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NES Students Perform Skits and Plays

June 21, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page
Students pictured in no particular order: Brandon Silva, Erick Soto, Lindsey Nokes, Jose Carillo, Sayla Cantrell, Damien Perez-Soto, Jared Fultz, Paige Mahler, Harrison Pryor, Cristian Avalos, Eli Humphrey, Carlos Garcia, Moutaz Nunez, Nate Bain, Makyra Farris, Skylar Savage, Sierra Sobotka, Logan Ellis, Toby Hayes, C.J. Lewis, & Maggy Godinez. Directors: Alisha Day, Elizabeth Miller, Melissa Hale, & Josh Issac.
"The Bremen Town Musicians" -Hunter Mahler, Maite Rivera, Abril Rangel, Kaylee Liggett, Haven Sams-Leach, Jazmin Carrillo, Adrianan Evans, & Logan Farris. Teachers: Kristy Lasser, Thelma Martin & Patty Hale
"Duck for President," Front Row: Peyton Evans, Candace Smith, Hayley Gibbs; Back Row: Kimberly Rico, Zachary Holland, Emily Simmons, Bryson Moore,Teacher: Jessica Hale
"Pop Poppity Pop" Front Row: Leauna Cullum, Alisha Armour, Marleth Godinez Silva; Back Row: Charles Holland, Melissa Russell, Antonio Chavez, Jose Muniz Guzman, Jayden  Sturdivant, Angel Lomas, Gracie Summers, Brayden Sprague, Brayan Bustillo, Violet Nunez, Teacher: Sandy Willingham

Northside Elementary School 4th & 5th graders performed the play "The Daring Excape of Henry Box Brown" Friday. The play was about an slave that escaped to the North when friends helped ship him to Pennsylvania in a crate. Students in the 2nd & 3rd grade also performed.

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Students pictured in no particular order: Brandon Silva, Erick Soto, Lindsey Nokes, Jose Carillo, Sayla Cantrell, Damien Perez-Soto, Jared Fultz, Paige Mahler, Harrison Pryor, Cristian Avalos, Eli Humphrey, Carlos Garcia, Moutaz Nunez, Nate Bain, Makyra Farris, Skylar Savage, Sierra Sobotka, Logan Ellis, Toby Hayes, C.J. Lewis, & Maggy Godinez. Directors: Alisha Day, Elizabeth Miller, Melissa Hale, & Josh Isaac.

Students in the 2nd & 3rd grade performing were as follows:
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"The Bremen Town Musicians" -Hunter Mahler, Maite Rivera, Abril Rangel, Kaylee Liggett, Haven Sams-Leach, Jazmin Carrillo, Adrianan
Evans, & Logan Farris. Teachers: Kristy Lasser, Thelma Martin & Patty Hale

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"Duck for President," Front Row: Peyton Evans, Candace Smith, Hayley Gibbs; Back Row: Kimberly Rico, Zachary Holland, Emily Simmons, Bryson Moore,Teacher: Jessica Hale

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"Pop Poppity Pop" Front Row: Leauna Cullum, Alisha Armour, Marleth Godinez Silva; Back Row: Charles Holland, Melissa Russell, Antonio Chavez, Jose Muniz Guzman, Jayden Sturdivant, Angel Lomas, Gracie Summers, Brayden Sprague, Brayan Bustillo, Violet Nunez, Teacher: Sandy Willingham

Toad Road Man Charged with Ten Counts of Forgery

June 20, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page
Matthew Adam Cubbins
Amanda Lynette Davis
Michael Brandon Redmon
Derrick Randall Dalton

A local man has been charged with ten counts of forgery for allegedly passing forged checks stolen from a family member at two banks and a market from May 25 through June 7.

