Local News Articles

Addison Grace Oakley Wins Junior Fair Princess Pageant

July 20, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
Addison Grace Oakley Wins Junior Fair Princess Pageant
Hannah Walker(3rd runner-up) Tyra Grace Graham (1st runner-up), Addison Grace Oakley (Junior Fair Princess), Destiny Danielle Franklin (2nd runner-up); and Abigail Hope Taylor (4th runner-up)
Junior Fair Princess Addison Grace Oakley
Miss Congeniality Joni Leigh Robinson and Miss Photogenic Addison Grace Oakley

The 2015 Junior Fair Princess of the DeKalb County Fair is 14 year old Addison Grace Oakley, the daughter of Clark and Lisa Oakley of Liberty.

Oakley, who was also named Miss Photogenic, was among eighteen young ladies ages 13-16 who competed for the crown on the opening night of the DeKalb County Fair Monday evening. She succeeds the 2014 Junior Fair Princess, 15 year old Caitlin Leigh Tyree, the daughter of Josh and Carrie Tyree of Liberty.

The first runner-up was Tyra Grace Graham, the 16 year old daughter of Kyle and Doris Graham of Smithville.

Second runner-up was Destiny Danielle Franklin, the 16 year old daughter of Charlie and Jennifer Ware of Smithville.

Hannah Walker was third runner-up. She is the 16 year old daughter of Scott and Misty Walker of Smithville

The fourth runner-up was Abigail Hope Taylor, the 14 year old daughter of Ken and Cindy Taylor of Smithville.

The title of Miss Congeniality went to 14 year old Joni Leigh Robinson, daughter of Buddie and Donna Robinson of Smithville.

Rounding out the top ten were 13 year old Shelby Maylee Sprague, the daughter of Johnna and Jimmy Sprague of Smithville; 13 year old Madison Faith Mick, the daughter of Chris and Greta Mick of Smithville; 14 year old Tesla Tapp, the daughter of Latisha Tapp and Jimmy Stephens of Smithville; 14 year old Shaunta Rose Koegler, the daughter of Brian and Leticia Koegler of Smithville; and 14 year old Sarah Anne Colwell, the daughter of Trent and Christie Colwell of Smithville.

Other participants were 13 year old Alaysia Chalet Christian, daughter of Lonnie Eaton and Wendy Stepp of Alexandria; 13 year old Kacie Denise Malone, the daughter of Sam and Nancy Malone of Brush Creek; 13 year old Carrie Maxwell, the daughter of Amanda and Rob Bernhardt and Tony and Ashley Maxwell of McMinnville; 13 year old Julia Grace Curtis, the daughter of Bruce and Amy Curtis of Smithville; 13 year old Caitlin Milligan, the daughter of Josh and Cyndi Milligan of Smithville; 13 year old Mariah Shea Mofield, the daughter of David Mofield and Teresa Mofield of Alexandria; and 14 year old Shelby Elizabeth Clayborn, the daughter of Brian Clayborn and Holly Clayborn of Liberty.

Smithville Man Arrested and Loses his Vehicle After Being Found with Pills

July 20, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
Jerry "Bugg" Goff
Dillon Ray Mullican
Johnathon Kyle McCormick
 Jarrett Manning
Rhonda Joy Goff
Jesus Arellano Vega

A Smithville man was arrested Friday and his vehicle seized after he was found with Dilaudid and Oxycodone.

37 year old Jerry "Bugg" Goff of East Main Street, Smithville is charged with one count each of schedule II drug possession for resale (Dilaudid and Oxycodone). His bond is $50,000 and he will make a court appearance on August 27.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Friday, July 17 a Sheriff's department detective and deputy went to Eastside Inn and spoke with Goff, who was sitting in a white Durango. The detective conducted a probation search of Goff and found in his left cargo pocket a gold metal container which held 48 pills believed to be Dilaudid. In his right cargo pocket was a silver metal container with 19 pills thought to be Oxycodone. Goff did not have a prescription for the drugs and he was placed under arrest. Goff's Durango was also seized because it is believed to have been used to transport illegal narcotics for resale.

