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Smithvillle Police Department Awarded K9 Ballistic Vest

September 12, 2014
Dwayne Page
K9 Leo wearing ballistic vest

The Smithville Police Department has been awarded a ballistic vest for K9 "Leo" thanks to a non profit organization, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.

A total of $16,595.00 has been donated to the charity from the “K9 Kota Campaign” to provide vests for seventeen K9s in Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, New Jersey, California and Indiana.

The “K9 Kota Campaign” held an online event selling over 1,350 tee shirts for the cause.

K9 Kota is a law enforcement dog with the Winchester Police Department in Virginia that sustained a work related injury on January 3, 2014. The dog fell through an attic floor onto a hardwood floor while detaining a suspect. Although the injury was severe to his right front leg, Kota climbed back up the flight of stairs to continue the fight. After months of surgery and physical therapy his return to police work is still unknown.

Locally, K9 Officer James Cornelius and K9 Leo of the Smithville Police Department have been working together for over three years. Officer Cornelius has been in law enforcement for four years. K9 Leo is a five year old Dutch Shepherd that has been working for four years. K9 Leo had one handler prior to Officer Cornelius. K9 Leo and Officer Cornelius were paired in March of 2011 and completed 120 hours of initial training with Dean Hunter of Canine Command. They continue to attend monthly maintenance training with Hunter and recertify yearly with the USPCA.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, Massachusetts whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. Each vest costs $950.00 and has a 5 year warranty. The nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially life saving body armor for their four legged K9 Officers. Through private and corporate sponsorships, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided over 930 law enforcement dogs in 39 states with protective vests since 2009 at a cost of $880,000.

The organization orders the U.S. made vests exclusively from distributor Regency Police Supply in Hyannis, Massachusetts, who also does the custom embroidery on the body armor. Vests are manufactured by Armor Express in Central Lake, Michigan.

New K9 graduates as well as K9's with expired vests are eligible to participate. The program is open to law enforcement dogs who are US employed, certified and at least 19 months of age.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. was named as a charity partner in March of 2014 in a nation wide Groupon Campaign which raised over $335,000 in 19 days. The non profit will be providing over 350 law enforcement dogs nationwide with the protective body armor in memory of K9 Rocco of the Pittsburgh Police Department who sacrificed his life in the line of duty in January of 2014. All vests will be embroidered with the sentiment, "In Memory of K9 Rocco, Pittsburgh Police Department".

For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Tax deductible donations are accepted via mail to: Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718 or via the website: www.vik9s.org.

Board of Education Asked to Fund Another School Nurse Position (VIEW VIDEO HERE)

September 12, 2014
Dwayne Page
Director Mark Willoughby and Board Members Dub Evins, Shaun Tubbs, Jerry Wayne Johnson, and Jim Beshearse
Board members Danny Parkerson, Billy Miller, and Doug Stephens

The DeKalb County Board of Education is being asked to ensure that each school has its own nurse by adding a new position.

Dee Anna Reynolds, Coordinated School Health Coordinator, addressed the Board with this concern Thursday night during the regular monthly meeting.

The school system currently employs four school nurses, Chandra Adcock, Kim Turner, Christie Driver, and Joanie Williams. All are registered nurses. Each school has its own nurse except for the DeKalb Middle School and DeKalb County High School which have to share a nurse. Director Mark Willoughby said the state provides funding for one school nurse per three thousand students. Any other nurses must be funded locally.

Because of the growing student population and children with chronic conditions including diabetes, Reynolds said another nurse is needed. "County wide our nurses had 20,181 clinic visits for 2013-14. In August we had almost 2,000," said Reynolds.

Due to the demand, Reynolds said her assistant, Cindy Childers, an LPN has been lending a hand but she can't take on the responsibility full time because of her duties with the Coordinated School Health Program. "Covering the Middle School/ High School is almost impossible from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. so Cindy has been leaving every day to go over for a couple of hours to cover the Middle School/ High School and some days she stays longer because there are other situations to deal with. Cindy is part time so she can't do that every day. On days when she does not do that, the nurse at Smithville Elementary School goes over there. So we're leaving Smithville Elementary School open and even for a few hours that worries us a little bit because we have students diagnosed with seizure disorders which require the emergency medication Diastat if a seizure occurs at school and only a nurse can administer Diastat," said Reynolds.

