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Monday, May 30, 2016
Arts, Entertainment and Culture

Garden club meeting is 'berry' good (05/27/16)
Shelbyville Garden Club held its May meeting at Valley Home Farm in Wartrace, then went to Bell Buckle Café for lunch. Plans were made for National Garden Week in June.
Farmer's markets bloom onto scene (05/26/16)
Summer time means it's farmer's market time in Shelbyville and Bell Buckle. The Bell Buckle Farmer's Market will open Friday from 3-6 p.m. and will run weekly through October, said the town's vice mayor, Jenny Hunt. The market will be held across the street from Town Hall by Southern Charm. Locally grown vegetables, baked goods and gourmet coffees will be offered...
Barton wins Lynch art award (05/26/16)
Davin Lynch was a fifth grade student at Southside Elementary from kindergarten until Christmas break 2015, his fifth grade year, when he was killed in a traffic accident. Davin was so passionate about art that the Davin Lynch Memorial Art Award was set up in his memory...
Singing to pay honor to veterans (05/26/16)
Patriotic music is always a vital part of the Field of Heroes Ceremony, and this year will not be any different. Local gospel singer Tiffany Lemmon said she will sing the national anthem at the start of the event. Later, she will sing "God Bless America" during the placing of the wreaths...
Destinations & Diversions: Plenty of options this Memorial Day weekend (05/26/16)
As the weather marches towards summer, it's time for local farmer's markets to open, showcasing the best in locally-grown produce: l Bell Buckle Farmer's Market will open Friday from 3-6 p.m. It will be held across the street from Town Hall by Southern Charm. Enjoy locally grown vegetables, baked goods and gourmet coffees...
Splash of Color: Gardens, landscapes stand out in annual tour (05/25/16)
Plans are underway for a self-guided tour of some of the area's prettiest gardens and landscapes. The Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber's Beautification Committee is organizing the Treasured Gardens and Creative Landscapes tour, scheduled for June 4 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m...
Celebrate College Savings Day by visiting science center (05/25/16)
This Sunday, May 29, the TNStars College Savings 529 Program is teaming up with Adventure Science Center. May 29 has been nationally recognized as 529 College Savings Day, a way to raise awareness of the importance of saving early for college while your child is still young. TNStars is celebrating by offering fun family deals at venues around the state and extra incentives to help families save more...
Musician's book discusses Korn, Jesus (05/25/16)
Brian "Head" Welch is a guitarist with the heavy metal band Korn. Welch has released a new book by Thomas Nelson titled "With My Eyes Wide Open." The book tells his story during the time he left Korn. Welch was a new Christian who was trying to live out his faith. The book is extremely open and honest about Welch's missteps, ones that I believe every Christian can relate to, even if they are not literal rock stars...
Sagas of families fascinate (05/22/16)
The television series "Roots," fascinated viewers in record numbers back in 1977, as did its continuation, "Roots: The Next Generation," in 1979. Alex Haley's remarkable feat of historical and genealogical research and storytelling is a landmark achievement. Simply put, if you haven't read it, you should...
Other worlds are virtually here (05/22/16)
I haven't played video games in about two years now, at least not for any notable amount of time. While this may not prove noteworthy, it does break about a 23-year gaming streak. Since I've been old enough to hold a controller, I've done just that. There were a few summers as a teenager in which the only light I received came from a television set. I know, I'm shaking my head too. #kidsthesedays...
Library's summer programs promote fitness (05/20/16)
The Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library's staff hopes to help people of all ages enjoy an active summer, one that involves more than just turning pages in a book. The Summer Reading Program themes revolve around sports, fitness and living a healthy lifestyle, said Margaret L. Petty, technology and innovation librarian...
Destinations & Diversions: Relay all night, eat pancakes Saturday morning (05/19/16)
Feel like a hearty pancake breakfast Saturday morning? You have at least two choices: Pleasant Grove United Methodist Biscuit Club and Methodist Women will host a pancake breakfast and bake sale on Saturday at the church from 7-10 a.m. Breakfast is $6...
Spring concert (05/17/16)
The Motlow State Community College music department recently came together to present three performances at the college's annual Spring Concert on the Moore County campus. The brass ensemble, vocal ensemble and community jazz ensemble provided music which covered a variety of genres. Pictured here, Motlow student Joshlynne Williams performs PINKZEBRA'S "We Can Dream." She is accompanied by Motlow student Christopher Smith on piano, and local musicians Kyle Copeland on drums, Charlie Vining on bass and John Cook on guitar.
Creativity essential for leadership (05/15/16)
Today's column is about Ken Wytsma, who has some thoughts on creativity and leadership. Wytsma, a pastor in Oregon, is the founder of the Justice Conference, an annual event that aims to help Christians better understand and engage in social justice. More information is at thejusticeconference.com...
Learning Way fifth graders show talents (05/13/16)
Learning Way Elementary held its fifth grade talent show on Thursday, with fifth graders entertaining the entire school with various vocal, dance and acrobatic performances. Look for more photos and details in a future issue of the Times-Gazette.
Library holds book sale (05/12/16)
Linda Glover browses through books for sale Wednesday at Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library. The book sale runs through Saturday. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Destinations & Diversions: Twirl your spaghetti, or yourself on the dance floor (05/12/16)
The Senior Citizens Center's spaghetti dinner and auction fundraiser will be held this evening at the center. Dinner will be served from 5-6 p.m. with the live auction at 6 p.m. Tickets are $6 and can be purchased in advance or at the door. Carry-out orders will be available. For more information, call 684-0019...
Hot wagon survives icy past (05/08/16)
The sparkling red 1957 Chevrolet Nomad station wagon has been a familiar fixture in the life of Larry Watkins of Shelbyville for years. But the journey has been a rough ride at times, Watkins said as he polished the Nomad's tailgate Saturday at the Celebration City Car Club's annual show...
Vet tackles arm wrestling in interview (05/06/16)
An MTSU student who balances aircraft inspection, entrepreneurship and competitive arm wrestling will be the guest on the next "MTSU On the Record" radio program. Host Gina Logue's interview with Jason Gulley will air from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Monday, May 9, and from 8 to 8:30 a.m. Sunday, May 15, on WMOT-FM (89.5 and www.wmot.org)...
Destinations & Diversions: Cars, kayaks, a fish fry and a foreign fellow (05/05/16)
First Choice Pregnancy Center's annual Fish Fry & Auction will be held from 3:30-7 p.m. Saturday at Walnut Ridge Farm, 1198 Whiteside Hill Road. Children's activities, a live and silent auction and live music are scheduled. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door; call 680-0066. Children under 12 eat free...
Paddlin' for paws, poker (05/05/16)
The CGFreck Foundation, a Wartrace-based animal rescue group, will hold its third annual "Paddlin' For Paws" fundraiser Saturday on the Duck River. The event is a poker run -- not unlike motorcycle-based poker runs. Kayakers collect playing cards at various stops along the river, and at the end of the day the person with the best poker hand wins...
Porsche expert to visit car show (05/04/16)
Retired Porsche race car driver and mechanic Jim Watson of Lewisburg will be the guest of honor at Saturday's Celebration City Region AACA Car Club swap meet, car and truck show on the Celebration grounds. "He's got a lot of stories," said Jerry Clanton of the Celebration City club, "a lot of history with racing Porsches."...
Paranormal romance set in Middle Tennessee (05/01/16)
A paranormal romance book series based in Rutherford County and other Middle Tennessee locations continues with the Tuesday, May 3, release of "Anna's Way." The book is part of a series titled "Ditch Lane Diaries." The author is Dawn Jones of Jones Media in Murfreesboro. Under the pen name D.F. Jones, she released "Ruby's Choice," the first book in the series, last summer...
Finding funny (05/01/16)
Apparently, I like stand-up comedy more than I thought. As a spur of a moment decision the other night, my wife and I bought tickets to see a comedy show in Nashville. I really wasn't sure what to expect, I've only seen a few live stand-up routines in my life and those took place at church, mostly by people I didn't find very funny...
Have a happy May Day (05/01/16)
It's May Day! When I was in grade school, we would always make little paper May baskets to take home and leave on the doorstep for our moms. I would carefully fill the little basket with whatever flowers (or weeds) might be available as I made my way from the bus stop down our lane. ...
Special holiday shared in new 'Chicken Soup' volume (04/29/16)
As an instructor in Tennessee College of Applied Technology- Shelbyville's industrial maintenance program, Chris Cantrell teaches his students how to keep industrial machinery going, so that big factories can stay in constant production. But Cantrell also understands the value of down time, and it was not productivity but a power outage which landed him in the pages of a new book...
Women of achievement exemplify service to others (04/28/16)
Serving others -- one common denominator that all the award recipients at Wednesday's 23rd annual Professional Women's Luncheon share. Winners include Colleen Fogle, Professional Woman of the Year; Brenda Clifford, Secretary of the year; Christy Womack, Volunteer of the Year; and Lisa Chick, Faithful Service Award...
Destinations & Diversions: Rayz'n Cain, enjoying trains, 'Hee Haw' entertains (04/28/16)
"Rayz'n Cain One More Time For Kim," an 18-and-over benefit concert for Kim and Jay Mantooth, will be held Saturday at the Blue Ribbon Circle on the Celebration grounds. Doors will open at 7 p.m. with the concert, featuring the bands Speakeasy and Rayz'n Cain, at 8...
Cruise-In revs up for new season (04/24/16)
Celebration City Car Club's monthly Cruise-Ins kicked off for the warm season Friday night on the Shelbyville square. Among attention-getting vehicles was the just-completed "Moonshiner" built by Louis Maxwell of Unionville, seen describing the home-built truck to passersby...
Still painting, still teaching, still enjoying art (04/24/16)
Iris Pierce, 93, who teaches watercolor classes at the Senior Citizens Center, has an exhibit of her work and her students' at Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library now through May 3. "I've been painting, off and on, all my life," said Pierce, who got more serious about the hobby at age 70 -- two decades ago. She started teaching four or five years ago...
Christian artist shares story of hope (04/24/16)
I recently interviewed Christian Contemporary Music artist Plumb. Plumb is embarked on the Beautiful Offerings Tour with Big Daddy Weave and Jordan Feliz. In 2015 she released her seventh album, "Exhale." The producer was Matt Brownlee, an original member of Jars of Clay...
'Game of Thrones' is back! (04/24/16)
"Winter is coming!" Today is the day that "Game of Thrones" fans have been waiting for with great excitement. Is John Snow really dead? Can that be? This super-popular television series begins its sixth season tonight. The TV show is a dramatization of a planned seven novel series written by George R.R. Martin entitled "Song of Fire and Ice." The first five novels have been completed and can be found here at the library. Begin your adventure with "Game of Thrones."...
