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Four Courthouse Offices Could be Re-Located to Shopping Center Building by Spring

July 13, 2010
Dwayne Page
Town and Country Shopping Center
Mike Foster

By this time next year, you may be doing business with some of your courthouse public officials at the Town and Country Shopping Center location.

The county commission has not yet made it official, but County Mayor Mike Foster says it appears more likely that at least four of the offices in the courthouse will be moving, possibly by next spring. "I would think we are looking at probably sometime next spring. The way it looks, it would probably be Trustee, Register of Deeds, County Clerk, and Property Assessor. At least those offices. There's still some discussion about the election commission and my office (County Mayor). One of those two offices probably will go (to the shopping center). That way the rest of the courthouse will be opened up for space that everybody needs for the courts and some storage too."

One of the officials, probably the county clerk, is expected to have his own drive through window at the shopping center location to better serve the public.

J & S Construction is currently conducting a "Job Summary" at the old shopping center complex but so far no company has been selected by the county commission to do the actual renovation construction, although several architects have submitted plans for the design and layout of the facility.

Foster says the final plans will include space for a variety of purposes. "We've got five architects that have submitted plans. They have submitted what they have done for free and they (county commission) will pick whoever they want for that. The layout we're doing is preliminary just to make sure everything fits in to account for space. In it (layout) right now is an auditorium with a stage to seat about 250 people, which could be used for performing arts, meetings or whatever. There's an exercise weight room, a game room, and for lack of a better word there's like a semi-gymnasium type area of about 4,500 square feet that could be used for kids to do whatever they want to do. It would probably have a basketball goal and things for recreation but it won't be like a full gym. The senior citizens center would be next to that (gym) and next to a museum. There's capacity for about six rooms for Motlow State Community College to have night classes and there will be a center in there for computer literacy to help industries and where, if they're having training, they can come over there and use those. We'll also have the two rental spaces and the county (public officials) offices. They're all (offices) pretty much the same size and we'll have an archives storage area in there of about 1,600 to 1,700 square feet. Right now, the plans are to have a drive through window on the south end there which will be part of where the Pizza Inn was. There's also a space in the back at one of the loading docks for the Second Harvest Food Bank that hopefully the churches are going to see to like the Methodist Church here does. They have a really good ministry through the Second Harvest Food Bank and we want to give them that space in there to continue that. All the churches contribute but the Methodist church here initiated it. They do have a lot of input from other churches and organizations. These are things that are still in the plans as of today. It's just a matter of getting them all situated and laid out to where they all fit in. We're trying to make sure that the space is there to do all these things."

Once J & H Construction completes it's "Job Summary" then bids can be prepared and let for the renovation/ construction work. Foster says he is hopeful that bids can be let by late summer or early fall. Foster adds that the actual construction costs are unknown right now but the county is applying for as many grants as possible to help fund it. "We have applied for a Rural Development grant for the recreation part for $200,000 and we're applying for another $200,000 parks and recreation grant. We're trying to work those in there. We've already received $15,000 for the aging. We're trying to get as many grants as possible."

"We meet with J & S Construction each Thursday to go over what they've done for that week. They are evaluating the roof system. We already had some roofing companies to do that and some engineer companies to do other things on a smaller scale. But they (J & S) are updating the roof situation and checking all the electrical. They're running cameras up the sewer lines and checking the sprinkler systems. Its sort of a summary of what we've got and they're making a proposal of what we should do. Then invitations will be issued for companies and individuals to bid on those specific things."

"It depends upon how quickly we can do it, but from what I'm hearing and what I'm thinking, maybe the roof (project) will be done in one section (bid letting), then the front might be done in another section, and then the building would be let in maybe three sections so that more people could have a chance to bid on it. We would like to have local bidders if we can because it would create some local jobs. That's the way we'll try to do that. Hopefully it will turn out that way. It just depends upon the overall scope of everything because some of the bigger companies, if they did the entire thing, would be the only ones capable of doing it. So we're hoping we'll be letting in three or four sections."

"And then we've got to do the central air and heat zoning and figure out exactly what use is going to be put to that particular central air and heat unit that's on top. We know three of the units are not good out there but we think the other nine units are good according to the engineers. So once we get the zoning to fit with the layout of the property, then we'll get that done and then get the roof done and then start doing the layouts. The interior will include some sheet rock walls, drop ceilings, and it'll either be tile floors or some of it could be carpet that is installed in squares, which if (a certain section) is stained, you can pop it out and put another one in. It (facility) won't be extravagant but it will be functional and durable and built for low maintenance."

