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DeKalb Fair Baby Show Winners

July 20, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page
Boys (Birth to 3 months): Winner-Fallun Mathias (left), and Runner-up: Canaan Joe Davis
Girls (Birth to 3 months) :Winner: Hailee Billings (left), Runner-up: Shawna Anne Buck
Boys (4-6 months) Winner: Sawyer Lane Pelham (left), Runner-up: Mason Ferrell
Girls (4-6 months):Winner: Dallas “Toby” Wray Agee (left), Runner-up: Parker Sue Taylor
Boys (7-9 months):Winner: Kamryn Scott Pulley (left), Runner-up: Jaxon Anthony Caldwell
Girls (7-9 months):Winner: Neyland Hadlee Garrett (left), Runner-up: Haisleigh Alivia Faeyth Estes
Boys (10-12 months):Winner: Alexander May (left), Runner-Up: Wesley Brock Bowen
Girls (10-12 months): Winner: Cali Mae Johnson (left), Runner-Up: Dani Kate Frazee

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

The winners (blue ribbon first place and red ribbon runner-up) are as follows:

Boys (Birth to 3 months)
Winner: Fallun Mathias, the three month old son of Brittany Merriman and Andy Mathias of Smithville
Runner-up: Canaan Joe Davis, two month old son of Chris and Shawnnie Davis of Smithville
Other participant in this category: Graycen Garland, three week old son of Samantha Garland of DeKalb County

Girls (Birth to 3 months)
Winner: Hailee Billings, the two month old daughter of Adriana Billings of Smithville
Runner-up: Shawna Anne Buck, the two month old daughter of Christina Mayo and Shawn Buck of Smithville

Boys (4-6 months)
Winner: Sawyer Lane Pelham, the four month old son of Carla and Jason Pelham of Smithville
Runner-up: Mason Ferrell, the five month old son of Jennifer Ferrell and Christopher Osborne of Smithville

Girls (4-6 months)
Winner: Dallas “Toby” Wray Agee, the six month old daughter of Donny and Stephanie Agee of Smithville
Runner-up: Parker Sue Taylor, the six month old daughter of David and Susan Taylor of Smithville
Other participants: Rayleigh Jones, the four month old daughter of Sierra Lee and Noah Jones of Smithville; Ayvah Danielle Poss, the five month old daughter of Brittany Campbell and Zach Poss of Smithville; Westlyn Elyse Roller, the six month old daughter of Jordan and Kari Roller of Smithville; and Jayla Lynn Groom, the five month old daughter of Kayla Hogue and Jacob Groom of Smithville.

Boys (7-9 months)
Winner: Kamryn Scott Pulley, the seven month old son of Kaleb Pulley and Tiffany Satterfield of Smithville
Runner-up: Jaxon Anthony Caldwell, the eight month old son of Anthony and Shelby Caldwell of Smithville
Other participants: Wrenolds Mitchell Jones, the nine month old son of Addison Hale and Isaiah Jones of Smithville, Greyson Elijah Cripps, the nine month old son of Justin and Tiffany Cripps of Smithville; and Oscar Alexander Soto, the eight month old son of Oscar and Makayla Soto of Smithville

Girls (7-9 months)
Winner: Neyland Hadlee Garrett, the eight month old daughter of Ryan and Erica Garrett of Alexandria
Runner-up: Haisleigh Alivia Faeyth Estes, the eight month old daughter of Ashley and Justin Estes of Smithville
Other participant: Harper Anaston Rhody, the eight month old daughter of Colton Rhody and Leah Snow of Smithville

Boys (10-12 months)
Winner: Alexander May, the eleven month old son of Michael and Chelsea May of Smithville
Runner-Up: Wesley Brock Bowen, the twelve month old son of Joseph and Kimberly Bowen of Smithville.
Other participant: Liam Frazier Hendrix, the eleven month old son of Jared and Jennifer Hendrix of Dowelltown.

Girls (10-12 months)
Winner: Cali Mae Johnson, the twelve month old daughter of Jeremy and Kelli Johnson of Alexandria
Runner-Up: Dani Kate Frazee, the eleven month old daughter of Emily King and Josh Frazee of Dowelltown
Other participants: Aleeya Weslyn Graham, the eleven month old daughter of Derek and Andria Graham of Smithville; Sophia Ann Tiner, the eleven month old daughter of Billy and Stephanie Tiner of Smithville; Nevaeh Derrick, the twelve month old daughter of Kayla and Dakota Derrick of Dowelltown, and Haddeigh Grace Harvey, the eleven month old daughter of Chad and Kayla Harvey of Alexandria.

The DeKalb County Fair will feature the following events tonight (Friday).

•Toddler Show Lions Pavilion 6:00 p.m.

•Lip Sync Battle (Finale) Lions Pavilion following

•ATV/Mini-Rod/Outlaw Pull TC McMillen Arena 7:00 p.m.

•(2) $500 Cash Drawing Lions Pavilion 9:30 p.m.

Memory Lane Stage sponsored by Wilson Bank and Trust:
Friday Night - July 21
*6:30 - 7:30 pm - Dessa Ray

•7:45 - 8:45 pm - Terri Lynn Weaver

Rides on the Midway by the Family Attractions Amusement Company. Unlimited rides will be available for $18.00 on Friday, and Saturday.

Admission to the fair is $4.00 per person. Children age four and younger will be admitted free! Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Friday and at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. The exhibit building is open from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Parking is Free!

For more information, call 615-529-FAIR or visit on-line at www.dekalbcountyfairtn.com.

Smithville Man Allegedly Involved in Fatal Hit-and-Run Accident in Manchester

July 20, 2017
Shelton G. Martin II

The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) Chattanooga District has located the alleged driver of a fatal hit-and-run accident it responded to Monday on U.S. Highway 41 in Manchester. The driver has been identified as Shelton G. Martin II, of Smithville.

The hit and run vehicle left behind a mirror at the scene. THP’s Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) identified the mirror belonging to a 1999-2003 Mitsubishi Galant, champagne in color.

On Tuesday, THP received information from an unknown source advising that the suspect in question was located at 140 Alva Jones Road in Warren County. The source stated the vehicle involved in the Coffee County fatal incident was also at this location. Troopers from the THP Cookeville District were notified of the tip and dispatched to the residence.

Martin was located and taken into custody at approximately 7 p.m. and transported to the Coffee County Sheriff’s Office.

Zayleigh Grace Washer Wins Miss Princess Pageant

July 20, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page
Zayleigh Grace Washer Wins Miss Princess Pageant
Miss Princess: 4th runner-up Isabella Faith Rackley, 2nd runner-up Danica Hope Collier, Miss Princess Zayleigh Grace Washer, 1st runner-up  Brileigh Bullard, and 3rd runner-up Miah Faith Johnson
Miss Princess: Miss Congeniality Graciella Marie Johnson and Most Photogenic Danica Hope Collier

The 2017 Miss Princess of the DeKalb County Fair is Zayleigh Grace Washer, the 9 year old daughter of Larry and Rachel Bain of Smithville.

Seventeen girls ages 7-9 competed for the title Wednesday night at the DeKalb County Fair.

Washer succeeds the 2016 Miss Princess, Kaylyn Isabelle Prichard, the 8 year old daughter of Andy and Chrissy Prichard of Liberty.

Seven year old Brileigh Bullard of Smithville was first runner-up in the pageant. She is the daughter of Riley and Nikki Bullard.

Second runner-up was 9 year old Danica Hope Collier, daughter of Matthew and Brooke Collier of Smithville and Brittany George of Sparta. Collier was also named Most Photogenic.

Miah Faith Johnson, the 8 year old daughter of Bobby Johnson and Kelsey Pyles of Smithville was third runner-up.

Isabella Faith Rackley was fourth runner-up. She is the 9 year old daughter of Gordon and Jessica Rackley of Smithville.

The title of Miss Congeniality went to Graciella Marie Johnson, 7 year old daughter of David and Patricia Johnson of Dowelltown.

