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Sunday, July 24, 2016
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It's Fair time: Week's woth of summer fun opens Monday (07/24/16)
Bedford County Fair kicks off Monday at Bedford County Agriculture and Education Center on Midland Road. The fair continues through Saturday. Unlike years past, the carnival midway will open on Monday evening, the same day that the exhibit hall and other aspects of the fair begin. In the past, the carnival did not open until Tuesday evening. The fair book, which went to press before a last-minute change in carnival exhibitors, still reflects the old schedule...
Relatively few take advantage of early voting (07/24/16)
Two of this year's three elections -- the one in March, and the one in November -- have to do with this year's presidential election. The Aug. 4 election doesn't include anything related to the presidential ballot, and that may explain why early voting has been slow so far...
T-G News Quiz for July 24, 2016 (07/24/16)
Here's our look back at the past seven days in local news. Choose the best answer for each question. 1) As part of an annual event, volunteers this past weekend attempted to do what? A. Stuff a church bus with donated food for the homeless B. Stuff an antique phone booth with college students...
Bicycle rider speeds away with stolen purse (07/24/16)
A bicycle rider grabbed a customer's purse at Dollar General Market, North Main Street, and sped away late Thursday night. The victim was placing items into her vehicle when she felt her cart roll away and saw the man, described as around 40 years old and wearing a gray shirt and blue jeans, riding a dark colored bicycle with blue basket behind the building...
Phillips thrilled by convention (07/22/16)
Where else but a party convention can you strike up a conversation while in line to buy T-shirts, and discover that you're talking to the governor of Arkansas? It happened to Phil Phillips of Shelbyville, who has been at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, this week, as a guest of the Alabama Republican Party...
Drought-related disaster loans available for Bedford County (07/22/16)
NASHVILLE (AP) -- Small businesses in Bedford and eight other Tennessee counties can now apply for federal disaster loans related to the drought that began this month. The federal disaster declaration includes businesses, agricultural cooperates and private nonprofit organizations in Bedford, Coffee, Franklin, Giles, Grundy, Lincoln, Marion, Marshall and Moore counties...
Public employee retires (07/22/16)
The City of Shelbyville honored Pedro Velasquez with a reception on Thursday. He retired after 10 years with the Public Works Department. Director Eric Pierce (right) said Velasquez worked in landscaping and mowing. Also pictured is Mayor Wallace Cartwright. Velasquez's family said he plans to visit family in California. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
T-G to publish church directory (07/22/16)
Bedford County has scores of churches, representing a variety of different denominations and styles of worship. There are big churches, small churches, services with reverent high-church liturgy, services that sway to the beat of a contemporary worship band, and services where old-time hymns are accompanied by nothing more than an upright piano. There are women's groups, men's groups, programs for children and youth...
Community Bible Study returns Aug. 11 (07/22/16)
Registrations are now being accepted for the next Community Bible Study class, which will start on Aug. 11. The non-denominational study meets each Thursday from from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at First Christian Church in Shelbyville. It's open to men and women of all ages. There is also programming for preschool (starting at age 2) and home-schooled children...
Running man (07/22/16)
Cascade High School teacher Dale Rucker (left) is running in the Last Annual Vol State Road Race, a 500K (314-mile) run. He reached Bedford County early Thursday morning. Also pictured with him is Neil Watson. (Submitted photo)
Officer discovers vehicle had been burglarized (07/22/16)
A Shelbyville police officer discovered two vehicles had been entered at a Fairway Green Drive home early Thursday. Officer Letisia Butler noticed an interior light on inside a ttruck at 3:49 a.m., checked it and noticed the glove box appeared to have been entered along with the glove box of an adjacent car...
DREMC activates "Beat The Peak" program due to heat (07/21/16)
Sweltering conditions caused by a major heat wave across the TVA region will result in Shelbyville-based Duck River Electric Membership Corporation (DREMC) activating its Beat the Peak program from 3-5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, July 22-23. High temperatures forecast for Friday and Saturday could reach the upper 90s, with heat indices well above 100 degrees due to the humidity. There is a possibility of heat advisories and warnings being issued...
Sneezin' summer: How to make your nose happy again (07/21/16)
Summer is not supposed to be allergy season. Try telling that to people who are coughing and wheezing. T-G advertising representative Diandra Womble said her boyfriend, Matthew McClenney, went to the doctor Tuesday to be seen for his allergies. T-G ad representative Christy Davis also said she is suffering from allergies...
