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Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016
Schools and education

Liberty promotes anti-bullying campaign (12/04/16)
Liberty School has begun an anti-bullying campaign. Friday was the kick-off of the #BeTheDifference campaign sponsored by First Community Bank. This is a month long campaign focusing on kindness and helpfulness. The motto is: Get Up. Stand Up. Speak Up...
Program pairs students and books (12/04/16)
Excitement was in the air at Southside as the first graders in Shelby Johnson's class waited for their special guests to show up on Tuesday morning. Upon arrival, their special visitors, a group of 18 high school students from the Central Magnet School in Murfreesboro, appeared just as excited to be there as their young friends were for them to come...
Webb School hosts Christmas program (12/01/16)
The Webb School Chapel will be filled with music, song and fellowship on Dec. 8 during the school's annual celebration of Lessons and Carols. The performance will begin at 7 p.m. A piano prelude will begin at 6:50 p.m. A reception will follow in the Grace Follin Dining Hall on The Webb School campus. The event is free and open to the public...
Eakin coloring contest (12/01/16)
During Red Ribbon Week, first and second grade students from Eakin Elementary School competed in a coloring contest. The theme was "Paws-itively Drug Free," and students donated items for the local animal shelter. First grade winners, from left, were Nathaniel Barajas, Alex Perez Lopez, Jaxon Gannon, Alyssa Hedge, Ceili Yarger and Cayden Arendall. Second grade winners were (front row, from left) Ashley Hernandez, Kaydence Moss, Hailey Brown, Destiny McCullough, Adolfo Lopez, Darlyng Salinas, (back row) Jaelynn Toth, Tarchae Moore, Erik Smith, Jay Whitelow, Jansen Ward, Giselle Galindo, and Dominique King. (Submitted photos)
Bell Buckle resident gets grant to study abroad (11/30/16)
The nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society has presented a $1,000 grant to a Middle Tennessee State University student from Bell Buckle. Tiffany Miller, a junior, received the stipend from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. She is one of only 26 students nationwide to receive the study abroad grant...
MTSU celebrates African music, culinary culture (11/30/16)
African Cultural Awareness Night is slated for tonight at Middle Tennessee State University to celebrate the continent's musical and culinary culture as well as promote study-abroad opportunities. The event will run from 5-8 p.m. in the Tom Jackson Building. A printable campus parking map is available at tinyurl.com/MTSUParkingMap...
MMC celebrates holidays with Lessons and Carols (11/29/16)
Martin Methodist College (MMC) will hold its second annual Service of Lessons and Carols in celebration of the holiday season. The event will be held Sunday 4 at 6 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Pulaski and is free and open to the public. This service comprises nine short Bible readings from Genesis, the prophetic books and the Gospels that tell the story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah and the birth of Jesus. ...
Eakin poster contest (11/29/16)
Eakin Elementary School observed Red Ribbon Week during October. During that time students discussed the importance of keeping their body clean and healthy and drug free. Third, fourth and fifth grade students were given the opportunity to participate in poster and essay contests. Two of the winners from the poster contest were Leigha Green, fourth grade, and Brock Luckado, third grade....
MTSU presents 'Messiah' on Monday (11/25/16)
The voices of the Middle Tennessee State University Schola Cantorum and the Middle Tennessee Choral Society will blend with an orchestra to celebrate the upcoming holiday season at the 32nd annual performance of George Frideric Handel's "Messiah," 7:30 p.m. Monday at Murfreesboro First United Methodist Church, 265 W. Thompson Lane...
Bank helps with Stones River trip (11/25/16)
Kari Tisma's fifth grade class at Eakin Elementary traveled to Stones River National Battlefield in Murfreesboro as part of its studies of the Civil War. First Community Bank sponsored the trip, and the students made a "thank you" banner to recognize the bank's contribution. (Submitted photo)
SC students collect food for charities (11/24/16)
Shelbyville Central High School students showed a hunger for helping the hungry and broke their goal for collecting food in their annual Great Canned Food Drive. With a goal of 20,000 cans and other food and personal care items, SCHS students busted through and collected 23,809, they announced during their annual food drive presentation ceremony Tuesday. That is up from last year's total of 18,648...
School bus driver helps seniors create (11/24/16)
Carol and Taylor Reynolds have been coming to Shelbyville & Bedford County Senior Citizens Center for about two years now. On one of their early visits, they came for lunch on a Friday and asked what activities were available. At the time, there were no scheduled activities on Friday...
Business students win national award (11/24/16)
Five Middle Tennessee State University graduate students captured the highest national honor available for majors in their discipline. Students in the second year of the MTSU Industrial/Organizational Psychology Program won the Krannert School of Management Human Resources Case Competition Nov. 3 at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana...
Trump should empower local education (11/21/16)
The election of Donald Trump sent shockwaves throughout the Washington, D.C. establishment. For many years our citizens have grown distrustful of our federal government and those who govern. It is why those outside the establishment did much better than those within. We inherently know that solutions do not come from the White House. They are more likely to come from our house, local government and state government...
Newspapers or turkeys, we've got the answers (11/20/16)
Carol Spray, a paginator for the Times-Gazette, placed a different hat on her head Tuesday morning before going to work. Carol loves turkeys, loves children -- especially her grandchildren -- and loves having a great time at work, but she's never combined all three joys at the same time.
Robotics drive new program (11/18/16)
A $5.5 million grant, the largest ever received by Motlow State Community College, will fund an advanced robotics center at Motlow's McMinnville Campus which Motlow president Dr. Anthony Kinkel said will serve not only the Motlow service area but the entire southeast...
Early Thanksgiving (11/18/16)
East Side Elementary School celebrated Thanksgiving on Thursday with a special meal. (Submitted photo)
Marijuana found inside high school student's car (11/18/16)
Drug dogs alerted on three vehicles at Community High School's parking lot during a search conducted Wednesday morning by the Bedford County Sheriff's Office and Tennessee Department of Corrections. One of the cars was driven by an adult, 18-year-old Austin Lewis Moody of Pierce Place in Rover. ...
Webb seniors presented with blazers (11/18/16)
The 49 seniors in The Webb School Class of 2017 participated in Blazer Day on Tuesday during a special ceremony in chapel. Blazer Day is one of many traditions at The Webb School. The presentation is scheduled annually on or near the birthday of founder, W. R. "Sawney" Webb, who was born on Nov. 11, 1842. Marking the Blazer Day ceremony, John P. Matthews IV, a Webb 1978 graduate and parent of senior Pierce Matthews, was the keynote speaker...
School board member receives top state award (11/18/16)
During its annual convention, the Tennessee School Boards Association (TSBA) recognized Bedford County school board member the Rev. Glenn Forsee. Forsee was one of five members to earn master board member status, also known as Level V. To encourage professional growth of school board members, TSBA offers the master school board member award to those who invest their time to become more informed. ...
Liberty homecoming (11/18/16)
Liberty School's football homecoming queen is Lauren Wooten, daughter of Jeff and Leann Wooten. (Submitted photos)
Mentors needed for TN Promise (11/17/16)
Bedford County needs 38 Tennessee Promise mentors. The organizing system, tnAchieves, has 46 of the 84 local mentors that are needed, said Graham Thomas, director of Community Partnerships. Most of the current mentors are returning volunteers. Monday is the deadline to sign up...
Thomas feeds the hungry (11/17/16)
Students at Thomas Magnet School send off a trailer-load of about 2,500 canned foods items Wednesday to the Community Outreach Partnership, a food bank. Partnership members pictured are Joan Hall (left), Larry Fletcher (third man from right), Richard Smith (second from right) and Cortney Mansfield (Bedford County FFA member on right). Mansfield and Hunter and Lawson Lemmon (not pictured) helped with transportation. (Submitted photo)...
TN Promise students face Dec. 1 deadline (11/17/16)
All current Motlow State Community College Tennessee Promise students have until Dec. 1 to complete eight hours of community service in order to remain eligible for the Tennessee Promise scholarship. "There are numerous ways that students can complete their community service hours, including job shadowing, cleaning local, state, and recreational parks, or by assisting local non-profit organizations," said Jonathan Graham, Tennessee Promise coordinator at Motlow...
Plans going well for new Cascade (11/16/16)
Planning continues to move along for the future Cascade High School. The Bedford County Board of Education heard an update Tuesday on the school from County Architect John Davis.
Students meet true patriots (11/13/16)
Shelly Baker addressed the crowd at Cascade Elementary School during a Veterans Day Ceremony. She spoke about such themes as courage, pride and integrity, and acknowledged the sacrifices of the families of those who serve overseas. Baker, a fourth-grade teacher at the school, served as a U.S. Navy bosun's mate, corpsman, and cargo handler, and later served with the U.S. Army. Her military experiences included painting the ship while underway, unloading cargo and providing tsunami relief...
TCAT graduation set for Dec. 2 (11/13/16)
The Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville will host graduation exercises on Friday, Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Shelbyville Central High School. Approximately 105 graduates from 13 programs are set to receive diplomas or certificates. This is the institution's third formal graduation ceremony since beginning the tradition in 2014...
Breezy day at Thomas Magnet School (11/13/16)
Students from Thomas Magnet School have been excited to learn about lots of different careers lately, highlighted Wednesday by a visit from a Nashville meteorologist.
They CAN: SCHS starts Great Canned Food Drive (11/11/16)
Shelbyville Central High School is showing its "can-do" attitude once again: The Great Canned Food Drive kicks off Friday, Nov. 11. This year's theme is Candyland "Can" End Hunger, said teacher Megan Insell, a faculty sponsor of event organized by the Student Council. The goal is 20,000 items of food and other necessities.
Webb announces honor roll students (11/08/16)
Editor's Note: The Webb School honor roll was inadvertently omitted from the Honor Roll section Sunday. The Webb School recently announced its A and B honor rolls for the first quarter of the 2016-17 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 Band finishes strong (11/08/16)
The Cascade High School Band competed at the Division 1 State Championship Saturday at Riverdale High School against 26 bands in preliminary rounds. They made finals and competed against the top nine bands and finished third to finish out their competition marching season. (Submitted photo)...
FFA moves to national competition (11/06/16)
Last Monday, the Bedford County FFA Chapter of Shelbyville Central High School competed in the Tennessee State Land Judging Contest that was held in Cookeville. The team placed third in Tennessee and qualified for the National Land Judging Event to be held in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on May 2-4, 2017. The team members were (from left): Hunter Lemmon (second high individual award), Gracie Parker, LayCee Raby and Brett Harden (fifth high individual award)...
Sunday Conversation: Cook lives childhood dream as teacher (11/06/16)
Jennifer Cook is a 5th grade teacher at Cascade Elementary School, a wife, a mother and a football fan. To nominate someone for Sunday Conversation, email Sadie Fowler at sfowler@t-g.com. T-G: Please give your name, grade/subject you teach, and if Cascade is your first teaching assignment. If you have taught elsewhere, or had a previous career, please list it...
4-H members attend crafty conference (11/06/16)
This past summer, my friends and I went to 4-H Line and Design Camp. It was being held at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville. Since we were at a college, we got to stay in the dorms. I thought the dorms were really nice. We stayed for two nights and three days attending classes for crafts...
Junior learns life lessons in 4-H (11/06/16)
My name is Brigette Swafford. I am a junior at Cascade High School where I am involved with FFA and I serve as my chapter's treasurer. I am also an active 4-H Honor club member. I have been showing goats for seven years; it has become something that I can't imagine not doing. ...
4-H provides year-long activities (11/06/16)
I have been in 4H since the fourth grade. Each year I become more involved in my club, as well as in my project. This year has been crazy busy. One of the first activities I particapated in was 4-H Congress. The 4-H Congress is an event where 4-Hers from across Tennessee come to learn about Tennessee's state government. Everyone was assigned either Senator or Representative. Then we went to the state capitol to debate bills. We also got to meet state Senators and learn about the bill process...
Bedford County Honor Roll (11/06/16)
Honor rolls as submitted by Bedford County public schools ...
'Les Mis' comes to Community (11/02/16)
A play based on Victor Hugo's classic novel "Les Misérables" will be presented by the Smokestack Theatre Group of Community High School Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. This is not the better-known musical adaptation but a non-musical play based on the same source material...
Champions excel in band competition (11/02/16)
Cascade Marching Band competed in the US Bands Contest at Allatoona High School in Acworth, Georgia, on Saturday. They placed 2nd in Division lVa open and won the best music caption award. They will be competing Saturday in the Division 1 state championship at Riverdale High School in Murfreesboro and will be performing in preliminary competition at 2:45 p.m. Pictured are seniors: MaryAnna Patton, Logan Baldwin, Melea Vaughn, Jake Maisano , Austin Brown, Logan Dehne, Andie Locke, Yuukki Park, Taylor Reynolds Bower, Naomi Proffitt, Jeffrey Smotherman, Destin Vetek, Jessi Loso, Chloe Mooneyham,Sierra Wiencek, Shea Fordham, Chelsey Shouse and Riley Parker. (Submitted photo)
Thomas Pink Out (10/28/16)
Thomas Magnet School held a Pink-Out day today to show support for victims of breast cancer. Students gathered around the school's sign Thursday to promote the cause. (Submitted photo)
Quick preparation (10/27/16)
Learning Way Elementary student Jay Hise gets help donning turnout gear from Charles Armstrong (red shirt) and Brian Nicholson (white shirt) of Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy on Unionville-Deason Road, who gave a presentation for fifth graders on Tuesday. In an emergency, a firefighter must don 60 pounds of protective clothing and equipment in about 45 seconds; it took 10 minutes for Armstrong to walk the youngster through the process. Armstrong explained that a fire can double in size every minute, so time is of the essence. (T-G Photos by John I. Carney)
Nov. 11 is Webb Fall Visitors Day (10/25/16)
Nov. 9 is the deadline to RSVP for The Webb School's annual Fall Visitors' Day. Webb School will host prospective students and their families Nov. 11 starting at 9 a.m. with registration and breakfast and concluding at 3 p.m. The schedule includes a tour of the 150-acre campus, led by a current Webb student. ...
Jared reflects on 'fantastic' year in 4-H (10/25/16)
I have had a fantastic year in 4-H. My main project is Personal Development with an emphasis on leadership, citizenship, public speaking and community service. I made a speech and exhibit on the attack on Pearl Harbor, called a Day of Infamy, and how it affected my family. My two great-grandfathers, Earl Smith and Tom Habel, enlisted in the Navy after the attack and served aboard ships in the Pacific. I am proud of them for their sacrifice and service during World War 2...
Sunday Conversation: Monks helps college students succeed (10/23/16)
Laura Monks is the assistant director of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville and an experienced academic administrator who also farms. To nominate someone for Sunday Conversation, email Sadie Fowler at sfowler@t-g.com. T-G: Please describe your background in education administration...
AT&T donates to Motlow, other community colleges (10/21/16)
AT&T announced Wednesday a $5,000 contribution to Motlow State Community College to support non-traditional, underserved students preparing for high-skill jobs requiring technology-based skills in Tennessee community colleges. The donation will fund scholarships to help students begin a path toward completing their college degrees. The contribution was presented at Motlow State...
Educators' insurance data illegally released (10/20/16)
The Bedford County school system has responded to a breach of employees' health insurance information, Superintendent Don Embry told the Times-Gazette. The system sent letters last week to current and recently departed employees announcing that some of their data was accidentally disclosed earlier this year as part of a lawsuit. The violation allegedly was a breach of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)...
Here's your chance to be a substitute (10/19/16)
The Bedford County Board of Education heard an update Tuesday on outsourced substitute teaching. In August, the board voted to outsource substitutes to a company called WillSub. The one-year contract started this month. Bernie Pelc, WillSub's president, said the company's No. 1 issue is finding enough subs...
TNReady to start counting toward high school grades (10/19/16)
At the State Board of Education meeting Friday, officials announced a proposal to phase TNReady scores into high school student grades over the next three years as the state continues to transition to a new, more rigorous test that is better aligned to breadth and depth of the standards in Tennessee...
Event aims to help adults complete college studies (10/19/16)
The South Central Tennessee Reconnect Community, which includes Lawrence, Giles, Marshall, Lincoln, Bedford, Moore, Coffee, Franklin and Grundy counties, has planned a launch event in Shelbyville. Tennessee Reconnect is for adults who plan to return to college to finish a degree or are attending college for the first time...
Motlow recruiting homeschool students (10/19/16)
Motlow State Community College is holding a "Motlow for Homeschoolers" information night on Tuesday, Oct. 25, from 5-6 p.m. on the Moore County campus. The session will be held in Room 105 in the Marcum Technology Center. The event is open to all homeschool parents and students who want to learn about critical information regarding attending college...
Motlow offers hospice information (10/19/16)
The Motlow State Community College Nursing Department, in conjunction with Compassus Hospice and Palliative Care, will be offering hospice information sessions on Thursday, Oct. 20 and Sunday, Oct. 27 on the Moore County campus. The sessions, titled "Hospice 101, Living Life with Hospice," are free of charge and will feature different hospice staff speakers each night. ...
Spooky drawing contest winner 2016 (10/19/16)
Ava Perryman, 10, a student at Southside Elementary, was the winner of this year's Spooky Drawing contest. Ava used a mixed-media approach on her drawing, which made it stand out from others; she did the original drawing in pencil, then scanned it in and added color on the computer. There was nothing in the rules prohibiting this, and the result was quite original and striking. Perryman also wrote a story to accompany the drawing, but we treated that as an entry in our ghost story contest and did not consider it as part of this entry.
Native author to appear locally (10/18/16)
Novelist Julia Claiborne Johnson will return to Bedford County next week, with speaking engagements at both her alma mater, The Webb School in Bell Buckle, and Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library, successor to the library where she cultivated her love of books and reading...
Harris holds 'Parent University' (10/18/16)
Harris Middle School will hold parent-teacher conferences and a "Parent University," with food and workshops, from 5-7 p.m. Thursday. Principal Jimmy Sullivan will speak about the state of the school. Sheila Bratton will speak about the developmental needs of middle school students...
Scoggins tells sorority about a balanced life (10/16/16)
The Beta Nu Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma held its October meeting at Shelbyville Central High School. Karen Scoggins, Assistant Superintendent of Bedford County Schools and member of DKG, presented the program, "Balance in our Lives." She offered many personal ways that she keeps balance in her life; ways that people can apply to their own lives...
'I need help! I need help!': Emergency personnel take part in drill (10/14/16)
An active shooter mass casualty drill was held Thursday at Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville on Madison Street, bringing together personnel from local emergency agencies to sharpen their skills and identify potential problems that might occur in a real crisis situation...
Student sees classmate walking in his stolen shoes (10/14/16)
A Central High School student who stole a pair of new Nike Jordan shoes from a locker room Tuesday didn't walk far with them. The victim, a fellow student, saw the suspect in the shoes and notified school resource officer Alethia Rawn. The suspect admitted taking the shoes, police said, and is charged with theft of property...
Bankers at career week (10/14/16)
Kayla Warren, Linda Nichols, and Brent Canady of First Community Bank visited Eakin Elementary School on Tuesday as part of the county-wide "Career Week" observance in local schools. They discussed their how they reached their current positions at the bank, the education needed to work in banking, and the many positions available. They also discussed bullying and handed out pencils with an anti-bullying slogan. They are seen here with fourth graders. (Submitted photo)
Feline fiction fun (10/13/16)
Times-Gazette Editor Sadie Fowler reads "Pete the Cat" to Thomas Magnet School first-graders this morning during Career Week. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Breakfast program starts students' days on right foot (10/13/16)
Last May, principals and cafeteria managers from Southside, East Side and Eakin Elementary schools, administrators from the Central Office and Child Nutrition Supervisor Janet Clarkson took a field trip to Overall Creek Elementary School in Murfreesboro to observe how a new breakfast program was working for that school...
Career week speaker (10/13/16)
Shelbyville Firefighter Michael Smith with daughter second-grader Kealey Smith. Smith was at Thomas Magnet School for Career Week. (Submitted photo)
Eakin 'bully busters' (10/13/16)
Seventy-six Eakin Elementary School employees, including the cafeteria staff, seen here, showed their support for October's "Stomp Out Bullying" day by purchasing and wearing "Bully Buster" T-shirts. Eakin staffers will wear the shirts from time to time throughout the year to help students remember to always be kind to others, and if they see a bully situation to report it to the closest adult. (Submitted photo)
Profitable helpers (10/13/16)
Southside School collects receipts at Burger King each Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. The receipts are totaled up by a Burger King manager and a percentage of that money goes to the teacher's classroom who works on that particular night. Two Southside students work Burger King Night almost every Tuesday night. ...
Cascade stadium needing upgrades (10/12/16)
With only two surplus property declarations on the agenda, it was the quarterly department reports that occupied most of Bedford County Board of Commissioners' time during Tuesday night's regular monthly meeting. School Superintendent Don Embry was asked by Commissioner Bill Anderson about athletic facilities at Cascade School. A new high school is in the works, and -- just as in the case of Community High School -- the new school will not be adjacent to the existing campus...
FFA student to perform flute at expo (10/11/16)
Emily Lewis, a member of the Eagleville FFA chapter in Eagleville, will be on stage and in the spotlight Oct. 19-22 during the 2016 National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis. Emily is the daughter of Scott and Angela Lewis. She is the granddaughter of Albert and Mary Crosslin of Bell Buckle...
