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Rezoning approved for Repo Depot (02/11/16)
Bedford County Board of Commissioners, meeting Tuesday night, approved a rezoning from A-1 (agriculture) to C-2 (commercial) of the old Repo Depot location at 1837 U.S. 41-A North. The site had been the long-time home of Repo Depot, an automobile auction business which predated county zoning and which was therefore allowed under a "grandfather clause" as a pre-existing use within its agricultural zone...
Letter to the Editor, Feb. 11 (02/11/16)
To the editor: Many residents of Bedford County do not realize that we are mandated by the State of Tennessee to build a new jail. We also need several new schools. Our elected officials are very careful with our money, but a new jail and schools are must haves...
Shhhh! No phone calls at the polls (02/05/16)
You can bring your iPhone to the polls, but don't plan on using it to make or receive calls. Early voting will begin Wednesday for the March 1 presidential primary and wheel tax referendum. According to a new state law, you can bring your smartphone to the polling place, but you can't use it for conversations or to take photos or videos, only for looking up information to assist you in your voting decisions...
Sunday Conversation: Williams thrives on serving others (01/31/16)
Chief Deputy Jason Williams of the Bedford County Sheriff's Office is the subject of this week's Sunday Conversation. A Bedford County native and graduate of Cascade High School, Williams recently graduated from the prestigious FBI Academy....
Wheel tax a must: Ray (01/28/16)
Bedford County Mayor Eugene Ray, speaking Wednesday morning to the Shelbyville Rotary Club, discussed the county's jail, school and highway needs, and said the proposed wheel tax -- which goes before voters on March 1 -- is the only way to spread the burden of paying for those projects among a wider swath of the population...
County sales tax numbers up from 2015 (01/28/16)
Bedford County's sales tax numbers are still ahead of where they were last year, although property tax numbers have all but evened out with last year, according to financial reports discussed Tuesday night by Bedford County Financial Management Committee...
We'll build Cascade: Commission (01/27/16)
Bedford County Board of Education and school system officials presented renderings of the proposed Cascade High School to Bedford County Financial Management Committee and other interested county commissioners during a study session Tuesday night. Commissioners reassured the school board that they fully understand the need for the school and intend to build it, one way or another, regardless of the outcome of the March referendum on a county wheel tax...
ID checks ahead soon for schools (01/21/16)
School visitors soon will have to show their ID -- and carry their pictures around on their shirts. Bedford County schools will start conducting sex-offender background checks in February, Superintendent Don Embry told the Board of Education on Tuesday...
CORRECTED: Change addresses parking issues at old Repo Depot (01/21/16)
Bedford County Board of Commissioners' rules and legislative committee voted Tuesday night to recommend rezoning property at 1837 U.S. 41A North from A-1 (agriculture) to C-2 (commercial) for an automobile auction, repair, sales and towing business...
Presenting the new Cascade High (01/20/16)
Introducing the (potential) future Cascade High School. The Bedford County Board of Education viewed architectural renderings of the proposed building during its monthly meeting Monday. The board also discussed plans to meet with the Bedford County Commission...
A little relief may be ahead for county jail (01/20/16)
The opening of a new Corrections Corporation of America-operated state prison in Trousdale County will result in most or all of the state felons being taken out of Bedford County Jail, at least for the time being -- but even without the state felons, the jail is still overcrowded...
Roads, savings and gone: Commission meets for 7 minutes (01/13/16)
It's only January, but Bedford County Board of Commissioners probably set the record for its shortest meeting of the year Tuesday, adjourning after only seven minutes. The commission approved two non-controversial measures. The first was the annual county road listing. The state requires that the county commission approve a list of county-maintained roads each year. There were no changes or additions to this year's list, but it must still be approved each year...
What we need: Growth plans ... but also a jail, school and roads (01/12/16)
Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR), in its annual report on infrastructure needs, has estimated Bedford County to need 149 improvement projects totalling $219 million. The TACIR report shows Bedford County's top five infrastructure needs in the following categories...
City-ECD pact far from ready, officials claim (01/08/16)
A new four-year interlocal agreement between Bedford County Emergency Communications District and the city of Shelbyville for Enhanced 911 service has been submitted to Shelbyville City Manager Jay Johnson for city council approval. However, Johnson said at a council study session Tuesday night, the agreement is far from ready for final discussion -- citing issues with the percentage of funding sought from Shelbyville residents vs, other areas of the county, and dissatisfaction with the quality of emergency dispatching from Bedford County Communications Center.. ...
Smotherman, Clanton unopposed (12/17/15)
Incumbent Bedford County Highway Superintendent Stanley Smotherman and incumbent Assessor of Property Ronda Clanton will be unopposed for re-election on the August 2016 general election ballot. Although both Smotherman and Clanton ran in the Democratic primary in the past, both have elected to skip the March party primary this year and run as independents in the general election...
Election office can't have own vacation policy (12/16/15)
Bedford County Mayor Eugene Ray told the county Board of Commissioners' rules and legislative committee Tuesday night that he's trying to standardize county personnel policies and won't agree to let the county election office have a different vacation policy...
Calvert named to school board seat (12/16/15)
Jamie Calvert was a unanimous choice for the first district school board seat at Thursday's Bedford County Board of Commissioners meeting. Calvert fills the seat vacated after Tammie Patterson resigned after one month. It had previously been held by Dixie Parker for many years until Parker's passing...
County audit pleases mayor (12/10/15)
The Tennessee comptroller's office released its audit of Bedford County government on Wednesday, with only three relatively-minor findings related to computer software and data storage. "I'm pretty happy with the way it went," said County Mayor Eugene Ray on Wednesday. ...
Tech upgrades temporarily cut access to county offices (11/27/15)
If you tried to contact a county office earlier this week and had trouble, it may not just be the holiday schedule. Bedford County's information technology department has been upgrading the county's computer and communications network since Friday, Nov. 20...
County sales tax revenues continue rising (11/27/15)
Bedford County sales tax revenues continue their upward trend -- revenues have been higher than the same month in 2014 for seven or eight straight months now, said finance director Robert Daniel during Tuesday's meeting of the county Financial Management Committee...
Reed honored as Tennessee's top register (11/24/15)
Bedford County Register of Deeds Johnny Reed was honored Nov. 12 at the 2015 County Officials Association of Tennessee awards ceremony, held during the group's conference at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis. Reed was chosen 2015 Outstanding Register of the Year by COAT and received the COAT Exemplary Service Award. In addition, he received a Leadership Award from the Tennessee Registers Association, of which he is president...
We're not alone: Maury County also has courthouse issues (11/22/15)
Even as Bedford County debates courthouse security issues and the long-term home of the county's judicial system, Columbia and Maury County are going through a very similar debate. Recent news stories and opinion columns in The Daily Herald of Columbia reveal arguments and counter-arguments very similar to those heard in Bedford County in recent years...
Workhouse inmates' injury pay studied (11/20/15)
Bedford County will consider the issue of who is responsible for emergency on-the-job medical expenses resulting from injuries when a county workhouse inmate is sent to work for a non-county agency or a different government. During Tuesday night's meeting of Bedford County Board of Commissioners' law enforcement and workhouse committee, commissioner Bill Anderson asked whether there had been a change in policy which made outside agencies responsible for such medical bills...
Taxing times ahead: Officials (11/19/15)
State Sen. Jim Tracy, Bedford County Board of Commissioners member Don Gallagher and Bell Buckle Mayor Dennis Webb discussed the challenges their governments face during a forum Wednesday morning for Leadership Bedford and Youth Leadership Bedford members...
It's official: Wheel tax on ballot (11/11/15)
Bedford County Board of Commissioners formally approved Tuesday night what they approved in principle last month -- asking voters to approve a $50 wheel tax in a March 2016 referendum. Three-quarters of the revenue from the tax, if it is approved, will support school projects -- primarily a new building for Cascade High School -- and a state-mandated new jail. The other 25 percent will support county roads...
Sheriff's office attempts to keep cool (10/28/15)
When Bedford County Sheriff's Office advertised for a new five-ton central heat and air conditioning unit, one of the three bidders told the sheriff's office that even though the previous unit had been five tons, that really wasn't sufficient for the size of the building...
Domestic violence awareness marked with proclamation (10/22/15)
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month; Bedford County Mayor Eugene Ray and Circuit Court Clerk Michelle Murray signed a proclamation on Wednesday, joined by representatives of Haven Of Home, the domestic violence shelter and agency serving Bedford, Coffee, Franklin, Lincoln, Marshall and Moore counties...
School board member resigns (10/21/15)
Bedford County's newest school board member is now an ex-member. Tammie Patterson vacated her chair on the Bedford County Board of Education as of last Thursday, Chairwoman Amy Martin announced Tuesday night at the board's monthly meeting. Patterson wrote a letter saying she "deeply regretted" that she did not have the time to commit to the board...
Inmate amends suit against county (10/21/15)
A Bedford County Jail inmate has filed an amended federal suit claiming that his medical needs are not being addressed. Sedrick Darion Mitchell, 37, of Landers Street filed suit in June against the Bedford County Sheriff's Office, Dr. Kenneth Mathews, Capt. Jerry Sircy, and Sheriff Austin Swing...
Clanton responds to greenbelt talk (10/20/15)
Bedford County Assessor of Property Ronda Clanton has offered what she said were clarifications of several points made by participants in last Friday's meeting about the greenbelt law. Clanton told the Times-Gazette on Monday that an example was mentioned at the meeting in which a junkyard was supposedly classified as greenbelt property. Clanton said this is incorrect; only the part of the property being used for farming is classified as greenbelt, not the part used for the junkyard...
Greenbelt law violators sought (10/18/15)
Tennessee's greenbelt law is supposed to protect farmers from commercial encroachment and to encourage property to be set aside as forest land or public open space, by giving the property owner a break on property taxes. But Bedford County officials meeting on Friday to discuss the law say it's being abused by some landowners and that the county should do more to ensure that only those who legitimately qualify for greenbelt protection receive it...
