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Students Who Miss 18 School Days will be Deemed "Chronically Absent" under New State Regulation

July 24, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page
Joey Reeder

DeKalb County School students who miss 18 school days per year-regardless of the cause-will be considered chronically absent under a new regulation from the State Department of Education. The number of chronically absent students will also reflect on the overall performance score given to the school system.

Joey Reeder, the school system’s Attendance Supervisor, reports that beginning with the 2017-18 school year the state will be using a new accountability measure called the Chronically Out-of-School Indicator. “Students that miss more than 10 percent of the school year, for any reason, are considered chronically out of school. This would typically be students that miss 18 or more school days out of our 180-day school year calendar,” reported Reeder.

DeKalb County Supervisors of Instruction Mrs. Michelle Burklow, Pre-K-5 and Dr. Kathy Bryant, 6-12 also report that there is strong evidence that absenteeism has a profound influence on student academic outcomes. Absenteeism reduces academic achievement, increases the risk for future attendance problems, and diminishes the probability of receiving a high school diploma. Bryant and Burklow added, “The Chronically Out-of-School Indicator is one out of six of our district accountability indicators and one out of eight at the school level. This will be a factor in determining the overall rating of both the district and school.”

Director of Schools Patrick Cripps said, “During the 2017-18 school year we will increase our efforts at the district, school and classroom levels to improve the attendance of all students. However, this will not be an overnight process. We have to keep in mind that while we can help many students with chronic absenteeism issues, there are other matters beyond the control of the students or their families.” Cripps added, “We are fortunate the DeKalb County Commission and the DeKalb County Board of Education realize the importance of having a nurse in each school to assist primary care physicians to properly care for our students with chronic conditions."

Reeder agrees, “The key to improving school attendance and avoiding truancy issues begins with clear communication between parents and schools.” He said, “We understand that family emergencies arise and things happen that are beyond the control of our students or their families. When situations such as this occur, we ask that parents communicate with the school. Through this communication, the school can often help manage the family’s situation without adding the stress of missing school and falling behind in school work.” If you have any questions concerning school attendance, please call 615-215-2102.

Deadline Approaching to Enroll in Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC)

July 23, 2017
by: 
Donny Green

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Executive Director Donny Green reminds farmers and ranchers that they have until August 1 to enroll in Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and/or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for the 2017 crop year. These programs trigger financial protections for participating agricultural producers when market forces cause substantial drops in crop prices or revenues.

Producers who have ARC/PLC contracts must annually enroll for the current crop year by signing a contract before the Aug. 1 deadline. Please contact or visit your FSA office to schedule if you have not yet enrolled.

Covered commodities under the programs include barley, canola, large and small chickpeas, corn, crambe, flaxseed, grain sorghum, lentils, mustard seed, oats, peanuts, dry peas, rapeseed, long grain rice, medium grain rice (which includes short grain and sweet rice), safflower seed, sesame, soybeans, sunflower seed and wheat.

For more program information, contact your local FSA office or visit www.fsa.usda.gov/arc-plc. To find your local FSA office, visit http://offices.usda.gov.

Dr. Ming Wang to Visit DeKalb County Senior Center

July 23, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page
Dr. Ming Wang

Nashville based eye surgeon, Dr. Ming Wang, will visit Smithville to present an interesting informative and educational “Vision Care” talk for members and guests of the DeKalb County Senior Center. This important medical talk is scheduled for Thursday, July 27 at 11:15 a.m.

The doctor will offer suggestions on how to take care of your vision. He will also discuss individual vision care concerns from the audience. Further, he will explain the most updated state-of-the art LASIK technology available should vision corrective procedures become necessary. Additionally, attendees will receive a special gift certificate good for discounts toward the enhancement procedures that he performs.

The Nashville Kiwanis Club recently named Dr. Wang “Nashvillian of the Year” in recognition of his special work with children from all over the world. Likewise, the Middle Tennessee FiftyForward organization has selected him to receive their 2017 “Crowning Achievement Award” for his work with the senior citizen population.

The doctor’s remarkable real life story inspired a character in the nationally acclaimed book, “God’s Not Dead”. In 2014 the book became a blockbuster movie and Dr. Wang’s character was also included in the film version. An autobiography about his interesting life has also just been released and he will have a supply of the books on hand to autograph for attendees of this seminar.

