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Thursday, July 31, 2014
She's one lucky dog (07/30/14)
Just call her Lucky. And call this lucky dog's owner William Lynch lucky -- or maybe fortunate would be a better word -- after both were rescued from the bottom of a bluff later Tuesday night. "She didn't have a name, but I guess we'll call her Lucky now," Lynch said moments after neighbors used ropes to pull them up the bluff behind his Sims Road home...
Going wild outdoors -- safely (07/30/14)
If you're trying to get your kids more involved in the outdoors, there's a perfect opportunity coming up that's totally free. The Bedford County Longbeards, the local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), will be holding their second JAKES event at Arrowhead Ranch, Saturday, Aug. 16, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m...
Electric bill scam hits area (07/30/14)
A false caller claiming electricity would be cut off without immediate payment scammed a Shelbyville woman out of $320 last week, police said. After the caller, saying he was from Shelbyville Power, demanded the money she followed instructions, bought a Green Dot card at a pharmacy and gave him the security number on the back...
T-G claims 2 firsts in state press contest (07/30/14)
The Times-Gazette captured two first places and won a total of 15 awards in this year's University of Tennessee/Tennessee Press Association newspaper contest. Judges from Arkansas newspapers awarded the T-G first places in the Community Lifestyles and Best News Photograph categories...
Surviving a shooter (07/30/14)
Brice Allen, a training advisor with the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, delivers a speech titled, "How to Survive an Active Shooter" on Monday during teacher professional development training. Allen provided such information as red flags of a shooter. Bedford County teachers took development training at Shelbyville Central High School earlier this week in preparation for back-to-school starting Aug. 4 (an abbreviated day). (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
More than 3,000 cast early votes (07/29/14)
As of noon Monday, a total of 3,113 citizens had participated in early voting for the Aug. 7 primary and general elections. A total of 2,051 voted in the Republican primary (plus the general election), 918 in the Democratic primary (plus the general election), and 144 voted in the general election only without choosing a primary, according to Bedford County Administrator of Elections Summer Leverette...
Back-to-school sales tax holiday nears (07/29/14)
With school starting soon, parents are looking for the best bargains they can find. Help is here. Tennesseans can buy certain items without paying sales tax Friday through Sunday. Shoppers can save nearly 10 percent on clothing, school supplies and computers...
Swerve drives man to rage (07/29/14)
A suspect in a road rage incident allegedly attacked another driver and challenged law enforcement Sunday morning. Christopher Charles Taylor, 30, of Narrows Road struck a Shelbyville man during a confrontation over an alleged traffic violation, then attacked officer Mitchell Warren of the Shelbyville Police Department and Sgt. Andy Raby of the Bedford County Jail staff after his arrest at about 7 a.m., police said Monday...
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)
Dean brags on Nashville's success (07/29/14)
Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, speaking at a Bedford County Democratic Party rally on Saturday, disputed the image of Democrats as not being pro-business by touting Nashville's recent successes. Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County's local government elections are non-partisan, so Dean ran as an independent, not a party nominee, but said he makes no secret of his party affiliation. ...
DUI suspect kicks officer during arrest (07/29/14)
A Shelbyville police officer was allegedly kicked in the chin by a DUI suspect during an arrest early Sunday. Phillip Allen Hammermeister, 31, of Kingston Corner Road kicked officer David Dye and a patrol car's windows after being forcibly placed inside, officer Chris Vest's report said...
Job well done: Harrell made Boys & Girls Club 'best place' (07/27/14)
A couple of weeks ago, local Boys & Girls Club director Roger Harrell experienced one of many moments that have touched him over the last four years. A child walked up to him, gave him a hug and handed him a piece of paper. It said, "The Boys & Girls Club is the best place to be."...
Feeding needy and warming hearts (07/27/14)
One church took a turn at feeding the hungry this weekend, with people lining up at least three hours before the doors were scheduled to open. Christian Chapel Church gave out five pallets of food Saturday to approximately 100 households, said church volunteer Greg Music. The giveaway was scheduled for 8 a.m., but the church opened the doors at 7 because people had already lined up by the time volunteers arrived just before 5:15 a.m...
