Local student attends leadership forum
Timothy Martin of Shelbyville attended Harding University's 60th annual National Leadership Forum in Searcy, Arkansas, June 5-10. Martin was sponsored by Bedford County Farm Bureau as a delegate to the forum, which is presented by the University's American Studies Institute...
MTSU offers dual enrollment for homeschoolers
Starting this fall, area homeschooled high school students will have a chance to earn college credits and get a slice of Middle Tennessee State University by taking classes at University College's new Dual Enrollment Center at Bell Street. The university's dual-enrollment program allows high school students who meet MTSU's admissions criteria and gain approvals from their guidance counselors to take college classes before they graduate, thus earning high school and college credits at the same time.. ...
Drop-outs to be offered new program by National Guard
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam; Maj. Gen. Max Haston of the state Military Department; and Department of Children's Services (DCS) Commissioner Bonnie Hommrich announced Wednesday that Tennessee has been approved by the U.S. Department of Defense for a National Guard Youth ChalleNGe program...
School board hears positive summer news
Bedford County Board of Education buttoned down routine summer business Tuesday night during its monthly meeting, touching on topics ranging from budget and policy updates to the success of the county's summer programs. The extensive agenda moved along efficiently as members worked through brief updates on minor legislative amendments, previewed a budget that will soon be in front of the Bedford County Commission, formed plans to address faculty insurance needs, reminded members of upcoming meetings, and highlighted positive aspects of education taking place this summer even while school's out of session.. ...
Gardner sees success as veterans succeed in class
Veterans success coach Daniala Gardner has spent her first year at Columbia State Community College helping with anything vets may need to make their college experience more positive. "We have completed two sessions of Green Zone; a cross-cultural learning experience to educate faculty and staff about the military experience," Gardner said. ...
Pierce grateful for past, excited for future
The journey from recent high school graduate to adult begins for Community's Sarah Pierce in just a few days with a combination of both university and military experience as she sets off for Colorado and the Air Force Academy. She is excited to begin her adult life there, taking in all there is to absorb while not only playing the game she has long been passionate about -- basketball -- but also by having the opportunity to share her life-long passion, Christ...
Shelter supports Imagination Library at Moon Pie fest
Frank Thompson, vice president of marketing for Shelter Insurance, made a special appearance at the RC Cola / Moon Pie Festival parade Saturday in Bell Buckle, taking the opportunity to present a $5,000 contribution to Bedford County Imagination Library...
Wartrace alumni banquet held; 2016 graduates honored
The 71st annual Wartrace High School Alumni Banquet was held April 23 at Cascade High School. John Bramblett, 2015/16 Alumni Association president, welcomed the attendees, who enjoyed lunch, visited with former classmates and viewed memorabilia provded by Carolyn Smotherman...
FFA, 4H compete in land and range judging
From May 1-6, the Bedford County FFA Chapter of Shelbyville Central High School and Bedford County 4H traveled to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to compete in the National Land and Range Judging Contest. Both teams competed in the Homesite Judging Event. The Bedford County 4H team placed seventh in the nation and the Bedford County FFA team tied for 10th in the nation. ...
What's cooking at Harris Middle School?
Harris Middle School has offered a cooking class for a decade. Demand for the class is so hot that there is always a long waiting list, said Betsy Norris, the Bedford County Department of Education's grants and e-learning supervisor. It is offered during the year, after school has let out, and during summer school, which ends this week...
Sunday Conversation: Kids are better than TV
Kristin Conley took the helm at the Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County in April. Working with children is nothing new to the Cleveland, Tennessee, native as she has worked with the Department of Children's Services as a case worker and with nonprofits for more than 20 years...
Teaching the teachers: New ideas add up
MANCHESTER -- While most students are whiling away the summer weeks taking it easy, many of their teachers are going back to school. Middle Tennessee State University is conducting "Impact," its fourth summer educational series focusing on math educators, said Dr. Angela Barlow, director of the math and science PhD program at the university...
Schools host summer feeding program
The summer feeding program for children under 18 will operate in conjunction with summer school until June 23 at Cascade Elementary, Cascade Middle/High, Shelbyville Central High School, Community Middle and Elementary, Community High, East Side Elementary, and Harris Middle School...
