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Elections

Judicial officials sworn in for new terms (09/02/14)
Judge Lee Russell swears in Donna Orr Hargrove as the 17th Judicial District Public Defender. (Photo by Ronda Clanton)
Cartwright seeks new term as city mayor (08/28/14)
Ewing Wallace "Wally" Cartwright has announced his candidacy for re-election as mayor of Shelbyville in the Nov. 4 general election. Cartwright, a lifelong resident of Bedford County, served as a city council member from 1997 until his election as mayor in June 2007. ...
Municipal candidates enter races (08/26/14)
Candidates in three municipal elections this fall have filed paperwork. On Tuesday, Nov. 5, voters will head to the polls for city elections in Shelbyville, Wartrace and Normandy. In Shelbyville, three will be competing for the office of mayor. Incumbent Wallace Cartwright will be running against former councilman Lee Roy Cunningham and Bryan Nerren...
Tracy will not contest election results (08/26/14)
State Sen. Jim Tracy of Shelbyville announced Monday morning that he will not contest the results of the Aug. 7 Republican primary for the 4th District U.S. House of Representatives seat, in which he lost to incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais by a razor-thin margin.
Wine makes city ballot in Nov. election (08/21/14)
Shelbyville residents will vote this fall on a referendum allowing wine sales in grocery stores. Bedford County administrator of elections Summer Leverette said Wednesday that they have received and counted 320 signatures -- more than 10 percent of the city's voters...
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...
Last day for wine petition (08/20/14)
Thursday is the deadline to sign a petition to allow wine sales in grocery stores in Shelbyville, with 124 more signatures needed as of Tuesday. However, county election commissioner Summer Leverette stressed those signing the petition must be city voters, and the final count has yet to be made...
Tracy gains 1 vote as results certified (08/15/14)
Bedford County Election Commission, meeting Thursday morning, certified the results of the Aug. 7 primary and general elections, but in the only race still in dispute -- the Republican primary for the 4th District House of Representative seat -- the new totals only changed State Sen. Jim Tracy's vote count by one...
DesJarlais maintains close lead (08/15/14)
NASHVILLE -- U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais continues to hold onto his narrow lead as election officials wrap up the count of provisional ballots from last week's Republican primary. An Associated Press tally Thursday showed DesJarlais maintaining a lead of several dozen votes over state Sen. Jim Tracy...
Deadline nears for wine petitions (08/14/14)
There's only one more week to sign a petition to allow wine sales in grocery stores in Shelbyville. A new state law that took effect in July allows cities and counties with package stores or liquor-by-the-drink to hold referendums on allowing the sale...
End the mudslinging and start listening (08/14/14)
I am so thankful that our recent election has passed. There are times, looking at what political discourse has become in this country, that I fear for our future. Negative campaigning has always been with us, of course, going back to the days of Andrew Jackson, who was subject to personal attacks on his wife Rachel. Many of those whom we now consider great presidents were the subject of venomous attacks during their campaigns and their time in office...
Provisional ballots don't boost Tracy (08/13/14)
NASHVILLE (AP) -- Although it is unclear exactly how many provisional ballots remain uncounted in Tennessee's 4th Congressional District's Republican primary, the ballots counted so far make an upset look increasingly unlikely. Scandal-battered U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais held a 35-vote lead over state Sen. Jim Tracy in unofficial results from last week's election...
Ballots studied in tight House race (08/12/14)
NASHVILLE -- With scandal-plagued U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais holding a razor-thin lead, election officials Monday examined the provisional ballots in a too-close-to-call Republican primary whose final outcome may not be known for weeks. There is no official figure yet on the number of ballots to be added to the overall count from Thursday's election. ...
Wait continues for GOP House hopefuls (08/10/14)
As of Saturday afternoon, Tennessee election officials had not updated Friday's report of U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais holding a 35-vote lead over State Sen. Jim Tracy, 34,787 to 34,752, in the 4th congressional district Republican primary. An earlier report indicating Tracy won by two votes is incorrect due to errors in reporting from Maury County, state election officials said...
UPDATED: House race deadlocked (08/08/14)
After releasing updated figues showing Tracy in the lead by two votes, Associated Press has now revised its figures back to last night's, showing DesJarlais in the lead by 35 votes....
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...
DesJarlais - Tracy race too close to call (08/07/14)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, who has been battered by a series of scandals, is locked in a razor-thin battle to hang onto his seat in Tennessee's Republican primary. Results from Thursday's balloting show DesJarlais (day-zhar-LAY') with just a 33-vote margin ahead of state Sen. Jim Tracy. The race was too close to call and may ultimately be decided on a possible recount...
Polls open until 7 p.m. (08/07/14)
Voting was reported to be steady this morning at the East Side Elementary precinct. Polls will remain open until 7 p.m.; see http://www.t-g.com/precincts for precinct locations. Look for up-to-the-moment results tonight at t-g.com and @times_gazette on Twitter. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
Almost 5,000 vote early (08/03/14)
As early voting closed at noon on Saturday, Administrator of Elections Summer Leverette said it would take at least another hour to process all of the voters who arrived before the deadline. "We have a really long line right now," Leverette said. A total of 4,922 voters took part in the early voting period for this Thursday's primary and general elections, well past the 2,642 who voted early in the May primary elections, and the 2,316 who voted early in the comparable August election four years ago.. ...
More than 3,000 cast early votes (07/29/14)
As of noon Monday, a total of 3,113 citizens had participated in early voting for the Aug. 7 primary and general elections. A total of 2,051 voted in the Republican primary (plus the general election), 918 in the Democratic primary (plus the general election), and 144 voted in the general election only without choosing a primary, according to Bedford County Administrator of Elections Summer Leverette...
Dean brags on Nashville's success (07/29/14)
Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, speaking at a Bedford County Democratic Party rally on Saturday, disputed the image of Democrats as not being pro-business by touting Nashville's recent successes. Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County's local government elections are non-partisan, so Dean ran as an independent, not a party nominee, but said he makes no secret of his party affiliation. ...
Nashville mayor to address local Dems (07/23/14)
Nashville Mayor Karl Dean will speak at a Bedford County Democratic Party rally Saturday evening at the Fly Arts Center on South Main Street. Democratic candidates for U.S. House, governor, U.S. Senate and for several local offices are scheduled to attend, along with Tennessee Democratic Party chairman Roy Herron...
Long line for early voting (07/20/14)
A steady stream of visitors lined up early Friday morning at the Bedford County Election Commission's office as the first day of early voting kicked off. Balloting opened at 7 a.m. and by 9, the number of citizens exercising their rights reached 75 voters...
Woodson seeks re-election to commission (07/20/14)
Jimmy Woodson has announced his candidacy for re-election to a 4th District seat on Bedford County Board of Commissioners in the Aug. 7 general election. Woodson currently serves on the commission's rules and legislative committee and on Bedford County Planning Commission. ...
Sanders seeks Dist. 3 seat on commission (07/18/14)
Jason Sanders has announced his candidacy for a 3rd District seat on Bedford County Board of Commissioners in the Aug. 7 general election. Sanders has worked for the Bedford County Workhouse for 4 1/2 years. Sanders is a life-long resident of Bedford County and is married to Allison Mangrum Sanders. They have two children, who attend school at Community. The family are members of North Fork Baptist Church, where Sanders works with the youth group...
Thomas asks another term in 9th District (07/18/14)
Mark Thomas has announced his candidacy for re-election to a 9th District seat on Bedford County Board of Commissioners in the Aug. 7 general election. Thomas is chief of Bedford County Fire Department. He has been with the county fire department a total of 33 years...
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...
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...
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...
Winton enters race for 6th district seat (07/15/14)
Mike Winton of Manchester, owner of the Sears store in Shelbyville, has announced his candidacy for the Tennessee's sixth district U.S. House seat in the November general election. Winton is running as an independent. The district, which does not include Bedford County, is made up of northeastern Middle Tennessee plus Coffee and Cannon counties. Rep. Diane Black (R-Gallatin) currently serves that area...
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. ...
Democratic headquarters opens (07/10/14)
Bedford County Democratic Party held a ribbon-cutting Tuesday at its campaign headquarters, 300 North Main Street. Several Democratic nominees participated, including Mike Rogers, Austin Swing (holding the ceremonial scissors), Donna Thomas and Thomas Smith. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
No signs allowed in parks, rights of way (07/09/14)
With the election season in full swing, Shelbyville city officials are once again reminding local candidates about the rules concerning political signs. According to city manager Jay Johnson, a number of candidates have tried to place their ads in city parks, "and that is simply not allowed."...
Grubb in race for Circuit Court judge (07/09/14)
Brooke C. Grubb has announced his candidacy for the position of Circuit Court judge Part I for the 17th Judicial District during the Aug. 7 general election. Grubb graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint in 1990 and the Nashville School of Law in 1998. ...
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...
Brothers runs to retain commission seat (07/06/14)
Janice Brothers has announced her candidacy for re-election for a District 3 seat on the Bedford County Commission in the Aug, 7 election. Brothers' late husband, Roger Brothers, served as a commissioner for 30 years until his death in 2008. She has been elected to serve since that time...
Brown seeks another term on commission (07/06/14)
John E. Brown of Shelbyville has announced his candidacy for re-election to an Eighth District seat on Bedford County board of Commissioners in the Aug. 7 general election. Brown, a retired line foreman for Eaton Corp., is pastor of Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Fayetteville and is a former bus driver for the Bedford County school system...
