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Voter Registration on the Rise (VIEW NOVEMBER 8 SAMPLE BALLOT HERE)

September 23, 2016

Local voter registrations have increased this year in anticipation of the November 8 Presidential election, leading local officials to anticipate a heavy turnout.

“We have had 671 new voter registrations since January 1,” said Dennis Stanley, DeKalb County Administrator of Elections. “The largest number of registrations, 346, were logged after the March Presidential Preference Primary through the end of June. Since July, we have added 231 new registrations.”

“Those numbers indicate a great deal of interest in this election,” Stanley said. “In November 2012 nearly 6,000 voted here and we anticipate that many or more in this election cycle.”

“As of Thursday, there were 11,562 total registered voters in DeKalb County (10,038 active) and with the voter registration deadline set for Oct. 11, that number will grow a little larger before voting begins,” Stanley said.

Meanwhile, the November ballot has been finalized and released. There are seven candidates for President; three candidates for Congress in the 6th District; two candidates for State House 40 and 46 and for Smithville voters there are two liquor referendums.

(see ballot here)
nov. newspaper master ballot.pdf (18.55 KB)

The ballot is available online at www.dekalbelections.com and wjle.com.

Early voting will be held October 19-November 3 on the first floor of the DeKalb County Courthouse. Hours are Mondays 1-5 p.m.; Tuesdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Wednesdays 9 a.m.- 1 p.m.; Thursdays 2-6 p.m.; Fridays 9a.m.- 1 p.m.; and Saturdays 9 a.m. – Noon.

A couple of events are planned around the square during early voting and Stanley asked that the public be respectful of the campaign free zone and of voters looking for parking spaces.

“We want to be supportive of the events coming up, but at the same time we want to remind the public that there is a 100 ft. campaign free zone around the entire courthouse during voting hours,” Stanley said. “And we want to remind everyone that voters will be coming to vote during that event and to keep as many parking spots open as possible.”

Stanley also reminded workers attending training class on Monday and Tuesday to be aware of the paving going on around the square those two days. Workers are asked to park in the city parking lot near Love-Cantrell Funeral Home.

DCHS Class of 2017 Makes Appeal for Donations for Project Graduation

September 23, 2016
Dwayne Page
Chloe Cripps, a DCHS Senior, urges you to stop by any DeKalb County branch office of Liberty State Bank to make a donation to Project Graduation

Members of the DCHS Class of 2017 are asking for your support of Project Graduation.

Chloe Cripps, a DCHS Senior, urges you to stop by any DeKalb County branch office of Liberty State Bank to make a donation.

“I am a member of the National BETA Club, the Literature Club, and a Football Manager for DeKalb County High School. But more importantly, I am a member of the 2017 graduating class. We are raising funds for our Project Graduation event that will take place the night of graduation in May. We will have food, fun activities, and it is designed to keep us safe from the devastating effects of drugs and alcohol. In order to hold this event, we must raise funds and request the community’s help. Please stop by your local branch of Liberty State Bank in Alexandria, Liberty, or Smithville and make a donation to our account. All help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your support,” said Cripps

Downtown Street Paving Expected Monday and Tuesday

September 23, 2016
Dwayne Page

The paving of downtown city streets is tentatively scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, September 26 & 27.

City Public Works Director Kevin Robinson said officials of Tinsley Asphalt Company, the contractor for the project, have informed him that they plan to block off the public square Sunday evening in preparation for the paving project which is expected to take two days to complete. The work is to be done Monday and Tuesday, barring any further delays.

In addition to the public square around the courthouse, streets to paved are Don Cantrell Street, West Walnut Street, East Main Street, West Main Street, and West Market Street.

The courthouse and all businesses in the area will remain open during this period. Persons are advised to use the city parking lot across from Love-Cantrell Funeral Home while the project is underway.

Tiger Golfer Earns Berth in State Tournament

September 22, 2016
Dwayne Page
DCHS Tiger Golfer Isaac Walker earns berth in State Tournament. Pictured with his father Scott Walker
DCHS Tiger Golfer Isaac Walker
The DCHS Tiger Golf team:Sammy Clayborne, Ethan Jennings, Coach John Pryor, Isaac Walker, Marshal Evins, and Jadyn Young

The DCHS Tiger Golf team finished 4th in the Region 4A AA Golf Tournament at Fall Creek Falls State Park on Thursday with a score of 353.

Individually Isaac Walker earned a 2nd place finish in the Region and a berth in the State Tournament at Willowbrook in Manchester October 3-5.

Walker led the charge for the Tigers with a 75 followed by Marshal Evins who shot 81, Jadyn Young 97, Ethan Jennings 100, and Sammy Clayborne 105.

