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DeKalb Health Department to Host FREE Flu Shot Clinic Friday

February 15, 2018
By: Dwayne Page

The DeKalb County Health Department is joining county health departments across the state in administering FREE flu shots during “Flu Shot Friday” February 16 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Get a flu shot! The Tennessee Department of Health is urging all Tennesseans who have not yet received a flu shot this flu season to get one as soon as possible, as seasonal influenza remains widespread across the state. Tennessee county health departments are providing flu vaccine at no charge to patients while supplies last and are holding special “Flu Shot Friday” clinics from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. local time Feb. 16 in all locations to increase the number of people vaccinated across Tennessee.

“We are having these clinics to emphasize it’s not too late to get vaccinated because we expect a lot more weeks of seasonal flu that we all know has already been intense. Vaccination is still the best protection we have against this serious and deadly illness,” said TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH. “Yes, wash your hands, avoid touching your face, stay home if you are sick but above all get vaccinated. It can help you and those around you stay healthy and if you do get sick, it just might save your life.”

All Tennessee county health departments are holding Flu Shot Friday clinics Feb. 16 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. This includes all rural county health departments and health department clinics in Chattanooga-Hamilton County, Jackson-Madison County, Knoxville-Knox County, Nashville-Davidson County, Memphis-Shelby County and Sullivan County. No appointments are needed to receive a flu shot during this event. Find a map of local health department locations and contact information online at www.tn.gov/health/health-program-areas/localdepartments.html.

TDH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend a yearly flu vaccine for everyone aged six months and older. Unfortunately, flu vaccines don’t work as well against H3N2 viruses, which means some people who get vaccinated may still get sick; however, flu vaccination helps make illness milder for those who do get sick. Flu vaccines also work better against H1N1 and influenza B viruses, which are also circulating in Tennessee right now.

Most people with the flu will have a mild illness and do not need medical care or antiviral drugs. However, groups including infants, the elderly and people with certain medical conditions are at highest risk of getting severe complications from the flu. Anyone who believes he or she may have the flu should contact a health care provider and should begin antiviral medications if recommended by the provider as soon as possible.

Flu virus is highly contagious, so it’s important for people who are sick to stay home and make every effort to avoid contact with others for at least 24 hours after their symptoms have resolved to help prevent further spread of the illness. This includes staying away from work, school and other public places while ill.
Follow these additional tips to protect your family and others from the flu:

* Use “respiratory etiquette” by coughing into your elbow or a tissue instead of your hands
* Wash hands frequently with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand rub
* Routine cleaning and disinfection in the home and workplace are important to reduce flu risks

Learn more about preventing seasonal flu at www.cdc.gov/flu/consumer/prevention.htm.




Lady Tigers Advance in District Tournament

February 15, 2018
By: Dwayne Page

The DeKalb County Lady Tigers won their first game of the District 8 AA Basketball Tournament Wednesday night eliminating Watertown 48 to 30.

The Lady Tigers, the 5th seed in the tournament, will meet Cannon County, the 4th seed on Friday night, February 16 at 6 p.m. WJLE will have LIVE coverage.

The tournament is being played at Hooper Eblen Center on the campus of Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville.

In the game Wednesday night, DeKalb County led 16 to 1 after the 1st period, 24 to 10 at halftime, and 42 to 21 after the 3rd period before winning 48 to 30

Lydia Brown scored 18 for the Lady Tigers. Kenzie France 8, Mya Ruch 7, Emme Colwell 6, Megan Walker 4, Maddison Parsley with 3 and Mallori Hart with 2.
Meanwhile the Smith County Owls eliminated Cannon County in the boys tournament Wednesday night winning 56 to 40. The Owls, the 5th seed, will meet York Institute, the 4th seed in the tournament, on Friday night, February 16 at 7:30 p.m.

Games scheduled tonight, Thursday, February 15 Livingston Academy, the 6th seed, will face York Institute, the 3rd seed, in the girls tournament at 6 p.m. In the boys tournament, Watertown, the 7th seed, will meet Macon County, the 3rd seed at 7:30 p.m.