Durard seeks election as Circuit Court judge (07/02/14)
Forest Durard has announced his candidacy to remain as Circuit Court judge, Part 1, for the 17th Judicial District, which is comprised of Bedford, Lincoln, Marshall and Moore counties. The general election will be held Aug. 7. Durard was appointed as judge in 2013 to fill the remaining term of Robert Crigler, who retired. He is now seeking election to a full term...
One week left to register for August elections (07/01/14)
July 8, one week from today, is the last day to register to vote in the Aug. 7 primary and general elections. Bedford County Administrator of Elections Summer Leverette said that some voters, still confused over the primary system, are unclear about what's taking place in August...
Few sign petition for grocery wine (07/01/14)
Many more signatures are needed before a local referendum can be held on allowing wine sales in grocery stores. A new state law taking effect today grants authority to cities and counties with package stores or liquor-by-the-drink to hold referendums...
Gann seeks school board seat (07/01/14)
Rick Gann has announced his candidacy for the 3rd district seat on Bedford County Board of Education in the Aug. 7 general election. Gann is a 2000 graduate of Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy and has been employed with Bedford County Sheriff's Department since 2005. ...
Doggart enters race for U.S. representative (06/24/14)
Robert Rankin Doggart of Signal Mountain has announced his candidacy for the 4th District U.S. House of Representative seat in the Nov. 4 general election as an independent. Doggart, 62, has more than 40 years in the electric generation business, working as an engineer, manager, superintendent and other titles, including 17 years at TVA...
Warren seeks 9th District commission seat (06/22/14)
Robert D. Warren has announced his candidacy for a 9th District seat on Bedford County Board of Commissioners in the Aug. 7 general election. Warren is a Democratic nominee for the position. Warren is a territory sales representative for Anderson Merchandisers and serves as an intermediary between big box movie and music companies and Wal-Mart. Warren is also owner of Purple Penguin web hosting and design services...
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. ...
Tracy gains Hilleary's support (06/06/14)
Former U.S. Rep. Van Hilleary endorsed State Sen. Jim Tracy on Thursday in Tracy's campaign for the 4th District U.S. House seat Hilleary once held. The announcement was made in Hilleary's native Rhea County, although Hilleary is now a resident of Murfreesboro, the 4th District's population center...
Few sign so far for grocery wine (06/06/14)
So far, about 31 signatures have been turned in on petitions asking for a wine-in-supermarkets referendum for Shelbyville in November, according to deputy administrator of elections Andrew Robertson. It would take 306 signatures -- 10 percent of the city's voters -- turned in before the end of the business day on Aug. 21 in order to get a referendum on the November ballot. The signatures must be from registered voters who participated in the last city election...
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...
Barrett named to state Election Commission (06/04/14)
Former State Rep. Donna Barrett has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the Tennessee State Election Commission. Commissioner Barrett, principal of The Barrett Group, is a recognized leader in cost control strategies. Prior to her founding The Barrett Group, she spent 10 years serving as a Tennessee State Representative, representing Middle Tennessee.* ...
Democratic gubernatorial candidate to visit (05/27/14)
John McKamey, a Democratic candidate for governor, will hold a meet and greet event at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 8, at Microtel Inn & Suites, 1207 North Main St. McKamey is a former Sullivan County mayor, educator and coach. He served for more than 20 years on the Sullivan County Commission. ...
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...
Hargrove seeks re-election as public defender (05/11/14)
Donna Orr Hargrove has announced her candidacy for re-election as 17th Judicial District public defender in the Aug. 7 general election. Hargrove has held the office of public defender for 16 years. She was an assistant public defender for five years prior to that...
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...
ONLINE: Polls open until 7 p.m. (05/06/14)
There were conflicting reports of voter turnout in today's primary elections; a caller to the T-G newsroom reported heavy traffic at the W.B.T.S. precinct, while East Side Elementary reported only 22 voters as of 10:30 a.m. "It's sort of been light this morning," said poll worker Clemenza Cantrell...
More than 2,600 vote early in primary (05/04/14)
Polls will be open 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday for primary elections in county-wide offices. A total of 2,642 cast votes during the early-voting period which ended Thursday. "It ended up being really good," said Bedford County election registrar Summer Leverette on Friday. "It was down the first few days, but toward the end it ended up coming alive."...
Response 'fair' for early voting (04/25/14)
Early voting for the May 6 primary elections, which began April 16, has been "fair," according to deputy election registrar Andrew Robertson, with a total of 1,206 early votes cast, including paper ballots, as of 1 p.m. Thursday. An unscientific Times-Gazette web site poll a few weeks back indicated a heavy intent to vote in the Republican primary, but the early voters so far have gone in the opposite direction. ...
Taylor enters race for county clerk (04/23/14)
Leesa Taylor has announced her candidacy for Bedford County Clerk as an independent candidate in the Aug. 7 general election. Taylor has worked for Bedford County for 25 years. She is currently a teacher at Shelbyville Central High School and has taught in Bedford County for 14 years...
Time to choose (04/18/14)
Election official David Renegar, left, shows Claudia Curl how to use the voting machine as she cast her vote during early voting Thursday at Bedford County Courthouse. The first day drew 208 voters. Early voting continues through May 1. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
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...
Early voting kicks off election season (04/15/14)
Early voting for the May primary election begins Wednesday and runs through May 1. 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...
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...
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...
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...
Heflin seeks 5th district county commission seat (04/06/14)
Chuck Heflin has announced his candidacy for a fifth district seat on Bedford County Board of Commissioners in the May 6 Republican primary. He is the production and operations manager at Worlds of Games L.L.C. For the past 22 years he has overseen the daily operations including research, product design, production control, purchasing and customer service...
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...
Register to vote (04/03/14)
Monday is the deadline to register to vote in the May 6 primary election. You can register as long as you will turn 18 by the date of the election. You can register in person at a variety of locations, including: Early voting for the election will be April 16-May 1 at the county election office...
Council plans city election for November (04/02/14)
If you thought there were a lot of political signs adorning Shelbyville streets and yards, there will be more to come with November's city election. Next week, the city council will sign off on a resolution asking the Bedford County Election Commission to approve a general city election on Nov. 4...
Poll: High interest in GOP primary (03/28/14)
More than half of the respondents in a non-scientific poll on the Times-Gazette website say they plan to vote in the Republican primary for county offices in May, while only a third plan to vote in the Democratic primary. A primary election is held by a political party in order to choose its nominee. That nominee then competes against the other party's nominee -- as well as any independent candidates -- in the general election. That's the way it works in theory...
Swing enters race for county sheriff (03/26/14)
Austin Swing has announced his candidacy for Bedford County Sheriff in the May 6 Democratic primary. Swing currently serves as Shelbyville Chief of Police, running and maintaining a department of more than 50 full-time employees as well as part-timers. ...
Stacy enters race for sheriff (03/23/14)
Rod Stacy has announced his candidacy for Bedford County Sheriff in the May 6 Republican primary. Stacy is field training officer for Shelbyville Police Department, a position he's held since 1997. He joined the department in 1992. Stacy, a lifelong resident of Bedford County, is a 1988 graduate of Shelbyville Central High School and was a member of its undefeated 1987 football team. ...
Owens is candidate for county sheriff (03/20/14)
John Owens has announced his candidacy for Bedford County Sheriff in the May 6 Democratic primary. Owens is a former supervisor of training with Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy. He supervises nine full-time instructors and 22 guest instructors. He also organizes training for new and experienced officers for city, county and state agencies, and works with police chiefs, sheriffs and department heads statewide. ...
Farris enters race for county sheriff (03/19/14)
Brian Farris has announced his candidacy for Bedford County Sheriff in the May 6 Republican primary. Farris is a detective lieutenant with Bedford County Sheriff's Department. He also serves as the general department instructor over training and as S.W.A.T. team commander. He joined the department in 1995 as a correctional officer. During his tenure he has also served as a court officer, transport officer, corrections sergeant, patrol officer, and detective sergeant...
Crews announces for school board seat (03/12/14)
William "Brian" Crews has announced his candidacy for the 2nd District seat on Bedford County Board of Education in the Aug. 7 general election. Crews, also a graduate of the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy, has been with Shelbyville Police Department since 2000 and currently holds the rank of detective sergeant in the Criminal Investigations Division...
Edwards seeks seat on county school board (03/11/14)
Sharon V. Edwards has announced her candidacy for a 2nd District seat on Bedford County Board of Education in the Aug. 7 general election. Edwards has more than 30 years' prior experience working for the Bedford County school system, including interim positions at Community and Cascade, 13 years at Harris Middle School, two years as the system-wide director of the Extended School Program (now known as School-Age Care Program), 10 years as principal at Cascade Elementary School and five years as principal at Cascade High School. ...
Claxton enters race for commission seat (03/09/14)
Maleah Qualls Claxton has announced her candidacy for a 5th District seat on Bedford County Board of Commissioners in the May 6 Republican primary. Claxton is the owner/agent of Shelter Insurance on North Main Street. She has been in Shelbyville as an agent since January 2006, and was previously an agent/assistant in the Shelter Insurance Lawrenceburg office from October 2002 until moving here in 2006. ...
Murray enters race for Circuit Court Clerk (03/05/14)
Michelle Murray has announced her candidacy for Bedford County Circuit Court Clerk in the May 6 Republican primary. Murray has been the administrative clerk for General Sessions Court and Juvenile Court for the past 22 years. She prepares court documents, keeps track of bond forfeitures and warrant dispositions, among other duties. ...
Ballot set for May 6 primaries (03/04/14)
No candidates withdrew during the week-long grace period that ended at noon Thursday, so the balloted candidates are set for county-wide races in the May 6 primary election and partisan races in the August general county election. The candidates had until Feb. 20 to file their qualifying petitions, but then had until Feb. 27 to withdraw from the race if they had second thoughts -- for example, if they were surprised by who else was running for the same office...
