Schools and education
Student Council members give back
The Community Middle School Student Council recently served at the Nashville Rescue Mission -- The Women's and Children's Campus -- on two different days. The volunteers were: Jennifer Bennett, Noah Bowling, Logan Brothers, Calley Hand, Amanda Lemmons, Anna Katherine Lemmons, Macie Lemmons, Katlin Leverette, Ethan Lohn, Zachary Lohn, Gracie Simmons, Heath Waterson and Destiny Young...
Alumni barbecue supports local FFA chapter
The Future Farmers of America Alumni of Shelbyville Central High School are holding a barbecue supper on Nov. 8. The event will be at the SCHS cafeteria. Doors open at 5 p.m. Local barbecue cooking team Backwoods Smoke Shack will serve fresh meals starting at 6. The $10 tickets are available at Corner Cleaners, Select Trailer Co. and from any SCHS FFA member. Advance ticket purchase is appreciated. To buy a ticket, you may call 580-7630...
Author to discuss domestic violence
Middle Tennessee State University will observe Domestic Violence Awareness Month with a special emphasis on the role men can play in stemming the problem. Tony Porter, co-founder and co-director of "A Call to Men: The Next Generation of Manhood," will deliver an address on the subject at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, in the Tennessee Room of the James Union Building on campus...
Webb offers middle school preview
Families with children in kindergarten through 7th grade are invited to learn more about The Webb School's middle school program. Webb will hold its annual Middle School Preview from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 25. Webb is an independent college preparatory boarding/day school for grades 6-12. The oldest continuously operating private school of its kind in the South, the school is known for its dual emphasis on academic excellence and character development...
MTSU seminar discusses Bonnaroo origins
Bonnaroo began as a way to reinvigorate outdoor music festivals, its organizers said last week at MTSU, and over the last 13 years has used its business model to embrace and expand on the same peaceful, inclusive culture of the events that inspired it...
What a surprise! Returning vet reunites with children
"Now we can be a family again!" Through tears, that's what Dawson Porter said after he and the rest of his siblings were treated to a surprise reunion Monday with their father, Navy Lt. Jason Thomas Porter. It was a very well kept secret at Liberty School after Porter returned home a week early from a year spent in Bahrain -- giving his wife, Chasity, a surprise last Friday...
Sunday Conversation: Senior gets national academic award
Robert DeLease III is a senior at Cascade High School. He has been recognized for superior academic achievement by the National Society of High School Scholars. The society recognizes top scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship and community commitment...
Harris Eaglebots make robots spring to life
Harris Middle School is preparing to do its BEST in a regional robot competition. The Harris Middle School Eaglebots team will compete on Saturday, Oct. 18 in an annual event in Nashville. The Music City BEST Robotics Competition will be held at Lipscomb University. The acronyms stand for Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology...
'Scholarship Saturday' Oct. 18 at TCAT
The Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville will open up its computer lab from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18, for area high school seniors to sign up for Tennessee Promise and fill out their college applications as part of a statewide Scholarship Saturday...
Rollins named to Boys & Girls Clubs Hall of Fame
On Sept. 18, the Boys & Girls Clubs in Tennessee held their fifth annual Hall of Fame Dinner. Five individuals from across Tennessee were recognized for their achievements and work with Boys & Girls Clubs. Shelbyville native Kelly G. Rollins was one of the inductees...
Wanted: Mentors for future college students
Mentors are still needed for the Tennessee Promise scholarship program, which will offer any graduating high school senior in Tennessee free tuition for two years to either a community college, such as Motlow College, or a Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT), such as the one in Shelbyville...
Harris Homecoming Queen
Emily Crabtree was crowned Harris Middle School's homecoming queen during halftime of Tuesday night's game against Franklin County South. Her escort was Nolan King. (T-G Photo by Gary Johnson)
FFA ceremony marks Patriots Day
Cascade FFA held a flag raising ceremony on Patriots Day, Thursday, Sept.11. The chapter officers recited a poem about the history of the flag. The Pledge of Allegiance was lead by Anna Adcock. Freshman FFA member Hannah Grace Luna sang the national anthem. The flag was raised and then lowered halfway by three members. There were approximately one hundred students, staff and administrators from Cascade High School and Cascade Middle school in attendance...
Motlow hosts 'Star Party' this weekend
The Motlow College Foundation and the Motlow STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) outreach program invite the public to attend the annual October Skies Motlow College Star Party this weekend on Motlow's Moore County campus. The program is free and begins at 7 p.m. Saturday in the main parking lot...
Southside studies Johnny Appleseed
Kensey Bryan and Isaac Keto listen intently as Southside Elementary School principal Reita Vaughn reads to them about Johnny Appleseed. (Submitted photo)
School vouchers get failing grade from lobbyist
CHAPEL HILL-- School vouchers, if approved, would be "the greatest nightmare counties have ever faced," said Charles Curtiss, the executive director of Tennessee County Commissioners Association (TCCA), during a regional meeting held Monday at Henry Horton State Park...
Words from the top
Tennessee First Lady Crissy Haslam read to local children on Wednesday during a Shelbyville stop in the Governor's Books From Birth Foundation bus tour. Officials also recognized local board members and supporters of the Imagination Library program...
Chinese culture to be celebrated
The Discovery Center's relationship with MTSU's Confucius Institute will be formalized at a day of entertainment and enlightenment. Chinese Culture Celebration Day will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at the Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St. in Murfreesboro. This event is free and open to the public...
MTSU partners with Dale Carnegie Training
Since becoming dean of the Jennings A. Jones College of Business at Middle Tennessee State University just over a year ago, Dr. David Urban has had hundreds of visits with business leaders in the region to talk about the skills current students need to be workforce ready...
6 seventh graders qualify for Duke TIP Program
BELL BUCKLE -- Six Webb seventh graders have qualified for the Duke University Talent Identification Program, a nonprofit organization serving academically gifted and talented youth. This organization works with the students, their families, and their educators to challenge and engage the students so that they may reach their full potential...
Pinwheels for peace
Students at Learning Way Elementary School placed pinwheels outside the school earlier this week in a project called Pinwheels for Peace. (Submitted photos)
'Flat Jack' goes to trap championship
A high school junior is battling cancer and inspiring the people around him, including his father -- who is also his coach. Jackson Smith at Shelbyville Central High School began treatment for Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (ACL) on Friday, July 25, after being admitted to the hospital four days previously. This was about two weeks before his shotgun trap team went on to win a C-Class national title...
Homeschoolers go classical
Homeschooling is alive and well in Bedford County. At least two active associations of homeschooling parents meet weekly in the county during the school year, including the fast-growing Classical Conversations group in Bell Buckle. The group started last school year with 25 children and has grown to include about 64 children this semester, said parent LouAnn Smith. The families come not only from Bedford County but also from Murfreesboro, Christiana and Petersburg...
UPDATED: Homecoming cheers
Students at Liberty School were pumped up and ready for Thursday night's game against Westwood as Homecoming festivities continued this week, with a huge pep rally in the gym on Thursday. The Patriots won. (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
Red, white and blue
Kindergarten and first-grade students at Thomas Magnet School, and their teachers, form the shape and colors of the American flag Wednesday. Students will take on three projects this year by grade level, once per month. Kindergarten and first grades will do red, white and blue themes to learn about military service members; grades two-three will learn about the environment; and fourth-fifth graders will learn about serving other people. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Freedom's new threat: Unreasonable search
The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is intended to protect people from unreasonable search and seizure, but the USA PATRIOT Act and other changes made since 9/11 have had the effect of weakening it in some circumstances, according to discussion at Wednesday's Constitution Day observance at Motlow State Community College...
Introducing the new teachers
The Bedford County Board of Education got to meet with 81 of 82 new teachers Tuesday during a reception at Shelbyville Central High School. "We hope you all stay in Bedford County," said board chairwoman Amy Martin. Board member Glenn Forsee said, "Thank you for not going through the motions. Thank you for teaching students. You have more days ahead of you than behind you."...
82 new teachers hired
The Bedford County school system has hired 82 new educators out of about 200 applicants since the end of last school year. Human resource manager James Claybourne provided that data Tuesday during the school board meeting. Thirty out of 80 applicants from a first-ever job fair in May were hired...
Security upgrades for rural schools approved
The second phase of school security upgrades was approved Tuesday. The Bedford County Board of Education approved a $75,168.33 capital outlay for electronic upgrades to elementary schools in the unincorporated portions of the county. Phase I was carried out last year at elementary schools inside the city limits...
Professor helps shape anti-bullying policy
An MTSU business professor continues her push for a more civil workplace. Dr. Jackie Gilbert, a professor of management in the MTSU Jones College of Business, joined forces with like-minded people across the state and nation to help craft legislation and guidelines that will help do just that within government agencies...
Art exhibit opens at Motlow
Artist Meghan O'Connor recently attended a reception to open the exhibit of her work inside the Eoff Hall Art Gallery on the Motlow College Moore County campus. The exhibit will continue through Oct. 27 and is open to the public. O'Connor, left, is joined by friend Andrew Muller and Ann Smotherman, adjunct art instructor at Motlow College. (Submitted photo)
Departing Liberty SRO will miss students
"I'm speechless." There wasn't much more that departing Liberty School student resource officer Bob Filer could say as the students and staff held a surprise farewell party Thursday. "What can I say, you're my family," Filer said. "I'm going to miss all of you."...
School board attends district meeting
The 2014 Tennessee School Boards Association South Central Fall District Meeting was held Thursday. Bedford County Board of Education board members attended, as did Superintendent Don Embry and board secretary Suzanne Alexander. Local boards of education learned about the changing landscape of education advocacy, heard updates on education legislation, and were provided with an update on student First Amendment issues and Limited Public Forums at the meeting at Marshall County High School in Marshall County. ...
Veterans share written memories
The members of MTSU's Writers Corps will share their writings with the public in a special tonight. Participants in the creative writing program for military veterans and their families will read a collection of their works titled "The Places Called Home" at 7 p.m. today at Reveille Joe's, 113 N. Maple St. in Murfreesboro...
