Animals and animal control
Livestock inspection bill is signed into law
Gov. Bill Haslam recently signed into law legislation sponsored by Sen. Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville) and Rep. Judd Matheny (R-Tullahoma) that would guarantee governmental transparency in livestock inspections. Senate Bill 2332 enables owners of an animal subject to inspection to be able to personally record or designate an agent to record the assessment by audiovisual means...
Livestock removal supported
Bedford County Financial Management Committee voted Tuesday night to recommend that the county continue its participation in the dead livestock removal program as is, even though one county commissioner believes limits should be placed on it. The program, at county expense, provides free pickup of the carcasses of dead livestock. ...
Ready to roll: Race benefits animal charity
Nine-year-old Sisco and owner Jim Davidson are ready to walk as Saturday's Paws for a Cause 5K run-walk gets underway. The event benefited Middle Tennessee Spay & Neuter Clinic. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
This 5K is for the dogs...literally
Runners and walkers can help critters while having a good time Saturday. The eighth annual Paws For A Cause 5K run and one-mile walk will be held Saturday, starting and ending at the Celebration Pavilion on Whitthorne Street across from Calsonic Arena. The event benefits Middle Tennessee Spay & Neuter Clinic and is the facility's largest fundraiser of the year...
Wild, wonderful world of animals
His name was Waldo. Well, it was supposed to be, but my 3-year-old mouth could only manage to call him "Rolaid." Rolaid was a baby duck and he was my first pet. He was also the main character in one of my first memories. I vividly recall my dad looking up from his work and exclaiming, "No, no, no, Andrea!" as I held my sweet new pet...
'Sir Winston' celebrates his 5th birthday
Billy and Sharon Lowery celebrated their beloved dog Sir Winston Lowery's fifth birthday on Feb. 15. A Cavalier King Charles Spaniel with the registered name of Lanmar Snickerdoodle, "Winston" is typically the first to greet customers upon arriving at the local jewelry store on North Main Street...
Spay Day offers free service
Middle Tennessee Spay & Neuter Clinic, 846 Union St., is joining the statewide observance of "Spay Day" on Tuesday, Feb. 23, by offering free spaying services that day for the pets of fixed-income owners. Only a limited number of appointments are available, and pet owners must reserve them by calling 931-684-5353, according to Kimberly Warren of MTSNC...
Bedford County cattle producer wins backgrounder award
Tennessee Cattlemen's Association awarded Rocky DaCosta with the Dr. Emmit Rawls Stocker Backgrounder Award at the 31st Annual Convention and Trade Show on Feb. 5 in Murfreesboro. This award is given to one cattleman or woman each year who embodies excellence in backgrounding stocker calves in Tennessee. A committee within TCA selects the winner...
Fun in the snow
Lily, the dog, loves playing in the snow. (Submitted photo by Rachel Arnold)
Beauty in the air
This beautiful photo was taken by local photographer Annette Sissom. The Times-Gazette is looking for community submissions of high quality scene photos from Bedford County for possible inclusion in this year's Salute magazine. In particular, we are looking of photos that represent the county's four seasons, however, all great feature photos including agricultural photos, scene photos, or photos portraying active lifestyles or children playing are greatly appreciated. Send to editor Sadie Fowler at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Photo by Annette Sissom)
Chuck says spring is on the way
The Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga has released an official forecast, in verse, on behalf of "Chattanooga Chuck," its groundhog. Groundhog Day is here again. What a crazy weather year it's been! We saw springtime temps on New Year's Day. But since then snow's come through our way...
Pup's a real player: Shelbyville rescue dog makes starting Puppy Bowl lineup
Professional athletes will not be the only ones playing a bowl game on Super Sunday -- the "Puppy Bowl XII" will provide plenty of furry entertainment, and a pooch with local ties will be on the national stage. Animal Planet will air its annual Puppy Bowl show from New York, at 2 p.m. Feb. 7. Shelbyville rescue group Middle Tennessee Treasures is providing one of the more than 80 pooches that come from rescues and shelters: Clover, an 18-week-old female beagle...
Beekeeping class to be held
A beginner's beekeeping class will be held starting Feb. 29. The Duck River Beekeeper's Association is sponsoring this event. The association meets regularly the first Tuesday of each month between 7~9pm at the Shelbyville Farm Bureau Building, 323 Bethany Lane...
Grant will allow clinic to fix animals for free
The Middle Tennessee Spay and Neuter Clinic (MTSNC) has received a $3,000 grant to spay and neuter pets of those on fixed incomes at no charge to the approved recipient. The grant is from The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, a charitable organization dedicated to enriching the quality of life in the 40 Middle Tennessee counties it serves, which recently announced more than $1.79 million in grants to 280 nonprofit organizations as part of The Foundation's annual discretionary grantmaking process.. ...
City pet adoption cost rises to $75
The City Council approved new pet adoption fees Thursday for Shelbyville Animal Control. The new fees will take effect March 1, according to council members. Prior to the meeting, director Randy McCullough told the Times-Gazette the current fee of $64 does not cover the entire cost for the adoption...
It's safe to cuddle your pet while sick, says Vanderbilt professor
This winter, when you are home sick with the cold or flu cuddling with your dog or cat may feel like just what the doctor ordered. A Vanderbilt infectious disease expert, while stopping short of actually prescribing in-home "pet therapy" for colds or flu, says that if having your companion by your side makes you feel better, go right ahead. Pets won't catch or spread human viruses...
Car club gives to Humane Association
Roger Huffman of Celebration City Car Club presents a donation to Christine Abbey-Carlton of the Shelbyville-Bedford County Humane Association. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Pig seller scammed by money hog
A woman attempting to sell a pig on Craigslist ended up losing $2,150, Shelbyville police said. The victim said a man identifying himself as Richard Smith of Elk Ridge, Maryland sent a check for $2,150 instead of the sale price of $500. "Smith" told her to cash the check and wire him $1,650. The victim suspected a scam and sent the entire $2,150 back to locations in New York and Texas,...
One happy Callie cat
Jim and Teresa Ward of Shelbyville enjoy the peace in their home; their children raised and all. But a little dose of persistence from a fuzzy young feline combined with the Wards' kind hearts changed their plans a bit this holiday season. Earlier this month, Jim and Teresa, an employee of the Times-Gazette, heard a little noise outside their front door. Upon opening the door, the couple found a small baby kitten, no more than about six weeks old...
Decorating the dog
Chances are, if you are a pet owner, you are fixing up Fido for Christmas or buying a present. Twenty-nine percent of American dog owners will dress their pooches up in a holiday outfit or costume, according to TheNosePrint.com Santa Dog Index by Milk-Bone. The survey polled 3,000 people...
Cascade FFA donates blankets to pets
The Cascade FFA held a towel and blanket drive in November. Members collected seven dog beds, 54 towels, 113 sheets and blankets, 14 rags and one Christmas dog sweater to donate to the Cascade Veterinary Hospital and the Bedford County Animal Control Shelter...
Pet adoption fees may rise
Shelbyville's city council looked at an ordinance Tuesday that would revise fees for adopting animals and other services. The fees are being revised after looking at the costs incurred by animal control. Adoption fees for both cats and dogs would be $75 -- a hike of $11...
Semper Fido: Former Marine watches your pets while you're away
What do you do with your pets when you're traveling? You could impose on friends or family, or you could pay to keep the pets at a boarding facility such as a kennel. But there's a third option -- professional pet sitting. Rose Ramirez operates a professional pet-sitting service, Rose's Peace of Mind Pet Care. She or one of her employees will come to your home, check on and feed your pets in their familiar, comfortable environment, on their regular schedule...
Just a few sips of wine can help save animals
You can sample some delectable wines and food all in the name of saving animals' lives. The Shelbyville-Bedford County Humane Association (SBCHA) is hosting its annual Fall Lights event Saturday. The wine tasting and silent auction will be 7-9 p.m. at the Blue Ribbon Circle Club...
Cub Scouts visit hatchery
Members of Cub scout Pack 476 toured the Normandy Fish Hatchery during the recent Bedford County school fall break. Nathan Singer and Barbara Bryan of the TWRA's hatchery guided the scouts through the work at the hatchery from collection of fish samples with their boats to raising fish in the ponds to stocking area lakes and rivers to improve native fish populations. From left are Kyle Cunningham, Ollie Cawthon, Brody Armstrong, Cody Duff, Levi Ralston, Cory Cunningham, Tyler Wood, Reese Cawthon, Austin Wood, Lilly Duff and Cayden Armstrong. (Submitted photo)
New member of American Angus Association
Emma Anne Armstrong of Unionville is a new junior member of the American Angus Association, reports Richard Wilson, interim CEO of the national organization with headquarters in Saint Joseph, Missouri. Junior members of the Association are eligible to register cattle in the American Angus Association, participate in programs conducted by the National Junior Angus Association and take part in Association-sponsored shows and other national and regional events...
Snuggles and love: Friendly dogs pay special visit
A sunny, yet cool morning, and a friendly canine was all it took to brighten the spirits of residents of the Christian Care Center of Bedford County on Wednesday. Bud, an extremely friendly yellow lab, and Shadow, a mixed breed dog, were brought by Shelbyville Animal Control director Randy McCullough to entertain the residents...
Award-winning 4-H goat exhibitor
I had a fun time while I was in 4-H this year. While in 4-H, I did shooting sports. In this sport, you shoot BB guns from the stand, sit, kneel, and prone positions. After that, I did goat showing. In this showing competition, you show goats, any kind of goats. When I showed, I got first, third, and two seventh place ribbons. My goat's name was Champion, because I named her after my school. Being in 4-H has taught me many new things, but especially how to have fun...
Bee threat stings us all
State apiarist Mike Studer, Tennessee Department of Agriculture's designated expert on bees and beekeeping, stressed the importance of bees during a keynote address to the Tennessee's Backroads Heritage fall banquet Tuesday night in Bell Buckle. Honeybees produce honey, of course, but if you think that's the only item in your kitchen dependent on bees, you're wrong...
4-H horse show takes new approach
For about 20 years now, Bedford County's 4-H program has used an annual walking horse show as its primary fund-raiser. According to 4-H agent Jeffrey Hester, it takes $14,000 a year to run the 4-H program, which provides education and fun for local school children...
