Schools and education
Canned food drive goes wild
Shelbyville Central's Great Canned Food Drive had a wild theme this year -- a "Lion King" theme, that is. The annual can drive was titled "Ha-CAN-a Matata" in reference to the Disney cartoon "The Lion King." The movie's motto "hakuna matata" means "no worries" in Swahili. Student organizers played off that motto: "Ha-CAN-a Matata" means "No hunger."...
Eakin singers entertain Woman's Club
The Eakin Elementary Chorus, under the direction of music teacher Lisa Crunk, presented a delightful program of patriotic music to the Shelbyville Woman's Club earlier this month. Phillip McConnell assisted with the program, in charge of the recorded music that accompanied the singers. Sixty fourth and fifth graders are involved in the chorus this year. Eakin Principal Dulcie Davis came to support her students and to enjoy the event...
Textbook draws concern
Advanced placement world history students are getting new textbooks soon despite one school board member's concerns over possible proselytization. The Bedford County Board of Education voted 5-1 Tuesday to adopt a textbook for a new freshman-sophomore advanced placement class at Shelbyville Central High School. The class has gone without a text but has used supplemental materials this semester, officials said...
Vikings set sail in torrent: Water main failure closes Community High
A duck would have felt at home Wednesday at Community High School. The school closed late in the morning as crews with Bedford County Utility District began repairs to a water main in front of the facility. The main failed underneath Unionville-Deason Road, a BCUD worker said. Water service was restored around 11:15 a.m...
Car club gives to 4-H
Roger Huffman, left, of Celebration City Car Club presents a donation from the club to Tony Martin, Timothy Martin and Brigette Swafford of Bedford County 4-H. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Tuition program still needs mentors
Bedford County is nearly finished recruiting mentors to help enact Tennessee Promise but needs a last-minute boost, an organizer says. "We are very, very close," said Graham Thomas, tnAchieves Director of Community Partnerships. "Mentors provide the necessary support system and encouragement that Tennessee Promise students need to be successful."...
Community High School closing early due to water main break
Community High School has experienced a water main break this morning and school officials say the school will close early today. The water will be shut off and the plan is to feed students before they go; dismiss car riders and drivers at 11:30 and all other students will go to the Middle School at noon. High school students will remain at the Middle School until parents pick them up or school dismisses...
State school board group elects officers
During the closing session of the Tennessee School Boards Association's (TSBA) Annual Convention, TSBA announced its officers and board of directors for 2016. TSBA officers are: President Debbie Shedden, Hawkins County; President-Elect Wayne Blair, Rutherford County; Vice President Faye Heatherly, Campbell County; Treasurer Tim Stillings, Franklin Special; and Immediate Past-President Susan Lodal, Kingsport...
Motlow State offers GED, HiSET exams in 2015-16
A high school diploma remains the primary ticket to many entry-level jobs. In most cases, it's also the prerequisite for advancement in employment, occupational training and postsecondary education. The high school equivalency diploma provides adults with the opportunity to grow, whether it is through further education, enhanced employment or stature within the community...
Motlow campuses offer COMPASS test
Motlow State Community College is offering the COMPASS Assessment Test on the Moore County, Fayetteville, McMinnville and Smyrna campuses for new students planning to enroll for the 2016 spring, summer or fall semesters. Before taking the test, students must have on file in Motlow's admissions office the following: a completed admissions application, official high school and/or college transcripts, and if applicable, official test scores. ...
FFA attends national convention
On Oct. 27, the Bedford County FFA chapter traveled to Louisville, Kentucky, to compete in the 88th National FFA Convention. The chapter represented Tennessee in the National Agricultural Technology and Mechanics Systems CDE and the National Meats Evaluation and Technology CDE. ...
Cascade wins at events
Cascade High School Marching Band, under the direction of David Lucich, recently traveled to Stewarts Creek High School and competed for the Division II State Marching Band Championship with their show "Mana-Tiki." A total of 21 bands participated with only 10 making it to finals. In preliminary competition, Cascade's color guard took second place. In final competition Cascade's band took third place....
Rotary Club defines 'giving' with dictionary project
More than 10 years ago, Shelbyville Rotarians began a service project to help local students hone their literary skills. Each year since 2004 local club members have taken a day and visited each school in the county, distributing dictionaries to many students...
Patton earns Eagle Scout status
Joseph Patton from Boy Scout Troop 307 in Wartrace has earned the highest honor a Boy Scout can earn -- Eagle Scout status. It all started 11 years ago when he was in first grade. He came home from school all excited and said, "Mom, can I go to this meeting; I really want to do this." He went and he joined as a Bobcat Cub Scout and worked his way through the ranks to Eagle. He put a lot of time and energy into earning this...
Community's gym turns 50
The Community School Alumni Association celebrated the 50-year anniversary of what is now the Community Elementary Gymnasium at its annual meeting on Sunday, Nov. 1. A crowd of about 250 was on hand to relive memories of the building that was formerly the basketball home of the Community Viking and Viqueen high school and middle school teams beginning with the 1965-66 season...
Dangerous 'catfish' doesn't refer to an aquatic animal
Dear teens: "How do you know that the person who added you as a friend on Facebook doesn't already know everything about you? How do you know he's not a 55-year-old man who's been munching on a bag of Cheetos all day?" Brandon Smith spoke at the Community schools Tuesday about social media use. He is Putnam County's 911 and EMS public educator. He also travels the region talking to students about social media safety. He delivered his frank advice with doses of humor...
Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Month
Brooklyn Kiker, 7, from East Side Elementary School, was named by Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County as Youth of the Month for October in the ages 6-8 division.
Jordan Moreno, 9, from East Side Elementary School, was named by Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County as Youth of the Month for October in the ages 9 and older division. (Submitted photos)
Respect and honor: Local schools observe Veterans Day
Bedford County elementary and middle schools marked the Veterans Day holiday with ceremonies at which local veterans -- the parents, aunts and uncles, grandmothers and grandfathers and neighbors of school children -- were honored for their service with patriotic songs and recitations...
Raise your hand! Volunteers needed to read with children
An orientation session was held Tuesday for this school year's participants in the "Raise Your Hand Tennessee" program -- but that doesn't mean it's too late for additional volunteers to sign up. The program, under the auspices of United Way, places volunteers in local elementary schools -- typically for an hour a week, although that can be adjusted to fit a particular volunteer's schedule, and at least one local volunteer attends once a month...
SCHS football homecoming court
The Football Homecoming Court for Shelbyville Central High School. Front row: Sarah Saddler, Queen Morgan Jennings, Olivia Doak and Payton Daugherty. Back row: Chloe Bell, Taylor Sanders, Anna Mooneyham, Briley O'Neal, Perla Arias, Romny Felts, Sarah Roesch, Miah Jones and Meygan Burris. (Submitted photo)
It's official: Wheel tax on ballot
Bedford County Board of Commissioners formally approved Tuesday night what they approved in principle last month -- asking voters to approve a $50 wheel tax in a March 2016 referendum. Three-quarters of the revenue from the tax, if it is approved, will support school projects -- primarily a new building for Cascade High School -- and a state-mandated new jail. The other 25 percent will support county roads...
Cub Scouts visit hatchery
Members of Cub scout Pack 476 toured the Normandy Fish Hatchery during the recent Bedford County school fall break. Nathan Singer and Barbara Bryan of the TWRA's hatchery guided the scouts through the work at the hatchery from collection of fish samples with their boats to raising fish in the ponds to stocking area lakes and rivers to improve native fish populations. From left are Kyle Cunningham, Ollie Cawthon, Brody Armstrong, Cody Duff, Levi Ralston, Cory Cunningham, Tyler Wood, Reese Cawthon, Austin Wood, Lilly Duff and Cayden Armstrong. (Submitted photo)
Friday Night (No) Lights
Shelbyville Central players stretch with just one side of the stadium lights on as Nashville Electric Service crews, background, make repairs. After a long delay, the Eagles fell to host Hendersonville in the opening round of the TSSAA State Playoffs on Friday night. (T-G Photo by Gary Johnson)
Webb presents Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol'
"A Christmas Carol" will be presented by The Webb School Company Players as a special event, Nov. 12-15, and a holiday reception will follow each performance. Nov. 12-14 performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. with the Nov. 15 matinee set for 2:30 p.m...
Getting social, staying safe: Event helps parents keep up
Private eyes may be watching you and your every move on social media. The three Community schools are having a social media expert talk to their students' parents at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10. The presentation will be at the high school, said middle school guidance counselor Marinda Grissom...
Learning Way students learn how to write code
Billy Hix, Director of the Motlow College Foundation STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Outreach program, taught a Lego robotics class to a group of students at Learning Way Elementary. The point of the class is not to teach building with the popular interlocking blocks; the real lesson, said Hix, is learning to write computer code to make the robot perform as requested...
Martin College hosts night of French, Latin music
Enjoy an evening of French and Latin music for cello and guitar at Martin Methodist College (MMC) featuring Duo Universalis, with Deidre Vaugh Emerson playing the cello and Carlos Enrique Gonzalez playing the guitar. The event will be held Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Gault Fine Arts Center Recital Hall on MMC's campus in Pulaski and is free to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Melissa Martiros at 931-424-7360 or firstname.lastname@example.org...
Local agent honored
Allstate agency owner Amanda O'Neal received the Allstate Agency Hands in the Community Award for her commitment to helping others. With this award came a $1,000 grant from The Allstate Foundation for the Thomas Magnet School PTO, where O'Neal has volunteered as the president for the last seven years...
Webb School show cases campus to families
On Nov. 13, The Webb School will open its campus to prospective students and their families for its annual Fall Visitors' Day. The daylong event begins at 9 a.m. with registration and breakfast and concludes at 3 p.m. The schedule includes a tour of the 150-acre campus, led by a current Webb student. ...
Motlow SGA promotes campus safety
The Motlow College Student Government Association (SGA) recently held a campus safety event on the Moore County campus. SGA members handed out safety whistles and literature, and members of the Manchester police department visited campus to give safety tips to the campus community. From left, Manchester Chief of Police Mark Yother and Investigator Bryan Eldridge talk with Motlow student Bethany Little. (Motlow College photo)
State's scholars improve ranking
Gov. Bill Haslam this week announced Tennessee students are still the fastest improving in the nation since 2011 according to the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), commonly known as the Nation's Report Card. Tennessee rose to the top half of states in fourth-grade math, ranking 25th -- the first time Tennessee has ever ranked in the top half of states in any subject or grade, the governor's office announced...
In the groove
Blayton Krisle gets in the groove as he and classmates at Eakin Elementary School loosen up to the music before physical education class begins. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
A time for reading
Andrea Key reads a story to a group of children at the School Age Care Program this week. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Lions' vision: Healthier students
Annual vision and hearing checks for Liberty School students only take a couple of minutes, but can go a long way in preventing problems students could develop in the future. The Liberty Lions Club dropped by Tuesday for their annual round of tests...
