T-G News Quiz for Oct. 26, 2014
Here's our look back at the past seven days in local news. Choose the best answer for each question. 1) Sylvia Pinson, profiled in the Oct. 19 Times-Gazette, will soon retire as: A. Principal of Southside Elementary School B. Director of Shelbyville Parks & Recreation...
'I came to listen:' Eakin teachers tell governor state of education
Gov. Bill Haslam met with teachers and local school officials Thursday during a visit to Eakin Elementary School, congratulating Eakin on its status as a Reward School due to the growth in student scores. He also asked teachers for their input -- and got it...
Safety glass in future for county schools
The Bedford County Board of Education approved a bid for safety glass for schools during its monthly meeting Tuesday. The low bid of $163,500 was awarded to Sain Construction of Manchester. That business is also known as Landers Construction, said John Davis, an architect who consults with the school system...
Too many inmates...but relief's near
Bedford County Jail, which is rated to hold 108 inmates, housed 154 at one point last week, but the state is in the process of taking 30 felons away in hopes of relieving the overcrowding. The jail issue was discussed during Tuesday night's meetings of Bedford County Board of Commissioners' standing committees, including the law enforcement committee and the courthouse and property committee...
Repo man was loaded and ready
No charges were filed, but a man from Georgia attempting to repossess a vehicle at an Enden Avenue home was told to leave by police Tuesday afternoon. The repo man allegedly entered the home wearing "a duty belt equipped with a baton, an automatic handgun and an extra dual magazine pouch with two extra magazines inside" and refused to leave the property, police were told...
A Petersburg woman suffered what investigators think was a medical issue, causing her to lose control of her vehicle and strike a Shelbyville public works truck before coming to rest inside First Baptist Church's cemetery Thursday. According to authorities, Teresa Butler rolled through the stop light at Depot Street and Highway 82, crossing into the opposite lane and hitting the truck, slightly injuring Ben Doak of the public works department. Her vehicle then took down a chain fence around the cemetery before coming to a stop. Butler was transported to Heritage Medical Center. (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
Home at Last: WWII hero's remains reach final resting place at Arlington
ARLINGTON, Va. -- It's a story about an American hero, one that's hit national news over the last few months, and the story has Bedford County roots -- deep roots. As cold temperatures moved in and rain began to fall Wednesday afternoon in the nation's capitol, the family of Pfc. Cecil E. Harris gathered to, finally, welcome their loved one home...
Total solar eclipse's path doesn't include Bedford County
Earlier this week, in a story about today's partial solar eclipse, the Times-Gazette quoted local educator Billy Hix as saying that Bedford County would be in the path of a total solar eclipse in 2017. That was, in fact, an overstatement. We got an e-mail from Mark Egan on Tuesday pointing out that Bedford County is in the near-total coverage band, but not the total coverage area -- and it's only with total coverage that observers are able to view the spectacular corona surrounding the sun...
Man faces 47 counts in child pornography case
A Shelbyville man was indicted Monday on multiple counts of possession of child pornography. Rodger Lee Mader, 33, of Oak Street is being held under $235,000 bond after he was indicted by direct presentment on 47 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor...
Cold snaps mean more heating fires
With some of the season's first frost warnings happening this week, you should be more aware of fire safety. According to the State Fire Marshal's Office, when the first cold snap of the fall season occurs, a wave of home fires usually follows. That's why State Fire Marshal Gary West is urging Tennesseans to take fire safety precautions now in preparation for the colder nights making way into the state...
State announces Ebola resources
With Ebola in the news, the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) announced three new information resources for Tennesseans: l Tennesseans with questions about the disease may call a toll-free number to obtain accurate, timely information: 1-877-857-2945. This number will be active starting Oct. 22, 2014...
Celebration preparations underway
Edwin Harris, left, and Janice Carlton are joined by Sgt. 1st Class John Simms before the funeral of World War II casualty Cecil Harris of Shelbyville today at Arlington National Cemetery. Local officials and residents are urged to fly flags at half staff in honor of Cecil Harris. See Thursday's Times-Gazette for full coverage of the funeral. (T-G Photo by Sadie Fowler)
Pumped for the season
A line of various pumpkins sits on the steps and porch of this house on Burrum Drive. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Sleeping woman struck by pumpkin
Pumpkins thrown through windows hit a woman and smashed a computer before sunrise Monday. One pumpkin hit a sleeping Saddlewood Drive woman as it was thrown through the glass. The woman did not report injury. "She said she was asleep in a chair in the living room. A pumpkin came through the window and struck her," officer Bruce Davis said...
On the run to stomp out cancer
Registration is underway for the annual Veterans Day 5K race to benefit cancer patients. The third annual race will start at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8. Runners will race along the parade route, which will take place after the 5K starts, said race organizer Dr. Navid Monajjem. The event is sponsored by and benefits the Bedford Cancer Foundation...
Bibles straight from the barn
Bible & Literature Missionary Foundation isn't actually moved into its new location yet, but the group's annual scripture conference, which brings together numerous friends and supporters of the not-for-profit publisher, seemed like the perfect time to have a dedication ceremony...
Suspect charged with shooting Unionville man
A suspect has been arrested in the attempted murder of a Unionville man at a Murfreesboro convenience store Sunday. Trandrius D. Womack. 27, of Murfreesboro is charged with attempted first degree murder, according to WGNS Radio. Womack allegedly robbed Samuel Davis, 40, of Unionville and his girlfriend, then shot Davis in the leg outside a Thornton's convenience store on Old Fort Parkway, Murfreesboro police said. Davis was airlifted to a Nashville hospital...
Barbecue lovers whet appetites for Lynchburg
The 26th Annual Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational Barbecue will take place Saturday in Lynchburg, drawing barbecue teams from all over the world, as well more than 25,000 fans, to Moore County. As the name implies, competition is by invitation only. Winners of state championships and of competitions with more than 50 entries sanctioned by the three best-known barbecue organizations are put into a drawing in early September...
2 Shelbyville police officers promoted
Two Shelbyville police officers have moved up in the ranks, it has been announced. Sgt. Brian Crews has been promoted to lieutenant over the Criminal Investigation Division, according to police chief Jan Phillips. That promotion was effective Tuesday, and Crews will be leading the CID. He replaces Pat Mathis, who was promoted to major...
XMBC brings world to your home
With all the home entertainment options these days -- cable, streaming set-top boxes and the latest movies on DVD or Blu Ray -- finding the right setup for your home theater on a tight budget can be a challenge. However, there's a free piece of open source software called XMBC (soon to be called Kodi Entertainment Center), and with a little technical know-how and patience with the set up, you can turn your personal computer into a fully functional media powerhouse...
Scam Watch: Phone scammer nets $100 from victim
A caller claiming to be from a collection agency bilked a Shelbyville woman of $100 Monday, police said. The caller said he was from Global, a collection agency for Allied Cash Advance. He told the woman, who says she has never done business with the firm, if she didn't pay $100 immediately she would be arrested...
Vehicles, building entered by thieves
Vehicles and an outbuilding were entered Monday in Shelbyville. An MP3 player and ash tray containing $5 were stolen from an unlocked vehicle at a Hilltop Drive home overnight Monday, police were told. The ash tray and vehicle's owner's manual were found a few houses away. Another area resident reported vehicles at her home were ransacked...
Cascade High hosts 'Pink Out' game Friday
It's pink out time in Tennessee! This fall 37 high schools across Tennessee are trading their traditional school colors for the pink jerseys of the fight against breast cancer. One of those is Cascade High School. The Champions are hosting Pink Out Night this Friday at 7 p.m. against Jo Byrns. Pink Out Night is sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance of Tennessee, and all proceeds go to the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer...
See eclipse the safe way
Bedford County will experience a partial solar eclipse on Thursday, with somewhere between a third and a half of the sun obscured by the moon. According to Billy Hix of Motlow State Community College, a local star-gazer and science educator, the eclipse will start at 4:52 p.m. Thursday with the maximum coverage at 5:53...
State flags hang low in Harris' honor
Flags will be lowered to half-staff over the state Capitol and other state buildings on Wednesday in honor of Pfc. Cecil E. Harris of Shelbyville, a World War II veteran whose remains were found in France in September 2013, as he is interred in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia...