Special holiday shared in new 'Chicken Soup' volume
As an instructor in Tennessee College of Applied Technology- Shelbyville's industrial maintenance program, Chris Cantrell teaches his students how to keep industrial machinery going, so that big factories can stay in constant production. But Cantrell also understands the value of down time, and it was not productivity but a power outage which landed him in the pages of a new book...
Durham governs in exile
NASHVILLE -- Amid the frenzied negotiations, flaring tempers and occasional frivolity marking the end of another Tennessee legislative session, one lawmaker stayed conspicuously alone and quiet. While Republicans and Democrats held emergency caucus meetings to discuss the latest twists in the legislative endgame, Rep. Jeremy Durham sat silently at his desk in the largely deserted House chamber...
Women vets in Field of Heroes spotlight
Gene Williams is making plans for the third annual Field of Heroes Ceremony to honor veterans. The ceremony will take place at Willow Mount Cemetery from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Memorial Day, May 30. This year's theme is honoring women veterans. "We want to honor the women veterans," Williams said...
Women of achievement exemplify service to others
Serving others -- one common denominator that all the award recipients at Wednesday's 23rd annual Professional Women's Luncheon share. Winners include Colleen Fogle, Professional Woman of the Year; Brenda Clifford, Secretary of the year; Christy Womack, Volunteer of the Year; and Lisa Chick, Faithful Service Award...
Testing vendor fired by state
Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen on Wednesday borrowed a line from Donald Trump's "The Apprentice" TV show and said, "You're fired," to the company that had been supplying schools with the troubled TNReady tests. McQueen made the announcement during a press conference in Nashville. She said the statewide testing contract with vendor Measurement Inc. (MI) would end immediately...
Stolen car recovered in Lewisburg
A "trip to the doctor" Tuesday turned out to be a trip to Lewisburg and resulted in a charge of theft of property for the driver, the Bedford County Sheriff's Office said. Mary Elizabeth Henson, 29, of Lewisburg was told by a Warners Bridge Road resident she could drive a friend to a doctor's office, then return the car...
Goodwill hosts job fair May 3
A nine-employer job fair, a Community Resource Fair and an Education Fair are among events planned in Shelbyville for Goodwill Week, May 2-6. Every year during the first full week of May, independent Goodwill agencies across the United States and Canada celebrate the power of work through local activities. ...
Rabies clinic and bake sale planned
Middle Tennessee Spay & Neuter Clinic, 846 Union St., will host a rabies clinic and bake sale on Saturday. The event will be held in the back parking lot from 8 a.m. to noon for $9 each pet. Other vaccinations are $15 each. Microchipping is $20. Please have correct change. For more information, call 684-5353...
T-G guest speaker at DAR
Times-Gazette staff writer Jason Reynolds was the guest speaker at the Shelby Chapter of DAR's Wednesday meeting at Riverbend Country Club. Reynolds gave tips on submitting stories and photos to the T-G, the economic value of a home newspaper subscription, as well as the newspaper's many supplementary publications such as Salute magazine and the Business & Services Directory. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
From abuse to loads of love
An MTSU student who is majoring in social work shared her childhood story of abuse, hunger and playing second to pets during a fundraiser to help other children going through similar dire straits. Anne Marie Rainwater, 22, was one of two guest speakers for CASA Works Inc.'s annual "I Am For The Child" luncheon. The fundraiser was held Tuesday at First Baptist Church on Depot Street...
Matheson brings additional hope for the missing
Kristy Matheson is a perfect example of how to turn tragedy into hope. After her brother, Bobby Smelcer, went missing Nov. 21, 2010 and his partial skull was found on April 16, 2013, she decided to use her experience to move forward -- in a big way...
Cost study asked for Cascade
Planning is underway on the projected cash flow which would be needed if a new Cascade High School is approved and funded in the coming fiscal year, according to discussion Tuesday night at Bedford County Financial Management Committee. "The project's not funded yet," clarified County Finance Director Robert Daniel...
Runners, walkers hit the trail in support of Arrowhead Ranch
It was an exciting finish on a beautiful day at the annual Arrowhead 5K run/walk Saturday in Normandy. Will Eells of Murfreesboro came in first place for the men with a time of 19:50 with Leonardo Hernandez of the Shelbyville Central boys soccer team close behind him in second. Clay Pogue of Estill Springs took third...