The Cascade Champion Marching Band recently traveled to Antioch for the Glencliff Colt Classic. The band placed 2nd in field commander, guard, percussion, and band. Out of 20 bands in the competition they placed second overall. They will travel to Stewarts Creek High School Nov. 7th for the Division II State Marching Band Championship. Pictured are: Lauren-Taylor Nash, Grant Curtis, Maison Bucka Bea Barnett, Keauna Hiles, Gabe Gibson, Peyton Cartwright, Matthew Baldwin, Joseph Patton, Katelyn Smotherman, Samantha Blanche, Tanner Craig, Faith Lollis, Katherine Smotherman, Anna Holcombe, Autumn Stone, Taylor Clark, Jessi Woodard, Gavin McCurry, MaryGrace Dennis and Conrad Golden. (Submitted photo)
'Picnic' to be presented at Community
Smokestack Theatre Group at Community High School will present William Inge's drama "Picnic" 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6 and 7, at the school. The story centers around a drifter, Hal, who shows up in a small Kansas town, almost immediately drawing the suspicion of several of the local residents. One, however ("Madge"), sees something in him. But is she right?...
Agency impacts county by $17M
A study by Middle Tennessee State University concludes that Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee has an economic impact of nearly a half billion dollars in the 48 counties it serves, including nearly $17.7 million in Bedford County. The study includes not only those employed by Goodwill stores but those placed through its Goodwill Career Solutions centers...
Leggo my LEGOs!
Freddie Lacker, Enzo Alanzo, Seth Council, Jason Riggin and Chase Cawthron dig for LEGO blocks as they build various items at the School Age Care Program. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Mentors needed to help in Tennessee Promise
Bedford County's partnering organization for Tennessee Promise needs 80 local volunteer mentors to work with high school seniors from the Class of 2016. The time commitment is small, about one hour per month, but the impact is significant as volunteers assist students navigating the college-going process and encourage them to reach their full potential...
Webb School honor rolls
The Webb School recently announced its A and B honor rolls for the first quarter of the 2015-16 school year. An independent college preparatory day/boarding school for grades 6-12, The Webb School is the oldest continuously operating school of its kind in the South. The school has a dual emphasis on academic excellence and character development...
Whiskey memorabilia collectors boost Motlow
The International Society of Jack Daniel's Collectors Inc. (ISJDC) recently continued its support of Motlow College dual enrollment students by making a $2,000 donation to the Motlow College Foundation Gap Scholarship fund.* Gap funding helps with the cost of tuition and fees not covered by the Hope Lottery Scholarship for high school students taking college-level courses and earning both high school and college credit...
Dani Rae Fowler waits for the next activity to begin at the School Age Care Program as Bedford County schools took time for a short fall break. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Cascade holds evacuation drill
Cascade Middle School and Cascade High School, which share the same building, recently conducted a joint emergency evacuation drill with all students and staff. They practiced student and staff responsibilities, which include clearing and verifying the buildings were fully evacuated and what to do once they were at their evacuation locations...
Gym dandy memories
In the winter of 1963-64, a heavy snowfall badly damaged the old, barn-like gym built in 1929 at Community School. The county court and county judge issued a $100,000 bond to fund construction of a new gymnasium. The next year, fifth grader Amy Fulton watched out her classroom window each day as the new gym was constructed...
Bedford FFA cooks out, plays cornhole
Members of the Bedford County FFA Chapter of Shelbyville Central High School recently held their annual Welcome Back Cookout for their new and returning members, their families, and guests at the Career and Technical Annex. The members were able to take part in the first annual Bedford County FFA Cornhole Tournament. ...
Jarrell earns degree in exercise science
Lipscomb University has awarded Seth Jarrell of Shelbyville with a bachelor's degree in exercise science at the conclusion of the summer semester. August graduates have either already participated in the May graduation ceremony or will be eligible to participate in the December ceremony, according to a university press release...
Cascade recognizes Spanish students
Cascade High School recently inducted its Spanish Honor Society for 2015-2016. Seniors: President, Anna Holcombe; Vice President, Keauna Hiles; Secretary, Keven Gonzalez; Treasurer, Mathew Baldwin. Juniors: President, Ji Woo Park; Vice President, Shae Fordham; Secretary, Taylor Reynolds-Bower; Treasurer, Bailey Sudduth...
Thomas holds "Pink Out" for Janice Womble
Thomas Magnet School held a "pink out" day Wednesday in honor of former principal, and cancer survivor, Janice Womble. "Very seldom have I been at a loss for words," said Womble, "but this really touches me." The school had a high participation rate for the activity...
Webb play adapts WWII memoir
"My Father's War," a story of war, survival and grace, will be staged on Nov. 6 as part of the 2015-2016 Follin Speaker Series at The Webb School. Adapted and performed by Carol Ponder and Robert Kiefer from the WWII memoir 'Ponder Anew' by Lt. Herschel Ponder, the performance will be at 7 p.m. in the Follin Chapel. The performance is open to the public, and free tickets may be reserved by calling 931-389-5703...
Community Elementary recognized Viking Valors for the first nine weeks of school. Viking Valors are recognized for exhibiting outstanding Viking Values, which include being respectful, responsible and ready each day. These students are leaders in the school, and they are role models for the student body. Students receiving the honor are Isabella Manire, Sophia Wright, Aliana Leverette, Landon Mullis, Bradyn Petty, Danny Null, Jessa Mangrum, Madison Jones, Athena Alonzo, Kierra Dale, Jaylinn Buckins, Lily Underwood, Cheyanne Boucher, Kylie Dalton, Cason Smith, Jalena Haynes, Jayla Mangrum, Isabella Rego, Guadalupe Cazares, Ethan Walls, Hannah Parker, Cole Daniel, Reese Cawthon, Alexa Montalvo Maldonado, Drew Harris, Lexi Berman, Faith Lewis, Hailey Scott, Nathan Stacy, Jacey Collier, Daniel Cazares, Diego Albino, Abi Brown, Makayla Crosby, and Meredith Simmons. (Submitted photo)
Bedford County Honor Rolls
Principal's List Fifth Grade Santana Alexander, Matthew Boyer, Christopher Brown, Weston Burnett, Mackenzie Carrion, Robert Clanton, Brice Comstock, Zachary Cope, Daniel Craig, Xamarion Dixon, Bridgett Evans, Ashton Fields, Ava Foulk, Thomas Gentry, Connor Huie, Macy Legate, Margaret Lynch, Micheal Olive, Avery Petersen, Benjamin Reeves, Sandra Rojas-Machado, Timothy Scheffler, Ethan Waller Freeman...
Get on the 4-H chick chain
My experience in 4-H has been fowl; probably because I'm in the poultry project. I've done many things in 4-H involving poultry, the main one being the "chick chain." The chick chain is where you receive 18 baby chickens and raise them. Then when fair time comes around, you take six to the fair to have them judged and auctioned off to raise money for 4-H. ...
4-H: A Fun Place To Be
4-H is always a fun Place to be. Projects like the Beef, Goat Dog Shooting Sports And Honor Club are where you will see me. There were 9 beef heifers to break and show White Charolias, Black Anugus and a Speckled Commercial Heifer It's the smell of feed, cows, sawdust, sweet hay...
Award-winning 4-H goat exhibitor
I had a fun time while I was in 4-H this year. While in 4-H, I did shooting sports. In this sport, you shoot BB guns from the stand, sit, kneel, and prone positions. After that, I did goat showing. In this showing competition, you show goats, any kind of goats. When I showed, I got first, third, and two seventh place ribbons. My goat's name was Champion, because I named her after my school. Being in 4-H has taught me many new things, but especially how to have fun...
My experiences in 4-H
Lights! Camera! Action! I have not starred in any Hollywood productions, but my 4-H performing arts project is a lot of fun. For my project, I formed a project group called Dreamer Productions. In Dreamer Productions, my friends and I do many things. We have talent shows, fashion shows and dance competitions. I also create movies and plays for Dreamer Productions. We have singing and songwriting groups, premier parties, and regular hangouts...
School board member resigns
Bedford County's newest school board member is now an ex-member. Tammie Patterson vacated her chair on the Bedford County Board of Education as of last Thursday, Chairwoman Amy Martin announced Tuesday night at the board's monthly meeting. Patterson wrote a letter saying she "deeply regretted" that she did not have the time to commit to the board...
Mentors needed for local students
Tennessee Promise still needs mentors. Currently, 40 percent of mentors from last year have registered to return, said Graham Thomas, director of community partnerships for tnAchieves. That number will improve closer to the application deadline of Nov. 20. Typically, mentor retention is around 60 percent from year-to-year. While last year was the first year for Tennessee Promise, tnAchieves has worked a similar program in the Knoxville area for seven years...
Thomas career day
Thomas Magnet School held a Career Day Monday. Times-Gazette Editor Sadie Fowler spoke to students about the T-G's print edition, Salute magazine and coverage of community events such as school athletic games. More photos from Career Day will be featured in Sunday's paper. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Band competition champs
The Shelbyville Central High School marching band attended the Middle Tennessee Small Marching Band competition on Saturday, Oct. 10 at Chapel Hill High School. They won superior field commander, superior color guard, superior band, excellent percussion, 1st place 5A color guard, 1st place 5A field commander, 1st place 5A band, Division 3 champion, and over all Grand Champion. Pictured (from left) are: Alexis Fulten, Kallie Attig, Erica Trujillo, Kiwanna Bridges, Brady Solis, Alicia Olsen, Sarah Saddler, and Casey Young. (Submitted photo)
HOSA holds 5K run
On Oct. 3, Shelbyville Central High School HOSA members held their annual 5k. (Submitted photos by Perla Arias)
Motlow College exhibit includes state minerals
Motlow College is hosting the exhibit, "The World of Minerals" inside the Clayton-Glass Library on the Moore County campus. The exhibit is presented by Richard Gross, a retired Motlow professor. While the minerals were gathered from all over the United States, many came from Tennessee. "The Elmwood mine in Carthage and the Cumberland mine in Gordonsville are the premier mineral specimen mines in Tennessee," said Gross...
Webb will own on-campus utilities
An agreement has been made between Bell Buckle and Webb School over ownership of water and sewer lines. Mayor Dennis Webb told Bell Buckle aldermen that the school wants to own the water and sewer lines around its new construction area. The school wants to be able to relocate lines at its expense. The city is working with its engineer and legal team to draw up an agreement that would give Bell Buckle full access to school property to do any needed work...
