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Sunday, Mar. 1, 2015
Schools and education

New program helps at-risk students (03/01/15)
The Bedford County Board of Education received an update last week on a new system the state uses to boost student performance. During this academic year, the state government changed the way that schools help students who are struggling. Instead of labeling struggling students as special education students, schools now use a plan called Response to Intervention (RTI), assistant superintendent Karen Scoggins said during the board's meeting last Tuesday...
School closed on Thursday (02/25/15)
Bedford County Schools will be closed Thursday due to weather.
Friday becomes a school day, but... (02/25/15)
Sorry, students: Your day off on Friday just became a school day. Unless a snowmageddon hits -- and another cancellation is very possible. The Bedford County Board of Education voted on Tuesday to replace Friday's staff development day on the academic calendar with a regular school day...
Schools to close two hours early (02/25/15)
Bedford County Schools will close two hours early today due to expected winter weather.
Head Start taking applications (02/25/15)
Bedford County Head Start is now taking applications for fall. Head Start is a free child development program for children and their families. Families usually meet financial eligibility requirements or require special needs. To apply, the parent will need verification of income and proof of child's birth. All interested parents may sign up...
University of Memphis announces Dean's List (02/25/15)
The following local students were named to the Dean's List at the University of Memphis for the fall 2014 semester: Alexi Gordon of Bell Buckle; Nathan Dumser of Lewisburg; Hailley Shepard of Unionville; Lawrence Parawan of Wartrace; and, Rocio Agundis, Abigail Marbibi, Madison Martin, Belinda Neill, Claudia Noelle Tamula and Kalyn Treece, all of Shelbyville...
School day scheduled for Friday (02/24/15)
Bedford County Board of Education voted tonight to make Friday -- which had been scheduled as a staff development day -- a normal school day, which will give the county back one of its lost snow days. Without the change, the county would have only had two remaining snow days left; now it has three...
Voters say 'yes' to no school (02/24/15)
The overwhelming majority of those responding to a non-scientific Times-Gazette poll believe that local school officials make the right choice most of the time when deciding whether or not to close schools due to weather. A decisive 85 percent of the 233 respondents said officials make the right call most of the time...
FFA members speak out in competition (02/24/15)
Four members of the Bedford County FFA competed in Creed Speaking, Job Interview, Prepared Public Speaking, and Extemporaneous Public Speaking. Freshman Lindsey Smith represented the chapter in the Creed Speaking event. Lindsey won the District X competition and placed 4th in the Middle Tennessee Sectional event...
Cascade FFA gathers animal donations (02/24/15)
The Cascade FFA, in conjunction with Tractor Supply Co. of Shelbyville, held its fifth annual Animal Feed Drive on Sept. 20, 2014. The event happened during TSC's P.A.W.S. promotion. Twenty-seven Cascade FFA members and numerous Cascade FFA alumni members collected donations for four hours. In this time the chapter collected approximately 1,000 pounds of animal feed and 240 pounds of cat litter...
FFA gives back to younger classmates (02/24/15)
Agriculture education consultant Steven Gass once said, "The Plow Program has allowed students to use their talents and time to make a positive difference in the lives of other people. It motivates students to live up to the FFA motto, 'Living to Serve.'"...
Cascade FFA chili supper Saturday (02/24/15)
Tickets for the sixth annual Cascade FFA chili supper and auction are on sale for $5. The event will be held on Saturday at the Cascade High School cafeteria and tickets will be sold at the door. During National FFA Week students at Cascade will dress up in agricultural themes including FFA Day, Blue and Gold, American Heart Association and Farmer Day to compete for class points. ...
Local LEGO team places second (02/22/15)
The Challenger team competed in the First LEGO League East Tennessee State First LEGO Tournament, held at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville on Feb. 14. The team earned second place in the Project Research division. A total of 47 teams competed in the day's events, which consisted of robot game, robot design, core values and projects...
Save up for college with 529 plan (02/20/15)
TNStars College Savings 529 plan has just been recognized as the top direct-sold plan in the nation, according to a press release from the Tennessee Department of Treasury. The No. 1 ranking comes from SavingForCollege.org, which analyzes the investment performance figures for thousands of 529 portfolios and ranks the 529 savings plans from best to worst. ...
Daycare policies vary on snow days (02/19/15)
In times of inclement weather, it's hard to maintain a steady schedule. This is especially true for parents who work away from home and have children who typically attend daycare or preschool. It's important to know the policies of daycares and preschools concerning harsh weather conditions...
McBee has three-peat in spelling bee (02/19/15)
Lucas McBee, an eighth grader from Shelbyville, recently won the Cascade Middle School Spelling Bee. This is the third consecutive year for McBee winning the spelling bee. There were a total of 16 participants in the Cascade Middle School spelling bee for 2015. Lucas won in the 13th round. He correctly spelled "obvious" as the championship word...
Webb makes summer fun, educational with camp (02/19/15)
The Webb School has an expanded summer program schedule that includes three weeks of camp focusing on science, technology, robotics, rocketry, Minecraft ed and outdoor adventures courses. The summer program also includes ACT/SAT English and Math prep courses, boys' and girls' basketball skills camp, and boys' and girls' soccer camp. New this summer is an overnight boys' lacrosse camp, and an all-day outdoor adventure camp with one overnight stay...
MTSU, Florida school enter partnership (02/18/15)
Middle Tennessee State University has signed a first-of-its-kind partnership with Florida's Montverde Academy, a premier private boarding school known for its strong international enrollment and 100 percent college placement rate...
If school's at home, learning goes on (02/17/15)
Monday may have been both a holiday and a bad weather day, but that didn't stop some homeschooling families from hitting the books while their public school counterparts were enjoying a day off. LouAnn Smith homeschools her son Nathan. Early on Monday, which was President's Day, she posted on Facebook, "So much for snow. Looks likes it's mostly ice for us. Poor Nathan will wake up disappointed and even more so when he realizes he'll have to do some school work."...
Salamanders stroll stylishly sporting new shoes (02/15/15)
Southside Salamander students surely were smiling when they slipped on their new swanky shoes on Friday. Every student, teacher and staff member of the elementary school -- including cafeteria workers and janitors -- received a free pair of shoes, according to organizers. They were all fitted for the shoes two weeks ago...
Camps offer teachers energy education (02/12/15)
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Office of Energy Programs announces that applications are available online for the 2015 K-12 Energy Education Camps. The four-day educational sessions will provide K-12 educators with information and resources needed to teach the science of energy and energy conservation in the classroom...
Learning about the weather (02/12/15)
WSMV (Channel 4) meteorologist Lisa Spencer spoke to children at Southside Elementary School on Tuesday, explaining both principles of the weather and tricks of the television trade. (T-G Photos by John I. Carney)
Embry urges legislators not to change education standards (02/11/15)
Bedford County Superintendent Don Embry is one of 114 superintendents calling on the General Assembly to leave school standards as they are. The Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents sent a letter Tuesday to all state legislators asking them to take no action on education standards during this session...
Normandy student earns Dean's List status (02/11/15)
Elliot Emadian of Normandy, a member of the class of 2017 at Washington and Lee University, has earned dean's List status for the recently ended fall term 2014. Dean's List status at Washington and Lee represents a term grade-point average of at least 3.4 on a 4.0 scale...
Two local students make Sewanee dean's list (02/10/15)
The following local students have been named to the dean's list at the University of the South (Sewanee) for the Advent 2014 term: Leslie Vanessa Leiva, of Bell Buckle, who is the daughter of Edith E. Servellon, and Brandon Edward Miller, of Normandy, who is the son of Joanna and Clifton N. Miller...
Thomas Magnet School applications due Friday (02/10/15)
Thomas Magnet School is accepting applications for 2015-2016 for grades K-5. Applications may be picked up at Thomas Magnet School's office or printed online at www.bedfordk12tn.com. Applications are due by Friday. "We have 4-8 spots open in k-4 (upcoming first-fifth) and 60 spots available for incoming kindergartners," said Tracy Watson, assistant principal of Thomas...
Southside fundraiser (02/08/15)
Southside Elementary students Richard Owens and Aniyah Hill were winners of a recent fund-raiser. Students had to bring in booklets filled out with the names and addresses of friends and family. Every student who brought in a completed notebook had their name placed in a drawing for a various prizes. Southside Assistant Principal Layne Talbott stands with prize winners Aniyah Hill, who won a glow in the dark smiley tee, and Richard Owens, who won a robot. Southside plans to use the money to build awnings over the sidewalks leading to the portables. (Submitted photo)
Teachers' unions file suit over state evaluations (02/06/15)
Several teachers unions have sued the state over the way educators are evaluated. The Tennessee Education Association and National Education Association announced the legal move on Thursday. The TEA and NEA claim that the evaluation process is not constitutionally valid...
Musical gift honors teacher (02/06/15)
Retired teacher Nancy Barnett spent the vast majority of her 51 years at Southside Elementary educating first graders. Since 1968, she shared her love of reading and music with her children. Through the years she created a Teddy Bear Christmas Party and hired a pianist to accompany her students as they performed for their fellow classmates, teachers and families. Upon her retirement, Barnett's children Kenny, Nancy and Caky donated a full electric keyboard to the school in honor of their mother's service. Southside music teacher Jessica Scruggs and Nancy Barnett stand with the keyboard. (Submitted photo)
Warm lunch on a cold day (02/04/15)
Severen Garmen has a bowl of chili on a cold day as he and other classmates eat lunch at East Side Elementary School Monday. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Webb invites visitors to tour campus (02/04/15)
On Feb. 16, The Webb School will open its campus for prospective students and their families for the final Visitors' Day of the school year. 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. ...
Williams graduates from Mississippi college (02/01/15)
Herman Williams of Shelbyville was one of 800 students graduating Dec. 18 and 19 from Hinds Community College in Raymond, Mississippi. Williams received a career certificate credential. Hinds Community College is Mississippi's largest, with more than 170 academic, career and technical programs and six locations in central Mississippi. For more information, go to www.hindscc.edu or call 800-HINDS-CC...
