Schools and education
Imagination Library seeks donations
Bedford County Imagination Library is growing. The organization's book invoice is growing as well and needs a boost, said member and past president Shelly Gray. The library is looking for 12 business partners in the community to commit to a gift of $1,300, the cost of one month's worth of books. Having one corporate sponsor per month would free up the non-profit organization's finances to expand, Gray said...
Local LEGO team honored at competition
The Electrons team in the First LEGO League took first place last weekend in the Project Research division of the East Tennessee State First LEGO Tournament, held at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville. "The team competed well in all areas but excelled in the level of research they put into their project," said Madeline Fontenot, one of the team's two coaches, along with Austin Voorhes...
Leadership boils over at conference
On Nov. 15-16, 18 members of Cascade FFA and eight members of Bedford County FFA attended the 212/360 conference at Camp Clements in Doyle. The 212 Conference is named for 212 degrees Fahrenheit, the temperature at which water boils. The name symbolizes taking students to the boiling point of leadership. ...
Lessons, carols will fill the air at Webb
The Webb School Chapel will be filled with music, song and fellowship next Thursday during the school's annual celebration of Lessons and Carols. The performance will begin at 7 p.m. A string prelude will begin at 6:40. A reception will follow in the Grace Follin Dining Hall on the Webb campus. The event is free and open to the public...
Broadhead elected to TAIS board
Ray Broadhead, head of school at The Webb School, was elected to the Tennessee Association of Independent Schools Board of Directors at the November meeting. Broadhead is the Middle Tennessee Grand Division director-at-large and will take office July 1. Directors are heads of schools, and at-large board members serve three-year terms...
Dillingham speaks to honor society
Wayne Dillingham of Shelbyville was guest speaker at the initiation ceremony for new members of MTSU's chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society on Nov. 19. Dillingham is the director of Middle Tennessee Education Center (MTEC) in Shelbyville. Dillingham is a life member of Phi Kappa Phi, which is MTSU's most prestigious honor society. Created in 1897, it is the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines...
Master teacher earns minigrant
Reagan Aymett, a looping first/second grade teacher at Learning Way Elementary, has been awarded an Ezra Jack Keats Minigrant to purchase new books for her classroom, and has also been selected for the National Education Association's Master Teacher Project, meaning videos of her teaching techniques will be available to teachers across the nation...
Pet adoption trees
The Shelbyville Central High School NHS Service Learning Leadership class decorated two pet adoption Christmas trees for the Shelbyville-Bedford County Humane Association.
You can adopt dogs and cats from these trees in the Antiques, Arts & Collectibles Mall on the square and at The Fly Arts Center. Pictured (in no order) are: Octavio Ayala, Preston
Brown, Sarah Coker, Brittany Cook, Allen Doyle, Courtney Hornaday, Amanda Jones, Madison Martin, Tiana Sanders, Ellie Smith, Garret Smotherman, Jonathan Smotherman,
Shelby Smotherman, Karla Suazo, Alisha Tillman and Christie Tran. (Submitted photo)
Central FFA has great fall semester
The Bedford County FFA chapter of Shelbyville Central High School has had a successful fall semester. The team competed in the State FFA Horse Evaluation, Regional Land Evaluation, and State 4H Land Evaluation. On Sept. 10, the chapter traveled to Murfreesboro to compete in the Tennessee FFA Horse Evaluation CDE. The team placed 25th out of 70 teams. Molly Chicoine was the 14th high individual in the competition. Team members were: Molly Chicoine; Brianna Gearlds; Zach Seibers and Isaac McGee...
Students get financial advice from Dave Ramsey
Students in the personal finance class at The Webb School completed a course created by Dave Ramsey, personal money management expert, best-selling author and nationally syndicated radio show host. To reinforce what they have learned in the classroom, the students traveled to Financial Peace Plaza in Brentwood to hear firsthand how to avoid some of the financial pitfalls that plague young adults and how to plan for the future...
Webb students visit craft center
Approximately 50 students from The Webb School in Bell Buckle visited the Appalachian Center for Craft in Smithville this month, as part of a program organized by the Friends of the Appalachian Center for Craft of Tennessee (FACCT). Webb art teacher Michael Quinn brings his students to the center each year. ...
Local LEGO League team competes while learning
A group of local students participating in the FIRST LEGO League has an idea for a new kind of warning sign that could warn drivers of flooded streets while at the same time notifying local emergency services of the problem. The FIRST LEGO League is a robotics program for kids ages 9-14. It's sponsored by the makers of LEGO building blocks and toys...
No children hurt as car hits school bus
The sight of a car ramming the back of a school bus on Fairfield Pike was scary for two witnesses. Fortunately, they soon discovered the driver had already completed her run and was headed to park the bus. "It was just a jar," bus driver Billie Jo Juarez, 42, of Frank Martin Road said of the crash at the Chestnut Drive intersection...
They can, they did: Central students' food drive successful
Students at Shelbyville Central High School have wrapped up another successful year of feeding hungry people -- and animals -- with the annual Great Canned Food Drive. The school held its annual ceremony Friday in which it presented the donations to local charities. ...
She's always there: Martin named School Board Member of the Year
State educators have made official what the people of Bedford County have long recognized: that Amy Martin is a special educator. The local Board of Education chairwoman was named 2013 Tennessee School Board (TSBA) Member of the Year/C. Hal Henard Distinguished Service Award Winner. ...
School Supt. Don Embry, left, accepts a check from Shelbyville/Bedford County Chamber of Commerce CEO Allen Pitner for grant money for the Tennessee 3-Star Program.
Positive pupils honored at Thomas
These students at Thomas Magnet School were chosen Positive Pupils. They were chosen for having a good self-concept; being happy; successful; healthy and creative. Front (from left): Rylei Hale; Elijah Smith; Alayna Cruse; Marena Jacobs; Joshua Rincon; Emmanuel Lopez; Kimberly Ramirez; Jackson Davis and Kohen Bush. Back (from left): Kay Elam, school counselor; Henry Simpson; Katelyn Carrillo; Elliott Caine; Caroline McKamey; Wendy Campos; Elijah Kirby and Ethan Clifford. (Submitted photo)
Complete GED by Jan. 1, or you'll start from scratch
Adults trying to earn their high school equivalency diploma are facing some new challenges, including higher costs, and may have to redo all their previous work. "It's going to be interesting," said Elaine Weaver, director of the Adult Education office in Shelbyville...
Magnet school applications sought
Thomas Magnet School is accepting applications for the 2014-2015 school year for grades K-5. Applications may be picked up at Thomas' office or they can be printed online at www.bedfordk12tn.com. Applications are due by Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. Applications may be mailed to Thomas Magnet School, 515 Tate Ave., faxed to 931-684-7174 or dropped off at the front office...
TCAT hosts business seminar
Leroy C. Cunningham, Business Development Specialist with the Tennessee Small Business Development Center in Murfreesboro, TN, recently addressed the students of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Shelbyville. The purpose of the seminar was to provide students interested in starting a business a broad overview of the many things with which they'll be confronted as entrepreneurs. ...
TCAT honors outstanding student
Ty Carrington of Chapel Hill, a drafting and CAD Technology student at Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville, was named as the local school's Outstanding Student of the Year. The announcement was made by Ivan Jones, director of TCAT-Shelbyville, during a recognition luncheon for all nominees at Legends Restaurant...
The Bedford County Board of Education spent much of its meeting Tuesday discussing two recent incidents: the gun scare last Friday at Shelbyville Central High School and the downtown fire on Monday. Deputy Chief Mike Rogers of the Shelbyville Police Department spoke briefly on the gun scare. Board chairwoman Amy Martin had invited him to the meeting...
Possible jail sites whittled down to 9
Bedford County Board of Commissioners' courthouse and county property committee narrowed the list of potential sites for Bedford County Jail from 16 down to 9 on Tuesday night, eliminating sites that the committee considered obvious bad choices. Bedford County Planning and Zoning Director Chris White had researched 16 jail sites. ...
Energy savings pays off for United Way
United Way of Bedford County recently received $10,000 through an energy conservation award. Daniel Kleindienst and the staff of the Bedford County Schools maintenance department presented the money to United Way. The money came from an energy award the department received through the TVA-EnerNOC Demand Response Program in partnership with Duck River Electric Membership Corp. ...
Free smoke detectors available in drive
Free smoke detectors will be installed during a drive Saturday in several areas of Shelbyville, Bell Buckle and Wartrace. The smoke detector drive is a service project by the Cascade High School FFA with help from the Shelbyville Fire Department, partner agencies and volunteers, SFD assistant chief Brian Nicholson said...
Seniors receive blazers continuing Webb tradition
The 66 seniors in The Webb School Class of 2014 participated in Blazer Day, one of many traditions, Nov. 12, as they received their senior blazers in a special chapel ceremony. The presentation is scheduled annually on or near the birthday of founder, W. R. "Sawney" Webb, who was born on Nov. 11, 1842...
Chambliss Leads a new program for Webb students
Thirteen students at The Webb School are spending the school year on an intensive study of leadership in a new program, Chambliss Leads. These 13 residents of the Chambliss dormitory, encompassing 10th-12th graders, are researching leaders, examining leadership styles, profiling their personal leadership qualities and characteristics, exploring peer review and peer coaching, and completing group leadership development projects...
MTSU plants seeds for ginseng profits
Middle Tennessee State University began its Ginseng Initiative last week by planting seeds in a small garden at its Experiential Learning and Research Center. Sprouting from an idea by State Sen. Bill Ketron, MTSU and state officials began their study and exploration of growing ginseng with a planting ceremony attended by several dozen people...
Student Council wins regional award
Cascade High School's Student Council recently attended the SASC convention in Greenville, S.C. Cascade received third place in the fundraising category with "Powder Puff Phrenzy." This is a regional award based on entries from 11 states and 98 schools represented by the Southern states. ...
Sunday Conversation: Robots, art come alive in Eaglebots sponsor's world
Rebecca "Becky" Soper is an art teacher at Harris Middle School. She is also lead sponsor of the school's robotics design team, or the Eaglebots. Soper was awarded Best Robotics Teacher of the Year during last weekend's 2013 Music City BEST Robotics Competition in Nashville...
