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Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014
Arts, Entertainment and Culture

Wine Walk raises funds for charity (12/19/14)
The downtown merchants participating in the Wine Walk last Friday raised $1,500 by receiving donations for their engraved wine glasses. Participants received a gift of an engraved wine glass for a $10 donation. All money went to The Center for Family Development. The center will purchase Christmas toys, diapers and baby formula to distribute to the needy Bedford County families they serve...
Destinations & Diversions: Christmas time in Bell Buckle, and everywhere else (12/18/14)
Bell Buckle will wraps up its "Old Fashioned Christmas" this Saturday. The celebration is sponsored by the Bell Buckle Chamber of Commerce. It will include sleigh rides with Santa between noon and 4 p.m. on Saturday and complimentary items served by several of the town's merchants...
They're stuffed, but these gorillas enjoy full lives (12/17/14)
A man walks into a gas station and orders a biscuit. His gorillas stay in the van. Yes, he has gorillas. No, they don't eat bananas -- or biscuits. Because they're stuffed gorillas. Loy Sudberry has been cruising around town for 20 years with Clyde the Stuffed Gorilla, getting into monkey business with grandkids and great-grandkids alike...
'Superfan' lives on screen (12/16/14)
Mark McGee of Shelbyville, a former editor for the Times-Gazette and a former sports writer for the Nashville Banner, is sports information director at Lipscomb University in Nashville, his alma mater. I can tell you from my time working with him that he's also a big movie fan...
FCE Club Reports (12/16/14)
Butler's Creek and the Town and Country FCE Clubs met on Oct. 20 at the Extension Office. Hazel Gant reported. Whitney Danhof welcomed everyone and presented her Holiday ideas program "Holly, Jolly Christmas." There were seven projects with instruction, patterns and a finished item for the members to see. She gave each member the materials for a paper wreath ornament to make during the meeting to take home as a completed project...
History in uniform: Collection salutes well-dressed soldiers (12/14/14)
Local veteran and military collector Guy Hill has found a unique way to preserve part of our nation's military history and honor those who have served, especially women. Hill wasn't always an avid military collector and had never invested much time into studying conflicts that took place, but after being obliged to take an early retirement, the former South Central Bell employee started looking for something to keep busy...
A Christmas Dream (12/14/14)
It is a cold, gray December afternoon. The comfort of the couch where I am lying makes me sleepy. My mind wanders. I do not comprehend why I long to return to places where I have never been. I crave the taste, the flavors of fruits and the aroma and color of flowers that do not exist...
Warm thoughts about a chili trip (12/14/14)
Dicky Thorpe didn't place in either of the chili cookoffs he entered in October -- but he still came out a winner. After 4,600 miles through seven states over the course of 12 days, Thorpe got to see amazing sights, bond with his son and his father-in-law, and have fun with fellow chili-heads in Las Vegas and in Terlingua, Texas....
Warm up with the pages of Christmas (12/14/14)
We are all decked out for Christmas at the Argie Cooper Library! Please come down and see us for a break from all the hustle and bustle of holiday festivities. We still have plenty of good reads to enjoy here or at home on a cold winter night. All the pretty lights and decorations around the county set me to thinking about some of my favorite Christmas stories and movies. Did you know if you do a keyword search for the word "Christmas" in our computerized catalog you get 628 results?...
Pastors work to shatter race barrier (12/10/14)
Two pastors -- one black and one white -- are holding an interracial service in Shelbyville on Wednesday. The friends were planning the event well before racial unrest broke out following a grand jury's ruling in Ferguson, Missouri. Jason Scales, who is black, is pastor of Believers Faith Fellowship, a church in Christiana that prides itself on having a diverse congregation. ...
Christmas in song (12/10/14)
Tis' the season to spread some holiday cheer -- and one local artist wants to do just that. Ryan Frizzell, lead singer of the Murfreesboro-based band Thunderfrog, has noticed something missing from the holiday season in the last few years: Christmas carolers...
Graham tells how caregiving for parents affected her (12/10/14)
Shelbyville native Mary Jo Graham talks about her experiences -- and especially, her emotions -- in caring for her elderly parents in a newly-published book. Graham is the daughter of Rhoda and the late Billy Gunter of Shelbyville. She has self-published a book titled, "When He Sends Redbirds: Walking Through Emotions as a Caregiver."...
Book sure to delight young children (12/10/14)
A new award-winning book series is sure to delight your young children. "The Life and Times of Birdie Mae Hayes" is a series set in Rainbow, Alabama, by Franklin resident Jeri-Anne Agee. The first book, "Friends Forever," introduces the main character, Birdie Mae Hayes, a third-grader, as well as her family, teachers and best friend, Sally. ...
'Don't Dress For Dinner' continues at the Fly (12/10/14)
The Fly Community Theater wraps up its two-weekend run of the farce "Don't Dress For Dinner" with dinner theater pefromances Friday and Saturday nights and a non-meal performance Sunday afternoon. Show times are 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. on Sundays, with the meal served an hour before showtime...
FUMC choir entertains Historical Society (12/07/14)
Bedford County Historical Society held its winter meeting Dec. 1 in the Fellowship Hall of First United Methodist Church. FUMC Choir Director John Brock and three members of the church choir, Lori Schuler, Sylvia Pinson and Monty Thomas, presented a musical program featuring songs and carols of the Christmas holiday season. Brock led the attendees in group singing of several carols. Pinson led a sing-along with all attendees joining in singing "The Twelve Days of Christmas."...
Sunday Conversation: Tillett draws his inspiration from others (12/07/14)
Wayne Tillett, the subject of this week's Sunday Conversation, is a multi-talented artist and creator. He has authored and designed several comic strips and is a professional caricaturist. If you have a person whom you would like to nominate for the weekly Sunday Conversation feature email Sadie Fowler at sfowler@t-g.com...
A new chapter in history awaits (12/07/14)
Some of you have already heard this story and you have my apologies for repeating it yet again. As I've mentioned I worked for many years for the Flathead County Library System in Northwestern Montana. The main branch in Kalispell, the county seat, occupies a former federal building/post office converted in the 1960s to be a library...
Illnesses, tragedies lead dad to faith, unconditional love (12/07/14)
Today's title is one of the most compelling books I've read since I started my review column nearly a year ago. "The Unbreakable Boy: A Father's Fear, A Son's Courage, and A Story of Unconditional Love" will strike a chord with nearly anyone who reads it. The primary author is Scott LeRette, on whose family the memoir is based, and award-winning co-author Susy Flory, writer of the New York Times bestseller "Thunder Dog." Nelson Books is the publisher...
Christmas parade to go on as scheduled (12/06/14)
Tonight's Shelbyville Christmas Parade will go on as scheduled, organizers have announced.
Kids view Festival Of Trees (12/05/14)
Eakin Elementary Pre-Kindergarten students Darien Mercado, Jonathan Palacious, Amberly Farrell and Aliyah Willard view trees at the Fly Arts Center's Festival of Trees during a field trip on Thursday. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
Parade decision is set for noon (12/04/14)
Organizers will decide at noon Saturday whether or not to hold the 41st annual Christmas Parade that night. If the parade is called due to weather, it will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 12, a different rain date than previously announced. Check t-g.com Saturday for the organizers' decision...
Destinations & Diversions: 'Don't Dress For Dinner' at the Fly (12/04/14)
The Fly Community Theater will present the farce "Don't Dress For Dinner" in a dinner theater format opening Friday and continuing through Dec. 13, with a non-meal matinee on Dec. 14. Show times are 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. on Sundays, with the meal served an hour before showtime...
Living Christmas Tree comes alive (12/03/14)
Christmas will come alive at a church's annual living tree choral performance, a big-stage production that has become a Shelbyville holiday tradition. Last year marked the 20th anniversary of the Living Christmas Tree at First Baptist Church (Depot Street). The event is produced by the church's choir and orchestra...
Christmas in Bell Buckle (12/03/14)
Bell Buckle will celebrate its "Old Fashioned Christmas" on the next three Saturdays, Dec. 6, 13 and 20. The celebration is sponsored by the Bell Buckle Chamber of Commerce. It will include sleigh rides with Santa between noon and 4 p.m. each Saturday and complimentary items served by several of the town's merchants...
'Tis the season (12/03/14)
The Christian Single Widows group, which meets monthly, has a tradition for the past few years of playing handbells during its December meeting. From left: Mary Lynn Prince, Pat Hastings. Exie Nell Landers, Westelle Crosslin, Rhoda Gunter, Mary Jane Godwin. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
Faith and inspiration powers singer's new CD (12/02/14)
Local multi-talented artist Kati O'Grady is throwing a music party Sunday -- and you're invited. O'Grady is celebrating her album, "Love Lifted Me," during a CD release party from 6-8 p.m. Sunday at First Christian Church. Flat Creek musicians Jim and Inge Wood will accompany her...
A coincidental night to remember (11/30/14)
It's amazing, sometimes, the way in which we connect and reconnect with people. I graduated from Oral Roberts University in 1984. Anyone who attended Christian college can tell you that it has its good points and its bad points. Sometimes, there's a numbing kind of conformity; I had a dorm director once say in a devotion that Christian college was one of the hardest places to be a Christian, because it was so easy to just drift along with the crowd and do all the right things for all the wrong reasons, or for no reason at all.. ...
Behind the mask: Local cosplayers live superhero dreams (11/30/14)
Over the past few years superheroes have dominated the box office. There have been too many comic related movies to name. With the rising popularity of comic book characters both on screen and off, a new sub-culture known as Cosplay has emerged. Cosplay is, in the broadest sense, costumed role play in venues or events apart from the stage. ...
Sunday Conversation: Music drives new Bedford County resident (11/30/14)
Last week Corey Johnson was seen in the parking lot of MG Sports and Fitness singing and playing guitar. We decided to stop and chat for a minute with him, soon learning he was an ideal candidate for our Sunday Conversation. If you have a person whom you would like to nominate for the weekly Sunday Conversation feature email Sadie Fowler at sfowler@t-g.com...
Triple the achievement: Brothers become Eagle Scouts (11/28/14)
The Middle Tennessee Council of the Boy Scouts of America recognizes about 350-400 young men each year with Scouting's most-prized achievement, the rank of Eagle Scout. But last Friday, at Living Stones Community Church, something happened for the first time in the council's history. Three siblings became Eagle Scouts at the same time...
For what are you thankful? (11/27/14)
Thanksgiving is a day for family to gather together over the dinner table at a time when family gatherings are a rare commodity. It's also a day for people to express gratitude for what they have, so I asked people at a local restaurant what they are thankful for...
A chamber full of fun (11/27/14)
This time, a Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce event wasn't all about business. Good food, fun and dancing -- yes, dancing, complete with "Elvis" -- was on the menu at Tuesday night's annual Holiday Mixer held at Blue Ribbon Circle. Catered goodies, including shrimp, turkey and pork, ham and biscuits and chocolate delicacies, kept the crowd in good taste, literally...
