Charity and social services
Getting creative for funding: Non-profits seek new sources of income
Several non-profit organizations report facing revenue challenges but also are embracing opportunities to find new sources of income. The Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library is making changes to its fees and cutting back on periodicals to offset its economic challenges, board chair Lynn Hulan said...
Farm Credit raises 14,500 pounds of produce
To improve access to locally grown produce for communities in need, almost 120 Farm Credit Mid-America employees in Tennessee harvested and packaged nearly 14,500 pounds of produce for communities in need during a four-month volunteer effort. This summer, employees volunteered their time as part of a commitment to provide fresh produce to food banks in the four-state area of Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee, making use of excess and donated produce from area farms. ...
Blue Monarch dedicates cottages
Nov. 12 marked a glorious day in the 13-year history of Blue Monarch. Close to 200 friends and family gathered on a beautiful fall afternoon to celebrate the dedication and open house for the Mildred Jacqueline Peters WINGS Community, consisting of four individual cottages with a playground. Each cottage provides independent housing for one mother and her children as they adjust to increased responsibilities while still benefitting from the supportive environment Blue Monarch provides...
Top ticket seller
Shirley Sheffield was the winner of the "Bill Davidson Top Ticket Sales" Award for selling the most tickets to the Shelbyville-Bedford County Senior Citizens Center country ham breakfast. Sheffield won a country ham and $25 for selling 153 tickets. (Submitted photo)
Day care around the clock
Restoration Station day care wants the public to know it can provide child care any time -- literally. Life Restoration Church, 2011 S. Cannon Blvd., has operated the day care since May. Dana Williams, wife of the pastor, the Rev. Randy Williams, runs Restoration Station...
Warm feelings as church helps cold
The CROSS Shelter Project has been re-energized by a partnership with Anointed Word of Life Ministries, say organizers, and the church partnered with the shelter on Saturday to take blankets to the homeless living under the Duck River bridge in Shelbyville, right before the season's first hard freeze...
SC students collect food for charities
Shelbyville Central High School students showed a hunger for helping the hungry and broke their goal for collecting food in their annual Great Canned Food Drive. With a goal of 20,000 cans and other food and personal care items, SCHS students busted through and collected 23,809, they announced during their annual food drive presentation ceremony Tuesday. That is up from last year's total of 18,648...
No Wednesday T-G
The Times-Gazette will not publish a Wednesday edition this week. Look for a special Thanksgiving Day edition packed with features and Black Friday circulars. Subscribers may receive the print edition late Wednesday; online content will be available Thursday...
Festival of Trees
The Fly Arts Center hosted its annual Festival Of Trees and Holiday Bazaar on Saturday. Vendors like Barbara Helms, seen here, sold their wares amid the display of trees decorated by local businesses and organizations.
Trees decorated by local businesses and organizations
included this one, entitled "All I Want For Christmas Is Another Red Hat," decorated by the Red Hat Ladies of Shelbyville, which won the "Very Merry Award." Although the bazaar was Saturday only, the trees will remain on display at The Fly through Dec. 15. Hours of operation will be Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. For information, call 931-684-8359. (T-G Photos by John I. Carney)
FUMC welcomes community to holiday luncheon
First United Methodist Church on the square hosted its annual holiday luncheon and bazaar on Friday, welcoming in patrons from throughout the community for a traditional turkey meal as well as a bazaar with various craft, homemade and holiday items...
Habitat helps build homeownership
Last Saturday, the Johnson family became Shelbyville's newest homeowners. Bethany Johnson and her children (Landon, Jordyn and Jayda) have moved into a new home via Bedford Builds Habitat for Humanity, said Pam Birtcil, the organization's executive director...
Christmas gift box collections requested
Through Monday, residents of Shelbyville and surrounding towns will transform more than 9,250 empty shoeboxes into gifts of hope filled with school supplies, hygiene items, notes of encouragement and fun toys, such as a doll or soccer ball. Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan's Purse, will deliver these shoebox gifts to children overseas living in extreme poverty or affected by war, disease and natural disaster...
Mentors needed for TN Promise
Bedford County needs 38 Tennessee Promise mentors. The organizing system, tnAchieves, has 46 of the 84 local mentors that are needed, said Graham Thomas, director of Community Partnerships. Most of the current mentors are returning volunteers. Monday is the deadline to sign up...
Thomas feeds the hungry
Students at Thomas Magnet School send off a trailer-load of about 2,500 canned foods items Wednesday to the Community Outreach Partnership, a food bank. Partnership members pictured are Joan Hall (left), Larry Fletcher (third man from right), Richard Smith (second from right) and Cortney Mansfield (Bedford County FFA member on right). Mansfield and Hunter and Lawson Lemmon (not pictured) helped with transportation. (Submitted photo)...
Sign up soon for Toys for Tots
The U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program has announced sign-up times. Sign-ups will take place Nov. 28, 29 and 30 from 5-7 p.m. at the Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce. Please bring your child's birth certificate and proof of residency in Bedford County...
Tasty fundraiser for animal shelter
Cindy Calahan and June Hockaday of the Red Hat Ladies of Shelbyville provide refreshments during the Fall Lights event Saturday night at the Blue Ribbon Circle. The annual wine and food tasting event benefits the Shelbyville-Bedford County Humane Association, which runs a no-kill animal shelter. More photos will appear in Thursday's Times-Gazette...
They CAN: SCHS starts Great Canned Food Drive
Shelbyville Central High School is showing its "can-do" attitude once again: The Great Canned Food Drive kicks off Friday, Nov. 11.
This year's theme is Candyland "Can" End Hunger, said teacher Megan Insell, a faculty sponsor of event organized by the Student Council. The goal is 20,000 items of food and other necessities.
Child Development Center to tackle autism
A non-profit agency that helps children with developmental issues is planning a long-term expansion in Shelbyville.
The Child Development Center (CDC) hopes to open an autism treatment operation in its building on Eaglette Way in approximately two years, said Anita M. Teague, executive director of the center.
Dinner, auction benefit family oriented nonprofit
A child-oriented charity held its big fundraiser of the year on Oct. 29. Homes of Hope of Bedford County Inc. held its Fall Dinner & Auction Saturday at the Blue Ribbon Circle. The volunteer-run non-profit partners with families going through a hard time. ...
Bedford Vision held its annual benefit for the Bedford Cancer Foundation on Thursday. This year's theme was the "Go Pink or Go Home Event" in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month which ended in October. Colleen Embry places a bid on an item in a silent auction. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Police group's aim is to help
The newly-formed Shelbyville Police Benevolent Association stands ready to help more than just officers and their families in need. "The primary mission is to offer assistance to police officers and support staff who hold a current membership in the PBA," a statement released by the group said. ...
New Beginnings is Operation Christmas Child hub
New Beginnings Baptist Church will be a collection point for Operation Christmas Child, a ministry of Samaritan's Purse. Shoeboxes will be filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items, which will be delivered throughout the world by Samaritan's Purse to areas of poverty, war, disease or disaster...
Empty bowls, full hearts at charity luncheon
The seventh annual Empty Bowls Luncheon was held on Thursday at First Baptist Church, benefitting Fresh Start Center and Women of Grace. Ticket-buyers received a lunch based around potato soup, but they also received an empty, handmade ceramic bowl as a take-home gift. The bowls were made by the Shelbyville Central High School art department with the cooperation of Fresh Start, Women of Grace and Bedford County Arts Council...
Streeter wire figure available at Homes of Hope fundraiser Saturday
Homes of Hope of Bedford County will hold its annual fundraiser dinner Saturday. The Fall Dinner & Auction will be held at the Blue Ribbon Circle. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and service begins at 6. An original Vannoy Streeter wire figure will be offered at auction. The piece is made of copper, which Streeter rarely used, said Homes of Hope of Bedford County executive director Missy Parsons. His daughter, Peggy McClean, donated the item, which she values at more than $1,200, Parsons said...
Grant to help CDC do autism work
The Community Development Center received a grant from The Healing Trust, which awarded funds totaling over $1.1 million in its most recent grant cycle. The Community Development Center's grant was for $23,000 and will be used for The Children's Center for Autism's Behavior Therapy & Family Services. ...
Relay For Life set June 2-3
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Bedford County has tentatively been set for June 2-3, 2017, at Bedford County Agriculture and Education Center. The organizing committee for the event, chaired by Sharon Wachala, held its first meeting of the new Relay year Monday night. The committee voted to adopt a superhero theme for the 2017 event...
Protecting the elderly from fraud
October has been officially declared as Fraud and Financial Abuse Awareness Month across the State of Tennessee by Gov. Bill Haslam. In recognition of Fraud and Financial Abuse Awareness Month, the Adult Abuse Coalition of South Cenfral Tennessee provided educational programs and distributed publications across 13-counties during the month of October...
Meal, auction will benefit Smotherman
A benefit will be held tonight for Bryan Smotherman, who is being treated for lupus and is out of work. The event will feature barbecue and hot dogs for dinner. It will run from 6-9 p.m. at the Bedford County Agricultural Center. Shirley Wheeler and The Golden Girls will host the benefit singing and auction, according to the event's Facebook page. Performers will include Souldiers of the Cross and One Voice...
Cycling cross-state for two good causes
Brent Lambert has been pedaling to support charity. He biked approximately 650 miles across Tennessee last week to support two free medical clinics. The Jackson man, whose right leg is prosthetic, rode through Shelbyville Tuesday morning, said he also is making the cross-state ride to inspire other amputees...
Rehab center hosts Chamber coffee
Tennessee Rehabilitation Center on Railroad Avenue hosted a Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce on Thursday. (T-G Photos by Jason Reynolds)
Motlow holds memorial cancer walk
A memorial cancer walk will be held on the Moore County campus of Motlow State Community College on Thursday, Oct. 13, beginning at 1:45 p.m. at the Crouch Center. This year's event, The Greer Alsup Memorial Cancer Walk, honors the memory of Greer Alsup, a Motlow employee of 24 years who lost her battle to cancer in June. The walk will consist of one lap around the loop road and will be culminated with a reception in the Crouch Center...
