Charity and social services
Food for souls: Churches serve God by serving others
First Baptist Church on Depot Street has given away more than 175,000 pounds of food since last year, but it's not alone in feeding the hungry. The church gave away 145,000 pounds of food last year, said pastor Jeff Rasnick. In January 2015 alone, the church handed out more than 30,000 pounds during two distributions, including one on Thursday that served 180 households, he said...
Donate food, more to homeless veterans
Ashley Sand regularly collects cards, toiletries, care packages and other items for soldiers at Christmas. Now, she is showing her love for service members on the day of love. Sand is holding the "Love For a Soldier" drive for Valentine's Day. The latest project was inspired by her oldest nephew, Joey Hobbs, 11, she said. Joey wanted to do something for homeless and otherwise struggling veterans the family had met over Christmas...
The best birthday gift of all: Giving back
Emily Curl wanted to do something for others on her birthday this year rather than receive presents. After seeing a St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital newsletter, Curl was inspired to make her own contribution to the hospital. Those invited to her 11th birthday party were encouraged to bring a card with a cash or check donation...
Open house to celebrate USO birthday
In celebration of the USO's 74th birthday, the Bedford County Veterans Service Office will host an open house Wednesday, Feb. 4. Free refreshments will be available from 2-4 p.m. in Room 105 of the Bedford County courthouse. Local veterans' organizations and the Nashville Airport USO will be represented...
Sunday Conversation: Jensen finds fulfillment in CDC position, family
This week the T-G caught up with Christy Jensen, an employee of the Community Development Center. If you have any one you think would make for an interesting Sunday Conversation, email Sadie Fowler at firstname.lastname@example.org. T-G: Tell us a little about your family...
An original board member looks back
In 1990, the late Bob Green was executive director of Shelbyville & Bedford County Chamber of Commerce. One of Shelbyville's biggest industries, Calsonic Manufacturing Corp., approached him with a problem. ...
Did you know?
All decisions on contributions received are made locally. There are approximately 1,200 United Way's nationwide. However, each United Way operates independently. United Way of Bedford County has a local board and local committees that make decisions for Bedford County. Check out "Partner Agencies" for a list of agencies that receive United Way of Bedford County contributions...
United Way goals and initiatives
United Way of Bedford County partnered with Membership Services Corp. in May 2006 to distribute free prescription drug discount cards to assist families who otherwise could not afford much needed prescription drugs. The cards can reduce prescription drug costs by an average of 35 percent. ...
United Way: Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is United Way? here does the money go? The United Way is a local, comprehensive way to meet growing needs in Bedford County. Each United Way is a locally governed nonprofit organization directed by volunteers like you. The United Way of Bedford County operates five of its own programs that are focused on education, income, and health...
Farrar recalls United Way's early days
Ann Farrar was United Way of Bedford County's first staff person, joining the agency not long after it organized and guiding it for the first 15 years of its existence. Farrar recalled Bob Green of Shelbyville & Bedford County Chamber of Commerce and Dr. John Derryberry, United Way of Bedford County's first local board chair, both contacting her about the position. She'd been raising children prior to that...
Mildred Floyd shows off the Fossil watch she won in a giveaway to benefit the Times-Gazette's "Press Power" team in the American Cancer Society Relay For Life. For more information about the team, go to http://t-g.com/presspower. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
Goodwill announces employment results
Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee said in a news release on Tuesday that it far exceeded its mission goals for 2014, providing free employment services and job training to 28,159 people -- including more than a thousand from the Bedford County area -- and helping 9,558 obtain jobs...
Coat drive initiative warms up
Central students are leading the drive to keep their peers warm this winter. The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) at Shelbyville Central High School's Annex is collecting coats and money to buy coats. The coats are being given to students all around Bedford County who otherwise would be going to school underdressed for the weather, said Wynee Haynes, a business technology teacher and the FBLA adviser...
Warming shelter used Wednesday night
Scott Johnson of Bedford County Emergency Management Agency reported that two people used the county's new warming shelter at First Church of the Nazarene during Wednesday night's bitterly-cold temperatures. Johnson said the two were referred to the shelter by Bedford County Sheriff's Department...
Horse show proceeds go to charity
Proceeds from the Walking With Angels Craft Fair and Horse Show were used to purchase Christmas gifts for families in need throughout Bedford County. The names of the families were provided by Bedford County Schools. From left: Julie Lambert, Candy Green, Charlie Green, Russ Keyser and Robert Cortner drop off gifts at Eakin Elementary School. (Submitted photo)
New website promotes blood drives
January is National Blood Donor Month and this year, American Red Cross supporters have a new way to help save lives through blood and platelet donation with SleevesUp virtual blood drives. SleevesUp is a first-of-its-kind website that lets those who feel passionate about blood donation create a virtual blood drive and encourage colleagues, friends and family members to give blood or platelets, or make a financial donation to support their campaign. ...
BWF accepting grant applications for 2015
The charitable arm of the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, the Bonnaroo Works Fund (BWF), is accepting online applications for the 2015 grant cycle beginning this week. The Fund gives back to communities that need it the most by awarding funding to arts, education and environmental nonprofits...
Bemis gives $5,000 to Good Sam
Bemis Company Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Bemis Company, Inc. (NYSE: BMS), announced on New Year's Eve that it was making a year-end donation of $200,000 to food pantries and emergency shelters in its communities across the country, including $5,000 to the Good Samaritan Association in Bedford County...
Keeping kids fed over the holidays
The weekend of Dec. 12 was the focus of what has become a Christmas tradition in Bedford County. With assistance from First Presbyterian Church, Edgemont Baptist Church, Shelbyville Lions Club, Shelbyville Lumber Company, Jostens, Community Outreach Partnership, Select Trailer Company and Bedford County FFA, 130 food packages were prepared for distribution to children in Bedford County...
Shelter from the chill: Church to open doors for homeless
First Church of the Nazarene has signed a memorandum of understanding with local law enforcement and emergency services to serve as a "warming shelter" on single-digit-temperature nights. The church won't function like a traditional homeless shelter, but will simply provide refuge from the cold for people living on the streets. It may also be available in the opposite situation, when daytime temperatures climb into the triple digits during the summer...
Secret Santa's surprises brighten recipients' holidays
Anonymous holiday donations were made before Christmas to the Shelbyville Police Department and the Bedford County Sheriff's Department. Both used the windfall to surprise unsuspecting citizens with Secret Santa gifts. Unsure of why they were being stopped, locals were all smiles when they realized it wasn't a ticket they were getting this Christmas, but a little extra cash for the holidays...
Longbeards provide freezer to store venison for needy
The Bedford County Longbeards chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation has purchased a chest freezer to be placed at Potts Deer Processing in Wartrace, in support of the Tennessee Wildlife Federation's "Hunters For The Hungry" program. The program works with game processors and hunters to make it easy for hunters to donate venison for use by relief programs such as food banks, churches and shelters...
Donations given to Humane Association
Shelbyville-Bedford County Humane Association recently received $500 from Rita Huffman to help the animals in Bedford County. In addition to giving the check, Huffman brought along a shopping cart full of dog and cat items. The donations were made in the honor of Alex and Jackson McDonald and in the memory of Bill and Carrie Payne...
Spreading cheer to nursing home residents
Over the Hill, pictured at a nursing home on Tuesday, is a gospel group that travels to area nursing homes to share hymns with residents. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
A time for giving
The American Legion, VFW and DAV teamed up to deliver food boxes to the hungry on Friday. They boxed the food up on Thursday. Joey Nichols brings boxes to a trailer for storage, and David Crump (left) and George Joyce move the food into the trailer. Rod Lindsey places food into one of the 250 boxes that the veterans delivered. (T-G Photos by Jason Reynolds)...
Ball player makes Christmas magic
Learning Way students received an early Christmas thanks to a major league baseball player. Project One Four: A David Price Foundation, donated 3,000 toys Tuesday to the elementary school, said guidance counselor Patricia Petty. Price is a pitcher for the Detroit Tigers...
Foundation finds forever homes for neglected dogs
Kimberly Council and Gina Trice both love animals, and are doing everything they can to make sure that neglected or shelter dogs receive chances at a forever home. That's why Trice started the CGFreck Foundation in April 2013. It received non-profit status from the IRS this summer...
Quick holiday cheer
It's the first year Liberty School has had a National Junior Honor Society chapter, and members have wasted no time in getting active just in time for Christmas -- helping younger classmates pick out gifts. But that's just part of what these young leaders are doing for elementary classes at the school...
Jennifer Jordan (right) buys a ham from Benita Caldwell, director for development of The Center for Family Development. The hams, which cost $35, benefit the center's mission of serving at-need children and families. To buy a ham, simply stop by the center's office on the square. Or, call the center at 931-684-4676. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Community students support W.Va. cancer patient
Hines Rotriga isn't a student at Community Elementary School, but the children there are treating the West Virginian like one of their own. Hines, 3, is undergoing chemotherapy for Stage IV neuroblastoma; he was diagnosed last year. Christina Fox, Community's principal, is from Hines' hometown of Wheeling, West Virginia...
The pay-it-forward Christmas family
The Hernandez family has been in Shelbyville over a year, and they want to give back to the community that has helped them get on their feet. "We've had our ups and downs," Monica said, adding that they have lived their whole lives in Texas. Monica contacted the T-G, asking if the paper had received any letters asking to provide items needed for Christmas...
A Will to live: Setback doesn't stop young boy
In September, the Shaw family from near Bell Buckle -- Haven, Mandy, and their sons Walt, Boone and Will -- enjoyed a beach vacation. Four-year-old Will, who'd been born with heart problems, seemed to be out of the woods. Will was scheduled for a catheterization procedure the next month, but was well enough to travel. The family had been making its way through the extensive medical bills, but had put aside enough for the trip. It was a great time for everyone...
Charity ham sale benefits children
You can buy a delicious glazed ham for the holidays and help a good cause. The Center for Family Development is selling hams in a fundraising drive called "Holiday Hams for Hope." The center will receive 350 hams on Monday afternoon, said director for development Benita Caldwell...
Locals help gather gifts for global needy
Shelbyville-area residents, along with residents from multiple surrounding counties, rallied together to pack more than 52,000 shoebox gifts last month for children worldwide struggling with war, disease, poverty and other difficult circumstances. Although the collection sites are closed for 2014, Shelbyville residents can still contribute to the local collection number by packing a shoebox gift online at samaritanspurse.org...