Appreciation on Liberty's menu: School board treated to brunch (01/31/15)
School board members stuffed themselves with treats Friday morning while being entertained by Liberty School students. The early morning event was a "thank you" for board members for all they do for the students and staff. Liberty school intervention counselor Sarah Perry coordinated the brunch, but a lot of work was done by members of the school's new National Junior Honor Society, as well as the student council, providing the drinks and food...
College hosts drafting competition (01/30/15)
The second annual CADtacular event experienced growth in 2015. The competition was hosted by Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville. Almost doubling in size from last year's event, 14 students, representing Richland High School, Tullahoma High School, and Coffee County Central, tried their hand at taking the trophy as the top drafter in one of two categories, architectural drafting and technical drafting. ...
Child safety seat use taught at TFACA (01/28/15)
Lt. Chris Reed of Bedford County Fire Department was among 19 students from across Tennessee attending a course on child safety car seats held last week at the Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy (TFACA) on Unionville-Deason Road. Reed and the other students were certified as National Child Passenger Safety Technicians, meaning they can conduct child safety seat inspections, speak about child seat safety and advise parents or guardians on the proper purchase, installation and use of child safety seats.. ...
Science class (01/28/15)
Kimberly Hampton leads a discussion Tuesday in the "Horrible Science" class. The class is part of the Bedford County Homeschool Enrichment Program, a co-op program for homeschoolers that meets weekly at First Baptist Church (Depot Street). Hampton was covering safety and etiquette guidelines for the class. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Young, wise and giving (01/25/15)
It was his first day on the job, and there were 300 eighth graders eagerly waiting to hear what their new assistant principal had to say. At just 27 years old, it was a moment that Josh Young will never forget. "I remember Mr. (James) Sullivan told me to speak to the eighth graders. So, I went to the cafeteria," said Young. "I was a nervous wreck, just tore up. I tried to give them a good speech."...
Students compete one brick at a time (01/25/15)
Thomas Magnet School is building a competitive Lego robotics team -- one plastic brick at a time. The team competed in the Lego League Regionals in Tullahoma on Dec. 6. The team came in No. 1 for core value, No. 2 for robot performance and No. 2 for overall score...
Liberty teacher helps upgrade reading skills (01/25/15)
Liberty School has a new teacher on staff who taking the time with individual students to help improve their reading skills. Benita Spain is the new interventional reading instructor at the K-8 school, according to principal Cort Huffman, and Spain is helping with small groups of students in third through eighth grades...
Victory Baptist Honor Roll, Perfect Attendance (01/25/15)
Victory Baptist Academy's first quarter honor roll. Front row: Robert Cook, Fena Phengmany, Dakota Kluge, Courtney Warren, Eli McGilliard, Stella Johnson, Noella Price, Joshua Meda, Lana Lemmon, Nicholas Collett, Anna Grace Everhart, Gabriel Byrd. Second row: Xavier Oehler, Noah Butler, Kimber Cook, Jonah Price, John Green, Miya Lemmon, Daniel Lemmon, Johnathan Crosslin, Christian Meda. Third row: Lida Phengmany, David Warren David Smotherman, Emme Kikuchi, Lyndsi Warren, Ashley Prater, Caleb Flowers, Jackson Wheeler, Madison Warren, Tad Arnold. Fourth row: Allyson Bivvins, Anna Robison, Emma Hill, Dawson Leverette, Timothy Warren, Ben Fraser, Michael Eley, Michael Bush, Maisyn Price, Ashleigh Bivvins. Last row: Taelyr Bush, Sarah Fraser, Richard Williams Jr. Morgan Bush, O.J. Newsome, Blayne Sanders, Colton Prater, Brady Adcock, David Crosslin, Ashley Humphreys. Not pictured: Melodie Warren, Matthew McCullough, Alan Webb. (Submitted photo)
Bedford County Public School Honor Rolls (01/25/15)
Principal's List Fifth Grade Helen Allison, Annie Arnold, Elijah Arnold, David Bass, William Byford, Gracy Calvert, Kylie Calvert, Annabell Chamblee, Larissa Collet, Kody Cook, Steven Cope, Mary Crouch, Hollister Engle, Ethan Estes, William Estes, Natalie Evans, Jordan Green, Jared Habel, Jaden Hapstak, Aiden Heymann, Drake Hodge, Kobe Inmon, Ryan Inmon, Conner Johnson, Caroline King, Ayden Lloyd, Lauryn Matthews, Cole McBee, Teri Morton, Lauren Perry, Rachel Phillips, David Thomas Porter, Benjamin Renegar, Sarina Richards, Macey Scheffler, Ayla Snoddy, Jayden Sorrells, Caroline Stone, Morgan Sudberry, Ryan Taylor, Katelyn Wilder.. ...
The Webb School Honor Roll (01/25/15)
The Webb School recently announced its A and B honor rolls for the second 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...
Journey of Life: From Afghanistan to Motlow (01/23/15)
Antwain Dobbins' life journey has taken him -- so far -- from Shelbyville to Atlanta to Germany to Afghanistan to Colorado and back to Shelbyville again, but there's no telling what the future holds. Dobbins, a veteran of seven years in the U.S. Army including two tours of Afghanistan, is now a student at Motlow State Community College, a 32-year-old taking classes next to teenagers...
College without cost (01/23/15)
The promise of free money for college drew hundreds of high school seniors, parents and mentors to a meeting Wednesday evening at Shelbyville Central High. Tennessee Promise offers two years of higher education with no tuition. The offer applies to community colleges, Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology (TCATs) and four-year colleges that offer an associate degree. The program will be funded with interest taken from an endowment from excess lottery funds...
Youth Leadership Bedford recognized (01/22/15)
Members of Youth Leadership Bedford stand up to receive recognition Tuesday during the Bedford County Board of Education meeting. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Cascade High School need emphasized (01/21/15)
The Bedford County Board of Education wants to meet with county commissioners to discuss the need for a new Cascade High School. The board decided during its monthly meeting Tuesday to resubmit its 10-year capital plan to the Bedford County Commission. The board had submitted the plan last August. Superintendent Don Embry suggested the board resubmit the plan since both the board and the commission had some turnover after the recent election...
Abernathy graduates (01/20/15)
Robert Abernathy of Bell Buckle graduated from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, on Dec. 20. Abernathy received a bachelor's degree with a major in history and the public history option. Over 200 students participated in the December Commencement ceremony...
APSU names grads, Dean's List (01/20/15)
Among the December 2014 graduates from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville were Zachery Amis of Lewisburg and Amanda Smith of Bell Buckle. The university has also recognized students who made the Dean's List for the fall 2014 semester, representing a grade point average of 3.5 or greater. These include: Kristin Allen of Lewisburg, Kelsey Hunter of Lewisburg, Zachary Moore of Shelbyville, Stevenson Perryman of Chapel Hill, Elayna Sheffield of Unionville and Austin Smith of Shelbyville...
Thomas Magnet School earns high honors (01/18/15)
A data aggregation website has given Thomas Magnet School a high mark. SchoolDigger.com listed Thomas as seventh among 835 elementary schools in the state. "We're excited," assistant principal Tracy Watson said. "What we've been doing is paying off."...
Applications accepted for Thomas Magnet School openings (01/18/15)
Thomas Magnet School is looking for a few good students. The school is accepting applications for 2015-2016 for grades K-5. Applications may be picked up at Thomas Magnet School's office or printed online at www.bedfordk12tn.com. Applications are due by Friday, Feb. 13...
Ready for the wilderness (01/16/15)
Bedford County has been hosting nearly 400 firefighters this week in what organizers describe as the nation's largest wildland fire academy. This was the 13th year for the Tennessee-Kentucky Wildland Fire Academy, said Deanna Arthur, a business management assistant with the U.S. Forest Service's Cherokee National Forest...
MTSU 'True Blue Experience' days help recruit students (01/16/15)
Continuing a busy season to attract new and transfer students for the 2015-16 academic year and beyond, MTSU's upcoming recruiting events include back-to-back True Blue Experience Days. They will be held Friday, Jan. 23, for prospective students wanting to major in the Colleges of Liberal Arts and Behavioral and Health Sciences and Friday, Jan. 30, for students wanting to major in the Colleges of Business, Education and Mass Communication...
MTEC offers higher education in a hometown setting (01/15/15)
Middle Tennessee Education Center has been growing, but still needs to get the word out about its course offerings, director Wayne Dillingham told the Leadership Bedford class on Wednesday. The class visited MTEC as part of its Education Day agenda. Some of the school stops had to be cancelled due to the closure of Bedford County public schools, which also meant that the Youth Leadership class wasn't able to participate in the tour either...
APSU scholarship announced (01/15/15)
Austin Peay State University has awarded the Presidential Scholarship to the following area high-achieving freshmen for the Fall 2015 semester: Savannah Nash of Bell Buckle; Samuel West of Tullahoma; and Daniel Molder of Shelbyville Academic scholarships to APSU are awarded for scholarly achievement, high class rank and qualifying scores on national assessment testing...
Balancing act (01/14/15)
Three students at Eakin Elementary School try to keep their balance at a exercise station during physical education class. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Ask for Cascade, Embry told (01/14/15)
Bedford County School Superintendent Don Embry mentioned the need for a new Cascade High School during his regular three-month report to Bedford County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday night. In response, commissioner Bill Anderson asked Embry when the school system was going to make a formal request...
Webb hosts Visitors' Day on Jan. 19 (01/14/15)
On Jan. 19 The Webb School will open its campus for prospective students and their families for Visitors' Day. The daylong event begins at 9 a.m. with registration and breakfast and concludes at 3 p.m. The schedule includes a tour of the 150-acre campus, led by a current Webb student. ...
The ultimate lesson: Caring (01/13/15)
Here's how you measure a teacher's influence: More than 30 years after graduation, a large group of her students still care enough to treat her to a birthday lunch. For Mildred Price, the fact she and they were celebrating her upcoming 99th birthday was just icing on the cake...
A more educated state: Officials want higher number of college grads (01/11/15)
On Friday, the very day when President Obama announced a plan to provide free community college tuition nationwide, attendees at the annual Motlow State Community College legislative briefing discussed the impact that Tennessee Promise, which was one of the inspirations for Obama's proposal, will have on the Volunteer State...