There's a ... deer! React wisely, drive with caution
It's that time of year again. No matter what time of the day or night you travel over the next month or so, it's a good idea to keep an eye out for deer. It's mating season for the animals, and while they look cute when spotted from far away, this is the time of year when you and your car might get up close and personal with Bambi -- causing damage or even worse...
The family dog will have his way, but it's worth it
The baby has grown -- considerably. Back in April, I shared that the Mosely household had a new addition, a mixed pup we named Bruiser. Six months later, the beast is totally living up to his namesake. He's been snipped, chipped and has all of his shots and paperwork...
These dogs round up cattle during the Southeastern Michigan Australian Shepherd Association Celebration Stockdog Pre-Trial on Monday. The event is one of many being held through Saturday at the Celebration grounds by the Australian Shepherd Club of America's National Specialty Show. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Lurking in the shadows ....
Large spider webs hang below a mailbox at Shelbyville Police Department on Monday. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Just the bear facts: Library speaker relates close encounters
As an experienced biology professor and backcountry guide, Joel Zachry knows how to react when he encounters a bear face-to-face. But during one of his first such encounters, that knowledge flew right out the window. Zachry, the keynote speaker for Tuesday's Friends of the Library author's luncheon, and his wife Kathy were hiking to a place in the Smoky Mountaines called Spence Field, five miles from Cades Cove...
Feral cat care provided for free via grant
Middle Tennessee Spay & Neuter Clinic is celebrating National Feral Cat Day, Oct. 16, by spaying and neutering feral cats for free. Thanks to Paws & Claws Society of NJ and Boehringer Ingelheim, MTSNC will provide a spay or neuter, three-year rabies vaccination and distemper combo vaccination for free. Appointment is necessary. Cats must be brought in feral cat traps and will be ear tipped...
FFA wins dairy awards
On Sept. 14, the Bedford County FFA chapter traveled to Nashville to the Tennessee State Fair to compete in FFA events. Senior member Eric Womble competed in the Tennessee State FFA Dairy Handling CDE and won second place in the state of Tennessee (he is considered the runner-up)...
Twenty-four members of Cascade FFA participated in the Celebration All Youth Horse Judging contest on August 29. The chapter collected 36 ribbons and three medallions. The highlight of the contest for Cascade was freshman FFA member Landon Parker receiving the high individual overall award in the senior non-reason division. Landon scored a near perfect score of 291 out of a possible 300 points. From left: Calli Gregory, Chayse Sanders, Sam Woodard, Wyatt Goolsby, Darwin Copp, Landon Parker, Jay Thompson, Jordan Hollis, Sara Cloud, Brigette Swafford, Chase McCormick and Breanna Stevens. (Submitted photo)
Learn how to trap feral cats
Middle Tennessee Spay and Neuter Clinic (MTSNC) will be offering a free class Saturday on the Trap/Neuter/Release program (TNR) of feral and stray cats. The class will be held at First Community Bank on Elm Street, in the meeting room by the courtyard. This is a new location; the previous site was the Chamber of Commerce, but the change was made due to the flume collapse...
Float the Duck and help out animals
A charity kayak float this weekend promises to deliver more fun than you can shake an oar at. The fifth annual Chili Pepper River Float and Barbecue will be Saturday. Bring your kayak, organizer Bennie Carter said. However, the water will be too cold for tubes or floats, she said...
Dog swimming lessons
Middle Tennessee Spay & Neuter Clinic is hosting Puppy Plunge dog-swimming lessons on Saturday, Sept. 12 at Shelbyville Recreation Center's outdoor pool. Cost is $10 per dog per session. There are two sessions: 9-10 a.m., small dogs under 25 pounds, and 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., large dogs over 25 pounds...
TWHNC medical regs explained
Walking horse owners and veterinarians had a chance to ask questions about The Celebration's medical regulations Monday. The Veterinary Advisory Council (VAC) is a committee that inspects horses at random during the show. Members of the council held a question and answer session Monday at The Blue Ribbon Circle...
Watch out for ash borer
Two neighboring counties have been quarantined due to emerald ash borer (EAB), an invasive insect that destroys ash trees. The bugs were discovered in traps in Franklin, Marshall, Rutherford, Trousdale and Williamson counties, and those areas are now under restriction for the movement of ash trees and ash tree products...
Buddy, an American Pit Bull owned by David Wilkerson, doesn't meet a stranger. He spotted a photographer at Riverwalk Park and wanted to be petted. "I bring him here every day," Wilkerson said. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Black Angus cattle taken from farm
Several Black Angus cattle were removed from property on Pearson Lane near Bell Buckle, the Bedford County Sheriff's Department was told. The owner said their farmland and neighbors' had been searched thoroughly with no sign of the cattle since June 16...
Shear pleasure: 'Llama Whisperer' turns hobby into a job
"April, May, and June is shearing season," says professional shearer and llama/ alpaca lover Gerdi Laems while shearing a llama named Joseph. Joseph is new on the farm and hadn't been sheared in almost two years. "When a llama hasn't been sheared for two or three years, you never know what's under the hair, I've found feed, a lot of grain, and even a bird's nest," Laems said...
Local 4-H members go to state event
Bedford County 4-H is proud to announce the delegates who will be attending the 2015 Tennessee 4-H Roundup July 27-31 in Knoxville. The 4-H Roundup is an event where high school delegates from all across the state of Tennessee come and compete in their project area. ...
Tick this off your to-do list
Summer is about spending time with family and friends at the pool, lake or in the backyard, but it's also the peak time for ticks and mosquitoes which increases your risks for diseases like Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, West Nile Virus and chikungunya disease...
Dogs' view of fireworks: Scary
The Independence Day holiday weekend means fireworks -- lots of fireworks. And that can mean trouble for pet owners. Jack Cooper, director of Bedford County Animal Control, says that there's a measurable increase in runaway pets around the holiday, as normally-homebound pets frightened and disoriented by the noise of fireworks go missing...
Canine carnival will be a howl
Shelbyville's animal control will be holding its first Canine Carnival & Adoption Day at the Celebration grounds on Saturday, July 11. From 9 a.m. and running until 2 p.m., local veterinarians will be providing rabies shots for only $10, and pony rides will be available for the kids...
Bruiser: A big baby with a taste for life
He's an adorable little beast, with a taste for human flesh. No, this isn't a promotional line for a new horror movie -- it's what we've had to endure since adopting a puppy two weeks ago. We named him Bruiser -- and he's an interesting mix, his dad was half blue pit, half black lab, while the mother was half red heeler and half Australian shepard, but I'm beginning to think he may have a little wolverine in there as well...
Bark for Life set for April
Bedford County's first-ever American Cancer Society Bark For Life will be held 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. April 11 at Bedford County Agriculture and Education Center. The event, being held by the local Relay For Life organizing committee, is a fun day for dogs and their owners to raise money for the cancer society. It will include pet-themed vendors, games and contests, concessions, and special demonstrations...
5K run-1 mile walk is for the dogs
If you love the outdoors and love animals, then don't miss Saturday's seventh annual Paws for a Cause 5K Run/1 Mile Fun Walk. The event will be held 10 a.m. Saturday at the Calsonic Arena Pavilion, Whitthorne Street in Shelbyville. Registration is from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Both courses are in the residential area surrounding the pavilion. There will be a water station for 5K runners about midway through the course, which circles through the H.V. Griffin Park...
Camera catches alleged cattle thieves
A trail camera on a Bedford County farm helped investigators round up three men suspected of stealing cattle. The camera was installed at a farm off Highway 82 South near Flat Creek after the theft of two dairy calves in January, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture said. The camera showed a third calf being taken in February...
Animals find shelter from cold
Taking care of pets is hard enough work even without snow and arctic-like temperatures. Workers at local animal shelters say they have been meeting the challenge. "We have not had a problem getting to the animals at the Humane shelter," said Kimberly Warren, vice president of Shelbyville-Bedford County Humane Association. "We actually had someone who has been there with them since (Monday) morning 24/7."...
Pets should stay inside until extreme cold lifts
Animal shelter directors have some tips for people to take care of their pets in this extremely cold weather. "All pets should be inside during these extreme temps," said Kimberly Warren, vice president of Shelbyville-Bedford County Humane Association. "Dogs that are on a farm to work and not considered pets by their owners should have shelter with three sides and a top. The shelter should not have holes in it."...
Dogs waiting before going to new homes
New, permanent homes aren't in the immediate future for dogs taken from a Cortner Road home Thursday. "All of them are being checked more thoroughly," said Bedford County Animal Control director Jack Cooper. Veterinarians did preliminary examinations immediately after the animals were evacuated from the property of Kellie Williams Grunder. They are now being individually checked, with a small number taken to veterinary facilities...
These geese don't seem to mind the frost Thursday morning on the grounds of the Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Academy. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
100 dogs found on property, owner charged with abuse
A team of veterinarians was evaluating approximately 100 animals, mostly dogs, Thursday after their owner was accused of abuse. Kellie Williams has been charged with one count of animal abuse, said director Jack Cooper of Bedford County Animal Control. "More charges may be filed," Cooper said...
More study ahead for pet plans
An proposed ordinance dealing with pets inside the city limits has been deferred until March so a committee made up of members of several humane organizations can look it over. But both current and former council members said they do not want to drag their feet on the matter...
Be heard on alarms and dogs
Citizens will have a chance to have their say about upcoming ordinances dealing with dogs and alarm systems Thursday. Public hearings will be held before Shelbyville's city council starting at 6 p.m. in the courtroom at the police station. Both measures are scheduled for a second reading following the hearings, and would not become law until a third and final reading tentatively set for February...
First graders give to animals
In lieu of classmate/teacher Christmas gifts, Beth Ray's first grade class at Cascade Elementary School decided to make a donation to local animal shelters. Students, not in order pictured, are Ella Allen, Payzlei Allison, Lexi Chamblee, Carlie Jo Comstock, Brody Cramer, Joseph Dye, Falisity Hill, Addie Jones, Carly Lankford, Spencer Lewis, Trisha Lovvorn, Seth Maloney, Holt Mercer, James Painter, Bryson Redd, Henry Stone and Chyann Swain. (Submitted photo)
Animal control volunteer form studied by council
The city is looking at a new release form for those who want to volunteer at the Shelbyville animal control facility. Potential volunteers have asked to help for some time, and animal control director Randy McCullough already had a release form, the city council was told at a study session Tuesday...