Armed student had drug-related items
The student charged with carrying a gun and knife Tuesday at Shelbyville Central High School also had a pipe containing marijuana residue in his possession when arrested, officials said. Dakota Joe Lynn, 18, of Lewisburg was arrested in a classroom about 1:30 p.m. after School Resource Officer Alethia Rawn was told by a school employee that he may have had a handgun...
It's a dirty job, but ....
Joanus Fordham of the Bedford County schools maintenance department lays sod outside the Central Office on Tuesday. The sod work was part of a project that included rebuilding the sidewalk to the main entrance, making it level with the door and eliminating the need to step up to enter. According to the maintenance department, they performed the project using their own staff for a cost of less than $2,000, versus spending between $3,500 to $4,000 by hiring an outside company. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Webb holds preview day for K-7
Families with children in kindergarten through seventh grade are invited to learn more about The Webb School's middle school program at the annual Middle School Preview from noon-3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 25. Webb is an independent college preparatory boarding/day school for grades six-12. The oldest continuously operating private school of its kind in the South, the school is known for its dual emphasis on academic excellence and character development, according to a Webb School press release...
Student had loaded gun at Central High
A Shelbyville Central High School student armed with a loaded gun and a knife was arrested Tuesday afternoon in a classroom.
Dakota Joe Lynn, 18, of Yell Road near Lewisburg is charged with two counts of carrying weapons on school property and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia....
Maker Faire at Thomas Magnet School
Billy Hix, Director of STEM outreach at Motlow College, conducted a Mini Maker's Faire for the teachers at Thomas Magnet School as an afternoon professional development. In a short period of time, the teachers had to learn about control and balance of a rocket; build one out of a variety of items; and then test its performance...
Community football homecoming
Community High School celebrated its homecoming Friday night. Darian Pride and Alexi Gochee were named king and queen. The court included, front row from left, Cameron Cunningham, Karla Pena, Sarah Mayo, Davie Barnes, Jordan Huntley, Alexi Gochee, Taylor Hand, Kalli Templeton and Lexie Cagle; back row, from left, Landon Langley, Hunter Solomon, Michael McClain, Chris Joslyn, Darian Pride, Jacob Kupczyk, Lane Tapp, Klinsmann Baihao and Matthew Miles. (Submitted photo)
Islam lessons criticized
The teaching of Islam has been a hot button topic lately in Tennessee -- and nationally -- and is involved in an expedited review of state school standards. The increased scrutiny has sped up the state's review of Social Studies standards, with some critics calling the coursework "indoctrination."...
'Energy detective' is on the case at LWE
Learning Way Elementary fifth graders saw a presentation from the Educational Touring Theatre. Professional actor Neil Spencer presented "The Energy Detective: The Case of Energy Efficiency and the Environment." The program was sponsored by Duck River Electric Membership Corp. Neil Spencer played the part of Detective Jimmy Ruff. Several students and teachers were asked to join in the presentation...
Spaghetti, fun on Southside's menu
It will be an evening of fun-filled activities and good food when Southside Elementary School hosts its annual Fall Fest and Spaghetti Supper on Friday evening. Spaghetti supper tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the school or at the door the day of the event. Food will be served from 4:30-7 p.m. Takeouts will be available...
Mentoring a Promise: Helpers needed for college program
Donating an average of only 10 hours a year in mentoring can mean the difference between a teenager attending college or going out into the workforce with only a high school diploma, an education advocate said Thursday. Graham Thomas, director of community partnerships for tnAchieves, spoke to about a dozen people interested in being Tennessee Promise mentors on Thursday...
Cascade band competes in championship event
The Cascade Champion Marching Band competed in their first competition of the year at the Stones River Championship Saturday, Oct. 3 at Siegel High School in Murfreesboro. With all the rain received during the week, they had no idea if they would be marching outside or performing inside. When the rain started the contest was called inside to the gym. The band gave it their all and took home several trophies...
FFA wins dairy awards
On Sept. 14, the Bedford County FFA chapter traveled to Nashville to the Tennessee State Fair to compete in FFA events. Senior member Eric Womble competed in the Tennessee State FFA Dairy Handling CDE and won second place in the state of Tennessee (he is considered the runner-up)...
Webb series celebrates freedom, veterans, more
"Freedom Sings," "My Father's War," and "Science Rocks" are all part of The Webb School Follin Speaker Series for 2015-2016. The series is an endowed program at Webb. Kicking off the series on Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 2:20 p.m. will be "Freedom Sings." Promotion for the show notes that it is "an entertaining, engaging and inspiring story of free speech in America told through rock, pop, hip-hop and country music. ...
Surprising stories and redefining 'librarian'
Fresh from an all night road-trip to Philadelphia and a visit with Pope Francis, Katie Myers is bright eyed and positive as she shows off the school library at East Side Elementary. "Look over the state of the library right now," she says. "We're in the middle of book fair, and we just had our family fun night."...
State tests online tests -- and discovers a few slowdowns
Educators across the state held a dry run Thursday of their ability to efficiently conduct online testing of students. The plan was to troubleshoot the state's ability to have thousands of students taking online tests at the same time, said Ashley Ball, director of communications for the Tennessee Department of Education. The troubleshooting effort was called Break the MIST; MIST refers to the name of the testing platform...
Motlow College observes fall break Oct. 12-13
Motlow College will observe fall break on Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 12-13, according to college officials. Offices will remain open on their regular schedule, but no classes will be held during the break. This applies to the Moore County campus and the Fayetteville, McMinnville and Smyrna centers...
TCAT observes Constitution Day
On Sept. 17, students attending the Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville honored Constitution Day by listening to a presentation by each program instructor about the creation of the U.S. Constitution, the preparation for and process of forming the United States, and the ratification process for the Constitution...
Drama professor receives prominent theater award
A Martin Methodist College drama professor has received a prestigious state theater award. David Wilkerson, assistant professor and program coordinator for dramatic arts at Martin Methodist, was presented with the 2015 First Night Star Award earlier this month at the First Night Honors Gala at Nashville's Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre, according to a college press release. It's an award given to people in theatre who go above and beyond to make live theater in Tennessee more extraordinary...
MTSU, Murfreesboro earn regional honor
Middle Tennessee State University and the City of Murfreesboro recently received a Local Government Award for their economic development efforts from the Greater Nashville Regional Council. The council praised MTSU and the city for a century of partnership that has enhanced economic development locally and throughout the region...
APSU announces Dean's List
Austin Peay State University in Clarksville has announced its Dean's List for the spring 2015 semester. Students from this area honored include: l Kristin Allen, Lewisburg; l Kelsey Hunter, Lewisburg; l Jessamyn Litaker, Lewisburg; l Zachary Moore, Shelbyville;...
Row McLaughlin, first grader at Thomas Magnet School, gets to practice being a beekeeper on agriculture day recently. (Submitted photo)
New teachers honored at reception
Bedford County Board of Education held a reception for new teachers Tuesday. Pictured are Meridith Jesch of Bedford County Learning Academy and new teachers from Cascade High School (from left): Reece Chumbley, Cindy Pope, Kelly Davis, Joshua Beu and Corey Broeder. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Tuition program needs mentors
Have you heard the buzz about free college tuition? Qualifying high school seniors can earn Tennessee Promise tuition payments by fulfilling a number of steps including meeting every so often with mentors. But to offer the tuition assistance, organizers need more mentors...
Motlow also searching for more tnAchieves mentors
Motlow State Community College Tennessee Promise Coordinator Jonathan Graham is urging any interested individuals to apply to the tnAchieves mentor program. Mentors help students earn various scholarships through programs such as Tennessee Promise. These volunteers are required to spend at least 10-15 hours annually assisting five to 10 high school seniors with post-secondary education guidance...
See you at the pole
Community Middle School students and staff participated in See You at the Pole Wednesday before school. See You at the Pole is a national student-led prayer initiative. (Submitted photo)
New school board member
Bedford County Clerk Donna Thomas administers the oath of office Tuesday to Tammie Patterson just prior to the Board of Education meeting at Shelbyville Central High School. Patterson is the new school board member from District 1 (Cascade) and replaces the late Dixie Parker. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Wheel tax recommended again
Even though they'd already voted to do so during a special called meeting on Aug. 30, Bedford County Financial Management Committee voted again Tuesday night at their regular monthly meeting to recommend a $50 wheel tax which would be put before voters in March...
MTSU guarantees scholarships for brightest students
There's a message prospective Middle Tennessee State University students and their parents will be hearing during upcoming preview days, the nine-city True Blue Tour and other recruiting-related activities. MTSU admissions and academic staff will be informing them guaranteed scholarships will be available for freshmen who meet the requirements and apply by Dec. 1...
Pictured is Caitlyn Burdick, Dr. LeEllen Carter (principal) and Phil McCleod of Great American Opportunities. Each Thomas Magnet School student that had two or more sales for a fundraiser had the chance to win two tickets, dinner and a parking pass to the Taylor Swift concert this Friday. Caitlyn won the tickets. (Submitted photo)
MTSU unveils bust of Nobel-winning alum by Wartrace sculptor
A long-awaited and much-anticipated bronze bust of the late MTSU alumnus James M. Buchanan was unveiled by his youngest sister and a nationally acclaimed sculptor during a special ceremony Sept. 18 on campus. People attending the annual Buchanan Fellows Inauguration in the James E. ...
Eakin Elementary to hold fun run Thursday
September 24 will be the second annual "Shakin' Eakin Fun Run." This school-wide fundraiser will help raise money to purchase new technology to aid in student achievement. The school is asking that the community partners with a student at the school and give money per lap the student runs/walks, or one set amount of money. Students who raise the most money will get to choose from a selection of prizes. The top boy and the top girl in each grade running the most laps will get a medal...
Liberty begins tech fundraiser
Liberty School kicked off two weeks of fund raising activities Wednesday in efforts to upgrade the school's tech. Students will be selling a variety of items made by Yankee Candle. The fund raiser runs until Sept. 30. Benefits go toward the purchase of additional laptops, desktop computers, programs, projectors and document cameras...
Motlow offers writing, math help at campuses
In an effort to better serve its growing student population, Motlow College has opened and staffed math labs and writing centers on each of its four campuses. The labs and centers are designed to assist students in reaching their goal of successfully completing their degree or certificate...
