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DeKalb GOP to Nominate Local Candidates Sunday for August Election

February 7, 2018
By: 2

Members of the DeKalb County Republican Party will caucus Sunday afternoon, February 11 to formally nominate candidates to run against Democrats and Independents in the August 2nd General Election.

The Mass Convention will be held at the courthouse starting at 2 p.m. and all DeKalb County Republicans are invited.

Although they are not yet officially nominated, most of the candidates are already known as they announced their intentions during a party “Meet and Greet” last month at the courthouse.

Those candidates include Sheriff Patrick Ray and Trustee Sean Driver, who are each seeking their fourth terms, Susan Martin for Circuit Court Clerk, and Reed Edge and Danny Hale who are both in the hunt for the GOP nomination to run for Road Supervisor.

Six persons are seeking the GOP nod to run for the County Commission including the following:

Tom Chandler in the 1st district
Sabrina Farler in the 2nd district
Greg Matthews in the 4th district
Jerry Adcock in the 5th district (incumbent)
Matt Adcock in the 6th district
Bruce Malone in the 7th district

Others still have an opportunity to announce.
The only requirements to participate as a delegate to help nominate candidates are that you are a registered voter in DeKalb County and a Republican.

Democrats will soon get their turn.

The DeKalb County Democratic Party will hold a Mass Meeting for county and state Democratic candidates, Saturday, February 17 to kick off the election year. The event will take place at the DeKalb County High School cafeteria, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Meet the candidates for Governor, US Senator, US Representative, State Senator, State Representative, County Mayor, Circuit Court Clerk, Road Supervisor, Sheriff, County Clerk, Register of Deeds, Trustee, County Commission, School Board, City Council.

Mary Mancini, Chair of the Tennessee Democratic Party, will be the keynote speaker.

The event will feature live music by Jake Hoot, coffee, donuts, and conversation.

Groundbreaking for New Habitat Home Set for Sunday

February 7, 2018
By: 2

Another family is getting closer to home ownership thanks to the work of the Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County and the support of the community.

Construction is set to begin within a few weeks for the sixth Habitat for Humanity house in Smithville. Jamie Nokes and her family is the partner family that was chosen among fifteen other applicants from last summer’s application process.

The Habitat for Humanity board wants to invite family, friends, and supporters to a groundbreaking ceremony on Sunday, February 11, 2 p.m. at 204 Hayes Street, Smithville.

The construction work will begin immediately with the intent to be completed within 4 months. The project will be completed by volunteers with the exceptions of the areas in which a licensed professional is required. Everyone is invited to help and jobs can be found for anyone. If you would like to volunteer, please email and if you are skilled in a certain line of construction work please indicate that or you may call 615-215-8181 and leave a message for construction. Please include name, number, email address, and skill.

We will also need volunteers to provide lunch on construction days, drinks, and snacks. Supplies are also needed such as hammers, tape measures, nail aprons, pencils and other building supplies are accepted. Monetary donations are needed as well to purchase construction materials. Supplies may be dropped off at Wilson Bank & Trust Smithville branch or mailed to Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb Co PO Box 750, Smithville, TN 37166.

Additionally we encourage churches, employers, and other organizations to commit to a construction day, you may contact us at the email or phone number above.

We appreciate your prayers and support for our upcoming project.

About Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County, TN.

Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County was formed in 2003. They have built five homes in the Smithville area and own property with plans to build future homes. Houses are constructed by volunteers and paid by donations from various fundraisers including the Fiddler 5K, Jackson Kayak Raffle, Golf Tournament, Yeti cooler raffle and the Chili cook off. The purpose of Habitat is to build houses and sell them at no profit and no interest to families who could not otherwise afford their own home. This Christian ministry is financed through private donations using volunteer labor and donated materials whenever possible.

Find us on Facebook @ HFHDeKalbTN to stay up-to-date on current events and construction updates.

City Court Costs Going Up

February 6, 2018
By: 2

Court costs are about to go up in the Smithville Municipal Court but the increase will help the police department upgrade to a new court management computer software system.

Last month the aldermen adopted an ordinance on first reading to raise the city court costs. The current fees associated with traffic violations, etc. are $85 per violation and a $13.75 litigation tax levied by the state. The new fee will be $100 per citation, a $15 increase.

Although the new Courtware Government Software Solutions system is free to the city, the cost of the software by the provider will be passed along to violators in the form of the increased court costs.

Police Chief Mark Collins said the new Courtware System will save the city money, simplify the city’s court processing procedures, and provide offenders the option of paying their fines and court costs online.

“We (city) pay $2,000 a year just to have the system we’re using now. The new one is free to the city but will be paid for by offenders who are found guilty of speeding and traffic offenses. Ten dollars out of their court costs will go to this courtware system to pay for it. It creates more ways to pay a ticket. We do not have a pay online system now. With this new system people can pay online,” said Chief Collins.

In addition to online fine payment, other software features include an online court calendar, digital documents, fund calculations, automatic dispositions, simple docket scheduling, statistical data that can be helpful to the police department, and more.

The ordinance increasing the court costs was adopted on second and final reading by the aldermen Monday night.


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