A Great Blue Heron has been spending some time down by the Duck River dam. The recent rains have caused water levels to rise and this bird is taking advantage of the situation. (T-G Photo by Derrick Hill)
Inspection data for Celebration released
The USDA inspection numbers for The Celebration show 52 percent of swab tests were positive. A total of 125 swab samples were taken, with 65 showing positive for foreign substances, USDA data shows. Not every horse is inspected. For blood tests, five of 103 horses tested positive, according to USDA data...
Beauty within misery: World War II soldier helps rescue famed horses
The young soldier sat on a hill, somewhere in Czechoslovakia. In the valley below Germans were marching to surrender. Horse drawn vehicles, tanks, and trucks rolled in, one after another. It was a feeling of relief and exhilaration for the young man who had just endured some of the hardest months of his life...
Foundation finds forever homes for neglected dogs
Kimberly Council and Gina Trice both love animals, and are doing everything they can to make sure that neglected or shelter dogs receive chances at a forever home. That's why Trice started the CGFreck Foundation in April 2013. It received non-profit status from the IRS this summer...
Council sets hearings for dogs, alarms
Public hearings are set for Jan. 8 for ordinances dealing with dogs and Shelbyville's policy on alarms. The ordinances were passed on first reading by the Shelbyville city council Thursday night. A draft submitted to the council in November limited any one property to three outdoor dogs. The current draft does not contain a limit on pets, however, it allows dogs on chains outdoors only from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Under the proposed draft, the dogs will have to be housed in some fashion at night...
Pick a purr-fect pet for the holidays
Do you want to bring home a furry friend for Christmas, or surprise a loved one with a new four-legged family member? During the next two Saturdays, you'll get a chance as Shelbyville Animal Control holds pet adoption events from 8 a.m. to noon. The goal is to get more animals adopted and into forever homes just in time for Christmas, said animal control director Randy McCullough...
SBCHA ready to help feed needy pets
Shelbyville-Bedford County Humane Association will hold a holiday pet food pantry today to help anyone who needs dog or cat food. The distribution will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the humane association shelter, 905 1/2 Madison St., said Kimberly Warren, vice president of SBCHA. You must fill out some paperwork to receive the food; this helps the shelter track the amount of food given away...
'Poo Boy' celebrates a birthday
Poo Boy, a black miniature poodle, celebrated his 17th birthday on Oct. 19 in the Our Town Community Park on the square. Poo Boy has been seen on the square since he and his owner, Cindy Stephenson, arrived here from Kansas in 2008, earning him the nickname "The Square Dog." He greeted customers when Stephenson operated W.R.L. ...
Sunday Conversation: An Ironman with a soft spot for animals
Jack Cooper, subject of this week's Sunday Conversation, recently became head of Bedford County Animal Control. In addition to answering the questions we sent him, Cooper also wanted to say this: "I'd like to thank Chris Tucker for her dedication to the people and animals of Bedford County and the good things she accomplished while serving at BCAC."...
Dog law attracts criticism
An ordinance regulating how many dogs someone can keep on their property still needs more work, but criticism was leveled at the status of Shelbyville's animal control by an animal advocate. The topic has arisen several times after complaints to the city about large numbers of animals on small residential lots. A current proposal would allow no more than three full-sized dogs to be kept in a yard...
Wine event benefits SBCHA
Organizers are busy making plans for Saturday night's annual wine tasting, social and silent auction to benefit the Shelbyville-Bedford County Humane Association (SBCHA). Titled "Fall Lights," the event will be held Saturday from 7-9 p.m. at the Blue Ribbon Circle on The Celebration Grounds...
Best buddies: Shelter seeks forever home for dogs that are friends
The humane association is looking for a forever home for two dogs -- and best friends -- that were left at a homeless shelter. "They are a bonded pair and we want to adopt them out together, which is harder to do, but since they have been together for a long time we hate to separate them," said Kimberly Warren. She is vice president of the Shelbyville-Bedford County Humane Association (SBCHA)...
Dogs, cats, other pets can receive blessing
One church ceremony on Saturday will be for the dogs -- and cats. Episcopal Church of the Redeemer holds a free pet blessing ceremony each year to commemorate the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. The feast day is always on Oct. 4...
Pet Day prize winner
Cliff Hurst of Shelbyville accepts the $500 prize in the 10th annual Celebration Pet Day and Fair Raffle from Jane DeAtley, president of Shelbyville-Bedford County Humane Association. See more photos from Pet Day at http://www.t-g.com/gallery/petday. (Submitted photo)
Celebration Pet Day
Dogs, cats, their owners -- and lots of potential new owners -- bonded at the 10th annual Celebration Pet Day on Saturday. Many of the dogs, which dominated in numbers, and a few cats snuggled with owners, while several adoptables found new homes.
A party for pets...and you, too
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...
What scar? Industry responds to turndowns
Tennessee Walking Horses that were rejected by federal inspectors at the Celebration were shown to the media and to a representative of U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais' office on Tuesday, as the horse industry fights to preserve its image and premier event of the year...
USDA urged to inspect horses at Celebration
Fifty-nine Congressional sponsors of the PAST Act are renewing their call to the USDA to actively inspect horses at The Celebration. The representatives sent a letter on Aug. 7 to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. They repeated that call on Thursday in a press release to the media by Reps. Ed Whitfield, R-Kentucky, and Steve Cohen, D-Tennessee, two of the main sponsors of the PAST Act...
VAC will report findings: Leader
A new equine group inspecting horses at The Celebration will report "the good, the bad and the ugly," the lead veterinarian says, although some walking horse industry observers have expressed reservations about the testing. Dr. Jerry Johnson made his pledge to report his findings earlier this week when talking about the Veterinary Advisory Council (VAC). ...
Explaining VAC: Who they are, what they do
The new Veterinary Advisory Council (VAC) will inspect horses at this year's Celebration. But some are asking what is the VAC. The VAC consists of Drs. Jerry H. Johnson, Dallas O. Goble and Phillip D. Hammock. The VAC will test at random after horses have shown in the ring and been through any official post-show inspection, said Tom Blankenship, an Indiana attorney who serves as the council's spokesman. The group works separately from USDA and industry inspectors...
Vet group talks inspections
The Celebration's third-party veterinary inspection of horses kicked off following Wednesday morning classes, halting briefly for a press conference to show how the process works. Earlier this summer, The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration announced the creation of a third-party group, the Veterinary Advisory Council (VAC)...
State grant pays to fix pets
Once again, the Shelbyville-Bedford County Humane Association is a recipient of a grant to help those on fixed incomes spay and neuter their pets. SBCHA received $3,300 to help the residents of Bedford County with their pets. "This is a great grant that we rely on each year to help us in our mission of reducing pet overpopulation," said Kimberly Warren, SBCHA vice president. "Spaying and neutering your pets not only eliminates unwanted litters, but can also increase a pet's lifespan."...
Aquarium announces new baby gentoo penguins
What's better than a new baby penguin at the Tennessee Aquarium? Two new baby penguins! The gentoo chicks - born to two separate penguin pairs -- are just over a month old and already showing their plucky penguin personalities. The oldest, and the first gentoo to hatch this year at the Aquarium, is the offspring of Biscuit and Blue. ...
She's one lucky dog
Just call her Lucky. And call this lucky dog's owner William Lynch lucky -- or maybe fortunate would be a better word -- after both were rescued from the bottom of a bluff later Tuesday night. "She didn't have a name, but I guess we'll call her Lucky now," Lynch said moments after neighbors used ropes to pull them up the bluff behind his Sims Road home...
Children get hands-on animal contact
Children got to pet a goat and learn to care for pets during a summer day camp. "Whiskers and Paws" Summer Camp was on Monday, July 21. The annual camp is sponsored by the Middle Tennessee Spay & Neuter Clinic. Approximately two dozen first to sixth graders attended the camp at the Bedford County Agriculture Center...
Celebration makes several rules changes
The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration has announced new rules changes. Among the new rules going into effect are: l Any horse competing in a championship class must be continuously stalled on the show grounds for no less than 48 consecutive hours prior to the scheduled start time of the performance in which the championship class is to be held...
Cuddling canines: Dogs' devotion helps heal humans
Dogs have often been labeled man's best friend. Having a good dog by your side can get you through the toughest times. If anyone can attest to this statement, it is Andy Kraft. The furry companions have helped Andy through one of the toughest times in his life...
Celebration names advisory group
The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration has announced a three-member veterinary advisory committee that will be in charge of rules and regulations pertaining to the safety and well-being of the Tennessee Walking Horse. The panel consists of Drs. Jerry H. Johnson, D.V.M, Dallas O. Goble, D.V.M, and Phillip D. Hammock, D.V.M...
231N land gets down to business
Bedford County Board of Commissioners' rules and legislative committee has recommended another rezoning of property along U.S. 231 north of Shelbyville. Warr Development Co. is requesting that its site at 2723 U.S. 231 North be rezoned from A-1 (agriculture) to C-2 (commercial) so that the land "can be held for sale as commercial," according to the rules committee agenda and to Bedford County Planning Commission minutes...
Fun at the Fair: Activity begins at end of month
The 17th annual Bedford County Fair will start soon -- Monday, July 28, to be exact. The fair runs from July 28-Aug. 2. The Fairest of the Fair pageants will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at Shelbyville Central High School. Home economics/agriculture exhibits will be received the day before the fair, on Sunday, June 27, from 1-5 p.m. Judging takes place Monday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m...
Moose Lodge assists animals
During June, the Women of the Moose #1817 challenged the members of Loyal Order of the Moose #2197 to donate 1,000 pounds of pet food for use by Bedford County Animal Control, Shelbyville Animal Control, and Shelbyville & Bedford County Humane Association. The men met the challenge with the assistance of local businesses including Landers Tire, Joel's Tire & Brake, Cascade Collision Center, Molder Outdoor Power, Primetime, Shelbyville Lumber, Rob Gardner State Farm Insurance, and Jeff Reed. (Submitted photos)
Stronger animal laws being considered
A follow-up discussion by the city council over problems with dogs includes some suggested provisions to Shelbyville's ordinances. The topic was discussed last month after complaints were received about addresses that are all too familiar to council members -- with issues about the number or condition of animals...
