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WJLE Recognizes DCHS Class of 2018 (View Photo Gallery Here)

March 31, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
WJLE Recognizes DCHS Class of 2018

WJLE and participating sponsors are presenting a photo gallery of the DCHS Class of 2018 in April and May. You may now view it at www.wjle.com.

Graduation is set for Friday, May 18 on the DCHS football field.

Click on the link below to view the senior formals.
http://www.wjle.com/graduation/2018/page1

Once you open the page, click each photo to view a larger image. The name of the senior you select is at the bottom of the photo. Or you may move your mouse over the photo to view the name.

There are 171 photos in the gallery divided up 30 photos to a page. Notice the box to the left in the photo gallery. After you view page 1 be sure to click the links for pages 2-6 to view the remaining photos. The names of seniors not pictured are also listed inside the box.

The WJLE photo gallery page is sponsored in April by Sheriff Patrick Ray, County Clerk James L. (Jimmy) Poss, Circuit Court Clerk Katherine Pack, County Mayor Tim Stribling, St Thomas DeKalb Hospital, DTC Communications, Gill Automotive LLC, DeKalb Funeral Chapel, Register of Deeds Jeff McMillen, Road Supervisor Butch Agee, Love-Cantrell Funeral Home, and Alexandria Auto Parts. Sponsors in May will be Assessor of Property Shannon Cantrell, A Degree Above Heating and Cooling, Good Health Family Clinic, and Trustee Sean Driver, in addition to Sheriff Ray, County Clerk Poss, County Mayor Stribling, St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital, Gill Automotive, DeKalb Funeral Chapel, and DTC Communications,

State Lawmakers to Honor DCHS Valedictorian and Salutatorian

March 30, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
Allison Maynard
Marshal Evins

A State Senate Joint Resolution honoring DeKalb County High School Class of 2018 Valedictorian Allison Maynard and Salutatorian Marshal Evins has been introduced in the Tennessee General Assembly by State Senator Mark Pody

The resolutions are expected to be adopted by both the State House and Senate and signed by the Governor.

The Resolution honoring and recognizing Maynard states as follows:

“WHEREAS, it is fitting that the members of this General Assembly should pause to pay tribute to those students who, through their natural talents and unflagging commitment to academic excellence, have distinguished themselves in the classroom; and

WHEREAS, Allison Maynard is one such exceptional student, who was recently named Valedictorian of the 2018 graduating class at DeKalb County High School; and

WHEREAS, through diligent study, steady composure during examinations, and steadfast commitment of time and talent, Ms. Maynard has achieved outstanding academic success and joined the ranks of the best and brightest students in Tennessee and our country; and

WHEREAS, in her remarkable high school career, Allison Maynard earned an exemplary grade point average while participating in numerous extracurricular activities, including Beta Club, Future Business Leaders of America, Science Club, Literature Club, and Spanish Club; and

WHEREAS, excelling in the athletic arena, Ms. Maynard played on the softball team and was a member of the football cheerleading team, which she served as captain; and

WHEREAS, her display of intellectual aptitude and ambition surely bodes well for her future success; and

WHEREAS, Allison Maynard's noteworthy achievement is a tremendous source of pride for her parents, Stacey Smith and Alan Maynard, her school, and her community; and

WHEREAS, Ms. Maynard's dedication to excellence is clearly deserving of the respect, admiration, and commendation of the members of this General Assembly; now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE ONE HUNDRED TENTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES SJR0772 015598 -2-

CONCURRING, that we commend and honor the 2018 DeKalb County High School Valedictorian, Allison Maynard, on her impressive academic achievement and extend to her our best wishes for a happy, successful future”.

