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Destiny Danielle Franklin Captures Miss Jamboree Title (Ages 17-20) VIEW VIDEOS HERE

July 1, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
Jamboree Pageant: Ages 17-20. Queen Destiny Danielle Franklin (right), 19 year old daughter of Jennifer and Charlie Ware. Runner-up, Abigail Hope Taylor, 17 year old daughter of Ken and Cindy Taylor
Jamboree Pageant: Ages 13-24 months. 4th Runner-up Sophia Ann Tiner, 3rd Jaedyn Claire Dunaway, Queen Piper Chapman, 1st Avaleigh Elizabeth Haddock, and 2nd Runner-up Toby Agee
Jamboree Pageant: Ages 4-6. 3rd runner-up Lydia Brooke Wright, 2nd Brylee Key, Queen Destiny Keys, 1st Dani Michelle Young, and 4th runner-up Shaniya Bates
Jamboree Pageant: Ages 11-13. 4th runner-up Katlynn Ellis, 3rd Jenna Elizabeth Wright, Queen Keara McKinsey Milligan, 1st Hannah Paige Trapp, and 2nd runner-up Amanda Clair Autry
Jamboree Pageant: Ages 7-10. 2nd runner-up Madeline Cierra Stephens, Queen Isabella Faith Rackley, and 1st runner-up Leah Elisabeth Trapp

Destiny Danielle Franklin was crowned Miss Jamboree in the age 17-20 category Saturday at the county complex auditorium.

The annual pageant is sponsored by the Smithville Business and Professional Women’s Club.

Franklin is the 19 year old daughter of Jennifer and Charlie Ware of Smithville. The runner-up is Abigail Hope Taylor, 17 year old daughter of Ken and Cindy Taylor of Smithville. Taylor was also awarded for most photogenic, prettiest eyes, hair, and attire.

In the category for girls ages 13-24 months, the winner is Piper Chapman, the 22 month old daughter of Taylor and Josh Chapman of Smithville.

Runners-up in the pageant are:

First-Avaleigh Elizabeth Haddock, the 1 year old daughter of Donald and Kristina Haddock of Liberty. She was also named most photogenic.

Second-Toby Agee, the 18 month old daughter of Donny and Stephanie Agee of Smithville

Third-Jaedyn Claire Dunaway, the 24 month old daughter of Claire Dunaway and Justin and Jessica Dunaway of Smithville. She also received an award for prettiest hair and dress.

Fourth- Sophia Ann Tiner, the 23 month old daughter of Billy and Stephanie Tiner of Smithville. She was also awarded for prettiest eyes and received the people’s choice honor.

Destiny Keys won the title in the category for ages 4 to 6. She is the 6 year old daughter of Kendra and Rick Guinn of Smithville.

Runners-up in the pageant are:

First- Dani Michelle Young, the 6 year old daughter of Bucky and Hope Young of Woodbury. She also received an award for prettiest dress.

Second- Brylee Key, the 6 year old daughter of Holly and Shannon Key of Alexandria. She was also awarded for prettiest eyes and received the people’s choice award.

Third- Lydia Brooke Wright, the 6 year old daughter of Jeff and Nicole Wright of Smithville. She was named most photogenic.

Fourth- Shaniya Bates, the 4 year old daughter of Ada and Tom Bates of Liberty. She also received the prettiest hair award.

Keara McKinsey Milligan captured the crown in the 11-13 age category. She is the 11 year old daughter of Josh and Cyndi Milligan of Smithville. She was also honored for prettiest eyes and attire and for most photogenic.

Runners-up in the pageant are:
First-Hannah Paige Trapp, the 13 year old daughter of Jeremy and Jenny Trapp of Smithville

Second-Amanda Clair Autry, the 11 year old daughter of John and Rachael Autry of Goodlettsville

Third-Jenna Elizabeth Wright, the 12 year old daughter of Jeff and Nicole Wright of Smithville. She also received an award for prettiest hair.

Fourth-Katlynn Ellis, the 11 year old daughter of Greg and Rachel Ellis of Smithville.