Destinations & Diversions: Cars, Carnival For Care, and crazy aunts (04/21/16)
"Arsenic and Old Lace," by Joseph Kesselring, will be presented by The Webb School Company Players tonight through Saturday at the school in Bell Buckle. This event is open to the public. The farcical comedy, well-known from the movie version starring Cary Grant, is the story of a writer who fears that madness runs in his family. ...
Runway success: Lonestar shoots video at Shelbyville airport (04/20/16)
When Lonestar's country music video "Never Enders" comes out next Friday, one of the locations may look familiar. The country music band transformed Shelbyville Municipal Airport's runway into a set Tuesday evening to film their latest video, which is due to release on Friday, April 29, said the video's director, Jacob Moyer of production company Luminary Creative...
Mother tells story of miraculous events (04/20/16)
A Texas mother's love for her family and her faith in God are told in the critically acclaimed family-friendly movie "Miracles From Heaven." The movie is based on a memoir of the same name written by Christy Beam. The true story revolves around Beam's daughter Anna, who has a rare, incurable disease that left her unable to digest food. Beam lives near Burleson, Texas, with husband Kevin and their daughters Abby, Annabel (Anna) and Adelynn...
FCE Clubs mark another year of achievements (04/17/16)
The Bedford County Family and Community Education (FCE) Clubs held their annual achievement program April 7 with 60 members attending. Elizabeth Coker, a historian from Rockvale, portrayed Tennessee pioneer Granny White and told her story of helping to settle Middle Tennessee. ...
Music for the World: Bedford County Mass Choir rings out in song (04/15/16)
Beaming parents, family and friends of 132 elementary and middle school students making up the annual Bedford County Mass Choir filled Shelbyville Central High School on Tuesday. This year's third annual program, "Music for the World," included eight songs from West Africa, Jamaica, Israel, Japan, Australia, South Africa and America...
Destinations & Diversions: Fancy horses, shining stars, and squirrel meat (04/14/16)
Bedford Cancer Foundation will host its annual Walking For Cancer Horse Show Saturday, April 16 at the Champions Arena on the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration Grounds. Show starts at 5 p.m. Admission is $5 with children being admitted free. Box seats of six are available for $50. For more information or to be a sponsor, call Iris Schumann at 931-703-7257 or Pam Ingraham at 615-504-9580...
Webb presents 'Arsenic and Old Lace' play (04/13/16)
The timeless comedic classic, "Arsenic and Old Lace" by Joseph Kesselring, will be presented by The Webb School Company Players April 21-23. This event is open to the public. Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. on the Chapel stage. Admission is $10 and seating begins at 7:10 p.m...
The 'bear' facts: Big game fundraiser to include unique meats (04/12/16)
The Rev. Ellen Hill, pastor of Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, provides for her flock each year in a way you might not expect. When the church holds its annual game dinner fund-raiser Saturday night, the menu will include venison, rabbit, squirrel, fish, raccoon and woodchuck. Oh, and honey garlic pepperoni ... made from bear meat...
'Hee Haw & Howdy' tickets on sale Monday (04/10/16)
Tickets go on sale Monday for the 40th anniversary production of "Hee Haw & Howdy," an annual fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society performed as a tribute to the classic TV show "Hee Haw." The show, which will take place April 29-30 at Shelbyville Central High School, is produced by the Strength In Numbers team in the American Cancer Society Relay For Life...
Author helps you get courageous (04/10/16)
One woman is sharing her hard-learned life lessons on living an authentic life in a new book. Ann White is the author of "7 Steps to Courage." She is the founder of In Grace Ministries and host of Christian talk show "Atlanta Live." She is also an author, speaker, teacher, and short-term missionary...
Veteran-turned-writer separates fact from fiction (04/07/16)
A retired U.S. Marine who turned his military career into critically acclaimed literature will share his experiences at MTSU. Michael Pitre, a veteran of two tours of duty in Iraq and author of "Fives and Twenty-Fives," will speak at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in Room 106 of the Paul W. Martin Sr. Honors College Building. A printable campus parking map is available at tinyurl.com/MTSUParkingMap...
Destinations & Diversions: Postcards, ponies and a play (04/07/16)
The annual Shelbyville Postcard & Paper Memorabilia Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Fly Arts Center. The show includes exhibits and sales of historic collectable paper items. Concessions will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 931-684-8693...
Clean up with great reading (04/03/16)
It is finally spring! Warm weather, dandelions, outdoor activities, and of course, spring cleaning! Visiting my three cousins at my Aunt Sandy and Uncle Bill's house was always a treat for me because I didn't have siblings near my age at home to play with. Aunt Sandy was a school teacher and always had interesting activities that were bound to both teach and entertain...
'The Foreigner' cast, dates announced (04/01/16)
Rehearsals are underway for the Fly Community Theatre production of "The Foreigner," by Larry Shue, which will be presented May 6, 7, 13, 14 and 15 at The Fly Arts Center on South Main Street. The comedy tells the story of Charlie Baker, who's going through domestic problems and whose friend "Froggy" LeSeur tries to cheer him up with a visit to a remote Georgia hunting lodge. ...
On their way to Mule Day (03/30/16)
We couldn't get to these folks amidst vehicle traffic on Lane Parkway to get their names Monday, but they were part of a wagon train on their way to Mule Day in Columbia this weekend. Shelbyville's own mule show -- the 25th annual Great Celebration Mule and Donkey Show -- is scheduled for July 7-9. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Frank-ly speaking: Former Shelbyville resident writes debut novel (03/27/16)
Each child is different -- but when a child is so different that he or she is alienated from other children, how do we as grownups react? Are we looking out for the good of the child, or just reacting to our own stereotypes and expectations? "Be Frank With Me," the debut novel from one-time Shelbyville resident Julia Claiborne Johnson, is a very funny novel about the world's most dapper 9-year-old boy, but it raises some serious questions about parenting and education as they relate to kids who break the mold.. ...
Garden club holds luncheon (03/25/16)
Shelbyville Garden Club met March 16 for its annual luncheon at Riverbend Country Club. There were 15 members present and two guests. Helen Garner and Nancy Hulan were hostesses for the lunch with St. Patrick's Day-theme decorations that were given as door prizes...
MTSU program explores gender in country music (03/25/16)
The next "MTSU On the Record" radio program will explore how gender in country music is about much more than just "honky tonk angels." Host Gina Logue's interview with Kris McCusker, a professor of history, will air from 5:30-6 p.m. Monday, March 28, and from 8-8:30 a.m. Sunday, April 3, on WMOT-FM (89.5 and www.wmot.org)...
Destinations & Diversions: Hop-hop-hoppin' along this weekend (03/24/16)
First Baptist Church (Depot Street) will hold its annual free Easter musical on Saturday at 5 p.m. Benji and Jenna Cowart, the writers of the musical, will be present. The Cowarts are songwriters with Word Publishing in Nashville and worship leaders in Franklin. They have written songs for Christian music artists such as Aaron Shust and Meredith Andrews...
Drop the clichés, develop real faith (03/23/16)
Los Angeles pastor Chad Veach directs readers away from clichéd Sunday school answers to life's toughest questions such as "Where was God?" and "How could God allow this?" Such answers fail to provide true comfort or build up faith. Veach uses God's promises in the Bible and from his daughter's diagnosis with a debilitating disease to show simple, purposeful steps to deal with pain. ...
Sun shines on Daffodil Day in Bell Buckle (03/20/16)
Bell Buckle celeberated its 39th annual Daffodil Day on Saturday. The event included flower sales, a flower show, seminars, demonstrations and vendors. Bell Buckle celebrates its recertification as Tennessee's smallest Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation during Daffodil Day, and this year's seedling giveaway (right) included black cherry, native sweet pecan and swamp chestnut oak seedlings. See more photos in a gall...
You are special: Leigh Ann Young learns to believe in herself (03/20/16)
Long-time Bedford County resident Leigh Ann Young has made it her purpose to serve the members of her community. She graduated from Cascade and went on to receive her bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies K-6 at Middle Tennessee State University...
Woman forgives daughter's killer (03/20/16)
How do you forgive the man who murdered your child? Can you? Do you seek his death? Or do you petition the legal system to lock him up forever and throw away the key? A book released last week shows how a couple chose to forgive the man who used a shotgun on their 19-year-old daughter, Ann, during a breakup argument. The couple had been on again, off again for a while, and had wanted to get married...
Heroes collide: Superfans anticipate 'Batman v Superman' (03/18/16)
America's two most-famous superheroes, about to share a movie screen, are a study in contrasts. Superman, an alien with seemingly endless power, is optimistic, idealistic, and openly cooperates with the powers that be. His true identity is Kal-El, the last surviving native of the planet Krypton. He hides behind the persona of Clark Kent, a journalist, although Clark's small-town values are part of him as well...
Wearin' o' the green (03/18/16)
A number of Times-Gazette employees wore green to work Thursday, but sports editor Chris Siers and Ron Cirillo of the mail room went the extra mile and found the true festive spirit of the St. Patrick's Day holiday. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
Happy St. Patrick's Day! (03/17/16)
A number of Times-Gazette employees wore green to work today, but sports editor Chris Siers and Ron Cirillo of the mail room went the extra mile and found the true festive spirit of the St. Patrick's Day holiday. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
Destinations & Diversions: An odd couple and an odder author take the stage (03/17/16)
"The play's the thing," said Shakespeare, and whether you're on stage or in the audience there's nothing quite like live theatre. Here are some chances to see for yourself: l The Smokestack Theatre Group at Community High School will present Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple" 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The beloved play, which has been the basis for multiple movie and TV adaptations, focuses on mismatched roomates Felix Ungar and Oscar Madison...
Willie-and-Waylon tribute band to headline Wartrace Music Fest (03/16/16)
The national touring act "The Outlaws: A Tribute to Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson" will headline the 12th annual Wartrace MusicFest on June 4. The all-day music festival will also feature Nashville acoustic trio 2nd Nature, which won first place at the 2007 MerleFest songwriting contest; and regional favorite JackWagon, a classic rock band...
Tragedies are not God's fault (03/16/16)
One pastor says God has a PR problem, but it's mankind's fault, not His. Lucas Miles is pastor of Oasis Church in Granger, Indiana, and author of the new Worthy Publishing book "Good God: The One We Want to Believe In But Are Afraid to Embrace." "For a long time, religion has painted a picture of God that holds Him responsible for everything that happens, including the good and the bad," he said in an interview. ...
