Charity and social services
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...
Wounded warriors ride through region today
Most travel to Nashville to visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and take a trip down Honkytonk Row. For 50 of the nation's heroes, however, their trip to Music City will be about recovery as they take on Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) Soldier Ride presented by USAAR, according to a press release by the organizers...
Young cancer patients gain from festival
The public square will be shining like gold Saturday when a cancer support group throws a benefit festival. The Mark Kelly Have Hope Foundation will have a "Go Gold Festival" Saturday from 10 a.m. to dusk to raise money to help children with cancer and their families, said co-secretary of the group, Rosie Olson. Rosie is mother of cancer survivor Mark Kelly for whom the organization is named...
Energy assistance program resumes
South Central Human Resource Agency will start accepting applications for the 2016 Low Income Energy Assistance Program on Oct. 1. This program helps low-income households through direct payments to their energy provider. Households with total annual income below 150 percent of the federal poverty guidelines may qualify. ...
Eakin Elementary to hold fun run Thursday
September 24 will be the second annual "Shakin' Eakin Fun Run." This school-wide fundraiser will help raise money to purchase new technology to aid in student achievement. The school is asking that the community partners with a student at the school and give money per lap the student runs/walks, or one set amount of money. Students who raise the most money will get to choose from a selection of prizes. The top boy and the top girl in each grade running the most laps will get a medal...
Keeping kids safe
Det. Tiffany Host checks a seat for Elena Quinonez and her daughter Joana. Bedford County, Shelbyville and Tullahoma police and firefighters held a free child restraint safety check Saturday at First Baptist Church on East Depot Street. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Sunday Conversation: Samantha Chamblee, from volunteer to employee
Samantha Chamblee was an American Cancer Society volunteer who was so passionate about the organization she went on to work with the organization full-time. Now, in her new role, she's again working with her old friends in Bedford County on the Relay For Life, the cancer society's primary local fundraiser...
Wayne went through hell as a child; now, he builds brighter future for others
Today's book review is very personal for me. I'm writing about "Walk to Beautiful: The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid Who Found the Way." Jimmy Wayne, a country singer, is the primary author. Ken Abraham is the co-author; he specializes in collaborating on books with public figures. Thomas Nelson is the publisher of the New York Times bestseller...
Cascade, Thomas receive $2,000 literacy grants
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded $2,000 grants each to Cascade Elementary and Thomas Magnet schools. The foundation donated $18,000 to schools, nonprofits and literacy organizations in South Middle Tennessee to enhance and support youth literacy and education programs. These grant awards are part of more than $4 million in grants awarded last week to approximately 870 schools, nonprofits and organizations throughout the 43 states Dollar General serves...
Documentary focues on campus sexual assault
Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro will present a free public screening of the nationally acclaimed documentary "The Hunting Ground" this evening, followed by a panel discussion on preventing campus sexual assaults...
Narconon offers free help for addicts
Narconon reminds families that abuse of addictive pharmaceutical drugs is on the rise. Learn to recognize the signs of drug abuse and get your loved ones help if they are at risk. Call Narconon for a free brochure on the signs of addiction for all types of drugs. Narconon also offers free screenings and referrals. Call 800-431-1754 or go online to Prescription-abuse.org...
Youth of the Month
Dakota Begley, 7, who attends Liberty School, was the August Youth of the Month at Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County for the age 6-8 division. (Submitted photo)
Bowls for charity luncheon
On Thursday, Sept. 10, a few of the Shelbyville Central High School HOSA members volunteered their time at The Webb School. They made bowls out of clay to contribute to the annual Empty Bowl Luncheon. Pictured, in front, are Perla Arias, Anna Mooneyham, Riley Roberts, Kaylie Hintze and Jessica Palmeros; and back row, Andi Harwell, Jordan Barnett, Regan Pyrdum, Kayleigh Caldwell, Beth Tucker, Christy Sumrall and Araceli Ramirez. (Submitted photo)
First Assembly offers caregiver classes
First Assembly of God will hold a three-week ministry series for caregivers and those receiving care starting Sunday, Sept. 13, the Rev. Glenn Forsee said. On Sunday, Sept . 13, the times are 9 and 10:15 a.m. The topics are "The Aging Process" and "You Are Not Alone."...
