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After 136 Years, F.Z. Webb & Sons Pharmacy Relocating from Public Square

January 31, 2017
Dwayne Page
After almost 136 years Smithville’s oldest business, F.Z. Webb & Sons Pharmacy, will soon be leaving the public square and moving to the former location of the Family Dollar building on South Congress Boulevard.
F.Z. Webb & Sons Pharmacy Moving from Public Square to former location of Family Dollar  and the Big Bounce on South Congress Boulevard

The end of an era.

After almost 136 years Smithville’s oldest business, F.Z. Webb & Sons Pharmacy, will soon be leaving the public square and moving to the former location of the Family Dollar and more recently the Big Bounce on South Congress Boulevard.

“We’re not going out of business. We’re moving and expanding,” Alan Webb told WJLE Tuesday.

Webb, owner of the pharmacy, said that his son-in-law Justin Hooper, who is also a pharmacist, will be joining him in the business.

“My new son-in-law, Justin Hooper is buying into the store and we will be partners. The pharmacy will be owned by me and my wife Lora along with Justin and his wife and our daughter Martha. That will bring along a fifth generation of ownership to Webb’s Drug Store,” said Alan.

While he hates to leave downtown, Webb said having the pharmacy on South Congress Boulevard will make it more visible and hopefully draw more business. “ We decided to move out on the highway where there is more traffic. Since the courthouse moved so many of their offices to the county complex there has not been as much activity downtown in recent years,” he said.

The new pharmacy is expected to offer more services and conveniences including a soda fountain, something F.Z. Webb & Sons Pharmacy was once known for at the present location until it was discontinued several years ago. “We’re going to be remodeling the building and we’re planning to put the old soda fountain back in. We’ll have a drive-through window and consultation rooms and there will be plenty of parking. We don’t yet know what all we are going to offer but it will be good for DeKalb County and the surrounding areas. We expect business to grow there because there will be more space for growth,”said Webb.

Although a target date has not yet been set for the move, Webb said it will be sometime within the next few months. "I don’t know when or how long it will take to get the building remodeled but we plan to move sometime this year,” he said.

F.Z. Webb & Sons Pharmacy was founded in 1881 and now has locations in Alexandria and McMinnville in addition to Smithville. “We appreciate all our loyal customers and the families we have served for generations and hope you will continue to patronize us. We also hope to make new friends and customers. As in the past we will continue to operate as a locally owned independent pharmacy,” added Webb.

F.Z. Webb & Sons Gifts, operated by Webb’s sister Annette Greek, will remain in operation downtown on the public square.

17 Year old Smithville Boy Missing

January 31, 2017
Dwayne Page
17 year old Jacob Linder of Smithville Missing

A 17 year old Smithville boy has been missing for two weeks and authorities are asking for the public’s help in locating him.

Jacob Linder is 6 feet, 3 inches tall and weighs 180 pounds. His hair is light brown and he has blue eyes. He was last seen on Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Anyone with information should contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678 or the Smithville Police Department at 615-597-8210.

Deadline Approaching to Pay Property Taxes

January 31, 2017
Dwayne Page
Trustee Sean Driver

The Trustee's Office will be a busy place for the next month as taxpayers rush to beat the February 28 deadline to pay their 2016 county property taxes.

The $8.8 million in 2016 DeKalb County property taxes to be collected by February 28, 2017 includes property, residential, commercial, personal, and public utility taxes.

Penalties will start accruing March 1 on 2016 taxes not paid by the deadline.

Trustee Sean Driver reminds taxpayers that you may:

1. Come in person to pay at the office.

2. Mail in your payment.

3. Pay online at tennesseetrustee.com- select, DeKalb.
*There is a fee to use debit/credit card-2.75% of your total tax bill or submit an e-check for $2.75 on any total
*Online accepts Mastercard, Visa, Discover, or American Express.
*Business Information Systems collects the fees, not DeKalb County

4. A Dropbox is also located on the outside wall of the county offices section at the county complex building (where the Trustee's Office is located) for your convenience after hours or on weekends. If you choose to use the drop box on February 28, the mail will be gathered on Wednesday morning, March 1 and no penalties will be applied to the 2016 tax bill.

