Walk on...it may be faster
With visitors to the Celebration arriving this week, traffic on North Main Street is expected to pick up rapidly. Work on Shelbyville's main thoroughfare will continue during the 10 days of the National Walking Horse Celebration, according to Heather Jensen, TDOT community relations officer for Region 3...
Last day for wine petition
Thursday is the deadline to sign a petition to allow wine sales in grocery stores in Shelbyville, with 124 more signatures needed as of Tuesday. However, county election commissioner Summer Leverette stressed those signing the petition must be city voters, and the final count has yet to be made...
Trade fair shifts locations, hours
The Celebration Trade Fair is moving outdoors, and becoming a part of the big show. The Trade Fair is an annual event featuring a variety of vendors selling everything from equine equipment to fine jewelry to T-shirts. In the past, it's been held during the day, inside Calsonic Arena on the horse show grounds. It closed just as the Celebration's evening performances were getting underway...
Eakin celebrates Celebration
Eakin Elementary School is celebrating The Celebration in a special way this week. The school cafeteria dressed out its food serving line with Tennessee walking horse items, including show ribbons, trophies, toy horses and a walking horse platter...
Futurity returns to Shelbyville
The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration is celebrating the return of the National Futurity show to Shelbyville. The Futurity -- which showcases younger animals in the Tennessee Walking Horse industry -- will be held at Calsonic Arena tonight...
Reward Schools to be named
The state will release the names of two or three local Reward Schools on Thursday, Superintendent Don Embry says. Reward Schools are those the Tennessee Department of Education identifies annually as having the highest overall performance or growth...
'Tax refund' sent, but recipient hadn't applied
A Shelbyville woman received a cashier's check for $3,743.15 for her 2013 tax return last Thursday, along with a note from her bank saying they couldn't directly deposit the money using her account information. Trouble is, she hadn't filed a return. A tax service told her someone else had filed a tax return using her name with Turbo Tax online, police were told...
State grant pays to fix pets
Once again, the Shelbyville-Bedford County Humane Association is a recipient of a grant to help those on fixed incomes spay and neuter their pets. SBCHA received $3,300 to help the residents of Bedford County with their pets. "This is a great grant that we rely on each year to help us in our mission of reducing pet overpopulation," said Kimberly Warren, SBCHA vice president. "Spaying and neutering your pets not only eliminates unwanted litters, but can also increase a pet's lifespan."...
Simulcast explores science, faith
The Church of Christ at Cedar Lane in Tullahoma will host a free simulcast event with the topic "Science & Faith: Are They Really In Conflict?" on Sunday, Sept. 21, from 6-7:30 p.m. Three world class speakers will discuss the topic: Eric Metaxas, author of the New York Times bestseller "Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy"; Dr. ...
Hospital patients' info taken by hackers
FRANKLIN (AP) -- Hospital operator Community Health Systems said a cyberattack took information on more than 4 million patients from its computer network earlier this year. The Franklin company -- owner of Heritage Medical Center in Shelbyville and Harton Regional Medical Center in Tullahoma -- said Monday that no medical or credit card records were taken in the attack, which may have happened in April and June. ...
'You deserve this,' robber tells victim
A man seriously injured while being robbed of his cell phone early Sunday was told repeatedly "you deserve this" as he was beaten, Shelbyville police said. Franklin Dwayne Gilbert of Shelbyville was listed in "very unstable" condition Monday at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville...
Five indicted by county grand jury
August's grand jury docket was tiny, as many cases will be returning to court next month. According to court officials, many of this month's cases from General Sessions court were bound over to the grand jury last Thursday, and there wasn't enough time to prepare those cases for presentation...
Cooper retains seat on DREMC Board
Barry Cooper retained his Zone 4 seat on the Duck River Electric Membership Corporation (DREMC) Board of Directors by defeating petition candidate Arthur "Ozzie" Howard by a margin of 274 votes -- 330 to 56 -- in the election held Aug. 11-15 at the co-op's Shelbyville District office...
Farmers may apply for FSA loans
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Tennessee Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Gene Davidson announced that farmers and ranchers still have time to apply for low interest 2014 loans available through FSA's direct farm ownership program. The deadline to submit applications is Sept. 30...
Child walks in busy street looking for mother
Motorists were startled to see a 4-year-old child walking unattended in the middle of Madison Street at Bethany Lane at mid-morning Sunday. After searching for more than 15 minutes, officers found the child had been at a home at Bedford Manor Apartments...
Sierra Brandon takes aim at the archery course while Barbara Bryant and Jason Spence supervise during the second annual JAKES (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship) event at Arrowhead Ranch. It was held by the Bedford County Longbeards, the local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation...
Rader faces 9 years for hit-and-run death
A Rutherford County man made a plea agreement Friday in connection with a fatal hit-and-run accident last year. James Wesley Rader, 42, of Millersburg Road in Rutherford County, accepted a sentence of nine years on charges of vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident knowing that death occurred...
City budget on chopping block as settlement looms
When Shelbyville's city council meets for its next study session Sept. 2, members must decide where to cut $1.5 million from the current year's budget to pay for a legal settlement. The council will have to amend the 2014-2015 budget due to the recent out-of-court settlement with Wright Paving over a rock quarry...
DREMC, Mt. Pleasant power system study merger
Duck River Electric Membership Corporation and Mount Pleasant Power System have agreed to begin the feasibility study of a possible merger. In a joint announcement, representatives of each utility said this is a preliminary step with no commitment made by either party except to explore what is best for the systems and their consumers...
Wartrace yard sale welcomes vendors
The Wartrace town wide yard sale is an annual tradition in late August for Middle Tennessee pickers and yard sale fans. On Friday, Aug. 22 and Saturday, Aug. 23, Wartrace is opening its arms to out of town dealers and encouraging residents to scour their garages and attics for items to offer the hundreds of visitors who attend the event. ...
Free mental health screening offered in October
Depression affects all walks of life. From young adults to the elderly and across all races, nearly one in 10 people in the U.S. suffer from depression. Screening for depression and other mood disorders allows individuals to identify warning signs early and connect with the appropriate treatment resources. Early recognition and treatment offers the best opportunity for recovery...
County clerk Prater looks forward to retirement
In 1990, Kathy Prater worked for what had been Peoples National Bank, on the north side of the Shelbyville square. Peoples was bought out by Virginia-based Dominion Bank, and while the new owners gave assurances everyone could keep their jobs, Prater wasn't so sure...
Tracy gains 1 vote as results certified
Bedford County Election Commission, meeting Thursday morning, certified the results of the Aug. 7 primary and general elections, but in the only race still in dispute -- the Republican primary for the 4th District House of Representative seat -- the new totals only changed State Sen. Jim Tracy's vote count by one...
City takes action on proposed business park
Shelbyville's city council took the first steps Thursday to move ahead with plans for a proposed business park. Two ordinances were passed on first reading -- one to annex 88 acres on Frank Martin Road and another to rezone the property as light industrial...
Firehouse barbecue preparations
Members of the Chamber of Commerce and city and county firefighters are busy planning the Firehouse Barbecue set for Monday, Sept. 15 at the Tennessee Fire Service and Code Academy from 5-7 p.m. Tickets are $10 and net proceeds will go to local fire departments for smoke detectors for the community. Door prizes will be awarded. For more information, call the Chamber at 931-684-3482. (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)