Christmas spirit reigns at Festival of Trees (11/25/14)
The Fly Arts Center hosted the Festival of Trees and Holiday Bazaar on Saturday. The decorated trees were judged in various categories--with the viewer favorite to be decided at a later date. This theme for this year's festival was "All I Want For Christmas Is..." Winners included:...
Give the gift of books at Christmas (11/16/14)
Readers, rejoice! Christmas is nearly here, and if you want Santa to bring a book, here are a few suggestions from titles I have received for review this year. Most are available at bookstores, but I list any exceptions. One book, "12 Stories of Christmas," is an ideal gift. Illustrated with beautiful pictures, it makes an ideal book for reading at Christmas gatherings, author Robert J. Morgan says...
Bell Buckle craft show receives honor (11/14/14)
One of Bell Buckle's biggest annual events has been honored by readers of Tennessee Magazine. The Chamber of Commerce/Webb Arts & Crafts Show was recently honored as Best Arts and Crafts Show in Middle Tennessee by the magazine, which is published by the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association...
Women can have a talk with 'Mary' (11/12/14)
What would Mary, the mother of Jesus, say? That question will be explored in a women's conference Saturday. First Baptist Church on Depot Street is hosting the Mary's Table Women's Conference from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday. The speakers are Angela Rasnick -- wife of the church's pastor, Jeff Rasnick -- and Bible study leader Melynda Whitaker...
Man behind the music (11/04/14)
Some people work until they are 65. Others, like Auston Davis, work until they're 20 years older. The founder of Shelbyville Record Shop, who retired Oct. 11, turns 85 on Nov. 12. The shop's owner, Randy Saddler, is throwing Davis a birthday party this Saturday from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m...
Bake sale preparations (11/04/14)
Ladies from First Christian Church prepare for their annual bake sale, which takes place this Saturday at the church from 9 a.m. until noon. From left: Sally Bellar, Mattie Ray Wiser, Hilda Smith, Janie Burke, Ann McMahon, Laurie Bierovic and Janelle Douglas. (Submitted Photo)
Wartrace Arts Community activities (11/04/14)
Due to a positive response to its first "Bob Ross-style" painting workshop, the Wartrace Arts Community has added a second class on Nov. 15. The morning session is filled, but there are two openings in the afternoon session, which will run from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Call 931-389-9346 to register...
Webb presents 'It's a Wonderful Life' (11/02/14)
"It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play," adapted by Joe Landry and produced by special arrangement with Playscripts Inc., will be presented by the Webb Players. The dates are Nov. 13-14 at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 16 at 2:30 p.m. at The Webb School Black Box Studio Theatre. ...
Destinations & Diversions: Coupons, tricks and treats this weekend (10/30/14)
The Times-Gazette and Ann Haney will hold a coupon class at the newspaper office from 9-11 a.m. Saturday. Learn how to do couponing with Haney, a national expert. Also learn how to make free Christmas gift baskets. Includes free coupons for attendees. Reservations required. Space is limited. Call 684-1200. Admission cost is one canned good for donation to Good Samaritan Center...
Veterans Day parade set for Nov. 8 (10/29/14)
Bedford County's Veterans Day Parade will line up at noon Nov. 8 on Lane Parkway. The parade will include all three public high school bands -- Central, Cascade and Community. Other floats and decorated vehicles are welcome on a first-come, first-served basis...
Christmas Parade entries now accepted (10/29/14)
Entries are now being accepted for the 41st annual Christmas Parade sponsored by Shelbyville & Bedford County Chamber of Commerce and Shelbyville Jaycees. The parade will be 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, with a rain date of 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, along the normal parade route. The parade will stop at the old Handy Dandy Market on Madison Street, not go farther as it has some years in the past...
Trunk or Treat at CCC (10/29/14)
Christian Care Center of Bedford County is hosting a free Trunk or Treat from 3:30 until 5:30 p.m. Thursday Oct. 30 in the building's front parking lot. Christian Care Center is located at 835 Union St in Shelbyville. For more information call 931-680-2300...
The Guy behind Nancy (10/28/14)
Guy Gilchrist is a big fan of the Nashville Symphony, and a friend of Gilchrist's arranged for him to be able to meet the symphony's conductor, Giancarlo Guerrero. Gilchrist was delighted at the chance to meet Guerrero -- but Guerrero was also delighted at the chance to meet Gilchrist...
Pastor shares Christmas stories (10/26/14)
A Nashville pastor is sharing his church's Christmas Eve stories in a new gift book. Robert J. Morgan, pastor of The Donelson Fellowship in Nashville, is the author of "12 Stories of Christmas." Thomas Nelson is the publisher. The tales come from stories that Morgan writes every year for the church's Christmas Eve service -- he writes one story per year. Eleven of the 12 short stories are fictional. Each takes 10-20 minutes to read...
BBQ brings out flavor and crowds (10/26/14)
The haze over Lynchburg Saturday wasn't fog, but the smell of mouthwatering meat as thousands gathered for the 26th annual Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational Barbecue. John Malloy and Patrick O'Sullivan of the Wild Geese from Ireland added some regional flavor before judging...
Local book bonanza (10/26/14)
Bedford County book lovers are sure to be in bliss over a bonanza of titles written by self-published authors. Two Bedford County natives -- and one from Tullahoma -- have recently released self-published books. ...
Spooktacular: Not your usual run (10/26/14)
Some runners in Saturday morning's Spooktacular 5K and Fun Run benefiting United Way came dressed for the occasion. Taylor Overcast and Reagan Canon (the Things), among several who ran in costumes, reach the finish line led by the Cat in the Hat who isn't in the hat...
Destinations and Diversions: 5K, Child Safety Day here; BBQ in Lynchburg (10/23/14)
United Way of Bedford County will hold its annual Spooktacular 5K and its annual Child Safety Day this Saturday. Child Safety Day will take place 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday at H.V. Griffin Park. It will include public service and emergency response agencies on scene, with fire trucks and other emergency vehicles for kids to view up-close...
Barbecue lovers whet appetites for Lynchburg (10/22/14)
The 26th Annual Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational Barbecue will take place Saturday in Lynchburg, drawing barbecue teams from all over the world, as well more than 25,000 fans, to Moore County. As the name implies, competition is by invitation only. Winners of state championships and of competitions with more than 50 entries sanctioned by the three best-known barbecue organizations are put into a drawing in early September...
Garden club learns about recycling (10/22/14)
Volunteer-Shelbyville Garden Club held its October meeting at the Bedford County Farm Bureau building with Ann Spencer, Margaret Hicks and Ardis Caffey as hostesses. Sylvia Pinson was introduced as the newest member. Members volunteered to bring flowers from their gardens and prepare arrangements for the Library Luncheon on October 14. The District II meeting is being held October 29 at Murfreesboro's Stones River Country Club...
XMBC brings world to your home (10/22/14)
With all the home entertainment options these days -- cable, streaming set-top boxes and the latest movies on DVD or Blu Ray -- finding the right setup for your home theater on a tight budget can be a challenge. However, there's a free piece of open source software called XMBC (soon to be called Kodi Entertainment Center), and with a little technical know-how and patience with the set up, you can turn your personal computer into a fully functional media powerhouse...
Ghost story: Grandpa's Halloween (10/22/14)
Tonight is Halloween, but the weather has not been very cooperative. It's warm; the sky is bright and clear. Even the moon's crescent smile is not here. There are no prospects of an icy rain, of howling three-eyed monsters and their companions, the ghouls with desiccated skins falling off their white bones....
Book: Women can 'Rise Up!' for Jesus (10/22/14)
A new book by Thomas Nelson Publishers invites women to "Just Rise Up!" and put Jesus first. "Just Rise Up! A Call to Make Jesus Famous" is the latest in the InScribed series, a study series written by women for women. The author is Sarah Francis Martin, a wife and mother from North Carolina...
Church presents evangelistic walk-through drama (10/22/14)
North Fork Baptist Church will present its walk-through drama "Life House" Nov. 2-6 and Nov. 8. Rob McKamey, pastor of the church, has been involved with similar walk-through dramas for the past 10 years, and this is the third year for him to organize one at North Fork...
Robertson family, Thomas Nelson release NKJV edition (10/22/14)
Fans of "Duck Dynasty" will be quacking over an upcoming study Bible with life-application stories written by two of the Robertson family members. Thomas Nelson Publishers will release "The Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible" on Tuesday, Oct. 28. The executive editors of this New King James Version edition are Phil and Al Robertson...
Arts, crafts and people: Thousands swarm Bell Buckle (10/19/14)
Thousands of people from all over the South -- and possibly the nation -- converged on Bell Buckle Saturday for the 38th annual Webb School Art and Craft Show. "I think every yard is filled up," said Linda Simmons, director of the Downtown Show, one of three official shows. The Webb Show and Maple Street are the other official shows. "I think this will be our biggest year, with the weather. People have been cooped up until now."...
Celebrating friends of the library (10/19/14)
Hats off and Hurrah for the Friends of Argie Cooper Library! This past Tuesday's author luncheon was their most successful yet -- a total sell-out! Author Lynne Tolley kept us all enthralled with her wonderful stories and the food was just scrumptious...
Santa hits the park two months early (10/17/14)
Halloween may be just a few weeks away, but some have noticed that the city's parks department is already getting the Christmas decorations out. That's because putting it all together and getting it installed does not happen overnight, according to parks and recreation director Sylvia Pinson, and there are a lot of other projects going on...
Musical Webb grad may be a rising star (10/17/14)
A Webb School graduate has recorded and released a single that was the winner of Vanderbilt University's first annual Vandy Star songwriting competition. Sarah Jennings' single, "Addicted To You" was recorded at Kingswood Studios in Nashville this August. Lamon Records plans to distribute the single internationally everywhere music is sold...
Destinations & Diversions: It's Webb Craft Fair time again (10/16/14)
The 38th Annual Webb School Art and Craft Show will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. The event features arts, crafts, food and art demonstrations with more than 500 booths throughout town. The event began not long after Webb had gone co-ed, when almost all of its alumni were still men. ...
FCE Club reports (10/16/14)
Flat Creek FCE Club met on Sept. 8 at the Bedford County Agriculture Center. Six members and one guest were present. Annette Carlos reported. A discussion was held on eating sugar. The club remembered the late Annie Mae Phillips, who was a member of the club...
Cooking up some tales (10/15/14)
The always-personable Lynne Tolley, who retired earlier this year as proprietor of Miss Mary Bobo's in Lynchburg, told tales about her work with the restaurant and with the Jack Daniel Distillery, which owns it, during the annual Friends of Argie Cooper Public Library author's luncheon on Tuesday at Blue Ribbon Circle...
