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Habitat Chili Cook-off and Bake Sale Friday!

October 24, 2016
Tecia Puckett Pryor
“Wonderland Chili” from the DeKalb County Board of Education won the “Best Chili” award in 2015
A new commemorative mug is available this year with the event’s logo for a $20.00 donation

Who makes the best chili in DeKalb County? Find out on Friday, October 28th when Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County hosts its 13th annual Chili Cook-off and Bake Sale.

Chili will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the DeKalb Courthouse Lawn. In case of bad weather, the event will be moved to the DeKalb County Complex. For a cash donation, eat all the chili you want and vote for your favorite chili and the best decorated booth. Ceramic bowls with the event’s logo are available for $20.00. Delicious baked goods prepared by members of local churches will also be for sale. Take out is also available.

“We are looking forward to another great day of good food and fellowship at the chili cook-off,” said Chad Driver, president of Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County. “The proceeds from the Chili Cook-off will be used towards building the next house, so we hope everyone will come out and eat lots of chili for a great cause!”

At press time, the teams competing in the Chili Cook-off are: “Cheese Wagon Chili” from DeKalb Transportation Department; “The Bean Counters” from Janney & Associates; “No Liability Chili” from the DeKalb County Bar Association; “Hot Checks Chili” from Wilson Bank & Trust; “The Courthouse Gang” from the DeKalb County Officials; and “Savvy Chili” from Savvy Scrubs/Professional Testing Services. Also competing will be teams from DeKalb County Board of Education, H&R Block, and Middle Tennessee Natural Gas.

Last year, “Wonderland Chili” from the DeKalb County Board of Education won the “Best Chili” award, and “The Courthouse Gang” from the DeKalb County Officials followed in second place. In the decorating contest, the DeKalb County Officials won first place honors with their M*A*S*H themed booth, and the DeKalb County Board of Education came in second place with their Wonderland theme. The 2015 event raised $4,500 for Habitat. A “Golden Spoon” award again be given for the team that collects the most extra cash for Habitat at their booth.

Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization. Habitat for Humanity builds and renovates houses in partnership with volunteers and families in need, regardless of their ethnic or religious background. The houses then are sold to those in need at no profit and with no interest charged.

For more information on the Chili Cook-off and Bake Sale, contact Tecia Pryor at 615-597-7370. To contact Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County, call 615-215-8181.

Community Meeting Scheduled to Discuss Plans for New Fire Station

October 23, 2016
Dwayne Page
Anita Puckett

The county is taking the next step toward the eventual development of a fire hall in the Four Seasons Community.

Fifth District County Commissioner Anita Puckett said last month she would like to have a community meeting to get the public’s input on the plans. That meeting has now been set for Saturday, November 5 at 9:00 a.m. at the Bright Hill Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. This informative meeting will be held for all residents of the Four Seasons Community and surrounding neighborhoods. “Please make plans to attend. We have several wonderful ideas for this project and would really like the input from the community. So please join Mr. Donny Green, County Fire Chief, and myself as we begin this process of new construction,” said Puckett.

During last month’s meeting, the county commission voted to begin site preparation. “We have some site work that needs to be done. There’s a building or barn on the property and a small pond. I think its time to start doing some work in clearing the property,” said County Mayor Tim Stribling.

Two years ago the county commission voted to acquire property, a little more than an acre in size, near the intersection of Four Seasons Road and Young Green Road for the future home of the fire station. Last year the county commission set aside $25,000 as seed money and $50,000 was included in this year’s budget for a total of $75,000 toward the project.

First Young Sportsman Deer Hunt October 29-30

October 23, 2016
First Young Sportman Deer Hunt October 29-30

The first of two Tennessee young sportsman deer hunts for the 2016-17 season will be held the weekend of Oct. 29-30.

Youth ages 6-16 years of age may participate. Participating youth can use gun, muzzleloader, and archery equipment.

Young sportsmen must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult, 21 or older who must remain in position to take immediate control of the hunting device. The adult must also comply with the fluorescent orange regulations as specified for legal hunters. Multiple youth may be accompanied by a single qualifying adult.

Archery season began in the state on Sept. 24 and the first segment ends Oct. 28, the day prior to the opening of the young sportsman hunt. The second segment of archery only season resumes on Monday, Oct. 31.