20 year old Dillon Ray Mullican of Walnut Street, McMinnville is charged with disorderly conduct. His bond is $1,500 and he will be in court August 27. Sheriff Ray said that on Tuesday, July 14 a deputy was dispatched to Highway 70 east and Evins Mill Road after receiving a call of two persons fighting in the roadway. When he got there, the officer found Mullican walking on Evins Mill Road. As the deputy began talking to him, Mullican kept cursing and refusing to cooperate. As the cursing grew louder, the officer asked Mullican several times to calm down. When he refused, Mullican was arrested for disorderly conduct and brought to the jail for booking.

32 year old Johnathon Kyle McCormick of South College Street, Smithville and 31 year old Jarrett Manning of Ferrell Road, Smithville are each charged with theft of property over $10,000. Bond for each is $5,000 and they will be in court July 23. The men were arrested on Friday, July 17. Sheriff Ray said that McCormick and Manning took several pieces of jewelry without the owner's consent from February 1 through March 7 in the Seven Springs Community. The jewelry was valued at $21,355 . The case was investigated by a Sheriff's department detective.

30 year old Rhonda Joy Goff of Highway 70 east, Smithville is charged with introduction of drugs into a penal institution. Her bond is $10,000 and she will be in court August 27. Sheriff Ray said that on Friday, July 17 Goff turned herself in at the jail to serve weekends on another offense. When asked by a detective about any contraband on her person, Goff admitted to having drugs in her body cavity. Goff produced a blue balloon which contained four and a half Suboxone pills and turned it over to a female correctional officer.

Jesus Arellano Vega of Murfreesboro is charged with driving under the influence. His bond is $1,500 and he will be in court September 24. He was further issued citations for driving on a suspended license, violation of the financial responsibility law, driving on roadways laned for travel, and violation of the implied consent law. Sheriff Ray said that on Saturday, July 18 a deputy stopped a silver car for crossing the white emergency line multiple times. While speaking with Vega, the officer detected a strong odor of alcohol on him. His eyes were watery and bloodshot and his speech was slurred. Vega tried to perform field sobriety tasks but had difficulty understanding and following instructions. He admitted to having consumed several beers after work. He refused to submit to a blood test. Vega was placed under arrest.

Jordan Wilkins Repeats as Winner of DeKalb Fair 5K (VIEW VIDEO HERE)

July 19, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
Matt Boss Presents Jordan Wilkins Award for Winning DeKalb Fair 5K
Matt Boss Presents Conner Vance Award for Winning DeKalb Fair Fun Run

Jordan Wilkins of Smithville, for the second year in a row, has won the DeKalb County Fair 5K and Fun Run.

Wilkins was the overall winner of the race, which was held on West Main Street in Alexandria Saturday evening. He ran the course in 24 minutes and 15 seconds.

Carly Vance of Smithville took second place in the race at 26:41 and Kelly Pyburn of Alexandria came in third place at 27:01.

Fun Run winners were:

1st place: Conner Vance at 5:34
2nd place: Jordon Agee at 9:20

Funds raised from the race benefit the Paislee's Foundation whose mission is to reach out to families dealing with stillbirth and infant loss up to three years of age

Man Arrested After High Speed Chase

July 19, 2015

A high speed chase which began in Watertown ended in DeKalb County early Saturday morning as spike strips were used to stop the driver of a vehicle trying to elude authorities.

According to reports, the pursuit started when Watertown police tried to stop a man, believed to be driving under the influence of alcohol.

The chase continued east on Interstate 40 at speeds of up to 100 miles-per-hour, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

The driver turned off I-40 onto Highway 56 at Silver Point toward DeKalb County but did not stop until he crashed near Hurricane Bridge after running over the spike strips.

He reportedly suffered only minor injuries. His name has not been released.

County Commission to Consider Passage of Budget (VIEW ENTIRE BUDGET HERE)

July 18, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
County Commission to Consider Passage of Budget and Property Tax Levy

The county commission will consider passage of the proposed 2015-16 budget and tax levy during its next regular monthly meeting on Monday, July 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the courthouse. A public hearing will be held prior to the meeting at 5:30 p.m. Meanwhile the commission will have an all-committees meeting to review the budget again on Thursday, July 23 at 6:00 p.m.

