A local girl scout was recognized Saturday morning in conjunction with National Trails Day at Edgar Evins State Park for her efforts in building an aviary at the park’s interpretive center to house two birds of prey, an owl and a hawk.
Neely Evans, member of Girl Scout Troop 1146 in Smithville, made the aviary her Girl Scout Gold Award Project.
Fount Bertram, President of the Friends of Edgar Evins State Park presented a plaque of appreciation to Neely during a brief aviary dedication observance.
Evans decided on the aviary as her project after finding the park was in need of a home for birds of prey in the park’s educational facility. Along with the outdoor aviary, Neely also included a storage area for food and equipment. Rangers at the park will feed and care for the birds while park maintenance workers will provide upkeep for the facility.
“Edgar Evins State Park has a special place in my heart. I have been a member of the Edgar Evins State Park Friends group for over five years and spent hundreds of volunteer hours in the park. It is my home away from home. Building this aviary for them to bring a new program to the park was very important to me,” said Neely.
“I think my favorite part of the project was seeing it finally done. It’s one thing to see it on paper but when it’s in front of you it’s a good feeling. The challenging part was learning how to use the tools to build the cage. I had to learn to use the tools I’ve never used before,” Neely said.
“I feel proud to know I helped the State Park that feels like family to me. I can go there and see what I have accomplished,” added Neely.
“We are proud of Neely and what she has achieved! Come admire this outstanding aviary and enjoy the birds,” said Bertram.
The Gold Award is the highest achievement within the Girl Scouts of the USA, earned by Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts.
Park Ranger Halfacre explained that “McKenzie”, the barred owl shown in the photo and video above, is blind in both eyes from a train accident. She is believed to be between 12 and 15 years old. Barred owls have an average lifespan in the wild of 10 to 15 years. McKenzie weighs about 1.8 pounds.
Smithville Boy Scout Troop 347 celebrated a milestone last night (June 1). Jaden Wildes officially graduated from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts in a formal crossing over ceremony at Green Brook Park. Troop members marched in a procession to one of the park’s bridges, and Assistant Scout Master Jen Sherwood welcomed Wildes to his next level of scouting.
Later, in a Court of Honor ceremony Sherwood presented Wildes with his Scout award, the introductory rank earned prior to Tenderfoot. Gavin Conger moved up to Second Class, and Zachary Cantrell received the Life ranking, one step away from Eagle, scouting’s highest achievement. Scouts earning merit badges were Cantrell—Wilderness Survival, Emergency Preparedness, Camping, Cooking, Music, and Geocaching; Conger-Aviation; Friedrich Dodge-Personal Fitness and Family Life; Brandon Sobotka-Water and Soil Conservation; Cody Robinson—Hiking and Fishing, and Will Stephens—Hiking. Robinson and Stephens wrapped up their requirements for the Hiking merit badge recently when they completed a 20-mile hike at Fall Creek Falls.
Also, at Friday night’s event, scouts elected Kaleb Wildes as the Senior Patrol Leader and Zach Cantrell, Assistant Patrol Leader.
Meanwhile, the Boy Scouts helped honor our veterans on Memorial Day weekend, placing flags on the graves of soldiers at DeKalb Memorial Gardens and Whorton Springs Cemetery. Then, on Monday they presented the colors during the Memorial Day celebration at the county complex.
Smithville and DeKalb County’s largest two day tourist event is only one month away
The 47th Annual Smithville Fiddlers' Jamboree and Crafts Festival will be held Friday and Saturday, July 6th & 7th. The Festival begins at 9:00 am each day, and continues until the final competition has been awarded. With over 35 music and dance categories, streets full of hand-made crafts, and over a dozen food booths, there is something for everyone at the Jamboree. You have to experience it in person...come and see the Jamboree!
Preliminaries will be held in the following categories on Friday, July 6:
Old Time Appalachian Folksinging (Solo); Junior Clogging (ages 13-39); Junior Buck Dancing (ages 13-39); Old-Time Appalachian Folksinging (Duet, Trio, Quartet); Dobro Guitar; Mountain Dulcimer; Hammer Dulcimer; Novelty Event (Spoon Clacking, Jug Blowing, Washboard, Tub, Saws-Appalachian Related Only); Autoharp, Gospel Singing (Solo); Country Harmonica; Old Time Banjo; Youth Square Dancing (4 Couples-8 Total Dancers); Gospel Singing (Duet,Trio, and Quartet); Mandolin; and Old Time Fiddle Band.