Coat drive initiative warms up (01/11/15)
Central students are leading the drive to keep their peers warm this winter. The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) at Shelbyville Central High School's Annex is collecting coats and money to buy coats. The coats are being given to students all around Bedford County who otherwise would be going to school underdressed for the weather, said Wynee Haynes, a business technology teacher and the FBLA adviser...
Remembering Davin Lynch (01/09/15)
Classmates, friends and family members of the late Davin Slade Lynch gathered Tuesday at Southside Baptist Church to celebrate his life. Davin, who was a fifth grader at Southside Elementary School, was killed in a traffic accident in December. The memorial service was comprised of memories, songs, and poems shared by Lynch's friends and peers...
Progress and costs: State legislators must balance goals, budget (01/08/15)
State Sen. Jim Tracy and State Rep. Pat Marsh expect Medicaid expansion, schools, roads -- and a tight budget -- to be on the minds as a new session of the Tennessee General Assembly begins this month. "We've got two big things coming up," said Tracy, one of them being the special session on Gov. Bill Haslam's proposed Insure Tennessee program...
Harding names dean's list (01/07/15)
Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, has named more than 1,200 students to its dean's list for the fall 2014 semester. Included in the list were: Jackson Petty, a senior chemistry major from Wartrace; Alixandra McGuiggan, a senior molecular and cellular biology major from Chapel Hill;...
First graders give to animals (01/06/15)
In lieu of classmate/teacher Christmas gifts, Beth Ray's first grade class at Cascade Elementary School decided to make a donation to local animal shelters. Students, not in order pictured, are Ella Allen, Payzlei Allison, Lexi Chamblee, Carlie Jo Comstock, Brody Cramer, Joseph Dye, Falisity Hill, Addie Jones, Carly Lankford, Spencer Lewis, Trisha Lovvorn, Seth Maloney, Holt Mercer, James Painter, Bryson Redd, Henry Stone and Chyann Swain. (Submitted photo)
UT Martin names honor rolls (01/02/15)
The University of Tennessee at Martin has named its Fall 2014 Chancellor's Honor Rolls for the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, College of Business and Global Affairs, College of Education, Health, and Behavioral Sciences, College of Engineering and Natural Sciences and the College of Humanities and Fine Arts...
MTSU students, alums invited to enter business plan contest (12/31/14)
Middle Tennessee State University students, alumni and others looking to get that great business idea off the ground have an opportunity to do so through a university-sponsored business plan competition. The competition, which includes seed money to the top two winners, is offered through the Wright Travel Chair in Entrepreneurship in MTSU's Jennings A. ...
Fun pops up at the movies (12/30/14)
Matte-Belle Wilson reaches for some popcorn at the concession stand at the Capri Theater. She was part of a home-school group seeing a movie Monday morning. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Keeping kids fed over the holidays (12/30/14)
The weekend of Dec. 12 was the focus of what has become a Christmas tradition in Bedford County. With assistance from First Presbyterian Church, Edgemont Baptist Church, Shelbyville Lions Club, Shelbyville Lumber Company, Jostens, Community Outreach Partnership, Select Trailer Company and Bedford County FFA, 130 food packages were prepared for distribution to children in Bedford County...
Local students on Belmont dean's list (12/26/14)
The following students achieved the dean's list at Belmont University for the Fall 2014 semester. Eligibility is based on a minimum course load of 12 hours and a quality grade point average of 3.5 with no grade below a C. Emily Coffey of Petersburg;...
2 + 2 = Success for teachers (12/21/14)
Dana Pierce credits an innovative teacher training program with helping her achieve her life goal of becoming an educator. The Liberty School fourth-grade teacher received her degree from Tennessee Tech University without driving any further than Motlow's main campus in Moore County. This is her first year as a teacher...
TTU students provide assistive technology (12/21/14)
Tennessee Tech University student Derrick Davis of Bell Buckle was part of a team that designed an adjustable rowing bike for use by special education students at Cookeville High School. For the 15th year in a row, mechanical engineering students in professor Stephen Canfield's class have designed assistive technology for community children just in time for the holidays...
Santa saves the day at Thomas Magnet (12/21/14)
The Pre-K children at Thomas Magnet School almost missed an opportunity to visit with Santa during their Monday night holiday program. The scheduled Santa had to cancel the day of the event and the teachers were worried there wouldn't be a Santa available on such short notice. Luckily, after a call from Pre-K teacher Delicia Hyatt, Bill Doak from Doak and Howell Funeral Home was able to fill in for Santa...
FIRST Lego League teaches problem-solving skills (12/21/14)
Three groups of elementary and middle school students from Flat Creek competed on Dec. 6 at the FIRST Lego League Regional Tournament in Tullahoma. The Challengers took first place in the Robot Performance competition and third place overall and will advance to the state tournament Feb. ...
Ball player makes Christmas magic (12/21/14)
Learning Way students received an early Christmas thanks to a major league baseball player. Project One Four: A David Price Foundation, donated 3,000 toys Tuesday to the elementary school, said guidance counselor Patricia Petty. Price is a pitcher for the Detroit Tigers...
Quick holiday cheer (12/19/14)
It's the first year Liberty School has had a National Junior Honor Society chapter, and members have wasted no time in getting active just in time for Christmas -- helping younger classmates pick out gifts. But that's just part of what these young leaders are doing for elementary classes at the school...
TCAT-S holds first formal graduation ceremony (12/19/14)
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville conducted its first official formal graduation as a college on Dec. 5 at the Shelbyville Central High School auditorium. Previously, as the Tennessee Technology Center, the institution held a simple graduation recognition ceremony at the end of each trimester for students. ...
Officials like new schools leader (12/18/14)
Bedford County officials had positive comments regarding the governor's selection of a state education commissioner. Gov. Bill Haslam announced the appointment Tuesday of Dr. Candice McQueen, a teacher and dean at Lipscomb University in Nashville, as commissioner of the Department of Education. She replaces the embattled Kevin Huffman, who resigned last month...
Central honor students, counterparts network (12/18/14)
Two Shelbyville Central High seniors had the opportunity recently to travel out West and network with their peers from around the country. Amanda Jones and Clorissa Campbell attended the LEAD Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico last month. They made the trip on behalf of the school's National Honor Society. The society's adviser, Claudia House, also attended...
Special visitor (12/18/14)
Former teacher Myrna Cobb stopped by her grandson's classroom at Thomas Magnet School to share a special Christmas story with Lee Ann Butts' first graders. (Submitted photo)
E-learning grows in popularity (12/17/14)
The Bedford County Board of Education heard a presentation on online high school courses during a short meeting Tuesday night. Betsy Norris, grants and e-learning supervisor, described the current status of the online program, called Bedford E-Learn. The program gives priority to at-risk students, but there are various reasons students may enroll. Norris works closely with graduation coaches...
Webb campuses gather in Bell Buckle (12/17/14)
The Webb School in Bell Buckle, founded by W.R. "Sawney" Webb in 1870, hosted representatives from The Webb Schools in Claremont, Calif., and Webb School of Knoxville., on Dec. 8. Thompson Webb, son of Sawney Webb, founded the schools in Claremont in 1922, and Robert "Bob" Webb, Sawney's grandson, founded Webb School of Knoxville in 1955...
Robotics team advances to state (12/17/14)
On Dec. 6, Thomas Magnet School's Lego Robotics team attended the FIRST Lego League Regionals in Tullahoma. The regionals were organized by the Tullahoma Chapter of the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers. Thomas Magnet school will be advancing to the state competition on Feb. 14 in Cookeville...
Rotarians, students interact with dictionaries (12/14/14)
Members of the Cascade High School Interact Club assisted members of the Rotary Club of Shelbyville in giving out dictionaries to third grade students in Bedford County earlier this month. "Cindy Vasquez is the club sponsor and always has a group of Interact members at the front office when the Rotarians arrive," Rotarian Barbara Blanton said...
Cascade FFA wins national award (12/14/14)
The Cascade High School FFA won a 2014 National Chapter award from the National FFA Organization. The program recognizes outstanding FFA chapters from throughout the country that successfully completed an annual set of required activities that encourage members to grow as individuals, work as a team and serve others in their communities...
Cascade Class of 1984 (12/14/14)
The Cascade High School Class of 1984 recently celebrated its 30-year class reunion at the Riverbend Country Club. Front row (from left): Raymond Pryor, Robin Cotham Clanton, Rita Bean Cobb, Kim Calvert Jarrell, Teresa Craig Ward, Donna Baker Crosslin, Tina Smith Stem, Cindy Anderson Tapley, Cynthia Phillips Greer, Renita Bowling Hill and Mitchell Fears. Back row (from left): Ted Taylor, Tracy Skelton Ferrell, Sonia Gregory Miller, Donald Adcock and Mitchell Rippy. (Submitted photo)
TCAT gets $970,000 for jobs training (12/12/14)
Gov. Bill Haslam announced Thursday that Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Shelbyville will receive a $970,000 grant as part of the Labor Education Alignment Program (LEAP), a $10 million state program which helps promote post-secondary training that is in line with the specific needs of the workforce in that community...
Local students join Phi Kappa Phi (12/11/14)
Two local students recently were initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Kayla Young of Shelbyville and John Duke of Unionville were both initiated at Middle Tennessee State University...
Suddenly... Dad's back! (12/09/14)
Jarius and Sammy Brown had no idea what was coming. As their father Bryant Brown -- a National Guardsman newly returned from Afghanistan -- waited just outside the door, Jarius and Sammy were called before an East Side Elementary School assembly Monday morning to answer two TCAP "questions."...
Students donate blood to honor classmate (12/07/14)
Shelbyville Central High School students turned out Friday to show their love for a classmate who has been battling cancer. Jackson Smith, a junior, has been taking treatments for Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma since the summer. The Future Farmers of America and HOSA students helped the American Red Cross hold the blood drive...
Kids view Festival Of Trees (12/05/14)
Eakin Elementary Pre-Kindergarten students Darien Mercado, Jonathan Palacious, Amberly Farrell and Aliyah Willard view trees at the Fly Arts Center's Festival of Trees during a field trip on Thursday. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
Motlow SGA participates in mock legislature (12/02/14)
Members of the Student Government Association (SGA) at Motlow College's Moore County campus recently visited the Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature (TISL) in Nashville, according to Sheri Mason, SGA sponsor and assistant director of student services at Motlow. "TISL gives students an opportunity to learn how state government works, such as the role of legislators, lawyers, judges, lobbyists and the media," she said. From left are Mason, Rachel Luzader, Eryn Tripp, Cody Pyle, Dallas Foster, Alma Portillo Villamar, Terry Green and William Shavers. (Submitted photo)
Motlow summit for teachers means prizes (12/02/14)
A free summit for teachers at Motlow set for this coming weekend means educators might win a big prize. Teachers who attend a Dec. 6th financial literacy summit at Motlow State Community College will each receive a $50 gift card from Amazon, and one lucky teacher will leave with an iPad mini...
Central High proves it can: Students collect for food drive (11/30/14)
For about 33 years, as best current school officials can determine, Shelbyville Central High School has held an annual canned food drive. The event is a holiday tradition, with the collected cans, boxes and other packages arranged into celebratory designs on the floor of the SCHS gym so that students can see the results of their work on display...
Thomas Magnet School taking applications (11/28/14)
Thomas Magnet School is accepting applications for the 2015-2016 school year for grades K-5. Applications may be picked up at Thomas Magnet School's office or they can be printed online at www.bedfordk12tn.com. All applications are due by Friday, Feb. 13, 2015. Applications may be mailed to Thomas Magnet School, 515 Tate Ave., Shelbyville, TN 37160, faxed to 684-7174, or dropped off at the front office...
Students learn financial planning (11/28/14)
Students in the personal finance class at The Webb School completed a course created by Dave Ramsey, personal money management expert, best-selling author and nationally syndicated radio show host. To reinforce what they learned in the classroom, the students traveled to Financial Peace Plaza in Brentwood to hear firsthand how to avoid some of the financial pitfalls that plague young adults and how to plan for the future...
Eakin students take the cake -- and have fun with it (11/27/14)
Eakin Elementary School students were rewarded Friday for their fund-raising for the School-Wide Positive Student Behavior (SWPSB) program. The top individual fund-raisers received prizes, while the top classes got to pour cake ingredients -- sugar, flour and eggs -- onto the heads of Coach Brent Hardin and Principal Dulcie Davis. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
TMS holds food drive (11/27/14)
The Thomas Magnet School student council, under the leadership of Lee Ann Butts, held a food drive, contributing the food received to Community Outreach Partnership, a local organization that focuses on local families that have a food emergency. Butts said students at the magnet school are challenged to excel not only in academics but in character, leadership and support for the community. A food drive is also an educational moment about hunger in the local community...
Dressed up (11/21/14)
Mrs. Cook's Kindergarten class at Liberty School dressed for Thanksgiving dinner in homemade apparel. Please include teachers' first and last names when submitting photos. (Submitted photo)
Coaches help students graduate (11/21/14)
Bedford County Board of Education took a moment during its meeting Tuesday to remember a local legend. "I want to take a moment to remember a great man that this community lost this weekend," Chairwoman Amy Martin said of the late T-G sports and police editor Bo Melson. "He covered some of the most historical events of Bedford County."...
Blazer Day tradition continues (11/21/14)
Jack Anderson, a Bell Buckle resident and son of two Webb alumni, was one of 39 seniors in The Webb School Class of 2015 who recently participated in Blazer Day. Seniors received their senior blazers in a special chapel ceremony that is scheduled annually on or near the birthday of founder, W. ...
Happy holidays, from Unionville to Hawaii (11/20/14)
Community Middle School's halls were decked out with everything from Santa to Baby New Year on Tuesday. Students were allowed to dress up in a wide range of holiday-spanning outfits as part of basketball homecoming week celebrations, said Marinda Grissom, Title I teacher/Student Council sponsor. The holidays included Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Year, Cinco de Mayo, as well as a creative festivity, "Hawaiian Holiday," as modeled by football coach Aaron Reid...
Book donation at Southside (11/16/14)
Southside Elementary School lost a beloved faculty member, CDC teacher Shonta Lamb, to colon cancer this summer. Recently, her husband Eddy and her daughter Makenna Lamb donated two books to the Southside Library in memory of Shonta. Southside Principal Reita Vaughn and librarian Pam Butler accept the donated books from Makenna and Eddy Lamb. (Submitted photo)
Firefighter recruits to graduate today (11/14/14)
State Fire Marshal Gary West was scheduled to deliver the commencement address this morning to the Recruit Firefighter class at the Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy on Unionville Deason Road. Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak was unable to attend the ceremony, but offered her encouragement and praise to the recruits...
Six Central students eye two years' free college (11/13/14)
The promise of free tuition has many Bedford County high school seniors thinking of -- and re-thinking -- their college plans. Tennessee Promise offers two years of higher education with no tuition or fees. The offer applies to community colleges, Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology (TCATs) and four-year universities that offer an associate's degree...
Webb breaks ground on dorms, center (11/12/14)
The Webb School broke ground on Friday for a $5.7 million Residential Village project -- two dorms and a student center -- following the fall Board of Trustees meeting on campus. Construction is slated to begin on Jan. 12, 2015. The student center will open in January 2016, and the dorms will open in August 2016...
It's gym time at Harris: Grant provides P.E. gear (11/09/14)
Harris Middle School students are getting fit in a fun way thanks to free money. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee (through its charitable foundation) provided a $9,000 grant for exercise equipment plus a $1,000 check for the school to spend how it chooses, said Chelsea Johnson, program manager with the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee Health Foundation. The total grant amount is $10,000...
Mentors begin Tennessee Promise training (11/05/14)
Jennifer Dreis, Regional Coordinator for tnAchieves, conducted a one-hour class attended by 39 volunteer mentors who will help high school students remain eligible for Tennessee Promise scholarships. tnAchieves serves as the partnering organization to Tennessee Promise in 84 counties across the state...
AEDC contractor gives scholarship to local resident (11/05/14)
Aerospace Testing Alliance (ATA) continued a commitment to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) support in 2014 by awarding a $1,000 Vocational Technology Scholarship to Tyler Cooper, a Shelbyville resident and son of ATA employee James Melton...
Last day for mentor enrollment (11/04/14)
Today is the last day to register online for mentor enrollment for the Tennessee Promise program. Paper forms are due by Nov. 14. https://www.tnachieves.org/a-mentor
Schools up on annual report card (11/04/14)
The state released its report card on schools this past week, and the news was mostly good for Bedford County schools. "We're very pleased about the gains we have made in the last year," Superintendent Don Embry said. "We're proud of the teachers' and the students' gains."...
Weak blocks suspected in collapse (11/04/14)
Uncertainties remain about the cause of Saturday's collapse of one wall of an unfinished football fieldhouse at Shelbyville Central High School. Three construction workers were injured when the south block/concrete wall of the 8,400-foot building collapsed as wooden roof trusses were being placed...
Eaglebots team has fun at competition (11/02/14)
The Harris Middle School Eaglebots robot team did not place in the Music City BEST Robotics Competition, but the competition was very tough this year. Many teams did not receive awards during the Oct. 18 competition at Lipscomb University. The team's engineering notebook earned it a wildcard for the playoffs -- pretty amazing considering it was written by three sixth graders. ...
Webb presents 'It's a Wonderful Life' (11/02/14)
"It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play," adapted by Joe Landry and produced by special arrangement with Playscripts Inc., will be presented by the Webb Players. The dates are Nov. 13-14 at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 16 at 2:30 p.m. at The Webb School Black Box Studio Theatre. ...
Webb hosts Fall Visitors' Day Nov. 10 (11/02/14)
On Nov. 10, 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. ...
Sunday Conversation: Heikkinen is totally dedicated to Harris teaching career (11/02/14)
Harris Middle School teacher Jeanine Heikkinen grew up out west and moved to Tennessee when she was a teenager. This past summer she married her best friend and "love of my life" Phillip Heikkinen. They have a son, Dalton, and two overweight beagles named Marlin and Molly...
Webb School Honor Roll (11/02/14)
The Webb School recently announced its A and B honor rolls for the first 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...
A whole new world (11/02/14)
Thomas Magnet School's drama club will present "Aladdin Kids" at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4-5. On Tuesday, the club practiced the play under the guidance of Carl Keating. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Honor Rolls (11/02/14)
Cascade Elementary School Principal's List Fifth Grade: Helen Allison, Annie Arnold, Elijah Arnold, David Bass, Kylie Calvert, Annabell Chamblee, Larissa Collet, Kody Cook, Hollister Engle, Ethan Estes, William Estes, Natalie Evans, Jordan Green, Jared Habel, Aiden Heymann, Drake Hodge, Ryan Inmon, Leigha Insell, Jimma Jones, Elizabeth Kilpatrick, Ayden Lloyd, Cole McBee, Konnor McCall, Lauren Perry, Rachel Phillips, Jaycie Plemons, Benjamin Renegar, Sarina Richards, Donna Shiver, David Sims, Isaiah Smith, Ayla Snoddy, Anthony Solis, Preston Stephens, Caroline Stone, Morgan Sudberry, Christopher Sullivan, Ryan Taylor, Katelyn Wilder.. ...
Central High fieldhouse collapses on workers (11/01/14)
Three construction workers were hurt as a wall of a new football fieldhouse under construction at Shelbyville Central High School collapsed Saturday morning. Several construction experts at the scene said shoddy methods used by a subcontractor who built the block walls may have led to the collapse...
New state history standards criticized as 'leftist' (10/31/14)
Is the teaching of Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. history in Tennessee about to become more negative of America or more flexible for instruction? That depends on whom you listen to. Those two positions were presented during a webcast workshop meeting Thursday at the Tennessee Board of Education regarding changes to the AP U.S. history course (or, APUSH, as some call it). The changes are set to take place in May 2015...
For library, $100K in the books (10/29/14)
Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett visited the site of the new Shelbyville and Bedford County public library on Tuesday, along with State Sen. Jim Tracy and State Rep. Pat Marsh, to celebrate the state's $100,000 grant towards construction of the new facility...
Liberty Lions check students' vision, hearing (10/29/14)
Many of us remember that big white van that would visit elementary school at least once a year to check our eyes and ears. The tradition continues. This week, students at Liberty School had their sight and hearing screened, courtesy of the Liberty Lions Club...
MTSU students to analyze midterm elections (10/28/14)
Curious about the hottest midterm Congressional races around the country and what effect they could have on our nation? Count on MTSU's newest campaign analysts -- students enrolled in Kent Syler's special midterm elections course -- to give you the answers today...
Moore County reunion in Shelbyville (10/28/14)
Moore County High School class of 1957 celebrated its 57-year reunion Oct. 18 at Legends in Shelbyville. Members and guests attending were (front row, from left) Doris Sullenger, Marie Sanders, Marie Frizzell, Ruth Statum, (second row) Joyce Wiseman, Peggy Noblitt, Doris Powell, Virginia Branch, B.W. Wiseman, (back row) Jack Word, Thelma Word, Brenda Burton, Marvin Burton, Lynda Phillips, Gene Cunningham and Kenny Sullenger. (Submitted photo)
Input sought on state education (10/26/14)
The Haslam administration is seeking public input on Tennessee's K-12 education standards in English and math, including the controversial Common Core. The review will be conducted on a website that will launch in a couple of weeks, said David Smith, a spokesman for Gov. Bill Haslam. Academic standards are typically done every years, and the current standards are in their fourth year...
Nobel recipient drives creativity in MTSU talk (10/26/14)
As the first featured guest lecturer in MTSU's new Science Building, Nobel laureate Harry Kroto mentioned the 1996 international award he received during his one hour-plus public lecture. But at MTSU and virtually anywhere he goes nowadays, the dialogue is more about science in general, science education for young people and creativity rather than the Nobel Prize in Chemistry...
'I came to listen:' Eakin teachers tell governor state of education (10/24/14)
Gov. Bill Haslam met with teachers and local school officials Thursday during a visit to Eakin Elementary School, congratulating Eakin on its status as a Reward School due to the growth in student scores. He also asked teachers for their input -- and got it...
Safety glass in future for county schools (10/24/14)
The Bedford County Board of Education approved a bid for safety glass for schools during its monthly meeting Tuesday. The low bid of $163,500 was awarded to Sain Construction of Manchester. That business is also known as Landers Construction, said John Davis, an architect who consults with the school system...
'Dog-gone' fun in 4-H (10/23/14)
4-H is amazing! I am very involved in the 4-H dog project; as well as other areas in 4-H. You may be wondering "Well, what is the 4-H dog project?" The Dog project brings 4-H'ers from across the county to learn how to train their dogs in obedience and agility. ...
My 4-H experiences (10/23/14)
I am 13 years old and I am a member of the livestock judging, photography, and embroidery groups. I am also in the sheep project. We raise two breeds of sheep and we have about 40 on our farm. I go to the regional and state level competitions. I also learn health and maintenance for my animals. My next project is livestock judging. We start in February and practice until April. We judge sheep, goats, cattle and swine. We go the Tennessee Beef Agribition and the regional 4-H contests...
'I was thrilled when they elected me' (10/23/14)
4-H offers tomorrow's leaders several opportunities to develop leadership, citizenship, and public speaking skills. One of the most fun and exciting skills that I have learned through the program this year is how to run for office. 4-H's biggest event in Tennessee is State Roundup - where youth from all over the state compete in various project portfolio competitions. ...
4-H opportunities (10/23/14)
This year in 4-H I enjoyed many fun and educational events. I am a member of the Bedford County 4-H Honor Club as part of that we do a thing called exchange. Exchange is a two-year commitment. The first year we host the 4-H club from another state and then the next year we travel to that state. ...
4-H Honor Club (10/23/14)
4-H Honor Club is the first club that I was initiated in entering my middle school and high school years. Becoming an Honor Club member, was something I had to earn. The 4-H advisors, Mrs. Emily and Mrs. Raegan, at the time, started to visit our 4th grade class and introduced 4-H to us. There on, I started to participate in 4-H activities such as: speech contests, demonstration contests, and geo caching. I kept my involvement until I reached enough points to be initiated into the club...
A senior's farewell (10/23/14)
I can't believe that I am a senior and my 4-H years are coming to an end. 4-H has been an extremely important part of my life. I have enjoyed the many projects in which I have participated, the friends I have made and the fun I have had. Recently I attended the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin. ...
4-H Exchange program (10/23/14)
Over the past two summers, the 4-H groups from Tennessee counties of Bedford and Lincoln participated in an event known as exchange with the California county of Stanislaus. 4-H Exchange is an amazing experience where each state takes turns hosting the other state, teaching the local agriculture, industry and entertaining each other with several festivities. Each member is paired with a 4-H member from the other state's 4-H group...
4-H Memories (10/23/14)
I can't believe my time in 4-H is almost over. As I reflect back on the years of 4-H I can't help but smile and remember the friends I have made the experiences that I would not have otherwise gotten to do and the amazing opportunities to help others...
Student Council members give back (10/21/14)
The Community Middle School Student Council recently served at the Nashville Rescue Mission -- The Women's and Children's Campus -- on two different days. The volunteers were: Jennifer Bennett, Noah Bowling, Logan Brothers, Calley Hand, Amanda Lemmons, Anna Katherine Lemmons, Macie Lemmons, Katlin Leverette, Ethan Lohn, Zachary Lohn, Gracie Simmons, Heath Waterson and Destiny Young...
Alumni barbecue supports local FFA chapter (10/17/14)
The Future Farmers of America Alumni of Shelbyville Central High School are holding a barbecue supper on Nov. 8. The event will be at the SCHS cafeteria. Doors open at 5 p.m. Local barbecue cooking team Backwoods Smoke Shack will serve fresh meals starting at 6. The $10 tickets are available at Corner Cleaners, Select Trailer Co. and from any SCHS FFA member. Advance ticket purchase is appreciated. To buy a ticket, you may call 580-7630...
Author to discuss domestic violence (10/16/14)
Middle Tennessee State University will observe Domestic Violence Awareness Month with a special emphasis on the role men can play in stemming the problem. Tony Porter, co-founder and co-director of "A Call to Men: The Next Generation of Manhood," will deliver an address on the subject at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, in the Tennessee Room of the James Union Building on campus...
Webb offers middle school preview (10/15/14)
Families with children in kindergarten through 7th grade are invited to learn more about The Webb School's middle school program. Webb will hold its annual Middle School Preview from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 25. Webb is an independent college preparatory boarding/day school for grades 6-12. The oldest continuously operating private school of its kind in the South, the school is known for its dual emphasis on academic excellence and character development...
MTSU seminar discusses Bonnaroo origins (10/15/14)
Bonnaroo began as a way to reinvigorate outdoor music festivals, its organizers said last week at MTSU, and over the last 13 years has used its business model to embrace and expand on the same peaceful, inclusive culture of the events that inspired it...
What a surprise! Returning vet reunites with children (10/14/14)
"Now we can be a family again!" Through tears, that's what Dawson Porter said after he and the rest of his siblings were treated to a surprise reunion Monday with their father, Navy Lt. Jason Thomas Porter. It was a very well kept secret at Liberty School after Porter returned home a week early from a year spent in Bahrain -- giving his wife, Chasity, a surprise last Friday...
Sunday Conversation: Senior gets national academic award (10/12/14)
Robert DeLease III is a senior at Cascade High School. He has been recognized for superior academic achievement by the National Society of High School Scholars. The society recognizes top scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship and community commitment...
Harris Eaglebots make robots spring to life (10/09/14)
Harris Middle School is preparing to do its BEST in a regional robot competition. The Harris Middle School Eaglebots team will compete on Saturday, Oct. 18 in an annual event in Nashville. The Music City BEST Robotics Competition will be held at Lipscomb University. The acronyms stand for Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology...
'Scholarship Saturday' Oct. 18 at TCAT (10/09/14)
The Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville will open up its computer lab from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18, for area high school seniors to sign up for Tennessee Promise and fill out their college applications as part of a statewide Scholarship Saturday...
Rollins named to Boys & Girls Clubs Hall of Fame (10/07/14)
On Sept. 18, the Boys & Girls Clubs in Tennessee held their fifth annual Hall of Fame Dinner. Five individuals from across Tennessee were recognized for their achievements and work with Boys & Girls Clubs. Shelbyville native Kelly G. Rollins was one of the inductees...
Wanted: Mentors for future college students (10/05/14)
Mentors are still needed for the Tennessee Promise scholarship program, which will offer any graduating high school senior in Tennessee free tuition for two years to either a community college, such as Motlow College, or a Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT), such as the one in Shelbyville...
Harris Homecoming Queen (10/02/14)
Emily Crabtree was crowned Harris Middle School's homecoming queen during halftime of Tuesday night's game against Franklin County South. Her escort was Nolan King. (T-G Photo by Gary Johnson)
FFA ceremony marks Patriots Day (10/02/14)
Cascade FFA held a flag raising ceremony on Patriots Day, Thursday, Sept.11. The chapter officers recited a poem about the history of the flag. The Pledge of Allegiance was lead by Anna Adcock. Freshman FFA member Hannah Grace Luna sang the national anthem. The flag was raised and then lowered halfway by three members. There were approximately one hundred students, staff and administrators from Cascade High School and Cascade Middle school in attendance...
Motlow hosts 'Star Party' this weekend (10/01/14)
The Motlow College Foundation and the Motlow STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) outreach program invite the public to attend the annual October Skies Motlow College Star Party this weekend on Motlow's Moore County campus. The program is free and begins at 7 p.m. Saturday in the main parking lot...
Southside studies Johnny Appleseed (10/01/14)
Kensey Bryan and Isaac Keto listen intently as Southside Elementary School principal Reita Vaughn reads to them about Johnny Appleseed. (Submitted photo)
School vouchers get failing grade from lobbyist (09/30/14)
CHAPEL HILL-- School vouchers, if approved, would be "the greatest nightmare counties have ever faced," said Charles Curtiss, the executive director of Tennessee County Commissioners Association (TCCA), during a regional meeting held Monday at Henry Horton State Park...
Words from the top (09/25/14)
Tennessee First Lady Crissy Haslam read to local children on Wednesday during a Shelbyville stop in the Governor's Books From Birth Foundation bus tour. Officials also recognized local board members and supporters of the Imagination Library program...