Students observe Patriot Day
Shelbyville Central High School and the National Honor Society recently celebrated Patriot Day (Sept. 11) by recognizing faculty and staff members who have served in the military. Students also signed a banner thanking those in Bedford County who are serving and have served in the military for their service. The banner will be presented to the local VFW post. Pictured in the front row in the center are the SCHS faculty and staff members who have served their country: John Ziegler, Toni Canonico, Jim Overcast and Officer Alethia Rawn. Also pictured, but not in order, are: Principal Whit Taylor and the members of the NHS Service Learning class: Kaylib Powell, Catilin Boyce, Taylor Jones, Sally Oliver, Anna Lilia Pichardo, Jacie Armstrong, Kendall Durard, Jessica Palmeros Zuniga, Keely Smith, Micah Thompson, Andrew Beard, Jamie Groves, Perlia Arias, Rosario Lopez Ortiz, Taryn Hicks, Jennifer Mendiola Molina, Luisa Suazo, Jesse Smotherman and Kayleigh Caldwell. (Submitted photo)
Community Class of 1965
Community High School's Class of 1965 held its 50-year reunion at Henry Horton State Park restaurant. Front row, from left, Dyann Douglas Miller, Faye Cartwright Grohowski, Freddy Smith and Ronnie Harrison; second row, Betty Sue Bryant Cates, Rosemary Gragg Sadler, Karen McClaren Smith, Gary Carney; third row, Curtis Reed, Mary Ruth Allen Tucker, Vicky Shearin, Aaron Sullivan, Jerry Hester and Janice Carney. (Submitted photo)
Cheering on the Golden Eagles
Harris Middle cheerleaders and their younger counterparts get ready to perform at halftime Tuesday following a three-day cheer clinic hosted by Harris teacher Jeanine Heikkinen. (T-G Photo by Gary Johnson)
Cascade FFA holds chapter meeting
The Cascade FFA held its first chapter meeting of 2015-2016 on Aug. 20. There were 35 members and 10 guests in attendance, including Cascade High School Principal Tim Harwell and Vice Principal Neil Watson. The meeting started with an icebreaker conducted by Mariah Bowen, Mary Bennett and Calli Gregory. ...
Cascade, Thomas receive $2,000 literacy grants
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded $2,000 grants each to Cascade Elementary and Thomas Magnet schools. The foundation donated $18,000 to schools, nonprofits and literacy organizations in South Middle Tennessee to enhance and support youth literacy and education programs. These grant awards are part of more than $4 million in grants awarded last week to approximately 870 schools, nonprofits and organizations throughout the 43 states Dollar General serves...
TCAT to host TN Promise event
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville will host TN Promise Scholarship Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 26 for current high school seniors and parents to learn about the Tennessee Promise Scholarship. Representatives from Student Services will be available to provide information related to applying for the TN Promise scholarship as well as TCAT's own admission and enrollment process. ...
Gattis goes to Motlow
Members of the Gattis Leadership class recently visited Motlow College at the Clayton-Glass Library on the Moore County campus. The regional leadership program, named in honor of former Moore County mayor, the late Peggy Gattis, assists business, government and community leaders in their shared vision of strengthening and promoting communities in the South Central Tennessee region. Bottom row, from left, Jim Malone, Gattis board chairman; Sharon Bateman, Gattis board member and Motlow employee; Stacey Cothran, Marshall Co.; Jan Rogers, Motlow College; Jeremy Price, Franklin Co.; Mary Hickerson, Wayne Co.; Becky Leifhert, Maury Co.; Dr. Anthony Kinkel, Motlow College president; Howard Kirksey, Moore Co.; Louisa Davis, Marshall Co.; Sarah Cook, Wayne Co.; Brenda Cannon, Motlow College; J.J. Brindley, Giles Co.; Ben Methvin, Lawrence Co.; Debbie Sowder, Lincoln Co.; Jim Neal, Gattis honorary board member; Karen Niedergeses, Lawrence Co.; Edna Luna, Gattis executive director; Cheri Thomas, Giles Co.; Erin Curry, Giles Co.; Sandra Mayes, Wayne Co.; and Josh Lynch, Bedford Co. Class members not pictured are Brian Skelton, Coffee Co.; Robin Smith, Franklin Co.; Barbara Beyl, Lincoln Co.; Angie Kimbrough, Lincoln Co.; and Larry Moorehead, Moore Co. (Submitted photo)
Twenty-four members of Cascade FFA participated in the Celebration All Youth Horse Judging contest on August 29. The chapter collected 36 ribbons and three medallions. The highlight of the contest for Cascade was freshman FFA member Landon Parker receiving the high individual overall award in the senior non-reason division. Landon scored a near perfect score of 291 out of a possible 300 points. From left: Calli Gregory, Chayse Sanders, Sam Woodard, Wyatt Goolsby, Darwin Copp, Landon Parker, Jay Thompson, Jordan Hollis, Sara Cloud, Brigette Swafford, Chase McCormick and Breanna Stevens. (Submitted photo)
Constitution, gay rights focus of Motlow forum
A panel of Motlow College professors will celebrate Constitution Day by leading the discussion "Morality and the Constitution: The Discovery of Gay Rights," on Sept. 17. The forum will take place inside Eoff Hall's Powers Auditorium on the Moore County campus from 10:50 a.m.-12:05 p.m...
Documentary focues on campus sexual assault
Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro will present a free public screening of the nationally acclaimed documentary "The Hunting Ground" this evening, followed by a panel discussion on preventing campus sexual assaults...
Youth of the Month
Dakota Begley, 7, who attends Liberty School, was the August Youth of the Month at Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County for the age 6-8 division. (Submitted photo)
Bowls for charity luncheon
On Thursday, Sept. 10, a few of the Shelbyville Central High School HOSA members volunteered their time at The Webb School. They made bowls out of clay to contribute to the annual Empty Bowl Luncheon. Pictured, in front, are Perla Arias, Anna Mooneyham, Riley Roberts, Kaylie Hintze and Jessica Palmeros; and back row, Andi Harwell, Jordan Barnett, Regan Pyrdum, Kayleigh Caldwell, Beth Tucker, Christy Sumrall and Araceli Ramirez. (Submitted photo)
Good Sam donation
The student body collected a pickup truck load of canned food for Good Samaritan. Front Row: Noah Bowling, Brianna Beech, Cally Hand, Korie Ann Beasley, Cathy Miller, Jacie Neeley and Ashley King. Back Row: Jesa Moore, Ethan Lohn, Macie Lemmons, Gage Ralston and Mackenzie Newkirk. (Submitted photo)
All for the kids
The leader of the losing team in East Side Elementary's Smart Card fundraiser agreed to kiss a pig. That's why principal Xavier Hamler met a 2-week-old pig face-to-face Thursday. Assistant principal Mindy Dewitt, the winning team's leader, enjoys petting the pig, held by Bedford County 4-H leader Jeff Hester. East Side students yelled "yes!" when asked if they wanted to see Hamler kiss the pig -- not once, but twice. All funds raised benefit the school's PTO, Hamler said. (T-G Photos by David Melson)
Motlow graduates first EMS class
Motlow College's Emergency Medical Services (EMS) program recently graduated its inaugural class with an award ceremony on the Moore County campus. Front row, from left: Ashley Wingard, Franklin County; Sara Newman, Coffee County; Chris Smith, Coffee County; Jason Whitt, Lincoln County; Whitney Riddle, Coffee County; and Justus Smith, Motlow paramedic coordinator. Back row: Drew Hooker, Motlow EMS program director; Kelly Yorba, Lincoln County; Steven Williams, Marshall County; Greg Whitley, Marshall County; Sam Kelly, Bedford County; and Jake Painter, Lincoln County. (Submitted photo)
TCAT graduates, perfect attendance honored
Summer 2015 night graduates from the Tennessee College of Applied Technology -- Shelbyville include (front row, from left) Russell Phipps, Maria Yesenia Campillo Carmona, Norma Santiago, Duane Abeare II, Timothy Joseph Parks, Dakota R. Smith, Zach Seibers Trenton Moody and Richard Seth Alexander. (Submitted photo)
Victory Academy to mark 40 years with weekend reunion
Victory Baptist Academy is celebrating its 40th anniversary this month. The academy, part of Victory Baptist Church, is holding a reunion on Sept. 18-20. Organizers hope the 994 students and faculty who are part of its history can attend, said one of those organizers, Donna Barrett. The reunion committee has found more than 600 of those people and are continuing to contact people, she said...
School leaders attend meeting of peers
Several members of the Bedford County Board of Education attended a fall district meeting of the TSBA on Sept. 1. The Tennessee School Boards Association (TSBA) hosted the district meeting at South Lincoln Elementary in Lincoln County. "TSBA Fall District Meetings gives our staff the opportunity to connect with school board members from every part of the state so that we not only hear their concerns but also provide them with the support they need to help them make the best decisions for the children and schools in their communities," said TSBA executive director Tammy Grissom.. ...
Motlow's dream maker: College president thinks of himself as a coach
It's an unseasonably mild day in late August and students all over the state head to college campuses. At nearby Motlow State Community College, new president Dr. Anthony Kinkel personally greets students with his friendly voice and trademark listening ear...
Schools may pay for false alarm calls
An amendment is due to be made to the city alarm ordinance that may require county schools to pay a fine after three false calls. Last year, Shelbyville's council passed a rule dealing with false alarms after one sounded for three days at a local shopping center...
Harris High class reunion
The Harris High School Class of 1965 recently held a reunion. Pictured: (first row, from left) Gene Cooper, Anita Buckman, Mildred Thompson, Louise Collins, Mary Maupin and Mamie Rippy; (second row) J. P. Rippy, Janice Brooks, Carol Washington, Fredia Lusk, Mary Dolce, Dorothy Wright, Linda Harvey, Mose Ransom, Jr. and John Loupe; (third row) Lawrence Evans, Joe Frazier and Glenn Johnson. (Submitted photo)
New school supplies
Southside Elementary School students pose with employees of Kroger, a corporate sponsor, which donated school supplies. Pictured are: first-graders Elijah Derryberry, Delaney Ketterman, Linda Alcala and Corey George, and Kroger representatives Nathan Arnold and Bubba Dennis. (Submitted photo)
Canned food drive at Community
Community Middle School students collected a truckload of canned food for Good Samaritan. Front row, from left, are Noah Bowling, Brianna Beech, Calley Hand, Korie Ann Beasley, Good Samaritan director Cathy Miller, Jacie Neeley and Ashley King; back row, Jesa Moore, Ethan Lohn, Macie Lemmons, Gage Ralston and Mackenzie Newkirk. (Submitted photo)
Special visit to Southside
Last year the students at Southside received a grant that provided shoes to all students, faculty and staff. Last Monday, representatives from the Convoy of Hope Rural Compassion came all the way from Missouri to visit Southside School and put faces to the names of the people they helped. Pictured are: School Board member Glenn Forsee, Assistant Principal Layne Talbott, Principal Reita Vaughn, and Convoy of Hope Rural Compassion Representatives Kathy and Randy Cartwright. (Submitted photo)
Community at the Celebration
Lydia Darnell's students from Community Middle School recently toured the Celebration grounds. Pictured in front of the Celebration sign (from left) are: Blysse McKee, Josie Chapman, Case Grizzle, Khari Pentecost, Billy Stallings, Martina Ramirez, Darnell, Tristan White, Nathan Bailiff, Jaqual Holman and Josue Juarez....
