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Leadership DeKalb's Class of 2008 Conducts Graduation

June 26, 2008

Leadership DeKalb's Class of 2008 Conducts Graduation

Leadership DeKalb celebrated the completion of its tenth class with a dinner and graduation ceremony on June 17th. The event was held at Barbara’s Cedar House Restaurant.

Members of the Class of 2008 are: Larry Briggs; Unipres USA; Michelle Burklow DeKalb Co. Board of Education; Brian Craven, SHIROKI North America/Sunbelt Realty; Chase Ferrell, DCHS student/Rotary Scholar; Michelle Fowler, Stones River/DeKalb Community Hospital; Lisa Garrison, Liberty State Bank; Tim Hintz, owner, Fresh Chairs/Off Beaten Path Studio Tour; Shawn Jacobs, WMOT-FM/MTSU; June Keith, DeKalb Community Bank; Terry McPeak, DTC/MTEMC; Kate Miller, Family Medical Center Pharmacy; Jane Ramsey, Smithville Elementary School; Tara Jane Atnip-Summers, Atnip Chiropractic Clinic; Tyler Woods, DCHS student.

The graduation opened with a welcome from Kerry Davis, President Smithville-DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce. An invocation was led by class member Tyler Woods. Key-note speaker Tecia Puckett Pryor, local attorney and Leadership DeKalb Alumni Association Community Leader of 2007, entertained and inspired with the amazing story of bringing Habitat for Humanity to DeKalb County. All fourteen members of the Class of 2008 participated in the graduation. They began their presentation with a song from class member Chase Ferrell, followed by a Year-In-Review in a “time capsule” format. Members of the class spoke on each of the nine sessions from the year and placed a memento of that session in a box for the Class of 2028. The overview also included an inventive and fun PowerPoint presentation, assembled by Brian Craven, honoring the class members and highlighting favorite speakers and activities throughout the year. Alumnae and chamber board member, Sandy Brown, brought many laughs to the group with some comments celebrating 10 years of Leadership DeKalb. Plaques of completion were awarded to each graduate by Jen Sherwood, Leadership DeKalb program director, and Suzanne Williams, chamber of commerce executive director.

The Leadership DeKalb program consisted of nine sessions over nine months. It covered local and state current issues in government affairs and economic development, challenges in education and health care, and an exploration of resources and opportunities for DeKalb County and its citizens. Discussions with current local leaders and leadership skill-building topics such as team-building, leadership styles, group dynamics, problem solving, and community service were also fundamental training elements for the class. Leadership DeKalb will begin a new class in September of 2008.

For more information on becoming a member of the upcoming class, please contact Jen Sherwood at 597-4851 or the chamber of commerce at 597-4163.

County Commission Honors Jimmy Walls

June 25, 2008
by: 
Dwayne Page

The DeKalb County Commission is honoring a long time local civic leader for his service to the community.

County Mayor Mike Foster recognized Jimmy Walls during Monday night's county commission meeting.

A plaque will be presented to Walls on stage of the Fiddler's Jamboree next week.

Reading from a resolution, Foster said " Whereas, from time to time, it is appropriate for DeKalb County to recognize people who unselfishly serve our County. It is therefore fitting that the DeKalb County Commission and County Mayor honor Jimmy Walls for the service he has given his Country, his County, and his State."

"Whereas, Jimmy Walls has served Mount Herman Baptist Church and the Boy Scouts & Cub Scouts of America.. He has served for 15 years in the National Guard and the United States Post Office. He has also served on various Commissions and Boards and any job asked of him by the City of Smithville and DeKalb County."

"It is therefore, with a great sense of pride, that we declare July 5th, 2008 as Jimmy Walls day, in honor of all the many contributions he has made to our community."

"Jimmy Walls is a member of the Mount Herman Baptist Church and serves as Sunday School Director, Vacation Bible School Director, and is Chairman of Deacons."

"Jimmy worked with the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts and served as Cub Master for several years."

"He joined the Tennessee National Guard in February, 1953 and served for 15 years. He was discharged with the rank of Staff Sergeant in February, 1968. His job in the company was Supply Sergeant."

"Jimmy began his career with the U.S. Postal Service in Smithville in March, 1954. He started as City Carrier and in September, 1971 he was appointed Rural Letter Carrier in Smithville. In December, 1995 Jimmy retired from the U.S. Postal Service with a total of forty one years and nine months service. During these years as a rural carrier, he assisted many people in need on the mail route. On one occasion during a bitterly cold day in December, he came to the rescue of an elderly woman who lived off the main road, but part of the rural route. She had been lying in the yard for about two hours and was unable to get up. She was barefoot and in short sleeves. She said 'I knew my only chance was when the mail carrier came along, because no one else was going to be here until 4:30 p.m.' He pulled his coat off and put it over her, then called for assistance in getting the lady back into her house. There were many other occasions when he was asked to assist people in need."

"In the sixties and early seventies, Jimmy was active in the Smithville Jaycees, and held every office on the local level. In 1964, he received the Distinguished Service Award. He worked on many local projects that were a benefit to the City and County. In 1970, he was given a JCI Senatorship award. He was awarded a life membership in the Tennessee Jaycees, and was also a Colonel and Commander of the Tennesee Jaycee Volunteer Corp."

"In December 1982, he was apointed by the Mayor and City Council to the Smithville Planning Commission. On April 4th, 1983, he was elected Secretary and served as Secretary until August 6th, 1992. At this time, he was elected Chairman of the Smithville Planning Commission. He served as Chairman for a total of 14 years. He resigned December 21st, 2007, serving a total of 25 years on the Smithville Planning Commission.'

"In July, 1987, he was appointed to the City of Smithville Board of Zoning Appeals. He served as Vice-Chairman and Chairman. He resigned December 2007, serving a total of 20 years.'

"In January, 2004 Jimmy was appointed as a member of the DeKalb County Joint Economic and Community Development Board, and resigned December, 2007."

UCHRA Awarded Major Transportation Grant

June 25, 2008

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a $412,840.00 grant to Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency for the purchase of eight ADA vans and specialized GPS equipment according to a release from the office of U.S. Reps. Bart Gordon and Lincoln Davis.

“The vans and GPS systems will fill a great need in rural areas for the elderly, disadvantaged and persons with disabilities,” said Gordon. “Transportation for healthcare needs and basic necessities is sorely needed to help these individuals maintain a higher quality of life and self sufficiency. I appreciate UCHRA for providing these services.”

The eight ADA vans will become part of the Upper Cumberland Area Rural Transit System fleet. UCARTS provides public transportation to rural residents of all ages, giving first priority to elderly, handicapped and economically disadvantaged with medical needs.

UCHRA’s mission is to promote a strong sense of community and family values by administering programs to provide tools, knowledge and resources to improve quality of life, promote a positive sense of individual self-worth, encourage responsible decision making and provide opportunities for individuals to become productive and independent while giving first priority to the elderly, handicapped and severely economically disadvantaged.

“Our core mission is to assist those who need it most and without these types of grants we would have a very hard time fulfilling our mission and meeting our goals,” said Phyllis R. Bennett, UCHRA Executive Director. “I appreciate the support of Congressmen Davis and Gordon. They continue to be accessible and helpful advocates for us in Washington.”

UCHRA serves fourteen Tennessee counties: Cannon, Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Fentress, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Smith, Van Buren, Warren and White.

Senator Beavers Announces Grant Awards to DeKalb County Organizations

June 25, 2008

State Senator Mae Beavers (R – Mt. Juliet), representing the 17th Senatorial District, has released the list of grant award recipients in DeKalb County from the Tennessee Arts Commission for Fiscal Year 2009 (July 1, 2008 – June 30, 2009).

These include:
TTU/Appalachian Center for Craft - $4,470.00
Friends of the Appalachian Center for Craft of TN - $5,200.00

In announcing the awards, Senator Beavers said, “The Tennessee Arts Commission’s matching grants are made possible through an appropriation of state funds by the General Assembly, federal dollars from the National Endowment for the Arts, and by Tennesseans who purchase specialty and collegiate license plates.”

