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Voter Registration Deadline Approaching For November Elections

September 30, 2006
Dwayne Page

If you want to become a registered voter in time for the November 7th Tennessee General Election, you have one more week to do so.

The deadline for voter registration in person is October 6th. If by mail, it must be postmarked by October 8th.

Early Voting will be October 18th through November 2nd.

The election will be held for the purpose of choosing a Governor, U.S. Senator, U.S. Congressman, State Senator, and State Representative..

The candidates for Governor are Democratic Incumbent Governor Phil Bredesen versus Republican challenger Jim Bryson. Independent candidates are David Gatchell, Maurivauna Stout Leinoff, Charles E. Smith, Howard M. Switzer, and Carl \"Twofeathers\" Whitaker.

Candidates for the United States Senate are Republican Bob Corker and Democrat Harold Ford, Jr., Independent candidates are Emory \"Bo\" Heyward, Gary Keplinger, and Christopher Joseph Lugo.

Candidates for State Senator of the 17th District are Republican Incumbent Mae Beavers and Democratic challenger Bob Rochelle.

Candidates for U.S. Representative of the 6th Congressional District are Democratic Incumbent Bart Gordon and Republican challenger David R. Davis. Independent candidates are Robert L. Garrison and Norman R. Saliba.

Candidates for State Representative of the 40th District are Democratic incumbent Frank Buck versus Republican Terri Lynn Weaver and Independent Carl Jones.

DCFD Firefighters Complete Live Firefighting Weekend

October 1, 2006
Dwayne Page

During the weekend September 22-24, seven DeKalb County firefighters completed the Live Firefighting Course at the Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy in Bell Buckle, Tennessee. The 22 hour course applies hands-on skills firefighters learned in the Basic Firefighting course.

Assistant Chief and Training Program Coordinator Roy Merriman says that Travis Johnson, Bobby Koger, Andy Pack, Jason Rice, Jonathan Scurlock, C.J. Tramel, and Calvin Tramel successfully completed the weekend training that involved rigorous hands-on drills that tested the firefighter?s skills. ?Our department is extremely proud of these men?s commitment to develop and improve their firefighting skills. Because of this commitment, our department is better prepared to handle the various emergency situations that we are faced with,? says Asst. Chief Merriman.

Chief Donny Green also commends these seven dedicated firefighters. ?In the end, it means that we are providing a higher level of service to the citizens we protect. It also means that we are doing everything we can to make sure our firefighters are trained to the fullest extent to allow them to do their jobs safely. Our goal is that everyone goes home at the end of the day. Training is a great place to start to make sure this happens,? added Chief Green.

DeKalb County Fire Department currently has 68 volunteer firefighters and officers that are 100% volunteer. The department works out of 10 stations that are strategically located throughout DeKalb County.

Estes Judged Top Field Commander in Medium Class at Lebanon Band Contest.

October 2, 2006
Dwayne Page

The DeKalb County Fighting Tiger band traveled to Lebanon on Saturday to compete in the 21st Annual Blue Devil Invitational.

The band took the field at 3:30 p.m. and performed a great show. After the last band had performed, the senior band students, guard captains, and field commander took the field for the award ceremony.

The band received an excellent rating. The DeKalb County group placed 4th in a very competitive medium class. Out of 22 bands at the competition, the Fighting Tiger Band ranked 7th. They scored higher than all small and large class bands. \"The scores were very close. We were hurt by little things. Little things that can and will be fixed before next weekend\", said director Chuck Gilbert.

The best news of the day was the announcement of Dustin Estes as the top field commander in the medium class. Later, when the scores were reviewed, it was announced that Dustin had received the highest score overall at the contest with a 95 out of 100.

This Saturday, the band travels to Vanderbilt University to compete. Anyone wishing to travel with the band and would like more information can call the band office at 597-7213 or check the band's website at www.dekalbband.com.

