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DeKalb County Fair Set for July 23-28

June 27, 2007
Dwayne Page

The DeKalb County Fair in Alexandria will be held this week, July 23 through July 28.

The following events are scheduled:

Monday, July 23: DeKalb Idol Preview at 5:45 p.m. at the Lion's Club Pavilion; Cattle Show at 6:00 p.m. at the grandstands ; 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 9:00 p.m. and announcement of DeKalb Idol winners at the Pavilion.

Tuesday, July 24th: Snow Bird from Channel 4 will be at the fairgrounds from 5-7 p.m.; DeKalb Idol Preview at 5:45 p.m. and the Little Mr. and Miss Pageant at 6:00 p.m. followed by David Turner and Friends at the Lions Club Pavilion; Go-Cart Racing at 6:00 p.m. at the Hilltop Arena; and a Horse Show at 7:00 p.m. at the Grandstand; $1000 cash giveaway at 9:00 p.m. and announcement of DeKalb Idol winners at the Pavilion.

Wednesday, July 25th: DeKalb Idol Preview at 5:45 p.m.; Little Miss Princess Pageant at 6:00 p.m. followed by the Miss Sweetheart Pageant at the Lions Club Pavilion; Four Wheeler and Motorcycle Racing at 6:00 p.m. at the Hilltop Arena; $1000 cash giveaway at 9:00 p.m. and announcement of DeKalb Idol winners at the Pavilion.

Thursday, July 26th: Senior Citizen Day activities at 9:00 a.m. at the Lions Club Pavilion; DeKalb Idol Preview at 5:45 p.m.; a Baby Show at 6:00 p.m. followed by a Vintage Fashion Show at the Lions Club Pavilion; a Junior Goat Show at 6:00 p.m. at the barn; and Lawn Mower Racing at 7:00 p.m. at the Hilltop Arena; $1000 cash giveaway at 9:00 p.m. and announcement of DeKalb Idol winners at the Pavilion.

Friday, July 27th: DeKalb Idol Preview at 5:45 p.m.; Toddler Show at 6:00 p.m. followed by Gospel Singing at the Lions Club Pavilion; an Antique Tractor Pull at 7:00 p.m. at the Hilltop Arena; and a Demolition Derby at 7:00 p.m. at the Grandstand; $1000 cash giveaway at 9:00 p.m. and announcement of DeKalb Idol winners at the Pavilion.

Saturday, July 28th: DCHS Band at 5:00 p.m.; DeKalb Idol Final Competition at 6:00 p.m.; a Horse Shoe Tournament at 3:00 p.m. at the barn; and a Super Tractor and Truck Pull at 7:00 p.m. at the Hilltop Arena: $1000 cash giveaway at 9:00 p.m. and announcement of DeKalb Idol daily winners at the Pavilion..

You must be present to win the cash. Any unclaimed money during the week will be given away on Saturday night.

Rides on the Midway will be provided by the Family Attractions Amusement Company. Unlimited rides will be available each night for $14.00.

The fair will feature lots of delicious foods and many commercial, agricultural, and women's exhibits.

Admission to the fair is $3.00 per person. Children under age four 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 or dekalbtn.com.

Thomas, Sullivan, & Hutchins Win City Election

June 19, 2007
Dwayne Page

Three new Aldermen were elected Tuesday during the Smithville Municipal Election.

Willie Thomas, Tonya Sullivan, and Jerry Hutchins Sr., unseated Incumbent Aldermen Aaron Meeks, W.J. (Dub) White, and Paul Young.

Thomas led the ticket with 317 votes (17.5%) followed by Sullivan with 283 votes (15.6%), and Hutchins had 280 votes (15.5%)

The other candidates and their vote totals are as follows: Shawn Jacobs- 266 (14.7%),W.J. (Dub) White- 190 (10.5%) Aaron Meeks- 168 (9.3%) Paul Young-167 (9.2%)and Todd Van Dyne- 134 (7.4%)

A total of 738 people voted in the city election, including 555 early voters (533 by personal appearance and 22 by mail) and 183 voters on election day.

The following are the results for each candidate during early voting and election day:

Willie Thomas- 238 (early votes), 79 (election day)
Tonya Sullivan- 200 (early votes), 83 (election day)
Jerry Hutchins, Sr.- 208 (early votes), 72 (election day)
Shawn Jacobs- 189 (early votes), 77 (election day)
W.J. (Dub) White- 158 (early votes), 32 (election day)
Aaron Meeks- 124 (early votes), 44 (election day)
Paul Young- 140 (early votes), 27 (election day)
Todd Van Dyne- 99 (early votes), 35 (election day)

Thomas, Sullivan, and Hutchins will each serve a two year term, beginning July 1st.

