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Weaver Bill Seeks to Ease Restrictions on State-Aid Funds

February 6, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page
State Representative Terri Lynn Weaver

State Representative Terri Lynn Weaver has introduced legislation which would allow county road superintendents to spend state-aid funds for roads that are not part of the state-aid highway system.

“I have a bill to help bring in some funding for our locals concerning transportation. I met with my road supervisors. If we could take off some of the regulations and restrictions from the state aid money coming to the counties that would afford our elected road superintendents to make the decision then they could say “hey maybe we don’t need to put another layer of pavement on the state road. We could really use that money on a Class B or Class C road. It wouldn't bring in a whole lot of money. It will just give our elected officials in our county the authority to say “we trust you to make the right decisions because you know the roads better than anybody because you are elected to maintain them,”Representative Weaver told WJLE.

Under Weaver’s bill, “once the local governments within a county geographical area have addressed the project priorities established by the (TDOT)commissioner, the county road superintendent or other similar county highway official may expend funds allocated for the state-aid highway system for other roadway purposes, including Class II and Class III roads and highways and other roads and highways that are not a part of the state-aid highway system. No approval of the (TDOT) commissioner is required for the expenditure, and no conditions shall be imposed by the commissioner in conjunction with the expenditure.”

“This legislation might ultimately be part of the comprehensive bill that we all work together on to not only fund the Tennessee Department of Transportation but here in our counties. That is where the rubber meets the road. We have got to get money back to our counties,” said Representative Weaver.

DeKalb Democratic Party to Host Chili Supper

February 6, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page
State Representative Brenda Gilmore (D-Nashville)
House Democratic Leader Craig Fitzhugh (D-Ripley)

The DeKalb County Democratic Party will host a Chili Supper on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at DeKalb County High School cafeteria.

State Representative Brenda Gilmore (D-Nashville) and House Democratic Leader Craig Fitzhugh (D-Ripley) will be the keynote speakers for the evening. Representative Fitzhugh is considering running for Governor in 2018. Music will be provided by Seth Willoughby.

Join them for food, discussion, and music as they consider plans to move forward

Representative Weaver Sponsors Bill to Ban Most Abortions After 20 Weeks

February 4, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page
State Representative Terri Lynn Weaver

A bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy will be considered by Tennessee lawmakers.

State Representative Terri Lynn Weaver has filed the bill which would outlaw abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy unless the life of the mother is in danger.

“I had the bill on file last year. I put in on hold because of the litigation going on across the nation. But currently 19 states now have passed this same legislation. It would prevent aborting a child that can survive at 20 weeks from the womb unless it’s a case of incest or there is harm to the mother,” Representative Weaver told WJLE

“The pendulum is switching. More and more people believe that this is not just a blob of muscle tissue inside the womb but that this is actually a human. It has a separate DNA. And its just downright murder to rip a child from the womb at this stage. In fact, the United States is only one of seven countries in the whole world that allows this. Europe will not allow abortions after 12 weeks so we need to address this. More and more people are being educated on it and seeing that science has proven that you can see this child moving around in the womb. I believe life begins at conception and we have science to prove that,” she said.

Representative Weaver was in Smithville Friday for her public forum “Coffee and Conversations”.

Two Escape Serious Injury in Rollover Crash

February 4, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page
Two Escape Serious Injury in Rollover Crash
Two Involved in Rollover Wreck on Broad Street in front of Bridgeway Motel

Two people escaped serious injury in a rollover crash early this morning (Saturday) on West Broad Street near Bridgeway Motel.

Central Dispatch received the call at 4:05 a.m.

According to Smithville Police, Jeremy Bilbrey and Stacey Robinson were traveling west in a one ton dump truck when the vehicle struck a culvert and left the highway, overturning down an embankment near the creek . Someone at the motel heard the crash and called 911. Both Bilbrey and Robinson got out of the truck on their own and had only minor injuries. They did not have to be transported to the hospital. The truck had no load at the time of the accident.

