Schools and education
Senator: Cut red tape for college entry
U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander met with administrators from colleges around the state Thursday at a roundtable discussion at Motlow to discuss ways to simplify financial aid. Alexander, R-Tennessee, and Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colorado, are sponsors of a bill to simplify the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). ...
State students show slight gain on ACT
Tennessee public high school students showed a slight gain statewide on the ACT, according to data released Wednesday by the state Department of Education. For the third straight year, Tennessee public high school students improved on the ACT, administered to all students statewide, according to a press release from the Tennessee Department of Education. The average composite increased from 19.3 last year to 19.4 this year, adding to what has been a three-year pattern of growth for the state...
Promising future for Motlow newbies
Tennessee Promise students began fall classes around the state Monday, and Motlow State Community College has more than 1,300 freshmen benefitting from the program's free tuition. "I think we have a larger number of students this year because of the Tennessee Promise," said Jim Myers, executive director of financial aid...
Service animal policy under consideration by school board
The Bedford County Board of Education is looking at adopting a policy to govern the use of service animals in schools. During its monthly meeting Tuesday, the board considered adopting a boilerplate policy from a state education group that addresses service animals...
NED Show teaches important lessons
Students at Liberty School had an interesting assembly Wednesday -- using yo-yos to teach kids how to do and be at their best. It was The NED Show, which stands for Never Give Up, Encourage Others and Do you Best. "We're really pushing our kids to do well," said Jordan Tatom, Liberty's new guidance counselor...
MTSU names interim department heads
Taking on new leadership challenges in their MTSU careers, Wendy Beckman and Jessica Carter have accepted interim chair and director's roles in their respective Department of Aerospace and School of Agribusiness and Agriscience. "Wendy and Jessica will do an outstanding job," said Bud Fischer, College of Basic and Applied Sciences dean, discussing Beckman and Carter, who assumed their positions Aug. ...
Motlow recognizes SCHS graduate
Laura Monks, director of the Motlow College Fayetteville Center, and incoming Motlow freshman David Ortiz of Shelbyville were recently named Mentor of the Month and Student of the Month, respectively, by tnAchieves. Since 2008, the non-profit organization has been helping Tennessee students not only afford but excel in college. ...
County schools go wireless in next few weeks
Middle and high school students soon will be browsing the Internet via Wi-Fi from their desks, in the halls and in the lunch lines. All but two of the schools should be ready to go wireless right after the horse show break, said Ben Barrett, director of technology for the Bedford County Department of Education. He made the report during a presentation Tuesday to the Board of Education...
Education, the Chinese way
As Bedford County students return to school this month, Shelbyville Woman's Club guest speaker Mike Novak's discussion of "Education From Here To Around The World" was interesting and timely. Novak, a former Bedford County educator who is now the assistant director of The Confucius Institute at Middle Tennessee State University, spoke to the club at their August meeting last Wednesday...
Kids make soil babies
Meet the soil babies. With the help of Gena Coats with the Bedford County Soil Conservation District and members of the Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County, soil babies were brought to life. Soil babies are made by putting seed in the toe of knee high panty hose, adding potting soil, forming it into a ball and decorating...
FFA recognizes Shelbyville chapter
The Shelbyville Central High School FFA chapter has been recognized in the 2015 National Chapter Award Program from the National FFA Organization. The program recognizes outstanding FFA chapters from throughout the country that successfully complete an annual set of required activities that encourage members to grow as individuals, work as a team and serve others in their communities...
Cascade FFA receives national award
The Cascade High School FFA chapter has been recognized in the 2015 National Chapter Award Program from the National FFA Organization. The program recognizes outstanding FFA chapters from throughout the country that successfully complete an annual set of required activities that encourage members to grow as individuals, work as a team and serve others in their communities...
Donations help kids receive books
The Shelbyville Rotary Club recently donated $1,500 to the Bedford County Imagination Library, said Luci Taylor of the Imagination Library board. The Rotary Club is donating $1,500 each year for three years, she said. The funds come from Rotary's work during The Celebration...
SCHS Class of 1984
Shelbyville Central High's Class of 1984 held its 31st reunion Saturday at the school. Attendees include, front row from left, Cynthia Holman, Tracy Allison Wilson, Sherry McChristian-Leetham, Jimmy Richardson, Victoria Dashiell, Tammy Owens King, Rob Philyaw, Kathy Cartwright Philyaw, Shawn Moss, Kimme' Crowell Greer and Pierre Johnson; second row, Chris Floyd Murray, Lori Ferrell Beaird, Tina Rose Townsend, Carla Johnson, Robert Driscoll, Sara George Moore, Tonya Flippo Weber, Judi Crosslin Cartwright, Jo Jo Bills, Laura Cook Fisher, Bridget Westbrooks Davisson, Jennifer Gordon Feldhaus, Dana Thomas Kennamer, Barbara Cunningham Floyd, Teresa Stacey Helton and teacher Sally McReynolds; third row, Thomas Young, Cindy Carlton, Sonya Reedy Liehr, Beth King Griggs, Cris Perryman, Kathy Kincaid, Tracie Brandon DeLucia, Benita McClaran Lahr, Charles Castile, John Williams, Steve Feldhaus, Corrine Harris, Teresa Sutton Phillips, Joyce Harmon Neill and Lisa Fanning Dye; back row, Mark Clanton, Darrell Taylor, Chris Arnold, Kent Brandon, Terry Adams, Greg Tocchio, William BJ Roberts and Darrin Martin. (Submitted photo)
Business tax seminar
Registration is open for the seventh annual 2015 Tennessee Business Tax Seminar Series presented by the Tennessee Department of Revenue and MTSU's Department of Accounting. The seminar will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, at the DoubleTree Hotel, 1850 Old Fort Parkway in Murfreesboro. It is designed to provide current, in-depth information on Tennessee tax issues to business owners, CPAs and other interested parties...