Matthew Adam Cubbins of Toad Road, Dowelltown is under a $25,000 bond and he will be in court June 23.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that Cubbins allegedly passed forged checks at Wilson Bank & Trust in Smithville for $300 on Wednesday, May 25; for $200 on Thursday, May 26; for $300 on Friday, June 3; for $300 on Monday, June 6; and for $300 on Tuesday, June 7; at Regions Bank in Smithville for $250 on Friday, May 27; for $200 on Tuesday, May 31; and for $300 on Wednesday, June 1; and at Shiny Rock Market for $200 on Sunday, May 29 and for $300 on Tuesday, June 7.

36 year old Amanda Lynette Davis of Seven Springs Road, Smithville is charged with vandalism. Her bond is $1,500 and she will make a court appearance on June 30. Sheriff Ray said that on Sunday, June 12 Davis allegedly fired a handgun in close proximity to her neighbor who also lives on Seven Springs Road. A shot fired from Davis’ weapon penetrated the back glass of the neighbor’s pickup truck causing over $350 in damages. The spent round was recovered from inside the vehicle.

Michael Brandon Redmon of Holcomb Road, McMinnville is charged with assaulting a correctional officer at the jail. His bond is $1,500 and he will be in court June 30. Sheriff Ray said that on Sunday, June 12 Redmon assaulted a correctional officer by scratching his face and neck and the inside of his lip while the officer was getting a mop bucket from Redmon’s cell.

33 year old Derrick Randall Dalton of Evins Mill Road, Smithville is charged with domestic assault and resisting stop, frisk, halt, arrest, or search. His bond is $4,000 and he will make a court appearance on June 30. Sheriff Ray said that on Monday, June 13 a deputy responded to a 911 physical domestic in progress at a residence on Evins Mill Road. Upon arrival the officer spoke to a woman who said that her boyfriend, Dalton, had hit her in the nose. The deputy saw that the woman had blood around her nose and on her pants and that the bridge of her nose and left eye had been bruised and were swollen. She was taken by DeKalb EMS to the emergency room of the hospital. The investigating officer determined that Dalton was the primary aggressor. The following day, Tuesday, June 14 an officer went back to the residence on Evins Mill Road to serve warrants on Dalton. As the deputy arrived Dalton fled the home on foot. He ran out the back door and through a field behind the house. The officer identified himself and called for Dalton to stop but he refused to obey the deputy’s commands and kept running until the officer caught up with him.

Two Tigerettes Sign with Roane State Community College

June 20, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page
SEATED: DCHS Tigerette Coach Danny Bond, Assistant Raider Coach for Roane State Community College Jessica Hackworth, Hannah Walker, Dani Meadows, and Assistant Tigerette Coaches Melissa Ruch and Danny Fish. STANDING: Misty and Scott Walker (Hannah’s parents), Pat and Tracie Meadows (Dani’s parents)
(BOTTOM PHOTO) SEATED: DCHS Tigerette Coach Danny Bond, Assistant Raider Coach for Roane State Community College Jessica Hackworth, Hannah Walker, Dani Meadows, and Assistant Tigerette Coaches Melissa Ruch and Danny Fish. STANDING:  Tigerette players Joni Robinson, Myranda Bailiff, Kendal Taylor, Kayley Caplinger, Madison Whitehead, and Leslie Hembry.

Two DCHS Tigerettes, who graduated last month, put pen to paper Monday signing to play for the Roane State Community College Raiders softball team next spring.

Tigerette catcher Dani Meadows and center fielder Hannah Walker were joined by their parents, fellow high school players, and coaches for the signing at DCHS. Jessica Hackworth, Assistant Softball Coach represented Roane State.

Walker and Meadows said they fell in love with the school and softball program during a recent visit there.

“Dani and I went on a visit to Roane State on a workout type thing and fell in love with the girls, coaches, and the house they live in. The softball team all live in one house. We thought that was really cool. I knew when we went down there that’s what I wanted to do (go to Roane State),” said Walker.

“I fell in love with the program. I really love the coaches. They are actually a lot like Coach Danny Bond and Coach Danny Fish. I fell in love with the house, the school, and with all the girls. I think it is the best fit for me,” said Meadows.

