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DCHS Graduation Tonight on Football Field (VIEW PHOTOS OF SENIORS HERE)

May 19, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page
Ashli Chew
Chloe White

Graduation for the Class of 2016 at DeKalb County High School will be tonight (Thursday, May 19) at 7:00 p.m. on the high school football field. The program had been set for Friday but was rescheduled due to the threat of rain.

The commencement program will feature the presentation of the White Rose and Citizenship Awards to members of the Class, a performance by the DCHS Chorus, and remarks by the Class Valedictorian Ashli Chew, Class President Chloe White, and DCHS Principal Kathy Bryant. Honor students will also be recognized including those who have earned top rank, honors, and distinction status. The DCHS band will perform “pomp and circumstance” as the graduates file onto the field. Bryant will present the class to Director of Schools Patrick Cripps, who will then award diplomas to the graduates as their names are called.

A total of 163 students make up the Class of 2016 at DCHS.

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Meanwhile scholarships and other awards will be presented to members of the Class of 2016 at DeKalb County High School during the annual Senior Awards program Monday night, May 16 at 6:00 p.m. in the DCHS gymnasium.

Representatives of colleges, universities, branches of the armed services, businesses, civic groups, and other organizations will make the presentations. WJLE plans LIVE coverage on AM 1480/FM 101.7 and LIVE STREAMING at www.wjle.com.

Ashli Chew is the Class Valedictorian. The Salutatorian is Max Pafford.

The following students have met requirements for top Rank:

Ashli Chew, Maxwell Pafford, Frank Oliver, Mariah Lynch, Kirkland Smallwood, Noah Parsley, Morgan Vickers, Mackenzie Keaton, Caitlin Turner, Alexander Rhody, Hailey Walker, Seth Wright, Hannah James, Christopher Bryant, Hannah Leach, Kyra Slager, Tyra Graham, Hannah Walker, Anna Malone, Jaidyn L. Huggins, Harley Johnson, Chloe White, Carlee White, Hannah Lasser, Carl Mooneyham, Jr., Caitlin Jacobs, Matthew Wright, Amber Montgomery, Hayden Plymel, Gabriella Nokes, Katherine Parker, Delaney Johnson, Haden Cripps, Elijah Hendrixson, Nicklas Patterson, Katelynn Hall, Roberto Mata, Noah Byford, and Carly Moss.

To be considered for top Rank, students must take at least 10 honors, dual enrollment, and AP courses and students must have a 21 or higher ACT composite score.

The following students have met the requirement for Tennessee State Distinction:

Jailyn Bolding, Jerica Braswell, Chase Bryant, Kaylene Ferguson, Tyra Graham, Elijah Hendrixson, Jaydin Huggins, Caitlin Jacobs, Hannah James, Delaney Johnson, Mackenzie Keaton, Hannah Lasser, Hannah Leach, Mariah Lynch, Anna Malone, Taylor Marshall, Keeley McKay, Carly Moss, Alexis Nokes, Eli Oliver, Max Pafford, Katie Parker, Noah Parsley, Hayden Plymel, Austin Poss, Alex Rhody, Kyra Slager, Kirkland Smallwood, Caitlin Turner, Christian Turner, Morgan Vickers, Hailey Walker, Hannah Walker, Carlee White, Chloe White, Matthew Wright, and Seth Wright.

Students with Distinction have met at least one of the following:
*Earned a nationally recognized industry certification
*Participated in at least one year of the Governor's Schools
*Participated in one of the state's All State Musical Organizations
*Been selected as a National Merit Finalist or Semi-Finalist
*Attained a composite score of 31 or higher on the ACT
*Attained a score of 3 or higher on at least two Advanced Placement (AP) exams
*Earned 12 or more semester hours of postsecondary (dual enrollment credit)

The following students have met the requirements for graduating with Tennessee State Honors:

Chase Bryant, Ashli Chew, Elijah Hendrixson, Mackenzie Keaton, Mariah Lynch, Anna Malone, Roberto Mata, Eli Oliver, Max Pafford, Hayden Plymel, Alex Rhody, Kyra Slager, Kirkland Smallwood, Caitlin Turner, and Seth Wright.