Fire Academy graduates fall class
Austin Bruce of the Normandy Volunteer Fire Department was one of 18 firefighters from across the state graduating Friday from the fall recruit class at the Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy on Unionville-Deason Road. Located on 330 acres in northern Bedford County, this state-of-the-art training facility has been a "home away from home" for the recruits during the 10-week class...
Humans win award for robot's complexity
The award-winning Harris Middle School robot is more than just the sums of its parts. The 2013 Music City BEST Robotics Competition was held on Saturday, Nov. 9, at Lipscomb University in Nashville. BEST stands for Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology and is for students in grades 5-12...
NEW THIS AFTERNOON: Youth's 'bright idea' for prank call went bad
The false calls claiming a gunman was on the loose in Shelbyville Central High School weren't planned in advance, said the 15-year-old boy who placed them. "This bright idea just popped into my mind to call in a shooting," the youth was quoted as saying by Detective Sgt. Brian Crews of the Shelbyville Police Department...
Square merchants help schools with new promo
A number of downtown businesses banded together to offer a program that could benefit Bedford County schools and classrooms. The "Shop the Shelbyville Square and Earn Money for Schools" promotion runs from this Saturday to Nov. 30. All public schools are included, as are The Webb School and Victory Baptist Academy...
Prank caller was 15-year-old from Tullahoma
A 15-year-old boy was being questioned this morning after what officials term "a prank call" of a student with a gun placed Shelbyville Central High School on lockdown.
No one was hurt, authorities said....
Harris robot, team grab regional awards
Harris Middle School's Eaglebots team's robot grasped two awards in a regional robot competition on Saturday. The 2013 Music City BEST Robotics Competition was held at Lipscomb University in Nashville. The robot, which was designed as an arm, won the Rube Goldberg Award for Meritorious Achievement in Design Complexity. And, art teacher Rebecca Soper, who leads the Eaglebots, won Best Robotics Teacher of the Year...
Tears and thanks at school Veterans Day programs
Schools across the county hosted special programs in honor of Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11. Liberty School principal Mike Novak quickly captured the essence of the special day by reminding students to be grateful of the many things they enjoy as a direct result of the sacrifices made by men and women who've served their country...
Eakin Students of the Month
The following students (not in order) have been named students of the month at Eakin Elementary School: Kindergarten -- Connie Banks, Aden Bravo, Sharla Holland, Mariana Juan-Lopez, Nyla Gresham, Trishta McGee, Olivia Lankford, Brittney Ray, Jaiden Nixon, Malaki Leslie, Sherri Swing, Diana Solis, Diana Solis, Mallory Vaughn, Katherine Harrell, Guillermo Cervantes; 1st Grade -- Lindsay Brymer, Maleah Fabera, Kutler Hastings, Casey Clanton, Riley Clem, Keaton Alcorta, Sandra Harmon, Rosalia Gutierrez, Nevaeh Roehrig, Beth Keele, Haley Salyer, Gavin Watson, Sarah McKinney, Vanessa Torres, Shelley Lopez; 2nd grade -- Tina Carter, Ryan Wright, Gabriella Oropeza, Lindsay Cleek, Caitlyn Streeter, Jackson Benson, Karen Cook, Kailey Overcast, Cassie Rucker, Savannah Brew, Karma Erwin; 3rd grade -- Indasia Ransom, Kally Darnell, Mayra Cardenas, Caden Thomas, Kim Higgs, Isah Alexander, Rebeca Manzan, Amy McGee, Joanna Hernandez, JP Bonner, Christy Phillips, Landon McCroskey, Brooklyn Bromley; 4th grade -- Jennifer Barnes, Josefina Pascual, Katlin Elizabeth Viveros, Stefanie Cleveland, Gabriel Hernandez, Emma Grace Cooper, Jami Neal, Jordan Howell, Christy Stonecipher, Vanessa Cazares-Verdel, Thaddius Houston; 5th grade -- Angela Ferguson, Rosa Jose-Gaspar, Sebastian Martin, Jennifer Nichols, Chuckie Freeman, Cassidy Sanders, Leigh Ann Young, Andrea Fletcher, Julie Allen Rorabaugh, Taylor Waters. Not pictured: Cassidy Sanders. (Submitted photo)
MTSU aims toward growing workforce
These are exciting and challenging times for higher education. Whether you have noted President Barack Obama's push for increased transparency and accountability for colleges and universities, or heard Gov. Bill Haslam's compelling case for his "Drive to 55" initiative, there is no escaping the growing call for innovation to support greater student success...
State ranks first in education gains
Tennessee is the fastest improving state in the nation for gains in education, officials announced Thursday. The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) released its 2013 report card Thursday. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and former Gov. Phil Bredesen announced the results during a press conference at West Wilson Middle School in Mt. Juliet...
Schools play around seriously
Education in Bedford County is getting downright playful -- as in theatrical plays. At least three schools are producing plays this weekend and next week. Peter Pan will fly into Community High School this weekend. The school's Smokestack Theatre Group will present J.M. Barrie's "Peter Pan and Wendy" tonight, Saturday and Sunday, said director Anthony Davis. The play, adapted for the stage by Doug Rand, The show will feature flying effects by ZFX Flying of Louisville, Ky...
Fisher deserving of state honor
Great leaders inspire people by serving others. That type of leader is called a servant leader. Martha Fisher is such a leader. The Cascade Elementary School principal last week was named Tennessee's Principal of the Year for 2013-2014. In interviewing her for a story on the award, I was struck by how humble Martha is. In fact, I'm sure she will be embarrassed by this column. Too bad -- she deserves the attention. She's a great lady and a great educator...
Sunday Conversation: Don Embry
Don Embry was chosen in February of this year as Bedford County superintendent of schools. Embry had previously been principal of Shelbyville Central High School. This week, the Times-Gazette is bringing back its "Sunday Conversation" feature, and has chosen Embry as the first subject. ...
Rotarians have words with area students
Dic*tion*ar*y, noun: something that can open possibilities for children; also, something the Shelbyville Rotary Club has been handing out for a number of years. On Oct. 23 and Oct. 30, members of the club -- assisted by members of local Interact Clubs -- presented dictionaries to each third grade student in local public schools. They awarded a $1 coin to the person in each classroom who could find a challenge word the fastest...
Peter Pan flies into Community play
The Smokestack Theatre Group of Community High is celebrating its 20th anniversary season this year, and the theme they've chosen is "Flying Higher Than Before." That sentiment is quite appropriate for their fall production, J.M. Barrie's "Peter Pan & Wendy," adapted by Doug Rand. For the first time in school history, actors will fly onstage. CHS has hired ZFX Flying of Louisville to help rig a portable flying system which will allow Peter and Wendy to literally zoom high around the stage...
Webb hosts prospective families
The Webb School's strong focus on the arts is a major selling point, one mother says. "For me, the arts are strong here and so are academics and athletics," said Leigh Fogle of Manchester. "It's well-rounded." Fogle, her husband Bryan and their children, Meredith, a fourth-grader, and Grant, a third-grader, toured Webb on Saturday during the school's Middle School Preview day...
Webb plans Visitors Day on Nov. 11
On Monday, Nov. 11, The Webb School will open its campus for prospective students and their families for its annual Fall Visitors' Day. The daylong event begins at 9 a.m. with registration and breakfast, and concludes at 3 p.m. The schedule includes a tour of Webb's 150-acre campus, led by a current student. ...
Fun after school with STEM
Staying after school doesn't always have to be a form of punishment, as some Harris Middle School students have found out. In fact, it can be a lot of fun. They are part of the 21st Center Learning Centers grant program that provides intentional, hands-on approaches that are intended to increase students' interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programming...
SCHS retail students show off creativity
Many students have become excited about the Shelbyville Central High School library's monthly displays featuring a genre, a holiday event or literary topic. This month's displays featured a spooky case of various Stephen King novels, ghost stories available for checkout from a floating table, and an array of fiction and nonfiction books based on weird science topics...
Heroes: Why do we need them?
Julleen says that heroes aren't born, but instead heroic qualities are built upon them as they grow. We need these heroes in everyday life, for comfort, protection, or even just to give us something to believe in. Heroes define what we think of as good or all that is just in the world...
Webb announces Bedford honor students
BELL BUCKLE -- The Webb School recently announced its A and B honor rolls for the first 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...
Cascade Elementary School Fifth Grade Joshua Adcock, Alexander Allison, Farrayn Arnold, Hannah Clay, Seth Cloud, Jason Clukey, Seth Countess, Katie Cowart, Madalyn Crosslin, Chloe DeLease, Erin Douglas, Hailey Holder, Bryson Holt, Mallory Houchin, Emily Houle, Tori Hull, Sydney Jones, Samuel Maddox, Allison Newcomb, Bailey Olive, Kyler Parker, Charles Phillips, Connor Prim, Adam Reeves, Alyssa Rhodes, Reanna Richards, Tyler Sabin, Kristin Schuler, Helenna Simpson, Kathleen Sintic, Elijah Smith, Lauren Williams, Alexia Youngblood.. ...
Fisher named state's best
Cascade Elementary Principal Martha Fisher has been named the top principal in the state. The Tennessee Department of Education named Fisher as 2013-2014 Principal of the Year Tuesday during a statewide conference for education leaders. Fisher, her family and Bedford County School Superintendent Don Embry were in attendance. Marcia Melton, supervisor of K-12 instruction in Cannon County, was named Tennessee's 2013-14 Supervisor of the Year...
The play's the thing, times three
Several different groups have stage productions in Bedford County this weekend: Fair Haven Baptist Church will present a mystery dinner theater, "Unaware"; the South of Broadway Players wrap up their two-weekend run of "Dr. Jeckyll ... No Place To Hyde," and The Webb School will present "Godspell."
SCHS Class of 1960 reunion
Members of the Central High School class of 1960 gathered recently for their 53-year class reunion at the Bell Buckle Banquet Hall. Front row: Gale Webb Stephens, Patricia Tapley Fahey, Willie Hawkins Simmons, Diana Gowen Cushing, Sylvia Bryan Napper, Gail Bowling, Kay Foster Madden. Second row: Carolyn Redd Whiteside, Linda Kilpatrick Corder, Elsie Norris Greulich, Dolores Odeneal Cranch, Judy Parker Hudson, Bonnie Clark Philpott, Mary Grace Landers Phillips. Third row: Glen Smith, Grady Edwards, Billy Travis, Brent Lokey, Joe McGee, Edward Craighead, Eddie Murray, Jim Turner and Bill Simmons. (Submitted photo)
Bullying cases in Bedford County outlined
A total of 14 cases of bullying were officially identified in Bedford County schools during the previous academic year. Statewide, a total of 5,478 incidents of bullying were found in the 2012-2013 school year, according to the "Bullying and Harassment Compliance Report." The report, issued by the Tennessee Department of Education, is the first time the state has compiled such a study...
