Animals and animal control
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...
Mooo-ving to the top: Jersey cows' wins thrill Ervin family
If you live in Bedford County, chances are you've crossed paths with our local Queen of Jersey -- cows, that is. Many know Gay Ervin for the work she does with the local extension office, or with the City of Shelbyville as its solid waste coordinator. Gay takes pride in both of those jobs, but her real joy and passion in life lies with her love for Jersey cows...
Phoebe's special gift
Animal shelters might have a future leader in Phoebe Jorgenson. Phoebe is celebrating her 6th birthday and instead of presents, she has asked all her friends and family members attending her party to instead bring items for cats and dogs that will be donated to Shelbyville-Bedford County Humane Association...
Plan may hike deputies' holiday pay
Bedford County Sheriff's Department wants to reduce the number of officers who attend court sessions and use the savings to provide holiday pay for those officers, according to discussion Tuesday night at the meeting of Bedford County Board of Commissioners' law enforcement committee...
Poisoning death of hawk may mean prison term
A Wartrace farmer faces a seven-month federal prison sentence and fines after pleading guilty to misusing a pesticide that led to the death of a protected bird. On Monday, Lawrence Parawan, 57, of Wartrace, entered a guilty plea in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee at Chattanooga, charged with the misuse of a pesticide known as carbofuran, as well as "the unlawful killing of a migratory bird" -- a Northern Harrier Hawk...
Vicious dogs, beware!
Bell Buckle is considering adoption of revised animal control ordinances, with specific attention being given to the city's handling of vicious dogs within the city. Citing recent incidents in the town, The Bell Buckle Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted unanimously to revise the policy, with the first public reading to occur at next month's board meeting, where a subsequent vote will be made...
Rescue Waggin' saves dogs' lives
This month, PetSmart Charities will celebrate the transport of the 50,000th dog saved through its Rescue Waggin' program, including 698 dogs and puppies saved in the past two years through Bedford County Animal Control and Shelbyville & Bedford County Humane Association...
Beloved city drug dog to take it easy
One of Shelbyville's finest, and a favorite of the public, is getting long in the tooth and will soon be hanging up his badge. Remy, the city's beloved K-9 officer, is 13 years old, and if you do the calculation from human to dog years, he's still working the mean streets at the age of 91...
Dogs, critters get together for fundraiser
The weather could not have been better for the Shelbyville Bedford County Humane Society's seventh fall fundraiser at the Bedford County Agriculture and Education Center. Pet Celebration fans saw dogs judged in a variety of classes, including cutest tail, color class, cutest dog and rescue class for dogs that have been adopted through the Humane Society or a shelter...
Rabies takes life of mule
A mule died of rabies Wednesday at a northern Bedford County farm, according to a local equine veterinarian. "The state called today and said it had tested positive for rabies," Dr. John Bennett said Friday. "I don't know how the mule got it. Maybe it was bitten by a rabid skunk."...
This little feline has found a home, or at least a great hiding place underneath the floors of the Center for Family Development on the public square on the Depot Street side. The tiny creature has been dashing underfoot all week into this little concrete cave as soon as a pedestrian strolls by. After several attempts, we were finally able to catch an image of Shelbyville's downtown scaredy cat. (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
County animal facility remains fully populated
Bedford County Animal Control director Brenda Goodrich reported to the county commission's law enforcement committee on Tuesday that the facility is staying full -- even after the Rescue Waggin' program took some animals away, the facility quickly filled back up again...
Dogs and Darth for a good cause
Want to show off your pooch, support a good cause and get your picture taken with Darth Vader's thugs? If so, Saturday will be the day for you as the Shelbyville Bedford County Humane Society will be holding their seventh fall fundraiser at the Bedford County Agricultural Center...
'Bad' dog, good news
Seven years ago Ashley McDonald adopted a one and a half-year old Affenpinscher mix from a rescue organization. Since then, she's been dressing Baby Girl up in clothes and taking photos to the delight of friends and family. "I think at one time she had as many outfits as I did," said McDonald...
City urged to neuter, release feral cats
Local animal activists are asking for the city to revise their ordinances so that feral cats would be neutered and set free instead of being put to sleep. However, the Shelbyville city council gave no indication how they felt about the idea. Shannon Duncan of the Middle Tennessee Spay and Neuter Clinic spoke at length, urging the council to delete the words "or cats" from the city's animal control ordinance and replace it with "domesticated cats" to differentiate them from cats with no owners, or "feral" cats.. ...