SBCHA ready to help feed needy pets
Shelbyville-Bedford County Humane Association will hold a holiday pet food pantry today to help anyone who needs dog or cat food. The distribution will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the humane association shelter, 905 1/2 Madison St., said Kimberly Warren, vice president of SBCHA. You must fill out some paperwork to receive the food; this helps the shelter track the amount of food given away...
City Outreach Ministries needs donations
Scott Horn of City Outreach Ministries is asking for donations to provide Christmas gifts to children. Donations may be sent to P.O. Box 497, Shelbyville, TN 37162. Or, drop them off at Horn's In & Out Market (Shell station), 430 E. Depot St., or at the Times-Gazette, 323 E. Depot St...
Toys For Tots needs help
The Marine Corps Toys For Tots program is "in desperate need" of toys for its annual drive, says Col. Ken Crowell (retired), who is active in the program locally. Only new, not-gift-wrapped toys are accepted, and all are distributed to needy children in Bedford County...
Community Closet goes home -- literally
Curtis Stacy, who has been operating the Community Closet for more than 10 years, will now use his personal property as the location for his organization. Over the years The Community Closet has been located at several locations. Much to Stacy's dismay, the organization hasn't been able to locate a permanent spot...
Annual Lights for Love begins
Bedford County Medical Association Alliance is sponsoring the annual Lights for Love program. The program raises funds used to purchase needed equipment for residents at Christian Care Center of Bedford County. For every $5 tax-deductible contribution by an individual or group, an ornament will be placed on a Christmas tree at Christian Care Center...
New homes for needy to be built
The Shelbyville Housing Authority has been awarded a $90,000 housing trust fund grant to build four new rental units. The money, which was awarded by the Tennessee Housing Development Agency through a competitive application process, is to be used to help construct housing for elderly and disabled residents. * ...
Project gives soldiers Christmas cheer
Each year, for the last three years, I have been so blessed by all the people who have donated cards, food, and helped with shipping costs to send my project, Christmas for the Soldiers, to the troops. But this year, it's been such an amazing thing, and I have gotten to meet so many wonderful people. ...
Central High proves it can: Students collect for food drive
For about 33 years, as best current school officials can determine, Shelbyville Central High School has held an annual canned food drive. The event is a holiday tradition, with the collected cans, boxes and other packages arranged into celebratory designs on the floor of the SCHS gym so that students can see the results of their work on display...
Homes of Hope raises funds
Homes of Hope of Bedford County Inc. held its Fall Quarter Auction recently at the Blue Ribbon Circle. Homes of Hope is the Bedford County hub for Safe Families for Children, an international movement through churches to deflect children from Department of Children's Services custody. ...
T-G donates food
The Times-Gazette delivered food Friday to Good Samaritan. The food was donated during a recent coupon class the newspaper sponsored, as well as from drop-off boxes in the newspaper's front office. From left: Deb Wilson and Naomi Thompson of Good Samaritan, Morris Winfrey and Antwan Lentz of the Times-Gazette, and John Wilson of Good Samaritan. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Eakin students take the cake -- and have fun with it
Eakin Elementary School students were rewarded Friday for their fund-raising for the School-Wide Positive Student Behavior (SWPSB) program. The top individual fund-raisers received prizes, while the top classes got to pour cake ingredients -- sugar, flour and eggs -- onto the heads of Coach Brent Hardin and Principal Dulcie Davis. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
TMS holds food drive
The Thomas Magnet School student council, under the leadership of Lee Ann Butts, held a food drive, contributing the food received to Community Outreach Partnership, a local organization that focuses on local families that have a food emergency. Butts said students at the magnet school are challenged to excel not only in academics but in character, leadership and support for the community. A food drive is also an educational moment about hunger in the local community...
Two locals honored at Goodwill luncheon
Two Bedford countians were among those honored at Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee's annual Impact Luncheon on Friday. Eleven employees and Goodwill Career Solutions clients, three employer partners and a community partner were recognized at the event, which was held at the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel in Nashville...
Crafts for the holidays
Monica Bello waits for a customer at her mother's booth at the Holiday Bazaar craft fair held Saturday at the Times-Gazette. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis) Kyra Powell prepares to hang a scarf she made in her grandmother's booth to sell. The event was a benefit for the T-G's "Press Power" team in the American Cancer Society Relay For Life. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)...
Good Sam receives donations
Several boxes of non-perishable food items were collected by the Shelbyville Lions Club and employees of Duck River Electric Membership Corp. and donated to Good Samaritan for their food pantry. Katie Guthrie, President of the Lions Club, would like to issue a challenge to other businesses and civic organizations to have their own food drive to help fill the shelves of local food pantries this holiday season...
Voice and Vision bringing hope to neighborhoods
Having already established a presence in the area with their numerous community events and projects, The Voice and The Vision team hopes to take that community involvement a step farther. Co-founders Julius Hill and Terrell Johnson are launching a crowd-sourced funding program today that will raise money for their Rural Arts Program, or R.A.P...
Church offers free meals
Bird Street Church of Christ will be providing Thanksgiving dinner plates to anyone who would like to have one on Nov. 27 from 10:00 am until noon. Call to place your order by Nov. 25. You can come by and fellowship and eat with the church, or call and the church will have your plates ready for delivery. The number is 684-3876...
Ministry needs donations to buy Christmas toys
City Outreach Ministries needs donations to buy toys for Bedford County children who are in need. Donations may be mailed to P.O. Box 497, Shelbyville, TN 37162. Or call 684-9984 and leave a message. This number is not for those seeking help for Christmas; it is only for donations...
Operation Christmas Child
New Beginnings Baptist Church is collecting Operation Christmas Child boxes through Monday, Nov. 24, according to Samaritan's Purse. The church is at 2027 Madison St. Collection times are: today, 5-7 p.m.; Saturday, 1-3 p.m.; Sunday, noon-2 p.m.; and Monday, 9-10 am...
Pinnacle sponsors Habitat
Habitat Ball committee members gratefully accept a Silver Sponsorship from Pinnacle Financial Partners. Pictured left to right are committee members Debbie Donegan, Mickey McLean, Sheri Heflin with Amanda McCullough and Jo Ann Fann of Pinnacle. Also accepting the donation is committee chairman Shelley Jones and other committee members Betsy Wheeler, Fay Womble, and Diane Whitwell. The Feb. 14 event benefits Bedford Builds Habitat for Humanity. (Submitted photo)
Help begins as cold weather hits county
The first cold snap of the year has an immediate impact on Bedford County's homeless shelter, as people hit by cold temperatures run out of options. Dixie Sullivan, who is president of the C.R.O.S.S. Shelter Project, confirmed that she's had to turn families away from the shelter in the past few days...
State Habitat receives THDA grant
Habitat for Humanity of Tennessee received a $500,000 grant from Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA) toward the construction of 30 homes statewide. The state Habitat supports the 50 Habitat affiliates serving 62 counties in Tennessee, including Bedford Builds Habitat for Humanity...
Habitat builds Bedford dreams
Two families are now homeowners thanks to Habitat for Humanity. Holly D'Amato and Robin Howard are moving into their new homes on Nutmeg Drive, homes that they never dreamed they could own. Bedford Builds Habitat for Humanity dedicated their homes on Nov. 6. D'Amato's pastor, Jay Pope, blessed her home, while pastor Don Jones blessed Howard's house. Pope, who helped build D'Amato's house, read from Psalm 127, which he said God gave him to read...
Relay For Life goes on year-round
Even though the American Cancer Society Relay For Life won't take place until June 5-6 of next year, participating Relay teams are already active and holding fund-raisers, such as the Times-Gazette "Press Power" team's craft sale, planned 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. this Saturday in the T-G parking lot at 323 East Depot Street. About 32 vendors will be set up with hand-made items or other specialty merchandise...
'Christy's Cuddlies' returns to bring holiday joy
Christy Warren and her family are holding their annual "Christy's Cuddlies for Clera" drive to deliver toiletries, stuffed animals and other items to local nursing home residents over the holidays. "It's to let them know they're not forgotten," she said. "If I can bring a smile to them, it's worth it."...
Tea gains help from new group
A benefit Saturday for a 3-year-old battling brain cancer is being organized by a relatively new local childhood cancer foundation. That organization, the Mark Kelly Have Hope Foundation, will hold a benefit at 4 p.m. Saturday at Halls Mill Community Clubhouse for Tea Akins. Tea has been battling brain cancer (pilocytic astrocytoma with pilomixoid features) since Sept. 14, 2012...
Wine event benefits SBCHA
Organizers are busy making plans for Saturday night's annual wine tasting, social and silent auction to benefit the Shelbyville-Bedford County Humane Association (SBCHA). Titled "Fall Lights," the event will be held Saturday from 7-9 p.m. at the Blue Ribbon Circle on The Celebration Grounds...
Prior to the start of Saturday's Veterans Day Parade, balloons were released in memory of Pfc. Cecil Harris. Harris, a Bedford County native who went missing in action while serving his country during World War II. Each balloon was sponsored in honor of a service member. Proceeds from the balloon sponsorships went to the Bedford County Cancer Foundation. Balloons may be tracked at http://bedfordcancerfoundation.com by clicking the contact tab. (T-G Photo by Sadie Fowler)
FCM raises 20K for children in golf tournament
First Community Mortgage donated $20,000 to Bob Parks' Christmas for the Children charity, funds which were obtained from its inaugural Tyler Morrissey Memorial Golf Tournament. Held on Oct. 14, 2014 at Indian Hills Golf Course, the event featured over 30 teams and 15 sponsors in attendance. All proceeds will be used to purchase holiday gifts for local Rutherford County children in need...
Amendment 4 gives vets right to hold raffles
Ten years ago, in 2004, the Tennessee Charitable Gaming Implementation Law was signed into law. It gave certain tax-exempt groups the right to hold one fund-raising raffle, or similar chance-based fund-raiser, each year without violating the state's gambling laws...
Liberty Lions check students' vision, hearing
Many of us remember that big white van that would visit elementary school at least once a year to check our eyes and ears. The tradition continues. This week, students at Liberty School had their sight and hearing screened, courtesy of the Liberty Lions Club...
