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Man Safely Swims to Shore After Escaping from a Burning Boat on Center Hill Lake (VIEW VIDEO HERE)

August 28, 2018
By: Dwayne Page

A Chestnut Mound man had a close call Tuesday morning after his boat caught fire on Center Hill Lake at the Floating Mill Recreation Area.

Dale Heady said he had just launched his 18 foot 1989 Rinker pleasure boat from the boat ramp and was only a few hundred yards off shore when he heard a pop and then saw the fire. “At first I thought I had hit a rock. A couple nearby heard it too and told me later they thought it was a backfire,” he said.

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Heady grabbed a fire extinguisher and tried unsuccessfully to put out the blaze. The then put on his life jacket, jumped in the lake, and swam safely to shore.

Members of the TWRA, US Army Corps of Engingeer Rangers, DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department, and DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department responded.  A hose from a boat was used to spray water on the burning boat but it could not be salvaged.


Students of the Month Named at Smithville Elementary School

August 28, 2018

Smithville Elementary has named its Students of the Month for August. These students were selected for their outstanding character, academics, and other traits that make them an all-around excellent student. Selected as Students of the Month for August are:

Pre-K: Mary Alice Moore
Kindergarten: Danika Barlow
1st grade: Brantley Brooks
2nd grade: Aden Freeman

Smithville Elementary Upcoming Events for September 2018

Monday, September 3 Labor Day, no school

Wednesday, September 5  3:00pm – 6:00pm Family Reading Night

Thursday, September 6 3:00pm – 6:00pm Family Reading Night

Wednesday, September 12  3:00pm – 6:00pm Family Reading Night

Thursday, September 13  In-School Banking

Thursday, September 13  3:00pm – 6:00pm Family Reading Night

Wednesday, September 19  3:00pm – 6:00pm Family Reading Night

Thursday, September 20 3:00pm – 6:00pm Family Reading Night

September 24-28 Scholastic Book Fair in Library

Thursday, September 27  In-School Banking

DeKalb Fire Department Tops in Training for 2017-18 (VIEW VIDEO HERE)

August 27, 2018

DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department is the #1 all-volunteer fire department in the state of Tennessee for 2017-2018 training achievement. Of the 732 fire departments in Tennessee, both volunteer and paid, DeKalb County Fire Department ranked # 15 for 2017-18 training achievement.

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Jeff Elliot, Fire Service Program Director at the Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy, presented this training achievement award to the department’s officers Monday evening at the DeKalb County Commissioner’s meeting. This is the 10th consecutive year DeKalb County Fire Department has been recognized as one of Tennessee’s elite fire departments for outstanding training achievement. Last year, the department was the #2 volunteer fire department in Tennessee for training hours. This year, the department logged 2,624 training hours at the state fire academy and was recognized as a Gold Level fire department in Tennessee for 2017-18.

DeKalb County Mayor Tim Stribling commended the department’s members and leaders for continuing to make DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department’s training program a legacy of excellence. “Our county takes great pride in the level of commitment and service that we continue to see year after year from our volunteer firefighters who work hard and train hard to make sure our citizens have good fire protection here in DeKalb County. Getting this kind of statewide recognition for the 10th consecutive year makes it very clear that we have an excellent group of committed men and women who sacrifice many hours to be prepared to respond to the emergency needs of our citizens,” says Mayor Stribling.

Chief Donny Green said he wants to personally commend Captain Brian Williams, the department’s Training Officer, for his leadership, planning and coordination of the department’s training activities in a manner that consistently spotlights our training program as one of top in the state; volunteer or career.

The Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy provides excellent training programs delivered by professional and knowledgeable campus and field instructors. In addition to the 2,624 hours at the Academy, Captain Williams coordinated over 3,000 man hours of in “in-house” training.

Chief Green said that without the support of County Mayor Tim Stribling, the County Commission, the families of our volunteer firefighters, community and business partners, and the citizens of DeKalb County, the department could not have achieved this milestone.

“Properly trained firefighters are the best tools available to any fire department. Without proper training, the best and most expensive equipment is useless. However, good training coupled with good equipment is priceless,” said Chief Green.

Training performance and documentation are core elements in the Insurance Services Office’s (ISO) property protection that determine how much property owner’s have to pay in homeowners insurance premiums. The DeKalb County Fire Department’s proven commitment to training and emergency response has resulted in a dramatic improvement to DeKalb County’s Public Protection Classification Rating of Class 6 for all areas of DeKalb County located within 5 road miles of one of the department’s 11 stations.

If you are interested in learning more about the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department, or would like information on how to be a member of our team, you can visit the Department’s website at:, or call 615-464-7176. You can also visit the Department’s FaceBook group page.

Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Training
Academy Elite Training Club 2017-2018

Agency Name: Hours
Nashville Fire Department: 7,101
Rural/Metro Fire Department: 6,890
Murfreesboro Fire Department: 5,225
Williamson County Fire & Rescue: 4,920
Bristol Fire Department: 4,331

Franklin Fire Department: 3,996
Memphis Fire Department: 3,616
Kingsport Fire Department: 3,608
Lebanon Fire Department: 3,588
Wilson County Emergency Management Agency: 3,185
Hendersonville Fire Department: 3,172
LaVergne Fire Department: 3,108
Dyersburg Fire Department: 2,644
DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department:2,624
Jefferson City Fire Department: 2,548
Hardin County Fire Department:2,538
Crossville Fire Department: 2,436
Dickson Fire Department: 2,428
Bartlett Fire Department:2,420
Germantown Fire Department:2,355
Fire Department of Mt. Juliet: 2,348
Gatlinburg Fire Department: 2,250
Putnam County Fire Department: 2,190
Cumberland County Fire Department: 2,168
Knoxville Fire Department: 2,167
Morristown Fire Department: 2,158
Shelbyville Fire Department:2,158
Brentwood Fire & Rescue:2,037

McMinnville Fire Department: 1,964
Columbia Fire Department: 1,942
Pigeon Forge Fire Department: 1,879
Williamson County Rescue Squad: 1,742
Selmer Fire Department: 1,735
Smyrna Fire Department: 1,656
Ashland City Fire Department:1,620
Gibson County Fire Department: 1,576
Montgomery County Volunteer Fire Department:1,560
Sevierville Fire Department:1,550
Warrior’s Path Volunteer Fire Department: 1,515
Tullahoma Fire Department: 1,509
Maury County Rural Fire Department:1,467
Cookeville Fire Department: 1,418
Gallatin Fire Department:1,416
Karns Volunteer Fire Department:1,408
Rhea County Fire Department:1,346
Lawrenceburg Fire Department:1,319
Covington Fire Department:1,305
Bedford County Fire Department:1,299
Collierville Fire Department:1,288
Lewisburg Fire Department: 1,288
Rutherford County Fire & Rescue:1,263
Almaville Volunteer Fire Department:1,243
Goodlettsville Fire Department:1,221
Metro Nashville Airport Authority:1,200
Madison County Fire Department: 1,136
Manchester Fire Department:1,120
Clarksville Fire & Rescue:1,114
Seymour Volunteer Fire Department:1,097
Rockwood Fire Department:1,068
Newport Fire Department:1,028
Martin Fire Department:1,000

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