Charity and social services
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...
Desperate pleas for holiday help
A local ministry is trying to give 800 children a merry Christmas. But it needs help. City Outreach Ministries has approximately $2,000 to buy Christmas toys on Black Friday, pastor Scott Horn said. "I don't know what we're going to do," he said. "This is the roughest year we ever had."...
Toys for Tots begs for donations
Toys are desperately needed for this year's Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign, organizers say. Only new, unwrapped toys are accepted. All are distributed to needy children in Bedford County. Dropoff points with boxes are Doak-Howell Funeral Home, Shelbyville Fire Department, Corner Cleaners, Shelbyville Power System, Century Mold, Cooper Steel, First Community Bank, Walgreens, Big G, Arby's, all in Shelbyville, and 82 Market in Bell Buckle...
They can, they did: Central students' food drive successful
Students at Shelbyville Central High School have wrapped up another successful year of feeding hungry people -- and animals -- with the annual Great Canned Food Drive. The school held its annual ceremony Friday in which it presented the donations to local charities. ...
Energy savings pays off for United Way
United Way of Bedford County recently received $10,000 through an energy conservation award. Daniel Kleindienst and the staff of the Bedford County Schools maintenance department presented the money to United Way. The money came from an energy award the department received through the TVA-EnerNOC Demand Response Program in partnership with Duck River Electric Membership Corp. ...
Bringing Christmas to nursing homes
Christy Warren plans to continue her mission of making the holidays a little brighter for seniors at local nursing homes. Warren is preparing for her eighth year of holding Christy's Cuddlies for Clera, a mission to provide toiletries and other personal items for residents in nursing homes...
Free smoke detectors available in drive
Free smoke detectors will be installed during a drive Saturday in several areas of Shelbyville, Bell Buckle and Wartrace. The smoke detector drive is a service project by the Cascade High School FFA with help from the Shelbyville Fire Department, partner agencies and volunteers, SFD assistant chief Brian Nicholson said...
Operation Christmas Child seeks contributions
New Beginnings Baptist Church is serving as a local drop-off location for Operation Christmas Child. Hours this week are: Wednesday-Friday, 5-7 p.m., Saturday, 1-3 p.m. and Sunday noon to 2 p.m. The church is at 2027 Madison St. The phone number is 703-9972...
GOP women give to Christian Care
Donna Key, activities director for Christian Care Center of Bedford County, was the guest speaker for this month's meeting of Bedford County Republican Women. The group supports the nursing home's activities and recently donated bingo prizes. From left are Carla Herbison, President; Key; Barbara Frisby; Maleigh Claxton; Sandy Still; Carolyn Baker and Charlotte Chrestman. The group meets on the second Tuesday of each month at The Coffee Break on the square. (Submitted photo)
Send money, not 'stuff'
In 2003, I took my first-ever foreign mission trip, to Nicaragua. Our team of short-term missionaries was being led by Amanda Van Deman, a long-term missionary based in Managua and working for a group called Christ For The City International (CFCI). Amanda was warning us about the difficulties that can result from our enthusiasm and desire to help...
Food for Second Harvest
Members of Shelbyville Mills Baptist Church sort bulk produce into individual bags to be given out during the church's Second Harvest food distribution. Saturday's food giveaway was the final one for the year, with the next distribution planned for January. (T-G Photo by Sherry Miller)
Quick action needed to feed Filipinos
If you're feeling helpless in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan that hit the Philippines last week, leaving countless people without food, shelter and other necessities, rest assured -- there's a way you can help. A Shelbyville organization is planning what it hopes will be a massive food drive to help the people of the Philippines -- and it begins today. Food collected this weekend will be packaged and shipped Monday...
First Presbyterian offers holiday shopping alternative
Christmas is a time for giving and as the Season approaches, our thoughts focus on just the right gift for the host of people to whom we give each year. For several decades, as the average American family's standard of living increased, Christmas evolved into a highly commercialized holiday driven seemingly by a "more is better" philosophy...
City Outreach Ministries plans Thanksgving dinner
A local charity says come out and enjoy a free Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday, Nov. 23. City Outreach Ministries will serve the free dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its center at 221 Burt St., said pastor Scott Horn. Everyone is welcome. This will be the only time City Outreach Ministries will sign up names for Christmas gifts for children 12 and under, he said...
Habitat helps vet own a new home
In May of last year, Bedford Builds Habitat For Humanity announced plans to build its next home for a veteran. A year and a half later, that project has finally come to fruition, as Daniel Smith, who served three tours of duty in the Middle East as a U.S. Marine, and his wife and daughter prepare to move into a new home on Nutmeg Drive...
Helpful relief at stressful time
"They really helped me," a Unionville man says of the Bedford Cancer Foundation. Jerry Deason's life came to a halt when he was diagnosed with sarcoma on his right hip. He worked for more than 20 years in the asphalt industry and was running a plant. His wife is legally blind, and when he became sick, he feared losing his home...
Bake sale cooks up caring
Support of local outreach programs is a long-standing tradition and an ongoing mission for the women of First Christian Church. Their bake sale benefitting outreach, to be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the church, has been a yearly fundraising event for as long as church members can remember...
Resource Agency moves
The South Central Human Resource Agency has moved its Shelbyville office and the Community Corrections office. The new location is at the Bedford County Business Complex, 200 Dover St., Suite 121....
Rotarians have words with area students
Dic*tion*ar*y, noun: something that can open possibilities for children; also, something the Shelbyville Rotary Club has been handing out for a number of years. On Oct. 23 and Oct. 30, members of the club -- assisted by members of local Interact Clubs -- presented dictionaries to each third grade student in local public schools. They awarded a $1 coin to the person in each classroom who could find a challenge word the fastest...
CDC helps kids at critical times
For over 40 years, the Bedford County Child Development Center (CDC) has been providing family-based early intervention services for children with developmental delays or disabilities. The program's objective is to identify children with developmental delays and disabilities at an early age so that it may provide educational/early intervention services to meet the specific needs of the child and family. ...
Domestic violence can be overcome
As Domestic Violence Awareness Month comes to a close, today has been designated as commitment day, according to information from Haven of Hope, the local shelter and resource center for victims of domestic and sexual violence. "Oct. 31 -- Make a commitment to never forget domestic violence victims," the newsletter urges readers...
Roofing promotion helps many
Professional Roofing Contractors recently used Facebook to give away a new roof to an Alabama woman, helping United Way in the process. Facebook fans of the Shelbyville company nominated themselves or friends at www.facebook.com/professionalroofingcontractors, with many entries received from homeowners in middle Tennessee and northern Alabama, the areas which the firm serves...
Purple purse drives domestic violence conversation
Is it a purse? Yes, but it's more than that. Is it a fashion website? Maybe, but not really. Is it a lifeline? Quite possibly. The purple purse is many things, but its goal is to get people talking about domestic violence. The PurplePurse.com web site initially looks like an online fashion magazine, but any woman who explores further will get information about domestic violence. ...
BBQ cooks up dollars for charity
A local charity will hold a barbecue cook-off and benefit in two weeks to raise money to give out holiday meals for Christmas toys for needy families. City Outreach Ministries needs the public's support to provide a Christmas and Thanksgiving to local families, said pastor Scott Horn. The charity's resources are stretched thin from a drop-off in donations and increase in need, among other issues, he said...
Poker run to benefit veterans charities
The annual bike rally and poker run to support veterans will be held Saturday, Nov. 9, starting at 82 Market in Bell Buckle. The event benefits the Wounded Warrior Project and the Tennessee Fisher House. A 2013 Harley Davidson Street Bob will be given away; check with the market for details...
Spooky on the streets
Things got downright spooky Saturday morning as ghosts, ghouls, clowns and Batman raced through the streets of Shelbyville in the sixth Spooktacular 5K. United Way of Bedford County hosted its annual fall run/walk Saturday morning, with the event starting and ending at the Celebration grounds...
CDC honors Stone, Enloe
Honoring years of service and commitment to the Child Development Center, Chesley Enloe recognized Donna Stone, who is retiring from the board. Her six years of service included outstanding service as financial secretary and quarterly review of all CDC financial reporting. As she retires from her position as CEO of First Community Bank, the CDC welcomes Scott Coconaugher to the board for a three-year term...
Empty bowls, full hearts at fund-raising luncheon
The handmade pottery bowls which give the Empty Bowls Luncheon its name represent hunger, according to Jay Pope of Fresh Start Ministries, one of two local non-profits (the other is Women of Grace) which benefitted from the event. The fourth annual luncheon was held Thursday at First Baptist Church on Depot Street. ...
Nashville Rocks... and fights cancer
Country music, horses and cancer benefits keep Alena Nicholson busy. Nicholson was up all night Wednesday with a sick horse, but that did not stop her from continuing to plan the Nashville Rocks Bedford County concert, which will be held Saturday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. at Calsonic Arena. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Bedford County Cancer Foundation...
Boys hit the road for a cure
Three courageous local boys are taking steps this weekend to raise awareness for Type I diabetes, also known as juvenile diabetes. Each has formed a team that will take part in Saturday's Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's (JDRF) Murfreesboro Walk to Cure Diabetes...
Jostens: United in giving
Supporting charity is more than simply an academic exercise to the workers of Jostens. The company has consistently been a major supporter of United Way of Bedford County, said the charity's executive director, Dawn Holley. "They are one of the top givers in the community and extremely supportive of United Way," Holley said...
Songs in the key of life: 'Music & Memories' returns
Fall in Shelbyville means Music 'N Memories, and the "Strength in Numbers" Relay for Life team has gathered some of Shelbyville's finest talent for another production. Covering several decades of music and fun, Music 'N Memories will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Shelbyville Central High School...
