Schools and education
'Officer Cam' feels the love
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
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
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
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
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
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'
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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Schools to outsource substitutes
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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...
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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
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
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
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...
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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. ...
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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...
Mom, daughter bond while earning degrees
Smyrna residents Barbara Adkerson and Amber Morton will enjoy an extra-special Mother's Day after both earned master's degrees Friday, May 6, in MTSU's inaugural College of Graduate Studies commencement ceremony. With 15 family members from as far away as Virginia and Ohio joining them in Murphy Center for the ceremony, mom Adkerson, 55, received her Master of Business Administration, and daughter Morton, 28, earned her master's in education in teaching English as a second language...
Motlow, UTC sign dual admissions agreement
Motlow State Community College and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga recently signed a dual admissions agreement that will enable Motlow State students to transfer with ease to UTC after earning their associate's degree. ...
Vet tackles arm wrestling in interview
An MTSU student who balances aircraft inspection, entrepreneurship and competitive arm wrestling will be the guest on the next "MTSU On the Record" radio program. Host Gina Logue's interview with Jason Gulley will air from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Monday, May 9, and from 8 to 8:30 a.m. Sunday, May 15, on WMOT-FM (89.5 and www.wmot.org)...
Cascade FFA reflects on past semester
The Cascade FFA chapter has been busy during the second semester of the 2015-2016 school year. The chapter had members participate in the individual speaking FFA events at the district level in January. The members competing were Isabel Zalapa, second, FFA creed speaking; Hannah-Grace Luna. third, extemporaneous speaking; and Mary Bennett, third, job interview...
Tech students take fast ride to success
Professional opportunities abound for technical education students when they take the initiative to learn, whatever the grade level, educators say. Dual enrollment is one such opportunity. The Bedford County Department of Education began a certified production technician (CPT) certification program this academic year, said Steve Petty, the system's career and technical education (CTE) director...
Council works to help others
Community. It's not just the name of the schools in Unionville. For Community Elementary School's Student Council, it's a concept that is supported and encouraged, starting with their advisors, teachers Lori Bishop and Jimmy Yates. Fundraising began at the start of the school year with leis that could be bought and worn or given away. ...
Community 5th graders storm the stage
A new twist in Community Elementary fifth graders' transition to middle school has started what may become a new tradition. The end of the school year has always included a PTO program, but this year's fifth graders suggested a change. "The fifth grade wanted to do something a little different than our usual program so we came up with the idea of a talent show," said Jimmy Yates, Community fifth grade teacher. ...
Champions of safety: Community High wins seat belt promotion
Community High School can now be considered Bedford County's champion of seat belt safety for the 2015-2016 school year. Their impressive Seatbelt Challenge championship belt -- for the drama club's video, "The Empty Desk," depicting the tragic effect of not wearing seat belts, and an increase in seat belt use -- is now on display at the school...
Testing vendor fired by state
Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen on Wednesday borrowed a line from Donald Trump's "The Apprentice" TV show and said, "You're fired," to the company that had been supplying schools with the troubled TNReady tests. McQueen made the announcement during a press conference in Nashville. She said the statewide testing contract with vendor Measurement Inc. (MI) would end immediately...
Cost study asked for Cascade
Planning is underway on the projected cash flow which would be needed if a new Cascade High School is approved and funded in the coming fiscal year, according to discussion Tuesday night at Bedford County Financial Management Committee. "The project's not funded yet," clarified County Finance Director Robert Daniel...
Child-elderly IDs to be offered at Moose Lodge
The Shelbyville Moose Lodge and Safe Surfin' Foundation will provide a child/elderly identification event during the lodge's ninth annual Barbecue Cook-off on Saturday. This free event will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the lodge, 1104 Highway 82 South...
TNReady fails test third time
Baseball great Yogi Bera was famous for saying, "It's like déjà vu, all over again." That sentiment could apply to Tennessee students and educators, as the state has experienced its third strike with TNReady. The Tennessee Department of Education notified school systems Thursday that districts were not yet receiving their TNReady Part II materials on time for grades 3-8, the education blog Chalkbeat reported...
Phi Kappa Phi inducts new members
The following local residents recently were initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. All four were initiated at Middle Tennessee State University:...
Cascade principal shows leaders crowded conditions
Cascade High School principal Tim Harwell gave a tour Wednesday to a handful of county commissioners and a handful of school board members to make the case for building a new facility. "Thank you for your time today," Harwell said. Harwell's tour highlights included:...
Cascade students win at research fairs
Cascade Middle School eighth-grade students have competed in a couple of research fairs. The following students received Honorable Mention at the school level: Cade Crick, Ashley Forsee, Hunter Jewell, Braden Lollis, A.J. Phillips, Chance Phillips, Hayden Spence and Kailey Snell...