The top three acts in each category will be called back for the finals on Friday night and a first, second, and third place will be awarded.
A United States flag and a Tennessee State flag will be presented on Friday evening. The flags, which have flown over the state capitol, go to the persons who travel the greatest distances, both from inside and outside the country, to get here. The flags will be presented by State Senator Mark Pody and State Representatives Terri Lynn Weaver and Clark Boyd.
The Smithville Community Chorus is expected to perform with a variety of patriotic songs.
Fiddler's Jamboree Craft Awards will be presented during the weekend for "Best of Show", "Best Appalachian Craft", "Best Newcomer", and "Best Craft Display"
On Saturday, July 7, preliminaries will be held in the following categories:
Junior Old Time Appalachian Flatfoot dance (ages up to 39); Senior Old Time Appalachian Flatfoot dance ( ages 40 and over); Senior Buckdancing (ages 40 and over); Senior Clogging (ages 40 and over); Bluegrass Banjo; Junior Fiddlers (ages 13-39); Flat Top Guitar; Contest Fiddle for the Neil Dudney Award; Bluegrass Band; Senior Fiddlers (ages 40 and over); and Square Dancing (4 Couples-8 Total Dancers).
Preliminaries will be held in each event and then the top three finalists will be called back Saturday night to compete for first, second, and third place.
Award-winning fiddle player Michael Cleveland has been named the 2018 Blue Blaze Award Winner for the Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree & Crafts Festival and he will be accepting the award on Saturday, July 7th at 5pm followed by a mini-concert by Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper.
Last year, Harpeth River of Franklin won the Square Dancing Competition during the 2017 Smithville Fiddlers ' Jamboree and Crafts Festival
(VIEW VIDEO BELOW OF THEIR PERFORMANCE IN THE FINALS LAST YEAR)
The winners of the Junior and Senior Fiddling competition will square off for the Grand Champion Award, the Berry C. Williams Memorial Trophy at the conclusion of the festival.
Last year Ivy Phillips of Chapmansboro, Tennessee repeated as the Grand Champion Fiddler of the Smithville Fiddler's Jamboree and Crafts Festival after first winning the title in 2016
(VIEW VIDEO BELOW OF HER PERFORMANCE DURING 2017 FIDDLE-OFF)
Meanwhile, the National Championship for Country Musician Beginners will be held Saturday afternoon, July 7 during the Jamboree featuring competitions for children, up to age twelve, in the categories of Buck Dancing, Clogging, Dobro Guitar, Mandolin, Five String Banjo, Flat Top Guitar, and Fiddle.
Preliminaries will be held in each event and then the top three finalists will be brought back to compete for first, second, and third place.
One child will receive the Best Overall Instrumental Entertainer Trophy Award and the top fiddler will get the James G. "Bobo" Driver Memorial Trophy.
Last year, Iris Shepherd of Henry, Tennessee won the top Jamboree award as the best fiddler in the National Championship for Country Musician Beginners.
In addition to the on-stage musical entertainment, the Fiddlers Jamboree will feature many crafts, plenty of delicious food; and lots of shade tree picking around the public square.
WJLE will broadcast most of the on-stage entertainment LIVE on AM 1480/ FM 101.7 and LIVE Streaming at www.wjle.com.
The 47th annual Smithville Fiddlers Jamboree and Crafts Festival is coming Friday and Saturday, July 6 & 7 and the Smithville-DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce invites all county businesses to again use their changeable signs or marquees to post welcome greetings for our Jamboree visitors.
“This marks the 18th year for the Chamber’s “Project Welcome Mat”, said Suzanne Williams, Executive Director of the Chamber. “With thousands of visitors coming into town, every effort should be made by the local merchants to show our guests that we appreciate them and welcome their business.
The program has been successful over the past years with many businesses participating. Let's keep on showing folks how friendly the DeKalb County / Smithville area can be!," she continued.
All businesses may participate in "Project Welcome Mat." The wording may be only a simple “Welcome to the Jamboree” or as elaborate as you choose. There will be recognition awards in 3 categories: "Best Worded," "Most Original" and the "People's Choice Award." Plaques will be presented to winners along with media recognition.