Bad bite -- and a cure
Spiders, that's right! But not any kind of spider. It's the exclusive, elusive, Brown Recluse spider. Per Wikipedia, "the brown recluse spider or fiddleback spider, Loxosceles reclusa, Sicariidae (formerly placed in a family "Loxoscelidae") is a spider with a venomous bite."...
2014 Southern National Angus Show
Allison Davis of Shelbyville had several winning entries at the 2014 Southern National Angus Show and the 2014 Southern National Junior Angus Show, held June 6-7 in Perry, Ga. AED James Bond 311A, seen here, won grand champion bred-and-owned bull at both the junior show and the senior show. ...
Lots of chickens
A chicken truck, of all things, passes by a truck involved in a wreck involving a crate similar to those on the trailer. The top crate on the trailer of a truck carrying Tyson chickens, driven by Michael Land, flew off after a strap broke and landed in Highway 64 West in front of a truck driven by Josh Lawwell of Wheel, State Trooper Chad McAnally said. No humans were hurt but approximately 240 chickens were injured or killed, McAnally said. A photo taken moments after the accident right, shows chickens covering the roadway. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
No Dallas trip for Animal Control
Bedford County Animal Control personnel won't have to go to Dallas after all. The Times-Gazette reported on Wednesday, based on discussion at Tuesday night's meeting of Bedford County Board of Commissioners' law enforcement committee, that a test taken by several BCAC employees last fall in Dallas has turned out to be invalid, and the test must be retaken in order for those employees to be certified for behavioral assessment under PetSmart Charities' Rescue Waggin' program...
Commercial zoning urged for U.S. 231 North land
Bedford County Board of Commissioners' rules and legislative committee voted Tuesday night to recommend rezoning of property at 2737 U.S. 231 North from A-1 (agriculture) to C-2 (commercial). Bedford County Planning Commission was told earlier this month, according to meeting minutes, that property owner Marquietta High was moving out of town and wanted to sell the property. ...
Pit bulls pepper sprayed by police
Two pit bulls described as "aggressive" by police were pepper sprayed for officer safety on Shadow Drive early Tuesday night. Officer Bruce Davis, responding to a report of the dogs running at large on Warren Circle, found them behind the Shadow Drive home...
A few free fixes available for pets
An animal welfare advocate says that you may qualify to get your pet fixed for free -- for a limited time. The Shelbyville-Bedford County Humane Association has $500 in grant money remaining to fix pets, said Kimberly Warren. She is with SBCHA and is executive director of the Middle Tennessee Spay & Neuter Clinic...
Ervin's moo-ving on
Gay Ervin says she has "the most perfect job in the whole wide world." And yet, she said she knew the time was right to retire. Ervin has spent the past 23 years working at the University of Tennessee Extension. She's worked with 4-Hers, organized environmental awareness events for school children, and served as the county's recycling coordinator...
New animal rescue group hosts Adopt-A-Pawlooza event
Do you want a little four-legged friend in your life? A quick trip to the Shelbyville airport this Saturday may be all you need. An "Adopt-A-Pawlooza" Pet Care & Adoption event will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The event is jointly hosted by the Shelbyville Jaycees and Middle Tennessee Treasures (MTT) -- a newly formed local, all breed, non-profit dog and cat rescue...
More rabies clinics scheduled this weekend
With one rabies clinic concluded this past weekend, another clinic is scheduled for this Saturday. Bedford County Health Department coordinates the clinics. The cost is $8 for each animal, and will include the vaccination, Tennessee Department of Health tags and certificates. You must bring exact change...
Princess doesn't reign on the street
I met a princess on Monday night. But if you think this is going to be a gushy love story...no. Prince Charming and the Princess didn't work out... (stifle the giggles, y'all...) Princess wasn't too happy to see me. At first she didn't notice. She was totally absorbed in her own little world, as royalty can sometimes be...
Girl Scouts support animal shelter
Girl Scout Troop 2166 is accepting donations of items to support the Bedford County Animal Shelter. The first drop-off will be Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Walmart. Requested items for dogs and cats include: crates; toys; paper towels; dog and cat beds; matching collars and leashes; puppy pads; trash bags (13 and 55 gallon); bath towels; blankets; non-metal dog houses and peanut butter (for giving medicine in)...
Rabies clinics scheduled on Saturdays
Think you can't afford to get your pet vaccinated against rabies? Then think again. The Middle Tennessee Spay & Neuter Clinic (MTSNC) also performs rabies vaccinations every spring. This year's clinics will be held on Saturday, April 26, and Saturday, May 3 from 8 a.m. to noon. The clinics will be held at MTSNC's office at 846 Union St., in the back of the building, said executive director Kimberly Warren...
PAST Act bill moves through committee
The PAST Act passed through a U.S. Senate committee on Wednesday. The Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation approved the bill with no discussion. The PAST Act, or Prevent All Soring Tactics Act of 2013, was "marked up" and moved out of the committee as a package with other bills. No additional votes have been scheduled yet...
Livestock removal deal approved
Bedford County Board of Commissioners, meeting Tuesday night, approved a new contract with South Central Tennessee Development District for removal of dead livestock. The county's bill is going up by 4 1/2 percent over the previous contract, but the county has little choice...
Angus association announces local members
Jacob Betzelberger and Benjamim Betzelberger, both of Shelbyville, are new junior members of the American Angus Association, according to Bryce Schumann, CEO of the national organization with headquarters in Saint Joseph, Mo...
Walk dog, run race to support clinic
How many races can you participate in with your dog? There's at least one locally. The sixth "Paws for a Cause" 5K Run/1 Mile Fun Walk is on Saturday. The race benefits the Middle Tennessee Spay & Neuter Clinic. Registration is from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Saturday. The event starts at 10 a.m. at Calsonic Arena Pavilion. The registration fee is $30. Register at www.active.com/shelbyville-tn/running/distance-running/paws-for-a-cause-2014-4456637 or at the clinic...
Commission approves stronger rules for canines
Bedford County Board of Commissioners approved tweaks to the county's animal control regulations as recommended by Commissioner P.T. "Biff" Farrar, who chairs the commission's rules and legislative committee. The rules apply outside city limits; cities and towns establish their own separate rules...
Saving 'Pup': Firefighters rescue dog from smoke-filled house
A smoke detector saved the life of a Blue Ribbon Parkway resident after his home caught fire Thursday morning. If his dog could talk, he'd thank Shelbyville firefighters and an emergency medical supervisor for saving his life. A kitchen fire quickly filled the home of Kirby Bannister with smoke, Assistant Fire Chief Brian Nicholson said...
Fantastic season for local teams
Two district championships. A region title. Two second-place district finishes. A runner-up region finish. And two sub-state appearances. It's been quite the year for Bedford County basketball. On Tuesday night, the last team standing finished the incredible season in the Class AA sub-state match up featuring the Cascade Champions and East Nashville Eagles...
2 nonprofits receive $4,000 in grants
The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee has awarded $4,000 in grants to two nonprofit Bedford County groups. The grants were: $3,000 to the Caregiver Relief Program of Bedford County and $1,000 to Middle Tennessee Spay and Neuter Clinic (MTSNC)...
Better care for pets
A joint session of Bedford County Board of Commissioners' rules and legislative committee with its law enforcement and workhouse committee made several recommendations Monday night for changing the county's rules governing dog houses and pets kept on tethers or chains.. ...
Shelter definition debated by county
Bedford County Board of Commissioners' rules and legislative committee and its law enforcement and workhouse committee will meet jointly 4:30 p.m. Monday in the third floor courtroom at the county courthouse to discuss whether changes need to be made in the county's animal control ordinances...
Letters to the Editor, Feb. 13
Dear Editor, Proverbs 12:10 tells us "A righteous man regardest the life of his beast, but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel." If the word of God tells us that a righteous man has concern for the life of his animals ,and that a wicked man is cruel, then there is no question as to how to care for the animals created by God and that are dependant on us...
State offers nature observer training
The Tennessee Naturalist Program is accepting applications for this spring's 2014 program at Paris Landing State Park. The program will be held March 17-19 and 24-26, according to a press release from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation...
Youth wins scholarship toward heifer purchase
A Bedford County youth has been awarded a $2,000 Heifer Scholarship as part of a Tennessee Cattlemen's Association (TCA) and Farm Credit Mid America sponsored competition. Allison Davis of Shelbyville won first place in her age division. Allison is the daughter of Mark and Loretta Davis...
Shelter animals stay warm in chill
There have been many sets of teeth chattering through this year's enduring cold snap, but the animals at the city shelter are not among them. The T-G received a tip last week about no heat at Shelbyville's Animal Control building "where the animals are housed and animals are on the cold concrete."...
No swimming this week
While folks were busy keeping their pets indoors and warm, the waterfowl that frequent the duck pond on Fairfield Pike had to resort to their own body heat to cope with the frigid temperatures. While one was seen on the waters, the rest were saying "no way" to any swimming this week. (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
Protection for pets in cold urged
Two of Bedford County Board of Commissioners' standing committees discussed Tuesday night whether the county should adopt stricter regulations on shelters for outdoor pets and on chaining of outdoor animals. Tina Breshears appeared before the rules and legislative committee and before the law enforcement committee to express her concerns about pets kept outdoors with insufficient shelter during bitterly cold weather...
Owls captivate Bedford Co. photographer
Dan Brown lives in Bedford County, but he'll go anywhere if he means there's a great photo opportunity involved. The most recent venture for Brown, who moved to Tennessee from New York after he retired from a career in education, was to Canada where he added more than 1,500 photos of some female owls to his incredible collection...
Growing knowledge: New 4-H agent loves farming, teaching
There's a new face in town and if you've got kids, a farm or enjoy the fair, chances are you're going to get to know him well. Jeffrey Hester of Cheatham County has joined the Bedford County Extension team as an agent focusing on the 4-H aspects of our community. He'll be working closely with Emily Osterhaus, the other 4-H agent, but he'll focus on the agriculture side of things while Osterhaus will be able to pursue her passion, which resides in family and consumer sciences...
