High achievers: SROs among state's best
Two of the three top awards given by the Tennessee School Resource Officers Association this year have been awarded to Bedford County deputies. Cam Ferrell of Community Middle and Elementary School has been named statewide Student Resource Officer of the Year. Alethia Rawn of Shelbyville Central High School received the President's Award for her handing of an incident involving an armed student...
'Sweet Cases' event helps provide bags for foster kids
There are many indignities to being a foster child, but in some cases, one of them is having to carry your belongings with you in a trash bag. That's the idea behind "Sweet Cases for Foster Kids," one of the main programs of a California-based charity called Together We Rise...
Chelsea Utz and Emma Bowman sit in the shade and play a game on a smartphone. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Brothers arrested on pot-related charges
Two brothers face drug-related charges after being found by a deputy behind New Hope Chapel, New Hope Road, around 11:30 p.m. Sunday. Jeremy David Hall, 25, of Keenan Lane was charged with possession of marijuana. Hall and his brother, Andrew Coty Hall, 23, of El Bethel Road, were both cited for possession of drug paraphernalia...
Volunteers find less trash in Duck River at annual cleanup
Bedford County residents gathered Saturday morning at River Bottom Park to volunteer their time at the 19th annual Duck River Clean-Up. Dumpsters began to fill quickly with debris removed from the river, including mattresses, tires, televisions and more...
R.O.K. leader seeks support for concert; new activities planned
Jason Barber of Unionville encouraged members of the Middle Tennessee Business Network Thursday to get involved in efforts to promote his upcoming R.O.K. concert, which will have a new twist this year. Barber has been the leading force behind the Rewarding Our Kids concert since it was born about five years ago. This year, Barber said he's adding a business/community fair type of flavor to the concert in hopes to attract a larger audience and more sponsors...
Suspect charged with breaking boy's arm
A Wartrace man who allegedly kicked his 9-year-old son in the arm, breaking it, has been charged with aggravated child abuse. Terry Michael Coleman, 30, was arrested Friday, a day after a doctor told family members that the boy's arm was broken and two weeks after the alleged incident, the Bedford County Sheriff's office said...
Duck River Electric Membership Corp. celebrated its 80th anniversary Friday with an open house featuring hot dogs, popcorn and soft drinks. Lineman Joel Doak uses a doll to simulate what would happen if a driver stepped out of a car that hit an electric pole while the lines still had power...
Truly moving messages: Drivers state their causes with special plates
You know what a Tennessee license plate looks like -- a background of green hills, or mountains, in the background, fading off into the distance. The design suggests a view of the Great Smoky Mountains. But you also know that's not the only kind of Tennessee license plate...
Rally for God & Country is next Wednesday
Bedford County Ministerial Association will sponsor a God & Country event, featuring a dinner for veterans, a parade to the courthouse, and a patriotic rally, on Wednesday. This is the fourth year for the event, but the first year for the Ministerial Association to be involved. Calvary Baptist Church originated the event but has consistently promoted it as a community-wide observance...
On the lookout for Jack: Anniversary barrels make finders winners
In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Jack Daniel Distillery, the oldest registered distillery in the U.S., Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey has announced the Jack Daniel's Barrel Hunt, a global scavenger hunt that will unite Friends of Jack across the world...
'Give me your money!' attacker demands
An attacker repeatedly demanded, "Give me your money," and "Give me what you got," as he knocked a Shelbyville man to the ground late Wednesday night. The victim told Shelbyville police he was tackled outside his Woodbury Street shop around 11 p.m. by a man he described as black, in his mid-20s to mid-30s, approximately 6-feet-2 and 200 pounds and wearing all black...
Holiday event features band from Guard
Tennessee's 129th Army Band will be performing at Center Field of Grider Stadium Saturday, July 2 at 2 p.m. for the Tullahoma Kiwanis Club Independence Day Regional Celebration. "We want to invite all of Tullahoma and visitors from our surrounding communities to enjoy this excellent group of musicians," said Mayor Lane Curlee...
Haven of Hope names new executive
Haven of Hope, the domestic violence program serving Bedford and several other counties, has announced that Kellye Gilbert, its program director, will become executive director on July 1, succeeding Mona Mason, who will drop into the part-time position of director of finance and administration...
The Shelbyville Lions Club held their annual Chamber of Commerce Coffee Tuesday. (T-G Photos by Jason Reynolds)
Tonya Davis and Andrea Miller-Davis.
Local student attends leadership forum
Timothy Martin of Shelbyville attended Harding University's 60th annual National Leadership Forum in Searcy, Arkansas, June 5-10. Martin was sponsored by Bedford County Farm Bureau as a delegate to the forum, which is presented by the University's American Studies Institute...
Arts leaders step up
Bedford County Arts Council elected a new executive board at its membership potluck earlier this month. Long-time president Roy Ferguson, who, along with his wife Dana, had put in countless hours promoting the arts council and its Fly Arts Center, was honored as he prepares to leave office at the end of this month...
Newton expands by adding Ford, GM dealerships
Newton Motor Group has acquired Shelbyville Ford and Shelbyville Chevy Buick GMC, also known as Shelbyville Automotive. The dealerships join Newton Nissan South of Shelbyville, purchased several years ago. Former co-owner Jack Pirtle said he and his partner, Tim Weiland, made the decision in order to spend more time with their families...
Democrat Reynolds enters House race
Steven Reynolds of Murfreesboro held a formal announcement for his campaign for the 4th Congressional Seat Monday at Barfield Crescent Park in Murfreesboro. Reynolds is unopposed in the August Democratic primary, making him the presumptive nominee. He will face the winner of the Republican primary in the November general election...
House Democrats target gun vote
WASHINGTON -- A drained and dwindling group of Democrats, some draped in blankets and toting pillows, carried their remarkable House floor sit-in past daybreak Thursday, disrupting the business of Congress in the wake of the Orlando shooting rampage with demands for gun-control votes in an extraordinary scene of protest broadcast live to the world...
The outdoor and indoor pools at the Shelbyville Recreation Center were popular places to keep cool Wednesday. Here, Glenda, Dakota and Marty Hoffman and Olivia and Daniel Evans take shade under an umbrella. (T-G Photos by Jason Reynolds)
MTSU offers dual enrollment for homeschoolers
Starting this fall, area homeschooled high school students will have a chance to earn college credits and get a slice of Middle Tennessee State University by taking classes at University College's new Dual Enrollment Center at Bell Street. The university's dual-enrollment program allows high school students who meet MTSU's admissions criteria and gain approvals from their guidance counselors to take college classes before they graduate, thus earning high school and college credits at the same time.. ...
Thief returns, grabs tobacco on 2nd try
A thief who authorities suspect was testing law enforcement response time broke into Three Corners Market, Longview Road, early Tuesday shortly after a deputy left following a previous alarm. The second time around, tobacco products were taken after a window was broken around 2:45 a.m., deputy Dillon Lipinski said in his report...
Drop-outs to be offered new program by National Guard
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam; Maj. Gen. Max Haston of the state Military Department; and Department of Children's Services (DCS) Commissioner Bonnie Hommrich announced Wednesday that Tennessee has been approved by the U.S. Department of Defense for a National Guard Youth ChalleNGe program...
Optimist club speaker
Bedford County Tennessee Wildlife Resources Officer Larry Thurston, left, was the guest speaker at the June 20 Shelbyville Optimist Club Meeting. The Optimist Club helped purchase the prizes for the Ed Carson Memorial Take A Kid Fishing Rodeo hosted by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. One of this year's Optimist Club Scholarship recipients, Heaven Roaden, and her father Michael Roaden were also special guests. (Submitted photo)