Good Samaritan donation
Community Middle School students collected a truckload of canned food for Good Samaritan. Front row, from left, are Noah Bowling, Brianna Beech, Calley Hand, Korie Ann Beasley, Good Samaritan director Cathy Miller, Jacie Neeley and Ashley King; back row, Jesa Moore, Ethan Lohn, Macie Lemmons, Gage Ralston and Mackenzie Newkirk. (Submitted photo)...
Frisby to chair MTSU panel on building name
Derek W. Frisby, a distinguished MTSU professor whose research has examined the Civil War and how cultures memorialize military conflict, was appointed Thursday to chair a panel to re-examine whether the university should change the name of Forrest Hall...
Senator: Cut red tape for college entry
U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander met with administrators from colleges around the state Thursday at a roundtable discussion at Motlow to discuss ways to simplify financial aid. Alexander, R-Tennessee, and Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colorado, are sponsors of a bill to simplify the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). ...
State students show slight gain on ACT
Tennessee public high school students showed a slight gain statewide on the ACT, according to data released Wednesday by the state Department of Education. For the third straight year, Tennessee public high school students improved on the ACT, administered to all students statewide, according to a press release from the Tennessee Department of Education. The average composite increased from 19.3 last year to 19.4 this year, adding to what has been a three-year pattern of growth for the state...
Promising future for Motlow newbies
Tennessee Promise students began fall classes around the state Monday, and Motlow State Community College has more than 1,300 freshmen benefitting from the program's free tuition. "I think we have a larger number of students this year because of the Tennessee Promise," said Jim Myers, executive director of financial aid...
Service animal policy under consideration by school board
The Bedford County Board of Education is looking at adopting a policy to govern the use of service animals in schools. During its monthly meeting Tuesday, the board considered adopting a boilerplate policy from a state education group that addresses service animals...
NED Show teaches important lessons
Students at Liberty School had an interesting assembly Wednesday -- using yo-yos to teach kids how to do and be at their best. It was The NED Show, which stands for Never Give Up, Encourage Others and Do you Best. "We're really pushing our kids to do well," said Jordan Tatom, Liberty's new guidance counselor...
MTSU names interim department heads
Taking on new leadership challenges in their MTSU careers, Wendy Beckman and Jessica Carter have accepted interim chair and director's roles in their respective Department of Aerospace and School of Agribusiness and Agriscience. "Wendy and Jessica will do an outstanding job," said Bud Fischer, College of Basic and Applied Sciences dean, discussing Beckman and Carter, who assumed their positions Aug. ...
Motlow recognizes SCHS graduate
Laura Monks, director of the Motlow College Fayetteville Center, and incoming Motlow freshman David Ortiz of Shelbyville were recently named Mentor of the Month and Student of the Month, respectively, by tnAchieves. Since 2008, the non-profit organization has been helping Tennessee students not only afford but excel in college. ...
County schools go wireless in next few weeks
Middle and high school students soon will be browsing the Internet via Wi-Fi from their desks, in the halls and in the lunch lines. All but two of the schools should be ready to go wireless right after the horse show break, said Ben Barrett, director of technology for the Bedford County Department of Education. He made the report during a presentation Tuesday to the Board of Education...
Education, the Chinese way
As Bedford County students return to school this month, Shelbyville Woman's Club guest speaker Mike Novak's discussion of "Education From Here To Around The World" was interesting and timely. Novak, a former Bedford County educator who is now the assistant director of The Confucius Institute at Middle Tennessee State University, spoke to the club at their August meeting last Wednesday...
Kids make soil babies
Meet the soil babies. With the help of Gena Coats with the Bedford County Soil Conservation District and members of the Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County, soil babies were brought to life. Soil babies are made by putting seed in the toe of knee high panty hose, adding potting soil, forming it into a ball and decorating...
FFA recognizes Shelbyville chapter
The Shelbyville Central High School FFA chapter has been recognized in the 2015 National Chapter Award Program from the National FFA Organization. The program recognizes outstanding FFA chapters from throughout the country that successfully complete an annual set of required activities that encourage members to grow as individuals, work as a team and serve others in their communities...
Cascade FFA receives national award
The Cascade High School FFA chapter has been recognized in the 2015 National Chapter Award Program from the National FFA Organization. The program recognizes outstanding FFA chapters from throughout the country that successfully complete an annual set of required activities that encourage members to grow as individuals, work as a team and serve others in their communities...
Donations help kids receive books
The Shelbyville Rotary Club recently donated $1,500 to the Bedford County Imagination Library, said Luci Taylor of the Imagination Library board. The Rotary Club is donating $1,500 each year for three years, she said. The funds come from Rotary's work during The Celebration...
SCHS Class of 1984
Shelbyville Central High's Class of 1984 held its 31st reunion Saturday at the school. Attendees include, front row from left, Cynthia Holman, Tracy Allison Wilson, Sherry McChristian-Leetham, Jimmy Richardson, Victoria Dashiell, Tammy Owens King, Rob Philyaw, Kathy Cartwright Philyaw, Shawn Moss, Kimme' Crowell Greer and Pierre Johnson; second row, Chris Floyd Murray, Lori Ferrell Beaird, Tina Rose Townsend, Carla Johnson, Robert Driscoll, Sara George Moore, Tonya Flippo Weber, Judi Crosslin Cartwright, Jo Jo Bills, Laura Cook Fisher, Bridget Westbrooks Davisson, Jennifer Gordon Feldhaus, Dana Thomas Kennamer, Barbara Cunningham Floyd, Teresa Stacey Helton and teacher Sally McReynolds; third row, Thomas Young, Cindy Carlton, Sonya Reedy Liehr, Beth King Griggs, Cris Perryman, Kathy Kincaid, Tracie Brandon DeLucia, Benita McClaran Lahr, Charles Castile, John Williams, Steve Feldhaus, Corrine Harris, Teresa Sutton Phillips, Joyce Harmon Neill and Lisa Fanning Dye; back row, Mark Clanton, Darrell Taylor, Chris Arnold, Kent Brandon, Terry Adams, Greg Tocchio, William BJ Roberts and Darrin Martin. (Submitted photo)
Business tax seminar
Registration is open for the seventh annual 2015 Tennessee Business Tax Seminar Series presented by the Tennessee Department of Revenue and MTSU's Department of Accounting. The seminar will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, at the DoubleTree Hotel, 1850 Old Fort Parkway in Murfreesboro. It is designed to provide current, in-depth information on Tennessee tax issues to business owners, CPAs and other interested parties...
TCAT-Shelbyville recognizes 'overachievers'
Manuel Moreno and Justin Nunley recently received additional certificates for completion of "Industry Applications of Advanced Math and Trigonomic Principles" at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Shelbyville. Moreno and Nunley, both welding students, volunteered to take the advanced math class after completing their regular math studies for the welding program...
Scholarship honors Shonta'
Norma Branch, left, mother of Shonta' Whorley Lamb, presents the first Shonta' Whorley Lamb Softball Scholarship to Motlow freshman Jamaica Johnson. Lamb died Sept. 3, 2014 of colon cancer. The $500 scholarship is presented in her memory. "I am glad to carry on the memory of Shonta' through this scholarship," Johnson said. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Cascade Elementary, Thomas Magnet earn state's top marks
Two Bedford County schools have received state recognition for academic achievements. Cascade Elementary and Thomas Magnet schools have been named Performance Schools for 2015, the Tennessee Department of Education announced this week. The designation is for the state's top 5 percent of schools and is part of a recognition system called Reward Schools...
Area residents earn degrees from WGU
The following local students have earned degrees from WGU Tennessee: l Anita Cook of Bell Buckle has received her bachelor's degree in Health Informatics. l Stephanie Tribble of Shelbyville has received her bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (K-8)...
Motlow announces alert system
Motlow State Community College is encouraging its students, faculty and staff to register for the mobile Motlow Alert system. The service is free and is also open to members of the general public who would like to receive the latest information regarding Motlow...
School supply drive
McDonald's in Shelbyville is hosting a back to school supply drive until Aug. 10. Donations will be given to local schools. One donated supply will earn one food item, two will earn two and those who donate three supply items will receive a free value meal (limit of three value meals per person)...
Ben Barrett won the Member of the Year award from Middle Tennessee Educational Technology Association. Seen with Barrett is Christy Williams, who works with him in Bedford County Board of Education's technology department (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Back to school 2015
Monday was the first day of the 2015-16 school year in Bedford County, and Liberty School kicked things off as students found out their classroom assignments and spent two hours readjusting to class. Regular class days begin Wednesday.
School all in the family for new teacher
It's all in the family for the Cooks when it comes to education. Karen Cook retired from Eakin Elementary School in May after 31 years as a teacher. Now, her daughter Taylor Beth Cook is following in her footsteps. The younger Cook is a new teacher at Harris Middle School. She is a sixth grade Magnet ELA/Social Studies teacher...
Rallying the teachers during in-service
Even teachers need a pep talk every so often. In-service is a good time for one. Bedford County's teachers attended a two-day in-service July 27-28. They heard from their local leaders and from Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen. "Every day think of how they (students) will remember you and how they will remember what they learned," McQueen said. "You are the player this year ... who can move them from Point A to Point Z."...
Maintenance gets schools ready for the new year
"You name it, we do it." Bob Rose, a 15-year veteran of the maintenance department for the school system, said that sums up his job. On July 28, he and two other maintenance workers were hurrying to prepare Community Elementary School for the start of the school year. Rose and Bryant Pinkston were laying new linoleum in the cafeteria. A leak in the room the previous school year had damaged the old floor, Pinkston said...
Smartphones in school: The basics
Some things are obvious for the back-to-school backpack -- pencils and paper and notebooks and what have you. But what about a smartphone? Is it appropriate? Is it even allowed? Some parents consider smartphones in school a distraction, perhaps even a mechanism for cheating. Others like being able to communicate directly with their child about after-school schedules, weather cancellations, and so on. Some teachers are now even incorporating smartphone technology into the classroom...
Raise your hand, and learn
I won't start back to school for a few more weeks yet, but I can't wait. For the past few years, I've been a volunteer in "Raise Your Hand Tennessee," a United Way-organized initiative which places adult volunteers in elementary schools to help kids read...
Swann driven by love for helping kids grow
Jennifer Swann is in her eighth year as the program coordinator for Shelbyville Parks and Recreation and still finds the joy in her work. "When you wake up everyday, you have the opportunity to change somebody's life," Swann said. Swann, a Normandy native, graduated from Cascade before attending Middle Tennessee State University to major in outdoor recreation...
