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GOP Governor Candidate Bill Lee to Visit Smithville Today (Friday)

September 7, 2018
By: Dwayne Page

Tennessee Republican gubernatorial nominee Bill Lee will make a campaign stop in Smithville today (Friday) as part of his 95 county General Election “Believe in Tennessee” tour.

Lee will be at the DeKalb County Complex from 3:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. to meet and greet the public.

“I’ve said throughout this campaign that Tennessee is a really good place to live, but in business, we know that good is the enemy of great,” said Lee. “For Tennessee to reach her full potential and lead the nation, we need to challenge the status quo and prioritize leadership over politics.”

DCHS Recognizes Students Excelling in ACT Readiness

September 6, 2018
By: Dwayne Page

DeKalb County High School is working to recognize students making strides on the ACT test. As part of the TN Department of Education’s Tennessee Succeeds initiative, the state is working to increase the state average for student ACT scores to 21 by the year 2020. The current ACT average at DCHS is 18.1. This year, DCHS is again able to offer a free ACT re-take to all seniors during the school day, and this will take place on October 2nd. A free ACT will also be offered to all juniors April 2nd. The ACT serves as a gateway to college and career readiness in Tennessee, determining students’ eligibility for the HOPE scholarship, requirements for postsecondary remedial or developmental coursework, and sometimes entry-level salary. At DCHS, a 21+ Club has been formed for students that have met this ACT readiness benchmark. This club currently contains 78 students. DCHS also has a 29+ club which includes 12 students who have scored a 29 or higher on their ACT. School administrators and teachers are very proud of these students and wish to recognize their hard work.

21+ Club –
Row 1: Madison Whitehead, Callie Mulloy, Isaac Walker, Maddison Parsley, Lydia Brown, Joni Robinson, Emme Colwell, Megan Walker, Kiersten Griffith, Mya Ruch, Hannah Willingham, Carly Vance

Row 2: Madi Cantrell, Shaunta Koegler, Chloe Sykes, Hannah Anderson, Sophie Cripps, Madison Judkins, Tanner Poss, Colter Norris, Daniel Puckett, Kenzie France, Meghan Brandt, Holly Evans, Alley Sykes

Row 3: Macy Hedge, Addison Oakley, Braya Murphy, Dulce Maciel, Anna Rachel Blair, Caleb Taylor, Anna Chew, Payton Bowman, Wesley Carpenter, Ealy Gassaway, Isaac Cross, Andrew Fuson

Row 4: Brittany Smith, Faith Judkins, Robin Pafford, Ashley Reynolds, Megan Redmon, Ashley Phillips, Malone Fletcher, Lance Davis, Bill Miller, Will Stephens, Hannah McBride

Row 5: Logan Johnson, Blake Mitchell, John Puckett, Chance Mabe, Trey Fuston, Noah Byrge, Ethan Jenkins, Justin Trapp, Eli Cantrell, Parker Gassaway, Raiden Martin

Row 6: Kassandra Huven, Jonathan Birmingham, Dillon Sullivan, Matthew Agee, Derek Young, Isaac Robinson, Justin Washer, Jake Ramsey

Row 7: Hunter Davis, Victor Luna, Joseph Johnson, Cedric Cruz
Not pictured: Connor Adcock, Nicole Fultz, Audrey Garland, Molly Hall, Brayden Howard, Kailey Jones, Peyton Lemons

29+ Club –
Front row: Malone Fletcher, Megan Redmon, Madi Cantrell, Holly Evans, Hannah McBride
Back row: Blake Mitchell, Ethan Jenkins, Daniel Puckett, Ealy Gassaway, Andrew Fuson, Lance Davis
Not pictured: Nicole Fultz

13th Annual History Hayride October 13

September 6, 2018
By: Dwayne Page

The 13th Annual History Hayride, a fundraising event for the Friends of Edgar Evins State Park, will be held on Saturday, October 13 at the park.

Registration is now open for the Hayride. The cost is $15.00 per person. Seating is limited. This event sells out very quickly so be sure to get your reservations made early to ensure your seats! A Visa or Master Card will be accepted.

Ride hay wagons back into the “olden days”, with approximately 9 stops along the route where costumed characters will reveal the history of the park and area. A guide on each wagon will provide additional narratives between stops. This year’s hayride offers history, mystery, and theater. This is not a Halloween themed event and is not suitable for small children or those who have difficulty sitting still for 2 1/2 hours.

Ten wagons will leave at approximately 30-minute intervals from the park office and return approximately 2 1/2 hours later. Reservations will be for specific report times from 1:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The Friends of Edgar Evins State Park will provide complimentary hot beverages and sell individual sized servings of home baked cookies and brownies in the park office. As in past There will also be complimentary marshmallows to roast over the campfire in front of the office.

Friends of Edgar Evins State Park is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization with the purpose of helping the park. The History Hayride is a fundraiser by the Friends in cooperation with park staff. More information about the group and how to join may be found on the website at or the Facebook Page at

If you need help email Fount Bertram, President of Friends of Edgar Evins State Park, at or contact the park office at 1-800-250-8619 or 931-858-2114 for his telephone number.

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