Schools and education
4-H Public Speaking project
Bedford County 4-H recently held its public speaking contest. In the high school level, first place winners are eligible to compete at the regional level. In grades 4-8, the top two winners may go on to a sub-regional competition. Front row (from left): Sarah Parker, 4th, homeschool (first at county), and Ben Renegar, 4th, Cascade Elementary School (second at county). Middle row (from left): Hunter Palmer, 6th, Cascade (first at county); Nadiana Jesch, 6th, Cascade (second at county); Seth Countess, 5th, Cascade (first at county, and fourth at sub-regional); Jessica Osterhaus, 5th, Victory Baptist Academy (second at county); and Abby Parker, 7th, homeschool (second at county, and fifth at sub-regional). Back row (from left): Godwin Murillo, 11th, Cascade; Jon Osterhaus, 9th, homeschool; Timothy Martin, 8th, homeschool; and Cody Hodge, 7th, Cascade (first at Ccunty, and sixth at sub-regional). (Submitted photo)
Workforce readiness classes start off well
The first of three workforce readiness classes organized by the 2013-2014 class of Leadership Bedford wraps up this evening, while the next one will start Tuesday night. "We had a good turnout with the first class," said Lt. Jason Williams of Shelbyville Police Department, a Leadership Bedford class member who has worked with the workforce readiness class...
HRMC, Morrison deliver health guidelines
The students of the Motlow State Community College ACE Wellness Perspectives / Lifestyle class held their final class of the term at the Harton Regional Medical Center Stumb Education Center. Angie Sowers, RD, LDN, HRMC / Morrison food and nutrition director, shared with the attendees numerous healthy eating tips including the importance of portion size, label reading, artificial sweetener information, fast food options, etc...
Poster contest for fourth grade students
Bedford County Farm Bureau Women will hold its annual poster contest for fourth grade students. There will be a first, second and third place winner from each elementary school in Bedford County; students in private school or home school may enter the county-wide contest as well...
2 snow days still left
If you were wondering how many snow days schools have taken, the answer is six. And if you were asking how many snow days are left, the answer would be two. If Bedford County gets slammed by more bad weather this season, and the remainder of the snow days are used, the school system does have options, said Superintendent Don Embry...
FFA makes the cut: Central claims district meet
More than 50 students from three counties hammered, sawed and welded their way through a competition to test their skills Thursday. The District X FFA Agricultural Mechanics Skill Contest was held at Shelbyville Central High School Annex. Students from Central, Community, Coffee County and Cannon County High Schools participated, said Tommy Green, Bedford County FFA advisor...
Thomas Magnet students could create next big thing
Who says learning can't be only fun and games? Thomas Magnet Elementary School students are not only getting to play games after school but are actually making up the games themselves. Thirteen students will compete on March 6 in the Invention Convention at Middle Tennessee State University, said principal Janice Womble. The annual competition is open to public and private school students in grades 4 to 6. The purpose is to provide a fun way for children to engage in creative thinking...
I am! I can! I must! I will! Sanders inspires Liberty students
Liberty School students had some great motivation Thursday. Former Tennessee Titans wide receiver Chris Sanders delivered a motivational speech. Fourth-grade teacher Jennifer Gray arranged Sanders' appearance. She said her pastor, Tom Henry at Calvary Baptist Church, knows the football player...
Martin announces for school board race
Amy (Fulton) Martin has announced her candidacy for re-election for the 3rd District seat on Bedford County Board of Education in the Aug. 7 general election. Martin, a lifelong resident of Bedford County, has been a member of the school board since 1992 and currently serves as its chair. ...
Shelter and local agent sponsor scholarship
This spring, the Shelter Insurance Foundation will award a $2,000 scholarship to a graduate of Central High School. Shelter Agent Maleah Claxton sponsors and partially funds this scholarship. A committee of local high school officials and community leaders will select the local recipient. The committee will consider each applicant's scholastic achievements, educational goals, citizenship, moral character and participation and leadership in school and community activities...
Southside, community support teacher
For a school as small as Southside Elementary, it has had more than its fair share of tragedy. Once again, one of its own is battling cancer. The faculty found out that a fellow teacher has been diagnosed with colon cancer. CDC teacher Shonta Lamb is undergoing some very extensive chemotherapy treatments for her newly diagnosed condition...
Sunday Conversation: Cooper a lifelong teacher, student
Susan Cooper is a second-grade teacher at Community Elementary School and a native of Bedford County. If you would like to nominate a candidate for Sunday Conversation, email email@example.com. T-G: How long have you been a teacher? I understand that you taught when you were a student. Have you ever wanted to do any other job, and if so, what? What made you want to teach?...
Coach indicted on sex charge
A former Community Middle School teacher and coach was indicted Thursday on a sexually related charge relating to an alleged incident involving a student. James William Tankersley has been charged with aggravated sexual battery by an authority figure, and is set to appear again before Circuit Court Judge Forest Durard on March 17...
New tech contracts save county money
Bedford County Board of Education approved three technology contracts Tuesday. The board voted to renew a three-year contract with Pearson School Systems to continue using PowerSchool, a student data management system. The school system has been hosting the program on its own servers, but will switch to state servers, said Terise Rhodes, student management supervisor...
Service to others rewarded at Chamber event
Educator Ardis Rittenberry Caffey was presented with the Franklin Yates Lifetime Achievement Award during Tuesday's annual Shelbyville & Bedford County Chamber of Commerce luncheon, while the Bedford County Longbeards chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation received the Deery Eakin Volunteer of the Year award...
Ilarde wins spelling bee at Webb
Lennon Ilarde, a seventh-grader from Shelbyville, recently won The Webb School Spelling Bee. Soniya Patel, an eighth-grader from Shelbyville, placed second. Elizabeth Bigham, an eighth-grader from Murfreesboro, placed third. Bigham was eliminated in the 11th round. Ilarde and Patel continued until the 20th round when Patel missed "extinguish." Ilarde's championship word was "hackamore."...
MTEC celebrates 4th with coffee
For four years, the Middle Tennessee Education Center has brought university classes closer to Midstate residents who don't live close to a college. The joint project of MTSU, Motlow State Community College and Bedford County government will celebrate its four-year anniversary with a coffee from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday at the center, 200 Dover St. in Shelbyville. The event is free and open to the public...
Third-graders experience South Korea
Community Middle School got a taste of Korea on Feb. 6. Paula Smith, third-grade teacher, has been conducting a series of lessons on foreign cultures. The study has included geographic locations, languages and society. As part of the series, Smith invited Jeong Hee Dillingham to discuss life in South Korea. Although Dillingham has been a U.S. citizen for more than 20 years, she was born in Suwon, South Korea, and lived there for more than 20 years before moving to America...
Bedford students earn Martin honors
Three residents of Bedford County received academic honors during the fall semester at Martin Methodist College in Pulaski. Hayley D. Wilson of Wartrace was named to the President's List with a semester grade point average of 4.0. Laura Ibarra-Alvarez and Emily Lewis of Bell Buckle were named to the Dean's List with a semester grade point average of 3.5 to 3.9...
Shelbyville's college center turns 4
Happy Birthday, MTEC! The Middle Tennessee Education Center (MTEC), Shelbyville's own college campus, will soon celebrate its fourth birthday in its current facilities. Congratulations, and thanks to all who worked so hard to bring this wonderful facility into existence. Your efforts will pay tremendous dividends for years to come...
Sunday Conversation: Dickens enjoys family, career and running
Mary Lynn Dickens is a guidance counselor at Shelbyville Central High School. She is married to Jeff Dickens, and together, they have a four-year-old son, Reed. Dickens is a native of Bedford County. If you would like to nominate a candidate for Sunday Conversation, email firstname.lastname@example.org...
Legion oratorical contest
Jessica Gochee, a senior at Community High School, won the American Legion Fifth District Oratorical contest last Saturday in Murfreesboro. She will compete in the regional contest this weekend in Woodbury. Gochee is sponsored by Shelbyville American Legion Post 23. With her are Post 23 Commander Gary Leverette, left, and oratorical coordinator Sam Hoadley. (Submitted photo)
A dance for Valentine's
Jessica Osborne, director of youth services, leads children in a dance prior to reading Wednesday for Valentine's story time at Argie Cooper Public Library. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Letters to the Editor, Feb. 13
Dear Editor, Proverbs 12:10 tells us "A righteous man regardest the life of his beast, but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel." If the word of God tells us that a righteous man has concern for the life of his animals ,and that a wicked man is cruel, then there is no question as to how to care for the animals created by God and that are dependant on us...
Southside's Super Salamanders
This year, Southside Principal Reita Vaughn has started each school day with a morning meeting with all the students and teachers in the gym. The morning meeting consists of the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, the school motto and a moment of silence...
Schools to close Wednesday
Bedford County School Superintendent Don Embry announced this afternoon that schools will close on Wednesday due to a forecast of several inches of snow. According to Scott Johnson of Bedford County Emergency Management Agency, snow accumulation of 1-3 inches is expected to start between 6 and 8 a.m...
Girl Scout Cookie time!
Local Girl Scouts Mary Anna Patton, left; Kayla Forsee, right, and MaryGrace Dennis, top, help sort through 687 cases of Girl Scout cookies after they were delivered Saturday. Jabiru USA on U.S. 231 provided space for the event. Scouts started selling the cookies on Sunday, and will be at Walmart and Kroger to sell cookies this Friday through Sunday, and again Feb. 22-23. That schedule may change in case of inclement weather. For more information, call 931-389-0476. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
Eakin December Students of the Month
Eakin Elementary School's December students of the month were: kindergarten, Alexander Lopez, Kate Gonzales, Jack Wise, Drake Leverette, Hayden Nelson and Lazarian Tillman; first grade, Lucian Floyd, A.J. Harris, Saniyia Rogers, Kevi Chunn and Carlos Velazquez; second grade, Lilly Brown, HeavenLai Vaughy, Bradley Brothers and Harmony Miles; third grade, Leo Rogue, Reymond Diaz, Alyssa Williams and Kevin Fletcher; fourth grade, Lizbeth Castillo, Jenna Kendrick, Melanys Hernandez and Cameron Grogan; fifth grade, Nayeli Lopez, Kearius Williams and Charisma Roney; and SPED, Vanessa Gaspar and Brandon Evans. (Submitted photo)
Webb hosts visitors from various states
A record 38 families attended the January Visitors' Day at The Webb School, including Ruth Smith, of Shelbyville, and her mother, Lou Smith. The visitors included families from a number of local Tennessee cities. Additional families interested in Webb's boarding program visited from Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, and Ohio, as well as Tennessee cities of Brentwood, Knoxville, and Nashville...
Day in a teacher's life is never-ending
A day in the life of a second-grade teacher is one that may resemble a circus juggling act or a carefully choreographed ballet. I shadowed second-grade teacher Terri Overcast on Monday, Feb. 3, for the entire school day. I was her shadow from her busy preparations before class through multiple rotations of students to the PTO meeting after school...