Cascade High plans proceed
Even though the Bedford County Board of Education does not have the funds to build a new Cascade High School, it is moving forward with plans to spend the money. County architect John Davis told the board Tuesday that the county finance committee asked for a 28-month schedule for designing and building the proposed school with an opening date of August 2018...
Fun day set for special young people
The Leadership Bedford Youth Class is treating special youths to a day filled with fun festivities. The free "Carnival For Care" will be Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Shelbyville Central High School's football field. The event is designed to enable youths with special needs and their families to participate in fun activities. Everyone is welcome. There will be games, face painting, snow cones, music and more...
Community second graders learn bus safety
Bus safety awareness was stressed to Community Elementary second-graders Tuesday. Tennessee Highway Patrol Sergeant Jason Kelley, who developed the program, was assisted by Bedford County Schools transportation director Kenny Parker and Scott Peoples...
Music for the World: Bedford County Mass Choir rings out in song
Beaming parents, family and friends of 132 elementary and middle school students making up the annual Bedford County Mass Choir filled Shelbyville Central High School on Tuesday. This year's third annual program, "Music for the World," included eight songs from West Africa, Jamaica, Israel, Japan, Australia, South Africa and America...
Sunday Conversation: Mallard trains the people who keep tech running smoothly
Steve Mallard is an instructor for the Computer Information Technology program at Tennessee College of Applied Technology -- Shelbyville, and also serves as the school's IT manager. To suggest a future subject for Sunday Conversation, email Sadie Fowler, email@example.com. Subjects don't have to be well-known, but please give us some ideas of what topics we might want to cover in our questions...
Schools earn passing grade
A panel of education accreditation evaluators is recommending the reaccreditation of Bedford County schools. "Of course we're going to recommend accreditation," said lead evaluator Cheryl Allread. She and a team of five other experts from various school districts have spent time in Bedford County studying the schools and administrators and interviewing staff, parents and students...
Superintendent pleased with schools' achievements
Bedford County School Superintendent Don Embry discussed the challenges and achievements of his three years in office during a presentation Wednesday morning at Shelbyville Rotary Club. "Our folks do a fantastic job overall," said Embry. "I'm very proud of the work that we do." Cascade Elementary and Community Elementary have been named Reward Schools, while Cascade Elementary and Thomas Magnet School have been named Blue Ribbon Schools...
Honor Roll party
Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County had an honor roll celebration at Rafael's restaurant on April 8 to reward members for excellent grades during the third quarter of this school year. Back row, from left: A'Driana Anderson, Bryson Higgins, Dylan Marchi, Makia Woodard, Jaxon Curry, Mia Velasquez, Persaeus Curtis, Janie Lopez, Laila Redman, Eve Speirs, Treasure Johnson, Jalen Kelso and Isaiah Batts. Front row: Lauren Carr, Landen Brown, Brooklyn Kiker, Thalia Morales, Hero Curtis, Kalin Alcorta, Jacari Whitaker, Xavier Rea, Zacki Solis, Anastasia Trice and Ryann Gary. (Submitted photo)
Liberty debuts Relay Recess
Liberty School will be the first local school to participate in Relay Recess, an offshoot of the American Cancer Society Relay For Life which combines fund-raising with education about healthy lifestyles and cancer prevention. Members of the school's National Junior Honor Society met Tuesday with advisor Katie Gospodarek and Samantha Chamblee of the American Cancer Society to make plans for the event...
MTSU unveils plaque of long-serving dean
Middle Tennessee State University will pay tribute to one of its most influential professors and administrators by unveiling a plaque in his honor. John McDaniel, who served as dean of the College of Liberal Arts for a quarter-century, will be the focus of the ceremony at 1 p.m. Friday in Dining Room C of the James Union Building. A printable campus parking map is available at http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParkingMap...
Webb presents 'Arsenic and Old Lace' play
The timeless comedic classic, "Arsenic and Old Lace" by Joseph Kesselring, will be presented by The Webb School Company Players April 21-23. This event is open to the public. Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. on the Chapel stage. Admission is $10 and seating begins at 7:10 p.m...
Webb selects Boys State participants
Keaton Pendergrast of Shelbyville and Nate Sherwood of Smithville have been selected as The Webb School's participants at Tennessee American Legion Boys State set for May 22-28 at Tennessee Technological University at Cookeville. Rising seniors from across the state receive leadership and citizenship training at the event...
Organizers hope swimming lessons save lives
The Shelbyville Recreation Center is partnering with a third-party nonprofit to offer free swimming lessons this summer to low-income children. The classes are called the Flying Fish program. Between 40 to 60 children will take part in the classes, which start in June, said Pam Henry, aquatics director at the Shelbyville Recreation Center...