State's top educator pays visit
Bedford County teachers getting ready for back-to-school received a pep talk Monday from the person at the top -- the state education commissioner. Candice McQueen, Tennessee's education commissioner, visited teachers during the start of their two-day in-service. Superintendent Don Embry said it was the first time the state's top educator has visited, to the best of his knowledge...
Motlow Foundation offers ACE scholarships
The Motlow College Foundation is now offering scholarship opportunities for students enrolled in the Accelerated College Express (ACE) program at Motlow College. Eligibility for the scholarship requires students to meet all requirements for admission to Motlow and the ACE program, to be in good standing with Motlow, to have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or better if prior college experience applies, to be full-time under the ACE program guidelines and not a "drop-in" and to have financial need as evidenced by FAFSA.. ...
Blowout helps kids get ahead in school
The third annual Summer Feed and Fun Blowout will take place on Friday, July 31. Yes, it's that time of year, since school starts back Monday, Aug. 3. The Johnson Residential Group, founder of the Summer Feed Program, and The Center for Family Development are partners in throwing the blowout. This year's event will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at H.V. Griffin Park, organizer Mamie Johnson said...
TCAT-S joins adult learning coalition
The Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville has recently joined the Coalition of Adult Learning Focused Institutions (ALFI). Colleges and universities in the coalition strive continuously to advance programs and services for adult students, evaluate their adult training programs and share best practices...
A mid-day stroll
Children from Ms. Menza's Daycare took advantage of the nice weather and visited the Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library earlier this week. (T-G Photo by Derrick Hill)
No nominee for school board yet
There's no nominee yet for the vacant District 1 school board seat of Dixie Parker, who died July 10 at her home in Bell Buckle. School board members and school officials are still being consulted. The county commission will appoint a successor who will hold the seat until the next county-wide general election in August 2016. ...
Missing 'Mrs. Dixie': School board member honored
The Bedford County Board of Education took time to remember one of its own during its monthly meeting Tuesday. Board members paid tribute to the late Dixie Parker from District 1, who died July 10 of natural causes. "I lost one of my best friends," board chair Amy Martin said. She added that she did not know Parker at all until about 12 years ago. "She was one of the most kind, loving, caring persons."...
41 students, five local, named Advanced Placement Scholars at Webb
Five Bedford County students were among 41 students at The Webb School who recently were named Advanced Placement Scholars, making for a school record. Additionally, there were five Webb students who achieved national ranking and one who received an AP International Diploma. Eighty-nine Webb students took a total of 204 AP exams in the spring. The students' recognition is based on their exam scores...
Homeschool program holds registration
The Bedford County Homeschool Enrichment Program held fall registration Tuesday at First Baptist Church on Depot Street. The 15-week co-op homeschool program starts Aug. 4 with 24 classes. Charity Troyer, seated, who is talking to Ashleigh Newnes. (T-G Photos by Jason Reynolds)
Now is time for students to be immunized
Many children will be back in the classroom in just a few weeks, and so Bedford County Health Department is reminding parents to get their children's back-to-school immunizations now. In Tennessee, children enrolling in school for the first time and all children going into seventh grade must provide schools with a state immunization certificate before classes start. ...
Local 4-H members go to state event
Bedford County 4-H is proud to announce the delegates who will be attending the 2015 Tennessee 4-H Roundup July 27-31 in Knoxville. The 4-H Roundup is an event where high school delegates from all across the state of Tennessee come and compete in their project area. ...
Students represent DREMC on 50th tour
Some 1,700 future leaders -- including almost 140 from Tennessee electric cooperatives -- traveled to Washington, D.C., June 12-18 for the annual Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. Ten students from the Duck River Electric Membership Corp. service area were rewarded with spots on the tour for writing winning short stories titled "Electric Cooperatives: Powering Potential." The stories described how locally owned, member-controlled electric cooperatives continue improving lives in their service areas through special community-building programs as well as reliable and affordable electric service.. ...
Educators take to air in aerospace workshop
Five Bedford County educators recently completed the MTSU Aerospace Workshop. Jana Anderson and Nakisha Williams-Bey, who teach ESL at Learning Way, Amy Townsend, a teacher at Shelbyville Central High, Kim Pierce-Wilder, who teaches algebra at Community and Carl Keating, a music teacher at Thomas Magnet, attended...
Cascade art students fly high in contest
Cascade High School and Cascade Middle School had four of the 10 Middle Tennessee winners in the International Aviation Art Contest, including Middle Tennessee senior division winner Rose Espino, according to art teacher Jojo Bills. Mallory Houchin (honorable mention, intermediate division), Tori Hull (second place, intermediate division) and Sara Rodriguez (third place, senior division) were the other winners. All received plaques and ribbons...
FFA competes in state events
On June 5 -6 the Bedford County FFA Chapter of Shelbyville Central High School traveled to Doyle to compete in the Tennessee State FFA Forestry and State Environmental and Natural Resources competition help at the state FFA camp. This was the second time that the chapter had competed in the Forestry contest and the first year that the chapter has competed in the Environmental and Natural Resources contest...
FFA wins state title in meat judging
On Saturday, April 25, 2015, the Bedford County FFA Chapter traveled to the University of Tennessee to compete in the Tennessee State FFA Meat Judging contest. The Meat Judging team won the state title and will move on to represent Shelbyville Central High School, Bedford County and Tennessee in the national contest at National FFA convention in October in Louisville, Kentucky. All team members placed in the top 4 in the state...
FFA attends regional banquet
Bedford County FFA attended the Middle Tennessee Regional FFA banquet held at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville on April 28. Those members attending were Jordin Hockaday, Jessie Sanders, Kaitlin Davis, Hunter Lemmon, Courtney Mansfield, Dylon Ely, Jackson Smith, Brian McCarty, Brianna Gearlds, Lindsey Stephens and Braden York...
FFA wins ag mechanics title
On May 2, the Bedford County FFA Chapter traveled to Tennessee State University to compete in the Tennessee State FFA Agricultural Mechanics contest. The team won the state title and will move on to the national contest at National FFA convention in October in Louisville, Kentucky. The team members were: Hunter Lemmon, first high individual; Jordin Hockaday, second high individual; Jackson Smith, fifth high individual; and Dylon Ely...
FFA attends leadership camp
On June 1, the Bedford County FFA Chapter of Shelbyville Central High School traveled to Doyle, Tennessee to attend State FFA Leadership Camp at Camp Clements. The members were able to take leadership classes, set goals for the chapter and themselves, compete in sporting events, compete in rifle range events, swim, canoe, boating, compete in quiz contests, and meet many different FFA members from around the state of Tennessee...
FFA judges livestock, dairy
On Tuesday, April 21, the Bedford County FFA Chapter traveled to MTSU to compete in the Middle Tennessee FFA Livestock and Dairy Judging contests. The Livestock Judging team placed first in the district and seventh in the region with Jordin Hockaday being the fifth high individual and Kaitlin Davis being the 13th high individual of the contest. The Dairy Judging team placed third in the district and eighth in the region with Brianna Gearlds being the 13th high individual in the contest...
Hockaday wins state FFA award
Jordin Hockaday of the Bedford County Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter is Tennessee FFA's 2015 Star in Agricultural Placement. The Star in Agricultural Placement is awarded to the top student who best demonstrates knowledge and skill through experiential, service and work-based learning opportunities. Her supervised agricultural experience (SAE) project is beef production...
Mooneyham earns master's degree
Bedford County resident Kelly Mooneyham will receive her Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management degree at WGU Tennessee's second commencement ceremony, scheduled for July 11 at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel in Nashville. This year's commencement arrives in conjunction with a few other milestones for the state-endorsed, nonprofit online university...
Webb counselor to lead industry workshop
Chris Rodriguez, director of college counseling at The Webb School, has been selected as a faculty member for Dry Run, a Southern Association for College Admission Counseling annual workshop. The 32 faculty members for the program are drawn from throughout the Southeast and are selected through a competitive application process in the spring...
Teacher assessment creator honored
Shelbyville native William L. "Bill" Sanders, the statistician and researcher who developed Tennessee's system for evaluating teachers and schools, is the 2015 recipient of the James Bryant Conant Award, one of the nation's most prestigious education honors...
Motlow offers service hours for TN Promise
In support of the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) initiative to help ensure that TN Promise eligible students complete the required eight hours of community service by August 1, Motlow College will participate in the Community Service Saturday on July 11...
Sunday Conversation: Robots follow commands of technology master Pierce
Tell us a little bit about your role at the TCAT center. When did you start and how did you come into the position?
Pierce: I am one of the three Industrial Maintenance Instructors at the TCAT Shelbyville campus. Our Industrial Maintenance program prepares students with the electrical, fluid power, mechanical, automation, and robotics skills needed to become employed in the industrial maintenance field.
Local graduate makes art donation
Local artist and 2015 Shelbyville Central High School graduate Amellaly Lopez recently donated a few pieces of her original art work to Assistant Principal Michael McCoin at the CTE Annex at Central High School. Amellaly is a member of DECA and the Art Society at Central and has had her artwork displayed locally at the Fly Arts Center in Shelbyville. Her donated artwork will be displayed in various classrooms at the Annex. (Submitted photo)
Notice from the top: TCAT-S program honored at White House
The Computer Information Technology program at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology -- Shelbyville was recognized at the White House today along with other winners of the 2014 "Excellence in Action" award given by the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium...
Community FFA attends convention
The Community FFA Chapter received the Superior Chapter Award at the Annual FFA Convention in Gatlinburg last semester. (Submitted photos)
Wartrace native wins scholarship award
On Thursday, June 25, Ashley Stevens of Wartrace received the Press-Register/AL.com Distinguished Diaries Award during the first night of preliminary competition at the 58th Distinguished Young Women National Finals. The $1,500 cash scholarship was presented to the state representative whose essay on her experiences while in Mobile was selected by a review panel...
Students test well in most subjects
The Tennessee Department of Education on Thursday announced Tennessee students made significant gains in all high school subjects and in the majority of subjects in grades 3-8 except reading. High school scores on the 2015 Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) continued to show strong growth for the third consecutive year, increasing in all seven tested subjects across English language arts, math and science, the department reported...
Tennessee teachers to visit Confucius Institute
Some Tennessee school administrators will devote a small part of their summer to learning more about education in China. The Confucius Institute at Middle Tennessee State University is leading a delegation of educators on a 10-day excursion to China for a whirlwind sample of Chinese elementary and secondary schools...
FFA takes first in state mechanics
Bedford County FFA took home first place honors in the Tennessee Future Farmers of America (FFA) State Agricultural Mechanics competition May 2 on the Tennessee State University campus. Five FFA chapters, finalists from each of the three regions, participated...