(VIEW VIDEO OF ATV RACING WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT THE DEKALB COUNTY FAIR)

Others in the top ten were Alexzia Jaydin Sophirah Stewart, 9 year old daughter of Stephanie Stewart and Shane Stewart of Smithville; Bailey Elizabeth Kidd, 9 year old daughter of Kelli Bess and Brandon Kidd of Smithville; Bethany Dillon, 9 year old granddaughter of Candy Hale of Smithville; Karah Jo Ford, 7 year old daughter of Amanda Ford and Hector Orozco of Dowelltown; and Averie Nicole McMinn, 9 year old daughter of Nathan and Amanda McMinn of Smithville.

The remaining contestants were McKenzie Mullican, 7 year old daughter of Christy and Randall Hunt of Smithville; Tanisha Owens, 7 year old daughter of Tyrone Owens of Smithville, Haiden Lei Robinson, 7 year old daughter of Melissa and Matthew Orcutt and Chip Robinson of Smithville; Camri Layne Johnson, 9 year old daughter of Jeremy and Kelli Johnson and Julia Boulton of Alexandria; Abigail Boles, 8 year old daughter of Leslie Hale and Chad Boles of Alexandria; and Hailee Merriman, 9 year old daughter of Joyce and Jake Merriman of Smithville.

There have been two $500 cash winners so far this week. Ethan Cantrell of Smithville won $500 Tuesday night and Carey Wynne of Auburntown won $500 Wednesday night.

The DeKalb County Fair will feature the following events tonight (Thursday).

*Senior Day Lions Club Building 9:00 a.m.

•Junior Goat Show Barn 6:00 p.m.

•Baby Show Lions Pavilion 6:00 p.m.

•Vintage Variety Show Lions Pavilion following

•ATV/Motorcycle Racing TC McMillen Arena 7:00 p.m.

•(2) $500 Cash Drawing Lions Pavilion 9:30 p.m.

Rides on the Midway by the Family Attractions Amusement Company. Unlimited rides will be available for $18.00 on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Admission to the fair is $4.00 per person. Children age four and younger will be admitted free! Gates open at 4:30 p.m. through Friday and at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. The exhibit building is open from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Parking is Free!

For more information, call 615-529-FAIR or visit on-line at www.dekalbcountyfairtn.com.

Kyleigh Breanne Hill Crowned Miss Sweetheart

July 20, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page
Kyleigh  Breanne Hill Crowned Miss Sweetheart
Miss Sweetheart: 4th runner-up Kaylee Liggett, 2nd runner-up Keara McKinsey Milligan, Miss Sweetheart Kyleigh Breanne Hill, 1st runner-up Graceson Boyd, and 3rd runner-up Jenna Elizabeth Wright
Miss Sweetheart: Miss Congeniality Kyleigh Breanne Hill and Most Photogenic Keara McKinsey Milligan

Kyleigh Breanne Hill of Smithville won the Miss Sweetheart pageant Wednesday night at the DeKalb County Fair. She is the 12 year old daughter of David and Colleen Clary of Smithville and Kyle Hill.

Hill, who was also awarded Miss Congeniality, succeeds the 2016 Miss Sweetheart, Kenlee Renae Taylor of Smithville, the 12 year old daughter of Ken and Cindy Taylor.

The pageant featured 12 girls ages 10-12.

Eleven year old Graceson Boyd, daughter of Leslie Boyd of Smithville was first runner-up in the pageant.

Keara McKinsey Milligan was second runner-up and Most Photogenic. She is the 10 year old daughter of Josh and Cyndi Milligan of Smithville.

Third runner-up was 12 year old Jenna Elizabeth Wright, daughter of Jeff and Nicole Wright of Smithville.

Kaylee Liggett was fourth runner-up. She is the 10 year old daughter of Justin and Brandi Liggett of Smithville.

(VIEW VIDEO OF MOTORCYCLE RACING AT DEKALB COUNTY FAIR WEDNESDAY NIGHT)

Others participating were Sadie Irene Strawser, 10 year old daughter of Ronni Jo and Curtis Shelton of Smithville; Hope Lynn Mullins, 11 year old daughter of Ellissa Howard of Smithville; Makinzy Lynn Jenkins, 10 year old daughter of Wally Rackley of Sparta. She lives with her aunt Maranda Washer of Smithville; Leauna Cullum, 10 year old granddaughter of Candy Hale of Smithville; Blair Gipe, 11 year old daughter of Janice Gipe-Penny and Gary King of Liberty; Hannah Dawn Hall, 12 year old daughter of Joseph and April Hall of Dowelltown; and Elizabeth Gaines, 12 year old daughter of Beverly Anderson of Smithville.