Five Shelbyville Central High School FCA students performed volunteer work April 1 at First Choice Pregnancy Counseling Center. They picked up auction items from local businesses, hung fliers around town to publicize the center's upcoming fish fry, and cleaned and sorted items for the Baby Boutique. Pictured (in no particular order) are: Colt Williams, Kobe Simmons, Magen Williams, Taylor Overcast and Brandie Dukes. (Submitted photos)
Democratic Women support Imagination Library
Wanda Campbell, right, treasurer of Bedford County Democratic Women, presents a $300 check to Trish Hubbard, chair of Bedford County Imagination Library. The gift, made in memory of three club members' recently-deceased mothers, will be applied towards the $4,000 matching challenge made by an anonymous donor. Imagination Library sends a book a month to any Bedford County child from birth through their fifth birthday -- a total of 60 books in all. The worldwide program was founded by entertainer Dolly Parton. (Submitted photo)
Veteran-turned-writer separates fact from fiction
A retired U.S. Marine who turned his military career into critically acclaimed literature will share his experiences at MTSU. Michael Pitre, a veteran of two tours of duty in Iraq and author of "Fives and Twenty-Fives," will speak at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in Room 106 of the Paul W. Martin Sr. Honors College Building. A printable campus parking map is available at tinyurl.com/MTSUParkingMap...
Drop in on college classes ... free!
To help kick-start the upcoming Middle Tennessee State University Alumni Spring Weekend, the colleges of Liberal Arts and Basic and Applied Sciences are inviting people to attend classes, labs and lectures at no cost. During the week of April 18-22, alumni, retirees and community members are welcome to register for topics such as genetics, professional pilot, evolution, exploring the universe and additional offerings from the College of Basic and Applied Sciences; or attend an English class specific to Harry Potter, visit a course on set design for the upcoming "West Side Story" production, join an art class for art teachers, attend a modern dance class and more from the College of Liberal Arts.. ...
60 years on the job: Elkins is a fixture at Webb
Dorothy Powell Elkins has seen a lot of change -- and many, many students -- in six decades working at The Webb School. Elkins began working at Webb for what was supposed to be two or three weeks in March 1957 as an assistant for headmaster Webb Follin, she said...
Training takes to the road
New equipment and classes are being added at the Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy near Deason, officials say. The Mobile Training Tower, which is expected to arrive this summer, will be 3.5 stories and have multi-scenario capability including bailouts, hose line, confined space, and drafting...
Training takes to the road
New equipment and classes are being added at the Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy near Deason, officials say. The Mobile Training Tower, which is expected to arrive this summer, will be 3.5 stories and have multi-scenario capability including bailouts, hose line, confined space, and drafting...
MTSU scholars display creativity, special projects
Several hundred Middle Tennessee State University students and faculty wrapped up the annual Scholars Week Friday with performances and 200 poster presentations in the Student Union Ballroom. Scholars Week emphasizes the research, scholarly efforts, creativity and collaboration of undergraduate and graduate students and faculty within the university's academic colleges...
MTSU seeks food pantry donations
As the end of the spring 2016 semester draws near, some MTSU students will need help with nourishment to sustain them through their studies and their upcoming final exams in late April and early May. The MTSU Student Food Pantry in Room 210 of the Student Services and Admissions Center, commonly known as the MT One Stop, is running low and needs donations of just about every conceivable kind of food that can be transported conveniently...
Hix to speak at Webb's Follin Series April 12
Billy Hix will complete the 2015-2016 Follin Speaker Series at The Webb School with his presentation "Science Rocks" on April 12 at 2:20 p.m. in the Follin Chapel. The event is free and open to the public. The Follin Speaker Series is an endowed program at Webb...
NHS holds induction ceremony
Shelbyville Central High School's National Honor Society recently held its annual induction ceremony. Seniors: Andrew Beard; Kayleigh Caldwell; Jamie Groves; Taryn Hicks; Sally Oliver; Jessica Palmeros; Kaylib Powell; and Micah Thompson Juniors: Perla Arias; Jacie Armstrong; Caitlin Boleyn; Kendall Durard; Rosario Lopez-Ortiz; Jennifer Mendiola-Molina; AnaLilia Pichardo; Keely Smith; Jesse Smotherman; and Luisa Suazo...
Webb lists 3rd quarter honor roll
The Webb School recently announced its A and B honor rolls for the third quarter of the 2015-16 school year. An independent college preparatory day/boarding school for grades 6-12, The Webb School is the oldest continuously operating school of its kind in the South. The school has a dual emphasis on academic excellence and character development...