A new home for Jesica (with one s)
"The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock." Matthew 7:25 NIV The weather conditions were less than ideal for such an important ceremony -- but they seemed very appropriate, nonetheless. They proved a point...
Spooks run for life at annual 5K event
United Way of Bedford County will hold its annual Spooktacular 5K run/walk Oct. 26, starting and ending at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration grounds. Early registration ends this Friday, although walk-up registration (at slightly higher cost) will be available on the day of the run...
Bikers to hit road for food
The Liberty Lions Club and the Gold Wing Road Riders Association's Tullahoma chapter are gearing up for an annual charity motorcycle ride. The Cruzin' Cauze We Care/Larry Brown Memorial Ride motorcycle poker run will be on Saturday, Oct. 12. This will be the ride's fourth year...
Hungry to help others? Giving's reward will bowl you over
The fourth annual Empty Bowls Luncheon, which this year will benefit Fresh Start Center and Women of Grace, will be held Thursday, Oct. 17, at First Baptist Church on Depot Street. Those attending the fund-raiser will take home a pottery bowl hand-made by students from The Webb School. Although potato cheese soup, prepared by the Legends Steakhouse recipe, is the luncheon's main course, it's served separately, so that the handmade bowl can be taken home clean and unused...
Kids 'n Boots - and running shoes
Midland Heights Baptist church recently hosted its inaugural Kids 'n Boots 5K Run. Money raised from the 5K is helping send six people from Midland Heights Baptist Church to Romania where they will be visiting orphanages and putting new socks and boots on the children just in time for Christmas...
Benefit scheduled Friday for Mark Kelly Olson
Mark Kelly Olson needs your help to help him in battling cancer. A benefit for Mark Kelly will be held Friday at the Bedford County Agriculture Center. He has Very High Risk Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. A barbecue supper starts at 5 p.m. A live auction begins at 7 p.m. and features guitars signed by George Strait and Dustin Lynch. A silent auction is scheduled as well...
Community serves others
The Student Council at Community Middle School has been busy this year. They delivered wagons loaded with games and supplies to Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. They also served dinner, emptied trays, washed pots and pans, and more at Nashville Rescue Mission's women's and children's campus...
Lowe's helps local humane shelter
Employees of Lowe's in Shelbyville, as part of the Lowe's Heroes program, volunteered their time to make major repairs and improvements to the Shelbyville & Bedford County Humane Association shelter facility. "It looks completely different," said Shelter Manager Leigh Clark. "It does not look like the same room at all."...
Help mold a life
Out of the 50 to 55 children who attend the Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County's after-school program each day, about 30 come with homework. In some cases, their parents are ill-prepared to help them with that homework, and their best chance of getting it done is the club's "Power Hour," from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday...
Woodmen chapter gives to schools
Betty and Jim Brown, right, present a check for $200 to David Parker, principal of Cascade Middle School. The Browns are members of Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society, Chapter 6297, which donated $200 to every public school in Bedford and Coffee Counties to help with the purchase of supplies for needy students. (Submitted Photo)
Local Relay For Life team lauded as '14 planning kicks off
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life held a team rally Tuesday night at First Christian Church to kick off fund-raising for the 2014 Relay, which will be held May 30, 2014, at Bedford County Agriculture and Education Center. It was announced that the local Walmart team in the 2013 Relay For Life team was the number four Walmart-affiliated Relay team in the nation, and number one in Tennessee, raising $31,178 during the 2013 Relay year, which ended Aug. 31...
United Way holds appreciation luncheon
United Way of Bedford County held its annual appreciation luncheon Thursday at H.V. Griffin Park, thanking local employers for their support of the 2012 fund-raising campaign and looking towards the upcoming 2013 campaigns that are about to get underway...
Relay for Life plans first rally for 2014
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Bedford County will hold its first team rally for the 2014 Relay year at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, in the fellowship hall of First Christian Church on Madison Street. The meeting is open to anyone interested in joining or forming a Relay For Life team...
The Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County ended their summer program with a Kids College contest. Kids College is an educational computer program that helps to enhance reading, math and science skills. The top six members with the highest scores received $25 Wamart gift cards donated by various businesses and members of the community. ...
Leadership Bedford celebrates playground completion
Leadership Bedford on Wednesday celebrated the completion of a playground for the Boys and Girls Club of Bedford County. Class members, in no particular order, are: Ashley McReynolds; Amanda Hermann; Don Hicks; Jay Johnson; Mike McGuire; Pam Galbreth; Jennifer Templeton and William Moore. Club board members are: Barry Childers, Janie Childers and Jennifer Jarrell. Also pictured are Roger Harrell, club area director and Kay Adcock of Adcock Construction, whose workers helped. Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville HVAC students (not pictured) helped: Harold Biggers; Conard Harris; Brian Adams; Sherman Childers; Langston Taylor; Vernon Byars and Drew Andreason. HVAC instructor Bruce Nelson helped as well. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Boys & Girls Club benefits from Dollar General grant
Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County has received a $3,000 Youth Literacy grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. The grant will support the club's Kids College program which provides children with innovative, fun learning educational experiences, said Roger Harrell, area director of the club...
'A desperate plea for help': Food donations needed as shelter reaches capacity
An agency that is accustomed to helping others is needing some help of its own. CROSS Shelter Project, Inc. is a non-profit organization that has been serving the poor and homeless of Bedford County for a little over five years. CROSS is an acronym for Community Religious Outreach Social Services...
Humane Association thanks donors
The Shelbyville Bedford County Humane Association would like to thank the following individuals for their special donations: James and Edna Burke in memory of Garner Pitner; Immelda Feldhaus in memory of James Brown Jr.; Mary Ann Dunlap in memory of James Brown Jr.; Patricia Parker in memory of James Brown Jr.; Trisha Henegar and Laurie Perry in memory of Tipper Lewis; Kelly Vincent in memory of James Brown Jr.; Billie Crowell in memory of James Brown Jr.; James and Edna Burke in memory of Garner Pitner; Thomas & Brenda Cooper in memory of James Brown Jr.; Gloria Throneberry in memory of John Pylant; Susan Parker in memory of James Brown Jr.; Billy & Sharon Lowery in memory of Lynda Crews; Dorothy Warren and David Hamontaller in memory of Mickey Ray; Ralph Allen in memory of Mary Norton; John T. ...
Church helps feed families
The line started well before the doors opened to First Baptist Church Thursday, as hundreds of folks waited for the Manna Mission food truck to be unloaded. It's the second event the church has held this month, and according to associate pastor Jeff Rasnick, a truck from Second Harvest Food Bank dropped off tons of items to be given away to the community...
Red Cross rewards blood donors as summer winds down
With the arrival of Labor Day and the unofficial end to summer, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to roll up a sleeve and give blood or platelets to help ensure sufficient supplies over the holiday weekend. Those who present to donate between Aug. 27 and Sept. 9 could win one of five $1,000 American Express gift cards, and all donors will walk away with the instant gratification that they may be helping to save more than one life...
'I Am What I Am' helps fight autism
The I Am What I Am Music Festival will return Saturday for its second year of benefiting autism groups. The all-day festival at the Bedford County Agriculture Center will start at 10 a.m., with gates opening at 9:30. Ninety percent of the funds will benefit the Bedford County Association for Exceptional Students to provide activities for the Aut 2 Be Kids group. Ten percent of proceeds will go to the Autism Society of Middle Tennessee...
Next Step Home closes, but Women of Grace fills the gap
Even as one door closes for women who are fighting to recover their lives, another door is opening to help women succeed. Next Step Home has finished serving women who have been released from jail or recovering from drug or alcohol addiction and is closing...
Relay For Life returns to 12-hour format
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Bedford County will return to a 12-hour format in 2014, after experimenting with an 18-hour format for the past two years. The event is planned for 6 p.m. May 30 through 6 a.m. May 31, 2014, at Bedford County Agriculture and Education Center. The organizing committee met Tuesday night to discuss plans for 2014 and to review survey results of this year's participants...
'Music and Memories' cast sought
Tryouts for "Music and Memories," a benefit revue for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life, will be held 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, and Sunday, Aug. 11, at House of Prayer, 865 Union Street. Singers should bring their own music; scripts will be provided for cast tryouts...
Benefit golf tournament sold out
The T-PGA Pencil Country Classic at River Bend Country Club on Aug. 5 is sold out. The Child Development Center deeply appreciates the community's support in providing services for children with developmental delays.
Cancer walk-a-thon planned for Sept. 13
Multi-County Cancer Support Network will hold its annual Walk-A-Thon Friday, Sept. 13, at the football stadium at 839 Dinah Shore Blvd. beside the Franklin county annex building in Winchester. The group provides assistance to cancer patients in Bedford, Coffee, Franklin, Grundy, Marion, Lincoln, Moore, and Warren counties...
Second Harvest food giveaway
The line for the food stretched around the side of First Baptist Church during a food giveaway. (T-G Photo by Logan Butts)
We've got your back(pack), group shows students
The first annual Summer Feed and Fun Blowout last Friday was a success, organizers say. The event was held at Nothing But God (NBG) Ministries, the old Walmart on Madison Street. The day camp was organized by the Center for Family Development, Johnson Residential Group (the Summer Feed Program) and Luke Faulk's Nothing But God Ministries...
Community supports Connie Davis fundraiser
The community turned out in force Saturday to show support for Connie Davis during a fundraiser at Champions Arena at the Celebration grounds. Family and friends of Davis organized the benefit, which included a popular dunking booth, cornhole tournament, auction, dinner, live music and a "womanless" beauty pageant...
When words come...
