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Man Charged in Stabbing

May 27, 2014
by: 
Dwayne Page
Julio Cesar Bernardo
 Michael John London
Thelma LeRoyce Lea
David Christopher Hayes
Dwayne Allen Reeder

A 26 year old man has been charged in a stabbing last week in the Blue Springs Community.

Julio Cesar Bernardo of Big Woods Road, Smithville is charged with aggravated assault and criminal impersonation. His bond is $27,500 and he will be in court on June 12. He is accused of stabbing another man several times with a kitchen knife at his Big Woods Road residence on Sunday, May 18. The victim was airlifted to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga where he was treated and released. Bernardo, who left the scene after the stabbing, was arrested the next day but gave the officer a false name when identifying himself.

"We received a call on Sunday, May 18 to go to a residence on Big Woods Road in the Blue Springs Community for a stabbing," said Sheriff Patrick Ray. "The deputies and detectives went there. We determined that Bernardo was the aggressor. He did the stabbing. The victim was airlifted to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga for multiple stab wounds where he was treated and released the next morning, Monday, May 19. Bernardo became a suspect and we found him the next day," said Sheriff Ray.

The aggravated assault warrant against Bernardo alleges that on Sunday, May 18, Bernardo assaulted a man on Big Woods Road by stabbing him several times with a kitchen knife, causing the victim to be airlifted. Criminal detectives got a warrant on Bernardo and started looking for him. He was found and arrested the next day, on Monday, May 19.

Sheriff Ray said that when the officer arrived at Bernardo's home to serve the warrant on him, Bernardo told the deputy that his name was Rafael. Bernardo gave the false name in an unsuccessful attempt to keep from being arrested. Bernardo later admitted to lying about his name.

In addition to the charges resulting from the stabbing and providing a false name, Bernardo was served with an assault warrant taken against him in 2009 by an individual in an unrelated incident.

28 year old Michael John London of Old Givens Hollow Road is charged with theft of property under $500. His bond is $1,500 and he will be in court June 5. He was arrested on Thursday, May 22. Sheriff Ray said that while London was inside the victim's home doing some work on Lower Helton Road in Alexandria, he took approximately 50-one milligram Lorazepam pills belonging to the victim. London later admitted to taking all the pills and burning the prescription bottle.

59 year old Thelma LeRoyce Lea of Lebanon is charged with domestic assault. Her bond is $1,500 and she will be in court on June 5. Sheriff Ray said that on Saturday, May 24 a deputy was dispatched to the Company Store on Dale Ridge Road to a possible domestic incident occurring in a white van in the parking lot. Upon arrival, the officer saw Lea and a man inside the van and noticed that the man, Lea's boyfriend, had a bloody and swollen nose. The man told the deputy that he and Lea had been arguing and that she hit him in the face, which broke his glasses and caused a cut on his nose. Lea admitted to the assault. She was determined to have been the primary aggressor.

42 year old David Christopher Hayes of McMinnville Highway, Smithville is charged with disorderly conduct and public intoxication. His bond is $3,000 and he will be in court on June 5. Sheriff Ray said that on Sunday, May 25 Hayes showed up highly intoxicated at a residence on McMinnville Highway. He was yelling, screaming, and cursing the homeowners, stating that someone was trying to kill him and his seven year old daughter. Hayes was annoying the homeowners with his presence and was frightening them due to his actions and intoxicated state. Fearing for the child's safety, the homeowners took the youngster into their home until officers arrived. Hayes refused to comply with the requests of deputies and EMS personnel and he was taken into custody and charged with disorderly conduct.

35 year old Dwayne Allen Reeder of Meridian Drive, Smithville is charged with the domestic assault of his wife. His bond is $5,000 and he will be in court on June 12. Sheriff Ray said that on Sunday, May 11 a deputy was dispatched to the emergency room of DeKalb Community Hospital to take a report of domestic violence. The officer spoke with a woman there who said that she and Reeder got into an argument around midnight on May 11 which resulted in Reeder attacking her, ripping the shirt off of her, and repeatedly striking her in the face with his fist. The woman's right eye and cheekbone were severely swollen and bruised. Reeder was arrested on Monday, May 26.