From child's play to a real career: This is a teacher
Who is Terri Overcast? Terri Overcast is a second-grade teacher at Cascade Elementary School. I shadowed her for a day on Monday, Feb. 3, to gain a glimpse of what a teacher's day is like. I already knew that the majority of teachers were hard-working, dedicated people who love children and want to make a difference. ...
Sunday Conversation: Pitner is grateful for sucessful career as educator
Mary Pitner is a Bedford County native. She is currently a Title I Reading teacher at Learning Way Elementary and has been in education in Bedford County for over 30 years. She is married to Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce CEO Allen Pitner, and together they have two children, Mike, 23, and Martha, 22...
MTSU poll: Tennesseans unsure DCS is protecting foster kids
More than twice as many Tennesseans say that the Department of Children's Services is not doing a good job keeping children in the foster care system safe than say that DCS is doing a good job, but most say they are unsure or don't know. Thirty-five percent of Tennesseans say DCS is not doing good job of keeping children in the foster care system safe. Only 17 percent say DCS is doing a good job. A plurality of 48 percent say they are unsure how good of a job DCS is doing...
Honoring Tennessee's historic women
A new book that tells the stories of outstanding Tennessee women is headed for the state's public high schools with help from the Middle Tennessee State University Department of History. Charlotte Crawford and Ruth Johnson Smiley, editors of "Tennessee Women of Vision and Courage," will discuss the book from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at Linebaugh Public Library, 105 W. Vine St. in Murfreesboro. The event is sponsored by the American Association of University Women of Murfreesboro...
Here are some recent honors received by college students from the area and submitted to the Times-Gazette: Adam Jarrell of Tullahoma has been named to Berry College's dean's list for the fall 2013 semester. To be eligible for the dean's list, a student must carry a semester GPA of 3.5 or better...
Here are some recent honors received by college students from the area and submitted to the Times-Gazette: Adam Jarrell of Tullahoma has been named to Berry College's dean's list for the fall 2013 semester. To be eligible for the dean's list, a student must carry a semester GPA of 3.5 or better...
Shelter again offers Community scholarship
This spring, the Shelter Insurance Foundation will award a $2,000 scholarship to a graduate of Community High School. Shelter Agent Tina Davenport sponsors and partially funds this scholarship. A committee of local high school officials and community leaders will select the recipient. ...
Project 14 Foundation gives to Boys & Girls Club
Project 14 Foundation makes contribution to the Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County. From left: Henry Whittaker, Jim Troupe, Bonnie Price, Roger Harrell, Mamie Johnson and Elizabeth Burris. ...
Southside marks 100 days
Kindergarten students at Southside Elementary School recently enjoyed many fun activities on the 100th day of school. Susan Mason's class created a "100 Things Project." It was a fun activity that they did at home with their parents. They had to creatively put 100 items on a piece of paper, and the students were quite creative with their pictures.
Pat Simmons' kindergartners celebrated the 100th day with 100 hats and a 100 cake.
It's on the line: CADtacular teaches fast drafting skills
Shelbyville hosted a high school drafting competition last week. The CADtacular brought eight students from two high schools to test their skills at Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville. The students were from Coffee County and Tullahoma High Schools. TCAT drafting instructor Russell White and several of his students hosted the first-ever event...
Teacher license change shelved
The Tennessee School Board has shelved -- for now -- a controversial change to teacher license renewals. The board voted Friday to undo a policy that would have tied teacher license renewals to in-class assessments and scores using students' testing scores. However, the board will look at the issue again at its April meeting...
Happy 100th birthday! Fellow teachers celebrate with Mary Gray
A person's 100th birthday does not come around too often -- once in a lifetime -- so the event should be celebrated. And that's what a group of retired teachers did with one of their own on Monday, Jan. 27. A retired teachers group threw a lunch party at Legends of Shelbyville for Mary Gray, a retired teacher. Her birthday was on Sunday, Jan. 26...
Ahoy! It's story time
"Arrrr!" "Avast!" "Yo Ho Ho!" Those were just some of the sayings the little ones could remember during Pirate Storytime at the Argie Cooper Public Library Wednesday. Some of the tykes knew about the sea-going ruffians from the Pirates of the Caribbean films, and Jessica Osborne with the library read a variety of stories to the kids, teaching them how to talk like a pirate, as well as spinning a yarn involving a pair of golden underpants...
Youths aim to smash out hunger
High school juniors are trying to smash hunger by raising money to support a garden for people in need. Youth Leadership Bedford's class project is a community garden/food forest. The 14 juniors from Victory Baptist Academy and Cascade, Community and Shelbyville Central high schools are partnering with CROSS Shelter in the Smashing Hunger project, said advisor Jennifer Templeton...
Good eats for good grades
Last week, the Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County celebrated members who made the A/B Honor Roll with a pizza party sponsored by Pizza Hut. "We want to congratulate all of these children for their achievements," said club director Roger Harrell. "We would also like to say a special thanks to Pizza Hut for this special treat."...
WHTA coat donation
Mickey McCormick, president of the Walking Horse Trainer's Association, presented Kyle Turnbow of Shelbyville Central High School with around 50 jackets to be distributed to the local schools. "The Walking Horse Industry is proud to help the community see that children who are coming to school in these cold temperatures at least have a jacket to help keep them warm while they are waiting on the bus or walking to school," said Julie Lambert, on behalf of the organization. (Submitted photo)
Presenting... You! It isn't really hard
When the 2013-2014 class of Leadership Bedford held a local government forum last November, several speakers mentioned the importance of education to economic development. But Bryan Nerren, the class president, says he believes it's a misunderstanding to think that the county has an education problem. He says many of the 1,600 Bedford County residents who can't find work have a different problem...
Music to fill the air in May
Tuesday, May 6, has been set as the date for the Nashville Symphony's annual concert at Calsonic Arena in Shelbyville. The symphony, under the baton of assistant conductor Vinay Parameswaran, will perform a family-friendly program, with the Cascade High School Band as special guests...
Meanings beyond words: Student views the world with an artistic eye
Drawing cartoons and comic book characters seems to be second nature to 12-year-old Noah Lambert. For as long has he, his family and teachers can remember, Noah has been drawing...
Down on the farm...indoors with no dirt
A grant from a Murfreesboro manufacturer to one Bedford County school has resulted in some interesting lessons being learned in the classroom, as well as providing the opportunity for a little good-natured competition. Community Elementary received a $2,500 grant last fall from the Pillsbury Co.'s Murfreesboro plant, which employs the parents of several CES students...
Epperson co-ops with ZF Lemforder
Tennessee Tech University mechanical and engineering technology major Nathan Epperson will spend one year working for ZF Lemforder on a co-op, or cooperative education, assignment. Epperson, of Shelbyville, will work on continuous improvement of production line assembly for chassis systems...
Coated with love: Program to keep kids warm goes viral
Many times, things that some take for granted aren't the case for others. The difference could be as simple as putting a coat on the back of a child. Shelbyville Central graduate and current Middle Tennessee men's golf coach and associate athletic director Whit Turnbow had a touching experience last Friday morning as he drove to work that led him to tweet a message...
Reading between the lines
Tennessee fourth-graders have shown some of the best overall improvements in reading but also have a large gap between high- and low-income students, child advocates say. The Annie E. Casey Foundation KIDS COUNT Program released a report today analyzing 10 years' worth of education data. "KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot: Fourth Grade Reading Proficiency in the United States" is the title...
Kids create Smokey Bear, Woodsy Owl posters
Volunteer Garden Club sponsored the 2014 Smokey Bear & Woodsy Owl poster contest at Eakin Elementary School. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service and the National Garden Clubs Inc. gave students the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of wildfire prevention and basic environmental conservation principles through original drawings of Smokey Bear or Woodsy Owl...
HOSA students compete
Shelbyville Central High School Health Science Education (HOSA) students recently competed in a regional competition at Middle Tennessee State University. They are eligible to compete at the state level in March. In front row: Kristie Gibson, Katie Dunn, Jordan Barnett, Kayleigh Caldwell, Ashlyn Richardson and Sally Oliver. In back row: Alisha Tillman, Hailey Puckett, Jake Hinson, Adam Williams and Olivia Calvert. (Submitted photo)
SCHS students get creative in library
Shelbyville Central High School students have been showing off their decorating and marketing skills in the high school library. The librarians, Dona Northcutt and Heather Richards, had help from several talented students enrolled in a new class, Retail Operations, at the Central High School Annex. ...
Honoring Martha Fisher
The Times-Gazette on Wednesday recognized Martha Fisher for her award as 2013-2014 Tennessee Principal of the Year. The T-G presented the Cascade Elementary School principal with a plaque containing the story from October that announced the award. Also pictured are T-G staff writer Jason Reynolds (left) who wrote the story and Bedford County Superintendent Don Embry.
Any T-G story can be memorialized into a permanent, lacquered wooden plaque. To inquire about a plaque, contact the T-G office at 684-1200. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
Dandy welds steel to create pieces in fine detail
You have to hand it to Maurice Dandy. He can sculpt about any design from steel -- even a hand. The 1994 graduate of Shelbyville Central High School is welding together large and small pieces of metal to design works of art. He is in his third trimester at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville...
Run isn't Goofy for teacher
Some people would consider it goofy or dopey to wake up at 3 a.m. to run 13.1 miles, but few people would expect Goofy or Dopey to be cheering them on as they ran. Although Marie Gilbert doesn't consider herself a serious runner, and has only run 5K (3.2 miles) races for a couple of years, she recently took the runDisney challenge and ran a half-marathon at the Walt Disney World complex in Orlando, Fla...
School Board Week displays appreciation
Last week was School Board Appreciation Week in Tennessee, a time to build awareness and understanding of the vital function an elected board of education plays in our society. "It takes strong schools to build a strong community, and these men and women devote countless hours to making sure our schools are helping every child learn at a higher level," Bedford County Superintendent Don Embry said in a statement. ...
Webb School honor roll announced
The Webb School has announced its A and B honor rolls for the second quarter of the 2013-14 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...
Bedford County Honor Rolls
Fifth Grade Prinicpal's List Seth Cloud, Laila Corral, Seth Countess, Katie Cowart, Madalyn Crosslin, Chloe DeLease, Haley Gentry, Emily Houle, Tori Hull, Sydney Jones, William Lane, Samuel Maddox, Bailey Olive, Kyler Parker, Charles Phillips, Connor Prim, Alyssa Rhodes, Jeffrey Riddle, Payton Riddle, Kristin Schuler, Helenna Simpson, Elijah Smith, Lauren Williams...