Here comes Sam: He brings the T-G and protects his owner
The Times-Gazette's carriers do a great job of getting the newspaper to each subscriber's yellow T-G tube or driveway. Then, if you're Rosemary and Joe Finch on Towhee Trail, you let Sam bring the paper the rest of the way. Sam is a yellow labrador retriever, a rescue dog. For about three years now, he has been bringing in the Finches' Times-Gazette each afternoon...
Open house, photo fund-raiser planned
Shelbyville-Bedford County Humane Association is having a holiday open house on Sunday, Dec. 15, from 2-4 p.m. to showcase its building renovations. The Humane Association is at 905 1/2 Madison St. (behind the Department of Human Services). A representative from the Wartrace Volunteer Fire Department will be stopping by homes of Wartrace citizen in the days to come. ...
TVA helps protect Duck River with conservation easement
TVA is collaborating with the Nature Conservancy and other partners to purchase a conservation easement on land along the Duck River. The easement, totaling 119 acres, will be held by the Nature Conservancy. Leslie Colley, of the Nature Conservancy, opened the meeting along the Duck with a few words, but mostly explaining how exciting it is for The Nature Conservancy and the Tennessee Valley Authority to be working together to help preserve and protect the Duck River and its aquatic life...
Tax shortfall puts six city projects in jeopardy
Six budget items totalling nearly $160,000 will be placed "on hold" temporarily pending a mid-year review of Shelbyville's revenue stream. City treasurer Jaime Owen gave the city council her quarterly briefing on the budget Tuesday, pointing out that over the last three months, sales tax receipts have been down 7.5 percent...
Ladybugs didn't come from helicopters
University of Tennessee Extension agent John Teague said that, contrary to one recent rumor, the current bumper crop of lady beetles was not dropped from helicopters by farmers. "They've been here for years and years," said Teague. The ladybug-like Asian beetles do, in fact, help agriculture by eating aphids. ...
Invasion of the ladybugs
Numerous Bedford County residents are reporting a rash of ladybugs this week, lighting up social media and conversations across town. "They are in my car, in my house, in my hair and on my clothes! I don't understand," wrote Cassie Davis of Shelbyville in a Facebook post...
Dog-gone it!: Cats available too
If you are looking for a new furry friend to take home, there's a chance this weekend. Shelbyville's & Bedford County's animal control departments, with help from the Shelbyville-Bedford County Humane Association, will hold their second joint adoption event Saturday starting at 10 a.m. at H.V. Griffin Park...
Bikers of a different breed
Admiring glances watch their every move. They get hugs everywhere they go. And on Monday night, as they rode off into the sunset, pretty much all the customers in a large Shelbyville store's parking lot were gazing at them admiringly. Meet Gizzard, Shorty, Mater and Chucky. Call them pampered pups or cute canines, but they might as well be rock stars whenever they hit the streets...
Rescue Waggin' keeps rolling in county
Bedford County participates in a national pet rescue program that has resulted in saving more than 2,000 local dogs and puppies over a five-year period. The PetSmart Charities Rescue Waggin' program transported 2,046 dogs and puppies to new homes between 2008 and August of this year, said Christina Tucker, director of Bedford County Animal Control...
Web of the season
Fake spider webs are easy to find in October, but here's the real thing -- highlighted by the early morning sun. One thing's missing: No spider's to be seen. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Committee: Shelter dogs have sniffles
Bedford County Board of Commissioners' law enforcement committee, meeting Tuesday night, discussed a health report of animals which had been accepted from Bedford County Animal Control by the Rescue Waggin' program. The program, a part of PetSmart Charities, takes shelter animals from parts of the country where they are in excess and transports them to other parts of the country where they can be more easily placed in homes...
Wiley aims at packs of wily coyotes
Bell Buckle Police Chief Tommy Wiley and volunteers are dealing with the town's coyote problem this week. Wiley briefed the town's board on the situation after residents reported missing pets and sighting the animals. The chief said he contacted the county, who referred him to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, and was told they were "overwhelmed" with the problem...
You can defeat urban coyotes
When most people think of coyotes, the desert and failed attempts at catching roadrunners is the first thing that comes to mind. But as Bell Buckle residents have learned, the beasts have recently become a local nuisance, reportedly claiming several pets in the process...
Pit bull's bites seriously injure owner
A Shelbyville man was seriously injured when attacked by his own pit bull Sunday night, police were told. Donald Merlo of West End Circle suffered severe bites to the face and arm, officer Chris Vest said in a report. Merlo was airlifted to Vanderbilt Medical Center after initial treatment at Heritage Medical Center, police said...
Pets invited for blessings by church
Bless your dog, or cat, or snake, or bird, or tarantula or horse on Sunday in honor of the patron saint of pets. Episcopal Church of the Redeemer will host a blessing of the animals on Sunday at 4 p.m., said the Rev. Peter Whalen. Friday is the feast day for St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, but Redeemer decided to hold its blessing on Sunday...
Clinic cuts feral cats' population
The Middle Tennessee Spay & Neuter Clinic is trying to fix the feral cat problem with the help of an out-of-state grant. New Jersey-based Paws & Claws Society Inc. provided a $9,000 grant that is allowing the clinic to fix feral cats, said clinic office manager Suzanne Wheeler. The grant will allow the clinic to fix 300 cats...
Time to put on the dog at Pet Day
Does your dog have what it takes to be "best in show?" There's only one way to find out -- you and your pet must attend the 9th annual Pet Day celebration Saturday at the Bedford County Agricultural Center. This year marks the 35th anniversary of the Shelbyville-Bedford County Humane Association (SBCHA) and volunteers are planning to celebrate in a big way...
Lowe's helps local humane shelter
Employees of Lowe's in Shelbyville, as part of the Lowe's Heroes program, volunteered their time to make major repairs and improvements to the Shelbyville & Bedford County Humane Association shelter facility. "It looks completely different," said Shelter Manager Leigh Clark. "It does not look like the same room at all."...
Mussel returns to the Duck
An endangered mussel came home to the Duck River last week, in what the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is calling "a monumental reintroduction effort" seven years in the making. Federal and state biologists placed 103 winged mapleleaf mussels in the middle portion of the Duck River -- which were last seen in the river was more than two decades ago, when empty shells were collected in 1990 & 1991...
Dog-gone it!: Adoption event to be held
Saturday will be a day of furry fun as Shelbyville's animal shelter holds an adoption event to find new homes for pets rescued last month. The event will be held from 9 a.m. until noon at 714 Industrial Parkway, where there will be hot dogs, door prizes and, of course, new friends available for adoption...
Dog bites 2 at Never Rest Park
Two people have been bitten by a dog at Never Rest Park off Lewis Avenue recently, police said. The dog is now in confinement. A woman was bitten on the leg by the dog, described by both victims as a blue heeler, as she walked Sunday morning. A 12-year-old boy was bitten several weeks ago, police said...
Animal ordinances to be studied by city
Shelbyville's council will examine other cities' ordinances limiting numbers of animals allowed at homes. After complaints were raised about several properties with multiple dogs -- and in some cases, chickens -- the city began looking into how to control the problem...
Humane Association thanks donors
The Shelbyville Bedford County Humane Association would like to thank the following individuals for their special donations: James and Edna Burke in memory of Garner Pitner; Immelda Feldhaus in memory of James Brown Jr.; Mary Ann Dunlap in memory of James Brown Jr.; Patricia Parker in memory of James Brown Jr.; Trisha Henegar and Laurie Perry in memory of Tipper Lewis; Kelly Vincent in memory of James Brown Jr.; Billie Crowell in memory of James Brown Jr.; James and Edna Burke in memory of Garner Pitner; Thomas & Brenda Cooper in memory of James Brown Jr.; Gloria Throneberry in memory of John Pylant; Susan Parker in memory of James Brown Jr.; Billy & Sharon Lowery in memory of Lynda Crews; Dorothy Warren and David Hamontaller in memory of Mickey Ray; Ralph Allen in memory of Mary Norton; John T. ...
Adoption day set for rescued animals
Need a four-legged friend in your life? The city animal control department will soon help you fill that fun and furry gap. Adoption Day at Shelbyville's animal shelter, located at 716 Industrial Pkwy. will be held Saturday, Sept. 14 from 9 a.m. until noon, according to animal control officer Randy McCullough...
Animals in homes on council's agenda
Dogs and animals will again be a topic of discussion for the Shelbyville city council tonight, reviewing how other cities regulate how many can be kept in a home. Last month, the council heard about complaints about folks keeping chickens and large numbers of dogs on small lots in city neighborhoods...
Inmates can't help county
Bedford County Animal Control, like several other county and non-profit agencies, relies on the labor provided by county inmates, and an unspecified "security issue" which has restricted use of some of the regular inmates. "It's been a rough couple of weeks without inmates," BCAC director Christina Tucker said during Tuesday night's meeting of Bedford County Board of Commissioners' law enforcement committee...
Crowders allowed to keep 2 dogs
Charges of animal cruelty against a Shelbyville couple are still pending, but they will be getting two of their dogs back. The rest are to be put up for adoption. Meanwhile, more than $4,000 in donations from a Nashville organization have made the Shelbyville animal control office's job much easier...
Missed animal causes wreck on bypass
Shannon Parks of Bell Buckle, second from right, describes how she lost control of her truck on 437 Bypass just off North Main Street to Sgt. Mike Davis of the Shelbyville Police Department. Parks said she swerved to miss a "brown animal," got into gravel and slid through a culvert into a field. She suffered cuts but was not transported to a hospital. Davis noted he has seen deer in the area of the crash. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Dogs remain in shelter until judge's ruling
Dogs and cats removed from a Shelbyville home Aug. 2 are still being kept at the city's animal shelter -- and will be for at least a few more days, officials say. Charges of animal cruelty were filed against John and Sabrina Crowder after 43 dogs and six cats, many with sores and losing their hair, were seized from their Shelbyville Mills Road home. The couple made their first appearance in Circuit Court on Tuesday, when the case was continued until Aug. 20...
The tale of Diddle and Daddle
At approximately 8 a.m. on Jan. 9, 2009, at our home on Old Nashville Dirt Road, Diddle and Daddle came home to their summer place. My sister saw them on the pond from her front porch and called to them: "Here Diddle. Here Daddle"....