Organ donation need emphasized at coffee
Saving lives was the topic of the most recent Chamber coffee. The Shelbyville Rotary Club held its annual Organ Donor Awareness Coffee Tuesday at the Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce. Maleah Claxton of the club welcomed the crowd. Organ donation advocate Donna Orr also welcomed visitors and praised the work of Steven Jamison, public education coordinator for Donate Life Tennessee...
Church burglary suspect recognized in Facebook post
A burglary suspect at First Baptist Church-Depot Street pictured in security camera video posted on Facebook was recognized by Lincoln County and Fayetteville officers, police say. Quinn Randalle Hutchison, 31, of Fayetteville is known for breaking into closed businesses and buildings, Lincoln County deputy Nathan Massey and Fayetteville officer Kostyantyn Afisov told Shelbyville police detective Cody Swift after seeing the post on the SPD's Facebook page...
Child-elderly IDs to be offered at Moose Lodge
The Shelbyville Moose Lodge and Safe Surfin' Foundation will provide a child/elderly identification event during the lodge's ninth annual Barbecue Cook-off on Saturday. This free event will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the lodge, 1104 Highway 82 South...
THP: Seat belt effort saves lives
Tennessee Highway Patrol officials say they're happy with the progress so far of a grant-funded program to increase seat belt use in Bedford County. "We couldn't be more pleased with the grassroots effort that we've created here," said Capt. Wayne Sellers of the THP's Lawrenceburg district. He said Bedford County has four fewer fatalities so far this year than at the same point last year...
House candidate stresses area roots
Steven Reynolds of Murfreesboro, who is unopposed in the Democratic primary for the 4th District U.S. House seat, told an audience of Bedford County Democrats on Monday that his Middle Tennessee roots go deeper than those of incumbent Republican Rep. Scott DesJarlais or DesJarlais' most-prominent GOP primary challenger, Grant Starrett, whom he referred to as "a doctor from Iowa or a lawyer from California."...
Suspect taken down after attempt to elude police
A man arrested for DUI was "taken to the ground" after allegedly attempting to elude officers attempting to break up a large fight outside Calsonic Arena following a rodeo late Sunday night. Leo Martinez, 21, of Woodland Drive was allegedly seen speeding away on Celebration Drive by officer David Curley, Shelbyville police said. ...
TNReady fails test third time
Baseball great Yogi Bera was famous for saying, "It's like déjà vu, all over again." That sentiment could apply to Tennessee students and educators, as the state has experienced its third strike with TNReady. The Tennessee Department of Education notified school systems Thursday that districts were not yet receiving their TNReady Part II materials on time for grades 3-8, the education blog Chalkbeat reported...
Cruise-In revs up for new season
Celebration City Car Club's monthly Cruise-Ins kicked off for the warm season Friday night on the Shelbyville square. Among attention-getting vehicles was the just-completed "Moonshiner" built by Louis Maxwell of Unionville, seen describing the home-built truck to passersby...
Strolling Jim 40 isn't exactly a stroll
If you're going to run 41.2 miles, it takes a lot of preparation. But 6.2 miles doesn't take quite as much. That's why Gary Cantrell knows about how many runners he'll have for the annual Strolling Jim 40 ultra-marathon on May 7 but is less certain about the 10K which takes place at the same time. Many 10K runners may wait until the last minute to register...
DesJarlais backs horse industry at GOP Reagan Day speech
U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais expressed his support of the Tennessee Walking Horse industry during an appearance with local Republicans Thursday night. DesJarlais was the keynote speaker for Bedford County Republican Party's annual Reagan Day dinner at the Blue Ribbon Circle on the Celebration grounds...
T-G News Quiz for April 24, 2016
Here's our look back at the past seven days in local news. Choose the best answer for each question. 1) What is "The Big Payback"? A. A grant program to benefit volunteers who have worked hard for the community B. A multi-level marketing scheme which was criticized by the state consumer affairs office...
Three charged with shoplifting from store
Three people were arrested for allegedly shoplifting items from Dollar General Market, North Main Street, Thursday morning. Store personnel told police they saw Melissa Ann Littrell, 30, of Woodbury opening items on a shelf and placing them into her purse. As they detained her when she attempted to leave they saw Alyssa Charlene Rudder, 27, of Manchester attempting to dump items from her purse, checked it and found some allegedly-stolen items inside, police said...