School Nurse Chandra Adcock also stressed the need for another nurse. "As a parent, taxpayer, and employee I'm concerned that we as a county only choose to provide partial nursing services to an entire population of children. We have multiple students in our schools every day with chronic health conditions. Just to name a few, we have people with asthma, diabetes, seizure disorders, cardiac disease, life threatening allergies, blood disorders, cystic fibrosis, and many more. On a daily basis that one nurse is assigned to care for students in two of the largest schools in the county serving approximately 1,400 students," she said.

Meanwhile three parents, Darlene Evans, Ashley Bryant, and Glenda Davis, who all have children with diabetes also addressed the board asking them to find the funds to hire another school nurse to help meet the medical needs of their children and others in the school system.

The school budget does not provide funding for a new school nurse position. A budget amendment, authorized by the county commission, would be required to pay for one this year.

Board Chairman W.J. (Dub) Evins, III called for a workshop on Monday, September 22 at 6:00 p.m. at the Board of Education building to address the matter. "Asking for a budget amendment, probably isn't going to happen and if it does it's probably going to take a while. My main object right now is to see if we can come up with a plan to start making sure these issues are addressed. This (workshop) will give us some time between now and the next board meeting to come up a plan," he said.

Evins has asked Reynolds and nurses to meet with the board at this workshop to provide input.

In the meantime, Director Willoughby said he will assign a substitute nurse to meet the needs. " I think it's extremely serious. Unless you (school board) tell me different, I'm going to start putting a sub nurse in there every day until we can get somebody we can classify as full time. We have more of a need this year than what we have had in the past," he said.

Reynolds said there are six nurses available as substitutes including four registered nurses and two licensed practical nurses.

Evins Named School Board Chairman

September 12, 2014
Dwayne Page
School Board Officers Shaun Tubbs, W.J. (Dub) Evins III, and Doug Stephens
New School Board

Fifth district member W.J. (Dub) Evins, III is the new Chairman of the Board of Education.

Evins was named by his fellow board members to serve as chairman during Thursday night's regular monthly meeting.

Sixth district member Doug Stephens was elected Vice-Chairman and Seventh District member Shaun Tubbs was named Assistant Secretary.

The board re-organizes each September electing officers to serve for the year.

Thursday's night's meeting was the first for the board since last month's election of the new members.

The board consists of Danny Parkerson from the First District, Jerry Wayne Johnson from the Second District, Jim Beshearse from the Third District, Billy Miller from the Fourth District, W.J. (Dub) Evins, III from the Fifth District, Doug Stephens from the Sixth District, and Shaun Tubbs from the Seventh District.

(TOP PHOTO: Shaun Tubbs, W.J. (Dub) Evins, III, and Doug Stephens)

(BOTTOM PHOTO): Jerry Wayne Johnson, Danny Parkerson, Billy Miller, W.J. (Dub) Evins, III, Shaun Tubbs, Doug Stephens, and Jim Beshearse

DeKalb County High School FBLA Organization Attends Leadership Camp

September 10, 2014
FBLA students at DCHS
DCHS FBLA Students

DCHS FBLA members attended an annual Leadership Development Camp and officer training at Camp Clements in Doyle, TN this past weekend. At this event, members and officers from FBLA chapters across the state attended training geared to their specific office as well as chapter improvement sessions, and a ropes course. Members leave camp with a renewed enthusiasm and more knowledge about the duties and responsibilities of their office, and additional leadership opportunities within the organization.

Braxton Pugh and Bailey Redmon attended training for Chapter President. Bailey Hayes and Katie Parker attended training for chapter Vice President. Kara Kanipe and Destiny Franklin learned the duties for club treasurer. Hannah James and Chloe White attended the social media officer training. The club adviser that attended camp with the students was Marilyn Roberts who participated in the adviser’s training to learn how to better lead the organization.

Campers attended chapter improvement sessions related to competitions, running for regional and state office, membership recruitment and membership involvement.
Along with chapter sessions on leadership and specific officer duties, campers were enrolled in recreation “teams” for relay races, team building activities, strategic challenges and physical challenges as well. Each camper was assigned a color team and competed with students from other schools in team competitions. DeKalb County FBLA was represented on every color team. Mrs. Roberts’ Silver Team won the overall team event award!