Animal-filled house condemned
Residents of an animal-filled home condemned as "totally unfit" for humans or animals kept dogs in outdoor pens for the Shelbyville-Bedford County Humane Association, Shelbyville police said Thursday. But a Humane Association representative said John and Sabrina Crowder, the home's owners, are highly respected by area animal rescue groups for "fostering" -- providing temporary homes -- for dogs...
Animal smell irritates some city residents
Shelbyville officials will look into how other communities handle farm animals kept in residential areas following a series of complaints. About 100 residents signed off on a petition asking the city to cancel an ordinance allowing farm animals such as chicken, horses, and sheep inside the city unless there is enough acreage to support them...
Free fixes available for pit bulls
If you own a pit bull or a pit bull mix, you may qualify to get the animal fixed for free. The Middle Tennessee Spay and Neuter Clinic is using a $3,000 grant from the Petco Foundation to fix the dogs, said Kimberly Warren, executive director. The program runs until March 1, 2014, or until the funds run out...
Life under the waves
Courtnie Carter, a rising senior at Cascade High School, wants to be a marine wildlife veterinarian. Her family vacations on the Gulf Coast each year, and she learned about the Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL) on Dauphin Island, Ala., which offers a month-long residential program for high school students. Carter attended the program, which ran from June 2-28 of this year, and found it rewarding...
4-H Dog Show winners
Winners of the Bedford County 4-H Dog Project Group dog show were: (left to right) Clare Bowman and Dasha, fourth overall and fourth in agility; Macey Bowman and Zeus, third overall and second in agility; 4-H Dog Project leader Heather Miller; Micheal Reed and Bandit, first overall and first in agility; and Bryce Templeton-White and Oreo, third in agility and second overall. Not pictured: Timmy Martin, junior project group leader, and his dog Ranger. (Submitted photo)
Amanda Murray, a student at Shelbyville Central High School, has added some color to her dog Sparkles. The multi-colored top matches Sparkles' tail. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Dog Days: 4-H group celebrates end of training classes
The Bedford County 4-H Dog Project Group recently wrapped up another session of dog training classes with a dog show and celebratory end-of-semester party. Under the direction of Heather Miller (a former 4-H member), classes were held at the Bedford County Agriculture Center. She was assisted by junior leader Timmy Martin...
'Dig Into Reading' welcomes reptiles to library
"Dig into Reading," the summer reading program at Argie Cooper Public Library, is well under way with over 3,300 books already read, according to children's librarian Jessica Osborne. Children read or listen to books (depending on their individual reading level) and record them on the reading log kept at the library...
Cages take load off spay-neuter clinic
Life is a little easier at a spay and neuter clinic thanks to a grant for new cages. The Middle Tennessee Spay & Neuter Clinic (MTSNC) received two professional-quality 9-foot assemblies last week, said executive director Kimberly Warren. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals provided the $7,000 grant for the stainless steel cages manufactured by Shor-Line. The two assemblies total 10 cages...
Spay-neuter clinic moves into larger home
The fight to lower the overpopulation of dogs and cats in Bedford County has taken on a new face -- or facade -- with the opening of a larger location for a low-cost spay and neuter clinic. Middle Tennessee Spay & Neuter Clinic (MTSNC) opened last Tuesday at its new home at 846 Union St., next to McGee's Prescription Shop. The building formerly housed a home health operation and a community clinic, said Executive Director Kimberly Warren...
Boston terrier pups stolen from home
Two Boston terrier puppies were stolen from the back porch of an Oak Street home Monday, Shelbyville police said. A man who was at the home earlier asking about the puppies is listed as a possible suspect. The following were arrested since Monday by the Bedford County Sheriff's Department, Shelbyville Police Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol or 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force. They are only charged; guilt or innocence will be determined by the courts...
Marsh, Tracy 'disappointed' by veto
Gov. Bill Haslam on Monday vetoed a bill that would require images documenting animal abuse be turned over to law enforcement within 48 hours, saying his main concern is its constitutionality. State Attorney General Bob Cooper last week said in a legal opinion that the measure would be "constitutionally suspect" because it could violate Fifth Amendment protections against self-incrimination and for placing burdens on news collection....
Chillin' out in the shade
Llamas relax under a shade tree in a field alongside Dement Road. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Owner fires shot after shot until dog dies
The owner of a dog that suffered between attempts to kill it Saturday has been charged with animal cruelty, police said. John Mark Phillips, 44, of Madison Street shot the dog several times as it was chained in his back yard, officer Cody Swift said...
Trackers join bat in storm stop
A group of young biologists from Kentucky landed at Shelbyville Municipal Airport on April 11 to track an endangered bat. Contracted by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency to track the migratory patterns of the Indiana Bat, an endangered species, a team of biologists from Copperhead Environmental Consulting Inc., of Paint Lick, Ky., had to land in Shelbyville at 3 a.m. last Thursday due to thunderstorms and high winds passing through the area; the bat found shelter in a local tree...
Anti-freeze mixed with food kills dog
A dog died after eating poisoned food at a Briar Patch Drive home Tuesday, Shelbyville police said. Eight-year-old Gracie died from ingesting antifreeze while her mate, 7-month-old Sassy, is expected to recover, their owner was told. The dogs were let out briefly at 8 a.m. Tuesday and returned with what appeared to be pizza, police said...
For wagon train riders, mules rule
An estimated 54 wagon teams, according to park ranger Shane Petty, were at the Henry Horton State Park campground Monday for the annual wagon ride to this weekend's Mule Day festivities in Columbia. Participants rode in and around the park on Monday, and visited the Nathan Bedford Forrest boyhood home on Tuesday before leaving the park today to head for Columbia, where Mule "Day" -- actually an extended, multi-day festival -- will kick up in earnest on Thursday...
Wheel youth promotes Saler breed
T-G STAFF REPORT Tygr Taylor is serving as the alternate princess for the 2012~2013 American Junior Saler Association, the youth group of one of the beef breed associations in the United States. This breed originated in France and is popular in many areas of the country...
Books and paws
The Shelbyville Central High School library offered its support outside of the walls of the library and school on March 17. Librarians Dona Northcutt and Heather Richards wanted to provide an avenue for students to get involved in a community cause -- Paws for a Cause Fun Walk...
Paws for a Cause to benefit MTSNC
If you love the outdoors and love animals, then don't miss Saturday's fifth annual "Paws for a Cause" 5K Run/1 Mile Fun Walk. The event will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, March 16, at the Calsonic Arena Pavilion, Whitthorne Street in Shelbyville. Registration is from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Both courses are in the residential area surrounding the pavilion...
Pets add love, laughs to our lives
I have had a lot of different pets over the years and each of those little critters has added something special to my life.
Although I never had a snowball for a pet, the idea does intrigue me....
Local clinic stays busy on Spay Day
Admit it. You didn't go around wishing people "Happy Spay Day!" on Tuesday. But for a few cat owners whose felines were fixed for free by Middle Tennessee Spay & Neuter Clinic, it really was a special day. For Kathryn Baker, it was as special as, well, Christmas...
Spay Day proclaimed
Bedford County Commissioner Denise Graham, right, presented a proclamation for Spay Day USA, Feb. 26, by County Mayor Eugene Ray to Middle Tennessee Spay and Neuter Clinic. Representing MTSNC, from left, are its board president, Anita Epperson; volunteer Kathy Anderson; veterinary director Megan Betzelberger DVM; and executive director Kimberly Warren. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
Hummingbirds stay for the winter
Dawn Rogers of Shelbyville was shocked last weekend to peek out the window only to see hummingbirds buzzing around as snow was falling to the ground. Dawn said the family cat enjoyed the show -- and the snow -- as much as anyone. "We have been hummingbird fans for years and go to great lengths each spring to attract them to our feeders usually about the first week of April," she said...
Humane Association grateful for donations
The Shelbyville Bedford County Humane Association would like to thank the following individuals for their special donations: Melody Turnbow in memory of Betty Faulk; Diane Forbes in memory of Margie Elam; Diane Forbes in memory of Bob Randolph; James and Barbara Troxler in memory of Harold Rose; Billie Overcast in memory of Reggie Cunningham; Melody Turnbow in honor of Whit, Lori and Reagan Turnbow; Melody Turnbow in honor of Kyle, Meagan and Hannah Turnbow; Laurie Perry and Tracie Lovell in memory of Samson Jennings; Sharon Beyer in memory of Thelma Jaste; Lynn Johnson in memory of Thelma Jaste; Robert Peterson in memory of Thelma Jaste; Bernard and Reva Talon in memory of Thelma Jaste; Richard Lotz in memory of Thelma Jaste; David Gentilini in memory of Thelma Jaste; Mildred Koonz in memory of Thelma Jaste; Norman McCurdy in memory of Thelma Jaste; James and Barbara Troxler in memory of John Lane; and Trisha Perry and Laura Henegar in memory of Max Murray.. ...
'Baby Girl' disappears
A crippled deer who has been a beloved visitor in a Unionville subdivision for at least the past couple of years has disappeared. And one resident who has kept an eye on the doe he calls "Baby Girl" fears the worst. "She was being chased by a very bright, white dog similar to a pit bull," Dale Clark said...
Rescue group gives pets a 'Lucky Break'
A local animal rescue group has gone online to help find homes for adoptable canines and felines. Lucky Break Pet Rescue in the small Bedford County community of Normandy has joined other animal welfare organizations in the area that list their homeless pets on Petfinder...
Nothin' but a hound dog
When I drove into the yard at Davis Branch Blueticks Kennel, I was greeted by a number of friendly dogs. They came in three sizes: small, medium, and large. I was there to talk to their owner, Wendy Davis, about her bluetick coonhounds, and one in particular, a hound who is now the University of Tennessee mascot, Smokey 10...
Katelyn's Christmas wish
She came to Bedford County Animal Control with her mom and dad this summer, along with a younger sibling, a puppy. The pack of strays were mixed breed dogs with a strong hint of Jack Russell terrier in their veins. The active and friendly family was adopted, one by one, except for Katelyn...
