Utilities, roads and Infrastructure
Imagine a 2-lane South Cannon
Tennessee Department of Transportation has announced a two-year pilot project to narrow South Cannon Boulevard from four vehicle lanes to two, with right-of-way for a commuter trolley running between the two lanes. Work on the project will start in spring 2016, although the trolley isn't scheduled to be built until 2021...
Managing the Maze: More of northbound North Main now closed
Motorists should expect traffic on North Main Street to be slow, as crews have closed off lanes north of Colloredo Boulevard in anticipation of more digging. Crews reduced the traffic flow from four to two lanes, with a middle turn lane provided. The closures had already been in place south of Colloredo...
North Main work extended
Work on North Main Street has moved to the second phase, with traffic patterns now barricaded to three lanes from Madison Street to the end of the project at Lowes. One lane north and south will be open along with a turn lane. The decision was made after much discussion with the Tennessee Department of Transportation to "keep the project moving since they are behind on the schedule," city public works director Mark Clanton said. The traffic flow will remain like this until the project ends, which is expected in November. (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
Chamber Member of the Month
Shelbyville -- Bedford County Chamber of Commerce has jointly named Duck River Electric Membership Corp. and Shelbyville Power, Water and Sewerage System as its "Member of the Month" for February, recognizing the round-the-clock work put in by utility crews during the recent ice storms. From left are the chamber's member services director, Stephanie Crosslin; General Manager David Crowell of SPWSS; CEO Mike Watson of DREMC; and Chamber CEO Allen Pitner. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
Fixing a hole
Shelbyville Public Works crews were busy Thursday on Madison Street filling up another pothole caused by recent freezes, ice, snow and rain. (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
Pothole patrol makes repairs
With the ice and snow a thing of the past, state road crews now have their hands full with filling Tennessee's many potholes. Potholes are a normal and expected part of the winter season, said Heather Jensen, Region 3 community relations officer for Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT)...
Electric bills spike due to frigid February
Larger electric bills are on the way to Duck River Electric Membership Corp. members for February use. Mother Nature is to blame, according to a DREMC news release. The "Frigid February of 2015" brought two ice storms and a heavy snowfall to DREMC's service territory. But the thermometer delivered extended low temperatures, too, making February colder than January and boosting demand for electricity to heat homes and buildings...
Another frozen mess: 'There's more ice this time'
The ice that fell on Bedford County Thursday morning created more dangerous road conditions than February's ice storm, said Bedford County Emergency Management Agency director Scott Johnson, but happily most local citizens paid attention to warnings and stayed home...
Garbage piled up in last storm
Shelbyville Public Works collected trash even on Thursday's slick streets; last month's ice storm had suspended garbage pickup, leading to some complaints from local residents. Shelbyville Public Works director Mark Clanton confirmed this morning that trash pickup went on as scheduled Thursday. Friday is not a normal day for pickup, so there were no routes running today...
Sleety blast: Another winter storm leaves roads messy
Winter-weary Bedford County was hit with another wave of frozen precipitation overnight -- this time, primarily sleet and ice. Bedford County Schools and the School-Age Care Program were closed today, as were Bedford County government offices and Tennessee College of Applied Technology...
Repairs on collapsed flume scheduled to start in April
Everything is moving forward toward the repair of the collapsed underground stormwater flume near Lane Parkway, with work expected to begin next month. Public works director Mark Clanton reported to the city council that they are waiting on the engineering plans for the next step -- how much footing and shoring work will have to be done...
City, county ready for winter weather
Both Shelbyville Public Works and Bedford County Highway Department say they've got enough road salt for another bout of winter weather, as predicted for tonight. "We're good," said city Public Works Director Mark Clanton. "We've got enough to last the rest of the winter."...
Garbage, go away! City pickup resumes after ice
Shelbyville's garbage routes resumed on regular schedule Monday after pick-ups were suspended last week due to ice. No extra manpower will be needed, with crews picking up two weeks' worth of trash, public works director Mark Clanton said. Sanitation workers kept busy last week on tasks such as working on storm damage -- clearing limbs and parts of trees that fell...
Slam! Bang! Potholes challenge drivers
Last week's ice is fading into a chilly memory, but damage to city streets will stick around a few days longer. Anytime wintery weather hits, salt comes out to break up the accumulated ice, public works director Mark Clanton said. But the downside of ice and salt on roads is pot holes, cracks and other damage...
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...
City keeps transfer station
The city of Shelbyville's cost to dispose of trash will rise slightly. The Interlocal Solid Waste Authority (ISWA) made a new solid waste disposal landfill agreement last week, awarding the bid to BFI for $22 per ton. According to Shelbyville public works director Mark Clanton, Waste Management pulled its bid at the last minute due to errors in their figures, so the ISWA's only other option was to accept the BFI bid. ...
No garbage collection
The City of Shelbyville has suspended garbage collection for today and Friday because the cold and ice were deemed too dangerous for workers. Collection is scheduled to resume Monday.
DREMC: Some still won't have power tonight
Duck River Electric Membership Corp. linemen and personnel -- augmented by mutual aid crews from instate and out-of-state electric cooperatives, municipal utilities and contractors -- this morning whittled down the number of households affected by outages from Monday's ice storm to 2,810...
Duck River presents merger offer for Mt. Pleasant
Duck River Electric Membership Corporation (DREMC) presented a merger proposal last week to the Mount Pleasant Power System Board that includes an offer of $12.275 million for utility assets and a commitment for $2.5 million in electric system improvements...
Ice storm leaves thousands without power
More than 2,000 homes remained without power in Bedford County this morning following an ice storm, coupled with bitterly cold temperatures, which resulted in Tennessee declaring a state of emergency. At 7 this morning, Duck River Electric Membership Corp. ...
Deep Trouble: Tight space means danger for flume repair workers
"This is a mind-boggling dilemma we're dealing with right now." These are the words of Shelbyville public works director Mark Clanton as workers and engineers begin to tackle the enormous job of removing and replacing a section of the damaged underground flume that failed two weeks ago...
Drainage not cause of flume collapse
The city has ruled out drainage structures surrounding a section of Shelbyville's underground flume system as the cause of the latest failure. Sani-Tech conducted a TV camera inspection of the city's 36-inch storm water line which runs parallel to the flume Friday...
Flume work begins
City public work crews got to work Wednesday morning, cracking the surface of the pavement, where a part of the Shelbyville's underground storm water flume has failed. The city council declared an emergency Monday night, authorizing a $500,000 note to be repaid in five years, at 2.04 percent, to pay for the repairs. (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
City approves flume fix cost
Declaring an emergency, Shelbyville's city council approved a capital outlay note Monday to pay for repairs to the underground storm water flume. The council issued a $500,000 note to be repaid in five years, at 2.04 percent. During a routine inspection two weeks ago, public works director Mark Clanton and his staff discovered a buckled section that is not visible from the surface...
Squeeze Play: Work continues to disrupt North Main traffic
The digging into North Main Street continues as workers relocate utility lines, moving toward a November completion date. But a Tennessee Department of Transportation inspector said Wednesday a sturdy layer of rock underneath the roadway is slowing the work down. Meanwhile, business owners in the construction zone are trying to be patient as access to their parking lots is somewhat limited...
City faces decision on transfer station
The Interlocal Solid Waste Authority (ISWA) wants to lease and operate Shelbyville's transfer station, giving the city a choice: Approve a lease, or continue to haul the garbage itself. However, if ISWA gets a lease, it will control trash going through the station -- and that's not in the best interest of the city, council members were told by public works director Mark Clanton at a study session last week...
Council studies towers
A resolution amending Shelbyville's zoning to allow construction of cell towers was presented to the city council Tuesday. A 13-page list of standards for telecommunication facilities, drawn up by planning and community development director Amanda Rhinehart, has been reviewed and recommeded by the planning commission...
New state highway maps available to assist travelers
The official 2015 Tennessee Transportation Map is now available for travelers. This year's map contains new information to assist motorists, and features a special cover to commemorate the Tennessee Department of Transportation's centennial. The 2015 map contains historical photographs that look back at the development of Tennessee's highway system over the last 100 years. It also highlights State Route 1, the first cross-state highway built by the state of Tennessee...
Winter brings fire risk
Winter weather has been rolling through Tennessee -- and its side effects can include frozen pipes, power outages and house fires. There have been several serious structure fires in Bedford County in the past week alone. The State Fire Marshal's Office has been reminding Tennesseans of the special safety concerns that exist during the winter months...
City seeks state grant to study major roads
Shelbyville's city council voted to apply for a transportation planning grant between the state and city to conduct a major thoroughfare plan study. The Tennessee Department of Transportation will fund most of the grant if approved. A resolution passed by the council Thursday notes that the city has experienced strong growth over the past decade -- with the population hitting 20,335 in 2010, a 26 percent increase since 2000...
TVA cites conservation, preparation efforts
Consumer efforts to conserve power, combined with the dedication of thousands of utility workers, allowed the Tennessee Valley Authority and 155 local power companies to successfully meet the highest electric demand since the "polar vortex" of January 2014, according to a TVA news release...
Progress and costs: State legislators must balance goals, budget
State Sen. Jim Tracy and State Rep. Pat Marsh expect Medicaid expansion, schools, roads -- and a tight budget -- to be on the minds as a new session of the Tennessee General Assembly begins this month. "We've got two big things coming up," said Tracy, one of them being the special session on Gov. Bill Haslam's proposed Insure Tennessee program...