Stronger security for court (10/15/15)
Bedford County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday night to approve a courthouse security plan which, once fully implemented, will close the first floor entrances and require all visitors to enter through the basement and, on court days, pass through a metal detector...
It's a dirty job, but .... (10/15/15)
Joanus Fordham of the Bedford County schools maintenance department lays sod outside the Central Office on Tuesday. The sod work was part of a project that included rebuilding the sidewalk to the main entrance, making it level with the door and eliminating the need to step up to enter. According to the maintenance department, they performed the project using their own staff for a cost of less than $2,000, versus spending between $3,500 to $4,000 by hiring an outside company. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Wheel tax details approved (10/14/15)
Bedford County Board of Commissioners approved the drafting of a $50 wheel tax resolution, which will be put before voters as a referendum on March 1, 2016. The resolution will set aside 75 percent of the tax proceeds to go towards jail and school construction, with 25 percent to go towards county roads. The tax will apply equally to cars and motorcycles; an attempt by commissioner Jimmy Woodson to secure a lower rate for motorcycles was rejected...
Industrial park loan bids taken (10/06/15)
Shelbyville officials opened bids Monday for loans to buy 86 acres of land for the new city-county Commerce Business Park, with a local bank having the lowest interest rate. Invitations for bids were sent through Raymond James, the city's financial advisor. Responses were received from First Community Bank of Bedford County, which offered the lowest interest rate of 3.225529 percent, and First Tennessee Bank...
Buckling down on safety (10/02/15)
Tennessee Highway Patrol and local law enforcement officials said during an event on Thursday that a new grant-funded safety enforcement program could save lives if it can convince more drivers to buckle up. The highway patrol has been selected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to conduct a pilot program in "occupant safety enforcement" in Bedford and Hawkins counties, both of which have had a large number of traffic fatalities linked to the lack of seat belt use...
City council backs TVA grant (09/30/15)
Shelbyville's council signed off Tuesday night on a contract with the Tennessee Valley Authority for a grant to partially fund the new city-county Commerce Business Park. The agreement was executed for the $350,000 grant on behalf of the city of Shelbyville at a special called meeting. The city now must borrow the money for the land...
County seat belt use will be eyed (09/30/15)
NASHVILLE (AP) -- Bedford County will be one of two counties in Tennessee involved in a national pilot program involving seat belt use statistics. The Tennessee Highway Patrol said fatal crashes have increased in Bedford and Hawkins counties due to lack of seat belt use...
Letter to the Editor, Sept. 24 (09/24/15)
Dear Editor, Catching up on events while I was out of town, I see that a referendum on a $50 per vehicle wheel tax is likely to be in the ballot in March. I have two vehicles which will be subject to that wheel tax if it is approved and two motorcycles for which I will be getting antique classifications and tags before said referendum...
New school board member (09/23/15)
Bedford County Clerk Donna Thomas administers the oath of office Tuesday to Tammie Patterson just prior to the Board of Education meeting at Shelbyville Central High School. Patterson is the new school board member from District 1 (Cascade) and replaces the late Dixie Parker. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Wheel tax recommended again (09/23/15)
Even though they'd already voted to do so during a special called meeting on Aug. 30, Bedford County Financial Management Committee voted again Tuesday night at their regular monthly meeting to recommend a $50 wheel tax which would be put before voters in March...
Security plan for courthouse moves forward (09/23/15)
Bedford County Financial Management Committee voted Tuesday night to recommend the proposed courthouse security plan to the full county commission. The plan would hire two new deputies and one new corrections officer who would be assigned full-time to the courthouse. In addition, first-floor access to the courthouse would be closed to the public. The public would have to enter the building through the basement, where a walk-through metal detector would be operated...
Clerk stops performing marriages (09/23/15)
Bedford County Clerk Donna Thomas said Tuesday she stopped performing civil marriage ceremonies all the way back in February -- simply because it was taking too much time and doesn't generate revenue for the county, not because of any reason related to this summer's Supreme Court decision...
Property details uncertain (09/16/15)
Bedford County has two parcels of property for sale near Bedford Lake -- but if you want to know the exact boundaries of your purchase, you'll need to hire your own surveyor. Bedford County Board of Commissioners has already voted to sell the two parcels, which the county picked up years ago and which don't have road access. But the commission's courthouse and county property committee, which met Tuesday night, is still trying to work out the details...
Committee approves TVA grant (09/11/15)
The city/county Commerce Business Park oversight committee voted Thursday to enter into a grant agreement with the Tennessee Valley Authority -- moving forward on a project that's been in the works for years. The agreement will be subject to a legal review by city attorney Ginger Shofner and county attorney John T. Bobo...
Patterson chosen for school seat (09/09/15)
A friend of Dixie Parker's family will fill her vacant seat on the Bedford County school board. Tammie Patterson was unanimously approved 17-0 for the First District position by the Bedford County Commission at its September meeting Tuesday night. Commissioner Billy King was absent...
School leaders attend meeting of peers (09/06/15)
Several members of the Bedford County Board of Education attended a fall district meeting of the TSBA on Sept. 1. The Tennessee School Boards Association (TSBA) hosted the district meeting at South Lincoln Elementary in Lincoln County. "TSBA Fall District Meetings gives our staff the opportunity to connect with school board members from every part of the state so that we not only hear their concerns but also provide them with the support they need to help them make the best decisions for the children and schools in their communities," said TSBA executive director Tammy Grissom.. ...
Register to vote -- and spread the word (EXTENDED ONLINE VERSION) (09/03/15)
Call them selfies with a purpose. September is National Voter Registration Month, and as we look toward another presidential election season, state and local officials say now is the perfect time to make sure you're registered to vote. The next election in Bedford County will be on March 1. ...
$50 wheel tax recommended (09/01/15)
Members of Bedford County Financial Management Committee hope that, in March 2016, Bedford County voters will approve a $50 per vehicle wheel tax, as an alternative to raising the property tax to pay for a new jail, a new Cascade High School, and paving of county roads...
Commissioners talk needs at annual meeting (08/28/15)
CHAPEL HILL -- County commissioners from throughout southern Middle Tennessee were told Thursday night that it's unlikely the General Assembly will take any action soon on the state's highway and infrastructure problems. "I honestly don't think anything is going to happen this year," said Charles Curtiss, executive director of the Tennessee County Commissioners Association (TCCA) and a former state legislator himself, during a TCCA regional meeting held at Henry Horton State Park...
Wheel tax details to be studied (08/27/15)
Bedford County Financial Management Committee will hold a study session on Monday to discuss specifics for a proposed county wheel tax, after receiving background information on the tax during its regular monthly meeting, which was held Tuesday. Commissioners believe some sort of additional revenue will be necessary to fund a new jail and a new Cascade High School, and want to put a wheel tax proposal before voters during the March election. ...
Competitive bid change proposed (08/27/15)
Back in May, Bedford County, taking advantage of a newly-passed state law, increased the minimum purchase that must be put out for sealed bids from $10,000 to $25,000. Now, three months later, county finance director Robert Daniel wants to adjust the minimum purchase for which competitive quotes must be sought, raising it from $2,500 to $5,000...
Courthouse security proposal backed (08/26/15)
After some discussion, Bedford County Financial Management Committee agreed Tuesday night to send a courthouse security proposal to the full commission. County Finance Director Robert Daniel and County Mayor Eugene Ray had asked whether Bedford County Sheriff's Office could get by with hiring only two new employees rather than three, but Chief Deputy Jason Williams said all three were needed...
State assessors name Clanton top member (08/26/15)
Bedford County Assessor of Property Ronda Clanton was recently named Member of the Year for the Tennessee Chapter of the International Association of Assessing Officers (TIAAO). In presenting Clanton with the award, President Ryan Cavanah said, "Ronda has been involved in TIAAO for a number of years and is always willing to help in anything needed. ...
Service animal policy under consideration by school board (08/23/15)
The Bedford County Board of Education is looking at adopting a policy to govern the use of service animals in schools. During its monthly meeting Tuesday, the board considered adopting a boilerplate policy from a state education group that addresses service animals...
Courthouse safety plan progresses (08/19/15)
Bedford County Board of Commissioners' law enforcement committee voted Tuesday night to move a courthouse security plan forward, sending it to Bedford County Financial Management Committee, which will meet next week. The plan would close off the four first-floor doors of the courthouse to public entry, forcing entrance to the building through the basement, where a walk-through metal detector would be installed...
County schools go wireless in next few weeks (08/19/15)
Middle and high school students soon will be browsing the Internet via Wi-Fi from their desks, in the halls and in the lunch lines. All but two of the schools should be ready to go wireless right after the horse show break, said Ben Barrett, director of technology for the Bedford County Department of Education. He made the report during a presentation Tuesday to the Board of Education...
County personnel policies updated (08/13/15)
Bedford County Board of Commissioners, meeting Tuesday night, approved changes to the county's personnel policies. The county's current maternity leave policy was deleted and the county's policy was brought in line with the federal Family and Medical Leave Act...
Judge dismisses lawsuit against jail (08/13/15)
Another handwritten suit against the Bedford County jail has been dismissed by a federal judge. Joseph Richard Fredrickson had demanded $750,000 in damages for suffering, distress and mental and emotional pain. U.S. District Judge Curtis L. Collier dismissed the suit this week, since Fredrickson failed to make a filing fee or an application to proceed in "forma pauperis" -- a Latin legal term meaning "in the character or manner of a pauper."...
Closing courthouse doors: Security plan proposed (08/12/15)
Law enforcement and judicial officials presented a plan to Bedford County Board of Commissioners Tuesday night for securing the Bedford County Courthouse by closing all four first-floor entrances to the public. Except for prisoners, entry to the courthouse would be through the basement, where a walk-through metal detector would be installed. ...
