Officials like new schools leader
Bedford County officials had positive comments regarding the governor's selection of a state education commissioner. Gov. Bill Haslam announced the appointment Tuesday of Dr. Candice McQueen, a teacher and dean at Lipscomb University in Nashville, as commissioner of the Department of Education. She replaces the embattled Kevin Huffman, who resigned last month...
Tax help will stay
State Rep. Pat Marsh said on Tuesday that there are no plans to do away with the state-funded property tax relief program. Bedford County Trustee Tonya Davis had discussed her concerns about the program during a report to Bedford County Board of Commissioners earlier this month. The Times-Gazette incorrectly reported that those concerns had to do with the 2014-2015 fiscal year, when actually they were about future fiscal years...
Central honor students, counterparts network
Two Shelbyville Central High seniors had the opportunity recently to travel out West and network with their peers from around the country. Amanda Jones and Clorissa Campbell attended the LEAD Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico last month. They made the trip on behalf of the school's National Honor Society. The society's adviser, Claudia House, also attended...
Video to alert of Wartrace blockages
A new project, funded by a homeland security grant, will place video cameras at the railroad crossing in Wartrace so that emergency dispatchers will know as soon as possible when the railroad tracks there are blocked. Bedford County Emergency Management Agency director Scott Johnson reported on the project during Tuesday night's meeting of Bedford County Board of Commissioners' law enforcement committee...
Paramedic charged with stealing drugs
A former Marshall County paramedic has been charged with stealing drugs stored on ambulances. At the request of 17th District Attorney General Robert Carter, TBI agents began investigating Scott Smith, 38, of Belfast, a former employee of Marshall County Emergency Medical Service, on Nov. 19. A Marshall County grand jury charged Smith with one count of theft and one count of official misconduct Wednesday...
Wine Walk visitor steals debit card number
A participant in last week's Wine Walk is suspected of stealing, and later using, a debit card number belonging to an involved merchant. Fifteen to 20 charges were made to the card Tuesday, including one to match.com, the Bedford County Sheriff's Depart ment said. The victim created an account in an attempt to find the card's user and found an inactive email address was also stolen...
Jennifer Jordan (right) buys a ham from Benita Caldwell, director for development of The Center for Family Development. The hams, which cost $35, benefit the center's mission of serving at-need children and families. To buy a ham, simply stop by the center's office on the square. Or, call the center at 931-684-4676. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Turning a page
With the new library progressing on South Jefferson Street, the Shelbyville & Bedford County Public Library board is now accepting bids for the library's existing home at 100 South Main St. Library director Rita Allen says she's not sure what to expect from the bid process...
E-learning grows in popularity
The Bedford County Board of Education heard a presentation on online high school courses during a short meeting Tuesday night. Betsy Norris, grants and e-learning supervisor, described the current status of the online program, called Bedford E-Learn. The program gives priority to at-risk students, but there are various reasons students may enroll. Norris works closely with graduation coaches...
They're stuffed, but these gorillas enjoy full lives
A man walks into a gas station and orders a biscuit. His gorillas stay in the van. Yes, he has gorillas. No, they don't eat bananas -- or biscuits. Because they're stuffed gorillas. Loy Sudberry has been cruising around town for 20 years with Clyde the Stuffed Gorilla, getting into monkey business with grandkids and great-grandkids alike...
Drugs, shoes taken from county home
Prescription medication, coveralls and a pair of tennis shoes were taken from a Quail Valley Road home Sunday or Monday, the Bedford County Sheriff's Department reported. Cabinets, shelves and a water line for a refrigerator were stolen from a Sun Circle residence Monday, Shelbyvile police said...
Driver in double fatality indicted by county grand jury
A man charged with the traffic deaths of two passengers in August was indicted by the Bedford County grand jury Monday. Austin Myles Tomlin, 22, is charged with two counts each of vehicular homicide and vehicular homicide driver intoxication in the deaths of Tristan Nichols and Richard Grijalva. He will make his next appearance in court on Jan. 22...
Webb campuses gather in Bell Buckle
The Webb School in Bell Buckle, founded by W.R. "Sawney" Webb in 1870, hosted representatives from The Webb Schools in Claremont, Calif., and Webb School of Knoxville., on Dec. 8. Thompson Webb, son of Sawney Webb, founded the schools in Claremont in 1922, and Robert "Bob" Webb, Sawney's grandson, founded Webb School of Knoxville in 1955...
