Progress made towards re-opening Lane Parkway
Workers are making quick progress on the eventual opening of Lane Parkway over the flume. Above, the beginning stages of rebuilding the roadway are underway. At left, work is being done where the gutter and sidewalk had been in front of Shelbyville Fire Department. (T-G Photos by David Melson)
Ayers honored in retirement
Brenda Ayers was honored Thursday for her many years coaching Cacade's softball and middle school basketball teams. She, along with her family, was presented a banner that will hang in the Cascade gym. (T-G Photo by Chris Siers)
City looks at 5-year plan list
A business park, new fire and police vehicles, and a new animal shelter are a few of the big ticket items needed in Shelbyville, officials say. The City Council looked at a proposed update to its five-year capital plan during Tuesday's workshop meeting...
Store clerks cited for underage beer sales
Two convenience store clerks were cited for selling beer to an underage buyer during a sting conducted by Shelbyville police Wednesday. "We attempted underage buys at six convenience stores," Detective Cody Swift said. "Four were in compliance. Two were not -- the Citgo on Madison Street and Hopps Express No. 2 at Elm Street and Colloredo Boulevard."...
Shhhh! No phone calls at the polls
You can bring your iPhone to the polls, but don't plan on using it to make or receive calls. Early voting will begin Wednesday for the March 1 presidential primary and wheel tax referendum. According to a new state law, you can bring your smartphone to the polling place, but you can't use it for conversations or to take photos or videos, only for looking up information to assist you in your voting decisions...
Centerstone expands suicide outreach help
Centerstone, one of the nation's largest not-for-profit providers of community-based behavioral health and addiction services, has expanded its Crisis Care Services in Tennessee with two new, statewide suicide prevention grants totaling more than $5 million...
Shoplifting suspect leaves with jewelry
A suspect was charged with shoplifting Wednesday at Walmart. Gilbert Ellworth Dayton, 58, of Myers Street allegedly concealed property described as "plastic jewelry" and walked out without paying, police said. The following were charged since Wednesday by the Bedford County Sheriff's Office, Shelbyville Police Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol or 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force. They are only charged; guilt or innocence will be determined by the courts...
Sizzurp sales alleged by DTF, Metro
An Antioch man has been charged with distributing bottles of sizzurp -- a modified cough syrup -- in Bedford County. Chance Lyndell Norman, 27, of Antioch was charged with possession and sale of schedule II and III drugs Tuesday by the 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force and Metro Nashville police...
Drug suspect can't get away
A suspect who led officers on a long vehicle pursuit into western Bedford County before running into a wooded area Tuesday night got away -- but not for long. Officers of the 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force, based on a tip, arrested David Moore as he drove on Highway 64 West early Wednesday morning...
Council studies park expansion plan
Shelbyville city officials are continuing to study options for expanding H.V. Griffin Park. The city council on Tuesday examined a master plan developed in response to a public open house held last October. Consultant Ragan-Smith Engineering of Nashville created the plan...
Eakin students on the move
Students at Eakin Elementary School play a game called Builders and Bulldozers during physical education class. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Send us your fab photos
If you're a talented photographer -- and we know a lot of you are out there, based on photos you've posted to our website -- we're looking for your best feature and scenery shots. We're looking for community submissions of high-quality scene photos from Bedford County for possible inclusion in this year's Salute magazine. ...
Billfold stolen from vehicle at store
A billfold containing $10 was stolen Tuesday from a car at Serv-N-Go Market, Madison Street, police were told. The following were arrested since Tuesday by the Bedford County Sheriff's Department, Shelbyville Police Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol or 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force. They are only charged; guilt or innocence will be determined by the courts...
Motlow sees improvements in remedial students results
Motlow State Community College incoming freshmen who required remedial coursework achieved dramatically-better results in their college-level courses in the Fall 2015 semester following a change in how such remedial coursework is structured. Almost 70 percent of Motlow incoming freshmen require remedial instruction in math, reading or writing. ...