Boyce seeks re-election as sheriff (03/02/14)
Randall Boyce has announced his candidacy for re-election as Bedford County Sheriff in the May 6 Democratic primary. Boyce was first elected sheriff in 2006 and re-elected in 2010. He is an active member of Tennessee Sheriff's Association. A Bedford County native, he lives in Shelbyville with his wife Janet. ...
VOTE FOR......Hey, just wait a little while!!! (02/27/14)
Local election season is just a few months away, and those signs for the candidate of your choice are already popping up around the county. But the guidelines on Shelbyville's books say that the political placards are not suppose to go up until next month...
Martin announces for school board race (02/26/14)
Amy (Fulton) Martin has announced her candidacy for re-election for the 3rd District seat on Bedford County Board of Education in the Aug. 7 general election. Martin, a lifelong resident of Bedford County, has been a member of the school board since 1992 and currently serves as its chair. ...
Gallagher seeks re-election to District 1 commission seat (02/23/14)
Don Gallagher has announced his candidacy for reelection as a District 1 member of Bedford County Board of Commissioners in the Aug. 5 general election. Gallagher was appointed by the full Commission in March 2011 to fill the vacancy created by the death of Commissioner Phillip Vincent. He was then elected in the 2012 general election to complete Vincent's term...
Davis seeks re-election as county trustee (02/19/14)
Tonya Davis has announced her candidacy for re-election as Bedford County Trustee in the May 6 Democratic Primary. Davis, a Bedford County native, is a 1975 graduate of Shelbyville Central High School. She has been a certified public administrator through the University of Tennessee since 2010. She is an active member of the Tennessee Trustees Association, a member of the County Officials Association of Tennessee and the Tennessee Association of Property Tax Professionals...
Sullivan enters race for county clerk (02/16/14)
Jeffrey Ronald "Jeff" Sullivan has announced his candidacy for Bedford County Clerk as an independent candidate in the Aug. 7, 2014, general election. Sullivan, a native of Bedford County, has been a co-owner of J&J Detail for the past 21 years. Born and raised on a farm, he was active in Bedford County 4-H and the FFA Organization, receiving numerous awards and competing on the state and national levels in 1992. He is still an active sponsor of 4-H...
Registering to vote is easy to do (02/13/14)
In order to be a part of your government, you have to vote. In order to vote, you have to be registered...
Smith enters race for county mayor (02/12/14)
Thomas A. Smith has announced that he will be a candidate for Bedford County Mayor in the May 6 Democratic primary. A Bedford County native, Smith has been the Bedford County Circuit, General Sessions and Juvenile Court Clerk for the past 27 years. He is a long-time member of Middle Tennessee Clerks Association...
Reed seeks re-election as Register of Deeds (02/09/14)
Johnny Reed has announced his candidacy for re-election as Bedford County Register of Deeds in the May 6, 2014, Democratic primary. Reed has served in the position for the past 12 years. Reed is an active member of the Tennessee Register's Association and serves as chaplain for both the Middle Tennessee and the Tennessee Register's Association. ...
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. ...
Nerren enters race for Shelbyville mayor (02/05/14)
Bryan Nerren has announced his candidacy for Mayor of Shelbyville in the Nov. 4 general election. Nerren is senior pastor of House of Prayer Church, owner of Nerren Construction Company, co-owner of The Coffee Break on the square, and president of the Asian Children's Education Fellowship, which operates in Nepal...
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...
Sherrell enters congressional race (01/24/14)
Monteagle accountant Lenda Sherrell, a Democrat, has announced her candidacy for U.S. Congress representing the 4th Congressional District, which includes Bedford County. "I'm running for Congress because we need leaders with fresh ideas to get our state -- and our economy -- back on track," Sherrell said in a news release. ...
Davis joins race for county clerk (01/19/14)
Marty Davis has announced his candidacy for Bedford County Clerk in the May 6 Democratic primary. Davis currently serves as general manager of Bedford County Utility District and was a commissioner for 10 years prior to that. Until this month, he was president of Bedford County Farm Bureau Board of Directors and a member of the Tennessee Farm Bureau Insurance Companies state board of directors. He has retired from both positions...
Dalton enters race for public defender (01/17/14)
Robert Dalton of Lewisburg has announced his candidacy for 17th Judicial District public defender in the Aug. 7 general election. Dalton is an attorney with an office in Lewisburg. The 17th Judicial District consists of Bedford, Lincoln, Marshall and Moore counties...
Thomas enters race for County Clerk (01/15/14)
Donna Thomas of Shelbyville has announced her candidacy for election as Bedford County Clerk in the May 6 Democratic primary. Thomas served as the Executive Director of First Choice Pregnancy Counseling Center for four years. Prior to that, she was employed with Jostens for almost 20 years as a production supervisor and customer service representative. Throughout her career she has undergone extensive training in leadership and administration...
State registry says Tracy campaign event was proper (01/14/14)
The state Registry of Election Finance, meeting last week, dismissed a complaint filed against state Sen. Jim Tracy over a pancake breakfast he held in 2012 for constituents. The Tennessean reported the panel voted 4-0 on Wednesday after determining there was no evidence that Tracy misused campaign funds at the event...
Officials explain their jobs (01/08/14)
County officials talked about their departments, and candidates introduced themselves, during Flat Creek Community Club's elected officials night on Saturday. Bedford County Mayor Eugene Ray spoke about the county's financial management, which has been honored in recent months by the Government Finance Officers Association and by Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury Justin Wilson. He said the county has its highest bond rating ever...
Carroll enters race for county mayor (11/29/13)
Randy Carroll has announced his candidacy for Bedford County mayor in the May 6, 2014, Democratic primary. Carroll has lived in Bedford County most of his life, attending elementary and high school here and graduating in 1968. He has honors degrees in both business administration and management/human relations. ...
GOP women give to Christian Care (11/19/13)
Donna Key, activities director for Christian Care Center of Bedford County, was the guest speaker for this month's meeting of Bedford County Republican Women. The group supports the nursing home's activities and recently donated bingo prizes. From left are Carla Herbison, President; Key; Barbara Frisby; Maleigh Claxton; Sandy Still; Carolyn Baker and Charlotte Chrestman. The group meets on the second Tuesday of each month at The Coffee Break on the square. (Submitted photo)
Candidate's proposed 'draft' isn't military (11/01/13)
Independent congressional candidate Kelly Klemetsrud of Cleveland has clarified his position on compulsory public service. In Klemetsrud's original candidate announcement, published last Sunday, the Times-Gazette characterized the candidate as favoring a military draft. In a followup e-mail, he said that this was not an accurate description of his position and that what he proposes is drafting young people for two years into a civilian agency which would be part of the Army Corps of Engineers...
Changes ahead for local elections (10/30/13)
Local Republicans have until Nov. 22 to decide whether or not to hold a primary election for county offices; meanwhile, local Democrats have included county commission races on their primary ballot. For decades, county-wide offices such as county mayor and sheriff have been elected with a party primary followed by a general election. ...
Klemetsrud enters race for U.S. House seat (10/27/13)
Kelly Klemetsrud of Cleveland has announced his candidacy as an independent for the 4th District U.S. House of Representatives seat. Klemetsrud has self-published two books. "I'm running as an independent since both parties have failed and ignored this district for far too long," said Klemetsrud in a news release. "I'm very passionate about my love for our great country and I think our leaders should be role models beyond reproach for our children. I plan on being that type of leader."...
Tracy endorsement draws criticism (10/24/13)
State Sen. Jim Tracy of Shelbyville, who is challenging incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais of South Pittsburg in next year's Republican primary, was criticized by the DesJarlais campaign for promoting an endorsement from a specific Tea Party group...
Democrats defend health care act (10/11/13)
Lenda Sherrell of Monteagle, a retired certified public accountant who is exploring a Democratic bid for the 4th District U.S. House seat, told Bedford County Democrats she saw first-hand how rising insurance premiums in the 1990s affected working businesses...
Carter enters race for attorney general (10/10/13)
Robert J. Carter, district attorney general for the 17th Judicial District, which includes Bedford County, has announced his candidacy for election. Carter was appointed to the position in July 2012 following the resignation of Chuck Crawford. This will be his first time to seek election...
Anderson enters race for U.S. House seat (10/08/13)
John Anderson of Bell Buckle has announced his candidacy for the 4th District U.S. House of Representatives seat in the August 2014 Republican primary. Anderson is a schoolteacher and political activist. "I work with young people and their families every day, and I see optimism about the future fading," Anderson said in a news release. ...
Democratic banquet planned (09/24/13)
Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Roy Herron, a former state senator, will be the speaker for Bedford County Democratic Party's annual fall banquet, to be held Thursday, Oct. 10 at Bell Buckle Banquet Hall. There will be music and a social hour at 6 p.m. with dinner to be served at 6:30 p.m...
Spread the word online: It's important to register, vote (09/22/13)
One of our greatest and most precious rights as U.S. citizens is the right to vote and to elect our federal, state and local representatives. And one of my most important duties as Tennessee's Secretary of State is to encourage all eligible voters to legally exercise that right -- by properly registering and voting during elections...
Voter Registration Day open house (09/17/13)
Bedford County Election Commission will hold an open house next Tuesday, Sept. 24, during regular office hours in observance of National Voter Registration Day. The county election office is located in the basement of Bedford County Courthouse. Office hours are 8 a.m. until 4 p.m...
