Dana R. Looper Announces for Circuit Court Judge, Part I, 13th Judicial District

February 16, 2022

Dana R. Looper of Putnam County is seeking the Republican nomination for Circuit Court Judge – Part I for the Thirteenth Judicial District. This district includes Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, and White Counties.

“I was raised in Clay and Overton Counties and would be honored to serve our community,” said Looper. “I started my working career, at age 15, fueling boats at Willow Grove Marina. Once I graduated from Livingston Academy, I attended Walters State Police Academy and began my law enforcement career at the Overton/Pickett County E911 and the Overton County Sheriff’s Department. After working several years in that community, I advanced my career to the Algood Police Department where I progressed through the ranks to become a sergeant over patrol and represented my department as the public information officer. While working as a police officer, I completed my undergraduate degree at Tennessee Tech University, and continued my education going to the Nashville School of Law at night. I reside in Putnam County with my husband Mike Burnette, my stepson Connor, our two dogs and goats,” said Looper

“My law practice is located at Fry, Fry, Knight, & Looper where I have developed the background and temperament to serve as your judge. It would be an honor to serve as the next Circuit Court Judge for the Thirteenth Judicial District. I humbly ask for your support and vote in the coming election. I am very excited to meet as many of you as possible,” Looper continued.

Looper said she has experience in Federal Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, Tennessee State Court of Appeals, and has practiced in many of the local jurisdictions that make up the 13th Judicial District.

The primary election is held on Tuesday, May 3, 2022.

DCHS Tigers Travel to Cumberland County Tonight (Wednesday) for District Tournament

February 16, 2022
By: Dwayne Page

The DCHS Tigers will travel to Cumberland County for their first game of the district 7-3A basketball tournament tonight (Wednesday, February 16). The game starts at 6 p.m. and WJLE will have LIVE coverage.

The Tigers (13-13, 5-7) are the 6th seed and Cumberland County (13-13, 7-5) is the 3rd seed.
In the previous meetings this season, the Tigers defeated the Jets 71 to 66 in Smithville on February 8 but lost at Crossville 76 to 70 on January 14.

WJLE’s coverage begins with Tiger Talk at 5:45 p.m. featuring Tiger Coach John Sanders and Tigers Elishah Ramos and Conner Close. John Pryor is the host of the program.

Six DCHS Tigers have earned All-District Basketball honors.

Second Team All-District
Conner Close

Most Improved
Conner Close

Third Team All District:
Elishah Ramos

All-Freshman Team
Jordan Parker

Honorable Mention
Brayden Antoniak
Stetson Agee

All Defensive Team
Isaac Knowles
Brayden Antoniak

Boys MVP: Jackson Inman, Cumberland Co.
Coach of the Year: Neil Capps, Stone Memorial

DCHS Lady Tigers Bounced from District Tournament (Listen to WJLE’s Tiger Talk Program Here)

February 16, 2022
By: Dwayne Page

The season is over for the DeKalb County High School Lady Tigers.

It ended on opening night of the District 7-3A basketball tournament at Baxter Tuesday evening with a 41 to 33 loss to the Lady Bees. The Lady Tigers were the 5th seed in the tournament and Upperman is the 4th seed.

DeKalb County trailed 9 to 8 after the 1st period and 22 to 17 at halftime. The game was tied at 27 by the end of the 3rd period but the Lady Tigers were outscored in the 4th period and lost 41 to 33.

Kadee Ferrell and Ella VanVranken each scored 11, Avery Agee 8, and Xharia Lyons with 3.

The Lady Tigers conclude the season with an overall record of 15-14 and finished the regular season at 4-8 in the district. Upperman improves to 23-5 and will face the #1 seed Cumberland County (16-10) Friday night, February 18 at 6 p.m. in the semi-finals at Tennessee Tech

Three DCHS Lady Tigers have earned All-District Basketball honors.

First Team All-District
Kadee Ferrell

Second Team All-District
Ella VanVranken

Honorable Mention:
Avery Agee

All-Freshman Team
Avery Agee

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