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Grateful for what we've got

Posted Monday, April 21, 2008, at 1:49 PM

While at Central High School last week on another matter, I noticed how striking the newly-constructed portion looks and the amount of additional work going on. (The parking lot seems like a maze compared with when I was a student there, but that's another story.)

And talk's already ongoing about building a new Community High School at Unionville, just 10 years after the current one was constructed.

I contrasted this over the weekend with stories from Coffee County news media about the conditions of portions of Tullahoma High School.

The THS auditorium was condemned two years ago -- it's unusable at this point -- and the home (concrete) side of Wilkins Stadium, so familiar to area football and track fans, has now been determined to be too deteriorated for use.

Sad, since that stadium was once a showplace with the only purpose-built track in southern Middle Tennessee.

THS may find itself "borrowing" Central High's stadium for one or more home games.

I'm not kicking Tullahoma when it's down at all. It's a fine city with great people.

But I hope those of us in Bedford County aren't taking what we have for granted as far as school facilities. Compared to other cities and counties in much of our surrounding area, we're fortunate.

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When my boys play baseball and basketball at these other schools, it makes me very proud of our facilities. Bedford County, espicially Shelbyville, should be proud as well.

-- Posted by seedsower on Mon, Apr 21, 2008, at 10:52 PM

I agree, Shelbyville does have some great facilities compared to other schools in our district and it is nice to have that advanatge.

I have one question though . . .whose idea was it to have a different color brick used on the new high school addition. I love the new addition and especially the front because it makes the school seem so much classier but the contrast in brick colors kind of stands out and doesnt look good at all.

-- Posted by jaxspike on Tue, Apr 22, 2008, at 7:54 AM

I know I am very proud of our school ( Cascade)It is always very clean and always looks nice. The students show pride in the school. I love football season and going to the games. Now when you pass the school at night and they are playing Baseball and the lights shine so bright . It makes me feel good all over. I am always very proud to say my son goes to Cascade...I know I have butted heads once or twice with them..But I have never lost any respect for our school..that is part of life..You run into a brick wall sometimes over something..But we always find the door to get thru that brick wall..THANK YOU Bedford county for giving all our children wonderful Schools to go to..

-- Posted by rebelrose on Tue, Apr 22, 2008, at 1:25 PM

Community School is REALLY overcrowed! I don't know about the other schools.

Probably because alot of the old farmers died or couldn't keep the farm up and the property was turned into yet another subdivision. Lots are for sale everywhere down there! Esp. around the Rover area.

-- Posted by mmp84 on Tue, Apr 22, 2008, at 9:00 PM

I think the brick not matching is from manufacturers discontinuig colors so much. The SCHS was built in 1978 and Im sure they discontinued that color brick a few years later.

-- Posted by seedsower on Tue, Apr 22, 2008, at 9:11 PM

It doesn't seem like SCHS has been there that long. Time sure flies by..

-- Posted by Dianatn on Tue, Apr 22, 2008, at 9:31 PM

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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.