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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Donate school supplies at area Kroger stores (07/22/14)
Kroger is hosting a school supply drive now through Aug. 5 to help support public schools in Middle Tennessee. Customers are encouraged to purchase a $6 pre-assembled school supply kit or any other school supply items of their choice and place the donations in the special drop-off bins at the front of the stores...
FFA members learn leadership (07/20/14)
During the week of June 23-27, 14 members of Cascade FFA attended the Tennessee FFA Leadership Camp at Camp Clements in Doyle. While at camp the members attended an officer class, special interest class, local program success class and competed in numerous sporting events and competitions...
4-H mixes old, new activities (07/20/14)
4-H's fabled clover is turning over a new leaf as it works to attract a new generation of children. The Bedford County 4-H program wants to entice children to join, said extension agent Jeffrey Hester. So, the program is adding such new activities as science experiments and cardio workshops while keeping its existing fare of sewing and agriculture projects...
DREMC sends students on 2014 Washington Youth Tour (07/20/14)
A record number of young people from electric cooperative service areas in 43 states -- including more than 150 students representing Tennessee co-ops -- visited Washington, D.C., in June for the 2014 Washington Youth Tour, spending time with elected officials and taking in the historic, interesting sites of our nation's capital...
Embry gets good grades (07/16/14)
School Superintendent Don Embry's contract was renewed for one year by the Bedford County Board of Education during its meeting Tuesday. His contract, which began last year, was for three years -- through 2016, Chairwoman Amy Martin said. Now, the contract will run through 2017...
Novak joins Confucius Institute (07/16/14)
MTSU's Confucius Institute has hired a former Bedford County educator to help promote Chinese language and culture in area K-12 schools. Mike Novak, most recently principal of Liberty School, became the institute's new assistant director July 1. "I am very excited to be part of the team at the Confucius Institute," said Novak. "I look forward to expanding educational opportunities for Tennessee and China...
Sunday Conversation: From Shelbyville to the SEC, and back again (07/13/14)
Shelbyville native and SEC football legend Whit Taylor is happy to live in Bedford County. Taylor, who played quarterback during a successful period for Vanderbilt University in the early 1980s, is principal at Shelbyville Central High School and has just finished his 24th year in education...
Fellowship to address education issues (07/10/14)
The State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) is launching the Tennessee Educator Fellowship, a program that will provide Tennessee teachers an opportunity to have a greater impact on key state-level education policy issues. The Tennessee Educator Fellows will be led by Tennessee teacher Cicely Woodard...
Thomas Magnet goes global (07/09/14)
Thomas Magnet School is partnering with an international network of businesses and schools working to improve their communities. The school is the first in Tennessee and one of only 60 in the Ashoka's Changemaker Schools Network, said principal Janice Womble. Thomas is one of 22 schools inducted for the upcoming school year, according to Ashoka's website...
Graham seeks re-election to commission (07/09/14)
Denise Graham has announced her candidacy for re-election to a 7th district seat on Bedford County Board of Commissioners in the Aug. 7 general election. She has been married to Chad Graham for 21 years, and has 2 children, Nikita and Daryl. Graham, a registered nurse for 11 years, works at Stone Crest Medical Center in Smyrna. A 1990 graduate of Shelbyville Central High School, she completed her RN training at Motlow State Community College in 2003...
Youths of the month (07/09/14)
Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County Youths of the Month for June.
Webb student's poetry published (07/06/14)
A student at The Webb School is a published poet with pieces included in two poetry collections and also has had a speech accepted for publication. Shelbyville resident Keaton Pendergrast, who will be a 10th grader at Webb this fall, has had his poem "Only Peace" published by America Library of Poetry in a book titled "Discovered," and his poem "Love Is" published by Creative Communication in a book titled "A Celebration of Poets" (Fall 2013). ...
Webb teachers receive math training (07/06/14)
Two math faculty members at The Webb School recently shared a 2014 grant from the Jon Frere Fund for Faculty Development to learn more about "Exeter Math," a problem-based approach to math classes. Teddy Schaffer and Karla Vogt attended the Anja S. Greer Conference on Mathematics, Science, and Technology at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, N.H...
Feeding and reading: Groups join to meet needs (07/06/14)
Feeding kids is only part of the battle when it comes to taking care of the least of these. Two local organizations are working together to take care of multiple needs for children. The Johnson Residential Group, founder of the Summer Feed Program, and The Center for Family Development are expanding their partnership to provide more services this summer. ...