The new Board of Mayor and Aldermen will consist of Mayor Taft Hendrixson and Aldermen, Thomas, Sullivan, Hutchins, Cecil Burger, and Steve White.

Smithville Police Make DUI Arrest

June 21, 2007
Dwayne Page

The Smithville Police Department made a DUI arrest Wednesday.

Chief Tom Stufano says \" Wednesday morning at approximately 1:00 a.m. Smithville Police patrolling West Broad Street, came in contact with a vehicle driving erratically. Further observance noted that the Chevy Pickup had crossed the centerline numerous times. Upon contact with the driver now known as 34 year old Jules Cassidy of 3393 Central Valley Road in Murfreesboro, officers found him to be highly intoxicated. Officers also noticed open beer containers on the floorboard of the vehicle during their investigation. Cassidy submitted to a field sobriety test but he was very unsteady on his feet and performed poorly. He was given the opportunity to submit to a blood test to detect the presence of alcohol in his system, but he refused. Officers found that Cassidy was also driving on a Revoked Driver's License (13th) offense, was in possession of a prohibited weapon (a set of brass knuckles) and that this arrest was his 3rd for DUI. A check of Cassidy's driver's record disclosed that he had (5) pages of driving and revocation offenses in Tennessee. He was subsequently arrested and transported to the DeKalb County Jail under a $16,500 bond for combined offenses. His vehicle was seized under the state's forfeiture act.\"

Chief Stufano says \"The detrimental effects of drinking and driving are severe and unforgiving, with accidents usually resulting. The Smithville Police in cooperation with the Governor's Highway Safety Council are concentrating on keeping our streets and neighborhoods safe against those who insist on drinking and driving. We encourage our residents, neighbors and guests to contact the Police if you suspect a drunk driver on our roadways. \"

He says \"Remember in our small community the life you may save will most assuredly be a family member or someone you know. Your continued support and partnership in keeping our community safe is appreciated by all.\"

Dry Weather Affecting This Season's Illegal Marijuana Crop

June 21, 2007
Dwayne Page

The drought seems to be having an affect on this year's illegal marijuana crop in DeKalb County and other parts of the state.

The Governor's Task Force on Marijuana Eradication, in cooperation with the Sheriff's Department, conducted a helicopter fly over of DeKalb County Wednesday in search of marijuana, but no marijuana could be found.

Sheriff Patrick Ray says two helicopters flew over the county Wednesday in the areas of Austin Bottom, Cookeville Highway, Dowelltown, Liberty, and Alexandria. He says \" They saw places where marijuana had been grown last year as well as places where the soil had been prepared this year but the marijuana had not been put out (planted).\"

Sheriff Ray says the reason there seems to be so little marijuana this year is due to the dry weather conditions. He says it takes a lot of fertilizer and water to grow marijuana, especially in the early stages, and many of these growers are probably finding it difficult to get water to the marijuana patches, since many small streams and creeks have dried up because of the drought.

He says members of the Task Force say DeKalb is among eight counties they have flown over recently and found no marijuana. This year, he says, the yield of marijuana could be under 50% compared to previous years.

The Governor's Task Force on Marijuana Eradication include members of the Tennessee National Guard, Tennessee Highway Patrol, and agents of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Sheriff Ray says his department will continue the search for marijuana throughout the growing season and if you have any information where some might be, contact the Sheriff's Department at 597-4935.

Another Smithville Police Officer Involved In Traffic Accident

June 21, 2007
Dwayne Page

A Smithville Police Officer was involved in a traffic accident Thursday at the intersection of Broad Street and South Mountain Street.

Trooper Brian Raymond of the Tennessee Highway Patrol says 21 year old Officer Tyler Wix of Smithville was south on South Mountain Street in a 2000 Ford Crown Victoria Police Car when he entered the intersection and struck the driver's side of a 2000 Dodge Stratus, driven by 39 year old Donny Green of Smithville, who was traveling east in the inside lane on Broad Street.

Upon impact, the vehicles spun out in front of a 1994 Chevy van, driven by 49 year old Beulah Saddler of Auburntown, who was traveling east in the outside lane on Broad Street.

According to Trooper Raymond, Saddler swerved to the right onto South Mountain Street to avoid hitting the patrol car and struck two other vehicles, a 2007 Ford Mustang, driven by 53 year old Shelia Adamson of Smithville, who was sitting in the northbound lane of Mountain Street, and a 1993 Buick Century behind her, driven by 40 year old Martha Castillo of McMinnville.

Green received minor injuries and was taken by private vehicle to DeKalb Community Hospital where he was treated and released. No one else was injured.

