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Shelbyville City Council met for its first August study session Tuesday night to prepare the agenda for the next council meeting, which is 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12, at Shelbyville Recreation Center. One of the items discussed was the proposed animal control ordinance that would prohibit fowl, like roosters, from being in the City limits... more
A homeless man driving a stolen truck has been charged with stealing $50 from another homeless man at Fisherman’s Park in downtown Shelbyville, according to a Shelbyville Police Department report. Nathaniel Brown, 20, allegedly “fell asleep” in a truck owned by Southern Energy, Lane Parkway, then after waking up drove it to several nearby locations. Brown allegedly struck a vehicle at Shelbyville Inn and repeatedly drove through Fisherman’s Park... more
Bedford County enjoyed a significant drop in the number of crimes reported to law enforcement in 2020, likely a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to one local law enforcement official, it appears that the decline was only temporary and crime numbers are climbing back up to normal in 2021... more
Heroes from the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic are coming to light and Scott Johnson is no exception. He stayed on as head of Bedford County Emergency Management & Homeland Security in 2020—a very tough year—upon the advisement of Bedford County Mayor Chad Graham... more
With the new school year officially beginning Monday, Community High School is riding on some good news to begin a new academic season. The school board has agreed to move ahead with the long promised education wing. It’s been 10 years, to be exact... more
A recent Treasury Department report noted that Motlow State was recognized as a leader in controlling the cost of college attendance. Motlow distinguished itself as a leader in preventing the increase of fees associated with online learning.Tennessee’s public higher education institutions have provided online courses for more than two decades. ... more
MTSU geosciences professor Mark Abolins recalls that moving from his native California to Tennessee centered around caves.   Rutherford County is home to 129 known caves, including the most well-known and impressive system: Snail Shell Cave in Rockvale, Tennessee, 14 miles from campus. It is also at the heart of a preserve administered by the nonprofit Southeastern Cave Conservancy. ... more
A pop-up thunderstorm is possible to start your weekend but they become likely on Sunday as a cold front moves into our area to give us some relief from the heat. We saw a heat index reading well over 100 degrees Thursday and Friday. By Monday night I am expecting us to drop to around 62 degrees and then expect sunshine and 85 degrees on Tuesday and Wednesday... more
The 115th Wartrace Horse Show will take place 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, at Jernigan Field. Often a key warmup competition for horses hoping to do well in the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, to be held later in August, the show is one of the oldest and is highly anticipated by the Wartrace community... more
The following were charged since Wednesday by the Shelbyville Police Department, Bedford County Sheriff’s Office. Tennessee Highway Patrol or 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force. They are only charged; guilt or innocence will be determined by the courts... more
With schools opening Monday for an abbreviated day, it seemed only appropriate for Director of Schools Tammy Garrett to address thousands of teachers and other personnel during a kickoff conference Tuesday at Shelbyville Central High School Gym. Garrett’s talk followed a rally of cheers and waves for the excited band of teachers and others (see video on T-G Facebook page and on Bedford County School System Facebook page.)... more
It was the 17th annual Back to School Bash and Backpack Giveaway on Friday presented by the Johnson Housing Foundation in partnership with the Center for Family Development and with fundings by the Healing Trust Foundation. It’s an event that began with Mamie Johnson, head of the Summer Feed Program, who through her outreach has provided over 50,000 meals and 1,000 backpacks each yearto the Shelbyville community.“I’m living my dream,” she said... more
A bride certainly wants to feel special, almost like a queen or princess, especially when selecting the gown and accessories she’ll wear on that special day. Enchanted Bridal & Boutique, located at 2345 Highway 231 North, is now serving brides and trying to add that special touch to the time they select their wedding attire... more
Bedford County Farm Bureau president Matt Ledbetter and TFBF President Jeff Aiken came together recently for this photo at the County Presidents’ Leadership Investment Meeting at the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation headquarters in Columbia. The meeting brought together county Farm Bureau presidents from across the state to learn more about the organization and how to better promote and protect agriculture and rural life.  more
The Democratic Women hosted a forum Monday featuring County Commissioner Linda Yockey and Bedford County Archivist Carol Roberts to discuss the Bedford County Courthouse renovation and the importance of properly storing historical documents. Roberts is helping to oversee that historic significance is maintained during the renovation... more
A backpack was stolen from an SUV while the owner was pumping gas between 8-9 p.m. Monday at Speedway, Madison Street, according to Shelbyville police. It was the latest of several recent incidents at the store involving items taken from customers’ unlocked vehicles at the gas pumps or people believed to be homeless pestering passersby for money, Last weekend police were told a man was outside the store propositioning women... more
Likely people here probably have fond memories of the old Wartrace gym, whether having bounced a basketball there or heard grandparents tell stories about the building’s early beginnings. On Saturday, July 31, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., more stories will be shared as a fundraiser kicks off to restore the local landmark... more
Part 2 of a series. One of the questions asked by parents when registering students for Bedford County Virtual School is whether students will be allowed to come to Cascade Middle in person for various needs? The school’s new principal, Meredith Gilliland, said the virtual school will be flexible in this and many other aspects with parents... more
A different type of horse than the norm for the area – horsepower, as in exotic sports cars – may be in Bedford County’s tourism future. DHRK Enterprises, which had requested rezoning of 195 acres on Eady Road at U.S. 231 for a concrete plant last year, is now saying at least part of the land will be used as a campus for several automotive-related businesses... more
Two men were injured when this ultralight aircraft crashlanded into a field and wooded area near a home on Hopkins Bridge Road early Tuesday night. First responders on the scene were focused on getting the occupants to medical facilities and investigators as of Wednesday hadn’t obtained names of those involved, Bedford County 911 Director Phillip Noel said. One of the occupants was airlifted to a Nashville hospital with serious injuries and the other was driven by ambulance to Vanderbilt Bedford Hospital with more minor injuries, according to Noel. more
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