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Farm Service Agency Presents 30 Year Length of Service Award

May 21, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
Farm Service Agency Presents 30 Year Length of Service Award

The DeKalb/Cannon County Farm Service Agency recently presented Shawn Rice, Program Technician, with her 30 Year Length of Service Award.

Pictured from left to right: R.V. Billings, Jr (County Committee Member), Shawn Rice (Program Technician), Jack Campbell (County Committee Chairperson), Charles Brown (County Committee Member), and Donny Green (County Executive Director).

Introducing Tiger Media's first literary magazine

May 21, 2015
by: 
Donna Emmons
Mirage authors and artists - Front row (l-r): Lydia Trail/Juliette Aurora (editor), Leah Clark, Anna May, Savannah Anderson, Dakotah Cool, Madison Kemper. Middle row (l-r): Hannah Brown, Savannah Belcher, Kristena Bain, MaKayla C. Bain, Ami Patel, Jhoany Gaspar. Back row (l-r): Shea Hicks, Caleb Rowland (graphic designer), Riley "Rcade" Sexton, Megan Evans, Dev Johnson, Kyle Satcher, and Moses Hernandez. Not pictured: Jaynee Angaran, Allen Smithee, Laiza Martinez, Nowhere Man, Kelly Armour, Kupo and Olivia
Tiger Media's first literary magazine, titled Mirage

Embracing the opportunity to try something new, co-advisers Nallely Prater and Donna Emmons, along with Tiger Media staff members Lydia Trail and Caleb Rowland, chose to publish a product that would showcase student creative talent. Thus, the concept for Tiger Media's first literary magazine, titled Mirage, was conceived. Twenty-six students chose to submit their creative works of art, photography, poetry and short stories in the full-color, 44 page publication.

"This has been one of the most rewarding experiences as an adviser. Creating this magazine was a learning experience for all of us," Mrs. Prater said about her contributions to the finished product.

The work was submitted and completed over three months, and each participating student received a free copy of the magazine.

Junior Megan Evans said, “It’s awesome! It isn’t something I typically do, put my poems out there. It felt good to get published.”

"I am always willing to try something new," Mrs. Emmons said, "and the excitement surrounding this project has been infectious. I am so happy for the students to be able to reach an audience with their incredible talents, and I am honored to have been a part of this effort."

Besides athletics and the active clubs at the high school, many of the more creative students find it hard to showcase their talents because there has not been an outlet.

“I’m glad to be able to get my work out to express myself and get people to see it,” freshman Riley "Rcade" Sexton said.

Freshman Ami Patel added, "This is a good start for our school, so we can each express our individuality."

“Maybe others will submit works to publish now that they've seen we have put ourselves out there,” freshman Hannah Brown said.

A limited number of magazines are still available to purchase for $5 at DCHS through next Wednesday. Call, come by or send word to own your exclusive copy.

"The staff of Tiger Media would like to thank its sponsors. We greatly appreciate the support of Harry Lasser, DeKalb Funeral Chapel, Family Medical Center, Callie Herman with Art Revolution, and Wilson Bank & Trust," added Mrs. Emmons.

Picture Caption:

Mirage authors and artists - Twenty-six DCHS students contributed their collective creative talents to publish the first ever Tiger Media literary magazine, Mirage. Front row (l-r): Lydia Trail/Juliette Aurora (editor), Leah Clark, Anna May, Savannah Anderson, Dakotah Cool, Madison Kemper. Middle row (l-r): Hannah Brown, Savannah Belcher, Kristena Bain, MaKayla C. Bain, Ami Patel, Jhoany Gaspar. Back row (l-r): Shea Hicks, Caleb Rowland (graphic designer), Riley "Rcade" Sexton, Megan Evans, Dev Johnson, Kyle Satcher, and Moses Hernandez. Not pictured: Jaynee Angaran, Allen Smithee, Laiza Martinez, Nowhere Man, Kelly Armour, Kupo and Olivia Winter.

DCHS Recognizes Tennessee Scholars

May 20, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
DCHS Recognizes Tennessee Scholars

The 2015 DCHS Tennessee Scholars were recognized during Monday night's Annual Awards Program at the high school

The Tennessee Scholars program encourages students to take a more rigorous and challenging course of study in high school. Students graduating as Tennessee Scholars have to maintain good academic, disciplinary, and attendance standards as well as volunteer in the community. Tennessee Scholars also choose to take rigorous courses beyond what is required to graduate. Janney & Associates CPAs generously provided the Tennessee Scholars Medals.

Ruth Woodall, Associate Vice President of Education and Workforce Development for the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry/Tennessee Manufacturing Association, helped make the presentations.

The following students have met all requirements for the Tennessee Scholars Program.

1. ADCOCK, RACHEL
2. ADCOCK, SHARA
3. BENSHOOF, REBECCA
4. BLAIR, KATHRYN
5. BONE, JUSTIN
6. BROWN, AUSTIN
7. BURCHFIELD, LEAH
8. ELLIS, TAYLOR
9. HAYES, BAILEY
10. HEDGE, KELSEY
11. KANIPE, KARA
12. LEISER, BRANDON
13. LITTLE, JULIA,
14. MCCARDELL, DESTINEY
15. MERRIMAN, MICAH
16. MORRIS, KENZIE
17. OAKLEY, CASON
18. OVERBY, JACQUELYN
19. POSS, BETHANY
20. REFFUE, BROOKE
21. ROBERTS, ZACHARY
22. RUCH, MAKALEE
23. SCOTT, HEATHER
24. STEPHENS, EMILY
25. TRAIL, LYDIA
26. WASHER, JACOB
27. WILLOUGHBY, KATIE

County Clerk Completes Training to Become Certified Public Administrator

May 20, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
CTAS Training Consultant Christopher R. Payne presents County Clerk James L. (Jimmy) Poss Certificate as Certified Public Administrator

DeKalb County Clerk James L. (Jimmy) Poss is among county officials across the state who have earned status as a Certified Public Administrator after completing the County Officials Certificate Training Program (COCTP).

COCTP is a comprehensive training program administered by the University of Tennessee (UT) County Technical Assistance Service (CTAS) in cooperation with the Tennessee County Services Association and the County Officials Association of Tennessee

The program is designed to provide specialized, technical and managerial training to elected officials and their employees in order to help them run their office more effectively. It also offers a comprehensive knowledge of the inner workings of county government. CTAS believes that a broader understanding of the mechanics of county government will afford COCTP graduates a better knowledge of the county as an entity, which will help them to better serve their constituency. Graduates of the COCTP will obtain a thorough understanding of county government and be designated with the title of Certified Public Administrator.

"Once participants go through the County Officials Certified Training Program and complete the process they become a certified public administrator," said Ben Rodgers, CTAS County Government Consultant. "The training gives participants a good knowledge of what it takes to be in county government and how to run offices and be involved with the county commission and all the legislative branches. After everything is said and done its eighty hours of training to become certified," he said.

"Jimmy did a great job. He is a great guy. I know they bragged on him from the training he went through. He learned a lot and I am proud of him," Rodgers added.

Participants must complete four of the
10 core classes.

Core classes include:
• Audit
• Capital Budgeting
• Debt Management
• Ethics
• Financial Issues
• Legal Issues – for each Elected Office
• Operating Budget
• Personnel
• Purchasing
• Risk Management

Once completed the individual is recognized as a Certified Public Administrator for their county.

In order to retain the designation of Certified Public Administrator, participants are required to complete 16 hours of continuing education each fiscal year to maintain their certification.

DCHS Tigerettes Eliminated from State Softball Tournament

May 20, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
DCHS Tigerettes Season Ends at State Tournament

The DCHS Tigerettes have been eliminated from the TSSAA Class AA State GIRLS Softball Tournament after losing to South Gibson 9-0 Wednesday morning in Murfreesboro.

The Tigerettes also lost Tuesday night to Chattanooga Central 8 to 3.

South Gibson scored nine runs on nine hits and made one error. DeKalb County was held scoreless on two hits and made one error. Tyra Graham and Loren Cripps each singled.

South Gibson scored three runs in the first inning, four runs in the second, and two runs in the sixth inning.

Kayley Caplinger, the losing pitcher, gave up nine runs on nine hits through seven innings. She struck out nine and walked four.

