Saving 'Pup': Firefighters rescue dog from smoke-filled house
A smoke detector saved the life of a Blue Ribbon Parkway resident after his home caught fire Thursday morning. If his dog could talk, he'd thank Shelbyville firefighters and an emergency medical supervisor for saving his life. A kitchen fire quickly filled the home of Kirby Bannister with smoke, Assistant Fire Chief Brian Nicholson said...
Fake kidnap claim leads to $5K fine
A woman who claimed she was kidnapped at gunpoint late last year pleaded guilty Thursday to fabricating the entire episode. Melissa Seibers Martin, 42, will pay $5,000 to the Shelbyville police equipment fund and was placed on pre-trial diversion until her probation is concluded...
Deadline nears for '12 property taxes
If you have late property taxes from 2012 to pay, time is running out, according to Shelbyville's attorney. Property taxes for 2012 have been delinquent since last March but are still being collected at city hall, Ginger Shofner said. City council members will be asked at next Thursday's meeting to approve the list of those still delinquent. Those names will be turned over to Shofner for a collection lawsuit...
Meet the 'new' American Legion
Shelbyville's American Legion post is active and growing, its leaders say. "We are not the Post 23 we used to be," post commander Gary Leverette said Wednesday. "We want to let people know that the American Legion is going in a new direction. We're trying to grow the Legion."...
Look ahead to spring: Plant a tree
Even with ice still hanging onto parts of the state, believe it or not, today is Arbor Day in Tennessee. With the winds of winter receding, it's the time of year when people are starting to look at how to enhance their property, and even protect it...
5K run benefits Relay For Life
The Calsonic Kansei North America team in the American Cancer Society Relay For Life will hold its annual 5K race, entitled "Keep Calm and Run On," Saturday, March 22, beginning at the parking lot of CKNA's facility on Calsonic Way at North Main Street...
Celebrity waiter luncheon planned
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Bedford County will hold its annual Celebrity Waiter Luncheon noon Tuesday, March 18, at the Blue Ribbon Circle on the Celebration grounds The event features local VIPs and other volunteers as "celebrity" waiters, serving their tables and playfully trying to encourage donations to the American Cancer Society. Each sponsored table has a gift basket or some similar item as a centerpiece, and the centerpieces will be auctioned off during the luncheon...
Health Insurance enrollment set
Pathways to Health and Community Clinic of Shelbyville & Bedford County will hold several information and enrollment opportunities for the Affordable Care Act. Both groups are non-profit organizations and neither sells insurance. Personnel will be available to assist citizens in enrolling in coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace, which was created by the ACA...
Cool times, good eats
Organizers of this year's South Central TN Triple C Competition (Chili, Chicken or Chocolate Cook-off) were banking on just the right weather for the event, and Saturday's moderate temperatures did not disappoint. "We had our first event like this in the summer," said event chairman Cliff Hirst. "It is too hot for chili in the summer, and chocolate melts, so we decided on this time of the year."...
Rec Center work progresses
Upgrades to Shelbyville Recreation Center are more than halfway complete, with more work to be done. Crews were busy Wednesday removing old equipment and hauling a 200-ton chiller and other parts to the roof for the indoor pool, which resulted in the center being closed the entire day...
Workforce readiness classes start off well
The first of three workforce readiness classes organized by the 2013-2014 class of Leadership Bedford wraps up this evening, while the next one will start Tuesday night. "We had a good turnout with the first class," said Lt. Jason Williams of Shelbyville Police Department, a Leadership Bedford class member who has worked with the workforce readiness class...
Police answer 12,000-plus calls in 2013
Shelbyville's police department had another busy year in 2013, according to the annual report from Chief Austin Swing. Swing reported a total of 12,829 calls, with the force issuing 4,236 citations and making 1,419 arrests. A total of 824 accidents were reported within the city limits, followed by 1,532 incidents that were checked, as well as 537 domestic cases looked into...
