Further drainage studies in plans for Fairground Heights
The Shelbyville City Council is spending $4,750 to study stormwater drainage along Fairground Heights.The council approved a motion Thursday to hire Griggs & Maloney engineers to study the issue first raised last week by Fred Horn, owner of Shelbyville Self Storage. Horn, who said he is a retired engineer, made a verbal agreement with the city last week to pay $12,000 toward fixing the drainage system under his business so he can sell the property...
Holiday encore: 'A Celebration Christmas' returns
Last year's inaugural "A Celebration Christmas" drew more than 2,500 visitors, which Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration CEO Mike Inman said made it instantly one of the top local holiday activities. "I would think that had to be either the largest or the second largest, behind only the parade, in attendance," said Inman earlier this fall...
Charities make Christmas merry
There are a number of local charitable drives going on this month to provide a Merry Christmas to people in need. Those include: l U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots. The program has the following locations as toy drop-off points: Corner Cleaners; Walgreens; First Community Bank; Shelbyville Power, Water & Sewerage; Cooper Steel; Century Mold; Big G Express; Arby's; and Dollar General on Madison Street...
Webb employee endowed with chair
A local resident was one of two faculty members at The Webb School who were honored with endowed chairs. Raymond Pryor of Wartrace, director of technology, was presented the W. Bryant Woosley Sr. Chair of Technology. "This is a special day in the rich history of The Webb School. ...
Drugs found in car during traffic stop
A man allegedly transporting pills for resale was charged after an initial charge of not wearing a seat belt Wednesday. James Brady Timberlake, 20, of Hickory Hill Road allegedly admitted trading marijuana for pills. Sixteen oxycodone pills. 24 morphine tablets and cut off straws containing residue were found in his car, deputy Ramon Castillo's report said...
City, county ready for snow
As the weather starts to get colder, both Shelbyville and Bedford County say they're well prepared for keeping the roads clear of snow and ice. "We are in good shape," said Eric Pierce of Shelbyville Public Works, with 200 tons of road salt on site...
Nearby jail loses status
Tennessee Corrections Institute's decision on Wednesday to decertify the Rutherford County jail hits close to home, as Bedford County officials work to avoid a similar fate here. Bedford County Mayor Eugene Ray said decertification is a crisis for any county...
Getting creative for funding: Non-profits seek new sources of income
Several non-profit organizations report facing revenue challenges but also are embracing opportunities to find new sources of income. The Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library is making changes to its fees and cutting back on periodicals to offset its economic challenges, board chair Lynn Hulan said...
Celebrating 90 years
Nearly 100 friends and family members joined Lila Cartwright as she celebrated her 90th birthday Nov. 12 at Shelbyville Recreation Center. Pictured with her are all three of her children, Karen Smotherman, Kenny Cartwright, and Kathy Philyaw and other family members. Several members of her Shelbyville Central High School class of 1945 were also in attendance. (Submitted photo)
Webb student, staffer support 'Wreaths Across America'
Tim Estes, organizer of the local Wreaths Across America affiliate group, has clarified that the Dec. 17 ceremony in which wreaths will be placed on the graves of veterans includes not only Willow Mount Cemetery but the Mt. Ararat Annex. Local organizers raised enough money for 1,290 wreaths. A ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. Dec. 17 at Calvary Baptist Church, followed by the laying of wreaths at Willow Mount and Mt. Ararat...
DREMC activates 'Beat the Peak' for Friday
Forecasts call for temperatures in the low 20s or high teens on Friday morning, prompting Duck River Electric Membership Corp. to call for voluntary demand reduction measures through its "Beat the Peak" program. Emails and texts will be sent to thousands of co-op members, alerting them to an expected period of high electricity demand between 6-8 a.m. ...
Recalling the Day of Infamy
The only known Bedford County resident to witness the bombing of Pearl Harbor 75 years ago today said he does not like to talk about it often because of the bad memories. But Claude Dean, 96, spoke briefly Tuesday about the Day of Infamy, as FDR called the Japanese attack on the U.S. Navy base...