Logan Blade is gifted with music. The 21-year-old, who has autism, will share his gift Sunday when he sings at Fellowship for Christ's 10:45 a.m. service. The Blades live in Culleoka, near Columbia. He will also share his gift on Aug. 17 at the second annual "I Am What I Am Music Festival and Benefit for Autism," said his mother, Darlene Blade...
Helpers, $$$ needed for backpack drive
A backpack giveaway will be held Friday, and organizers still need last minute donations. The Summer Feed and Fun Blowout will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the old Walmart, 1250 Madison St. The day camp is organized by the Center for Family Development, Johnson Residential Group (the Summer Feed Program) and Luke Faulk's Nothing But God Ministries (NBG). The old Walmart is being converted into an NBG facility...
Stuff the School Bus
Deann Haywood, left, talks to Heather Vandenbusch of Regions Bank before donating supplies to United Way of Bedford County's Stuff the School Bus campaign. United Way accepted donations Wednesday in front of the bank on the square and will accept donations of money or supplies from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at Atmos Energy on Lane Parkway. Dawn Holley, United Way's executive director, said the supplies will be distributed to Bedford County's students through individual schools. Various businesses are accepting supplies on behalf of the program as well. For more information, contact United Way at 684-6685 or firstname.lastname@example.org. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
School stuff for the bus
Over the past six years, United Way of Bedford County's "Stuff The School Bus" program has collected over 40,000 school supplies for Bedford County children who needed them, according to United Way executive director Dawn Holley. The program is active again this summer, preparing for the 2013-14 school year. Preliminary drop box locations are now open, and the big school bus collection sites will take place over the next two weeks...
Special day for students
Before students return to school in August, a coalition of community groups plans to feed 500 of them and provide backpacks and other school supplies. The day camp event, called Summer Blowout, is planned for 9 a.m. on July 26 at the old Walmart building, 1250 Madison St. But before then, organizers need the community's help in raising $5,000...
Reading in Action boosts program
Summer fun continues tomorrow at Argie Cooper Public Library. "Reading in Action" will take place from 9 to 10:30 a.m. The event aims to raise awareness of the local Raise Your Hand Tennessee Program, which kicked off locally during the last school year...
B & G Club's success mirrors town's big heart
What a special evening it was! I had the opportunity to attend the Bedford County Boys & Girls Club's annual Steak & Chicken dinner fundraiser on Monday night and was very impressed. Vanderbilt football coach James Franklin was outstanding as the keynote speaker and it was great to see the support the club has received from this community...
Roofer to help family in need through web
Professional Roofing Contractors, a leading roofing contractor in Middle Tennessee, has announced that it will award a free roof replacement to a local homeowner who cannot afford to purchase one, based on personal financial circumstances. The company will accept photo entries on its Facebook page between until Aug. 5, 2013. Three finalists will be...
Boys & Girls benefit features VU coach
Vanderbilt Commodores head football coach James Franklin will be in Shelbyville Tuesday June 18, and he's having chicken for dinner. Franklin is the special guest speaker for the fourth annual Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County Steak & Chicken dinner, which will start at 6 p.m. at the Blue Ribbon Circle Club on the Celebration grounds...
Suicide awareness training program scheduled
It's the only cause of death that's completely preventable, and on Saturday, you can learn how to help save a life. Contact Lifeline of the Highland Rim, the local 24-hour crisis center, will hold an open house and free suicide awareness training at Victory Baptist Church, 2000 North Main St., from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Lunch will be provided...
'The Longest Day' benefits Alzheimer's Association
Caregiver Relief Program of Bedford County is urging participation in the Alzheimer's Association fundraiser "The Longest Day." The Longest Day, held on June 21, is a sunrise-to-sunset team event honoring those who face Alzheimer's disease. Teammates work out a schedule to complete 16 hours of activity -- which could be running, dancing, swimming or what have you. ...
Water Safety Day held
Participants at the "Find a Lifeguard" station use visual clues to identify the lifeguard ducky among all the others at Saturday's Water Safety Day. The event is held in memory of drowning victim Matthew Glenn Woods, and is a partnership between Shelbyville Parks and Recreation Department, United Way of Bedford County and Shelbyville Fire Department. (T-G Photo by Sherry Miller)
T-G grill winner
Theresa Hillis of Bell Buckle won the Sears grill given away by the T-G's team Press Power during last weekend's American Cancer Society Relay For Life. From left: Hugh Jones, Hillis, Allen and Becky McBee, and William Mitchell. (T-G Photo by Marcus McBee)
Drowning is the second leading cause of injury-related deaths of children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Three local organizations and one courageous mom are working to change this statistic. "For me it's personal," said Tiffany Rollins. "Had I been more aware of safety measures, maybe my son would be alive today."...
Encouragement, food on Relay for Life menu
Visitors to the American Cancer Society Relay For Life, coming up this weekend at Bedford County Ag Center on Midland Road, will have their choice of tasty treats from fish and chips to muffins to thick-sliced bologna sandwiches, and everything in between...
Kids' place grows up: Boys & Girls Club reaches maturity with full programs
It's been a little more than two years since the Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County opened its doors, and area director Roger Harrell is happy to report the community's youth can finally enjoy a fully thriving club....
Local bank to help tornado victims
Peoples Bank of Bedford County will be accepting donated items for the tornado victims in Oklahoma. An enclosed trailer will be the bank's parking lot that the items will be loaded into and then carried to Nashville to Churches of Christ Disaster Relief. The church is located at 1122 N. Main St...
All welcome to Relay for Life
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life in Bedford County will be held 6 p.m. May 31 through noon June 1 at Bedford County Ag Center on Midland Road, and organizers stress that the event is for the general public, not just for those who have signed up on participating teams...
Victim of drunk driving accident organizes benefit
A Shelbyville woman who is a paraplegic is working to scrape together enough money to buy a van and make it handicap-accessible. Laurie Swing has been in a wheelchair since she was 13 months old. A drunk driver placed her there in 1965. Her mother, Betty Lamb, was driving one evening along Old Murfreesboro Highway from Bell Buckle to Shelbyville to pick up Laurie's father. ...
Calsonic to hold poker run for Relay For Life
Calsonic Kansei North America will have its first annual Poker Run for Relay For Life on May 18. A poker run is an event where participants use motorcycles or other means of transport and visit five checkpoints, drawing a playing card at each site. The goal is to have the best poker hand at the end. There is a time limit, but participants are not timed...
Just shufflin' along for a good cause
What promises to be an evening of pure fun and entertainment for local residents is being held for a serious cause. The 8th Annual First Choice Pregnancy Center Fish Fry will be held Saturday from 3:30-7 p.m. at 1198 Whiteside Hill Road. The event is held annually at Walnut Ridge Farm, owned by Barry and Pam Cooper of Shelbyville. Pam is the client services director for the First Choice Pregnancy Center...
Tools to live by: Couple helps build lives
Obeying God's will is not always an easy task, but it seems one local couple would have it no other way. Robert and Jennifer Drawdy of Shelbyville have tried to listen to each calling that God has put on their lives, and are making the difference in others' lives as a result...
Growing familly entertains seniors
For about eight years, one family as dedicated their time and musical talents to a local rehabilitation center, socializing, visiting and playing music for the elders who live there. "The Collard family is very special to Glen Oaks," said administrator Daniel Richmond. ...
Funding requests kick off
Shelbyville's budget process has begun, with a variety of social service agencies and non-profits making their annual presentations to the city council Thursday asking for a total of nearly $300,000 in donations. Twenty-five organizations asked for $292,039, an increase of 14.2 percent over last year. The requests came from state-affiliated programs, non-profit charitable agencies, community organizations and other groups...
United Way: Reaching out
United Way of Bedford County (UWBC) provides resources to local health and human service agencies, reaching people from all walks of life, all income levels and -- truly - all age groups. "It's really from cradle to the grave," says UWBC executive director Dawn Holley, referring to the array of services provided by Bedford County agencies who partner with United Way...
Next Step Home's first college graduate
Representatives of the Next Step Home say that Frances Edwards has become the program's first college graduate. Edwards came to the home in November 2009. "As most of our residents are, she came to us badly broken and beaten up spiritually and emotionally from her addiction," according to a news release. ...
Stamping out hunger: Mail carriers to take donations
The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), with the support of Campbell Soup Company and United Way of Bedford County, among others, will hold its annual "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive on Saturday, May 11, to benefit Good Samaritan Association...
Grill to be awarded in Relay fundraiser
The Times-Gazette is teaming up with a local retailer to raise awareness and money for the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life. The newspaper is offering one free entry per household for a drawing that will land one person with a brand new Kenmore 4 burner gas grill, donated by Sears Hometown Store in Shelbyville and local owner Mike Winton...
Church spreads love -- and 18,000 pounds of food
Several people who received donated food Monday morning said they felt blessed because of strangers' generosity. "It's nice to know that people care enough to feed you," Jessica Hord said. First Baptist Church on East Depot Street gave away 18,000 pounds of food from Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. Pastor Kevin Minchey estimated between 200 to 250 people went through the line, with an estimated impact of 1,000 people served in their households...
Next Step ladies give back this Mother's Day
Does your mother want a Mother's Day gift that requires no dusting or watering? A charity has the perfect suggestion. Next Step Home is offering a Mother's Day-theme acknowledgement card to anyone making a minimum suggested donation of $20. If you donate to support the charity, the card will be mailed to the person of your choice as an "in honor of" or "in memory of" acknowledgement of your donation. The cards were designed by Jenna Henderson...
Rotarians honor gift of life
David Orr of Shelbyville shares an old saying with anyone who will listen. The saying: "Don't take your organs to heaven because God knows we need them here." Orr was one of two guest speakers during the Shelbyville Rotary Club's Organ Donor Coffee held Tuesday at the Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce...
