Arts, crafts and people: Thousands swarm Bell Buckle
Thousands of people from all over the South -- and possibly the nation -- converged on Bell Buckle Saturday for the 38th annual Webb School Art and Craft Show. "I think every yard is filled up," said Linda Simmons, director of the Downtown Show, one of three official shows. The Webb Show and Maple Street are the other official shows. "I think this will be our biggest year, with the weather. People have been cooped up until now."...
Changing direction: Pinson nears retirement as recreation director
After a little over eight years of directing Shelbyville's parks and recreation department, Sylvia Pinson is hanging up her sneakers. But don't think for a minute she'll be slowing down anytime soon. In fact, she plans to increase her community involvement after retirement...
Wanted: Publix in Bedford; Facebook page asks for new store
One Bell Buckle resident is hoping and wishing for a Publix grocery store to locate to Bedford County -- and is asking others to help her invite the chain here. Tammy Valmus launched a Facebook page last year titled "Bring Publix to Bedford County." Although she started it last year, the page lay dormant until recently. Currently, it has just over 700 likes, and is growing...
T-G News Quiz for Oct. 19, 2014
Here's our look back at the past seven days in local news. Choose the best answer for each question. 1) How many amendments to the Tennessee Constitution are on the November election ballot? A. 1 B. 2 C. 3 D. 4 2) Four siblings from Liberty School, at an assembly last week, were told they were being given a special prize and asked to close their eyes. When they opened them, they saw......
Three's the number at burglary on farm
Thefts came in threes at a farm on Stewart Road this week. Three grain bin motors and three switch boxes were stolen and batteries were stolen from three farm implements between Monday and Thursday, according to a Bedford County Sheriff's Department report...
Hord trial dates reset for January
Trial dates for a former Bedford County detective have been reset to early next year. On Feb. 24, a four-day trial will begin for Rebecca Hord, 58, of Shelbyville, charged in 2013 with theft over $10,000, official misconduct and four counts of forgery...
Tree honors abuse victims
A pin oak tree was planted Friday in honor of victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence. The tree was planted in a ceremony at Purdy Court Park sponsored by Haven of Hope, a shelter for domestic abuse victims. It's part of the observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month...
Habitat Ball prep begins
Tyson Foods, Inc. is a Silver Sponsor of the 2015 Habitat Ball to be held on Feb. 14, 2015. Committee members accepting their donation are Sheri Heflin, Shelley Jones, Tyson Complex HR Manager Robert Solano, Mickey McLean, and Linda Brown. The annual Habitat Ball is the major fundraiser for Bedford Builds Habitat for Humanity. (Submitted photo)
'If it saves one child....' Safety seat checks return to annual event
After a break of several years, child seat safety checks are returning to the United Way Child Safety Day, which will be held 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Oct. 25 at H.V. Griffin Park. Josh Carney knows all too well the value of a properly used and installed child safety seat. He said his sister, Amber Poynor, was rear-ended by a drunk driver in an accident...
Santa hits the park two months early
Halloween may be just a few weeks away, but some have noticed that the city's parks department is already getting the Christmas decorations out. That's because putting it all together and getting it installed does not happen overnight, according to parks and recreation director Sylvia Pinson, and there are a lot of other projects going on...
Industrial park high on city's agenda
A proposed industrial park will now be "a front-burner issue" for Shelbyville's city council after Bedford County commissioners committed to spend up to $600,000 on the project. That commitment was one of three issues the council was waiting on -- the second being questions about water pressure at the site, which have recently been resolved...
Alumni barbecue supports local FFA chapter
The Future Farmers of America Alumni of Shelbyville Central High School are holding a barbecue supper on Nov. 8. The event will be at the SCHS cafeteria. Doors open at 5 p.m. Local barbecue cooking team Backwoods Smoke Shack will serve fresh meals starting at 6. The $10 tickets are available at Corner Cleaners, Select Trailer Co. and from any SCHS FFA member. Advance ticket purchase is appreciated. To buy a ticket, you may call 580-7630...
Police tipped off to drug suspect's location
An anonymous tip led investigators to a drug suspect Wednesday afternoon. The caller told the Bedford County Sheriff's Department that Larry Allen Walls, 31, of Barksdale Lane, who was wanted for violation of probation, was outside an apartment on Barksdale Lane...
