Local News Articles

Native American Artifacts Show Saturday in Smithville

July 23, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
Native American Artifacts Show Saturday in Smithville

A Native American artifacts show will be held Saturday, July 25 at the county complex auditorium from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. and you can enjoy something to eat while you're there with proceeds to benefit the DeKalb Animal Coalition.

The food menu includes coffee, doughnuts, sausage and biscuits for breakfast and for lunch enjoy barbeque including Dr. Cripps' homemade barbeque sauce, homemade pool room cole slaw, homemade baked beans, and homemade carrot cup cakes.

The artifacts show will feature displays ranging from arrow heads to pottery and some items will be available for sale or trade. "This will be the third or fourth year we've had it and it's one of the bigger shows in this area and it's growing each year," said Mike Foster.

"We have about sixty people that have committed to come and display their artifacts. Some (artifacts) will be for sale and others won't. Some (participants) will trade. Some will buy. There's a lot of people in this area who collect artifacts. One guy is planning to bring about 60 pieces of pottery which you don't see a lot of here. There will be flint, beads, and about anything else you can think of including some trade goods that Europeans traded to Native Americans. It's really enjoyable for people who like history or artifacts," Foster continued.

"It's open to the public and it's free. You'll see some really good collections. I know there will be three or four from DeKalb County. Byron McDonald, who has a lot of super DeKalb and Smith County artifacts that are museum quality will be here. Ben (Franklin) and I will have our stuff there, which may not be museum quality but are pretty good collections. And there will be others from here like Stevie Dedmon and Mike Henry who have a lot of DeKalb County (artifacts) and not necessarily all DeKalb County but Caney Fork and Cumberland River stuff," said Foster.

You are also urged to support the DeKalb Animal Coalition. "They are going to use this as a fund raiser and hopefully annually too. They will be in the kitchen and cafeteria offering food for breakfast and lunch. We'd like to ask people who are coming to the show to come and support that (DeKalb Animal Coalition Fundraiser)," Foster concluded.

The show is sponsored by the Volunteer State Archaeological Society, a non-profit educational organization devoted to the study of prehistoric America. This society is one of the largest of the independent state societies affiliated with Central States Archaeological Societies.

Barnes Succeeds at 4-H Sheep Shows

July 23, 2015
by: 
By Leigh Fuson, 4-H Agent
Colby Barnes
Colby Barnes Showing Sheep

Colby Barnes has had a busy summer preparing for and exhibiting at the regional and state 4-H Sheep Expositions. As an incoming 5th grader, this was Colby’s first year to be involved in 4-H and showing lambs. The regional show, held on June 27th in Cookeville, was the first test. Colby’s two lambs placed 2nd and 3rd in their classes. He also placed 5th in showmanship. The Tennessee State Sheep Expo was held July 13-15th, also in Cookeville at Hyder-Burks Arena. The competition was much more intense, but Colby lambs still performed well. One lamb was 5th in its class and was 4th place Tennessee bred. The 2nd lamb placed 11th while being 10th Tennessee bred. The show awards those exhibitors who raise locally raised sheep.

At the state show, there is an award called Premier Exhibitor. This award combines showmanship, animal score, and skillathon. During showmanship, Colby is judged on how he shows his lambs. In the market lamb classes for the animal score, the sheep themselves are judged on their quality and muscling. The skillathon is an exam that tests the exhibitor’s knowledge of breeds, nutrition, health, and other parts of the sheep industry. These three scores are tallied for the Premier Exhibitor award. Colby placed 11th in the state for his age category.

Showing sheep or any type of livestock takes time, hard work, perseverance, and responsibility but is fun and rewarding in the end. Colby did an excellent job representing DeKalb County on both the regional and state level. For more information about DeKalb County 4-H activities, please call 615-597-4945.

Karen Knowles Named Principal at Northside Elementary School

July 22, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
Director of Schools Patrick Cripps Names Karen Knowles Principal at Northside Elementary School

Northside Elementary School has a new principal.

