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Capitol Hill Week From Senator Mae Beavers

January 30, 2012
State Senator Mae Beavers

Major legislation attacking the growing problem of synthetic or “designer” drug abuse was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee this week. The action comes as poison centers, hospitals and law enforcement officers in Tennessee report a sharp increase in the number of persons who have suffered harmful effects from using various synthetic drug products. Senate Bill 2172, sponsored by Senate Judiciary Chairman Mae Beavers (R-Mt. Juliet), increases penalties for those convicted of selling or producing synthetic drugs and defines it in such a way that manufacturers cannot skirt the law to avoid prosecution.

Synthetic drug products, which have become increasingly popular among teens and young adults, are sold at a variety of retail outlets like convenience stores, smoke shops and over the Internet. They commonly feature cartoon characters on package labels. Some law enforcement authorities have even said that due to the huge increase, the dangerous substance has the potential to eclipse methamphetamine as the most dangerous drug in Tennessee unless action is taken.

The products are sold under the guise of “bath salts” or “plant food” but are comprised of a class of chemicals perceived as mimics of cocaine, LSD and methamphetamine. The effects include impaired perception, reduced motor control, disorientation, extreme paranoia and violent episodes. Experts say the long-term physical and psychological effects of the drug are unknown but warn they could be severe.

“The General Assembly passed legislation to ban the chemical compound used in synthetic drugs; however, unscrupulous chemists manufacturing the drugs continue to modify molecules in the organic compound to avoid prosecution,” said Senator Beavers. “By the time a new synthetic drug is discovered and banned, another altered form of the compound has taken its place.”

The bill approved by the committee this week defines synthetic drugs in such a way as to capture any analogues. An analogue is a chemical compound having a similar structure to the banned drug. In determining if a synthetic drug is an “analogue controlled substance,” there are four law enforcement factors that must be considered and eight scientific factors which serve to define them. These include whether an analogue has a stimulant, depressant or hallucinogenic effect on the central nervous system. Another important factor is the price difference between the substance for sale and the actual price of the legitimate product which is described in packaging or marketing the product.

“For example, consumers can purchase approximately 10 pounds of actual bath salts or plant food for what one gram of a synthetic substance packaged as these products costs,” added Beavers. “The price differential also puts sellers on notice that what they might think is legal to sell may really be a controlled substance analogue.”

The legislation increases penalties for selling, manufacturing or possessing a synthetic drug or controlled substance analogue from a misdemeanor to a Class D felony. The penalties would increase to a Class C felony if it is a second or subsequent offense or if the analogue is sold to a minor. Simple possession of 1 gram or less would be a Class A misdemeanor under the bill as would representing something as a controlled substance analogue when it is not.

“We are very hopeful that the new definition will give clarity regarding what constitutes the illegal drug, while strengthening penalties will make certain that these substances are out of reach of Tennessee’s youth,” said Senator Beavers.

Meth Registry -- In similar action, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved legislation to tighten a loophole in the state’s Meth Registry. Senate Bill 2190, sponsored by Senator Beavers, adds those convicted of promoting the manufacture of methamphetamine and those who initiated a process intended to result in the manufacture of meth to the state’s Registry. In addition, the legislation requires the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) to collect a driver’s license number or another identification number from those listed on the Registry so innocent citizens with similar names and birthdates do not run into a roadblock when they purchase pseudoephedrine.

Bills help teachers address student discipline

Two bills have been filed in the Tennessee General Assembly to give teachers more authority and protection in disciplining students. One proposal, Senate Bill 3122, would give teachers protection from civil liability when defending themselves or when they have to intervene in a physical altercation. The other measure, Senate Bill 3116, gives teachers basic rights to control their classroom and remove consistently disruptive or violent students.