The Tigerettes finished the season at 27-8 overall. They won championships for the regular season district, district tournament, region tournament, and sub-state before advancing to the state tournament.

In the game Tuesday night, the Tigerettes lost 8-3 to Chattanooga Central

Chattanooga Central scored eight runs on six hits and made one error. The Tigerettes scored three runs on seven hits and made three errors.

DeKalb County scored one run in the first, fifth, and seventh innings. Chattanooga Central scored two runs in the first inning, one run in the third, fourth, and sixth innings, and three runs in the seventh.

Kayley Caplinger, the losing pitcher, faced thirty one batters through seven innings. She gave up eight runs on six hits. She struck out eight and walked two.

Loren Cripps and Kayley Caplinger each belted a homerun while Dani Meadows, Katie Hall, Myranda Bailiff, Hannah Walker, and Allison Maynard each singled.

Proclamation Recognizes EMS Week

May 20, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
County Mayor Tim Stribling presents Interim EMS Director Hoyte Hale Proclamation designating May 17-23 as EMS Week. Joined by EMS Staff members Kim Johnson, Misty Green, David Hamlet and Allen Mason

A week dedicated to celebrating emergency service workers is being recognized in DeKalb County.

The community relies on emergency workers to rush to the rescue, no matter what the circumstance.

County Mayor Tim Stribling signed a proclamation Monday designating May 17-23 as Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week in DeKalb County. Interim EMS Director Hoyte Hale and other EMS staff joined County Mayor Stribling for the occasion at the ambulance service headquarters.

The proclamation is as follows:

"Whereas, Emergency Medical Services is a vital public service; and

Whereas, the members of Emergency Medical Teams are ready to provide lifesaving care to those in needs 24 hours a day, seven days a week; and

Whereas, access to quality Emergency Care dramatically improves the survival and recovery rate of those who experience sudden illness or injury; and

Whereas, the Emergency Medical Services system consists of emergency physicians, emergency nurses, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, firefighters, educators, administrators, and others; and

Whereas, the members of Emergency Medical Services teams, whether career or volunteer, engage in thousands of hours of specialized training and continuing education to enhance their lifesaving skills; and

Whereas, it is appropriate to recognize the value and the accomplishments of Emergency Medical Services providers by designating Emergency Medical Services Week;

Now, Therefore, I Tim Stribling, County Mayor, DeKalb County, Tennessee, in recognition of this event do hereby proclaim the week of May 17-23, 2015 as Emergency Medical Services Week.

With the theme, EMS STRONG, I encourage the community to observe this week with the appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities".

Members of the DeKalb EMS Staff in addition to Interim Director Hoyte Hale are:

Donna Melton- EMT-IV

Jonthan Rudd-EMT-P

Kristie Johnson-CCEMT-P

Tyler Grandstaff-EMT-P

David Hamlet-EMT-P

Misty Green-AEMT

Kim Johnson-EMT-P

Allen Mason-EMT-P

Trent Phipps-EMT-P

Daniel Summers-EMT-P

Becky Atnip-EMT-IV

Tim Briggs- EMT-P

Matt Melton-EMT-IV

James Allen-CCEMT-P

Jamie Parsley-EMT-IV

Stephanie Brown-EMT-P

Charles Nokes-EMT-P

Houston Austin-EMT-P

Greta Stone-EMT-P

Jamie Williams-EMT-P

John Poss-EMT-IV

Lonnie Laxton-EMT-IV

Wesley Slager-EMT-IV

Trent Hillis-AEMT

Jennifer Phillips-AEMT-IV

Jason Rice-EMT-IV

Scotty Jones-EMT-IV

Richard Underwood-AEMT

Edward Brooks-AEMT

Dick Kinsey-AEMT

Teena Allen-EMS Office Manager

Over Half Million Dollars in Scholarships Awarded at DCHS

May 19, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
Charlie Young received the largest single scholarship award of $66,176 from Western Kentucky
DCHS Class of 2015 Scholarship Award Winners
DCHS Perfect Attendance Award Winners Lydia Trail and Clint Hawker. Trail had perfect attendance from 5th-12th grade. Hawker never missed a day of school from Kindergarten to 12th grade
DCHS Class of 2015 Tennessee Scholars

More than $560,000 in scholarships were awarded to members of the Class of 2015 at DeKalb County High School during Monday night's annual Senior Awards program.

Representatives of colleges, universities, branches of the armed services, businesses, civic groups, and other organizations made the presentations.

Charlie Young received the largest single scholarship award of $66,176 from Western Kentucky.

Clint Hawker and Lydia Trail received perfect attendance awards for not missing a day of school during their four years of high school. Hawker had perfect attendance throughout thirteen years of school from kindergarten through the twelfth grade. Trail's perfect attendance spanned from the fifth grade to her senior year.

Scholarship recipients listed in alphabetical order according to last names and their award amounts are as follows:

Shara Adcock: UT Martin-Rodeo $22,096; UT Martin-Academic $6,000; American Quarter Horse Association-Horse of the Year $250; DeKalb Funeral Chapel $500; Class of 1966- $500; DeKalb County Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Association- $500; DeKalb Firefighters- $500; DeKalb Soil Conservation District-$500; National High School Rodeo-$500

Rayanna Baker: DeKalb Funeral Chapel $1,000

Lance Ball: Tennessee Tech University $4,000; W. Doyle & Melford Smith Scholarship $3,000; Dual Enrollment Math-College Algebra/Pre-Calculus

Lane Ball: Tennessee Tech University $6,000

Katherine Blair: UT Chattanooga $6,000; DeKalb County PTO $250; First Bank $500;

Luke Boss: DeKalb Fire Fighters $500;

Austin Brown: DeKalb County Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Association $500; DeKalb Soil Conservation District $500;

Leah Burchfield: MTSU $12,000; FCCLA $125; Jolly Angels-2 year $2,000

Michael Caplinger: Brandon Elder Scholarship 2 year $2,000; Dailey & Vincent Scholarship $2,000; UT Chattanooga $6,000;

Wendy Cassinera: Brandon Elder Scholarship 4 year $4,000; Scottish Rite $1,000;

Brandon Chapman: Smithville Rotary Vocational Award $100

Franco Clavel: DCHS Honors English IV Award

Loren Cripps: A.F. Bridges $1,000; Alan Hooper Memorial $500

Savannah Driver: UT Knoxville $24,000; Jolly Angels 1 year $1,000

Austin Ellis: Tennessee College of Applied Technology $1,000; and DCHS English IV Award

Taylor Ellis: William Snodgrass Scholarship- Association of Government Accountants $2,000; Liberty State Bank $1,000

Michael Ferguson: American Legion Boys State;

Corey Ferrell: U.S. Marines Scholar Award

Matthew Foutch: Tennessee Tech University $6,000; Clyde Thomas Family Trust Scholarship $1,000; Caney Fork Electric-2014 Essay Contest Washington Youth Tour Winner

Kelley Goodwin: DCHS Visual Art Award

Dustin Griffith: U.S. Navy Enlistment

Haley Hale: DeKalb Funeral Chapel $500

Jacob Hale: DCHS English IV Award

Bailey Hayes: Tennessee Tech University $20,000

Kelsey Hedge: Lipscomb University $44,000; Jolly Angels 2 year $2,000; Katherine Conger Memorial $500; DCHS Beta Scholarship $500; DCHS Literature Club $500; American Legion Auxiliary Girls State;

Rachel Holcomb: DeKalb Funeral Chapel $500; HOSA $100; DCHS Literature Club $500

Nichole Hunt: Caney Fork Electric-2014 Essay Contest Second Place $100

Chelsea Johnson: FCCLA $125; DCHS English IV Award

Brandon Leiser: U.S. Marines Athlete Award

Julia Little: Tennessee Tech University $20,000; General Assembly Merit Scholarship: $4,000; Jolly Angels 4 year $4,000; American Legion Auxiliary Girls State; Daughters of the American Revolution-Good Citizen Award

Destiney McCardell: Southern Landscape Supply Scholarship $500; HOSA $100; U.S. Marines Scholar Award

Ale Maciel: Martin Methodist College $44,000; HOSA $100; Leadership DeKalb $500

Ana May: DCHS English IV Award

Michael May: U.S. Air Force Enlistment

Micah Merriman: Elzie & Nell McBride Memorial $500; Mentors Association Scholarship $5,000; Dailey & Vincent Scholarship $2,000; Smithville Rotary Club $750; U.S. Army Athlete Award; Presidents Volunteer Service Award

