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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Bedford County Emergency Medical Service

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...
Warren admits thefts from vets (01/24/14)
Gordon Warren, Bedford County's former veterans service officer, pleaded guilty Thursday to theft of funds from the United Veterans Council and the American Legion. Criminal information was submitted to Circuit Court Judge Forest Durard, bypassing the grand jury, and Warren waived his right to go through that process...
Hunger in Bedford County: Many students lack food (01/23/14)
More students' backpacks these days are carrying food in addition to books. The food is meant to tide them over during weekends and holidays when they do not have access to school meals. The numbers are growing, and the need is great. Twenty-eight percent of Bedford County children are deemed to be "food insecure," according to the U.S. ...
Leadership Bedford takes tour of schools (01/23/14)
Leadership Bedford Class of 2014 enjoyed education class day on Jan. 15. The class visited the Bedford County Board of Education central office and received a presentation from Karen Scoggins, assistant superintendent. They visited the Adult Learning Center, and later were given a tour of Harris Middle School by the principal, Josh Young. ...
Thomas enters race for County Clerk (01/15/14)
Donna Thomas of Shelbyville has announced her candidacy for election as Bedford County Clerk in the May 6 Democratic primary. Thomas served as the Executive Director of First Choice Pregnancy Counseling Center for four years. Prior to that, she was employed with Jostens for almost 20 years as a production supervisor and customer service representative. Throughout her career she has undergone extensive training in leadership and administration...
Ten arrested at checkpoint (01/08/14)
Ten persons were arrested in a DUI saturation checkpoint held for six years New Year's Eve and early New Year's Day by the Bedford County Sheriff's Department. One person was charged with fifth offense DUI and two for simple possession, Chief Deputy David Williams Jr. said. The checkpoint was held from 10 p.m.-4 a.m...
Habitat sponsor (01/03/14)
Craig & Wheeler is a sponsor of the 2014 Habitat For Humanity Ball. From left are: Ball committee members Debbie Donegan and Diane Whitwell, and Belinda and David Craig of Craig & Wheeler. (Submitted photo)
Interim veterans officer gets nod for permanent position (12/20/13)
Bedford County Board of Commissioners' rules and legislative committee has recommended that interim veterans service officer Bill Tipps be hired permanently. "Mr. Tipps has been very accountable," said County Mayor Eugene Ray. "He's been doing a very good job." The Veterans Service Council, representing local veterans organizations, has also recommended Tipps' appointment...
Teacher licensure plan draws fire (12/17/13)
Bedford County Board of Education may join a statewide chorus of educators' voices in opposing the use of a certain measurement in approving teacher licensure. The Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS) is a measurement of how much a student grows from year to year. The system is controversial for some educators because they say it is too complex to understand, among other issues...
Arts advocate to step down as Fly director (12/13/13)
Janice Cole will retire at the end of the year after 12 1/2 years as director of The Fly Arts Center. Bedford County Arts Council is switching to a volunteer model for the facility's operation. In 2001, Bedford County Arts Council began discussing the need for an employee to manage the facility. Cole, a four-year member of the Arts Council who had previously been employed by Arnold Engineering Development Complex near Tullahoma, applied for and got the job...
2 possible jail sites eliminated (12/11/13)
Bedford County Board of Commissioners' courthouse and county property committee continued its discussion of possible jail sites on Tuesday, eliminating two of the nine remaining sites from consideration. The committee held a special called meeting Tuesday night prior to the meeting of the full commission; the committee was only able to make its way through six of the nine short-list sites before it had to adjourn in time for the commission meeting...
Harton names new COO (12/11/13)
Harton Regional Medical Center announced today that Trevor Castaneda has been named as the new chief operating officer. Castaneda comes to Harton Regional from Williamson Memorial Hospital in Williamson, W. Va., where he served as interim chief executive officer...
Sanders sues city over disputed land (11/20/13)
A man who bought property from Shelbyville in 1995 only to learn over a decade later that it was owned by the railroad has followed through with his threat to file a lawsuit. Last Friday, Bobby Sanders filed a complaint in Chancery Court against Shelbyville, the county and the Bedford County Railroad Authority, asking to be declared sole owner of the property in question on East Lane Street, and that the title to the land "be quieted fully and forever" against all claims from any and all parties.. ...
