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Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Schools and education

Tech students take fast ride to success (05/04/16)
Professional opportunities abound for technical education students when they take the initiative to learn, whatever the grade level, educators say. Dual enrollment is one such opportunity. The Bedford County Department of Education began a certified production technician (CPT) certification program this academic year, said Steve Petty, the system's career and technical education (CTE) director...
Council works to help others (05/04/16)
Community. It's not just the name of the schools in Unionville. For Community Elementary School's Student Council, it's a concept that is supported and encouraged, starting with their advisors, teachers Lori Bishop and Jimmy Yates. Fundraising began at the start of the school year with leis that could be bought and worn or given away. ...
Community 5th graders storm the stage (05/01/16)
A new twist in Community Elementary fifth graders' transition to middle school has started what may become a new tradition. The end of the school year has always included a PTO program, but this year's fifth graders suggested a change. "The fifth grade wanted to do something a little different than our usual program so we came up with the idea of a talent show," said Jimmy Yates, Community fifth grade teacher. ...
Champions of safety: Community High wins seat belt promotion (05/01/16)
Community High School can now be considered Bedford County's champion of seat belt safety for the 2015-2016 school year. Their impressive Seatbelt Challenge championship belt -- for the drama club's video, "The Empty Desk," depicting the tragic effect of not wearing seat belts, and an increase in seat belt use -- is now on display at the school...
Testing vendor fired by state (04/28/16)
Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen on Wednesday borrowed a line from Donald Trump's "The Apprentice" TV show and said, "You're fired," to the company that had been supplying schools with the troubled TNReady tests. McQueen made the announcement during a press conference in Nashville. She said the statewide testing contract with vendor Measurement Inc. (MI) would end immediately...
Cost study asked for Cascade (04/27/16)
Planning is underway on the projected cash flow which would be needed if a new Cascade High School is approved and funded in the coming fiscal year, according to discussion Tuesday night at Bedford County Financial Management Committee. "The project's not funded yet," clarified County Finance Director Robert Daniel...
Child-elderly IDs to be offered at Moose Lodge (04/27/16)
The Shelbyville Moose Lodge and Safe Surfin' Foundation will provide a child/elderly identification event during the lodge's ninth annual Barbecue Cook-off on Saturday. This free event will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the lodge, 1104 Highway 82 South...
TNReady fails test third time (04/24/16)
Baseball great Yogi Bera was famous for saying, "It's like déjà vu, all over again." That sentiment could apply to Tennessee students and educators, as the state has experienced its third strike with TNReady. The Tennessee Department of Education notified school systems Thursday that districts were not yet receiving their TNReady Part II materials on time for grades 3-8, the education blog Chalkbeat reported...
Phi Kappa Phi inducts new members (04/22/16)
The following local residents 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. All four were initiated at Middle Tennessee State University:...
Cascade principal shows leaders crowded conditions (04/21/16)
Cascade High School principal Tim Harwell gave a tour Wednesday to a handful of county commissioners and a handful of school board members to make the case for building a new facility. "Thank you for your time today," Harwell said. Harwell's tour highlights included:...
Cascade students win at research fairs (04/21/16)
Cascade Middle School eighth-grade students have competed in a couple of research fairs. The following students received Honorable Mention at the school level: Cade Crick, Ashley Forsee, Hunter Jewell, Braden Lollis, A.J. Phillips, Chance Phillips, Hayden Spence and Kailey Snell...
Cascade High plans proceed (04/20/16)
Even though the Bedford County Board of Education does not have the funds to build a new Cascade High School, it is moving forward with plans to spend the money. County architect John Davis told the board Tuesday that the county finance committee asked for a 28-month schedule for designing and building the proposed school with an opening date of August 2018...
Fun day set for special young people (04/20/16)
The Leadership Bedford Youth Class is treating special youths to a day filled with fun festivities. The free "Carnival For Care" will be Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Shelbyville Central High School's football field. The event is designed to enable youths with special needs and their families to participate in fun activities. Everyone is welcome. There will be games, face painting, snow cones, music and more...
Community second graders learn bus safety (04/17/16)
Bus safety awareness was stressed to Community Elementary second-graders Tuesday. Tennessee Highway Patrol Sergeant Jason Kelley, who developed the program, was assisted by Bedford County Schools transportation director Kenny Parker and Scott Peoples...
Music for the World: Bedford County Mass Choir rings out in song (04/15/16)
Beaming parents, family and friends of 132 elementary and middle school students making up the annual Bedford County Mass Choir filled Shelbyville Central High School on Tuesday. This year's third annual program, "Music for the World," included eight songs from West Africa, Jamaica, Israel, Japan, Australia, South Africa and America...
Sunday Conversation: Mallard trains the people who keep tech running smoothly (04/17/16)
Steve Mallard is an instructor for the Computer Information Technology program at Tennessee College of Applied Technology -- Shelbyville, and also serves as the school's IT manager. To suggest a future subject for Sunday Conversation, email Sadie Fowler, sfowler@t-g.com. Subjects don't have to be well-known, but please give us some ideas of what topics we might want to cover in our questions...
Schools earn passing grade (04/14/16)
A panel of education accreditation evaluators is recommending the reaccreditation of Bedford County schools. "Of course we're going to recommend accreditation," said lead evaluator Cheryl Allread. She and a team of five other experts from various school districts have spent time in Bedford County studying the schools and administrators and interviewing staff, parents and students...
Superintendent pleased with schools' achievements (04/14/16)
Bedford County School Superintendent Don Embry discussed the challenges and achievements of his three years in office during a presentation Wednesday morning at Shelbyville Rotary Club. "Our folks do a fantastic job overall," said Embry. "I'm very proud of the work that we do." Cascade Elementary and Community Elementary have been named Reward Schools, while Cascade Elementary and Thomas Magnet School have been named Blue Ribbon Schools...
Honor Roll party (04/14/16)
Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County had an honor roll celebration at Rafael's restaurant on April 8 to reward members for excellent grades during the third quarter of this school year. Back row, from left: A'Driana Anderson, Bryson Higgins, Dylan Marchi, Makia Woodard, Jaxon Curry, Mia Velasquez, Persaeus Curtis, Janie Lopez, Laila Redman, Eve Speirs, Treasure Johnson, Jalen Kelso and Isaiah Batts. Front row: Lauren Carr, Landen Brown, Brooklyn Kiker, Thalia Morales, Hero Curtis, Kalin Alcorta, Jacari Whitaker, Xavier Rea, Zacki Solis, Anastasia Trice and Ryann Gary. (Submitted photo)
Liberty debuts Relay Recess (04/13/16)
Liberty School will be the first local school to participate in Relay Recess, an offshoot of the American Cancer Society Relay For Life which combines fund-raising with education about healthy lifestyles and cancer prevention. Members of the school's National Junior Honor Society met Tuesday with advisor Katie Gospodarek and Samantha Chamblee of the American Cancer Society to make plans for the event...
MTSU unveils plaque of long-serving dean (04/13/16)
Middle Tennessee State University will pay tribute to one of its most influential professors and administrators by unveiling a plaque in his honor. John McDaniel, who served as dean of the College of Liberal Arts for a quarter-century, will be the focus of the ceremony at 1 p.m. Friday in Dining Room C of the James Union Building. A printable campus parking map is available at http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParkingMap...
Webb presents 'Arsenic and Old Lace' play (04/13/16)
The timeless comedic classic, "Arsenic and Old Lace" by Joseph Kesselring, will be presented by The Webb School Company Players April 21-23. This event is open to the public. Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. on the Chapel stage. Admission is $10 and seating begins at 7:10 p.m...
Webb selects Boys State participants (04/13/16)
Keaton Pendergrast of Shelbyville and Nate Sherwood of Smithville have been selected as The Webb School's participants at Tennessee American Legion Boys State set for May 22-28 at Tennessee Technological University at Cookeville. Rising seniors from across the state receive leadership and citizenship training at the event...
Organizers hope swimming lessons save lives (04/12/16)
The Shelbyville Recreation Center is partnering with a third-party nonprofit to offer free swimming lessons this summer to low-income children. The classes are called the Flying Fish program. Between 40 to 60 children will take part in the classes, which start in June, said Pam Henry, aquatics director at the Shelbyville Recreation Center...
Helping hands (04/10/16)
Five Shelbyville Central High School FCA students performed volunteer work April 1 at First Choice Pregnancy Counseling Center. They picked up auction items from local businesses, hung fliers around town to publicize the center's upcoming fish fry, and cleaned and sorted items for the Baby Boutique. Pictured (in no particular order) are: Colt Williams, Kobe Simmons, Magen Williams, Taylor Overcast and Brandie Dukes. (Submitted photos)
Democratic Women support Imagination Library (04/08/16)
Wanda Campbell, right, treasurer of Bedford County Democratic Women, presents a $300 check to Trish Hubbard, chair of Bedford County Imagination Library. The gift, made in memory of three club members' recently-deceased mothers, will be applied towards the $4,000 matching challenge made by an anonymous donor. Imagination Library sends a book a month to any Bedford County child from birth through their fifth birthday -- a total of 60 books in all. The worldwide program was founded by entertainer Dolly Parton. (Submitted photo)
Veteran-turned-writer separates fact from fiction (04/07/16)
A retired U.S. Marine who turned his military career into critically acclaimed literature will share his experiences at MTSU. Michael Pitre, a veteran of two tours of duty in Iraq and author of "Fives and Twenty-Fives," will speak at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in Room 106 of the Paul W. Martin Sr. Honors College Building. A printable campus parking map is available at tinyurl.com/MTSUParkingMap...
Drop in on college classes ... free! (04/06/16)
To help kick-start the upcoming Middle Tennessee State University Alumni Spring Weekend, the colleges of Liberal Arts and Basic and Applied Sciences are inviting people to attend classes, labs and lectures at no cost. During the week of April 18-22, alumni, retirees and community members are welcome to register for topics such as genetics, professional pilot, evolution, exploring the universe and additional offerings from the College of Basic and Applied Sciences; or attend an English class specific to Harry Potter, visit a course on set design for the upcoming "West Side Story" production, join an art class for art teachers, attend a modern dance class and more from the College of Liberal Arts.. ...