Kenzie Morris: Lucille Stewart Memorial $2,000

Jonathan Munoz: Martin Methodist College $36,000

Kalob O'Neal: DCHS Visual Art Award

Cason Oakley: Carson Newman University $40,000; American Legion Boys State

Jacquelyn Overby: DTC McAllen Foutch Memorial $8,000; U.S. Army Athlete Award

Nicholas Parsley: Southern Landscape Supply Scholarship: $500

Aaron Patterson: Cumberland University Baseball Scholarship; Lucille Stewart Memorial $2,000; Anthony Duane Trapp Memorial $1,000; Love-Cantrell Funeral Home $500;

Shayla Pedigo: Tennessee Tech University $14,000; DCHS Visual Art Award

Bethany Poss: Motlow State Community College $2,000; Daily & Vincent Scholarship $2,000; Smithville Rotary Club $750; DeKalb Firefighters $500; DeKalb Funeral Chapel $500

William Puckett: Clyde Thomas Family Trust Scholarship $1,000

Makayla Redmon: Nell Haas Driver Scholarship $1,000

Brooke Reffue: David Wayne Alexander Memorial: $1,500; DeKalb Retired Teachers $750;

Zachary Roberts: Mentors Association Scholarship $5,000; Eddie Crips Memorial $1,000;

Brooke Roller: HOSA $100; Caney Fork Electric- 2014 Essay Contest Fourth Place $50

Makalee Ruch: UT Knoxville $24,000; Brandon Elder Scholarship 4 year $4,000; General Assembly Merit Scholarship $4,000; Smithville Rotary Math Award $100; Tennessee Governor's School for the Sciences; Woodman of the World $50

Harlli Silcox: Tennessee Tech University $4,000; Kyle & Kenny Robinson Memorial $1,000; AmVets $250; AmVets Auxiliary $250

Makayla Starnes: HOSA $100;

Emilee Stephens: Smithville Rotary Club $750; DeKalb Community Hospital $500

Hunter Stone: Clay Edwards Memorial Tiger Pride Scholarship $500

Charles Tramel: U.S. Marine Enlistment

Lydia Trail: Lee University Dean's Scholarship $28,000; Lee University Letitie Pate Whitehead Scholarship $2,500; Comcast $1,000; DCHS Beta Scholarship $500; Dual Enrollment Math- College Trigonometry/Pre-Calculus; Leadership DeKalb $500; U.S. Marines Athlete Award

Darrian Turner: Smithville Women's Club $250

Amanda Vincent: U.S. Army Enlistment

Jacob Washer: David Wayne Alexander Memorial $1,500; Brandon Elder Scholarship 1 year $1,000; Kyle & Kenny Robinson Memorial $1,000; DeKalb Community Hospital in Honor of Dr. Melvin Blevins $500; Love-Cantrell Funeral Home $500

Katie Willoughby: Sullivan University $3,750; Smithville Rotary Club $750; Caney Fork Electric-2014 Essay Contest Third Place $75

Bruce Wilson: Tennessee Tech University $20,000; General Assembly Merit Scholarship $4,000; DCHS Honors English IV Award

Charlie Young: Western Kentucky $46,176; Western Kentucky $20,000; DCHS Honors English IV Award

(UPDATED) Smithville Couple Indicted in Death of 23 Month Old Child (VIEW VIDEO HERE)

May 19, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
Cody Key taken into Custody by Smithville Police Detective Brandon Donnell
Jessica May taken into Custody by Smithville Police Lieutenant Detective Matt Holmes
Cody Key
Jessica May
Colten Alexander May

A Smithville mother and her boyfriend were named in sealed indictments returned by the DeKalb County Grand Jury today (Tuesday) in the death of the woman's 23 month old son, Colten Alexander May over the weekend.

23 year old Cody Key is charged in the indictment with felony murder and aggravated child abuse while the child's mother 19 year old Jessica May is indicted on a charge of aggravated child neglect.

Bond for Key is set at one million dollars. May's bond is $300,000. Both will appear for arraignment in DeKalb County Criminal Court on Friday, May 22.