You can save a dog's life
I was pulling up to a gas station a few days ago to get my usual morning necessities -- watermelon gum and coffee -- when I noticed something new to the scene. I was greeted by the cutest little dog I'd seen since I left my house early that morning...
Horse doctor has the cure
When Dr. John Bennett heads out to work, it's still dark outside. Many days, by the time he gets home it's dark again. In the meantime, he will have traveled hundreds of miles, seen dozens of patients, and swapped jokes and friendly insults with grooms. trainers and owners...
Monkey owner faces charges
The Bedford County man who kept five monkeys at his home is now facing multiple animal cruelty charges. Ricky Smith of Frank Martin Road has been charged with five counts of aggravated animal cruelty following an incident earlier this month when a Japanese macaque named "Yoshi," was shot and killed after it escaped and attacked two people...
Slithering surprise: Snake shocks showerer
Louise Johnson just wanted a refreshing shower. The last thing she expected Tuesday afternoon was a snake falling from the ceiling into her bathtub. "I was taking a shower and this big, long thing started coming down out of the ceiling," Johnson, of Bugscuffle Road near Haley, said...
Safe haven: Monkeys sent to sanctuary in Texas
Four monkeys removed from a Frank Martin Road residence are being given a new home in Texas. Primarily Primates, a non-profit group near San Antonio, said Friday it will take in the monkeys. The animal sanctuary "operates to house, protect, and rehabilitate various non-native animals," according to its website...
Monkey killed after 2 attacks
Two victims of a rampaging monkey have been told they're fortunate to be alive. The monkey was shot and killed by a Bedford County deputy Thursday morning after it attacked a woman and another deputy and terrorized a Frank Martin Road neighborhood. Michelle Pyrdum, 42, said she underwent surgery for a deep gash to her calf muscle after the monkey attacked her from behind in her driveway...
4 other monkeys taken from site
Four monkeys were removed Thursday night from the Frank Martin Road property where another monkey escaped and was shot to death by a deputy sheriff after attacking two people earlier in the day. Charges have not been filed but are pending, said Brenda Goodrich, director of Bedford County Animal Control...
Donation honors McDonald's memory
The late Scott Hayes McDonald is remembered by many as a giving man -- one who believed in supporting his community and making a better place. McDonald, president of FirstBank's Shelbyville and Fayetteville operations and a former Shelbyville & Bedford County Chamber of Commerce executive, died in 2008 at age 63, but that generous legacy continues. ...
Shelter pets may be altered before adoption
A new, grant-funded program would allow Bedford County Animal Control to have animals spayed or neutered at Middle Tennessee Spay & Neuter Clinic before giving them to their new owners, as opposed to the current system, in which owners must have the animals spayed or neutered themselves...
Closer look at Sheriff's Department policies urged
Commissioner Denise Graham said Tuesday night that the county commission's law enforcement and workhouse committee needs to take a more active role in reviewing sheriff's department policies on an ongoing basis. Sheriff Randall Boyce said the department's thick policy manual is updated every two years but that he would welcome committee involvement in the process...
Purrfect day at camp
Jaaziah Johnson cuddles a kitten as she learns how to take care of it and other pets from Brenda Goodrich of Bedford County Animal Control. Goodrich was one of several guest speakers teaching children about responsible pet care at the Whiskers and Paws Day Camp held Wednesday.
Day camp promotes happy, safe pets
How much do you know about keeping your pet happy, healthy and safe? How much does your child know? Many times, it's the son or daughter who pleads for the puppy or kitten -- and the mom or dad who ends up taking care of it. Some education, training and incentives can change all that...
Wartrace gets museum
The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration announced Thursday afternoon that Wartrace, the "Cradle of the Tennessee Walking Horse," is now the home of the Tennessee Walking Horse Museum. Originally based in Shelbyville, the museum was moved to Lynchburg when a location was made available and because members of the museum board felt there would be more tourist traffic to the free venue. ...
Temporary homes, permanent love
When the Bedford County Animal Shelter received word recently that the PetSmart Rescue Waggin' was going to be delayed for a few weeks, it could have been very bad news. The kennels were already full and more dogs were being brought in daily. Without the Rescue Waggin' to take them to forever homes in other states, many of the dogs would have to be euthanized because there was no room for all of them...
Clock ticks for adoptable cats
Last Tuesday, there were six cats and seven kittens euthanized at the Bedford County Animal Control Shelter. On Wednesday morning, there were still 66 cats and kittens waiting -- hoping -- to be adopted before they, too, have to be destroyed. "We're still full, cats and dogs both," said Brenda Goodrich, the shelter director...