Be safe with portable heaters
With the arrival of single-digit weather in Tennessee this week, the State Fire Marshal's Office is reminding residents to stay safe when using portable heaters to stay warm. While portable heaters are common sights during winter, they can sometimes lead to tragedy. An estimated 900 portable heater fires in homes are reported to U.S. fire departments each year, according to the U.S. Fire Administration...
DREMC to activate 'Beat the Peak' Thursday morning
Duck River Electric Membership Corp. will activate "Beat The Peak," its residential demand reduction program, Thursday between 6-8 a.m. in an anticipation of single-digit low temperatures. The cold temperatures lead to high demand for power to heat homes...
Salt's ready if snow, ice hit
With frigid temperatures decending on the area this week, the city's public works department is more than ready for the slick stuff. Even though there is no snow or frozen stuff forecast for the next few days, temperatures will be dipping into the single digits, which could cause some travel problems...
False utility claims are 'totally a scam'
Local businesses are getting calls claiming to be from Shelbyville Power, Water and Sewerage System stating that the business must wire money immediately to an out-of-town contact in order to keep their utilities connected. "It's totally a scam," said SPWSS general manager David Crowell. "We do not make those kinds of calls at all."...
County has many needs: State report
A report issued earlier this year by the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR) lists Bedford County with 51 needed infrastructure projects, totalling $141 million in costs. TACIR is a state agency. Tennessee Infrastructure Alliance (TIA), an independent non-profit whose board members represent construction industries, trucking, and county highway departments, has been publicizing the TACIR reports...
State homeowners save on utilities
Tennessee has some of the lowest residential electric rates in the Southeast, but some of the highest commercial and industrial rates, according to a new report from the Tennessee Regulatory Authority. The Volunteer State has low residential and commercial rates for natural gas, but its industrial rate is one of the highest in the region. And Tennessee is in the middle of the pack when it comes to residential telecommunications costs...
Winter brings greater risk of CO poisoning
Both the state Fire Marshal's office and Atmos Energy have reminded local residents to be safe from the dangers of carbon monoxide. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, each year in America more than 150 people die from accidental, non-fire related carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning associated with consumer products. These products include faulty, improperly used or incorrectly vented fuel-burning appliances such as furnaces, stoves, water heaters and fireplaces...
Water line breaks near park
Sometime early Monday morning a main water line busted near the walking trails in H.V. Griffin park behind the baseball fields. Calls began early that morning concerning the rupture. David Crowell, general manager of Shelbyville Power, Water and Sewerage, said there would be some disruptions in service for a few customers in the area, but most would still have water just at lower pressures. "They may not have the pressure they are used to" stated Crowell, "but we are backfeeding with low pressure until the problem is fixed." Crowell expected the problem to be resolved by early Monday afternoon. (T-G Photo by Derrick Hill)
DREMC demand peak could occur over next two mornings
A blast of frigid weather over the next two days brings with it projected high demand for electricity. Duck River Electric Membership Corp. (DREMC) will activate its Beat the Peakô program on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings between the hours of 6 a.m. and 8 a.m...
Cell tower ordinance under construction
A proposed ordinance regulating the places where cell phone towers could go in Shelbyville is not ready for the city council yet, with a lot of details to work out, officials said. During October's planning commission meeting, planning and community development director Amanda Rhinehart produced "a very rough draft" of a revised 16-page ordinance...
A pole for a hole
Workers drill a hole for a traffic light/utility pole at the intersection of North Main and Madison Streets. (T-G Photos by Jim Davis)
Lower cost smooths paving plan
Bedford County Board of Commissioners, in a special meeting Tuesday night, approved a $2 million hot mix program to re-pave county roads, The special meeting was called because the county had a chance to finance the program through a capital outlay note at a five-year rate of 1.53 percent, which county finance director Robert Daniel said was "a great rate."...
Smooth paths in plans for walkers
With two sidewalk projects near the public square in the pipeline, Shelbyville is applying for another state grant for further improvements. Next week, the city council will vote on a resolution to start the process of obtaining a transportation alternative program grant from the Tennessee Department of Transportation...
Atmos urges winter prep today
Atmos Energy is urging its customers to prepare today for what could be another bone-chilling winter. The United States faced extreme temperatures and record-setting natural gas consumption during the 2013-2014 winter heating season and according to industry leaders, the same may hold true this winter...
Water: Yes or No? Adequate flow for industrial park debated
A letter from the Bedford County Utility District (BCUD) to the city of Shelbyville says there is enough water flow for fire protection at the site of a proposed industrial park. But the test results submitted to city officials dealing with the service questions are a little over five years old...
Bypass finish asked by Marsh, Tracy
State Sen. Jim Tracy and State Rep. Pat Marsh have added their voices to local officials asking the state to consider completing the western leg of the Shelbyville bypass, State Route 437. Tracy and Marsh released a copy of a letter, dated Thursday, which they sent to Tennessee Commissioner of Transportation John Schroer in support of the bypass. Tracy chairs the Senate Transportation Committee...
Respondents not bothered by construction
More than half of the respondents to a non-scientific Times-Gazette poll say the construction on North Main Street hasn't affected their shopping or dining habits. "I'm used to big city construction," wrote one respondent. "This is nothing." "TDOT [Tennessee Department of Transportation] has done a great job of keeping traffic moving," wrote another. "It especially has not kept me from El Mexico," a restaurant located right in the middle of the construction zone...
Water repair near the square
Crews from Shelbyville Power, Water and Sewerage System were cutting away at a tree next to the county owned Regions Bank building Monday so they could repair a leaking water meter under the sidewalk. (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
Answers awaited on water
A resolution that would provide a plan of services for a proposed industrial park has been deferred until October over concerns about adequate water. Shelbyville's city council has been discussing annexing 88 acres on Frank Martin Road, along with providing fire and water services...
Motorists using U.S. 41A South should exercise caution as work continues to widen the highway. Workers have been stopping traffic to allow heavy equipment to do grading work on both sides of the highway. This leg of the project, from State Route 276 (Thompson Creek Road) to west of Rippy Ridge Road, is expected to be complete on or before July 31, 2016. (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
Wartrace looks for closure
Wartrace officials are urging CSX Transportation to inform them of future closings of the railroad tracks at State Highway 64 after receiving no notice this past week. A planned closure Wednesday didn't take place, and railroad officials say it won't occur "in the immediate future."...
Commission urges state to complete Shelbyville bypass
Bedford County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday night for a resolution again asking the State of Tennessee to consider finishing the Shelbyville bypass by extending it west and south to State Route 64 near Thompson Shop. The resolution had been suggested by local Chamber of Commerce officials...
Still open: Life goes on next to construction work
Some business owners say the widening work on North Main Street is not driving business away, and several are quick to give credit to TDOT and contractors for the way they're handling traffic. "They've assured us they will not cut us off," said Andrea Lovvorn, owner of New Covenant Book Store, adding that the Tennessee Department of Transportation has stayed true to its word. ...
Big green tubes cut down erosion
With all the construction ongoing on North Main Street, many are wondering about long green tubes snaking alongside the site. No, it's not some sort of invasive species like an anaconda. The tubes are used for erosion control, said Devon Bell, foreman for Civil Constructors LLC -- the company that's widening Shelbyville's main thoroughfare...
64 to close 2 days later
The closing of State Route 64 in Wartrace is scheduled for this Wednesday, but was announced as "Monday, Sept. 10," by the state both in its weekly construction report and in a followup e-mail in response to a question from the Times-Gazette. TDOT had not notified town officials of the closing, and so the town's only source of information about it was the Times-Gazette. Some businesses in town reportedly closed in anticipation of the closing, which the T-G announced on Friday and Sunday...
UPDATED: Wartrace closing to be Wednesday
UPDATE: The closing of State Route 64 in Wartrace is scheduled for Wednesday, but was announced as "Monday, Sept. 10," by the state both in its weekly construction report and in a followup e-mail in response to a question from the Times-Gazette. Neither Tennessee Department of Transportation nor the Times-Gazette noticed the disagreement between day and date...
Railroad crossing to be closed
The railroad crossing in Wartrace will be closed from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday for maintenance, including replacement of ties and surface track. Detours will be in place, said the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT).
Tyson production halt blamed on 'specks' in water
In an email to city officials, Shelbyville City Manager Jay Johnson said Tyson Foods has had to stop or limit production this week due to black specks in its water supply, a problem reported last week by the T-G. Johnson said local Tyson plant officials had contacted the mayor, Johnson, and Shelbyville & Bedford County Chamber of Commerce CEO Allen Pitner "to express their concern (and their frustration)." Johnson said he's also heard from a contact at Tyson's headquarters in Springdale, Ark...
No new N. Main lane closures ahead until Celebration is over
There are to be no additional lane closures on North Main Street until after the Celebration is over, city officials said Thursday. "This is an effort by TDOT and the contractor to cooperate with the community," city manager Jay Johnson said. In addition, no work will be done at the intersection of Madison Street and North Main until after Labor Day...
Black specks in water are storm-shaken iron
Shelbyville Power, Water and Sewerage System says that "black matter" reported in the water supply is simply iron buildup from the inside pipe walls, probably jarred loose by ground-rattling thunderstorms earlier this week. SPWSS general manager David Crowell told the Times-Gazette on Wednesday that so far, Tyson Foods is the only customer that has reported the black specks...
Walk on...it may be faster
With visitors to the Celebration arriving this week, traffic on North Main Street is expected to pick up rapidly. Work on Shelbyville's main thoroughfare will continue during the 10 days of the National Walking Horse Celebration, according to Heather Jensen, TDOT community relations officer for Region 3...