Chinese culture to be celebrated (09/25/14)
The Discovery Center's relationship with MTSU's Confucius Institute will be formalized at a day of entertainment and enlightenment. Chinese Culture Celebration Day will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at the Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St. in Murfreesboro. This event is free and open to the public...
MTSU partners with Dale Carnegie Training (09/24/14)
Since becoming dean of the Jennings A. Jones College of Business at Middle Tennessee State University just over a year ago, Dr. David Urban has had hundreds of visits with business leaders in the region to talk about the skills current students need to be workforce ready...
6 seventh graders qualify for Duke TIP Program (09/24/14)
BELL BUCKLE -- Six Webb seventh graders have qualified for the Duke University Talent Identification Program, a nonprofit organization serving academically gifted and talented youth. This organization works with the students, their families, and their educators to challenge and engage the students so that they may reach their full potential...
Pinwheels for peace (09/21/14)
Students at Learning Way Elementary School placed pinwheels outside the school earlier this week in a project called Pinwheels for Peace. (Submitted photos)
'Flat Jack' goes to trap championship (09/21/14)
A high school junior is battling cancer and inspiring the people around him, including his father -- who is also his coach. Jackson Smith at Shelbyville Central High School began treatment for Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (ACL) on Friday, July 25, after being admitted to the hospital four days previously. This was about two weeks before his shotgun trap team went on to win a C-Class national title...
Homeschoolers go classical (09/21/14)
Homeschooling is alive and well in Bedford County. At least two active associations of homeschooling parents meet weekly in the county during the school year, including the fast-growing Classical Conversations group in Bell Buckle. The group started last school year with 25 children and has grown to include about 64 children this semester, said parent LouAnn Smith. The families come not only from Bedford County but also from Murfreesboro, Christiana and Petersburg...
UPDATED: Homecoming cheers (09/19/14)
Students at Liberty School were pumped up and ready for Thursday night's game against Westwood as Homecoming festivities continued this week, with a huge pep rally in the gym on Thursday. The Patriots won. (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
Red, white and blue (09/18/14)
Kindergarten and first-grade students at Thomas Magnet School, and their teachers, form the shape and colors of the American flag Wednesday. Students will take on three projects this year by grade level, once per month. Kindergarten and first grades will do red, white and blue themes to learn about military service members; grades two-three will learn about the environment; and fourth-fifth graders will learn about serving other people. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Freedom's new threat: Unreasonable search (09/18/14)
The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is intended to protect people from unreasonable search and seizure, but the USA PATRIOT Act and other changes made since 9/11 have had the effect of weakening it in some circumstances, according to discussion at Wednesday's Constitution Day observance at Motlow State Community College...
Introducing the new teachers (09/18/14)
The Bedford County Board of Education got to meet with 81 of 82 new teachers Tuesday during a reception at Shelbyville Central High School. "We hope you all stay in Bedford County," said board chairwoman Amy Martin. Board member Glenn Forsee said, "Thank you for not going through the motions. Thank you for teaching students. You have more days ahead of you than behind you."...
82 new teachers hired (09/17/14)
The Bedford County school system has hired 82 new educators out of about 200 applicants since the end of last school year. Human resource manager James Claybourne provided that data Tuesday during the school board meeting. Thirty out of 80 applicants from a first-ever job fair in May were hired...
Security upgrades for rural schools approved (09/17/14)
The second phase of school security upgrades was approved Tuesday. The Bedford County Board of Education approved a $75,168.33 capital outlay for electronic upgrades to elementary schools in the unincorporated portions of the county. Phase I was carried out last year at elementary schools inside the city limits...
Professor helps shape anti-bullying policy (09/17/14)
An MTSU business professor continues her push for a more civil workplace. Dr. Jackie Gilbert, a professor of management in the MTSU Jones College of Business, joined forces with like-minded people across the state and nation to help craft legislation and guidelines that will help do just that within government agencies...
Art exhibit opens at Motlow (09/17/14)
Artist Meghan O'Connor recently attended a reception to open the exhibit of her work inside the Eoff Hall Art Gallery on the Motlow College Moore County campus. The exhibit will continue through Oct. 27 and is open to the public. O'Connor, left, is joined by friend Andrew Muller and Ann Smotherman, adjunct art instructor at Motlow College. (Submitted photo)
Departing Liberty SRO will miss students (09/14/14)
"I'm speechless." There wasn't much more that departing Liberty School student resource officer Bob Filer could say as the students and staff held a surprise farewell party Thursday. "What can I say, you're my family," Filer said. "I'm going to miss all of you."...
School board attends district meeting (09/14/14)
The 2014 Tennessee School Boards Association South Central Fall District Meeting was held Thursday. Bedford County Board of Education board members attended, as did Superintendent Don Embry and board secretary Suzanne Alexander. Local boards of education learned about the changing landscape of education advocacy, heard updates on education legislation, and were provided with an update on student First Amendment issues and Limited Public Forums at the meeting at Marshall County High School in Marshall County. ...
Veterans share written memories (09/11/14)
The members of MTSU's Writers Corps will share their writings with the public in a special tonight. Participants in the creative writing program for military veterans and their families will read a collection of their works titled "The Places Called Home" at 7 p.m. today at Reveille Joe's, 113 N. Maple St. in Murfreesboro...
MTSU president part of higher education panel (09/11/14)
Middle Tennessee State University President Sidney A. McPhee will be among a group of academic leaders across the state gathering to discuss the state of higher education and the push to produce career-ready graduates. The Nashville Business Journal is hosting the luncheon panel discussion, entitled "Nashville Ahead: A discussion on higher education and workforce readiness." It will be held from 11:50 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, at the Omni Nashville Hotel, 250 5th Ave. S...
Foundation grants Thomas $2,000 (09/10/14)
This week, The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded Thomas Magnet School a youth literacy grant in the amount of $2,000 to support their Thomas Magnet School Growls with Reading Intervention Technology Program. Awarded at the beginning of the academic year, youth literacy grants from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation help provide teachers, schools and organizations with the funding and resources they need to properly begin the school year...
MTSU assists in creating emergency communication center (09/10/14)
Middle Tennessee State University has provided its expertise and resources to aid the creation of an emergency communications center that the State of Tennessee could use to inform the public and media during a state or local disaster or crisis. The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency unveiled the Multi-Agency Joint Information Center, or MAJIC, during a news conference Monday to kickoff National Preparedness Month at the Tennessee Department of Military-TEMA headquarters on Sidco Drive in Nashville.. ...
ATA contributes to Lego League program (09/10/14)
As a partner to the Tullahoma Chapter of the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE), the Aerospace Testing Alliance (ATA) Employee and Community Activities Committee (ECAC) recently provided a $3,300 donation for the purchase of robot kits for local FIRST LEGO League (FLL) teams...
A day of honor and remembrance (09/09/14)
Each year, a ceremony of honor and remembrance is held at the Tennessee Fallen Firefighter Memorial, on the campus of Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy on Unionville Deason Road. New names are added to the memorial plaques, and friends and family place roses on those plaques as the names are called out, solemnly, each name accompanied by the ringing of a bell...
Starting the day (09/09/14)
Students at Liberty School start each Monday with the Pledge of Allegiance -- to a flag high above their heads in the rafters of the gymnasium, while kids still getting adjusted to kindergarten try to keep an eye on what's happening around them. (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
Sunday Conversation: Boys & Girls Club welcomes new leader (09/07/14)
Brittany Montgomery, an Ohio native, moved to Middle Tennessee when she was young and has since then, become a true southerner. She attended the Boys and Girls' Club as a child and is now involved with the clubs as a professional. Montgomery was the Education Director of the Boys and Girls' Club of Rutherford County and has recently been named the new Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Bedford County...
New guy is familiar face (09/05/14)
It has been a lot like homecoming every day for Liberty School's new student resource officer. After 19 years of investigations at the Bedford County Sheriff Department, Brian Farris is settling into his new job of protecting his four grandchildren and other relatives, not to mention all the other kids and staff who learn and work at the rural school...
MTSU dean's list revealed (09/04/14)
Middle Tennessee State University has released the names and hometowns of those students who appear on the dean's list for the summer 2014 semester. To qualify for this distinction, an undergraduate student must maintain a current semester grade-point average of 3.5 or above and earn at least 12 semester hours...
MTSU participates in Dragon Boat race (09/04/14)
The Confucius Institute at MTSU will participate in an ancient Chinese tradition that has become a modern Tennessee tradition. Rowers for the institute will compete against 38 other sponsored boats in the eighth annual Cumberland River Dragon Boat Race on Saturday in Nashville...
Raise your hand and help kids (09/03/14)
United Way of Bedford County is again seeking volunteers for the "Raise Your Hand Tennessee" program, which places volunteers in local schools for an hour a week to help children with reading. Volunteers can work one-on-one with a child, or they can work with small or large groups, depending on the preference they express when signing up for the program. The weekly appointment can be set up to fit the volunteer's schedule. All participants must agree to a background check...
Teacher of the Week nominees sought (09/03/14)
American Paper & Twine Co., Titans Radio and Georgia-Pacific Communication Papers announced that Amanda Short from Mt. Carmel Elementary School in Hawkins County was selected as the Teacher of the Week for week one of the Titans 2014 football season...
Signs of progress rise at library (09/02/14)
Recent progress is shown at the site of Shelbyville and Bedford County's future library, which has a target completion date of March 2015. (T-G Photo by Sadie Fowler)
Henderson named TCATM valedictorian (08/27/14)
ChinaŠ Henderson has been named 2014 valedictorian at Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Murfreesboro. The Shelbyville resident received her diploma in Dental Assisting at the college's commencement ceremony on Thursday, Aug. 14. "China√°'s outstanding academic record, along with her dedication to the college, helped her achieve this highest honor," said Suzanne Dowdle, instructor at TCATM. ...
Three local schools rank high in state (08/24/14)
Thomas Magnet, Community Elementary and Eakin Elementary are among the top schools in the state for student performance, according to the Tennessee Department of Education. The department released several sets of school data last week. The department released its annual list of Reward Schools last week, with the three local institutions included. The state also released its list of Priority Schools and Focus Schools; Bedford County did not have any schools listed in those categories...
