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Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016
Schools and education

BREAKING: Schools remain closed Wednesday (02/09/16)
Bedford County Schools will remain closed Wednesday, School Superintendent Don Embry has announced. School-Age Care Program will remain open.
TNReady? Far from it as computer crash delays tests (02/09/16)
Forget the hype surrounding online, high-tech testing using 21st century technology. For this school year, students across Bedford County and Tennessee will take their assessment tests using old-fashioned paper and pencils. Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen sent a memo to state school superintendents Monday afternoon notifying them her department was suspending the use of Internet testing this academic year. ...
Schools to close Tuesday (02/08/16)
Bedford County Schools will be closed Tuesday due to weather. The School-Age Care Program will be open.
MTSU radio show gets wild with critters (02/07/16)
A former Middle Tennessee State University student whose love of animals led him into a wild career will be the guest on the next "MTSU On the Record" radio program. Host Gina Logue's interview with "Safari Greg" Carter will air from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, and from 8 to 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, on WMOT-FM (89.5 and www.wmot.org)...
Crowdfunding seminar set for Wednesday (02/07/16)
Middle Tennessee State University's Small Business Development Center will conduct a free seminar on "Crowdfunding" from 3-5 p.m. Wednesday at the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce, 3050 Medical Center Parkway in Murfreesboro. Attorney Jay Leftkovitz will speak...
Motlow hosts master flutist Feb. 18 (02/07/16)
Motlow State Community College will present master flutist Galen Abdur-Razzaq to perform the program, "Notes at Noon" to celebrate Black History Month. The performance will be Thursday, Feb. 18, from 12:15-1:30 p.m. in Eoff Hall in the Powers Auditorium on the Moore County campus...
MTSU luncheon to honor public servants (02/07/16)
Nine Tennesseans whose lives have centered around service to others will be celebrated at Middle Tennessee State University's annual Unity Luncheon as part of the university's observance of Black History Month. Judge Camille R. McMullen of the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals will be the featured speaker at the luncheon, which is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, in the Student Union Ballroom on the MTSU campus in Murfreesboro...
Ayers honored in retirement (02/05/16)
Brenda Ayers was honored Thursday for her many years coaching Cacade's softball and middle school basketball teams. She, along with her family, was presented a banner that will hang in the Cascade gym. (T-G Photo by Chris Siers)
Eakin students on the move (02/04/16)
Students at Eakin Elementary School play a game called Builders and Bulldozers during physical education class. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Motlow sees improvements in remedial students results (02/04/16)
Motlow State Community College incoming freshmen who required remedial coursework achieved dramatically-better results in their college-level courses in the Fall 2015 semester following a change in how such remedial coursework is structured. Almost 70 percent of Motlow incoming freshmen require remedial instruction in math, reading or writing. ...
Report details operations of charter schools in state (02/03/16)
The Comptroller's Offices of Research and Education Accountability (OREA) has released a report that examines the way charter school facilities are funded in Tennessee. The report provides information on the facilities arrangements for Tennessee's charter schools and describes efforts in Tennessee and other states to provide charter schools with facilities-related assistance...
Happy 2/2: Eakin celebrates multiple twins (02/02/16)
Sue Hasty, who works in the front office at Eakin Elementary School, enrolled a set of twins, Daniel and Danielle Ross, right before Christmas. Then, right after Christmas, she enrolled Keaire and Kaelyn Kinzer, also twins. She knew there were already a few other sets of twins at Eakin, so she figured that Keaire and Kaelyn probably made about six or seven sets. She sent an e-mail out asking...
Imagination Library brings books to children (01/31/16)
A book can be a stepping stone to literacy, which can be a stepping stone to education, which can be a stepping stone to a successful, productive adult life. So proponents of the Imagination Library program say that giving to the program is a way of investing in the community...
Student's owl flies high: Drawing chosen for magazine (01/31/16)
A Victory Baptist Academy fifth-grade student has gained national recognition for her art skills. Miya Lemmon, 11, had a drawing featured in the November 2015 edition of Highlights, a magazine for children. The drawing was part of the "Your Own Pages" section and one of 28 children chosen for the issue, according to Highlights for Children Inc...
Local student receives scholarship (01/31/16)
Autumn L. Stone, daughter of Kristi Terceira of Unionville, has been awarded a scholarship for the 2016-2017 academic year to attend the University of Tennessee at Martin, according to Dr. James Mantooth, executive director, Office of Enrollment Services and Student Engagement...
Mi Futuro: Harris students work toward brighter outlook (01/29/16)
Three years ago, someone from Walmart Distribution Center called Harris Middle School principal Jimmy Sullivan about a Walmart-sponsored volunteer program in which Walmart employees mentor and work with eighth grade students. Sullivan readily agreed, and Mi Futuro -- the name means "My Future" in Spanish, although the program isn't specific to any particular racial, ethnic or language group -- has been active at the school ever since...
Many college freshmen need remedial help (01/29/16)
Tennessee's high school graduates often are not ready for college, one report says. The Tennessee Comptroller's Offices of Research and Education Accountability (OREA) has released a report on the college readiness of Tennessee students improve the effectiveness of postsecondary remediation...
Woman's Club hears about Tennessee Promise (01/29/16)
Linda Yockey, graduation coach for Bedford County Schools, was the guest speaker at the Shelbyville Woman's Club meeting on Jan. 13. Prior to her current position, she was a science teacher at Cascade and then at Shelbyville Central High School. In addition to teaching, she is a county commission member and the foreman of the county's grand jury...
Motlow College celebrates homecoming Feb. 6 (01/28/16)
Motlow State Community College will welcome students, alumni, friends and supporters to the Moore County campus on Saturday, Feb. 6, for the annual homecoming celebration. The Student Government Association sponsors the event, which commences at 1 p.m. in Nisbett Center. Homecoming activities are centered on the men's and women's basketball teams hosting Roane State Community College. The men's game begins at 2 p.m. and the women's game follows at 4 p.m...
MTSU allows you to swim with sharks (01/28/16)
MTSU has set a Feb. 12 deadline for applying to escape the winter chill of the United States for the warm, inviting waters off Honduras in Central America. Ray Wiley, associate director of campus recreation, will lead a group to Utila, Honduras, during the university's spring break March 5-12...
We'll build Cascade: Commission (01/27/16)
Bedford County Board of Education and school system officials presented renderings of the proposed Cascade High School to Bedford County Financial Management Committee and other interested county commissioners during a study session Tuesday night. Commissioners reassured the school board that they fully understand the need for the school and intend to build it, one way or another, regardless of the outcome of the March referendum on a county wheel tax...
Journalist leads MTSU black history observance (01/27/16)
"Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African-American Memories" is the theme of MTSU's 2016 Black History Month observances in February. This year's keynote speaker is Stephen A. Smith, sports journalist and commentator on "ESPN First Take." Smith will deliver his address at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, in the Student Union Ballroom. A searchable campus map is available at http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParking2015-16...
Tennessee Promise deadline nears (01/27/16)
Feb. 15 is a critical deadline for three important requirements for Tennessee high school students who wish to attend Motlow State Community College and take advantage of the Tennessee Promise scholarship. By Feb. 15, student applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); they must complete a Motlow admissions application; and they must attend their first mandatory Tennessee Promise meeting coordinated by TN Achieves...
Interactive state maps show school district info (01/26/16)
The Tennessee Comptroller's Offices of Research and Education Accountability (OREA) has created two new interactive maps featuring a wide range of education data at the school and school district levels. The maps illustrate the state House of Representatives and Senate legislative districts overlaid with school district and school level information, according to a press release by the comptroller's office...
Schools remain closed Monday (01/24/16)
Bedford County Schools will remain closed Monday due to "road conditions throughout the county," School Superintendent Don Embry announced Sunday afternoon.
FFA Profile: Haley Hollis (01/24/16)
Haley Hollis has been an active member of the Cascade FFA Chapter for four years, serving one year as vice president and one year as treasurer. Throughout her high school career she has had two SAEs (Supervised Agricultural Experiences.) She currently has a placement SAE in finished food products, Burger King employee, along with raising rabbits, a Small Animal...
FFA Profile: Jay Thompson (01/24/16)
James "Jay" Lee Thompson has been an active Cascade High School FFA member since his freshman year. His Supervised Agriculture Experience (SAE) includes helping his grandfather with his farm equipment, taking care of his dog and working at Dee's Upholstery. Jay...
Shelbyville student wins spelling bee (01/24/16)
Noah Jolley, an eighth-grader from Shelbyville, won the 2016 school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee at The Webb School. The event, at which students answered oral questions on geography, was the first round in the 28th annual National Geographic Bee...
Webb School opens Student Center (01/24/16)
The Webb School students, faculty and staff gathered on Jan. 6 to open the newly-completed Student Center -- part of an overall $5.7 million Residential Village Phase I project that also includes two 20-bed dorms. Honor Council and Student Council presidents and vice presidents joined Head of School Ray Broadhead in the ribbon-cutting ceremony and brief program...
FFA attends national conference (01/24/16)
Students from FFA chapters across Tennessee attended the 212 and 360 Degree Leadership Conferences. These conferences are an activity of the National FFA organization made possible by title sponsor Syngenta with additional support from Helena Chemical Company as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. Twenty members of the Cascade FFA Chapter and 12 members of the Shelbyville FFA Chapter attended the event Nov. 20-21 in Doyle...
Reading lesson (01/24/16)
Brian Crews (front), John Boutwell (center) and Dr. Andrea Anderson read a portion of "Turtle in the Tuba" Tuesday. The Bedford County Board of Education received a kindergarten reading lesson from the staff of Southside Elementary School to show how they help pupils learn to read by sound. Their lesson ended with a cliff hanger: Why did the tuba not play? Every month a different principal delivers a presentation on his or her school. Tuesday was Reita Vaughn's turn. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
HOSA winners (01/24/16)
Sunday Conversation: Chapman reflects on first year at TMS (01/24/16)
Becky Chapman, a new kindergarten teacher at Thomas Magnet School, is a Florida native who moved to Lynchburg when she was in elementary schooI. She moved to Bedford County about two years ago. In addition to starting at Thomas at the beginning of this school year, Becky had another big change in her life when she married Ben Chapman on Oct. 23, 2015...
The Webb School honor roll (01/24/16)
The Webb School recently announced its A and B honor rolls for the second quarter of the 2015-16 school year. The following Bedford County residents earned A Honor Roll status: Bell Buckle -- Zoe Nicholson, Hadley Foulk, Taylor Petersen Shelbyville -- Lilly King, Pratham Patel, Lennon Paul Ilarde, Soniya Patel, Chelsea Ilarde, Kristin Schuler, John Wilson...
Bedford County Honor Rolls (01/24/16)
As provided by Bedford County Schools...
FFA Profile: Rebeccah Brown (01/24/16)
Rebeccah Leanne Brown has been an active member in the Cascade FFA Chapter since her freshman year. Her Supervised Agriculture Experience involves working with finished agriculture product at Hardee's and caring for her pit bull, Athena. One of her favorite memories is meeting new people from all over the United States at the...
Kaiser kidnap attempt detailed (01/22/16)
An MTSU doctoral student tells the tale of several Tennessee youths' attempt to kidnap Kaiser Wilhelm II after World War I on the next "MTSU On the Record" radio program. Host Gina Logue's interview with Darrin Haas, command historian with the Tennessee Military Department, will air from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, and from 8 to 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, on WMOT-FM (89.5 and www.wmot.org)...
Schools closed Friday (01/22/16)
Bedford County Schools are closed today, Friday, due to expected winter weather. The announcement was made about 4:45 a.m.
ID checks ahead soon for schools (01/21/16)
School visitors soon will have to show their ID -- and carry their pictures around on their shirts. Bedford County schools will start conducting sex-offender background checks in February, Superintendent Don Embry told the Board of Education on Tuesday...
Safety should come first in school closings (01/21/16)
Whenever schools are closed -- or not closed -- during a winter weather scare, there's always a host of second-guessing on Facebook. "I drove to work just fine this morning -- I don't understand why they had to close the schools." "I used to live in [cold Northern state], and they'd laugh at the idea of closing school for this puny amount of snow."...
Presenting the new Cascade High (01/20/16)
Introducing the (potential) future Cascade High School. The Bedford County Board of Education viewed architectural renderings of the proposed building during its monthly meeting Monday. The board also discussed plans to meet with the Bedford County Commission...
Laughs and learning at TMS (01/20/16)
Kindergarten students at Thomas Magnet School laugh at a song sung by Carl Keating, music teacher at the school, during their Related Art class. (T-G Photos by Jim Davis)
Schools to close Wednesday (01/19/16)
Bedford County Schools will be closed Wednesday due to expected severe winter weather. The announcement was made by School Superintendent Don Embry just prior to 10 p.m. Tuesday.
Only the very best make this concert (01/19/16)
Shelbyville Central High School is hosting a regional honor band event this weekend. The Tri-Lakes Honor Band Camp will culminate in a free community concert Saturday at 5 p.m. at SCHS, said one of the organizers, Kayne Gilliland, band director at Central...
Rainy training day (01/19/16)
Support crew trainees attach a cargo load to a helicopter, which then takes off in the rain on Friday. The Tennessee-Kentucky Wildland Fire Academy conducted the class to train 20 firefighters to work as helicopter crew, said instructor Scotty Myers (not pictured). The Wildland Fire Academy finished its annual training program for nearly 600 students from across the country Saturday at the Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Academy. (T-G Photos by Jason Reynolds)
Total surprise (01/17/16)
Debbie Carney, a teaching assistant at Eakin Elementary School, retired Friday after 29 years with the school system and was given a surprise party by co-workers, with her family in attendance. She was caught completely unaware. "I had no clue," she said. She said retirement was a hard decision and that she would miss her co-workers. "I love each person in here," she said. Carney's grandson Mason Carney hands her a "We [heart] you" sign which he had been holding as she walked into the room. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
Head Start enjoys some fun (01/15/16)
Students at the Harris Head Start enjoy some time on the playground before the cold weather comes in. (T-G Photo by Sadie Fowler)
What we need: Growth plans ... but also a jail, school and roads (01/12/16)
Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR), in its annual report on infrastructure needs, has estimated Bedford County to need 149 improvement projects totalling $219 million. The TACIR report shows Bedford County's top five infrastructure needs in the following categories...
TCAT graduates, perfect attendance honored (01/12/16)
December graduates from the Tennessee College of Applied Technology included (front row) Dylan Riddle, Jonathan Carroll, Dakota Floyd, Rees Calahan, Alex Cooper, Josh Allison, Spencer Southern, Daniel Brooks, (second row) Nicholas Comas, Michael Thornton, Nathan Curbow, Austin Carpenter, Devan Bean, (third row) Coty Hanlin, Brandon Smotherman, Tresvionn Woodard, Manfred Charboneau, Derrick Edwards, Steven Warren and Austin Taylor. (Submitted photo)
Regents leader urges more education spending (01/10/16)
MOORE COUNTY -- John Morgan, outgoing chancellor of Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR), said Friday that the community colleges, universities and Tennessee College of Applied Technology locations which report to TBR need a 4.6 percent budget increase, as recommended by Tennessee Higher Education Commission...
From homeless teen to Motlow grad (01/08/16)
His youthful appearance and clean-cut style give the casual observer the impression that Lebron Hill is much like many other Motlow State Community College sophomore students. They missed out on the Tennessee Promise scholarship by a year, but through other scholarships or help from their families, or maybe even a Pell grant or a part-time job, many attend college without the burden or responsibility of paying for it...
Webb plans visitors' day (01/08/16)
The Webb School will host Visitors' Day Jan. 18 for prospective students and their families. The daylong event begins at 9 a.m. with registration and breakfast and concludes at 3 p.m. The schedule includes the daily chapel program and also a tour of the 150-acre campus, led by a current Webb student. ...
Liberty homecoming court (01/08/16)
Liberty School recently named its basketball homecoming queen and court. Front, from left, are sixth grade attendants Kelbie Prosser and Emily Kirkman, and seventh grade attendants Chloe Sudberry and Kendall Dearing; standing, from left, are eighth grade attendants Jana Ledbetter, Gracie McCullough, Alexis Brown, Kaylee Adams and Hailey James. (Submitted photos)
Time for prayer (01/08/16)
Harris Middle School and White County players and cheerleaders take time to say a prayer for Eaglette player Azaria Porter after she suffered a painful knee injury in the game. A White County player asked the Harris team and cheerleaders to gather for the prayer. (T-G Photo by Gary Johnson)
Rogers had heart for Webb (01/07/16)
When national news outlets reported the death of Wayne Rogers, 82, over the New Year's holiday weekend, they naturally focused on the fact that he starred as "Trapper John" McIntyre for the first few years of the 1970s TV series "M*A*S*H." Some reports noted that in recent years, he had become a successful investor and businessman outside the entertainment industry...
Local residents named to Harding dean's list (01/06/16)
More than 1,300 students were included on the Harding University dean's list for grades achieved during the fall 2015 semester. l Shelby Beckham of Rockvale, a middle level English, language arts and math education major l Macey Johnson of Rockvale, a early childhood education major...
Pastor to teach religion, education (01/05/16)
Islam, Christianity and the public school curricula will mix in a church series starting on Wednesday, taught by a school board member who is also a man of the cloth. First Assembly of God is starting a teaching series Wednesday dealing with world religions, including Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism and Buddhism. The Rev. Glenn Forsee, who is also a school board member, said he will use the local school system's sixth- and seventh-grade world history curriculum...
Academic honors (01/05/16)
The following students achieved the Dean's List at Belmont University for the Fall 2015 semester. Eligibility is based on a minimum course load of 12 hours and a quality grade point average of 3.5 with no grade below a C. Students include: Baylee Cook, Lewisburg...
Fun at School-Age Care (12/29/15)
J.J. Evans is running out of ships on his side of the board as another was sunk as he was playing the Battleship game at School Age Care Program at Learning Way Elementary School. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Sunday Conversation: Cascade senior takes lead in community involvement (12/27/15)
Marissa Countess, the subject of today's Sunday Conversation, is a senior at Cascade High School. The future Cascade alumnus is extremely active at school and in the community. Last spring, she organized a sort of beauty show for special-needs girls called Shining Stars...
Funds promote buying homes (12/23/15)
Shelbyville Housing Authority has received a $49,037 grant, part of $1.5 million given out by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Tennessee for employment and job training programs. The grants were made through HUD's Family Self-Sufficiency Program...
Central FFA, Key Club donate to Junior's House (12/23/15)
Troubled children will be finding a little comfort next year with the help of two Central High School clubs. The Bedford County Future Farmers of America of SCHS and the Key Club teamed to donate toys to Junior's House, a Fayetteville-based child advocacy center that expanded to Bedford County earlier this year...
Harvey honored for conseling work at Community (12/20/15)
Deputy Tracey Harvey, a 21-year law enforcement veteran, was honored by the Tennessee Counseling Association at a conference in Murfreesboro when she was presented with the Tennessee School Counselor Association's Counselor Advocate of the Year award. Harvey is the school resource officer (SRO) at Community High School, a position she has held over 15 years...
Shelbyville Central High School Class of 1975 (12/20/15)
The class of 1975 from Shelbyville Central High School held its 40th reunion recently. Attendees included, front row from left, Tommie Adcock Washington, Becky Threet Russo, Lisa White Lawson, Cindy Henry Peek, Beth Wilson Singleton, Mary Jacobs Mealer, Nora Chunn Brandon, Janice Sebastian and Wilma McLean Marable; second row, from left, Marshall Powell, Pam Swing Harris, Ralph Edwards, Sharon Vannatta Edwards, Jay Wright, Sherry Beachboard Rambo, Kandee Kinser Walker, Suzy Coffey Mielke, Sally Bydalek Syler, Phyllis Uselton Guffy, Glenda King Orr, Lisa Brandon Neese, Carol Crosslin Dunnam, Dawn Russell Barnett, Vickie Murray Fleenor, Nancy Crowell Powell, Betty Allen Heath, Vickie Brown Gardner, Barbara Leslie Henderson and Debbie Irwin McKoon; third row, from left, Tony Compton, Laura Gammill Kincaid, Rickey Fuller, Joe Bell, John Lamb, Mary Jo Feldhaus Johnson, Robert Martin, William Newsom and Tolda Kelley Hood; back row, from left, Rusty McGee, Chuck Bernd, Ann Whitney Watkins, Marks Davidson, Mary Buchanan, John Flack, Garrett Gordon and Tonya Burk Davis. (Submitted photo)
Sunday Conversation: Band director takes Cascade to new heights (12/20/15)
David Lucich, the subject of this week's Sunday Conversation, has been the band director at Cascade High School ever since the school first launched its band program, and has taken the school to its current award-winning status. His wife Christy is now a teacher at Community Elementary School...
Motlow leads in Tennessee Promise requirement (12/18/15)
Motlow State Community College, which led the state's colleges in enrollment growth for the fall semester, now has bragging rights in another area. It had the highest percentage of students completing their community service requirement for Tennessee Promise for the upcoming spring semester...
Thinking .... (12/17/15)
Liberty Elementary School first grader Gage Porter thinks about the next step in his project before pasting his cutout onto a page. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Excellence in teaching: Six years as a magnet school (12/16/15)
August marked the sixth anniversary of Shelbyville's magnet school, serving high-achieving students across Bedford County. The Thomas Magnet School building on Tate Avenue has a deep history in the county school system, serving in many capacities over the decades...
Nissan, MTSU team to offer internships (12/16/15)
Nissan North America in Smyrna came calling recently along with industry partner Yates Services. They were courting MTSU students, who watched, listened to oral and PowerPoint presentations and later asked many questions. Some of the students even began the process of applying for part-time internships at Nissan, for jobs paying more than $15 an hour that may begin after Christmas...
