Utilities, roads and Infrastructure
Higher gas taxes urged by governor
Gov. Bill Haslam sought to soften the blow of a proposed gas tax increase on Wednesday by coupling it with proposals to reduce the state sales tax on groceries, changing the formula for the state franchise and excise tax, and continuing to cut the Hall income tax on investments...
Sidewalk upgrades gain approval
Shelbyville is stepping up its work on sidewalk enhancements. The City Council on Thursday approved a contract for the next phase of improvements, this time on the north side of downtown. Curl Construction and Excavating LLC won the bid for Phase 2 with a cost of $697,709.47...
Normandy Dam turns 40
A key landmark in Normandy turned 40 years old just last month. Normandy Dam was completed in December 1976, said Scott Brooks with the Tennessee Valley Authority's public relations unit. "It's one of the youngest dams in TVA's system," Brooks said. "We didn't even have a birthday cake here," he added as a joke...
Land use plan changes minor
MANCHESTER -- Proposed changes to the reservoir land management plan at Normandy Lake were discussed at a public hearing Wednesday night. The changes to Normandy's land use plan are relatively minor, according to TVA literature. Less than 30 percent of TVA's 4,797 acres of property will be affected, and most of the changes are simply updating the plan to reflect existing agreements or commitments...
Roads chief: Gas tax hike funds road repairs
Bedford County Highway Superintendent Stanley Smotherman told county commissioners on Tuesday that he favors an increase in the state gas and diesel taxes because of the amount that would be shared with local governments. Gov. Bill Haslam is expected to propose a fuel tax increase to the state legislature. ...
TDOT ready for the next winter storm
As last weekend's snow and ice melt away, warmer temperatures are expected this week. But Tennessee Department of Transportation says it is ready for any future episodes of snow and ice. In preparation for the winter season, salt supplies have been replenished in all 95 counties, says TDOT, and crews have readied snow plows and brine trucks...
TVA holds environmental meeting in Manchester
The Tennessee Valley Authority is hosting a public meeting Wednesday to involve interested residents in learning more about proposed changes to its land management plans associated with eight reservoirs, including Normandy and Great Falls. The public will also have the opportunity to provide comments during the meeting...
A Shelbyville Public Works crew, including Christopher Wilhoite (left) and Pride Velasquez, sweeps up salt from the sidewalks on the square early Monday morning. (T-G Photos by Jason Reynolds)
Morning snowfall snarls traffic
Light snow arriving early this morning left an icy blanket across Bedford County, closing schools and slowing commuters. "Roads are very slick," said Bedford County Emergency Management Agency director Scott Johnson about 7:45 a.m., although there were still motorists on the road making their way to their destinations...
DREMC issues 'Beat the Peak' notice
Forecasts indicate the upcoming frigid weekend will be capped by one of the coldest nights of the winter so far. A projected morning low of around 15 degrees on Monday, combined with higher electricity demand due to home heating, could produce a monthly peak for Shelbyville-based Duck River Electric Membership Corporation (DREMC)...
Legislators prepare for new year
Bedford County's two state legislators say that infrastructure and the state's budget surplus will be hot topics as the Tennessee General Assembly reconvenes this month. The legislature will officially reconvene next week for three days of organizational business, such as electing a lieutenant governor and a speaker of the house and making committee assignments. ...
Work on industrial park progresses
The city-county industrial park is poised to become a business recruitment tool in 2017. The city of Shelbyville is accepting bids for a roadway entrance and for sewer and water lines to the 231 North Business Park. Bids will be accepted at City Hall until 3 p.m. Jan. 26. Ragan-Smith Associates Inc. performed the engineering work...
TDOT driver dies after Christmas Eve accident
Tennessee Department of Transportation HELP Operator James Rogers has died of complications resulting from injuries sustained when he was struck by a vehicle while assisting a stranded motorist on Dec. 24. Rogers was changing a flat tire for a family stranded on Interstate 40 at mile marker 221 in Davidson County. ...
Bedford Co. adds fiber to internet diet
Bedford County and surrounding areas are loading up on fiber. Fiberoptics, that is. "There's a lot of growth in broadband," said Levoy Knowles, executive director of the Tennessee Telecommunications Association (TTA). The group represents small telephone companies and broadband providers that serve about 30 percent of the state's geographic area. "All the small companies are investing millions and millions of dollars to offer faster broadband."...
Upgrade would stop sewer line backups
The Bird Street neighborhood could be receiving upgraded sewer lines if the local utility system has its way. Shelbyville Power, Water & Sewerage Systems is applying for a state Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) through the city of Shelbyville. The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development is the grant administrator...
Local waste reduction praised by state
Bedford County recycling coordinator Diane Forbes told the county's Financial Management Committee on Tuesday that Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation uses Bedford County as a model when talking to other counties that haven't met their state-required 25 percent reduction in landfill waste...
I-24 truck accident prompts local Code Red
A traffic accident Wednesday morning in Rutherford County caused a precautionary Code Red alert to be issued for some Bedford County residents, but the hazardous material concerns had gone away by mid-afternoon. A semi truck carrying hazardous pool chemicals crashed and caught fire about 3 a.m. Wednesday on Interstate 24 near mile marker 89. Residents from as many as 150 homes in the nearby Buchanan Estates were asked to evacuate, and the interstate was closed...
DREMC triggers 'Beat the Peak'
DREMC could see system peak Thursday or Friday morning. Mother Nature is pitching a double-whammy of frigid temperatures at the Middle Tennessee region this Thursday and Friday, Dec. 15-16. The mercury will dip into the teens both mornings, causing greater demand for electricity and the possibility of a new monthly peak...
Caution, but no immediate risk, from Rutherford County accident
A Code Red telephone alert went out to Bedford County residents this morning concerning the tractor-trailer accident involving chlorine tablets in Rutherford County. According to Bedford County Emergency Management Agency director Scott Johnson, at the time the alert went out one of several possible "plume models" showed fumes from the accident blowing down U.S. ...
Further drainage studies in plans for Fairground Heights
The Shelbyville City Council is spending $4,750 to study stormwater drainage along Fairground Heights.The council approved a motion Thursday to hire Griggs & Maloney engineers to study the issue first raised last week by Fred Horn, owner of Shelbyville Self Storage. Horn, who said he is a retired engineer, made a verbal agreement with the city last week to pay $12,000 toward fixing the drainage system under his business so he can sell the property...
City, county ready for snow
As the weather starts to get colder, both Shelbyville and Bedford County say they're well prepared for keeping the roads clear of snow and ice. "We are in good shape," said Eric Pierce of Shelbyville Public Works, with 200 tons of road salt on site...