Stuff a bus, help needy students get ahead (07/27/14)
United Way of Bedford County's annual "Stuff the School Bus" school supply drive is well underway. A manned collection event was held July 19 at Walmart, and a second is planned for 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Wednesday at Regions Bank on the square. Unmanned collection boxes are set up at numerous local businesses...
Ready for the Fair? It starts Monday (07/27/14)
A week's worth of family fun starts tomorrow, but if you have an exhibit to enter, today is your deadline to participate. The 17th annual Bedford County Fair runs from Monday through Saturday at the Bedford County Agriculture Center. New features for the fair include nightly pony rides and a petting zoo, fair president Judy Gambill said...
Planning for the worst: HazMat course held (07/27/14)
Members of the Bedford County Special Response Team, as well as emergency response personnel from the Rutherford County Special Operations and Response Team, Smyrna Fire Department, Maury County Fire Department and Tennessee Emergency Management Agency gathered in Shelbyville last week for a training event on handling of hazardous materials...
After 2 wrecks, driver passes out but recovers quickly (07/27/14)
From one extreme to another, a man accused of leaving the scene of an accident kept police busy Thursday morning. Clifford Lindsey Zilly, 40, of Kingree Road was unresponsive after police found him in his van at a Madison Street store moments after a crash at the North Main Street-Elm Street intersection. Zilly allegedly struck another vehicle at a store on North Main Street before ending up on Madison Street...
McClenney's friend reimbursed for trip (07/25/14)
Local members of the Marine Corps League voted last weekend to reimburse Sgt. Mark Cutter for his last-minute trip to Shelbyville in June to honor the memory of Pfc. Daniel McClenney, with whom Cutter had served in Afghanistan. A ceremony was held June 24 at Shelbyville Central High School to mark the 10th anniversary of McClenney's death in action. A plaque was placed at SCHS to remind future generations of students about McClenney, a graduate of the school...
City to limit cellular towers (07/25/14)
Shelbyville's planning commission discussed amending the zoning ordinance regarding cellular communications towers inside the city limits Tuesday night. Documents provided by the city of Chattanooga were looked at by the planning and codes staff. City manager Jay Johnson and planning director Amanda Rhinehart do not think the towers should be in residential areas...
Celebration makes several rules changes (07/25/14)
The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration has announced new rules changes. Among the new rules going into effect are: l Any horse competing in a championship class must be continuously stalled on the show grounds for no less than 48 consecutive hours prior to the scheduled start time of the performance in which the championship class is to be held...
Jobless rate increases to 7.5 percent (07/25/14)
Bedford County's unemployment rate jumped to 7.5 percent in June, according to preliminary figures released by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The county had an estimated 20,690 employed out of a labor force of 22,360, with 1,670 out of work, it was reported. The rate jumped 1.4 percent from the revised figure of 6.1 percent in May. Bedford County's jobless rate at this time last year was at 9.2 percent...
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)
Mobile units bring equivalency testing as GED alternative (07/25/14)
The Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development is offering a new service, via the department's three "Career Coach" vehicles, to Tennesseans lacking a high school diploma. The mobile Career Centers have become certified testing sites for the new High School Equivalency Test (HiSET)...
City to discuss quarry ruling (07/24/14)
Shelbyville's city council will hold a special called meeting next Thursday, when action could possibly be taken on a recent court ruling involving a controversial quarry. Last week, the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) was ordered by Senior Judge Ben Cantrell of Nashville to issue a permit to Wright Paving for the operation of a rock quarry on L. Fisher Road...
Have you seen this suspect? (07/24/14)
This woman is being sought by the Shelbyville Police Department in connection with use of a stolen credit card Tuesday. The card was used three times within an hour for more than $130 worth of purchases after being taken from the drive-through window at Walgreens. Call Det. Sgt. Brian Crews, 931-684-5811, if you can identify her. (Submitted photo)