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The company that owns the Wartrace Walking Horse Haunted Hotel filed for bankruptcy on Jan. 14. The company, Thomas-Cero LLC, of Murfreesboro, is filing Chapter 11 to reorganize its debt. The company's manager/representative is Robert Mullin Jr. of Murfreesboro... more
Vanderbilt Medical Center recently acquired Tennova Healthcare-Shelbyville. Based on Bedford County's weekly real estate transactions listings and information available from the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury's office, Vanderbilt paid $4.87 million, a price well below the assessed value... more
First Community Mortgage (FCM) recently announced that it plans to acquire A Mortgage Boutique (AMB) within the next month, pending regulatory approval. While both privately held mortgage organizations are headquartered in Murfreesboro, FCM also operates a local branch at 605 Delray St... more
Two people were charged with possession of a schedule I drug when heroin was allegedly found in their SUV after a reserve Bedford County deputy noticed it swerving on U.S. 231 North Saturday afternoon. The driver, Joshua Bryan Smith, 41, who was listed as being from Shelbyville and homeless, and Lauren Ashley Reid, 31, of Gallatin, were both charged with possession of a schedule I drug and paraphernalia. Smith was also charged with third offense driving on a revoked license... more
Shelbyville/Bedford County Chamber of Commerce was recently notified that it is the recipient of a $25,000 contribution - one geared toward encouraging new business development in the community. Electric cooperative Duck River Electric Membership Corporation (DREMC) and Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) officials recently made that official check presentation. DREMC will contribute $12,500 and the remaining matching donation will be made by TVA... more
A request to name a bridge on U.S. 231 North for a veteran was turned down Tuesday night by Bedford County Commission's Rules and Legislative Committee. The state no longer allows bridges on national and state highways to be named for individuals, committee chair P.T. "Biff" Farrar said... more
Three local educators are in the running to be Bedford County's next superintendent. The Bedford County Board of Education met Tuesday and selected finalists for the open position. The Tennessee School Boards Association presented three finalists from 16 applicants: Assistant Superintendent Karen Scoggins, Dr. Tammy Garrett, principal of Mitchell-Neilson School in Murfreesboro, and Dr. John Tucker of Georgia. Scoggins is acting as interim superintendent... more
On Wednesday, Tyson Foods Inc. agreed to pay $221.5 million to settle antitrust litigation. Tyson, Pilgrim's Pride Corp, Purdue Farms Inc. and Sanderson Farms Inc. are all defendants in the case filed in 2016, accusing them of conspiring in price-fixing schemes. ... more
Doc and Crew Smith take a stroll on their snow covered driveway. more
The Feb. 4th Virtual Tennessee Grain and Soybean conference is now open for registration. It will be different this time since we are doing it virtual, but our experience with other programs has been very positive. The new virtual conference will have some live presentations online, and then there will be classes recorded that the farmers will be able to watch and receive credit for these sessions. ... more
The late Dr. Martin Luther King, who was honored Monday, often expressed to whomever he met the same message: service, faith, fairness, dignity, brotherhood. One way or another, he gave a variation of the same thought, historians note, when he said: "Everyone has the power for greatness, not for fame but greatness, because greatness is determined for service."... more
The Town of Wartrace is upgrading its technology to protect and expand its telecommunications abilities. Using funds from the federal stimulus payment, Wartrace is installing its own server to allow communications and file sharing between different operational departments and to provide for more than one back-up of computer systems and software... more
t first glance, it looks like things are improving on the COVID-19 front in Bedford County with the number of new cases down by 27 percent in the last week from the seven days prior. In Bedford County from Jan. 11 to Jan. 17, the state health department reports there were 236 new cases. In the week prior, there were 323 new cases in Bedford County... more
Motlow State Community College leadership plans a return to on-campus instruction and activities by Fall 2021. The plan is contingent upon the status and spread of the Covid-19 virus. Leadership will make the final determination of the College's on-ground Fall 2021 plan later this summer. Current planning is based on Tennessee's vaccination plan and Motlow's pattern of success in its pandemic response... more
Several allegedly-stolen items were found in an SUV driven by a suspect caught inside a dispatcher's vehicle at Bedford County Communications Center Wednesday night, Shelbyville police. Brandon Wayne Hudson, 26, of Maple Street is charged with auto burglary and criminal trespassing... more
The information given to patients when they receive the COVID-19 vaccine could prove vital as it contains a description of potential side effects and other helpful hints. So if you're still waiting for your vaccination against the coronavirus, hang on to that paperwork... more
The Bedford County Health Department is now booking appointments for individuals in Phase 1a1, 1a2 of the Tennessee COVID-19 Vaccination Plan and those aged 75 and up who wish to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. Residents of Bedford County can find out if they're eligible for Phase 1a1, 1a2 and those age 75 and up of the vaccination plan by visiting https://covid19.tn.gov/covid-19-vaccines/eligibility/... more
Scott Johnson, who chairs Bedford County's COVID-19 Task Force, and the Rev. Jimmy West, who represents the faith-based community on the task force, say that local churches have a key part to play in the continuing battle against the coronavirus pandemic... more
It's all about people, the new pastor of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) says. Dan Asche took over as minister of the Madison Street landmark in late December. Asche (pronounced 'as-shee'), his wife and a son are building a new home in Shelbyville and are grateful to be in this area - particularly because of a special Christmas gift... more
There are likely few things as stressful during tax season than a dreaded and long, drawn-out audit, especially for a non profit agency. Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce's auditors should be doubly busy this tax season, following Shelbyville City Council's approval of a 3-year tax audit procedure request Thursday night during regular business session... more
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