DeKalb Students Among Nursing Graduates at Motlow

May 27, 2014
by: 
Dwayne Page
DeKalb Students Among Nursing Graduates at Motlow

Motlow College graduated 66 nursing students during commencement ceremonies on May 10.

The night before graduation the nurses took part in the annual nurse pinning ceremony at Nisbett Center on the Moore County campus.

Graduates representing Warren, DeKalb, Van Buren, Rutherford, Grundy and Cannon County are, in front from left, Amber Young (Warren), Breanna Taylor (Warren), Charissa Keathley (Rutherford), Brittany McNair (Warren) and Karen Christian (DeKalb). In the back row, from left, are Brian Cripps (DeKalb), Amber Chavez (Van Buren), Keeley Robinson (Warren), David Sain (Warren), April Fincher (Grundy) and Darlene Hill (Cannon).

Fallen Heroes Remembered

May 26, 2014
by: 
Dwayne Page
Lt. Colonel Christopher H. Oliver with his parents, Rebecca and George Oliver
Veterans Edsel and Edward Frazier, Charles Olson, Jimmy Sprague, and Guy Mathis place Wreath

Songs of patriotism and words of praise for the nation's fallen heroes were shared during a special Memorial Day remembrance at the county complex auditorium Monday morning.

Sponsored by the American Legion Post #122, the program featured remarks by U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Christopher H. Oliver, son of George and Rebecca Oliver of Smithville.

"The reason we are here today is to honor those fallen service members and to remember the sacrifices they have made for duty, honor, and our country," said Lt. Colonel Oliver. " The service members that we honor today came from all walks of life but they shared several fundamental qualities. They possessed courage, pride, determination, selflessness, dedication to duty, and integrity. All qualities needed to serve a cause larger than one's self. They were ordinary people who responded in extraordinary ways in difficult times. They rose to our nation's call because they wanted to protect a nation which had given them and us so much," he said.

"Over one million American service members have died in wars that our nation has been involved in since the first Colonial soldiers took up arms in 1775. Many of them died protecting one another. But they served so that we could keep the things that we love the most.. God, Country, and Family. By continuing to remain true to these cherished principles, we honor their sacrifice. Today, service members continue to make the ultimate sacrifice and yet more Americans are still stepping forward to say "I'm ready to serve". They follow in the footsteps of generations of fine Americans before them," continued Lt. Colonel Oliver.

"From those who shivered through winter in Europe or sweated through the humid heat in the pacific in World War II to the extreme cold and summer heat in Korea to the hot, humid, hazy jungles of Vietnam, throughout the cold war, and now to the young men and women patrolling the deserts and mountains of Afghanistan, we remember and honor them all. I'd ask that for the remainder of the day, in whatever activity you choose to do, enjoy them. But remember, they are a privilege bought from the sacrifice of those we honor today," he concluded.

The program included the presentation of colors by members of Boy Scout Pack #35, a performance of the National Anthem by State Representative Terri Lynn Weaver, and the crowd joining in the Pledge of Allegiance led by Edward Frazier. Local minister Larry Green read scripture and offered prayers. Songs of praise and patriotism were performed by Representative Weaver, Susan Hinton, and Darrin and Victoria Vincent. Hinton also read a "Tribute to Veterans" authored by Ben Herman. Following the program at the auditorium, the ceremony concluded at the site of the Veterans Memorial monument at the courthouse where a wreath was placed by local veterans and taps were played on trumpets by Emma Rigsby and Larry Briggs.