BackPacks feed children during break
Holy Week, Good Friday, and all of the celebrations that all come with this time of year, including spring break. What better to look forward to than over a week out of school? But sometimes certain problems arise during breaks. While so many children look forward to spring break, for others it means 10 days with no school meals or weekend BackPacks...
Bedford County Honor Rolls 4/3/2016
Principal's List Fifth Grade Christopher Brown, Robert Clanton, Zachary Cope, Bridgett Evans, Caleb Fletcher, Ava Foulk, Thomas Gentry, Nia Hiles, Jesse Joslin, Macy Legate, Margaret Lynch, Micheal Olive, Avery Petersen, Sandra Rojas-Machado, Ethan Waller Freeman, Timothy West, Leah Zeiler...
Jail, Cascade can combine as neighbors
An architectural firm has recommended that, to save money, the county build a new jail on the same property as a new Cascade High School, so that functions such as food preparation can be combined. The two buildings would be a hundred yards away or so, and a 20-foot-high wall would be erected between them, but each would be connected by enclosed walkway to a third building which would contain Bedford County's largest kitchen. ...
A really splashy 'hello'
Southside Elementary School first graders recently visited the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga. A friendly penguin comes up to say "Hi" to Patricia Martin. (T-G Photo by Andrea McTigue)
Motlow hosts walks for autism awareness
Motlow State Community College campuses in Fayetteville, McMinnville, Moore County and Smyrna will host separate Autism Awareness Walk events on Monday. "We look forward to this unified effort as we give hope to the world of autism," said Sonya Hood, director of disability services at Motlow. "We invite people to join us in our effort to inspire compassion, empowerment, and hope regarding autism."...
THP to hold academy for youth
Back by popular demand, the Tennessee Highway Patrol will hold its Youth & Junior Trooper Academy for pre-teens and teens this summer. The THP summer program will offer two sessions beginning July 11-15 for middle school grades 6-8. The second session will be July 18-22 for high school grades 9-12. ...
Students share conference experiences
A group of seven honor students from Shelbyville Central High School traveled to the Windy City in February to network with their peers. The officers of the National Honor Society made the trip to the LEAD Conference in Chicago. The conference was Feb. 12-14...
Motlow to host Transfer Fair Tuesday
The Motlow State Community College Moore County campus will host a Transfer Fair on Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to noon in the Eoff Hall lobby. Fifteen four-year colleges have confirmed their participation. "The Transfer Fair brings the major four-year college and university transfer representatives onto the Motlow campus in one setting," said Brenda Cannon, director of student and campus relations. ...
Students attend state FFA Convention
The Bedford County FFA Chapter of Shelbyville Central High School traveled to Gatlinburg to take part in the Tennessee FFA State Convention. The chapter was awarded a Gold Rating for their National Chapter Award, was named a State Superior Chapter, awarded for having a 10 percent membership increase, and awarded a Gold rating for their Passing Literacy OnWard (PLOW) program...
Inspiration for 'Scandal' speaks at MTSU
Getting the message right was the message crisis management expert Judy Smith delivered at Middle Tennessee State University. Smith, who was the inspiration for the character of Olivia Pope on the ABC television series "Scandal," ventured into the audience to field questions from students and others in the James Union Building on Monday during her National Women's History Month keynote address...
Fun break for students
Trent Henderson works on a project at the School Age Care Program during Bedford County Schools' spring break Monday. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Dyslexia legislation advances in state senate
Some education advocates say Tennessee is on the cusp of making a major breakthrough in helping dyslexic students. The Tennessee Legislature's Senate Education Committee last Wednesday passed a bill 9-0 that requires school districts to screen students in kindergarten through second grade for dyslexia with a program provided by the Department of Education...
Central High student council wins awards
Members of Shelbyville Central High School's student council attended the Tennessee Association of Student Councils convention at Ravenwood High School in Franklin. Attending were, front row from left, Cassey Young, Bailee Phelps, Morgan Jennings, Madison McCormick and Kaiden Garland; second row, Elliot Smith, Zoe Jensen, Angelica Miranda, Macey Hix, Brandie Dukes and Grant Thompson. Not pictured: Hannah Heflin.(Photos submitted)...
Prom-bound students get graphic safety reminders
As Community High School's prom Friday night approached, two events emphasized the importance of safe driving. On Friday, March 18, law enforcement officers and members of the FCCLA (Family, Career & Community Leaders of America) club conducted a safety belt check on vehicles arriving at school for the day...
