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Take Pride in Center Hill Lake at This Year’s Cleanup

April 2, 2018
Center Hill Lake Litter (Photo by David Vincent)
Volunteering to remove litter (Photo by David Vincent)

Attention everyone who enjoys a litter free and pristine Center Hill Lake! The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Hurricane Marina are hosting the annual Center Hill Shoreline Cleanup, and are seeking volunteers that want to make a difference!

This year’s cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, April 21, from 9:00 AM. – 1:00 PM at Hurricane Marina. Volunteers will be provided gloves and garbage bags, and be taken by boats to designated areas along the lake. Volunteers should wear work clothes and sturdy footwear and, depending on the weather forecast, pack rain gear . . . just in case.

AND…because no good deed should go unrewarded, breakfast and lunch will be provided to all volunteers.

All participants are encouraged to pre-register for the cleanup by calling the Center Hill Lake Resource Manager’s Office at (931) 858-3125. Pre-registration will help planners prepare the proper number of lunches and select desired lakeshore cleanup areas. Day-of registration will begin at 8:30 AM at Hurricane Marina.

Sponsors for this year’s cleanup include: Hurricane Marina, JBeez Watercraft/Canoe the Caney, Hydro Hoist of Middle Tennessee, Middle Tennessee Houseboats, Big Fish, Southern Boat Club, Executive Choice Boat Cleaning, Center Hill Boat Repair, Motor Works Machine, and Blue Water Grille.

For more information on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Center Hill Lake, visit http://www.lrn.usace.army.mil/Locations/Lakes/Center-Hill-Lake/, or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/centerhilllake.

Smithville Golf Course to Open Soon

April 2, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
Dan Delacruz of Smithville Computer; Bob Carlsen, member of Riverwatch;  Larry Green, volunteer at Riverwatch; Ken Lacy and Pete Ferguson, Managers of Smithville Golf Course

The Smithville Municipal Golf Course and Swimming Pool will be opening soon.

Since it was closed last fall, the course has been undergoing renovations and upgrades under a maintenance agreement the city entered into with Riverwatch Golf & Resort for a year.

Last month the Smithville Aldermen also voted to hire Ken Lacy and Pete Ferguson to manage the facilities for at least one year.

During an appearance on WJLE’s Tech Talk program Thursday, Lacy said golfers will notice a change this season.

“The city golf course has been going through renovations and upgrades since August. The anticipated opening is within the next couple of weeks. Things people can look forward to are new greens. The putting greens have been renovated and growing throughout the fall and winter. We are currently mowing them down to the same heights that we have our greens at Riverwatch. If you like playing at Riverwatch and enjoy the speed and texture of our greens you will experience similar playing conditions at the city golf course. The city crews have been in there redoing the clubhouse, getting it up and going. New golf carts will be coming in possibly by this week. Everything is going to look different and better. And within the next 45 days or so the pool will be opening,” said Lacy.

According to Lacy, plans are to have more opportunities for golfers at the city golf course this year including events which will be held in partnership with Riverwatch.

“Junior Golf is a big focus with us. We (RIverwatch) have maybe the only FREE junior golf program in the state. Last year we had about 48 to 50 children involved in this program. I do it one day a week and in that time you get two hours of instruction and we offer a small snack. We’re going to do the same thing at the city golf course. And for the second year in a row we will have the AJGA, an International Junior Golf event, held at Riverwatch featuring elite Junior golfers from around the world who will come here for seven days of competition the week of July 4,” said Lacy.

“We also plan to do a reciprocal type membership. If you join the city golf course, you can play Riverwatch at a discount and If you become a member at Riverwatch you can play the city golf course at a discounted rate. We want to make it to where golf is fun again,” Lacy said.

Voter Registration Deadline Arrives for May 1 Primary

April 2, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page

Today (Monday, April 2) is the registration deadline in person if you want to vote in the DeKalb County Democratic Primary on Tuesday, May 1.

“Two important things to keep in mind at this point are the registration deadline and the updating of addresses,” said Dennis Stanley, Administrator of Elections.

“If you are not registered but want to participate in the May 1 primary election, April 2 is the last day you can register in person at the election office,” he said.

Voter registration forms are available at the election office on the first floor of the DeKalb County Courthouse; on line at www.dekalbelections.com (and clicking on the voter registration tab at the top left of the page) and https://sos.tn.gov/elections/voter-information.

As far as address changes go, Stanley said keeping your address up to date could prevent a delay in voting on Election Day or even during early voting.

