Twenty Three DeKalb Students on Dean’s List at MTSU

February 12, 2018
By: Dwayne Page

More than 5,060 MTSU students including 23 from DeKalb County are on the latest Dean’s List for their academic achievements for the fall 2017 semester. Meanwhile five MTSU students from DeKalb County graduated during the 2017 fall semester.

To qualify for the Dean’s List, a student must maintain a current semester grade-point average of 3.5 or above and earn at least 12 semester hours.

The “Dean’s List” notation applies only to undergraduate students. MTSU’s lists are updated after each semester ends and student grades are posted.

Those making the MTSU Dean’s List from DeKalb County are:
Eddie Dwayne Blair of Liberty
Alec Camren Bryan of Smithville
Scotty Dale Colwell of Dowelltown
Briana N. Cutliff of Smithville
Taylor B. Ellis of Alexandria
Richard Anthony Fisher of Alexandria
Taylor Morgan Harris of Smithville
Michael Li Huang of Smithville
Delaney Louise Johnson of Smithville
Mackenzie Danielle Keaton of Smithville
Elizabeth Catherine Lasser of Smithville
Brandon Robert Leiser of Smithville
Kelsey Ann MacDonald of Alexandria
Elizabeth Jane Mason of Dowelltown
Gabrielle S. Mould of Liberty
Janice Marie Penny of Liberty
McKenzie B. Poteete of Liberty
James Puckett of Smithville
Alexis Louise Roller of Smithville
Jordan Alex Turner of Smithville
Heather Nicole Vaughn of Smithville
Morgan M. Vickers of Liberty
Maranda Skye White of DeKalb County

Meanwhile the 2017 MTSU Fall graduates from DeKalb County are
Scotty Dale Colwell of Dowelltown
Taylor Morgan Harris of Smithville
Christina Erin King of Smithville
Haley Danielle Parchman of Smithville
James Puckett of Smithville

Danny Hale Wins DeKalb GOP Nomination for Road Supervisor

February 11, 2018
By: Dwayne Page

Danny Hale of Liberty won the Republican nomination for DeKalb County Road Supervisor in the local GOP caucus held Sunday afternoon at the courthouse.

Hale, who was nominated by party delegates, defeated Reed Edge 62 to 34. The vote was conducted by paper ballot.

“I would like to thank everybody who participated today. I thank them for coming out and for their support. I’m looking forward to running a good race,” Hale told WJLE after the meeting.

Hale will face Democrat Jimmy Sprague in the August 2nd DeKalb County General Election. Sprague is unopposed for the Democratic nomination for Road Supervisor in the May 1 DeKalb County Democratic Primary and although the qualifying deadline is not until Thursday, February 15 it’s too late for other Road Supervisor candidates to get qualified by the Tennessee Highway’s Certification Board. The filing deadline with the state board was February 1. Both Hale and Sprague are state certified.

Incumbent Republican Road Supervisor Wallace “Butch” Agee decided not to seek re-election to a second term.

All the other Republican candidates for the August 2 DeKalb County General Election were nominated by acclamation during the caucus Sunday including Incumbent Sheriff Patrick Ray, Incumbent Trustee Sean Driver, Susan Martin for Circuit Court Clerk, and County Commission candidates Tom Chandler in the 1st district, Sabrina Farler in the 2nd district, Renee Steff in the 3rd district, Greg Matthews in the 4th district, Incumbent Jerry Adcock in the 5th district, Matt Adcock in the 6th district, and Bruce Malone in the 7th district.

Incumbent 1st district Republican County Commissioner Mason Carter was not present for the caucus and will not be seeking re-election.

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.

Both candidates for Governor former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean & House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh will be in attendance along with former Governor Phil Bredesen now running for the United States Senate. Mary Alice Carfi candidate for State Senate will also be present.

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

Groundbreaking Held for Sixth Habitat Family

February 11, 2018
By: Dwayne Page

A groundbreaking celebration was held Sunday afternoon for the sixth Habitat for Humanity home in DeKalb County.

Committee and Board members of Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County joined the new partner family, Jamie Nokes and her family Jayde Stanley, Tayvian Nokes, Desmond Nokes, and Justis Nokes for the brief ceremony at 204 Hayes Street.

“All Glory to God. I am just thankful for the Blessing. I know its something He has bestowed upon me. I am thankful for all the volunteers and for the Habitat organization. They are changing people’s lives and I am thankful I get to be one of those people and I look forward to eventually volunteering in the future and maybe serving on the board and doing all those things to pay for it. I am extremely blessed,” Nokes told WJLE.

During Sunday’s groundbreaking ceremony, Alex Woodward made welcoming remarks and introduced the partner family. Chris Moore of the Smithville Church of God gave the invocation and Jordan Atnip of the Smithville First Baptist Church read scripture from Psalm 145: 3-7; Matthew 5:13-14, and Matthew 7:24-29 The ministers then offered the Prayers of Blessing and led the gathering in the Responsive Reading based on Psalm 118:19-29 followed by the groundbreaking, the Lord’s Prayer, and finally a closing prayer.

The public is urged to support the construction of the home with donations.

“Habitat for Humanity wants you to help us Frame with God’s Word in our new house. For a $5 donation your favorite bible verse and name will be written on the frame work of our latest Habitat home. Our goal is to cover Jamie Nokes and her family with God’s message written throughout their house,” said Woodward.

“You may send your message and donation to Habitat for Humanity PO Box 369 Smithville, TN 37166, drop it by Wilson Bank & Trust Smithville office or contact us on Facebook @HFHDeKalbTN for other options,” he continued.

Woodward said construction work will begin as soon as possible.

“We have to do some general stuff that requires skilled labor but we are hoping probably by the middle of March to get volunteers in and start that part but we hope, depending on the weather, to have the foundation and footers done by the middle of March,” he said.

“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,” said Woodward

“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,” Woodward said.

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.

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