Cooper retains seat on DREMC Board
Barry Cooper retained his Zone 4 seat on the Duck River Electric Membership Corporation (DREMC) Board of Directors by defeating petition candidate Arthur "Ozzie" Howard by a margin of 274 votes -- 330 to 56 -- in the election held Aug. 11-15 at the co-op's Shelbyville District office...
DREMC, Mt. Pleasant power system study merger
Duck River Electric Membership Corporation and Mount Pleasant Power System have agreed to begin the feasibility study of a possible merger. In a joint announcement, representatives of each utility said this is a preliminary step with no commitment made by either party except to explore what is best for the systems and their consumers...
Detour! North Main work begins
Contractors place caution markers as Shelbyville police divert traffic from North Main Street, which will be widened to five lanes over the next year. After a delay, the work began Monday. Tentative completion date is November 2015. (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
Smoother walk into downtown
More sidewalk improvements are slated for downtown as Shelbyville was presented with a $361,440 transportation alternative grant Monday. The project includes replacement of nearly 2,000 feet of existing sidewalks and improvements to four intersections north of the public square...
Early voting starts for DREMC board seat
Early voting started Monday in the contested Zone 4 election for a seat on Duck River Electric Membership Corporation's Board of Directors. Barry Cooper, the incumbent, seeks his third term. He is challenged by petition candidate Arthur "Ozzie" Howard. Duck River EMC's Zone 4 includes Bedford and Rutherford counties. Only co-op members residing in these counties may cast ballots...
North Main lane closures begin Monday
North Main Street lane closures will begin Monday, the Tennessee Department of Transportation announced. Traffic will be shifted from four to two lanes through Oct. 11 in order to begin utility and grading operations. One lane will remain open in each direction with an added turning lane, according to TDOT's weekly listing of construction activities in the Middle Tennessee area...
811 Day: A reminder to call before digging
Atmos Energy Corp. is joining utilities nationwide to recognize National 811 Day on Monday, August 11, 2014. This day serves as a reminder to all -- homeowners, construction crews, and do-it-yourselfers -- to observe safe digging practices by always calling 8-1-1 before any digging occurs...
City's new trash carts attract handclaps, thanks
The blue carts are rolling out, and soon will be in a Shelbyville neighborhood near you -- if they aren't there already. With 162 cans in each truckload, workers have been distributing five loads per day, an average of 800 carts -- and the recent mild weather has the crews working faster, public works director Mark Clanton said...
Electric bill scam hits area
A false caller claiming electricity would be cut off without immediate payment scammed a Shelbyville woman out of $320 last week, police said. After the caller, saying he was from Shelbyville Power, demanded the money she followed instructions, bought a Green Dot card at a pharmacy and gave him the security number on the back...
City to limit cellular towers
Shelbyville's planning commission discussed amending the zoning ordinance regarding cellular communications towers inside the city limits Tuesday night. Documents provided by the city of Chattanooga were looked at by the planning and codes staff. City manager Jay Johnson and planning director Amanda Rhinehart do not think the towers should be in residential areas...
North Main snarl nears as construction to begin
Shelbyville officials have been working for eight years to have a center turn lane added to North Main Street -- and now, the construction is about to begin. With the project tentatively set to start Monday, residents are being urged to start looking at alternate routes...
DREMC sends students on 2014 Washington Youth Tour
A record number of young people from electric cooperative service areas in 43 states -- including more than 150 students representing Tennessee co-ops -- visited Washington, D.C., in June for the 2014 Washington Youth Tour, spending time with elected officials and taking in the historic, interesting sites of our nation's capital...
N. Main wait's almost over
July 28 is the date that work will begin on the long-awaited widening of North Main Street. That's the word handed down this week after a busload of top Tennessee Department of Transportation officials stopped in Bedford County. As part of a statewide tour, they visited the area Tuesday to look at the widening of North Main and check on the ongoing construction between Shelbyville and Tullahoma on U.S. 41A...
TDOT commissioner visits Shelbyville
Tennessee Commissioner of Transportation John Schroer visited Shelbyville on Tuesday as part of a tour of Tennessee Department of Transportation projects statewide. Schroer visited North Main Street (U.S. 231), which will soon be widened, but had to cancel a planned visit to the already-underway widening of U.S. 41A between Shelbyville and Tullahoma. From left are County Mayor Eugene Ray, State Rep. Pat Marsh, State Sen. Jim Tracy, Schroer, Shelbyville Mayor Wallace Cartwright, Shelbyville Public Works Director Mark Clanton, State Rep. Mike Sparks of Smyrna and Bedford County Highway Superintendent Stanley Smotherman. (T-G Staff Photo)
Trash container rules updated
With new garbage cans for Shelbyville residents on the way, the city council passed a motion to adopt an updated list of rules and regulations for the solid waste department. All homes in Shelbyville should be provided with the 96-gallon roll-out containers by August...
Garbage cans on the way
Every Shelbyville home will soon have one of its own residential roll out garbage containers. Public works director Mark Clanton tentatively anticipates that crews can start distribution by the first week of August -- depending on how quickly they are shipped. Distribution is expected to take two to three weeks...
Water suit may advance
A lawsuit filed two years ago against Bell Buckle by residents of Fosterville Road over water issues may be headed to a courtroom. Mayor Dennis Webb said that discovery has been submitted to Murfreesboro attorney Jay Jackson, and they are now awaiting a trial date...
Summer cleanup set for next week
Got junk? The city wants to help you get rid of it. Next week, the public works department will hold its summer cleanup on regular garbage days from Monday through Thursday, hauling away almost anything left by the street. Shelbyville normally holds spring and fall cleanups, and tried a summer date last year as part of a continuing effort to keep the city looking good...
One lane only: Work continues on Railroad Avenue
Utility relocation is complete on the Railroad Avenue state industrial access road project and pavement construction is ongoing, reducing traffic to one lane from Stanley Boulevard to the Shelbyville bypass. The $2.35 million project will improve truck access to the city's industrial area. City manager Jay Johnson said the project is going "very well." (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
City budget passes; trash cans approved
Shelbyville's council passed the final reading of the 2014-2015 budget Thursday, while also approving the purchase of nearly 7,000 roll out garbage containers. The new budget goes into effect July 1, and contains no property tax increase -- which stays at $1.65 per $100 of assessed value...
Citywide trash cans added to budget
Shelbyville's budget workshops were completed Tuesday, with numbers "locked in." Council members chose last week to borrow $360,000 through a Tennessee Municipal League capital outlay note for the purchase for the rest of the 6,864 garbage rollout carts...
THP gears up for Bonnaroo traffic
It's that time of year again. Since 2002, Manchester has hosted one of the nation's most popular live music events -- the annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. Held on a 700‚Ä'acre farm, the four-day, multi-stage event showcases a diverse assortment of musical styles and performers. Thousands of people attend, and Manchester becomes their temporary home for several days each June...
Southern Propane to hold appreciation event
Southern Propane will host a customer appreciation day later this month. In Columbia, where the business is located at 1222 Impact Drive, a customer appreciation party will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 24. Current customers can have their 20 pound (OPD) grill bottle filled for free. The event will also feature special summerfill prices, special new customer fills and special winter prebuy prices...
DREMC creates new district services department
Shelbyville-based Duck River Electric Membership Corp. has created a new district services department to oversee its district offices, and has promoted Manchester district manager David Young to lead it. "This is a position of great responsibility. I am delighted that someone of David Young's experience, enthusiasm and dedication has agreed to take on the challenge," said DREMC president and CEO Michael Watson...
Water flowingnear Liberty
Water is now running freely through a culvert under State Route 130, and some county-owned property near Liberty School is being drained as a result. "It's draining at this time," said neighbor Gene Ray, who had been concerned about the flooding, on Tuesday afternoon...
TDOT: Wetland is local problem
Tennessee Department of Transportation has clarified why it believes it isn't responsible for a poorly-drained area of county-owned property near Liberty School. TDOT spokesperson Heather Jensen said late last week that a culvert in question under State Route 130 is upstream from the area...
N. Main utility issue develops
Newly discovered utility easement issues with the widening of North Main Street concern Shelbyville leaders. Utility poles holding street lights on the west side of the street will be replaced as part of the project. During a recent detailed review of the final drawings, a question came up concerning the electrical service lines to the poles...
Normandy Lake level is 'normal'
In 2012, when Tennessee Valley Authority officials made their annual media tour to talk about lake levels, Normandy Lake was at its lowest summer level since 1981. Last year, during that same tour, the TVA system was in the middle of an unsually wet year. After TVA's visit, in July, the spillway gates at Normandy had to be opened to release water, an unusual occurrence, especially for summer...
Repaving asked for rural roads
Bedford County Highway Superintendent Stanley Smotherman has requested that the county finance a two-year, $2 million repaving program for rural roads. Smotherman made the request during budget hearings held Monday by the county's Financial Management Committee...
Depot Street lights go live
The long-dangerous Depot Street-Coney Island Road-Bethany Lane intersection became safer at midday Friday when new traffic signals were turned on. At one point a police officer was standing in the intersection pointing at the lights to alert drivers, who will likely face a period of adjustment -- especially becoming used to stopping on Depot Street. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Unknown user siphons off electricity
The cause of "extremely high" electricity bills plaguing a West Lane Street resident came as a surprise. She "went exploring" Monday, police said, and discovered an underground water line and electric lines buried in her yard. Shelbyville Power representatives said the lines were tied in to her residence and someone else was stealing her electricity...
DREMC to observe Lineman Appreciation Day
When the lights flicker and power goes out during high winds, lightning or an ice storm, the unsung heroes of Duck River Electric Membership Cooperative (DREMC) grab their climbing harnesses, rubber gloves and helmets to answer the call. They are linemen, trained to work in one of the most dangerous professions on earth: high voltage repair and construction...