Flag deliveries (12/15/15)
The Bedford County Farm Bureau Women are placing flags in nearly 200 classrooms where teachers don't have a flag. Pictured are, Liberty School SRO Brian Farris, Diane Neeley, Farm Bureau Women member (and school board member), and assistant principal Amy McCullough. Neeley delivered the flags for Liberty School. (Submitted photo)
FFA draws national recognition (12/15/15)
The Cascade High School FFA chapter was recognized in the 2015 National Chapter Award Program from the National FFA Organization. The program recognizes outstanding FFA chapters from throughout the country that successfully completed an annual set of required activities that encourage members to grow as individuals, work as a team and serve others in their communities...
Cascade FFA donates blankets to pets (12/11/15)
The Cascade FFA held a towel and blanket drive in November. Members collected seven dog beds, 54 towels, 113 sheets and blankets, 14 rags and one Christmas dog sweater to donate to the Cascade Veterinary Hospital and the Bedford County Animal Control Shelter...
States regain more control over schools (12/10/15)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Those federally mandated math and reading tests will continue, but a sweeping rewrite of the nation's education law will now give states -- not the U.S. government -- authority to decide how to use the results in evaluating teachers and schools...
Citizenship, responsibility earn students rewards (12/10/15)
Community Middle School students have been rewarded with three special breaks this fall for being responsible and well behaved citizens. During the latest nreak, teachers and administrators led various activities in the classrooms, library and gym. Students could take part in as many or as few as they wished during the last afternoon before the Thanksgiving break...
Christmas survives on UT campus (12/09/15)
NASHVILLE (AP) -- The University of Tennessee's chancellor said Tuesday that an online memo advising employees to make sure holiday celebrations aren't Christmas parties in disguise was "poorly worded" and that oversight of the website where it was posted has been reassigned...
Eakin counselor honored by state group (12/09/15)
Carrie Brooke Simmons, school counselor at Eakin Elementary School, was awarded the Phoebe White School Counselor Award by the Tennessee School Counselor Association. The award is named for the late Phoebe White, a school counselor from upper East Tennessee who died of cancer more than a decade ago. It is given to an outstanding school counselor who demonstrates the qualities that White demonstrated...
Second commissioned piece added at Webb (12/08/15)
The Webb School last Thursday dedicated the second piece in a commissioned art series. The metal piece, "Ring Swing," has been loaned to the school for three years. Arch Gregory, a Tennessee artist, completed the original metal piece that was unveiled on Dec. 3...
New SkillsUSA officers (12/08/15)
Two Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville students have been elected as local chapter SkillsUSA officers. Chapter Vice President Mary Carroll (left) and Chapter President Christina Madewell will represent TCAT-Shelbyville and SkillsUSA. They will strive to spread awareness to the community about SkillsUSA, a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. (Submitted photo)
Local student honored at mock legislature (12/04/15)
Twenty-four students from the University of Tennessee at Martin traveled to the 46th general assembly of the Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature on Nov. 12-15 with a reputation to defend. They returned with a record-breaking number of awards and three new state offices, including the 2016 TISL governor's seat...
Lessons and Carols held Dec. 10 at Webb School (12/04/15)
The Webb School Chapel will be filled with music, song and fellowship Dec. 10 during the school's annual celebration of Lessons and Carols. The performance will begin at 7 p.m. The prelude will begin at 6:30 p.m. A reception will follow in the Grace Follin Dining Hall on The Webb School campus. The event is free and open to the public...
Student recognized for plan to restore author's rights (12/03/15)
Middle Tennessee State University senior Michael A. Green is the recipient of MTSU's 2015 Chitwood Award for Excellence for his plan to help best-selling author Benjamin Hoff reclaim ownership of his renowned book "The Tao of Pooh." The award was presented in a special ceremony today, Dec. 1, in MTSU's Bragg Media and Entertainment Building...
Student recognized for plan to restore author's rights (12/03/15)
Middle Tennessee State University senior Michael A. Green is the recipient of MTSU's 2015 Chitwood Award for Excellence for his plan to help best-selling author Benjamin Hoff reclaim ownership of his renowned book "The Tao of Pooh." The award was presented in a special ceremony today, Dec. 1, in MTSU's Bragg Media and Entertainment Building...
Motlow email had unintended info (12/02/15)
Motlow State Community College is addressing a data breach affecting its students -- but it wasn't the work of hackers. The college sent an e-mail Nov. 24 to its own faculty and staff. The e-mail included a spreadsheet which was supposed to be a simple list of names of students receiving Tennessee Promise scholarship benefits, so that the students could be reminded about their community service obligations...
Motlow students attend mock legislature (12/02/15)
Four Motlow State Community College student leaders gained first-hand knowledge of how state government operates by attending as delegates to the 46th General Assembly of the Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature (TISL) at the State Capitol in Nashville, Nov. 12-15...
One great Reward: Cascade Elementary among state's best (11/29/15)
Last week marked a special occasion at Cascade Elementary School. Bedford County School Superintendent Don Embry presented the school with its banner as a Tennessee Reward School for the 2014-2015 school year. Accepting the banner were Principal Sherry Crawford, Assistant Principal Robin Ayers and fifth grade members of the Student Council...
Bedford County fulfills Tennessee Promise commitment (11/27/15)
Things are looking promising for Tennessee Promise as the program met a critical goal last Friday. Tennessee Promise signed up 9,301 volunteer mentors as of Friday, Nov. 20, said Graham Thomas, director of community partnerships for tnAchieves. Bedford County residents excelled in answering tnAchieve's call to action, Thomas said. They needed 76 mentors and signed up 87...
Thomas Magnet canned food drive (11/27/15)
Thomas Magnet School recently finished its second annual canned food drive that benefitted Community Outreach Partnership (COP). Richard Smith, on behalf of COP, said the shelves were empty and the efforts from TMS were greatly appreciated. Pictured: TMS Student Council members who helped load the food onto the van last week before it was delivered to the organization. (Submitted photo)
Motlow College hosting free Christmas concerts (11/25/15)
The Motlow State Community College music department is excited to present a pair of holiday concerts during the first week of December on the Moore County campus. Both performances will be held in Eoff Hall inside Powers Auditorium. The first is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m., and the second on Sunday, Dec. 6, at 3 p.m. Both concerts feature Motlow students and community members. A reception will be held one hour in advance of each performance...
Projects galore (11/25/15)
Teacher Mandy Flynn and her children at Head Start play a game of "pin the feathers on the turkey" Monday. (T-G Photo by Sadie Fowler)
Canned food drive goes wild (11/24/15)
Shelbyville Central's Great Canned Food Drive had a wild theme this year -- a "Lion King" theme, that is. The annual can drive was titled "Ha-CAN-a Matata" in reference to the Disney cartoon "The Lion King." The movie's motto "hakuna matata" means "no worries" in Swahili. Student organizers played off that motto: "Ha-CAN-a Matata" means "No hunger."...
Eakin singers entertain Woman's Club (11/22/15)
The Eakin Elementary Chorus, under the direction of music teacher Lisa Crunk, presented a delightful program of patriotic music to the Shelbyville Woman's Club earlier this month. Phillip McConnell assisted with the program, in charge of the recorded music that accompanied the singers. Sixty fourth and fifth graders are involved in the chorus this year. Eakin Principal Dulcie Davis came to support her students and to enjoy the event...
Textbook draws concern (11/20/15)
Advanced placement world history students are getting new textbooks soon despite one school board member's concerns over possible proselytization. The Bedford County Board of Education voted 5-1 Tuesday to adopt a textbook for a new freshman-sophomore advanced placement class at Shelbyville Central High School. The class has gone without a text but has used supplemental materials this semester, officials said...
Vikings set sail in torrent: Water main failure closes Community High (11/19/15)
A duck would have felt at home Wednesday at Community High School. The school closed late in the morning as crews with Bedford County Utility District began repairs to a water main in front of the facility. The main failed underneath Unionville-Deason Road, a BCUD worker said. Water service was restored around 11:15 a.m...
Car club gives to 4-H (11/19/15)
Roger Huffman, left, of Celebration City Car Club presents a donation from the club to Tony Martin, Timothy Martin and Brigette Swafford of Bedford County 4-H. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Tuition program still needs mentors (11/18/15)
Bedford County is nearly finished recruiting mentors to help enact Tennessee Promise but needs a last-minute boost, an organizer says. "We are very, very close," said Graham Thomas, tnAchieves Director of Community Partnerships. "Mentors provide the necessary support system and encouragement that Tennessee Promise students need to be successful."...
Community High School closing early due to water main break (11/18/15)
Community High School has experienced a water main break this morning and school officials say the school will close early today. The water will be shut off and the plan is to feed students before they go; dismiss car riders and drivers at 11:30 and all other students will go to the Middle School at noon. High school students will remain at the Middle School until parents pick them up or school dismisses...
State school board group elects officers (11/18/15)
During the closing session of the Tennessee School Boards Association's (TSBA) Annual Convention, TSBA announced its officers and board of directors for 2016. TSBA officers are: President Debbie Shedden, Hawkins County; President-Elect Wayne Blair, Rutherford County; Vice President Faye Heatherly, Campbell County; Treasurer Tim Stillings, Franklin Special; and Immediate Past-President Susan Lodal, Kingsport...
Motlow State offers GED, HiSET exams in 2015-16 (11/18/15)
A high school diploma remains the primary ticket to many entry-level jobs. In most cases, it's also the prerequisite for advancement in employment, occupational training and postsecondary education. The high school equivalency diploma provides adults with the opportunity to grow, whether it is through further education, enhanced employment or stature within the community...
Motlow campuses offer COMPASS test (11/18/15)
Motlow State Community College is offering the COMPASS Assessment Test on the Moore County, Fayetteville, McMinnville and Smyrna campuses for new students planning to enroll for the 2016 spring, summer or fall semesters. Before taking the test, students must have on file in Motlow's admissions office the following: a completed admissions application, official high school and/or college transcripts, and if applicable, official test scores. ...
FFA attends national convention (11/17/15)
On Oct. 27, the Bedford County FFA chapter traveled to Louisville, Kentucky, to compete in the 88th National FFA Convention. The chapter represented Tennessee in the National Agricultural Technology and Mechanics Systems CDE and the National Meats Evaluation and Technology CDE. ...
Cascade wins at events (11/17/15)
Cascade High School Marching Band, under the direction of David Lucich, recently traveled to Stewarts Creek High School and competed for the Division II State Marching Band Championship with their show "Mana-Tiki." A total of 21 bands participated with only 10 making it to finals. In preliminary competition, Cascade's color guard took second place. In final competition Cascade's band took third place....
Rotary Club defines 'giving' with dictionary project (11/15/15)
More than 10 years ago, Shelbyville Rotarians began a service project to help local students hone their literary skills. Each year since 2004 local club members have taken a day and visited each school in the county, distributing dictionaries to many students...