The top six were announced after the preliminary round including Hill, Boyd, Milligan, Wright, Liggett, and Jenkins.

FSA County Committee Nomination Deadline Approaching

July 19, 2017
by: 
Donny Green
Donny Green

Donny Green, County Executive Director for the DeKalb/Cannon County Farm Service Agency, reminds DeKalb County and Cannon County farmers that the deadline to nominate candidates for the 2017 Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Committee Election is August 1.

“The election of knowledgeable agricultural producers to FSA county committees is important to all farmers and ranchers with large or small operations. It is crucial that every eligible producer take part in this election because county committees are a direct link between the farm community and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Farm Service Agency is unique because we have a grassroots farmer-elected committee that oversees and delivers farm programs at the local level,” says Green.
DeKalb County Local Administrative Area (LAA) # 2 will elect a representative in this year’s election and nominees must reside in LAA # 2, which generally covers the western portion of DeKalb County including the Alexandria, Liberty, Dowelltown, Temperance Hall, Dale Ridge, Lower Helton, New Hope, Upper Helton, Dry Creek, and Pea Ridge communities.

Cannon County Local Administrative Area (LAA) # 4 will elect a representative in this year’s election and nominees must reside in LAA # 4, which covers all areas east of Highway 53 in Cannon County.

Individuals may nominate themselves, or others, as a candidate. In addition, eligible candidates can be nominated by community-based and other organizations, especially groups representing socially disadvantaged farmers or ranchers, in the county where the election is being held before the close of the nomination period. Nominations and elections are open to all eligible candidates and voters without regard to race, color, religion, nation origin, age, sex, marital status or disability. The nomination form (FSA-669A) is available at USDA Service Centers and online at: http://www.fsa.usda.gov/elections.

Producers should remember the following dates regarding the upcoming county committee elections. Producers can request, complete, and submit nomination forms through August 1. Ballots will be mailed to eligible voters by November 6. The deadline to return ballots is December 4. Elected committee members and alternates take office on January 1, 2018.

Martinez and Adcock Capture Little Mister and Miss Crowns

July 19, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page
Little Mister Zailan Martinez
Little Miss Caitlyn Lee Adcock
Little Mister: 4th runner-up Troy Wilmore; 2nd runner-up Emmitt Hale, Little Mister Zailan Martinez, 1st runner-up Levi Bryson Nixon; and 3rd runner-up Jase Ray Alvis
Little Miss: 4th runner-up Carleigh Elizabeth Tramel, 2nd runner-up  Mia Nicole Hall, Little Miss Caitlyn Lee Adcock, 1st runner-up Arraya Jenae Taylor, and 3rd runner-up Destiny Keys
Little Mister Most Photogenic Levi Bryson Nixon and Mister Manners Noah Bradley Hall
Little Miss:  Miss Congeniality Hannah Lynnlee Hubner and Most Photogenic Cora Marie Cox

Zailan Martinez and Caitlyn Lee Adcock were crowned Little Mister and Miss at the DeKalb County Fair Tuesday night.

Martinez is the 5 year old son of Michelle and Michael Martinez of Smithville and Adcock is the 6 year old daughter of Jessie and Tia Adcock of Smithville.

They succeed the 2016 Little Mister and Miss, Austin Merriman and Lakelyn Brooke Nelson. Merriman is the 7 year old son of Joyce and Jake Merriman of Smithville and Nelson is the 6 year old daughter of Dustin and Kristian Nelson of Smithville.

The Little Miss contest featured 16 girls and 7 boys were in the Litter Mister pageant ages 4-6.

First runner-up in the Little Miss contest was Arraya Jenae Taylor, the 4 year old daughter of Angie Taylor and Mike Owens of Smithville.

Mia Nicole Hall of Alexandria, was second runner-up. She is the 6 year old daughter of Bradley and Lacy Hall

Third runner-up was Destiny Keys, the 5 year old daughter of Rick and Kendra Guinn of Smithville.

Carleigh Elizabeth Tramel, the 4 year old daughter of Charlie and Brenda Tramel of Liberty, was fourth runner-up.

Cora Marie Cox, the 6 year old daughter of Brandon and Whitney Cox of Smithville was Most Photogenic and Hannah Lynnlee Hubner of Alexandria was Miss Congeniality. She is the 5 year old daughter of Charlie Hubner and Amanda Hutchinson

Others in the top ten were Brylee Michelle Key, the 5 year old daughter of Shannon and Holly Key of Alexandria; Cora Marie Cox, the 6 year old daughter of Brandon and Whitney Cox of Smithville; Hannah Lynnlee Hubner of Alexandria, the 5 year old daughter of Charlie Hubner and Amanda Hutchinson; Charley Loren Prichard, the 5 year old daughter of Andy and Chrissy Prichard of Liberty; and Jacie Rea Sosa, the 5 year old daughter of Noe and Megan Sosa of Smithville.

Other participants were Emily Grace Roberts, the 5 year old daughter of Tonya and Kevin Roberts of Liberty; Paisley Marie Bain, the 4 year old daughter of Larry and Rachel Bain of Smithville; Addison Paige Curtis, 4 year old daughter of Heather Page and John Curtis of Smithville; Annabelle Merriman, the 6 year old daughter of Joyce and Jake Merriman of Smithville; Lyra Dell McMinn, the 5 year old daughter of Nathan and Amanda McMinn of Smithville; Averi Gracella Speaks, the 4 year old daughter of Justin and Donna Speaks of Smithville.

(VIEW VIDEO BELOW OF ANTIQUE TRACTOR PULL AT THE FAIR TUESDAY NIGHT)

First runner-up in the Little Mister contest and Most Photogenic was Levi Bryson Nixon, the 4 year old son of Nathan and Jessica Nixon of Smithville.

Five year old Emmitt Hale was second runner-up. His grandmother is Candy Hale of Smithville.

Third runner-up was Jase Ray Alvis, the 4 year old son of Braiden and Brandy Alvis of Alexandria.

Fourth runner-up went to Troy Wilmore, 4 year old son of Austin and Tiffany Wilmore of Alexandria.

Noah Bradley Hall was named Mister Manners. He is the 4 year old son of Bradley and Lacy Hall of Alexandria

The other contestant in the Little Mister pageant was Jonathan Cain Hall, the 5 year old son of Johnny Hall and Cayden Cantrell of Smithville

There has been one $500 cash winner so far this week. Ethan Cantrell of Smithville won $500 Tuesday night.

The DeKalb County Fair will feature the following events tonight (Wednesday)

*Kiddie Tractor Pull Grandstand 6:00 p.m.

•Little Miss Princess (7-9) Lions Pavilion 6:00 p.m.

•Miss Sweetheart (10-12) Lions Pavilion following

•ATV/ Motorcycle Racing TC McMillen Arena 7:00 p.m.

•(2) $500 Cash Drawing Lions Pavilion 9:30 p.m.

Memory Lane Stage Events sponsored by Wilson Bank & Trust
*6:30 - 7:30 pm - Bryan Keith
•7:45 - 8:45 pm - Berlin Barnhart

Rides on the Midway by the Family Attractions Amusement Company. Unlimited rides will be available for $14.00 on Wednesday and $18.00 on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Admission to the fair is $4.00 per person. Children age four and younger will be admitted free! Gates open at 4:30 p.m. through Friday and at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. The exhibit building is open from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Parking is Free!

For more information, call 615-529-FAIR or visit on-line at www.dekalbcountyfairtn.com.

GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Randy Boyd Visits DeKalb County

July 18, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page
GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Randy Boyd (left) with Johnny Ball and Jerry Adcock

2018 Republican candidate for Governor and longtime Knoxville entrepreneur, businessman and philanthropist Randy Boyd visited DeKalb County Tuesday morning stopping in at Angie’s Diner where he talked issues with a small group of people around a breakfast table.

