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Sunday, July 24, 2016

TN Promise scholars can work at parks (07/21/16)
If you are in need of a way to complete some community service hours before your next deadline, join all 56 state parks across Tennessee on July 23, according to tnAchieves. Tennessee State Parks is offering a variety of volunteer events across the state on July 23 to help Tennessee Promise Scholars log community service hours required to meet their scholarship commitments. ...
Motlow to administor HiSET test (07/21/16)
Motlow State Community College will administer the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) several times throughout the remainder of 2016. Test locations will be in Winchester and on the Motlow State Fayetteville, Smyrna and Moore County campuses. A high school diploma remains the primary ticket to many entry-level jobs. ...
Motlow student meets with house speaker (07/21/16)
Motlow State Community College spring graduate Summer Stevens, right, recently visited with the Tennessee State Speaker of the House Beth Harwell in Nashville to talk about what it takes to be successful in the political world. Stevens, who is continuing her education at Belmont University majoring in political science, was accompanied by Motlow State president Anthony Kinkel. (Submitted photo)
Start date for new Cascade near May 1 (07/20/16)
School Superintendent Don Embry's comment was short, thankful and to the point. "We'd officially like to thank Mayor (Eugene) Ray and the county commissioners for the tough, hard decision made in building a new Cascade High School and a jail, spending wisely and supporting a jail and schools," Embry, speaking for the Bedford County School System, said at Tuesday night's Bedford County School Board meeting...
Former coach receives probation (07/20/16)
A former teacher and coach who allegedly made inappropriate contact with Community School students in 2013 has accepted a sentence of four years' probation. James W. Tankersley, 27, of Lewisburg, who had initially been charged with one count of aggravated sexual battery by an authority figure, entered a "best interest" plea of guilty to a reduced charge of felony reckless aggravated assault, according to a press release from District Attorney General Robert J. Carter's office...
FFA members learn leadership (07/20/16)
During the week of June 6--10, 15 members of the Cascade FFA chapter attended the Tennessee FFA Leadership training camp in Doyle. "Camp Clements is not your normal leadership camp. It provides FFA members from across the state with the opportunity to have fun and make friends while developing leadership skills through officer classes, specialty classes, competing in academic contests and various sporting events. ...
Back-to-school tax break now a week earlier (07/19/16)
Tennessee's back-to-school sales tax holiday is now a week earlier than in the past, due to legislation passed by the General Assembly. This year's holiday will be July 29-31, because the holiday now starts on the last Friday in July rather than the first Friday in August...
Students deliver love to others (07/19/16)
Last week the Community Middle School Student Council delivered "teen bling" items to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. The items were donations from the student body during the Dr. Love Week last school year. (Submitted photo)
Stuff the Bus: Annual school supply drive underway (07/17/16)
It's time once again to stuff the school bus. United Way of Bedford County's annual "Stuff The School Bus" campaign asks for donations of school supplies, which are given to children in need. Advance drop sites for the drive will be open starting no later than Monday; some, like the Times-Gazette, already have their boxes out. That donation period continues through Aug. 5...
State cuts testing time for students (07/17/16)
Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced significant changes to state assessments Thursday that respond to feedback from educators, parents, and students, the department announced in a press release. The changes include eliminating Part I in all subjects, restructuring the test to better fit within the school day and year, and reducing overall testing time. ...
Class of 1971 plans reunion (07/17/16)
Members of the Shelbyville Central High School class of 1971 met recently at the home of Wayne Dillingham in Murfreesboro in preparation of their 45th reunion. The reunion will be held Saturday, Aug. 13 at the Bell Buckle Banquet Hall. Classmates who have not yet registered are encouraged to do so via the class web site. Regarding the planning group, Dillingham said the reunion has been a fun opportunity for the friends to get together for a casual good time. "We're not anything official -- just a group of classmates in this area who determined that we had a wonderful time at our 40th reunion and that our waiting for the 50th would be far too long for another get-together. So, as an ad hoc planning committee, we simply started working on it to make a 45th reunion happen." Front row, from left: Pam Jones and Dillingham. Back row, from left: Debbie Sager, Grant Hitt, Debbie Griffy, Debbie McClanahan, Mike Wells and Phil S. Baker. (T-G Photo by Sadie Fowler)
Motlow application deadline is Aug. 15 (07/15/16)
Students planning on attending Motlow State Community College this fall must submit an application for admission or readmission by Aug. 15, according to Shawn Gilbreath, assistant director of admissions and records at Motlow State. Students can apply online until midnight on the 15th. ...
Motlow to give Residual ACT test (07/15/16)
Motlow State Community College will administer the complete Residual ACT Assessment Test on July 20, July 29, and Aug. 5, from 8:30 a.m.-noon; and on Aug. 4, from 12:30-4 p.m. The test will be administered in room 1043 of the Crouch Center on the Moore County campus...
