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Toddler Show Winners at the DeKalb County Fair

July 25, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
Twins (13-47 months) Emma and Will Marshall
Boys (13 to 18 months) Winner: Brylan Hutchings (left), Runner-up: Bryan Paul Parker
Girls (13 to 18 months) Winner: Ireland Beth Hobbs (left), Runner-up: Eden Donnell
Boys (19 to 24 months) Winner: Abram Gray Bratten (left), Runner-up: Parker McKain Ward
Girls (19 to 24 months) Winner: Katy Jo Bowen (left); Runner-up: Ayla Shae Brown
Boys (25 to 30 months) Winner: Levi Bryson Nixon (left); Runner-up: Noah Bradley Hall
Girls (25 to 30 months) Winner: Raven Nicole Fay Jenkins (left); Runner-up: Averi Gracella Speaks
Girls (31 to 36 months) Winner: Arraya Jenae Taylor (left); Runner-up: Zadah Marie Miller
Boys (37 to 47 months) Winner: Jacob Trenton Sprague (left); Runner-up: Zailan Martinez
Girls (37 to 47 months) Winner: Callen Alizabeth Tramel (left); Runner-up: Charley Loren Prichard

Winners of the annual Toddler Show were announced Friday evening at the DeKalb County Fair.

First place winners received a blue ribbon. Red ribbons went to those receiving second place.

This year's recipients are as follows:
Twins (13-47 months)
Emma and Will Marshall, the 31 month old children of Melonie Lemons of Liberty.

Boys (13 to 18 months)
Winner: Brylan Hutchings, the 18 month old son of Jeremy and Kristin Hutchings of Young Ridge, Road.
Runner-up: Bryan Paul Parker, the 15 month old son of Mandi Johnson and Paul Parker of Smithville
Other participants:
Brody Elliot Odom, the 13 month old son of Chris and Tiffany Odom of Smithville
Elijah Alexander Redmon, the 15 month old son of Nelson and Kimberly Redmon of Smithville
Spencer Allen Nix, the 16 month old son of Braxton and Kristina Nix of Smithville
Isaac Ray Caldwell, the 15 month old son of Isaac Ray Caldwell of Smithville
Ian Davis, the 16 month old son of Nelson and Jennifer Davis of Smithville

Girls (13 to 18 months)
Winner: Ireland Beth Hobbs, the 16 month old daughter of Ashley Beth Hobbs of Smithville
Runner-up: Eden Donnell, the 17 month old daughter of Travis Donnell and Amber Scurlock of Alexandria.
Other participants: None.

Boys (19 to 24 months)
Winner: Abram Gray Bratten, the 20 month old son of J.D. and Mollie Bratten of Liberty.
Runner-up: Parker McKain Ward, the 22 month old son of Kimberly Ward of Smithville.
Other participant: Zaxtin Skinner, the 19 month old son of Cassondra Skinner and Anthony Skinner of Smithville

Girls (19 to 24 months)
Winner: Katy Jo Bowen, the 20 month old daughter of Joseph and Kimberly Bowen of Smithville.
Runner-up: Ayla Shae Brown, the 19 month old daughter of Karah and Dustin Brown of Smithville.
Other participants
Adalyn Elizabeth Cook, the 19 month old daughter of Cora Beth Rhody and Dustin Cook of Smithville
Harmony Arms, the 24 month old daughter of Shannon Arms of Alexandria
Mia Brooke Gibbs, the 19 month old daughter of James Gibbs and Jana Gibbs of Alexandria
Kendall Reese Allen, the 21 month old daughter of McKayla Poss and Skylar Allen of Smithville

Boys (25 to 30 months)
Winner: Levi Bryson Nixon, the 26 month old son of Nathan and Jessica Nixon of Dowelltown.
Runner-up: Noah Bradley Hall, the 28 month old son of Bradley and Lacy Hall of Alexandria.
Other participants:
Braxton Levi Knowles, the 27 month old son of Justin and Mary Knowles of Smithville
Cainnan Humphrey, the 25 month old son of J.D. and Cathleen Humphrey of Smithville

Girls (25 to 30 months)
Winner: Raven Nicole Fay Jenkins, the 29 month old daughter of Rachel and Michael Lawrence of Smithville
Runner-up: Averi Gracella Speaks, the 25 month old daughter of Justin and Donna Speaks of Smithville
Other participants
Caroline Farmer, the 28 month old daughter of John and Tabitha Farmer of Smithville
Addison Lee Colwell, the 25 month old daughter of Justin Colwell and Sarah Hoilman of Smithville
Alliona Marie Gibbs, the 27 month old daughter of Jackie Gibbs of Liberty
Izzabella Mai Askew, the 27 month old daughter of Robert Askew and Tia Boner of Alexandria

