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Car Crashes into Yard of Residence

June 9, 2014
by: 
Dwayne Page
2001 Cadillac towed to JR Motors lot
Jose Soto's Cadillac towed to JR Motors lot

A 31 year old man was airlifted Friday night after his car crashed into the yard of a residence on Lee Braswell Road, hitting two trees and a vehicle parked in the driveway.

Sergeant Eric McCormick of the Tennessee Highway Patrol told WJLE that Jose Soto was west on Lee Braswell Road in a 2001 Cadillac when he went off the left side of the road and struck two trees in the yard of Glenn Ferrell and a Tennessee Department of Forestry Division vehicle parked in his driveway. Ferrell works for Forestry.

Soto was airlifted from near the scene by a helicopter ambulance and flown to Vanderbilt Hospital. Charges have been filed against him for driving under the influence, open container, no insurance, and failure to stay within his lane of travel.

(PHOTOS HERE WERE TAKEN AFTER THE CAR WAS TOWED TO JR MOTORS)

Shea Butcher is Miss Jamboree in the 21-29 Age Group

June 7, 2014
by: 
Dwayne Page
Miss Jamboree Ages 21-29: Shea Butcher
Shan Burklow with Miss Jamboree Shea Butcher and Runner-Up Eden Adora Nokes

A McMinnville woman won the first ever Miss Jamboree Pageant for beauties ages 21-29 Saturday at the county complex auditorium.

Shea Butcher is the 22 year old daughter of Kevin and Shelia Butcher of McMinnville. She was also awarded for Prettiest Eyes and Prettiest Hair.

Eden Adora Nokes, the 25 year old daughter of Linda Nokes and James Crook of Smithville was the Runner-Up. Nokes was also awarded for Best Dress and Most Photogenic.

These were the only two contestants in this pageant.

There were six categories in the Miss Jamboree Pageant Saturday featuring girls ages four to six, seven to ten, eleven to thirteen, fourteen to sixteen, seventeen to twenty, and twenty one to twenty nine. Shan Burklow was the Emcee of each category. Find news stories about winners of the other pageants in the local news section of WJLE.com.

Winners of these pageants will be award presenters on stage during the televised portions of the Fiddler's Jamboree Friday and Saturday, July 4 & 5 downtown.

(TOP PHOTO: MISS JAMBOREE AGES 21-29 SHEA BUTCHER)

(BOTTOM PHOTO: Shan Burklow with Miss Jamboree Shea Butcher and Runner-Up Eden Adora Nokes)

Haggard Wins Miss Jamboree Pageant Among 17-20 Age Group

June 7, 2014
by: 
Dwayne Page
Miss Jamboree Ages 17-20: Katie Sue Haggard
Shan Burklow with Miss Jamboree and Runners-Up
Miss Congeniality: Shauna Faith Taylor

Katie Sue Haggard won the Miss Jamboree Pageant for young ladies ages seventeen to twenty Saturday at the county complex auditorium.

Haggard is the twenty year old daughter of David and Vicki Haggard of Smithville. She beat out five other girls for the crown, the first ever awarded.

First Runner-Up: Heather Brady, the twenty year old daughter of Keith and Angela Brady of Crossville. Brady was also awarded for Prettiest Hair.

Second Runner-Up: Jacklyn Danelle Medley, the eighteen year old daughter of Sharon Medley and Troy Medley of Bone Cave, Tennessee. She was also awarded for Best Dress.

Third Runner-Up: Sarah Ann Ward, the seventeen year old daughter of Steve and Amy Ward of Walling. Ward was also judged Most Photogenic and she was awarded for Prettiest Eyes.

Fourth Runner-Up: Rebekah Grace Webb, the nineteen year old daughter of C.D. and Cindy Webb of Dowelltown.

Shauna Faith Taylor, the eighteen year old daughter of Ken and Cindy Taylor of Smithville was named Miss Congeniality.

