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Election Day Has Arrived

August 2, 2006
Dwayne Page

DeKalb County voters will elect a new Sheriff and Trustee and decide several other races on Thursday.

Voting at all sixteen precincts in DeKalb County begins at 8:00 a.m. August 3rd and ends at 7:00 p.m.

WJLE will have LIVE election return coverage starting at 7:00 p.m. at the courthouse. Election results may also be viewed on-line at www.wjle.com.

The Election Commission has an announcement for all the voters in the 3rd District who vote at DeKalb Middle School on election day. The room normally used for voting is the old gym. There is no air conditioning in the gym and voting has been moved to another room at the Middle School. The room does have an outside door on the front of the building to the right of the main entrance. Look for the large signs that say \"VOTE HERE\".

In addition to the DeKalb County General Election, voters will be casting ballots in the Tennessee Democratic and Republican Primaries for the offices of Governor, U.S. Senate, U.S.. House of Representatives, State Senate, State House of Representatives, State Executive Committeeman and committee woman.

A referendum will also be on the ballot asking voters to cast a yes or no vote on whether the local option sales tax should be increased from 1.5% to 2.75% which would make the total sales tax in DeKalb County go from 8.5% to 9.75%.

Dowelltown voters will also be electing three aldermen on August 3rd.

Voters will also be asked to vote \"yes\" or \"no\" on the retention of twenty seven State Supreme Court and Appellate Court Judges from across the state.

Democratic candidates on the ballot running for their party's nomination in the state primary for Governor include Incumbent Phil Bredesen; John Jay Hooker of Nashville; Tim Sevier of Hixon; and Walt Ward of Chattanooga.

Republican candidates for Governor are Mark Albertini of Chattanooga; Wayne Thomas Bailey of Smyrna; Jim Bryson of Franklin; David M. Farmer of Kingston; Joe Kirkpatrick of Nashville; Timothy Thomas of Murfreesboro; and Wayne Young of Cleveland.

Candidates for State Senator, 17th District include Incumbent Mae Beavers of Mount Juliet, unopposed in the Republican Primary; and Democrats Bob Rochelle of Lebanon, and Aubrey T. Givens of Lebanon.

Candidates for State Representative, 40th District include Incumbent Frank Buck of Dowelltown, unopposed in the Democratic Primary; Terri Lynn Weaver of Lancaster, unopposed in the Republican Primary; and Independent candidate Carl Jones of Macon County.

Candidates for U.S. House of Representatives, 6th District are Incumbent Bart Gordon of Murfreesboro and J. Patrick Lyons of Bell Buckle in the Democratic Primary and David R. Davis of Brush Creek in the Republican Primary.

Democratic candidates for the U.S Senate are Harold Ford, Jr. of Memphis; Gary G. Davis of Nashville; John Jay Hooker of Nashville; Charles E. Smith of Chattanooga; and Al Strauss of Nashville.

Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate are Ed Bryant of Jackson; Tate Harrison of Dayton; Van Hilleary of Murfreesboro; and Bob Corker of Chattanooga.

Candidates in the DeKalb County General Election are as follows:

Democrat Myron Rhody and Republican Patrick Ray for Sheriff and Democrat Anthony (Doc) Green and Republican Sean Driver for Trustee;

Unopposed candidates include Democratic Incumbents County Mayor Mike Foster, Circuit Court Clerk Katherine Pack; County Clerk Mike Clayborn; Register of Deeds Jeff McMillen; General Sessions-Juvenile Court Judge Bratten Cook II; and Republican Incumbent Road Supervisor Kenny Edge.

