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Escapee Apprehended Without Incident

July 25, 2011
by: 
Dwayne Page
Shannon Lee Anderson
Kayla Rena Sanders
Paul Allen Willingham
Joshua Lynn Mullican
Robert Justin Luna
Mark Alan Goodson
Dickie Ray Bain

A DeKalb County prisoner, in jail on theft charges, briefly escaped from custody Sunday night after being taken to the hospital to be treated for chest pains.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that 26 year old Shannon Lee Anderson of West Main Street, Auburntown was apprehended shortly after his escape at the home of his girlfriend on Foster Road in Smithville.

Both Anderson and his girlfriend 22 year old Kayla Rena Sanders are each charged by the sheriff's department with two counts of theft of property under $500. Anderson was further charged with felony escape. Bond for Anderson is $15,000 and Sanders' bond is $5,000. They will be in court on August 4.

Sheriff Ray reports that on July 4 Anderson and Sanders allegedly went to homes on Echols Heights in Liberty and at South Mill Street in Dowelltown where they allegedly took a 30/30 rifle from each residence, valued at less than $500. Both Anderson and Sanders were arrested late Saturday night, early Sunday morning.

After being taken to the emergency room of DeKalb Community Hospital for treatment of chest pains Sunday night, Anderson briefly escaped from custody. According to Sheriff Ray, while being discharged to be returned to the jail, Anderson told the correctional officer in charge of him that he couldn't come back to jail and he ran out the door of the hospital. Anderson was apprehended a short time later at Sanders' residence on Foster Road.

In addition to the charges by the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department, Anderson has also been charged in a separate case by the Alexandria Police Department.

Alexandria Police Chief Mark Collins reports that on Saturday, July 23 , Sergeant Chris Russell arrested Anderson on one count of aggravated burglary and one count of theft over $1000. The arrest was the result of a joint investigation between the Alexandria Police Department and the Dekalb County Sheriffs Department into several burglaries in Alexandria and in the county. Chief Collins said that on or about July 21, Anderson allegedly entered a home on Curtis Avenue in Alexandria and allegedly stole four guns. Anderson then sold the guns to someone in Wilson County. Most of the guns have been recovered . Anderson's Bond in the Alexandria case is $10,000 and he will be in court August 4.

In other recent crime news, 31 year old Paul Allen Willingham of East Webb Street is charged with aggravated burglary and theft of property over $1,000. Bond for Willingham is $10,000 and he will be in court on August 12

Sheriff Ray reports that on August 29, 2010 Willingham and a co-defendant, Samuel Walker, drove to a residence on Cripps Lane. While Walker allegedly broke into the home, Willingham allegedly stood watch. Taken from the home were four shotguns and several other items all valued at more than $1,000. Willingham is accused of sharing in the proceeds of the theft with Walker. Willingham was arrested on these charges on July 18th.

26 year old Joshua Lynn Mullican of Keltonburg Road, Smithville is charged with violating an order of the drug court, evading arrest, and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond totals $5,000 and he will be in court on July 28th. He is being held without bond on the drug court violation.

Sheriff Ray reports that on July 18, deputies went to a residence on Tommy Harrell Street to serve a warrant on Mullican for a violation of a drug court order. After the officers arrived, Mullican fled on foot to Snow Street, where he was apprehended. Upon doing a pat down search of Mullican, deputies found a hypodermic needle on him.

40 year old Vickie Lenae Alvis of Sparta Highway, Smithville is charged with public intoxication. Her bond is $1,500 and she will be in court on August 4.

Sheriff Ray reports that on July 20, the Sheriff's Department received a call that someone was lying beside the roadway on Highway 70. The woman, Alvis, had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on her person and she was very unsteady on her feet. She was arrested for safety reasons.

26 year old Robert Justin Luna of Joe Turner Road, Smithville is charged with initiation of a process to manufacture methamphetamine. Luna's bond is $50,000 and he will be in court on August 4.

Sheriff Ray reports that his department has received several complaints recently of suspected drug activity by trespassers at a vacant home on Barnes Mill Road. Faced with this information, the owner of the property gave the sheriff's department consent to search the premises. On July 20 while conducting a check of the residence, deputies noticed a vehicle parked on the side of the road near the home, belonging to Luna. Upon arrival, officers saw in plain view some rubber tubing in the automobile. Other items were also found on the property. According to Sheriff Ray, two other females were there with Luna and they told officers that Luna had been manufacturing meth beside the creek. He said evidence was found to support their claims.

45 year old Mark Alan Goodson of Midway Road, Smithville and 42 year old Dickie Ray Bain of Nicky Lane Smithville are each charged with two counts of theft of property under $500. Bond for each is $5,000 and they will be in court on August 4.

Sheriff Ray reports that on July 20, Goodson and Bain went to a business on Highway 70 east and allegedly stole a metal beam, valued at under $500. The next day, July 21 they went back to the business and allegedly stole two more metal beams, also valued at less than $500. The beams were sold at a local recycling center. They were arrested on July 21.