5. Partial Payments are accepted in any amount.
*Remember: Whatever portion of taxes are unpaid for 2016, using the partial payment plan; only the portion left unpaid will accrue 1.5% penalty and interest per month starting March 1, 2017.

You may also qualify for the State of Tennessee Property Tax Relief Program. If you would like to check on a possible tax relief for 2016, visit the Trustee’s Office at 732 South Congress Boulevard, Room 103, or call 615-597-5176. The last day to sign up for tax relief is April 5.

The Trustee's Office is open regular hours from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday- Friday.

Any 2015 unpaid property taxes may be paid with interest and penalty through March 31. However any 2015 unpaid taxes will be turned over to the Chancery Court on April 1 for collection. The Trustee's Office will soon be sending out a notice to those still delinquent.

4-H Members Succeed at Area Public Speaking Contest

January 31, 2017
Leigh Fuson
Dare Collins, Andrew Dakas, Peyton Norris, Tess Barton, Cooper Brown, and Jacklyn Kleparek all represented DeKalb County 4-H well at the sub-regional public speaking contest.
Dare Collins received 3rd place in the 4th grade sub-region public speaking contest.
Peyton Norris placed 4th and Tess Barton 3rd in the 5th grade sub-region public speaking contest.

DeKalb County recently hosted the 4-H sub-regional public speaking contest at DeKalb County High School. This event brought in over 80 4-H members and their families from 11 surrounding counties. The youth won the contest in their individual counties and earned a spot to compete at this level.

Included in this group were six 4-H members from DeKalb County who represented us very well and were faced with some fierce competition. In 4th grade, Andrew Dakas and Dare Collins competed. Dare received 3rd place. Tess Barton and Peyton Norris received 3rd and 4th place respectively in 5th grade. Cooper Brown and Jacklyn Kleparek both participated in the 6th grade division.

It takes lots of practice and courage to participate in public speaking but it is a skill that will forever benefit these youth. All 4-H members who gave a speech this year, whether at the classroom, county, or regional level, should feel proud of their accomplishments. For more information about the 4-H program, please contact the UT-TSU Extension Office at 615-597-4945. 4-H is a proud part of UT and TSU Extension. UT-TSU Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment through the cooperation of county, state, and federal governments.

Photo Captions:

Dare Collins, Andrew Dakas, Peyton Norris, Tess Barton, Cooper Brown, and Jacklyn Kleparek all represented DeKalb County 4-H well at the sub-regional public speaking contest.

Dare Collins received 3rd place in the 4th grade sub-region public speaking contest.

Peyton & Tess:
Peyton Norris placed 4th and Tess Barton 3rd in the 5th grade sub-region public speaking contest.

Convicted Felon Found with Weapon and Marijuana

January 30, 2017
Dwayne Page
Natalie Gail Barrett
Dustin Allen Sullivan
Ricky L. Shehane
Ryan Lee Walden

A convicted felon was arrested last week after being found with a weapon during a traffic stop and a small bag of marijuana while being booked into the jail.

Seagate Crystal Reports - REPOR_7.pdf (2.4 MB)

24 year old Natalie Gail Barrett of Miller Road, Smithville is charged with illegal carrying or possession of a weapon and bringing contraband into a penal institution. She was further issued a citation for driving on roadways laned for travel. Her bond is $10,000 and her court date is February 16.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Thursday, January 26 a deputy spotted a vehicle traveling in the middle of Snow Hill Road. After making a traffic stop, the officer was given consent to search the automobile by the driver, Barrett. A 22 caliber revolver was found wrapped up inside a bag on the back seat. Barrett, who has a felony criminal record for a 2012 schedule I drug offense, admitted that the bag belonged to her. She was placed under arrest and brought to the jail. While in the booking area a correctional officer asked Barrett if she had anything on her person. Barrett replied “yes” and then produced a small bag containing a green leafy substance, believed to be marijuana, from the front of her pants.

