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Saturday, Sep. 20, 2014
Poll
Are you interested in a smartwatch like the recently announced Apple Watch, the Pebble, or the Samsung Galaxy Gear?
 Yes
 Yes, but only at a lower price than current models
 No
 Don't know; I want more information
 I already own one

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UPDATED: Homecoming cheers (09/19/14)
Students at Liberty School were pumped up and ready for Thursday night's game against Westwood as Homecoming festivities continued this week, with a huge pep rally in the gym on Thursday. The Patriots won. (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
Energy assistance available (09/19/14)
South Central Human Resource Agency will begin accepting applications for the 2015 Low Income Energy Assistance Program on Oct. 1. This program helps low-income households through direct payments to their energy provider. Households with total actual income below 150 percent of the federal poverty guidelines may be assisted. ...
UPDATE: SUV fatality tentatively identified (09/19/14)
One person died early this morning in an SUV crash on Warners Bridge Road just west of Shelbyville. Investigators said the driver of the older-model Chevrolet Suburban lost control shortly after 3 a.m. on a sharp curve in the 200 block less than a mile from the Shelbyville city limits...
Water: Yes or No? Adequate flow for industrial park debated (09/19/14)
A letter from the Bedford County Utility District (BCUD) to the city of Shelbyville says there is enough water flow for fire protection at the site of a proposed industrial park. But the test results submitted to city officials dealing with the service questions are a little over five years old...
Girl Scouts tour Times-Gazette (09/19/14)
Times-Gazette City Editor John I. Carney gave a tour of the newspaper Thursday to members of Girl Scout Troop 2878 from Cascade Elementary School. The girls learned about advertising, graphics, page design, writing and more. They are working to earn a writing badge. To schedule a tour, call Carney at 684-1200. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Bypass finish asked by Marsh, Tracy (09/19/14)
State Sen. Jim Tracy and State Rep. Pat Marsh have added their voices to local officials asking the state to consider completing the western leg of the Shelbyville bypass, State Route 437. Tracy and Marsh released a copy of a letter, dated Thursday, which they sent to Tennessee Commissioner of Transportation John Schroer in support of the bypass. Tracy chairs the Senate Transportation Committee...
Williams in race for re-election to council (09/19/14)
James "Jamie" Williams has announced his candidacy for re-election to the 4th Ward seat on Shelbyville City Council in the Nov. 4 general election. Williams, 36, is a life-long resident of Shelbyville. He is married to the former Laura Bomar of Wartrace and they have one son, Isaac...
Webb Craft Fair to be held Oct. 18-19 (09/19/14)
One of Middle Tennessee's premiere annual events, the 38th annual Webb School Arts and Craft Fair, will be held Oct. 18-19 in Bell Buckle, sponsored by the Bell Buckle Chamber of Commerce and The Webb School. Hours will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday...
Bedford Lake good place to go fish (09/19/14)
In Bedford County, about 14 miles east of Wartrace and Shelbyville is a small but real gem of a lake. The Coy Gaither Bedford Lake is only 47 acres in size, but anglers and others have been enjoying its offerings for over three-quarters of a century. Its rich history and fishing lore has enamored several generations of Tennesseans...
CORRECTED: Parking verdict possible (09/18/14)
Bedford County is considering making the inside portion of the courthouse parking lot available for parking by permit only. The idea was discussed Tuesday night by Bedford County Board of Commissioners' rules and legislative committee, which placed it on the agenda for the full commission meeting next month...
Driver in double fatality was speeding, intoxicated: Police (09/18/14)
The man charged with the traffic deaths of two passengers in his car was intoxicated and driving at a high rate of speed seconds before the crash, police said. Austin Myles Tomlin, 22, of Stern Lane was charged Wednesday with two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and one count of reckless driving in connection with the Aug. 1 deaths of Tristan Nichols and Richard Grijalva...
Red, white and blue (09/18/14)
Kindergarten and first-grade students at Thomas Magnet School, and their teachers, form the shape and colors of the American flag Wednesday. Students will take on three projects this year by grade level, once per month. Kindergarten and first grades will do red, white and blue themes to learn about military service members; grades two-three will learn about the environment; and fourth-fifth graders will learn about serving other people. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Freedom's new threat: Unreasonable search (09/18/14)
The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is intended to protect people from unreasonable search and seizure, but the USA PATRIOT Act and other changes made since 9/11 have had the effect of weakening it in some circumstances, according to discussion at Wednesday's Constitution Day observance at Motlow State Community College...