County agrees to industrial park funding
Bedford County Board of Commissioners came out strongly in favor of the proposed business / industrial park on Frank Martin Road Tuesday night, committing to spend up to $600,000 on the project. The city and county have each agreed to cover $600,000 towards the total Phase I cost of the project, $1.2 million. ...
Early voting in progress
Early voting is underway in the Election Commission office at Bedford County Courthouse. Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursdays, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays through Oct. 30. A photo ID and voter registration card are required....
Bell Buckle fights back against meth
Bell Buckle residents expressed concern about meth labs cropping up following several incidents earlier this month. Police chief Tommy Wiley told the board of mayor and aldermen that more warrants and arrests in the case are coming, saying the matter is still "an open investigation."...
Some square parking will be permit-only
Bedford County will make 50 of the 75 parking spaces on the north and east sides of the county courthouse permit-only and will issue permits to county employees. The plan was approved Tuesday night by Bedford County Board of Commissioners. The county controls the 75 parking spaces inside the L-shaped concrete island that wraps around the north and east sides of the parking lot. The spaces outside that island are controlled by the City of Shelbyville and aren't affected by Tuesday night's action...
Tree planting to honor victims of domestic violence
Survivors of domestic and sexual violence are strong, and a ceremony Friday will make that statement, one advocate says. The Haven of Hope, a regional domestic violence center, is planting a pin oak tree Friday in Shelbyville to honor victims/survivors of domestic and sexual violence. The planting will take place at 11 a.m. at Purdy Court Park, across from Food Lion...
Author to discuss domestic violence
Middle Tennessee State University will observe Domestic Violence Awareness Month with a special emphasis on the role men can play in stemming the problem. Tony Porter, co-founder and co-director of "A Call to Men: The Next Generation of Manhood," will deliver an address on the subject at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, in the Tennessee Room of the James Union Building on campus...
Best buddies: Shelter seeks forever home for dogs that are friends
The humane association is looking for a forever home for two dogs -- and best friends -- that were left at a homeless shelter. "They are a bonded pair and we want to adopt them out together, which is harder to do, but since they have been together for a long time we hate to separate them," said Kimberly Warren. She is vice president of the Shelbyville-Bedford County Humane Association (SBCHA)...
Bicentennial Mall to host state history festival
The Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park in Nashville will host the 11 Annual Tennessee History Festival Oct. 17-18. The festival's living history brings Tennessee's unique and compelling stories to life. Living historians will portray Tennessean's including John Sevier, Sgt. Alvin C. York and David Crockett along with British soldiers at Fort Loudon, Cherokees and women's suffragettes...
Cooking up some tales
The always-personable Lynne Tolley, who retired earlier this year as proprietor of Miss Mary Bobo's in Lynchburg, told tales about her work with the restaurant and with the Jack Daniel Distillery, which owns it, during the annual Friends of Argie Cooper Public Library author's luncheon on Tuesday at Blue Ribbon Circle...
Yes or No? Abortion rights rest on decision
Murder. A woman's right to control her body. Right to life. A woman's body. Pro-choice. Pro-life. A baby's life. Yes on 1. No on 1. There are many terms associated with abortion, and which ones you use depend on which side you support. Voters on both sides of the debate will have a chance to have their say in the general elections. Early voting starts today, and election day is Nov. 4...
Man holds ex-lover hostage
A Culleoka man allegedly holding his former girlfriend hostage in Shelbyville was arrested Tuesday afternoon. Paul Brent Baxter, 44, was arrested at a Landers Street apartment complex, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said in a press release. Emma Christine Rowe, 35, of Lewisburg was taken to Heritage Medical Center for treatment...
Wallet, pair of glasses attract theives
A wallet containing $105 belonging to an employee of McDonald's, Madison Street, was stolen while she was at work between 9-11 p.m. Sunday. The victim told Shelbyville police she was unsure if the wallet had been left in an office or restroom. A table, jewelry and pair of glasses were stolen from a home on Highway 64 East on Monday, the Bedford County Sheriff's Department was told...