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The DeKalb County Fighting Tiger Band traveled to Centerville Tennessee for the Hickman County Marching Invitational this weekend with good results.
The band placed 2nd with an average band score of 82.333, just behind Waverly Central High School's 83.333. The Field Commander, Dustin Estes, and Percussion section also placed 2nd behind Waverly. The Color Guard took 2nd behind Stewart County High School. \"All of the sections seemed to have improved last week. I'm very proud of these students. Fall Break had already started and they still managed to keep their head in the game for this competition. We'll be taking this week off and letting the band and their director take a much needed rest\" Band director Chuck Gilbert said with a smile. \"We'll pick our normal practice schedule back up on Monday October 23rd to prepare for the Smoky Mountain Invitational and Division II State Finals\".
The Band and Boosters would like to thank Mapco Express, General Equipment in McMinnville, DeKalb Market and the whole community for being behind the band and supporting with Ice, Water, Sideline Equipment and just general support. Booster President Kennie Barnes said \"without the support of the community, the band would not exist. These kids work hard and we're here to support them 110%. The Community has always been there to support and for that we say thank you\". The Boosters would also like to thank DeKalb County Sheriff Patrick Ray and the Smithville Police Department for the escorts into town Saturday. Barnes said \"We want to show the whole town what a great group of kids that we have and our law enforcement officials helped us do that on Saturday. It was much appreciated and the kids seemed to have loved it\".
The DCHS High School Band Boosters will be hosting a Ham Breakfast and Yard Sale Saturday October 21st at the High School Cafeteria and Parking Lot. Breakfast will be served at 5am and will include Ham, Eggs, Taters, Gravy, Biscuit, Milk Juice and More. The Price for the Breakfast is just $5. For advance orders call Band Booster President, Kennie Barnes at 597-0572 or for call-ins that day, call the Band Room at 597-7213. We'll even deliver with-in the city limits. The Boosters are raising money to help pay for the new uniforms and any help would be greatly appreciated.
The DCHS Band Booster's next monthly meeting will be Monday November 6th at 6pm in the Band Room. If you are a parent of a DeKalb County Band Student or a supporter of the Band Program please attend this meeting. The Super-Boosters meet on the first Monday of every month. We're always discussing upcoming fundraisers and events. Come on out and support these students, they're really working hard. For more info on the band, their fundraisers and schedule, log on to www.DekalbBand.com
Officials of the Tennessee Department of Transportation met Thursday night with property owners who will be affected by the proposed widening and improvement of Highway 56 south between East Bryant Street and Magness Road in DeKalb County.
The meeting was held at Northside Elementary School.
Bryant Williams, TDOT Transportation Specialist from the Right of Way Office in Chattanooga, said property owners got a chance to see the plans and to ask questions. "We're here to show the property owners the plans and explain how the plans will affect their properties. We're also here to see if there's any mistakes as far as property lines or names of the owners, on the plans."
"This project starts at Magness Road and extends about five miles to East Bryant Street. Part of the project will be curbs and gutters and part of it down to the south will be a divided highway with four lanes. The part toward town will be four lanes with curbs, gutters, sidewalks, and a turning lane."
"Right now we're showing six relocation tracks. We have a total of 70 tracks we'll have to buy. We should be out buying in the spring of 2007. The appraisal work is going to be starting soon. The project letting date is the spring of 2008, that's when the project will go to letting for construction. The construction work will start sometime after that."
In addition to the six relocations, the county's garbage collection convenience site on Highway 56 will have to be removed.
Officials say a portion of Highway 56 will be redesigned taking a new path, east of the existing route, from near the Smithville City Limits to near Smithville Nursery.
Intersections at Old Blue Springs Road and Keltonburg Road are also expected to be redesigned.
Many property owners affected by the new road are unhappy with the proposed project and some expressed their opposition during Thursday night's meeting.