Front Porch Radio - Big Yellow School Bus

40 Episodes

By: Front Porch Radio

The Big Yellow School Bus is a weekly show dedicated to highlighting the best and brightest Maury County Public Schools (TN) has to offer.

Big Yellow School Bus 9-16-23
Last Monday at 6:29 PM

Big Yellow School Bus 9-02-23

The following guests were on the show:


Ann Marie Stern with The Well Outreach and the Jetpack Program

Kit Hartsfield, MPHS Football Coach, and a football player.

ACT Coach Mr. Welch from MPHS with Students who aced the ACT

Big Yellow School Bus 8-19-23

With guests Gia Sharp and Suzanne Ganser

Big Yellow School Bus 8-12-23

Guest: Lisa Ventura, Superintendent Maury County Public Schools

Big Yellow School Bus 8-05-23

Guests are George Cannon, Jo Ann McClellan and Maury County Public Library Interim Chief Librarian Jackie Burkeen.

Big Yellow School Bus 7-29-23

With guest Sarah Kennedy from Watershed Public Theatre

Big Yellow School Bus 7-08-23

Sarah Kennedy with Watershed Theater, Chuck Sugg with Sonic Restaurant, and Garth Pinkston, Supervisor of Transportation

Big Yellow School Bus 7-01-23

Big Yellow School Bus 6-24-23

The first 20 minutes were guests Hanna Miller, Community Risk Reduction / Public Information Officer, and Fidel Pinote, Founder of the Filipino American Association in Maury County. They were talking about RAM, which is Remote Area Medical.

The second segment features guests from Crossroads to Home Coalition (CRTH), a non-profit.

Mark Kirschbaun, the CRTH President; Kevin Benderman Jr, the CRTH Café Manager; and Kelli Ferreira, a board member with CRTH and lead for the upcoming Arts in the Park fundraiser.

Big Yellow School Bus 6-3-23

Big Yellow School Bus 5-20-23

Mt. Pleasant Elementary School Space Camp Days

Big Yellow School Bus 5-13-23

Columbia Central High School Oratorical Contest Winner and Columbia Central High School Girls TN State Rugby Champions


Guests are:

First, Dorian Ruffin, Central High School senior and State of Tennessee Oratorical Contest Winner


Up next, Central High School Girls Rugby Coach Brian Vance

CHS Rugby player, Cara Workman

CHS Rugby player, Kiyanah Edwards

CHS Rugby player, Kierra Grandberry

Big Yellow School Bus 5-6-23

Maury County Retired Teachers Association
Guests are:
Elouise Jones, President of MCRTA and retired Business and Technical Teacher

Sheila Hickman, MCRTA member and retired English teacher

Eddie Hickman, MCRTA president-elect, retired PE, Health and Science teacher, Principal and Superintendent of MCPS.  

Big Yellow School Bus 4-29-23

Featuring Sleep in Heavenly Peace non-profit, MCPS Coordinated School Health, and All Hands on Deck non-profit.

Guests are:

Beth Morrill, chapter president for Columbia Sleep In Heavenly Peace

Laurie Stanton, MCPS Coordinated School Health Supervisor

Jai Lipscomb, All Hands on Deck Founder and President

Thomas Brown AHOD board member

Alicaia McGuire AHOD board member

Big Yellow School Bus 4-22-23

On the show,


Music Teacher and Play Director Seaton Dasher

Baker Elementary Principal Jon Micah Clanton

Parent of Ryan Parker, Kristin Parker

4th Grader Sarah Atkins cast as Moana

4th Grader Mason Morris cast as Maui

4th Grader Baylor Demastus cast as Tamatoa

4th Grader Kathryn Hampton cast as Gramma Tala

4th Grader Ryan Parker cast as Chief Tui

Big Yellow School Bus 4-15-23

A discussion with the the three leaders responsible for coordinating the safety of our students and faculty -- Maury County Sheriff Bucky Rowland; Lt. Kyle Cheek, Supervisor of SRO Division; and Jonathan Barry, Coordinator of School Safety.  The work of these men and their colleagues pertaining to school safety and bus safety is outlined and highlighted in this episode.

Big Yellow School Bus 4-8-23

On this week's episode of The Big Yellow School Bus, Jack meets with Shannon Barnes HR Recruitment Retention Specialist for Maury County Public Schools. Hear all about what makes Maury County Public Schools such a great place to work and even retire as well as their recruitment and retention practices, right here on Front Porch Radio!

