Institute will be formalized at a day of entertainment and enlightenment. Chinese Culture Celebration Day will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at the Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St. in Murfreesboro. This event is free and open to the public...
Recipe for success (09/24/14)
LYNCHBURG -- Lynne Tolley, who until earlier this year was the proprietress of Miss Mary Bobo's Boarding House, will be the speaker at this year's Friends of Argie Cooper Public Library Author's Luncheon, noon Oct. 14 at the Blue Ribbon Circle. Tolley, who continues in her role as a Jack Daniel's master taster and brand ambassador, is the author or co-author of several cookbooks, including "Jack Daniel's Cookbook: Stories and Kitchen Secrets from Miss Mary Bobo's Boarding House," recipes from which will be served at the author luncheon.. ...
Craft Village (09/24/14)
The Community Craft Fest will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27. The festival will take place at the Unionville Volunteer Fire Department, 3372 Hwy. 41A North. There will be more than 20 vendors, plus homemade items, perfect for Christmas gifts. Concessions will be available...
Ghost story time again (09/30/14)
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 some honorable mention stories, will be published in the Oct. 22 "Spooktacular" edition of the Times-Gazette....
The Song, sex and stars (09/23/14)
Sex, drugs and music. Those aren't topics you would expect from a biblical movie. But a film coming out next Friday blends those problems into a modern adaptation of the Song of Solomon from the Old Testament. I attended the red carpet premiere of "The Song" on Friday at the Franklin Theatre in the city of Franklin. The movie will be released to the public next Friday, Sept. 26...
Prince is extra for 'Nashville' and Robin Williams film (09/23/14)
Local blues-rock musician Darryl "Uncle Illmo" Prince has been seen in the background of numerous episodes of ABC's popular TV show "Nashville." He jokes that his friends, instead of playing "Where's Waldo?", play "Where's Illmo?" when watching the program...
Church holds barbecue cookoff (09/23/14)
Fellowship For Christ on Richdale Lane held its second annual barbecue cookoff on Sunday in connection with a church picnic. (T-G Photos by John I. Carney)
Pet Day prize winner (09/23/14)
Cliff Hurst of Shelbyville accepts the $500 prize in the 10th annual Celebration Pet Day and Fair Raffle from Jane DeAtley, president of Shelbyville-Bedford County Humane Association. See more photos from Pet Day at http://www.t-g.com/gallery/petday. (Submitted photo)
Free fun for the family (09/21/14)
Not having raised children myself, I am always surprised by the costs of all the things for which parents have to pay. Parents usually want to give their children all they can. In tight economic times, it is often very hard to say yes even when you want to...
A 'Daring Heart' for human rights (09/21/14)
William Wilberforce was one of the best known British abolitionists to modern audiences. After many years of futile effort, he successfully lobbied Parliament in 1807 to pass the Slave Trade Act. His work was important in leading to the end of slavery in the British Empire (although that still took a number of years). ...
Webb Craft Fair to be held Oct. 18-19 (09/19/14)
One of Middle Tennessee's premiere annual events, the 38th annual Webb School Arts and Craft Fair, will be held Oct. 18-19 in Bell Buckle, sponsored by the Bell Buckle Chamber of Commerce and The Webb School. Hours will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday...
Destinations and Diversions: Stage play ... Pet day ... Bikes? Yay! (09/18/14)
The comedy "Daddy's Dyin'... Who's Got The Will?" by Del Shores will be presented Friday and Saturday, and Sept. 26-28, at The Fly Arts Center on South Main Street. Show times are 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. for the Sept. 28 matinee. Call 684-8359 for reservations...