Boyd, former Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, told WJLE that he has been in all 95 counties and has returned to most of them since starting his campaign for Governor.

“In that job (commissioner), I visited all 95 counties. We either gave grants or brought jobs to pretty much every community across the state. Being commissioner also taught me how to sell our state and how to recruit businesses to our state. In my two years as commissioner I managed to bring 50,000 new job commitments to our state. I know something about the people and about bringing jobs to the people in our state,” said Boyd.

As he travels the state, Boyd said he wants to find out first hand what’s on the minds of Tennesseans.

“I have been to over 80 counties already since I started campaigning about four months ago but I consider myself right now in governor training school and the best way to learn to be the next governor is to visit communities and to listen,” he said.

Boyd said one of his goals as governor is to help bring economic prosperity to areas which are still struggling.

“I was chairman of the Rural Task Force. The focus there was on helping our rural communities succeed. Even though this is the best time in the state of Tennessee’s history (overall), it’s not for a lot of our rural communities. We want to come back and make sure that our rural communities have the same opportunities for success that other places do".

Asked why voters should choose him over other candidates running for governor, Boyd said its because he is a conservative businessman.

“I don’t believe there is anyone more conservative than a small businessman. When you struggle to create a business, you know what it means to be conservative. I am not a professional politician. I am a business person and an entrepreneur. I started my own business so I know what it means to be innovative and to start a company. I know what it means to make a payroll but I have also had some public service experience. As the governor’s special advisor on higher education, I created the Tennessee Promise that sends every kid to technical and community college for free and as commissioner I managed to recruit 50,000 new jobs to our state so I think you get the best of both. You get somebody who is not a politician but one who knows how to create jobs in the private sector and who also knows how government works to get something done once in office.

Boyd announced Monday that his first campaign finance report will show his campaign collected more than $4.3 million in total contributions from donors in all 95 Tennessee counties in just four short months of campaigning.

A successful entrepreneur, business and philanthropic leader, Boyd is the founder and chairman of Radio Systems Corporation, which is headquartered in Knoxville. First started out of the back of Boyd’s van, the company today produces over 4,600 pet products under brand names such as Invisible Fence, PetSafe, and SportDOG, with more than 700 employees in 7 countries and annual revenues of $400 million.

Boyd previously served in Governor Bill Haslam’s cabinet as the state Commissioner of Economic and Community Development, and earlier while serving as the Governor’s Special Advisor on Higher Education was the architect of the state’s Drive to 55 workforce development initiative, and the tnAchieves and Tennessee Promise scholarship programs to help more young people go to technical or community college tuition-free.
Boyd is also owner of Boyd Sports LLC, owner of the Tennessee Smokies Baseball team, the AA affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, and the Johnson City Cardinals, a rookie league affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Boyd and his wife Jenny have been married for 32 years and have two children, Harrison and Thomas, a daughter-in-law Lindsey, and a beloved dog, Oskar. They reside in Knoxville and are members of Erin Presbyterian Church.

County Officials Getting Pay Raise

July 18, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page

County officials here and across the state are getting a pay raise this year.

Compensation for most county officials is governed by state law which establishes the minimum for Assessors of Property, County Clerks, Clerks of Court, Trustees, Registers of Deeds, County Mayors, Sheriffs, and Highway Officials. This law provides for an automatic increase in the minimum salary each year based on the percentage increase given to state employees for the previous fiscal year. The state commissioner of finance and administration certified on October 6, 2016, that state employees received an average increase of 6.38 percent for the fiscal year 2017-2018.

The salaries of the county officials are partly based on the population class of the county and the office. Not all office holders earn the same amount of pay.

Under state law:
*The County Mayor’s compensation shall be at least 5% higher than the salary paid to any other county constitutional officer.

*The Sheriff’s salary shall be at least 10% higher than the salary paid to the general officers of the county.

*The Road Supervisor’s compensation shall be at least 10% higher than the salary paid to the general officers of the county.

*The salary of the General Sessions Judge is to be increased annually in the same manner as state court judges, which is the actual percentage change in the consumer price index. The salary of the General Sessions Court Judge will increase by 1.3% for the coming fiscal year.