As a tribute to local hometown heroes, Judy Redmon recently asked for the community to provide her names of family and friends who served our country as members of the military but are now deceased. Redmon honored their memory during Monday's program by reading their names:

Sons of Gold Star Mothers:
Billy Anderson, Army, Afghanistan
Shannon Taylor, Army, Iraq
Billy Adcock, Army, Vietnam
Ronnie Reeder, Army, Vietnam

Others are as follows:
Alvin Burton: Navy, Korean War
James H. Buddy Cook, Army, Germany
Norman Cook, Navy
Jim Roy Tramel, Army, Germany, Korea, Vietnam
John Lee Pack, Army, World War II, 41st Infantry
James Holcomb, Army, Korea
Howard Timmons, Army, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, 30 years Master Sergeant
J.C. Malone, Army, World War II
W.J. (Wise Owl) Hendrixson, Navy, World War II
Virgil Johnson, Army, World War II
Lt. Clyde Thomas, Navy, Korea
Dale Hutchings, Army, Vietnam
Jimmy Ervin, World War II
Dan Fite, Vietnam
Edward Hays, World War II
Richard Lockhart, Army, Korea
Miles D. Shepard, World War II
John E. Turner, Army, Vietnam
Solon Lee Taylor, Army, World War II
Ewin Sandlin, Army, World War II
Everett Herron, Air Force, Korea, Vietnam
Ralph Bradford, Korea
Henry D. Johnson, World War II
Charlie Redmon, World War II
Garland Redmon, World War II
Henry Garth Coffee
Glenn Allen Coffee
Virgil Hill Johnson
Donald Mann
Benton Adkins
Hubert Page
Clint Page
Doylan Davis, World War II
Donald Sheets, World War II
Harry Gossard
T.J. Young, World War II
Carsie L. Craighead, World War II
Kenneth DeShanno, World War II
Jack Estes, World War II
Vernon E. Hyde, World War II
Sam A. Love, World War II
Merle C. Meyers, World War II
Robert Milantoni, Korean
Ozro Franklin, World War II, Korean
William Bethel Golden, Korean
Odene Lawrence, World War II
Jerry Wayne Vanatta, Navy, Vietnam
John G. Magness, U.S. Army, World War II
Carl Cathcart, Navy, Korean
Bobby L. Snyder, Army, Korean
Toy Hendrixson, Army, World War II
Norval Webb, Air Force, Korean
Jvann Walls, Army, World War II
W.J. Tramel, Army, World War II

"Tribute to a Veteran" by Ben Herman
(The Story of a World War II Veteran)

"An old World War II Veteran sat in his rocking chair talking to his grandson. The boy asked, "Grandpa, what were things like when you were young?"

The old man replied, "we were a lot like the young people of today---without all the material things, of course. The boy then asked, "Grandpa, what did you do for entertainment back then?

Well grandson, we played sports in school and sometimes we might go to a movie at a theatre when we could scrape up a modest amount of money. You see, money was so hard to come by because there was a depression across the country. All of the boys of course, liked our little girlfriends. Sometimes, we would just sit around the local country store and listen to the Veterans of the first World War tell their stories. They were our heroes.

Then grandson, in December 1941, we heard the news that an enemy had attacked a Naval base at a place called Pearl Harbor. Most people did not even know where Pearl Harbor was and never even heard the name.

News of the attack spread far and wide across this great country of America. The President of the U.S. Franklin D. Roosevelt would ask Congress for a declaration of war. All able bodied young men would be asked to serve in the military service. Some would be drafted by a draft board, and some would volunteer.

All the seniors on our high school basketball team volunteered the very next day. There was Bill, Fred, Tom, Harry, John, Robert, and me, of course. Bill and John never came back from the war. They were considered heroes in the community. Their pictures were kept in the high school trophy case for many years.

As the young boy listened to the old veteran talk, he asked, "Will I ever be in a war?"

