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Blake Cantrell and Jackie Smith Receive Leadership DeKalb Alumni Honors at Chamber Banquet

April 26, 2018
Blake Cantrell receives Leadership DeKalb Alumni Community Leader of the Year Award. Presented by Darrell and Beth Gill, Jen Sherwood, and Rita Bell
Jackie Smith receives Leadership DeKalb Alumni Legacy Award. Presented by Darrell and Beth Gill, Jen Sherwood, and Rita Bell.
Retiring Chamber President Isaac Gray recognized at Banquet. Pictured with New Chamber President Rita Bell
Chamber recognizes retiring board member Shan Burklow and past President Kathy Hendrixson at Banquet. Pictured with New Chamber President Rita Bell

The winners of the annual Leadership DeKalb Alumni Association awards were honored Thursday night during the Chamber of Commerce Membership Banquet at the County Complex.

Blake Cantrell received the Community Leader of the Year Award and the Legacy Award went to Jackie Smith. The awards were presented by Leadership DeKalb representatives Jen Sherwood and Beth and Darrell Gill.

The Community Leader of the Year is awarded to the individual who most emulates the definition of community trustee and servant-leader in his or her recent service to DeKalb County. Nominees are considered who have made a significant and positive impact on our county specifically in 2017 and in a capacity beyond their professional role. The 2017 Community Leader of the Year is Blake Cantrell. Blake works in IT professionally, but while attending the DeKalb County Citizen Fire Academy in the fall of 2014, he saw the opportunity to give back. He became a volunteer fireman in 2015. His commitment didn’t stop there, however. Since January 2016, he has served as the DeKalb volunteer fire department communications officer. Blake was recognized for his many volunteer hours to the county fire department as the recipient of the 2017 “Git-R-Done” Award. He is the current President of DeKalb Emergency Services Association, President of 2017-18 Project Graduation Committee, and has served as Vice-President of the DCHS Quarterback Club for 9 years. Blake also gives freely his IT and technical services to many community groups throughout DeKalb County, such as Help, Haven of Hope, and Lighthouse Christian Camp, and various churches. Darrell and Beth Gill presented the award to Blake and thanked him for his leadership and service to DeKalb County.

The Legacy Leader Award is awarded to someone who most emulates the definition of community trustee and servant-leader in his or her continued service to DeKalb County. The winner has made a significant and positive impact on our county over a considerable period of time and in multiple and lasting ways. This year’s award was presented to Jackie Smith. Jen Sherwood awarded Jackie this year’s Legacy Leader Award, with the support and backing of so many in DeKalb County who have been influenced by her as a teacher, a friend and State Farm agent, and through the many community boards and organizations she has served.

Leadership DeKalb also announced that Darrell and Beth Gill will be taking over as directors of the Leadership DeKalb program. The monthly leadership training series was previously under the direction of Jen Sherwood from 1997-2016. “I am thrilled to announce the continuation of the LD program, and feel the Gills are amazing leaders in our community, and have the qualifications and passion for leadership development to guide the program for years to come. It is with great pleasure that I pass the LD baton off to such proven servant leaders.” Anyone who would like to learn more about the community, meet existing business and government leaders, and explore increased leadership opportunities are encouraged to consider participating in Leadership DeKalb. For more information, call the chamber office at 615-597-4163.

Voters to Decide Democratic Primary Races Tuesday; 1215 Vote Early

April 26, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page

Voters turned out in a much larger number Thursday on the last day of early voting for the DeKalb Democratic Primary.

A total of 247 people cast ballots Thursday including 244 in person and 3 by absentee, the largest single day turnout by far of the 14 day early voting period from April 11 to 26. That puts the total number of early voters at 1,215.

Election day voting at all 15 precincts in the county will be from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1.

WJLE will have exclusive LIVE coverage of the local election returns starting at 7 p.m. on AM 1480/FM 101.7 and LIVE streaming at www.wjle.com.

Next Tuesday, May 1 voters will make their choices as to who will represent the Democratic party as nominees in the August General Election for the offices of Road Supervisor, County Mayor, Circuit Court Clerk, Sheriff, Register of Deeds, County Clerk, and for the county commission in each of the seven districts. There is no Democratic candidate for Trustee.

