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Fire Destroys Mobile Home and Pickup Truck

September 30, 2014
by: 
Dwayne Page
Fire Destroys Mobile Home and Pickup Truck on Bethel Road

A fire Monday night destroyed a pickup truck and a mobile home at 3370 Bethel Road.

Central dispatch received the call at 8:28 p.m.

Lieutenant Brian Williams of the DeKalb County Fire Department said the mobile home belonged to Tony Trapp but that Jackie Trapp had been staying there. According to Lieutenant Williams, (Jackie) Trapp was working on a 1994 Ford Ranger with a gas leak near the trailer when a fire ignited in the vehicle. The blaze quickly engulfed the pickup and spread to the residence. Trapp was not hurt but the fire destroyed both truck and the mobile home along with Trapp's belongings.

Trooper Bobby Johnson of the THP happened to be passing by at the time and reported the fire.

Members of the Blue Springs, Keltonburg, and Short Mountain Highway Departments responded along with the tanker truck and equipment truck.

Meanwhile, a local church is seeking help for a family who lost belongings in a fire Saturday in the Jefferson Community.

If you would like to donate clothing for the Ray and Britta Rollins family, bring items to the Harvest Time Church at 150 Tabernacle Road just off Short Mountain Highway on Saturday, October 4 from 10 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. or if you need someone to pick up your donation call 615-548-4531 or 615-684-3286.

The Rollins' have two girls, a three year old and a four year old. The three year old, Ella wears size 4T clothes and shoes size 7-8. The four year old, Emma, wears sizes 4T to 5T clothes and shoes size 11-12. Mr. Rollins needs pants size 32/30, large size shirts, and shoes size 10 1/2 to 11. Mrs. Rollins needs pants size 3 and small to medium size shirts, dresses size 6 to 8, and shoes size 9.

Members of the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department responded to the fire late Saturday afternoon on South Judkins Lane. No one was home at the time.

According to Assistant County Fire Chief David Agee, firefighters found flames coming from underneath the single wide trailer home, which was being rented by the Rollins' from Alfredo Villa. The fire penetrated through to the master bedroom. Firefighters were able to contain the fire damage to the bedroom, according to Agee. The cause is undetermined but according to Sheriff Patrick Ray no foul play is suspected.

Members of the Main Station, Short Mountain Highway, and Belk Stations responded along with the equipment truck.

Navarro Overall Winner in FCCLA 5K

September 30, 2014
3rd place – Mya Ruch, 2nd place- Jordan Wilkins, 1st place- Rolando Navarro

The DeKalb County High School FCCLA chapter held it’s first ever 5K this past weekend at Green Brook Park. Taking part in this event were the DCHS running club, DMS running club, and outside runners in the county. Each runner was provided with a t-shirt, water stations, and fruits.

Overall Winners: 1st place – Rolando Navarro, 2nd place – Jordan Wilkins, 3rd place – Mya Ruch

Awards were presented in the following categories:

Fun Run Females: Jill Nabors, 1st place

Fun Run Males: Carl Parris, 1st place

5K (-12): Females: Mya Ruch

5K (-12): Males: Jake Ramsey, 1st place
Connor Adcock, 2nd place
Blaine Sexton, 3rd place

5K (13-19) Females: Crystal Vickers, 1st place

5K (13-19) Males: Jordan Wilkins, 1st place
Nathan Nabors, 2nd place
Jalene Dilligord, 3rd place

5K (20-29) Females: Vickey Vickers, 1st place

5K (30-39) Males: Rolando Navarro, 1st place

5K (30-39) Females: Kristen Vanvrankin, 1st place

5K (40-49) Males: Scott Nabors, 1st place

5K (40-49) Females: Melissa Ruch, 1st place

Well Known Liberty Man Charged with Reckless Endangerment and Aggravated Assault

September 29, 2014
by: 
Dwayne Page
Frank Donald Thomas
Tara Jane Summers
Franklin Ray Rigsby
James Allen Hesson
John David Hankins
Brittany Nichol Bogle
Matthew Calhoun Carpenter
Brent Lawrence Averill
Daniel Trey Hamilton

A well known Liberty man was arrested Saturday after being accused of pointing a gun at another motorist (family member) while chasing after him in his vehicle at high speeds on Highway 56 South.