Karen Knowles, who for the last four years served as assistant principal at Smithville Elementary School, has been named principal at Northside Elementary School.

Director of Schools Patrick Cripps made the announcement Wednesday.

Knowles has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Multidisciplinary Studies and a Masters Degree in Instructional Leadership from Tennessee Tech University. Prior to becoming assistant principal, Knowles served as a first grade teacher at Smithville Elementary School from June, 2002 until August 20, 2011.

She succeeds longtime Northside Elementary Principal Dr. Gayle Redmon, who has retired.

Addison Jean Puckett Crowned Miss Sweetheart

July 22, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
Addison Jean Puckett Crowned Miss Sweetheart
Taylor Nicole Gibbs (3rd runner-up), Kenlee Renae Taylor (1st runner-up), Addison Jean Puckett (Miss Sweetheart), Madison Martin (2nd runner-up), and Kyleigh Breanne Hill (4th runner-up)
Miss Sweetheart Miss Congeniality Riley Michelle Overstreet (left) and Miss Photogenic Ellie Grace Vaughn
Miss Sweetheart Addison Jean Puckett

Addison Jean Puckett of Smithville won the Miss Sweetheart pageant Wednesday night at the DeKalb County Fair. She is the eleven year old daughter of Jimmy and Anita Puckett.

The pageant featured eighteen girls ages 10-12.

Puckett succeeds the 2014 Miss Sweetheart, Jaycee Rochelle Johnson of Alexandria. She is the eleven year old daughter of Tim and Shelly Hearn and Jon and Jaylene Johnson.

Ten year old Kenlee Renae Taylor, daughter of Ken and Cindy Taylor of Smithville was first runner-up in the pageant.

Madison Martin was second runner-up. She is the ten year old daughter of Terry and Jennifer Martin of Liberty.

Third runner-up was twelve year old Taylor Nicole Gibbs, daughter of Teesha and Keith Reynolds of Liberty.

Kyleigh Breanne Hill was fourth runner-up. She is the ten year old daughter of Kyle Hill and Colleen Clary of Smithville.

The Miss Congeniality of the pageant was Riley Michelle Overstreet, the twelve year old daughter of Michelle Overstreet of Alexandria and the late Billy Overstreet

Ellie Grace Vaughn, the ten year old daughter of Randy and Natasha Vaughn of Alexandria was Miss Photogenic

Others in the top eleven were twelve year old Monica Carlton, daughter of Amanda and Leroy Hale and Travis and Toni Carlton of Smithville; eleven year old McKenzie Elizabeth Brown, daughter of Shelly Brown and Adam Davis of Smithville; ten year old Addison Roller, daughter of John and Chana Roller of Smithville; eleven year old Alonna Leshae Eaton, daughter of Lonnie Eaton and Wendy Stepp of Alexandria; twelve year old Alexis Grace Atnip, daughter of Veronica Atnip of Smithville; and ten year old Carlee Elizabeth West, daughter of D.J. and Megan Stewart of Smithville.

The remaining contestants were eleven year old Jenna Lea Cantrell, daughter of Tony and Amee Cantrell of Smithville; ten year old Hannah Paige Trapp, daughter of Jeremy and Jenny Trapp of Smithville; eleven year old Natalie Morgan Snipes, daughter of Tim and Michelle Snipes of Smithville; ten year old Kailey Nichole Harvey, daughter of Kevin and Angelia Harvey of Lebanon ; and ten year old Elizabeth Carlene Gaines, daughter of Beverly Anderson of Smithville.

Tonight's events at the Fair:

Thursday, July 23: Junior Goat Show at 6:00 p.m. at the Tot Kelly Barn; Baby Show at 6:00 p.m. followed by The Almost Anything Goes Game Show at the Lions Club Pavilion; Omega Force Strongmen at 7:00 p.m. at the T.C. McMillen Arena; and (2- $500 cash drawings) at 9:30 p.m.