“If you have moved since you last voted, you may have to vote at a different location on May 1,” he said. “Keep in mind, if you have moved and did not notify our office, you will have paperwork to fill out on Election Day and you may have to go to a different place to vote.”

Voters who want to check their status can call the election office at 615-597-4146 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Meanwhile, the qualifying deadline for the school board, municipal elections, and state primaries is Noon, April 5.

WJLE Recognizes DCHS Class of 2018 (View Photo Gallery Here)

March 31, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
WJLE Recognizes DCHS Class of 2018

WJLE and participating sponsors are presenting a photo gallery of the DCHS Class of 2018 in April and May. You may now view it at www.wjle.com.

Graduation is set for Friday, May 18 on the DCHS football field.

Click on the link below to view the senior formals.
http://www.wjle.com/graduation/2018/page1

Once you open the page, click each photo to view a larger image. The name of the senior you select is at the bottom of the photo. Or you may move your mouse over the photo to view the name.

There are 171 photos in the gallery divided up 30 photos to a page. Notice the box to the left in the photo gallery. After you view page 1 be sure to click the links for pages 2-6 to view the remaining photos. The names of seniors not pictured are also listed inside the box.

The WJLE photo gallery page is sponsored in April by Sheriff Patrick Ray, County Clerk James L. (Jimmy) Poss, Circuit Court Clerk Katherine Pack, County Mayor Tim Stribling, St Thomas DeKalb Hospital, DTC Communications, Gill Automotive LLC, DeKalb Funeral Chapel, Register of Deeds Jeff McMillen, Road Supervisor Butch Agee, Love-Cantrell Funeral Home, and Alexandria Auto Parts. Sponsors in May will be Assessor of Property Shannon Cantrell, A Degree Above Heating and Cooling, Good Health Family Clinic, and Trustee Sean Driver, in addition to Sheriff Ray, County Clerk Poss, County Mayor Stribling, St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital, Gill Automotive, DeKalb Funeral Chapel, and DTC Communications,

State Lawmakers to Honor DCHS Valedictorian and Salutatorian

March 30, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
Allison Maynard
Marshal Evins

A State Senate Joint Resolution honoring DeKalb County High School Class of 2018 Valedictorian Allison Maynard and Salutatorian Marshal Evins has been introduced in the Tennessee General Assembly by State Senator Mark Pody

The resolutions are expected to be adopted by both the State House and Senate and signed by the Governor.

The Resolution honoring and recognizing Maynard states as follows:

“WHEREAS, it is fitting that the members of this General Assembly should pause to pay tribute to those students who, through their natural talents and unflagging commitment to academic excellence, have distinguished themselves in the classroom; and

WHEREAS, Allison Maynard is one such exceptional student, who was recently named Valedictorian of the 2018 graduating class at DeKalb County High School; and

WHEREAS, through diligent study, steady composure during examinations, and steadfast commitment of time and talent, Ms. Maynard has achieved outstanding academic success and joined the ranks of the best and brightest students in Tennessee and our country; and

WHEREAS, in her remarkable high school career, Allison Maynard earned an exemplary grade point average while participating in numerous extracurricular activities, including Beta Club, Future Business Leaders of America, Science Club, Literature Club, and Spanish Club; and

WHEREAS, excelling in the athletic arena, Ms. Maynard played on the softball team and was a member of the football cheerleading team, which she served as captain; and

WHEREAS, her display of intellectual aptitude and ambition surely bodes well for her future success; and

WHEREAS, Allison Maynard's noteworthy achievement is a tremendous source of pride for her parents, Stacey Smith and Alan Maynard, her school, and her community; and

WHEREAS, Ms. Maynard's dedication to excellence is clearly deserving of the respect, admiration, and commendation of the members of this General Assembly; now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE ONE HUNDRED TENTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES SJR0772 015598 -2-

CONCURRING, that we commend and honor the 2018 DeKalb County High School Valedictorian, Allison Maynard, on her impressive academic achievement and extend to her our best wishes for a happy, successful future”.