Foster says he also learned last week that the county has received another grant to help develop the new farmer's market location on the north side of the shopping center facing East Bryant Street and work on that should be completed by September. "We got the environmentals done on it about six weeks ago and we were waiting to hear from another grant. We applied for a USDA Rural Development Grant for $50,000 which we got. We also applied for a Tennessee Department of Agriculture Enhancement Grant and we found out Wednesday that we got it, which is for $30,000. That's why we were waiting (to do the project). But we've got the contracts and they have been signed and sent back in. We also did a little modification to the building and if everything goes well, we'll be advertising that bid probably next week. Construction on that should begin right away. According to our contracts and grants we have to have that done by September. We have done the environmentals and the traffic flow pattern. It will have a bathroom, a wash area, refrigerated area with storage, a display area, tables, and it'll all be handicapped accessible."

Last October, the county commission voted to purchase the 62,000 square foot Town and Country Shopping Center complex. The property covers 5.21 acres and includes a large paved parking lot.

The purchase price for the shopping center was approximately $750,000.

"The Fun Begins in 2010" with Return of the DeKalb County Fair

July 12, 2010
Dwayne Page

Members of the DeKalb County Fair Association are busy preparing for this year's edition of the Grandpa Fair of the South, which is set for Monday through Saturday July 19th through July 24th.

With the theme " The Fun Begins in 2010", this year's DeKalb County Fair will feature a fun filled week of activities including all new rides by the Family Attractions Amusement Company and two nights of the Super Truck and Tractor Pull on Friday and Saturday nights.

Fair Manager Jeff McMillen says the fair will be bringing back the Off-Road Challenge, Open Rodeo, the Demolition Derby, and Super Tractor and Truck Pull, Go Kart Racing, Four Wheelers and Motorcycle Racing, DeKalb Idol, the Vintage Fashion Show, and many other popular attractions. "We have nearly the same events that we had last year but the carnival people (Family Attractions Amusement) will have all new rides. They're trying to bring new things to towns that they have been in for a while."

"The Off- Road Challenge will be adding a speed course. Instead of it being a boring type five minute "can you get across the log" type thing, it's going to be more of a time type (speed course) event. These vehicles need to be pre-registered. The cost is twenty five dollars to pre-register or forty five dollars if you register the day of the event."

"We'll have Go-Cart racing. This year with our competition carts, which is the fast carts, they have started a points system and they do about four or five fairs. The Lebanon fair is the championship series of this challenge so if they (participants) want to be involved in the points and win money at the end of the year, they have to come to these fairs and race so we should have more participation in that class than we have had in the past."

"This year on the tractor pull, we're going to do two nights of the Super Trucks and Tractor Pull. We'll have seven classes each night. Part of the smoker tractors will pull both nights and it's a points event so they will have to participate if they want to win the points at the end of the year."

The Antique Tractor Pull will not be part of this year's fair line-up of events

McMillen urges fair goers to take the time to enjoy lots of delicious foods from the food booths and stop by to see the many commercial, agricultural, and women's exhibits.

The Kenneth Sandlin Center will be open Monday through Friday from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Saturday from 4:00 p.m.. until 9:00 p.m.

All Perishable exhibits ONLY will be accepted Saturday, July 17th from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

Premium books are now available at DeKalb Community Bank, Liberty State Bank, the Chamber of Commerce Office, and at all libraries in DeKalb County.

Enjoy nightly entertainment at the Memory Lane Stage in Memory Village

DeKalb County Fair Memory Lane Stage Line-Up:
Monday Night July 19
6:00 - 7:00 pm- Jordyn Mallory
7:15 - 8:00 pm- The Springs Band

Tuesday Night July 20
6:00 - 7:00 pm- TBA
7:15 - 8:00 pm- Zack Allen

Wednesday Night July 21
6:00 - 7:00 pm- Mid-State Cloggers
7:15 - 8:15 pm- TBA

Thursday Night July 22
6:00 - 7:00 pm- Kenny Lee and Deidre Bentley
7:15 - 8:00 pm- The Under the Hill Gang -Ronnie Wilson

Friday Night July 23
6:00 - 7:00 pm- Terri Weaver
7:15 - 8:15 pm- Jubal's Cry

Saturday Night July 24
6:30 - 7:30 pm- The Springs Band
7:45 pm - until- Lakeside Drive

