4-H Public Speaking project
Bedford County 4-H recently held its public speaking contest. In the high school level, first place winners are eligible to compete at the regional level. In grades 4-8, the top two winners may go on to a sub-regional competition. Front row (from left): Sarah Parker, 4th, homeschool (first at county), and Ben Renegar, 4th, Cascade Elementary School (second at county). Middle row (from left): Hunter Palmer, 6th, Cascade (first at county); Nadiana Jesch, 6th, Cascade (second at county); Seth Countess, 5th, Cascade (first at county, and fourth at sub-regional); Jessica Osterhaus, 5th, Victory Baptist Academy (second at county); and Abby Parker, 7th, homeschool (second at county, and fifth at sub-regional). Back row (from left): Godwin Murillo, 11th, Cascade; Jon Osterhaus, 9th, homeschool; Timothy Martin, 8th, homeschool; and Cody Hodge, 7th, Cascade (first at Ccunty, and sixth at sub-regional). (Submitted photo)
Workforce readiness classes start off well
The first of three workforce readiness classes organized by the 2013-2014 class of Leadership Bedford wraps up this evening, while the next one will start Tuesday night. "We had a good turnout with the first class," said Lt. Jason Williams of Shelbyville Police Department, a Leadership Bedford class member who has worked with the workforce readiness class...
HRMC, Morrison deliver health guidelines
The students of the Motlow State Community College ACE Wellness Perspectives / Lifestyle class held their final class of the term at the Harton Regional Medical Center Stumb Education Center. Angie Sowers, RD, LDN, HRMC / Morrison food and nutrition director, shared with the attendees numerous healthy eating tips including the importance of portion size, label reading, artificial sweetener information, fast food options, etc...
Poster contest for fourth grade students
Bedford County Farm Bureau Women will hold its annual poster contest for fourth grade students. There will be a first, second and third place winner from each elementary school in Bedford County; students in private school or home school may enter the county-wide contest as well...
2 snow days still left
If you were wondering how many snow days schools have taken, the answer is six. And if you were asking how many snow days are left, the answer would be two. If Bedford County gets slammed by more bad weather this season, and the remainder of the snow days are used, the school system does have options, said Superintendent Don Embry...
FFA makes the cut: Central claims district meet
More than 50 students from three counties hammered, sawed and welded their way through a competition to test their skills Thursday. The District X FFA Agricultural Mechanics Skill Contest was held at Shelbyville Central High School Annex. Students from Central, Community, Coffee County and Cannon County High Schools participated, said Tommy Green, Bedford County FFA advisor...
Thomas Magnet students could create next big thing
Who says learning can't be only fun and games? Thomas Magnet Elementary School students are not only getting to play games after school but are actually making up the games themselves. Thirteen students will compete on March 6 in the Invention Convention at Middle Tennessee State University, said principal Janice Womble. The annual competition is open to public and private school students in grades 4 to 6. The purpose is to provide a fun way for children to engage in creative thinking...
I am! I can! I must! I will! Sanders inspires Liberty students
Liberty School students had some great motivation Thursday. Former Tennessee Titans wide receiver Chris Sanders delivered a motivational speech. Fourth-grade teacher Jennifer Gray arranged Sanders' appearance. She said her pastor, Tom Henry at Calvary Baptist Church, knows the football player...
Martin announces for school board race
Amy (Fulton) Martin has announced her candidacy for re-election for the 3rd District seat on Bedford County Board of Education in the Aug. 7 general election. Martin, a lifelong resident of Bedford County, has been a member of the school board since 1992 and currently serves as its chair. ...
Shelter and local agent sponsor scholarship
This spring, the Shelter Insurance Foundation will award a $2,000 scholarship to a graduate of Central High School. Shelter Agent Maleah Claxton sponsors and partially funds this scholarship. A committee of local high school officials and community leaders will select the local recipient. The committee will consider each applicant's scholastic achievements, educational goals, citizenship, moral character and participation and leadership in school and community activities...
Southside, community support teacher
For a school as small as Southside Elementary, it has had more than its fair share of tragedy. Once again, one of its own is battling cancer. The faculty found out that a fellow teacher has been diagnosed with colon cancer. CDC teacher Shonta Lamb is undergoing some very extensive chemotherapy treatments for her newly diagnosed condition...