This was a wonderful experience for the students. They gained leadership, social, and networking skills by participating in Camp Clements Leadership Development Camp. More pictures from camp can be found on Facebook and Twitter. Like us on Facebook at DeKalb County FBLA and follow us on twitter @dekalbfbla to stay current on our chapter happenings.

(TOP PHOTO): From Left to Right
Kara Kanipe
Katie Parker
Bailey Hayes
Adviser, Mrs. Marilyn Roberts
Braxton Pugh
Destiny Franklin
Chloe White
Hannah James

(BOTTOM PHOTO): We are pictured in our Camp T-shirts
Front row: Hannah James, Bailey Hayes
Middle Row: Chloe White, Kara Kanipe, and Braxton Pugh
Back Row: Bailey Redmon, Katie Parker, Mrs. Marilyn Roberts, and Destiny Franklin

South Charged with Theft of Jewelry

September 10, 2014
Dwayne Page
Sara Nicole South
Abadih Ruiz-Lopez
Joshua Kevin Vickers
Candice Brook Vickers
Chad Dwayne Cantrell
Clay Andrew Bain
Anthony Curtis Johnson

A Smithville woman has been charged with stealing more than $20,000 worth of jewelry.

29 year old Sara Nicole South of Foster Road, Smithville will be in court on Thursday, September 11 on a charge of theft over $10,000. Her bond is $20,000.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Monday, August 8 South allegedly took several pieces of jewelry from a home on Sparta Highway. The jewelry was valued at $24,125. She allegedly admitted to taking a watch and a ring from the residence. Several other pieces of jewelry were recovered from the apartment where South was staying. That jewelry was identified by the victim as being some of the missing items.

34 year old Abadih Ruiz-Lopez of Bell Street, Smithville is charged with a second offense of driving on a revoked or suspended license. He was further issued citations for improper display of plates, no insurance, and failure to maintain lane of travel. His bond is $3,000 and he will be in court September 11. Sheriff Ray said that on Wednesday, September 3 a deputy spotted a white car leaving its lane of travel. After stopping the vehicle, the officer spoke with the driver, Lopez. A computer check revealed his license were revoked for failure to report an accident. He had received a citation for a first offense of driving on a revoked license on December 12, 2013.

32 year old Joshua Kevin Vickers of Woodbury Highway, Liberty and 32 year old Candice Brook Vickers of Givens Hollow Road, Liberty were arrested on Thursday, September 4. He is charged with failure to appear, a Circuit Court violation of probation, and criminal impersonation. She is charged with a child support violation and criminal impersonation. His bond totals $7,500 on the failure to appear and criminal impersonation charges and will be in court on September 11. He is being held without bond for the violation of probation and will make a court appearance on that offense on September 15. Her bond totals $3,900 and she will be in court on September 11. Sheriff Ray said that on Thursday, September 4 a deputy went to her residence on Givens Hollow Road to serve arrest warrants on Joshua Kevin Vickers. He (Vickers) told the officer that his name was Christopher Eric Vickers. He also gave the deputy a false birth date and social security number. Candice Vickers, who was going to be served with an attachment, also gave the officer a false name and birth date, stating that she was Jamie Nichols. They were later positively identified and arrested.

33 year old Chad Dwayne Cantrell of Old Bildad Road is charged with domestic assault. His bond is $1,500 and he will be in court September 11. Sheriff Ray said that on Thursday, September 4 a deputy responded to a domestic dispute at a residence on Old Bildad Road where Cantrell allegedly assaulted the victim by shoving and pinning her down on the bed. Due to the altercation, the victim had bruising to both arms. After a further investigation, it was determined that Cantrell was the primary aggressor and he was taken into custody.

22 year old Clay Andrew Bain of Lakeview Drive, Smithville is charged with domestic assault. His bond is $1,500 and he will be in court on September 11. Sheriff Ray said that on Friday, September 5 a deputy was dispatched to a residence on Lakeview Drive to speak with a man who reported that he was behind his son's house when his nephew, Bain came out yelling that he (uncle) was on his land. The victim advised Bain that he was not on his land. Bain allegedly hit the victim in the face busting the inside of his lip. He then knocked the victim down into a fence, causing a cut on his left arm and a cut and knot on his forehead.

