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By JOHN McBRYDE The annual Blue and Gray Days event hosted by the Battle of Franklin Trust has been canceled this year due primarily to the fact that students from schools in the Williamson County Schools district were not going to attend. The living history event, one of the BOFT’s signature events along with the …

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Our Game of the Week story is brought to you by Vanderbilt Orthopaedics. STORY BY CORY WOODROOF | PHOTO BY DEB SCALLY  If you feel the anticipation in the air as you drive through Brentwood this week, you’ll know it’s once again time for Bruins and Raptors to clash. The annual “Battle of the Woods” awaits …

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PHOTO: Williamson Inc.’s Matt Largen (left) moderated a panel discussion that featured Hallie Heiter, Kari Miller, Cherie Hammond and Phil Oldham. / Photos by John McBryde  By JOHN McBRYDE With discussions on entrepreneurship, autonomous vehicles, robotics and STEM, the theme of Tuesday morning’s 2019 Education Summit hosted by Williamson Inc. could have been titled something …

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PHOTO: School board members (from left) Nancy Garrett, Brad Fiscus, Angela Durham and Eric Welch listen in during the work session Thursday night. / Photo by John McBryde By JOHN McBRYDE The recent lack of late-summer rain hasn’t been good for the grass or the September flowers, but it has been a welcome absence for …

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From WCS InFOCUS Marching bands from all high schools in the Williamson County Schools district will gather at one location this weekend to present the county’s vast array of musical talent. Known as the Williamson County Band Exhibition, the annual event will be held Saturday at Ravenwood High School. Each of the high school marching …

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STAFF REPORTS Battle Ground Academy will induct new members into its Alumni, Sports and Faculty Hall of Fame during a ceremony Sept. 28 at the Hilton Franklin Cool Springs, as well as honor its Distinguished Young Alumna as part of the school’s homecoming weekend festivities. “The induction of these deserving men and women is a …

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By JOHN McBRYDE When it comes to the listening tour that Williamson County Schools Superintendent Jason Golden is currently involved in, the online reception has been much stronger than the in-person visits. “Facebook Live has gotten so much more attention than our visiting tours that we’ve done,” said Golden of the meet-and-greet sessions. “So we’ve …

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PHOTO: WCS Safety and Security Director Mike Fletcher speaks before school board members Nancy Garrett, Rick Wimberly, Dan Cash and others during the Board of Education Wednesday. / Photo by John McBryde By JOHN McBRYDE From making sure the doors are locked to assigning the appropriate number of school resource officers to ensuring there’s an …

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PHOTO: Participating in a recent fundraiser by the Catalyst Network were (from left) Julie Oyer, Adam Beck, William Vablais, Kari Miller, Cherie Hammond and Jay Chawan. / Photos by John McBryde By JOHN McBRYDE As those involved in the creation and development of what is perhaps Williamson County Schools’ most ambitious program could attest, there …

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PHOTO: Superintendent Jason Golden (left) and Assistant Superintendent Leigh Webb (center) of Secondary Education stand with some of the principals representing the district’s 28 Reward Schools. / Photo by John McBryde By JOHN McBRYDE On a night of routine vote tallying and light discussion, the Williamson County Schools Board of Education’s first full meeting in …

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By ALEXANDER WILLIS The Williamson County School district was among the highest ranking districts in the state in the latest TNReady assessment results released Thursday morning by the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE), with the district being ranked in the highest achieving category of “exemplary.” Part of the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program, TNReady is “designed …

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STAFF REPORTS The Battle of Franklin Trust will host a Teacher Appreciation Day Saturday for all current educators and school staff, giving teachers free admission to Carter House and Carnton Classic House tours. “Teacher Appreciation Days grants us the opportunity to thank our educators,” said Eric A. Jacobson, CEO of The Battle of Franklin Trust. …

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PHOTO: WCS Superintendent Jason Golden was up early as he attended Independence High School Friday morning to usher in the start of the 2019-20 school year. / Photos by John McBryde By JOHN McBRYDE The sun was rising above the Thompson’s Station hills as Jason Golden made his first-day-of-school debut as Williamson County Schools superintendent. He took …

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PHOTO: WCS Superintendent Jason Golden speaks to the crowd at Scales Elementary School as Board of Education Chair Gary Anderson and the school’s principal, Melonye Lowe, listen. Photos by John McBryde By JOHN McBRYDE With the completion of the new addition to Scales Elementary School in Brentwood, faculty and students are going to enjoy more breathing space …

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By STAFF REPORTS Crye-Leike Real Estate Services donated 494 backpacks full of school supplies to Youth Villages of Middle Tennessee as part of the Backpack Heroes Program. Youth Villages is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to helping emotionally and behaviorally troubled children and their families live successfully through home-based counseling, therapeutic foster care, adoption services, …

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PHOTO: Members of the WCS Board of Education attended the event Tuesday night at the Factory at Franklin, including (from left) Rick Wimberly, KC Haugh, Jay Galbreath, Eric Welch, Angela Durham and Candy Emerson. / Photos by John McBryde By JOHN McBRYDE All that was missing at the Williamson County Schools’ 2019 beach-themed Superintendent’s Celebration …