231 North crash
The driver of the car at right was seriously injured following a crash on U.S. 231 North at Squire Hall Road shortly before 10 p.m. Wednesday. As of Thursday morning the Tennessee Highway Patrol had not released names of those involved. Bedford County emergency crews cut the door to remove the victim, who was airlifted from the scene to a Nashville hospital. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Ike Farrar turns 97
Ike Farrar stands next to the famed Memphis Belle, a B-17 bomber like the one he co-piloted during World War II in this 2014 photo. Farrar turned 97 on Jan. 21. On Jan. 29, the Flat Creek Birthday Bunch celebrated with him at Emil's Bistro & Marketplace in Tullahoma. (T-G File Photo by Hugh Jones)
Leadership Bedford works to make playground more accessible
In 1998, the fifth class of Leadership Bedford had as its class project building "Celebration Station," the playground at H.V. Griffin Park. That year's class mobilized and coordinated a community-wide effort, raising funds and organizing community build days at which volunteers from throughout the community helped to construct playground equipment...
Lane Parkway may open by end of month
The end may be in sight for the flume's disruption on the Lane Parkway area, with the street possibly reopening by the end of February, weather permitting, Shelbyville city council was told Tuesday. The roadway should be "like it was before this catastrophe," Public Works Director Mark Clanton said during the council's workshop Tuesday...
Scam Watch: 'Slick-talking' scammer cheats woman of more than $750
A "slick-talking" persistent scammer harassed a Shelbyville woman into paying more than $750 to settle a "bad check" she didn't write. The woman told police she was fortunate -- her credit union suspected fraud and stopped the payment. A caller, claiming to be "attorney Stacy London," told the woman last week a check for $764.86 spent at a Murfreesboro business had bounced -- and the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office would arrest her on bad check charges if she didn't pay up...
Dreaming of being a writer?
If you've dreamed of communicating with others through words, photos and video, the Shelbyville Times-Gazette may be looking for you. We're looking for a feature writer who can make stories come alive with compelling writing and attention-grabbing photography. Video expertise is a definite plus...
Computer, baseball bat taken from home
A laptop computer, cell phone and baseball bat were taken from the living room of an Industrial Parkway home shortly after 7 a.m. Monday, Shelbyville police were told. The victim said he was awakened by noise, noticed the items were missing and saw a blue or black minivan leaving the area...
Report details operations of charter schools in state
The Comptroller's Offices of Research and Education Accountability (OREA) has released a report that examines the way charter school facilities are funded in Tennessee. The report provides information on the facilities arrangements for Tennessee's charter schools and describes efforts in Tennessee and other states to provide charter schools with facilities-related assistance...
Happy 2/2: Eakin celebrates multiple twins
Sue Hasty, who works in the front office at Eakin Elementary School, enrolled a set of twins, Daniel and Danielle Ross, right before Christmas. Then, right after Christmas, she enrolled Keaire and Kaelyn Kinzer, also twins. She knew there were already a few other sets of twins at Eakin, so she figured that Keaire and Kaelyn probably made about six or seven sets. She sent an e-mail out asking...
Scary order: 'Give... or die'
"Give me the phones, money and drugs. Do you want to die? Give it to me," an armed man who broke into a Bell Buckle home early Saturday told a woman and her mother. The suspect and another man forced their way into a Hannah Street home and took two cell phones about 3:30 a.m., the Bedford County Sheriff's Office said...
Pickle Road home burns to ground
Fire destroyed a home on Pickle Road at mid-evening Saturday. The residence owned by Jerry Nichols broke into flames shortly after 8 p.m., the Bedford County Fire Department said. No one was at home at the time. Seven fire trucks with firefighters from BCSD's main Shelbyville station, Flat Creek, Wheel and Unionville responded. Their efforts were hampered by a lack of fire hydrants in the area, with trucks forced to drive to Liberty School for water...