Senate Bill 3116 requires local Boards of Educations to establish clearly a complete policy regarding a teacher’s ability to remove a student from the classroom and relocate the student to another educational location for the student’s safety or the safety of others. The bill allows the use of reasonable or justifiable force as long as it is done in accordance to school policy and Tennessee law. The bill also allows teachers to intervene in a physical altercation between two or more students or a student and another school employee if necessary to end the fight.

The legislation applies to altercations on school property, as well as at official school functions or sporting events. Under the proposal, the teacher must file a brief report with the principal regarding the situation and actions taken. The student would then be subject to additional disciplinary action that could include suspension or expulsion from school. Finally, the bill requires principals to support the authority of teachers who take such action if it is done in accordance with the proposed law and the school’s policies.

Teachers have told lawmakers that many are at a disadvantage in being able to maintain discipline in the classroom due to rules on removal of consistently disruptive students. They say that this problem can hamper student progress and put teachers at a disadvantage in achieving their evaluative goals. Senate Bill 3116 aims to give teachers the ability to manage their classrooms and even remove a student if it gets to the point where the behavior is persistently disruptive.

Meet State Representative Mark Pody

January 28, 2012
Dwayne Page
State Representative Mark Pody

With redistricting, DeKalb County will have two state representatives, Terri Lynn Weaver (R) of Lancaster in the 40th district and Mark Pody (R) of Lebanon in the 46th district.

Representative Pody's district will take in about a third of the county including all of the sixth district, almost all of the seventh district including part of the City of Smithville, and portions of the second and fifth districts. Representative Weaver will represent the rest of DeKalb County.

In an effort to get to know DeKalb County better, Representative Pody is beginning to attend local events to meet and greet residents here as he gears up for re-election later this year. Pody and his wife Barbara attended Saturday night's annual banquet of the DeKalb County Fire Department and made brief remarks.

Pody's district will include a large portion of Wilson County, all of Cannon County, and a portion of DeKalb County.

In an interview with WJLE after the banquet, Representative Pody said he is looking forward to serving DeKalb County along with State Representative Weaver. "My current district is the eastern half of Wilson County. I have all of Cannon County and I have Trousdale County. But with the new redistricting I will be losing Trousdale County and I'm going to be coming into DeKalb County so Terri Lynn Weaver and myself will be sharing the county. I want to know exactly what the issues are here that's affecting DeKalb County and what I can do or what the state can do to help. I know Terri Lynn Weaver and Senator Mae Beavers have done a great job down here but I feel it very incumbent upon me to find out myself so that's why I've been down here a couple of times already and I'm here tonight getting to know people and meet them. I am excited about being here. I am the type of individual that I'll even pass out my personal cell phone number 390-2444. I am available and I answer that phone myself . I want to be able to talk and be responsive to the needs that somebody has," said Pody.

The following is the WJLE question and answer interview of Representative Pody:

Question: Are you pleased with the redistricting plan?

Pody: "Yes I am. I'm very happy with the two counties that I have down here. Cannon and DeKalb are very close and very similar so I am very comfortable with it. My kids grew up in Watertown and went to school in Watertown so I'm very excited about it"

Question: Can you tell us about yourself?

Pody: "I am very new to politics. I was elected last year (2010) when this session started. I am a business owner. I have an office in Knoxville and one in Murfreesboro. I do insurance, however I meet payroll every single week and I just decided that there has been so much regulation that has been put on the business people and the local communities that I said ‘enough is enough' I want to try to do something about that so I went ahead and ran (for state representative) and I was elected."

Question: What about your family?

Pody: "I married my high school sweetheart. Its ironic. We were in high school and my wife and I eloped from Wisconsin. The first state that would marry us was Tennessee so we got married in Tennessee. We were both actually underage but we've been married ever since which is 39 years. I have two children and they both live in Wilson County. One is in Watertown and the other one is in Lebanon. I also have eight grandchildren. I am very excited to have my family close to me. We love it. We see them all the time."

Question: Do you live in Lebanon?

Pody: "I live just south of Lebanon on Highway 231 South."

Question: Where are you originally from?