Motlow seeks nursing students (10/07/16)
The Motlow State Community College Nursing Department is sponsoring information sessions for prospective nursing students at the Moore County, Fayetteville, McMinnville and Smyrna campuses in October. The sessions are for anyone interested in learning about the Motlow State nursing program including the LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) to RN (Registered Nurse) program...
Motlow holds memorial cancer walk (10/07/16)
A memorial cancer walk will be held on the Moore County campus of Motlow State Community College on Thursday, Oct. 13, beginning at 1:45 p.m. at the Crouch Center. This year's event, The Greer Alsup Memorial Cancer Walk, honors the memory of Greer Alsup, a Motlow employee of 24 years who lost her battle to cancer in June. The walk will consist of one lap around the loop road and will be culminated with a reception in the Crouch Center...
Teacher gets a close shave, for fun(ds) (10/06/16)
Thomas Magnet School fourth grade science and social studies teacher Jason Boyette has had a beard for many years, but told his students that if they were the top-selling class in a school fundraiser, he would shave it off. The students rose to the challenge.... (Submitted photos)
Reading, writing and 'rescuing' (10/06/16)
EMS Capt. Brian Bruce of the Bedford County Technical Rescue Team shows 5th-grade students tips about river safety Tuesday at River Bottom Park. The annual Duck RiverFest provides students an opportunity to learn about river safety, wildlife, conservation and other topics. See more photos at http://www.t-g.com/gallery/28311. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
MTSU poll says Trump leads Clinton among TN voters (10/05/16)
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump leads Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton among Tennessee voters, the latest MTSU Poll shows. In a four-way race of likely voters in Tennessee, if the election were held today: l Trump (Republican) -- 48 percent...
Scholarships available for young entrepreneurs (10/05/16)
The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Young Entrepreneur Foundation announced that its scholarship application for the 2017 NFIB Young Entrepreneur Awards is now open through Dec. 18. High school seniors who run their own business and plan to attend a two- or four-year university, college or vocational institute during the fall of 2017 are eligible to apply...
Eakin stomps out bullying (10/05/16)
Eakin Elementary School students, like the kindergarteners seen here, wore blue on Monday to observe National Stomp Out Bullying Day. The event is organized nationally by Stomp Out Bullying, (stompoutbullying.com). (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
Motlow plans 'Monster Bash' (10/04/16)
The Motlow State Community College Honors Alumni Association is sponsoring a fun-filled "Monster Bash" on the Moore County campus on Saturday from 1-5 p.m. "This event is the Honors Alumni Association's way of giving back to the community that has been so gracious in supporting our efforts to raise money for honors scholarships for students who have a financial need," said Ashley Broadrick, chair of the Honors Alumni Association...
TCAT-S observes Constitution Day (10/04/16)
On Sept. 19, students at Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville observed Constitution Day by listening to presentations about the Constitution by their instructors. The presentations described how the Constitution was written and ratified. Students were encouraged to view the copies of the original documents of the U.S. Constitution and the first 12 amendments located in the hallway outside the James L. Bomar Jr. Conference Room...
MTSU to study Mexican War soldier remains (09/30/16)
With dignified precision befitting the honors due to fallen American soldiers, as many as 13 skeletal remains unearthed from what was a Mexican War battlefield were welcomed home Wednesday after 170 years. The solemn movement of the two flag-draped transfer cases, believed to contain members of the Tennessee militia who died in the Battle for Monterrey in 1848, was the culmination of more than five years of diplomatic negotiation, sparked by the urging of a Middle Tennessee State University anthropology professor.. ...
National certification earned (09/30/16)
Community High School SRO Tracey Harvey was awarded a pin and certificate from National Association of School Resource Officers for her successful achievement of the status of National Resource Officer Practitioner. The designation places Harvey within an elite group of SROs. With it she will be looked to as a source of information and advice for other SROs both locally and nationally. (Submitted photo)
Hastys named professors emeritus (09/30/16)
Motlow State Community College recently held its annual Fall Convocation, which included recognition of meritorious service of faculty who have retired. Dr. Doyle Hasty and Dr. Linda Hasty of Shelbyville, who were named professors emeritus, are congratulated by Motlow president Dr. Anthony Kinkel, center. (Motlow College photo)
TCAT helps Promise hopefuls enroll (09/29/16)
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville will open up its computer lab Saturday to help high school seniors enroll in Tennessee Promise. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., said assistant TCAT-S director Laura Monks. Every TCAT in the state is doing the same on Saturday...
National Merit Program selects 2 Webb seniors (09/29/16)
Two seniors at The Webb School, Chelsea Ilarde of Shelbyville and Maddie McAndrew of Murfreesboro, have been named National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists. Seniors Rohan Kaza, Kennady Peek, Clem Smith and Abby Surdacki each received a National Merit Scholarship Program Letter of Commendation...
Students attend FFA meeting in Nashville (09/28/16)
On Saturday, Sept. 10, the Bedford County FFA Chapter of Shelbyville Central High School traveled to McGavock High School in Nashville to attend the 2016 Middle Tennessee FFA New Member Conference. The members were able to attend different sessions held by the Middle Tennessee Regional Officers on the different aspects that FFA can offer throughout their high school careers. ...
B-52s frontman talks music, business at MTSU (09/28/16)
Middle Tennessee State University will hear plenty of good stuff from B-52s frontman Fred Schneider when he visits campus Thursday for a special lecture sponsored by the university's Department of Recording Industry and the Center for Popular Music...
Longshore joins percussion ensemble (09/27/16)
Chad Longshore, a music major from Bell Buckle, has been selected as a 2016-17 member of the Harding University percussion ensemble. Under the direction of assistant professor of music Wes Parker, the group performs a variety of works, ranging from the mallet ensembles of Claire Omar Musser to the minimalist works of Steve Reich. The ensemble performs a concert each semester...
Personal service (09/23/16)
Amy Martin, coordinator of fiscal services, takes a turn serving homemade ice cream Monday during a welcome-back-to-school party for students at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
WWE wrestler speaks life at BCLA (09/23/16)
Bedford County Learning Academy was one of several schools to hear an anti-bullying message this week by former WWE wrestler Dutch Mantel (left). At center is student Wynter Allen. Jason Barber (right) is organizer of the ROcKFEST concert for youths, which will be Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Bedford County Agricultural Center. Barber brings a speaker to schools every year just before the concert. See more photos at http://www.t-g.com/gallery/28174. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
TCAT grads, perfect attendance (09/23/16)
Daytime students at Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville for the Summer 2016 trimester include (front row, from left) Regulo Garza, Robert Parker, Sherry Bradford, Trina Rider, Laura Hughes, (second row) Aaron Houghton, Zach McKinney, Lawson Wood, Jorge Garcia, Joseph Harrell, Jose Villanueva, Shantaysia Curry, Jose Ornelas (third row) Paeshence Thompson, Barry Helton, Christopher Grimes, Tyler Martin, Nana Atonsa, Frank Watkins, Tyler Anderson, Josh Bicknell, Maurice Parks and Marcos Mojica. (Submitted photo)
Books on the move (09/22/16)
The bookmobile will be back on the road very soon. Rotary Club of Shelbyville presented Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library with a gift of $17,000 on Wednesday, which, when added to money already raised from other donors, takes the library over the amount needed to replace the old bookmobile, which burned in July 2015...
Cascade High planning still in progress (09/22/16)
The future Cascade High School continues to take shape. Bedford County Architect John Davis updated the Board of Education Tuesday on the school's design. The floor plan is "firmed up," he said. For example, the exterior will now be full brick, he said. After feedback from educators concerning a previous local school design, which uses metal panels, he decided to nix that feature on Cascade -- the metal had peeled at the other school, he said...
Wartrace honors scouts (09/22/16)
Boy Scout Troop 307 presented the colors at the town's wellhouse prior to a meeting of Wartrace Board of Mayor and Aldermen this week, and Mayor Thomas Hurt presented the troop with a resolution honoring its "outstanding and dedicated service." Troop members, not in order pictured, are Dakota Harris, Jack Harris, Jesse Joslin, Bryce Maniscalco, Isaak Margundter, Colin Nash, Lucas Pagello, Morgan Parker, Nathan Parker, Paolo Perez-Rubio, Austin Perry, Bobby Perry, III, A.J. Phillips, Adam Reeves, Ben Reeves, Ben Reneger, Eduardo Sanchez, Joe Scruggs, Bryce Templeton, Gavin White, Leader Joseph Patton, Leader Gavin McCurry, Scoutmaster Jay Maniscalco and Assistant Scoutmasters Dan Dowd, Russel Flade, B.J. McCurry, and Bobby Perry. (Submitted photo)
Member of the Month (09/22/16)
Tennessee College of Applied Technology was the Chamber of Commerce Member of the Month for July. (Submitted photo)
Cascade Band yard sale (09/22/16)
From left, Andie Locke, MaryAnna Patton, Aubrea Curtis, Nathan Baldwin, Cole McBee, Lucas McBee, Luke Murillo and Austin Brown of the Cascade High School Marching Band during the band's yard sale last weekend. (T-G Photo by Michelle Hastings)
Cascade traffic's a mess (09/21/16)
Traffic is jamming up the entrances at all three Cascade schools, officials say. School Superintendent Don Embry said during Tuesday's school board meeting that he has spoken with all three principals and the Sheriff's Department on the issue. More students this year appear to be car riders than bus riders. The elementary school has added an additional pick up lane...
Veteran receives car in charitable project (09/20/16)
A former U.S. Marine who overcame addiction and incarceration to embark on a college career has a new set of wheels to help him along the way. Middle Tennessee State University sophomore agribusiness major Oketa Ojok received a revamped 2009 Toyota Camry hybrid Friday at the Student Union on campus in the Service King Great American Giveaway, a charitable endeavor in which refurbished vehicles are distributed to people who have overcome formidable obstacles...
Champions just do their jobs, says 'Voice ot Titans' (09/18/16)
What does football broadcasting have to do with graduating from high school? Cascade High School students learned about that Friday. Mike Keith, aka "The Voice of the Titans," spoke to the student body about his career, football and working hard to succeed. He spoke to each grade level, but the event was tied in to the sixth annual Commitment to Graduate in which the school encourages freshmen to do what it takes to make it successfully through all four years of high school...
Sunday Conversation: Boutwell hones board credentials (09/18/16)
Dr. John Boutwell, a school board member, recently received peer recognition. Boutwell has received a Level IV Boardsmanship Award from the Tennessee School Boards Association. The awards are presented to individual board members who have achieved one of five levels of boardsmanship standards over the past year (with IV being the next to highest level). ...
Cultural visit (09/16/16)
Recent visitors to Liberty School were from China, the Inner Mongolia region. The visitors are English teachers at Chinese universities and were guests of Middle Tennessee State University participating in a TESOL program (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages). Liberty School was able to give the guests a deeper understanding of how a traditional American school looks and provided a cultural experience. (Submitted photo)
Social studies standards available for public review (09/16/16)
Today, the State Board of Education launched a public review website, https://apps.tn.gov/tcas/, to gather feedback on Tennessee's newly revised K-12 social studies standards. This is the first time the social studies standards, recently revised by Tennessee educators, will be available for public review...