The primary will feature two county wide contested races for County Mayor and Circuit Court Clerk. There are four contested county commission district primary races including in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 7th districts.

The candidates for County Mayor are first term incumbent Tim Stribling, former three term incumbent Mike Foster, and two term incumbent 3rd District County Commissioner Bradley Hendrix. The winner will face Independent candidate Randy Paris in the August 2 County General Election. There is no Republican candidate for County Mayor.

Meanwhile Nicole Wright and Mark Milam are looking to become the party nominee for Circuit Court Clerk, a position Incumbent Katherine Pack, a democrat, has held since 2002. Pack is not seeking re-election to a fifth term. Wright works for Pack in the Circuit Court Clerk office. Milam has served as Constable of the 5th district for over 25 years. The winner of the primary will face Republican Susan Martin in the County General Election on August 2.

Other candidates in the May 1 DeKalb County Democratic Primary and the Republican and Independent opponents in the August 2 DeKalb County General Election are as follows:

COUNTY CLERK:
James L. (Jimmy) Poss—(Incumbent): Unopposed in May and August

SHERIFF:
Michael Agee-Unopposed in May. Agee will face Republican Incumbent Sheriff Patrick Ray on August 2

ROAD SUPERVISOR:
Jimmy Sprague- Unopposed in May. Sprague will face Republican Danny Hale on August 2

REGISTER OF DEEDS:
Jeff McMillen (Incumbent): Unopposed in May and August

TRUSTEE:
Republican Incumbent Sean Driver to be unopposed on August 2

COUNTY COMMISSION-FIRST DISTRICT (Two to be nominated in May)
Julie Young (Incumbent)-Unopposed in May
Dennis Slager-Unopposed in May
Republican Tom Chandler to be on the ballot with Slager and Young in August (Two to be elected in August)

COUNTY COMMISSION-SECOND DISTRICT (Two to be nominated in May)
Joe Johnson (Incumbent)
Nora Harvey
Myron Rhody
Republican Sabrina Farler to be on the ballot with the two Democratic nominees in August (Two to be elected in August)

COUNTY COMMISSION-THIRD DISTRICT (Two to be nominated in May)
Jack Barton (Incumbent)
Jenny Trapp
Bobby Johnson
Republican Renee Steff to be on the ballot with the two Democratic nominees in August (Two to be elected in August)

COUNTY COMMISSION-FOURTH DISTRICT (Two to be nominated in May)
Jonathan Norris (Incumbent)
Wayne Cantrell (Incumbent)
Dr. Scott Little
Bobby Taylor
Janice Fish-Stewart
Republican Greg Matthews to be on the ballot with the two Democratic nominees in August (Two to be elected in August)

COUNTY COMMISSION-FIFTH DISTRICT (Two to be nominated in May)
Anita Puckett (Incumbent) Unopposed in May
Lloyd Emmons Unopposed in May
Republican Incumbent Jerry Adcock and Independent candidate William Rutherford to be on the ballot with Puckett and Emmons in August (Two to be elected in August)

COUNTY COMMISSION-SIXTH DISTRICT (Two to be nominated in May)
Betty Atnip (Incumbent) Unopposed in May
Jeff Barnes (Incumbent) Unopposed in May
Republican candidate Matt Adcock to be on the ballot with Atnip and Barnes in August (Two to be elected in August)

COUNTY COMMISSION-SEVENTH DISTRICT(Two to be nominated in May)
Kevin Robinson (Incumbent)
Larry Summers (Incumbent
Beth Pafford
Republican candidate Bruce Malone to be on the ballot with the two Democratic nominees in August (Two to be elected in August)

Tech Baseball Pitcher Ethan Roberts to be Featured on "All About Sports with Ken and Pete" Friday Morning on WJLE

April 26, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
Ethan Roberts
Tennessee Tech baseball pitcher Ethan Roberts

Tennessee Tech baseball pitcher Ethan Roberts will be the featured guest on “All About Sports with Ken and Pete” Friday morning, April 27 at 8:30 a.m. on WJLE.

Roberts has helped lead the Golden Eagles to a #20 ranking in the country this season . Tech also owns the nation’s longest winning streak at 26 wins in a row.

