Bedford County Emergency Medical Service
Lighting a tree, and a few faces
Christian Care Center of Bedford County was bustling with activities this week as they hosted different events to celebrate the holiday season. Cascade's Interact club stopped by Tuesday night to sing Christmas songs with the residents at the Center's "Lights for Love" tree lighting ceremony, which took place in conjunction with their open house...
Heritage named top performer
Heritage Medical Center has been named a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the nation's leading accreditor of health care organizations. The honor recognizes hospitals that excel at meeting the Commission's stringent measurements for exemplary patient care. This is the fourth time Heritage has earned the designation...
Coaches help students graduate
Bedford County Board of Education took a moment during its meeting Tuesday to remember a local legend. "I want to take a moment to remember a great man that this community lost this weekend," Chairwoman Amy Martin said of the late T-G sports and police editor Bo Melson. "He covered some of the most historical events of Bedford County."...
Kincaid's marks 80th anniversary
This week one of Shelbyville's longest running businesses will be celebrating its 80th anniversary. When Calvin Kincaid's father Earl Calvin Kincaid Sr. started his radio repair business in 1934, he aimed to do what he believed was "business the right way." It's a lesson that his son Calvin has tried to practice ever since...
Pinnacle sponsors Habitat
Habitat Ball committee members gratefully accept a Silver Sponsorship from Pinnacle Financial Partners. Pictured left to right are committee members Debbie Donegan, Mickey McLean, Sheri Heflin with Amanda McCullough and Jo Ann Fann of Pinnacle. Also accepting the donation is committee chairman Shelley Jones and other committee members Betsy Wheeler, Fay Womble, and Diane Whitwell. The Feb. 14 event benefits Bedford Builds Habitat for Humanity. (Submitted photo)
Habitat builds Bedford dreams
Two families are now homeowners thanks to Habitat for Humanity. Holly D'Amato and Robin Howard are moving into their new homes on Nutmeg Drive, homes that they never dreamed they could own. Bedford Builds Habitat for Humanity dedicated their homes on Nov. 6. D'Amato's pastor, Jay Pope, blessed her home, while pastor Don Jones blessed Howard's house. Pope, who helped build D'Amato's house, read from Psalm 127, which he said God gave him to read...
State Habitat receives THDA grant
Habitat for Humanity of Tennessee received a $500,000 grant from Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA) toward the construction of 30 homes statewide. The state Habitat supports the 50 Habitat affiliates serving 62 counties in Tennessee, including Bedford Builds Habitat for Humanity...
TVA helps add industries, jobs to Southeast
Aaron Stewart, a regional development specialist for the Tennessee Valley Authority, discussed TVA's role in economic development during a presentation Wednesday to the Leadership Bedford class at the Chamber of Commerce building on Cannon Boulevard...
Firefighter recruits to graduate today
State Fire Marshal Gary West was scheduled to deliver the commencement address this morning to the Recruit Firefighter class at the Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy on Unionville Deason Road. Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak was unable to attend the ceremony, but offered her encouragement and praise to the recruits...
Suit adds to urgency for new jail
The federal lawsuit against the county by a Bedford County Jail inmate has lent added urgency to the county's ongoing discussion of a new jail. "The biggest thing that's going on is, I'm being sued," Sheriff Austin Swing told Bedford County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday night...
Leadership hears leaders
Leadership Bedford members heard about a few of the issues facing local government on Wednesday. The class held a local government day at the Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce. The Times-Gazette's John I. Carney served as moderator. The discussion was held with Shelbyville mayor Wallace Cartwright and Anita Epperson, assistant to Bedford County Mayor Eugene Ray...
Prior to the start of Saturday's Veterans Day Parade, balloons were released in memory of Pfc. Cecil Harris. Harris, a Bedford County native who went missing in action while serving his country during World War II. Each balloon was sponsored in honor of a service member. Proceeds from the balloon sponsorships went to the Bedford County Cancer Foundation. Balloons may be tracked at http://bedfordcancerfoundation.com by clicking the contact tab. (T-G Photo by Sadie Fowler)
Moore County reunion in Shelbyville
Moore County High School class of 1957 celebrated its 57-year reunion Oct. 18 at Legends in Shelbyville. Members and guests attending were (front row, from left) Doris Sullenger, Marie Sanders, Marie Frizzell, Ruth Statum, (second row) Joyce Wiseman, Peggy Noblitt, Doris Powell, Virginia Branch, B.W. Wiseman, (back row) Jack Word, Thelma Word, Brenda Burton, Marvin Burton, Lynda Phillips, Gene Cunningham and Kenny Sullenger. (Submitted photo)
Habitat Ball prep begins
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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)
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
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
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
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
Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County Youths of the Month for June.
'Positive energy': UT coach praises Boys & Girls Club
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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...