Big Yellow School Bus 4-1-23

The show started with 10 minutes with Christi Smith, Columbia Central High School’s Marketing and Cheer Coach talking about the Dorothy Campbell Golf Tournament.

The remainder of the show was with “A Worthy Cause” founders Tyler Steigelman, Lydia Fowler, and Brittany Ryan. We talked about their upcoming community field day, what they do as a nonprofit for our county, and their vision.

Big Yellow School Bus 3-25-23

First segment:

Sean Wright, Lead Engineer

Gretchen Murry, Lead Engineer

Terri Thornton, CTE Workforce Development/Career Coach

Amber Ellis, Ultium Cells Communications Specialist


Second Segment:

Chundra Davis-Anderson, Talent Acquisition, and Recruiter

Stacie Wright, Talent Acquisition and Recruiter

Terri Thornton, CTE Workforce Development/Career Coach

Amber Ellis, Ultium Cells Communications Specialist


Final Segment:

Chundra Davis-Anderson, Talent Acquisition, and Recruiter

Stacie Wright, Talent Acquisition and Recruiter

Terri Thornton, CTE Workforce Development/Ca...

Big Yellow School Bus 3-08-23 & 3-18-23 RR

First 20

Featured Whitthorne Middle School Boys Basketball Team, and the 22-23 Maury County Champs with a record of 18 and 3. Also the James C Hail State Championship Winners!

On the show:

Coach Bullock an 18-year employee and coach for 10 years.

Student Basketball Player RJ White

Student Basketball Player Kemarion Long

Student Basketball Player Jayden Davis


Second 20

Whitthorne Middle School Band

Featured were members from the jazz and concert band.


On the show:

Band Co-Director Co...

Big Yellow School Bus 3-01-23

Jack Cobb talks to the students at Mt. Pleasant Middle School about the extracurricular activities they are enrolled in and what skills those activities are teaching them.

Big Yellow School Bus 2-22-23

With guests Lisa Ventura, Amy Roberts, and Terry Thornton

Big Yellow School Bus 2-15-23

With guest Dr. Joe Cornelius

BYSB 2-8-23 Robyn Peery, Cindy Sims, Don Taylor, Shelly Sassoon

BYSB 02-01-23 RR 11-02-22 Sheila Hickman

BYSB 1-25-23 Columbia Central Competition Cheer Team and Gina Wolf, Franchise Owner of Maury County Area McDonalds

An introduction to the Columbia Central Competition Cheer team and their activities leading up to their upcoming trip to The National Cheerleading Competition in Orlando, FL this February. Special guests include Ms. Barri Lyn Staggs, Cheer Coach, cheerleaders Gia Sharp, Darden Powers, and Emma Burgett. The middle segment includes an interview with Mrs. Gina Wolf, franchise owner of the Maury County area McDonalds restaurants. She is promoting the big McDonalds Shootout game between Columbia Central and Spring Hill on Sat., Jan 28th.

BYSB 1-18-23 Columbia Chrysler and Santa Fe Unit School

In this episode, we talk with Henry Loggins from Columbia Chrysler highlighting the Strive to Drive Car Give-a-Way spearheaded by Columbia Chrysler.  We also chat with Mrs. Rachel Kennedy, Santa Fe's Elementary Teacher of the Year.  The show is rounded out with a look at Santa Fe's High School Basketball teams.  Coach Jonathan Slaughter, Head Coach of the Girls team with Hattie Hedrick and Landon Evans from the girls and boys teams are the special guests. 

BYSB 1-11-23 Spring Hill HS Basketball and Rugby Teams

This episode centers on the Spring Hill High School Basketball and Rugby teams. Special guests include Coach Jimmy Young and Quintavius Simmons from the boys basketball team; Coach Ramsey, Marya Ramsey, and Penelope Phillips from the girls basketball team; Coach Furlow, the boys and girls rugby coach, Madelyn Thurston and Kayana Clinkscale form the girls rugby team, and Cayden Buchanon and Devin Dawson from the boys rugby team. Also, joining the show, Assistant Principal Nick Deschamps and County Athletic Director Chris Poynter.