31 year old Gilberto Alonzo Domingez of Circle Drive, Dowelltown is charged with driving on a suspended license. His bond is $2,500 and he will be in court on August 10. He is being held without bond for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) because he is an illegal immigrant.

Sheriff Ray reports that on July 22 a deputy spotted a vehicle run a stop sign on West Main Street, Dowelltown. The officer pulled over the vehicle. A computer check of Domingez' drivers license found them to be suspended for failure to satisfy a citation in DeKalb and Wilson County.

40 year old Jerry Lynn Barrett of West Main Street, Lebanon is charged with driving on a suspended license. His bond is $1,500 and he will be in court August 4.

According to Sheriff Ray, Barrett was operating a motor vehicle on Highway 70 when he was stopped for violation of the light law on July 22. A computer check revealed that Barrett's license were suspended for failure to satisfy a citation earlier this year in Wilson County.

62 year old Curtis Charles Jones of Oak Drive, Smithville is charged with allowing animals to run at large. His bond is $1,000 and he will be in court on August 4.

Sheriff Ray reports that on July 24 the sheriff's department received a call about a horse running at large on Lakeview Drive. Deputies responded and saw a horse in the road. The complainant said the horse belonged to Jones. According to Sheriff Ray, other officers have talked to Mr. Jones on previous occasions about his horse being out and have advised him that he needs to keep the horse put up. Jones was charged because the horse was creating a road hazard.

Back to School

July 23, 2011
by: 
Dwayne Page
Students go back to school August 1st

The summer vacation for DeKalb County students is almost over.

Registration for all students, not previously registered, will be Monday, August 1st. That will be an abbreviated school day from 7:45 a.m. until 9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, August 2nd will be an administrative day

The first full day of school for all students will be Wednesday, August 3rd.

A system wide professional development day will be Monday, July 25th at DCHS and all teachers from all schools must attend from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

All teachers will report to DCHS for a system wide professional development on Tuesday, July 26th . All teachers will report to their individual schools on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday July 27th, 28th, & 29th from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. each day.

Second and Third Grade "Meet Your Teacher Night and Open House will be held at Northside Elementary School on Monday, July 25 at 6:00 p.m. at the gymnasium. Parents, please take advantage of this opportunity to come by and visit the school and meet with your child's homeroom teacher for next year. Students who attend will not have to return to school until the first full day of school on Wednesday, August 3.

DeKalb Middle School will have 6th Grade Orientation on Tuesday, July 26. If your child's last name begins with letters A to K, please be present at 6 pm and letters L to Z will be at 7 pm. This will be an informational meeting, and students will register and have an opportunity to meet their teachers and tour the building

The 9th grade Registration and Open House will be Thursday, July 28 at DCHS starting at 4:00 p.m. featuring activities for the students. Parents will need to be there at 6:00 p.m. They will be finished at 7:00 p.m. Students who attend on this date will be given their schedules. They will not be required to come to school on Monday, August 1. They will start on the first full day Wednesday, August 3.. If you have any questions, please call Ms. Painter at 597-2247 or e-mail at spainter1@k12tn.net

Meanwhile. the Sixth Annual First Day of School Education Celebration for DeKalb County will be held on Monday, August 1st from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. downtown around the courthouse square.

Elizabeth Koegler is the 2011 DeKalb Idol Winner

July 23, 2011
by: 
Dwayne Page
DeKalb Idol Winner Elizabeth Koegler (left), Ashlee Whitehead (Peoples Choice)
Shan Burklow and DeKalb Idol Winners

Elizabeth Koegler of Smithville was the winner of the DeKalb Idol competition held Friday night at the DeKalb County Fair in Alexandria.

Six contestants competed for the title and Koegler was among the top three called back after the first two rounds.

Ashlee Whitehead of Smithville received second place as well as the Peoples Choice Award and $100. Olivia Wright of Smithville received third place.

As the winner of DeKalb Idol, Koegler received a $300 cash prize.

Shan Burklow hosted the program which also featured a panel patterned after American Idol judges.

DeKalb Idol is sponsored by DTC Communications.

(Top Photo: DeKalb Idol Winner Elizabeth Koegler (left), 1st runner-up and Peoples Choice Winner Ashlee Whitehead (right)

(Bottom Photo: left to right, DeKalb Idol Emcee Shan Burklow, 2nd Runner-up Olivia Wright, DeKalb Idol Winner Elizabeth Koegler, and 1st runner-up and Peoples Choice Winner Ashlee Whitehead)

