Brian Mosely en-us Go Fund the Bookmobile The Shelbyville-Bedford County Library has set up a "gofundme" page to raise money for the bookmobile that went up in smoke last week. The page can be found here: Thu, 30 Jul 2015 08:33:57 -0500 About "Welcome to Shelbyville" As many of our readers are aware, in late 2007, I wrote a five part series about the impact that the introduction of Somali refugees were having on Bedford County. The stories focused on how the refugees got here, their traditions and beliefs, and took an honest look at the many cultural clashes that were taking place between the locals and the newcomers. The series provoked a huge controversy, along with much discussion and debate from members of our community. Then, in August 2008, the... Sat, 21 May 2011 17:01:07 -0500 Suspended for saying "no" to drugs If you wonder why more and more parents are homeschooling their children, this story on the completely blind stupidity of "zero tolerance" should explain some of it. Do administrators even think when they throw kids out of school for doing the right thing ... or is it just about enforcing the rules, no matter how foolish they are ... and ruining a child's future? Discuss. Fri, 05 Mar 2010 10:12:00 -0600 Anonymous tips ...and why many of them are anonymous This is a perfect end to the year. Just a little while ago, I got a call from a woman claiming that some serious abuse of horses was going on out at a farm here in the county. She told me that there was one horse lying dead in the field and others were being starved. I asked if she had called Bedford County Animal Control or the county's agriculture extension office about this claim. "NO! They won't do anything anyways!!!" I asked if she had informed law enforcement about these alleged... Thu, 31 Dec 2009 12:52:54 -0600 South bound Time to hit the road again. My byline will return to the pages of the T-G next week after my wife and I rest, recuperate and recharge. I've had this trip planned for months, and we had originally looked at going to Charleston, SC while we checked out the fall foliage along the way. However, the recent cold, wet and downright depressing weather inspired me to alter our destination to the place most likely to have temperatures over 80 degrees and no rain. That means Florida. That means... Tue, 20 Oct 2009 15:40:40 -0500 The rumor mill The rumor mill is getting way out of control, folks. Here at the T-G, we've had to come down with an iron fist as of late on those of you that simply can't take a hint and won't stop posting every little inflammatory rumor or story they hear either at the beauty shop, in line at Walmart, or within the dark recesses of their overripe skulls. For example, just a little while ago while on my rounds snooping about, I was stopped on the square by a person who had heard that the subject of one of... Thu, 15 Oct 2009 15:41:10 -0500 Dress code issue As anyone who visits this site is no doubt aware, the issue of school dress codes really sparks a debate. So, when I saw this story from ABC News this morning, I knew I had to share it with you. The new rules are so draconian, some say, that more than 150 high school students -- about 10 percent of the student body -- were suspended the second day of class alone. Dozens more were suspended in the following days, some more than once. Bell said she was shocked that her children were... Thu, 27 Aug 2009 08:17:43 -0500 Heading south again Well, it's that time of year again. You won't been seeing my byline during the coming week. My sweetie and I are loading up the car, tuning the XM radio to Maragritavile and hitting the road today to points south. Before that, we'll gathering with family for a brief ceremonial incantation, followed by a one night stay at a famous Chattanooga landmark and then we'll be heading down to Panama City Beach for the rest of the honeymoon. Oh, yeah. Did I mention mention we're getting married... Sun, 31 May 2009 06:28:23 -0500 So much for my car I picked a great day to get sick. After finishing stories for Friday's paper last night, the symptoms kicked in, so I took an Ibuprofen and hit the sack. However, I felt much worse upon rising this morning, so after I got things done at work, I took the rest of the day off and came home. Then, a little after 2 p.m., the storm system rolled through Tullahoma. It started getting wild, so I got off the couch, picked up my Flip video camera and started shooting out my front... Fri, 10 Apr 2009 17:45:46 -0500 Apparently, enough WAS enough... Back in November, I blogged about the use of classic rock hits as background tunes in a post titled: "Muzak.... when is enough, enough?" Well, I just got my answer Music and entertainment company Muzak Holdings LLC, which is known for providing background music in stores and hotels, said on Tuesday that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection to restructure its debt. In documents filed with a U.S. bankruptcy court, the Fort Mill, South Carolina-based company listed assets in the... Thu, 12 Feb 2009 13:10:46 -0600 Oh deer ...again. I was lucky this time. Just about 10 minutes ago, coming into Shelbyville via Hwy. 130, I spotted a four point buck standing on the side of