Cockfighting suspected at farm
Deputies answering a domestic violence call were surprised to run up on a chicken fight at a Coffey Road farm Saturday night. Charlie B. Seibers, 61, of the farm was arrested Wednesday and released without a bond being set, Bedford County Jail records indicate...
Pilots help dogs find new -- far away -- homes
As manager of the Shelbyville Municipal Airport, Hank Williamson never knows what the day will bring. The airport is a popular stop for pilots needing to fuel up, and Williamson always enjoys meeting new friends as they stop in for a quick visit on their way to or from various destinations in the Southeast...
Benefit rabies clinic scheduled Saturday
A rabies clinic will be held by Middle Tennessee Spay and Neuter Clinic from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at Tractor Supply Co., North Main St. Vaccination cost is $8 with all proceeds to help MTSNC purchase additional surgical spay packs. Bedford County Animal Control and Shelbyville-Bedford County Humane Association will bring adoptable pets to the rabies clinic...
17K deer harvested as season kicks off
NASHVILLE (AP) -- Tennessee sportsmen harvested more than 17,000 deer on the opening weekend of gun season. Harvest numbers continue to be reported, but as of Monday sportsmen had reported 17,093 deer harvested last weekend. That was 2,630 more than last year's opening weekend...
Tyson audits animal care
Tyson Foods has announced it will audit suppliers' treatment of animals at livestock and poultry farms. Many farmers in middle Tennessee raise chickens that are processed at Tyson's Shelbyville facility. However, a national animal rights organization has criticized the nation's leading producer of meat and poultry, saying that some of its suppliers are immobilizing farm animals...
A year of many firsts
This was my first year in 4-H, my first year in Shooting Sports, my first time to compete in the Daisy National BB Gun Championship, and my first year to be involved in the 4-H Beef Project. My first year in 4-H began with my participation in the Shooting Sports program. In my first match I didn't even hit the target! At the next practice I learned that I was left-eye dominant and was shooting with the wrong eye. I am very accurate now that I shoot with my left hand and eye...
Champions throughout the South
Showing cows is the highlight of my summer and fall. We begin in the spring by selecting calves from the Bayless Dairy Farm in Ardmore. We bring them home and spend all summer taking care of them and training them to lead. It's a lot of work, but when show season starts, it's all worth it...
Memories of 4-H
I have always heard my mama say, 'time flies.' I didn't take her seriously until I attended my last 4-H show. Now I wonder where the time went. I started showing Angus cattle when I was 10 years old in 4-H, and it has made my future a lot brighter. This is how...
My name is Brigette Swafford, and I have been in 4-H for three years. My greatest experience has been showing goats. I started out with just two goats that I named Milk and Cookie, and I showed them for two years. This year I was excited to show their offspring...
Who let the dogs out?!
My area of focus in 4-H is the dog project. I have learned many important skills, like perseverance, trust, and well ... how to train your dog. Every week, we are assigned a trick to teach our dogs after our teacher, Heather Miller, demonstrates how to do it. My old dog Smokey learned lots of tricks like, how to sit, stay, come, lie, heel, kiss, beg, jump and more. He won several first place blue ribbons in the Bedford County dog show...
Champions in Georgia
My name is Caleb Richardson, and my 4-H project is raising and showing dairy heifers. The show season just ended, and was a good one. My brothers and I showed seven heifers and three cows at shows all over middle Tennessee. Then we decided to take on some more competition by going to the Alabama National Fair and the Georgia National Fair. We came out very well this year, winning Junior and Grand Champion at many shows, but we were a little nervous going to Gerogia...
For the love of horses (and Benji): Filmmaker finds new home in Bedford County
In the early 1970s, Joe Camp had a great idea for a movie, built around a unique central character. The Hollywood studios, however, didn't see it that way, and all of them rejected the project. The head of distribution for Universal Studios said he liked the movie but didn't think he could convince others to do the work that would be required to sell it. He suggested that Camp distribute the movie himself...
Going to the dogs ... who love every minute of it
Vacationing friends "went to the dogs" recently -- and found the experience to be their dream trip. The animal-loving trio included Donna Clanton, Alicia Holliman and Karen D. Clark. Each active in the local animal welfare community, Clanton and Holliman serve on the board of Middle Tennessee Spay and Neuter Clinic, and Clark is a board member of the Shelbyville-Bedford Humane Association who also works at Bedford County Animal Control...
'I needed money bad' -- so he robs
"I needed money bad, the rent was due and my girlfriend's car is impounded. I have never done anything like this before." So spoke Cody Gage Thomas-Murray, moments after allegedly grabbing $440 from a participant in the Pet Day event Saturday at Bedford County Agricultural Center...
Cascade Veterinary Hospital supports Cascade FFA
Cascade Veterinary Hospital in Wartrace recently donated $156 to the Cascade FFA chapter. "We're excited to be able to support our local FFA chapter," said Dr. Bobby West at Cascade Veterinary Hospital. "The FFA teaches our youth invaluable leadership, personal growth and career success skills, and we're proud to contribute to their efforts."...
Annual pet celebration coming up
Have a cute, pretty or handsome dog? Does your dog do tricks, resembles yourself, has a disability or was a rescue? Then he or she can have a roaring good time at the upcoming pet show to be held in conjunction with the 8th Annual Pet Day, which will be held Saturday...
Less desirable animals need homes, too
Shelbyville-Bedford County Humane Association is joining Petfinder.com to celebrate Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week Sept, 17-23. The theme, "That's What Makes Me Special" urges people to adopt those pets who suffer from discrimination. Reasons include breed prejudice, ageism and special needs. SBCHA hopes to encourage potential adopters to consider pets they might not have previously...
CORRECTED: Adopted pets may receive ID tags
Bedford County Animal Control wants to raise its adoption fee from $63 to $65 in order to pay for the cost of an ID tag to be given with each adopted pet. The tag will be different from the tag indicating that a pet has its rabies vaccination. Animal control director Chris Tucker made the request during a meeting of Bedford County Board of Commissioners' law enforcement committee. The committee voted to recommend the change to the full commission...
Longtime chairman honored with Solid Waste board letter
The county's solid waste authority remembered one of their own Thursday while welcoming a new member. Bobby Davis sat in on his first meeting, and signed a letter of condolence to be sent to the family of the late Bobby Vannatta, chairman for over 17 years...
New rule: No cats at airport
A recent decision to move the feline population at Shelbyville's airport has several T-G readers upset, but officials say there was a good reason for the move. T-G blogger Steve Mills said he occasionally stops by the city's airport and "while there I love the down-home feeling of having a few of their friendly cats stop by to say hello."...
Grants help fund spay/neuter program
Two Shelbyville-based animal non-profit agencies will be able to help more people to spay and neuter their pets at no surgery cost again this year, thanks to the Tennessee Animal Friendly Spay/Neuter Grant program. The Middle Tennessee Spay and Neuter Clinic (MTSNC) and the Shelbyville-Bedford County Humane Association (SBCHA) each received $2,575 through the grant program to help those on fixed incomes be able to surgically sterilize pets...
Pet-shipping scams are all swindle, no animal
Have you seen an ad on an Internet site or in an email promising a free purebred or rare pet from another country or another state? The ad states that the pet is free and that the only thing you need to do is pay shipping costs. If so, it may be a scam that is making the rounds...
Dogs, ponies to prance at show
A bit of sibling rivalry between pups caused Tango's injury, but organizers of this year's Dog and Pony Show at Clearview Farms hope to pair the hound with a loving family who can overlook the scars in his life. He was one of a litter of four pups that came to Bedford County Animal Control in early September. A puppy scuffle as the litter was caged together resulted in an injury to Tango's head, causing scars which are still visible...
Brewer wins Chick Chain
Bedford County 4-H finished up its second annual chick chain this year at the Bedford County Fair. Twenty youth received 18 baby chicks (nine black sex links and nine red sex links) on March 2, 2012. They raised their chicks until July 13 when they brought them in to be placed and tested...
Dog days (and cats, too) of summer
Middle Tennessee Spay and Neuter Clinic hosted its second annual "Whiskers and Paws" Summer Camp for kids in grades 1-6 at Shelbyville Central High School recently. "This free camp is a great way to teach kids about pet responsibility and the importance of spaying and neutering their pets. We have a blast doing it and the kids seem to really enjoy it," said Executive Director Kimberly Warren...
Clinic asks for Union St. lease
Middle Tennessee Spay and Neuter Clinic has asked the county to give it space in the county-owned medical building on Union Street, across from the old Bedford County Medical Center. Bedford County Board of Commissioners' courthouse and county property committee, meeting Tuesday night, recommended the proposal, although commissioner Billy King expressed some reservations...
Reviving Buster: Dog's life saved
Although the loss of Freida Fuston's life was overwhelmingly on the minds of rescue workers as her Depot Street home burned late Saturday, they still took time to give aid to her pets. Two of four dogs which had been in the home are alive today. One, Buster, lives due to the attention of firefighter Terry Vinson of the Shelbyville Fire Department...
Coon hound killed as home burglarized
A dog was beaten to death and thousands of dollars worth of items stolen from a Midland Road home Friday or Saturday, sheriff's department investigators said. The Walker coon hound, which had been tied by a doghouse, was dead when the owner arrived home about 3 p.m. Saturday, according to a report filed by Cpl. Ronnie Gault. A relative had been at the home Friday afternoon and the dog was fine at that time...
Keeping wildlife violates state law
It's that time of year. Doe white-tailed deer are birthing fawns left and right. It seems that with a statewide population of somewhere around 900,000, one can't go into the outdoors without seeing a fawn lying around waiting on its mother to show up for its next feeding. Nursing does do not spend as much time with their fawns as one may think. This is a tactic does use to keep predators away from their young...
Eagle Scout's project is the purr-fect gift
It only took a few moments for the feline residents of the Bedford County Humane Society to express their gratitude for their newest toy. John Parker, a 15-year old Life Scout, along with his brothers Matthew and A. J., delivered two hand-crafted cat trees to the shelter, and soon the cats had curled up on the platform, purring their enjoyment...
Horsepower...of a different kind
Kisses, dust, horses, dust, and a big cheer for University of Tennessee football. And dust. Visitors to the dual AACA car shows got to meet and greet two Tennessee walking horses Thursday night inside dusty, steamy Champions Arena at the Celebration Grounds...