Boys (31 to 36 months): NONE

Girls (31 to 36 months)
Winner: Arraya Jenae Taylor, the 34 month old daughter of Angie Taylor of Smithville.
Runner-up: Zadah Marie Miller, the 34 month old daughter of Shane Miller and Brandy Cox of Dowelltown.
Other participants:
Averie Cheyanne Winchester, the 35 month old daughter of J.J. and Amanda Winchester of Dowelltown
Lillian Rose Dillard, the 36 month old daughter of Anna and Edward Dillard of Dowelltown

Boys (37 to 47 months)
Winner: Jacob Trenton Sprague, the 40 month old son of Jimmy and Johnna Sprague of Smithville.
Runner-up: Zailan Martinez, the 45 month old son of Michelle and Michael Martinez of Smithville.

Girls (37 to 47 months)
Winner: Callen Alizabeth Tramel, the 47 month old daughter of Caleb and Hillary Tramel of Smithville
Runner-up: Charley Loren Prichard, the 47 month old daughter of Andy and Chrissy Prichard of Liberty.
Other participants
Alexis Nicole Graham, the 39 month old daughter of Derek and Andria Graham of Smithville
Addison Bailey Peden, the 41 month old daughter of James Peden and Amanda McClure of Smithville
Lyra Dell McMinn, the 40 month old daughter of Nathan and Amanda McMinn of Smithville
Natalie Rose Johnson, the 40 month old daughter of Rachel Johnson and Jason Ferrell of Smithville
Zoie Dee Ashburn, the 42 month old daughter of Trista Johnson of Smithville
Brooklyn Marie Ring, the 47 month old daughter of Kenneth and Kelly Ring of Alexandria
Kimber Davis, the 38 month old daughter of Jared and Kelli Davis of Smithville
Hannah Lynnlee Hubner, the 39 month old daughter of Amanda Hutchinson and Charlie Hubner of Alexandria

Tonight at the Fair:

Saturday, July 25: Blind Draw Horseshoe Tournament at the Tot Kelly barn at Noon.; Gospel Singing at the Lions Club Pavilion at 6:00 p.m.; Super Tractor and Truck Pull at 7:00 p.m. at the T.C. McMillen Arena: and (2- $500 cash drawings) at 9:30 p.m.

Memory Lane Stage Events:

Saturday Night July 25
6:30-7:30 pm— Mid State Cloggers
7:45-8:45 pm— Evermean Evergreen Cloggers

Rides on the Midway will be provided by the Family Attractions Amusement Company. Unlimited rides for $18.00 on Saturday.

Admission to the fair is $4.00 per person. Children age four and younger will be admitted free! Gates open at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. The exhibit building is open from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Parking is Free!

For more information, call 529-FAIR or visit on-line at www.dekalbcountyfairtn.com.

Ascension (Saint Thomas) to Acquire Hospitals (VIEW VIDEO HERE)

July 24, 2015
Ascension to Acquire Hospital

Ascension, parent organization of Saint Thomas Health, has signed a definitive agreement with Capella Healthcare to acquire four Middle Tennessee hospitals previously jointly owned by Capella Healthcare and Saint Thomas Health. Upon completion of the transaction, the hospitals will become a part of the Ascension Tennessee ministry, Saint Thomas Health.

Under the agreement, River Park Hospital in McMinnville, Highlands Medical Center in Sparta, DeKalb Community Hospital in Smithville and Stones River Hospital in Woodbury would become full members of the Saint Thomas Health network. The four hospitals have been part of an innovative joint venture relationship between Capella and Saint Thomas since 2012.

“This change furthers Ascension’s goal of creating clinically integrated systems of care to better meet evolving community needs, with special attention to those who are poor and vulnerable,” said Robert J. Henkel, FACHE, Executive Vice President, Ascension, and President and Chief Executive Officer, Ascension Health. “We look forward to finalizing this transaction and welcome the associates and physicians of these hospitals to Saint Thomas Health and Ascension.”

“Saint Thomas Health is passionately committed to improving the health of Middle Tennessee’s communities by providing holistic, faith-based care to individuals,” said Karen Springer, Saint Thomas Health President and CEO, Senior Vice President, Ascension Health/Tennessee Ministry Market Executive. “To achieve this, we have focused on building and expanding a connected system of care across our region. Because of our existing partnership with Capella and our historic service to these communities, gaining full ownership of these important community providers of healthcare will allow us to better serve our patients close to where they live and work.”

During the multi-year partnership, Capella-Saint Thomas Health has expanded the services in each community, enhancing cardiac, stroke and telemedicine services.
“Since our partnership with Saint Thomas Health in 2012, we’ve further enhanced services in the Upper Cumberland region, with our four hospitals becoming part of the Saint Thomas Stroke Network, adding new telemedicine capabilities, and broadening access to physicians,” said Michael A. Wiechart, president and chief executive officer of Capella Healthcare. “To take care to the next level, we have been exploring with Saint Thomas how our partnership could best evolve to achieve our shared goals. With Saint Thomas’ national recognition for quality and their recent partnership with UT’s primary care residency program, we know that this evolution in our relationship comes at the best possible time.

We are proud of the work we have done together and know that Saint Thomas is the right choice to continue to shape the future of healthcare in these communities and across Middle Tennessee.”

The four hospitals will become full members of Saint Thomas Health at a later date, subject to customary closing conditions.

ABOUT SAINT THOMAS HEALTH
Saint Thomas Health is Middle Tennessee’s faith-based, not-for-profit health care system united as one healing community. With more than 6,500 associates, Saint Thomas Health is focused on transforming the health care experience and helping people live healthier lives, with special attention to the poor and vulnerable. The regional health system includes – Saint Thomas Hospital for Spinal Surgery, Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital and Saint Thomas West Hospital in Nashville, Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro and Saint Thomas Hickman Hospital in Centerville – as well as four hospitals in the Capella-Saint Thomas Health network. A comprehensive network of affiliated joint ventures, medical practices, clinics and rehabilitation facilities complement the hospital services and cover a 68-county area. Saint Thomas Health is a member of Ascension, a Catholic organization that is the largest not-for-profit health system in the United States. For more information, visit www.STHealth.com.

ABOUT CAPELLA HEALTHCARE
Capella Healthcare partners with communities to build strong local healthcare systems that are known for quality patient care. Based in Franklin, Tenn., Capella currently owns and/or operates 13 acute care and specialty hospital facilities in six states. With the philosophy that all healthcare is local, Capella collaborates with each hospital’s medical staff, board and community leadership to take care to the next level. The company has access to significant leadership and financial resources, investing 100% of net cash flow in its family of hospitals to strengthen and expand services and facilities. The company was recognized in 2012 and 2013 by Modern Healthcare as one of the nation’s fastest growing health care companies. For more information, visit the website, www.CapellaHealthcare.com. Twitter: @CapellaHealth

ABOUT ASCENSION
Ascension (www.ascension.org) is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, Ascension is committed to delivering person-centered care to all with special attention to those who are poor and vulnerable. In FY2014, Ascension provided $1.8 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. More than 150,000 associates and 35,000 affiliated providers serve in 1,900 sites of care – including 131 hospitals and more than 30 senior care facilities – in 23 states and the District of Columbia. In addition to healthcare delivery, Ascension subsidiaries provide a variety of services and solutions including physician practice management, venture capital investing, treasury management, biomedical engineering, clinical care management, information services, risk management, and contracting through Ascension’s own group purchasing organization.

Employees at Star Manufacturing Reject Union Representation

July 24, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
Employees at Star Manufacturing Reject Union Representation

Workers at Star Manufacturing have voted against representation by the United Steel Workers Union.

Neither officials of Star nor the Union have apparently issued a statement, but sources told WJLE Thursday night that the effort to form a union was soundly defeated 142-73 by employees voting at both the Smithville and Cookeville locations on Thursday.

The vote was scheduled after issues of working conditions, workplace safety, and unrealistic production expectations were raised by some workers at Star Manufacturing, according to a union organizer.

This is not the first time union plans have been upended in Smithville. Efforts for union representation at another local plant failed a few years ago.

Star Manufacturing International, Inc. is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri but has companies in several states. Star has been making durable, reliable, quality products since 1921. That year, Star introduced its first product, a popcorn machine. Since then, the company has grown and expanded into one of the world's most respected and valued manufacturers of products in six major categories: Counter Top Gas and Electric Commercial Cooking Appliances, Hot Dog Cooking and Preparation Equipment, Popcorn Machines, Specialty Food Warmers ,Display Merchandisers, Toasters & Waffle Bakers.

Baby Show Winners Awarded at the Fair

July 24, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
Boys (1 day to 3 months) Winner: Raylin Mark Ashburn (left), Runner-up: Landon Alexander Collier
Girls (1 day to 3 months) Winner: Emma Pettit  (left), Runner-up: Makenlee Faith Collier
Boys (4-6 months) Winner: Easton Jack Harvey (left), Runner-up: Ty Carson Vickers.
Girls (4-6 months) Winner: Katie Jo Prichard (left), Runner-up: Josee Irene Cripps
Boys (7-9 months) Winner: Liam Gannon Brusaw (left), Runner-up: Cooper Lane Robinson
Girls (7-9 months) Winner: Ripley Anne Barnes (left), Runner-up: Jacqlin Ila Rose Prichard
Boys (10-12 months) Winner: William Martin Key (left), Runner-Up: Christopher Higgins
Girls (10-12 months) Winner: Clara Ruth Cox (left), Runner-Up: Mia Grace Johnson

Babies from one day to twelve months old were the center of attention during the annual Baby Show held Thursday evening at the DeKalb County Fair.

The winners (blue ribbon first place and red ribbon runner-up) are as follows:

Boys (1 day to 3 months)
Winner: Raylin Mark Ashburn, the three month old son of Trista Johnson and Jeremy Ashburn of Smithville
Runner-up: Landon Alexander Collier, the two month old son of Allison and Brent Collier of Smithville
Other participants in this category were:
Colt Ryder Rains, three month old son of Courtney and Hunter Rains of Dowelltown
Lucas River Garrison, one month old son of Rachel Garrison and Ronnie Irwin of Smithville
Tucker James Ludwig, fifteen day old son of Brittany Bone and Tyler Ludwig of Dowelltown

Girls (1 day to 3 months)
Winner: Emma Pettit, the two month old daughter of Nathan and Justine Pettit of Smithville
Runner-up: Makenlee Faith Collier, the one month old daughter of Matthew and Brooke Collier of Alexandria
Other participant: Saralynn Rose Fowler, three month old daughter of Bill and Alayna Fowler of Alexandria.

Boys (4-6 months)
Winner: Easton Jack Harvey, the six month old son of Chad and Kayla Harvey of Alexandria
Runner-up: Ty Carson Vickers, the six month old son of Joe Vickers and Coty Giddens of Smithville
Other participants:
Bentley Hunter Sexton, six month old son of Tyler Sexton and Kyra Hutchins of Smithville
James Casen Reagan, five month old son of Dylan and Kayla Reagan of Smithville
Conner Isaac Redmon, four month old son of Ashton Waggoner and Justin Redmon of Smithville
Camden Robinson, the five month old son of Kayley Robinson of Smithville

Girls (4-6 months)
Winner: Katie Jo Prichard, the six month old daughter of Luke and JoDee Prichard of Alexandria
Runner-up: Josee Irene Cripps, the six month old daughter of Tyler and Jessica Cripps of Alexandria.
Other participants:
Evelyn Claire Farmer, the six month old daughter of John and Tabitha Farmer of Smithville
Kenley Grace Johnson, the five month old daughter of Kenny and Laura Johnson of Smithville
Addison Kate Silcox, the six month old daughter of Cheyenne Swift and Dalton Silcox of Smithville
Anaya Rose Sutton, the five month old daughter of Candice Dolan-Barnes of Smithville

Boys (7-9 months)
Winner: Liam Gannon Brusaw, the eight month old son of Erica Duggin of Smithville.
Runner-up: Cooper Lane Robinson, the eight month old son of Heath and Tiffany Robinson of Smithville
Other participants:
Daniel Wayne Erickson Brandt, eight month old son of Carlie Sexton and Mason Brandt of Smithville
Nathaniel Lee Jenkins, nine month old son of Cody and Michelle Jenkins of Smithville
Arian Pierce Wiggins, the nine month old son of Megan Linder and Destry Wiggins of Smithville

Girls (7-9 months)
Winner: Ripley Anne Barnes, the eight month old daughter of Johnny and Shelly Barnes of Alexandria.
Runner-up: Jacqlin Ila Rose Prichard, the nine month old daughter of Mark and Amanda Prichard of Smithville.
Other participants:
Stella Grace Adcock, the nine month old daughter of Byron and Paige Adcock of Smithville
Alexis Brooke Shepherd, the nine month old daughter of Misty Myers and Donald Shepherd of Dowelltown
Jordyn McKenna Cantrell, the nine month old daughter of Tiffany Frazier and Jacob Cantrell of Dowelltown
Arianna Rayne Herrin, the nine month old daughter of Mitchell and Amanda Herrin of Smithville
Jaylee Marie Ellis, the nine month old daughter of Miranda Ellis of Liberty
Kaylee Rena Kubiak, the eight month old daughter of Zachary and Miranda Kubiak of Smithville
Kimber Nokes, the eight month old daughter of Emily Dawson and Dakota Nokes of Smithville
Piper Leigh Meeks, the eight month old daughter of Randy Meeks and Kristan Gray of Dowelltown

Boys (10-12 months)
Winner: William Martin Key, the eleven month old son of Will and Shana Key of Smithville.
Runner-Up: Christopher Higgins, ten months old. His guardians are Phillip and Natasha Waggoner of Liberty.
Other participant in this category: Jacob Paul Blair, the eleven month old son of Dwayne and Mary Ann Blair of Liberty.

Girls (10-12 months)
Winner: Clara Ruth Cox, the twelve month old daughter of Brandon and Whitney Cox of Smithville.
Runner-Up: Mia Grace Johnson, the ten month old daughter of Clint and DeDe Johnson of Smithville.
Other participants:
Claire Cole Cripps, ten month old daughter of Jordan and Nicole Cripps of Dowelltown
Klara Mai Armour, twelve month old daughter of Nathan and Hannah Armour of Dowelltown
Madison Faye Quarles, eleven month old daughter of Matt and Alana Quarles of Liberty
Marley Leigh Pyburn, twelve month old daughter of Jake and Kelly Pyburn of Alexandria
Zoey Rylinn Frazier, ten month old daughter of Dustin and Gabby Frazier of Dowelltown
Maggie Ann Hendrix, twelve month old daughter of Jared and Jennifer Hendrix of Dowelltown
Trinity Love Orcutt, ten month old daughter of Joshua and Faith Orcutt of DeKalb County

Tonight at the Fair:

Friday, July 24: Toddler Show for contestants 13 months to 48 months at 6:00 p.m. followed by the Zone Status Band at the Lions Club Pavilion: ATV-Mini Road-Outlaws Pulling at 7:00 p.m. at the T.C. McMillen Arena; a Horse Show at 7:00 p.m. at the Grandstand; and (2- $500 cash drawings) at 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 25: Blind Draw Horseshoe Tournament at the Tot Kelly barn at Noon.; Gospel Singing at the Lions Club Pavilion at 6:00 p.m.; Super Tractor and Truck Pull at 7:00 p.m. at the T.C. McMillen Arena: and (2- $500 cash drawings) at 9:30 p.m.

Memory Lane Stage Events are as follows:
Friday Night July 24
6:30 - until— Karaoke Night
7:45- UNTIL — Nokes Brothers

Saturday Night July 25
6:30-7:30 pm— Mid State Cloggers
7:45-8:45 pm— Evermean Evergreen Cloggers

Rides on the Midway will be provided by the Family Attractions Amusement Company. Unlimited rides will be available for $18.00 on Friday and Saturday.

Admission to the fair is $4.00 per person. Children age four and younger will be admitted free! Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Friday and at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. The exhibit building is open from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Parking is Free!

For more information, call 529-FAIR or visit on-line at www.dekalbcountyfairtn.com.

Native American Artifacts Show Saturday in Smithville

July 23, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
Native American Artifacts Show Saturday in Smithville

A Native American artifacts show will be held Saturday, July 25 at the county complex auditorium from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. and you can enjoy something to eat while you're there with proceeds to benefit the DeKalb Animal Coalition.

The food menu includes coffee, doughnuts, sausage and biscuits for breakfast and for lunch enjoy barbeque including Dr. Cripps' homemade barbeque sauce, homemade pool room cole slaw, homemade baked beans, and homemade carrot cup cakes.

The artifacts show will feature displays ranging from arrow heads to pottery and some items will be available for sale or trade. "This will be the third or fourth year we've had it and it's one of the bigger shows in this area and it's growing each year," said Mike Foster.

"We have about sixty people that have committed to come and display their artifacts. Some (artifacts) will be for sale and others won't. Some (participants) will trade. Some will buy. There's a lot of people in this area who collect artifacts. One guy is planning to bring about 60 pieces of pottery which you don't see a lot of here. There will be flint, beads, and about anything else you can think of including some trade goods that Europeans traded to Native Americans. It's really enjoyable for people who like history or artifacts," Foster continued.

"It's open to the public and it's free. You'll see some really good collections. I know there will be three or four from DeKalb County. Byron McDonald, who has a lot of super DeKalb and Smith County artifacts that are museum quality will be here. Ben (Franklin) and I will have our stuff there, which may not be museum quality but are pretty good collections. And there will be others from here like Stevie Dedmon and Mike Henry who have a lot of DeKalb County (artifacts) and not necessarily all DeKalb County but Caney Fork and Cumberland River stuff," said Foster.

You are also urged to support the DeKalb Animal Coalition. "They are going to use this as a fund raiser and hopefully annually too. They will be in the kitchen and cafeteria offering food for breakfast and lunch. We'd like to ask people who are coming to the show to come and support that (DeKalb Animal Coalition Fundraiser)," Foster concluded.

The show is sponsored by the Volunteer State Archaeological Society, a non-profit educational organization devoted to the study of prehistoric America. This society is one of the largest of the independent state societies affiliated with Central States Archaeological Societies.

Barnes Succeeds at 4-H Sheep Shows

July 23, 2015
by: 
By Leigh Fuson, 4-H Agent
Colby Barnes
Colby Barnes Showing Sheep

Colby Barnes has had a busy summer preparing for and exhibiting at the regional and state 4-H Sheep Expositions. As an incoming 5th grader, this was Colby’s first year to be involved in 4-H and showing lambs. The regional show, held on June 27th in Cookeville, was the first test. Colby’s two lambs placed 2nd and 3rd in their classes. He also placed 5th in showmanship. The Tennessee State Sheep Expo was held July 13-15th, also in Cookeville at Hyder-Burks Arena. The competition was much more intense, but Colby lambs still performed well. One lamb was 5th in its class and was 4th place Tennessee bred. The 2nd lamb placed 11th while being 10th Tennessee bred. The show awards those exhibitors who raise locally raised sheep.