“We are adding two great extraordinary student athletes and young ladies to our program who will help us reach that next level to get a championship this coming year and we are excited to have them join our program. They have very strong defensive and offensive strengths that will contribute to our success,” said Coach Hackworth.

“We are a junior college program located in Harriman, Tennessee. We play with a nationally recognized conference (Tennessee Community College Athletic Association) and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). We have a lot of nationally ranked teams in our conference. We have a lot of student athletes that go Division I, Division II and NAIA. We help our student athletes reach their next level at four year school programs,” added Coach Hackworth.

The head coach of the Raiders is Sue Niemi.

“Dani was our catcher for three and a half years. Being behind the plate is like being a coach on the field pretty much. The catcher sees everything. Hannah played in the outfield for the last two years after being a role player for the first two years. Probably this year was her (Walker’s) best year of those four years. She really came on as an outfielder. Being a center fielder, she was kind of the coach of the outfield. My hats off to both of them not just for softball but for their academics and doing what’s right both on and off the field,” said Tigerette Coach Danny Bond.

The Tigerettes completed another successful season in May finishing 4th in the state in the TSSAA Class AA Softball Tournament with an overall season record of 35-6-1. It was their third consecutive state tournament appearance and eighth in program history.

(TOP PHOTO) SEATED: DCHS Tigerette Coach Danny Bond, Assistant Raider Coach for Roane State Community College Jessica Hackworth, Hannah Walker, Dani Meadows, and Assistant Tigerette Coaches Melissa Ruch and Danny Fish. STANDING: Misty and Scott Walker (Hannah’s parents), Pat and Tracie Meadows (Dani’s parents)

(BOTTOM PHOTO) SEATED: DCHS Tigerette Coach Danny Bond, Assistant Raider Coach for Roane State Community College Jessica Hackworth, Hannah Walker, Dani Meadows, and Assistant Tigerette Coaches Melissa Ruch and Danny Fish. STANDING: Tigerette players Joni Robinson, Myranda Bailiff, Kendal Taylor, Kayley Caplinger, Madison Whitehead, and Leslie Hembry.

DeKalb Fair 5K and Fun Run Set for July 16 (VIEW REGISTRATION FORM HERE)

June 20, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page

The annual DeKalb County Fair 5K and Fun Run will be July 16 as a fund raiser for Run Down to bring awareness to Down Syndrome.

(CLICK LINK BELOW FOR REGISTRATION FORM)

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Registration begins at 6:00 pm at the Fairgrounds. The Run will start at 6:30 PM. Pre-registration available by contacting Matt Boss at 615-464-8627. Pre-registration guarantees a DeKalb County Fair 5K T-Shirt. The entry fee is $20 for youth and $25 for adults. Parking available behind Fair Office.

(VIEW VIDEO OF LAST YEAR'S RACE BELOW)

Jordan Wilkins of Smithville has won the DeKalb County Fair 5K and Fun Run the last two years.

Wilkins ran the course last year in 24 minutes and 15 seconds.

Carly Vance of Smithville took second place in the race at 26:41 and Kelly Pyburn of Alexandria came in third place at 27:01.

Fun Run winners were:
1st place: Conner Vance at 5:34
2nd place: Jordon Agee at 9:20

RunDown 5K Raises Funds for Down Syndrome Awareness

June 19, 2016
DeKalb West School Supports Down Syndrome Awareness with donation
DCHS Supports Down Syndrome Awareness with donation
DeKalb Middle School Supports Down Syndrome Awareness with donation
Northside Elementary School Supports Down Syndrome Awareness with donation

RunDown 5K for Down Syndrome Awareness recently presented over $1000 in games, tools and other educational supplies to benefit children with Down Syndrome and other special needs to both DeKalb County School system special needs programs and Smith County special needs programs.