Patton earns Eagle Scout status (11/15/15)
Joseph Patton from Boy Scout Troop 307 in Wartrace has earned the highest honor a Boy Scout can earn -- Eagle Scout status. It all started 11 years ago when he was in first grade. He came home from school all excited and said, "Mom, can I go to this meeting; I really want to do this." He went and he joined as a Bobcat Cub Scout and worked his way through the ranks to Eagle. He put a lot of time and energy into earning this...
Community's gym turns 50 (11/15/15)
The Community School Alumni Association celebrated the 50-year anniversary of what is now the Community Elementary Gymnasium at its annual meeting on Sunday, Nov. 1. A crowd of about 250 was on hand to relive memories of the building that was formerly the basketball home of the Community Viking and Viqueen high school and middle school teams beginning with the 1965-66 season...
Dangerous 'catfish' doesn't refer to an aquatic animal (11/13/15)
Dear teens: "How do you know that the person who added you as a friend on Facebook doesn't already know everything about you? How do you know he's not a 55-year-old man who's been munching on a bag of Cheetos all day?" Brandon Smith spoke at the Community schools Tuesday about social media use. He is Putnam County's 911 and EMS public educator. He also travels the region talking to students about social media safety. He delivered his frank advice with doses of humor...
Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Month (11/13/15)
Brooklyn Kiker, 7, from East Side Elementary School, was named by Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County as Youth of the Month for October in the ages 6-8 division. Jordan Moreno, 9, from East Side Elementary School, was named by Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County as Youth of the Month for October in the ages 9 and older division. (Submitted photos)
Respect and honor: Local schools observe Veterans Day (11/12/15)
Bedford County elementary and middle schools marked the Veterans Day holiday with ceremonies at which local veterans -- the parents, aunts and uncles, grandmothers and grandfathers and neighbors of school children -- were honored for their service with patriotic songs and recitations...
Raise your hand! Volunteers needed to read with children (11/12/15)
An orientation session was held Tuesday for this school year's participants in the "Raise Your Hand Tennessee" program -- but that doesn't mean it's too late for additional volunteers to sign up. The program, under the auspices of United Way, places volunteers in local elementary schools -- typically for an hour a week, although that can be adjusted to fit a particular volunteer's schedule, and at least one local volunteer attends once a month...
SCHS football homecoming court (11/13/15)
The Football Homecoming Court for Shelbyville Central High School. Front row: Sarah Saddler, Queen Morgan Jennings, Olivia Doak and Payton Daugherty. Back row: Chloe Bell, Taylor Sanders, Anna Mooneyham, Briley O'Neal, Perla Arias, Romny Felts, Sarah Roesch, Miah Jones and Meygan Burris. (Submitted photo)
It's official: Wheel tax on ballot (11/11/15)
Bedford County Board of Commissioners formally approved Tuesday night what they approved in principle last month -- asking voters to approve a $50 wheel tax in a March 2016 referendum. Three-quarters of the revenue from the tax, if it is approved, will support school projects -- primarily a new building for Cascade High School -- and a state-mandated new jail. The other 25 percent will support county roads...
Cub Scouts visit hatchery (11/11/15)
Members of Cub scout Pack 476 toured the Normandy Fish Hatchery during the recent Bedford County school fall break. Nathan Singer and Barbara Bryan of the TWRA's hatchery guided the scouts through the work at the hatchery from collection of fish samples with their boats to raising fish in the ponds to stocking area lakes and rivers to improve native fish populations. From left are Kyle Cunningham, Ollie Cawthon, Brody Armstrong, Cody Duff, Levi Ralston, Cory Cunningham, Tyler Wood, Reese Cawthon, Austin Wood, Lilly Duff and Cayden Armstrong. (Submitted photo)
Friday Night (No) Lights (11/08/15)
Shelbyville Central players stretch with just one side of the stadium lights on as Nashville Electric Service crews, background, make repairs. After a long delay, the Eagles fell to host Hendersonville in the opening round of the TSSAA State Playoffs on Friday night. (T-G Photo by Gary Johnson)
Webb presents Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' (11/08/15)
"A Christmas Carol" will be presented by The Webb School Company Players as a special event, Nov. 12-15, and a holiday reception will follow each performance. Nov. 12-14 performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. with the Nov. 15 matinee set for 2:30 p.m...
Getting social, staying safe: Event helps parents keep up (11/06/15)
Private eyes may be watching you and your every move on social media. The three Community schools are having a social media expert talk to their students' parents at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10. The presentation will be at the high school, said middle school guidance counselor Marinda Grissom...
Learning Way students learn how to write code (11/05/15)
Billy Hix, Director of the Motlow College Foundation STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Outreach program, taught a Lego robotics class to a group of students at Learning Way Elementary. The point of the class is not to teach building with the popular interlocking blocks; the real lesson, said Hix, is learning to write computer code to make the robot perform as requested...
Martin College hosts night of French, Latin music (11/05/15)
Enjoy an evening of French and Latin music for cello and guitar at Martin Methodist College (MMC) featuring Duo Universalis, with Deidre Vaugh Emerson playing the cello and Carlos Enrique Gonzalez playing the guitar. The event will be held Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Gault Fine Arts Center Recital Hall on MMC's campus in Pulaski and is free to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Melissa Martiros at 931-424-7360 or mmartiros@martinmethodist.edu...
Local agent honored (11/04/15)
Allstate agency owner Amanda O'Neal received the Allstate Agency Hands in the Community Award for her commitment to helping others. With this award came a $1,000 grant from The Allstate Foundation for the Thomas Magnet School PTO, where O'Neal has volunteered as the president for the last seven years...
Webb School show cases campus to families (11/04/15)
On Nov. 13, The Webb School will open its campus to prospective students and their families for its annual Fall Visitors' Day. The daylong event begins at 9 a.m. with registration and breakfast and concludes at 3 p.m. The schedule includes a tour of the 150-acre campus, led by a current Webb student. ...
Motlow SGA promotes campus safety (11/04/15)
The Motlow College Student Government Association (SGA) recently held a campus safety event on the Moore County campus. SGA members handed out safety whistles and literature, and members of the Manchester police department visited campus to give safety tips to the campus community. From left, Manchester Chief of Police Mark Yother and Investigator Bryan Eldridge talk with Motlow student Bethany Little. (Motlow College photo)
State's scholars improve ranking (11/01/15)
Gov. Bill Haslam this week announced Tennessee students are still the fastest improving in the nation since 2011 according to the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), commonly known as the Nation's Report Card. Tennessee rose to the top half of states in fourth-grade math, ranking 25th -- the first time Tennessee has ever ranked in the top half of states in any subject or grade, the governor's office announced...
In the groove (11/01/15)
Blayton Krisle gets in the groove as he and classmates at Eakin Elementary School loosen up to the music before physical education class begins. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
A time for reading (10/30/15)
Andrea Key reads a story to a group of children at the School Age Care Program this week. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Lions' vision: Healthier students (10/30/15)
Annual vision and hearing checks for Liberty School students only take a couple of minutes, but can go a long way in preventing problems students could develop in the future. The Liberty Lions Club dropped by Tuesday for their annual round of tests...
Band Champions (10/30/15)
The Cascade Champion Marching Band recently traveled to Antioch for the Glencliff Colt Classic. The band placed 2nd in field commander, guard, percussion, and band. Out of 20 bands in the competition they placed second overall. They will travel to Stewarts Creek High School Nov. 7th for the Division II State Marching Band Championship. Pictured are: Lauren-Taylor Nash, Grant Curtis, Maison Bucka Bea Barnett, Keauna Hiles, Gabe Gibson, Peyton Cartwright, Matthew Baldwin, Joseph Patton, Katelyn Smotherman, Samantha Blanche, Tanner Craig, Faith Lollis, Katherine Smotherman, Anna Holcombe, Autumn Stone, Taylor Clark, Jessi Woodard, Gavin McCurry, MaryGrace Dennis and Conrad Golden. (Submitted photo)
'Picnic' to be presented at Community (10/30/15)
Smokestack Theatre Group at Community High School will present William Inge's drama "Picnic" 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6 and 7, at the school. The story centers around a drifter, Hal, who shows up in a small Kansas town, almost immediately drawing the suspicion of several of the local residents. One, however ("Madge"), sees something in him. But is she right?...
Agency impacts county by $17M (10/29/15)
A study by Middle Tennessee State University concludes that Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee has an economic impact of nearly a half billion dollars in the 48 counties it serves, including nearly $17.7 million in Bedford County. The study includes not only those employed by Goodwill stores but those placed through its Goodwill Career Solutions centers...
Leggo my LEGOs! (10/29/15)
Freddie Lacker, Enzo Alanzo, Seth Council, Jason Riggin and Chase Cawthron dig for LEGO blocks as they build various items at the School Age Care Program. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Mentors needed to help in Tennessee Promise (10/29/15)
Bedford County's partnering organization for Tennessee Promise needs 80 local volunteer mentors to work with high school seniors from the Class of 2016. The time commitment is small, about one hour per month, but the impact is significant as volunteers assist students navigating the college-going process and encourage them to reach their full potential...
Webb School honor rolls (10/29/15)
The Webb School recently announced its A and B honor rolls for the first quarter of the 2015-16 school year. An independent college preparatory day/boarding school for grades 6-12, The Webb School is the oldest continuously operating school of its kind in the South. The school has a dual emphasis on academic excellence and character development...
Whiskey memorabilia collectors boost Motlow (10/29/15)
The International Society of Jack Daniel's Collectors Inc. (ISJDC) recently continued its support of Motlow College dual enrollment students by making a $2,000 donation to the Motlow College Foundation Gap Scholarship fund.* Gap funding helps with the cost of tuition and fees not covered by the Hope Lottery Scholarship for high school students taking college-level courses and earning both high school and college credit...
Patiently waiting.... (10/28/15)
Dani Rae Fowler waits for the next activity to begin at the School Age Care Program as Bedford County schools took time for a short fall break. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Cascade holds evacuation drill (10/27/15)
Cascade Middle School and Cascade High School, which share the same building, recently conducted a joint emergency evacuation drill with all students and staff. They practiced student and staff responsibilities, which include clearing and verifying the buildings were fully evacuated and what to do once they were at their evacuation locations...
Gym dandy memories (10/25/15)
In the winter of 1963-64, a heavy snowfall badly damaged the old, barn-like gym built in 1929 at Community School. The county court and county judge issued a $100,000 bond to fund construction of a new gymnasium. The next year, fifth grader Amy Fulton watched out her classroom window each day as the new gym was constructed...
Bedford FFA cooks out, plays cornhole (10/25/15)
Members of the Bedford County FFA Chapter of Shelbyville Central High School recently held their annual Welcome Back Cookout for their new and returning members, their families, and guests at the Career and Technical Annex. The members were able to take part in the first annual Bedford County FFA Cornhole Tournament. ...