Macon County won the Region with a 324 and Jay Fox from Goodpasture won the tournament with a 74.

“I am so proud of the way my team competed and conducted themselves this entire season. These are some great kids and I have enjoyed spending time with them this season. This team loses no one to graduation so I expect things to be bigger and better next year. Isaac has worked so hard and is really talented and I look forward to seeing how he finishes at the state tournament in two weeks,” Tiger Golf Coach John Pryor told WJLE.

DCHS Quarterback Suffers Season Ending Injury (WJLE'S "TIGER TALK" PROGRAM HERE)

September 22, 2016
Dwayne Page
Steven Jennings (Chizzy Winks Photography - Tena Edwards-Jacobs)

The DeKalb County Tigers are hoping to get their fourth straight victory and the fifth of the season Friday night as they travel to Lafayette to face the Macon County Tigers.



If so, they will have to do it without their talented starting senior quarterback Steven Jennings, whose high school career ended last week after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the game at Smith County.

“He unfortunately tore his ACL and is to undergo surgery. His football career at DeKalb County is complete. He has had a great career. I know we would all like to see him finish out and do all the special things that he has done in the past but that wasn’t to be,” said Tiger Coach Steve Trapp on WJLE’s Tiger Talk Program.

“It was a rough weekend last week but ultimately when Monday started we had to move on and we just have to get our guys ready. The ones who need to step up. I sent a message to every single one of our players through our App that regardless of the injuries that we’ve had we still need people to step up. I’m super proud of the person Steven is and the type of football player he was for us,” said Coach Trapp.

Backup Junior Quarterback Tyler Cantrell will now guide the Tigers for the remainder of the season. Last week after Jennings’ injury, Cantrell came in the game and helped lead the Tigers to a 34-32 victory over the Owls.

DeKalb County is 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the region with wins over Warren County 27-7, York Institute 28-21, Cumberland County 43-28, and Smith County 34-32. Their only loss has been to Stone Memorial 34-7.

Macon County is 3-2 and 0-2 in the region with wins over Smith County 34-12, Westmoreland 35-0, and Jackson County 62-42. Their losses have been to Pearl Cohn 50-14 and to Maplewood 38-17.

Listen for LIVE play by play coverage of the game with the Voice of the Tigers John Pryor and Luke Willoughby at 7:00 p.m.

WJLE’s pre-game shows begin with “Coach to Coach” at 5:00 p.m. followed by “Murphy’s Matchups” at 6:00 p.m. and “Tiger Talk” at 6:30 p.m. featuring Coach Steve Trapp and Tiger Football players Nick May, Devin Zaderiko, and Tyler Cantrell.

Listen LIVE on WJLE AM 1480/FM 101.7 and LIVE streaming at www.wjle.com

Local Man Charged in Warren County with Electronic Tracking of his Estranged Wife's Car

September 22, 2016
Dwayne Page
Carl Michael Fleming

A DeKalb County man is in trouble with the law in Warren County for allegedly hiding a tracking device in his estranged wife’s car while under a restraining order to stay away from her.

62 year old Carl Michael Fleming of Dowelltown is charged with electronic tracking of a motor vehicle. According to a report in the Wednesday edition of McMinnville’s Southern Standard, mechanics found a land/sea tracking key inside the dash area of Mrs. Fleming's car after she had taken it to a garage for an inspection. According to the report, the woman became suspicious as to how Fleming knew where she had been and was advised to have the car inspected.

The woman believes Fleming is the person who planted the device and suspects he has been coming to her residence to periodically change the tracker's batteries. She claims he is the only other person who has a key to her car.

In May, Fleming was charged in DeKalb County with aggravated assault of his wife.

Sheriff Patrick Ray told WJLE at the time that on Tuesday, May 10 Fleming’s wife came to the sheriff’s office to report a domestic assault. According to the woman, she went to her residence on Toad Road to gather some belongings and while there she and her husband got into an argument. He allegedly cursed her, grabbed her keys, and shoved her backwards against a cabinet. When she reached for a phone to call 911, Fleming allegedly grabbed a Glock pistol from a bookcase and warned that if she made the call, she would never leave. The woman then took her car keys, ran out of the home, and across a field to get away. The woman said as she was running from the house, Fleming fired a shot from the gun.

That case has been bound to the next term of the Grand Jury.

Free Medicare Help is Available

September 21, 2016

Free Medicare Help is Available

Medicare Open Enrollment for 2017 begins October 15. For those who are eligible to sign up for Medicare or have questions about making changes to their Medicare health plans and/or Medicare Part D prescription drug plans, free, un-biased Medicare information and counseling is available through the Upper Cumberland Area Agency on Aging and Disability.

