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DeKalb Retired Teachers Seek Names for 50th Anniversary Book

November 20, 2017
Dwayne Page
Russell Watson

To commemorate the golden anniversary of the DeKalb County Retired teachers Association, a 50th anniversary booklet is to be compiled with names of former teachers living and deceased.

Association President Russell Watson is asking all attendees at the next meeting of the DeKalb Retired Teachers to “bring a list of all your former teachers to be included in the booklet”.

The meeting will be Thursday, December 7 at 11:30 a.m. at Northside Elementary School along with an auction to benefit the Association’s scholarship fund. All retired teachers are invited to attend.

Please notify Watson at 615-597-7182 to reserve your space for the meal to be provided by First Bank of Smithville.

The public can also submit names of former teachers for the 50th anniversary book by calling or emailing Mr. Watson at rjiris@dtccom.net.

Almost 250 names of former teachers have already been obtained for the book.

The DeKalb County Retired Teachers Association officially turns 50 on November 29.

"Fill the Police Car" Collection Drive Seeks Food, Toys, and Coats

November 20, 2017
Dwayne Page
The Smithville Police Department is partnering with Cash Express to "Fill the Police Car" on Black Friday, November 24th at 126 E. Bryant Street. Fill the police car with food, toys, and coats.

Cash Express will be hosting its annual "Fill the Police Car" event on Black Friday, November 24th at their business location 126 E. Bryant Street. The Smithville Police Department is partnering with Cash Express in this event and providing the vehicle to fill up with non-perishable food items, toys, and coats. Please stop by with your gift of love and grab a bite to eat as there will be food available.

“Friday we are doing a fill a police car for our annual toy and coat drive for DeKalb County and everything will stay in DeKalb County. Its from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. We will take new or used toys, coats, clothes, and non-perishable foods. We’ll also be serving hot dogs and chips that day,” said Athena Knauer.

“We have over 100 drop box locations in DeKalb County including Liberty and Alexandria but you can also drop off your donations at our location on East Bryant Street. Our hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.,” said Knauer.

“All the toys will be distributed to needy families by the Smithville Police Department. The Clothes Closet will also get some (toys) and of course the coats and clothes go to them as well. All of our non-perishable foods will go to “Gods Food Pantry” in DeKalb County for families who need help with food. We will get with the schools and the class with the most donations from each school will get a pizza party. We also get with the schools to see if there are any kids that need a winter coat and if so we’ll distribute the coats after we wash them,” Knauer continued.

For questions concerning this event, you may contact Jamie Dawson or Athena Knauer at Cash Express, 615-597-3427.

Two Found with Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia during Probation Search

November 20, 2017
Dwayne Page
Randi Michelle Johns
Steven Michael White
Ryan Michael Keen
Glenn Austin Rochefort

Two people were arrested earlier this month after officers found marijuana and drug paraphernalia during a probation search at their home.

33 year old Randi Michelle Johns and 68 year old Steven Michael White of Pea Ridge Road Liberty are each charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and simple possession of a schedule VI drug (marijuana). Johns’ bond is $3,000 while bond for White is $5,000. Both will make a court appearance on November 30.


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Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Thursday, November 2 a sheriff’s department detective assisted probation and parole with a probation search at the home of White and Johns. During a protective sweep of the home, the detective spotted a glass pipe and a set of digital scales setting on top of a dresser. A further search turned up approximately 75 grams of a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana along with eight pipes and a set of digital scales.

34 year old Ryan Michael Keen of Spring Street, Cookeville is charged with a second offense of driving on a suspended license. His bond is $3,000 and his court date is December 7.

Sheriff Ray said that on Thursday, November 16 a sheriff’s department deputy was called to the area of West Broad Street where a woman was reportedly being forced into a white van. The officer spotted the van on West Broad Street and pulled it over. Keen, the driver, told the deputy that he and his girlfriend had gotten into an argument at Walmart. A computer check of Keen’s driver license revealed that they had been suspended since March 29, 2010 for failure to pay a fine for an original violation in Overton County. He has a prior offense for driving on a suspended license in Overton County.