Preventing self-inflicted tragedy
In Tennessee, an estimated 900 men, women, and children die by suicide each year, according to the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network.* More people die by suicide each year than from homicide, AIDS, or drunk driving.* Suicide is the leading cause of violent deaths in our state, nationally, and worldwide, far above homicide and natural disasters...
Junior's House holds coffee
Junior's House Child Advocacy Center, a Fayetteville-based, multi-county agency which is in the process of opening a satellite location in Shelbyville, held a coffee on Wednesday at Shelbyville Mills Baptist Church. Executive Director Crystal Guess, left, and forensic interviewer Heather Warden explained the center's mission, showed a video about forensic interviewing of children who are suspected to be victims of sexual abuse, and asked those in attendance to support the center's upcoming fundraiser -- an Oct. 15 concert by singer-songwriter, author and former foster child Jimmy Wayne ("I Love You This Much," "Sara Smile") at Shelbyville Central High School. To purchase concert tickets, go to juniorshousecac.org or call 931-438-3233. (T-G Photos by John I. Carney)
First Assembly offers care giver classes
First Assembly of God will hold a three-week ministry series for care givers and care receivers starting Sunday, Sept. 13, the Rev. Glenn Forsee said. On Sunday, Sept . 13, the times are 9 and 10:15 a.m. The topics are "The Aging Process" and "You Are Not Alone."...
The Shelbyville Recreation Center will host a Medicare 101 meeting Sept. 23 at 10 a.m. Get answers to questions like who is eligible, who pays for what services, enrollment periods, various plan types and how they work. This includes Parts A, B, C and D as well as Medicare Supplement Plans. The classes are free and open to the public...
Walk-A-Thon planned Friday in Winchester
Multi-County Cancer Support Network will hold its annual Walk-A-Thon Friday from 6 p.m. until midnight at the football stadium at 839 Dinah Shore Boulevard in Winchester. Activities will include a "kid zone" from 7-9 p.m. with face painting, an obstacle course, inflatables and so on...
Relay fall kickoff party set for September 21
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life in Bedford County will hold a fall kickoff party Monday, Sept. 21, at First Christian Church. The event is open to anyone interested in Relay For Life -- members of existing teams, or those interested in starting or joining teams...
Older adults receive training and tasks
South Central Human Resource Agency announced last week that it was awarded a grant of $676,382 from Senior Service America, Inc. Almost 90 percent of this grant -- originally from the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) -- will pay wages and benefits to at least 131 low-income older adults living in Bedford, Bledsoe, Coffee, Franklin, Giles, Grundy, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Marion, Marshall, Maury, Moore, Perry, Sequatchie, and Wayne Counties. ...
CASA seeks 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. Volunteers come from all walks of life; all educational and professional backgrounds are welcome...
New school supplies
Southside Elementary School students pose with employees of Kroger, a corporate sponsor, which donated school supplies. Pictured are: first-graders Elijah Derryberry, Delaney Ketterman, Linda Alcala and Corey George, and Kroger representatives Nathan Arnold and Bubba Dennis. (Submitted photo)
Canned food drive at Community
Community Middle School students collected a truckload of canned food for Good Samaritan. Front row, from left, are Noah Bowling, Brianna Beech, Calley Hand, Korie Ann Beasley, Good Samaritan director Cathy Miller, Jacie Neeley and Ashley King; back row, Jesa Moore, Ethan Lohn, Macie Lemmons, Gage Ralston and Mackenzie Newkirk. (Submitted photo)
Special visit to Southside
Last year the students at Southside received a grant that provided shoes to all students, faculty and staff. Last Monday, representatives from the Convoy of Hope Rural Compassion came all the way from Missouri to visit Southside School and put faces to the names of the people they helped. Pictured are: School Board member Glenn Forsee, Assistant Principal Layne Talbott, Principal Reita Vaughn, and Convoy of Hope Rural Compassion Representatives Kathy and Randy Cartwright. (Submitted photo)
Heed the call: Help others with your old cellphones
A Facebook friend of mine posted a photo this week of her old cell phones. She's apparently kept every cell phone she ever owned, and has quite a collection. You can see the progress of the phones through the years, from big chunky ones to little flip phones...
Good Samaritan donation
Community Middle School students collected a truckload of canned food for Good Samaritan. Front row, from left, are Noah Bowling, Brianna Beech, Calley Hand, Korie Ann Beasley, Good Samaritan director Cathy Miller, Jacie Neeley and Ashley King; back row, Jesa Moore, Ethan Lohn, Macie Lemmons, Gage Ralston and Mackenzie Newkirk. (Submitted photo)...