74 year old Frank Donald Thomas of Nashville Highway, Liberty is charged with reckless endangerment and aggravated assault. His bond is $50,000 and he will be in court October 9. He was charged by a sheriff's department detective.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Saturday, September 27 central dispatch received a call that Thomas, driving a red Chevy Avalanche on Highway 56 south, was chasing after a man in a red Dodge pickup truck at speeds of over 100 miles per hour. During the chase, Thomas allegedly pointed a small silver gun out of the window, causing the victim to fear for his life.

A deputy spotted Thomas behind the victim's truck. Another witness said he was run off the road by the red Dodge being chased by the red Avalanche.

Thomas later told officers that the reason he was following the man was because of something he had done in the past. Thomas said he wanted to get his hands on him. Thomas was placed under arrest and a silver revolver, containing three live rounds and three spent rounds, was found in his vehicle.

Thomas is a former county commissioner and member of the county beer board.

In other cases, 36 year old Tara Jane Summers of West Broad Street, Smithville is charged with reckless endangerment. Her bond is $100,000 and she will be in court October 2. Sheriff Ray said that on Wednesday, September 17 Summers pulled up in her vehicle in front of the sheriff's department. She signaled for one of the detectives to come to her automobile. The detective responded and saw two small children in the back floorboard of Summers' vehicle. He also noticed that Summers held a 12 gauge shotgun in her lap. Summers told the detective that her parents had been murdered and that there were people chasing her, trying to kill her. When Summers was asked to hand over the shotgun, she refused and started pointing it out the window toward passing vehicles. The detective had to take the weapon by force. The gun was found to be loaded with three live rounds. Summers was placed under arrest.

28 year old Jennifer Nicole Miller of McMinnville Highway, Smithville is cited for simple possession of a schedule IV drug (xanax). Sheriff Ray said that on Tuesday, September 23 a deputy stopped a white van on the Sparta Highway for a traffic violation. After receiving consent to search, the officer found in Miller's purse, nine and a half pills believed to be xanax. The pills were inside an Aleve bottle. Miller allegedly admitted that the pills belonged to her but that she had no prescription for them.

37 year old Franklin Ray Rigsby of McMinnville is charged with a second offense of driving under the influence. He was further issued citations for driving on a revoked license and driving on roadways laned for traffic. His bond is $3,000 and he will be in court October 16. Sheriff Ray said that on Thursday, September 25 while patrolling on Highway 70 a deputy observed a red Nissan crossing the center line of the road, failing to maintain its lane of travel. The officer conducted a traffic stop and found that the driver, Rigsby had a strong odor of alcohol on his person and his eyes were glossy. Rigsby submitted to but performed poorly on field sobriety tasks. A computer check revealed that Rigsby's license were revoked for a previous offense of driving under the influence. He was arrested and brought to the jail for booking.

37 year old James Allen Hesson of Toad Road, Dowelltown is charged with public intoxication. He was further issued a citation for simple possession of a schedule II drug (meth). His bond is $1,500 and he will be in court October 9. Sheriff Ray said that on Thursday, September 25 a deputy was dispatched to a trailer park residence on Toad Road where a man (Hesson) was reported to be banging on his neighbor's door and setting a fire outside the home. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with Hesson, who was unsteady on his feet and had a strong odor of alcohol on his person. When the officer asked what he was doing, Hesson replied that he was burning junk to clean up the trailer park. The neighbors said Hesson had actually been taking things off their porch and burning them without their permission. During Hesson's arrest for public intoxication, a small container was found on his person which held two small bags of methamphetamine.

25 year old John David Hankins of McMinnville is charged with driving under the influence. He was also issued citations for a violation of the open container law, expired tags, driving an unregistered vehicle, and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond is $2,500 and he will be in court October 9. Sheriff Ray said that on Friday, September 26 a deputy pulled over a 1999 Honda Civic for expired tags. Hankins was the driver. A computer check revealed that the vehicle was unregistered. Hankins had a strong odor of alcohol on his person. Hankins told the officer that he had been drinking earlier that evening. Hankins performed poorly on field sobriety tasks and he submitted to a blood test. During his arrest for DUI, Hankins was found in possession of a pipe used for smoking marijuana. He also had an open bottle of rum in his vehicle.