TCAT-Shelbyville recognizes 'overachievers'
Manuel Moreno and Justin Nunley recently received additional certificates for completion of "Industry Applications of Advanced Math and Trigonomic Principles" at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Shelbyville. Moreno and Nunley, both welding students, volunteered to take the advanced math class after completing their regular math studies for the welding program...
Scholarship honors Shonta'
Norma Branch, left, mother of Shonta' Whorley Lamb, presents the first Shonta' Whorley Lamb Softball Scholarship to Motlow freshman Jamaica Johnson. Lamb died Sept. 3, 2014 of colon cancer. The $500 scholarship is presented in her memory. "I am glad to carry on the memory of Shonta' through this scholarship," Johnson said. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Cascade Elementary, Thomas Magnet earn state's top marks
Two Bedford County schools have received state recognition for academic achievements. Cascade Elementary and Thomas Magnet schools have been named Performance Schools for 2015, the Tennessee Department of Education announced this week. The designation is for the state's top 5 percent of schools and is part of a recognition system called Reward Schools...
Area residents earn degrees from WGU
The following local students have earned degrees from WGU Tennessee: l Anita Cook of Bell Buckle has received her bachelor's degree in Health Informatics. l Stephanie Tribble of Shelbyville has received her bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (K-8)...
Motlow announces alert system
Motlow State Community College is encouraging its students, faculty and staff to register for the mobile Motlow Alert system. The service is free and is also open to members of the general public who would like to receive the latest information regarding Motlow...
School supply drive
McDonald's in Shelbyville is hosting a back to school supply drive until Aug. 10. Donations will be given to local schools. One donated supply will earn one food item, two will earn two and those who donate three supply items will receive a free value meal (limit of three value meals per person)...
Ben Barrett won the Member of the Year award from Middle Tennessee Educational Technology Association. Seen with Barrett is Christy Williams, who works with him in Bedford County Board of Education's technology department (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Back to school 2015
Monday was the first day of the 2015-16 school year in Bedford County, and Liberty School kicked things off as students found out their classroom assignments and spent two hours readjusting to class. Regular class days begin Wednesday.
School all in the family for new teacher
It's all in the family for the Cooks when it comes to education. Karen Cook retired from Eakin Elementary School in May after 31 years as a teacher. Now, her daughter Taylor Beth Cook is following in her footsteps. The younger Cook is a new teacher at Harris Middle School. She is a sixth grade Magnet ELA/Social Studies teacher...
Rallying the teachers during in-service
Even teachers need a pep talk every so often. In-service is a good time for one. Bedford County's teachers attended a two-day in-service July 27-28. They heard from their local leaders and from Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen. "Every day think of how they (students) will remember you and how they will remember what they learned," McQueen said. "You are the player this year ... who can move them from Point A to Point Z."...
Maintenance gets schools ready for the new year
"You name it, we do it." Bob Rose, a 15-year veteran of the maintenance department for the school system, said that sums up his job. On July 28, he and two other maintenance workers were hurrying to prepare Community Elementary School for the start of the school year. Rose and Bryant Pinkston were laying new linoleum in the cafeteria. A leak in the room the previous school year had damaged the old floor, Pinkston said...
Smartphones in school: The basics
Some things are obvious for the back-to-school backpack -- pencils and paper and notebooks and what have you. But what about a smartphone? Is it appropriate? Is it even allowed? Some parents consider smartphones in school a distraction, perhaps even a mechanism for cheating. Others like being able to communicate directly with their child about after-school schedules, weather cancellations, and so on. Some teachers are now even incorporating smartphone technology into the classroom...
Raise your hand, and learn
I won't start back to school for a few more weeks yet, but I can't wait. For the past few years, I've been a volunteer in "Raise Your Hand Tennessee," a United Way-organized initiative which places adult volunteers in elementary schools to help kids read...
Swann driven by love for helping kids grow
Jennifer Swann is in her eighth year as the program coordinator for Shelbyville Parks and Recreation and still finds the joy in her work. "When you wake up everyday, you have the opportunity to change somebody's life," Swann said. Swann, a Normandy native, graduated from Cascade before attending Middle Tennessee State University to major in outdoor recreation...
State's top educator pays visit
Bedford County teachers getting ready for back-to-school received a pep talk Monday from the person at the top -- the state education commissioner. Candice McQueen, Tennessee's education commissioner, visited teachers during the start of their two-day in-service. Superintendent Don Embry said it was the first time the state's top educator has visited, to the best of his knowledge...
Motlow Foundation offers ACE scholarships
The Motlow College Foundation is now offering scholarship opportunities for students enrolled in the Accelerated College Express (ACE) program at Motlow College. Eligibility for the scholarship requires students to meet all requirements for admission to Motlow and the ACE program, to be in good standing with Motlow, to have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or better if prior college experience applies, to be full-time under the ACE program guidelines and not a "drop-in" and to have financial need as evidenced by FAFSA.. ...