Every soldier hopes his war will be the last, but the Bible says there will be wars and rumors of war forever. The young boy then asked, "Was World War II the last war that produced Heroes. "Oh no, son, there were heroes in the snowy hills of Korea, and in the steamy jungles of Vietnam, and there are the heroes of the desert wars of the middle east, and heroes of the so-called Cold War.

Then the grandson asked, "Grandpa, where are your friends now?"

"Well son, most of my old friends have passed away except Fred.". I heard he was in a nursing home down in Alabama near where his daughter lives. Then the old man told the boy to hand him his walking stick. "Help me get up and I will show you some pictures of me and my friends when we were young and looking forward to the future.

As the old man slowly ambled over to the photo album, the boy heard him say quietly, "God bless the men and women in uniform wherever they may be, and God, Bless America."

***About the Speaker Lt. Colonel Christopher H. Oliver:

Oliver is the son of George (career U.S. Army Force officer), and Rebecca (retired school teacher). He was born in Urbana, Illinois.

Oliver graduated from St. Gregory College Preparatory School in Tucson, Arizona in 1989. He received a BA degree in Political Science from Texas A&M in 1993, commissioned as a Second Lt. via the Platoon Leader's Class.

As part of his career with the U.S. Marine Corps, Lt. Colonel Oliver assumed command of HMG-362 in April, 2011 and during February, 2012, the Ugly Angles, the last CH53D squadron in the Marine Corps, deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom 12.1 and conducted combat flight operations in support of RC Southwest in the Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

In 2013, Lt. Colonel Oliver reported for duty as a student at National War College in Washington, D.C. where he is working toward a Master's Degree in National Security Strategy.

Lt. Colonel Oliver has flown over 2,500 mishap free flight hours. He possesses all flight leadership designations and mission qualifications in the CH-53D/E aircraft. His personal decorations include: Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with Strike/Flight Numeral 5, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Gold Star in Lieu of Fourth Award, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and the Air Force Achievement Medal.

Lt. Colonel Oliver is married to the former Stephanie Skierkowski of Kailua, Hawaii and they have four children, 19 year old Makena, 12 year old Piper, 10 year old Houston, and 7 year old Tate.

DeKalb Art Show Winners Awarded

May 26, 2014
by: 
Susan Hinton
Winning Art Show Entries
DeKalb Middle School Winner Brulee Neal
4th-5th Grade Division Winner-Avery South
Overall Winner Leah Payton Clark (left) with Carol Tripp

Over three-hundred parents and students came out Saturday, May 24, 2014 to view the art of the DeKalb County School System students from grades Pre-K-high school and also included the day care Pre-K students along with home-schooled students as well. Three of the first guests were Terri Lynn Weaver, TN Representative, DeKalb County Mayor, Mike Foster, and City Mayor, Jimmy Poss. The event hosted two local artists, Claudia Lee and Helen Sefsek, who not only displayed their beautiful art, but interacted with the students as they came through the exhibit. This event is sponsored each spring by the Smithville Study Club who are strong supporters of the arts. The President of the Club is Polly Payne. All the ladies of the club were on board to help make this year's art show the best yet. The winners of this year's art exhibit are:

Division 1- (Pre-K-first grade)
lst Place- Jaden Barber
2nd Place- Ben Barton
3rd Place- Aidan Turner
Honorable Mention- Maggie Johnson and Hailee Merriman

Division 2: Grades 2-3rd

lst Place- Aviannca Chalfaut
2nd Place-Elaina Bryce Turner
3rd Place- Fernando Clavel
Honorable Mention: Liam Wallace and Katherine Gassaway

Division 3: Grades 4-5th

1st Place- Avery South
2nd Place - Kennedy Polk
3rd Place- Ashley Portillo
Honorable Mention- Gracie Griffin and Kasen Johnson

Division 4: Middle School Grades 6-8

1st Place- Brulee Neal
2nd Place- Breanna Gibson
3rd Place- Allison Maynard
Honorable Mention- Marshal Evins and Erica Coleman

Division: High School Grades 9-12

lst Place- Leah Payton Clark
2nd Place- Kelly Armour
3rd Place- Thomas Graham
Honorable Mention- Taylor Marshall and Yosadara Vincente

The Overall Winner of the Show: Leah Payton Clark, High School Division with her portrait of Tonto, the famous Indian.

