ARDMORE Tennessee

Wednesday, April 28, 2021


Appointments still available but not required to get a COVID-19 vaccine

The Giles County Health Department announced today it is offering walk-in options for individuals to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.  Appointments are still available but not required.

The Giles County Health Department is open Monday-Friday: 9:00-11:00 AM & 1:00-3:30 PM for COVID-19 vaccine administration.  For questions, individuals can call the Giles County Health Department hotline at 931-490-8312.

Tennesseans age 16 and up are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.  Individuals seeking a COVID-19 vaccine can schedule an appointment at, visit the Giles County Health Department for a walk-in appointment, or search to find a local vaccine provider.

Present when Martin Methodist College's (MMC) Grace Grissom School of Education announced a new Special Education (SPED) Interventionist Kindergarten-8th grade licensure program to begin with the fall 2021 semester are from left, Tina Smith, Grace Meier, Richard Warren, Mark La Branche, Laura Morefield and Michael Cathey. (photo courtesy of MMC)

Martin Methodist Announces New Special Education Teacher Licensure Program

PULASKI, Tenn. - Martin Methodist College (MMC) and the Grace Grissom School of Education are pleased to announce the new Special Education (SPED) Interventionist Kindergarten-8th grade licensure program, beginning fall 2021.

"For many years, MMC's partner school districts have communicated their need for SPED teachers," said MMC's Education Chair Dr. Grace Meier. "The Grissom School of Education is pleased to provide highly-qualified instructors for the region."

"The addition of the SPED licensure program at MMC will provide an exceptional opportunity to our local educators who want to advance their licensure and enhance their career opportunities," added Giles County Director of Schools Dr. Vickie Beard. "There is a growing need for SPED teachers, so this announcement couldn't come at a better time."

A necessary addition to address the needs of Giles County, TN, and the surrounding communities regarding the lack of SPED teachers in the region, the newly-established SPED program at MMC will challenge candidates to master the pedagogy of the standards taught in the appropriate interventionist licensure program. Through major area and professional education courses, candidates will be given many opportunities to engage in and reflect upon the planning and implementation of unit/lesson plans, journals, learning centers, and other projects and assignments targeting the diverse students of the rural Southern Middle Tennessee geographic area and beyond.

SPED candidates will be placed with as highly a diversified cross-section of students as possible in the Southern Middle Tennessee partnership counties that MMC serves. The SPED major will prepare SPED candidates for teaching in the classroom by helping them grow in the areas of using technology, interacting with students, assessing student learning, managing a diverse culture, appreciating multicultural and exceptional children, and focusing on strategies that engage students in cooperative and collaborative activities.

SPED teacher candidates will work to achieve the following three expected outcomes: demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to succeed in careers within the field; complete an undergraduate degree or post-baccalaureate program including a 15-week clinical practice and seminar course which incorporates an edTPA SPED portfolio, required for an Interventionist teaching license in Tennessee, in the last semester of their senior year; and pass all appropriate exams.

"I am very excited about this addition to MMC's Grissom School of Education," said Pulaski Mayor and MMC Business Instructor Pat Ford. "The need for SPED teachers not only in our community but also our surrounding regions is overwhelming. Having worked with the SPED youth for almost 30 years as an active leader in the local Special Olympics, I've garnered an understanding of their needs, and I think this new licensure program will produce exceptional teachers in Special Education."

Friends of Ardmore Public Library to Elect New Officers

The Friends of the Library for Ardmore Public Library will hold their next monthly meeting Wednesday, May 12, 2021. The library wants to let all members of the group know the meeting can be held with social distancing in place.

The May meeting is particularly important, and all members are encouraged to attend. It is time to elect new officers as well as start supporting the library again. We need everyone involved.

Please help remind members who have had their schedules disrupted over the past several months that the group still plans to support the library and community.

The Friends Group meets the second Wednesday of every month except for June and July. This may change this year due to several months' meetings being cancelled.