Hungry, faithful come together
On a normal Tuesday night, the kitchen and fellowship hall of First United Methodist Church is the site of a community soup kitchen. Volunteers from six different churches take turns cooking and serving the meals; it's a community-wide effort, with another church about to enter the rotation. First UMC is just the host church...
Rupard to be clinic's medical director
Community Clinic of Shelbyville and Bedford County has found a medical director and will be able to remain open. The Times-Gazette reported Sunday morning that the clinic, which serves the uninsured low-income working poor, would close Nov. 1 unless it could find a physician to serve as medical director, a position requiring only a few hours a month. ...
Pharmacist gets hairy to fight cancer
Tripp York is growing hair to raise awareness about cancer. The pharmacist said he deals with cancer on a daily basis through his job at Bedford Drug. He also has friends whose children have cancer and close friends who have cancer; he declined to give their names out of privacy...
Clinic in Crisis: Medical director needed or shutdown possible
Community Clinic of Shelbyville and Bedford County, which serves the uninsured low-income working poor, will have to close Nov. 1 unless it can find a new medical director by that time, according to executive director Fredia Flack Lusk. Dr. Pamela Dehmlow served as the clinic's medical director for six years, resigning in August. Dr. Kent Clark had agreed to take her place -- but then Clark died suddenly on Sept. 5, leaving the clinic without a medical director...
Auction helps fund Homes of Hope
You can help an organization that works with at-risk children while also bidding to buy a piece of art from the local legend known as the "Wireman." An original Vannoy Streeter wire figure will be offered at auction during the annual Homes of Hope Fall Dinner & Auction. The event will be held Saturday, Oct. 29 at Blue Ribbon Circle. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and service begins at 6...
WWE wrestler speaks life at BCLA
Bedford County Learning Academy was one of several schools to hear an anti-bullying message this week by former WWE wrestler Dutch Mantel (left). At center is student Wynter Allen. Jason Barber (right) is organizer of the ROcKFEST concert for youths, which will be Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Bedford County Agricultural Center. Barber brings a speaker to schools every year just before the concert. See more photos at http://www.t-g.com/gallery/28174. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
United Way, teams work on projects
United Way of Bedford County is still seeking workplace volunteers from various companies to participate in its annual Day of Caring on Thursday, Sept. 29. Teams of volunteers will assist United Way of Bedford County partner agencies -- health and human service agencies serving Bedford County which receive some of their funding from United Way -- between 8:30 and 11:30 that morning with projects like cleaning, window washing, painting, lawn and garden, sorting, office organization, assembling packets, building wheelchair ramps and so on, according to United Way executive director Pam Fisher.. ...
Go gold: fun for a good cause
Misty Fritz dares a player (not pictured) to throw the ball and try to dunk her during the Go Gold Festival Saturday on the square. Moody Qattea holds the balls and takes up tickets. The event is a fundraiser for the Mark Kelly Have Hope Foundation to help children with cancer. (T-G Photos by Jason Reynolds)
Veteran receives car in charitable project
A former U.S. Marine who overcame addiction and incarceration to embark on a college career has a new set of wheels to help him along the way. Middle Tennessee State University sophomore agribusiness major Oketa Ojok received a revamped 2009 Toyota Camry hybrid Friday at the Student Union on campus in the Service King Great American Giveaway, a charitable endeavor in which refurbished vehicles are distributed to people who have overcome formidable obstacles...
Go Gold Festival aims tohelp children with cancer
A charitable group for children with cancer is going for the gold with a benefit festival on Saturday. The Mark Kelly Have Hope Foundation will host the second annual Go Gold Festival on the downtown square Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine. There will be music, an auction, games and more...
Building lives: Success coach driven to give back
In her work as Veterans' Success Coach at Columbia State Community College Bedford County's Daniala Gardner has become familiar with The Building Lives Foundation and their commitment to "leave no veteran homeless on the streets of America." Gardner along with around 20 student veterans will be volunteering their time at the 2nd annual Art on the Fly Festival benefitting We Are Building Lives and in turn directly benefitting area homeless veterans and their families. ...
Helping the homeless
When you're homeless, sometimes the smallest things can make a big difference. That's the idea behind a recent project by the Four Corners Family and Community Education (FCE) Club, which donated personal cloth care caddies, cloth pouches filled with personal care items, to be distributed to the homeless through Bedford County Ministerial Association's Tuesday night soup kitchen...
Fashion trade group also benefits from co-benefit
Acclaimed party band Guilty Pleasures and several top visual artists will round out a medley of music, food, fashion and fun planned for The Reclamation, a co-benefit for Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee and the Nashville Fashion Alliance. The event, which celebrates Nashville's unique culture and spirit, will be held Thursday, Sept. 29, at Track One, 1211 4th Ave. S. in Nashville...
Arrowhead Ranch transforms at-risk boys' lives
You can eat a meal and help at-risk boys build a better future. Arrowhead Ranch is holding its annual dinner and tour fund-raiser on Saturday, Sept. 24, sponsored by the Loft Church. The tour starts at 4 p.m. Dinner will be served at 5, said executive director Jeff Sweeney. The barbecue dinner is sponsored by Monty Hatcher of Tullahoma, who is smoking the meat himself, Sweeney said...
Chamber awards presented
The Joe Fleming Stables received the Business Landscape Award last Thursday from the Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce Beautification Committee. From left are stable workers: Greg Bryant; Chava Fernandez; Wesley Stapler; and Shawn Fulton.
(T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Stuff the School Bus contributions recognized
Regions Bank was a community partner for United Way of Bedford County's "Stuff the School Bus" campaign. Regions employee Misael Alvarez is seen with school supplies collected by the bank for the drive. (Submitted photo)
MTSU student charity receives donation
A major donation will enable Raiders' Closet to bolster its ability to clothe MTSU students properly for job interviews. Modern Woodmen of America, a fraternal benefit society that provides financial expertise for its members, has responded to the $2,500 raised by an MTSU class with matching funds of $2,500...
Locals gather aid for flood victims
Liberty School students are collecting school supplies to be shipped to schools in the flood-stricken areas. Various grade levels at the school are being asked to contribute specific items, and the fourth grade is taking the lead in the project as part of of its civic service requirements...
Stuff the Bus
United Way of Bedford County recently conducted its "Stuff The School Bus" drive, collecting school supplies which will be distributed by local schools to needy children. Businesses like the Times-Gazette, represented here by Adria Sharp, had collection boxes, and there was also a public collection event at Walmart...
Medicare program planned Sept. 15
SHIP/SMP, the State Health Insurance Assistance Program, provides free, unbiased information to people on Medicare and their families. Part of that help is screening people to see if they qualify for the "extra help" program with their prescription drug costs. ...
Be wise while being generous to Louisiana victims, says TEMA
From the Great Tennessee Flood of 2010 to the many localized disasters since, Tennesseans are very familiar with the great amount of effort needed to help communities and citizens recover from disasters. The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) is providing guidance and resources on how Tennesseans can provide the most meaningful assistance to those recovering from the severe flooding in Louisiana...
Community High 'sails for St. Jude'
Community High School plans to "Sail for St. Jude" in the coming week. The student council is sponsoring the event, which will consist of a series of activities each day. Students are encouraged to bring loose change or any desired amount for donations. All of the proceeds will be donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis...
Lorettia Love folds clothes to re-organize tables during the Angel Wings ministry Thursday at Shelbyville Church of God of Prophecy. The church gives away clothes and food every month. Organizers estimate between 30-40 households are served in each session. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Southern charm pairs up with graceful giving on trip
Pam Fisher has wanted to go to Natchez, Mississippi, ever since reading a magazine article about it in 1990. Now, she's going -- and she's planning to take a group. Fisher is executive director of United Way of Bedford County, which was looking for fundraisers to supplement its traditional corporate donations and employee payroll deductions...
Rotary Clubs plan 'Million Dollar Dinner'
The Rotary Club of Shelbyville, in conjunction with 65 area clubs making up Rotary International District 6780, have announced the launch of a district-wide Million Dollar Dinner initiative to raise funds for The Rotary Foundation, in honor of its centennial year...
Author to headline benefit brunch
Author and speaker Cynthia Ruchti will appear 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at a brunch event at Fair Haven Baptist Church to benefit the Women of Grace ministry. Her topic will be "Women Like Me: Finding A Listening Ear in the Women of the Bible and the God They Served." There will be no admission cost except that those attending are asked to bring an item from the Women of Grace ministry's wish list...
Firehouse Barbecue tickets go on sale
Get your Firehouse Barbecue tickets before they go up like smoke. The popular annual barbecue will be held Monday, Sept. 19, but the limited number of tickets are now on sale for $12 for both adults and children. Dinner will be from 5-7 p.m., said Stephanie Crosslin Price, the chamber's member services director...
College hosts suicide prevention conference
Columbia State has partnered with the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network to host the "Saving Lives in South Central Tennessee" conference Aug. 26. The event will feature a variety of presentations related to suicide prevention, which will include: suicide prevention strategies within community colleges, depression and suicide among older adults and suicide prevention among veterans...
Raise Your Hand and help build children
United Way of Bedford County is now seeking volunteers for the "Raise Your Hand Tennessee" program, which helps local elementary school children. Volunteers c ommit to spending an hour a week volunteering at a local elementary school. That could mean an hour all at once, or two 30-minute sessions, depending on the volunteer's needs and preferences, according to local United Way executive Pam Fisher...
DHS recognizes Child Support Awareness Month
The Tennessee Department of Human Services Child Support Program is joining others across the nation in recognizing August as Child Support Awareness Month. Child Support Awareness Month represents a time to raise awareness of the services available through the program and the positive impact it can have on families and children in Tennessee...
A loving hand over homelessness
Maggie Yates graduated from Community High School in 2015. Since that time she has began to further her education at Middle Tennessee State University where she is studying to become an elementary school teacher. As a student she also works with Bedford County SACP, where she is able to be a part of the lives of many area children. ...
Give to clinic while you shop
Community Clinic of Shelbyville and Bedford County has announced a "How To Support The Clinic Without Giving" campaign and is urging supporters to use the Amazon Smile and Kroger Community Rewards programs to benefit the clinic while they shop. The clinic, located at 200 Dover Street, Suite 203, was organized in 2003 to provide low-income, working, uninsured Bedford County adults with free medical services and prescriptions. Females receive free mammograms and $30 pap smear examinations...