The TWRA makes the recommendation that all hunters obtain a 2016-17 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide. The guide lists license requirements, the counties and bag limits for each of the different deer management units. The guides are available where hunting and fishing licenses are sold and on the TWRA website, www.tnwildlife.org.

In 2015, youth hunters harvested a total of 5,854 deer during the first hunt, similar to the 2014 total of 5,673. All 95 Tennessee counties reported harvests in 2015 with Cumberland County posting the highest two-day total with 160 followed by Giles County with 142, Henry and Montgomery County with 134, and Lawrence County with 129.

1,087 Vote Early as of Saturday

October 21, 2016
Dwayne Page

A total of 1,087 people have cast ballots during the first four days of early voting in DeKalb County.

According to the election office, 280 voted Saturday including 271 in person and 8 by absentee. One provisional ballot was cast.

Early Voting Monday, October 24 will be from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. on the first floor of the courthouse at the election commission office.

Ribbon Cuttings Celebrate 3D Mammos for Saint Thomas Regional Hospitals

October 21, 2016

Saint Thomas Health, a part of Ascension, celebrated the unveiling of 3D Digital Mammography for three regional ministries including Saint Thomas DeKalb, Highlands, and Stones River hospitals. The community, hospital staff, along with local and state government leaders attended the various receptions that featured pink desserts and ribbon cookies in support of breast cancer awareness month.

“This $350,000 investment of state-of-the-art equipment per hospital is part of continued efforts to re-invest in Saint Thomas rural communities. Our mission is to always focus on what is best for our patients.” said Andy Wachtel, CEO and President of Saint Thomas DeKalb, Highlands, and Stones River hospitals. “The addition of 3-D mammography provides our patients with a valuable choice concerning their health.”

“This advanced technology enables us to eliminate overlying breast densities which may hinder detection of small masses or distortions.” said Chris Mick, Radiology Director of Saint Thomas DeKalb and Stones River hospitals. “We must also remember that 3D is not a replacement for 2D mammography, but an additional tool that can be used to help resolve problems such as dense breast tissue that can hinder early detection of breast cancer.”

The new mammography units will provide state-of-the-art 2D traditional mammography, 3D, and stereotactic computer assist biopsy capabilities. 3D mammograms must be requested when scheduling an appointment. Some insurance providers do not yet cover 3D, so check with your insurance for coverage options.

Saint Thomas Health is Middle Tennessee’s faith-based, not-for-profit health care system united as one healing community. Saint Thomas Health is focused on transforming the healthcare experience and helping people live healthier lives, with special attention to the poor and vulnerable. The regional health system includes nine hospitals: Saint Thomas Hospital for Spinal Surgery, Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital and Saint Thomas West Hospital in Nashville, Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro, Saint Thomas Hickman Hospital in Centerville, Saint Thomas DeKalb Hospital in Smithville, Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital in Sparta, Saint Thomas River Park Hospital in McMinnville and Saint Thomas Stones River Hospital in Woodbury. A comprehensive network of affiliated joint ventures, medical practices, clinics and rehabilitation facilities complements the hospital services and covers a 68-county area. Saint Thomas Health is a member of Ascension, the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system. For more information, visit www.STHealth.com

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 compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. In FY2016, Ascension provided more than $1.8 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. Ascension includes approximately 150,000 associates and 36,000 aligned providers. Ascension’s Healthcare Division operates 2,500 sites of care – including 141 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia, while its Solutions Division provides a variety of services and solutions including physician practice management, venture capital investing, investment management, biomedical engineering, facilities management, clinical care management, information services, risk management, and contracting through Ascension’s own group purchasing organization.

Early Voting Hours to be Extended After Delays Thursday Due to Server Malfunction

October 20, 2016

Early voting hours will be extended a couple of days next week due to issues the election office encountered on Thursday (Oct 20).

Just prior to early voting time Thursday (Oct. 20) the server at the election commission office malfunctioned and voting was delayed for 30 minutes to an hour.

“The voting machines were not the problem, but the issue was getting the correct voter data before allowing the voter to cast his/her vote on paper,” said Dennis Stanley, Administrator of Elections. “Thanks to the GoVoteTN app, we were soon able to look up a voter, find their correct precinct and then allow them to vote a paper ballot. Then just over 2 hours after the voting time began, we were able to allow voters to vote on the machine.”