'Daddy's Dyin' ... Who's Got The Will? (09/18/14)
The comedy "Daddy's Dyin'... Who's Got The Will?" by Del Shores will be presented Friday and Saturday, and Sept. 26-28, at The Fly Arts Center on South Main Street. Show times are 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. for the Sept. 28 matinee. Call 684-8359 for reservations. The play, recommended for ages 16 and up, is the story, both comic and dramatic, of a boisterous Texas family drawn together and pushed apart by the impending death of its patriarch. The cast includes (standing from left) April Glosson-Smith as Evalita, Meredith Miller as Marlene, John I. Carney as Orville, (seated) Keith Davis as Harmony, director Sue Thelen as Mama Wheelis, Martin Jones as Buford, Andrea McTigue as Sara Lee and Leslie Talbott as Lurlene. (Submitted photo)
Art exhibit opens at Motlow (09/17/14)
Artist Meghan O'Connor recently attended a reception to open the exhibit of her work inside the Eoff Hall Art Gallery on the Motlow College Moore County campus. The exhibit will continue through Oct. 27 and is open to the public. O'Connor, left, is joined by friend Andrew Muller and Ann Smotherman, adjunct art instructor at Motlow College. (Submitted photo)
Imagine this: Babies, books and First Lady (09/16/14)
Tennessee First Lady Crissy Haslam is expected to be in Shelbyville Sept. 24 as part of a bus tour promoting the 10th anniversary of the Governor's Books From Birth Foundation. The tour will use a 45-foot decorated touring coach and is visiting more than 50 Tennessee counties. The tour started Aug. 26 at the Johnson County Library in Mountain City and will end Sept. 30 at the State Capitol in Nashville...
Endless potential to achieve (09/14/14)
Look, up in the sky! Last week I wrote about Batman and how we each adopt symbols--such as Mr. Wayne's bats--that represent our convictions. This led me to thinking about super-heroes in general--In particular, the most super of super-heroes, Superman. What exactly does Superman represent?...
Coming up: Banned Book Week (09/14/14)
Sponsored by the American Library Association, Banned Book Week, Sept. 21-27, celebrates the freedom to read and highlights free and open access to information. Librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers and readers of all types join together to support free expression of ideas, even the ones that are unorthodox and unpopular...
Art in the Park (09/12/14)
City recreation workers were busy Wednesday at the courthouse announcing the upcoming "Shelbyville Art In The Park." It takes place Saturday, Oct. 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the square with original art and fine crafts, art activities for the kids, music and entertainment . The event is being presented by Our Town Shelbyville, The Arts Council and the city's parks and recreation department. (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
dotMom event to be simulcast at church (09/12/14)
LifeWay Christian Resources is slated to simulcast the annual dotMom event live from Hendersonville on Sept. 19-20. Fair Haven Baptist Church is serving as a host location for Bedford County. dotMOM, sponsored by Nashville-based publishing company LifeWay Christian Resources, is geared toward mothers of all stages, and plans to feature popular Bible teachers David Thomas -- who grew up in Shelbyville and has spoken at local luncheons -- Angie Smith, Jennie Allen, Carl and Heather Cartee and Steve and Debbie Wilson.. ...
Prayer, praise and homecoming (09/12/14)
Hurricane Grove Baptist Church will hold a prayer and praise rally for the nation 6:30 p.m. Sept. 20. Following the prayer time, the Magnolia Gospel Quartet from Mississippi, seen here, will sing. The church will hold homecoming Sunday, Sept. 21, starting at 10 a.m. The Magnolia Gospel Quartet will sing and Mike Gentry will be the speaker. Lunch will follow the service. (Submitted photo)
Destinations and Diversions: Food, fun to get fired up about (09/11/14)
The Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce Firehouse Barbecue will be from 5-7 p.m. Monday at the Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy on Unionville-Deason Road. Free tours of the academy start at 4 with a live burn demonstration at 7:15. Door prizes will be given and there will be live music. Net proceeds benefit local fire departments/life safety devices for the community. A limited number of tickets are available from the Chamber office on Cannon Boulevard...
Henry Horton Park to host historical tours (09/11/14)
Henry Horton State Park in neighboring Marshall County will host two historical tours in the upcoming months. The first tour, the Homes and Spirits Tour, will be held Oct. 23-25, which will include a bus ride to visit Traveller's Rest for their historic Halloween event, the Jack Daniels Distillery, the historic Polk House and the Athenaeum for their Ghostly Dinner...