Tennessee State Honors students have met all of the ACT subject area readiness benchmarks. The benchmarks are: English-18, Reading-22, Math-22, and Science 23.

The DCHS Class of 2016 includes the following students:

Curtis Tyler Ackerson, Jesse Alan Adams, Juan Diego Alvarez-Tinajero, Kelly Michelle Armour, Meranda Kay Atnip,

Courtney Devonne Bain, Troy James Bodie Bain, Briana Nicole Bandy, Jennifer Mae Ann Barnes, Jasmine Kiera Beaty, John Michael Belosic, Jessica Nicole Billings, Kerra Necole Blackwell, Justin Michael Blair, Tara-Lyn Bockoven, Jailyn Paige Bolding, Jerica Elaine Braswell, Benjamin Franklin Brooks, III, Christopher Chase Bryant, Jonah Mark Burke, Noah Dallas Byford,

Alexis Paige Caldwell, Matthew Hunter Caldwell, Tavia Gayle Cantrell, Jennifer Caroline Caplinger, Brittney Lynn Carpenter, Diana Berenice Carrillo, Gavin Lee Carter, Morgan Mackenzie Castorena, Ashli Elizabeth Chew, Colby Ray Clark, Leah Payton Clark, Dakotah Raine Cool, Andrew Dwayne Cornelius, Haden Grant Cripps, Ana Karen Cuellar, Billy Lane Curtis,

Robert Lane Davenport, Erick Lee Dodd, John Gage Duggin, Miranda Lea Dyer,

Kayla Dawn Ervin, Vernon Gage Ervin, Tabitha Georgette Kelly Estes,

Kaylene Marie Ferguson, Hannah Josephine Ferrell, Aspen Nicole Flarity, Wendy Flores Amado, Kaylyn Faith France,

Caleb Mason Gantt, Krisann Rene Garmer, Rachel Nicole Gash, Sy James Gohs, Casey Dillon Gooch, Tyra Grace Graham,

Katelyn Ann Hall, Chandler Bryce Haynes, Joshua Calvin Hembree, Elijah Lee Hendrixson, Bobby Wayne Dillon Hicks, Levi Austin Horton, Jaidyn Lynn Huggins,

Caitlin Blair Jacobs, Hannah Elizabeth James, Courtney Lynn Johnson, Delaney Louise Johnson, Deveen Dakato Johnson, Garrett Drake Johnson, Harley Jade Johnson, Isabella Dae Johnson, Bruno Juarez Ramirez,

Mackenzie Danielle Keaton, Clara Talpha Knowles,

Michael Ryan LaFever, Alexander Kalb Lasser, Hannah Ashton Lasser, Hannah Elizabeth Leach, Kyle Louis Lemons, Ryan Patrick Lincoln, Ethan Cole Lomas, La-Kota Wade Luna, Mariah Nicole Lynch,

Anna Bess Malone, Taylor Nicole Marshall, Roberto Carlos Mata, Jonathan Stacy Matthews, Emerald Marie Ann McClanahan, Azya M’Kia Caperise McCoy, Keely Denise McKay, Samuel Lee McMillen, Danielle Alise Meadows, Kelly Nicole Meeks, Turner Lynn Merryman, Antonio Luis Miranda, Mary Belle Mofield, Amber Nicole Montgomery, Joseph Daniel Moon, Carl Anthony Mooneyham, Jr., Nathan Allen Moore, Tyler Allen Morton, Allison Brooke Mosley, Carly McKenna Moss, Luis Abraham Munoz-Aldino,

Gabriella Alexis Nokes,

Frank Eli Oliver, Sergio Daniel Ortiz, Ferrin Mae Outley,

Maxwell Colin Pafford, Ashley Michelle Parker, Katherine Belle Parker, Noah Scott Parsley, Nicklas Lane Patterson, Damian Clark Payne, Morgan Leanne Pedigo, Erin Nicole Perry, Katlyn Nichole Pinegar, Hayden Dewan Plymel, Alanna Marie Porras, Austin Wayne Poss, Jeff Rayburn Prisock, Braxton Darce Pugh, Jared Robert Pyles,