60 years on the job: Elkins is a fixture at Webb (04/05/16)
Dorothy Powell Elkins has seen a lot of change -- and many, many students -- in six decades working at The Webb School. Elkins began working at Webb for what was supposed to be two or three weeks in March 1957 as an assistant for headmaster Webb Follin, she said...
Training takes to the road (04/05/16)
New equipment and classes are being added at the Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy near Deason, officials say. The Mobile Training Tower, which is expected to arrive this summer, will be 3.5 stories and have multi-scenario capability including bailouts, hose line, confined space, and drafting...
Training takes to the road (04/05/16)
New equipment and classes are being added at the Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy near Deason, officials say. The Mobile Training Tower, which is expected to arrive this summer, will be 3.5 stories and have multi-scenario capability including bailouts, hose line, confined space, and drafting...
MTSU scholars display creativity, special projects (04/05/16)
Several hundred Middle Tennessee State University students and faculty wrapped up the annual Scholars Week Friday with performances and 200 poster presentations in the Student Union Ballroom. Scholars Week emphasizes the research, scholarly efforts, creativity and collaboration of undergraduate and graduate students and faculty within the university's academic colleges...
MTSU seeks food pantry donations (04/03/16)
As the end of the spring 2016 semester draws near, some MTSU students will need help with nourishment to sustain them through their studies and their upcoming final exams in late April and early May. The MTSU Student Food Pantry in Room 210 of the Student Services and Admissions Center, commonly known as the MT One Stop, is running low and needs donations of just about every conceivable kind of food that can be transported conveniently...
Hix to speak at Webb's Follin Series April 12 (04/03/16)
Billy Hix will complete the 2015-2016 Follin Speaker Series at The Webb School with his presentation "Science Rocks" on April 12 at 2:20 p.m. in the Follin Chapel. The event is free and open to the public. The Follin Speaker Series is an endowed program at Webb...
NHS holds induction ceremony (04/03/16)
Shelbyville Central High School's National Honor Society recently held its annual induction ceremony. Seniors: Andrew Beard; Kayleigh Caldwell; Jamie Groves; Taryn Hicks; Sally Oliver; Jessica Palmeros; Kaylib Powell; and Micah Thompson Juniors: Perla Arias; Jacie Armstrong; Caitlin Boleyn; Kendall Durard; Rosario Lopez-Ortiz; Jennifer Mendiola-Molina; AnaLilia Pichardo; Keely Smith; Jesse Smotherman; and Luisa Suazo...
Webb lists 3rd quarter honor roll (04/03/16)
The Webb School recently announced its A and B honor rolls for the third quarter of the 2015-16 school year. An independent college preparatory day/boarding school for grades 6-12, The Webb School is the oldest continuously operating school of its kind in the South. The school has a dual emphasis on academic excellence and character development...
BackPacks feed children during break (04/03/16)
Holy Week, Good Friday, and all of the celebrations that all come with this time of year, including spring break. What better to look forward to than over a week out of school? But sometimes certain problems arise during breaks. While so many children look forward to spring break, for others it means 10 days with no school meals or weekend BackPacks...
Bedford County Honor Rolls 4/3/2016 (04/03/16)
Principal's List Fifth Grade Christopher Brown, Robert Clanton, Zachary Cope, Bridgett Evans, Caleb Fletcher, Ava Foulk, Thomas Gentry, Nia Hiles, Jesse Joslin, Macy Legate, Margaret Lynch, Micheal Olive, Avery Petersen, Sandra Rojas-Machado, Ethan Waller Freeman, Timothy West, Leah Zeiler...
Jail, Cascade can combine as neighbors (04/01/16)
An architectural firm has recommended that, to save money, the county build a new jail on the same property as a new Cascade High School, so that functions such as food preparation can be combined. The two buildings would be a hundred yards away or so, and a 20-foot-high wall would be erected between them, but each would be connected by enclosed walkway to a third building which would contain Bedford County's largest kitchen. ...
A really splashy 'hello' (04/01/16)
Southside Elementary School first graders recently visited the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga. A friendly penguin comes up to say "Hi" to Patricia Martin. (T-G Photo by Andrea McTigue)
Motlow hosts walks for autism awareness (04/01/16)
Motlow State Community College campuses in Fayetteville, McMinnville, Moore County and Smyrna will host separate Autism Awareness Walk events on Monday. "We look forward to this unified effort as we give hope to the world of autism," said Sonya Hood, director of disability services at Motlow. "We invite people to join us in our effort to inspire compassion, empowerment, and hope regarding autism."...
THP to hold academy for youth (04/01/16)
Back by popular demand, the Tennessee Highway Patrol will hold its Youth & Junior Trooper Academy for pre-teens and teens this summer. The THP summer program will offer two sessions beginning July 11-15 for middle school grades 6-8. The second session will be July 18-22 for high school grades 9-12. ...
Students share conference experiences (03/31/16)
A group of seven honor students from Shelbyville Central High School traveled to the Windy City in February to network with their peers. The officers of the National Honor Society made the trip to the LEAD Conference in Chicago. The conference was Feb. 12-14...
Motlow to host Transfer Fair Tuesday (03/31/16)
The Motlow State Community College Moore County campus will host a Transfer Fair on Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to noon in the Eoff Hall lobby. Fifteen four-year colleges have confirmed their participation. "The Transfer Fair brings the major four-year college and university transfer representatives onto the Motlow campus in one setting," said Brenda Cannon, director of student and campus relations. ...
Students attend state FFA Convention (04/03/16)
The Bedford County FFA Chapter of Shelbyville Central High School traveled to Gatlinburg to take part in the Tennessee FFA State Convention. The chapter was awarded a Gold Rating for their National Chapter Award, was named a State Superior Chapter, awarded for having a 10 percent membership increase, and awarded a Gold rating for their Passing Literacy OnWard (PLOW) program...
Inspiration for 'Scandal' speaks at MTSU (03/30/16)
Getting the message right was the message crisis management expert Judy Smith delivered at Middle Tennessee State University. Smith, who was the inspiration for the character of Olivia Pope on the ABC television series "Scandal," ventured into the audience to field questions from students and others in the James Union Building on Monday during her National Women's History Month keynote address...
Fun break for students (03/29/16)
Trent Henderson works on a project at the School Age Care Program during Bedford County Schools' spring break Monday. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Dyslexia legislation advances in state senate (03/27/16)
Some education advocates say Tennessee is on the cusp of making a major breakthrough in helping dyslexic students. The Tennessee Legislature's Senate Education Committee last Wednesday passed a bill 9-0 that requires school districts to screen students in kindergarten through second grade for dyslexia with a program provided by the Department of Education...
Central High student council wins awards (03/27/16)
Members of Shelbyville Central High School's student council attended the Tennessee Association of Student Councils convention at Ravenwood High School in Franklin. Attending were, front row from left, Cassey Young, Bailee Phelps, Morgan Jennings, Madison McCormick and Kaiden Garland; second row, Elliot Smith, Zoe Jensen, Angelica Miranda, Macey Hix, Brandie Dukes and Grant Thompson. Not pictured: Hannah Heflin.(Photos submitted)...
Prom-bound students get graphic safety reminders (03/27/16)
As Community High School's prom Friday night approached, two events emphasized the importance of safe driving. On Friday, March 18, law enforcement officers and members of the FCCLA (Family, Career & Community Leaders of America) club conducted a safety belt check on vehicles arriving at school for the day...
Program honors Motlow faculty (03/25/16)
The Motlow College Foundation will host its annual Faculty Excellence Awards ceremony on Wednesday, April 6, at 2 p.m. on the Moore County campus in the Clayton-Glass Library rotunda. The ceremony will recognize the accomplishments of Motlow faculty during the 2015-2016 academic year...
MTSU program explores gender in country music (03/25/16)
The next "MTSU On the Record" radio program will explore how gender in country music is about much more than just "honky tonk angels." Host Gina Logue's interview with Kris McCusker, a professor of history, will air from 5:30-6 p.m. Monday, March 28, and from 8-8:30 a.m. Sunday, April 3, on WMOT-FM (89.5 and www.wmot.org)...
Jammed to the max: Cascade squeezes by (03/24/16)
To build and how large to build? Those are the questions facing Bedford County's leaders regarding a new Cascade High School. Even as the Bedford County Commission faces the potential decertification of the jail and a possible state mandate to build a new correctional facility, the growing population means many schools are overcrowded or near capacity. Nowhere is that felt more keenly than at the combined Cascade Middle and High schools serving eastern Bedford County...
Growing pains hit many schools (03/24/16)
The Bedford County school system is experiencing growing pains. "We are definitely seeing growth from Rutherford County," Bedford County Superintendent Don Embry said. Bedford County's population grew 3.5 percent from April 2010 to July 2014, from 45,058 to 46,627, U.S. ...
County tax hike of 15% needed (03/24/16)
Bedford County Finance Director Robert Daniel told Bedford County Financial Management Committee on Tuesday night that his best guess is that it will take about a 15 percent increase in the county's property tax to pay for a new jail and a new Cascade High School...
Letters to the Editor, March 24 (03/24/16)
To the Editor: Alzheimer's devastates millions of American families, overwhelms our health-care system and threatens Medicare. According to a recent survey by the Alzheimer's Association, 73 million American voters know someone with Alzheimer's...
Motlow lives up to state Promise (03/23/16)
Motlow State Community College led the state's colleges this semester in retaining Tennessee Promise scholarship students, data show. The college tied for first with a retention rate of 87 percent, said President Dr. Anthony Kinkel, citing Tennessee Board of Regents data. Jackson State Community College also ranked at 87 percent...
Tuition-free training available at TCAT-Shelbyville (03/23/16)
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville will host an open house from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 2, for area adults to sign up for the TCAT Reconnect grant, a program that allows Tennesseans to attend a technical college tuition free...
Panel looks to prepare students for workforce (03/23/16)
Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen unveiled on Tuesday a roster of state business, education, and community leaders to serve on the Career Forward Task Force, a group designed to examine and explore ways to better engage students in their academic preparation, personal and social development, and workplace readiness...