If your business would like to participate in the contest, email the Chamber at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 615-597-4163. Wording should be in place no later than Friday, June 15, 2018.
County Mayor Tim Stribling signed a proclamation Thursday, May 31 to officially designate June as Dairy Month in DeKalb County.
Jenna Cantrell, the 4-H June Dairy Month chairperson, along with other 4-H members witnessed the signing and enjoyed some ice cream in celebration with Mayor Stribling.
The proclamation reads:
WHEREAS dairy farmers have contributed to the development and well-being of DeKalb County since the earliest formation of DeKalb County.
WHEREAS, the dairy industry is a major industry in Tennessee, a significant contribution to the economy.
WHEREAS, milk and dairy foods provide health benefits and valuable nutrients; and
WHEREAS, real milk and dairy foods are superiors to their imitations in quality, values, and taste; and
WHEREAS, the 81st celebration of June Dairy Month, highlighting the dairy industry, will occur during 2018;
Now, therefore, be it resolved by Tim Stribling, mayor of DeKalb County, that June 2018 is designated to the celebration of June Dairy Month, and I call upon all the government agencies and the people of DeKalb County in order to observe the month with appropriate programs and activities.
DeKalb County 4-H has many activities planned for the public including participating in Get Outdoors Day at Floating Mill on June 9th, the summer reading program at Justin Potter library, and a special event at Evins Park beside the Square on the evening of June 30th. They will be announcing more information soon. Be sure to “Like” DeKalb County 4-H June Dairy Month Adventures on Facebook to keep up with where the 4-H Dairy Crew will be headed next! You may also call 615-597-4945 for more information.
Photo Caption: DeKalb County Mayor Tim Stribling signs a proclamation to declare that June is Dairy Month. Front: Jenna Cantrell, Elizabeth Seber, Tim Stribling, & Ansley Cantrell. Back: Laura Magness, Colby Barnes, and Luke Magness.
Teachers will get a pay raise in the coming months but the increase will not be as large as they had hoped.
During a meeting Thursday night, the budget committee of the county commission voted to reject the proposed 2018-19 budget for schools which included a request for a $2,400 local increase in pay for each teacher and certified personnel and a $1,500 increase for non-certified support staff. The only pay raise teachers can count on now is a $600 increase the state will be funding.
In his meeting with the budget committee Monday night, May 21 Director of Schools Patrick Cripps tried to make the case for giving teachers more money saying DeKalb County is not keeping pace with other counties in the rate of pay for teachers and they (teachers) are getting harder to come by.
Members of the budget committee want the school board to spend no more local money in the new budget than it has this past year. The committee is concerned that the county cannot afford to pay for all the proposed new spending requested by the school board without digging too deeply into the school system’s fund balance.
The Board of Education will now be forced to revisit its proposed budget and make cuts or revisions. In addition to the proposed pay raises, the school board had requested new spending for other needs but that too might have to be eliminated unless the board can re-work its budget to fund them with the money it already has coming to the district.
The Board of Education wanted more money to purchase Chrome Books for the 3rd through 5th grades at a cost of $240,000. Students from the 6th grade through high school already have Chrome Books. Extra funds ($20,000) would be included to repair and replace existing Chrome Books.
At the May 21 meeting, Cripps said $215,000 is needed to buy new textbooks. “This is a big change in our budget. This year is science adoption and that is K-12. We have to get new books for every student. The average book is $150,” he said.
New funding ($25,000) was also requested to implement a Dyslexia Program to help children at the elementary school grade level in reading. “The state is really pushing for testing of dyslexia and they are going to start holding us accountable for identifying our students that may have this issue. That program would be in K-2. It will help with reading and identify struggles kids may have,” said Director Cripps.
The proposed budget included $10,000 in new spending for meeting mandates of state evaluation and testing.
“The state mandates that we have a Response to Intervention (RTI) to see where students skills are as far as remediation in math, English, and reading and what we need to do to meet those students needs. With that you have to buy materials to test them. A universal screener. That costs $12 for each student per test in grades K-8 and that’s three times (per month). We check them throughout the month in between those three times to see the progress they are making,” Director Cripps said.