Proud Parents Show Off Their Toddlers at the DeKalb County Fair

July 22, 2011
by: 
Dwayne Page
Toddler Show Twins : 34 month old Jesse and Thomas Foutch
Girls (13 to 18 months)1st: Anali Garcia (left), 2nd: Emma Brooke Taylor (right)
Boys (13 to 18 months) 1st: Landon Franklin (left), 2nd: Christian Lance Martin
Girls(19-24 months) 1st: Lillie Grace Anderson(left), 2nd: Kenzi Foutch (right)
Boys (19-24 mo) 1st: Abram James Koegler (left), 2nd: Matthew Thomas Blankenship
Girls(25-30 months) 1st: Makenlee Grace Gard (left), 2nd: Lillie Grace Young
Girls( 31-36 months) 1st: Evey Lynn Burchett (left), 2nd: Danica Hope Collier
Boys(31-36 months) 1st: Jacob Stewart (left), 2nd: John Summers (right)
(37-47 mo) 1st: Isabella Faith Rackley (left), 2nd: Autumn Belle Grace Redmon
Boys (37-47 months)  1st place: Jaxson Parker, (no other entries)

Winners of the annual Toddler Show were announced Friday evening at the DeKalb County Fair.

This year's recipients are as follows:

Twins (13 to 47 months)
Winners: Jesse and Thomas Foutch, the 34 month old sons of Michael and Nicki Foutch of Liberty

There were no other entries in this category

Girls (13 to 18 months)
Winner: Anali Garcia, the 17 month old daughter of Cardelly and Hector Garcia of Smithville
Runner-up: Emma Brooke Taylor, the 13 month old daughter of Britta Strayn and Chad Taylor of Smithville.

Other participants in this category were:
Katelyn Brown, the 14 month old daughter of Robert and Sarah Brown of Smithville
Khloe Parsley, the 18 month old daughter of Shawna Parsley of Smithville
Graciella Marie Johnson, the 13 month old daughter of David and Patricia Johnson of Dowelltown
Karah Jo Ford, the 15 month old daughter of Amanda Ford of Smithville
Savannah Faith Stibil, the 14 month old daughter of John and Glenda Stibil of Smithville
Madison Grace Bogle, the 17 month old daughter of Travis Bogle and Holly Owen of Smithville
Alexia Mae Whitefield, the 16 month old daughter of Jason and Savannah Whitefield of Smithville
Haiden Lei Boehm, the 15 month old daughter of Melissa Boehm and Chip Robinson of Smithville
McKenzie Mullican, the 17 month old daughter of Christy Mullican of Smithville
J.J. Wiggins, the 17 month old daughter of Eddie and Beth Davis of Brush Creek
Lillie Grace Close, the 14 month old daughter of Daryl and Angela Close of Smithville
Destiny Faith Murphy, the 14 month old daughter of Kenneth and Stephanie Murphy of Smithville
Jaiden Rose Tramel, the 15 month old daughter of Sebrena and Travis Tramel of Alexandria.
Olivia Buehler, the 17 month old daughter of Joseph and Kristal Buehler of Smithville

Boys (13 to 18 months)
Winner: Landon Franklin, the 16 month old son of Heather Owens and Anthony Franklin of DeKalb County
Runner-up: Christian Lance Martin, the 17 month old son of Shane and Susan Martin of Alexandria

There were no other entries in this category

Girls (19 to 24 months)
Winner: Lillie Grace Anderson, the 23 month old daughter of Caitlyn Anderson of Smithville and the late PFC Billy Anderson
Runner-up: Kenzi Foutch, the 20 month old daughter of Ashley Foutch and Justin Maggart of Smithville.
Other participants in this category were:
Tatum Harper Reynolds, the 22 month old daughter of David and Danielle Reynolds of Alexandria
Jessa Nevaeh Sanders, the 21 month old daughter of James and Misti Sanders of Smithville
Carla Alizabeth Ferrell, the 23 month old daughter of Charles and Meghan Ferrell of Liberty
Addison Leann Lattimore, the 21 month old daughter of Tony and Lindsey Lattimore of Alexandria
Nevaeh Elizabeth Brown, the 24 month old daughter of Elizabeth Rose Smith of Smithville

Boys (19 to 24 months)
Winner: Abram James Koegler, the 24 month old son of Brian and Leticia Koegler of Smithville
Runner-up: Matthew Thomas Blankenship, the 22 month old son of Jon and Samantha Blankenship of Alexandria

Other participants in this category were:
Jaxsen Theryn Speaks, the 21 month of son of Justin and Donna Speaks of Smithville
Aiden Jay Lawson, the 22 month old son of Holly Michelle Lawson of Liberty
Ivan Curtis Hutchins, the 24 month old son of Autumn Hutchins and Thomas Vaughn of Smithville

Girls (25 to 30 months)
Winner: Makenlee Grace Gard, the 25 month old daughter of Nathan and Brittney Gard of Dowelltown.
Runner-up: Lillie Grace Young, the 26 month old daughter of Michael and Crystal Young of Smithville.