"The child suffered great injuries and as a result the child died," said District Attorney General Bryant Dunaway in an interview with WJLE Tuesday morning.

According to D.A. Dunaway, the child was brought to the hospital by the couple Sunday morning but he was already deceased. The youngster was found to have internal and other physical injuries to his body. Key is alleged to have inflicted the injuries. May is accused of having known the abuse had been taking place.

"At approximately 3:11 am Sunday Smithville Police Sergeant Travis Bryant and Officer Joey Myers were dispatched to the emergency room of DeKalb Community Hospital in reference to a possible child abuse resulting in the death of a two year old child. Investigating officers deemed the death to be of a suspicious nature," said Captain Steven Leffew. " I was notified along with Lieutenant Matt Holmes and Detective Brandon Donnell . Additionally District Attorney Bryant Dunaway and investigators from the District Attorney's office and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation responded," he said.

The case remains under investigation by the Smithville Police Department , the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, and the District Attorney General's Office.

"We presented the case to the DeKalb County Grand Jury (Tuesday, May 19) related to the death of a 23 month old male child," said D.A. Dunaway. " Over the weekend the child was brought to DeKalb Community Hospital by the child's mother and her boyfriend. The child was deceased at the time of arrival. We believe the child was killed by the boyfriend late Saturday night or early Sunday morning in their home where they resided together. We believe the child died based upon physical injuries to the body and internally which were inflicted by the boyfriend," he said.

"The DeKalb County Grand Jury issued true bills today (Tuesday) indicting both Cody Key with first degree felony murder. The mother of the child Jessica May has been indicted for aggravated child neglect based upon a pattern of abuse and neglect over a period of time. We believe that the allegations of continuous abuse and neglect of the child over a period of approximately one year was known by the mother and that she either participated in or allowed the events to happen," said D.A. Dunaway.

"We take these matters very seriously. The abuse and neglect of a child is very serious. It's one of the most horrendous types of crimes that one can imagine," he said.

"This is truly a tragic event. I pledge absolute commitment from the Smithville Police Department in the continued pursuit of justice in this case. Our prayers for strength and heartfelt condolences go out to the family," added Captain Leffew.

Count 1 of the indictment against Key alleges that "Cody Key, on or about the 16th or the 17th day of May, 2015, in DeKalb County did unlawfully, knowingly, and other than by accidental means treat a child born June 10, 2013 in such a manner as to inflict injury on the child and the act of abuse resulted in serious bodily injury to the child, thereby committing the offense of aggravated child abuse"

Count 2 of the indictment alleges that "Cody Key, on or about the 16th or 17th day of May, 2015, in DeKalb County did unlawfully and knowingly inflict fatal injuries upon the child during the perpetration of aggravated child abuse and said injuries did cause the death of the child on or about the 16th or 17th day of May, 2015."

The indictment against May alleges that "between the 17th day of May, 2014 and the 17th day of May, 2015 in DeKalb County, Jessica May did unlawfully, knowingly, and other than by accidental means, neglect the child so as to adversely affect the health and welfare of the child, thereby committing the offense of aggravated child neglect".

Rock Island Man Held in Warren County for Death of Former DeKalb County Resident

May 18, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
 Timmie Lee Bain
Daniel Mayo

A Rock Island man has been arrested in Warren County and charged with criminal homicide in the death of a former DeKalb County resident

49 year old Timmie Lee Bain is believed to be responsible for the murder two years ago of 45 year old Daniel Mayo even though Mayo's body has not been found.

Mayo had been a long time resident of DeKalb County before relocating to Warren County. According to Warren County Sheriff Jackie Matheny, Mayo had worked and lived with Bain prior to his disappearance.

Authorities have reportedly focused their search for Mayo's remains on a hog farm where the men worked on C. Rowland Road, near the Mud Creek Community at Rock Island. Cadaver dogs have been brought in to assist in the search.

The arrest of Bain comes after an lengthy investigation which has spanned several months. While authorities had received an earlier tip concerning the homicide they were unable to establish that a murder had occurred until a new development surfaced in the case.

