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Addison Jean Puckett Captures Little Miss Princess Title

July 24, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
Little Miss Princess and Runners-Up
Extreme Queen, People's Choice, Photogenic, and Congeniality
Little Miss Princess Addison Jean Puckett

Nine year old Addison Jean Puckett of Smithville was crowned Little Miss Princess at the DeKalb County Fair Wednesday night.

Puckett is the daughter of Jimmy and Anita Puckett.

First runner-up in the pageant was Kennedy Agee, the nine year old daughter of Josh and January Agee of Liberty.

Nine year old Natalie Morgan Snipes was the second runner-up. She is the daughter of Tim and Michelle Snipes of Smithville.

Third runner-up went to Carlee Elizabeth West, the eight year old daughter of D.J. and Megan Stewart of Smithville.

Alonna Christian was the fourth runner-up. She is the nine year old daughter of Wendy Stepp and Lonnie Eaton of Alexandria.

Madison Martin was named "Miss Photogenic". She is the eight year old daughter of Terry and Jennifer Martin of Liberty.

Eight year old Kyleigh Breanne Hill is "Miss Congeniality". She is the daughter Kyle Hill and David and Collene Clary of Smithville.

The Peoples Choice award for this pageant was presented to Rebekah Haylee Adams, the nine year old daughter of Brian and Carolyn Adams of Smithville.

The Extreme Queen crown went to Brookelyn Pedigo, the seven year old daughter of Jerrold and Melissa Pedigo of Murfreesboro. The award is sponsored by the Extreme Looks Design Team Salon.

Others in the top eleven were Hannah Paige Trapp, the eight year old daughter of Jeremy and Jenny Trapp of Smithville; Jaycee Makenna Barrett, the seven year old daughter of Jeff and Trish Barrett of Smithville; Alexis Danyelle Rigsby, the eight year old daughter of April and Caleb Rigsby of Dowelltown; Abby Malone, the eight year old daughter of Sam and Nancy Malone of Brush Creek; Maleah Paige Ruch, the seven year old daughter of Joe and Melissa Ruch of Smithville; and Alley Beth Cook, the nine year old daughter of Troy and Julie Cook of Alexandria.

Other participants were Mary Cowles, the seven year old daughter of Kenneth and Nikki Cowles of Brush Creek; Graci Starnes, the nine year old daughter of Brandon and Joelle Starnes of Smithville; Hannah Hall, the eight year old daughter of Joseph and April Hall of Smithville; Ansley Faith Cantrell, the seven year old daughter of Tony and Amee Cantrell of Smithville; McKenzie Pack, the nine year old daughter of Larry and Julie Brown of Smithville; Layla Lynn Walker, the eight year old daughter of Ed and Penny Walker of Smithville; Sadie Moore, the nine year old daughter of Robin West and Johnny Moore of Carthage; Allyson Roxanne Fuller, the seven year old daughter of Anthony and Amanda Fuller of Baxter; Elaina Bryce Turner, the seven year old daughter of Shane and Regina Turner of Smithville; Rebecca Lynn Eastes, the eight year old daughter of Kenny and Teresa Eastes of Liberty.

(TOP PHOTO: Alonna Christian (4th Runner-Up),Natalie Morgan Snipes (2nd Runner-Up), Little Miss Princess Addison Jean Puckett, Kennedy Agee (1st Runner-Up), and Carlee Elizabeth West (3rd Runner-Up)

(SECOND PHOTO FROM TOP: Extreme Queen Brookelyn Pedigo, People Choice-Rebekah Haylee Adams, Miss Photogenic-Madison Martin, and Miss Congeniality-Kyleigh Breanne Hill)

Local Venturing Crew visits National Scout Jamboree

July 24, 2013
Local Venturing Crew visits National Scout Jamboree

Venturing Crew 347 of Smithville recently visited the 2013 BSA National Scout Jamboree held at The Summit Bechtel Scout Reservation in Mt. Hope, West Virginia. The National Jamboree was attended by over 40,000 scouts from all across the U.S. and other countries. This was the first year for the Jamboree at the Summit and will be the permanant home. The Summit will also host the World Scout Jamboree in 2019.

The local crew camped in beautiful Camp Creek State Forest and visited many local attractions such as Hawk's Nest State park where they participtated in an exciting White water Jet Boat ride up the Senic New river Gorge National River to see the longest single span arch bridge in the U.S. It towers 876 feet above the river.