Other participants in this category were:
Gracelynn McKeown, the 27 month old daughter of Kelly McKeown of Smithville
Jaycee Kaylin Daley, the 27 month old daughter of Megan Linder and Jaykub Daley of DeKalb County
DeShea LeeAnn Carter, the 26 month old daughter of Cynthia Diane Carter of Smithville

Boys (25 to 30 months)
No entries

Girls (31 to 36 months)
Winner: Evey Lynn Burchett, the 35 month old daughter of Brandon and Rachel Burchett of Baxter
Runner-up: Danica Hope Collier, the 36 month old daughter of Britany and Matthew Collier of Smithville

The other participant in this category:
Leah Elizabeth Trapp, the 33 month old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy Trapp of Smithville

Boys (31 to 36 months)
Winner: Jacob Stewart, the 34 month old son of D.J. and Megan Stewart of Smithville
Runner-up: John Summers, the 33 month old son of Robin and Leighann Summers of Smithville.

There were no other participants in this category.

Girls (37 to 47 months)
Winner: Isabella Faith Rackley, the 42 month old daughter of Jessica and Gordon Rackley of Smithville
Runner-up: Autumn Belle Grace Redmon, the 47 month old daughter of Joseph and Brittney Redmon of Dowelltown.

Other participants in this category were:
Cadence Morgan Reynolds, the 47 month old daughter of David and Danielle Reynolds of Alexandria
McKenna Reece Miller, the 39 month old daughter of Christen Hale and David Miller of Dowelltown
Jayde Renee Lester, the 44 month old daughter of Aaron and Karen Lester of Smithville
Bailey Elizabeth Kidd, the 41 month old daughter of Brandon Kidd and Kelli Bess of Smithville
Madison Rae Anderson, the 46 month old daughter of Brittany Haley and Shelby Anderson of Alexandria
Ava Faith Pack, the 39 month old daughter of Andy and Jessica Pack of DeKalb County
Kennedi Clark, the 46 month old daughter of Jason and Dana Clark of Cannon County
Cali Beth Agee, the 44 month old daughter of Kevin and Jennifer Agee of Smithville
Addison Haven Wix, the 44 month old daughter of Garry and Stephanie Wix of Carthage
Ashlyn Naylor, the 44 month old daughter of Lloyd and Mandy Naylor of Smith County
Averie Nicole McMinn, the 41 month old daughter of Amanda and Nathan McMinn of Dowelltown
Jayme Linn Hayes, the 45 month old daughter of James and Amy Hayes of Smithville
Carleigh Isabella Beckham, the 41 month old daughter of Nikki Beckham and Bryan Brannon of Smithville
Jolene Eve Stover, the 42 month old daughter of Jason and Erica Stover of Lancaster.

Boys (37-47 months)
Winner: Jaxson Parker, the 42 month old son of Richard and Tonya Parker of Smithville.
There were no other entries in this category

State to Conduct Study on Short Mountain Crayfish in Cannon and DeKalb counties

July 22, 2011
Crayfish

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Natural Heritage Program, in partnership with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, is conducting a field study to determine the geographical extent of the Short Mountain crayfish (Cambarus clivosus) in Cannon and DeKalb counties.

This new species, first recognized in 2006, has been found in headwater streams in both the East Fork Stones River and Caney Fork River watersheds, extending generally from Woodbury to Smithville. Its preferred habitat includes chert- and shale-dominated headwater streams, springs and seeps, often perched high in coves and hollows. It can, however, extend to valley floors if enough cold spring water is available. The Short Mountain crayfish makes small burrows in chert and cobble, both in streams and immediately adjacent to streams where the substrate stays wet.

This species is recognized easily by its body coloration that varies from olive drab to burnt orange as seen from above, and by the cream and orange coloration of its pincers as seen from below. It possesses a single row of generally six to eight tubercles on top of the "palm" of the pincer. Photos of the Short Mountain crayfish are attached.

If you believe you have suitable habitat, or have seen this crayfish, TDEC’s Natural Heritage Program would appreciate hearing from you and would welcome the opportunity to conduct a brief examination of your site. Headwater areas north and northwest, and south and southwest of the Woodbury town center are of particular interest, but all site information is welcome.

For more information or to discuss potential field examinations, please contact Natural Heritage zoologist David Withers at 615-532-0441 or david.withers@tn.gov.

TDEC and TWRA would like to express appreciation to the numerous landowners who already have allowed access to their properties for this survey. Both agencies are deeply grateful for their cooperation.

Baby Show Winners Awarded at DeKalb County Fair

July 21, 2011
by: 
Dwayne Page
(Girls to 3 months)  1st: Madyson Laine Hale (left) 2nd :Mia Nicole Hall (right)
Boys to 3 mon-1st Jordan Damarion Byford (left) ,Remington Slade Harding Bennett
(Girls 4-6 months) 1st :Chloe Mae Miller (left),  2nd: Caroline Neal (right)
Boys 4-6 months: 1st-Adonis Landon Jax Earls (left), 2nd: Collin Bilbrey (right)
(Girls 7-9 months) 1st: Emily Johnson (left), 2nd: Lyllie Lee Maples (right)
Boys 7-9 months:1st Eli Brendan Puckett (left), 2nd: Bryson Wade Johnson (right)
Girls 10-12 mon: 1st: Lakelyn Brooke Nelson (left), 2nd: Ella Grace Kirksey (r)
Boys 10-12 mon: 1st: James Wayne Redmon (left),  2nd: Kylynn Dowell (right)
Fair President Judy Sandlin presents check to Clayton Moore for $1,000 Thursday

Babies from one day to twelve months old were the center of attention during the annual Baby Show held Thursday evening at the DeKalb County Fair.