Pody: "I was actually born in the state of Washington. My father was in the Air Force so I was born on the base in Washington but we moved to Wisconsin shortly thereafter."

Question: Are you enjoying your experience in the legislature?

Pody: "I wouldn't say ‘enjoying" but I can see that we are making a difference. The most exciting thing is when somebody calls our office and they're having issues with a state department somewhere and we can cut through the red tape and help get that problem solved for them. We've been able to help them save homes. We've been able to help people get benefits that they deserve. We've been able to help with individual things where they've fought with a state department for months or possibly even years and were not able to get anything on their own. We have been able to get something done for them. That gives me a lot of gratification that I know I'm making a difference. I am disappointed sometimes on how slow things can happen at the capitol because of political infighting or whatever when I know good things need to be done. It just doesn't get done as quickly as I would hope."

Question: What would you like to see done legislatively this year?

Pody: There's a couple of bills that I'm running. I'm not going to run a lot of bills. I don't think we need a lot more laws or regulations. That's not one of my main focuses. But one thing that I am going to be doing is try to get an English Only bill for drivers licenses. I think if we have people who are driving, they need to be able to take that test in English and read our signs. I believe that is just a very basic safety issue. I have a couple of other bills that I'm working on. One of them is a state day of prayer. I know we have a national day of prayer but I believe that in Tennessee I'd like us to have a state day of prayer as well. My faith is very important to me and I want to stand up for that wherever I can."

The DeKalb County Republican Party is hosting a Meet and Greet with State Representative Pody, State Representative Weaver, and State Senator Beavers on Thursday, February 9 at 6:00 p.m. at the Smithville City Hall building. Representative Pody said he hopes everyone who can will come out for a visit. "I would love to see you to introduce myself personally. I feel that since DeKalb County is going to have two state representatives and for the size that we are here (DeKalb County) and the population it will give us a little extra strength and voice in Nashville. If you only have one person (representative), that is only one voice. But at this point, Terri Lynn Weaver and myself will be fighting for the county to get whatever we need done. Its easier to lobby other legislators if we want something done by having two representatives. It should benefit the county," said Representative Pody.

Representative Pody's office is located at 203 War Memorial Boulevard, Nashville. The phone number is 615-741-7086. His email address is rep.mark.pody@capitol.tn.gov.

Smithville Municipal Election to be held in June

January 28, 2012
Dwayne Page
Mayor Taft Hendrixson

The Smithville Municipal Election will be held in June again this year.

Mayor Taft Hendrixson wanted to get the city charter changed to move the city election date from June to August but that will have to wait for now.

A change in the city charter requires approval by the aldermen and the state legislature and Mayor Hendrixson reported to the council during Thursday night's special meeting that state lawmakers won't be able to work in that legislation this year. The deadline for filing proposed state legislation was Thursday, January 26. "I talked to State Representative Weaver last Friday. She said it was going to be impossible to get it through. We can go ahead and do it (change the charter) but it won't apply to this year. We cannot get it through. So as of tomorrow (Friday) I plan to write the election commission a letter and call for a June election. Its about the only thing I can do," said Mayor Hendrixson.

The city election is set for Tuesday, June 19 to elect a mayor and two aldermen, each to serve a two year term. The election commission is now issuing qualifying petitions to candidates who want to run. The qualifying deadline is March 15.

The positions are currently held by Mayor Taft Hendrixson and Aldermen Cecil Burger and Steve White.

Steve Repasy Named 2011 County Firefighter of the Year

January 28, 2012
Dwayne Page
County Firefighter of Year -Steve Repasy (Photo to WJLE by Callie Matthews)
County Fire Dept Officer of Year- Lt. Jay Cantrell (Photo by Callie Matthews)
County Fire Dept Rookie of Year- Rodger Sweet (Photo by Callie Matthews)

Steve Repasy of the Midway Station was named the "2011 County Firefighter of the Year" Saturday night during the department's annual awards banquet held at the Smithville Church of God annex.

