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Inauguration watch party (01/22/17)
A group of supporters of Donald Trump gathered Friday at El Mexico restaurant to watch the presidential inauguration ceremonies. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
iHOBBY: Amateur radio - Fun with a serious side (01/22/17)
iHobby is a new feature in which we introduce you to someone with an interesting talent, hobby or pursuit -- and then tell you how you can get involved. We'd love suggestions of people and/or hobbies for future columns; send them to tgnews@t-g.com. Amateur radio isn't just a hobby, as James Curtis points out. ...
Cancer foundation wants you to join, help raise funds (01/22/17)
A charity that supports local cancer patients is recruiting new members and trying to spread the word about the work it does. Bedford Cancer Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides money, called grants, to local cancer patients to pay certain living expenses such as utilities, groceries and gas. Recipients must live in Bedford County...
'It all begins today' -- Trump era starts (01/20/17)
WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump, the real estate mogul and reality television star who upended American politics and energized voters angry with Washington, will be sworn in Friday as the 45th president of the United States, putting Republicans in control of the White House for the first time in eight years...
Reading, writing...camping (01/20/17)
When you think of The Webb School, you probably think of college prep, math, science and all things academic. However, camping and hiking are also on the curriculum. Brian Wofford and Joe Griggs run The Webb School's Wilderness Instruction and Leadership Development (W.I.L.D.) and Outerlimits programs. The teachers take students on frequent trips into the outdoors and teach a for-credit class on the outdoors -- one recent lesson was on using camp stoves...
It's time to show off that precious arrival (01/20/17)
The Times-Gazette will publish its "New Babies of 2016" feature on Tuesday, Jan. 31, giving family members a chance to show off last year's new arrivals. The annual advertising feature gives families a special keepsake that they can clip and save...
Suspect strikes officer while being arrested (01/20/17)
A suspect was charged with assault on an officer after an incident as she was being arrested early Monday. Stephanie Carol Randolph, 42, of Hendon Memorial Road allegedly injured a Shelbyville man during an argument earlier. City police officers were attempting to arrest Randolph on a domestic violence charge for that incident when she began arguing with officer David Dye and "struck Lt. Fred Harvey in the leg with her left leg." Dye said in his report.'...
Blood donations needed during winter months (01/20/17)
Following several rounds of severe winter weather in many parts of the country, the American Red Cross urges eligible blood and platelet donors to help restock its shelves to overcome a shortage. Since Dec. 1, about 300 blood drives across 27 states have been forced to cancel due to inclement winter weather, resulting in more than 10,500 blood and platelet donations going uncollected. ...
Donation to Center for Family Development (01/20/17)
Ron and Ardeth Obenauf recently presented a donation to The Center for Family Development. Front row, from left: Denise Hobbs, executive director, and Ron Obenauf. Back row: Mary Faxon, Jeannie Edwards, Sue Fletcher and Christina Cox. The center is at 1304 Madison St. (Submitted photo)
Higher gas taxes urged by governor (01/19/17)
Gov. Bill Haslam sought to soften the blow of a proposed gas tax increase on Wednesday by coupling it with proposals to reduce the state sales tax on groceries, changing the formula for the state franchise and excise tax, and continuing to cut the Hall income tax on investments...
Making learning fun (01/19/17)
Youth services librarian Lis Ann Morehart (left) makes learning about circles fun during Storytime at the Shelbyville-Bedford County Library Wednesday. At right is Hayley Clanton. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Relief ahead for 'drenched' students (01/19/17)
Southside Elementary School and its PTO plan to install an awning to connect portable classrooms to the main building, the school board was told Tuesday. The Bedford County Board of Education approved the plan during its monthly meeting. "Today, the kids came in and they were drenched," Southside principal Reita Vaughn told the board...
Final vote on new jail site approaches (01/19/17)
Bedford County commissioners are preparing Tuesday night for a vote that could change the future of law enforcement, and Shelbyville's development, for years to come. The special called commission meeting to vote on the jail site will be 7 p.m. Tuesday in the second floor courtroom at the county courthouse. Commissioners will decide between two possible sites for a new jail and justice center -- one on Harts Chapel Road, and another on Green Lane. Each has its pros and cons...
Celebration break to end? (01/18/17)
Could Bedford County schools end the tradition of closing for the Celebration? Superintendent Don Embry threw that scenario out during Tuesday's Board of Education meeting. The board approved the 2017-2018 calendar, which includes the traditional break for the horse show. Classes would start Aug. 1 and dismiss from Aug. 28 through Sept. 4 for the show...
