Henderson named TCATM valedictorian
ChinaŠ Henderson has been named 2014 valedictorian at Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Murfreesboro. The Shelbyville resident received her diploma in Dental Assisting at the college's commencement ceremony on Thursday, Aug. 14. "China√°'s outstanding academic record, along with her dedication to the college, helped her achieve this highest honor," said Suzanne Dowdle, instructor at TCATM. ...
Three local schools rank high in state
Thomas Magnet, Community Elementary and Eakin Elementary are among the top schools in the state for student performance, according to the Tennessee Department of Education. The department released several sets of school data last week. The department released its annual list of Reward Schools last week, with the three local institutions included. The state also released its list of Priority Schools and Focus Schools; Bedford County did not have any schools listed in those categories...
Sunday Conversation: New principal is farm girl at heart
Dr. LeEllen B. Carter is the new principal of Thomas Magnet School. She was promoted to the job from assistant principal after Janice Womble retired. If you would like to nominate someone for Sunday Conversation contact editor Sadie Fowler at email@example.com...
New assistant principals named
Bedford County Superintendent Don Embry has named two new assistant principals. Tracy Watson, guidance counselor at Cascade Elementary School, has been named the new assistant principal at Thomas Magnet School. Robyn Ayres, teacher at Learning Way Elementary School, has been named the new assistant principal at Cascade Elementary School...
Eakin celebrates Celebration
Eakin Elementary School is celebrating The Celebration in a special way this week. The school cafeteria dressed out its food serving line with Tennessee walking horse items, including show ribbons, trophies, toy horses and a walking horse platter...
Reward Schools to be named
The state will release the names of two or three local Reward Schools on Thursday, Superintendent Don Embry says. Reward Schools are those the Tennessee Department of Education identifies annually as having the highest overall performance or growth...
Taking the message on the road
Big G Express professional driver Danny Smith, presented a program on highway safety to Coach Kevin Thomas's Drivers Ed class at Shelbyville Central High School this past Monday. As a Road Team Captain, Danny takes the message of highway safety across Tennessee. The goal of Tennessee's Road Team is to create a safe driving environment and save lives on our highways by educating motorists on how to safely share the road with large trucks...
Cascade interim principal named
Sherry Crawford, assistant principal at Cascade Elementary School, has been named interim principal for the 2014-15 school year. The change will be effective Sept. 1, according to an email from Don Embry, Bedford County superintendent. "We would like to wish Mrs. Crawford the very best in her new role," Embry said...
Law firm gives to Thomas Magnet
Bobo, Hunt, White and Burk Law Firm, gold sponsors, made a donation to Thomas Magnet School's STEM Lab (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). Thomas is striving to create a STEM lab to focus on science, technology, engineering and math as an innovative educational experience for students. Pictured are: Ginger Shofner, Dr. LeEllen Carter, principal, and Todd Bobo. (Submitted photo)
Three former local principals deserve kudos
I'm still a relative newcomer, so I don't know a lot of the rich history of the local school system, although I've worked hard to learn pieces of it as the Times-Gazette's education reporter. However, I have noticed one thing -- Bedford County produces great educators...
State's top principal leaves
Tennessee Principal of the Year Martha Fisher is retiring from Cascade Elementary School to accept a job as an educational consultant. Fisher is taking a job with EdProDevelopment Inc. She said she will stay with Cascade until the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration...
Head Start taking applications
All Bedford County Head Start programs are now taking applications for enrollment. Head Start is a free child development program for children and their families. Families should meet financial eligibility requirements or require special needs. To apply, parents will need verification of income and proof of child's birth. All interested parties may sign up...
MTSU expecting 853 to graduate Aug. 9
Middle Tennessee State University's upcoming summer 2014 commencement ceremony, set for Saturday, Aug. 9, will celebrate a lifetime of educational achievement for more than 850 students. The ceremony, which will begin at 10 a.m. Aug. ...
Aymett again named master teacher
Regan Aymett, a first grade teacher at Learning Way Elementary, has been selected as a National Education Association (NEA) science master teacher. BetterLesson, which partners with NEA on the program, announced the latest cohort of 65 NEA science master teachers from 23 states across the country. ...
Back to class
Teacher Holly Steiner welcomes a student to the first day of school Monday at Cascade Elementary School. See more photos at http://www.t-g.com/gallery/back-to-school-2014. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Free meals offered for all students
When students return to school this week, they will be able to eat for free. The Bedford County school system is participating in a U.S. Department of Agriculture program to provide free breakfast and lunch to every public school student, regardless of income, Assistant Superintendent Karen Scoggins said. Some other Middle Tennessee school systems, including Metro Schools in Nashville, are also taking part...
Teaching system rewards, reinforces good behavior
"Mind your manners" will take on more meaning this year at most area schools. All but three schools are enacting a new procedure to encourage positive student behavior. The program, titled "School-wide Positive Behavior Support," teaches positive behavior...
Sunday Conversation: Lemmons enjoys 20 years of teaching English
Amanda Lemmons has been a teacher in Bedford County for 20 years. She is currently teaches 11th grade English at Community High School. T-G: Tell us a little about yourself and your family. LEMMONS: Maya Angelou once said, "I sustain myself with the love of family." Besides my relationship with God, there is nothing in this world more important to me than family. ...
$50 K grant helps Webb build leaders with integrity
Building leaders is a hallmark of The Webb School, and a 50,000 matching grant from the Edward E. Ford Foundation will help the school continue to prepare students to be confident, effective contributors in their communities. The grant will fund the creation of the "Fostering Student Initiative Program," a new curriculum model to enhance the boarding experience of upper school residential students and to strengthen and promote leadership throughout the student body. ...
'Barefoot in the Park' reunites Smokestack alumni
Smokestack Theatre at Community High School has a summer production each year, which gives the school's alumni a chance to come back and take the stage once more. This year's summer play is Neil Simon's comedy "Barefoot In The Park," which will be presented Aug. 8-10 at the school...
Enrollment open for homeschool program
Enrollment is open for The Farm School Satellite Campuses program, an umbrella program for home-based learners throughout Tennessee. The Farm School's Satellite Campuses program offers the opportunity for families to create their own curriculum. For more information, visit www.TheFarmSchool.tv or call 931-964-2325...
College for free in state
Incoming high school seniors are being given a chance to do something their parents or grandparents never did -- go to college for free. There are a number of caveats and hoops to jump through with the program, Tennessee Promise, but the opportunity is valuable: two years of higher education with no tuition or fees. ...
Womble leaves Thomas position
Janice Womble, principal of Thomas Magnet School, has retired from the Bedford County school system. Dr. LeEllen Carter, assistant principal, has been named to the head position, Superintendent Don Embry said. Womble had another job opportunity, Embry said...
Stuffing the Bus
Volunteers were helping to "Stuff the School Bus" in front of Regions Bank Wednesday, collecting school supplies that will be distributed to 14 of the county's schools. From left: United Way executive director Dawn Holley, Vickie Hull of Regions Bank and Dusty Sewell. Other collection boxes are set up at a number of local business. (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
Mentors needed for tuition program
More than 25,000 Tennessee students are expected to apply for a free tuition program, and mentors are needed to help them navigate the lengthy process. Tennessee Promise will pay for two years' tuition for qualifying colleges (see main story on Page 1). Before they are enrolled, they must attend two sessions with mentors, said one of those mentors, Wayne Dillingham...