County Fire Chief Donny Green, who presided over the ceremony, said Repasy met all the department's criteria in earning this award. "Steve was nominated this year and his evaluation was of his fire calls, training attendance, and his community service. The fire calls and training attendance stand for itself. He excelled in both of those. As far as his community service, Steve has been very instrumental in helping us with our extrication program. He is a retired metal worker so he has been able to help us fabricate some of our equipment that we use on our extrication truck. He has been able to do some things that has saved us a lot of money with our extrication program where we didn't have to hire it done or we didn't have to buy the pieces of equipment that he actually fabricated. So he has helped us with that. Starting last January, many people may have noticed out in each community where we have a fire station, we have put fire station signs up in front of the fire halls. Along with some others who helped, Steve took a lead role in getting these signs erected and put up across the community. We now have the new signs put up. I want to add that we did get these signs on a grant. We now have all these signs up across the county. They're very nice signs and they are out by the roadway. It identifies where all of our fire stations are located. It also has a little message on there, if we have people who live in the community who would like to be a volunteer, it gives a contact number where they can call and offer their services if they want to be a volunteer to help in their communities. Steve has done all that and he has spent a lot of his personal time. These are things we look at which are above and beyond the normal training and fire response. These are things our firefighters do out in the community and we try to look at the firefighters who excel in those things each year in selecting these awards and for those reasons Steve Repasy was selected as our 2011 DeKalb County Fire Department Firefighter of the Year," said Chief Green.

Lieutenant Jay Cantrell, County Fire Department Equipment Officer, received the "Officer of the Year" award. Chief Green said the same three elements used to select the "Firefighter of the Year" are also used by the department in honoring the Officer of the Year, training attendance, incident response attendance, and community service. "Jay spends countless hours working on buildings, equipment, and vehicles to help keep our maintenance costs down. The most notable thing that Jay does is that he keeps all of our equipment maintained and proof of that is that during our inspections with our ISO evaluations this year, we were commended highly on the maintenance of our vehicles and the safety features that has been kept up on these things. So Jay has played a very instrumental part in our department and as a result of that it has benefitted the community greatly because, as everyone knows, we have the reduced ISO rating and a huge component of that evaluation in that survey with ISO was how the equipment and buildings are kept up. Jay played a major role in that and for that reason Jay was selected as the 2011 Officer of the Year," said Chief Green.

The "Rookie" award went to Rodger Sweet of the Main Station. Chief Green said this award is totally based on hours of training and goes to a firefighter in his first year of service to the department. "We feel like during the first year of a firefighter's membership, the most important thing they can do is train so that is the sole criteria that we use in the Rookie of the Year selection. For 2011 Rodger had 174 hours of training, which is a significant amount of training. Included in that 174 hours was the 64 hour basic firefighter school and also the 22 hour LIVE burn that is done at the fire academy. But outside of those two trainings he has done extra training to improve his fire fighting abilities. We certainly want to recognize that because Rodger has done a good job, as well as all these other guys that have come along this year. We define a rookie as any firefighter who has been on the department for a year or less. We pull all those training hours and then we determine who has the most training hours. Rodger had the most training hours for 2011," said Chief Green.

Twelve firefighters were recognized and presented pins for their years of service including the following:

Five years of service: Duncan Block (Austin Bottom Station), Ryan Carlile (Austin Bottom Station) Gelasio Chacon (Marco) (Johnson's Chapel Station), Larry Dalton (Austin Bottom Station), Cathy Jones (Austin Bottom Station), Bob Myracle (Austin Bottom Station), Wesley Slager(Liberty Station), and Paulino Solorzano (Liberty)

Ten years of service: Jason Rice of the Keltonburg Station

Fifteen years of service: Gene Foster of the Short Mountain Highway Station and Howard Pyles of the Liberty Station.