MTSU president part of higher education panel
Middle Tennessee State University President Sidney A. McPhee will be among a group of academic leaders across the state gathering to discuss the state of higher education and the push to produce career-ready graduates. The Nashville Business Journal is hosting the luncheon panel discussion, entitled "Nashville Ahead: A discussion on higher education and workforce readiness." It will be held from 11:50 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, at the Omni Nashville Hotel, 250 5th Ave. S...
Foundation grants Thomas $2,000
This week, The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded Thomas Magnet School a youth literacy grant in the amount of $2,000 to support their Thomas Magnet School Growls with Reading Intervention Technology Program. Awarded at the beginning of the academic year, youth literacy grants from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation help provide teachers, schools and organizations with the funding and resources they need to properly begin the school year...
MTSU assists in creating emergency communication center
Middle Tennessee State University has provided its expertise and resources to aid the creation of an emergency communications center that the State of Tennessee could use to inform the public and media during a state or local disaster or crisis. The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency unveiled the Multi-Agency Joint Information Center, or MAJIC, during a news conference Monday to kickoff National Preparedness Month at the Tennessee Department of Military-TEMA headquarters on Sidco Drive in Nashville.. ...
ATA contributes to Lego League program
As a partner to the Tullahoma Chapter of the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE), the Aerospace Testing Alliance (ATA) Employee and Community Activities Committee (ECAC) recently provided a $3,300 donation for the purchase of robot kits for local FIRST LEGO League (FLL) teams...
A day of honor and remembrance
Each year, a ceremony of honor and remembrance is held at the Tennessee Fallen Firefighter Memorial, on the campus of Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy on Unionville Deason Road. New names are added to the memorial plaques, and friends and family place roses on those plaques as the names are called out, solemnly, each name accompanied by the ringing of a bell...
Starting the day
Students at Liberty School start each Monday with the Pledge of Allegiance -- to a flag high above their heads in the rafters of the gymnasium, while kids still getting adjusted to kindergarten try to keep an eye on what's happening around them. (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
Sunday Conversation: Boys & Girls Club welcomes new leader
Brittany Montgomery, an Ohio native, moved to Middle Tennessee when she was young and has since then, become a true southerner. She attended the Boys and Girls' Club as a child and is now involved with the clubs as a professional. Montgomery was the Education Director of the Boys and Girls' Club of Rutherford County and has recently been named the new Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Bedford County...
New guy is familiar face
It has been a lot like homecoming every day for Liberty School's new student resource officer. After 19 years of investigations at the Bedford County Sheriff Department, Brian Farris is settling into his new job of protecting his four grandchildren and other relatives, not to mention all the other kids and staff who learn and work at the rural school...
MTSU dean's list revealed
Middle Tennessee State University has released the names and hometowns of those students who appear on the dean's list for the summer 2014 semester. To qualify for this distinction, an undergraduate student must maintain a current semester grade-point average of 3.5 or above and earn at least 12 semester hours...
MTSU participates in Dragon Boat race
The Confucius Institute at MTSU will participate in an ancient Chinese tradition that has become a modern Tennessee tradition. Rowers for the institute will compete against 38 other sponsored boats in the eighth annual Cumberland River Dragon Boat Race on Saturday in Nashville...
Raise your hand and help kids
United Way of Bedford County is again seeking volunteers for the "Raise Your Hand Tennessee" program, which places volunteers in local schools for an hour a week to help children with reading. Volunteers can work one-on-one with a child, or they can work with small or large groups, depending on the preference they express when signing up for the program. The weekly appointment can be set up to fit the volunteer's schedule. All participants must agree to a background check...
Teacher of the Week nominees sought
American Paper & Twine Co., Titans Radio and Georgia-Pacific Communication Papers announced that Amanda Short from Mt. Carmel Elementary School in Hawkins County was selected as the Teacher of the Week for week one of the Titans 2014 football season...
Signs of progress rise at library
Recent progress is shown at the site of Shelbyville and Bedford County's future library, which has a target completion date of March 2015. (T-G Photo by Sadie Fowler)
Henderson named TCATM valedictorian
ChinaŠ Henderson has been named 2014 valedictorian at Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Murfreesboro. The Shelbyville resident received her diploma in Dental Assisting at the college's commencement ceremony on Thursday, Aug. 14. "China√°'s outstanding academic record, along with her dedication to the college, helped her achieve this highest honor," said Suzanne Dowdle, instructor at TCATM. ...
Three local schools rank high in state
Thomas Magnet, Community Elementary and Eakin Elementary are among the top schools in the state for student performance, according to the Tennessee Department of Education. The department released several sets of school data last week. The department released its annual list of Reward Schools last week, with the three local institutions included. The state also released its list of Priority Schools and Focus Schools; Bedford County did not have any schools listed in those categories...
Sunday Conversation: New principal is farm girl at heart
Dr. LeEllen B. Carter is the new principal of Thomas Magnet School. She was promoted to the job from assistant principal after Janice Womble retired. If you would like to nominate someone for Sunday Conversation contact editor Sadie Fowler at email@example.com...
New assistant principals named
Bedford County Superintendent Don Embry has named two new assistant principals. Tracy Watson, guidance counselor at Cascade Elementary School, has been named the new assistant principal at Thomas Magnet School. Robyn Ayres, teacher at Learning Way Elementary School, has been named the new assistant principal at Cascade Elementary School...
Eakin celebrates Celebration
Eakin Elementary School is celebrating The Celebration in a special way this week. The school cafeteria dressed out its food serving line with Tennessee walking horse items, including show ribbons, trophies, toy horses and a walking horse platter...
Reward Schools to be named
The state will release the names of two or three local Reward Schools on Thursday, Superintendent Don Embry says. Reward Schools are those the Tennessee Department of Education identifies annually as having the highest overall performance or growth...
Taking the message on the road
Big G Express professional driver Danny Smith, presented a program on highway safety to Coach Kevin Thomas's Drivers Ed class at Shelbyville Central High School this past Monday. As a Road Team Captain, Danny takes the message of highway safety across Tennessee. The goal of Tennessee's Road Team is to create a safe driving environment and save lives on our highways by educating motorists on how to safely share the road with large trucks...
Cascade interim principal named
Sherry Crawford, assistant principal at Cascade Elementary School, has been named interim principal for the 2014-15 school year. The change will be effective Sept. 1, according to an email from Don Embry, Bedford County superintendent. "We would like to wish Mrs. Crawford the very best in her new role," Embry said...
Law firm gives to Thomas Magnet
Bobo, Hunt, White and Burk Law Firm, gold sponsors, made a donation to Thomas Magnet School's STEM Lab (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). Thomas is striving to create a STEM lab to focus on science, technology, engineering and math as an innovative educational experience for students. Pictured are: Ginger Shofner, Dr. LeEllen Carter, principal, and Todd Bobo. (Submitted photo)
Three former local principals deserve kudos
I'm still a relative newcomer, so I don't know a lot of the rich history of the local school system, although I've worked hard to learn pieces of it as the Times-Gazette's education reporter. However, I have noticed one thing -- Bedford County produces great educators...
State's top principal leaves
Tennessee Principal of the Year Martha Fisher is retiring from Cascade Elementary School to accept a job as an educational consultant. Fisher is taking a job with EdProDevelopment Inc. She said she will stay with Cascade until the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration...
Head Start taking applications
All Bedford County Head Start programs are now taking applications for enrollment. Head Start is a free child development program for children and their families. Families should meet financial eligibility requirements or require special needs. To apply, parents will need verification of income and proof of child's birth. All interested parties may sign up...
MTSU expecting 853 to graduate Aug. 9
Middle Tennessee State University's upcoming summer 2014 commencement ceremony, set for Saturday, Aug. 9, will celebrate a lifetime of educational achievement for more than 850 students. The ceremony, which will begin at 10 a.m. Aug. ...
Aymett again named master teacher
Regan Aymett, a first grade teacher at Learning Way Elementary, has been selected as a National Education Association (NEA) science master teacher. BetterLesson, which partners with NEA on the program, announced the latest cohort of 65 NEA science master teachers from 23 states across the country. ...
Back to class
Teacher Holly Steiner welcomes a student to the first day of school Monday at Cascade Elementary School. See more photos at http://www.t-g.com/gallery/back-to-school-2014. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Free meals offered for all students
When students return to school this week, they will be able to eat for free. The Bedford County school system is participating in a U.S. Department of Agriculture program to provide free breakfast and lunch to every public school student, regardless of income, Assistant Superintendent Karen Scoggins said. Some other Middle Tennessee school systems, including Metro Schools in Nashville, are also taking part...
Teaching system rewards, reinforces good behavior
"Mind your manners" will take on more meaning this year at most area schools. All but three schools are enacting a new procedure to encourage positive student behavior. The program, titled "School-wide Positive Behavior Support," teaches positive behavior...
Sunday Conversation: Lemmons enjoys 20 years of teaching English
Amanda Lemmons has been a teacher in Bedford County for 20 years. She is currently teaches 11th grade English at Community High School. T-G: Tell us a little about yourself and your family. LEMMONS: Maya Angelou once said, "I sustain myself with the love of family." Besides my relationship with God, there is nothing in this world more important to me than family. ...
$50 K grant helps Webb build leaders with integrity
Building leaders is a hallmark of The Webb School, and a 50,000 matching grant from the Edward E. Ford Foundation will help the school continue to prepare students to be confident, effective contributors in their communities. The grant will fund the creation of the "Fostering Student Initiative Program," a new curriculum model to enhance the boarding experience of upper school residential students and to strengthen and promote leadership throughout the student body. ...
'Barefoot in the Park' reunites Smokestack alumni
Smokestack Theatre at Community High School has a summer production each year, which gives the school's alumni a chance to come back and take the stage once more. This year's summer play is Neil Simon's comedy "Barefoot In The Park," which will be presented Aug. 8-10 at the school...
Enrollment open for homeschool program
Enrollment is open for The Farm School Satellite Campuses program, an umbrella program for home-based learners throughout Tennessee. The Farm School's Satellite Campuses program offers the opportunity for families to create their own curriculum. For more information, visit www.TheFarmSchool.tv or call 931-964-2325...