19 year old Brittany Nichol Bogle of Coconut Ridge Road, Smithville is charged with domestic assault. Her bond is $1,500 and she will be in court October 9. Sheriff Ray said that on Saturday, September 27 a deputy was dispatched to a residence on Coconut Ridge Road on a domestic complaint. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with Bogle and her brother who had been in an altercation. According to Bogle, she and her brother began arguing over his friends. She claims her brother got in her face twice and she hit him in the face. Her brother told the officer that both had been in each other's faces but that she started swinging, hitting him and causing a cut to his mouth. She was placed under arrest.

28 year old Matthew Calhoun Carpenter of Cherry Street, Smithville is charged with driving under the influence and possession of a handgun while under the influence. He was also cited for failure to change the address on his driver's license, possession of drug paraphernalia, and failure to maintain his lane of travel. Carpenter's bond is $4,000 and he will be in court October 9. Sheriff Ray said that on Saturday, September 27 a deputy observed a white truck leave its lane of travel. After stopping the vehicle, the officer spoke with the driver, Carpenter. He had a strong odor of alcohol on his person and his speech was slurred. Carpenter admitted to having been drinking and he was unsteady on his feet. Carpenter performed poorly on field sobriety tasks and he submitted to a blood test. During an inventory of Carpenter's single cab truck, the deputy found in the passenger floorboard a green case containing a 357 magnum handgun, loaded with seven bullets. He also found a pipe containing residue believed to be marijuana. Carpenter was placed under arrest.

32 year old Brent Lawrence Averill of Ike Adcock Road, Smithville is charged with driving on a revoked license. He was also issued a citation for violation of the financial responsibility law because he could not produce proof of insurance. His bond is $1,500 and he will be in court October 15. Sheriff Ray said that on Sunday, September 28 Averill was driving a 1999 black Mustang on Antioch Road when he crashed the car into a ditch about twenty yards east of Greenhill Road causing extensive damage to the front end. His license were found to be revoked.

23 year old Daniel Trey Hamilton of South Mountain Street, Smithville is charged with assault. His bond is $2,500 and he will make a court appearance on October 9. Sheriff Ray said that on Sunday, September 28 Hamilton, who is a prisoner at the jail, covered the surveillance cameras in the cell. Two correctional officers went to the cell and asked him to come out. He refused. The officers entered the cell and began to escort him out. Hamilton became aggressive and assaulted one of the correctional officers by head butting him in the eye.

Mother Accused of Giving Her Teenage Daughter Marijuana

September 29, 2014
by: 
Dwayne Page
Stephanie Fagan
Robert Roy Atnip, Jr.
William L. Frazier

A mother has been charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor for allegedly giving marijuana to her fifteen year old daughter.

32 year old Stephanie Fagan is under a $1,500 bond and she will be in court on October 2. Chief Randy Caplinger said that on Tuesday, September 16 the grandmother came to the police department to report that the mother, Fagan had been giving marijuana to her child.

44 year old Robert Roy Atnip, Jr. is charged with burglary and theft of property over $1,000. His bond is $12,500. Chief Caplinger said that on Saturday, September 6, Atnip allegedly broke into an outbuilding at the Smithville Golf Course and took several grass trimmers and hedge trimmers, valued at $1,500.

54 year old William L. Frazier of Liberty is charged with indecent exposure. His bond is $1,500 and he will be in court on October 2. Chief Caplinger said that on Tuesday, September 16 Frazier allegedly exposed himself to a seventeen year old girl in the parking lot of Walmart.

53 year old David Linnear is charged with driving under the influence. His bond is $1,500 and he will be in court October 2. Chief Caplinger said that on Friday, September 5 police spotted a vehicle run a red light and almost cause an accident at the intersection of Highway 56 & 70. The officer pulled over the automobile and detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from the car. Linnear, the driver, submitted to and performed poorly on field sobriety tasks. He was placed under arrest.

