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Alexandria Senior Center Celebrates Flag Day

June 14, 2018
Dwayne Page
Members of Boy Scout Troop 347 conducted a flag retirement ceremony as part of a Flag Day observance

Members of Boy Scout Troop 347 conducted a flag retirement ceremony as part of a Flag Day observance Wednesday at the Alexandria Senior Citizens Center.

“The scouts brought about 40-50 flags to retire. Each flag was carefully folded into the formal triangular shape, prior to burning. It was very touching and respectful. The service was led by Jonathan Birmingham, Committee member; Darren Waggoner, scout; Ben Waggoner, cub scout; and Miranda Waggoner, Committee member", said Sandy Brown, Director of the Alexandria Senior Citizens Center.

The United States federal law provides that the flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display should be destroyed in a dignified way preferably by burning.



Write-Ins to Decide Alexandria Mayor Race August 2

June 13, 2018
Dwayne Page
Bennett Armstrong
Donna Davis

The Alexandria Mayor’s race will be contested on Thursday, August 2 during the Municipal Election although voters will find no name on the ballot.

Incumbent Mayor Bennett Armstrong will be seeking re-election to a second term but this time he is running a write-in campaign. He will face a challenge from Donna Davis, who is also a write-in candidate for mayor.

The term of office is four years.

Meanwhile three aldermen are also to be elected in Alexandria but only one name for alderman appears on the ballot, Lloyd Dale Dyer. Two other persons will be mounting a write-in campaign for alderman including Shane Blair, an incumbent, for a full four-year term and Bridgette Rogers, for a two-year term that fills a vacancy.

Noon Wednesday, June 13 was the deadline for write-in candidates to make their intentions known to the election commission for the August 2 elections.

State Primaries to Feature Several Contested Races

June 13, 2018
Dwayne Page

The Tennessee Democratic and Republican Primaries on August 2 will feature several contested races for state offices.

Six Republicans and three Democrats are in the race for Governor.

Seeking the Republican nomination for Governor on August 2 are Diane Black, Randy Boyd, Beth Harwell, Bill Lee, Basil Marceaux, Sr. and Kay White.

Democrats in the hunt for their party’s nomination for Governor are Karl Dean, Craig Fitzhugh, and Mezianne Vale Payne.

Two Republicans and three Democrats are looking to succeed Bob Corker as U.S. Senator

Candidates in the GOP primary for the US Senate are Marsha Blackburn and Aaron L. Pettigrew.

Democrats seeking the nomination for the US Senate are Phil Bredesen, Gary Davis, and John Wolfe

For the US House of Representatives,6th District, contenders for the GOP nomination are Bob Corlew, Judd Matheny, Christopher Brian Monday, John Rose, and Lavern “Uturn Lavern” Vivio.

Democrats looking to be nominated for Congress are Dawn Barlow, Christopher Martin Finley, Peter Heffernan, and Merilee Wineinger.

In the race for State Senate, District 17, the candidates are Republican Mark Pody and Democrat Mary Alice Carfi. They are each running unopposed for the nomination of their respective parties on August 2.

For the State House of Representatives in District 40, Terri Lynn Weaver and Chad Z. Williams are vying for the GOP nomination. There is no Democratic candidate.

In the District 46 race for the State House of Representatives, the GOP candidates seeking the nomination are Clark Boyd and Menda McCall Holmes.

Democrats seeking the nomination for District 46 are Mark Cagle and Faye Northcutt-Knox

For GOP State Executive Committeeman, District 17, the candidates are Jerry Beavers and Dwayne Craighead.

Two candidates are running for GOP State Executive Committeewoman, District 17, Terri Nicholson and Jennifer Franklin Winfree.

Aubrey T. Givens is in the race for Democratic State Executive Committeeman, District 17 while Carol Brown Andrews is seeking the position of Democratic State Executive Committeewoman, District 17.

Winners of the primaries will face off in the November Tennessee General Election

Smithville Mayor and Aldermen to Consider Passage of New City Budget

June 13, 2018
Dwayne Page
Smithville Mayor and Aldermen: Seated Mayor Jimmy Poss and Alderman Gayla Hendrix. STANDING: Aldermen Danny Washer, Jason Murphy, Josh Miller, and Shawn Jacobs

The Smithville Mayor and Board of Aldermen are expected to get down to business on passage of the city’s 2018-19 fiscal year budget Thursday night.

