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Monday, Oct. 24, 2016

Sunday Conversation: Monks helps college students succeed (10/23/16)
Laura Monks is the assistant director of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville and an experienced academic administrator who also farms. To nominate someone for Sunday Conversation, email Sadie Fowler at sfowler@t-g.com. T-G: Please describe your background in education administration...
AT&T donates to Motlow, other community colleges (10/21/16)
AT&T announced Wednesday a $5,000 contribution to Motlow State Community College to support non-traditional, underserved students preparing for high-skill jobs requiring technology-based skills in Tennessee community colleges. The donation will fund scholarships to help students begin a path toward completing their college degrees. The contribution was presented at Motlow State...
Educators' insurance data illegally released (10/20/16)
The Bedford County school system has responded to a breach of employees' health insurance information, Superintendent Don Embry told the Times-Gazette. The system sent letters last week to current and recently departed employees announcing that some of their data was accidentally disclosed earlier this year as part of a lawsuit. The violation allegedly was a breach of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)...
Here's your chance to be a substitute (10/19/16)
The Bedford County Board of Education heard an update Tuesday on outsourced substitute teaching. In August, the board voted to outsource substitutes to a company called WillSub. The one-year contract started this month. Bernie Pelc, WillSub's president, said the company's No. 1 issue is finding enough subs...
Spooky drawing contest winner 2016 (10/19/16)
Ava Perryman, 10, a student at Southside Elementary, was the winner of this year's Spooky Drawing contest. Ava used a mixed-media approach on her drawing, which made it stand out from others; she did the original drawing in pencil, then scanned it in and added color on the computer. There was nothing in the rules prohibiting this, and the result was quite original and striking. Perryman also wrote a story to accompany the drawing, but we treated that as an entry in our ghost story contest and did not consider it as part of this entry.
TNReady to start counting toward high school grades (10/19/16)
At the State Board of Education meeting Friday, officials announced a proposal to phase TNReady scores into high school student grades over the next three years as the state continues to transition to a new, more rigorous test that is better aligned to breadth and depth of the standards in Tennessee...
Event aims to help adults complete college studies (10/19/16)
The South Central Tennessee Reconnect Community, which includes Lawrence, Giles, Marshall, Lincoln, Bedford, Moore, Coffee, Franklin and Grundy counties, has planned a launch event in Shelbyville. Tennessee Reconnect is for adults who plan to return to college to finish a degree or are attending college for the first time...
Motlow recruiting homeschool students (10/19/16)
Motlow State Community College is holding a "Motlow for Homeschoolers" information night on Tuesday, Oct. 25, from 5-6 p.m. on the Moore County campus. The session will be held in Room 105 in the Marcum Technology Center. The event is open to all homeschool parents and students who want to learn about critical information regarding attending college...
Motlow offers hospice information (10/19/16)
The Motlow State Community College Nursing Department, in conjunction with Compassus Hospice and Palliative Care, will be offering hospice information sessions on Thursday, Oct. 20 and Sunday, Oct. 27 on the Moore County campus. The sessions, titled "Hospice 101, Living Life with Hospice," are free of charge and will feature different hospice staff speakers each night. ...
Native author to appear locally (10/18/16)
Novelist Julia Claiborne Johnson will return to Bedford County next week, with speaking engagements at both her alma mater, The Webb School in Bell Buckle, and Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library, successor to the library where she cultivated her love of books and reading...
Harris holds 'Parent University' (10/18/16)
Harris Middle School will hold parent-teacher conferences and a "Parent University," with food and workshops, from 5-7 p.m. Thursday. Principal Jimmy Sullivan will speak about the state of the school. Sheila Bratton will speak about the developmental needs of middle school students...
Scoggins tells sorority about a balanced life (10/16/16)
The Beta Nu Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma held its October meeting at Shelbyville Central High School. Karen Scoggins, Assistant Superintendent of Bedford County Schools and member of DKG, presented the program, "Balance in our Lives." She offered many personal ways that she keeps balance in her life; ways that people can apply to their own lives...