The People's Choice Award: Two students received equal number of votes for favorite art selection in the show. These winners were Leah Cantrell of the high school division along with Katherine Knowles of the Pre-K-1st grade division.

There were 185 pieces of art displayed this year by the students of DeKalb County.

Eighth Graders Graduate from DeKalb Middle School

May 25, 2014
by: 
Dwayne Page
Hayley Martin among eighth graders graduating at DeKalb Middle School
Marshal Evins (Highest GPA) with his sister Kelsey Evins (DCHS Valedictorian)
DMS Principal Randy Jennings Addresses Eighth Grade Class

Eighth graders at DeKalb Middle School graduated Thursday.

The event began with an invocation by Trey Jones. Principal Randy Jennings welcomed everyone and introduced Director of Schools Mark Willoughby.

Student Council and Jr. Beta members and officers were recognized. The Jr. Beta officers are President Marshal Evins, Vice President Thomas Webb, Secretary Hayley Martin, Treasurer Ethan Cantrell, Chaplain Allison Maynard, and Reporter Eleonore Atnip.

Mr. Bryan Jones awarded FCA students Claire Waggoner and Trey Jones with Bibles.

The yearbook staff were recognized by Mrs. Lisa Craig including Hannah Brown, Allison Maynard, Tyree Cripps, Bradley Miller, and Thomas Webb.

Awards were presented to the following students:

Music: Eric Gaw and Summer Spivey
Computer (words typed per minute): Hannah Brown
Math Tennessee Tech University Award: Thomas Webb who placed 5th out of 101
Woodmen of the World: Kyle Justice
Citizenship Awards: Trey Jones, Claire Waggoner, James Stephens, and Eleonore Atnip

Those students who received the Perfect Attendance awards for their eighth grade year were Tyler Cantrell, Zachary Gunter, Thomas Moore, Alex Pollard, and Taylor Reeder. A two year Perfect Attendance Award was presented to Taylor Reeder. Three Year Perfect Attendance Awards went to Ana Amaya, Courtney Ambrose, and Faedra Burns

Subject area (Highest Average) awards were given to the following students: English/Language- Kelsie Merriman and Jarad Henry, Math- Hannah Brown and Santanna Ferrell, Science- Taylor Reeder and Shauna Pedroza, and Social Studies- Kaitlyn Cantrell and Seth Whaley.

Top 10 GPA awards were then given by Mr. Jennings. The following students had the highest GPA (in order): 1. Marshal Evins, 2. Thomas Webb, 3. Allison Maynard, 4. Austin Johnson, 5. Olivia Fuson, 6. Kyle Justice, 7. Abby Evans, 8. Maggie Robinson, 9. Hayley Martin, 10. Bradley Miller

DCHS Valedictorian Kelsey Evins gave an encouraging speech. Diplomas were then presented to all 8th graders, and Mr. Jennings gave the closing remarks.

DCHS Bids Farewell to Class of 2014

May 23, 2014
by: 
Dwayne Page
Kalab Ferrell Receives White Rose Award from Principal Patrick Cripps
Kelsey Evins Receives White Rose Award from Principal Patrick Cripps
Crystal Vickers Receives Citizenship Award from Principal Patrick Cripps
Dr. Hugh Don Cripps was Commencement Speaker at DCHS Graduation

Graduating seniors said their farewells to DCHS as students during Friday night's commencement.

Three of the most outstanding members of the class were singled out for special recognition. This year's White Rose Awards went to Kalab Ferrell and Kelsey Evins while the Citizenship Award was presented to Crystal Vickers

The White Rose is presented to a boy and girl from the class for outstanding achievement and leadership, academics, and other activities. The Citizenship Award is given to the senior who has demonstrated outstanding service, devotion and loyalty to DeKalb County High School. The honors, distinction, and top rank students were also recognized during the program.