Blowout helps kids get ahead in school
The third annual Summer Feed and Fun Blowout will take place on Friday, July 31. Yes, it's that time of year, since school starts back Monday, Aug. 3. The Johnson Residential Group, founder of the Summer Feed Program, and The Center for Family Development are partners in throwing the blowout. This year's event will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at H.V. Griffin Park, organizer Mamie Johnson said...
TCAT-S joins adult learning coalition
The Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville has recently joined the Coalition of Adult Learning Focused Institutions (ALFI). Colleges and universities in the coalition strive continuously to advance programs and services for adult students, evaluate their adult training programs and share best practices...
A mid-day stroll
Children from Ms. Menza's Daycare took advantage of the nice weather and visited the Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library earlier this week. (T-G Photo by Derrick Hill)
No nominee for school board yet
There's no nominee yet for the vacant District 1 school board seat of Dixie Parker, who died July 10 at her home in Bell Buckle. School board members and school officials are still being consulted. The county commission will appoint a successor who will hold the seat until the next county-wide general election in August 2016. ...
Missing 'Mrs. Dixie': School board member honored
The Bedford County Board of Education took time to remember one of its own during its monthly meeting Tuesday. Board members paid tribute to the late Dixie Parker from District 1, who died July 10 of natural causes. "I lost one of my best friends," board chair Amy Martin said. She added that she did not know Parker at all until about 12 years ago. "She was one of the most kind, loving, caring persons."...
41 students, five local, named Advanced Placement Scholars at Webb
Five Bedford County students were among 41 students at The Webb School who recently were named Advanced Placement Scholars, making for a school record. Additionally, there were five Webb students who achieved national ranking and one who received an AP International Diploma. Eighty-nine Webb students took a total of 204 AP exams in the spring. The students' recognition is based on their exam scores...
Homeschool program holds registration
The Bedford County Homeschool Enrichment Program held fall registration Tuesday at First Baptist Church on Depot Street. The 15-week co-op homeschool program starts Aug. 4 with 24 classes. Charity Troyer, seated, who is talking to Ashleigh Newnes. (T-G Photos by Jason Reynolds)
Now is time for students to be immunized
Many children will be back in the classroom in just a few weeks, and so Bedford County Health Department is reminding parents to get their children's back-to-school immunizations now. In Tennessee, children enrolling in school for the first time and all children going into seventh grade must provide schools with a state immunization certificate before classes start. ...
Local 4-H members go to state event
Bedford County 4-H is proud to announce the delegates who will be attending the 2015 Tennessee 4-H Roundup July 27-31 in Knoxville. The 4-H Roundup is an event where high school delegates from all across the state of Tennessee come and compete in their project area. ...
Students represent DREMC on 50th tour
Some 1,700 future leaders -- including almost 140 from Tennessee electric cooperatives -- traveled to Washington, D.C., June 12-18 for the annual Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. Ten students from the Duck River Electric Membership Corp. service area were rewarded with spots on the tour for writing winning short stories titled "Electric Cooperatives: Powering Potential." The stories described how locally owned, member-controlled electric cooperatives continue improving lives in their service areas through special community-building programs as well as reliable and affordable electric service.. ...
Educators take to air in aerospace workshop
Five Bedford County educators recently completed the MTSU Aerospace Workshop. Jana Anderson and Nakisha Williams-Bey, who teach ESL at Learning Way, Amy Townsend, a teacher at Shelbyville Central High, Kim Pierce-Wilder, who teaches algebra at Community and Carl Keating, a music teacher at Thomas Magnet, attended...
Cascade art students fly high in contest
Cascade High School and Cascade Middle School had four of the 10 Middle Tennessee winners in the International Aviation Art Contest, including Middle Tennessee senior division winner Rose Espino, according to art teacher Jojo Bills. Mallory Houchin (honorable mention, intermediate division), Tori Hull (second place, intermediate division) and Sara Rodriguez (third place, senior division) were the other winners. All received plaques and ribbons...
FFA competes in state events
On June 5 -6 the Bedford County FFA Chapter of Shelbyville Central High School traveled to Doyle to compete in the Tennessee State FFA Forestry and State Environmental and Natural Resources competition help at the state FFA camp. This was the second time that the chapter had competed in the Forestry contest and the first year that the chapter has competed in the Environmental and Natural Resources contest...
FFA wins state title in meat judging
On Saturday, April 25, 2015, the Bedford County FFA Chapter traveled to the University of Tennessee to compete in the Tennessee State FFA Meat Judging contest. The Meat Judging team won the state title and will move on to represent Shelbyville Central High School, Bedford County and Tennessee in the national contest at National FFA convention in October in Louisville, Kentucky. All team members placed in the top 4 in the state...
FFA attends regional banquet
Bedford County FFA attended the Middle Tennessee Regional FFA banquet held at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville on April 28. Those members attending were Jordin Hockaday, Jessie Sanders, Kaitlin Davis, Hunter Lemmon, Courtney Mansfield, Dylon Ely, Jackson Smith, Brian McCarty, Brianna Gearlds, Lindsey Stephens and Braden York...
FFA wins ag mechanics title
On May 2, the Bedford County FFA Chapter traveled to Tennessee State University to compete in the Tennessee State FFA Agricultural Mechanics contest. The team won the state title and will move on to the national contest at National FFA convention in October in Louisville, Kentucky. The team members were: Hunter Lemmon, first high individual; Jordin Hockaday, second high individual; Jackson Smith, fifth high individual; and Dylon Ely...