The community is invited to come out, meet Dr. Wang and take a tour of the center. To obtain additional information or to RSVP please contact the DeKalb County Senior Center, 718 South Congress Boulevard, Smithville 37166 or call 615-597-7575.

DeKalb Fair Toddler Show Winners

July 22, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page
Boys (13 to 18 months) Winner: Knox Bowen (left), Runner-up: Dyllan Bates
Girls (13 to 18 months) Winner: Tillie Kate Stanley (left) Runner-up: Peyton Elizabeth Knowles
Boys (19 to 24 months) Winner: Cooper Knox Jennings (left) Runner-up: Zayden Lee
Girls (19 to 24 months) Winner: Neely Brooke France (left), Runner-up: Addlee Jane Evans
Girls (25 to 30 months) Winner: Makenlee Faith Collier (left), Runner-up: Paisley Marie Hale
Boys (31-36 months) Winner: Jackson Denton Duke (left), Runner-up: Haven Mykhal Waggoner
Girls (31 to 36 months) Winner: Clara Ruth Cox (left), Runner-up: Jacqlin Ila Rose Prichard
Girls (37 to 47 months) Winner: Brinley Hale (left), Runner-up: Shaniya Bates

Winners of the annual Toddler Show were announced Friday evening at the DeKalb County Fair.

First place winners received a blue ribbon. Red ribbons went to those receiving second place.

This year's recipients are as follows:
Boys (13 to 18 months)
Winner: Knox Bowen, the 14 month old son of Jacob and Kayla Bowen of Dowelltown
Runner-up: Dyllan Bates, the 15 month old son of Ada and Tom Bates of Liberty
Other participants: Xavier Billings, the 16 month old son of Adriana Billings of Smithville; Anthony Estes Patterson, the 19 month old son of Stephen Patterson and Billie Grace Estes of Smithville; Colton Graham Duke, the 18 month old son of John and Whitney Duke of Smithville; and Carson Blayne Turbeville, the 18 month old son of Andy and Emily Turbeville of Alexandria.

Girls (13 to 18 months)
Winner: Tillie Kate Stanley, 13 month old daughter of Matt and Jessica Stanley of Alexandria
Runner-up: Peyton Elizabeth Knowles, 18 month old daughter of Justin and Mary Knowles of Smithville
Other participants: Reagan MaKay Smith, 13 month old daughter of Justin and Nioka Smith of Smithville; Clara Ann Tramel, daughter of Charlie and Brenda Tramel of Liberty; Kinley Brielle Melton, 15 month old daughter of Dillon and Rachel Melton of Liberty; Jaedyn Claire Dunaway, 13 month old daughter of Justin and Jessica Dunaway of Smithville; Jazlin Elizah Cantrell, 18 month old daughter of Joey and Victoria Cantrell of Smithville; and Cecilynn J. Cooprider, 13 month old daughter of Rebecca and Heath Cooprider of Liberty

Boys (19 to 24 months)
Winner: Cooper Knox Jennings, 21 month old son of Dewaine and Tonya Jennings of Smithville
Runner-up: Zayden Lee, 20 month old son of Sierra Lee and Noah Jones of Smithville
Other participant: Naziah Martinez, 19 month old son of Michelle Martinez and Charles Clark of Smithville.

Girls (19 to 24 months)
Winner: Neely Brooke France, 19 month old daughter of Justin and Haley France of Smithville
Runner-up: Addlee Jane Evans, 19 month old daughter of Ashley and Johnny Evans of Smithville
Other participants: Kallen Avarie Curtis, 22 month old daughter of Heather Page and John Curtis of Smithville; Aubree Mae Orcutt, 22 month old daughter of Melissa and Matthew Orcutt of Smithville; Nevaeh Anderson, 24 month old daughter of David Anderson and Tori Tate of Liberty; and Cecilia Lynn Lopez, 19 month old daughter of Joan and Alissya Lopez of Smithville.