Memory Lane Stage:

Thursday Night July 23
6:30-7:30 pm—Bryan Keith
7:45-8:45 pm— Terri Lynn Weaver

Rides on the Midway will be provided by the Family Attractions Amusement Company. Unlimited rides will be available for $18.00 on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Admission to the fair is $4.00 per person. Children age four and younger will be admitted free! Gates open at 4:30 p.m. through Friday and at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. The exhibit building is open from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. through Friday and Saturday from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Parking is Free!

For more information, call 529-FAIR or visit on-line at www.dekalbcountyfairtn.com.

Annabella Eleni Dakas Wins Miss Princess Pageant

July 22, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
Annabella Eleni Dakas Wins Miss Princess Pageant
Keara Milligan (3rd runner-up), Ansley Faith Cantrell (1st runner-up), Annabella Eleni Dakas (Miss Princess), Isabella Faith Rackley (2nd runner-up), and Camri Layne Johnson (4th runner-up)
Miss Princess Pageant Miss Congeniality Danica Hope Collier (left) and Miss Photogenic Keara Milligan
The 2015 Miss Princess of the DeKalb County Fair is Annabella Eleni Dakas

The 2015 Miss Princess of the DeKalb County Fair is Annabella Eleni Dakas, the eight year old daughter of John and Mandy Dakas of Smithville.

Fifteen girls ages 7-9 competed for the title Wednesday night at the DeKalb County Fair.

Dakas succeeds the 2014 Miss Princess, Carlee Elizabeth West, the ten year old daughter of D.J. and Megan Stewart of Smithville.

Nine year old Ansley Faith Cantrell, daughter of Tony and Amee Cantrell of Smithville was first runner-up in the pageant.

Second runner-up was seven year old Isabella Faith Rackley, daughter of Gordon and Jessica Rackley of Smithville

Keara Milligan, the eight year old daughter of Josh and Cyndi Milligan of Smithville was third runner-up. She was also named Miss Photogenic.

Camri Layne Johnson was fourth runner-up. She is the seven year old daughter of Jeremy Johnson and Julia Bolton of Alexandria.

Danica Hope Collier, the seven year old daughter of Matthew and Brooke Collier of Alexandria and Britany George of Smithville was Miss Congeniality.

Others in the top ten were seven year old Averie Nicole McMinn, daughter of Nathan and Amanda McMinn of Smithville; seven year old Danica Hope Collier, daughter of Matthew and Brooke Collier of Alexandria and Britany George of Smithville; eight year old Makinzy Lynn Jenkins of Smithville. Her father is Wally Rackley and the main caretaker is her aunt Maranda Washer; seven year old Bailey Elizabeth Kidd, daughter of Kelli Bess and Brandon Kidd of Smithville; and eight year old Brooklyn Ponder, daughter of Brownie and Peggy Barnes of Smithville.

The remaining contestants were seven year old Leah Grace Davis, the daughter of Nelson and Jennifer Davis of Smithville; eight year old Shaelee Foster, daughter of Margie Tiner and Doyne Glass of Smithville; eight year old Allison Goodwin, daughter of Roy and Anna Goodwin of Rock Island; nine year old Emily Rose Satterfield, daughter Sherry and Derrick Satterfield of Liberty; and seven year old Hailee Ann Marie Merriman, daughter of Jake and Joyce Merriman of Smithville.