FFA attends leadership camp
On June 1, the Bedford County FFA Chapter of Shelbyville Central High School traveled to Doyle, Tennessee to attend State FFA Leadership Camp at Camp Clements. The members were able to take leadership classes, set goals for the chapter and themselves, compete in sporting events, compete in rifle range events, swim, canoe, boating, compete in quiz contests, and meet many different FFA members from around the state of Tennessee...
FFA judges livestock, dairy
On Tuesday, April 21, the Bedford County FFA Chapter traveled to MTSU to compete in the Middle Tennessee FFA Livestock and Dairy Judging contests. The Livestock Judging team placed first in the district and seventh in the region with Jordin Hockaday being the fifth high individual and Kaitlin Davis being the 13th high individual of the contest. The Dairy Judging team placed third in the district and eighth in the region with Brianna Gearlds being the 13th high individual in the contest...
Hockaday wins state FFA award
Jordin Hockaday of the Bedford County Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter is Tennessee FFA's 2015 Star in Agricultural Placement. The Star in Agricultural Placement is awarded to the top student who best demonstrates knowledge and skill through experiential, service and work-based learning opportunities. Her supervised agricultural experience (SAE) project is beef production...
Mooneyham earns master's degree
Bedford County resident Kelly Mooneyham will receive her Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management degree at WGU Tennessee's second commencement ceremony, scheduled for July 11 at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel in Nashville. This year's commencement arrives in conjunction with a few other milestones for the state-endorsed, nonprofit online university...
Webb counselor to lead industry workshop
Chris Rodriguez, director of college counseling at The Webb School, has been selected as a faculty member for Dry Run, a Southern Association for College Admission Counseling annual workshop. The 32 faculty members for the program are drawn from throughout the Southeast and are selected through a competitive application process in the spring...
Teacher assessment creator honored
Shelbyville native William L. "Bill" Sanders, the statistician and researcher who developed Tennessee's system for evaluating teachers and schools, is the 2015 recipient of the James Bryant Conant Award, one of the nation's most prestigious education honors...
Motlow offers service hours for TN Promise
In support of the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) initiative to help ensure that TN Promise eligible students complete the required eight hours of community service by August 1, Motlow College will participate in the Community Service Saturday on July 11...
Sunday Conversation: Robots follow commands of technology master Pierce
Tell us a little bit about your role at the TCAT center. When did you start and how did you come into the position?
Pierce: I am one of the three Industrial Maintenance Instructors at the TCAT Shelbyville campus. Our Industrial Maintenance program prepares students with the electrical, fluid power, mechanical, automation, and robotics skills needed to become employed in the industrial maintenance field.
Local graduate makes art donation
Local artist and 2015 Shelbyville Central High School graduate Amellaly Lopez recently donated a few pieces of her original art work to Assistant Principal Michael McCoin at the CTE Annex at Central High School. Amellaly is a member of DECA and the Art Society at Central and has had her artwork displayed locally at the Fly Arts Center in Shelbyville. Her donated artwork will be displayed in various classrooms at the Annex. (Submitted photo)
Notice from the top: TCAT-S program honored at White House
The Computer Information Technology program at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology -- Shelbyville was recognized at the White House today along with other winners of the 2014 "Excellence in Action" award given by the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium...
Community FFA attends convention
The Community FFA Chapter received the Superior Chapter Award at the Annual FFA Convention in Gatlinburg last semester. (Submitted photos)
Wartrace native wins scholarship award
On Thursday, June 25, Ashley Stevens of Wartrace received the Press-Register/AL.com Distinguished Diaries Award during the first night of preliminary competition at the 58th Distinguished Young Women National Finals. The $1,500 cash scholarship was presented to the state representative whose essay on her experiences while in Mobile was selected by a review panel...
Students test well in most subjects
The Tennessee Department of Education on Thursday announced Tennessee students made significant gains in all high school subjects and in the majority of subjects in grades 3-8 except reading. High school scores on the 2015 Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) continued to show strong growth for the third consecutive year, increasing in all seven tested subjects across English language arts, math and science, the department reported...
Tennessee teachers to visit Confucius Institute
Some Tennessee school administrators will devote a small part of their summer to learning more about education in China. The Confucius Institute at Middle Tennessee State University is leading a delegation of educators on a 10-day excursion to China for a whirlwind sample of Chinese elementary and secondary schools...
FFA takes first in state mechanics
Bedford County FFA took home first place honors in the Tennessee Future Farmers of America (FFA) State Agricultural Mechanics competition May 2 on the Tennessee State University campus. Five FFA chapters, finalists from each of the three regions, participated...
Knowing the code: Camp preps children for high-tech world
A group of teens talk and laugh as they feverishly click away on their laptops. One might assume they are scrolling through social network feeds, watching YouTube videos, or playing online games. Not so. These teens are learning and taking advantage of a free coding camp hosted by the Hands On Science Center in Tullahoma...
NHS pinches pennies for Relay For Life
The Shelbyville Central High School National Honor Society held a change drive to benefit the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Bedford County. The project was part of the Power of One campaign. "We wanted to show how one person in one community with one penny to donate could make a difference in the fight against cancer," advisor Claudia House said. ...
TCAP flap won't hit grades: Official
Tennessee's TCAP tests continue to be at the center of confusion and controversy even as the state prepares to move to a new testing standard. In late May, the state released "quick scores" from the TCAPs so that teachers could incorporate those preliminary achievement test scores into final grades, according to Chalkbeat, an education news site...