World Book Night observed
World Book Night was celebrated Tuesday at the Bedford Boys and Girls Club. Shelly Gray gave middle schoolers a copy of "Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life," by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts. World Book Night U.S. is a celebration of books and reading on April 23, when 25,000 volunteers across America, the U.K., Ireland and Germany donate more than 2.5 million books to more than 80,000 people who do not regularly read. Shown in no particular order are: Jaylon McCree; Solomon Green; Danielle Buckingham; Jeremi Powell; Dakota Nicholas; Chancie Wicks; Buddy Buckingham; Brooklyn Steverson; Gillian Tucker and Shelly Gray. Gray also serves as president of the Bedford County Imagination Library. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Non-profits seek county donations
Local non-profit agencies presented their contribution requests to Bedford County Financial Management Committee on Tuesday, as the committee begins the county's budget process for the 2013-14 fiscal year. It's likely to be a tight budget year for the county, with cutbacks in state and federal funding and the prospect of major capital projects on the horizon, but the committee did get a little good news on Tuesday: county property tax collections actually had a strong month in March, with some taxpayers who missed the Feb. ...
Head Start is successful, and free
There's a program in Bedford County geared toward preparing children for kindergarten that some qualified individuals may not know about, officials say. Head Start and Early Head Start is a free child-development program, serving families with children ages six weeks to 5 years old...
Child cuts hair to help cancer victims
A woman and her daughter are trying to make a difference for children one hair cut at a time. On April 13 Rachel Mills-Eli cut off 13 inches of her hair to donate to a child as part of the Locks of Love project. Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis, according to the group's web site. ...
Next Step Home again honors mothers
Mother's Day is just around the corner and what a wonderful time to remember those special women -- past and present -- who have filled your life with love. Many of the women in our lives say they don't want anything else that has to be dusted, watered or returned for a better fitting. Those same women have hearts as big as all out doors and are always ready to do for others...
Next Step Home again honors mothers
Mother's Day is just around the corner and what a wonderful time to remember those special women -- past and present -- who have filled your life with love. Many of the women in our lives say they don't want anything else that has to be dusted, watered or returned for a better fitting. Those same women have hearts as big as all out doors and are always ready to do for others...
A true survivor: Childhood of abuse leads to adulthood of helping others escape
An advocate for abused children shared horrific details from her own heart-wrenching childhood during a fundraiser Monday for CASA Works. The non-profit agency held its fourth annual CASA Works Inc. Bedford County Luncheon at First Baptist Church on East Depot Street...
Colorful bear makes friends, teaches lessons
Goodwin recently returned from a trip to the beach. So far, he's visited all but two continents. 3-Goodwin now travels with Bedford County families, bringing geography lessons into the schools, but his adventures began many years ago, with Rutherford County families. Here, he's pictured at school with one of his earlier friends, Tom...
Let's talk about it: Sexual Assault Awareness Month
"Sexual assault ... it hurts, but it is okay to talk about it." That simple statement, made by a local sexual assault survivor, seems to sum up the philosophy of one Bedford County agency whose mission is to provide assessment, counseling and advocacy to these victims...
Geranium sale planned
The Wheelbillys team in the American Cancer Society Relay For Life is holding a geranium sale. Orders will be accepted before Sunday, April 21, for pickup or delivery on May 3-4. Red, white, pink or salmon plants are available. For more information, call Sherry Brown at 684-8727...
CASA Works Luncheon signup deadline nears
Monday is the last day to register for the fourth annual Bedford County CASA Works Luncheon. The free luncheon on April 22 is a way to celebrate a year of accomplishments and provide a look forward to next year, as well as raising awareness and inspiring people to donate or volunteer, said Mindon Whalen, Americorps VISTA development coordinator for CASA. April also is Child Abuse Prevention Month...
Pennies -- and bears -- for prevention
Teddy bears and pennies can fight child abuse. That's Tracy Blessing's message. Blessing is holding her fifth annual Pennies for Prevention to observe Child Abuse Awareness month, which is in April. Blessing owns Toddler Time day care, and she is asking her children's parents -- or members of the public -- to bring in pennies, nickels, quarters or even better, green cash. Gently used or new teddy bears would be welcome, too. The money will be used to buy more Teddy bears...
City Outreach to give away meals, food
City Outreach Ministries, 221 Burt St., will be giving out free meals - and food to take home - Saturday at 11 a.m.
T-G holds fund-raising bake sale
The Times-Gazette held a bake sale Friday to benefit the newspaper's American Cancer Society Relay for Life team, Press Power. T-G employees baked a variety of goodies ranging from coconut pies to lemon bread to chess pies, plus premium coffee. Amanda Mallard, left, and Martha Fox browse the selection of baked goods. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Serious walk: Singer/horse trainer uses talents to help in fight against cancer
Alena Nicholson is a busy woman, but give her a chance to help fight cancer and she'll clear her schedule in a minute. She'll be performing for 30 minutes prior to the start of the Walking for Cancer Horse Show, to take place April 13 at the Bedford County Ag Center. The horse show, which kicks off at 5 p.m., benefits the Bedford County Cancer Foundation...
Davis: A true Tennessee volunteer
Bedford County Trustee Tonya Davis has won the Governor's Volunteer Star Award. Davis said she received the award during a March 4 statewide conference on volunteerism in Cool Springs. "I was humbled by it," Davis said. "Being a volunteer is a blessing, to give your service. We are here to serve above self."...
Fishing tourney planned
Christian Chapel Church in Shelbyville will hold a fishing tournament on Tims Ford Lake on April 27. A bass tournament will begin at 6 a.m. with a "fun fish" event at 7 a.m. All proceeds will go towards a youth camp event which benefits youth from Bedford, Moore, Coffee, Franklin, Lincoln and Maury counties...
Funds help keep caring ears listening
Who do you talk to when you're going through a crisis but you have no one to listen? Even if you're all alone, a non-profit crisis phone service wants you to know there is someone who cares. Contact Life Line of the Highland Rim operates a free crisis line 24 hours a day, seven days a week in Bedford County and surrounding areas...
Students go hungry for 30 hours
Nearly 7,000 children die each day because of hunger. Wars and natural disasters dominate the world's daily headlines, but behind the scenes and far from the spotlight, hunger and preventable diseases claim the lives of more than 20,000 of the world's children every day...
Red Cross needs volunteers
The American Red Cross wants you -- to be a volunteer at blood drives. When people think of Red Cross volunteering, they normally think of helping storm victims or donating blood. But it takes behind-the-scenes work to make blood drives possible, said Regina Raccuglia, communications manager for the organization's Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region...
Read between the lines
The Bedford County Imagination Library is trying to reboot following at least a year with an inactive board and no fundraising, its new leader says. The charity's account balance has dipped down to about $4,500, said Shelly Gray, board president. That amount will only cover a couple months' invoices for buying books, as the March invoice was $2,236.20. Imagination Library ordered 1,069 books on March 10...
Spring cleaning helps Goodwill
For most people, the arrival of spring means it's time to clean. One of the biggest challenges of spring cleaning is getting rid of the clutter you don't need. A good rule of thumb is if you haven't worn it, used it or played with it in a year, it is time to donate it to Goodwill...
Recovery...and a new life
"When you come to Christ," said the Rev. Kevin Minchey, "you still have to deal with your stuff." A religious conversion doesn't magically erase addictions, broken marriages, memories of abuse or poor family dynamics, or other factors, and someone with such burdens may feel out of place even among their new church friends...
Cancer survivors, caregivers invited to dinner
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life in Bedford County and its presenting sponsor, Tennessee Oncology, will host the annual Survivor and Caregiver Celebration Dinner at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at First United Methodist Church on the square...
Red Cross blood drives need volunteers
The American Red Cross is in need of volunteers to assist with blood drives. Volunteers make up 96 percent of the Red Cross's total workforce, according to a news release. Whether a potential volunteer needs community service hours for school; is retired and looking to give back to the community; or is unemployed and looking to build a resume, the Red Cross has flexible volunteer options. Volunteers may volunteer as much or as little as their schedule permits, with flexible locations and times...
Wing it on over to Boys & Girls Club
If you like chicken, wing it on over to the Boys & Girls Club next Tuesday and order some wings. You'll be helping fund the club while enjoying a snack. The Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County is marking National Poultry Day with a wing sale. The event will provide money for program supplies and educational trips, said area director Roger Harrell...
Kick the habit before it starts: Boys & Girls Club fights smoking
The Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County is ready to kick some butts. Cigarette butts. Bedford County Health Council is partnering with the club to promote the national observance of "Kick Butts Day," a youth anti-smoking initiative, on March 20. As part of the program, health educator Emily Darnell of Bedford County Health Department spoke to small groups of kids at the club's facility on Madison Street, talking about the health risks associated with smoking...
Motlow plans blood drive
Motlow College students, faculty, staff members and area citizens will have the opportunity to donate blood during a Blood Assurance blood drive on March 27 on Motlow's Moore County campus. Donors may give blood from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Forrester Center, according to Sheri Mason. She is assistant director of student services and Moore County campus sponsor for the Student Government Association, sponsors of the blood drive...
Caregiver Relief pancake supper planned
The Caregiver Relief Program of Bedford County will hold its annual Pancake Supper from 5-7 p.m. on March 19 at First United Methodist Church on the square. There will be many silent auction items from donations by board members, local businesses and individuals. There will also be a baked sale with live auction ending at 6:30pm...
'Hee Haw & Howdy' returns April 12-13
It's a Bedford County tradition, bringing smiles to audience members and relief to cancer patients and their caregivers. The long-running annual "Hee Haw & Howdy" fundraiser to benefit the American Cancer Society Relay For Life will be held 7 p.m. April 12-13 at Shelbyville Central High School...