“All About Sports with Ken and Pete” features weekly commentary and special guests talking about baseball, golf and a variety of other local, regional, state, and national sporting events. Listeners also have a chance to win giveways during the show.

The program is hosted by Ken Lacy and Pete Ferguson, who have been associated with Riverwatch Golf & Resort and who now serve as managers of the Smithville Municipal Golf Course and Swimming Pool.

Sports fans be sure to tune in weekly for “All About Sports with Ken and Pete” Fridays at 8:30 a.m. on WJLE AM 1480 and FM 101.7 and LIVE Stream at www.wjle.com.

Run for Your Mama Kicks Off ‘Run the Cumberland’ Medal Series on May 12. Fiddler 5K a Qualifying Race

April 26, 2018
 Run the Cumberland Race Series Committee: Front Row:  Kelly Swallows, Run for Your Mama 5K; Avery Hutchins, Sam Chambers and Becky Magura, WCTE; Back Row: Brant Wheeler, Haunted Half Marathon; Robert Woodard, Run 4 Don; Tecia Puckett Pryor, Fiddler 5K; and Ali Bagci, Summer Splash 5K

On Saturday, May 12, WCTE’s Run for Your Mama Double Pump 5K kicks off the Run the Cumberland Medal Series. Runners who participate in the first race in the series, Run for Your Mama, and the last race in the series, the Haunted Half Marathon. plus two of the three races in the middle, including the Summer Splash 5K in Cookeville, the Fiddler 5K in Smithville and the Run 4 Don in Gainesboro, will receive an exclusive Run the Cumberland medal at the completion of the Haunted Half on October 20.

Details of each race are listed below:

•Run for Your Mama Double Pump 5K – Saturday, May 12 in Cookeville starting at the Dogwood Park Pavilion at 7am, benefitting WCTE’s Educational Outreach. For more info visit www.wcte.org/5k

•Summer Splash 5k, Saturday, June 23 at 6pm starting at the Dogwood Park Pavilion. Proceeds from the Summer Splash 5K will go toward the Cancer Care Fund at Cookeville Regional Charitable Foundation. For more info visit http://cookevilleregionalcharity.org/5k

•20th Annual Fiddler 5k in downtown Smithville, July 7 beginning at 7am, benefitting Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County. For more info visit http://www.fiddler5k.com/index.html .

•Run 4 Don will be September 15 beginning at 7:30am in Gainesboro to raise awareness and money to research ALS. For more info visit http://run4don.com/

•WCTE’s 10th Annual Haunted Half Marathon Saturday, October 20 7am, start and finish at Tennessee Tech University, benefitting WCTE. For more info and registration visit http://runhauntedhalf.com/

Early registration for Run for Your Mama is available until Friday, May 4th, sign up to be guaranteed a performance t-shirt. Join us this year for our Inaugural Kids 1.5 Mile Trail Fun Run that will be held at the Cookeville High School Cross Country Trail beginning at 9:35am. This race is for kids age 12 and under, $10, per child. Early registration ends May 4th, to be guaranteed a kids t-shirt. Clifford the Big Red Dog will be a special guest at both the road run and trail run. Bring out the whole family and celebrate your mama, with Run for Your Mama!!

DCHS Virtual Enterprise Program Competes in New York

April 26, 2018
 Virtual Enterprise students traveled to New York City recently to compete at the Virtual Enterprise International Youth Business Summit. Pictured here with Robin Roberts of ABC’s Good Morning America

Six Virtual Enterprise students traveled to New York City recently to compete at the Virtual Enterprise International Youth Business Summit. Virtual Enterprise is a program in which students run a virtual business and conduct several business activities such as advertising, promoting, and accounting. Over 500 virtual enterprise firms exist worldwide, all come to New York City each spring to compete against other firms in various competitions. Firms market their virtual product or service and sell to other firms, no actual money or product changes hands, students just go through the process.

The DCHS firm earned honorable mention in Elevator Pitch, Company Branding, and Company Newsletter and top 25 in Company Website. The students were able to buy and sell from other firms while attending the summit as well as form contracts with other firms in order to boost virtual sales upon returning home. Students visited over 500 booths from countries all over the world to gain insight into international trade and currency conversion.