(CLICK LINK BELOW TO VIEW THE PROPOSED BUDGET IN ITS ENTIRETY)

DeKalb-16 Budget WITH 16 CENTS 7-7-15.pdf (229.82 KB)

The new budget totals $40,936,094 with a proposed property tax increase of sixteen cents from $1.62 to $1.78 per $100 of assessed value.

One cent of the tax rate generates $44,328 in local money with a 7% delinquency rate figured into the equation.

The proposed tax rate is broken down as follows:
County General: 94 cents
Highway/Public Works: 4 cents
General Capital Projects: 11 cents
Debt Service: 12 cents
General Purpose Schools: 57 cents.

The solid waste fund, under this budget as in recent years, would not receive any property tax money but would continue to be supported by revenues derived from payment-in-lieu of taxes, local option sales tax, hotel-motel tax, state revenue sharing-TVA funds, alcoholic beverage tax, bank excise tax, and the state and wholesale beer tax.

Capital projects fund expenses for the year total $373,670 including:
*"Motor Vehicles" Ambulance- $95,000
*"Other Equipment"$12,500
*"Motor Vehicles" Patrol Cars-$82,500
*"Other Equipment"- Fire department (repairs to fire trucks) $33,670
**"Other Construction"- Striping $15,000
*"Building Construction" Omega Building $40,000
**Building Construction"(seed money for Four Seasons Fire Station) $25,000
*"Solid Waste Equipment" Skidsteer/Backhoe $70,000 (landfill)

The county commission will also consider adopting a resolution making appropriations of $146,681 to the following non-profit organizations:

Upper Cumberland Development District- $2,000
Tennessee Division of Forestry-$1,500
DeKalb County Rescue Squad- $16,821
Plateau Mental Health-$7,180
Families First-$750
Senior Citizens Program-$25,839
DeKalb Soil Conservation District-$33,166
DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce-$17,500
Imagination Library- $7,200
Genesis House- $1,500
Veterans Honor Guard-$2,000
Upper Cumberland Child Advocacy Center- $1,780
DeKalb County Fair- $1,500
WCTE-TV- $5,000
Prospect Incorporated-$12,500
Upper Cumberland Human Resources-$1,200
UCHRA Assessment-Homemaker Aide, etc-$9,245

Patrick Cripps Named Director of Schools

July 16, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
Board Chairman W.J. (Dub) Evins, III Congratulates New Director of Schools Patrick Cripps
Patrick Cripps signs two year employment contract as Director of Schools

After serving three years as Principal of DeKalb County High School, Patrick Cripps is getting a new assignment.

By a unanimous vote of 7-0, the Board of Education met in special session Thursday night and named Cripps the next Director of Schools. Cripps has accepted the board's offer of a two year employment contract at a base salary of $85,000 per year. Cripps signed an initial 30 day contract Thursday night which is valid immediately until the board finalizes the deal. After the board and Cripps settle on all the contract terms at a July 30 workshop the board plans to vote on the final agreement at its next regular monthly meeting on Thursday, August 6 after it's been reviewed by legal counsel.

"I'm really excited. I was really blessed and honored as Principal of DCHS and I am really excited to be Director of Schools. It's kind of surreal. It's hard to imagine that this opportunity has come to be at this time but I am very grateful and look forward to serving DeKalb County," Cripps told WJLE after the meeting.

His first priority as Director will be to fill vacant positions including his own at the high school. " First off we have to get people in place. With me leaving my position that leaves two (vacant) principals (DCHS and Northside). Immediately I have to start looking at applications, setting up interviews, and getting those positions filled," Cripps said.

Cripps received a BS degree from Tennessee Tech University in the fall of 1995 with a major in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. In the fall of 1999, Cripps earned an MA in Educational Psychology and Counselor Education at Tennessee Tech. During the summer of 2004, Cripps received his Ed.S degree in Instructional Leadership at Tennessee Tech.

He has served as Principal at DCHS since 2012. Cripps began his education career in DeKalb County as a Safe Schools Counselor in 1997. Two years later, Cripps was named a School Counselor at DCHS. In 2005, he moved up to becoming an Assistant Principal at DCHS, a position he held until being named Principal.