Veterans Day 5K runners help raise funds for cancer victims
The Bedford Cancer Foundation's Veterans Day 5K is more than just a race. The event, on Saturday, Nov. 8, is one of two major annual fundraisers for a local charity that provides help to Bedford County residents who have cancer, helping with non-medical expenses like groceries, utilities and rent/mortgage...
Be a Santa program helps senior citizens
This Christmas season, many seniors in Coffee, Franklin, Bedford, Lincoln, Moore and Rutherford counties who are alone or impoverished will receive some holiday cheer thanks to the Be a Santa to a Senior® program. Sponsored by the local Home Instead Senior Care® office, the program brings together area nonprofits, retailers, numerous volunteers and members of the community to provide gifts and companionship for lonely and isolated seniors...
Student Council members give back
The Community Middle School Student Council recently served at the Nashville Rescue Mission -- The Women's and Children's Campus -- on two different days. The volunteers were: Jennifer Bennett, Noah Bowling, Logan Brothers, Calley Hand, Amanda Lemmons, Anna Katherine Lemmons, Macie Lemmons, Katlin Leverette, Ethan Lohn, Zachary Lohn, Gracie Simmons, Heath Waterson and Destiny Young...
Habitat Ball prep begins
Tyson Foods, Inc. is a Silver Sponsor of the 2015 Habitat Ball to be held on Feb. 14, 2015. Committee members accepting their donation are Sheri Heflin, Shelley Jones, Tyson Complex HR Manager Robert Solano, Mickey McLean, and Linda Brown. The annual Habitat Ball is the major fundraiser for Bedford Builds Habitat for Humanity. (Submitted photo)
'If it saves one child....' Safety seat checks return to annual event
After a break of several years, child seat safety checks are returning to the United Way Child Safety Day, which will be held 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Oct. 25 at H.V. Griffin Park. Josh Carney knows all too well the value of a properly used and installed child safety seat. He said his sister, Amber Poynor, was rear-ended by a drunk driver in an accident...
Tree planting to honor victims of domestic violence
Survivors of domestic and sexual violence are strong, and a ceremony Friday will make that statement, one advocate says. The Haven of Hope, a regional domestic violence center, is planting a pin oak tree Friday in Shelbyville to honor victims/survivors of domestic and sexual violence. The planting will take place at 11 a.m. at Purdy Court Park, across from Food Lion...
Author to discuss domestic violence
Middle Tennessee State University will observe Domestic Violence Awareness Month with a special emphasis on the role men can play in stemming the problem. Tony Porter, co-founder and co-director of "A Call to Men: The Next Generation of Manhood," will deliver an address on the subject at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, in the Tennessee Room of the James Union Building on campus...
Sell crafts at T-G Bazaar and help others
Space is limited, so reserve your booth now for the Times-Gazette's craft fair on Nov. 22. The Outdoor Holiday Bazaar Craft Fair will be held from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Times-Gazette parking lot, 323 E. Depot St. Proceeds benefit the paper's Relay for Life team, T-G Press Power. Relay for Life is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society...
Bikers ride to fight hunger
Motorcycle enthusiasts looking for both a fun ride and a way to help people in need have the perfect opportunity to do both next weekend. The Liberty Lions Club will host their fifth annual Cruzin' for a Cauze Cauze We Care poker motorcycle run on Saturday, Oct. 18...
Empty Bowls Luncheon scheduled Oct. 23
Students at The Webb School will join other residents of Bedford County in handcrafting ceramic bowls as part of the fifth annual Empty Bowls Luncheon in Shelbyville. The event, scheduled from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 23, at First Baptist Church in Shelbyville, will benefit local charities Fresh Start Center and Women of Grace Ministries, according to a story submitted by The Webb School...
One extreme to another
Participants in the Bike to Jack and Back -- from Page High School to Jack Daniel's Distillery and back -- take a break at Eakin Elementary School. Ray Thompson of Roswell, Ga. stretches while riding partner Karen Harrison, also of Roswell, closes her eyes and relaxes. The ride benefits the fight against multiple sclerosis. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Rollins named to Boys & Girls Clubs Hall of Fame
On Sept. 18, the Boys & Girls Clubs in Tennessee held their fifth annual Hall of Fame Dinner. Five individuals from across Tennessee were recognized for their achievements and work with Boys & Girls Clubs. Shelbyville native Kelly G. Rollins was one of the inductees...
A brighter Christmas for America's soldiers
Some people groan when they see Christmas decorations in the stores too early, but there are some holiday preparations that can't wait until after Thanksgiving. Ashley Sand of Lynchburg is again conducting her "Christmas For The Soldiers" drive, in memory of Pfc. Tommy L. Curd...
Pink rack fights cancer
Times-Gazette Circulation Director Olene Standfield helps Chamber President Tonya Davis, left, find the merchant coupon in her newspaper Thursday during Business After Hours hosted by Shelbyville Automotive with Bedford Cancer Foundation. The Times-Gazette collected donations for the foundation through the use of its Pink Rack; people bought a newspaper from the rack by making a donation to the foundation. Local merchants had donated gift cards, which were placed in the newspapers...
Heart and souls touched by article
The October issue of Real Simple magazine, a Time Inc. publication with 8.3 million readers, features a Shelbyville family and their friendship with the man who received their son's heart after a fatal car accident. "Dear Donor Family..." by Richard B. Stolley, tells the story of what happened after high school junior Travis Donegan was killed in a 1993 car accident...
Working for Whitney: Co-workers aid ailing friend
A fund-raiser is to be held Saturday for a SCHS graduate suffering from a blood disorder. Shelbyville's Burger King will be holding a car wash and bake sale starting at 10 a.m. to benefit Whitney Neill, daughter of Alba and Kim Neill. A recent graduate of SCHS, the 18-year-old employee of Burger King has been diagnosed with a blood disorder called Mastocytosis, which has symptoms similar to an allergic reaction...
Fun mix: Work, pleasure, giving
On Thursday you can network with business owners and others and learn more about a charity that supports cancer patients in Bedford County. The Bedford Cancer Foundation will hold a Chamber Business After Hours to inform people about the organization's charitable work. Shelbyville Automotive is hosting the event on the charity's behalf -- franchise co-owner Jack Pirtle is a board member of the foundation...
Hot fashion helping others
Shelbyville firefighters show off t-shirts and hoodies they are selling to raise funds to fight breast cancer. Fire Chief Ricky McConnell kneels in front with, standing from left, Brandon McCullough, Chris Cartwright, John Young, Matt Doak, Josh Wilson, Clint Smotherman and Tim Dixon. The shirts are available in navy and pink. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Food Lion launches apple promo to help feed families
Food Lion is partnering with its customers to help solve hunger by launching specially marked Food Lion Feeds bagged apples for sale in its stores today. The effort will help provide 1 million meals to feed families facing hunger in local communities across the grocer's 10-state footprint...
Food helps save lives at Firehouse BBQ
Organizers estimated that the Firehouse Barbecue drew a capacity crowd of approximately 350 on Monday. "We hope to make a lot of money for life-saving devices," said Dawn Holley, chairwoman of the Firehouse Barbecue Committee at the Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce...
Sunday Conversation: Strayhorn advocates for the children
Wanda Strayhorn is the new executive director of CASA Works Inc. The non-profit organization advocates for abused and neglected children in Bedford, Coffee and Franklin counties. If you would like to nominate someone for Sunday Conversation contact editor Sadie Fowler at email@example.com...
A celebration of giving: United Way thanks supporters
United Way of Bedford County held its annual kickoff and appreciation luncheon on Thursday at H.V. Griffin Park. "This is a celebration," said United Way executive director Dawn Holley. The annual event serves several purposes. It's a wrapup luncheon for "Day of Caring" volunteer projects which took place Thursday morning, or earlier in the week. ...
Painting bras to fight cancer
They're not your normal works of art, but for some women, painted bras provide therapy in addition to helping fight breast cancer. Artist Becky Shelton is hosting a Painted Bra Party (yes, you read that right) on Sept. 27 at Antiques, Art & Collectibles Mall on the square in Shelbyville. The party is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and you may come at any time to paint. The fee of $35 will be donated to the American Cancer Society, Shelton said...
Sunday Conversation: Boys & Girls Club welcomes new leader
Brittany Montgomery, an Ohio native, moved to Middle Tennessee when she was young and has since then, become a true southerner. She attended the Boys and Girls' Club as a child and is now involved with the clubs as a professional. Montgomery was the Education Director of the Boys and Girls' Club of Rutherford County and has recently been named the new Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Bedford County...
Senior Center Month
September 2014 is National Senior Center Month. Shelbyville Mayor Wallace Cartwright is pictured with center director Sonia Miller signing a proclamation recognizing September 2014 as Senior Center Month in Shelbyville. Members of the center pictured with Miller and Cartwright are: Danny Collier, Bob Perry, Margaret Throneberry, Abbie Redden, Christine Johnson, Doris Smith and Glen Nelson. For more information about Senior Center Month activities at the center, call 684-0019. (Submitted photo)
Raise your hand and help kids
United Way of Bedford County is again seeking volunteers for the "Raise Your Hand Tennessee" program, which places volunteers in local schools for an hour a week to help children with reading. Volunteers can work one-on-one with a child, or they can work with small or large groups, depending on the preference they express when signing up for the program. The weekly appointment can be set up to fit the volunteer's schedule. All participants must agree to a background check...
Celebration lauds Smith with humanitarian award
Local scoutmaster, former assistant Shelbyville fire chief, and active Rotarian Franklin Smith was honored during the first Saturday night of the Celebration with the show's annual Evan Lloyd Adamson Humanitarian Award. "It was a big surprise," said Smith. "Everybody knew it but me."...
New fundraiser: Here's pie in your eye
Shelbyville has its own version of the Ice Bucket Challenge. The Ice Bucket Challenge is a national awareness campaign for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. The goal is to challenge friends, family and co-workers to pour a bucket of ice water over their head or make a donation to the ALS Association with in 24 hours -- or do both...
Dispelling myths to prevent suicide
The tragic death of Robin Williams has brought the issue of suicide to our nation's forefront once again. This loss of this man who brought joy and laughter to so many was shocking and a heartbreaking reminder of just how indiscriminate suicide can be...
Stars step out to fight cancer on TV special
Parade magazine, included with this Sunday's issue of the Times-Gazette, will include a special interview promoting the "Stand Up To Cancer" simulcast, a star-studded fund-raising effort which will air Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. local time on numerous broadcast and cable channels...