BYSB 1-4-23 The Miracle League of Columbia (RR)

BYSB 12-21-2022 Riverside Elementary Shaq Mason Christmas MCPS Ventura Perryman Stacey

Join Jack Cobb with Maury County Public schools for this year's Shaq Mason Christmas at Riverside Elementary School featuring multiple guest interviews! Segments 2 and 3 feature MCPS Superintendent Lisa Ventura, Asst. Superintendent of Operations Eric Perryman and Asst. Superintendent of Instruction Keith Stacey discussing matters important to our community.

BYSB 12-14-22 Mt. Pleasant HS

This episode visits Mt. Pleasant HS and highlights several outstanding programs and individuals making this a special year for the Tiger Nation. Special Guests include Dr. Jessica Weaver, Mt. Pleasant HS Teacher of the Year; Mr. Philip Pelkey, Assistant Principal; Ms. Jessica Stockdale, Drama and Speech Teacher; Coach Steve Crowder, Boys Basketball Coach; and students Mickey Boshers, Milla Smith, Hardin Hughes, and Addison Workman.

BYSB 12-7-22 Battle Creek Middle School Broadcast Journalism Class

This episode introduces us to the Broadcast Journalism Class at Battle Creek Middle School. Special guests include Mrs. Jess Mensinger, class instructor, and students Sarah Brothers, Lena Graham, Hank Waller, Cannon Fry, and Caleb Nielsen.

BYSB 11-30-22 Columbia Central HS

This episode highlights two outstanding programs that represent the school to the community and around the state. In the first segment, the Navy ROTC program is discussed. Special guests include Scott Hannah, ROTC Commander; Karysma Phelps, Commanding Officer; and Tre Martin, Cadet Master Chief. In the second and third segments, the basketball programs are highlighted. From the Girls team, Coach Megan Moore, Saviya Morgan, and Anaya Mulholland are special guests. Guests from the boys team include Coach Ken Cutlip and Kenneth Jackson.

BYSB 11-16-22 Culleoka Girls Soccer Team

This episode is a recognition of the Culleoka Girls Soccer Team's accomplishment of getting to the "Final Four" of the the TSSAA State Soccer Tournament this fall. Special guests representing the team were Matti Norton, Mary Beth Norton, Anna Belle Demastus, and Assistant Coach Derrick Atkisson.

BYSB 11-9-22 A Worthy Cause and Educational Staffing Solutions (ESS)

This episode introduces Brittany Ryan, physical therapist, and Lydia Fowler, registered dietician, and their new non-profit organization called "A Worthy Cause." The goal of this newly formed organization is to provide nutritional health and physical well-being education to elementary students and their families. They hope to accomplish this goal through providing interactive and supplemental activities in Maury County grade schools beginning sometime in the next school year. Also, Kimberly Bryant with Educational Staffing Solutions comes on as a guest to discuss the very pressing need for substitute teachers and the growing opportunities for interested applicants to become substitute teachers in...

BYSB 11-2-22 Sheila Hickman

Take a walk through history with us as we talk with Mrs. Sheila Hickman, a retired English/Language Arts teacher that spent her entire thirty plus year career in Maury County Schools. Anecdotes about Riverside Elementary, McDowell Elementary, and College Hill School (among others) are shared in this episode.

BYSB 10-26-22 Carol Ann Jent--Woodard Elementary School, and Shannon Barnes--Central Office

An introduction to Carol Ann Jent, Principal of Woodard Elementary as she talks about the events and accomplishments At Woodard Elementary over the last school year. Also, an introduction to Shannon Barnes who talks with us about her newly created position of Director Teacher Recruitment and Retention for Maury County Schools.

BYSB 10-19-22 Center of Hope

Interview with Cindy Sims, Executive Director of the Center of Hope. The show covers their mission here in Maury County and some of the upcoming fundraisers for this outstanding program.

BYSB 10-12-22 Ridley 4H Center

This episode is an introduction to the facility and programs at the Ridley 4H Center on Lion Parkway in Columbia, TN. Lisa Vassar, Education Coordinator and Brian Stewart, the "Creature Teacher" (wildlife studies coordinator and instructor) are featured.

BYSB 10-5-22 The Well Outreach

An interview with Anne Marie Stern, Director of the Jet Pack Ministry and John Sage, Team Development Manager for the Well Outreach. We discuss their different programs and upcoming events in their mission to help feed struggling residents in Maury County.