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DeKalb Citizens’ Fire Academy Accepting Participants for Spring Session

March 4, 2018
By: Dwayne Page

Would you like to get first hand experience of what it’s like to be a county volunteer firefighter and know more about how the department and supporting agencies operate ? Then the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department’s Citizens’ Fire Academy may be for you

You have a special invitation to enroll in the Spring Academy scheduled for April 17 through May 22. The classes meet each Tuesday from 6 p.m until 8 p.m. and there is no cost to participate.

Get an exciting “behind the scenes” look at how emergency services work for you. This academy is educational and fun.

To enroll or to get more information contact County Fire Chief Donny Green at 615-464-7176 or email”

The deadline to enter is March 31.

Frequently Asked Questions about the DeKalb County Fire Department’s Citizens’ Fire Academy:

Q: What is the purpose and intent of the DCFD Citizens’ Fire Academy?

A:The purpose of this academy is to provide a behind-the-scenes look, from a citizens’ perspective, at the organizational structure, administration, operation, and response capabilities of the DeKalb County Fire Department and supporting agencies, such as the 911 Dispatch Center, law enforcement/investigations, emergency medical services, and fire prevention and safety agencies.

Q: Is there a cost to participate in the DCFD Citizens’ Fire Academy?

A:There is absolutely no cost for participating in this academy. Participants will be provided a light meal at each session and there will be a graduation ceremony and meal on May 22. We also provide each participant with an official DeKalb County Fire Department Citizens’ Fire Academy t-shirt!

Q: Will participants be trained to be firefighters?

A:Although class participants will have the opportunity to have some hands-on experience, the intent of this course is not to make firefighters out of participants.

Q: Will participants be required to perform strenuous activities?

A: No. Participants have the choice to participate as observers, or they can also volunteer to participate in hands- on tasks at whatever level they feel comfortable. Regardless of your physical condition, everyone can participate and have a positive and fun experience in this program.

Q: What is the class schedule?

A: We will be meeting weekly on Tuesday evenings from 6-8 pm beginning on April 17 and the academy graduation will be on May 22. Participants will meet at the DeKalb County Fire Department’s Headquarters at 782 King Ridge Rd., Dowelltown, TN. 37059. It is very important that participants plan to be at every session.

Q: Who is eligible to participate in the DCFD Citizens’ Fire Academy?

A: Anyone who lives or works in DeKalb County is invited to participate. However, we would like to place emphasis and strongly urge our community and business leaders to take part in this educational opportunity.

Q: Who can I talk to that has completed this academy that can give me a recommendation?

A: The Spring 2018 session will be our 9th session since we began the academy and we have had over 70 graduates who have provided us with very positive feedback about their experience. You can contact Chief Donny Green at (615) 464-7176 and he will be happy to provide you with contact information for academy alumni.

Q: What is the deadline to request participation in the Spring 2018 session of the DCFD Citizens’ Fire Academy?

A: We will continue to accept requests for enrollment until March 31, 2018.

Q: How do I sign up to confirm my intent to participate in the Spring 2018 DCFD Citizens’ Academy?

A: All you have to do is either email Chief Donny Green at, or call 615-464-7176 to submit your name for consideration before the class fills up. Remember, we strive to keep the class size to a maximum of 15 students. Please do not delay confirming your intent to enroll if you are interested in participating.

Prisoner Charged with Assaulting Another Inmate

March 4, 2018
By: Dwayne Page

A prisoner in the DeKalb County Jail was recently charged with aggravated assault after attacking another inmate.

27 year old Andrew Dayton West of Tramel Branch Road, Alexandria is under a $20,000 bond and his court date is March 15.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Thursday, February 22 a DeKalb County Correctional Officer observed West on camera stomping on another inmate. The officer then alerted other correctional officers.

West caused serious bodily injury to another inmate by stomping his head while he was laying on a mat. The injured prisoner was transported to the emergency room of the hospital where he was treated and released back into custody.

21 year old Katelyn Michelle Walz of Smithville is charged with driving under the influence. She was also cited for violation of the implied consent law, no insurance, and open container. Her bond is $1,500 and her court date is March 15.

Sheriff Ray said that on Saturday, February 17 a deputy was called to Sparta Highway near the Midnight Express where a vehicle was in the ditch.

Upon arrival he spoke to the driver of the automobile, Walz who said she had turned too sharply and missed the driveway. Walz had a strong odor of alcohol coming from her person and her eyes were glassy, red, and watery. She was unsteady on her feet. Walz submitted to but performed poorly on field sobriety tasks. When she refused to comply with the implied consent law, a search warrant was obtained for a sample of her blood. The officer found an open can of beer under the driver seat of the vehicle.

Candidates Asked to Keep Political Signs Off School Properties

March 3, 2018
By: Dwayne Page

All political candidates are asked not to place their campaign signs on any school property in DeKalb County.


Because the Board of Education has an active policy prohibiting it.

Policy #1.806 “Advertising and Distribution of Materials in Schools” states that “No part of the school system, including the facilities, the name, the staff, and the students, shall be used for advertising or promoting the interests of any commercial, political, or other non-school agency or organization. There are exceptions but those apply mainly to non-profit or governmental agencies that promote education or are pertinent to students’ interest and not for political purposes.

The policy goes on to state that “political literature shall not be distributed through the school to students, nor sent home to parents, nor placed in teachers’ mail boxes, lounges, or on school premises.”

“Political signs for people who are running for public office shall not be allowed on school property”.

Any political signs placed on school properties are to be removed.

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