Sesame Street comes alive for Tea
Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street? Little Tea Akins can tell you how. That's because she's visiting one of America's most famous "streets." On Saturday, she and her parents left for New York to attend a "Sesame Street" taping. A limo picked them up at their Shelbyville home to drive them to the airport...
Shonta's legacy: Softball field named for lifelong standout
Emotions ran high at Hillard Gardner Softball complex last week as a field was dedicated to Shonta' Whorley Lamb. The dedication was a fitting tribute, said Lamb's sister Lynna Miller. "Softball was her life," Miller said. Lamb's life was centered around softball from an early age. She enjoyed numerous accomplishments on and off the field...
Planning commission takes close look at tower ordinances
Shelbyville's planning commission is continuing to review an ordinance dealing with telecommunication towers within the city, but took no action. Last month, an attorney representing Verizon took issue with provisions in the proposed cell tower rules during a public hearing, so the commission is basically starting work over again on the ordinance...
Normandy residents took time recently to spruce up the town. Mayor Rachel Swift said they had a great turnout and appreciate everyone who helped. (Photos by Rachel Swift)
Central alum earn academic honors
Alisha Tillman and Tiana Sanders, both 2014 graduates of Shelbyville Central, participated in an Academics Honors Convocation for the spring-fall semester of 2014 at Alabama A&M University. Tillman, a biology major, had a GPA of 3.99 and received the Freshman Honor Roll Award, Dean's List Award and Honors Program Participant. ...
A Shelbyville man was shaken up Thursday morning in a one-vehicle accident on Fairfield Pike. Bobby Neal King of Alton Avenue was transported to Heritage Medical Center. According to witnesses, King struck a stone wall head-on and his vehicle spun in the air several times before coming to a rest across the road. (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
Airport manager looks back - Williamson leaving post after 17 years
Shelbyville Municipal Airport manager Hank Williamson has announced his retirement after overseeing 17 years of change and progress at Bomar Field. Williamson was one of the individuals who interviewed last week for the new position of airport director, but on Monday he informed city manager Jay Johnson that he was withdrawing his name from consideration...
Animal truck, patrol cars are county needs
Bedford County Animal Control wants to shift funds out of an underused line item in its budget to replace one of its trucks, while Bedford County Sheriff Austin Swing says his department is in "bad shape" in regards to vehicles and will address the issue in its 2015-16 budget request...
Driver in fatality thought she had green light
The driver that police say caused a fatal accident Thursday morning told authorities she thought she had a green light. Megan Mullins, 21, of Shelbyville was westbound on Madison Street when she struck a truck driven by Jan Crowell, 66, of Uselton Road, Lt. Trey Clanton of the Shelbyville Police Department...
FBLA competes in state event
The Future Business Leaders of America competed in the FBLA state event April 12-15 in Chattanooga. Twenty-three students from Shelbyville Central High School competed in various subjects from Healthcare Management to Economics. All of the students did great at the competition, and two are going to FBLA's national competition in Chicago. Maria Nunez and Catarina Pascual finished second in the state in the marketing competition...
Teacher job fair a proven success
Calling all wannabe teachers: If you're looking for a job, the Bedford County school system has an event for you. The system is hosting its second annual teacher job fair on May 2 from 9 a.m.-noon at Shelbyville Central High School's cafeteria, said Superintendent Don Embry...
UPDATE: Man loses life in 3-vehicle wreck
A Shelbyville man was killed in a three-vehicle collision at the Madison Street-Celebration Drive intersection this morning. Jan Crowell was dead at the scene of the crash, police said. He was trapped in the truck he was driving after it was involved in a collision with two other trucks about 7:15 a.m...
Best of the best - Professional women lauded for their achievements
Laughter and applause filled the Blue Ribbon Circle Wednesday afternoon at the 22nd annual Professional Women's Luncheon. Margaret Eakin received a standing ovation as she accepted this year's Professional Woman of the Year award. Mike Rittenberry, of Peoples Bank of Bedford County, spoke of Eakin's contributions to the county and her various roles in the banking community. ...
