Local News

November 25, 2013

‘There’s nothing wrong with being country’

Bagley’s Westmoreland touts Murray pride with graduate wall

CHATSWORTH — An accountant. A newspaper photographer. A police officer.

All came out of Bagley Middle School since it opened in 1989. And now those graduates, who have found successful lives outside of school, have their names on a wall in Bagley for students to see.

The idea started when Toby Westmoreland, the curriculum and instructional facilitator with Bagley Middle, wanted to inspire students walking through school halls.

“It’s about getting them to think, ‘have you thought about what you what you want to be when you grow up?’,” he said. “The earlier we start and get them mindful of those things, the better.”

Colton Parker, an officer with Dalton Police Department featured on the wall, agreed.

“I think it’s very important,” he said. “It’s very important to get the younger generation thinking about a variety of career paths and career opportunities that education offers.”

Westmoreland said students have seen Parker’s biography on the wall, sparking a conversation about their futures.

“By putting the wall out there, people were stopping and reading the biographies,” he said. “And they ask, ‘Well, what does it take to be a police officer? What kind of education do I have to have?’ And we can tell them, ‘well you don’t necessarily have to go to college to be a police officer, but you have to go to police academy and learn the law.’”

Josh Fowler, a pharmacist also featured on the wall, said he hopes his biography will help students see “how life plays out after the time period where you’re in school,” he said.

“It’s definitely good to get kids on the idea of what they could do in the future,” he added. “He (Westmoreland) has put this out there as an example to kids ... to start thinking about things and expanding beyond just their own community to learn what’s out there.”

Westmoreland said he hopes the wall will also help students see they can be “whatever they want” regardless of their background.

“We have a great culture and we have a great history and there’s nothing wrong with being country,” he said of being a resident in Chatsworth. “But just because we are country doesn’t mean we shouldn’t speak well and write well.”

After all, Westmoreland said, “If you have an education, no one can stop you.”

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Green spot closing 1 mlh.jpg A part of the family

    Larry Green can’t remember the exact date. But he says it was about 54 years ago when his father Marvin took him to see the new store he and his brother Herman had commissioned Red Jennings to build at 309 W. Emery St. in Dalton.

    July 29, 2014 3 Photos

  • New high school?

    The only means for “staying small” and preserving “The Dalton Way” in Dalton Public Schools may be through expansion, Superintendent Jim Hawkins said Tuesday.

    July 29, 2014

  • Bond denied for man arrested in synthetic marijuana bust

    A Dalton business owner charged in a synthetic marijuana bust was denied bond Tuesday.

    July 29, 2014

  • Longtime Dalton business Green Spot to close

    Larry Green says he made the decision more than a year ago.

    July 29, 2014

  • Kiwanis Club3.jpg Kiwanians get a lesson in money and banking

    Money.
    It makes it easier for us to buy and sell goods and services. It is the measure by which we judge the relative value of those goods and services, and it allows us to “store value,” by placing it away and using it when we need it.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sheriff: Inmates don’t ask to vote

    In his 21 years of service, Whitfield County Sheriff Scott Chitwood said inmates have never asked for the opportunity to vote.

    July 28, 2014

  • Little library 1 mlh.jpg Little Libraries, big goal

    Whitfield County just received a new library.
    And better yet, 26 more are on the way to the region.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Picture 3.jpg Rock solid

    A great number of things have come and gone since 1974.
    One that hasn’t: a small Dalton school founded by parents wanting a unique learning environment for their children.

    July 27, 2014 2 Photos

  • Vann House Day '14 6 mlh.jpg History comes alive at Vann House

    SPRING PLACE — In the early 1800s, the 1,000-acre plantation belonging to Cherokee Indian leader James Vann was a bustling place.

    July 26, 2014 5 Photos

  • Local officials agree with Deal

    Regarding news last week that approximately 30 unaccompanied minors from Central America, who had crossed the southern border into the United States, were sent without warning to Dalton last year and enrolled in Dalton Public Schools, Republican politicians representing portions of Murray and Whitfield Counties agree — state and local school officials deserved to know in advance, they say.

    July 26, 2014