Program honors Motlow faculty
The Motlow College Foundation will host its annual Faculty Excellence Awards ceremony on Wednesday, April 6, at 2 p.m. on the Moore County campus in the Clayton-Glass Library rotunda. The ceremony will recognize the accomplishments of Motlow faculty during the 2015-2016 academic year...
MTSU program explores gender in country music
The next "MTSU On the Record" radio program will explore how gender in country music is about much more than just "honky tonk angels." Host Gina Logue's interview with Kris McCusker, a professor of history, will air from 5:30-6 p.m. Monday, March 28, and from 8-8:30 a.m. Sunday, April 3, on WMOT-FM (89.5 and www.wmot.org)...
Jammed to the max: Cascade squeezes by
To build and how large to build? Those are the questions facing Bedford County's leaders regarding a new Cascade High School. Even as the Bedford County Commission faces the potential decertification of the jail and a possible state mandate to build a new correctional facility, the growing population means many schools are overcrowded or near capacity. Nowhere is that felt more keenly than at the combined Cascade Middle and High schools serving eastern Bedford County...
Growing pains hit many schools
The Bedford County school system is experiencing growing pains. "We are definitely seeing growth from Rutherford County," Bedford County Superintendent Don Embry said. Bedford County's population grew 3.5 percent from April 2010 to July 2014, from 45,058 to 46,627, U.S. ...
County tax hike of 15% needed
Bedford County Finance Director Robert Daniel told Bedford County Financial Management Committee on Tuesday night that his best guess is that it will take about a 15 percent increase in the county's property tax to pay for a new jail and a new Cascade High School...
Letters to the Editor, March 24
To the Editor: Alzheimer's devastates millions of American families, overwhelms our health-care system and threatens Medicare. According to a recent survey by the Alzheimer's Association, 73 million American voters know someone with Alzheimer's...
Motlow lives up to state Promise
Motlow State Community College led the state's colleges this semester in retaining Tennessee Promise scholarship students, data show. The college tied for first with a retention rate of 87 percent, said President Dr. Anthony Kinkel, citing Tennessee Board of Regents data. Jackson State Community College also ranked at 87 percent...
Tuition-free training available at TCAT-Shelbyville
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville will host an open house from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 2, for area adults to sign up for the TCAT Reconnect grant, a program that allows Tennesseans to attend a technical college tuition free...
Panel looks to prepare students for workforce
Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen unveiled on Tuesday a roster of state business, education, and community leaders to serve on the Career Forward Task Force, a group designed to examine and explore ways to better engage students in their academic preparation, personal and social development, and workplace readiness...
Motlow Reconnects with adult students
Motlow State Community College staff members are putting the wheels in motion to reconnect with prospective adult students who have completed some college courses but have yet to complete enough to graduate. This effort is part of Tennessee Reconnect, which is crucial to Gov. Bill Haslam's Drive to 55 campaign, an initiative that aims to ensure that at least 55 percent of the state's population holds a college degree or certificate by the year 2025...
Educators hear of reading program
The Beta Nu Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, an international society for key women educators, met Monday, March 7 at the Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library. Leigh Cooksey, teacher ambassador at the Tennessee Department of Education and former Cascade High School English teacher., was guest speaker...
Imagination Library gains financial boost
An anonymous donor will match public contributions to Imagination Library of Bedford County up to $4,000 through the month of April. The Imagination Library program, founded by entertainer and entrepreneur Dolly Parton, provides each child who is enrolled a book a month from birth through age 5, a total of 60 books. The program is now operating in locations around the world, but Tennessee is the only state where it's offered to every child in every county...
Lydia Darnell's class at Community Middle School recently competed in the Special Olympics at Motlow State Community College. The students competed in basketball and were assisted by the Motlow men's and women's basketball teams. The students did an incredible job and came home with a trophy. Front row: Josue Juarez, Nathan Bailiff, Billy Stallings and Blysse McKee. Back row: Case Grizzle, Jacqual Holman, Martina Ramirez and Khari Pentecost. (Submitted photo)
Teachers urged to be Promise mentors
"A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus, but a molder of consensus." -- Martin Luther King, Jr. I wanted to tell you about House Bill 1642 which encourages public school teachers to be Tennessee Promise scholarship mentors. ...
Autism is challenge for schools
Autism affects 1 in 68 children, a 10-fold increase over the past 40 years, and public schools often face challenges to educate children who come equipped with unique personalities. The data comes from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention via the Autism Speaks website...
Kari Tisma selected TN Educator of the Week
Bedford County resident, Kari Tisma, was voted Tennessee Educator of the Week. Ms. Tisma is currently a candidate for Educator of the Month.