County animal facility to expand (01/18/17)
An expansion of Bedford County Animal Control's facility on Lane Parkway is ready to be put out for bid, director Jack Cooper reported to Bedford County Board of Commissioners' law enforcement and workhouse committee Tuesday night. The expansion is being funded by a grant from PetSmart Charities, said Cooper...
Making friends and influencing people (01/18/17)
Susan Garrett of Dale Carnegie Training speaks to a group of listeners Tuesday night at the Chamber about an upcoming 12-week course "How to Have Your Best Year Yet." To sign up or for more information about the class, which starts Jan. 31, contact Garrett at 615-579-5577. (T-G Photos by Sadie Fowler)
Convicted felon found in possession of pistol (01/18/17)
Police found a Smith & Wesson .40 caliber pistol in the possession of a convicted felon Friday morning, reports indicate. Barry Roach, 51, of Lascassas was a passenger in a rental car stopped after the driver was clocked as speeding. The car's driver was found not to be on the rental contract and police would not let her drive it further...
Paying tribute to MLK (01/17/17)
Keep fighting against injustice, the Rev. Randall Webster said during Gilliland Historical Resource Center's fifth annual Martin Luther King Jr. luncheon Monday. The pastor of Woodfork Chapel AME Church spoke to guests at the Shelbyville Recreation Center following a program of readings and gospel music. The theme of the event was "A Legacy of Strength: A Future of Hope." Webster thanked the Gilliland House for inviting him to speak...
End of an era (01/17/17)
Wartrace Town Recorder Kathy Tyson shot this photo of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus train last month as it passed through Wartrace following performances in Nashville. The self-proclaimed "Greatest Show On Earth" announced last week that it was shutting down operations after 146 years. On two occasions in the mid-2000s, Ringling Bros. brought a one-ring "hometown edition" of its show to Calsonic Arena in Shelbyville. (Photo by Kathy Tyson)
Student aid forms due for Tennessee Promise (01/17/17)
Today is the deadline for students participating in Tennessee Promise to fill out their FAFSA forms. The tnAchieves website, tnachieves.org, provides the deadlines that students need to stay on track from high school through college with the scholarship program...
Items taken from two shop buildings in county (01/17/17)
Speakers, auto parts and an airsoft gun were among items taken from a shop at a home on Highway 130 East. The victim said a man was at the home earlier loading speakers into a small, black truck, the Bedford County Sheriff's Office said. That man was described as being in his late 20s-early 30s with a "chin strap" beard and wearing a blue shirt, blue jeans and a hat...
Marsh re-appointed to chair business committee (01/17/17)
The Tennessee House of Representatives officially gaveled into session last week in Nashville, marking the beginning of the 110th General Assembly. As part of the opening day ceremonies, State Rep. Pat Marsh (R-Shelbyville) took the oath of office and was officially sworn into the Tennessee House of Representatives...
Quilts for children (01/17/17)
Flat Creek Family and Community Education Club members donated homemade quilts to the Bedford County Sheriff's Office as their final activity before shutting down. The club has been active since 1965, member Cecelia Dougan said, and is breaking up because members are heavily involved in other activities. From left are Emma Tyree, Sgt. Josh Tolar, Candace Lawen, Rhonda Styer, Cecelia Dougan, Debbie Ottinger, deputy Jared Featherstone and Sheriff Austin Swing. The club donated 12 youth-sized quilts deputies will give to children who must be removed from their homes. First United Methodist Church has a similar program for city police. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Scholarship donation (01/17/17)
Continuing its support of technical education, the Gene Haas Foundation has donated funds to the Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Shelbyville Machine Tool Technology program for student scholarships. Gene Haas is America's leading builder of CNC machine tools. Ken Potts (left), the regional Sales Engineer for HAAS in this area, presents TCAT-S director Ivan Jones with a $13,000 check to be used for student scholarships. (Submitted photo)
Horse industry to fight new USDA rules (01/15/17)
Members of the Tennessee Walking Horse industry say they were not too surprised by the USDA's ban on pads and action devices announced Friday. Most of the rules, including a ban on pads and wedges, would take effect Jan. 1, 2018. However, action devices, except for certain boots, would be banned at shows and other events 30 days after being published to the Federal Register...