The power of parents: Cascade Elementary includes grandparents in the mix (09/15/16)
Cascade Elementary School is celebrating the power of parents and grandparents. The school held a parents night Monday for those with children up to grade 2, with more than 270 in attendance. Students provided entertainment and taught family members the Go Noodle! physical activity program which is used in classrooms. Visitors went to classrooms to learn more about the curriculum, grade level expectations and how to provide academic support at home, principal Sherry Crawford said...
TCAT-S becomes cyber security 'champion' (09/15/16)
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville announced Wednesday that it has become an official champion of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) 2016. It will join a growing global effort among businesses, government agencies, colleges and universities, associations, nonprofit organizations and individuals to promote online safety awareness...
Students rewarded (09/14/16)
The Celebration, in partnership with Duck River Electric Membership Corporation, gave out general admission tickets to all local schools to attract more young spectators. The school returning the highest percentage of tickets received a check as a reward. Community High School won and representatives from the school said the funds will go toward student activities. Representatives from the Celebration, DREMC and Community gathered for the check presentation. From left, Jeffrey Howard, Lane Tapp (back), Celebration CEO Mike Inman, Hannah Mitchell, Charles McDonald, Amanda Lemmons, Luccie Woodell, Connie Allen, Lanie Simmons, Sheila Orrell and Kate Canady. (T-G Photo by Sadie Fowler)
Area resident's Auburn gift honors late wife (09/14/16)
Wartrace resident Charles E. Gavin III, owner of Belle Meadow Farm, and family members helped Auburn University break ground on the Gavin Engineering Research Laboratory during a ceremony held Sept. 3. Gavin and his late wife, Carol Ann, made a significant contribution to refurbish and repurpose Auburn's Textile Building, built in 1929. ...
Current, future students invited to Motlow fair (09/14/16)
Motlow State Community College will host its annual area-wide College and Career Fair on Thursday inside Nisbett Center on the Moore County campus. Motlow invites its student body, students from area high schools and those who are homeschooled, and the general public...
Documentary on women weightlifters airs Thursday (09/13/16)
A 40-year-old Tennessee mother's personal discovery of fitness and body image will be the subject of MTSU's first fall 2016 Women's and Gender Studies Research Series lecture. "Lift Like a Girl," a short documentary produced and directed by Middle Tennessee State University assistant professor Allie Sultan, will be shown at 3 p.m. Thursday in Room 100 of the James Union Building...
Motlow graduates second EMS class (09/11/16)
Motlow State Community College's Emergency Medical Services (EMS) education program recently graduated its second class, according to Drew Hooker, EMS program director. "I am extremely proud of this group and the accomplishments that were obtained throughout the year," said Hooker...
Motlow hosts Constitution Day panel (09/11/16)
A panel of Motlow State Community College professors will celebrate Constitution Day by leading the discussion, "Elections and the Constitution" on Thursday. The forum will take place inside the Marcum Technology Center, Room 105, on the Moore County campus from 10:50 a.m. to 12:05 p.m...
Youth photography program keeps Bo Melson's memory alive (09/10/16)
Rick and Deb Insell stopped by the Boys and Girls club in Shelbyville last week to see the showcase of photos from the Bo Melson Summer Photography program. This is the second year of the program and the Insells have sponsored the funding from the start...
Cascade Band to hold yard sale Saturday (09/09/16)
Boosters of Cascade High School marching band will hold their second annual yard sale fundraiser Saturday beginning at 7 a.m. at Bedford County Agriculture and Education Center on Midland Road. A special early bird sale will be held at 6 a.m.; admission to the early bird sale is $5...
Central High women of 1957 (09/09/16)
Women who graduated from Shelbyville Central High School during the 1950s were honored at a recent luncheon. Members of the Class of 1957 attending were, front row from left, Peggy Miller, Paggy Sanders Holden, Jane Foster Butler, Elizabeth Smith Blackwell, and Rhoda Russell Gunter; back row from left, Doris Brent McNamee, Sylvia Bullion, Nancy Finney Hulan, Roxanna Hale Francesconi, Nelda Methvin Brown, Sandra Fly Crowell and Jane Turrentine Cortner. (Submitted photo)
Communications group taps MTSU professor (09/09/16)
An MTSU professor will assume the reins of the state's top organization of communication professionals this month. Pat Richey, an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies and Organizational Communication and director of forensics, will become president of the Tennessee Communication Association following its annual convention Sept. 9-10 at the Renaissance Center at Freed-Hardeman University in Dickson, Tennessee...
TCAT job fair focuses on driver training (09/09/16)
On Saturday, Sept. 17, the Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville will host a job fair for those wishing to pursue a truck driving career and need training towards a Certified Driver's License (CDL). Titan, Schneider, US Express, Southern Energy and Keim TS have committed to participate in the job fair and will accept applications on the day of the fair from current drivers. ...
Program seeks to honor top youth volunteers (09/08/16)
Now through Nov. 8, students in grades 5-12 are invited to apply for Prudential Spirit of Community Awards if they have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service within the past 12 months. The application is available at spirit.prudential.com...
Years of service (09/08/16)
Motlow State Community College recently held its annual Fall Convocation, which included recognition of faculty, administration and staff members for their years of service to the college. Dr. Anthony Kinkel, Motlow president, joined personnel recognized for 20 years of service. Pictured (from left) are: Pat Hendrix, Dr. Kinkel, Scott Shasteen and Sherian Oakley...
Lunch counter protestor to speak at MTSU event (09/06/16)
A pivotal figure in civil rights progress in Middle Tennessee will share her legacy on the next "MTSU On the Record" radio program. Host Gina Logue's interview with civil rights activist Diane Nash and Mary Evins, director of the American Democracy Project at MTSU, will air from 8-8:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, on WMOT-FM/Roots Radio 89.5 and wmot.org...
WMOT switches to Americana format (09/06/16)
With a seamless segue from a classical rendition of Aaron Copland's "Hoedown" to its Americana interpretation, a new player emerged Friday in the Nashville radio market. WMOT-FM, MTSU's 100,000-watt professional radio station at 89.5 on the dial, officially changed formats at 11 a.m. Friday from a mix of classical, jazz and news-talk to Americana music in a ceremony at the Country Music Hall of Fame's Ford Theater in downtown Nashville...
Sunday Conversation: New fourth grade teachers learn along with students (09/04/16)
New beginnings are special. For students, beginning a new school year brings excitement and anticipation. This year at Community Elementary some fourth graders began their year with two teachers experiencing the same anticipation and excitement. The new school year brought new beginnings for Megan Williams and Colt Boyce as they began their careers teaching together. ...
Arrowhead Ranch transforms at-risk boys' lives (09/02/16)
You can eat a meal and help at-risk boys build a better future. Arrowhead Ranch is holding its annual dinner and tour fund-raiser on Saturday, Sept. 24, sponsored by the Loft Church. The tour starts at 4 p.m. Dinner will be served at 5, said executive director Jeff Sweeney. The barbecue dinner is sponsored by Monty Hatcher of Tullahoma, who is smoking the meat himself, Sweeney said...
Stuff the School Bus contributions recognized (09/01/16)
Regions Bank was a community partner for United Way of Bedford County's "Stuff the School Bus" campaign. Regions employee Misael Alvarez is seen with school supplies collected by the bank for the drive. (Submitted photo)
MTSU student charity receives donation (08/28/16)
A major donation will enable Raiders' Closet to bolster its ability to clothe MTSU students properly for job interviews. Modern Woodmen of America, a fraternal benefit society that provides financial expertise for its members, has responded to the $2,500 raised by an MTSU class with matching funds of $2,500...
Stuff the Bus (08/28/16)
United Way of Bedford County recently conducted its "Stuff The School Bus" drive, collecting school supplies which will be distributed by local schools to needy children. Businesses like the Times-Gazette, represented here by Adria Sharp, had collection boxes, and there was also a public collection event at Walmart...
'Officer Cam' feels the love (08/25/16)
A grateful crowd of Community Middle and Elementary students recognized their school's own Cam Farrell last Friday for his honor as Tennessee School Resource Officer of the Year. "Wow, these folks are so good to me and it just makes me want to give my all every chance I get," Farrell, the schools' SRO for five years, said. "The assembly was amazing. I spent most of my time trying not to cry. The love in that gym was unreal."...
TCAT-S sees great future for students (08/24/16)
As part of its larger Welcome Week activities for all students, the Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville will hold a special celebration called "My Future's So Bright" to welcome new and returning Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect students to campus at 10 a.m., Monday, Sept. 19...
More students qualify for scholarship (08/24/16)
Department of Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced Tuesday that newly released data from ACT show that nearly 1,300 more Tennessee public school students became eligible for the HOPE scholarship in 2016 by achieving composite scores of 21 or higher. ...
Eye exams should happen throughout school year (08/24/16)
Every child deserves the opportunity to excel in the classroom, and clear vision empowers students to perform up to twice as well in school, according to research from the Rural Education Action Program. In fact, experts at The Vision Council confirm that 80 percent of children's learning occurs through visual processing...
Bell Buckle fest drums up $$$ for SCHS band (08/23/16)
A day-long festival planned for Sept. 17 in Bell Buckle will raise money for the Shelbyville Central High School band, according to organizer Gina Beatty. The festival will include live music, a children's area, and vendors. It will take place at the Captain Rodney's Stage back behind the main row of storefronts in Bell Buckle...
Webb School enrolls 73 Bedford County students (08/23/16)
Seventy-three Bedford County residents are among 315 students enrolled at The Webb School for the 2016-2017 school year. The number includes 40 from Shelbyville, 25 from Bell Buckle, four from Wartrace, three from Normandy and one from Unionville. Webb began its 147th school year on Aug. 15 with 194 day students and 121 boarding students -- the largest number of boarding students in three decades. The student body represents 14 different countries and 15 U.S. states...
Community High 'sails for St. Jude' (08/21/16)
Community High School plans to "Sail for St. Jude" in the coming week. The student council is sponsoring the event, which will consist of a series of activities each day. Students are encouraged to bring loose change or any desired amount for donations. All of the proceeds will be donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis...
FFA draws national recognition (08/19/16)
The Bedford County FFA of Shelbyville Central High School has been recognized in the 2016 National Chapter Award Program from the National FFA Organization. The program recognizes outstanding FFA chapters from throughout the country that successfully complete an annual set of required activities that encourage members to grow as individuals, work as a team and serve others in their communities...
McPhee: 'The burden has shifted' for funding higher ed (08/19/16)
Middle Tennessee State University President Sidney A. McPhee stressed the challenges of increasing student retention and faculty salaries in the face of limited funding resources during his traditional State of the University address Thursday inside Tucker Theatre...