Small talk: What was your favorite pet growing up?
We would like to thank the Senior Citizens Center for allowing the T-G to visit its facility last week. Look for more "Small Talk" features in the weeks ahead.
Mule memories comfort Crosslin
In 1929, at the age of 7, Price Crosslin began working mules. He worked the fields with his father's mules until the age of 19 when he bought his own stock of mules for $400. Dick and Spike were one-line mules, and Crosslin enjoys reminiscing about them...
Invasion of the Cats
Bedford County Animal Control (BCAC) is in desperate need of help due to an influx of stray cats and kittens being dropped off at its 205 Lane Parkway facility. "We desperately need awareness for BCAC," said local shelter volunteer Anita Epperson. "They are doing the cat adoptions for $5 (this month) but have not even had one adopted. They are completely out of space...
For the birds
A bird house is nailed to a fence post on Midland Road as a barn looms in the backgrounnd. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
These cows get out of the sun and take to the shade in a field south of Shelbyville. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Puttin' on the dog: It's the cat's meow!
There's a "pawty" in Bell Buckle this Saturday, and you and your best furry friends are cordially invited. The second annual Mutts in May celebration is slated to begin at 10 a.m., and promises to once again be a sight for animal-loving eyes. The festivities are set to begin at 10 a.m. with The Gallagher Trio picking bluegrass tunes for patrons. Following the performance, there will be contests, vendors, speakers and humane societies...
Bob Tarter, a wildlife biologist from the Natural History Educational Company of the Midsouth, visited Harris Middle School last week as part of student rewards after a successful week of testing. Here, he snuggles with a baby kangaroo, to the delight of the students. (Submitted photo)
Eric Clutton of Tullahoma speaks to his parakeet, Willie, at Saturday's fly-in at the Shelbyville Municipal Airport. Willie doesn't know a stranger in his circles -- he even took it upon himself to land on top of photographer Mitchell Petty's head. (T-G Photo by Mitchell Petty)
Clyde the parrot taken in burglary
A recent burglary in Shelbyville also involved the theft of an expensive bird. A woman on Templeton Street reported to police that when she returned from an out-of-town trip, her TV with stand, DVDs, various personal documents, such as Social Security cards and birth certificates for her and her children, were missing along with a queen sized box spring and mattress...
It's a dog's life -- literally
They save hundreds of lives each year. They are the unsung heroes of Bedford County Animal Control, and they serve the public in more ways than most would think. Director Sam Sells allowed me to work with the fine folks at BCAC this past Tuesday, and I was pleasantly surprised to see how much they do for the community. Turns out they do a whole lot more than chase unruly beasts around town...
TWH leaders hit 'renegades' at listening session
MURFREESBORO -- USDA officials urged Tennessee Walking Horse organizations Wednesday to unite and speak with one voice, while those in the local equine industry were equally united in opposing a proposed ban on pads and "action devices." Officials from the Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's (APHIS) Animal Care Program held a three-hour listening session at the Doubletree Hotel to hear feedback from walking horse trainers and owners...
Paws For A Cause
Walkers and runners and their furry friends make their way down Evans Street during Saturday's Paws For a Cause 5K event. (T-G Photo by Mitchell Petty)
Report cites 'substances'
Data released this week from the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) shows that every horse randomly sampled at last year's Celebration tested positive for illegal substances. A local industry veterinarian, however, said Thursday the substances revealed by the swab test samples (results of those tests were only recently published) are already deemed illegal under the Horse Protection Act...
Both sides matter, not just the loudest
The comments received, for and not for publication, about alleged underfed horses in Bedford County -- and what those making the comments want us to say -- provide a good lesson for all about how journalism works. The case involves a woman and daughter who have been accused -- and that's a key word, accused -- by several concerned horse enthusiasts of allegedly purchasing horses and not feeding them properly. ...
Stronger horse penalties in works
Changes are coming to how the USDA enforces the Horse Protection Act (HPA), with new rules concerning mandatory penalties in the Walking Horse industry and the process by which inspectors are licensed and trained. Specific information regarding the penalty changes are expected to be published next week, said Dr. Stephen Mullins, industry veterinarian, but industry leaders say they had been expecting the change for some time...
Facebook horse posts hit
The moderator of a Facebook page containing posts about allegedly-malnourished horses at a farm west of Shelbyville was ordered Tuesday to remove some comments and calm posters or face possible arrest. But negative posts poured onto several other Internet message boards while Robin Swindle, owner of the horses, claimed the Tennessee Walking Horse industry holds a vendetta against her and said authorities have cleared her of any alleged wrongdoing...
Owner: Horses aren't starving
The owner of several American Saddlebred horses at a small facility west of Shelbyville denies allegations they are starving. "I have been cleared of any wrongdoing," Robin Swindle of Highway 64 West said Monday. "I have proven all that I need to prove."...
The secret lives of bees, revealed at last
Take a look inside of a beekeeper's hive sometime. What you'll find seems like a frenzied swarm of activity, but it is actually a model of efficiency that is difficult to parallel. One could almost liken it to America during World War II. Everyone had a specific role -- some more glamorous, some more dangerous -- but each one important and vital...
Alluring alpacas at local event
Call it beginner's luck if you'd like, Patty Hasselbring doesn't mind. Her first trip to Calsonic Arena from Concordia, Mo., landed Patty and her husband Britt with plenty of bragging rights to go along with their growing collection of top ribbons. "We've been showing them for a couple of years," she said...
World Spay Day helps locals
Tuesday was Spay Day in Bedford County, according to a proclamation signed by Mayor Eugene Ray on behalf of the county board of commissioners. Coinciding with World Spay Day, it is a coordinated effort of thousands of agencies presented by the Humane Society...
Top trainer accused of soring horses
A prominent Walking Horse trainer and three others were arrested Thursday and charged in a 52-count federal indictment with violations of the Horse Protection Act (HPA). Jackie L. McConnell, 60, Jeff Dockery, 54, John Mays, 50, all from Collierville, and Joseph R. Abernathy, 30, of Olive Branch, Miss., were charged with conspiracy to violate the protection act by transporting and showing horses they knew to be "sored" and also falsifying entry forms and paperwork...
Warm, fuzzy Alpacas arrive
The 11th annual Southern Select Alpaca Show returns to Calsonic Arena on the Celebration grounds this weekend, and it's the type of show that's friendly to spectators, according to Kay Kemp of Petersburg, one of the organizers. There's no admission charge for visitors; the show will open to the public at 9 a.m. Saturday...
Ducks stop traffic
No matter if it's the morning or afternoon rush, ducks rule the road on Fairfield Pike at the Hickory Drive ponds. Monday morning was no exception to the rule. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Animal advocate steps down as county director
Bedford County Animal Control director Brenda Goodrich has announced her resignation. Goodrich informed the Times-Gazette in an e-mail earlier this week and mentioned the resignation publicly Tuesday night during the meeting of Bedford County Board of Commissioners' law enforcement and workhouse committee...
Doggy delight at rodeo Saturday
Bert Davis, the "Coppertown Clown" and a former contestant on "America's Got Talent," will bring four different acts featuring 10 dogs as one of the featured entertainers Saturday night at the Lone Star Championship Rodeo. The rodeo will be held at Calsonic Arena on the Celebration grounds. Like most such events, it combines serious competition with pageantry and family fun, striving to entertain a variety of spectators...
On the loose
More than a dozen cows had a sudden beef with confinement and decided to take a little stroll around Depot Street on Wednesday morning. According to Shelbyville police, the cattle emerged from behind the VFW and lingered around the area of Anthony Lane and Depot Street before checking out the TVA power station. A neighbor of the owner of the herd, who was not identified, helped guide the beasts back to greener pastures. (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
Joey's journey: Shelter dog goes from stray to samaritan
They say that every dog has his day. For Joey, that day came in December2010 when, against all odds, he was adopted from the Bedford County Animal Shelter. Joey, a yellow lab, was brought in to the shelter as a stray. Looking back, that might have been a godsend in itself...
Monkey case, adoption wrangling among year's top stories
Perhaps the most unexpected new story of the year, and the continuation of last year's top story, take the sixth and fifth places on the Times-Gazette's annual countdown of the top local news stories of 2011 as determined by a poll of the Times-Gazette staff...
Snowflake's visits warmed Unionville hearts
For some Unionville-area residents, this winter won't be the same. Their special Snowflake is gone. An albino deer, known in the Unionville area as Snowflake, was found dead last week alongside Unionville-Deason Road near Unionville. "My dad saw some buzzards on Wednesday afternoon," area resident Tina Davenport said. "He went there and there was a dead albino deer in the ditch."...
This week's cold weather may have kept most people indoors, but this fellow was out and about on Tuesday, tending to his winter food supply by raiding whatever humans left behind at H.V. Griffin Park. (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
A dog and pony show. Seriously.
When guests visit Suzanne Wheeler's horse farm, they tease her that it looks like the colloquial 'dog and pony show' -- which seemed like the perfect name for an event featuring and honoring both. "Who do you know that loves horses, who doesn't also have dogs?" said Wheeler...
Microchips: A pet's best friend
Bedford County Animal Control and the Middle Tennessee Spay and Neuter Clinic are teaming up in hopes to give your pet the ultimate Christmas present -- a sure way back hope in the event they stray too far. "Identification Station," as they're calling it, will be held Saturday, Dec. 17. From noon until 2 p.m. MTSNC will offer microchips for $25 and from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. BCAC will have identification tags for your pets for $3...
TWH groups team up to fight change
A "Unity Committee" will be formed to discuss issues related to the future of the Tennessee Walking Horse in the show ring and also to discuss unification within the performance horse division. However, the group objected to any reduction of pads and action devices for walking horses, also opposing proposed mandatory penalties by the Department of Agriculture (USDA)...
Monkeys' owner faces short jail term
A Bedford County man who was discovered with a number of monkeys at his home earlier this year will spend four days in jail and has been forbidden to keep any more exotic animals. Ricky Smith of Frank Martin Road was given a sentence of 11 months, 29 days probation on two counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty, with four days to serve in jail, according to assistant district attorney Drew Wright. The sentences are to run concurrent to any community corrections violations Smith has...