64 year old Harold Blackwell is charged with driving under the influence. His bond is $1,500 and he will make a court appearance on October 2. Chief Caplinger said that on Saturday, September 6 Blackwell ran a red light forcing other vehicles to stop. An officer initiated a traffic stop and noticed a very strong odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle. Blackwell, the driver, had slurred speech and he seemed to be confused by the officer's presence. Blackwell submitted to and performed poorly on field sobriety tasks. He refused to submit to a blood test. He was placed under arrest.

28 year old Justin Lohorn is charged with public intoxication and has been issued two citations for simple possession of a schedule VI drug (marijuana). He is under a $1,500 bond on the public intoxication charge and will be in court October 2. He will make a court appearance on the marijuana citations October 14. Chief Caplinger said that on Sunday, September 7 police received a complaint of an intoxicated person in the Driver Street area. Upon arrival the officer saw Lohorn walking in the center of Odom street. He was asked to step over to the patrol car. Lohorn was unsteady on his feet and he had slurred speech. As he approached, Lohorn tossed a small bag containing a green leafy substance under the front of the patrol car. The bag was recovered and found to contain marijuana. The officer also found on Lohorn an unlabeled pill bottle containing a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana.

29 year old Sara South is cited for criminal trespass. Chief Caplinger said police were dispatched to a residence on Foster Road in reference to a trespasser. The caller reported that South was at the residence and had been warned to stay away.

59 year old Kenneth Johnson is charged with driving under the influence. His bond is $1,500. Chief Caplinger said that on Wednesday, September 10 police were dispatched to the area of Highland Avenue due to a possible drunk driver. An officer arrived and found Johnson behind the wheel of a parked vehicle. Keys were in the ignition. He was asked to step out of the vehicle. His speech was slurred and he performed poorly on field sobriety tasks. The officer found a half filled bottle of liquor on the front seat of the automobile. Johnson was placed under arrest.

39 year old Robert Bumbalough is charged with a second offense of driving under the influence and possession of a handgun while under the influence. His bond is $4,500 and he will be in court October 9. Chief Caplinger said that on Sunday, September 14 police spotted a vehicle speeding on West Broad Street. The officer initiated a traffic stop and spoke with the driver, Bumbalough who had a strong odor of alcohol on him. He was asked to step out of the vehicle. Bumbalough was unsteady on his feet and he performed poorly on field sobriety tasks. During his arrest for DUI, the officer found in Bumbalough's car a 45 caliber handgun.

27 year old Josh Batey is charged public intoxication and he was issued citations for theft of property under $500 and possession of schedule III & IV drugs. He will be in court October 2. Chief Caplinger said police were called to the thrift store at Broad Street and Mountain Street in response to a possible intoxicated person. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with Batey who was unsteady on his feet and had slurred speech. Batey had in his possession a schedule III and IV drug hidden in his pants and he was found to have stolen a pair of boots from the business. Batey was placed under arrest.

23 year old Daniel Trey Hamilton is cited for possession of drug paraphernalia and he will be in court on October 16. Chief Caplinger said that on Friday, September 19 police were called to a halfway house on South Mountain Street in reference to a man who had drug paraphernalia on him. The officer arrived and confronted Hamilton who admitted that he had hypodermic needles.

31 year old Sheena George is charged with driving under the influence and is under a $1,500 bond. She will be in court October 16. Chief Caplinger said that on Saturday, September 20 police spotted a speeding vehicle on North Congress Boulevard which was swerving in and out of its lane of traffic. The officer initiated a traffic stop and spoke with the driver, George who had a strong odor of alcohol on her person. She submitted to and performed poorly on field sobriety tasks. George was placed under arrest.

Johnny Reed is charged with driving under the influence. He is under a $1,500 bond and he will be in court on October 9. According to Chief Caplinger, police came upon a two vehicle accident on Saturday, September 20 at a traffic light on West Broad Street. Reed was the driver in one of the vehicles, a black Chevrolet pickup truck. Reed had a strong odor of alcohol on his person. His speech was slurred and he performed poorly on field sobriety tasks. He also submitted to a blood test.