22 year old Dustin Allen Sullivan of Jackson Street, Smithville is charged with failure to appear, possession of methamphetamine, and resisting arrest. His bond totals $10,000 on two of the charges but he is being held without bond for the failure to appear. His court date on the FTA is February 24 and February 16 on the other offenses.

Sheriff Ray said that on Friday, January 27 a detective and deputy conducted a traffic stop on Cecil Hale Road in Smithville. Sullivan was a passenger of the vehicle. He had active warrants against him. Sullivan was asked several times by the detective to step outside the vehicle but he refused. Sullivan was forcibly removed from the automobile as he continued to resist. Sullivan was then handcuffed and transported to the jail for booking. While making the arrest, the officers found a small baggie which contained a crystal like substance, believed to be methamphetamine. It weighed 0.08 grams and it field tested positive for meth.

52 year old Ricky L. Shehane of Wade Street, Smithville is charged with filing a false report and resist, stop, frisk, halt, arrest, or search. His bond is $3,000 and his court date is February 9.

Sheriff Ray said that on Monday, January 23 officers went to 309 Wade Street to serve arrest warrants on 31 year old Clint Shehane for two offenses of failure to appear. Upon arrival, the deputies saw Clint Shehane moving about inside the home while knocking on the door. After making entry, the officers spoke to Ricky Shehane and asked for Clint. Ricky replied that he did not know Clint’s whereabouts and asked why the officers were in his home. The deputies answered that they were there to arrest Clint. Ricky asked if they had a search warrant. The officers responded that they had a warrant for Clint’s arrest. Ricky again denied knowing Clint’s whereabouts. Clint was subsequently found in Ricky’s bedroom closet that Ricky had earlier been spotted coming from. While the deputies were placing Ricky under arrest for giving false information, he refused to comply with their commands to put his hands behind his back. The officers were able to get Ricky’s right hand cuffed from the front though Ricky continued to resist by trying to pull away from the deputies.

Meanwhile Clint’s bond totals $4,000 and he will be in court on the two failure to appear warrants February 9 and April 6.

33 year old Ryan Lee Walden of Dale Ridge Road, Dowelltown is cited for simple possession of a schedule IV drug (Alprazolam) and a schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine). His court date is February 16.

Sheriff Ray said that on Friday, January 27 a deputy pulled over a vehicle on Bryant Street in Smithville. Walden was in the automobile. After receiving consent to search, the officer found inside the vehicle a small container with 0.05 grams of a white substance believed to be methamphetamine and two blue pills thought to be Alprazolam.

DCHS FBLA Racks Up at Regional Competition

January 30, 2017
DCHS FBLA Racks Up at Regional Competition

The DCHS FBLA club recently competed at Region 5 Conference at Middle Tennessee State University. The club brought home several awards. The following students will be competing at state conference in Chattanooga in March. Congratulations to the following FBLA members who placed in their Regional Contest.

1st place:
Madison Mick, Client Service
Ealy Gassaway and Wesley Carpenter, Global Business
Raiden Martin, Introduction to Business
Abby Evans and Madi Cantrell, Marketing
Holly Evans, Spreadsheet Applications

2nd Place:
Maggie Robinson, Accounting
Andrew Fuson, Parker Gassaway, Global Business

3rd Place:
Matthew Poss, Agribusiness
Ami Patel, Health Care Administration
Sarah Ann Colwell and Rachel Fuson, Hospitality Management
Caiti Milligan, Word Processing

4th Place:
Lance Davis, Business Law
Ethan Jenkins and Chance Mabe, Entrepreneurship
Mackenzie Partridge, Health Care Administration
Dosson Medlin, Public Speaking 2

5th Place:
Jasmine Parker, Health Care Administration
Luke Green, Public Speaking 2

6th Place:
Casey Vickers, Agribusiness
Eli Cantrell, Public Speaking 1

Oakley Named Chief Operating Officer, Executive VP at Wilson Bank & Trust

January 30, 2017
Wilson Bank & Trust’s Clark Oakley, front, was recently named an executive vice president and the bank’s Chief Operating Officer.  He is pictured with WB&T executives (L to R) John McDearman, Elmer Richerson and Randall Clemons.

