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Reels of Memories

THE NEON invitation to entertainment and escape has stood for almost 75 years at the corner of Depot and North Brittain Streets. But on Wednesday, May 22, 1968, it shined brightest, announcing “The Sound of Music” would reopen the former Princess Theatre as The Capri....

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From the heart

From the heart

IMAGINE LIFE is a car, and our goal is to make it from one side of the country to the other. The only way to do that is by having a full tank of gas. What is the gas in our lives, as humans, that...

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Because caregivers need care, too

Because caregivers need care, too

SPENDING MOST, if not all, of your time with a loved one that can’t recognize their surroundings, forgets if they’ve eaten recently, or can’t remember your name can be more than overwhelming. It...

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Science, Stars, and Students

Science, Stars, and Students

TO SAY “the sky’s the limit” is to aim low in the world of Shelbyville native Billy Hix. While the concept of the internet did not exist when Hix was a fifth grader, he’d have had no problem...

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A Beautiful Scar

A Beautiful Scar

WHEN YOU see Terry and Joanne Theis, you’ll likely see them holding hands. Even from a distance, you sense the depth of their love for each other. It’s the picture of their loving relationship that...

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A Sweet Aroma

A Sweet Aroma

FOOD IS a universal love language… one that needs no words. Memories are made around the fellowship of the table where love, laughter, and a sense of belonging comingle with the sweet aroma of our...

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A Foundation of Agriculture and Faith

A Foundation of Agriculture and Faith

THEY’VE ALWAYS been a part of Judy Gambill’s life—agriculture and faith. Her commitment to serving her community is rooted in them. Gambill grew up in Franklin County and spent her childhood on the...

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Let’s Taco Bout it

Let’s Taco Bout it

WITH SO many options for Mexican restaurants, how do you stand out from the crowd? Birria pizza, quesadillas with Flaming Hot Cheetos, or elote in a cup sure will help to be unique. These are...

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History over and over again

History over and over again

I AM IN the middle of my third decade of life, and within the last two years, I’ve discovered something I always ignored: music from the midcentury. Life does not seem to be slowing down. Our...

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Filling prescriptions, not teeth

Filling prescriptions, not teeth

DAVID MCGEE always had a doctor’s kit in his toybox; medicine intrigued him. He applied to med school for a career in dentistry and pharmacy school as a backup. Pharmacy school answered first. Today...

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The Homecoming

The Homecoming

THE SET is iconic, the family known to those who planned their evenings by the TV Guide in the 70s. “Goodnight, John Boy” became a household phrase. It began as the 1972 movie, “The Homecoming: A...

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Heart, Hope, & Healing

Heart, Hope, & Healing

COFFEE FROM a favorite mug, their children’s hugs, and that exhausted feeling from a hard day’s work—all these little things were traded for soul-numbing choices leading to their incarceration. A...

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Driving Daddy

Driving Daddy

FOR OVER 35 years, Trena Tucker Cook stood behind the chair. Today, her appointment book is entirely cleared, making time for the most important things in her life—her family. Cook said, “Between...

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A special treat for someone sweet!

If I can dream

OUR COMMUNITY has a rich history. Businesses, people, and locations have created the foundation of who we are today. Each decade is a building block to our identity, creating a beautiful masterpiece...

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Reels of Memories

Reels of Memories

THE NEON invitation to entertainment and escape has stood for almost 75 years at the corner of Depot and North Brittain Streets. But on Wednesday, May 22, 1968, it shined brightest, announcing “The...

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Celebrating a Masterpiece

Celebrating a Masterpiece

LABOR DAY weekend 1974, Saturday, September 7. The city inhaled Celebration energy and exhaled excitement and anticipation. Nine days of hopefuls— present and future—had entered the ring, walked,...

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Connected for life

Connected for life

ON CHRISTMAS Day, in the early 70s, a truck driver drops coins into a truck stop pay phone while piling the rest of his change on the ledge below it. He’s anxious to hear his wife’s and children’s...

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We do recover

We do recover

“ I AM A child of the King that is recovered from drug addiction. This February, I’ll have 19 years of being free from methamphetamine and other drugs. God used this program to transform my entire...

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‘Just as you are’

FOR OVER 30 years, children’s television host Mister Rogers came into the homes of millions via our television sets and told each of us one of the most important things a person could say to us. “I...

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Care Comes Home

Care Comes Home

TWO WORDS strike fear and dread in our hearts. Cancer is number two. While number one is associated with it, it is no longer exclusive to it. Any number of conditions can lead to a call for it; the...

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More than books and Bibles

More than books and Bibles

FOR 14 years, he smiled back at customers from behind the meat coolers at Dial’s Supermarket, happy in his work there until the day he believes the Lord dropped the dream of a Christian bookstore...