Twenty five years of service: Chief Donny Green

Several members of the department were also presented cash awards, funded through a federal safer grant, which Chief Green said is to help retain and recruit firefighters."In 2010, we were awarded a Safer Grant from the federal government that is a non-matching local grant and does not require any local funding, it's 100% federal, to help us recruit and retain firefighters. Some of the things we've done is provide these training award incentives for firefighters such as length of service awards, firefighter of the year, rookie of the year, and for firefighters who made 100% of their monthly training or at least 75% of their monthly training. We've made those awards and we hope that's a tool we can use to help encourage our firefighters to stay on board and continue being involved with training in our department." Firefighters who made 100% of their monthly training each received $400 and those who made 75% of their monthly training took home $200 each.

Those receiving 100% Training Perfect Attendance Awards are as follows:

David Agee, Anthony Boyd, Jay Cantrell, Kelly Cantrell, Gelasio Chacon (Marco), Nelson Davis, Bill Fowler, Anthony Johnson, Bradley Johnson, Darrell Johnson, Donnie Johnson, Dustin Johnson, Jerry Wayne Johnson, Kristie Johnson, Gary King, Richard Kinsey, Michael D. Lawrence, Ronald Merriman, Roy Merriman, Bob Myracle, Jeremy Neal, Andy Pack, Shawn Puckett, Jeff Rankhorn, Steve Repasy, Jason Rice, Robin Summers, Rodger Sweet, Calvin Tramel, and Jeff Williams.

75% Training Attendance Awards:

Lee Ansell, Jacob Bond, Kyle Casper, Billy Crymes, Billy Fuson, Donny Green, Shane Hickman, Cathy Jones, Jimmy Martin, Kenny Maynard, Logan Maynard, Bradley Mullinax, Billy Parker, Danny Parker, James Pennington, Richard Roberts, Paulino Solorzano, Hunter Stanfield, Bradley Taylor, Hugh Washer, and Chris Wyke.

Smithville Police Charge Suspected Drug Dealer in Undercover Investigation

January 28, 2012
Dwayne Page
Bag of Marijuana Seized in Drug Bust
More Small Baggies of Marijuana

Smithville Police made a drug bust on Friday in the housing projects on Morgan Drive and arrested a suspected dealer.

Smithville Police Chief Randy Caplinger told WJLE that 33 year old Teresa Pauline Thomas of 436 Morgan Drive has been charged with sale and delivery of a schedule VI, II, and III controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bond totals $45,000 and she will be in court on February 2.

Acting on numerous citizen complaints about suspected drug activity from this residence, Smithville Police conducted an undercover drug investigation, using an informant, who went to Thomas' home on Tuesday and made the drug buy, according to police.

A search warrant was prepared and served on Thomas at the residence on Friday. According to Chief Caplinger and Detectives Matt Holmes and Brandon Donnell, police found in Thomas' purse nineteen baggies of marijuana each weighing one gram; ten baggies of pot each weighing two grams; and one baggie containing five grams of marijuana. Also found in her purse were twenty five and a half hydrocodone pills and two and a half suboxone pills. A further search of the home turned up another thirty grams of marijuana, cut straws with residue, a pipe, multiple prescription pill bottles without their labels, two pill crushers, two marijuana cigarettes, scales, two boxes of sandwich bags apparently intended for packaging drugs, and a notebook containing the names of people who allegedly owed Thomas money for drug transactions. An undisclosed amount of cash was also seized. Because children were present in the residence at the time of Thomas' arrest, the Department of Children Services was notified.

Thomas was taken into custody and charged in the case. Police said during the interview, Thomas allegedly admitted to police that the drugs and paraphernalia found in the home belonged to her.

In addition to Chief Caplinger and Detectives Holmes and Donnell, Captain Steven Leffew, K-9 Officer James Cornelius and Officer Matt Farmer assisted in the case.