Meanwhile the resolution honoring Evins states as follows:

“WHEREAS, it is fitting that the members of this General Assembly should pause to pay tribute to those students who, through their natural talents and unflagging commitment to academic excellence, have distinguished themselves in the classroom; and

WHEREAS, Marshal Evins is one such exceptional student, who was recently named Salutatorian of the 2018 graduating class at DeKalb County High School; and

WHEREAS, through diligent study, steady composure during examinations, and steadfast commitment of time and talent, Mr. Evins has achieved outstanding academic success and joined the ranks of the best and brightest students in Tennessee and our country; and

WHEREAS, in his remarkable high school career, Marshal Evins has earned an exemplary grade point average while participating in numerous extracurricular activities, including Beta Club and Future Business Leaders of America; and

WHEREAS, excelling in the athletic arena, Mr. Evins has served as a member of the varsity basketball and golf teams throughout his entire high school tenure; and

WHEREAS, his display of intellectual aptitude and ambition surely bodes well for his future success; and

WHEREAS, Marshal Evins's noteworthy achievement is a tremendous source of pride for his parents, Dub and Edie Beth Evins, his school, and his community; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Evins's dedication to excellence is clearly deserving of the respect, admiration, and commendation of the members of this General Assembly; now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE ONE HUNDRED TENTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES CONCURRING, that we commend and honor the 2018 DeKalb County High School Salutatorian, Marshal Evins, on his impressive academic achievement and extend to him our best wishes for a happy, successful future”.

City Fire Truck May Go to County

March 29, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
Smithville Volunteer Fire Department’s 1992 truck

With the recent arrival of a new fire truck, the City of Smithville will soon be selling the oldest fire engine in the fleet and it may go to the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department.

City officials conducted an opening of sealed bids Thursday afternoon at city hall on the sale of the Smithville Volunteer Fire Department’s 1992 truck.

Two bids were received.

The DeKalb County government had the highest bid at $30,000 and a total bid on behalf of the City of Alexandria was $28,770 which included $27,270 by the town government plus $1,500 by the Alexandria Firefighters Association.

City officials will recommend that the county’s bid be approved when the mayor and aldermen meet in regular monthly session Monday night, April 2 at 6 p.m. at city hall.

The county already has funding in place to purchase the truck from a USDA Community Facility Grant of $15,000 with a $28,000 local match for a total project amount of $43,000 which is budgeted in the county's capital projects fund. The grant was approved in April 2017 for firefighting equipment, protective gear, and other resources. County Mayor Tim Stribling filed for the grant with the approval of the county commission. In August, 2017, the county received approval for a second USDA grant of $16,000 also with a local match.

In January, the city received a new Pierce Impel PUC Rescue Pumper, which is a combination fire engine/rescue vehicle. The new truck cost the city $751, 575.

In addition to the new fire truck, the Smithville Volunteer Fire Department has two others, a 2001 model along with a 2012 ladder truck.

Reception to be Held in Honor of Former DCHS Basketball Coach Lynus Martin

March 29, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
Lynus Martin

A reception in honor of longtime DeKalb County High School Basketball Coach Lynus Martin will be held on Sunday, April 15 at the DCHS gymnasium from 2-4 p.m.

The reception will be hosted by members of the DCHS basketball team and their parents.

Martin recently announced his resignation after sixteen years as head coach of the Tiger basketball program.

All former players and their families are urged to attend to express support and well wishes for Coach Martin. A scrapbook of photos, newspaper clippings , and other memorabilia from Coach Martin’s sixteen year coaching career is being prepared to present to him. Please bring along any mementos you may have to contribute to the scrapbook.

For more information, call J.J. Poss at 615-464-8769 or Shannon Atkins at 615-584-1522

Qualifying Deadline One Week Away for Many August Elections

March 29, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page

Candidates for the Board of Education, Municipal Elections in Smithville, Alexandria, Dowelltown, and Liberty, and for the Tennessee Democratic and Republican Primaries have until noon next Thursday, April 5 to become qualified.

In Smithville, a mayor and two aldermen will be elected on August 2.

The candidates for mayor are Incumbent Jimmy Poss and challenger Josh Miller. Curtis Rust has also obtained a petition to run for mayor but has not yet filed it with the election commission.

Candidates for alderman are Incumbents Jason Murphy and Gayla Hendrix and challenger Brandon Cox.

In Alexandria a mayor and several aldermen are to be elected on August 2.

Doyle Hendrix has obtained a petition for Mayor. Lloyd Dyer will be candidate for Alderman. Bridgette Rogers and Incumbent Eddie Shane Blair have also picked up petitions to run for Alderman in Alexandria.

A mayor and five aldermen will be elected in Liberty on August 2.

The candidates for mayor are Incumbent Dwight Mathis and challenger Darrell Johnson. The alderman candidates are incumbents J.D. Bratten, Eddie Dwayne Blair, and William H. Reynolds along with challenger Derek Johnson. Incumbent Jason Ray has also obtained a petition but has not yet filed it.

