Back-to-school sales tax holiday nears
With school starting soon, parents are looking for the best bargains they can find. Help is here. Tennesseans can buy certain items without paying sales tax Friday through Sunday. Shoppers can save nearly 10 percent on clothing, school supplies and computers...
Stuff a bus, help needy students get ahead
United Way of Bedford County's annual "Stuff the School Bus" school supply drive is well underway. A manned collection event was held July 19 at Walmart, and a second is planned for 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Wednesday at Regions Bank on the square. Unmanned collection boxes are set up at numerous local businesses...
Stuff the School Bus returns
United Way of Bedford County's annual "Stuff the School Bus" collection drive is now underway; drop-boxes have been placed at participating local businesses. School supplies are being sought and are distributed to the 14 schools serving Bedford County children. For more information, call 684-6685. (Submitted photo)
Mobile units bring equivalency testing as GED alternative
The Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development is offering a new service, via the department's three "Career Coach" vehicles, to Tennesseans lacking a high school diploma. The mobile Career Centers have become certified testing sites for the new High School Equivalency Test (HiSET)...
Bedford County Imagination Library's goal is to provide a free book to any child 5 years or younger. Registration forms are at the library, pediatricians offices and day cares. Donations are appreciated; they may be taken to the library. For more information, call Luci Taylor at 931-703-6764 or at home after 5 p.m. at 931-684-2557...
Kroger hosts school supply drive
Kroger is hosting a School Supply Drive now through Aug. 5 to help support public schools in Middle Tennessee. Customers are encouraged to purchase a $6 pre-assembled school supply kit or any other school supply items of their choice and place the donations in the special drop-off bins at the front of the stores...
Youth theater group reunites for 'Outsiders'
Five years after its founding, Community Middle School's Stage 13 Productions is going back to its roots. The group's first-year members are reuniting for new performances of "The Outsiders" -- the play that kicked off the group. Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Community Middle's auditorium. Admission is $3...
Webb welcomes Hoover to admissions dept.
Aimee Hoover, a Murfreesboro resident with a background in teaching and marketing, has joined The Webb School in Bell Buckle as assistant director of admissions. Hoover's main responsibility is to introduce Webb, its curriculum and programs to prospective students and families. The primary recruiting focus will be Webb's day markets. These day markets include cities located in Bedford, Cannon, Coffee, Rutherford, and Warren counties...
Donate school supplies at area Kroger stores
Kroger is hosting a school supply drive now through Aug. 5 to help support public schools in Middle Tennessee. Customers are encouraged to purchase a $6 pre-assembled school supply kit or any other school supply items of their choice and place the donations in the special drop-off bins at the front of the stores...
FFA members learn leadership
During the week of June 23-27, 14 members of Cascade FFA attended the Tennessee FFA Leadership Camp at Camp Clements in Doyle. While at camp the members attended an officer class, special interest class, local program success class and competed in numerous sporting events and competitions...
4-H mixes old, new activities
4-H's fabled clover is turning over a new leaf as it works to attract a new generation of children. The Bedford County 4-H program wants to entice children to join, said extension agent Jeffrey Hester. So, the program is adding such new activities as science experiments and cardio workshops while keeping its existing fare of sewing and agriculture projects...
DREMC sends students on 2014 Washington Youth Tour
A record number of young people from electric cooperative service areas in 43 states -- including more than 150 students representing Tennessee co-ops -- visited Washington, D.C., in June for the 2014 Washington Youth Tour, spending time with elected officials and taking in the historic, interesting sites of our nation's capital...
Embry gets good grades
School Superintendent Don Embry's contract was renewed for one year by the Bedford County Board of Education during its meeting Tuesday. His contract, which began last year, was for three years -- through 2016, Chairwoman Amy Martin said. Now, the contract will run through 2017...
Novak joins Confucius Institute
MTSU's Confucius Institute has hired a former Bedford County educator to help promote Chinese language and culture in area K-12 schools. Mike Novak, most recently principal of Liberty School, became the institute's new assistant director July 1. "I am very excited to be part of the team at the Confucius Institute," said Novak. "I look forward to expanding educational opportunities for Tennessee and China...
Sunday Conversation: From Shelbyville to the SEC, and back again
Shelbyville native and SEC football legend Whit Taylor is happy to live in Bedford County. Taylor, who played quarterback during a successful period for Vanderbilt University in the early 1980s, is principal at Shelbyville Central High School and has just finished his 24th year in education...
Fellowship to address education issues
The State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) is launching the Tennessee Educator Fellowship, a program that will provide Tennessee teachers an opportunity to have a greater impact on key state-level education policy issues. The Tennessee Educator Fellows will be led by Tennessee teacher Cicely Woodard...
Thomas Magnet goes global
Thomas Magnet School is partnering with an international network of businesses and schools working to improve their communities. The school is the first in Tennessee and one of only 60 in the Ashoka's Changemaker Schools Network, said principal Janice Womble. Thomas is one of 22 schools inducted for the upcoming school year, according to Ashoka's website...
Graham seeks re-election to commission
Denise Graham has announced her candidacy for re-election to a 7th district seat on Bedford County Board of Commissioners in the Aug. 7 general election. She has been married to Chad Graham for 21 years, and has 2 children, Nikita and Daryl. Graham, a registered nurse for 11 years, works at Stone Crest Medical Center in Smyrna. A 1990 graduate of Shelbyville Central High School, she completed her RN training at Motlow State Community College in 2003...
Youths of the month
Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County Youths of the Month for June.
Webb student's poetry published
A student at The Webb School is a published poet with pieces included in two poetry collections and also has had a speech accepted for publication. Shelbyville resident Keaton Pendergrast, who will be a 10th grader at Webb this fall, has had his poem "Only Peace" published by America Library of Poetry in a book titled "Discovered," and his poem "Love Is" published by Creative Communication in a book titled "A Celebration of Poets" (Fall 2013). ...
Webb teachers receive math training
Two math faculty members at The Webb School recently shared a 2014 grant from the Jon Frere Fund for Faculty Development to learn more about "Exeter Math," a problem-based approach to math classes. Teddy Schaffer and Karla Vogt attended the Anja S. Greer Conference on Mathematics, Science, and Technology at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, N.H...
Feeding and reading: Groups join to meet needs
Feeding kids is only part of the battle when it comes to taking care of the least of these. Two local organizations are working together to take care of multiple needs for children. The Johnson Residential Group, founder of the Summer Feed Program, and The Center for Family Development are expanding their partnership to provide more services this summer. ...
Collars go to class, except on school shirts
The Bedford County Board of Education clarified its dress code policy as part of a potpourri of topics during a special called meeting Monday. The board had altered the dress code during its regular June meeting two weeks ago. On Monday, the board cleaned up the policy's language to make clear that collared shirts are required unless the student is wearing a school-approved T-shirt. ...
Homeschool open house
The Bedford County Homeschool Enrichment Program (HEP) held an open house Wednesday at First Baptist Church on Depot Street. HEP is run by parents who homeschool their children and allows them to share resources, hold joint classes like science labs and socialize. During the open house, Daphnie Flanigan (left, in sunglasses) plays with a toy while Ava Spears holds a tablet that another girl comes over to play with. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Homeschool kids show creative sides
They've never spent a day in a classroom, but these two children have received a hands-on education that includes drawing illustrations and building erupting volcanoes. Sierra and Alex Johanson participate in the Bedford County Homeschool Enrichment Program (HEP) as well as a homeschool program in Tullahoma...