The Crew also visited the Beckley Exhibition Coal mine where they rode an orginal man tranport mine train into the mine to learn the history of the local Coal Mines. They also visited the unusual Mystery hole site, where they defied the law of gravity and it still remains a mystery.

Venturing is a high adventure Co-ed division of the Boy Scouts of America for boys and girls ages 14-21. Members of Crew 347 that went on the trip were Ethan Judkins, Kain Bennett, Elizabeth Lasser, Neely Evans, and Brady Evans. Crew Advisors are Brad and Ronica Evans.

Jones Faces Four Year Sentence for Vehicular Assault

July 24, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
2000 Chevy Malibu driven by Andrea Kelly Jones
2003 Ford Taurus driven by Bradley Reddick

A 37 year old woman charged as the result of a traffic accident over two years ago on Snow Hill appeared in DeKalb County Criminal Court Monday, July 22.

Judge Leon Burns, Jr. presided.

Andrea Kelly Jones pleaded guilty to two counts of vehicular assault and faces a four year sentence in each case to run concurrently with each other. A sentencing hearing will be held October 4 to determine if Jones must serve any jail time or be granted probation during the four year term. Jones is to be given jail credit of thirty days.

Jones was one of three people injured in that two car crash Friday night, July 1, 2011 on Highway 70 at Snow Hill.

Central Dispatch received the call at 11:00 p.m.

Trooper Jimmy Tisdale of the Tennessee Highway Patrol told WJLE that Jones was east on Highway 70 in a 2000 Chevy Malibu when she drove off the right shoulder of the road, overcorrected to the left and came across the highway into the westbound lane where she struck an oncoming 2003 Ford Taurus, driven by 22 year old Bradley Reddick of Flowery Branch, Georgia. Both Jones, Reddick, and a passenger of Reddick's car, 22 year old Jessica Ford of Knoxville were taken by DeKalb EMS to DeKalb Community Hospital.

Trooper Tisdale was assisted in the investigation by THP Lieutenant Randy Maynard and Trooper Mark Jones. The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department and the Main Station of the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department were also on the scene.

Bowman and Rackley Win Little Mister and Miss Crowns

July 24, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
Little Miss and Runners-Up
Little Mister and Runners-Up
Little Miss Isabella Faith Rackley
Little Mister Chase Bowman

Chase Bowman and Isabella Faith Rackley were crowned Little Mister and Miss at the DeKalb County Fair Tuesday night.

Bowman is the five year old son of Phillip and Tasha Waggoner of Liberty and Rackley is the five year old daughter of Gordon and Jessica Rackley of Smithville.

First runner-up in the Little Miss contest was Maddie Jo Cox, the four year old daughter of Andrew and Allison Cox of Lebanon.

(GO CART RACING HELD TUESDAY NIGHT AT THE FAIR)

Second runner-up was Karizma Eden Rigsby, the six year old daughter of David and Tyroma Rigsby of Lebanon. She was also "Miss Photogenic".

Four year old Kaylee Brooke Kent was third runner-up. She is the daughter of Kevin and Beth Kent of Dowelltown.

Annabella Eleni Dakas, the six year old daughter of John and Mandy Dakas of Smithville was the fourth runner-up

Meanwhile, five year old Bailey Elizabeth Kidd, daughter of Kellie Bess and Brandon Kidd of Smithville was named "Miss Congeniality".

Extreme Looks Design Team awarded the "Extreme Queen" crown to five year old Kennedi Clark, daughter of Jason and Dana Clark of Liberty.

The People's Choice Award went to Lillie Grace Young, the four year old daughter of Michael and Crystal Young of Smithville.

Others in the top ten were Leah Elisabeth Trapp, the four year old daughter of Jeremy and Jenny Trapp of Smithville; Madison Brooke Dawson, the six year old daughter of Jarred and Jamie Dawson of Smithville; Macy Lynn Anderson, the six year old daughter of Bobby Joe and Tabitha Anderson of Smithville; five year old Bailey Elizabeth Kidd, daughter of Kellie Bess and Brandon Kidd of Smithville; and Aubrey Felice, the six year old daughter of Keith and Kayla Wood of Carthage.