22 year old Glenn Austin Rochefort of Antler Drive, Smithville is charged with driving under the influence. He was further cited for driving while his license were suspended His bond is $1,500 and his court date is December 7.

Sheriff Ray said that on Thursday, November 16 a deputy responded to a reckless driver call in the area of South Congress Boulevard. The caller reported that the driver ran a red light at a high rate of speed and then pulled into the parking lot of the county complex near DeKalb Ace Hardware. The caller added that the car had a large dent on its rear bumper. The deputy stopped to conduct a welfare check but found the driver, Rochefort passed out. The officer awoke Rochefort and found his speech to be slurred and he was unsteady on his feet. Rochefort submitted to but performed poorly on field sobriety tasks. The deputy also checked with central dispatch and learned that Rochefort’s driver license are suspended.

Chamber Prayer Breakfast Tuesday Morning

November 19, 2017
Dwayne Page
Steven “Steve” A. Cantrell

A man with ties to DeKalb County who has spent much of his life associated with the military will be the keynote speaker for the annual Smithville-DeKalb County Chamber Prayer Breakfast Tuesday morning.

Steven “Steve” A. Cantrell will deliver remarks during the event to be held Tuesday, November 21 from 7 a.m. until 8 a.m. at the DeKalb County Complex Theatre, 712 South Congress Boulevard, Smithville. Doors open at 6:30 a.m.

Cantrell is a member of the Senior Executive Service and is currently serving in the Department of the Air Force as the Director of the Civil Aviation Intelligence Analysis Center, Washington D.C.

The Prayer Breakfast theme is “Thankful, Grateful, and Blessed.” On the program, Suzanne Slager will be singing the National Anthem and performing special music. Local Boy Scout Troop #347 will present the flags. Leaders from our community will lead prayers for our Children and Families, Health and Healing for our Communities, and for Military and Emergency Response Personnel making this a meaningful and memorable experience. A delicious breakfast will be prepared by Jason Evans, head chef of The Inn at Evins Mill and served with the help of the 2017 Chamber Board of Directors.

Tickets are $12 per person and can be purchased from the Chamber Board of Directors or emailing Suzanne Williams at: swilliams@dekalbcountychamber.org or texting her at: 615-464-7760. We’ll be glad to hold your tickets at the door.

Chamber Prayer Breakfast organizers, Jen Sherwood and Josh Issac would like to invite everyone to join them at this special and inspirational event in giving thanks to God for the abundant blessings He has given us in our county and for His direction as we move forward into the future.”

The Chamber Prayer Breakfast is a wonderful way to begin the holiday season. A BIG THANK YOU to the current Chamber Prayer Breakfast Sponsors: Saint Thomas Healthcare/Saint Thomas DeKalb Hospital, Caney Fork Electric Cooperative, DTC Communications, Middle Tennessee Natural Gas “Project Hometown Help,” Pates Ford Marina & Fish Lipz Grill, Sligo Marina and Restaurant, and Sunbelt Realty.

Tennessee Promise community service and mentor signup deadline is Dec. 1

November 18, 2017
Dwayne Page
Motlow Tennessee Promise Coordinator Debra Smith

Two important Tennessee Promise deadlines occur on Dec. 1, 2017. All current Motlow State Community College students have until Dec. 1 to complete eight hours of community service in order to remain eligible for the Tennessee Promise scholarship. The same deadline applies for anyone interested in volunteering to become a Tennessee Promise mentor.

“There are numerous ways that students can complete their community service hours, including job shadowing, cleaning local, state, and recreational parks, or by assisting local non-profit organizations,” said Jonathan Graham, Motlow’s Tennessee Promise coordinator for Rutherford County.

Students who still need to complete their community service hours can visit the Motlow Tennessee Promise webpage at tnpromise.mscc.edu/service-opportunities for an up-to-date listing of community service opportunities in their area.

Students can also visit the tnAchieves website at tnachieves.org/community-service for a listing of community service opportunities for students in their local region. Community service hours can be submitted to the tnAchieves website as well.