Due to the increasing demands of technology, the board wanted to make a current half time computer tech position full time ($16,000 in new money) which would give the school system three techs.
One new bus is usually purchased each year. The board wanted to buy two new school buses this year. That would be an extra expense to the system of $100,000.
Extra funds were also included for employee matching benefits and $2,500 to help schools cover their phone bills. “We have added $500 per school to assist with phone charges at the schools since they have to pay for their own phone bills,” said Director Cripps.
The proposed new spending for schools in this budget came to more than $1.7 million dollars over expenditures budgeted this past year and possibly could have been as much as $2.2 million if spent on a recurring basis without any increases in state BEP funding.
The budget committee is also trying to hold the line on spending in the general fund next year as well.
Except for pay raises already approved earlier this year for county employees and anything mandated by the state, the budget committee is recommending that no new spending be included in the general fund for the 2018-19 budget.
Requests from the Assessor of Property and County Clerk for an additional full time employee for their offices based on need were denied by the budget committee along with a request for more local funding for the Recovery Court and a proposed $5,000 increase in salary for the EMS director.
In order to close out the current fiscal year June 30 the county expects to go into its fund balance by from $600,000 to $900,000 to balance. By this time next year, the county might have to take as much as $1.3 million from its cash reserves to balance the books.
The budget committee is hopeful that more revenue will be generated in the ambulance service next year to offset the expenditures and the county’s subsidy of the EMS operation. In the last couple of years the county had contracted with another company to do the patient billing and collection for the ambulance service but saw receipts decline. The county is ending that agreement and will once again do the patient billing in-house at the ambulance service hoping to improve collections.
The budget committee will meet again Monday evening at the courthouse to review proposed budgets of other departments. Still to be considered are budgets for the local highway department, solid waste department, requests for charitable contributions, and others.
When the budget committee finishes its work, it will make a recommendation to the entire county commission for passage of the consolidated budgets for the 2018-19 fiscal year. Members of the committee say they do not plan to recommend any local property tax increase this year.
Children attending the opening party for the Summer Reading Program at Justin Potter Library were treated to a musical medley of fun Thursday afternoon with Barry Mitchell’s Readers ROCK Show.
Readers Rock is a symphony of fun that plays well for all ages. It’s magic of a musical nature, storytelling, and a crescendo of laughs. And it all leads to the star of the show, Sam the Tune Turtle and Hyena the Chicken.
Mitchell has entertained for country music stars, Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede, Nabisco’s Oreo magic shows, the Magic Castle in Hollywood, the Magic Circle in England, and schools, churches and corporations across America and abroad. Barry is also an author and inventor of magic tricks used around the world by professional magicians.
He's a fixture at the annual KIDabra conference and is known for his lectures on creativity which are always well-attended. His easy-to-perform routines are very popular with kids entertainers and his DVDs are filled with original ideas.
Whether he's doing shows for the public, or lecturing to magicians, Barry Mitchell is all about Entertaining Encouragement that’s more than funny, it makes a difference.
The Justin Potter and Alexandria Libraries Summer Reading Program is now underway through June 28. Children of all ages get to set their own reading goal and will receive a participation certificate and other goodies at the Final Party on June 28 at the County Complex Theater. This year's theme is "Libraries Rock".
Justin Potter Library's Summer Reading Events will all be held at the library except the Final Party on June 28th.
The weekly schedule is as follows:
Thursday, June 7 at 2 p.m.-Edgar Evins State Park Rangers & Animal Friends.
Thursday, June 14 at 2 p.m.-Mr. Bond the Science Guy
Thursday, June 21 at 2 p.m.-Libraries Rock Story time and activities with Board of Education group.
Thursday, June 28 at 2 p.m.-Final Party with Kevin Kidd's Family Band at the DeKalb County Complex Theater.
For more information, call Justin Potter Library at 615-597-4359 or visit Facebook or the website at www.dekalblibraries.net
Alexandria Library Summer Reading Programs:
Story Times with Activities on Wednesday, June 6, June 13, and June 20 at 2 p.m. For more information call the Alexandria Library at 615-529-4124.
Saint Thomas Health today (Thursday) announced executive leadership changes at Saint Thomas DeKalb, Highlands and Stones River Hospitals. The newly structured hospital leadership teams will be comprised of a chief administrative officer and director of nursing. Saint Thomas Health is part of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and nonprofit health system.