Show benefits Goodwill, fashion advocacy group
Ticket sales are under way for The Reclamation, a celebration of Nashville's spirit and its unique fashion, food and music. The event, which will be held Thursday, Sept. 29, at Track One, 1211 4th Ave. S. in Nashville, is a co-benefit for Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee and the Nashville Fashion Alliance...
Bedford County Board of Education and the County Commission recently donated a surplus school bus to the Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County. From left are driver Dale Davis; Superintendent Don Embry; club board chairman Jim Troupe; club director Kristin Conley; club chief professional officer Sheryl Chestnutt; and club operations director Kelly Davis. (Submitted photo)
Leadership Bedford builds playground for challenged
This year's Leadership Bedford class oversaw construction of a playground for the physically challenged next to the existing Imagination Station, which was built by an earlier Leadership Bedford class. The class awarded $4,000 in leftover money to Shelbyville Parks & Recreation Director Mike Alsup for maintenance and upkeep...
Habitat home makes owner's dream reality
Shaina Morgan's dream of having a real house -- owned by her -- for she and her three daughters is coming true with the help of the local Habitat for Humanity chapter. Morgan's home on Nutmeg Drive was dedicated Thursday afternoon. Jaiden, Leah and Alaina Eschmann, her daughters, roamed the house playfully as those involved with the project looked over the near-finished product...
Caregiver program packs picnic lunches
Caregiver Relief Program board members recently donated and packed picnic lunches for 16 families affected by Alzheimer's disease. Hospice Compassus also donated a brownie and some goodies to send to the families this year. From left: Dianne Whitwell, Dennis Young Sr., Susan McGee, Nelda Sudberry, president Frieda Bone, Tewaan Tucker, Janelle Douglas and Ed Hillegass Jr. (Submitted photo)
People with disabilities can open special accounts
On June 13, Tennessee became the second state in the nation to open enrollment for ABLE accounts, a savings program for people with disabilities, the Community Development Center reported this week in its newsletter. At a news conference at Legislative Plaza, Tennessee State Treasurer David Lillard spoke briefly on the program and presented a short video showing some of the people who will benefit from ABLE TN. ...
TN Promise scholars can work at parks
If you are in need of a way to complete some community service hours before your next deadline, join all 56 state parks across Tennessee on July 23, according to tnAchieves. Tennessee State Parks is offering a variety of volunteer events across the state on July 23 to help Tennessee Promise Scholars log community service hours required to meet their scholarship commitments. ...
Child advocate agency seeks volunteer helpers
CASA Works Inc. is looking for volunteers with a heart for children and a passion for service to advocate for abused and neglected children in Juvenile Court. With a flexible schedule, volunteers dedicate 10-15 hours per month to the children to whom they are appointed. ...
Students deliver love to others
Last week the Community Middle School Student Council delivered "teen bling" items to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. The items were donations from the student body during the Dr. Love Week last school year. (Submitted photo)
Stuff the Bus: Annual school supply drive underway
It's time once again to stuff the school bus. United Way of Bedford County's annual "Stuff The School Bus" campaign asks for donations of school supplies, which are given to children in need. Advance drop sites for the drive will be open starting no later than Monday; some, like the Times-Gazette, already have their boxes out. That donation period continues through Aug. 5...
City delays decision on CDC lease
The Shelbyville City Council has delayed approval on allowing the Child Development Center to sublease its building to a child care business. Anita M. Teague, executive director of the center, had spoken to the council at its study session last week about the organization's desire to sublease its building on Eaglette Way to a day care business. The city and county own the property and would have to approve such a deal...
Radio interview focuses on therapeutic riding
Helping children develop properly in their formative years is the topic of the next "MTSU On the Record" radio program. Host Gina Logue's interview with Christy Davis, director of the Ann Campbell Early Learning Center, will air from 5:30-6 p.m. Monday, July 18, and from 8-8:30 a.m. Sunday, July 24, on WMOT-FM (89.5 and www.wmot.org)...
Event benefits Goodwill, fashion trade alliance
A unique event blending the best of Nashville fashion, food and music in support of two noble causes is planned for Thursday, Sept. 29. Tickets for The Reclamation, a co-benefit for Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee Inc. and the Nashville Fashion Alliance, will go on sale Monday, Aug. 1. Nashville Mayor Megan Barry will serve as honorary chairwoman of the inaugural event, which will be at Track One, 1211 4th Ave. S. in downtown Nashville...
Goodwill hosts area job fairs
The following are upcoming job fairs from Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee in this area: MARSHALL COUNTY The Goodwill Career Solutions center at 130 The Acres, Lewisburg, will host a job fair for HG Staffing for Jostens from 9 a.m.-noon. BEDFORD COUNTY...
CDC wants to sublease facility to business
Shelbyville City Council discussed a proposed sub-lease of a publicly owned building during a study session Tuesday. Anita M. Teague, executive director of the Community Development Center, spoke to the council about the organization's desire to sub-lease its building on Eaglette Way to a day care business. The city and county own the property and would have to approve such a deal...
Blue Monarch set to expand its wings
In a private ceremony on Wednesday, June 22, Blue Monarch celebrated the life of Mildred Jacqueline Peters and broke ground on a new expansion project that will provide transitional housing for four graduates of the organization's recovery program and their children...
Sunday Conversation: Career change leads Cataldo to true passion
Kate (formerly Suttles) Cataldo of Tullahoma made a decision to change her course of life when she began working for an organization called Blue Monarch, which serves women and their families who survive from alcohol and drug addiction, domestic violence and economic hardship...
Fund open to help child
An account to help the family of Evangeline Irene Dunn, the infant daughter of Nellie Wheeler and Bryant Dunn Jr., with expenses has been set up at First Bank on Madison Street. The account is in Nellie Wheeler's name. Evangeline, born March 22 at Vanderbilt Medical Center, has several medical problems including congestive heart failure and Down syndrome. Digestive problems have led to one bowel surgery already with another due shortly and heart surgery to follow...
'Sweet Cases' event helps provide bags for foster kids
There are many indignities to being a foster child, but in some cases, one of them is having to carry your belongings with you in a trash bag. That's the idea behind "Sweet Cases for Foster Kids," one of the main programs of a California-based charity called Together We Rise...
Shelter supports Imagination Library at Moon Pie fest
Frank Thompson, vice president of marketing for Shelter Insurance, made a special appearance at the RC Cola / Moon Pie Festival parade Saturday in Bell Buckle, taking the opportunity to present a $5,000 contribution to Bedford County Imagination Library...
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
June 15 was World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Members of the Senior Citizens Center showed their support by wearing purple. From left are Danny Collier, Anna Collier, Ludine Adcock (third place), Melba Chunn, Darlene Davidson (most creative use of purple), Sandra Locke (second place) and Dorothy Tucker.
AWOL Church reaches out to help others
The Anointed Word of Life Church on Union Street had a free clothes giveaway and prayer stop on Saturday, June 11. "It's the first time we have done this since our doors opened in December," said Lisa Armstrong, a minister at the church. "We want people to know that we are here and we want to help those in need."...
Sunday Conversation: Kids are better than TV
Kristin Conley took the helm at the Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County in April. Working with children is nothing new to the Cleveland, Tennessee, native as she has worked with the Department of Children's Services as a case worker and with nonprofits for more than 20 years...
Schools host summer feeding program
The summer feeding program for children under 18 will operate in conjunction with summer school until June 23 at Cascade Elementary, Cascade Middle/High, Shelbyville Central High School, Community Middle and Elementary, Community High, East Side Elementary, and Harris Middle School...
Senior homes added by SHA
Shelbyville Housing Authority and Tennessee Housing Development Agency cut the ribbon Tuesday on a new four-unit building on Dunnaway Street. Eastside Annex Phase II is comprised of four one-bedroom units geared towards senior citizens. It joins a similar six-unit building nearby which was completed in 2011. SHA would eventually like to add eight more units...
Bass fans hooked on helping Fallout
Twenty-nine boats blasted off at sunrise last weekend for the fifth annual Fallout Teen Center Benefit Bass Tournament at Barton Springs boat ramp on Normandy Lake. Nolan Spencer and Jonathan Woods were the big winners, bringing in a total of 14.39 pounds with Bill Morrow and Tim Wheelon scoring a close second with 14.16 pounds and Edwin Harris captured third place with 13.18 pounds for the day. The Big Fish competition was won by Morrow and Wheelon with a 5.58-pound catch...
Movie screeningto be altered for autistic children
A special screening of the animated movie "Angry Birds" this Saturday morning at the Capri Theater in Shelbyville will be offered for families with an autistic child, according to Mary Fults of Parents ACT of Bedford County, an independent local autism support group...
Great Strides begins summer therapy programs
A therapeutic horse riding program is striding into its summer program by holding four classes this week. Great Strides' summer program will run Monday-Thursday at Old Plank Stables, said publicist Shelley Walker. Classes will be from 9-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-3 p.m...
Tyson gives to Relay
Although scheduling issues prevented Tyson Foods from having a team in this year's American Cancer Society Relay For Life, the local processing plant continued to raise money for the cancer society. Robert Solano, right, of Tyson presented a check for $6,835 to local Relay event chair Sharon Wachala on Thursday. Wachala said that Tyson live production clerk Pat Wilmhoff, not pictured, has been particularly helpful to Relay. (Submitted photo)
Fired Up'n Fit 5K this weekend
United Way of Bedford County will hold its annual "Fired Up 'N Fit" 5K Adventure Challenge this Saturday at Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy on Unionville-Deason Road. The non-competitive run combines a 5K route through the fire academy property with optional obstacles and adventure challenges like a 70-foot water slide, a mud puddle to crawl through, and obstacles to climb over. ...
Lifeline hosts educational lunches
Contact Lifeline will host a series of Lunch 'n Learn presentations this summer in Tullahoma. The events will be from noon-1 p.m. June 6 at First Christian Church's annex, 201 N. Atlantic St., Tullahoma. They are: June 6: Moral Injury. John G. Hart, D. ...
