Charity and social services
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...
'Fairytale' prom to come true for Carriage House
Members of the current high school generation will host a prom for members of a long-graduated high school generation. The National Honor Society from Shelbyville Central will host the prom on Friday, March 20 for residents of Carriage House Inn, said Amanda Jones, NHS president...
5K run-1 mile walk is for the dogs
If you love the outdoors and love animals, then don't miss Saturday's seventh annual Paws for a Cause 5K Run/1 Mile Fun Walk. The event will be held 10 a.m. Saturday at the Calsonic Arena Pavilion, Whitthorne Street in Shelbyville. Registration is from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Both courses are in the residential area surrounding the pavilion. There will be a water station for 5K runners about midway through the course, which circles through the H.V. Griffin Park...
Seminars offer tips to seniors
The second annual Quality Aging Program seminar series takes place this month. The free seminars will be held on Sundays at 2 p.m. at the Shelbyville Recreation Center. Please RSVP by calling 684-5506 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Reservations are not required, but help in planning for refreshments, said one of the organizers, Peter Whalen, pastor of Episcopal Church of the Redeemer...
Write down this event...
You are invited to attend an open house at the Boys and Girls Club of Bedford County. Oh, and bring some pencils and other school supplies. Youth Leadership Bedford is hosting an open house from 4-6 p.m. March 13 at the club. The goal is to increase the club's membership and people's awareness of the club, said one of the event organizers, Jennie Hill, a junior at Cascade High School...
Free health clinic scheduled Sunday
Bell Buckle United Methodist Church's Hispanic Ministry is sponsoring a free health clinic Sunday at the Bedford County Agricultural Center. Dr. Joaquin de la Cruz, a pediatrician, will be speaking on nutrition and discussing teen sexuality to Hispanic adolescents to work towards a healthy Hispanic community...
A boost to ensure nutrition
Dwight Stubblefield is sitting in a chair at the Bedford County courthouse. He starts to pull a receipt from his pocket and says, "I want you to see this." The receipt is folded multiple times. Stubblefield continues unfolding the paper until it runs half his height. The receipt is from his recent trip to pick up multiple cases of Ensure and Boost he will deliver to cancer patients struggling through chemotherapy...
Head Start taking applications
Bedford County Head Start is now taking applications for fall. Head Start is a free child development program for children and their families. Families usually meet financial eligibility requirements or require special needs. To apply, the parent will need verification of income and proof of child's birth. All interested parents may sign up...
Shelter staff learns from experience
Gene Williams, a volunteer for the American Red Cross, said that while there were no real users of the Red Cross's mass power outage shelter last week at Fair Haven Baptist Church, everyone was pleased with the effort, and it served as good experience for future outages...
Goodwill hosts job fair for Metro Industrial
Goodwill Career Solutions will host a job fair from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday in Room 23 at Motlow State Community College, 1802 Winchester Highway, Fayetteville. The job fair is for Metro Industrial, which seeks to fill more than 20 positions in Lincoln County...
Local native organizes Race for Summitt
A Shelbyville native hopes to stamp out Alzheimer's disease, one step at a time. Jennifer Reed Beavers is organizing the third annual Race for the Summitt 4-Miler. The event will raise funds for The Pat Summitt Foundation, an organization that advances research for curing and preventing Alzheimer's disease. The race will start at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 21 at the University of Tennessee Health Science Park in Memphis...
Tax help for seniors
There is an organization available to help seniors prepare their income taxes for free. Tax-Aide is a national organization of volunteers who prepare income tax returns and provide assistance to middle to low income taxpayers with special attention to those 60 and over. All services are free...
Salamanders stroll stylishly sporting new shoes
Southside Salamander students surely were smiling when they slipped on their new swanky shoes on Friday. Every student, teacher and staff member of the elementary school -- including cafeteria workers and janitors -- received a free pair of shoes, according to organizers. They were all fitted for the shoes two weeks ago...
'Ms. Wheelbilly' pageant
The annual "Ms. Wheelbilly" womanless beauty pageant, to benefit the Wheelbillies team in the American Cancer Society Relay For Life, will be held Feb. 28 at Liberty School. A pizza supper will begin at 6 p.m., for a cost of $5, with the beauty pageant at 7 p.m. Admission is $2...
