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Santa is making appearances in shop windows up and down Bell Buckle’s shopping district. more
A Quilt of Valor was presented to former U.S. Marine Capt. Patrick Brown of The 2nd Force Recon and served from 1992-1997.  The quilt was made by Patrick's mother, Shirley Brown, a member of Happy Hands Quilt Guild of Shelbyville.  Mrs. Brown traveled to Boise, Idaho to give the quilt to her son. more
Drugs were confiscated from the vehicle of a driver stopped for alleged reckless driving Thursday, Dec. 3, according to a Shelbyville police report released Tuesday. Olaysha Raquelle Tate, 24, of Manchester had bags containing 95 grams of marijuana and $437 cash in her vehicle and Xanax bars and Percocet tablets in a shoe, which were confiscated along with her cell phone, Officer Ronnie Blankenship’s report said... more
Due to COVID-19, Bedford County schools will not have any students in classrooms as of Thursday. Classes will be conducted online only until Dec. 18, when the winter break starts. The district plans to reopen schools on Jan. 5. In the last seven days 30 Bedford County school age children tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Tennessee Health Department. ... more
Bedford County commissioners selected Jason Sanders to the District 3 seat in a three-round vote during Tuesday night’s December meeting. Commissioners chose the late Jimmy Patterson’s replacement from among his son-in-law Terry Davenport, Rick Gann, Brent Stacy and Sanders. The first candidate to reach 10 votes won the seat, with the lowest-polling hopeful being dropped after each round... more
Shelbyville City Council voted Tuesday night, during a special called business meeting, to offer the position of City Manager to applicant Joshua W. Ray, who has served since 2017 as Lago Vista, Texas city manager and previously served 7 years as City of Aztec, N.M. manager... more
While it is inevitable that 2020 will be remembered for its many challenges, isn’t there still plenty of good? In challenging times, we must look for the helpers. As Fred Rogers, so eloquently stated, “If you look for the helpers, you’ll know that there is hope.”... more
There are two very important opportunities for farm operators to consider. I’ve mentioned these in the past weeks, and I am again one last time. The Farm Service Agency (FSA) is taking applications through December 11 for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program version 2. ... more
Dressed in his tan Boy Scouts of America uniform — one crowded with an assortment of merit badges — Elk River District Executive Derek Maness said recently despite everything, the 101-year-old program remains kid-safe. “Boy Scouts is still one of the largest youth organizations . . . one of the safest, because of all the protections put into place,” Maness said. “It’s unbelievable. I’m not doubting that it didn’t happen, because I know there are evil people out there.”... more
Confusion reigned last Tuesday night as Bedford County Planning Commission initially voted 8-1 to defer a “rural village neighborhood” zoning overlay for four areas of rural communities, then voted to rescind their earlier vote and approve the overlays after removing a portion permitting beer sales... more
From Nov. 30 through Dec. 6, the deaths of seven residents of Bedford County were attributed to COVID-19. Five of those deaths were reported on Saturday, Dec. 5. The first death of a Bedford County resident, attributed to the coronavirus, was on April 10. The previous daily high number was four on Nov. 18. The total number of deaths in Bedford County, attributed to COVID-19 was 40 as of Dec. 6... more
Shelbyville police found a man wanted for allegedly creating fake documents hiding in a hidden compartment in his motor home on Warners Bridge Road Friday, according to a report by Detective Nathan Everhart. Nathaniel Merrell Harrington, 37, emerged without incident and surrendered to Everhart and 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force officer John Lasiter. ... more
A participant in Shelbyville’s annual Christmas Parade smiles as a float rolls through downtown Shelbyville on Saturday. Crowds lined the street to enjoy the event on a relatively warm December day. more
All Bedford County schools will be going virtual beginning Thursday through Friday, Dec. 18, the school system announced Tuesday afternoon. Students will report to school Wednesday to pick up their laptops, materials, and receive directions from their teachers... more
The cold weather brings the birds in for a morning meal. Dining are mourning doves, a cardinal and a ladder-backed woodpecker. more
Two local events are sure to please Bedford County shoppers this holiday season. One is the annual Wine Walk, sponsored by public square merchants, and the other is a “Holiday Shop Local” contest, sponsored by Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce, going on through Dec. 18, and set to reward one local shopper with a $200 cash prize. ... more
A Christian gentleman recently wrote the following: “I’m a believer in simple and not complicated Christian music. I prefer music that focuses on the message rather than the instruments used.” He went on to say: “I am not a fan of drowning the voice in the noise of the instruments. I want the people to hear the message of the songs. Christian music for me is not about entertainment but spreading the gospel.”... more
The Shelbyville Central High School Criminal Justice - III class recently completed cast lifting. These students learned how to correctly lift shoe imprints out of soil which could then be used as evidence within a criminal case. From left: Kaylee Ruth, Will Melson, Sophie Miller, Cole Banks, Alyssa Bowen, Angel Murillo, Vanesa Robles and Mary Chadwell. more
Two people were arrested on drug-related charges during a traffic stop Wednesday on North Cannon Boulevard. Sandra Deonna Brannan, 48, of Christiana was charged with simple possession of a schedule II drug and paraphernalia after Shelbyville officer Dylan Bliss allegedly found a pipe with methamphetamine residue under her seat in their car. Brannan told Bliss she had a bag of methamphetamine in a sock... more
With great sadness, Shelbyville Municipal Airport announced Wednesday that Santa’s plane has been grounded for the annual fly-in which was scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 12. “We are saddened to say that due to the increase in COVID-19, and considering the large crowds that have attended in the past, the City of Shelbyville has canceled this year’s Santa Fly-In at Shelbyville Airport, said flight academy instructor Joe Roberts. ... more
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