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Tennessee's Poet Laureate Margaret (Maggi) Britton Vaughn and friend Shirley Hall of Bell Buckle worked with cast and crew of the television show "American Pickers" last summer on a feature which is scheduled to air on the History Channel 8 p.m. Feb. 8. Trailers are already running, Hall said. They note this interview was a great time and the cast, while in Bell Buckle, spent quite a bit of time with the poet. Her poem "Who We Are" was designated the official 996 bicentennial poem of Tennessee. more
One of Shelbyville's oldest seniors, Donald Francis Popham, passed away last Thursday at the age of 103. Several Times-Gazette reporters have enjoyed taking his picture over the years and were entertained in the process with his spry sense of humor. The centenarian always said the key to his longevity was "hanging out with Jack (as in Jack Daniel's Whiskey) and staying active. more
The Jan. 25 meeting of Four Corners FCE was called to order by President Linda Bailey, with 8 members present. Devotion was given by Louise Armstrong. The call to order, "I Am January" was read by Charlene Judd. An educational program, "Load up Your Digital Grocery Cart," was given... more
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama awarded some 2,257 degrees during its fall commencement Dec. 12. Kristopher Frazier of Shelbyville received a bachelor of science in human environmental sciences and Amy Huff of Beech Grove received a doctorate in education... more
St. William of Montevergine Catholic Church members said recently they believe 2020 was certainly "a time to love and a time to share." So despite year-long cancellations from the pandemic, members set out recently to continue their seasonal "giving tree."... more
A thick cut of meat grilled over an open flame can make for a mouth-watering-meal. While such an endeavor likely won't lead to any complaints around the dinner table, many people still shy away from grilling, especially thick cuts of meat. A thick cut of uncooked meat can intimidate even the most devoted grilling enthusiast. Such cuts tend to take a long time to cook, and many a grilling devotee has put in that time only to end up with a dried out piece of meat... more
Most people are familiar with the conventional grilling wisdom that, when cooking meats, it's best to "only flip once." This has led backyard grillers to resist the urge to flip their foods in the name of flavor. That conventional wisdom may not actually be that wise. Those who flip their grilled foods often can rest assured that they are probably doing little damage to the taste of the meat and may actually be improving cooking times and doneness... more
Most Bedford County farm families have learned over the years that potentially, most every cut of beef can be, and sustainably should be, used in recipes. The simple, but seemingly pretentious, flank steak is no exception. Flank steak, which is cut from the diaphragm muscles of the animal, is multi purpose, and relatively inexpensive to consumers, compared to other cuts of beef. It can be in high demand as it is traditionally used in Mexican restaurants... more
Bedford County School System recently honored retired school superintendent Don Embry with a photo montage on its official website. We are sharing a few of those past memories here from his coaching days to the most recent days when he read Dr. Seuss stories to elementary students... more
Bailey Hayne of Bell Buckle was named to the Anderson University, Anderson, S.C., dean's list for the fall semester. In order to receive this honor, a student must maintain a 3.5 GPA or higher for the semester. more
Liberty FCE met Jan. 18 at Pleasant Grove Methodist Church, as reported by Dorris Turrentine. Lynn Wilhelm called the meeting to order. Ten members were in attendance. Dorris Turrentine served was hostess. Judy Smith and Ardis Rittenberry gave the devotion... more
Live music, featuring the band St. Paul and The Broken Bones, returns April 23 and 24 to The Caverns Above Ground Amphitheater in Grundy County. In an effort to social distance, the venue plans to station its concert-goers outside in hillside pods overlooking scenic Payne Cove. ... more
Local Quilts of Valor representative Amy Martin has certainly been busy, recently awarding the prestigious handmade quilts to dozens of local service veterans. She said while the pandemic certainly delayed some of the award events, it couldn't put a damper on the spirit of each event... more
Several years ago there was a TV commercial that I really enjoyed. I would sit in my recliner in front of my TV with a smile on my face every time it came on. There was a little boy sitting all by himself at the dinner table, his arms crossing his chest, a look of defiance, anger and disgust on his face... more
Bedford County Sheriff Austin Swing congratulates Lt. Josh Tolar and Lt. Kevin Roddy for 15 years of service to the community. more
This bright cardinal stands out on the fresh, white snow which fell earlier this week. more
East Park Church in Shelbyville had the warmth of the early morning sun shining around it on Wednesday morning. more
Gyms have begun to reopen after being closed due to potential spread of COVID-19. For most in Bedford County, it's likely been several months since members have stepped foot into their favorite facility, so fitness enthusiasts are advised to exercise smart... more
Hopefully, most everyone is well aware that their dinner plate should be well proportioned with green vegetables, especially during cold and flu season. We still admit there are evenings when we wreck our brains as to what to serve with those winter vitamins... more
A free six week program, offered on-line through Zoom, is aimed at helping people with diabetes learn to manage their disease and improve their health. Some of the topics covered include nutrition, controlling blood sugar, exercise, stress management, foot care, etc... more
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