'Star Spangled' society meeting
The spring quarter meeting of the Bedford County Historical Society will be held at the First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall on Monday evening, March 17. A pot luck supper will be at 6:30 p.m, followed by the business meeting at 7:15 and then the evening's program...
Groundwater awareness urged
The Tennessee Water Well Association is joining the National Ground Water Association (NGWA) in urging citizens to take care of their water wells and, what is arguably the most important natural resource, groundwater, during National Groundwater Awareness Week March 9-15...
Applications for Tennessee Downtowns, a competitive education and training program for communities seeking to revitalize traditional commercial districts, are now being accepted by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. The program is open to communities with downtown commercial districts established at least 50 years ago and whose citizens are ready to organize efforts for downtown revitalization...
Drilling for new traffic signal
Workers from S&W of Murfreesboro were busy Tuesday drilling where a traffic signal is tbe placed at the Depot Street-Bethany Lane-Coney Island Road intersection. Speed limits were lowered last August at the accident-prone intersection. The work is being paid for with state surface transportation funding. (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
Appraisal asked for old library
Calling a proposed plan for the city to buy the Argie Cooper Public Library building a "win-win" situation, Shelbyville city council members asked that an appraisal be made for the historic structure. Several weeks ago, city manager Jay Johnson made the suggestion to members of the library board that the South Main Street building, originally built as a post office, be bought by the city and perhaps turned into a multi-purpose civic center...
Hit the trail and help boys grow
"Run for the Ranch" is the theme of a 5K race on Saturday, March 22. "What better way to shake off the winter blues than taking a 5K trek?" said Jeff Sweeney, founder of Arrowhead Ranch. The annual fundraiser can be done as either a cross-country 5K run or a fun one-mile walk, meaning you can participate without competing to win, Sweeney said. The race will take place along the Duck River on the ranch's property at 239 Cortner Mill Road in Normandy...
Murray enters race for Circuit Court Clerk
Michelle Murray has announced her candidacy for Bedford County Circuit Court Clerk in the May 6 Republican primary. Murray has been the administrative clerk for General Sessions Court and Juvenile Court for the past 22 years. She prepares court documents, keeps track of bond forfeitures and warrant dispositions, among other duties. ...
Poster contest for fourth grade students
Bedford County Farm Bureau Women will hold its annual poster contest for fourth grade students. There will be a first, second and third place winner from each elementary school in Bedford County; students in private school or home school may enter the county-wide contest as well...
Drugs found in car after pursuit
Drugs and money were found in possession of a man who eluded an early morning pursuit but was found a few minutes later Monday. Leonard Allen Richardson, 31, of Huntsville, Ala. was stopped by Deputy Jimmy Rhodes on New Center Church Road after city police were ordered to stop a pursuit out South Cannon Boulevard. Richardson allegedly threw a large amount of money at his girlfriend, who was in the front passenger seat, as he was being arrested, Rhodes said; $2,416 was found in the vehicle...
Candles burn for Shelley
Approximately 15 people -- and no media or reporters besides the T-G -- showed up at a short candlelight vigil Saturday night remembering Shelley Mook, who disappeared three years ago last Friday. Other missing persons from Bedford County were also remembered. (T-G Photos by David Melson)
City budget process includes meetings
Budget time is only a few months away, and the city of Shelbyville is already planning a series of meetings to hash out the numbers. With the 2014-2015 fiscal year beginning on July 1, specific and continuing goals have been set -- one of which is to maintain the current property tax rate...
March impersonates February
City public works employees David Crowell, left, and Christopher Wilhoite braved the cold Monday morning to pick up trash on Rolling Road. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
2 snow days still left
If you were wondering how many snow days schools have taken, the answer is six. And if you were asking how many snow days are left, the answer would be two. If Bedford County gets slammed by more bad weather this season, and the remainder of the snow days are used, the school system does have options, said Superintendent Don Embry...