Seniors learn how to combat sleep disorders (11/20/13)
As the Harton Regional Medical Center Senior Extra attendees enjoyed a box lunch prepared by the HRMC / Morrison dietary department, they anxiously awaited the beginning of the November program...
Former ECD director indicted on theft charges (11/19/13)
The former director of the county's Emergency Communications District has been indicted on theft charges. Cathey D. Mathis was charged with theft of property over $10,000 by direct indictment following an investigation by the Coffee County District Attorney's Office...
Fire Academy graduates fall class (11/17/13)
Austin Bruce of the Normandy Volunteer Fire Department was one of 18 firefighters from across the state graduating Friday from the fall recruit class at the Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy on Unionville-Deason Road. Located on 330 acres in northern Bedford County, this state-of-the-art training facility has been a "home away from home" for the recruits during the 10-week class...
Mayors speak out on issues (11/14/13)
Leadership Bedford members got to hear about a few of the issues facing local government on Wednesday. The class held a local government day at the Shelbyville-Bedford Chamber of Commerce. John Carney, city editor of the Times-Gazette, acted as moderator of the panel discussion between three mayors: Wallace Cartwright of Shelbyville, Eugene Ray of Bedford County and Dennis Webb of Bell Buckle...
Home insurance rates may fall (11/07/13)
Many rural Bedford County residents may eventually see a decrease in their homeowners' insurance premiums due to a much-more-favorable rating given to fire protection in the areas served by Bedford County Fire Department. The New Jersey-based Insurance Services Office, which rates the quality of fire protection at various locations throughout the U.S., has confirmed that some areas of the rural county will be jumping from an ISO rating of 9 to a much-better rating of 5, effective Feb. 1, 2014...
Helpful relief at stressful time (11/06/13)
"They really helped me," a Unionville man says of the Bedford Cancer Foundation. Jerry Deason's life came to a halt when he was diagnosed with sarcoma on his right hip. He worked for more than 20 years in the asphalt industry and was running a plant. His wife is legally blind, and when he became sick, he feared losing his home...
Roofing promotion helps many (10/30/13)
Professional Roofing Contractors recently used Facebook to give away a new roof to an Alabama woman, helping United Way in the process. Facebook fans of the Shelbyville company nominated themselves or friends at www.facebook.com/professionalroofingcontractors, with many entries received from homeowners in middle Tennessee and northern Alabama, the areas which the firm serves...
Cancer Foundation donation (10/30/13)
Bedford Vision makes a $2,285 donation to Bedford County Cancer Foundation. Front row, from left: Jennifer Damron, Jo Ann Fann, Becky Young, Dr. Kathy Shamblin and Pam Ingraham. Back row: Kelly Harris, Bobbie Carver, Iris Shumann and Cathy Mercer. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Railroad funds on the line (10/24/13)
A lawsuit that major railroad companies won against the State of Tennessee puts short-line railroads like the Walking Horse & Eastern at risk, members of Bedford Railroad Authority were told on Wednesday. Some 21 years ago, according to engineer Patrick Conyers, a percentage sales tax on diesel fuel was enacted by the state on railroads. ...
Committee: Shelter dogs have sniffles (10/18/13)
Bedford County Board of Commissioners' law enforcement committee, meeting Tuesday night, discussed a health report of animals which had been accepted from Bedford County Animal Control by the Rescue Waggin' program. The program, a part of PetSmart Charities, takes shelter animals from parts of the country where they are in excess and transports them to other parts of the country where they can be more easily placed in homes...
Nashville Rocks... and fights cancer (10/18/13)
Country music, horses and cancer benefits keep Alena Nicholson busy. Nicholson was up all night Wednesday with a sick horse, but that did not stop her from continuing to plan the Nashville Rocks Bedford County concert, which will be held Saturday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. at Calsonic Arena. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Bedford County Cancer Foundation...