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Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

Bedford County Emergency Medical Service

Habitat Ball prep begins (10/19/14)
Tyson Foods, Inc. is a Silver Sponsor of the 2015 Habitat Ball to be held on Feb. 14, 2015. Committee members accepting their donation are Sheri Heflin, Shelley Jones, Tyson Complex HR Manager Robert Solano, Mickey McLean, and Linda Brown. The annual Habitat Ball is the major fundraiser for Bedford Builds Habitat for Humanity. (Submitted photo)
Sheriff's department official fired (10/07/14)
A high-ranking officer in Bedford County Sheriff's Department was dismissed over the weekend following an accusation of shoplifting. John Owens, who joined the department as a lieutenant when Austin Swing took over as sheriff on Sept. 1, allegedly attempted to take a computer mouse without paying from the Shelbyville Walmart on Saturday....
Pink rack fights cancer (10/03/14)
Times-Gazette Circulation Director Olene Standfield helps Chamber President Tonya Davis, left, find the merchant coupon in her newspaper Thursday during Business After Hours hosted by Shelbyville Automotive with Bedford Cancer Foundation. The Times-Gazette collected donations for the foundation through the use of its Pink Rack; people bought a newspaper from the rack by making a donation to the foundation. Local merchants had donated gift cards, which were placed in the newspapers...
Library booked for Crafty Saturdays (10/02/14)
Argie Cooper Public Library is getting crafty in its outreach to customers. The library will hold "Crafty Saturdays" on the second Saturday of each month (except during December, which will be the first Saturday). Class times will be at 10:30 a.m. The series is part of an effort by the library to expand its outreach of programs to adults and teens, said Margaret L. Petty, circulation and technology specialist...
Billy Hicks to retire from First Community (10/01/14)
After decades of serving First Community Bank in various capacities for decades, Billy Hicks recently announced his retirement from the local bank. First Community Bank will host a reception in Hicks' honor Wednesday, Oct. 8 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the bank's Community Room. Customers are asked to enter the bank through the patio door in the back of the bank...
Fun mix: Work, pleasure, giving (09/30/14)
On Thursday you can network with business owners and others and learn more about a charity that supports cancer patients in Bedford County. The Bedford Cancer Foundation will hold a Chamber Business After Hours to inform people about the organization's charitable work. Shelbyville Automotive is hosting the event on the charity's behalf -- franchise co-owner Jack Pirtle is a board member of the foundation...
Water: Yes or No? Adequate flow for industrial park debated (09/19/14)
A letter from the Bedford County Utility District (BCUD) to the city of Shelbyville says there is enough water flow for fire protection at the site of a proposed industrial park. But the test results submitted to city officials dealing with the service questions are a little over five years old...
Bedford Lake good place to go fish (09/19/14)
In Bedford County, about 14 miles east of Wartrace and Shelbyville is a small but real gem of a lake. The Coy Gaither Bedford Lake is only 47 acres in size, but anglers and others have been enjoying its offerings for over three-quarters of a century. Its rich history and fishing lore has enamored several generations of Tennesseans...
Security upgrades for rural schools approved (09/17/14)
The second phase of school security upgrades was approved Tuesday. The Bedford County Board of Education approved a $75,168.33 capital outlay for electronic upgrades to elementary schools in the unincorporated portions of the county. Phase I was carried out last year at elementary schools inside the city limits...
Local EMA officer recognized (09/17/14)
Tammy Anderson, plans and operations officer for Bedford County Emergency Management Agency, was one of the two people recognized by Tennessee Office of Homeland Security from District 6, composed of Bedford, Moore, Lincoln, Coffee, Franklin, and Coffee counties. The office holds a recognition ceremony each year on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks; this year's ceremony was held last Thursday at the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville. Two public safety professionals are nominated from each district to be recognized. The honorees represent a variety of emergency service agencies, such as fire protection, law enforcement, communications, emergency medical service and emergency management. Anderson was selected for her management of and work with the county schools disaster response/safety enhancement program and the unique church storm shelter program. Anderson is seen receiving her award from State Sen. Becky Massey and State Rep. Ryan Haynes. (Submitted photo)
Food helps save lives at Firehouse BBQ (09/16/14)
Organizers estimated that the Firehouse Barbecue drew a capacity crowd of approximately 350 on Monday. "We hope to make a lot of money for life-saving devices," said Dawn Holley, chairwoman of the Firehouse Barbecue Committee at the Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce...
