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Historical Commission Grants Help MTSU and the 5th Bedford County Courthouse

The Tennessee Historical Commission, the State Historic Preservation Office, has announced 35 Federal Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) grants totaling over $929,515 awarded for historic preservation and archaeological projects throughout the state. The competitive grants are awarded annually for projects that support the preservation of historic and archaeological resources. Rutherford County...
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Hatchet leads to arrest

A man who laid a hatchet on a counter in a Shelbyville rental business Tuesday has been charged with aggravated assault. A management employee at Best Buy Rental, North Cannon Boulevard, said a man later identified as Matthew Banks Hardrick, 37, asked to see the ring selection. Hardrick allegedly pulled a hatchet from his waistband and placed it on a counter, police said.
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County taxes remain same in new budget

Bedford County commissioners will vote on a proposal to set Bedford County’s tax rate for 2021-22 at $1.9652 on each $100 of taxable property at a special called meeting next Tuesday. The commission’s finance committee voted unanimously Tuesday to pass the budget proposal on to the full commission at a...
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Officers targeted by angry suspect

Shelbyville officers were attacked and threatened by a man being forcibly removed from his Mac Street home Friday, according to a Shelbyville Police Department report. Police chose to remove Tom Luke Arnold, 60, after he allegedly threatened neighbors and stuck a knife into a utility pole. Arnold had caused disturbances in front of businesses on Madison Street and the Shelbyville square and in the courthouse basement earlier in the day, police said.
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Soap Box Derby becomes Cleveland family tradition

In the middle of a pandemic and many uncertainties, a father and his two sons set out to carry on a family tradition that began 34 years ago. Dad, Justin Cleveland, has fond memories of working to build his own Soap Box Derby car with his father, Bedford County native, Joe Cleveland. Joe, an alumnus of Bedford County Training School and Tennessee State University’s School of Engineering, carved out many hours after work in the garage with Justin.
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Nearest Green celebrates with whiskey, ribbons

Nearest Green Distillery, located at Sand Creek Farm on Highway 231 North, held its re-opening Saturday with an expected crowd of 10,000 attendees, according to Chief Executive Officer Fawn Weaver. Guests experienced a ribbon cutting which went beyond exciting, some attenders report. Officials in attendance were: State Sen. Shane Reeves,...
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Sudduths make ‘lemonade’ out of hardships

Cascade High math teacher Debbie Sudduth has experienced everything from cancer and COVID-19 to virtual learning woes. Despite it all, she is confident she will likely go down in history as one of the oldest living Bedford County teachers. She loves her calling to teach that much. She’s not planning...
Shelbyville, TNShelbyville Times-Gazette

Take steps to prevent elder financial abuse

First Community Bank and the Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation are providing tips for preventing the disturbing trend of elder financial abuse in recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15. Older Americans lose roughly $3 billion to a growing number of scams each year, according to the...
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Tasty ways to celebrate Juneteenth

In Bedford County, there’s not much better way to tell a story than through food. Celebrate Juneteenth, today, with good food, family and friends. Fortunately, those celebrating in the Volunteer State can easily enjoy with seasonal foods. Farmers Markets are opening with prime produce offerings. We selected Pick Tennessee Product’s...
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City manager explains proposed tax rate

Amid Shelbyville City Council’s split decision and the community’s outrage against the proposed property tax rate of $1.59, City Manager Joshua Ray explains how the new tax rate would affect property taxes and the City’s funding. Practical examples. In short, even though the proposed tax rate is lower from this...
Shelbyville, TNShelbyville Times-Gazette

Teachers ‘adopted’ for second year

Tina Corley has done it again. She is having great success with the second annual Adopt a Teacher group on Facebook. It’s a group which supports local classroom resource needs from white boards to tissues. Some school board members stated during its meeting last week how teachers are taking money...
Shelbyville, TNShelbyville Times-Gazette

Teens charged in wave of rock-throwing incidents

Three teenage boys captured after a foot chase Tuesday are charged with multiple incidents of throwing rocks at passing vehicles on Industrial Parkway. More than a dozen calls about rocks thrown in that area have been made to Shelbyville police in the past few weeks, Officer Dylan Bliss’s report said. The latest involved a rock hitting a window near a child in a car seat.
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Pursued suspect tries to leap from bridge

An assault suspect was grabbed as she allegedly attempted to jump off the Sims Road bridge over Duck River in an attempt to elude pursuing officers Thursday. Bedford County deputies, who had been notified by the 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force that several people with outstanding criminal warrants were floating the river, found Robin Yvette Baker, 52, of Wartrace Pike standing in the center of the bridge.
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Commissioners urged to back land purchase

Most of Bedford County’s commissioners heard impassioned pleas Tuesday night to support purchase of 33 acres of land for expansion of 231 North Business Park. Commissioner Greg Vick, a strong proponent of the proposed purchase, used a meeting of the commission’s Rules and Legislative Committee as a forum, to which all were invited. Vick introduced three elected officials, leading them through prepared questions like an attorney or talk show host to prove his points, and City-County Economic Development Director Shane Hooper, who told the group purchasing land for an expansion is a must to ensure progress.
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Local Republican Party holds community forum

“We’re trying to save America,” said Sandy Still of the Bedford County Republican Party, as she opened Monday night’s community forum—the first event where the local GOP asked the community to speak out. The forum featured guest speaker Danny Robbins, chair of the Bedford County Election Commission, who answered questions...
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Clothe Our Kids marks 5th year

Some at-risk students come into Bedford County schools so dirty, they have to take baths at school, school officials report. Due in part to non profits like Clothe Our Kids, they have clean clothes available. Since 2016, Clothe Our Kids has worked with local schools to support at-risk children and...
Shelbyville, TNShelbyville Times-Gazette

Suspect resists being handcuffed

A man whose vehicle was being searched allegedly resisted being handcuffed after a state trooper found marijuana Tuesday night, Shelbyville police said. Robert Antoine Wilkerson, 42, of Nashville refused an order to place his hands behind his back, Officer Josh Graves’ report said. State Trooper Barry Qualls and SPD Lt....
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Don’t read just T-G headlines

I understand the importance of a clear, unbiased headline. It’s the first thing people see—so it’s got to get the point across accurately. However, the headline is NOT the full article. I saw many comments — by email and Facebook—about Thursday’s headline stating City Council had lowered the proposed property...
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Letters to the Editor for Saturday, June 19

My wife and I have always enjoyed reading the Shelbyville Times-Gazette and appreciated the coverage you give to the entire community. We also recognize the advertising support the pages received from various businesses. When we received two editions dedicating the entire front page to one business, we were surprised. We...
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Thank you, Dad

Seldom does a day go by when someone doesn’t say to me they had talked with my father. Despite being much closer to 90 than 80, he still works at the Deason Convenience Center which is usually the place where most people interact with him. His 1974 black Chevrolet truck...