Boys (25 to 30 months)
No entries

Girls (25 to 30 months)
Winner: Makenlee Faith Collier, 25 month old daughter of Matthew and Brooke Collier of Smithville
Runner-up: Paisley Marie Hale, 30 month old daughter of Andrea Cantrell of Smithville
Other participant: Sage Nycole Adkins, 29 month old daughter of Destiny Adkins of Smithville

Boys (31-36 months)
Winner: Jackson Denton Duke, 36 month old son of John and Whitney Duke of Smithville
Runner-up: Haven Mykhal Waggoner, 34 month old son of Phillip and Natasha Waggoner of Liberty

Girls (31 to 36 months)
Winner: Clara Ruth Cox, 36 month old daughter of Brandon and Whitney Cox of Smithville
Runner-up: Jacqlin Ila Rose Prichard, 33 month old daughter of Mark and Amanda Prichard of Smithville
Other participants: Lakelynn Taylor Rushing, 36 month old daughter of Allison Taylor of Smithville; and Ariana Rayne Herrin, 32 month old daughter of Mitchell and Amanda Herrin of Smithville.

Boys (37 to 47 months)
No entries

Girls (37 to 47 months)
Winner: Brinley Hale, 38 month old daughter of Leslie Hale and Austin Maxwell of Alexandria
Runner-up: Shaniya Bates, 44 month old daughter of Ada and Tom Bates of Liberty
Other participants: Sydney Daveia Turner, 45 month old daughter of Melissa Andrews and stepdad Stephen Miller of Smithville; Abigail Hale, 39 month old granddaughter of Candy Hale of Smithville; Alexis Brooke Shepherd, 34 month old daughter of Misty Myers and Donald Shepherd of Dowelltown; Katy Jo Bowen, 44 month old daughter of Joseph and Kimberly Bowen of Smithville; and Aydalyn Elizabeth Cook, 43 month old daughter of Cora Beth Rhody and Dustin Cook of Smithville.

The DeKalb County Fair will feature the following events tonight (Saturday):

*Horseshoe Tournament Barn 12 noon

•Gospel Singing Lions Pavilion 6:00 p.m.

•Super Truck/Tractor Pull TC McMillen Arena 7:00 p.m.

•(2) $500 Cash Drawing Lions Pavilion 9:30 p.m.

Memory Lane Stage sponsored by Wilson Bank and Trust:

*6:30 - 7:30 pm - Mid State Cloggers
•7:45-8:45 pm - Evermean Evergreen Cloggers

Rides on the Midway by the Family Attractions Amusement Company. Unlimited rides will be available for $18.00 Saturday.

Admission to the fair is $4.00 per person. Children age four and younger will be admitted free! Gates open at 4:00 p.m.. The exhibit building is open from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Parking is Free!

For more information, call 615-529-FAIR or visit on-line at www.dekalbcountyfairtn.com.

Bates Accused of Vandalism at Two Local Businesses

July 22, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page

Smithville Police recently arrested a man suspected of vandalism at two businesses while under the influence.

46 year old Charles Christi Bates is charged with public intoxication and cited for two counts of vandalism.

On Saturday, July 15 Police were called to the area of Wal-Mart where a man was observed walking in and out of traffic. While police were enroute, a deputy with the Sheriff's Department spotted a man fitting the description near K&M Jewelry. As the officer pulled into the parking lot of the business he noticed that the man, Bates, had a rock in his hand and that the door to “Gateway To Beauty” was busted out. A concrete bench belonging to K&M Jewelry was also broken. During the investigation police discovered that Bates had taken Hydrocodone prior to the offenses. For his safety and that of the public, Bates was taken into custody without incident. His bond is $1,500 and his court date is July 27.

48 year old Lou Ann Sanders was arrested on Saturday, July 8 for a violation of an order of protection. Police went to Sanders’ residence to serve the warrant and noticed the victim standing behind Sanders in the home. After checking with Central Dispatch it was determined that Sanders has an order granting bail against her protecting the victim. Bond for Sanders is $2,500 and her court date is July 27.