The following events are scheduled:

Monday, July 19th: Cattle Show at 6:00 p.m. at the Tot Kelly barn; Off-Road Challenge at the T.C. McMillen Arena at 6:30 p.m.; Junior Fair Princess Pageant at 6:00 p.m. followed by the Fairest of the Fair Pageant at the Lions Club Pavilion. $1000 cash giveaway at 9:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 20th: the Little Mr. and Miss Pageant for contestants ages 4-6 at 6:00 p.m. at the Lions Club Pavilion with a concert by Doug Collins to follow; Go-Cart Racing at 6:30 p.m. at the T.C. McMillen Arena; and a Horse Show at 7:00 p.m. at the Grandstand; $1000 cash giveaway at 9:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 21st: Little Miss Princess Pageant for contestants ages 7-8 at 6:00 p.m. followed by the Miss Sweetheart Pageant for those ages 10-12 at the Lions Club Pavilion; Four Wheeler and Motorcycle Racing at 6:00 p.m. at the T.C. McMillen Arena; $1000 cash giveaway at 9:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 22nd: Senior Citizen Day activities at 9:00 a.m. at the Lions Club Pavilion; 4-H Chick Chain Show at 5:00 p.m. at the Tot Kelly barn; Junior Goat Show at 6:00 p.m. at the Tot Kelly barn; a Baby Show at 6:00 p.m. followed by a Vintage Fashion Show at the Lions Club Pavilion; and a Rodeo at the T.C. McMillen Arena at 7:30 p.m.; $1000 cash giveaway at 9:30 p.m.

Friday, July 23rd: Toddler Show at 6:00 p.m. followed by DeKalb Idol Final Competition at the Lions Club Pavilion; a Super Truck and Tractor Pull at 7:30 p.m. at the T.C. McMillen Arena; and a Demolition Derby at 7:00 p.m. at the Grandstand; $1000 cash giveaway at 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 24th: Horseshow Tournament at the Tot Kelly barn at 3:00 p.m.; Gospel singing at the Lions Club Pavilion at 6:00 p.m.; Antique Tractor Pull at 2:00 p.m at the T.C. McMillen Arena.; Super Tractor and Truck Pull at 7:30 p.m. at the T.C. McMillen Arena: and a $1000 cash giveaway at 9:30 p.m.

One thousand dollars in cash will be given away each night, Monday through Saturday at 9:30 p.m. at the Lion's Club Pavilion and you must be present to win. If no one presents the winning ticket within three minutes, the money will be saved and given away on Saturday night in increments of $1,000. Your fair admission ticket is your ticket for the cash drawing.

ALL NEW RIDES on the Midway will be provided by the Family Attractions Amusement Company. Unlimited rides will be available each night for $16.00.

Admission to the fair is $3.00 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.dekalbcountyfair.us.

Sheriff Warns Residents to Beware of a New Scam

July 12, 2010
Dwayne Page
Sheriff Patrick Ray

Sheriff Patrick Ray is urging you to beware of a scam that has been occurring here and in some counties surrounding DeKalb.

According to Sheriff Ray, the way this scam operates is a caller telephones a residence and tells the person answering the phone that their child, spouse, grandchild, or other relative has had some kind of accident and needs the family to wire money to them. "Most of the people that I have talked to about the scam here in our county said that the caller has given the correct name of the relative who is supposedly the victim of the accident. It is unknown at this time how the caller is getting that information and name of the relative. In one case, the caller told a grandparent that their grandchild had been in a terrible car accident and that the child was in a hospital and needed money wired to them so that he could get medical treatment. In this case, the grandparent did not fall for the scam."

Sheriff Ray advises you not to panic if you get one of these calls and try to contact the family member (alleged accident victim) first before you do anything. "If you need assistance in contacting the victim, let us help you and never wire any money or give anyone your credit or debit card numbers."

Arrest Made in Altercation Investigation

July 12, 2010
Dwayne Page
Clay Andrew Bain
Todd O Hindsley

The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department arrested an 18 year old man Friday after being called to investigate an altercation in the Midway community.

Clay Andrew Bain of Lake View Drive, Smithville is charged with evading arrest, unlawful carry or possession of a weapon, and possession of a schedule VI drug (marijuana). His bond is set at $7,500 and he will appear in court on July 29th.