DeKalb Man Indicted In Death of His Father

September 29, 2014
Alan Mooney Jr

A DeKalb County man has been indicted by the Wilson County Grand Jury in the death of his father, whose remains were found in his burned down home at Statesville in August.

38 year old Alan Mooney Jr. is charged with first degree murder, aggravated arson, two counts of arson and abuse of a corpse. Mooney, who is being held without bond on the charges, was arraigned Friday in Wilson County Criminal Court. He entered a not-guilty plea.

Mooney, who had a residence on the Old Snow Hill Road in DeKalb County at the time of his arrest, is accused of murdering his father, Alan Mooney, Sr. by setting fire to his home on Armstrong Road in the Statesville Community on August 29.

The fire destroyed the home and two outbuildings. Mooney Sr.’s remains weren’t officially identified until days after the fire because of the extent the body was burned.

Mooney Jr. was brought to Wilson County for his arraignment from the Rutherford County Jail, where he was being held on separate charges related to the police pursuit during the early morning hours of Aug. 30, shortly after he was identified as a person of interest in the fire.

Mooney Jr.’s vehicle was slowed with spike strips and crashed at a Murfreesboro intersection. No serious injuries were reported.

In Rutherford County, Mooney Jr. faces charges of evading arrest, resisting arrest and aggravated assault. His bond on those charges is $90,000.

Mooney is being represented by the District Public Defender's office in Wilson County.

His next court date in Wilson County is scheduled for November 20.

DWS Observes "See You at the Pole"

September 29, 2014
by: 
Bill Conger
DWS Observes "See You at the Pole"

Students at DeKalb West celebrated their first amendment right to freedom of religion at Wednesday's annual "See You at the Pole" event.

Students who voluntarily wanted to attend stood around the new front of the school as the DWS Junior Beta Club officers lead the brief ceremony.

Addison Oakley was the announcer/emcee, Justin Reynolds delivered the Pledge of Allegiance, Ashley Reynolds lead in prayer, Phillip Coats read the First Amendment, and Callie Mulloy read the scriptures. Music teacher Emily Phillips sang the national anthem and SRO Lewis Carrick delivered the devotion and closing prayer.

See You at the Pole is held on the 4th Wednesday of September each year at schools across the nation.

DCHS Class of 1964 to Celebrate 50th Year Reunion

September 29, 2014
by: 
Kaye Fedak

The Class of 1964 will commemorate the proud distinction of being the first graduating class of the current DeKalb County High School, with a day of celebration on October 4, 2014. The festivities will include a tour of the high school; a “meet and greet” at the home of Don and Rita Cripps (Don was the president of the senior class); and dinner, entertainment, memorials, etc. at the First Methodist Church Christian Fellowship Center.

This (1963-64) was the year of Consolidation and Integration -
On September 2, 1963, the schools at Liberty and Smithville were consolidated into a new DeKalb County High School. This began the first year of consolidation as well as the first year of integration.

In 1964, the new school was an example of modern design and conveniences, including air conditioning, television, modern laboratory facilities for science and language, new home economics equipment, an additional workshop, individual lockers, and an intercommunication system, which provided music before school and in the cafeteria and provided more effective communication throughout the building.

School History -

Smithville -
In 1923, a new high school was built in Smithville. It was originally named Pure Fountain High School, but within a few years, it was renamed DeKalb County High School; however, it was usually called Smithville High School. The building had ten classrooms and an auditorium that seated six hundred. It accommodated eight elementary grades as well as all high school classes. The high school faculty consisted of only three teachers and only fifty students, with a graduating class of two pupils. The building had two things rarely found in a school during that time period, indoor plumbing and an indoor gymnasium. Until that time, the boys played basketball outdoors. With the construction of the new gymnasium, girls were allowed to play basketball for the first time. In 1926, football was introduced in Smithville, as an interscholastic sport. In addition to the limited athletic program, there were other activities, consisting of plays and dramatic presentations, music recitals, field days, a junior-senior reception, picnics, and literary societies, which promoted school spirit and enthusiasm among the students.