Theft suspects accused of hiding items
Two women were charged with allegedly walking from Dollar General Market, North Main Street, with a compact disc player, M&M candies, a Mountain Dew soft drink and bag of socks in their purses. Store employees detained Robin Louise Campbell, 32, and Victoria Ann Davenport, 28, both of an Adcock Road address, until Shelbyville police arrived Tuesday. Both were charged with theft of property and posted $250 bond each...
Going by the book(s)
Tuesday was only Day Two of the one-block move to the new Shelbyville/Bedford County Library -- and much has already been done. Shelves are going up and movers are rolling cart after cart of books into the new facility. Volunteers from Walmart Distribution Center, Duck River Electric, and students from Cascade High School have been pitching in, and "we've even had volunteers come off the street," library director Rita Allen said...
More $$ a must, says Ray
Bedford County Mayor Eugene Ray told the county commission's courthouse and property committee on Tuesday night that the county's capital outlay needs are "staring us in the face," and it's up to the commission to begin making plans -- which might include asking the public to approve a wheel tax...
School board to ask for new Cascade High
The Bedford County school board inched closer toward building a new high school on Tuesday. The board decided to make a formal request to the Bedford County Commission for funding a new Cascade High School. But first, board members must meet with the commission's finance committee, Superintendent Don Embry said. The committee may decide to hold a group meeting between commissioners and school board members or a study session, he said...
Coffee, organs and changed lives
The gift of life and healing was the topic of Tuesday's Chamber coffee. Shelbyville Rotary Club hosted its annual organ donation awareness month coffee. Several transplant recipients, family members and friends spoke about their life-saving transplants and the difficult situations they endured...
Animal abuse bill goes to governor
A bill moving to Gov. Bill Haslam's desk will require an online registry of people who abuse dogs or cats. Sponsored by Rep. Darren Jernigan of Nashville, the bill (HB0147), if signed by Haslam, will create a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) registry of people who are convicted of aggravated cruelty to animals, animal fighting or a criminal offense against animals...
Hit-and-run suspect allegedly hit truck
Tire tracks and an anonymous caller led police to a woman who allegedly hid her truck in a barn following a hit-and-run accident Monday afternoon. Nancy Prosser was arrested at her Knights Campground Road home Monday afternoon, Shelbyville police said. Prosser was involved in an accident with another vehicle on South Cannon Boulevard, then ran another vehicle off the road while fleeing out Highway 64 West, witnesses told officer Brock Horner...
Summer offers chances to sample MTSU's offerings
The MT Sampler Camp, which provides students with glimpses into the numerous academic programs Middle Tennessee State University offers, returns to campus June 8-12 for middle school students and June 22-26 for high school students. Registration is underway and attendance is limited to 40 students per week. To register or for more information, visit www.mtsu.edu/sampler or contact Nancy Stubblefield at Nancy.Stubblefield@mtsu.edu...
A need for help
Community Development Center staff and volunteers took advantage of an opportunity Monday to sell their program's benefits. The CDC provides an early intervention program to meet the needs of developmentally challenged children ages birth to 3, according to its website. A family support program provides flexible support to households with a developmentally challenged member...
Mommy & Me: It's time to enter
The Times-Gazette is holding its annual Mommy & Me photo contest. Contest entries must be submitted online at t-g.com -- look for the green Mommy & Me photo button on the left near the top. Contest entries will be published in a special Mother's Day section on Tuesday, May 5, and the winner will be announced in the Sunday, May 10 edition...
Suspect charged in porn cases
A Shelbyville man has been indicted by the Bedford County grand jury on multiple counts of possessing child pornography. Cristian Vjede Torres, 24, faces charges of especially aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor, exploitation of a minor by electronic means, solicitation of a minor, (four counts), and aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor...
Q-Bear stops by the T-G
Students at Saltus Cavendish School in Devonshire, Bermuda are working on a special project called the Flat Q-Bear, based on the "Flat Stanley" books. As part of the project, students mail Q-Bear to different parts of the world, where the cutout learns about new and exciting places. Q-Bear visited the Times-Gazette this week and we thought we'd make his visit extra special by printing his picture. Thanks to first grader Ethan Adderly for sending him our way...