DREMC activates 'Beat the Peak' for Friday
Forecasts call for temperatures in the low 20s or high teens on Friday morning, prompting Duck River Electric Membership Corp. to call for voluntary demand reduction measures through its "Beat the Peak" program. Emails and texts will be sent to thousands of co-op members, alerting them to an expected period of high electricity demand between 6-8 a.m. ...
Crash takes man's life
A Murfreesboro resident was killed early Sunday when he went through a stop sign at the U.S. 231 North-State Highway 82 intersection, which many have called dangerous, into the path of an oncoming vehicle. Joshua Brandon, 26, was westbound around 9 p.m. when he failed to stop at the Highway 82 stop sign and drove into the path of a northbound vehicle driven by Shandell Hardin, 25, also of Murfreesboro, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol...
Resident to pay for drainage project
A business owner is asking the Shelbyville City Council to join him in improving drainage on Fairground Heights. Fred Horn owns Shelbyville Self Storage. He made his presentation to the council during its work study session Tuesday night. "I'm 77," he said. "I've got to sell my business."...
Beat the Peak activation set Monday morning
Duck River Electric Membership Corporation (DREMC) has issued a "Beat The Peak" alert, warning members who have signed up for the voluntary program that Monday morning's predicted low temperatures could cause a demand peak for the month of November...
State Route 130 construction
Although the North Main Street widening project is now open to traffic, another state construction project -- replacement of a bridge at the intersection of State Route 130 and Snell Road -- continues. Traffic on the bridge continues to be one lane, and temporary traffic lights control traffic on State Route 130, Snell Road and nearby Dixon Road. Shelbyville residents may have noticed large number of trucks from Gibco, a Cleveland, Tennessee-based construction firm, passing through town; they are providing large amounts of material used to bring the roadway up to grade for the project. The project is just a stone's throw away from Liberty School, meaning it affects traffic during the hours when children are being picked up from or dropped off at the school. The bridge replacement is one of several on S.R. 130. The total $6.5 million project is estimated to be complete by July 2017. (T-G Photos by John I. Carney)
North Main reopems
Whereas this was once the north end of the construction zone on North Main Street, traffic now flows freely. The orange barrels began disappearing late Thursday night. Officials report some striping of lanes and right of way work remain to be done. The Times-Gazette will publish a montage of photos of the widening project's progression in Tuesday's edition. (T-G Photo by Jason Raynolds)
Major upgrades rolling smoothly at city's airport
The Shelbyville Municipal Airport is well into a major revamp that will leave the facility well-off for two decades, an official says. The airport's contractors should be finished revamping asphalt taxi lanes and aprons soon, among other projects, said director Justin Heid...
Super-fast 1-gigabyte Internet service proposed
Athena Broadband is planning to provide high-speed internet service inside Shelbyville that will rival speeds available in large cities. The fiberoptic lines will provide speeds of up to 1 gigabyte per second, comparable to service in larger cities, said Josh Lynch of Athena, during a Shelbyville City Council study session Tuesday...
Fiber allows room for growth
How fast is 1 gig of broadband? The Times-Gazette asked that of an expert. Levoy Knowles is the executive director of the Tennessee Telecommunications Association. The TTA is a trade association that promotes the interests of telecommunications companies in the state...
UPDATED: Hwy. 64 block in Wartrace won't be on Election Day
CSX Transportation has changed its plans for repair work at the railroad crossing in Wartrace. The original plans would have had the road closed on Election Day, Nov. 8, which could have delayed voters getting to and from the polls. The work has now been rescheduled for Nov. 10-11...
Weekend work to impact North Main
The North Main Street widening project will impact traffic this weekend by forcing road closures and shifting lanes. North Main at the Madison Street intersection will be completely closed to traffic Friday from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. Saturday, Shelbyville City Manager Jay Johnson said. The intersection will close during the same hours Saturday night-Sunday morning...
Utility directors to retain insurance
Utility directors will keep their family health insurance for now. On Thursday, the Shelbyville City Council deferred action on an ordinance concerning utility benefits. The ordinance would have allowed the council to establish compensation for "citizen members of the Shelbyville Power, Water & Sewerage board of directors."...
Long wait's almost over
It seems like forever since widening of North Main Street began in 2014, but the wait's almost over. State roadway officials say construction should be complete around Thanksgiving. Here, work continues Tuesday morning. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Utility board benefits draw critic
The Shelbyville City Council is looking at whether to adopt an ordinance establishing compensation guidelines for the board members of Shelbyville Power, Water & Sewerage. The council has been reviewing the independent city-chartered utility board's health insurance coverage the past couple of months and whether providing full family coverage is a benefit or compensation...
Road work hits snag over ramps
A planned resurfacing of Lane Parkway has hit a speed bump -- with the need to build handicap accessible ramps costing an extra $150,000. The city has been seeking approval for the project from Tennessee Department of Transportation for several months, but has learned of a delay, City Manager Jay Johnson said. He made the announcement during the city council's Tuesday's study session...
Plastic revolution: County now recycling bottles, jugs
Bedford County Recycling and Convenience Centers at El Bethel and Normandy have begun accepting #1 and #2 plastic for recycling. This includes many types of soft drink bottles and milk jugs. To know if a particular plastic item is recyclable, look for the triagnle-shaped recycling logo, often on or near the bottom of the bottle. ...
BCUD, Wartrace granted funds for utilities upgrades
Bedford County Utility District will receive a $390,000 community development block grant (CDBG) to extend water lines, while the Town of Wartrace will receive $289,750 for sewer system improvements, State Sen. Jim Tracy announced on Wednesday. Tracy thanked Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Commissioner of Economic and Community Development Randy Boyd for the grant money...
Electric rates to increase slightly
Residents of Shelbyville -- like others throughout the Tennessee Valley Authority service area -- will see about a 1 1/2 percent increase in their power bills next month. TVA is increasing the wholesale cost of power by 2 percent, which translates to about a 1.5 percent increase once local power systems -- like Shelbyville Power, Water and Sewerage System or Duck River Electric Membership Corp. -- pass it along to consumers...
DREMC considers broadband
Duck River Electric Membership Corp. is studying ways it could help bring broadband access to its rural customers. The state prohibits electric cooperatives from directly providing Internet services to homes, according to a DREMC news release. But co-ops can build a fiber-optic network for their own use and then give other companies, such as Internet service providers, access to it...
On and on and on...
A marquee at Tire & Muffler USA calls attention to the fact that the widening of North Main Street is not yet completed, and there's been widespread public frustration at the time it's taken to complete the project. But there have been some signs of progress in the past week, and work was underway Friday morning within view of the marquee. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
Taxes likely focus of legislators
HENRY HORTON STATE PARK -- Transportation and sales tax on items purchased online are likely to be the top issues in the state legislature next year affecting local government, county commissioners were told during a regional meeting Thursday night...