Knowing the code: Camp preps children for high-tech world
A group of teens talk and laugh as they feverishly click away on their laptops. One might assume they are scrolling through social network feeds, watching YouTube videos, or playing online games. Not so. These teens are learning and taking advantage of a free coding camp hosted by the Hands On Science Center in Tullahoma...
NHS pinches pennies for Relay For Life
The Shelbyville Central High School National Honor Society held a change drive to benefit the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Bedford County. The project was part of the Power of One campaign. "We wanted to show how one person in one community with one penny to donate could make a difference in the fight against cancer," advisor Claudia House said. ...
TCAP flap won't hit grades: Official
Tennessee's TCAP tests continue to be at the center of confusion and controversy even as the state prepares to move to a new testing standard. In late May, the state released "quick scores" from the TCAPs so that teachers could incorporate those preliminary achievement test scores into final grades, according to Chalkbeat, an education news site...
Community delegates at Boys State
Community High School students Joel Powell and Darian Pride represented their school and community at Tennessee American Legion Boys State at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville. This year's session featured an address from Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey. For the 11th consecutive year, Boys State hosted the SCALES program, the Supreme Court Advancing Legal Education for Students, during which the Tennessee Supreme Court held a special session to hear oral arguments in two actual Supreme Court cases. Other featured speakers included Tennessee Adjutant Gen. Max Haston and Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett. (Submitted photo)
Her eye's on the prize
Those who claim, "youth is wasted in the young," would be wise to rethink their stance after meeting Hayla Sanders. This recent Cascade graduate is as ambitious and hard working as she is friendly and energetic. She bounces on the balls of her feet with excitement and directs a bright smile to everyone she meets...
A fond farewell: Chinese teacher leaves to join husband
Those who have come to love Chinese teacher Dongmei Wang Holt will have a chance to see her one final time before she moves next week. Holt is leaving Shelbyville to join her husband in Seattle. Her American host, Pat Sherrill, is hosting a public farewell party Sunday at 2 p.m. at her Cinnamon Ridge Bed & Breakfast, 799 Whitthorne St...
Neeley moves up to Community Elementary principal
Whitney Neeley has been promoted to principal at Community Elementary School. "We wish her the best in moving to her new position," School Superintendent Don Embry said. Neeley has served as assistant principal at Community for the past five years. Former principal Chrissy Fox decided to transfer back to the classroom, Embry said. She will be teaching at Cascade High School next fall...
Motlow choice is current Kansas college president
Anthony G. Kinkel, current president of Wichita Area Technical College in Kansas, has been recommended by Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan as the next president to lead Motlow State Community College. The recommendation will go before the board during a special called meeting today in the TBR System office in Nashville...
Shelbyville student graduates from radiologic tech program
Sarah King of Shelbyville was one of 21 radiologic technology graduates from Columbia State Community College that were honored in a pinning ceremony Saturday, May 9. "It has been a joy to work with the members of the radiologic technology class of 2015. ...
Realtors honor three area seniors
The Middle Tennessee Association of Realtors recently presented college scholarships to seven high school seniors in its eight-county service area. Three were presented to Bedford County seniors at their awards ceremonies. These students were chosen from 79 applicants...
Frizzell graduates from Freed-Hardeman
Amber Frizzell of Shelbyville was among more than 250 graduates who participated in Freed-Hardeman University's spring commencement exercises Saturday, May 16. John Law, a 1989 graduate and vice chairman of the FHU Board of Trustees, delivered the commencement address...
After receiving a rose from her daughter, Community High School graduate Jamie Demonbreun, Cathy Demonbreun becomes emotional during the school's graduation ceremony. See photos of all county high school graduations on t-g.com and in Tuesday's T-G. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Thomas students become songwriters
Thomas Magnet School has gone country. Approximately 18 fifth-graders wrote song lyrics, some of which were performed by professional singer-songwriters recently in the school library. The event was sponsored by The Country Music Hall of Fame Words and Music program, Thomas music teacher Carl Keating said...
SACP to make a splash this year
Another summertime School Age Care Program is about to blast off. SACP's summer program will start May 20 and run through July 24, said director Sheree Floyd. Registration is now underway, she said. The official kickoff is May 22. On that day, there will be a cookout, dunk tank, games and an inflatable...
Thomas students unwind
On Friday, May 1, Thomas Magnet School students had a bit of fun in between the SAT 10 test for younger students and the TCAP for older students. The school held a rally to celebrate the top winners in the Tiger Run fundraiser. The event also served to give a break in between exams...
Liberty plays the day away
Liberty School students celebrated a warm spring day with everything but classes Thursday, Instead, it was a day-long carnival, with students dancing, playing, singing and having their faces painted. The smell of cotton candy, popcorn, and pizza filled the halls of the school, as the kids went from one activity to another...
Teachers check out county
Teachers of all levels of experience visited Shelbyville Saturday to try to get a foot in the door for job openings for next school year. The Bedford County School District held its second annual teacher's job fair Saturday at Shelbyville Central High School. ...
Central alum earn academic honors
Alisha Tillman and Tiana Sanders, both 2014 graduates of Shelbyville Central, participated in an Academics Honors Convocation for the spring-fall semester of 2014 at Alabama A&M University. Tillman, a biology major, had a GPA of 3.99 and received the Freshman Honor Roll Award, Dean's List Award and Honors Program Participant. ...
FFA members attend state convention
Bedford County FFA attended the Tennessee State FFA Convention in Gatlinburg from March 29 through April 1. Members attending were Jordin Hockaday, Jessie Sanders, Keith Cook, Kaitlin Davis, Hunter Lemmon, Courtney Mansfield, Dylon Ely, Jackson Smith, Brian McCarty, and Nathaniel Olson...
HOSA state competition
Shelbyville Central High School HOSA students competed in the state conference in March. Front (from left): Marquist Henderson, Kayleigh Caldwell, Sally Oliver, Kristy Gibson, Perla Arias, Andrew Beard. Back (from left): Michelle Calvert- advisor, Sarah Saddler, Jordan Barnett, Hailey Puckett, Cerridwen Kaiding, Regan Pyrdum and Debbie Myers - advisor. (Submitted photo)
Liberty book fair helps fund kindergarten
Kindergarten is expensive -- with supplies, paint, construction paper and other things needed for the little learners. That's why the rest of the grades at Liberty School are chipping in this week at the annual book fair. According to Heather Conditt, who teaches one of five kindergarten classes, since Liberty is a K-8 school books are stocked for all age groups...
Webb taps Sullens as middle school head
Tabetha Sullens, principal of Boyd Christian School in McMinnville, has been named The Webb School Middle School Head from a field of more than 45 candidates. Sullens, who is a 1994 Webb graduate, also has professional experience as a teacher at Boyd Christian. She will join Webb on July 1 and will succeed Linda Williams, who has been Middle School Director for 22 years...
Students represent Cascade in science
Six finalists in Cascade Middle School's eighth grade research fair had the opportunity to compete in the Middle Tennessee Science and Engineering Fair at Austin Peay State University. The fair is the culmination of a semester self-selected inquiry project performed by the students. ...
Signing up for kindergarten
Aubrey Curtis, left, points correctly after being asked by Shauna Phillips where her chin is during kindergarten testing Wednesday at Community Elementary School. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis) Sue McClenney, left, helps Paula Patterson and her daughter Jordyn Griffith register for kindergarten at Liberty School Wednesday morning. Many of the mothers were emotional over the process, as it was another sign that their little ones are growing up quick. (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)...
Student candy winners
Student winners from the Southside School Easter Candy Count were all smiles after receiving chocolate bunnies. As part of an ongoing tradition, Johnnie Templeton brings a jar of candy each year around Easter and students guess how many pieces of candy are in the jar. This year, there were several lucky winners...
It's time to R.O.K. out at concert
Bedford County youth will get to R.O.K. and roll once again this spring. The third annual Rewarding Our Kids (R.O.K.) Concert will be Saturday and is hosted by local emergency services. This may be the concert's third year, but it has one major change, organizer Jason Barber said. The concert has moved to a new venue: Pleasant Valley Farms, 2395 Highway 64 East...
A different world: Autism Awareness Month promotes hope
The first National Autism Awareness Month was declared in April 1970 by the Autism Society. Since then, the month has become widely recognized and celebrated worldwide by families, businesses, political leaders, educators, autism organizations and celebrities...
Fly high, Davin: Southside kids remember classmate
Southside Elementary students gathered March 24 to pay tribute to classmate Davin Lynch on what would have been his 11th birthday. Davin lost his life in a traffic accident on Dec, 19, 2014. Southside fifth grader Azaezha Williams proposed the idea that she and her classmates release balloons on Davin's birthday...
Meet the 'forgotten' Webb brother
Everyone knows about Sawney Webb, founder of The Webb School in Bell Buckle -- but a Monteagle man has written a new book claiming that Dr. John M. Webb, Sawney's brother, doesn't get his share of the credit for the private preparatory school's success...
Scores worth achieving: ACT gets its own wall of fame
The buzzer sounds, students take up their pencils and begin the most important test in their high school careers. Some will be prepared, others will not. This is a playing field that Cascade High School principal Tim Harwell and his staff want to see leveled out...
Central High NHS inducts 2015 members
Shelbyville Central High School's National Honor Society held its induction ceremony on March 23. 2014-2015 Service Learning Class Members: Seniors: Marcus Bryson; Clorissa Campbell; Heath Couser; Conner Hintze; Amanda Jones; Alayne Saylor; Ellie Smith; and Sydney Snoddy. Juniors: Madison Brown; Kelsey Cannon; Sydney Cooper; Megan Fears; Sally Oliver; Kaylib Powell; and Kelcie Seibers...
Teen throws fashion show for special needs youths
A young lady with a heart for serving others is throwing a fashion show to celebrate the beauty of girls with special needs -- and she could use your help. Marissa Countess is the organizer of "Shining Stars," an event to spotlight, encourage and boost the self-esteem of local special needs girls ages 6-12th grade...
About Marissa and Shining Stars
My name is Marissa Countess. I'm 17 and attend Cascade High School. I enjoy staying on the go with church activities, service clubs, friends, crafting and traveling. I value time with my family which consists of two fabulous younger brothers and outstanding parents who are led by God to mold me into who I am today. (My parents are Russ and Natalie Countess)...