College for free in state
Incoming high school seniors are being given a chance to do something their parents or grandparents never did -- go to college for free. There are a number of caveats and hoops to jump through with the program, Tennessee Promise, but the opportunity is valuable: two years of higher education with no tuition or fees. ...
Stuffing the Bus
Volunteers were helping to "Stuff the School Bus" in front of Regions Bank Wednesday, collecting school supplies that will be distributed to 14 of the county's schools. From left: United Way executive director Dawn Holley, Vickie Hull of Regions Bank and Dusty Sewell. Other collection boxes are set up at a number of local business. (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
Womble leaves Thomas position
Janice Womble, principal of Thomas Magnet School, has retired from the Bedford County school system. Dr. LeEllen Carter, assistant principal, has been named to the head position, Superintendent Don Embry said. Womble had another job opportunity, Embry said...
Mentors needed for tuition program
More than 25,000 Tennessee students are expected to apply for a free tuition program, and mentors are needed to help them navigate the lengthy process. Tennessee Promise will pay for two years' tuition for qualifying colleges (see main story on Page 1). Before they are enrolled, they must attend two sessions with mentors, said one of those mentors, Wayne Dillingham...
Surviving a shooter
Brice Allen, a training advisor with the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, delivers a speech titled, "How to Survive an Active Shooter" on Monday during teacher professional development training. Allen provided such information as red flags of a shooter. Bedford County teachers took development training at Shelbyville Central High School earlier this week in preparation for back-to-school starting Aug. 4 (an abbreviated day). (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
TCAT-Shelbyville helps produce McClenney plaque
Tennessee College of Applied Technology -- Shelbyville has a mission of workforce development, supplying highly-skilled workers to the community and giving local citizens the tools they need to improve their own situations. That mission, say TCAT officials, is enhanced by real-world projects on which students can work during their time at the school...
Dixon awarded Purity Dairies scholarship
Jenny Dixon of Shelbyville was recently awarded a $1,000 Purity Dairies Scholarship Award from the Tennessee Grocers Education Foundation. Dixon was recognized on June 14 at the annual convention of the Tennessee Grocers & Convenience Store Association held at the Music City Center...
Back-to-school sales tax holiday nears
With school starting soon, parents are looking for the best bargains they can find. Help is here. Tennesseans can buy certain items without paying sales tax Friday through Sunday. Shoppers can save nearly 10 percent on clothing, school supplies and computers...
Stuff a bus, help needy students get ahead
United Way of Bedford County's annual "Stuff the School Bus" school supply drive is well underway. A manned collection event was held July 19 at Walmart, and a second is planned for 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Wednesday at Regions Bank on the square. Unmanned collection boxes are set up at numerous local businesses...
Stuff the School Bus returns
United Way of Bedford County's annual "Stuff the School Bus" collection drive is now underway; drop-boxes have been placed at participating local businesses. School supplies are being sought and are distributed to the 14 schools serving Bedford County children. For more information, call 684-6685. (Submitted photo)
Mobile units bring equivalency testing as GED alternative
The Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development is offering a new service, via the department's three "Career Coach" vehicles, to Tennesseans lacking a high school diploma. The mobile Career Centers have become certified testing sites for the new High School Equivalency Test (HiSET)...
Bedford County Imagination Library's goal is to provide a free book to any child 5 years or younger. Registration forms are at the library, pediatricians offices and day cares. Donations are appreciated; they may be taken to the library. For more information, call Luci Taylor at 931-703-6764 or at home after 5 p.m. at 931-684-2557...
Kroger hosts school supply drive
Kroger is hosting a School Supply Drive now through Aug. 5 to help support public schools in Middle Tennessee. Customers are encouraged to purchase a $6 pre-assembled school supply kit or any other school supply items of their choice and place the donations in the special drop-off bins at the front of the stores...
Youth theater group reunites for 'Outsiders'
Five years after its founding, Community Middle School's Stage 13 Productions is going back to its roots. The group's first-year members are reuniting for new performances of "The Outsiders" -- the play that kicked off the group. Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Community Middle's auditorium. Admission is $3...
Webb welcomes Hoover to admissions dept.
Aimee Hoover, a Murfreesboro resident with a background in teaching and marketing, has joined The Webb School in Bell Buckle as assistant director of admissions. Hoover's main responsibility is to introduce Webb, its curriculum and programs to prospective students and families. The primary recruiting focus will be Webb's day markets. These day markets include cities located in Bedford, Cannon, Coffee, Rutherford, and Warren counties...
Donate school supplies at area Kroger stores
Kroger is hosting a school supply drive now through Aug. 5 to help support public schools in Middle Tennessee. Customers are encouraged to purchase a $6 pre-assembled school supply kit or any other school supply items of their choice and place the donations in the special drop-off bins at the front of the stores...
FFA members learn leadership
During the week of June 23-27, 14 members of Cascade FFA attended the Tennessee FFA Leadership Camp at Camp Clements in Doyle. While at camp the members attended an officer class, special interest class, local program success class and competed in numerous sporting events and competitions...
4-H mixes old, new activities
4-H's fabled clover is turning over a new leaf as it works to attract a new generation of children. The Bedford County 4-H program wants to entice children to join, said extension agent Jeffrey Hester. So, the program is adding such new activities as science experiments and cardio workshops while keeping its existing fare of sewing and agriculture projects...
DREMC sends students on 2014 Washington Youth Tour
A record number of young people from electric cooperative service areas in 43 states -- including more than 150 students representing Tennessee co-ops -- visited Washington, D.C., in June for the 2014 Washington Youth Tour, spending time with elected officials and taking in the historic, interesting sites of our nation's capital...
Embry gets good grades
School Superintendent Don Embry's contract was renewed for one year by the Bedford County Board of Education during its meeting Tuesday. His contract, which began last year, was for three years -- through 2016, Chairwoman Amy Martin said. Now, the contract will run through 2017...
Novak joins Confucius Institute
MTSU's Confucius Institute has hired a former Bedford County educator to help promote Chinese language and culture in area K-12 schools. Mike Novak, most recently principal of Liberty School, became the institute's new assistant director July 1. "I am very excited to be part of the team at the Confucius Institute," said Novak. "I look forward to expanding educational opportunities for Tennessee and China...
Sunday Conversation: From Shelbyville to the SEC, and back again
Shelbyville native and SEC football legend Whit Taylor is happy to live in Bedford County. Taylor, who played quarterback during a successful period for Vanderbilt University in the early 1980s, is principal at Shelbyville Central High School and has just finished his 24th year in education...
Fellowship to address education issues
The State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) is launching the Tennessee Educator Fellowship, a program that will provide Tennessee teachers an opportunity to have a greater impact on key state-level education policy issues. The Tennessee Educator Fellows will be led by Tennessee teacher Cicely Woodard...
Thomas Magnet goes global
Thomas Magnet School is partnering with an international network of businesses and schools working to improve their communities. The school is the first in Tennessee and one of only 60 in the Ashoka's Changemaker Schools Network, said principal Janice Womble. Thomas is one of 22 schools inducted for the upcoming school year, according to Ashoka's website...
Graham seeks re-election to commission
Denise Graham has announced her candidacy for re-election to a 7th district seat on Bedford County Board of Commissioners in the Aug. 7 general election. She has been married to Chad Graham for 21 years, and has 2 children, Nikita and Daryl. Graham, a registered nurse for 11 years, works at Stone Crest Medical Center in Smyrna. A 1990 graduate of Shelbyville Central High School, she completed her RN training at Motlow State Community College in 2003...
Youths of the month
Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County Youths of the Month for June.
Webb student's poetry published
A student at The Webb School is a published poet with pieces included in two poetry collections and also has had a speech accepted for publication. Shelbyville resident Keaton Pendergrast, who will be a 10th grader at Webb this fall, has had his poem "Only Peace" published by America Library of Poetry in a book titled "Discovered," and his poem "Love Is" published by Creative Communication in a book titled "A Celebration of Poets" (Fall 2013). ...
Webb teachers receive math training
Two math faculty members at The Webb School recently shared a 2014 grant from the Jon Frere Fund for Faculty Development to learn more about "Exeter Math," a problem-based approach to math classes. Teddy Schaffer and Karla Vogt attended the Anja S. Greer Conference on Mathematics, Science, and Technology at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, N.H...
Feeding and reading: Groups join to meet needs
Feeding kids is only part of the battle when it comes to taking care of the least of these. Two local organizations are working together to take care of multiple needs for children. The Johnson Residential Group, founder of the Summer Feed Program, and The Center for Family Development are expanding their partnership to provide more services this summer. ...
Collars go to class, except on school shirts
The Bedford County Board of Education clarified its dress code policy as part of a potpourri of topics during a special called meeting Monday. The board had altered the dress code during its regular June meeting two weeks ago. On Monday, the board cleaned up the policy's language to make clear that collared shirts are required unless the student is wearing a school-approved T-shirt. ...
Homeschool open house
The Bedford County Homeschool Enrichment Program (HEP) held an open house Wednesday at First Baptist Church on Depot Street. HEP is run by parents who homeschool their children and allows them to share resources, hold joint classes like science labs and socialize. During the open house, Daphnie Flanigan (left, in sunglasses) plays with a toy while Ava Spears holds a tablet that another girl comes over to play with. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Homeschool kids show creative sides
They've never spent a day in a classroom, but these two children have received a hands-on education that includes drawing illustrations and building erupting volcanoes. Sierra and Alex Johanson participate in the Bedford County Homeschool Enrichment Program (HEP) as well as a homeschool program in Tullahoma...
TCAT among nation's best
The Computer Information Technology program at Tennessee College of Applied Technology/Shelbyville was one of six programs nationwide to win the inaugural "Excellence in Action" awards from the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc)...
Harton partners with Imagination Library
Harton Regional Medical Center has partnered with the Coffee County Imagination Library, the Tennessee Governor's Books from Birth Foundation, and the Dolly Parton Imagination Library Foundation recently by providing the babies born at HRMC their first Imagination Library book, "The Little Engine That Could."...