Former Bell Buckle merchant publishes new thriller (10/15/14)
Jay Mouton, former operator of the Bell Buckle Bookstore, has self-published his fourth novel, "Apocalypse Awakening," a thriller surrounding a terrorist attack on Election Day 2016. The novel follows the events that transpire beginning on Election Day, 2016 as college English Professor Elliot Leader of Jacksonville Beach, Florida, having just voted, arrives home to watch the election coverage. ...
MTSU seminar discusses Bonnaroo origins (10/15/14)
Bonnaroo began as a way to reinvigorate outdoor music festivals, its organizers said last week at MTSU, and over the last 13 years has used its business model to embrace and expand on the same peaceful, inclusive culture of the events that inspired it...
Artist wannabees can plug into Wartrace arts scene (10/12/14)
Wartrace Arts Community will meet Thursday, Oct 16, at 7 p.m. at the Wartrace Community Building. If you have an interest in any of the arts, please come. You do not have to live in Wartrace to participate. The arts community will hold its first painting workshop on Nov. 15 from 9-11 a.m. Liz Farar, a certified Bob Ross instructor from Murfreesboro, will teach. She has been teaching for more than 13 years and holds classes at more than 15 centers in Middle Tennessee...
Library coming along well (10/08/14)
Bedford County's new library is coming together quickly, with workers erecting steel and the first part of the walls of the structure. The new building has a target completion date of March 2015. (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
Take away 52 lessons from 'Les Miz' (10/05/14)
A new book examines suffering, injustice, love and hate, grace and other spiritual themes from one of the world's greatest stories, "Les Misérables." Journalist Bob Welch authored "52 Little Lessons from Les Misérables." The title by Nelson Books will hit store shelves Tuesday...
Busy weekend (10/04/14)
People were out in droves Saturday in one of the busiest weekends in Bedford County in recent memory. Here, The Voice and The Vision perform at Art in the Park. Julius Hill talks of his life while Terrell Johnson paints interpretive art. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Car parts, gifts for holidays -- all in one place (10/03/14)
If you are a gearhead, or just love cars and everything about them, then stop by the Bedford County Agricultural Center while out and about this Saturday, a day which offers tons of things for families to do (see calendar of events on page 4). The Celebration City Region Car Club is holding its automotive swap meet and Christmas/crafts village from 7 a.m.-4 p.m...
Dogs, cats, other pets can receive blessing (10/03/14)
One church ceremony on Saturday will be for the dogs -- and cats. Episcopal Church of the Redeemer holds a free pet blessing ceremony each year to commemorate the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. The feast day is always on Oct. 4...
Chili supper and country store planned (10/03/14)
This 68-inch by 82-inch Berkley Square quilt, made by Sue Bragg, will be given away at a chili supper and country store which will be held 5-7 p.m. Oct. 11 at Shiloh United Methodist Church in Wheel, sponsored by the United Methodist Women at both Shiloh UMC and Mt. Lebanon UMC. The event will include all-you-can-eat chili, and the country store will have homemade items, baked goods and homemade candy. (Submitted photo)
Library booked for Crafty Saturdays (10/02/14)
Argie Cooper Public Library is getting crafty in its outreach to customers. The library will hold "Crafty Saturdays" on the second Saturday of each month (except during December, which will be the first Saturday). Class times will be at 10:30 a.m. The series is part of an effort by the library to expand its outreach of programs to adults and teens, said Margaret L. Petty, circulation and technology specialist...
Harris Homecoming Queen (10/02/14)
Emily Crabtree was crowned Harris Middle School's homecoming queen during halftime of Tuesday night's game against Franklin County South. Her escort was Nolan King. (T-G Photo by Gary Johnson)
Destinations & Diversions: A very busy Saturday in Bedford County (10/02/14)
This Saturday may well be one of the busiest of the year in terms of fun events in and around Bedford County. Fasten your seatbelts for the rundown: Art in the Park The Shelbyville Art in the Park event will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday on the square. The event features a multi-media juried art show, artist booths, food, artistic demonstrations, live entertainment on stage, children's art activities and more...
Faith, songs & fun: Music festival planned in Bell Buckle (10/01/14)
A Christian festival being held Saturday was inspired by a contemporary Christian song about doing something, and its organizer aims to do just that. The Hands of Jesus Festival will be held from 3:30-9:30 at the Bell Buckle Park Amphitheater. Organizer Chris Powell said the idea was born out of the Matthew West song "Do Something."...
Characters come alive for local illustrator (09/28/14)
For Will Kelly, art is a connection to the past -- to childhood. That's why Kelly was delighted to get the chance to illustrate Veita Jo Hampton's new children's book, "Turtles & Trains: A Collection of Short Stories for All Ages." Kelly, 23, lives with his parents in Shelbyville and works for a Tullahoma business that sells portable storage sheds. But he's an aspiring artist, hoping to someday be able to pursue his art full-time...
Words from the top (09/25/14)
Tennessee First Lady Crissy Haslam read to local children on Wednesday during a Shelbyville stop in the Governor's Books From Birth Foundation bus tour. Officials also recognized local board members and supporters of the Imagination Library program...
Art in the park (09/25/14)
Activities will fill the public square next Saturday, Oct. 4 as the third Shelbyville Art in the Park kicks off. Festivities start at 10 a.m., running until 5 p.m, with music and entertainment throughout the day, original art and fine crafts on display and for sale, plus art activities for the kids...
Destinations & Diversions: Spaghetti at the ranch, for a good cause (09/25/14)
Arrowhead Ranch near Normandy will hold its annual spaghetti supper and auction Saturday. Proceeds benefit the children. Guided tours of the ranch will begin at 4 p.m., with the spaghetti dinner starting at 5 and the live auction at 6 p.m. There will be live music, games and activities for children, along with a giant movie screen. There will be a drawing for a flat screen TV...
Chinese culture to be celebrated (09/25/14)
The Discovery Center's relationship with MTSU's Confucius Institute will be formalized at a day of entertainment and enlightenment. Chinese Culture Celebration Day will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at the Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St. in Murfreesboro. This event is free and open to the public...
Recipe for success (09/24/14)
LYNCHBURG -- Lynne Tolley, who until earlier this year was the proprietress of Miss Mary Bobo's Boarding House, will be the speaker at this year's Friends of Argie Cooper Public Library Author's Luncheon, noon Oct. 14 at the Blue Ribbon Circle. Tolley, who continues in her role as a Jack Daniel's master taster and brand ambassador, is the author or co-author of several cookbooks, including "Jack Daniel's Cookbook: Stories and Kitchen Secrets from Miss Mary Bobo's Boarding House," recipes from which will be served at the author luncheon.. ...
Craft Village (09/24/14)
The Community Craft Fest will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27. The festival will take place at the Unionville Volunteer Fire Department, 3372 Hwy. 41A North. There will be more than 20 vendors, plus homemade items, perfect for Christmas gifts. Concessions will be available...
Ghost story time again (09/30/14)
It's time again for the Times-Gazette's annual ghost story contest and our "scary drawing" contest for children. The story contest will be divided into three divisions by age, with a $25 gift card awarded in each division. The winning entries, as well as some honorable mention stories, will be published in the Oct. 22 "Spooktacular" edition of the Times-Gazette....
The Song, sex and stars (09/23/14)
Sex, drugs and music. Those aren't topics you would expect from a biblical movie. But a film coming out next Friday blends those problems into a modern adaptation of the Song of Solomon from the Old Testament. I attended the red carpet premiere of "The Song" on Friday at the Franklin Theatre in the city of Franklin. The movie will be released to the public next Friday, Sept. 26...
Prince is extra for 'Nashville' and Robin Williams film (09/23/14)
Local blues-rock musician Darryl "Uncle Illmo" Prince has been seen in the background of numerous episodes of ABC's popular TV show "Nashville." He jokes that his friends, instead of playing "Where's Waldo?", play "Where's Illmo?" when watching the program...
Church holds barbecue cookoff (09/23/14)
Fellowship For Christ on Richdale Lane held its second annual barbecue cookoff on Sunday in connection with a church picnic. (T-G Photos by John I. Carney)
Pet Day prize winner (09/23/14)
Cliff Hurst of Shelbyville accepts the $500 prize in the 10th annual Celebration Pet Day and Fair Raffle from Jane DeAtley, president of Shelbyville-Bedford County Humane Association. See more photos from Pet Day at http://www.t-g.com/gallery/petday. (Submitted photo)
Free fun for the family (09/21/14)
Not having raised children myself, I am always surprised by the costs of all the things for which parents have to pay. Parents usually want to give their children all they can. In tight economic times, it is often very hard to say yes even when you want to...
A 'Daring Heart' for human rights (09/21/14)
William Wilberforce was one of the best known British abolitionists to modern audiences. After many years of futile effort, he successfully lobbied Parliament in 1807 to pass the Slave Trade Act. His work was important in leading to the end of slavery in the British Empire (although that still took a number of years). ...
Webb Craft Fair to be held Oct. 18-19 (09/19/14)
One of Middle Tennessee's premiere annual events, the 38th annual Webb School Arts and Craft Fair, will be held Oct. 18-19 in Bell Buckle, sponsored by the Bell Buckle Chamber of Commerce and The Webb School. Hours will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday...
Destinations and Diversions: Stage play ... Pet day ... Bikes? Yay! (09/18/14)
The comedy "Daddy's Dyin'... Who's Got The Will?" by Del Shores will be presented Friday and Saturday, and Sept. 26-28, at The Fly Arts Center on South Main Street. Show times are 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. for the Sept. 28 matinee. Call 684-8359 for reservations...
'Daddy's Dyin' ... Who's Got The Will? (09/18/14)
The comedy "Daddy's Dyin'... Who's Got The Will?" by Del Shores will be presented Friday and Saturday, and Sept. 26-28, at The Fly Arts Center on South Main Street. Show times are 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. for the Sept. 28 matinee. Call 684-8359 for reservations. The play, recommended for ages 16 and up, is the story, both comic and dramatic, of a boisterous Texas family drawn together and pushed apart by the impending death of its patriarch. The cast includes (standing from left) April Glosson-Smith as Evalita, Meredith Miller as Marlene, John I. Carney as Orville, (seated) Keith Davis as Harmony, director Sue Thelen as Mama Wheelis, Martin Jones as Buford, Andrea McTigue as Sara Lee and Leslie Talbott as Lurlene. (Submitted photo)
Art exhibit opens at Motlow (09/17/14)
Artist Meghan O'Connor recently attended a reception to open the exhibit of her work inside the Eoff Hall Art Gallery on the Motlow College Moore County campus. The exhibit will continue through Oct. 27 and is open to the public. O'Connor, left, is joined by friend Andrew Muller and Ann Smotherman, adjunct art instructor at Motlow College. (Submitted photo)
Imagine this: Babies, books and First Lady (09/16/14)
Tennessee First Lady Crissy Haslam is expected to be in Shelbyville Sept. 24 as part of a bus tour promoting the 10th anniversary of the Governor's Books From Birth Foundation. The tour will use a 45-foot decorated touring coach and is visiting more than 50 Tennessee counties. The tour started Aug. 26 at the Johnson County Library in Mountain City and will end Sept. 30 at the State Capitol in Nashville...