Cripps becomes only the fourth director of schools in DeKalb County since the state law changed in 1998 requiring school superintendents to be appointed by local boards of education instead of being popularly elected. The first appointed director locally was Aubrey Turner, Jr. who served from 1998-2002, followed by Jim McCormick from 2002-2006, and Mark Willoughby from 2006-2015. Dr. Danielle Collins was named as interim director in April after the departure of Willoughby and is completing three months in the position. She will continue to serve as Federal Programs Supervisor for the School System.

Seven persons had submitted applications or resumes to become the next director. The board narrowed the number to three finalists but one of them dropped out later leaving only two candidates, Cripps and Supervisor of Special Education Gina Arnold who both interviewed with the board Tuesday night.

During Thursday night's special meeting, the board members conducted the vote as recommended by legal counsel of the Tennessee School Boards Association first using paper ballots to make their choices. After the votes were counted Board Chairman W.J. (Dub) Evins, III announced that all seven board members had voted for Cripps. A roll call then followed with all members confirming their votes for Cripps.

Chairman Evins congratulated Cripps on the appointment and Arnold for being a candidate. "Ms. Arnold, it has been a tough decision. I've heard so many comments on your interview the other night. It could have gone either way. I appreciate what you continue to do here. I congratulate you on your efforts and thank you very much," said Chairman Evins.

Board member Jerry Wayne Johnson praised Dr. Collins for the job she did filling in as director on an interim basis. "I want to thank Dr. Collins for what she has done. She worked hard on the budget. She stepped in and filled some big shoes and she has done a wonderful job. I want to let her know I appreciate it. Thank you very much," said Johnson.

"I think everybody can say the same," added Chairman Evins.

"Since the appointment of our new director, I would like to thank the board members for what they do for our system. We will continue our mission to ensure education in DeKalb County moves forward. I would also like to thank the board members for entrusting me with the responsibility as Interim Director for the last few months. The employees of our school system have been remarkable during this transition period. It has been a privilege to work with our board, news media, Mayor Stribling and County Commissioners and I look forward to working with each in the future," said Dr. Collins in a prepared statement Friday morning.

DeKalb County Fair Opens Monday Night

July 16, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
DeKalb Fair Board: Mike Williams, Shawn Tramel, Angie Meadows, Jeff McMillen, Pat Parkerson, Matt Boss, Christy Malone-Smith, Fay and Jack Underhill, Judy Sandlin, and Tracy Lawrence. Not pictured: Ron Paschal

The DeKalb County Fair begins its annual weeklong run Monday, July 20.

With the theme "Country Scenes and Beauty Queens", this year's fair will feature another fun filled week of activities along with rides by the Family Attractions Amusement Company and new events including a Comedy Hypnotist Show, the Almost Anything Goes Game Show, and Omega Force Strongmen.

The catalog of premium rules for exhibit entries at the Kenneth Sandlin Center is now available. Just check out the 2015 Fair Catalog (PDF) for complete details. Download the 2015 DeKalb County Fair Rule Book at the link below.
http://www.dekalbcountyfairtn.com/images/2015_Fair_Book_web.pdf

Entry Dates and Times
*Perishable Items ONLY will be taken in on Saturday, July 18 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Kenneth Sandlin Center

Entries are also being sought for the DeKalb County Fair's Decorated Hay Contest featuring three categories:
Decorated Round Bale
Decorated Square Bale
Decorated Display

Open to any youth or adult resident of DeKalb County

Hay can be entered Saturday July 18th - From 11:00 am till 2:00 pm

Hay bales may be decorated Saturday July 18th from 11 am till 2 pm & Sunday July 19th from 2 -4 pm

Decorations and Bales are to be removed on Sunday July 26th between 1- 3 pm

Meanwhile, the DeKalb County Fair 5K and Fun Run will be July 18. Registration begins at 6:30 pm at the Fair Office. The Run will start at 7:00 PM. Pre-registration available by contacting Matt Boss at 615-464-8627. Pre-registration guarantees a DeKalb County Fair 5K T-Shirt. The entry fee is $20 for youth and $25 for adults. Parking available behind Fair Office. For more info. contact Matt Boss at number above. Proceeds will go to the Paislee's Foundation

Fair pageant applications are available for ages one day through 20. You may download applications from www.dekalbcountyfairtn.com.