Sunday Conversation: New principal is farm girl at heart (08/24/14)
Dr. LeEllen B. Carter is the new principal of Thomas Magnet School. She was promoted to the job from assistant principal after Janice Womble retired. If you would like to nominate someone for Sunday Conversation contact editor Sadie Fowler at sfowler@t-g.com...
New assistant principals named (08/22/14)
Bedford County Superintendent Don Embry has named two new assistant principals. Tracy Watson, guidance counselor at Cascade Elementary School, has been named the new assistant principal at Thomas Magnet School. Robyn Ayres, teacher at Learning Way Elementary School, has been named the new assistant principal at Cascade Elementary School...
Eakin celebrates Celebration (08/20/14)
Eakin Elementary School is celebrating The Celebration in a special way this week. The school cafeteria dressed out its food serving line with Tennessee walking horse items, including show ribbons, trophies, toy horses and a walking horse platter...
Reward Schools to be named (08/20/14)
The state will release the names of two or three local Reward Schools on Thursday, Superintendent Don Embry says. Reward Schools are those the Tennessee Department of Education identifies annually as having the highest overall performance or growth...
Taking the message on the road (08/20/14)
Big G Express professional driver Danny Smith, presented a program on highway safety to Coach Kevin Thomas's Drivers Ed class at Shelbyville Central High School this past Monday. As a Road Team Captain, Danny takes the message of highway safety across Tennessee. The goal of Tennessee's Road Team is to create a safe driving environment and save lives on our highways by educating motorists on how to safely share the road with large trucks...
Cascade interim principal named (08/13/14)
Sherry Crawford, assistant principal at Cascade Elementary School, has been named interim principal for the 2014-15 school year. The change will be effective Sept. 1, according to an email from Don Embry, Bedford County superintendent. "We would like to wish Mrs. Crawford the very best in her new role," Embry said...
Law firm gives to Thomas Magnet (08/12/14)
Bobo, Hunt, White and Burk Law Firm, gold sponsors, made a donation to Thomas Magnet School's STEM Lab (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). Thomas is striving to create a STEM lab to focus on science, technology, engineering and math as an innovative educational experience for students. Pictured are: Ginger Shofner, Dr. LeEllen Carter, principal, and Todd Bobo. (Submitted photo)
Three former local principals deserve kudos (08/10/14)
I'm still a relative newcomer, so I don't know a lot of the rich history of the local school system, although I've worked hard to learn pieces of it as the Times-Gazette's education reporter. However, I have noticed one thing -- Bedford County produces great educators...
State's top principal leaves (08/07/14)
Tennessee Principal of the Year Martha Fisher is retiring from Cascade Elementary School to accept a job as an educational consultant. Fisher is taking a job with EdProDevelopment Inc. She said she will stay with Cascade until the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration...
Head Start taking applications (08/06/14)
All Bedford County Head Start programs are now taking applications for enrollment. Head Start is a free child development program for children and their families. Families should meet financial eligibility requirements or require special needs. To apply, parents will need verification of income and proof of child's birth. All interested parties may sign up...
MTSU expecting 853 to graduate Aug. 9 (08/05/14)
Middle Tennessee State University's upcoming summer 2014 commencement ceremony, set for Saturday, Aug. 9, will celebrate a lifetime of educational achievement for more than 850 students. The ceremony, which will begin at 10 a.m. Aug. ...
Aymett again named master teacher (08/05/14)
Regan Aymett, a first grade teacher at Learning Way Elementary, has been selected as a National Education Association (NEA) science master teacher. BetterLesson, which partners with NEA on the program, announced the latest cohort of 65 NEA science master teachers from 23 states across the country. ...
Back to class (08/05/14)
Teacher Holly Steiner welcomes a student to the first day of school Monday at Cascade Elementary School. See more photos at http://www.t-g.com/gallery/back-to-school-2014. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Free meals offered for all students (08/03/14)
When students return to school this week, they will be able to eat for free. The Bedford County school system is participating in a U.S. Department of Agriculture program to provide free breakfast and lunch to every public school student, regardless of income, Assistant Superintendent Karen Scoggins said. Some other Middle Tennessee school systems, including Metro Schools in Nashville, are also taking part...
Teaching system rewards, reinforces good behavior (08/03/14)
"Mind your manners" will take on more meaning this year at most area schools. All but three schools are enacting a new procedure to encourage positive student behavior. The program, titled "School-wide Positive Behavior Support," teaches positive behavior...
Sunday Conversation: Lemmons enjoys 20 years of teaching English (08/03/14)
Amanda Lemmons has been a teacher in Bedford County for 20 years. She is currently teaches 11th grade English at Community High School. T-G: Tell us a little about yourself and your family. LEMMONS: Maya Angelou once said, "I sustain myself with the love of family." Besides my relationship with God, there is nothing in this world more important to me than family. ...
$50 K grant helps Webb build leaders with integrity (08/01/14)
Building leaders is a hallmark of The Webb School, and a 50,000 matching grant from the Edward E. Ford Foundation will help the school continue to prepare students to be confident, effective contributors in their communities. The grant will fund the creation of the "Fostering Student Initiative Program," a new curriculum model to enhance the boarding experience of upper school residential students and to strengthen and promote leadership throughout the student body. ...
'Barefoot in the Park' reunites Smokestack alumni (08/01/14)
Smokestack Theatre at Community High School has a summer production each year, which gives the school's alumni a chance to come back and take the stage once more. This year's summer play is Neil Simon's comedy "Barefoot In The Park," which will be presented Aug. 8-10 at the school...
Enrollment open for homeschool program (08/01/14)
Enrollment is open for The Farm School Satellite Campuses program, an umbrella program for home-based learners throughout Tennessee. The Farm School's Satellite Campuses program offers the opportunity for families to create their own curriculum. For more information, visit www.TheFarmSchool.tv or call 931-964-2325...
College for free in state (07/31/14)
Incoming high school seniors are being given a chance to do something their parents or grandparents never did -- go to college for free. There are a number of caveats and hoops to jump through with the program, Tennessee Promise, but the opportunity is valuable: two years of higher education with no tuition or fees. ...
Stuffing the Bus (07/31/14)
Volunteers were helping to "Stuff the School Bus" in front of Regions Bank Wednesday, collecting school supplies that will be distributed to 14 of the county's schools. From left: United Way executive director Dawn Holley, Vickie Hull of Regions Bank and Dusty Sewell. Other collection boxes are set up at a number of local business. (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
Womble leaves Thomas position (07/31/14)
Janice Womble, principal of Thomas Magnet School, has retired from the Bedford County school system. Dr. LeEllen Carter, assistant principal, has been named to the head position, Superintendent Don Embry said. Womble had another job opportunity, Embry said...
Mentors needed for tuition program (07/31/14)
More than 25,000 Tennessee students are expected to apply for a free tuition program, and mentors are needed to help them navigate the lengthy process. Tennessee Promise will pay for two years' tuition for qualifying colleges (see main story on Page 1). Before they are enrolled, they must attend two sessions with mentors, said one of those mentors, Wayne Dillingham...
Surviving a shooter (07/30/14)
Brice Allen, a training advisor with the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, delivers a speech titled, "How to Survive an Active Shooter" on Monday during teacher professional development training. Allen provided such information as red flags of a shooter. Bedford County teachers took development training at Shelbyville Central High School earlier this week in preparation for back-to-school starting Aug. 4 (an abbreviated day). (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
TCAT-Shelbyville helps produce McClenney plaque (07/30/14)
Tennessee College of Applied Technology -- Shelbyville has a mission of workforce development, supplying highly-skilled workers to the community and giving local citizens the tools they need to improve their own situations. That mission, say TCAT officials, is enhanced by real-world projects on which students can work during their time at the school...
Dixon awarded Purity Dairies scholarship (07/30/14)
Jenny Dixon of Shelbyville was recently awarded a $1,000 Purity Dairies Scholarship Award from the Tennessee Grocers Education Foundation. Dixon was recognized on June 14 at the annual convention of the Tennessee Grocers & Convenience Store Association held at the Music City Center...
Back-to-school sales tax holiday nears (07/29/14)
With school starting soon, parents are looking for the best bargains they can find. Help is here. Tennesseans can buy certain items without paying sales tax Friday through Sunday. Shoppers can save nearly 10 percent on clothing, school supplies and computers...
Stuff a bus, help needy students get ahead (07/27/14)
United Way of Bedford County's annual "Stuff the School Bus" school supply drive is well underway. A manned collection event was held July 19 at Walmart, and a second is planned for 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Wednesday at Regions Bank on the square. Unmanned collection boxes are set up at numerous local businesses...
Stuff the School Bus returns (07/25/14)
United Way of Bedford County's annual "Stuff the School Bus" collection drive is now underway; drop-boxes have been placed at participating local businesses. School supplies are being sought and are distributed to the 14 schools serving Bedford County children. For more information, call 684-6685. (Submitted photo)
Mobile units bring equivalency testing as GED alternative (07/25/14)
The Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development is offering a new service, via the department's three "Career Coach" vehicles, to Tennesseans lacking a high school diploma. The mobile Career Centers have become certified testing sites for the new High School Equivalency Test (HiSET)...
Imagination Library (07/24/14)
Bedford County Imagination Library's goal is to provide a free book to any child 5 years or younger. Registration forms are at the library, pediatricians offices and day cares. Donations are appreciated; they may be taken to the library. For more information, call Luci Taylor at 931-703-6764 or at home after 5 p.m. at 931-684-2557...
Kroger hosts school supply drive (07/23/14)
Kroger is hosting a School Supply Drive now through Aug. 5 to help support public schools in Middle Tennessee. Customers are encouraged to purchase a $6 pre-assembled school supply kit or any other school supply items of their choice and place the donations in the special drop-off bins at the front of the stores...
Youth theater group reunites for 'Outsiders' (07/23/14)
Five years after its founding, Community Middle School's Stage 13 Productions is going back to its roots. The group's first-year members are reuniting for new performances of "The Outsiders" -- the play that kicked off the group. Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Community Middle's auditorium. Admission is $3...
Webb welcomes Hoover to admissions dept. (07/23/14)
Aimee Hoover, a Murfreesboro resident with a background in teaching and marketing, has joined The Webb School in Bell Buckle as assistant director of admissions. Hoover's main responsibility is to introduce Webb, its curriculum and programs to prospective students and families. The primary recruiting focus will be Webb's day markets. These day markets include cities located in Bedford, Cannon, Coffee, Rutherford, and Warren counties...