Fair receives awards (03/16/16)
Several of the Bedford County Fair board members went to the Tennessee Association of Fairs Convention. The board received two awards. With the merit award are: Jerri Lynn Smith, Judy Gambill, Fred Pimental and Matt Ledbetter with Bedford County Fair Queen Tea Phillips. (Submitted photo)
Movies are good reads, too (03/13/16)
Well, no one called me with an answer to the brain teaser that I posed to you week before last, but I will give you an answer. To talk continuously for one minute in English at a normal speed without saying a word with a letter "A" in it, just begin counting by ones. Try it! "One, two, three, four, five..."...
Guest singer (03/11/16)
Csilla Muscan will testify and sing during morning worship Sunday at First Nazarene. Born to Hungarian parents in Romania, when it was under communist rule, Muscan felt like an outsider from a young age. She began singing in the church choir at age 6, finding music a way to connect. Her website is http://csillamuscan.net. (Submitted photo)
Destinations & Diversions: Dance, run, laugh or eat this weekend (03/10/16)
The Strength In Numbers team in the American Cancer Society Relay For Life will hold a dance and live auction, featuring the band Thunderhill, Saturday at the Blue Ribbon Circle on the Celebration grounds. Tickets are $20 in advance by calling Judi Burton, 931-607-6035, or $25 at the door...
Bell Buckle goes Daffodilly to kick off spring next week (03/09/16)
Bell Buckle will host its 39th annual Daffodil Day March 19 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., sponsored by the Bell Buckle Chamber of Commerce and the Bell Buckle Tree Board. The town's association with daffodils began when Sawney Webb, founder of The Webb School, and his students planted daffodils a century ago on the roads leading in to Bell Buckle. ...
'The Odd Couple' comes to Community (03/09/16)
Community High School's Smokestack Theatre Group will present Neil Simon's comedy classic, "The Odd Couple," on Friday and Saturday, March 18 and 19, at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. Admission is $5 at the door. The play, which has spawned two movies, three different television series, and an "all female" cast version, is considered one of the most popular comedies ever written. ...
Rayz'n Cain reunites for benefit (03/08/16)
The popular local party band Rayz'n Cain, which disbanded last year, is reuniting for a benefit concert to help one of its members. "Rayz'n Cain One More Time For Kim," an 18-and-over benefit concert, will be held Saturday, April 30, at the Blue Ribbon Circle on the Celebration grounds...
'Nobody's Perfect' is anything but a drag (03/06/16)
The comedy "Nobody's Perfect," by Simon Williams, will be presented March 11-12 and 18-20 at The Fly Arts Center on South Main Street. Curtain is 7 p.m. for Friday and Saturday performances and 2 p.m. for the March 20 Sunday matinee. Leonard Loftus (Eric Collins) is a writer who decides to enter a romantic fiction contest. ...
Squared away: Crowd gets down at Halls Mill dance (03/06/16)
The walls of Halls Mill Triamgle Club were packed with folks from shoulder to shoulder last weekend. The all-ages crowd brought a delightful mix of families and friends together who all share the same interest of dancing and having a good time. "Uncle Shuffelo and I have been putting this together for about three months," said Earl Adcock, club president. "And we are totally overwhelmed with the response tonight."...
A celebration of reading across America (03/06/16)
National Read Across America Day was on March 2, in celebration of Theodore Geisel's birthday. We know him better as Dr. Seuss. Photos have been shared in the Times-Gazette through out the past week from various schools celebrating the week in fun ways...
God frees us from our awkward past (03/06/16)
Not many authors would have the guts to come out and write about why they should not be writing a book. But a campus minister and Internet communicator does exactly that in a new book. Sammy Rhodes is the author of "This is Awkward: How Life's Uncomfortable Moments Open the Door to Intimacy and Connection." Nelson Books is the publisher of the title that hit the market last Tuesday...
Lots of kids, lots of 'things' (03/03/16)
Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday Wednesday with a "The Cat in the Hat" party.
New date, more activities surround ROcKFEST concert (02/28/16)
The R.O.K. concert is not happening this spring, but that does not mean organizers have given up. The people behind the Rewarding Our Kids concert are trying a different approach, including a new date, Sept. 24, organizer Jason Barber said. Traditionally, the concert has been held in the early part of the year; last year's was in April. The new date will allow for a belated back-to-school bash, he said...
Band proclaims God in new album (02/28/16)
If you're looking for energetic music proclaiming the power and majesty of God, look no further than the J.J. Weeks Band's new album "As Long As We Can Breathe." The album by Centricity Music releases on April 8. The first single, "Alive In Me," just started hitting radio stations recently...
Challenge your mind (02/28/16)
I miss Alex Trebek. Seriously. Until a few months ago, I could often get home from work by 6 p.m. so that I could watch Jeopardy! with my husband, Larry, and we would both play along. Then, a few months ago, the station changed the air time of the show to 5 p.m. ...
Destinations & Diversions: Chili, circuses, and cross-dressing this weekend (02/25/16)
The annual Triple C Competition (Chili, Chicken or Chocolate) will be from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call Cliff Hirst at 205-4467 or pick up a registration form at The Fly Arts Center. The event benefits Our Town and The Fly. The categories will be judged by those who attend the event and purchase a taster's kit...
AEDC women's club enjoys fashion show (02/24/16)
J. Jordan Boutique of Shelbyville presented a fashion show to the AEDC Women's Club at its February meeting. Club members served as models. The club also took part in fun activities put on by Cecelia Schlagheck celebrating donations to the AEDCWC Scholarship Foundation. Enough money was raised to provide two scholarships to area students...
Christian recalls attack by Muslim on himself, child (02/24/16)
How would you respond to the man who shot you and your child? Would you call for his death? I recently interviewed one humanitarian aid worker who chose to forgive his and his daughter's attacker. Ray Norman was the national director of World Vision's poverty reduction program in a Muslim nation during very dark times -- just following the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks. His territory was Mauritania, western North Africa...
...Annnnd they're off! Derby is theme for new United Way fundraiser (02/23/16)
United Way of Bedford County will be off to the races with its newest fundraiser, a fashionable Kentucky Derby viewing party on May 7 at Rebel Run Horse Farm on Highway 130 West. The event, which will run from 3:30 until 6 p.m. on Derby Day, will encourage patrons to wear Derby-style hats, tacky ties and other finery. ...
Destinations & Diversions: Music, drama, food, history this weekend (02/18/16)
The evangelistic drama "Fire Brothers" will be presented 6 p.m. Sunday at Fellowship For Christ Church. For more information, call 931-684-0949 or 931-447-1782. Other places to get fired up about this week: Plate lunch sale First Baptist Church on Sevier Street is holding a plate lunch sale Saturday at 11 a.m. Dishes include fish, hamburgers and bologna...
Valentine's celebration (02/17/16)
Students from Becky Chapman's kindergarten class at Thomas Magnet School celebrated Valentine's Day a little early last Friday. (Submitted photo)
Aging expert to hold book signing Feb. 27 (02/17/16)
New Covenant Christian Bookstore will host a book signing on Saturday, Feb. 27. Shirley W. Mitchell will sign copies of several of her book titles from 10 am.-2 p.m. Mitchell, of Alabama, is a national author, speaker, syndicated columnist and host of the radio talk show Aging Outside the Box...
Chili, chocolate, chicken - and your chance to win or judge (02/14/16)
The annual "Triple C" competition -- chili, chicken and chocolate -- will take place Feb. 27 at The Fly Arts Center on South Main Street, and if you want to enter one of the three categories you have about a week left. Applications are due by Monday, Feb. 22...
Local siblings pen fantasy novel (02/14/16)
One of the many things I enjoy about my job is having the opportunity to write about books. Usually the books are from national publishers and writers. But sometimes the book comes from a talented, local writer. This column is about the latter -- actually, three of the latter...
Back in the saddle: Lone Star Rodeo plans local stop (02/12/16)
Lone Star Championship Rodeo, which has been entertaining Shelbyville crowds for more than a quarter of a century now, will return Saturday, Feb. 20, for its 26th year in Calsonic Arena on the Celebration grounds. The rodeo will feature both local and out-of-town contestants in bareback bronc riding, calf roping, cowgirls' breakaway roping, saddle bronc riding, cowgirls' barrel racing, team roping and Brahma bull riding...
Garden Club designs decor for Chamber banquet (02/12/16)
Shelbyville Garden Club's service project for February was the design of tables for Shelbyville & Bedford County Chamber of Commerce's 2016 annual membership meeting and luncheon.
Valentine's buffet (02/11/16)
Artist Darlene Shadden and musician Eric Stephens will be featured at a Valentine's buffet meal Saturday night at Urban Plantation restaurant in Merchant's Walk on North Main Street. Shadden, a nationally-known portrait artist, will make sketches of those in attendance and will be available to discuss her artwork, while Stephens will entertain throughout the evening...
Destinations & Diversions: Date night, pancake breakfast with your sweetie (02/11/16)
Businesses on and around the Shelbyville square will host the fifth annual Date Night on the Square 4-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12. Each participating business will give away a door prize. There will also be a tour of three uptown lofts. The tour costs $10, and tickets will be available that night. Look for sidewalk signs directing participants to participating lofts...
Aging expert to sign books at New Covenant (02/10/16)
New Covenant Christian Bookstore will host a book signing on Saturday, Feb. 27. Shirley W. Mitchell will sign copies of several of her book titles from 10 am.-2 p.m. Mitchell, of Alabama, is a national author, speaker, syndicated columnist and host of the radio talk show Aging Outside the Box...
Walking Horse Museum receives $3,300 grant (02/10/16)
The Tennessee Walking Horse National Museum has received a $3,300 state grant. The Tennessee State Library and Archives has awarded grants to 29 organizations, including the Wartrace museum, to preserve historical records and improve the facilities where those records are stored. In all, the State Library and Archives awarded more than $95,000 worth of archival development grants across the state...
Whose terrible twos? (02/07/16)
There is a period in every toddler's life known as the "terrible twos." Every parent can probably attest there's some truth to this statement, regardless of how you interpret it. However -- I declare in my most scholarly voice -- I'm not sure they should be called the "terrible twos."...
Colorful and great novels (02/07/16)
During one of our recent snowed-in afternoons, Larry and I were watching "Jeopardy" when the category ROY G. BIV was announced. We turned to each other in puzzlement since neither of us had ever heard of him. After the show, I consulted the trusty Internet for enlightenment. ...
Women: Learn how to break busyness (02/07/16)
A new book by a woman entrepreneur for all women is taking aim at the cultural attitude that says the busier you are, the better. Alli Worthington is an author, speaker, blogger, and the Executive Director of Propel Women, an organization that empowers female leaders. Her new book is "Breaking Busy: How to Find Peace & Purpose in a World of Crazy."...