Webb official takes part in admission program
Jamison Fee, The Webb School director of college counseling, was one of six visiting faculty members invited to participate in the McNab Alumni Legacy College Admission Program at Davidson College on June 5-6. The invited faculty members were high school guidance professionals and college deans of admission from five states. The program is open to children and grandchildren of Davidson alumni who are rising 11th and 12th graders...
Caroline Whitaker (left) of Shelbyville and Reagan Lynch of Bell Buckle work on a project in the "Slimy Science" class as part of the Summer Program at The Webb School. Students studied absorbency, mixtures/reactions, polymers/molecule chains, lipids and denaturing using non-toxic household ingredients. In its second year, the summer program offered three weeks of day camp focusing on science, technology, robotics, art, Chinese and outdoor skills for rising fourth-eighth graders. Also part of the program, were SAT math and English prep courses and girls and boys basketball and soccer camps. (Submitted photo)
Webb lists 4th quarter honor rolls
The Webb School recently announced its A and B honor rolls for the fourth quarter of the 2013-14 school year. An independent college preparatory day/boarding school for grades 6-12, The Webb School is the oldest continuously operating school of its kind in the South. The school has a dual emphasis on academic excellence and character development...
Clanton named 'student of excellence'
Chase Lee Clanton of Shelbyville has been recognized by the United States Achievement Academy as a student of excellence in advanced placement, fine arts, honor roll, language arts, leadership, mathematics, science and Social Studies. He attends Harris Middle School and was nominated by guidance counselor Margaret Ann Cobb. He will be a freshman this fall at Shelbyville Central High School...
Dr. Love donations
The Student Council from Community Middle School recently purchased gifts for Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt with proceeds from the Dr. Love fundraiser in February. Sitting (from left): Noah Bowling, Ethan Lohn, Gabby Hunt, Macie Lemmons, Logan Brothers, Destiny Young, Calley Hand, Mackenzie Newkirk and Katlin Leverette. Standing (from left): Grayson Garrette, Zachary Lohn, Anna Katherine Lemmons, Heath Waterson and Gracie Simmons. (Submitted photo)
Sunday Conversation: Principal leaves Liberty to promote Chinese culture
Mike Novak has worked as a teacher and principal in Bedford County. Now, he will work to spread knowledge about Chinese culture in schools across the state in a new job at Middle Tennessee State University. If you have a nomination for Sunday Conversation email firstname.lastname@example.org...
'Positive energy': UT coach praises Boys & Girls Club
University of Tennessee fans, many decked out in orange and white, turned out by the hundreds for the chance to see and meet Volunteer head football coach Butch Jones Thursday night -- but the true purpose of the event was to honor and support the Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County...
New style in school as dress code relaxes
Parents have been asking for more details about the new relaxed dress code for secondary school students, so School Superintendent Don Embry is sharing additional examples of how students may dress. Previously, secondary school students were required to wear solid-color collar shirts. ...
Dugan named to honor roll
Victoria Dugan of Shelbyville was named to the honor roll at Bethel University for spring 2014. To qualify for the honor roll, a traditional student must have an average of 3.7 or above on 12 or more simultaneous academic hours with no grade below C...
UPDATED: Legislators call for Huffman to resign
The debate surrounding delayed TCAP scores continues to grow heated, with 15 lawmakers calling for the ouster of the state's embattled education commissioner and the governor's office calling the request a "political stunt."...
SCHS Annex offers hands-on education
Shelbyville Central's technical education annex is one of the area's hidden gems. Walk into the SCHS Annex any day, and you will see real examples of the students' education. "Each program at the SCHS CTE Annex is student driven and our students take pride in the facility by contributing to it," said Mike McCoin, the assistant principal who oversees the school's Career-Technical Education Annex...
Summer program offers free food
Free breakfast and lunch is always a good deal, and it's being offered this summer to kids 18 and younger. The USDA's Summer Food Service Program is offering the meals at a variety of sites across Shelbyville Monday through Friday, with the exception of July 4...
Style's back in school
Bedford County schools are going a little more casual. The Board of Education on Tuesday adopted a more relaxed dress code that will be mandatory for students in grades 6-12 systemwide. The system's secondary school principals collaborated on the list, said Suzanne Alexander, board secretary. The dress code will be voluntary for elementary school students, according to the policy...
Neeley seeks another term on school board
Diane Neeley has announced her candidacy for re-election to the 4th District seat on Bedford County Board of Education in the Aug. 7 general election. Neeley, a Bedford county native, has lived in the Wheel area for the past 30 years. Neeley currently serves as the board's vice chair. ...
Day of Action brings reading to nature
United Way of Bedford County and Argie Cooper Public Library will host their annual Day of Action Friday from 9-10 a.m. at H.V. Griffin Park and encourage kids to come out and attend the free event. The theme is "Reading in Nature," and United Way executive director Dawn Holley said the suggested age range would be about 5 to 10 years old...
Bonnaroo is students' training ground
MTSU students John Coulston and Kimi Thompson are enjoying this year's Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival from a unique vantage point. They are among a select team from the College of Mass Communication providing multimedia coverage of the world-famous music event for The Tennessean and other media platforms, thanks to a partnership initiated by Dean Ken Paulson...
Where there's a mill, there's a way: School hosts contest
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville hosted a machine tool technology competition Wednesday in which eight students competed. Chuck Holcomb, the college's machine tool technology instructor, served as host. He and Mike Huddleston, a metal working specialist with JPW Industries of La Vergne, served as judges...
The School Age Care Program (SACP) played a life-size version of "Candy Land" on Thursday at Eakin Elementary School, which proved to be a hit with the children.
Local student on Belmont dean's list
Emily Coffey of Petersburg qualified for the spring 2014 dean's list at Belmont University in Nashville. Eligibility is based on a minimum course load of 12 hours and a quality grade point average of 3.5 with no grade below a C. Emily, the daughter of Michael and Christy Coffey, is majoring in English with a literature emphasis and minoring in Education. She is an active member of the Education Honors Society, Kappa Delta Pi...
Several teachers rehired
Bedford County schools have rehired 21 non-tenured teachers this summer. At the end of the school year, the system had placed 49 non-tenured educators on the non-retain list. Several of those teachers had spoken out with concerns over the non-rehire process...
FFA wins forestry, leadership awards
On May 30-31, the Bedford County FFA Chapter of Shelbyville Central High School traveled to Doyle, Tenn., to compete in the Tennessee State FFA Forestry competition. This was the first time that the chapter had ever competed in this event. The members who competed were Jordin Hockaday, Jackson Smith, Hunter Lemmon and Jessie Sanders. ...
Wartrace alumni banquet held
The 69th Annual Wartrace High School Alumni Banquet was held April 26 at Cascade High School. Alumni Association President John Bramblett welcomed those in attendance for a time of lunch and fellowship. Memorabilia gathered by association historian Carolyn Smotherman was on display...
Building a better life
Lamon Kounlavong had been out of high school a few years and was getting tired of working at a well-known chain restaurant in Murfreesboro. He wanted more pay, and better benefits, and not to have to work weekends. He wanted to improve himself. So Kounlavong, 27, enrolled in the auto body program at Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Shelbyville...
Advanced degree boosts educator
Winding up his first year as an assistant principal at Cascade High School, Neil Watson will head into his second year even more confident after graduating this spring from the administrative licensure program at Middle Tennessee State University. Before becoming an assistant principal, Watson spent several years in the classroom as a science and social studies teacher. ...
TCAP scores delay earns failing grade
Some lawmakers are continuing to question a delay in the release of student testing results. In late May, the Tennessee Department of Education delayed the release of TCAP quick scores, which are used in many students' final grades. However, the department released the results a week sooner than it had initially indicated...
SCHS Class of 1964
Shelbyville Central High School class of 1964 held its 50-year reunion Saturday, May 24, at River Bend Country Club. (Submitted photos)
Community graduate receives art scholarship
Tyler Cowan has received a $4,400 art scholarship. Cowan is the son of Donald and Stacy Skebo and graduated from Community High School. Nossi College of Art in Goodlettsville awarded Cowan with the Mahtaban Scholarship, a scholarship designed to reward an artist for his or her creative talents in the arts. ...
Water flowingnear Liberty
Water is now running freely through a culvert under State Route 130, and some county-owned property near Liberty School is being drained as a result. "It's draining at this time," said neighbor Gene Ray, who had been concerned about the flooding, on Tuesday afternoon...
Non-tenure educators lose jobs
The Bedford County school system decided not to renew contracts for 49 non-tenured eductators at the end of the academic year, records show. Twenty-one of those have accepted new jobs in the school system already, officials say. Others, like Angelica Wortham, would like to continue teaching in Bedford County, but have expressed doubt that they would be rehired...
Ascend awards $12K in school scholarships
For the 12th consecutive year, Ascend Federal Credit Union is raising the educational possibilities for its members with $1,000 scholarships. This year, Ascend increased the number of awards for its annual scholarship program from 10 to 12. Among the winners is Shelbyville Central High School graduate Daniel Krieg...
Graduates receive MTAR scholarships
The Middle Tennessee Association of Realtors (MTAR) recently presented college scholarships to five high school seniors in the eight-county area served by the Association. Three of the scholarships awarded were presented to Bedford County graduating seniors at their high school awards ceremonies. These students were chosen from over 92 applications in the eight-county area...
Bedford County valedictorians, salutatorians
Alexi Dare Gordon graduated with a 100.79 numeric average. She is the daughter of Neal and Kanya Gordon. Her academic achievements include: awards for academic excellence in Honors English I, Honors English II and Honors English III; academic excellence in Honors Physical Science, Biology and Chemistry; academic excellence in Honors World Geography; academic award in Spanish I and II; participant in National Spanish Exam; participant in MTSU Math Contest for two years; Vanderbilt book award; academic awards in U.S. ...
Cascade student receives FFA award
Karra Noel Feck has received Cascade High School has received the school's highest agricultural honor, the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award by the Monsanto Co. The award is based on excellence in academics, leadership and agricultural work experience. Feck's accomplishments included chapter president, Tennessee scholar and safety day coordinator...