Rotary delivers good words to students
This was the 10th year the Rotary Club of Shelbyville has given dictionaries to all third-grade students in Bedford County. Ivan Jones and Barbara Blanton presented dictionaries to third-grade students at Eakin Elementary. Students were given a dictionary and...
From Ghana to Tennessee: Priest tells students of African culture
The Rev. Emmanuel Conduah recently visited the Shelbyville area to attend the St. William Catholic Church Festival, staying with his adopted American family, Tom, Luci and Lloyd Taylor. Conduah is from Ghana, Africa, where he is a priest and a school teacher. He took time during his recent trip to visit two local schools, Liberty School and Learning Way Elementary...
Famous names hang out at book fair
Origami Yoda, Ender Wiggins and Marie Antoinette the serial killer are making appearances for the next two weeks at Harris Middle School. The school's library is hosting its second Scholastic book fair this year; the first was in March. The book fair runs through Wednesday, said librarian Alyssa Littrell. ...
'Tested to death': Student/teacher evalulations get an 'F' from some educators
As Tennessee continues to move forward with implementing numerous education changes, the debate over some of the reforms continues. The effectiveness of TCAP, or the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program, has drawn increased scrutiny lately, especially following hearings last month in the state Senate Education Committee. ...
Emergency medical classes to be upgraded at Motlow
The emergency medical services program at Motlow State Community College is doing well, said instructor Drew Hooker, as it faces new goals and changes. "We're really in a growing phase right now," said Hooker, a graduate of Shelbyville Central High School who worked for Bedford County Emergency Medical Services for 6 1/2 years, reaching the post of administrative supervisor. He now directs the EMS program at Motlow...
School security studied by board
Securing perimeters of school grounds should be officials' top priority, an architect re-emphasized to Bedford County's school board Tuesday night. The board followed architect John Davis' advice by voting to purchase toughened glass for areas near entrances of five schools...
Parenting is about relationship, says library luncheon speaker
David Thomas, a Shelbyville native who has co-written six books on parenting, stressed the importance of relationships Tuesday as the guest speaker for Argie Cooper Public Library's annual Tennessee Box Luncheon. Thomas also put in a good word for libraries, saying the love of reading he developed at the library in Shelbyville led to his success as a writer...
Monsters at the library
Children attending Story Hour at Argie Cooper Public Library had a monstrously good time recently as they heard stories, did crafts and went on a monster hunt. Children's librarian Jessica Osborne, with the assistance of library volunteer Susan Farmer, read four books: "Where the Wild Things Are," "There's a Nightmare in my Closet," "The Monster Mash," and "Go Away, Big Green Monster!"...
Teachers nosh while learning about Ruby Tuesday fund-raiser
Local teachers gathered for a meet and greet Oct. 8 at Ruby Tuesday's. It was a chance for local teachers to learn about their Giveback program option. When people go out to eat at Ruby Tuesday on the school's selected date and have the flyer representing the school then Ruby Tuesday will donate 20 percent of those sales to the school. From left: The general manager of Ruby Tuesday greets Joy Caskey of Learning Way Elementary School. (Submitted photo)
Families invited to learn about Webb middle school
BELL BUCKLE -- Families with children in kindergarten through seventh grade are invited to learn more about The Webb School at a Middle School Preview from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26. 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...
Voices in song: Community band, choir guide musical trip
Oct. 6 was an "evening at the pops," as the Community High School (CHS) Band and Choir took audience members on a musical journey back to the late '60s and up to the present when they presented their Fall 2013 Pops Concert in the school's auditorium...
A step back in time
Third grade classes from Community Elementary School recently attended the annual "Step Back in Time" festival at Henry Horton State Park in Chapel Hill. Students of Sherry Anderson, Kristie Collier, Steven Dickenson, Marie Gilbert, Amanda Simmons, Paula Smith and Vickie Stinson were able to interact with the exhibitors and learn about life in the past...
Christian club takes Good News to students
Christians are spreading the good news through a children's club of the same name. First Baptist Church (FBC) launched the Good News Club at East Side Elementary School last Thursday. Another club will launch next Thursday at Eakin Elementary School, making for five schools in Bedford County that have Good News Clubs, said Missy Long, the church's children's director. Cascade Elementary School was the pilot school in Bedford County, she said, and has been participating for seven years...
Preserving -- or losing -- our written sentiments
Let's journey to the year 2113. Imagine an archivist searching to learn more about an organization that is more than 100 years old. What will the archivist find from this decade? Will any records be in a form that will be discernible? What about correspondence between members of the organization?...
MTSU hosts Holocaust expert
MURFREESBORO -- One of the world's foremost experts on the Holocaust will provide a unique community service. Dr. Gerhard Weinberg, professor emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will speak on "Roosevelt, Truman and the Holocaust" at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, at Adams Place, 1927 Memorial Blvd., in Murfreesboro. Middle Tennessee State University is hosting the event...
Several firefighters from the Bedford County Fire Department volunteered their time recently to help at the Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County. While they were there, the children took the opportunity to get a close up view of the fire trucks. From left: Firefighter Eddie Burris II, one of the volunteers, with Grecia Hipolito, Francisco Lopez and Damonyai Lyons. (Submitted photo)
Miller named new administrator for Trevecca
Trevecca Nazarene University recently named Bedford County native Andrea Miller as its new site administrator at the Motlow State Community College main campus in Moore County. Miller, who lives in Shelbyville, is active in the Shelbyville community, serves on the Child Development Center Golf Board and participates in the Leadership Bedford Board of Directors and the Chamber of Commerce...
Aquatic festival teaches conservation
Fifth-graders will soon be flocking to Duck River's banks once again to learn about the river's importance. The annual Duck RiverFest will be held Oct. 8. All fifth-graders in Bedford County are invited, said Helen Garner of the Duck River Watershed Education Committee Inc., the organizer. She estimates about 550 students will attend...
Graceful acceptance: Annie-Grace's classmates bestow special honor
Liberty Middle School experienced an emotional homecoming ceremony earlier this month that touched everyone in the close-knit community, but perhaps no one as much as one mom in attendance. Christy Jensen became overwhelmed with emotion as she watched her daughter Annie-Grace walk across the field as part of the homecoming court. This was the second year for Annie-Grace, who has Down syndrome, to make the court...
Skilled workforce group launches
On Sept. 8, the 2013-2014 officers of the inaugural SkillsUSA chapter of Tennessee College of Applied Technology Shelbyville were elected and installed. The chapter advisor is CAD & Drafting instructor Russell White. Ty Carrington is president. The other offices are Frank Mikeals, vice president; Tamara Scarberry, secretary; Victoria Rowell, parlimentarian and Matt Clark, reporter...
Walmart donates $1,000 to Community Elementary teachers
Shelbyville Walmart Store 656 recently gave away a total of $1,000 to the teachers of Community Elementary School during an afterschool faculty meeting. All teachers were surprised with cake and punch, provided by Walmart, and 20 teachers were randomly selected to receive $50 Teacher Rewards cards. The cards could be used for classroom supplies, snacks or other classroom needs...
Community serves others
The Student Council at Community Middle School has been busy this year. They delivered wagons loaded with games and supplies to Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. They also served dinner, emptied trays, washed pots and pans, and more at Nashville Rescue Mission's women's and children's campus...
Thomas Magnet named Blue Ribbon School
Thomas Magnet has become the second Bedford County school to win the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program award. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan made the announcement this morning in a national press conference. Cascade Elementary School received the blue ribbon award last year...
Common Core at heart of heated debate
The Senate Education Committee held hearings Thursday and Friday on Common Core State Standards. The hearings were open to the public and were broadcast online. Different groups and people on Twitter blasted those with whom they disagreed. A total of 44 states, including Tennessee, have been working hard to implement Common Core, teaching the curriculum ahead of the 2014-2015 deadline for implementation...
Easy as A-B-C
Argie Cooper Public Library held Story Time on Wednesday morning. The children learned "ABCs and 123s." (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Help mold a life
Out of the 50 to 55 children who attend the Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County's after-school program each day, about 30 come with homework. In some cases, their parents are ill-prepared to help them with that homework, and their best chance of getting it done is the club's "Power Hour," from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday...
Better safe than sorry: Gas leak causes evacuation
A natural gas line began leaking while construction workers were at lunch Wednesday, resulting in the evacuation of a school and part of Shelbyville's south side. The leak occurred at approximately 12:15 p.m. on South Cannon Boulevard near Colonial Avenue, where old natural gas lines are being replaced by Atmos, Cmdr. Roger Clanton of the Shelbyville Fire Department said...
School board backs Embry, superintendents' petition
Bedford County Board of Education, meeting Tuesday night, voted to prepare a resolution in support of a petition by school superintendents critical of Tennessee Commissioner of Education Kevin Huffman. School Superintendent Don Embry was one of those who signed the petition...
Safety at issue in schools
How do you make a school safer? The answers aren't always easy, and every choice can have unintended consequences. That was the dilemma faced by Bedford County Board of Education on Tuesday night as it heard a report from architect John Davis on school security issues...
Seeds planted for success: Motlow hosts MTEC open house
For the staff at Middle Tennessee Education Center in Shelbyville, feeding the mind -- and the people -- is serious business. In fact, it's a matter of survival. "We must develop our own food sources," Motlow State Community College president Dr. MaryLou Apple said at the school's MTEC site open house Tuesday night. "One day it will make a difference in who survives."...
Speakers armed with thoughts on right to bear arms
MOTLOW COLLEGE -- Any discussion of the Second Amendment is sure to provoke spirited discussion, and this year's Constitution Day Forum at Motlow State Community College was no exception. The annual event, attended by students and members of the public alike, brings together several Motlow faculty members to give their viewpoints on a Constitution-related topic...