Maribel Lynn Quintero,

Miguel Angel Ramirez-Celaya, Daisy Vanesa Resendiz, Kaitlin Makenzie Rhea, Alexander James Rhody, Shelby Nicole Roberts, Mason Amanda Hunter Robinson, Miguel Angel Rodriguez, Esai Rey Rodriguez, Emily Rose Romo,

Brooklyn Kay Seifert, Kyra Makay Slager, Kirkland Alexander Smallwood, Haley Nicole Smith, Jorden Tyler Smoot, Emily Nicole Snider, Angeles Socorro Soto, Skyler McKenzie Stewart, Megan Elizabeth Strayn, Hailey Marie Summers,

Nathaniel Theriaque, Allen Dale Thompson, Caitlin Brooke Turner, Christian Blaire Turner,

Zackery Lane Underhill,

Yosadara Vicente, Morgan Marie Vickers,

Hailey Lynnette Walker, Hannah Renea Walker, Chelsey Ann Waters, Carlee Colvert White, Chloe Colvert White, Jordan Allan Whitehead, Brooklynn Leann Wilkerson, Hunter Eugene Wilkins, Samara Mae Williams, Hunter Lane Woods, Matthew Sheldon Wright, and Seth Ashton Wright.

DCHS Tigerettes Claim Region Tournament Championship

May 18, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page

The DCHS Tigerettes claimed the Championship of the Region 4AA Softball Tournament with a 4-1 win over Livingston Academy Wednesday in Smithville at the Danny Bond Field.

DeKalb County will host Redbank at 4:00 p.m. Saturday in the Sub-State at the Danny Bond Field.

The Tigerettes scored 4 runs on 6 hits and made 2 errors. Livingston Academy scored 1 run on 4 hits and made 1 error.

DeKalb County scored 1 run in the 1st inning and 3 runs in the 4th. The Lady Wildcats scored 1 run in the 7th inning

Kayley Caplinger was the winning pitcher.

Tyra Graham had a homerun and 2 singles. Myranda Bailiff, Hannah Walker, and Jonie Robinson each had 1 single.

D.A.R.E Graduation Held at Northside Elementary School

May 18, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page
D.A.R.E. Essay Winner McKenzie Sanders with Sheriff Patrick Ray, DARE Instructor and Chief Deputy Don Adamson and General Sessions and Juvenile Court Judge Bratten Cook II
D.A.R.E Class Essay Winners Xharia Lyons, Ryder Miller, Micah Bogle, McKenzie Sanders, Jenna Wright, Melody Beltran, Abby Ludwig, and Mario Matias

Fifth graders at Northside Elementary School received certificates during the annual D.A.R.E. graduation ceremony held Wednesday.

The Drug Abuse Resistance Education program was conducted by D.A.R.E. Instructor and Chief Deputy Don Adamson of the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department.

Each student prepares an essay during the course and those with the best essays from each class are recognized and awarded. This year's essay winners at Northside are:

Mario Matias from Amy Raymond's class
Jenna Wright from Amanda Griffith's class
Xharia Lyons from Carrie Gottlied's class
Abby Ludwig from Kristen Hankal's class
Micah Bogle from Alisha Day's class
Ryder Miller from Josh Odom's class
McKenzie Sanders from Melissa Hale's class
Melody Beltran from Cheryl Vandagriff’s class

McKenzie Sanders was the over-all winner and she read her essay during Wednesday's program. In addition to the award, prizes, and recognition, Sanders gets to keep "Daren the Lion" the D.A.R.E. Mascot. General Sessions/Juvenile Court Judge Bratten Cook, II presented Sanders a check for $50.

D.A.R.E. is a cooperative effort by the DeKalb Sheriff's Department, DeKalb County School System, parents, and the community.