Celebrate College Savings Day by visiting science center
This Sunday, May 29, the TNStars College Savings 529 Program is teaming up with Adventure Science Center. May 29 has been nationally recognized as 529 College Savings Day, a way to raise awareness of the importance of saving early for college while your child is still young. TNStars is celebrating by offering fun family deals at venues around the state and extra incentives to help families save more...
Relay for Life raises thousands
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life raised approximately $20,000 during the 12-hour event this weekend, over and above the $58,000 which participating teams had raised in advance, for a total of approximately $78,000. The event, which ran from 6 p.m. Friday through 6 a.m. Saturday, was held inside the large exhibit hall at Bedford County Agriculture and Education Center...
UPDATED: Relay to be held indoors
Organizers of the American Cancer Society Relay For Life announced at 11:30 today that this year's event will be held inside the exhibit hall on the Bedford County Agriculture and Education Center grounds due to the threat of rain on Friday. Sharon Wachala, who co-chairs the local event leadership team with Jennifer Smith, announced the decision in an e-mail to committee members and team captains...
Imagination Library gets added help
Bedford County Imagination Library met the fund-raising challenge issued to it by an unpublicized donor, and has received a matching contribution. Imagination Library, the local affiliate of the worldwide program founded by entertainer Dolly Parton, sends children a free book each month from birth to age five, a total of 60 books. ...
Destinations & Diversions: Relay all night, eat pancakes Saturday morning
Feel like a hearty pancake breakfast Saturday morning? You have at least two choices: Pleasant Grove United Methodist Biscuit Club and Methodist Women will host a pancake breakfast and bake sale on Saturday at the church from 7-10 a.m. Breakfast is $6...
The Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce Beautification Committee presented the Good Neighbor Award last Thursday to the Bedford County Ministerial Association. Pictured are Tom Henry, Sylvia Pinson, Jen Buckner, Sara Wood, Rita McDonald, Doug Dezotell, Lanita Monroe and Ron Adams. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Learning from the best: Gassaway cherishes interaction with CDC students
Liz Gassaway was offered the opportunity to start, develop and teach the CDC special needs class at Community High School in 2008. The rest, she says, "is history." Since her beginnings at Community, she has taken her students to participate in the Special Olympics...
Relay funds aid cancer fight
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life will be held 6 p.m. Friday, May 20, through 6 a.m. Saturday, May 21, at Bedford County Agriculture and Education Center on Midland Road. While the basis of the event is registered teams walking over the course of the event, organizers say that the event is as much a festival, open to the public, as it is a charity walk...
Not-for-profits line up to seek county funds
Not-for-profit agencies serving Bedford County presented their contribution requests to Bedford County Financial Management Agency during a hearing Tuesday afternoon at Bedford County Business Complex. The county contributes to a number of different non-profits. ...
Winning words from a legend
Steve Spurrier, who made a name for himself as a Heisman Trophy-winning football player and then as a pro and college coach, used highlights from his career to illustrate leadership principles such as teamwork and goal-setting during a speech Tuesday in Shelbyville...
Paddlin' for paws, poker
The CGFreck Foundation, a Wartrace-based animal rescue group, will hold its third annual "Paddlin' For Paws" fundraiser Saturday on the Duck River. The event is a poker run -- not unlike motorcycle-based poker runs. Kayakers collect playing cards at various stops along the river, and at the end of the day the person with the best poker hand wins...
New law prevents funding thefts
State Sen. Jim Tracy, R-Shelbyville, said a bill passed this year by the General Assembly would have prevented the theft of $162,000 in grant funds meant to feed hungry children. A special investigation by the Tennessee Comptroller's Office has found that Jeannette Jives-Nealy stole $162,165 in federal grant funds...
'Big Payback' is Tuesday
This Tuesday, not-for-profit groups from throughout Middle Tennessee will participate in "The Big Payback," a fund-raising drive that challenges donors to give online during a 24-hour period. Charities will compete in real time to see how much they can raise between midnight and 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3. Donations for the challenge will be accepted through The Big Payback website, thebigpayback.org...
Homeschoolers enjoy night on the town
Area homeschooled students enjoyed a great night of food, fun, dancing and prizes on Friday at the Microtel in Shelbyville. The event had a spring theme and welcomed all who wished to attend. "We organized the dance so that the kids can get together and have some fun. For the older kids, it's a more formal event, like a prom," organizer Jamie Carter said. "We welcome everyone who wants to come enjoy some time with their peers, no matter the attire."...
Women of achievement exemplify service to others
Serving others -- one common denominator that all the award recipients at Wednesday's 23rd annual Professional Women's Luncheon share. Winners include Colleen Fogle, Professional Woman of the Year; Brenda Clifford, Secretary of the year; Christy Womack, Volunteer of the Year; and Lisa Chick, Faithful Service Award...
Goodwill hosts job fair May 3
A nine-employer job fair, a Community Resource Fair and an Education Fair are among events planned in Shelbyville for Goodwill Week, May 2-6. Every year during the first full week of May, independent Goodwill agencies across the United States and Canada celebrate the power of work through local activities. ...
From abuse to loads of love
An MTSU student who is majoring in social work shared her childhood story of abuse, hunger and playing second to pets during a fundraiser to help other children going through similar dire straits. Anne Marie Rainwater, 22, was one of two guest speakers for CASA Works Inc.'s annual "I Am For The Child" luncheon. The fundraiser was held Tuesday at First Baptist Church on Depot Street...
Runners, walkers hit the trail in support of Arrowhead Ranch
It was an exciting finish on a beautiful day at the annual Arrowhead 5K run/walk Saturday in Normandy. Will Eells of Murfreesboro came in first place for the men with a time of 19:50 with Leonardo Hernandez of the Shelbyville Central boys soccer team close behind him in second. Clay Pogue of Estill Springs took third...
Organ donation need emphasized at coffee
Saving lives was the topic of the most recent Chamber coffee. The Shelbyville Rotary Club held its annual Organ Donor Awareness Coffee Tuesday at the Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce. Maleah Claxton of the club welcomed the crowd. Organ donation advocate Donna Orr also welcomed visitors and praised the work of Steven Jamison, public education coordinator for Donate Life Tennessee...
Pastor heads relief effort for Ecuador
Local minister and Ecuador native David Carrera is organizing earthquake relief for his native country. The quake, which hit Saturday night, has killed at least 262 people and injured thousands along the coast of the South American country. Carrera said he's collecting funds rather than physical items because of the logistics involved in shipping. His intent is to take medication to the country, as well as four to six water purification units costing $2,500 each...
Fun day set for special young people
The Leadership Bedford Youth Class is treating special youths to a day filled with fun festivities. The free "Carnival For Care" will be Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Shelbyville Central High School's football field. The event is designed to enable youths with special needs and their families to participate in fun activities. Everyone is welcome. There will be games, face painting, snow cones, music and more...
Walking for Cancer
The Bedford Cancer Foundation's annual Walking For Cancer Horse Show, held Saturday at Champions Arena, show started off with a rendition of the national anthem and the display of the flag. See more photos at http://www.t-g.com/gallery/26961. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Charities ready to compete for donations
On May 3, not-for-profit groups from throughout Middle Tennessee will participate in "The Big Payback," a fund-raising drive that challenges donors to give online during a 24-hour period. Eight Bedford County-based charities, along with other charities that have significant presence within Bedford County, are among the participating not-for-profits...
Special girls shine bright at benefit fashion show
A fashion show will be held on Tuesday for special needs girls in grades 6-12. The second annual Shining Stars pageant will be from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at Fairlane Church of Christ, 101 Dow Drive. "Shining Stars is more then just a fundraiser," said organizer Marissa Countess. "It is an event that allows our community to unite as one and celebrate the gift of life and beauty...
Non-profits to feel city cuts
Shelbyville City Council voted unanimously Thursday night to cut funding by 20 percent to nonprofit agencies. City Manager Jay Johnson told the council that he and City Treasurer Jamey Owen need to know the council's will by the time budget sessions start soon...
CASA Works luncheon deadline is April 21
CASA Works will hold its annual "I am for the Child" Bedford County luncheon Tuesday, April 26 at noon at First Baptist Church on Depot Street. CASA serves abused and neglected children in juvenile courts in Bedford, Coffee and Franklin counties. RSVP by April 21 by calling 931-455-7426...
Honor Roll party
Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County had an honor roll celebration at Rafael's restaurant on April 8 to reward members for excellent grades during the third quarter of this school year. Back row, from left: A'Driana Anderson, Bryson Higgins, Dylan Marchi, Makia Woodard, Jaxon Curry, Mia Velasquez, Persaeus Curtis, Janie Lopez, Laila Redman, Eve Speirs, Treasure Johnson, Jalen Kelso and Isaiah Batts. Front row: Lauren Carr, Landen Brown, Brooklyn Kiker, Thalia Morales, Hero Curtis, Kalin Alcorta, Jacari Whitaker, Xavier Rea, Zacki Solis, Anastasia Trice and Ryann Gary. (Submitted photo)
Liberty debuts Relay Recess
Liberty School will be the first local school to participate in Relay Recess, an offshoot of the American Cancer Society Relay For Life which combines fund-raising with education about healthy lifestyles and cancer prevention. Members of the school's National Junior Honor Society met Tuesday with advisor Katie Gospodarek and Samantha Chamblee of the American Cancer Society to make plans for the event...
Great Strides representative speaks to Lions Club
Terry Smith of Great Strides Therapeutic Riding Program talked to Shelbyville Lions Club about the great benefits this program does for children with disabilities as in teaching them balance, coordination and confidence. The program started in 1993. They have two sessions a night, with the program running April through October each year, on Monday and Tuesday nights. They average around 40 children each year...
Bemis food drive
The Bemis Foundation holds an in-house food drive each year. This year Bemis North America-Shelbyville collected 11,912 items to be distributed to Good Samaritan of Bedford County and Families First. Tammy Fults, a quality assurance technician, coordinated the campaign. "This has been the best year by far for BNA Shelbyville," she said. "I divided the 114 employees into four competitive groups each with a specific team leader. I also borrowed some shopping carts from our local Kroger grocery store and each team had a specific cart to place their items in after their leader counted them." (Submitted photo)
Organizers hope swimming lessons save lives
The Shelbyville Recreation Center is partnering with a third-party nonprofit to offer free swimming lessons this summer to low-income children. The classes are called the Flying Fish program. Between 40 to 60 children will take part in the classes, which start in June, said Pam Henry, aquatics director at the Shelbyville Recreation Center...