60 year old Anthony Curtis Johnson of Sparta is charged with criminal simulation and theft under $500. His bond is $6,500 and he will be in court September 11. He was arrested on Tuesday, September 2. Sheriff Ray said that on Friday, August 1 Curtis committed the offense of criminal simulation by passing a fake check in the amount of $393.79 at a convenience market on Highway 56 south.

31 year old Johnny Lynn Devault of Talpha Drive Dowelltown is cited for driving on a revoked license. He will be in court October 9. Sheriff Ray said on Thursday, September 4 a sheriff's department detective saw Devault driving a motor vehicle. The officer had prior knowledge that Devault's driver's license had been revoked for failure to pay child support. A computer check confirmed it.

40 year old Jeffery Lynn Sanders of Lincoln Street, Smithville is cited for possession of drug paraphernalia. He will be in court October 9. Sheriff Ray said that on Thursday, September 4 Sanders was a passenger of a vehicle that was stopped by a sheriff's department detective. While the officer was conducting a search of his person, Sanders pulled from his pocket two hypodermic needles and three cut straws.

27 year old Frankie James Warrick of Vaughn Lane, Smithville is cited for driving on a suspended license and violation of the light law. He will be in court on October 15. Sheriff Ray said that on Friday, September 5 a deputy saw a vehicle on Highway 70 with a head light out. He conducted a traffic stop and found the driver to be Warrick. A computer check revealed his license to be suspended for failure to satisfy a citation.

33 year old Cynthia Denise Walls of Cookeville Highway, Smithville is cited for driving on a suspended license, traffic control device, and violation of the financial responsibility law. She will be in court October 8. Sheriff Ray said that on Saturday, September 6 Walls was stopped by an officer for running a red light. Walls could only produce an identification. A computer check revealed that her license were suspended. She further could not provide proof of financial responsibility (insurance).

Star Award Nomination for Walker / Henderson

September 10, 2014
Shan Burklow
Renee Walker
Tonisa (Toni) Henderson

Two locals in healthcare received a nomination for the prestigious National Capella Star Award. Renee Walker of DeKalb Community Hospital and Toni Henderson of Stones River Hospital were recently nominated amongst their colleagues as showing ‘an exemplary work ethic and commitment above and beyond for patient care.’ The Star Award is a national honor bestowed by Capella Healthcare.

Walker, an employee of the DeKalb Community Hospital Laboratory Department, is known by her co-workers and patients as a friendly face that always goes the extra mile.

“I have known and worked with Renee for two years and have always found her dependable, efficient, and unfailingly loyal. In fact, I have never worked with a person who gives as much attention to detail as she does,” said Laboratory Director Kevin Adcock, “In addition, her willingness to take on difficult projects and see them to successful completion has repeatedly impressed me. Renee is not only my Chief Tech but a friend and supporter. She’s a wife to husband, Jason, and a mother to two beautiful girls - Morgan and Meagan. Renee presents herself in a way that shows you what a good person she is. She demonstrates her values in the way she acts every day.”

Tonisa (Toni) Henderson is an LPN at Stones River Hospital and is known by her patients as more than just a smiling face.

“Toni has worked as an LPN at Stones River Hospital since 2009 and works primarily on the medical surgical floor,” said Sue Conley – CEO of Stones River and DeKalb Community Hospitals, “She is the ideal definition of a great nurse. She is very deserving of this nomination. We are proud of both of these good-hearted individuals and are grateful to have them at our fine hospitals.”

Both nominees will be featured in the national edition of Capella Connections magazine newsletter distributed to healthcare organizations nationwide.

Pictured: Renee Walker, Lab Tech at DeKalb Community Hospital and Tonisa (Toni) Henderson were nominated for the prestigious Capella Star Award recently. Both will be featured in the nationally published Capella Connections magazine newsletter distributed to healthcare organizations nationwide.

Joey Agee Named Assistant DWS Principal

September 9, 2014
Dwayne Page
Joey Agee

Longtime DeKalb Middle School Physical Education Teacher Joey Agee has been named Assistant Principal at DeKalb West School.

DWS Principal Sabrina Farler made the announcement Tuesday.

Agee succeeds Farler as Assistant DWS Principal.

Until his promotion to this new position, Agee has spent his entire teaching career at DeKalb Middle School. He is starting his twelfth year as an educator. He has also served as the DMS boys basketball coach and assistant DWS baseball coach.

Joey is married to the former Casey Bogle and they have two daughters.

Meanwhile, Farler will be starting her first full day as Principal of DeKalb West School Wednesday, taking over from Danny Parkerson, who has retired as Principal but has been elected to the school board from the first district.

Water Line Extension Grant Denied

September 9, 2014
Dwayne Page

DeKalb County's latest application for a CDBG grant has been denied that would have largely funded an extension of water lines to areas of the county in need.

In a letter to County Mayor Tim Stribling Wednesday, September 3, Brooxie Carlton, Director of federal programs for the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development wrote that "I regret to inform you that your application for the 2014 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) did not score high enough to be awarded a grant. Please consider revising your application and resubmitting it next year. ECD will be happy to discuss your application and the scoring process with you," she wrote.

In February, the DeKalb Utility District Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution seeking a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant for DUD to run water line extensions to areas of the county in need. The County Commission approved the same resolution at the January meeting to make application for the grant on behalf of the DUD.

During the January County Commission meeting Amanda Mainord of Grassroots Planning & Consulting, grant administrator, said the project would have served thirty eight households on Tramel Branch, Oakley Road, Carter Lane, Old Givens Hollow, and the Alexandria to Dismal Road.

The DUD would have been responsible for paying the grant's local 20% matching requirement or $96,000 plus any additional funds required to complete the project.

Jon Foutch, DUD Manager, said he is disappointed that the grant wasn't approved but is hopeful another application can be submitted later. "We want to be able to look at our scores and see how we can improve on them for the next application", he said

Deborah Goodwin Named Director of Smithville Senior Citizens Center

September 9, 2014
Deborah Goodwin Named Director of Smithville Senior Citizens Center
Deborah Goodwin with Group at Senior Citizens Center Tuesday

Deborah Goodwin has been named as the new Director for the Smithville Senior Citizens Center. The Advisory Board for the Center announced Friday that she will assume the position on September 15.

Goodwin is a life-long resident of DeKalb County. She is a 1973 graduate of DeKalb County High School and attended Motlow Community College for a time, where she studied Computer Science.

Deborah is the wife of Ronnie Goodwin and they have two sons, Scott Goodwin of Smithville and Matt Goodwin of Murfreesboro.

Goodwin has worked at SW Manufacturing where she held many positions before moving on to become her own boss as owner and operator of "The Flower Box" in downtown Smithville. From there Deborah became a pharmacy Tech where she has served clients at Caldwell's Drug Store and F.Z. Webb & Sons Pharmacy.

Goodwin stated "I am excited to get to work with our Senior Community. I have several new ideas that I hope will generate more interest for the Seniors to come into the Center. I love to work and be around the Seniors within our Community and I look forward to assuming these new responsibilities and making new friends."

Deborah succeeds Wanda Poss who is retiring after serving seventeen years as Director of the Center.

In addition to the Smithville Senior Citizens Center, Liberty and Alexandria also have centers. Nancy Goad is the Director of the Liberty Senior Citizens Center and Barbara Anders is Director of the Alexandria Center.

Early Voting Dates and Times Set for November 4 Election

September 9, 2014
Dwayne Page
Dates and Times set for Early Voting

The DeKalb County Election Commission has announced dates and times for Early Voting for the November 4 Tennessee General Election and the Smithville Municipal Liquor Referendums.

Early voting will begin October 15 and run through October 30.

In order to make it as convenient as possible for all voters, the election commission voted to set the following hours:
Mondays 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Tuesdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Thursdays 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Fridays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturdays 9 a.m. to Noon.

All Early Voting will be in the first floor courtroom of the courthouse.

Tennessee voters will elect a Governor, U.S. Senator, U.S. Congressmen, State Representatives, and State Senators.

The General Election Ballot also includes four proposed Tennessee Constitutional amendments.