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History over and over again

Tis the season

ALL I want for Christmas iiiiiiis…yoooooOOooooOOoouuuUUUuuu.” Can you hear it already? It’s that time of year once again. A time of year when a heated blanket feels like a hug. Every inch of the...

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Passing on the gift of music

Passing on the gift of music

AT AGE 35, Jim Wood left his native Williamson County. He resettled in Flat Creek, a bucolic village in the Southernmost part of Bedford County, to escape the gravitational pull of Music City. Jim...

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Never-ending stories

Never-ending stories

Like our lives, stories travel. Walk with Kyle Thomas on the worn path of a writer, but don’t dilly dally around, or he’ll run off and leave you. Envision the classic scene of a writer at an old...

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It’s what I do.

It’s what I do.

OPEN THE door of the Habitat Thrift Store just off Shelbyville’s square and expect to leave with a lighter heart and a smile on your face. Drop whatever is wearing on you outside their door; it’ll...

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Feed them, and they will come

Feed them, and they will come

ONE LOOK at bewildered faces in the grocery store as we shop reflects the struggle to afford groceries and life’s necessities. The roller coaster of unprecedented events of the past few years...

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Transported

Transported

Staring into the storefront windows; you’re a child again. Whether transported to your earliest Christmas mornings or into make-believe stories of days gone by, Phillips General Store in Bell Buckle...

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All American all the time

All American all the time

THROUGH THE years, I’ve seen this location under many identities, but my all-time favorite is Penalties Sports Bar and Grill. This isn’t your average sports bar, so don’t let the name fool you. I...

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Wine tasting on the square

Wine tasting on the square

SHELBYVILLE'S DOWNTOWN Wine Walk has become a fan-favorite event in Bedford County during the winter holiday season. At the event, attendees can sample and taste wines from local wineries and...

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Celebrating a Sweet Recovery

Celebrating a Sweet Recovery

“THE SWEETS baking wasn’t my passion to start,” local baker Cole Krieg said. He was passionate about livestock and farming – a family trait he acquired from his great-grandmother. He had gone to...

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Pretty old places

Pretty old places

AMY EDMISTON, creator of the digital scrapbook “Pretty Old Places”, invites you to pull up a rocking chair on the wraparound porch of the old homeplace where stories line the shiplap walls like...

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High Calling Ministries

High Calling Ministries

GANDHI SAID, “Be the change you want to see in this world.” Jasper Wilson, director of High Calling Ministries (HCM), his wife, Israel along with a team of staff and volunteers are living this...

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Warren Gill’s Compelling Story

Warren Gill’s Compelling Story

THE FORMER University of Tennessee (UT) professor, writer, and author Warren Gill grew up on the historic Greer-Gill farm in a small town outside of Petersburg. His grandfather bought the land in...

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It’s a Wonderful Life

It’s a Wonderful Life

DR. EDWARD Perryman is a nature lover and devout Christian with a humble spirit, and his story inspires many to pursue their dreams and live their lives to the fullest. Good News story writer Tina...

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For the Young and Young at Heart

For the Young and Young at Heart

NO SOONER than the door closes behind you, you know you’re somewhere special. A deep breath sweetens your lungs and your spirit. The stress and cares of the world are locked outside, the door...

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Come in and Sit a Spell

Come in and Sit a Spell

COFFEE SHOPS are a growing industry worldwide. Sitting down at a coffee shop is the most efficient way to catch up with friends and family, enjoy a nice cup of tea or coffee, get some work done...

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The Dessert you Deserve

The Dessert you Deserve

LOCATED IN the beautiful North Main Marketplace shopping center is the sweetest spot in Shelbyville filled with sugar, spice, and everything nice. Mouth of The South Bakery is the brainchild of...

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A special treat for someone sweet!

Go straight to the best

TAKE A deep breath and smell the aroma of lunch cooking in the kitchen. It was a very important meal. Jesus and the 12 stopped in to visit the home of Martha and Mary, in Bethany. Through the...

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History over and over again

Life’s short; eat dessert.

WE DUST off the artificial pumpkin decorations and pull orange and purple wreaths from storage. We pull out rakes and sweaters as the weather drops like the leaves do. The weather feels therapeutic...

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A special treat for someone sweet!

Wartrace’s Annual Horse Show

CASCADE HIGH School’s annual Wartrace Horse Show fundraiser, hosted on August 6, 2022, was a success. The show is special every year, but one thing that makes it incredibly unique this year is that...

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A special treat for someone sweet!

History in the making

YOU’RE RUNNING down the court as fans cheer in the stands, your teammate makes a pass as you enter inside the paint, and swish, the team’s leading scorer makes a layup, and that’s game. Siblings,...