Collars go to class, except on school shirts (07/01/14)
The Bedford County Board of Education clarified its dress code policy as part of a potpourri of topics during a special called meeting Monday. The board had altered the dress code during its regular June meeting two weeks ago. On Monday, the board cleaned up the policy's language to make clear that collared shirts are required unless the student is wearing a school-approved T-shirt. ...
Homeschool open house (06/27/14)
The Bedford County Homeschool Enrichment Program (HEP) held an open house Wednesday at First Baptist Church on Depot Street. HEP is run by parents who homeschool their children and allows them to share resources, hold joint classes like science labs and socialize. During the open house, Daphnie Flanigan (left, in sunglasses) plays with a toy while Ava Spears holds a tablet that another girl comes over to play with. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Homeschool kids show creative sides (06/25/14)
They've never spent a day in a classroom, but these two children have received a hands-on education that includes drawing illustrations and building erupting volcanoes. Sierra and Alex Johanson participate in the Bedford County Homeschool Enrichment Program (HEP) as well as a homeschool program in Tullahoma...
TCAT among nation's best (06/24/14)
The Computer Information Technology program at Tennessee College of Applied Technology/Shelbyville was one of six programs nationwide to win the inaugural "Excellence in Action" awards from the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc)...
Webb official takes part in admission program (06/24/14)
Jamison Fee, The Webb School director of college counseling, was one of six visiting faculty members invited to participate in the McNab Alumni Legacy College Admission Program at Davidson College on June 5-6. The invited faculty members were high school guidance professionals and college deans of admission from five states. The program is open to children and grandchildren of Davidson alumni who are rising 11th and 12th graders...
Harton partners with Imagination Library (06/24/14)
Harton Regional Medical Center has partnered with the Coffee County Imagination Library, the Tennessee Governor's Books from Birth Foundation, and the Dolly Parton Imagination Library Foundation recently by providing the babies born at HRMC their first Imagination Library book, "The Little Engine That Could."...
Webb lists 4th quarter honor rolls (06/24/14)
The Webb School recently announced its A and B honor rolls for the fourth quarter of the 2013-14 school year. An independent college preparatory day/boarding school for grades 6-12, The Webb School is the oldest continuously operating school of its kind in the South. The school has a dual emphasis on academic excellence and character development...
Slimy Science (06/24/14)
Caroline Whitaker (left) of Shelbyville and Reagan Lynch of Bell Buckle work on a project in the "Slimy Science" class as part of the Summer Program at The Webb School. Students studied absorbency, mixtures/reactions, polymers/molecule chains, lipids and denaturing using non-toxic household ingredients. In its second year, the summer program offered three weeks of day camp focusing on science, technology, robotics, art, Chinese and outdoor skills for rising fourth-eighth graders. Also part of the program, were SAT math and English prep courses and girls and boys basketball and soccer camps. (Submitted photo)
Clanton named 'student of excellence' (06/22/14)
Chase Lee Clanton of Shelbyville has been recognized by the United States Achievement Academy as a student of excellence in advanced placement, fine arts, honor roll, language arts, leadership, mathematics, science and Social Studies. He attends Harris Middle School and was nominated by guidance counselor Margaret Ann Cobb. He will be a freshman this fall at Shelbyville Central High School...
Dr. Love donations (06/22/14)
The Student Council from Community Middle School recently purchased gifts for Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt with proceeds from the Dr. Love fundraiser in February. Sitting (from left): Noah Bowling, Ethan Lohn, Gabby Hunt, Macie Lemmons, Logan Brothers, Destiny Young, Calley Hand, Mackenzie Newkirk and Katlin Leverette. Standing (from left): Grayson Garrette, Zachary Lohn, Anna Katherine Lemmons, Heath Waterson and Gracie Simmons. (Submitted photo)
Sunday Conversation: Principal leaves Liberty to promote Chinese culture (06/22/14)
Mike Novak has worked as a teacher and principal in Bedford County. Now, he will work to spread knowledge about Chinese culture in schools across the state in a new job at Middle Tennessee State University. If you have a nomination for Sunday Conversation email sfowler@t-g.com...
Library salutes summer readers

Argie Cooper Public Library held a end-of-summer event last Friday for its summer reading program. A large crowd gathered at Eakin Elementary School to enjoy an evening that included awards, face painting, games and a planetarium presentation by...

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