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With COVID-19 having placed Bedford County at the top of the nation’s sick list, Shelbyville Community Soup Kitchen volunteers are preparing for a fast and furious Christmas food box drive from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday at the South Cannon Boulevard site. Anyone with a giving heart, say organizers, are urged to please keep the soup kitchen on their Christmas gift list... more
I expect some rain to be moving through our area Saturday night but then a warming trend begins on Sunday as we hit 50 degrees and mid to upper 50s could be coming by Tuesday and Wednesday. A strong cold front is expected to move in on Christmas Eve and bring some showers and possibly snowflakes could be coming on Christmas Eve or even Christmas day so keep your fingers crossed!... more
In order to enhance the knowledge and understanding of the importance of agriculture in our community, Bedford County Farm Bureau Board of Directors recently purchased several agricultural related books and donated them to Liberty School’s library. Pictured are  Whitney, Brooke, and Lainey Ledbetter. more
The exhibition building at Bedford County Agriculture and Education Center now has a concrete floor, which will allow the building to host a wider variety of events. The building, which hosts vendors and poultry competition during the annual Bedford County Fair, previously had a dirt floor. The new concrete floor was paid for with a $45,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Bedford County Highway Department did prep work for the project as an in-kind match for the grant funding. Admiring the new floor are, from left, facility manager Helen Raby; County Commissioner Bill Anderson, who chairs the ag center’s board of directors; Jim Tracy, state director of USDA’s Rural Development program for Tennessee; Bedford County Mayor Chad Graham; and Bedford County Highway Superintendent Mark Clanton. For more information about facility rental at the Ag Center, call 931-684-7077. more
An online scammer attempted to take $20,000 from a Shelbyville man Monday, police were told. The victim said he was attempting to purchase computer software over the Internet. The scammer locked up the victim’s computer and claimed to have cleaned out his checking and savings accounts. He then told the victim $20,000 had been placed back into the checking account... more
Interim Superintendent Karen Scoggins will earn the equivalent of outgoing Superintendent Don Embry’s salary while she is leading the school district during the search for his replacement. The Bedford County School Board unanimously voted on Tuesday to supplement Scoggins’ salary of $99,382... more
COVID-19 vaccinations will begin in Bedford County next week – and just in time, considering a one-day record 137 new cases were reported locally in Tuesday’s Tennessee Department of Health report. “The Bedford County Health Department will begin rolling out the vaccine as early as next week,” Emergency Management Agency director Scott Johnson told Bedford County Commission’s Law Enforcement Committee on Tuesday... more
Bedford County commissioners continued to express confusion over the status of possible beer sales being grandfathered into Special Character District Overlays within Rural Village Neighborhoods in portions of rural Bedford County. The designations, described as a “zoning tool” by County Zoning Director Chris White, affect convenience stores in the Flat Creek, Bedford, Wheel and Halls Mill communities... more
Tennessee, over the last week, has climbed to the top of the list of all the states, having the highest number of daily cases per capita — 212.6 per 100,000 population. In a list of the 89 counties that are the hottest of the hot spots for COVID-19 nationwide in the average number of daily cases per capita, 17 Tennessee counties have been on it this week... more
For those who missed the Master Beef Producer virtual classes this past fall, I can now offer the recordings to watch at home. The original fee applies, and verification of watching the sessions is required. There are nine sessions, and viewers must watch seven for certification... more
Several warrants have been issued for a man who allegedly struck a vehicle with his truck while being chased by a Shelbyville police officer on foot Sunday afternoon. Beau Beecham allegedly drove through the yard of a Green Lane apartment complex, at one point heading toward Officer Brad Evans, before speeding away as children played in the parking lot... more
Baby Eli Scott is on the nice list for his first year with Santa! more
In the last seven days 533 people tested positive for COVID-19 in Bedford County. The state reports that there were 1,774 tests conducted in the county and 30 percent of those tests resulted in a positive outcome. On Dec. 13, the state reported that 92 Bedford County residents tested positive for COVID. This was the second highest daily rate, the highest number being 125 on Dec. 7... more
Despite a deepened season of COVID-19, City officials are continuing to make good on some long-term promises to taxpayers before the close of 2020. The City most recently offered a Texas government official the office of manager and welcomed a new economic director, jointly with the county... more
COVID-19, among other things, has delayed a lot of construction around Shelbyville this year. The Wilson-Haynes law office on the public square is undergoing reconstruction, due to February’s wind storm, which toppled part of the top portion of the building. more
According to the Tennessee Health Department, the deaths of 638 Tennesseans were attributed to COVID-19 during the first 10 days of December. That’s up 98.75 precent from the first 10 days of November when it was 321. Eleven deaths in Bedford County in the last six days have been attributed to the coronavirus... more
Two suspects were charged with possession of methamphetamine after neither admitted ownership of .10 grams found by a detective in their vehicle Thursday, Shelbyville police said Thursday. Courtney Michelle Fears, 25, of Mount Herman Road, and Cody Allen Campbell, 29, of Ray Street are each charged with possession of a schedule II drug and paraphernalia, SPD Detective Nathan Evernart said... more
Shelbyville Parks and Recreation Department has received a highly competitive BlueCross Foundation’s Healthy Place grant. New playground equipment, valued at over a half million dollars, should be installed at H.V. Griffin Park in 2021. City parks director Mike Alsup sent in the application earlier this year to BCBS Tennessee’s Foundation for the Healthy Places grant, which at 100 percent funding, requires no local matching tax dollars from the City of Shelbyville... more
Occasional rain and gusty wind kicking off your weekend with temperatures in the low 60s. Another system will be coming in Sunday night with some rain and light snow possible and turning colder. And yet another chance of precipitation and cold weather will come around the middle of next week. Anytime you need weather information during the week you can reach me at weather1@charter.net. After Saturday there is no more warm weather in sight through Christmas Eve... more
Shane Hooper of Tupelo, Miss., was officially hired Tuesday night as the new local economic director, according to joint economic development committee chair Henry Feldhaus. “Hooper brings a wealth of knowledge and ability with a track record for economic development in Tupelo,” said Feldhaus... more
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