The 158 graduates received their diplomas during the commencement, each one shaking hands with Director of Schools Mark Willoughby as their names were called by Principal Patrick Cripps and Assistant Principal Kathy Bryant.

In her remarks, Valedictorian Kelsey Evins urged her classmates to pursue their passions and propel their dreams. " Pursuing your passion, whatever that is, is the one thing that makes you forget the world. That's what will propel your dreams into the sky. I like to think of these high-altitude efforts, this work, pursuing your passion, putting dreams in the sky, as being like hot air balloons. preparing for that flight....I feel like that's what we've been doing for the past twelve years. We've been trained by some of the most loving and passionate teacher's you'll meet. Our families and friends have supported us, and we've been gathering all the tools, preparing ourselves mentally for this moment. And pretty soon, we'll take off. As we leave tonight, I hope you'll remember where it is you put your passion and don't forget your source of hope and encouragement. And don't let your dreams float away without you. Hop in the basket. Life's pretty good when you let it happen," said Evins.

Jordan Wilkins, Class President, reflected on the dedication of this class to succeeding as a team. "With anything a person does in life, it takes dedication to complete. Obviously, graduating is a goal we set. Tonight, we are achieving this goal. There is only one word to describe this process. It is teamwork. With teamwork and good friendships, we bonded together, encouraged each other, and sometimes scolded one another to make this night possible. I am filled with a great sense of happiness for all of the things we have accomplished while in high school. Sometimes the challenges along the way were difficult. They are, however, what make this night even more precious. Even though we are prepared and excited to be on a new journey whether it be to college, work, or to the military, we hope that we have left the school a better place with higher standards and achievement for people who are coming after us. Together we have achieved a legacy of excellence and dedication. Remember our past, enjoy the present, and work to make your dreams come true in the future," said Wilkins.

Dr Hugh Don Cripps, a 1964 DCHS graduate and President of his Senior Class fifty years ago, was the commencement speaker for Friday's night's program. He challenged the 2014 graduates to "Dare to pursue the career about which you are passionate. Survey all the possibilities open to you but invest your time and energy in the most likely probabilities. Dare to go the extra mile. Dare to show compassion, love, and selflessness for others because as Eleanor Roosevelt said aloofness is not a solution. It's just a cowardly evasion. Dare to make your mark in the world. Dare to have empathy. Dare to be the best you can be. Finally, always be kind in life. On the importance of kindness Mark Twain stated kindness is the language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see. Is this an oversimplified view of life? Probably. Is it within your reach? Most definitely. My fondest best wishes go with you one and all," he said.

The program featured an Invocation by Josh Davidson of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Music by the DCHS Band and Chorus. DCHS Guidance Counselor Lori Myrick introduced the honors and distinction students. Guidance Counselor Shelly Painter recognized the Top Rank students in the class. The Benediction was delivered by Ashley Barnes, member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Eighth Graders Graduate at DeKalb West School

May 23, 2014
by: 
Bill Conger
Hannah Evans, Brady Driver, Breanna Gibson, and Ethan Martin. Classmates chose the students for this year's Citizenship awards
Jacob Frazier, Breanna Gibson, and A.J. Mofield were recognized for scoring over 1,000 Accelerated Reader points in their career at DWS.
Noelle Driver and Jacob Frazier won the Perfect Attendance awards for not missing a day of school their 8th grade year.
Top Academic Award winners in the 8th grade graduating class: Jacob Frazier, Ethan Martin, Hannah Evans, Jaimie Alexander, and Breanna Gibson.
Cody Hale won the Mrs. Georgia Young award in honor of the late cafeteria manager

Forty-seven more 8th grade students are headed to DeKalb County High School after today’s (May 23) graduation from DeKalb West School.