Columbia State announces spring 2016 graduates (08/19/16)
Columbia State Community College has announced nearly 430 graduates for its spring 2016 semester. Graduates from this area include: Brittany Cantrell Kaitlyn Ester Lauren Smith Shelbye Stacy Stephanie Clark Kenlea Gillum Melanie Brown Ryan Daughrity...
Schools' sports fields discussed (08/18/16)
Bedford County Board of Commissioners' courthouse and property committee discussed the issue of sports facilities for Cascade and Community schools during its meeting Tuesday night, but member Linda Yockey said it's actually the school system that should start the conversation...
Teachers help design new Cascade High (08/18/16)
Plans are progressing for the future Cascade High School, officials say. Superintendent Don Embry gave a brief update on the school plans during Tuesday's school board meeting. County architect John Davis recently met with school officials, Embry said. The site has been cleared of brush. Core drilling for geothermal testing will be done possibly today or soon thereafter. School officials have yet to finalize details on sewer service...
Harris groups talk about life (08/18/16)
Assistant principal Josh Young works with a group of students in the conference room. Guidance counselor Ashley Guido leads one of three groups meeting in the gym.A new advisory program at Harris Middle School pairs kids up in small groups with adult mentors to discuss issues like responsibility and high school readiness...
MTSU professors join civil rights commission (08/18/16)
Two MTSU educators have been appointed to the Tennessee Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. Professor Amy Sayward of the Department of History and associate professor Sekou Franklin of the Department of Political Science and International Relations were announced as members Aug. 3 by the federal commission in Washington, D.C...
Motlow Foundation has new director (08/18/16)
Dr. Anthony Kinkel, president of Motlow State Community College, recently announced that Lane Yoder of Tullahoma has been selected as the director of the Motlow College Foundation. Yoder brings extensive experience to the foundation from both the private and public sector. She is a native of Mississippi and a 1990 graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics...
Survey shares thoughts of public educators (08/18/16)
The vast majority of Tennessee educators feel positively about the climate in their schools, and more teachers than ever are finding value in the statewide evaluation system, according to the results out Tuesday from the 2016 Tennessee Educator Survey...
Horse show helps students in many ways (08/17/16)
(Editor's Note: If you would like to comment on your experience or thoughts related to the horse show as it relates to the local economy or community at large, submit your views by emailing sfowler@t-g.com for possible inclusion in the Times-Gazette.)...
Schools to outsource substitutes (08/17/16)
The Bedford County Department of Education will now sub out substitute teaching. The board voted Tuesday to turn over administration of substitute teacher scheduling to a private contractor. Superintendent Don Embry said a company called WillSub was the lowest of six bidders. The contract is for one year and should start in October, Embry said...
MTSU president to address faculty early (08/16/16)
In an effort to facilitate the start of student move-in for fall classes, the annual Middle Tennessee State University Fall Faculty Meeting will be held a day earlier this year. While traditionally held on the Friday before the start of classes, this year's meeting will be held on Thursday. At the meeting, MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee will give his annual State of the University address to faculty and staff...
College hosts suicide prevention conference (08/10/16)
Columbia State has partnered with the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network to host the "Saving Lives in South Central Tennessee" conference Aug. 26. The event will feature a variety of presentations related to suicide prevention, which will include: suicide prevention strategies within community colleges, depression and suicide among older adults and suicide prevention among veterans...
AEDC holds stem camp (08/10/16)
The students in the Arnold Engineering Development Complex Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Camp hold certificates showing they completed three days of fun, hands-on science activities at AEDC. This year's STEM Summer Camp was held July 12-14 for children of AEDC employees. ...
Raise Your Hand and help build children (08/09/16)
United Way of Bedford County is now seeking volunteers for the "Raise Your Hand Tennessee" program, which helps local elementary school children. Volunteers c ommit to spending an hour a week volunteering at a local elementary school. That could mean an hour all at once, or two 30-minute sessions, depending on the volunteer's needs and preferences, according to local United Way executive Pam Fisher...
Respiratory care program draws national praise (08/09/16)
Columbia State's respiratory care program recently received the Distinguished Registered Respiratory Therapist Credentialing Success Award for 2015, according to a college press release. The award was presented by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care at the 2016 American Association for Respiratory Care Summer Forum...
EMS program receives recognitions (08/05/16)
The summer of 2016 has proven to be a very successful one for the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) education program at Motlow State Community College. Several milestones and accomplishments occurred as the program completed its second year. Drew Hooker, director of the EMS program, and Justus Smith, paramedic coordinator, gave a very well-received presentation on the use of realistic simulation for teaching purposes at the National Simulation Conference and at the Tennessee Emergency Medical Services Education Association (TEMSEA) state conference, presenting to as many as 160 attendees.. ...
Motlow campuses close morning of Aug. 18 (08/05/16)
All Motlow State Community College campuses will be closed part of the day Aug. 18 to permit faculty and staff to attend fall convocation. All campuses will open at 2:30 that afternoon. Faculty and staff from all Motlow campuses will meet on Motlow's Moore County campus for the annual assembly, during which preparations are made for the fall semester. ...
Summer's not quite over (08/04/16)
It's almost time to put up the paddleboard as students and teachers return to school -- but at least the driver of this car parked at East Side Elementary is ready for a few more rides while summer's still around. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Local native earns doctorate degree (08/04/16)
On July 28, Shelbyville native Charles K. Flack was awarded the doctorate of business administration degree with emphasis in information systems by the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University, in Kennesaw, Georgia, during its summer commencement ceremony...
Honor society awards grant to student (08/03/16)
The national headquarters of MTSU's most prestigious honor society has awarded a $1,000 grant to an MTSU student. Rebecca Clippard, a senior majoring in Japanese and Spanish, received the stipend from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. The Murfreesboro resident is one of only 25 students nationwide to receive the award...
Chalking it up at Learning Way (08/03/16)
Learning Way Elementary School teachers spent Sunday afternoon chalking up the sidewalks to welcome students back to school. The effort was called Chalk It Up! (Submitted photo)
This is only a test... Webb to be ready if disaster hits (08/02/16)
The Webb School is preparing students and staff in the event that a disaster strikes campus. Five students and one parent completed a 60-hour emergency medical responder (EMR) training class on Saturday, said dean of students Andrew McRady. The program was intense, with six 10-hour days cramming in all the information they need to become certified first responders, he said...
Bus donation (08/02/16)
Bedford County Board of Education and the County Commission recently donated a surplus school bus to the Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County. From left are driver Dale Davis; Superintendent Don Embry; club board chairman Jim Troupe; club director Kristin Conley; club chief professional officer Sheryl Chestnutt; and club operations director Kelly Davis. (Submitted photo)
Original one-act plays showcased at Community (07/31/16)
The Smokestack Theatre at Community High School will present its summer production, "Revelations," Aug. 5-6 at 7 p.m. and Aug. 7 at 2 p.m. The theater group's summer production is a time for alumni and current students to join forces on stage. In past seasons, the summer productions have included the thriller "Deathtrap," the Neil Simon comedy "Barefoot in the Park," and even the Shakespeare comedy "A Midsummer Night's Dream." But this year's summer production was written by Community students...
SACP kicks off new school year (07/29/16)
The School Age Care Program (SACP) will be open during the back-to-school transition for grades kindergarten to eighth. Monday, Aug. 1 will be an abbreviated, two-hour day for Bedford County Schools. Tuesday, Aug. 2 is a staff development day. Classes begin full-time hours on Wednesday, Aug. 3...
Tennessee Promise deadlines approach (07/29/16)
Students who plan to take part in the Tennessee Promise scholarship program this fall are facing deadlines on Monday, Aug. 1. FAFSA verifications are due Monday. Students also must complete and report their eight hours' community service by Monday, according to Tennessee Promise's Facebook page...
Professor questions process for Constitutional changes (07/29/16)
In the aftermath of the national political parties' conventions, the "MTSU On the Record" radio program will consider the possibility of a different kind of convention. Host Gina Logue's interview with John Vile, a political scientist and dean of the University Honors College, will air from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1, and from 8 to 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, on WMOT-FM (89.5 and www.wmot.org)...
Children make Harry Potter magic at library (07/28/16)
J.W. Evans is intent on crafting his wand design Wednesday at the Shelbyville - Bedford County Public Library. The craft classes were in honor of the pending Sunday release of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II. The festivities will continue with family trivia tonight at 6 and a Triwizard tournament Saturday with registration starting at 2 p.m. (T-G Photo by Jason Reynolds)
Broadband firm wants to lease old towers at schools (07/27/16)
Athena Broadband wants to lease radio towers at county schools which were installed years ago as part of a now-obsolete communications system. Athena will use the towers to provide its wireless broadband service in the county, according to discussion Tuesday night at Bedford County Financial Management Committee's regular monthly meeting...
Open house dates (07/26/16)
Local schools have announced their back-to-school open house dates: Cascade Elementary: Friday, July 29, 4-6 p.m. Cascade Middle: Friday, July 29, 4-6 p.m. Cascade High: Friday, July 29, 4-6 p.m. Community Elementary: Sunday, July 31, 2-4 p.m. Community Middle: Sunday, July 31, 2-3 p.m...
TN Promise scholars can work at parks (07/21/16)
If you are in need of a way to complete some community service hours before your next deadline, join all 56 state parks across Tennessee on July 23, according to tnAchieves. Tennessee State Parks is offering a variety of volunteer events across the state on July 23 to help Tennessee Promise Scholars log community service hours required to meet their scholarship commitments. ...
Motlow to administor HiSET test (07/21/16)
Motlow State Community College will administer the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) several times throughout the remainder of 2016. Test locations will be in Winchester and on the Motlow State Fayetteville, Smyrna and Moore County campuses. A high school diploma remains the primary ticket to many entry-level jobs. ...
Motlow student meets with house speaker (07/21/16)
Motlow State Community College spring graduate Summer Stevens, right, recently visited with the Tennessee State Speaker of the House Beth Harwell in Nashville to talk about what it takes to be successful in the political world. Stevens, who is continuing her education at Belmont University majoring in political science, was accompanied by Motlow State president Anthony Kinkel. (Submitted photo)
Start date for new Cascade near May 1 (07/20/16)
School Superintendent Don Embry's comment was short, thankful and to the point. "We'd officially like to thank Mayor (Eugene) Ray and the county commissioners for the tough, hard decision made in building a new Cascade High School and a jail, spending wisely and supporting a jail and schools," Embry, speaking for the Bedford County School System, said at Tuesday night's Bedford County School Board meeting...
Former coach receives probation (07/20/16)
A former teacher and coach who allegedly made inappropriate contact with Community School students in 2013 has accepted a sentence of four years' probation. James W. Tankersley, 27, of Lewisburg, who had initially been charged with one count of aggravated sexual battery by an authority figure, entered a "best interest" plea of guilty to a reduced charge of felony reckless aggravated assault, according to a press release from District Attorney General Robert J. Carter's office...