Motlow Reconnects with adult students (03/23/16)
Motlow State Community College staff members are putting the wheels in motion to reconnect with prospective adult students who have completed some college courses but have yet to complete enough to graduate. This effort is part of Tennessee Reconnect, which is crucial to Gov. Bill Haslam's Drive to 55 campaign, an initiative that aims to ensure that at least 55 percent of the state's population holds a college degree or certificate by the year 2025...
Educators hear of reading program (03/20/16)
The Beta Nu Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, an international society for key women educators, met Monday, March 7 at the Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library. Leigh Cooksey, teacher ambassador at the Tennessee Department of Education and former Cascade High School English teacher., was guest speaker...
Imagination Library gains financial boost (03/18/16)
An anonymous donor will match public contributions to Imagination Library of Bedford County up to $4,000 through the month of April. The Imagination Library program, founded by entertainer and entrepreneur Dolly Parton, provides each child who is enrolled a book a month from birth through age 5, a total of 60 books. The program is now operating in locations around the world, but Tennessee is the only state where it's offered to every child in every county...
Basketball stars (03/18/16)
Lydia Darnell's class at Community Middle School recently competed in the Special Olympics at Motlow State Community College. The students competed in basketball and were assisted by the Motlow men's and women's basketball teams. The students did an incredible job and came home with a trophy. Front row: Josue Juarez, Nathan Bailiff, Billy Stallings and Blysse McKee. Back row: Case Grizzle, Jacqual Holman, Martina Ramirez and Khari Pentecost. (Submitted photo)
Teachers urged to be Promise mentors (03/17/16)
"A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus, but a molder of consensus." -- Martin Luther King, Jr. I wanted to tell you about House Bill 1642 which encourages public school teachers to be Tennessee Promise scholarship mentors. ...
Autism is challenge for schools (03/16/16)
Autism affects 1 in 68 children, a 10-fold increase over the past 40 years, and public schools often face challenges to educate children who come equipped with unique personalities. The data comes from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention via the Autism Speaks website...
Kari Tisma selected TN Educator of the Week (03/14/16)
Bedford County resident, Kari Tisma, was voted Tennessee Educator of the Week. Ms. Tisma is currently a candidate for Educator of the Month.
4-H Honor Club initiates new members (03/13/16)
Leadership. Participation. Service to others. These are the qualities of a 4-H Honor Club member. From the beginning of their 4-H experience in fourth grade, every 4-H member can earn points in each of these areas. When they reach a total of 200 points, distributed among the three categories according to the rules, and are at least in sixth grade, they can be members of the Honor Club...
FFA places 2nd in ag mech event (03/11/16)
On Feb. 25, the Bedford County FFA of Shelbyville Central High School traveled to Cannon County High School and competed in the District Agriculture Mechanics Skills Competition. The team placed second by two points. Below are the results of the individuals, their areas and their placing:...
Evacuation worth a few cheers (03/10/16)
Community Elementary and Middle Schools tested their abilities Wednesday to safely evacuate approximately 1,000 students to Community High School, their primary evacuation location. And, just like the Community High Viqueens' 65-48 state tournament win over Perry County later in the day, the evacuation drill went smoothly...
Rotary Career Day (03/10/16)
Times-Gazette staff writer Jason Reynolds and city editor John I. Carney speak to Bedford County high school sophomores about journalism during Shelbyville Rotary Club's annual Career Day, held Wednesday on the campus of Motlow State Community College. Dozens of speakers gave brief presentations about their jobs.
4-H Shooting Sports builds character (03/10/16)
This is my third year to compete in 4-H Shooting Sports. I have learned to concentrate, focus, and shoot better in all four positions. I have learned about safety, responsibility, teamwork, and leadership. I try to be a good leader and set a good example for new shooters by reinforcing what our coaches have taught us. ...
Feeling like spring (03/09/16)
Ci'nya Stovall and Evie Sanchez, along with others, have fun on the playground of East Side Elementary School as Bedford County enjoys spring-like weather. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Artists at work (03/09/16)
Josue Rodriguez and Carlos Valenzuela, and others, form an assembly line as they move from one color to another and work on a painting during art class at Southside Elementary School. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Silly socks for Seuss (03/09/16)
Beth Keele's Thomas Magnet School first graders donned silly socks for Read Across America Week.
'The Odd Couple' comes to Community (03/09/16)
Community High School's Smokestack Theatre Group will present Neil Simon's comedy classic, "The Odd Couple," on Friday and Saturday, March 18 and 19, at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. Admission is $5 at the door. The play, which has spawned two movies, three different television series, and an "all female" cast version, is considered one of the most popular comedies ever written. ...
Motlow remains TBR's fastest-growing (03/08/16)
Motlow State Community College continues to lead all Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) institutions in enrollment and full-time equivalency (FTE) growth, based on preliminary numbers for the spring 2016 semester. Motlow similarly outpaced all TBR institutions in the fall 2015 semester, establishing Motlow as the fastest growing college in Tennessee and among the fastest growing in the nation...
DAR honors local students (03/08/16)
The Shelby Chapter of DAR held a tea recently at the Horse Mountain Church of Christ Fellowship Hall in honor of George Washington's birthday. Chapter Regent Sherry Sorrells called the meeting to order. The business was to announce winners of the annual DAR American History essay and the Tennessee History poster contests along with presenting the DAR Good Citizen awards for 2016. ...
Ready, Set, Go...! Kindergarten, pre-K preview ahead (03/06/16)
Parents, are your children about to enter kindergarten and you would like to know more about what that involves? There's an event for that. Ready, Set, Go ... Kindergarten! each spring prepares parents of incoming kindergartners in the fall for the start of their child's school journey...
Sunday Conversation: Educator receives national recognition (03/06/16)
Renee Pryor, a resident of Bedford County, and former employee of Bedford County Schools, was one of 13 people in the United States recognized by Education Week in their national "Leaders to Learn From" report. She is a former teacher and assistant principal at Cascade Elementary School...
A celebration of reading across America (03/06/16)
National Read Across America Day was on March 2, in celebration of Theodore Geisel's birthday. We know him better as Dr. Seuss. Photos have been shared in the Times-Gazette through out the past week from various schools celebrating the week in fun ways...
Mayor reads to students (03/06/16)
East Side inventors earn national bid (03/04/16)
Four East Side School students have been chosen to attend the National Invention Convention after placing third in a Middle Tennessee State University competition Feb. 25. Ty Childress, Caleb Darnell, Cameron Harvey, and Marquis Wilson invented a game called Fishing for Idioms. They participated in the Games category and join a total of 20 students invited to the Washington, D.C. national meet...
Lots of kids, lots of 'things' (03/03/16)
Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday Wednesday with a "The Cat in the Hat" party.
Webb offers summer activities (03/02/16)
Rocket Science, Outdoor Adventure, Pottery, Lego Robotics, Spheros, Calculator Science and Ecological Science are all part of The Webb School Day Camp slated for three weeks in June. A basketball skills camp and ACT and SAT prep courses, also in June, round out the 2016 Summer Program schedule...
Viking Voyage: On the run for school upgrades (03/01/16)
Community Elementary's PTO hosted its annual Viking Voyage last week. Each child runs, walks, or jogs as many laps as they can in 40 minutes. Students gather pledges per lap or donations from friends and family members. The Voyage is a spring fundraiser and friendly competition between students to see who can run the most laps...
Realtors to award college scholarships (03/01/16)
The Middle Tennessee Association of Realtors (MTAR) has begun its annual scholarship awards process for fall 2016/spring 2017. Scholarship applications were mailed out Jan. 5 to guidance counselors in all high schools in the eight-county MTAR service area, which is made up of Bedford, Cannon, Coffee, Franklin, Grundy, Marion, Moore and Rutherford counties...
When to start kindergarten? Important choice for parents (02/28/16)
Across the United States, kindergarten entrance age is determined by the date in which a student turns age 5. According to the Education Commission of the States, an education advocacy group (www.ecs.force.com), these dates can range anywhere from July 31 through Jan. 1 (of the school year)...
Wild, wonderful world of animals (02/28/16)
His name was Waldo. Well, it was supposed to be, but my 3-year-old mouth could only manage to call him "Rolaid." Rolaid was a baby duck and he was my first pet. He was also the main character in one of my first memories. I vividly recall my dad looking up from his work and exclaiming, "No, no, no, Andrea!" as I held my sweet new pet...
Youth sports volunteer faces sex charges (02/25/16)
A longtime substitute teacher and volunteer with Shelbyville Central High athletic programs for more than 20 years has been charged with sexual crimes involving children. William Gregory "Greg" Maupin, 44, of Sun Circle was charged Wednesday with two counts each of attempted rape of a child and solicitation of a minor, the Bedford County Sheriff's Department said...
Motlow homecoming court (02/25/16)
Motlow State Community College alumni and students recently celebrated homecoming at Copperweld Arena. The Homecoming court and their hometowns (from left) are: Mark Foley, Smyrna; Clancey O'Dell, Fayetteville; Dylan Gilmer, Hillsboro; Rebekah Potts, Shelbyville; Winston Bogle, Smyrna; Lucas Patterson, Homecoming King, McMinnville; Diloney Cutrell, Homecoming Queen, McMinnville; Jacob Clevenger, Fayetteville; Alexandra Perez, Frankewing; Jacob Hale, Manchester; Jeanna Pattillo, Tullahoma; Andrew Franklin, II, Nashville; and India Zebbs, Smyrna. (Submitted photo)
Lego League team completes successful season (02/25/16)
The Tree Climbing Fish, a First Lego League robotics team from Flat Creek, completed its 2015-2016 season by competing at the East Tennessee FLL Championship Tournament on Feb. 13 at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville...
Class reads 'Wild Man of the Woods' (02/25/16)
Liberty Elementary librarian Sarah Church listens to a student read from the book "Wild Man of the Woods" as the class studies Bigfoot. (T-G Photos by Jim Davis)
Standing up for veterans (02/24/16)
Navy veteran and Bedford County resident Daniala Gardner is part of a movement in Tennessee focused on assisting veterans with continuing their educations. Because Gardner experienced the transition from military to civilian life firsthand. Columbia State Community College saw her as the perfect candidate to implement strategies which will simplify the process as well as address the unique needs of student vets...