Cripps and Kirksey Capture Little Mister and Miss Crowns

July 21, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
Little Mister: Levi Hamilton Cripps
Little Miss: Ella Grace Kirksey
Wyatt Randall Ware (3rd Runner-up), Austin Cadence Merriman (1st Runner-up), Levi Hamilton Cripps (Little Mister), Jaxsen Theryn Speaks (2nd Runner-up), and Adonis Jaxon Cooprider (4th Runner-up)
Zachary Elijah Cooprider (left) was named Mister Manners while the Mister Photogenic Title went to Levi Hamilton Cripps
Kaydence Shontae Johnson (3rd Runner-up), Cora Marie Cox (1st Runner-up), Ella Grace Kirksey (Little Miss), Lakelyn Brooke Nelson (2nd Runner-up), and Jaycee Kaylin Daley (4th Runner-up)
Mia Nicole Hall (left) was named Little Miss Manners while the Miss Photogenic Title went to Caitlyn Lee Adcock
Ella Grace Kirksey is the 2015 Little Miss of the DeKalb County Fair .

Levi Hamilton Cripps and Ella Grace Kirksey were crowned Little Mister and Miss at the DeKalb County Fair Tuesday night.

Cripps, who was also named Mister Photogenic, is the five year old son of Kevin and Liz Cripps of Alexandria. Kirksey is the four year old daughter of Graden and Sabrina Kirksey of Smithville.

They succeed the 2014 Little Mister and Miss, Abram James Koegler and Graycie Bowman. Koegler is the six year old son of Brian and Leticia Koegler of Smithville and Bowman is the six year old daughter of Phillip and Natasha Waggoner of Liberty.

First runner-up in the Little Miss contest was Cora Marie Cox, the four year old daughter of Brandon and Whitney Cox of Smithville.

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

Kaydence Shontae Johnson was third runner-up. She is the five year old daughter of Trista Johnson and Jeremy Ashburn of Smithville.

Jaycee Kaylin Daley, the six year old daughter of Megan Linder and Destry Wiggins of Smithville was fourth runner-up.

Meanwhile, Mia Nicole Hall, the four year old daughter of Bradley and Lacy Hall of Alexandria was named Little Miss Manners.

Little Miss Photogenic went to Caitlyn Lee Adcock, the four year old daughter of Jessie and Tia Adcock of Smithville.

Others in the top ten were 4 year old Caitlyn Lee Adcock, the daughter of Jessie and Tia Adcock of Smithville; 4 year old Mia Nicole Hall, the daughter of Bradley and Lacy Hall of Alexandria; 5 year old Tanisha Owens of Smithville. Her guardian is Julia Owens; 6 year old Leah Elisabeth Trapp, the daughter of Jeremy and Jenny Trapp of Smithville; and 6 year old Kaylyn Isabelle Prichard, the daughter of Andy and Chrissy Prichard of Liberty.

Remaining participants were 5 year old Cassidy Orcutt, daughter of Josh Orcutt and Olivia Taylor of Smithville; 6 year old Charlotte Annabelle Cripps, the daughter of Kevin and Liz Cripps of Alexandria; 5 year old Savannah Faith Stibil, the daughter of John and Glenda Stibil of Smithville; 6 year old Khloe Grace Lawson, the daughter of Josh Lawson and Kelly Ring of Alexandria; 5 year old Shelby Jean Elam, the daughter of Andrew and Bethany Elam of Sparta; 5 year old Karah Jo Ford, the daughter of Amanda Ford of Dowelltown; 4 year old Jessica Lauren (Jessie) Gribble, the daughter of Tara Jane Atnip-Summers and Dale Gribble of Smithville;6 year old Makenlee Gard, daughter of Nathan and Brittney Gard of Smithville; and 4 year old Annabelle Paige Merriman, daughter of Jake and Joyce Merriman of Smithville.

First runner-up in the Little Mister contest was five year old Austin Cadence Merriman, the son of Jake and Joyce Merriman of Smithville.

Five year old Jaxsen Theryn Speaks, son of Justin and Donna Speaks of DeKalb County was the second runner-up

Third runner-up was Wyatt Randall Ware, the six year old son of Charles and Jennifer Ware of Smithville.

Fourth runner-up went to Adonis Jaxon Cooprider, the four year old son of Heath and Rebecca Cooprider of Liberty.