Answers awaited on water (09/12/14)
A resolution that would provide a plan of services for a proposed industrial park has been deferred until October over concerns about adequate water. Shelbyville's city council has been discussing annexing 88 acres on Frank Martin Road, along with providing fire and water services...
A celebration of giving: United Way thanks supporters (09/12/14)
United Way of Bedford County held its annual kickoff and appreciation luncheon on Thursday at H.V. Griffin Park. "This is a celebration," said United Way executive director Dawn Holley. The annual event serves several purposes. It's a wrapup luncheon for "Day of Caring" volunteer projects which took place Thursday morning, or earlier in the week. ...
Firehouse Barbecue tickets in hot demand (09/12/14)
A limited number of tickets are available for Monday's Firehouse Barbecue, organizers say. Just under 100 tickets remained as of Thursday afternoon, said Stephanie Crosslin, director of member services and development for the Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce...
MTSU assists in creating emergency communication center (09/10/14)
Middle Tennessee State University has provided its expertise and resources to aid the creation of an emergency communications center that the State of Tennessee could use to inform the public and media during a state or local disaster or crisis. The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency unveiled the Multi-Agency Joint Information Center, or MAJIC, during a news conference Monday to kickoff National Preparedness Month at the Tennessee Department of Military-TEMA headquarters on Sidco Drive in Nashville.. ...
A day of honor and remembrance (09/09/14)
Each year, a ceremony of honor and remembrance is held at the Tennessee Fallen Firefighter Memorial, on the campus of Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy on Unionville Deason Road. New names are added to the memorial plaques, and friends and family place roses on those plaques as the names are called out, solemnly, each name accompanied by the ringing of a bell...
Raise your hand and help kids (09/03/14)
United Way of Bedford County is again seeking volunteers for the "Raise Your Hand Tennessee" program, which places volunteers in local schools for an hour a week to help children with reading. Volunteers can work one-on-one with a child, or they can work with small or large groups, depending on the preference they express when signing up for the program. The weekly appointment can be set up to fit the volunteer's schedule. All participants must agree to a background check...
Area man named to Most Wanted list (08/21/14)
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has a new addition to the state's Top Ten Most Wanted list, Edward William Tarras, Jr. of La Vergne. Tarras, 39, is wanted by the Smyrna Police Department and the TBI after failing to appear in court last Friday, where he faced almost two dozen sex-related charges...
Reward Schools to be named (08/20/14)
The state will release the names of two or three local Reward Schools on Thursday, Superintendent Don Embry says. Reward Schools are those the Tennessee Department of Education identifies annually as having the highest overall performance or growth...
Painting memorializes Nance (08/14/14)
Tom Nance died in 2007 at the young age of 39, shocking the community and many who had known the amiable third-generation attorney and family man, who served as Chamber of Commerce president in 1996. Mary Morton, Nance's mother, donated a 2006 painting of the Bedford County Courthouse to the county Tuesday night, so that it can be hung at the courthouse in Nance's memory. The painting is by artist Gwen Pedigo, who's also painted the Rutherford County courthouse...
Meet and Greet (08/13/14)
The Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce's board of directors held a Meet 'N Greet Tuesday at First Community Bank. Tonya Davis, president of the Chamber's board, speaks with Debbie Bynum of HG Staffing. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Stuffing the Bus (07/31/14)
Volunteers were helping to "Stuff the School Bus" in front of Regions Bank Wednesday, collecting school supplies that will be distributed to 14 of the county's schools. From left: United Way executive director Dawn Holley, Vickie Hull of Regions Bank and Dusty Sewell. Other collection boxes are set up at a number of local business. (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
Eggs-actly perfect! (07/31/14)
Gayle Morgan has her eye on the prize as she tracks an egg that had been thrown to her during Wednesday's egg toss competition at the Bedford County Fair. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Intensive inspection (07/29/14)
Donna Elliott takes a close look at an entry in the canned goods competition at the Bedford County Fair on Monday. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Stuff the School Bus returns (07/25/14)
United Way of Bedford County's annual "Stuff the School Bus" collection drive is now underway; drop-boxes have been placed at participating local businesses. School supplies are being sought and are distributed to the 14 schools serving Bedford County children. For more information, call 684-6685. (Submitted photo)
Fun at the Fair: Activity begins at end of month (07/11/14)
The 17th annual Bedford County Fair will start soon -- Monday, July 28, to be exact. The fair runs from July 28-Aug. 2. The Fairest of the Fair pageants will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at Shelbyville Central High School. Home economics/agriculture exhibits will be received the day before the fair, on Sunday, June 27, from 1-5 p.m. Judging takes place Monday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m...