4-H Honor Club initiates new members
Leadership. Participation. Service to others. These are the qualities of a 4-H Honor Club member. From the beginning of their 4-H experience in fourth grade, every 4-H member can earn points in each of these areas. When they reach a total of 200 points, distributed among the three categories according to the rules, and are at least in sixth grade, they can be members of the Honor Club...
FFA places 2nd in ag mech event
On Feb. 25, the Bedford County FFA of Shelbyville Central High School traveled to Cannon County High School and competed in the District Agriculture Mechanics Skills Competition. The team placed second by two points. Below are the results of the individuals, their areas and their placing:...
Evacuation worth a few cheers
Community Elementary and Middle Schools tested their abilities Wednesday to safely evacuate approximately 1,000 students to Community High School, their primary evacuation location. And, just like the Community High Viqueens' 65-48 state tournament win over Perry County later in the day, the evacuation drill went smoothly...
Rotary Career Day
Times-Gazette staff writer Jason Reynolds and city editor John I. Carney speak to Bedford County high school sophomores about journalism during Shelbyville Rotary Club's annual Career Day, held Wednesday on the campus of Motlow State Community College. Dozens of speakers gave brief presentations about their jobs.
4-H Shooting Sports builds character
This is my third year to compete in 4-H Shooting Sports. I have learned to concentrate, focus, and shoot better in all four positions. I have learned about safety, responsibility, teamwork, and leadership. I try to be a good leader and set a good example for new shooters by reinforcing what our coaches have taught us. ...
Feeling like spring
Ci'nya Stovall and Evie Sanchez, along with others, have fun on the playground of East Side Elementary School as Bedford County enjoys spring-like weather. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Artists at work
Josue Rodriguez and Carlos Valenzuela, and others, form an assembly line as they move from one color to another and work on a painting during art class at Southside Elementary School. (T-G Photo by Jim Davis)
Silly socks for Seuss
Beth Keele's Thomas Magnet School first graders donned silly socks for Read Across America Week.
'The Odd Couple' comes to Community
Community High School's Smokestack Theatre Group will present Neil Simon's comedy classic, "The Odd Couple," on Friday and Saturday, March 18 and 19, at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. Admission is $5 at the door. The play, which has spawned two movies, three different television series, and an "all female" cast version, is considered one of the most popular comedies ever written. ...
Motlow remains TBR's fastest-growing
Motlow State Community College continues to lead all Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) institutions in enrollment and full-time equivalency (FTE) growth, based on preliminary numbers for the spring 2016 semester. Motlow similarly outpaced all TBR institutions in the fall 2015 semester, establishing Motlow as the fastest growing college in Tennessee and among the fastest growing in the nation...
DAR honors local students
The Shelby Chapter of DAR held a tea recently at the Horse Mountain Church of Christ Fellowship Hall in honor of George Washington's birthday. Chapter Regent Sherry Sorrells called the meeting to order. The business was to announce winners of the annual DAR American History essay and the Tennessee History poster contests along with presenting the DAR Good Citizen awards for 2016. ...
Ready, Set, Go...! Kindergarten, pre-K preview ahead
Parents, are your children about to enter kindergarten and you would like to know more about what that involves? There's an event for that. Ready, Set, Go ... Kindergarten! each spring prepares parents of incoming kindergartners in the fall for the start of their child's school journey...
Sunday Conversation: Educator receives national recognition
Renee Pryor, a resident of Bedford County, and former employee of Bedford County Schools, was one of 13 people in the United States recognized by Education Week in their national "Leaders to Learn From" report. She is a former teacher and assistant principal at Cascade Elementary School...
A celebration of reading across America
National Read Across America Day was on March 2, in celebration of Theodore Geisel's birthday. We know him better as Dr. Seuss. Photos have been shared in the Times-Gazette through out the past week from various schools celebrating the week in fun ways...
East Side inventors earn national bid
Four East Side School students have been chosen to attend the National Invention Convention after placing third in a Middle Tennessee State University competition Feb. 25. Ty Childress, Caleb Darnell, Cameron Harvey, and Marquis Wilson invented a game called Fishing for Idioms. They participated in the Games category and join a total of 20 students invited to the Washington, D.C. national meet...
Lots of kids, lots of 'things'
Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday Wednesday with a "The Cat in the Hat" party.
Webb offers summer activities
Rocket Science, Outdoor Adventure, Pottery, Lego Robotics, Spheros, Calculator Science and Ecological Science are all part of The Webb School Day Camp slated for three weeks in June. A basketball skills camp and ACT and SAT prep courses, also in June, round out the 2016 Summer Program schedule...
Viking Voyage: On the run for school upgrades
Community Elementary's PTO hosted its annual Viking Voyage last week. Each child runs, walks, or jogs as many laps as they can in 40 minutes. Students gather pledges per lap or donations from friends and family members. The Voyage is a spring fundraiser and friendly competition between students to see who can run the most laps...
