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Blood Donors Needed Today in Smithville

July 5, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page
Blood Donors Needed Today in Smithville

The American Red Cross has issued an emergency call for blood and platelets, urging all eligible donors to give now to replenish an extremely low summer blood supply.

The bloodmobile will be in Smithville today (Tuesday, July 5) at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church at 201 South College Street from 1:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.

Blood donations have fallen short of hospital needs for the past few months, resulting in about 39,000 fewer donations than what’s needed, as well as a significant draw down of the overall Red Cross blood supply. In addition, the Independence Day holiday may have caused many regular donors to postpone donations due to vacation plans. A recent Red Cross poll revealed that more than 75 percent of donors surveyed indicated vacation plans this summer, many of them occurring the weeks before and after July 4.

“Right now, blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in, which is why we are making this emergency request for donations,” said Tiffany Taylor, external communications manager of the Red Cross Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region. “Donations are urgently needed now to meet the needs of hospital patients in the coming days and weeks. If you’ve thought about giving blood and helping to save lives, now is the time to do it. It’s the blood donations on the shelves that help save lives when an emergency occurs.”

How to Help
To schedule an appointment to donate, use the free Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). The Red Cross is extending hours at many donation sites to allow for more donors to make an appointment to give. Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass online health history questionnaire are encouraged to avoid longer wait times. Donors with all blood types are needed.

Those unable to give can still help by encouraging others to give through a SleevesUp virtual blood drive at redcrossblood.org/sleevesup, giving of their time through volunteerism or making a financial donation to support Red Cross humanitarian work across the country and around the world.

Who Blood Donations Help
Every two seconds in the United States blood and platelets are needed to respond to patient emergencies, including accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant procedures, and patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease. The Red Cross must collect approximately 14,000 blood and platelet donations every day for patients at about 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide.

Because of generous donors, the Red Cross is able to provide blood products to patients like 10-year-old Rebecca Gardner who has benefitted from blood transfusions as part of her treatment for Rhabdomyosarcoma. Blood and platelet transfusions have helped in giving Rebecca energy to attend school often, be involved with her Girl Scout troop and to participate in gymnastics, all while undergoing weekly chemotherapy.
“A blood donation is one of the greatest gifts you can give, and it doesn’t cost a thing. It’s wonderful to see how one blood donation can help save up to three lives, and how it helps kids with cancer, like Rebecca.”

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

Tennessee Sales Tax Holiday July 29-31

July 4, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page
Tennessee Sales Tax Holiday July 29-31

Before you start your back to school shopping, mark July 29-31 on your calendar.

That's this year's tax-free weekend in Tennessee, where shoppers won't have to pay sales tax on clothing, school and art supplies that cost $100 or less per item and computers that cost $1,500 or less.

During these three days Tennessee shoppers can save nearly 10 percent on certain purchases.

“I want to encourage Tennessee families to take advantage of the Sales Tax Holiday because it was created with them in mind,” Gov. Bill Haslam said. “The weekend provides savings for families, especially as students are starting the new school year, and the holiday can provide relief on clothing, school and art supplies and computer purchases.”

The holiday begins Friday, July 29 at 12:01 a.m. and ends Sunday, July 31 at 11:59 p.m. During the designated three-day weekend, consumers will not pay state or local sales tax on clothing with a price of $100 or less per item, school and art supplies with a price of $100 or less per item, and computers with a price of $1,500 or less.

Please visit the Sales Tax Holiday Web site at www.tntaxholiday.com to learn more about the items exempt from sales tax.

Examples of exempt items include:

•Clothing: Shirts, dresses, pants, coats, gloves and mittens, hats and caps, hosiery, neckties, belts, sneakers, shoes, uniforms whether athletic or non-athletic and scarves

•School Supplies: Binders, book bags, calculators, tape, chalk, crayons, erasers, folders, glue, pens, pencils, lunch boxes, notebooks, paper, rulers and scissors

•Art Supplies: Clay and glazes; acrylic, tempera and oil paints; paintbrushes for artwork; sketch and drawing pads; and watercolors

•Computers: Central processing unit (CPU), along with various other components including monitor, keyboard, mouse, cables to connect components and preloaded software (Note: While the CPU may be purchased separately, other items must be part of a bundled computer package in order to be eligible.) iPads and other tablet computers are eligible for tax exemption, while smart phones and video game consoles are not.

Police Find Woman with Gun and Drugs at Health Department

July 4, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page

Smithville Police found drugs and a gun on a woman while answering a possible domestic call at the health department on Thursday, June 23.

35 year old Maranda Michelle Murphy is charged with simple possession of schedule III and IV drugs and methamphetamine. Her bond is $4,500 and she will be in court on July 21.

Police were called to the DeKalb County Health Department in reference to a possible domestic. Upon arrival an officer spoke with Murphy and found her to be evasive with him concerning her identity and she appeared to be trying to hide her purse. For the officer’s safety she was told to face him and when she turned he spotted in her purse the handle of what he knew to be a gun. The officer recovered the weapon and then cleared and secured it. After obtaining consent to search her vehicle, he found 2 baggies containing a crystallized substance weighing approximately 3 grams believed to be methamphetamine and some pills believed to be xanax and hydrocodone. Murphy had no prescription for the drugs.

31 year old Stephanie Sue Summers was cited for shoplifting at the Dollar General Store on Thursday, June 16. Summers was observed by store employees placing items in her purse. Her court date is July 14.

45 year old Johnny Darrell Murphy was arrested on Monday, June 20 for assault. Murphy allegedly punched the victim on the left side of the face leaving physical evidence of an open wound. After an investigation, police took Murphy into custody. His bond is $1,500 and his court date is July 14.

27 year old Jessica Hope Elkins was arrested on Thursday, June 23 for theft and simple possession of schedule II, IV & V drugs. Police were informed of a theft which had occurred earlier in the day and upon arrival at Elkins residence they found in Elkins’ purse medication that was taken from the victim. Elkins’ bond is $9,500.

57 year old David Anthony Watkins was arrested on Saturday, June 25 for public intoxication. Police responded to Saint Thomas DeKalb Hospital due to a belligerent patient. Upon Watkins’ release from the hospital, police tried several times to contact his family to pick him up but could not find anyone willing to do so. Due to his level of intoxication, Watkins was arrested and taken into custody. His bond is $1,000.
27 year old Mindy D. Reed was cited for shoplifting at the Dollar General Store on Tuesday, June 28. Store employees said they saw Reed putting items in her purse. Upon exiting the store, Reed was stopped and a search of her purse revealed unpaid for store property. Her court date is July 14.

Police cited two people for drug offenses on Tuesday, June 28. 44 year old Marina G. Cornett was cited for simple possession of a schedule VI drug and 54 year old Jackie Mark Mullican was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia. While conducting a probation search at Mullican's residence, a small baggie of approximately 5 grams of a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana was found on the couch where Cornett was sitting. Three burnt spoons with residue and a hypodermic needle were found in Mullican's bathroom. Both will appear in court on July 21.

Voter Registration Deadline is Tuesday, July 5 for August Elections (VIEW SAMPLE BALLOT HERE)

July 3, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page
Voter Registration Deadline is Tuesday, July 5 for August Elections

If you want to vote in the August 4 elections the last day to register with the local election commission is Tuesday (July 5).

“If you are not registered but want to participate in the August 4 elections, then Tuesday (July 5) is the last day you can register in person at the election office,” said Dennis Stanley, Administrator of Elections. “Our office is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.”

“Tuesday’s voter registration deadline also applies to those who wish to register as property owners in the City of Smithville,” he added.

Five elections are set for August 4---the DeKalb County General Election, the Tennessee Republican and Democratic Primaries, and city elections in Smithville, Liberty and Dowelltown.

(CLICK LINK BELOW TO VIEW SAMPLE BALLOT)

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“With elections on the mind of voters, it is also a good time to make sure your address is up to date,” said Stanley. “So many times voters move since the last time they voted and they fail to notify our office, which can cause a delay when they come to the polls. If you are not sure your voting address is current, call our office and we’ll be glad to check for you. Or you can check the address on your voter card. If that address is not where you currently live, you need to update it long before election day or before you participate in early voting.”

Early voting begins July 15 and runs through July 30. Early voting will be conducted on the first floor of the DeKalb County Courthouse. Hours are Mondays 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. until Noon.

Giri Peters Wins Back to Back Beginner Fiddling Titles at Jamboree (VIEW VIDEO HERE)

July 3, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page

For the second year in a row, Giri Peters of Nashville has won the top Jamboree award as the best fiddler in the National Championship for Country Musician Beginners.

Peters was crowned the Grand Champion fiddler Saturday and won the coveted James G. "Bobo" Driver Memorial Award. Members of the Driver family made the award presentation including Driver's grandson Robin Driver, grand daughter Kim Luton, and great grandchildren Russell Ambrose, Kiana Driver, and Jamie Driver.

Danny Roberts of the Grascals Receives Jamborees' Blue Blaze Award (VIEW VIDEO HERE)

July 3, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page
Danny Roberts of the Grascals Receives Jamborees' Blue Blaze Award

Danny Roberts who competed on the Fiddlers Jamboree stage several years ago now has a professional career as a member of the popular group the Grascals but he took time out of his busy schedule to return to the Jamboree stage Saturday evening and was presented the Jamborees' Blue Blaze Award, which is given to a musician who is actively cultivating a love of bluegrass music.

Roberts performed with his family and members of the Grascals.

Roberts began playing guitar to back up his friend Jimmy Mattingly (founding member, The Grascals) when the two were growing up on adjacent farms in Leitchfield, KY. Soon he was winning contests on his own as a guitarist and, eventually, mandolin player. In 1982 he co-founded the New Tradition, a dynamic, ground-breaking bluegrass/gospel group that toured the country for close to 20 years (the last ten on a full-time basis), recorded ten CDs, made “Seed Of Love,” the first bluegrass video to feature the banjo – it reached #1 on the TNN channel – appeared on the Grand Ole Opry, and helped to bring the bluegrass sound and gospel message to a new generation of fans. When the group dissolved in 2000, Danny went to work for Gibson Musical Instruments, where he rose to the position of plant manager at the company’s Original Acoustic Instruments luthiery. Still, he kept his hand in as a musician, giving workshops with mandolin colleagues like Sam Bush, Chris Thile and Bobby Osborne, making guest appearances with artists such as Marty Raybon, Larry Cordle and Melonie Cannon, and touring and recording with bluegrass/country veteran Ronnie Reno as a member of his band, the Reno Tradition, before reuniting with Mattingly in The Grascals in 2004. His solo recording, MANDOLIN ORCHARD, received extensive airplay and was touted by the Chicago Tribune as one of the Top 10 Bluegrass Releases of 2004. Roberts was also honored with the 2006 and 2008 SPBGMA Award for Mandolin Performer of the Year.

Two Injured in Saturday Crash

July 3, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page
Two Injured in Saturday Crash near Ford dealership on West Broad Street
2012 GMC Terrain struck a metal utility pole on West Broad Street

Two people were injured after their 2012 GMC Terrain struck a metal utility pole on West Broad Street Saturday morning near the ford dealership.

The driver, 67 year old James Taylor of Smithville and a passenger, 39 year old Shannon Taylor were taken by DeKalb EMS to St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital.

According to Trooper T.J. Withers of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Taylor was driving west when his vehicle left the highway to the right and then struck the curb and the pole. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

In addition to Trooper Withers and DeKalb EMS, members of the Smithville Police and Fire Departments were also on the scene to render assistance.

Ivy Phillips Crowned Grand Champion Fiddler at 45th Jamboree

July 2, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page
Grand Champion Fiddler Ivy Phillips Receives Berry C. Williams Memorial Award from Fiddlers' Jamboree Coordinator Jack Barton
Junior Old-Time Appalachian Flatfoot Dance (Ages up to 39): First Place-Hillary Klug of Shelbyville
Senior Old-Time Appalachian Flatfoot Dance (Ages 40 & Over): First Place- Tommy Scruggs, Jr. of Hartsville
Senior Buck Dancing (Ages 40 & Over): First Place- Thomas Maupin of Murfreesboro;
Senior Clogging (Ages 40 & Over): First Place-Tammy Scruggs of Hartsville
Bluegrass Banjo: First Place-Joey Gipson of Manchester
Junior Fiddlers (Ages 13-39): First Place-Ivy Phillips of Chapmansboro
Flat Top Guitar: First Place- Tyler Andal of Nashville
Contest Fiddle (Neil Dudney Award): First Place- Ivy Phillips. Presented to Phillips by Dudney's grandsons Ethan, Brandon, and Dylan Shaw.
Bluegrass Band: First Place- Tennessee Bluegrass of Dyersburg
Senior Fiddlers ( Ages 40 & Over): First Place- Gail Johnson of Lavergne

The Grand Champion Fiddler of the 45th annual Smithville Fiddler's Jamboree and Crafts Festival is Ivy Phillips of Chapmansboro, Tennessee.

She won the Berry C. Williams Memorial Award Saturday night after the Grand Finale Fiddle-Off between the best Junior and Senior Fiddler. The two day festival came to a close at around 10:30 p.m.

Phillips made it to the fiddle off by winning the Junior Fiddling competition and she won the Grand Championship by beating the winner of the Senior Fiddling contest Gail Johnson of Lavergne.

Phillips is also a two time Jamboree fiddling champion of the National Championship for Country Musician Beginners in 2012 and 2013.

Winners in the Saturday session of the Fiddler's Jamboree are as follows:

Junior Old-Time Appalachian Flatfoot Dance (Ages up to 39): First Place-Hillary Klug of Shelbyville; Second Place- Chris Stewart of Hermitage; and Third Place- Justin Yates of Adams, Tennessee.

Senior Old-Time Appalachian Flatfoot Dance (Ages 40 & Over): First Place- Tommy Scruggs, Jr. of Hartsville; Second Place- Thomas Maupin of Murfreesboro; and Third Place- Danny Campbell of Murfreesboro.

Senior Buck Dancing (Ages 40 & Over): First Place- Thomas Maupin of Murfreesboro; Second Place- Danny Campbell of Murfreesboro; and Third Place- Ruth Alpert of Santa Barbara, California.

Senior Clogging (Ages 40 & Over): First Place-Tammy Scruggs of Hartsville; Second Place- Darrin Stryker of Crossville; and Third Place- Sherry Guenther of Monterey.

Bluegrass Banjo: First Place-Joey Gipson of Manchester; Second Place-Kurt Stephenson of Dyersburg; and Third Place- Garry Adams of Joelton.

Junior Fiddlers (Ages 13-39): First Place-Ivy Phillips of Chapmansboro; Second Place- Maddie Denton of Murfreesboro; and Third Place- Tyler Andal of Nashville.

Flat Top Guitar: First Place- Tyler Andal of Nashville; Second Place- Daniel Amick of Centerville; and Third Place-Rob Pearcy of Smyrna.

Contest Fiddle (Neil Dudney Award): First Place- Ivy Phillips of Chapmansboro; Second Place- Maddie Denton of Murfreesboro; and Third Place- Hillary Klug of Shelbyville. The Neil Dudney Award was presented to Phillips by Dudney's grandsons Ethan, Brandon, and Dylan Shaw.

Bluegrass Band: First Place- Tennessee Bluegrass of Dyersburg; Second Place- Pocket Change of Murfreesboro; and Third Place-Blue Hart of Chapmansboro.

Senior Fiddlers ( Ages 40 & Over): First Place- Gail Johnson of Lavergne; Second Place- Marcia Denton of Murfreesboro; and Third Place- Tim Daniels of Lawrenceburg

Square Dancing: First Place-Rocky Top Revue of Franklin; Second Place- Harpeth River of Franklin ; and Third Place- Main Stage Fusion of Springfield.

Meanwhile, for the second year in a row, a Nashville boy has won the top Jamboree award as the best fiddler in the National Championship for Country Musician Beginners. (VIEW SEPARATE STORY FOR PHOTOS OF WINNERS)

Giri Peters was crowned the Grand Champion fiddler Saturday and won the coveted James G. "Bobo" Driver Memorial Award, named for the man who started the children's competition during the 1980's as part of the annual Fiddler's Jamboree and Crafts Festival. Members of the Driver family made the award presentation including Driver's grandson Robin Driver, grand daughter Kim Luton, and great grandchildren Russell Ambrose, Kiana Driver, and Jamie Driver.

In addition to winning the top fiddler prize, Peters also captured first place in the Dobro Guitar, Mandolin, and Flat Top Guitar competition.

Peters also repeated as the "Entertainer of the Year". The award is presented to the best overall instrumental entertainer among winners in the dobro guitar, mandolin, five string banjo, and flat top guitar competition.

The National Championship for Country Musician Beginners showcases the talents of children up to age twelve in seven categories of competition.

This year's winners are as follows:

Fiddle: First Place- Giri Peters of Nashville; Second Place- Mary Parker of Mountain View, Arkansas; and Third Place- Iris Shepherd of Henry, Tennessee

Buck Dancing: First Place- Kaelin Wade of Paris, Tennessee; Second Place- Braden Chunn of Greenbrier, and Third Place- Gracie Parrish of Pleasant View

Clogging: First Place- Braden Chunn of Greenbrier, Second Place- Gracie Parrish of Pleasant View, and Third Place- Kaelin Wade of Paris, Tennessee.

Dobro Guitar: First Place- Giri Peters of Nashville; Second Place- Maddie McKenney of Cullman, Alabama; and Third Place- Uma Peters of Nashville

Mandolin: First Place-Giri Peters of Nashville; Second Place-Mary Parker of Mountain View, Arkansas; and Third Place- Braden Chunn of Greenbrier.

Five String Banjo: First Place- Uma Peters of Nashville; Second Place- Conner Derryberry of Shelbyville; and Third Place- Cooper Brown of Smithville

Flat Top Guitar: First Place- Giri Peters of Nashville; Second Place- Robert Wheeler of Smithville; and Third Place- Gordon Parker of Mountain View, Arkansas

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