RunDown 5K and FunRun was started in the Spring of 2015 by Addison Oakley, who at the time was an 8th grade student at DeKalb West Elementary in Liberty. Addison and her family have been blessed with connections to Down Syndrome children, who are close friends and family members and wanted to bring awareness in rural areas to the need to provide resources to children with Down Syndrome and other special needs that are often missed by not living in a larger metropolitan area. They have worked with support in DeKalb & Smith County as well as the support of Down Syndrome Association of Middle TN (DSAMT) and would hope to reach out into other rural counties as well in the future. Through the help of friends, family, and strangers, they had over 200 participants and strong sponsors for our 2015 5K & Fun Run and were also able to give $250 scholarships to DeKalb, Gordonsville, and Smith County High Schools.

If you are interested in helping this cause, or would like to donate or become a sponsor, please contact us at rundown5k@gmail.com or Clark Oakley @ 615-548-4624. Our 2016 5K and FunRun will be October 1st taking place at DeKalb West Elementary, 101 Bulldog Ln, Liberty, TN. Mark your calendars and look for more info to come!

UCHRA awarded LIHEAP funds to assist with utility bills

June 19, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page

The Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency has been awarded funds to help people having difficulty paying their utility bills.

Applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), a federally-funded program designed to assist low-income households meet home energy needs and supplement energy costs for eligible households, will begin taking applications for the new program effective July 1.

Priority for service is not “first come, first served,” but instead is based upon a point system.

Documentation of all household income will be required for the application process. This includes check stubs for 13 weeks, or six paystubs if by-weekly or bi-monthly, Social Security or pension award letters, or unemployment benefit letters. If self-employed, an applicant should provide a tax return.

Applicants must also provide a copy for 12 months of the household’s electric and/or gas bills (if residing at a current address is less than 12 months, a printout of all energy usage at this address is required). Proof of all Social Security numbers is required for all household numbers. Some additional documentation may also be required to process applications.

Assistance provided to households ranges from $300-$600, depending upon total points. Once an application has been submitted by a household, it will be notified by mail within 90 days of the status of the applications.

Households awarded assistance are required to continue paying their energy bills until the awarded payment has been received by its designated utility provider, and when the benefit is exhausted, the household will return to paying for the energy costs.

Ten seats on Tennessee's state-level courts up for retention elections

June 19, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page

Ten seats on Tennessee's state-level courts are up for retention elections on August 4, 2016. Three seats on the Tennessee Supreme Court join three seats on the Tennessee Court of Appeals and three seats on the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals.

The supreme court justices at large standing for retention are Holly Kirby, Jeff Bivins, and Roger A. Page.

The appeals court judges standing for retention are Kenny Armstrong, Brandon O. Gibson, and Arnold B. Goldin (All Western Division)

The court of criminal appeals judges standing for retention are J. Ross Dyer (Western Division) Timothy L. Easter (Middle Division), Robert L. Holloway,Jr. (Middle Division), and Robert H. Montgomery, Jr. (Eastern Division)

Voters will be asked to either “retain” or “replace” each judge or justice.

Smithville Police Bust Man on Meth and Drug Paraphernalia Charges

June 17, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page
Eddy Deloyd Farris
Michael Lee Shuttleworth
Alisa Ann Jackson
Melissa Ann Wheeler
Kenneth R. Adams

Acting on a complaint of illegal drug activity, Smithville Police went to a residence on Jennings Lane Thursday, June 16 and found a man with meth and drug paraphernalia.

35 year old Eddy Deloyd Farris is charged with possession of a schedule II drug for resale and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond for Farris is $6,500 and his court date is June 30.

After entering the residence, police found Farris trying to hide under a bed mattress. While there officers were informed by Central Dispatch that Farris had active warrants against him. During a search, police recovered a black camera case containing a baggie with a white crystallized substance believed to be meth weighing approximately 7 grams, a burnt glass straw with a copper filter, a set of scales, a burnt light bulb configured with a straw coming out of the end, a spoon with a white substance melted onto it and a loaded syringe with a white substance inside.