The incoming chair of the Tennessee Arts Commission, Donna Chase, commented, “This state is indeed fortunate to have elected leaders who support the work of the Tennessee Arts Commission in building better communities through the arts.”

According to Chase, the Commission will award over 850 grants during Fiscal Year 2009, totaling more than $7.2 million dollars. These funds have a direct impact on communities across Tennessee, in both urban and rural areas. Grant categories include: Arts Build Communities, Art Access, Arts Education, Arts Project Support, General Operating Support, Individual Artist Fellowships, Major Cultural Institution, Rural Arts Project Support, Student Ticket Subsidy, Technical Assistance, Touring, Special Opportunities, and Professional Development Support.

The Commission’s allocation process involves a review by citizen advisory panels made up of Tennesseans with expertise in appropriate arts disciplines and a review and final approval by the full 15-member Tennessee Arts Commission.

The Tennessee Arts Commission is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences that add value to the lives of every citizen, and enhances the quality of life in Tennessee communities.

Additional information on grant programs offered by the Tennessee Arts Commission is available on their website: www.arts.state.tn.us.

Tennessee State Fire Marshal Offers Fireworks Safety Tips for Fourth of July Holiday

June 25, 2008

Tennessee State Fire Marshal Leslie Newman Offers Fireworks Safety Tips for Fourth of July Holiday

State Fire Marshal Leslie A. Newman wants to remind Tennesseans that while fireworks are a traditional part of Fourth of July celebrations, many people are seriously injured each year by their careless use.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office encourages you to leave fireworks to the professionals. If they are legal where you live and you decide to set them off on your own, be sure to follow these important safety tips:
• Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks.
• Read and follow all warnings and instructions.
• Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks.
• Only light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface away from the house, dry leaves, and flammable materials.
• Never try to relight fireworks that have not fully functioned.
• Keep a bucket of water and a garden hose nearby in case of a malfunction or fire.

Like matches and lighters, sparklers are not toys and cause hundreds of injuries every year. Sparklers burn hot, can reach temperatures as high as 1200 F, and stay hot long after they’ve burned out. You wouldn’t hand a matchbook or lighter to a child to wave around or play with, so don’t give a child a sparkler.

Fireworks can be dangerous, causing serious burn and eye injuries. A new law effective in 2007 prevents children under the age of 16 from purchasing fireworks and those that are age 16 or 17 must have a photo ID to purchase them.

“Please enjoy the holiday at a public display presented by trained professionals, where compliance with state-of-the-art fire codes offers a safer way to celebrate our nation’s independence, and avoid consumer fireworks to keep festivities from turning into tragedies,” Newman said.

For more information on firework safety, visit www.tennessee.gov/sfm.

Three Arrested by Sheriff's Department in Pea Ridge Burglary & Theft

June 23, 2008
by: 
Dwayne Page

The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department made three arrests in a burglary Saturday in the Pea Ridge Community.

Sheriff Patrick Ray says 39 year old Wendy Whittemore of Pea Ridge Road, Liberty, 23 year old John Cummings and his wife 32 year old Toni Cummings of Dry Creek Road, Dowelltown were charged in the case.

According to Sheriff Ray, the three went to a residence on Pea Ridge and entered without the owner's consent. While inside the residence, they loaded an antique cook stove, a wood burning stove, and lots of other metal items. No one was living there at the time. The house was being used for storage. The owner, who noticed lights shining around the residence, was able to get a description of the vehicle and reported it to authorities. Deputies met the automobile on Pea Ridge Road. The driver tried to elude the deputies by turning into a field and unloading the stolen goods. Officers took two of the three suspects into custody but Whittemore took off running. She was caught a short time later.

Both John and Toni Cummings are charged with burglary and theft of property over $1,000 and bond for them was set at $40,000 each. Whittemore was charged with burglary, theft of property over $1,000.00, and evading arrest. Her bond was set at $45,000. All three will appear in court on July 17th.