Other officials present for the ceremony were Northside Principal Karen Knowles, Assistant Principal Beth Pafford, Guidance Counselor Dr. Linda Bush, Director of Schools Patrick Cripps, County Mayor Tim Stribling, Circuit Court Clerk Katherine Pack, Register of Deeds Jeff McMillen, Trustee Sean Driver, County Clerk James L. (Jimmy) Poss, Assessor of Property Scott Cantrell. Other members of the Sheriff's department were also in attendance along with Sheriff Patrick Ray and Chief Deputy Adamson.

Annual All Day Gospel Singing in Alexandria Saturday

May 18, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page
Three Parts Grace will be one of the featured groups at the All Day Singing Saturday
David Turner and Friends will appear at the All Day Gospel Singing Saturday
Right on Time to appear at All Day Gospel Singing in Alexandria
Terri Lynn Weaver to perform at All Day Gospel Singing
The Calvary Trio to perform at All Day Gospel Singing

The Annual All Day Gospel Singing will be Saturday, May 21 at the DeKalb County Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. WJLE will broadcast LIVE.

The lineup is as follows:

*Malone's Chapel Baptist Church: 10 a.m.

*Debbie McMillen and Family: 10:30 a.m.

*Bethany Harrison: 11:00 a.m.

*Connie Smith Rodriguez: 11:30 a.m.

*Tristan Pope on the piano: Noon

*Resurrection: 12:30 p.m.

*Terri Lynn Weaver: 1:00 p.m.

*Short Ridge Sisters: 1:30 p.m.

*Truly Blessed: 2:00 p.m.

*Calvary Trio: 2:30 p.m.

*Right on Time: 3:00 p.m.

*Three Parts Grace: 3:30 p.m.

*Jason Sanders: 4:00 p.m.

*Faith Singers: 4:30 p.m.

*Dessa Ray: 5:00 p.m.

*Suzanne Winfree: 5:30 p.m.

*Doug Collins and Family: 6:00 p.m.

*David Turner & Friends: 6:30 p.m.

Wilson Bank & Trust Hosts Luncheon for DCHS Students

May 17, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page
Wilson Bank & Trust Hosts Luncheon for DCHS Students

Wilson Bank & Trust’s Smithville office recently hosted a luncheon in honor of DeKalb County High School’s top ten students.

The event featured guest speaker Ashley Barnes, a former top ten student.

Pictured (L-R) are Barnes; WB&T’s Chad Colwell; DCHS students Ashli Chew, Max Pafford, Mariah Lynch, Eli Oliver, Morgan Vickers, Noah Parsley, Caitlin Turner, Kirkland Smallwood and Mackenzie Keaton; WB&T’s Clark Oakley; and DCHS assistant principal Jenny Norris.

Smithville Work Camp Seeks to Help Neighbors Repair and Beautify their Homes

May 17, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page
Work Camp Volunteers Sealing Driveway of Home on Holmes Creek Road in 2013
Church Group Building Handicapped Ramp for Resident on Bright Hill Road in 2014
Karen Jacobs at Work on Jackson Street in 2014

Members of the Smithville Church of Christ will be rolling up their sleeves and pitching in to help show their Christian love for others during the congregation's fourth annual Work Camp scheduled for June 13-16.

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The Work Camp is an annual home rehabilitation/beautification project organized by the Smithville Church of Christ. The church began the work camp as a means of helping less fortunate residents of the county do some fix up and cleanup projects around their homes and it has proven to be quite productive.

“We are concerned about the quality of life in our community. One of the ways we can address our concerns is by helping repair/beautify residences of homeowners who have special needs but have limited resources. When we help persons live safely and securely in their own homes, we feel that we are doing God’s work by helping our neighbor,” said a work camp organizer.

The Smithville Work Camp concentrates its efforts in the Smithville-DeKalb County area.

If you would like to have your house considered for the repair/beautification project, you may fill out a “Homeowner Application” and Release Form and return them to: Smithville Work Camp, P.O. Box 397, Smithville, TN 37166. The deadline to return the forms is Wednesday, June 1.