Veterans share written memories (09/11/14)
The members of MTSU's Writers Corps will share their writings with the public in a special tonight. Participants in the creative writing program for military veterans and their families will read a collection of their works titled "The Places Called Home" at 7 p.m. today at Reveille Joe's, 113 N. Maple St. in Murfreesboro...
Marble masters match off Saturday (09/11/14)
Standing Stone State Park will host the National Rolley Hole Marbles Championship and Festival on Saturday, drawing some of the country's best players to Tennessee where they will match wit and skills in what is known as the Super Bowl of marbles. In its 32nd year, the event includes kids' games, marble making, a swap meet, tournament play, demonstrations, live bluegrass music and food...
Building the R.O.K. is year-long process (09/10/14)
Next year's R.O.K. (Rewarding Our Kids) concert is taking shape even though it will not take place for nearly seven months. It takes nearly a year to organize one night of entertainment because of band schedules, sponsorships, logistics and other factors, said R.O.K. organizer Jason Barber...
Fall's not here yet, many say (09/09/14)
"I can smell it coming," wrote one participant in an unscientific poll at the Times-Gazette website about the official start of fall. For the biggest group of participants, it's the foliage that means autumn has truly arrived. But several other choices got votes as well; some liked the official, astronomical start of fall, the autumnal equinox on Sept. ...
FFA car show (09/07/14)
Yes, it's got an engine in the ... trunk? Lester Stephens of Estill Springs brought his unique wooden vehicle to a car show Saturday held by the Halls Mill Outlaws to raise money for a trip by members of the Bedford County chapter of the FFA. According to Jon Sanders of the Halls Mill Outlaws, participation may have been affected by a large car show in East Tennessee and by the fact that this was the first year for the local event. ...
Getting their groove on (09/07/14)
When the temperature rises to the scorching upper 90s, most people opt to stay indoors. Not Jose Calixto and Juan Valenzuela. These two young men chose to bear the heat and work their beats at the Shelbyville Recreation Center last Tuesday. The competitive break dancers practice their skills regularly, rain or shine, and have been doing so for the last five years...
Versatile publisher also offers children's books (09/07/14)
As a reviewer of books, I have the wonderful opportunity to review a wide number of books on a range of topics. Sword of the Lord Publishers in Murfreesboro is one of my favorite sources for books. They print a wide variety of faith-based books for people of all ages, from fiction to missionary materials to self-help. Here is a summary of two of their most recent titles...
MTSU participates in Dragon Boat race (09/04/14)
The Confucius Institute at MTSU will participate in an ancient Chinese tradition that has become a modern Tennessee tradition. Rowers for the institute will compete against 38 other sponsored boats in the eighth annual Cumberland River Dragon Boat Race on Saturday in Nashville...
Bike ride tours Middle Tennessee (09/04/14)
Bicycle enthusiasts across the state are preparing for the annual Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee, which will kick off its 25th year with a seven-day excursion beginning Sept. 13, showcasing Middle Tennessee's beautiful landscapes. Originating at Tims Ford State Park in Winchester, this year's route will feature Middle Tennessee's history, music, horses and distilleries...
Destinations and Diversions: Cars and canning (09/04/14)
The Halls Mill Outlaws are holding a car show from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 1725 U.S. 41A North. Proceeds benefit a Bedford County FFA Chapter trip. Car entry is $20 per car; entry is from 8 a.m. to noon. Dash plaques go to the first 25 entries. There will be three trophies for each class; there are 10 classes. There will be a 50/50 drawing and door prizes. For more information, call Perry Sanders at 224-0511, Brenda Sanders at 224-6297 or Jon Sanders at 224-6353...
Make your library connection (08/31/14)
I have always found libraries and book stores to be good places to look for buried treasure; maybe not the kind that will make you wealthy, but the kind of treasure that will richen your imagination. I am also one of those Internet surfers who is led from one thing to another until I am miles from the subject I intended to research...
