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Friday, Sep. 19, 2014

Homecoming cheers (09/19/14)
Students at Liberty School were pumped up and ready for Thursday night's game against Westwood as Homecoming festivities continued this week, with a huge pep rally in the gym on Thursday. The Patriots won. (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
Red, white and blue (09/18/14)
Kindergarten and first-grade students at Thomas Magnet School, and their teachers, form the shape and colors of the American flag Wednesday. Students will take on three projects this year by grade level, once per month. Kindergarten and first grades will do red, white and blue themes to learn about military service members; grades two-three will learn about the environment; and fourth-fifth graders will learn about serving other people. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Freedom's new threat: Unreasonable search (09/18/14)
The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is intended to protect people from unreasonable search and seizure, but the USA PATRIOT Act and other changes made since 9/11 have had the effect of weakening it in some circumstances, according to discussion at Wednesday's Constitution Day observance at Motlow State Community College...
Introducing the new teachers (09/18/14)
The Bedford County Board of Education got to meet with 81 of 82 new teachers Tuesday during a reception at Shelbyville Central High School. "We hope you all stay in Bedford County," said board chairwoman Amy Martin. Board member Glenn Forsee said, "Thank you for not going through the motions. Thank you for teaching students. You have more days ahead of you than behind you."...
82 new teachers hired (09/17/14)
The Bedford County school system has hired 82 new educators out of about 200 applicants since the end of last school year. Human resource manager James Claybourne provided that data Tuesday during the school board meeting. Thirty out of 80 applicants from a first-ever job fair in May were hired...
Security upgrades for rural schools approved (09/17/14)
The second phase of school security upgrades was approved Tuesday. The Bedford County Board of Education approved a $75,168.33 capital outlay for electronic upgrades to elementary schools in the unincorporated portions of the county. Phase I was carried out last year at elementary schools inside the city limits...
Professor helps shape anti-bullying policy (09/17/14)
An MTSU business professor continues her push for a more civil workplace. Dr. Jackie Gilbert, a professor of management in the MTSU Jones College of Business, joined forces with like-minded people across the state and nation to help craft legislation and guidelines that will help do just that within government agencies...
Art exhibit opens at Motlow (09/17/14)
Artist Meghan O'Connor recently attended a reception to open the exhibit of her work inside the Eoff Hall Art Gallery on the Motlow College Moore County campus. The exhibit will continue through Oct. 27 and is open to the public. O'Connor, left, is joined by friend Andrew Muller and Ann Smotherman, adjunct art instructor at Motlow College. (Submitted photo)
Departing Liberty SRO will miss students (09/14/14)
"I'm speechless." There wasn't much more that departing Liberty School student resource officer Bob Filer could say as the students and staff held a surprise farewell party Thursday. "What can I say, you're my family," Filer said. "I'm going to miss all of you."...
School board attends district meeting (09/14/14)
The 2014 Tennessee School Boards Association South Central Fall District Meeting was held Thursday. Bedford County Board of Education board members attended, as did Superintendent Don Embry and board secretary Suzanne Alexander. Local boards of education learned about the changing landscape of education advocacy, heard updates on education legislation, and were provided with an update on student First Amendment issues and Limited Public Forums at the meeting at Marshall County High School in Marshall County. ...
Veterans share written memories (09/11/14)
The members of MTSU's Writers Corps will share their writings with the public in a special tonight. Participants in the creative writing program for military veterans and their families will read a collection of their works titled "The Places Called Home" at 7 p.m. today at Reveille Joe's, 113 N. Maple St. in Murfreesboro...
MTSU president part of higher education panel (09/11/14)
Middle Tennessee State University President Sidney A. McPhee will be among a group of academic leaders across the state gathering to discuss the state of higher education and the push to produce career-ready graduates. The Nashville Business Journal is hosting the luncheon panel discussion, entitled "Nashville Ahead: A discussion on higher education and workforce readiness." It will be held from 11:50 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, at the Omni Nashville Hotel, 250 5th Ave. S...
Foundation grants Thomas $2,000 (09/10/14)