Concerned Women PAC endorses Tracy (09/10/13)
Concerned Women Political Action Committee (CWPAC) has announced its endorsement of Jim Tracy for Congress in Tennessee's 4th Congressional District. Concerned Women PAC, established in 2002 by Founder and Chairman Beverly LaHaye, is affiliated with Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, the nation's largest public policy women's organization, with more than 500,000 grassroots members nationwide...
UPDATED: Carr changes focus, leaving two-man GOP primary race for House (08/20/13)
The three-way Republican primary race for the 4th District U.S. House of Representatives seat is now a two-way race. Incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais had been facing two challengers from within his own party -- State Sen. Jim Tracy of Shelbyville and State Rep. Joe Carr of Lascassas...
Viqueens pull off close victory (08/14/13)
What started as a defensive struggle between the Cascade Middle Lady Champions and Community Viqueens ended in a flurry of offense on Tuesday night. With the score tied 1-1, the teams combined for three goals in the final 6:30 of the second half before the Viqueens were able to claim the 3-2 season opener over their county rivals...
Tracy raises over $300,000 in Q2 (07/11/13)
The Jim Tracy for Congress campaign announced Wednesday that it raised $303,000 in the second fundraising quarter. The campaign boasted that the second quarter total follows a first quarter in which Tracy raised four times as much as incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais...
Appeals court backs decision in Ray case (06/07/13)
The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the decision of U.S. District Court in favor of Trustee Tonya Davis and Bedford County in a lawsuit brought against them by Cindy Ray, who served as business manager for the county trustee's office while her mother Peggy Bush was trustee...
Carr enters House race; Tracy adds to support team (05/05/13)
State Rep. Joe Carr of Lascassas made his run for Congress official on Sunday, while State Sen. Jim Tracy of Shelbyville, already in the race, has announced additional supporters on his leadership team. Both Republicans are running for the 4th District seat currently held by another Republican, U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais of South Pittsburg. Another Republican, Chase Williams, had announced a run as well but has since suspended his campaign, according to an announcement at his web site...
Tracy raises 4 times more than DesJarlais (04/16/13)
NASHVILLE -- State Sen. Jim Tracy has raised more than four times as much as the embattled congressional incumbent he is challenging in the Republican primary next year. According to campaign disclosures filed with the Federal Election Commission on Monday, Tracy raised more than $436,485 in the first quarter, compared with U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais' net of $104,532...
Help fight crime, DA tells GOP (04/12/13)
District Attorney General Robert Carter told Bedford County Republicans Thursday night that citizens need to take a more active role in talking to others about criminal behavior -- not just their own family but others in the community as well. "If you wait until it gets to me, it's too late," said Carter, the keynote speaker for the GOP's annual Reagan Day dinner at the Blue Ribbon Circle on the Celebration grounds...
Carr announces fundraising total (04/10/13)
State Rep. Joe Carr of Lascassas announced this week that his exploratory committee for the 4th District congressional seat has raised over $200,000. "This certainly sends a great signal that Tennesseans are interested in a Joe Carr for Congress candidacy," Carr said in a news release. "I can't tell you how appreciative I am of friends and neighbors who believe in me, and I don't take their trust in me lightly."...
Crim: No to caucus proposal (04/09/13)
U.S. Senate candidate Larry Crim of Nashville, in Shelbyville for Monday night's reorganizational meeting of Bedford County Democratic Party, expressed surprise and dismay at the recent proposal to select Senate nominees by legislative caucus instead of primary elections...
No voting at schools: Educators (03/22/13)
With an increasing emphasis on school security in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting, some are questioning whether it's a good idea to have a polling place at a school on a day when school is in session. Commissioner Linda Yockey raised the issue Tuesday night during the meeting of Bedford County Board of Commissioners' courthouse and property committee...
House hopeful aims at business (03/12/13)
Republican Congressional candidate Chase Williams visited Shelbyville on Saturday, saying that he wants to take a grass-roots approach to introducing himself to the people of the 4th District. Williams said that the most important issue facing any congressman is the economy...
Ramsey visits county (03/08/13)
Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, in Shelbyville for a fund-raiser for Jim Tracy's congressional campaign, said that the chances for the bill to allow wine sales in supermarkets are promising. "It's looking better every day," Ramsey told the Times-Gazette...
Ramsey to appear at Tracy fund-raiser (03/05/13)
State Sen. Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville) has announced that Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey (R-Blountville) will attend a fund-raiser Thursday in Bedford County to benefit Tracy's campaign for the 4th District U.S. House of Representatives seat. "I support my friend Jim Tracy for Congress wholeheartedly and without reservation," said Ramsey in a news release issued by the Tracy campaign...
Inauguration thrills area resident (02/05/13)
Bell Buckle resident Rebekah Majors-Manley reflected back recently on her attendance at President Obama's inauguration on Jan. 21. "Initially I had given my tickets away to both events to other passionate volunteers wanting the honor to attend the exciting events of the president's inauguration and ball," Majors-Manley said. ...
Election forgery bargain: Get GED (01/04/13)
Getting a GED will be one of the requirements for a man who accepted a plea arrangement Thursday for forging signatures to run for the Shelbyville city council. Jimmy Neal Anderton, 44, of Highland Court, received a deferred judgement after pleading guilty to the Class E felony -- false entries on official registration of election documents, a crime that carried a one- to six-year sentence...
Tracy formally announces candidacy (01/03/13)
MURFREESBORO -- "I'm here today to announce my candidacy for the United States Congress," said State Sen. Jim Tracy during an appearance Wednesday at Reeves-Sain Drug Store. Tracy, Republican from Shelbyville with a background as an insurance agent, is seeking the 4th District house seat currently held by U.S. ...
Tracy to seek House seat (01/02/13)
State Sen. Jim Tracy was scheduled to announce his candidacy for the 4th District U.S. House of Representatives today at a midday press conference in Murfreesboro. The election will be held in 2014. Tracy, a Republican from Shelbyville, will run for the seat currently held by Republican Scott DesJarlais, a physician from South Pittsburg. He's the second Republican to announce interest in challenging DesJarlais for the seat, with the current session of Congress not even started yet...
Top Stories of 2012: A year to remember for student musicians (12/26/12)
Before we begin the Times-Gazette's annual countdown of the top stories of the year, a word about what wasn't included. The top story ballot, which is voted on by various members of the T-G staff, was being prepared at about the time the school security issue, both here and in Connecticut, was becoming news...
Carr will explore U.S. House bid (12/21/12)
State Rep. Joe Carr of Lascassas has formed an exploratory committee for a possible primary challenge of his fellow Republican, U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, in 2014. DesJarlais, a physician from South Pittsburg, represents the 4th Congressional District; Bedford County has moved into that district effective with the current 2012 election cycle and will be represented by DesJarlais when Congress convenes in January...
Political attacks solve nothing (11/08/12)
What have we learned? Reading the highly-emotional Twitter and Facebook posts of the past couple of weeks, I have to say we haven't learned much. America has a strong and vibrant political system. There are places for many different voices, and that's a good thing. Frankly, I don't think either the Democrats or the Republicans (or any of the alternate parties) have all the right answers...
County supports Romney, DesJarlais; Feldhaus, Rose win council races (11/07/12)
Bedford County strongly supported Republican candidates in state and federal races, voting by large majorities for the Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan ticket over the incumbent ticket of President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden. According to unofficial summary totals from the Bedford County election office, the total was 10,026 for Romney to 4,207 for Obama....
It's our choice (11/06/12)
Today is Election Day, with polls open until 7 p.m. See @times_gazette on Twitter and t-g.com for Bedford County election results. Southside students Aaron Fults and Landon Martin participate in a mock election. (Submitted photo)
Almost 8,000 vote early (11/02/12)
Early voting for Tuesday's general election ended on Thursday, with a total of 7,850 votes cast in Bedford County, not counting paper absentee ballots, which will continue to come in until Election Day. Total early and absentee vote was 8,505 four years ago...
Forgeries keep man off ballot (10/30/12)
A Shelbyville City Council hopeful blamed "lack of time" as the reason for forging 14 signatures on his qualifying petition, officials say. Jimmy Neal Anderton, 44, of Highland Court was barred from seeking the position after Bedford County election officials discovered the alleged forgeries...
State to appeal library ID ruling (10/26/12)
MEMPHIS -- After winning a ruling that upheld Tennessee's new law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls, election officials said they will ask the state Supreme Court to step in because the decision also ordered them to accept an ID issued by the Memphis public library...
Early voting strong so far (10/25/12)
Early voting for the Nov. 6 general election has been running ahead of the comparable election four years ago, according to Bedford County Administrator of Elections Summer Leverette. As of close of business on Wednesday, a total of 3,977 early voters had cast their ballots. Early voting continues through Nov. 1 in the basement of the county courthouse...
Political arguing threatens unity (10/21/12)
I have to admit that I haven't been keeping up much with the presidential and vice presidential debates. Of course, if you're on any form of social media on the night a debate is taking place, you can hardly help but hear about it. Unfortunately, this type of debate has lost a lot of its usefulness, in part because of the ways in which all of us (the media, and various politically-oriented viewers) react to it...
Lewisburg attorney wants to be next public defender (10/19/12)
Early voting is now underway for this November's general election, but a Lewisburg man is already challenging an incumbent for an office that won't be on the ballot until August 2014. Lewisburg-based attorney Robert Dalton says he's a candidate for the office of public defender for the 17th Judicial District, which includes Bedford, Marshall, Lincoln and Moore counties. His campaign is to start early next year...
