Imagination Library seeks donations
Bedford County Imagination Library is growing. The organization's book invoice is growing as well and needs a boost, said member and past president Shelly Gray. The library is looking for 12 business partners in the community to commit to a gift of $1,300, the cost of one month's worth of books. Having one corporate sponsor per month would free up the non-profit organization's finances to expand, Gray said...
Local LEGO team honored at competition
The Electrons team in the First LEGO League took first place last weekend in the Project Research division of the East Tennessee State First LEGO Tournament, held at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville. "The team competed well in all areas but excelled in the level of research they put into their project," said Madeline Fontenot, one of the team's two coaches, along with Austin Voorhes...
Leadership boils over at conference
On Nov. 15-16, 18 members of Cascade FFA and eight members of Bedford County FFA attended the 212/360 conference at Camp Clements in Doyle. The 212 Conference is named for 212 degrees Fahrenheit, the temperature at which water boils. The name symbolizes taking students to the boiling point of leadership. ...
Lessons, carols will fill the air at Webb
The Webb School Chapel will be filled with music, song and fellowship next Thursday during the school's annual celebration of Lessons and Carols. The performance will begin at 7 p.m. A string prelude will begin at 6:40. A reception will follow in the Grace Follin Dining Hall on the Webb campus. The event is free and open to the public...
Broadhead elected to TAIS board
Ray Broadhead, head of school at The Webb School, was elected to the Tennessee Association of Independent Schools Board of Directors at the November meeting. Broadhead is the Middle Tennessee Grand Division director-at-large and will take office July 1. Directors are heads of schools, and at-large board members serve three-year terms...
Dillingham speaks to honor society
Wayne Dillingham of Shelbyville was guest speaker at the initiation ceremony for new members of MTSU's chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society on Nov. 19. Dillingham is the director of Middle Tennessee Education Center (MTEC) in Shelbyville. Dillingham is a life member of Phi Kappa Phi, which is MTSU's most prestigious honor society. Created in 1897, it is the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines...
Master teacher earns minigrant
Reagan Aymett, a looping first/second grade teacher at Learning Way Elementary, has been awarded an Ezra Jack Keats Minigrant to purchase new books for her classroom, and has also been selected for the National Education Association's Master Teacher Project, meaning videos of her teaching techniques will be available to teachers across the nation...
Pet adoption trees
The Shelbyville Central High School NHS Service Learning Leadership class decorated two pet adoption Christmas trees for the Shelbyville-Bedford County Humane Association.
You can adopt dogs and cats from these trees in the Antiques, Arts & Collectibles Mall on the square and at The Fly Arts Center. Pictured (in no order) are: Octavio Ayala, Preston
Brown, Sarah Coker, Brittany Cook, Allen Doyle, Courtney Hornaday, Amanda Jones, Madison Martin, Tiana Sanders, Ellie Smith, Garret Smotherman, Jonathan Smotherman,
Shelby Smotherman, Karla Suazo, Alisha Tillman and Christie Tran. (Submitted photo)
Central FFA has great fall semester
The Bedford County FFA chapter of Shelbyville Central High School has had a successful fall semester. The team competed in the State FFA Horse Evaluation, Regional Land Evaluation, and State 4H Land Evaluation. On Sept. 10, the chapter traveled to Murfreesboro to compete in the Tennessee FFA Horse Evaluation CDE. The team placed 25th out of 70 teams. Molly Chicoine was the 14th high individual in the competition. Team members were: Molly Chicoine; Brianna Gearlds; Zach Seibers and Isaac McGee...
Students get financial advice from Dave Ramsey
Students in the personal finance class at The Webb School completed a course created by Dave Ramsey, personal money management expert, best-selling author and nationally syndicated radio show host. To reinforce what they have learned in the classroom, the students traveled to Financial Peace Plaza in Brentwood to hear firsthand how to avoid some of the financial pitfalls that plague young adults and how to plan for the future...
Webb students visit craft center
Approximately 50 students from The Webb School in Bell Buckle visited the Appalachian Center for Craft in Smithville this month, as part of a program organized by the Friends of the Appalachian Center for Craft of Tennessee (FACCT). Webb art teacher Michael Quinn brings his students to the center each year. ...
