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Thursday, Sep. 3, 2015
Charity and social services

Heed the call: Help others with your old cellphones (09/02/15)
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 (09/02/15)
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 (08/28/15)
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 (08/20/15)
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 (08/20/15)
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 (08/13/15)
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 (08/12/15)
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 (08/09/15)
"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 (08/07/15)
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. ...
Firefighters help (08/07/15)
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 (08/05/15)
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 (08/05/15)
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 (07/29/15)
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 (07/29/15)
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 (07/29/15)
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 (07/28/15)
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)
Cleaning up (07/26/15)
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 (07/22/15)
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 (07/19/15)
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 (07/14/15)
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 (07/14/15)
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 (07/12/15)
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 (07/12/15)
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 (07/10/15)
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 (07/09/15)
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 (07/02/15)
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.. ...
Benefiting Relay (07/02/15)
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 (06/24/15)
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 (06/07/15)
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 (05/31/15)
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 (05/31/15)
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. ...
Food drive (05/31/15)
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 (05/28/15)
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 (05/12/15)
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 (05/03/15)
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 (04/21/15)
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 (04/09/15)
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 (04/08/15)
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 (04/07/15)
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 (04/05/15)
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 (04/05/15)
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 (04/03/15)
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 (04/02/15)
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 (04/02/15)
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 (04/01/15)
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 (03/29/15)
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 (03/26/15)
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 (03/22/15)
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 (03/20/15)
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 (03/20/15)
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 (03/20/15)
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 (03/18/15)
"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 (03/18/15)
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 (03/17/15)
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 (03/15/15)
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 (03/15/15)
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 (03/13/15)
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 (03/13/15)
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 (03/05/15)
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 pjwhalen77@gmail.com. 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... (03/04/15)
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 (03/03/15)
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 (02/27/15)
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 (02/25/15)
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 (02/24/15)
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 (02/24/15)
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 (02/18/15)
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 (02/18/15)
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 (02/15/15)
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 (02/12/15)
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 (02/06/15)
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 (02/04/15)
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 (02/01/15)
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 (01/30/15)
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 (01/29/15)
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 (01/27/15)
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 (01/25/15)
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 sfowler@t-g.com. T-G: Tell us a little about your family...
An original board member looks back (01/23/15)
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? (01/23/15)
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 (01/23/15)
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 (01/23/15)
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 (01/23/15)
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...
Watch winner (01/22/15)
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 (01/15/15)
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 (01/11/15)
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 (01/08/15)
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 (01/08/15)
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 (01/07/15)
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 (01/07/15)
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 (01/02/15)
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 (12/30/14)
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 (12/28/14)
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 (12/26/14)
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 (12/26/14)
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 (12/26/14)
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 (12/24/14)
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)