According to Sheriff Patrick Ray, a deputy received a call from central dispatch about an altercation on Midway Road in Smithville. The complainant said that Bain was at a residence on Midway Road and was armed with a gun. An officer spotted Bain's vehicle at the Midway Community Center. As Bain drove off the deputy activated his blue lights but Bain did not stop. The officer pursued Bain for approximately a ¼ of a mile before he pulled into the residence of the complainant. Upon approaching Bain's automobile, the officer noticed inside the vehicle a club or stick that had duct tape rolled around one end of it. Bain was then taken into custody. When asked if he had anything in his pockets, Bain produced a small bag containing a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana.

43 year old Todd O. Hindsley of South Mountain Street, Smithville is charged with a second offense of driving under the influence, a first offense of driving on a revoked license, and simple possession of a schedule III drug (Hydrocodone). His bond is set at $4,000 and he will appear in court on July 22nd. Sheriff Ray says a deputy, while on patrol Thursday, July 8th, saw an automobile in the parking lot of a gas station on Highway 56 south moving in a reckless manor. The vehicle almost hit two vehicles and the gas pump. After stopping it, the deputy noticed that Hindsley was behind the wheel and that he was under the influence. Hindsley submitted to field sobriety tasks, which he failed. A check of Hindsley driver's license revealed that they were suspended for a DUI conviction in Fentress County. Hindsley also was found to have in his possession three Hydrocodone pills which he tried to throw on the ground in order to hide them from the officer.

39 year old Michael Edward Brown of Bright Hill Road Smithville is charged with an eighth offense of driving on a revoked license. His bond is set at $7,500 and he will appear in court on July 22nd. According to Sheriff Ray, on Friday deputies received a BOLO or be on the look out from central dispatch for a vehicle that was driving recklessly. An officer spotted the vehicle and stopped it on Vaughn Lane in Smithville. Brown was the driver. A check of his license revealed them to be revoked.

Numerous Cases of Burglarized Vehicles Reported at Lake Boat Ramps

July 12, 2010
Dwayne Page
Sheriff Patrick Ray

Due to numerous reports of burglarized automobiles at lake boat ramps recently, Sheriff Patrick Ray is issuing a warning to all lake visitors to be alert and cautious.

"In the last few weeks we have received numerous reports of vehicles that have been burglarized around the boat ramps here in the county. The burglars are breaking into parked vehicles, bursting out windows, and stealing items such as pocketbooks, radios, compact discs, ratchet straps, and other items", said Sheriff Ray.

"I know when people go to our lake access points, they are excited and ready to swim or go fishing or pleasure riding in their boats. I would ask that you take a few minutes and look at your surroundings and go by the following safety tips which might detour a thief from breaking into your vehicle:

Try to park in well lit areas such as under a street light or next to a well lit building.

Always lock your vehicle and do not leave valuables such as pocketbooks or jewelry in your vehicles that are in plain site.

Try to park close to the front of the parking lot and try to avoid parking far away from other vehicles.

If you see any suspicious people in the parking lot, call central dispatch so a deputy can be dispatched to your location. The number is 215-3000.

Woman Arrested Twice in Same Week

July 11, 2010
Dwayne Page

A 23 year old Smithville woman was arrested twice last week, the first time for possession of drugs, and for shoplifting on the second occasion.

Smithville Police report that Brandy Nichole Hale of 114 Highland Drive was arrested on Sunday, July 4th for possession of a schedule IV drug. Hale was stopped by Officer David Phillips for failing to maintain the proper lane of travel. She was also observed by Sergeant Randy King hiding pills in her bra. Hale gave consent to search her vehicle where a bottle containing her prescription and an unidentified pill believed to be a schedule IV drug were found. Bond for Hale is $1,500 and her court date is July 29th.

Hale was arrested again the next day, Monday July, 5th for shoplifting at Rite Aid Pharmacy.
She was observed by a pharmacy employee putting items in her purse. When questioned by K-9 Officer Bradley Tatrow, Hale denied having taken anything. Upon giving consent to search her purse, Officer Tatrow found items belonging to the pharmacy. Ms. Hale later admitted to taking the items because she didn't have enough money to pay for them. Bond for Hale is $1,500 and her court date is July 22nd.

27 year old Jessica French Hale of 4001 Big Hill Road, Liberty was cited Friday, July 2nd for shoplifting and simple possession of a schedule III drug. Ms. Hale was observed placing merchandise on her person and attempting to leave Wal-Mart without paying for the items. A search incident to arrest revealed four pills believed to be a schedule III drug in her purse. Officer Scott Davis issued the citation. Her court date is July 29th.