Community delegates at Boys State
Community High School students Joel Powell and Darian Pride represented their school and community at Tennessee American Legion Boys State at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville. This year's session featured an address from Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey. For the 11th consecutive year, Boys State hosted the SCALES program, the Supreme Court Advancing Legal Education for Students, during which the Tennessee Supreme Court held a special session to hear oral arguments in two actual Supreme Court cases. Other featured speakers included Tennessee Adjutant Gen. Max Haston and Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett. (Submitted photo)
Her eye's on the prize
Those who claim, "youth is wasted in the young," would be wise to rethink their stance after meeting Hayla Sanders. This recent Cascade graduate is as ambitious and hard working as she is friendly and energetic. She bounces on the balls of her feet with excitement and directs a bright smile to everyone she meets...
A fond farewell: Chinese teacher leaves to join husband
Those who have come to love Chinese teacher Dongmei Wang Holt will have a chance to see her one final time before she moves next week. Holt is leaving Shelbyville to join her husband in Seattle. Her American host, Pat Sherrill, is hosting a public farewell party Sunday at 2 p.m. at her Cinnamon Ridge Bed & Breakfast, 799 Whitthorne St...
Neeley moves up to Community Elementary principal
Whitney Neeley has been promoted to principal at Community Elementary School. "We wish her the best in moving to her new position," School Superintendent Don Embry said. Neeley has served as assistant principal at Community for the past five years. Former principal Chrissy Fox decided to transfer back to the classroom, Embry said. She will be teaching at Cascade High School next fall...
Motlow choice is current Kansas college president
Anthony G. Kinkel, current president of Wichita Area Technical College in Kansas, has been recommended by Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan as the next president to lead Motlow State Community College. The recommendation will go before the board during a special called meeting today in the TBR System office in Nashville...
Shelbyville student graduates from radiologic tech program
Sarah King of Shelbyville was one of 21 radiologic technology graduates from Columbia State Community College that were honored in a pinning ceremony Saturday, May 9. "It has been a joy to work with the members of the radiologic technology class of 2015. ...
Realtors honor three area seniors
The Middle Tennessee Association of Realtors recently presented college scholarships to seven high school seniors in its eight-county service area. Three were presented to Bedford County seniors at their awards ceremonies. These students were chosen from 79 applicants...
Frizzell graduates from Freed-Hardeman
Amber Frizzell of Shelbyville was among more than 250 graduates who participated in Freed-Hardeman University's spring commencement exercises Saturday, May 16. John Law, a 1989 graduate and vice chairman of the FHU Board of Trustees, delivered the commencement address...
After receiving a rose from her daughter, Community High School graduate Jamie Demonbreun, Cathy Demonbreun becomes emotional during the school's graduation ceremony. See photos of all county high school graduations on t-g.com and in Tuesday's T-G. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Thomas students become songwriters
Thomas Magnet School has gone country. Approximately 18 fifth-graders wrote song lyrics, some of which were performed by professional singer-songwriters recently in the school library. The event was sponsored by The Country Music Hall of Fame Words and Music program, Thomas music teacher Carl Keating said...
SACP to make a splash this year
Another summertime School Age Care Program is about to blast off. SACP's summer program will start May 20 and run through July 24, said director Sheree Floyd. Registration is now underway, she said. The official kickoff is May 22. On that day, there will be a cookout, dunk tank, games and an inflatable...
Thomas students unwind
On Friday, May 1, Thomas Magnet School students had a bit of fun in between the SAT 10 test for younger students and the TCAP for older students. The school held a rally to celebrate the top winners in the Tiger Run fundraiser. The event also served to give a break in between exams...
Liberty plays the day away
Liberty School students celebrated a warm spring day with everything but classes Thursday, Instead, it was a day-long carnival, with students dancing, playing, singing and having their faces painted. The smell of cotton candy, popcorn, and pizza filled the halls of the school, as the kids went from one activity to another...
Teachers check out county
Teachers of all levels of experience visited Shelbyville Saturday to try to get a foot in the door for job openings for next school year. The Bedford County School District held its second annual teacher's job fair Saturday at Shelbyville Central High School. ...
Central alum earn academic honors
Alisha Tillman and Tiana Sanders, both 2014 graduates of Shelbyville Central, participated in an Academics Honors Convocation for the spring-fall semester of 2014 at Alabama A&M University. Tillman, a biology major, had a GPA of 3.99 and received the Freshman Honor Roll Award, Dean's List Award and Honors Program Participant. ...
FFA members attend state convention
Bedford County FFA attended the Tennessee State FFA Convention in Gatlinburg from March 29 through April 1. Members attending were Jordin Hockaday, Jessie Sanders, Keith Cook, Kaitlin Davis, Hunter Lemmon, Courtney Mansfield, Dylon Ely, Jackson Smith, Brian McCarty, and Nathaniel Olson...
HOSA state competition
Shelbyville Central High School HOSA students competed in the state conference in March. Front (from left): Marquist Henderson, Kayleigh Caldwell, Sally Oliver, Kristy Gibson, Perla Arias, Andrew Beard. Back (from left): Michelle Calvert- advisor, Sarah Saddler, Jordan Barnett, Hailey Puckett, Cerridwen Kaiding, Regan Pyrdum and Debbie Myers - advisor. (Submitted photo)
Liberty book fair helps fund kindergarten
Kindergarten is expensive -- with supplies, paint, construction paper and other things needed for the little learners. That's why the rest of the grades at Liberty School are chipping in this week at the annual book fair. According to Heather Conditt, who teaches one of five kindergarten classes, since Liberty is a K-8 school books are stocked for all age groups...