Walker honored by Tennessee Tech
Coleman Walker of Wartrace received the Virginia Wilcox Johnson scholarship from Tennessee Tech University's College of Business. Walker is a sophomore studying basic business at TTU and a graduate of The Webb School in Bell Buckle. He was one of more than 100 students to receive a scholarship from the College of Business this spring. The college distributed $155,000 this spring to its top students...
Honor Rolls, 6/1/14
Cascade Elementary School Principal's List Fifth Grade Joshua Adcock, Farrayn Arnold, James Atwood, Emma Baty, Alyssa Brown, Hannah Clay, Seth Cloud, Jason Clukey, Seth Countess, Katie Cowart, Madalyn Crosslin, Chloe DeLease, Cody Doss, Erin Douglas, Elijah Garcia, Haley Gentry, Hailey Holder, Bryson Holt, Mallory Houchin, Emily Houle, Tori Hull, Sydney Jones, Hailee Jurewicz, Landon Lane, William Lane, Seth Locke, Samuel Maddox, Trenton Marlin, McCenzie McAnally, AshleyAunna McDaniels, Levi Mitchell, Bailey Olive, Kyler Parker, Seth Perry, Charles Phillips, Blaise Presley, Connor Prim, Adam Reeves, Alyssa Rhodes, Reanna Richards, Payton Riddle, Tyler Sabin, Kristin Schuler, Helenna Simpson, Kathleen Sintic, Elijah Smith, Brody Westlake, Lauren Williams, Alexia Youngblood, Araceli Zamorano.. ...
Davis graduates Magna Cum Laude from UTK
Grant Davis graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville on May 7 with a degree in biosystems engineering. He was a member of the Chancellor's Honors Program and served as Student Services director in the Student Government Association...
Haslam defends delay on TCAP
NASHVILLE (AP) -- Gov. Bill Haslam says state education officials were simply being cautious when they initially decided to delay the release of students' assessment scores. The Department of Education had informed school superintendents that the delay in TCAP scores was needed because of a change in assessments. The scores are used in the calculation of final grades for students primarily in grades 3 through 8...
Dial graduates from St. Catharine College
Charles Lyman Dial of Shelbyville graduated on May 10 from St. Catharine College with a degree in liberal arts/natural sciences.
St. Catharine College is in St. Catharine, Ky.
Community holds drama banquet
Recently, Community High's Smokestack Theatre Group held its 20th annual End of the Year Show, an evening designed to pay tribute to the work of the school's drama students...
A new chapter: Now library work starts
There has actually been heavy earth-moving equipment at the site for a couple of weeks now, but for ceremonial purposes, ground was broken Tuesday for a new library to serve Bedford County. Tennessee First Lady Crissy Haslam was among the dignitaries participating in the ceremony...
State releases TCAP scores
The Tennessee Department of Education reversed course late Friday and released TCAP scores for thousands of students across the state. The department had previously said last Tuesday -- at the last minute -- that it would take 10 additional days to release the results. ...
Summer's here: Time for fun!
Liberty School students celebrate the end of the school year -- and two-plus months of summer fun ahead -- as the final full class day of the year concludes Thursday. Today's abbreviated day was the last until August. (Photo by Angelica Wortham)
TCAP doesn't make grade
A delay in TCAP scores will not slow down students from receiving their year-end grades, Bedford County Superintendent Don Embry said Thursday morning. The Tennessee Department of Education informed school systems this week that it will not be able to issue TCAP scores in time to calculate final grades for students in levels 3-8...
Science camps offered by HOSC
The Hands-On Science Center in Tullahoma will have a series of summer science camps this year. The camps run from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., although before- and after-care is available at an additional cost. The camps include: *Science Sleuth CSI, June 17-18...
TCAT students compete in SkillsUSA
TCAT-Shelbyville students recently participated in the 2014 Tennessee Post Secondary SkillsUSA State Conference. Student medalists are: l Gold - Marie Grieshaber, Extemporaneous Speaking l Gold - Rebecca Grieshaber, Related Technical Math l Gold - Blake Hargrove, 3D Animation...
Cascade Elementary supports Relay For Life
Anna Chamblee, a member of Jo Davis' fourth grade class at Cascade Elementary School, organized a school spirit week to benefit the American Cancer Society Relay For Life. She raised $647. Chamblee is the daughter of Terry and Samantha Chamblee; her mother is a former Relay For Life volunteer in Bedford County who now works for the American Cancer Society. Relay For Life will take place 6 p.m. May 30 through 6 a.m. May 31 at Bedford County Agriculture and Education Center. For more information, go to http://relayforlife.org/bedfordtn. (Submitted photo)
Tankersley motions to be heard in July
Motions will be heard July 31 in Circuit Court involving a former Community Middle School teacher and coach facing charges relating to an alleged incident involving a student. On July 31, four motions filed by defense attorney Raymond Fraley on behalf of James William Tankersley, who is accused of aggravated sexual battery by an authority figure, will be heard...
Balloon release for Garner
Joe Weston Pitner, brother of the late Garner Pitner, releases a balloon, followed by the entire sixth grade class at Liberty School, as part of the ribbon cutting for the new playground dedicated in his honor Friday. The school raised $12,000 for new playground equipment. Garner died in a traffic accident last May and would have been in the sixth grade. See more photos at http://www.t-g.com/gallery/garnerliberty (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
Shelbyville Central graduation
Shelbyville Central High principal Whit Taylor gives marching orders to graduates Saturday morning in the Hall of Fame room at Calsonic Arena. (T-G Photos by John I. Carney) A new Shelbyville Central High School graduate accepts congratulations following commencement exercises Saturday morning at Calsonic Arena...
Tears of joy flow down the cheeks of Dottie Warrick after her son, Community High School graduating senior Gabe Warrick, gave her a rose and a hug Friday night. (T-G Photos by Jim Davis) Twins Ali and Abi Armstrong, Community High School graduating seniors, arrive at Calsonic Arena and wave to some of their classmates before the ceremonies begin Friday night...
Liberty field day
With the school year nearing an end, it was time for the kids at Liberty School to burn off all that excess energy during their annual Field Day, held on Friday. (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
Brain and body: Students get active with GoNoodle
Who says PE can't be educational as well as healthy? A partnership between Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee (through the Tennessee Health Foundation) and a company called GoNoodle has resulted in some Bedford County elementary students having the chance to do school work while working out...
Woman accused of drug deal near school
The Coffee County grand jury has indicted a Shelbyville woman for selling drugs in a school zone. Katrina Kay Smith, 27, of Fairground Heights, was arrested last Thursday on charges of manufacture/delivery/sell of a controlled substance and being in possession of drugs in a school zone...
Conference focuses on Alzheimer's disease
A free Alzheimer's disease caregivers conference will be held Thursday at Motlow State Community College. The conference will be from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Motlow's Marcum Technology Building. The Alzheimer's Association Mid-South Chapter is hosting the 19th annual Tullahoma Caregiver Conference along with the South Central Area Agency on Aging and Disability, Life Care Center of Tullahoma and Lynchburg Nursing Home...
Bell Buckle, Eagleville teens win $100K scholarships
Elizabeth Hernandez-Ibarra, a member of Bell Buckle United Methodist Church, and Cassidy Shockey, a member of Eagleville United Methodist Church, have been selected as the newest Alford Scholars at Martin Methodist College in Pulaski. They become the 27th and 28th recipients of the full-tuition Alford Church Leader Scholarships, which were first awarded in 2001, and they will enroll in the fall of 2014. ...
Shelbyville Central High School's new art club recently took a field trip to the Frist Center for the Visual Arts (pictured) and the Parthenon in Nashville. (Submitted photo)
Leadership Bedford graduates
2014 Adult Leadership Bedford graduates. Front (from left): Julie Farris, Camilla Kleindienst, Dana Rodriguez, Corrine Harris, Teresa Sampson and Kay Young. Back (from left): Jason Williams, Jamey Owen, Kelley Collier, Bryan Nerren and Tim Chapman. Absent: Brittany Davis. (Submitted photo)
Students meet their environment
What do Smokey the Bear, chicks, dairy cows and school children have to do with one another? They're all part of Environment Week at the Bedford County Agriculture Center. The program started 17 years ago to teach children about their environment, said Gay Ervin, University of Tennessee extension program assistant. Ervin said she founded the program, which has provided elementary school students with hands-on learning for 16 years (one year was cancelled due to bad weather)...
Five school buses may be in budget
New buses are one of the details officials are hammering out to create a new school budget. The Bedford County Board of Education finance committee met Tuesday to work on the preliminary budget. The 2014-2015 fiscal year preliminary school budget calls for up to five buses to replace older vehicles, at a potential cost of $463,000. The school system periodically rotates the buses in its fleet...
Putting their best feet forward
Xavier Hamler, principal at East Side School, and Yvonne McChristian dance to the music during the school's Block Party last week. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Bedford County FFA competes across state
The Bedford County FFA Chapter of Shelbyville Central High School traveled to Knoxville recently to compete in the Tennessee State FFA Meat Evaluation contest. The team placed third in the state, first in the Middle Tennessee Region, and first in District X. Each team member placed in the top 10 individually. The members of the team were Jordin Hockaday-third high individual, Hunter Lemmon-sixth high individual, Jackson Smith-seventh high individual, and Jessica Sanders-10th high individual...
School superintendent recovering from heart attack
Bedford County Schools Superintendent Don Embry continues to recover from a heart attack. Assistant Superintendent Karen Scoggins said today that Embry had contacted her. "He texted me this morning, and he's doing very well," she said. Embry was airlifted on Wednesday evening to Vanderbilt University Medical Center after having a heart attack. Doctors performed a triple bypass on Thursday...
Passport to Manhood
Passport to Manhood is a Boys & Girls Club program that seeks to instill values and a moral compass in young boys that will assist them in their journey from adolescence to manhood. The boys attend a weekly meeting at the club and learn a different lesson each week. Those that completed the program graduated last week and received a special T-shirt. Those that scored highest on their post-test were treated to a dinner at Legends...