the road. I slammed on my brakes as it began to sprint across the road, but the damp highway caused me to keep sliding right into the poor beast. Wham. However, there was no damage this time and the young fellow ran off. As I posted before: according to the Pittsburg Kansas Morning Star, "the high season for car crashes with deer runs from... Thu, 04 Dec 2008 08:19:54 -0600 Muzak.... when is enough, enough? The other day, I was having a quick lunch a local restaurant, when unfortunately, I began to notice the background music, which typically consists of either jazzed up or orchestral versions of classic rock tunes. Normally, I try to tune this out, seeing how annoying some of this stuff can be for an old rock and roll fan. But this was just too much. Someone had actually recorded a Muzak version (also known to many as elevator music) of the Scorpions' 1990 hit "Winds of Change." Which leads... Tue, 18 Nov 2008 14:31:26 -0600 Change that your kids will HAVE to believe inÂ… Well, we're starting to see what kind of "change" that many of you folks voted for last week. This is from a new government website called, where you get to see what your new president has planned for you and your children. From America Serves: "When you choose to serve -- whether it's your nation, your community or simply your neighborhood -- you are connected to that fundamental American ideal that we want life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness not just for... Fri, 07 Nov 2008 13:04:07 -0600 Vacation time again Well, it's time once again to take a break and relax. My beat will fall to others next week while I recharge. There will be a day or so spent in North Carolina and the general area with my ladyfriend. I'll be keeping an sharp eye out for bears as well as those kamikaze deer that I seem to attract. My birthday is also next Thursday, so that should prove to be fun. See you on the 27th. Fri, 17 Oct 2008 09:54:54 -0500 Your questions This is a note to the many readers who send us questions via our "Respond to editor" link at the top of our stories on the T-G website. It is very important that you at least give us an e-mail address to respond to when you have a question. Recently, I've been unable to answer questions raised about stories because there is no reply address. I'm not ignoring you - I just don't know who to sent the answer to. The latest reader really wanted to know about a court case and wants to keep... Thu, 16 Oct 2008 11:05:30 -0500 Oh deer... Everyone needs to keep a sharp eye out while driving over the next few months. While on the way into work this morning, I encountered a group of young deer sprinting across the road at the golf course on Highway 130. A group of the beasts ran in front of me as I came to a stop. I came very close to running into two of them. But I could do nothing about the one that threw itself full force into my driver's side back door. John Doe got up and ran off. A woman that was traveling in the... Wed, 15 Oct 2008 16:26:40 -0500 A timely movie review I've been feeling really under the weather this weekend and thought that I was well enough to work Monday, but the immediate rejection of lunch put that notion to rest. So it's back to bed for me. But lying around watching the constant sordid flow of political and financial news would likely make things worse, so instead, I grabbed a handful of used DVD's I bought last Christmas that I never got around to viewing, and hit the hay. It turns out that one of these disks is a critically... Mon, 06 Oct 2008 20:00:16 -0500 About that Labor Day story... Last December, while I was researching my series about the Somali refugees that have moved to Shelbyville over the past few years, I received an unsolicited call from an enraged employee at the Tyson Foods plant. "THEY'RE TAKING AWAY LABOR DAY!!!" she screamed."They're giving the Somalis some day at the end of their Ramadan," the lady told me. "WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT! THIS IS AMERICA!" I told her that it was ironic she should call about the refugees, since I was right in the middle... Sun, 03 Aug 2008 14:25:41 -0500 Thanks As it was noted yesterday, my fellow co-workers and I picked up a variety of awards this weekend from the Tennessee Press Association and the Associated Press, which included the Malcolm Law Award for Investigative Journalism for my series about Somalis in Shelbyville. I'd like to thank the T-G and acting editor John Carney for giving me the time to work on the series last December. I'd also would like to extend thanks to all those readers who supported me during that time of vicious criticism... Tue, 22 Jul 2008 08:56:16 -0500 Bad words or bad ideas? I'm trying wrap my head around this one and maybe our readers can help me sort this out. Last night, I was kicking back looking at the Yahoo wire and noticed two things. For the top entertainment story, there was the new flap about comments that radio shock jock Don Imus made yesterday. In case, you haven't heard, the AP reported that: During an on-air conversation Monday about the arrests of suspended Dallas Cowboys cornerback Adam Jones, Imus asked, "What color is he?" Told by sports... Tue, 24 Jun 2008 10:30:01 -0500