News and Court Updates

Juvenile Court and Stratford STEM H.S. Partner to Stop the Violence

The National Safety and Science of Teaching Academy (N.S.S.T.) at Stratford STEM Magnet High School hosted a Stop the Violence cookout at the Martha O’Bryan Center September 14th. They were joined by the staff of the Juvenile Court along with several community partners as we came together for food, fun and to share vital information on how we can curb the violence in our community. We value and appreciate our partnership with the faculty and staff at Stratford STEM and we look forward to expanding our relationship in the future. Continue reading “Juvenile Court and Stratford STEM H.S. Partner to Stop the Violence”

Cane Ridge H.S. and Antioch H.S. Newest Members of Youth Court

Judge Sheila Calloway held our annual Youth Court swearing-in ceremonies at Cane Ridge and Antioch High Schools today. The students were excited and eagerly accepted the challenge put forth by Judge Calloway to be leaders, role models and scholars as they now represent Juvenile Court. Under the watchful eye of Youth Court Coordinator, Amanda Altizer, the new members of Youth Court are now equipped to assume their duties. Continue reading “Cane Ridge H.S. and Antioch H.S. Newest Members of Youth Court”

PENCIL holds its annual Back to School Breakfast at Belmont

PENCIL held its annual Back to School Breakfast Fundraiser at the Belmont Curb Event Center on Thursday, August 24, 2023. This event raises support for their unique programs that promote student success by linking community resources to Nashville public schools. More than 500 business and community members were in attendance to hear from partners, teachers, and students, as they share insight into their own experiences with PENCIL’s programs. Continue reading “PENCIL holds its annual Back to School Breakfast at Belmont”

Juvenile Court Officials Meet in Knoxville for TJCSA Conference

Judge Sheila Calloway and staff had an informative and educational experience at the 40th annual Tennessee Juvenile Court Services Association (TJCSA) conference, held in Knoxville, TN. “The objectives of the TJCSA activities are to promote professionalism within our field, to encourage continuous training for juvenile court workers, to create avenues for regular exchange of ideas and techniques used by our profession, and to develop meaningful and effective relationships with judges, other juvenile court personnel, and service providers.” Continue reading “Juvenile Court Officials Meet in Knoxville for TJCSA Conference”

Judge Sheila Calloway invited to join discussion about Student Resource Officers

Judge Sheila Calloway was invited to participate on “This Is Nashville” on WPLN 90.3 FM to have an open discussion about the pros and cons of the use of Student Resource Officers (staffed by the city’s Police Department) in Metro Nashville Schools. She was joined on the virtual panel by:

  • Israel Perez, high school senior
  • Mac Hardy, director of operations, National Association of School Resource Officers
  • Jonathan Brocco, educator, and school administrator in Nashville
  • Nancy Duchesneau, senior P-12 researcher with Education Trust

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City of Nashville Named Finalist for $1M Bloomberg Philanthropies Award

“Re-Weaving Juvenile Justice” to address school-to-prison pipeline

Metro Arts is pleased to announce that the city of Nashville is one of 17 finalist cities in the running for a $1 million grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies for temporary art projects addressing a civic issue. There were over 150 applicants. Continue reading “City of Nashville Named Finalist for $1M Bloomberg Philanthropies Award”

Multi-Level Agencies Train for Coordinated Emergency Response


The Nashville Office of Emergency, Task Force 46 and many local agencies and organizations in Nashville and Davidson County are participating in a combined Homeland Defense and Defense response exercise, called the 2023 Nashville Dense Urban Terrain Exercise. An academic symposium for sharing best practices was held on August 8th and two days of interagency training with urban search and rescue, decontamination, medical treatment & triage, maritime and air transportation operations with conclude the exercise operations. Continue reading “Multi-Level Agencies Train for Coordinated Emergency Response”

Davidson County Juvenile Court hosts Blount County Juvenile Court Officials


We were excited to host an important visit at Juvenile Court today with officials from Blount County, TN, visiting our facilities. The visitors included Blount County Juvenile Court Judge Kenlyn Foster, Magistrate Jason Beddingfield, and Mr. Charlie Johnson, who is the ISP (Intensive Supervision Probation) Program Coordinator. They were given a tour of the facilities and were introduced to the workings of the Davidson County Youth Recovery Court. Continue reading “Davidson County Juvenile Court hosts Blount County Juvenile Court Officials”