Wilson Bank & Trust has promoted Clark Oakley to executive vice president and COO, officials announced recently.

Oakley, a 28-year banking veteran, joined Wilson Bank & Trust in 1995. Prior to his January 1 promotion, he served for 8 years as president of the bank’s eastern region, overseeing all banking functions in DeKalb, Putnam, Smith and Trousdale counties as well as Watertown in Wilson County. Oakley’s roles with the bank have also included manager and assistant manager at the Watertown office. He started at WB&T as a mortgage originator, having previously worked at other institutions in operations, information systems, customer service and lending.

“We are pleased to have someone of Clark’s experience, expertise and internal organizational knowledge stepping into this new role at Wilson Bank & Trust,” CEO Randall Clemons said. “His practical approach and commitment to making WB&T better have brought him success at every level, and his combination of retail and operational skills will serve him well as our bank’s first COO.”

Oakley, a graduate of DeKalb County High School and Middle Tennessee State University, has completed professional programs through the Southeastern School of Banking at Vanderbilt and the Graduate School of Banking at LSU as well as the Tennessee Bankers Association’s Executive Development Academy. In the community, he serves as a board member for United Way and as a church ministry chairman for Gideons International, and has previously served with the Lions Club and as a member of the Rotary. Oakley is also a Leadership Wilson graduate.

Oakley and his wife of 23 years, Lisa, reside in Liberty and have two children, Cason and Addison.

Wilson Bank & Trust (www.wilsonbank.com), member FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender, is a community bank established in 1987 to provide personal and professional service in a hometown setting. One of the top banks in the South in stability, products, technology, growth and earnings, WB&T currently operates 25 full-service offices in eight Middle Tennessee counties, offering a full range of financial products that include secondary market mortgage loans and online banking services.

Wilson Bank & Trust’s Clark Oakley, front, was recently named an executive vice president and the bank’s Chief Operating Officer. He is pictured with WB&T executives (L to R) John McDearman, Elmer Richerson and Randall Clemons.

Alexandria Fire Department Honors Youth with Rare Genetic Disorder

January 30, 2017
Dwayne Page
Tanner Malone
Alexandria Fire Department Honors Tanner Malone
Tanner Malone with his parents Julie and Shannon Malone

The Alexandria Volunteer Fire Department paid tribute to a very special 17 year old boy Saturday by making him an honorary member and giving him a ride around town in one of the city’s fire engines.

Tanner Malone, son of Shannon and Julie Malone of Alexandria, was presented a plaque and tee shirt by Alexandria Fire Chief Brian Partridge. Other members of the department were also on hand for the occasion.

Tanner was born with a very rare genetic disorder and has undergone numerous surgeries and treatments for his condition.

“Tanner was the only one at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital with this condition and there were actually only ten other kids worldwide with it. His doctors at Vanderbilt actually call him their question mark. We just don’t know why this happened to him but God knows why,” said Julie Malone, Tanner’s mom who spoke with WJLE Saturday.

“It’s the fourth chromosome. Tanner underwent open heart surgery when he was six weeks old. He had two cranial surgeries when he was six months old and eight months old. He was hospitalized the first five years of his life numerous times with pneumonia and he had a bad case of asthma. Six years ago he went in for a six hour brain surgery to remove almost all of the right side of his brain. He went back in on the next week for an eleven hour brain surgery. After those two brain surgeries, he went in to have a shunt put in because fluid was building on his brain. His liver is now being affected because of the high dosages of medication he is taking,” said Julie.