Walking, riding, helping: Fundraisers help Cancer Foundation
Four-legged and four-wheeled methods of transport will raise money to support local cancer patients on Saturday. The Bedford Cancer Foundation will host its annual Walking for Cancer Horse Show on Saturday starting at 5 p.m. at Champions Arena on The Celebration grounds. Admission is $5; children under 6 are free. Box seats of six seats are $50...
'Hee Haw & Howdy' tickets on sale Monday
Tickets go on sale Monday for the 40th anniversary production of "Hee Haw & Howdy," an annual fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society performed as a tribute to the classic TV show "Hee Haw." The show, which will take place April 29-30 at Shelbyville Central High School, is produced by the Strength In Numbers team in the American Cancer Society Relay For Life...
Democratic Women support Imagination Library
Wanda Campbell, right, treasurer of Bedford County Democratic Women, presents a $300 check to Trish Hubbard, chair of Bedford County Imagination Library. The gift, made in memory of three club members' recently-deceased mothers, will be applied towards the $4,000 matching challenge made by an anonymous donor. Imagination Library sends a book a month to any Bedford County child from birth through their fifth birthday -- a total of 60 books in all. The worldwide program was founded by entertainer Dolly Parton. (Submitted photo)
Support for life: Fish fry supports pregnancy counseling center
Hundreds come every year to the First Choice Fish Fry & Auction for food and a fun time, but what does the fundraising event actually support? First Choice Pregnancy Counseling Center, 1102 Madison St., provides free and confidential services to pregnant women, new mothers and women who have experienced an abortion...
Red Cross ready to help fire victims
It's the middle of the night. Your home and possessions are in flames. You're standing in a neighbor's yard watching as firefighters battle the blaze. The only clothes you have left are the ones you're wearing. What do you do? The American Red Cross provides assistance to people affected by individual house fires, just as they would provide assistance in a large-scale disaster like a tornado or hurricane...
Make-A-Wish walk planned
Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee's Walk for Wishes presented by Franklin Kia will take place on Saturday, April 16, at 8:00 a.m. at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. Walk for Wishes supporters have raised more than two-thirds of the event's $90,000 fundraising goal...
Lung cancer 5K/walk held April 16
The Nashville Free to Breathe 5K Run/Walk and 1-mile Walk presented by Sarah Cannon Research Institute at Tennessee Oncology will be Saturday, April 16. The event will be at Shelby Bottom Park, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville. All proceeds from the event support Free to Breathe, a lung cancer research and advocacy organization dedicated to doubling lung cancer survival by 2022...
Clinic to benefit from 'The Big Payback'
Community Clinic of Shelbyville and Bedford County Inc. is participating in The Big Payback. The third annual The Big Payback is a region-wide, 24-hour online giving event created to help Middle Tennessee nonprofits raise funds vital to continue their work, which directly improves the community around them. This is the first year that the Community Clinic is taking part in the event...
Volunteers needed to advocate for those in long-term care
The South Central Tennessee Development District Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program will conduct volunteer training April 25-26 at the SCTDD offices in Mount Pleasant. This program provides volunteers the chance to advocate for residents in long term care facilities -- which includes nursing homes, assisted livings and homes for the aged. SCTDD says there are over 60 such facilities in its 13-county district, and a need for volunteers in all counties...
Luanne Neeley is one of the many volunteers who operate the Good Samaritan Thrift Store, which held its monthly bag sale Monday. All sales support Good Samaritan's charitable work. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Pinnacle gives to United Way
Pinnacle Financial Partners donated $500 to United Way last Friday. From left are: Andrea Sublett, United Way Executive Director Pam Fisher, Jo Ann Fann of Pinnacle and Marsha Howard. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
AEDC employees give to Contact Lifeline
The ATA Employee and Community Activities Committee at Arnold Engineering Development Complex recently made a donation to the Family Counseling Center, which operates the Contact Lifeline of the Highland Rim, a free crisis hotline for residents of Bedford, Coffee, Franklin and Moore counties. Ellen Stowers (right), a program services coordinator with FCC, receives the donation from E&CAC Treasurer Kristi Martin. The funds will be used to support the crisis line services and crisis intervention training for the volunteer staff. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Holly Fowler)
BackPacks feed children during break
Holy Week, Good Friday, and all of the celebrations that all come with this time of year, including spring break. What better to look forward to than over a week out of school? But sometimes certain problems arise during breaks. While so many children look forward to spring break, for others it means 10 days with no school meals or weekend BackPacks...
Car club gives back to community
Celebration City Car Club, represented by Roger Huffman (left in photos), donates to various area charities each year.
Motlow hosts walks for autism awareness
Motlow State Community College campuses in Fayetteville, McMinnville, Moore County and Smyrna will host separate Autism Awareness Walk events on Monday. "We look forward to this unified effort as we give hope to the world of autism," said Sonya Hood, director of disability services at Motlow. "We invite people to join us in our effort to inspire compassion, empowerment, and hope regarding autism."...
Soup kitchen to become permanent
The soup kitchen operated by Bedford County Ministerial Association during Lent has proven to be needed, and sustainable, say organizers, and it will continue. The association originally announced that the kitchen would have a trial run during the Lenten season in order to determine whether it was needed and whether there would be support for it. Lent ended last week, but the soup kitchen will continue...
Caregiver Relief pancake supper planned
Caregiver Relief Program will hold its annual pancake supper Tuesday, April 5, from 5-7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church on the square. Tickets are $5 and are available from any Caregiver Relief Program board member or by calling 931-685-9039. The program assists families of Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers in Bedford County. Seen here are Karen, a caregiver, and her father Jim, along with (standing) Jennifer Abernathy of the Tennessee Respite Coalition and Joyce Adams, program director for Caregiver Relief Program. (T-G File Photo by Jim Davis)
Running for the ranch
What better way to shake off the winter blues than taking a 3.2 mile trek around the 187 acres at Arrowhead Ranch near Normandy? On Saturday, April 23, the ranch, at 239 Cortner Mill Road, will host its fifth annual "Run for the Ranch." This event features a cross-country style 5K race or 1-mile fun walk designed to showcase the natural beauty of the ranch as runners travel along the majestic Duck River...
Shoes good for the sole: Eakin Elementary accepts donation
School can improve your mind. Sometimes, it can be good for your sole as well. For the second year, every teacher, student and staff member at a local elementary school has received a free pair of shoes. Last year's beneficiary was Southside Elementary School; this year, it was Eakin Elementary...
Imagination Library gains financial boost
An anonymous donor will match public contributions to Imagination Library of Bedford County up to $4,000 through the month of April. The Imagination Library program, founded by entertainer and entrepreneur Dolly Parton, provides each child who is enrolled a book a month from birth through age 5, a total of 60 books. The program is now operating in locations around the world, but Tennessee is the only state where it's offered to every child in every county...
Lydia Darnell's class at Community Middle School recently competed in the Special Olympics at Motlow State Community College. The students competed in basketball and were assisted by the Motlow men's and women's basketball teams. The students did an incredible job and came home with a trophy. Front row: Josue Juarez, Nathan Bailiff, Billy Stallings and Blysse McKee. Back row: Case Grizzle, Jacqual Holman, Martina Ramirez and Khari Pentecost. (Submitted photo)
Caped crusaders vs. cancer
If you see Superman or Batman running down the road Saturday, it's not your favorite superheroes battling one another in preparation for their new movie. Instead, it will be some super people raising money to help some super kids. The second annual Round It UP Mark Kelly Have Hope 5K run & 1K walk will be Saturday. ...
Relay For Life speaker addresses Rotarians
Samantha Chamblee of the American Cancer Society was the speaker at Wednesday's meeting of Shelbyville Rotary Club. Chamblee was once a local ACS volunteer in Bedford County but is now on staff as a community manager, with responsibility for Relay For Life fundraisers in several area communities. She discussed the work done by the cancer society -- not only research, but patient services such as a 24-hour information and referral line, 800-227-2345...
Welfare fraud bill approved by Senate
Legislation aiming to reduce fraud and abuse in Tennessee's welfare system was approved by the State Senate this week. The proposal makes substantial changes to the way the Tennessee Department of Human Services (DHS) contracts and monitors third-party agencies that receive taxpayer money to feed children and adults...
No soup for you! (But chicken)
Marshall Miller, also known as the "Soup Nazi," serves fellow Tyson Foods workers during Wednesday's Celebrity Waiter Luncheon benefiting the American Cancer Society. See more photos in Thursday's T-G. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Habitat dedicates 44th local home
Conisha Sparrow and her son Kam Franklin are the owners of a new Bedford Builds Habitat for Humanity home on Nutmeg Drive. Sparrow has worked more than 350 hours in sweat equity, saved $750 toward her closing cost, attended education classes that included budgeting, nutrition, home maintenance, and now has a 0 percent interest mortgage...
Ready to roll: Race benefits animal charity
Nine-year-old Sisco and owner Jim Davidson are ready to walk as Saturday's Paws for a Cause 5K run-walk gets underway. The event benefited Middle Tennessee Spay & Neuter Clinic. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
CASA directors take national leadership roles
Three executive directors in the Tennessee CASA Network have been named to leadership positions for the National Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Association. Lynne Farrar, executive director for Tennessee CASA, has been named to the NCASA State Steering Committee. ...
This 5K is for the dogs...literally
Runners and walkers can help critters while having a good time Saturday. The eighth annual Paws For A Cause 5K run and one-mile walk will be held Saturday, starting and ending at the Celebration Pavilion on Whitthorne Street across from Calsonic Arena. The event benefits Middle Tennessee Spay & Neuter Clinic and is the facility's largest fundraiser of the year...
