For library, $100K in the books
Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett visited the site of the new Shelbyville and Bedford County public library on Tuesday, along with State Sen. Jim Tracy and State Rep. Pat Marsh, to celebrate the state's $100,000 grant towards construction of the new facility...
Liberty Lions check students' vision, hearing
Many of us remember that big white van that would visit elementary school at least once a year to check our eyes and ears. The tradition continues. This week, students at Liberty School had their sight and hearing screened, courtesy of the Liberty Lions Club...
MTSU students to analyze midterm elections
Curious about the hottest midterm Congressional races around the country and what effect they could have on our nation? Count on MTSU's newest campaign analysts -- students enrolled in Kent Syler's special midterm elections course -- to give you the answers today...
Moore County reunion in Shelbyville
Moore County High School class of 1957 celebrated its 57-year reunion Oct. 18 at Legends in Shelbyville. Members and guests attending were (front row, from left) Doris Sullenger, Marie Sanders, Marie Frizzell, Ruth Statum, (second row) Joyce Wiseman, Peggy Noblitt, Doris Powell, Virginia Branch, B.W. Wiseman, (back row) Jack Word, Thelma Word, Brenda Burton, Marvin Burton, Lynda Phillips, Gene Cunningham and Kenny Sullenger. (Submitted photo)
Input sought on state education
The Haslam administration is seeking public input on Tennessee's K-12 education standards in English and math, including the controversial Common Core. The review will be conducted on a website that will launch in a couple of weeks, said David Smith, a spokesman for Gov. Bill Haslam. Academic standards are typically done every years, and the current standards are in their fourth year...
Nobel recipient drives creativity in MTSU talk
As the first featured guest lecturer in MTSU's new Science Building, Nobel laureate Harry Kroto mentioned the 1996 international award he received during his one hour-plus public lecture. But at MTSU and virtually anywhere he goes nowadays, the dialogue is more about science in general, science education for young people and creativity rather than the Nobel Prize in Chemistry...
'I came to listen:' Eakin teachers tell governor state of education
Gov. Bill Haslam met with teachers and local school officials Thursday during a visit to Eakin Elementary School, congratulating Eakin on its status as a Reward School due to the growth in student scores. He also asked teachers for their input -- and got it...
Safety glass in future for county schools
The Bedford County Board of Education approved a bid for safety glass for schools during its monthly meeting Tuesday. The low bid of $163,500 was awarded to Sain Construction of Manchester. That business is also known as Landers Construction, said John Davis, an architect who consults with the school system...
'Dog-gone' fun in 4-H
4-H is amazing! I am very involved in the 4-H dog project; as well as other areas in 4-H. You may be wondering "Well, what is the 4-H dog project?" The Dog project brings 4-H'ers from across the county to learn how to train their dogs in obedience and agility. ...
My 4-H experiences
I am 13 years old and I am a member of the livestock judging, photography, and embroidery groups. I am also in the sheep project. We raise two breeds of sheep and we have about 40 on our farm. I go to the regional and state level competitions. I also learn health and maintenance for my animals. My next project is livestock judging. We start in February and practice until April. We judge sheep, goats, cattle and swine. We go the Tennessee Beef Agribition and the regional 4-H contests...
'I was thrilled when they elected me'
4-H offers tomorrow's leaders several opportunities to develop leadership, citizenship, and public speaking skills. One of the most fun and exciting skills that I have learned through the program this year is how to run for office. 4-H's biggest event in Tennessee is State Roundup - where youth from all over the state compete in various project portfolio competitions. ...
4-H Honor Club
4-H Honor Club is the first club that I was initiated in entering my middle school and high school years. Becoming an Honor Club member, was something I had to earn. The 4-H advisors, Mrs. Emily and Mrs. Raegan, at the time, started to visit our 4th grade class and introduced 4-H to us. There on, I started to participate in 4-H activities such as: speech contests, demonstration contests, and geo caching. I kept my involvement until I reached enough points to be initiated into the club...
This year in 4-H I enjoyed many fun and educational events. I am a member of the Bedford County 4-H Honor Club as part of that we do a thing called exchange. Exchange is a two-year commitment. The first year we host the 4-H club from another state and then the next year we travel to that state. ...