Gasoline pipeline flowing once again
ATLANTA (AP) -- Colonial Pipeline restarted the gasoline pipeline in Alabama that had been shut down because of a major leak, which caused shortages and surging fuel prices across the South. The pipeline was reopened Wednesday evening, company officials said in a statement. The pipeline leak was discovered Sept. 9 near Helena, Alabama, when state workers noticed a strong gasoline odor and sheen on a man-made retention pond...
Cascade traffic's a mess
Traffic is jamming up the entrances at all three Cascade schools, officials say. School Superintendent Don Embry said during Tuesday's school board meeting that he has spoken with all three principals and the Sheriff's Department on the issue. More students this year appear to be car riders than bus riders. The elementary school has added an additional pick up lane...
Temporary bypass increases South's gasoline supplies
ATLANTA (AP) -- Gasoline should begin flowing again Wednesday -- through a temporary bypass on a critical pipeline -- after a major leak in Alabama forced a shutdown that led to surging fuel prices and scattered gas shortages across the South, a company official said Tuesday...
Some areas run short on gasoline
ATLANTA -- Gas prices spiked and drivers found "out of service" bags covering pumps as the gas shortage in the South rolled into the work week, raising fears that the scattered disruptions could become more widespread. The shortage is blamed on a pipeline rupture and leak of at least 252,000 gallons of gas in Alabama. ...
Lines form at pumps in fear of gas shortage
Fuel supplies in at least five states are threatened by a gasoline pipeline spill in Alabama, and the U.S. Department of Transportation has ordered the company responsible to take corrective action before the fuel starts following again. Meanwhile, drivers lined up for gas at pumps across Tennessee. Cars were eight to nine deep at one Shelbyville store Friday night, and an entrance to Kroger on North Main Street was blocked for a short time by drivers in gas lines Saturday morning...
Pipeline leak may affect gas supply
Colonial Pipeline says that a gasoline pipeline leak in Helena, Alabama, will affect gasoline supplies in Tennessee and other parts of the Southeast. "Based on current projections and consultations with industry partners, parts of Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina will be the first markets to be impacted by any potential disruption in supply...
DREMC warns of electric bill scam
Duck River Electric Membership Corp. is warning its members and others of a new scam which falsely claims to be connected to both DREMC and Walmart. The scheme has been reported in Lincoln County, and DREMC officials say they fear it will be attempted elsewhere...
Traffic shift in Murfreesboro
Bedford County residents who work or shop in Murfreesboro are advised that Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews plan to shift traffic at the intersection of SR 10/96 (Old Fort Parkway /Memorial Boulevard) and SR 1 (Broad Street) this week for the ongoing Bridge Over Broad interchange project...
DREMC members celebrate 80th anniversary
More than 250 Duck River Electric Membership Corporation members, employees and guests gathered for the 2016 Annual Meeting and 80th anniversary observance Saturday at Tennessee Farm Bureau headquarters in Columbia. Five unopposed incumbent directors were re-elected to new terms, and board officers were named in the reorganizational session following the meeting...
State Route 840 now known as I-840
Tennessee Department of Transportation has received approval from the Federal Highway Administration to designate State Route 840 as Interstate 840. The change was requested to encourage more economic growth along the corridor and more traffic diversion around Middle Tennessee's urban core...
Orange barrels on North Main aren't going away
Traffic winds through the construction zone on North Main Street Friday. The Tennessee Department of Transportation said the contractor will not meet an August deadline. The contractor is, however, getting ready to stripe a third lane in from Kroger to Lowe's, which should open to traffic by August 22 -- there will be one travel lane in each direction and a center turn lane. The final configuration will be two travel lanes in each direction and a center turn lane. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Old tracks hit the road: Former rail lines, future sidewalks
City crews pull up rail lines behind the police and fire stations Thursday. Nicky Brandon picks up a load of railroad ties to cart off next to the Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce.Crews began pulling up railroad tracks around Shelbyville on Monday to make way for sidewalks, and the work should continue through next week, officials said...
WEB EXCLUSIVE: Power outage affects 1,615 customers
A power outage Wednesday night left 1,615 Shelbyville Power, Water and Sewerage System customers without power -- for most, the outage lasted an hour and 21 minutes, from 7:42 until 9:03 p.m.
DREMC to hold annual meeting
Duck River Electric Membership Corporation will hold its annual membership meeting Saturday, Aug. 20, starting at 9:30 a.m. in the Farm Bureau Headquarters located at 147 Bear Creek Pike, Columbia. Those attending the meeting will have an opportunity to elect representatives to serve on the DREMC Board of Directors as well as hear operational reports about the cooperative. ...
DREMC activates "Beat The Peak" program due to heat
Sweltering conditions caused by a major heat wave across the TVA region will result in Shelbyville-based Duck River Electric Membership Corporation (DREMC) activating its Beat the Peak program from 3-5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, July 22-23. High temperatures forecast for Friday and Saturday could reach the upper 90s, with heat indices well above 100 degrees due to the humidity. There is a possibility of heat advisories and warnings being issued...
Study: 13 percent of state residents lack broadband
The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development released today a study it commissioned to assess the current state of broadband access in Tennessee and options for increasing access and utilization. Strategic Networks Group and NEO Connect, global leaders in broadband consulting, conducted the study on behalf of the department...
Road superintendent seeks another term
Stanley Smotherman has announced his candidacy for re-election as Bedford County Road Superintendent as an independent in the Aug. 4 general election. A Bedford County native, Smotherman has worked for Bedford County Highway Department for the past 37 years, serving as superintendent since 2000. He currently serves as secretary/treasurer of Tennessee County Highway Officials Association...
Five lanes make all the difference
Roadwork on North Main Street took new turns this week as the traffic patterns changed at least twice. During mid-week, vehicles were forced to run through a zigzagging maze of barrels and cones near the Colloredo Boulevard intersection.
(T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Clearing the rubble
James Farrar (left) checks progress of demolition work to the rear of his building on Lane Parkway. He said Wednesday his crews have finished demolishing their share of the concrete slab and what remains is the city's responsibility. The wood wall will be the new rear wall of the building once work is finished in about two weeks. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
State taking applications for recycling grants
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) is now accepting applications for Recycling and Waste Reduction Grants, as well as Recycling Rebates. The application period began July 1, and applications are due Oct. 3. "Recycling directly impacts manufacturers in Tennessee who reuse materials collected in their manufacturing process," said TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau. ...
Demolition, construction: Rear of building near flume coming down
Demolition has begun on the back portion of James Farrar's building. The city and businessman recently reached an agreement for the demolition of a portion of his building, which he said was damaged when the flume collapsed. Demolition supervisor Jack Ray said the roof should be taken down in two days. The demolition should be completed in about a week. The front portion of the building will remain...