Members of DeKalb EMS and the Smithville Volunteer Fire Department were also on the scene.

State Representative Terri Lynn Weaver Job Shadows THP Trooper

February 3, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page
State Representative Terri Lynn Weaver with THP Trooper T.J. Withers
State Representative Terri Lynn Weaver Job Shadows THP Trooper

State Representative Terri Lynn Weaver is getting a first hand look at what a typical day is like for a Trooper with the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Following her monthly public forum she calls “Coffee and Conversations” this morning (Friday) at Angie’s Diner in Smithville, State Representative Weaver took a ride with Trooper T.J. Withers for a day of job shadowing.

“The State House Transportation Committee doesn’t just deal with pavement and bridges. We are actually over Homeland Security and Safety. Today I am shadowing Trooper T.J. Withers of the Tennessee Highway Patrol just to see what his day is like,” she said.

State Representative Weaver, who serves as Sub-Committee Chairman of the State House Transportation Committee, said she has a deep appreciation for the THP and wants to learn more about their job and the challenges they face each day.

DeKalb Man Robbed During Online Date

February 3, 2017
Nicholas James Klingerman
Cheyenne Cook

DeKalb County man was the victim of a robbery after connecting with a woman he met on an on-line date site known as Plenty of Fish.

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According to a report from the Southern Standard in McMinnville, the 27-year-old DeKalb County man, who was not identified, was robbed at gun point at a Warren County cemetery recently and his car was stolen. The man had to walk to a nearby house to call 911.

The story unfolded after Warren County deputies were summoned to Blues Hill Cemetery on Short Mountain Road and learned the victim had been ambushed soon after parking there with his date, a woman the victim knew at the time only as “Patricia.” He had connected with the woman on the internet dating site.

The newspaper reported that a male subject then tapped on the victim’s window and showed a handgun. The DeKalb man then rolled down the window and the assailant grabbed him and made him get out of the car. The victim was then struck in the mouth with the gun.

The suspect, later identified as Nicholas James Klingerman, age 25, jumped into the victim’s new Ford Mustang and fled the scene along with the woman, identified as Cheyenne Cook, age 18.

According to the story, the victim said he had never met the woman before their date but said they had gone to Walmart, the skating rink, bowling alley and Applebee’s before she suggested they drive to the isolated cemetery.

When authorities suspected Klingerman and Cook were responsible for the crime, they went to their home and were given permission to search. Authorities found 24 grams of marijuana and paraphernalia

In the end, the two were charged with carjacking and aggravated robbery. The crimes carry a sentence of up to 12 years in prison.

DeKalb West School Honors February Students of the Month

February 2, 2017
by: 
Bill Conger
DeKalb West School Honors February Students of the Month

Some of the best at DeKalb West were recognized Thursday morning (Feb. 2) for their outstanding character, academics, and other traits that make them an excellent student. Selected as Students of the Month for February are Kaden Mullinax, Kindergarten; Averly Moss, 1st Grade; Izzy Prichard, 2nd Grade; Izzy Hendrixson, 3rd Grade; Grant Buterbaugh, 4th Grade, Jackson Vantrease, 5th Grade, Emma Martin, 6th Grade, Jathan Willoughby, 7th Grade, and Jaden Johnson, 8th Grade.

Director of Schools Announces Teachers of the Year

February 2, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page
Whitney Brelje
Jessica Hale
Jeanna Caplinger
Jenny Elrod
Todd Cantrell

Director of Schools Patrick Cripps has announced the 2017 "Teachers of the Year" at the building level of the five schools in the county.

This year's honoree are Whitney Brelje at Smithville Elementary School; Jessica Hale at Northside Elementary School; Jeanna Caplinger at DeKalb West School; Jenny Elrod at DeKalb Middle School; and Todd Cantrell at DeKalb County High School.

"The Teacher of the Year program recognizes and honors outstanding teachers in Tennessee. We applaud teachers who devote their professional lives to enriching the lives of Tennessee children and who demonstrate exceptional gains in student achievement, while encourage a sense of professionalism and connection with their fellow teachers and community,' said Director Cripps.