Motlow Tennessee Promise Coordinator Debra Smith, who handles Bedford, Cannon, Coffee, DeKalb, Franklin, Lincoln, Moore, Van Buren, Warren and White counties; is urging any interested Motlow faculty, staff and administrators, and members of the general public to apply to the tnAchieves mentor program. Mentors play a critical role in assisting students as they navigate the challenges of post-secondary education.

“Mentors help students as they transition from high school to college by being available to answer their questions and help them find resources,” said Smith. “The time commitment from a mentor is minimal, yet being there to let the student know that someone cares about their future can make a very positive impact on the student’s college experience, and ultimately their life.”

Currently, there are over 600 mentors that have been recruited for the Motlow service area, although almost 400 more are needed. To apply to be a Tennessee Promise mentor please visit tnachieves.org/mentors/apply.

The Tennessee Promise scholarship program is playing an important role in Governor Haslam’s “Drive to 55” goal, where 55 percent of Tennesseans will be equipped with a college degree or certificate by the year 2025. According to Smith, “Tennessee Promise has already increased the college going rate by four percent statewide, and even higher in most of the counties Motlow serves. College loans are already down 23 percent in Tennessee,” Smith added. “(Many of) our students are graduating from college without debt!”

Students must complete the tnAchieves program in their county to access Tennessee Promise funding. For further information regarding the Tennessee Promise program at Motlow, contact Jonathan Graham at jgraham@mscc.edu or 615-220-7839, or Debra Smith at dsmith@mscc.edu or 931-438-9766.

Election Commission Issues Qualifying Petitions for May Primary

November 17, 2017
Dwayne Page

The DeKalb County Election Commission reports that seven persons picked up qualifying petitions today (Friday) for the DeKalb County Democratic Primary next May.

Today (Friday) was the first day the election commission could issue petitions.

Those who obtained petitions today are as follows:

*James L. (Jimmy) Poss- County Clerk

*Jimmy Sprague-Road Supervisor

*Jeff McMillen-Register of Deeds

*Nicole Wright-Circuit Court Clerk

*Mark Milam-Circuit Court Clerk

*Julie Young-County Commissioner1st District

*Bobby R. Taylor-County Commissioner 4th District

Poss’ petition has been returned and (enough signatures) verfified

The following county offices are up for election in 2018: Road Supervisor, County Mayor, Circuit Court Clerk, Sheriff, Register of Deeds, County Clerk, and Trustee and for the county commission in each of the seven districts (two per district for a total of 14).

DeKalb County Democrats will be nominating candidates for county offices in a primary set for May 1, 2018.

Democratic nominees will face any Republican and or Independent challengers in the August, 2018 general election. The DeKalb County Republican Party will be choosing its nominees by caucus. The qualifying deadline for all candidates will be the same, NOON February 15, 2018.

Danny Hale Announces Plans to Run for Road Supervisor

November 17, 2017
Dwayne Page
Danny Hale

Another candidate has announced plans to run for the office of DeKalb County Road Supervisor.

Danny Hale told WJLE today (Friday) that he intends to seek the GOP nomination for the August 2018 DeKalb County General Election.

The DeKalb County Republican Party selects its nominees by caucus.

“If given the opportunity, I would be honored to serve the citizens of DeKalb County as Road Supervisor," said Hale.

Hale and his wife Donna reside in Liberty. They have two sons and daughters-in-law, Joshua and Connie Hale and Justin and Julie Hale along with four grandchildren, 11 year old Zoi, 4 year old Silas, 2 year old Josie, and 16 month old Zalie.

Danny is a 1976 graduate of DeKalb County High School and he and his family attend the Cross Community Church at Temperance Hall.

The election commission began issuing petitions for the following offices today (Friday): Road Supervisor, County Mayor, Circuit Court Clerk, Sheriff, Register of Deeds, County Clerk, and Trustee and for the county commission in each of the seven districts (two per district for a total of 14).

DeKalb County Democrats will be nominating candidates for county offices in a primary set for May 1, 2018.

Democratic nominees will face any Republican and or Independent challengers in the August, 2018 general election. The DeKalb County Republican Party will be choosing its nominees by caucus. The qualifying deadline for all candidates will be the same, NOON February 15, 2018.