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NASHVILLE POST Lipscomb Academy officials announced Tuesday the appointment of business- executive-turned-educator Allen Long as head of upper school. For nearly 20 years prior to undertaking a career in education, Long specialized in corporate human resources and staff management at Tractor Supply Co., Carter’s/OshKosh B’Gosh Childrenswear and Batten & Shaw Inc., according to a release. …

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By KEVIN WARNER Summit High School recently completed a redesign of the school’s gymnasium floor, as it goes for a new look entering its ninth year of operation. The new design, over a year in the making, replaces the school’s initials with the school’s signature Spartan logo in a slightly-darker wood finish at center court. …

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Twenty-nine area high school students from Lewis, Lawrence, Marshall, Maury, and Williamson counties recently completed a two-week program at Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC) that provided them with insight about careers in health care. The medical center and the Maury Regional Auxiliary hosted the 2019 Maury Academy for Students in Health (MASH) program June 10–21. …

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WILLIAMSON COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION The Athletics Division of Williamson County Parks and Recreation will be offering a six-week soccer program for home school students in Middle Tennessee. This coed program (for ages 7-17) will be held at the Indoor Arena at Crockett Park, 1485 Volunteer Parkway in Brentwood from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. …

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tnAchieves has begun its effort to recruit 9,000 volunteer mentors to meet its goal of providing every TN Promise applicant from the Class of 2020 with a local support system. TN Promise affords every graduating high school senior in the state the opportunity to attend a community or technical college tuition free. Nearly 64,000 students …

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TENNESSEE STATE LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES Thirteen Tennessee students took top honors at the 2019 National History Day competition, winning two medals and a special award. In total, 56 middle and high school students represented Tennessee in the competition, which allows students to showcase their creativity and research skills by developing projects with historical themes. The …

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Recent high school graduates Amber Hiscock and Christine McCollum were selected as recipients for the 2019 Williamson County Fair Board Scholarship. The annual award, which recognizes students with outstanding academic performance, leadership positions and overall involvement in the Williamson County Fair, will grant each of the incoming freshmen $2,000 toward her college tuition. “These are …

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UNITED WAY OF WILLIAMSON COUNTY United Way of Williamson County’s school-based education program is providing literacy and learning activities for local students during the summer months with a Summer Literacy Program based at three elementary schools. The Summer Literacy Program is a Raise Your Hand initiative that promotes the importance of ongoing reading and combats …

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PHOTO: New Superintendent Jason Golden (center) poses for a photo after signing the contract at Monday’s Williamson County Schools Board of Education meeting. Standing with him are Gary Anderson, chair of the board, and Nancy Garrett, vice chair. / Photo by John McBryde By JOHN McBRYDE With the vow that “we’ve got to keep our …

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MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY Registration is under way for the 23rd annual Expanding Your Horizons in Math and Science Conference at MTSU, which will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, on the Middle Tennessee State University campus. Middle school and high school girls — rising fifth- through 12th-graders — are welcome to attend. The …

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PHOTO: Jason Golden (center) takes part in a conversation with Williamson County Schools board members Eric Welch (left) and Dan Cash during the work session Thursday night. / Photo by John McBryde By JOHN McBRYDE Despite engaging in a lengthy discussion that lasted the better part of an hour, members of the Williamson County Schools …

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PHOTO: Jason Golden should soon have a contract to become the next director of schools for the Williamson County Schools district. He went through a negotiation process that included meet-and-greets with parents. // Photo by John McBryde By JOHN McBRYDE The Williamson County Schools Board of Education is preparing to offer a four-year contract to …

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Centennial High Choral Director Dr. Johnathan Vest is one of only four Tennessee teachers to be selected as a Grammy Music Educator Award quarterfinalist. The award recognizes educators who have made lasting contributions to the field of music. More than 3,000 initial nominations from around the country were submitted, and only 189 teachers were selected …

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By WCS InFocus  Williamson County Schools has a new warning to pass along to local businesses. It has come to our attention that a company out of Fort Worth, Texas, known as Sports Media Marketing, is looking to collect sponsorships for Centennial High School promotional merchandise. This is the typical scam: an organization offers to …

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The National Merit Scholarship Corporation last week announced more than 3,500 winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities. Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the finalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program who plan to attend their institution. These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 …

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By David Boclair NashvillePost.com Emanuel Hall’s efforts to catch on with the Chicago Bears took a hit recently due to what coach Matt Nagy classified as an issue the rookie wide receiver brought with him from college. Nagy said this week that Hall, a Centennial High School graduate, underwent surgery to correct a sports hernia. …

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CURREY INGRAM ACADEMY Approximately one in five students has a learning disability, such as dyslexia or ADHD, according to current research, and providing effective teaching and support strategies are critical for student success. Russell Barkley, Ph.D., the leading authority on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD or ADD) in children and adults, is the keynote speaker …