Bedford County Emergency Medical Service
Jail lawsuit moved to federal court
A civil rights suit alleging a Bedford County Jail inmate was refused medicine last year has been moved to federal court. David Gifford II is demanding at least $1,950,000 in punitive and compensatory damages, claiming that he was hospitalized after being denied medication for his condition as a insulin-dependent diabetic...
Mathis admits guilt
The former director of the county's Emergency Communications District (ECD) pleaded guilty Tuesday to theft over $10,000, making restitution to the ECD. Cathey D. Mathis made the plea before senior judge and former Tennessee Attorney General Paul G. Summers. She was placed on three years unsupervised probation as part of her no contest plea. Summers also ruled Mathis was eligible for judicial diversion...
More lawsuits allege poor jail conditions
Another suit claiming overcrowding and cold food at Bedford County Jail has been filed against the county, several current officials and a former official. The handwritten federal civil rights suit was filed by Issac Scott Blanton and Bobby Jerome Merrell, who are currently housed in separate correctional facilities in Tennessee...
Stay alive and serve, firefighters urged
Firefighter safety was stressed at a seminar held Monday night at Shelbyville Central High School, attended by several dozen firefighters. Dewey V. Woody Jr. of Tennessee Emergency Management Agency presented the program, which was hosted by Bedford County Fire Department...
Fired jailer awarded $385K
A Bedford County jury has awarded a former corrections officer $385,000 in damages following a civil trial over her firing in 2012. The jury found that Virginia Lynn Hall was terminated from her position at Bedford County Jail in violation of the Tennessee Human Rights Act, awarding damages following a four-day civil trial last week...
Author, local native, to speak at meeting
Mary Jo Gunter Graham of Murfreesboro will be the guest speaker at the Multi-County Cancer Support meeting 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 2, at the group's offices, 110 East Lauderdale Street in Tullahoma. Graham grew up in Shelbyville and attended Middle Tennessee State University. She is the author of "When He Sends Redbirds: Walking Through Emotions as a Caregiver."...
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You are invited to attend an open house at the Boys and Girls Club of Bedford County. Oh, and bring some pencils and other school supplies. Youth Leadership Bedford is hosting an open house from 4-6 p.m. March 13 at the club. The goal is to increase the club's membership and people's awareness of the club, said one of the event organizers, Jennie Hill, a junior at Cascade High School...
Walking horse industry wins court fight, works to form new HIO
Stakeholders in the Tennessee walking horse industry are looking at what happens next now that a court threw out the U.S. Department of Agriculture's mandatory penalties for horses that were allegedly scarred. One of the next steps is the formation of a new horse industry organization (HIO)...
Ex-inmate files suit against county
A former Bedford County Jail inmate is demanding nearly $2 million in a civil rights suit alleging he was refused medicine while in custody last year, which he claims resulted in hospitalization. David Gifford II asks at least $1,950,000 in punitive and compensatory damages...
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United Way goals and initiatives
United Way of Bedford County partnered with Membership Services Corp. in May 2006 to distribute free prescription drug discount cards to assist families who otherwise could not afford much needed prescription drugs. The cards can reduce prescription drug costs by an average of 35 percent. ...
United Way: Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is United Way? here does the money go? The United Way is a local, comprehensive way to meet growing needs in Bedford County. Each United Way is a locally governed nonprofit organization directed by volunteers like you. The United Way of Bedford County operates five of its own programs that are focused on education, income, and health...
Farrar recalls United Way's early days
Ann Farrar was United Way of Bedford County's first staff person, joining the agency not long after it organized and guiding it for the first 15 years of its existence. Farrar recalled Bob Green of Shelbyville & Bedford County Chamber of Commerce and Dr. John Derryberry, United Way of Bedford County's first local board chair, both contacting her about the position. She'd been raising children prior to that...
Officials outline jail needs
Bedford County officials met with state jail officials on Tuesday night as part of the continuing discussion of the need for a new county jail. Jim Hart of the University of Tennessee County Technical Assistance Service is currently doing a study of the county's jail needs, while Bob Bass and Miller Meadows are with Tennessee Corrections Institute, the state agency that certifies local jails...
MTEC offers higher education in a hometown setting
Middle Tennessee Education Center has been growing, but still needs to get the word out about its course offerings, director Wayne Dillingham told the Leadership Bedford class on Wednesday. The class visited MTEC as part of its Education Day agenda. Some of the school stops had to be cancelled due to the closure of Bedford County public schools, which also meant that the Youth Leadership class wasn't able to participate in the tour either...
FCB earns top rating
First Community Bank recently learned it was again selected as a 5-Star rated Bank by BauerFinancial. This rating means the bank is one of the strongest in the nation excelling in areas of capital adequacy, profitability and asset quality. Banks are rated so that customers have the knowledge that their deposits are safe with their bank. Since 1983 BauerFinancial has been the leading independent bank and credit union rating firm...
E-911 part of suit over fees
Bedford County Emergency Communications District (E-911), along with districts from Blount, Bradley, Cheatham, Coffee, Hamilton, Knox and Roane counties, filed suit last week in U.S. District Court in Chattanooga against Windstream, a competitive local exchange provider of telephone services, claiming that the company has not remitted all of the 911 fees that were due to the plaintiffs...
Paramedic charged with stealing drugs
A former Marshall County paramedic has been charged with stealing drugs stored on ambulances. At the request of 17th District Attorney General Robert Carter, TBI agents began investigating Scott Smith, 38, of Belfast, a former employee of Marshall County Emergency Medical Service, on Nov. 19. A Marshall County grand jury charged Smith with one count of theft and one count of official misconduct Wednesday...
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...