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WJLE Recognizes DCHS Class of 2017 (View Photo Gallery Here)

April 16, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page
WJLE Recognizes DCHS Class of 2017 (View Photo Gallery Here)

WJLE and participating sponsors are presenting a photo gallery of the DCHS Class of 2017 in April and May. You may now view it at www.wjle.com.

Graduation is set for Friday, May 26 at the DCHS football field.

Click on the link below or the box on the left side of the WJLE homepage to view the senior formals.

http://wjle.com/graduation/2017/page1

Once you open the page, click each photo to view a larger image. The name of the senior you select is at the bottom of the photo. Or you may move your mouse over the photo to view the name.

There are 178 photos in the gallery divided up 30 photos to a page. Notice the box to the left in the photo gallery. After you view page 1 be sure to click the links for pages 2-6 to view the remaining photos. The names of seniors not pictured are also listed inside the box.

The WJLE photo gallery page is sponsored in April by Smithville Mayor Jimmy Poss, County Clerk James L. (Jimmy) Poss, County Mayor Tim Stribling, Saint Thomas DeKalb Hospital, Circuit Court Clerk Katherine Pack, DTC Communications, Arrow Termite & Pest Control, Love-Cantrell Funeral Home, Road Supervisor Butch Agee, DeKalb Tire & Service, Alexandria Auto Parts, and DeKalb Funeral Chapel.

Sponsors for May are Fast Pace Urgent Care Clinic, General Sessions and Juvenile Court Judge Bratten H. Cook, II, Assessor of Property Shannon Cantrell, and Trustee Sean Driver, in addition to County Clerk James L. (Jimmy) Poss, County Mayor Tim Stribling, Saint Thomas DeKalb Hospital, Circuit Court Clerk Katherine Pack, DTC Communications, Arrow Termite & Pest Control, DeKalb Tire & Service, DeKalb Funeral Chapel, and Smithville Mayor Jimmy Poss.

Regional 4-H Livestock Judging Contest

April 16, 2017
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By: Leigh Fuson, 4-H Agent
(Front) John Iervolino, Brooklyn Ponder, Junior Manning, Marshall Farler, and Riley Ruson. (Back) Elizabeth Seber, Jenna Cantrell, Payton Cantrell, Clayton Crook, Colby Barnes, Caleb Taylor, Ian Barnes, Luke Magness, and Ansley Cantrell.
5th Place The Junior High Livestock Judging Team placed 5th at the regional contest.
Ian & Colby Ian Barnes and Colby Barnes were the 10th and 4th place high individuals, respectively.

Fourteen DeKalb County 4-H members recently traveled to the Tennessee Livestock Center in Murfreesboro to compete in the Central Region 4-H Livestock Judging contest. In the Junior division of 4th and 5th graders, the team of Ian Barnes, Junior Manning, and Brooklyn Ponder placed 6th.

The team comprised of Ansley Cantrell, Marshall Farler, Riley Fuson, and Luke Magness placed 8th. There were 20 total teams. Ian Barnes was the 10th high individual. In the Junior High divison of 6th-8th graders, the team of Colby Barnes, Jenna Cantrell, John Iervolino, Caleb Taylor, and Elizabeth Seber placed 5th out of 28 teams. Colby Barnes was the 4th place high individual. Payton Cantrell and Clayton Crook also competed as individuals in the Senior High division, 9th-12th graders, and did a great job.

Livestock Judging teaches 4-H members decision-making skills while they learn more about the livestock industry. Beef cattle, sheep, goats, and hogs are evaluated to know which animals would be best in a farm’s breeding program or would make the most profit in a market situation. 4-H’ers also learn how to read and use genetic information (EPDs) to assist in the selection of livestock. This is very useful knowledge if these young people ever buy livestock of their own. Eight total classes of animals are judged at the contest. The Senior division also must give two sets of oral reasons to explain why they placed the class the way they did. This improves their communication skills as they must think under pressure while still using good presentation techniques.

These teams had a great time learning about livestock animals and made new friends along the way. They represented DeKalb County very well in this highly competitive contest! For more information about the 4-H livestock group, please contact the UT/TSU DeKalb County Extension Office at 615-597-4945.

Photo Caption:
Team The DeKalb County 4-H Livestock Judging Teams did an excellent job at the regional contest in Murfreesboro. (Front) John Iervolino, Brooklyn Ponder, Junior Manning, Marshall Farler, and Riley Ruson. (Back) Elizabeth Seber, Jenna Cantrell, Payton Cantrell, Clayton Crook, Colby Barnes, Caleb Taylor, Ian Barnes, Luke Magness, and Ansley Cantrell.
5th Place The Junior High Livestock Judging Team placed 5th at the regional contest.
Ian & Colby Ian Barnes and Colby Barnes were the 10th and 4th place high individuals, respectively.

Boy Scout Court of Honor

April 16, 2017
by: 
Bill Conger

Boy Scouts in Troop 347 were honored for their achievements and rank advancement at a Court of Honor on Thursday, April 13.

