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Lady Tigers to Meet Upperman in District Tournament Semi-Finals Saturday Night

February 16, 2018
By: Dwayne Page

The DCHS Lady Tigers defeated Cannon County 41 to 39 Friday night in the District 8AA basketball tournament at Cookeville and will advance to the semi-finals Saturday, February 17.

The Lady Tigers will face the Upperman Lady Bees at 6 p.m. at Hooper Eblen Center on the campus of Tennessee Tech University. WJLE will have LIVE coverage.

The Lady Bees are 28-0, the number one team in the state, and the defending state champion. DeKalb County is 12-16 on the season.

In the game Friday night, the Lady Tigers led Cannon County 10 to 5 after the 1st period but trailed 15 to 14 at halftime and 31 to 29 after the 3rd period. DeKalb County outscored the Lionettes in the 4th period and won 41 to 39.

Lydia Brown, Emme Colwell, and Mya Ruch each scored 10. Megan Walker 4. Megan Cantrell 3 and Maddison Parsley and Kenzie France each with 2 points.

Meanwhile the Smith County Owls knocked off York Institute 57 to 46 Friday night to advance to the semi-finals of the boy’s tournament to take on Upperman, the number one seed, Saturday night, February 17 at 7:30 p.m.

In other Saturday games, the Macon County girls will face Livingston Academy in the semi-finals at 3 p.m. followed at 4:30 p.m. by a matchup between Watertown and Livingston Academy in the boys semi-finals.

Sickness Forces DeKalb Schools to Close until Tuesday

February 16, 2018
By: Dwayne Page

DeKalb County Schools will be closed today (Friday) due to a high rate of absenteeism in the school system because of illness.

Director of Schools Patrick Cripps told WJLE that the student absentee rate system wide shot up to 17% Thursday due to sickness. Several teachers and support staff were also out sick.

“We thought that once we reached this level of absenteeism that it was time to close schools,” said Director Cripps.

Daily student attendance system wide is usually at 94% or better but had fallen to 83% by Thursday.

Schools were already scheduled to be closed Monday, February 19 for Presidents Day but are expected to re-open on Tuesday, February 20

Circuit Court Clerk Katherine Pack Decides Not to Seek Re-Election

February 15, 2018
By: Dwayne Page

DeKalb County Circuit Court Clerk Katherine Pack has chosen not to seek re-election and will be leaving office at the end of her term August 31.

Ms. Pack, who was first elected to the office in 2002, is completing her fourth term.

“I would like to thank all the citizens of DeKalb County for allowing me the opportunity to serve as DeKalb County’s Circuit Court Clerk the past 15 ½ years,” said Ms. Pack.

“I have so enjoyed working with the judges in Circuit, Criminal and Civil, General Sessions Criminal and Civil, and Juvenile Courts, all the attorneys from our local bar and surrounding counties, the District Attorney General’s Office, District Public Defender’s Office, the Sheriff’s Department, City of Smithville and Alexandria Police Departments, and my special friends elected officials of DeKalb County, you all have a special place in my heart,” she continued.

“My prayer for our county and these special people is: with unity, love, and thankfulness, we all seek God’s guidance and leadership daily in all we do,” Ms. Pack concluded.

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