Other participants were five year old Jakayta Odom of Smithville (parents names unavailable); McKenna Reece Miller, the five year old daughter of Christen Cox and David Miller of Smithville; Ali Jo Copeland, the four year old daughter of Amy and Jason Copeland of Brush Creek; Allison Faith Marie Goodwin, the six year old daughter of Lee and Anna Goodwin of Rock Island; Cambell Bush, the six year old daughter of Jason and Olivia Bush of Carthage; Kenadee Rose Prichard, the four year old daughter of Luke and JoDee Prichard of Alexandria; Five year old Avia Tiara Salinas, whose guardians are Joey and Kelly Myers of Dowelltown; Kaylyn Isabelle Prichard, the four year old daughter of Andy and Chrissy Prichard of Liberty; Lauren Elaine Fry, the six year old daughter of Joey and Sara Fry of Smithville; Emily Sue Fry, the four year old daughter of Joey and Sara Fry of Smithville; Adison Jade Summers, the five year old daughter of Josh and Jennifer Summers of Smithville; Averie McMinn, the five year old daughter of Amanda and Nathan McMinn of Dowelltown; Kloe Brooke Davis, the four year old daughter of Jacob and Dana Davis of Dowelltown; Graycie Bowman, the four year old daughter of Phillip and Tasha Waggoner of Liberty; Camri Layne Johnson, the five year old daughter of Jeremy Johnson and Julia Boulton of Alexandria; Kora Lin Kilgore, the six year old daughter of John and Ginda Kilgore of Smithville; Danica Hope Collier, the five year old daughter of Brittany Fults and Matthew Collier of Smithville; Brianna Nicole Carr, the four year old daughter of Sherry Hattaway of Smithville; and Six year old Nalissa Dowell, whose grandmother is Janace Dowell of McMinnville.

First runner-up in the Little Mister contest was James Browning "Brownie" Johnson, the five year old son of Bradley and Kristina Johnson and Kristan Gray of Smithville. He was also the "People's Choice" winner.

Four year old Jacob Marlin Stewart, son of D.J. and Megan Stewart of Smithville was the second runner-up.

Third runner-up was Timothy Cowles, the five year old son of Kenneth and Nikki Cowles of Brush Creek.

Six year old Devan Kage Dannels, son of Brian and Christie Dannels of Silver Point, was named fourth runner-up and "Mister Manners".

Five year old Jesse Cole Elam, son of Andrew and Bethany Elam of Sparta was chosen "Mister Photogenic".

The only other participant was Skyler Chase Sullivan, the five year old son of the late Jamie Sullivan and Charity Sullivan of Smithville.

(TOP PHOTO: Left to right- Annabella Eleni Dakas (4th Runner-Up), Karizma Eden Rigsby (2nd Runner-Up), Little Miss Isabella Faith Rackley, Maddie Jo Cox (1st Runner-Up), and Kaylee Brooke Kent (3rd Runner-Up)

(SECOND PHOTO FROM TOP: Left to right-Timothy Cowles (3rd Runner-Up), James Browning "Brownie" Johnson (1st Runner-Up), Little Mister Chase Bowman, Jacob Marlin Stewart (2nd Runner-Up), and Devan Kage Dannels (4th Runner-Up)

THERE WERE NO CASH WINNERS MONDAY OR TUESDAY NIGHT

The following events are scheduled Wednesday night:

Snowbird- WSMV Channel 4 from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m; 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; Gospel Singing at 6:30 p.m. at the Grandstand (2- $500 cash drawings) at 9:30 p.m. You must be present to win

Take a stroll down Memory Lane and enjoy nightly entertainment at the Memory Lane Stage in Memory Village, sponsored by DeKalb Community Bank.

Visit the food booths and view exhibits in the Kenneth Sandlin Center and Commercial building.

Rides on the Midway will be provided by the Family Attractions Amusement Company.

Ride Arm Band Prices:
Wednesday:$14
Thursday:$18
Friday: $18
Saturday:$18

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. Parking is Free!

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

Evaluation Finds Dixon Competent to Stand Trial in Double Murder-Trial Set for December 2nd

July 23, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
David Dixon
Ervin Raymon Beacham
Jose Sagahon Ticante

The man indicted in a double murder last year in Smithville has been deemed competent to stand trial after undergoing an evaluation at the Plateau Mental Health Center in Cookeville.

In a letter to the court, Dr. Sandra DeMott Phillips, a Clinical Psychologist wrote that 44 year old David Howard Dixon, after undergoing an evaluation as to his competency "has sufficient present ability to consult with his lawyer with a reasonable degree of rational understanding and a rational as well as a factual understanding of the proceedings against him".

Meanwhile, Judge Leon Burns, Jr. set a December 2 trial date for Dixon in DeKalb County Criminal Court on Monday, July 22.

