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The seventh-fastest growing county in Tennessee, Bedford County is gaining in both jobs and people. The Tennessee Center for Policy Research named the county seat of Shelbyville as one of the state's top 25 most business-friendly communities and the area is a major draw for manufacturing and distribution. The county courthouse anchors a historic and revitalized downtown that includes a riverwalk, a renovated Art Deco theater and an arts center. Shelby County knows horses, and the community attracts thousands of visitors each year for the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, billed as the world's largest horse show.

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  • City of Shelbyville201 N. Spring St.Shelbyville, TN 37160(931) 684-2691

    Bedford CountyPublic Square

    Shelbyville, TN 37160(931) 684-7944

    The Walking Horse Capital of the World.

    Welcome to Shelbyville and Bedford County

    2004 Sharpie is a registered trademark of Sanford LLP

    HOME OF THE

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  • ABOUT THIS MAGAZINEImages of Bedford County is published annually by Journal Communications Inc. and is sponsored by the Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce. In print and online, Images gives readers a taste of what makes Bedford County tick from business and education to sports, health care and the arts.

    Find the good and praise it. Alex Haley (1921-1992), Journal Communications co-founder

    jnlcom.com

    VIDEO TOUR INSIDE LOOK Join us on a virtual tour of Bedford County through the lenses of our award-winning photographers at imagesbedfordcounty.com.

    SEARCH OUR ARCHIVES Browse past content by section or search for speci c articles by subject.

    INSTANT LINKS Read the entire magazine online using our ActiveMagazine technology and link instantly to community businesses and services.

    EVEN MORE Read full-length versions of the magazines articles; nd related stories; or read new content exclusive to the Web. Look for the See More Online reference in this issue.

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    SENIOR EDITOR ANITA WADHWANI

    COPY EDITOR JOYCE CARUTHERS

    ASSOCIATE EDITORS LISA BATTLES, SARAH B. GILLIAM,

    KIM MADLOM, BILL McMEEKIN

    ASSISTANT EDITOR REBECCA DENTON

    STAFF WRITERS CAROL COWAN, KEVIN LITWIN

    DATABASE PROJECT MANAGER YANCEY TURTURICE

    DATA MANAGER RANETTA SMITH

    EDITORIAL ASSISTANT JESSY YANCEY

    CONTRIBUTING WRITERS SHEILA BURKE, PAMELA COYLE

    INTEGRATED MEDIA MANAGER DESHAUN GOODRICH

    SALES SUPPORT MANAGER SARA SARTIN

    SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHER BRIAN McCORD

    STAFF PHOTOGRAPHERS JEFF ADKINS,

    TODD BENNETT, ANTONY BOSHIER,

    IAN CURCIO, KYLE KEENER, JESSE KNISH

    PHOTOGRAPHY ASSISTANT ANNE WHITLOW

    CREATIVE DIRECTOR KEITH HARRIS

    WEB DESIGN DIRECTOR SHAWN DANIEL

    PRODUCTION DIRECTOR NATASHA LORENS

    ASST. PRODUCTION DIRECTOR CHRISTINA CARDEN

    PRE-PRESS COORDINATOR HAZEL RISNER

    SENIOR PRODUCTION PROJECT MGR. TADARA SMITH

    PRODUCTION PROJECT MGRS.