SCHS FFA joins project that includes walking trails (02/23/16)
One FFA chapter partnered with the school system central office, maintenance department and Eakin Elementary School to promote healthy activity. Bedford County Chapter FFA of Shelbyville Central High School built six picnic tables for the elementary school. The chapter recently delivered the tables to Eakin...
Cascade FFA holds feed drive (02/23/16)
Last semester the Cascade FFA conducted its annual feed drive at Tractor Supply Co. in Shelbyville. The chapter had 30 members working three shifts to collect donated feed and money. The chapter took the money collected and purchased supplies in the Tractor Supply store...
Cascade to attend state convention (02/23/16)
Twenty-seven members of the Cascade FFA will attend the 88th Tennessee State FFA Convention in March. The chapter members have been very active in the community and within the National FFA organization this year. They have competed in numerous contest including three in public speaking events, along with various animal evaluation contests and leadership conferences...
Motlow State All-Tennessee Academic Team members recognized at luncheon (02/23/16)
Motlow State Community College recently nominated two outstanding students, Jacqueline Bumbalough from Sparta and Lucas Patterson from McMinnville, as members of the 2016 All-Tennessee Academic Team. The 13 community colleges across the state recognized 26 outstanding students at the 2016 All-Tennessee Academic Team luncheon in Nashville with college presidents and state legislators...
Helping animals (02/23/16)
Community High School FFA members unload supplies they donated to the Bedford County Animal Shelter as part of the "Paws and Claws" Food drive. (Submitted photo)
SCHS FFA officers (02/23/16)
Bedford County FFA of Shelbyville Central High School officers for 2015-2016. Pictured (from left) are: President Jackson Smith, Treasurer Dylon Ely, Vice President Hunter Lemmon, Advisor Tommy Green, Sentinel Brian McCarty and Secretary Courtney Mansfield. (Submitted photo)
Community FFA officers (02/23/16)
Community High School FFA officers are (from left, standing): Gunner Sakich (Sentinel), Bailey Smith (Sentinel), Makayla Hickman (Treasurer), Raven Bailey (Reporter), Loren Burris (Secretary), Chris Garrett (Vice President), Lindsay Melton (Vice President), Zoey Grissom (Reporter), Isabel Sarabia (Historian), Abby Holton (Treasurer), Carter Eaves (Sergeant at Arms), and Bradley Adcock (Sergeant at Arms). Sitting: Kaitlyn Melton (President). (Submitted photo)
Boys & Girls Club staffer honored (02/23/16)
Melisa Cabrales was named the Youth Development Professional of the year for the Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County at an awards banquet held last weekend at the Boys & Girls Club of Rutherford County in Murfreesboro. Cabrales is a student at Middle Tennessee State University and has been with the club for almost three years. (Submitted photo)
Grant pays to train teachers (02/23/16)
A $631,686 state grant will promote the professional development of math and science teachers. This is the fourth, and largest, year for the Math Science Partnership grant, said Betsy Norris, grants/e-learning supervisor for Bedford County Schools. Past grant amounts were in the $200,000 or $300,000 range. It is also the final year for the grant...
Grateful hearts: Children thrive after operations at young ages (02/21/16)
The images tell it all. For Sarah Beth Thomas, it's that of a Cascade High School softball star bound for Martin Methodist College next fall on an athletic scholarship. For Drew Smithson, it's a photo of a smiling 21-month-old boy appearing as if he's ready to take on the world...
Sunday Conversation: Coach hits a home run with others (02/21/16)
T-G: How do you keep such a happy outlook on life? AYERS: As I look back thinking of my mom, I see so many traits that I get from her: my love for God, my love for people, my strength, and most importantly my outlook on life. I was taught at a young age that I could do whatever I wanted to do with hard work and dedication....
Signing day: Tomorrow's skilled workforce steps up (02/19/16)
A national signing day was held Thursday in Shelbyville, but it was not for athletic stars -- it was for talented students who will become the next generation of industrial workers. Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville (TCAT-S) participated in the National CTE Letter of Intent Signing Day. ...
Smith: Black History Month should look toward future (02/19/16)
Middle Tennessee State University's Black History Month keynote speaker encouraged his audience to build on the progress of their predecessors instead of only looking back at those accomplishments. In an address before a standing-room-only audience at MTSU's Student Union Feb. 17, ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith said Black History Month "should be about reminding you of what your obligation is, not just reminiscing about what theirs was and how they lived up to it."...
Affordable options for college: Motlow president touts 'working class' jobs (02/18/16)
The president of Tennessee's fastest growing college shared some insights on higher education Wednesday with the Shelbyville Rotary Club. Dr. Anthony Kinkel of Motlow State Community College discussed the factors behind the growth and challenges facing today's college students, including Tennessee Promise...
Teachers get reprieve from testing (02/18/16)
Tennessee's teachers will not be punished over the state's TNReady difficulties, Gov. Bill Haslam announced Wednesday. Haslam's proposal calls for teachers to choose whether to include student results from this year's inaugural TNReady test in their evaluation scores, according to a press release from the governor's office...
State launches new reading initiative (02/18/16)
Tennessee Department of Education Commissioner Candice McQueen joined Gov. Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam Wednesday to kick off "Read to be Ready," a statewide campaign focused on the critical value of reading. Over the past several years, student performance on the English language arts TCAP has remained stagnant or declined. ...
Motlow offers 'late start' classes (02/18/16)
Any student who missed the opportunity to register for classes beginning in January can still register for "late-start" classes at Motlow State Community College. Most classes will begin on March 14 and end on April 28. Registration for these "late-start" classes ends March 14. Applicants must apply online by March 9...
No penalty for TN teachers over testing flap (02/17/16)
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced Wednesday morning that teachers will not be penalized over the failed online tests known as TNReady. Teachers would have the choice to include or not include student results on the paper version of the tests in their evaluation scores, depending on whether the results benefit them, according to a press release by the governor's office. ...
School tests resume soon (02/17/16)
Bedford County educators and students are finally starting to learn when year-end testing will take place. Testing could happen anytime between Feb.22 and March 18 following a "snafu" last week, said Superintendent Don Embry during the Board of Education meeting Tuesday. That includes TNReady for reading/language arts, math and social studies tests part 1 (grades 3-8 and high school end of course)...
Annex sale proposal not heard (02/17/16)
Bedford County Board of Commissioners' rules and legislative committee refused Tuesday night to hear a proposal for the sale of Bedford County Vocational Annex to Tennessee Center for Applied Technology - Shelbyville, saying it hadn't been properly considered by the school board...
Valentine's celebration (02/17/16)
Students from Becky Chapman's kindergarten class at Thomas Magnet School celebrated Valentine's Day a little early last Friday. (Submitted photo)
Spanish students attend competition (02/17/16)
On Feb. 13, Cascade High School participated in the Spanish Contest at Middle Tennessee State University. The students were chosen by their Spanish teacher, Olga Pace. The students that represented Cascade High School were Eduardo Torrez, Hunter Calvert, Jake Maisano and Leslie Hernandez. These students competed against Blackman, Riverdale, Oakland, Central Magnet Siegel and Stewarts Creek High Schools...
Speaker at Eakin (02/17/16)
Lana Craig from Ed South came to visit the students at Eakin Elementary School on Tuesday. She spoke with the students about career options and transition to middle school, high school and college. She's seen here speaking to second graders. (Submitted photo)
MTSU to hold separate ceremony for graduate students (02/14/16)
Starting with the May commencement ceremony, Middle Tennessee State University will begin a new tradition of holding a separate ceremony for grad students in the spring and fall. The first ceremony for the College of Graduate Studies will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, May 6, in Murphy Center, for those students earning their doctorate, master's and education specialist degrees...
Peace, love, books and disco (02/14/16)
East Side Elementary School is currently holding its spring book fair. Leading up to the event, students participated in an "All for Books" coin drive. The money collected goes towards books for the children's classrooms, and Scholastic, a book publisher, matches funds raised to send books to children who would not otherwise have books. Students worked very hard and raised a grand total of $1,489...
Answers wanted on testing failure (02/12/16)
State education saw two major occurrences this week: the failure of a new year-end assessment and the death -- at least for now -- of school vouchers. The online version of TNReady, a replacement for TCAP, failed when an unknown number of schools around the state tried to log in to conduct one round of English testing; the exams had been broken into time blocs to avoid overloading the system...
Biologist consults on protected plant habitat (02/12/16)
Kevin Fitch, associate professor of biology at Motlow State Community College, recently provided consultation services to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) for the habitat characterization of the federally protected plant Short's Bladderpod (Physaria globosa)...
Students show off history knowledge (02/12/16)
Nearly 300 students from throughout the state will begin competing this month for the opportunity to represent their schools at Tennessee History Day. Tennessee History Day is an affiliate of National History Day, an event that was started in 1974 to help students experience history outside of the traditional classroom setting. ...
ESPN journalist speaks at Black History event (02/12/16)
One of the most outspoken and provocative personalities in sports television will deliver the keynote address for MTSU's Black History Month. Stephen A. Smith, a featured commentator on "ESPN First Take," will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, in the Student Union Ballroom. His appearance is free and open to the public...
Schools wait for new test (02/11/16)
Education officials across the state continue to deal with the failure of an online testing network that left every public school scrambling to do year-end assessments. The Tennessee Department of Education announced defeat Monday in the quest for statewide online testing, at least for this academic year...
Webb uses app for problem-solving (02/11/16)
While much of the Sphero SPRK app product description touts "upgrading your play," Raymond Pryor, director of technology at The Webb School resists calling Spheros "toys." Instead he sees the potential to incorporate their use in classrooms across the curriculum. He also knows the role that the device can have in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) classes, and how it naturally fits with the technology-based Maker Movement that emphasizes learning through doing...
Schools remain closed Thursday (02/10/16)
Bedford County Schools will remain closed Thursday, while the School-Age Care Program will remain open, School Superintendent Don Embry has announced.
BREAKING: Schools remain closed Wednesday (02/09/16)
Bedford County Schools will remain closed Wednesday, School Superintendent Don Embry has announced. School-Age Care Program will remain open.
TNReady? Far from it as computer crash delays tests (02/09/16)
Forget the hype surrounding online, high-tech testing using 21st century technology. For this school year, students across Bedford County and Tennessee will take their assessment tests using old-fashioned paper and pencils. Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen sent a memo to state school superintendents Monday afternoon notifying them her department was suspending the use of Internet testing this academic year. ...