Chamber seeking award nominees
Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for its annual awards recognizing service to the community. The Deery Eakin Volunteer of the Year Award, the Outstanding Leadership Award, the Special Services Award and the Franklin Yates Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented during the annual membership luncheon and awards banquet on Feb. 7 at the Blue Ribbon Circle...
Remembering Pearl Harbor
The events of the past few minutes coursed through John Anderson's mind like the hellish nightmare that it was. He had been assigned to set up chairs on the ship's main deck for the Sunday morning worship service. His brother Jake and many others were still sound asleep below deck on a serene Sunday morning at Pearl Harbor...
Children lived through Pearl Harbor attack
HONOLULU (AP) -- In some ways, it could be any class photo from the 1940s. The sepia-toned image shows 30 fifth-graders -- 26 girls and four boys -- at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School in Waikiki. Most are smiling, some look stern. A few have no shoes...
USS Arizona survivor returns to Pearl Harbor
HONOLULU (AP) -- Lauren Bruner was getting ready for church in 1941 on his battleship, the USS Arizona, when the alarm sounded. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor had begun, and Bruner, then 21, scampered up five stories by ladder to the enormous anti-aircraft guns he was responsible for manning...
Bank deposit gone when bag is opened
Money intended for deposit into a Shelbyville pawn shop's account was missing when an employee arrived at a bank Monday, Shelbyville police said. The employee said she left work Saturday and went to Walmart, then home where she placed the money bag into another bag without checking it...
'Peace on Earth' at Christmas parade
Sierra Johanson waves from the Mark Kelly Have Hope Foundation float during the 43rd annual Shelbyville Christmas Parade Saturday. The foundation won the grand marshal's prize for the third time out of the four years it has entered a float. See more photos at http://www.t-g.com/gallery/28829. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Crash takes man's life
A Murfreesboro resident was killed early Sunday when he went through a stop sign at the U.S. 231 North-State Highway 82 intersection, which many have called dangerous, into the path of an oncoming vehicle. Joshua Brandon, 26, was westbound around 9 p.m. when he failed to stop at the Highway 82 stop sign and drove into the path of a northbound vehicle driven by Shandell Hardin, 25, also of Murfreesboro, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol...
Goal met: 1,290 wreaths going up
Tim Estes, organizer of the planned Dec. 17 Wreaths Across America observance at Willow Mount Cemetery, said the local observance has met its goal of 1,290 wreaths to be placed on the graves of veterans. "That seemed like a pretty lofty goal when I started," said Estes. He expressed gratitude to all of those who donated towards the cost of the wreaths...
Skateboarders aim for prizes and fun
A parent-led skateboard competition will give youths something to aim for Saturday. The inaugural Shelbyville Slam Skateboard & BMX bike competition is scheduled for noon Saturday at H.V. Griffin Park's skateboard park. The event had been scheduled for last Saturday, but concerns about potential rain pushed it back a week, said organizer Pete Taymon...
Shooting victim's truck left just before flames
Little new information has been released in the investigation of a Friday night shooting death on Deason. The burned body of Robert Timothy Perkins, 51, was found just inside the doorstep of burning home on U.S. 231, investigators said. Perkins' Chevrolet Silverado was seen leaving the scene shortly before the fire, investigators said. An all-points bulletin has been released...
Highway checkpoints announced
Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct roadside sobriety checkpoints this month: During the week of Dec. 9 on State Route 437; During the week of Dec. 23 on U.S. 231; During the week of Dec. 30 on State Route 64 East. All three checkpoints will start at 11 a.m...
Body found in blazing home
The body of a man was found just inside the front door of his burning house early Friday night and authorities say they suspect he was murdered. "We got the first call on the fire about 7 to 7:30 p.m.," Sheriff Austin Swing said of the blaze on U.S. 231 North at the front of the Joy Vail property. "The first responding deputy was Willie Castleman. He saw bloody sheets piled up at the front door and had trouble opening the door."...
A pet-purrfect Christmas
If you plan on buying a gift for Fido or dress your cat in a costume for Christmas, you're not alone. According to the American Pet Products Association (APPA) National Pet Owners Survey, more than 50 percent of dog owners and 38 percent of cat owners buy their pets gifts for Christmas or Chanukah. That's a potential of 39 million dogs and 32 million cats receiving gifts...