Sorority members learn art of furniture refinishing (02/05/16)
Members of Xi Alpha Zeta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority held their January meeting at the Antiques, Art and Collectibles Mall with Cliff Hirst, manager, as guest speaker. Hirst led the group on a tour throughout the mall discussing techniques he had used on pieces of furniture displayed. He teaches classes using milk and chalk style paints and repurposes items such as beds into benches, old wooden dollies into kitchen islands and barn wood into harvest tables...
'Not Without My Daughter' continues (02/03/16)
If you have ever seen the 1991 movie or read the book "Not Without My Daughter," you may have wondered whatever became of the family featured in the biographical story and the followup book "For the Love of a Child." A new book continues the story. Amazon introduces the original book this way: "In August 1984, Michigan housewife Betty Mahmoody accompanied her husband to his native Iran for a two-week vacation. ...
Chuck says spring is on the way (02/02/16)
The Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga has released an official forecast, in verse, on behalf of "Chattanooga Chuck," its groundhog. Groundhog Day is here again. What a crazy weather year it's been! We saw springtime temps on New Year's Day. But since then snow's come through our way...
Square dancing returns to Triangle: Grab a partner and do-si-do (01/29/16)
Square dances were first documented in Europe in the 1600s, but the dance moved to the United States, where it adopted western and southern musical styles and cultures and became so deeply Americanized that -- according to Wikipedia -- 19 states have designated square dancing as their official state dance...
Woman's Club hears about Tennessee Promise (01/29/16)
Linda Yockey, graduation coach for Bedford County Schools, was the guest speaker at the Shelbyville Woman's Club meeting on Jan. 13. Prior to her current position, she was a science teacher at Cascade and then at Shelbyville Central High School. In addition to teaching, she is a county commission member and the foreman of the county's grand jury...
Stop building spiritual sandcastles (01/31/16)
You may have material success, but you may be looking for true happiness without any luck. "Material success won't make you happy or fill the void in your heart. The only answer for spiritual bankruptcy is Jesus," a new book declares. In "Sandcastle Kings: Meeting Jesus in a Spiritually Bankrupt World," readers can take a step-by-step approach through the book of Luke, Chapter 7. Nelson Books of Nashville is the publisher...
Pup's a real player: Shelbyville rescue dog makes starting Puppy Bowl lineup (01/27/16)
Professional athletes will not be the only ones playing a bowl game on Super Sunday -- the "Puppy Bowl XII" will provide plenty of furry entertainment, and a pooch with local ties will be on the national stage. Animal Planet will air its annual Puppy Bowl show from New York, at 2 p.m. Feb. 7. Shelbyville rescue group Middle Tennessee Treasures is providing one of the more than 80 pooches that come from rescues and shelters: Clover, an 18-week-old female beagle...
Kaiser kidnap attempt detailed (01/22/16)
An MTSU doctoral student tells the tale of several Tennessee youths' attempt to kidnap Kaiser Wilhelm II after World War I on the next "MTSU On the Record" radio program. Host Gina Logue's interview with Darrin Haas, command historian with the Tennessee Military Department, will air from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, and from 8 to 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, on WMOT-FM (89.5 and www.wmot.org)...
Destinations & Diversions: Motocross, music and more this week (01/21/16)
The 24th annual FMF Indoor Motocross Winter Series will be held Friday and Saturday at Calsonic Arena on the Celebration grounds. This will be rounds seven and eight of the 2015-2016 winter series. Hundreds of riders will be on hand competing on the indoor track full of enormous jumps, whoops, and turns. ...
Only the very best make this concert (01/19/16)
Shelbyville Central High School is hosting a regional honor band event this weekend. The Tri-Lakes Honor Band Camp will culminate in a free community concert Saturday at 5 p.m. at SCHS, said one of the organizers, Kayne Gilliland, band director at Central...
Trivia on the Fly returns for second year (01/14/16)
The Fly Arts Center will host its second annual "Trivia On The Fly" fundraiser Saturday, Jan. 30. The Bedford County Arts Council benefit pits three-person teams in a trivia contest, with questions created especially for the event, including questions about local history and other topics...
Historical society entertained by gospel group (01/14/16)
Bedford County Historical Society held its winter meeting Dec. 7 at First United Methodist Church. The evening began with a pot luck supper and was followed by the society business meeting. Recording secretary Carolyn Jones presented the minutes of the last meeting which were approved as read. ...
Destinations & Diversions: Several MLK remembrances planned (01/14/16)
There will be numerous observances next week of the life of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose federal holiday is on Monday. Here are a few we've been notified about: l The fourth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Luncheon will be held 11 a.m. ...
Letter to the Editor, Jan. 14 (01/14/16)
Thank you Shelbyville, I would like to thank the citizens of our community who came to participate in the Celebration Christmas. Myself, the Celebration board, fellow employees, and volunteers that put the event on were amazed with the attendance of over 2,500 people. The concept of a quality, family oriented, holiday event, with a carnival-like feel has been a goal for a couple of years...
Future is theme of MLK luncheon (01/12/16)
The fourth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Luncheon will be held Monday, Jan. 18 at 11 a.m. at First Nazarene Church. Monday is also the federal holiday. The theme is "Embracing Our Legacy As We Prepare For the Future." The guest speaker is Jimmy Tyson of Rockvale Church of God in Christ. The event is sponsored by The Gilliland Historical Resource Center Inc...
Sunday Conversation: On stage or backstage, the play's the thing (01/10/16)
Brenden Taylor, subject of this week's Sunday Conversation, is active in the local theater community, working on numerous productions at the Fly Arts Center. He is the co-host, with Michael Hansen, of the podcast "Finding Christ In Cinema" (fcc.gctnetwork.com), which attempts to find religious symbolism and evangelistic talking points in secular films. ...
Destinations & Diversions: Wedding gown display has a Shelbyville connection (01/07/16)
Wedding dresses from every decade since the 1840s will be on display starting Sunday and continuing through March 6 at the Oaklands Mansion in Murfreesboro. The gown worn by Kate Canady of Shelbyville will be on display alongside the naval uniform worn by her husband Brent during their wedding...
Santa's wish: Help others (12/24/15)
POINTS NORTH -- I handed Santa Claus the inch-thick catalog and watched a big smile of recognition creep across his face. "A Wish Book," he said. "A Wish Book," I replied. "Someone at the newspaper ran across it and thought I might mention it in the paper somehow. ...
Library donation (12/24/15)
Former local resident Paul Martin donates a copy of his book, "Pivot Points," to Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library. Accepting the donation is library director Rita Allen. (Submitted photo)
Mingle and Jingle (12/22/15)
Bedford County Schools have been working to increase parent involvement in their student's education. The Title I Department (coordinated by Sarah Perry, Connie Boutwell, Kay Prince, Sheila Bratton, Jan Hall and Marsha Sharp) recently hosted Mingle and Jingle with Frosty. Parents and students were invited to participate in games, crafts, reading with Frosty, snacks, and tips for dealing with holiday stress. There were over 400 parents and students who came to the Shelbyville Rec Center for the event. In this picture, Brenden Taylor (Frosty) reads the story "The Mitten." (Submitted photos)
Three homes deliver the holiday spirit (12/20/15)
Members of the Shelbyville Woman's Club enjoyed their annual "Christmas Tour of Homes," a tradition club members enjoy each December. This year, the homes of Karen and Mike Inman, Rita Ann McDonald, and Charlene Judd were in the spotlight. The first home featured was the Inmans'. Karen is a member of the club and Mike is the CEO of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration...
Local stitchers help decorate Governor's trees (12/20/15)
Members of the Shelbyville Satellite Group, part of Cheekwood Chapter of the Embroiderer's Guild of America, contributed ornaments decorating three trees in the entrance of Conservation Hall at the Tennessee Residence in Nashville, home of the Governor and first lady...
Sunday Conversation: Band director takes Cascade to new heights (12/20/15)
David Lucich, the subject of this week's Sunday Conversation, has been the band director at Cascade High School ever since the school first launched its band program, and has taken the school to its current award-winning status. His wife Christy is now a teacher at Community Elementary School...
Sorority celebrates Christmas (12/20/15)
Members of Xi Alpha Zeta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority met at River Bend Country Club on Dec. 10 for their annual Christmas party. A brief business meeting was held before dinner. The annual pecan sale concluded in November with proceeds going toward the scholarship fund given each year to a rising high school senior. Also, the sorority gives a donation during the holiday season to Good Sam. Members of the sorority from left to right are: first row: Brenda Wright, Donna Green, Donna Simmons, Lyn Robinson, Mickey McLean, Faye Sudberry, Kay Simmons, Jennifer Thompson, Ginny Saylor; second Row: Charlene Nelson, Debbie Alcorn, Debbie Donegan, Becky Cortner, Peggy Orrell, Linda Anderton. (Submitted photo)
Groups spread holiday cheer (12/17/15)
Members of the Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County visited Glen Oaks Health and Rehabilitation on Friday to spread a little bit of Christmas cheer. They handed out Christmas cards and candy canes and sang Christmas carols throughout the nursing home. (Submitted photo)
Award nominations sought (12/15/15)
Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for its four annual awards recognizing service to the community. The Deery Eakin Volunteer of the Year Award, the Outstanding Leadership Award, the Special Services Award and the Franklin Yates Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented during the annual membership luncheon and awards banquet on Feb. 9 at the Blue Ribbon Circle...
A Celebration Christmas (12/15/15)
Crowds fill Calsonic Arena for the first Celebration Christmas on Saturday night. See more photos at http://www.t-g.com/gallery/cel2015 (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Fifth grader wins music scholarship (12/13/15)
Conner Derryberry has been selected as the 2016 Macon-Doubler Fellowship scholarship recipient for music lessons in old time banjo. The mission of the Macon-Doubler Fellowship is to promote old time music and dance and to perpetuate the music and legacy of Uncle Dave Macon...
Books make great last-minute gifts (12/13/15)
Looking for a last-minute Christmas gift for the book lover in your life? Never fear: I have a few suggestions from books I have received this year for my media review column. "The Carols of Christmas: A Celebration of the Surprising Stories Behind Your Favorite Holiday Songs."...
Star Wars is all over the library (12/13/15)
For a great many of us, Friday, the 18th of December is a big deal this year! The long-awaited "Star Wars: the Force Awakens," will appear in theatres across the world Yippee! I can hardly wait. Science fiction usually draws a lot of interest and I think that this movie franchise is probably the biggest of all. ...
