The Magnolia House is for sale and at least one Smithville Alderman believes the city should consider purchasing it as a community center for youth, senior citizens, and the public at large.
Alderman Tonya Sullivan, during Monday night's city council meeting, made a motion for a feasibility study to be conducted by the mayor and a committee and to consult with the county mayor on possibly making it a joint venture. The motion was approved 5-0.
Sullivan says the asking price for this 10,000 square foot building, the former location of Walker Funeral Home, is currently $750,000 and believes it would be ideal for community functions. " It is an Historical building. It was built in 1913. I would like for this board to take a look at some options at possibly purchasing that building or making some type of lease-purchase agreement set up for the next budget year."
An early morning fire today (Tuesday) damaged Tennessee Credit on West Broad Street.
Smithville Fire Chief Charlie Parker says firefighters received the call at 3:18 a.m. "We had a fire in a back office at Tennessee Credit. It did damage to the back three rooms of the building. There was already a pretty good fire going when we got here. The alarm company notified the owners and they arrived on the scene and found smoke and fire coming from the building. We got on the scene and knocked it (fire) down. There was some smoke and heat to the rest of the building but the fire damage was primarily contained to the back. Structurally the building is still intact.
The Smithville Board of Aldermen Monday night, after a failed attempt to override a mayoral veto, voted 3 to 2 to appropriate over $213,000 to fund an irrigation system for the fairways at the Smithville Golf Course and to re-bid the project.
The city budget will have to be amended to fund this project with $86,000 to come from the general fund under the golf course account, and $127,000 from the general fund surplus.
Aldermen Tonya Sullivan, Willie Thomas, and Jerry Hutchins Sr. voted to spend the money, while Aldermen Cecil Burger and Steve White voted against it.
On October 15th, the board voted 3 to 2 to award the bid on the golf course sprinkler system to Oasis Irrigation for $213,716, the lowest of the four bids submitted.
Mayor Taft Hendrixson later cast a veto of the board's decision based on an opinion of City Attorney John Pryor.
A Smithville woman was wounded in an accidental shooting Saturday night at her residence.
In his report, Smithville Police Officer Tyler Wix wrote that "I responded to 848 Foster Road, apartment 210-B at 6:41 p.m. for what was dispatched as a domestic that had occurred. One subject had already left the scene but no vehicle description was given.
When I arrived on the scene, I spoke to Tammy Stanley, who advised she had been fighting and arguing with the woman she lives with, Paula Neal.
Stanley told me that during the course of the fight, the 22 mag pistol she had in her pocket fell out and as she was picking it up, it went off, shooting Neal in what she believed was the leg.
At this time, I recovered the gun and placed it into evidence. Ms. Stanley, stated she did not mean to shoot Neal and that it was an accident.
Neal also stated at the emergency room to Officer Joey Jones, that the shooting was an accident and that she did not want to press charges."
A fire call last week resulted in the arrest of a local woman on theft charges.
Sheriff Patrick Ray says the DeKalb County Fire Department, on Sunday, October 28th, was dispatched to Kenny and Amanda Bain’s residence, located at 597 King Ridge Road Dowelltown, in response to a call of a vehicle fire.
Upon arrival, Firefighters opened the trunk of the vehicle which was on fire and found several long guns. Firefighters turned the guns over to deputies from the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department.
Through an investigation, detectives discovered that at least two of the guns were stolen from a victim in DeKalb County.
23 year old Amanda G. Bain, who is the owner of the burned vehicle, was arrested for theft of property. Bond was set at $10,000 and her court date is November 15th.
The DeKalb County High School band wrapped up its marching season at the Tennessee State Division II Championships on Saturday. After a very solid performance in preliminary competition, the band fell short for a finals performance. Director Kristin Reagh and Assistant Director Rebecca Purdue gathered the students after the announcements of the finalist bands and told them how proud they were of this year’s accomplishments. “This band has come a long way this season” Mrs. Reagh told the students, “We’re extremely proud of you”.
During the announcements of the finalist bands, the band learned that it had been inducted into the Division II Hall of Fame for it’s accomplishments throughout the years of Competition. This is an award that acknowledges the rich history of the DCHS Band.
The 2007 report card on the DeKalb County School System shows overall progress, but it also reveals areas where improvement is needed.
Director of Schools Mark Willoughby and Supervisor of Instruction Dr. Carol Hendrix met with the local media last week to explain the report.
Dr. Hendrix says the DeKalb County School System overall is in "Good Standing" regarding "No Child Left Behind" Adequate Yearly Progress. "All this is our school's ability to meet the federal benchmarks with specific performance standards. We divide it up into elementary and middle schools. We met the AYP in Math in the demographic categories of "All", "Hispanic", "White", "Economically Disadvantaged", and "Limited English Proficient", (Students that don't speak English). We were not proficient in the demographic of "Students with Disabilities"."
Local business woman Sandy C. Brown will be a candidate for the Republican nomination for Assessor of Property.
Brown made her announcement Saturday morning during the DeKalb County Republican Party Mass meeting, held at the courthouse. "It's been four years, I think folks know me a little bit better now. I'm a member of Webb's Methodist Church. I have my own business. I've been to the classes for Assessor. I still have the contacts out there but I will need your support folks. It's not going to be the same race as last time. Frankly, I don't have the wherewithal to throw that kind of cash into it and I need your input. Get in touch with me and let me know what you'd like to see me do and what you want me to do."
Brown, who ran unsuccessfully for Assessor of Property in August 2004, is the owner and operator of Tennessee Barn Builders/SCB Enterprises on Highway 70 West.
The Smithville Board of Aldermen last month voted 3 to 2 to award a bid on the installation of an irrigation system for the fairways at the Smithville Golf Course to Oasis Irrigation for $213,716, the lowest of the four bids submitted.
Since then, Mayor Taft Hendrixson has cast a veto of the board's decision based on an opinion of City Attorney John Pryor.
In the letter to Mayor Hendrixson dated October 25th, Pryor wrote that " At the Monday, October 15th, 2007 City Council Meeting, the Board of Aldermen voted to accept a bid on the installation of a sprinkler system at the golf course. This could potentially create two problems that I see."
The following is a tribute to WJLE's Mike Cantrell, written by Dr. W.E. Vanatta, owner of WJLE.
"Mike departed this earthly realm on October 30th, 2007 after a bout with many illnesses with very few complaints and a stubborn determination. He carried on with an optimistic outlook in spite of all odds even needing oxygen to support his breathing. Mike determined to return to his program of gospel music and a listening audience of hundreds he had built up and nurtured for over a period of 10 years. Mike had a rapport with his peolple that few attain. He exuded empathy, love, faith, and hope. His listeners responded with calls of love and concern. Mike is now experiencing another realm that he talked about, sung about, and I am sure prayed about, where there is no heart ache, no pain, or death. Mike will be missed. We will fill Mike's time slot but we cannot replace Mike. We thank you, Mike's family, for sharing this good man with WJLE and his many loyal listeners."