SHIP/SMP will be at the Liberty Senior Center Monday, October 24 from 9:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.. To schedule an appointment, call 615-536-5422 Monday through Thursday.

Open enrollment for the coming year runs from October 15 to December 7. During this time, currently enrolled Medicare beneficiaries can make changes to their plans. The staff at UCAAAD, a division of Upper Cumberland Development District, and volunteers are trained to provide free, un-biased counseling and advice for those seeking assistance with making changes to their Medicare plans.

It is important for Medicare beneficiaries to compare their current plans to the 2016 coverage options, which will be released on October 1, 2015. UCAAAD staff helps those seeking assistance with plan comparisons without selling anything and can be reached at the toll free SHIP line at 1-877-801-0044.

Throughout open enrollment, UCAAAD staff and volunteers will also be offering Medicare counseling at locations throughout the Upper Cumberland. A full list of appointment times and locations can be found at www.ucdd.org or at www.facebook/ucddconnect or by calling the toll free SHIP line at 1-877-801-0044.

Kaitlyn Elizabeth Roller Named 2016 DCHS Homecoming Queen

September 21, 2016
Dwayne Page
DCHS Homecoming Queen and Attendants: Seated-Susan Webb, Kaitlyn Roller (Queen), Bailey Redmon; Standing- Emme Colwell and Nalia Ramos. Madison Judkins (Not Pictured)
2016 DCHS Homecoming Queen Kaitlyn Elizabeth Roller
Senior Attendant Susan Marie Webb
Senior Attendant Bailey Ashton Redmon
Junior Attendant Nalia LaShaie Ramos
Freshman Attendant Emme Katherine Colwell

The 2016 Homecoming Queen at DeKalb County High School is Kaitlyn Elizabeth Roller.

A senior, Roller is the 17 year old daughter of John and Michele Roller of Dowelltown.

Kaitlyn is a four year member of the Literature Club and has been a member of the Spanish Club for two years. She is a four year member of the DCHS Football Cheerleading squad and serves as Captain this year. Roller has been cheering since the 7th grade and she is currently on the Senior Level 5 All Star Cheer Team at Premiere Athletics in Nashville. She will be attending the World Competition in May. Other awards include: Four year All-American; named Top All-American in this her senior year-Top Team; Biggest Prankster; Junior Attendant; Asked to join the NCA Staff; and Received “Best Jumps” honors for three years. Roller attends the New Life United Pentecostal Church on Sundays and the Gathering as a member of the youth group on Wednesdays. She has also served as a volunteer at Titans games and at various concerts.

The Homecoming Attendants are:

Senior Attendant –Susan Marie Webb, the 17 year old daughter of C.D. and Cindy Webb of Dowelltown. Webb is Vice President of the FBLA Club, Treasurer of the Student Council, member of the BETA Club and Literature Club, and she was Freshman President of the Junior BETA Club. Susan is also a four year DCHS Football Cheerleader, competes in Tennis, and is a former Lady Tiger Basketball player. Other awards include: Freshman Attendant; Girls State Delegate, National Society High School Scholar; Miss DCHS Nominee; and two year All American Cheerleader Nominee. Webb is a member of the First Baptist Youth Group and is a former 3rd-6th grade Sunday School Teacher.

Senior Attendant- Bailey Ashton Redmon, the 17 year old daughter of Mike and Elizabeth Redmon of Dowelltown. Bailey is a member of the BETA Club and Spanish Club and a four year member of the FBLA Club. She has also attended the State BETA Conference. Redmon participated in ballet, pointe, tap, and Irish step dancing for 11 years. Other awards: Participated and placed in Regional and State FBLA Conferences; attended the Tennessee Governor’s School for prospective teachers at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Bailey will graduate in May 2017 with her Associates of Arts Degree in History from Motlow State Community College. Redmon attends the Dowelltown United Methodist Church and has volunteered at the DeKalb County Fair. She also volunteers her time to educational activities of elementary school children. Bailey hopes to receive her PhD in History and Foreign Language to teach at the college level.

Junior Attendant- Nalia LaShaie Ramos, the 16 year old daughter of Rachel and Larry Bain of Smithville.

Sophomore Attendant- Madison Suzanne Judkins, the 15 year old daughter of Jeremy and Tammy Judkins of Smithville. She is a member of the HOSA, FBLA, and Science Clubs and the Climate Crew. Madison has been a Football Manager for two years and she is a member of the First United Methodist Church.