It's all about the weather
Eakin Elementary School teacher Christy Stonecipher was dressed as a mad scientist Thursday, but not in a effort to scare her students. It was to help bring life to her experiment about weather. See more photos of Stonecipher, her students and the experiment in an upcoming edition of the T-G. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Leadership Bedford takes tour of schools
Leadership Bedford Class of 2014 enjoyed education class day on Jan. 15. The class visited the Bedford County Board of Education central office and received a presentation from Karen Scoggins, assistant superintendent. They visited the Adult Learning Center, and later were given a tour of Harris Middle School by the principal, Josh Young. ...
Hunger in Bedford County: Many students lack food
More students' backpacks these days are carrying food in addition to books. The food is meant to tide them over during weekends and holidays when they do not have access to school meals. The numbers are growing, and the need is great. Twenty-eight percent of Bedford County children are deemed to be "food insecure," according to the U.S. ...
Dean's list students named
Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Mich., has announced that Rachel Galeski of Shelbyville has been named to the dean's list for the fall 2013 semester. To achieve the dean's list, a student must maintain a minimum 3.5 grade point average while enrolled in at least nine credits of regular coursework...
New state rules frustrate teachers
Teachers are unhappy with state-mandated changes in education, and they're speaking out about it. Tamra King, president of the Bedford County Education Association, shared the results of a teacher survey with the Board of Education on Tuesday. The association emailed the survey to all certified staff (teachers), and 60 percent responded...
Jones claims Webb National Geographic Bee
BELL BUCKLE -- Collin Jones, an eighth grader from Normandy, won the 2014 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 26th annual National Geographic Bee...
Weather personality visits Cascade
Mellissa Turrentine's 6th grade science class at Cascade Middle School invited WSMV's Lisa Spencer for a weather presentation recently. Pictured from left are Tristan Bowen. Anna Brown, Kailey Snell, Kayla Vincent and Spencer. (Submitted photo)
TTU names grads, dean's list
Cortney Danielle Kleindienst and Rachel Anne Emerson, both of Shelbyville, were among about 700 students who recently received degrees from Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville. The university's newest graduates represent 72 Tennessee counties, 27 states and 13 other countries. They joined the ranks of more than 76,000 alumni across the globe. Their degrees were in 39 fields of study...
Community salutes fundraisers
These students were the top sellers for Community Middle School's cookie dough fundraiser: Colby Ryan Cook, first place; Preston Kornegay, second place; and McKayla Reed, third place. Principal Tony Garrette gave them their prize money. (Submitted photo)
MTSU dean's list announced
Middle Tennessee State University has released its dean's list for the fall 2013 semester. To qualify for this distinction, an undergraduate student must maintain a current semester grade-point average of 3.5 or above and earn at least 12 semester hours...
Central Class of '63 reunion
The Shelbyville Central Class of 1963 recently held its 50th class reunion at River Bend Country Club. Pictured are: Finis Arnold; Zollie Balliff; Louise (Bowling) Bivvins; Sheila (Reed) Bobo; Wilson Bomar; Judy (Freeman) Bonner; Donald Brantley; Barbara (Bellenfant) Brownfield; Robert Butler; Bennie (Parsons) Carter; Gil Cartwright; Peggy (Melton) Cleek; Billy Collins; Peggy (Payne) Collins; Carolyn (Haskins) Cook; Ed Craig; Lanetta (Mullins) Cunningham; James Curtis; Charles Deal; Angela (Hulan) Dickens; Claudette (Smith) Fox; Patti (Woods) Hash; Doyle Hasty; Kathryn (Thomas) Hasty; Betty (Farrar) Hord; Sally D. (Huffman) Hunt; Travis Jones; Walter (Jack) Jones; Donna Kimery; Betty Jo (Wiser) Kvernes; Gloria (Enoch) LaRoche; Nora (Lemmon) Littrell; Roger Littrell; Charlotte (Farrar) Mahon; Leslie Marsh; Joyce (Parks) McGee; Linda (Shelton) McGill; Linda (Gregory) McGrew; Betty (Barton) Rutledge; Charles Saunders; Ron Searcy; Margaret (Brown) Shelton; Jimmy Simmons; Mary Ruth (Logan) Simmons; Judy (Claxton) Sliger; Rosemary (Gill) Smith; Natalie (Stone) Spalding; Donna (Pharr) Sparks; Elaine (Lewis) Stacy; Charles Sudberry; Susan (Brown) Taylor; Nancy Jean (Neill) Walker; and Leta (Russell) Williams. Not pictured: George Claxton; Ray Clift; Clara Mae (Liggett) Davis; Lynn (Woodruff) Hulan; and Kenny Simmons. (Submitted photo)
Growing knowledge: New 4-H agent loves farming, teaching
There's a new face in town and if you've got kids, a farm or enjoy the fair, chances are you're going to get to know him well. Jeffrey Hester of Cheatham County has joined the Bedford County Extension team as an agent focusing on the 4-H aspects of our community. He'll be working closely with Emily Osterhaus, the other 4-H agent, but he'll focus on the agriculture side of things while Osterhaus will be able to pursue her passion, which resides in family and consumer sciences...
Preschoolers active in short spurts
Preschool-aged children require the majority of their waking day, approximately 11 hours, to achieve their recommended daily physical activity, a Vanderbilt study published in Obesity found. Children in the study, ages 3-5, achieved this activity through relatively short bursts of energy expenditure as opposed to the longer and more routine periods of exercise typically exhibited by adults...
Council denies library funds, citing low emergency reserve
Shelbyville City Council, meeting Thursday night, voted down a request from the Argie Cooper Public Library Board of Trustees for funding to enable construction of a new library building. The library had asked the city for $250,000 to be added to the $1,591,315 already in hand or firmly committed...
Webb plans next Visitor's Day
On Jan. 20, The Webb School will open its campus for prospective students and their families for 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 our 150-acre campus, led by a current Webb student. ...
UT Martin honor roll named
The University of Tennessee at Martin has named its fall 2013 Chancellor's Honor Rolls for the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, College of Business and Global Affairs, College of Education, Health, and Behavioral Sciences, College of Engineering and Natural Sciences and the College of Humanities and Fine Arts...
Cold lessons for teachers
Cold temperatures kept Bedford County schools from resuming classes today. The closure was announced Tuesday afternoon. While Bedford County students were never scheduled to return to classrooms until today, Bedford County teachers were originally supposed to be back at school on Monday for an in-service day. ...
Students to examine free press, free country in MTSU course
MURFREESBORO -- With former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden continuing to expose government secrets piecemeal, an MTSU professor's upcoming spring 2014 journalism course is more timely than ever. Dr. Larry Burriss will teach "Mass Media and National Security" each Tuesday and Thursday from 2:40 to 4:05 p.m. when MTSU's spring 2014 semester begins Thursday, Jan. 16...
Costly lessons for colleges, but state schools still good buys
MOORE COUNTY -- David Gregory, vice-chancellor of Tennessee Board of Regents, told a gathering of state legislators and regional leaders on Friday that Board of Regents schools are "still a very good buy" for students but that the trend of rising tuition at community colleges is "somewhat concerning to us."...
Top Stories of 2013: Prank gun call scares school; horse industry fights critics
A school security threat turned out to be a prank call, but the ongoing struggles of the Tennessee walking horse industry were all too real, as the Times-Gazette continues its countdown of the top 10 local stories of 2013 as determined by a panel of 12 T-G employees...
Love accepted to Tennessee Wesleyan
Tennessee Wesleyan College in Athens has announced that Tia Love of Shelbyville has been accepted for the upcoming academic year. Tennessee Wesleyan is a private, comprehensive institution grounded in the liberal arts. It offers an array of undergraduate and graduate programs including a well-known nursing program...
Bullying takes many forms
Childhood bullying takes many forms, some experts say. Contact Lifeline of the Highland Rim is a regional Christian 24-hour helpline free to residents of Bedford, Coffee, Franklin and Moore counties. The organization offers crisis intervention, referral and reassurance services...
Boys & Girls Club members like holiday treats
Members of Bedford County's Boys & Girls Club enjoyed a special Christmas party that included plenty of gifts, thanks to donations from Toys For Tots. Additionally, proceeds from the Walking For Angels horse show group provided Christmas packages for 30 members and their families who needed extra holiday help...
Top Stories of 2013: School security and a generous homecoming
Two quite-different school-related stories continue our countdown of the top 10 local stories of 2013 as determined by a panel of 12 Times-Gazette staff members....
Top Stories of 2013: Two accomplished women
Two accomplished women -- one honored, one mourned -- lead off this year's countdown of the top 10 local stories of 2013, as determined by a panel of Times-Gazette staff. We'll reveal two stories per issue between now and Jan. 2. (27 points) Shelbyville native and Lynchburg resident Shanda Carney Fanning was one of the two pilots killed Aug. ...
MTSU honored at national conference
Middle Tennessee State University received two top awards at this year's Association of Continuing Higher Education conference in Lexington, Ky. The university's Experiential Learning Scholars Program received one of two ACHE Distinguished Program Awards for Credit Programs while associate professor Dianna Rust received the ACHE Meritorious Service Award...
TCAT brings patient care program to MTEC
Beginning Jan. 2, Tennessee College of Applied Technology/Shelbyville will offer the Patient Care Technician/Medical Assistant program at Middle Tennessee Education Center on Dover Street in Shelbyville. The program is being moved from an off-campus site in Fayetteville to a closer and more central location to the TCAT-Shelbyville to make the program more accessible to students from the surrounding counties...
Sunday Conversation: Liberty art teacher loves her job
Liberty art teacher Helen Johnson ("Mrs. J") was born and raised in Winchester. She has been teaching art at Liberty School in Bedford County for two years and prides herself on an interactive approach where students learn as much about giving back to the community as they do art itself...
Spreading Christmas cheer
For the past four years the fifth-graders from East Side Elementary School have celebrated Christmas with their friends at the Shelbyville Skills Center. The clients at the Skills Center look forward to the visit from the kids. The students read "Twas the Night Before Christmas" and sang Christmas songs with their friends. Santa, also known as Johnny Reed, attended the party. There are always lots of hugs and smiles during the visit. The students brought cookies, bell necklaces, ornaments, and Christmas cards and pictures to give to their friends. (Submitted photo)
Thomas Magnet attracts success
Thomas Magnet School may be only 5 years old as a magnet program, but it is celebrating a string of achievements during that short time. The school was named a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School this past semester. Thomas also was named a Reward School based on performance for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years...
Help offered to students during break
There is a program in many regions known as BackPack. A BackPack is a package of ready to eat food geared toward children that is discretely received from their school's guidance counselor on Friday afternoon. This helps them get through the weekend when there are no school meals available...
County student scores steady or rising, report card says
The Bedford County Board of Education heard an overview Tuesday of the system's 2013 state Report Card. Between 2012 to 2013, TCAP achievement results for grades 3-8 in Bedford County held steady in math and social studies (Bs in both years) and reading (Cs both years), said Betty Thames, the school system's instruction supervisor. Science improved from a C to a B...