Jarrell earns degree in exercise science (10/25/15)
Lipscomb University has awarded Seth Jarrell of Shelbyville with a bachelor's degree in exercise science at the conclusion of the summer semester. August graduates have either already participated in the May graduation ceremony or will be eligible to participate in the December ceremony, according to a university press release...
Cascade recognizes Spanish students (10/25/15)
Cascade High School recently inducted its Spanish Honor Society for 2015-2016. Seniors: President, Anna Holcombe; Vice President, Keauna Hiles; Secretary, Keven Gonzalez; Treasurer, Mathew Baldwin. Juniors: President, Ji Woo Park; Vice President, Shae Fordham; Secretary, Taylor Reynolds-Bower; Treasurer, Bailey Sudduth...
Thomas holds "Pink Out" for Janice Womble (10/25/15)
Thomas Magnet School held a "pink out" day Wednesday in honor of former principal, and cancer survivor, Janice Womble. "Very seldom have I been at a loss for words," said Womble, "but this really touches me." The school had a high participation rate for the activity...
Webb play adapts WWII memoir (10/25/15)
"My Father's War," a story of war, survival and grace, will be staged on Nov. 6 as part of the 2015-2016 Follin Speaker Series at The Webb School. Adapted and performed by Carol Ponder and Robert Kiefer from the WWII memoir 'Ponder Anew' by Lt. Herschel Ponder, the performance will be at 7 p.m. in the Follin Chapel. The performance is open to the public, and free tickets may be reserved by calling 931-389-5703...
Viking Valors (10/25/15)
Community Elementary recognized Viking Valors for the first nine weeks of school. Viking Valors are recognized for exhibiting outstanding Viking Values, which include being respectful, responsible and ready each day. These students are leaders in the school, and they are role models for the student body. Students receiving the honor are Isabella Manire, Sophia Wright, Aliana Leverette, Landon Mullis, Bradyn Petty, Danny Null, Jessa Mangrum, Madison Jones, Athena Alonzo, Kierra Dale, Jaylinn Buckins, Lily Underwood, Cheyanne Boucher, Kylie Dalton, Cason Smith, Jalena Haynes, Jayla Mangrum, Isabella Rego, Guadalupe Cazares, Ethan Walls, Hannah Parker, Cole Daniel, Reese Cawthon, Alexa Montalvo Maldonado, Drew Harris, Lexi Berman, Faith Lewis, Hailey Scott, Nathan Stacy, Jacey Collier, Daniel Cazares, Diego Albino, Abi Brown, Makayla Crosby, and Meredith Simmons. (Submitted photo)
Bedford County Honor Rolls (10/25/15)
Principal's List Fifth Grade Santana Alexander, Matthew Boyer, Christopher Brown, Weston Burnett, Mackenzie Carrion, Robert Clanton, Brice Comstock, Zachary Cope, Daniel Craig, Xamarion Dixon, Bridgett Evans, Ashton Fields, Ava Foulk, Thomas Gentry, Connor Huie, Macy Legate, Margaret Lynch, Micheal Olive, Avery Petersen, Benjamin Reeves, Sandra Rojas-Machado, Timothy Scheffler, Ethan Waller Freeman...
Get on the 4-H chick chain (10/22/15)
My experience in 4-H has been fowl; probably because I'm in the poultry project. I've done many things in 4-H involving poultry, the main one being the "chick chain." The chick chain is where you receive 18 baby chickens and raise them. Then when fair time comes around, you take six to the fair to have them judged and auctioned off to raise money for 4-H. ...
4-H: A Fun Place To Be (10/22/15)
4-H is always a fun Place to be. Projects like the Beef, Goat Dog Shooting Sports And Honor Club are where you will see me. There were 9 beef heifers to break and show White Charolias, Black Anugus and a Speckled Commercial Heifer It's the smell of feed, cows, sawdust, sweet hay...
Award-winning 4-H goat exhibitor (10/22/15)
I had a fun time while I was in 4-H this year. While in 4-H, I did shooting sports. In this sport, you shoot BB guns from the stand, sit, kneel, and prone positions. After that, I did goat showing. In this showing competition, you show goats, any kind of goats. When I showed, I got first, third, and two seventh place ribbons. My goat's name was Champion, because I named her after my school. Being in 4-H has taught me many new things, but especially how to have fun...
My experiences in 4-H (10/22/15)
Lights! Camera! Action! I have not starred in any Hollywood productions, but my 4-H performing arts project is a lot of fun. For my project, I formed a project group called Dreamer Productions. In Dreamer Productions, my friends and I do many things. We have talent shows, fashion shows and dance competitions. I also create movies and plays for Dreamer Productions. We have singing and songwriting groups, premier parties, and regular hangouts...
School board member resigns (10/21/15)
Bedford County's newest school board member is now an ex-member. Tammie Patterson vacated her chair on the Bedford County Board of Education as of last Thursday, Chairwoman Amy Martin announced Tuesday night at the board's monthly meeting. Patterson wrote a letter saying she "deeply regretted" that she did not have the time to commit to the board...
Mentors needed for local students (10/20/15)
Tennessee Promise still needs mentors. Currently, 40 percent of mentors from last year have registered to return, said Graham Thomas, director of community partnerships for tnAchieves. That number will improve closer to the application deadline of Nov. 20. Typically, mentor retention is around 60 percent from year-to-year. While last year was the first year for Tennessee Promise, tnAchieves has worked a similar program in the Knoxville area for seven years...
Thomas career day (10/20/15)
Thomas Magnet School held a Career Day Monday. Times-Gazette Editor Sadie Fowler spoke to students about the T-G's print edition, Salute magazine and coverage of community events such as school athletic games. More photos from Career Day will be featured in Sunday's paper. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Band competition champs (10/20/15)
The Shelbyville Central High School marching band attended the Middle Tennessee Small Marching Band competition on Saturday, Oct. 10 at Chapel Hill High School. They won superior field commander, superior color guard, superior band, excellent percussion, 1st place 5A color guard, 1st place 5A field commander, 1st place 5A band, Division 3 champion, and over all Grand Champion. Pictured (from left) are: Alexis Fulten, Kallie Attig, Erica Trujillo, Kiwanna Bridges, Brady Solis, Alicia Olsen, Sarah Saddler, and Casey Young. (Submitted photo)
HOSA holds 5K run (10/16/15)
On Oct. 3, Shelbyville Central High School HOSA members held their annual 5k. (Submitted photos by Perla Arias)
Motlow College exhibit includes state minerals (10/16/15)
Motlow College is hosting the exhibit, "The World of Minerals" inside the Clayton-Glass Library on the Moore County campus. The exhibit is presented by Richard Gross, a retired Motlow professor. While the minerals were gathered from all over the United States, many came from Tennessee. "The Elmwood mine in Carthage and the Cumberland mine in Gordonsville are the premier mineral specimen mines in Tennessee," said Gross...
Webb will own on-campus utilities (10/15/15)
An agreement has been made between Bell Buckle and Webb School over ownership of water and sewer lines. Mayor Dennis Webb told Bell Buckle aldermen that the school wants to own the water and sewer lines around its new construction area. The school wants to be able to relocate lines at its expense. The city is working with its engineer and legal team to draw up an agreement that would give Bell Buckle full access to school property to do any needed work...
Armed student had drug-related items (10/15/15)
The student charged with carrying a gun and knife Tuesday at Shelbyville Central High School also had a pipe containing marijuana residue in his possession when arrested, officials said. Dakota Joe Lynn, 18, of Lewisburg was arrested in a classroom about 1:30 p.m. after School Resource Officer Alethia Rawn was told by a school employee that he may have had a handgun...
It's a dirty job, but .... (10/15/15)
Joanus Fordham of the Bedford County schools maintenance department lays sod outside the Central Office on Tuesday. The sod work was part of a project that included rebuilding the sidewalk to the main entrance, making it level with the door and eliminating the need to step up to enter. According to the maintenance department, they performed the project using their own staff for a cost of less than $2,000, versus spending between $3,500 to $4,000 by hiring an outside company. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Webb holds preview day for K-7 (10/15/15)
Families with children in kindergarten through seventh grade are invited to learn more about The Webb School's middle school program at the annual Middle School Preview from noon-3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 25. Webb is an independent college preparatory boarding/day school for grades six-12. The oldest continuously operating private school of its kind in the South, the school is known for its dual emphasis on academic excellence and character development, according to a Webb School press release...
Student had loaded gun at Central High (10/14/15)
A Shelbyville Central High School student armed with a loaded gun and a knife was arrested Tuesday afternoon in a classroom. Dakota Joe Lynn, 18, of Yell Road near Lewisburg is charged with two counts of carrying weapons on school property and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia....
Maker Faire at Thomas Magnet School (10/14/15)
Billy Hix, Director of STEM outreach at Motlow College, conducted a Mini Maker's Faire for the teachers at Thomas Magnet School as an afternoon professional development. In a short period of time, the teachers had to learn about control and balance of a rocket; build one out of a variety of items; and then test its performance...
Community football homecoming (10/14/15)
Community High School celebrated its homecoming Friday night. Darian Pride and Alexi Gochee were named king and queen. The court included, front row from left, Cameron Cunningham, Karla Pena, Sarah Mayo, Davie Barnes, Jordan Huntley, Alexi Gochee, Taylor Hand, Kalli Templeton and Lexie Cagle; back row, from left, Landon Langley, Hunter Solomon, Michael McClain, Chris Joslyn, Darian Pride, Jacob Kupczyk, Lane Tapp, Klinsmann Baihao and Matthew Miles. (Submitted photo)
Cascade holds evacuation drill (10/13/15)
Islam lessons criticized (10/13/15)
The teaching of Islam has been a hot button topic lately in Tennessee -- and nationally -- and is involved in an expedited review of state school standards. The increased scrutiny has sped up the state's review of Social Studies standards, with some critics calling the coursework "indoctrination."...
'Energy detective' is on the case at LWE (10/13/15)
Learning Way Elementary fifth graders saw a presentation from the Educational Touring Theatre. Professional actor Neil Spencer presented "The Energy Detective: The Case of Energy Efficiency and the Environment." The program was sponsored by Duck River Electric Membership Corp. Neil Spencer played the part of Detective Jimmy Ruff. Several students and teachers were asked to join in the presentation...
Spaghetti, fun on Southside's menu (10/11/15)
It will be an evening of fun-filled activities and good food when Southside Elementary School hosts its annual Fall Fest and Spaghetti Supper on Friday evening. Spaghetti supper tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the school or at the door the day of the event. Food will be served from 4:30-7 p.m. Takeouts will be available...
Mentoring a Promise: Helpers needed for college program (10/09/15)
Donating an average of only 10 hours a year in mentoring can mean the difference between a teenager attending college or going out into the workforce with only a high school diploma, an education advocate said Thursday. Graham Thomas, director of community partnerships for tnAchieves, spoke to about a dozen people interested in being Tennessee Promise mentors on Thursday...