Grant to enable CDC to address autism
The Community Development Center recently received a $50,000 grant from The Baptist Healing Trust, which awarded funds to various organizations totaling over $1.2 million in its most recent grant cycle. "We are proud to help support 22 local non-profits working to create access to quality, compassionate health services for the community's most vulnerable residents," said President and CEO Dr. ...
Community's support boosts hurting family
As serious as the emotional pain is for the mother of four children severely injured in an accident earlier this week, C.C. Andrews finds comfort in the support she's receiving from friends and neighbors. "We've learned what the word 'community' means," Andrews said. Her sons -- Alex Arroyo, 18, Jacob Andrews, 12, Joshua Andrews, 9, and Jackson Andrews, 6 -- all face a long road to recovery after the accident late Sunday afternoon on Midland Road in southern Rutherford County...
Float the Duck and help out animals
A charity kayak float this weekend promises to deliver more fun than you can shake an oar at. The fifth annual Chili Pepper River Float and Barbecue will be Saturday. Bring your kayak, organizer Bennie Carter said. However, the water will be too cold for tubes or floats, she said...
Donations help kids receive books
The Shelbyville Rotary Club recently donated $1,500 to the Bedford County Imagination Library, said Luci Taylor of the Imagination Library board. The Rotary Club is donating $1,500 each year for three years, she said. The funds come from Rotary's work during The Celebration...
Lions hear program on housing authority
Hershel Thrasher, executive director of the Shelbyville Housing Authority, spoke to the Shelbyville Lions Club last week. Thrasher discussed changes at the housing authority and the housing units it manages. He said Shelbyville Police Department has been instrumental in helping to eliminate drug dealers from the housing developments. New units for senior citizens will be build at the South Brittain Street property in the near future. From left are club president Bill Dearing, program chair Peggy Bush and Thrasher. (Submitted photo)
Red Cross needs more volunteers
"We had a fire!" a little boy told Jason Warren last December. Warren, who is disaster program manager for the Heart of Tennessee Chapter of the American Red Cross, already knew that; it's why he had driven down to Lincoln County in the middle of the night...
Goodwill to start picking up furniture in Bedford
In just a few months, a fledgling Goodwill service that picks up gently used furniture and other items from donors' homes has expanded from a single subdivision into 16 Middle and West Tennessee counties, including Bedford County. The Home Pickup Program, which began a year ago as a small test service in Nashville's Forest Hills area, is growing rapidly, donation specialist Jamie Goss said. ...
Shelbyville firefighters enter a small room to help a woman who fell through a floor at the Center for Family Development on the Shelbyville square Thursday afternoon. She slipped through an access cut for the building's plumbing and found herself hanging down into a 7-foot-deep hole, the fire department said. ...
School supply drive
McDonald's in Shelbyville is hosting a back to school supply drive until Aug. 10. Donations will be given to local schools. One donated supply will earn one food item, two will earn two and those who donate three supply items will receive a free value meal (limit of three value meals per person)...
Helping cancer patients
Shelbyville Ford presents a $6,000 check Monday to board members of the Bedford Cancer Foundation. The money was raised as a result of people test driving Fords during the Walking for Cancer Horse Show on June 6. The funds were donated by Ford Motor Co.'s Drive 4 Ur Community charitable program. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Fire Department gives to Relay
Shelbyville Fire Department donated $3,280 to the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Bedford County. The money was raised by selling T-shirts. From left are Chief Ricky McConnell; Relay For Life county co-chairs Jennifer Smith and Sharon Wachala; city treasurer Jamey Owen; and Deputy Chief Terry Vinson. (Submitted photo)
Middle Tennessee mangets back to work
For Andy, a resident of middle Tennessee, the keys to happiness are more than a figure of speech. They are real keys -- the kind that unlock doors. "When I came to Goodwill, I didn't have any keys," he recalled. Once, Andy had been married, with a son, a good job and a home. ...
Walking for Cancer
Jo Ann Fann of Pinnacle Financial Partners (seated, left) presents a check for $24,063 to the board of the Bedford Cancer Foundation. The check is the proceeds of the foundation's Walking for Cancer Horse Show that was held June 6. The horse show is one of two major fundraisers for the foundation, a non-profit that gives assistance to cancer patients who live in Bedford County.