A senior's farewell
I can't believe that I am a senior and my 4-H years are coming to an end. 4-H has been an extremely important part of my life. I have enjoyed the many projects in which I have participated, the friends I have made and the fun I have had. Recently I attended the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin. ...
4-H Exchange program
Over the past two summers, the 4-H groups from Tennessee counties of Bedford and Lincoln participated in an event known as exchange with the California county of Stanislaus. 4-H Exchange is an amazing experience where each state takes turns hosting the other state, teaching the local agriculture, industry and entertaining each other with several festivities. Each member is paired with a 4-H member from the other state's 4-H group...
I can't believe my time in 4-H is almost over. As I reflect back on the years of 4-H I can't help but smile and remember the friends I have made the experiences that I would not have otherwise gotten to do and the amazing opportunities to help others...
Student Council members give back
The Community Middle School Student Council recently served at the Nashville Rescue Mission -- The Women's and Children's Campus -- on two different days. The volunteers were: Jennifer Bennett, Noah Bowling, Logan Brothers, Calley Hand, Amanda Lemmons, Anna Katherine Lemmons, Macie Lemmons, Katlin Leverette, Ethan Lohn, Zachary Lohn, Gracie Simmons, Heath Waterson and Destiny Young...
Alumni barbecue supports local FFA chapter
The Future Farmers of America Alumni of Shelbyville Central High School are holding a barbecue supper on Nov. 8. The event will be at the SCHS cafeteria. Doors open at 5 p.m. Local barbecue cooking team Backwoods Smoke Shack will serve fresh meals starting at 6. The $10 tickets are available at Corner Cleaners, Select Trailer Co. and from any SCHS FFA member. Advance ticket purchase is appreciated. To buy a ticket, you may call 580-7630...
Author to discuss domestic violence
Middle Tennessee State University will observe Domestic Violence Awareness Month with a special emphasis on the role men can play in stemming the problem. Tony Porter, co-founder and co-director of "A Call to Men: The Next Generation of Manhood," will deliver an address on the subject at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, in the Tennessee Room of the James Union Building on campus...
Webb offers middle school preview
Families with children in kindergarten through 7th grade are invited to learn more about The Webb School's middle school program. Webb will hold its annual Middle School Preview from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 25. Webb is an independent college preparatory boarding/day school for grades 6-12. The oldest continuously operating private school of its kind in the South, the school is known for its dual emphasis on academic excellence and character development...
MTSU seminar discusses Bonnaroo origins
Bonnaroo began as a way to reinvigorate outdoor music festivals, its organizers said last week at MTSU, and over the last 13 years has used its business model to embrace and expand on the same peaceful, inclusive culture of the events that inspired it...
What a surprise! Returning vet reunites with children
"Now we can be a family again!" Through tears, that's what Dawson Porter said after he and the rest of his siblings were treated to a surprise reunion Monday with their father, Navy Lt. Jason Thomas Porter. It was a very well kept secret at Liberty School after Porter returned home a week early from a year spent in Bahrain -- giving his wife, Chasity, a surprise last Friday...
Sunday Conversation: Senior gets national academic award
Robert DeLease III is a senior at Cascade High School. He has been recognized for superior academic achievement by the National Society of High School Scholars. The society recognizes top scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship and community commitment...
Harris Eaglebots make robots spring to life
Harris Middle School is preparing to do its BEST in a regional robot competition. The Harris Middle School Eaglebots team will compete on Saturday, Oct. 18 in an annual event in Nashville. The Music City BEST Robotics Competition will be held at Lipscomb University. The acronyms stand for Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology...
'Scholarship Saturday' Oct. 18 at TCAT
The Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville will open up its computer lab from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18, for area high school seniors to sign up for Tennessee Promise and fill out their college applications as part of a statewide Scholarship Saturday...
The TennesSeed Camp, a training class for business start-ups, was held Tuesday at Middle Tennessee Education Center (MTEC). The event was organized by Southern Middle Tennessee Entrepreneur Centers. For more information, go to http://smtec.com.