Free programs offer info on aging
Three local churches will sponsor a series of free programs on aging to be held next month at Shelbyville Recreation Center. The second annual Quality Aging Program, this year titled "Courageous Conversations," is organized and sponsored by Christ Lutheran Church, First United Methodist Church and Episcopal Church of the Redeemer...
Relay one of Top 10 in nation
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life in Bedford County was honored on Saturday for having been one of the top 10 per capita Relay For Life events in the nation in 2014. Mackenzie Evans of the cancer society made the presentation to local Relay For Life co-chairs Jennifer Smith and Sharon Wachala during the kickoff party for the 2015 event. The kickoff party was held Saturday in the meeting room at Bedford County Agriculture and Education Center...
Food for souls: Churches serve God by serving others
First Baptist Church on Depot Street has given away more than 175,000 pounds of food since last year, but it's not alone in feeding the hungry. The church gave away 145,000 pounds of food last year, said pastor Jeff Rasnick. In January 2015 alone, the church handed out more than 30,000 pounds during two distributions, including one on Thursday that served 180 households, he said...
Donate food, more to homeless veterans
Ashley Sand regularly collects cards, toiletries, care packages and other items for soldiers at Christmas. Now, she is showing her love for service members on the day of love. Sand is holding the "Love For a Soldier" drive for Valentine's Day. The latest project was inspired by her oldest nephew, Joey Hobbs, 11, she said. Joey wanted to do something for homeless and otherwise struggling veterans the family had met over Christmas...
The best birthday gift of all: Giving back
Emily Curl wanted to do something for others on her birthday this year rather than receive presents. After seeing a St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital newsletter, Curl was inspired to make her own contribution to the hospital. Those invited to her 11th birthday party were encouraged to bring a card with a cash or check donation...
Open house to celebrate USO birthday
In celebration of the USO's 74th birthday, the Bedford County Veterans Service Office will host an open house Wednesday, Feb. 4. Free refreshments will be available from 2-4 p.m. in Room 105 of the Bedford County courthouse. Local veterans' organizations and the Nashville Airport USO will be represented...
Sunday Conversation: Jensen finds fulfillment in CDC position, family
This week the T-G caught up with Christy Jensen, an employee of the Community Development Center. If you have any one you think would make for an interesting Sunday Conversation, email Sadie Fowler at email@example.com. T-G: Tell us a little about your family...
An original board member looks back
In 1990, the late Bob Green was executive director of Shelbyville & Bedford County Chamber of Commerce. One of Shelbyville's biggest industries, Calsonic Manufacturing Corp., approached him with a problem. ...
Did you know?
All decisions on contributions received are made locally. There are approximately 1,200 United Way's nationwide. However, each United Way operates independently. United Way of Bedford County has a local board and local committees that make decisions for Bedford County. Check out "Partner Agencies" for a list of agencies that receive United Way of Bedford County contributions...
United Way goals and initiatives
United Way of Bedford County partnered with Membership Services Corp. in May 2006 to distribute free prescription drug discount cards to assist families who otherwise could not afford much needed prescription drugs. The cards can reduce prescription drug costs by an average of 35 percent. ...
United Way: Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is United Way? here does the money go? The United Way is a local, comprehensive way to meet growing needs in Bedford County. Each United Way is a locally governed nonprofit organization directed by volunteers like you. The United Way of Bedford County operates five of its own programs that are focused on education, income, and health...
Farrar recalls United Way's early days
Ann Farrar was United Way of Bedford County's first staff person, joining the agency not long after it organized and guiding it for the first 15 years of its existence. Farrar recalled Bob Green of Shelbyville & Bedford County Chamber of Commerce and Dr. John Derryberry, United Way of Bedford County's first local board chair, both contacting her about the position. She'd been raising children prior to that...
Mildred Floyd shows off the Fossil watch she won in a giveaway to benefit the Times-Gazette's "Press Power" team in the American Cancer Society Relay For Life. For more information about the team, go to http://t-g.com/presspower. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
Goodwill announces employment results
Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee said in a news release on Tuesday that it far exceeded its mission goals for 2014, providing free employment services and job training to 28,159 people -- including more than a thousand from the Bedford County area -- and helping 9,558 obtain jobs...