Teacher licensure plan draws fire
Bedford County Board of Education may join a statewide chorus of educators' voices in opposing the use of a certain measurement in approving teacher licensure. The Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS) is a measurement of how much a student grows from year to year. The system is controversial for some educators because they say it is too complex to understand, among other issues...
MTSU, Alabama A&M sign research pact
The presidents of Middle Tennessee State University and Alabama A&M University signed a memorandum of understanding Friday that encourages greater collaboration on faculty and student scientific research in the areas of aerospace, agriscience and engineering...
Imagination Library seeks donations
Bedford County Imagination Library is growing. The organization's book invoice is growing as well and needs a boost, said member and past president Shelly Gray. The library is looking for 12 business partners in the community to commit to a gift of $1,300, the cost of one month's worth of books. Having one corporate sponsor per month would free up the non-profit organization's finances to expand, Gray said...
Local LEGO team honored at competition
The Electrons team in the First LEGO League took first place last weekend in the Project Research division of the East Tennessee State First LEGO Tournament, held at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville. "The team competed well in all areas but excelled in the level of research they put into their project," said Madeline Fontenot, one of the team's two coaches, along with Austin Voorhes...
Leadership boils over at conference
On Nov. 15-16, 18 members of Cascade FFA and eight members of Bedford County FFA attended the 212/360 conference at Camp Clements in Doyle. The 212 Conference is named for 212 degrees Fahrenheit, the temperature at which water boils. The name symbolizes taking students to the boiling point of leadership. ...
Lessons, carols will fill the air at Webb
The Webb School Chapel will be filled with music, song and fellowship next Thursday during the school's annual celebration of Lessons and Carols. The performance will begin at 7 p.m. A string prelude will begin at 6:40. A reception will follow in the Grace Follin Dining Hall on the Webb campus. The event is free and open to the public...
Broadhead elected to TAIS board
Ray Broadhead, head of school at The Webb School, was elected to the Tennessee Association of Independent Schools Board of Directors at the November meeting. Broadhead is the Middle Tennessee Grand Division director-at-large and will take office July 1. Directors are heads of schools, and at-large board members serve three-year terms...
Dillingham speaks to honor society
Wayne Dillingham of Shelbyville was guest speaker at the initiation ceremony for new members of MTSU's chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society on Nov. 19. Dillingham is the director of Middle Tennessee Education Center (MTEC) in Shelbyville. Dillingham is a life member of Phi Kappa Phi, which is MTSU's most prestigious honor society. Created in 1897, it is the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines...
Master teacher earns minigrant
Reagan Aymett, a looping first/second grade teacher at Learning Way Elementary, has been awarded an Ezra Jack Keats Minigrant to purchase new books for her classroom, and has also been selected for the National Education Association's Master Teacher Project, meaning videos of her teaching techniques will be available to teachers across the nation...
Pet adoption trees
The Shelbyville Central High School NHS Service Learning Leadership class decorated two pet adoption Christmas trees for the Shelbyville-Bedford County Humane Association.
You can adopt dogs and cats from these trees in the Antiques, Arts & Collectibles Mall on the square and at The Fly Arts Center. Pictured (in no order) are: Octavio Ayala, Preston
Brown, Sarah Coker, Brittany Cook, Allen Doyle, Courtney Hornaday, Amanda Jones, Madison Martin, Tiana Sanders, Ellie Smith, Garret Smotherman, Jonathan Smotherman,
Shelby Smotherman, Karla Suazo, Alisha Tillman and Christie Tran. (Submitted photo)
Central FFA has great fall semester
The Bedford County FFA chapter of Shelbyville Central High School has had a successful fall semester. The team competed in the State FFA Horse Evaluation, Regional Land Evaluation, and State 4H Land Evaluation. On Sept. 10, the chapter traveled to Murfreesboro to compete in the Tennessee FFA Horse Evaluation CDE. The team placed 25th out of 70 teams. Molly Chicoine was the 14th high individual in the competition. Team members were: Molly Chicoine; Brianna Gearlds; Zach Seibers and Isaac McGee...
Students get financial advice from Dave Ramsey
Students in the personal finance class at The Webb School completed a course created by Dave Ramsey, personal money management expert, best-selling author and nationally syndicated radio show host. To reinforce what they have learned in the classroom, the students traveled to Financial Peace Plaza in Brentwood to hear firsthand how to avoid some of the financial pitfalls that plague young adults and how to plan for the future...
Webb students visit craft center
Approximately 50 students from The Webb School in Bell Buckle visited the Appalachian Center for Craft in Smithville this month, as part of a program organized by the Friends of the Appalachian Center for Craft of Tennessee (FACCT). Webb art teacher Michael Quinn brings his students to the center each year. ...
Local LEGO League team competes while learning
A group of local students participating in the FIRST LEGO League has an idea for a new kind of warning sign that could warn drivers of flooded streets while at the same time notifying local emergency services of the problem. The FIRST LEGO League is a robotics program for kids ages 9-14. It's sponsored by the makers of LEGO building blocks and toys...
No children hurt as car hits school bus
The sight of a car ramming the back of a school bus on Fairfield Pike was scary for two witnesses. Fortunately, they soon discovered the driver had already completed her run and was headed to park the bus. "It was just a jar," bus driver Billie Jo Juarez, 42, of Frank Martin Road said of the crash at the Chestnut Drive intersection...
They can, they did: Central students' food drive successful
Students at Shelbyville Central High School have wrapped up another successful year of feeding hungry people -- and animals -- with the annual Great Canned Food Drive. The school held its annual ceremony Friday in which it presented the donations to local charities. ...
She's always there: Martin named School Board Member of the Year
State educators have made official what the people of Bedford County have long recognized: that Amy Martin is a special educator. The local Board of Education chairwoman was named 2013 Tennessee School Board (TSBA) Member of the Year/C. Hal Henard Distinguished Service Award Winner. ...
School Supt. Don Embry, left, accepts a check from Shelbyville/Bedford County Chamber of Commerce CEO Allen Pitner for grant money for the Tennessee 3-Star Program.
Positive pupils honored at Thomas
These students at Thomas Magnet School were chosen Positive Pupils. They were chosen for having a good self-concept; being happy; successful; healthy and creative. Front (from left): Rylei Hale; Elijah Smith; Alayna Cruse; Marena Jacobs; Joshua Rincon; Emmanuel Lopez; Kimberly Ramirez; Jackson Davis and Kohen Bush. Back (from left): Kay Elam, school counselor; Henry Simpson; Katelyn Carrillo; Elliott Caine; Caroline McKamey; Wendy Campos; Elijah Kirby and Ethan Clifford. (Submitted photo)
Complete GED by Jan. 1, or you'll start from scratch
Adults trying to earn their high school equivalency diploma are facing some new challenges, including higher costs, and may have to redo all their previous work. "It's going to be interesting," said Elaine Weaver, director of the Adult Education office in Shelbyville...
Magnet school applications sought
Thomas Magnet School is accepting applications for the 2014-2015 school year for grades K-5. Applications may be picked up at Thomas' office or they can be printed online at www.bedfordk12tn.com. Applications are due by Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. Applications may be mailed to Thomas Magnet School, 515 Tate Ave., faxed to 931-684-7174 or dropped off at the front office...
TCAT hosts business seminar
Leroy C. Cunningham, Business Development Specialist with the Tennessee Small Business Development Center in Murfreesboro, TN, recently addressed the students of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Shelbyville. The purpose of the seminar was to provide students interested in starting a business a broad overview of the many things with which they'll be confronted as entrepreneurs. ...
TCAT honors outstanding student
Ty Carrington of Chapel Hill, a drafting and CAD Technology student at Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville, was named as the local school's Outstanding Student of the Year. The announcement was made by Ivan Jones, director of TCAT-Shelbyville, during a recognition luncheon for all nominees at Legends Restaurant...
The Bedford County Board of Education spent much of its meeting Tuesday discussing two recent incidents: the gun scare last Friday at Shelbyville Central High School and the downtown fire on Monday. Deputy Chief Mike Rogers of the Shelbyville Police Department spoke briefly on the gun scare. Board chairwoman Amy Martin had invited him to the meeting...
Possible jail sites whittled down to 9
Bedford County Board of Commissioners' courthouse and county property committee narrowed the list of potential sites for Bedford County Jail from 16 down to 9 on Tuesday night, eliminating sites that the committee considered obvious bad choices. Bedford County Planning and Zoning Director Chris White had researched 16 jail sites. ...
Energy savings pays off for United Way
United Way of Bedford County recently received $10,000 through an energy conservation award. Daniel Kleindienst and the staff of the Bedford County Schools maintenance department presented the money to United Way. The money came from an energy award the department received through the TVA-EnerNOC Demand Response Program in partnership with Duck River Electric Membership Corp. ...
Free smoke detectors available in drive
Free smoke detectors will be installed during a drive Saturday in several areas of Shelbyville, Bell Buckle and Wartrace. The smoke detector drive is a service project by the Cascade High School FFA with help from the Shelbyville Fire Department, partner agencies and volunteers, SFD assistant chief Brian Nicholson said...
Seniors receive blazers continuing Webb tradition
The 66 seniors in The Webb School Class of 2014 participated in Blazer Day, one of many traditions, Nov. 12, as they received their senior blazers in a special chapel ceremony. The presentation is scheduled annually on or near the birthday of founder, W. R. "Sawney" Webb, who was born on Nov. 11, 1842...
Chambliss Leads a new program for Webb students
Thirteen students at The Webb School are spending the school year on an intensive study of leadership in a new program, Chambliss Leads. These 13 residents of the Chambliss dormitory, encompassing 10th-12th graders, are researching leaders, examining leadership styles, profiling their personal leadership qualities and characteristics, exploring peer review and peer coaching, and completing group leadership development projects...
MTSU plants seeds for ginseng profits
Middle Tennessee State University began its Ginseng Initiative last week by planting seeds in a small garden at its Experiential Learning and Research Center. Sprouting from an idea by State Sen. Bill Ketron, MTSU and state officials began their study and exploration of growing ginseng with a planting ceremony attended by several dozen people...
Student Council wins regional award
Cascade High School's Student Council recently attended the SASC convention in Greenville, S.C. Cascade received third place in the fundraising category with "Powder Puff Phrenzy." This is a regional award based on entries from 11 states and 98 schools represented by the Southern states. ...
Sunday Conversation: Robots, art come alive in Eaglebots sponsor's world
Rebecca "Becky" Soper is an art teacher at Harris Middle School. She is also lead sponsor of the school's robotics design team, or the Eaglebots. Soper was awarded Best Robotics Teacher of the Year during last weekend's 2013 Music City BEST Robotics Competition in Nashville...
Fire Academy graduates fall class
Austin Bruce of the Normandy Volunteer Fire Department was one of 18 firefighters from across the state graduating Friday from the fall recruit class at the Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy on Unionville-Deason Road. Located on 330 acres in northern Bedford County, this state-of-the-art training facility has been a "home away from home" for the recruits during the 10-week class...