Sheriff's Department Makes More Burglary Arrests

October 2, 2006
Dwayne Page

The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department has charged a father and son in connection with a recent burglary at a residence in Liberty.

Sheriff Patrick Ray says 46 year old Ricky Allen Ashford, Sr. of 120 Lavergne Street, Alexandria, and his son, 27 year old Ricky Allen Ashford II of 131 East Main Street, Liberty have each been charged with aggravated burglary and theft over $1,000.

Sheriff Ray says the burglary occurred a couple of weeks ago and some long guns, ginseng, and other items were stolen from the residence.

The Ashford's are each under a $40,000 bond and will appear in General Sessions Court on October 26th.

Meanwhile in a separate investigation, the Sheriff's Department has taken juvenile petitions against three juveniles charging them with vandalism over $500 and theft under $500.

Sheriff Ray says two 16 year old's, one from Liberty and the other of King Ridge Road, Smithville, and a 17 year old Brush Creek youth allegedly went to a home in Liberty on September 22nd and vandalized two vehicles parked there by taking a key and scratching down the sides and beating them with a metal bar. They also allegedly squirted milk, ketchup, mayonnaise, and bathing lotion inside the vehicles and in the cd players of the radios. Several cd's were also stolen from the vehicles.

Four Smithville Firefighters Graduate From Academy

October 4, 2006
Dwayne Page

Four members of the Smithville Fire Department recently graduated from the Tennessee Fire Service Academy in Bell Buckle.

Gary Johnson, Stephanie Brown, Randall Hunt, and Kevin Adcock, completed the three day \"Live Burn\" weekend learning the techniques of extinguishing Liquid Propane, Natural Gas, and other fuel enriched fires. They also practiced basic survival skills including search and rescue of victims from burning buildings in zero visibility.

With the recent graduates, the Smithville Fire Department has had 90% of it's members complete Fire School and 80% obtain State Licensure as either a Paramedic, EMT, or First Responder. For more information on the Smithville Fire Department you can visit their website at www. smithvillefire.com.

Two Injured In Liberty Accident

October 4, 2006
Dwayne Page

Two people were injured in a traffic accident around 9:00 p.m. Tuesday night on old Highway 96 at Liberty.

Trooper Shannon Brinkley of the Tennessee Highway Patrol says Flint W. Gilley II of 1745 Bethel Road, Smithville was traveling south on Highway 96 in a 1994 Saturn when his vehicle impacted an oncoming 1998 Ford Escort driven by Jeffery M. Stone of 576 Prater Road, Smithville in the northbound lane.

Trooper Brinkley says after the collision, Stone's car came to rest in the northbound lane and Gilley's vehicle veered across the northbound lane and struck a guardrail.

Stone was transported by DeKalb EMS to DeKalb Community Hospital. Gilley, who was cited for driving left of center, suffered a slight ankle injury but refused treatment.

Governor Announces Disaster Relief For DeKalb County

October 4, 2006
Dwayne Page

Governor Phil Bredesen today announced the state is providing $3.6 million in disaster assistance funding to many Tennessee communities that suffered damages due to thunderstorms, flooding, and high winds and tornadoes in 2003. Under the plan, the state will provide retroactive matching funds to eligible agencies and local governments in 70 counties that were declared federal disaster areas in 2003. These payments will restore a portion ? 6.25 percent ? of the total eligible damages in these counties that were not provided when the previous administration suspended state payments for disasters during a period of budget crisis.

?Responding to a disaster can impose immense financial costs on a community if they are forced to shoulder that burden alone,? said Bredesen. ?It is only proper Tennessee continue to place a priority on assisting those communities and the public agencies that have been hardest hit during a disaster. Now that we have regained control of our state?s budget and restored fiscal discipline, it?s time to restore these funds to the communities that need them.?

DeKalb County will receive $17,167.66 for damages that occurred during the disaster which was declared on May 8, 2003. This figure is the combined total from among the eligible parties in this community.