(TOP PHOTO: MISS JAMBOREE AGES 17-20: KATIE SUE HAGGARD)

(MIDDLE PHOTO: SARAH ANN WARD (3RD RUNNER-UP), JACKLYN DANELLE MEDLEY (2ND RUNNER-UP), MISS JAMBOREE KATIE SUE HAGGARD, HEATHER BRADY (1ST RUNNER-UP), AND REBEKAH GRACE WEBB (4TH RUNNER-UP)

(BOTTOM PHOTO: MISS CONGENIALITY SHAUNA FAITH TAYLOR)

Qualls Captures Crown for Miss Jamboree Ages 14-16

June 7, 2014
by: 
Dwayne Page
Miss Jamboree Ages 14-16: Liz Abigail Qualls
Shan Burklow with Miss Jamboree Ages 14-16 and Runners-Up

Liz Abigail Qualls is the first ever Miss Jamboree among girls ages fourteen to sixteen. She was chosen among four contestants for the honor Saturday at the county complex auditorium.

Qualls, the sixteen year old daughter of Brad and Kim Trapp of Smithville, was also awarded for Prettiest Eyes.

First Runner-Up: Morgan Faith Green, the fourteen year old daughter of Suzanne and Jon Harrison of Smithville. Green was also judged Most Photogenic.

Second Runner-Up: Hannah Walker, the fifteen year old daughter of Scott and Misty Walker of Smithville. She was also awarded for Prettiest Hair.

Third Runner-Up: Destiny Danielle Franklin, the fifteen year old daughter of Jennifer and Charlie Ware of Smithville. Franklin was also awarded for Best Dress.

(TOP PHOTO: MISS JAMBOREE AGES 14-16: LIZ ABIGAIL QUALLS)

(BOTTOM PHOTO: MORGAN FAITH GREEN (1ST RUNNER-UP), MISS JAMBOREE LIZ ABIGAIL QUALLS, HANNAH WALKER (2ND RUNNER-UP), AND DESTINY DANIELLE FRANKLIN (3RD RUNNER-UP)

Miss Jamboree Ages 11-13 is Abby Evans

June 7, 2014
by: 
Dwayne Page
Miss Jamboree Ages 11-13: Abby Marie Evans
Shan Burklow with Miss Jamboree Ages 11-13 and Runners-Up

The winner of the Miss Jamboree Pageant for girls ages eleven to thirteen is Abby Marie Evans, the thirteen year old daughter of Amanda Mathis of Smithville.

Evans was among five young ladies who competed in this first ever contest held Saturday at the county complex auditorium. Evans also received an award for Prettiest Eyes.

First Runner-Up: Abigail Hope Taylor, the thirteen year old daughter of Ken and Cindy Taylor of Smithville.

Second Runner-Up: Alexis Grace Atnip, the eleven year old daughter of Veronica Atnip of Smithville. Atnip was also named Most Photogenic and she was awarded for Best Dress.

Third Runner-Up: Ivy Grace Travis, the twelve year old daughter of Aime and Matt Travis of Milton.

Fourth Runner-Up: Grace Howland, the eleven year old daughter of Rick and Nikki Harris and Kevin Howland of Alexandria. She was also awarded for Prettiest Hair.

(TOP PHOTO: MISS JAMBOREE AGES 11-13- ABBY MARIE EVANS)

(BOTTOM PHOTO: IVY GRACE TRAVIS (3RD RUNNER-UP), ALEXIS GRACE ATNIP (2ND RUNNER-UP), MISS JAMBOREE ABBY MARIE EVANS, ABIGAIL HOPE TAYLOR (1ST RUNNER-UP), AND GRACE HOWLAND (4TH RUNNER-UP)

Rigsby Takes Miss Jamboree Crown among Girls Ages 7-10

June 7, 2014
by: 
Dwayne Page
Miss Jamboree (ages 7-10): Arista Isabella Rigsby
Shan Burklow with Miss Jamboree and Runners-Up

Nine year old Arista Isabella Rigsby won the Miss Jamboree pageant among girls ages seven to ten on Saturday at the county complex. She was also named Most Photogenic.