Donate school supplies at area Kroger stores (07/22/14)
Kroger is hosting a school supply drive now through Aug. 5 to help support public schools in Middle Tennessee. Customers are encouraged to purchase a $6 pre-assembled school supply kit or any other school supply items of their choice and place the donations in the special drop-off bins at the front of the stores...
FFA members learn leadership (07/20/14)
During the week of June 23-27, 14 members of Cascade FFA attended the Tennessee FFA Leadership Camp at Camp Clements in Doyle. While at camp the members attended an officer class, special interest class, local program success class and competed in numerous sporting events and competitions...
4-H mixes old, new activities (07/20/14)
4-H's fabled clover is turning over a new leaf as it works to attract a new generation of children. The Bedford County 4-H program wants to entice children to join, said extension agent Jeffrey Hester. So, the program is adding such new activities as science experiments and cardio workshops while keeping its existing fare of sewing and agriculture projects...
DREMC sends students on 2014 Washington Youth Tour (07/20/14)
A record number of young people from electric cooperative service areas in 43 states -- including more than 150 students representing Tennessee co-ops -- visited Washington, D.C., in June for the 2014 Washington Youth Tour, spending time with elected officials and taking in the historic, interesting sites of our nation's capital...
Embry gets good grades (07/16/14)
School Superintendent Don Embry's contract was renewed for one year by the Bedford County Board of Education during its meeting Tuesday. His contract, which began last year, was for three years -- through 2016, Chairwoman Amy Martin said. Now, the contract will run through 2017...
Novak joins Confucius Institute (07/16/14)
MTSU's Confucius Institute has hired a former Bedford County educator to help promote Chinese language and culture in area K-12 schools. Mike Novak, most recently principal of Liberty School, became the institute's new assistant director July 1. "I am very excited to be part of the team at the Confucius Institute," said Novak. "I look forward to expanding educational opportunities for Tennessee and China...
Sunday Conversation: From Shelbyville to the SEC, and back again (07/13/14)
Shelbyville native and SEC football legend Whit Taylor is happy to live in Bedford County. Taylor, who played quarterback during a successful period for Vanderbilt University in the early 1980s, is principal at Shelbyville Central High School and has just finished his 24th year in education...
Fellowship to address education issues (07/10/14)
The State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) is launching the Tennessee Educator Fellowship, a program that will provide Tennessee teachers an opportunity to have a greater impact on key state-level education policy issues. The Tennessee Educator Fellows will be led by Tennessee teacher Cicely Woodard...
Thomas Magnet goes global (07/09/14)
Thomas Magnet School is partnering with an international network of businesses and schools working to improve their communities. The school is the first in Tennessee and one of only 60 in the Ashoka's Changemaker Schools Network, said principal Janice Womble. Thomas is one of 22 schools inducted for the upcoming school year, according to Ashoka's website...
Graham seeks re-election to commission (07/09/14)
Denise Graham has announced her candidacy for re-election to a 7th district seat on Bedford County Board of Commissioners in the Aug. 7 general election. She has been married to Chad Graham for 21 years, and has 2 children, Nikita and Daryl. Graham, a registered nurse for 11 years, works at Stone Crest Medical Center in Smyrna. A 1990 graduate of Shelbyville Central High School, she completed her RN training at Motlow State Community College in 2003...
Youths of the month (07/09/14)
Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County Youths of the Month for June.
Webb student's poetry published (07/06/14)
A student at The Webb School is a published poet with pieces included in two poetry collections and also has had a speech accepted for publication. Shelbyville resident Keaton Pendergrast, who will be a 10th grader at Webb this fall, has had his poem "Only Peace" published by America Library of Poetry in a book titled "Discovered," and his poem "Love Is" published by Creative Communication in a book titled "A Celebration of Poets" (Fall 2013). ...
Webb teachers receive math training (07/06/14)
Two math faculty members at The Webb School recently shared a 2014 grant from the Jon Frere Fund for Faculty Development to learn more about "Exeter Math," a problem-based approach to math classes. Teddy Schaffer and Karla Vogt attended the Anja S. Greer Conference on Mathematics, Science, and Technology at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, N.H...
Feeding and reading: Groups join to meet needs (07/06/14)
Feeding kids is only part of the battle when it comes to taking care of the least of these. Two local organizations are working together to take care of multiple needs for children. The Johnson Residential Group, founder of the Summer Feed Program, and The Center for Family Development are expanding their partnership to provide more services this summer. ...
Collars go to class, except on school shirts (07/01/14)
The Bedford County Board of Education clarified its dress code policy as part of a potpourri of topics during a special called meeting Monday. The board had altered the dress code during its regular June meeting two weeks ago. On Monday, the board cleaned up the policy's language to make clear that collared shirts are required unless the student is wearing a school-approved T-shirt. ...
Homeschool open house (06/27/14)
The Bedford County Homeschool Enrichment Program (HEP) held an open house Wednesday at First Baptist Church on Depot Street. HEP is run by parents who homeschool their children and allows them to share resources, hold joint classes like science labs and socialize. During the open house, Daphnie Flanigan (left, in sunglasses) plays with a toy while Ava Spears holds a tablet that another girl comes over to play with. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Homeschool kids show creative sides (06/25/14)
They've never spent a day in a classroom, but these two children have received a hands-on education that includes drawing illustrations and building erupting volcanoes. Sierra and Alex Johanson participate in the Bedford County Homeschool Enrichment Program (HEP) as well as a homeschool program in Tullahoma...
TCAT among nation's best (06/24/14)
The Computer Information Technology program at Tennessee College of Applied Technology/Shelbyville was one of six programs nationwide to win the inaugural "Excellence in Action" awards from the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc)...
Harton partners with Imagination Library (06/24/14)
Harton Regional Medical Center has partnered with the Coffee County Imagination Library, the Tennessee Governor's Books from Birth Foundation, and the Dolly Parton Imagination Library Foundation recently by providing the babies born at HRMC their first Imagination Library book, "The Little Engine That Could."...
Webb official takes part in admission program (06/24/14)
Jamison Fee, The Webb School director of college counseling, was one of six visiting faculty members invited to participate in the McNab Alumni Legacy College Admission Program at Davidson College on June 5-6. The invited faculty members were high school guidance professionals and college deans of admission from five states. The program is open to children and grandchildren of Davidson alumni who are rising 11th and 12th graders...
Slimy Science (06/24/14)
Caroline Whitaker (left) of Shelbyville and Reagan Lynch of Bell Buckle work on a project in the "Slimy Science" class as part of the Summer Program at The Webb School. Students studied absorbency, mixtures/reactions, polymers/molecule chains, lipids and denaturing using non-toxic household ingredients. In its second year, the summer program offered three weeks of day camp focusing on science, technology, robotics, art, Chinese and outdoor skills for rising fourth-eighth graders. Also part of the program, were SAT math and English prep courses and girls and boys basketball and soccer camps. (Submitted photo)
Webb lists 4th quarter honor rolls (06/24/14)
The Webb School recently announced its A and B honor rolls for the fourth quarter of the 2013-14 school year. An independent college preparatory day/boarding school for grades 6-12, The Webb School is the oldest continuously operating school of its kind in the South. The school has a dual emphasis on academic excellence and character development...
Clanton named 'student of excellence' (06/22/14)
Chase Lee Clanton of Shelbyville has been recognized by the United States Achievement Academy as a student of excellence in advanced placement, fine arts, honor roll, language arts, leadership, mathematics, science and Social Studies. He attends Harris Middle School and was nominated by guidance counselor Margaret Ann Cobb. He will be a freshman this fall at Shelbyville Central High School...
Dr. Love donations (06/22/14)
The Student Council from Community Middle School recently purchased gifts for Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt with proceeds from the Dr. Love fundraiser in February. Sitting (from left): Noah Bowling, Ethan Lohn, Gabby Hunt, Macie Lemmons, Logan Brothers, Destiny Young, Calley Hand, Mackenzie Newkirk and Katlin Leverette. Standing (from left): Grayson Garrette, Zachary Lohn, Anna Katherine Lemmons, Heath Waterson and Gracie Simmons. (Submitted photo)
Sunday Conversation: Principal leaves Liberty to promote Chinese culture (06/22/14)
Mike Novak has worked as a teacher and principal in Bedford County. Now, he will work to spread knowledge about Chinese culture in schools across the state in a new job at Middle Tennessee State University. If you have a nomination for Sunday Conversation email sfowler@t-g.com...
'Positive energy': UT coach praises Boys & Girls Club (06/20/14)
University of Tennessee fans, many decked out in orange and white, turned out by the hundreds for the chance to see and meet Volunteer head football coach Butch Jones Thursday night -- but the true purpose of the event was to honor and support the Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County...
New style in school as dress code relaxes (06/20/14)
Parents have been asking for more details about the new relaxed dress code for secondary school students, so School Superintendent Don Embry is sharing additional examples of how students may dress. Previously, secondary school students were required to wear solid-color collar shirts. ...
Dugan named to honor roll (06/20/14)
Victoria Dugan of Shelbyville was named to the honor roll at Bethel University for spring 2014. To qualify for the honor roll, a traditional student must have an average of 3.7 or above on 12 or more simultaneous academic hours with no grade below C...
UPDATED: Legislators call for Huffman to resign (06/20/14)
The debate surrounding delayed TCAP scores continues to grow heated, with 15 lawmakers calling for the ouster of the state's embattled education commissioner and the governor's office calling the request a "political stunt."...
SCHS Annex offers hands-on education (06/18/14)
Shelbyville Central's technical education annex is one of the area's hidden gems. Walk into the SCHS Annex any day, and you will see real examples of the students' education. "Each program at the SCHS CTE Annex is student driven and our students take pride in the facility by contributing to it," said Mike McCoin, the assistant principal who oversees the school's Career-Technical Education Annex...
Summer program offers free food (06/18/14)
Free breakfast and lunch is always a good deal, and it's being offered this summer to kids 18 and younger. The USDA's Summer Food Service Program is offering the meals at a variety of sites across Shelbyville Monday through Friday, with the exception of July 4...