The DeKalb County Fair Association has been awarded " Best Fair" in it's Class for 2007 by the Tennessee Association of Fairs Convention.
The award was presented Saturday night during a ceremony at the convention held in Nashville at the Airport Marriott Hotel
The convention is sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture and the Tennessee Fairs Association.
This year's convention was attended by more than 800 fair mangers, vendors, and volunteers. Nearly 50 of the states "best fairs" were represented.
Five areas of fair operation have been identified as the most important characteristics in evaluating fairs. These are Agriculture/Livestock/Exhibits/Exhibitors, General Appearance, Community
Participation, Programs, and Carnival.
The DeKalb County Fair Board would like to thank the sponsors, supporters, volunteers, and the people of DeKalb County for making this fair one of the best in Tennessee for 2007.
The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department arrested five people Sunday on various charges.
45 year old Connie Gale Chapman was charged with simple possession of a schedule VI drug (marijuana) and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Sheriff Patrick Ray says a deputy spotted a vehicle on the side of the road on West Main Street Dowelltown and found Chapman inside. Upon consent to search, Chapman was found to have two plastic bags of marijuana and a bottle containing marijuana cigarette butts. Chapman was placed under arrest and has posted a $2,000 bond. Her court date is set for April 30th.
Meanwhile, in another case, two people were arrested on Webb Lane, Smithville after county deputies responded to a disturbance call. 41 year old Mark Gregory Brock was charged with domestic assault, driving on revoked driver's license, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
A DeKalb County man died from injuries suffered in a pickup truck crash around 5:22 p.m. Saturday evening on New Home Road.
Trooper Brian Raymond of the Tennessee Highway Patrol says 40 year old Roy R. Colburn, III of Tammy K. Road, Dowelltown was driving south in a 2000 Chevy S-10 pickup truck when he failed to negotiate a curve, ran off the north bound lane, struck a culvert and rolled three times. The truck then hit a utility pole, rotated 180 degrees and came to rest up on it's wheels in a private driveway.
DeKalb EMS quickly arrived to treat Colburn and a Life Flight helicopter crew also landed at the scene. Colburn was transported by ground ambulance to DeKalb Community Hospital where he died.
Trooper Raymond says Colburn was wearing a seat belt and there was no indication of alcohol.
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of DeKalb County is getting underway! Plan to register your team by attending the Kick-Off Celebration on January 28th starting at 5:30 pm. This “celebration of life” brings the DeKalb community together in a unified effort to fight cancer.
Former and current cancer patients, those who have lost a loved one to cancer, families, businesses, civic organizations, and the public are invited to take part in this exciting team event. Relay For Life is scheduled for May 9th 2008 at Greenbrook Park.
DeKalb County High School senior, Bray Page, will continue his baseball career after his playing days with the Tigers are over, this spring. Page, the son of former DCHS baseball standout, Kelvin Page, signed scholarship papers, Friday morning, with Vol State Community College, a two-year college located in Gallatin.
Pioneers' assistant coach, Brandon Nolen, was on hand for the signing, and said the school is pleased to get a player of Page's caliber. "Bray came up for an independent showcase workout in Gallatin, and we just stumbled upon him. When we saw him throw across the infield and off the mound, we knew he was a guy we wanted to have in, right away. He has a great deal of potential, a good arm. Both our head coach and pitching coach instantly fell in love with him on the mound."
U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon is reminding Tennesseans that they are eligible to deduct state and local sales tax from their federal income tax returns for the 2007 calendar year.
"As we get our tax returns in order, we should all remember this deduction," said Gordon. "Without it, Tennesseans would pay more in federal taxes than residents of equal income in states with an income tax."
Taxpayers were allowed to deduct state sales taxes on their federal returns until 1986, when the deduction was repealed; however, the state income tax deduction was retained.
In 2004, Gordon and other members of Congress from states without an income tax succeeded in reinstating the sales tax deduction on a temporary basis. The deduction gives taxpayers the option to claim state and local sales taxes instead of state and local income taxes when
they itemize their federal income tax returns.
The DeKalb County Election Commission has made the decision to change the polling place at Temperance Hall to the Community Center.
The Temperance Hall Community Center is located at 2760 Old Temperance Hall Road.
On Election Day, February 5th the polls will open at 8:00 a.m. and close at 7:00 p.m.
The polling place was temporarily moved to Temperance Hall Methodist Church last year. No voting will take place at the church on Feb. 5th.
The Election Commission is in the process of mailing letters and voting cards to everyone in the Temperance Hall Precinct. The voters should receive the new cards before Election Day, but if there is some delay, voters may use their old voter registration card or any other form of identification at the polls.
Donny Green, County Executive Director of the DeKalb County Farm Service Agency, announces that annual payments for the Tobacco Transition Payment Program, for the 2008 payment year, were released Tuesday, January 15.
DeKalb County quota holders and producers will receive $513,691.90 in 2008 program year payments. Green says that direct deposit transactions should arrive in bank accounts within 3 business days while mailed checks should arrive within 10 business days for quota holders and producers who have enrolled in the program.
The Tobacco Transition Payment Program (TTPP), also called the "tobacco buy-out," helps tobacco quota holders and producers transition to the free market.
If you have gently used furniture you're willing to part with, the Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County's Restore would probably be glad to get it.
The Restore is now in a new location, next to the former location, at 415 Miller Road in the old popcorn factory building.
Robin Driver, the owner of the building, says he was happy to make space available in the building for the Restore. "I had spoken with some people with Habitat. They told me they were looking for a place to put their Restore. I have the old popcorn factory over here in town. So I donated space in the building for them there. I feel it's a great cause and those of us who are in the housing business here in the county, I feel like it is incumbent upon us to help every way we can. It's obviously the way we make our living and it's also a great cause to get deserving families into houses."
Voters will no longer encounter candidates or their supporters soliciting votes or distributing campaign materials at the polls when they come to vote.
The Election Commission is enforcing a strict 100 feet Campaign Free Zone for this and all upcoming elections in accordance with Tennessee Code Annotated 2-7-111(a)(b).
State law concerning this issue states as follows: "TCA 2-7-111 (a)....The officer of elections shall measure off 100 feet from the entrances to the building in which the election is to be held and place boundary signs at that distance. (b)(1)Within the appropriate boundary as established in subsection (a) and the building in which the polling place is located, the display of
campaign ads, and solicitation of votes for or against any person, political party,or position on a question are prohibited. No campaign posters, signs or other campaign literature may be displayed in any building in which a polling place is located."