Governor Bredesen has already restored the state?s policy of paying half of the 25 percent of local matching funds required to receive federal public assistance disaster funding for future emergencies. That announcement was made following the deadly tornadoes in April of this year.

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency will provide budget oversight for issuance of the funds.

The federal public assistance program provides funding for debris removal, emergency protective measures, roads and bridges, water control facilities, public buildings, public utilities and public recreational facilities.

Three Charged with Theft

October 5, 2006
Dwayne Page

Three people have been charged by the Sheriff's Department with the theft of $250 in change from a Belk Road residence.

Sheriff Patrick Ray says 28 year old Aaron D. Ponder and 19 year old Gary Ponder both of 7851 Old Mill Hill Road, Dowelltown; and 18 year old Britney D. Barnes of 9850 Belk Road have each been charged in the case.

Bond for each is set at $1,000 and they will appear in General Sessions Court October 19th.

Enoch Predicts Lower Natural Gas Costs This Winter

October 5, 2006
Dwayne Page

Natural gas customers could see lower home heating costs this winter

Les Enoch, CEO of Middle Tennessee Natural Gas, says circumstances that drove prices up this time last year have changed this year. \" Natural gas prices have dropped drastically and we've lowered our rates as well. If the weather this winter is the same as last year, gas bills should be about 20% lower.\"

\"We didn't have the hurricanes that were predicted like we had last year and that has made a big difference and the gas supply in underground storage has also been pretty significant and that's had a big impact on it. This time last year was a different situation. We were focusing on devastation to the Gulf Coast region during a very active hurricane season and we were also confronted with high energy prices on a nationwide basis.\"

Enoch urges consumers to conserve as much energy as possible to save even more money this winter. \"It's fall light up season. We provide free safety inspections and pilot lighting in preparation for the winter season. It's also a good time top consider winterizing your homes, take a look at your insulation, and weatherstripping, change the filters, and keep your thermostats as low as comfortable because that's another good way to save on your gas bill.\"

DCHS Students Celebrate Homecoming With Parade

October 6, 2006
Dwayne Page

School spirit was on display Friday afternoon as students from DeKalb County High School celebrated the last day of Homecoming Week with a parade from the school to downtown.

The Tiger football team's homecoming opponent Friday night is the Upperman Bees and each float in the parade had a Tiger versus Bees theme.

The parade featured the Homecoming Queen and her court, the DCHS Fighting Tiger Band, county and city law enforcement officers and fire fighters, DeKalb EMS, and State Senator Mae Beavers, among others.

The Sophomore Class took first place with their float called \"Tigers Exterminate the Bees\" The float depicted a huge can of bee spray, a large Tiger paw pressing the spray button, and a large stuffed bee dying from the spray.

The Senior Class won second place with their float called \"Tigers Hurl the Bees\". This float had a large stuffed Tiger throwing bees through the goal post, hitting a bee hive.

Third place went to the FCCLA Club for their float entry called \"Tigers Smoke out the Bees\". This float had an old time black cook stove with smoke coming out, a bee hive, and a Tiger cooking the bees with dead bees lying around.

The Junior Class took fourth place with their float called \"DeKalb Tigers Swat Down the Bees. The float depicted a large stuffed bee being swatted by a giant fly swatter, held by a Tiger standing near the bee hive.

The Freshman Class received fifth place with their float called \"Rock on Tigers, Beat the Bees\" The float featured a LIVE Rock Band with lots of balloons.

Winners of the best decorated vehicles in the parade were: First place- Keshia Byford; Second place- Kelsey Foutch; and Third place- Katie Herman.

Winners of the best decorated classroom doors at DCHS were: First place- Amanda Brown; Second place- Donna Emmons; and Third place- Marie Hill (library)

Winners of the best decorated business category were: First place- Shamrock; Second place- The law office of Sue Puckett-Jernigan; Third place- Region's Bank; and Fourth place-Atnip Chiropractic Clinic.


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