Strayhorn to lead CASA Works
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children) Works Inc. announces that Wanda Strayhorn has been named its executive director. Strayhorn has been with CASA Works over five years, including initially when it was affiliated with the Center for Family Development in Shelbyville. Now, it is an independent agency...
Suicide prevention begins one-on-one
The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network wishes to offer its condolences regarding the death of Robin Williams on Aug. 11. Mr. Williams was a beloved public figure, and his passing has triggered an outpouring of grief nationally and wall-to-wall coverage in print, television, and social media -- not all of it positive or helpful...
16-month old suffers from brain tissue deformity
A benefit for Chiari Malformation 1 patient Brynley Pruitt will be held 3-10 p.m. Sept. 6 at Bell Buckle Park. Brynley is 16 months old. According to her mother, Nicki Rhodes, Chiari Malformation 1 means that Brynley's brain is "too big for her skull, so it is being pushed downwards. ...
Head Start taking applications
All Bedford County Head Start programs are now taking applications for enrollment. Head Start is a free child development program for children and their families. Families should meet financial eligibility requirements or require special needs. To apply, parents will need verification of income and proof of child's birth. All interested parties may sign up...
Narconon offers help fighting addiction
Narconon would like to remind families that the use of addicting drugs is on the rise, take steps to protect your family from drug use. If you know anyone who is struggling with drug addiction get them the help they need. Narconon can help you take steps to overcome addiction in your family. Call for a free brochure on the signs of addiction for all drugs. Narconon also offers free screenings and referrals. You may reach Narconon at 800-431-1754 or drugabusesolution.com...
Too much to keep
For the past four years or so, Shiloh United Methodist Church in Wheel has had a community closet -- an outbuilding on the church property, featuring donated items ranging from clothing to household goods, which are sold at a greatly-reduced rate to those in dire need...
MTSU Student Food Pantry seeks donations
As MT One Stop coordinator Becca Seul explains how the MTSU Student Food Pantry is organized, it's easy to notice the empty shelf space around the wall. "The need has continued to grow, but the donations have slowed since we've moved to the new building," said Seul, founder and coordinator of the pantry. "We're trying to get people more aware of where we are so that we can get those donations back up."...
Stuffing the Bus
Volunteers were helping to "Stuff the School Bus" in front of Regions Bank Wednesday, collecting school supplies that will be distributed to 14 of the county's schools. From left: United Way executive director Dawn Holley, Vickie Hull of Regions Bank and Dusty Sewell. Other collection boxes are set up at a number of local business. (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
Job well done: Harrell made Boys & Girls Club 'best place'
A couple of weeks ago, local Boys & Girls Club director Roger Harrell experienced one of many moments that have touched him over the last four years. A child walked up to him, gave him a hug and handed him a piece of paper. It said, "The Boys & Girls Club is the best place to be."...
Feeding needy and warming hearts
One church took a turn at feeding the hungry this weekend, with people lining up at least three hours before the doors were scheduled to open. Christian Chapel Church gave out five pallets of food Saturday to approximately 100 households, said church volunteer Greg Music. The giveaway was scheduled for 8 a.m., but the church opened the doors at 7 because people had already lined up by the time volunteers arrived just before 5:15 a.m...
Stuff the School Bus returns
United Way of Bedford County's annual "Stuff the School Bus" collection drive is now underway; drop-boxes have been placed at participating local businesses. School supplies are being sought and are distributed to the 14 schools serving Bedford County children. For more information, call 684-6685. (Submitted photo)
Bedford County Imagination Library's goal is to provide a free book to any child 5 years or younger. Registration forms are at the library, pediatricians offices and day cares. Donations are appreciated; they may be taken to the library. For more information, call Luci Taylor at 931-703-6764 or at home after 5 p.m. at 931-684-2557...
Survey: Life's better for kids but help still needed
Kids in Tennessee are better off than they were a year ago, but there is still work to be done, according to an annual study. Tennessee rose from a ranking of 39th to 36th in a measurement of child well-being called KIDS COUNT National Data Book. Tennessee was among the five states with the biggest improvements since 2013...
Kroger hosts school supply drive
Kroger is hosting a School Supply Drive now through Aug. 5 to help support public schools in Middle Tennessee. Customers are encouraged to purchase a $6 pre-assembled school supply kit or any other school supply items of their choice and place the donations in the special drop-off bins at the front of the stores...
Donate school supplies at area Kroger stores
Kroger is hosting a school supply drive now through Aug. 5 to help support public schools in Middle Tennessee. Customers are encouraged to purchase a $6 pre-assembled school supply kit or any other school supply items of their choice and place the donations in the special drop-off bins at the front of the stores...
Feed and Fun Blowout registration in progress
The Summer Feed Program is holding a registration for its year-end event. The second annual Summer Feed and Fun Blowout will start at 9 a.m. on Friday, July 25 at the old Walmart on Madison Street. The event is open to all children who participated in any of the Summer Feed sites this season, said Benita Caldwell, executive director of The Center for Family Development. ...
Babies benefit from bike ride
A team of six bicycle riders trying to raise funds and awareness for a pro-life cause will pass through Shelbyville Wednesday as they make their way from St. Augustine, Fla., to Chicago. Becca Menke, a native of Murfreesboro and a senior at Auburn University, will be one of the riders in the "Biking For Babies" event. ...
Moose Lodge assists animals
During June, the Women of the Moose #1817 challenged the members of Loyal Order of the Moose #2197 to donate 1,000 pounds of pet food for use by Bedford County Animal Control, Shelbyville Animal Control, and Shelbyville & Bedford County Humane Association. The men met the challenge with the assistance of local businesses including Landers Tire, Joel's Tire & Brake, Cascade Collision Center, Molder Outdoor Power, Primetime, Shelbyville Lumber, Rob Gardner State Farm Insurance, and Jeff Reed. (Submitted photos)
Williams receives volunteer award
Gene Williams recently received the Governor's Volunteer Stars award. Williams has volunteered with the American Red Cross since January 2004. He has been a member of the disaster action team for Bedford County since 2004 and serves as the disaster action team captain. As captain, he responds to local disasters and provides help with shelter, food and clothing. Williams has worked with several disaster response operations and is a certified emergency response vehicle driver...
Youths of the month
Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County Youths of the Month for June.
USO funds collected by class
The Christian Warriors Class at Fellowship for Christ Church collected funds to sponsor USO care packages for deployed soldiers in honor of the July 4th holiday. From left: Taylor Poteete, Briana Ferrell, Shayla Head, Rylee Hooker, Allyson Jorgenson and Ciara Diduch. (Submitted photo)
Approximately 25 young members of First Baptist Church on Depot Street have been spending this week cleaning out a storage building on the property, Youth Minister Kenny Jamison said. He called the building "an absolute mess," but the teens seemed to have everything well in hand Tuesday as they salvaged wood to use for future projects. (T-G Photos by Brian Mosely)
Good Sam donation
Good Samaritan recently received a food donation of 3,894 items from Lowery Jewelers. From left: Sharon Lowery, Cathy Miller and Billy Lowery. (Submitted photo)
Star-studded game, comedy show July 26
Former Cascade basketball player Wayne Buckingham says he wants to give back to the community. Toward that effort, the former Clemson University and professional player has organized a celebrity basketball game that he hopes will become an annual affair. The game, the Bertie-Ruth Buckingham Celebrity Charity Basketball Game, will be held on Saturday, July 26, at Cascade High School. The game is named in honor of his mother, who died of cancer in 2000...
Florist touches many with her caring deeds
It takes a special gift to comfort people suffering their greatest loss and at the same time to help others prepare for one of the happiest moments of their lives. Leanne Moore, a florist, does just that. She has worked at Flowers for Keeps for 20 years, one of only three jobs she has held in her life. She started as a deliverer at the florist as a co-op student in high school...
Fresh food for Fresh Start: Garden serves several purposes
Depending on where you stand when you look at it, it can be a patch of tilled soil -- or a life lesson...
Fighting diabetes, one mile at a time
At the start of July, Paige Shelton will embark on a 447-mile journey -- and it won't be by a plane, train or automobile. She's doing it all on her bicycle to draw attention to a disease that's close to her heart. "I'm doing it for diabetes awareness," she said. "I have personally experienced this in my own family. My mother had health issues and died of heart failure, but she also had Type 2 diabetes and that caused a lot of health issues for her."...
'Positive energy': UT coach praises Boys & Girls Club
University of Tennessee fans, many decked out in orange and white, turned out by the hundreds for the chance to see and meet Volunteer head football coach Butch Jones Thursday night -- but the true purpose of the event was to honor and support the Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County...
Summer program offers free food
Free breakfast and lunch is always a good deal, and it's being offered this summer to kids 18 and younger. The USDA's Summer Food Service Program is offering the meals at a variety of sites across Shelbyville Monday through Friday, with the exception of July 4...
Day of Action brings reading to nature
United Way of Bedford County and Argie Cooper Public Library will host their annual Day of Action Friday from 9-10 a.m. at H.V. Griffin Park and encourage kids to come out and attend the free event. The theme is "Reading in Nature," and United Way executive director Dawn Holley said the suggested age range would be about 5 to 10 years old...
A few free fixes available for pets
An animal welfare advocate says that you may qualify to get your pet fixed for free -- for a limited time. The Shelbyville-Bedford County Humane Association has $500 in grant money remaining to fix pets, said Kimberly Warren. She is with SBCHA and is executive director of the Middle Tennessee Spay & Neuter Clinic...
Great Strides seeks volunteers
Great Strides Therapeutic Riding Program is looking for a few good volunteers. Volunteers should be at least in their teens, said Libby Golden of the organization. Great Strides provides opportunities for physically challenged children to ride and interact with horses...
Tough? Prove it! Adventure 5K returns
It's that time of year for a fun race for runners of all levels. The annual Fired Up 'N Fit 5K Adventure Challenge will be held this Saturday at the Tennessee Fire & Codes Academy. The race benefits the United Way of Bedford County and the Fallen Firefighters Fund...
Church, Filipino group give to God by helping needy
A Filipino-American group and a local church recently joined together to provide food, clothing and other items to people in need. The second Project Give Back to God was held on May 24 at the Bedford County Agricultural Center. It was sponsored by the Filipino American Association of Tennessee (FAAT), Samahang Filipino American sa Tennessee (SAFILAT) and The Church of the Anointed One...