City budget hit hard by state law
A change in state law dealing with the mixed drink tax will result in some decrease in revenue for Shelbyville. It does not mean that taxes will be going up, instead, cuts will have to be made to the budget, the city manger said. In the early 1980s, a state law provided that mixed drink tax proceeds collected where liquor by the drink is allowed would be distributed 50 percent to the city or county and the other half to local schools...
Townes honored by Mary Baldwin College
During Mary Baldwin College's Reunion weekend in Staunton, Va., Jane Townes of Shelbyville was awarded the Emily Smith Medallion. Named in honor of distinguished MBC alumna Emily McKelden Smith, this award was created by the MBC Board of Trustees to honor an alumnus who has made outstanding contributions to her or his community, church, the college, and the Commonwealth of Virginia...
Local kid heads to prestigious science fair
Cascade High School junior Jacob Smith is preparing for his second trip to the International Science and Engineering Fair. The 16-year-old is returning after once again placing at the Middle Tennessee Science and Engineering Fair, which qualified him for the next level of competition...
Vice chancellor pushes graduates to look to future
Transition. That's how Dr. Tristan Denley captured the moment being celebrated at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology -- Dickson's graduation ceremony recently. "We tend to think of this as the culmination of something," said Denley, the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for the Tennessee Board of Regents. "But this is a transition. You'll wake up (tomorrow) and things won't be the same."...
Student Council convention
A group of SCHS Student Council kids recently attended the annual Tennessee Association of Student Councils Convention. It was hosted by Bearden High School in Knoxville, March 28-30. The students participate in many leadership building activities during the three-day event. The students who attended are as follows, back row: Heath Couser, Yvonne Sanchez, Madison McCormick, Cassey Young, Jackky Navarro and Carlye Bogue. Middle row: Katlin Vega (advisor), Alexi Gordon, Bailee Phelps, Morgan Jennings, Clorissa Campbell, Brandie Dukes, Grant Thompson and Megan Insell (advisor). Front Row: Christie Tran, Caleb Krieg and Alli Chambless. (Submitted photo)
4-H says...Get ready, set, go!
Five, the school is silent. Four, books are stored and desks are empty. Three, students are packed. Two, teachers are at the door. One, everyone stares. That single moment, that very last second. Then, there it is, the time for which every student and teacher has been waiting...
3 new teachers possible
A very preliminary budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal school year is calling for new teacher positions. The Bedford County Board of Education's budget committee held its first meeting in the planning process on Monday. Committee members said they hope to wrap up all the details in time for the May 20 school board meeting...
Girl Scouts support animal shelter
Girl Scout Troop 2166 is accepting donations of items to support the Bedford County Animal Shelter. The first drop-off will be Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Walmart. Requested items for dogs and cats include: crates; toys; paper towels; dog and cat beds; matching collars and leashes; puppy pads; trash bags (13 and 55 gallon); bath towels; blankets; non-metal dog houses and peanut butter (for giving medicine in)...
Miller moved from Community position
The principal of Community Elementary School has been reassigned to the central office, officials say. Tim Miller is no longer principal of the school in Unionville, School Supt. Don Embry said Friday. Miller was reassigned to the central office for "other duties" for the rest of the school year due to what Embry called "personnel issues."...
Former Time Magazine editor to speak at Webb
The Webb School will welcome Charles Alexander, former Time Magazine business, science and international editor and a Webb alumnus, as part of the Follin Speaker Series on April 25. His presentation titled "Climate Change: It's Your Future" is slated for 9:40 a.m. in the Follin Chapel on the Webb campus...
Starting young: Stronger focus on early education
Local and state educators are making a special effort to promote the development of young children. The state has asked school districts to beef up their pre-K and kindergarten outreach efforts, and Bedford County is responding, said Betty Farrar, the county's pre-K coordinator...
Leaders in training at the TCAT
Leadership Bedford Class of 2014 completed the second session of its Workforce Readiness Class that it taught at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Shelbyville. Receiving certificates of completion were Jamie Carpenter, James Thomas, Adrian Harvey, Janet Smith, Courtney Dixon, Joyce James and Sara Basern...
Pizza Hut sponsored a pizza party for Boys & Girls Club members who made the A/B Honor Roll on their most recent report cards. Each child received a personal pan pizza for his or her achievement. Seen here are Laila Redman, Makia Woodard, Janeth Hernandez, Brianna LaBo, Tyler Moss, Logan Gunn, Camron Powell, Brandon Overstreet, Jayden Cooper, Caleb Marsh, Mikyla Lyons, Samora Brown and Mia Velasquez. Not pictured: Makaylee Ferrell, Dylan Marchi, Shane Nowlin, Mikalah Sims, Stephen Sims, Eve Speirs and James Turrentine. (Submitted photo)
BREAKING: Community Elementary principal reassigned
The principal of Community Elementary School has been reassigned to the school system's central office, officials say. Tim Miller will handle "other duties" for the rest of the school year due to "a personnel issue," School Superintendent Don Embry said Friday...
Book fair profits students, school
"I feel like the lady at Walmart!" Instead of teaching a class of eager kindergartners, Kay Segroves has been busy this week collecting money and accepting orders from students of every age group, as Liberty School held their second book fair of the year...
Mobile devices allowed at schools 'within reason'
Students soon will have permission to tweet and text from school in certain circumstances. The Bedford County Board of Education on Tuesday approved certain student uses of mobile devices during school hours. The board's monthly meeting was held at Thomas Magnet School's library instead of the central office; the board occasionally meets at various schools...
Music to one's ears: Symphony tickets on sale
Tickets for the May 6 performance by the Nashville Symphony at Calsonic Arena are now on sale. The symphony will be led by assistant conductor Vinay Parameswaran in his Shelbyville debut. The symphony's casual, family-friendly Shelbyville concert, a tradition since 1989, will also include the Cascade High School Band, directed by David Lucich, playing on its own and joining the symphony for the grand finale. ...
'Pride and Prejudice' play comes to Webb School
"Pride and Prejudice" will be performed by The Webb Players on April 25-26 at 7:30 p.m. and April 27 at 2:30 p.m. on The Webb School chapel stage. Faculty and students will be admitted free of charge. The event is open to the public, and admission is $5 per person...
Blue Ribbon honors
Thomas Magnet School Principal Janice Womble attended a Tennessee School board meeting April 11. Kevin Huffman, Tennessee education commissioner, presented her with a plaque marking the school's status as a National Blue Ribbon School as well as a proclamation signed by Gov. Bill Haslam. (Submitted photo)
'Master teacher' lessons documented
Learning Way Elementary teacher Regan Aymett had a video crew documenting her lessons on Monday as part of the National Education Association's Master Teacher Project. The videos of her teaching techniques will be available to teachers across the nation to use as a reference, as well as Aymett's own remarks and reactions (sometimes, for example, it can be instructive to note what doesn't work). Aymett is one of 96 master teachers joining the project nationwide. As a looping teacher, Aymett teaches first graders one year and then teaches second grade, including many of the same children, the next year. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
Cascade FFA takes home honors
Cascade FFA recently had 19 members attend the 86th State FFA Convention. The chapter received several awards, including 10 percent increase in membership, Platinum PLOW, Superior Chapter and Gold National Chapter. Allison Massey won the Regional Dairy Proficiency. Hannah Grace Luna performed during the precession line up. Katie Haddock and Emily Vincent both received their State FFA degrees...
Students experience sweet success
Southside Elementary School held a candy bar sale to help raise money for the school. The students reached their goal of $10,000 and sold over 300 boxes. Students who sold four boxes went to a movie after school one day. Those who sold three boxes got to participate in a money scramble. Students who were top sellers won cash prizes or gift cards...
Southside food drive
The Southside Student Council recently had a canned food drive for the needy. Front: Sophie Miller, Diana Campos, Ashley Tapia, Kailey Clark, Jacob Cooper, Logan McCormick and Cole Banks. Middle: Valynn Corley, Leslye LovVorn, Gracie Deas, Ashleigh Pridmore, Axel Grajales, Ryan Dye, Rylan Green and Lexi Bailey. Back: Back- Sponsors Brian Waggoner and Kyle Prince, Lakentra Norton, Daniela Alcala, Haley Newman, Makenna Lamb, Bayleigh Stovall, Hunter Morgan, Taylor Sexton, Mason Smith, Lukus White, Andon Warren and sponsers Angela Pridmore and Jan Hix. (Submitted photo)
Hunter Davidson is...In the Spotlight
Do you have a nickname? I do not have one. Where do you go to school? Community Elementary. Favorite subject in school? Reading. Least liked subject in school? Math. Favorite food? Noodles...
Bedford FFA wins state championship
The days of March 23, 24, 25, and 26 will go down in history for the Bedford County FFA Chapter of Shelbyville Central High School. Twelve members from the chapter attended the annual state convention in Gatlinburg. The chapter was awarded the Gold Passing Literacy Onward award, received a 10 percent chapter membership increase award, and was named a Tennessee Superior chapter. ...
Thomas inducts Honor Society
Thomas Magnet School held the first annual induction ceremony for the newly formed National Elementary Honor Society. Sponsors Lindy Holland and Robyn Newson, organized the induction ceremony. Principal Janice Womble welcomed parents and guests. Newly inducted NEHS members and guests were fortunate to hear Harris Middles School's current National Junior Honor Society president, Jay Blackburn, and secretary, Abi Canter speak about the importance of such a society. ...
BackPack meals feed students on break
Spring Break -- That wonderful start of spring that every school child starts begins looking forward to as soon as school starts back after the holiday break. Sunshine, warm air, no homework, and so much more! But, if you are one of the 130 children in local schools who rely on school breakfast and lunch to possibly be your only meals, the 10 days of spring break may be anything but gleeful. Blessedly, the volunteer spirit is alive and well in the form of the BackPack Program...
Birthday parties net books for school
Community Elementary School students have found out that supporting their school's library can be a lot of fun. The elementary school's Birthday Book Club is a library fundraiser patterned after that of Cason Lane Academy in Murfreesboro, according to librarian Shanna Simmons...