At the state show, there is an award called Premier Exhibitor. This award combines showmanship, animal score, and skillathon. During showmanship, Colby is judged on how he shows his lambs. In the market lamb classes for the animal score, the sheep themselves are judged on their quality and muscling. The skillathon is an exam that tests the exhibitor’s knowledge of breeds, nutrition, health, and other parts of the sheep industry. These three scores are tallied for the Premier Exhibitor award. Colby placed 11th in the state for his age category.

Showing sheep or any type of livestock takes time, hard work, perseverance, and responsibility but is fun and rewarding in the end. Colby did an excellent job representing DeKalb County on both the regional and state level. For more information about DeKalb County 4-H activities, please call 615-597-4945.

Karen Knowles Named Principal at Northside Elementary School

July 22, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
Director of Schools Patrick Cripps Names Karen Knowles Principal at Northside Elementary School

Northside Elementary School has a new principal.

Karen Knowles, who for the last four years served as assistant principal at Smithville Elementary School, has been named principal at Northside Elementary School.

Director of Schools Patrick Cripps made the announcement Wednesday.

Knowles has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Multidisciplinary Studies and a Masters Degree in Instructional Leadership from Tennessee Tech University. Prior to becoming assistant principal, Knowles served as a first grade teacher at Smithville Elementary School from June, 2002 until August 20, 2011.

She succeeds longtime Northside Elementary Principal Dr. Gayle Redmon, who has retired.

Addison Jean Puckett Crowned Miss Sweetheart

July 22, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
Addison Jean Puckett Crowned Miss Sweetheart
Taylor Nicole Gibbs (3rd runner-up), Kenlee Renae Taylor (1st runner-up), Addison Jean Puckett (Miss Sweetheart), Madison Martin (2nd runner-up), and Kyleigh Breanne Hill (4th runner-up)
Miss Sweetheart Miss Congeniality Riley Michelle Overstreet (left) and Miss Photogenic Ellie Grace Vaughn
Miss Sweetheart Addison Jean Puckett

Addison Jean Puckett of Smithville won the Miss Sweetheart pageant Wednesday night at the DeKalb County Fair. She is the eleven year old daughter of Jimmy and Anita Puckett.

The pageant featured eighteen girls ages 10-12.

Puckett succeeds the 2014 Miss Sweetheart, Jaycee Rochelle Johnson of Alexandria. She is the eleven year old daughter of Tim and Shelly Hearn and Jon and Jaylene Johnson.

Ten year old Kenlee Renae Taylor, daughter of Ken and Cindy Taylor of Smithville was first runner-up in the pageant.

Madison Martin was second runner-up. She is the ten year old daughter of Terry and Jennifer Martin of Liberty.

Third runner-up was twelve year old Taylor Nicole Gibbs, daughter of Teesha and Keith Reynolds of Liberty.

Kyleigh Breanne Hill was fourth runner-up. She is the ten year old daughter of Kyle Hill and Colleen Clary of Smithville.

The Miss Congeniality of the pageant was Riley Michelle Overstreet, the twelve year old daughter of Michelle Overstreet of Alexandria and the late Billy Overstreet

Ellie Grace Vaughn, the ten year old daughter of Randy and Natasha Vaughn of Alexandria was Miss Photogenic

Others in the top eleven were twelve year old Monica Carlton, daughter of Amanda and Leroy Hale and Travis and Toni Carlton of Smithville; eleven year old McKenzie Elizabeth Brown, daughter of Shelly Brown and Adam Davis of Smithville; ten year old Addison Roller, daughter of John and Chana Roller of Smithville; eleven year old Alonna Leshae Eaton, daughter of Lonnie Eaton and Wendy Stepp of Alexandria; twelve year old Alexis Grace Atnip, daughter of Veronica Atnip of Smithville; and ten year old Carlee Elizabeth West, daughter of D.J. and Megan Stewart of Smithville.

The remaining contestants were eleven year old Jenna Lea Cantrell, daughter of Tony and Amee Cantrell of Smithville; ten year old Hannah Paige Trapp, daughter of Jeremy and Jenny Trapp of Smithville; eleven year old Natalie Morgan Snipes, daughter of Tim and Michelle Snipes of Smithville; ten year old Kailey Nichole Harvey, daughter of Kevin and Angelia Harvey of Lebanon ; and ten year old Elizabeth Carlene Gaines, daughter of Beverly Anderson of Smithville.

Tonight's events at the Fair:

Thursday, July 23: Junior Goat Show at 6:00 p.m. at the Tot Kelly Barn; Baby Show at 6:00 p.m. followed by The Almost Anything Goes Game Show at the Lions Club Pavilion; Omega Force Strongmen at 7:00 p.m. at the T.C. McMillen Arena; and (2- $500 cash drawings) at 9:30 p.m.

Memory Lane Stage:

Thursday Night July 23
6:30-7:30 pm—Bryan Keith
7:45-8:45 pm— Terri Lynn Weaver

Rides on the Midway will be provided by the Family Attractions Amusement Company. Unlimited rides will be available for $18.00 on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Admission to the fair is $4.00 per person. Children age four and younger will be admitted free! Gates open at 4:30 p.m. through Friday and at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. The exhibit building is open from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. through Friday and Saturday from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Parking is Free!

For more information, call 529-FAIR or visit on-line at www.dekalbcountyfairtn.com.

Annabella Eleni Dakas Wins Miss Princess Pageant

July 22, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
Annabella Eleni Dakas Wins Miss Princess Pageant
Keara Milligan (3rd runner-up), Ansley Faith Cantrell (1st runner-up), Annabella Eleni Dakas (Miss Princess), Isabella Faith Rackley (2nd runner-up), and Camri Layne Johnson (4th runner-up)
Miss Princess Pageant Miss Congeniality Danica Hope Collier (left) and Miss Photogenic Keara Milligan
The 2015 Miss Princess of the DeKalb County Fair is Annabella Eleni Dakas

The 2015 Miss Princess of the DeKalb County Fair is Annabella Eleni Dakas, the eight year old daughter of John and Mandy Dakas of Smithville.

Fifteen girls ages 7-9 competed for the title Wednesday night at the DeKalb County Fair.

Dakas succeeds the 2014 Miss Princess, Carlee Elizabeth West, the ten year old daughter of D.J. and Megan Stewart of Smithville.

Nine year old Ansley Faith Cantrell, daughter of Tony and Amee Cantrell of Smithville was first runner-up in the pageant.

Second runner-up was seven year old Isabella Faith Rackley, daughter of Gordon and Jessica Rackley of Smithville

Keara Milligan, the eight year old daughter of Josh and Cyndi Milligan of Smithville was third runner-up. She was also named Miss Photogenic.

Camri Layne Johnson was fourth runner-up. She is the seven year old daughter of Jeremy Johnson and Julia Bolton of Alexandria.

Danica Hope Collier, the seven year old daughter of Matthew and Brooke Collier of Alexandria and Britany George of Smithville was Miss Congeniality.

Others in the top ten were seven year old Averie Nicole McMinn, daughter of Nathan and Amanda McMinn of Smithville; seven year old Danica Hope Collier, daughter of Matthew and Brooke Collier of Alexandria and Britany George of Smithville; eight year old Makinzy Lynn Jenkins of Smithville. Her father is Wally Rackley and the main caretaker is her aunt Maranda Washer; seven year old Bailey Elizabeth Kidd, daughter of Kelli Bess and Brandon Kidd of Smithville; and eight year old Brooklyn Ponder, daughter of Brownie and Peggy Barnes of Smithville.

The remaining contestants were seven year old Leah Grace Davis, the daughter of Nelson and Jennifer Davis of Smithville; eight year old Shaelee Foster, daughter of Margie Tiner and Doyne Glass of Smithville; eight year old Allison Goodwin, daughter of Roy and Anna Goodwin of Rock Island; nine year old Emily Rose Satterfield, daughter Sherry and Derrick Satterfield of Liberty; and seven year old Hailee Ann Marie Merriman, daughter of Jake and Joyce Merriman of Smithville.

Cripps and Kirksey Capture Little Mister and Miss Crowns

July 21, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
Little Mister: Levi Hamilton Cripps
Little Miss: Ella Grace Kirksey
Wyatt Randall Ware (3rd Runner-up), Austin Cadence Merriman (1st Runner-up), Levi Hamilton Cripps (Little Mister), Jaxsen Theryn Speaks (2nd Runner-up), and Adonis Jaxon Cooprider (4th Runner-up)
Zachary Elijah Cooprider (left) was named Mister Manners while the Mister Photogenic Title went to Levi Hamilton Cripps
Kaydence Shontae Johnson (3rd Runner-up), Cora Marie Cox (1st Runner-up), Ella Grace Kirksey (Little Miss), Lakelyn Brooke Nelson (2nd Runner-up), and Jaycee Kaylin Daley (4th Runner-up)
Mia Nicole Hall (left) was named Little Miss Manners while the Miss Photogenic Title went to Caitlyn Lee Adcock
Ella Grace Kirksey is the 2015 Little Miss of the DeKalb County Fair .