More than $50K drives safe roads (09/18/14)
Local law enforcement received grants this week to support highway traffic safety efforts. The Shelbyville Police Department received $30,384.29 for alcohol enforcement while the Bedford County Sheriff's Department got $19,820 for enforcement efforts...
Convicted murderer gets new hearing (09/18/14)
A man convicted of a 2001 slaying has been granted the right to an evidentiary hearing by the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals. Dennis Cedric Woodard, Jr. was convicted in the April 13, 2001 shooting death of Scott Shafer near Deery Street in Shelbyville...
Driver in double fatality faces homicide charge (09/18/14)
The driver of a vehicle in which two people were killed in July was charged with vehicular homicide Wednesday. Austin Myles Tomlin, 22, of Stern Lane is charged with two counts of vehicular homicide and one count of reckless driving, Lt. Trey Clanton of the Shelbyville Police Department said. He was being held on $500,000 bond Wednesday at Bedford County Jail...
'Daddy's Dyin' ... Who's Got The Will? (09/18/14)
The comedy "Daddy's Dyin'... Who's Got The Will?" by Del Shores will be presented Friday and Saturday, and Sept. 26-28, at The Fly Arts Center on South Main Street. Show times are 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. for the Sept. 28 matinee. Call 684-8359 for reservations. The play, recommended for ages 16 and up, is the story, both comic and dramatic, of a boisterous Texas family drawn together and pushed apart by the impending death of its patriarch. The cast includes (standing from left) April Glosson-Smith as Evalita, Meredith Miller as Marlene, John I. Carney as Orville, (seated) Keith Davis as Harmony, director Sue Thelen as Mama Wheelis, Martin Jones as Buford, Andrea McTigue as Sara Lee and Leslie Talbott as Lurlene. (Submitted photo)
Introducing the new teachers (09/18/14)
The Bedford County Board of Education got to meet with 81 of 82 new teachers Tuesday during a reception at Shelbyville Central High School. "We hope you all stay in Bedford County," said board chairwoman Amy Martin. Board member Glenn Forsee said, "Thank you for not going through the motions. Thank you for teaching students. You have more days ahead of you than behind you."...
Suit-forced budget cuts prove costly (09/17/14)
A breakdown of cuts to this year's Shelbyville city budget due to a litigation settlement to Wright Paving shows that each department had to make sacrifices. Last Friday, the city paid the company $1.5 million after a 10-year legal battle over a proposed rock quarry on L. Fisher Road...
82 new teachers hired (09/17/14)
The Bedford County school system has hired 82 new educators out of about 200 applicants since the end of last school year. Human resource manager James Claybourne provided that data Tuesday during the school board meeting. Thirty out of 80 applicants from a first-ever job fair in May were hired...
Security upgrades for rural schools approved (09/17/14)
The second phase of school security upgrades was approved Tuesday. The Bedford County Board of Education approved a $75,168.33 capital outlay for electronic upgrades to elementary schools in the unincorporated portions of the county. Phase I was carried out last year at elementary schools inside the city limits...
A party for pets...and you, too (09/17/14)
The 10th annual Celebration Pet Day, taking place this Saturday at Bedford County Agriculture and Education Center on Midland Road, is stuffed with both fun and practical attractions for pet owners of all ages. "People will have a ball when they come," said Christine Carlton, treasurer of Shelbyville & Bedford County Humane Association, which organizes the event. SBCHA is an independent local organization, and all money raised stays in Bedford County, said Carlton...
Cunningham enters race for city mayor (09/17/14)
Lee Roy Cunningham has announced his candidacy for mayor of Shelbyville in the Nov. 4 general election. Cunningham is a lifelong resident of Bedford County and has served on the City Council twice in past years. He currently serves on the Solid Waste board...
Fleeing suspect runs into doctor's office (09/17/14)
A suspect attempted to escape custody by running into a physician's office Tuesday afternoon, authorities said. David Michael King, 22, of Birch Street ran into the office of Dr. Lynette Adams, North Main Street, where witnesses directed Deputy Clyde Boyce to a restroom where he was allegedly hiding...
Respondents not bothered by construction (09/17/14)
More than half of the respondents to a non-scientific Times-Gazette poll say the construction on North Main Street hasn't affected their shopping or dining habits. "I'm used to big city construction," wrote one respondent. "This is nothing." "TDOT [Tennessee Department of Transportation] has done a great job of keeping traffic moving," wrote another. "It especially has not kept me from El Mexico," a restaurant located right in the middle of the construction zone...