Realtors to award college scholarships
The Middle Tennessee Association of Realtors (MTAR) has begun its annual scholarship awards process for fall 2016/spring 2017. Scholarship applications were mailed out Jan. 5 to guidance counselors in all high schools in the eight-county MTAR service area, which is made up of Bedford, Cannon, Coffee, Franklin, Grundy, Marion, Moore and Rutherford counties...
When to start kindergarten? Important choice for parents
Across the United States, kindergarten entrance age is determined by the date in which a student turns age 5. According to the Education Commission of the States, an education advocacy group (www.ecs.force.com), these dates can range anywhere from July 31 through Jan. 1 (of the school year)...
Wild, wonderful world of animals
His name was Waldo. Well, it was supposed to be, but my 3-year-old mouth could only manage to call him "Rolaid." Rolaid was a baby duck and he was my first pet. He was also the main character in one of my first memories. I vividly recall my dad looking up from his work and exclaiming, "No, no, no, Andrea!" as I held my sweet new pet...
Youth sports volunteer faces sex charges
A longtime substitute teacher and volunteer with Shelbyville Central High athletic programs for more than 20 years has been charged with sexual crimes involving children. William Gregory "Greg" Maupin, 44, of Sun Circle was charged Wednesday with two counts each of attempted rape of a child and solicitation of a minor, the Bedford County Sheriff's Department said...
Motlow homecoming court
Motlow State Community College alumni and students recently celebrated homecoming at Copperweld Arena. The Homecoming court and their hometowns (from left) are: Mark Foley, Smyrna; Clancey O'Dell, Fayetteville; Dylan Gilmer, Hillsboro; Rebekah Potts, Shelbyville; Winston Bogle, Smyrna; Lucas Patterson, Homecoming King, McMinnville; Diloney Cutrell, Homecoming Queen, McMinnville; Jacob Clevenger, Fayetteville; Alexandra Perez, Frankewing; Jacob Hale, Manchester; Jeanna Pattillo, Tullahoma; Andrew Franklin, II, Nashville; and India Zebbs, Smyrna. (Submitted photo)
Lego League team completes successful season
The Tree Climbing Fish, a First Lego League robotics team from Flat Creek, completed its 2015-2016 season by competing at the East Tennessee FLL Championship Tournament on Feb. 13 at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville...
Class reads 'Wild Man of the Woods'
Liberty Elementary librarian Sarah Church listens to a student read from the book "Wild Man of the Woods" as the class studies Bigfoot. (T-G Photos by Jim Davis)
Standing up for veterans
Navy veteran and Bedford County resident Daniala Gardner is part of a movement in Tennessee focused on assisting veterans with continuing their educations. Because Gardner experienced the transition from military to civilian life firsthand. Columbia State Community College saw her as the perfect candidate to implement strategies which will simplify the process as well as address the unique needs of student vets...
SCHS FFA joins project that includes walking trails
One FFA chapter partnered with the school system central office, maintenance department and Eakin Elementary School to promote healthy activity. Bedford County Chapter FFA of Shelbyville Central High School built six picnic tables for the elementary school. The chapter recently delivered the tables to Eakin...
Cascade FFA holds feed drive
Last semester the Cascade FFA conducted its annual feed drive at Tractor Supply Co. in Shelbyville. The chapter had 30 members working three shifts to collect donated feed and money. The chapter took the money collected and purchased supplies in the Tractor Supply store...
Cascade to attend state convention
Twenty-seven members of the Cascade FFA will attend the 88th Tennessee State FFA Convention in March. The chapter members have been very active in the community and within the National FFA organization this year. They have competed in numerous contest including three in public speaking events, along with various animal evaluation contests and leadership conferences...
Motlow State All-Tennessee Academic Team members recognized at luncheon
Motlow State Community College recently nominated two outstanding students, Jacqueline Bumbalough from Sparta and Lucas Patterson from McMinnville, as members of the 2016 All-Tennessee Academic Team. The 13 community colleges across the state recognized 26 outstanding students at the 2016 All-Tennessee Academic Team luncheon in Nashville with college presidents and state legislators...