Levi Hamilton Cripps and Ella Grace Kirksey were crowned Little Mister and Miss at the DeKalb County Fair Tuesday night.

Cripps, who was also named Mister Photogenic, is the five year old son of Kevin and Liz Cripps of Alexandria. Kirksey is the four year old daughter of Graden and Sabrina Kirksey of Smithville.

They succeed the 2014 Little Mister and Miss, Abram James Koegler and Graycie Bowman. Koegler is the six year old son of Brian and Leticia Koegler of Smithville and Bowman is the six year old daughter of Phillip and Natasha Waggoner of Liberty.

First runner-up in the Little Miss contest was Cora Marie Cox, the four year old daughter of Brandon and Whitney Cox of Smithville.

Second runner-up was Lakelyn Brooke Nelson, the four year old daughter of Dustin and Kristian Nelson of Smithville.

Kaydence Shontae Johnson was third runner-up. She is the five year old daughter of Trista Johnson and Jeremy Ashburn of Smithville.

Jaycee Kaylin Daley, the six year old daughter of Megan Linder and Destry Wiggins of Smithville was fourth runner-up.

Meanwhile, Mia Nicole Hall, the four year old daughter of Bradley and Lacy Hall of Alexandria was named Little Miss Manners.

Little Miss Photogenic went to Caitlyn Lee Adcock, the four year old daughter of Jessie and Tia Adcock of Smithville.

Others in the top ten were 4 year old Caitlyn Lee Adcock, the daughter of Jessie and Tia Adcock of Smithville; 4 year old Mia Nicole Hall, the daughter of Bradley and Lacy Hall of Alexandria; 5 year old Tanisha Owens of Smithville. Her guardian is Julia Owens; 6 year old Leah Elisabeth Trapp, the daughter of Jeremy and Jenny Trapp of Smithville; and 6 year old Kaylyn Isabelle Prichard, the daughter of Andy and Chrissy Prichard of Liberty.

Remaining participants were 5 year old Cassidy Orcutt, daughter of Josh Orcutt and Olivia Taylor of Smithville; 6 year old Charlotte Annabelle Cripps, the daughter of Kevin and Liz Cripps of Alexandria; 5 year old Savannah Faith Stibil, the daughter of John and Glenda Stibil of Smithville; 6 year old Khloe Grace Lawson, the daughter of Josh Lawson and Kelly Ring of Alexandria; 5 year old Shelby Jean Elam, the daughter of Andrew and Bethany Elam of Sparta; 5 year old Karah Jo Ford, the daughter of Amanda Ford of Dowelltown; 4 year old Jessica Lauren (Jessie) Gribble, the daughter of Tara Jane Atnip-Summers and Dale Gribble of Smithville;6 year old Makenlee Gard, daughter of Nathan and Brittney Gard of Smithville; and 4 year old Annabelle Paige Merriman, daughter of Jake and Joyce Merriman of Smithville.

First runner-up in the Little Mister contest was five year old Austin Cadence Merriman, the son of Jake and Joyce Merriman of Smithville.

Five year old Jaxsen Theryn Speaks, son of Justin and Donna Speaks of DeKalb County was the second runner-up

Third runner-up was Wyatt Randall Ware, the six year old son of Charles and Jennifer Ware of Smithville.

Fourth runner-up went to Adonis Jaxon Cooprider, the four year old son of Heath and Rebecca Cooprider of Liberty.

Five year old Zachary Elijah Cooprider was named Mister Manners. He is the son of Heath and Rebecca Cooprider of Liberty.

Tonight at the Fair:

Wednesday, July 22: WSMV-TV's Snowbird will greet fairgoers from 5-7 p.m. at the main gate; Little Miss Princess Pageant for contestants ages 7-9 at 6:00 p.m. followed by the Miss Sweetheart Pageant for those ages 10-12 at the Lions Club Pavilion; 4 Wheeler and Motorcycle Racing at 6:00 p.m. at the T.C. McMillen Arena; Kids Peddle Tractor Pull at the Grandstand at 7:00 p.m. ; and (2- $500 cash drawings) at 9:30 p.m.

Memory Lane Stage Events:

Wednesday Night July 22
6:30-7:30 pm—Kitty Steadman
7:45-8:45 pm— DCHS Cheerleaders
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Rides on the Midway will be provided by the Family Attractions Amusement Company. Unlimited rides will be available for $14.00 on Wednesday and $18.00 on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Admission to the fair is $4.00 per person. Children age four and younger will be admitted free! Gates open at 4:30 p.m. through Friday and at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. The exhibit building is open from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. through Friday and Saturday from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Parking is Free!

For more information, call 529-FAIR or visit on-line at www.dekalbcountyfairtn.com.

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