City, Farrar reach deal on building
James Farrar said he hopes to start operating his businesses out of his building at Big Springs Shopping Center Monday now that he and the city have reached an agreement. Farrar operates a bail bond, trading post (or pawn shop) and wrecker service. The flume collapse damaged the building and in mid-March, the city ruled the property as unsafe for occupancy, he said...
Cleaning the Duck
Members of the Bedford County Technical Rescue Team take part in last year's Duck River Cleanup. This year's edition begins at 7 a.m. Saturday at Riverbottom Park behind Shelbyville Power, Water and Sewerage System. All volunteers are welcome, especially those with boats. Most of the cleanup takes place around river access points. Lunch will be served to volunteers from 11 a.m. until noon. (T-G File Photo by Derrick Hill)
Atmos freshens looks of website, monthly bills
In an effort to enhance the customer experience and provide superior natural gas service, Atmos Energy has unveiled a new website, upgraded the online Account Center, and redesigned its monthly and E-Bill for more than 3 million customers throughout eight states, including Tennessee, Virginia, Colorado, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas...
Haslam brings industrial park road grant
Gov. Bill Haslam visited Shelbyville Friday and brought a gift: half a million dollars for the future industrial park, part of a $7.5 million grant for rural communities. "I actually think our rural communities can compete with anybody in the world," Haslam said. "But every now and then we need a little boost, something to help make that happen."...
Morrow named DREMC director of engineering
Valerie Morrow has been named Duck River Electric Membership Corp.'s director of engineering, DREMC President and CEO Michael Watson announced. Morrow, a graduate of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Indiana with a bachelor's degree in electrical and electronics engineering, has been an electrical engineer at DREMC since October 2014...
New pavilion dedicated
The Shelbyville Parks & Recreation Department dedicated a new pavilion Wednesday at Never Rest Park. The structure is compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act.
North Main relief by August?
All five lanes of North Main Street will be open -- though not totally complete -- by the first week of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in late August. At least, that's the latest word from the Tennessee Department of Transportation, according to City Manager Jay Johnson and Public Works Director Eric Pierce...
Cascade sewage service unsure
Architect John Davis told Bedford County Financial Management Committee on Tuesday that he has met with engineers representing the Town of Bell Buckle but hasn't yet gotten a final answer on whether or not the town can or will provide sewer service to the new Cascade High School...
No drought yet, but area lakes' levels low
For the first few months of the year, things were looking good for TVA's reservoirs. Rainfall was up in January, February and early March, as the deadline passed to begin filling the reservoirs and taking them to summer level. "The official fill starts March 1," said TVA spokesman Scott Brooks, "which is about the time the rain stopped."...
Grant helps with airport renovations
Shelbyville council members heard good and bad news on the price of airport upgrades at their May meeting Thursday night. The good news: An additional $452,000 grant requested by the city has been granted, Shelbyville Municipal Airport manager Justin Heid told the council. The grant increases the total funding for repairs and improvements to $1.5 million, which Heid said should cover all the airport's needs...
TDOT: Light on U.S. 231 not needed
The Shelbyville city government is looking at various traffic improvements that could be made over the next several years. The Tennessee Department of Transportation reported to the city in an April 15 letter that a traffic signal is not warranted on U.S. 231 at Airport Business Park Drive...
New sewer lines being installed
Shelbyville Power, Water & Sewerage System is replacing sewer lines -- without even digging up any ground. The work began recently at a manhole near Shelbyville Animal Hospital on North Main Street, said David Crowell, the utility's general manager. Work will continue along North Main Street, turning south along the area of last year's flume collapse toward the area near Bedford County Jail and Lane Parkway...
Flume debt on way to being paid
The Shelbyville City Council may pay off $2 million in flume debt by the end of June. The city council discussed flume debt during a study session Tuesday. The council would ask Shelbyville Power, Water & Sewer System for the funds, according to the discussion...
Incorrect fill-ups could raise a stink -- or much worse
How would you feel about a nice cold glass of chlorine? Or liquid fertilizer? Antifreeze, maybe? What many people don't realize is that water doesn't just travel one way through pipes and garden hoses. Under the wrong conditions, chlorine from a backyard pool or fertilizer from a garden sprayer or antifreeze from that radiator you're flushing can get sucked backwards into the hose, and from there it can mingle with the water in your home pipes, or even into the public water main...
Roads dollars bypass cities
Tennessee's cities would be entirely left out of a state repayment of highway funds under a new proposal by Gov. Bill Haslam, a Shelbyville official says. Shelbyville City Manager Jay Johnson said he learned Tuesday afternoon that Haslam has changed his plan for paying back $142 million out of more than $260 million the state had long borrowed from highway funds for the general fund...
Call 811 before you dig
Atmos Energy's natural gas pipelines are damaged, on average, 372 times each year in Tennessee and National Safe Digging Month aims to remind the public to call 811 before digging. A simple call can prevent traffic delays, evacuations and in serious cases, injury...
City, building owner at odds
The Shelbyville flume collapse continues to reverberate with consequences even though the flood control system has been repaired. James Farrar, owner of a bail bond, wrecker service and trading post business in an outparcel at Big Springs Shopping Center, said his building was damaged by the collapse. ...
State plans funds for 41A widening
The state's latest three-year transportation program, announced this week, includes construction funding in the next fiscal year for the next phase of widening U.S. 41A between Shelbyville and Tullahoma. Construction funds for the segment from State Route 276 to Jenkins Road are included in the 2017 fiscal year plan as announced this week. The 2017 fiscal year begins July 1...
June 30 finish projected for North Main widening
The Tennessee Department of Transportation estimates the North Main Street widening could be done in a matter of months. TDOT estimates the project will be done by June 30, said Kathryn Schulte, community relations officer. The original contract completion date for the widening project in Shelbyville was Nov. 30, 2015, Schulte said. The contractor, Civil Constructors LLC, has not been granted a time extension by TDOT and is being fined daily for the delays ($1,000 per day)...
Letter to the Editor, March 31
To the Editor: I was saddened to read in the Shelbyville Times-Gazette about the resignation of Mark Clanton as the public works director for the City of Shelbyville. Having known Mr. Clanton and worked directly or indirectly with him over the past 20 years, I can say the City of Shelbyville has some mighty big shoes to fill. ...
Road funding may be repaid
State Sen. Jim Tracy of Shelbyville, who complained last year about money that had been "raided" from the state's highway fund from 2001 to 2007 and used for other state expenses, praised Gov. Bill Haslam for using part of a state budget surplus to pay some of that money back...
Bell Buckle plans water outage
Bell Buckle Water System will be finishing some water line renovations at the intersection of Highway 82 and Coop Road on Wednesday. Water will be off from 8 a.m. until approximately noon. This applies to customers from the pump station on Webb Road West out to Adams Lane, including Cemetery Road, Coop Road, Twin Oaks Subdivision and the Hill area...