Robotics team advances to state
On Dec. 6, Thomas Magnet School's Lego Robotics team attended the FIRST Lego League Regionals in Tullahoma. The regionals were organized by the Tullahoma Chapter of the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers. Thomas Magnet school will be advancing to the state competition on Feb. 14 in Cookeville...
A soft landing
Two men rush to retrieve a mattress snatched from their pickup truck by the wind as they traveled down South Cannon Boulevard. (T-G Photo by Derrick Hill)
Haslam reaches Medicaid deal
NASHVILLE -- Gov. Bill Haslam announced Monday that he has reached a deal with federal officials to expand Medicaid in Tennessee after months of discussions. The governor is touting it as an alternative deal with federal officials. The program, dubbed Insure Tennessee, would provide coverage for the state's uninsured without creating new taxes for Tennesseans...
Osler admits murder
An admitted killer will spend the next 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to second degree murder in the death of a Shelbyville man. Ronnie Dwayne Osler, 46, of Jackson made a plea appearance Monday before Circuit Court Judge Forest Durard, agreeing to a sentence of three decades in jail at 100 percent...
'Superfan' lives on screen
Mark McGee of Shelbyville, a former editor for the Times-Gazette and a former sports writer for the Nashville Banner, is sports information director at Lipscomb University in Nashville, his alma mater. I can tell you from my time working with him that he's also a big movie fan...
Spending: Same or less
Of participants in a non-scientific Times-Gazette web site poll, about 46 percent expect to spend about the same on Christmas gifts this year as they spent in 2013, while about 40 percent say they'll spend less this year than last year. Only about 11 percent expect to spend more this year than last year, while about 3 percent weren't sure yet at the time they took the poll...
Gearhart ruling to be released in '15
A ruling on evidence related to one of the remaining suspects allegedly involved in a conspiracy to murder a Unionville man won't come until next year. Circuit Court Judge Forest Durard stated his ruling on the pretrial motion on Sean Alexander Gearhardt will not be released until January...
Officer tases suspect following foot chase
Police used a taser to stop a suspect as he allegedly reached into his front pockets following a foot chase on Landers Street early Sunday night. Kirby Lashure Butcher, 39, of Cliffside Avenue was treated and released at Heritage Medical Center after telling police he couldn't breathe, officer Jose Garza said in his report. Butcher was charged with fleeing to avoid arrest and was being held on $1,500 bond Monday at Bedford County Jail...
Farm bill meeting planned
The local County Farm Service Agency Offices, UT Extension and TSU Cooperative Extension Program are hosting a Farm Bill meeting on Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, at 9 a.m. at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds, 1003 Hedgemont Avenue in Fayetteville. The meeting is free and open to the public.* ...
Dangerous beetle threatens walnut trees
NASHVILLE -- The Tennessee Department of Agriculture has announced the discovery of Walnut Twig Beetles, which transmit Thousand Cankers Disease (TCD), a walnut tree killing disease, in Marion County. The county is now buffer regulated. Citizens in buffer counties can move walnut tree products and hardwood firewood within buffer counties, but not outside. Products can also be moved into a quarantine county, but not taken back out...
Youth loses life in Fairfield Pike crash
A Shelbyville youth lost his life in a single-vehicle accident Friday afternoon on Fairfield Pike. William Tristan Richmond, 15, was dead at the scene, the Tennessee Highway Patrol said. Richmond was in the left rear seat of a 1999 Ford Explorer driven by Kyle A. Becerra, 17, of Shelbyville...
Sipping, shopping, strolling
Merchants on the Shelbyville square held the Sip, Shop, and Stroll Wine Walk on Friday. Shoppers were invited to visit participating businesses and sample a variety of wines while they enjoyed their experience. Above, James Ray looks on as Calvin Cannon, owner of Torso Shirts for Men, pours a sample of wine. Below, Jo Ann Holland, Sylvia Pinson, Kay Rose, and Dawn Holley stopped by The Pomegranate as they made their way around the square. (T-G Photos by Derrick Hill)...