19 year old Alex Chase Upchurch was arrested on Saturday, July 8 for disorderly conduct and for resisting stop, frisk, halt, arrest or search. Police responded to Wal-Mart concerning a verbal domestic. Upon arrival the officer observed a man (Upchurch), woman, and infant child sitting in the grass in front of the Wal-Mart parking lot. The man stood up, grabbed the child, and began to walk away. The officer gave verbal commands several times for Upchurch to stop but he continued to walk away with the infant and replied in a raised voice that he didn't have to stop and talk to the police. Concerned for the child’s safety, the officer followed Upchurch inside the store and requested backup from other officers. When Upchurch came out of the store still holding the child, he was met by police. Officers grabbed Upchurch's hand and got the infant out of his arms. Upchurch then tensed up, pulled away and resisted being placed into custody. It was determined that Upchurch had been the primary aggressor in the verbal domestic and had engaged in a violent or threatening manner toward the woman and the public. His bond is $5,000 and his court date is July 27.

29 year old Karri Margaret Jewell was cited on Saturday, July 8 for theft of property. At approximately 11:38 a.m. that day the victim contacted police to report that someone had gotten into her vehicle in the parking lot of Star Manufacturing and taken her purse. During the investigation, an officer viewed video surveillance of the parking lot and observed a car park beside the victim's vehicle. Someone got out and entered the victim's automobile, removed an object, then got back in their car and left the area. At approximately 12:27 p.m. as the officer pulled out of the parking lot of Star Manufacturing, he saw a car that matched the description of the suspect's vehicle. The officer got behind the automobile and turned on his blue lights. The vehicle pulled over and Jewell was identified as the driver. The officer explained why he pulled her over and was given consent to search the automobile. The stolen purse was found in the floor board behind the driver's seat. The victim was contacted and she identified the purse which was returned to her. Jewell’s court date is July 27.

27 year old Kevin Casey Adams was arrested Wednesday, July 12 for a second offense of driving while license revoked. Police initiated a routine traffic stop and spoke with Adams. Upon checking through Central Dispatch it was revealed that Adams’ license are revoked. His bond is $1,500 and his court date is August 3.

32 year old Michael Redmon was arrested Monday, July 17 for simple possession. Police responded to a call of a suspicious person and found Redmon walking in the area of Center Hill Village Apartments. Police asked Redmon if he was on probation and he replied no. However a check through CPS revealed that he is on probation. Approximately 1/2 gram of a white crystal substance believed to be meth was found in a small baggie. The baggie was in Redmon’s front right pocket. His bond is $2,500 and his court date is July 27.

48 year old Michael James Lynn Culver was arrested on Monday, July 17 for DUI and he was cited for implied consent. Police were called to check on a man who was believed to be passed out behind the wheel of a vehicle in the parking lot of the Dollar General Store. Upon arrival, an officer tried several times to wake him. When the man awoke, police identified him as Culver. Culver’s pupils were small, his speech slurred, and he was unsteady on his feet. Culver submitted to field sobriety tasks but he performed poorly and refused to give blood for a test. His bond is $5,000 and his court date is August 3.

26 year old Eric Dwayne Judkins was arrested on Tuesday, July 18 for driving while license suspended. He had been issued a citation the day before for the same offense. An officer, knowing that Judkins’ license are suspended, saw him operating a motor vehicle on West Broad Street and made a traffic stop. A computer check revealed that Judkins’ license has been suspended for truancy since April 27, 2007. He was arrested due to the reasonable likelihood that he would continue to drive. Bond for Judkins is $3,500 and his court date is August 3.

28 year old Cory Alan Bradford was arrested on Friday, July 21 for aggravated burglary due to his making a forced entry into the home of his victim on Thursday, July 20. Upon investigation police discovered that Bradford entered the home with the intent to commit a felony theft but the victim was at home, heard the alarm going off, and called 911. Bradford had left the scene without taking anything before police arrived. His bond is $10,000 and his court date is August 3.

Sissy Johnson Repeats as Lip Sync Battle Champion at the Fair (VIEW VIDEO HERE)

July 22, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page
Sissy Johnson, Heaven Farris, and Danielle Anderson

Sissy Johnson of DeKalb County repeated as winner of the Lip Sync Battle Friday night at the DeKalb County Fair.

Johnson, who lipsynced to Kid Rock’s “All Summer Long” took home the grand prize of $250 and a trophy. She also won last year.

In the contest, participants appeared on stage at the Lions Club Pavilion to do a lipsync performance to a song by a popular artist. Audience response determined the winner.

Taking second place and a $150 prize was Heaven Farris who lipsynced to the song “Concrete Angel” by Martina McBride.