Household Hazardous Waste event Saturday
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation's mobile household hazardous waste collection service will be in Bedford County on Saturday. Since the program's inception in 1993, more than 322,000 households have properly disposed of more than 21 million pounds of material...
Pierce to fill public works job
Eric Pierce has been appointed as acting public works director for Shelbyville. Shelbyville City Manager Jay Johnson made the announcement Monday. Pierce is currently the Department of Public Works' stormwater management coordinator. Pierce is filling in following the departure of previous director Mark Clanton, who took a job with engineering company Griggs & Maloney...
TVA seeks comment on reservoir land management
The Tennessee Valley Authority is seeking public comment as it reviews and updates the way it manages thousands of acres of land, including the land around Normandy Lake. Reservoir Land Management Plans for eight TVA reservoirs -- Chickamauga, Fort Loudoun, Great Falls, Kentucky, Nickajack, Normandy, Wheeler and Wilson -- will be updated through the development of an Environmental Impact Statement. ...
Pointing to progress
Lane Parkway striping work continued Friday. C&D Safety Co. workers (from left) Kenneth Rush, Ronald Gleaves and Jeremiah Smith paint a turn arrow. The road reopened Tuesday after being closed for eight months following the flume collapse. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Back open: Traffic rolls again on Lane Parkway
The message over the police scanner Tuesday afternoon was short and to the point. "Lane Parkway is back open." That re-opening means one more thing in addition to an easier commute: a return to normal for city meetings. There will be some lane striping work and cleanup alongside the road at some point soon, said Jay Johnson, city manager...
Lane Parkway opens
Crews pave the rebuilt portion of Lane Parkway over the area where the flume was under repair for most of the past year. The roadway was re-opened at mid-afternoon Tuesday. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
State increases funds for park development grants
Governor Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) announced today an increase in grant funding to the 2016 Local Parks and Recreation Fund (LPRF). The LPRF will now offer a maximum grant application request amount of $500,000 for the 2016 grant cycle...
Train festival returning
The fourth annual Dixie Line Days train show will be held April 29-30 in Wartrace, sponsored by the Dixie Flyer hobby shop. The event is attended by fans of miniature trains and real ones alike. Activities include operating scale model railroads, dealers of electric trains and railroad related memorabilia, modeling and switching contests, photographers' slide shows, and door prizes. ...
Progress made towards re-opening Lane Parkway
Workers are making quick progress on the eventual opening of Lane Parkway over the flume. Above, the beginning stages of rebuilding the roadway are underway. At left, work is being done where the gutter and sidewalk had been in front of Shelbyville Fire Department. (T-G Photos by David Melson)
Lane Parkway may open by end of month
The end may be in sight for the flume's disruption on the Lane Parkway area, with the street possibly reopening by the end of February, weather permitting, Shelbyville city council was told Tuesday. The roadway should be "like it was before this catastrophe," Public Works Director Mark Clanton said during the council's workshop Tuesday...
Schools remain closed Monday
Bedford County Schools will remain closed Monday due to "road conditions throughout the county," School Superintendent Don Embry announced Sunday afternoon.
Safety should come first in school closings
Whenever schools are closed -- or not closed -- during a winter weather scare, there's always a host of second-guessing on Facebook. "I drove to work just fine this morning -- I don't understand why they had to close the schools." "I used to live in [cold Northern state], and they'd laugh at the idea of closing school for this puny amount of snow."...
What we need: Growth plans ... but also a jail, school and roads
Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR), in its annual report on infrastructure needs, has estimated Bedford County to need 149 improvement projects totalling $219 million. The TACIR report shows Bedford County's top five infrastructure needs in the following categories...
Power off for an hour in Wheel area
About 300 households served by Duck River Electric Membership Corp. west of Shelbyville in the Wheel area were without power for about an hour this morning, during a time of day when many were getting ready for work. According to Steve Oden of DREMC, the utility had been doing some work in the area, such as replacing old utility poles. ...
Flume work to progress quickly
Shelbyville's damaged flume system will be repaired by the end of January -- weather permitting. That's the word from Public Works Director Mark Clanton, who detailed the tentative schedule to Shelbyville City Council members at a study session Tuesday night...
Readers agree flume was 2015's top local story
In a non-scientific poll, readers of the Times-Gazette web site picked problems with the underwater storm flume as the top local news story of 2015, agreeing with the Times-Gazette staff. Between Dec. 27 and Jan. 3, the Times-Gazette counted down the year's 10 top local news stories as ranked by a panel of 12 T-G staff members. ...
BCUD bond sale saves $850K, improves credit
On Dec. 10, the board of commissioners of Bedford County Utility District closed on its recent bond sale. The bond sale was held via a competitive public offering on Nov. 9. The new Utility System Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2015, refund the utility's Water Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2006, and were sold to FTN Financial Capital Markets at a true interest cost of 2.61 percent...
Tracy: Road work must be funded
State Sen. Jim Tracy, in a presentation Wednesday to the Shelbyville Rotary Club, said Tennessee must deal with transportation funding issues in the next two years, and noted the importance of transportation and education to recruiting new industry and creating jobs...
Backflow caused collapse: City begins making plans for latest repair efforts
A "preliminary assessment" of the latest flume collapse suggests high water, along with a busted storm water pipe, may have caused the newest damage. According to city manager Jay Johnson, it is now believed the volume of water coming through, together with the river being high, caused water to backflow underneath the flume...
Flume fix talks still in future
The next step in fixing the issues with Shelbyville's flume will have to wait for rainwaters to diminish. Damage was discovered Monday morning after a new 36-inch storm water pipe that runs adjacent to the flume tube failed. That break allowed water to get into the open trench and then underneath the new flume tube...
Another flume failure: Water pipe fails during weekend rains
Steady rain over the weekend has caused yet another failure of Shelbyville's underground flume system. According to a preliminary inspection, it appears the new 36-inch storm water pipe that runs adjacent to the flume tube failed -- with this release allowing water to get into the open trench and then underneath the new flume tube, according to city manager Jay Johnson...
Utility board proposal ready for legislature
After several months of study, Shelbyville's city council will submit a revised charter to the Tennessee General Assembly making changes to the city's utility board. If approved, five citizens and one member of the city council would serve on the board...
Vikings set sail in torrent: Water main failure closes Community High
A duck would have felt at home Wednesday at Community High School. The school closed late in the morning as crews with Bedford County Utility District began repairs to a water main in front of the facility. The main failed underneath Unionville-Deason Road, a BCUD worker said. Water service was restored around 11:15 a.m...
Community High School closing early due to water main break
Community High School has experienced a water main break this morning and school officials say the school will close early today. The water will be shut off and the plan is to feed students before they go; dismiss car riders and drivers at 11:30 and all other students will go to the Middle School at noon. High school students will remain at the Middle School until parents pick them up or school dismisses...