*The Administrator of Elections salary is 90% of the base salary of the Assessor of Property.

The new salary schedule as set by the state for DeKalb County is as follows:

General Sessions/Juvenile Court Judge: $92,158 per year, up by 1.3% from $90,975

County Mayor: $79,326 per year, up from $75,329.

Road Supervisor: $75,550, up from $71,743,

Sheriff: $75,550, up from $71,743

Trustee: $68,682, up from $65,221

County Clerk: $68,682, up from $65,221

Circuit Court Clerk: $68,682, up from $65,221

Clerk and Master: $68,682, up from $65,221

Register of Deeds: $68,682, up from $65,221

Assessor of Property: $68,682, up from $65,221

Administrator of Elections: $61,633, up from $58,699

Pedestrian Hit by Truck on McMinnville Highway

July 18, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page
Pedestrian Hit by Truck on McMinnville Highway

A 38 year old pedestrian was seriously injured after being struck by a pickup truck Monday night on Highway 56 south near Mystik Market in the Shiney Rock community.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Jamie Carroll of Smithville was hit by a 2001 Dodge Dakota pickup truck, driven by 21 year old James Messina of Smithville.

The accident occurred at 10 p.m.

The accident report states that the truck was traveling North on State Route 56. The pedestrian (Carroll) was walking north on the north fog line. The pedestrian was wearing dark clothing. The driver of the vehicle (Messina) did not see the pedestrian and struck same. After striking the pedestrian, the vehicle swerved to the left and began yawing. The vehicle corrected to the right and ran into the north ditch line.

Carroll was flown by air to Vanderbilt Hospital.

A helicopter ambulance landed in the parking lot of the Mt. View Primitive Baptist Church for the airlift.

Messina was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured. No charges have been filed against him.

Members of the DeKalb EMS, Sheriff’s Department, and County Volunteer Fire Department were on the scene.

The accident was investigated by Trooper Kyle Herren of the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Tyra Grace Graham Crowned Fairest of the Fair

July 17, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page
Tyra Grace Graham Crowned Fairest of the Fair
Fairest of Fair Court: 2nd runner-up and Most Photogenic Susan Marie Webb, Queen Tyra Grace Graham, and 1st runner-up and Miss Congeniality Hannah Renea Walker

18 year old Tyra Grace Graham is the 2017 DeKalb County Fairest of the Fair.

Graham, daughter of Kyle and Doris Graham of Smithville, won the crown Monday evening during the annual pageant held on opening night of the DeKalb County Fair in Alexandria.

Three contestants competed for the title.

The new queen succeeds last year’s winner, 19 year old Bethany Brooke Poss, daughter of John and Lori Poss of Smithville.

18 year old Hannah Renea Walker was named first runner-up and Miss Congeniality. She is the daughter of Scott and Misty Walker of Smithville.

Second runner-up was 18 year old Susan Marie Webb, daughter of C.D. and Cindy Webb of Dowelltown. Webb was also selected Most Photogenic.

(VIEW VIDEO FROM CALF ROPING AT DEKALB COUNTY FAIR MONDAY NIGHT)

The DeKalb County Fair will feature the following events tonight (Tuesday)
•Little Mister (4-6) Lions Pavilion 6:00 p.m
•Little Miss (4-6) Lions Pavilion following
•Antique Tractor Pull TC McMillen Arena 7:00 p.m.
•Corn Hole Tournament Grandstand 7:00 p.m.
•(2) $500 Cash Drawing Lions Pavilion 9:30 p.m.

Memory Lane Stage Events sponsored by Wilson Bank & Trust

•Tuesday Night - July 18
* 6:30 - 7:30 pm - Donny Barthelemy
• 7:45 - 8:45 pm - Collins Family Revival

Rides on the Midway by the Family Attractions Amusement Company. Unlimited rides will be available for $16.00 on Tuesday night; $14.00 on Wednesday and $18.00 on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Admission to the fair is $4.00 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. The exhibit building is open from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Parking is Free!

For more information, call 615-529-FAIR or visit on-line at www.dekalbcountyfairtn.com.

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