Cascade band competes in championship event (10/08/15)
The Cascade Champion Marching Band competed in their first competition of the year at the Stones River Championship Saturday, Oct. 3 at Siegel High School in Murfreesboro. With all the rain received during the week, they had no idea if they would be marching outside or performing inside. When the rain started the contest was called inside to the gym. The band gave it their all and took home several trophies...
FFA wins dairy awards (10/06/15)
On Sept. 14, the Bedford County FFA chapter traveled to Nashville to the Tennessee State Fair to compete in FFA events. Senior member Eric Womble competed in the Tennessee State FFA Dairy Handling CDE and won second place in the state of Tennessee (he is considered the runner-up)...
Webb series celebrates freedom, veterans, more (10/04/15)
"Freedom Sings," "My Father's War," and "Science Rocks" are all part of The Webb School Follin Speaker Series for 2015-2016. The series is an endowed program at Webb. Kicking off the series on Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 2:20 p.m. will be "Freedom Sings." Promotion for the show notes that it is "an entertaining, engaging and inspiring story of free speech in America told through rock, pop, hip-hop and country music. ...
Surprising stories and redefining 'librarian' (10/04/15)
Fresh from an all night road-trip to Philadelphia and a visit with Pope Francis, Katie Myers is bright eyed and positive as she shows off the school library at East Side Elementary. "Look over the state of the library right now," she says. "We're in the middle of book fair, and we just had our family fun night."...
State tests online tests -- and discovers a few slowdowns (10/02/15)
Educators across the state held a dry run Thursday of their ability to efficiently conduct online testing of students. The plan was to troubleshoot the state's ability to have thousands of students taking online tests at the same time, said Ashley Ball, director of communications for the Tennessee Department of Education. The troubleshooting effort was called Break the MIST; MIST refers to the name of the testing platform...
Motlow College observes fall break Oct. 12-13 (10/01/15)
Motlow College will observe fall break on Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 12-13, according to college officials. Offices will remain open on their regular schedule, but no classes will be held during the break. This applies to the Moore County campus and the Fayetteville, McMinnville and Smyrna centers...
TCAT observes Constitution Day (10/01/15)
On Sept. 17, students attending the Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville honored Constitution Day by listening to a presentation by each program instructor about the creation of the U.S. Constitution, the preparation for and process of forming the United States, and the ratification process for the Constitution...
Drama professor receives prominent theater award (09/30/15)
A Martin Methodist College drama professor has received a prestigious state theater award. David Wilkerson, assistant professor and program coordinator for dramatic arts at Martin Methodist, was presented with the 2015 First Night Star Award earlier this month at the First Night Honors Gala at Nashville's Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre, according to a college press release. It's an award given to people in theatre who go above and beyond to make live theater in Tennessee more extraordinary...
MTSU, Murfreesboro earn regional honor (09/30/15)
Middle Tennessee State University and the City of Murfreesboro recently received a Local Government Award for their economic development efforts from the Greater Nashville Regional Council. The council praised MTSU and the city for a century of partnership that has enhanced economic development locally and throughout the region...
APSU announces Dean's List (09/25/15)
Austin Peay State University in Clarksville has announced its Dean's List for the spring 2015 semester. Students from this area honored include: l Kristin Allen, Lewisburg; l Kelsey Hunter, Lewisburg; l Jessamyn Litaker, Lewisburg; l Zachary Moore, Shelbyville;...
Busy beekeeper (09/25/15)
Row McLaughlin, first grader at Thomas Magnet School, gets to practice being a beekeeper on agriculture day recently. (Submitted photo)
New teachers honored at reception (09/25/15)
Bedford County Board of Education held a reception for new teachers Tuesday. Pictured are Meridith Jesch of Bedford County Learning Academy and new teachers from Cascade High School (from left): Reece Chumbley, Cindy Pope, Kelly Davis, Joshua Beu and Corey Broeder. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Tuition program needs mentors (09/24/15)
Have you heard the buzz about free college tuition? Qualifying high school seniors can earn Tennessee Promise tuition payments by fulfilling a number of steps including meeting every so often with mentors. But to offer the tuition assistance, organizers need more mentors...
Motlow also searching for more tnAchieves mentors (09/24/15)
Motlow State Community College Tennessee Promise Coordinator Jonathan Graham is urging any interested individuals to apply to the tnAchieves mentor program. Mentors help students earn various scholarships through programs such as Tennessee Promise. These volunteers are required to spend at least 10-15 hours annually assisting five to 10 high school seniors with post-secondary education guidance...
See you at the pole (09/24/15)
Community Middle School students and staff participated in See You at the Pole Wednesday before school. See You at the Pole is a national student-led prayer initiative. (Submitted photo)
New school board member (09/23/15)
Bedford County Clerk Donna Thomas administers the oath of office Tuesday to Tammie Patterson just prior to the Board of Education meeting at Shelbyville Central High School. Patterson is the new school board member from District 1 (Cascade) and replaces the late Dixie Parker. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Wheel tax recommended again (09/23/15)
Even though they'd already voted to do so during a special called meeting on Aug. 30, Bedford County Financial Management Committee voted again Tuesday night at their regular monthly meeting to recommend a $50 wheel tax which would be put before voters in March...
MTSU guarantees scholarships for brightest students (09/23/15)
There's a message prospective Middle Tennessee State University students and their parents will be hearing during upcoming preview days, the nine-city True Blue Tour and other recruiting-related activities. MTSU admissions and academic staff will be informing them guaranteed scholarships will be available for freshmen who meet the requirements and apply by Dec. 1...
Winning fund-raiser (09/23/15)
Pictured is Caitlyn Burdick, Dr. LeEllen Carter (principal) and Phil McCleod of Great American Opportunities. Each Thomas Magnet School student that had two or more sales for a fundraiser had the chance to win two tickets, dinner and a parking pass to the Taylor Swift concert this Friday. Caitlyn won the tickets. (Submitted photo)
MTSU unveils bust of Nobel-winning alum by Wartrace sculptor (09/22/15)
A long-awaited and much-anticipated bronze bust of the late MTSU alumnus James M. Buchanan was unveiled by his youngest sister and a nationally acclaimed sculptor during a special ceremony Sept. 18 on campus. People attending the annual Buchanan Fellows Inauguration in the James E. ...
Eakin Elementary to hold fun run Thursday (09/22/15)
September 24 will be the second annual "Shakin' Eakin Fun Run." This school-wide fundraiser will help raise money to purchase new technology to aid in student achievement. The school is asking that the community partners with a student at the school and give money per lap the student runs/walks, or one set amount of money. Students who raise the most money will get to choose from a selection of prizes. The top boy and the top girl in each grade running the most laps will get a medal...
Liberty begins tech fundraiser (09/17/15)
Liberty School kicked off two weeks of fund raising activities Wednesday in efforts to upgrade the school's tech. Students will be selling a variety of items made by Yankee Candle. The fund raiser runs until Sept. 30. Benefits go toward the purchase of additional laptops, desktop computers, programs, projectors and document cameras...
Motlow offers writing, math help at campuses (09/17/15)
In an effort to better serve its growing student population, Motlow College has opened and staffed math labs and writing centers on each of its four campuses. The labs and centers are designed to assist students in reaching their goal of successfully completing their degree or certificate...
Students observe Patriot Day (09/17/15)
Shelbyville Central High School and the National Honor Society recently celebrated Patriot Day (Sept. 11) by recognizing faculty and staff members who have served in the military. Students also signed a banner thanking those in Bedford County who are serving and have served in the military for their service. The banner will be presented to the local VFW post. Pictured in the front row in the center are the SCHS faculty and staff members who have served their country: John Ziegler, Toni Canonico, Jim Overcast and Officer Alethia Rawn. Also pictured, but not in order, are: Principal Whit Taylor and the members of the NHS Service Learning class: Kaylib Powell, Catilin Boyce, Taylor Jones, Sally Oliver, Anna Lilia Pichardo, Jacie Armstrong, Kendall Durard, Jessica Palmeros Zuniga, Keely Smith, Micah Thompson, Andrew Beard, Jamie Groves, Perlia Arias, Rosario Lopez Ortiz, Taryn Hicks, Jennifer Mendiola Molina, Luisa Suazo, Jesse Smotherman and Kayleigh Caldwell. (Submitted photo)
Community Class of 1965 (09/17/15)
Community High School's Class of 1965 held its 50-year reunion at Henry Horton State Park restaurant. Front row, from left, Dyann Douglas Miller, Faye Cartwright Grohowski, Freddy Smith and Ronnie Harrison; second row, Betty Sue Bryant Cates, Rosemary Gragg Sadler, Karen McClaren Smith, Gary Carney; third row, Curtis Reed, Mary Ruth Allen Tucker, Vicky Shearin, Aaron Sullivan, Jerry Hester and Janice Carney. (Submitted photo)
Cheering on the Golden Eagles (09/16/15)
Harris Middle cheerleaders and their younger counterparts get ready to perform at halftime Tuesday following a three-day cheer clinic hosted by Harris teacher Jeanine Heikkinen. (T-G Photo by Gary Johnson)
Cascade FFA holds chapter meeting (09/16/15)
The Cascade FFA held its first chapter meeting of 2015-2016 on Aug. 20. There were 35 members and 10 guests in attendance, including Cascade High School Principal Tim Harwell and Vice Principal Neil Watson. The meeting started with an icebreaker conducted by Mariah Bowen, Mary Bennett and Calli Gregory. ...
Cascade, Thomas receive $2,000 literacy grants (09/16/15)
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded $2,000 grants each to Cascade Elementary and Thomas Magnet schools. The foundation donated $18,000 to schools, nonprofits and literacy organizations in South Middle Tennessee to enhance and support youth literacy and education programs. These grant awards are part of more than $4 million in grants awarded last week to approximately 870 schools, nonprofits and organizations throughout the 43 states Dollar General serves...
TCAT to host TN Promise event (09/16/15)
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville will host TN Promise Scholarship Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 26 for current high school seniors and parents to learn about the Tennessee Promise Scholarship. Representatives from Student Services will be available to provide information related to applying for the TN Promise scholarship as well as TCAT's own admission and enrollment process. ...