Fair events each night are as follows:

Monday, July 20: Cattle Show at the Grandstand at 6:00 p.m.; Open Rodeo at the T.C. McMillen Arena at 7:00 p.m.; Junior Fair Princess Pageant for contestants ages 13-16 at 6:00 p.m. followed by the Fairest of the Fair Pageant for contestants ages 17 to 20 at the Lions Club Pavilion and (2- $500 cash drawings) at 9:30 p.m.

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.

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.

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.

Friday, July 24: Toddler Show for contestants 13 months to 48 months at 6:00 p.m. followed by the Zone Status Band at the Lions Club Pavilion: ATV-Mini Road-Outlaws Pulling at 7:00 p.m. at the T.C. McMillen Arena; a Horse Show at 7:00 p.m. at the Grandstand; and (2- $500 cash drawings) at 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 25: Blind Draw Horseshoe Tournament at the Tot Kelly barn at Noon.; Gospel Singing at the Lions Club Pavilion at 6:00 p.m.; Super Tractor and Truck Pull at 7:00 p.m. at the T.C. McMillen Arena: and (2- $500 cash drawings) at 9:30 p.m.

Take a stroll down Memory Lane and enjoy nightly entertainment at the Memory Lane Stage in Memory Village.

Memory Lane Stage Events are as follows:

Monday Night July 20
6:30-7:30 pm —Muddy Water Band
7:45- UNTIL —Kitty Steadman

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

Wednesday Night July 22
6:30-7:30 pm—Kitty Steadman
7:45-8:45 pm— DCHS Cheerleaders

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

Friday Night July 24
6:30 - until— Karaoke Night
No Rap - Radio Edit Only
Max 1 Instrument or 2 Vocal Mikes and 2 Instruments Max.
7:45- UNTIL — Nokes Brothers

Saturday Night July 25
6:30-7:30 pm— Mid State Cloggers
7:45-8:45 pm— Evermean Evergreen Cloggers

Events subject to change without notice.

Rides on the Midway will be provided by the Family Attractions Amusement Company. Unlimited rides will be available for $15.00 on Monday night; $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. Monday 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. Monday 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.

Man Dies in Motorcycle Crash

July 16, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page

A 66 year old man lost his life in a motorcycle crash late Wednesday night.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Floyd Tilley of Woodbury was traveling south on Short Mountain Highway near Lee Braswell Road when he left the road and struck a utility pole.

The crash was reported at 11:55 p.m.

DeKalb EMS responded along with members of the Short Mountain Station of the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department, and Sheriff's Department.

Tilley's death marks the third traffic fatality of the year on DeKalb County roads.

Elvis Tribute with J.D. Sumner’s Stamps Quartet returning to Smithville

July 15, 2015
J.D. Sumner’s Stamps Quartet
Tom Duggin and the Tim Colwell Band

By popular demand, an Elvis tribute show is returning to the DeKalb County Community Center this summer.

On Saturday, August 1, a tribute to the late King of Rock ‘n Roll will hit the community center stage for two performances, featuring local personality Tom Duggin, the Tim Colwell Band, and J.D. Sumner’s Stamps Quartet, featuring four members of the legendary gospel quartet who backed Elvis on stage from 1971 until the singer’s death in August, 1977.

“When we put on the show in 2013, we actually had the official “Stamps Quartet,” who still carry the legendary group name,” noted Duggin. “The Stamps have been regularly booked on other tribute shows, particularly in Las Vegas and in Berlin, Germany, these past couple of years, so they were unavailable to us this summer.”

Fortunately, Duggin said, Sumner’s Stamps Quartet as they are known – a quartet featuring Donnie Sumner, Bill Baize, Ed Hill and Larry Strickland – were available and excited about the possibility of playing an Elvis tribute show in the Middle Tennessee area.

“All four of these guys worked with Elvis during the 70s, and have each had a prestigious musical career of their own,” said Duggin. “When speaking with Donnie Sumner, he and the group were excited to be playing in a venue close to home, as all four have ties to the Middle Tennessee area.”