Schools to close Tuesday (02/08/16)
Bedford County Schools will be closed Tuesday due to weather. The School-Age Care Program will be open.
MTSU radio show gets wild with critters (02/07/16)
A former Middle Tennessee State University student whose love of animals led him into a wild career will be the guest on the next "MTSU On the Record" radio program. Host Gina Logue's interview with "Safari Greg" Carter will air from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, and from 8 to 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, on WMOT-FM (89.5 and www.wmot.org)...
Crowdfunding seminar set for Wednesday (02/07/16)
Middle Tennessee State University's Small Business Development Center will conduct a free seminar on "Crowdfunding" from 3-5 p.m. Wednesday at the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce, 3050 Medical Center Parkway in Murfreesboro. Attorney Jay Leftkovitz will speak...
Motlow hosts master flutist Feb. 18 (02/07/16)
Motlow State Community College will present master flutist Galen Abdur-Razzaq to perform the program, "Notes at Noon" to celebrate Black History Month. The performance will be Thursday, Feb. 18, from 12:15-1:30 p.m. in Eoff Hall in the Powers Auditorium on the Moore County campus...
MTSU luncheon to honor public servants (02/07/16)
Nine Tennesseans whose lives have centered around service to others will be celebrated at Middle Tennessee State University's annual Unity Luncheon as part of the university's observance of Black History Month. Judge Camille R. McMullen of the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals will be the featured speaker at the luncheon, which is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, in the Student Union Ballroom on the MTSU campus in Murfreesboro...
Ayers honored in retirement (02/05/16)
Brenda Ayers was honored Thursday for her many years coaching Cacade's softball and middle school basketball teams. She, along with her family, was presented a banner that will hang in the Cascade gym. (T-G Photo by Chris Siers)
Eakin students on the move (02/04/16)
Students at Eakin Elementary School play a game called Builders and Bulldozers during physical education class. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Motlow sees improvements in remedial students results (02/04/16)
Motlow State Community College incoming freshmen who required remedial coursework achieved dramatically-better results in their college-level courses in the Fall 2015 semester following a change in how such remedial coursework is structured. Almost 70 percent of Motlow incoming freshmen require remedial instruction in math, reading or writing. ...
Report details operations of charter schools in state (02/03/16)
The Comptroller's Offices of Research and Education Accountability (OREA) has released a report that examines the way charter school facilities are funded in Tennessee. The report provides information on the facilities arrangements for Tennessee's charter schools and describes efforts in Tennessee and other states to provide charter schools with facilities-related assistance...
Happy 2/2: Eakin celebrates multiple twins (02/02/16)
Sue Hasty, who works in the front office at Eakin Elementary School, enrolled a set of twins, Daniel and Danielle Ross, right before Christmas. Then, right after Christmas, she enrolled Keaire and Kaelyn Kinzer, also twins. She knew there were already a few other sets of twins at Eakin, so she figured that Keaire and Kaelyn probably made about six or seven sets. She sent an e-mail out asking...
Imagination Library brings books to children (01/31/16)
A book can be a stepping stone to literacy, which can be a stepping stone to education, which can be a stepping stone to a successful, productive adult life. So proponents of the Imagination Library program say that giving to the program is a way of investing in the community...
Student's owl flies high: Drawing chosen for magazine (01/31/16)
A Victory Baptist Academy fifth-grade student has gained national recognition for her art skills. Miya Lemmon, 11, had a drawing featured in the November 2015 edition of Highlights, a magazine for children. The drawing was part of the "Your Own Pages" section and one of 28 children chosen for the issue, according to Highlights for Children Inc...
Local student receives scholarship (01/31/16)
Autumn L. Stone, daughter of Kristi Terceira of Unionville, has been awarded a scholarship for the 2016-2017 academic year to attend the University of Tennessee at Martin, according to Dr. James Mantooth, executive director, Office of Enrollment Services and Student Engagement...
Mi Futuro: Harris students work toward brighter outlook (01/29/16)
Three years ago, someone from Walmart Distribution Center called Harris Middle School principal Jimmy Sullivan about a Walmart-sponsored volunteer program in which Walmart employees mentor and work with eighth grade students. Sullivan readily agreed, and Mi Futuro -- the name means "My Future" in Spanish, although the program isn't specific to any particular racial, ethnic or language group -- has been active at the school ever since...
Many college freshmen need remedial help (01/29/16)
Tennessee's high school graduates often are not ready for college, one report says. The Tennessee Comptroller's Offices of Research and Education Accountability (OREA) has released a report on the college readiness of Tennessee students improve the effectiveness of postsecondary remediation...
Woman's Club hears about Tennessee Promise (01/29/16)
Linda Yockey, graduation coach for Bedford County Schools, was the guest speaker at the Shelbyville Woman's Club meeting on Jan. 13. Prior to her current position, she was a science teacher at Cascade and then at Shelbyville Central High School. In addition to teaching, she is a county commission member and the foreman of the county's grand jury...
Motlow College celebrates homecoming Feb. 6 (01/28/16)
Motlow State Community College will welcome students, alumni, friends and supporters to the Moore County campus on Saturday, Feb. 6, for the annual homecoming celebration. The Student Government Association sponsors the event, which commences at 1 p.m. in Nisbett Center. Homecoming activities are centered on the men's and women's basketball teams hosting Roane State Community College. The men's game begins at 2 p.m. and the women's game follows at 4 p.m...
MTSU allows you to swim with sharks (01/28/16)
MTSU has set a Feb. 12 deadline for applying to escape the winter chill of the United States for the warm, inviting waters off Honduras in Central America. Ray Wiley, associate director of campus recreation, will lead a group to Utila, Honduras, during the university's spring break March 5-12...
We'll build Cascade: Commission (01/27/16)
Bedford County Board of Education and school system officials presented renderings of the proposed Cascade High School to Bedford County Financial Management Committee and other interested county commissioners during a study session Tuesday night. Commissioners reassured the school board that they fully understand the need for the school and intend to build it, one way or another, regardless of the outcome of the March referendum on a county wheel tax...
Journalist leads MTSU black history observance (01/27/16)
"Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African-American Memories" is the theme of MTSU's 2016 Black History Month observances in February. This year's keynote speaker is Stephen A. Smith, sports journalist and commentator on "ESPN First Take." Smith will deliver his address at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, in the Student Union Ballroom. A searchable campus map is available at http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParking2015-16...
Tennessee Promise deadline nears (01/27/16)
Feb. 15 is a critical deadline for three important requirements for Tennessee high school students who wish to attend Motlow State Community College and take advantage of the Tennessee Promise scholarship. By Feb. 15, student applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); they must complete a Motlow admissions application; and they must attend their first mandatory Tennessee Promise meeting coordinated by TN Achieves...
Interactive state maps show school district info (01/26/16)
The Tennessee Comptroller's Offices of Research and Education Accountability (OREA) has created two new interactive maps featuring a wide range of education data at the school and school district levels. The maps illustrate the state House of Representatives and Senate legislative districts overlaid with school district and school level information, according to a press release by the comptroller's office...
Schools remain closed Monday (01/24/16)
Bedford County Schools will remain closed Monday due to "road conditions throughout the county," School Superintendent Don Embry announced Sunday afternoon.
FFA Profile: Haley Hollis (01/24/16)
Haley Hollis has been an active member of the Cascade FFA Chapter for four years, serving one year as vice president and one year as treasurer. Throughout her high school career she has had two SAEs (Supervised Agricultural Experiences.) She currently has a placement SAE in finished food products, Burger King employee, along with raising rabbits, a Small Animal...
FFA Profile: Jay Thompson (01/24/16)
James "Jay" Lee Thompson has been an active Cascade High School FFA member since his freshman year. His Supervised Agriculture Experience (SAE) includes helping his grandfather with his farm equipment, taking care of his dog and working at Dee's Upholstery. Jay...
Shelbyville student wins spelling bee (01/24/16)
Noah Jolley, an eighth-grader from Shelbyville, won the 2016 school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee at The Webb School. The event, at which students answered oral questions on geography, was the first round in the 28th annual National Geographic Bee...
Webb School opens Student Center (01/24/16)
The Webb School students, faculty and staff gathered on Jan. 6 to open the newly-completed Student Center -- part of an overall $5.7 million Residential Village Phase I project that also includes two 20-bed dorms. Honor Council and Student Council presidents and vice presidents joined Head of School Ray Broadhead in the ribbon-cutting ceremony and brief program...
FFA attends national conference (01/24/16)
Students from FFA chapters across Tennessee attended the 212 and 360 Degree Leadership Conferences. These conferences are an activity of the National FFA organization made possible by title sponsor Syngenta with additional support from Helena Chemical Company as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. Twenty members of the Cascade FFA Chapter and 12 members of the Shelbyville FFA Chapter attended the event Nov. 20-21 in Doyle...
Reading lesson (01/24/16)
Brian Crews (front), John Boutwell (center) and Dr. Andrea Anderson read a portion of "Turtle in the Tuba" Tuesday. The Bedford County Board of Education received a kindergarten reading lesson from the staff of Southside Elementary School to show how they help pupils learn to read by sound. Their lesson ended with a cliff hanger: Why did the tuba not play? Every month a different principal delivers a presentation on his or her school. Tuesday was Reita Vaughn's turn. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
HOSA winners (01/24/16)
Sunday Conversation: Chapman reflects on first year at TMS (01/24/16)
Becky Chapman, a new kindergarten teacher at Thomas Magnet School, is a Florida native who moved to Lynchburg when she was in elementary schooI. She moved to Bedford County about two years ago. In addition to starting at Thomas at the beginning of this school year, Becky had another big change in her life when she married Ben Chapman on Oct. 23, 2015...
The Webb School honor roll (01/24/16)
The Webb School recently announced its A and B honor rolls for the second quarter of the 2015-16 school year. The following Bedford County residents earned A Honor Roll status: Bell Buckle -- Zoe Nicholson, Hadley Foulk, Taylor Petersen Shelbyville -- Lilly King, Pratham Patel, Lennon Paul Ilarde, Soniya Patel, Chelsea Ilarde, Kristin Schuler, John Wilson...