FFA members learn leadership (07/20/16)
During the week of June 6--10, 15 members of the Cascade FFA chapter attended the Tennessee FFA Leadership training camp in Doyle. "Camp Clements is not your normal leadership camp. It provides FFA members from across the state with the opportunity to have fun and make friends while developing leadership skills through officer classes, specialty classes, competing in academic contests and various sporting events. ...
Back-to-school tax break now a week earlier (07/19/16)
Tennessee's back-to-school sales tax holiday is now a week earlier than in the past, due to legislation passed by the General Assembly. This year's holiday will be July 29-31, because the holiday now starts on the last Friday in July rather than the first Friday in August...
Students deliver love to others (07/19/16)
Last week the Community Middle School Student Council delivered "teen bling" items to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. The items were donations from the student body during the Dr. Love Week last school year. (Submitted photo)
Stuff the Bus: Annual school supply drive underway (07/17/16)
It's time once again to stuff the school bus. United Way of Bedford County's annual "Stuff The School Bus" campaign asks for donations of school supplies, which are given to children in need. Advance drop sites for the drive will be open starting no later than Monday; some, like the Times-Gazette, already have their boxes out. That donation period continues through Aug. 5...
State cuts testing time for students (07/17/16)
Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced significant changes to state assessments Thursday that respond to feedback from educators, parents, and students, the department announced in a press release. The changes include eliminating Part I in all subjects, restructuring the test to better fit within the school day and year, and reducing overall testing time. ...
Class of 1971 plans reunion (07/17/16)
Members of the Shelbyville Central High School class of 1971 met recently at the home of Wayne Dillingham in Murfreesboro in preparation of their 45th reunion. The reunion will be held Saturday, Aug. 13 at the Bell Buckle Banquet Hall. Classmates who have not yet registered are encouraged to do so via the class web site. Regarding the planning group, Dillingham said the reunion has been a fun opportunity for the friends to get together for a casual good time. "We're not anything official -- just a group of classmates in this area who determined that we had a wonderful time at our 40th reunion and that our waiting for the 50th would be far too long for another get-together. So, as an ad hoc planning committee, we simply started working on it to make a 45th reunion happen." Front row, from left: Pam Jones and Dillingham. Back row, from left: Debbie Sager, Grant Hitt, Debbie Griffy, Debbie McClanahan, Mike Wells and Phil S. Baker. (T-G Photo by Sadie Fowler)
Motlow application deadline is Aug. 15 (07/15/16)
Students planning on attending Motlow State Community College this fall must submit an application for admission or readmission by Aug. 15, according to Shawn Gilbreath, assistant director of admissions and records at Motlow State. Students can apply online until midnight on the 15th. ...
Motlow to give Residual ACT test (07/15/16)
Motlow State Community College will administer the complete Residual ACT Assessment Test on July 20, July 29, and Aug. 5, from 8:30 a.m.-noon; and on Aug. 4, from 12:30-4 p.m. The test will be administered in room 1043 of the Crouch Center on the Moore County campus...
Radio interview focuses on therapeutic riding (07/14/16)
Helping children develop properly in their formative years is the topic of the next "MTSU On the Record" radio program. Host Gina Logue's interview with Christy Davis, director of the Ann Campbell Early Learning Center, will air from 5:30-6 p.m. Monday, July 18, and from 8-8:30 a.m. Sunday, July 24, on WMOT-FM (89.5 and www.wmot.org)...
TCAT-S receives $50K grant (07/12/16)
U.S. Department of Agriculture on Monday announced a $50,000 grant to Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Shelbyville which will be used to purchase training equipment for its industrial maintenance program. In late 2014, Gov. Bill Haslam announced a $970,000 Labor Education Alignment Program (LEAP) grant which allowed TCAT to expand its industrial maintenance classes, which are held not only at the main campus on Madison Street but also at satellite locations in Lewisburg, Winchester and Fayetteville.. ...
Positive attitudes can be rewarding for high schoolers (07/08/16)
High school students who behave badly get attention -- maybe not always the kind they want, but it's attention. So do students at the top of the academic world -- valedictorians and salutatorians. Top students get their names into the Times-Gazette's periodic "Honor Roll" section, published after the end of each grading period...
Radio program examines jazz, fashion (07/08/16)
The impact of avant-garde jazz on five decades of fashion is the subject of the next "MTSU On the Record" radio program. Host Gina Logue's interview with Rick Cottle, an assistant professor of textiles, merchandising and design at MTSU, will air from 5:30-6 p.m. Monday, July 11, and from 8-8:30 a.m. Sunday, July 17, on WMOT-FM (89.5 and www.wmot.org)...
Motlow Foundation recognizes distillery for support (07/08/16)
The Jack Daniel Distillery received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Philanthropy at the recent biannual meeting of the Motlow State Community College Foundation Board of Trustees. The meeting was held on the Motlow Moore County campus. The Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Philanthropy was created in 2002 to honor those who give generously of their time and finances to a Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) institution and exemplify outstanding volunteer efforts in raising money for a TBR institution. ...
Portable planetarium in Tullahoma. (07/08/16)
Tullahoma Parks and Recreation has partnered with the Arnold Engineering Development Complex's (AEDC) STEM Center to host the Discover Dome. This is a planetarium equipped with STEM surround sound/videos geared toward certain grade levels. While seated in the dome at C.D. ...
State hires new vendor for testing (07/07/16)
The Tennessee Department of Education selected a new vendor Wednesday to move forward with student assessments after the TNReady exam turned out to be anything but. The department announced Wednesday that it has selected Questar, a national company that specializes in assessments, to run the year-end tests...
Grant to help students aim toward future (07/06/16)
Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced on Friday that Bedford County has been approved for a $25,000 ThreeStar Competitive Enhancement Grant to develop workforce readiness programs for local school children. Bedford County was one of 11 counties for which ThreeStar Competitive Enhancement Grants were announced on Friday...
Motlow needs 600 TN Promise mentors (07/06/16)
Motlow State Community College Tennessee Promise Coordinator Jonathan Graham is urging any interested Motlow faculty, staff and administrators, and members of the general public, to apply to the tnAchieves mentor program. "Our goal last year was to become the community college with the highest percentage of employee mentors, and I am happy to say we accomplished that," said Graham. ...
Shelbyville Central Class of 1956 (07/05/16)
Shelbyville Central High School's Class of 1956 held its 60th reunion June 11. Class members include, first row from left, James Lynn Cates, Bud Saunders, Sandra Fly Crowell, Peggy Sanders Holden, Beverly Poplin West, Mack Cooper, Charles Coats, Marie Blanton Lannon and Jane Foster Butler; second row, Bob Taylor, Elizabeth Smith Blackburn, Erwena Thomas Jacobian, Roxanna Hale Francesconi, Doris Brent McNamee, Nancy Finney Hulan, Peggy Allen Miller, Jane Turrentine Cortner, Fred Atnip, Linda Joyce Vannatta, Bobbie Rogers Thompson and Don Hoover; third row, Billy Philpott, Jewel Boyce Williams, Thomas Smith, Geneva Gannon Smith, Tom Harris, Ezralee Swing, Ben Carroll, Doris Taylor Childress, Nelda Methvin Brown and Ruth Cortner Bellefant; back row, Harold Smith, Ernest Limbo, Cary Bills, Tony Carrick, Woody Thompson and Rhoda Gunter. (Submitted photo)
Learning unplugged (07/03/16)
The Computer Information Technology students at TCAT-Shelbyville took their classroom outside Thursday to perform wireless site surveys and connect wireless bridges over one mile between devices. Businesses with multiple offices use wireless bridges to share data connections, said instructor Steve Mallard (not pictured). Students in the program work with mobile devices, servers and network infrastructure and study advanced security concepts...
New Cascade High, justice center, jail officially on way (07/01/16)
The meeting lasted a mere 20 minutes, with no debate, little discussion, no raised voices and a series of unanimous votes. And yet, Thursday night's special called meeting of Bedford County Board of Commissioners was a milestone, paving the way for a new jail, a new justice center and a new Cascade High School, and paying for it with a hefty tax increase after holding the line on county property tax rates for more than a decade...
Columbia State named as a technology leader (07/01/16)
Columbia State Community College was recently recognized by the Center for Digital Education as a top 10 winner of their 2015-2016 Digital Community Colleges Survey, an award honoring community colleges for their efforts using technology to deliver curriculum and improve services offered...
Pedal while you study (07/01/16)
The Clayton-Glass Library on the Moore County campus of Motlow State Community College recently added four stationary bikes to enable students to get a little exercise while they study or work on a laptop or tablet. The bikes, called Fit Desks, were added at the suggestion of library director Stuart Gaetjens. Giving the bikes a test ride are, from front to back, library staff member Bob Shine, Gaetjens, and recent Motlow graduate Lucas Crismond of Manchester. (Motlow College photo)
Insurance costs eat into school funding (06/30/16)
The Bedford County school board met Wednesday to approve minor, routine budget amendments to close out the fiscal year that ends today. County finance director Robert Daniel said the changes included tweaks to the general purpose school fund and food service fund. The school system received some funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and there were "a lot" of transfers from one department to another, he said...
Student council members attend camp (06/29/16)
Three Community students attended the Tennessee Association of Student Councils Leadership Camp at Cumberland University from June 20-24. From left are Gage Ralston of Community Middle, Gracie Miles and Zoey Grissom of Community High. Ralston and Miles both received the distinguished Honors Council Award. (Submitted photo)
Local student attends leadership forum (06/24/16)
Timothy Martin of Shelbyville attended Harding University's 60th annual National Leadership Forum in Searcy, Arkansas, June 5-10. Martin was sponsored by Bedford County Farm Bureau as a delegate to the forum, which is presented by the University's American Studies Institute...
MTSU offers dual enrollment for homeschoolers (06/23/16)
Starting this fall, area homeschooled high school students will have a chance to earn college credits and get a slice of Middle Tennessee State University by taking classes at University College's new Dual Enrollment Center at Bell Street. The university's dual-enrollment program allows high school students who meet MTSU's admissions criteria and gain approvals from their guidance counselors to take college classes before they graduate, thus earning high school and college credits at the same time.. ...
Drop-outs to be offered new program by National Guard (06/23/16)
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam; Maj. Gen. Max Haston of the state Military Department; and Department of Children's Services (DCS) Commissioner Bonnie Hommrich announced Wednesday that Tennessee has been approved by the U.S. Department of Defense for a National Guard Youth ChalleNGe program...
School board hears positive summer news (06/22/16)
Bedford County Board of Education buttoned down routine summer business Tuesday night during its monthly meeting, touching on topics ranging from budget and policy updates to the success of the county's summer programs. The extensive agenda moved along efficiently as members worked through brief updates on minor legislative amendments, previewed a budget that will soon be in front of the Bedford County Commission, formed plans to address faculty insurance needs, reminded members of upcoming meetings, and highlighted positive aspects of education taking place this summer even while school's out of session.. ...