Fallout falls back in again Saturday
The Fallout Teen Center is reopening its doors. The center will hold its grand re-opening at its new location, El Bethel Baptist Church, at 7 p.m. The center, which originally opened its doors four years ago, was started by the non-profit Bridge of Hope...
Truly a 'cool' summer
Because of 2014's stubbornly cold temperatures, Bedford County Schools have come up with a program to announce and account for "snow days" during summer vacation. According to scheduling coordinator Loof Lirpa, in the event that temperatures are too cool for traditional vacation activities, a snow day will be announced. Eight snow days have been built into the vacation calendar, and if more than that are needed school will have to start later to accomodate the change in schedule...
Eakin Students of the Month
Eakin Elementary School students of the month for March are seen here, not in order listed. Kindergarten: Alyana Smith, Emilio Juarez Vazquez, Keyrhiana Hill, Kenzie Howard, Ada Juarez, Kaden Walker. First Grade: Rosalia Viveros, Leslie Revelo, Eulalia Juan Gaspar, Katie Maldonado, Elena Domingo. Second Grade: Micah Spence, Andrew Hillis, Sunshine Lee, Chelsea Potts. Third Grade: Jacob Newman, Tony Huerta, Alexis Ray, Sidney Matthews, Jahlin Osborne. Fourth Grade: Rayne Bromely, Anthony Ramirez, Cody Bissell, Paola Gonzalez. Fifth Grade: Luciano Felipe, Casidy Sanders, Eduardo Cordova. (Submitted photo)
Parents get 'Ready, Set, Go!' for school
Approximately 270 families took advantage of the school system's "Ready, Set, Go!" kindergarten preview program last week at Harris Middle School. Planners deemed the night a success and hope to make it an annual event. "For a first time, I don't think it could have gone better," said Assistant Superintendent Karen Scoggins...
Cascade Middle hosts science fair
Cascade Middle School recently hosted its eighth annual Research Fair, an event highlighting research, writing, and communication standards and a preliminary event to the Middle Tennessee Science and Engineering Fair held at Austin Peay State University...
True Love Waits, students learn
With spirituality seemingly taking a back door to earthly pleasures, many Christians have taken it upon themselves to educate the younger generations on the benefits of abstinence. Pastor Tim Posch was invited by Community's Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Students to do just that...
Spaghetti supper honors Giles' memory
For years, a spaghetti supper was the big annual fundraiser for Southside Elementary School, and Helen Giles -- the school's cafeteria manager for 36 years, as well as principal Reita Vaughn's mother -- was in charge of the kitchen. The spaghetti supper hadn't been held in years but was brought back this year in Giles' memory...
Webb School honor rolls
The Webb School recently announced its A and B honor rolls for the third quarter of the 2013-14 school year. An independent college preparatory day/boarding school for grades 6-12, The Webb School is the oldest continuously operating school of its kind in the South. The school has a dual emphasis on academic excellence and character development...
Honor Rolls, March 2014
Cascade Elementary School Fifth Grade Principal's List Seth Cloud, Jason Clukey, Laila Corral, Seth Countess, Katie Cowart, Madalyn Crosslin, Chloe DeLease, Cody Doss, Hannah Floyd, Haley Gentry, Bryson Holt, Mallory Houchin, Emily Houle, Tori Hull, Sydney Jones, Landon Lane, Samuel Maddox, McCenzie McAnally, Bailey Olive, Kyler Parker, Seth Perry, Charles Phillips, Connor Prim, Adam Reeves, Alyssa Rhodes, Payton Riddle, Tyler Sabin, Kristin Schuler, Helenna Simpson, Kathleen Sintic, Elijah Smith, Lauren Williams, Alexia Youngblood, Araceli Zamorano.. ...
Julie visits Cascade
Shelbyville Police Officer Jody Shelton and canine Julie visited Cascade Elementary School's third grade on Wednesday. Prior to the visit, the students had been reading "Arrow With Officer Mike" with their teachers, Deborah Bates, Patti Clinton, Jeanie Houle and Michelle Henke. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Energy cuts eyed in schools
Bedford County educators are continuing to study ways to conserve energy -- and save money. The Department of Education's Energy Management Committee met Thursday to discuss energy conservation. Earlier this month the company Cenergistic had offered its services as a consultant to help the system manage energy consumption. Last October, Aramark offered its services for energy management as well. Aramark's Daniel Kleindienst currently serves as the school system's facility manager...
Honor Society benefits Relay For Life, nursing home
The Shelbyville Central High School National Honor Society Service Learning Leadership class recently delivered the scarves they knit between community service projects to residents at the Christian Care Center. Pictured, but not in order, are: Preston Brown, Sarah Coker, Allen Doyle, Courtney Hornaday, Amanda Jones, Madison Martin, Tiana Sanders, Ellie Smith, Garret Smotherman, Jonathan Smotherman, Shelby Smotherman, Karla Suazo, Alisha Tillman, Christie Tran and Heath Couser, Not pictured are Brittany Cook and Octavio Ayala. (Submitted photo)
Amanda Thompson's seventh grade reading class at Cascade Middle School recently learned about the appropriate format for work-related texts in real world situations. Students took their new knowledge of different types of work related text and created a test for other students. After creating the test, students "scrambled" the tests by playing "snowball." Pictured are Jamison Plemons (throwing), Sulema Sosa Cruz and Nelson Holliman. (Submitted photo)
Sticking around for TCAP
"LEAVE HIM UP!!!" Those cries came from students at Liberty School Wednesday, after a trivia competition left their principal and assistant principal firmly taped to the wall of the gym. Fourth grade teacher Jennifer Grey said they've been holding pep rallies to motivate the students for upcoming TCAP tests in April...
Letters to the Editor, March 27
Dear editor, When political ideology conflicts with Christian values which should prevail? The words in "red" in the New Testament are clearly embedded in my memory from Sunday school and Vacation Bible School classes I attended as a youth. These words of Jesus are the prism through which I make political and personal life decisions...
$9K bill may go unpaid
Bedford County Financial Management Committee is skeptical of a request that the county pay for $9,000 of extra work on a Safe Routes to Schools project near Harris Middle School. Littlejohn Engineering has presented a request to the county for an additional $9,000 for the contractor -- who wasn't specifically identified during Tuesday night's committee discussion -- who worked on sidewalk projects near the school paid for as part of a Safe Routes to Schools grant...
Ready... set...go! to school
Bedford County schools are hoping to get parents of incoming kindergarten students "Ready, Set, Go" for school. The school system will host a preview meeting for parents tonight starting at 6 at Harris Middle School. An English presentation will start at 6 p.m., while a Spanish presentation will be held at 6:45...
Get involved with local 4-H
Have you ever wondered what 4-H has to do with Bedford County? Teachers, is this program really worth the effort of giving up your precious time in the classroom? Let's step into a child's shoes today and look at it their way. How many children can say that they had the skills to stand up in front of a crowd and give a speech?...
Students take seats on 'board'
Six high school students from Bedford County recently got a taste of what it is like to be a school board member. The students attended the Tennessee School Boards Association Student Congress on Policies in Education (SCOPE). The event was March 10 at Middle Tennessee State University...
BEP meeting next week in Nashville
The task force charged with studying Tennessee's state education funding formula will meet for the first time next week at the capitol. Gov. Bill Haslam appointed this task force to take a fresh look at the Basic Education Program, or BEP, which underwent its last significant revision seven years ago. The purpose of this task force is to review the distribution of available resources in a responsible manner...
Eakin Bucks for Bell to Bell winners
Three local financial institutions helped to support Eakin Elementary School's "Bucks for Bell to Bell" program. In order for a student to be entered into the drawing they must have been present every day all year, and they must have no tardies nor early checkouts. The drawing winners received a $10 savings account from one of the local financial institutions.
Beatles: More than the music
MURFREESBORO -- The Beatles and their producer, George Martin, used innovative recording and mixing techniques to push the boundaries of what was possible in popular music, and two speakers Wednesday night at Middle Tennessee State University -- one of whom had first-hand experience -- broke down the Fab Four's recording process...
Wings benefit Boys & Girls Club
Tim York, left, Leonard Locke and Robert Solano of Tyson Foods prepare wings Wednesday night outside the Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County. Wings were sold to benefit the club. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
Schools to test new test
The state will use some Bedford County students next week to field test the new PARCC test. Superintendent Don Embry told the Board of Education on Tuesday that select grades in most schools will take the test. PARCC is a new test that students in 17 states will take during the 2014-2015 year. According to the consortium's website, it is meant to measure Common Core standards...
Local student heading to Washington
Jacob McKinney Smith, a Junior at Cascade High School and member of Shelbyville Mills Baptist Church, has been nominated to attend the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Washington, DC Nov. 14-16, 2014. The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields. ...
Drive 4 UR School this Saturday
Want to take a test drive of a new vehicle and help out local students? You have that opportunity this weekend. This Saturday at Cascade High School, beginning at 10 a.m. and ending at 2 p.m., Shelbyville Ford is partnering with the school for a Drive 4 UR School event...
Webb serves up summer full of camps
The Webb School has an expanded summer program schedule that includes four weeks of day camp for rising fourth-eighth graders focusing on science, technology, robotics, art, Chinese and outdoor skills. The summer program also includes SAT English and math prep courses for rising ninth-12th graders. ...
Chicken wings tomorrow
Tyson's Robert Solano, Complex HR Manager, presents a $500 check to Boys & Girls Club members and Director Roger Harrell in support of the 2nd Annual Poultry Day Chicken Wing Cookout. Tyson's award winning "Grill Team" will be cooking wings at the Club, located at 1055 Madison Street, on Wednesday March 19th. You can pre-order your wings by calling 735-6525 or by email at BGCBedfordCounty@aol.com. Or, if you prefer, you can stop by the Club between 4 and 7 p.m. and pay for your wings on Wednesday (as long as they don't sell out). To place your order (6 wings/$5 or 10 wings /$7), or for more information about the club, call 735-6525. (Submitted photo)
Music major hears Austria's song calling
For a double music major like Angela Anderson, a trip to Austria is the dream of a lifetime. A dream she hopes will come true this summer. "If you're going to study opera," said Anderson, "people go to Austria." Anderson, a Shelbyville Central High School graduate who is now in her fifth year of study at Tennessee Tech, has been accepted in the FAVA (Franco-American Voice Academy) Opera Program in Salzburg, Austria, with two small roles in a production of Mozart's "The Magic Flute" ("Die Zauberflote").. ...