Rigsby is the daughter of David and Tyroma Rigsby of Lebanon. She was among twelve girls competing for the crown in this first ever pageant.

First Runner-Up: Addison Jean Puckett, the ten year old daughter of Jimmy and Anita Puckett of Smithville. Puckett was also awarded for Prettiest Eyes.

Second Runner-Up: Carlee Elizabeth West, the nine year old daughter of D.J. and Megan Stewart of Smithville. She was also awarded for Best Dress.

Third Runner-Up: Kyleigh Breanne Hill, the nine year old daughter of Kyle Hill and Colleen and David Clary of Smithville. Hill also received an award for Prettiest Hair.

Fourth Runner-Up: Hannah Paige Trapp, the nine year old daughter of Jeremy and Jenny Trapp of Smithville.

Other contestants were Kennedy Grace Agee, the ten year old daughter of Josh and January Agee of Liberty; Darrah Elizabeth Ramsey, the nine year old daughter of Jane and Rob Ramsey of Smithville; Alexis Rigsby, the nine year old daughter of April Hall of Dowelltown; Natalie Morgan Snipes, the nine year old daughter of Tim and Michelle Snipes of Smithville; Sophia Angeletti, the nine year old daughter of Stacy Angeletti of Smithville; Kenlee Renae Taylor, the nine year old daughter of Ken and Cindy Taylor of Smithville; and Allyson Roxanne Fuller, the eight year old daughter of Anthony and Amanda Fuller of Baxter.

(TOP PHOTO: MISS JAMBOREE AMONG GIRLS AGES 7-10- ARISTA ISABELLA RIGSBY)

(BOTTOM PHOTO) : KYLEIGH BREANNE HILL (3RD RUNNER-UP), CARLEE ELIZABETH WEST ( 2ND RUNNER-UP), MISS JAMBOREE ARISTA ISABELLA RIGSBY, ADDISON JEAN PUCKETT (1ST RUNNER-UP), AND HANNAH PAIGE TRAPP (4TH RUNNER-UP)

Rackley Wins Little Miss Jamboree Title

June 7, 2014
by: 
Dwayne Page
Little Miss Jamboree- Isabella Faith Rackley
Shan Burklow with Little Miss Jamboree and Runners-Up
Miss Congeniality and Photogenic- Jakayta Odom

The first ever Little Miss Jamboree is Isabella Faith Rackley. She was crowned queen among six contestants, ages four to six, for the title at the inaugural pageant held Saturday at the county complex.

Rackley is the six year old daughter of Gordon and Jessica Rackley of Smithville.

First Runner-up: Hannah Brown, the five year old daughter of Cassie and Bradley Brown of Alexandria.

Second Runner-Up: Leah Elisabeth Trapp, the five year old daughter of Jeremy and Jenny Trapp of Smithville. Trapp was also awarded for Prettiest Eyes.

Third Runner-Up: Averie Nicole McMinn, the six year old daughter of Amanda and Nathan McMinn of Dowelltown. She was awarded for Prettiest Hair.

Fourth Runner-Up: Lillie Grace Young, the five year old daughter of Michael and Crystal Young of Smithville. Young was also awarded for Best Dress.

Meanwhile, Jakayta Odom, the six year old daughter of Rebecca Waggoner of Smithville, was named Miss Congeniality and Most Photogenic

(TOP PHOTO: LITTLE MISS JAMBOREE ISABELLA FAITH RACKLEY)

(MIDDLE PHOTO: AVERIE NICOLE MCMINN (3RD RUNNER UP), HANNAH BROWN (1ST RUNNER-UP), LITTLE MISS ISABELLA FAITH RACKLEY, LEAH ELISABETH TRAPP (2ND RUNNER-UP, AND LILLIE GRACE YOUNG (4TH RUNNER-UP)

(BOTTOM PHOTO: JAKAYTA ODOM (MISS CONGENIALITY AND MISS PHOTOGENIC)

DeKalb Animal Coalition Seeks Financial Support from Community

June 7, 2014
by: 
Dwayne Page

The DeKalb Animal Coalition for the Humane Treatment of Animals will soon begin fund raising efforts now that the group has been approved as a 501 (c) 3 charity organization.

