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Child and Woman Airlifted After Crash

June 23, 2018
By: Dwayne Page

A nine year old girl and a woman were airlifted after a one car crash Saturday afternoon on Evins Mill Road.

Trooper Jason Cobble of the Tennessee Highway Patrol said 20 year old Alex Chase Upchurch of Smithville was traveling north in a 1995 Mercury Grand Marquis when he failed to negotiate a curve, went off the right side of the roadway, and struck a tree.

21 year old Courtney Johnson was a passenger along with the nine year old girl and two other children, including a six year old boy and another boy, who is almost two years old.

A helicopter ambulance landed in a pasture by the road to airlift the nine year old girl to Vanderbilt Hospital. The other passengers were transported by DeKalb EMS to Saint Thomas DeKalb Hospital. Upchurch was not injured but went to the hospital with the others. Johnson was later airlifted from the hospital to Vanderbilt.

The names of the children were not released because they are minors.

Members of the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department and Sheriff’s Department were also on the scene.

10th Anniversary of Operation Dry Water June 29-July 1

June 23, 2018
By: Dwayne Page

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will be participating in Operation Dry Water, June 29-July 1. Operation Dry Water is a national weekend of Boating Under the Influence (BUI) awareness and enforcement campaign directed toward reducing alcohol and drug-related accidents and fatalities.

Operation Dry Water is held the weekend prior to the Independence Day (July 4) holiday to give BUI enforcement high visibility during the peak boating season. The TWRA is teaming with the U.S. Coast Guard and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA). Operation Dry Water was started by the NASBLA in 2009.

TWRA boating officers will saturate high traffic areas on reservoirs across the state. Along with the use of life jackets and other safety practices, officers want boaters to be aware of the effects and ramifications of alcohol use. The TWRA will be intensifying efforts to detect and apprehend boat operators who are operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

In 2017 during Operation Dry Water, there were 13 boating under the influence (BUI) arrests across the state.

Operating a boat with a Blood Alcohol Content of .08 percent or higher is illegal in Tennessee, the same as operating a motor vehicle. Penalties may include fines, jail, boat impoundment and the loss of boat driving privileges.

Alcohol use is the leading contributing factor in recreational boater deaths. Sun, wind, noise, vibration and motion intensify the effects of alcohol, drugs and some medications.

For more information on Operation Dry Water, visit

Chamber Announces Project Welcome Mat Winners for Fiddlers Jamboree

June 22, 2018
By: Dwayne Page

The Smithville-DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce has announced the winners of the 2018 “Project Welcome Mat” in time for the Fiddler’s Jamboree and Crafts Festival July 6 & 7.

This year’s winners are as follows:

*People’s Choice – Webb’s Pharmacy, Gifts, & Soda Fountain, “Two Scoops and You’re in Heaven, Welcome to Jamboree 47”

*Most Original -Middle Tennessee Natural Gas, “Get Those Fiddles Revvin To Jamboree 47”

*Best Worded- Wilson Bank and Trust, “Pick a Seat and Watch the Show, Off to the Jamboree We Go!”

“We want to thank all the businesses that participated in the 17th Annual Chamber of Commerce “Jamboree Project Welcome Mat” contest and for using your message signs to welcome Jamboree visitors. The signs were all so great, and we have received so many positive comments. It’s vitally important to make sure that our Jamboree visitors know how appreciated and important they are, so mission accomplished,” said Suzanne Williams, Executive Director of the Smithville-DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce

“We had a record-breaking number of entries this year. The votes were so close, I had to recount several times to be sure. Again, we are so grateful to all who entered the contest,” said Williams.

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