CORRECTED: Midstate trustees gather; tax talk, horses on group's agenda (08/07/15)
Trustees from across Middle Tennessee discussed the difficulties of collecting personal property tax from businesses, and saw a demonstration by a Tennessee walking horse, during a meeting Thursday on the Celebration grounds. Bedford County Trustee Tonya Davis is president of the Middle Tennessee Trustees Association. She hosted the group in Shelbyville for one of its quarterly meetings...
Detective headed to TBI Academy (08/07/15)
Serving the public in a job he loves makes the hard work worthwhile for Detective Sgt. Scott Jones of the Bedford County Sheriff's Office. That's one reason he's looking forward to one of the biggest honors in his almost 20 years in law enforcement -- attending the TBI Academy...
Jail claims dismissed by federal judge (08/06/15)
A federal suit filed by two Bedford County Jail inmates citing overcrowding and a lack of medical attention has been dismissed by a federal judge. Jermaine Pillow and Christopher J. Harris Jr., demanded a jury trial and a total of $920,000 in damages last November...
Midstate trustees to see walking horses (08/04/15)
County trustees from throughout Middle Tennessee will gather in Shelbyville on Thursday to talk about the issues -- and to watch a demonstration of the Tennessee Walking Horse. Bedford County Trustee Tonya Davis, current president of the Middle Tennessee Trustees Association, scheduled the midday meeting on the Celebration grounds in Shelbyville. More than 30 of the region's 41 trustees are expected to attend, along with other dignitaries, vendors and guests...
Oversight of race tracks passes to counties (08/02/15)
Effective last month, the State of Tennessee got out of the business of regulating race tracks and drag strips, turning that authority over to local counties. County Mayor Eugene Ray said Friday that he knows of no concerns about Duck River Raceway Park, a dirt-racing track near Wheel, and the county has no plans for any new regulations...
Inmate sues over alleged jail conditions (08/02/15)
An inmate has filed a federal civil rights suit against Bedford County Jail, demanding $2.2 million for a variety of claims. Matthew G. Cooper claims after he was taken into custody on a charge of aggravated assault, he was "issued a thin sheet of plastic, with no cushion, on which to sleep," saying that the jail refers to it "as a mattress."...
Wheel tax talk waits a month (07/29/15)
Bedford County Financial Management Committee deferred discussion of the wheel tax issue for a month, saying more study is needed about what vehicles might be included if the county decides to approve a tax. County Finance Director Robert Daniel said he could prepare revenue projections for the committee, but in order to do so he needs to know which vehicles are to be taxed. ...
Glover recognized on retirement (07/29/15)
A reception was held for Joyce Glover on the occasion of her retirement from Bedford County Department of Finance. From left are Glover, Finance Director Robert Daniel, Glover's son Randy, and County Mayor Eugene Ray. (Submitted photo)
Greenbelt review could profit city (07/28/15)
A possible review of "greenbelt property" by Bedford County could be important for Shelbyville as well. An audit of those properties was recently recommended by The University of Tennessee's County Technical Assistance Service. Bedford County Board of Commissioners could have approved the audit earlier this month but decided to postpone action so they could study the idea further...
Sunday Conversation: Stephenson finds life's mission in serving veterans (07/26/15)
T-G: Tell us a little about your role at the Bedford County Veterans Office. Stephenson: I am the administrator for the Veterans Service Office. I schedule appointments for our DAV (Disabled American Veterans) officer Jessie Purdom to visit with the veterans and help with their needs....
Chief deputy will attend FBI Academy (07/23/15)
Ten years of hope and hard work are paying off with acceptance to the FBI National Academy for one of Bedford County's law enforcement leaders. Chief Deputy Jason Williams of the Bedford County Sheriff's Department will be attending for 11 weeks late this year....
Two offices on March 2016 ballot; wheel tax also likely (07/23/15)
Only two Bedford County offices -- property assessor and road superintendent -- will be on the ballot for the March 1, 2016, local primary elections. Candidates for the two offices can pick up petitions from the county election office starting Sept. 11. Petitions must be turned in by Dec. 10...
Wheel tax could go on ballot (07/22/15)
Bedford County Board of Commissioners' rules and legislative committee voted Tuesday night to formally ask the county's Financial Management Committee to draw up a wheel tax proposal to be placed on a county-wide ballot in the March election. The county is faced with the need to build a new jail or face de-certification of the existing jail; officials also say Cascade High School is desperately overcrowded and in need of a new facility. ...
No nominee for school board yet (07/22/15)
There's no nominee yet for the vacant District 1 school board seat of Dixie Parker, who died July 10 at her home in Bell Buckle. School board members and school officials are still being consulted. The county commission will appoint a successor who will hold the seat until the next county-wide general election in August 2016. ...
Missing 'Mrs. Dixie': School board member honored (07/22/15)
The Bedford County Board of Education took time to remember one of its own during its monthly meeting Tuesday. Board members paid tribute to the late Dixie Parker from District 1, who died July 10 of natural causes. "I lost one of my best friends," board chair Amy Martin said. She added that she did not know Parker at all until about 12 years ago. "She was one of the most kind, loving, caring persons."...
New jail urged: Current facility can't be rehabbed, expert says (07/16/15)
Jim Hart of the University of Tennessee County Technical Assistance Service (CTAS) threw cold water Wednesday night on a recent proposal to solve the county's jail problems by expansion at the current jail site. "I don't think that expanding the current facility ... is a feasible option," said Hart....
Audit finds $94K more tax dollars (07/15/15)
Bedford County Finance Director Robert Daniel reported Tuesday night to Bedford County Board of Commissioners that his most recent audit of sales tax and Hall Income Tax accounts has brought in $94,491 in additional revenue -- revenue that should continue going forward...
McMahon remains at large (07/14/15)
A series of unique circumstances may have contributed to the ability of inmate Tristan McMahon to escape from Bedford County Courthouse a week ago today, Sheriff Austin Swing said Monday. But lessons have been learned -- and inmate transport procedures are changing -- as a result of McMahon's flight, Swing and sheriff's Capt. Tony Barrett said...
TVA study final hurdle for commerce business park (07/09/15)
The city is waiting for the Tennessee Valley Authority to complete an environmental study on land for a commerce business park before closing on a $600,000 note for the project. When the study is completed, TVA will release the matching funds for the park -- a $350,000 grant going toward the purchase of the property...
Property assessor's office closed next week (07/08/15)
The Bedford County Property Assessor's Office will be closed to the public from Monday through midday Friday of next week. Employees will be undergoing training for a newly-installed computer system, Property Assessor Ronda Clanton said. The office will re-open at 1:30 p.m. Friday, July 17...
No tax hike for Cascade: Commissioners hold rate steady (07/01/15)
Bedford County Board of Commissioners, in a special called end-of-fiscal year meeting, decided not to increase the property tax rate by 35 cents to get a faster start on construction of a new Cascade High School. Commissioners approved county budgets and kept the current tax rate, $2.27 per $100 assessed value, as the old fiscal year drew to a close Tuesday night. Today, July 1, begins a new state and local fiscal year...
Emergency agencies lose in county budget talks (06/19/15)
In order to make next year's budget balance, Bedford County Financial Management Committee voted Thursday to deny several requests by emergency service agencies and abandon the county's plan to install a new fuel management system. The committee also voted to keep contributions to non-profit agencies at the same level as in the current fiscal year, denying increases to agencies that had requested them...
Livestock deal renewed (06/12/15)
Bedford County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday night to approve renewing a contract with South Central Tennessee Development District and Appertain Corp. for disposal of dead livestock. Commissioners rejected an attempt to make the county's largest users of the service pay for it themselves...
Hord case cited in state audit (05/29/15)
The office of Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury Justin Wilson has released its reports of cash shortages, caused by theft, fraud or other problems in local government. One report covers county governments, while the other covers cities and towns, and other government-related agencies such as utility districts...
Move ahead for county offices (05/28/15)
Bedford County wants to move several fee offices from rental space in the US Bank building on the north side of the square into the former Regions Bank building, now owned by the county, on the west side of the square. The county had been under the gun, with the lease on that US Bank space set to expire at the end of this month. But now, the county has negotiated a new lease which will let the county offices stay where they are for another year while the county makes plans for moving them...
New law allows county to spend up to $25K without bids (05/28/15)
Bedford County Financial Management Committee recommends that the county take advantage of a newly-passed state law and raise the maximum purchase that can be made without advertising for sealed bids. Currently, in Bedford County, any purchase of $10,000 or more must be advertised and put out for bid, with sealed bids accepted. ...
Expansion of current jail proposed (05/27/15)
Bedford County Sheriff's Department has proposed -- as an option, not a recommendation -- that the county consider expanding Bedford County Jail at its current location. This would be accomplished by tearing down the house which currently houses jail offices; those offices would be moved into the former state unemployment offices facing North Main Street, on a parcel adjoining the jail and sheriff's department property, if the county is able to buy the facility from the state...
County finally rid of surplus houses (05/14/15)
Bedford County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday night to sell two county-owned houses on Union Street to high bidder James Farrar for a total of $92,000. That figure is dramatically less than the appraisal on the houses, but is in line with what a neighboring house sold for recently, and it gets the houses back onto the county tax rolls...
County must pay Hall $200K more (05/10/15)
Bedford County has been ordered to pay over $200,000 in legal fees and front pay to a former county corrections officer. In March, a jury awarded $385,000 to Virginia Lynn Hall for being fired in violation of the Tennessee Human Rights Act, determining she was owed for back pay, humiliation, and embarrassment...
Clubhouse returned to Longview (04/15/15)
Bedford County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday night to return the former Longview Community Club to its trustees after plans to put a fire station there never materialized. The club, which is currently inactive, gave its clubhouse and property to the county two years ago with a written agreement that the county would build a fire station there within three years. It now looks like that's not going to happen...
Business park plan still in 'good shape' (04/10/15)
"We're in good shape!" Those words from Shelbyville & Bedford County Chamber of Commerce CEO Allen Pitner summed up the feelings of the city/county commerce business park oversight committee Thursday after some major hurdles were overcome this week...
