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WJLE’s Fearless Forecasters College Football Show Airs Today (Thursday) at 4:30 p.m.

October 8, 2020
By: Dwayne Page

Chad Kirby has taken the lead among WJLE’s Fearless Forecasters picking college football winners after the first three weeks of the season.

Kirby has compiled an overall record of 31-9 and had the best finish last week at 11-3.

Overall Grant James and Ricky Atnip are tied for second place at 29-11 followed by Dewain Hendrixson, John Pryor, and Scott Goodwin each at 28-12. Will Graham is next at 27-13, Darrell Gill and Jared Davis each at 26-14, and Scott Brown 25-15.

Following Kirby for the best single week record last week was John Pryor at 9-5; Grant James, Ricky Atnip, Jared Davis, Scott Goodwin, Dewain Hendrixson, and Will Graham each at 8-6 with Darrell Gill and Scott Brown each at 6-8.

Five forecasters hit their underdog picks last week. Darrell Gill picked up 7 points with Air Force’s upset win over Navy 40-7. Ricky Atnip got 11.5 points as TCU defeated Texas 33-31. Ole Miss’s win over Kentucky 42 to 41 gave Chad Kirby 6 points. Scott Goodwin added 7 points to his total as Iowa State defeated Oklahoma 37 to 30 and Will Graham got 2 points as SMU knocked off Memphis 30 to 27.

After three weeks Scott Goodwin is now the underdog points leader with 22.5 points followed by Darrell Gill 21, Scott Brown 19, Rickey Atnip 11.5, Grant James 7, Dewain Hendrixson and Chad Kirby each with 6 points and Will Graham 2.

Today (Thursday) the Forecasters will be picking winners in the following games:

MTSU at FIU, Louisville at Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech at North Carolina, Texas at Oklahoma. East Carolina at South Florida, Florida State at Notre Dame, Pittsburgh at Boston College, Marshall at Western Kentucky, Miami at Clemson, Kansas State at TCU, Florida at Texas A&M, Mississippi State at Kentucky, South Carolina at Vanderbilt, Tennessee at Georgia and in the NFL Buffalo at the Tennessee Titans.

Catch the Fearless Forecasters on WJLE today (Thursday) at 4:30 p.m. on AM 1480/FM 101.7 and LIVE streaming at www.wjle.com.

The program is sponsored by the Charles D. Atnip Realty and Auction Company, Middle Tennessee Natural Gas, FirstBank, DeKalb County Insurance, Davis Auto Body, Gill Automotive, Love-Cantrell Funeral Home, Graham Services, DeKalb County Ace Hardware, and Dominos Pizza.




City Creates Diagonal Parking Spaces on West Walnut Street

October 7, 2020
By: Dwayne Page

Diagonal parking has come to West Walnut Street in the downtown business district with Market Street soon to follow.

The change on West Walnut Street was made last week.

Last January the aldermen voted to change parking on one side of both West Walnut and West Market Streets from parallel to diagonal parking. The move is not difficult since both are already one way streets. Mayor Josh Miller said the idea is to create more parking spaces for downtown shoppers to help businesses thrive and flourish.

West Main, which is a two way street with parallel parking, will remain as is with no changes planned.




Smithville Alderman Beth Chandler Takes Oath of Office (View Video Here)

October 7, 2020
By: Dwayne Page

Smithville Alderman Beth Chandler was officially sworn into office Tuesday morning at City Hall.

City attorney Vester Parsley administered the oath. Members of Chandler’s family were on hand for the occasion along with Mayor Josh Miller.

Chandler was appointed by the aldermen Monday night to fill the unexpired term of former Alderman Gayla Hendrix who resigned last month to become Smithville Municipal Judge. Hendrix’s Alderman term ends August 31, 2022.

Smithville Alderman Beth Chandler Takes Oath of Office from City Attorney Vester Parsley.MOV from dwayne page on Vimeo.

“I am deeply humbled to be chosen Alderman and I look forward to working with the Mayor and Aldermen to serve our great City of Smithville,” said Alderman Chandler.

Meanwhile Alderman Shawn Jacobs was sworn into office Monday night. He was re-elected to a new term in August. Jacobs was scheduled to take his oath last month along with fellow Aldermen Danny Washer and Jessica Higgins but he could not attend in person at that time for the ceremony. Jacobs has served as Alderman since 2009.




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