At Saint Thomas DeKalb Hospital, Brad Mullinax will serve as the new chief administrative officer. Previously, Mullinax served as the director of clinical operations at Saint Thomas DeKalb Hospital. Mullinax will be supported by Emily Elrod, who has been appointed as the director of nursing at both Saint Thomas Stones River and DeKalb Hospitals. Previously, Elrod served as director of clinical operations at Saint Thomas Stones River Hospital.
In support of Saint Thomas Health’s mission and strategic direction, the leadership team continues to look for the best ways to provide affordable, safe, and quality and accessible care to all, with special attention to those most vulnerable.
“Our leadership structures will continue to develop to support the goals of our strategic direction, and these changes include elevating and promoting Saint Thomas Health associates to help sustain our hospitals in the future,” said Gordon Ferguson, president and CEO of Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital and president of Saint Thomas regional hospitals. “As we continue to make our care delivery operations more efficient, we have made the decision to form separate leadership teams for Saint Thomas DeKalb, Highlands and Stones River Hospitals, allowing for a focus on growth, quality and operational excellence at each hospital.”
At Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, Richard Tumlin will serve as the interim chief administrative officer. Tumlin was most recently the chief operating officer at Southern Hills Hospital in Nashville where he worked since 2011. Tumlin graduated from both the University of Georgia and Georgia State University and currently lives in Brentwood, Tenn. In addition, Jennifer Halfacre will serve as interim director of nursing at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, and she will be supported by Bob Peglow, chief nursing officer for the Saint Thomas Health regional hospitals. Halfacre will continue her current responsibilities for surgical services at the hospital.
At Saint Thomas Stones River Hospital, Brian Gill has been named chief administrative officer. Gill has been extremely involved with the behavioral health services provided at several Saint Thomas hospitals, and he will continue to support the behavioral health services provided at Saint Thomas regional hospitals.
As a result of these changes in the executive leadership structure, Andy Wachtel will be transitioning from his role as president and CEO for these three regional hospitals. Additionally, the clinical operations position has been eliminated at each of these hospitals.
“With the ever-changing landscape in healthcare, we must continue to evolve to meet the needs of our communities, and the new executive leadership structure will allow us to have a strong leadership presence at each hospital every day,” said Ferguson. “Times of change can be difficult, but we remain committed to the continued service of each of these regional hospitals.”
ABOUT SAINT THOMAS HEALTH
In Tennessee, Ascension’s Saint Thomas Health operates nine hospitals in addition to a comprehensive network of affiliated joint ventures, medical practices, clinics and rehabilitation facilities that cover a 68-county area and employ more than 8,000 associates. Across the state, Saint Thomas Health provided more than $92 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in fiscal year 2017. Serving Tennessee for 15 years, Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. Ascension is the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, operating more than 2,600 sites of care – including 151 hospitals and more than 50 senior living facilities – in 22 states and the District of Columbia. Visit www.sthealth.com.
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 11-6 is offering a one-day boating safety class on Saturday, June 2 at the Dekalb County Community Center located at 712 South Congress Boulevard in Smithville, Tennessee from 8:00 AM – 4:00PM. The class is taught free but $7.00 fee per student covers lunch and room rental fees. Preregistration is required as the class size is limited. For more information and/or to register, please call John Whelan at 615-948-8051 and leave a message.
BOAT TENNESSEE is a comprehensive boating course designed for both beginners and novice boaters. This course will be taught in a one-day
session with a short lunch break. Topics include: Types and Uses of Boats/Engines; Boat Handling; Equipment for Boats, Trailering, Aids to
Navigation, Rules of the Road, Inland Boating, Boating Laws/State Laws, Boating Problems/Emergencies, and more. The exam to be given
will be the State of Tennessee boating exam.
This course is approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators. Those who successfully complete the course and
exam are awarded certificates of completion. Many marine insurance companies offer discounts on boat insurance to those who complete this
If the student taking this course and exam was born after January 1, 1989, then the student MUST also pre-register with the State of
Tennessee to take the boating exam and pay an additional fee of $10 per person to the State. The exam ticket is Type 600 and can be
obtained from any TWRA fishing/hunting licensing agent. Proof of identity of student may be required. Students are also strongly
encouraged to obtain their textbooks in advance for reading and studying.