Progress continues toward business park (04/03/15)
Everything is coming into place for the proposed city/county business park, members of the oversight committee were told Thursday morning. City manager Jay Johnson told the committee the state is reviewing their application for a certificate of need and public purpose, and a hearing is set for next Tuesday...
Jail lawsuit moved to federal court (04/03/15)
A civil rights suit alleging a Bedford County Jail inmate was refused medicine last year has been moved to federal court. David Gifford II is demanding at least $1,950,000 in punitive and compensatory damages, claiming that he was hospitalized after being denied medication for his condition as a insulin-dependent diabetic...
Mathis admits guilt (04/01/15)
The former director of the county's Emergency Communications District (ECD) pleaded guilty Tuesday to theft over $10,000, making restitution to the ECD. Cathey D. Mathis made the plea before senior judge and former Tennessee Attorney General Paul G. Summers. She was placed on three years unsupervised probation as part of her no contest plea. Summers also ruled Mathis was eligible for judicial diversion...
Texts land teacher in trouble (03/31/15)
A longtime Cascade High School math teacher has been charged with solicitation of a minor in alleged texts to a student. James David Sanders, 58, of Idle Drive in Shelbyville was arrested Sunday. Sanders allegedly texted inappropriate messages to a 17-year-old girl in one of his classes, according to the Bedford County Sheriff's Department...
Business park oversight committee holds first meeting (03/26/15)
The city and county's commerce business park oversight committee met for the first time Wednesday to examine the ongoing progress toward making the dream of an industrial park a reality. An interlocal agreement for the park was approved by the Shelbyville City Council and Bedford County Commission this month. The minutes of those meetings, plus the agreement, have been sent to the state...
County seeks budget advice (03/25/15)
Bedford County commissioners are looking for advice about how to meet the county's needs -- such as a new jail and a new Cascade High School. The issue of how to pay for major capital expenditures was on the minds of the county's Financial Management Committee, which met Tuesday night...
Fired jailer awarded $385K (03/24/15)
A Bedford County jury has awarded a former corrections officer $385,000 in damages following a civil trial over her firing in 2012. The jury found that Virginia Lynn Hall was terminated from her position at Bedford County Jail in violation of the Tennessee Human Rights Act, awarding damages following a four-day civil trial last week...
Beauty, danger at courthouse (03/19/15)
A massive tree on the west side of Bedford County Courthouse would cause damage if it were to fall, and it also blocks the view of the courthouse from a new video camera on the roof of the county-owned former bank building nearby. Bedford County Board of Commissioners' courthouse and county property committee wants to bring in an arborist to try to study the tree and determine whether it's healthy. If it is, the arborist will be asked for advice on how far the county could go in cutting it back...
Union St. houses could be used to house homeless (03/18/15)
Bedford County has been trying, without success, to sell two houses on Union Street, which were once bought as potential expansion property for Bedford County Medical Center and which most recently housed a women's halfway house, the Next Step Home...
School project in 2 years? (03/13/15)
Bedford County could consider building or renovating a school in two years, assuming no new revenue sources like a tax increase happen before then, officials said. The Bedford County Board of Education held a working meeting Thursday to discuss a building program and preliminary budget details for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. No official action was taken as the meeting was for planning purposes. The board's regular monthly meeting will be Tuesday, March 17...
County workers honored for ice storm work (03/12/15)
Several county officials, during the quarterly department reports at Tuesday night's meeting of Bedford County Board of Commissioners, praised local personnel for their work during the recent ice storms and winter weather. "In this county, nobody lost their life because of those storms, and a lot of counties can't say that," said Bedford County Emergency Management Agency director Scott Johnson. Johnson said County Mayor Eugene Ray would be making a more formal recognition at a later date...
Ex-deputies awarded $75K each (03/11/15)
Bedford County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday night to approve a settlement with former Bedford County Sheriff's Department employees David Sakich and Kevin Holton, each of whom will receive $75,000 after having been dismissed last September. Sakich and Holton had been among the plaintiffs in a high-profile wage and hour lawsuit against the county during the administration of the previous sheriff, Randall Boyce. ...
Investigation reviewed (03/10/15)
Bedford County detectives, Sheriff Austin Swing and Chief Deputy Jason Williams visited Tennessee Bureau of Investigation headquarters in Nashville Wednesday to review the homicide investigation of Lois Espy with TBI agents involved. TBI Director Mark Gwyn and Austin Swing addressed the attendees on the importance of working together, especially when dealing with cases such as Espy's. (Submitted photo)
Sleety blast: Another winter storm leaves roads messy (03/05/15)
Winter-weary Bedford County was hit with another wave of frozen precipitation overnight -- this time, primarily sleet and ice. Bedford County Schools and the School-Age Care Program were closed today, as were Bedford County government offices and Tennessee College of Applied Technology...
County follows auditors' advice (03/04/15)
When the state published its audit of Bedford County government covering the 2013-14 fiscal year, one of the findings was that while Bedford County created an audit committee in 2007, it wasn't active, and there were no records of it having even met...
City, county ready for winter weather (03/04/15)
Both Shelbyville Public Works and Bedford County Highway Department say they've got enough road salt for another bout of winter weather, as predicted for tonight. "We're good," said city Public Works Director Mark Clanton. "We've got enough to last the rest of the winter."...
New landfill cuts county's costs (02/26/15)
Interlocal Solid Waste Authority's new contract with the BFI landfill at Walter Hill in Rutherford County will actually save the county some money, Highway Superintendent Stanley Smotherman told Bedford County Financial Management Committee Tuesday night...
Criminal case against Hord disappears (02/25/15)
The criminal case against Bedford County's former child abuse investigator, who was charged with theft, has been retired. Rebecca Hord, 59, of Shelbyville was indicted in 2013 for theft over $10,000, official misconduct and four counts of forgery. According to an agreed order, the theft charges have been retired for two years, and if all conditions set for Hord are completed, the court could be petitioned to dismiss the case and expunge her record...
Friday becomes a school day, but... (02/25/15)
Sorry, students: Your day off on Friday just became a school day. Unless a snowmageddon hits -- and another cancellation is very possible. The Bedford County Board of Education voted on Tuesday to replace Friday's staff development day on the academic calendar with a regular school day...
Rezoning request gains backing (02/25/15)
Bedford County Board of Commissioners' rules and legislative committee has added its recommendation to a rezoning request on State Route 64 between Wartrace and Fairfield. Hawkins & Price LLC and Hawkins Asphalt Paving LLC are requesting the rezoning so that they can build a new shop and office building...
Ex-inmate files suit against county (02/25/15)
A former Bedford County Jail inmate is demanding nearly $2 million in a civil rights suit alleging he was refused medicine while in custody last year, which he claims resulted in hospitalization. David Gifford II asks at least $1,950,000 in punitive and compensatory damages...
Voters say 'yes' to no school (02/24/15)
The overwhelming majority of those responding to a non-scientific Times-Gazette poll believe that local school officials make the right choice most of the time when deciding whether or not to close schools due to weather. A decisive 85 percent of the 233 respondents said officials make the right call most of the time...
Zoning granted for new industry (02/12/15)
Bedford County Board of Commissioners, meeting Tuesday night, rezoned property at 3319 U.S. 231 North from A-1 (agriculture) to C-1 (commercial). Two Creeks LLC had requested the rezoning so that it can operate a light industrial operation which fabricates stainless steel for food product test kitchens. The work will be done inside an existing 114-foot by 45-foot barn on the site, and cattle will continue to be raised on the property...
Embry urges legislators not to change education standards (02/11/15)
Bedford County Superintendent Don Embry is one of 114 superintendents calling on the General Assembly to leave school standards as they are. The Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents sent a letter Tuesday to all state legislators asking them to take no action on education standards during this session...
License stickers go high-tech (02/05/15)
It's a simple thing -- an inch tall, an inch and a half wide, made of reflective material and sticky on the back. But for the staff of Bedford County Clerk Donna Thomas, license tag renewal stickers are a big part of their business. That's why a new method for printing the stickers on demand was a big deal for the office on Tuesday...
Ready to do business: Industrial park price agreeable, city says (02/05/15)
Shelbyville's city council is expressing support for buying land on Frank Martin Road for the long-anticipated commerce industrial park. Following several weeks of discussion, the final offer from Peoples Bank of $925,000 for the 86.5 acres tract "is agreeable," according to a letter from mayor Wallace Cartwright to Chamber of Commerce CEO Allen Pitner...
Numbers-crunching: Deal comes close to completion (02/05/15)
The pieces are starting to come together for a commerce business park in Bedford County. As it is now, the city and county would kick in $600,000 each -- totaling $1.2 million, plus a grant of $350,000 from the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). That amount should be enough to bring utilities to the property, to build approximately 100 feet of road and other items. Because of the TVA grant, they may be able to do more than that, city manager Jay Johnson said...
Mathis asks for judicial diversion (02/03/15)
A special judge has delayed accepting an plea agreement from the former director of the county's Emergency Communications District (ECD), who is accused of theft. Cathey D. Mathis was to stand trial Monday for theft of property over $10,000. However, senior judge and former Tennessee Attorney General Paul G. Summers said while there was no need for a jury trial and both sides had reached an agreement, one legal matter remained -- if Mathis qualified for judicial diversion...
Appreciation on Liberty's menu: School board treated to brunch (01/31/15)
School board members stuffed themselves with treats Friday morning while being entertained by Liberty School students. The early morning event was a "thank you" for board members for all they do for the students and staff. Liberty school intervention counselor Sarah Perry coordinated the brunch, but a lot of work was done by members of the school's new National Junior Honor Society, as well as the student council, providing the drinks and food...