Community High School FFA members unload supplies they donated to the Bedford County Animal Shelter as part of the "Paws and Claws" Food drive. (Submitted photo)
SCHS FFA officers
Bedford County FFA of Shelbyville Central High School officers for 2015-2016. Pictured (from left) are: President Jackson Smith, Treasurer Dylon Ely, Vice President Hunter Lemmon, Advisor Tommy Green, Sentinel Brian McCarty and Secretary Courtney Mansfield. (Submitted photo)
Community FFA officers
Community High School FFA officers are (from left, standing): Gunner Sakich (Sentinel), Bailey Smith (Sentinel), Makayla Hickman (Treasurer), Raven Bailey (Reporter), Loren Burris (Secretary), Chris Garrett (Vice President), Lindsay Melton (Vice President), Zoey Grissom (Reporter), Isabel Sarabia (Historian), Abby Holton (Treasurer), Carter Eaves (Sergeant at Arms), and Bradley Adcock (Sergeant at Arms). Sitting: Kaitlyn Melton (President). (Submitted photo)
Boys & Girls Club staffer honored
Melisa Cabrales was named the Youth Development Professional of the year for the Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County at an awards banquet held last weekend at the Boys & Girls Club of Rutherford County in Murfreesboro. Cabrales is a student at Middle Tennessee State University and has been with the club for almost three years. (Submitted photo)
Grant pays to train teachers
A $631,686 state grant will promote the professional development of math and science teachers. This is the fourth, and largest, year for the Math Science Partnership grant, said Betsy Norris, grants/e-learning supervisor for Bedford County Schools. Past grant amounts were in the $200,000 or $300,000 range. It is also the final year for the grant...
Grateful hearts: Children thrive after operations at young ages
The images tell it all. For Sarah Beth Thomas, it's that of a Cascade High School softball star bound for Martin Methodist College next fall on an athletic scholarship. For Drew Smithson, it's a photo of a smiling 21-month-old boy appearing as if he's ready to take on the world...
Sunday Conversation: Coach hits a home run with others
T-G: How do you keep such a happy outlook on life?
AYERS: As I look back thinking of my mom, I see so many traits that I get from her: my love for God, my love for people, my strength, and most importantly my outlook on life. I was taught at a young age that I could do whatever I wanted to do with hard work and dedication....
Signing day: Tomorrow's skilled workforce steps up
A national signing day was held Thursday in Shelbyville, but it was not for athletic stars -- it was for talented students who will become the next generation of industrial workers. Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville (TCAT-S) participated in the National CTE Letter of Intent Signing Day. ...
Smith: Black History Month should look toward future
Middle Tennessee State University's Black History Month keynote speaker encouraged his audience to build on the progress of their predecessors instead of only looking back at those accomplishments. In an address before a standing-room-only audience at MTSU's Student Union Feb. 17, ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith said Black History Month "should be about reminding you of what your obligation is, not just reminiscing about what theirs was and how they lived up to it."...
Affordable options for college: Motlow president touts 'working class' jobs
The president of Tennessee's fastest growing college shared some insights on higher education Wednesday with the Shelbyville Rotary Club. Dr. Anthony Kinkel of Motlow State Community College discussed the factors behind the growth and challenges facing today's college students, including Tennessee Promise...
Teachers get reprieve from testing
Tennessee's teachers will not be punished over the state's TNReady difficulties, Gov. Bill Haslam announced Wednesday. Haslam's proposal calls for teachers to choose whether to include student results from this year's inaugural TNReady test in their evaluation scores, according to a press release from the governor's office...
State launches new reading initiative
Tennessee Department of Education Commissioner Candice McQueen joined Gov. Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam Wednesday to kick off "Read to be Ready," a statewide campaign focused on the critical value of reading. Over the past several years, student performance on the English language arts TCAP has remained stagnant or declined. ...
Motlow offers 'late start' classes
Any student who missed the opportunity to register for classes beginning in January can still register for "late-start" classes at Motlow State Community College. Most classes will begin on March 14 and end on April 28. Registration for these "late-start" classes ends March 14. Applicants must apply online by March 9...
No penalty for TN teachers over testing flap
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced Wednesday morning that teachers will not be penalized over the failed online tests known as TNReady. Teachers would have the choice to include or not include student results on the paper version of the tests in their evaluation scores, depending on whether the results benefit them, according to a press release by the governor's office. ...
School tests resume soon
Bedford County educators and students are finally starting to learn when year-end testing will take place.
Testing could happen anytime between Feb.22 and March 18 following a "snafu" last week, said Superintendent Don Embry during the Board of Education meeting Tuesday. That includes TNReady for reading/language arts, math and social studies tests part 1 (grades 3-8 and high school end of course)...
Annex sale proposal not heard
Bedford County Board of Commissioners' rules and legislative committee refused Tuesday night to hear a proposal for the sale of Bedford County Vocational Annex to Tennessee Center for Applied Technology - Shelbyville, saying it hadn't been properly considered by the school board...
Students from Becky Chapman's kindergarten class at Thomas Magnet School celebrated Valentine's Day a little early last Friday. (Submitted photo)