Voice and Vision draws hot crowd (08/27/14)
The high temperatures and almost unbearable heat on Friday didn't stop the Shelbyville's youth from enjoying The Voice and The Vision's Paint the Park event. More than 200 people showed up for the event, which included numerous activities such as food, music, kickball, a bounce house, and access to the batting cages...
Working hard for a deal (08/26/14)
The latest music video from the artist nobigdyl., "indie," looks professionally shot -- and if you take a close look, you'll recognize some local landmarks. Among images of kids, streets and the rap artist himself, you catch glimpses of H.V. Griffin Park, the Shelbyville public square and other Bedford County spots...
Discovering Moby Dick (08/24/14)
I'm not sure I should admit this, but I was an English major in College. To those who know the ins and outs of grammar, I have probably just put a big red "X" on my chest. I was also taught by my fifth grade English teacher to never begin a sentence with a preposition. Obviously, I've never played by the rules...
Around and around a ring of his own (08/24/14)
Bill Jenne' has put together a "labor of love" for the Celebration this year, and it will be on display for all to see at his son's stables A master woodworker, Bill has designed and built a gorgeous miniature carousel, featuring 20 walking horses and 2 carts -- illuminated with over 200 miniature lights...
One stitch at a time, quilters come together (08/17/14)
Quilting is not only fun but also is a way to help others, some enthusiasts say. Happy Hands Quilters club often uses its meetings to create works of art to brighten others' days, members say. The club meets the second Tuesday of the month at the Bedford County Agriculture Center and has between 20-25 active members, president Arleen Kersten said...
Painting memorializes Nance (08/14/14)
Tom Nance died in 2007 at the young age of 39, shocking the community and many who had known the amiable third-generation attorney and family man, who served as Chamber of Commerce president in 1996. Mary Morton, Nance's mother, donated a 2006 painting of the Bedford County Courthouse to the county Tuesday night, so that it can be hung at the courthouse in Nance's memory. The painting is by artist Gwen Pedigo, who's also painted the Rutherford County courthouse...
Destinations and Diversions: Benefit festival, Celebration offer fun (08/14/14)
I Am What I Am -- A Music Festival for Autism will be held Saturday at the Bedford County Agricultural Center, with gates opening at 2 p.m. and the show beginning at 3 p.m. Artists playing will be Big Smo, Rayz'n Cain, Tammy Vice with Logan Blade, April Seventeen, Bad Monkey and 90 Proof...
Get ready to run! (08/13/14)
Five-kilometer runs, or "5Ks," have become a regular occurrence in Shelbyville and Bedford County. United Way of Bedford County's "Spooktacular 5K," held around Halloween, was the first local 5K, but in the years since that race started 5Ks have become a common fund-raiser for numerous local non-profits in various parts of the year. One Saturday in March, there were even two 5Ks taking place at the same time -- one in Shelbyville, another in Normandy...
Aquarium announces new baby gentoo penguins (08/13/14)
What's better than a new baby penguin at the Tennessee Aquarium? Two new baby penguins! The gentoo chicks - born to two separate penguin pairs -- are just over a month old and already showing their plucky penguin personalities. The oldest, and the first gentoo to hatch this year at the Aquarium, is the offspring of Biscuit and Blue. ...
Bullseye: Church on target for God (08/12/14)
One local church is on target when it comes to ministering to hunters. Shelbyville Mills Baptist Church hosted its annual Hunter's Night Out on Saturday. Church officials estimate at least 110 hunters attended. There was a 3D archery competition, and children received help in shooting a bow and arrow as well as a pellet gun. The church also provided a free barbecue meal with all the fixings...
Destinations & Diversions: Play, hunting event, gospel concerts this weekend (08/07/14)
Smokestack Summer Theater will present "Barefoot in the Park," Neil Simon's comedy classic about newlyweds in a big city apartment building, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at Community High School. The production features both students and alumni from the school's outstanding theater program...
Annual Night Out is Saturday (08/06/14)
Hunter's Night Out will be held Saturday at Shelbyville Mills Baptist Church, 900 Union St. The event includes a 3D archery tournament at 5 p.m., a free barbecue meal at 6:30 p.m., door prizes and a gospel presentation by Derek Melton. Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will be on site selling hunting licenses...