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Time Travel – no charge

Time Travel – no charge

A FRESH-BREWED POT of coffee waits for you as you take butter from the fridge and add three thick pats to your favorite saucer. You slowly pour sorghum syrup over the butter, swirling them together,...

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A Sweet treat to Beat the Heat

A Sweet treat to Beat the Heat

GET ON Facebook and scroll for a while, and you’re likely to see a delicious post about the newest coffee, ice cream, and sweet shop in Shelbyville, JOS Fifteen Coffee. These instagram-worthy...

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There For Us and Each Other

There For Us and Each Other

IN A SEA of students, a beacon light anchors an ever-changing tide of teenage lives. Help is on the streets too. At night and in the early morning hours, another light is prepared to lend itself...

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Better Than He Found It

Better Than He Found It

911 IT’S A CALL we hope and pray we never have to make, yet we’re confident someone will come when we do. Answering those calls is the responsibility of our first responders, and we envision an army...

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Who’s watching you?

Who’s watching you?

NEVER UNDERESTIMATE your ability to influence the world around you for the better. Volunteer firefighter Richard Crick and his 16-year-old friend and Walmart co-worker often lunched together, eating...

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A special treat for someone sweet!

Someone Has Your Back

WHEN THE SMELL of warm caramel coffee lingers in the air of your vehicle on the way to work, you don’t have to think about watching your back. While not every driver on the road is aware of their...

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Always with her, no matter what.

Always with her, no matter what.

FAITH AND art have filled Marie Lane Madeiros’ heart for as long as she can remember, inseparable like muscle and marrow. Not one season of her life is without them. Her earliest art memories trace...

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Hope captured

Hope captured

IMAGINE A life with no hope for your child – no hope for education, to learn to read or write; no hope for growing into their dreams; no hope for what we would call a normal life. Imagine that...

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It’s Good To Be Back!

It’s Good To Be Back!

It’s finally here! Although the outside temperature argues for summer, your school spirit knows it’s fall. Tonight you’ve chosen shorts and flip-flops, but soon it will be flannel shirts, pants, and...

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Life on the Offensive Line

Life on the Offensive Line

RAPID GROWTH in any environment creates challenges. Adolescent rapid growth brings with it complications in healing from injuries, and repetitive sports-related injuries are a particular concern....

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Pigskin and Passion

Pigskin and Passion

LITTLE GUYS dressed out in pads and grass-stained uniforms dot the field. They pass, catch, run, and tackle with the fervor of professional football players, although clumsily at times. With sweat...

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The inside scoop on Dave-A-Palooza

The inside scoop on Dave-A-Palooza

THERE IS strength in numbers. Ask any member of Wartrace’s largest family, the Cataldo family, and they would confirm the saying as true. The family of 15 (13 children born to Don and Janet Cataldo)...

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Classrooms made of steel

Classrooms made of steel

THE CLASSROOM is like railroad tracks. Hard workers spent years, decades—centuries even—laying the groundwork for the trains to run smoothly from coast to coast. They’re strong. And they last for...

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Needing Room from the Boom

Needing Room from the Boom

THE SKY’S the limit for future pilots, and Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) and the Shelbyville Municipal Airport will play a vital role in the takeoff of their careers. Statista.com...

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So much more than teaching

DEFINING THE meaning of teacher requires more than Merriam-Webster; it takes a deeper look and a second glance. More than a job with a summer-long vacation, teachers are motivated by their love for...

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Cleaning up the duck

Cleaning up the duck

Did you know that right in our backyard is one of the most biologically diverse rivers in North America? Over 50 species of freshwater mussels, and 151 fish species reside in this precious water...

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Prepping for Back to School

IT MIGHT be one of the most exciting yet stressful times of the year, rivaling that of Christmas. It requires preparation, planning, logistics, time, and money. I’m almost sure there are military...

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Like a rock tossed into the water

SURROUNDED BY a sea of classmates, a student filled with potential may feel invisible or wish he could disappear. Another student’s highest aim might be to coast through school until graduation. One...

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A teacher and a builder

A teacher and a builder

RACHEL PORTER’S Learning Way Elementary School classroom doesn’t look like a construction site, but don’t trust your eyes. At first glance, it resembles the average preschool classroom. Cubbies...

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Creating success in the classroom

Creating success in the classroom

While walls define the space occupied by a class, the environment within empowers the learning inside. At Shelbyville Central High School (SCHS), teacher Tiffany Church makes sure her room’s...

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Where everybody knows your name

Where everybody knows your name

JENNIFER COOK’S family began investing early in her teaching career. It wasn’t the type of investment overseen by financial advisors, but it added up over the years and paid off for Cook and her...

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But, God

WITH THE first cup of steaming coffee in my hand and the stiffness still in my joints, I gently ease into my spot on the couch. A fresh, new day offers a blank page, although the to-do list in my...

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