Additionally, while in NYC, students were able to use networking, communication, leadership, teambuilding, public speaking skills from the summit in everyday fashion while exploring the sites of New York. Two students were interviewed by Tom Kelly, Good Morning America audience coordinator regarding their virtual enterprise company, Orion. Seeing Wall Street, the charging bull, the New York Stock Exchange, the World Trade Center complex, and other places along the financial district really put what the students are learning into perspective.

Students who attended are as follows: Tyree Cripps, Mackenzie Partridge, Eli Cantrell, Parker Gassaway, Ealy Gassaway and Raiden Martin. The group would like to extend a special thank you to Lee Foster for securing us a tour of the Electric Lady Studios.

DeKalb County Recognized as "Healthier Tennessee" Community

April 26, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
Pictured from left to right: Lisa Cripps, Helen Sefsik, Megan Kinslow, Colleen Wright, Elise Driver, Mandy Lawson, Norene Puckett, Shan Burklow, Kristi Paling, and Sheriff Patrick Ray.

DeKalb County has been honored by the Governor of Tennessee for its steps toward creating a healthier community.

The Governors Foundation has recognized DeKalb County with the Healthier Tennessee designation for 2018 including a highway sign and plaque presented to the DeKalb County Wellness Commission, Community Advisory Board, and the DeKalb Health Adventure Program for their work in helping to provide healthy opportunities for the residents of DeKalb County.

The Healthier Tennessee Communities initiative is a grassroots approach to improving Tennesseans’ health by engaging citizens and local leaders in cities, towns, counties, neighborhoods, and college campuses across the state.

To be designated, the communities established wellness committees and developed sustainable community-wide events and activities that support physical activity, healthy eating, and tobacco abstinence. They then tracked and measured outputs and accomplishments of the programs.

The Foundation launched the Healthier Tennessee Communities initiative in March 2015 with nine pilot communities. Today, more than 100 communities, neighborhoods, and college campuses are engaged with the program, and 59 have received the designation.

Pictured from left to right: Lisa Cripps, Helen Sefsik, Megan Kinslow, Colleen Wright, Elise Driver, Mandy Lawson, Norene Puckett, Shan Burklow, Kristi Paling, and Sheriff Patrick Ray.

Thursday is Your Last Chance to Vote Early for May 1 Primary

April 25, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page

Thursday, April 26 is your last chance to vote early for the DeKalb County Democratic Primary.

Voting Thursday will be from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on the first floor of the DeKalb County Courthouse.

As of Wednesday, April 25, a total of 968 people have cast ballots during 13 days of early voting. On Wednesday, 90 voted including 88 in person and 2 by absentee. Four years ago a total of 1,612 voted either during the 14 day early voting period or by absentee for the election and 1,701 cast ballots on election day for a total turnout of 3,313 in the 2014 May Democratic Primary.

This year voters are making their choices as to who will represent the Democratic party as nominees in the August General Election for the offices of Road Supervisor, County Mayor, Circuit Court Clerk, Sheriff, Register of Deeds, County Clerk, and for the county commission in each of the seven districts. There is no Democratic candidate for Trustee.

The primary will feature two county wide contested races for County Mayor and Circuit Court Clerk. There are four contested county commission district primary races including in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 7th districts.

Election day voting at all 15 precincts in the county will be from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1.

WJLE will have exclusive LIVE coverage of the local election returns starting at 7 p.m. on AM 1480/FM 101.7 and LIVE streaming at www.wjle.com.

Community Urged to Support Benefit for Family of Officer Joseph Bowen

April 25, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
Community Urged to Support Benefit for Family of Officer Joseph Bowen

The community is invited to rally in support of the Joseph Bowen family on Saturday, April 28 for a benefit men softball tournament and male beauty contest featuring emergency personnel. All proceeds will go to the family of Officer Bowen, who lost his life in a tragic traffic accident in March.

Fourteen teams will be taking to the field, including seven each at the Bill Page and Joe L. Evins Softball Fields to compete starting at 8 a.m. “We chose a softball tournament because a favorite pastime of Joe’s was to play softball on the weekends with family and friends,” said Event Sponsorship Director Chris McMillen.

Organizers are hoping for a big turnout and have prepared well having received donations of many concession items including hamburgers, hotdogs, barbeque, nachos, soft drinks, and more.