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, created by an Act of Congress in 1939, is the uniformed civilian component of the U.S. Coast Guard and
supports the Coast Guard across all mission areas. For more information on the Coast Guard Auxiliary and a flotilla near you,
A total of $60,777 in local option sales tax funds is being shifted from the cities of Smithville, Liberty, and Dowelltown to the county due to state sales tax reporting errors that were discovered in a review by the Barrett Group of Murfreesboro, who was contracted by the county commission last fall to conduct the study.
During Tuesday night’s county commission meeting, County Mayor Tim Stribling said this money was always due the county instead of the cities but mistakes were made in the reporting of sales tax proceeds from businesses located near the city limits of those three towns.
The portions being taken from the cities and sent to the county for the last 12 months is $60,568 from Smithville, $199 from Dowelltown, and $9.84 from Liberty. None were found in Alexandria.
“It was not due to any fault of the city or county it was just whoever was reporting their sales tax. It won’t change anything as far as dollar amounts they are reporting but they will now report their portion to the county instead of the city,” said County Mayor Stribling.
City Administrator Hunter Hendrixson made the Smithville Mayor and Aldermen aware of the finding during the May 7 city council meeting.
The review was authorized by the county commission last October when it entered into a Revenue Enhancement Consulting Agreement with the Barrett Group of Murfreesboro.
During a prior workshop, Donna Barrett of the Barrett Group addressed the county commission to explain the proposal.
Under the agreement, the Barrett Group was to conduct a review to make sure the county is getting all the revenues it is due from various state taxes that local businesses pay including sales tax, Hall income tax, beer and liquor tax, excise tax, etc.
For example, if a municipality within the county is found from this review to be erroneously receiving any tax revenues from businesses outside of the municipality, then the mistake will be corrected and the tax money will be re-directed to the county.
The Barrett Group is to receive 50% of any extra revenues generated to the county from this review only for the first year. After the first year, no further fees will be paid to Barrett. Had the review turned up no mistakes, the county would not have owed Barrett anything.
In other business, the commission tabled action on a request by the Board of Education for approval of a budget amendment to receive funds from a U-trust mini-grant in the amount of $15,500.
Grant funds are to be used by the school district as follows:
$5,000 for an End of the Year Celebration
$1,000 for Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week
$7,500 for Monthly Teacher/Staff Morale activities
$1,000 for Teacher of the Year Banquet
$1,000 for Board members Meet and Greet/Open House
Seventh District Commissioner Larry Summers requested that action on this budget amendment be tabled until school administrators address the commission on why the grant funds are being used in this manner.
“We hear all the time teachers need materials to teach. Why are we throwing $15,500 out when it looks like to me it would go a whole lot better for teacher materials? I understand grants but why is there even this category at a time when they’re wanting teacher pay raises and to build new schools and when teachers are constantly having to reach into their own pockets to buy materials? Can any of this money be diverted”, asked Summers?
“Again I understand grants are very specific and it will probably fall under the category of if we don’t use it somebody else will but I would like to ask questions and table this until next month,” added Summers.
On another matter, the commission adopted a budget amendment in the amount of $120,500 by a 12-2 vote that was previously tabled which would allow the Board of Education to use unexpected new funds from the state for the purpose of helping cover the district’s health insurance costs.
Last fall, the Board of Education voted to add another $50 per month to each teacher who has health insurance through the school system to help ease their burden of soaring out of pocket costs.
A few county commissioners felt that the school board should divide this extra money from the state and give it to teachers to further help them with their out of pocket expense for health insurance.
However, Fifth district commissioner Anita Puckett said Director of Schools Patrick Cripps informed her that this new money from the state is a one-time allocation and non-recurring and it could not be spent directly on teachers in this manner.
In a letter to County Mayor Stribling, Director Cripps wrote that “this money was sent for an increase in the insurance. This money was based on the amount of people who left the limited plan to go to a higher cost plan. This was money that was sent to help school districts pay for the cost difference we incurred between the limited and higher cost plan,” wrote Cripps.
In his monthly sales tax report, County Mayor Stribling said local option sales tax for the month of April for DeKalb County was $64, 017. The net collections for the month of April for DeKalb County was $357,369 which is up over collections for April, 2017 which was $342, 329.