New program helps at-risk students
The Bedford County Board of Education received an update last week on a new system the state uses to boost student performance. During this academic year, the state government changed the way that schools help students who are struggling. Instead of labeling struggling students as special education students, schools now use a plan called Response to Intervention (RTI), assistant superintendent Karen Scoggins said during the board's meeting last Tuesday...
School closed on Thursday
Bedford County Schools will be closed Thursday due to weather.
Friday becomes a school day, but...
Sorry, students: Your day off on Friday just became a school day. Unless a snowmageddon hits -- and another cancellation is very possible. The Bedford County Board of Education voted on Tuesday to replace Friday's staff development day on the academic calendar with a regular school day...
Schools to close two hours early
Bedford County Schools will close two hours early today due to expected winter weather.
Head Start taking applications
Bedford County Head Start is now taking applications for fall. Head Start is a free child development program for children and their families. Families usually meet financial eligibility requirements or require special needs. To apply, the parent will need verification of income and proof of child's birth. All interested parents may sign up...
University of Memphis announces Dean's List
The following local students were named to the Dean's List at the University of Memphis for the fall 2014 semester: Alexi Gordon of Bell Buckle; Nathan Dumser of Lewisburg; Hailley Shepard of Unionville; Lawrence Parawan of Wartrace; and, Rocio Agundis, Abigail Marbibi, Madison Martin, Belinda Neill, Claudia Noelle Tamula and Kalyn Treece, all of Shelbyville...
School day scheduled for Friday
Bedford County Board of Education voted tonight to make Friday -- which had been scheduled as a staff development day -- a normal school day, which will give the county back one of its lost snow days. Without the change, the county would have only had two remaining snow days left; now it has three...
Voters say 'yes' to no school
The overwhelming majority of those responding to a non-scientific Times-Gazette poll believe that local school officials make the right choice most of the time when deciding whether or not to close schools due to weather. A decisive 85 percent of the 233 respondents said officials make the right call most of the time...
FFA members speak out in competition
Four members of the Bedford County FFA competed in Creed Speaking, Job Interview, Prepared Public Speaking, and Extemporaneous Public Speaking. Freshman Lindsey Smith represented the chapter in the Creed Speaking event. Lindsey won the District X competition and placed 4th in the Middle Tennessee Sectional event...
Cascade FFA gathers animal donations
The Cascade FFA, in conjunction with Tractor Supply Co. of Shelbyville, held its fifth annual Animal Feed Drive on Sept. 20, 2014. The event happened during TSC's P.A.W.S. promotion. Twenty-seven Cascade FFA members and numerous Cascade FFA alumni members collected donations for four hours. In this time the chapter collected approximately 1,000 pounds of animal feed and 240 pounds of cat litter...
FFA gives back to younger classmates
Agriculture education consultant Steven Gass once said, "The Plow Program has allowed students to use their talents and time to make a positive difference in the lives of other people. It motivates students to live up to the FFA motto, 'Living to Serve.'"...
Cascade FFA chili supper Saturday
Tickets for the sixth annual Cascade FFA chili supper and auction are on sale for $5. The event will be held on Saturday at the Cascade High School cafeteria and tickets will be sold at the door. During National FFA Week students at Cascade will dress up in agricultural themes including FFA Day, Blue and Gold, American Heart Association and Farmer Day to compete for class points. ...
Local LEGO team places second
The Challenger team competed in the First LEGO League East Tennessee State First LEGO Tournament, held at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville on Feb. 14. The team earned second place in the Project Research division. A total of 47 teams competed in the day's events, which consisted of robot game, robot design, core values and projects...
Save up for college with 529 plan
TNStars College Savings 529 plan has just been recognized as the top direct-sold plan in the nation, according to a press release from the Tennessee Department of Treasury. The No. 1 ranking comes from SavingForCollege.org, which analyzes the investment performance figures for thousands of 529 portfolios and ranks the 529 savings plans from best to worst. ...
Daycare policies vary on snow days
In times of inclement weather, it's hard to maintain a steady schedule. This is especially true for parents who work away from home and have children who typically attend daycare or preschool. It's important to know the policies of daycares and preschools concerning harsh weather conditions...
McBee has three-peat in spelling bee
Lucas McBee, an eighth grader from Shelbyville, recently won the Cascade Middle School Spelling Bee. This is the third consecutive year for McBee winning the spelling bee. There were a total of 16 participants in the Cascade Middle School spelling bee for 2015. Lucas won in the 13th round. He correctly spelled "obvious" as the championship word...
Webb makes summer fun, educational with camp
The Webb School has an expanded summer program schedule that includes three weeks of camp focusing on science, technology, robotics, rocketry, Minecraft ed and outdoor adventures courses. The summer program also includes ACT/SAT English and Math prep courses, boys' and girls' basketball skills camp, and boys' and girls' soccer camp. New this summer is an overnight boys' lacrosse camp, and an all-day outdoor adventure camp with one overnight stay...
MTSU, Florida school enter partnership
Middle Tennessee State University has signed a first-of-its-kind partnership with Florida's Montverde Academy, a premier private boarding school known for its strong international enrollment and 100 percent college placement rate...
If school's at home, learning goes on
Monday may have been both a holiday and a bad weather day, but that didn't stop some homeschooling families from hitting the books while their public school counterparts were enjoying a day off. LouAnn Smith homeschools her son Nathan. Early on Monday, which was President's Day, she posted on Facebook, "So much for snow. Looks likes it's mostly ice for us. Poor Nathan will wake up disappointed and even more so when he realizes he'll have to do some school work."...
Salamanders stroll stylishly sporting new shoes
Southside Salamander students surely were smiling when they slipped on their new swanky shoes on Friday. Every student, teacher and staff member of the elementary school -- including cafeteria workers and janitors -- received a free pair of shoes, according to organizers. They were all fitted for the shoes two weeks ago...
Camps offer teachers energy education
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Office of Energy Programs announces that applications are available online for the 2015 K-12 Energy Education Camps. The four-day educational sessions will provide K-12 educators with information and resources needed to teach the science of energy and energy conservation in the classroom...
Learning about the weather
WSMV (Channel 4) meteorologist Lisa Spencer spoke to children at Southside Elementary School on Tuesday, explaining both principles of the weather and tricks of the television trade. (T-G Photos by John I. Carney)
Embry urges legislators not to change education standards
Bedford County Superintendent Don Embry is one of 114 superintendents calling on the General Assembly to leave school standards as they are. The Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents sent a letter Tuesday to all state legislators asking them to take no action on education standards during this session...
Normandy student earns Dean's List status
Elliot Emadian of Normandy, a member of the class of 2017 at Washington and Lee University, has earned dean's List status for the recently ended fall term 2014. Dean's List status at Washington and Lee represents a term grade-point average of at least 3.4 on a 4.0 scale...
Two local students make Sewanee dean's list
The following local students have been named to the dean's list at the University of the South (Sewanee) for the Advent 2014 term: Leslie Vanessa Leiva, of Bell Buckle, who is the daughter of Edith E. Servellon, and Brandon Edward Miller, of Normandy, who is the son of Joanna and Clifton N. Miller...
|Ms. Wheelbilly pageant
The Wheelbillies team in the American Cancer Society Relay For Life held its annual "Ms. Wheelbilly" pageant on Saturday at Liberty School.
This tongue-in-cheek event features men and boys in pageant dresses, working the crowd for donations. A...
Winter Storm Watch
in effect until noon CST on Thursday for Bedford County and 36 other counties in Tennessee
in effect until 6:00 PM CST on Wednesday for Maury County and 27 other counties in Tennessee