38 year old German Edgardo of 324 Bell Street was cited for theft on Saturday, July 3rd. On Friday, June 18th, Jimmy Driver reported that on May 31st he was in Wal-Mart getting some pictures developed and placed his camera on the counter. An unknown person came up beside him and stole his camera. The theft was captured on Wal-Mart's security cameras. On Saturday, July 3rd with the help of Constable Johnny King, Corporal Travis Bryant made contact with Edgardo who admitted to taking the camera off the counter and leaving the store with it. The camera was recovered and returned to Mr. Driver. Edgardo's court date is July 22nd.

24 year old Johnny Aaron Murphy Jr. of Carthage was arrested on Monday, July 5th for possession of schedule III for resale. While investigating a possible stolen vehicle case, K-9 Officer Bradley Tatrow made contact with Murphy. The officer asked Murphy if he had any weapons or narcotics on his person. Murphy replied that he had Hydrocodone in his pocket but not in the right bottle. Murphy turned the bottle over to Officer Tatrow which was for another drug. The bottle contained 17 pills. Bond for Murphy is $5,000.

48 year old Danny Ray Ponder of 7851 Old Mill Hill Road was cited on Tuesday, July 6th for possession of drug paraphernalia. K-9 Officer Bradley Tatrow pulled over Ponder for a traffic violation. Ponder gave consent to search his vehicle and Officer Tatrow recovered two used hypodermic needles from the trunk. Ponder's court date is September 2nd.

27 year old Johnny Lynn DeVault of 330 Talpha Drive was arrested on Wednesday, July 7th for DUI. DeVault was operating a motor vehicle and stopped for speeding. Officer David Phillips noticed that DeVault had slurred speech and his eyes were glossy. DeVault submitted to field sobriety tasks and he performed poorly. He also refused to submit to a blood test. DeVault was issued a citation for violation of implied consent and speeding. Bond for DeVault is $1,500 and his court date is July 29th.

Anyone having any on the following offense is asked to please contact the Smithville Police Department at 597-8210 or the Tip Line at 464-6046.

Sometime between 5:00 p.m. on Monday, July 5th and 1:00 am on Tuesday, July 6th someone burglarized a home on Forrest Avenue taking several firearms.

Any information received that will help the Smithville Police solve any criminal offense will be greatly appreciated. All information is confidential.

Fire Destroys Home in Jefferson Community

July 9, 2010
Dwayne Page
Fire Destroys Home of Larry and Julie Brown

A fire Friday afternoon destroyed the home of Larry and Julie Brown at 242 Brown Lane in the Jefferson Community.

Central dispatch received the call at 2:44 p.m.

Roy Merriman, assistant county fire chief, said the fire appeared to have started from the utility or laundry room area of the home and spread from there. He said the cause of the fire has not been established for certainty but could have been triggered by lightning. Merriman says neighbors reported lightning from a passing thundershower at the time.

Merriman says while the fire destroyed the residence, firefighters were able to salvage some of the family's belongings.

No one was home at the time of the fire and no one was injured.

Members of the Keltonburg, Blue Springs, and the Short Mountain Stations of the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department responded along with Tanker 1 and mutual aid assistance from the North Warren Fire Department who sent manpower and a tanker. DeKalb EMS was also on the scene.

School Board to Consider Request for Student Fees in Some DCHS Courses

July 9, 2010
Dwayne Page
Mark Willoughby

The DeKalb County Board of Education next month may consider granting approval for DeKalb County High School to charge student fees in certain courses.

The issue was briefly discussed Thursday night but postponed until the August meeting.

The requests are being made by teachers in the Nutrition and Foods and the Science, Family and Consumer Science classes as well as PACE (a transition class for the Freshman Academy) and the E4TN on-line class which benefits students seeking to earn dual credit for high school and college.

Director of Schools Mark Willoughby says the proposed fees requested are "in line with what several schools surrounding us charge."

Speaking specifically about the E4TN on-line course, Willoughby said "We have had some students to enroll in those classes, with only so many slots that we're able to take care of, and then a student decides to drop that class. Therefore once they have enrolled, that keeps another student from coming in. So that is one justification for (charging a fee) in that particular course. A think from that perspective it (charging a fee) would come closer to keeping a child from just dropping out because they don't want to do the extra work."

Willoughby added "students who are on fee waivers would not have to participate in this (pay the fees)."

