Champions of safety: Community High wins seat belt promotion
Community High School can now be considered Bedford County's champion of seat belt safety for the 2015-2016 school year. Their impressive Seatbelt Challenge championship belt -- for the drama club's video, "The Empty Desk," depicting the tragic effect of not wearing seat belts, and an increase in seat belt use -- is now on display at the school...
Community 5th graders storm the stage
A new twist in Community Elementary fifth graders' transition to middle school has started what may become a new tradition. The end of the school year has always included a PTO program, but this year's fifth graders suggested a change. "The fifth grade wanted to do something a little different than our usual program so we came up with the idea of a talent show," said Jimmy Yates, Community fifth grade teacher. ...
Testing vendor fired by state
Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen on Wednesday borrowed a line from Donald Trump's "The Apprentice" TV show and said, "You're fired," to the company that had been supplying schools with the troubled TNReady tests. McQueen made the announcement during a press conference in Nashville. She said the statewide testing contract with vendor Measurement Inc. (MI) would end immediately...
Cost study asked for Cascade
Planning is underway on the projected cash flow which would be needed if a new Cascade High School is approved and funded in the coming fiscal year, according to discussion Tuesday night at Bedford County Financial Management Committee. "The project's not funded yet," clarified County Finance Director Robert Daniel...
Child-elderly IDs to be offered at Moose Lodge
The Shelbyville Moose Lodge and Safe Surfin' Foundation will provide a child/elderly identification event during the lodge's ninth annual Barbecue Cook-off on Saturday. This free event will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the lodge, 1104 Highway 82 South...
TNReady fails test third time
Baseball great Yogi Bera was famous for saying, "It's like déjà vu, all over again." That sentiment could apply to Tennessee students and educators, as the state has experienced its third strike with TNReady. The Tennessee Department of Education notified school systems Thursday that districts were not yet receiving their TNReady Part II materials on time for grades 3-8, the education blog Chalkbeat reported...
Phi Kappa Phi inducts new members
The following local residents 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. All four were initiated at Middle Tennessee State University:...
Cascade principal shows leaders crowded conditions
Cascade High School principal Tim Harwell gave a tour Wednesday to a handful of county commissioners and a handful of school board members to make the case for building a new facility. "Thank you for your time today," Harwell said. Harwell's tour highlights included:...
Cascade students win at research fairs
Cascade Middle School eighth-grade students have competed in a couple of research fairs. The following students received Honorable Mention at the school level: Cade Crick, Ashley Forsee, Hunter Jewell, Braden Lollis, A.J. Phillips, Chance Phillips, Hayden Spence and Kailey Snell...
Cascade High plans proceed
Even though the Bedford County Board of Education does not have the funds to build a new Cascade High School, it is moving forward with plans to spend the money. County architect John Davis told the board Tuesday that the county finance committee asked for a 28-month schedule for designing and building the proposed school with an opening date of August 2018...
Fun day set for special young people
The Leadership Bedford Youth Class is treating special youths to a day filled with fun festivities. The free "Carnival For Care" will be Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Shelbyville Central High School's football field. The event is designed to enable youths with special needs and their families to participate in fun activities. Everyone is welcome. There will be games, face painting, snow cones, music and more...
Community second graders learn bus safety
Bus safety awareness was stressed to Community Elementary second-graders Tuesday. Tennessee Highway Patrol Sergeant Jason Kelley, who developed the program, was assisted by Bedford County Schools transportation director Kenny Parker and Scott Peoples...
Sunday Conversation: Mallard trains the people who keep tech running smoothly
Steve Mallard is an instructor for the Computer Information Technology program at Tennessee College of Applied Technology -- Shelbyville, and also serves as the school's IT manager. To suggest a future subject for Sunday Conversation, email Sadie Fowler, email@example.com. Subjects don't have to be well-known, but please give us some ideas of what topics we might want to cover in our questions...
Music for the World: Bedford County Mass Choir rings out in song
Beaming parents, family and friends of 132 elementary and middle school students making up the annual Bedford County Mass Choir filled Shelbyville Central High School on Tuesday. This year's third annual program, "Music for the World," included eight songs from West Africa, Jamaica, Israel, Japan, Australia, South Africa and America...
