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Taylor Overcast of Shelbyville was one of 412 students named to the fall semester dean's list at Union University in Jackson. The Dean's List includes full-time students who achieve a 3.5 grade point average on a four-point scale. About 3,000 students are currently enrolled at Union... more
Who put sugar in the cornbread? That's a phrase which during my childhood which would generally conjure up something kind of scandalous in both my grandmothers' kitchens. So do you put sugar in your cornbread? Some good Southern cooks do. Not to be too objective, I'm just going to say I like my cornbread both ways. It all depends on what I'm serving with it. If it is tomatoes, certainly no sugar in the mix... more
Wait . . . Thanksgiving and Christmas are history, right? So then what's all this ongoing turkey talk about? A low fat source of protein, the bird isn't just showing up on the Thanksgiving table anymore. Anyone concerned about healthy eating is wise to learn more about the health benefits of turkey and find ways to include it in their diets all through the year... more
In case you (expletives deleted) missed the marketing campaign, on January 5 the noble public servants at Netflix will launch a six-episode series, “History of Swear Words,” hosted by actor Nicholas Cage. The “proudly profane” program will be supplemented with historians, cognitive scientists, lexicographers and etymology experts. (The latter should feel right at home, after years of hearing, “When are you going to quit &^%$ and get a &^%$ REAL job?”)... more
Coping with the loss of a loved one can be challenging in the best of times, but many people have had to confront such challenges at a time that is unlike any other in modern history. Now, it’s Christmas and we’re still being warned to social distance, which can be distressing, especially for those needing tender love and care during their time of grief... more
The Shelbyville Group of Embroiders Guild of America keeps busy during the Christmas season. We just learned that when they’re not making those beautiful ornaments for Christmas trees, members are also quite the cookie-bakers. We suggest putting out a plate of Barbara Morgan’s “Molasses Crinkles” or Louise Armstrong’s “Christmas Toffee” or “Town House Cookies.” Recipes are below... more
Christmas morning is an exciting and joyous time, when Children anxiously rush to the tree to see what Santa delivered. Having a fast and easy-to-manage breakfast allows families to jump right into the festivities rather than spending most of the morning in the kitchen... more
Dear Santa, How are you doing this Christmas? I have been good in my personal opinion, but sometimes I have been mean to my sister at the house. I promise to do better next year! I would like a papasan chair, an American Girl doll, a baby carrier, and a Nintendo Switch. I will leave you some milk and cookies, and some macaroni and cheese on Christmas Eve. I love you, Santa, and Mrs. Claus and the reindeer... more
The Shops at Main and McGrew recently collected this abundance of canned food and monetary donations from customers and friends during the shop local Saturday event. The items were distributed at Shelbyville Community Soup Kitchen, which distributes meals from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays at the old Save-A-Lot building on South Cannon Boulevard. Christmas boxes for those in need will be distributed by SCSK volunteers next Tuesday. more
FCM Cares, First Community Mortgage’s nonprofit, has awarded the annual J.C. Gordon Scholarship to five Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) students at a scholarship ceremony recently held on the TCAT-Shelbyville campus. The awarded funds will be used in part to purchase tools for each student recipient. ... more
Shelbyville Group of Embroiderers’ Guild of America recently decorated a First Community Bank Christmas tree with all handmade ornaments. Decorating the tree within this year’s theme, “Beaded Balls and Beaded Snowflakes, left to right, were Barbara Troxler, Louise Armstrong, Catherine Talley, and Connie Smith. Anyone interested in joining the Shelbyville Embroiderers’ Guild should email louisearmstrong@bellsouth.net.  more
Despite COVID-19, Shelby Chapter of DAR members have continued to have a proactive season, according to Regent Ardis Rittenberry Caffey. One of the mosts memorable events likely this season, she says, has been the DAR’s monetary presentation to Tim Estes for the Wreaths Across America program-one which benefits families wanting to place Christmas wreaths on the graves of their loved ones... more
Despite the snares of COVID-19, Cascade Band has continued to perform in, and win, competitions across the state this fall-even in those events held virtually. The Champion Band will culminate its success with a winter concert on January 8th in the Cascade High School theater... more
It’s no secret that Tennessee, like much of the nation, has experienced a shortage of skilled workers in recent years, with high demands for more nurses, computer technicians, welders and other technical fields. In an effort to encourage more children to consider one of these many careers, TBR – The College System of Tennessee has premiered an original children’s book, “Let’s Explore Technical Careers.”... more
Shelbyville Municipal Airport staff Lacy Cartwright and Richard Slattery welcome guests to visit the terminal and learn about how the airport serves this community. more
Simons Co. Elderberry came about officially in November 2020, but had been in the works for many months prior between local sisters-in-law and best friends Amber Simons and Nicole Simons. “We have been making this natural remedy for years for our families and each year, people are interested in purchasing for their households. We decided to finally take the leap to be able to share outside of our families, within our communities,” says Amber. ... more
Circle of Friends Christian Preschool Ms. Johnson’s and Ms. Emily’s 4-year-olds Dear Santa, My name is Sophia Sacilla and I want a Pepa Pig house, a Barbie Dream House, Hatchimals, a purple Elf On The Shelf, some snow, a unicorn toy and Peace on Earth... more
This is a letter from Dawn Rhodes, Bedford County Cancer Society Manager. I’d like to provide you with a timely update. Throughout this year, especially in the pandemic, the American Cancer Society has had to make tough decisions in light of a lower than expected, and needed, fundraising year. ... more
Christmas has gone to the cats and dogs. That is, there is a greater number of people including their companion animals into their seasonal gift buying. Staff at Middle Tennessee Spay and Neuter Clinic, 846 Union Street, note that their services make great Christmas gifts for pet owners. As well, monetary donations are greatly needed as the clinic, which offers reduced spay and neuter services to families in need... more
A famous evangelist said this week that this season, more so probably than ever, we don’t just “need a “little Christmas,” but “a lot” this year. While our homes may not be as active this holiday, due to the ongoing pandemic, smaller groups/families can still enjoy a safe and joyous event... more
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