Rayz'n Cain reunites for benefit
The popular local party band Rayz'n Cain, which disbanded last year, is reuniting for a benefit concert to help one of its members. "Rayz'n Cain One More Time For Kim," an 18-and-over benefit concert, will be held Saturday, April 30, at the Blue Ribbon Circle on the Celebration grounds...
Fighting words that hurt
The young woman walked nervously through the doors leading into the Haven of Hope outreach office. Her eyes were downcast as she began talking with the advocate about her life. Her husband had never hit her, yet she was desperate to escape this controlling and emotionally abusive man. Would they believe her, since he'd never physically assaulted her? Would they think she was overreacting? Would they be able to help her?...
New date, more activities surround ROcKFEST concert
The R.O.K. concert is not happening this spring, but that does not mean organizers have given up. The people behind the Rewarding Our Kids concert are trying a different approach, including a new date, Sept. 24, organizer Jason Barber said. Traditionally, the concert has been held in the early part of the year; last year's was in April. The new date will allow for a belated back-to-school bash, he said...
Valuable vision visit
The Shelbyville Lions Club is providing eye screening to the second generation of daycare students. Lucas Spivey, age 18 months, had his vision checked Thursday at Ms. Menza's Day Care along with other students. His father, Ben Spivey (not pictured), had his vision checked at the day care about 19 years ago, owner Menza Cantrell said. Spivey was diagnosed with a lazy eye and wore a patch, then glasses. Now, the father does not require glasses, she said. From left are Bill Dearing; Peggy Bush; Eddie Wright; Menza Cantrell holding Lucas; Jonnie Wright; and Donnetta Hurt. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Goodwill to hold job fair
The Goodwill Career Solutions center at 108 Lane Parkway, Shelbyville, will host a job fair from 9 a.m.-noon on Thursday, March 3, for two local employers seeking to fill at least 40 positions positions. Employers include the Walmart Distribution Center and CalsonicKansei North America, both in Shelbyville. Openings include order fillers and production technicians. Rates of pay reach $17.80 per hour...
Caregivers treated to pampering by volunteers
The Caregiver Appreciation Day/Valentine's Edition was held on Feb. 13. The event was sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association, the Caregiver Relief Program of Bedford County and the Relative Caregiver Program. The lunch was donated by Celebration Way, Compassus Hospice and SunCrest Home Health. ...
Boys & Girls Club staffer honored
Melisa Cabrales was named the Youth Development Professional of the year for the Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County at an awards banquet held last weekend at the Boys & Girls Club of Rutherford County in Murfreesboro. Cabrales is a student at Middle Tennessee State University and has been with the club for almost three years. (Submitted photo)
Shop at Kroger, benefit United Way
If you shop at Kroger and are a member of the Kroger Plus program, you can help benefit United Way of Bedford County -- without affecting your own Kroger Plus benefits or fuel points. Simply go to krogercommunityrewards.com and log in using your Kroger Plus online account, or create an account if you don't already have one. ...
United Way: Gifts For Giving
Starting with this past fall's campaign, United Way of Bedford County introduced a new incentive program, "Gifts For Giving," which gives specially-branded "Live United" merchandise to donors based on how much they contribute. The gifts are based on how much you give per week -- not per pay period. So if your company's pay period is every two weeks, a $1 per week donation would mean $2 per pay period...
United Way: Caregiver Relief assists families of dementia patients
The Caregiver Relief Program of Bedford County is one of the partner agencies receiving support from United Way. This nonprofit organization began by educating the public and now provides "free nursing support with hope, help, and radical loving support to persons and caregivers affected by Alzheimer's Disease."...
United Way: Companies Live United
Kroger supports United Way. The Shelbyville store raised more than $15,000 for the charity, said manager Mike Smith. District manager Tregg Player had challenged the 15 stores in his area, District 5, to support United Way. Forty-eight Shelbyville workers did just that...
Bemis recommits to United Way support
A new emphasis on participation in United Way paid off for one Shelbyville industry. Bemis saw a 267 percent increase in giving last year, with the help of an organization that showed employees how their donations benefit others...
United Way executive director's message: 'Live United'
Live United. Two simple words with such a powerful message. United Way encourages each of us to Live United because when we do, we lay a foundation for a stronger, healthier community in which to live, work, and raise our families. Not every family is blessed with a perfectly healthy child. ...
...Annnnd they're off! Derby is theme for new United Way fundraiser
United Way of Bedford County will be off to the races with its newest fundraiser, a fashionable Kentucky Derby viewing party on May 7 at Rebel Run Horse Farm on Highway 130 West. The event, which will run from 3:30 until 6 p.m. on Derby Day, will encourage patrons to wear Derby-style hats, tacky ties and other finery. ...
For Hobbs, United Way was a personal passion
Dawn Hobbs served United Way for a decade before leaving last summer to join the City of Shelbyville. Hobbs led the creation of the Fired Up & Fit adventure 5K, and enjoyed participating in it as well.Dawn Hobbs was only the second executive director of United Way of Bedford County, succeeding Ann Farrar and then serving for nearly 10 years until leaving last year to become human resources director for the City of Shelbyville...
United Way: 4-H teaches leadership, life skills
Many people think of 4-H as only being about livestock. But the program is really much more than that, according to Jeffrey Hester of the UT/TSU Extension Office in Shelbyville. Hester and Emily Osterhaus work with the more than 2,200 local youth who participate in 4-H programs each year, and the topics they cover range from communications skills to keeping a household budget and finding a job...
United Way board of directors
Members of the United Way board include, from left, front row, Betsy Norris, Debby Bynum, Andrea Sublett and Pam Fisher; back row, Danny Limbaugh, Marsha Howard, Bryan Nerren, Janet Clarkson, Joseph Forsee and Jeff Haynes. Members not pictured are Luke Hice, Cassie Davis, Sally Redd, Wayne Bomar, Matt Pagello, Charisse Parker and Denise Parker. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Cold Patrol out to warm homeless
Shelbyville resident Kim Heaven has launched the Shelbyville Cold Patrol, an outreach to the homeless in cold weather situations. "The need is there," said Heaven, who seeks out homeless persons. She, accompanied by a daughter and the daughter's friend, tries to convince them to go to a shelter, but some are resistant...
Check first before believing Facebook claims on charities
A dear friend of mine, last weekend, was circulating one of my least-favorite Internet pass-alongs -- a grid that purports to expose financial mismanagement at some charities and point you instead to others. The pass-along is wildly inaccurate, and the section of it dealing with Goodwill Industries is an out-and-out lie, falsely claiming that Goodwill is a privately-owned business rather than a not-for-profit, and listing a wrong name for its CEO. ...
Silver sponsor of Habitat Ball
Jennifer Jordan (center), owner of J. Jordan Boutique, was a Silver Sponsor of the Bedford Builds Habitat for Humanity Ball, which was held on Saturday. Jordan also contributed this cardigan with lace sleeves for the silent auction. Pictured (from left) are: Debbie Donegan, Jennifer Jordan and Mickey McLean. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Spay Day offers free service
Middle Tennessee Spay & Neuter Clinic, 846 Union St., is joining the statewide observance of "Spay Day" on Tuesday, Feb. 23, by offering free spaying services that day for the pets of fixed-income owners. Only a limited number of appointments are available, and pet owners must reserve them by calling 931-684-5353, according to Kimberly Warren of MTSNC...
Soup kitchen opens
Jen Buckner, left, and the Rev. Lanita Monroe, two of the organizers of a community-wide soup kitchen, serve guests on the kitchen's first night of operation Tuesday. The kitchen is under the auspices of Bedford County Ministerial Association, but supported by a wide variety of churches and individuals, including some churches with no connection to the ministerial group. It will run each Tuesday night through Lent on a trial basis, based at First United Methodist Church on the public square, but organizers plan to extend the project if demand warrants it. About 20 people had taken advantage of the meal by 6:45 Tuesday evening; there were numerous volunteers on hand to facilitate service. Those attending got to take additional food home with them to enjoy later. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
Car club gives to Arrowhead Ranch
Colton Richardson, right, of Arrowhead Ranch receives a donation from Celebration City Car Club, represented by Roger Huffman. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Volunteers, AT&T help furnish library
The Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library has received $6,000 which it used to purchase new tables for the library computer lab. AT&T has awarded $5,000 to the Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library. The Shelbyville Retired Telecom Pioneers had originally secured a grant of $1,000 from the Tennessee Chapter of AT&T Pioneers. ...
Centerstone expands suicide outreach help
Centerstone, one of the nation's largest not-for-profit providers of community-based behavioral health and addiction services, has expanded its Crisis Care Services in Tennessee with two new, statewide suicide prevention grants totaling more than $5 million...
Leadership Bedford works to make playground more accessible
In 1998, the fifth class of Leadership Bedford had as its class project building "Celebration Station," the playground at H.V. Griffin Park. That year's class mobilized and coordinated a community-wide effort, raising funds and organizing community build days at which volunteers from throughout the community helped to construct playground equipment...
Red Cross to hold breakfast fundraiser
The Heart of Tennessee Chapter of the American Red Cross, which serves Bedford and 16 other Middle Tennessee counties, will hold its only fund-raiser of the year, its Heroes Breakfast, March 2 at Stones River Country Club in Murfreesboro. Dr. Gloria Bonner of Middle Tennessee State University will be the keynote speaker and the "Hero of the Year" award will be presented to Dr. Liz Rhea...
Boys & Girls Club members receive donations of bags
The Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County recently received a donation from Thirty-One Gifts. Each child was presented with a Thirty-One Gifts Pro Duffle bag or a Jr. Rec Duffle bag by local Thirty-One Gifts representatives. Jennifer Pasalakis, national executive sales director, nominated the Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County to be one of the recipients of the annual donation made by Thirty-One Gifts...
CASA in need of volunteers
CASA Works Inc. is looking for volunteers with a heart for children and a passion for service to advocate for abused and neglected children in Juvenile Court. With a flexible schedule, volunteers dedicate 10-15 hours per month to the children to whom they are appointed. ...
Spaghetti, T-shirts fight cancer
Remembrance, food, clothing and basketball will come together in a fight against cancer next week at Cascade High School. Charlie Pope will hold his annual Cascade Cafeteria Scholarship spaghetti dinner Saturday, Jan. 30 in memory of his late mother, Judy Pope, a longtime cafeteria worker and basketball fan. His mother was a breast cancer survivor who later died of liver cancer...