It's time to cast your vote (10/16/12)
Early voting for the Nov. 6 general election, including the presidential race, begins Wednesday and continues through Nov. 1 in the basement of the county courthouse. Hours are 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday; 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Thursday; 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. Friday; and 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday. State-issued or federal-issued photo ID is required, such as a driver's license. A college student ID does not qualify...
Dismissed civil suit appealed (10/11/12)
A former county employee has appealed her recently dismissed federal civil lawsuit to the United States Court of Appeals. Two weeks ago, District Court Judge Harry S. Mattice dismissed Cynthia L. Ray's suit against the county and trustee Tonya Davis filed in late 2010, claiming she had been fired for openly supporting Davis' opponent during that year's election...
Pruitt unopposed in re-election bid (10/11/12)
Jean Pruitt is running for re-election to her 5th ward seat on Shelbyville City Council in the Nov. 6 general election. Pruitt, a lifelong resident of Bedford County, is retired from Nationwide Express and is a past president of Shelbyville Kiwanis Club...
Rose seeks re-election to city council seat (10/05/12)
Kay Rose has announced her candidacy for reelection to the 3rd ward seat on Shelbyville City Council. "I love this community and serving on the council is a way of giving back and playing a role in promoting Shelbyville as a wonderful place to live, play and work," Rose said...
Peoples enters race for city council seat (10/04/12)
Lizzie M. Peoples has announced her candidacy for a 3rd Ward seat on Shelbyville City Council in the Nov. 6 general election. She is a member of Shelbyville Kiwanis Club and the Order of the Eastern Star. She is a past member of Bedford County Board of Education and past president of the Women's Democratic Club. She is involved in numerous other organizations and is an active member of Victory Baptist Church. She recently retired from Jostens Inc...
Ray suit vs. Davis, county dismissed (09/28/12)
A federal lawsuit against the county and its trustee by a former county employee has been dismissed with prejudice. Cynthia L. Ray had filed a suit against the county and trustee Tonya Davis in late 2010, claiming she had been fired for openly supporting Davis' opponent during that year's election...
Holland a candidate for council re-election (09/26/12)
Jo Ann Holland has announced her candidacy for re-election to the 1st Ward seat on Shelbyville City Council in the Nov. 6 general election. Holland is a lifelong resident of Bedford County. She is an ambassador for Shelbyville & Bedford County Chamber of Commerce and is a member of Shelbyville Rotary Club. She serves on the Community Clinic board and the Senior Citizens Center board. She is involved with numerous other organizations and is a member of Calvary Baptist Church...
Feldhaus enters race for city council seat (09/20/12)
Henry Feldhaus III has announced his candidacy for the Ward 1 seat on Shelbyville City Council in the Nov. 6 general election. Feldhaus, a former two-term Shelbyville mayor (1987 to 1995) and council member (1981 to 1987), decided not to seek reelection as mayor in 1995 after a self-imposed two-term limit...
Letter to the Editor, Sept. 6 (09/06/12)
To The Editor: This election is undoubtedly the most important in the history of America. Because of the failures of the policies of this Administration, we now have a $16 trillion debt, continual trillion dollar annual deficits, 24 million un- and under-employed, $4 gas prices, a stifled economy, and policies that discourage business growth. These are all topics that Obama neglects to address or misleads his audiences by spin, misstatements, and outright lies. What other options does he have?...
All the people should be heard (09/06/12)
Two weeks' worth of political party conventions and we're hearing the same rhetoric we've heard all summer. Both presidential candidates claim to be for the working person, and the rich person, and for our health, and for making us all prosperous, and to be the one who will change our world...
Wheel tax off agenda (08/29/12)
Bedford County Financial Management Committee, meeting Tuesday night, deferred action on a wheel tax proposal, effectively ending any chance of putting a referendum on the November general election ballot. That means that if a wheel tax is considered, it will either require a costly special election, or will have to wait until a future county-wide election, and the county doesn't have any more elections scheduled for two years...
Pruitt out of race for council (08/23/12)
Buster Pruitt has withdrawn from the race for Shelbyville's third ward council seat, two days after one of his opponents challenged his residency. Earlier this week, Lizzie Peoples filed a residential challenge against Pruitt, according to a letter from city attorney Ginger Shofner to council members and the mayor...
DesJarlais concerned with USDA (08/22/12)
U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais has written U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack with concerns about Horse Protection Act enforcement which he said "cause great uncertainty for the industry and this coming 'Celebration.'" DesJarlais, a member of the House Agriculture Committee and its subcommittee on livestock, dairy and poultry, has asked to meet with Vilsack and his staff to discuss the issues...
Two city council incumbents to face challengers (08/19/12)
Aside from the presidential selection that voters will be making in November, local residents will also choose leaders closer to home. Thursday was the deadline for city council candidates in Shelbyville, Normandy and Wartrace to file their papers with Bedford County election commissioner Summer Leverette...
DesJarlais denies debate request (08/14/12)
U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais has responded to his Democratic challenger's call for a debate, saying that State Sen. Eric Stewart hasn't "put forth any substantive platform" and has a "lack of clarity" on the issues, leaving nothing to debate about. Stewart, who was unopposed in this month's Democratic primary, had challenged Republican incumbent DesJarlais to three debates, issuing a press release on election night and later sending a formal request...
Stewart asks for debates (08/09/12)
State Sen. Eric Stewart of Winchester, a Democrat who is challenging incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais of South Pittsburg for DesJarlais' 4th District House seat, has repeated his call for a series of debates. Stewart discussed the issue during a teleconference on Wednesday with reporters from the district...
UPDATED: Davis, Gallagher elected to commission seats (08/03/12)
In an election with light voter turnout and few contested races, Bob Davis defeated two other candidates for the District 2 county commission seat vacated earlier this year by Bobby Vannatta, while Don Gallagher defeated one challenger to retain the District 1 seat to which he was appointed in 2011 following the death of Phillip Vincent...
Marsh seeks another term in state House (07/31/12)
State Rep. Pat Marsh (R-Shelbyville) has announced that he will seek re-election to the Tennessee House of Representatives in the 62nd District. In announcing his decision, Marsh stated, "My family and I are very grateful for the tremendous outpouring of support and encouragement during this process. We are humbled by the overwhelmingly positive comments sent our way," he continued...
Boutwell a candidate for school board seat (07/31/12)
John Boutwell has announced his candidacy as a write-in candidate for election to the 8th District seat on the Bedford County Board of Education in the Aug. 2 general election. No candidates qualified for the regular ballot. Boutwell was born and has lived in Bedford County his entire life. He attended Southside Elementary, Elm Street Junior High and Central High School...
Forsee seeks another term on school board (07/27/12)
Glenn Forsee has announced his candidacy for re-election to the 9th District seat on Bedford County Board of Education in the Aug. 2 general election. Forsee has lived in Bedford County for over 27 years. He has served on the school board since June 2005...
Still time to vote early (07/26/12)
Early voting for the Aug. 2 primary and general elections ends Saturday. "It's been slow," said Bedford County Administrator of Elections Summer Leverette, "but that's what we expected." As of about 10 a.m. Wednesday, 649 voters had participated in early voting -- 475 of those choosing to vote in the Republican primary, 171 in the Democratic primary, and the remaining three voting in the general election without voting in either party's primary...
Attack politics and Facebook (07/26/12)
A few months back, Facebook started giving users the option of unsubscribing to most or all someone's status updates, without actually de-friending them. It's a useful option as we approach election season. I have to admit, I've unsubscribed from a few people who were going overboard on the political postings...
Gallagher seeks full term as commissioner (07/25/12)
Don Gallagher has announced his candidacy for election to a District 1 seat on Bedford County Board of Commissioners in the August 2 general election. Gallagher has been serving on the county commission since March 2011, when the full commission appointed him to complete Phillip Vincent's unexpired term of office...
Parker seeks third term on school board (07/18/12)
Dixie Parker has announced that she will run for re-election to the Bedford County School Board in District 1. Parker is a Bedford County native and a life-long resident of Bell Buckle. She is a 1963 graduate of Bell Buckle High School, completed LPN training through the Bedford County school system in 1967 and later attended Middle Tennessee State University...
Wanted: More candidates (07/12/12)
So many intelligent, talented people. Yet so few willing to offer their intelligence and talents to help others. Bedford County's general election is less than a month away. And, once again, the ballot is filled with unopposed candidates, many incumbents...
Voting machine inspection not attended (07/05/12)
No candidates or party representatives turned out Tuesday for the customary voting machine inspection which precedes early voting for the Aug. 2 general and primary elections. Bedford County Administrator of Elections Summer Leverette, seen here holding the register tape documenting that each machine has been zeroed out in preparation for the vote, said it's typical for no one to attend, even though the inspections are announced to candidates, parties and the medial. Behind Leverette are the machines that will be used for early voting, which runs July 13-28. A separate inspection will be held for the machines to be used on Election Day....
Senate candidate Poskevich aims at Corker's record (07/01/12)
A Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate took aim at Bob Corker during a tour of county courthouses on Friday. While the searing heat kept many from being outside, Zach Poskevich stopped at the Bedford County courthouse to meet citizens and talk about his stand on the issues...
Clemens enters race for U.S. Senate seat (06/29/12)
Bedford County resident Mark Twain Clemens has announced his candidacy for the United States Senate. A resident of the Longview community since 1993, Clemens has worked 15 years as an explosive engineer for Tennessee Excavating. His platform is to reduce the $15 trillion dollar deficit by cutting government spending and raise tariffs to a reasonable amount...
Sloan seeks commission seat (06/27/12)
Bill Sloan has announced his candidacy for the second district seat on Bedford County Board of Commissioners in the Aug. 2 general election. Sloan has lived in Bedford County for more than 8 years. Prior to that, he lived in Rutherford County for more than 30 years and was active in youth programs for more than 12 years...