Football players score with books
On any given Thursday this season -- designated as "Football Day" at Liberty School -- players wear their jerseys to school. But it is what happens before the school day begins that has sparked so much interest outside the stadium. Eleven eighth grade members of the football team arrive at 7:30 a.m. each Thursday to read books to kindergarten and first grade students. The youngsters have quickly become fans of the reading program and, even more so, its leaders...
Woodmen chapter gives to schools
Betty and Jim Brown, right, present a check for $200 to David Parker, principal of Cascade Middle School. The Browns are members of Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society, Chapter 6297, which donated $200 to every public school in Bedford and Coffee Counties to help with the purchase of supplies for needy students. (Submitted Photo)
Thief doesn't steal Community yearbook staff's spirit
You can choose to build or to tear down. You can choose to contribute to society or to take. You can choose to shrug off reprehensible behavior and move on or you can let it eat at you. The yearbook staff at Community Middle School are choosing to be part of the solution instead of letting a thief or thieves stop them...
UPDATE: Education leaders say state's not listening
Bedford County School Supt. Don Embry is joining with more than 60 of his counterparts in sharing their concerns with the governor about Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman. Dr. Dan Lawson, Tullahoma City Schools superintendent, wrote a letter to Gov. Bill Haslam and members of the legislature during a state superintendents meeting earlier this week. Lawson said he will wait until the middle of next week to mail the letter to give superintendents a chance to add their names...
School officer racks up OT hours
Bedford County Board of Commissioners, meeting Tuesday night, approved payment of up to $7,500 to school resource officer Jason Freeman, whose built-up compensatory time was more than the amount allowed by federal wage law. The actual payment will be only $4,500, said Commissioner Tony Barrett on Wednesday morning...
Protection in the air: Firefighters get hazmat training
The tragedy resulting from the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, is inextricably linked in the public mind with firefighters, who were recognized for their heroic response to the destruction of the World Trade Center and the damage at the Pentagon. This week, as the nation observes the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Bedford County Fire Department is undergoing a week of hazardous materials response training...
Motlow ready to get you in class
Are you thinking about college but are not sure it's feasible? Motlow State Community College wants to tell you it is possible. To that end, Motlow will hold an open house at its satellite campus in Shelbyville -- Middle Tennessee Education Center (MTEC) at 200 Dover St. The open house will be from 5:30-7 p.m. next Tuesday, Sept. 17, and will feature refreshments and door prizes...
MTEC visits Farm Bureau
Wayne Dillingham (far right), Middle Tennessee Education Center coordinator, recently attended the Bedford County Farm Bureau Directors' monthly meeting to explain MTEC's academic programs. He focused on MTEC's agriculture programs and introduced Dr. Warren Gill (far left), MTSU School of Agribusiness and Agriculture director, who also addressed the group. Dr. Gill introduced Kara Youngblood (second from left), his newest faculty member, who will teach agribusiness and other classes at MTEC. Pictured with them is Marty Davis, Bedford County Farm Bureau president. MTEC, located in Shelbyville at 200 Dover St., is a joint effort of Bedford County government, MTSU, and Motlow State Community College. (Submitted photo)
MTSU memorial scholarship to help Fanning
MURFREESBORO -- By all accounts, she had a deep passion to fly. Family and friends of Middle Tennessee State University alumna and UPS pilot Shanda Carney Fanning want to honor that passion by establishing a scholarship in her memory. A Lynchburg resident and Shelbyville native, Fanning was one of two pilots killed Aug. 14 when their United Parcel Service airplane crashed in Birmingham, Ala. She was 37...
City numbers show there's work to do
"We have some challenges." Those words from Shelbyville's city manager accompanied a comparison of similar-sized Tennessee cities -- pointing out some sobering numbers about our community. Jay Johnson stated in a memo that he had informal conversations with several council members regarding other Tennessee cities, as well as other discussions on demographics...
All things work for good
The yearbook staff at Community Middle School were greeted back to school with the realization that someone had stolen their yearbook equipment over the summer. They had worked hard to raise the money for the old equipment. The staff was devastated and didn't know what to do. Through the help of www.donorschoose.org they were able to create a project and request funds for a new laptop. The students were able to take a negative situation and see that positive things do come out of negative things. The students have one more project they are trying to get funded to replace more equipment. To help, visit donorschoose.org/mrs.burrahm for more information. Front, from left: Jesse Matthews, Parker Johnson and Alyssa Amos. Back row: Zachary Lohn; Brooke Williams; Hannah Goodwin; Haylie Parker; Leah Reed and Brooke Anne Farrar. (Submitted photo)
Thomas Magnet thanks officers
Thomas Magnet School Student Council President Jacob Hardy took time to thank Josh Tolar (left) and Nikia Elliott of the Bedford County Sheriff's Department. The two officers, who were recognized for their hard work keeping Thomas Magnet School safe last year, received a gift card and trophy. (Submitted photo)
Leah Hulan to talk about bulimia at Martin Methodist
Beech Grove native Leah Hulan, a former Miss Tennessee, will speak Sept. 17 at Martin Methodist College in Pulaski about her book, "Pain Behind the Smile: My Battle with Bulimia." The presentation, set for 7 p.m. in Martin Hall Auditorium, is free and open the public. ...
Class of 1963 seeks classmates
Members of the Shelbyville Central High School Class of 1963 are continuing to search for classmates who have been out of touch. The Class of 1963 have a 50th anniversary reunion planned for Nov. 2 at Riverbend Country Club, and they are looking for information about Jo Ann Crosslin Kirkland...
Kelly Barber, right, helps Heather Blackwell enroll her children, Falynne and Aurey (not pictured) in the Homeschool Enrichment Program last Tuesday at First Baptist Church on Depot Street. The Christian program is run by mothers who homeschool their children and provides classes and fellowship for the families. The weekly classes start Sept. 10. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
'The best day of my life': New Class of '45 grad never gave up
Men and women who participated in World War II are often referred to as part of "The Greatest Generation," as television journalist Tom Brokaw did in his 1998 book by the same name. "They are the greatest generation any society has produced," according to his writings. They are a "generation of towering achievement and modest demeanor."...
School funding is hot issue
HENRY HORTON STATE PARK -- Education funding was a primary topic of discussion Thursday night as Tennessee County Commissioners Association held one of a series of regional meetings to brief its members on state laws affecting county government, and to solicit questions and comments...
SRO of the year
Former Bedford County deputy Kim Moses, who served as a school resource officer, has been named Tennessee School Resource Officer of the Year for 2013. Moses is now a deputy in Williamson County working at Poplar Grove Middle School. She previously served at Shelbyville Central High School. Mike Barnes, president of the Tennessee School Resource Officers Association, presents the award at the group's annual convention. Bedford County Deputy/SRO Tracey Harvey, a former recipient of the award, praised Moses for her hard work and concern for students. (Submitted photo)
MTSU business professor honored
MURFREESBORO -- The MTSU Foundation celebrated 17 faculty members for their outstanding work and service to the university and community with special awards at last week's Fall Faculty Meeting in Tucker Theatre. Highlighting the recognition was the Career Achievement Award presented to Dr. William F. "Bill" Ford, professor of economics and finance and holder of the Weatherford Chair of Excellence in Finance in the Jennings A. Jones College of Business...
Sumrall scholarship, Shoffner award given
Practical Nursing graduate Meagan Reid of Shelbyville received the Danyelle Sumrall Memorial Scholarship award during graduation at Tennessee College of Applied Technology Shelbyville. Graduation was Aug. 16 at First Baptist Church in Shelbyville. Brian Bruce, a graduate of the nursing program and former classmate of Summrall, presented the award. (Submitted photo)
School system status rises to 'achievement'
Bedford County Board of Education received an update Tuesday on the system's progress in student testing. "Bedford County is now in achievement status in the achieve category" in TCAP testing, Assistant Superintendent Karen Scoggins said. That means the county met more than 50 percent of its goals, she said...
Class of 2003
Members of Shelbyville Central High School's class of 2003 gathered for their 10-year class reunion Aug. 3 at the Blue Ribbon Circle. More than 60 classmates attended the reunion. Row 1: Deanna Fry, Diana Grogan, Kendall Davis, Janetta McClain, Courtney Bonner, Patricia Lee Niles, Tabitha Phelps Prescott, Ashley Hord, Angie Lokey McCullough, Samantha Moore, Meagan Hayes Turnbow, Ryan Shoffner. Row 2: Jenna Edwards Henderson, Jaymond Perry, Emily Sons Gill, Paula Gambill Roddy, Katherine Caldwell, Angelica Jones, Shana Keele Bailey, Nikki Houston, Lakaia Jones Young, Corey Curlee Bates, Adam Bates, Yance Baker. Row 3: Della Johnson, Stephanie Bonner, Megan Finch Wakefield, Jessica Gonzalez, Amber Winsett Chumbley, Brooke Smith Sanders, Andrea Stratton Lowe, Sylvia Smith, Naiomi Barrett Ingram, Wesley Boyce, Michael Grijalva, Chase Martin, John Adams. Row 4: Brittany Whitmore, Ashley Cannon, Jami Vernon Hage, Katie Canon Hill, Kirk Embry, Josh Carlock, Kanetha Adams, Courtney Price Cruse, Oliver Bulgariski, Joseph Forsee, Michael Shepard, Blaine May, Jerome Evans. Row 5: Katie Schippers Bateman, Danielle Franklin Desarzant, Kristy Butler Weaver, Lindsey Payne Ferrell, JT Carkuff, Lee Rodriguez, Billy Dotterer, Jason Bradshaw, Tyler Landers, Drew Clardy, Jason Amburgey. (Submitted photo)
Parents honor Webb instructor
A.J. Swafford of Bell Buckle was recognized by The Webb School Parents' Association with the 2013 WSPA Faculty Enrichment Award. Swafford, a science teacher and middle school girls' soccer coach, at The Webb School, was presented the award by Kelli Dodson of Bell Buckle and Ashley Segroves of Shelbyville, WSPA president and vice president, respectively...
Work time defined for SROs
School security continues to be an area of concern for education officials. Superintendent Don Embry told the Bedford County Board of Education Tuesday night that he is working out details for a new memorandum of understanding with the Bedford County Sheriff's Department for school resource officers (SROs)...
Progress and potential: State releases TCAP data
Two Bedford County schools received high marks from the state Monday, while certain student groups were identified as needing more attention by educators. The Tennessee Department of Education gave Community Elementary School the Progress designation and Thomas Magnet School the Performance designation...