Steps toward a cure: Relay for Life raises $26.2K
Although the Relay for Life walk concluded Saturday morning, the fight against cancer runs year-round. The Relay walk was held from 6 p.m. Friday through 6 a.m. Saturday. The event raised $26,200, co-chair Jennifer Smith said during the closing ceremony. Sharon Wachala is the other co-chair...
Water safety day
Water Safety Day in memory of Matthew Woods was held Saturday at Shelbyville Recreation Center's swimming pool. Austin Campbell, above. jumps in the pool after he checked for objects in the water. Lifeguard Madison Martin supervises the activity. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)...
Youth grow by helping needy
Youth Leadership Bedford's 2014 class is fighting hunger by planting a garden. The high school juniors planted a community vegetable garden Thursday behind First Church of the Nazarene. Both the adult and youth Leadership Bedford classes each year carry out a project. The garden is this year's youth project, said advisor Jennifer Templeton...
Relay for Life: Fun for all
Teams and individuals have been preparing for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life for months now -- but if only those registered participants show up, the event won't be a success. That's because the Relay For Life is as much a festival as it is a charity walk. Participating teams will offer food and attractions from their tents, and organizers need the public to come out and be a part of the event...
Angel Wings brings better health
Every third Thursday of the month, Shelbyville Church of God of Prophecy opens its doors for its Angel Wings program. On that day, the small church on West Lane Street distributes clothes and food for those in need. In May, the congregation added a free medical screening to Angel Wings...
Cascade Elementary supports Relay For Life
Anna Chamblee, a member of Jo Davis' fourth grade class at Cascade Elementary School, organized a school spirit week to benefit the American Cancer Society Relay For Life. She raised $647. Chamblee is the daughter of Terry and Samantha Chamblee; her mother is a former Relay For Life volunteer in Bedford County who now works for the American Cancer Society. Relay For Life will take place 6 p.m. May 30 through 6 a.m. May 31 at Bedford County Agriculture and Education Center. For more information, go to http://relayforlife.org/bedfordtn. (Submitted photo)
Menu: Steak, chicken... and football
University of Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones will be coming to Shelbyville Thursday, June 19, for the annual Steak & Chicken fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County. The fifth annual Steak & Chicken dinner gives UT supporters and Boys & Girls Club supporters alike to hear Jones' plan to return the Volunteers to prominence and to support a good cause at the same time...
Help for needy available May 24
Two groups and a church are joining forces to help the needy. "Recycled" clothing, household items, appliances and toys will be given away from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 24 at Bedford County Agricultural Center, Midland Road as part of Project Give Back to God. A car will be donated to Wounded Veterans of America...
Lions conduct annual vision checks
Each year the Shelbyville Lions Club screens 1,200-plus fourth grade and special education classes in the Shelbyville school system. In addition, they photo screen more than 900 pre-school children between the ages of 1 and 5 and offer screenings in local health fairs. ...
Lowery Jewelers puts the 'Bling' in food drive
Billy and Sharon Lowery, owners of Lowery Jewelers, 768 N. Main St., have announced the kickoff of a unique food drive as part of their 15th anniversary celebration sale. Customers and the public are invited to bring canned food to the store in return for "Bling Bling Buck Certificates."...
Summer food program announced
Johnson Residential Housing Inc. is again sponsoring the 2014 Summer Food Service Program, which is administered in Tennessee by the Department of Human Services under an agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The program provides free meals to children up to 18 years of age. Parents can call Mamie Johnson, 931-619-7752, to schedule transportation to these sites. Some of the times were stated incorrectly in a previous story; the Times-Gazette apologizes for the error...
Ewing retires from Caregiver Relief board
Ruby Ewing, left, a longtime board member of Caregiver Relief Program, has resigned. President Janie Burke presented Ewing a plaque for excellence in service to the program. Ewing served for over 12 years on the board. (Submitted photo)
Three weeks 'til Relay
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life in Bedford County will be held from 6 p.m. Friday, May 30, through 6 a.m. Saturday, May 31, at Bedford County Agriculture and Education Center on Midland Road. Although teams of walkers have been preparing for the event for months, raising money in advance, the event itself is open to everyone, and has a family-friendly festival atmosphere...
Food for needy: It's in the 'mail'
The annual "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive takes place nationwide Saturday, with members of the National Association of Letter Carriers picking up donated non-perishable food items as they make their normal rounds for the U.S. Postal Service. Locally, the effort benefits Good Samaritan Association...
Summer food program announced
Johnson Residential Housing Inc. is again sponsoring the 2014 Summer Food Service Program, which is administered in Tennessee by the Department of Human Services under an agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The program provides free meals to children up to 18 years of age...
Benefit held for Tucker
A benefit was held Saturday at Bo-Dock Valley Cowboy Church for Ruby Tucker, who has been diagnosed with Stage III lung cancer. The event featured gospel music, barbecue and auction items. Tucker, right, looks over silent auction items. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)...
Benefit held for Mills
The community turned out in force recently to support cancer patient Jody Mills. (Submitted photos)
Non-profits request funds from county
Bedford County Financial Management Committee heard non-profit agency contribution requests Monday morning and will, as usual, have to balance the needs of those agencies against the county's own ongoing budget needs. No action was taken; commissioners will hear budget requests from county agencies next Monday...
On the run
ABOVE: Competitors in all three Strolling Jim races -- the original 40-mile race, along with newly-added 20-mile and 10-kilometer races -- started simultaneously Saturday morning in the shadow of the Wartrace wellhouse. BELOW: The Footloose For Kids 5K was held Saturday in Shelbyville, starting and ending at the Celebration grounds, to benefit handicapped riding programs and scholarships for Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. (T-G Photos by John I. Carney)...
Lions Clubs helped restore woman's vision
Patricia Lawhorn was diagnosed with corneal macular dystrophy at an early age. She was told she would be around 40 before any major complications arose, but by the time she was in high school she could no longer see the blackboard very well and she could not distinguish stars at night. When she was 26, she heard about the new Lions Eye Bank in Chattanooga. She applied to them for help and after only two months, she was given the first tissue implant ever done at the eye bank...
Disc golf tourney on Saturday
Jody Shelton and Chucky Merlo show off two of the personalized discs that will be given to winners of a non-sanctioned charity disc golf tournament Saturday at H.V. Griffin Park. Team Faith in the American Cancer Society Relay For Life and Shelbyville Disc Golf Club will host the tournament, which will have both amateur and professional divisions and will feature 36 holes -- the park's existing course plus a temporary course, including some holes on the Eakin Elementary School property next door to the park. The object of disc golf is to throw special discs (smaller and thicker than your backyard Frisbee) into baskets like the one seen here. As in regular golf, the object is to complete an 18-hole course in the fewest number of shots. Registration for the tournament begins at 7 a.m. with a mandatory players' meeting at 9 a.m. For more information, contact Shelton at firstname.lastname@example.org. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
Tips for donating blood
Every day, according to the American Red Cross, area hospitals are filled with cancer and surgery patients, premature babies, accident victims and other ill or injured people who need transfusions to live. Blood cannot be manufactured, it can only come from donors and because all blood and blood products are perishable, the supply must be constantly replenished...
Passport to Manhood
Passport to Manhood is a Boys & Girls Club program that seeks to instill values and a moral compass in young boys that will assist them in their journey from adolescence to manhood. The boys attend a weekly meeting at the club and learn a different lesson each week. Those that completed the program graduated last week and received a special T-shirt. Those that scored highest on their post-test were treated to a dinner at Legends...
'It was my CASA': Former foster child helps others beat the odds
Tawny Spinelli, having survived a parade of foster homes as a child and then homelessness as an adult, served on a committee with other former foster children while a student at Vanderbilt University. She knew her own story, but she asked the others how they managed to beat the odds and rise above challenging, often tragic, circumstances. After all, only half of all foster children graduate from high school and only 5 percent of foster children go on to earn college degrees...
Hitting the road to fight cancer
Runners hit the streets of Shelbyville on Saturday for the 5K Race for a Cure to benefit the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Bedford County. Penny Barnes, left, pins the race bib onto walker Dylan Markum, as Cathy Demonbreum, left, and Cassie Crowell watch. The group was particpating for Barnes, who has survived pancreatic cancer for nearly six years...
Endurance & blessing: Through illness and tragedy, Peoples remains positive
A few days ago, Tammy Peoples took the morning off -- no work, no trip to the doctor, no trip to the hospital where her father is currently on life support as he fights bone marrow cancer. Instead, on this day, she and her teenage son Tate sat to reflect on what the two have faced over the last seven months...
Sunday Conversation: Children's advocate promoted to group's statewide leader
Lynne Farrar on Monday is leaving her job as executive director of CASA Works Inc. to serve in the same position with Tennessee CASA. On Tuesday, she will speak at the annual CASA Works luncheon. If you have someone you would like to nominate for Sunday Conversation please contact editor Sadie Fowler at email@example.com...
Mash Bash raises funds for Red Cross
Want to help out the local Red Cross and have fun at the same time? Tickets are now sale for the fifth Annual Red Cross Mash Bash event, to be held on Barbecue Hill at Jack Daniels Distillery in Lynchburg on Saturday, June 7 from 6-9 p.m. Red Cross volunteers are selling tickets for $40 per person or they can be purchased online at redcross.org/news/event/Mash-Bash-2014...
Banquet speaker beat the odds
A former foster child will share her experiences during CASA Works' annual free luncheon next Tuesday in Shelbyville. Tawny Spinelli aged out of the system at age 18 after spending most of her childhood in foster care. Now, she serves as an advocate for children who share a similar experience...
Memorial Day plans made by the heart of a servant
The following conversation reflects a Q&A interview with Gene Williams and the Times-Gazette. Williams, an avid local volunteer, is If you have someone you would like to nominate for Sunday Conversation please contact editor Sadie Fowler at firstname.lastname@example.org...
