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Lamar Alexander to Headline Reagan Day Dinner Tuesday Night

March 21, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page
US Senator Lamar Alexander

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander will be the keynote speaker at the 2016 Reagan Day Dinner hosted by the Dekalb County Republican Party. The dinner will be on Tuesday, March 22, 2016, at 6:00PM at the Dekalb County Complex.

“Sen. Alexander is a true icon in Tennessee politics and we are fortunate to have him in Dekalb County,” GOP Chair Mingy Bryant said. “As a former Presidential Candidate himself, I know he has some unique insights into our 2016 Presidential Election. Sen. Alexander has also been a strong leader in the US Senate since his election in 2002. He has devoted his life to public service and I look forward to hearing his remarks at the Reagan Day Dinner.”

Tickets for the Reagan Day Dinner are $30 per person. Table sponsorships are also available for $250. Tickets and sponsorships can be purchased from Jennifer Winfree at loveboatlovefish@yahoo.com or Mingy Bryant at 615-597-2600. The DeKalb County Reagan Day Dinner is an annual fundraiser to benefit candidates for offices in Dekalb County. Local Republican Candidates in 2016 include Mr. Shannon A. Cantrell, Candidate for Assessor of Property, Mr. Lee Plummer, Candidate for Constable in District 1, and Mr. Tom Theriaque, Candidate for Constable in District 2.

For more information on the Reagan Day Dinner, go to our Facebook Page at DeKalb County Republican Party.

Wilkins to Attend Democratic National Convention as Clinton Delegate

March 21, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page
 Jordan Wilkins
DeKalb Group at District Meeting in Cookeville

DeKalb Democratic Party Chairman Jordan Wilkins will be attending the Democratic National Convention at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in July as a delegate for Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Democratic Party officers, delegates and friends of the 6th district met in Cookeville Saturday, March 19 to select delegates to attend the Convention.
Wilkins was elected first male delegate for Clinton. Leonard Steverson from Lebanon was elected as second male delegate. Bonnie Fussell from Portland was elected as first female delegate. Pat Stanton from Lebanon was elected first female alternate.

Meanwhile Michelle Davis from Cookeville was elected as delegate to represent Senator Bernie Sanders.

In addition to Wilkins, others who made up the delegation for Clinton from DeKalb County at the district meeting in Cookeville Saturday were Jimmy and Joyce Poss, Pamela and Jack Anderson, Jerry Comfort, Barbara Comfort, and Billie Ann Tubbs. Jack Barton, Joyce Hendrixson, and Pamela Jordan represented Bernie Sanders.

Morgan Faith Green Crowned Miss Spring Blossom

March 19, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page
Miss Spring Blossom Morgan Faith Green
Miss Spring Blossom Royalty: 3rd Runner-up and Miss Personality Aspen Nicole Flarity; 1st Runner-up Chloe Colvert White; Miss Spring Blossom and Miss Photogenic Morgan Faith Green; and 2nd Runner-up Destiny Danielle Franklin

Morgan Faith Green is the 2016 Miss Spring Blossom.

Green, the sixteen year old daughter of Suzanne and Jon Harrison of Smithville, won the crown Saturday during the annual pageant sponsored by the Smithville Women's Club. Green was also named Miss Photogenic.

She succeeds last year's queen Tyra Grace Graham, the seventeen year old daughter of Kyle and Doris Graham of Smithville.

First runner-up went to Chloe Colvert White, the eighteen year old daughter of Lou Ann White of Smithville and the late Steve White.

Destiny Danielle Franklin, the sixteen year old daughter of Jennifer Ware of Smithville was second runner-up.

Aspen Nicole Flarity was third runner-up. She is the seventeen year old daughter of Doyle and Cindy Flarity of Smithville. She was also chosen as Miss Personality

The pageant featured four contestants ages sixteen to eighteen.

Alexis Grace Atnip Reigns as Teen Miss

March 19, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page
Teen Miss Alexis Grace Atnip
Teen Miss Royalty: 2nd Runner-up Monica Carlton;  1st Runner-up, Miss Photogenic and Miss Personality Dasia Gurley; Teen Miss Alexis Grace Atnip; and 3rd Runner-up Shelby Maylee Sprague

Thirteen year old Alexis Grace Atnip is the new Teen Miss. She won the crown Saturday at DCHS.

Atnip, daughter of Veronica Atnip of Smithville, was among four girls ages thirteen to fifteen who competed for the title during the pageant which is held each year by the Smithville Women's Club.

Last year's queen was Sarah Anne Colwell, the fifteen year old daughter of Trent and Christie Colwell of Smithville.

First Runner-up, Miss Photogenic, and Miss Personality went to Dasia Gurley, the thirteen year old daughter of Felicia and Allen Taylor of Smithville.

Monica Carlton was Second Runner-up. She is the thirteen year old daughter of Amanda and Leroy Hale of Smithville.

Shelby Maylee Sprague, fourteen year old daughter of Johnna and Jimmy Sprague of Smithville was Third Runner-up.

Junior Miss Title Goes to Addison Jean Puckett

March 19, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page
Junior Miss Addison Jean Puckett
Junior Miss Royalty: 3rd Runner-up Haylee Cassandra Merriman; 1st Runner-up and Miss Photogenic Kenlee Renae Taylor; Junior Miss Addison Jean Puckett; 2nd Runner-up  and Miss Personality Rebekah Haylee Adams; and 4th Runner-up Lacey Jade McMillen

Eleven year old Addison Jean Puckett won the Junior Miss crown Saturday.

The annual pageant featuring seven girls ages ten to twelve was sponsored by the Smithville Women's Club.

Puckett, daughter of Jimmy and Anita Puckett of Smithville succeeds the 2015 Junior Miss Alexis Grace Atnip, the thirteen year old daughter of Veronica Atnip of Smithville.

Kenlee Renae Taylor was the first runner-up and Miss Photogenic. She is the ten year old daughter of Ken and Cindy Taylor of Smithville.

Rebekah Haylee Adams was named second runner-up and Miss Personality. She is the twelve year old daughter of Carolyn and Brian Adams of Smithville.

Third runner-up went to Haylee Cassandra Merriman, the twelve year old daughter of Mike and Myra Merriman of Smithville.

Lacey Jade McMillen was fourth runner-up. She is the twelve year old daughter of Chris and Kristina McMillen of Alexandria.

Other participants were Caley Grace Taylor of Smithville, the ten year old daughter of Ashley Evans and Brandon Taylor; and Hailey Ray Bogle, the twelve year old daughter of Bud and Jenny Bogle of Smithville.

Kaylee Brooke Kent Wins Young Miss Pageant

March 19, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page
Young Miss and Miss Photogenic Kaylee Brooke Kent
Young Miss Royalty:  3rd Runner-up: MaKinzy Lynn Jenkins; 1st Runner-up  and Miss Personality Averie Nicole McMinn; Young Miss and Miss Photogenic Kaylee Brooke Kent;2nd Runner-up Lilliana Grace Vickers; and 4th Runner-up Allison Faith Marie Goodwin

The 2016 Young Miss is seven year old Kaylee Brooke Kent of Dowelltown.

Daughter of Kevin and Beth Kent, Kaylee beat out four other girls ages seven to nine for the crown Saturday during the annual pageant sponsored by the Smithville Women's Club. She was also named Miss Photogenic.

Kent succeeds last year's Young Miss, Isabella Faith Rackley, the eight year old daughter of Gordon and Jessica Rackley of Smithville.

First Runner-up in the pageant was Averie Nicole McMinn, the eight year old daughter of Nathan and Amanda McMinn of Smithville. She also received the distinction of Miss Personality

Second Runner-up: Lilliana Grace Vickers, the eight year old daughter of Brandi Norton of Smithville

Third Runner-up: MaKinzy Lynn Jenkins of Smithville, the nine year old daughter of Wally Rackley. Her aunt and caretaker is Maranda Washer

Fourth Runner-up: Allison Faith Marie Goodwin, the nine year old daughter of Roy and Anna Goodwin of Smithville.

Caitlyn Lee Adcock Crowned Little Miss

March 19, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page
Little Miss Caitlyn Lee Adcock
Little Miss Royalty: 3rd  Runner-up: Emily Danielle Johnson; 1st Runner-up: Karah Jo Ford; Little Miss Caitlyn Lee Adcock; 2nd Runner-up: Lakelyn Brooke Nelson; and 4th Runner-up: Cora Marie Cox
Little Miss Photogenic  Cassidy Orcutt (left) and Miss Personality McKayla Brooke Colwell

The winner of the Little Miss Pageant Saturday was Caitlyn Lee Adcock, the four year old daughter of Jessie and Tia Adcock of Smithville.

Adcock succeeds the retiring Little Miss, Ella Grace Kirksey, the five year old daughter of Graden and Sabrina Kirksey of Smithville.

Thirteen girls, ages four to six, were in the pageant held at DCHS sponsored by the Smithville Women's Club.

Runners-up in the pageant are as follows:

First runner-up: Karah Jo Ford, the five year old daughter of Amanda Ford and Hector Orozco of Dowelltown.

Second runner-up: Lakelyn Brooke Nelson, the five year old daughter of Dustin and Kristian Nelson of Smithville.

Third runner-up: Emily Danielle Johnson, the five year old daughter of Clint and Dede Johnson of Smithville.

Fourth runner-up: Cora Marie Cox, the four year old daughter of Brandon and Whitney Cox of Smithville.

Miss Personality: McKayla Brooke Colwell of Smithville, the six year old daughter of Eddie and Monica Colwell and Travis and Bethany Bogle.

Miss Photogenic: Cassidy Orcutt, the six year old daughter of Olivia Taylor and Josh Orcutt of Smithville

Rounding out the top ten were:

*Heaven Grace Farris, the five year old daughter of Jessica Guess of Smithville

*Madison Grace Bogle, the six year old daughter of Travis and Bethany Bogle and Holly Owen of Smithville

*Kaydence Shontae Johnson, the six year old daughter of Jeremy Ashburn and Trista Johnson of Smithville

*Cassidy Orcutt, the six year old daughter of Olivia Taylor and Josh Orcutt of Smithville

*McKayla Brooke Colwell of Smithville, the six year old daughter of Eddie and Monica Colwell and Travis and Bethany Bogle.

Other participants were:
Brooklyn Paige Bogle, the six year old daughter of Bud and Jenny Bogle of Smithville; Madison Anderson, the six year old daughter of Tiera and Travis Anderson of Smithville; and Savannah Faith Stibil, the five year old daughter of John and Glenda Stibil of Smithville.

Joshua Ross Named Little Mister

March 19, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page
Little Mister Royalty: 1st Runner-up  and Mister Personality Tanner Tinsley; Little Mister and Mister Photogenic Joshua Ross; and 2nd Runner-up Abram Luke Myers

Four year old Joshua Ross is the 2016 Little Mister

Ross, the son of Steve and Paula Ross of Smithville, won the title Saturday during the annual pageant sponsored by the Smithville Women's Club. He was also named Mister Photogenic

Ross succeeds the 2015 Little Mister Jaxsen Theryn Speaks, the six year old son of Justin and Donna Speaks of Smithville.

The contest featured three boys ages four to six.

Tanner Tinsley of Dowelltown was first runner-up in the pageant. He also received the title of Mister Personality. Tinsley is the six year old son of Brandi Tinsley and Wayne Mallory.

Second runner-up was Abram Luke Myers, the five year old son of Joey and Kelly Myers of Doweltown.

DCHS Band Earns Top Honors at Festival

March 19, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page
Band Members at Twin Lakes Small Band Clinic
Members of Band at Twin Lakes Small Band Clinic

The DCHS Band traveled to Cookeville on Saturday, March 5 to perform in the Upper Cumberland Concert Festival held at Prescott South Middle School.

The band received top honors of a I (Superior Rating) for their performance of Concert Literature.

Bands are rated based on a number of factors and receive either a I, II, III, or IV.

The following weekend, the band took 22 select middle and high school members to the Twin Lakes Small Band Clinic. The students were mentored by expert conductors in their field in the areas of performance. Culminating their three day experience, the students performed two separate concerts(one high school and one middle school) each with nearly one hundred members.

Burn Permits Required Through May15

March 19, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page

With spring drawing near, Tennesseans are taking advantage of the mild weather to work around the home or farm. The Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry wants to remind citizens that if they plan to burn outdoors, a burn permit is required.

“With two of the past three years experiencing record low fire numbers, we hope to see a continuation of that trend,” State Forester Jere Jeter said. “But we need our citizens’ help. Burning leaves and brush that have accumulated around the yard or using fire to clear an old field is an efficient way to get rid of vegetation. However, it is very important that citizens practice safe outdoor burning. Requiring a burn permit is our way of making the public aware of those recommendations and helping them know when, where, and how to safely burn.”

The free burn permits are required by law until May 15, unless otherwise covered by local ordinances. Residents should check with their city and county government for any local requirements or restrictions.

Permits can be obtained online for burning of leaf and brush piles measuring less than 8 feet by 8 feet in area. The online system also provides permit access during weekend and evening hours. Access the system by visiting www.burnsafetn.org. The website is a good source of information for safe debris burning practices and fire prevention tips, including how to protect your home in the event of a wildfire.

Burning permits can be obtained from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Division of Forestry between 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday by calling the DeKalb County office of the Division of Forestry at 615-765-7373. In Smithville phone 615-215-3000. Burning permits can be obtained after hours and on weekends by visiting www.burnsafetn.org.

More than 387,000 permits were issued last year for outdoor burning of brush and leaves, untreated wood waste, and burning to clear land. The volume of requests on any given day can be high, so the Division asks residents to exercise patience if they experience delay in reaching a permit writer. The online system is most effective obtaining a permit for a small debris burn.

Once a burn permit is obtained, debris burners should practice common sense.

•Establish a control line around the fire, down to bare soil before conducting the burn.
•Notify neighbors and local fire departments in advance as a courtesy.
•Have tools on hand such as a leaf rake and garden hose or bucket of water to help control fire that escapes.
•Watch for changing weather conditions as winds can blow the fire in the wrong direction.
•Always stay with your fire until it is completely out. It is illegal to leave an open fire unattended.

Despite the low number of fires in 2015, escaped debris burns were still the leading cause of wildfires in Tennessee, accounting for 251 fires that burned more than 1,900 acres. The Division’s burn permit system has dramatically helped reduce the number of escaped burns since the program began in 1995. Burning without a permit is a Class C misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail and/or a fine not to exceed $50.

Wildfires caused by arson were the second leading cause of wildfires last year, but damaged the most acreage, burning nearly 5,600 acres. Wildland arson is a class C felony punishable by three to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines. Anyone with information about suspected arson activity should call the state Fire Marshal’s Arson Hotline toll-free at 1-800-762-3017.

For more information on the TDA’s Division of Forestry, visit www.tn.gov/agriculture/forestry. For more information on safe debris burning, visit www.burnsafetn.org.

Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry
The Division works to conserve, protect and enhance Tennessee’s forests that cover half the state and provide jobs, timber, clean water, wildlife habitat and recreation.
www.TN.gov/agriculture/forestry

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