Trooper Raymond says traffic going east and west on Broad Street had the green light and that Officer Wix, who was responding to an emergency call, had the red light. He says Officer Wix, who had his emergency lights and sirens on, proceeded through the intersection, trying to cross Broad Street to continue south on Mountain Street, when the accident occurred.

Tuesday Wreck Victim Remains In Trauma Unit of Vanderbilt Hospital

June 22, 2007
Dwayne Page

One man, involved in a two vehicle crash Tuesday morning on Highway 70 near Liberty, remained in the trauma unit of Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville Friday afternoon.

Trooper Keith Maddox of the Tennessee Highway Patrol says 33 year old Carlos Garcia of Dowelltown and 53 year old Temy Miller of Ypsilanti, Michigan were both seriously injured in the wreck and were airlifted from the scene by Life Flight Helicopter ambulances and flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

Trooper Maddox says he spoke with Garcia's wife Friday afternoon, who told him that Garcia was still in the trauma unit of the hospital. However, Maddox says he was unable to get a report on the condition of Miller.

The accident occurred Tuesday morning at around 5:10 a.m. on Highway 70 near the nine mile marker between Liberty and Dowelltown.

Trooper Maddox says Garcia was driving west in a 1998 Buick Skylark when he crossed into the eastbound lane and struck Miller's 2006 Dodge Sprinter delivery truck head-on. Miller was hauling exhaust pipe enroute to Tenneco in Smithville.

Both Miller and Garcia were trapped in their vehicles after the crash and had to be extricated by members of the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department's rescue team. The Liberty Station of the County Fire Department was also on the scene along with DeKalb EMS and the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department.

Trooper Maddox says alcohol may have been a factor in the crash and charges are pending.

Five Candidates To Seek Three Alderman Seats in Alexandria City Election

June 22, 2007
Dwayne Page

Five candidates are in the race for Alderman in the Alexandria City Election, which is set for September 6th. Three will be elected.

The candidates are Derrick Baker, Sheila Clayborn, Maureen Tubbs, Henry R. Walker, and James R. Walker.

Thursday (June 21st) noon was the qualifying deadline.

Meanwhile, the last date to register to vote in the Alexandria City Election is August 8th at 4:00 p.m.

The deadline to register as a property rights voter is also August 8th and proof of ownership is required.

Early voting begins August 17th and ends September 1st.

Anyone wishing to qualify as a write-in candidate must file a notice with the Election Commission Office no later than 50 days prior to election day. The last day to file as a write-in candidate is July 18th. Anyone with any questions may call 597-4146 or stop by the election office between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Alexandria Mayor and Board of Aldermen is currently made up of Mayor David Cripps and Aldermen Charles Griffith, Sarah Walker, James Keys, Eddie Tubbs, Jimmy Mullinax, and Jim York.

New Smithville Lions Club Chartered

June 23, 2007
Dwayne Page

The number of Lions in Tiger country climbed on June 2nd and is still climbing. Smithville officially chartered a new Lions Club to join the Alexandria Lions Club in serving the needs of Dekalb County and beyond. Twenty-one men and women charter members celebrated the formation of the Smithville Lions Club at the Smithville Church of God Annex on a rare rainy evening during a drought plagued spring. Following a great meal catered by The Gourmet Café, Lions District Governor Shirley Staats presented the members of the new club with their official charter, which all present signed. \"I am extremely proud and honored to welcome these fine men and women as fellow Lions. Smithville will also be proud to have such a fine group serving the community,\" said Shirley Staats. The charter will remain open until August 31, 2007, and any new member who joins during that time will be counted as a charter member. The club has already added to the roster since charter night and welcomes more.

A host of Lions from across Tennessee gathered to help mark the occasion. Members of the McMinnville Lions Club, who sponsored the formation of the Smithville Lions Club, were on hand to congratulate the new club; these included Past District Governor James McBee, President Inez Nunley and Guiding Lion Evelyn Northcutt. The Officers and Directors of the new Smithville Lions Club were officially inducted by Past International Director Billy Pearson. The keynote address on Lionism was given by Past International President and Woodbury Lion Austin Jennings.

Internationally, the Lions primary activity is service to the blind and visually impaired. They are also very involved with youth initiatives. Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization with more than 1.35 million members in nearly 200 countries and geographical locations.

Locally, the Smithville Lions will have a booth set up at this year's Fiddlers Jamboree and are already scheduled to screen eyesight for the Head Start Program and at the First Day of School Celebration. The Smithville Lions Club is conducting a needs analysis to assess areas that need to be addressed in our community and will develop activities to meet them. They are also already planning on participating in the District 12-S White Cane effort that raises money for projects such as Leader Dog for the Blind, Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic, the Middle Tennessee Lions Sight Service, Tennessee School for the Blind, District Hearing Aid Program and many more. Anyone interested in learning more about being a part of this community service should contact either Smithville Membership Chairman Vester Parsley at 597-7200 or Guiding Lion Cliff Swoape at 597-0518

The Smithville Lions Club would like to extend a very special thanks to the Smithville Church of God for the use of their building and to Evelyn Underwood for all of her assistance. They would also like to thank the many Lions of Tennessee who sent gifts to get the Smithville Lions Club started strong.