The winners are as follows:

Girls (1 day to 3 months)
Winner: Madyson Laine Hale, three month old daughter of Cory and Ashley Hale of Alexandria.
Runner-up: Mia Nicole Hall, three month old daughter of Bradley and Lacy Hall of Alexandria

Other participants in this category: Caitlyn Lee Adcock, three month old daughter of Tia and Jessie Adcock of Liberty; and Alivia Lynn Lattimore, 29 day old daughter of Tony and Lindsey Lattimore of Alexandria

Boys (1 day to 3 months)
Winner: Jordan Damarion Byford, three week old son of Melissa Byford and Justin Watkins of Alexandria
Runner-up: Remington Slade Harding Bennett, one month old son of Lance and Emmaly Bennett of Dowelltown

Girls (4-6 months)
Winner: Chloe Mae Miller, six month old daughter of Shane and Dana Miller of Smithville
Runner-up: Caroline Neal, four month old daughter of Travis Neal and Olivia Miller of Smithville

Other participants in this category: Cora Marie Cox, four month old daughter of Brandon and Whitney Cox of Smithville; and Triniti Alexa Stone, four month old daughter of Lawrence Stone and Patty Williams of Smithville.

Boys (4-6 months)
Winner:Adonis Landon Jax Earls, six month old son of Rebecca Lawrence and Cody Earls of Smithville
Runner-up: Collin Bilbrey, five month old son of Kimberly Bilbrey of Smithville

Other participant in this category: Silas Knox Pardo, six month old son of Tony and Whitley Pardo of Smithville

Girls (7-9 months)
Winner: Emily Johnson, nine month old daughter of Clint and DeDe Johnson of Smithville
Runner-up: Lyllie Lee Maples, nine month old daughter of Bruce and Shondrell Maples of Smithville.

Other participants in this category: Heaven Grace Farris, nine month old daughter of Jessica and Joe Farris of Smithville; Justice Bly, eight month old daughter of Brian and Kayla Bly of Smithville; Elizabeth Kaye Roth, nine month old daughter of Caleb and Ashley Roth of Alexandria; and Abagail Yost, seven month old daughter of Michael and Katrina Yost of DeKalb County.

Boys (7-9 months)
Winner: Eli Brendan Puckett, nine month old son of Jacob and Andrea Puckett of Smithville
Runner-Up: Bryson Wade Johnson, seven month old son of Keith and Brandy Johnson of Smithville

Other participants in this category: Maddux Pyburn, nine month old son of Jake and Kelly Pyburn of Alexandria; and Weston Zachariah Rowland, seven month old son of Natasha White and Jonathan Rowland of Smithville.

Girls (10-12 months)
Winner: Lakelyn Brooke Nelson, ten month old daughter of Dustin and Kristian Nelson of Smithville
Runner-Up: Ella Grace Kirksey, eleven month old daughter of Graden and Sabrina Kirksey of Smithville.

Other participants in this category: Aubrey Isabella Lasser, eleven month old daughter of Richard and Ashley Lasser of Smithville; Kenadee Pedigo, twelve month old daughter of Nathanyel and Natasha Pedigo of Smithville; Kenli Faith Fish, ten month old daughter of Cody and Tiffani Fish of Smithville; Kaylee Ann Moseley, twelve month old daughter of Brittany and Jason Moseley of Smithville; and Helen Marie Hale, ten month old daughter of William and Rebekah Hale of Liberty

Boys (10-12 months)
Winner: James Wayne Redmon, eleven month old son of Kristie Shehane and Donnie Redmon of Smithville.
Runner-Up: Kylynn Dowell, ten month old son of Nathan and Jayme Dowell of Smithville.

Other participant in this category: Hunter Allen Moore, eleven month old son of Clayton and Crystal Moore of Smithville.

Meanwhile, Clayton Moore of Smithville won one thousand dollars during the cash drawing held Thursday night. Judy Sandlin, President of the DeKalb County Fair Association, presented Moore the check.

Here's the line-up of the fair activities for the rest of the week:

Friday, July 22nd: Toddler Show for contestants 13 months to 47 months at 6:00 p.m. followed by DeKalb Idol Final Competition at the Lions Club Pavilion; a Super Truck and Tractor Pull at 7:00 p.m. at the T.C. McMillen Arena; and a Demolition Derby/Lawn Mower Derby at 7:00 p.m. at the Grandstand; $1000 cash giveaway at 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 23rd: Horseshoe Tournament at the Tot Kelly barn at 1:00 p.m.; 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 a $1000 cash giveaway at 9:30 p.m.