By state law, a voter who casts his/her ballot early cannot vote on a machine unless the election commission can immediately update the voting history by computer. “That’s why a few voters who did not want to wait until the server was up and going had to vote on paper ballot,” Stanley explained.
As a result of the short down time, the early voting hours will be extended one hour Monday and Friday of next week.

“Early voting on Monday October 24 will be from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and the hours of Friday, October 28 will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.,” Stanley said. Early voting hours the other days will remain the same.

“We appreciate the patience of the voters on Thursday (this afternoon). We know there is a great deal of interest in this election and we worked very hard to get everything back to normal, and we did in just over 2 hours,” he said. “Our thanks also to our vendors and the Tennessee Division of Election staff for their assistance.”

DCHS Class of 2017 Makes Appeal for Donations for Project Graduation

October 20, 2016
Dwayne Page
Bailey Redmon

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

Bailey Redmon, 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 DCHS BETA Club, FBLA Club, and was a Senior Homecoming Attendant at 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 Redmon

Haunted Drive-Thru to Benefit DCHS Project Graduation

October 20, 2016
Dwayne Page
 Haunted Drive-Thru to Benefit DCHS Project Graduation

You can get scared out of your wits while helping the DCHS Class of 2017 for Project Graduation on Saturday, October 29.

“Your Worst Nightmare Haunted Drive-Thru” will be held from 7 p.m. til 10 p.m. on the Old Snow Hill Road.

“The haunted drive thru is going to be October 29, the Saturday before Halloween. It will start at the top of Trapp Lane and we will go about three miles down Old Snow Hill Road. We’ll have about 25 or 30 seniors spread out over those three miles scaring people as they drive their own cars down the road. You can buy tickets for $4.00 each from any high school senior or you can pay $4.00 per person in the car once you get there that night,” said Bailey Redmon, member of the Class of 2017.

All proceeds will go toward Project Graduation.



DeKalb Foster Children's Fund Needs Donations for Holidays

October 20, 2016
Dwayne Page
Annette Greek

The Christmas season is drawing near. Remember what Christmas was like when you were young? The family gathered together to give and receive blessings and gifts.

Christmas is a time for love, a time for joy, and a time for family. Not all children this year will take part in a celebration with their own families. Local children who are in foster care need assistance. Children who have been taken out of abusive or neglectful homes or sent away from their family by the Juvenile Court system may be sharing Christmas with a family of strangers. Your help is needed to make sure their needs are met during the holidays.

As in years past, your assistance is requested with Christmas gifts for local children who are in foster care with the Department of Children's Services. This year, there are over 914 children in the Upper Cumberland who are in state's custody and approximately 56 of those children are from DeKalb County. These local children need your help.

If you or your organization is willing to help provide funds, please send them to Annette Greek, Treasurer of the DeKalb County Foster Children Fund. "We are rounding up money for the DeKalb Foster Children's Fund. These are the children who have been removed from our county. We have approximately 56 children and we need money" said Greek.

Since the ages of these foster children vary, a cash donation is preferable to gifts. " We try to do Christmas and birthdays for these kids. It could be $100 to $150 per child. We also do special things if we're made aware of it like graduation gifts. We've bought evening gowns for contests. We've bought football uniforms. I always try to get the money (all collected) by the beginning of December in plenty of time for Christmas," said Greek.

You may send your donation to: Annette Greek, in care of F.Z. Webb & Sons Gifts, 400 West Public Square, Smithville TN 37166. For more information call 615-597-4186.

Greek says she will also be glad to accept your cash donation directly at the store.

"Reeling in the Years" Returns Saturday

October 19, 2016
Dwayne Page
Shawn Jacobs and Dennis Stanley

The Autumn edition of Reeling in the Years with D.S. and Shawn is coming up Saturday, October 22 from 6-10 p.m. on WJLE.

“The period between the late 1960s to the early 80s was a very creative time musically with hits ranging from soft pop, to rock to southern rock,” the two former WJLE announcers said. “Our show reflects that diversity and really is a musical history lesson".

The show will also include hits that were popular during the third week of October for various years throughout the 70s and 80s.

Again, Reeling in the Years airs Saturday night, October 22 from 6-10 on WJLE FM.


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