(UPDATED) Stage Set for Most Local Elections

February 14, 2018
By: Dwayne Page

The stage is set for the May 1 DeKalb County Democratic Primary and the August 2 DeKalb County General Election as far as county wide offices and the county commission are concerned.Twelve Noon Thursday, February 15 was the qualifying deadline with the DeKalb County Election Commission and there were no new entries today (Thursday).
According to Administrator of Elections Dennis Stanley, all petitions issued for this first election phase were returned and verified including for the offices of Road Supervisor, County Mayor, Circuit Court Clerk, Sheriff, Register of Deeds, County Clerk, and Trustee, and for the county commission in each of the seven districts.
The candidates for the May 1 DeKalb County Democratic Primary and the Republican and Independent opponents in the August 2 DeKalb County General Election are as follows:
COUNTY CLERK:
James L. (Jimmy) Poss—(Incumbent): Unopposed in May and August
COUNTY MAYOR:
Tim Stribling (Incumbent)
Bradley Hendrix
Mike Foster
The Democratic nominee on May 1 will face Independent candidate Randy Paris in the August 2 election. There is no Republican candidate for County Mayor August 2
SHERIFF:
Michael Agee-Unopposed in May. Agee will face Republican Incumbent Sheriff Patrick Ray on August 2
ROAD SUPERVISOR:
Jimmy Sprague- Unopposed in May. Sprague will face Republican Danny Hale on August 2
CIRCUIT COURT CLERK:
Nicole Wright
Mark Milam
The Democratic nominee on May 1 will face Republican candidate Susan Martin on August 2
REGISTER OF DEEDS:
Jeff McMillen (Incumbent): Unopposed in May and August
TRUSTEE:
Republican Incumbent Sean Driver to be unopposed on August 2
COUNTY COMMISSION-FIRST DISTRICT (Two to be nominated in May)
Julie Young (Incumbent)-Unopposed in May
Dennis Slager-Unopposed in May
Republican Tom Chandler to be on the ballot with Slager and Young in August (Two to be elected in August)
COUNTY COMMISSION-SECOND DISTRICT (Two to be nominated in May)
Joe Johnson (Incumbent)
Nora Harvey
Myron Rhody
Republican Sabrina Farler to be on the ballot with the two Democratic nominees in August (Two to be elected in August)
COUNTY COMMISSION-THIRD DISTRICT (Two to be nominated in May)
Jack Barton (Incumbent)
Jenny Trapp
Bobby Johnson
Republican Renee Steff to be on the ballot with the two Democratic nominees in August (Two to be elected in August)
COUNTY COMMISSION-FOURTH DISTRICT (Two to be nominated in May)
Jonathan Norris (Incumbent)
Wayne Cantrell (Incumbent)
Dr. Scott Little
Bobby Taylor
Janice Fish-Stewart
Republican Greg Matthews to be on the ballot with the two Democratic nominees in August (Two to be elected in August)
COUNTY COMMISSION-FIFTH DISTRICT (Two to be nominated in May)
Anita Puckett (Incumbent) Unopposed in May
Lloyd Emmons Unopposed in May
Republican Incumbent Jerry Adcock and Independent candidate William Rutherford to be on the ballot with Puckett and Emmons in August (Two to be elected in August)
COUNTY COMMISSION-SIXTH DISTRICT (Two to be nominated in May)
Betty Atnip (Incumbent) Unopposed in May
Jeff Barnes (Incumbent) Unopposed in May
Republican candidate Matt Adcock to be on the ballot with Atnip and Barnes in August (Two to be elected in August)
COUNTY COMMISSION-SEVENTH DISTRICT(Two to be nominated in May)
Kevin Robinson (Incumbent)
Larry Summers (Incumbent
Beth Pafford
Republican candidate Bruce Malone to be on the ballot with the two Democratic nominees in August (Two to be elected in August)
Meanwhile the qualifying deadline for five school board seats, municipal elections in Smithville, Dowelltown, Liberty, and Alexandria, and for the August state primaries is noon April 5.
Up for election in August will be school board seats in Districts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 7.
City seats up for grabs in August are: In Smithville the Mayor and two aldermen positions; in Dowelltown three aldermen seats; in Liberty the Mayor and five aldermen spots and in Alexandria the Mayor and four aldermen positions including one alderman to fill a two year unexpired term.
State primary races in August will include State Senator in District 17, State House in District 40 and 46, Sixth District Congressman, Governor, and US. Senator.
PETITIONS ISSUED FOR AUGUST ELECTIONS: (*) MEANS RETURNED AND VERIFIED
SMITHVILLE MAYOR:
*JIMMY POSS—(INCUMBENT)-PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED
*JOSH MILLER—PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED
SMITHVILLE ALDERMAN:
BRANDON COX-
*JASON MURPHY—(INCUMBENT) PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED
*GAYLA HENDRIX—(INCUMBENT) PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED
LIBERTY MAYOR:
*DWIGHT MATHIS-(INCUMBENT)-PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED
*DARRELL JOHNSON—PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED
LIBERTY ALDERMAN:
EDDIE DWAYNE BLAIR- (INCUMBENT)
JASON RAY–(INCUMBENT)
*DEREK JOHNSON— PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED
WILLIAM H. REYNOLDS— (INCUMBENT)
J.D. BRATTEN- (INCUMBENT)
BOARD OF EDUCATION-FIRST DISTRICT:
DANNY PARKERSON—(INCUMBENT)
BOARD OF EDUCATION-SECOND DISTRICT:
JERRY WAYNE JOHNSON—(INCUMBENT)
ALAN HAYES
C.D. (CARL) WEBB
ORVIL HENDRIX
BOARD OF EDUCATION-THIRD DISTRICT:
*JIM BESHEARSE—(INCUMBENT) PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED
BOARD OF EDUCATION-FOURTH DISTRICT
KATE MILLER—(INCUMBENT)
BOARD OF EDUCATION-SEVENTH DISTRICT
*SHAUN TUBBS—(INCUMBENT) PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED
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