Take a stroll down Memory Lane and enjoy nightly entertainment at the Memory Lane Stage in Memory Village, sponsored by DeKalb Community Bank. The DeKalb County Fair Memory Lane Stage Line-Up is as follows:

Friday, July 22
6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.: Ronnie Wison Band
7:45 p.m.-until?: The Mid-State Cloggers

Saturday, July 23
6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.: Pickin Friends
7:45 p.m.-8:45 p.m. Abigail Rose

One thousand dollars in cash will be given away each night, through Saturday at 9:30 p.m. at the Lion's Club Pavilion and you must be present to win. If no one presents the winning ticket within three minutes, the money will be saved and given away on Saturday night in increments of $1,000. Your fair admission ticket is your ticket for the cash drawing. At least three thousand dollars will be given away Saturday night.

Rides on the Midway will be provided by the Family Attractions Amusement Company. Unlimited rides will be available each night for $18.00.

Admission to the fair is $3.00 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. Parking is Free!

Every night is T-shirt night! Wear any DeKalb County Fair T-shirt from ANY YEAR and ask for your ticket to win the newest fair T-shirt during the cash giveaway at 9:30 p.m. at the Lions Club Pavilion. Request tickets at the gate.

The final DeKalb Idol competition will be Friday, July 22 at 7:00 p.m. following the Toddler Show at the Lion's Club Pavilion. You could win a $300 cash prize and a $100 People's Choice Award.

For more information, call 529-FAIR or visit on-line at www.dekalbcountyfair.us.

Madison Rae Rackley Wins Little Miss Princess Crown

July 20, 2011
by: 
Dwayne Page
Little Miss Princess Madison Rae Rackley
Little Miss Princess and Runners-Up
Little Miss Princess Extreme Queen, Congeniality, Photogenic, Peoples Choice
Pat Parkerson Presents Check for $1,000 to Jeff Goins of McMinnville

Eight year old Madison Rae Rackley of Smithville was crowned Little Miss Princess at the DeKalb County Fair Wednesday night.

Rackley is the daughter of Gordon and Jessica Rackley

She succeeds the 2010 Little Miss Princess 10 year old Sarah Anne Colwell of Smithville, daughter of Trent and Christie Colwell.

First runner-up in the pageant was Natalie Snipes, the 7 year old daughter of Tim and Michelle Snipes of Smithville

Nine year old Lydia Ann Brown was the second runner-up. She is the daughter of Stephen and Amanda Brown of Liberty

Third runner-up was Mya Katherine Ruch, the 9 year old daughter of Joe and Melissa Ruch of Smithville. She was also named Miss Congeniality.

Kennedy Grace Agee was the fourth runner-up. She is the 7 year old daughter of Josh and January Agee of Liberty.

Seven year old Lacy Faith Billings was named Miss Photogenic. She is the daughter of Aron and Amanda Billings of Sparta.

The Extreme Queen crown went to Alley Beth Cook, the 7 year old daughter of Troy and Julie Cook of Alexandria. The award is sponsored by the Extreme Looks Design Team Salon.

The first ever Peoples Choice award for this pageant was presented to Haylie Nichole Lockard, the 9 year old daughter of John and Brittany Lockard of Smithville.

Others in the top eleven were Haylie Nichole Lockard, the 9 year old daughter of John and Brittany Lockard of Smithville; Julia Grace Curtis, the 9 year old daughter of Bruce and Amy Curtis of Smithville, Kailee Marie Barrett, the 8 year old daughter of Mickey and Alicia Barrett of Brush Creek, Katherine Anne Malone, the 9 year old daughter of Kevin and Dana Malone of Smithville, Ellisyn Kelsey Cripps, the 8 year old daughter of Troy and Jamie Cripps of Smithville, and Sadie McKinley Moore, the 7 year old daughter of Robin West of Carthage.

Twenty seven girls competed in the Little Miss Princess pageant.

Meanwhile, Jeff Goins of McMinnville had the winning ticket and took home one thousand dollars from the fair Wednesday night. Goins was the first cash winner of the week. There were no winners either Monday or Tuesday night. On Saturday night, at least three thousand dollars will be given away in increments of one thousand dollars each. Cash drawings will be held Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night at 9:30 p.m. at the Lions Club Pavilion on the fairgrounds. Your admission ticket is your ticket for the cash drawing. You must be present to win.

Here's the line-up of the fair activities for the rest of the week:

Thursday, July 21st: Senior Citizen Day activities at 9:00 a.m. at the Lions Club Pavilion; 4-H Chick Chain Show at 5:00 p.m. at the Tot Kelly barn; Junior Goat Show at 6:00 p.m. at the Tot Kelly barn; a Baby Show at 6:00 p.m. followed by a Vintage Fashion Show at the Lions Club Pavilion; and Mud Drag Racing at the T.C. McMillen Arena at 7:00 p.m.; $1000 cash giveaway at 9:30 p.m.