FCB is new sponsor of Celebration (07/11/14)
First Community Bank of Bedford County has agreed to become the premier sponsor for the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration from Aug. 20-30. The first Saturday night of the 2014 event will be First Community Bank of Bedford County Night, according to a press release...
Youths of the month (07/09/14)
Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County Youths of the Month for June.
'Positive energy': UT coach praises Boys & Girls Club (06/20/14)
University of Tennessee fans, many decked out in orange and white, turned out by the hundreds for the chance to see and meet Volunteer head football coach Butch Jones Thursday night -- but the true purpose of the event was to honor and support the Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County...
Day of Action brings reading to nature (06/17/14)
United Way of Bedford County and Argie Cooper Public Library will host their annual Day of Action Friday from 9-10 a.m. at H.V. Griffin Park and encourage kids to come out and attend the free event. The theme is "Reading in Nature," and United Way executive director Dawn Holley said the suggested age range would be about 5 to 10 years old...
Tough? Prove it! Adventure 5K returns (06/04/14)
It's that time of year for a fun race for runners of all levels. The annual Fired Up 'N Fit 5K Adventure Challenge will be held this Saturday at the Tennessee Fire & Codes Academy. The race benefits the United Way of Bedford County and the Fallen Firefighters Fund...
Youth grow by helping needy (05/27/14)
Youth Leadership Bedford's 2014 class is fighting hunger by planting a garden. The high school juniors planted a community vegetable garden Thursday behind First Church of the Nazarene. Both the adult and youth Leadership Bedford classes each year carry out a project. The garden is this year's youth project, said advisor Jennifer Templeton...
Menu: Steak, chicken... and football (05/20/14)
University of Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones will be coming to Shelbyville Thursday, June 19, for the annual Steak & Chicken fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County. The fifth annual Steak & Chicken dinner gives UT supporters and Boys & Girls Club supporters alike to hear Jones' plan to return the Volunteers to prominence and to support a good cause at the same time...
Taylor enters race for county clerk (04/23/14)
Leesa Taylor has announced her candidacy for Bedford County Clerk as an independent candidate in the Aug. 7 general election. Taylor has worked for Bedford County for 25 years. She is currently a teacher at Shelbyville Central High School and has taught in Bedford County for 14 years...
Leaders in training at the TCAT (04/20/14)
Leadership Bedford Class of 2014 completed the second session of its Workforce Readiness Class that it taught at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Shelbyville. Receiving certificates of completion were Jamie Carpenter, James Thomas, Adrian Harvey, Janet Smith, Courtney Dixon, Joyce James and Sara Basern...
Heflin seeks 5th district county commission seat (04/06/14)
Chuck Heflin has announced his candidacy for a fifth district seat on Bedford County Board of Commissioners in the May 6 Republican primary. He is the production and operations manager at Worlds of Games L.L.C. For the past 22 years he has overseen the daily operations including research, product design, production control, purchasing and customer service...
Horse community fights cancer (04/04/14)
The Tennessee Walking Horse community is stepping up again to help local cancer patients. The annual Walking for Cancer Horse Show will be held on Saturday, April 12 at Bedford County Agriculture Center on Midland Road. The show is the largest fundraiser for The Bedford County Cancer Foundation, an independent organization that provides financial assistance to patients in Bedford County...
Unpaid tax calls aren't from IRS (03/25/14)
Taxpayers have sent more than $1 million to individuals falsely claiming to represent the Internal Revenue Service. officials say. "This is the largest scam of its kind that we have ever seen," said J. Russell George, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. George noted that TIGTA has received reports of over 20,000 contacts and has become aware of thousands of victims...