Shelter gains $73K grant for upgrades (07/21/16)
Bedford County Animal Control is receiving a $73,000 grant from PetSmart Charities for shelter improvements, director Jack Cooper said during Tuesday night's meeting of Bedford County Board of Commissioners' law enforcement and workhouse committee. The not-for-profit, which is the charitable arm of a for-profit pet store chain, has also made a large in-kind donation of dog food to the shelter...
Police work to stop DUI drivers, speeders (07/21/16)
Shelbyville police continue to organize saturation patrols against speeders and DUI offenders with help from a grant by the Tennessee Governor's Highway Safety Office. But statistics included in a spring 2016 grant application show much work remains to be done, according to department accreditation manager Aimee Davis...
TN Promise scholars can work at parks (07/21/16)
If you are in need of a way to complete some community service hours before your next deadline, join all 56 state parks across Tennessee on July 23, according to tnAchieves. Tennessee State Parks is offering a variety of volunteer events across the state on July 23 to help Tennessee Promise Scholars log community service hours required to meet their scholarship commitments. ...
Child advocate agency seeks volunteer helpers (07/21/16)
CASA Works Inc. is looking for volunteers with a heart for children and a passion for service to advocate for abused and neglected children in Juvenile Court. With a flexible schedule, volunteers dedicate 10-15 hours per month to the children to whom they are appointed. ...
Parks director speaks to veterans (07/21/16)
Mike Alsup, director of Shelbyville Parks and Recreation, spoke to a recent meeting of the Vietnam Era Veterans. Alsup outlined the many activities that are available for veterans at the facility, such as swimming, exercise classes and walking. At the Aug. 11 meeting, the speaker will be Clerk and Master Curt Cobb, a long-time local resident and former state legislator. For more information, contact Tom Taylor, 931-684-2557. (Submitted photo)
Motlow to administor HiSET test (07/21/16)
Motlow State Community College will administer the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) several times throughout the remainder of 2016. Test locations will be in Winchester and on the Motlow State Fayetteville, Smyrna and Moore County campuses. A high school diploma remains the primary ticket to many entry-level jobs. ...
Motlow student meets with house speaker (07/21/16)
Motlow State Community College spring graduate Summer Stevens, right, recently visited with the Tennessee State Speaker of the House Beth Harwell in Nashville to talk about what it takes to be successful in the political world. Stevens, who is continuing her education at Belmont University majoring in political science, was accompanied by Motlow State president Anthony Kinkel. (Submitted photo)
Stolen wallet, other scattered items found (07/21/16)
A speaker and iPod were stolen from an unlocked car on Eventine Drive overnight Sunday, Shelbyville police were told Tuesday. The victim found his wallet, also stolen from the car, in a fence row Monday. A laptop computer, two tablets, two iPods, eight video games, two watches. jewelry and clothing were among items dumped on the porch of a home on Seventh Street in Bell Buckle around 1 a.m. Wednesday...
Locking down a jail location (07/20/16)
Bedford County Board of Commissioners' courthouse and county property committee discussed how to proceed in selecting a site for a new jail and justice center, and agreed to meet again next Tuesday night for a more formal process. The committee wants to have a ranking of potential jail sites so that it can ask its architect, James Langford of Collierville-based Spirit Architecture, begin assessing its two or three top choices...
Start date for new Cascade near May 1 (07/20/16)
School Superintendent Don Embry's comment was short, thankful and to the point. "We'd officially like to thank Mayor (Eugene) Ray and the county commissioners for the tough, hard decision made in building a new Cascade High School and a jail, spending wisely and supporting a jail and schools," Embry, speaking for the Bedford County School System, said at Tuesday night's Bedford County School Board meeting...
Unique thanks for police officers (07/20/16)
Local law enforcement agencies are receiving food and thanks daily by the public showing support following shootings of officers in large cities. This unique balloon sculpture given the Shelbyville Police Department includes "flowers" and smiley faces, each representing a different aspect of law enforcement. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Zoning changes sought for store, car lot, chapel (07/20/16)
Bedford County Board of Commissioners' rules and legislative committee voted Tuesday night to recommend three proposed commercial rezonings, sending them to the full commission for approval. Ali A. Ahmad is requesting a zoning change from A-1 (agriculture) to C-2 (commercial) on his property at 4011 U.S. ...