Special Graduation Issue To Honor 2021 Graduates

A Special Graduation Issue of Your Community SHOPPER will be published Wednesday, May 26, 2021. Graduates of all ages will be honored in this special issue.

All businesses are encouraged to participate and honor the Class of 2021 for their accomplishments. Parents, grandparents and friends are also invited to honor their special graduates.

Businesses and individuals who wish to have an ad honoring the 2021 graduates should submit their information by Friday, May 21. Stop by Your Community SHOPPER at 26287 Main Street in Ardmore next door to Piggly Wiggly. For more information, call 931.427.2198 or email

Friendship Stateline Freewill Baptist

Homecoming Service Is May 2

Everyone is invited to attend Homecoming service Sunday, May 2, at Friendship Stateline Freewill Baptist Church. The church was established in 1934.

All former pastors and former members are encouraged to attend as well as the entire community.

The Homecoming service will begin at 10:00 a.m. with special singing by The Caltons from Collinwood, TN. Bro. Roger Ammons from Hartselle, AL, will be preaching a special message.

Due to COVID concerns, there will not be a meal this year.

Friendship Stateline Freewill Baptist is located at 13363 Stateline Road, 8 miles East of Ardmore in Taft, Tennessee. For more information, contact Bro. Glyn Pool at 256.426.8166.

Shelby Wales Named Barry M. Goldwater Scholar

Shelby Wales an Auburn University senior has received a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, one of only 410 students nationwide to receive the scholarship this year. The scholarship is widely considered the most prestigious award in the United States for undergraduates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Wales, originally from Sylacauga, Alabama, is majoring in chemical engineering in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering and minoring in supply chain management in the Raymond J. Harbert College of Business. She was chosen from a field of more than 5,000 college students.

Shelby's research investigates different pathways of implementing 3D printing to investigate geochemical reactions. Wales hopes that, by producing 3D printing models of real rock structures that possess the same reactive properties, further insight may be obtained about the geochemical reactions that occur in conjunction with carbon capture and sequestration.

Shelby Wales

"I think the community of Goldwater Scholars I have already been connected to will be immensely helpful as I continue learning and begin my career," Wales said. "I am incredibly honored to have been selected for this scholarship, and I hope it will put me in a position to continue doing work I enjoy with incredible people."

Additional honors earned by Wales include the 2020-21 Undergraduate Research Fellowship; is a member of Alpha Omega Epsilon, Omega Chi Epsilon and Tau Beta Pi honors societies; and has made the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering Dean's List multiple times.

"I feel so fortunate for the support of peers, mentors and family that surround me," Wales continued. "The Goldwater Scholarship is an individual award, but I have not been alone throughout my undergraduate and research experience."

"The open, collaborative environment fostered in our research group has been formative toward my perception of the value of scientific research," Wales added.

During an internship with Southern Company, Nick Irvin, director of research and development, strategy, advanced nuclear and crosscutting technology, and Lauren Lathem, principal research engineer, continuously prompted her to be intentional and objective when conducting research.

"Their guidance has allowed me to think creatively about the way research is conducted, so that the best solution, or the right solution, can be found," Wales noted.

Alex Sauer, fellowship advisor for Auburn's National Prestigious Scholarships Program and the Goldwater campus representative, said, "The Goldwater Scholarship is the preeminent undergraduate award of its type in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. We look forward to great things from Shelby and commend her faculty mentors for the pivotal role they have played in her success."

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Program provides scholarships to outstanding students who intend to pursue careers in mathematics, natural sciences and engineering. Each scholarship covers eligible expenses up to a maximum of $7,500 annually for undergraduate tuition, fees, books and housing.

Shelby is the daughter of Jason and Cecilia Wales and has one brother, Sawyer. She is the granddaughter of Ray Wales of Elkmont and the late Lynn Wales; Tutti Conatser, Larry and Karen Conatser.

National Day Of Prayer Observance Planned In Elkton

An observance of The National Day of Prayer will be held at the Elkton School Flagpole Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 6 p.m.

The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held the first Thursday of May.

inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman