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New Bids Higher Than Previous Low Bidder to Build Four Seasons Fire Hall

May 25, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page

Three companies have submitted bids to build a new fire hall in the Four Seasons Community but they are all much higher than the best bid the county received during the first round of bidding on the project in March.

The latest bids were opened for the fire hall Thursday morning, May 24. Triton Construction of Rockvale had the lowest base bid at $257,000 with two deductive alternates totaling $19,200 (deleting graveling and leveling the parking area and deleting external stairs and lowering the walls). Quality Builders of Sparta submitted a base bid of $278,060 with no deductive alternates and Preston Brothers of Woodbury offered a base bid of $285,300 with two deductive alternates totaling $27,690 (deleting graveling and leveling the parking area and deleting external stairs and lowering the walls).

County Mayor Tim Stribling said two local builders had come to him recently inquiring about the project but neither submitted a bid

This was the second round of bidding for the fire hall construction.

During the first round on March 29 two bids were received including one for $284,000 from Preston Brothers of Woodbury (minus $11,000 if the county put the gravel on the parking lot) and $197,000 from FTM Contracting of Cookeville (deductive alternate of $2,400).

The county commission, during its regular monthly meeting on April 23, voted to re-bid the project because the bids received were too high.

The commission will take up the issue again Tuesday night, May 29 when it meets in regular monthly session.

According to County Mayor Stribling, plans call for the fire hall to be 40’ x 55’ in size consisting of two bays, a restroom, shower, and a small meeting room. He said while the plans do not include any frills it will be a turnkey project with all the work including construction, concrete pad, septic tank, etc all to be done under one contract.

A new fire station at Four Seasons would be the 12th station in the county operated by the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department. The other fire halls are on Short Mountain Highway, Midway Community, Belk, Keltonburg, Cookeville Highway, Austin Bottom Community, Liberty, Temperance Hall, Main Station, Johnson Chapel, and Blue Springs.

Public Learns More About TDOT Plans for Highway 56

May 25, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
TDOT official shows Highway 56 plans to Erby France (left) and Phillip "Fluty" Cantrell (right)

Several property owners along Highway 56 south turned out for a Design Public Meeting Thursday evening hosted by the Tennessee Department of Transportation to learn more about the state’s improvement plans for the road.

Robert Rodgers of the TDOT Region 2 Project Development Office gave a power point presentation of the plans and then took questions from the audience. Detailed maps of the project were also displayed for landowners and others to view.

The Highway 56 improvement will be conducted in three phases. The state plans to build largely two lanes of a proposed four lane project and maintain traffic on the existing Highway 56 (alignment) while construction is being done on the new portion.

TDOT proposes to let bids for two of the phases in December from south of the Warren County line to near Magness Road and from south of State Route 288 near Magness Road to East Bryant Street in Smithville. Construction is expected to begin by next spring. The third segment from near State Route 287 in Warren County to near the DeKalb County Line is not yet ready for bid letting.

“The current bid schedule is the winter of 2018. Currently it is in the December letting which means construction should start in earnest when spring begins in 2019. The second and the third phases currently are scheduled to be let together. Which end is started on, that will be for discussions between our construction office and the contractor. He may decide to start on the north end or the south end of the project,” said Rodgers.

Following the meeting, Rodgers gave a general description of the project for WJLE.

“On the southern part from the DeKalb County line up to Vaughn Lane, its going to be a two lane roadway. There will be left turn lanes at the side roads. As we get closer to Smithville where some of the intersecting roads are offset there will be some extended sections of three lanes. Once we get to Vaughn Lane we will be expanding to the three lane typical all the way up to just past Morgan Branch. When we get past Morgan Branch we will be building a five lane section with curb and gutters and sidewalks,” said Rodgers.

According to Rodgers, the state will deviate from the existing road in the Shiney Rock area in order to bypass the cemeteries.The highway will then tie back in to the existing alignment in Smithville.

“Where the church and the cemetery are now, we are going off alignment because there was not room to fit the proposed finished road in between the two. Traffic on that section will stay on the existing road until the new road is complete,” said Rodgers.

One property owner affected by the project expressed his frustrations during the meeting with TDOT for changing the plans from the original design and he took issue with TDOT for saying all the rights of ways have been acquired.

“This is impacting my farm in several different places. I have been lied to from day one about how this project was going to happen and how it was going to come down. Every time we look at what you propose it changes and you have not bought all the rights of ways yet. I feel like with some people, their impact may be different now with your new drawings compared to what it was with the previous drawings. I think a lot of this is very unfair,” said the frustrated property owner.

Another man questioned how the project between Vaughn Lane and South Tittsworth Road will impact his row cropping operation in that area.

“We row crop all that land between Vaughn Lane and South Tittsworth. How am I going to operate not knowing what you are going to take?. Are you staying strictly with the right of way? It looks like there might be a 240 foot right of way purchased there. I was told when the construction phase begins they may need a lot more land,” he said.

“We are staying with the right of way we have purchased for that property,” replied Rodgers. “ However there is one spot at the beginning of the project where there is a stream where we will have to acquire slightly more property,” he added.

The proposed cross sections for the project are as follows:

*From south of State Route 287 to north of Bessie Gribble Road-two 12-foot travel lanes with a 12-foot continuous center turn lane, four-foot shoulders and ditches.

* From north of Bessie Gribble Road to Vaughn Lane-two 12-foot travel lanes with 12-foot shoulders and ditches. There will be left turn lanes at intersecting roadways.

*From Vaughn Lane to north of Morgan Branch-two 12-foot travel lanes with a 12-foot continuous center turn lane, 12-foot shoulders and ditches.

*From north of Morgan Branch to East Bryant Street- four 12-foot travel lanes with a 12-foot continuous center turn lane, four foot shoulders, two-foot curb and gutter, a sidewalk within a 10 foot utility strip on either side.

DMS Seeks Donations for Saint Bernard Clothing Market (VIEW VIDEO HERE)

May 24, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
DMS Seeks Donations for Saint Bernard Clothing Market

If you’re planning to clean out your closets over the summer to get rid of some older clothes your kids have outgrown, the DeKalb Middle School Saint Bernard Clothing Market will be glad to take them off your hands.

Donations will be accepted for the second annual market at DeKalb Middle School on Friday, June 8th from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and Monday, July 23rd from 8:00 a.m. until noon.

Suzette Barnes and Angela Johnson, sponsors of the DMS Student Council said the clothing market was started last summer as a way of serving students who were in need of clothes and shoes.

“Last summer we had a vision of providing clothes and shoes to our students. We have several students in our building who wear the same outfit multiple days a week or their shoes are falling apart. We talked about what we wanted to do but didn’t know how it would go. We asked for donations and the community supplied us with those donations which we were very grateful for. We had our student council students come in and help sort and hang the clothes and group them by sizes which was community service hours for those students and then we went from there,” said Barnes.

After the clothes were collected, the school set aside days where all students in the 6th through 8th grade at the school could shop for clothes and shoes free of charge.

Johnson said the market served a great need.

“Last year we had a grandparent who came in to shop for a pair of shoes for her grandson. She said he desperately needed a pair of shoes. We had a teacher here who looked through all the shoes we had for boys and we had none to fit him. She (grandparent) said I think he will have to take a pair of girls shoes because he is in desperate need of shoes. At that point the teacher said no we will make sure that we get him a pair of shoes and we did,” said Johnson.

Again this summer the market will accept anything from youth large to adult extra large sizes of clothes along with shoes and backpacks. “We don’t turn anything down. We will go through it, size it, and lay it out for the students to pick from,” said Johnson.

“If you want to help but don’t have clothes to donate we will be glad to take a monetary donation then we can go buy clothes or shoes for kids,” added Barnes.

“We have also asked our student council members to prepare hygiene bags this year including shampoo, soap, hair brushes, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and those types of things. We will have those for males and females. If you would like to donate those type items, that would be very beneficial,” Barnes continued.

Johnson said students will have a three day shopping spree when school starts in late July and early August.

“ July 31 will be 6th grade registration night and those 6th grade students will be able to come in with their parents and shop that night for free. On August 1 which is registration day for 7th & 8th grade students at our school, they will be able to come in and shop that day. We will also keep the market open on the first full day in case there are students who didn’t get to come out and shop. We’ll let them shop that day,” said Johnson.

“ I want the community to know there is a need and the recipients are very thankful. We are also very thankful for the overwhelming support and response we got from the community. We want you to know that this is a great benefit," added Johnson.

DeKalb Schools Youth Art Exhibit to be held Saturday (VIEW VIDEO HERE)

May 24, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page

Art work of students from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade will be on display Saturday at the annual DeKalb Schools Youth Art Exhibit at the county complex.

The show will be from 1-3 p.m. and winners will be awarded in five divisions of competition along with an overall “Best of Show” and “People’s Choice Award”.

Spokesperson Susan Hinton was a guest with Dan Delacruz of Smithville Computer on WJLE’s Tech Talk Program Thursday morning to talk about the art show.

Antoniak Receives DWS Junior Beta Service Award

May 24, 2018
by: 
Bill Conger
Brayden Antoniak

8th grader Brayden Antoniak is this year’s winner of the DeKalb West School Junior Beta service award. He earned the most service hours of any club member with 127.25 from the summer of 2017 to May 5, 2018. Members need only a minimum of three service hours each semester to remain in good standing with the club, and five hours a semester helps qualify students to attend the state convention and spring field trip.