Meals on wheels
Mary Frances Gordon loads the second of two containers into the trunk of her car before making her rounds with the Meals On Wheels program. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Pizza Hut sponsored a pizza party for Boys & Girls Club members who made the A/B Honor Roll on their most recent report cards. Each child received a personal pan pizza for his or her achievement. Seen here are Laila Redman, Makia Woodard, Janeth Hernandez, Brianna LaBo, Tyler Moss, Logan Gunn, Camron Powell, Brandon Overstreet, Jayden Cooper, Caleb Marsh, Mikyla Lyons, Samora Brown and Mia Velasquez. Not pictured: Makaylee Ferrell, Dylan Marchi, Shane Nowlin, Mikalah Sims, Stephen Sims, Eve Speirs and James Turrentine. (Submitted photo)
Sexual Assault Awareness Month: a time to heal
When it comes to the subject of sexual assault, "we tend to look the other way," according to Melissa (last name withheld), a local advocate for victims of physical and sexual abuse. As residents of Tennessee, the state ranked No. 1 in violent crime in 2012 by the FBI, she fears that Bedford Countians are becoming part of a "rape culture."...
Letter to the Editor, April 10
Dear editor, A Big Thank you for all the support for the Caregiver Relief Program Fundraiser on April 1! We wish to express thanks to the United Methodist Men that donated all the pancake "fixins" and cooked a yummy dinner for us! The Thrivent members and Board Members that helped with all serving and donations. Thanks for all the community support also -- everyone that came to eat, buy and support our efforts...
Southside food drive
The Southside Student Council recently had a canned food drive for the needy. Front: Sophie Miller, Diana Campos, Ashley Tapia, Kailey Clark, Jacob Cooper, Logan McCormick and Cole Banks. Middle: Valynn Corley, Leslye LovVorn, Gracie Deas, Ashleigh Pridmore, Axel Grajales, Ryan Dye, Rylan Green and Lexi Bailey. Back: Back- Sponsors Brian Waggoner and Kyle Prince, Lakentra Norton, Daniela Alcala, Haley Newman, Makenna Lamb, Bayleigh Stovall, Hunter Morgan, Taylor Sexton, Mason Smith, Lukus White, Andon Warren and sponsers Angela Pridmore and Jan Hix. (Submitted photo)
Good deals ahead at T-G's benefit yard sale
"Shelbyville's Biggest Yard Sale" will be held Saturday and will benefit charity. The Times-Gazette is hosting the yard/trunk sale from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. The sale will be in the parking lot of the newspaper's office. The yard sale is a good way for people to experience numerous yard sales in one central location...
Pinwheels for Prevention: Child abuse awareness event planned today
April is National Prevent Child Abuse Awareness Month, and one agency is spinning its (pin)wheels to mark the occasion. The Center for Family Development will hold a Prevent Child Abuse Awareness after hours social for the public today from 5-7 p.m. at its office, 100 East Side Square. The center will provide information about child abuse and neglect and inform people what to do to help...
Need a job? Fair offers solutions
If you're looking for a job and don't mind commuting, Goodwill and the Department of Labor may be able to help you find employment. The Goodwill Career Solutions center in Murfreesboro will host a job fair from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16 for seven employers looking to fill thousands of positions in Rutherford, Davidson, Williamson, Bedford and Wilson Counties...
Red Cross honors local volunteers
During National Volunteer Week, April 6-12, the American Red Cross, Heart of Tennessee Chapter is celebrating its volunteers and the work they do to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies. A total of 4,462 volunteers serve with the Tennessee Volunteer Region. Nationally, the Red Cross has nearly 400,000 volunteers, which represent more than 90 percent of the Red Cross workforce...
Tax-Aide services available at Senior Center
Tax-Aide is a national organization of volunteers who prepare income tax returns for and provide assistance to middle to low income taxpayers with special attention to those 60 and over. All of its services are free. Tax-Aide helps people file their income tax returns easily, quickly, accurately and help maximize the amount of tax you might get back or minimize the amount of tax that you may have to pay...
Serious about fun: 'Hee Haw & Howdy' still in the cornfield
Hee Haw 'N Howdy packed all the excitement into one weekend this year. Saturday night was filled with anticipation and excitement as the audience filed into Central High's auditorium for this season's final performance. Renita Hill, music director, felt this year's success was due to those in attendance...
BackPack meals feed students on break
Spring Break -- That wonderful start of spring that every school child starts begins looking forward to as soon as school starts back after the holiday break. Sunshine, warm air, no homework, and so much more! But, if you are one of the 130 children in local schools who rely on school breakfast and lunch to possibly be your only meals, the 10 days of spring break may be anything but gleeful. Blessedly, the volunteer spirit is alive and well in the form of the BackPack Program...
Horse community fights cancer
The Tennessee Walking Horse community is stepping up again to help local cancer patients. The annual Walking for Cancer Horse Show will be held on Saturday, April 12 at Bedford County Agriculture Center on Midland Road. The show is the largest fundraiser for The Bedford County Cancer Foundation, an independent organization that provides financial assistance to patients in Bedford County...
Fallout falls back in again Saturday
The Fallout Teen Center is reopening its doors. The center will hold its grand re-opening at its new location, El Bethel Baptist Church, at 7 p.m. The center, which originally opened its doors four years ago, was started by the non-profit Bridge of Hope...
Honor Society benefits Relay For Life, nursing home
The Shelbyville Central High School National Honor Society Service Learning Leadership class recently delivered the scarves they knit between community service projects to residents at the Christian Care Center. Pictured, but not in order, are: Preston Brown, Sarah Coker, Allen Doyle, Courtney Hornaday, Amanda Jones, Madison Martin, Tiana Sanders, Ellie Smith, Garret Smotherman, Jonathan Smotherman, Shelby Smotherman, Karla Suazo, Alisha Tillman, Christie Tran and Heath Couser, Not pictured are Brittany Cook and Octavio Ayala. (Submitted photo)
Hee Haw & Howdy...and a good time, too
As a Bedford County tradition since the 1970s, Hee Haw & Howdy has always sought to provide a quality show for a good cause. This year's performances will be at Shelbyville Central High School on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. Judi Burton, team captain and director, is very excited about this year's performance...
Supporting Shonta Lamb
Southside 4th grader Lukus White wanted to do something to help Ms. Shonta Lamb. Lamb, a teacher at Southside, has been diagnosed with colon cancer. Lukus made a poster asking for people to buy blue bracelets and ribbons from Lynna Miller, Shonta's sister and fellow Southside teacher. The proceeds from the sale go to help with Lamb's medical expenses and the bracelets and ribbons serve as a reminder to "Pray for Shonta!" A benefit for Shonta took place last Saturday. Pictured: White made a poster to show support for Lamb. Lukus stands with Lynna Miller as they display a sample of the ribbons and bracelets that are for sale. (Submitted photo)
SHA upgrades funded by grant
Security cameras and new housing units are in store for the Shelbyville Housing Authority, thanks to $555,782 awarded by the federal government. The money was part of $48,011,184 awarded to public housing authorities in Tennessee -- out of the $1.8 billion awarded overall to public housing authorities in all 50 states, according to an announcement from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)...
Fundraisers hope for victory over Crohn's Disease
A few years ago, the Times-Gazette shared a story about a scared, young woman trying desperately to understand what was wrong with her. She'd experienced severe rectal bleeding since she was 16, but out of fear never told anyone. In fact, it wasn't until many years later -- after going numb and nearly passing out at work -- that she learned that there was a name for what she'd been going through all those years...
Youth step out for Kick Butts Day
Bedford County youngsters from the Boys & Girls Club joined thousands of peers across the country to take part in Kick Butts Day March 19. The national day of activism empowers children and teenagers to be leaders in efforts to stop youth tobacco use...
Wings benefit Boys & Girls Club
Tim York, left, Leonard Locke and Robert Solano of Tyson Foods prepare wings Wednesday night outside the Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County. Wings were sold to benefit the club. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
Fun on the menu
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life in Bedford County held its annual celebrity waiter luncheon on Tuesday, raising in the neighborhood of $7,000, although an exact figure wasn't yet available. The annual fund-raiser features local VIPs waiting on tables, often wearing zany costumes, and doing whatever they can to get tips, all of which go to the cancer society...
Benefit for Shonta' Lamb
A benefit for cancer patient Shonta' Lamb will be Friday at Blue Ribbon Circle. A barbecue dinner will be served beginning at 5:00 p.m.Tickets will be sold at the door for $7 per plate or tables can be purchased for $200. There will be a silent auction and a live auction; the live auction will start at 7 p.m. T-shirts, ribbons and bows will be sold to help support Lamb...
Donations sought for Sutton
Donations are being accepted for James Sutton of Shelbyville.
Sutton, who is out of work, has had three liver surgeries and faces another operation.
An account has been set up in his name at Traders Bank in Shelbyville.
Chicken wings tomorrow
Tyson's Robert Solano, Complex HR Manager, presents a $500 check to Boys & Girls Club members and Director Roger Harrell in support of the 2nd Annual Poultry Day Chicken Wing Cookout. Tyson's award winning "Grill Team" will be cooking wings at the Club, located at 1055 Madison Street, on Wednesday March 19th. You can pre-order your wings by calling 735-6525 or by email at BGCBedfordCounty@aol.com. Or, if you prefer, you can stop by the Club between 4 and 7 p.m. and pay for your wings on Wednesday (as long as they don't sell out). To place your order (6 wings/$5 or 10 wings /$7), or for more information about the club, call 735-6525. (Submitted photo)
'Big Payback' benefits nonprofits
The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee has started the official countdown to Middle Tennessee's first "The Big Payback." The Big Payback is a region-wide, 24-hour online giving event created to help Middle Tennessee nonprofits raise funds vital to continue their work, which directly improves the community around them...
Foster parent training offered in Columbia
For those looking to make a difference in the lives of children, becoming a foster parent provides a rewarding opportunity to help a child in need. Youth Villages is looking for caring adults in the Shelbyville area to open their hearts and homes as foster parents to children who have suffered abuse, neglect or abandonment...
Cancer survivors, caregivers honored
All cancer survivors, along with a caregiver, are invited to attend the annual Bedford County Survivor and Caregiver Dinner held by the American Cancer Society Relay For Life. The event is free for survivors and caregivers as a way of recognizing their struggle. It will be held Thursday, April 10, at 6 p.m. at Fellowship For Christ Church, 142 Richdale Lane. It will be an evening of food and fellowship with brief remarks from a survivor, a caregiver and a representative of Relay For Life...