Early voting for August election starts July 13 (06/27/12)
Early voting will start July 13 for the Aug. 2 primary and general elections, the first elections since new districts and voting precincts have taken effect. Legislative districts are redrawn every 10 years as a result of the U.S. Census, so that each district -- city council, county commission, state legislature or U.S. Congress -- in a particular legislative body has roughly equal population. Otherwise, some voters would have more say in the legislative process than others...
Tracy seeks to stay in State Senate (06/20/12)
State Sen. Jim Tracy of Shelbyville formally announced Monday that he will be a candidate for re-election to the Tennessee State Senate starting with the Aug. 2 Republican primary. Tracy's district was formerly the 16th but as a result of redistricting he, and Bedford County, are now in what is known as the 14th District, effective with this election cycle. The district includes Bedford, Marshall, Lincoln, and Moore Counties and portions of Rutherford County...
Vannatta seat stays unfilled (05/09/12)
Bedford County Board of Commissioners failed Tuesday night to fill recently retired commissioner Bobby Vannatta's request that his son-in-law fill his vacant District 2 commission seat. Vannatta, who retired from the commission last month after 19 years of service due to illness, had recommended Ralph Edwards fill his seat until the countywide general election is held in August...
Gregory joins race for commission seat (05/03/12)
Michael Gregory has announced his candidacy for a District 2 seat on Bedford County Board of Commissioners in the Aug. 2 general election. Gregory is a lifelong resident of Bedford County and a graduate of Cascade High School. He attended Middle Tennessee State University and graduated with a bachelor's degree in animal science. ...
Democrats hear encouragement (04/25/12)
Bedford County Democrats heard a message of encouragement Tuesday night, even in a time when Republicans have dominated statewide and federal races across Tennessee. "I do think there's a lot of positives to the Democratic Party right now, and there's a lot we can be proud of," said local party member Mark Farrar, who emceed the party's annual banquet Tuesday night at the American Legion center on Kingree Road...
Vannatta seat debated (04/19/12)
Bedford County Board of Commissioners' rules and legislative committee debated Tuesday night whether to make an appointment to the District 2 commission seat being vacated by Bobby Vannatta. Vannatta, who has had to miss a number of meetings in recent months, announced last week that he's retiring due to illness. He requested that his son-in-law Ralph Edwards be appointed to his seat...
3 city council seats up for grabs (04/06/12)
One of the items Shelbyville's city council will take up next week at their monthly meeting concerns getting ready for city elections this November. Bedford County election commissioner Summer Leverette told city recorder Vickie Haskins that the council will need to pass a resolution asking her office to hold the city election for wards 1, 3, and 5...
Changes ahead for voters (03/30/12)
Between district changes, seven voter precincts that are being closed and three more that are getting new polling places, about 18,000 Bedford County citizens will receive new voter registration cards within the next few weeks. For the most part, only those whose information is changing will receive new cards, according to Bedford County administrator of elections Summer Leverette. ...
DesJarlais makes 1st speech locally as U.S. Representative (03/30/12)
Bedford County will move from the 6th Congressional District to the 4th in this year's election cycle, and U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, who currently represents the 4th District, made his first local public appearance during Thursday night's Bedford County Republican Party Reagan Day Dinner...
Governor visits Republicans (03/30/12)
Gov. Bill Haslam told a crowd of local Republicans and other dignitaries on Thursday that state government is trying to operate more efficiently and effectively, while still creating a jobs-friendly environment for the state and improving education...
Cook announces run for school board seat (03/23/12)
Michael A. Cook has announced his candidacy for the 5th district seat on Bedford County Board of Education in the Aug. 2 general election. Cook is a Bedford County native and a graduate of Shelbyville Central High School. He received a bachelor of business administration (BBA) degree in accounting from Middle Tennessee State University. ...
Haslam, DesJarlais to meet local GOP (03/08/12)
Gov. Bill Haslam will be the keynote speaker for Bedford County Republican Party's 2012 Reagan Day Dinner, to be held Thursday, March 29 at the Blue Ribbon Circle on the Celebration grounds. U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais is also scheduled to attend, his first official appearance in Bedford County since it was announced that the county would move from the 6th Congressional District to the 4th in this year's election cycle. ...
Santorum wins Tennessee, Bedford County (03/07/12)
Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum carried Bedford County by an even larger margin than Tennessee in Tuesday's Republican presidential primary, with a platform of social and religious issues that resonated with conservative voters. In Bedford County, with all precincts reporting, Santorum had 1,419 votes (41 percent), to 957 (28 percent) for former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and 837 (24 percent) for former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney. ...
Polls open until 7 p.m. (03/06/12)
Poll workers Louise Moore, left, and Peggy Jones assist a voter at the Bedford County Courthouse precinct shortly after the 9 a.m. poll opening time for today's primary elections. There are no contested local races, and no challengers to President Obama in the Democratic presidential primary, leaving the GOP presidential primary as the only contested race. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
Most countians say 'no' to early voting (02/28/12)
Today is the last day of early voting for the March 6 primary election. Voting has been slow so far, with only 633 early voters in the Republican primary and 167 in the Democratic primary, according Bedford County Administrator of Elections Summer Leverette. But there was a spike of activity on Monday...
Letter to the Editor, Feb. 26 (02/26/12)
To the editor: I am not one to complain much. I am a proud American, a veteran of the Korean War, and pretty much a homebody. I have voted in every election I could vote in ever since my 21st birthday some 60 years ago. I was even selected to sign up our troops to vote by absentee ballot when I was a young soldier serving in Korea. I haven't always voted for the candidate that won the race or necessarily the one that kept campaign promises, but I voted...
Dismissal of trustee suit asked (02/21/12)
Bedford County and its trustee have filed a motion for summary judgment to end a federal suit brought by a former county employee. In late 2010, Cynthia L. Ray filed a suit against the county and trustee Tonya Davis, claiming she had been fired for openly supporting Davis' opponent during that year's election...
Early voting now underway (02/15/12)
Early voting for the March 6 primary elections, including the presidential preference primary, begins today and continues through Feb. 28 in the basement of Bedford County Courthouse. This is the first statewide election in which voters are required to show photo identification prior to casting their ballots...
Public can speak on city council wards (02/07/12)
Shelbyville residents will have their chance to speak their mind about the city's new wards during a public hearing set for Thursday. The hearing will start at 6 p.m. in the courtroom at Shelbyville police headquarters. Since November, the city council has been examining the layout of Shelbyville's council representation, which must be reviewed and adjusted every 10 years if necessary based on population growth...
Early primary voting starts soon (02/02/12)
In less than two weeks, early voting will begin for the March 6 primary elections. On the local ballot will be a presidential primary, as well as primary elections for county road superintendent and property assessor. Because Tennessee does not register voters by party, anyone can choose to vote in either the Democratic primary or the Republican primary (but not both, at least not for the same election)...
New House for Bedford (01/17/12)
State lawmakers on Friday approved redistricting plans for congressional and state legislative districts, and Gov. Bill Haslam is expected to sign the proposal. The biggest change for Bedford County is that the county moves from the 6th Congressional District, currently represented by Rep. Diane Black (R-Gallatin), to the 4th, currently represented by Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-South Pittsburg)...
Tracy will not seek US House seat (01/10/12)
State Sen. Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville) announced on Monday that he will not be a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives but will instead run for re-election to his state seat. This year's congressional redistricting had led to some speculation that Tracy or others might challenge incumbent Republican Rep. Scott DesJarlais for the party nomination....
Bedford may move to 4th Congressional District (01/06/12)
Bedford County would move from the 6th Congressional District to the 4th as the result of proposed redistricting plans released Friday by Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey. State Sen. Jim Tracy told The Associated Press he hasn't had time to consider whether or not to run for the U.S. House in the new district...
Legislators pleased with proposed new districts (01/06/12)
Both of Bedford County's incumbent state legislators say they're happy with their proposed new districts. Proposed district maps were announced Wednesday by the Republican majorities in each chamber of the General Assembly. They won't be official until voted on by the General Assembly, which re-convenes next week...
Clanton announces bid for re-election (12/21/11)
Ronda Clanton of Shelbyville has announced her candidacy for re-election as Assessor of Property in the March 6, 2012 Democratic primary. Clanton, a graduate of Cascade High School, has lived in Bedford County for the past 37 years. She is married to Randy Clanton. They have four children. Clanton is a member of Fair Haven Baptist Church...
Road Superintendent to run for re-election (12/14/11)
Stanley Smotherman has announced his candidacy for re-election as Bedford County Road Superintendent in the March 6, 2012, Democratic primary. A Bedford County native, Smotherman has worked for Bedford County Highway Department for the past 33 years and has served as road superintendent since 2000. He currently serves as secretary/treasurer of Tennessee County Highway Officials Association...
7 voting precincts eliminated (11/10/11)
Seven of the county's 18 voting precincts will be closed after the March election, election administrator Summer Leverette told county commission members during her quarterly departmental report Tuesday night. The March 2012 primary election will include all 18 precincts; the closings won't take effect until after that, meaning the August primary and general elections will be affected...
Council takes first view of proposed new wards (11/02/11)
Shelbyville council members got their first look Tuesday at proposed changes to the city's wards. Every 10 years, following new U.S. Census figures, the wards for council representation are reviewed and adjusted if necessary based on population growth. This stems from the famous 1964 Supreme Court case that established the "one man, one vote" rule...