The number of pupils continued to grow and in 1939, a new elementary school was built. Further growth in the student body occurred in 1948, when the first public school buses went into operations. In the same year, a new gymnasium seating two thousand people was constructed. In 1956 the boys’ basketball team went to the state tournament. Then in 1959 both the boys’ and girls’ teams went to the state tournament, with the girls achieving the runners-up position.

The school had grown to include sixteen teachers and approximately 420 students by the time the building burned on January 7, 1962.

Makeshift classrooms were used for high school classes until the new school opened in the fall of 1963.

Liberty -
When the old wooden school burned in Liberty in 1917, a new school was built the following year. Constructed of solid stone, the two-story building contained four large classrooms downstairs, with two smaller rooms and a three hundred-seat auditorium upstairs. Also the upstairs was used as a meeting place for the Masonic Lodge. With only approximately twenty high school pupils, this building served as both elementary and high school and was adequate for both at the time. The first graduating class in 1920 consisted of two pupils. The school had only one high school teacher. In 1918, boys’ basketball was played on an outdoor court. A few years later a girls’ basketball team was formed and also played outdoors. Around 1934, a gymnasium was constructed on the Liberty campus. Basketball was the main form of athletics, but literary societies were organized in the 1920’s, to provide other types of activities. By 1939, the number of pupils had grown to a level that required a new school to be built for the elementary grades. The campus was expanded further in 1958, when a new gymnasium was constructed with a seating capacity of approximately eight hundred.

In 1962, the last year a high school was operated at Liberty, there were eight teachers and approximately 150 students in the high school.

October 6 is Deadline for Voter Registration

September 27, 2014
by: 
Dwayne Page

The deadline is only days away for those who wish to become registered to vote in time for the November 4 elections.

Monday, October 6 is the last day to register to vote in person and by postmark with the local county election commission office, according to Administrator of Elections Dennis Stanley.

DeKalb County currently has 13,079 registered voters.

Here's how the number of registered voters break down by district:

First district: 1,921
Second district: 1,908
Third district: 1,872
Fourth district: 2,140
Fifth district: 1,895
Sixth district: 1,723
Seventh district: 1,620

A total of 7,190 DeKalb County voters turned out for the November election in 2008, including 4008 early voters and absentees combined and 3,182 on election day.

In November, 2010 a total of 5,009 people voted in DeKalb County including 2,008 early voters/absentees combined and 3,001 on election day.

Two years later, in November 2012 a total of 6,479 voted in DeKalb County including 3,217 who voted either early or by absentee and 3,262 on election day.

DeKalb County Wins Queen Supreme at State Fair

September 27, 2014
by: 
Shan Burklow
Tyra Graham (third from left) and Shan Burklow
Addison Oakley (third from left)

Girls from across the state gathered at the Tennessee State Fair recently to compete to see who was the fairest of them all. Many contestants traveled from DeKalb County to participate in the fair’s festivities in Nashville, TN with hopes of winning a crown. Contestants from Alexandria, Liberty and Smithville, TN were among some of the coveted top winners from over 150 awards and titles. Tyra Graham of Smithville, TN was named Queen Supreme Overall for the 16 to 20 age category. Tyra is the 16 year old daughter of Kyle and Doris Graham and also received an optional award for prettiest hair.

“I was thrilled when Tyra was named Queen Supreme Overall,” says Tyra’s Mom, Doris, “She was a little nervous about the interview and wasn’t sure how the judges would score. We are so very proud of her.”

The judges, accredited by the Miss America Association, apparently scored Tyra very well as she received the highest overall score in the supreme optional. Additional DeKalb County awards and titles went to the following contestants: Addison Oakley was awarded Junior Tennessee Top Model, Junior Fair Princess third runner up, and prettiest smile. Addison will receive a one year modeling contract with Dan Talent Group in Franklin, TN. Addison is the 13 year old daughter of Clark and Lisa Oakley of Liberty, TN; Alexis Grace Atnip of Smithville, TN was awarded first runner up, prettiest eyes and prettiest hair. She is the 11 year old daughter of Veronica Atnip; Shelby Clayborn of Liberty, TN was awarded Jr. Fair Princess Miss Congeniality. Shelby is the 13 year old daughter of Brian Clayborn and Holly Clayborn; Grace Howland was named Miss Sweetheart Congeniality and Miss Sweetheart third runner up. Grace is the 11 year old daughter of Rick and Nikki Harris of Alexandria, TN; Brylee Key was awarded first runner up and best personality. Brylee is the 32 month old daughter of Holly and Shannon Key of Alexandria, TN.