Sunday Conversation: Holley is active in many areas of the county
Dawn Holley is a previous Sunday Conversation subject, but she's involved in so many aspects of the community that it's appropriate to check in with her again. T-G contributor Micky Pietkiewicz asked the questions. Holley's day job is as executive director of United Way of Bedford County, but she's also active in other organizations and programs as a volunteer -- from Shelbyville Rotary Club to the annual Nashville Symphony concert in Shelbyville, for which she's a long-time chair of the local organizing committee. ...
5K run benefits Relay For Life
The Calsonic Kansei North America team in the American Cancer Society Relay For Life will hold its annual 5K race, entitled "Keep Calm and Run On," Saturday, March 22, beginning at the parking lot of CKNA's facility on Calsonic Way at North Main Street...
Celebrity waiter luncheon planned
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Bedford County will hold its annual Celebrity Waiter Luncheon noon Tuesday, March 18, at the Blue Ribbon Circle on the Celebration grounds The event features local VIPs and other volunteers as "celebrity" waiters, serving their tables and playfully trying to encourage donations to the American Cancer Society. Each sponsored table has a gift basket or some similar item as a centerpiece, and the centerpieces will be auctioned off during the luncheon...
Health Insurance enrollment set
Pathways to Health and Community Clinic of Shelbyville & Bedford County will hold several information and enrollment opportunities for the Affordable Care Act. Both groups are non-profit organizations and neither sells insurance. Personnel will be available to assist citizens in enrolling in coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace, which was created by the ACA...
Fantastic season for local teams
Two district championships. A region title. Two second-place district finishes. A runner-up region finish. And two sub-state appearances. It's been quite the year for Bedford County basketball. On Tuesday night, the last team standing finished the incredible season in the Class AA sub-state match up featuring the Cascade Champions and East Nashville Eagles...
Hit the trail and help boys grow
"Run for the Ranch" is the theme of a 5K race on Saturday, March 22. "What better way to shake off the winter blues than taking a 5K trek?" said Jeff Sweeney, founder of Arrowhead Ranch. The annual fundraiser can be done as either a cross-country 5K run or a fun one-mile walk, meaning you can participate without competing to win, Sweeney said. The race will take place along the Duck River on the ranch's property at 239 Cortner Mill Road in Normandy...
Banding together for Janice
Nearly 200 people were fed Saturday evening at a chili supper which, along with an auction, benefitted local cancer patient Janice Wright. Wright, a retired school bus driver, is well-known in the community. Not only did she drive a bus for Wheel school and later Liberty School for a total of over 30 years, she worked at both stores in Wheel -- Bedford Market and Pit Stop. She and her husband owned and operated the Bee Line Market on Warners Bridge Road at one time as well...
A 'halo' for Mason
A stabilizer bar -- known as a halo -- was to be placed into the bone structure surrounding Mason Carney's head this morning to keep his neck properly aligned, his father Josh Carney said Wednesday. Mason is in stable condition at Vanderbilt Medical Center, according to his family...
Coupon request draws response
More people are pitching in to help Robert Woolbright's drive to provide toiletries to patients at the VA Hospital in Nashville. "Anything for them is a blessing. It's really helped," Woolbright said Wednesday while picking up items donated by customers at the Times-Gazette office. "I've had a good response and want to thank everyone."...
Goodwill's Wedding Gala offers discount dresses
Goodwill's fourth annual Wedding Gala is set for 6 a.m. until 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 15, at the Goodwill store in Rivergate. Already this year, Goodwill has more than 700 wedding gowns all priced between $49 and $399. Most of them were donated by area bridal boutiques and have never been worn...
2 nonprofits receive $4,000 in grants
The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee has awarded $4,000 in grants to two nonprofit Bedford County groups. The grants were: $3,000 to the Caregiver Relief Program of Bedford County and $1,000 to Middle Tennessee Spay and Neuter Clinic (MTSNC)...
Caregiver pancake supper planned
Caregiver Relief Program of Bedford County will hold its annual pancake supper on April 1 from 5-7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church on the square. The cost is $5, and the event will include a live auction, a silent auction and a bake sale. This marks the program's 21st year of service to Bedford County families caring for loved ones with Alzheimer's Disease. ...
Service to others rewarded at Chamber event
Educator Ardis Rittenberry Caffey was presented with the Franklin Yates Lifetime Achievement Award during Tuesday's annual Shelbyville & Bedford County Chamber of Commerce luncheon, while the Bedford County Longbeards chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation received the Deery Eakin Volunteer of the Year award...
MMC goes 'Bald in the 'Boro'
Murfreesboro Medical Clinic will sponsor its fourth annual Bald in the 'Boro event on March 14 at Lanes, Trains, and Automobiles. The event raises money for the St. Baldricks' Foundation, which funds childhood cancer research grants...
Letters to the Editor, Feb. 16
To my fellow Tennesseans: This letter is in regards to the disturbing statistics concerning our children. My name is Sharonita Liles and I am an active advocate for grandparents' rights. For too long, we as a society have watched quietly while our young children have been, and still are, mentally and physically abused, neglected and abandoned. ...
Pinnacle gives to United Way
Pinnacle Bank donated $500 to United Way of Bedford County on Monday. Pictured are Susan Pinkston, Jo Ann Fann and Judy Pruitt of Pinnacle Bank and Dawn Holley, executive director of United Way. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Driving Miss Mandy: Detective, single mother accepts a little help
Carol Jean is not one to accept charity. So when some friends told her they had started raising money to buy her a new van, she told them, "I'd rather not." "They told me right quick that they'd already started," she recalls. They told her something else, too...
MTSU poll: Tennesseans unsure DCS is protecting foster kids
More than twice as many Tennesseans say that the Department of Children's Services is not doing a good job keeping children in the foster care system safe than say that DCS is doing a good job, but most say they are unsure or don't know. Thirty-five percent of Tennesseans say DCS is not doing good job of keeping children in the foster care system safe. Only 17 percent say DCS is doing a good job. A plurality of 48 percent say they are unsure how good of a job DCS is doing...
Couponing for vets
Think of veterans and weapons, toughness and bravery come to mind. But for patients at the Alvin C. York VA Medical Center, a few thin pieces of paper -- coupons -- are making a big difference, with the help of a Petersburg veteran. Robert Woolbright, who participated in a couponing class held at the Times-Gazette last month, is using coupons to help cover the costs of boxes of personal hygiene items...
Built on the Word: Habitat house has solid foundation
A lot of Christians have used the phrase "standing on the Word" as a metaphor, referring to a reliance on the Bible as the basis of their faith. But the yet-to-be-chosen owners of the next Bedford Builds Habitat For Humanity house will be standing on the Word in a more literal fashion...
Youths aim to smash out hunger
High school juniors are trying to smash hunger by raising money to support a garden for people in need. Youth Leadership Bedford's class project is a community garden/food forest. The 14 juniors from Victory Baptist Academy and Cascade, Community and Shelbyville Central high schools are partnering with CROSS Shelter in the Smashing Hunger project, said advisor Jennifer Templeton...
Good eats for good grades
Last week, the Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County celebrated members who made the A/B Honor Roll with a pizza party sponsored by Pizza Hut. "We want to congratulate all of these children for their achievements," said club director Roger Harrell. "We would also like to say a special thanks to Pizza Hut for this special treat."...
WHTA coat donation
Mickey McCormick, president of the Walking Horse Trainer's Association, presented Kyle Turnbow of Shelbyville Central High School with around 50 jackets to be distributed to the local schools. "The Walking Horse Industry is proud to help the community see that children who are coming to school in these cold temperatures at least have a jacket to help keep them warm while they are waiting on the bus or walking to school," said Julie Lambert, on behalf of the organization. (Submitted photo)
Presenting... You! It isn't really hard
When the 2013-2014 class of Leadership Bedford held a local government forum last November, several speakers mentioned the importance of education to economic development. But Bryan Nerren, the class president, says he believes it's a misunderstanding to think that the county has an education problem. He says many of the 1,600 Bedford County residents who can't find work have a different problem...
Hundreds find jobs through Goodwill
Over 300 people in Bedford County found work in 2013, thanks to a record-breaking year for Goodwill Career Solutions. According to PR & Communications Manager Jamie Berry, 347 people in Bedford County were placed in jobs last year -- out of 5,615 total in Middle Tennessee...
Coated with love: Program to keep kids warm goes viral
Many times, things that some take for granted aren't the case for others. The difference could be as simple as putting a coat on the back of a child. Shelbyville Central graduate and current Middle Tennessee men's golf coach and associate athletic director Whit Turnbow had a touching experience last Friday morning as he drove to work that led him to tweet a message...
Reading between the lines
Tennessee fourth-graders have shown some of the best overall improvements in reading but also have a large gap between high- and low-income students, child advocates say. The Annie E. Casey Foundation KIDS COUNT Program released a report today analyzing 10 years' worth of education data. "KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot: Fourth Grade Reading Proficiency in the United States" is the title...
StrikeForce takes aim at a better Bedford County
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is expanding its "StrikeForce" initiative into Tennessee and three other states, and Bedford County is one of 53 Tennessee counties that has been targeted. "The StrikeForce strategy of partnering public resources with local expertise is helping to grow rural economies and create jobs in persistent poverty communities," said Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack in a news release last week. ...
Hunger in Bedford County: Many students lack food
More students' backpacks these days are carrying food in addition to books. The food is meant to tide them over during weekends and holidays when they do not have access to school meals. The numbers are growing, and the need is great. Twenty-eight percent of Bedford County children are deemed to be "food insecure," according to the U.S. ...
Anti-polio fight near big milestone
Multiple news sources reported last week that India, one of the most populous nations on Earth, hasn't had a case of polio in three years, and will therefore soon be certified as polio-free by the World Health Organization. That would have been welcome news to one of Shelbyville's leading citizens of the 20th century, James L. Bomar Jr., an attorney, state legislator and former president of Rotary International...
Habitat Ball sponsors
Southern Energy is a new Premier Sponsor of the Habitat Ball. Pictured are Diane Whitwell, Gary King, owner of Southern Energy, and Faye Womble. (Submitted photo)
Hunger in Bedford County: Handing out survival
Patricia Overcast is one of nearly 12,000 Bedford County residents who receive food stamps, and one of many more thousands who are trying to make it day-to-day in a time when a dollar does not seem to stretch as far as it once did. Overcast said she lives in government housing and is on a fixed income. Her Supplemental Security Income and food stamp benefits have been cut...
