Reed seeks election as county mayor

Friday, June 8, 2018

Rusty Reed is an independent candidate for Bedford County mayor in the Aug. 2 general election.

Reed, born and raised in Bedford County, is the owner of Jax Broadcasting LLC, named after his son, which operates both WLIJ-AM (1580) and WZNG-AM (1400). He became sole owner of the stations in 2008 after having worked with former owners Paul and Nadine Hopkins for 12 years.

Reed has a bachelor’s degree in business management from Middle Tennessee State University, with a minor in human resources. He is a member of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration Association and the Shelbyville/Bedford County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He is vice-chair of the Shelbyville Parks and Recreation Board and a graduate of Leadership Bedford. He is a 32nd Degree Mason and past master of Shelbyville Benevolent Lodge #122 F & AM. He was a reserve deputy for the Bedford County Sheriff’s Department for over eight years. He has coached baseball for over 25 years, helped start Liberty Middle School baseball and is a vice president and former president of the Bedford County Baseball board.

Reed and his wife Anita Hardison Reed have one son.


“I want to continue to serve my home of Bedford County as the next County Mayor,” said Reed. “Bedford County is on the verge of some huge opportunities and we must have a strong leader that can guide our county in the direction we need to go. As a business owner, I have the experience needed to make the right decisions that will serve for the good of Bedford County as a whole.

“It is time that the county be run as a business and make decisions based on what is right and not simply what is easy. I am continually striving to find ways to keep our children at home, by that I mean being able to provide them the opportunity to have good paying jobs, a good social life and the desire to want to live and work here in Bedford County. I also want to see our residents have the opportunity to be employed here and not have to leave everyday to travel to their respective jobs.

“Now, is the time to focus on our future, not later. What we do today will affect us 10 years from now. Let’s start having the vision to make Bedford County the county that people wished they lived in. With your vote for me, we can accomplish many things, but it takes us all to get things done and to make things happen. I welcome your comments and concerns to help with more vision and ideas of the things that need to be done. You can reach me by emailing”

Reed will hold a barbecue “meet and greet” Saturday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the large pavilion at H.V. Griffin Park.