Ceremony marks completion of Center Hill Dam barrier wall (VIEW VIDEOS HERE)

May 18, 2015
Linda Adcock (Left), project manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District Center Hill Dam Safety Project, assists Tennessee State Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver place a ceremonial concrete form into a small-scale model commemorating the completion of the Center Hill Dam Barrier Wall Project May 18, 2015 on the work platform of the dam. (USACE photo by Mark Rankin)

Officials celebrated the completion of a barrier wall in the main dam embankment of Center Hill Dam during a ceremony today at the work platform on top of the dam. The $115 million foundation barrier wall is a key component of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District’s Center Hill Dam Safety Remediation Project.

Tennessee Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver of District 40 sang the National Anthem and spoke about how amazing the lake is and how the local community below the dam is very interested in the status of the work to rehabilitate the dam.

“This lake here produces over $70 million a year to the local economy,” Weaver said. “This is a beautiful lake. We love this place and this is an important project here to get done… it (the lake) provides a lot of jobs, a lot of recreation, and it’s just plain gorgeous.”

The work to install the barrier wall began in 2012. Bauer Foundation Corporation construction crews worked 24 hours a day, seven days a week for much of the contract duration to complete this phase of the dam safety work.

“The barrier wall provides a permanent ‘barrier’ to potentially harmful seepage beneath the main dam earthen embankment,” said Linda Adcock, project manager. “Completion of this phase of the project significantly increases the safety of the dam.”

Adcock explained that the concrete barrier wall is approximately 2.5-feet thick constructed vertically along the embankment in overlapping rectangular columns as deep as 308 feet from the top of the dam and deep into the solid-rock foundation.

Lt. Col. John L. Hudson, Nashville District commander, said that the completion of the Center Hill barrier wall is an important milestone in the rehabilitation of Center Hill Dam.

“Today is about recognizing the hard work of team members from the Corps and our prime contractor Bauer who have been able to accomplish some very complex and difficult technical work. The completed project has significantly increased the reliability of the dam and ensured its structural integrity for generations to come,” Hudson said.

The “first bite” of a giant auger drill rig turned up the first dirt of the project July 11, 2012. The last concrete pours for the barrier wall were completed in March 2015.

Alex Cartwright, project manager for Bauer, said that the company is very proud of its leading role in the restoration of Center Hill Dam and immensely grateful to the local businesses and people whose invaluable contribution helped make this project an outstanding technical success.

“It’s done. It’s all in there now,” Cartwright said about the installation of the concrete barrier wall. “Something like 80,000 cubic yards of concrete went into making this wall.”

Cartwright explained that not all of the concrete actually remained in the ground because roughly 10 percent of it got cut back out when forming the series of interlocking panels. He said the continuous wall runs deep into the foundation of the embankment terminating into the nearby hillside.

This is the second of three major contracts to remediate the Center Hill project. The third and final contract expected to be advertised later this year involves the installation of a concrete berm downstream of the auxiliary dam embankment. The auxiliary dam is a secondary earthen embankment that fills a low area in the landscape just east of the main dam.

The distinguished guests also participated in constructing a small-scale model of the barrier wall to culminate the ceremony. The five concrete panels in the model represented the importance of the lake to the community, the importance of the lake to the Cumberland River System, the expertise of Bauer, the positive impact of the Corps of Engineers construction management team, and how the elements of the team worked together to form the barrier wall.

The lake levels continue to be operated between elevation 630 feet above mean seal level in the summer and no lower than elevation 618 MSL during the late fall and early winter.

Center Hill Dam is rated in the Corps’ “Dam Safety Action Classification I,” which is the most urgent category for Dam Safety modification in the Corps. Even though the concrete barrier wall is complete, the classification of the dam cannot be changed until the third and final contract is completed, the remediation works are assessed and the project is reclassified. The final reviews are expected to be completed in 2018; the lake level is expected to be raised in time for the 2018 summer recreation season.

(The public can obtain news, updates and information from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District on the district’s website at www.lrn.usace.army.mil, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/nashvillecorpsand on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/nashvillecorps.)

Photo Cutline: Linda Adcock (Left), project manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District Center Hill Dam Safety Project, assists Tennessee State Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver place a ceremonial concrete form into a small-scale model commemorating the completion of the Center Hill Dam Barrier Wall Project May 18, 2015 on the work platform of the dam. (USACE photo by Mark Rankin)

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