This time, it's not the flume
Water spewed from another portion of Lane Parkway on Sunday afternoon -- but, this time, it wasn't a flume collapse. Shelbyville officers, from left, Bobby Peacock, Mitchell Warren and Maj. Pat Mathis look over what turned out to be a broken water line across from Musgrave Park. City workers spent several hours repairing the damage. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Crews were busy Saturday laying down a 100-foot section of underground flume that was long enough to straddle Lane Parkway. (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
Power restored in northern Bedford County
A power outage this morning affecting almost 700 Duck River Electric Membership Corp. members in the northern part of Bedford County was caused when a fire-fighting ladder truck made contact with high-voltage lines at the Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy on Unionville Deason Road...
Airport upgrades approved by council
A construction contract for $1,233,417 for lighting at Shelbyville Municipal Airport was approved by Shelbyville City Council on Thursday night. Southeast Site Service will install the runway lighting, contingent upon Tennessee Aeronautics Commission funding...
Road projects on back burner
A county-by-county listing of backlogged highway projects and new ones from the governor's office includes the first phase of the western loop of the Shelbyville bypass, among other projects. But work can't even be considered on the new loop for at least seven years...
City, sewage system share flume costs
The City of Shelbyville and Shelbyville Power, Water and Sewerage System have agreed to split repair costs 50/50 for the collapsed flume -- which was caused by a leaking wastewater line, according to a recent engineer's report. Following a brief attorney/client meeting, with neither party acknowledging fault, the city and sewer system will each pay $2,057,000...
City to talk flume issues
Shelbyville's city council will be holding a special called meeting today at 4:30 p.m. to discuss the underground flume situation. The only item on the agenda with be the consideration of an agreement with Shelbyville Power, Water and Sewerage System in regards to the city's storm water flume system...
Progress on flume outlined
City council members will wait until next month to discuss an engineering report that identified the cause of the flume collapse in January. Instead, they heard about progress ongoing with the rebuilding of the damage. Public works director Mark Clanton said most of the 280 feet of new flume has been put in, which crews will follow up with backfill...
A 40,000 pound steel press used for scrap metal fell off a trailer Tuesday afternoon, causing damage to the roadway on Highway 64 West. Large holes and divots were made after the 20 tons bounced about 50 to 60 feet before coming to a rest on the side of the state highway, where the weight caved in the pavement. Police said it was extremely fortunate that the press did not strike an oncoming vehicle. (T-G Photos by Brian Mosely)
Engineer: Sewer leaks led to flume failure
An engineering report looking into the failure of Shelbyville's flume in January indicates that sewer lines released water under the tube -- compromising its foundations and causing the collapse. The report by chief engineer Mitchell T. Hardert of CBC Engineers of Dayton, Ohio stated they had examined the location of the failure that occurred in January -- finding that sanitary sewer piping passed below the invert of the flume structure, "directly in line with the location of the invert failure.". ...
Webb will own on-campus utilities
An agreement has been made between Bell Buckle and Webb School over ownership of water and sewer lines. Mayor Dennis Webb told Bell Buckle aldermen that the school wants to own the water and sewer lines around its new construction area. The school wants to be able to relocate lines at its expense. The city is working with its engineer and legal team to draw up an agreement that would give Bell Buckle full access to school property to do any needed work...
Craft fair parking info available
Organizers of this weekend's 39th Annual Webb School Art & Craft Festival are taking action to help with parking problems, and the Bell Buckle Chamber of Commerce Facebook page will be updated each hour with the latest information on which parking lots have spaces available...
A double dose of waiting
The usual slow and easy pace of Wartrace becomes just a little bit slower as two trains pass slowly in the center of town. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
'Energy detective' is on the case at LWE
Learning Way Elementary fifth graders saw a presentation from the Educational Touring Theatre. Professional actor Neil Spencer presented "The Energy Detective: The Case of Energy Efficiency and the Environment." The program was sponsored by Duck River Electric Membership Corp. Neil Spencer played the part of Detective Jimmy Ruff. Several students and teachers were asked to join in the presentation...
City's flume explained: We're 'big-time vulnerable' until it's replaced
Engineer Rex Northcutt, one of the people who worked on Shelbyville's underground stormwater flume during the urban renewal project of the early 1960s, told Shelbyville Rotary Club on Wednesday that floods in South Carolina and in Nashville demonstrate the importance of the flume and the need to repair it quickly...
Got big-time trash load? City can help next week
With the seasons changing once again, it means it's time to clean up Shelbyville. The public works department will hold its fall cleanup next week -- Oct. 12-15 -- on residents' garbage day from Monday until Thursday, hauling away almost anything left by the street...
Money needed for roads: Haslam
MURFREESBORO -- Gov. Bill Haslam said Tuesday that a long-term revenue plan is needed to address Tennessee's growing list of unfunded road projects, and that one-time money won't fix the problem. The Republican governor spoke to a conference of the Transportation Coalition of Tennessee in Murfreesboro...
Getting ready for the new flume
Workers were putting finishing touches Tuesday on a new section of Shelbyville's underground flume before hooking the steel tube onto a crane and lowering it into place. (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
New flume hits ground
Installation of a new section of flume was scheduled to begin Wednesday, the city public works director told Shelbyville's council. Mark Clanton said workers hope to replace the sections of the underground storm water tube that collapsed in January and May within the next 14 days...
Council to consider square rehab grant
Shelbyville's city council will be looking at the final steps -- Phase IV-- to rehabilitate the public square when they meet Tuesday. The council will consider applying for a transportation alternative grant through Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) for $999,860.30 -- with Shelbyville paying for 20 percent of the total project cost...
Getting ready for the new flume (VIDEO)
A "stone slinger" -- a remotely controlled spreader on the back of a large dump truck, has deposited a layer of stone at the bottom of the trench where workers will later start placing the newly assembled parts of the underground flume. (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
Energy assistance program resumes
South Central Human Resource Agency will start accepting applications for the 2016 Low Income Energy Assistance Program on Oct. 1. This program helps low-income households through direct payments to their energy provider. Households with total annual income below 150 percent of the federal poverty guidelines may qualify. ...
Watch for workers
Motorists may experience slight delays on U.S. 41A as workers haul huge amounts of soil from one side of the widening project to the other. This leg of the project, from 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)
Fixing the flume: Repairs on schedule as new pipes installed
Progress on replacing Shelbyville's underground flume is still on schedule, with pumps humming and pieces of steel being joined like a jigsaw puzzle. Cranes were lifting the steel flume pieces to workers Wednesday. They will assemble the new flume on the pavement, and then lower the tube into the ground piece by piece...
Rain slightly delays flume repairs
Rain last Friday put a "hiccup" into repairs on Shelbyville's underground flume system, but it's considered to be only a minor delay. A 15-inch sanitary sewer line that runs under the flume that collapsed in January was uncovered and removed Friday...