Bedford County Honor Rolls (01/24/16)
As provided by Bedford County Schools...
FFA Profile: Rebeccah Brown (01/24/16)
Rebeccah Leanne Brown has been an active member in the Cascade FFA Chapter since her freshman year. Her Supervised Agriculture Experience involves working with finished agriculture product at Hardee's and caring for her pit bull, Athena. One of her favorite memories is meeting new people from all over the United States at the...
Kaiser kidnap attempt detailed (01/22/16)
An MTSU doctoral student tells the tale of several Tennessee youths' attempt to kidnap Kaiser Wilhelm II after World War I on the next "MTSU On the Record" radio program. Host Gina Logue's interview with Darrin Haas, command historian with the Tennessee Military Department, will air from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, and from 8 to 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, on WMOT-FM (89.5 and www.wmot.org)...
Schools closed Friday (01/22/16)
Bedford County Schools are closed today, Friday, due to expected winter weather. The announcement was made about 4:45 a.m.
ID checks ahead soon for schools (01/21/16)
School visitors soon will have to show their ID -- and carry their pictures around on their shirts. Bedford County schools will start conducting sex-offender background checks in February, Superintendent Don Embry told the Board of Education on Tuesday...
Safety should come first in school closings (01/21/16)
Whenever schools are closed -- or not closed -- during a winter weather scare, there's always a host of second-guessing on Facebook. "I drove to work just fine this morning -- I don't understand why they had to close the schools." "I used to live in [cold Northern state], and they'd laugh at the idea of closing school for this puny amount of snow."...
Presenting the new Cascade High (01/20/16)
Introducing the (potential) future Cascade High School. The Bedford County Board of Education viewed architectural renderings of the proposed building during its monthly meeting Monday. The board also discussed plans to meet with the Bedford County Commission...
Laughs and learning at TMS (01/20/16)
Kindergarten students at Thomas Magnet School laugh at a song sung by Carl Keating, music teacher at the school, during their Related Art class. (T-G Photos by Jim Davis)
Schools to close Wednesday (01/19/16)
Bedford County Schools will be closed Wednesday due to expected severe winter weather. The announcement was made by School Superintendent Don Embry just prior to 10 p.m. Tuesday.
Only the very best make this concert (01/19/16)
Shelbyville Central High School is hosting a regional honor band event this weekend. The Tri-Lakes Honor Band Camp will culminate in a free community concert Saturday at 5 p.m. at SCHS, said one of the organizers, Kayne Gilliland, band director at Central...
Rainy training day (01/19/16)
Support crew trainees attach a cargo load to a helicopter, which then takes off in the rain on Friday. The Tennessee-Kentucky Wildland Fire Academy conducted the class to train 20 firefighters to work as helicopter crew, said instructor Scotty Myers (not pictured). The Wildland Fire Academy finished its annual training program for nearly 600 students from across the country Saturday at the Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Academy. (T-G Photos by Jason Reynolds)
Total surprise (01/17/16)
Debbie Carney, a teaching assistant at Eakin Elementary School, retired Friday after 29 years with the school system and was given a surprise party by co-workers, with her family in attendance. She was caught completely unaware. "I had no clue," she said. She said retirement was a hard decision and that she would miss her co-workers. "I love each person in here," she said. Carney's grandson Mason Carney hands her a "We [heart] you" sign which he had been holding as she walked into the room. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
Head Start enjoys some fun (01/15/16)
Students at the Harris Head Start enjoy some time on the playground before the cold weather comes in. (T-G Photo by Sadie Fowler)
What we need: Growth plans ... but also a jail, school and roads (01/12/16)
Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR), in its annual report on infrastructure needs, has estimated Bedford County to need 149 improvement projects totalling $219 million. The TACIR report shows Bedford County's top five infrastructure needs in the following categories...
TCAT graduates, perfect attendance honored (01/12/16)
December graduates from the Tennessee College of Applied Technology included (front row) Dylan Riddle, Jonathan Carroll, Dakota Floyd, Rees Calahan, Alex Cooper, Josh Allison, Spencer Southern, Daniel Brooks, (second row) Nicholas Comas, Michael Thornton, Nathan Curbow, Austin Carpenter, Devan Bean, (third row) Coty Hanlin, Brandon Smotherman, Tresvionn Woodard, Manfred Charboneau, Derrick Edwards, Steven Warren and Austin Taylor. (Submitted photo)
Regents leader urges more education spending (01/10/16)
MOORE COUNTY -- John Morgan, outgoing chancellor of Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR), said Friday that the community colleges, universities and Tennessee College of Applied Technology locations which report to TBR need a 4.6 percent budget increase, as recommended by Tennessee Higher Education Commission...
From homeless teen to Motlow grad (01/08/16)
His youthful appearance and clean-cut style give the casual observer the impression that Lebron Hill is much like many other Motlow State Community College sophomore students. They missed out on the Tennessee Promise scholarship by a year, but through other scholarships or help from their families, or maybe even a Pell grant or a part-time job, many attend college without the burden or responsibility of paying for it...
Webb plans visitors' day (01/08/16)
The Webb School will host Visitors' Day Jan. 18 for prospective students and their families. The daylong event begins at 9 a.m. with registration and breakfast and concludes at 3 p.m. The schedule includes the daily chapel program and also a tour of the 150-acre campus, led by a current Webb student. ...
Liberty homecoming court (01/08/16)
Liberty School recently named its basketball homecoming queen and court. Front, from left, are sixth grade attendants Kelbie Prosser and Emily Kirkman, and seventh grade attendants Chloe Sudberry and Kendall Dearing; standing, from left, are eighth grade attendants Jana Ledbetter, Gracie McCullough, Alexis Brown, Kaylee Adams and Hailey James. (Submitted photos)
Time for prayer (01/08/16)
Harris Middle School and White County players and cheerleaders take time to say a prayer for Eaglette player Azaria Porter after she suffered a painful knee injury in the game. A White County player asked the Harris team and cheerleaders to gather for the prayer. (T-G Photo by Gary Johnson)
Rogers had heart for Webb (01/07/16)
When national news outlets reported the death of Wayne Rogers, 82, over the New Year's holiday weekend, they naturally focused on the fact that he starred as "Trapper John" McIntyre for the first few years of the 1970s TV series "M*A*S*H." Some reports noted that in recent years, he had become a successful investor and businessman outside the entertainment industry...
Local residents named to Harding dean's list (01/06/16)
More than 1,300 students were included on the Harding University dean's list for grades achieved during the fall 2015 semester. l Shelby Beckham of Rockvale, a middle level English, language arts and math education major l Macey Johnson of Rockvale, a early childhood education major...
Pastor to teach religion, education (01/05/16)
Islam, Christianity and the public school curricula will mix in a church series starting on Wednesday, taught by a school board member who is also a man of the cloth. First Assembly of God is starting a teaching series Wednesday dealing with world religions, including Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism and Buddhism. The Rev. Glenn Forsee, who is also a school board member, said he will use the local school system's sixth- and seventh-grade world history curriculum...
Academic honors (01/05/16)
The following students achieved the Dean's List at Belmont University for the Fall 2015 semester. Eligibility is based on a minimum course load of 12 hours and a quality grade point average of 3.5 with no grade below a C. Students include: Baylee Cook, Lewisburg...
Fun at School-Age Care (12/29/15)
J.J. Evans is running out of ships on his side of the board as another was sunk as he was playing the Battleship game at School Age Care Program at Learning Way Elementary School. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Sunday Conversation: Cascade senior takes lead in community involvement (12/27/15)
Marissa Countess, the subject of today's Sunday Conversation, is a senior at Cascade High School. The future Cascade alumnus is extremely active at school and in the community. Last spring, she organized a sort of beauty show for special-needs girls called Shining Stars...
Funds promote buying homes (12/23/15)
Shelbyville Housing Authority has received a $49,037 grant, part of $1.5 million given out by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Tennessee for employment and job training programs. The grants were made through HUD's Family Self-Sufficiency Program...
Central FFA, Key Club donate to Junior's House (12/23/15)
Troubled children will be finding a little comfort next year with the help of two Central High School clubs. The Bedford County Future Farmers of America of SCHS and the Key Club teamed to donate toys to Junior's House, a Fayetteville-based child advocacy center that expanded to Bedford County earlier this year...
Harvey honored for conseling work at Community (12/20/15)
Deputy Tracey Harvey, a 21-year law enforcement veteran, was honored by the Tennessee Counseling Association at a conference in Murfreesboro when she was presented with the Tennessee School Counselor Association's Counselor Advocate of the Year award. Harvey is the school resource officer (SRO) at Community High School, a position she has held over 15 years...
Shelbyville Central High School Class of 1975 (12/20/15)
The class of 1975 from Shelbyville Central High School held its 40th reunion recently. Attendees included, front row from left, Tommie Adcock Washington, Becky Threet Russo, Lisa White Lawson, Cindy Henry Peek, Beth Wilson Singleton, Mary Jacobs Mealer, Nora Chunn Brandon, Janice Sebastian and Wilma McLean Marable; second row, from left, Marshall Powell, Pam Swing Harris, Ralph Edwards, Sharon Vannatta Edwards, Jay Wright, Sherry Beachboard Rambo, Kandee Kinser Walker, Suzy Coffey Mielke, Sally Bydalek Syler, Phyllis Uselton Guffy, Glenda King Orr, Lisa Brandon Neese, Carol Crosslin Dunnam, Dawn Russell Barnett, Vickie Murray Fleenor, Nancy Crowell Powell, Betty Allen Heath, Vickie Brown Gardner, Barbara Leslie Henderson and Debbie Irwin McKoon; third row, from left, Tony Compton, Laura Gammill Kincaid, Rickey Fuller, Joe Bell, John Lamb, Mary Jo Feldhaus Johnson, Robert Martin, William Newsom and Tolda Kelley Hood; back row, from left, Rusty McGee, Chuck Bernd, Ann Whitney Watkins, Marks Davidson, Mary Buchanan, John Flack, Garrett Gordon and Tonya Burk Davis. (Submitted photo)
Sunday Conversation: Band director takes Cascade to new heights (12/20/15)
David Lucich, the subject of this week's Sunday Conversation, has been the band director at Cascade High School ever since the school first launched its band program, and has taken the school to its current award-winning status. His wife Christy is now a teacher at Community Elementary School...