Humans win award for robot's complexity
The award-winning Harris Middle School robot is more than just the sums of its parts. The 2013 Music City BEST Robotics Competition was held on Saturday, Nov. 9, at Lipscomb University in Nashville. BEST stands for Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology and is for students in grades 5-12...
NEW THIS AFTERNOON: Youth's 'bright idea' for prank call went bad
The false calls claiming a gunman was on the loose in Shelbyville Central High School weren't planned in advance, said the 15-year-old boy who placed them. "This bright idea just popped into my mind to call in a shooting," the youth was quoted as saying by Detective Sgt. Brian Crews of the Shelbyville Police Department...
Square merchants help schools with new promo
A number of downtown businesses banded together to offer a program that could benefit Bedford County schools and classrooms. The "Shop the Shelbyville Square and Earn Money for Schools" promotion runs from this Saturday to Nov. 30. All public schools are included, as are The Webb School and Victory Baptist Academy...
Prank caller was 15-year-old from Tullahoma
A 15-year-old boy was being questioned this morning after what officials term "a prank call" of a student with a gun placed Shelbyville Central High School on lockdown.
No one was hurt, authorities said....
Harris robot, team grab regional awards
Harris Middle School's Eaglebots team's robot grasped two awards in a regional robot competition on Saturday. The 2013 Music City BEST Robotics Competition was held at Lipscomb University in Nashville. The robot, which was designed as an arm, won the Rube Goldberg Award for Meritorious Achievement in Design Complexity. And, art teacher Rebecca Soper, who leads the Eaglebots, won Best Robotics Teacher of the Year...
Tears and thanks at school Veterans Day programs
Schools across the county hosted special programs in honor of Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11. Liberty School principal Mike Novak quickly captured the essence of the special day by reminding students to be grateful of the many things they enjoy as a direct result of the sacrifices made by men and women who've served their country...
Eakin Students of the Month
The following students (not in order) have been named students of the month at Eakin Elementary School: Kindergarten -- Connie Banks, Aden Bravo, Sharla Holland, Mariana Juan-Lopez, Nyla Gresham, Trishta McGee, Olivia Lankford, Brittney Ray, Jaiden Nixon, Malaki Leslie, Sherri Swing, Diana Solis, Diana Solis, Mallory Vaughn, Katherine Harrell, Guillermo Cervantes; 1st Grade -- Lindsay Brymer, Maleah Fabera, Kutler Hastings, Casey Clanton, Riley Clem, Keaton Alcorta, Sandra Harmon, Rosalia Gutierrez, Nevaeh Roehrig, Beth Keele, Haley Salyer, Gavin Watson, Sarah McKinney, Vanessa Torres, Shelley Lopez; 2nd grade -- Tina Carter, Ryan Wright, Gabriella Oropeza, Lindsay Cleek, Caitlyn Streeter, Jackson Benson, Karen Cook, Kailey Overcast, Cassie Rucker, Savannah Brew, Karma Erwin; 3rd grade -- Indasia Ransom, Kally Darnell, Mayra Cardenas, Caden Thomas, Kim Higgs, Isah Alexander, Rebeca Manzan, Amy McGee, Joanna Hernandez, JP Bonner, Christy Phillips, Landon McCroskey, Brooklyn Bromley; 4th grade -- Jennifer Barnes, Josefina Pascual, Katlin Elizabeth Viveros, Stefanie Cleveland, Gabriel Hernandez, Emma Grace Cooper, Jami Neal, Jordan Howell, Christy Stonecipher, Vanessa Cazares-Verdel, Thaddius Houston; 5th grade -- Angela Ferguson, Rosa Jose-Gaspar, Sebastian Martin, Jennifer Nichols, Chuckie Freeman, Cassidy Sanders, Leigh Ann Young, Andrea Fletcher, Julie Allen Rorabaugh, Taylor Waters. Not pictured: Cassidy Sanders. (Submitted photo)
MTSU aims toward growing workforce
These are exciting and challenging times for higher education. Whether you have noted President Barack Obama's push for increased transparency and accountability for colleges and universities, or heard Gov. Bill Haslam's compelling case for his "Drive to 55" initiative, there is no escaping the growing call for innovation to support greater student success...
State ranks first in education gains
Tennessee is the fastest improving state in the nation for gains in education, officials announced Thursday. The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) released its 2013 report card Thursday. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and former Gov. Phil Bredesen announced the results during a press conference at West Wilson Middle School in Mt. Juliet...
Schools play around seriously
Education in Bedford County is getting downright playful -- as in theatrical plays. At least three schools are producing plays this weekend and next week. Peter Pan will fly into Community High School this weekend. The school's Smokestack Theatre Group will present J.M. Barrie's "Peter Pan and Wendy" tonight, Saturday and Sunday, said director Anthony Davis. The play, adapted for the stage by Doug Rand, The show will feature flying effects by ZFX Flying of Louisville, Ky...
Fisher deserving of state honor
Great leaders inspire people by serving others. That type of leader is called a servant leader. Martha Fisher is such a leader. The Cascade Elementary School principal last week was named Tennessee's Principal of the Year for 2013-2014. In interviewing her for a story on the award, I was struck by how humble Martha is. In fact, I'm sure she will be embarrassed by this column. Too bad -- she deserves the attention. She's a great lady and a great educator...
Sunday Conversation: Don Embry
Don Embry was chosen in February of this year as Bedford County superintendent of schools. Embry had previously been principal of Shelbyville Central High School. This week, the Times-Gazette is bringing back its "Sunday Conversation" feature, and has chosen Embry as the first subject. ...
Rotarians have words with area students
Dic*tion*ar*y, noun: something that can open possibilities for children; also, something the Shelbyville Rotary Club has been handing out for a number of years. On Oct. 23 and Oct. 30, members of the club -- assisted by members of local Interact Clubs -- presented dictionaries to each third grade student in local public schools. They awarded a $1 coin to the person in each classroom who could find a challenge word the fastest...
Peter Pan flies into Community play
The Smokestack Theatre Group of Community High is celebrating its 20th anniversary season this year, and the theme they've chosen is "Flying Higher Than Before." That sentiment is quite appropriate for their fall production, J.M. Barrie's "Peter Pan & Wendy," adapted by Doug Rand. For the first time in school history, actors will fly onstage. CHS has hired ZFX Flying of Louisville to help rig a portable flying system which will allow Peter and Wendy to literally zoom high around the stage...
Webb hosts prospective families
The Webb School's strong focus on the arts is a major selling point, one mother says. "For me, the arts are strong here and so are academics and athletics," said Leigh Fogle of Manchester. "It's well-rounded." Fogle, her husband Bryan and their children, Meredith, a fourth-grader, and Grant, a third-grader, toured Webb on Saturday during the school's Middle School Preview day...
Webb plans Visitors Day on Nov. 11
On Monday, Nov. 11, The Webb School will open its campus for 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 Webb's 150-acre campus, led by a current student. ...
Fun after school with STEM
Staying after school doesn't always have to be a form of punishment, as some Harris Middle School students have found out. In fact, it can be a lot of fun. They are part of the 21st Center Learning Centers grant program that provides intentional, hands-on approaches that are intended to increase students' interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programming...
SCHS retail students show off creativity
Many students have become excited about the Shelbyville Central High School library's monthly displays featuring a genre, a holiday event or literary topic. This month's displays featured a spooky case of various Stephen King novels, ghost stories available for checkout from a floating table, and an array of fiction and nonfiction books based on weird science topics...
Heroes: Why do we need them?
Julleen says that heroes aren't born, but instead heroic qualities are built upon them as they grow. We need these heroes in everyday life, for comfort, protection, or even just to give us something to believe in. Heroes define what we think of as good or all that is just in the world...
Webb announces Bedford honor students
BELL BUCKLE -- The Webb School recently announced its A and B honor rolls for the first quarter of the 2013-14 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...
Cascade Elementary School Fifth Grade Joshua Adcock, Alexander Allison, Farrayn Arnold, Hannah Clay, Seth Cloud, Jason Clukey, Seth Countess, Katie Cowart, Madalyn Crosslin, Chloe DeLease, Erin Douglas, Hailey Holder, Bryson Holt, Mallory Houchin, Emily Houle, Tori Hull, Sydney Jones, Samuel Maddox, Allison Newcomb, Bailey Olive, Kyler Parker, Charles Phillips, Connor Prim, Adam Reeves, Alyssa Rhodes, Reanna Richards, Tyler Sabin, Kristin Schuler, Helenna Simpson, Kathleen Sintic, Elijah Smith, Lauren Williams, Alexia Youngblood.. ...
Fisher named state's best
Cascade Elementary Principal Martha Fisher has been named the top principal in the state. The Tennessee Department of Education named Fisher as 2013-2014 Principal of the Year Tuesday during a statewide conference for education leaders. Fisher, her family and Bedford County School Superintendent Don Embry were in attendance. Marcia Melton, supervisor of K-12 instruction in Cannon County, was named Tennessee's 2013-14 Supervisor of the Year...
The play's the thing, times three
Several different groups have stage productions in Bedford County this weekend: Fair Haven Baptist Church will present a mystery dinner theater, "Unaware"; the South of Broadway Players wrap up their two-weekend run of "Dr. Jeckyll ... No Place To Hyde," and The Webb School will present "Godspell."
SCHS Class of 1960 reunion
Members of the Central High School class of 1960 gathered recently for their 53-year class reunion at the Bell Buckle Banquet Hall. Front row: Gale Webb Stephens, Patricia Tapley Fahey, Willie Hawkins Simmons, Diana Gowen Cushing, Sylvia Bryan Napper, Gail Bowling, Kay Foster Madden. Second row: Carolyn Redd Whiteside, Linda Kilpatrick Corder, Elsie Norris Greulich, Dolores Odeneal Cranch, Judy Parker Hudson, Bonnie Clark Philpott, Mary Grace Landers Phillips. Third row: Glen Smith, Grady Edwards, Billy Travis, Brent Lokey, Joe McGee, Edward Craighead, Eddie Murray, Jim Turner and Bill Simmons. (Submitted photo)
Bullying cases in Bedford County outlined
A total of 14 cases of bullying were officially identified in Bedford County schools during the previous academic year. Statewide, a total of 5,478 incidents of bullying were found in the 2012-2013 school year, according to the "Bullying and Harassment Compliance Report." The report, issued by the Tennessee Department of Education, is the first time the state has compiled such a study...
Rotary delivers good words to students
This was the 10th year the Rotary Club of Shelbyville has given dictionaries to all third-grade students in Bedford County. Ivan Jones and Barbara Blanton presented dictionaries to third-grade students at Eakin Elementary. Students were given a dictionary and...
From Ghana to Tennessee: Priest tells students of African culture
The Rev. Emmanuel Conduah recently visited the Shelbyville area to attend the St. William Catholic Church Festival, staying with his adopted American family, Tom, Luci and Lloyd Taylor. Conduah is from Ghana, Africa, where he is a priest and a school teacher. He took time during his recent trip to visit two local schools, Liberty School and Learning Way Elementary...
