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Friday, Nov. 28, 2014

Eakin students take the cake -- and have fun with it (11/27/14)
Eakin Elementary School students were rewarded Friday for their fund-raising for the School-Wide Positive Student Behavior (SWPSB) program. The top individual fund-raisers received prizes, while the top classes got to pour cake ingredients -- sugar, flour and eggs -- onto the heads of Coach Brent Hardin and Principal Dulcie Davis. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
TMS holds food drive (11/27/14)
The Thomas Magnet School student council, under the leadership of Lee Ann Butts, held a food drive, contributing the food received to Community Outreach Partnership, a local organization that focuses on local families that have a food emergency. Butts said students at the magnet school are challenged to excel not only in academics but in character, leadership and support for the community. A food drive is also an educational moment about hunger in the local community...
Dressed up (11/21/14)
Mrs. Cook's Kindergarten class at Liberty School dressed for Thanksgiving dinner in homemade apparel. Please include teachers' first and last names when submitting photos. (Submitted photo)
Coaches help students graduate (11/21/14)
Bedford County Board of Education took a moment during its meeting Tuesday to remember a local legend. "I want to take a moment to remember a great man that this community lost this weekend," Chairwoman Amy Martin said of the late T-G sports and police editor Bo Melson. "He covered some of the most historical events of Bedford County."...
Blazer Day tradition continues (11/21/14)
Jack Anderson, a Bell Buckle resident and son of two Webb alumni, was one of 39 seniors in The Webb School Class of 2015 who recently participated in Blazer Day. Seniors received their senior blazers in a special chapel ceremony that is scheduled annually on or near the birthday of founder, W. ...
Happy holidays, from Unionville to Hawaii (11/20/14)
Community Middle School's halls were decked out with everything from Santa to Baby New Year on Tuesday. Students were allowed to dress up in a wide range of holiday-spanning outfits as part of basketball homecoming week celebrations, said Marinda Grissom, Title I teacher/Student Council sponsor. The holidays included Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Year, Cinco de Mayo, as well as a creative festivity, "Hawaiian Holiday," as modeled by football coach Aaron Reid...
Book donation at Southside (11/16/14)
Southside Elementary School lost a beloved faculty member, CDC teacher Shonta Lamb, to colon cancer this summer. Recently, her husband Eddy and her daughter Makenna Lamb donated two books to the Southside Library in memory of Shonta. Southside Principal Reita Vaughn and librarian Pam Butler accept the donated books from Makenna and Eddy Lamb. (Submitted photo)
Firefighter recruits to graduate today (11/14/14)
State Fire Marshal Gary West was scheduled to deliver the commencement address this morning to the Recruit Firefighter class at the Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy on Unionville Deason Road. Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak was unable to attend the ceremony, but offered her encouragement and praise to the recruits...
Six Central students eye two years' free college (11/13/14)
The promise of free tuition has many Bedford County high school seniors thinking of -- and re-thinking -- their college plans. Tennessee Promise offers two years of higher education with no tuition or fees. The offer applies to community colleges, Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology (TCATs) and four-year universities that offer an associate's degree...
Webb breaks ground on dorms, center (11/12/14)
The Webb School broke ground on Friday for a $5.7 million Residential Village project -- two dorms and a student center -- following the fall Board of Trustees meeting on campus. Construction is slated to begin on Jan. 12, 2015. The student center will open in January 2016, and the dorms will open in August 2016...
It's gym time at Harris: Grant provides P.E. gear (11/09/14)
Harris Middle School students are getting fit in a fun way thanks to free money. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee (through its charitable foundation) provided a $9,000 grant for exercise equipment plus a $1,000 check for the school to spend how it chooses, said Chelsea Johnson, program manager with the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee Health Foundation. The total grant amount is $10,000...
Mentors begin Tennessee Promise training (11/05/14)
Jennifer Dreis, Regional Coordinator for tnAchieves, conducted a one-hour class attended by 39 volunteer mentors who will help high school students remain eligible for Tennessee Promise scholarships. tnAchieves serves as the partnering organization to Tennessee Promise in 84 counties across the state...