Two scouts advanced in rank. Kaleb Wildes moved up to Tenderfoot. He also earned merit badges for Chemistry; Citizenship in the World; First Aid; Signs, Signals and Codes; Drafting; Citizenship in the Nation; Citizenship in the Community; Photography; and his Cyber Chip. Jacob Williams advanced from Second Class to First Class and earned merit badges for Leatherwork, Woodworking, Electricity, and Space Exploration.

Nine scouts were recognized for earning various merit badges and awards. Jonathan Birmingham received his Public Health merit badge and Cyber Chip. Zackary Cantrell picked up merit badges for Astronomy, Fingerprinting, Drafting; and Cyber Chip. Gavin Conger earned merit badges for Photography, Disability Awareness, and Reading. Carter Dias earned the Home Repairs merit badge. Friedrich Dodge picked up Crime Prevention and Fingerprinting merit badges along with his Cyber Chip. Cody Robinson earned merit badges for Veterinary Medicine and Personal Management along with his Cyber Chip. Will Stephens earned merit badges for Metalwork, Woodwork, Citizenship in the Community, Communications, and Personal Management. Arthur Sullivan completed merit badges for Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, and Home Repairs. Brenden Wagner earned merit badges for Search and Rescue, First Aid, Citizenship in the World, Chemistry, Fingerprinting, Crime Prevention, and his Cyber Chip.

Dennis Wildes was recognized for completing his training as the newest adult leader for the troop.

Middle Tennessee - Black Fox District Executive Mark Lytle presented Scoutmasters Will and Jen Sherwood and Troop 347 with the 2017 Friends of Scouting participation award.

The Boy Scouts will have a fundraising spaghetti dinner on Sunday, April 23 at the First Baptist Church Family Enrichment Center. The meal will be served 11:00 am through 1 p.m. The community is invited. Donations will be accepted at the door, no ticket required, and will be used for summer camp fees and activities.

Judge Grants Probation in Aggravated Assault Case

April 16, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page
Joshua Lorne Tate

A Woodbury man who allegedly went on a drunken shooting spree with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and a Glock 21 semi-automatic handgun during an argument with family members in November putting their lives in danger appeared for sentencing Monday, April 10 in DeKalb County Criminal Court.

Judge Gary McKenzie presided.

Joshua Lorne Tate, charged with five counts of aggravated assault, stop frisk halt arrest, assault, and possession of a handgun while under the influence, entered a plea by criminal information to one count of aggravated assault. He received a six year sentence on TDOC probation with credit for time served in the DeKalb County Jail from November 20, 2016 to April 10, 2017. Tate must also forfeit his weapons.

Although no one was injured, Sheriff Patrick Ray said Tate endangered the lives of his (Tate’s) wife, step daughter (juvenile), brother-in-law and his two sons (both juveniles), and a deputy.

The incident began after Tate and his wife and step-daughter got into an argument. The victims ran toward and hid under a bridge in a creek bottom as Tate produced an AR 15 semi-automatic rifle and began shooting several times in their direction.

Later, as Tate’s brother-in-law and his two sons drove up, Tate produced a Glock 21 semi-automatic handgun and began firing at them as they sat in their vehicle and continued shooting even after they started backing down the driveway to get away. The gunshots struck the automobile at least five times in the front end and the hood.

After 911 was notified, deputies arrived on the scene and found Tate uncooperative. According to Sheriff Ray, Tate disobeyed officer’s commands to stop and halt and he even advanced toward a deputy in a threatening manner. At one point, Tate ran toward his vehicle where officers suspected Tate had weapons. After Tate was forcibly taken into custody, officers found a loaded AR 15 rifle on the passenger seat of his automobile. The Glock handgun was also recovered.

Woodbury Man Gets Six Years Probation for Aggravated Burglary

April 15, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page
Charles Edward Moody, Jr

A Woodbury man arrested earlier this year for allegedly breaking into and stealing items from a Dowelltown residence appeared for sentencing Monday, April 10 in DeKalb County Criminal Court.

20 year old Charles Edward Moody, Jr. entered a plea by criminal information to one count of aggravated burglary and received a six year sentence on TDOC probation. The term is to run consecutive to Cannon County cases against him. Moody is to make restitution of $200 to one victim and $425 to another.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Wednesday, February 1 Moody allegedly broke into a residence on East Main Street in Dowelltown and stole handguns, two tablets, Winchester shells, and $1,100 in cash. Four days later on Sunday, February 5 Moody allegedly sold an Armscor 38 pistol to a resident on Pine Orchard Road. Moody, a convicted felon since 2016, cannot legally possess a weapon.

The case was investigated by a Sheriff's Department Detective.

TBI Releases Name of Person Killed During Pursuit

April 15, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has released the identity of the man who led law enforcement officers on a pursuit from Smithville to Sparta Thursday before losing his life in an officer involved shooting.

The deceased individual has been identified as 33 year old Michael Zennie Dial II from Clarksville, TN.

Meanwhile, All three White County officers injured during the pursuit have been released from the hospital.