Grant will allow clinic to fix animals for free
The Middle Tennessee Spay and Neuter Clinic (MTSNC) has received a $3,000 grant to spay and neuter pets of those on fixed incomes at no charge to the approved recipient. The grant is 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, which recently announced more than $1.79 million in grants to 280 nonprofit organizations as part of The Foundation's annual discretionary grantmaking process.. ...
Helping cancer patients
Board members of the Bedford Cancer Foundation hold a "check" for $11,500, the amount raised from the Veterans Day 5K run last November. Pictured (in no particular order): Connie Allen, Kim Allison, Angela Hayes, Pam Ingraham, Karen Inman, Cathy Mercer, Navid Monajjem, Barbara Pate, Iris Schumann and Virginia Stewart. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Walmart accepting grant apps
The Walmart Foundation opened the application period for its State Giving Program funding cycle Monday welcoming Tennessee nonprofits with programs that focus on hunger relief, healthy eating or career opportunity to apply for funding. The deadline to submit grant requests is Jan 29...
Goodwill helps hundreds find jobs
Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee helped 15,412 people find jobs in 2015, a 61 percent increase over its efforts the prior year. The not-for-profit provides free training, education and employment opportunities across 48 middle and west Tennessee counties. Overall, the agency assisted 36,081 people in 2015 -- a 28 percent rise compared to 2014...
Car club gives to Humane Association
Roger Huffman of Celebration City Car Club presents a donation to Christine Abbey-Carlton of the Shelbyville-Bedford County Humane Association. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
From homeless teen to Motlow grad
His youthful appearance and clean-cut style give the casual observer the impression that Lebron Hill is much like many other Motlow State Community College sophomore students. They missed out on the Tennessee Promise scholarship by a year, but through other scholarships or help from their families, or maybe even a Pell grant or a part-time job, many attend college without the burden or responsibility of paying for it...
Jen Garrett and Bobby Mitchell, employees of Food Lion, sold the most Holiday without Hunger boxes that were bought by caring customers and donated to Good Samaritan and Journey of Hope to assist those who need help with food this recent holiday season. (Submitted photo)
DHS hit by new Tracy bill
State Sen. Jim Tracy has filed legislation aimed at correcting what he says are serious problems within the Tennessee Department of Human Services (DHS). The bill would, among other things, force DHS to justify its continued existence to the legislature between now and July 2017...
A special 'family': Allen makes sure people have holiday dinners
Some people have a natural gift for the true meaning of the holiday season; that of actually giving selflessly. Cindy Allen of the Shelbyville Recreation Center expressed a humble reply when approached about a recent call the Times-Gazette received about Allen's act of service to locals in need during the past holiday season...
Clutter for charity: Old stuff provides jobs, affordable homes
One way to ring in New Year's Day is to de-clutter your home. The week after Christmas is typically the busiest week of the year for Goodwill to receive donations for its stores, said Chris Fletcher, PR and communications manager for Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee...
Sunday Conversation: Cascade senior takes lead in community involvement
Marissa Countess, the subject of today's Sunday Conversation, is a senior at Cascade High School. The future Cascade alumnus is extremely active at school and in the community. Last spring, she organized a sort of beauty show for special-needs girls called Shining Stars...
Funds promote buying homes
Shelbyville Housing Authority has received a $49,037 grant, part of $1.5 million given out by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Tennessee for employment and job training programs. The grants were made through HUD's Family Self-Sufficiency Program...
Central FFA, Key Club donate to Junior's House
Troubled children will be finding a little comfort next year with the help of two Central High School clubs. The Bedford County Future Farmers of America of SCHS and the Key Club teamed to donate toys to Junior's House, a Fayetteville-based child advocacy center that expanded to Bedford County earlier this year...
Help for the holidays
Robert Freeman beams as he holds his new truck during City Outreach Ministries' annual toy distribution Saturday. Kobe Simmons of Boy Scout Troop 370 pauses from loading a food-delivery pickup. The American Legion (Big Brothers) distributed food on a cold Saturday morning to veterans, the elderly and families. A steady stream of cars was lined up into Kingree Road to receive the food...
Toys for Christmas
Evolet Godinez, 4, was thrilled to receive a bicycle Tuesday from the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. Toys for Tots distributed toys Tuesday at Gateway Church and in partnership with other churches and charities, serving approximately 1,500 children, Col. Ken Crowell (ret.) said. See more photos at http://www.t-g.com/gallery/25999.
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Groups spread holiday cheer
Members of the Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County visited Glen Oaks Health and Rehabilitation on Friday to spread a little bit of Christmas cheer. They handed out Christmas cards and candy canes and sang Christmas carols throughout the nursing home. (Submitted photo)
Goal exceeded: Toys for children's hospital
On Dec. 3, the Times-Gazette reported on Cascade Middle School student Tori Hull and her drive to collect Christmas toys for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. Hull, 13, had set a goal of $2,000 worth of toys and monetary donations this year, which would have doubled last year's collection. Instead, she collected approximately $3,500, which filled two SUVs with one more box to be delivered, according to her mother, Vickie Hull. (Submitted photo)
Relay volunteers encouraged
TULLAHOMA -- Cancer seems like a never-ending threat, but advances have been made -- and the key is research, American Cancer Society Relay For Life volunteers were told during a training session Thursday night. "Almost every single thing we have discovered about cancer, the American Cancer Society has had its hands on," said Amy McCollum of the American Cancer Society...
Award nominations sought
Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for its four annual awards recognizing service to the community. The Deery Eakin Volunteer of the Year Award, the Outstanding Leadership Award, the Special Services Award and the Franklin Yates Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented during the annual membership luncheon and awards banquet on Feb. 9 at the Blue Ribbon Circle...
Don't say 'yes' to holiday stress
The holiday season often brings with it a flurry of activity. Once we get wrapped up in tree and cookie decorating, parties and pageants, neighborhood caroling or committing to various gift exchanges and events, we're suddenly busier now than in everyday life...
Trainers give back
The Walking Horse Trainers Association delivered Christmas toys Monday to more than 300 children at Bedford County schools, Early Head Start and the Center for Family Development. The donations are part of the Give Back Program. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
City toy drive in need of donations
City Outreach Ministries needs help buying toys. The ministry has bought Christmas toys for children for 21 years, Scott Horn said. "We're just trying to help the kids in the community who are in need," he said. "We want to make sure they have a good Christmas."...
Deputies grow whiskers to help fight cancer
One whisker at a time, several Bedford County deputies grew facial hair in November to help raise funds to fight cancer. "We saw a flyer about No Shave November and we decided we wanted to keep it local and to help local cancer patients," Lt. Nikia Elliott said...
Parents of lost children light candles
This Sunday, bereaved parents around the world will gather to light candles in memory of the children they have lost. The Worldwide Candle Lighting Ceremony is organized by The Compassionate Friends, a support group for parents who have lost their children. The group's Highland Rim Chapter will hold a candle-lighting Sunday at The Church of Christ at Cedar Lane, 1200 Cedar Lane in Tullahoma...
Tori's wish: A truckload of toys
It's no fun to be a kid in the hospital. It's even less fun to be a kid in the hospital on Christmas morning. Tori Hull, 13, a seventh grader at Cascade Middle School, collected $1,000 worth of Christmas toys and personal care items last year for families at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt...
Letters to the Editor, Dec. 3
To the editor: It's sad to see a bill from Rep. Scott DesJarlais that tries to turn lawbreakers into victims and the dutiful staff of the U.S. Department of Agriculture into perpetrators. The Congressman's bill is built on false assumptions...
Picture perfect: Special event helps build families
Eat breakfast with Santa and get a picture made on Saturday -- all while helping a good cause. The Center for Family Development will host Breakfast With Santa on Saturday from 9-11 a.m. The center's new location is at 1304 Madison St., in the building that was previously Gateway Church...
Shoppers asked to bless others today
First there was Black Friday, then Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, and now there is Giving Tuesday. As it seems that the number of designated holiday shopping days with a theme continues to proliferate, one day is gaining traction with the idea of giving to others...
Thomas Magnet canned food drive
Thomas Magnet School recently finished its second annual canned food drive that benefitted Community Outreach Partnership (COP). Richard Smith, on behalf of COP, said the shelves were empty and the efforts from TMS were greatly appreciated. Pictured: TMS Student Council members who helped load the food onto the van last week before it was delivered to the organization. (Submitted photo)
Toys For Tots needs your help
The U.S. Marine Corps Toys For Tots program desperately needs toys for its annual drive, says Col. Ken Crowell (retired), who is active in the program locally. Only new, not-gift-wrapped toys are accepted, he said. "All toys are distributed to needy children in Bedford County," Crowell said...
From rural Tennessee to the whole world, with love
From the remote mountains of Afghanistan to the war-torn nation of Georgia to the cold streets of wintertime Nashville, American soldiers and homeless veterans are starting to receive boxes full of warm holiday wishes from Middle Tennessee residents...
Canned food drive goes wild
Shelbyville Central's Great Canned Food Drive had a wild theme this year -- a "Lion King" theme, that is. The annual can drive was titled "Ha-CAN-a Matata" in reference to the Disney cartoon "The Lion King." The movie's motto "hakuna matata" means "no worries" in Swahili. Student organizers played off that motto: "Ha-CAN-a Matata" means "No hunger."...
Car club gives to 4-H
Roger Huffman, left, of Celebration City Car Club presents a donation from the club to Tony Martin, Timothy Martin and Brigette Swafford of Bedford County 4-H. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Spirit of the season: Christy's Cuddlies helps assisted living residents
The annual Christy's Cuddlies for Clera project is taking place between now and Dec. 13. Christy and her grandson Caine Warren have been doing this service project for several years, helping residents of local assisted living facilities...