Ten or more vendors will also be selling a variety of merchandise from their booths which will be set up near the Bill Page Ball Park.

Make plans to spend this Saturday enjoying a fun event while showing your support for the Bowen family.

For more information call McMillen at 615-417-0217 or Tournament Director Kenneth Whitehead at 615-464-7038.

Also check out Chris McMillen’s video promoting this event at
https://www.facebook.com/chris.mcmillen.948

DUD Now Serving 30 New Customers

April 24, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page

The DeKalb Utility District recently began serving 30 new customers in a portion of the county that previously did not have “city” water.

The $915,543 project was funded through a $500,000 Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Block Grant and $415,543 in funding allocated by the DeKalb Utility District.

Under the program, the DUD extended water lines to families on Tramel Branch Road, Oakley Road, Carter Lane and the Alexandria to Dismal Road.

Amanda Mainord of Grassroots Planning & Consulting, the grant administrator, briefly addressed County Mayor Tim Stribling and the County Commission Monday night to report that a public hearing was held prior to the commission meeting as part of the grant process to give the public an opportunity to comment before the project is closed. No comments were offered. However, Mainord said several of the new customers have contacted her since getting water service to express their appreciation.

“I am pleased that these residents who have needed potable water for so long are now being served thanks to this water line grant and the DUD with the support of the county commission. I have also heard from these residents who are so pleased to now have water in the area where they live. This was a successful project. And now that this project has been completed the county will be eligible to apply for the next round of CDBG grants,” said County Mayor Stribling.

“We have never had a project where the people have shown more gratitude than this one,” DUD manager Jon Foutch told WJLE Tuesday.

The DeKalb Utility District Board of Commissioners last September awarded bids to two contractors to extend water lines in the targeted areas. The board accepted a bid of $392,865 from Flo-Line Contracting of Monticello, Kentucky to do the work on Alexandria to Dismal Road and for $294,345 for the project on Carter Lane and Oakley Road. Mofield Brothers Construction of Carthage got the bid for $148,580 to extend water lines on Tramel Branch Road.

County Mayor Stribling brought the resolution to the DeKalb County Commission in January, 2016 authorizing the filing of the grant application, which was approved.

The county had applied for and been denied the grant twice before within the preceding two years. But the last time in order to improve its chances, the county asked for a little less grant money while the DeKalb Utility District committed to ante up more in its local match commitment.

DeKalb Prevention Coalition Receives $3,000 donation from Caney Folk Music & Arts Festival

April 24, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
Carl Massaro; Ashley Anderson, Lisa Cripps, DeKalb Prevention Coalition Coordinator; Norene Puckett , DPC Community Outreach Liaison; and Stephen McCord

A check for $3,000 was presented to the DeKalb Prevention Coalition Tuesday morning by representatives of the Caney Folk Music & Arts Festival.

Making the presentation were Carl Massaro of Cherry Hill Farm at Silver Point; Stephen McCord; and Ashley Anderson, Marketing Director for the Festival.

The Caney Folk Music & Arts Festival, a “first-of-its-kind all- day outdoor community event, was held at Cherry Hill Farm last October to celebrate music, art, the natural beauty of Center Hill Lake, and the gorgeous Caney Fork River.

This event featured an artisans fair showcasing the area’s best in visual arts and crafts, outdoor and recreational vendors, a “KID ZONE” (4,800 square feet of kid rides and activities) a wide variety of tasty food and beverage vendors, and a full day of live music performances by the region’s best folk, bluegrass, and blues artists.

In addition, the festival hosted instrument workshops for all aspiring musicians by some of the areas top ranked musician instructors.

Finally, the festival also played host to a “live” celebrity auction event that took place throughout the day including the sale of a guitar autographed by country music star George Strait.

All the proceeds of the day’s events went to benefit the DeKalb Prevention Coalition’s Health Adventure which provides free healthy activities that promote physical and emotional health including: yoga classes, art instruction, martial arts, tai chi, healthy cooking demonstrations, senior chair volleyball, senior chair yoga, walking clubs, nutrition education, along with classes provided for teens and adults with disabilities.

Pictured: Carl Massaro; Ashley Anderson, Lisa Cripps, DeKalb Prevention Coalition Coordinator; Norene Puckett , DPC Community Outreach Liaison; and Stephen McCord

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