E-books lighten Webb students' loads
The Webb School is lightening the load for students this year. The school is phasing in the use of e-textbooks this fall semester which begins Monday, said Raymond Pryor, director of technology. Parents can still buy traditional printed books. Webb will attempt to continue to offer print versions as long as publishers make those available...
State funds boost schools' Race to the Top
Bedford County schools are receiving additional Race to the Top funds. Last week, the Tennessee Department of Education announced it was dispersing $8 million to 83 districts, including Bedford County, that agreed to implement certain initiatives. Bedford County's cut is $118,360 for this school year, Superintendent Don Embry said...
Teacher licensing reforms pass, but will be delayed
The Tennessee Board of Education on Friday voted 6-3 to implement controversial teacher licensing reforms but to hold off on carrying out the changes until August 2015. Prior to the board meeting, Bedford County Superintendent Don Embry said local educators are concerned about the proposed law...
Enrichment program helps homeschool students
The Bedford County Homeschool Enrichment Program (HEP) will start its fall schedule on Tuesday, Sept. 10. The organization meets at First Baptist Church on Depot Street. Registration will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Aug. 27 at the church, said Paula Tignor, the HEP's director. Orientation for new family members will be on the same day, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. The group meets every Tuesday...
MTSU to have power outages Sunday, Monday
Middle Tennessee State University visitors should be aware that some campus buildings will be without electricity during a scheduled power outage Sunday and Monday. About 19 MTSU buildings and/or sites will have no electricity from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, and another 15 will be dark on Monday, while utility crews complete connections on the university's underground electrical project...
Common Core conference planned
A special reading conference for area educators on "Common Core State Standards: What They Mean for the K-12 Struggling Reader" is set for Saturday, Aug. 24, inside Middle Tennessee State University's Business and Aerospace Building. Sponsored by the Tennessee Center for the Study and Treatment of Dyslexia on the MTSU campus, the daylong conference focuses on early and intensive help for students to overcome their reading problems...
MTSU gets papers from composer of Sinatra hit
The Center for Popular Music at Middle Tennessee State University has expanded its internationally recognized collection with the works of songwriter, arranger and bandleader Joel S. Herron, who teamed with Frank Sinatra to write one of the crooner's classics, "I'm a Fool to Want You."...
'A Midsummer Night's Dream' to be performed
Smokestack Summer Theatre Group will present William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" from Aug. 16-18. The play will be offered at Community High School at 7 p.m. on Friday-Saturday, Aug. 16-17, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 18. Tickets are $4 at the door...
New Cascade school, jail are a must, mayor says
Bedford County Mayor Eugene Ray says he concurs with the results of a Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR) study on county-by-county infrastructure needs. The Tennessee Infrastructure Alliance has been publicizing TACIR's report...
Auto repair students receive donation
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville (formerly known as Tennessee Technology Center) has received another donation for students studying automobile repair....
Common Core: Higher standard or government overreach?
As the book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible says, there is nothing new under the sun. That's true in schools as well, where students and teachers face a never-ending array of regulations. One of the main changes in education is the continued switch to Common Core standards, a move which some call a much-needed reform and others call an overreach by government to create nationalized education...
Licensing, pay draw teachers' concern
Even as teachers continue to adjust to Common Core standards, they must face additional issues. Those issues include the following: One of the latest proposed changes involves making it harder to obtain and keep a teaching license. The Tennessee Board of Education continues to study proposed changes to tie teacher licenses to student achievement. ...
Student parking adds 980 spaces, relieves MTSU congestion
MURFREESBORO -- MTSU students should find parking a bit easier for fall semester following this week's opening of two new parking garages. Built by Messer Construction, the $23.5 million garages were paid for with student fees instituted a few years ago. ...
Salamander Stroll continues
Southside Elementary School teachers continued their annual tradition of visiting the homes of their students on Thursday night, leading up to the first day of the school year. This was the fourth year for the Salamander Stroll, which is organized by first grade teachers Caron Lovvorn and Regina Campbell...
Back in class: Short opening day helps everyone adjust
You may be excused from a tardy slip if you did not notice that Monday was the first day of school. That's because classes dismissed after only two hours. Educators say a short first day helps work out beginning-of-the-year kinks. The short day allowed schools to take preliminary head counts, hand out schedules and other preparatory things, Superintendent Don Embry said...
Computers widen children's worlds
Shelbyville's library is ready to help younger children get their hands on the latest touch-screen computer technology focusing on early learning. Two AWE Early Literacy Stations are the latest additions to the Argie Cooper Public Library. They are among 137 computers being awarded to public libraries and family childcare programs across Tennessee...
Electronics stolen from Eakin classroom
More than $7,000 worth of iPods, iPads and Otter boxes were stolen from two portable classrooms at Deery Eakin Elementary School during the summer, police were told Wednesday. Police were told 15 iPods and eight iPads are missing. No signs of forced entry were found...
Community gym gets a face lift
The Community Elementary School (CES) gymnasium was the hub of action for high school sports until a new high school (which now houses Community Middle School) opened in the fall of 1997. The elementary gym is now the place where physical education classes are conducted for nearly 700 kindergarten through fifth grade students and on weekends is the home of the Unionville Jr. Pro Basketball League...
We won't be shopping, say poll respondents
Two-thirds of Times-Gazette website readers responding to a non-scientific poll say they don't shop any more during the annual state sales tax holiday than they do during a normal weekend. That may simply reflect the fact that the tax break is benefitting those it's intended to benefit...
Central Class of '78 gathers for 35th reunion
The Shelbyville Central High Class of 1978 celebrated its 35th reunion on July 13. The Class of '78 was the first graduating class of the "new high school" in its present Eagle Boulevard, having attended classes in this building for just their senior year...
Motlow application deadline Aug. 16
Students planning to attend Motlow College this fall must submit applications for admission or readmission by Aug. 16. Students can apply online until midnight on the 16th. Online applications can be accessed from the "Apply Now" tab on the Motlow College website's homepage at mscc.edu. Also, staff members are available at all Motlow locations to help students with the application process. Students applying on the Moore County campus should do so in the Student Success Center in Crouch Center...
Letter to the Editor, Aug. 1
Dear editor, This is in response to the Wednesday, July 17, 2013, T-G article, titled "School security upgrade detailed," particularly the subtitle "Locked doors key to limiting access". This will stop most of the people but it will not stop someone with threatening intentions. ...
New officers for Liberty Lions Club
New officers for Liberty Lions Club were installed by council chairman Dick Kulp. From left are Kulp, Lion tamer Tim Parker, President Larry Hames, Secretary Veita Jo Hampton, First Vice-President Alvis Turrentine, Second Vice-President Thomas Crockett and tail-twister Brent Davidson. (Submitted photo)
We've got your back(pack), group shows students
The first annual Summer Feed and Fun Blowout last Friday was a success, organizers say. The event was held at Nothing But God (NBG) Ministries, the old Walmart on Madison Street. The day camp was organized by the Center for Family Development, Johnson Residential Group (the Summer Feed Program) and Luke Faulk's Nothing But God Ministries...
Raise your hand: Reading is rewarding
During the last school year, 17 active volunteers spent a total of 260 volunteer-hours reading to or with local school children through United Way of Bedford County's "Raise Your Hand" program. I was one of them, stopping by Learning Way Elementary for an hour each Monday morning. According to United Way executive director Dawn Holley, the feedback she's received from both educators and volunteers has been universally positive...
Schools grade high in majority of TCAP marks
Bedford County's initial TCAP results show improvements in 57 percent of targets from the previous year, although a great deal of work is needed for minorities, economically disadvantaged students and students with disabilities. Bedford County released the general test results Wednesday night. School districts were allowed to release their results ahead of the state's official release of district-level data, although there have been conflicting reports on when all the data will be available...
Bell Buckle resident takes MTSU post
MTSU did not have to look far to find the new farm laboratory director in the School of Agribusiness and Agriscience. Alumnus and Bedford County resident Matthew Wade, manager of the Tennessee Livestock Center on campus, will oversee all the farm lab units, agriculture department director Warren Gill said...
Local schools get fresh vegetables
Three Bedford County schools will participate in a federal program to provide fresh produce to students. Eakin, East Side and Learning Way Elementary Schools will take part in the $3.3 million program, according to the Tennessee Department of Education. The program is funded through the United States Department of Agriculture and combats childhood obesity by helping children learn healthy eating habits...
Webb has 32 AP scholars, two with national honors
BELL BUCKLE -- Thirty-two students at The Webb School recently were named Advanced Placement Scholars with two achieving national ranking. A total of 91.5 percent of Webb students achieved a score eligible for college credit and/or advanced placement in college courses. The Tennessee score was 59.7 percent, and the worldwide score, 60.8 percent. Additionally, Webb students had an 82 percent pass rate on all exams taken...
Harris girls wrap up cheer camp
Athletes on the Harris Middle School cheerleading team had a very successful camp last week. The National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) camp was designed to help the cheerleaders perform new moves and improve on what they had already learned this summer...
Cascade staff shares Common Core thoughts
Cascade Elementary School administrators and first-grade teachers hosted their counterparts from a Lawrence County school Wednesday to share their thoughts on a new state curriculum. Martha Fisher, Cascade's principal, said the meeting was born out of her work as a Common Core coach. Christy Crews, assistant principal at Ethridge Elementary School in Lawrence County, participated in a Common Core workshop Fisher held several months ago...
Stuff the School Bus
Deann Haywood, left, talks to Heather Vandenbusch of Regions Bank before donating supplies to United Way of Bedford County's Stuff the School Bus campaign. United Way accepted donations Wednesday in front of the bank on the square and will accept donations of money or supplies from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at Atmos Energy on Lane Parkway. Dawn Holley, United Way's executive director, said the supplies will be distributed to Bedford County's students through individual schools. Various businesses are accepting supplies on behalf of the program as well. For more information, contact United Way at 684-6685 or email@example.com. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
A stitch in time ....
Jessica Osterhaus carefully pulls the thread through the needle as she, along with others, participate in a Sewing 101 class at the UT Extension Office on Midland Road. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Soaring to new heights: STEM camp grows in Bedford County
Last year, Billy Hix did one week of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) day camp in Shelbyville; the camp was well-received and so he began making plans to do two weeks this summer, thinking the success of last year's event would help build word of mouth...