MTEC's backers offer scholarships
If you want to obtain a college education and take classes from MTSU or Motlow, there may be a scholarship waiting for you. A scholarship fund is available for people who take classes at Middle Tennessee Education Center (MTEC), with an emphasis on helping Bedford County residents, said Wayne Dillingham, the center's coordinator...
Common Core delay backed by House
The Tennessee House voted 82-11 Thursday to delay the implementation of Common Core for math and English/language arts for two years. The House on Wednesday approved delaying the new standards, but the Senate will have to sign off as well before Common Core will be delayed. The PARCC testing also has been delayed for two years, pending Senate approval...
Students compete in FFA events
Recently the Bedford County FFA Chapter of Shelbyville Central High School traveled to Coffee County Central High School to compete in the District X speaking events. The results are were: Prepared Public Speaking-Jessica Sanders, second place Extemporaneous Public Speaking-Jordin Hockaday, third place...
Middle school presents 'Ask Any Girl?'
Community Middle School's theater department will perform "Ask Any Girl?" today and Saturday at 7 p.m. Admission is $2. "Ask Any Girl?" is about a young college graduate named Meg who moves from a small town to New York City and resides at a women's boarding house in Manhattan. ...
Frog story time
Jessica Osborne reads a pop-up book about frogs during Argie Cooper's Frog Story Time on Wednesday. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Common Core opposition grows
Opposition is mounting against Common Core on both the grassroots and legislative levels. On the legislative level, state Rep. Rick Womick, R-Rockvale, is sponsoring a bill, HB2332, that would stop the implementation of Common Core standards as of July 1. That bill is being deferred in the House Education Subcommittee until the end of the session...
Edwards seeks seat on county school board
Sharon V. Edwards has announced her candidacy for a 2nd District seat on Bedford County Board of Education in the Aug. 7 general election. Edwards has more than 30 years' prior experience working for the Bedford County school system, including interim positions at Community and Cascade, 13 years at Harris Middle School, two years as the system-wide director of the Extended School Program (now known as School-Age Care Program), 10 years as principal at Cascade Elementary School and five years as principal at Cascade High School. ...
Firm wants to cut school energy costs
A consulting company has proposed to help the Bedford County school system save millions of dollars in energy costs -- and to use some of those savings as its fee. Cenergistic made a sales pitch Wednesday to the board of education's energy management committee. ...
Snow days force ACT schedule change
Students across Tennessee had to make-up the ACT test last week because of the weather. The test's original date was Tuesday. Since many school systems were closed due to the weather, the Tennessee Department of Education rescheduled the test to Thursday. Education officials reported to media outlets that they were notified of the change late Monday afternoon...
Letters to the Editor, March 9
Dear Editor: What are the most eye-catching objects in our Shelbyville neighborhoods? Why, our new neon-blue garbage cans, of course. Shelbyville, like many other communities, is providing special garbage cans to its residents, facilitating automated garbage collection. From a dollars and cents perspective, this makes sense...
4-H Public Speaking project
Bedford County 4-H recently held its public speaking contest. In the high school level, first place winners are eligible to compete at the regional level. In grades 4-8, the top two winners may go on to a sub-regional competition. Front row (from left): Sarah Parker, 4th, homeschool (first at county), and Ben Renegar, 4th, Cascade Elementary School (second at county). Middle row (from left): Hunter Palmer, 6th, Cascade (first at county); Nadiana Jesch, 6th, Cascade (second at county); Seth Countess, 5th, Cascade (first at county, and fourth at sub-regional); Jessica Osterhaus, 5th, Victory Baptist Academy (second at county); and Abby Parker, 7th, homeschool (second at county, and fifth at sub-regional). Back row (from left): Godwin Murillo, 11th, Cascade; Jon Osterhaus, 9th, homeschool; Timothy Martin, 8th, homeschool; and Cody Hodge, 7th, Cascade (first at Ccunty, and sixth at sub-regional). (Submitted photo)
Workforce readiness classes start off well
The first of three workforce readiness classes organized by the 2013-2014 class of Leadership Bedford wraps up this evening, while the next one will start Tuesday night. "We had a good turnout with the first class," said Lt. Jason Williams of Shelbyville Police Department, a Leadership Bedford class member who has worked with the workforce readiness class...
HRMC, Morrison deliver health guidelines
The students of the Motlow State Community College ACE Wellness Perspectives / Lifestyle class held their final class of the term at the Harton Regional Medical Center Stumb Education Center. Angie Sowers, RD, LDN, HRMC / Morrison food and nutrition director, shared with the attendees numerous healthy eating tips including the importance of portion size, label reading, artificial sweetener information, fast food options, etc...
Poster contest for fourth grade students
Bedford County Farm Bureau Women will hold its annual poster contest for fourth grade students. There will be a first, second and third place winner from each elementary school in Bedford County; students in private school or home school may enter the county-wide contest as well...
2 snow days still left
If you were wondering how many snow days schools have taken, the answer is six. And if you were asking how many snow days are left, the answer would be two. If Bedford County gets slammed by more bad weather this season, and the remainder of the snow days are used, the school system does have options, said Superintendent Don Embry...
FFA makes the cut: Central claims district meet
More than 50 students from three counties hammered, sawed and welded their way through a competition to test their skills Thursday. The District X FFA Agricultural Mechanics Skill Contest was held at Shelbyville Central High School Annex. Students from Central, Community, Coffee County and Cannon County High Schools participated, said Tommy Green, Bedford County FFA advisor...
Thomas Magnet students could create next big thing
Who says learning can't be only fun and games? Thomas Magnet Elementary School students are not only getting to play games after school but are actually making up the games themselves. Thirteen students will compete on March 6 in the Invention Convention at Middle Tennessee State University, said principal Janice Womble. The annual competition is open to public and private school students in grades 4 to 6. The purpose is to provide a fun way for children to engage in creative thinking...
I am! I can! I must! I will! Sanders inspires Liberty students
Liberty School students had some great motivation Thursday. Former Tennessee Titans wide receiver Chris Sanders delivered a motivational speech. Fourth-grade teacher Jennifer Gray arranged Sanders' appearance. She said her pastor, Tom Henry at Calvary Baptist Church, knows the football player...
Martin announces for school board race
Amy (Fulton) Martin has announced her candidacy for re-election for the 3rd District seat on Bedford County Board of Education in the Aug. 7 general election. Martin, a lifelong resident of Bedford County, has been a member of the school board since 1992 and currently serves as its chair. ...
Shelter and local agent sponsor scholarship
This spring, the Shelter Insurance Foundation will award a $2,000 scholarship to a graduate of Central High School. Shelter Agent Maleah Claxton sponsors and partially funds this scholarship. A committee of local high school officials and community leaders will select the local recipient. The committee will consider each applicant's scholastic achievements, educational goals, citizenship, moral character and participation and leadership in school and community activities...
Southside, community support teacher
For a school as small as Southside Elementary, it has had more than its fair share of tragedy. Once again, one of its own is battling cancer. The faculty found out that a fellow teacher has been diagnosed with colon cancer. CDC teacher Shonta Lamb is undergoing some very extensive chemotherapy treatments for her newly diagnosed condition...
Sunday Conversation: Cooper a lifelong teacher, student
Susan Cooper is a second-grade teacher at Community Elementary School and a native of Bedford County. If you would like to nominate a candidate for Sunday Conversation, email email@example.com. T-G: How long have you been a teacher? I understand that you taught when you were a student. Have you ever wanted to do any other job, and if so, what? What made you want to teach?...
Coach indicted on sex charge
A former Community Middle School teacher and coach was indicted Thursday on a sexually related charge relating to an alleged incident involving a student. James William Tankersley has been charged with aggravated sexual battery by an authority figure, and is set to appear again before Circuit Court Judge Forest Durard on March 17...
New tech contracts save county money
Bedford County Board of Education approved three technology contracts Tuesday. The board voted to renew a three-year contract with Pearson School Systems to continue using PowerSchool, a student data management system. The school system has been hosting the program on its own servers, but will switch to state servers, said Terise Rhodes, student management supervisor...
Service to others rewarded at Chamber event
Educator Ardis Rittenberry Caffey was presented with the Franklin Yates Lifetime Achievement Award during Tuesday's annual Shelbyville & Bedford County Chamber of Commerce luncheon, while the Bedford County Longbeards chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation received the Deery Eakin Volunteer of the Year award...
Ilarde wins spelling bee at Webb
Lennon Ilarde, a seventh-grader from Shelbyville, recently won The Webb School Spelling Bee. Soniya Patel, an eighth-grader from Shelbyville, placed second. Elizabeth Bigham, an eighth-grader from Murfreesboro, placed third. Bigham was eliminated in the 11th round. Ilarde and Patel continued until the 20th round when Patel missed "extinguish." Ilarde's championship word was "hackamore."...
MTEC celebrates 4th with coffee
For four years, the Middle Tennessee Education Center has brought university classes closer to Midstate residents who don't live close to a college. The joint project of MTSU, Motlow State Community College and Bedford County government will celebrate its four-year anniversary with a coffee from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday at the center, 200 Dover St. in Shelbyville. The event is free and open to the public...
Third-graders experience South Korea
Community Middle School got a taste of Korea on Feb. 6. Paula Smith, third-grade teacher, has been conducting a series of lessons on foreign cultures. The study has included geographic locations, languages and society. As part of the series, Smith invited Jeong Hee Dillingham to discuss life in South Korea. Although Dillingham has been a U.S. citizen for more than 20 years, she was born in Suwon, South Korea, and lived there for more than 20 years before moving to America...