Three aldermen will be elected in Dowelltown on August 2. There are currently no candidates yet for the Dowelltown election.

Five school board members will be elected on August 2.

The candidates are incumbent Danny Parkerson in the 1st district; Incumbent Jim Beshearse in the 3rd district, Incumbent Kate Miller in the 4th district, and Incumbent Shaun Tubbs in the 7th district. Incumbent Jerry Wayne Johnson is running for re-election in the 2nd district along with challenger Alan Hayes. Orvil Hendrix and C.D. (Carl) Webb also obtained petitions but have not filed them.

State primary races in August will include State Senator in District 17, State House in District 40 and 46, Sixth District Congressman, Governor, and US. Senator.

STATE OFFICES FOR AUGUST
(PETITIONS ISSUED OR DUPLICATES RECEIVED to date in DeKalb County)

Dwayne Craighead—Republican State Executive Committeeman in Senate District 17

Incumbent Jennifer Franklin Winfree—Republican State Executive Committeewoman in Senate District 17

Carol Brown Andrews—Democrat State Executive Committeewoman in Senate District 17

Chad Z. Williams-Republican Tennessee House District 40

Incumbent Terri Lynn Weaver—Republican Tennessee House District 40

Incumbent Clark Boyd—Republican Tennessee House District 46

Menda McCall Holmes- Republican Tennessee House District 46

Incumbent Mark Pody—Republican Tennessee Senate District 17

Jerry Beavers- Republican State Executive Committeeman in Senate District 17

Terri Nicholson-Republican State Executive Committeewoman in Senate District 17

Jamboree Announces April 9th Deadline for Non-Profit Food Booths

March 29, 2018
Jamboree Announces April 9th Deadline for Non-Profit Food Booths
Anita Puckett at Fiddlers Jamboree Food Booth

The Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree & Crafts Festival Board of Volunteers wants to remind the community of the upcoming deadline for non-profit organizations to register their food booths for the July festival. The board allows all not-for-profits to have the first chance to reserve a prime spot around the square. Following the April 9th deadline, all for-profit vendors will be allowed to register for the remaining available spaces.

“We always make the local non-profits our first priority. In addition, we want to spread the word that many churches and organizations partner with an established commercial food vendor. These partnerships allow the charitable organization to make a profit, without having to gather volunteers, or bear the burden of setting up a booth. I encourage anyone who may be interested in this type of partnership/fund-raising to reach out to me prior to the April 9th deadline. It’s a wonderful way to raise money for your organization.” said Bill Shaw, Director of Food Services for the Jamboree.

In addition, the Jamboree is recruiting Volunteers (20 & up) and Junior Volunteers (14-19 yrs.) to donate a few hours of their time during the two-day event on July 6th & 7th, 2018. “We were very excited to have 27 Junior Jamboree Board Members last year, along with a handful of dedicated adult volunteers,” said Emily Burklow, Junior Jamboree Board President, “With the addition of a new eating area at the Jamboree for 2018, we need even more volunteers to step up to serve our community.”

For more information, or to volunteer: call the Jamboree office at 615-597-8500, or message their facebook page @SmithvilleJamboree.

Page Seriously Injured in Pickup Truck Crash

March 28, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
70 year old Robert Page Seriously Injured in Pickup Truck Crash

A Smithville man was seriously injured in a pickup truck crash Tuesday night on Dale Ridge Road (Highway 96) about a mile from Highway 70.

According to Trooper Sean Tramel of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, 70 year old Robert Page was driving south in a 1993 Nissan pickup truck when he went off the edge of the roadway while going around a curve. As the truck slid sideways, Page overcorrected and the vehicle clipped the end of a guardrail before going down an embankment. The truck then crashed into a tree.

Although there were no eye witnesses to the wreck, Trooper Tramel said Richard Summers, a resident closeby, heard the crash but didn’t see the truck at first when he went outside his home to investigate. A short while later, Summers spotted the truck from the lights of a passing car on the highway and alerted authorities.

Members of the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Team were summoned to the scene to perform extrication as Page was trapped in the truck.

Page was taken by DeKalb EMS from the scene to a helicopter landing zone on Highway 70 at the top of Snow Hill. From there he was airlifted to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga.

Members of the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department were also at the scene of the crash to provide traffic control and other assistance.

The investigation was conducted by Trooper Tramel and THP Sergeant Eric McCormick. Trooper Tramel said Page was wearing his seatbelt.

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