'Officer Cam' feels the love
A grateful crowd of Community Middle and Elementary students recognized their school's own Cam Farrell last Friday for his honor as Tennessee School Resource Officer of the Year. "Wow, these folks are so good to me and it just makes me want to give my all every chance I get," Farrell, the schools' SRO for five years, said. "The assembly was amazing. I spent most of my time trying not to cry. The love in that gym was unreal."...
TCAT-S sees great future for students
As part of its larger Welcome Week activities for all students, the Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville will hold a special celebration called "My Future's So Bright" to welcome new and returning Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect students to campus at 10 a.m., Monday, Sept. 19...
More students qualify for scholarship
Department of Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced Tuesday that newly released data from ACT show that nearly 1,300 more Tennessee public school students became eligible for the HOPE scholarship in 2016 by achieving composite scores of 21 or higher. ...
Eye exams should happen throughout school year
Every child deserves the opportunity to excel in the classroom, and clear vision empowers students to perform up to twice as well in school, according to research from the Rural Education Action Program. In fact, experts at The Vision Council confirm that 80 percent of children's learning occurs through visual processing...
Bell Buckle fest drums up $$$ for SCHS band
A day-long festival planned for Sept. 17 in Bell Buckle will raise money for the Shelbyville Central High School band, according to organizer Gina Beatty. The festival will include live music, a children's area, and vendors. It will take place at the Captain Rodney's Stage back behind the main row of storefronts in Bell Buckle...
Webb School enrolls 73 Bedford County students
Seventy-three Bedford County residents are among 315 students enrolled at The Webb School for the 2016-2017 school year. The number includes 40 from Shelbyville, 25 from Bell Buckle, four from Wartrace, three from Normandy and one from Unionville. Webb began its 147th school year on Aug. 15 with 194 day students and 121 boarding students -- the largest number of boarding students in three decades. The student body represents 14 different countries and 15 U.S. states...
Community High 'sails for St. Jude'
Community High School plans to "Sail for St. Jude" in the coming week. The student council is sponsoring the event, which will consist of a series of activities each day. Students are encouraged to bring loose change or any desired amount for donations. All of the proceeds will be donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis...
FFA draws national recognition
The Bedford County FFA of Shelbyville Central High School has been recognized in the 2016 National Chapter Award Program from the National FFA Organization. The program recognizes outstanding FFA chapters from throughout the country that successfully complete an annual set of required activities that encourage members to grow as individuals, work as a team and serve others in their communities...
McPhee: 'The burden has shifted' for funding higher ed
Middle Tennessee State University President Sidney A. McPhee stressed the challenges of increasing student retention and faculty salaries in the face of limited funding resources during his traditional State of the University address Thursday inside Tucker Theatre...
Columbia State announces spring 2016 graduates
Columbia State Community College has announced nearly 430 graduates for its spring 2016 semester. Graduates from this area include: Brittany Cantrell Kaitlyn Ester Lauren Smith Shelbye Stacy Stephanie Clark Kenlea Gillum Melanie Brown Ryan Daughrity...
Schools' sports fields discussed
Bedford County Board of Commissioners' courthouse and property committee discussed the issue of sports facilities for Cascade and Community schools during its meeting Tuesday night, but member Linda Yockey said it's actually the school system that should start the conversation...
Teachers help design new Cascade High
Plans are progressing for the future Cascade High School, officials say. Superintendent Don Embry gave a brief update on the school plans during Tuesday's school board meeting. County architect John Davis recently met with school officials, Embry said. The site has been cleared of brush. Core drilling for geothermal testing will be done possibly today or soon thereafter. School officials have yet to finalize details on sewer service...
Harris groups talk about life
Assistant principal Josh Young works with a group of students in the conference room. Guidance counselor Ashley Guido leads one of three groups meeting in the gym.A new advisory program at Harris Middle School pairs kids up in small groups with adult mentors to discuss issues like responsibility and high school readiness...
MTSU professors join civil rights commission
Two MTSU educators have been appointed to the Tennessee Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. Professor Amy Sayward of the Department of History and associate professor Sekou Franklin of the Department of Political Science and International Relations were announced as members Aug. 3 by the federal commission in Washington, D.C...
Motlow Foundation has new director
Dr. Anthony Kinkel, president of Motlow State Community College, recently announced that Lane Yoder of Tullahoma has been selected as the director of the Motlow College Foundation. Yoder brings extensive experience to the foundation from both the private and public sector. She is a native of Mississippi and a 1990 graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics...
Survey shares thoughts of public educators
The vast majority of Tennessee educators feel positively about the climate in their schools, and more teachers than ever are finding value in the statewide evaluation system, according to the results out Tuesday from the 2016 Tennessee Educator Survey...
Horse show helps students in many ways
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Schools to outsource substitutes
The Bedford County Department of Education will now sub out substitute teaching. The board voted Tuesday to turn over administration of substitute teacher scheduling to a private contractor. Superintendent Don Embry said a company called WillSub was the lowest of six bidders. The contract is for one year and should start in October, Embry said...
MTSU president to address faculty early
In an effort to facilitate the start of student move-in for fall classes, the annual Middle Tennessee State University Fall Faculty Meeting will be held a day earlier this year. While traditionally held on the Friday before the start of classes, this year's meeting will be held on Thursday. At the meeting, MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee will give his annual State of the University address to faculty and staff...
College hosts suicide prevention conference
Columbia State has partnered with the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network to host the "Saving Lives in South Central Tennessee" conference Aug. 26. The event will feature a variety of presentations related to suicide prevention, which will include: suicide prevention strategies within community colleges, depression and suicide among older adults and suicide prevention among veterans...
AEDC holds stem camp
The students in the Arnold Engineering Development Complex Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Camp hold certificates showing they completed three days of fun, hands-on science activities at AEDC. This year's STEM Summer Camp was held July 12-14 for children of AEDC employees. ...
Raise Your Hand and help build children
United Way of Bedford County is now seeking volunteers for the "Raise Your Hand Tennessee" program, which helps local elementary school children. Volunteers c ommit to spending an hour a week volunteering at a local elementary school. That could mean an hour all at once, or two 30-minute sessions, depending on the volunteer's needs and preferences, according to local United Way executive Pam Fisher...
Respiratory care program draws national praise
Columbia State's respiratory care program recently received the Distinguished Registered Respiratory Therapist Credentialing Success Award for 2015, according to a college press release. The award was presented by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care at the 2016 American Association for Respiratory Care Summer Forum...
EMS program receives recognitions
The summer of 2016 has proven to be a very successful one for the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) education program at Motlow State Community College. Several milestones and accomplishments occurred as the program completed its second year. Drew Hooker, director of the EMS program, and Justus Smith, paramedic coordinator, gave a very well-received presentation on the use of realistic simulation for teaching purposes at the National Simulation Conference and at the Tennessee Emergency Medical Services Education Association (TEMSEA) state conference, presenting to as many as 160 attendees.. ...
Motlow campuses close morning of Aug. 18
All Motlow State Community College campuses will be closed part of the day Aug. 18 to permit faculty and staff to attend fall convocation. All campuses will open at 2:30 that afternoon. Faculty and staff from all Motlow campuses will meet on Motlow's Moore County campus for the annual assembly, during which preparations are made for the fall semester. ...