For 2014, the state fair added a pageant designed especially for girls with disabilities called, Miss Sparkle. Twenty-four girls participated in the Friday evening event provided free to contestants sponsored by Studio Six Limited, The TN State Fair and Metro Parks Disabilities of Nashville. Mrs. Tennessee Rachael Neudecker came out and took photos with each of the girls along with 2013 TN State Fairest of the Fair Mary Grace Walkonowski.

“We were so very proud to see DeKalb County come out and compete at the Tennessee State Fair,” said Shan Burklow- Tennessee State Fair Pageant Director, “The girls helped us raise money for the kids at The Monroe Carrell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and had a great time in the process. DeKalb should be very proud of these girls. They represented their county with good-sportsmanship and character. The old saying, ‘It takes a village’ is very true. The state fair pageants could not be a success without the help of many of our friends and family. The baby and toddler pageants are directed by Smithville Review’s own, Angie Meadows, and her excellent staff, along with our Pageant Producer Beth Chandler and her crew of loyal volunteers and workers from DeKalb County and across the state. Thanks to everyone who had a part in making this year better than ever.”

Toddler Show- 1st Runner Up: Brylee Key, 32 month old daughter of Holly & Shannon Key of Alexandria
Toddler Show- Best Personality: Brylee Key

Miss Sweetheart-3rd Runner Up: Grace Howland, 11 year old daughter of Rick & Nikki Harris of Alexandria
Miss Sweetheart-Congeniality: Grace Howland

Jr. Fair Princess- Jr TN Top Model: Addison Oakley, 13 year old daughter of Clark & Lisa Oakley of Liberty'
Jr. Fair Princess- 3rd Runner Up: Addison Oakley
Jr. Fair Princess- Prettiest Smile: Addison Oakley
Jr. Fair Princess- Congeniality: Shelby Clayborn, 13 year old daughter of Brian Clayborn & Holly Clayborn of Liberty

Miss Sweetheart- 1st Runner Up: Alexis Grace Atnip, 11 year old daughter of Veronica Atnip of Smithville
Miss Sweetheart- Prettiest Eyes: Alexis Grace Atnip
Miss Sweetheart- Prettiest Hair: Alexis Grace Atnip

Fairest of Fair- Queen Supreme: Tyra Graham, 16 year old daughter of Kyle & Doris Graham of Smithville
Fairest of Fair- 2nd Runner UP: Tyra Graham
Fairest of Fair- Prettiest Hair: Tyra Graham

For more photos of winners, participants, and fun fair moments, join the Tennessee State Fair Pageants facebook page.

TOP Picture: Tyra Graham of Smithville, TN (THIRD FROM LEFT) was named Queen Supreme Overall at the Tennessee State Fair recently.

BOTTOM Picture: Addison Oakley of Liberty, TN (THIRD FROM LEFT) stands amongst additional winners as she is crowned Junior Tennessee Top Model. Oakley will receive a one year modeling contract with Dan Talent Group in Franklin, TN.

DUD Gets Eleven Bids on Water Plant Construction Project

September 26, 2014
by: 
Dwayne Page
DUD Board of Commissioners

The DeKalb Utility District Board of Commissioners opened bids Thursday on the proposed water treatment plant project.

Eleven bids were submitted from companies interested in the work.

Bids include construction on the water plant, the raw water intake, and 18 inch raw and finished water transmission lines.

DUD's engineering firm will review all the bids and meet with the DUD board during its regular monthly meeting next Thursday, October 2 at 3:00 p.m. to discuss the next move. The board may also decide at the meeting whether to have a workshop to discuss the project bids in more detail.

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