Chief Caplinger praised his officers for their work in this and other cases. "The officers are working really hard on drugs and I urge anyone who has information on suspected drug activity in the city to call the crime tip line at 464-6046," said Chief Caplinger

Two Arrested in Alexandria for Burglary and Theft

January 27, 2012
Dwayne Page
Marv Richardson Cash
Andrew Dalton West

Two men have been arrested by the Alexandria Police Department in separate burglary investigations.

19 year old Marv Richardson Cash of 109 Lavergn Street was picked up on Friday, January 20 and charged with breaking into a residence on Flemming Street in Alexandria while 21 year old Andrew Dalton West of DeKalb County was arrested on Thursday, January 26 and charged with burglary and theft at 137 Avant Circle in Alexandria.

In the case involving Cash, Alexandria Police Chief Mark Collins told WJLE Thursday that police were called to a residence on Flemming Street on Friday, January 20 to take a burglary report. "Someone had taken a brick and busted out a window to gain entry. While inside the home, they took a 55 inch LED TV valued at $1,300 and left through the back door. Later in the investigation, an eye witness stated they saw a black male around 6:30 a.m. identified as Marv Cash carrying a large object from the home covered in a blanket. The TV and blanket were later recovered in some nearby bushes." said Chief Collins.

Cash was arrested and charged in the case. His bond is $16,000 and he will be in court on February 2.

Meanwhile, in the West case, Chief Collins told WJLE that police responded to a call at 137 Avant Circle on Thursday, January 26 to investigate a burglary. "The victim told police that someone had entered their home by cutting a screen and raising a window. While inside, they had taken two car speakers and other miscellaneous objects. While speaking with neighbors, one witness stated they had seen West inside the home going through personal belongings while another witness stated they had seen West around 6:30 a.m. loading the objects into a blue van. Later that morning, West was found and arrested in the case. Some of the items were recovered at the residence where West was staying," said Chief Collins.

Bond for West is $20,000 and his court date is February 2.

Smithville Police Make Arrest in Wilson County Auto Theft

January 26, 2012
Dwayne Page
Brady Gordon Cunningham

Smithville Police apparently solved a Wilson County auto theft with the arrest of a 34 year old Woodbury man last Saturday.

Brady Gordon Cunningham is charged with possession of stolen property, a second offense of driving under the influence, and driving on a revoked license. His bond is $9,000. He also faces an auto theft charge in Lebanon. Cunningham is further charged with introduction of a controlled substance into a penal institution where prisoners are quartered. His bond on that offense is $1,500 and he will be in court on all local charges February 2.

Chief Randy Caplinger reports that police received a call on Saturday, January 21 to be on the lookout for someone driving toward Smithville in a 2007 Chevy Silverado that could have been stolen. Cunningham had stopped to get gas in Alexandria and when someone there had paid him a compliment about his truck, Cunningham reportedly replied that he had just stolen it. The incident was then reported to central dispatch.

Smithville Police spotted a truck fitting the description and pulled it over on West Broad Street. The driver, Cunningham, had slurred speech and appeared to be under the influence. He was asked to get out of the truck. He was unsteady on his feet. Cunningham submitted to but performed poorly on field sobriety tasks. A computer check of his drivers license revealed them to be revoked for a previous DUI conviction. According to Chief Caplinger, the license tag on the truck belonged Cunningham but was registered to a Honda car. Cunningham told the officer that he had recently traded the car for the truck and had left his registration paper work at home. The pickup had not been reported as stolen. Police then conducted an Internet search using the serial number of the truck and found that it came from the Highway 231 auto dealership in Lebanon. The owner of the business was contacted. After checking, he discovered that the truck was missing from the car lot. After he reported it stolen, Cunningham was charged in the theft. Cunningham had in his possession the original key to the truck. Authorities are not sure how he obtained it.

Sheriff Ray said that after Cunningham was arrested by the Smithville Police Department he was brought to the sheriff's department. While correctional officers were searching Cunningham, they found on him a prescription bottle that contained three yellow pills believed to be Hydrocodone with Ibuprofen. These pills were in a bottle that did not belong to Cunningham.

