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Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014

Quick holiday cheer (12/19/14)
It's the first year Liberty School has had a National Junior Honor Society chapter, and members have wasted no time in getting active just in time for Christmas -- helping younger classmates pick out gifts. But that's just part of what these young leaders are doing for elementary classes at the school...
TCAT-S holds first formal graduation ceremony (12/19/14)
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville conducted its first official formal graduation as a college on Dec. 5 at the Shelbyville Central High School auditorium. Previously, as the Tennessee Technology Center, the institution held a simple graduation recognition ceremony at the end of each trimester for students. ...
Officials like new schools leader (12/18/14)
Bedford County officials had positive comments regarding the governor's selection of a state education commissioner. Gov. Bill Haslam announced the appointment Tuesday of Dr. Candice McQueen, a teacher and dean at Lipscomb University in Nashville, as commissioner of the Department of Education. She replaces the embattled Kevin Huffman, who resigned last month...
Central honor students, counterparts network (12/18/14)
Two Shelbyville Central High seniors had the opportunity recently to travel out West and network with their peers from around the country. Amanda Jones and Clorissa Campbell attended the LEAD Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico last month. They made the trip on behalf of the school's National Honor Society. The society's adviser, Claudia House, also attended...
Special visitor (12/18/14)
Former teacher Myrna Cobb stopped by her grandson's classroom at Thomas Magnet School to share a special Christmas story with Lee Ann Butts' first graders. (Submitted photo)
E-learning grows in popularity (12/17/14)
The Bedford County Board of Education heard a presentation on online high school courses during a short meeting Tuesday night. Betsy Norris, grants and e-learning supervisor, described the current status of the online program, called Bedford E-Learn. The program gives priority to at-risk students, but there are various reasons students may enroll. Norris works closely with graduation coaches...
Webb campuses gather in Bell Buckle (12/17/14)
The Webb School in Bell Buckle, founded by W.R. "Sawney" Webb in 1870, hosted representatives from The Webb Schools in Claremont, Calif., and Webb School of Knoxville., on Dec. 8. Thompson Webb, son of Sawney Webb, founded the schools in Claremont in 1922, and Robert "Bob" Webb, Sawney's grandson, founded Webb School of Knoxville in 1955...
Robotics team advances to state (12/17/14)
On Dec. 6, Thomas Magnet School's Lego Robotics team attended the FIRST Lego League Regionals in Tullahoma. The regionals were organized by the Tullahoma Chapter of the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers. Thomas Magnet school will be advancing to the state competition on Feb. 14 in Cookeville...
Rotarians, students interact with dictionaries (12/14/14)
Members of the Cascade High School Interact Club assisted members of the Rotary Club of Shelbyville in giving out dictionaries to third grade students in Bedford County earlier this month. "Cindy Vasquez is the club sponsor and always has a group of Interact members at the front office when the Rotarians arrive," Rotarian Barbara Blanton said...
Cascade FFA wins national award (12/14/14)
The Cascade High School FFA won a 2014 National Chapter award from the National FFA Organization. The program recognizes outstanding FFA chapters from throughout the country that successfully completed an annual set of required activities that encourage members to grow as individuals, work as a team and serve others in their communities...
Cascade Class of 1984 (12/14/14)
The Cascade High School Class of 1984 recently celebrated its 30-year class reunion at the Riverbend Country Club. Front row (from left): Raymond Pryor, Robin Cotham Clanton, Rita Bean Cobb, Kim Calvert Jarrell, Teresa Craig Ward, Donna Baker Crosslin, Tina Smith Stem, Cindy Anderson Tapley, Cynthia Phillips Greer, Renita Bowling Hill and Mitchell Fears. Back row (from left): Ted Taylor, Tracy Skelton Ferrell, Sonia Gregory Miller, Donald Adcock and Mitchell Rippy. (Submitted photo)
TCAT gets $970,000 for jobs training (12/12/14)
Gov. Bill Haslam announced Thursday that Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Shelbyville will receive a $970,000 grant as part of the Labor Education Alignment Program (LEAP), a $10 million state program which helps promote post-secondary training that is in line with the specific needs of the workforce in that community...
Local students join Phi Kappa Phi (12/11/14)
Two local students recently were initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Kayla Young of Shelbyville and John Duke of Unionville were both initiated at Middle Tennessee State University...
Suddenly... Dad's back! (12/09/14)