Danielle Anderson received third place and a $100 award for her lipsync performance.

DCHS Gets New Scoreboard and Play Clocks at Football Field

July 21, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page
New Scoreboard erected at DCHS Football Field. Pictured: Principal Randy Jennings, Dr. Timothy Tobitt of Good Health Family Clinic, Chad Driver of Wilson Bank & Trust, Mike Corley of Middle Tennessee Natural Gas, Coach Steve Trapp, and Director of Schools Patrick Cripps
Play Clocks installed at DCHS Football Field thanks to the support of Liberty State Bank. Tiger Coach Steve Trapp and Principal Randy Jennings pictured with Ronnie Goodwin of Liberty State Bank

A new scoreboard and play clocks have been installed at the DeKalb County High School football field.

The play clocks on either end of the field and the new 24’ x 8’ scoreboard at the north end zone were funded thanks to the support of Wilson Bank & Trust, Dr. Timothy Tobitt of the Good Health Family Clinic, Middle Tennessee Natural Gas, Liberty State Bank, and the Board of Education.

DCHS Tiger Football Coach Steve Trapp said the new scoreboard and play clocks are very much appreciated.

“Its an upgrade that has been needed and I think visually its going to be an impact on our crowd. It’s a 24’ x 8’ scoreboard. Its a lot bigger than the size of our old scoreboard. It has some extra features on it. It’s wireless so we won’t be tripping on wires and it has LED’s so we won’t be using light bulbs. Typically that scoreboard is used for fields that have a track because it sets way off the field but this scoreboard sets right by the fence. It will be right in our face. Hopefully we can light up that home side all year long,” said Coach Trapp.

“We want to thank this group of local business leaders and our school system for helping the DeKalb County Football program make this purchase. This really all started with our boosters getting some prices on what it would cost to replace our existing scoreboard. Through that process they figured out some ways and opportunities to get some help. Through the contributions of these businesses, Wilson Bank & Trust, Dr. Timothy Tobitt of the Good Health Family Clinic, Middle Tennessee Natural Gas, Liberty State Bank, and the school board helping us out as well, we were able to get all this done without any booster funds so they (booster club) can use their monies for other things for our football program,” added Coach Trapp.

DeKalb Fair Baby Show Winners

July 20, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page
Boys (Birth to 3 months): Winner-Fallun Mathias (left), and Runner-up: Canaan Joe Davis
Girls (Birth to 3 months) :Winner: Hailee Billings (left), Runner-up: Shawna Anne Buck
Boys (4-6 months) Winner: Sawyer Lane Pelham (left), Runner-up: Mason Ferrell
Girls (4-6 months):Winner: Dallas “Toby” Wray Agee (left), Runner-up: Parker Sue Taylor
Boys (7-9 months):Winner: Kamryn Scott Pulley (left), Runner-up: Jaxon Anthony Caldwell
Girls (7-9 months):Winner: Neyland Hadlee Garrett (left), Runner-up: Haisleigh Alivia Faeyth Estes
Boys (10-12 months):Winner: Alexander May (left), Runner-Up: Wesley Brock Bowen
Girls (10-12 months): Winner: Cali Mae Johnson (left), Runner-Up: Dani Kate Frazee

Babies from one day to twelve months old were the center of attention during the annual Baby Show held Thursday evening at the DeKalb County Fair.

The winners (blue ribbon first place and red ribbon runner-up) are as follows:

Boys (Birth to 3 months)
Winner: Fallun Mathias, the three month old son of Brittany Merriman and Andy Mathias of Smithville
Runner-up: Canaan Joe Davis, two month old son of Chris and Shawnnie Davis of Smithville
Other participant in this category: Graycen Garland, three week old son of Samantha Garland of DeKalb County

Girls (Birth to 3 months)
Winner: Hailee Billings, the two month old daughter of Adriana Billings of Smithville
Runner-up: Shawna Anne Buck, the two month old daughter of Christina Mayo and Shawn Buck of Smithville

Boys (4-6 months)
Winner: Sawyer Lane Pelham, the four month old son of Carla and Jason Pelham of Smithville
Runner-up: Mason Ferrell, the five month old son of Jennifer Ferrell and Christopher Osborne of Smithville