Burglaries and Thefts on the Rise in DeKalb County

June 23, 2008
by: 
Dwayne Page

Burglaries and thefts are on the rise in DeKalb County.

Sheriff Patrick Ray says from April 1st through June 23, 2008, the Sheriff's Department has taken over 100 reports, up from 80 reports during the same time period last year.. Sheriff Ray says most of the stolen items fit into two types of thefts.

(1) Thieves are targeting construction sites around the lake, including the newly developing sub-divisions off of the Coconut Ridge Road. Sheriff Ray says "We have also had reports from the Floating Mill, Four Seasons, River Watch, and the Austin Bottom Area of stolen hand tools, power tools, and copper wire. Sheriff Ray says "Thieves will wait until after dark or on the week-end and enter the contractors fully enclosed trailers by cutting off the pad locks on the doors or they will find an unfinished house and gain entrance by forcible entry to see if contractors have left any tools there."

(2) Thieves are also riding the roads in the county looking for scrap metal including everything from old scrap metal to junk cars. There has also been a rise in thefts of drive-able and newer model vehicles and lawn mowers.

Sheriff Ray says "One case we are investigating is where someone stole a newer model truck that had a trailer and lawnmower attached to it, took the truck less than a 5 mile radius from the residence, unhooked the trailer, burned the truck, and took the trailer and lawn mower with them."

"One day alone I assigned 14 theft cases to my two detectives. Because of the increase in thefts, I have also assigned patrol deputies to work on some of the reports."

Detectives ask you to be on alert to possible thieves in your area. Without putting yourself in danger, if you see a suspicious vehicle in your area, get the make, model, color, and if at all possible, a tag number, then call 215-3000 and a deputy will check on the vehicle.

If you are approached by anyone wanting to sell tools or any other items for a price well below that of what the item is worth, you are urged to contact the Sheriff's Department.

Detectives also ask you to write down your serial numbers on any appliances such as TV's stereos, etc. You also need to write down the serial numbers of any of your hand tools or power tools. This will help to identify your tools if they get stolen. Detectives say at least 90% of all reports they are assigned to do not have any serial numbers or any distinguishing marks on the reported items. Serial numbers or self applied numbers on any items stolen can aid in their recovery if stolen. The numbers can be entered into a data base and tracked down if the items are pawned.

To report a theft or any crime, call the Sheriff's Department 597-4935 or the Crime Tip Line at 464-6400. All calls are kept confidential

Sheriff Ray also reports several arrests within the last week.

32 year old Stephanie Jill Kennedy of Cookeville Highway, Smithville was charged Sunday, June 15th with public intoxication and resisting arrest after deputies responded to a complaint on Cookeville Highway. When officers arrived on the scene, they noticed Kennedy lying in the roadway. When deputies went to her, she tried to get away by running from them. When the officers caught her, she begin fighting. Kennedy's bond was set at $2,000 and she will appear in court on June 26th.

40 year old Christine Pearl Petty of Phillips Road, Lebanon was charged Monday, June 16th with a second offense of driving under the influence and driving on a revoked license. Deputies responded to a call on Highway 96 in Liberty about a drunk driver that had hit a guardrail. Officers spotted the vehicle on Highway 70 West and stopped it. They also detected a strong odor of alcohol on her person and saw that she was unsteady on her feet. She submitted to field sobriety tasks which she failed. Petty was also arrested for driving on a revoked driver's license. Petty's license was revoked for a DUI in Wilson County but she was granted a restricted driver's license from home to work and back. She lives in Lebanon and works in Gordonsville. She was placed under a $4,500 bond and her court date is June 26th.

30 year old Phillip Edward Miranda of Dale Ridge Road, Liberty was arrested Tuesday after officers responded to a call about an unwanted guest on Parkway Drive. Upon arrival, deputies found Miranda in an intoxicated state. He was given field sobriety tasks which he failed. He admitted to driving to the residence.