Destinations & Diversions: Wine walk Friday, Celebration Christmas Saturday (12/10/15)
The annual Wine Walk around the square will be Friday from 4-8 p.m. Taste different wines and enjoy holiday goodies in each participating store while you do some Christmas shopping. Receive an engraved collectible wine glass with a $10 donation. Proceeds will be donated to local charities...
Christmas survives on UT campus (12/09/15)
NASHVILLE (AP) -- The University of Tennessee's chancellor said Tuesday that an online memo advising employees to make sure holiday celebrations aren't Christmas parties in disguise was "poorly worded" and that oversight of the website where it was posted has been reassigned...
There's no shortage of Christmas favorites (12/09/15)
I asked Times-Gazette readers for their favorite Christmas songs, sacred and secular, and got a number of responses. My first impulse was to put up a web site poll, but there are so many songs to choose from I wasn't sure I could get all of the appropriate entries in one poll, so I just posed an open-ended question at the T-G's Facebook page and in a blog post at the T-G website...
Santa to visit Nissan (12/09/15)
Drop by Newton Nissan Saturday to have an early visit with Santa. The dealership at 2801 U.S. 231 North is hosting Cookies + Crafts with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 12 from noon-2 p.m. Take a picture with Santa and decorate your very own Christmas ornaments (several selections). The elves will be making cookies for all the good girls and boys. This event is free for the whole family...
Embroidery group decorates 30th tree (12/09/15)
The Shelbyville Satellite Group, part of Cheekwood Chapter of The Embroiderer's Guild of America, gathered at Traders National Bank on Monday, Nov. 30 to decorate the bank's Christmas tree with hand-stitched ornaments. This is the 30th year that the group has decorated a tree at a local bank...
New book has local ties (12/09/15)
A Shelbyville native has released a book detailing the grieving process she experienced when her husband died eight years ago. Rebecca (Haynes) Cooper is the author of "Hey, God? Yes, Charles.", a deeply moving journal written after her husband died Nov. 26, 2007 from complications following emergency open-heart surgery in Atlanta. Two days after Charles' 58th birthday, he suffered a thoracic aortic dissection, the same condition that killed actor John Ritter...
Learn about life from Scrooge (12/09/15)
"Bah, humbug!" That curmudgeonly exclamation is perhaps one of the most famous quotes in the English language. It instantly conjures an image of an old, miserable man in a Christmas setting who frightens off dogs, children and beggars and is not even willing to spend a little money to stay warm in the winter weather. We're talking about none other than Ebenezer Scrooge, of course...
Local art displayed at governor's home (12/09/15)
Tammy O'Connor, a stained glass artist from the area, is displaying her work in a prestigious locale: the governor's residence. O'Connor's artwork is part of an exhibit, the fifth annual Tennessee's Home for the Holidays, at the Tennessee Residence, where Gov. Bill and First Lady Crissy Haslam live. The free open house began last week and runs through Thursday, Dec. 17. Randy McCurdy, a glass artist from Wartace, is also among the featured artists...
Escape into an alternate fantasy world (12/09/15)
With so many choices of entertainment to view on the tube these days, the problem isn't what to watch, but when to find time to sit down and actually enjoy it. Fortunately, some of the best shows these days are available on streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and others so you can watch whenever and however you want...
Second commissioned piece added at Webb (12/08/15)
The Webb School last Thursday dedicated the second piece in a commissioned art series. The metal piece, "Ring Swing," has been loaned to the school for three years. Arch Gregory, a Tennessee artist, completed the original metal piece that was unveiled on Dec. 3...
Calligrapher is artist of the month (12/08/15)
Lettering artist Edwina Shannon is the featured artist at The Fly Arts Center in Shelbyville for the month of December. Her art work will be hanging through early January. Regular hours for the Gallery are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday through Dec. 17...
Traveler wings it across Europe (12/06/15)
On Oct. 5, Blake Harvey set out for an adventure than many only talk about -- an unmapped, unscheduled backpacking trip across Europe. Following his graduation from Belmont in 2014, Harvey wanted to set aside some time for adventure while his commitments were few and his options many, but found himself slightly busier than planned...
Lessons and Carols held Dec. 10 at Webb School (12/04/15)
The Webb School Chapel will be filled with music, song and fellowship Dec. 10 during the school's annual celebration of Lessons and Carols. The performance will begin at 7 p.m. The prelude will begin at 6:30 p.m. A reception will follow in the Grace Follin Dining Hall on The Webb School campus. The event is free and open to the public...
Student recognized for plan to restore author's rights (12/03/15)
Middle Tennessee State University senior Michael A. Green is the recipient of MTSU's 2015 Chitwood Award for Excellence for his plan to help best-selling author Benjamin Hoff reclaim ownership of his renowned book "The Tao of Pooh." The award was presented in a special ceremony today, Dec. 1, in MTSU's Bragg Media and Entertainment Building...
Student recognized for plan to restore author's rights (12/03/15)
Middle Tennessee State University senior Michael A. Green is the recipient of MTSU's 2015 Chitwood Award for Excellence for his plan to help best-selling author Benjamin Hoff reclaim ownership of his renowned book "The Tao of Pooh." The award was presented in a special ceremony today, Dec. 1, in MTSU's Bragg Media and Entertainment Building...
Destinations & Diversions: Tree lightings, a parade and s'more this weekend (12/03/15)
Bell Buckle Chamber of Commerce will present "An Old Fashioned Christmas" this Saturday and the following two Saturdays (Dec. 12 and 19). There will be free sleigh rides with Santa from noon until 4 p.m. each day; complimentary coffee, tea, cookies and sweets, including a free s'mores pit, at Southern Charm from noon until 5 p.m. each day...
Picture perfect: Special event helps build families (12/02/15)
Eat breakfast with Santa and get a picture made on Saturday -- all while helping a good cause. The Center for Family Development will host Breakfast With Santa on Saturday from 9-11 a.m. The center's new location is at 1304 Madison St., in the building that was previously Gateway Church...
Lighting up the city (12/01/15)
Nicky Brannon checks to make sure all of the bulbs are working after attaching a Christmas decoration to a utility pole on the south side of the Shelbyville square Monday. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Christmas Parade almost ready to roll (12/01/15)
Saturday is the day for the 42nd annual Shelbyville Christmas Parade, sponsored by Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce and the Shelbyville Jaycees. The theme is "A Storybook Christmas." Country rap artist and reality television star Big Smo will be the grand marshal. Start time is 4 p.m. Saturday, with a rain date of 2 p.m. Sunday...
Turning a new page: Youth librarian loves kids and books (11/29/15)
There's a new face at the Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library -- and she's all about getting children interested in books. Lis Ann Morehart took over as youth services librarian two weeks ago. She'll be concentrating her efforts on children and teens...
Friends of Library group makes $10K donation (11/29/15)
Friends of the Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library, a charitable organization which raises funds in support of the library, has donated $10,000 to the library's building fund. The donation is meant to be applied towards the debt on construction of the new library, which opened in May, according to library board chair Victoria McCord,...
Motlow College hosting free Christmas concerts (11/25/15)
The Motlow State Community College music department is excited to present a pair of holiday concerts during the first week of December on the Moore County campus. Both performances will be held in Eoff Hall inside Powers Auditorium. The first is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m., and the second on Sunday, Dec. 6, at 3 p.m. Both concerts feature Motlow students and community members. A reception will be held one hour in advance of each performance...
Destinations & Diversions: Give thanks, and get ready for holiday fun (11/25/15)
Enon Primitive Baptist Church in Unionville will hold its annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner and Meeting today. Singing is at 10:30 a.m. Preaching is at 11. A pot luck meal will happen directly after the service...
Book highlights epic patent battle, changing technology (11/25/15)
I was looking for a book to put on my Kindle for the weekend, and on Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library's e-book lending site I happened to stumble across "A Triumph of Genius: Edwin Land, Polaroid, and the Kodak Patent War," by Ronald K. Fierstein. I didn't read the description too closely, and I certainly didn't notice that the book was published by the American Bar Association; I might have assumed it was aimed at lawyers and passed it over...
Christmas delights (11/22/15)
Claire Marcotte checks out jewelry on display at the Festival of Trees held Saturday at The Fly Arts Center. Watch the T-G this coming week for a full page featuring the winning decorated trees. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Art that can't be bought: Shelbyville native 'sells' works for donations (11/22/15)
The artist's hands quickly, deftly fly over the paper as he sketches the Bedford County Courthouse. Squiggly lines quickly transform into a work of art. Jim Trolinger is friendly to passersby, but hardly distracted as his black-and-white sketch, later to be transformed into an oil or watercolor painting, nears completion...
Local dancer to perform in Nashville's Nutcracker (11/22/15)
NASHVILLE -- Nashville Ballet has selected one dancer from Bedford County to join the youth cast in Nashville's Nutcracker Dec. 5-23, 2015, at TPAC's Jackson Hall. A total of 191 dancers from School of Nashville Ballet and the community at large will perform alongside Nashville Ballet's professional dancers and the Nashville Symphony in one of the city's most beloved holiday traditions...
Eakin singers entertain Woman's Club (11/22/15)
The Eakin Elementary Chorus, under the direction of music teacher Lisa Crunk, presented a delightful program of patriotic music to the Shelbyville Woman's Club earlier this month. Phillip McConnell assisted with the program, in charge of the recorded music that accompanied the singers. Sixty fourth and fifth graders are involved in the chorus this year. Eakin Principal Dulcie Davis came to support her students and to enjoy the event...
Preparing for today's luncheon (11/20/15)
Don and Jo Cathey pull the wishbone while carving turkeys for First United Methodist Church's annual luncheon and holiday bazaar held today. Three generations -- Rebecca Davis, Ann Spencer and Dulcie Davis -- work in the kitchen. (T-G Photos by John I. Carney)
Tennessee parks offer free hikes Friday, Nov. 27 (11/20/15)
Tennessee State Parks will offer free, guided hikes at all 56 of its parks on Friday, Nov. 27, the day after Thanksgiving. This is the second year for this event, and one in a "The After Thanksgiving Hikes are a perfect way to spend time with family and friends," said TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau. "Our parks are beautiful this time of year, and we want everyone to enjoy what our parks have to offer."...
Destinations & Diversions: Holiday festivities crank up this weekend (11/19/15)
The 21st Annual Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce Holiday Mixer will be held Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. at the Blue Ribbon Circle. Reservations should be made by Friday by calling the Chamber office at 684-3482 or e-mailing bedfordchamber@sbcchamber.com...