In the category for ages 7-10, the winner is Isabella Faith Rackley, the 10 year old daughter of Jessica and Gordon Rackley of Smithville. She also received the people's choice award.

Leah Elisabeth Trapp is the 1st runner-up. She is the 9 year old daughter of Jeremy and Jenny Trapp of Smithville. She was awarded for prettiest attire.

Second runner-up is Madeline Cierra Stephens, the 10 year old daughter of Latisha Tapp and Jimmy Stephens of Dowelltown. She was also awarded for prettiest hair and eyes.

Addison Jean Puckett Crowned Miss Jamboree (Ages 14-16)

July 1, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
Jamboree Pageant: Ages 14-16. 3rd- Caitlin Elizabeth Bennett, 2nd- Madison Rae Rackley, Queen Addison Jean Puckett, 1st-Monica MaShay Carlton, and 4th –Jaedyn Brooke Stafford
Jamboree Pageant: Ages 25-48 months. Queen Camden Raylea Wilkins (right), daughter of Matt Wilkins and Jennifer Hancock. Runner-up- Skyler Faith McCormack, daughter of Allen and Julie McCormack
Jamboree Pageant: Girls up to 6 months. Queen Blakelyn Emerie Cripps (right), 5 month daughter of Kami and Corey Cripps; Runner-up, Penelope Chapman, 3 month old daughter of Taylor and Josh Chapman
Jamboree Pageant Winner: Boys 7-12 months-Michael Riley, 8 months old. Also prettiest eyes. Foster parents are Donny Orchard and Elisha Anderson of Smithville

Addison Jean Puckett is the winner of the Miss Jamboree Pageant in the age 14-16 category.

The festival was held Saturday at the county complex auditorium sponsored by the Smithville Business and Professional Women’s Club

Puckett is the 14 year old daughter of Jimmy and Anita Puckett of Smithville. Addison was also awarded for prettiest eyes, hair, and attire.

Runners-up in the pageant are:

First: Monica MaShay Carlton of Smithville, the 15 year old daughter of Amanda and LeRoy Hale and Travis Carlton

Second: Madison Rae Rackley, the 14 year old daughter of Jessica and Gordon Rackley of Smithville. She also received the People's Choice award.

Third: Caitlin Elizabeth Bennett, the 16 year old daughter of Gene and Dava Bennett of Dowelltown

Fourth: Jaedyn Brooke Stafford, the 16 year old daughter of Doug and Luanne Stafford of Gainesboro. She was also named most photogenic

Meanwhile in the category for girls ages 25-48 months, the winner is 2 year old Camden Raylea Wilkins, daughter of Matt Wilkins and Jennifer Hancock of Cookeville. She was also honored for most photogenic, people's choice, and prettiest dress. The runner-up is 3 year old Skyler Faith McCormack, daughter of Allen and Julie McCormack of McMinnville. She was awarded for prettiest hair and eyes.

Blakelyn Emerie Cripps, 5 month old daughter of Kami and Corey Cripps of Smithville won the category for girls up to 6 months old. She was also awarded for prettiest eyes, prettiest dress, and most photogenic. The runner-up is Penelope Chapman, 3 month old daughter of Taylor and Josh Chapman.

In the category for boys 7-12 months, Michael Riley was the winner and received an honor for prettiest eyes. He is 8 months old. His foster parents are Donny Orchard and Elisha Anderson of Smithville

Shop Tax Free in Tennessee the Last Weekend of July

June 30, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
Shop Tax Free in Tennessee the Last Weekend of July

Tennessee retailers will not collect sales tax on more than 150 different items during the 13th annual sales tax holiday the last weekend in July.

From July 27 through July 29, shoppers can save nearly 10 percent on clothing, school supplies and computers, as students prepare for the back-to-school season. State and local taxes will not be collected on clothing, school and school art supplies that cost $100 or less per item and computers that cost $1,500 or less.

The Department of Revenue wants to remind people that this weekend of savings is not exclusive to students or Tennesseans. Anyone who wants to shop in Tennessee during the last weekend of July will be eligible to save on sales tax.