Top academic awards were handed out to the following students: Ethan Martin and Hannah Evans for Literature; Breanna Gibson and Jaimie Alexander, English; Jacob Frazier and Jaimie Alexander, Math; Gibson and Alexander, Science and Social Studies.

Classmates named Breanna Gibson and Ethan Martin for Citizenship awards in Linda Knight-Gatlin’s room and in Cynthia Preston’s room, students chose Hannah Evans and Brady Driver. Noelle Driver and Jacob Frazier received the Perfect Attendance honors for not missing a single day of school. Cody Hale was presented with the Mrs. Georgia Young Award in honor of the late cafeteria manager.

Librarian Amanda Mullinax recognized Jacob Frazier, Breanna Gibson, and A.J. Mofield for scoring over 1,000 Accelerated Reader points in their career at DWS.

School Counselor Bill Conger gave certificates to Junior Beta students who had served the community, church, and school over the last year. Jaimie Alexander totaled 37.5 hours, Paxton Butler, 9 hours; Noelle Driver, 40.5 hours; Hannah Evans, 32 hours; Jacob Frazier, 7 hours; Breanna Gibson 21 hours; new inductee Candice Lyle with 3.5; Ethan Martin, 51 hours; A.J. Mofield, 4.5 hours and Samantha Street, 25 hours.

The following 8th graders graduated: Jaimie Alexander, Dylan Atkinson, Mark Baugus, Jose Beckham, Savannah Belcher, Tyler Brock, Paxton Butler, Carrigan Chapman, Travis Checchi, Lindsey Cooper, Ean Cryer, Ethan Dies, Damion Dishman, William Dowling, Brady Driver, Noelle Driver, Hannah Evans, Austin Farley, Hunter Faulk, Cristian Ferrell, Jacob Frazier, Kim Garner, Breanna Gibson, Emily Glass, Cody Hale, Chris Hobbs, Kenzie Knowles, Candice Lyle, Mark Mace, Tanner Malone, Jared Marler, Ethan Martin, A.J. Mofield, Cassidy Montgomery, Caitlynn Nickell, Dalton Norrod, Brandon O’Neal, Jasmine Parker, Jesse Smith, Nick Staley, Samantha Street, Dusten Sutherland, Chrissy Taylor, Austin Tomlin, Caitlin Tyree, Devin Vanatta, and Kyleigh White.

DeKalb 4-H High School Wildlife Judging team Winners Awarded

May 23, 2014
by: 
Dr. April Martin
Senior 4-H Wildlife Judging Team Members
Regional Wildlife Judging Team Members

What wildlife species are predominant in Tennessee? How do you do a wildlife management plan for a landowner? How do you tell the difference between a barred owl and a great horned owl? These and many other questions were knowledge areas that DeKalb County 4-H members have been studying since October leading up to the regional contest.

The DeKalb County 4-H High School Wildlife Judging team recently placed 4th at the regional contest held at the Wilderness Station in Murfreesboro. They will be advancing to the state contest in June. Team members included: James Mathis, Wyatt Martin, Lydia Trail, Caitlyn Lawrence, and Eli Oliver.

The Junior High team members included Shelby Sprague and Kayla Belk.
The Junior team member included Lily Martin who placed 9th highest individual in the contest.

Congratulations to these 4-H members! 4-H judging teams teach decision making, teamwork, and communication skills in many areas including wildlife, consumer education, dairy products, livestock, poultry, meat identification, and outdoor meat cookery.
The University of Tennessee Extension offers all its’ programs to all people.

For attached Senior High picture caption:
DeKalb County Senior 4-H Wildlife Judging Team Members (left to right): Caitlyn Lawrence, Eli Oliver, James Mathis, Lydia Trail and Wyatt Martin (photo by April Martin)

For attached wildlife regional teams picture caption:
DeKalb County 4-Her participating in the Regional Wildlife judging competition (left to right): Caitlyn Lawrence, Kayla Belk, Eli Oliver, Shelby Sprague, James Mathis, Lily Martin, Wyatt Martin, and Lydia Trail (photo by April Martin).