Day for the dogs -- and poets, too
There were some pedigreed pooches lounging in the shade Saturday at Bell Buckle, but there were just as many mutts monopolizing the Mayberry of Moon Pies. As it should be. The inaugural celebration of Bell Buckle's "Mutts in May" was not about the best-bred dogs, but about the fastest, longest, smallest, biggest, ugliest, cutest, and the ones who resembled their owners the most...
Going to the dogs
The Dog Days are here -- and it isn't even summer yet. Bell Buckle is hosting its first-ever Mutts in May celebration, a day-long event that will provide fun for families as well as their furry friends. "We thought it would be something different," said Bell Buckle Chamber of Commerce president Joe Sheetz, who gave credit for the idea to Maggi Vaughn and Annie Rooney. ...
Bedford County residents are reporting plenty of the 13-year cicadas. "My yard is full!" wrote Julie Keys on the Times-Gazette's Facebook page. "I have one tree with a few hundred on it!" "My house is crawling with them," wrote T-G web site user craftin_mom, "as is the telephone pole, all trees, and there are a quite a few greasy spots in the road where they are getting run over. They haven't started making noise, yet, though."...
Drug dog's hard bite into crime
County commission member and sheriff's department captain Tony Barrett defended the expenditure of up to $4,000 in dental work on the county's drug dog, Sem, telling the commission's law enforcement committee on Tuesday that the work is paid for by seizures and fines...
Spring's red robin
Now that the trees are blooming and making all our cars a greenish yellow, these little fellows are getting braver and setting down close enough for someone to get a good picture. (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
Dogs go from the street to YouTube
It sounds like a classic Hollywood story. One day, you're kicked to the gutter, and the next day you're a star. In this case, the hero of the tale wasn't kicked to the gutter -- he was almost killed by a car. The YouTube video he "stars" in is one designed to save his life...
County's annual rabies clinics set
Bedford County's annual rabies vaccination clinics are scheduled for successive weekends in late April and early May. Times and locations: Saturday, April 30 8-9:30 a.m. Flat Creek Church of Christ 8-10 a.m. Community High School, Unionville 8-10:30 a.m. Wheel Methodist Church...
Gospel lessons, with help from a horse
Have you ever had a colt that refused to follow the rules, even though those rules were designed to make its life easier? Come to think of it -- have you ever known a person who did the same thing? That's the premise behind Wildhorse Ministries, a Louisiana-based nonprofit that combines horse whispering with lessons from the Gospel. The ministry is led by Paul Daily who will bring his message -- and his equestrian skills -- to Calsonic Arena Saturday night...
Special friends: Owl touches man's life
Warning: If you can't stand to read "Old Yeller" or "Where the Red Fern Grows" because the animals die in the end, stop here. But if you're interested in an experience that was life-changing as well as life-ending, read on. Harris Abernathy loves the great outdoors. A hiker and a hunter, he'd rather spend his days and nights under the open sky than anywhere else and he's come to appreciate the beauty nature provides. He's lived and worked in New Mexico, Alaska, and right now, Colorado...
Soring trial set for May 31
A federal judge has set a trial date of May 31 for three people accused of "soring" horses. Last Friday, a four-count indictment was returned on Barney Davis, 38, of Lewisburg, Christen Altman, 25, of Shelbyville, and Jeffery Bradford, 33, of Lewisburg...
Dog ruled 'vicious' by officials
The dog that attacked a Shelbyville Power meter reader has been officially declared a vicious dog by the city. The animal, described in the police report as a "carmel (sic) colored pit bull," bit Carl Brent Cooper when he intervened in the dog's attack on 3-year-old Jasmine Farrar and her father, Tony. The owner, Betty Stones of 536 Oak St., was cited and had to appear in court Monday...
Paws & feet: Perfect team
If you love the outdoors and love animals, then don't miss Saturday's third annual Paws for a Cause 5K Run/1 Mile Fun Walk. The event will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Celebration Pavilion. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. A pet festival is being added this year and will include vendors, food, face painting, pet photography and micro chipping...
Vicious pit bull strikes again
The dog that mauled 8-year-old Ashlynn Vandergriff in October has bitten another victim -- but not the one it was apparently wanting. "He was ignoring me and going after my little girl," said Tony Farrar. According to Farrar, he and his daughter, 3-year-old Jasmine, were taking a walk down Oak Street on March 3, where Tony's grandfather lives, when they stopped to look at some kittens playing in a neighbor's yard...