Freshman Attendant- Emme Katherine Colwell, the 14 year old daughter of Derrick and Shea Colwell of Smithville. Emme is a member of the Climate Crew, Student Council, Literature Club, Science Club, FCA, and FBLA Clubs. She is also a member of the DCHS Lady Tiger Basketball and Tigerette Softball Teams. She attends the First United Methodist Church.

Spirit week activities will be held September 26-30 at DCHS. The Homecoming Parade will take place Friday afternoon, September 30 and the Tiger Homecoming Football game will be at 7:00 p.m. that night against Sequatchie County. WJLE will have LIVE coverage of the game.

DCHS has released the following schedule:

Monday: Camouflage or Patriotic Day (no flags or rebel flag attire)

Tuesday: Color Wars (Seniors-blue, Juniors-orange, Sophomores-red, and Freshmen-green)

Wednesday: Flashback vs Future (dress like the past or dress for the job you hope to have in the future)

Thursday: Mathletes vs Athletes; Bonfire at 7:00 p.m. and Homecoming Dance

Friday: Black, Gold,& White; Field Competitions, Parade and Downtown Pep Rally, Homecoming Game vs Sequatchie County at 7:00 p.m.; Presentation of Queen and Attendants at 6:30

The parade lines up at 12:30 p.m. at DCHS. Parade leaves DCHS at 12:45 p.m. The band performs at Northside Elementary School at 12:45 p.m., The parade arrives at Smithville Elementary School at 1:00 p.m. The parade arrives at Northside Elementary School at 1:20 p.m. The band leads the parade to the city square. The parade arrives at the square at 1:50 p.m. A pep rally and band performance will follow on the square.

Statewide Archery Season for Deer Begins Saturday

September 21, 2016
Dwayne Page
Statewide Archery Season for Deer Begins Saturday

The statewide archery season for deer is Sept. 24-Oct. 28. The first of two Young Sportsman hunts is Oct. 29-30. Archery season resumes Oct. 31-Nov. 4. Archery/muzzleloader season is Nov. 5-18.

Gun/muzzleloader/archery season has the traditional opening date of the Saturday before Thanksgiving which this year is Nov. 19. The season runs through Jan. 8, 2017. An antlerless hunt on private lands is Jan. 9-13 in Unit L counties only while the final Young Sportsman hunt is Jan. 14-15.

Antlerless bag limits in archery season are three per day in Unit L while Unit A, B, C, and D have a bag limit of four. The antlered bag limit is two for the license year. DeKalb County is now part of Unit B.

Unit C and D are new management units this year. Unit C includes Cocke, Grainger, Greene, Hamblen, Jefferson, Unicoi, Union, and Washington counties. Unit D includes the four counties of Blount, Monroe, Polk, and Sevier.

Sportsmen are reminded of changes made for the 2016-17 deer hunting seasons in Tennessee in regard to the definition of antlered deer.
An antlered deer is now defined as any male or female deer with an antler protruding above its hairline. An antlerless deer is now defined as any deer with no antler protruding above its hairline.

The new definition was established by the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission at its season-setting meeting this past May. The definition is also listed with photo examples on page 23 of the 2016-17 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide as produced by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

Male fawns with no antler protruding above the hairline do not count toward a hunter’s antlered bag limit, rather toward the hunter’s antlerless bag limits. Deer having already shed their antlers and does without antlers are also considered antlerless.

Male fawns with an antler protruding above the hairline do count toward a hunter’s antlered bag limit, since the deer does have antler(s) as opposed to hair covered pedicles (i.e., antler attachment point to the skull). Velvet antlered deer are also considered antlered.

For the exact boundaries of the different deer units and license requirements, hunters can refer to the 2016-17 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide, available where hunting and fishing licenses are sold and at all TWRA offices. The guide can also be viewed at TWRA’s website at www.tnwildlife.org.

One Injured in Rear End Collision

September 21, 2016
Dwayne Page
1998 Chevy Silverado driven by Jerry Holley
1982 GMC Sierra driven by 16 year old

Two people were involved in a rear end collision Tuesday afternoon on Highway 56 south near Webb's Chapel Church.

Trooper Bobby Johnson of the Tennessee Highway Patrol told WJLE that 62 year old Jerry Holley of Rock Island was traveling south in a 1998 Chevy Silverado when he rear ended a southbound 1982 GMC Sierra, driven by a 16 year old, who had stopped to make a left turn into a private driveway. The teen was taken by DeKalb EMS to the hospital. Holley was not injured.

According to Trooper Johnson, Holley was cited for failure to exercise due care.

Members of the DeKalb EMS, Sheriff's Department, and County Fire Department were also on the scene.


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