“Spend a Day In My Wheels” Wheelchair Challenge comes to DCHS

April 21, 2022
By: Dwayne Page

Students and staff at DeKalb County High School will experience what life in a wheelchair is like firsthand today (Thursday) as part of the Team ALeX “Spend a Day in My Wheels” challenge.

“Spend a Day In My Wheels” was the idea of 16-year-old Alex Johnson, a tenth grader at Friendship Christian School in Lebanon and a wheelchair user. Alex is the son of Smithville native and DCHS alumni Nathan Johnson. Alex is the grandson of Mike and Jeana Johnson.

The challenge is used to raise accessibility awareness for people that use wheelchairs and other mobility devices. Team ALeX challenges participants to spend a work or school day doing their daily activities in a wheelchair. Alex designed the challenge to open everyone’s eyes to the difficulties people with mobility devices face on a daily basis. The Permobil Foundation supplies the wheelchairs for all wheelchair challenges. Through a partnership with the Permobil Foundation, Alex hopes to change the world one challenge at a time.

Students and staff at DeKalb County High School will be participating in “Spend a Day In My Wheels” today (Thursday April 21). The participants will be using wheelchairs the entire school day. Team ALeX will be in attendance at an assembly at 9 am.

Below is the social media information and a link to our webpage.


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Upper Cumberland Middle School Math Contest

April 21, 2022
By: Bill Conger

Sixteen DeKalb West School students participated in the recent Upper Cumberland Middle School Math Contest at Tennessee Tech. 7th grader Leyton Scarbrough placed 2nd out of 126 7th graders; 6th graders Kaitlyn Swearinger placed 5th and Cameron Salas placed 8th out of 113 6th grade students.

The test was conducted as one continuous 60-minute test. It consisted of 30 problems/questions with multiple choice answers that cover material normally taught, plus challenge problems or questions.

Other students from DWS involved in the event were 6th graders Jordyn Agee and Autumn Crook, 7th graders Ben Barton, Ethan Brown, and Jennifer Fortune, and 8th graders Autumn Dies, Johnathan Keith, McKenna Miller, and Alex Vaughn.

Pictured front row left to right are Leyton Scarbrough, Alex Vaughn, Cameron Salas, Kaitlyn Swearinger, and Autumn Crook. Second row left to right are Jennifer Fortune, Johnathan Keith, Ben Barton, Ethan Brown, Autumn Dies, McKenna Miller, and Jordyn Agee.

Harvester Event Center Launches Inaugural Concert Series

April 20, 2022

The historic Harvester Event Center located in Downtown Smithville, TN has scheduled its inaugural live music concert on Friday, May 20, 2022, with a performance by The Smoky Nights, the Upper Cumberland’s own regional recording songwriters/artists.

Bert Driver, a native of Smithville, TN, and a fifth-generation Nursery Owner/Proprietor is pleased to announce the opening the Harvester Event Center – a community gathering center, and live music performance venue, located in the thriving downtown area of Smithville, TN.

Driver comments, “Smithville and the Upper Cumberland has needed a place like the Harvester Event Center for a long time – I’m just happy to be able to be in a position to help our area grow culturally and fulfill some of my personal dreams at the same time. I wanted to create a space that allows folks to host “no worries” events that fit the exact theme or purpose they have in mind.”

Driver’s ongoing support of the “local vibe” was with him throughout the renovation of the Harvester. He has invested extensive work to transform a former farm equipment dealership, and later bank offices, into a unique mid-century venue. He says, “I am proud that almost all the work required to convert the 1946 International Tractor Dealership into the Harvester Event Center was done by local folks who possess excellent expertise in their particular field – they have my sincere thanks. Could never have done it without them!”

The Harvester Event Center features the International Hall with three modern chandeliers, catering kitchen with walk-in cooler, and glass garage roll-up doors that step onto The Mid-Town Patio overlooking historic West Main Street. The Flatwoods is the eye of the Harvester, and includes The Yella Dog Lounge, The Black Walnut Bar and Mezzanine, a performance stage with built-in sound system that features a 1929 brass chandelier from the Noel Hotel (now known as Noelle Hotel) in Nashville, sound booth and elevated video/photography platform, ice machine, and high-speed internet services.

In addition to offering concerts and performances to the public, the Harvester is now booking private events – weddings, corporate events, quinceañeras, and more. Tickets for the Harvester Event Center (and Bert Driver’s Burlap Room) are available at For more information about the Harvester Event Center visit, or follow us on Facebook: @harvestertn, and Instagram: @harvestertn

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