Brelje is a first grade teacher and is in her 4th year as a teacher.

Hale teaches second grade. She is in her 10th year.

Caplinger is in her 23rd year. She teaches Math and Science for the 5th grade.

Elrod is in her 10th year of teaching Reading/Language Arts

Cantrell teaches Career Technical Principals of Machining I and II and Manufacturing. This is his 8th year in the classroom.

Lisa Cripps, Supervisor of Instruction for 7th through 12th grades said "Again this year, we're going to participate in the Teacher of the Year program, which begins on the school level, moves to the system level, the regional level, and finally to the state level," she said.

Competition for system-wide Teacher of the Year continues through February, and will be announced at the Teacher of the Year Banquet in the spring. There will be three teachers chosen by a committee to compete at the regional level in March, and if selected they will represent DeKalb County at the state level competition.

The Tennessee Teacher of the Year Program is designed to promote recognition, respect and appreciation for teachers; to stimulate interest in teaching as a career; and to encourage public involvement in education.

The Tennessee Teacher of the Year represents Tennessee at the National Teacher of the Year competition.

Teachers of the Year are selected competitively through five cycles: Building, System, Field Service Core Center Region, Grand Division and State; and from three categories (levels of teaching); Grades Pre K-4, 5-8, 9-12.

Teachers selected at each cycle receive local recognition and awards underwritten by local sources. State recognition/awards include a banquet honoring the nine State Teacher of the Year finalists and certificates of appreciation from the Governor. In addition, the State Finalists and the State Teacher of the Year receive cash awards.

Two DCHS Football Standouts Sign to Play at Lindsey Wilson College

February 2, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page
DCHS Seniors Tayvian Nokes (left) and Eli Cross sign to play for Lindsey Wilson College Blue Raiders Football Team
DCHS Football Standout Tayvian Nokes has signed with Lindsey Wilson College in Ky. His parents Toby and Jamie Nokes and siblings Jayde Nokes Stanley and Desmond Nokes joined him for the signing
DCHS Football Standout Eli Cross has signed with Lindsey Wilson College in Ky. His parents Tony and Shelly Cross and siblings Silas, Isaac, Ally, and Abby joined him for the signing
DCHS Football Coach Steve Trapp Joins Tayvian Nokes and Eli Cross at signing with Lindsey Wilson College

Two football standouts at DCHS have signed to play college football.

Seniors Eli Cross and Tayvian Nokes put pen to paper Wednesday at noon making a commitment to Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Kentucky. The home of the Blue Raiders. DCHS football coach Steve Trapp, fellow teammates, and members of their families joined them for the signing.

LWC is a private four-year college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The school currently offers associate degrees in 10 areas of study, bachelor's degrees in 26 areas of study with Minors in 20 areas, and master's degrees in counseling and human development, Education, and interactive design. Lindsey Wilson is a member of the Mid-South Conference of the NAIA.

“It’s national signing day for college football players and we’re fortunate to have a couple of guys, Eli Cross and Tayvian Nokes, who have done well in high school both in the classroom and on the field to have the opportunity to continue to play football. They have both signed with Lindsey Wilson College in Kentucky and we’re proud of those guys,” said Coach Trapp.

For DCHS, Nokes played on the offensive and defensive line at right guard and defensive tackle. At Lindsey Wilson, he is expected to be a defensive lineman. “For us he was a two way player on the line but he really excelled in the middle of our defense, especially this past year. He is being looked at more as a defensive lineman with Lindsey,” added Coach Trapp.

“Lindsey Wilson is a great school academically and their football program is usually top ten in their conference and division every year. I am really excited to be playing college football and especially to be playing for their team. They had me listed at first as offered for both offensive and defensive lineman but they officially have me on the roster as a defensive lineman now. I would like to thank my mom and dad. My father coached me all the way until high school basically. I was a quarterback in junior pro and defensive lineman. At the high school, Coach Trapp, Coach (Michael) Shaw, and Coach Clarence (Trapp) pushed me to be a better player and to get better every single day. I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for them. Last but not least is God. I definitely couldn’t be here without Him and the gifts He has given me,” said Nokes.