North Main hassles to begin soon
Nearly two years from now, when the widening of North Main Street is completed, drivers may wonder how they could have ever lived without it. However, before that happens there will be plenty of digging, detours, and inconveniences for motorists and businesses...
N. Main about to get wild
Construction will begin on the long awaited widening of North Main Street within the next two to three weeks, it was announced Thursday. "As we enter this two-year period, there's going to be a lot of disruption and inconvenience," city manager Jay Johnson said, asking the public, property owners and businesses to "give us patience and give us time."...
Counting the state numbers
Shelbyville's council spent time last week examining revenue sources used to conduct city government's functions. State shared revenue is discussed each year during budget time, city manager Jay Johnson said. Tennessee "shares," or allocates, designated revenue back to the cities -- either on a specific formula or population basis. For fiscal year 2014, the state revenue is $112 per person -- an amount set annually by the legislature...
Livestock removal deal approved
Bedford County Board of Commissioners, meeting Tuesday night, approved a new contract with South Central Tennessee Development District for removal of dead livestock. The county's bill is going up by 4 1/2 percent over the previous contract, but the county has little choice...
Got junk? It's time to trash it
After this frigid winter, you've probably got a lot of junk to dispose of. You'll get to do that on your regular garbage day next week as the Shelbyville's public works department will be conducting its spring cleanup Monday through Thursday. Public works director Mark Clanton said the crews will pick up just about anything -- including couches, chairs, household items and latex paint -- with a few exceptions...
Low fuel costs attract air traffic
Having the lowest aviation fuel prices in the southeast is one of the biggest draws of the Shelbyville Airport, according to a marketing report. The city has received a preliminary assessment from Aviation Marketing Consulting, and the council is scheduled to discuss the report during the next study session on April 29...
'Gem' of Shelbyville: Airport upgrades unveiled
It took less than a year to complete the work, and aeronautics officials from across Tennessee gathered Friday to officially cut the ribbon at Shelbyville's airport and recognize around $3.5 million worth of upgrades. Airport manager Hank Williamson told the crowd one of the people instrumental in making the improvements happen was city manager Jay Johnson...
Planning board approves rail authority plat
Shelbyville's planning commission dealt with two items during this month's brief meeting. The commission approved a final plat from the Bedford County Rail Authority, where ownership of parcels owned by the authority are being transferred to the city of Shelbyville in association with the state industrial access grant project on Railroad Avenue...
Help build trails Saturday at Henry Horton State Park
Henry Horton State Park will host a Volunteer Trail Building event on Saturday from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Join the park to build a 1.5-mile expansion to the Hickory Ridge Trail inside the park. The addition of the Hickory Ridge Trail expansion will bring the total miles of trail inside Henry Horton to 11 miles. Nine miles of the trail will be accessible from a single trailhead at the Wilhoite Mill Trail on Highway 31A, on the north side of the Duck River...
Elm Street work begins
Work on Elm Street is getting underway, which will take place to the intersection to Delray Street ≠-- about a 300-foot section ≠-- including resurfacing, restriping, curbs, gutters and new sidewalks on one side. Eastbound (inbound) traffic on Elm to North Main and Madison will be kept open until the paving and milling work is ready to be done, according to the city. (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
Clearing land for 41-A widening
Crews are taking down hundreds of trees for the next phase of four-laning U.S. 41A South to Tullahoma. Workers have been busy on the highway and Shipmans Creek Road clearing land for a job that will include grading, drainage, the construction of a concrete I-beam bridge and paving from State Route 276 (Thompson Creek Road) to west of Rippy Ridge Road. This leg of the project is expected to be complete on or before July 31, 2016, according to TDOT. (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
Caution! Shelbyville road work to begin soon
A lot of road work will be going on in Shelbyville this year, with an Elm Street project beginning within the next 10 days. The Elm Street portion of the Madison Street-North Main Street intersection will be blocked during the day and reopened at night, according to public works director Mark Clanton...
Winter's chill hits power bills
This year's bitter cold spells have translated into high utility bills for many local residents, and local electric utilities say some of their customers are struggling to pay. David Crowell of Shelbyville Power, Water and Sewerage System said he's seen more people calling this winter to discuss high bills than at any time in his 30 years with the utility...
Letters to the Editor, March 9
Dear Editor: What are the most eye-catching objects in our Shelbyville neighborhoods? Why, our new neon-blue garbage cans, of course. Shelbyville, like many other communities, is providing special garbage cans to its residents, facilitating automated garbage collection. From a dollars and cents perspective, this makes sense...
Drilling for new traffic signal
Workers from S&W of Murfreesboro were busy Tuesday drilling where a traffic signal is tbe placed at the Depot Street-Bethany Lane-Coney Island Road intersection. Speed limits were lowered last August at the accident-prone intersection. The work is being paid for with state surface transportation funding. (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
Schools will remain closed Tuesday
Bedford County Schools will remain closed on Tuesday due to icy roads, it was announced about 6:20 p.m. Monday.
Bedford County Emergency Management Agency director Scott Johnson said temps are scheduled to go back below freezing about sunset and stay there until 9 a.m. Tuesday....
Decision delayed on Wartrace drainage
Drainage issues were a main topic of discussion for Wartrace's board of mayor and aldermen this month. Action on closing a street in Wartrace has been deferred until a decision can be made about drainage. An ordinance on second reading and final reading would have officially abandoned and closed Stong Street -- a dead-end road at the center of a drainage issue...
We want our cans! Envy in the streets over trash carts
The new trash carts have been on Shelbyville streets less than a month, and already residents still using old cans are asking when they'll be making the switch. Almost 900 of the 96-gallon trash carts distributed in some neighborhoods late last month are "working well," according to public works director Mark Clanton...
Bid accepted for North Main work
A bid for the long-anticipated widening of North Main Street has been approved by the Tennessee Department of Transportation. Civil Constructors LLC bid $6,440,807.58, it was announced Tuesday. According to data from TDOT, the estimated project cost was $5,858,849.83...
New bids submitted for North Main widening
New bids have been submitted for the widening of North Main Street after previous bids were rejected for being "too expensive" -- but the numbers haven't changed that much. According to the apparent low bids for the Feb. 14 letting, Civil Constructors LLC made an offer of $6,440,807.58, while Highways Inc. bid $6,597,994.95...
Towers rise on Madison
Josh Lynch is high above the ground as he lines up a section of one of Athena's new broadband towers at the construction site near the intersection of North Hillcrest Drive and Madison Street. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Cold weather impacts city, its employees
That nasty polar vortex is giving us another round of frigid weather, with wind chills dropping below zero -- even laying ice into the Sunshine State. But how is this impacting Shelbyville's energy costs? City manager Jay Johnson said it may require moving around some numbers to pay for the anticipated high costs...
TVA has record-breaking power demand Friday
The Tennessee Valley Authority met a record-breaking winter demand for electricity Friday morning with an estimated 33,345 megawatts when the average temperature across the region hovered at 7 degrees. This would be TVA's highest demand for electricity since the summer of 2007 and third-highest in TVA history. The previous winter record was 32,572 megawatts set on Jan. 16, 2009...
Bids let again for N. Main widening
Bids for the widening of North Main Street have been let again by the state, after they were rejected last month for being too high. The 249-page contract was listed on the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) construction division's website this week, and the bids will be opened Feb. 14...
Propane regulations loosened by state during cold snap
Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Julie Mix McPeak issued an order this afternoon to exempt Tennessee home and business owners from propane delivery restrictions in order to obtain needed propane. "Heating homes and businesses is a priority during this cold weather snap," said McPeak. "This order allows individuals to purchase propane from any dealer with available resources to help keep Tennesseans warm and in business while we manage these frigid temperatures."...
Airport renovations near completion
"It's like a whole new airport!" While walking across the new concrete ramp where aircraft sit at Shelbyville Municipal Airport, manager Hank Williamson's pride in the work nearing final completion is obvious. Work on the taxiway and ramp that was part of a massive $3.2 million renovation of the facility has given Bomar Field a major facelift,...
Scam Watch: Fake 'bills' plague DREMC customers
Attempts by email and telephone to bilk Duck River Electric Membership Corporation (DREMC) members out of money and identity information continue and seem to be picking up in number and weirdness. The latest is the PG&E scam. DREMC members have received bogus email invoices for electricity and natural gas charges. These "bills" even include past-due amounts. The messages are fraudulent attempts to obtain credit card, bank account and personal identity information...
More water on way after commission vote
Bedford County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday night to apply for a Community Development Block Grant on behalf of Bedford County Utility District to extend water lines along portions of four rural roads. BCUD is independent and non-governmental, but block grants must be applied for by city or county governments. Bedford County has applied for numerous grants over the years on behalf of BCUD and on behalf of Flat Creek Water Cooperative...
Scam Watch: Calls hit DREMC customers
Telephone scammers appear to be at work again in the Duck River Electric Membership Corporation (DREMC) service area. Co-op members in the Lewisburg area reported several attempts to convince them that, because they had not paid their electric bills, a DREMC representative was on the way to disconnect their power. However, they knew their bills were up-to-date and suspected the caller had an ulterior motive...
TVA hits peak power demand
The Tennessee Valley Authority power system passed a critical demand period early Tuesday from the bitter cold wave and electricity use is coming down. "We appreciate all the efforts by our local power companies to reduce voltage, along with any appeals for power conservation locally during the heaviest demand period Tuesday morning," said a TVA press release...