Friday, July 22nd: Toddler Show for contestants 13 months to 47 months at 6:00 p.m. followed by DeKalb Idol Final Competition at the Lions Club Pavilion; a Super Truck and Tractor Pull at 7:00 p.m. at the T.C. McMillen Arena; and a Demolition Derby/Lawn Mower Derby at 7:00 p.m. at the Grandstand; $1000 cash giveaway at 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 23rd: Horseshoe Tournament at the Tot Kelly barn at 1:00 p.m.; 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 a $1000 cash giveaway at 9:30 p.m.

Take a stroll down Memory Lane and enjoy nightly entertainment at the Memory Lane Stage in Memory Village, sponsored by DeKalb Community Bank. The DeKalb County Fair Memory Lane Stage Line-Up is as follows:

Thursday, July 21
6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.: The Evermean Evergreen Cloggers
7:45 p.m.-8:45 p.m.: Terri Lynn Weaver

Friday, July 22
6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.: Ronnie Wison Band
7:45 p.m.-until?: The Mid-State Cloggers

Saturday, July 23
6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.: Pickin Friends
7:45 p.m.-8:45 p.m. Abigail Rose

One thousand dollars in cash will be given away each night, through Saturday at 9:30 p.m. at the Lion's Club Pavilion and you must be present to win. If no one presents the winning ticket within three minutes, the money will be saved and given away on Saturday night in increments of $1,000. Your fair admission ticket is your ticket for the cash drawing.

Rides on the Midway will be provided by the Family Attractions Amusement Company. Unlimited rides will be available each night for $18.00.

Admission to the fair is $3.00 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. Parking is Free!

Every night is T-shirt night! Wear any DeKalb County Fair T-shirt from ANY YEAR and ask for your ticket to win the newest fair T-shirt during the cash giveaway at 9:30 p.m. at the Lions Club Pavilion. Request tickets at the gate.

Sign up to compete in the DeKalb Idol competition through Thursday backstage at the Lions Club Pavilion from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. The registration fee is $10.00. The final competition will be Friday, July 22 at 7:00 p.m. following the Toddler Show at the Lion's Club Pavilion. You could win a $300 cash prize and a $100 People's Choice Award.

For more information, call 529-FAIR or visit on-line at www.dekalbcountyfair.us.

(Top Photo: Little Miss Princess Madison Rae Rackley)

(Second Photo from Top: left to right, 4th runner-up Kennedy Grace Agee, 1st runner-up Natalie Snipes, Little Miss Princess Madison Rae Rackley, 2nd runner-up Lydia Ann Brown, and 3rd runner-up Mya Katherine Ruch)

(Third Photo from Top: left to right, Extreme Queen Alley Beth Cook, Miss Congeniality Mya Katherine Ruch, Miss Photogenic Lacy Faith Billings, and Peoples Choice Haylie Nichole Lockard)

Tyra Graham is the new Miss Sweetheart

July 20, 2011
by: 
Dwayne Page
Tyra Graham
Miss Sweetheart and Runners-Up
Miss Sweetheart Extreme Queen, Congeniality, Photogenic, Peoples Choice

The 2011 DeKalb County Fair Miss Sweetheart is 12 year old Tyra Graham, the daughter of Kyle and Doris Graham of Smithville. The pageant was held Wednesday night during the fair in Alexandria.

Graham succeeds the 2010 Miss Sweetheart Jailyn Bolding, the 13 year old daughter of Lori Hendrix and Brad Bolding of Dowelltown.

The first runner-up in the pageant was Santana Nicole Ferrell, the 11 year old daughter of Melissa Ferrell of Dowelltown and Chris Ferrell of Smithville.

Madison Elaine Colwell was the second runner-up. She is the 10 year old daughter of Gabriel and Heather Colwell of Smithville.

Ten year old Sarah Anne Colwell, daughter of Trent and Christie Colwell of Smithville was the third runner-up.

Fourth runner-up went to Abigail Hope Taylor, the 10 year old daughter of Ken and Cindy Taylor of Smithville.

The title of Miss Congeniality went to Hailey Nichole Moseley, the 10 year old daughter of Jason and Danielle Moseley of Liberty.

Addison Oakley, the 10 year old daughter of Clark and Lisa Oakley of Liberty, was named Miss Photogenic

The Extreme Queen crown went to Kerra Nicole Blackwell, the 12 year old daughter of Brian and Candra Neal and Russell Blackwell of Smithville. The award is sponsored by the Extreme Looks Design Team Salon.

The first ever Peoples Choice winner for this pageant was Kelsey Murphy, the 11 year old daughter of Tammy Horsley and Joey Murphy of Smithville.

Rounding out the top ten in the pageant were Addison Oakley, the 10 year old daughter of Clark and Lisa Oakley of Liberty; Hannah Renea Walker, the 12 year old daughter of Scott and Misty Walker of Smithville; Kayla Jayne Belk, the 11 year old daughter of Chrisanne Belk of Smithville; Shaunta Rose Koegler, the 10 year old daughter of Brian and Leticia Koegler of Smithville; and Destiny Danielle Franklin, the 12 year old daughter of Charlie and Jennifer Ware of Smithville.