Endless potential to achieve (09/14/14)
Look, up in the sky! Last week I wrote about Batman and how we each adopt symbols--such as Mr. Wayne's bats--that represent our convictions. This led me to thinking about super-heroes in general--In particular, the most super of super-heroes, Superman. What exactly does Superman represent?...
Coming up: Banned Book Week (09/14/14)
Sponsored by the American Library Association, Banned Book Week, Sept. 21-27, celebrates the freedom to read and highlights free and open access to information. Librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers and readers of all types join together to support free expression of ideas, even the ones that are unorthodox and unpopular...
Art in the Park (09/12/14)
City recreation workers were busy Wednesday at the courthouse announcing the upcoming "Shelbyville Art In The Park." It takes place Saturday, Oct. 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the square with original art and fine crafts, art activities for the kids, music and entertainment . The event is being presented by Our Town Shelbyville, The Arts Council and the city's parks and recreation department. (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
dotMom event to be simulcast at church (09/12/14)
LifeWay Christian Resources is slated to simulcast the annual dotMom event live from Hendersonville on Sept. 19-20. Fair Haven Baptist Church is serving as a host location for Bedford County. dotMOM, sponsored by Nashville-based publishing company LifeWay Christian Resources, is geared toward mothers of all stages, and plans to feature popular Bible teachers David Thomas -- who grew up in Shelbyville and has spoken at local luncheons -- Angie Smith, Jennie Allen, Carl and Heather Cartee and Steve and Debbie Wilson.. ...
Prayer, praise and homecoming (09/12/14)
Hurricane Grove Baptist Church will hold a prayer and praise rally for the nation 6:30 p.m. Sept. 20. Following the prayer time, the Magnolia Gospel Quartet from Mississippi, seen here, will sing. The church will hold homecoming Sunday, Sept. 21, starting at 10 a.m. The Magnolia Gospel Quartet will sing and Mike Gentry will be the speaker. Lunch will follow the service. (Submitted photo)
Destinations and Diversions: Food, fun to get fired up about (09/11/14)
The Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce Firehouse Barbecue will be from 5-7 p.m. Monday at the Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy on Unionville-Deason Road. Free tours of the academy start at 4 with a live burn demonstration at 7:15. Door prizes will be given and there will be live music. Net proceeds benefit local fire departments/life safety devices for the community. A limited number of tickets are available from the Chamber office on Cannon Boulevard...
Henry Horton Park to host historical tours (09/11/14)
Henry Horton State Park in neighboring Marshall County will host two historical tours in the upcoming months. The first tour, the Homes and Spirits Tour, will be held Oct. 23-25, which will include a bus ride to visit Traveller's Rest for their historic Halloween event, the Jack Daniels Distillery, the historic Polk House and the Athenaeum for their Ghostly Dinner...
Veterans share written memories (09/11/14)
The members of MTSU's Writers Corps will share their writings with the public in a special tonight. Participants in the creative writing program for military veterans and their families will read a collection of their works titled "The Places Called Home" at 7 p.m. today at Reveille Joe's, 113 N. Maple St. in Murfreesboro...
Marble masters match off Saturday (09/11/14)
Standing Stone State Park will host the National Rolley Hole Marbles Championship and Festival on Saturday, drawing some of the country's best players to Tennessee where they will match wit and skills in what is known as the Super Bowl of marbles. In its 32nd year, the event includes kids' games, marble making, a swap meet, tournament play, demonstrations, live bluegrass music and food...
Building the R.O.K. is year-long process (09/10/14)
Next year's R.O.K. (Rewarding Our Kids) concert is taking shape even though it will not take place for nearly seven months. It takes nearly a year to organize one night of entertainment because of band schedules, sponsorships, logistics and other factors, said R.O.K. organizer Jason Barber...
Fall's not here yet, many say (09/09/14)
"I can smell it coming," wrote one participant in an unscientific poll at the Times-Gazette website about the official start of fall. For the biggest group of participants, it's the foliage that means autumn has truly arrived. But several other choices got votes as well; some liked the official, astronomical start of fall, the autumnal equinox on Sept. ...
FFA car show (09/07/14)
Yes, it's got an engine in the ... trunk? Lester Stephens of Estill Springs brought his unique wooden vehicle to a car show Saturday held by the Halls Mill Outlaws to raise money for a trip by members of the Bedford County chapter of the FFA. According to Jon Sanders of the Halls Mill Outlaws, participation may have been affected by a large car show in East Tennessee and by the fact that this was the first year for the local event. ...
Getting their groove on (09/07/14)
When the temperature rises to the scorching upper 90s, most people opt to stay indoors. Not Jose Calixto and Juan Valenzuela. These two young men chose to bear the heat and work their beats at the Shelbyville Recreation Center last Tuesday. The competitive break dancers practice their skills regularly, rain or shine, and have been doing so for the last five years...
Versatile publisher also offers children's books (09/07/14)
As a reviewer of books, I have the wonderful opportunity to review a wide number of books on a range of topics. Sword of the Lord Publishers in Murfreesboro is one of my favorite sources for books. They print a wide variety of faith-based books for people of all ages, from fiction to missionary materials to self-help. Here is a summary of two of their most recent titles...
MTSU participates in Dragon Boat race (09/04/14)
The Confucius Institute at MTSU will participate in an ancient Chinese tradition that has become a modern Tennessee tradition. Rowers for the institute will compete against 38 other sponsored boats in the eighth annual Cumberland River Dragon Boat Race on Saturday in Nashville...
Bike ride tours Middle Tennessee (09/04/14)
Bicycle enthusiasts across the state are preparing for the annual Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee, which will kick off its 25th year with a seven-day excursion beginning Sept. 13, showcasing Middle Tennessee's beautiful landscapes. Originating at Tims Ford State Park in Winchester, this year's route will feature Middle Tennessee's history, music, horses and distilleries...
Destinations and Diversions: Cars and canning (09/04/14)
The Halls Mill Outlaws are holding a car show from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 1725 U.S. 41A North. Proceeds benefit a Bedford County FFA Chapter trip. Car entry is $20 per car; entry is from 8 a.m. to noon. Dash plaques go to the first 25 entries. There will be three trophies for each class; there are 10 classes. There will be a 50/50 drawing and door prizes. For more information, call Perry Sanders at 224-0511, Brenda Sanders at 224-6297 or Jon Sanders at 224-6353...
Make your library connection (08/31/14)
I have always found libraries and book stores to be good places to look for buried treasure; maybe not the kind that will make you wealthy, but the kind of treasure that will richen your imagination. I am also one of those Internet surfers who is led from one thing to another until I am miles from the subject I intended to research...
Voice and Vision draws hot crowd (08/27/14)
The high temperatures and almost unbearable heat on Friday didn't stop the Shelbyville's youth from enjoying The Voice and The Vision's Paint the Park event. More than 200 people showed up for the event, which included numerous activities such as food, music, kickball, a bounce house, and access to the batting cages...
Working hard for a deal (08/26/14)
The latest music video from the artist nobigdyl., "indie," looks professionally shot -- and if you take a close look, you'll recognize some local landmarks. Among images of kids, streets and the rap artist himself, you catch glimpses of H.V. Griffin Park, the Shelbyville public square and other Bedford County spots...
Discovering Moby Dick (08/24/14)
I'm not sure I should admit this, but I was an English major in College. To those who know the ins and outs of grammar, I have probably just put a big red "X" on my chest. I was also taught by my fifth grade English teacher to never begin a sentence with a preposition. Obviously, I've never played by the rules...
Around and around a ring of his own (08/24/14)
Bill Jenne' has put together a "labor of love" for the Celebration this year, and it will be on display for all to see at his son's stables A master woodworker, Bill has designed and built a gorgeous miniature carousel, featuring 20 walking horses and 2 carts -- illuminated with over 200 miniature lights...
One stitch at a time, quilters come together (08/17/14)
Quilting is not only fun but also is a way to help others, some enthusiasts say. Happy Hands Quilters club often uses its meetings to create works of art to brighten others' days, members say. The club meets the second Tuesday of the month at the Bedford County Agriculture Center and has between 20-25 active members, president Arleen Kersten said...
Painting memorializes Nance (08/14/14)
Tom Nance died in 2007 at the young age of 39, shocking the community and many who had known the amiable third-generation attorney and family man, who served as Chamber of Commerce president in 1996. Mary Morton, Nance's mother, donated a 2006 painting of the Bedford County Courthouse to the county Tuesday night, so that it can be hung at the courthouse in Nance's memory. The painting is by artist Gwen Pedigo, who's also painted the Rutherford County courthouse...
Destinations and Diversions: Benefit festival, Celebration offer fun (08/14/14)
I Am What I Am -- A Music Festival for Autism will be held Saturday at the Bedford County Agricultural Center, with gates opening at 2 p.m. and the show beginning at 3 p.m. Artists playing will be Big Smo, Rayz'n Cain, Tammy Vice with Logan Blade, April Seventeen, Bad Monkey and 90 Proof...
Get ready to run! (08/13/14)
Five-kilometer runs, or "5Ks," have become a regular occurrence in Shelbyville and Bedford County. United Way of Bedford County's "Spooktacular 5K," held around Halloween, was the first local 5K, but in the years since that race started 5Ks have become a common fund-raiser for numerous local non-profits in various parts of the year. One Saturday in March, there were even two 5Ks taking place at the same time -- one in Shelbyville, another in Normandy...
Aquarium announces new baby gentoo penguins (08/13/14)
What's better than a new baby penguin at the Tennessee Aquarium? Two new baby penguins! The gentoo chicks - born to two separate penguin pairs -- are just over a month old and already showing their plucky penguin personalities. The oldest, and the first gentoo to hatch this year at the Aquarium, is the offspring of Biscuit and Blue. ...
Bullseye: Church on target for God (08/12/14)
One local church is on target when it comes to ministering to hunters. Shelbyville Mills Baptist Church hosted its annual Hunter's Night Out on Saturday. Church officials estimate at least 110 hunters attended. There was a 3D archery competition, and children received help in shooting a bow and arrow as well as a pellet gun. The church also provided a free barbecue meal with all the fixings...
Destinations & Diversions: Play, hunting event, gospel concerts this weekend (08/07/14)
Smokestack Summer Theater will present "Barefoot in the Park," Neil Simon's comedy classic about newlyweds in a big city apartment building, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at Community High School. The production features both students and alumni from the school's outstanding theater program...