W. Jackson Street reopens at cleanup site
As cleanup work continues at the site of last month's explosion, fire and spill at Southern Energy, West Jackson Street has been reopened to traffic. Certified Hazardous Materials Manager Bobby Kenner of First Response informed Shelbyville officials late Friday that the primary site work within the area of the road is complete...
All North Main bids rejected
All bids for the widening of North Main Street have been rejected by the Tennessee Department of Transportation for being higher than estimated. A contract awards list for the Dec. 6 letting from TDOT states "all bids rejected" for the project -- which is to involve grading, drainage, and paving work from the Madison Street intersection to north of Rolling Road...
Down to the core: Tims Ford Dam checked
TIMS FORD STATE PARK -- The 18 most famous holes at Tims Ford were designed by Jack Nicklaus. But 18 other holes may one day turn out to be a lot more important. Over the next few years, Tennessee Valley Authority is doing a "health check" of all 49 of its river dams, and drilling is currently underway at Tims Ford Dam, as crews gather core samples of material from deep inside the dam and all the way down to bedrock...
Use caution with heat sources this winter
The cold snaps are finally here, and the state's fire marshall is reminding folks to be cautious in the use of alternate heat sources. Tennessee Fire Marshal and Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak says that the colder weather means many people will begin to heat their homes with fireplaces, woodstoves and space heaters...
Utility program assists those in need
Atmos Energy is encouraging its customers to help neighbors in need by participating in the natural gas provider's Sharing The Warmth program. "It's as easy as rounding-up the pennies on your natural gas bill," said Dan Alderson, Atmos Energy director of energy assistance. "That excess change goes straight into our Sharing the Warmth program, which can then be distributed to low-income residents this winter."...
Road work bids won
A Nashville-area construction company has submitted low bids for two vital highway widening projects in Bedford County. The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) received bids for work on North Main Street and U.S. 41A South to Tullahoma from Highway Inc. of Brentwood...
Trash goes for a ride
The first batch of large trash containers that work with automated collection systems will be phased into Shelbyville neighborhoods starting in March. Public works director Mark Clanton said the plan has the first 886 trash containers going in by route and neighborhood, with city manager Jay Johnson stating they will be placed all over Shelbyville "so people will get used to seeing them."...
Wartrace road closure can help fix drainage problems
Wartrace's board of mayor and alderman passed on first reading an ordinance to officially close an abandoned dead-end road at the center of a drainage issue. Closure will allow the city to open a drainage ditch running behind Mt. Zion Baptist Church...
Flocking to the roads
Turkey is not the only thing moving on Thanksgiving -- people are as well. AAA estimates that 43.4 million Americans will have traveled 50 miles or more this Thanksgiving holiday weekend. That's a lot of driving, since 90 percent of travelers (or 38.9 percent) will drive, a decrease of 1.6 percent from last year. And travel, overall, will be down this weekend by 1.5 percent from the 44 million people who took holiday journeys last year...
Local LEGO League team competes while learning
A group of local students participating in the FIRST LEGO League has an idea for a new kind of warning sign that could warn drivers of flooded streets while at the same time notifying local emergency services of the problem. The FIRST LEGO League is a robotics program for kids ages 9-14. It's sponsored by the makers of LEGO building blocks and toys...
EPA joins crews at fire cleanup site
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is in Shelbyville to inspect cleanup efforts at Southern Energy following Monday's explosion. However, the focus Thursday was getting the location ready for rains expected today and Saturday -- to make sure contamination doesn't become worse...
Scouring the site: Cleanup continues
City crews are awaiting the results of tests from the state before moving on to the next step of cleaning up the aftermath of Monday's explosion at Southern Energy. Crews with Evergreen AES Environmental Service of Nashville have been at the site since late Tuesday afternoon, according to public works director Mark Clanton, who said the city is working in conjunction with Southern Energy in the effort to rectify the effects of the spill...
Take steps now to reduce energy cost
FRANKLIN -- Atmos Energy Corporation said most of its utility customers in Tennessee could expect their natural gas bills this coming winter to be slightly higher compared to last winter. "Our residential customers could expect, on average, to pay 6 percent more for the natural gas they use this winter, compared with their gas costs during the past winter," said Kevin Akers, president of Atmos Energy's Tennessee Division. ...
Cleanup efforts near the site of Monday's Southern Energy explosion and fire have been taken over by the city of Shelbyville. State environmental officials ordered the move at 3 p.m. Tuesday after determining the company's cleanup efforts were inadequate...
Officials attempt to identify what leaked from fire
Shelbyville officials spent Tuesday checking whether Southern Energy's Lane Parkway facility is zoned properly -- and whether substances stored inside the building are legally permitted. Monday's fire and explosion sparked when methanol was being transferred from a tractor-trailer to a permanent tank in a warehouse area of the building, which also housed the company's corporate offices, Fire Chief Ricky McConnell said...
Bell Buckle to take closer look at sewers
Bell Buckle Board of Mayor and Aldermen passed a series of three motions Tuesday evening, all dealing with the town's sewer system. The board first voted to flow-monitor the whole sewer system at the cost of $25,000 which could provide evidence that rehabilitation of the system's Basin 3 is not necessary...
City to bid on land on east side of H.V. Griffin Park
Shelbyville's city council has approved placing a last-minute bid for a piece of land next to H.V. Griffin Park. At the end of Thursday's council meeting, city manager Jay Johnson asked to consider bidding on a 58-acre parcel -- formerly Shelbyville Warehouse LLC -- on Horse Mountain Road...
Widening of roads on state project list
Two transportation projects in Bedford County are included in the Tennessee Department of Transportation's latest list of road work. Bids will be accepted next month. The widening of U.S. 231 and U.S. 41A in Bedford County are among 43 contracts offered, including 62 projects in 86 counties...
Easier square access sought
With one sidewalk project near the Shelbyville square set to begin in the spring, the city council is already looking at another state grant for more improvements. The council will vote on a resolution next Thursday for a sidewalk enhancement grant from the Tennessee Department of Transportation...
Business briefs, Nov. 6
Heritage Medical Center has welcomed internist and pediatrician, Dr. Jennifer Feldhaus to its medical staff and community. Dr. Feldhaus is originally from Shelbyville and selected the community after practicing as an internal medicine and pediatric resident in Alabama...
Smoother rides may be ahead
The city council will begin preliminary discussions tonight on potential transportation projects for next year, with a "top 10" list to be reviewed. Over the past three years, Shelbyville has benefited from Surface Transportation Project (STP) funding for a number of projects. They were funded in an 80/20 local split, based upon eligibility criteria defined by the state...
Water, sewer funds granted
Bell Buckle and Wartrace heard good news Monday in the form of large Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) for upgrades on water and sewer systems. A total of $200,000 will be going for sewer system rehabilitation in Bell Buckle, while Wartrace will receive $549,450 for water system work...
Railroad funds on the line
A lawsuit that major railroad companies won against the State of Tennessee puts short-line railroads like the Walking Horse & Eastern at risk, members of Bedford Railroad Authority were told on Wednesday. Some 21 years ago, according to engineer Patrick Conyers, a percentage sales tax on diesel fuel was enacted by the state on railroads. ...
Thoughts, ideas fly on airport issues
Shelbyville's council and airport authority gathered for a roundtable discussion Monday, receiving briefings on a variety of topics. It was the first time that the current council has met with the authority. No decisions were made. The first third of the three-hour meeting concentrated on an update of construction work at the airport, including a tour of work completed to this point...
DREMC to pass along TVA rate increase
Duck River Electric Membership Corporation (DREMC) members will see a rate adjustment this month due to the rising cost of wholesale electricity from Tennessee Valley Authority. The co-op's Board of Directors voted to pass through the TVA's recent wholesale power increase. On Aug. 22, the TVA Board approved a 2.6-percent hike in the cost of electricity provided to distributors in the region. It was the first such increase since 2011...
Next phase of 41A work near
About $17 million worth of work to expand another portion of U.S. 41A South is planned for the coming year, as well as a new bicycle trail geared toward school safety. The reconstruction and widening of the busy highway -- from Rippy Ridge Road to State Route 276 (Thompson Creek Road) -- will be the third phase of the project...
Funds help law enforcement keep roads safer
Bedford County law enforcement received four grants totalling over $34,000 this week to help fund DUI enforcement. The Governor's Highway Safety Office (GHSO) awarded $21.1 million in grants to 370 Tennessee agencies to support highway traffic safety efforts...
Better safe than sorry: Gas leak causes evacuation
A natural gas line began leaking while construction workers were at lunch Wednesday, resulting in the evacuation of a school and part of Shelbyville's south side. The leak occurred at approximately 12:15 p.m. on South Cannon Boulevard near Colonial Avenue, where old natural gas lines are being replaced by Atmos, Cmdr. Roger Clanton of the Shelbyville Fire Department said...
BREAKING: Gas leak forces evacuations
Southside School and several residents in an area between South Cannon Boulevard and Lewis Avenue were evacuated after a natural gas leak at midday today. The students were taken to Cannon United Methodist Church next to the school. Many of the residents were evacuated to Never Rest Park...
Wartrace to study legal status of disputed road
Wartrace's attorney is to examine the legal status of a dead-end road that is at the center of a drainage issue. Questions about ownership and jurisdiction were raised last month after members of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Wartrace raised issues over drainage and who should be responsible for fixing the problem...
231 North repaving to start soon
Motorists heading to Murfreesboro should expect some delays over the next few months while road work is completed. Starting next week, resurfacing will kick off on U.S. 231 North/North Main Street between Moreland Avenue and Highway 82 East. Alternating lane closures can be expected Tuesday and Wednesday from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. in order to mill the roadway, according to Deanna Lambert, Community Relations Officer for TDOT Region 3,...