Webb taps Sullens as middle school head
Tabetha Sullens, principal of Boyd Christian School in McMinnville, has been named The Webb School Middle School Head from a field of more than 45 candidates. Sullens, who is a 1994 Webb graduate, also has professional experience as a teacher at Boyd Christian. She will join Webb on July 1 and will succeed Linda Williams, who has been Middle School Director for 22 years...
Students represent Cascade in science
Six finalists in Cascade Middle School's eighth grade research fair had the opportunity to compete in the Middle Tennessee Science and Engineering Fair at Austin Peay State University. The fair is the culmination of a semester self-selected inquiry project performed by the students. ...
Signing up for kindergarten
Aubrey Curtis, left, points correctly after being asked by Shauna Phillips where her chin is during kindergarten testing Wednesday at Community Elementary School. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis) Sue McClenney, left, helps Paula Patterson and her daughter Jordyn Griffith register for kindergarten at Liberty School Wednesday morning. Many of the mothers were emotional over the process, as it was another sign that their little ones are growing up quick. (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)...
Student candy winners
Student winners from the Southside School Easter Candy Count were all smiles after receiving chocolate bunnies. As part of an ongoing tradition, Johnnie Templeton brings a jar of candy each year around Easter and students guess how many pieces of candy are in the jar. This year, there were several lucky winners...
It's time to R.O.K. out at concert
Bedford County youth will get to R.O.K. and roll once again this spring. The third annual Rewarding Our Kids (R.O.K.) Concert will be Saturday and is hosted by local emergency services. This may be the concert's third year, but it has one major change, organizer Jason Barber said. The concert has moved to a new venue: Pleasant Valley Farms, 2395 Highway 64 East...
A different world: Autism Awareness Month promotes hope
The first National Autism Awareness Month was declared in April 1970 by the Autism Society. Since then, the month has become widely recognized and celebrated worldwide by families, businesses, political leaders, educators, autism organizations and celebrities...
Fly high, Davin: Southside kids remember classmate
Southside Elementary students gathered March 24 to pay tribute to classmate Davin Lynch on what would have been his 11th birthday. Davin lost his life in a traffic accident on Dec, 19, 2014. Southside fifth grader Azaezha Williams proposed the idea that she and her classmates release balloons on Davin's birthday...
Meet the 'forgotten' Webb brother
Everyone knows about Sawney Webb, founder of The Webb School in Bell Buckle -- but a Monteagle man has written a new book claiming that Dr. John M. Webb, Sawney's brother, doesn't get his share of the credit for the private preparatory school's success...
Scores worth achieving: ACT gets its own wall of fame
The buzzer sounds, students take up their pencils and begin the most important test in their high school careers. Some will be prepared, others will not. This is a playing field that Cascade High School principal Tim Harwell and his staff want to see leveled out...
Central High NHS inducts 2015 members
Shelbyville Central High School's National Honor Society held its induction ceremony on March 23. 2014-2015 Service Learning Class Members: Seniors: Marcus Bryson; Clorissa Campbell; Heath Couser; Conner Hintze; Amanda Jones; Alayne Saylor; Ellie Smith; and Sydney Snoddy. Juniors: Madison Brown; Kelsey Cannon; Sydney Cooper; Megan Fears; Sally Oliver; Kaylib Powell; and Kelcie Seibers...
Teen throws fashion show for special needs youths
A young lady with a heart for serving others is throwing a fashion show to celebrate the beauty of girls with special needs -- and she could use your help. Marissa Countess is the organizer of "Shining Stars," an event to spotlight, encourage and boost the self-esteem of local special needs girls ages 6-12th grade...
About Marissa and Shining Stars
My name is Marissa Countess. I'm 17 and attend Cascade High School. I enjoy staying on the go with church activities, service clubs, friends, crafting and traveling. I value time with my family which consists of two fabulous younger brothers and outstanding parents who are led by God to mold me into who I am today. (My parents are Russ and Natalie Countess)...
Victory Baptist Academy honor roll, perfect attendance
Victory Baptist Academy has announced its Second Quarter Honor Roll. First row: Logan Clontz, Aiden Cakebread, Lane Keith, Anna Grace Everhart, Phoenix Oehler, Gabriel Byrd, Nicholas Collett, Hunter Haygood, Xavier Oehler, Cora Butler, Sophia Cessac, and Ian Wheeler. Second row: Tristan Clontz, Noah Butler, Johnathan Crosslin, Lana Lemmon, Joshua Meda, Noella Price, Eli McGilliard, Stella Johnson, Christian Meda, Houston Vick, Robert Cook, and Dakota Kluge. Third row: Lida Phengmany, Melodie Warren, Erin Robison, Jacob Everhart, Kimber Cook, Miya Lemmon, Jonah Price, John Green, Tad Arnold, Madison Warren, Daniel Lemmon, Courtney Warren, and Fena Phengmany. Fourth row: Ashley Prater, Simon Sengchanh, David Smotherman, Maisyn Price, Sarah Fraser, Allyson Bivvins, Ashley Humphreys, Ashleigh Bivvins, Caleb Flowers, and Jackson Wheeler. Fifth row: David Warren, Lyndsi Warren, Michael Eley Matthew McCullough, Benjamin Fraser, Timothy Warren, Alan Webb, Cody Dickerson, Samuel McCullough, Morgan Bush Dawson Leverette, Colton Prater, Anna Robison, Richard Williams Jr., Michael Bush, and Emme Kikuchi. (Submitted photo)
Bedford County Schools honor rolls
Principal's List Fifth Grade Helen Allison, Annie Arnold, Elijah Arnold, Rebecca Bennett, Gracy Calvert, Kylie Calvert, Annabell Chamblee, Larissa Collet, Steven Cope, Hollister Engle, Ethan Estes, Natalie Evans, Casey Floyd, Jordan Green, Aiden Heymann, Drake Hodge, Kobe Inmon, Jimma Jones, Elizabeth Kilpatrick, Noah Mason, Cole McBee, Teri Morton, Lauren Perry, Rachel Phillips, Jaycie Plemons, David Thomas Porter, Benjamin Renegar, Sarina Richards, Macey Scheffler, Isaiah Smith, Ayla Snoddy, Preston Stephens, Caroline Stone, Morgan Sudberry, Christopher Sullivan, Ryan Taylor, Aiden Wesenberg, Katelyn Wilder.. ...