Dixon was named in a sealed indictment in November, 2012 charging him with two counts of first degree murder in the deaths of 55 year old Ervin Raymon Beacham and Jose Sagahon Ticante. The case against Dixon was presented to the grand jury by Dan Friel of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

On August 7, 2012, the Smithville Police Department responded to 311 Tommy Harrell Street and discovered Beacham, the owner of the residence, shot to death on the couch in his home. A second victim, Ticante was also found murdered and his body hidden under a tarp and some lumber in the backyard of the residence. TBI investigated the murders with the Smithville Police Department, DeKalb County Sheriff's Office and the 13th Judicial District Attorney General's Office.

After being picked up after the murders on August 7, Dixon was incarcerated at the DeKalb County Jail without bond for violation of probation and for failure to appear. He is currently being housed at the Henderson County Jail.

Dixon recently underwent an evaluation as to his competency to stand trial and to determine his mental condition at the time he was charged in the double murder. In her letter to the court, Dr. Phillips wrote "After completion of the evaluation, it is my opinion that at the time of the commission of the acts constituting the alleged offenses, severe mental disease or defect did not prevent the defendant (Dixon) from appreciating the nature or wrongfulness of the alleged acts."

Dixon has a lengthy criminal history here including charges for possession of a handgun while under the influence, manufacture and delivery of a schedule IV controlled substance, assault, public intoxication, violation of an order of protection, aggravated assault, theft, domestic assault, and simple possession.

Woman Charged with Leaving Scene of Accident

July 23, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
Woman Leaves Scene of Accident and Drives to Jewels Market
Woman in Land Rover Injured in Two Vehicle Accident

A Rock Island Woman, whose car was rear ended in a traffic accident Monday evening on South Congress Boulevard at Joe Tittsworth Street, is in trouble with the law for leaving the scene.

Central dispatch received the call at 5:54 p.m.

Smithville Police Officer Stephen Barrett told WJLE that 53 year old Debra Hayes has been charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury accident and driving on a revoked license due to previous DUI's in two other states. She was also cited for violation of the financial responsibility law (no insurance). Her bond totals $7,500 and she will be in court August 8.

According to Officer Barrett, the accident occurred when 43 year old Kimberly Griffin of Smithville, driving south in a 2002 Land Rover, rear ended Hayes' 1998 Chrysler Sebring, which was also traveling south. Griffin allegedly claims she fell asleep at the wheel and awoke upon impact. A witness said Griffin's vehicle flipped over during the crash but came to rest upright.

After her car was rear ended, Hayes left the scene and drove about a half mile to Jewel's Market, where she got out and went in the store. A witness reported the incident and Officer James Cornelius went to the store where he confronted Hayes and then brought her back to the scene of the accident where she was subsequently placed under arrest by Officer Barrett.

Griffin was taken by DeKalb EMS to DeKalb Community Hospital. She has been cited for following too closely and for violation of the financial responsibility law.

Members of the Smithville Volunteer Fire Department also responded to the scene.

Mary Elizabeth Murray Crowned Junior Fair Princess

July 22, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
Junior Fair Princess and Runners-Up
Mary Elizabeth Murray Crowned Junior Fair Princess

The 2013 Junior Fair Princess of the DeKalb County Fair is 14 year old Mary Elizabeth Murray, the daughter of Angel Brown of Smithville.

Murray was among 28 young ladies who competed for the crown on the opening night of the DeKalb County Fair on Monday night.

The first runner-up was Taneah Brooke Cantrell, the 16 year old daughter of Scott and Tammy Cantrell of Smithville.

Second runner-up was Madeleine Brummitt, the 15 year old daughter of Chad and Vicky Brummitt of Algood.

Haley Marie Hale was the third runner-up. She is the 16 year old daughter of Chad and Melissa Hale of Smithville. She was also "Miss Congeniality".

The fourth runner-up was Darrian Turner, the 16 year old daughter of Shane and Regina Turner of Smithville.

The "Extreme Queen" sponsored by the Extreme Looks Design Team Salon went to Attiah J'nay Hicks, the 14 year old daughter of Rod and Brandy Hicks of Sparta.

Juli Sue Garcia-Romo, the 15 year old daughter of Tammy and Dygo of Brush Creek was the "People's Choice".

Hailey Nicole Glass, the 14 year old daughter of Doyle Glass and Debbie Netherton of Alexandria received the "Miss Photogenic" honor.

Rounding out the top ten were Liz Abigail Qualls, the 15 year old daughter of Brad and Kim Trapp and Jason and Stormy Qualls of Smithville; Tyra Graham, the 14 year old daughter of Kyle and Doris Graham of Smithville; Bethany Brooke Poss, the 15 year old daughter of John and Lori Poss of Smithville; Kayla Jayne Belk, the 13 year old daughter of Chris Anne and Andrew Fults of Smithville; and Hannah Walker, the 14 year old daughter of Scott and Misty Walker of Smithville.

Other participants were Jayde Elizabeth Nokes, the 16 year old daughter of Toby and Jamie Nokes of Smithville; Carrie Lee Adams, the 16 year old daughter of Brian and Carolyn Adams of Smithville; Santanna Ferrell, the 13 year old daughter of Melissa Ferrell of Dowelltown and Chris Ferrell of Smithville; Naomi Hope Lawson, the 15 year old daughter of Amy and Jonathon Hillis and Mark Lawson of Liberty; Emily Hope Burklow, the 13 year old daughter of Shan and Andy Burklow of Dowelltown; Britney Nicole Keen, the 14 year old daughter of Greg and Jan Keen of Sparta; Jessica Price, the 14 year old daughter of Charles Stubbe of Smithville; Destiny Danielle Franklin, the 14 year old daughter of Charlie and Jennifer Ware of Smithville; Shelby Delane Prichard, the 15 year old daughter of Stan and Michelle Prichard of Brush Creek; Chelsi Vaden, the 14 year old daughter of Travis and Jerri Lynn of Hickman; Alexis KaSara Davis, the 14 year old daughter of Scott and Angela Davis of Smithville; Cassidy Anne Montgomery, the 13 year old daughter of Rose Montgomery of Liberty; Brooke Daniellie Roller, the 16 year old daughter of Richard and Rose Roller of Smithville; Olivia Grace Fuson, the 13 year old daughter of Aleisha and Scotty Fuson of Smithville; and Kimberly Nicole Carlton, the 16 year old daughter of Dewayne Carlton and Brandi Pelham of Smithville.

(TOP PHOTO: Left to right- Darrian Turner (4th Runner-Up), Madeleine Brummitt (2nd Runner-Up), Mary Elizabeth Murray (Queen), Taneah Brooke Cantrell (1st Runner-Up), and Haley Marie Hale (3rd Runner-Up)

THERE WERE NO CASH WINNERS MONDAY NIGHT

The following events are scheduled Tuesday night:

Little Mr. and Miss Pageant for contestants ages 4-6 at 6:00 p.m. at the Lions Club Pavilion followed by entertainment (Elvis impersonator); Corn hole Contest at 7:00 p.m. at the Grandstand; Go-Cart Racing at 6:00 p.m. at the T.C. McMillen Arena (2- $500 cash drawings) at 9:30 p.m.

Take a stroll down Memory Lane and enjoy nightly entertainment at the Memory Lane Stage in Memory Village, sponsored by DeKalb Community Bank.

The DeKalb County Fair Memory Lane Stage Line-Up Tuesday night is as follows: Pickin' Friends
6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Visit the food booths and view exhibits in the Kenneth Sandlin Center and Commercial building.

Rides on the Midway will be provided by the Family Attractions Amusement Company.

Ride Arm Band Prices:
Tuesday:$16
Wednesday:$14
Thursday:$18
Friday: $18
Saturday:$18

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. Monday through Friday and at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. Parking is Free!

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

Rebekah Grace Webb Fairest of the Fair

July 22, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
Fairest of Fair and Runners-Up
Rebekah Grace Webb- Fairest of the Fair

18 year old Rebekah Grace Webb is the 2013 Fairest of the Fair

Webb, the daughter of C.D. and Cindy Webb of Dowelltown, was also named "Miss Photogenic".

17 year old Lauren Ashley Medlin of Smithville was named first runner-up. She is the daughter of Greg and Teresa Medlin.

18 year old Ashlee Michelle Whitehead, daughter of Kenneth and Tina Whitehead was named second runner-up in the pageant. She is also the "Extreme Queen" which is an award given by Extreme Looks Design Team Salon for best hair and personality.

Third runner-up went Shauna Faith Taylor, the 17 year old daughter of Ken and Cindy Taylor of Smithville. She also received "Miss Congeniality".

Katlin "Alli" Emme, the 17 year old daughter of Gordon and Jessica Rackley and Michael and Leslie Emme of Smithville was fourth runner-up.

The only other contestant in the pageant Monday night was Christian Janette Atnip, the 18 year old daughter of Veronica Atnip of Smithville. Atnip was the recipient of the "People's Choice" Award.

(TOP PHOTO: Left to right- Shauna Faith Taylor (3rd Runner-Up), Lauren Ashley Medlin (1st Runner-Up), Queen Rebekah Grace Webb, Ashlee Michelle Whitehead (2nd Runner-Up), and Katlin "Allie" Emme (4th Runner-Up)

Navarro Wins DeKalb Fair 5K

July 20, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
Navarro Wins DeKalb Fair 5K (WJLE Photo)

Rolando Navarro of Smithville was the overall winner of the first ever DeKalb County Fair 5K Fun Run held Saturday morning in Alexandria.

Navarro ran the course in 23:29

James Sullivan of Alexandria took second place in the race at 26:17 and Kelly Pyburn of Alexandria came in third place at 28:09.

Winners in the children's category (ages up to 12 years):
First place: Damien Sullivan of Alexandria
Second place: Addison Oakley of Liberty
Third place: Abby Evans of Smithville
Fourth place: Garrett Hayes of Liberty

Winners (13-39 years):
First place: Bailey Hayes of Liberty
Second place: Cason Oakley of Liberty
Third place: Jasmine Zervas of Alexandria

Winners: (age 40 and over):
First place: Melissa Ruch of Smithville
Second place: Gena Cripps of Smithville
Third Place: Clark Oakley of Liberty

DTC To Sponsor 2013 DeKalb Idol at DeKalb County Fair

July 19, 2013
Last year’s winner of DeKalb Idol, Josh Issac

DTC Communications is proud to announce its sponsorship of the annual DeKalb Idol talent competition at the DeKalb County Fair in Alexandria, Tenn.

DeKalb Idol will be held Friday night, July 26, in the Lions’ Club pavilion at the DeKalb County Fairgrounds. DeKalb Idol will immediately follow the Toddler Show, which starts at 6:00 p.m. at the pavilion.

“DTC is excited to again take the lead on this popular entertainment competition,” said Tom Duggin, Video Production Editor with DTC3. “Last year’s Idol was tremendously successful, although DTC took on the event on such short notice. This year, we have made a few changes that we hope will make the event even bigger and better.”

The biggest change in this year’s DeKalb Idol competition will be the audition process. Interested contestants will audition at a designated site on the fairgrounds on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights at the DeKalb County Fair, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. each night. Contestants will perform a 30-second segment of a song, a cappella, with the segment to be filmed by DTC3. The auditions will also be shown live outside the audition venue on video screens provided by DTC TV.

At the end of the three-night audition, the top ten contestants will be notified on Thursday, July 25, and will return to perform a full song during the competition on Friday night, July 26. Video highlights of the week’s auditions will be shown to the live audience during the competition. The top three finalists will be selected from the top ten, each to perform a different song in front of both the judges and the live audience. A cappella, music on CD, or live accompaniment will all be acceptable during the top ten and finals performances on Friday night. The judges will all have connections to the music industry.

Contestants will be scored on vocal ability, stage presence, appearance and audience response. The decision of the judges will be final. The decision of the judges will be final.

First, second and third place winners will be selected, along with the popular People’s Choice award. First place will win $300 and a trophy; second place wins $200 and a ribbon, while third place will win $100 and a ribbon. The People’s Choice award winner will claim $150 as the competition’s fan favorite.

DeKalb Idol is not confined to only DeKalb County residents; anyone of any age interested in participating are encouraged to do so.

Interested contestants must audition on one of the three aforementioned nights, and a $10 registration fee must be paid at the time of audition. Contestants may audition as many times as they wish; however, the $10 registration fee must be paid before each audition. Scores will not be revealed at the time of the audition, as the top ten will be determined from the video filmed by DTC3.

Last year’s winner of DeKalb Idol, Josh Issac, will be exempt from this year’s competition, but will be on hand to perform during the competition.

“We had some amazing talent from all over the region compete in DeKalb Idol last year, and I expect even more participation this year,” said Duggin, who will emcee the competition on Friday. “There’s no shortage of good singers in this area. We hope to put on the best DeKalb Idol yet for visitors of the DeKalb County Fair.”

For more information on DeKalb Idol, contact Tom Duggin at (615) 464-2402.

DTC Communications is a member owned telephone cooperative established in 1951. The cooperative supplies communication and entertainment products and services to residential and business customers primarily throughout Middle Tennessee.

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