Diggin' into words: Summer reading program celebrates banner year
"Dig into Reading," the summer reading program at Argie Cooper Public Library, ended on a high note Wednesday with the awarding of prizes for most books read followed by a carnival held outside on the lawn of the proposed new library. This year's grand total of 12,631 books read far exceeded last year's figure of 9,900. ...
School stuff for the bus
Over the past six years, United Way of Bedford County's "Stuff The School Bus" program has collected over 40,000 school supplies for Bedford County children who needed them, according to United Way executive director Dawn Holley. The program is active again this summer, preparing for the 2013-14 school year. Preliminary drop box locations are now open, and the big school bus collection sites will take place over the next two weeks...
Grant award recipients announced
State Rep. Pat Marsh of Shelbyville has released the list of grant award recipients from Tennessee Arts Commission for Fiscal Year 2014 (July 1, 2013- June 30, 2014). Eakin Elementary School made the list receiving $3,500 for this upcoming school year. This money will be used to enhance arts education in the school...
Tennessee youth tour Washington, D.C.
More than 140 high school juniors from across Tennessee, including two from Bedford County, experienced an in-depth look at our nation's capital during the 2013 Rural Electric Youth Tour. Kristen Brothers and Austin Sanders of Community High School were awarded spots on the weeklong tour of Washington, D.C., for writing winning short stories titled "Electric Cooperatives: Powering Your Communities" describing how locally owned, member-controlled electric cooperatives provide valuable community-building support in addition to reliable and affordable electric service.. ...
Getting ready for school
Courtney Lynch works on the outside of Southside Elementary School cleaning the sidewalk. Bedford County Schools will be back in session Aug. 5. (T-G photo by Jim Davis)
School security upgrade detailed
Five Shelbyville elementary schools will be getting upgraded security systems this year, focusing on locked doors, with the other area schools following in the near future. The Bedford County School Board approved a measure Tuesday to upgrade security at Thomas Magnet, East Side, Southside, Eakin and Learning Way. ...
Star of the show: Film students shoot in Shelbyville
The tables have been turned this week at the Capri Theatre, which is being used as a set in a short movie that is being shot on-site. A film crew is shooting "Movie Room Magic," a romantic comedy directed by Phillip L. Dixon II. The majority of the crew is composed of Middle Tennessee State University mass communication students and alumni, while most of the actors are donating their talent, Dixon said...
A new library moves closer to reality
A new Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library is now on the horizon. The library Board of Trustees has approved plans for the new library with ground breaking scheduled for late fall. Notable components of the new space include a larger children's zone, more square footage for computer users, additional meeting space, rooms dedicated to our local Historical Society, and a public coffee area...
Teachers adjust to Common Core changes
Sometimes teachers switch roles and become the students, especially when education standards change and they have to get up to speed on new techniques. Common Core State Standards is an initiative in 47 states to bring school curricula into closer alignment, and Bedford County schools have been implementing the program even before the state's deadline of 2014-2015...
A school by any other name: TTCS now TCAT
Tennessee Technology Center at Shelbyville has a new name but the same mission. The school is now called the Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville. State Sen. Jim Tracy and State Rep. Harry Brooks sponsored the name change bill in the General Assembly, and Gov. Bill Haslam signed the bill into law. The name change recognizes that the TTCS is a post-secondary higher education institution and part of the Tennessee Board of Regents University and Community College system...
Thief takes surveillance camera from classroom
The surveillance camera was stolen from a portable classroom at Bedford County Vocational School, J.G. Helton Drive, between Monday and Thursday, Shelbyville police said. Items on desks were thrown on the floor and the fire extinguisher was discharged after the door was pried, police were told...
Hamler: A full-circle journey
It's amazing how age can make the size of things seem different. "It looks smaller, but then, I was smaller," former East Side Elementary student Xavier Hamler said about the school. Now, Hamler is the principal of East Side, not the student. The Shelbyville native has spent July getting the school ready for when classes resume Aug. 5. July 1 was his first official day, and he wasted no time in interviewing and filling vacancies for two teachers, a librarian and a guidance counselor...
'S' is for Shoulders
The summer reading program at Argie Cooper Library is winding down, but there was still lots of fun to be had at Wednesday's presentation at the Fly Arts Center featuring children's author Michael Shoulders. Shoulders, a Clarksville resident, is perhaps best known for his book, "V is for Volunteer -- A Tennessee Alphabet." The author delighted Wednesday's crowd as he led them in a rap version of the book...
Student registration July 22
Registration for Bedford County students who have not previously registered will be on July 22 from 8 a.m. to noon at each school. It is important for any parent who missed the spring kindergarten registration to register his or her child on that day. The parent needs to bring the birth certificate, shot record, physical record and proof of address...
Common ground: Teachers learn new standards
School starts back in less than a month, and teachers are cramming to learn new state standards. Before students start walking the halls again on Aug. 5, teachers will have learned up-to-date information on using the Common Core State Standards curriculum in their classrooms...
Life under the waves
Courtnie Carter, a rising senior at Cascade High School, wants to be a marine wildlife veterinarian. Her family vacations on the Gulf Coast each year, and she learned about the Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL) on Dauphin Island, Ala., which offers a month-long residential program for high school students. Carter attended the program, which ran from June 2-28 of this year, and found it rewarding...
COMPASS test dates set
The COMPASS test will be administered on various dates at all Motlow College sites before fall classes begin, according to Sonya Hood, director of disability and testing services at the college. Hood said students planning to enroll at Motlow for the fall semester who need to take the COMPASS, which is used to assess a student's readiness for college-level work, should do so as soon as possible. ...
Harris Magnet adding 7th grade
Harris Middle School will continue expanding its magnet program to the seventh grade this fall, officials say. Last year, the school created a magnet program within the sixth-grade for eligible students. School officials had expressed a desire to roll out a magnet program for the seventh and eighth grades on an annual basis...
Hughes participates in summer orientation
Mary Hughes of Tullahoma joined members of the upcoming freshman class as Bob Jones University hosted summer orientation June 28-29. Incoming students and their parents attended informational sessions about the BJU experience, asked questions regarding academics, financial aid and student life, and became familiar with the campus. Students were also able to receive academic and career counsel from faculty and register for their fall classes...
Special day for students
Before students return to school in August, a coalition of community groups plans to feed 500 of them and provide backpacks and other school supplies. The day camp event, called Summer Blowout, is planned for 9 a.m. on July 26 at the old Walmart building, 1250 Madison St. But before then, organizers need the community's help in raising $5,000...
Central sports complex hit twice in two days
Strike three and you're out in baseball or softball. Shelbyville Central High athletic officials hope that hold true for thieves as well. The school's outdoor athletic facilities were entered twice in two days Monday and Tuesday. They follow a June 20 burglary in which thousands of dollars worth of baseball and softball equipment were taken...
Welding instructor attends workshop
A Shelbyville welding instructor attended a welding metallurgy professional development workshop held in Chattanooga last month. The Engineering Technology Division of Chattanooga State Community College along with Weld-Ed, a National Science Foundation-funded welding education program, hosted the workshop from June 10-14 at the college's Center for Advanced Technologies. ...
Class of '62 seeks information
The Shelbyville Central High School Class of 1962 is looking for five classmates. The classmates are: Barbara Rowe Mills; Bobbie Jo Guthrie; Gary Cooper; Roger Singleton and Loretta Carter O'Kain. If you have information about these classmates, call Judy Sliger at 684-2105...
'Dig Into Reading' welcomes reptiles to library
"Dig into Reading," the summer reading program at Argie Cooper Public Library, is well under way with over 3,300 books already read, according to children's librarian Jessica Osborne. Children read or listen to books (depending on their individual reading level) and record them on the reading log kept at the library...
Bedford FFA looks back at successful year
The Bedford County FFA chapter of Shelbyville Central High School is recalling a successful 2012-2013 year even as it plans ahead for back-to-school. On March 23, the Bedford County FFA chapter traveled to Gatlinburg, to attend the 85th Tennessee FFA State Convention. Students earned several honors...
Ten Bedford County students among 54 Webb grads
BELL BUCKLE -- Fifty-four seniors, including 10 Bedford County students, each received a Bible and diploma at the Webb School 143rd Commencement Ceremony on June 1. The day began with baccalaureate. 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...
California 4-H'ers pay visit
The Bedford County 4-H Honor Club, along with the Lincoln County Club, hosted the Hi 4-H club of Stanislaus County of California this week as they toured different sights throughout Tennessee and Alabama. "We came here to learn about Tennessee. We have learned about the differences between here and California," said Tiffany Thompson, the president of the Stanislaus County 4-H Club...
School policies aligned with state
Bedford County Board of Education attended to a number of policy housekeeping details related to the end of the fiscal year during a meeting on Tuesday. Most of the policy revisions were made in response to changes in state law. For example, the emergency preparedness plan was updated to reflect changes in emergency drill requirements. The law currently requires three annual safety drills in addition to monthly fire drills...
Reading in Action boosts program
Summer fun continues tomorrow at Argie Cooper Public Library. "Reading in Action" will take place from 9 to 10:30 a.m. The event aims to raise awareness of the local Raise Your Hand Tennessee Program, which kicked off locally during the last school year...
Common Core: A race to the middle?
Folks across my district universally support providing their children with a good education. Educating our children strengthens our communities, creates and supports jobs, and boosts our economic competitiveness in the global market and at home. As long as parents, teachers, administrators and other state and local actors are offered the ability to hold their educational systems accountable, our schools will be robust and our children will thrive...
Wanted: More local teachers in 3 categories
School system personnel changes were referenced in Tuesday's Bedford County School Board meeting. Superintendent Don Embry welcomed Karen Scoggins, former principal of Learning Way Elementary School, to her first meeting as assistant superintendent. Embry has filled all the vacant principal positions, and said he hopes to fill the remaining assistant principal jobs in the coming week...
Caskey to lead Learning Way
Joy Caskey has been named principal at Learning Way Elementary School. Caskey is replacing Karen Scoggins, who was named assistant superintendent last week, according to an announcement from Superintendent Don Embry. She has served as assistant principal at Community Middle School for the past two years...