(T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
Locks of Love donation
Sarah Morgan Brock, daughter of Jon and Donna Brock, recently donated hair to the Locks of Love organization. Stylist Patsy Taylor of Brass Shears cut Sarah Morgan's hair. Locks of Love provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children suffering from long-term medical hair loss. (Submitted photos)
The Bedford Cancer Foundation is applying to Tennessee's Adopt A Highway program to clean a 2-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 231 near Whiteside Market. The application process includes a requirement that the organization clean the area prior to being approved, so the group recently did just that. Pictured are foundation board member Jo Ann Fann and her sister Gloria Bowers, along with Brett Price and Maddin Reeves, who are scholarship recipients through Tennessee Promise and were earning community service credit. (Submitted photo)
Allstate honors O'Neal, donates $1K to UW
Allstate agency owner Amanda O'Neal received the Allstate Agency Hands in the Community Award for her commitment to helping others. With this award came a $1,000 grant from The Allstate Foundation for the United Way of Bedford County. Allstate agents and employees have a proud history of putting their good hands to work in supporting Tennessee communities, promoting volunteerism and providing financial resources to enable local organizations to help others...
Donation helps 'Ensure' Stubblefield's goal
The Anne Stubblefield Cancer Outreach was formed by Dwight Stubblefield in 2006 in honor of his late wife. The mission of his outreach is to provide people struggling through chemotherapy with Boost and Ensure, nutritional drinks that were the only thing Anne could stomach while she underwent chemotherapy. Following his wife's passing, Stubblefield wanted to help others battling cancer...
'Weatherization Wizards' make over Wartrace home
A little bit of caulk and a lot of love goes a long way toward home energy efficiency improvement. Employee volunteers from Duck River Electric Membership Corp. proved this with the second Weatherization Wizards project July 11 in Wartrace. More than 20 DREMC workers and contractors contributed time and labor Saturday morning to make a co-op member's Wartrace residence more energy efficient and comfortable. ...
Picnic lunches delivered
Caregiver Relief Program board of directors donated, packed and delivered picnic lunches for 15 families affected by Alzheimer's disease. Joyce Adams, center, program director, is shown delivering the meal to one of the program's families. (Submitted photo)
Dawn of a new start
Dawn Holley is all smiles as she walks into her new office. "Don't look too closely, I'm still getting settled," she hastens to say. "That desk is going to move, and I haven't gotten any pictures hung or anything." It's the second day of her new position as human resources Director for the City of Shelbyville, and Holley sits behind her new desk to discuss her career past and thoughts about her future...
A place to call home: C.R.O.S.S. provides hope for homeless
You may be surprised by the stories of Bedford County's homeless population. You may think they chose that lifestyle or got in that condition due to drugs...
Child help group needs people, funds
A network of people who care about children's welfare is looking for volunteers and funding to expand its services. The network is called the Bedford Community Advisory Board, said Janiece Milner, a case manager with the Department of Children's Services. Milner said she helps the group find resources...
Filling a need: COP tries to arrest hunger
Early Monday morning various organizations gather to collect food from the Second Harvest Food Bank truck at the old Kmart on Madison Street...
Volunteers sought for Medicare program
Volunteers are being sought for a statewide program that provides free and objective counseling to people about Medicare and related health insurance. The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) / Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) answers questions about original Medicare; Advantage plans; prescription drug plans; supplements; Medicare fraud and abuse; Medicare Covered Preventive Services; being under 65 and having Medicare; financial assistance with Medicare premiums, deductibles and copays; and much more.. ...
Allen McBee holds up the "Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible" he won during a raffle last month to benefit Relay For Life. The Times-Gazette Press Power Relay team raffled the Bibles for charity after the books were donated by Thomas Nelson Publishers. (Submitted photo)
Crisis line offers help in many forms
Suicides can be prevented. A non-profit crisis line aims to do just that. Contact Lifeline of the Highland Rim is a Christian non-profit crisis line that serves Bedford County and surrounding areas. It is affiliated with the Family Counseling Center of Middle Tennessee Inc., a non-profit Christian counseling service...
Relay for Life event raises $80,000
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Bedford County, which began Friday night and ended Saturday morning at Bedford County Agriculture and Education Center, raised approximately $80,000 including both advance fund-raising and what was brought in from concessions during the event...