You, too, can become a leader (03/25/14)
Applications are being accepted for the Leadership Bedford Class of 2015. The program, sponsored by the Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce, begins each fall and participants graduate the following spring. The deadline for this year's applications, for youths and adults, is April 15. A $400 membership fee for adults helps defer expenses of the training and education...
Youth step out for Kick Butts Day (03/21/14)
Bedford County youngsters from the Boys & Girls Club joined thousands of peers across the country to take part in Kick Butts Day March 19. The national day of activism empowers children and teenagers to be leaders in efforts to stop youth tobacco use...
Sunday Conversation: Graham reflects on past, future as he changes careers (03/16/14)
At the end of last month, Chad Graham left his position as director of Bedford County Emergency Medical Services, a position he'd held since 1997, to take a position administering a private medical practice. He had been full-time with BCEMS since 1991...
Sunday Conversation: Holley is active in many areas of the county (03/09/14)
Dawn Holley is a previous Sunday Conversation subject, but she's involved in so many aspects of the community that it's appropriate to check in with her again. T-G contributor Micky Pietkiewicz asked the questions. Holley's day job is as executive director of United Way of Bedford County, but she's also active in other organizations and programs as a volunteer -- from Shelbyville Rotary Club to the annual Nashville Symphony concert in Shelbyville, for which she's a long-time chair of the local organizing committee. ...
Boyce seeks re-election as sheriff (03/02/14)
Randall Boyce has announced his candidacy for re-election as Bedford County Sheriff in the May 6 Democratic primary. Boyce was first elected sheriff in 2006 and re-elected in 2010. He is an active member of Tennessee Sheriff's Association. A Bedford County native, he lives in Shelbyville with his wife Janet. ...
Gallagher seeks re-election to District 1 commission seat (02/23/14)
Don Gallagher has announced his candidacy for reelection as a District 1 member of Bedford County Board of Commissioners in the Aug. 5 general election. Gallagher was appointed by the full Commission in March 2011 to fill the vacancy created by the death of Commissioner Phillip Vincent. He was then elected in the 2012 general election to complete Vincent's term...
Graham will resign as EMS director (02/21/14)
Chad Graham has announced that he will resign as director of Bedford County Emergency Medical Services, a position he's held since 1997, at the end of this month in order to take a position as administrator for a local medical practice. Graham had been full-time with BCEMS since 1991...
New tech contracts save county money (02/19/14)
Bedford County Board of Education approved three technology contracts Tuesday. The board voted to renew a three-year contract with Pearson School Systems to continue using PowerSchool, a student data management system. The school system has been hosting the program on its own servers, but will switch to state servers, said Terise Rhodes, student management supervisor...
Judge appointed in Hord case (02/07/14)
Tennessee's supreme court has appointed a special judge to hear charges against a former Bedford County detective. Senior judge Don R. Ash of Murfreesboro will hear the case against Rebecca Hord, 58, of Shelbyville, who was charged in December with theft over $10,000, official misconduct and four counts of forgery...
Suit vs. local officials dismissed (02/06/14)
A federal suit filed in 2012 against Bedford County Sheriff's Department and several others has been dismissed with prejudice. Brian Keith Milstead had filed a complaint for violation of civil rights against the sheriff's department, retired Circuit Court Judge Robert Crigler, public defenders Andrew Jackson Dearing III and Donna Hargrove, assistant district attorneys Mike Randles and Ann Lacy Filer, along with April Hernandez...
Good eats for good grades (02/02/14)
Last week, the Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County celebrated members who made the A/B Honor Roll with a pizza party sponsored by Pizza Hut. "We want to congratulate all of these children for their achievements," said club director Roger Harrell. "We would also like to say a special thanks to Pizza Hut for this special treat."...
Presenting... You! It isn't really hard (01/30/14)
When the 2013-2014 class of Leadership Bedford held a local government forum last November, several speakers mentioned the importance of education to economic development. But Bryan Nerren, the class president, says he believes it's a misunderstanding to think that the county has an education problem. He says many of the 1,600 Bedford County residents who can't find work have a different problem...