Visitors to the square (11/17/15)
With so many open houses to visit on Saturday in Shelbyville, some shoppers were going door-to-door to locations on the public square to see what there was to offer. (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
Cascade wins at events (11/17/15)
Cascade High School Marching Band, under the direction of David Lucich, recently traveled to Stewarts Creek High School and competed for the Division II State Marching Band Championship with their show "Mana-Tiki." A total of 21 bands participated with only 10 making it to finals. In preliminary competition, Cascade's color guard took second place. In final competition Cascade's band took third place....
Sunday Conversation: Caretaker for a Southern literary treasure (11/15/15)
This week's Sunday Conversation features a Bedford County native who cares for the legacy of one of the greatest Southern writers. Jesse Stuart (1906-1984) has been acclaimed as one of the greatest chroniclers of life in the South -- in his case, Appalachian Kentucky. Stuart was known for short stories, poetry and novels...
Spend Christmas with country stars (11/15/15)
Have you ever wondered what your favorite country music artists' most cherished Christmas traditions are? Chances are, the answer is in "Country Faith Christmas," a beautifully illustrated new book that would make a perfect gift for the country music lover in your family...
Check out these kids' books (11/15/15)
The old Frank Sinatra song says, "Fairy tales can come true, it can happen to you -- if you're young at heart!" With the holidays just around the corner, I have been thinking of all the truly wonderful children's books that exist for little readers. The thing is....some of them are worth another look from an older perspective...
Women's conference features 'Pottery Lady' (11/13/15)
Creativity will meet faith Saturday, Nov. 21 during a women's conference. The Women of Worship ministry at First Baptist Church on Depot Street will host the "In His Hands" conference from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., said Missy Long, the church's children's director and an organizer of the event...
Open Houses on the Square (11/13/15)
Several open houses will be held this weekend (Friday and Saturday), including the following on the Shelbyville Square: All of these locally owned businesses will offer special sales, refreshments, door prizes and more. Other open houses in town this weekend were listed on the business page in Wednesday's Times-Gazette...
Destinations & Diversions: Fund-raisers and holiday fun sparkle this weekend (11/12/15)
The fourth annual Walking For The Angels Christmas Village and Horse Show is being held Saturday at Calsonic Arena. For more information, call Julie Lambert at 619-2520 or email lambert@horseworld.net. Wine tasting benefit The Fall Lights annual wine tasting social and silent auction will be held Saturday from 7-9 p.m. ...
First UMC plans annual luncheon, bazaar (11/12/15)
The United Methodist Women at First United Methodist Church on the square met this week to begin getting the church's kitchen ready for the annual luncheon and holiday bazaar, which will be held Friday, Nov. 20, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Here, Liz Palmer, Dinah Agnew and Edna Lee Borders work on the kitchen. The event features a turkey-and-dressing menu with traditional recipes passed down for years, as well as several rooms with handmade and other items for sale....
Just a few sips of wine can help save animals (11/11/15)
You can sample some delectable wines and food all in the name of saving animals' lives. The Shelbyville-Bedford County Humane Association (SBCHA) is hosting its annual Fall Lights event Saturday. The wine tasting and silent auction will be 7-9 p.m. at the Blue Ribbon Circle Club...
Holiday open houses (11/11/15)
The following open houses will be held this weekend. Please see the business page each Wednesday for previews on open houses for each weekend to come. New Covenant Bookstore Friday, Nov. 13, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m...
Tea's on the table, fashion's in the air (11/10/15)
Downton Abbey enthusiasts were treated to high tea and high fashion Sunday at Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library. Tori Taff and Judy Osborne of Bell Buckle's Southern Charm Tea Room presented a tea table laden with deliciously dainty sweets and hearty tea sandwiches. Brightly colored bone china teacups and saucers were provided to everyone by the tea aficionados...
Celebration Christmas debuts in December (11/08/15)
The Celebration is gearing up for a new Christmas event and needs the support of local churches and schools to make it a success. The inaugural Celebration Christmas is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 12 from 4 to 7 p.m. inside Calsonic Arena on the grounds of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration...
Webb presents Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' (11/08/15)
"A Christmas Carol" will be presented by The Webb School Company Players as a special event, Nov. 12-15, and a holiday reception will follow each performance. Nov. 12-14 performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. with the Nov. 15 matinee set for 2:30 p.m...
Hanging up his hammer: Baucom calls it quits after 35 years restoring furniture (11/08/15)
The craftsman stops restoring antiques. The shop slowly empties of tools. The memories will always remain. Larry Baucom, 68, has retired after 35 years of restoring antique furniture. His Baucom's Refinishing shop on East Depot Street, near the old National Guard Armory, has been sold and he is selling off all his tools and equipment so he can vacate for the new owner...
Town & Country winners (11/08/15)
Town and Country Garden Club met recently at River Bend Country Club with Barbara Blanton and Doris McCord serving as hostesses. The program on bulbs was presented by Lorraine Sutton from M and L Greenhouse. The arrangement was "An Array of Autumn in Pottery" and the specimen was a marigold...
Music is literal journey of faith for Feliz (11/08/15)
What do you get when you mix an R&B influence from childhood with a California high school heavy metal band and the Nashville music scene? You get rising Christian pop artist Jordan Feliz, one of Centricity Music's shining stars. He recently launched his freshman album, "Beloved."...
A time to salute veterans (11/08/15)
Veterans Day is coming up this Wednesday. Originally, it wasn't called Veterans Day, you know. It began as "Armistice Day." The Treaty of Versailles that officially ended World War I was signed on June 28, 1919, but fighting stopped on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. That is the date we know as Armistice Day. The "War to End All Wars," -- "The Great War," was over...
Destinations & Diversions: Multiple events honor our veterans (11/05/15)
The Moving Wall, a half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, will be displayed at The Webb School in Bell Buckle through Monday. A tribute to America's POW/MIA personnel will happen Saturday during the Motor Rally; bring candles if possible. For more information, call Martha Akers at 205-1076...
Martin College hosts night of French, Latin music (11/05/15)
Enjoy an evening of French and Latin music for cello and guitar at Martin Methodist College (MMC) featuring Duo Universalis, with Deidre Vaugh Emerson playing the cello and Carlos Enrique Gonzalez playing the guitar. The event will be held Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Gault Fine Arts Center Recital Hall on MMC's campus in Pulaski and is free to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Melissa Martiros at 931-424-7360 or mmartiros@martinmethodist.edu...
Library seeks funds for new bookmobile (11/04/15)
During the month of November, you'll get a chance to help raise money for the county's bookmobile. Starting Thursday, the Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library is having a Bookmobile Drive, according to Margaret Petty, Technology & Innovation Librarian...
Author to lead journaling class in town (11/04/15)
Bible journaling has taken social media by storm. A quick search of Pintrest, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter yields more than half a million photos posted by people who have begun adding artwork, hand lettering, doodles and stamps onto the margins of their Bibles...
Holiday food tradition (11/03/15)
Ann Throneberry held her 41st annual Holiday Foods program Monday at Duck River Electric Membership Corp. This year's cookbook is titled "Magic in the Christmas Kitchen." More photos -- and some recipes -- will appear in Sunday's Life section. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Past rides into present (11/03/15)
You don't expect to see two Model T Fords filling up these days. They were driven by two couples touring Middle Tennessee on Friday morning. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Life lessons on the run: Regionally-shot cross country movie debuts in 2016 (11/01/15)
Coming next summer to a theater near you: "Remember the Goal," a film about a Christian girls high school cross country team, the fictional Orange Hills Academy. "Remember the Goal" was filmed in Nashville mostly over this past Labor Day holiday. The race scenes for a state meet were shot at the Steeplechase course at Percy Warner Park on Sept. 5...
Shelbyville Garden Club members enjoy meeting (11/01/15)
Shelbyville Garden Club held its monthly meeting Oct. 21 at Bedford County Farm Bureau. "Tips and Shortcuts on Design" was the program, presented by Pam Beasley and Suzy Stewart. The month's design was hanging design. Winners were Beasley (large division), Donna Summons (medium red), Faye Sudberry (medium blue) and Pat Martin (small red.)...
Students make a great impact (11/01/15)
The more contact I have with the younger generation of Bedford County, the more impressed I become. There are young people out there quietly making a big difference in our world and plotting a future that may just be a lot brighter than you might suspect...
What to do if you're single and feel stuck (11/01/15)
You're single. You feel stuck in singlehood. What should you do? I would suggest reading "The Dating Manifesto." Frank, biblical dating advice. That's the theme of "The Dating Manifesto" by Lisa Anderson. The author is director of young adults for Focus on the Family and host of the weekly radio program and podcast "The Boundless Show." The publisher is David Cook...
Sharks and tutus at the Senior Center (10/30/15)
The Shelbyville-Bedford County Senior Citizens Center held a Halloween costume contest Thursday. (T-G Photos by Jason Reynolds)
Band Champions (10/30/15)
The Cascade Champion Marching Band recently traveled to Antioch for the Glencliff Colt Classic. The band placed 2nd in field commander, guard, percussion, and band. Out of 20 bands in the competition they placed second overall. They will travel to Stewarts Creek High School Nov. 7th for the Division II State Marching Band Championship. Pictured are: Lauren-Taylor Nash, Grant Curtis, Maison Bucka Bea Barnett, Keauna Hiles, Gabe Gibson, Peyton Cartwright, Matthew Baldwin, Joseph Patton, Katelyn Smotherman, Samantha Blanche, Tanner Craig, Faith Lollis, Katherine Smotherman, Anna Holcombe, Autumn Stone, Taylor Clark, Jessi Woodard, Gavin McCurry, MaryGrace Dennis and Conrad Golden. (Submitted photo)
'Picnic' to be presented at Community (10/30/15)
Smokestack Theatre Group at Community High School will present William Inge's drama "Picnic" 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6 and 7, at the school. The story centers around a drifter, Hal, who shows up in a small Kansas town, almost immediately drawing the suspicion of several of the local residents. One, however ("Madge"), sees something in him. But is she right?...
Destinations & Diversions: A boo-tiful weekend for trick or treating (10/29/15)
United Way of Bedford County will hold its annual Child Safety Fun Fair Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at H.V. Griffin Park. The event will include free ID kits and fingerprinting by law enforcement officers; visits by first responders and emergency personnel; a fly-in by Vanderbilt LifeFlight (schedule permitting); a high voltage demonstration by Duck River Electric Membership Corp.; a Tennessee Highway Patrol rollover simulator; a bounce house, face painting, and more. ...