During a meeting Thursday night, the board members discussed reaching out to city officials and county commissioners for their support, but they also plan to seek grants, tax deductible donations from the public, and possibly have special events to obtain the money needed to build and start up a new animal shelter.

"The first thing we have to do to get it is to have a fundraising program, " said Board Chairman Marsha Darrah, in an interview with WJLE. "We have already been in touch with the city and some of the county officials. Both city and county mayors are behind this and we're very excited about that. It's a very cooperative effort. We're hoping that we will get funds for our building from the city and the county but we know we'll have to supplement that. They can't do everything," she said.

The Coalition's goal is for the county to have a permanent and safe location for neglected, abandoned and abused animals; to provide an alternative low-kill policy so these animals receive medical attention, reduce overpopulation, and be cared for until they can be placed in permanent homes.

Tentative plans are to build a facility near the site of the future solid waste transfer station, behind Tenneco off of Highway 70 east. "There is some property that is apparently going to be available but we are waiting because that has to be proposed to the county commissioners and our city aldermen before anything definite can be done. But I think we have a good start with that. As for the building I think we're going to need at least 2,500 to 3,000 square feet. We have looked at other kennels and buildings to see just exactly how things are arranged," said Darrah.

The Board will meet again Thursday night, July 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the county complex and the public is welcome and encouraged to attend and participate. " We want this to be a community project. I think there are a lot of people who are interested in having a well run animal shelter and the only way to get it is for all of us to get behind it and work," Darrah said.

You may contact Marsha Darrah at 615-597-6138 or David McDowell at 931-260-1693 with any questions or feedback. In addition to Darrah, other members of the Coalition are Sue Puckett Jernigan, Dr. Hugh Don Cripps, David McDowell, Renee Ferguson, Jason Ray and Smithville Alderman Jason Murphy.

It’s Almost Jamboree Project Welcome Mat Time!

June 7, 2014
by: 
Dwayne Page
2013 People's Choice Award Winner-Liberty State Bank

It’s Almost Jamboree Project Welcome Mat Time!

The Smithville-DeKalb Co. Chamber of Commerce invites all county businesses to again use their marquees or any type of message signs to welcome Jamboree visitors to our area. Recognition awards along with media recognition will be presented in 3 categories: "Best Worded," "Most Original" and the "People's Choice Award." Call 597-4163 or email us at dekalbtn@dtccom.net if you would like your sign to be included in the contest. Have your sign in place no later than Tuesday, June 24th.

Let's show folks how friendly the DeKalb County / Smithville area can be.

Free Fishing Day is Saturday

June 6, 2014

Tennessee’s annual Free Fishing Day is Saturday, June 7 when anyone may fish free without a license in the state’s public waters.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency provides the free day in hopes of increasing interest in fishing. The day allows anyone the opportunity to try this great outdoor sport, especially children. In addition, children ages 15 and younger may fish without a license beginning on Free Fishing Day through the following Friday (June 13).

The annual Pea Ridge Kids Fishing Rodeo at the big pond in the Pea Ridge Wildlife Management Area will be Saturday, June 7 from 7:00 a.m. until noon. Kids through age sixteen may participate. Lunch, soft drinks, and prizes will be available for the kids.

The day and week are annual events in Tennessee and are great opportunities to introduce children to the enjoyment and excitement of a day on the water catching fish. The TWRA is among several organizations planning special fishing events, primarily for youngsters. The TWRA annually stocks several thousand pounds of fish for various events.

Free Fishing Day and Week apply to Tennessee’s public waters, TWRA owned and operated lakes, and state park facilities. Some privately owned pay lakes continue to charge during this special day and week. Anglers may consult with lake operators if there are any questions about a particular facility.

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