Annual Night Out is Saturday (08/06/14)
Hunter's Night Out will be held Saturday at Shelbyville Mills Baptist Church, 900 Union St. The event includes a 3D archery tournament at 5 p.m., a free barbecue meal at 6:30 p.m., door prizes and a gospel presentation by Derek Melton. Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will be on site selling hunting licenses...
Help me solve the library mysteries (08/03/14)
Thanks to many of you for your kind response to the article about Argie Cooper from a couple of weeks ago. I enjoy learning about our local history. Our building has seen many changes and I truly do wish these walls could talk. While thinking about moving to a new building, as I look at stored items, I keep finding little treasures from the past. ...
Help me solve the library mysteries (08/03/14)
Thanks to many of you for your kind response to the article about Argie Cooper from a couple of weeks ago. I enjoy learning about our local history. Our building has seen many changes and I truly do wish these walls could talk. While thinking about moving to a new building, as I look at stored items, I keep finding little treasures from the past. ...
Shelbyville Garden Club studies edible garnishes (08/03/14)
Shelbyville Garden Club held its July meeting at the Farm Bureau office with 14 members attending. Guest speaker Brenda Lewis noted that she had played with food for as long as she could remember and delights in the presentation of food display, as evidenced by a large display of edible garnishes prepared for the demonstration. ...
'Barefoot in the Park' reunites Smokestack alumni (08/01/14)
Smokestack Theatre at Community High School has a summer production each year, which gives the school's alumni a chance to come back and take the stage once more. This year's summer play is Neil Simon's comedy "Barefoot In The Park," which will be presented Aug. 8-10 at the school...
Destinations and Diversions: It's Wartrace Horse Show time (07/31/14)
The 108th annual Wartrace Horse Show will start at 6 p.m. Saturday. The show will feature 31 classes; nine are Riders Cup. For more information, call show manager Roy Ferguson or show secretary Heather Beard at 931-703-3349. Relay fundraisers The Calsonic Kansei North America (CKNA) "Fight Club" team in the American Cancer Society Relay For Life will hold a poker run Saturday beginning at CKNA's location on Stanley Boulevard. ...
Eggs-actly perfect! (07/31/14)
Gayle Morgan has her eye on the prize as she tracks an egg that had been thrown to her during Wednesday's egg toss competition at the Bedford County Fair. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Intensive inspection (07/29/14)
Donna Elliott takes a close look at an entry in the canned goods competition at the Bedford County Fair on Monday. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Ready for the Fair? It starts Monday (07/27/14)
A week's worth of family fun starts tomorrow, but if you have an exhibit to enter, today is your deadline to participate. The 17th annual Bedford County Fair runs from Monday through Saturday at the Bedford County Agriculture Center. New features for the fair include nightly pony rides and a petting zoo, fair president Judy Gambill said...
Basketball, comedy, and it's fair time (07/24/14)
Wayne Buckingham's WAB Sports presents the first Bertie-Ruth Buckingham's Celebrity Charity Basketball Game on Saturday at Cascade High School. A meet-and-greet with the athletes starts at noon, with the game itself at 12:30 p.m. Celebrity players include Chamique Holdsclaw, Ramon Sessions, Sharone Wright, J.P. Prince and Dontae' Jones. The event benefits Cascade High School and the Bedford County Cancer Foundation. Whaley the singer will present the national anthem...
Youth theater group reunites for 'Outsiders' (07/23/14)
Five years after its founding, Community Middle School's Stage 13 Productions is going back to its roots. The group's first-year members are reuniting for new performances of "The Outsiders" -- the play that kicked off the group. Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Community Middle's auditorium. Admission is $3...
Big Smo races up rap, country charts (07/22/14)
Bedford County's "hick-hop" star is moving quickly up the charts. According to Billboard, Big Smo's new album "Kuntry Livin'" is holding steady at Number 8 for the week's top-selling country albums, ranked by sales data as compiled by Nielsen SoundScan...
FCE Club Reports (07/17/14)
Pleasant Grove FCE Club met on Monday, May 19, in the fellowship hall of Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church. Hostess for the month was Donna Parker. Members present were: Sherry Brown, Carolyn Adiska and Donna Parker. Devotion was given by Carolyn Adiska. ...
Destinations & Diversions: 'Woolfie' blends fairy tale stories (07/17/14)
The children's play "Woolfie" will be presented Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and July 20 at 2 p.m. at the Fly Arts Center on South Main Street. Blending three well-loved fairy tales -- Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Little Pigs, and Goldilocks and Three Bears -- "Woolfie" takes place in a series of flashbacks as the Wolf must defend himself in the Trial of the Century. ...
Novak joins Confucius Institute (07/16/14)
MTSU's Confucius Institute has hired a former Bedford County educator to help promote Chinese language and culture in area K-12 schools. Mike Novak, most recently principal of Liberty School, became the institute's new assistant director July 1. "I am very excited to be part of the team at the Confucius Institute," said Novak. "I look forward to expanding educational opportunities for Tennessee and China...
Rollin' on the river: Chili Pepper Float returns (07/16/14)
Fun and charity at the same time make for a perfect combination, and the Moose Lodge is ready. The third annual Chili Pepper River Float & Hog Roast, sponsored by Moose Members for a Cause, is scheduled Saturday, July 26. The public is invited to participate...
Chili weekend in Shelbyville (07/13/14)
Chili took center stage over the weekend on the Shelbyville square. The Southern Summer Chili Night District Cookoff was held Friday night and the Tennessee State Chili Cookoff Championship on Saturday as part of the First Square Fair. More photos at http://www.t-g.com/gallery/chili-square2014/ ...
Fun at the Fair: Activity begins at end of month (07/11/14)
The 17th annual Bedford County Fair will start soon -- Monday, July 28, to be exact. The fair runs from July 28-Aug. 2. The Fairest of the Fair pageants will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at Shelbyville Central High School. Home economics/agriculture exhibits will be received the day before the fair, on Sunday, June 27, from 1-5 p.m. Judging takes place Monday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m...
Destinations and Diversions: Mules, chili, and ice cream on a July weekend (07/10/14)
The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration's 23rd annual Great Celebration Mule & Donkey Show began this morning and continues through Saturday at the Celebration grounds. Upcoming sessions are 2 and 6 p.m. today; 8 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. Friday; and 2 and 6 p.m. Saturday, with a mule sale at 9 a.m. Saturday...
Library is the place for summer fun (07/06/14)
Fizz, Boom, Read. That's the sound of summer for many Bedford County children. Most kids look forward to not having any homework during their summer vacation. However, Bedford County's children are different when it comes to what they want to do with their sweet summertime. They want to read -- for fun!...
FCE Club reports (06/27/14)
Eight members were present at the Unionville FCE Club on May 20. Jean Fausnaught presided as president and called the meeting to order discussing the healthy habit for May, which is "Good Fat," and reading "The Girlfriends" from the yearbook. The devotion was by Elizabeth Blackburn and was titled, "Heros." We are all heros in our own way, but God is the ultimate one, she said...
Bluebirds at the Martins' (06/27/14)
Shelbyville's Volunteer Garden Club was treated to a visit with its own Pat Martin, a nationally known bluebird expert who entertained club members with a delightful program including the care, feeding and raising of bluebirds. The highlight of the field trip was Martin calling the birds to feed...
Jacobs addresses garden club (06/26/14)
The June meeting of the Town and Country Garden Club was held recently at River Bend Country Club with Mary Pickhardt and Jan Schloesser serving as hostesses. The program was titled, "Master Gardening with Beth," and was presented by Beth Jacobs of Mary's Greenhouse in McMinnville...
Destinations and Diversions: Frontier fun uncorked in Lynchburg (06/26/14)
The 52nd annual Lynchburg Frontier Days Rodeo and Carnival will take place today through Sunday in Lynchburg. The carnival midway starts the fun rolling with armband night tonight at 5 p.m. The action-packed PCA eight-event rodeo kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday night. Before the rodeo starts each night there will be a "Kids' Gold Rush" for ages 9 and under at 7 p.m. in the rodeo arena...
Star-studded game, comedy show July 26 (06/25/14)
Former Cascade basketball player Wayne Buckingham says he wants to give back to the community. Toward that effort, the former Clemson University and professional player has organized a celebrity basketball game that he hopes will become an annual affair. The game, the Bertie-Ruth Buckingham Celebrity Charity Basketball Game, will be held on Saturday, July 26, at Cascade High School. The game is named in honor of his mother, who died of cancer in 2000...
Fireworks are a tradition for local family (06/25/14)
It's that time of the year again, when tents start popping up all over the region to offer fireworks for the upcoming July 4 weekend. For the Warren family, however, this marks the 20th year they've been selling the pyrotechnics to Bedford County residents...
Rec Center plans big for the 4th (06/25/14)
If the weather cooperates, this may be one of the biggest and best July 4th celebrations that have taken place at H.V. Griffin Park. Last year's event had to be postponed until Labor Day due to the dreary, wet weather, but the rain day for the event this time around is set for July 5...
Not your usual ride (06/25/14)
Maybe the names covering Perry Sanders' 1958 Chevrolet truck catch your eye first. Or maybe it's the whiskey still -- nonworking, of course -- in the bed. It could be the rat taking a, uhh, break ... atop the air breather. Or the Jack Daniel's bottle next to the radiator...
From Florida to Bell Buckle for Moon Pie fun (06/25/14)
Four or five years ago, Lyle and Leslie Beck were passing through Middle Tennessee while on a vacation trip and stopped in Bell Buckle. They were charmed -- but the townspeople told them they really ought to see what Bell Buckle was like during the annual RC Cola and Moon Pie Festival...
Guitar legend hits right notes (06/24/14)
Jimi Hendrix may be gone, but his music lives on -- not only on CDs, but in the live playing of childhood friend Sammy Drain. Drain, of Seattle, played at Mel's Diner in Shelbyville on Monday night. If things go well, he's hoping for a return visit with his entire band -- hopefully, he says, for a Calsonic Arena performance...
Moon Pie game results (06/24/14)
Here are some of the contest results from Saturday's 20th Annual RC Cola - Moon Pie Games in Bell Buckle: (Under 12) 1) Amilya Smith, Morrison 2) Garland Vick, Liles 3) Noah Jett, Murfreesboro (12 and Over) 1) Katrina Fevirer, Jacksonville, Fla...
RC Cola-Moon Pie fun in Bell Buckle (06/22/14)
Gov. Bill and Crissy Haslam wave at festival-goers during the parade at the 20th Annual RC Cola - Moon Pie Festival Saturday in Bell Buckle. The Haslams were crowned RC Cola King and Queen. (T-G Photos by John I. Carney) Country music star Mark Collie and Florence Hall, who was queen of the Moon Pie at the first festival in 1995, were named Moon Pie King and Queen at this year's festival...