Victory Baptist Academy honor roll, perfect attendance
Victory Baptist Academy has announced its Second Quarter Honor Roll. First row: Logan Clontz, Aiden Cakebread, Lane Keith, Anna Grace Everhart, Phoenix Oehler, Gabriel Byrd, Nicholas Collett, Hunter Haygood, Xavier Oehler, Cora Butler, Sophia Cessac, and Ian Wheeler. Second row: Tristan Clontz, Noah Butler, Johnathan Crosslin, Lana Lemmon, Joshua Meda, Noella Price, Eli McGilliard, Stella Johnson, Christian Meda, Houston Vick, Robert Cook, and Dakota Kluge. Third row: Lida Phengmany, Melodie Warren, Erin Robison, Jacob Everhart, Kimber Cook, Miya Lemmon, Jonah Price, John Green, Tad Arnold, Madison Warren, Daniel Lemmon, Courtney Warren, and Fena Phengmany. Fourth row: Ashley Prater, Simon Sengchanh, David Smotherman, Maisyn Price, Sarah Fraser, Allyson Bivvins, Ashley Humphreys, Ashleigh Bivvins, Caleb Flowers, and Jackson Wheeler. Fifth row: David Warren, Lyndsi Warren, Michael Eley Matthew McCullough, Benjamin Fraser, Timothy Warren, Alan Webb, Cody Dickerson, Samuel McCullough, Morgan Bush Dawson Leverette, Colton Prater, Anna Robison, Richard Williams Jr., Michael Bush, and Emme Kikuchi. (Submitted photo)
Bedford County Schools honor rolls
Principal's List Fifth Grade Helen Allison, Annie Arnold, Elijah Arnold, Rebecca Bennett, Gracy Calvert, Kylie Calvert, Annabell Chamblee, Larissa Collet, Steven Cope, Hollister Engle, Ethan Estes, Natalie Evans, Casey Floyd, Jordan Green, Aiden Heymann, Drake Hodge, Kobe Inmon, Jimma Jones, Elizabeth Kilpatrick, Noah Mason, Cole McBee, Teri Morton, Lauren Perry, Rachel Phillips, Jaycie Plemons, David Thomas Porter, Benjamin Renegar, Sarina Richards, Macey Scheffler, Isaiah Smith, Ayla Snoddy, Preston Stephens, Caroline Stone, Morgan Sudberry, Christopher Sullivan, Ryan Taylor, Aiden Wesenberg, Katelyn Wilder.. ...
The Webb School honor roll
The Webb School recently announced its A and B honor rolls of Bedford County students for the third quarter of the 2014-15 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...
Webb students travel for spring break
Two Webb groups used the 2015 spring break to travel and study. Trips were led to Peru and to Canyonlands National Park in Utah. Susan Mullen, Webb's strings teacher and string orchestra director, led the Peru trip March 29-April 5 with 15 students and six parents. She was assisted by Gayle McClanahan, Webb's graphic designer, and Mike Quinn, art teacher. Among students making the trip are Jessica Avery of Wartrace and Erin Parsons of Shelbyville...
Sunday Conversation: Teaching, athletics make Jennifer Gray's life
T-G: When did you decide to become a teacher? What influenced that decision? Gray: As long as I can remember, I have always wanted to become a teacher. I have always enjoyed working with children and being able to help them gain confidence they never knew they had so therefore becoming a teacher was my way to accomplish that goal. ...
Webb students travel for spring break
Two groups are using the 2015 spring break to travel and study. Trips are being led to Peru and to Canyonlands National Park in Utah. Susan Mullen, Webb's strings teacher and string orchestra director, is leading the Peru trip March 29-April 5 with 15 students and six parents. She will be assisted by Gayle McClanahan, Webb's graphic designer, and Mike Quinn, art teacher. Among students making the trip are Jessica Avery of Wartrace and Erin Parsons of Shelbyville...
Green named MTSU supervisor
The Office of Professional Laboratory Experiences at Middle Tennessee State University has named Donna Green as an adjunct university supervisor. Green supervises pre-service teachers in their Residency II placement through the College of Education at MTSU. She currently supervises students in Coffee, Franklin and Lincoln counties. Prior to her MTSU appointment, Green taught at Motlow State Community College. With Green is Rachel Angus, a graduate student interning in Franklin County. (MTSU Photo by Michelle Condra)
'We're the best': TCAT lives up to boast of success
Jim Potts, evening supervisor of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology's Shelbyville campus, walks the school's halls with visible pride. "We're the best." Potts said, "We are the premiere workforce trainer in Middle Tennessee. With the Tennessee Promise and now Tennessee Reconnect, we look to make an even bigger economic impact on the workforce here."...
BackPacks continue to feed hungry kids
There is a program locally known as "BackPack." A BackPack is a package of ready to eat food geared towards 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. ...
Arnett named to Martin Methodist trustees
Jack Daniel Distillery master distiller Jeff Arnett was among four new members named to the Martin Methodist College Board of Trustees. The college announced the new trustees and elected three new officers at a recent meeting. Arnett, Debbie Cassetty, Harriet Norrie and Joelle Phillips were recently introduced to the 37-member board while three other Trustees were voted in as officers...
Charity a good fit for Central senior
What started out as a project to earn a scholarship turned into a passion for one high school senior. Arin Harwell says she was looking online at dosomething.org for a project to earn a scholarship and came across an idea that intrigued her -- a blue jeans drive...
Texts land teacher in trouble
A longtime Cascade High School math teacher has been charged with solicitation of a minor in alleged texts to a student. James David Sanders, 58, of Idle Drive in Shelbyville was arrested Sunday. Sanders allegedly texted inappropriate messages to a 17-year-old girl in one of his classes, according to the Bedford County Sheriff's Department...
A place to reconnect with education
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Shelbyville held an open house Saturday to promote the Tennessee Reconnect program, a state grant for adults who seek to learn a skill or credential at TCAT facilities across the state. Anne Blanton of TCAT's admissions office discusses the process with potential students...
TCAT to hold open house for adult learners
Tennessee College of Applied Technology -- Shelbyville will host an open house from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday for area adults to sign up for the Tennessee Reconnect grant, a new program that allows Tennesseans to attend a technical college tuition free...
Students weigh in on education topics
Six students from Bedford County joined about 300 of their high school peers at Middle Tennessee State University on March 9 to express their views on public education in Tennessee. The Student Congress on Policies in Education (SCOPE) event was sponsored by the Tennessee School Boards Association (TSBA)...
Wilson to head alumni, development at Webb
Matt Wilson, director of annual giving and alumni relations for two years at The Webb School, has been named the school's new director of alumni and development. Wilson assumed the post Feb. 1 and succeeds Claudia Hazelwood, who retired. "We were impressed with Matt's efforts as a tireless worker," said Head of School Ray Broadhead. ...
Webb counselor attends conference in Scotland
Chris Rodriguez, The Webb School assistant director of college counseling, recently traveled to the University of St. Andrews in Scotland for the "Counsellors Conference 2015." Rodriguez joined approximately 50 counselors from all over the world. Activities included a tour of the university, which dates to 1413, as well as the town. ...
Bedford County students from Webb visit Canada
Five Bedford County residents who are students at The Webb School recently spent winter break, Feb. 19-22, in Quebec City, Canada. Junior Madeline Gallagher and freshman Collin Jones, both of Normandy, and freshmen Lucy Mitchell of Wartrace and Erin Parsons and Isaac Williams, both of Shelbyville, joined 20 other students and chaperones on the trip and 72-hour-stay in La Vieille Capitale...
Computing a future: CIT students at TCAT grab bytes of life
There are many interesting reasons why people choose their career paths. Some people are in it for the money, others want to make a difference, some just happen to land a job and stick with it. Recently, Steve Mallard introduced the T-G to three of his students--each with various reasons for choosing to join the Computer Information Technology (CIT) program at Tennessee College of Applied Technology (T-CAT) in Shelbyville--all of whom are passionate about their field of study...
School project in 2 years?
Bedford County could consider building or renovating a school in two years, assuming no new revenue sources like a tax increase happen before then, officials said. The Bedford County Board of Education held a working meeting Thursday to discuss a building program and preliminary budget details for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. No official action was taken as the meeting was for planning purposes. The board's regular monthly meeting will be Tuesday, March 17...
'Fairytale' prom to come true for Carriage House
Members of the current high school generation will host a prom for members of a long-graduated high school generation. The National Honor Society from Shelbyville Central will host the prom on Friday, March 20 for residents of Carriage House Inn, said Amanda Jones, NHS president...
T-G staffers participate in Career Day
Times-Gazette reporter Derrick Hill talks about the benefits of working for a community newspaper during Career Day Wednesday at Motlow State Community College. The annual event allows Bedford County high school sophomores to learn more about a variety of career fields. Check Friday's Times-Gazette for more photos. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Two students to represent Webb at Girls State event
Anna Claire Tuma and Karley Dodson of Murfreesboro have been selected as The Webb School's participants at the Tennessee American Legion Auxiliary Volunteer Girls State The event is May 24-30 at Lipscomb University in Nashville. Rising seniors from across the state receive leadership and citizenship training at the events. ...
Two local residents helping Motlow find new president
Bedford County Mayor Eugene Ray and Shelbyville veteran and Motlow student Antwain Dobbins are among the members of a search advisory committee for a new president of Motlow State Community College. The committee includes three members of Tennessee Board of Regents as well as representatives of Motlow students, faculty, staff and the community at large...
Service: Price of an education
Wanted: Community service opportunities. High school seniors participating in the Tennessee Promise program need to complete eight hours of community service each semester they receive aid. One mentor, Barbara Pate, said she was excited for the students...
Close the gap: Pass books on to kids
High schoolers are helping elementary students get their hands on books. Shelbyville Central High School's National Honor Society is helping Learning Way Elementary with its annual book drive, said society advisor Claudia House. The effort is called Closing the Book Gap Project 2015...
Educational theatre at Eakin
Asheville, North Carolina-based Bright Star Touring Theatre brough its productions of "Captain Friendship & The Bully Bandit" and "Rosa Parks & Forgotten Friends" to Eakin Elementary School on Wednesday. "Captain Friendship," with an anti-bullying theme, was performed for kindergarteners through second grade, while "Rosa Parks" was presented for grades 3-5...
Sunday Conversation: Everybody -- at Webb and beyond -- loves Raymond
This week the T-G caught up with Raymond Pryor, Director of Technology at The Webb School and Sunday School teacher at Fairfield Church of Christ. If you know someone you think would make for an interesting Sunday Conversation, please email Sadie Fowler at email@example.com...
Local student named to dean's list
Bobby J. Wilson of Shelbyville was named to the Fall 2014 dean's list at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. Wilson is a senior marketing and management major. Samford University releases dean's lists after the close of the fall and spring semesters each academic year. ...
Five authors to appear at Motlow
Motlow College is hosting a reception and book signing at the Moore County campus bookstore on March 19, featuring authors Karen S. Veazey, Mimi Hughes, Weldon Payne, Diane Tatum, and Dr. Michael Bradley, all of whom have Motlow connections. The reception, which is open to the public, will be from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Follett Bookstore inside the Forrester Student Center...