DeKalb Jobless Rate Drops to 8% in December

January 26, 2012
Dwayne Page

The DeKalb County unemployment rate for December dropped to 8%, down from 8.3% in November and 1.4% under the December, 2010 rate of 9.4%

The local labor force for December was 9,870. A total of 9,080 were employed and 790 were unemployed.

DeKalb County's unemployment rate for December was the third lowest among the fourteen counties of the Upper Cumberland region as follows:

Pickett County- 14.9%
Jackson- 10.9%
Clay- 10.8%
White- 10.7%
Van Buren- 10.6%
Cumberland- 9.9%
Fentress- 9.5%
Overton- 8.7%
Smith- 8.5%
Macon- 8.4%
Cannon- 7.2%

County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for December 2011, show that the rate decreased in 56 counties, increased in 27 counties, and remained the same in 12 counties.

Tennessee's unemployment rate for December fell to 8.7 percent, down from the November revised rate of 9.1. The national unemployment rate for December 2011 was 8.5 percent, a decrease of 0.2 percentage point from the November rate.

Williamson and Lincoln counties registered the state's lowest county unemployment rate at 5.4 percent. Both counties had higher rates in November with Williamson at 5.8 percent and Lincoln at 5.6 percent. Scott County had the state's highest unemployment rate at 18.8 percent, up from 17.5 percent in the previous month, followed by Obion County at 15.3, which was unchanged from the November rate.

Knox County had the state's lowest major metropolitan rate of 5.9 percent, down from 6.3 percent in November. Davidson County was 6.9 percent, down from 7.3 percent in the previous month. Hamilton County was 7.2 percent, down from 7.4 percent, and Shelby County was 8.8 percent, down from the November unemployment rate of 9.3 percent.

Miss Tennessee High School America Victoria Dawn Tatrow to Compete for National Title

January 26, 2012
Dwayne Page
Victoria Dawn Tatrow with County Mayor Mike Foster

Victoria Dawn Tatrow of DeKalb County, the reigning Miss Tennessee High School America, will be competing in the national pageant this March in San Antonio, Texas.

The 17 year old beauty, daughter of Corey and Vickie Funk and the late Shanna Tatrow, was crowned Miss Tennessee High School America at the state pageant held August 6, 2011 at the Buckman Performing Arts Center in Memphis.

Tatrow, a senior at DeKalb County High School, will represent the state of Tennessee at the 2012 Miss High School America & Miss Collegiate America Pageant March 7-10 . This year the pageant will be held at the BEAUTIFUL Lila Cockrell Theatre located on The Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas.

Tatrow, who attended the county commission meeting Monday night, told WJLE afterwards that the national pageant is fun filled with many wonderful activities including a visit to Sea World, Dinner at the River Walk, River Walk Boat Tour, Photo Shoots, Alamo Tour, and so much more. " It offers a scholarship of $10,000 to any college that I want, a $5,000 wardrobe, and a lot of other goodies", said Tatrow.

"I want to say thank you to everyone who has supported me in this county and I hope to make you proud," she said.

DeKalb County 4-Her Selected To Serve On National 4-H Congress Design Team

January 26, 2012
Elizabeth Sanders

Elizabeth Sanders from DeKalb County is one of eight young people selected from across the nation to serve on the National 4-H Congress design team. Elizabeth, along with the Extension professionals and volunteer leaders comprising the team, with help give guidance to the planning and implementation of the 2012 event to be held in Atlanta. National 4-H Congress is the culminating event for high school members competing in one of the 4-H projects.

Elizabeth attended the 2011 Congress as Tennessee's state winner in the goat project. She was initially selected as a nominee by the Tennessee delegation attending the 2011 Congress and after submitting an application and video tape, was chosen by the National 4-H Congress design team selection committee.

Congratulations to Elizabeth. She will attend the first planning meeting in February in Atlanta.


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