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Tigers Fall to Panthers 35-0

September 1, 2018
By: Dwayne Page

The DeKalb County Tigers lost to the Stone Memorial Panthers Friday night at Crossville 35-0.

After starting the season two weeks ago with a 19 to 14 win at home over Warren County, the Tigers have failed to find the endzone since losing to Upperman 43-0 last week at home and now to Stone Memorial 35-0.

The Tigers will host Watertown next Friday night, September 7 in Smithville. Kick-off is at 7 p.m. WJLE will have LIVE coverage.

Watertown is 3-0 with wins at Gordonsville 48-8, at home against Mount Juliet Christian 61-7, and at Trousdale County 22-21.

Stone Memorial’s Thomas Arnold was in on all of the Panthers’ touchdowns in the first half against the Tigers Friday night, scoring on runs of 20, 22, 1, and 2 yards and he threw a 25 yard touchdown pass to Jesus Murillo. Jaiden Sadowski connected on all five extra point attempts to give the panthers the 35-0 victory.

Arnold’s first touchdown came with 3:46 left in the 1st period on a 20 yard run and with the extra point the Panthers led 7-0.

Arnold found the endzone again on a 22 yard touchdown run with 1:11 left in the 1st period. After the PAT the Panthers led 14-0

Jesus Murillo scored on a 25 yard touchdown pass from Arnold with six seconds left in the 1st period. The extra point put the Panthers up 21-0.

Arnold scored on a 1 yard touchdown run with 3:20 left in the 2nd period and after the extra point Stone Memorial led 28-0.

Arnold scored his final touchdown of the game on a 2 yard run with 14 seconds left in the 2nd period. Sadowski connected on the extra point and the Panthers won 35-0.

Smithville Mayor Josh Miller Takes Office

By: Dwayne Page

The City of Smithville has a new mayor and a new alderman.

Josh Miller took the mayor’s oath of office Friday afternoon at city hall. City attorney Vester Parsley administered the oath.

Miller succeeds Jimmy Poss who served as mayor for six years. For the last five years, Miller has been alderman. A successor will soon be named to fill Miller’s unexpired two year alderman term

Meanwhile Aldermen Gayla Hendrix and Brandon Cox were also sworn into office by Parsley. Hendrix begins her second consecutive term, and third term overall as alderman. Cox is taking office as alderman for the first time.

Mayor Miller said he is honored to serve the people of Smithville.

“I am very excited and grateful for this opportunity. I have never been involved with the day to day operations of the city but I am looking forward to getting in and seeing what needs to be done,” he said.

“One of the first actions we will have to do is to name someone to fill my alderman seat. That seems to be a very hot topic right now. Of course there are other positions, appointments and reappointments that have to be made to various boards throughout the city,” said Mayor Miller.

The mayor said he plans to seek out more grants for the city to help fund various projects, including a new parallel runway at the airport.

“We cannot do everything that needs to be done right away but we have to go after more grants and take advantage of those we can get. I think a parallel airport taxiway is very important to the airport. I would also like to see us create a parks and recreation advisory board so we can start getting more grants for the recreational areas and parks in the city,” added Mayor Miller.

Meanwhile Alderman Jason Murphy, whose term expired Friday, was presented a plaque by Mayor Miller for his 6 years of service. Alderman Cox is replacing Murphy on the City Council.

The new make-up of the city’s elected leaders includes Mayor Josh Miller and Aldermen Shawn Jacobs, Gayla Hendrix, Danny Washer, and Brandon Cox with a new alderman to be named soon.

The next regular monthly city council meeting is set for Monday, September 10 at 6 p.m. at city hall.

Tourism Marketing Grant Awarded to Chamber

August 31, 2018

The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development recently awarded $1 million in Tourism Marketing Grants to 84 organizations for tourism marketing.

Smithville-DeKalb County Chamber Director Suzanne Williams and Jamboree Marketing Director Shan Williams worked together to write the grant to benefit both the Chamber and the Smithville Jamboree. A total of $5,000 was awarded – $2,500 for the Chamber and $2,500 for the Smithville Jamboree.

Project 1 will be a Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree and Crafts Festival Billboard on I-40. This vinyl billboard will be up for the duration of 12 months. The first 6 months will include a “thank you for a successful 2018 Jamboree event” along with featuring upcoming 2019 festival dates. The next 6 months, leading up to the event, will feature a new vinyl graphic inviting potential attendees to join us for our 48th annual bluegrass and old-time Appalachian music and crafts festival.

Project 2 will update our Chamber Website ( to include “Day-cation, Stay-cation, and Vacation” opportunities to the existing website.

The marketing award is a 50% reimbursable match grant which provides tourism organizations such as CVBs, chambers of commerce or regional tourism organizations a way to expand their marketing message. The partnership is designed to increase visitation to a community and travel-generated revenue, while leveraging TDTD’s brand “The Soundtrack of America. Made in Tennessee.” through marketing initiatives. Partnerships awarded were competitive in nature and limited to available funds, as well as the number of requests received.

“These marketing grants create an opportunity for our partners across the state, especially in rural areas, to double their resources for a project to promote their area,” said TDTD Commissioner Kevin Triplett. “We are glad we can make this program available.”

In 2017, the Tourism Marketing Grant budget increased from $855,000 to $1 million in funds. The grant has allowed tourism organizations across Tennessee to expand marketing efforts, thus expanding exposure for the entire state.

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