Gardner sees success as veterans succeed in class (06/22/16)
Veterans success coach Daniala Gardner has spent her first year at Columbia State Community College helping with anything vets may need to make their college experience more positive. "We have completed two sessions of Green Zone; a cross-cultural learning experience to educate faculty and staff about the military experience," Gardner said. ...
Pierce grateful for past, excited for future (06/22/16)
The journey from recent high school graduate to adult begins for Community's Sarah Pierce in just a few days with a combination of both university and military experience as she sets off for Colorado and the Air Force Academy. She is excited to begin her adult life there, taking in all there is to absorb while not only playing the game she has long been passionate about -- basketball -- but also by having the opportunity to share her life-long passion, Christ...
Shelter supports Imagination Library at Moon Pie fest (06/22/16)
Frank Thompson, vice president of marketing for Shelter Insurance, made a special appearance at the RC Cola / Moon Pie Festival parade Saturday in Bell Buckle, taking the opportunity to present a $5,000 contribution to Bedford County Imagination Library...
Wartrace alumni banquet held; 2016 graduates honored (06/22/16)
The 71st annual Wartrace High School Alumni Banquet was held April 23 at Cascade High School. John Bramblett, 2015/16 Alumni Association president, welcomed the attendees, who enjoyed lunch, visited with former classmates and viewed memorabilia provded by Carolyn Smotherman...
FFA, 4H compete in land and range judging (06/21/16)
From May 1-6, the Bedford County FFA Chapter of Shelbyville Central High School and Bedford County 4H traveled to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to compete in the National Land and Range Judging Contest. Both teams competed in the Homesite Judging Event. The Bedford County 4H team placed seventh in the nation and the Bedford County FFA team tied for 10th in the nation. ...
What's cooking at Harris Middle School? (06/19/16)
Harris Middle School has offered a cooking class for a decade. Demand for the class is so hot that there is always a long waiting list, said Betsy Norris, the Bedford County Department of Education's grants and e-learning supervisor. It is offered during the year, after school has let out, and during summer school, which ends this week...
Sunday Conversation: Kids are better than TV (06/19/16)
Kristin Conley took the helm at the Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County in April. Working with children is nothing new to the Cleveland, Tennessee, native as she has worked with the Department of Children's Services as a case worker and with nonprofits for more than 20 years...
Teaching the teachers: New ideas add up (06/16/16)
MANCHESTER -- While most students are whiling away the summer weeks taking it easy, many of their teachers are going back to school. Middle Tennessee State University is conducting "Impact," its fourth summer educational series focusing on math educators, said Dr. Angela Barlow, director of the math and science PhD program at the university...
Schools host summer feeding program (06/15/16)
The summer feeding program for children under 18 will operate in conjunction with summer school until June 23 at Cascade Elementary, Cascade Middle/High, Shelbyville Central High School, Community Middle and Elementary, Community High, East Side Elementary, and Harris Middle School...
Governor discusses state education (06/12/16)
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam spoke to the Times-Gazette Friday on education issues after presenting the community with a $500,000 grant to build a road for the industrial park. The topics were: The governor recently signed a bill that requires school districts to screen students in kindergarten through second grade for dyslexia with a program provided by the Department of Education. Sen. Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville) was a co-sponsor on the Senate side...
MTSU educators visit MTEC (06/12/16)
An outreach team from Middle Tennessee State University's Department of Professional Development visited Shelbyville on Friday. "We work with adult learners helping working adults finish their college degree," said Peggy Carpenter, MTSU University College's assistant dean for outreach...
Sunday Conversation: Family's love helps Pride sail to new horizons (06/12/16)
Recent Community High School graduate Darian Pride has just a few days left before he sets off to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, where his days will be spent participating in the rigorous activities of "Plebe Summer." Plebe, derived from the Ancient Roman word, Plebeian, is the term by which Darian and all of the others entering into the uncompromising cultivation of midshipmen will be referred -- that is, until the 1,000 that remain graduate the course and are officially deemed Midshipmen. ...
Summer learning: Some students keep studying (06/10/16)
For the majority of students, the rising temperatures of summer mean an abundance of free time to play outdoors or go on vacation. But for some, the learning continues in some form or fashion no matter the age. The Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville stays busy year-round for the most part because the college operates on a trimester system, unlike the traditional fall-spring schedule, said Mike Miller, assistant IT manager and CIT instructor. ...
Motlow, WGU renew agreement (06/10/16)
Dr. Anthony Kinkel, Motlow State Community College president, and Dr. Kimberly Estep, WGU Tennessee chancellor, recently celebrated and re-signed an articulation agreement that has allowed more than 85 Motlow State faculty, staff and graduates to further their education. The articulation agreement offers all Motlow State graduates and staff discounted tuition at WGU Tennessee. (Submitted photo)
U. of Memphis announces grads, dean's list (06/10/16)
The University of Memphis awarded 2,416 degrees during commencement ceremonies May 7. Degree recipients included Lawrence Parawan of Wartrace and Bradford Pippen of Lewisburg. Meanwhile, the following students were named to the university's dean's list for the spring 2016 semester:...
4-H at MTSU dairy farm (06/10/16)
Bedford County 4-H members toured the Middle Tennessee Dairy Farm in Murfreesboro on June 6 for June Dairy Month. (Submitted photo)
Jail, school savings found (06/09/16)
Bedford County Financial Management Committee got a little good news Tuesday night -- but also handed out some potential bad news to county departments and non-profit agencies. First, the good news: County Finance Director Robert Daniel said that, based on quotes from the state's loan pool, the payments on a new jail and justice center and a new Cascade High School would be less than originally thought...
Insurance change for school system would cut costs (06/09/16)
The Bedford County Board of Education is considering a proposal to drop health insurance for the spouses of employees if that spouse qualifies for coverage at his or her job. County finance director Robert Daniel recommended the change to the school system's health insurance regulations during a budget meeting Wednesday. If a school system employee has a spouse who works at a job that offers health insurance, that spouse would have to change coverage to his or her employer...
FFA members compete in forestry event (06/08/16)
On June 3-4, the Bedford County FFA Chapter of Shelbyville Central High School traveled to Doyle to compete in the Tennessee State FFA Forestry and State Environmental and Natural Resources competition at Camp Clements. Jackson Smith, Hunter Lemmon, Emily Crabtree and Kristyn Neese represented the chapter in the State Forestry CDE. ...
FFA students attend leadership camp (06/08/16)
On May 30, the Bedford County FFA Chapter of Shelbyville Central High School traveled to Doyle to attend State FFA Leadership Camp at Camp Clements. The members were able to take leadership classes and set goals for the chapter and themselves. They competed in sporting events, rifle range events, swimming, canoeing, boating, and quiz contests, and met many FFA members from around the state of Tennessee...
Cascade teacher Spears makes science, math fun (06/05/16)
Zack Spears is a STEM teacher at Cascade High School, his alma mater. You never know if you will see him working with students on a wind tunnel, pasta noodle bridge or trebuchet. To suggest a future subject for Sunday Conversation, email Sadie Fowler, sfowler@t-g.com. Subjects don't have to be well-known, but please give us some ideas of what topics we might want to cover in our questions...
Motlow nursing grads (06/03/16)
Motlow State Community College graduated 57 nursing students during commencement ceremonies on May 7. The evening before graduation, nurses took part in the annual nurse pinning ceremony inside Nisbett Center on the Moore County campus. Pictured are Bedford County nurses, from left, Terri Sharp and Laura Underwood. (Submitted photo)
School system raises possible (06/02/16)
The Bedford County Board of Education looked at possible raises as part of the 2016-2017 school system budget during a workshop meeting Wednesday. Maintenance director Daniel Kleindienst made a plea to increase the starting pay for custodians, which is $8.29 per hour. He said his secretary checked local restaurants, and eateries like Burger King are starting employees out at a comparable level...
Students attend Girls State event (06/02/16)
Chelsea Ilarde of Shelbyville and Kennady Peek of Murfreesboro are attending the Tennessee American Legion Auxiliary Volunteer Girls State at Lipscomb University in Nashville. Girls State began Sunday and ends on Saturday. Kara Brooke Bellenfant of Shelbyville was selected, but was unable to attend...
County's numbers don't lie (06/01/16)
If Bedford County were to fund a new high school plus a new jail and justice center, plus a tax increase for county road paving, plus all of the budget requests made by various county departments and non-profit agencies, it would require raising the county property tax rate by more than a third...
Scholarship winner (06/01/16)
The 2016 Bedford County Soil Conservation District Scholarship was awarded to Makayla Elizabeth Hickman. She graduated from Community High School and plans to attend the University of Wisconsin at River Falls. Her hobbies are showing cows and helping around the farm. This scholarship is awarded annually to a Bedford County student who plans on majoring in agriculture or a related field. (Submitted photo)
Motlow expands mechatronics options (06/01/16)
Motlow State Community College is bringing its nationally recognized mechatronics program to the Fayetteville campus beginning with the fall 2016 semester, according to a press release. "We are very pleased to be able to bring this program to Fayetteville," said Fred Rascoe, dean of career and technical programs at Motlow. "I am excited for Motlow, and for the local high schools and industries around Fayetteville that will benefit."...
Motlow awarded $25,000 grant (06/01/16)
Motlow State Community College was recently selected to receive a Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) Student Engagement, Retention, and Success (SERS) grant for the 2016-2017 academic year in the amount of $25,000. The SERS grant is based on a TBR initiative that focuses on institutions using high impact practices (HIP) identified by the American Association of Colleges and Universities. ...
Central names top CTE students (05/29/16)
Shelbyville Central High School has named its Career and Technical Education Students of the Year: Jordan Barnett and Jackson Smith. Jordan Barnett has been a four-year member of Health Occupational Clubs of America (HOSA) serving as secretary and president. She has coordinated a Red Cross Blood Drive twice a year the past two school years and received the Barbara James Service HOSA Award for having 200+ volunteer hours in 2016...
Central FFA completes in dairy, livestock judging (05/29/16)
On April 12, the Bedford County FFA Chapter of Shelbyville Central High School traveled to Cookeville to compete in the FFA Regional Livestock and Dairy Judging Events. ...
Students earn industry certification (05/29/16)
The Bedford County Department of Education recognizes the importance of providing its high school students with early post-secondary opportunities (EPSOs). EPSOs can take the form of; dual credit courses, dual enrollment courses, advanced placement (AP) courses and industry certifications. The district is working to increase availability of EPSOs to assist students as they transition from high school into post-secondary schools and careers...