"The sales tax holiday provides savings for families preparing to send their children back to school and we encourage all Tennesseans to take advantage of this tax break on the necessary clothing and supplies before the start of the new school year,” Gov. Bill Haslam said.

State law provides for a sales tax holiday each year the last weekend in July. This year, the sales tax holiday begins Friday, July 27 at 12:01 a.m. and ends Sunday, July 29 at 11:59 p.m.

“We want to remind Tennesseans about this savings opportunity. It's available to everyone and only happens once a year,” Revenue Commissioner David Gerregano said.

For more information about the sales tax holiday, including a complete list of tax exempt items and frequently asked questions, please visit www.tntaxholiday.com.

The Department of Revenue is responsible for the administration of state tax laws and motor vehicle title and registration laws, as well as the collection of taxes and fees associated with those laws. The Department collects about 87 percent of total state revenue. During the 2017 fiscal year, it collected $13.9 billion in state taxes and fees and more than $2.7 billion in taxes and fees for local governments. To learn more about the Department, visit www.tn.gov/revenue.

Drivers Can Show Proof of Car Registration on Electronic Devices

June 30, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
James L. (Jimmy) Poss

Drivers won't have to have a physical copy of their car registration if they are pulled over by police.

The law will change July 1 to allow the driver to show proof on any electronic device, like your phone or tablet, as long as the document says the car is properly registered and issued to the owner or person driving the car.

“Beginning July 1st, not only can you have proof of your automobile insurance on an electronic device but you are going to be able to have any kind of photo saved in your phone that has your car insurance, your vehicle insurance, your registration for that vehicle, or if you have a hunting and fishing license, you merely just have to have a snapshot of that saved on your device and if you are asked to provide that to an officer you can do that through your electronic device whether it be phone, Ipad, etc,” said County Clerk James L. (Jimmy) Poss.

Tennessee already allows electronic proof of insurance.

The new law states as follows:

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE:

In addition to the provisions of § 55-12-139 authorizing a person to display evidence of financial responsibility through the use of electronic devices, a person may also display evidence of vehicle registration in electronic format. The electronic images shall state that the vehicle is properly registered and that a certificate of registration has been issued to the owner or operator of the vehicle. For purposes of this section, acceptable electronic formats include display of electronic images on a cellular phone or any other type of portable electronic device. If a person displays the evidence in an electronic format pursuant to this section, the person is not consenting for law enforcement to access any other contents of the electronic device.

SECTION 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2018, the public welfare requiring it.

DTC Annual Meeting Set for September 15

June 30, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
DTC Annual Meeting Set for September 15

DeKalb Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (d/b/a DTC Communications) will host its annual meeting on Saturday, September 15 at the DeKalb County Fairgrounds in Alexandria.

Directors will be elected in the Alexandria, Liberty, and Smithville exchanges according to “The DTC Connection”. The positions are currently held by Bennie Curtis in Alexandria, Randy Campbell in Liberty, and Ronnie Garrison in Smithville.

According to the bylaws, the board of directors will appoint a nominating committee to select nominees for the office of directorship for those positions whose terms expire in 2018. The bylaws also provide that any 15 or more members acting together may make other nominations by petition with the secretary at least 45 days before the meeting and these will be reviewed by the nominating committee to determine if the qualifications as set forth in the bylaws are fulfilled. Individuals interested in becoming a candidate for a director’s position must meet the qualifications and submit a petition by 5 p.m. on August 1, 2018.

DeKalb Jobless Rate for May at 3.8%

June 29, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page

DeKalb County’s unemployment rate for May was at 3.8%, up from 3.4% in April but below 4.2% in May, 2017.

The local labor force for May was 7,860. A total of 7,560 were employed and 300 were without work.