Adult ghost story contest winner (10/29/15)
Dylan Handy of Shelbyville was the winner in the adult division of the Times-Gazette's annual ghost story contest, receiving a $25 gift card for his story, "The Moonlight Hunter." Handy, who works in a family concrete business and on the family farm, said he enjoys hunting and has always been fascinated by werewolves, so it was natural for him to write a story combining the two. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
You're wanted on stage...in productions at The Fly (10/28/15)
Bedford County Arts Council hosted a pizza party Monday night for members of the local theater community, to encourage greater participation in organizing and planning productions at the Fly Arts Center. Theater productions at The Fly, such as the recent "Don't Drink The Water" and a forthcoming Christmas dinner theatre, are overseen by a theatre committee reporting to the Arts Council...
Destinations & Diversions: Blue jeans, goblins, and a moonlight ride (10/22/15)
The Fly Arts Center will host a "Blue Jean & Goblin Ball" on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 7-11 p.m. Wear your best jeans or come in your favorite costume and dance to the music of Primetime Band. Prizes will be awarded for best costume and best jeans. Tickets are $10 each at the door. To reserve a table, call 684-8359. If you have a party of eight or more, please call and reserve a table...
Book sale ends Saturday (10/22/15)
Gay Mixon adjusts books that are for sale Wednesday at the Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library. The book sale runs through Saturday. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Deason native urges preparedness in book (10/21/15)
A native of Bedford County who is a lawyer and insurance lobbyist has written a book on disaster preparedness. Paul T. Martin, who grew up in the Deason area, has written "Pivot Points: Creating a Culture of Preparedness and Resiliency in America." The author shares two personal experiences in his book to advocate for personal and national preparedness. ...
Local publisher releases children's western (10/21/15)
A local publisher has a new children's book that is sure to delight all ages. Sword of the Lord Publishers is just up the road in Murfreesboro. One of their newest titles is "Jed Cartwright and the Comanche Raiders," written by Ed Dunlop. In the book, Jed and his sister Mandy are kidnapped in St. ...
Album: God with you in the good, bad, mundane (10/21/15)
Christian rock band Carrollton is making tracks with its second album, "Sunlight and Shadows," which released in mid-September. The album reached No. 9 earlier this month on the iTunes Christian Albums Chart. I spoke recently with Justin Mosteller, the band's lead vocalist and a guitarist, about the album. ...
Ghost story, drawing contest winners (10/21/15)
The Times-Gazette thanks all of those who entered our annual ghost story and spooky drawing contests, and we'd like to congratulate our winners: Eli Nave, 11, of Shelbyville, a student at Southside School, won our "spooky drawing" contest with a drawing of the faceless Internet meme "The Slender Man."...
H.V. Griffin Park preparing for Haunted Woods (10/21/15)
It's that spooky time of year again, and Shelbyville's Parks & Recreation Department is getting H.V. Griffin Park prepared for the crowds who want to tour the Haunted Woods. This Friday and Saturday, starting at 7 p.m., folks will be loaded onto a hay wagon -- taking a ride over to the new property next to the park that will eventually become part of the complex...
Storybooks come alive on streets (10/20/15)
Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce and Shelbyville Jaycees have announced that this year's Christmas Parade, "A Storybook Christmas," will be held 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. The rain date is 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. Entries are now being accepted for the 42nd annual parade; entry forms can be obtained from the Chamber of Commerce and must be turned in no later than 4 p.m. on Nov. 27...
Local competes in state beauty pageant (10/20/15)
Misti Appleby says she will be representing Bedford County next year in the 2016 Miss Tennessee Plus America Pageant. "I am so excited to represent the county of my home," she said. The Miss Plus America Pageant has been running since 2002. The focus is to empower full figured women to promote those causes that are closest to their hearts with a title worthy of holding...
Arts' time to shine in Bell Buckle (10/18/15)
Crisp temperatures and bright sun added up to perfect fall weather Saturday for the first day of the 39th annual Webb School Art and Craft Festival, which continues today in Bell Buckle. The official juried craft fair on Maple Street drew a number of fine art and craft entries, while vendors in every nook and cranny of the town sold everything from soba noodles to soap...
Cast your vote for a good read (10/18/15)
About every conceivable form of media is spouting something to do with the upcoming 2016 presidential elections. As usual, we are only seeing the tip of the iceberg and it is a long time until Election Day. In the meantime, politicians and their supporters are going to be arguing about all sorts of things, some more important than others...
Couldn't handle craft fair (10/17/15)
Miss Winter feel asleep on mama on the hay ride. Bell Buckle craft fair 2015
Designated Popcorn Holder (10/17/15)
Miss Winter is holding Mama's favorite part of the Craft Fair- Kettle Corn
Craft fair parking info available (10/15/15)
Organizers of this weekend's 39th Annual Webb School Art & Craft Festival are taking action to help with parking problems, and the Bell Buckle Chamber of Commerce Facebook page will be updated each hour with the latest information on which parking lots have spaces available...
Destinations & Diversions: Chili in Normandy, crafts (and crowds) in Bell Buckle (10/15/15)
The Normandy Fire Department fall chili supper and auction will be held Saturday from 4-7 p.m. at the fire hall. The auction will begin at 5 p.m. Cost for chili, drink and dessert is $5 with carryouts available. Anyone wishing to donate auction items should call 931-857-3340...
Shelbyville is center of Australian Shepherd world (10/11/15)
If you see a herd of cattle at the Celebration grounds, it's not a cattle show or a group of rustlers. Instead, it's all about the dogs -- Australian Shepherds. The Australian Shepherd Club of America's championship, the National Specialty Show, is taking place at the Celebration grounds. Events began this weekend and continue through Saturday...
Garden Club visits winery (10/08/15)
Shelbyville Garden Club met on Sept. 16 at the Pickers Creek Winery in Lewisburg. Pictured are: first row, Donna Simmons and Freda Head; second row, Margaret Smith, Evelyn Coffey (guest of Becky Cortner), Libby Davidson, Becky Cortner, Babs Chicoine, Pat Martin, Faye Sudberry, Kay Simmons and Helen Garner. (Submitted photo)
Fun in Flat Creek (10/08/15)
The Crossroots -- a Southern country-gospel group featuring Christine Pyrdom, Clayton and Darlene Eychner, Rhonda Styer, Colleen and Bradley Adcock -- performed at the Flat Creek Community Club's September get-together. (Submitted photos)
Destinations & Diversions: Tickets still available for Jimmy Wayne concert at SCHS (10/08/15)
Country music star Jimmy Wayne will perform a benefit concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15 at Shelbyville Central High School. Tickets are $20 and benefit Junior's House, a nonprofit agency that conducts forensic interviewing of children who are suspected to be victims of sexual abuse. Wayne is a former foster child and will have copies of his book, "Walk to Beautiful," detailing his turbulent childhood...
Cascade band competes in championship event (10/08/15)
The Cascade Champion Marching Band competed in their first competition of the year at the Stones River Championship Saturday, Oct. 3 at Siegel High School in Murfreesboro. With all the rain received during the week, they had no idea if they would be marching outside or performing inside. When the rain started the contest was called inside to the gym. The band gave it their all and took home several trophies...
Just the bear facts: Library speaker relates close encounters (10/07/15)
As an experienced biology professor and backcountry guide, Joel Zachry knows how to react when he encounters a bear face-to-face. But during one of his first such encounters, that knowledge flew right out the window. Zachry, the keynote speaker for Tuesday's Friends of the Library author's luncheon, and his wife Kathy were hiking to a place in the Smoky Mountaines called Spence Field, five miles from Cades Cove...
Fired up over barbecue (10/06/15)
Larry Derryberry helps himself to some sauce at the annual Firehouse Barbecue, held Monday at the Tennessee Fire Service and Code Enforcement Academy. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Art in the Park (10/04/15)
The Rev. Peter Whalen of Episcopal Church of the Redeemer blesses a dog during a St. Francis of Assisi-inspired blessing of the animals held Saturday as part of the "Art in the Park" festival on the square.(T-G Photos by John I. Carney) Yvonne McChristian, holding pom-pom, leads a group line dance routine...
Surprising stories and redefining 'librarian' (10/04/15)
Fresh from an all night road-trip to Philadelphia and a visit with Pope Francis, Katie Myers is bright eyed and positive as she shows off the school library at East Side Elementary. "Look over the state of the library right now," she says. "We're in the middle of book fair, and we just had our family fun night."...
Middle Tennessee artist releases new faith album weeks after writing book (10/04/15)
Well-rounded Christian recording artist Andrew Peterson is releasing a new album in October that includes a family element: his 15-year-old son Asher on the drums. Peterson's album, "The Burning Edge of Dawn," features 10 songs that he wrote between February to May of this year with friend and producer Gabe Scott of the Crowder band...
Firehouse Barbecue tickets still available (10/02/15)
Tickets are still available for the Shelbyville & Bedford County Chamber of Commerce's annual Firehouse Barbecue on Oct. 5. The barbecue will be from 5-7 p.m. at the Tennessee Fire and Codes Enforcement Academy dining hall. Food will be served from 5-6:30...
Drama professor receives prominent theater award (09/30/15)
A Martin Methodist College drama professor has received a prestigious state theater award. David Wilkerson, assistant professor and program coordinator for dramatic arts at Martin Methodist, was presented with the 2015 First Night Star Award earlier this month at the First Night Honors Gala at Nashville's Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre, according to a college press release. It's an award given to people in theatre who go above and beyond to make live theater in Tennessee more extraordinary...
Sorghum squeezin': Annual event brings back old days (09/29/15)
A reporter asked Randall Crowell if there was anything new that needed to be mentioned about this year's Halls Mill Sorghum Squeeze. "We don't do anything new here," Crowell responded. "We try to keep everything old." The day-long event, planned for Saturday at 225 Paschal Road in Halls Mill, is a celebration of a bygone era, with, as Crowell puts it, "real simplicity and Southern hospitality." There's no admission charge...
Studebaker winners (09/29/15)
Gene Cunningham of Shelbyville (left) is shown holding his trophies received at the annual Studebaker Show in Lynchburg last Saturday. He placed second in the modified car class with his 1950 Starlight green coupe and first place in the People's Choice for modified cars and trucks. Shown with Cunningham is Todd Jennings of Lynchburg holding his trophies for his 1951 Studebaker, 1/2 ton, blue truck, seen here. Cunningham, a previous owner of the truck, restored the truck in 1973 and enjoyed it for 39 years, which won him many trophies throughout the years. (Submitted photo)
Going for the Gold Festival (09/27/15)
Dancers from Dancy's thrilled the crowd with moves to Michael Jackson's "Thriller" at Saturday's Go Gold Festival on the Shelbyville square, benefiting the Mark Kelly Have Hope Foundation. (T-G Photos by David Melson) Kimberly Harmon gets a congratulatory kiss from dance instructor Lisa Neese as bystanders smile in appreciation of the performance...