ID law talk (11/02/11)
Fewer than a dozen citizens showed up for an informational session about Tennessee's new voter identification law, which will require voters to show a valid photo ID at the polls. The new law goes into effect on Jan. 1, according to county election commissioner Summer Leverette, standing. (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
Voter ID meeting is tonight (11/01/11)
An informational session about a new voter identification law will be held at 5:30 p.m. tonight at the Bedford County Courthouse. The new law will require voters to show a valid photo ID at the polls. It won't go into effect until next year, but in preparation for this new requirement, Bedford County Election Commission is holding tonight's town hall-style meeting in the second floor courtroom...
Voter ID law could mean longer waits (09/27/11)
A new law requiring voters to show photo ID at the polls may result in longer lines next year, according to Bedford County Administrator of Elections Summer Leverette. Several states adopted new laws last year requiring that people show a photo ID when they come to vote, even though the kind of election fraud that the laws are intended to stamp out is said to be rare. ...
City moves forward with property-rights voting ordinance (08/12/11)
Shelbyville took the first move Thursday evening to make sure that nonresident property owners have the right to vote. The council passed first reading of an ordinance that would allow people who own property in Shelbyville, but do not live within the city limits, to be able to vote by absentee ballot...
New commission districts approved (08/10/11)
Bedford County Board of Commissioners approved new county commission districts drawn as a result of 2010 Census figures. The "one person, one vote" rule, affirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court in the 1960s, means that in a district-based legislative body, each district should be as close in population to the others as possible. Otherwise, citizens in underpopulated districts would have a greater say in government than those from overpopulated districts...
Property rights voters gain (08/07/11)
Citizens who own property in Shelbyville, but do not live within the city limits, would be able to vote by absentee ballot if a proposed ordinance is approved by the city council. Bedford County Election Commission Administrator Summer Leverette addressed the city council over the issue Tuesday night, telling members that the move would only apply to voters who live outside the Shelbyville city limits, but own property within the city and have registered with Leverette's office under that address. ...
Voting district lines to change (07/08/11)
The population figures from last year's census are about to be used for redrawing district lines for city council members, county commissioners, school board and road board members, state legislators and U.S. congressmen. The "one person, one vote" rule, affirmed by the U.S. ...
Harwell emphasizes positive approach (04/26/11)
Tennessee Speaker of the House Beth Harwell delivered an upbeat message at Bedford County Republican Party's Reagan Day Dinner on Saturday, saying that Republicans should model themselves after Ronald Reagan, speaking not with anger or bitterness but with confidence...
Redistricting process will begin soon (03/15/11)
Bedford County Administrator of Elections Summer Leverette expects to receive the Census results next month which the county will need to begin the process of drawing new county commission districts. Leverette discussed the redistricting process during her quarterly report at this month's county commission meeting...
Presidential hopeful's goal: Visit every county in U.S. (02/24/11)
Colorado home-builder John Davis brought his GOP presidential campaign to Shelbyville on Wednesday with a stop at the Shelbyville & Bedford County Chamber of Commerce. Davis, traveling in a brightly-painted tour bus, is attempting to visit all 3,200 counties in the U.S. as part of his campaign, and to visit the counties in three key primary and caucus states twice...
Boyce ruling overturned (02/13/11)
The Tennessee Court of Appeals has overturned a 2009 chancellor's ruling that reinstated Bedford County Sheriff Randall Boyce to peace officer certification, which allowed him to run for reelection last year. But the sheriff said he will appeal the ruling, saying the matter was "new legal ground."...
Suit accuses Davis of firing in retaliation (01/18/11)
A 24-year employee of the county trustee's office has filed a federal lawsuit against trustee Tonya Davis and Bedford County, claiming she was fired for openly supporting Davis' opponent during last year's election. Cynthia L. Ray claims that Davis and the county violated her 1st and 14th amendment rights, state rights, fired her in retaliation for exercising her constitutional rights, and intentionally inflicted emotional distress...
New council takes city's reins (12/10/10)
New Shelbyville council members took their seats last night after being sworn in for their four-year terms. And everyone agreed that they had a lot of hard work ahead of them. Outgoing councilman Al Stephenson thanked the citizens of Shelbyville for allowing him to serve three and a half years on the city council...
Class acts during rude times (11/07/10)
Now that the election is over and I can say whatever I want to the candidates, I only have one thing to say. Thank you. I am specifically directing those thanks to Jenny Hunt and Pat Marsh. I know them both, like them both, and wasn't eligible to vote for either because I live in a different district. ...
Marsh rides GOP wave to re-election; Gallagher, Stephenson, Cunningham lose to challengers (11/03/10)
State Rep. Pat Marsh, Shelbyville Mayor Wallace Cartwright and Normandy Mayor Larry Nee were handily re-elected Tuesday, but Wartrace Mayor Don Gallagher lost to challenger Ron Stacy, and Shelbyville city council members Al Stephenson and Lee Roy Cunningham lost to challengers as well...
Polls open until 7 p.m. (11/02/10)
I elect not to be scared by nasty ads (10/31/10)
I was interviewing Joe Peters over at the Walking Horse Hotel earlier this week about the haunted attraction he's started there. He made a comment that made me smile. "Everybody likes to be scared," he said. Well, that's not exactly true, and he realized it and followed it up with "when they know it's not real."...
Nearly 4,000 vote early (10/29/10)
A total of 3,992 Bedford County citizens participated in the early voting period for Tuesday's general election, according to deputy administrator of elections Andrew Robertson. Robertson said the turnout was only slightly lower than what the office had been expecting and that it indicates a "decently-large" turnout on election day...
Voting starts strongly (10/20/10)
A total of 1,432 votes were cast in the first week of early voting for the Nov. 2 general election, which began Oct. 13. "It's more than we expected," said deputy administrator of elections Andrew Robertson this morning. "We kind of expected it to be slow for a November election, but we've been surprised."...
Anderson leaves Bell Buckle seat (10/13/10)
Bell Buckle Alderman James Anderson resigned his position in a letter sent to the members of the board of mayor and aldermen last week, with today being his last day. Mayor Dennis Webb made the announcement at the Tuesday night work session held prior to the regular meeting...
Early voting period begins Wednesday (10/12/10)
Early voting will begin Wednesday for the Nov. 2 general election, including the race for Tennessee governor, an amendment to the Tennessee constitution to protect the right to hunt and fish, and other state and local contests. Early voting will run Oct. 13-28 in the basement of the county courthouse. Hours are 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Mondays, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and 9 a.m. until noon on Saturdays...
Cunningham vies for re-election to council (09/29/10)
Lee Roy Cunningham has announced his candidacy for re-election to a 4th Ward seat on Shelbyville City Council in the Nov. 2 general election. "I have tried and [am] still trying to do you the people a good job," said Cunningham. "I have not forgotten who I work for. If you have any kind of a problem with the city, I will do my best to get it fixed...
Gallagher seeks another term as mayor of Wartrace (09/26/10)
Don Gallagher has announced his candidacy for re-election as mayor of Wartrace in the Nov. 2 general election. Gallagher has served as mayor as Wartrace since 1998. Prior to this tenure of office Gallagher had been on the Wartrace Board from 1980 to 1985 and mayor in 1986 and 1987...
Stephenson seeks 2nd city council term (09/24/10)
Al Stephenson has announced his candidacy for a 2nd Ward seat on Shelbyville City Council in the Nov. 2 general election. Stephenson served as mayor from 1995 to 1999 and is now completing his first term on the council. He has served seven years on Shelbyville Municipal Planning Commission and on the Bedford Railroad Authority board. ...
Landers announces for City Council seat (09/23/10)
Thomas Landers has announced his candidacy for a 6th Ward seat on Shelbyville City Council in the Nov. 2 general election. Landers, 52, was appointed to the 6th Ward seat in 2008. He is a life-long resident of Shelbyville. Landers is married to the former Vicki Yoes; they have two children. He is the son of Lillie and the late Elbert Landers...
Davis seeks election as Shelbyville mayor (09/17/10)
Alton Davis has announced his write-in candidacy for mayor of Shelbyville in the Nov. 2 general election. Davis has been a licensed general contractor "most of my life," he said. He was assistant commissioner for Tennessee Department of Human Services and was director of the Department of Motor Vehicles for Tennessee Department of Revenue. He was director for the Section 504 program for the disabled, representing the state in a six-county area including Bedford...
Simpson seeks 2nd term as Wartrace alderman (09/15/10)
Ed Simpson has announced his candidacy for re-election to his seat as a Wartrace alderman in the Nov. 2 general election. Simpson, a native of Nashville, lived in Haley and Wartrace before moving to Nashville in 1945. He returned to Wartrace in 1989...
City councilmen face opposition (09/09/10)
Shelbyville Mayor Wallace Cartwright and Normandy Mayor Larry Nee will be unopposed for re-election on the Nov. 2 general election ballot, as will Normandy alderman Evelyn Hittson, but there will be contested races for Wartrace mayor, three Shelbyville city council seats and two Wartrace alderman seats...
Cartwright seeks 2nd Shelbyville mayoral term (09/08/10)
Wallace Cartwright has announced his candidacy for re-election as mayor of Shelbyville in the Nov. 2 general election. Cartwright is completing his first term, which will be only three years and four months due to a shift in the city's election schedule. City officials moved city elections from odd-numbered to even-numbered years so that they could be held in conjunction with the state general election, saving the city the cost of paying for a stand-alone election...
McWherter, Black visit TWHNC (08/29/10)
Gubernatorial candidate Mike McWherter and U.S. House candidate Diane Black visited the Celebration on Friday, eager for the chance to greet potential voters. McWherter is a past visitor to the Celebration whose cousin once exhibited here. Black, a state senator from Gallatin, made her first Celebration visit on Friday...