The Webb School honor roll
The Webb School recently announced its A and B honor rolls of Bedford County students for the third quarter of the 2014-15 school year. An independent college preparatory day/boarding school for grades 6-12, The Webb School is the oldest continuously operating school of its kind in the South. The school has a dual emphasis on academic excellence and character development...
Webb students travel for spring break
Two Webb groups used the 2015 spring break to travel and study. Trips were led to Peru and to Canyonlands National Park in Utah. Susan Mullen, Webb's strings teacher and string orchestra director, led the Peru trip March 29-April 5 with 15 students and six parents. She was assisted by Gayle McClanahan, Webb's graphic designer, and Mike Quinn, art teacher. Among students making the trip are Jessica Avery of Wartrace and Erin Parsons of Shelbyville...
Sunday Conversation: Teaching, athletics make Jennifer Gray's life
T-G: When did you decide to become a teacher? What influenced that decision? Gray: As long as I can remember, I have always wanted to become a teacher. I have always enjoyed working with children and being able to help them gain confidence they never knew they had so therefore becoming a teacher was my way to accomplish that goal. ...
Webb students travel for spring break
Two groups are using the 2015 spring break to travel and study. Trips are being led to Peru and to Canyonlands National Park in Utah. Susan Mullen, Webb's strings teacher and string orchestra director, is leading the Peru trip March 29-April 5 with 15 students and six parents. She will be assisted by Gayle McClanahan, Webb's graphic designer, and Mike Quinn, art teacher. Among students making the trip are Jessica Avery of Wartrace and Erin Parsons of Shelbyville...
Green named MTSU supervisor
The Office of Professional Laboratory Experiences at Middle Tennessee State University has named Donna Green as an adjunct university supervisor. Green supervises pre-service teachers in their Residency II placement through the College of Education at MTSU. She currently supervises students in Coffee, Franklin and Lincoln counties. Prior to her MTSU appointment, Green taught at Motlow State Community College. With Green is Rachel Angus, a graduate student interning in Franklin County. (MTSU Photo by Michelle Condra)
'We're the best': TCAT lives up to boast of success
Jim Potts, evening supervisor of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology's Shelbyville campus, walks the school's halls with visible pride. "We're the best." Potts said, "We are the premiere workforce trainer in Middle Tennessee. With the Tennessee Promise and now Tennessee Reconnect, we look to make an even bigger economic impact on the workforce here."...
BackPacks continue to feed hungry kids
There is a program locally known as "BackPack." A BackPack is a package of ready to eat food geared towards children that is discretely received from their school's guidance counselor on Friday afternoon. This helps them get through the weekend when there are no school meals available. ...
Arnett named to Martin Methodist trustees
Jack Daniel Distillery master distiller Jeff Arnett was among four new members named to the Martin Methodist College Board of Trustees. The college announced the new trustees and elected three new officers at a recent meeting. Arnett, Debbie Cassetty, Harriet Norrie and Joelle Phillips were recently introduced to the 37-member board while three other Trustees were voted in as officers...
Charity a good fit for Central senior
What started out as a project to earn a scholarship turned into a passion for one high school senior. Arin Harwell says she was looking online at dosomething.org for a project to earn a scholarship and came across an idea that intrigued her -- a blue jeans drive...
Texts land teacher in trouble
A longtime Cascade High School math teacher has been charged with solicitation of a minor in alleged texts to a student. James David Sanders, 58, of Idle Drive in Shelbyville was arrested Sunday. Sanders allegedly texted inappropriate messages to a 17-year-old girl in one of his classes, according to the Bedford County Sheriff's Department...
A place to reconnect with education
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Shelbyville held an open house Saturday to promote the Tennessee Reconnect program, a state grant for adults who seek to learn a skill or credential at TCAT facilities across the state. Anne Blanton of TCAT's admissions office discusses the process with potential students...
TCAT to hold open house for adult learners
Tennessee College of Applied Technology -- Shelbyville will host an open house from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday for area adults to sign up for the Tennessee Reconnect grant, a new program that allows Tennesseans to attend a technical college tuition free...
Students weigh in on education topics
Six students from Bedford County joined about 300 of their high school peers at Middle Tennessee State University on March 9 to express their views on public education in Tennessee. The Student Congress on Policies in Education (SCOPE) event was sponsored by the Tennessee School Boards Association (TSBA)...
Wilson to head alumni, development at Webb
Matt Wilson, director of annual giving and alumni relations for two years at The Webb School, has been named the school's new director of alumni and development. Wilson assumed the post Feb. 1 and succeeds Claudia Hazelwood, who retired. "We were impressed with Matt's efforts as a tireless worker," said Head of School Ray Broadhead. ...