Shelbyville Garden Club monthly reports (06/22/14)
Garden Party The May meeting of the Shelbyville Garden Club was held at the home of Donna Simmons. Hostesses of this fun occasion were Kay Simmons and Donna Simmons. Members brought tea cup arrangements which served as table arrangements during the luncheon and meeting...
The Voice and the Vision: Spoken word, visual art combine in unique show (06/22/14)
Shelbyville natives Terrell Johnson and Julius Hill both have vision, and unique voices to go along with it. A vision that involves bringing the community together and inspiring through art and their project called The Voice and The Vision--a group of numerous artists and talented, like-minded individuals who desire to have a positive impact on their community...
Making a more colorful world (06/20/14)
Evelyn Solomon works on her watercolor palnting at the Shelbyville-Bedford County Senior Center. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Lynchburg Frontier Days planned June 26-29 (06/20/14)
The 52nd annual Lynchburg Frontier Days Rodeo and Carnival will take place Thursday, June 26, through Sunday, June 29. The carnival midway starts the fun rolling with Armband night Thursday at 5 p.m. The action-packed PCA eight-event rodeo kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday night. Before the rodeo starts each night there will be a "Kids' Gold Rush" for ages 9 and under at 7 p.m. in the rodeo arena...
Tasty treat turns 20: It's RC / Moon Pie time (06/19/14)
Final preparations are underway for the 20th annual RC Cola - Moon Pie Festival Saturday in Bell Buckle, and Jenny Hunt of the town's Chamber of Commerce said organizers are hoping for a big turnout. "It looks like it's going to be up," she said, "just from the hits on the web site, people calling for information."...
See the sun rise at Old Stone Fort (06/18/14)
Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park will host a Summer Solstice Sunrise Celebration on Saturday, June 21 at 5 a.m. Visitors are invited to join park staff at the entranceway of Old Stone Fort to view the summer solstice sunrise. The park will open at 5 a.m. and sunrise will begin around 5:30 a.m. The sun will not be visible between the mounds until it clears the canopy sometime after 6 a.m...
Bonnaroo is students' training ground (06/17/14)
MTSU students John Coulston and Kimi Thompson are enjoying this year's Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival from a unique vantage point. They are among a select team from the College of Mass Communication providing multimedia coverage of the world-famous music event for The Tennessean and other media platforms, thanks to a partnership initiated by Dean Ken Paulson...
BREAKING: Flag Day observance cancelled (06/12/14)
Shelbyville Parks and Recreation Director Sylvia Pinson has cancelled Saturday's planned Flag Day observance due to wet conditions at River Bottom Park, which may be made even worse by forecast rain this weekend. Pinson noted that the patriotic observance of Flag Day should still take place throughout town, and that the mayors of both Shelbyville and Bedford County have issued Flag Day proclamations suggesting that the flag be flown at least between Flag Day (June 14) and Independence Day (July 4). ...
THP gears up for Bonnaroo traffic (06/11/14)
It's that time of year again. Since 2002, Manchester has hosted one of the nation's most popular live music events -- the annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. Held on a 700â€'acre farm, the four-day, multi-stage event showcases a diverse assortment of musical styles and performers. Thousands of people attend, and Manchester becomes their temporary home for several days each June...
Bringing art home: Brown gives back (06/08/14)
Shelbyville native John Brown believes the city's nearness to Nashville allows Bedford Countians to utilize Music City in a unique way. If anyone knows how to view things from a unique perspective, it's Brown. As a self-taught photographer, Brown has been using his relationship with Nashville's burgeoning art community to generate opportunities for his own creativity and growth in Bedford County...
'Ex-Muslim' memoir tells of conversion, spiritual battles (06/08/14)
Jesus. Demons. War. Infidel. Brashness. Family strife. Islam. Christianity. Pastor. These are some of the themes in the riveting life of Naeem Fazal, a former Muslim who immigrated to America to build a better life -- and hook up with blonds -- but ended up fighting demons and finding Christ...
Rapping on fame's door (06/04/14)
Tuesday may have been a big day for Big Smo, with the release of his new album "Kuntry Livin'" -- but for him, it was all about the rising star's local fans. With a stack of CDs, T-shirts, bumper stickers and other merchandise to sign, Big Smo, whose real name is John Smith, kept busy while reuniting with old classmates, talking to younger fans and getting ready for his national television debut...
June 14's all about the flag (06/03/14)
With the 200th anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner at hand, the city's recreation department is planning a Community Flag Day Celebration on Saturday, June 14. The event will take place at Riverbottom Greenway Park, behind Shelbyville Power Co. at 308 South Main St., kicking off at 12:30 p.m...
Garden tour stops announced (05/29/14)
The Shelbyville & Bedford County Chamber of Commerce Beautification Committee will hold its 2014 garden tour Saturday, June 7, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., reviving the event after several years of inactivity. This year's tour will include not only private home gardens but several churches with prayer gardens...
Maggi and Maya: Local poet visited Angelou's home (05/29/14)
Tennessee poet laureate Margaret Britton "Maggi" Vaughn of Bell Buckle is among those mourning the loss of revered poet and essayist Maya Angelou, who died Wednesday morning at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C. "We've lost a voice that will never be replaced," said Vaughn...
Puppets' play has serious message (05/29/14)
Kati O'Grady's stage may be small, but her hopes -- and her heart -- are large. O'Grady is organizing a puppet show that will be featured at venues this summer and possibly beyond. The show teaches the ideas of unity and tolerance of others who are different...
Community holds drama banquet (05/29/14)
Recently, Community High's Smokestack Theatre Group held its 20th annual End of the Year Show, an evening designed to pay tribute to the work of the school's drama students...
A new chapter: Now library work starts (05/28/14)
There has actually been heavy earth-moving equipment at the site for a couple of weeks now, but for ceremonial purposes, ground was broken Tuesday for a new library to serve Bedford County. Tennessee First Lady Crissy Haslam was among the dignitaries participating in the ceremony...
RC for the governor, Moon Pie for Collie (05/28/14)
Gov. Bill and Crissy Haslam will help celebrate the 20th RC Cola / Moon Pie Festival June 21 in Bell Buckle, along with noted country singer Mark Collie. Crissy Haslam, who was in Shelbyville on Tuesday for the groundbreaking of a new library, told the Times-Gazette she was looking forward to the event...
Fairest of Fair signup forms now available (05/27/14)
Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Bedford County Fairest of the Fair pageants. This year's pageants are scheduled for Saturday, July 19 for ages from newborn to 20. Categories include Miss Bedford County Fair (ages 16-20); Young Miss (13-15); Junior Miss (11-12); Little Miss (8-10); Petite Miss (6-7); Tiny Miss (4-5); Toddler Miss (2-3); Baby Miss (12-23 months); and Precious Miss (newborn-11 months)...
Groundbreaking for new library booked for Tuesday (05/25/14)
For over a decade, they kept the faith that it would be done. As of Tuesday afternoon, the dream of a new Argie Cooper Public Library for Bedford County will have finally passed a critical point in coming true. Official groundbreaking is set for 2 p.m. at the building site on South Brittain Street across from the old city cemetery...
Living legend goes live (05/22/14)
He's had his songs performed by The Beatles, U2, Mel Tillis and the Oak Ridge Boys, and his most famous song, "Everlasting Love," has been on the charts at least once in every decade since he first co-wrote it with Mac Gayden. He's sung backup for Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, John Denver and Jimmy Buffett...
Artisans on the Square in Bell Buckle (05/21/14)
Dawana Magliacano paints a brush during the Artisans on the Square event in Bell Buckle. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Freeman to play Key role (05/20/14)
It was announced last week that Morgan Freeman will portray former slave William Key in a feature film about one of the more colorful stories of Bedford County history, the tale of Beautiful Jim Key. Both Variety and The Hollywood Reporter reported on Freeman's involvement in the project...
Wisdom and honors shared at Woman's Club (05/18/14)
Members of the Shelbyville Woman's Club gathered Wednesday to hear from CEO Allen Pitner about the direction the Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce is headed (see related story at t-g.com). Additionally, club member Barbara Blanton announced the recipient of the club's annual scholarship. Abi Hunt was selected among more than 40 applicants and was praised for her commitment to excellence in a wide variety of activities, including education, sports, community service and church...
Big Smo hits big time (05/16/14)
A Unionville artist's life and music will be going into millions of homes nationwide next month. A&E Network has announced the premiere of "Big Smo" -- a new, original real-life series that follows the Bedford County country rapper "as he takes his unique style of music to new heights."...
Photo contest result 'shocked' winner (05/15/14)
Jessica Boyce thought she was on a normal Sunday morning shopping trip at Walmart when her husband, Dustin Boyce, nudged her -- he in a bit of shock -- and said, 'Honey, look, you're on the front page of the newspaper!" That's when Jessica learned she had been selected by the Times-Gazette as winner of this year's Mommy & Me photo contest, which was published in a special section leading up to Mother's Day...
Group to read Bible in Murfreesboro (05/14/14)
Readers are needed to read the Bible in Murfreesboro. People will read the Bible from cover to cover starting at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 8, at Bible Pathway Headquarters, at 810 Thompson Lane in Murfreesboro, according to a press release by Bible Pathway Ministries. The public is invited, and admission is free. Some 15-minute time slots are still available for those interested in taking par, according to ministry president Jennifer Palafox. Call 615-896-4243 to register...
Art tour (05/14/14)
Shelbyville Central High School's new art club recently took a field trip to the Frist Center for the Visual Arts (pictured) and the Parthenon in Nashville. (Submitted photo)
Boogie, blues and barbecue June 7 in Wartrace (05/13/14)
Yeah, the little country town of Wartrace can rock. If anyone refuses to believe it, take them to the 10th annual Wartrace MusicFest on Saturday, June 7. They'll be convinced. This year's show emphasizes "Boogie, Blues and Barbecue" and includes young Tennessee talent, classic Southern rock and a fireworks show to top things off...
Author calls for treating God with reverence (05/11/14)
God is frequently alluded to as a lion. The Newsboys sing about God "roaring like a lion" in "God's Not Dead." C.S. Lewis, arguably modern Christianity's greatest writer, veiled Jesus in the character of Aslan the lion in his Narnia stories. And, of course, Jesus was the Lion of Judah in Scriptures...
Sweet symphonic sounds (05/08/14)
ABOVE: Members of the Nashville Symphony play at Calsonic Arena on Tuesday night. BELOW: Shelbyville Fire Department's honor guard stands at attention before presenting the colors at the start of the performance. See more photos in Friday's T-G and in a gallery at t-g.com...