Two county commissioners can be elected from each of the seven districts in the county. County Commission candidates are Democrats Elmer Ellis, Jr. and Charles Griffith and Republican Mason Carter in the first district; Republican Incumbent Bobby Joines and Democrats Jack Barton, and Shane Cook in the second district; Republican Randy Caplinger, and Democratic Incumbents Roy D. Merriman, and Jerry Scott in the third district; Incumbent Democrat Wayne Cantrell and Democrat Chris J. Smithson in the fourth district; Democratic Incumbent John D. Green and Democrat Jeffrey Barrett in the fifth district; Democratic Incumbents Jeff Barnes and Marshall Ferrell in the sixth district; and Democratic Incumbent Larry Summers and Democrat Willie E. Thomas in the seventh district.

In the 13th Judicial District; the candidates are as follows:

Democrat Ronald Thurman and Republican Jerry Burgess of Cookeville for Chancellor; Democratic Incumbent Lillie Ann Sells and Independent challenger David A. Patterson of Cookeville for Criminal Court Judge Part II; Democratic Incumbent Leon Burns, Jr. of Cookeville for Criminal Court Judge Part I; Democratic Incumbent John A. Turnbull of Livingston for Circuit Court Judge Part I; Democratic Incumbent John Maddux of Cookeville for Circuit Court Judge Part II; Democratic Incumbent William E. (Bill) Gibson of Cookeville for District Attorney General; and Democratic Incumbent David N. Brady and Republican challenger Samuel Harris of Cookeville for District Public Defender

Candidates for the School Board are Incumbent John David Foutch in the first district; Incumbent Charles L. Robinson and challenger John Allen in the second district; Incumbent Kenny L. Rhody in the third district; Joan Draper in the fourth district; and Incumbent Johnny Lattimore in the seventh district.

Candidates for Dowelltown Aldermen include Tom R. Duggin, Jr., Joe L. Bogle, Keith Farler; amd Brad Driver. Three can be elected.

Candidates for DeKalb County Democratic Executive Committee include Judy A. Slager and Betty Mildred Clayborn in the first district; Peggy Pursell and Dennis Slager in the second district; and Donna Emmons in the fifth district. More than one can be elected in each district.

Democratic Candidates for State Executive Committeewoman, 17th Senatorial District are Jennifer Kyle Bassett of Castalian Springs and Mary A. Patterson of Mount Juliet. Republican candidate for State Executive Committeewoman, 17th Senatorial District is Susan Witcher of Red Boiling Springs.

Democratic candidates for State Executive Committeeman, 17th Senatorial District are David R. Harper of Hartsville and Ben Johnson of Gordonsville. Republican candidates for State Executive Committeeman, 17th Senatorial District are Bob Ousley of Mount Juliet and Albert B. McCall, Sr. of Carthage.

Three Year Old Child Struck By Motorist

July 24, 2006
Dwayne Page

A three year old child was injured around 8:00 p.m. Sunday evening after being struck by a car on Morgan Drive.

The child, Kason Redmon, of 716 Gentry Avenue, was taken by DeKalb EMS to DeKalb Community Hospital. His injuries were not believed to be life threatening.

In the accident report, Officer Marcus Caldwell says 19 year old Mindy C. Magouirk of 718 Gentry Avenue was driving east on Morgan Drive in a 1987 Chevrolet Celebrity when she struck the child.

Officer Caldwell, in the report, stated that \"Upon my arrival, I noticed this 3 year old lying in the lawn of 724 Morgan Drive with his father, Jeffery Redmon, kneeling over him. I noticed the child was crying. Medical care was rendered to the child until EMS arrived.

Magouirk, in her statement to police, said \" While driving, I noticed a neighborhood kid at 429 Morgan Drive and waved at her. When I looked back at the road, I saw a child but could not stop in time.\"

According to the report, the child's father, Jeffery Redmon, ran to his son after hearing him scream, picked him up out of the road, and placed him onto the lawn of 724 Morgan Drive.

One Person Injured In Monday Morning Shooting

July 24, 2006
Dwayne Page

One person was injured in a shooting around 5:30 a.m. Monday morning at a residence on Jacobs Pillar Road.

Sheriff Lloyd Emmons says the victim was not seriously injured.

No names have yet been released.

Emmons will not reveal the suspected reason for the shooting nor the circumstances surrounding it at this time.