Fun on the menu
Passion and energy filled the Blue Ribbon Circle on Tuesday as Shelbyville came alive for the American Cancer Society's annual Celebrity Waiter Luncheon. The event, now in its fifth year, directly benefits Relay For Life of Bedford County. This year, approximately $9,300 was raised in just one hour, the duration of the event. Last year, about $8,000 was raised...
Microtel helps cancer foundation
From left: Cathy Mercer, Barbara Pate, Jeffery McGee, Lamarr Lyons and Leeann Lerversen representing Microtel, Jennifer Damron, Iris Schumann, Pam Ingraham, Jo Ann Fann, Kay Adcock and Connie Allen of the Bedford Cancer Foundation receive a check from Microtel for their upcoming horse show on April 13. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
'It was awesome:' Donors raise $35K for kidney transplant
A benefit held Saturday for a 4-year-old awaiting a kidney transplant raised an estimated $35,000, the boy's mother says. An estimated 500 to 600 people attended the benefit for Row McLaughlin at Blue Ribbon Circle club, his mother Jenny said. Organizers had to obtain more barbecue after food ran out; they had prepared meals for 400, she said...
Wanted: One miracle for Row
The mother of a 4-year-old who is in kidney failure and is awaiting a transplant said her family has relied on faith and people's kindness. "We believe God has given us several miracles with Row," said Jenny McLaughlin. "We can feel God's arms around us and we know where it comes from -- all of our prayer warriors."...
Lung disease fight climbs to new heights
The American Lung Association is hosting its first Fight For Air Climb in Nashville and is looking for participants and supporters to help fight for clean, healthy air. On Saturday, March 9, climbers, walkers, runners and supporters of the American Lung Association will climb the William R. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower. Participants will challenge themselves to climb 27 stories of stairs (638 steps) while raising money to help support the fight against lung disease...
Event to benefit child needing transplant
There will be a barbecue dinner and auction for 4-year-old Row McLaughlin at 5 p.m. March 2 at Blue Ribbon Circle in Shelbyville. Row is the son of Jenny and Sam McLaughlin of Shelbyville. He was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease in April 2012 and is in kidney failure. He needs a kidney transplant. Call Julie Lambert at 619-2520 or Susan Coleman at 580-2867 for more information...
Food stamp fraud bill passes committee
State Sen. Jim Tracy's (R-Shelbyville) bill to curb abuse of purchases made through Electronic Benefit Transaction (EBT) cards used by recipients of the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program passed the Senate Health and Welfare Committee on Wednesday. Senate Bill 244 prohibits use of a welfare recipient's EBT card in liquor stores, adult cabarets and casinos or gambling facilities...
Community Middle School's Student Council sold "Dr. Love," a.k.a. cans of Dr. Pepper in the days leading up to Valentine's Day, and delivered the drinks on Feb. 14. All proceeds benefitted the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. Last year, Community was recognized as one of the top contributing schools for its size and donated $500 worth of toys and supplies to the hospital. Student Council members are listed by grade. Eighth-grade members are: Hannah Mitchell, president; Jackson Wisener, vice president; Sydney Segroves, secretary; Zoey Grissom; Caleb Richardson; Justin Richardson; Bailey Smith; and Spencer Smith. Seventh grade: Preston Bennett; Kizzey Lane; Jon Quick; and Haley Reed. Sixth grade: Logan Brothers; Lexie Cagle; Grayson Garrette; Anna Katherine Lemmons; and Zachary Lohn. Sponsors are Jennifer Bennett and Marinda Grissom. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Deferred Action program offers hope to young Hispanics
Editor's note: This is the first of three stories looking at the life of Hispanic residents in Bedford County. A story Tuesday will look at Hispanic students, and a third story Wednesday will examine a new social service available to Hispanic families...
Relay For Life teams sought
Teams are still being sought for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life, which will be held May 31-June 1 at Bedford County Agriculture and Education Center on Midland Road. Relay For Life refers to both the Relay event itself and the year-round community fund-raising that surrounds it...
Summer feeding program sponsors, sites sought
Tennessee Department of Human Services (DHS) announces the availability of funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the 2013 Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). This program is intended to assure that children and individuals with disabilities, who rely on free and reduced price meals during the school year, have access to nutritious meals during the summer. ...
Volunteers give time at local charities in national outreach effort
A handful of Bedford County residents performed community service projects in the community recently as part of the National Days of Service project. The National Day of Service, on Jan. 18-19, was timed to coincide around the same time as Martin Luther King Day and President Obama's second inauguration...
Southside holds food drive
The Southside Elementary School Student Council recently held a canned food drive to help those who needed extra help during the winter season. Each day had a different theme, and certain items were requested. Winning classes got to do special activities on a Friday, and the top two students who brought in the most canned food from each classroom got to participate in a money scramble...
Raiders' Closet helps students dress for success
Middle Tennessee State University students looking for appropriate clothing for job interviews need look no further than their own campus with the creation of Raiders' Closet. The Department of Business Communication and Entrepreneurship opened a repository of professional attire Friday in Room 130A on the south side of the Business and Aerospace Building...
Local families hold benefits
Two local families are holding benefit events soon. The family of Stephen Morgan is holding a benefit for him at 4 p.m. on Feb. 16 at the Agriculture Center. The Shelbyville resident has been diagnosed with Stage Four lung cancer. He is self-employed and has no insurance. All proceeds will go toward medical and travel expenses...
Tax season help with unemployment benefits
Those who received unemployment benefits in Tennessee during 2012 will be able to access the information they need for income tax purposes online. By going to the state Department of Labor & Workforce Development homepage at https://tdlwd.tn.gov/ui1099/ , a person can enter their birth date or the same PIN used to certify or inquire on their unemployment claim...
Bedford County Juvenile Court Judge Charles Rich swore in three CASA Works Inc. volunteers on Jan. 14. The volunteers will advocate for abused and neglected children in juvenile court. Pictured, from left, are: volunteer supervisor Melissa Wilson; Cynthia Lorrow; Carolyn Fisher; Judge Rich; Executive Director Lynne Farrar; and volunteer supervisor Peggy Ruhl. Wilson, Lorrow and Fisher were the ones sworn in. (Submitted photo)
Toll-free line offers legal information
A coalition of Tennessee legal groups has joined forces to launch a toll-free phone line offering free legal information and referrals to low-income Tennesseans. The service, known as aLEGALz, will assist Tennesseans in finding resources to deal with civil legal issues. Those who cannot afford a lawyer may call the line at 888-aLEGALz (1-888-253-4259) and leave a message at any time. Calls will be returned by a licensed Tennessee lawyer...
Second Chances and more: New program will feed needy
A local woman says she plans to open a food pantry and soup kitchen within weeks, but adds that donations would help the charity to start serving others. Memphis Rudder said the Second Chances Free Food Kitchen could open by the end of January. State officials have finished processing her paperwork as a tax-exempt charity...
Liberty Lions Club kicks off the New Year
"Making 2013 an especially happy New Year for 22 local families" was a commitment made by the Liberty Lions Club members as a way to best invest funds raised from the annual holiday food basket campaign when Liberty sponsored the Fall 2012 Poker Rally...
Red Cross accepting blood donations today
Due to a drop in blood donations over the holidays, the current supply of type O negative and type B negative blood has declined at the American Red Cross. Donations from donors with type O negative and B negative blood are needed now. All presenting donors will be entered to win a $1,000 home improvement gift card and through Sunday, Jan. 13, presenting donors will also be entered to win a tablet computer valued at $500...
Caregiver program receives grant
The Caregiver Relief Program of Bedford County received a grant from The Baptist Healing Trust, which recently awarded funds totaling almost $2.1 million to 56 local non-profits for a variety of health related projects, according to President & CEO Cathy Self...
Blood drive held
After giving blood at the Red Cross blood drive at First Baptist Church on Depot Street Tuesday, Kimberly Dearing holds her arm vertically with pressure on the area where the needle was inserted. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Donations accepted for fire-hit family
The People's Church is collecting donations for a Highway 64 West family who lost their home to a fire on Friday. Donations of any item, large or small, will be accepted at the church from 9 a.m. to noon during the week, or by appointment at other times. The donations are for the Adamson-Krentz-Feeger family...
Heap of cheap
Thrift stores can be great places to find bargains, whether you're looking for televisions for under $10 or jeans for $2, and also are a good way to extend a helping hand to neighbors. The Goodwill store in Shelbyville offers a basketful of deals every week, said PR and communications manager Jamie Berry...
Cancer support group is ready to help
Barbara Hague says a local cancer support organization has made a huge difference in her life. Hague, who is battling breast cancer, had to quit her job at a local inn based on her doctor's advice. She filed for disability, but that didn't stop the bills...
Rotary thanks school clubs
The Shelbyville Rotary Club recently presented the Interact Clubs from each local school with a check from the Rotary Club for their support during August's Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. Proceeds will be used to fund the projects of each club...
Caregiver Relief receives grant
The Caregiver Relief Program of Bedford County has received a $5,000 grant to provide monthly reimbursement for quality respite care to primary family caregivers. The grant came from the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, a charitable organization dedicated to enriching the quality of life in the 40 Middle Tennessee counties it serves. The foundation has awarded a total of $1.3 million in grants to 273 nonprofit organizations, according to a press release by the Caregiver Relief Program...