Schools earn passing grade
A panel of education accreditation evaluators is recommending the reaccreditation of Bedford County schools. "Of course we're going to recommend accreditation," said lead evaluator Cheryl Allread. She and a team of five other experts from various school districts have spent time in Bedford County studying the schools and administrators and interviewing staff, parents and students...
Superintendent pleased with schools' achievements
Bedford County School Superintendent Don Embry discussed the challenges and achievements of his three years in office during a presentation Wednesday morning at Shelbyville Rotary Club. "Our folks do a fantastic job overall," said Embry. "I'm very proud of the work that we do." Cascade Elementary and Community Elementary have been named Reward Schools, while Cascade Elementary and Thomas Magnet School have been named Blue Ribbon Schools...
Honor Roll party
Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County had an honor roll celebration at Rafael's restaurant on April 8 to reward members for excellent grades during the third quarter of this school year. Back row, from left: A'Driana Anderson, Bryson Higgins, Dylan Marchi, Makia Woodard, Jaxon Curry, Mia Velasquez, Persaeus Curtis, Janie Lopez, Laila Redman, Eve Speirs, Treasure Johnson, Jalen Kelso and Isaiah Batts. Front row: Lauren Carr, Landen Brown, Brooklyn Kiker, Thalia Morales, Hero Curtis, Kalin Alcorta, Jacari Whitaker, Xavier Rea, Zacki Solis, Anastasia Trice and Ryann Gary. (Submitted photo)
Liberty debuts Relay Recess
Liberty School will be the first local school to participate in Relay Recess, an offshoot of the American Cancer Society Relay For Life which combines fund-raising with education about healthy lifestyles and cancer prevention. Members of the school's National Junior Honor Society met Tuesday with advisor Katie Gospodarek and Samantha Chamblee of the American Cancer Society to make plans for the event...
MTSU unveils plaque of long-serving dean
Middle Tennessee State University will pay tribute to one of its most influential professors and administrators by unveiling a plaque in his honor. John McDaniel, who served as dean of the College of Liberal Arts for a quarter-century, will be the focus of the ceremony at 1 p.m. Friday in Dining Room C of the James Union Building. A printable campus parking map is available at http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParkingMap...
Webb presents 'Arsenic and Old Lace' play
The timeless comedic classic, "Arsenic and Old Lace" by Joseph Kesselring, will be presented by The Webb School Company Players April 21-23. This event is open to the public. Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. on the Chapel stage. Admission is $10 and seating begins at 7:10 p.m...
Webb selects Boys State participants
Keaton Pendergrast of Shelbyville and Nate Sherwood of Smithville have been selected as The Webb School's participants at Tennessee American Legion Boys State set for May 22-28 at Tennessee Technological University at Cookeville. Rising seniors from across the state receive leadership and citizenship training at the event...
Organizers hope swimming lessons save lives
The Shelbyville Recreation Center is partnering with a third-party nonprofit to offer free swimming lessons this summer to low-income children. The classes are called the Flying Fish program. Between 40 to 60 children will take part in the classes, which start in June, said Pam Henry, aquatics director at the Shelbyville Recreation Center...
Five Shelbyville Central High School FCA students performed volunteer work April 1 at First Choice Pregnancy Counseling Center. They picked up auction items from local businesses, hung fliers around town to publicize the center's upcoming fish fry, and cleaned and sorted items for the Baby Boutique. Pictured (in no particular order) are: Colt Williams, Kobe Simmons, Magen Williams, Taylor Overcast and Brandie Dukes. (Submitted photos)
Democratic Women support Imagination Library
Wanda Campbell, right, treasurer of Bedford County Democratic Women, presents a $300 check to Trish Hubbard, chair of Bedford County Imagination Library. The gift, made in memory of three club members' recently-deceased mothers, will be applied towards the $4,000 matching challenge made by an anonymous donor. Imagination Library sends a book a month to any Bedford County child from birth through their fifth birthday -- a total of 60 books in all. The worldwide program was founded by entertainer Dolly Parton. (Submitted photo)
Veteran-turned-writer separates fact from fiction
A retired U.S. Marine who turned his military career into critically acclaimed literature will share his experiences at MTSU. Michael Pitre, a veteran of two tours of duty in Iraq and author of "Fives and Twenty-Fives," will speak at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in Room 106 of the Paul W. Martin Sr. Honors College Building. A printable campus parking map is available at tinyurl.com/MTSUParkingMap...