The requests have been forwarded from a few DCHS teachers and principal Kathy Hendrix to Director Willoughby.

In making her written request, teacher Harriett Cantrell of the Nutrition and Foods class writes that "The rising cost of food each year makes it necessary for the nutrition and foods class to charge a lab fee of $25.00 per student. Although we receive vocational supply money at the beginning of each year, this money must also go for supplies and equipment, as well as food. There are two food classes each semester, each class plans and prepares several meals during the last nine week term. Purchases include: food, cleaning supplies, laundry supplies, and paper products. The $25.00 lab fee is needed."

Teachers Mary Anne Carpenter and Jenny Norris of the Science Department, also made a written request to DCHS Principal Hendrix on behalf of teachers Kevin Burchfield, Amanda Fuller, Dylan Kleparek, and Peggy Semmes stating that "The Science Department of DeKalb County High School requests approval to charge a laboratory fee of $5.00 for science classes during the academic year 2010-2011. This lab fee is used to purchase lab supplies and equipment and replace broken/damaged items. As in the past, any students that receive free or reduced lunch will be exempt from paying this lab fee."

Teacher Linda Parris, in a letter to Director of Schools Mark Willoughby, requested "permission to charge a lab fee in the PACE (transition class for Freshman Academy). This lab fee would cover the cost of a workbook. We feel this workbook is pertinent to increasing the rigor and relevance of the class instead of using class time to strictly copy pages from a workbook. The workbook is copyrighted, prohibiting the use of copying these pages needed for this class. The lab fee would be $10.00 or less to strictly cover the cost of the workbook."

In a separate letter, Parris asked Willoughby for "permission to charge a lab fee in the Family and Consumer Science class and the Textile and Apparel class. This lab fee would cover the cost of projects the students made in class and are allowed to keep. These projects include items such as pillowcase dresses and rag quilts. Materials for these type projects tend to add up quickly and since students get to keep a nice project. The lab fee would be $10 or less to strictly cover the cost of the materials that students select to complete as class projects."

Teacher Donna Emmons of the Journalism Class, in her letter to Ms. Hendrix requested "that all students who take journalism be required to pay a fee of $5.00. This fee will help cover the costs of materials the students will need during the semester, including a writers notebook, First Amendment card, press pass, flash drive, and use of equipment, including camera and recorder. In addition, there will be a workshop in the fall that costs $20.00 per student. This is an optional event and students are not required to participate, but are strongly encouraged to do so. This one-day event is worth weeks of exposure and experience that the students will need in order to be successful in journalism."

DCHS Principal Kathy Hendrix, writes that enrollment fees for the E4TN on-line class would be $25.00 per class and that all surrounding counties currently charge a $25.00 enrollment fee for on-line classes.

Meanwhile, in other business, the board Thursday night approved individual school budgets and fundraiser requests for the year and okayed an Early College On-line Program through Chattanooga State Community College.

This program will begin this fall and will allow students at DCHS the opportunity to enroll in on-line college level courses through Chattanooga State their junior and senior year. Students will receive college as well as high school credit for the courses taken online. All of the courses taken through Chattanooga State will be transferable to any Tennessee Board of Regents post secondary institution except Vanderbilt University. Some out of state institutions will also accept these credits.

In his monthly report on personnel, Director Willoughby announced that Eddie Roy Judkins, a maintenance worker, has retired and Rebecca Oliver, an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher, has resigned.

Early Voting Begins July 16th for August Elections

July 9, 2010
Dwayne Page
Kenny Edge
James D. Sprague

Early voting begins next Friday, July 16th for the DeKalb County General Election, Tennessee Democratic and Republican Primaries, and the Dowelltown City Election. Election day is Thursday, August 5th.

Early voting will be held Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on the first floor of the courthouse.

Dennis Stanley, DeKalb County Administrator of Elections, explains that voters may vote for republicans, democrats, or independents in the DeKalb County General Election, but they must declare which state primary in which they plan to vote, Democratic or Republican. Voters cannot vote in both state primaries." Voters will have options when they go to the polls, either early or on election day, for the August elections. Voters may vote only in the county general election or they may vote in the county general plus one of the two state primary elections."

"Voters often get confused during the August balloting but the election workers will be trained to assist voters and answer their questions," said Stanley

"A voter may wish to vote for a democrat in one local office and a republican in another local office and that is permissible in a general election," Stanley continued. "But when it comes to the state primaries, a voter must choose either republican or democrat if they wish to vote for offices such as Governor, Congressman, State Senate, and State Representative"

Voters who reside in the corporate limits of Dowelltown and are properly registered, as well as those who own property inside the Dowelltown city limits and are properly registered, may also vote in the Dowelltown municipal election. Three alderman seats are up for election and all three candidates are incumbents and are unopposed."