Girls (4-6 months)
Winner: Dallas “Toby” Wray Agee, the six month old daughter of Donny and Stephanie Agee of Smithville
Runner-up: Parker Sue Taylor, the six month old daughter of David and Susan Taylor of Smithville
Other participants: Rayleigh Jones, the four month old daughter of Sierra Lee and Noah Jones of Smithville; Ayvah Danielle Poss, the five month old daughter of Brittany Campbell and Zach Poss of Smithville; Westlyn Elyse Roller, the six month old daughter of Jordan and Kari Roller of Smithville; and Jayla Lynn Groom, the five month old daughter of Kayla Hogue and Jacob Groom of Smithville.

Boys (7-9 months)
Winner: Kamryn Scott Pulley, the seven month old son of Kaleb Pulley and Tiffany Satterfield of Smithville
Runner-up: Jaxon Anthony Caldwell, the eight month old son of Anthony and Shelby Caldwell of Smithville
Other participants: Wrenolds Mitchell Jones, the nine month old son of Addison Hale and Isaiah Jones of Smithville, Greyson Elijah Cripps, the nine month old son of Justin and Tiffany Cripps of Smithville; and Oscar Alexander Soto, the eight month old son of Oscar and Makayla Soto of Smithville

Girls (7-9 months)
Winner: Neyland Hadlee Garrett, the eight month old daughter of Ryan and Erica Garrett of Alexandria
Runner-up: Haisleigh Alivia Faeyth Estes, the eight month old daughter of Ashley and Justin Estes of Smithville
Other participant: Harper Anaston Rhody, the eight month old daughter of Colton Rhody and Leah Snow of Smithville

Boys (10-12 months)
Winner: Alexander May, the eleven month old son of Michael and Chelsea May of Smithville
Runner-Up: Wesley Brock Bowen, the twelve month old son of Joseph and Kimberly Bowen of Smithville.
Other participant: Liam Frazier Hendrix, the eleven month old son of Jared and Jennifer Hendrix of Dowelltown.

Girls (10-12 months)
Winner: Cali Mae Johnson, the twelve month old daughter of Jeremy and Kelli Johnson of Alexandria
Runner-Up: Dani Kate Frazee, the eleven month old daughter of Emily King and Josh Frazee of Dowelltown
Other participants: Aleeya Weslyn Graham, the eleven month old daughter of Derek and Andria Graham of Smithville; Sophia Ann Tiner, the eleven month old daughter of Billy and Stephanie Tiner of Smithville; Nevaeh Derrick, the twelve month old daughter of Kayla and Dakota Derrick of Dowelltown, and Haddeigh Grace Harvey, the eleven month old daughter of Chad and Kayla Harvey of Alexandria.

The DeKalb County Fair will feature the following events tonight (Friday).

•Toddler Show Lions Pavilion 6:00 p.m.

•Lip Sync Battle (Finale) Lions Pavilion following

•ATV/Mini-Rod/Outlaw Pull TC McMillen Arena 7:00 p.m.

•(2) $500 Cash Drawing Lions Pavilion 9:30 p.m.

Memory Lane Stage sponsored by Wilson Bank and Trust:
Friday Night - July 21
*6:30 - 7:30 pm - Dessa Ray

•7:45 - 8:45 pm - Terri Lynn Weaver

Rides on the Midway by the Family Attractions Amusement Company. Unlimited rides will be available for $18.00 on Friday, and Saturday.

Admission to the fair is $4.00 per person. Children age four and younger will be admitted free! Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Friday and at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. The exhibit building is open from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Parking is Free!

For more information, call 615-529-FAIR or visit on-line at www.dekalbcountyfairtn.com.

Smithville Man Allegedly Involved in Fatal Hit-and-Run Accident in Manchester

July 20, 2017
Shelton G. Martin II

The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) Chattanooga District has located the alleged driver of a fatal hit-and-run accident it responded to Monday on U.S. Highway 41 in Manchester. The driver has been identified as Shelton G. Martin II, of Smithville.

The hit and run vehicle left behind a mirror at the scene. THP’s Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) identified the mirror belonging to a 1999-2003 Mitsubishi Galant, champagne in color.