County can save $227K on bond (01/29/15)
Bedford County has the opportunity to refinance one of its school bond issues, and expects to save about $227,000 in interest by doing so. A "call date" deadline is coming up in April which allows the county to pay off the bond issue and refinance it at more favorable interest rates, county finance director Robert Daniel told the county's Financial Management Committee on Tuesday night...
Officials outline jail needs (01/22/15)
Bedford County officials met with state jail officials on Tuesday night as part of the continuing discussion of the need for a new county jail. Jim Hart of the University of Tennessee County Technical Assistance Service is currently doing a study of the county's jail needs, while Bob Bass and Miller Meadows are with Tennessee Corrections Institute, the state agency that certifies local jails...
Courtrooms in bank building costly: Official (01/22/15)
Bedford County Planning & Zoning Director Chris White told the county commission's courthouse and county property committee Tuesday night that it would be "cost-prohibitive" to use the county-owned Regions Bank building for courtrooms. Commissioner Linda Yockey told the committee that the county needs to come up with a plan for using the space in the courthouse, the Regions Bank building and Bedford County Business Complex on Dover Street...
Guest column: Officials need more accountability (01/22/15)
In Shelbyville-Bedford County, why is it when these "qualified elected officials" make reckless decisions, they are never held accountable? For instance, the lawsuits seem to be never questioned when they occurred. I further don't understand why they seem to enjoy getting re-elected...
Cascade High School need emphasized (01/21/15)
The Bedford County Board of Education wants to meet with county commissioners to discuss the need for a new Cascade High School. The board decided during its monthly meeting Tuesday to resubmit its 10-year capital plan to the Bedford County Commission. The board had submitted the plan last August. Superintendent Don Embry suggested the board resubmit the plan since both the board and the commission had some turnover after the recent election...
No change on committees (01/15/15)
Bedford County Board of Commissioners re-elected County Mayor Eugene Ray as its chairman Tuesday night, reappointed all commissioners to their current committee seats, and appointed Commissioner Chuck Heflin and County Finance Director Robert Daniel to the committee for the planned industrial park on Frank Martin Road...
Ask for Cascade, Embry told (01/14/15)
Bedford County School Superintendent Don Embry mentioned the need for a new Cascade High School during his regular three-month report to Bedford County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday night. In response, commissioner Bill Anderson asked Embry when the school system was going to make a formal request...
Discussions continue about industrial park (01/04/15)
A proposed inter-local agreement between the county and city on the envisioned industrial park on Frank Martin Road is still in the discussion stage. Two "wide ranging" meetings have been conducted with county officials, according to city manager Jay Johnson...
County in need of income (12/19/14)
Commissioner Don Gallagher told Bedford County Financial Management Committee Thursday night that the county needs help from the University of Tennessee's County Technical Assistance Service (CTAS) to prepare a capital improvement plan, while commissioner Tony Smith said the county needs to look at adopting a wheel tax...
Tax help will stay (12/18/14)
State Rep. Pat Marsh said on Tuesday that there are no plans to do away with the state-funded property tax relief program. Bedford County Trustee Tonya Davis had discussed her concerns about the program during a report to Bedford County Board of Commissioners earlier this month. The Times-Gazette incorrectly reported that those concerns had to do with the 2014-2015 fiscal year, when actually they were about future fiscal years...
Video to alert of Wartrace blockages (12/18/14)
A new project, funded by a homeland security grant, will place video cameras at the railroad crossing in Wartrace so that emergency dispatchers will know as soon as possible when the railroad tracks there are blocked. Bedford County Emergency Management Agency director Scott Johnson reported on the project during Tuesday night's meeting of Bedford County Board of Commissioners' law enforcement committee...
E-learning grows in popularity (12/17/14)
The Bedford County Board of Education heard a presentation on online high school courses during a short meeting Tuesday night. Betsy Norris, grants and e-learning supervisor, described the current status of the online program, called Bedford E-Learn. The program gives priority to at-risk students, but there are various reasons students may enroll. Norris works closely with graduation coaches...
Tax relief program in jeopardy (12/11/14)
Trustee Tonya Davis told Bedford County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday night that the state is looking at dropping funding for its property tax relief program but that she and other trustees want to rally support to preserve it. Low-income senior citizens, the disabled, and disabled veterans and their widows or widowers are currently eligible to receive tax relief. ...
City studies industrial park proposal (12/09/14)
Bedford County and Shelbyville officials are looking at details that could go into an interlocal agreement dealing with an industrial park on Frank Martin Road. Last week, city manager Jay Johnson and city mayor Wallace Cartwright met with county mayor Eugene Ray and county attorney John T. Bobo to discuss the proposed agreement...
City studies industrial park proposal (12/07/14)
helbyville officials are looking at details that could go into an interlocal agreement dealing with an industrial park on Frank Martin Road. Last week, city manager Jay Johnson and city mayor Wallace Cartwright met with county mayor Eugene Ray and county attorney John T. Bobo to discuss the proposed agreement...
Veterans office open every day (12/02/14)
Bedford County veterans have a new contact at the courthouse. Veterans Service Officer Bill Tipps resigned due to health issues. While an official replacement has not yet been named, a new system means that, for the first time, the veterans office in the courthouse is open every weekday during normal office hours...
Another suit filed over jail conditions (11/30/14)
Yet another federal civil rights lawsuit has been filed over alleged conditions at the Bedford County jail. The suit, filed by Jason L. Russo, demands a jury trial and $550,000 in damages, and is worded nearly identically to two other suits filed by inmates at the jail over the past month...
Sales tax collections rise sharply (11/27/14)
Bedford County's sales tax collections for October, representing retail sales from August, were up strongly compared to the same month in 2013, according to reports at Tuesday night's meeting of the county's Financial Management Committee. The county took in $629,926 in sales tax revenue, compared to $584,335 in 2013, a difference of $45,590...
Coaches help students graduate (11/21/14)
Bedford County Board of Education took a moment during its meeting Tuesday to remember a local legend. "I want to take a moment to remember a great man that this community lost this weekend," Chairwoman Amy Martin said of the late T-G sports and police editor Bo Melson. "He covered some of the most historical events of Bedford County."...
CORRECTED County awaits fire insurance maps (11/20/14)
It's been more than a year, and the county still hasn't received the maps it's requested from the Insurance Services Office showing exactly which properties fall under new fire protection ratings. In 2013, the county learned that it had gotten a more favorable rating for fire protection from ISO, which is not a government agency but rather a private organization funded by the insurance industry...
More inmates sue over alleged jail conditions (11/20/14)
Another federal civil rights lawsuit has been filed by two inmates locked up in the county jail, citing overcrowding and a lack of medical attention. Inmates Jermaine Pillow and Christopher J. Harris Jr., are demanding a jury trial and a total of $920,000 in damages, making many of the same allegations detailed in litigation filed by Joseph Moody earlier this month...
New jail a must, county committee says (11/20/14)
"Unless something happens, we've got to build a jail .... We are mandated, without a doubt," said County Mayor Eugene Ray during discussion at Tuesday night's meeting of Bedford County Board of Commissioners' law enforcement and workhouse committee...
Sunday Conversation: An Ironman with a soft spot for animals (11/16/14)
Jack Cooper, subject of this week's Sunday Conversation, recently became head of Bedford County Animal Control. In addition to answering the questions we sent him, Cooper also wanted to say this: "I'd like to thank Chris Tucker for her dedication to the people and animals of Bedford County and the good things she accomplished while serving at BCAC."...
Suit adds to urgency for new jail (11/13/14)
The federal lawsuit against the county by a Bedford County Jail inmate has lent added urgency to the county's ongoing discussion of a new jail. "The biggest thing that's going on is, I'm being sued," Sheriff Austin Swing told Bedford County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday night...
Leadership hears leaders (11/13/14)
Leadership Bedford members heard about a few of the issues facing local government on Wednesday. The class held a local government day at the Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce. The Times-Gazette's John I. Carney served as moderator. The discussion was held with Shelbyville mayor Wallace Cartwright and Anita Epperson, assistant to Bedford County Mayor Eugene Ray...
County chases industrial park grant (11/13/14)
Bedford County Board of Commissioners is still working with the state to gain approval of borrowing $600,000 for its half of a proposed industrial park, according to discussion Tuesday night at the commission's regular monthly meeting. The state, which has begun taking a more active role in regulating local government debt, had raised questions about the county's plans and was asking to see a feasibility study of the proposed park...
Inmate sues over jail conditions (11/07/14)
A Bedford County inmate has filed a federal civil rights against the current and former sheriff, claiming jail overcrowding and lack of medical attention. Joseph Moody is demanding $420,000 for the violation of his civil rights -- "for being housed in such cruel conditions," also alleging the jail did not provide his medication, for pain and suffering, and "not following the rules of the state."...
State audit describes 5 findings (10/31/14)
The state comptroller's office has released its audit of Bedford County for the 2013-14 fiscal year, and there are five findings -- undesirable or improper situations identified by the auditors. The state, for the second year, said the billing software used by the School-Age Care Program does not have proper safeguards and should be updated or replaced. ...
Lower cost smooths paving plan (10/31/14)
Bedford County Board of Commissioners, in a special meeting Tuesday night, approved a $2 million hot mix program to re-pave county roads, The special meeting was called because the county had a chance to finance the program through a capital outlay note at a five-year rate of 1.53 percent, which county finance director Robert Daniel said was "a great rate."...
State: Can you afford it? (10/30/14)
State regulators are questioning whether or not Bedford County can borrow money to build a new industrial park, according to discussion Tuesday night at a special called meeting of Bedford County Board of Commissioners. The state's division of local finance has said that the county can't use an inter-fund loan -- borrowing from itself -- and can't use the debt service fund for such a project...
Safety glass in future for county schools (10/24/14)
The Bedford County Board of Education approved a bid for safety glass for schools during its monthly meeting Tuesday. The low bid of $163,500 was awarded to Sain Construction of Manchester. That business is also known as Landers Construction, said John Davis, an architect who consults with the school system...