AEDC contractor gives scholarship to local resident (11/05/14)
Aerospace Testing Alliance (ATA) continued a commitment to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) support in 2014 by awarding a $1,000 Vocational Technology Scholarship to Tyler Cooper, a Shelbyville resident and son of ATA employee James Melton...
Last day for mentor enrollment (11/04/14)
Today is the last day to register online for mentor enrollment for the Tennessee Promise program. Paper forms are due by Nov. 14. https://www.tnachieves.org/a-mentor
Schools up on annual report card (11/04/14)
The state released its report card on schools this past week, and the news was mostly good for Bedford County schools. "We're very pleased about the gains we have made in the last year," Superintendent Don Embry said. "We're proud of the teachers' and the students' gains."...
Weak blocks suspected in collapse (11/04/14)
Uncertainties remain about the cause of Saturday's collapse of one wall of an unfinished football fieldhouse at Shelbyville Central High School. Three construction workers were injured when the south block/concrete wall of the 8,400-foot building collapsed as wooden roof trusses were being placed...
Sunday Conversation: Heikkinen is totally dedicated to Harris teaching career (11/02/14)
Harris Middle School teacher Jeanine Heikkinen grew up out west and moved to Tennessee when she was a teenager. This past summer she married her best friend and "love of my life" Phillip Heikkinen. They have a son, Dalton, and two overweight beagles named Marlin and Molly...
Eaglebots team has fun at competition (11/02/14)
The Harris Middle School Eaglebots robot team did not place in the Music City BEST Robotics Competition, but the competition was very tough this year. Many teams did not receive awards during the Oct. 18 competition at Lipscomb University. The team's engineering notebook earned it a wildcard for the playoffs -- pretty amazing considering it was written by three sixth graders. ...
Webb hosts Fall Visitors' Day Nov. 10 (11/02/14)
On Nov. 10, The Webb School will open its campus to prospective students and their families for its annual Fall Visitors' Day. The daylong event begins at 9 a.m. with registration and breakfast and concludes at 3 p.m. The schedule includes a tour of the 150-acre campus, led by a current Webb student. ...
Webb presents 'It's a Wonderful Life' (11/02/14)
"It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play," adapted by Joe Landry and produced by special arrangement with Playscripts Inc., will be presented by the Webb Players. The dates are Nov. 13-14 at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 16 at 2:30 p.m. at The Webb School Black Box Studio Theatre. ...
Webb School Honor Roll (11/02/14)
The Webb School recently announced its A and B honor rolls for the first quarter of the 2014-15 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...
A whole new world (11/02/14)
Thomas Magnet School's drama club will present "Aladdin Kids" at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4-5. On Tuesday, the club practiced the play under the guidance of Carl Keating. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Honor Rolls (11/02/14)
Cascade Elementary School Principal's List Fifth Grade: Helen Allison, Annie Arnold, Elijah Arnold, David Bass, Kylie Calvert, Annabell Chamblee, Larissa Collet, Kody Cook, Hollister Engle, Ethan Estes, William Estes, Natalie Evans, Jordan Green, Jared Habel, Aiden Heymann, Drake Hodge, Ryan Inmon, Leigha Insell, Jimma Jones, Elizabeth Kilpatrick, Ayden Lloyd, Cole McBee, Konnor McCall, Lauren Perry, Rachel Phillips, Jaycie Plemons, Benjamin Renegar, Sarina Richards, Donna Shiver, David Sims, Isaiah Smith, Ayla Snoddy, Anthony Solis, Preston Stephens, Caroline Stone, Morgan Sudberry, Christopher Sullivan, Ryan Taylor, Katelyn Wilder.. ...
Central High fieldhouse collapses on workers (11/01/14)
Three construction workers were hurt as a wall of a new football fieldhouse under construction at Shelbyville Central High School collapsed Saturday morning. Several construction experts at the scene said shoddy methods used by a subcontractor who built the block walls may have led to the collapse...
New state history standards criticized as 'leftist' (10/31/14)
Is the teaching of Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. history in Tennessee about to become more negative of America or more flexible for instruction? That depends on whom you listen to. Those two positions were presented during a webcast workshop meeting Thursday at the Tennessee Board of Education regarding changes to the AP U.S. history course (or, APUSH, as some call it). The changes are set to take place in May 2015...
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