“I want to help around the community and make a difference in my life and everybody else’s life around me,” Antoniak said. It makes me feel better about myself, not that I’m trying to be cocky.

Last summer Brayden helped out on a mission trip to South DaKota. During the year, he has read to students in Mrs. Susan West’s first grade room, participated in church leaf-raking day for the elderly, and church camp at Salem Baptist Church.

His proud parents, 6th grade teacher Jessica Antoniak and Sean Antoniak, have helped instill a strong sense of citizenship in their son.

“We have just tried to teach him to appreciate what he has and understand that there are many less fortunate,” his parents tell Bulldog Tracks. “He knows that it is very important to give to others and the community. We want him to see that there are always opportunities, be they large or small, to help or serve others.

Antoniak is a quiet leader. His actions say more than the words coming from his mouth, earning him the respect of peers and teachers alike.

“Brayden Antoniak is an EXCELLENT student--best of the best,” says 8th grade teacher Karen France. “He works hard each and every day. It is a pleasure having him in class. Brayden is definitely a team player. He works with anyone he is grouped with. He leads by example and is respectful to those around him.”

“His diligence and dedication are evident in his academics,” his parents said. “When a challenge arises, his unwavering persistence sees him through until the resolution. He enjoys sharing knowledge and information with others. He is very kind hearted and tries to see the best in everyone and everything.”

Emergency Food and Shelter Program Funding Available Through the Alexandria Senior Center

May 24, 2018

Alexandria Senior Center Director, Sandy Brown, has announced the receipt of funding for DeKalb County residents through the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP).

Program funds are used to provide food, in the form of served meals or groceries, lodging in a mass shelter or hotel, one month's rent or mortgage payment, and/or one month's utility bill.

The original authorizing legislation, the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act (P.L. 100-77), signed into law on July 24, 1987, specifies "sensitivity to the transition from temporary shelter to permanent homes and attention to the specialized needs of homeless individuals with mental and physical disabilities and illness and to facilitate access for homeless individuals to other sources of services and benefits."

Also in accordance with the legislation, the EFSP National Board encourages Local Boards, the decision-making local bodies, to place special emphasis on identification of, and assistance to, the elderly, families with children, Native Americans and Veterans.

For more information, or to apply for assistance, call the Alexandria Senior Center Director, Sandy Brown, at 615-529-2928. If you know of someone who might benefit from this program, please call! Referrals are always welcome.

TDOT to Host Design Public Meeting on Highway 56 Improvement Plans Thursday

May 23, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
TDOT Map of Highway 56 Corridor

Anyone interested in a proposal to improve Highway 56 from State Route 287 in the Green Hill area of Warren County to East Bryant Street in Smithville is invited to a Design Public Meeting hosted by the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

(CLICK LINK BELOW TO VIEW TDOT MAP OF HIGHWAY 56 CORRIDOR)

TDOT Plan for Highway 56_0.pdf (454.48 KB)

The meeting will be held on Thursday, May 24 from 5-7 p.m. at the DeKalb County Complex at 712 South Congress Boulevard in Smithville to share information and to answer questions about the nine mile project corridor which will be done in three construction segments.

Project plans will be presented for State Route 56 from south of the Warren County line to near Magness Road and for State Route 56 from south of State Route 288 near Magness Road to East Bryant Street in Smithville. A preliminary project display will be presented for the portion of the project on State Route 56 from near State Route 287 in Warren County to near the DeKalb County Line.

The proposed cross sections for the project are as follows:

*From south of State Route 287 to north of Bessie Gribble Road-two 12-foot travel lanes with a 12-foot continuous center turn lane, four-foot shoulders and ditches.

* From north of Bessie Gribble Road to Vaughn Lane-two 12-foot travel lanes with 12-foot shoulders and ditches. There will be left turn lanes at intersecting roadways.

*From Vaughn Lane to north of Morgan Branch-two 12-foot travel lanes with a 12-foot continuous center turn lane, 12-foot shoulders and ditches.

*From north of Morgan Branch to East Bryant Street- four 12-foot travel lanes with a 12-foot continuous center turn lane, four foot shoulders, two-foot curb and gutter, a sidewalk within a 10 foot utility strip on either side.

The meeting will include a presentation followed by a question and answer session. The public is invited to ask questions and make comments during the meeting. Representatives of TDOT will be present to answer questions on any aspect of the project.