Amendment #1 inserts constitutional language empowering the legislature to enact, amend, or repeal statutes regarding abortion.

Amendment #2 empowers the Governor to appoint judges subject to confirmation by the General Assembly

Amendment # 3 prohibits the legislature from levying or permitting any tax upon payroll or earned personal income

Amendment #4 empowers the legislature to permit lotteries for events that benefit 501 (c)(3) or 501(c)(19) organizations.

The City of Smithville has two referendums on the ballot on November 4.

The Retail Package Store Referendum asks city voters to either vote "To permit retail package stores to sell beverages in Smithville" or "not to permit retail package stores to sell alcoholic beverages in Smithville".

The Consumption on the Premises Referendum asks city voters to either vote "for legal sale of alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises in Smithville" or "against legal sale of alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises in Smithville."

Candidates on the Tennessee General Election Ballot are as follows:

Bill Haslam-Republican
Charles V. "Charlie" Brown-Democratic
Shaun Crowell-Constitution
Isa Infante-Green
Steven Damon Coburn-Independent
John Jay Hooker-Independent
Daniel T. Lewis-Independent (pending)

United States Senate:
Lamar Alexander-Republican
Gordon Ball-Democratic
Joe Wilmoth-Constitution
Martin Pleasant-Green
Tom Emerson, Jr.-Independent
Edmund L. Gauthier-Independent
Joshua James-Independent
Danny Page-Independent
Bartholomew J. Phillips-Independent
C. Salekin-Independent
Eric Schechter-Independent
Rick Tyler-Independent

U.S. House of Representatives (District 6)
Diane Black-Republican
Amos Scott Powers-Democratic
Mike Winton-Independent

Tennessee Senate (District 17)
Mae Beavers- Republican

Tennessee House of Representatives (District 40)
Terri Lynn Weaver- Republican
Sarah Marie Smith-Democratic

Tennessee House of Representatives (District 46)
Mark A. Pody-Republican
Candace Reed-Democratic

The actual wording on the ballot concerning the proposed constitutional amendments is as follows:

Constitutional Amendment 1
Shall Article I, of the Constitution of Tennessee be amended by adding the following language as a new, appropriately designated section:
Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion. The people retain the right through their elected state representatives and state senators to enact, amend, or repeal statutes regarding abortion, including, but not limited to, circumstances of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest or when necessary to save the life of the mother.

Constitutional Amendment 2
Shall Article VI, Section 3 of the Constitution of Tennessee be amended by deleting the first and second sentences and by substituting instead the following:

Judges of the Supreme Court or any intermediate appellate court shall be appointed for a full term or to fill a vacancy by and at the discretion of the governor; shall be confirmed by the Legislature; and thereafter, shall be elected in a retention election by the qualified voters of the state. Confirmation by default occurs if the Legislature fails to reject an appointee within sixty calendar days of either the date of appointment, if made during the annual legislative session, or the convening date of the next annual legislative session, if made out of session. The Legislature is authorized to prescribe such provisions as may be necessary to carry out Sections two and three of this article.

Constitutional Amendment 3
Shall Article II, Section 28 of the Constitution of Tennessee be amended by adding the following sentence at the end of the final substantive paragraph within the section:
Notwithstanding the authority to tax privileges or any other authority set forth in this Constitution, the Legislature shall not levy, authorize or otherwise permit any state or local tax upon payroll or earned personal income or any state or local tax measured by payroll or earned personal income; however, nothing contained herein shall be construed as prohibiting any tax in effect on January 1, 2011, or adjustment of the rate of such tax.

Constitutional Amendment 4
Shall Article XI, Section 5 of the Constitution of Tennessee be amended by deleting the following language:
All other forms of lottery not authorized herein are expressly prohibited unless authorized by a two-thirds vote of all members elected to each house of the general assembly for an annual event operated for the benefit of a 501(c)(3) organization located in this state, as defined by the 2000 United States Tax Code or as may be amended from time to time.
and by substituting instead the following language:

All other forms of lottery not authorized herein are expressly prohibited unless authorized by a two-thirds vote of all members elected to each house of the general assembly for an annual event operated for the benefit of a 501(c)(3) or a 501(c)(19) organization, as defined by the 2000 United States Tax Code, located in this state.


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