Meanwhile the resolution honoring Evins states as follows:

“WHEREAS, it is fitting that the members of this General Assembly should pause to pay tribute to those students who, through their natural talents and unflagging commitment to academic excellence, have distinguished themselves in the classroom; and

WHEREAS, Marshal Evins is one such exceptional student, who was recently named Salutatorian of the 2018 graduating class at DeKalb County High School; and

WHEREAS, through diligent study, steady composure during examinations, and steadfast commitment of time and talent, Mr. Evins has achieved outstanding academic success and joined the ranks of the best and brightest students in Tennessee and our country; and

WHEREAS, in his remarkable high school career, Marshal Evins has earned an exemplary grade point average while participating in numerous extracurricular activities, including Beta Club and Future Business Leaders of America; and

WHEREAS, excelling in the athletic arena, Mr. Evins has served as a member of the varsity basketball and golf teams throughout his entire high school tenure; and

WHEREAS, his display of intellectual aptitude and ambition surely bodes well for his future success; and

WHEREAS, Marshal Evins's noteworthy achievement is a tremendous source of pride for his parents, Dub and Edie Beth Evins, his school, and his community; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Evins's dedication to excellence is clearly deserving of the respect, admiration, and commendation of the members of this General Assembly; now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE ONE HUNDRED TENTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES CONCURRING, that we commend and honor the 2018 DeKalb County High School Salutatorian, Marshal Evins, on his impressive academic achievement and extend to him our best wishes for a happy, successful future”.

City Fire Truck May Go to County

March 29, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
Smithville Volunteer Fire Department’s 1992 truck

With the recent arrival of a new fire truck, the City of Smithville will soon be selling the oldest fire engine in the fleet and it may go to the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department.

City officials conducted an opening of sealed bids Thursday afternoon at city hall on the sale of the Smithville Volunteer Fire Department’s 1992 truck.

Two bids were received.

The DeKalb County government had the highest bid at $30,000 and a total bid on behalf of the City of Alexandria was $28,770 which included $27,270 by the town government plus $1,500 by the Alexandria Firefighters Association.

City officials will recommend that the county’s bid be approved when the mayor and aldermen meet in regular monthly session Monday night, April 2 at 6 p.m. at city hall.

The county already has funding in place to purchase the truck from a USDA Community Facility Grant of $15,000 with a $28,000 local match for a total project amount of $43,000 which is budgeted in the county's capital projects fund. The grant was approved in April 2017 for firefighting equipment, protective gear, and other resources. County Mayor Tim Stribling filed for the grant with the approval of the county commission. In August, 2017, the county received approval for a second USDA grant of $16,000 also with a local match.

In January, the city received a new Pierce Impel PUC Rescue Pumper, which is a combination fire engine/rescue vehicle. The new truck cost the city $751, 575.

In addition to the new fire truck, the Smithville Volunteer Fire Department has two others, a 2001 model along with a 2012 ladder truck.

Reception to be Held in Honor of Former DCHS Basketball Coach Lynus Martin

March 29, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
Lynus Martin

A reception in honor of longtime DeKalb County High School Basketball Coach Lynus Martin will be held on Sunday, April 15 at the DCHS gymnasium from 2-4 p.m.

The reception will be hosted by members of the DCHS basketball team and their parents.

Martin recently announced his resignation after sixteen years as head coach of the Tiger basketball program.

All former players and their families are urged to attend to express support and well wishes for Coach Martin. A scrapbook of photos, newspaper clippings , and other memorabilia from Coach Martin’s sixteen year coaching career is being prepared to present to him. Please bring along any mementos you may have to contribute to the scrapbook.

For more information, call J.J. Poss at 615-464-8769 or Shannon Atkins at 615-584-1522

Qualifying Deadline One Week Away for Many August Elections

March 29, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page

Candidates for the Board of Education, Municipal Elections in Smithville, Alexandria, Dowelltown, and Liberty, and for the Tennessee Democratic and Republican Primaries have until noon next Thursday, April 5 to become qualified.

In Smithville, a mayor and two aldermen will be elected on August 2.

The candidates for mayor are Incumbent Jimmy Poss and challenger Josh Miller. Curtis Rust has also obtained a petition to run for mayor but has not yet filed it with the election commission.

Candidates for alderman are Incumbents Jason Murphy and Gayla Hendrix and challenger Brandon Cox.

In Alexandria a mayor and several aldermen are to be elected on August 2.

Doyle Hendrix has obtained a petition for Mayor. Lloyd Dyer will be candidate for Alderman. Bridgette Rogers and Incumbent Eddie Shane Blair have also picked up petitions to run for Alderman in Alexandria.

A mayor and five aldermen will be elected in Liberty on August 2.

The candidates for mayor are Incumbent Dwight Mathis and challenger Darrell Johnson. The alderman candidates are incumbents J.D. Bratten, Eddie Dwayne Blair, and William H. Reynolds along with challenger Derek Johnson. Incumbent Jason Ray has also obtained a petition but has not yet filed it.

Three aldermen will be elected in Dowelltown on August 2. There are currently no candidates yet for the Dowelltown election.

Five school board members will be elected on August 2.

The candidates are incumbent Danny Parkerson in the 1st district; Incumbent Jim Beshearse in the 3rd district, Incumbent Kate Miller in the 4th district, and Incumbent Shaun Tubbs in the 7th district. Incumbent Jerry Wayne Johnson is running for re-election in the 2nd district along with challenger Alan Hayes. Orvil Hendrix and C.D. (Carl) Webb also obtained petitions but have not filed them.

State primary races in August will include State Senator in District 17, State House in District 40 and 46, Sixth District Congressman, Governor, and US. Senator.

STATE OFFICES FOR AUGUST
(PETITIONS ISSUED OR DUPLICATES RECEIVED to date in DeKalb County)

Dwayne Craighead—Republican State Executive Committeeman in Senate District 17

Incumbent Jennifer Franklin Winfree—Republican State Executive Committeewoman in Senate District 17

Carol Brown Andrews—Democrat State Executive Committeewoman in Senate District 17

Chad Z. Williams-Republican Tennessee House District 40

Incumbent Terri Lynn Weaver—Republican Tennessee House District 40

Incumbent Clark Boyd—Republican Tennessee House District 46

Menda McCall Holmes- Republican Tennessee House District 46

Incumbent Mark Pody—Republican Tennessee Senate District 17

Jerry Beavers- Republican State Executive Committeeman in Senate District 17

Terri Nicholson-Republican State Executive Committeewoman in Senate District 17

Jamboree Announces April 9th Deadline for Non-Profit Food Booths

March 29, 2018
Jamboree Announces April 9th Deadline for Non-Profit Food Booths
Anita Puckett at Fiddlers Jamboree Food Booth

The Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree & Crafts Festival Board of Volunteers wants to remind the community of the upcoming deadline for non-profit organizations to register their food booths for the July festival. The board allows all not-for-profits to have the first chance to reserve a prime spot around the square. Following the April 9th deadline, all for-profit vendors will be allowed to register for the remaining available spaces.

“We always make the local non-profits our first priority. In addition, we want to spread the word that many churches and organizations partner with an established commercial food vendor. These partnerships allow the charitable organization to make a profit, without having to gather volunteers, or bear the burden of setting up a booth. I encourage anyone who may be interested in this type of partnership/fund-raising to reach out to me prior to the April 9th deadline. It’s a wonderful way to raise money for your organization.” said Bill Shaw, Director of Food Services for the Jamboree.

In addition, the Jamboree is recruiting Volunteers (20 & up) and Junior Volunteers (14-19 yrs.) to donate a few hours of their time during the two-day event on July 6th & 7th, 2018. “We were very excited to have 27 Junior Jamboree Board Members last year, along with a handful of dedicated adult volunteers,” said Emily Burklow, Junior Jamboree Board President, “With the addition of a new eating area at the Jamboree for 2018, we need even more volunteers to step up to serve our community.”

For more information, or to volunteer: call the Jamboree office at 615-597-8500, or message their facebook page @SmithvilleJamboree.

Page Seriously Injured in Pickup Truck Crash

March 28, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
70 year old Robert Page Seriously Injured in Pickup Truck Crash

A Smithville man was seriously injured in a pickup truck crash Tuesday night on Dale Ridge Road (Highway 96) about a mile from Highway 70.

According to Trooper Sean Tramel of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, 70 year old Robert Page was driving south in a 1993 Nissan pickup truck when he went off the edge of the roadway while going around a curve. As the truck slid sideways, Page overcorrected and the vehicle clipped the end of a guardrail before going down an embankment. The truck then crashed into a tree.

Although there were no eye witnesses to the wreck, Trooper Tramel said Richard Summers, a resident closeby, heard the crash but didn’t see the truck at first when he went outside his home to investigate. A short while later, Summers spotted the truck from the lights of a passing car on the highway and alerted authorities.