27 year old Travis Patterson was cited for two counts of simple possession on Thursday, June 9. Police found Patterson passed out behind the wheel of his vehicle at Caney Fork Electric Cooperative. During their investigation a silver metal container was found on him containing four green pills believed to be Xanax and a piece of a pill thought to be Suboxone. His court date is June 23.

23 year old Michael Lee Shuttleworth was arrested for public intoxication on Friday, June 10. Shuttleworth was found intoxicated in a public place to a degree which rendered him to be a danger to himself as well as the public. His bond is $1,500 and his court date is June 23.

45 year old Alisa Ann Jackson was arrested on Sunday, June 12 for public intoxication and resisting arrest. Jackson was reported to be under the influence of alcohol and or drugs and causing a disturbance while at Pizza Hut. Jackson had an odor of a fermented beverage on her breath and her speech was slurred. While being taken into custody, Jackson became uncooperative and resistant with the arresting officers. She started yelling, kicking, and trying to pull away from them. Jackson continued to resist despite repeated verbal warnings from the officers to stop and calm down. Her bond is $6,500 and her court date is July 14.

32 year old Melissa Ann Wheeler was arrested on Wednesday, June 15 for public intoxication. According to the warrant, police were called to the emergency room of St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital to speak with Wheeler, who was reported to be fidgety and paranoid. Wheeler was constantly scratching all over her body and she would not sit still or focus. According to police, the emergency room medical staff indicated Wheeler was exhibiting signs of methamphetamine intoxication. Officers gave Wheeler a ride home but she refused to stay there due to her paranoia. As there was no other place for Wheeler to be taken and due to her being a danger to herself, she was arrested for public intoxication. Her bond is $1,500 and she will make a court appearance on June 30.

Kenneth R. Adams was arrested recently for filing a false report. Police went to Adams’ residence with a bail bondsman regarding a warrant. Upon arrival officers spoke with a man they thought was Adams and asked if he was Adams. The man replied "no". The bondsman informed the officer that the man was Adams. The officer again asked the man if he was Adams. He replied "yes" and said that he was aware of a warrant against him. Bond for Adams is $3,500 and his court date is June 23.

DCHS Football Program Gets Two New Assistant Coaches

June 17, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page
Tiger Head Coach Steve Trapp
Tiger Assistant Coach Michael Shaw
Tiger Assistant Coach Clarence Trapp
New Tiger Assistant Coach Thomas Cagle
New Tiger Assistant Coach Brad Trapp

The DCHS Tiger Football program will have two new assistant coaches on the sidelines this fall helping head Coach Steve Trapp.

Thomas Cagle and Brad Trapp will be joining the staff.

Cagle of Cookeville has been hired by the school system as a world history and geography teacher at DCHS. He comes to DeKalb County from Jackson County High School in Gainesboro where he served one year as head football coach and U.S. History teacher. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in 2012 from Tennessee Tech.

Cagle and his wife Melanie are the parents of two sons, 5 year old Rylan and 1 year old Evan.

“I’m very grateful to have the opportunity to come to DeKalb County. Its a place after my own heart. The more I talked to Coach Trapp about the experience on Friday nights it kind of reminds me of back home. I’m originally from Bledsoe County. I grew up and went to school in Pikeville. From there I went to Cookeville. I got my degree at Tennessee Tech in Education. I met my wife while I was in Cookeville. We then moved to Nashville for a couple of years. That’s where I started my coaching career with Brian Wait at East Nashville Magnet High School. I coached there for two years and then we moved back to Cookeville where my wife got a job opportunity. I got on with Sean Loftis in Jackson County. I coached under him as an assistant coach for one year and then I was the head coach last year for Jackson County High School before I decided to make the move to DeKalb County as an assistant again,” Coach Cagle told WJLE.