Bedford County Honor Rolls -- May 29, 2016 (05/29/16)
Principal's List Fifth Grade Santana Alexander, Christopher Brown, Weston Burnett, Mackenzie Carrion, Robert Clanton, Zachary Cope, Bridgett Evans, Ashton Fields, Ava Foulk, Thomas Gentry, Nia Hiles, Connor Huie, Macy Legate, Ava Markham, Colin Nash, Micheal Olive, Avery Petersen, Dakota Phillips, Sandra Rojas-Machado, Leah Zeiler...
Valedictorians and Salutatorians (05/29/16)
Matthew is the son of Donald and Christy Baldwin of Bell Buckle. He attended the Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts and was a Boys State delegate. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Jazz Band, Concert Band, and a five-year member of the Marching Band. ...
Webb hosts eighth-grade graduation (05/27/16)
Middle School students from The Webb School came together for a special ceremony on May 13. The event included the presentation of traditional and special awards, a declamation contest and the eighth grade graduation. Seven Bedford County students, Anna Allison, Charlee Davis, Olivia Greer, Noah Jolley, Allison LeMaster, Kat Pugh and Lily Walker, were among the eighth-graders honored...
Changes ahead for adult education (05/26/16)
The woman who has been executive director of adult education in Bedford and two other counties reported on dramatic changes to the way the program is organized during a report Wednesday morning to Shelbyville Rotary Club. Until 2013, each county in Tennessee could manage its own adult education program. In 2013, the programs were consolidated by the state, and Bedford County's program won a contract to manage a three-county area consisting of Bedford, Coffee and Warren counties...
Barton wins Lynch art award (05/26/16)
Davin Lynch was a fifth grade student at Southside Elementary from kindergarten until Christmas break 2015, his fifth grade year, when he was killed in a traffic accident. Davin was so passionate about art that the Davin Lynch Memorial Art Award was set up in his memory...
Cascade sewage service unsure (05/25/16)
Architect John Davis told Bedford County Financial Management Committee on Tuesday that he has met with engineers representing the Town of Bell Buckle but hasn't yet gotten a final answer on whether or not the town can or will provide sewer service to the new Cascade High School...
Celebrate College Savings Day by visiting science center (05/25/16)
This Sunday, May 29, the TNStars College Savings 529 Program is teaming up with Adventure Science Center. May 29 has been nationally recognized as 529 College Savings Day, a way to raise awareness of the importance of saving early for college while your child is still young. TNStars is celebrating by offering fun family deals at venues around the state and extra incentives to help families save more...
Webb dedicates Residential Village (05/25/16)
Webb's Residential Village -- two dorms and a student center -- was dedicated on April 29. Meadows Hall is on the left, and Wendel Haynes Hall is on the right, with the student center between them. Phil Coop, a 1966 graduate, member of board of trustees, former chair and Moving Our Tradition Forward campaign co-chair, announces that fundraising is under way to name the student center in honor of Dorothy Elkins, standing at right.The Webb School's newly completed Residential Village, Phase I -- a $5.4 million project that includes two dorms and a student center -- was dedicated on April 29 during the school's 2016 annual reunion. ...
MTSU pilot retraces historic flight (05/24/16)
Middle Tennessee State University senior Collin McDonald of Carthage left Murfreesboro last Thursday to begin a monthlong adventure that eventually will take him on a cross-country journey that follows that of aviation pioneer Cal Rodgers more than 100 years ago...
Hot dog! Viking Valors have a little fun (05/22/16)
Community Elementary students participate in the School Wide Positive Behavior Supports program throughout the school year. The program encourages positive behaviors and minimizing negative behaviors. Various rewards are offered through the use of Viking Vouchers, given when students display behaviors that support Viking Values, which include being respectful, responsible, and ready each day...
Students upcycle parts to build boats (05/20/16)
Whatever floats your boat -- for science students at The Webb School it was plastic water bottles and milk jugs, 55-gallon plastic barrels, wooden furniture and cardboard. These were some of the "upcycled" materials used to construct boats for the "Whatever Floats Your Boat" project in Pamela Seals' Advanced Placement Environmental Science class...
Community kindergarten celebrates (05/20/16)
Community's class of 2028 wowed the crowd in its "We're All in This Together" themed kindergarten celebration last Thursday. Just one day before their own graduation, 12 members of the Class of 2016 helped to open the show. A team huddle at center court of the Community Middle gymnasium was a fitting start as 108 kindergarteners displayed their new abilities through song and dance before a joyful crowd...
Imagination Library gets added help (05/19/16)
Bedford County Imagination Library met the fund-raising challenge issued to it by an unpublicized donor, and has received a matching contribution. Imagination Library, the local affiliate of the worldwide program founded by entertainer Dolly Parton, sends children a free book each month from birth to age five, a total of 60 books. ...
State selects new testing firm (05/19/16)
The Tennessee Department of Education has brought in industry titan Pearson to score the troubled TNReady year-end tests in an $18.5 million emergency contract. "This will include scoring high school End of Course exams, Part I grade 3--8 tests, and any completed Part II grade 3--8 exams," according to a department press release. "High school score reports, as well as grade 3--8 raw data, will be shared in fall 2016 as we have previously communicated."...
Local MTSU student will intern in Middle East (05/19/16)
Peter Roldan of Shelbyville is among 11 Middle Tennessee State University students who received the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship this year. Gilman scholarships are sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Applicants must be federal Pell Grant recipients in order to apply. Students chosen as Gilman scholars can receive up to $5,000 toward study-abroad or internship expenses...
No transgender requests received by local school system (05/18/16)
Bedford County schools have not received any requests for restroom accommodations by students who identify as transgender, Superintendent Don Embry said Tuesday. "Quite frankly, it's created quite a firestorm all across the country," he said. The firestorm has not directly touched the local school system, he said. ...
Spring concert (05/17/16)
The Motlow State Community College music department recently came together to present three performances at the college's annual Spring Concert on the Moore County campus. The brass ensemble, vocal ensemble and community jazz ensemble provided music which covered a variety of genres. Pictured here, Motlow student Joshlynne Williams performs PINKZEBRA'S "We Can Dream." She is accompanied by Motlow student Christopher Smith on piano, and local musicians Kyle Copeland on drums, Charlie Vining on bass and John Cook on guitar.
SCHS Class of 1966 seeks missing members (05/17/16)
The Shelbyville Central High School Class of 1966 is planning its 50th reunion and needs help in finding some classmates. The classmates are: Barry Anderson; Fred Anderson; Barbara Baker; Tony Collins; Faye Blantonn; Tony Collins; Wayne Cook; Gerald Crabtree; Nancy Dodson; Carolyn Douglas; Jimmy Douglas; Andy Herring; Joy Johnson; Mike Kirk; Jo Nell Lee; Carolyn Patricia Long; Dwight Lowery; Judy McCarty; James Mooningham; Billy Wayne Moore; David Owens; Jackie Perry; Marilyn Rackley; James Seagrist; Buddy Vaughn; Florence Kay Ward; Ted Ward; David Warf; Carolyn Watkins; Edna Williams; and Danny Wilson.. ...
Class of 2016 graduates (05/15/16)
Bedford County high schools held graduation ceremonies Friday night and Saturday at Calsonic Arena. From left, Shelbyville Central graduates Chris McClean, Centa Muse, Tynel Murray, Odarius Davis and Isaiah Woodard await Saturday's graduation ceremony. (T-G Photo by David Melson)...
Shelbyville mom among three scholarship recipients (05/15/16)
Three women who juggle family and academic responsibilities while pursuing their collegiate goals will receive full tuition for one semester from MTSU's June S. Anderson Foundation. Organizers awarded the scholarships to the trio, all seniors at MTSU, at a May 11 luncheon at B. McNeel's restaurant in Murfreesboro...
MTSU master's degree (05/15/16)
Amber Russell Overcast graduated from Shelbyville Central in 2009, received her bachelor's degree in business administration (cum laude) from Middle Tennessee State University in 2012, and just graduated with a master's degree in business administration from MTSU May 6. Her parents are Charles and Angela Russell of Shelbyville. Her grandmother is Clara Macie Russell of Farmington. Her late grandparents are Clayton Russell (Farmington), William "Nick" Nichols (Unionville), and Annette Haley Nichols (Shelbyville). Overcast has taken a new position as a business planning/strategy professional at Education Networks of America in Nashville. She and husband, Mark, reside in Murfreesboro. (Submitted photo)
DKG observes Founder's Day (05/15/16)
The Beta Nu Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International gathered on May 7 at Urban Plantation to observe Founder's Day of the professional educator's society. The Delta Kappa Gamma Society is an organization in which membership is extended by invitation to exemplary women educators. Dr. Elaine Alexander, Xi State Membership chairwoman from Murfreesboro, presented...
What's eating Claudia Curl? Retiring dietician shares memories (05/15/16)
Claudia Curl is retiring after 43 years as a dietician. She works at Tennova Healthcare Shelbyville. She is a registered dietician (RD) and licensed dietician/nutritionist (LDN). The Times-Gazette recently held a Q&A interview with Curl. T-G: Please describe your job duties...
Learning from the best: Gassaway cherishes interaction with CDC students (05/15/16)
Liz Gassaway was offered the opportunity to start, develop and teach the CDC special needs class at Community High School in 2008. The rest, she says, "is history." Since her beginnings at Community, she has taken her students to participate in the Special Olympics...
Community alumni honor school, students (05/15/16)
The Community Alumni Association awarded scholarships to two deserving Community High seniors at the school's Honors Day on May 6. Kateland Carpenter was awarded a $1,000 scholarship and Seth Crowder a $300 scholarship by association president Homer Gray, who presented the awards...
Project hits bullseye (05/13/16)
Two Tennessee Tech students have developed a new type of duelling tree for Shelbyville Police Department to use for firearm practice. Chase Adcock and Todd Baker, who graduated last Saturday from TTU, presented the device to the department on Thursday...
Learning Way fifth graders show talents (05/13/16)
Learning Way Elementary held its fifth grade talent show on Thursday, with fifth graders entertaining the entire school with various vocal, dance and acrobatic performances. Look for more photos and details in a future issue of the Times-Gazette.
Liberty career day (05/12/16)
Liberty School held a career day Tuesday for second-graders. Professionals from various occupations spoke with the students. Students drew pictures of the professionals they would like to be when they grow up.
Winning words from a legend (05/11/16)
Steve Spurrier, who made a name for himself as a Heisman Trophy-winning football player and then as a pro and college coach, used highlights from his career to illustrate leadership principles such as teamwork and goal-setting during a speech Tuesday in Shelbyville...
Excellence honored: East Side principal selected as district's best (05/11/16)
Xavier Hamler never expected his journey in education would lead him back to where it all started as a first grader. But Hamler returned to East Side Elementary in Shelbyville -- and, as the newly-named South Central Regional Principal of the Year, he's in the running for statewide honors. The winner in the contest held by the Tennessee Department of Education will likely be announced later this month...