Help me solve the library mysteries (08/03/14)
Thanks to many of you for your kind response to the article about Argie Cooper from a couple of weeks ago. I enjoy learning about our local history. Our building has seen many changes and I truly do wish these walls could talk. While thinking about moving to a new building, as I look at stored items, I keep finding little treasures from the past. ...
Help me solve the library mysteries (08/03/14)
Thanks to many of you for your kind response to the article about Argie Cooper from a couple of weeks ago. I enjoy learning about our local history. Our building has seen many changes and I truly do wish these walls could talk. While thinking about moving to a new building, as I look at stored items, I keep finding little treasures from the past. ...
Shelbyville Garden Club studies edible garnishes (08/03/14)
Shelbyville Garden Club held its July meeting at the Farm Bureau office with 14 members attending. Guest speaker Brenda Lewis noted that she had played with food for as long as she could remember and delights in the presentation of food display, as evidenced by a large display of edible garnishes prepared for the demonstration. ...
'Barefoot in the Park' reunites Smokestack alumni (08/01/14)
Smokestack Theatre at Community High School has a summer production each year, which gives the school's alumni a chance to come back and take the stage once more. This year's summer play is Neil Simon's comedy "Barefoot In The Park," which will be presented Aug. 8-10 at the school...
Destinations and Diversions: It's Wartrace Horse Show time (07/31/14)
The 108th annual Wartrace Horse Show will start at 6 p.m. Saturday. The show will feature 31 classes; nine are Riders Cup. For more information, call show manager Roy Ferguson or show secretary Heather Beard at 931-703-3349. Relay fundraisers The Calsonic Kansei North America (CKNA) "Fight Club" team in the American Cancer Society Relay For Life will hold a poker run Saturday beginning at CKNA's location on Stanley Boulevard. ...
Eggs-actly perfect! (07/31/14)
Gayle Morgan has her eye on the prize as she tracks an egg that had been thrown to her during Wednesday's egg toss competition at the Bedford County Fair. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Intensive inspection (07/29/14)
Donna Elliott takes a close look at an entry in the canned goods competition at the Bedford County Fair on Monday. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Ready for the Fair? It starts Monday (07/27/14)
A week's worth of family fun starts tomorrow, but if you have an exhibit to enter, today is your deadline to participate. The 17th annual Bedford County Fair runs from Monday through Saturday at the Bedford County Agriculture Center. New features for the fair include nightly pony rides and a petting zoo, fair president Judy Gambill said...
Basketball, comedy, and it's fair time (07/24/14)
Wayne Buckingham's WAB Sports presents the first Bertie-Ruth Buckingham's Celebrity Charity Basketball Game on Saturday at Cascade High School. A meet-and-greet with the athletes starts at noon, with the game itself at 12:30 p.m. Celebrity players include Chamique Holdsclaw, Ramon Sessions, Sharone Wright, J.P. Prince and Dontae' Jones. The event benefits Cascade High School and the Bedford County Cancer Foundation. Whaley the singer will present the national anthem...
Youth theater group reunites for 'Outsiders' (07/23/14)
Five years after its founding, Community Middle School's Stage 13 Productions is going back to its roots. The group's first-year members are reuniting for new performances of "The Outsiders" -- the play that kicked off the group. Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Community Middle's auditorium. Admission is $3...
Big Smo races up rap, country charts (07/22/14)
Bedford County's "hick-hop" star is moving quickly up the charts. According to Billboard, Big Smo's new album "Kuntry Livin'" is holding steady at Number 8 for the week's top-selling country albums, ranked by sales data as compiled by Nielsen SoundScan...
FCE Club Reports (07/17/14)
Pleasant Grove FCE Club met on Monday, May 19, in the fellowship hall of Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church. Hostess for the month was Donna Parker. Members present were: Sherry Brown, Carolyn Adiska and Donna Parker. Devotion was given by Carolyn Adiska. ...