Radio interview focuses on therapeutic riding (07/14/16)
Helping children develop properly in their formative years is the topic of the next "MTSU On the Record" radio program. Host Gina Logue's interview with Christy Davis, director of the Ann Campbell Early Learning Center, will air from 5:30-6 p.m. Monday, July 18, and from 8-8:30 a.m. Sunday, July 24, on WMOT-FM (89.5 and www.wmot.org)...
TCAT-S receives $50K grant (07/12/16)
U.S. Department of Agriculture on Monday announced a $50,000 grant to Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Shelbyville which will be used to purchase training equipment for its industrial maintenance program. In late 2014, Gov. Bill Haslam announced a $970,000 Labor Education Alignment Program (LEAP) grant which allowed TCAT to expand its industrial maintenance classes, which are held not only at the main campus on Madison Street but also at satellite locations in Lewisburg, Winchester and Fayetteville.. ...
Positive attitudes can be rewarding for high schoolers (07/08/16)
High school students who behave badly get attention -- maybe not always the kind they want, but it's attention. So do students at the top of the academic world -- valedictorians and salutatorians. Top students get their names into the Times-Gazette's periodic "Honor Roll" section, published after the end of each grading period...
Motlow Foundation recognizes distillery for support (07/08/16)
The Jack Daniel Distillery received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Philanthropy at the recent biannual meeting of the Motlow State Community College Foundation Board of Trustees. The meeting was held on the Motlow Moore County campus. The Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Philanthropy was created in 2002 to honor those who give generously of their time and finances to a Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) institution and exemplify outstanding volunteer efforts in raising money for a TBR institution. ...
Radio program examines jazz, fashion (07/08/16)
The impact of avant-garde jazz on five decades of fashion is the subject of the next "MTSU On the Record" radio program. Host Gina Logue's interview with Rick Cottle, an assistant professor of textiles, merchandising and design at MTSU, will air from 5:30-6 p.m. Monday, July 11, and from 8-8:30 a.m. Sunday, July 17, on WMOT-FM (89.5 and www.wmot.org)...
Portable planetarium in Tullahoma. (07/08/16)
Tullahoma Parks and Recreation has partnered with the Arnold Engineering Development Complex's (AEDC) STEM Center to host the Discover Dome. This is a planetarium equipped with STEM surround sound/videos geared toward certain grade levels. While seated in the dome at C.D. ...
State hires new vendor for testing (07/07/16)
The Tennessee Department of Education selected a new vendor Wednesday to move forward with student assessments after the TNReady exam turned out to be anything but. The department announced Wednesday that it has selected Questar, a national company that specializes in assessments, to run the year-end tests...
Grant to help students aim toward future (07/06/16)
Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced on Friday that Bedford County has been approved for a $25,000 ThreeStar Competitive Enhancement Grant to develop workforce readiness programs for local school children. Bedford County was one of 11 counties for which ThreeStar Competitive Enhancement Grants were announced on Friday...
Motlow needs 600 TN Promise mentors (07/06/16)
Motlow State Community College Tennessee Promise Coordinator Jonathan Graham is urging any interested Motlow faculty, staff and administrators, and members of the general public, to apply to the tnAchieves mentor program. "Our goal last year was to become the community college with the highest percentage of employee mentors, and I am happy to say we accomplished that," said Graham. ...
Shelbyville Central Class of 1956 (07/05/16)
Shelbyville Central High School's Class of 1956 held its 60th reunion June 11. Class members include, first row from left, James Lynn Cates, Bud Saunders, Sandra Fly Crowell, Peggy Sanders Holden, Beverly Poplin West, Mack Cooper, Charles Coats, Marie Blanton Lannon and Jane Foster Butler; second row, Bob Taylor, Elizabeth Smith Blackburn, Erwena Thomas Jacobian, Roxanna Hale Francesconi, Doris Brent McNamee, Nancy Finney Hulan, Peggy Allen Miller, Jane Turrentine Cortner, Fred Atnip, Linda Joyce Vannatta, Bobbie Rogers Thompson and Don Hoover; third row, Billy Philpott, Jewel Boyce Williams, Thomas Smith, Geneva Gannon Smith, Tom Harris, Ezralee Swing, Ben Carroll, Doris Taylor Childress, Nelda Methvin Brown and Ruth Cortner Bellefant; back row, Harold Smith, Ernest Limbo, Cary Bills, Tony Carrick, Woody Thompson and Rhoda Gunter. (Submitted photo)
Learning unplugged (07/03/16)
The Computer Information Technology students at TCAT-Shelbyville took their classroom outside Thursday to perform wireless site surveys and connect wireless bridges over one mile between devices. Businesses with multiple offices use wireless bridges to share data connections, said instructor Steve Mallard (not pictured). Students in the program work with mobile devices, servers and network infrastructure and study advanced security concepts...
New Cascade High, justice center, jail officially on way (07/01/16)
The meeting lasted a mere 20 minutes, with no debate, little discussion, no raised voices and a series of unanimous votes. And yet, Thursday night's special called meeting of Bedford County Board of Commissioners was a milestone, paving the way for a new jail, a new justice center and a new Cascade High School, and paying for it with a hefty tax increase after holding the line on county property tax rates for more than a decade...
Liberty ready for new year

Liberty School teachers were busy in July getting their classrooms ready for the new academic year.

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