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Columbia State Community College and Tractor Supply Company (NASDAQ: TSCO), the largest operator of rural lifestyle retail stores in the United States, have continued their partnership by providing a capstone course in emerging technologies, which one student recently completed at the compan…

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee says his newly enacted school voucher law won't go into effect next year if the state isn't ready, adding that he'll know by early 2020 when to begin implementing the program.

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As part of its growing entrepreneurship leadership (EL) program, Battle Ground Academy is hosting an Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital Symposium on Thursday, Nov. 7 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Jewell Athletic and Wellness Center Hall of Fame Room on the school’s Upper School campus. 

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During Monday night’s Williamson County Schools Board of Education meeting, members approved a calendar for the next academic year that closely mirrors the current one.

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Williamson College (Franklin, Smyrna) has launched a new publishing division, Williamson College Press, with its first release a fascinating, modern heresy non-fiction book by author R. L. Solberg called “Torahism: Are Christians Required to Keep the Law of Moses?” 

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Following months of training at each school and the district office, the Franklin Special School District has been designated a Heart Safe School District by the Project ADAM team at Monroe Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. 

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October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and Williamson Inc. celebrated by honoring Hampton Inn & Suites in Cool Springs for being one of the Williamson County School District’s Transition II job training locations.

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Many adult sports fans would give anything to meet a National Football League player, but a group of middle schoolers were the lucky ones Tuesday when four Tennessee Titans visited Freedom Middle School to present a $10,000 check and promote healthy eating and exercise. 

Students filed into the gym filled with music, lights and oversized milk bottles and took their seats on the bleachers, unsure of what was about to happen. Some of the kids looked apprehensive, some hopped and skipped excitedly across the room. 

As Rhett Bryan of Titans Radio stepped up to the mic, he explained that Freedom Middle is one of this year’s eight recipients of the NFL Fuel Up to Play 60 Hometown Grant in Middle Tennessee. The Dairy Alliance, Tennessee Titans, NFL and the National Dairy Council teamed up to promote healthy habits in schools across the region. 

Bryan welcomed out Titans safety Dane Cruikshank, placekicker Ryan Succop, and cornerbacks Tye Smith and LeShaun Sims, who circled the gym, tossing Titans T-shirts into the crowd. Mascot T-Rac and Titans cheerleaders joined the party as well. 

The players joined three members of the crowd — two students and a teacher — in playing a variety of games that promoted physical activity and healthy eating habits. The first was a quiz game, where contestants had to answer questions like “What are the five main food groups?” and “What’s the most important meal of the day?” 

Players then engaged in a series of 60-second challenges with the contestants — jump rope, apple stacking and a milk carton relay — and answered questions about their day-to-day lives and careers. They shared their usual breakfast (smoothies were popular among the four), what their careers would be if not football (from mental health professional to business and finance), and Succop shared the importance of studying hard. 

“In order for us to do what we wanted to do, which is play football, we needed to do well in school, so it’s really important to have good habits — athletics, academics — so that you can be successful in life,” he said. 

The players and grant sponsors then presented the school with a check and signed football and ushered some lucky students out of the gym to ask the athletes their own questions. 

For more information on the Fuel Up to Play 60 grant, visit fueluptoplay60.com.

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Battle Ground Academy is hosting Open House admissions events for its Lower, Middle and Upper Schools on Oct. 23 and 27.

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Report cards for the first grading period at Williamson County Schools will be available in Skyward on Oct. 18, and high school parents and students will notice a change with their child’s grade point averages (GPAs) and student transcripts.

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Dr. Preston Brown (Class of 1987) and Deana Hood (Class of 1989) have been named to the Battle Ground Academy Board of Trustees, Head of School Will Kesler announced recently.

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The Battle Ground Academy Theatre Department will present “Rumors”by Neil Simon as its fall play, with performances on Oct. 10 and 12 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. 

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Battle Ground Academy on Saturday inducted new members into its Alumni, Sports and Faculty Hall of Fame. In addition, the school honors a distinguished young alumna in a ceremony at the Hilton Franklin Cool Springs as part of the school’s homecoming weekend festivities.

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Middle Tennessee State University is in the midst of its eighth annual True Blue Tour — its signature admissions effort covering 14 cities in four states to meet prospective students, their parents, high school counselors and community college staff. 

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Members from the Tennessee Army National Guard recently presented Columbia State Community College with the Minuteman Award, recognizing the college for allowing students to defer tuition and fees until the end of the semester when the costs can be paid through the Tennessee Support, Trainin…

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In 2015, Battle Ground Academy launched a strategic plan that set its sights on core values and experience-based programs like the Entrepreneurial Leadership program. Four years later, the director of that program along with school administrators launched a new five-year strategic plan and b…