Motlow leads in Tennessee Promise requirement (12/18/15)
Motlow State Community College, which led the state's colleges in enrollment growth for the fall semester, now has bragging rights in another area. It had the highest percentage of students completing their community service requirement for Tennessee Promise for the upcoming spring semester...
Thinking .... (12/17/15)
Liberty Elementary School first grader Gage Porter thinks about the next step in his project before pasting his cutout onto a page. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Excellence in teaching: Six years as a magnet school (12/16/15)
August marked the sixth anniversary of Shelbyville's magnet school, serving high-achieving students across Bedford County. The Thomas Magnet School building on Tate Avenue has a deep history in the county school system, serving in many capacities over the decades...
Nissan, MTSU team to offer internships (12/16/15)
Nissan North America in Smyrna came calling recently along with industry partner Yates Services. They were courting MTSU students, who watched, listened to oral and PowerPoint presentations and later asked many questions. Some of the students even began the process of applying for part-time internships at Nissan, for jobs paying more than $15 an hour that may begin after Christmas...
Flag deliveries (12/15/15)
The Bedford County Farm Bureau Women are placing flags in nearly 200 classrooms where teachers don't have a flag. Pictured are, Liberty School SRO Brian Farris, Diane Neeley, Farm Bureau Women member (and school board member), and assistant principal Amy McCullough. Neeley delivered the flags for Liberty School. (Submitted photo)
FFA draws national recognition (12/15/15)
The Cascade High School FFA chapter was recognized in the 2015 National Chapter Award Program from the National FFA Organization. The program recognizes outstanding FFA chapters from throughout the country that successfully completed an annual set of required activities that encourage members to grow as individuals, work as a team and serve others in their communities...
Cascade FFA donates blankets to pets (12/11/15)
The Cascade FFA held a towel and blanket drive in November. Members collected seven dog beds, 54 towels, 113 sheets and blankets, 14 rags and one Christmas dog sweater to donate to the Cascade Veterinary Hospital and the Bedford County Animal Control Shelter...
States regain more control over schools (12/10/15)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Those federally mandated math and reading tests will continue, but a sweeping rewrite of the nation's education law will now give states -- not the U.S. government -- authority to decide how to use the results in evaluating teachers and schools...
Citizenship, responsibility earn students rewards (12/10/15)
Community Middle School students have been rewarded with three special breaks this fall for being responsible and well behaved citizens. During the latest nreak, teachers and administrators led various activities in the classrooms, library and gym. Students could take part in as many or as few as they wished during the last afternoon before the Thanksgiving break...
Christmas survives on UT campus (12/09/15)
NASHVILLE (AP) -- The University of Tennessee's chancellor said Tuesday that an online memo advising employees to make sure holiday celebrations aren't Christmas parties in disguise was "poorly worded" and that oversight of the website where it was posted has been reassigned...
Eakin counselor honored by state group (12/09/15)
Carrie Brooke Simmons, school counselor at Eakin Elementary School, was awarded the Phoebe White School Counselor Award by the Tennessee School Counselor Association. The award is named for the late Phoebe White, a school counselor from upper East Tennessee who died of cancer more than a decade ago. It is given to an outstanding school counselor who demonstrates the qualities that White demonstrated...
Second commissioned piece added at Webb (12/08/15)
The Webb School last Thursday dedicated the second piece in a commissioned art series. The metal piece, "Ring Swing," has been loaned to the school for three years. Arch Gregory, a Tennessee artist, completed the original metal piece that was unveiled on Dec. 3...
New SkillsUSA officers (12/08/15)
Two Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville students have been elected as local chapter SkillsUSA officers. Chapter Vice President Mary Carroll (left) and Chapter President Christina Madewell will represent TCAT-Shelbyville and SkillsUSA. They will strive to spread awareness to the community about SkillsUSA, a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. (Submitted photo)
Local student honored at mock legislature (12/04/15)
Twenty-four students from the University of Tennessee at Martin traveled to the 46th general assembly of the Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature on Nov. 12-15 with a reputation to defend. They returned with a record-breaking number of awards and three new state offices, including the 2016 TISL governor's seat...
Lessons and Carols held Dec. 10 at Webb School (12/04/15)
The Webb School Chapel will be filled with music, song and fellowship Dec. 10 during the school's annual celebration of Lessons and Carols. The performance will begin at 7 p.m. The prelude will begin at 6:30 p.m. A reception will follow in the Grace Follin Dining Hall on The Webb School campus. The event is free and open to the public...
Student recognized for plan to restore author's rights (12/03/15)
Middle Tennessee State University senior Michael A. Green is the recipient of MTSU's 2015 Chitwood Award for Excellence for his plan to help best-selling author Benjamin Hoff reclaim ownership of his renowned book "The Tao of Pooh." The award was presented in a special ceremony today, Dec. 1, in MTSU's Bragg Media and Entertainment Building...
Student recognized for plan to restore author's rights (12/03/15)
Middle Tennessee State University senior Michael A. Green is the recipient of MTSU's 2015 Chitwood Award for Excellence for his plan to help best-selling author Benjamin Hoff reclaim ownership of his renowned book "The Tao of Pooh." The award was presented in a special ceremony today, Dec. 1, in MTSU's Bragg Media and Entertainment Building...
Motlow email had unintended info (12/02/15)
Motlow State Community College is addressing a data breach affecting its students -- but it wasn't the work of hackers. The college sent an e-mail Nov. 24 to its own faculty and staff. The e-mail included a spreadsheet which was supposed to be a simple list of names of students receiving Tennessee Promise scholarship benefits, so that the students could be reminded about their community service obligations...
Motlow students attend mock legislature (12/02/15)
Four Motlow State Community College student leaders gained first-hand knowledge of how state government operates by attending as delegates to the 46th General Assembly of the Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature (TISL) at the State Capitol in Nashville, Nov. 12-15...
One great Reward: Cascade Elementary among state's best (11/29/15)
Last week marked a special occasion at Cascade Elementary School. Bedford County School Superintendent Don Embry presented the school with its banner as a Tennessee Reward School for the 2014-2015 school year. Accepting the banner were Principal Sherry Crawford, Assistant Principal Robin Ayers and fifth grade members of the Student Council...
Bedford County fulfills Tennessee Promise commitment (11/27/15)
Things are looking promising for Tennessee Promise as the program met a critical goal last Friday. Tennessee Promise signed up 9,301 volunteer mentors as of Friday, Nov. 20, said Graham Thomas, director of community partnerships for tnAchieves. Bedford County residents excelled in answering tnAchieve's call to action, Thomas said. They needed 76 mentors and signed up 87...
Thomas Magnet canned food drive (11/27/15)
Thomas Magnet School recently finished its second annual canned food drive that benefitted Community Outreach Partnership (COP). Richard Smith, on behalf of COP, said the shelves were empty and the efforts from TMS were greatly appreciated. Pictured: TMS Student Council members who helped load the food onto the van last week before it was delivered to the organization. (Submitted photo)
Motlow College hosting free Christmas concerts (11/25/15)
The Motlow State Community College music department is excited to present a pair of holiday concerts during the first week of December on the Moore County campus. Both performances will be held in Eoff Hall inside Powers Auditorium. The first is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m., and the second on Sunday, Dec. 6, at 3 p.m. Both concerts feature Motlow students and community members. A reception will be held one hour in advance of each performance...
Projects galore (11/25/15)
Teacher Mandy Flynn and her children at Head Start play a game of "pin the feathers on the turkey" Monday. (T-G Photo by Sadie Fowler)
Canned food drive goes wild (11/24/15)
Shelbyville Central's Great Canned Food Drive had a wild theme this year -- a "Lion King" theme, that is. The annual can drive was titled "Ha-CAN-a Matata" in reference to the Disney cartoon "The Lion King." The movie's motto "hakuna matata" means "no worries" in Swahili. Student organizers played off that motto: "Ha-CAN-a Matata" means "No hunger."...
Eakin singers entertain Woman's Club (11/22/15)
The Eakin Elementary Chorus, under the direction of music teacher Lisa Crunk, presented a delightful program of patriotic music to the Shelbyville Woman's Club earlier this month. Phillip McConnell assisted with the program, in charge of the recorded music that accompanied the singers. Sixty fourth and fifth graders are involved in the chorus this year. Eakin Principal Dulcie Davis came to support her students and to enjoy the event...
Textbook draws concern (11/20/15)
Advanced placement world history students are getting new textbooks soon despite one school board member's concerns over possible proselytization. The Bedford County Board of Education voted 5-1 Tuesday to adopt a textbook for a new freshman-sophomore advanced placement class at Shelbyville Central High School. The class has gone without a text but has used supplemental materials this semester, officials said...
Vikings set sail in torrent: Water main failure closes Community High (11/19/15)
A duck would have felt at home Wednesday at Community High School. The school closed late in the morning as crews with Bedford County Utility District began repairs to a water main in front of the facility. The main failed underneath Unionville-Deason Road, a BCUD worker said. Water service was restored around 11:15 a.m...
Car club gives to 4-H (11/19/15)
Roger Huffman, left, of Celebration City Car Club presents a donation from the club to Tony Martin, Timothy Martin and Brigette Swafford of Bedford County 4-H. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Tuition program still needs mentors (11/18/15)
Bedford County is nearly finished recruiting mentors to help enact Tennessee Promise but needs a last-minute boost, an organizer says. "We are very, very close," said Graham Thomas, tnAchieves Director of Community Partnerships. "Mentors provide the necessary support system and encouragement that Tennessee Promise students need to be successful."...
Community High School closing early due to water main break (11/18/15)
Community High School has experienced a water main break this morning and school officials say the school will close early today. The water will be shut off and the plan is to feed students before they go; dismiss car riders and drivers at 11:30 and all other students will go to the Middle School at noon. High school students will remain at the Middle School until parents pick them up or school dismisses...