There have apparently been no arrests

Rice Chosen Fairest Of The Fair

July 24, 2006
Dwayne Page

18 year old Whitney Nicole Rice of Smithville is the 2006 DeKalb County Fairest of the Fair.

Rice is the daughter of Brenda and the late Bobby Rice.

She succeeds the retiring 2005 Fairest of the Fair Jodee Leigh Stults, the 18 year old daughter of Kenny and Tavia Stults of Dowelltown.

The first runner-up in the Monday night pageant was Tara Joan Griffin, the 19 year old daughter of Mike and Tammy Griffin of Alexandria. Griffin was also named Miss Congeniality.

The second runner-up was Christen Ashley Hale, the 18 year old daughter of Craig and Evelyn Hale of Liberty.

Apple Crowned Junior Fair Princess

July 24, 2006
Dwayne Page

The 2006 Junior Fair Princess of the DeKalb County Fair is 15 year old Rosemary Apple of Smithville, daughter of Nick and Claire Apple.

She succeeds the retiring 2005 Junior Fair Princess, Leslie McCollum, the 17 year old daughter of Jennifer and Bobby Simpson of Alexandria.

The first runner-up in the Monday night pageant was Keshia Poss, the 15 year old daughter of Byron and Robin Poss of Smithville.

The second runner-up was Keely Hix, the 12 year old daughter of Elisa and Lee Oliver of Gordonsville.

12 year old Taylor Marie Cantrell of Smithville was named Miss Congeniality. She is the daughter of Jeff and Renea Cantrell.

LeAnn Rimes Appears At DeKalb Fair Monday Night For Music Video Shoot

July 24, 2006
Dwayne Page

The DeKalb County Fair had a special visitor Monday night.

Recording artist LeAnn Rimes and a video crew were on the fair grounds, both during and after the fair, shooting scenes for a new music video to be released soon.

The video production featured Rimes amid fair attractions and on rides while children and other locals were included in some of the scenes.

Rimes has sold more than 37 million records, won two Grammys and received numerous industry awards.

LeAnn's Curb debut, Blue, made her a star at thirteen, racking up a record-setting 123,000 sales in its first week on its way to more than eight million purchases, and earning her two Grammy Awards, including the first Best New Artist distinction ever won by a country artist. Her follow-up, You Light Up My Life: Inspirational Songs, made history by releasing at number one in three Billboard categories ? country, pop, and contemporary Christian. Her next three albums topped the country listings too, while her singles made equally deep impressions; one, \"How Do I Live\" (1997), lodged for an unprecedented eight months at number one en route to more than two hundred weeks on the country singles charts.

Rimes' new project called \"Whatever We Wanna\" was released internationally on June 5th and marks her ninth studio album. Among the songs included on this collection of new material is the hit single \"And It Feels Like\" and a stellar duet with Brian McFadden on \"Everybody's Someone\".

Man Injured In Monday Morning Drive By Shooting

July 24, 2006
Dwayne Page

One person was injured in a drive by shooting around 5:30 a.m. Monday morning at his residence on Jacobs Pillar Road.

Sheriff Lloyd Emmons says the victim, Wayne Hicks, was taken by a private vehicle to DeKalb Community Hospital where he was treated and released. Emmons says Hicks was nicked in the knee, either by bullet fragment, a piece of shattered glass or some other object, but the wound was non life threatening.

According to Sheriff Emmons, Hicks was outside the residence at the time of the shooting.

The cause is still under investigation, but is believed to have been drug related.

No arrests have been made.

Alexandria Mayor Resigns

July 24, 2006
Dwayne Page

Almost a year after being elected Alexandria Mayor, Clara Lee Vantrease has called it quits.

She officially submitted her resignation Monday morning, citing personal reasons for the decision.

Vantrease, a former city employee, ran unopposed for mayor in September, 2005.

She told WJLE Monday night that while she loves Alexandria and the people of the town and enjoyed serving them, she felt it was time to step aside and let someone else take over who might do a better job.