High wire act
Bedford County was abuzz Wednesday with talk about helicopters buzzing over electric transmission towers near Normandy. The Times-Gazette newsroom received calls about the helicopters Wednesday morning from people asking what was going on. One caller thought the helicopters were hauling components related to the paving work on U.S. 41A...
DREMC hit by scam calls to customers
Another in a series of phone scam calls are being received by area Duck River Electric Membership Corporation customers. Callers are falsely linking themselves to DREMC, claiming the member's account is past due and if payment is not made, electricity will be disconnected. The calls originate from 818-359-0121, the company says...
A worker was busy Wednesday morning cutting into a section of the Shelbyville underground flume that collapsed in January. Repair crews are working on $3 million worth of repairs to the stormwater system. (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
Repairing the flume: Sewer line another major concern
"Everything will be going wide open at this point," Shelbyville's public works director said Tuesday, as crews are moving into place to repair around $3 million worth of destroyed flume. Crews with Lee Adcock Construction were busy digging out the curb and last sections of a portion of Lane Parkway on Tuesday morning to prepare for laborers from Ohio to kick off work today...
Tracy to travel state on highways issue
Gov. Bill Haslam has been traveling across the state to discuss infrastructure needs, and now State Sen. Jim Tracy of Shelbyville, who heads the Senate Transportation and Safety Committee, is scheduling his own series of meetings across the state to discuss the issue...
Sewer line near collapsed flume draws closer look
Questions are being raised about the condition of a main sewer line running under the section of flume that collapsed in January -- and, if it was compromised, if the line contributed to the failure. Following a presentation to the council of the work completed to date, public works director Mark Clanton said that at the current time, "I think we're OK," but would not give a 100 percent guarantee...
City's debts detailed to council
Shelbyville's city council received a briefing Tuesday from the city manager on the current debt situation. The city has six direct debts outstanding, manager Jay Johnson said -- with Ameresco for energy efficiency in Shelbyville buildings, a street sweeper, the debt on garbage carts for each household and on three flume failures...
Tracy against 2016 state gas tax hike
NASHVILLE (AP) -- Add the chairman of the state Senate transportation committee to the list of opponents of raising Tennessee's gas tax in 2016. Republican Sen. Jim Tracy of Shelbyville, who heads the transportation panel in the upper chamber, said Tuesday that there isn't enough time to put together a comprehensive road funding proposal for the upcoming legislative session...
Temporary fix to flume keeps water in check
Even though it was a wet weekend, no problems occurred at the site of Shelbyville's collapsed flume -- with the makeshift dam now in place and working. Public works director Mark Clanton said Monday that everything is functioning as planned with the collar around the flume and the sides of the area sprayed with shotcrete...
Determined to win: City doesn't back down from flume problems
A setback at the site of Shelbyville's collapsed flume has crews working around the clock this weekend -- keeping a sharp eye on the weather while attempting to stop more groundwater from getting under the tube. "We are not stopping until this is done," public works director Mark Clanton said...
Commissioners talk needs at annual meeting
CHAPEL HILL -- County commissioners from throughout southern Middle Tennessee were told Thursday night that it's unlikely the General Assembly will take any action soon on the state's highway and infrastructure problems. "I honestly don't think anything is going to happen this year," said Charles Curtiss, executive director of the Tennessee County Commissioners Association (TCCA) and a former state legislator himself, during a TCCA regional meeting held at Henry Horton State Park...
'Like a bomb went off': Collapsed flume destroyed by rushing waters
"It looks like a bomb went off inside it." That description from public works director Mark Clanton underscores the extent of damage from Sunday's collapse of Shelbyville's underground flume system. Work crews were busy digging early Wednesday morning in the parking lot of the Shelbyville police and fire departments -- and damage to the flume is very apparent...
VIDEO: Statement from Mayor Wallace Cartwright about flume situation
This video was released by the City of Shelbyville on its Facebook page:
Power lines rerouted
Linemen for Shelbyville Power Co. were busy Tuesday morning redirecting power lines away from the collapsed flume between the fire and police departments. (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
Costly collapse: City faces huge expense after another flume failure
A state of emergency was declared Monday by Shelbyville's city council after another portion of the city's underground flood control flume collapsed Sunday morning. Over five inches of rain fell from Saturday evening until Sunday morning, according to public works director Mark Clanton, when flash flooding occurred during a downpour and water began to gush out of two holes that had been cut into an exposed portion of the flume under repair in Big Springs Shopping Center...
Emergency meeting will be held at City Hall
Shelbyville City Council has called an emergency meeting at 5:30 p.m. today at City Hall to discuss issues related to this weekend's flume collapse. Agenda items will include status reports, a declaration of a state of emergency, hiring professional services to assist with the situation, and options for financing repair...
Billions needed for roads
Tennessee has a backlog of $6 billion worth of highway projects that are on the books, in the pipeline, in the planning stages. All that's missing is the $6 billion to actually move them forward. "We haven't done anything to address how we pay for roads and bridges since 1989," said Gov. Bill Haslam on Thursday during the Shelbyville stop on a series of meetings on the state's transportation needs...
City digging for answers
Rain this week may be slowing the digging process, but work has finally begun on uncovering two sections of Shelbyville's underground flume system for replacement next week, and to also learn the cause. Public works director Mark Clanton said work had to be halted Monday due to heavy rain, but added that crews will be working pretty much around the clock to have access ready for engineers who are coming in from Comtech...
Flume work begins
Despite the pouring rain Tuesday morning, crews started work to dig up the underground flume that failed in late May next to Lane Parkway. The cause of the collapse can only be discovered after the tube is removed and inspected, public works director Mark Clanton has said. The rain also halted sidewalk work on Depot Street. (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
Governor to talk roads during visit
Gov. Bill Haslam will be in Shelbyville Thursday to discuss the state's highway and infrastructure needs -- and how to pay for them. Last month, the governor's office announced a series of 15 meetings at various locations across the state, including Shelbyville, to discuss the state's transportation funding challenges, as the governor considers the idea of raising the gas tax for the first time in 25 years...
Letter to the Editor, Aug. 18
(Editor's note: This letter was inadvertantly left off Sunday's opinion page.) Dear Editor, We would like for you to print: Bedford County Utility District Board Meeting 214 Bethany Lane Aug. 20, 7 p.m. The Wheel citizens are having pressure problems. And due to the rerouting the water from a different water tower, are having busted pipes and a lot of damages...
Repairs in the rain
A work crew prepares to repair a street sign at the corner of Madison and North Jefferson streets during Monday morning's rain. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
New power sources cost DREMC, utilities more
Executives of Duck River Electric Membership Corp. said during the cooperative's annual meeting that electric utilities face rising power costs related to the conversion away from coal and towards other forms of energy. "One thing is certain: the cost of wholesale power is going to go up," said DREMC board chair Brent Willis. He said renewable energy sources are being brought online but aren't yet as cost-effective as the fossil fuels they're replacing...