Womble, Hamler to lead schools
Janice Womble has been named principal at Thomas Magnet School and Xavier Hamler principal at East Side Elementary School. "I am thrilled with the opportunity to be selected as Thomas Magnet School principal," Womble said. "I plan to continue the educational goals of the school and to move it forward to continued excellence. I look forward to working with the faculty, staff and parents as we prepare our students to be college- and career-ready."...
The Webb School names honor roll
BELL BUCKLE -- The Webb School recently announced its A and B honor rolls for the fourth quarter of the 2012-13 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...
Garrette named principal
Tony Garrette has been named principal at Community Middle School. Garrette has served in numerous positions at Community Middle School and Community High School since 2002. He has a wide background with the school as a history and government teacher. Most recently, Garrette had been high school athletic director...
4 named assistant principals
More promotions have been announced in the Bedford County school system. Four assistant principal positions were filled on Wednesday, Superintendent Don Embry said, three of which were filled by promoting teachers. Teachers who were promoted were: Janolyn King, teacher at Cascade Middle School, to assistant principal at Cascade Middle; Josh Young, teacher at Thomas Magnet School, to assistant principal at Harris Middle School; and Neil Watson, teacher at Thomas Magnet, to assistant principal at Cascade High School.. ...
2 named to school positions
Bedford County's new school superintendent Don Embry is spending the early portion of summer break by filling administrative vacancies and hiring teachers. Karen Scoggins has been named assistant superintendent, said Embry, who officially started as superintendent on April 1. Scoggins' appointment leaves the principal's position vacant at Learning Way Elementary School...
TTCS receives tool donation
Tennessee Technology Center at Shelbyville (TTCS) was one of six schools that received a large donation of tools for collision repair. The donation was made by Mac Tools, which made a total of $10,000 worth of tools through the Collision Repair Education Foundation...
Giffin a finalist in young farmer & rancher event
Sean Giffin of Shelbyville was recently named the Middle Tennessee State University finalist for the Tennessee Young Farmer & Rancher collegiate discussion meet. The collegiate discussion meet is a competitive event promoted by the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers & Ranchers. ...
Swafford receives FFA scholarship
The National FFA Organization has awarded a $1,000 Tyson Foods Inc. scholarship to Madison Swafford from Cascade High School's FFA club. Swafford plans to use the funds to pursue a degree at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, according to a press release from the National FFA Organization...
SMBC dares to be Daniel with special summer ministry
In an effort to reach more children, and in turn more families, Shelbyville Mills Baptist Church has revamped its summer children's ministry for this year. Because the church's AWANA program runs concurrent with the school year, the summer months are usually filled with other activities such as Vacation Bible School, children's choir and kids' camp...
Job fair draws crowd at MTEC
Pete Constantaras and Heather Morse work on their resumes at the Yates Service/Nissan Job Fair at MTEC on Dover Street. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
More photos from the T-G's June 2, 2013, Honor Roll section.
Online learning works for student
Trace Marshall has enjoyed many of the aspects of a normal high school senior year -- having senior pictures made, buying a senior ring, ordering his graduation cap and gown, making plans for college -- but he is not your traditional high school graduate...
Cascade High School scholarship winners
Ancilla College, Golf Scholarship -- Jake Pimental Bryan College, Golf Scholarship -- Jake Pimental Martin Methodist College, Golf Scholarship -- Jake Pimental Emory University, Academic Excellence Scholarship -- Sierra Cortner The University of Tennessee at Knoxville:...
Community Valedictorian: Zeke Parker Grissom
Parents: Kevin and Marinda Grissom Clubs, organizations and teams: National Honor Society Church: Member of North Fork Baptist Church...
Cascade Valedictorian: Olivia DuPuy
Olivia DuPuy She is the daughter of Steve and Gina DuPuy. Her accomplishments include: DuPuy will attend Tennessee Tech University...
Community Salutatorian: Kalab Fulton
Fulton plans on attending the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in the fall to work on a bachelor's degree in biology...
SCHS Valedictorian: Jessica Leigh Hockaday
Parents: J.J. and Laisha Hockaday Honors/Awards: Clubs, organizations and teams: Future plans:...
Cascade Salutatorian: Jordan Wilson
She is the daughter of Shon and Shera Wilson. Her accomplishments include: Wilson will attend the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and major in nursing...
Cascade Elementary School Principal's List Fifth Grade Anna Allison, Tristan Bowen, Anna Brown, Ethan Calvert, Seth Corriveau, Jenna Cox, Andrew Curl, Savanah Emery, Eli Feck, Jonathan Garcia Padilla, Christopher Heath, Isabella Insell, Olivia Mason, Parth Patel, Britney Phommateth, Sarah Prosser, Carmen Ray, Alex Scruggs, Hayden Spence, Mckayla Swain, Lily Walker, Bryce Ware...
SCHS Salutatorian: Kaylyn Melody Attig
Parents: Donna and Ronnie Helton and the late Mark Attig Awards/Honors: Clubs, organizations and teams: Future plans: Her scholarships include:...
First Presbyterian honors grads
On Sunday, May 12, the congregation of First Presbyterian Church honored its graduating high school seniors with the Greg Garner Memorial Scholarship and the Constance Buchanan/Lindsey Hall Memorial Scholarship. Daleigh Cares is a 2013 graduate of Shelbyville Central High School, and she will attend Columbia State Community College this fall. Cares is the daughter of Chuck and Anne Cares of Shelbyville...
Hedges selected to Who's Who
Corbin Hedges was selected from Carson-Newman University to be included in the 2012-2013 Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges publication. Hedges, of Tullahoma, is a mathematics student at Carson-Newman in Jefferson City, Tenn...
2013 Cascade High School Boys State delegates
Lance is the son of David and Angie Parker of Shelbyville. Lance is a member of the Interact Club, the Key Club and the National Honor Society. He was chosen to participate in the Leadership Bedford program and was selected as Cascade High School's SCOPE delegate. Lance is a three year member of the varsity baseball team. He attends Fairlane Church of Christ. After high school he plans to attend Middle Tennessee State University majoring in engineering...
SCHS Boys and Girls State delegates
Alexi is the daughter of Neal and Kanya Gordon. She will serve as the 2013-2014 Student Council President. She is a member of National Honor Society, FCA, Drama Club, Keyettes, and was a two year member of the SCHS girls' soccer team. She is a member of Calvary Baptist Church...
Shelbyville students graduate from Lipscomb
Shelbyville area students graduate as part of the class of 2013 at Lipscomb University. Several Shelbyville students were awarded a degree from Lipscomb University at the conclusion of the spring semester 2013. Graduating Shelbyville area undergraduate and graduate students are:...
2013 Cascade High School Girls State delegates
Santana is the daughter of Bobby and Cindy Vasquez of Bell Buckle. She is a member of the Key Club, President of the National Honor Society, President of the Interact Club, and Historian of the Student Council. She was chosen to participate in the Leadership Bedford program and was chosen to be the Hugh O'Brian Leadership delegate. ...
Eakin Elementary School honors
Principal's List Fifth Grade Izarria Alexander, Nicholas Carballoso, Kalynn Ferrell, Taylor Harper, Elvin Hernandez-Guerrero, Kaitlyn Jones, Tamiya McCroskey, Ramces Reyes Garcia, Zarina Rodriguez, Elic Smith, Miranda Smith, Shilaya Tidwell...
Community Boys and Girls State delegates
Austin Leverette is the son of Judy and Paul Eugene Leverette of Unionville. He is a member of House of Prayer Church and helps out there as a sound booth technician. At Community High School, Austin is a member of the Yearbook staff and is in the National Honor Society...
Bryant, Rasnick receive National Merit Scholarships
Carson Bryant and Micah Rasnick, members of the Class of 2013 at The Webb School and named as 2013 National Merit Scholarship finalists in February, will each receive a National Merit $2,500 Scholarship. The scholarships are underwritten by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation...
Drowning is the second leading cause of injury-related deaths of children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Three local organizations and one courageous mom are working to change this statistic. "For me it's personal," said Tiffany Rollins. "Had I been more aware of safety measures, maybe my son would be alive today."...
It's in the book: Reading pays off in summer library program
Have you "dug" into a good book lately? If not, now is the time to "dig in" and read one, or two, or more as the Argie Cooper Public Library begins its 2013 children's summer reading program. A summer packed full of interesting speakers and the chance to earn prizes awaits children aged 1 to 12 who enroll in the library's summer program, "Dig into Reading."...
Architects talk to commissioners
Bedford County commissioners decided months ago to consider hiring a standing architectural firm rather than hiring architectural firms on a project-by-project basis. The school system has had a long-standing relationship with Davis Stokes Collaborative, a Brentwood-based firm with a Bedford County resident as one of its principals, but commissioners want one architectural firm to work on upcoming projects...
Lawrence named to Belmont dean's list
Elizabeth Lawrence of Shelbyville qualified for the spring 2013 Dean's List at Belmont University. Eligibility is based on a minimum course load of 12 hours and a grade point average of 3.5 with no grade below a C. Lawrence is the daughter of Kenny Lawrence and Libby Christmas. She is working toward a bachelor's degree in nursing...
Learning Way visits Nashville
State Sen. Jim Tracy greeted students and teachers from Learning Way Elementary School on May 13 when they attended a play at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville. The group enjoyed Dinosaur Petting Zoo, created by ERTH, a theater based in Sydney, Australia...
Exceptional student honored
Every year as students make the transition to Harris or move to other schools, I become so sad because I feel like I will never be able to make the connections with other students that I had with those students. Then every year in August when I meet the new group of kids, I find out I was wrong, and this year was no exception. ...
Wartrace alumni meet
The 68th annual Wartrace High School Alumni Banquet was held April 27 at Cascade High School. Patsy Gregory, the 2012/2013 Alumni Association president, welcomed those in attendance. They enjoyed lunch, visited with former classmates, and viewed memorabilia provided by association historian Carolyn Smotherman...
Back to school as an adult? Sure!
Almost two-thirds of the respondents to a non-scientific Times-Gazette website poll say they've considered going back to school as an adult for college or vocational training, and several commenters on the poll have already done so: "I am currently attending classes and about to graduate with my four year degree."...
Teachers earn A's for work
The Bedford County Board of Education honored retiring teachers and the school system's top educators on Tuesday. Prior to its monthly meeting, which was held at Shelbyville Central High School, the board paid tribute to 22 teachers of the year, ranked by school building and grade division. Three of those teachers were selected as system level winners. Several teachers were unable to attend the ceremony due to other commitments...