"In simple terms, voting in the County General or the Dowelltown Municipal Election has no bearing on the state primaries," Stanley explained.

"If a voter wishes to vote for a state office on the ballot, they simply must choose to vote in the Republican or Democratic Primary."

The DeKalb County General Election features only one county-wide contested race, two contested district county commission races, and three contested district races for the school board.

Incumbent Republican Road Supervisor Kenny Edge will face Democratic challenger James D. Sprague.

The contested county commission races are in the fifth and seventh districts.

Candidates in the fifth district are Republican Jerry Adcock, Democratic incumbent John Green, Democrat Bobby Taylor, and Independent candidate Lloyd Emmons. Two will be elected.

In the seventh district, the candidates are Democratic candidate Jimmy Poss, Democratic incumbent Larry Summers, and Independent candidate Richard Kinsey. Two will be elected.

The second, third, and fourth district school board races are also contested.

In the second district, Incumbent Charles L. Robinson faces a challenge from Jerry W. Johnson. Johnathan Willoughby will try to unseat Incumbent Kenny Rhody in the third district while in the fourth district, the candidates are Billy S. Miller and Larry Redmon.

School board candidates do not run as Republicans or Democrats, but as Independents.

Meanwhile, the following candidates on the DeKalb County General Election ballot are unopposed:

Circuit Court Judge Part 1: Amy V. Hollars.

District Attorney General: Randall A. York

County Mayor: Mike Foster

Trustee: Sean Driver

Sheriff: Patrick Ray

Circuit Court Clerk: Katherine Pack

County Clerk: Mike Clayborn

Register of Deeds: Jeff McMillen

County Commission (1st district):
Mason Carter
Elmer Ellis, Jr.

County Commission (2nd district)
Bobby Joines
Jack E, Barton, III

County Commission (3rd district)
Bradley Hendrix
Jerry Scott

County Commission (4th district)
Wayne Cantrell
David McDowell

County Commission (6th district)
Jeff Barnes
Marshall Ferrell

School Board Member (1st district)
John D. Foutch

School Board Member (7th district)
Johnny Lattimore

The general election ballot also includes two Judicial Retention Questions, asking whether Sharon Gail Lee shall be retained or replaced in the office as a Judge of the Tennessee Supreme Court; and whether John W. McClarty shall be retained or replaced in the office as a Judge of the Tennessee Court of Appeals, Eastern Division.

Meanwhile, the three incumbent aldermen in the City of Dowelltown will be unopposed for re-election, Bradley Driver, Keith Farler, and Ronald Griffith.

Candidates for Governor in the Tennessee Republican Primary include Bill Haslam, Joe Kirkpatrick, Basil Marceaux, Sr., Ron Ramsey, and Zach Wamp.

Republican candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 6th Congressional District are Diane Black, Dave Evans, Gary Dewitt Mann, Bruce McLellan, Kerry E. Roberts, Jim Tracy, and Lou Ann Zelnik

Republican candidates for the Tennessee Senate in the 17th District are Incumbent Mae Beavers and challengers Gordon Borck, and Susan M. Lynn

Republican candidate for the Tennessee House of Representatives in the 40th District is Incumbent Terry Lynn Weaver.

Republican State Executive Committeeman 17th district candidates are C. Brent Baldwin, Albert B. McCall, Sr. and Bob Ousley. One can be nominated.

Republican State Executive Committeewoman 17th district, Susan C. Witcher.

Meanwhile Mike McWherter is the only candidate for Governor in the Tennessee Democratic Primary.

Democratic candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 6th Congressional District are Henry Clay Barry, Devora E. Butler, Brett Carter, George T. Erdel, and Ben Leming

Democratic candidates for the Tennessee Senate in the 17th District are Aubrey T. Givens, Sam Hatcher, and George McDonald

Democratic candidates for the Tennessee House of Representatives in the 40th District are James C. Hale and Jamie Winkler.

David R. Harper is the only Democratic candidate for State Executive Committeeman in the 17th District.

Two Democratic candidates, Mary A. Patterson and Baylor Bone Swindell are seeking the position of State Executive Committeewoman in the 17th District.