Although he can’t attend school like other students, Tanner is home schooled. “He has had a homebound teacher, Lori Rogers since he was in kindergarten. Now she comes to our house because he has an immune deficiency. He can’t have MMR shots, Chicken Pox vaccines and things like that. They have to be extra careful with him. But he has actually been going to school with her, usually one day a week for about four hours. She goes with him to kind of get him out of the house and let him enjoy being with other kids. He is mentally with probably a three or four year old,” Julie continued.

Through it all, Tanner is a happy teenager with an outgoing personality and he makes friends quickly. “This kid is amazing. Tanner never meets a stranger. He is just the happiest kid ever and is just a blessing to everyone,” Julie said.

For his 16th birthday, Tanner received almost 400 birthday cards. “He loves to get mail. He thinks that is just grand. He is so loved by so many in DeKalb County,” said Julie.

After he healed from his surgeries, Tanner and his family got to take a trip to Florida for a week. A wish granted to Tanner by the Make A Wish Foundation.

As Tanner continues to receive treatment for his condition, his family asks that you keep them in your prayers. “We had no clue when I was pregnant that anything was wrong. Then after we had him they were telling us everything that was wrong. We were just devastated. A lot of times it’s a tough road and it seems like there is always something new that comes about. We feel like we get one thing fixed and something else messes up. Now its with his liver. But God has a plan. Always pray for Tanner,” said Julie.

Jerry Wayne Johnson Named "DeKalb County Volunteer Firefighter of Year" (VIEW VIDEO OF EMISUNSHINE AT BANQUET)

January 29, 2017
Assistant Chief Anthony Boyd (left) presents Liberty Station Commander Jerry Wayne Johnson "DeKalb Firefighter of Year" Award
County Fire Chief Donny Green (right) presents Lieutenant Brian Williams "Officer of the Year" Award
Captain Jay Cantrell (left) presents Steve Repasy, Station Commander of the Johnsons Chapel Station  the Department’s  “Git R Done" Award.
Lieutenant/Training Officer Brian Williams (left) presents Firefighter Andrew Cox of the Belk Station the "Rookie of the Year" Award
Honorary Lifetime Member Jeff Williams (left) presents Assistant Chief Anthony Boyd an Honorary Lifetime Membership award
Captain Anthony Boyd promoted to Assistant Chief, Firefighter Dustin Johnson  promoted to the rank of Lieutenant, and Lieutenant Brian Williams promoted to the rank of Captain.
5 years of service: Dustin Johnson (Main Station), Kristie Johnson (Station Commander of the Main Station), and Lieutenant Brian Williams
Firefighters who made 100% of all trainings in 2016: Lieutenant Brian Williams, Matt Adcock, Steven Lawrence, Chief Donny Green, and Calvin Tramel, (Bob Myracle-not pictured)
12 year old EmiSunshine of East Tennessee performed  with her family band at the DeKalb County Firefighters Banquet Saturday night. Pictured here with County Fire Chief Donny Green

The 2016 DeKalb County Volunteer Firefighter of the Year is Jerry Wayne Johnson, Station Commander of the Liberty Station.

Johnson received the award Saturday night during the Department's Annual Awards Banquet held at the DeKalb County Complex.

Meanwhile, Lieutenant Brian Williams was named the DeKalb County Fire Department’s 2016 Officer of the Year and Steve Repasy, Station Commander of the Johnsons Chapel Station, received the Department’s 2016 “Git R Done" award. The "Rookie" award went to Firefighter Andrew Cox of the Belk Station.