Gattis goes to Motlow (09/16/15)
Members of the Gattis Leadership class recently visited Motlow College at the Clayton-Glass Library on the Moore County campus. The regional leadership program, named in honor of former Moore County mayor, the late Peggy Gattis, assists business, government and community leaders in their shared vision of strengthening and promoting communities in the South Central Tennessee region. Bottom row, from left, Jim Malone, Gattis board chairman; Sharon Bateman, Gattis board member and Motlow employee; Stacey Cothran, Marshall Co.; Jan Rogers, Motlow College; Jeremy Price, Franklin Co.; Mary Hickerson, Wayne Co.; Becky Leifhert, Maury Co.; Dr. Anthony Kinkel, Motlow College president; Howard Kirksey, Moore Co.; Louisa Davis, Marshall Co.; Sarah Cook, Wayne Co.; Brenda Cannon, Motlow College; J.J. Brindley, Giles Co.; Ben Methvin, Lawrence Co.; Debbie Sowder, Lincoln Co.; Jim Neal, Gattis honorary board member; Karen Niedergeses, Lawrence Co.; Edna Luna, Gattis executive director; Cheri Thomas, Giles Co.; Erin Curry, Giles Co.; Sandra Mayes, Wayne Co.; and Josh Lynch, Bedford Co. Class members not pictured are Brian Skelton, Coffee Co.; Robin Smith, Franklin Co.; Barbara Beyl, Lincoln Co.; Angie Kimbrough, Lincoln Co.; and Larry Moorehead, Moore Co. (Submitted photo)
Horse judges (09/16/15)
Twenty-four members of Cascade FFA participated in the Celebration All Youth Horse Judging contest on August 29. The chapter collected 36 ribbons and three medallions. The highlight of the contest for Cascade was freshman FFA member Landon Parker receiving the high individual overall award in the senior non-reason division. Landon scored a near perfect score of 291 out of a possible 300 points. From left: Calli Gregory, Chayse Sanders, Sam Woodard, Wyatt Goolsby, Darwin Copp, Landon Parker, Jay Thompson, Jordan Hollis, Sara Cloud, Brigette Swafford, Chase McCormick and Breanna Stevens. (Submitted photo)
Constitution, gay rights focus of Motlow forum (09/15/15)
A panel of Motlow College professors will celebrate Constitution Day by leading the discussion "Morality and the Constitution: The Discovery of Gay Rights," on Sept. 17. The forum will take place inside Eoff Hall's Powers Auditorium on the Moore County campus from 10:50 a.m.-12:05 p.m...
Documentary focues on campus sexual assault (09/15/15)
Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro will present a free public screening of the nationally acclaimed documentary "The Hunting Ground" this evening, followed by a panel discussion on preventing campus sexual assaults...
Youth of the Month (09/15/15)
Dakota Begley, 7, who attends Liberty School, was the August Youth of the Month at Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County for the age 6-8 division. (Submitted photo)
Bowls for charity luncheon (09/15/15)
On Thursday, Sept. 10, a few of the Shelbyville Central High School HOSA members volunteered their time at The Webb School. They made bowls out of clay to contribute to the annual Empty Bowl Luncheon. Pictured, in front, are Perla Arias, Anna Mooneyham, Riley Roberts, Kaylie Hintze and Jessica Palmeros; and back row, Andi Harwell, Jordan Barnett, Regan Pyrdum, Kayleigh Caldwell, Beth Tucker, Christy Sumrall and Araceli Ramirez. (Submitted photo)
Good Sam donation (09/13/15)
The student body collected a pickup truck load of canned food for Good Samaritan. Front Row: Noah Bowling, Brianna Beech, Cally Hand, Korie Ann Beasley, Cathy Miller, Jacie Neeley and Ashley King. Back Row: Jesa Moore, Ethan Lohn, Macie Lemmons, Gage Ralston and Mackenzie Newkirk. (Submitted photo)
All for the kids (09/11/15)
The leader of the losing team in East Side Elementary's Smart Card fundraiser agreed to kiss a pig. That's why principal Xavier Hamler met a 2-week-old pig face-to-face Thursday. Assistant principal Mindy Dewitt, the winning team's leader, enjoys petting the pig, held by Bedford County 4-H leader Jeff Hester. East Side students yelled "yes!" when asked if they wanted to see Hamler kiss the pig -- not once, but twice. All funds raised benefit the school's PTO, Hamler said. (T-G Photos by David Melson)
Motlow graduates first EMS class (09/10/15)
Motlow College's Emergency Medical Services (EMS) program recently graduated its inaugural class with an award ceremony on the Moore County campus. Front row, from left: Ashley Wingard, Franklin County; Sara Newman, Coffee County; Chris Smith, Coffee County; Jason Whitt, Lincoln County; Whitney Riddle, Coffee County; and Justus Smith, Motlow paramedic coordinator. Back row: Drew Hooker, Motlow EMS program director; Kelly Yorba, Lincoln County; Steven Williams, Marshall County; Greg Whitley, Marshall County; Sam Kelly, Bedford County; and Jake Painter, Lincoln County. (Submitted photo)
TCAT graduates, perfect attendance honored (09/09/15)
Summer 2015 night graduates from the Tennessee College of Applied Technology -- Shelbyville include (front row, from left) Russell Phipps, Maria Yesenia Campillo Carmona, Norma Santiago, Duane Abeare II, Timothy Joseph Parks, Dakota R. Smith, Zach Seibers Trenton Moody and Richard Seth Alexander. (Submitted photo)
Victory Academy to mark 40 years with weekend reunion (09/08/15)
Victory Baptist Academy is celebrating its 40th anniversary this month. The academy, part of Victory Baptist Church, is holding a reunion on Sept. 18-20. Organizers hope the 994 students and faculty who are part of its history can attend, said one of those organizers, Donna Barrett. The reunion committee has found more than 600 of those people and are continuing to contact people, she said...
School leaders attend meeting of peers (09/06/15)
Several members of the Bedford County Board of Education attended a fall district meeting of the TSBA on Sept. 1. The Tennessee School Boards Association (TSBA) hosted the district meeting at South Lincoln Elementary in Lincoln County. "TSBA Fall District Meetings gives our staff the opportunity to connect with school board members from every part of the state so that we not only hear their concerns but also provide them with the support they need to help them make the best decisions for the children and schools in their communities," said TSBA executive director Tammy Grissom.. ...
Motlow's dream maker: College president thinks of himself as a coach (09/06/15)
It's an unseasonably mild day in late August and students all over the state head to college campuses. At nearby Motlow State Community College, new president Dr. Anthony Kinkel personally greets students with his friendly voice and trademark listening ear...
Schools may pay for false alarm calls (09/04/15)
An amendment is due to be made to the city alarm ordinance that may require county schools to pay a fine after three false calls. Last year, Shelbyville's council passed a rule dealing with false alarms after one sounded for three days at a local shopping center...
Harris High class reunion (09/03/15)
The Harris High School Class of 1965 recently held a reunion. Pictured: (first row, from left) Gene Cooper, Anita Buckman, Mildred Thompson, Louise Collins, Mary Maupin and Mamie Rippy; (second row) J. P. Rippy, Janice Brooks, Carol Washington, Fredia Lusk, Mary Dolce, Dorothy Wright, Linda Harvey, Mose Ransom, Jr. and John Loupe; (third row) Lawrence Evans, Joe Frazier and Glenn Johnson. (Submitted photo)
New school supplies (09/03/15)
Southside Elementary School students pose with employees of Kroger, a corporate sponsor, which donated school supplies. Pictured are: first-graders Elijah Derryberry, Delaney Ketterman, Linda Alcala and Corey George, and Kroger representatives Nathan Arnold and Bubba Dennis. (Submitted photo)
Canned food drive at Community (09/03/15)
Community Middle School students collected a truckload of canned food for Good Samaritan. Front row, from left, are Noah Bowling, Brianna Beech, Calley Hand, Korie Ann Beasley, Good Samaritan director Cathy Miller, Jacie Neeley and Ashley King; back row, Jesa Moore, Ethan Lohn, Macie Lemmons, Gage Ralston and Mackenzie Newkirk. (Submitted photo)
Special visit to Southside (09/03/15)
Last year the students at Southside received a grant that provided shoes to all students, faculty and staff. Last Monday, representatives from the Convoy of Hope Rural Compassion came all the way from Missouri to visit Southside School and put faces to the names of the people they helped. Pictured are: School Board member Glenn Forsee, Assistant Principal Layne Talbott, Principal Reita Vaughn, and Convoy of Hope Rural Compassion Representatives Kathy and Randy Cartwright. (Submitted photo)
Community at the Celebration (09/03/15)
Lydia Darnell's students from Community Middle School recently toured the Celebration grounds. Pictured in front of the Celebration sign (from left) are: Blysse McKee, Josie Chapman, Case Grizzle, Khari Pentecost, Billy Stallings, Martina Ramirez, Darnell, Tristan White, Nathan Bailiff, Jaqual Holman and Josue Juarez....
Good Samaritan donation (09/02/15)
Community Middle School students collected a truckload of canned food for Good Samaritan. Front row, from left, are Noah Bowling, Brianna Beech, Calley Hand, Korie Ann Beasley, Good Samaritan director Cathy Miller, Jacie Neeley and Ashley King; back row, Jesa Moore, Ethan Lohn, Macie Lemmons, Gage Ralston and Mackenzie Newkirk. (Submitted photo)...
Frisby to chair MTSU panel on building name (09/01/15)
Derek W. Frisby, a distinguished MTSU professor whose research has examined the Civil War and how cultures memorialize military conflict, was appointed Thursday to chair a panel to re-examine whether the university should change the name of Forrest Hall...
Senator: Cut red tape for college entry (08/28/15)
U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander met with administrators from colleges around the state Thursday at a roundtable discussion at Motlow to discuss ways to simplify financial aid. Alexander, R-Tennessee, and Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colorado, are sponsors of a bill to simplify the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). ...
State students show slight gain on ACT (08/27/15)
Tennessee public high school students showed a slight gain statewide on the ACT, according to data released Wednesday by the state Department of Education. For the third straight year, Tennessee public high school students improved on the ACT, administered to all students statewide, according to a press release from the Tennessee Department of Education. The average composite increased from 19.3 last year to 19.4 this year, adding to what has been a three-year pattern of growth for the state...
Promising future for Motlow newbies (08/25/15)
Tennessee Promise students began fall classes around the state Monday, and Motlow State Community College has more than 1,300 freshmen benefitting from the program's free tuition. "I think we have a larger number of students this year because of the Tennessee Promise," said Jim Myers, executive director of financial aid...
Service animal policy under consideration by school board (08/23/15)
The Bedford County Board of Education is looking at adopting a policy to govern the use of service animals in schools. During its monthly meeting Tuesday, the board considered adopting a boilerplate policy from a state education group that addresses service animals...
NED Show teaches important lessons (08/23/15)
Students at Liberty School had an interesting assembly Wednesday -- using yo-yos to teach kids how to do and be at their best. It was The NED Show, which stands for Never Give Up, Encourage Others and Do you Best. "We're really pushing our kids to do well," said Jordan Tatom, Liberty's new guidance counselor...
MTSU names interim department heads (08/21/15)
Taking on new leadership challenges in their MTSU careers, Wendy Beckman and Jessica Carter have accepted interim chair and director's roles in their respective Department of Aerospace and School of Agribusiness and Agriscience. "Wendy and Jessica will do an outstanding job," said Bud Fischer, College of Basic and Applied Sciences dean, discussing Beckman and Carter, who assumed their positions Aug. ...
Motlow recognizes SCHS graduate (08/21/15)
Laura Monks, director of the Motlow College Fayetteville Center, and incoming Motlow freshman David Ortiz of Shelbyville were recently named Mentor of the Month and Student of the Month, respectively, by tnAchieves. Since 2008, the non-profit organization has been helping Tennessee students not only afford but excel in college. ...
