Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Come on. It's your turn. Let me know what topic you want to discuss.

Posted Friday, June 7, 2013, at 7:44 AM
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  • Surely we are not in the Summer doldrums yet!

    What about a $70 water bill in Wartrace for an elderly person living alone on a fixed income? Yikes! We were at $90 until the meter was changed. Now we are in the $40s again. (unless I take more than one shower a month)

    Did we talk about the great mowing jobs I've seen by the county on county roads? I'm serious folks. A month or so ago I called to compliment the crews working our area. Every side road I drove on looked manicured.

    I've seen the mowers from Hell, but these guys were doing a great job even with the tree limbs that they had to cut back. I don't know if they new equipment of it was just the care they took but my compliments, again.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jun 7, 2013, at 7:52 AM
  • Even though I don't comment very often, I read most of your posts. I admire you for always trying to post something new for everyone to comment on. So I'll bite! How about foraging? I know you keep a garden, but what about the free stuff that grows in the wild? Ever harvest any of that stuff? I try to, within reason, as long as I am not trespassing or anything. Pecans, persimmons, walnuts and hickory nuts just to name a few, but sometimes I get lucky and find wild grapes, cherries or apples.

    -- Posted by SoldierMom on Fri, Jun 7, 2013, at 9:36 AM
  • Off we go SoldierMom. I love the subject. Thanks.

    Since you don't comment a lot, I'll use your comment here from "How about foraging". Just in case you don't want your blog name out there, I will not include it, but feel free to comment some more! :-)

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jun 7, 2013, at 10:26 AM
  • talk about a water bill gees....I live alone and on a fixed income and its ridiculous what you have to pay for energy...I finally got a new gas unit(the old one was 1974ish and had electric coils for heat)...its a crime to have 300-400 electric bills which is 3/4 of what I pay in rent..with all the resources in this country for energy, why in this world have they made it so difficult for folks to just have the lights on and stay warm...maybe just maybe those politicians making more in a day then I do in a year should consider subsidizing our energy...I worry about those who need energy for medical equipment just to live or breath, and the energy bills just keep rising, and I keep the rooms shut up and sit in the dark alot...a combined energy bill should be no more then 50 bucks for everyone, that alone could drive our economy up, because folks would have the money to buy real food and goods!.....ok there is my topical rant for the day!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Fri, Jun 7, 2013, at 12:31 PM
  • Recently had a home appraisal done for a re-fi. It came back 40% LESS than an appraisal done in 2009.

    I'm sure it's incorrect and there is not much I can do about it now, but has the real estate market in the Shelbyville/Unionville area taken that big of a hit?

    Or are the appraisers just scared to death now because of the housing collapse a few years back and are very very very conservative?

    -- Posted by espoontoon on Sat, Jun 8, 2013, at 1:01 PM
  • Ok, I don't know what we are doing, but our electric and water are no where around what you guys are saying. For a family of 5, our water is normally $50 a month (though it's been creeping up to almost $60 lately). Electric bill is normally about $100. The highest the electric has ever been was $180 a couple of years ago during the winter. We don't have air or heat, so that might explain why ours is low. We use an electric fireplace for winter and a window unit and fans for summer.

    -- Posted by PrpleHze on Sat, Jun 8, 2013, at 6:26 PM
  • I also live in Wartrace but my water service comes from Bell Buckle and I live alone and my water bill is always between $60-70 a month. It is ridiculous . . . when I first moved here about 6 years ago the average water bill was about $35. When I call to complain they keep telling me I must have a water leak (which I don't) or try and say that I just don't realize how much water I actually use. They just don't want to admit they are ripping off their customers due to bad management. Bell Buckle seems more concerned about tourists than the actual citizens who live there. Soon it will be over though because I am getting ready to move and will be dealing with the Bedford County Utility service and enjoying $17 water bills then.

    -- Posted by jaxspike on Sat, Jun 8, 2013, at 8:17 PM
  • Bell Buckle is where we get our water.

    We have been prone to leaks along an approximate 1.25 mile line from our meter, but after almost a year of looking, we just could not come up with the answer.

    Then we noticed the meter was acting strange and they replaced it. We are now in the $45-50 range again, which is OK for three of us.

    $17? Wow!

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Jun 8, 2013, at 9:31 PM
  • What! No "online"? Too bad, you could do an independent analysis of the criminal activities of eBay Inc--all the underlying fact you need for such analysis at ... http://bit.ly/11F2eas

    -- Posted by PhilipCohen on Sat, Jun 8, 2013, at 10:19 PM
  • Hey Phillip, you honor me. You cam back to make a post on my blog even without a mention of eBay so I guess we're "buddies"?

    Well,.... that may be stretching it a bit and I sure hope "buddies" does not have a different connotation "down under".

    I mentioned you the other day in a different forum (not by name) and said that sometimes I miss you when you don't respond to an eBay post. Glad to see all is well again in the kingdom, Cheers!

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Jun 9, 2013, at 6:49 AM
  • I think we need to have a discussion about parking on the square.I just read this morning paper and the city is discussing this issue right now. All the merchants on the square are trying to keep our square alive. I think instead of giving out parking tickets which really is an aggravation to people that visit our square the city should be looking at more city parking.It would be great to see our square alive as in the 50s and 60s.There are enough people in Shelbyville to support the efforts of the merchants and the city needs to help instead of giving out parking tickets.If they raise the fines for the tickets it will only hurt the merchants.Everybody should be concerned about our square because it's a way to keep our heritage alive.One last thought, not everyone loves WalMart,and fast food.

    -- Posted by jdem on Sun, Jun 23, 2013, at 8:48 AM
  • jdem, I started a new post for this subject.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Jun 23, 2013, at 4:58 PM
  • I'm normally the type of person that just reads your blog and never post. But after seeing an atrocious case of animal abuse in this county that I have seen I thought I would sign up and post. People seem to flock to your blog and help others out. Today while on BCAC's Facebook page, there is a posting of a puppy that was cruelly starved and then abandoned. They state that the poor dog came in as a stray in Bell Buckle. If anyone can help the BCAC with locating the owners, I am sure they would be much obliged.

    The link to their Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bedford-County-Animal-Control-Shelbyville-TN/1585...

    Scroll down and you will see the tan puppy. I do not work or volunteer for BCAC. It just devastated me since I am a huge animal lover.

    -- Posted by traven on Wed, Jun 26, 2013, at 7:21 PM
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