Johnson was nominated and received the Firefighter of the Year Award taking into consideration his fire call response, training attendance, and community service participation. Assistant Chief Anthony Boyd, who presented the award, said Johnson has excelled in all considerations used to evaluate the worthiness of earning this award. "The fire calls and training attendance stand for themselves. He excelled in both of those areas as he is among the very top of our membership when considering percentage of response and participation in fire calls and training events. As for his community service, Jerry Wayne has demonstrated outstanding community service by doing an excellent job leading his station in community involvement events. Each year he leads his station’s firefighters in hosting a community Halloween Party at the Liberty Station where they provide free refreshments and fire safety materials to the public. He is also very active in participating in fire prevention and safety activities at DeKalb County West School. Jerry Wayne has been a point of contact and an advocate in his community for the free smoke alarm installation program. He also unselfishly volunteers his time to send flowers and other gifts to members and their immediate family members affected by death, illness, or other life events,” said Assistant Chief Boyd.

“The DeKalb County Fire Department attempts to recognize firefighters who reflect a positive image of commitment and sacrifice to the department and our communities and there’s absolutely no doubt that Jerry Wayne has earned the honor of being named DeKalb County Fire Department’s 2016 “Firefighter of the Year”, he added.

Lieutenant Williams earned the "Officer of the Year Award" for his achievements in training attendance, incident response, and community service. " Lieutenant Williams has made, and continues to make a tremendous impact on improving fire safety in DeKalb County. As a leader of the Fire Prevention/Safety Program in our department, he has installed 1,587 smoke alarms in DeKalb County since July 22, 2013. In 2016, he installed 408 smoke alarms all across DeKalb County. He has done this sacrificing his personal time and use of his vehicle. Because of his work in this area, DeKalb County has been recognized by the Tennessee Fire Marshal's Office for being in the top 10 departments in the state for smoke alarm installations. Bailey Scott, Community Risk Reduction Coordinator for the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance, recently made the following statement, “I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this award than Brian. He has been an example, not only in DeKalb County, but across Tennessee. It is people like Brian who have helped save over 170 lives since 2012.” While visiting hundreds of homes, Lieutenant Williams has been the face of the DeKalb County Fire Department and he has built invaluable relationships, trust, and awareness that benefits our whole county. Because of his commitment, citizens in DeKalb County can feel more secure and safe in their homes,” said County Fire Chief Donny Green, who presented the award.

The "Git R Done Award" goes to a firefighter who demonstrates exceptional sacrifices by going above and beyond responding to calls and attending training. “Station Commander Repasy continuously makes himself available for anything this department asks of him. He sacrifices his time to run errands for our officers and is always available and willing to use his mechanical skills to repair and construct whatever we need. He is always at trainings and calls and still does all these extra things that makes our department better prepared to serve and respond. In addition, he is very active in the Smithville Lions Club and the local Red Cross chapter where he frequently donates his time and services to assist victims of disasters. He never hesitates to volunteer and jump in and do whatever we ask. Steve is the model of a "Git-R-Done" firefighter,” said Captain Jay Cantrell. Who presented the award. “Steve’s commitment to sacrifice of his personal time, both in our department in the community, while leading with a positive “Git R Done” attitude, clearly shows why he is being recognized as our 2016 recipient of this award,” he said.

Firefighter Andrew Cox was presented the "Rookie of the Year Award" based exclusively on his hours of training. This award goes to a firefighter who completed his/her basic recruit training during 2016. The department feels that the most important thing we can do for our new recruits is to give them basic training and reinforce the importance of training. Consequently, training is the sole criteria used in the “Rookie of the Year” selection," said Lieutenant/Training Officer Brian Williams, who presented the award. " From January 2016 through December 2016, Andrew had 271.21 hours of training, including completion of the 64 hour Basic Firefighter Training. In addition to his Basic Recruit training, he has completed a long list of extra training courses to improve his firefighting skills. We certainly want to recognize recruits who demonstrate an outstanding level of commitment to training. Our department is fortunate to have an excellent group of recruits who have contributed to our department being recognized with elite training awards for 8 consecutive years. We are proud of all of them and we are honored to name Firefighter Andrew Cox as our “Rookie of the Year” for 2016,” said Lieutenant Williams.