Too many inmates...but relief's near (10/24/14)
Bedford County Jail, which is rated to hold 108 inmates, housed 154 at one point last week, but the state is in the process of taking 30 felons away in hopes of relieving the overcrowding. The jail issue was discussed during Tuesday night's meetings of Bedford County Board of Commissioners' standing committees, including the law enforcement committee and the courthouse and property committee...
County agrees to industrial park funding (10/16/14)
Bedford County Board of Commissioners came out strongly in favor of the proposed business / industrial park on Frank Martin Road Tuesday night, committing to spend up to $600,000 on the project. The city and county have each agreed to cover $600,000 towards the total Phase I cost of the project, $1.2 million. ...
Some square parking will be permit-only (10/16/14)
Bedford County will make 50 of the 75 parking spaces on the north and east sides of the county courthouse permit-only and will issue permits to county employees. The plan was approved Tuesday night by Bedford County Board of Commissioners. The county controls the 75 parking spaces inside the L-shaped concrete island that wraps around the north and east sides of the parking lot. The spaces outside that island are controlled by the City of Shelbyville and aren't affected by Tuesday night's action...
Decision delayed: Water is there for industrial park, but cost is an issue (10/01/14)
Action on annexing and zoning land for a proposed industrial park will be deferred until November by Shelbyville's city council. A public hearing on a revised plan of services for the park is scheduled next week, and a resolution adopting it is scheduled to be passed by the council...
School vouchers get failing grade from lobbyist (09/30/14)
CHAPEL HILL-- School vouchers, if approved, would be "the greatest nightmare counties have ever faced," said Charles Curtiss, the executive director of Tennessee County Commissioners Association (TCCA), during a regional meeting held Monday at Henry Horton State Park...
Commission urged to show support for industrial park (09/25/14)
Bedford County Financial Management Committee wants more study of how the county could pay for its half of a proposed industrial park, but park proponents say the county's support is needed immediately if the project is to be considered for TVA grant funding that could dramatically reduce its cost...
Bypass finish asked by Marsh, Tracy (09/19/14)
State Sen. Jim Tracy and State Rep. Pat Marsh have added their voices to local officials asking the state to consider completing the western leg of the Shelbyville bypass, State Route 437. Tracy and Marsh released a copy of a letter, dated Thursday, which they sent to Tennessee Commissioner of Transportation John Schroer in support of the bypass. Tracy chairs the Senate Transportation Committee...
More than $50K drives safe roads (09/18/14)
Local law enforcement received grants this week to support highway traffic safety efforts. The Shelbyville Police Department received $30,384.29 for alcohol enforcement while the Bedford County Sheriff's Department got $19,820 for enforcement efforts...
CORRECTED: Parking verdict possible (09/18/14)
Bedford County is considering making the inside portion of the courthouse parking lot available for parking by permit only. The idea was discussed Tuesday night by Bedford County Board of Commissioners' rules and legislative committee, which placed it on the agenda for the full commission meeting next month...
82 new teachers hired (09/17/14)
The Bedford County school system has hired 82 new educators out of about 200 applicants since the end of last school year. Human resource manager James Claybourne provided that data Tuesday during the school board meeting. Thirty out of 80 applicants from a first-ever job fair in May were hired...
Security upgrades for rural schools approved (09/17/14)
The second phase of school security upgrades was approved Tuesday. The Bedford County Board of Education approved a $75,168.33 capital outlay for electronic upgrades to elementary schools in the unincorporated portions of the county. Phase I was carried out last year at elementary schools inside the city limits...
A career filled with change for Smith (09/14/14)
Thomas Smith sits relaxing in his back yard in Shelbyville, and after working full time for 58 years, many would say he's earned it. He's currently enjoying his retirement after two careers -- 28 years as Bedford County's Circuit Court Clerk, and his first job right out of high school that lasted 30 years -- a route salesman for a local milk company...
Commission urges state to complete Shelbyville bypass (09/11/14)
Bedford County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday night for a resolution again asking the State of Tennessee to consider finishing the Shelbyville bypass by extending it west and south to State Route 64 near Thompson Shop. The resolution had been suggested by local Chamber of Commerce officials...
First day for new officials (09/03/14)
County Clerk Donna Thomas, right, who formally took office on Monday, goes over procedures with long-time office employee Ann Marie Morton on Tuesday, Thomas' first normal work day. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
Tillett, Wilson look back at achievements (08/29/14)
At one point during Thursday night's meeting of Bedford County Financial Management Committee, Commissioner J.D. "Bo" Wilson asked a question about one of the monthly reports. County Finance Director Robert Daniel didn't have an immediate answer to the question, but offered to check the matter out and report back to Wilson at the next meeting...
New assistant principals named (08/22/14)
Bedford County Superintendent Don Embry has named two new assistant principals. Tracy Watson, guidance counselor at Cascade Elementary School, has been named the new assistant principal at Thomas Magnet School. Robyn Ayres, teacher at Learning Way Elementary School, has been named the new assistant principal at Cascade Elementary School...
Corrections training possible in old school (08/21/14)
Tennessee Department of Corrections wants to use the old Harris Middle School / Central High School building on Elm Street for training exercises. The request was presented to Bedford County Board of Commissioners' law enforcement committee and to the courthouse and property committee on Tuesday night. The courthouse and property committee must approve all such requests on a case-by-case basis; the request was presented to the law enforcement committee as a courtesy...
Committee changes await next meeting (08/21/14)
Bedford County Board of Commissioners' rules and legislative committee, meeting Tuesday night, voted to place commission appointments, and the election of a chairman and chairman pro tem, on the agenda for the Sept. 9 meeting of the full commission...
Reward Schools to be named (08/20/14)
The state will release the names of two or three local Reward Schools on Thursday, Superintendent Don Embry says. Reward Schools are those the Tennessee Department of Education identifies annually as having the highest overall performance or growth...
SCS's $21K request gains easy approval (08/14/14)
Bedford County Board of Commissioners voted 14-1 on Tuesday night to give a $21,000 increase in the county's contribution to the Soil Conservation Service. The county has a list of non-profit agencies to which it contributes. The Soil Conservation Service, which received $37,000 from the county in 2013-14, requested an additional $21,000 from the county -- for a total of $58,000 -- in 2014-15, to make up for lost state and federal grant money, saying that without the extra $21,000 it would be forced to cut staff, and would be able to bring less assistance money into the county for individual landowners.. ...
Painting memorializes Nance (08/14/14)
Tom Nance died in 2007 at the young age of 39, shocking the community and many who had known the amiable third-generation attorney and family man, who served as Chamber of Commerce president in 1996. Mary Morton, Nance's mother, donated a 2006 painting of the Bedford County Courthouse to the county Tuesday night, so that it can be hung at the courthouse in Nance's memory. The painting is by artist Gwen Pedigo, who's also painted the Rutherford County courthouse...
New clerk gets ready (08/13/14)
County Clerk-Elect Donna Thomas, left, shadowed outgoing County Clerk Kathy Prater as Prater took minutes during Tuesday night's meeting of Bedford County Board of Commissioners. Prater, who did not seek re-election, will leave office at the end of the month after 28 years of service. Thomas was elected last week to succeed her. Look for details of the commission meeting in Thursday's Times-Gazette. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
It's Ray all the way; Swing, Thomas, Murray elected (08/08/14)
Bedford County Mayor Eugene Ray held off a challenge from Thomas Smith to win re-election Thursday night, while Austin Swing defeated Rod Stacy to become the county's next sheriff. Donna Thomas won the office of county clerk over four opponents, while Michelle Murray defeated Mike Rogers for the office of Circuit Court clerk...
City plans for business park annexation (08/07/14)
Shelbyville officials are moving forward with plans for a proposed business park on Frank Martin Road. The plan calls for beginning the process to annex the entire piece of property into the city limits and zoning it industrial. If for any reason the city doesn't purchase the land, it would not go through with the agreement, but the council is trying to get the measures "into the pipeline."...
CORRECTED: More county funds urged for SCS (07/23/14)
Bedford County Financial Management Committee recommended Tuesday night that the county go back on a decision it made during the just-completed budget process and give a $21,000 increase in its contribution to the Natural Resources Conservation Service...
Now, it's your turn (07/17/14)
Early voting for the Aug. 7 primary and general elections begins Friday and runs through Aug. 2. All early voting takes place in the basement of Bedford County Courthouse, regardless of where your election-day precinct is located. You don't need a reason to early vote; it's open to anyone...
Embry gets good grades (07/16/14)
School Superintendent Don Embry's contract was renewed for one year by the Bedford County Board of Education during its meeting Tuesday. His contract, which began last year, was for three years -- through 2016, Chairwoman Amy Martin said. Now, the contract will run through 2017...
231N land gets down to business (07/16/14)
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...
Bowman enters race for commission seat (07/16/14)
Jerry Bowman has announced his candidacy as an independent for a 9th District seat on Bedford County Board of Commissioners in the Aug. 7 general election. Bowman is the owner of Grace Nursery and has owned and operated Bedford Quality Fencing for 27 years. Bowman has volunteered and taught numerous seminars on conservation and safety for young sportsmen...
King seeks re-election to commission seat (07/16/14)
Billy King Jr. has announced his candidacy as an independent for re-election to a 4th District seat on Bedford County Board of Commissioners in the Aug. 7 general election. King serves on the commission's courthouse and county property committee. He works in retail operations for W.S. Badcock Corp. and is currently manager of its Shelbyville store. He is a past member of Bedford County Board of Education and a past member of Shelbyville Jaycees...
