Reed seeks re-electionas register of deeds
Johnny Reed has announced his candidacy for re-election as Bedford County register of deeds in the May 1 Democratic primary. Reed has served in the position for the past 16 years. He is a lifelong resident of Bedford County and a graduate of Shelbyville Central High School. Prior to being elected in 2002, he spent 27 years in the grocery business and was meat market manager at Bi-Lo. He has been married to Kathy Reed, who is the principal of Learning Way Elementary School, for 34 years, and they have two children.
Reed is an elder and choir member of First Christian Church. He has also announced T-ball games, served as a youth leader, and is active in the Disciples Men's Group.
Reed is a certified public administrator, through the University of Tennessee, and is trained in local government leadership. He currently serves as the chaplain of the Tennessee Registers Association; a position he has held multiple times. He has also served as the chaplain of the Middle Tennessee Registers Association in the past. Reed was elected as the president of the Tennessee Registers Association in 2014, and received the Exemplary Service Award in 2015. He is a past president of the Middle Tennessee Register's Association and has served on the County Officials of Tennessee (COAT) Board. He is also a member of the Courthouse Records Commission of Bedford County.
Reed has coached baseball, soccer, and church league softball. He has been a member of the American Cancer Society's "Hee Haw & Howdy" cast for the past 21 years and participates in Relay for Life. Reed is a past chairman of the United Way of Bedford County and co-chaired the Activities for the Bicentennial celebration in 2007. That same year, he received the Good Citizen Award and the Outstanding Leadership Award from the Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce. Reed has also served on the board of the National Day of Prayer. He is an accomplished singer and volunteers as Santa Claus for the Adult Activity Center, the Recreation Center, and various other schools and organizations.
"It has been my honor and privilege to serve the citizens of Bedford County," said Reed. "My family and I have been overwhelmed by the love and support this community has shown us over the past 16 years. Being your register of deeds is not just a job, it's my passion. If re-elected, I will continue to protect the vital records of Bedford County and give each of you the knowledgeable, professional, and dedicated service you deserve."