UPDATED: Horses aren't the only competitors at show (08/27/10)
It's Celebration season, and it's also election season, which means candidates for governor and the 6th District House seat will be making the pilgrimage to Shelbyville. Businessman Mike McWherter, the Democratic nominee for governor, plans to be at the show tonight, while Republican nominee and Knoxville mayor Bill Haslam will be at the show on Sept. 4, the night of the World Grand Championship...
Few changes made to final election results (08/13/10)
Bedford County Election Commission met Thursday evening to certify the local results of the Aug. 5 general and primary elections, making only minor changes to the totals announced on election night. No outcomes were changed in contested races. In the Republican primary, gubernatorial candidate Ron Ramsey's local total rose from 1,503 to 1,504, while congressional candidate Jim Tracy's total rose from 3,061 to 3,062...
Meek seeks 2nd Ward Shelbyville council seat (08/11/10)
Sam Meek has announced his candidacy for a 2nd Ward seat on Shelbyville City Council in the Nov. 2 general election. Meek works with Goggin Warehousing. His career has included manufacturing, human resources and management positions. He has traveled in the U.S. and abroad on industrial development tasks...
Tracy concedes (08/10/10)
State Sen. Jim Tracy issued a concession statement this afternoon in the tight three-way Republican primary battle for the 6th District U.S. House race, although he left open the possibility that he would "reassess the situation" if irregularities came to light. "We've had a tough primary battle," stated Tracy in a news release, "but it is now time to look ahead to November and I encourage all the candidates to get behind our Republican nominee for Congress in the 6th District, Senator Diane Black." ...
Haslam, Tracy, Leming, Marsh, Hunt carry Bedford County in primaries (08/06/10)
Bedford County voters joined their counterparts statewide in choosing Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam as the Republican nominee for governor and giving complimentary votes to Mike McWherter, son of former Gov. Ned McWherter, as the unopposed candidate for the Democratic nomination. Haslam and McWherter will face each other, and a handful of independent candidates, in November....
Haslam brings Pearl for visit (08/04/10)
About 100 supporters packed Shelbyville's Parkway Cafeteria Tuesday to meet GOP gubernatorial candidate Bill Haslam -- but to also meet and get an autograph from UT men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl. With only two days before the Thursday primary, Haslam arrived at the popular dining spot in a colorful campaign bus to sell his message...
'Pretty decent' turnout for early voting (08/03/10)
A total of 2,316 citizens participated in the early voting period for Thursday's primary and general elections, according to deputy administrator of elections Andrew Robertson. That total include 1,675 who voted in the Republican primary and 640 who voted in the Democratic primary...
Guinn competes for Commission position (07/27/10)
Rodney Guinn has announced his candidacy for the 4th District seat on the Bedford County Board of Commissioners in the Aug. 5 general election. Guinn is a 1989 graduate of Moore County High School. He has received certifications in HVAC and commercial truck driving from Tennessee Technology Center at Shelbyville...
Smith asks for re-election to Commission (07/27/10)
Tony Ray Smith has announced his candidacy for re-election to a 2nd District seat on the Bedford County Board of Commissioners in the Aug. 5 general election. Smith currently serves on the Courthouse and Property Committee and Zoning Board. Smith is a United States Army veteran and served in Vietnam, worked at American National Can for 33 1/2 years as a supervisor or production and product control maintenance. ...
Republicans outnumber Democrats in early voting (07/25/10)
With just one week left in early voting before the Aug. 5 primary and general election, Republicans are casting more ballots than Democrats by over a two to one margin in Bedford County. Election Commissioner Summer Leverette said Friday that turnout has been "a bit slow" during the first week of voting at the Bedford County Courthouse, where folks can beat the crowd on Election Day and cast their ballots early...
Ramsey brings campaign to county (07/25/10)
With Tennessee's gubernatorial primary now less than two weeks away, Bedford County got a visit from GOP candidate Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey. Ramsey made several stops Friday afternoon, visiting local law enforcement agencies and meeting the public. His first stop was at the Shelbyville Police Department, followed by visits to the Bedford County Sheriff's Department. Parkway Restaurant, and Bell Buckle Cafe...
Gann seeks 3rd District Board of Education seat (07/21/10)
Rick Gann has announced his candidacy for election to a 3rd District seat on the Bedford County Board of Education in the Aug. 5 general election. Gann and his wife, Jeanna, have been married 23 years. They have one daughter who has attended school at Community Elementary School since beginning school and will begin attending Community Middle School in the fall. Gann and his wife moved to Bedford County in 1996...
McLellan seeks Congressional seat (07/20/10)
Bruce McLellan is a candidate for the Sixth District U.S. House of Representatives seat in the Aug. 5 Republican primary. McClellan is directing voters to his web site, www.BruceMcLellanForCongress. org, for more information about him and his campaign...
Brothers runs for re-election to commission (07/18/10)
Janice Brothers has announced her candidacy for re-election to a 3rd District seat on the Bedford County Board of Commissioners in the Aug. 5 general election. Brothers is the wife of the late Roger Brothers who served as commissioner for thirty years until his death in July of 2008. Janice Brothers was elected to finish his unexpired term...
Farrar seeks another commission term (07/18/10)
P.T. "Biff" Farrar has announced his candidacy for re-election to a 9th District seat on Bedford County Board of Commissioners in the Aug. 5 general election. Farrar is chair of the commission's rules and legislative committee. Farrar taught social studies at Central High School for 20 years. ...
Guinn enters race for school board seat (07/16/10)
Sandra Guinn has announced her candidacy for a 4th District seat on Bedford County Board of Education in the Aug. 5 general election. Guinn worked for Walmart for 13 years, including five years in retail management, and currently works as a stay-at-home mother...
Haile seeks school board position (07/16/10)
Gary Wayne Haile has announced his candidacy for election to a 7th District seat on Bedford County Board of Education in the Aug. 5 general election. Haile has been employed by Workforce Solutions for 15 years and worked for the school system from 1990 through 1996 at Harris Middle School in the special education department. He is a 1977 graduate of Shelbyville Central High School...
Barrett asks re-election to 7th District seat (07/15/10)
Tony Barrett has announced his candidacy for re-election to a seventh district seat on Bedford County Board of Commissioners in the Aug. 5 general election. Barrett has worked in law enforcement in Bedford County for 32 years as a member of Bedford County Sheriff's Department, for which he currently holds the rank of captain; as a part of the district attorney's office; as judicial commissioner; and for six years as school resource officer at Cascade High School...
Castleman seeks re-election to commission seat (07/15/10)
Edward "Ed" Castleman has announced his candidacy for re-election to an 8th District seat on Bedford County Board of Commissioners in the Aug. 5 general election. This would be his third full term. He is a member of the commission's rules and legislative committee and a member of the Bedford County Emergency Communications District (E-911) board...
6th District hopefuls speak out at forum (07/14/10)
MURFREESBORO -- Nine candidates and one spokesperson gave their views as the clock ticks down on primary season in Tennessee's 6th Congressional District race. With ten people in the running -- six vying for the Republican slot, three wanting the Democratic nomination and one running as an independent -- the stage at the Tennessee Livestock Center at Middle Tennessee State University was packed...
Graham a candidate for county commission (07/13/10)
Denise Graham has announced her candidacy for a seventh district seat on Bedford County Board of Commissioners in the Aug. 5 general election. Graham, a registered nurse for seven years, works at StoneCrest Medical Center in Smyrna. A 1990 graduate of Shelbyville Central High School, she received her nursing degree from Motlow State Community College in 2003...
Neeley seeks re-election to Board of Education (07/11/10)
Diane Neeley has announced her candidacy for re-election to a fourth district seat on Bedford County Board of Education in the Aug. 5 general election. Neeley, a Bedford county native, has lived in the Wheel area for the past 27 years. She is a 1982 graduate of Shelbyville Central High School and graduated from Tennessee Technology Center at Shelbyville, where she obtained her dental assisting license which is currently retired. ...
Yockey seeks another term on commission (07/11/10)
Linda Yockey has announced her candidacy for re-election to a fifth district seat on Bedford County Board of Commissioners in the Aug. 5 general election. The district includes the Flat Creek, Normandy and Raus precincts. Yockey has been a science teacher for 30 years, with tenure, previously at Cascade High School and now at Shelbyville Central High School, where she teaches physics and chemistry...
Vannatta asks re-election to county commission (07/09/10)
Bobby Vannatta has announced his candidacy for re-election to a second district seat on the Bedford County Board of Commissioners in the August 5th general election. Vannatta was first elected to the Commission in 1994. He currently serves on the financial management committee...
Martin seeks re-election to school board seat (07/09/10)
Amy F. Martin has announced her candidacy for re-election to the third district seat on Bedford County Board of Education in the Aug. 5 general election. Martin has been employed at the Tennessee Technology Center at Shelbyville for 38 years; she serves as the coordinator for fiscal services and human resources and also teaches evening classes and special industrial classes in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint...
Peoples seeks commission seat (07/08/10)
Lizzie M. Peoples of Shelbyville has announced her write-in candidacy for a seventh district seat on Bedford County Board of Commissioners in the Aug. 5 general election. Peoples and her husband Clyde have two daughters and three grandchildren and are members of Victory Baptist Church...
Woodson a candidate for commission seat (07/08/10)
Jimmy Woodson has announced his candidacy for re-election to a fourth district seat on the Bedford County Board of Commissioners in the Aug. 5 general election. The district is composed of Bedford, Liberty and Wheel precincts. Woodson served as county mayor from 1998 until 2006. ...