The pageant featured 29 contestants.

(Top Photo: Miss Sweetheart Tyra Graham)

(Second Photo from Top: left to right, 4th runner-up Abigail Hope Taylor, 2nd runner-up Madison Elaine Colwell, Miss Sweetheart Tyra Graham, 1st runner-up Santana Nicole Ferrell, and 3rd runner-up Sarah Anne Colwell)

(Bottom Photo: left to right, Extreme Queen Kerra Nicole Blackwell, Miss Congeniality Hailey Nichole Moseley, Miss Photogenic Addison Oakley, and Peoples Choice Kelsey Murphy)

Michael Barry Named County Director of UT Extension Service

July 20, 2011
by: 
Dwayne Page
April Martin and Michael Barry

DeKalb County has a new director of the local UT Agricultural Extension Service.

Michael Barry has taken over from longtime director and county agent Steve Officer, who retired from the position effective July 1. Ron Rogers, who also served as a local county extension agent for many years, has also retired.

Barry comes to DeKalb County from the Warren County Extension Office, where he served for fourteen years. He began his career with the extension service in 1994 at White County, before transferring to Warren County three years later.

A native of Whitehouse, Barry attended MTSU where he earned his Bachelor's degree. He then furthered his education at UT-Knoxville where he earned his Masters degree.

He is the father of one son, a 13 year old

As the newest local county extension agent and director, Barry will be working with adult and 4-H agriculture programs. "I am glad to be here in DeKalb County," said Barry. "

Others in the local office are Extension Agent April Martin, who is responsible for family and consumer science areas where she does adult and 4-H work; TNCEPT coordinator Mary Sanders, and Administrative assistant Jo Ellen Huffman.

"If you have any needs with the extension office, give us a call at 597-4945 or stop by our office on Market Street," said Barry.

TDOT Applies for Permits Pertaining to Sligo Bridge Project

July 20, 2011
by: 
Dwayne Page

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Nashville District is receiving public comments through August 8 on the Tennessee Department of Transportation's application for permits in regard to the construction of a new Sligo bridge and the demolition of the old one.

Scott Fanning of the Regulatory Branch of the Corps of Engineers Nashville District explained the reason for the public comment period in the following audio clip:

Federal and or state approval is required in order for the proposed construction work to be done including water quality certification from the State of Tennessee in accordance with the Clean Water Act . The Corps of Engineers Real Estate Division must also approve an easement on government lands and waters which is this case totals 7.9 acres and a temporary work area license containing approximately 2.45 acres.

Funds for the replacement of Sligo bridge are included in this year's state budget and bid letting is expected this fall. The existing bridge will remain open while the new bridge is under construction. The new bridge, which will be located about sixty feet to the north of the existing bridge, is to be comprised of two- 12 foot wide travel lanes with 10 foot wide shoulders.

After construction of the new bridge, TDOT proposes to demolish the existing Sligo bridge, which is a seven-span structure consisting of five high steel truss spans and two concrete approach spans with concrete substructures. The total length is 1,374 feet and the width is 27.2 feet. Removal of the existing structure would take both abutments, Pier 1, and Pier 6 one foot below natural ground elevation. Piers 2 through 5 would be removed to an elevation no higher than 600 feet above mean sea level (MSL). Ordinary high water elevation for Center Hill Lake is 648 feet above mean sea level and the normal minimum pool elevation is 618 feet above mean sea level. The existing concrete deck would be removed from the site. Other debris from the demolition which rests below elevation 600 would be left in the lake. This would include steel trusses, concrete and reinforcing steel from the demolition of the piers. Fanning said this proposal might be of some concern to the Corps.

The proposed bridge replacement impacts the lease area for Sligo Marina as well as other outgrants. Access to Sligo Marina will be available during construction however, there will be intermittent closures during the winter. The temporary work/staging area is currently leased to DeKalb County. This area is used as a launching ramp with related parking and the county has no objection of use of this tract during construction. Two locations will serve as encapsulation sites for pyrite. One is approximately 19.6 acres that TDOT acquired on the east side of the river and drains into Blue Springs Creek and the other is approximately 5.7 acres located on the west side of the river at the DeKalb County Landfill and drains toward Falls Creek.

The decision whether to issue a permit will be based on an evaluation of the probable impacts of the activity on the public interest. A permit will be granted unless the District Engineer determines it to be contrary to the public interest.

Any person may request, in writing, within the comment period, that a public hearing be held to consider this application. Requests for hearings shall state, with particularity, the reasons for holding a hearing.

Written statements received on or before August 8 will become a part of the record and will be considered in the determination. Any response to the notice should be directed to the Regulatory Branch, Attention Scott Fanning at Nashville District Corps of Engineers, 3701 Bell Road, Nashville 37214. Phone 615-369-7521 or email scott.fanning@usace.army.mil.

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