Sunday Conversation: Cooper a lifelong teacher, student
Susan Cooper is a second-grade teacher at Community Elementary School and a native of Bedford County. If you would like to nominate a candidate for Sunday Conversation, email firstname.lastname@example.org. T-G: How long have you been a teacher? I understand that you taught when you were a student. Have you ever wanted to do any other job, and if so, what? What made you want to teach?...
Coach indicted on sex charge
A former Community Middle School teacher and coach was indicted Thursday on a sexually related charge relating to an alleged incident involving a student. James William Tankersley has been charged with aggravated sexual battery by an authority figure, and is set to appear again before Circuit Court Judge Forest Durard on March 17...
New tech contracts save county money
Bedford County Board of Education approved three technology contracts Tuesday. The board voted to renew a three-year contract with Pearson School Systems to continue using PowerSchool, a student data management system. The school system has been hosting the program on its own servers, but will switch to state servers, said Terise Rhodes, student management supervisor...
Service to others rewarded at Chamber event
Educator Ardis Rittenberry Caffey was presented with the Franklin Yates Lifetime Achievement Award during Tuesday's annual Shelbyville & Bedford County Chamber of Commerce luncheon, while the Bedford County Longbeards chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation received the Deery Eakin Volunteer of the Year award...
Ilarde wins spelling bee at Webb
Lennon Ilarde, a seventh-grader from Shelbyville, recently won The Webb School Spelling Bee. Soniya Patel, an eighth-grader from Shelbyville, placed second. Elizabeth Bigham, an eighth-grader from Murfreesboro, placed third. Bigham was eliminated in the 11th round. Ilarde and Patel continued until the 20th round when Patel missed "extinguish." Ilarde's championship word was "hackamore."...
MTEC celebrates 4th with coffee
For four years, the Middle Tennessee Education Center has brought university classes closer to Midstate residents who don't live close to a college. The joint project of MTSU, Motlow State Community College and Bedford County government will celebrate its four-year anniversary with a coffee from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday at the center, 200 Dover St. in Shelbyville. The event is free and open to the public...
Third-graders experience South Korea
Community Middle School got a taste of Korea on Feb. 6. Paula Smith, third-grade teacher, has been conducting a series of lessons on foreign cultures. The study has included geographic locations, languages and society. As part of the series, Smith invited Jeong Hee Dillingham to discuss life in South Korea. Although Dillingham has been a U.S. citizen for more than 20 years, she was born in Suwon, South Korea, and lived there for more than 20 years before moving to America...
Bedford students earn Martin honors
Three residents of Bedford County received academic honors during the fall semester at Martin Methodist College in Pulaski. Hayley D. Wilson of Wartrace was named to the President's List with a semester grade point average of 4.0. Laura Ibarra-Alvarez and Emily Lewis of Bell Buckle were named to the Dean's List with a semester grade point average of 3.5 to 3.9...
Shelbyville's college center turns 4
Happy Birthday, MTEC! The Middle Tennessee Education Center (MTEC), Shelbyville's own college campus, will soon celebrate its fourth birthday in its current facilities. Congratulations, and thanks to all who worked so hard to bring this wonderful facility into existence. Your efforts will pay tremendous dividends for years to come...
Sunday Conversation: Dickens enjoys family, career and running
Mary Lynn Dickens is a guidance counselor at Shelbyville Central High School. She is married to Jeff Dickens, and together, they have a four-year-old son, Reed. Dickens is a native of Bedford County. If you would like to nominate a candidate for Sunday Conversation, email email@example.com...
Legion oratorical contest
Jessica Gochee, a senior at Community High School, won the American Legion Fifth District Oratorical contest last Saturday in Murfreesboro. She will compete in the regional contest this weekend in Woodbury. Gochee is sponsored by Shelbyville American Legion Post 23. With her are Post 23 Commander Gary Leverette, left, and oratorical coordinator Sam Hoadley. (Submitted photo)
A dance for Valentine's
Jessica Osborne, director of youth services, leads children in a dance prior to reading Wednesday for Valentine's story time at Argie Cooper Public Library. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Letters to the Editor, Feb. 13
Dear Editor, Proverbs 12:10 tells us "A righteous man regardest the life of his beast, but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel." If the word of God tells us that a righteous man has concern for the life of his animals ,and that a wicked man is cruel, then there is no question as to how to care for the animals created by God and that are dependant on us...
Southside's Super Salamanders
This year, Southside Principal Reita Vaughn has started each school day with a morning meeting with all the students and teachers in the gym. The morning meeting consists of the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, the school motto and a moment of silence...