County honored by financial management (07/16/14)
Joe Kimery of the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury's office appeared before Bedford County Board of Commissioners last week to present County Mayor Eugene Ray, Finance Director Robert Daniel, and Daniel's staff with the county's fifth consecutive award for excellence in financial management and reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association. Kimery said only eight counties received the award last year, with Bedford County being the smallest. He praised Ray, Daniel, the school system and highway department, and commissioners themselves for the county's financial management. From left are Ray, Kimery, Daniel, and finance department staffers Lori Schuler, Pat Thomas, Mary Anna Mitchell and Joyce Glover. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
Wilson seeks another term on commission (07/15/14)
J.D. "Bo" Wilson Sr. is an independent candidate for re-election to a 5th District seat on Bedford County Board of Commissioners in the Aug. 7 general election. Wilson currently serves on the commission's financial management committee. He is a former chair of the courthouse and county property committee...
Farrar is candidate for commission seat (07/11/14)
Phillip T. Farrar has announced his candidacy for re-election to a 9th District seat on Bedford County Board of Commissioners in the Aug. 7 general election. Farrar is running as an independent candidate. Farrar is chair of the commission's rules and legislative committee. ...
231 North land to be rezoned (07/09/14)
Bedford County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday night to approve the rezoning of property at 2737 U.S. 231 North from A-1 (agriculture) to C-2 (commercial), as requested by property owner Marquietta High, who plans to move to East Tennessee to live with her daughter...
Graham seeks re-election to commission (07/09/14)
Denise Graham has announced her candidacy for re-election to a 7th district seat on Bedford County Board of Commissioners in the Aug. 7 general election. She has been married to Chad Graham for 21 years, and has 2 children, Nikita and Daryl. Graham, a registered nurse for 11 years, works at Stone Crest Medical Center in Smyrna. A 1990 graduate of Shelbyville Central High School, she completed her RN training at Motlow State Community College in 2003...
Library gets $1 million from county (07/02/14)
The county commission approved the 2014-2015 budget Monday evening, which includes $1 million set aside for building a new library and no tax increase. Total tax rate for Bedford County remains at $2.27 for each $100 of taxable property countywide. County mayor Eugene Ray explained that the $1 million for the Argie Cooper Library building donation was taken out of reserves and moved to appropriations, so that the county can donate the money as needed...
Collars go to class, except on school shirts (07/01/14)
The Bedford County Board of Education clarified its dress code policy as part of a potpourri of topics during a special called meeting Monday. The board had altered the dress code during its regular June meeting two weeks ago. On Monday, the board cleaned up the policy's language to make clear that collared shirts are required unless the student is wearing a school-approved T-shirt. ...
Detention center's future questioned (06/26/14)
In 2011, Bedford County commissioners considered closing the county's juvenile detention center, due to its high operating costs. But, after pleas from local juvenile court officials, they relented. After all, if the center were closed, the county would have to pay to house its own juveniles in some other city's or county's detention facility, along with the manpower and vehicle costs associated with taking the juveniles back and forth...
No Dallas trip for Animal Control (06/19/14)
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...
Style's back in school (06/18/14)
Bedford County schools are going a little more casual. The Board of Education on Tuesday adopted a more relaxed dress code that will be mandatory for students in grades 6-12 systemwide. The system's secondary school principals collaborated on the list, said Suzanne Alexander, board secretary. The dress code will be voluntary for elementary school students, according to the policy...
Neeley seeks another term on school board (06/18/14)
Diane Neeley has announced her candidacy for re-election to the 4th District seat on Bedford County Board of Education in the Aug. 7 general election. Neeley, a Bedford county native, has lived in the Wheel area for the past 30 years. Neeley currently serves as the board's vice chair. ...
Commercial zoning urged for U.S. 231 North land (06/18/14)
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. ...
Wrong move sends truck into building (06/12/14)
The bumper sticker said "stunt driver" -- but, for those inside the county-owned Regions Bank building on the west side of the Shelbyville square, it was no stunt when a truck crashed through a front window late Tuesday morning. "We heard a big boom and glass breaking," said Vickie Hull, who was working inside the building when Martha Helton of Shelbyville lost control of her truck. "It almost sounded like a bomb when it hit."...
Security upgrades set for courthouse (06/12/14)
Bedford County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday night to approve security renovations to the second floor of Bedford County Courthouse. The renovations, which will cost less than $5,000 due to the cost of inmate labor, will be paid for from a courthouse security fund. They primarily relate to the holding areas where inmates wait for court appearances...
Zoning change approved for 41A property (06/11/14)
Bedford County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday night to grant a rezoning to Wayne and Adrian Bomar for property bordered by U.S. 41A (New Tullahoma Highway), State Route 64 (Wartrace Pike) and State Route 437 (the Shelbyville bypass). The Bomars had asked for the property to be rezoned from A-1 (agriculture) to C-2 (commercial), saying the construction of the bypass and the forthcoming widening of 41A had harmed its suitability for residential use and made it more appropriate to sell as a possible commercial site.. ...
Ervin's moo-ving on (06/05/14)
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...
Water flowingnear Liberty (06/05/14)
Water is now running freely through a culvert under State Route 130, and some county-owned property near Liberty School is being drained as a result. "It's draining at this time," said neighbor Gene Ray, who had been concerned about the flooding, on Tuesday afternoon...
Non-tenure educators lose jobs (06/04/14)
The Bedford County school system decided not to renew contracts for 49 non-tenured eductators at the end of the academic year, records show. Twenty-one of those have accepted new jobs in the school system already, officials say. Others, like Angelica Wortham, would like to continue teaching in Bedford County, but have expressed doubt that they would be rehired...
Yockey is candidate for 5th District seat (06/04/14)
Linda Bomar Yockey has announced her candidacy for re-election to a 5th District seat on Bedford County Board of Commissioners as an independent candidate in the Aug. 7 general election. The district is composed of the Flat Creek and Normandy precincts...
TDOT: Wetland is local problem (06/03/14)
Tennessee Department of Transportation has clarified why it believes it isn't responsible for a poorly-drained area of county-owned property near Liberty School. TDOT spokesperson Heather Jensen said late last week that a culvert in question under State Route 130 is upstream from the area...
County dives into budget details (06/01/14)
The Bedford County government is moving closer to approval of a budget for the fiscal year that starts in July. The Fiscal Management Committee voted Friday to make recommendations on budget requests for June's commission meeting; the commission has final say on budget items. The budget calls for estimated revenues of about $16.5 million...
Industry proposal pitched (05/28/14)
Proponents of an industrial park on Frank Martin Road paid a courtesy call on Bedford County Financial Management Committee as the committee prepares to begin discussing the 2014-2015 county budget later this week. The committee which had been researching the park appeared before the finance committee back in January, and the finance committee voted at that time to take the request under advisement as part of the new budget process...
Courtroom protection suggested (05/22/14)
Bedford County Sheriff's Department is recommending changes to the second floor of Bedford County Courthouse to improve security. The changes would include creating separate holding areas for male and female inmates, replacing chairs in the detention areas with benches, and giving Tasers to the sheriff's department officers assigned to the court system...
Disagreement rises over rezoning plea for bypass property (05/21/14)
Bedford County Board of Commissioners' rules and legislative committee, meeting Tuesday night, added its stamp of approval to a rezoning request for property on the west side of the Shelbyville bypass between U.S. 41A (New Tullahoma Highway) and State Route 64 (Wartrace Pike)...
County will sell Union St. properties (05/14/14)
Bedford County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday night to take sealed bids on two county-owned buildings on Union Street -- but only after the county attorney does a title search. The lots adjoin what used to be the county-owned hospital and nursing home. ...
Ray asks 3rd term as county mayor (05/14/14)
Bedford County Mayor Eugene Ray has announced his candidacy for re-election as an independent in the Aug. 7 general election. Ray has served two terms as mayor and prior to that was a long-time member of Bedford County Board of Commissioners. He chaired the commission as a member and now chairs it as the county mayor...
Repaving asked for rural roads (05/13/14)
Bedford County Highway Superintendent Stanley Smotherman has requested that the county finance a two-year, $2 million repaving program for rural roads. Smotherman made the request during budget hearings held Monday by the county's Financial Management Committee...
Five school buses may be in budget (05/09/14)
New buses are one of the details officials are hammering out to create a new school budget. The Bedford County Board of Education finance committee met Tuesday to work on the preliminary budget. The 2014-2015 fiscal year preliminary school budget calls for up to five buses to replace older vehicles, at a potential cost of $463,000. The school system periodically rotates the buses in its fleet...
Sheriff's race is wide open (05/07/14)
Bedford County will have a new sheriff in September. Incumbent Randall Boyce was defeated in Tuesday night's Democratic primary by Shelbyville Police Chief Austin Swing, while Rod Stacy won the Republican primary. Swing and Stacy will face each other in the August general election...
Non-profits request funds from county (05/06/14)
Bedford County Financial Management Committee heard non-profit agency contribution requests Monday morning and will, as usual, have to balance the needs of those agencies against the county's own ongoing budget needs. No action was taken; commissioners will hear budget requests from county agencies next Monday...
City budget hit hard by state law (04/30/14)
A change in state law dealing with the mixed drink tax will result in some decrease in revenue for Shelbyville. It does not mean that taxes will be going up, instead, cuts will have to be made to the budget, the city manger said. In the early 1980s, a state law provided that mixed drink tax proceeds collected where liquor by the drink is allowed would be distributed 50 percent to the city or county and the other half to local schools...
County gets $36K in tobacco funds (04/24/14)
Bedford County Health Department has received $36,611 from the state's tobacco settlement money to help reduce preschoolers' exposure to second-hand smoke. Dr. David Reagan, chief medical officer for Tennessee Department of Health, made the presentation on Wednesday at the health department offices on Dover Street. County Mayor Eugene Ray, Shelbyville Mayor Wallace Cartwright, State Sen. Jim Tracy and State Rep. Pat Marsh were among those in attendance...
3 new teachers possible (04/23/14)
A very preliminary budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal school year is calling for new teacher positions. The Bedford County Board of Education's budget committee held its first meeting in the planning process on Monday. Committee members said they hope to wrap up all the details in time for the May 20 school board meeting...