Tracy: Highway funds 'raided'
State Senate Transportation Committee chair Jim Tracy of Shelbyville on Monday called for repayment of $280 million which he said was "raided" from the state's highway fund from 2001 to 2007 and used for other state expenses. Tracy said he would submit an appropriations amendment to the state budget upon the legislature's return in January calling for the full repayment of the funds over the next two years...
Flume work nears
Excavation work will soon be underway after the city received confirmation that the new steel segments to replace a failed underground flume will arrive Aug. 24. Digging on the second section that collapsed in late May will begin on Aug. 17, said Shelbyville public works director Mark Clanton...
Rec center energy report received
The first energy efficiency report on Shelbyville Recreation Center from AMERESCO saw some pluses and minuses, only saving $815 during the first year. AMERESCO performed repairs and energy efficiency upgrades on the center and other city buildings last year at a cost of $1,689,475. This comes with an energy saving guarantee of 15 years...
Hydrant fee cut by $95K
Shelbyville will be saving at least $95,000 after the city's water board voted to reduce its fire hydrant fee and make an in lieu of tax payment. A fee reduction requested by the city over a number of years was discussed during last week's meeting of the water board,...
Visitors deal with traffic
As Bedford County braces for its biggest tourist season of the year, the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration says it may mention Shelbyville's street construction on its web site, but CEO Mike Inman doesn't expect it to be a problem. The widening of North Main Street (U.S. ...
Haslam road trip to stop locally
Gov. Bill Haslam announced Tuesday that he will kick off a 15-stop tour of Tennessee, including Shelbyville, to highlight the state's transportation funding challenges as he considers a proposal to increase the gas tax for the first time in 25 years...
High in the sky
Many people were craning their necks Monday to see the tall crane used during work on a cell phone tower on Delray Street in Shelbyville. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
South Cannon work continues
Drivers on South Cannon Boulevard need to keep an eye out for raised manhole covers and other utilities protruding from the pavement as resurfacing work continues. (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
The Bedford Cancer Foundation is applying to Tennessee's Adopt A Highway program to clean a 2-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 231 near Whiteside Market. The application process includes a requirement that the organization clean the area prior to being approved, so the group recently did just that. Pictured are foundation board member Jo Ann Fann and her sister Gloria Bowers, along with Brett Price and Maddin Reeves, who are scholarship recipients through Tennessee Promise and were earning community service credit. (Submitted photo)
Flume repairs start in August
It often looks like nothing is going on at the site of Shelbyville's collapsed underground flume on Lane Parkway. But in the next few weeks, work should begin in earnest to replace it -- and learn what happened. The property tax rate was raised to $1.81 per $100 of assessed value from the previous rate of $1.65 during the last city council meeting...
No rides through this maze
CLARIFICATION: Businesses in the sidewalk construction area of Depot Street are open for business. A photo caption stating the sidewalks were closed was based on barriers and "sidewalk closed" signs visible. Pathways are available for access. Depot Street is temporarily closed to vehicle traffic during the day while new sidewalks are being constructed. But this horse looks like it's ready to roll. In reality, though, the horse -- and any riders -- won't be negotiating the maze of signs. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Students represent DREMC on 50th tour
Some 1,700 future leaders -- including almost 140 from Tennessee electric cooperatives -- traveled to Washington, D.C., June 12-18 for the annual Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. Ten students from the Duck River Electric Membership Corp. service area were rewarded with spots on the tour for writing winning short stories titled "Electric Cooperatives: Powering Potential." The stories described how locally owned, member-controlled electric cooperatives continue improving lives in their service areas through special community-building programs as well as reliable and affordable electric service.. ...
'Weatherization Wizards' make over Wartrace home
A little bit of caulk and a lot of love goes a long way toward home energy efficiency improvement. Employee volunteers from Duck River Electric Membership Corp. proved this with the second Weatherization Wizards project July 11 in Wartrace. More than 20 DREMC workers and contractors contributed time and labor Saturday morning to make a co-op member's Wartrace residence more energy efficient and comfortable. ...
Rail work to impact Normandy crossing
Drivers will be seeing construction at the Normandy rail crossing soon as CSX works on a tie replacement project. A number of closings were announced by CSX this week, including four crossings in Tullahoma and five in Franklin County. The work will replace the wood ties and asphalt...
Work continues near the square
Curl Construction and David Robinson Concrete have part of East Depot Street near the square blocked as part of downtown sidewalk rehabilitation. The project also includes Brittain and Holland streets on the east side of downtown. Crosswalk and accessibility improvements will be made at four intersections. (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
New sidewalk work continues
The old cracked concrete sidewalk beside the Capri Theatre is being replaced with a new brick walkway by employees of Curl Construction and David Robinson Concrete, It's just one section of Phase I of rehab for downtown Shelbyville's sidewalks. Next week, work will begin on Depot Street, and the project will also include Brittain and Holland streets on the east side of downtown, with crosswalk and accessibility improvements to be made at four intersections within the area. (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
Flume collapse cause remains undetermined
Engineers and Shelbyville public works officials continue to seek the cause of the collapse of a section of the underground flume system on May 30. The flume has been surveyed from Big Springs Shopping Center to Duck River, public works director Mark Clanton told City Council members Tuesday night...
Rescue your yard!
Before you dig into your next outdoor project, Atmos Energy invites you to enter its Yard Rescue 811 contest. As part of National Safe Digging Month in April, the contest reminds property owners, construction crews and do-it-yourselfers to stay safe by always calling 811 before digging...
Disaster relief available
Bedford and 34 other Tennessee counties have been declared eligible for federal disaster aid by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in response to the ice storm and flooding in February. The action makes funds available to state and local governments, as well as some utilities and not-for-profit organizations. The groups can be reimbursed for up to 75 percent of allowable expenses related to the disaster...
Clean-up drives to start soon
The cold and wet weather is fading away, and that means it's time to clean up things around Shelbyville. Crews will be busy next week picking up brush from Shelbyville residences, so anything to be hauled off should be placed in ditches or roadsides, public works director Mark Clanton said...
Safety first when fixing city flume
Safely repairing the damaged underground flume in downtown Shelbyville will be a "very tedious process," the city's public works director reported Tuesday. Work is anticipated to begin Monday at the site off Lane Parkway. Contractors will be drilling casings for shoring up the area with pylons...
Depot sidewalk work becomes more costly
Bids for long-anticipated Depot Street sidewalk enhancements were awarded by Shelbyville's city council at a special called meeting Tuesday night. Curl Construction and Excavating LLC will do the work for $396,833.80, following a recommendation from Wiser Company, who the city hired to engineer and design the project...
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...