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Caroline Knight Defeats Circuit Court Judge Jonathan Young

May 5, 2022
By: Dwayne Page

The 13th Judicial District will soon have a new judge.

Political newcomer Caroline Knight of Crossville ousted Incumbent Judge Jonathan Young of Cookeville Tuesday for the office of Circuit Court Judge Part II in the 13th Judicial District which includes DeKalb and six other counties.

Knight carried every county and won the Republican Primary district-wide 15,521 to 8,090. She will be unopposed in the August General Election. The term is for eight years.

Knight has been an Assistant District Attorney General for 10 years and has served as child crimes prosecutor district-wide for the last five years.

Here are the results in each of the seven counties from Tuesday’s GOP primary:
Clay: Knight 154, Young 79
Cumberland: Knight 6,244, Young 2,381
DeKalb: Knight 1,069, Young 741
Overton: Knight 1,381, Young 1,031
Pickett: Knight 643, Young 392
Putnam: Knight 3,168, Young 2,056
White: Knight 2,862, Young 1,410
Total: Knight 15,521, Young 8,090

Young received a public reprimand in October 2020 from the Tennessee Board of Judicial Conduct following what was described as “inappropriate messages” sent to multiple women on various social media platforms from 2015-20. Young has served as the Circuit Court Part II judge since 2014.




Scarlett Needs You! (View video here)

May 4, 2022
By: Dwayne Page

Scarlett is a fun-loving dog and if you are fun loving too you need to meet her.

Scarlett is the WJLE/ DeKalb Animal Shelter featured “Pet of the Week”

“She is an eight-year-old pitty,” said Shelter Director Emmaly Bennett. “She has been spayed and is up to date on all her vaccinations. Scarlett has been heartworm screened and is micro-chipped. This girl is fully housebroken and is great on a leash. She has lots of energy but must be the only dog in the household with no cats. She just wants to be on somebody’s couch. She is a super sweet girl and loves to play ball. Her adoption fee is $180,” said Bennett.

If you are interested in adopting Scarlett visit our website at https://www.dekalbanimalsheltertn.com/and fill out an adoption application. We will then call you to come in and meet her,” Bennett said.

The shelter is now open Monday-Friday from 8 to 4 and Saturday from 8 to 12 on Transfer Station Road behind Tenneco Automotive.




The Race is on for Road Supervisor and Register of Deeds

May 4, 2022
By: Dwayne Page

Races for two county offices, Register of Deeds and Road Supervisor, were uncontested in the primaries Tuesday but that will change in the August 4th General Election.

Republican Daniel Seber and Democrat Shelby Reeder won their respective primaries and are now in the race against each other to see who will succeed longtime Register of Deeds Jeff McMillen, who is retiring August 31 after 36 years in office.

Seber received 1,912 votes in the GOP Primary while Reeder got 799 in the Democratic Primary.

Meanwhile, Republican Incumbent Road Supervisor Danny Hale, seeking his second term, is being challenged for re-election by Democrat Wayne Shehane in August.

Hale garnered 1,772 votes in the GOP Primary Tuesday while Shehane received 822 in the Democratic Primary.




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