County schools go wireless in next few weeks (08/19/15)
Middle and high school students soon will be browsing the Internet via Wi-Fi from their desks, in the halls and in the lunch lines. All but two of the schools should be ready to go wireless right after the horse show break, said Ben Barrett, director of technology for the Bedford County Department of Education. He made the report during a presentation Tuesday to the Board of Education...
Education, the Chinese way (08/18/15)
As Bedford County students return to school this month, Shelbyville Woman's Club guest speaker Mike Novak's discussion of "Education From Here To Around The World" was interesting and timely. Novak, a former Bedford County educator who is now the assistant director of The Confucius Institute at Middle Tennessee State University, spoke to the club at their August meeting last Wednesday...
Kids make soil babies (08/18/15)
Meet the soil babies. With the help of Gena Coats with the Bedford County Soil Conservation District and members of the Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County, soil babies were brought to life. Soil babies are made by putting seed in the toe of knee high panty hose, adding potting soil, forming it into a ball and decorating...
FFA recognizes Shelbyville chapter (08/18/15)
The Shelbyville Central High School FFA chapter has been recognized in the 2015 National Chapter Award Program from the National FFA Organization. The program recognizes outstanding FFA chapters from throughout the country that successfully complete an annual set of required activities that encourage members to grow as individuals, work as a team and serve others in their communities...
Cascade FFA receives national award (08/13/15)
The Cascade High School FFA chapter has been recognized in the 2015 National Chapter Award Program from the National FFA Organization. The program recognizes outstanding FFA chapters from throughout the country that successfully complete an annual set of required activities that encourage members to grow as individuals, work as a team and serve others in their communities...
Donations help kids receive books (08/13/15)
The Shelbyville Rotary Club recently donated $1,500 to the Bedford County Imagination Library, said Luci Taylor of the Imagination Library board. The Rotary Club is donating $1,500 each year for three years, she said. The funds come from Rotary's work during The Celebration...
SCHS Class of 1984 (08/13/15)
Shelbyville Central High's Class of 1984 held its 31st reunion Saturday at the school. Attendees include, front row from left, Cynthia Holman, Tracy Allison Wilson, Sherry McChristian-Leetham, Jimmy Richardson, Victoria Dashiell, Tammy Owens King, Rob Philyaw, Kathy Cartwright Philyaw, Shawn Moss, Kimme' Crowell Greer and Pierre Johnson; second row, Chris Floyd Murray, Lori Ferrell Beaird, Tina Rose Townsend, Carla Johnson, Robert Driscoll, Sara George Moore, Tonya Flippo Weber, Judi Crosslin Cartwright, Jo Jo Bills, Laura Cook Fisher, Bridget Westbrooks Davisson, Jennifer Gordon Feldhaus, Dana Thomas Kennamer, Barbara Cunningham Floyd, Teresa Stacey Helton and teacher Sally McReynolds; third row, Thomas Young, Cindy Carlton, Sonya Reedy Liehr, Beth King Griggs, Cris Perryman, Kathy Kincaid, Tracie Brandon DeLucia, Benita McClaran Lahr, Charles Castile, John Williams, Steve Feldhaus, Corrine Harris, Teresa Sutton Phillips, Joyce Harmon Neill and Lisa Fanning Dye; back row, Mark Clanton, Darrell Taylor, Chris Arnold, Kent Brandon, Terry Adams, Greg Tocchio, William BJ Roberts and Darrin Martin. (Submitted photo)
Business tax seminar (08/12/15)
Registration is open for the seventh annual 2015 Tennessee Business Tax Seminar Series presented by the Tennessee Department of Revenue and MTSU's Department of Accounting. The seminar will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, at the DoubleTree Hotel, 1850 Old Fort Parkway in Murfreesboro. It is designed to provide current, in-depth information on Tennessee tax issues to business owners, CPAs and other interested parties...
TCAT-Shelbyville recognizes 'overachievers' (08/12/15)
Manuel Moreno and Justin Nunley recently received additional certificates for completion of "Industry Applications of Advanced Math and Trigonomic Principles" at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Shelbyville. Moreno and Nunley, both welding students, volunteered to take the advanced math class after completing their regular math studies for the welding program...
Scholarship honors Shonta' (08/12/15)
Norma Branch, left, mother of Shonta' Whorley Lamb, presents the first Shonta' Whorley Lamb Softball Scholarship to Motlow freshman Jamaica Johnson. Lamb died Sept. 3, 2014 of colon cancer. The $500 scholarship is presented in her memory. "I am glad to carry on the memory of Shonta' through this scholarship," Johnson said. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Cascade Elementary, Thomas Magnet earn state's top marks (08/09/15)
Two Bedford County schools have received state recognition for academic achievements. Cascade Elementary and Thomas Magnet schools have been named Performance Schools for 2015, the Tennessee Department of Education announced this week. The designation is for the state's top 5 percent of schools and is part of a recognition system called Reward Schools...
Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Month (08/07/15)
Area residents earn degrees from WGU (08/06/15)
The following local students have earned degrees from WGU Tennessee: l Anita Cook of Bell Buckle has received her bachelor's degree in Health Informatics. l Stephanie Tribble of Shelbyville has received her bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (K-8)...
Motlow announces alert system (08/05/15)
Motlow State Community College is encouraging its students, faculty and staff to register for the mobile Motlow Alert system. The service is free and is also open to members of the general public who would like to receive the latest information regarding Motlow...
School supply drive (08/05/15)
McDonald's in Shelbyville is hosting a back to school supply drive until Aug. 10. Donations will be given to local schools. One donated supply will earn one food item, two will earn two and those who donate three supply items will receive a free value meal (limit of three value meals per person)...
Top Techie (08/04/15)
Ben Barrett won the Member of the Year award from Middle Tennessee Educational Technology Association. Seen with Barrett is Christy Williams, who works with him in Bedford County Board of Education's technology department (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Back to school 2015 (08/04/15)
Monday was the first day of the 2015-16 school year in Bedford County, and Liberty School kicked things off as students found out their classroom assignments and spent two hours readjusting to class. Regular class days begin Wednesday.
School all in the family for new teacher (08/04/15)
It's all in the family for the Cooks when it comes to education. Karen Cook retired from Eakin Elementary School in May after 31 years as a teacher. Now, her daughter Taylor Beth Cook is following in her footsteps. The younger Cook is a new teacher at Harris Middle School. She is a sixth grade Magnet ELA/Social Studies teacher...
Rallying the teachers during in-service (08/04/15)
Even teachers need a pep talk every so often. In-service is a good time for one. Bedford County's teachers attended a two-day in-service July 27-28. They heard from their local leaders and from Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen. "Every day think of how they (students) will remember you and how they will remember what they learned," McQueen said. "You are the player this year ... who can move them from Point A to Point Z."...
Maintenance gets schools ready for the new year (08/04/15)
"You name it, we do it." Bob Rose, a 15-year veteran of the maintenance department for the school system, said that sums up his job. On July 28, he and two other maintenance workers were hurrying to prepare Community Elementary School for the start of the school year. Rose and Bryant Pinkston were laying new linoleum in the cafeteria. A leak in the room the previous school year had damaged the old floor, Pinkston said...
Smartphones in school: The basics (08/04/15)
Some things are obvious for the back-to-school backpack -- pencils and paper and notebooks and what have you. But what about a smartphone? Is it appropriate? Is it even allowed? Some parents consider smartphones in school a distraction, perhaps even a mechanism for cheating. Others like being able to communicate directly with their child about after-school schedules, weather cancellations, and so on. Some teachers are now even incorporating smartphone technology into the classroom...
Raise your hand, and learn (08/04/15)
I won't start back to school for a few more weeks yet, but I can't wait. For the past few years, I've been a volunteer in "Raise Your Hand Tennessee," a United Way-organized initiative which places adult volunteers in elementary schools to help kids read...
Swann driven by love for helping kids grow (08/02/15)
Jennifer Swann is in her eighth year as the program coordinator for Shelbyville Parks and Recreation and still finds the joy in her work. "When you wake up everyday, you have the opportunity to change somebody's life," Swann said. Swann, a Normandy native, graduated from Cascade before attending Middle Tennessee State University to major in outdoor recreation...
State's top educator pays visit (07/28/15)
Bedford County teachers getting ready for back-to-school received a pep talk Monday from the person at the top -- the state education commissioner. Candice McQueen, Tennessee's education commissioner, visited teachers during the start of their two-day in-service. Superintendent Don Embry said it was the first time the state's top educator has visited, to the best of his knowledge...
Motlow Foundation offers ACE scholarships (07/28/15)
The Motlow College Foundation is now offering scholarship opportunities for students enrolled in the Accelerated College Express (ACE) program at Motlow College. Eligibility for the scholarship requires students to meet all requirements for admission to Motlow and the ACE program, to be in good standing with Motlow, to have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or better if prior college experience applies, to be full-time under the ACE program guidelines and not a "drop-in" and to have financial need as evidenced by FAFSA.. ...
Blowout helps kids get ahead in school (07/26/15)
The third annual Summer Feed and Fun Blowout will take place on Friday, July 31. Yes, it's that time of year, since school starts back Monday, Aug. 3. The Johnson Residential Group, founder of the Summer Feed Program, and The Center for Family Development are partners in throwing the blowout. This year's event will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at H.V. Griffin Park, organizer Mamie Johnson said...
TCAT-S joins adult learning coalition (07/26/15)
The Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville has recently joined the Coalition of Adult Learning Focused Institutions (ALFI). Colleges and universities in the coalition strive continuously to advance programs and services for adult students, evaluate their adult training programs and share best practices...
A mid-day stroll (07/24/15)
Children from Ms. Menza's Daycare took advantage of the nice weather and visited the Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library earlier this week. (T-G Photo by Derrick Hill)
No nominee for school board yet (07/22/15)
There's no nominee yet for the vacant District 1 school board seat of Dixie Parker, who died July 10 at her home in Bell Buckle. School board members and school officials are still being consulted. The county commission will appoint a successor who will hold the seat until the next county-wide general election in August 2016. ...
Missing 'Mrs. Dixie': School board member honored (07/22/15)
The Bedford County Board of Education took time to remember one of its own during its monthly meeting Tuesday. Board members paid tribute to the late Dixie Parker from District 1, who died July 10 of natural causes. "I lost one of my best friends," board chair Amy Martin said. She added that she did not know Parker at all until about 12 years ago. "She was one of the most kind, loving, caring persons."...
41 students, five local, named Advanced Placement Scholars at Webb (07/22/15)
Five Bedford County students were among 41 students at The Webb School who recently were named Advanced Placement Scholars, making for a school record. Additionally, there were five Webb students who achieved national ranking and one who received an AP International Diploma. Eighty-nine Webb students took a total of 204 AP exams in the spring. The students' recognition is based on their exam scores...