Five year old Zachary Elijah Cooprider was named Mister Manners. He is the son of Heath and Rebecca Cooprider of Liberty.

Tonight at the Fair:

Wednesday, July 22: WSMV-TV's Snowbird will greet fairgoers from 5-7 p.m. at the main gate; Little Miss Princess Pageant for contestants ages 7-9 at 6:00 p.m. followed by the Miss Sweetheart Pageant for those ages 10-12 at the Lions Club Pavilion; 4 Wheeler and Motorcycle Racing at 6:00 p.m. at the T.C. McMillen Arena; Kids Peddle Tractor Pull at the Grandstand at 7:00 p.m. ; and (2- $500 cash drawings) at 9:30 p.m.

Memory Lane Stage Events:

Wednesday Night July 22
6:30-7:30 pm—Kitty Steadman
7:45-8:45 pm— DCHS Cheerleaders
.
Rides on the Midway will be provided by the Family Attractions Amusement Company. Unlimited rides will be available for $14.00 on Wednesday and $18.00 on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Admission to the fair is $4.00 per person. Children age four and younger will be admitted free! Gates open at 4:30 p.m. through Friday and at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. The exhibit building is open from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. through Friday and Saturday from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Parking is Free!

For more information, call 529-FAIR or visit on-line at www.dekalbcountyfairtn.com.

All DeKalb Students to be Offered Free Lunches with Start of School

July 21, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
Amy Lattimore, School Nutrition Supervisor

All students in the DeKalb County School System, regardless of income, will have access to free lunches when school begins in August under a federal program the Board of Education has decided to join. But the current rate of students participating in the lunch program has to increase by at least five percent to keep the school's nutrition program from losing money.

During the regular monthly meeting in May, the school board voted to participate in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Community Eligibility Program and offer free lunches starting this fall on a trial basis. If the program is not self supporting, the school board can opt out.

CEP is a universal meal plan under the National School Lunch Program that permits eligible districts and schools to provide meal service to all students at no charge. DeKalb County schools are already offering free breakfasts under the Universal Breakfast Program.

According to Amy Lattimore, School Nutrition Supervisor, rather than collecting and processing individual applications for federal free and reduced priced lunches under the National School Lunch Program, schools would serve all meals at no cost under CEP.

The school system would then be reimbursed using a formula based on the percentage of students identified as eligible for free meals, one that relies on information from other programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

"We are in the National School Lunch Program and we are currently reimbursed for school meals across three categories: paid, free, and reduced. How that works is a "free" child comes through the lunch line and they don't give us any money. The state gives us $3.06 . A "reduced" child comes through the lunch line and they give us 40 cents while the state gives us $2.66. A paying student comes through the lunch line and they give us $1.50 or $1.75 depending on their age range and the state gives us 36 cents. So we're always getting the student payments and the reimbursement combined. That's how we fund our program. With CEP we don't get reimbursed across three categories. They do away with the categories and its through a formula that we would get reimbursed," said Lattimore.

The school system's nutrition program also receives income from a la carte sales, teacher meals, and visitor meals and that would continue under CEP.

While the school system would get a greater reimbursement of funds under CEP, it would no longer receive income from students who are currently paying for their lunches resulting in the nutrition program actually losing money overall unless more students take advantage. Currently school nutrition is self supporting in DeKalb County.

"With CEP we will actually receive more reimbursement but we would no longer receive any student payments. If we serve the same amount of kids with CEP we would lose money. For CEP to work in DeKalb County, participation has to go up. That's how we would make it work. Currently we have about 67% of our students eating lunch with us every day. About 44% are eating breakfast. When we started Universal breakfast we had a 3% increase in participation. We should see a higher increase for lunch but participation has to come up by at least 5% to stay where we are now (self supporting). That's in a perfect world where our a la carte sales stay the same. Our teacher meals stay the same and our visitor meals stay the same. If we don't we'll lose money," said Lattimore.