For more information call 615-597-4159

DCHS Graduation to be held Thursday Night, May 19

May 17, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page
DCHS Graduation to be held Thursday Night, May 19

The DCHS Graduation has been re-scheduled from Friday, May 20 to Thursday, May 19 due to the threat of rain. The program starts at 7:00 p.m. on the high school football field. Project Graduation will be held on Friday as planned.

More Than $1 Million Dollars in Scholarships Awarded to DCHS Students

May 16, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page
Max Pafford, Class Salutatorian, and Ashli Chew, Class Valedictorian, received the two largest total scholarship award amounts Monday Night
DCHS Scholarship Award Winners
DCHS Class of 2016 Tennessee Scholars
DCHS Senior Hayden Plymel will receive his high school diploma Friday night. He has already earned his Associates Degree from Motlow through Dual Enrollment

More than one million dollars in scholarships were awarded to members of the Class of 2016 at DeKalb County High School during Monday night's annual Senior Awards program.

Representatives of colleges, universities, branches of the armed services, businesses, civic groups, and other organizations made the presentations.

Max Pafford, Class Salutatorian, and Ashli Chew, Class Valedictorian, received the two largest total scholarship award amounts. Pafford was awarded a total of $133,900 in scholarships including $103,800 from the University of Alabama and $24,000 from the University of Memphis along with a General Assembly Merit Scholarship for $4,000, the Jolly Angels/Brandon Elder Memorial Scholarship of $2,000, and a $100 Smithville Rotary Club Math award.

Chew received an award of $31,440 per year from Bryan College for 4 years for a total of $125,760. She also received the Provost Scholarship from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga for $12,000. In addition, Chew was on the list for the National Society of High School Scholars.

Meanwhile, Hayden Plymel was recognized for earning his Associates Degree from Motlow State Community College through the dual enrollment program at DCHS. He will receive his high school diploma Friday night.

Scholarship recipients listed in alphabetical order according to last names and their award amounts and other honors are as follows:

*Kelly Armour:
Smithville Women’s Club- $500

*Troy Bain:
Smithville Rotary Vocational Award-$100

*Briana Bandy:
DeKalb PTO-$200

*Kerra Blackwell:
MTSU-$8,000

*Jailyn Bolding:
Kyle & Kenny Robinson Memorial-$1,000
Nell Haas Driver Scholarship-$1,000
Southern Landscape Supply Scholarship-$500
National Society of High School Scholars

*Chase Bryant:
Tennessee Tech University-$4,000
Clyde Thomas Family Trust Scholarship-$1,000

*Noah Byford:
Lucille Stewart Memorial: $2,000

*Ashli Chew:
Bryan College-$125,760
UT Chattanooga Provost Scholarship-$3,000
National Society of High School Scholars

*Leah Clark:
Scottish Rite-$1,000

*Ana Cuellar:
Cumberland University & Equal Chance for Education-$65,000

*Miranda Dyer:
DCHS English IV Award

*Kaylene Ferguson:
Lucille Stewart Memorial-$2,000

*Aspen Flarity:
Mentors Association Scholarship-$5,000

*Joan Gopar:
Cumberland University & Equal Chance for Education-$65,000

*Tyra Graham:
Cumberland University-$56,000

*Katelyn Hall:
U.S. Army Scholar Athlete Award

*Joshua Hembree:
U.S. Marine Enlistment

*Elijah Hendrixson:
Love-Cantrell Funeral Home-$500

*Caitlin Jacobs:
Clyde Thomas Family Trust Scholarship-$1,000

*Hannah James:
Daughters of the American Revolution-Good Citizen Award- $50
Leadership DeKalb Award

*Delaney Johnson:
DCHS English IV Award

*Garrett Johnson:
Jolly Angels/Brandon Elder Memorial- $1,000

*Harley Johnson:
DCHS English IV Award

*Isabella Johnson:
Jolly Angels/Brandon Elder Memorial- $1,000

*Bruno Ramirez Juarez:
Cumberland University & Equal Chance for Education- $65,000