Road Supervisor candidates must also meet the statutory deadline for filing with the Tennessee Highways Officials Certification Board.

In order to be certified, a candidate for county road supervisor must:

(1) Be a graduate of an accredited school of engineering, with at least 2 years’ experience in highway construction or maintenance; or

(2) Be licensed to practice engineering in Tennessee; or

(3) Have at least 4 years’ experience in a supervisory capacity in highway construction or maintenance; or

(4) Have a combination of education and experience equivalent to either (1) or (2).

Ribbon Cutting Held for New F.Z. Webb & Sons Pharmacy and Soda Fountain

November 16, 2017
Dwayne Page
Beth Adcock, Kathy Hendrixson, Sherry Elkins,  Kami Bogle, Jewel Redmon, Mason Robinson, Samantha Page, Emily Webb, Gail Webb, Lora Webb, Alan Webb, Martha Hooper, Justin Hooper, Brenda Adcock, Suzanne Prater, Jennifer Neal, Shirley Williams, Leslie Little, Maddie Dickens, Rena MaHaffey, and Sherry Harris

The Smithville-DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce joined the family and staff of F.Z. Webb & Sons Pharmacy for a ribbon cutting and Christmas Open House Thursday afternoon at the new 608 South Congress Boulevard location.

The pharmacy’s new soda fountain was opened for the occasion.

“It’s been around 25 years since we closed the old soda fountain at the downtown location. We found a picture of (my children) Anderson and Martha eating the last ice cream cone that Mrs. Patterson served them. I’m glad to have it back,” said Alan Webb.

“Its taken a long time to get the soda fountain done and everything is still not there. We don’t have a fountain coke machine yet but we do make our own root beer and its great,” said Webb.

“The first full day of the soda fountain will be the Monday after Thanksgiving, November 27 and our hours will be 10:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. We’ll serve lunch until 2:00 p.m. We are a soup, salad, sandwich lunch place. From 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. we’ll be only serving ice cream, milk shakes, and sodas,” added Lora Webb.

Established in 1881, the Webb family operated the pharmacy for 136 years on the public square until the decision was made to leave downtown and relocate on South Congress Boulevard, where there is more traffic and higher visibility.

The response to the move has been positive. “I’ve met people I didn’t even know were here in the county. It surprised me. Some of these people have been here for a long time and didn’t know where the public square was,” said Alan Webb.

The pharmacy is owned by Webb and his wife Lora Webb along with their daughter and son-in-law, Martha and Dr. Justin Hooper, bringing a fifth generation of ownership to the family owned pharmacy.

While the new pharmacy offers many of the same favorite products and services as before including a drive-thru window, there are newer attractions like the soda fountain, a gift department, clinic, and private consultation station.

“We took this underway in January and we’re in November now. When you are remodeling something it always takes a little bit longer than you think and then with the soda fountain we didn’t want to open it until we were 120% ready. I feel like we’re ready now,” said Lora Webb.

The new pharmacy is open Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and from 8:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays. The phone number is 615-597-4185.

Students of the Month Named at Smithville Elementary School

November 15, 2017
Dwayne Page
Students of the Month Named at Smithville Elementary School

Smithville Elementary would like to recognize our Students of the Month for November. 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 November are:

PreK: Jasmine Gallegos

Kindergarten: Katie Martin

1st Grade: Landon Brown

2nd Grade: Triniti Thomas

Cookbook Now Available to Benefit DCHS Project Graduation

November 15, 2017
Dwayne Page
Cookbook  Now Available to Benefit DCHS Project Graduation

A cookbook is now available for sale in time for the holidays to raise funds for the DCHS Class of 2018 Project Graduation.

The cookbook called “Classic Gourmet” is packed with great recipes from the class of 2018 graduates and their friends and families.

The cost is 15.00

Parents may pick up the cookbooks to sell for their senior from Gena Cripps at Dr. Cliff Duke’s Office or Webb’s Drug Store and Soda Fountain

For more information call Gena Cripps at 615-785-8859 or Ann Whitefield at 931-409-0743


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