Jobless rates for May among the fourteen counties in the Upper Cumberland region were as follows from highest to lowest:
Van Buren: 4.4%
Clay: 3.8%
DeKalb:3.8%
Jackson: 3.7%
Fentress: 3.3%
Cumberland: 3.3%
Warren: 3.2%
White: 3.1%
Overton: 3%
Putnam: 3%
Macon: 2.7%
Cannon: 2.7%
Pickett: 2.6%
Smith: 2.4%

Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips has announced that unemployment rates in nearly every Tennessee county remained under 5 percent during May 2018.

Ninety-three of Tennessee’s 95 counties recorded a rate in May that was less than 5 percent. Unemployment in two counties was 5 percent or greater during the time period.

Williamson County had the lowest unemployment in the state with a rate of 2.1 percent, which was 0.1 of a percentage point higher than it was in April.

At 2.2 percent, Davidson County followed with the second lowest rate in the state for May. That figure represented a 0.1 of a percentage point increase from the previous month.

The rates for both Williamson and Davidson Counties were 0.2 of a percentage point lower than the rates they recorded in May 2017.

“For nearly an entire year Tennessee has continued to experience historically low unemployment,” Burns said. “While some counties experienced a slight uptick in their rates between April and May, the numbers are still very impressive.”

Lauderdale County had the highest unemployment rate in Tennessee during May. Its rate of 5.3 percent was an increase of 0.4 of a percentage point from the previous month. Houston County’s 5.2 percent unemployment rate was 0.2 of a percentage point higher than its April rate.

For 11 consecutive months, Tennessee’s statewide unemployment rate has been at 3.5 percent or lower. In May the rate was 3.5 percent, which was an increase of 0.1 of a percentage point from April, but still 0.3 of a percentage point lower than the May 2017 rate.

Nationally, the unemployment rate dropped in May for the second consecutive month. It was 3.8 percent, a decrease of 0.1 of a percentage point from the month before.

The state and national unemployment rates are seasonally adjusted to eliminate the influences of weather, holidays, the opening and closing of schools, along with other recurring seasonal events that could impact an economic times series.

Additional information on Tennessee labor statistics is available on the state’s workforce development website.

Aldermen To Consider Final Passage of New City Budget Monday Night

June 29, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
Smithville Mayor and Aldermen

The Smithville Aldermen Monday night will meet in regular monthly session to consider passage of the new budget on second and final reading.

The council approved the budget on first reading last Thursday night, June 21.

The budget totals almost $6.4 million. Under the new spending plan, the property tax rate will remain the same at 64.9 cents per $100 of assessed value.

Water and sewer rates, which were increased last year, will not be changed this year. City water customers pay $7.25 per thousand gallons of usage. Rates for customers outside the city limits pay $10.88 per thousand. Sewer customers both inside and outside the city pay $6.75 per thousand gallons.

Although cuts were made in proposed spending in other areas, a one percent cost of living pay raise for city employees has been included in the budget and their longevity bonuses will remain. Raises due employees in the step wage plan will also be funded.

The half time employee at the animal shelter will be funded on a full time basis. The full time director at the animal shelter, who earns $15.00 per hour, will be raised to the same as entry level pay in other departments. The Chamber of Commerce will also be getting an increase in funding of $5,000 putting the total contribution at $15,000 from the city.

A used utility truck with a dump bed is budgeted for the water/sewer department as well as a newer used vehicle for animal control. New software for police department evidence identification has been included in the budget along with $9,500 to install a wrought iron fence around the veterans monument at Green Brook Park.

Fire hydrant repairs and maintenance of $25,000 is being funded in the water and sewer budget and the city plans to replace 400 feet of sewer lines on Bright Hill Road, a $40,000 expense. The city will also purchase 2 air tanks for the sewer plant and buy a tank for the plant at a cost of $1,261.

In other business, monthly departmental reports will be given and the aldermen will act on second and final reading of proposed ordinance # 475 adopting a revised Ordinance for the City of Smithville Zoning Ordinance.

Any other business properly brought before the board will also be considered

The meeting Monday night will be at 6 p.m. at city hall.