Experimenting with sound (05/07/14)
Matthew Crosslin is all concentration as he tries out a violin at the instrument "petting zoo" before the Nashville Symphony's performance Tuesday night at Calsonic Arena. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
May flowers on the Square this Saturday (05/07/14)
Square merchants are joining together Saturday, May 10 to offer children a chance to make their moms a special Mother's Day gift to remember. While shopping for Mom, flowers will be available for you to make a special bouquet to accompany your gift at several locations, including J. Jordan, Merle Norman, Heritage Jewelers, Torso, Antique Arts & Collectibles Malls, Mel's, Elaborate Images, Artistic Treasures & All Seasons Florist...
Coming up: Summer reading program (05/04/14)
We are gearing up for another fun-filled Summer Reading Program at the Argie Cooper Library. The theme this year, "Fizz, Boom, Read," revolves around science. Sign up begins May 28. There will be prizes for readers of all ages. One of the highlights of this year's program is "Mad Science Monday," a good time for the whole family with a science craft you can take home every Monday evening in June...
Some days, writer's block arrives (05/04/14)
I imagine at this point in my columns, if you had kept up with them over the past year, you have noticed that I sometimes write about topics that are somewhat obscure or off the wall. You can thank YouTube channels and Podcasts. I probably spend way too much time in front of the computer screen or with my earbuds in...
Disc golf tourney on Saturday (05/01/14)
Jody Shelton and Chucky Merlo show off two of the personalized discs that will be given to winners of a non-sanctioned charity disc golf tournament Saturday at H.V. Griffin Park. Team Faith in the American Cancer Society Relay For Life and Shelbyville Disc Golf Club will host the tournament, which will have both amateur and professional divisions and will feature 36 holes -- the park's existing course plus a temporary course, including some holes on the Eakin Elementary School property next door to the park. The object of disc golf is to throw special discs (smaller and thicker than your backyard Frisbee) into baskets like the one seen here. As in regular golf, the object is to complete an 18-hole course in the fewest number of shots. Registration for the tournament begins at 7 a.m. with a mandatory players' meeting at 9 a.m. For more information, contact Shelton at shelbyvilledgc@gmail.com. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
Shelbyville Garden Club holds April meeting (04/30/14)
The Shelbyville Garden Club held its April meeting at Farm Bureau, with 17 members present. Janie Burke and Pat Martin served as hostesses. Freda Head read two lovely poems about Easter as the devotion. President Amy Wells presided over the meeting, advising members of revisions in the club's program booklet. Wells also encouraged members to review the standard rules in the booklet, reminding members they are expected to bring a minimum of four flower arrangements during the year...
Ervin recognized for extension work (04/29/14)
Gay Ervin, extension program assistant, was recognized for her work with the University of Tennessee Extension in Bedford County. The Tennessee Extension Association of Family and Consumer Science (TEAFCS) presented Ervin with the State Para-Professional Award at their recent annual conference in Pigeon Forge...
Mash Bash raises funds for Red Cross (04/25/14)
Want to help out the local Red Cross and have fun at the same time? Tickets are now sale for the fifth Annual Red Cross Mash Bash event, to be held on Barbecue Hill at Jack Daniels Distillery in Lynchburg on Saturday, June 7 from 6-9 p.m. Red Cross volunteers are selling tickets for $40 per person or they can be purchased online at redcross.org/news/event/Mash-Bash-2014...
See art being made (04/23/14)
Bell Buckle Arts Council will host "Artisans on the Square," featuring live demonstrations of various visual arts, Saturday, May 17, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the area between Southern Charm and Bell Buckle Banquet Hall. Visitors can meet artists and watch demonstrations of pottery, mosaics, jewelry, woodturning, photography, beading, chainsaw carving, mixed media, fiber arts, blacksmithing, and handcrafted guitars from Gallagher Guitar Co. in Wartrace...
Music to one's ears: Symphony tickets on sale (04/17/14)
Tickets for the May 6 performance by the Nashville Symphony at Calsonic Arena are now on sale. The symphony will be led by assistant conductor Vinay Parameswaran in his Shelbyville debut. The symphony's casual, family-friendly Shelbyville concert, a tradition since 1989, will also include the Cascade High School Band, directed by David Lucich, playing on its own and joining the symphony for the grand finale. ...
Civil War book planned (04/17/14)
Bedford County Historical Society is assembing material for a new book, "The Civil War In Bedford County." The book will give details of the war's activities in Bedford County, provide rosters of the units and the soldiers from the County, and include short biographies and glimpses of those who fought in the war. Target date for publication is early fall of this year...
'Pride and Prejudice' play comes to Webb School (04/16/14)
"Pride and Prejudice" will be performed by The Webb Players on April 25-26 at 7:30 p.m. and April 27 at 2:30 p.m. on The Webb School chapel stage. Faculty and students will be admitted free of charge. The event is open to the public, and admission is $5 per person...
Bedford's beauty shines in garden tour (04/16/14)
It's been a few years since one has been held, but on Saturday, June 7, the Chamber of Commerce's Beautification Committee will host the Shelbyville-Bedford County garden tour. The event will take place from 10 a.m.5 p.m., with tickets available at the Chamber or from a committee member...
UTOPIA: Create it, maybe star in it (04/16/14)
Have you ever wanted to be on national TV, or want to create a new society from scratch? You may have the chance to do both, thanks to a local casting recruiter, Deborah Obenchain. Fox TV is producing a new unscripted social experiment series (reality series) called "UTOPIA," and is searching for candidates to create a whole new world...
A call for revival (04/15/14)
More than 30 pastors, church staff, public officials and others gathered outside the courthouse on a windy Monday morning as part of a statewide prayer rally. The event was the Salvation Bell prayer rally, which is organized by the Tennessee Baptist Convention. Randy C. Davis, the executive director/treasurer of the Tennessee Baptist Convention, led the rally and asked several local pastors to lead individual prayers. Davis called for a revival across Tennessee...
Bell Buckle arts demos set May 17 (04/10/14)
Artisans will return to Bell Buckle next month to demonstrate their wares. On May 17, the second event organized by the town's Arts Council will be taking place, according to Sally Kilgore. The event will be "fairly unique" with invited craftspeople such as potters and quilters to demonstrate how they make their crafts, with pieces for sale as well...
Library 'geeks' help kick-off campaign (04/10/14)
Argie Cooper Library is kicking off National Library week this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the lot of the future library. The Community is invited to stop by the Geek the Library kick-off Saturday, take a photo, and tell the library staff what they "geek" (like)...
Serious about fun: 'Hee Haw & Howdy' still in the cornfield (04/06/14)
Hee Haw 'N Howdy packed all the excitement into one weekend this year. Saturday night was filled with anticipation and excitement as the audience filed into Central High's auditorium for this season's final performance. Renita Hill, music director, felt this year's success was due to those in attendance...
Help 'geek' the library (04/06/14)
We are getting ready for the kickoff of our "Geek the Library" campaign. What's "Geek the Library all about?" It's a celebration of what makes you excited, what you are enthusiastic about, what tickles your fancy, what you know and love. We want to encourage everyone to remember that whatever you "geek" you can supplement your information and enjoyment by visiting the library. ...
Stations of Cross marks 10 years (04/04/14)
The 10th annual interdenominational, bilingual Stations of the Cross event will be held Good Friday, April 18, beginning at First Presbyterian Church and ending on the steps of Bedford County Courthouse. The walk is sponsored by Bedford County Ministerial Association. Participants gather at 11 a.m., although the walk sometimes doesn't get underway until closer to 11:30...
Business (and fun) after hours (04/04/14)
Davorka Whiteside works on a silk painting during Business After Hours, held Thursday at The Fly Arts Center by the Shelbyville & Bedford County Chamber of Commerce. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Music to our ears: Symphony coming soon (04/02/14)
Tickets for the May 6 performance by the Nashville Symphony at Calsonic Arena will go on sale April 16 at the Elm Street main office of First Community Bank. The symphony's casual, family-friendly Shelbyville concert, a tradition since 1989, will also include the Cascade High School Band, playing on its own and joining the symphony for the grand finale. The Motlow State Community College Band will appear as well, providing pre-concert and intermission entertainment...
Library volunteers attend training (04/02/14)
Bedford County Imagination Library volunteers recently attended a regional Imagination Library Summit sponsored by the Governor's Books from Birth Foundation (GBBF). The volunteers are: Luci Taylor, interim chairwoman; Trish Hubbard, enrollment chairwoman; and Holly Kinslow, grant writer...
Winning the battle: Young cancer victim keeps calm and fights on (03/30/14)
It all started when Cory Phillips started having severe back pain that kept him up most of the night. "I had to prop my feet against the wall at night," recalls Phillips, "and sleep with my feet in the air just to relieve the pressure in my back." As an employee of Olympus Gym in Murfreesboro and overall athletic person, Phillips was no stranger to maintaining an exercise routine and staying healthy. ...
Topical, tough, timely, tuneful: Singer Emilie Burke keeps it real (03/30/14)
Emilie Burke doesn't shy away from controversy in her new CD titled "Live at Ms. Brown's Diner." "Streets on fire in your own hometown/Whattya do when the well runs dry?/Stealing your freedoms & they're feeding you lies/Whattya do when your government turns? Pickin' your pockets -- then they take your guns."...
Local vets learn about fishing program (03/30/14)
Project Healing Waters volunteer Bill Coyne of Brentwood was guest speaker at the March meeting of Shelbyville/Bedford County Vietnam Era Veterans. Coyne, a Vietnam veteran, represents a non-profit organization that helps provide emotional and physical rehabilitation to disabled military service members and disabled veterans by teaching them the art of fly fishing...
TWH museum recognized (03/28/14)
The Tennessee Walking Horse National Museum located in Wartrace, the town known as the "Cradle of The Tennessee Walking Horse," received the 2014 Award of Commendation in recognition of superlative achievement in the "Temporary Exhibition" category at the Tennessee Association of Museums Annual Conference in Greeneville, on March 19. The exhibit focused on "A Moment in the Rich Tradition of the Celebration" on Aug. 29, 2013. Pictured left to right are Adam Alfrey, president of TAM; Philip Gentry, president of the museum; Leah Walker, awards committee chair; and Tori Mason, Middle Tennessee representative. (Submitted photo)
Death, other hard questions for God (03/27/14)
One widow has been using her insight into loss to help others deal with their grief. She calls her book, "Why God Why? What to Do When Life Doesn't Make Sense," a "handbook for getting through the pain." Karen Jensen's book from Charisma House uses her experience from her husband Brent's death. His passing away at age 37 left her alone with two boys. The book, released last July, is about hope and reclaiming your life...
Hee Haw & Howdy...and a good time, too (03/26/14)
As a Bedford County tradition since the 1970s, Hee Haw & Howdy has always sought to provide a quality show for a good cause. This year's performances will be at Shelbyville Central High School on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. Judi Burton, team captain and director, is very excited about this year's performance...