Webb counselor attends conference in Scotland
Chris Rodriguez, The Webb School assistant director of college counseling, recently traveled to the University of St. Andrews in Scotland for the "Counsellors Conference 2015." Rodriguez joined approximately 50 counselors from all over the world. Activities included a tour of the university, which dates to 1413, as well as the town. ...
Bedford County students from Webb visit Canada
Five Bedford County residents who are students at The Webb School recently spent winter break, Feb. 19-22, in Quebec City, Canada. Junior Madeline Gallagher and freshman Collin Jones, both of Normandy, and freshmen Lucy Mitchell of Wartrace and Erin Parsons and Isaac Williams, both of Shelbyville, joined 20 other students and chaperones on the trip and 72-hour-stay in La Vieille Capitale...
Computing a future: CIT students at TCAT grab bytes of life
There are many interesting reasons why people choose their career paths. Some people are in it for the money, others want to make a difference, some just happen to land a job and stick with it. Recently, Steve Mallard introduced the T-G to three of his students--each with various reasons for choosing to join the Computer Information Technology (CIT) program at Tennessee College of Applied Technology (T-CAT) in Shelbyville--all of whom are passionate about their field of study...
School project in 2 years?
Bedford County could consider building or renovating a school in two years, assuming no new revenue sources like a tax increase happen before then, officials said. The Bedford County Board of Education held a working meeting Thursday to discuss a building program and preliminary budget details for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. No official action was taken as the meeting was for planning purposes. The board's regular monthly meeting will be Tuesday, March 17...
'Fairytale' prom to come true for Carriage House
Members of the current high school generation will host a prom for members of a long-graduated high school generation. The National Honor Society from Shelbyville Central will host the prom on Friday, March 20 for residents of Carriage House Inn, said Amanda Jones, NHS president...
T-G staffers participate in Career Day
Times-Gazette reporter Derrick Hill talks about the benefits of working for a community newspaper during Career Day Wednesday at Motlow State Community College. The annual event allows Bedford County high school sophomores to learn more about a variety of career fields. Check Friday's Times-Gazette for more photos. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Two students to represent Webb at Girls State event
Anna Claire Tuma and Karley Dodson of Murfreesboro have been selected as The Webb School's participants at the Tennessee American Legion Auxiliary Volunteer Girls State The event is May 24-30 at Lipscomb University in Nashville. Rising seniors from across the state receive leadership and citizenship training at the events. ...
Two local residents helping Motlow find new president
Bedford County Mayor Eugene Ray and Shelbyville veteran and Motlow student Antwain Dobbins are among the members of a search advisory committee for a new president of Motlow State Community College. The committee includes three members of Tennessee Board of Regents as well as representatives of Motlow students, faculty, staff and the community at large...
Service: Price of an education
Wanted: Community service opportunities. High school seniors participating in the Tennessee Promise program need to complete eight hours of community service each semester they receive aid. One mentor, Barbara Pate, said she was excited for the students...
Close the gap: Pass books on to kids
High schoolers are helping elementary students get their hands on books. Shelbyville Central High School's National Honor Society is helping Learning Way Elementary with its annual book drive, said society advisor Claudia House. The effort is called Closing the Book Gap Project 2015...
Educational theatre at Eakin
Asheville, North Carolina-based Bright Star Touring Theatre brough its productions of "Captain Friendship & The Bully Bandit" and "Rosa Parks & Forgotten Friends" to Eakin Elementary School on Wednesday. "Captain Friendship," with an anti-bullying theme, was performed for kindergarteners through second grade, while "Rosa Parks" was presented for grades 3-5...
Sunday Conversation: Everybody -- at Webb and beyond -- loves Raymond
This week the T-G caught up with Raymond Pryor, Director of Technology at The Webb School and Sunday School teacher at Fairfield Church of Christ. If you know someone you think would make for an interesting Sunday Conversation, please email Sadie Fowler at email@example.com...
Local student named to dean's list
Bobby J. Wilson of Shelbyville was named to the Fall 2014 dean's list at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. Wilson is a senior marketing and management major. Samford University releases dean's lists after the close of the fall and spring semesters each academic year. ...
Five authors to appear at Motlow
Motlow College is hosting a reception and book signing at the Moore County campus bookstore on March 19, featuring authors Karen S. Veazey, Mimi Hughes, Weldon Payne, Diane Tatum, and Dr. Michael Bradley, all of whom have Motlow connections. The reception, which is open to the public, will be from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Follett Bookstore inside the Forrester Student Center...
Write down this event...
You are invited to attend an open house at the Boys and Girls Club of Bedford County. Oh, and bring some pencils and other school supplies. Youth Leadership Bedford is hosting an open house from 4-6 p.m. March 13 at the club. The goal is to increase the club's membership and people's awareness of the club, said one of the event organizers, Jennie Hill, a junior at Cascade High School...
Preserving Webb's history
The Tennessee government is helping The Webb School preserve relics of its rich history. Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett visited the school on Friday to present a $2,000 grant to the school's Library and Archives Department. The grant will help Webb preserve documents tied to founder Sawney Webb and his extended family, said library director Hannah Little...
New program helps at-risk students
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
Bedford County Schools will be closed Thursday due to weather.
Friday becomes a school day, but...
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
Bedford County Schools will close two hours early today due to expected winter weather.
Head Start taking applications
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.. ...
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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...
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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...
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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;...