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When Ciera Holder’s grandfather gave her the advice to do what makes you happy, she took it.   more
A Mississippian by birth and a basketball coach by trade, Dale Watts, 67, has had a unique path to becoming one of the judges for the 2021 Tennessee Walking Horse National … more
Laynie Jo Leverette is all set for the 83rd Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, which officially opens tonight, Thursday. Because her family owns Layne Leverette Stables, Laynie Jo … more
While some moms might dread making weeknight dinners for their family, that is, meals made fresh from scratch, Hazel George Matthews says she considers the job a blessing. Hazel’s family … more
When Loretta Barrious Larsen participated in the 1956 Melbourne, Australia Olympics, synchronized swimming was an exhibition team feature. more
Andy H. Smith served in the U.S. Air Force from 1970 to 1974. Amy Martin recently presented him with a Quilt of Valor to honor his military service. more
James Lewis Short served in the U.S. Army from 1975 to 1995. Amy Martin recently presented him with a Quilt of Valor to honor his military service. more
Criteria for students to attend Bedford County Virtual School, being conducted by teachers from Cascade Middle, must be in good academic standing. There is an entire list of criteria on Bedford County School System’s website. “As a principal, I feel that it’s my responsibility and that it’s fair to students to use a wider lens when I’m looking at students for BCVS, because last year was such a crazy year,” said principal Meredith Gilliland recently... more
Bill May celebrated his 95th birthday on Saturday, July 31, which is his actual birthdate. It was a small family celebration hosted by his wife, Mary May, at their home in the Pleasant Grove community.  His wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren said recently how they’re thankful and blessed to be able to wish this special member of their family a happy birthday. ... more
Dads are special, but grandpas are many times moved forward in rank by granddaughters. Grandfather AKA “pawpaw,” Keith White, is no exception with granddaughters Haylee (big sister) and Hollyn (little sister.) We celebrate those grandpas today with a photo shoot conducted by area photographer Bethany Hamlett. We’ve also included a recipe for some delicious cookies to serve with your next tea event... more
During her years singing southern gospel, Charlotte Richie gained national attention as the soprano singer for legendary gospel group, The Nelons. She will present her message in music during Shiloh’s homecoming services Sunday, Aug. 1. Kevin Williams, who has been associated with Gaither music for most of his career, will join Ritchie at 10:15 a.m... more
It’s that time of year when families will be working and racing home to get meals on the table—more so than usual with school starting back next week. Families will be jetting out the door for gymnastics, football or soccer games and practices. There may even be a parent-teacher conference from time to time... more
The Green Thumb Challenge was held again this year at the Bedford County Fair, featuring 35 entries. The purpose of the challenge is to help decorate the fair grounds and to develop the horticulture department of the fair. There were four divisions: individual, youth, business or organization and garden club... more
Nate Simmons was busy recently playing music for passers-by on the historic public square. Nate’s mission each summer is to collect funds for local teachers to use in their classrooms. One reader was quite impressed that such a young man would give his time as such for others. Nate is the son of Josh and Carrie Simmons. more
The sales tax weekend is upon us, but it is still beneficial for residents to support local merchants. The year 2020 was a difficult one for businesses and this might just be a good time for all to give back to the community in their quest for back-to-school items. more
Volunteer Garden Club members met at the Farm Bureau Building in  July for their annual picnic. Judy Pierce and Aleitha Kimbro were chairpersons. Everyone brought covered dishes. Alice Jensen did a presentation on horticulture.  Previously the club met at the home of Judy Pierce where members enjoyed her beautiful landscaping. Ann Spencer was our chairperson. Hostesses for that day were Ardis Caffey, June Gilmore and Margaret Hicks... more
Hershel Thrasher recently received a Quilt of Valor for his service in the U.S. Navy from 1961-65. Rose Hasty of Shelbyville made the quilt. more
Tony Gray Brown, who served in the U.S. Army from 1969-71, was wrapped in a Quilt of Valor. more
Summer gatherings call for a refreshing, fruity punch for a warm, sunny day. Spritzers with sparkling bubbles, fruity teas with southern tradition and lemon and limeades with tart pop are the signature drinks. If short on time and energy, look for a recipe that uses a frozen juice concentrate instead of pureeing fresh fruit or use a commercially bottled tea and liven it up with fruity additions... more
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