    MELISSA HOOVER, JILL WYATT

    SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNERS LAURA GALLAGHER,

    KRIS SEXTON, VIKKI WILLIAMS

    GRAPHIC DESIGN JESSICA BRAGONIER, ERICA HINES,

    ALISON HUNTER, JANINE MARYLAND,

    AMY NELSON, MARCUS SNYDER, CANDICE SWEET

    WEB PROJECT MANAGERS ANDY HARTLEY, YAMEL RUIZ

    WEB DESIGN RYAN DUNLAP, CARL SCHULZ

    COLOR IMAGING TECHNICIAN TWILA MITCHELL

    AD TRAFFIC MARCIA BANASIK, SARAH MILLER,

    PATRICIA MOISAN, RAVEN PETTY

    CHAIRMAN GREG THURMAN

    PRESIDENT/PUBLISHER BOB SCHWARTZMAN

    EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT RAY LANGEN

    SR. V.P./CLIENT DEVELOPMENT JEFF HEEFNER

    SR. V.P./SALES CARLA H. THURMAN

    SR. V.P./OPERATIONS CASEY E. HESTER

    V.P./SALES HERB HARPER

    V.P./SALES TODD POTTER

    V.P./VISUAL CONTENT MARK FORESTER

    V.P./TRAVEL PUBLISHING SYBIL STEWART

    V.P./EDITORIAL DIRECTOR TEREE CARUTHERS

    MANAGING EDITOR/BUSINESS MAURICE FLIESS

    MANAGING EDITOR/TRAVEL SUSAN CHAPPELL

    PHOTOGRAPHY DIRECTOR JEFFREY S. OTTO

    CONTROLLER CHRIS DUDLEY

    ACCOUNTING MORIAH DOMBY, RICHIE FITZPATRICK,

    DIANA GUZMAN, MARIA McFARLAND, LISA OWENS

    RECRUITING/TRAINING DIRECTOR SUZY WALDRIP

    COMMUNITY PROMOTION DIRECTOR CINDY COMPERRY

    DISTRIBUTION DIRECTOR GARY SMITH

    IT SYSTEMS DIRECTOR MATT LOCKE

    IT SERVICE TECHNICIAN RYAN SWEENEY

    HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER PEGGY BLAKE

    CUSTOM SALES SUPPORT PATTI CORNELIUS

    SALES/MARKETING COORDINATOR RACHEL MATHEIS

    SALES COORDINATOR JENNIFER ALEXANDER

    EXECUTIVE SECRETARY/SALES SUPPORT KRISTY DUNCAN

    OFFICE MANAGER SHELLY GRISSOM

    RECEPTIONIST LINDA BISHOP

    C U S TO M M A G A Z I N E M E D I A

    Images of Bedford County is published annually by Journal Communications Inc. and is distributed through the Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce

    and its member businesses.For advertising information or to direct questions

    or comments about the magazine, contact Journal Communications Inc. at (615) 771-0080

    or by e-mail at info@jnlcom.com.

    FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce

    100 North Cannon Blvd. Shelbyville, TN 37160Phone: (931) 684-3482 Fax: (931) 684-3483

    E-mail: www.shelbyvilletn.com

    VISIT IMAGES OF BEDFORD COUNTY ONLINE AT IMAGESBEDFORDCOUNTY.COM

    Copyright 2008 Journal Communications Inc.,725 Cool Springs Blvd., Suite 400, Franklin, TN 37067,

    (615) 771-0080. All rights reserved.No portion of this magazine may be reproduced

    in whole or in part without written consent.

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    Member Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce

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  • ON THE COVER A horse grazes in a eld. Photo by Jeffrey S. Otto

    BEDFORD COUNTY BUSINESS 16 The Skys the Limit

    Shelbyville-based Jabiru USA Sports Aircraft makes the skies friendlier for some pilots.

    18 Biz Briefs

    20 Chamber Report

    DEPARTMENTS

    4 Almanac: a colorful sampling of Bedford County culture

    13 Portfolio: people, places and events that de ne Bedford

    25 Health & Wellness

    27 Community Pro le: facts, stats and important numbers to know

    CONTENTS

    FEATURES

    6 WALKING HORSES ARE USFor 10 days each August, Bedford County takes on a festive air as the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration gallops into town.

    8 ITS HIP TO BE ON THE SQUAREShelbyvilles old-time square is taking on a new life as a downtown destination.

    10 SOAK UP THE SERENITYThe county is home to a number of quaint inns that cater to those seeking solitude.

    21 WHEN ARTS FLYThe Fly Arts Center is beginning to put the Shelbyville theater scene on the cultural map.

    22 DRAFTING A COURSE FOR SUCCESSThe CAD program at Tennessee Technology Center at Shelbyville caters to local industries and job seekers.

    24 FIT AND FRIENDLYThe folks at Harveys Gym of Shelbyville welcome everyone who comes through their doors as if they were family.

    This magazine is printed entirely or in part on recycled paper containing 10% post-consumer waste.

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  • Fandoms Favorite MarkerCelebrities sign many of

    their autographs with Sharpie

    permanent markers, which are

    manufactured at Sanford Corp.

    in Shelbyville.

    The popular writing instruments

    have actually been manufactured

    for more than 40 years, and the

    company announced in 2004 that

    the writing instruments would

    be manufactured and distributed

    from Shelbyville. Today, the plant

    has 900 employees.

    Besides Sharpie, Sanford

    Corp. also produces brand-name

    pens and markers such as Paper

    Mate, Parker, Waterman, uni-Ball,

    Prismacolor, Accent highlighters,

    Expo dry-erase makers and

    Liquid Paper.

    Grip It and Rip ItOf course, Riverbend Country Club is a beautiful course.

    Well-known architect John Floyd designed the private 18-hole

    golf course, and Riverbend opened in 1960. It is a par 72 that

    plays 6,495 yards from the longest tees.

    Members pay reasonable greens fees, with prices at $39 for 18

    holes on weekdays and $49 on weekends. Those prices include

    a golf cart, and Riverbend also features a 20-tee

    practice driving range.

    Raise Your GlassIts wine-all-you-want at Tri-Star Vineyards

    and Winery in Shelbyville.

    The business is owned and operated by Bedford

    County residents Perry and Elaine Casteel, and

    the couple offers free tours, tastings, a gift shop

    and wine sales. Their varieties include wines

    ranging from dry to sweet and from white to

    deep reds, including grape,