Bridging the gap to fun and friends (03/23/14)
Bridge is addictive, according to some who play it. A duplicate bridge club formed about two months ago and is recruiting new members, said one player, Donna Green. The club meets on Mondays at 12:30 p.m. at the Shelbyville/Bedford County Senior Citizens Center. There are currently about 20 members, including several new participants...
Sunday Conversation: Life's all smiles for Frederica Edwards (03/23/14)
The following conversation reflects a Q&A interview with Frederica Edwards and the Times-Gazette. If you have someone you would like to nominate for Sunday Conversation please contact editor Sadie Fowler at sfowler@t-g.com. T-G: How long have you lived in Bedford County? Did you grow up here? If not, where did you grow up, and what brought you to Bedford County?...
Mexican-style rodeo scheduled (03/20/14)
A rodeo in the Mexican style is expected to draw visitors to Calsonic Arena from throughout Middle Tennessee, and as far away as Chattanooga, on Sunday, according to Anna Maria Bonanno, one of the organizers, and it could become a monthly event. The Jaripeo de Primavera, or Spring Rodeo, features Mexican bull-riding, in which the rider attempts to stay on the animal as long as possible, not just eight seconds as in American-style rodeos. ...
Beatles: More than the music (03/20/14)
MURFREESBORO -- The Beatles and their producer, George Martin, used innovative recording and mixing techniques to push the boundaries of what was possible in popular music, and two speakers Wednesday night at Middle Tennessee State University -- one of whom had first-hand experience -- broke down the Fab Four's recording process...
Bloomin' good time in Bell Buckle (03/18/14)
Flowers were blooming everywhere Saturday in Bell Buckle, which celebrated the 36th annual Daffodil Day Festival. The town has been known for over 100 years for its daffodil-lined roads and farmlands -- which came from mass plantings by Sawney Webb, founder of The Webb School...
Local writer is 'Student of Life' (03/16/14)
Writing is only one of Brannon McConkey's pastimes. McConkey enjoys Brazilian jiu-jitsu, cooking, painting and videography. He also released a blues/jazz CD in 2008. Brazilian jiu-jitsu? McConkey said he considers it more an art form than a deadly form of martial arts...
Music festivals: If you play it, they will come (03/16/14)
It is that time of year and music lovers will soon gather at music festival after sweaty music festival. I had the opportunity to go to Bonnaroo for the first time last year. It was my first BIG multi-day festival. While I have always enjoyed concerts, I don't know if I love them enough to have fully immersed myself into the Bonnaroo experience. More on this later.....
Middle school presents 'Ask Any Girl?' (03/14/14)
Community Middle School's theater department will perform "Ask Any Girl?" today and Saturday at 7 p.m. Admission is $2. "Ask Any Girl?" is about a young college graduate named Meg who moves from a small town to New York City and resides at a women's boarding house in Manhattan. ...
Fun in the air at Aviation Day (03/13/14)
Aircraft displays, classic autos, food, friends and all sorts of fun await the family on Saturday, March 29 when the second Shelbyville Aviation Day will be held. The free event is open to the public from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.. Many aircraft will be on the tarmac to check out, such as jet fighters, T-34s and other warbirds, seaplanes, ultra-lights, gliders, light sport planes and possibly some Yaks -- fighter aircraft built by the Russians or Chinese in World War II...
Daffodils spring up (03/12/14)
A sure sign that spring has returned to Bedford County is Saturday's 36th annual Daffodil Day Festival in Bell Buckle. The town has been known for over 100 years for its daffodil-lined roads and farmlands -- which came from mass plantings by Sawney Webb, Webb School's founder...
Arts plate unveiled (03/12/14)
The Legislative Arts Caucus, Tennesseans for the Arts and the Tennessee Arts Commission along with arts leaders from across the state recently announced a new Arts specialty license plate, which is now available at County Clerk offices in Tennessee...
Hard to define: Cityfide makes music for all (03/11/14)
They call themselves "the best hip hop/rock group you have never heard of," but with their latest CD now appearing in local stores, that may no longer apply for local band Cityfide. Their new 19-track album is "From the Pen to the Pad, Chapter One."...
Frequently, it's fast food (03/11/14)
Most of the participants in a non-scientific poll of Times-Gazette web site users say they eat fast food about one to three times a week, although nearly one in four say they don't eat fast food at all -- at least, not regularly. One participant suggested, and it was a legitimate suggestion, that our poll should have included an option for those who eat only occasionally, something between "I don't eat fast food" and the next answer, which was 1-3 times per week...
Bo-Dock music plays on (03/11/14)
Bo-Dock Valley Cowboy Church, a non-commercial, family-friendly music venue at 2399 Unionville-Deason Road, resumed its occasional music nights last weekend after having been closed for several months due to weather and other factors. Pete Carter and the Third Trouble Band performed. There's no admission charge, although the hat is passed -- literally -- for donations. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
Churches reach out to public for Lent (03/09/14)
The Lent and Easter period is often the busiest time of year for churches as congregations prepare to celebrate Jesus' resurrection. Many churches celebrate Ash Wednesday -- this past Wednesday -- which marks the beginning of Lent. Some churches follow a liturgical year, or series of seasons in which their worship style changes; Lent and Easter are perhaps the most important time in the liturgical calendar. Easter is April 20...
Euphonium emphoria: Local musician to perform at Carnegie Hall (03/09/14)
On March 13, Tennessee Tech student Tyler Thurber will live out a musician's dream -- to play New York's Carnegie Hall. Thurber is part of the TTU Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble. Although most musicians only dream of playing the famed Carnegie Hall venue, one of Bedford County's own will soon be living out that dream...
Look ahead to spring: Plant a tree (03/07/14)
Even with ice still hanging onto parts of the state, believe it or not, today is Arbor Day in Tennessee. With the winds of winter receding, it's the time of year when people are starting to look at how to enhance their property, and even protect it...
Fantastic season for local teams (03/06/14)
Two district championships. A region title. Two second-place district finishes. A runner-up region finish. And two sub-state appearances. It's been quite the year for Bedford County basketball. On Tuesday night, the last team standing finished the incredible season in the Class AA sub-state match up featuring the Cascade Champions and East Nashville Eagles...
Poster contest for fourth grade students (03/05/14)
Bedford County Farm Bureau Women will hold its annual poster contest for fourth grade students. There will be a first, second and third place winner from each elementary school in Bedford County; students in private school or home school may enter the county-wide contest as well...
Church's pews to make TV debut (03/02/14)
The pews of a Shelbyville church will soon be featured with the stars of "Nashville." The ABC show's producers bought 18 pews from Shelbyville Mills Baptist Church on Feb. 10 to use in an upcoming episode. ABC Entertainment announced Friday that the pews will be featured at 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 12 in an episode titled, "We've Got Things to Do."...
Spying crucial in Revolutionary War (03/02/14)
Before America had the CIA and Predator Drones, before America was even a recognized nation, it had the Culper Spy Ring. This spy ring provided vital information about the British occupation of New York City to Gen. George Washington to help him win the American Revolution. ...
Christ on the big screen: Podcasters seek movies' deeper meanings (02/28/14)
Two local podcasters are exploring the hidden religious messages in movies, new and old, with an eye towards using them to start conversations about faith. That doesn't mean they don't have fun doing it. "You go ahead and take the Godzilla one," said Brenden Taylor, as he and Michael Hansen planned a quick movie-news segment which opens the Internet-delivered radio show...
'The Boys Next Door' reflects joy, struggle (03/02/14)
The play "The Boys Next Door" walks a fine line between comedy and pathos, but that's part of what makes it so rewarding, say participants in a Bedford Players production of it that opens later this month at The Fly Arts Center on South Main Street...
Goodwill's Wedding Gala offers discount dresses (02/27/14)
Goodwill's fourth annual Wedding Gala is set for 6 a.m. until 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 15, at the Goodwill store in Rivergate. Already this year, Goodwill has more than 700 wedding gowns all priced between $49 and $399. Most of them were donated by area bridal boutiques and have never been worn...
A 'Ladies' Day Out' (02/27/14)
Christian Women's Fellowship of First Christian Church in Shelbyville enjoyed their "Ladies Day Out" Feb. 22 at the church, located on Madison Street Janelle Douglas is the current President. Whitney Danhof, UT Extension Agent, presented the program...
Jesus returns to theater in 'Son of God' (02/27/14)
Shelbyville residents can see Jesus on the big screen starting Friday. "Son of God" will be playing at the Capri theater. Capri normally holds two Saturday matinees, at 2 and 4 p.m., owner Ray Rhoton said. Due to a long runtime, 138 minutes, Saturday will only have a 2 p.m. matinee, he said...
Garden Club enjoys pottery lesson (02/25/14)
Members of the Volunteer Garden Club met at Webb School for a pottery lesson that was capped with members making bowls and other designs. Program chair Sharon Reagor introduced Webb School pottery instructor Sue Wood. Wood gave club members a brief lesson on pottery techniques and guided members in making original pottery designs. ...
Thompson embraces art as school teacher, leader at Fly (02/23/14)
Megan Thompson is keeping busy with art for a woman who never planned to go into the field, who actually got into art by accident and did not know much about it at the time. Thompson organizes monthly art classes for The Fly Arts Center and teaches art at Shelbyville Central High School. She also serves on the board of the Fly and will present an exhibit there in March...
'Service' defines library director (02/20/14)
Bedford County is still welcoming Rita Allen as the new director of Argie Cooper Public Library, but she's no stranger to many. As a resident of the Normandy area for eight years, she is familiar with the county's people and their needs. She is also no stranger to librarianship, having worked both as a reference librarian -- finding all the answers long before Google -- and a library director for more than 30 years...
Book tells story of America's first spies (02/19/14)
Forget Jason Bourne or MacGyver. Quakers make the best American spies, apparently. A new book by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaegar, "George Washington's Secret Six," tells the story of America's first true spy network, which was led by Robert Townsend, a Quaker merchant and reporter...
Ready to rock. Anywhere. (02/18/14)
Dawn Michele of Fireflight, the headline act for Saturday's R.O.K. (Rewarding Our Kids) concert, says Calsonic Arena is "probably the second horse arena we've played in," but is far from the most-unusual venue for the Christian rock group. She recalled the band competing in a secular festival and "battle of the bands" with venues spread across a downtown area. ...
Third-graders experience South Korea (02/16/14)
Community Middle School got a taste of Korea on Feb. 6. Paula Smith, third-grade teacher, has been conducting a series of lessons on foreign cultures. The study has included geographic locations, languages and society. As part of the series, Smith invited Jeong Hee Dillingham to discuss life in South Korea. Although Dillingham has been a U.S. citizen for more than 20 years, she was born in Suwon, South Korea, and lived there for more than 20 years before moving to America...