Relay For Life seeks participants
Teams are still being sought for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life, which will be held 6 p.m. May 30 through 6 a.m. May 31 at Bedford County Agriculture and Education Center on Midland Road. Relay For Life is not a race or a running event. It's the American Cancer Society's grass-roots fund-raising program, and there are several components to it:...
Grant helps public housing residents brighten futures
The Shelbyville Housing Authority was awarded a $49,037 grant Monday to help public housing residents gain access to education, job training and employment. It's part of nearly $16.3 million awarded nationwide by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) -- with $641,578 given to Tennessee...
New foster parent recruiter named
Youth Villages has named Michelle Ceylan of Franklin its new foster parent recruiter for the Shelbyville area. In her new role, Ceylan will be informing the community about Youth Villages' foster care program and providing free training classes for people in the Shelbyville area who are interested in becoming foster parents...
Bonnaroo grants available for non-profits
Administrators of the Bonnaroo Works Fund announced this week that the application deadline for 2014 grants has been extended until March 15. Established in 2002, the Bonnaroo Works Fund supports arts, education and environmental nonprofit organizations as well as a variety of community initiatives. To date, more than $5 million has been awarded by fund administrators; last year's award grants totaled more than $350,000...
Food funds needed
The holidays may be over, but the needs continue. Community Outreach Partnership of Bedford County, which has recently relocated, distributed 90 food boxes last month and is expected to pick up 1,600 pounds of food from Second Harvest Food Bank at the end of this week...
Craig & Wheeler is a sponsor of the 2014 Habitat For Humanity Ball. From left are: Ball committee members Debbie Donegan and Diane Whitwell, and Belinda and David Craig of Craig & Wheeler. (Submitted photo)
Food, money donations warm hearts of needy
"Stuff the Truck" -- benefiting the local Good Samaritan Association was such a success that another donation drive is planned for the summer months. A pickup truck bed full of food and a check for nearly $1,000 was handed over to director Cathy Miller Tuesday from Greg McDonald, sales manager at Shelbyville Ford Chevrolet Buick GMC...
Sharing Christmas with nursing home residents
Bringing Christmas to local nursing homes is a family affair for the Warrens. Christy Warren and her family held another successful year of Christy's Cuddlies for Clera. The 8-year-old mission provides toiletries, stuffed animals and other items for nursing home residents...
Bullying takes many forms
Childhood bullying takes many forms, some experts say. Contact Lifeline of the Highland Rim is a regional Christian 24-hour helpline free to residents of Bedford, Coffee, Franklin and Moore counties. The organization offers crisis intervention, referral and reassurance services...
Boys & Girls Club members like holiday treats
Members of Bedford County's Boys & Girls Club enjoyed a special Christmas party that included plenty of gifts, thanks to donations from Toys For Tots. Additionally, proceeds from the Walking For Angels horse show group provided Christmas packages for 30 members and their families who needed extra holiday help...
Orr to meet Gill; helpful friend receives her own surprise
Organ transplant advocate David Orr will be getting the last of his three major wishes soon -- and enjoying some country music at the same time. Orr's first two wishes, his wife Donna said, were for each of the lung transplants he received in 2006 and 2009. His last remaining wish, family friend Van Tune Vincent said, was to meet Vince Gill...
True Christmas spirit: Help pours in as minister, family lose home
The Christmas spirit is alive and well in Bedford County, as a minister and his family who lost their home to fire Saturday night can testify. "We've had people from all over the community helping us," Brian Lindsey, minister of Whitaker Church of God, said Sunday. "We've heard from people who have never been to our church. It's really a testament to our community."...
Civitan Club gives to 'Friends of Mandy'
Sandra Hughes of Heritage South Credit Union accepts a
donation from the Shelbyville Civitan Club, represented by
club member Mary Cathryn Perry, for the Friends of Mandy
Jean fund. Donors are raising money for a wheelchair lift
van for Shelbyville police officer Carol Jean, who must
lift her wheelchair-bound 20-year-old daughter, who has
cerebral palsy, into and out of her current van. For more
information, go to www.gofundme.com/friendsofmandy. (Submitted photo)
Spreading Christmas cheer
For the past four years the fifth-graders from East Side Elementary School have celebrated Christmas with their friends at the Shelbyville Skills Center. The clients at the Skills Center look forward to the visit from the kids. The students read "Twas the Night Before Christmas" and sang Christmas songs with their friends. Santa, also known as Johnny Reed, attended the party. There are always lots of hugs and smiles during the visit. The students brought cookies, bell necklaces, ornaments, and Christmas cards and pictures to give to their friends. (Submitted photo)
Help offered to students during break
There is a program in many regions known as BackPack. A BackPack is a package of ready to eat food geared toward children that is discretely received from their school's guidance counselor on Friday afternoon. This helps them get through the weekend when there are no school meals available...
Salvation Army volunteers ring out love
Ding, ding, ding. It's a sound almost anyone who has stepped foot inside a grocery store during the holidays can associate with giving. Rodney Guinn is one of the smiling volunteers working for the Salvation Army who cheerfully rings the kettle during his designated shifts at Kroger from Thanksgiving through Christmas...
Two CASA Works volunteers sworn in
Two new CASA Works volunteers completed 35 hours of training and were sworn in by Bedford County Juvenile Judge Charles Rich on Dec. 9: Mike Clement and Larry Fletcher. CASA Works helps abused and neglected children in Bedford County Juvenile Court and ensures that every child has the right to the safe embrace of a loving family...
For some, it's a blue Christmas
It may be telling that a few of the most memorable Christmas songs, at least the secular ones, are tinged with a bit of melancholy: "I'll have a blue Christmas without you ...." "I'll be home for Christmas, if only in my dreams ...." The song "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," written for the film "Meet Me In St. ...
Lending a helping hand
In the true spirit of the holidays, a group of local men have given Tammy Peoples of Shelbyville the perfect present as Christmas draws nearer. Their hope was to make life just a little easier for Tammy. Tammy, who recently lost her husband, is a former teacher who is now retired due to a medical condition. She uses an electric wheelchair, and until recently, had no easy access to her metal car port outside her home...
Goodwill donations help others, are tax deductible
As the year winds down, Goodwill's donations team is gearing up for its busiest time -- the final six days of the year. During that time last year, donation attendants assisted double the number of donors who ordinarily visit a Goodwill donation site during the course of a week...
Utility program assists those in need
Atmos Energy is encouraging its customers to help neighbors in need by participating in the natural gas provider's Sharing The Warmth program. "It's as easy as rounding-up the pennies on your natural gas bill," said Dan Alderson, Atmos Energy director of energy assistance. "That excess change goes straight into our Sharing the Warmth program, which can then be distributed to low-income residents this winter."...
Open house, photo fund-raiser planned
Shelbyville-Bedford County Humane Association is having a holiday open house on Sunday, Dec. 15, from 2-4 p.m. to showcase its building renovations. The Humane Association is at 905 1/2 Madison St. (behind the Department of Human Services). A representative from the Wartrace Volunteer Fire Department will be stopping by homes of Wartrace citizen in the days to come. ...
Charities continue to seek help
There are a lot of charities struggling to help local people this Christmas season. The ones that provide toys are especially struggling. Toys for Tots continues to put out the call for donations. "We desperately need help helping the children," said Kenneth B. Crowell, Toys for Tots coordinator. Crowell is a retired U.S. Marine Corps colonel...
'Wonderful Life' to be performed as benefit show
The South of Broadway Players will give free performances of "WSOB Presents: It's A Wonderful Life," an adaptation of the classic film as if it were an old-time radio show, at several different venues during the holiday season. No tickets will be required and there will be no admission charge, but donations will be accepted to purchase a wheelchair-lift van for Carol Jean, a Shelbyville police detective whose 20-year-old daughter Mandy has cerebral palsy...
Helping others: A feel-good gift
Some Bedford County residents are proving to others that Christmas and the holiday season are about more than just scrambling for the best deals in crowded stores. They are working hard to help those in need, but some of the organizations are struggling with donations...
Stuff the trucks...fill the hungry
The idea came to Greg McDonald in the middle of the night -- how to help families in need this Christmas season. "You know what, we just need to do some good," McDonald, sales manager at Shelbyville Ford Chevrolet Buick GMC, told co-workers. The concept is simple -- fill up two trucks with food for those less fortunate...
Pet adoption trees
The Shelbyville Central High School NHS Service Learning Leadership class decorated two pet adoption Christmas trees for the Shelbyville-Bedford County Humane Association.
You can adopt dogs and cats from these trees in the Antiques, Arts & Collectibles Mall on the square and at The Fly Arts Center. Pictured (in no order) are: Octavio Ayala, Preston
Brown, Sarah Coker, Brittany Cook, Allen Doyle, Courtney Hornaday, Amanda Jones, Madison Martin, Tiana Sanders, Ellie Smith, Garret Smotherman, Jonathan Smotherman,
Shelby Smotherman, Karla Suazo, Alisha Tillman and Christie Tran. (Submitted photo)
Toys for Tots
Marine Corps League Detachment 1128 Commandant Dave Uselton presents
Col. Ken Crowell, USMC retired, with a $500 donation to the 2013 Toys for Tots
Program. (Submitted photo)
Lights for Love kicks off campaign
One of Christian Care Center's annual holiday traditions supports the facility's residents and helps kick off the Christmas season in Shelbyville. Lights for Love is sponsored by the Bedford County Medical Association Alliance, a non-profit volunteer organization of physician spouses dedicated to promoting good health to all Tennesseans and supporting the medical community...
T-G gives to Cancer Society
The Times-Gazette donated a portion of its newspaper rack sales during the month of October (breast cancer awareness) to the American Cancer Society. T-G staff writer Jason Reynolds and business manager Becky McBee, both of whom are part of the newspaper's "Press Power" team in the American Cancer Society Relay For Life, present a check to Sharon Wachala and Jennifer Smith, co-chairs of the local Relay event. The "Press Power" team also held a bake sale on Wednesday, raising $381 for the American Cancer Society. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
Wills for Heroes helps ease burden
Emergency workers deal with enough stress in their jobs daily -- especially considering any call can be life-threatening. With that in mind, the Wills for Heroes program is being offered by the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division in conjunction with several Rutherford County attorneys...