Relay team gives away country ham
Steve Wachala, husband of American Cancer Society Relay For Life event co-chair Sharon Wachala (who is holding the box), draws Kevin Dodson's name as the winner of a country ham given away by the Strength In Numbers Relay For Life team. Although the Relay For Life will not take place until May 20-21, 2016, the more active Relay teams raise money year-round. Money raised by the Relay For Life program goes to American Cancer Society research and to patient services such as Hope Lodge, Road To Recovery, and a 24-hour cancer information line, 800-227-2345. For more information about Relay For Life, go to http://relayforlife.org/bedfordtn. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
More Than A Bake Sale
First Presbyterian Church Women of the Church will host "More Than A Bake Sale" from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday. Baked goods, canned goods, and many other items will be for sale. Ten Thousand Villages, a organization that helps provide wages to artisans in developing countries, will have scarves, jewelry, Christmas items, baskets, and many other items, like those seen here, for sale. (Submitted photos)
Christmas boxes begin their journey
This is National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan's Purse. Operation Christmas Child uses gift-filled shoeboxes to demonstrate God's love in a tangible way to children in need in over 100 countries. Numerous Bedford County churches and individuals are participating in the event, and New Beginnings Baptist Church is serving as a dropoff point...
United Way fall drive underway
United Way of Bedford County is in the middle of its fall fundraising campaign, according to new executive director Pam Fisher, attempting to raise money for 22 health and human service agencies which serve Bedford County. A new fund-raiser this year will be Breakfast With Santa, Dec. 5 at Shelbyville Recreation Center...
Rotary Club defines 'giving' with dictionary project
More than 10 years ago, Shelbyville Rotarians began a service project to help local students hone their literary skills. Each year since 2004 local club members have taken a day and visited each school in the county, distributing dictionaries to many students...
Fundraiser helps Homes of Hope continue services
Homes of Hope of Bedford County held its annual fall dinner fundraiser on Thursday at the Blue Ribbon Circle on the Celebration grounds, with food, entertainment, and enough door prizes that no one in attendance left empty-handed. Homes of Hope's primary ministry is the "Safe Families for Children" program, which places children in temporary homes while their families are going through a crisis -- such as homelessness, rehab or incarceration -- with the expectation that the children will be reunited with the family. ...
Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Month
Brooklyn Kiker, 7, from East Side Elementary School, was named by Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County as Youth of the Month for October in the ages 6-8 division.
Jordan Moreno, 9, from East Side Elementary School, was named by Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County as Youth of the Month for October in the ages 9 and older division. (Submitted photos)
Raise your hand! Volunteers needed to read with children
An orientation session was held Tuesday for this school year's participants in the "Raise Your Hand Tennessee" program -- but that doesn't mean it's too late for additional volunteers to sign up. The program, under the auspices of United Way, places volunteers in local elementary schools -- typically for an hour a week, although that can be adjusted to fit a particular volunteer's schedule, and at least one local volunteer attends once a month...
Just a few sips of wine can help save animals
You can sample some delectable wines and food all in the name of saving animals' lives. The Shelbyville-Bedford County Humane Association (SBCHA) is hosting its annual Fall Lights event Saturday. The wine tasting and silent auction will be 7-9 p.m. at the Blue Ribbon Circle Club...
Toys for Tots applications will be taken next week
Applications for the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program will be accepted from Monday, Nov. 16 through Friday, Nov. 20. During those five days, families wishing to be placed on the recipient list should call 931-607-6846 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Organizers will arrange for an interview and will explain the regulations when you call...
Atmos gives to bookmobile project
Mai George of Atmos Energy, left, stopped by Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library Tuesday to hand over a donation check to director Rita Allen to replace the bookmobile, which burned in July. (Submitted photo)
R.A.P. offers helping hand
The daily struggles of youth were the topic of the first Rural Arts Program (R.A.P.) Summit, which was held Wednesday. Julius Hill of R.A.P. explained that the meeting was to explain to Shelbyville City Council and others about how the R.A.P. Center is here for the city and county's youth, about the programs they'll be growing in 2016, and how people can get involved...
Deliver Christmas to needy children
From Nov. 16-23, New Beginnings Baptist Church in Shelbyville will serve as a collection site for Operation Christmas Child -- the world's largest Christmas project of its kind. The annual Samaritan's Purse project is a favorite of many Shelbyville residents, families, churches and groups who spread joy to millions of children around the world by filling shoeboxes with a "Wow!" item -- like a doll or soccer ball -- other fun toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement...
Lions' vision: Healthier students
Annual vision and hearing checks for Liberty School students only take a couple of minutes, but can go a long way in preventing problems students could develop in the future. The Liberty Lions Club dropped by Tuesday for their annual round of tests...
Agency impacts county by $17M
A study by Middle Tennessee State University concludes that Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee has an economic impact of nearly a half billion dollars in the 48 counties it serves, including nearly $17.7 million in Bedford County. The study includes not only those employed by Goodwill stores but those placed through its Goodwill Career Solutions centers...
Providing a safe home
Missy Parsons of Homes of Hope of Bedford County holds a boy who is staying with her on a temporary basis. The boy, who cannot be named, is one of many children the organization helps find a temporary safe house to stay in while the family works through some sort of situation before reuniting. Parsons also holds a Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible" provided by Thomas Nelson Publishers in a partnership with the Times-Gazette. The Bible will be a door prize at Homes of Hope's annual Fall Dinner fundraiser Nov. 12 at Blue Ribbon Circle. Seats are $50, and table sponsorships with tickets are available. Their phone number is 931-205-6869. Parsons' email is email@example.com. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Duo teams up to help troops
Joey Hobbs, 11, and his aunt Ashley Sand are operating in high gear to collect donations for homeless veterans and care packages for troops stationed overseas. Joey and his best friend Levi Thomas were in the Shelbyville Walmart Friday to collect donations. Sand had planned to be present but was called in to work at the last minute...
Youth summit's goal: 'Bring about change'
The public is invited to attend a summit by the Rural Arts Program (R.A.P.) at the R.A.P. Center, 622 Elm St. Community leaders, clergy, law enforcement and others in the community will meet Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 11 a.m. to discuss daily struggles of youth. Lunch will be provided...
Domestic violence awareness marked with proclamation
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month; Bedford County Mayor Eugene Ray and Circuit Court Clerk Michelle Murray signed a proclamation on Wednesday, joined by representatives of Haven Of Home, the domestic violence shelter and agency serving Bedford, Coffee, Franklin, Lincoln, Marshall and Moore counties...
Fighting cancer with each step
Run for fun, run for fitness, run for cancer patients during the Veterans Day 5K race. Bedford Cancer Foundation will hold its annual Veterans Day 5K race around 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, just prior to the start of the Veterans Day Parade. The race is being dedicated in honor of the late Jim Allison...
Homes of Hope offers safety for vulnerable kids
Every child deserves a safe place to stay. Social workers helping children experiencing traumatic family crises often have trouble finding a "short-term" home for them to stay while working to preserve the family. That's where non-profit agencies like Homes of Hope step in...
Support Toys for Tots while watching football
Bedford County's U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program is asking for donations during the Nov. 7 MTSU-Marshall University football game. Col. Ken Crowell (retired) asks that you bring new, unwrapped toys...
Fall Dinner helps at-risk children
Tickets are on sale now for Homes of Hope's annual Fall Dinner. Homes of Hope will hold the event Nov. 12 at the Blue Ribbon Circle on the Celebration grounds to raise funds for its work to help at-risk children, said Executive Director Missy Parsons...
For soldiers and veterans
Ashley Sand (right) is collecting donations for homeless veterans and care packages for troops stationed overseas. After the story about Sand and her nephew Joey Hobbs (not pictured) appeared in the Times-Gazette last Sunday, a veteran who said he wishes to remain anonymous gave $100 for Sand's charitable works. Also pictured is Times-Gazette staff writer Jason Reynolds who wrote the story about Sand and Joey. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
MMC fights obesity with new program
Last week the MMC Weight Loss & Wellness team grabbed their paint brushes and rakes to paint and clean up Murfreesboro's Blackman Elementary School's playground. Their efforts were a part of the Hometown Huddle project hosted by United Way in Rutherford County...
Fired up over barbecue
Larry Derryberry helps himself to some sauce at the annual Firehouse Barbecue, held Monday at the Tennessee Fire Service and Code Enforcement Academy. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Senior financial abuse, fraud is focus of events
The Adult Abuse Coalition of South Central Tennessee is sponsoring its 12th annual campaign to educate Tennesseans about fraud and financial abuse of seniors and disabled adults. As part of the month's activities, a program will be presented 10 a.m. Thursday at Shelbyville & Bedford County Senior Citizens Center on J.G. Helton Drive. The program is open to all interested citizens...
Fighting cancer through T-shirts
City employees kicked off October by sporting Shelbyville Fire Department Breast Cancer Awareness Month t-shirts. Front row, adminstrative assistant Anna Mai, HR director Dawn Holley, city recorder Shanna Boyette, Ari Dykes and city treasurer Jamey Owen; back, SFD administrative chief Terry Vinson, Fire Marshal Jason Richardson and Tammy Lynch. Shirts can be purchased through the fire department. (City of Shelbyville photo)
Soldiers give boy flag flown in Afghanistan combat
Ashley Sand is well known for her work collecting cards and care packages for soldiers and veterans. She does it in memory of her late boyfriend, Pfc. Tommy Curd. What some may not realize is she has inspired a young relative to get involved. Sand's nephew, Joey Hobbs, 11, has joined the mission and is traveling to military bases to share his love with the troops...
Food ministry receives 'makeover'
A food ministry that feeds about 300 Bedford County families a week has received a "makeover" from Food Lion. Journey of Hope ministry, affiliated with Midland Baptist Church, is located on Midland-Fosterville Road in southern Rutherford County...
Together as one: Unity in outreach for churches, non-profits
Cooperation would be the order of the day if a ministry succeeds at bringing together churches and non-profits. ComeUnity, a new ministry, held a public unveiling of sorts during a luncheon Thursday at the Blue Ribbon Circle. Ranea Brown, the group's director, appealed to an audience of pastors, ministry leaders and other community leaders...
'Love For A Soldier' drive is underway
Ashley Sand and her nephew Joey Hobbs, 11, are holding their annual Love for a Soldier initiative to send care packages to soldiers who are on deployment and for homeless veterans in Nashville through Operation Stand Down. Schools that support the program could win a cash prize...