Members of the club are Jeff James (Tail Twister), Phillip Cripps (2nd Vice-President), Jim Wall, Mike Foster, Vester Parsley (Membership Chair), Mark Willoughby, Jeremy Trapp (Lion Tamer), Rhonda Caplinger, Kevin Latta, Randy Tramel, Cliff Swoape (Guiding Lion & Affiliate Member), Evelyn Northcutt (Guiding Lion), Pam Curtis, Deanna Johnson, Stephanie Walls (Director), Starla Meigs (Treasurer), April Patrick Gray (Director), Jackie Smith (1st Vice President), Inez Nunley (McMinnville Club President), Tony Charley (President), Kate Poss (Secretary), Jayson Johnson, Meshia Price, and Charles Atnip

Stella Luna Gallery Kicks Off Summer Series

June 24, 2007
Dwayne Page

Stella Luna Art Gallery launches its summer schedule of “Hot Artists - Cool Visions” with a gallery showing for Stan Rodriguez and Robert Carlson June 30th through July 19th. A reception for the artists will be held Saturday, June 30th from 6 until 9 pm at the gallery on College St. in Smithville.

Gallery owners Louis and Christine Colombarini say the current exhibit is first of three in the series Stella Luna will host this summer. The goal, Louis explains, is to “create more awareness and exposure for the featured artists and give art enthusiasts of the area an opportunity to meet and view the work of nationally recognized, award winning American artists.” All works displayed in this exhibit and gallery will be available for purchase.

Rodriguez, a resident of Cookeville and California native, comes from a family of traditional painters. He carries that tradition forward in works he calls digeographs. “I use the mouse as if it were a brush or pencil, and paint on the computer screen to express the beauty and exuberance of life,” he explains. His work has been featured at San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art.

Carlson, who lives in Hannibal, MO, specializes in fine art claywork and painting. He is a frequent presenter of workshops, including several held at the Appalachian Crafts Center. Carlson has been an “artist-in-residence” at the center and was honored as Artist of the Year by the Cookeville Arts Commission in 1999. His work has been featured in many shows celebrating contemporary clay, including the Smithsonian Crafts Show in Washington, D.C.

Since opening in 2004, Stella Luna has showcased an eclectic mix of contemporary American fine art and craft in all media. One third of the more than 90 artists featured are residents of Tennessee. The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10:30 through 5:50. For additional information, contact Louis Colombarini at 615.597.4004 or visit them on the web at www.cosmic-clay.com

Smithville Police Arrest Three on Various Charges

June 25, 2007
Dwayne Page

Smithville Police have made three arrests over the last few days on various charges including DUI, Drugs and Driver's License Revocation.

Chief Tom Stufano says \"On June 22 Smithville Police arrested 23 year old Wallace Rackley of 515 North Congress Boulevard in Smithville for Driving on a Revoked Driver's License. Police originally responded to a reported violation of restraining order between Rackley and another party. During the investigation Rackley was seen driving in the immediate area. A computer check disclosed Rackley had his license revoked and should not be driving. He was subsequently arrested and transported to the DeKalb County Jail under a $1,500 bond.\"

Meanwhile, 28 year old Michael Billings of 115 Higginbottom Road in Smithville was arrested for DUI. Chief Stufano says \" Billings was originally stopped at 4:00 am for speeding on East Broad Street. Smithville Officers detected the smell of an alcoholic beverage on Billing's breath and he performed poorly on a sobriety test. He was arrested and booked into the DeKalb County Jail under a $1,500 bond.\"

Chief Stufano says \"A second party in the incident, 20 year old Latisha Jones of 268 Rock Island Road, Smithville, was also arrested for drugs and underage alcohol consumption She was charged with being in possession of 2 hypodermic syringes concealed in her clothing, and additional charges were placed when officer's found marijuana and a blue pill (Xanax) that she tried to conceal in the back seat of the police vehicle as she was transported to jail.. She was transported to the DeKalb County Jail under a $6,500 bond.\"

Chief Stufano says \"Smithville Police will be vigilant for drunk drivers for the upcoming Fiddler's Jamboree scheduled for July 6 & 7th and ask our citizens to report any suspicious activities. Your help in reducing this type of crime is keeping our children and community safe.\"


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