Plans are available for public inspection at the offices of:
Robert Rodgers
7512 Volkswagen Drive
Chattanooga, TN 37416
Phone 423-510-1138

or Fredrick Miller
505 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN. 37243
Phone 615-741-0835

The meeting will also request public input on the environmental document. Anyone with questions regarding the environmental document should contact:
Ms. Sharon Sanders
Environmental Division
James K. Polk Building 9th Floor
505 Deaderick, Nashville, TN 37243
Phone 615-741-3655 or email Sharon Sanders@tn.gov

Webb to Graduate Cum Laude from the Webb School in Bell Buckle

May 23, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
Thomas Hunt Webb

Thomas Hunt Webb, a resident of Smithville, will graduate Saturday, May 26 from The Webb School.

He enrolled in ninth grade at Webb in 2014. While at Webb, he was a member of the cross-country and football teams. He has also been involved as a prefect for three years to boarding students. Thomas has made the Honor Roll all four years, Vice President of Student Council, and Homecoming football king Senior year. Thomas just earned his Eagle Scout Award; the highest achievement attainable in Boy Scouts of America. Thomas is the son of Alan and Lora Webb. Thomas plans to attend Belmont University and major in Bio Chemistry and Molecular Biology with a minor in Spanish.

The Webb School is a private co-educational college preparatory boarding and day school in Bell Buckle, Tennessee, founded in 1870. It has been called the oldest continuously operating boarding school in the South. Under founder Sawney Webb's leadership, the school produced more Rhodes Scholars than any other secondary school in the United States.

Florence & White Ford Presents Check to DCHS Softball Program

May 23, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
Jimmy White of Florence and White Ford presents check to Tigerette Softball Coach Danny Fish

The DCHS Tigerette Softball Program recently received a check from Florence & White Ford of Smithville in the amount $4,200.

The check was presented to DCHS Softball Coach Danny Fish by Jimmy and Adria White of Florence & White Ford. The funds were raised in a Ford Test Drive Event held in March.

“The "Drive for your school" fundraiser was very successful and we would like to thank everyone that came out to help us in this event. Thank you to Florence and White,” said Coach Fish.

For every person who test drove a new Ford vehicle Ford Motor Company donated $20. These funds will go to buy necessary equipment and the Facility Fund.

"We are very blessed to have such a wonderful community, and very thankful for the continued support,” added Coach Fish

DCHS Project Graduation Held at Dave & Busters

May 23, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
DCHS Class of 2018 President Tyree Cripps receives Project Graduation donation from Phillip Cantrell of Cantrells the home of Fluty and Fluty's Shoes
DCHS Class of 2018 President Tyree Cripps receives Project Graduation donation from Rhonda Caplinger and Casey Midgett of Liberty State Bank
Southern Landscape Supply – Bad boy Lawnmowers supported DCHS Project Graduation
DCHS Project Graduation Committee President Blake Cantrell receives donation from Chad Colwell of Wilson Bank & Trust
DCHS Class of 2018 President Tyree Cripps stands beside Jackson Kayak donated by Caney Fork Outdoors to benefit Project Graduation

For the first time, the DCHS Project Graduation was held off campus.

Following the commencement program last Friday night, members of the Class of 2018 headed for Dave & Busters in Nashville for an overnight of entertainment.

Blake Cantrell, president of the 2018 Project Graduation Committee, said all went well and the group is very appreciative for all the support shown during the year.

“Project Graduation would like to thank everyone involved in making this year a great success. We were able to take participating Seniors to Dave & Busters in Nashville. The Seniors played unlimited arcade games, ate, and bowled the night away. We had unlimited arcade play and bowling, plus each student had 96 credits of play where they could get tickets to redeem for prizes. We were fed plenty of food with unlimited soft drinks. We had hourly drawings for prizes ranging from $10 subway gift cards to a Jackson Kayak donated by Caney Fork Outdoors,” said Cantrell.

“We would like to take this opportunity to express our appreciation to the local businesses that made donations helping to make this event possible.

Southern Landscape Supply – Bad boy Lawnmowers
Wilson Bank & Trust
Liberty State Bank
Caney Fork Outdoors
Belk Grocery & Sporting Goods
Saint Thomas Hospital
A Degree Above Heating & Cooling
Johnson & Sons Cabinets
Shiny Rock Market
Blessed Again Farms
Florence & White Ford
Fluty’s Clothing
Harmony Lane Farm & Creamery
Love Cantrell Funeral Home
Star Manufacturing
ABTS Tax Service
Dekalb County Florist
Optimus Pest Solutions
American Service Contractors

“We would also like to thank The DeKalb County Board of Education for allowing us to use busses for transportation,” Cantrell continued.

“I would also like to personally thank the team involved this year that made all this possible. The students that sold items, worked at various fundraisers, or just turned in a recipe for a cookbook. The parents that helped their senior by working or selling items, and some that stayed up all night giving away prizes and making sure everyone was ok. This has been a wonderful experience that we hope will continue for years to come,” added Cantrell.

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