*MacKenzie Keaton:
Allen Hooper Memorial- $500
Clyde Thomas Family Trust Scholarship-$1,000
DeKalb Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Association-$500
DeKalb Soil Conservation District-$500
Jolly Angels/Brandon Elder Memorial- $1,000
MTSU-$8,000

*Hannah Lasser:
Dailey & Vincent Scholarship-$2,000
David Wayne Alexander Memorial-$1,500
DCHS Class of 1966-$500
UT-Chattanooga-$15,000

*Mariah Lynch:
Advance Placement (AP) Scholar
Jolly Angels/Brandon Elder Memorial- $2,000
Liberty State Bank-$500
Tennessee Tech University-$12,000
U.S. Marines Scholar Award

*Anna Malone:
American Legion Auxiliary Girls State- $350
Comcast Award
Jolly Angels/Brandon Elder Memorial- $1,000
Tennessee Tech University-$4,000
Tennessee Tech University W. Doyle and Melford Smith Award-$3,000
Upper Cumberland Association of Realtors-$250
U.S. Marines Athlete Award

*Roberto Mata:
U.S. Marines Athlete Award

*Amber Montgomery:
Caney Fork Electric-2014 Essay Contest Second Place-$100

*Joseph Moon:
U.S. Navy Enlistment-$80,000

*Alexis Nokes:
Smithville Business & Professional Women’s Club-$500
St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital-$500

*Eli Oliver:
DeKalb Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Association-$500
DeKalb Soil Conservation District-$500
General Assembly Merit Scholarship-$4,000
Tennessee Governor’s School for Agricultural Sciences
UT-Knoxville-$24,000

*Stefany Ortega
Cumberland University & Equal Chance for Education-$65,000

*Maxwell Pafford:
University of Alabama-$103,800
University of Memphis-$24,000
Advance Placement (AP) Scholar
DCHS Honors English IV Award
General Assembly Merit Scholarship-$4,000
Jolly Angels/Brandon Elder Memorial- $2,000
Smithville Rotary Math Award-$100
Tennessee Governor’s School for International Studies
Woodman of the World Award-$50

*Noah Parsley:
Dailey & Vincent Scholarship-$2,000
Mentors Association Scholarship-$5,000
Southern Landscape Supply Scholarship-$500
U.S. Army Athlete Award

*Nicklas Patterson:
American Legion Boys State-$350
Caney Fork Electric-2014 Essay Contest Washington Youth Tour Winner
U.S. Marines Semper Fidelis Award

*Hayden Plymel:
Motlow State Community College Associates Degree

*Braxton Pugh:
FBLA Dr. Bill Radcliff Scholarship-$500
Smithville Rotary Club-$750
FBLA Superior Volunteer Award

*Maribel Quintero:
Caney Fork Electric-2014 Essay Contest Third Place-$75

*Miguel Celya Ramirez:
Cumberland University & Equal Chance for Education- $65,000

*Alex Rhody:
Union University-$64,000

*Mason Robinson:
David Wayne Alexander Memorial-$1,500
Love-Cantrell Funeral Home-$500

*Emily Romo:
Caney Fork Electric-2014 Essay Contest Fourth Place-$50

*Kyra Slager
DCHS Beta Club-$500
Tennessee Tech University-$12,000
National Society of High School Scholars

*Kirkland Smallwood:
General Assembly Merit Scholarship-$4,000
Tennessee Tech University-$20,000

*Angeles Soto:
Cumberland University & Equal Chance for Education- $65,000

*Caitlin Turner:
American Legion Auxiliary Girls State-$350
Belmont University-$24,000
DCHS Beta Club Scholarship-$500
Dual Enrollment Math-College Algebra/Pre-Calculus
Jolly Angels/Brandon Elder Memorial- $2,000

*Yosadara Vicente:
Cumberland University & Equal Chance for Education- $65,000
DeKalb Retired Teachers-$1,000

*Morgan Vickers:
American Legion Auxiliary Girls State-$350
Cattlemen’s Association: $500
DeKalb Retired Teachers-$1,000
DTC McAllen Foutch Memorial-$8,000
Eddie Crips Memorial-$1,000
FCCLA-$250
Jolly Angels/Brandon Elder Memorial- $4,000
Leadership DeKalb Award
RunDown Scholarship-$250
National Society of High School Scholars