Walking, driving and helping: Horsepower helps cancer victims
The Walking for Cancer Horse Show is adding a new method of transportation for spectators' enjoyment: new Ford vehicles to test drive. And every test drive will benefit local cancer patients. The show is one of two major fund-raisers held annually for the Bedford Cancer Foundation, a non-profit that gives assistance to cancer patients who live in Bedford County...
Shelbyville Lions Club serves many
The Shelbyville Lions Club was founded May 29, 1922. The Lions Club and the Rotary Club were instrumental in getting the Celebration to come to town. Our club screens all local day cares, kindergarten and head start students annually. This past year, there have been 293 children screened at these locations with 13 being referred on to a doctor for a more thorough eye exam. ...
The recent Stamp Out Hunger food drive by the U.S. Postal Service and United Way of Bedford County benefitted Good Samaritan Center. They collected 5,600 pounds of food. Pictured are Good Samaritan volunteers, as well as postal carriers Ronnie Helton and Ryan Dawson...
Lions Chamber coffee
The Shelbyville Lions Club held their annual Chamber of Commerce coffee recently and also celebrated their 93rd year. The club was chartered May 29, 1922. Pictured (from left): Marsha Howard, Andrea Miller-Davis, Katie Guthrie-Shearin, Dawn Holley, Bart Lovvorn and Jamie Harrington. (Submitted photo)
Holley leaving United Way for city position
Dawn Holley, director of United Way Bedford County (UWBC), has accepted the position of human resource director with the city of Shelbyville. With a degree in human resources from Trevecca Nazarene University, in addition to working with the United Way and the Community Development Center, city manager Jay Johnson said the city was excited about her appointment with the qualifications and experience she brings to the job...
Non-profits hope for Big Payback
Local non-profit organizations are asking people to donate online during a special charity drive on Tuesday. The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee's The Big Payback is a 24-hour, online giving event created to increase philanthropy in the 40 counties of Middle Tennessee, according to the program's website...
A need for help
Community Development Center staff and volunteers took advantage of an opportunity Monday to sell their program's benefits. The CDC provides an early intervention program to meet the needs of developmentally challenged children ages birth to 3, according to its website. A family support program provides flexible support to households with a developmentally challenged member...
Autism groups ready to help
Second of two parts The key in aiding children affected by autism is early intervention, according to the most recent studies. "Early intervention is number one. Having said this, I want to focus on the word 'early,'" remarks Nikia Elliott, father of Cale Elliott who has autism...
It's time to R.O.K. out at concert
Bedford County youth will get to R.O.K. and roll once again this spring. The third annual Rewarding Our Kids (R.O.K.) Concert will be Saturday and is hosted by local emergency services. This may be the concert's third year, but it has one major change, organizer Jason Barber said. The concert has moved to a new venue: Pleasant Valley Farms, 2395 Highway 64 East...
Detour for Journey: Food bank gets back on path after vandalism
A Rutherford County ministry that feeds approximately 300 families per week from Bedford County is trying to get back to normal more than a week after it was vandalized. Journey of Hope was vandalized the weekend of March 28-29 along with several churches in Rutherford and Bedford counties. Journey of Hope, on Midland-Fosterville Road, is a ministry associated with Midland Baptist Church...
Teen throws fashion show for special needs youths
A young lady with a heart for serving others is throwing a fashion show to celebrate the beauty of girls with special needs -- and she could use your help. Marissa Countess is the organizer of "Shining Stars," an event to spotlight, encourage and boost the self-esteem of local special needs girls ages 6-12th grade...
About Marissa and Shining Stars
My name is Marissa Countess. I'm 17 and attend Cascade High School. I enjoy staying on the go with church activities, service clubs, friends, crafting and traveling. I value time with my family which consists of two fabulous younger brothers and outstanding parents who are led by God to mold me into who I am today. (My parents are Russ and Natalie Countess)...
Riding program seeks volunteers
Great Strides therapeutic riding program is holding a meet-and-greet for returning and potential future volunteers. The event is Tuesday starting at 5 p.m. at Old Plank Stables, 330 Highway 82 East, Bell Buckle. It's ok to show up late. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer is welcome. For more information, call 931-492-5104...
Pinwheels, program raise awareness of child abuse
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and the Center for Family Development in Shelbyville is gearing up to raise awareness this month. More than 175 businesses across Tennessee are participating in the Pinwheel of Prevention campaign, where gardens of the objects will be planted to highlight the fact that investing in the prevention of abuse is less costly than trying to fix things later...