Never Rest work
Workers with Outdoor Construction Co. were busy Tuesday putting together new playground equipment at Never Rest Park, replacing play sets that no longer meet federal safety standards. According to parks and recreation director Sylvia Pinson, dedication of the playground will occur sometime in late September. (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
Vehicle charger rarely used but open
The company that installed Shelbyville's electric vehicle charger last year says it will continue to maintain it -- even though the firm may soon go broke. But according to city officials, the charging station was very rarely used. Last week, ECOtality Inc. stated in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) it might file for bankruptcy, saying they have failed to "attain sales volumes" of the charging stations to "support the Company's operations in the second half of 2013."...
Railroad Avenue restart nears
Following a four-month delay, work will kick off sometime after Labor Day on a long-awaited state industrial road project in Shelbyville. Last month, an agreement with seven property owners ended a dispute over right-of-way claims that halted the widening of Railroad Avenue between Newell Rubbermaid and the Shelbyville bypass, State Route 437...
DREMC holds 77th annual meeting
An estimated 300 members and guests attended Duck River Electric Membership Corporation's 77th annual membership meeting on Aug. 17 at the Harris Middle School Auditorium. The business session included reports from the DREMC board secretary, treasurer and chair. Also included in the meeting were reports from the president and chief executive officer and an update on the 2013 Washington youth tour...
Energy efficiency for business and industry
The Middle Tennessee Business and Industry Energy Efficiency Workshop,a free educational luncheon to be held Aug. 29 in Murfreesboro, will provide insights and real-world strategies for improving energy performance and reducing costs at manufacturing and large commercial facilities...
Upgrades in works for public housing
Upgrades and new appliances are in store for apartments managed by the Shelbyville Housing Authority The authority was awarded a federal grant of $563,054 to make major large-scale improvements to the units -- part of $49,540,429 awarded to housing authorities across Tennessee, according to an announcement from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan...
Church wants drainage issue fixed
Jurisdiction and ownership were bones of contention between the Wartrace Board of Mayor and Aldermen and a church congregation during Monday night's board meeting. Several members of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Wartrace were present as pastor Eddie Richardson expressed the congregation's concerns over water drainage issues, and who should be responsible for remedying them...
MTSU to have power outages Sunday, Monday
Middle Tennessee State University visitors should be aware that some campus buildings will be without electricity during a scheduled power outage Sunday and Monday. About 19 MTSU buildings and/or sites will have no electricity from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, and another 15 will be dark on Monday, while utility crews complete connections on the university's underground electrical project...
Property transfers approved
Bedford County Board of Commissioners, meeting Tuesday night, voted in favor of two different transfers of property jointly owned by the county and the City of Shelbyville. The first issue was a land swap which is intended to preserve the state project widening Railroad Avenue between Newell Rubbermaid and the Shelbyville bypass, State Route 437...
Unhappy trails: Lake area horseback ban hits Normandy stores hard
The decision by TVA two weeks ago making trails around Normandy Lake off-limits to horseback riding has already hurt local businesses. Citing erosion and damage to federal public lands, TVA closed the trails near Barton Springs Bridge to horses and ATVs in late July, warning that any riders would be ticketed for trespassing. Hunting, camping, hiking and fishing are still allowed...
City's ready when heavy rain strikes
Shelbyville had its share of sudden downpours this week, sending water flowing through ditches, yards and into the streets. But the city's drainage system has been handling the load well, according to the city's public works director, thanks to a number of upgrades and projects completed over the past year...
New Cascade school, jail are a must, mayor says
Bedford County Mayor Eugene Ray says he concurs with the results of a Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR) study on county-by-county infrastructure needs. The Tennessee Infrastructure Alliance has been publicizing TACIR's report...
N. Main upgrade to take 2 years
City officials met Monday with engineers and state transportation managers to review plans to widen North Main Street -- a job expected to take up to two years. The status meeting at the Tennessee Department of Transportation's Nashville office was attended by city manager Jay Johnson and public works director Mark Clanton, along with Diane Rosenburg of consulting engineering firm Gresham Smith, which is designing the project...
Fake callers claim to be power company
Phone scammers claiming to be representing Shelbyville Power, Water and Sewerage Systems are targeting Spanish-speaking residents, officials say. Customers are being told to make a payment to keep service from being disconnected. They are told to buy a prepaid debit card at Walmart in order to pay by phone. The scammer then calls the customer back and processes the payment...
Call 8-1-1 before you dig
Utilities across the nation will observe 811 Day on this Sunday, 8/11, as an awareness effort to remind homeowners, and construction crews to call 8-1-1 before digging. "It's the law in every state we serve, from Colorado to Kentucky," said John McDill, Atmos Energy vice president of pipeline safety. "The 811 program can save you time and money as well as prevent threats to life and property."...
DREMC to hold annual meeting
Duck River Electric Membership Corporation will hold its annual membership meeting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, in the Harris Middle School Auditorium. Those attending the meeting will have an opportunity to elect their representatives to serve on the DREMC Board of Directors as well as hear operational reports about the cooperative...
Free-for-all square parking?
Shelbyville's city manager has recommended doing away with parking enforcement on the public square unless a solution can be found. The topic has been the focus of debate at meetings of the Downtown Taskforce, and earlier this month, city manager Jay Johnson called the parking system "broken."...
Normandy horse trails closed: TVA
Unauthorized horseback riding trails at Normandy Reservoir are being closed immediately, the Tennessee Valley Authority said Wednesday. "TVA security and local law enforcement officers will enforce trail closure and are authorized to ticket any horseback riders for trespassing," a TVA press release said Tuesday. "Closure is necessary to prevent additional damage to federal public lands and further environmental degradation."...
Railroad Authority again approves land swap
Bedford Railroad Authority, at a special called meeting on Friday, approved the updated terms of a land swap which is intended to save the Railroad Avenue widening project. "We are very close to getting this project underway," said Shelbyville city manager Jay Johnson...
Railroad Authority approves land swap
Bedford Railroad Authority, at a special called meeting on Friday, approved the updated terms of a land swap which is intended to save the Railroad Avenue widening project. "We are very close to getting this project underway," said Shelbyville city manager Jay Johnson...
Oden named to DREMC post
Steve Oden, an 18-year electric cooperative veteran and former Tennessee resident, has been selected as Duck River Electric Membership Corporation's director of member services, DREMC President and CEO Michael Watson announced last week. Oden comes to DREMC after seven years in Columbus, Ohio as director of communications for the Ohio Rural Electric Cooperative Association, and Buckeye Power, a generation and transmission cooperative providing wholesale electricity to more than 380,000 cooperative members.. ...
Narrow escape: Power line falls on car
Two booms. One flash. And, for two Bedford County men, thankfulness for survival -- as a live electric wire fell on their car this morning. Keith Ransom and Jonathan Ferrell of Shelbyville were turning from El Bethel Road onto Nashville Dirt Road about 7 a.m. today when the unexpected happened...
North Main plans move nearer start
With the long awaited widening of North Main Street set to begin next year, Shelbyville's public works department is working closely with the state to keep the inevitable detours and traffic hassles to a minimum. Bids are scheduled to be let in December for the 1.2 mile project -- widening North Main to include a center turn lane from the intersection with Madison Street to just north of Rolling Road...
Call BCUD if you detect natural gas leakage
Bedford County Utility District (BCUD) urges people to be vigilant for leaking natural gas. The district adds a distinctive odor to natural gas to make it smell like rotten eggs so that in case of a leak, you can detect it (natural gas is otherwise odorless)...
Gas facility proposed in Wheel
Bedford County is in line for a wholesale natural gas facility as part of a pipeline project called the Renaissance Project being built by Houston, Texas-based Spectra Energy. County Mayor Eugene Ray mentioned the project during Tuesday afternoon's meeting of the county's Financial Management Committee, saying that he's been meeting with various state officials about the project and was scheduled to speak next to Tennessee Department of Transportation...
Railroad Avenue work can resume
"We have an agreement." Those words from Shelbyville city manager Jay Johnson Wednesday afternoon signaled the end to a dispute that brought a state industrial road project to a stop three months ago. Since April, the $2.35 million widening of Railroad Avenue has been at a standstill after seven property owners made right-of-way claims to the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT)...
Tennessee youth tour Washington, D.C.
More than 140 high school juniors from across Tennessee, including two from Bedford County, experienced an in-depth look at our nation's capital during the 2013 Rural Electric Youth Tour. Kristen Brothers and Austin Sanders of Community High School were awarded spots on the weeklong tour of Washington, D.C., for writing winning short stories titled "Electric Cooperatives: Powering Your Communities" describing how locally owned, member-controlled electric cooperatives provide valuable community-building support in addition to reliable and affordable electric service.. ...
County committee backs Railroad Avenue proposal
Bedford County Board of Commissioners' law enforcement, workhouse and fire committee has recommended, and given its recommendation to, a proposal which would save the endangered widening of Railroad Avenue. The matter might more naturally have come before the commission's courthouse and county property committee, but that committee did not have a quorum present on Tuesday night, with two of the five members out of town and a third having lost a brother this week...
Industrial road at critical point
Railroad Avenue property owners have until Wednesday afternoon to accept or reject an offer from the city of Shelbyville that could save a state industrial road project. After an attorney/client meeting lasting more than 90 minutes Monday, the vote was made for Shelbyville's city council and Bedford Railroad Authority to trade property that is jointly owned by the city and county...