DeKalb Jobless Rate Falls to 5.7%, Local Industry Seeks "Temp to Hire" Workers

May 23, 2014
by: 
Dwayne Page

DeKalb County's Unemployment Rate dropped to 5.7% in April, down from 6.7% in March and well below the rate of 8.5% in April, 2013.

The news comes as Shiroki North America in Smithville seeks "Temp to Hire" workers. In an advertisement on WJLE, HG Staffing is announcing "Immediate Openings at Shiroki North America in Smithville. All positions are "Temp to Hire". Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED, pass a drug screen and a background check. Persons may apply in person at Shiroki in Smithville Wednesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. or in McMinnville Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. For more information call 931-474-1300.

The local Labor Force for April was 9,050. A total of 8,530 were employed and 520 were without work.

DeKalb County's Jobless Rate for April was fifth lowest in the fourteen county Upper Cumberland region.

Here's how they rank from highest to lowest:

Pickett: 9.7%
Van Buren: 8.6%
Clay: 8%
White: 7.6%
Cumberland: 6.9%
Jackson: 6.7%
Fentress: 6.7%
Warren: 6.4%
Overton: 6.2%
DeKalb: 5.7%
Putnam: 5.5%
Smith: 4.9%
Macon: 4.9%
Cannon:4.8%

County unemployment rates for April 2014 show the rate decreased in all 95 counties.

Davidson and Knox counties had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rates in April, both at 4.7 percent. Davidson was down from 5.5 percent in March and Knox was down from 5.6 percent. The Hamilton County April rate was 5.6 percent, down from 6.7 percent in March. Shelby County was 7.1 percent in April, down from 8.4 percent in March. Both Tennessee and the U.S. had April unemployment rates of 6.3 percent, and both were down from 6.7 percent in March.

The state and national unemployment rates are seasonally adjusted while the county unemployment rates are not. Seasonal adjustment is a statistical technique that eliminates the influences of weather, holidays, the opening and closing of schools, and other recurring seasonal events from economic time series.

DCHS Graduation Tonight

May 23, 2014
by: 
Dwayne Page
Dr. Hugh Don Cripps
Kelsey Evins
Jordan Wilkins

DeKalb County High School has set graduation for Friday, May 23 at 7:00 p.m. on the high school football field.

Dr. Hugh Don Cripps will be the guest speaker. Dr. Cripps was President of the Class of 1964 at DCHS.

The commencement program will also 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 Kelsey Evins and Class President Jordan Wilkins. Honor students will also be recognized including those who have earned top rank, honors, and distinction status. The DCHS band will perform the processional and recessional. Principal Patrick Cripps will make brief comments and present the class to Director of Schools Mark Willoughby, who will then award diplomas to the graduates as their names are called.

A total of 169 students make up the Class of 2014 at DCHS including the following.

(CLICK LINK BELOW TO VIEW PHOTOS OF GRADUATES. BE SURE TO CLICK EACH PICTURE TO OBTAIN A LARGER VIEW OF THE GRADUATE AND TO READ HIS OR HER NAME)
http://www.wjle.com/graduation-2014

Marisol Acuna, Salma Yvette Acuna, Annatasia D. Alexander, Jorge Luis Alvarez-Tinajero, Elisha Brooke Anderson, Jordan Eugene Angle, Peter Zechariah Antoniak, Julia Carolina Armendariz, Courtney McKenzie Avera,

Karem Sylvana Bain, Brayde Magallester Baker, Hannah Michelle Ball, Zachary Bandy, Ashley Michelle Barnes, Brandon Cole Barnes, Charles Hudson Beltz, Dean Andrew Betsworth, Dustin Hunter Billings, Chelsey Michelle Brannon, Erika Nichole Brown,

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