State school board group elects officers (11/18/15)
During the closing session of the Tennessee School Boards Association's (TSBA) Annual Convention, TSBA announced its officers and board of directors for 2016. TSBA officers are: President Debbie Shedden, Hawkins County; President-Elect Wayne Blair, Rutherford County; Vice President Faye Heatherly, Campbell County; Treasurer Tim Stillings, Franklin Special; and Immediate Past-President Susan Lodal, Kingsport...
Motlow State offers GED, HiSET exams in 2015-16 (11/18/15)
A high school diploma remains the primary ticket to many entry-level jobs. In most cases, it's also the prerequisite for advancement in employment, occupational training and postsecondary education. The high school equivalency diploma provides adults with the opportunity to grow, whether it is through further education, enhanced employment or stature within the community...
Motlow campuses offer COMPASS test (11/18/15)
Motlow State Community College is offering the COMPASS Assessment Test on the Moore County, Fayetteville, McMinnville and Smyrna campuses for new students planning to enroll for the 2016 spring, summer or fall semesters. Before taking the test, students must have on file in Motlow's admissions office the following: a completed admissions application, official high school and/or college transcripts, and if applicable, official test scores. ...
FFA attends national convention (11/17/15)
On Oct. 27, the Bedford County FFA chapter traveled to Louisville, Kentucky, to compete in the 88th National FFA Convention. The chapter represented Tennessee in the National Agricultural Technology and Mechanics Systems CDE and the National Meats Evaluation and Technology CDE. ...
Cascade wins at events (11/17/15)
Cascade High School Marching Band, under the direction of David Lucich, recently traveled to Stewarts Creek High School and competed for the Division II State Marching Band Championship with their show "Mana-Tiki." A total of 21 bands participated with only 10 making it to finals. In preliminary competition, Cascade's color guard took second place. In final competition Cascade's band took third place....
Rotary Club defines 'giving' with dictionary project (11/15/15)
More than 10 years ago, Shelbyville Rotarians began a service project to help local students hone their literary skills. Each year since 2004 local club members have taken a day and visited each school in the county, distributing dictionaries to many students...
Patton earns Eagle Scout status (11/15/15)
Joseph Patton from Boy Scout Troop 307 in Wartrace has earned the highest honor a Boy Scout can earn -- Eagle Scout status. It all started 11 years ago when he was in first grade. He came home from school all excited and said, "Mom, can I go to this meeting; I really want to do this." He went and he joined as a Bobcat Cub Scout and worked his way through the ranks to Eagle. He put a lot of time and energy into earning this...
Community's gym turns 50 (11/15/15)
The Community School Alumni Association celebrated the 50-year anniversary of what is now the Community Elementary Gymnasium at its annual meeting on Sunday, Nov. 1. A crowd of about 250 was on hand to relive memories of the building that was formerly the basketball home of the Community Viking and Viqueen high school and middle school teams beginning with the 1965-66 season...
Dangerous 'catfish' doesn't refer to an aquatic animal (11/13/15)
Dear teens: "How do you know that the person who added you as a friend on Facebook doesn't already know everything about you? How do you know he's not a 55-year-old man who's been munching on a bag of Cheetos all day?" Brandon Smith spoke at the Community schools Tuesday about social media use. He is Putnam County's 911 and EMS public educator. He also travels the region talking to students about social media safety. He delivered his frank advice with doses of humor...
Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Month (11/13/15)
Brooklyn Kiker, 7, from East Side Elementary School, was named by Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County as Youth of the Month for October in the ages 6-8 division. Jordan Moreno, 9, from East Side Elementary School, was named by Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County as Youth of the Month for October in the ages 9 and older division. (Submitted photos)
Respect and honor: Local schools observe Veterans Day (11/12/15)
Bedford County elementary and middle schools marked the Veterans Day holiday with ceremonies at which local veterans -- the parents, aunts and uncles, grandmothers and grandfathers and neighbors of school children -- were honored for their service with patriotic songs and recitations...
Raise your hand! Volunteers needed to read with children (11/12/15)
An orientation session was held Tuesday for this school year's participants in the "Raise Your Hand Tennessee" program -- but that doesn't mean it's too late for additional volunteers to sign up. The program, under the auspices of United Way, places volunteers in local elementary schools -- typically for an hour a week, although that can be adjusted to fit a particular volunteer's schedule, and at least one local volunteer attends once a month...
SCHS football homecoming court (11/13/15)
The Football Homecoming Court for Shelbyville Central High School. Front row: Sarah Saddler, Queen Morgan Jennings, Olivia Doak and Payton Daugherty. Back row: Chloe Bell, Taylor Sanders, Anna Mooneyham, Briley O'Neal, Perla Arias, Romny Felts, Sarah Roesch, Miah Jones and Meygan Burris. (Submitted photo)
It's official: Wheel tax on ballot (11/11/15)
Bedford County Board of Commissioners formally approved Tuesday night what they approved in principle last month -- asking voters to approve a $50 wheel tax in a March 2016 referendum. Three-quarters of the revenue from the tax, if it is approved, will support school projects -- primarily a new building for Cascade High School -- and a state-mandated new jail. The other 25 percent will support county roads...
Cub Scouts visit hatchery (11/11/15)
Members of Cub scout Pack 476 toured the Normandy Fish Hatchery during the recent Bedford County school fall break. Nathan Singer and Barbara Bryan of the TWRA's hatchery guided the scouts through the work at the hatchery from collection of fish samples with their boats to raising fish in the ponds to stocking area lakes and rivers to improve native fish populations. From left are Kyle Cunningham, Ollie Cawthon, Brody Armstrong, Cody Duff, Levi Ralston, Cory Cunningham, Tyler Wood, Reese Cawthon, Austin Wood, Lilly Duff and Cayden Armstrong. (Submitted photo)
Friday Night (No) Lights (11/08/15)
Shelbyville Central players stretch with just one side of the stadium lights on as Nashville Electric Service crews, background, make repairs. After a long delay, the Eagles fell to host Hendersonville in the opening round of the TSSAA State Playoffs on Friday night. (T-G Photo by Gary Johnson)
Webb presents Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' (11/08/15)
"A Christmas Carol" will be presented by The Webb School Company Players as a special event, Nov. 12-15, and a holiday reception will follow each performance. Nov. 12-14 performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. with the Nov. 15 matinee set for 2:30 p.m...
Getting social, staying safe: Event helps parents keep up (11/06/15)
Private eyes may be watching you and your every move on social media. The three Community schools are having a social media expert talk to their students' parents at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10. The presentation will be at the high school, said middle school guidance counselor Marinda Grissom...
Learning Way students learn how to write code (11/05/15)
Billy Hix, Director of the Motlow College Foundation STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Outreach program, taught a Lego robotics class to a group of students at Learning Way Elementary. The point of the class is not to teach building with the popular interlocking blocks; the real lesson, said Hix, is learning to write computer code to make the robot perform as requested...
Martin College hosts night of French, Latin music (11/05/15)
Enjoy an evening of French and Latin music for cello and guitar at Martin Methodist College (MMC) featuring Duo Universalis, with Deidre Vaugh Emerson playing the cello and Carlos Enrique Gonzalez playing the guitar. The event will be held Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Gault Fine Arts Center Recital Hall on MMC's campus in Pulaski and is free to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Melissa Martiros at 931-424-7360 or mmartiros@martinmethodist.edu...
Local agent honored (11/04/15)
Allstate agency owner Amanda O'Neal received the Allstate Agency Hands in the Community Award for her commitment to helping others. With this award came a $1,000 grant from The Allstate Foundation for the Thomas Magnet School PTO, where O'Neal has volunteered as the president for the last seven years...
Webb School show cases campus to families (11/04/15)
On Nov. 13, The Webb School will open its campus to prospective students and their families for its annual Fall Visitors' Day. The daylong event begins at 9 a.m. with registration and breakfast and concludes at 3 p.m. The schedule includes a tour of the 150-acre campus, led by a current Webb student. ...
Motlow SGA promotes campus safety (11/04/15)
The Motlow College Student Government Association (SGA) recently held a campus safety event on the Moore County campus. SGA members handed out safety whistles and literature, and members of the Manchester police department visited campus to give safety tips to the campus community. From left, Manchester Chief of Police Mark Yother and Investigator Bryan Eldridge talk with Motlow student Bethany Little. (Motlow College photo)
State's scholars improve ranking (11/01/15)
Gov. Bill Haslam this week announced Tennessee students are still the fastest improving in the nation since 2011 according to the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), commonly known as the Nation's Report Card. Tennessee rose to the top half of states in fourth-grade math, ranking 25th -- the first time Tennessee has ever ranked in the top half of states in any subject or grade, the governor's office announced...
In the groove (11/01/15)
Blayton Krisle gets in the groove as he and classmates at Eakin Elementary School loosen up to the music before physical education class begins. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
A time for reading (10/30/15)
Andrea Key reads a story to a group of children at the School Age Care Program this week. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Lions' vision: Healthier students (10/30/15)
Annual vision and hearing checks for Liberty School students only take a couple of minutes, but can go a long way in preventing problems students could develop in the future. The Liberty Lions Club dropped by Tuesday for their annual round of tests...
Band Champions (10/30/15)
The Cascade Champion Marching Band recently traveled to Antioch for the Glencliff Colt Classic. The band placed 2nd in field commander, guard, percussion, and band. Out of 20 bands in the competition they placed second overall. They will travel to Stewarts Creek High School Nov. 7th for the Division II State Marching Band Championship. Pictured are: Lauren-Taylor Nash, Grant Curtis, Maison Bucka Bea Barnett, Keauna Hiles, Gabe Gibson, Peyton Cartwright, Matthew Baldwin, Joseph Patton, Katelyn Smotherman, Samantha Blanche, Tanner Craig, Faith Lollis, Katherine Smotherman, Anna Holcombe, Autumn Stone, Taylor Clark, Jessi Woodard, Gavin McCurry, MaryGrace Dennis and Conrad Golden. (Submitted photo)
'Picnic' to be presented at Community (10/30/15)
Smokestack Theatre Group at Community High School will present William Inge's drama "Picnic" 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6 and 7, at the school. The story centers around a drifter, Hal, who shows up in a small Kansas town, almost immediately drawing the suspicion of several of the local residents. One, however ("Madge"), sees something in him. But is she right?...