Should the free lunch program fail to be self supporting, the school board would have to move funds from the general purpose budget to the nutrition program to cover the costs, which could be as much as $3,000 per month. However, the school board could chose to opt out of CEP at any time and stop offering universal free lunches.

If free lunches were stopped under CEP during the midst of the school year, Lattimore said it could create hassles for parents and staff with having to again begin processing free and reduced priced applications so late in the year. "Kids must apply for a free and reduced application or they are directly certified through the state. If we do CEP at the beginning of the year they are not sending in those applications. If we have to stop CEP in mid year because we're losing money, we'll have to get in all those applications in mid year. It'll be a hassle for parents and staff," she said.

Danny Parkerson, First District School Board member, made a motion to start the free lunch program saying it would save families money. Fourth District member Kate Miller offered a second to the motion. All board members voted in favor.

Sex Offender Gets Four Year Sentence

July 21, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
Timmy Eugene Bowman
Anthony Lynn Colwell
Terry Ray Barnes
Christopher Sam White
Nathaniel Dylan Tippens

A convicted sex offender accused of making inappropriate comments to three teenage girls at the Smithville Municipal Swimming Pool last summer was in DeKalb County Criminal Court Monday, July 20.

Judge Gary McKenzie presided.

43 year old Timmy Eugene Bowman of Smithville pled guilty to violation of the sex offender registry and received a four year sentence to serve as a range III offender at 45% before parole eligibility. The term is to run consecutive to a sentence he is currently serving in White County. Bowman was given jail credit of 224 days served.

Bowman was originally charged with three counts of solicitation of a minor along with violation of the sex offender registry.

According to Smithville Police, officers were dispatched to the Smithville Municipal Swimming Pool in response to a complaint about a man making obscene sexual remarks to three juvenile girls. A computer check revealed that Bowman is a convicted sex offender and is not to be in the presence of children. He is on the sex offender registry.

Police said Bowman allegedly made sexual comments to three girls, a 14 year old, 13 year old, and 16 year old on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 and to the same 13 year old girl on Friday, June 13 while at the pool. Bowman also allegedly asked one of the girls if she would like to see the inside of his vehicle.

44 year old Anthony Lynn Colwell pled guilty to aggravated burglary and received a TDOC sentence of eleven years at 45% before parole eligibility. The term is to run concurrently with a Warren County case against him. He was given two days of jail credit. Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on July 8, 2014 Colwell allegedly broke into a residence on Man Hill Road and took several pieces of jewelry. Colwell then pawned the items at a DeKalb County jewelry store and a pawn shop in Warren County. The case was investigated by a sheriff's department detective.

26 year old Terry Ray Barnes pled guilty by criminal information to attempted initiation of meth and received a five year sentence. He was fined $2,000. The term is to run concurrently with a Warren County case against him. He was given 255 days of jail credit. A co-defendant in the case, 32 year old Christopher Sam White pled guilty last month to initiation of a process to manufacture methamphetamine and is facing a nine year sentence but he will be furloughed to a treatment facility. If he completes the program, White will be placed on probation. He was fined $2,000 and must make restitution of $35 to Walmart.

Sheriff Ray said that on Friday, November 7, 2014 a sheriff's department deputy received a call from a resident on Jefferson Road that two men had been seen in a barn and that an odd smell was coming from there. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with a woman, apparently the owner of the barn, who said she had seen the two men and that the odor coming from the barn was making her sick. The officer asked for and received permission to search the barn and there he found the two men, Barnes and White sleeping. He also found a meth lab consisting of five plastic funnels, a Coleman cook top stove, Coleman butane fuel, digital scales, Coleman fuel, plastic tubing, a Pyrex dish, large Mason jar, 50 coffee filters, Crystal Drano, lithium batteries, ph test strips, and an electric pill grinder, a metal plate containing a white powdery substance, and a bottle containing four ounces of muriatic acid. Barnes and White were awakened and placed under arrest. A computer check revealed White had been convicted earlier that year in a separate meth case.