Local LEGO League team competes while learning
A group of local students participating in the FIRST LEGO League has an idea for a new kind of warning sign that could warn drivers of flooded streets while at the same time notifying local emergency services of the problem. The FIRST LEGO League is a robotics program for kids ages 9-14. It's sponsored by the makers of LEGO building blocks and toys...
No children hurt as car hits school bus
The sight of a car ramming the back of a school bus on Fairfield Pike was scary for two witnesses. Fortunately, they soon discovered the driver had already completed her run and was headed to park the bus. "It was just a jar," bus driver Billie Jo Juarez, 42, of Frank Martin Road said of the crash at the Chestnut Drive intersection...
They can, they did: Central students' food drive successful
Students at Shelbyville Central High School have wrapped up another successful year of feeding hungry people -- and animals -- with the annual Great Canned Food Drive. The school held its annual ceremony Friday in which it presented the donations to local charities. ...
She's always there: Martin named School Board Member of the Year
State educators have made official what the people of Bedford County have long recognized: that Amy Martin is a special educator. The local Board of Education chairwoman was named 2013 Tennessee School Board (TSBA) Member of the Year/C. Hal Henard Distinguished Service Award Winner. ...
School Supt. Don Embry, left, accepts a check from Shelbyville/Bedford County Chamber of Commerce CEO Allen Pitner for grant money for the Tennessee 3-Star Program.
Positive pupils honored at Thomas
These students at Thomas Magnet School were chosen Positive Pupils. They were chosen for having a good self-concept; being happy; successful; healthy and creative. Front (from left): Rylei Hale; Elijah Smith; Alayna Cruse; Marena Jacobs; Joshua Rincon; Emmanuel Lopez; Kimberly Ramirez; Jackson Davis and Kohen Bush. Back (from left): Kay Elam, school counselor; Henry Simpson; Katelyn Carrillo; Elliott Caine; Caroline McKamey; Wendy Campos; Elijah Kirby and Ethan Clifford. (Submitted photo)
Complete GED by Jan. 1, or you'll start from scratch
Adults trying to earn their high school equivalency diploma are facing some new challenges, including higher costs, and may have to redo all their previous work. "It's going to be interesting," said Elaine Weaver, director of the Adult Education office in Shelbyville...
Magnet school applications sought
Thomas Magnet School is accepting applications for the 2014-2015 school year for grades K-5. Applications may be picked up at Thomas' office or they can be printed online at www.bedfordk12tn.com. Applications are due by Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. Applications may be mailed to Thomas Magnet School, 515 Tate Ave., faxed to 931-684-7174 or dropped off at the front office...
TCAT hosts business seminar
Leroy C. Cunningham, Business Development Specialist with the Tennessee Small Business Development Center in Murfreesboro, TN, recently addressed the students of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Shelbyville. The purpose of the seminar was to provide students interested in starting a business a broad overview of the many things with which they'll be confronted as entrepreneurs. ...
TCAT honors outstanding student
Ty Carrington of Chapel Hill, a drafting and CAD Technology student at Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville, was named as the local school's Outstanding Student of the Year. The announcement was made by Ivan Jones, director of TCAT-Shelbyville, during a recognition luncheon for all nominees at Legends Restaurant...
The Bedford County Board of Education spent much of its meeting Tuesday discussing two recent incidents: the gun scare last Friday at Shelbyville Central High School and the downtown fire on Monday. Deputy Chief Mike Rogers of the Shelbyville Police Department spoke briefly on the gun scare. Board chairwoman Amy Martin had invited him to the meeting...
Possible jail sites whittled down to 9
Bedford County Board of Commissioners' courthouse and county property committee narrowed the list of potential sites for Bedford County Jail from 16 down to 9 on Tuesday night, eliminating sites that the committee considered obvious bad choices. Bedford County Planning and Zoning Director Chris White had researched 16 jail sites. ...
Energy savings pays off for United Way
United Way of Bedford County recently received $10,000 through an energy conservation award. Daniel Kleindienst and the staff of the Bedford County Schools maintenance department presented the money to United Way. The money came from an energy award the department received through the TVA-EnerNOC Demand Response Program in partnership with Duck River Electric Membership Corp. ...
Seniors receive blazers continuing Webb tradition
The 66 seniors in The Webb School Class of 2014 participated in Blazer Day, one of many traditions, Nov. 12, as they received their senior blazers in a special chapel ceremony. The presentation is scheduled annually on or near the birthday of founder, W. R. "Sawney" Webb, who was born on Nov. 11, 1842...