Members of the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Team were summoned to the scene to perform extrication as Page was trapped in the truck.

Page was taken by DeKalb EMS from the scene to a helicopter landing zone on Highway 70 at the top of Snow Hill. From there he was airlifted to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga.

Members of the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department were also at the scene of the crash to provide traffic control and other assistance.

The investigation was conducted by Trooper Tramel and THP Sergeant Eric McCormick. Trooper Tramel said Page was wearing his seatbelt.

Funds Allocated to Buy Additional Acre for New DCHS Soccer Field

March 28, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page

The price of the property for a new DCHS Soccer playing field is costing the Board of Education a little more than originally anticipated.

During Monday night’s regular monthly meeting, the county commission approved a budget amendment of $6,677 to allow the school board to buy an additional acre of land. This includes $5,000 for the property and the rest to cover costs associated with the purchase.

The initial deal was for five acres of property adjoining the northside of the high school campus to Allen Ferry Road at a cost of $25,000.

Although the school board had the funds in capital outlay to make the purchase, approval of a budget amendment by the county commission was required last fall to transfer the money for the land purchase from the capital outlay line item in the budget.

County Mayor Tim Stribling explained Monday night that after a survey, it was discovered that the five acres did not extend all the way to Allen Ferry Road and that an additional acre would be needed to square up the property.

The school board had already voted to ask the county commission to approve the new budget amendment.

The soccer teams have never had a playing field to call their own. They use the high school football field to play their regular season games in the spring and fall.

Arrests Made in Separate Domestic Assault Cases

March 27, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
Joseph Edward Kilzer
Rebecca Joy Larue

The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department has made arrests recently in separate domestic assault cases.

32 year old Joseph Edward Kilzer of Parkway Drive, Smithville is charged with domestic assault. His bond is $3,500 and his court date is April 12.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Friday, March 23 a deputy was called to a residence on Parkway Drive due to a physical domestic. Upon arrival the officer spoke to a woman who said that she and her boyfriend, Kilzer had gotten into an argument and that he had kicked her in the upper leg and tried hitting her, leaving scratches on her arms, back, and chest. Kilzer was placed under arrest.

42 year old Rebecca Joy Larue of Hickman Road, Alexandria is charged with domestic assault. Her bond is $3,500 and she will make a court appearance April 5.

Sheriff Ray said that on Saturday, March 24 a deputy was dispatched to a residence on Hickman Road due to a possible overdose. Upon arrival the officer spoke with Larue. After an investigation, the deputy concluded there had been no overdose but that Larue had assaulted her husband while he was trying to prevent her from taking all of her medication. Larue admitted to having scratched and slapped him on the right side of his face. She was then placed under arrest.

2017 Property Tax Collections Exceed Projections

March 27, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
Trustee Sean Driver

2017 property tax collections have exceeded projections.

As of March 26, the county had collected 94.30% of the $9.06 million in 2017 DeKalb County property taxes to be collected which includes property, residential, commercial, personal, and public utility taxes, according to Trustee Sean Driver, who addressed the county commission Monday night. That’s better than the 93.77% collection rate the county had budgeted as the anticipated percentage for the year 2017-18.

“I am glad to report tonight we have met budget. This is the first time it (collections) has been this high since 2007. I looked back today and in 2007 it was at 93.20% for this day in March in 2007. The 2017 property tax collections right now are at 94.30%. When I started in office September 1, 2006 we were at around 92% at that time. This time last year the 2016 property tax collections were at 91.35% and that was consistent all the way back to 2007,” said Trustee Driver.

Any 2017 unpaid property taxes may now be paid with interest and penalty. Meanwhile any 2016 unpaid property taxes may be paid with interest and penalty through March 31. However any 2016 unpaid taxes after March 31 will be turned over to the Chancery Court for collection.

Meanwhile there is still time for you to qualify for the State of Tennessee Property Tax Relief Program. If you would like to check on a possible tax relief for 2017, visit the Trustee’s Office at 732 South Congress Boulevard, Room 103, or call 615-597-5176. The last day to sign up for tax relief is April 5.

The Trustee's Office is open regular hours from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday- Friday.

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