23 year old Nathaniel Dylan Tippens pled guilty to six counts of auto burglary and one count of theft over $500. He received two years in each auto burglary case to run concurrently with each other but consecutive to the theft case for which he received one year. His total TDOC sentence is three years and he must make restitution to the victims totaling $759.75

Sheriff Ray said that Tippens allegedly broke into and stole items from two vehicles on Midway Road and four automobiles on Redman Road on Monday, November 24, 2014. Items taken in all the thefts combined include a JVC stereo, two TomTom GPS units, a Cobra radar detector, a bone handled knife and a brown sheath, a black air compressor, prescription eyeglasses, a class ring, a multi-colored handbag, an mp3 player, and a total of twenty dollars in change. The total value of the stolen goods amounts to $790. The cases were investigated by criminal detectives of the Sheriff's Department.

In the other case, Sheriff Ray said on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 Tippens allegedly stole a 1997 white Ford Aspire from a residence on Redman Road and took it to a local recycling business with the intent to sell the vehicle. The attendant informed Tippens that the business could not purchase the automobile because it was reported stolen. Before leaving, Tippens told the attendant to report that the vehicle had been found. The case was investigated by a sheriff's department detective.

39 year old Joey Williams pled guilty to simple possession of a schedule VI drug (marijuana) and received a sentence of eleven months and twenty nine days suspended to supervised probation. He was fined $250. Williams may seek unsupervised probation after six months if all fines and costs are paid.

DCHS Baseball Standout Verbally Commits to Ole Miss

July 21, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
DCHS Baseball Pitcher Steven Jennings
Steven Jennings pitching for Team Nike, Middle Tennessee's most elite 16U travel baseball club

Steven Jennings, a rising Junior could become the first DCHS Tiger ever to play collegiate baseball in the Southeastern Conference.

This outstanding pitcher and short stop for the DCHS program has already earned an SEC offer from Ole Miss and has given a verbal commitment to play for the Rebels after his high school career is completed.

Jennings said his goal to one day play SEC baseball took a huge step forward this summer when coaches for Ole Miss took notice of him as a member of Team Nike, Middle Tennessee's most elite 16U travel baseball club, made up of seventeen of the finest young baseball players from across the state.

"My dream has always been to play SEC baseball and Ole Miss is a school I really like. I've always kept up with Ole Miss baseball. I started playing summer ball this summer and my coach told me that Ole Miss (coaches) had come to watch and that I needed to call them. I called a couple of times and started talking to them and they said we would really like to get you down here to Oxford for a visit. So I went down there. They showed me everything. They actually gave me an offer. That was on Saturday. When I got home I talked to my parents about it for a couple of days and then on Tuesday I called Coach (Mike) Bianco and told him that I wanted to come to Ole Miss and be an Ole Miss Rebel," said Jennings in an interview with WJLE Tuesday.

"Early in the summer Ole Miss was one of the schools that started looking at him (Steven). They started following us around watching him play, mainly watching him pitch but also his playing short (stop) and as a hitter too. Late in the summer they decided they were ready to make him an offer. We set up a visit, made a trip to Oxford, and spent a Saturday down there going through all the baseball stuff, met with academic people, and toured the campus. Then we got back and a few days later he decided that's where he wants to go," said Randy Jennings, Steven's father.

"Mainly I think they like his arm. That's what drew him to them (Ole Miss). The first time they saw him pitch he was throwing 87, 88 (mph) and by the end of the summer he was sitting at 89 and 90 (mph) pretty much with every fast ball. That's what they really like. They like the power arm. I think that's mainly what it is but they left the door open a little bit for the possibility of him playing in the field also," said Randy Jennings.

In the meantime, Steven, who is also a talented quarterback, said he plans to continue playing high school football and baseball his junior and senior years at DCHS and for the travel baseball club during the summers.