On Tuesday, THP received information from an unknown source advising that the suspect in question was located at 140 Alva Jones Road in Warren County. The source stated the vehicle involved in the Coffee County fatal incident was also at this location. Troopers from the THP Cookeville District were notified of the tip and dispatched to the residence.

Martin was located and taken into custody at approximately 7 p.m. and transported to the Coffee County Sheriff’s Office.

Zayleigh Grace Washer Wins Miss Princess Pageant

July 20, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page
Zayleigh Grace Washer Wins Miss Princess Pageant
Miss Princess: 4th runner-up Isabella Faith Rackley, 2nd runner-up Danica Hope Collier, Miss Princess Zayleigh Grace Washer, 1st runner-up  Brileigh Bullard, and 3rd runner-up Miah Faith Johnson
Miss Princess: Miss Congeniality Graciella Marie Johnson and Most Photogenic Danica Hope Collier

The 2017 Miss Princess of the DeKalb County Fair is Zayleigh Grace Washer, the 9 year old daughter of Larry and Rachel Bain of Smithville.

Seventeen girls ages 7-9 competed for the title Wednesday night at the DeKalb County Fair.

Washer succeeds the 2016 Miss Princess, Kaylyn Isabelle Prichard, the 8 year old daughter of Andy and Chrissy Prichard of Liberty.

Seven year old Brileigh Bullard of Smithville was first runner-up in the pageant. She is the daughter of Riley and Nikki Bullard.

Second runner-up was 9 year old Danica Hope Collier, daughter of Matthew and Brooke Collier of Smithville and Brittany George of Sparta. Collier was also named Most Photogenic.

Miah Faith Johnson, the 8 year old daughter of Bobby Johnson and Kelsey Pyles of Smithville was third runner-up.

Isabella Faith Rackley was fourth runner-up. She is the 9 year old daughter of Gordon and Jessica Rackley of Smithville.

The title of Miss Congeniality went to Graciella Marie Johnson, 7 year old daughter of David and Patricia Johnson of Dowelltown.

(VIEW VIDEO OF ATV RACING WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT THE DEKALB COUNTY FAIR)

Others in the top ten were Alexzia Jaydin Sophirah Stewart, 9 year old daughter of Stephanie Stewart and Shane Stewart of Smithville; Bailey Elizabeth Kidd, 9 year old daughter of Kelli Bess and Brandon Kidd of Smithville; Bethany Dillon, 9 year old granddaughter of Candy Hale of Smithville; Karah Jo Ford, 7 year old daughter of Amanda Ford and Hector Orozco of Dowelltown; and Averie Nicole McMinn, 9 year old daughter of Nathan and Amanda McMinn of Smithville.

The remaining contestants were McKenzie Mullican, 7 year old daughter of Christy and Randall Hunt of Smithville; Tanisha Owens, 7 year old daughter of Tyrone Owens of Smithville, Haiden Lei Robinson, 7 year old daughter of Melissa and Matthew Orcutt and Chip Robinson of Smithville; Camri Layne Johnson, 9 year old daughter of Jeremy and Kelli Johnson and Julia Boulton of Alexandria; Abigail Boles, 8 year old daughter of Leslie Hale and Chad Boles of Alexandria; and Hailee Merriman, 9 year old daughter of Joyce and Jake Merriman of Smithville.

There have been two $500 cash winners so far this week. Ethan Cantrell of Smithville won $500 Tuesday night and Carey Wynne of Auburntown won $500 Wednesday night.

The DeKalb County Fair will feature the following events tonight (Thursday).

*Senior Day Lions Club Building 9:00 a.m.

•Junior Goat Show Barn 6:00 p.m.

•Baby Show Lions Pavilion 6:00 p.m.

•Vintage Variety Show Lions Pavilion following

•ATV/Motorcycle Racing TC McMillen Arena 7:00 p.m.

•(2) $500 Cash Drawing Lions Pavilion 9:30 p.m.

Rides on the Midway by the Family Attractions Amusement Company. Unlimited rides will be available for $18.00 on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Admission to the fair is $4.00 per person. Children age four and younger will be admitted free! Gates open at 4:30 p.m. through Friday and at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. The exhibit building is open from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Parking is Free!

For more information, call 615-529-FAIR or visit on-line at www.dekalbcountyfairtn.com.

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