This week, The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded Thomas Magnet School a youth literacy grant in the amount of $2,000 to support their Thomas Magnet School Growls with Reading Intervention Technology Program. Awarded at the beginning of the academic year, youth literacy grants from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation help provide teachers, schools and organizations with the funding and resources they need to properly begin the school year...
MTSU assists in creating emergency communication center (09/10/14)
Middle Tennessee State University has provided its expertise and resources to aid the creation of an emergency communications center that the State of Tennessee could use to inform the public and media during a state or local disaster or crisis. The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency unveiled the Multi-Agency Joint Information Center, or MAJIC, during a news conference Monday to kickoff National Preparedness Month at the Tennessee Department of Military-TEMA headquarters on Sidco Drive in Nashville.. ...
ATA contributes to Lego League program (09/10/14)
As a partner to the Tullahoma Chapter of the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE), the Aerospace Testing Alliance (ATA) Employee and Community Activities Committee (ECAC) recently provided a $3,300 donation for the purchase of robot kits for local FIRST LEGO League (FLL) teams...
A day of honor and remembrance (09/09/14)
Each year, a ceremony of honor and remembrance is held at the Tennessee Fallen Firefighter Memorial, on the campus of Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy on Unionville Deason Road. New names are added to the memorial plaques, and friends and family place roses on those plaques as the names are called out, solemnly, each name accompanied by the ringing of a bell...
Starting the day (09/09/14)
Students at Liberty School start each Monday with the Pledge of Allegiance -- to a flag high above their heads in the rafters of the gymnasium, while kids still getting adjusted to kindergarten try to keep an eye on what's happening around them. (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
Sunday Conversation: Boys & Girls Club welcomes new leader (09/07/14)
Brittany Montgomery, an Ohio native, moved to Middle Tennessee when she was young and has since then, become a true southerner. She attended the Boys and Girls' Club as a child and is now involved with the clubs as a professional. Montgomery was the Education Director of the Boys and Girls' Club of Rutherford County and has recently been named the new Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Bedford County...
New guy is familiar face (09/05/14)
It has been a lot like homecoming every day for Liberty School's new student resource officer. After 19 years of investigations at the Bedford County Sheriff Department, Brian Farris is settling into his new job of protecting his four grandchildren and other relatives, not to mention all the other kids and staff who learn and work at the rural school...
MTSU dean's list revealed (09/04/14)
Middle Tennessee State University has released the names and hometowns of those students who appear on the dean's list for the summer 2014 semester. To qualify for this distinction, an undergraduate student must maintain a current semester grade-point average of 3.5 or above and earn at least 12 semester hours...
MTSU participates in Dragon Boat race (09/04/14)
The Confucius Institute at MTSU will participate in an ancient Chinese tradition that has become a modern Tennessee tradition. Rowers for the institute will compete against 38 other sponsored boats in the eighth annual Cumberland River Dragon Boat Race on Saturday in Nashville...
Raise your hand and help kids (09/03/14)
United Way of Bedford County is again seeking volunteers for the "Raise Your Hand Tennessee" program, which places volunteers in local schools for an hour a week to help children with reading. Volunteers can work one-on-one with a child, or they can work with small or large groups, depending on the preference they express when signing up for the program. The weekly appointment can be set up to fit the volunteer's schedule. All participants must agree to a background check...
Teacher of the Week nominees sought (09/03/14)
American Paper & Twine Co., Titans Radio and Georgia-Pacific Communication Papers announced that Amanda Short from Mt. Carmel Elementary School in Hawkins County was selected as the Teacher of the Week for week one of the Titans 2014 football season...
Signs of progress rise at library (09/02/14)
Recent progress is shown at the site of Shelbyville and Bedford County's future library, which has a target completion date of March 2015. (T-G Photo by Sadie Fowler)
Henderson named TCATM valedictorian (08/27/14)
ChinaŠ Henderson has been named 2014 valedictorian at Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Murfreesboro. The Shelbyville resident received her diploma in Dental Assisting at the college's commencement ceremony on Thursday, Aug. 14. "China√°'s outstanding academic record, along with her dedication to the college, helped her achieve this highest honor," said Suzanne Dowdle, instructor at TCATM. ...
Firehouse Barbecue 2014

The annual Firehouse Barbecue was Monday at the Tennessee Fire Codes and Enforcement Academy. Proceeds are used to buy smoke detectors for the needy.

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