Famous names hang out at book fair
Origami Yoda, Ender Wiggins and Marie Antoinette the serial killer are making appearances for the next two weeks at Harris Middle School. The school's library is hosting its second Scholastic book fair this year; the first was in March. The book fair runs through Wednesday, said librarian Alyssa Littrell. ...
'Tested to death': Student/teacher evalulations get an 'F' from some educators
As Tennessee continues to move forward with implementing numerous education changes, the debate over some of the reforms continues. The effectiveness of TCAP, or the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program, has drawn increased scrutiny lately, especially following hearings last month in the state Senate Education Committee. ...
Emergency medical classes to be upgraded at Motlow
The emergency medical services program at Motlow State Community College is doing well, said instructor Drew Hooker, as it faces new goals and changes. "We're really in a growing phase right now," said Hooker, a graduate of Shelbyville Central High School who worked for Bedford County Emergency Medical Services for 6 1/2 years, reaching the post of administrative supervisor. He now directs the EMS program at Motlow...
School security studied by board
Securing perimeters of school grounds should be officials' top priority, an architect re-emphasized to Bedford County's school board Tuesday night. The board followed architect John Davis' advice by voting to purchase toughened glass for areas near entrances of five schools...
Parenting is about relationship, says library luncheon speaker
David Thomas, a Shelbyville native who has co-written six books on parenting, stressed the importance of relationships Tuesday as the guest speaker for Argie Cooper Public Library's annual Tennessee Box Luncheon. Thomas also put in a good word for libraries, saying the love of reading he developed at the library in Shelbyville led to his success as a writer...
Monsters at the library
Children attending Story Hour at Argie Cooper Public Library had a monstrously good time recently as they heard stories, did crafts and went on a monster hunt. Children's librarian Jessica Osborne, with the assistance of library volunteer Susan Farmer, read four books: "Where the Wild Things Are," "There's a Nightmare in my Closet," "The Monster Mash," and "Go Away, Big Green Monster!"...
Teachers nosh while learning about Ruby Tuesday fund-raiser
Local teachers gathered for a meet and greet Oct. 8 at Ruby Tuesday's. It was a chance for local teachers to learn about their Giveback program option. When people go out to eat at Ruby Tuesday on the school's selected date and have the flyer representing the school then Ruby Tuesday will donate 20 percent of those sales to the school. From left: The general manager of Ruby Tuesday greets Joy Caskey of Learning Way Elementary School. (Submitted photo)
Families invited to learn about Webb middle school
BELL BUCKLE -- Families with children in kindergarten through seventh grade are invited to learn more about The Webb School at a Middle School Preview from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26. Webb is an independent college preparatory boarding/day school for grades 6-12. 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...
Voices in song: Community band, choir guide musical trip
Oct. 6 was an "evening at the pops," as the Community High School (CHS) Band and Choir took audience members on a musical journey back to the late '60s and up to the present when they presented their Fall 2013 Pops Concert in the school's auditorium...
A step back in time
Third grade classes from Community Elementary School recently attended the annual "Step Back in Time" festival at Henry Horton State Park in Chapel Hill. Students of Sherry Anderson, Kristie Collier, Steven Dickenson, Marie Gilbert, Amanda Simmons, Paula Smith and Vickie Stinson were able to interact with the exhibitors and learn about life in the past...
Christian club takes Good News to students
Christians are spreading the good news through a children's club of the same name. First Baptist Church (FBC) launched the Good News Club at East Side Elementary School last Thursday. Another club will launch next Thursday at Eakin Elementary School, making for five schools in Bedford County that have Good News Clubs, said Missy Long, the church's children's director. Cascade Elementary School was the pilot school in Bedford County, she said, and has been participating for seven years...
Preserving -- or losing -- our written sentiments
Let's journey to the year 2113. Imagine an archivist searching to learn more about an organization that is more than 100 years old. What will the archivist find from this decade? Will any records be in a form that will be discernible? What about correspondence between members of the organization?...
MTSU hosts Holocaust expert
MURFREESBORO -- One of the world's foremost experts on the Holocaust will provide a unique community service. Dr. Gerhard Weinberg, professor emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will speak on "Roosevelt, Truman and the Holocaust" at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, at Adams Place, 1927 Memorial Blvd., in Murfreesboro. Middle Tennessee State University is hosting the event...
Several firefighters from the Bedford County Fire Department volunteered their time recently to help at the Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County. While they were there, the children took the opportunity to get a close up view of the fire trucks. From left: Firefighter Eddie Burris II, one of the volunteers, with Grecia Hipolito, Francisco Lopez and Damonyai Lyons. (Submitted photo)
Miller named new administrator for Trevecca
Trevecca Nazarene University recently named Bedford County native Andrea Miller as its new site administrator at the Motlow State Community College main campus in Moore County. Miller, who lives in Shelbyville, is active in the Shelbyville community, serves on the Child Development Center Golf Board and participates in the Leadership Bedford Board of Directors and the Chamber of Commerce...
Aquatic festival teaches conservation
Fifth-graders will soon be flocking to Duck River's banks once again to learn about the river's importance. The annual Duck RiverFest will be held Oct. 8. All fifth-graders in Bedford County are invited, said Helen Garner of the Duck River Watershed Education Committee Inc., the organizer. She estimates about 550 students will attend...
Graceful acceptance: Annie-Grace's classmates bestow special honor
Liberty Middle School experienced an emotional homecoming ceremony earlier this month that touched everyone in the close-knit community, but perhaps no one as much as one mom in attendance. Christy Jensen became overwhelmed with emotion as she watched her daughter Annie-Grace walk across the field as part of the homecoming court. This was the second year for Annie-Grace, who has Down syndrome, to make the court...
Skilled workforce group launches
On Sept. 8, the 2013-2014 officers of the inaugural SkillsUSA chapter of Tennessee College of Applied Technology Shelbyville were elected and installed. The chapter advisor is CAD & Drafting instructor Russell White. Ty Carrington is president. The other offices are Frank Mikeals, vice president; Tamara Scarberry, secretary; Victoria Rowell, parlimentarian and Matt Clark, reporter...
Walmart donates $1,000 to Community Elementary teachers
Shelbyville Walmart Store 656 recently gave away a total of $1,000 to the teachers of Community Elementary School during an afterschool faculty meeting. All teachers were surprised with cake and punch, provided by Walmart, and 20 teachers were randomly selected to receive $50 Teacher Rewards cards. The cards could be used for classroom supplies, snacks or other classroom needs...
Community serves others
The Student Council at Community Middle School has been busy this year. They delivered wagons loaded with games and supplies to Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. They also served dinner, emptied trays, washed pots and pans, and more at Nashville Rescue Mission's women's and children's campus...
Thomas Magnet named Blue Ribbon School
Thomas Magnet has become the second Bedford County school to win the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program award. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan made the announcement this morning in a national press conference. Cascade Elementary School received the blue ribbon award last year...
Common Core at heart of heated debate
The Senate Education Committee held hearings Thursday and Friday on Common Core State Standards. The hearings were open to the public and were broadcast online. Different groups and people on Twitter blasted those with whom they disagreed. A total of 44 states, including Tennessee, have been working hard to implement Common Core, teaching the curriculum ahead of the 2014-2015 deadline for implementation...
Easy as A-B-C
Argie Cooper Public Library held Story Time on Wednesday morning. The children learned "ABCs and 123s." (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Help mold a life
Out of the 50 to 55 children who attend the Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County's after-school program each day, about 30 come with homework. In some cases, their parents are ill-prepared to help them with that homework, and their best chance of getting it done is the club's "Power Hour," from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday...
Better safe than sorry: Gas leak causes evacuation
A natural gas line began leaking while construction workers were at lunch Wednesday, resulting in the evacuation of a school and part of Shelbyville's south side. The leak occurred at approximately 12:15 p.m. on South Cannon Boulevard near Colonial Avenue, where old natural gas lines are being replaced by Atmos, Cmdr. Roger Clanton of the Shelbyville Fire Department said...
School board backs Embry, superintendents' petition
Bedford County Board of Education, meeting Tuesday night, voted to prepare a resolution in support of a petition by school superintendents critical of Tennessee Commissioner of Education Kevin Huffman. School Superintendent Don Embry was one of those who signed the petition...
Safety at issue in schools
How do you make a school safer? The answers aren't always easy, and every choice can have unintended consequences. That was the dilemma faced by Bedford County Board of Education on Tuesday night as it heard a report from architect John Davis on school security issues...
Seeds planted for success: Motlow hosts MTEC open house
For the staff at Middle Tennessee Education Center in Shelbyville, feeding the mind -- and the people -- is serious business. In fact, it's a matter of survival. "We must develop our own food sources," Motlow State Community College president Dr. MaryLou Apple said at the school's MTEC site open house Tuesday night. "One day it will make a difference in who survives."...
Speakers armed with thoughts on right to bear arms
MOTLOW COLLEGE -- Any discussion of the Second Amendment is sure to provoke spirited discussion, and this year's Constitution Day Forum at Motlow State Community College was no exception. The annual event, attended by students and members of the public alike, brings together several Motlow faculty members to give their viewpoints on a Constitution-related topic...
Football players score with books
On any given Thursday this season -- designated as "Football Day" at Liberty School -- players wear their jerseys to school. But it is what happens before the school day begins that has sparked so much interest outside the stadium. Eleven eighth grade members of the football team arrive at 7:30 a.m. each Thursday to read books to kindergarten and first grade students. The youngsters have quickly become fans of the reading program and, even more so, its leaders...
Woodmen chapter gives to schools
Betty and Jim Brown, right, present a check for $200 to David Parker, principal of Cascade Middle School. The Browns are members of Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society, Chapter 6297, which donated $200 to every public school in Bedford and Coffee Counties to help with the purchase of supplies for needy students. (Submitted Photo)
Thief doesn't steal Community yearbook staff's spirit
You can choose to build or to tear down. You can choose to contribute to society or to take. You can choose to shrug off reprehensible behavior and move on or you can let it eat at you. The yearbook staff at Community Middle School are choosing to be part of the solution instead of letting a thief or thieves stop them...
UPDATE: Education leaders say state's not listening
Bedford County School Supt. Don Embry is joining with more than 60 of his counterparts in sharing their concerns with the governor about Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman. Dr. Dan Lawson, Tullahoma City Schools superintendent, wrote a letter to Gov. Bill Haslam and members of the legislature during a state superintendents meeting earlier this week. Lawson said he will wait until the middle of next week to mail the letter to give superintendents a chance to add their names...
School officer racks up OT hours
Bedford County Board of Commissioners, meeting Tuesday night, approved payment of up to $7,500 to school resource officer Jason Freeman, whose built-up compensatory time was more than the amount allowed by federal wage law. The actual payment will be only $4,500, said Commissioner Tony Barrett on Wednesday morning...