Ribbon Cutting at Creations by Donna

June 29, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
Ribbon Cutting at Creations by Donna

The Smithville-DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce had a Ribbon Cutting for new member, Creations by Donna, located at 802 North Congress Blvd., Smithville (across from Village Market Grocery). The owners are Jim and Donna Stapp. This shop offers a great selection of gifts, home décor, and fresh and silk floral designs including cemetery decoration needs, wedding flowers, candy bouquets, candles, diffusers, wind chimes, lake décor, and much more.

For more information, call 615-597-2400 or check out their Creations by Donna FaceBook page.

Homeless Man Found with Stolen Truck

June 29, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
Travis James Beal
Kristie Renea Shehane
James Brian Storie

A 43 year old homeless man was found in Alexandria in possession of a stolen truck last week.

Travis James Beal is charged with theft of property over $1,000. Beal’s bond is $10,000 and his court date is July 5.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Friday, June 22 a deputy was called to Brush Creek Road, Alexandria where a man was passed out in a truck. Upon arrival the officer found the man, Beal in the truck with the ignition on. A computer check revealed that the vehicle was stolen from Kansas. Beal was placed under arrest.

45 year old Kristie Renea Shehane of Granville Drive, Smithville is charged with reckless endangerment and a third offense of driving under the influence. Shehane’s bond is $9,500 and her court date is July 5.

Sheriff Ray said that on Saturday, June 23 a deputy observed a vehicle leave its lane of travel four times on Dale Ridge Road. He conducted a traffic stop and spoke to the driver, Shehane. He noticed an odor of an alcoholic beverage about her person. Shehane’s seven year old son was a passenger with her. Shehane performed poorly on field sobriety tasks and she submitted to a blood test.

53 year old James Brian Storie of Poss Road, Smithville is charged with criminal trespassing. His bond is $3,500.

Sheriff Ray said that on Monday, June 18 a deputy was dispatched to Arrow Head Drive due to a reckless driver. Upon arrival, the officer found Storie on the premises. The owner of the property said Storie did not have permission to be there and was not welcomed.

Storie had previously been cited on May 2 for criminal trespassing at the same residence.

Clark Arrested Again for Theft of Vehicle, 16 Days After Allegedly Committing a Similar Offense

June 28, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
Brian Edward Clark
Eric Jordan Holman

A Smithville man arrested earlier this month for stealing a pickup truck has been apprehended again for another vehicle theft.

38 year old Brian Edward Clark of Patterson Road is charged in the latest crime with burglary, theft of property over $1,000, and evading arrest. Clark’s bond in this case is $22,500 and his court date is July 12.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Friday, June 22 a deputy was dispatched to a residence on Possum Hollow Road, Dowelltown in reference to a vehicle theft that had just occurred. The caller stated that Clark had stolen a car. While the officer was enroute, the caller notified central dispatch that Clark had returned the car and left in a red mini-van traveling in the direction of Snow Hill Road. The deputy spotted the vehicle and tried to pull it over on Possum Hollow Road but the driver, Clark failed to stop and continued to drive recklessly until he finally pulled over at Snow Hill Road and Highway 70 where he was taken into custody and transported to the jail.

This crime comes sixteen days after Clark was charged with burglary and theft of property over $1,000 for the theft of a pickup truck. His bond on that charge is $10,000.

Sheriff Ray said that on Wednesday, June 6 Clark broke into and stole a 2000 Chevy Silverado on Patterson Road valued at $4,000. The case was investigated by a detective.

Two months ago, Clark ran afoul of the law and was charged with aggravated criminal trespassing after allegedly entering the home of his neighbors without permission.

Sheriff Ray said that on Sunday, April 22 a deputy was dispatched to a residence on Patterson Road due to a suspicious person. Upon arrival he spoke with two women who reported that their neighbor, Clark entered their residence without permission. Clark was found at another home on Patterson Road and placed under arrest

Meanwhile in a separate case, 30 year old Eric Jordan Holman of North Village Drive, Sparta is charged with aggravated assault. His bond is $5,000 and his court date is July 12. Sheriff Ray said that on Friday, June 22 Holman went to a residence on Felts Road and caused a woman there to fear for her life by firing five 45 caliber handgun rounds while on the premises.

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