Thomas told to prove claims vs. deputies
The majority of a federal lawsuit against the county, sheriff and several deputies filed by a man who pleaded guilty to starving hundreds of cows has been dismissed with prejudice. However, a federal judge ruled that individual claims of malicious prosecution against three deputies can continue in federal court, but those accusations must be backed up with proof within two weeks...
Animals' new BFF: Goodrich
"I'm having a pretty terrific week." Brenda Goodrich is the new director for Bedford County Animal Control and her first couple of weeks on the job have been great, she says, thanks to the community support she's received, especially from local schools...
Cuddly Alpacas fill Calsonic Arena
The difference between alpacas and llamas is like the difference between cats and dogs, says Gerdi Laems. She should know -- she has several alpacas, llamas, cats and dogs in her Sims Spring Road farm. "Llamas, like dogs, will come up to you and always want attention," she said. "Alpacas are more like cats. They'll pay attention to you if they want attention, otherwise -- no."...
Drivers need to watch out for animals in harm's way
Driving back and forth from Tullahoma and Shelbyville five days a week -- seven days when the 18-year-old Duke D'Anjou has weekend rehearsals for the Renaissance Faire in Triune -- is always educational. I can now identify 99.9 percent of Tennessee wildlife by the scattered bits of fur and feather left after the vehicles and vultures have had their ways with them...
Horse or not, teens invited to join riding group
You don't necessarily have to have a horse to reap the benefits the animals shower upon many young folks they touch. The Wrangler Horse riding group is inviting anyone interested in horses to sign up for the upcoming show season. If you do have a horse, you must sign your horse up for Wrangler Horse group events by March 1. The next group meeting will be held at 6 p.m. March 7 at the Bedford County Agriculture and Education Center on Midland Road...
Doggone it, man's best friend needs love -- so adopt smart
Did any of you see the photo of the poodle that his Green bay Packer fan of an owner dyed and clipped to reflect his taste in football? When I did, I thought it was pretty funny, but I felt a little sorry for the dog. "How undignified," I said to my husband...
Peaches reaches for top trophy
Okay -- it's not your usual Valentine story. Sandra Johnson of Waterfall Farms visited a friend's hunting plantation more than a decade ago and fell in love. Her husband Bill didn't mind, since he kind of fell hard himself. Now those who know the Johnsons and their amazing stable of walking horse superstar studs won't be surprised to find out that the object of their affections had four feet and a tail -- but they might be surprised to find out it didn't whinny. It barked...
Stray dogs becoming 'threat' in Bell Buckle
Stray dogs are becoming a problem again in Bell Buckle and Mayor Dennis Webb cautions the public that the town may have to call Bedford County Animal Control in to pick the animals up. "We've been pretty lenient in the past," said Webb at Tuesday night's meeting of the board of mayor and aldermen. "But we've been getting a lot of complaints."...
Back off, purebreeds, real mutts totally rule
Move over, beagles, you've got some new competition, The American Kennel Club has officially approved three new breeds to be admitted to the roster. The Entlebucher Mountain Dog, which looks a lot like the Bearnese Mountain Dog with less fur is one of them, and the Norwegian Lundehund is another. I had a dog once that looked a lot like the lundehund, but I doubt that Norwegian breed is made of up border collie, blue tick hound and rat terrier...
Nonprofits gain help from grants
The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee has announced distribution of $8,500 in grants to three Bedford County nonprofits as part of its annual grantmaking process. "This has been an incredibly trying year for Middle Tennessee," said Ellen Lehman, president of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, "with the devastating flood and a still-challenging economic climate. ...
UPDATED: Snow blankets Bedford; Stay home if you can
"If folks can stay home, they need to stay home."
That was the word this morning from Bedford County Emergency Management Agency director Scott Johnson....
Dog thieves on loose
Leash law or no leash law, it's not a good idea to let your dog run loose -- especially if it's a purebred. Back in October, at least four purebred dogs -- one Chihuahua, two beagles and one Jack Russell -- were stolen from their home, all in the same small block in Wartrace...
Ritch fraud sentence ranks as 3rd biggest '10 story
A gruesome case of livestock abuse and the sentencing of a developer accused of fraud are the next two entries on the Times-Gazette's annual countdown of the biggest news stories of 2010 as selected by a vote of staff members. The stories already revealed:...