Land swap may save project
A proposed land swap between Bedford Railroad Authority and the governments of Shelbyville and Bedford County could be the key to saving a state industrial road project. Bedford Railroad Authority, meeting Thursday morning, voted to approve trading away a 30-foot-wide strip of right-of-way on Railroad Avenue, all the way from Hillcrest Drive to the bypass, in return for a nearly-10-acre parcel jointly owned by Shelbyville and Bedford County...
Grant helps county tire recycling roll
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau on Tuesday announced 44 grants, including one for Bedford County in the amount of $31,074, to help recycle tires and reduce the number going to landfills...
Water rules affect city
Mandatory federal stormwater regulations that Shelbyville is facing may ruffle the feathers of local developers, but must be complied with, the city manager explained. Members of the city council and planning commission were given a technical briefing Tuesday from engineering consulting firm Neel-Schaffer Energy about updates to Shelbyville's stormwater manual, as well as the task of submitting a MS4 (Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems) permit to the state...
Hydrant issue dries up
An issue over an unusable fire hydrant that could have put a snag into an upcoming sidewalk project has been quickly resolved. City council members and officials expressed concern last week about the hydrant at 200 E. Depot St., which had been covered with black plastic for seven years -- until Tuesday...
Deluge: Pouring rains cause danger, cancel fireworks
Bedford County Emergency Management Agency director Scott Johnson urged local residents to stay away from the Duck River and other high water, as heavy rain on the Fourth of July has brought the river to high levels. "If you fell in the river," said Johnson, "it would be hard to find you."...
Hydrant concerns threaten sidewalk upgrades
An unusable fire hydrant near the square is causing concern for city officials over who pays for it and how it may impact upcoming renovations, with one city councilman calling the situation "crazy." Last week, the city received a grant for over $300,000 from Gov. Bill Haslam for sidewalk improvements on East Depot Street, as well as Brittain and Holland streets on the west side of Shelbyville's downtown...
Clean up with help from city
Since some readers have a four-day weekend coming up, it may be a good time to start gathering junk to be hauled away later this month. The public works department will hold its first summer clean up event the week of July 22-25, running by Shelbyville homes on the same day of the week as garbage collection...
Talks precede Railroad Ave. city decisions
Shelbyville City Council will meet with its attorney twice this month as members prepare to possibly act on legal issues surrounding a stalled state industrial road project. In April, claims over the right-of way on Railroad Avenue caused the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) to stop a $2.35 million dollar widening project in its tracks, and talks between the city and seven property owners haven't resolved the ownership issues...
Attorney to study roadway
Shelbyville's city attorney will begin legal research into a right-of-way dispute involving a state industrial road project halted months ago, with possible further action to follow. Ongoing talks between the city and seven property owners on Railroad Avenue have failed to resolve the ownership issues between the Bedford County Rail Authority and the land owners, city manager Jay Johnson told the council Thursday...
Attaching to utility poles is unsafe, illegal
As part of Duck River Electric Membership Corp.'s routine line inspection program, numerous potential safety hazards have been identified throughout its multi-county service area as a result of the public attaching items to DREMC utility poles, according to a news release...
Allison honored for powerful career
At a reception on Wednesday, outgoing Duck River Electric Membership Corp. president and CEO Jim Allison was praised as a man for whom family came first but who was also dedicated to DREMC. "I don't know anybody that works as hard as this man has worked," said Michael Watson, who succeeds Allison as president and CEO of the Shelbyville-based utility...
Council may step in over road issue
Shelbyville's city council may take action soon to get a state industrial road project moving again. Talks have been ongoing between the city and seven property owners on Railroad Avenue over right-of-way concerns with a state industrial access road project. Those issues caused the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) to bring the $2.35 million dollar project to a halt in April...
Shelbyville again an alternate route for avoiding Bonnaroo traffic
As in years past, Tennessee Department of Transportation's list of alternate routes for travelers hoping to avoid Bonnaroo-related backups on Interstate 24 includes a route passing through Shelbyville. For over a decade, the Middle Tennessee city of Manchester in Coffee County has hosted one of the most popular live music events in the country - the annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. ...
Wartrace resident upset by drainage
An elderly Wartrace woman says she is "getting the runaround" over efforts to fix a drainage problem with her ditch. But the mayor of the small community says they are doing the best they can with the available resources. Lena Thomas of South Vine Street contacted the T-G with claims that Mayor Ron Stacy has not kept promises made two weeks ago to repair the drainage issue, which she said results in her ditch being full...
Allison to retire from DREMC
Jim Allison, president and CEO of Duck River Electric Membership Corporation is retiring this month. DREMC is honoring his years of service to the utility company by hosting a retirement reception Wednesday June 19 from 4 to 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend...
Serious trash talk
The City of Shelbyville is considering implementing a multi-year rollout of automated garbage collections. The proposed 2013-2014 fiscal year budget calls for $59,400 in startup costs: $49,400 for 1,000 96-gallon garbage cans and $10,000 for flippers for an existing garbage truck. The public works budget was discussed during a city council workshop Wednesday...
New bridge open
The roadway, on the right, to the old bridge on HIghway 130 is now closed as the new bridge is open for traffic.
Highway 130 bridge to close for 2 days
Some residents will have to find a different way home Monday and Tuesday as road work will close the Sydney "Bud" McGrew Memorial Bridge spanning Duck River on State Highway 130. Starting Monday morning, crews will begin paving work to link the highway to the new replacement bridge under construction since last June, according to Shelbyville public works director Mark Clanton...
Watson named DREMC leader
Michael Watson, who is currently vice president of Duck River Electric Membership Corp., has been named president and CEO to succeed Jim Allison when he retires at the end of June. DREMC is a Shelbyville-based, member-owned electric cooperative serving all or part of 16 counties in southern Middle Tennessee. In Bedford County, DREMC serves the areas not served by Shelbyville Power, Water and Sewerage System...
One extreme to another: Water's high
Last May, representatives of Tennessee Valley Authority told the Times-Gazette that Normandy Lake was at its lowest summer level since 1981, and the agency's Chuck Bach suggested that readers "wash their cars, do their rain dances, cut hay, whatever causes it to rain."...
Wartrace awaits water word
Although the application process was completed in early spring, it will likely be October before Wartrace receives word on whether it qualifies for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to replace aged main water lines. The board of mayor and aldermen sought the grant from the state Department of Economic and Community Development earlier in the year due to continuing high water loss...
Airport repairs approved: ramp, taxiway to be rebuilt
Shelbyville's council signed off on a $3 million bid for long-needed repairs to the airport Thursday. Bids were awarded to Mountain States Contractors, LLC for the rehabilitation of the ramp and taxiway at the facility for a total of $3,033,824.56. Work is expected to begin at the end of May and is estimated to last for three months...
Railroad Ave. talks continue
Discussions are ongoing to resolve issues connected to a state industrial access road project so work can continue. Attorneys and surveyors are continuing to research right-of-way concerns that brought the $2.35 million dollar project on Railroad Avenue to a halt last month...
Airport manager may become city employee
Shelbyville City Council will extend the contract of the city's airport manager, with discussion of making him a city employee in the future. Hank Williamson has been under a contract for the last 15 years, with renewals every five years, and recently submitted a letter asking for a two-year extension. But city manager Jay Johnson proposed a single year extension with a one-year renewal option...
Marketing plan may fly for airport
The city council may choose to spend funds to create a marketing plan for Shelbyville's airport. However, the money for the plan could come out of the city's annual contribution to the Chamber of Commerce. City manager Jay Johnson reported that the city's Airport Authority had a "lively" discussion on promoting the facility...
Railroad Avenue talks ahead
After consulting with the city's attorney, Shelbyville's council voted to meet with Railroad Avenue property owners to resolve an issue that has brought a state industrial access road project to a halt. The $2.35 million dollar project was put on hold by the Tennessee Department of Transportation after residents produced a deed that many involved in the project had no knowledge of, raising questions about the right-of-way...
N. Main work in highway budget
Tennessee Department of Transportation has confirmed that the widening of North Main Street and the next stage of widening U.S. 41A South are both budgeted for construction in the 2013-2014 fiscal year which begins July 1. North Main Street will be widened to include a turn lane from the intersection with Madison streets to just north of Rolling Road. The project will be 1.2 miles...
Photographers urged to stay clear of train tracks
As warmer weather arrives, Union Pacific Railroad and Operation Lifesaver, the rail safety education nonprofit organization, are urging professional photographers to refrain from taking photos of high school seniors, wedding parties, and other subjects on train tracks or trestles...
Transportation funding hits rough spot in road
State transportation officials briefed area leaders this week about the department's bleak funding outlook in fiscal year 2015 and beyond. About 40 people attended a meeting of the South Central Regional Planning Organization (RPO), which is the transportation coordination group from this region, Tuesday at Henry Horton State Park...
Shelbyville Municipal Airport's manager will be asking aviators to pardon the mess while the facility overhauls its infrastructure this spring and summer. The airport will close the taxiway and ramp at either the end of May or first of June for a massive $3.2 million renovation, said manager Hank Williamson. The work should take three months, he said, and the runway will remain open...
Long train coming
Traffic was stalled in Wartrace Friday as this CSX locomotive crawled through the crossing at Highway 64. Last month, Wartrace's town council noted that a train had blocked the highway for two and a half hours, and that citizens are becoming "very frustrated" with the ongoing situation, with one resident asking the town to write to the state attorney general to see what can be done. (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
Bell Buckle hears good, bad news on water issues
Bell Buckle's town board heard some good news about their water system, while one customer suing the town is still experiencing problems. Water manager Ronnie Lokey reported to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen the town only had a monthly water loss of six percent -- the lowest rate any board member can remember. The town has been plagued for years with issues with its aging system of pipes that date to the 1930s...