On Wednesday, 36 year old Tammy Denise Currie of Circle Drive, Dowelltown was arrested at a residence on East Main Street in Dowelltown. Currie was wanted on a warrant for non payment of child support. When deputies arrested Currie, they noticed a small amount of marijuana, rolling papers, and scales lying on a coffee table. Officers also found in the home hemostats, a crusher, gravity scales, digital scales, and a bag containing over ½ oz. of marijuana. Also found were 54 pills in an unnamed pill bottle believed to be methocarbamol. Currie was placed under arrest for failure to pay child support, possession of a schedule VI drug (marijuana) for sale and delivery, possession of a schedule VI drug, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a legend drug (methocarbamol). Currie's bond is $7,500 and her court date is July 24th.

Currie was arrested again on Saturday on Circle Drive in Dowelltown. Deputies responded to a fight call on Circle Drive and found Currie in an intoxicated state. Deputies witnessed Currie move her vehicle while trying to investigate the fight. Currie submitted to field sobriety tasks which she failed. She admitted to taking Loritab and Adavan. Currie was arrested for a third offense of driving under the influence and driving on a revoked driver's license. Her bond was set at $4,000 and will appear in court July 3rd.

Also on Saturday, 46 year old James Hargrave of Old Bildad Road, Smithville was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and driving on a suspended driver's license. Hargrave was traveling on Old Bildad Road in Keltonburg when he ran off the road and stuck a mailbox and then fled the scene. The owner of the mailbox ran to his vehicle and followed Hargrave back to his residence. Hargrove was also found to have a suspended driver's license. His license was suspended for an accident with property damage and failure to satisfy a citation. Hargrave's bond was set at $3,500 and his court date is July 2nd.

28 year old Amanda Gale Hasty of Hutchinson Road, Murfreesboro was arrested Saturday after she was stopped for a traffic violation for a third offense of driving on a suspended driver's license. Hasty's driver's license was suspended in Rutherford County for failure to pay citations. Her bond was set at $3000 and her court date is July 2nd.

Judge Patterson Sentences Several in Criminal Court Friday

June 23, 2008
by: 
Dwayne Page

Several people were fined and sentenced in DeKalb County Criminal Court Friday.

Judge David Patterson presided.

58 year old Larry Keaton pleaded guilty to three charges of sale of a schedule II controlled substance. He received a three year sentence in the Tennessee Department of Corrections in each case to run concurrently with each other but consecutive to any violation of probation sentence against him. He must perform 100 hours of community service work and undergo an alcohol and drug assessment and follow the recommendations. Keaton must make restitution of $120 to the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department and pay a fine totaling $2,000. He was given jail credit of 196 days

37 year old Teresa Tittle Hallback pleaded guilty to sale of a schedule III & IV controlled substance and received a three year sentence in each case to run concurrently with each other but consecutive to a Wilson County case against her. She must serve four months and then be on supervised probation. Hallback must make $100 restitution to the Alexandria Police Department, perform 100 hours of community service work, undergo an alcohol and drug assessment and follow any recommendations, and pay a $2,000 fine. She was given jail credit of nine days.

28 year old Amanda Certain pleaded guilty to sale of a schedule IV controlled substance and received a three year sentence in the Tennessee Department of Corrections, to serve two months, and pay a $2,000 fine. Certain must also perform 100 hours of community service work and make $20 restitution to the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department.

19 year old Stephen Brennan pleaded guilty to theft in one case and burglary and theft in another case. He received a three year sentence in one theft case, three years on the burglary charge, and two years in the other theft case, all to run concurrently with each other and with a Wilson County case against him. He will serve six months of the three year sentence and pay restitution of $1,075. Brennan was given jail credit of eighteen days.

30 year old James Hesson pleaded guilty to attempted violation of the sex offender registry. He received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days all suspended to probation but 30 days to be served on weekends.

40 year old Martin Owens Bryant, charged with simple possession of a schedule VI controlled substance, was granted judicial diversion for a period of 11 months and 29 days. He must perform 50 hours of community service, undergo an alcohol and drug assessment and follow the prescribed treatments, and pay a $250 fine. He must pay a fine for speeding.