*Hailey Walker:
American Legion Auxiliary Girls State-$350
FBLA Business Award
Smithville Rotary Club-$750

*Hannah Walker:
Smithville Rotary Club-$750

*Carlee White:
First Bank-$250

*Chloe White:
DCHS Student Council-$250
Dual Enrollment Math- College Trigonometry/Pre-Calculus
First Bank-$250
St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital Doctors-$500

*Matthew Wright:
MTSU Elzie & Nell McBride Memorial-$500

*Seth Wright:
Anthony Duane Trapp Memorial-$1,000
Kyle & Kenny Robinson Memorial-$1,000
Smithville Rotary Club-$750
Tennessee Tech-$6,000

DCHS Tigerettes Advance to Region Championship Game

May 16, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page
DCHS Tigerettes Advance to Region Championship Game

The DCHS Tigerettes are moving on to the Championship game of the Region 4AA Softball Tournament after defeating the Chattanooga Christian Chargers 8-0 Monday in the Semi-Finals at the Danny Bond Field.

The Championship game will be Wednesday, May 18 against Livingston Academy in Smithville at 5:00 p.m. WJLE plans LIVE coverage.

The Tigerettes scored 8 runs on 14 hits and made 1 error. The Lady Chargers were held scoreless. They had 2 hits and made 1 error.

DeKalb County scored 3 runs in the 1st and 5th innings and 2 runs in the 6th inning.

Kayley Caplinger pitched another shutout. She struck out 9 and walked 2.

Dani Meadows had a homerun and double

Tyra Graham had a single and triple

Kayley Caplinger with a single and 2 doubles

Lexi Bates and Katie Hall each with 2 singles

Allison Maynard, Joni Robinson, and Kristina Bain each had a single.

DCHS Student Threatens to Blow Up School, Charged with Terrorism Hoax

May 16, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page
Colby Ray Clark
Carl Michael Fleming
Jaime Marie Williams
Jose Alfredo Contreras

A DCHS student was arrested last Thursday after threatening to blow up the high school.

18 year old Colby Ray Clark of Smithville is charged with terrorism hoax. His bond is $1,500 and he will make a court appearance on May 19. Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Thursday, May 12 the DCHS Resource Officer was called to a teacher’s classroom to investigate a threat. According to Sheriff Ray, Clark had been sitting in a classroom when he made a statement saying he was going to blow up the high school. Several witnesses told the SRO they had heard Clark make the threat.

61 year old Carl Michael Fleming of Toad Road, Smithville is charged with aggravated assault. His bond is $10,000. Sheriff Ray said that on Tuesday, May 10 a woman 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.

39 year old Jaime Marie Williams of Old Hickory is charged with public intoxication. She is also cited for simple possession. Her bond is $1,500 and she will be in court on May 19. Sheriff Ray said that on Tuesday, May 10 a deputy responded to the area of Dale Ridge Road due to someone walking in the roadway. Upon arrival the officer spoke with the individual, Williams. She had an odor of alcohol about her person. She was very unsteady on her feet. Her eyes were bloodshot and her speech was slurred. Williams submitted to but performed poorly on field sobriety tasks. A search of her person turned up a xanax pill in her wallet. Williams admitted to having the pill without a prescription. She was placed under arrest for her safety and that of the public.

38 year old Jose Alfredo Contreras of Parkway Drive, Smithville is charged with driving under the influence. He was further issued a citation for driving on a suspended license and for driving on the wrong side of the roadway. His bond is $1,500 and he will be in court on June 16. Sheriff Ray said that on Sunday, May 15 a deputy was on routine patrol when he spotted a Chevy Tahoe leaving its lane of travel. The officer made a traffic stop of the vehicle and spoke with the driver, Contreras. He had an odor of alcohol on his person and his eyes were bloodshot. He performed poorly on field sobriety tasks. He also submitted to a blood test. Contreras was placed under arrest.

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