Destinations & Diversions: 'Woolfie' blends fairy tale stories (07/17/14)
The children's play "Woolfie" will be presented Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and July 20 at 2 p.m. at the Fly Arts Center on South Main Street. Blending three well-loved fairy tales -- Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Little Pigs, and Goldilocks and Three Bears -- "Woolfie" takes place in a series of flashbacks as the Wolf must defend himself in the Trial of the Century. ...
Novak joins Confucius Institute (07/16/14)
MTSU's Confucius Institute has hired a former Bedford County educator to help promote Chinese language and culture in area K-12 schools. Mike Novak, most recently principal of Liberty School, became the institute's new assistant director July 1. "I am very excited to be part of the team at the Confucius Institute," said Novak. "I look forward to expanding educational opportunities for Tennessee and China...
Rollin' on the river: Chili Pepper Float returns (07/16/14)
Fun and charity at the same time make for a perfect combination, and the Moose Lodge is ready. The third annual Chili Pepper River Float & Hog Roast, sponsored by Moose Members for a Cause, is scheduled Saturday, July 26. The public is invited to participate...
Chili weekend in Shelbyville (07/13/14)
Chili took center stage over the weekend on the Shelbyville square. The Southern Summer Chili Night District Cookoff was held Friday night and the Tennessee State Chili Cookoff Championship on Saturday as part of the First Square Fair. More photos at http://www.t-g.com/gallery/chili-square2014/ ...
Fun at the Fair: Activity begins at end of month (07/11/14)
The 17th annual Bedford County Fair will start soon -- Monday, July 28, to be exact. The fair runs from July 28-Aug. 2. The Fairest of the Fair pageants will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at Shelbyville Central High School. Home economics/agriculture exhibits will be received the day before the fair, on Sunday, June 27, from 1-5 p.m. Judging takes place Monday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m...
Destinations and Diversions: Mules, chili, and ice cream on a July weekend (07/10/14)
The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration's 23rd annual Great Celebration Mule & Donkey Show began this morning and continues through Saturday at the Celebration grounds. Upcoming sessions are 2 and 6 p.m. today; 8 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. Friday; and 2 and 6 p.m. Saturday, with a mule sale at 9 a.m. Saturday...
Library is the place for summer fun (07/06/14)
Fizz, Boom, Read. That's the sound of summer for many Bedford County children. Most kids look forward to not having any homework during their summer vacation. However, Bedford County's children are different when it comes to what they want to do with their sweet summertime. They want to read -- for fun!...
FCE Club reports (06/27/14)
Eight members were present at the Unionville FCE Club on May 20. Jean Fausnaught presided as president and called the meeting to order discussing the healthy habit for May, which is "Good Fat," and reading "The Girlfriends" from the yearbook. The devotion was by Elizabeth Blackburn and was titled, "Heros." We are all heros in our own way, but God is the ultimate one, she said...
Bluebirds at the Martins' (06/27/14)
Shelbyville's Volunteer Garden Club was treated to a visit with its own Pat Martin, a nationally known bluebird expert who entertained club members with a delightful program including the care, feeding and raising of bluebirds. The highlight of the field trip was Martin calling the birds to feed...
Jacobs addresses garden club (06/26/14)
The June meeting of the Town and Country Garden Club was held recently at River Bend Country Club with Mary Pickhardt and Jan Schloesser serving as hostesses. The program was titled, "Master Gardening with Beth," and was presented by Beth Jacobs of Mary's Greenhouse in McMinnville...
Destinations and Diversions: Frontier fun uncorked in Lynchburg (06/26/14)
The 52nd annual Lynchburg Frontier Days Rodeo and Carnival will take place today through Sunday in Lynchburg. The carnival midway starts the fun rolling with armband night tonight at 5 p.m. The action-packed PCA eight-event rodeo kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday night. Before the rodeo starts each night there will be a "Kids' Gold Rush" for ages 9 and under at 7 p.m. in the rodeo arena...