Captain Michael D. Lawrence recognized and presented the following 7 members with pins for length of service awards:

*5 years of service: Dustin Johnson (Main Station), Kristie Johnson (Station Commander of the Main Station), and Lieutenant Brian Williams

*10 years of service: Bob Myracle (Station Commander of the Austin Bottoms Station) and Gelasio Chacon (Johnsons Chapel Station)

*20 years of service:Gene Foster (Auxiliary Member, Short Mountain Hwy. Station)

*30 years of service:Chief Donny Green

Honorary Lifetime Member Jeff Williams presented Assistant Chief Anthony Boyd an Honorary Lifetime Membership award. Boyd has been a member for 18 years. “He has provided significant contributions to the administrative functions of our department, fundraising activities, building renovation and construction projects and has worked behind the scenes for many years. We like to recognize people who have made significant and long-lasting contributions to our department and Anthony has absolutely done this,” said Williams.

Chief Green also officially announced officer promotions. Captain Anthony Boyd was nominated by the membership and confirmed by the County Mayor and County Commission to be promoted to Assistant Chief of the Department. Lieutenant Brian Williams has been promoted to the rank of Captain, and Firefighter Dustin Johnson has been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. Chief Green commended the department’s leadership in setting the pace and example to challenge all members to excel in their service.

Partners who have provided special support to the department during the year were recognized including Middle Tennessee Natural Gas, DeKalb Tire and Service, DeKalb Telephone Cooperative (DTC), the local Red Cross representatives, WJLE Radio Station, the Smithville Review Newspaper, the Tennessee Division of Forestry, DeKalb Market, many community volunteers who help work in the Jamboree Food Booth and other fundraisers, Mayor Tim Stribling and his office staff, and the DeKalb County Commission. “Our department is recognized widely for our commitment and performance and I will credit that to the willingness of our volunteers to understand their commitment on a professional level, the support of our community partners, and the support of our County Mayor and County Commission,” said Chief Green.

The evening began with a delicious meal and entertainment from EmiSunshine, a 12-year old East Tennessee prodigy who has captured the nation’s attention as a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. She has performed on the Grand Ole Opry, the Today Show and has been compared to the likes of Taylor Swift, mixed with a little bit of Dolly Parton, Alison Krauss, or members of the Carter family.

Approximately 175 people were in attendance at the Awards Banquet, including firefighters, their families, local and state officials, and community partners. County Fire Chief Donny Green presided over the evening’s program.

Cooking Fire Quickly Spreads Through Dowelltown Housing Projects Quadraplex (VIEW VIDEOS HERE)

January 28, 2017
Dwayne Page

A cooking fire forced residents in four units of a quadraplex from their homes Saturday at the housing projects on Circle Drive in Dowelltown.

All victims of the fire got out unharmed but were left homeless as the blaze quickly spread through the attic of the building.

“We were called to 207 Circle Drive in Dowelltown to the housing projects due to a fire. It was a cooking fire. Some grease caught on fire. The occupants were unable to put it out and it spread up the back of the stove area to the attic. There was a common attic between four units and the wind spread the fire across the attic. We were able to contain the fire to the attic but there was damage from the fire to all four residential units beneath the attic due to the fire and water. All four units were pretty much totaled,” said County Fire Chief Donny Green.

“Everybody from each unit got out okay. No one was hurt. The management of the housing projects helped locate housing for the displaced residents. The American Red Cross also worked to provide shelter for at least one of them and has worked to provide food and clothing for all the victims of the fire,” added Chief Green.

Members of the Liberty, Main Station, Cookeville Highway, and Belk Stations of the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department responded along with the tanker truck. The Alexandria Volunteer Fire Department was called to provide extra manpower under a mutual aid agreement between the Alexandria and county departments. The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department and DeKalb EMS were also on the scene.


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