Sumner, the nephew of the late, legendary bass singer J.D. Sumner, whom the group was named after, actually had two stints with Elvis. Sumner sang lead when the Stamps first joined Elvis in 1971, but left the group in 1972. However, Elvis came calling again in 1973, as Sumner had joined a group called “Voice,” which backed Presley along with the Stamps for two years. Sumner penned two Presley tunes during the 1970s, and is best remembered by fans for his stellar version of the gospel classic, “The Lighthouse,” featured in the 1972 documentary, “Elvis on Tour.”

Baize was the Stamps’ tenor singer from 1971-76, when he left the group and the music business for a number of years. Baize has written many songs over the years, in addition to preaching and singing in several churches throughout the United States. Baize has also performed at a number of Elvis tribute shows in recent years.

Hill boasts a 55-year music career, six years of which he spent with Presley as a member of the Stamps from 1971-77. Of note in Elvis circles was the rich baritone voice of Ed Hill, which always proclaimed at the end of each night’s performance, “Elvis has left the building. Thank you and good night.” He has also served as a backup performer for such acts as Tammy Wynette, Ronnie McDowell, Dottie West and Ricky Skaggs.

Strickland was brought on board with the Stamps in 1974, as a second bass singer in the group. He sang with the Stamps backing Elvis until his death in 1977. Strickland left the stage in 1989, when he married Naomi Judd, the mother in the famous country duo, The Judds. In addition to helping manage both Naomi and daughter, Wynonna Judd’s respective careers, Strickland has also returned to the stage in recent years to sing gospel music as well as participate in various Elvis tribute shows.

Duggin fronted Smithville’s last Elvis tribute show, titled “Aloha 40,” which was held in August, 2013. He will return to sing Elvis’ songs in this year’s event, being titled “From Memphis to Vegas.”

“That’s kind of how it went for Elvis,” Duggin said. “It all started in Memphis and then came the great concert years with many, many shows under the bright lights of Las Vegas. Much like last time, our show this year will have the feel of a live Elvis concert, with many of the songs he loved to perform live during the 1970s.”

The Tim Colwell Band will return to provide the music for the show, which will also feature a trio of female backup singers along with a brass ensemble. As was the case in the 2013 show, Sumner’s Stamps will open the show with a set of their own, which will likely include stories about their time with Elvis.

“That’s absolutely my favorite part of the show,” Duggin admitted. “I love sitting back and listening to them recounting their days with Elvis with their fond memories. Being the fan I am, I could listen to those stories all day.”

Like 2013, Duggin won’t don the jumpsuit or grow sideburns as is the case with many Elvis tribute artists. “I love Elvis’ songs,” he said. “I’m not Elvis. No one ever will be. The impersonators do what they do and for them, that’s fine. I will honor my musical hero by simply singing his songs and putting on a stage show to the best of my ability."

Tickets are $20 each.

Show times on Saturday, August 1, will be 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Ticket buyers can select which show they prefer to attend until each show is sold out; however, tickets are relatively limited for each show, so those interested in attending are encouraged to buy as early as possible. All seats are general admission and people will be seated at each show on a first-come, first-served basis. Current ticket outlets are the DeKalb County Community Center in Smithville, Prichards Foods in Alexandria, the Cannon County Chamber of Commerce Office in Woodbury, Koncept Kustom Werkz in Cookeville or by contacting Tom Duggin via call or text at (615) 464-3185.

Cripps and Arnold Interview for Director of Schools (VIEW VIDEOS HERE)

July 15, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
Gina Arnold
Patrick Cripps

Sitting at a table facing the seven member board of education, the two remaining finalists for Director of Schools each interviewed for the job Tuesday night.

DCHS Principal Patrick Cripps and Supervisor of Special Education Gina Arnold each answered nineteen questions and gave a closing statement.

Each member of the board took turns asking questions ranging from the applicants views and goals concerning common core standards, holding employees accountable, restructuring the curriculum to improve students' academic performance, establishing better lines of communication and transparency within the system, improving technology, among others.

(View videos of each candidates closing statements)

The Board of Education will meet in special session Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. to name a new Director of Schools. WJLE plans LIVE coverage.

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