Creative juices to flow at Art in the Park (09/27/15)
There will be something for everyone next Saturday at the fourth annual Art in the Park on Shelbyville's square. The event, hosted by the Fly Arts Center and the Shelbyville Recreation Center, will last from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Original arts and fine crafts, plenty of art activities for the kids and plenty of music and entertainment are scheduled all day long...
Art on the move: Webb instructor's car sparks creative thinking (09/27/15)
Spend any time in Bell Buckle and you are likely to see a vehicle cruising around that will grab your attention. In some ways, it demands it. The car, a Ford Taurus, is something of a transportable canvas -- that also serves as the means of transportation for Webb art teacher P. Michael Quinn...
Sunday Conversation: Hall goes from Shelbyville to Nepal (09/27/15)
T-G: Tell me how you got the nicknames "Churchy" and "Squirrel?" Hall: A group of friends began calling me Squirrel in high school after a popular senior deemed it necessary to differentiate between us, as we are both named Jeremy.
Book can help you adjust attitude just in time (09/27/15)
"It's not about your struggles. It's not about your circumstances. It's not about your relationships. It's about your attitude." That statement is made by author James MacDonald in his newest book "Lord, Change My Attitude: Before It's Too Late" by Moody Publishers. The foreword is written by Erwin Lutzer, senior pastor of The Moody Church in Chicago...
Are you teachable? Book argues that is the 'key' (09/27/15)
A pastor argues in a new book that there is one key to success: Teachability. Matt Keller is pastor of Next Level Church in Fort Myers, Florida and founder of Next Level Coaching. He has a book hitting the stores Tuesday, Sept. 29 titled "The Key to Everything: Unlocking the Secret to Why Some People Succeed and Others Don't." Thomas Nelson is the publisher...
Time for peaceful reading (09/27/15)
Sometimes it just seems like this old world is spinning too quickly. We have so many meetings, commitments, and weighty matters pressing on our minds that the old movie title "Stop the world! I want to get off!" comes to mind. In my own observation, some of the most peaceful and organized folks are the ones who give the most of themselves. ...
Ghouls, stories and a lot of fun (09/25/15)
It's time again for the Times-Gazette's annual ghost story contest and our "scary drawing" contest for children. Story contest The story contest will be divided into three divisions by age, with a $25 gift card awarded in each division. The winning entries, as well as some honorable mention stories, will be published in the Oct. 21 "Spooktacular" edition of the Times-Gazette...
Destinations & Diversions: Cruisin' on a September weekend (09/24/15)
Attention, car enthusiasts: There are two different cruise-ins taking place locally this weekend, and a Studebaker show just south of us in Lynchburg. l Celebration City Region Car Club will hold a cruise-in Friday from 6-8 p.m. on the square. All vehicles and all people welcome. There will be music and food...
We'll miss stories from an amazing man (09/24/15)
I would not swear to it in a court of law, but I think I remember first suggesting that the Times-Gazette have a ghost story contest. It's been an annual tradition for quite a while now, and we'll probably put out another call for entries in the next week or so...
Fiddlers at the Fly (09/24/15)
On Sept. 11 the Tennessee Fiddle Ensemble, led by Jim and Inge Woods, performed at the Fly Arts Center. The level of musicianship was obvious as the group worked through folk songs from the past and present, offering a wide display of talent and performances on various stringed instruments...
Book by local author shares life story (09/23/15)
A Shelbyville resident has self-published a 24-page book, "When the Clock Strikes 12." The author, Angelia Nelson-James, lives in Shelbyville and is a native of Columbia. She shares her thoughts on faith and recounts some of her life experiences, including the turbulent relationship of the grandparents who helped raise her. Nelson-James also shares details of her marriage to a man who turned out to have a turbulent life but who gave his life to Jesus before he died of cancer...
MTSU unveils bust of Nobel-winning alum by Wartrace sculptor (09/22/15)
A long-awaited and much-anticipated bronze bust of the late MTSU alumnus James M. Buchanan was unveiled by his youngest sister and a nationally acclaimed sculptor during a special ceremony Sept. 18 on campus. People attending the annual Buchanan Fellows Inauguration in the James E. ...
Adventure on library luncheon menu (09/20/15)
This year's Friends of the Library Annual Luncheon will be filled with grizzly tales that may be more than you can bear. That's because this year's guest -- Joel Zachry -- has been leading back country adventures into black bear and grizzly territory for over 30 years...
Book lays out biblical planning (09/20/15)
"Your Blueprint for Life" is a new title by Nelson Books that aims to point the reader toward a Christ-honoring life, one that brings joy in all aspects of life. Michael Kendrick, the author, is the founder of Blueprint for Life ministry, which is devoted to helping people discover God's purpose for their lives. Kendrick also is the founder and senior partner of a private equity firm in Atlanta...
Books stranger than fiction (09/20/15)
On the plane coming back from my time in Montana, I was seated next to a retired attorney who was reading a biography of Andrew Carnegie, who was a benefactor to so many libraries in the United States. Between 1890 and 1917, the Carnegie Library Foundation funded 1687 public libraries in 46 states; 108 university and college libraries were also donated during that time throughout the United States. ...
Praise, songs to reign at new festival (09/17/15)
"My whole vision is to bring the church and community together," said Bryan Smotherman, the organizer of the Community Outdoor Praise Gathering scheduled for Saturday at 130 East Parkway. The outdoor event, which will feature a full day of performances by groups in a wide variety of Christian music styles, is at the site of East Park Methodist Church, but Smotherman said it's not affiliated with any individual group, church or denomination and is intended as a community-wide outreach...
Wayne went through hell as a child; now, he builds brighter future for others (09/17/15)
Today's book review is very personal for me. I'm writing about "Walk to Beautiful: The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid Who Found the Way." Jimmy Wayne, a country singer, is the primary author. Ken Abraham is the co-author; he specializes in collaborating on books with public figures. Thomas Nelson is the publisher of the New York Times bestseller...
Destinations & Diversions: A star party and a pet party this weekend (09/17/15)
The Motlow College Foundation and the Motlow STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Outreach program will host its annual Star Party at 7 p.m. Saturday on the Moore County campus of Motlow State Community College. The public is invited and the event is free of charge...
Firehouse BBQ tickets on sale (09/16/15)
Get 'em while they're hot! Tickets are now on sale for Shelbyville & Bedford County Chamber of Commerce's annual Firehouse Barbecue on Oct. 5. Only 350 tickets are available, and they will go fast, said the chamber's member services director, Stephanie Crosslin. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 6-12...
Clark lifts club with inspirational words (09/16/15)
Shelbyville's Allison Clark, assistant basketball coach to the women's basketball team at Tennessee Tech in Cookville, recently spoke at the Shelbyville Woman's Club. Clark is also an author, beginning with a personal journal, graduating to a blog and finally to a book, "Off The Back Of The Rim: Uplifting Thoughts to Help You Rebound from the "Bricks" of Life."...
Studebaker show planned (09/15/15)
Gene Cunningham of Shelbyville prepares his Studebaker for the annual Middle Tennessee Studebaker Drivers Club show. The show will be held Saturday, Sept. 26, at Wiseman Park in Lynchburg. For more information, call Gene Cuthbert, 931-454-2408 or go to www.mtsdc.org. (Submitted photo)
Books still on move; kids miss bookmobile (09/13/15)
Despite rainy skies over Bedford County Thursday, librarian Margaret Petty loaded up her personal vehicle with totes full of books for the county's preschoolers to dive into. It's a little bit different this year. Petty brings the totes to the kids instead of letting them enter the bookmobile...
Bell Buckle group cancels arts event (09/10/15)
Bell Buckle's arts council has cancelled its event that was set for Saturday, Sept. 19. The council told Bell Buckle's town council it wants to hold an event every two years, freeing volunteers to plan better. It also wants to help Bell Buckle Chamber of Commerce beautify the downtown area...
Musical honors (09/10/15)
State Sen. Jim Tracy recently posed for a photo with George Hensley of Fayetteville and presented him with a proclamation signed by Ron Ramsey, speaker of the state Senate, honoring his songwriting career. His honors include four awards from the Northwest Alabama Music Publishing Co.'s songwriters contests. His career began in 1981 and he has written 18 gospel songs and 12 country songs. He also has performed in 48 benefit concerts in Lincoln County. Hensley was born in Bedford County. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Fourth fun ... a few weeks late (09/08/15)
The skies above Shelbyville are filled with fireworks concluding Monday's combined July 4/Labor Day celebration. A huge crowd filled H.V. Griffin Park for the festivities. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
They're not all winners in my book (09/06/15)
Your library board chairperson, Vicki McCord, and I were laughing about some of the "great books" that we really, in truth, hadn't particularly enjoyed. Personally, I think in some situations, too much is made of the merit of literary classics and not enough credit is given to all those "just plain good reads."...
Destinations & Diversions: Show continues through Saturday (09/03/15)
The 77th annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration continues at 7 tonight. Call 684-5915 or go to twhnc.com for more information. l The Celebration Trade Fair will be held through Saturday inside Calsonic Arena. Hours are 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. each day...
Blasts to light the sky (09/03/15)
The annual city/county fireworks display was rained out in July, but it'll be made up at H.V. Griffin Park on Labor Day. The event kicks off at 4 p.m. with the children's Red, White and Blue parade. All kids should be adorned in red, white and blue and their wagons, tricycles and bikes may be decorated at well. Children must also be accompanied by at least one adult per group...
Grant, donations benefit library (08/30/15)
The Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library received a $500 grant from the State Library and Archives for computer hardware this week. It's a 50/50 grant, according to library director Rita Allen, meaning they will be chipping in an equal amount for replacing one of the workstations used in the facility's computer lab, plus two monitors...
Musical traditions: Folk with a classical flair (08/30/15)
In the Flat Creek area, there is a hollow where fiddle music has been played for more than 100 years. The hollow's current occupant, Jim Wood, tells of the land, his love for music, and his current project, the Tennessee Fiddle Ensemble. To reach the recording studio on Wood's property, one must drive down a long, one-lane, gravel driveway. At the end of the drive, the land opens into a couple of fields surrounded on all sides by forest covered hills...
Local author pens romance title (08/30/15)
A love triangle and prophetic dreams figure into a coming-of-age story told in a new book that is set in Rutherford County in the late 1970s. Dawn Jones, a Murfreesboro marketing agency owner, is the author of "Ruby's Choice," the first of what will be three self-published books in the "Ditch Lane Diaries." Jones is the owner of Jones Media, a full service marketing, advertising and design agency serving Middle Tennessee businesses...