37 year old Homer A. Petty pleaded guilty to theft over $1,000 in one case and sale of a schedule II controlled substance in another case. He received a sentence of three years to serve eight months in the theft case with one year of probation supervised by community corrections. He also received a three year sentence in the drug case, supervised by the Tennessee Department of Corrections. The sentences are to run consecutive or back to back with each other. A burglary charge against him was dismissed. Petty must perform 100 hours of community service work, make restitution totaling $2,600 and pay a fine of $2,000. He was given jail credit of four days.

29 year old Ricky Ashford pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted forgery. He received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days in each case to run concurrently with each other, all suspended to time served. The cases are to run consecutively with a violation of probation sentence he is now serving. Ashford must make restitution of $326. He was given jail credit from November 6th, 2007 to June 20th, 2008.

30 year old Bryan Cole pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days, all suspended to supervised probation. The case is to run consecutive to a Putnam County case against him. Cole must make restitution of $839. He was given jail credit of eight days.

43 year old Tonya Caldwell pleaded guilty to two counts of sale of a schedule II controlled substance. She received a four year sentence in each case, all suspended to DOC probation. The cases are to run concurrently with each other and with a General Sessions Court case against her. Caldwell must make restitution of $150. She was given one day of jail credit.

39 year old Tina Dorton pleaded guilty to sale of a schedule II & IV controlled substance and received a four year sentence in each case as a range 1 offender. The cases are to run concurrently with each other but consecutive to a violation of probation against her. A DUI case against her was dismissed. Dorton must pay a fine of $2,000 and make restitution of $205 to the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department.

53 year old Jeana Brown pleaded guilty to three counts of sale of a schedule III controlled substance. She received a three year sentence in each case to run concurrently with each other. She will serve 60 days and then be on supervised DOC probation. Brown must make $40 restitution to the Sheriff's Department, perform 100 hours of community service work, undergo an alcohol and drug assessment and follow the prescribed treatments, and pay a $2,000 fine. Brown was given five days of jail credit.

21 year old Justin Marek pleaded guilty to burglary and theft over $1,000. He received a three year sentence in each case to serve in the Tennessee Department of Corrections. The cases are to run concurrently with each other and with an eight year sentence against him in Wilson County. He must also pay restitution.

20 year old Julie Diane Ray, charged with accessory after the fact, was granted judicial diversion for a period of one year. She will be on supervised probation and must perform 50 hours of community service work.

39 year old Kelly Gibbs pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary, forgery, and fraudulent use of a credit card. Gibbs received a sentence of four years on the burglary case, two years for forgery, and three years in the credit card case, all to run concurrently with each other as a four year sentence. Gibbs will be on supervised probation by TDOC, with one year supervised by community corrections. Gibbs must make restitution totaling $2,410.

33 year old Crystal Turner pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary, theft over $500, and forgery. She received a three year sentence in the burglary case and two years in the theft and forgery cases, all to run concurrently with each other as a three year sentence. She will be in the community corrections program and must make restitution of $394.

52 year old Mark West pleaded guilty to facilitation of sale of a schedule II controlled substance and received a two year sentence on TDOC probation. He must perform 100 hours of community service, make restitution of $55, and pay a fine of $2,000. The sentence is to run concurrently with a violation of probation against him, supervised by community corrections. West was given jail credit of one day.

Election Commission Releases Sample Ballot for August 7th Elections

June 20, 2008
by: 
Dwayne Page

The DeKalb County Election Commission has released a sample ballot for the DeKalb County General Election, Tennessee Democratic and Republican Primaries, and the Dowelltown and Liberty Municipal Elections to be held on Thursday, August 7th.

The first page of the sample ballot reveals the names of Democratic candidates for the United States Senate including Mark E. Clayton, Gary G. Davis, Kenneth Eaton, Leonard D. Ladner, Wm Mike Padgett, and Robert D. Tuke.

Incumbent Bart Gordon is the only Democratic candidate for the United States House of Representatives in the 6th Congressional District.