Coat drive initiative warms up
Central students are leading the drive to keep their peers warm this winter. The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) at Shelbyville Central High School's Annex is collecting coats and money to buy coats. The coats are being given to students all around Bedford County who otherwise would be going to school underdressed for the weather, said Wynee Haynes, a business technology teacher and the FBLA adviser...
Warming shelter used Wednesday night
Scott Johnson of Bedford County Emergency Management Agency reported that two people used the county's new warming shelter at First Church of the Nazarene during Wednesday night's bitterly-cold temperatures. Johnson said the two were referred to the shelter by Bedford County Sheriff's Department...
Horse show proceeds go to charity
Proceeds from the Walking With Angels Craft Fair and Horse Show were used to purchase Christmas gifts for families in need throughout Bedford County. The names of the families were provided by Bedford County Schools. From left: Julie Lambert, Candy Green, Charlie Green, Russ Keyser and Robert Cortner drop off gifts at Eakin Elementary School. (Submitted photo)
New website promotes blood drives
January is National Blood Donor Month and this year, American Red Cross supporters have a new way to help save lives through blood and platelet donation with SleevesUp virtual blood drives. SleevesUp is a first-of-its-kind website that lets those who feel passionate about blood donation create a virtual blood drive and encourage colleagues, friends and family members to give blood or platelets, or make a financial donation to support their campaign. ...
BWF accepting grant applications for 2015
The charitable arm of the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, the Bonnaroo Works Fund (BWF), is accepting online applications for the 2015 grant cycle beginning this week. The Fund gives back to communities that need it the most by awarding funding to arts, education and environmental nonprofits...
Bemis gives $5,000 to Good Sam
Bemis Company Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Bemis Company, Inc. (NYSE: BMS), announced on New Year's Eve that it was making a year-end donation of $200,000 to food pantries and emergency shelters in its communities across the country, including $5,000 to the Good Samaritan Association in Bedford County...
Keeping kids fed over the holidays
The weekend of Dec. 12 was the focus of what has become a Christmas tradition in Bedford County. With assistance from First Presbyterian Church, Edgemont Baptist Church, Shelbyville Lions Club, Shelbyville Lumber Company, Jostens, Community Outreach Partnership, Select Trailer Company and Bedford County FFA, 130 food packages were prepared for distribution to children in Bedford County...
Shelter from the chill: Church to open doors for homeless
First Church of the Nazarene has signed a memorandum of understanding with local law enforcement and emergency services to serve as a "warming shelter" on single-digit-temperature nights. The church won't function like a traditional homeless shelter, but will simply provide refuge from the cold for people living on the streets. It may also be available in the opposite situation, when daytime temperatures climb into the triple digits during the summer...
Secret Santa's surprises brighten recipients' holidays
Anonymous holiday donations were made before Christmas to the Shelbyville Police Department and the Bedford County Sheriff's Department. Both used the windfall to surprise unsuspecting citizens with Secret Santa gifts. Unsure of why they were being stopped, locals were all smiles when they realized it wasn't a ticket they were getting this Christmas, but a little extra cash for the holidays...
Longbeards provide freezer to store venison for needy
The Bedford County Longbeards chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation has purchased a chest freezer to be placed at Potts Deer Processing in Wartrace, in support of the Tennessee Wildlife Federation's "Hunters For The Hungry" program. The program works with game processors and hunters to make it easy for hunters to donate venison for use by relief programs such as food banks, churches and shelters...
Donations given to Humane Association
Shelbyville-Bedford County Humane Association recently received $500 from Rita Huffman to help the animals in Bedford County. In addition to giving the check, Huffman brought along a shopping cart full of dog and cat items. The donations were made in the honor of Alex and Jackson McDonald and in the memory of Bill and Carrie Payne...
Spreading cheer to nursing home residents
Over the Hill, pictured at a nursing home on Tuesday, is a gospel group that travels to area nursing homes to share hymns with residents. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)