Cross played for the Tigers at left tackle and defensive end. He is expected to play on the offensive line at Lindsey. “Eli is going to be looked at more on the offensive side of the ball and maybe inside as a guard or maybe as a tackle,” said Coach Trapp.

“From the time I visited them I really thought I would be a good fit there. The major that I am going to major in is a really good business program. They are on the rise right now. They have only had a (football) program for like seven years but they went 11-1 last year. I love the coaching staff and I am really impressed with what they have been able to accomplish so far. I think we have a shot at winning a national championship with them. I would like to thank my entire family. They have been a blessing my whole life. They have pushed me to be the greatest I can be. I definitely want to thank Coach Trapp. Honestly you can’t ask for a better coach than him. Coach Shaw is a great defensive coordinator. Coach Clarence has been my line coach ever since I’ve been in high school. He has been a great influence on me. But without God I couldn’t have done anything," said Cross.

At the annual awards banquet last month, Nokes was named Best Defensive Lineman and Cross received the Best Offensive Lineman Award. Nokes was also named Most Outstanding Defensive Lineman in Region 4 3A while Cross was selected to the 1st Team All Region. They were further selected to the All Herald Citizen Team from the Upper Cumberland. Nokes was named to the 2nd team as Defensive Lineman and Cross received Honorable Mention.

“Although they will be representing a new color and logo at Lindsey Wilson College they will always still represent DCHS black and gold and Tiger Pride wherever they go,” added Coach Trapp.

DCHS Tigerette Boosters Appreciate Community Support for Dodgeball Challenge

February 1, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page
Women's Division First Place: Average Joe's
Women's Division Second Place and Best Dressed Team: All Dodge No Balls
Women's Division Third Place:Teach Me How to Dodgey
Men's Division: First Place:The Mighty Duckers
Men's Division: Second Place: The Benchwarmers
Men's Division: Third Place: Sniper Gang
High School Division: First Place: Snoop Dodgers
High School Division: Second Place: The Dirty Dodgers
High School Division:Third Place: Ball of Duty

The DCHS Tigerette Booster Club would like to thank the community for coming together and making the Tigerette "Last One Standing" dodgeball challenge a great success.

Women's Division Winners:

First Place: Average Joe's
Lexi Bates, Hannah Panter, Maddi Dickens, Myranda Bailiff, Maddison Parsley, Kayley Caplinger

Second Place and Best Dressed Team: All Dodge No Balls
Annieka Norton, Lindsey Taylor, Brandi Norton, Mindy Versluis, Katie Hall, Crystal Vickers, Chelsey Brannon

Third Place:
Teach Me How to Dodgey
Chelsye Madden, Kristina Stephens, Kristian Nelson, Dondra Marcum, Victoria Bennett, Cynthia Woodard, Morgan Atnip

Men's Division:
First Place: The Mighty Duckers
John Barber, Sebastian Phillips, Lucas Phillips, Tyler Kent, Tyler Caldwell, Zack Rowland

Second Place: The Benchwarmers
Tad Webb, Ethan Roller, Relley Yott, Waylon West, Kalab Ferrell, Joey Agee

Third Place: Sniper Gang
Hunter Parkhurst, Gage Duggin, Brady Bates, Alex Hall, John Roller, Ian Johnson

High School Division:
First Place: Snoop Dodgers
Paxton Butler, Christian Pruitt, John Maynard, Lee Randolph, Jacob Self, Hunter Jennings

Second Place: The Dirty Dodgers
Riley Sexton, Jessie Smith, Omar Aldino, Colton Seifert, Braxton Linder, Ethan Martin

Third Place: Ball of Duty
Bill Miller, Daniel Puckett, Alan Munoz, Jake Ramsey, Dallas Cook, Justin Washer

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