Star-studded game, comedy show July 26 (06/25/14)
Former Cascade basketball player Wayne Buckingham says he wants to give back to the community. Toward that effort, the former Clemson University and professional player has organized a celebrity basketball game that he hopes will become an annual affair. The game, the Bertie-Ruth Buckingham Celebrity Charity Basketball Game, will be held on Saturday, July 26, at Cascade High School. The game is named in honor of his mother, who died of cancer in 2000...
Fireworks are a tradition for local family (06/25/14)
It's that time of the year again, when tents start popping up all over the region to offer fireworks for the upcoming July 4 weekend. For the Warren family, however, this marks the 20th year they've been selling the pyrotechnics to Bedford County residents...
Rec Center plans big for the 4th (06/25/14)
If the weather cooperates, this may be one of the biggest and best July 4th celebrations that have taken place at H.V. Griffin Park. Last year's event had to be postponed until Labor Day due to the dreary, wet weather, but the rain day for the event this time around is set for July 5...
Not your usual ride (06/25/14)
Maybe the names covering Perry Sanders' 1958 Chevrolet truck catch your eye first. Or maybe it's the whiskey still -- nonworking, of course -- in the bed. It could be the rat taking a, uhh, break ... atop the air breather. Or the Jack Daniel's bottle next to the radiator...
From Florida to Bell Buckle for Moon Pie fun (06/25/14)
Four or five years ago, Lyle and Leslie Beck were passing through Middle Tennessee while on a vacation trip and stopped in Bell Buckle. They were charmed -- but the townspeople told them they really ought to see what Bell Buckle was like during the annual RC Cola and Moon Pie Festival...
Guitar legend hits right notes (06/24/14)
Jimi Hendrix may be gone, but his music lives on -- not only on CDs, but in the live playing of childhood friend Sammy Drain. Drain, of Seattle, played at Mel's Diner in Shelbyville on Monday night. If things go well, he's hoping for a return visit with his entire band -- hopefully, he says, for a Calsonic Arena performance...
Moon Pie game results (06/24/14)
Here are some of the contest results from Saturday's 20th Annual RC Cola - Moon Pie Games in Bell Buckle: (Under 12) 1) Amilya Smith, Morrison 2) Garland Vick, Liles 3) Noah Jett, Murfreesboro (12 and Over) 1) Katrina Fevirer, Jacksonville, Fla...
RC Cola-Moon Pie fun in Bell Buckle (06/22/14)
Gov. Bill and Crissy Haslam wave at festival-goers during the parade at the 20th Annual RC Cola - Moon Pie Festival Saturday in Bell Buckle. The Haslams were crowned RC Cola King and Queen. (T-G Photos by John I. Carney) Country music star Mark Collie and Florence Hall, who was queen of the Moon Pie at the first festival in 1995, were named Moon Pie King and Queen at this year's festival...
Shelbyville Garden Club monthly reports (06/22/14)
Garden Party The May meeting of the Shelbyville Garden Club was held at the home of Donna Simmons. Hostesses of this fun occasion were Kay Simmons and Donna Simmons. Members brought tea cup arrangements which served as table arrangements during the luncheon and meeting...
The Voice and the Vision: Spoken word, visual art combine in unique show (06/22/14)
Shelbyville natives Terrell Johnson and Julius Hill both have vision, and unique voices to go along with it. A vision that involves bringing the community together and inspiring through art and their project called The Voice and The Vision--a group of numerous artists and talented, like-minded individuals who desire to have a positive impact on their community...
Making a more colorful world (06/20/14)
Evelyn Solomon works on her watercolor palnting at the Shelbyville-Bedford County Senior Center. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Lynchburg Frontier Days planned June 26-29 (06/20/14)
The 52nd annual Lynchburg Frontier Days Rodeo and Carnival will take place Thursday, June 26, through Sunday, June 29. The carnival midway starts the fun rolling with Armband night Thursday at 5 p.m. The action-packed PCA eight-event rodeo kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday night. Before the rodeo starts each night there will be a "Kids' Gold Rush" for ages 9 and under at 7 p.m. in the rodeo arena...
