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Looking for a Christmas read/gift? Retired educator Sharon McDonald’s family memoir, “Precious Memories,” is also available through the publisher, The Jesse Stuart Foundation, at jsfbooks.com. McDonald was just informed her book is now on the foundation’s website and listed as a suggested Christmas gift. (Full story on the book was in the Saturday, Nov. 28, edition of the Times-Gazette.) more
People have visited forests to select their Christmas trees for centuries. While tree sellers conveniently stationed in store parking lots and artificial trees displayed in various retailers have led fewer people to venture into the wilderness, the Christmas tree is still an important component of holiday celebrations... more
Lord I ask for courage Courage to face and Conquer my own fears... Courage to take me Where others will not go... I ask for strength Strength of body to protect others And strength of spirit to lead others... I ask for dedication Dedication to my job, to do it well... more
Special meetings continue to be held by Bedford County Board of Education and community business leaders to garner input for the school superintendent search criteria. Tammy Grissom, executive director of Tennessee School Board Association, led the most recent gathering and discussion at Blue Ribbon Circle... more
Community Middle School Basketball Homecoming Court Queen, Bailey Helton, was recently crowed during school festivities. She is shown with her proud dad, Bobby. Wesley Haley Kenzie Sexton Braxton Griffy  Caylee Wilson Rylee Brown Kingston Kibble Kathryn Sego... more
Barbara Jackson of Shelbyville recently contacted the Times-Gazette about a poem she was inspired to write - saluting local veterans. We have printed it to honor local veterans. We thank Barbara for her kind words of respect for those who served. God Gave Me These Words... more
Ronnie Segroves says he enjoys attending such events as the Shelbyville Veterans Parade, where he can honor those who served their country. He was honored himself recently with a Quilt of Valor for his service from 1966-1968 in the U.S. Army. The veteran served a year in Vietnam, where he worked in artillery. more
New changes are coming, due to COVID-19, at Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library, which enters into Phase III on Monday. From left are Monica Lewis, Friends of the Library chair, and Margaret Petty, assistant library director, who talked recently about how patrons will soon be able to browse the books again. more
Mark McGee, right,  a member of the Shelbyville Rotary Club, was the recent guest speaker for his fellow members. Ivan Jones, club president, is at left. McGee, executive director of United Way of Bedford County, can be reached at 684-6685. more
The idea of a holiday swing dance in the tiny community of Normandy started at a recent ladies coffee one morning, according to resident Jackie Smith. The “Holiday Big Band Dance” will be held Saturday, Dec. 5, at 110 College St. from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $25 each and can be obtained by calling 662-417-0393 or by emailing b42jss@gmail.com. Deadline for ticket sales is Nov. 28 and there is a 50 person limit for this event... more
Tennessee Behavior Supports Project (TBSP) at Vanderbilt University, which is funded by Tennessee Department of Education, recently announced that three local schools were selected as a 2020-2021 School of Recognition. Those schools include Community Middle, Harris Middle and Southside Elementary, which will now serve as mentors to other Middle Tennessee school systems... more
Shelbyville Central High School Criminal Justice Student Organization (C.J.S.O.) recently opened its 4th annual toy drive-one designed to allow students to be a part of making Christmas a little happier for children in need. “The awesome concept of this toy drive is that its supports the needy children of Bedford County,” said Chris Hobbs, SCHS criminal justice instructor. ... more
Cascade High School Band participated in the Shelbyville Veterans Parade last Sunday. The weather was fine for music and marching. more
Shelbyville Rotary Club members were given an overview of the Elk River District and the 100th anniversary of the Mldde Tennessee Council of the Boy Scouts of America by Derek Maness, Elk River District Executive. Ivan Jones, club president, left, was the program facilitator. Maness is seeking local residents to promote Scouting in the county. His email is dmaness@mtcbsa.org. more
Like so many areas of life this year, COVID-19 impacted United Way of Bedford County’s “Stuff the Bus” program. Even so, 56 boxes, filled with a record of approximately 13,000 items, were delivered Tuesday to all county schools by employees of the Bedford County School System... more
Enjoy these comfort recipes from the Dairy Alliance. Milk does a body good, so we salute dairy for good health! Enjoy this soothing milk tea any time of day! It’s light with just a hint of sweetness to balance out the spice. Could be served cold as well for those warmer days... more
Fairview Family and Community Education (FCE) Club met on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at the UT/TSU Extension Office in Shelbyville. President Pat Hastings opened the meeting by having everyone do the suggested arm circles. Extension Agent Whitney Danhof read the Call to Order “Picture of Peace.” Sandra Smith presented the devotion... more
David Williams Sr., right, who served the county and city for 54 years in law enforcement, was recently honored at a retirement reception at the VFW building on Depot Street. Congratulating Williams were Chace Warren and Phillip Prince of Shelbyville Fire Department. Look for a profile on Williams’ career in the Times-Gazette fall/winter “Bedford Life” on Nov. 21. more
Shelbyville's Veterans Parade will be held 4 p.m. Sunday along the traditional city parade route - around the square and north on North Main Street, then east on Madison Street to the Celebration Drive intersection. East Side School< will sponsor a Veterans Day Parade on Wednesday. Veterans should line up at 8:30 a.m., at First Baptist Church on Depot Street. The parade begins at 9 a.m. For more information, contact Valerie Ward at 684-7112... more
Community High School held a retirement luncheon recently in honor of three staff members who retired at the end of last school year. The spring ceremony was cancelled due to the pandemic and the closing early of school. Left to right, John Batts (Special Education Assistant), Lynn Laura (Comprehensive Development Assistant), and Jeff Gilmore (Driver's Education.) Principal Dr. Robert Ralston (not pictured) offered congratulations to each retiree before they shared humorous events that happened during their time at Community. The group received well wishes for a happy retirement from their peers. more
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