NW bypass expansion draws support
Bedford County Board of Commissioners voted to support completion of the northwest portion of the Shelbyville bypass (State Route 437). The extension, if the state decides to build it, would run from the current end of the bypass on U.S. 231 North (Murfreesboro Highway) west and south to State Route 64 West (Lewisburg Highway)...
Parking issues studied
Parking enforcement on the Shelbyville square is being debated by the city council -- but no decision has been made yet. City manager Jay Johnson said the issue has not only been a big discussion item at both Shelbyville Downtown Task Force meetings, but he has also heard complaints from other citizens...
Heavy traffic ahead
Commutes to Community Elementary and Middle Schools are about to get a little more difficult because of a bridge construction project. The Tennessee Department of Transportation is scheduled to close down to one lane the U.S. 41A bridge just north of the schools starting Monday, officials say. The reconstruction project will last at least a year...
CORRECTED: Bell Buckle takes closer look at fire truck loan
Bell Buckle's Board of Mayor and Alderman deferred action on the purchase of a truck for the volunteer fire department so that the loan terms could be more closely examined. Fire Chief Ronnie Lokey asked permission for a $55,000 loan to pay off a previous loan to Regions Bank, but also to help pay for a one-ton truck that can be used both as a grass truck and a first responder vehicle for $42,500. The 2005 model truck comes from a fire department in Alabama...
Water woes to be fixed
Shelbyville's public works department has drawn up its project list dealing with drainage issues. A total of 22 projects are planned for the remainder of this budget cycle, as well as the 2013-2014 fiscal year, public works director Mark Clanton told Shelbyville City Council...
This Nissan Leaf, owned by an unidentified Tullahoma man, is the first electric car known to have used the Blink charging station at Shelbyville's city hall. The charging unit was installed last summer, with another placed at the airport, but city workers say this is the first time someone has actually plugged in. Earlier this week, the Chattanooga Times-Free Press reported that while 700 charging stations have been installed around the state, only 530 electric vehicles have been registered in Tennessee. The vehicle chargers were paid for through a Department of Energy grant. (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
State to speed up bypass work
Following a near fatal accident this past weekend, state transportation officials have told the city that safety enhancements for a dangerous intersection on the Shelbyville Bypass will be expedited. Late Sunday evening, a Ohio woman was critically injured at the dangerous State Highway 437-Fairfield Pike intersection, after being struck by an alleged drunk driver...
Bypass work a priority: Council
The city council is expected to ask Tennessee to make Shelbyville's bypass "a community priority" when they take action during their regular meeting next week. But other road projects are already high on the state's "to do" list, and completing the bypass would be a multi-year process...
BCUD refinances debt
Officials of Tennessee Utility Assistance LLC announced this week that Bedford County Utility District has closed on a $4.475 million loan through TUA's municipal finance program. The loan will be used to refinance outstanding bonds for interest cost savings of more than $960,000, according to a news release...
City's ready if roads ice over
The cold and slick stuff is due to fall from the skies tomorrow morning and the city's public works department is ready. With Shelbyville and most of middle Tennessee under a winter weather advisory starting tonight, the city's public works department is "ready to go."...
Northwest bypass action urged
Bedford County Board of Commissioners will consider a resolution to ask the state to complete the northwestern leg of the Shelbyville bypass, State Route 437. The bypass had been requested by community leaders for decades. Its first, six-mile leg, connecting U.S. 231 north of Shelbyville to U.S. 41A (New Tullahoma Highway) east of Shelbyville, opened in August 2011...
Wartrace seeks grant for water work
Putting a clamp on water leaks is behind the application for a state grant to replace lines within Wartrace city limits. The board of mayor and aldermen is seeking a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from the state Department of Economic and Community Development due to the continuing high water loss...
Bridge construction continues
A section of the new bridge on Belmont Avenue is moved into place as other sections wait to be moved off the transport trucks. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Picking up limbs
Shelbyville Public Works Department works along Blue Ribbon Parkway picking up limbs and yard waste Monday afternoon. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Flood of water work in plans
For Shelbyville's public works, 2013 is going to be the year for stormwater management. As the city's various departments lay out goals, much of public works director Mark Clanton's focus will be to get the city in compliance with federal environmental regulations before the end of the year...
DREMC and CoBank make donation to library
A few years ago Duck River Electric Membership Corporation pledged $5,000 to the Argie Cooper Public Library as the library began its campaign to raise funds to build a new facility. Until recently, that pledge remained just that, a pledge, which would be fulfilled over the course of a few years once the new library project officially began...
Keeping it safe
Despite heavy rains and driving winds Thursday, Rodney Lamb and Joey Beech of the Shelbyville public works department completed installation of four-way stop signs at the intersection of Whitthorne Street and Celebration Drive. The traffic signs were made permanent following a request to the city by Celebration officials, public works director Mark Clanton. The intersection, which has been a four-way stop only during the horse show in August, will be that way permanently due to the number of accidents in the area. (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
Expect delays at local bridge
Motorists who travel in and out of Shelbyville on Belmont Avenue/State Highway 130 should expect delays of 15 to 30 minutes due to work on the Sydney "Bud" McGrew Memorial Bridge spanning Duck River today and Friday. Workers will begin setting eight 140-foot steel beams into the ground for the reconstruction. (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
Airport work can fly, says city council
Shelbyville's city council approved a number of measures that will result in a lot of needed repair work at the city's airport next spring. An amended contract with the Tennessee Department of Transportation's aeronautics division was authorized that would increase the total grant for repairs to the airport's taxiway and improvements to the parking ramp to $3,158,000, with a total local match of $150,000...
Man-made dust storm
A worker stirs up a steady stream of dust as he works at the corner of Madison Street and Tremont Drive. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Mediator appointed in ECD lawsuit
A mediator has been selected to arbitrate a lawsuit filed by the county's Emergency Communication District (ECD) and other districts against a telephone company over 911 charges. Former Judge Lew Conner has been approved by a federal judge, and has agreed to handle the county's case against BellSouth, now known as AT&T...
Hydrant fee study cost uncertain
No estimates have been made as to how much an independent analysis of Shelbyville's fire hydrant fees will cost. City officials and the municipal utility system have been at odds over the last several months about a monthly fee of $10.30 for each fire hydrant in the city. With 1,123 functioning hydrants billed each month, it would mean that the city would pay $138,803 annually to the water system...
Hydrant Fee study planned
An independent analysis of fire hydrant fees is to be performed in the hopes of settling an impasse between the city and its water system. Shelbyville officials and members of the water board held a "very good" open discussion on the subject of fire hydrant fees this week, and it will be a topic for the city council next Tuesday...
Railroad Ave. work to spring forward
Hampered by a number of delays over the past year, work on expanding Railroad Avenue is at last set for the spring. City officials held a meeting before the Thanksgiving holidays in Nashville with representatives of the Tennessee Department of Transportation and all the utilities involved in the project, which has been delayed a number of times due to unresolved issues with relocating services such as phones, gas, power and cable...
Verizon plans new tower in Bell Buckle
Plans for a new wireless tower in Bell Buckle have been announced, meaning bad or nonexistent cell phone reception in the Bell Buckle area may soon be a thing of the past. Representatives of Verizon Wireless recently sought locations to place a cell tower to boost reception. Many Bell Buckle residents have complained on social media about the lack of good cellular communication coverage...
More money going to airport
Shelbyville will be receiving much more state and federal funding to pay for needed repair work at the city's airport. An extra $1,425,000 is being added to the city's current contract of $1,658,000 to perform the rehabilitation of the airport's parking ramp, to go along with work to be done on the taxiway...
Finances force water rate rise in Wartrace
Wartrace water customers face higher rates as the community tries to get back "in the black" financially. A large number of residents attended Monday's meeting of the Wartrace water board to hear about the new rates, which Mayor Ron Stacy said are necessary to keep the town's water department solvent...
Water grant flows to Flat Creek
Flat Creek Water Cooperative will receive a $450,000 community development block grant (CDBG) for water line extension, Gov. Bill Haslam announced on Monday. Because CDBGs must be applied for by a municipality -- a city, town or county -- Bedford County applied for the grant on Flat Creek Water Cooperative's behalf, as it also does for Bedford County Utility District, alternating between the two as necessary...
Bids submitted for major bypass safety upgrades
Two unidentified companies have submitted bids to the Tennessee Department of Transportation for the Shelbyville bypass safety improvement project, with a projected completion time given. TDOT released a review of State Route 437, which makes a number of safety recommendations, earlier this year...
City takes close look at stormwater plans
The costly process of creating a new stormwater management plan will be stretched out over two budget cycles, the city council was told this week. Public works director Mark Clanton briefed the council about selecting an outside engineering consulting firm to update the city's stormwater manual, as well as submitting a MS4 (Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems) permit to the state...
Hydrant fee talk wanted
Shelbyville's city council wants city manager Jay Johnson to meet with the utilities manager, and perhaps the water board, to discuss fire hydrant fees they consider to be too high. The issue was raised in early September when Johnson told the council that the water board had voted to charge a monthly fee of $10.30 for each fire hydrant in Shelbyville...
Recycling helps pay landfill costs
The county's recycling program continues to save money for residents, making enough each quarter to pay for a month of landfill costs. Total saving from recycling for July, August and September versus disposal in the landfill was $6,737.12, according to highway superintendent Stanley Smotherman...
DREMC warns of utility bill scam
A scam that has been sweeping across the United States since this summer has made its way to at least one Duck River Electric Membership Corporation member. The scam originates with a criminal informing a consumer that President Obama has authorized the Federal Government to create a program that will pay a person's electric bill. ...