Protection in the air: Firefighters get hazmat training
The tragedy resulting from the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, is inextricably linked in the public mind with firefighters, who were recognized for their heroic response to the destruction of the World Trade Center and the damage at the Pentagon. This week, as the nation observes the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Bedford County Fire Department is undergoing a week of hazardous materials response training...
Motlow ready to get you in class
Are you thinking about college but are not sure it's feasible? Motlow State Community College wants to tell you it is possible. To that end, Motlow will hold an open house at its satellite campus in Shelbyville -- Middle Tennessee Education Center (MTEC) at 200 Dover St. The open house will be from 5:30-7 p.m. next Tuesday, Sept. 17, and will feature refreshments and door prizes...
MTEC visits Farm Bureau
Wayne Dillingham (far right), Middle Tennessee Education Center coordinator, recently attended the Bedford County Farm Bureau Directors' monthly meeting to explain MTEC's academic programs. He focused on MTEC's agriculture programs and introduced Dr. Warren Gill (far left), MTSU School of Agribusiness and Agriculture director, who also addressed the group. Dr. Gill introduced Kara Youngblood (second from left), his newest faculty member, who will teach agribusiness and other classes at MTEC. Pictured with them is Marty Davis, Bedford County Farm Bureau president. MTEC, located in Shelbyville at 200 Dover St., is a joint effort of Bedford County government, MTSU, and Motlow State Community College. (Submitted photo)
MTSU memorial scholarship to help Fanning
MURFREESBORO -- By all accounts, she had a deep passion to fly. Family and friends of Middle Tennessee State University alumna and UPS pilot Shanda Carney Fanning want to honor that passion by establishing a scholarship in her memory. A Lynchburg resident and Shelbyville native, Fanning was one of two pilots killed Aug. 14 when their United Parcel Service airplane crashed in Birmingham, Ala. She was 37...
City numbers show there's work to do
"We have some challenges." Those words from Shelbyville's city manager accompanied a comparison of similar-sized Tennessee cities -- pointing out some sobering numbers about our community. Jay Johnson stated in a memo that he had informal conversations with several council members regarding other Tennessee cities, as well as other discussions on demographics...
All things work for good
The yearbook staff at Community Middle School were greeted back to school with the realization that someone had stolen their yearbook equipment over the summer. They had worked hard to raise the money for the old equipment. The staff was devastated and didn't know what to do. Through the help of www.donorschoose.org they were able to create a project and request funds for a new laptop. The students were able to take a negative situation and see that positive things do come out of negative things. The students have one more project they are trying to get funded to replace more equipment. To help, visit donorschoose.org/mrs.burrahm for more information. Front, from left: Jesse Matthews, Parker Johnson and Alyssa Amos. Back row: Zachary Lohn; Brooke Williams; Hannah Goodwin; Haylie Parker; Leah Reed and Brooke Anne Farrar. (Submitted photo)
Thomas Magnet thanks officers
Thomas Magnet School Student Council President Jacob Hardy took time to thank Josh Tolar (left) and Nikia Elliott of the Bedford County Sheriff's Department. The two officers, who were recognized for their hard work keeping Thomas Magnet School safe last year, received a gift card and trophy. (Submitted photo)
Leah Hulan to talk about bulimia at Martin Methodist
Beech Grove native Leah Hulan, a former Miss Tennessee, will speak Sept. 17 at Martin Methodist College in Pulaski about her book, "Pain Behind the Smile: My Battle with Bulimia." The presentation, set for 7 p.m. in Martin Hall Auditorium, is free and open the public. ...
Class of 1963 seeks classmates
Members of the Shelbyville Central High School Class of 1963 are continuing to search for classmates who have been out of touch. The Class of 1963 have a 50th anniversary reunion planned for Nov. 2 at Riverbend Country Club, and they are looking for information about Jo Ann Crosslin Kirkland...
Kelly Barber, right, helps Heather Blackwell enroll her children, Falynne and Aurey (not pictured) in the Homeschool Enrichment Program last Tuesday at First Baptist Church on Depot Street. The Christian program is run by mothers who homeschool their children and provides classes and fellowship for the families. The weekly classes start Sept. 10. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
'The best day of my life': New Class of '45 grad never gave up
Men and women who participated in World War II are often referred to as part of "The Greatest Generation," as television journalist Tom Brokaw did in his 1998 book by the same name. "They are the greatest generation any society has produced," according to his writings. They are a "generation of towering achievement and modest demeanor."...
School funding is hot issue
HENRY HORTON STATE PARK -- Education funding was a primary topic of discussion Thursday night as Tennessee County Commissioners Association held one of a series of regional meetings to brief its members on state laws affecting county government, and to solicit questions and comments...
SRO of the year
Former Bedford County deputy Kim Moses, who served as a school resource officer, has been named Tennessee School Resource Officer of the Year for 2013. Moses is now a deputy in Williamson County working at Poplar Grove Middle School. She previously served at Shelbyville Central High School. Mike Barnes, president of the Tennessee School Resource Officers Association, presents the award at the group's annual convention. Bedford County Deputy/SRO Tracey Harvey, a former recipient of the award, praised Moses for her hard work and concern for students. (Submitted photo)
MTSU business professor honored
MURFREESBORO -- The MTSU Foundation celebrated 17 faculty members for their outstanding work and service to the university and community with special awards at last week's Fall Faculty Meeting in Tucker Theatre. Highlighting the recognition was the Career Achievement Award presented to Dr. William F. "Bill" Ford, professor of economics and finance and holder of the Weatherford Chair of Excellence in Finance in the Jennings A. Jones College of Business...
Sumrall scholarship, Shoffner award given
Practical Nursing graduate Meagan Reid of Shelbyville received the Danyelle Sumrall Memorial Scholarship award during graduation at Tennessee College of Applied Technology Shelbyville. Graduation was Aug. 16 at First Baptist Church in Shelbyville. Brian Bruce, a graduate of the nursing program and former classmate of Summrall, presented the award. (Submitted photo)
School system status rises to 'achievement'
Bedford County Board of Education received an update Tuesday on the system's progress in student testing. "Bedford County is now in achievement status in the achieve category" in TCAP testing, Assistant Superintendent Karen Scoggins said. That means the county met more than 50 percent of its goals, she said...
Class of 2003
Members of Shelbyville Central High School's class of 2003 gathered for their 10-year class reunion Aug. 3 at the Blue Ribbon Circle. More than 60 classmates attended the reunion. Row 1: Deanna Fry, Diana Grogan, Kendall Davis, Janetta McClain, Courtney Bonner, Patricia Lee Niles, Tabitha Phelps Prescott, Ashley Hord, Angie Lokey McCullough, Samantha Moore, Meagan Hayes Turnbow, Ryan Shoffner. Row 2: Jenna Edwards Henderson, Jaymond Perry, Emily Sons Gill, Paula Gambill Roddy, Katherine Caldwell, Angelica Jones, Shana Keele Bailey, Nikki Houston, Lakaia Jones Young, Corey Curlee Bates, Adam Bates, Yance Baker. Row 3: Della Johnson, Stephanie Bonner, Megan Finch Wakefield, Jessica Gonzalez, Amber Winsett Chumbley, Brooke Smith Sanders, Andrea Stratton Lowe, Sylvia Smith, Naiomi Barrett Ingram, Wesley Boyce, Michael Grijalva, Chase Martin, John Adams. Row 4: Brittany Whitmore, Ashley Cannon, Jami Vernon Hage, Katie Canon Hill, Kirk Embry, Josh Carlock, Kanetha Adams, Courtney Price Cruse, Oliver Bulgariski, Joseph Forsee, Michael Shepard, Blaine May, Jerome Evans. Row 5: Katie Schippers Bateman, Danielle Franklin Desarzant, Kristy Butler Weaver, Lindsey Payne Ferrell, JT Carkuff, Lee Rodriguez, Billy Dotterer, Jason Bradshaw, Tyler Landers, Drew Clardy, Jason Amburgey. (Submitted photo)
Parents honor Webb instructor
A.J. Swafford of Bell Buckle was recognized by The Webb School Parents' Association with the 2013 WSPA Faculty Enrichment Award. Swafford, a science teacher and middle school girls' soccer coach, at The Webb School, was presented the award by Kelli Dodson of Bell Buckle and Ashley Segroves of Shelbyville, WSPA president and vice president, respectively...
Work time defined for SROs
School security continues to be an area of concern for education officials. Superintendent Don Embry told the Bedford County Board of Education Tuesday night that he is working out details for a new memorandum of understanding with the Bedford County Sheriff's Department for school resource officers (SROs)...
Progress and potential: State releases TCAP data
Two Bedford County schools received high marks from the state Monday, while certain student groups were identified as needing more attention by educators. The Tennessee Department of Education gave Community Elementary School the Progress designation and Thomas Magnet School the Performance designation...
E-books lighten Webb students' loads
The Webb School is lightening the load for students this year. The school is phasing in the use of e-textbooks this fall semester which begins Monday, said Raymond Pryor, director of technology. Parents can still buy traditional printed books. Webb will attempt to continue to offer print versions as long as publishers make those available...
State funds boost schools' Race to the Top
Bedford County schools are receiving additional Race to the Top funds. Last week, the Tennessee Department of Education announced it was dispersing $8 million to 83 districts, including Bedford County, that agreed to implement certain initiatives. Bedford County's cut is $118,360 for this school year, Superintendent Don Embry said...
Teacher licensing reforms pass, but will be delayed
The Tennessee Board of Education on Friday voted 6-3 to implement controversial teacher licensing reforms but to hold off on carrying out the changes until August 2015. Prior to the board meeting, Bedford County Superintendent Don Embry said local educators are concerned about the proposed law...
Enrichment program helps homeschool students
The Bedford County Homeschool Enrichment Program (HEP) will start its fall schedule on Tuesday, Sept. 10. The organization meets at First Baptist Church on Depot Street. Registration will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Aug. 27 at the church, said Paula Tignor, the HEP's director. Orientation for new family members will be on the same day, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. The group meets every Tuesday...
MTSU to have power outages Sunday, Monday
Middle Tennessee State University visitors should be aware that some campus buildings will be without electricity during a scheduled power outage Sunday and Monday. About 19 MTSU buildings and/or sites will have no electricity from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, and another 15 will be dark on Monday, while utility crews complete connections on the university's underground electrical project...
Common Core conference planned
A special reading conference for area educators on "Common Core State Standards: What They Mean for the K-12 Struggling Reader" is set for Saturday, Aug. 24, inside Middle Tennessee State University's Business and Aerospace Building. Sponsored by the Tennessee Center for the Study and Treatment of Dyslexia on the MTSU campus, the daylong conference focuses on early and intensive help for students to overcome their reading problems...