The incident began at around 4:30 p.m. with an attempted traffic stop in the City of Smithville. Smithville Police Officers tried to pull over a pickup truck hauling a trailer. The driver of the vehicle refused to stop, and the chase by Smithville Police at speeds up to 75 miles per hour continued from the city to about one mile into White County where the pursuit was terminated. Four city patrol units reportedly gave chase. A DeKalb County Sheriff’s Deputy, who was following Smithville Police in support, ended his involvement in the pursuit at the county line. White County authorities later picked up the pursuit from Highway 70 to north on Highway 111 in Sparta, following the vehicle. The driver of the truck crashed into several of the law enforcement vehicles, hitting them on the side, and from behind.

At some point, the tires of the trailer appeared to have flattened, dumping some of the items from the trailer into the median. As the driver continued down the road, two officers, one with the White County Sheriff’s Office , and one with the Sparta Police Department, fired shots toward the truck. The truck, still hauling the trailer, veered off the highway, went down an embankment, and lodged in the tree line. The driver of the vehicle died.

Three officers, one from Sparta Police Department two from the White County Sheriff’s Office, sustained injuries consistent with being in a vehicle crash and were transported to the hospital.

TBI Special Agents are continuing to investigate and interview witnesses, and the case remains active and ongoing. At the conclusion of this investigation, the investigative case file will be turned over to the District Attorney General for his office’s review.

DeKalb West Recognizes Students of the Month

April 15, 2017
Pictured first row left to right are Kaylee Kent, Hudson Moss, Camille Barton, Zoi Hale, and Dayton Heflin. Second row left to right: Emily Young, Sierra Sabatino, Caleb Dies, and Sydnee Hendrixson.

DeKalb West School announces its April Students of the Month. Named this month as the Best at DeKalb West are Dayton Heflin, Kindergarten; Camille Barton, 1st grade; Kaylee Kent, 2nd grade; Hudson Moss, 3rd grade; Emily Young, 4th grade; Zoi Hale, 5th grade; Caleb Dies, 6th grade; Sierra Sabatino, 7th grade, and Sydnee Hendrixon, 8th grade. Students are chosen based on academics, character, and other traits that make them outstanding among their peers.

Pictured first row left to right are Kaylee Kent, Hudson Moss, Camille Barton, Zoi Hale, and Dayton Heflin. Second row left to right: Emily Young, Sierra Sabatino, Caleb Dies, and Sydnee Hendrixson.

Chamber having a Live Auction with Guitars signed by Famous Stars

April 13, 2017
Chamber having a Live Auction with Guitars signed by Famous Stars

The Smithville- DeKalb County Chamber Annual Banquet is Thursday, April 27th starting with a Silent Auction at 5:30 PM and the Program/Dinner at 6 pm.

The Chamber will also be having their first-ever Live Auction. Some of the live auction items include a Fender Guitar signed by Barbara, Louise, & Irlene Mandrell, an Epiphone Guitar signed by Charlie Daniels, an Epiphone Guitar signed by Vince Gill, and Billy Dean’s custom rustic quilt rack and signed by him.

Irlene Mandrell will be the night’s entertainment. Get your tickets now! Only $25 per ticket or reserve a table for 7 for $175.

Call the Chamber office at 615-597-4163 or email: swilliams@dekalbcountychamber.org.

"Classroom Champion" Award Goes to Abby Cross

April 13, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page
Abby Cross
Attorney Jim Judkins, Assistant Northside Elementary Principal Beth Pafford, Tony Cross, Abby Cross, Shelly Cross, Northside Elementary Principal Karen Knowles, and WJLE’s Dwayne Page

Abby Cross, a fifth grader at Northside Elementary School, is this week’s “Classroom Champion”.

The award was presented by Smithville Attorney Jim Judkins and Dwayne Page of WJLE .

Abby is the daughter of Tony and Shelly Cross and she has four siblings, Eli, Allyson, Isaac, and Silas. Her teacher is Carrie Gottlied.

She likes pigs, the color teal, lasagna, and basketball but doesn’t care for snakes, strawberries, and brussels sprout.

When she grows up, Abby said she wants to do something in pediatrics or radiology.

In an effort to recognize achievements of students in the DeKalb County School System, WJLE has partnered with attorney Judkins in featuring a “Classroom Champion” each week for the next several weeks.

The name of the student selected each week will be announced on WJLE and will be featured on the WJLE website. Each student winning will receive a plaque and a gift certificate.

“This is our way of recognizing and celebrating the achievements of the future citizens and leaders of the community. It can benefit their learning and overall school atmosphere and climate. The students' selection is based on academic performance, responsibility and work ethic, leadership abilities, and citizenship and character,” said Judkins.

Smithville Elementary Names Students of the Month

April 13, 2017
Smithville Elementary Names Students of the Month

Smithville Elementary School has named Students of the Month for April. These students were selected for their outstanding character, academics, and other traits that make them an all-around excellent student. Selected as Students of the Month for April are:

Pre-K: Tavian Fury

Kindergarten: Grant Slager

1st grade: Blaine Scarbro

2nd grade: Taylor White

(Students of the Month are pictured with Principal Julie Vincent and Assistant Principal Anita Puckett. From left to right: Tavian Fury, Grant Slager, Blaine Scarbro, Taylor White )

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