Vision check: Lions Club conducts screenings
The Shelbyville Lions Club is conducting eye screenings at local schools for the 2012-2013 year. The Lions are responsible for screening children in the fourth grade at all local schools, plus the kindergarten classes and local day cares. The club has done this preventative program for many years. Shown is Lions Club member Katie Guthrie, Region III chair and secretary for the local club, screening a child at Eakin Elementary School recently. Lions Club member Edward Huffman Jr. and his wife, club member Rita Huffman, are chairs of the eye screening program in local schools. Club members Eddie and Jonnie Wright are chairs for the day cares and kindergarten screenings. (Submitted photo)
Car Club gives back
Celebration City Car Club hosted the largest Antique Automobile Club of America dual meet to date over the summer, attracting thousands of people from all over the country. The car club is non-profit; thus club members carefully selected seven local agencies to benefit from the proceeds of the successful meet. On Monday, representatives from each gathered to receive their donations. From left: Jerry Clanton, club president; Calvin Kincaid, club member; Jimmy Shreve, club member; Paul Hopkins, club member; Joe Thatcher, Bedford County Amateur (ham) Radio Society; Wallace Cartwright, club member and Shelbyville mayor; Jeff Sweeney, Arrowhead Ranch; Terry Looper, Bedford County Board of Education Backpack Program; Eddie Carmichael, Bedford County Amateur (ham) Radio Society; Marie McLean, Bedford County Board of Education Backpack Program; Sonia Miller, Senior Citizens hot meals program; Teresa Winnette, Child Development Center; Kelly Gilbert, Haven of Hope; Mindee and Blake Howard; and County Mayor Eugene Ray. (T-G Photo by Sadie Fowler)
Dance, auction to benefit Relay For Life
"Raising Cain 4 Relay," the annual dance and live auction sponsored by the American Cancer Society Relay For Life in Bedford County, will be held Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Blue Ribbon Circle on the Celebration Grounds. Local favorites Rayz'n Cain will provide the entertainment, and a variety of valuable items will be auctioned by Craig & Wheeler Realty & Auction. There will be a cash bar, and you must be 21 or older to attend. Dress is casual...
Moose Lodge helps needy
"Thank you, thank you, what a blessing," said Michelle Blasingame of Shelbyville as a group of Santa's helpers carried boxes into her home, each offering a heartfelt hug and whispered well-wishes on their way out. It was a scene which was carried out in 40 doorways Monday morning as members and guests of the Loyal Order of the Moose and Women of the Moose fell into a well-established Christmas Eve routine...
DREMC and CoBank make donation to library
A few years ago Duck River Electric Membership Corporation pledged $5,000 to the Argie Cooper Public Library as the library began its campaign to raise funds to build a new facility. Until recently, that pledge remained just that, a pledge, which would be fulfilled over the course of a few years once the new library project officially began...
Eakin gets grants to encourage active kids
Eakin Elementary received funds from Fuel Up To Play 60 in the amount of $4,000. The program was founded by the United Dairy Council and the National Football League based on a mutual commitment to the health of the next generation. Using its many "plays", the program encourages youth to eat healthy and move more...
Which bicycle to choose? This little boy (with help from mom, at right, and Matt Heflin, left) had a choice of many at City Outreach Ministries' annual distribution day for toys, clothing and food to the needy Saturday. Pastor Scott Horn said about 800-900 people were served. "We were running short of donations until the last minute but God came through for us," Horn said. See a photo gallery at t-g.com. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
CASA Works to receive grant
The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, a charitable organization dedicated to enriching the quality of life in the 40 Middle Tennessee counties it serves, announces $1.3 million in grants to 273 nonprofit organizations as part of The Foundation's annual discretionary grantmaking process...
Volunteers step up to help students
In Bedford County today, more than 80 students are receiving backpacks from the Bedford County school system. Forty-six of those students qualify under the McKinney-Vento Assistant Act and another 35 could benefit from the backpack program, school officials say...
12 gifts on 12/12/12
Several T-G employees each brought 12 items, such as children's toys, canned food items and toiletries, into the office on 12-12-12. Items will be donated to a local charitable organization for distribution to those in need during the holidays. From left: Olene Standfield, Janis Cannon, Marsha Addessi, Sissy Smith, Becky McBee, Hugh Jones, Sadie Fowler and Sherry Harris. Those who donated and are not pictured are: Sheri Emerson, Tracy Simmons and William Mitchell. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Thrift stores offer options for Christmas gift buyers
In an era when there's less to spend, some shoppers may be turning to non-traditional places like thrift stores to find Christmas gifts for their loved ones. Cathy Miller of Good Samaritan Association said she knows of some people who buy gifts through the organization's thrift store on East Highland Avenue, but isn't sure about trends because not everyone talks about why they're buying what...
Bailey receives Good Citizen Award
The Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce presented its annual Good Citizen Award Tuesday morning to Dr. Carl Bailey...
Love lights way for Christian Care Center equipment
One of Bedford County's annual traditions both supports the residents of Christian Care Center and kicks off the Christmas season. Lights for Love is sponsored this year by the Bedford County Medical Association Alliance. BCMAA is a non-profit volunteer organization of physician spouses dedicated to promoting good health to all Tennesseans and supporting the family of medicine...
Raised hands: Organizers thankful for volunteer readers
"Do you know what holiday is coming up?" asked the gentleman wearing overalls and a cowboy hat. The boys and girls in Meghan Crowell's second grade class at East Side Elementary did not hold back as they shouted their answer in unison. "Thanksgiving!"...
Firm donates $5,000 to Center for Family Development
Grady Cunningham, owner of Celebration 2000, and Amber Hale, an employee of Celebration 2000, have donated $5,000 to The Center for Family Development. This gift will assist the organization in its efforts to hold a Family Nurturing Camp for local families...
Central students CAN - and they prove it in food drive
Students at Shelbyville Central High School once again displayed their "can do" spirit this year, with a donation of almost 16,000 items to local charities. "The Great Canned Food Drive has been a tradition at Central High School for over 30 years," said Principal Don Embry. "This is a way for our students to give back to our community and help others who are in need. I am very proud of our students' willingness to help others and their participation this year."...
What to look for when visiting an aging relative for the holidays
The holiday season is a time of year when many families and friends get together. If visiting an aging relative, be sure to notice signs that it may be time to start preparing for their future. Often, by simply observing your elderly relatives while spending time with them, you can notice if they need more help or soon will...
Fresh Start Ministries needs funds for building
The 368-acre farm on Hornaday Road continues to progress steadily, positively impacting those who reside there -- young men wanting and needing a new chance at life -- as well as the community in which these men serve. Jay Pope's dream, which began about seven years ago, has indeed been fulfilled. ...
Help available for Alzheimer's patients
Caregiver Relief of Bedford County offered free memory screenings this week, in conjunction with the Alzheimer's Foundation of America. In a session held at Bedford Drug on North Main Street, several local residents were briefed on the early signs of the disease and completed a series of questions and tasks designed to test memory, language skills, thinking ability and other intellectual functions...
Moose Lodge's turkey shoot is annual holiday tradition
There aren't any live turkeys running about, but the annual event which runs every weekend between October and December each year has become a family tradition for many. The local Moose Lodge has held the turkey shoot for more than 35 years on Highway 82 South, with proceeds benefiting local families in need at Christmas time...
A very special gift: Church meal just one facet of Thanksgiving project
Normally around this time of year, Fair Haven Baptist Church might host a Fall Festival, with an array of inflatables, face painting, and games for children. At similar events in the spring and fall, their parking lot fills with cars and families, and the church gains an opportunity to reach out to the community...
ACS marks 37th Great American Smokout
As the official sponsor of birthdays, the American Cancer Society has marked the 37th Great American Smokeout on Nov. 15 by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. According to an American Cancer Society report, people who quit, at any age, live longer than people who continue to smoke...
Shelbyville Automotive combines Fusion, fundraising and Idol
Shelbyville Automotive will host a "Go Further with Ford Night" next week. The event is free, with plans to engage consumers in the final "Random Acts of Fusion" adventure and offer them a chance to see the all-new 2013 Ford Fusion in person. The event will benefit the American Cancer Society...
Boys & Girls Club members get bikes
Bicycles were given to five members of the Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County on Oct. 31. The Club has an educational web-based program called "Kids College" in which children answer math and reading questions and the difficulty level increases with the child's progress. Thanks to donations, the top five scoring members for the month of October were awarded new bicycles for their work...
Clothing needed for family hit by fire
The family of Tammie Cunningham is in need after a Thursday morning house fire at their home on East Parkway. Clothing is needed for two boys aged 16 and 18, with pants sizes of 32 x 32, medium or large shirts and shoes size 10 1/2, 11 or 12. Ladies' clothing in pants size 3/4 or 5/6, medium shirts and size six shoes are also appreciated, as is household furniture of any type...
Gifts from the Heart
From left, Trena Little, DeAnn Idso, Melanie Hamilton, Adrian Bomar and Carol Magnuson meet to plan First Presbyterian Church's Gifts from the Heart Christmas Market to be held Saturday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the church fellowship hall. Proceeds will benefit local and international charities as well as farmers and artisans in developing countries.
Holiday giving kicks off with chili fundraiser
This season of giving is kicking off, and one of the first events sure to help out local families in need will take place next week. Scott Horn of City Outreach Ministries is hosting an annual chili dinner fundraiser Saturday Nov. 3. The lunch will take place from noon to 2 p.m. at City Ministries, located at 221 Burt St., just off Belmont Avenue...
Graceful giving: Bell Buckle church takes different approach to fair
If you brave the crowds joining this weekend's Webb School Art and Craft Fair in Bell Buckle, know that there is a calm to be found in the midst of chaos. An oasis exists right in the middle of town, a place of radical hospitality which will either confuse or delight you...
Make a difference at The Boys & Girls Club
In honor of national "Make a Difference Day," The Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County is having a volunteer opportunity at its first "Make a Difference in the Club" Beautification Project on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club located at 1055 Madison Street...