Alderman and Vice Mayor David Cripps is now the acting Mayor of Alexandria.

Others on the council are Aldermen Charles Griffith, James Keyes, Eddie Tubbs, and Sarah Walker.

Alderman Roy Scott also resigned on July 18th, citing personal reasons for his decision.

Vaught And Hedge Win Little Mister And Miss Fair Pageants

July 25, 2006
Dwayne Page

Hunter Vaught and Macy Elizabeth Hedge were crowned Little Mister and Miss at the DeKalb County Fair Tuesday night.

Vaught is the 6 year old son of Ronnie and Bethany Vaught of Brush Creek.

Hedge is the 5 year old daughter of David and Trina Hedge of Smithville.

The 2006 winners succeed the retiring Little Mister and Miss, Tanner James Poss and Deering Grace Hendrixson.

Poss is the 5 year old son of Jimmy and J.J. Poss of Smithville and Hendrixson is the 5 year old daughter of Darbie and Tiffany Hendrixson of Smithville.

First runner-up in the Little Miss contest was Cailin Trapp, the 5 year old daughter of Brad and Kim Trapp of Smithville and Mike and Vanessa Hayes.

Second runner-up was 4 year old Elizabeth Grace Guinn, daughter of Rick and Kendra Guinn of Smithville.

Four year old Madison Hope Gossard, daughter of Kenneth and Stephanie Murphy of Smithville, was named Miss Manners.

First runner-up in the Little Mister contest was Triston Stanley, the 5 year old son of Kim Curtis and Steve Stanley of Smithville. He was also named Mister Manners.

Six year old Austin David Johnson was the second runner-up. He is the son of David and Patricia Johnson of Dowelltown.

DeKalb County Fair Features Baby Show

July 28, 2006
Dwayne Page

Babies from one day to twelve months old were showcased during the annual Baby Show held Thursday evening at the DeKalb County Fair.

The winners are as follows:

Girls (1 day to 3 months)
First Place- Hannah Beth Brooks, daughter of Derrick and Beth Brooks.
Second Place- None

Boys (1 day to 3 months)
First Place- Vallem Gage Grisham, son of Nathan and Kandra Grisham.
Second Place- Brandon Carson Donnell, son of Brandon and Kalah Donnell

Girls (4-6 months)
First Place- Kyra Michelle Baker, daughter of Matthew and Crystal Baker
Second Place- Ella Grace Pack, daughter of Andy and Jessica Pack

Boys (4-6 months)
First Place- Zackery Wil Farris, son of Nathan and Nena Farris
Second Place- Jordan Evan Stannick, son of Mark and Shannon Stannick

Girls (7-9 months)
First Place- Abigail \"Abbi\" Williams, daughter of Chad and Glenda Williams.
Second Place- Kyra Shallon Kleparek, daughter of Bryan and Elizabeth Kleparek

Boys (7-9 months)
First Place- Hasten Cole Waggoner, son of Phillip and Natasha Waggoner
Second Place- Briz Trapp, son of Brad and Kim Trapp

Girls (10-12 months)
First Place- Jada Gabrielle Maddox, daughter of Amanda Rich and Larry Maddox
Second Place- Alexis Savannah Johnson, daughter of Tamara Oakley and Jeremy Johnson

Boys (10-12 months)
First Place- Thomas Andrew Shields, son of Brenda and Jim Shields.
Second Place- Isaac Lee Lawson, son of Tim and Christie Lawson

There were no twins in the contest

Meanwhile, there has been only one cash winner at the fair this week.

Doyle Curtis won the $1,000 cash giveaway Tuesday night. There was no winner on Monday night, Wednesday night, or Thursday night.

There will be a drawing for a $1,000 cash give away Friday night and at least $3,000 will be given away Saturday night at 9:00 p.m. You must be present to win.

If there is no cash winner Friday night, the prize will be $4,000 Saturday night.


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