Tasty treat turns 20: It's RC / Moon Pie time (06/19/14)
Final preparations are underway for the 20th annual RC Cola - Moon Pie Festival Saturday in Bell Buckle, and Jenny Hunt of the town's Chamber of Commerce said organizers are hoping for a big turnout. "It looks like it's going to be up," she said, "just from the hits on the web site, people calling for information."...
See the sun rise at Old Stone Fort (06/18/14)
Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park will host a Summer Solstice Sunrise Celebration on Saturday, June 21 at 5 a.m. Visitors are invited to join park staff at the entranceway of Old Stone Fort to view the summer solstice sunrise. The park will open at 5 a.m. and sunrise will begin around 5:30 a.m. The sun will not be visible between the mounds until it clears the canopy sometime after 6 a.m...
Bonnaroo is students' training ground (06/17/14)
MTSU students John Coulston and Kimi Thompson are enjoying this year's Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival from a unique vantage point. They are among a select team from the College of Mass Communication providing multimedia coverage of the world-famous music event for The Tennessean and other media platforms, thanks to a partnership initiated by Dean Ken Paulson...
BREAKING: Flag Day observance cancelled (06/12/14)
Shelbyville Parks and Recreation Director Sylvia Pinson has cancelled Saturday's planned Flag Day observance due to wet conditions at River Bottom Park, which may be made even worse by forecast rain this weekend. Pinson noted that the patriotic observance of Flag Day should still take place throughout town, and that the mayors of both Shelbyville and Bedford County have issued Flag Day proclamations suggesting that the flag be flown at least between Flag Day (June 14) and Independence Day (July 4). ...
THP gears up for Bonnaroo traffic (06/11/14)
It's that time of year again. Since 2002, Manchester has hosted one of the nation's most popular live music events -- the annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. Held on a 700â€'acre farm, the four-day, multi-stage event showcases a diverse assortment of musical styles and performers. Thousands of people attend, and Manchester becomes their temporary home for several days each June...
Bringing art home: Brown gives back (06/08/14)
Shelbyville native John Brown believes the city's nearness to Nashville allows Bedford Countians to utilize Music City in a unique way. If anyone knows how to view things from a unique perspective, it's Brown. As a self-taught photographer, Brown has been using his relationship with Nashville's burgeoning art community to generate opportunities for his own creativity and growth in Bedford County...
'Ex-Muslim' memoir tells of conversion, spiritual battles (06/08/14)
Jesus. Demons. War. Infidel. Brashness. Family strife. Islam. Christianity. Pastor. These are some of the themes in the riveting life of Naeem Fazal, a former Muslim who immigrated to America to build a better life -- and hook up with blonds -- but ended up fighting demons and finding Christ...
Rapping on fame's door (06/04/14)
Tuesday may have been a big day for Big Smo, with the release of his new album "Kuntry Livin'" -- but for him, it was all about the rising star's local fans. With a stack of CDs, T-shirts, bumper stickers and other merchandise to sign, Big Smo, whose real name is John Smith, kept busy while reuniting with old classmates, talking to younger fans and getting ready for his national television debut...
June 14's all about the flag (06/03/14)
With the 200th anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner at hand, the city's recreation department is planning a Community Flag Day Celebration on Saturday, June 14. The event will take place at Riverbottom Greenway Park, behind Shelbyville Power Co. at 308 South Main St., kicking off at 12:30 p.m...
Garden tour stops announced (05/29/14)
The Shelbyville & Bedford County Chamber of Commerce Beautification Committee will hold its 2014 garden tour Saturday, June 7, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., reviving the event after several years of inactivity. This year's tour will include not only private home gardens but several churches with prayer gardens...
Maggi and Maya: Local poet visited Angelou's home (05/29/14)
Tennessee poet laureate Margaret Britton "Maggi" Vaughn of Bell Buckle is among those mourning the loss of revered poet and essayist Maya Angelou, who died Wednesday morning at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C. "We've lost a voice that will never be replaced," said Vaughn...