East Side collects soda can tabs
East Side Elementary is collecting aluminum tabs from soda and soup cans to help generate needed funds to support Middle Tennessee's "home away from home" for families of seriously ill or injured children receiving treatment at Nashville area hospitals...
American Red Cross honors Community student
The Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross honored its "Hometown Heroes" with a luncheon and awards ceremony on Tuesday, Oct. 9. Mariah Gardner received the Outstanding Youth Volunteer Award. This special award is given to high school or college students who helped organize blood drives at their schools, recruit blood donors, or are responsible for the success of a blood drive...
Helping a senior move can be a complex process
Helping someone move -- whether it's your child going to college or a friend moving to a new home -- can be a stressful process. Helping an elderly loved one move from their home is an especially overwhelming process for both the caregiver and the senior. The move is an emotional time as seniors may see this new chapter in their life as one filled with loss and grief...
Words of healing: Messages on 'line' decry domestic violence
As pink ribbons flourish in the community this month promoting breast cancer awareness, organizers at the Haven of Hope are set to remind residents of another crisis affecting women. October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the National Network to End Domestic Violence has adopted purple -- the color of a bruise -- to promote awareness and show support...
CASA Works receives Healing Trust grant
CASA Works, Inc. was recently awarded a grant from the Baptist Healing Trust, a Nashville-based organization that fosters access to healthcare in Middle Tennessee through its grant making and programs. According to the Baptist Healing Trust President & CEO Cathy Self, the organization awarded funds totaling nearly $2 million to 50 local non-profits for a variety of health related projects...
Gather your friends and help a cause
STAR Physical Therapy facilities in middle Tennessee are helping out with this year's Susan G. Komen Greater Nashville Race for the Cure with unique fund raising ideas. The race takes place at Maryland Farms in Brentwood on Oct. 27, and with over 60 STAR locations in Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana, there were plenty of ideas for raising the money...
CASA makes a difference in young lives
"When I saw it in the paper, I said, 'Oh. I'm too old, they don't want retired people,'" said Gayle Cotten, remembering the notice recruiting volunteers for Court Appointed Special Advocate training. "Of course, that's one thing they are looking for, because we have a little more time."...
Grants fund two Habitat homes
Bedford Builds Habitat for Humanity announced this week that it has received two grants through the Tennessee Housing Development Agency Housing Trust Fund Grant. The grant contributes just over $20,000 for two homes to be built in the Bedford County area...
Helping hands for children
The Department of Children's Services is look for ideas from the community to help its most vulnerable members -- the children. Felicia Shelby, Resource Linkage Coordinator for DCS in Pulaski, is putting together a Community Advisory Board (CAB) in each of the 12 counties of the South Central Region...
Relay kicks off new season
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life in Bedford County held a kickoff for its 2013 season on Sept. 29 at the Midland Heights Baptist Church pavilion. Although the actual Relay event won't take place until May 31 through June 1, 2013, teams raise money for months ahead of time, through a variety of individual and team fund-raisers. Two teams selling T-shirts had them on display at the kickoff...
Empty bowls, giving hearts
Students at The Webb School are joining other area high schools in handcrafting ceramic bowls as part of the Empty Bowls benefit planned in Shelbyville. The event, scheduled from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Oct. 11 at First Baptist Church on Depot Street, will be hosted by the Next Step Home and Fresh Start Center...
Big time in a small town
Tiny Normandy's spirit came alive Saturday night, thanks to the support of hundreds who came out to hear top country recording artist Jamey Johnson perform on Front Street. The Full Moon, Full Life benefit concert served to raise funds and awareness for pancreatic cancer...
Home on the ranch
Visitors to Arrowhead Ranch in Normandy not only got a belly full from the food on Saturday, but a better idea about what goes on at the facility, now in its third full year of operations. The ranch is considered a safe, secure place to call home for young boys who are not criminals nor violent. The Level One facility accepts guardianship for boys who come from different backgrounds, coming from six surrounding counties...
Heritage South to host Good Sam can drive
Heritage South Community Credit Union's Canned Food Drive to benefit the local Good Samaritan Association will be this Saturday, Sept 29. "This will be our third canned food drive for Good Sam," CEO Marvin McBee stated. "This year we've expanded our efforts and planned the event on Saturday so more of our neighbors can participate. The entire community is invited. It is an excellent way to help our neighbors when they need help the most."...
Relay For Life kickoff to be held Saturday
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life in Bedford County will have a kickoff event 4 p.m. Saturday at Midland Heights Baptist Church on Midland Road. The event is open to returning Relay participants or those who are interested in forming or joining a team for the 2013 event. Those attending should bring a covered dish...
Family loses home in blaze
A Shelbyville mother and her family have been forced to move from their Cherokee Trail following a Sunday night fire. "We don't have anywhere to go," Tina Martineau said Wednesday morning of herself and her three children, ages 9, 7 and 6. "The Red Cross put us up in a hotel for three days, This is the third day."...
Liberty Lions to host poker run
A lucky biker will take home an extra $200 cash if they bring in the winning hand during the Liberty Lions Club Poker Run and Rally on Saturday, Sept. 29. There are also cash prizes for the worst hand and the biker who travels the farthest distance to join the Rally. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. At the Shelbyville VFW Hall on East Depot Street with the run starting at 10 a.m. A lunch and special drawings will be held at the VFW following the ride...
Singer-songwriter helps friend raise funds to fight cancer
About three years ago, Nikki Mitchell heard of a historic property for sale in a little town called Normandy. She had never been to the idyllic town sandwiched between a lake and a river, but figured it was worth a look. "As long as I can remember, I've always wanted to live in a historical building on a main street or square," Mitchell said. ...
Monsters prepare with 'Spooktacular' training
Summer's slipping away, but that doesn't mean it's too late to get your running feet ready. The United Way of Bedford County will host its 5th annual Spooktacular 5K and 10K costumed run and walk on Saturday, Oct. 27, and they're looking to help folks get prepared...
Rescuing young lives: Faulk begins a new journey
Luke Faulk was standing in the atrium of Calvary Baptist Church one morning, looking out the windows at the traffic going by. In a high traffic spot on Lane Parkway, you might see any number of people passing by on a Sunday morning. That morning he was praying, "I was asking God what I was supposed to do with the rest of my life," said Luke. "That's a big thing to pray, and you'd better be ready for the answer."...
New store helps keep homeless shelter open
Dr. Carl Bailey recognized recently that he had a choice in keeping open the Community Religious Outreach Social Services project he founded. "Cease operations, or pull up our bootstraps," he said. Choosing the latter, the group opened a sales counter at the Bargain Depot on Depot Street last week, offering knives, swords, replica weapons, lighters and tools at reasonable prices...
Struggling and enduring: Mark Kelly's health problems strike quickly
Nothing is simple anymore. It was supposed to be a quiet retirement, that move from Meridian, Miss., in 2004. After each retired from the Navy with 42 years of service between them, Mark and Rosie Olson moved to Shelbyville, where Mark would take a job with AEDC and Rosie would dedicate herself to their children...
Community Unity Night
The Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment Bedford County chapter announced its third Community Unity Night on Friday, Sept. 21 at the Fly Arts Center from 6-10 p.m. In addition to facilitated discussions, entertainment, art and food will be offered at the event...
Poverty comes to class
Doris Duntly, a 30-year-old mother of two, was recently deserted by her husband. He left her with $10 in cash and nothing in the bank. Before abandoning the family, he incurred a lot of debt that Doris has been forced to tackle. Doris dropped out of high school 15 years ago during her first pregnancy and is struggling to keep a roof over her family's head. ...
Printers given to Boys & Girls Club
Connected Tennessee recently donated four new printers to the Rutherford and Bedford County Boys & Girls Clubs. Two printers were presented Friday to each club as a part of a donation made by Lexmark International to the Computers 4 Kids (C4K) program. Kentucky-based Lexmark provided a total of 250 printers to the C4K program that will be distributed to Boys & Girls Clubs across the state over the coming weeks...
Local charity in bank grant contest
Nearly 30,000 eligible charities, including Second Chances Free Food Kitchen in Shelbyville, have been nominated by Chase customers and employees to participate in the fifth installment of the Chase Community Giving program, which will kick off voting in September. ...
A true connection: Special guest travels 8,000 miles to meet local band that created autism benefit
Every so often, you come across a cause that just warms your heart. Something that gives you hope, and makes you wonder why anyone wouldn't jump to lend a helping hand. The I Am What I Am Music Festival and Autism Benefit, slated for Saturday, Aug. 18 at the Bedford County Agricultural Center is sure to inspire this type of reaction here in Shelbyville. And Once you've got the details, there's no doubt that you'll feel happily obliged to join the factions of supporters...
Living with autism
It's an unfair and cruel condition. That's the outsider's perspective on autism, and it's hard to refute. But for families that live with an autism spectrum disorder, it's possible that the experience can serve to strengthen bonds and bring a new appreciation to life. This is the case for the family of Michelle Bayne, whose youngest son, Jake, is affected by an autism spectrum disorder...
Edwards is king of the stage
Mark Edwards is the son of Jeanne and Ronnie Edwards of Shelbyville. Mark has little fear of the spotlight, loves the theatre, and has been playing drums for six years. Last week, Mark performed one of his favorite plays, Les Miserables in Manchester. Next weekend, he will join The Ghost Ballerinas to play a set of his favorite cover songs at the I Am What I Am Music Festival at the Bedford County Ag Center. His mom says to expect some Beatles songs, since they are his favorite band...
Autism group leader understands struggle
What if you were faced with a situation that was totally overwhelming and foreign? Where would you turn? This is, of course, an understatement for someone whose child has been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, as they will face economic and social challenges unlike any that parents of "normal" children will face...