'I need help! I need help!': Emergency personnel take part in drill (10/14/16)
An active shooter mass casualty drill was held Thursday at Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville on Madison Street, bringing together personnel from local emergency agencies to sharpen their skills and identify potential problems that might occur in a real crisis situation...
Student sees classmate walking in his stolen shoes (10/14/16)
A Central High School student who stole a pair of new Nike Jordan shoes from a locker room Tuesday didn't walk far with them. The victim, a fellow student, saw the suspect in the shoes and notified school resource officer Alethia Rawn. The suspect admitted taking the shoes, police said, and is charged with theft of property...
Bankers at career week (10/14/16)
Kayla Warren, Linda Nichols, and Brent Canady of First Community Bank visited Eakin Elementary School on Tuesday as part of the county-wide "Career Week" observance in local schools. They discussed their how they reached their current positions at the bank, the education needed to work in banking, and the many positions available. They also discussed bullying and handed out pencils with an anti-bullying slogan. They are seen here with fourth graders. (Submitted photo)
Feline fiction fun (10/13/16)
Times-Gazette Editor Sadie Fowler reads "Pete the Cat" to Thomas Magnet School first-graders this morning during Career Week. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Breakfast program starts students' days on right foot (10/13/16)
Last May, principals and cafeteria managers from Southside, East Side and Eakin Elementary schools, administrators from the Central Office and Child Nutrition Supervisor Janet Clarkson took a field trip to Overall Creek Elementary School in Murfreesboro to observe how a new breakfast program was working for that school...
Career week speaker (10/13/16)
Shelbyville Firefighter Michael Smith with daughter second-grader Kealey Smith. Smith was at Thomas Magnet School for Career Week. (Submitted photo)
Eakin 'bully busters' (10/13/16)
Seventy-six Eakin Elementary School employees, including the cafeteria staff, seen here, showed their support for October's "Stomp Out Bullying" day by purchasing and wearing "Bully Buster" T-shirts. Eakin staffers will wear the shirts from time to time throughout the year to help students remember to always be kind to others, and if they see a bully situation to report it to the closest adult. (Submitted photo)
Profitable helpers (10/13/16)
Southside School collects receipts at Burger King each Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. The receipts are totaled up by a Burger King manager and a percentage of that money goes to the teacher's classroom who works on that particular night. Two Southside students work Burger King Night almost every Tuesday night. ...
Cascade stadium needing upgrades (10/12/16)
With only two surplus property declarations on the agenda, it was the quarterly department reports that occupied most of Bedford County Board of Commissioners' time during Tuesday night's regular monthly meeting. School Superintendent Don Embry was asked by Commissioner Bill Anderson about athletic facilities at Cascade School. A new high school is in the works, and -- just as in the case of Community High School -- the new school will not be adjacent to the existing campus...
FFA student to perform flute at expo (10/11/16)
Emily Lewis, a member of the Eagleville FFA chapter in Eagleville, will be on stage and in the spotlight Oct. 19-22 during the 2016 National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis. Emily is the daughter of Scott and Angela Lewis. She is the granddaughter of Albert and Mary Crosslin of Bell Buckle...
Motlow seeks nursing students (10/07/16)
The Motlow State Community College Nursing Department is sponsoring information sessions for prospective nursing students at the Moore County, Fayetteville, McMinnville and Smyrna campuses in October. The sessions are for anyone interested in learning about the Motlow State nursing program including the LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) to RN (Registered Nurse) program...
Motlow holds memorial cancer walk (10/07/16)
A memorial cancer walk will be held on the Moore County campus of Motlow State Community College on Thursday, Oct. 13, beginning at 1:45 p.m. at the Crouch Center. This year's event, The Greer Alsup Memorial Cancer Walk, honors the memory of Greer Alsup, a Motlow employee of 24 years who lost her battle to cancer in June. The walk will consist of one lap around the loop road and will be culminated with a reception in the Crouch Center...
Reading, writing and 'rescuing' (10/06/16)
EMS Capt. Brian Bruce of the Bedford County Technical Rescue Team shows 5th-grade students tips about river safety Tuesday at River Bottom Park. The annual Duck RiverFest provides students an opportunity to learn about river safety, wildlife, conservation and other topics. See more photos at http://www.t-g.com/gallery/28311. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
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