Animal carcass removal costs expected to fall
County Mayor Eugene Ray told Bedford County Board of Commissioners' rules and legislative committee Tuesday night that the cost of livestock carcass removal through Appertain Corp. would likely be reduced once a new contract is in place. However, the University of Tennessee and Middle Tennessee State University still haven't found a long-term alternative to landfill disposal...
A mom for Christmas: Pit bull 'adopts' orphaned puppies
Brenda Goodrich of the Bedford County Animal Control wasn't supposed to be at work on Dec. 2 -- but she was. Good thing, because that day was the start of what would become a story about miracles ... a story about Brenda's Christmas Miracles. "A man came in Dec. 2 in the morning with a mama stray who had gotten killed on 41A," Goodrich said. "He had seen her around for a couple of days and all of a sudden she was dead in the road."...
A bite of success: Defensive dog goes to Spain
When Bell Buckle's Krista Wade began training German shepherds for Schutzhund trials, she never realized how far she could go with it. Literally. In October, Wade and her dog Berlin were named alternates to the team that would represent the United States in the International Schutzhund trials in Sevilla, Spain...
Fortunate escape: car flooded as man attempts to rescue dog
Bedford County wasn't under a flood warning or advisory at 9 a.m. Tuesday, but that didn't mean there wasn't flooding. The one-lane concrete bridge on Bugscuffle Road near Wartrace, almost always the first casualty to high water, was completely covered Tuesday morning, with a massive pile of driftwood creating a logjam on the upstream side...
Dogs and owners flock together like birds of a feather
Every morning and afternoon, my neighborhood is invaded. These strange people actually get out and, like, you, know, walk. To nowhere. The end of the road and back. My husband says it's something called "ex-er-cise," but it's got me thinking more along the lines of "ex-cor-cist."...
Rabid skunk strikes
According to the local health department's environmentalist Jeremy Williams, a rabid skunk was confirmed near Wartrace recently, and its victim, a dog that had not had its rabies booster in time, had to be destroyed. This news wouldn't surprise Phillip J. Smith, who lives in Wartrace with his wife and two young daughters. On Tuesday, some time after that previously reported incident, he got a panicked phone call from April while he has at his business, the Blockade Runner...
Planners say hands are tied
For yet another month, Bedford County Planning Commission ended up spending most of its monthly meeting talking about the issue of concentrated animal feeding operations or CAFOs. Planners decided last month against trying to regulate Class 1 CAFOs in the county zoning ordinance, in large part because they've been told that the state's so-called "Right To Farm Act" prohibits local zoning from restrictions on agriculture. ...
Barks, meows and blessings
That wide, flat area by the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer at 203 East Lane St. where people usually leave their cars will undergo a transformation this Sunday. Instead of a parking lot, it will be a ... "Barking lot," said Father Peter Whalen, laughing...
Dogs' own day
For the past several years now, humans and best buddies have gathered the last Saturday in September for a day of good old-fashioned family fun. And it's really starting to catch on. "Believe it or not, this is our sixth annual," said Mary Jo Pitts, owner of Puppy Palace, event sponsor. "It's becoming a big thing. Last year it rained and that affected our turnout a little bit. I don't think people realized we were under cover."...
Shelter programs are the cats' meow
More than 500 cats were euthanized at the Bedford County animal shelter last year. "To give you an idea, we pick up twice as many dogs and puppies than we do cats and kittens," said director Michael Gregory. "But the number of dogs we put down was only marginally higher than cats."...
No action taken on poultry houses
After wandering deeper and deeper into a discussion of how to respond to concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) such as four or more large poultry houses, Bedford County Planning Commission finally decided to do nothing at all. A motion to take no action whatsoever on the issue passed by a 6-2 margin Tuesday night, with three other planners abstaining, presumably because they operate poultry houses under contract to Tyson Foods...
Zoners vs. chicken houses
Bedford County Planning Commission will ask Bedford County Board of Commissioners next week to adopt regulations similar to those in Rutherford County to regulate high-density corporate agriculture, in response to a proposed development of 14 chicken houses on Big Spring Road...
Farmers face dead period for disposal of carcasses
An on-again, off-again six-month interim solution to the problem of livestock carcass removal is apparently on -- but it will leave a two-week period in early July during which local farmers will have to worry about livestock disposal on their own. Local and state officials met Wednesday at the University of Tennessee Extension offices on Midland Road to brief farmers on the issue. County Mayor Eugene Ray chaired the meeting...