"You can't sign an official scholarship until you are a senior. A verbal commitment is one in which they (Ole Miss) have offered a scholarship and he (Steven) has accepted it. You are basically honoring your word until I think it's November of his senior year when he can officially sign" said Randy Jennings.

Steven also had an offer from MTSU and a scheduled visit to Vanderbilt before opting for Ole Miss.

Kaylee Shannon Cantrell Crowned Fairest of the Fair

July 20, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
Kaylee Shannon Cantrell is the 2015 Fairest of the Fair
Taneah Brooke Cantrell (3rd Runner-up), Chloe White (1st Runner-up),  Kaylee Shannon Cantrell (Fairest of the Fair), Carlee White (2nd Runner-up), and Shauna Faith Taylor (4th Runner-up)
Fairest of the Fair Miss Congeniality Kaylee Shannon Cantrell and Miss Photogenic Chloe White
Fairest of the Fair Kaylee Shannon Cantrell

19 year old Kaylee Shannon Cantrell is the 2015 Fairest of the Fair

Cantrell, daughter of Shannon and Tonya Cantrell of Smithville won the crown Monday evening during the annual pageant held on opening night of the DeKalb County Fair in Alexandria. She was also named Miss Congeniality

Nine contestants competed for the title.

The new queen succeeds last year's winner, 19 year old Lauren Ashley Medlin, daughter of Greg and Teresa Medlin of Smithville.

17 year old Chloe White of Smithville was named first runner-up and Miss Photogenic. She is the daughter of Lou White and the late Stephen White.

Chloe's 17 year old sister Carlee White of Smithville was second runner-up. She is also the daughter of Lou White and the late Stephen White.

Third runner-up went to 18 year old Taneah Brooke Cantrell of Smithville. She is the daughter of Scott and Tammy Cantrell.

Shauna Faith Taylor was fourth runner-up. She is the 18 year old daughter of Ken and Cindy Taylor of Smithville.

Other participants were 17 year old Aspen Nicole Flarity, daughter of Doyle and Cindy Flarity of Smithville; 18 year old Emily Kay Robinson, daughter of Buddie and Donna Robinson of Smithville; 18 year old Taylor Brooke Ellis, daughter of Tonya and Donnie Ellis of Alexandria; and 20 year old MaKayla Shea Funk, daughter of Amie Funk of Dowelltown.

Tonight at the Fair:

Tuesday, July 21: Little Mr. and Miss Pageant for contestants ages 4-6 at 6:00 p.m. at the Lions Club Pavilion followed by a Comedy Hypnotist Show; Corn hole Contest at 7:00 p.m. at the Grandstand; Go-Cart Racing at 6:00 p.m. at the T.C. McMillen Arena and (2- $500 cash drawings) at 9:30 p.m.

Memory Lane Stage Events:
Tuesday Night July 21
6:30-7:00 pm—Reily Kelly
7:00-7:45 pm—Smithville Sugar Squares & DeKalb Dancing Delights
7:45-8:45 pm---Donnie Barthelemy

Rides on the Midway will be provided by the Family Attractions Amusement Company. Unlimited rides will be available $16.00 on Tuesday night; $14.00 on Wednesday and $18.00 on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Admission to the fair is $4.00 per person. Children age four and younger will be admitted free! Gates open at 4:30 p.m. through Friday and at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. The exhibit building is open from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. through Friday and Saturday from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Parking is Free!

For more information, call 529-FAIR or visit on-line at www.dekalbcountyfairtn.com.

Pages

Follow Us


facebook.jpg

News Feed
feed.png

WJLE Radio

2606 McMinnville Hwy
Smithville, TN 37166

Phone: 615 597-4265
FAX: 615 597-6025
Email: wjle@dtccom.net

Local News

6:30 A.M.
7:30 A.M.
8:55 A.M.
12:00 NOON
4:00 P.M.
9:45 P.M.

DTC Communications

Fiddlers Jamboree