Governor discusses state education
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam spoke to the Times-Gazette Friday on education issues after presenting the community with a $500,000 grant to build a road for the industrial park. The topics were: The governor recently signed a bill that requires school districts to screen students in kindergarten through second grade for dyslexia with a program provided by the Department of Education. Sen. Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville) was a co-sponsor on the Senate side...
MTSU educators visit MTEC
An outreach team from Middle Tennessee State University's Department of Professional Development visited Shelbyville on Friday. "We work with adult learners helping working adults finish their college degree," said Peggy Carpenter, MTSU University College's assistant dean for outreach...
Sunday Conversation: Family's love helps Pride sail to new horizons
Recent Community High School graduate Darian Pride has just a few days left before he sets off to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, where his days will be spent participating in the rigorous activities of "Plebe Summer." Plebe, derived from the Ancient Roman word, Plebeian, is the term by which Darian and all of the others entering into the uncompromising cultivation of midshipmen will be referred -- that is, until the 1,000 that remain graduate the course and are officially deemed Midshipmen. ...
Summer learning: Some students keep studying
For the majority of students, the rising temperatures of summer mean an abundance of free time to play outdoors or go on vacation. But for some, the learning continues in some form or fashion no matter the age. The Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville stays busy year-round for the most part because the college operates on a trimester system, unlike the traditional fall-spring schedule, said Mike Miller, assistant IT manager and CIT instructor. ...
Motlow, WGU renew agreement
Dr. Anthony Kinkel, Motlow State Community College president, and Dr. Kimberly Estep, WGU Tennessee chancellor, recently celebrated and re-signed an articulation agreement that has allowed more than 85 Motlow State faculty, staff and graduates to further their education. The articulation agreement offers all Motlow State graduates and staff discounted tuition at WGU Tennessee. (Submitted photo)
U. of Memphis announces grads, dean's list
The University of Memphis awarded 2,416 degrees during commencement ceremonies May 7. Degree recipients included Lawrence Parawan of Wartrace and Bradford Pippen of Lewisburg. Meanwhile, the following students were named to the university's dean's list for the spring 2016 semester:...
4-H at MTSU dairy farm
Bedford County 4-H members toured the Middle Tennessee Dairy Farm in Murfreesboro on June 6 for June Dairy Month. (Submitted photo)
Jail, school savings found
Bedford County Financial Management Committee got a little good news Tuesday night -- but also handed out some potential bad news to county departments and non-profit agencies. First, the good news: County Finance Director Robert Daniel said that, based on quotes from the state's loan pool, the payments on a new jail and justice center and a new Cascade High School would be less than originally thought...
Insurance change for school system would cut costs
The Bedford County Board of Education is considering a proposal to drop health insurance for the spouses of employees if that spouse qualifies for coverage at his or her job. County finance director Robert Daniel recommended the change to the school system's health insurance regulations during a budget meeting Wednesday. If a school system employee has a spouse who works at a job that offers health insurance, that spouse would have to change coverage to his or her employer...
FFA members compete in forestry event
On June 3-4, the Bedford County FFA Chapter of Shelbyville Central High School traveled to Doyle to compete in the Tennessee State FFA Forestry and State Environmental and Natural Resources competition at Camp Clements. Jackson Smith, Hunter Lemmon, Emily Crabtree and Kristyn Neese represented the chapter in the State Forestry CDE. ...
FFA students attend leadership camp
On May 30, the Bedford County FFA Chapter of Shelbyville Central High School traveled to Doyle to attend State FFA Leadership Camp at Camp Clements. The members were able to take leadership classes and set goals for the chapter and themselves. They competed in sporting events, rifle range events, swimming, canoeing, boating, and quiz contests, and met many FFA members from around the state of Tennessee...
Cascade teacher Spears makes science, math fun
Zack Spears is a STEM teacher at Cascade High School, his alma mater. You never know if you will see him working with students on a wind tunnel, pasta noodle bridge or trebuchet. 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...