Coach Trapp said he is thankful to the administration for the extra help and looks forward to Coach Cagle joining the program. “I want to say thank you to our administration. It’s going to fill a big need in the football program. Coach Cagle is very good in special teams so we’re pretty much going to turn over our special teams responsibilities to him. He’ll have the opportunity to build and design what he thinks will fit our program special teams wise. He has a lot of great kids in that area to work with including Matthew Poss who has been kicking for us for four years. We’ve really got some good players in that regard. We’ll come in and help him with that but he’ll have the opportunity to lead that direction. He will also help Coach Clarence (Trapp) with the offensive linemen and the defensive linemen and with the outside linebackers as well,” Coach Trapp told WJLE.

Brad Trapp has been hired by the school system as a teacher aid at DeKalb Middle School. For the last four years, Brad has been a coach in the Junior Pro Football Program. He is a DCHS graduate and received a Business Administration Degree from Colorado Tech in 2008. Trapp and his wife Kim have three children, 18 year old Liz, 15 year old Cailin, and 10 year old Briz.

“My cousin Brad Trapp will be coming up to help us coach as well this fall. He has taken the same path I did in coaching. He has been in the Junior Pro level for a few years coaching. That’s where I got my start in coaching. Brad now has an employee position at the middle school so he is in the school system,” said Coach Trapp.

In addition to head Coach Trapp and the new assistants Cagle and Brad Trapp, longtime assistants Michael Shaw and Clarence Trapp will be returning for another season. “Going into my 12th year its only been two years where we have returned the same coaching staff. That has definitely been a challenge for our program since we’ve been here but it has been one we have always faced and worked through and the guys who have helped me have done a wonderful job. My uncle Clarence Trapp is back. If I’m not mistaken this will be his 25th year of coaching in DeKalb County if you add Junior Pro and Middle School and all the experience he has on the high school level. Michael Shaw has been here six or seven years and is our defensive coordinator,” said Coach Steve Trapp.

Coach Trapp said he is looking forward to another great season. “I’m proud of all the guys. We’ve had a great off season in the weight room. We’ve had some guys get a whole lot bigger, faster, and stronger. We had a good spring. We were very successful in both of our spring games and we’re looking forward to a great fall. We’re very excited. We’ve got a big senior group. A lot of those guys have been playing for three and four years out there on the field. They have a lot of experience and are just really hungry to be the most successful team they can be,” Coach Trapp concluded.

Jim Vinson named to DTC Board of Directors

June 16, 2016
Jim Vinson named to DTC Board of Directors

The DeKalb Telephone Cooperative Inc. Board of Directors appointed Jim Vinson to fill the unexpired term of his deceased father, Dwight Vinson, continuing three decades of service by the family.

Vinson, 43, joins the 10-member board responsible for overseeing the cooperative. He intends to continue the legacy of his father, elected in 1987 to represent the Milton area.

“We’ve made lasting friendships with the folks of DTC,” Vinson says. “Those friends have been there for my family during the good and bad times. I want to fulfill my dad’s commitment to the people he served.”

Vinson brings a wealth of business experience to the board. He started his banking career in 1993 with Cavalry Banking, which later merged with Pinnacle Financial Partners. He serves as a financial advisor at Pinnacle in Murfreesboro.

He is a graduate of Oakland High School and Middle Tennessee State University. Vinson and his wife, Amy, have been married for 17 years and have two sons: Luke, 15; and Cale, 12.

Now, Vinson hopes to continue the dedication his father gave to the DTC board and employees.

“I really appreciate the opportunity the DTC board has given me to complete my dad’s elected term. He loved representing the Milton community and serving all of the members of the cooperative.”

Dwight Vinson, 64, died from injuries he received when a tree fell during a storm on May 4 in Rutherford County. Just more than a year remains of his board term.

DTC Communications is a member-owned telecommunications cooperative established in 1951. The cooperative provides communication, entertainment, and security products and services to residential and business customers, primarily throughout Middle Tennessee.

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