Jarius and Sammy Brown had no idea what was coming. As their father Bryant Brown -- a National Guardsman newly returned from Afghanistan -- waited just outside the door, Jarius and Sammy were called before an East Side Elementary School assembly Monday morning to answer two TCAP "questions."...
Students donate blood to honor classmate (12/07/14)
Shelbyville Central High School students turned out Friday to show their love for a classmate who has been battling cancer. Jackson Smith, a junior, has been taking treatments for Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma since the summer. The Future Farmers of America and HOSA students helped the American Red Cross hold the blood drive...
Kids view Festival Of Trees (12/05/14)
Eakin Elementary Pre-Kindergarten students Darien Mercado, Jonathan Palacious, Amberly Farrell and Aliyah Willard view trees at the Fly Arts Center's Festival of Trees during a field trip on Thursday. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
Motlow SGA participates in mock legislature (12/02/14)
Members of the Student Government Association (SGA) at Motlow College's Moore County campus recently visited the Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature (TISL) in Nashville, according to Sheri Mason, SGA sponsor and assistant director of student services at Motlow. "TISL gives students an opportunity to learn how state government works, such as the role of legislators, lawyers, judges, lobbyists and the media," she said. From left are Mason, Rachel Luzader, Eryn Tripp, Cody Pyle, Dallas Foster, Alma Portillo Villamar, Terry Green and William Shavers. (Submitted photo)
Motlow summit for teachers means prizes (12/02/14)
A free summit for teachers at Motlow set for this coming weekend means educators might win a big prize. Teachers who attend a Dec. 6th financial literacy summit at Motlow State Community College will each receive a $50 gift card from Amazon, and one lucky teacher will leave with an iPad mini...
Central High proves it can: Students collect for food drive (11/30/14)
For about 33 years, as best current school officials can determine, Shelbyville Central High School has held an annual canned food drive. The event is a holiday tradition, with the collected cans, boxes and other packages arranged into celebratory designs on the floor of the SCHS gym so that students can see the results of their work on display...
Thomas Magnet School taking applications (11/28/14)
Thomas Magnet School is accepting applications for the 2015-2016 school year for grades K-5. Applications may be picked up at Thomas Magnet School's office or they can be printed online at www.bedfordk12tn.com. All applications are due by Friday, Feb. 13, 2015. Applications may be mailed to Thomas Magnet School, 515 Tate Ave., Shelbyville, TN 37160, faxed to 684-7174, or dropped off at the front office...
Students learn financial planning (11/28/14)
Students in the personal finance class at The Webb School completed a course created by Dave Ramsey, personal money management expert, best-selling author and nationally syndicated radio show host. To reinforce what they learned in the classroom, the students traveled to Financial Peace Plaza in Brentwood to hear firsthand how to avoid some of the financial pitfalls that plague young adults and how to plan for the future...
Eakin students take the cake -- and have fun with it (11/27/14)
Eakin Elementary School students were rewarded Friday for their fund-raising for the School-Wide Positive Student Behavior (SWPSB) program. The top individual fund-raisers received prizes, while the top classes got to pour cake ingredients -- sugar, flour and eggs -- onto the heads of Coach Brent Hardin and Principal Dulcie Davis. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
TMS holds food drive (11/27/14)
The Thomas Magnet School student council, under the leadership of Lee Ann Butts, held a food drive, contributing the food received to Community Outreach Partnership, a local organization that focuses on local families that have a food emergency. Butts said students at the magnet school are challenged to excel not only in academics but in character, leadership and support for the community. A food drive is also an educational moment about hunger in the local community...
Dressed up (11/21/14)
Mrs. Cook's Kindergarten class at Liberty School dressed for Thanksgiving dinner in homemade apparel. Please include teachers' first and last names when submitting photos. (Submitted photo)
Coaches help students graduate (11/21/14)
Bedford County Board of Education took a moment during its meeting Tuesday to remember a local legend. "I want to take a moment to remember a great man that this community lost this weekend," Chairwoman Amy Martin said of the late T-G sports and police editor Bo Melson. "He covered some of the most historical events of Bedford County."...
County offices celebrate Christmas

The county fee offices located in the U.S. Bank building on the north side of the square -- county clerk, property assessor, register of deeds and trustee -- held Christmas receptions on Friday, with each office putting out its own lavish spread of...

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