County tax collections up, for now (04/23/14)
For now, the budget news is good for Bedford County government, with property tax and sales tax collections running ahead of the same point last year and on track to meet the county's budget. But County Commissioner J.D. "Bo" Wilson cautioned his fellow members of the Financial Management Committee Tuesday night not to be complacent...
Miller moved from Community position (04/22/14)
The principal of Community Elementary School has been reassigned to the central office, officials say. Tim Miller is no longer principal of the school in Unionville, School Supt. Don Embry said Friday. Miller was reassigned to the central office for "other duties" for the rest of the school year due to what Embry called "personnel issues."...
Mobile devices allowed at schools 'within reason' (04/17/14)
Students soon will have permission to tweet and text from school in certain circumstances. The Bedford County Board of Education on Tuesday approved certain student uses of mobile devices during school hours. The board's monthly meeting was held at Thomas Magnet School's library instead of the central office; the board occasionally meets at various schools...
Sanders joins race for Dist. 7 commissioner (04/16/14)
Julie Wells Sanders has announced her candidacy for a seventh district seat on Bedford County Board of Commissioners in the May 6 Republican primary. Wells is rehab director for Horizon Health and Rehab and United Regional Medical Center in Manchester. She served as assistive technology coordinator and as occupational therapist for Bedford County school system for 15 years...
Lights, camera, not so much action: Courthouse to be captured (04/16/14)
Bedford County Courthouse is ready for its closeup, Mr. DeMille. A proposal discussed at Tuesday night's meeting of Bedford County Board of Commissioners' courthouse and county property committee would place a camera on top of the county-owned Regions Bank building on the square, pointed at Bedford County Courthouse...
GOP candidates speak out (04/11/14)
Republican candidates for the U.S. Congress were among the speakers at Thursday night's Bedford County Republican Party Reagan Day Dinner. Rather than invite a keynote speaker for the banquet, the party held a candidate forum for state and local GOP candidates...
Livestock removal deal approved (04/10/14)
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...
Got junk? It's time to trash it (04/10/14)
After this frigid winter, you've probably got a lot of junk to dispose of. You'll get to do that on your regular garbage day next week as the Shelbyville's public works department will be conducting its spring cleanup Monday through Thursday. Public works director Mark Clanton said the crews will pick up just about anything -- including couches, chairs, household items and latex paint -- with a few exceptions...
Cartwright enters race for county clerk (04/09/14)
Julie Kay Cartwright has announced her candidacy for Bedford County Clerk in the May 6 Republican primary. Cartwright has been a critical care paramedic for 22 years, with eight years of supervisory experience. She has worked in the local emergency room for the past eight years...
Democratic hopefuls speak out at forum (04/09/14)
Candidates in the upcoming Democratic primary stressed their personal stories and qualifications and avoided controversy or criticism of each other during a forum hosted Tuesday night at Bedford County Agriculture and Education Center. The forum was hosted by Bedford County Democratic Party...
Local August election set (04/04/14)
State Rep. Pat Marsh is all but guaranteed re-election to his 62nd district seat in the General Assembly, since no one in either party filed to run against him by Thursday's deadline. Circuit Judge (Part 2) Lee Russell, Chancellor J.B. Cox, District Attorney General Rob Carter and Bell Buckle Mayor Dennis Webb also have no official opposition...
Energy cuts eyed in schools (03/28/14)
Bedford County educators are continuing to study ways to conserve energy -- and save money. The Department of Education's Energy Management Committee met Thursday to discuss energy conservation. Earlier this month the company Cenergistic had offered its services as a consultant to help the system manage energy consumption. Last October, Aramark offered its services for energy management as well. Aramark's Daniel Kleindienst currently serves as the school system's facility manager...
County backs Cunningham zoning decision (03/27/14)
Bedford County has responded to a lawsuit against it over the zoning of Grady Cunningham's property on U.S. 231 North, saying county commissioners acted properly in denying a rezoning request. Cunningham, denied a rezoning for his property at 2506 U.S. 231 North, filed a lawsuit in January in Bedford County Chancery Court against the county, the county commission, and 17 of the 18 individual commissioners, alleging violations of the Open Meetings Act and other procedural violations...
Lawsuit over drug arrest settled (03/27/14)
A settlement has been reached in a federal lawsuit against county officials who were accused of searching the home of a drug suspect without a warrant and assaulting him. According to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Winchester, "all matters have been compromised and settled in this case" involving Troy James Neal...
$9K bill may go unpaid (03/26/14)
Bedford County Financial Management Committee is skeptical of a request that the county pay for $9,000 of extra work on a Safe Routes to Schools project near Harris Middle School. Littlejohn Engineering has presented a request to the county for an additional $9,000 for the contractor -- who wasn't specifically identified during Tuesday night's committee discussion -- who worked on sidewalk projects near the school paid for as part of a Safe Routes to Schools grant...
City considers industrial park issue (03/25/14)
There are likely to be a lot of questions posed in the next few months now that Shelbyville's city council has committed to fund an industrial park. In a surprise vote March 13, the council chose to set aside up to $750,000 over the next three years towards constructing an industrial park, after council member Henry Feldhaus made the motion...
Schools to test new test (03/19/14)
The state will use some Bedford County students next week to field test the new PARCC test. Superintendent Don Embry told the Board of Education on Tuesday that select grades in most schools will take the test. PARCC is a new test that students in 17 states will take during the 2014-2015 year. According to the consortium's website, it is meant to measure Common Core standards...
High-tech maps lead emergency vehicles (03/19/14)
With new technology, Bedford County Fire Department -- and, soon, other emergency departments -- will be able to see real-time maps in their vehicles directing them to the site of an emergency, along with other information, such as the 9-1-1 call history, if any, from that location...
Sunday Conversation: Graham reflects on past, future as he changes careers (03/16/14)
At the end of last month, Chad Graham left his position as director of Bedford County Emergency Medical Services, a position he'd held since 1997, to take a position administering a private medical practice. He had been full-time with BCEMS since 1991...
County sued over zoning denial (03/13/14)
Grady Cunningham, denied a rezoning request for his property on U.S. 231 North after repeated attempts, filed a lawsuit in January in Bedford County Chancery Court against the county, the county commission, and 17 of the 18 individual commissioners, alleging violations of the Open Meetings Act and other procedural violations...
Commission approves stronger rules for canines (03/12/14)
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...
Firm wants to cut school energy costs (03/09/14)
A consulting company has proposed to help the Bedford County school system save millions of dollars in energy costs -- and to use some of those savings as its fee. Cenergistic made a sales pitch Wednesday to the board of education's energy management committee. ...
Fantastic season for local teams (03/06/14)
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...
Healthy upgrade for EMS urged (02/27/14)
Bedford County Emergency Medical Services, due to some aggressive collection of old accounts, is on track to exceed its net revenue for the county's 2013-2014 fiscal year by $250,000, and outgoing director Chad Graham said the county should use $65,000 of that excess to update the ambulance service's computer software...
Better care for pets (02/25/14)
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.. ...
Graham will resign as EMS director (02/21/14)
Chad Graham has announced that he will resign as director of Bedford County Emergency Medical Services, a position he's held since 1997, at the end of this month in order to take a position as administrator for a local medical practice. Graham had been full-time with BCEMS since 1991...
Shelter definition debated by county (02/20/14)
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...
New tech contracts save county money (02/19/14)
Bedford County Board of Education approved three technology contracts Tuesday. The board voted to renew a three-year contract with Pearson School Systems to continue using PowerSchool, a student data management system. The school system has been hosting the program on its own servers, but will switch to state servers, said Terise Rhodes, student management supervisor...
Committees to stay same for this year (02/12/14)
Bedford County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday night to keep its four standing committees as is, and also to reappoint John T. Bobo as county attorney. The committees are as follows: l Courthouse and County Property -- Commissioners Bob Davis, Don Gallagher, Billy King, Linda Yockey and Jeff Yoes...
Rhodes enters race for commission seat (02/07/14)
Terise' Rhodes has announced her candidacy for a 4th District seat on Bedford County Board of Commissioners in the May 6 Republican primary. Rhodes is student management supervisor for the Bedford County school system and was previously a math teacher at Shelbyville Central High School. ...
Suit vs. local officials dismissed (02/06/14)
A federal suit filed in 2012 against Bedford County Sheriff's Department and several others has been dismissed with prejudice. Brian Keith Milstead had filed a complaint for violation of civil rights against the sheriff's department, retired Circuit Court Judge Robert Crigler, public defenders Andrew Jackson Dearing III and Donna Hargrove, assistant district attorneys Mike Randles and Ann Lacy Filer, along with April Hernandez...
Funds equal jobs: Committee (01/29/14)
The committee that has been researching a new industrial park for Shelbyville and Bedford County reported to Bedford County Financial Management Committee on Tuesday night, asking the county to finance half of a $1.7 million project. Study committee chair Virgil Johnson and other members of the study committee appeared before the finance committee Tuesday night to make their report...
Rogers enters race for circuit court clerk (01/29/14)
Michael Paul "Mike" Rogers of Shelbyville has announced his candidacy for Bedford County Circuit Court Clerk in the May 6 Democratic primary. Rogers, a native of Bedford County, is deputy chief of police for the City of Shelbyville, a position he has held since 1994. Rogers began a career with the police department in 1977 after grauating from the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy...
Warren admits thefts from vets (01/24/14)
Gordon Warren, Bedford County's former veterans service officer, pleaded guilty Thursday to theft of funds from the United Veterans Council and the American Legion. Criminal information was submitted to Circuit Court Judge Forest Durard, bypassing the grand jury, and Warren waived his right to go through that process...
New state rules frustrate teachers (01/22/14)
Teachers are unhappy with state-mandated changes in education, and they're speaking out about it. Tamra King, president of the Bedford County Education Association, shared the results of a teacher survey with the Board of Education on Tuesday. The association emailed the survey to all certified staff (teachers), and 60 percent responded...
Protection for pets in cold urged (01/22/14)
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...