Teacher, assistant appear in court
A Harris Middle School teacher's assistant accused of slapping a special education student made his first court appearance Wednesday. W. Bret Lawrence, 53, of Lantern Lane stood before General Sessions Judge Charles Rich, and at first stated he would represent himself, but then later told prosecutors he would hire his own attorney...
A special reward
Mastering math facts becomes extremely important to students in fourth grade, according to Community Elementary fourth grade teacher Marie Gilbert. "In order to encourage them to learn their facts, the students that were able to learn all their facts to their 12's were able to build their very own bird house at the end of the school year," she said...
Letter to the Editor, May 23
Dear Editor: On Thursday, May 9, Eakin Elementary School held career day for all students Pre-K through 5th. The school would like to thank the following for the time they spent at our school enriching young minds and helping our students see the importance of math and reading in the workplace...
New teachers budgeted
The Bedford County Board of Education approved a proposed budget Tuesday. The proposed 2013-2014 budget includes estimated revenue of $52.4 million, total available funds of $57.3 million and total expenditures of $54.9 million. Former Superintendent Ed Gray, acting as a budget consultant, said the proposed budget would not cut any teachers or school-level administrative jobs. ...
Offenders may fund book program
Bedford County Imagination Library, which gives books to young children every month from birth to age 5, needs money -- and would like to get it from offenders passing through the court system. But county commissioners who heard the request Tuesday night say the proposal must be studied carefully to make sure it's legal...
MTSU offers new master's in management degree
MURFREESBORO -- Starting in the fall, Middle Tennessee State University will offer a new master's degree in management geared toward professionals in the workforce looking to advance in their careers. The Tennessee Board of Regents recently gave final approval for the Master of Science in Management program through the Jennings A. ...
Valedictorians, salutatorians announced
Valedictorians and salutatorians for the Class of 2013 high school graduations last weekend were: Valedictorian: Olivia DuPuy, 101.2 Salutatorian: Jordan Wilson, 100.3 Valedictorian: Zeke Grissom, 101.07 Salutatorian: Kalab Fulton, 99.88 Valedictorian: Jessica Leigh Hockaday, 99.9545...
Mike Inman, Celebration CEO, takes 28 equine science students from Colorado State University on a tour of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration grounds on Monday.
Con-grad-ulations: Seniors step into their futures
Bedford County held a graduation bash this weekend, as approximately 500 seniors graduated from three public high schools. The ceremonies were all held at Calsonic Arena: Community at 7 p.m. Friday, Shelbyville Central at 10 a.m. Saturday and Cascade at 4 p.m. Saturday...
A special visitor
Liberty School had a special visitor attend school last week. Don Diego, an 11-year-old walking horse stallion, was brought to the school by walking horse trainer Brock Tillman for children to pet. Don Diego has been a great ambassador for the breed and is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful stallions alive today. The horse never made a false move, and all the children enjoyed meeting him. (Photo submitted)
Banding together to grow
Teamwork is an important part of any learning experience. It's when great ideas and hard work come together that something extraordinary happens--at least, it's the case for students and educators at Liberty School. In January, art teacher Helen Johnson proposed an idea for a stepping-stone garden to be designed by eighth-graders. According to Johnson, the garden idea quickly evolved into much more...
Motlow College graduates record 758 students
Motlow State Community College held its graduation ceremonies May 11 in Copperweld Arena on the Moore County Campus. A record 758 graduates received diplomas. Dr. Art Walker, Motlow's fourth president, was guest speaker for two commencement ceremonies. ...
Learning on the square
Third graders from Liberty School learned about local government with a walking tour of the public square Wednesday, stopping by city hall, the police and fire departments, and then taking a break on the grounds of the courthouse, where they learned some local history about the times the building was destroyed and how other public squares are designed after Bedford County's seat of government. One teacher remarked this was the first time many of the students had ever seen the square. (T-G Photos by Brian Mosely)
Giving...and receiving much more
A few times in recent years, I had participated in the annual "Read Across America" day held in schools around the date of Dr. Seuss's birthday. I always had fun, being a ham actor with a fondness for Dr. Seuss, and so when United Way of Bedford County started its participation in the "Raise Your Hand Tennessee" program, I thought it sounded like fun, and -- being a former United Way board member -- I wanted to support it...
Songs from the heart
Although attendance was down at Tuesday night's performance by the Nashville Symphony at Calsonic Arena, organizers of the concert say they were pleased with it anyway. Dawn Holley, a co-chair of the event, estimated the crowd at 550. The concert was scheduled later than usual and conflicted with several other events, so organizers were prepared for a hit in the normal attendance, which is often in the 700-800 range...
Retiring teachers honored for years of service
Fourteen retiring Bedford County teachers, with combined service totaling 388 years, were honored Thursday evening at the Bedford County Education Association (BCEA) and Bedford County Schools retirement dinner. Superintendent of Schools Don Embry welcomed retirees, spouses, supervisors, principals and BCEA members to the banquet held in the fellowship hall of Shelbyville Mills Baptist Church...
It's all on the wall: MTSU, Community students paint murals
Collaboration can be a beautiful thing. At one elementary school, it turned out to be a work of art. Students and teachers from all three Community schools recently collaborated with Middle Tennessee State University art education students on a project that not only gave students experience but helped to brighten the gymnasium of Community Elementary...
Motlow to hold pinning ceremony
Motlow State Community College will host a pinning ceremony today for nursing students who have successfully completed the nursing program's graduation requirements, said Amy Huff, director of nursing and allied health at the college. The pinning ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. in Nisbett Center on Motlow's Moore County campus...
Cascade Elementary School book lovers honored
Nationally recognized Cascade Elementary School honored its book lovers Thursday. "You are all contributors to the success of Cascade Elementary School," Principal Martha Fisher said in reference to the school's National Blue Ribbon status. "You have made a commitment to accelerating your child's reading skills," she told parents who had gathered to see their children receive a medallion...
Student was in hall due to TCAP testing
The teenager allegedly slapped and pushed by a Harris Middle School teacher's assistant last week was in a hallway during one of the incidents, authorities say. "We were told the student was 'very disruptive' so he was put in a hallway during TCAP testing," Detective Sgt. Charles Kimbril of the Bedford County Sheriff's Department said...
Smokestack Theatre Group holds year-end show
After an eventful year on the stage, members of Community High's Smokestack Theatre Group took time out to reflect at the 19th annual End of the Year Show, an awards banquet held by the group. The evening began with a dinner to serve the more than 90 parents, teachers, and students gathered on the CHS stage itself. The show itself would include awards and dramatic and musical performances...
Parsons receives first Cooper Steel scholarship
"Man of Steel" may be the name of the new Superman movie due next month, but that's also the name of the first-ever scholarship for one local firm. Cooper, founder of the company in 1960, said the scholarship will go to a student entering the engineering field...
Letter to the Editor, May 9
Dear editor, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, CAS, is a speech disorder that seriously interferes with a child's ability to develop clear speech. CAS makes it difficult for an affected child to plan the movements of the lips, tongue, and jaw that are needed for speech...
School pay may rise, board says
Bedford County school employees could be in store for a raise in the fiscal year starting July 1. The Board of Education's budget committee looked at a draft budget Tuesday that calls for employee raises. The budget has estimated revenue of $56.9 million, a decrease of $1.25 million...
More charges filed vs. Harris aide, teacher
The Harris Middle School teacher's assistant accused of slapping a special education student last week faces a second assault charge involving the same child. Also, the teacher in whose class he worked has been charged for failing to report the incidents...
County's brightest gain Tennessee Scholars honors
Bedford County education and business leaders are honoring scholars at the three area high schools. "We are excited to initiate the Tennessee Scholars program in Bedford County schools," said Janice Womble, supervisor of secondary education. "This program encourages our students to not only take more demanding courses in high school but also to be well-rounded students in the areas of attendance, discipline and community service."...
Teacher assistant faces 2nd assault charge; teacher charged
The Harris Middle School teacher's assistant accused of slapping a special education student last week faces a second assault charge involving the same child. Also, the teacher in whose class he worked has been charged for failing to report the incidents...
Show appreciation to teachers
Teacher Appreciation Week in the U.S. is recognized the week of May 6-10. This week offers us the perfect opportunity to let teachers know how thankful we are for their efforts. Teachers work to open student's minds to ideas, knowledge and dreams and keep American democracy alive by laying the foundation for good citizenship. A teacher fills many roles: as a listener, explorer, role model, motivator and mentor...
Learning Way briefly evacuated
Smoke from an electrical issue forced students of Learning Way Elementary to evacuate briefly Monday afternoon while firefighters checked out the problem, before giving the all-clear to return to class. The timing worked out well, since the skies opened up with another round of heavy rain minutes after the students made it back inside. (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
Eakin students visit airport, hospital
Eakin Elementary School kindergartners were treated to a recent field trip, visiting Shelbyville Municipal Airport and Heritage Medical Center.
Airport Manager Hank Williamson and Mark Stauffer visited with the students discussing what it takes to learn to fly ....
Community High School Awards
Community High School's Awards Day was April 26. Winners are: Vanderbilt Book Award: Courtney Williams Leo-of-the-Year: Mariah Gardner Band Recognition: Raymond Augustus, Hayden Bell, Victoria Brown, Megan Clark, Caleb Ensey, Jacob Houston, Megan Madrid, Charles Tyler Melton, Alex Nunley, Elayna Sheffield, Amber Church and Ashley Shelton...
'Wax museum' comes to life at Victory Baptist Academy
The junior high English class of Victory Baptist Academy recently participated in a "Wax Museum." Ten nervous students brought their research papers to life in the school's gymnasium. The excitement of the day was evident as fellow students and many supportive parents dropped change into the students' jars that were placed at each table. ...
School staff member allegedly slaps special education student
A Harris Middle School staff member has been suspended after allegedly slapping a special education student. W. Bret Lawrence, 53, of Lantern Lane was charged with assault Friday afternoon following an incident earlier this week, Harris student resource officer Eric Harris said...
Tools to live by: Couple helps build lives
Obeying God's will is not always an easy task, but it seems one local couple would have it no other way. Robert and Jennifer Drawdy of Shelbyville have tried to listen to each calling that God has put on their lives, and are making the difference in others' lives as a result...