The second page of the sample ballot shows the names of Democratic candidates for the Tennessee House of Representatives in the 40th Representative District including Cleveland Derrick Bain, Jeff Barrett, Steven K. Cantrell, Gayla C. Hendrix, Carl (Hix) Jones, Dean Sircy, and Sarah Marie Smith.

Spaces are on the ballot for DeKalb County Democratic Executive Committee member from each district and precinct but there are no candidates.

The sixth page of the sample ballot includes the name of incumbent Lamar Alexander, the only GOP candidate for the United States Senate.

Two GOP candidates are listed for the Tennessee House of Representatives in the 40th Representative District including Nicky Rittenberry and Terri Lynn Weaver.

There is no GOP candidate for the United States House of Representatives in the 6th Congressional District.

The seventh page of the sample ballot reveals the names of candidates for Assessor of Property, School board member in the 5th and 6th district, and constable in each district.

Candidates for Assessor of Property include Democratic incumbent Timothy (Fud) Banks, Republican John David Foutch, and Independent Sandy C. Brown.

Candidates for school board member in the 5th district are Larry Evans and Incumbent W.J. (Dub) Evins, III, both Independents.

In the 6th district, candidates for the school board are Incumbent Linda Louise Fuston and Bruce Parsley, both Independents.

Constable candidates are Republican Incumbent Reed Edge in the 2nd district, Democratic Incumbent Wayne Vanderpool in the 3rd district, Democrat Paul Cantrell in the 4th district, Democratic Incumbent Mark Milam in the 5th district, Democrat Cantrell Jones in the 6th district, and Democrat Johnny King in the 7th district. All are unopposed. There is no candidate for constable in the 1st district.

The ninth page of the sample ballot includes names of candidates in the City of Dowelltown and City of Liberty elections.

In Dowelltown, Incumbent Mayor Gerald W. Bailiff is unopposed and Aldermen candidates are Incumbent Joe L. Bogle and Elizabeth A. Redmon, also unopposed.

In Liberty, three aldermen will be elected. The candidates are Todd Dodd and incumbents Jerry W. Johnson, Dwight Mathis, and Paul M. Neal.

The tenth and eleventh pages of the sample ballot ask for a "yes" or "no" vote on the retention of two state supreme court judges, William C. Koch, Jr. and Gary R. Wade; two court of appeals judges (middle division), Andy D. Bennett and Richard H. Dinkins; court of appeals (western division), Steve Stafford; court of criminal appeals (eastern division), D. Kelly Thomas, Jr.; and court of criminal appeals (western division), Camille R. McMullen.

The deadline for voter registration in time for the August 7th elections is Tuesday, July 8th and early voting will be held Friday, July 18th through Saturday, August 2nd. Times of early voting have not yet been set.

DCHS Registration set for Incoming Freshmen and New Students

June 20, 2008
by: 
Dwayne Page

Incoming freshmen students from DeKalb West and DeKalb Middle Schools and their parents are invited to attend Freshmen Orientation Night on Thursday, July 31 at 6:00 p.m. Students will receive their schedules and attend an orientation session with their home room teachers. Students who attend Freshmen Registration night will not be required to attend school on the regular registration day on August 5th

This Orientation Night is only for Freshmen transferring from DeKalb West and DeKalb Middle Schools.

Students new to DeKalb County are invited to registration during regular school hours July 23rd-25th or call for an appointment with the counselor at 597-4094

Meanwhile all high school students who are new to the DeKalb County School System are invited to come by the DCHS guidance office and register July 23-25th from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Students new to the school system are strongly encouraged to register during this time to avoid long registration lines during the first week of school and to allow the guidance office staff time to send for your records which will help determine which classes you need to register for.

This registration period is only for students new to the school system and not for freshmen transferring from DeKalb West or DeKalb Middle Schools.

Freshmen students transferring from DeKalb West and DeKalb Middle Schools and their parents are encouraged to attend Freshmen Registration Night on July 31st starting at 6:00 p.m.

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