Fair to Feature Pageants, Vintage Fashion Show, DeKalb IDOL, and More

July 8, 2010
Dwayne Page
Shan Burklow

The DeKalb County Fair will feature several exciting events at the Lion's Club Pavilion July 19th-24th including nightly pageants, the Vintage Fashion Show, and DeKalb IDOL among others.

The Junior Fair Princess Pageant will be held Monday, July 19th at 6:00 p.m. followed by the Fairest of the Fair at the Lion's Club Pavilion. The Little Mister and Little Miss contest will be held Tuesday, July 20th at 6:00 p.m. The Little Miss Princess Pageant will be held Wednesday, July 21st at 6:00 p.m. followed by the Miss Sweetheart Contest.

Shan Burklow encourages anyone interested in entering any of these pageants to register on-line. "If you need to check out pageant information you can go to the DeKalb County Fair website at www.dekalbcountyfair.us or you can go to the www.studiosixlimited.com site and either way it will give you updated pageant details for your age group. Registration is $20.00 this year as opposed to $15.00. We've had a few questions about that but it has been a bargain for years and $20.00 is still lower than any pageant around. One other change in the pageants is that DeKalb County residents ONLY may register in every single category."

Meanwhile, the Vintage Fashion Show is set for Thursday night, July 22nd following the Baby Show at the Lions Club Pavilion. "If you want to volunteer to be in the Vintage Fashion Show, you can sign up on-line or contact the Chamber of Commerce at 597-4163. We're doing decades or sitcoms this year so if you have any epic character from a sitcom or a particular decade that you want to represent or if you have a costume that you'd like to donate or wear yourself be sure to contact us because now is the time for that" said Burklow.

DeKalb Idol will be featured on Friday night following the Toddler Show at the Lions Club Pavilion. "Instead of auditioning for DeKalb IDOL, you can just sign up. We've had so many people who want to participate but who can't come out to the fair more than one night. So you can register on-line at www.studiosixlimited.com or you can register at the fair on Monday through Thursday from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. We are not going to do text voting this year because the phone lines were so jammed last year from the voting. But we will have "People's Choice". So if you're competing in DeKalb IDOL bring all your friends and family because that crowd appeal will be part of the people's choice vote. It's a $100 prize for people's choice and a $300 cash prize for the winner" said Burklow.

Registration for the Junior Fair Princess Pageant will be Saturday, July 17th anytime from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Contestants must be 13 through 16 years of age. Participants must not be over age 16 by the date of the pageant. Contestants may wear any type of dress (short or long).

Registration for the Fairest of the Fair will be Saturday, July 17th anytime from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.. This pageant is only open to DeKalb County residents. Contestants must be age 17 and not over age 20 by December 31st, 2010. Participants must not be, nor have ever been married. The winner must also agree to participate in the State Fairest of the Fair Pageant in January, 2011. Contestants should wear any type of dress (short or long). The Fairest of the Fair pageant will be Monday, July 19th following the Junior Fair Princess Pageant.

The Little Mister and Little Miss contest will be held Tuesday, July 20th at 6:00 p.m. at the Lion's Club Pavilion. Registration will be Saturday, July 17th anytime from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.. Contestants in both pageants must be 4 and not over 6 years of age by the pageant date. Girls should wear any type of dress. Boys should wear Sunday attire..

The Little Miss Princess Pageant will be held Wednesday, July 21st at 6:00 p.m. followed by the Miss Sweetheart Contest at the Lion's Club Pavilion. Registration for the Little Miss Princess Pageant will be Saturday, July 17th anytime from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Contestants must be 7 and not over 9 years of age by the pageant date. Meanwhile, registration for the Miss Sweetheart Pageant will be Saturday, July 17th anytime from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Contestants must be 10 and not over 12 years of age by the pageant date. Contestants may wear any type dress.

You may register on-line for each pageant now at www.studiosixlimited.com

Every pageant will have a Miss Photogenic Contest. The winner will receive a sash and mini tiara. Bring a 5 x 7 photo or smaller size to registration or submit the photo on-line by July 16th.

The entry fee for each of these pageants is $20.00 per contestant, (cash only) payable at the time of registration. There will be a queen/king first and second place awarded in each category. Only one contestant per entry. Contestants must be residents of DeKalb County. Previous winners are not eligible in the pageants in which they won. Prizes will be awarded in each pageant.

For more information visit www.dekalbcountyfair.us or www.studiosixlimited.com.


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