BackPacks continue to feed hungry kids
There is a program locally known as "BackPack." A BackPack is a package of ready to eat food geared towards children that is discretely received from their school's guidance counselor on Friday afternoon. This helps them get through the weekend when there are no school meals available. ...
Charity a good fit for Central senior
What started out as a project to earn a scholarship turned into a passion for one high school senior. Arin Harwell says she was looking online at dosomething.org for a project to earn a scholarship and came across an idea that intrigued her -- a blue jeans drive...
Local volunteers recognized at state banquet
Bedford County residents Amanda Jones and Marsha Howard were among the Tennesseans honored March 9 at the Governor's Volunteer Stars Award celebration at the Franklin Mariott Cool Springs. The award recognized the efforts of volunteers to improve their community...
Sullivan was backbone of shelter
It is with a deep feeling of sadness and a profound sense of loss that the CROSS Shelter for the homeless announces to the community the passing of our beloved President, Dixie Sullivan. Dixie passed away as she slept last weekend and is survived by her daughter Anna...
Score goals, save lives: Basketball event provides clean water
Attention, basketball players: Score a goal and save a life. First Baptist Church of Normandy will sponsor its third annual three-on-three basketball contest Friday and Saturday. The event, at Cascade High School, will benefit Turn on the Tap, a Samaritan's Purse program that provides water filters to people in the developing world...
Mark Kelly Foundation 5K also fights lymphoma
A support group for children with cancer is hosting an inaugural 5K run and 1K walk Saturday. The Round It Up and Mark Kelly Have Hope 5K & 1K will help local kids with cancer and their families and help fund research for lymphoma. The event will start in the parking lot of Family Video on Madison Street...
Organ Donor Awareness Month proclaimed for April
Bedford County Mayor Eugene Ray signs a proclamation Thursday declaring April as Organ Donor Awareness Month in Tennessee, in line with state and national observances. More than 123,000 people are awaiting organ transplants nationwide, including more than 2,700 in Tennessee. The month is designed to raise awareness of organ donation and encourage citizens to both sign organ donor cards and discuss their wishes with their family members. Standing, from left, are kidney transplant recipient Annalise Perry; heart transplant recipient Wayne Carter; and liver transplant recipient Harrison Trice Jr. Seated are Donna Orr, widow of lung transplant recipient / organ donation ambassador David Orr; and Ray. Look for a special section on organ donation next month in the Times-Gazette. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
Author, local native, to speak at meeting
Mary Jo Gunter Graham of Murfreesboro will be the guest speaker at the Multi-County Cancer Support meeting 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 2, at the group's offices, 110 East Lauderdale Street in Tullahoma. Graham grew up in Shelbyville and attended Middle Tennessee State University. She is the author of "When He Sends Redbirds: Walking Through Emotions as a Caregiver."...
Giving on the menu
"If you have attended the Celebrity Waiter Luncheon before, you know it's loud, fun, and fast-paced," Jennifer Smith, co-organizer of the annual event, said during her opening remarks Tuesday. "If this is your first time, you're in for a shock or a treat; probably both."...
Union St. houses could be used to house homeless
Bedford County has been trying, without success, to sell two houses on Union Street, which were once bought as potential expansion property for Bedford County Medical Center and which most recently housed a women's halfway house, the Next Step Home...
Bark for Life set for April
Bedford County's first-ever American Cancer Society Bark For Life will be held 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. April 11 at Bedford County Agriculture and Education Center. The event, being held by the local Relay For Life organizing committee, is a fun day for dogs and their owners to raise money for the cancer society. It will include pet-themed vendors, games and contests, concessions, and special demonstrations...
Raining, dogs...but no cats
The old phrase "raining cats and dogs" didn't exactly apply as runners, a few with their dogs, splash off Saturday morning at the beginning of the Paws for a Cause 5K, benefiting Middle Tennessee Spay and Neuter Clinic. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Run for the Ranch-and help boys' lives
It's almost time to get those running or walking shoes out of the closet to help make a difference in the lives of young men. Arrowhead Ranch near Normandy will be holding its sixth annual "Run for the Ranch," on Saturday, April 18. Registration time is from 8 to 9 a.m. with the start time at 10 a.m...