Kingston center serves the developmentally disabled
Here's what Darnell Hamilton, 29, brings to his job site every day: A giant smile. An infectious laugh. A willingness to work. But Hamilton also brings a set of intellectual disabilities that prevent him from holding a typical job, or working a typical eight-hour day...
Burn victim suffers setback
Burn victim Dustin Rhodes has been readmitted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center this week with a severe bacterial infection. Rhodes, 23, was lighting a fire in a friend's backyard on July 22 when a flash fire occurred, engulfing his body in flames. He received second and third degree burns over 80 percent of his body and was airlifted to Vanderbilt via LifeFlight that evening...
Boys & Girls Club summer program a success
The Boys & Girls Club program positively impacted the lives of more than 100 youth this summer. After opening in March 2011, last year's summer program struggled attract the number of children needed fill their building. However, the participation in this summer's program is a strong indicator that families in Bedford County have discovered the magic at 1055 Madison St...
Two-time transplant recipient doubly grateful for golf success
While the international Olympic competitions have been ongoing in London, a Bedford County man stepped up to a memorial wall this week and wrote, "Thank you Keshawn Brown." In 2009, the New Jersey resident was scuffling with some friends on the street. He fell, fatally striking his head on a curb. He was 21 years old, and he carried a signed organ donor's card in his wallet...
Poker run benefits Smith, who's making strides
Father's Day was a tough time for the children and wife of Billy Smith. The well-known and much-loved patriarch suffered an aneurysm and a light stroke only a month prior, and was facing a long road to recovery. Smith is progressing well, and returned home last Friday. According to daughter Tabitha McBride, Smith must use a walker and have a home health nurse, but is grateful to be home...
Habitat leaders attend state conference
Bedford Builds Habitat for Humanity took part in the organization's state conference in Murfreesboro last week. The conference opened with a golf tournament at Champions Run. Heritage Realty Group represented Bedford Builds, placing third. Thursday's State Awards dinner recognized individuals and groups that significantly impacted the lives of local residents and communities. ...
There was serious bling to be found at Midland Heights Baptist Church Saturday evening, as a group of women, teens and tweens took part in a Bling for the Souls fundraising event. Each visitor was encouraged to bring two pair of flip-flops to the event, and Children's Emergency Relief International was on hand to encourage the ladies as they dressed up the sandals with provided jewels, ribbons and beads...
Kroger stores host 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 place donations in the special drop-off bins at the front of the stores. "We are very excited to be able to support our schools in this way," said Melissa Eads, community affairs manager for Kroger in Middle Tennessee. ...
United Way to again 'Stuff the Bus' with school supplies
United Way of Bedford County has partnered with the Bedford County School System, Walmart, Atmos Energy, First Baptist Church in Normandy, and more than 25 other supporters for this year's Stuff the School Bus campaign. The effort is to ensure that needy children in Bedford County have access to school supplies this school year. Residents can "stuff the bus" with donated school supplies, which are then donated to local schools in Bedford County to distribute to children in need...
Rollins honored with national award
Shelbyville native Kelly G. Rollins has been awarded the National Medallion of Honor by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America for his outstanding support and unusually devoted service in helping youth achieve a fuller and richer life through positive guidance and influence. This award is one of the organizations most coveted honors...
Local church to collect shoes for orphans
A simple pair of children's shoes may not look powerful, but they can make a big difference in the lives of orphans around the world. The annual nationwide Shoes for Orphan Souls shoe drive is seeking to collect more than 250,000 pairs of new shoes and socks, with a nationwide campaign...
Fresh Start to host cookout Saturday
Fresh Start Ministries will host an open house and cookout Saturday, July 14. The celebration, open to the public, serves to thank local sponsors and supporters of the men's home who've helped Fresh Start grow and reach men who with a desire to change their lives, said Jay Pope, who oversees the ministry...
BADCC thanks supporters
Bedford Against Drugs Community Coalition (BADCC) held its annual appreciation banquet on Thursday, June 28 with Deputy Chief Mike Rogers of the Shelbyville Police Department as the guest speaker. Rogers discussed the way data is collected to a large group of supporters...
Boys & GIrls Club fundraiser is investment in future
"We're focused on giving the community a sense of ownership in the Nashville Predators," said Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County's Chicken & Steak Dinner guest speaker Christian Parker. The theme of outreach and investment was the heart of Parker's keynote speech, which resonated with the event's attendees...
Eagle Scout's project is the purr-fect gift
It only took a few moments for the feline residents of the Bedford County Humane Society to express their gratitude for their newest toy. John Parker, a 15-year old Life Scout, along with his brothers Matthew and A. J., delivered two hand-crafted cat trees to the shelter, and soon the cats had curled up on the platform, purring their enjoyment...
Liberty Lions appreciate support
The chairman of the Liberty Lions Club's annual horse show says he's grateful for the support given their annual horse show. "Our club raised over $9,000 profit from this one-night event." Paul D. Gambill said. "In the past, our club has tried other fundraisers, but nothing compares to our walking horse show to raise money for our club and community. We depend on this horse show for funds to meet the needs of the people in our area."...
Steak & Chicken Dinner speaker announced
Supporters of the Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County look forward to the Steak & Chicken dinner each year. In past years, representatives of the Tennessee Titans and University of Tennessee have been guests. This year, Shelbyville will be treated to a Nashville Predators night...
Boys & Girls Club accepting summer program applications
It's been a long road for the Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County since it pulled into Shelbyville a little more than a year ago. "The first week of the summer program was the first time I felt like we really had a Boys & Girls Club in Bedford County," Harrell said...
Widow to Widow: Support group helps fill the gaps
It's nearing a year now since Betty Bennett lost her partner, her closest friend. She and Monte had been married 43 years before pancreatic cancer took him from her after a nine-month battle. "I thought I was prepared," said Bennett, 65, of the transition from wife to widow. "I had no way of knowing."...
Local "celebs" to read to children as part of Raise Your Hand initiative
United Way of Bedford County is partnering with Argie Cooper Public Library and the Bedford County Department of Education for a Day of Action for the Raise Your Hand Tennessee initiative on Thursday, June 21. The goal? To generate volunteers who will "raise their hand" to read to, tutor, and mentor children and youth...
Special night for special kids
Young people need our help. Too many children and teens are not receiving the guidance they need to graduate from high school, to avoid the effects of violence, gangs and drugs or to become responsible adults. The statistics on high school dropout rates, obesity and violence among youth are staggering...
Fired Up 'N Fit makes an initial splash
Serious runners turned silly Saturday morning as they slipped, sloshed and slid through obstacles on the course of the Fired Up 'N Fit Challenge. Held at the Tennessee Fire and Codes Academy in Deason, the inaugural race -- which featured nine obstacles including a Slip 'N Slide and a mud pit -- kicked off at 8 a.m. and 158 runners participated...
CASA requests full $5,000 city donation
The Shelbyville city council will take another look Thursday at a donation request to a local social service agency. During a budget session held in the last week of May, the council decided to hold non-profit agency contributions to the same level as last year...
Hooked on a fishing tourney: Fallout Teen Center raises funds
The Inaugural Fallout Teen Center Benefit Bass Tournament was held last weekend, with 22 boats putting in at Normandy Lake. Chris Burke and Dale Giles took the tournament's top prize, weighing in a little more than 23 pounds of fishing bounty. The event raised money for the Fallout Teen Center, a local non-profit which provides a safe place for local teens to play games, eat and hang out with friends on the weekend -- all while under adult supervision...
Non-profits won't see more funds
Shelbyville City Council, during a study session Tuesday night, voted to hold non-profit agency contributions to the same level as last year, to fund four new requests at half the asked-for amount, and not to grant a capital outlay request from Bedford County Arts Council...
Relay offers auction baskets, food choices
At 10 a.m. Saturday, during the American Cancer Society Relay For Life at Bedford County Agriculture and Education Center, an auction will be held featuring gift baskets prepared by various Relay For Life teams. Scheduled to be sold: ...
'Celebrate. Remember. Fight back.': Relay For Life coming up
Before I became involved with the American Cancer Society Relay For Life, I had a very dim idea about what it was. Most people are familiar with the concept of a fund-raising run or walk -- a volunteer participates in some challenging event, and friends and neighbors give to charity on that walker's behalf. I think I thought Relay For Life was something like that...
O'Neal recognized for volunteerism
Allstate agency owner Amanda McDonald O'Neal received the Agency Hands in the Community Award for her commitment to helping others. With this award came a $1,000 grant from The Allstate Foundation for the Thomas Magnet School Parent Teacher Organization in Shelbyville, where she volunteers...
Habitat group plans true 'home'coming for veteran
Bedford Builds Habitat For Humanity has announced plans to build its next home for a veteran. The local chapter of Georgia-based non-profit Habitat For Humanity hopes to hold a groundbreaking on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, with a foundation to be laid this fall and most of the construction to take place next year, according to executive director Pam Birtcil...
Celebrating cancer survivors
American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Bedford County hosted its annual Cancer Survivor and Caregiver dinner on Tuesday evening at First Christian Church. American Cancer Society staff partner Harriett Stewart and Nurse Practitioner Tiffany Locke of Tennessee Oncology spoke at the event, and Annette Bowling provided entertainment...
Fish fry is 'biggest yet'
The fish almost got the upper hand this year, according to organizers who served 877 guests at the First Choice Pregnancy Counseling Center Fish Fry on Saturday afternoon. "Our fish are usually caught and donated by a group of local fishermen," said Donna Thomas, director at First Choice. "The fish were slow to bite this year, so for the first time ever we had to buy fish -- and the fisherman took it hard!"...