MTSU gets papers from composer of Sinatra hit
The Center for Popular Music at Middle Tennessee State University has expanded its internationally recognized collection with the works of songwriter, arranger and bandleader Joel S. Herron, who teamed with Frank Sinatra to write one of the crooner's classics, "I'm a Fool to Want You."...
'A Midsummer Night's Dream' to be performed
Smokestack Summer Theatre Group will present William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" from Aug. 16-18. The play will be offered at Community High School at 7 p.m. on Friday-Saturday, Aug. 16-17, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 18. Tickets are $4 at the door...
New Cascade school, jail are a must, mayor says
Bedford County Mayor Eugene Ray says he concurs with the results of a Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR) study on county-by-county infrastructure needs. The Tennessee Infrastructure Alliance has been publicizing TACIR's report...
Auto repair students receive donation
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville (formerly known as Tennessee Technology Center) has received another donation for students studying automobile repair....
Common Core: Higher standard or government overreach?
As the book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible says, there is nothing new under the sun. That's true in schools as well, where students and teachers face a never-ending array of regulations. One of the main changes in education is the continued switch to Common Core standards, a move which some call a much-needed reform and others call an overreach by government to create nationalized education...
Licensing, pay draw teachers' concern
Even as teachers continue to adjust to Common Core standards, they must face additional issues. Those issues include the following: One of the latest proposed changes involves making it harder to obtain and keep a teaching license. The Tennessee Board of Education continues to study proposed changes to tie teacher licenses to student achievement. ...
Student parking adds 980 spaces, relieves MTSU congestion
MURFREESBORO -- MTSU students should find parking a bit easier for fall semester following this week's opening of two new parking garages. Built by Messer Construction, the $23.5 million garages were paid for with student fees instituted a few years ago. ...
Salamander Stroll continues
Southside Elementary School teachers continued their annual tradition of visiting the homes of their students on Thursday night, leading up to the first day of the school year. This was the fourth year for the Salamander Stroll, which is organized by first grade teachers Caron Lovvorn and Regina Campbell...
Back in class: Short opening day helps everyone adjust
You may be excused from a tardy slip if you did not notice that Monday was the first day of school. That's because classes dismissed after only two hours. Educators say a short first day helps work out beginning-of-the-year kinks. The short day allowed schools to take preliminary head counts, hand out schedules and other preparatory things, Superintendent Don Embry said...
Computers widen children's worlds
Shelbyville's library is ready to help younger children get their hands on the latest touch-screen computer technology focusing on early learning. Two AWE Early Literacy Stations are the latest additions to the Argie Cooper Public Library. They are among 137 computers being awarded to public libraries and family childcare programs across Tennessee...
Electronics stolen from Eakin classroom
More than $7,000 worth of iPods, iPads and Otter boxes were stolen from two portable classrooms at Deery Eakin Elementary School during the summer, police were told Wednesday. Police were told 15 iPods and eight iPads are missing. No signs of forced entry were found...
Community gym gets a face lift
The Community Elementary School (CES) gymnasium was the hub of action for high school sports until a new high school (which now houses Community Middle School) opened in the fall of 1997. The elementary gym is now the place where physical education classes are conducted for nearly 700 kindergarten through fifth grade students and on weekends is the home of the Unionville Jr. Pro Basketball League...
We won't be shopping, say poll respondents
Two-thirds of Times-Gazette website readers responding to a non-scientific poll say they don't shop any more during the annual state sales tax holiday than they do during a normal weekend. That may simply reflect the fact that the tax break is benefitting those it's intended to benefit...
Central Class of '78 gathers for 35th reunion
The Shelbyville Central High Class of 1978 celebrated its 35th reunion on July 13. The Class of '78 was the first graduating class of the "new high school" in its present Eagle Boulevard, having attended classes in this building for just their senior year...
Motlow application deadline Aug. 16
Students planning to attend Motlow College this fall must submit applications for admission or readmission by Aug. 16. Students can apply online until midnight on the 16th. Online applications can be accessed from the "Apply Now" tab on the Motlow College website's homepage at mscc.edu. Also, staff members are available at all Motlow locations to help students with the application process. Students applying on the Moore County campus should do so in the Student Success Center in Crouch Center...
Letter to the Editor, Aug. 1
Dear editor, This is in response to the Wednesday, July 17, 2013, T-G article, titled "School security upgrade detailed," particularly the subtitle "Locked doors key to limiting access". This will stop most of the people but it will not stop someone with threatening intentions. ...
New officers for Liberty Lions Club
New officers for Liberty Lions Club were installed by council chairman Dick Kulp. From left are Kulp, Lion tamer Tim Parker, President Larry Hames, Secretary Veita Jo Hampton, First Vice-President Alvis Turrentine, Second Vice-President Thomas Crockett and tail-twister Brent Davidson. (Submitted photo)
We've got your back(pack), group shows students
The first annual Summer Feed and Fun Blowout last Friday was a success, organizers say. The event was held at Nothing But God (NBG) Ministries, the old Walmart on Madison Street. The day camp was organized by the Center for Family Development, Johnson Residential Group (the Summer Feed Program) and Luke Faulk's Nothing But God Ministries...
Raise your hand: Reading is rewarding
During the last school year, 17 active volunteers spent a total of 260 volunteer-hours reading to or with local school children through United Way of Bedford County's "Raise Your Hand" program. I was one of them, stopping by Learning Way Elementary for an hour each Monday morning. According to United Way executive director Dawn Holley, the feedback she's received from both educators and volunteers has been universally positive...
Schools grade high in majority of TCAP marks
Bedford County's initial TCAP results show improvements in 57 percent of targets from the previous year, although a great deal of work is needed for minorities, economically disadvantaged students and students with disabilities. Bedford County released the general test results Wednesday night. School districts were allowed to release their results ahead of the state's official release of district-level data, although there have been conflicting reports on when all the data will be available...
Bell Buckle resident takes MTSU post
MTSU did not have to look far to find the new farm laboratory director in the School of Agribusiness and Agriscience. Alumnus and Bedford County resident Matthew Wade, manager of the Tennessee Livestock Center on campus, will oversee all the farm lab units, agriculture department director Warren Gill said...
Local schools get fresh vegetables
Three Bedford County schools will participate in a federal program to provide fresh produce to students. Eakin, East Side and Learning Way Elementary Schools will take part in the $3.3 million program, according to the Tennessee Department of Education. The program is funded through the United States Department of Agriculture and combats childhood obesity by helping children learn healthy eating habits...
Webb has 32 AP scholars, two with national honors
BELL BUCKLE -- Thirty-two students at The Webb School recently were named Advanced Placement Scholars with two achieving national ranking. A total of 91.5 percent of Webb students achieved a score eligible for college credit and/or advanced placement in college courses. The Tennessee score was 59.7 percent, and the worldwide score, 60.8 percent. Additionally, Webb students had an 82 percent pass rate on all exams taken...
Harris girls wrap up cheer camp
Athletes on the Harris Middle School cheerleading team had a very successful camp last week. The National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) camp was designed to help the cheerleaders perform new moves and improve on what they had already learned this summer...
Cascade staff shares Common Core thoughts
Cascade Elementary School administrators and first-grade teachers hosted their counterparts from a Lawrence County school Wednesday to share their thoughts on a new state curriculum. Martha Fisher, Cascade's principal, said the meeting was born out of her work as a Common Core coach. Christy Crews, assistant principal at Ethridge Elementary School in Lawrence County, participated in a Common Core workshop Fisher held several months ago...
Stuff the School Bus
Deann Haywood, left, talks to Heather Vandenbusch of Regions Bank before donating supplies to United Way of Bedford County's Stuff the School Bus campaign. United Way accepted donations Wednesday in front of the bank on the square and will accept donations of money or supplies from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at Atmos Energy on Lane Parkway. Dawn Holley, United Way's executive director, said the supplies will be distributed to Bedford County's students through individual schools. Various businesses are accepting supplies on behalf of the program as well. For more information, contact United Way at 684-6685 or email@example.com. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
A stitch in time ....
Jessica Osterhaus carefully pulls the thread through the needle as she, along with others, participate in a Sewing 101 class at the UT Extension Office on Midland Road. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Soaring to new heights: STEM camp grows in Bedford County
Last year, Billy Hix did one week of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) day camp in Shelbyville; the camp was well-received and so he began making plans to do two weeks this summer, thinking the success of last year's event would help build word of mouth...
Diggin' into words: Summer reading program celebrates banner year
"Dig into Reading," the summer reading program at Argie Cooper Public Library, ended on a high note Wednesday with the awarding of prizes for most books read followed by a carnival held outside on the lawn of the proposed new library. This year's grand total of 12,631 books read far exceeded last year's figure of 9,900. ...
School stuff for the bus
Over the past six years, United Way of Bedford County's "Stuff The School Bus" program has collected over 40,000 school supplies for Bedford County children who needed them, according to United Way executive director Dawn Holley. The program is active again this summer, preparing for the 2013-14 school year. Preliminary drop box locations are now open, and the big school bus collection sites will take place over the next two weeks...
Grant award recipients announced
State Rep. Pat Marsh of Shelbyville has released the list of grant award recipients from Tennessee Arts Commission for Fiscal Year 2014 (July 1, 2013- June 30, 2014). Eakin Elementary School made the list receiving $3,500 for this upcoming school year. This money will be used to enhance arts education in the school...
Tennessee youth tour Washington, D.C.
More than 140 high school juniors from across Tennessee, including two from Bedford County, experienced an in-depth look at our nation's capital during the 2013 Rural Electric Youth Tour. Kristen Brothers and Austin Sanders of Community High School were awarded spots on the weeklong tour of Washington, D.C., for writing winning short stories titled "Electric Cooperatives: Powering Your Communities" describing how locally owned, member-controlled electric cooperatives provide valuable community-building support in addition to reliable and affordable electric service.. ...
Getting ready for school
Courtney Lynch works on the outside of Southside Elementary School cleaning the sidewalk. Bedford County Schools will be back in session Aug. 5. (T-G photo by Jim Davis)
School security upgrade detailed
Five Shelbyville elementary schools will be getting upgraded security systems this year, focusing on locked doors, with the other area schools following in the near future. The Bedford County School Board approved a measure Tuesday to upgrade security at Thomas Magnet, East Side, Southside, Eakin and Learning Way. ...
Star of the show: Film students shoot in Shelbyville
The tables have been turned this week at the Capri Theatre, which is being used as a set in a short movie that is being shot on-site. A film crew is shooting "Movie Room Magic," a romantic comedy directed by Phillip L. Dixon II. The majority of the crew is composed of Middle Tennessee State University mass communication students and alumni, while most of the actors are donating their talent, Dixon said...
A new library moves closer to reality
A new Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library is now on the horizon. The library Board of Trustees has approved plans for the new library with ground breaking scheduled for late fall. Notable components of the new space include a larger children's zone, more square footage for computer users, additional meeting space, rooms dedicated to our local Historical Society, and a public coffee area...