A work session will be held at 6 p.m. to hash out what extras if any are included in the new spending plan from this past year based on requests from the aldermen and city department supervisors. A special meeting will follow the workshop to act on first reading passage of the budget. If it is approved second reading action will follow at a special meeting next Thursday, June 21 at 6 p.m.

For the past 12 months, the city has been operating under a $6.3 million budget funded partly by a property tax rate of 64.9 cents per $100 of assessed value (the same as previous years). The city property tax rate generates $884,000.

Water and sewer rates increased this past year. City water customers now pay $7.25 per thousand gallons of usage. Rates for customers outside the city limits are now $10.88 per thousand. City sewer customers pay $6.75 per thousand gallons plus a flat usage rate of $3.62.

City officials said the rate increase was needed to help make up the difference in the loss of revenue due to the departure of the DeKalb Utility District as a water customer.

FSA County Committee Nominations Begin June 15

June 12, 2018
Dwayne Page

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) encourages America’s farmers and ranchers to nominate candidates to lead, serve and represent their community on their local county committee. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will accept nominations for county committee members beginning Friday, June 15, 2018.

Producers across the country are already serving on committees where they play a critical role in the day-to-day operations of FSA, making important decisions on programs dealing with disaster and conservation, emergencies, commodity price loan support, county office employment and other agricultural issues.

“Our county committees make decisions about how federal farm programs are administered locally to best serve the needs of agriculture in their community,” said Acting FSA Administrator Steve Peterson. “We strongly encourage all eligible producers to visit their local FSA office today to find out how to get involved in their county’s election. There’s an increasing need for representation from underserved producers, which includes beginning, women and other minority farmers and ranchers.”

Nationwide, more than 7,700 dedicated farmers and ranchers serve on FSA county committees, which consist of three to 11 members and meet once a month, or as needed. Members serve three-year terms.

Producers can nominate themselves or others. Check your local USDA service center to see if your local administrative area is up for election this year. Organizations, including those representing beginning, women and minority producers, may also nominate candidates to better serve their communities. To be eligible to serve on an FSA county committee, producers must participate or cooperate in an FSA program and reside in the area where the election is being held.

To be considered, a producer must sign an FSA-669A nomination form. The form and other information about FSA county committee elections are available at www.fsa.usda.gov/elections. All nomination forms for the 2018 election must be postmarked or received in the local FSA office by Aug. 1, 2018. Visit farmers.gov for more information.

Election ballots will be mailed to eligible voters beginning Nov. 5, 2018. Read more to learn about important election dates.

Smithville Fiddlers Jamboree & Crafts Festival Launches New Website

June 12, 2018
Dwayne Page
Square Dancing

Fans of the Smithville Fiddlers Jamboree and Crafts Festival are sure to be impressed with a brand new website promoting the annual event which was recently launched and is now available at www.fiddlersjamboree.com.

Members of the James G. "Bobo" Driver family, long-time supporters of the Jamboree, funded the new Fiddlers Jamboree website which features beautiful photos with easy to navigate information and a LIVE Twitter feed on the home page.

Mr. Driver founded the National Championship for Country Musician Beginners portion of the Fiddlers Jamboree during the 1980’s to showcase the talents of children up to the age of 12 in seven categories of music and dance competition.

Although tens of thousands attend the festival each year, the new website is designed to broaden its appeal to musicians, artisans, and tourists alike throughout the country and the world.

Read about the story and history of the Fiddlers Jamboree as well as State and Congressional Resolutions paying tribute to the festival. Check out the photo gallery with special memories of past years; a section devoted to previous winners; a schedule of events for this year as well as contestant rules and regulations, along with photos and information about the crafts show and downloadable registration forms. There’s even a listing of lodging locations and more!

For all things related to the Smithville Fiddlers Jamboree and Crafts Festival, visit often and see what’s new at www.fiddlersjamboree.com

Two Tigerettes Earn Honors from TSCA

June 12, 2018
Dwayne Page
Kristena Bain
Kenzie France

Two outstanding softball players for the DCHS Tigerettes have been honored by the Tennessee Softball Coaches Association. Kristena Bain was one of 15 seniors selected to play in the All Star game for Middle Tn. Also Kenzie France was one of 17 selected as ALL STATE for Class AA. Congratulations to these very talented ladies!!!

Early Voting Times Set for August 2nd Elections

June 11, 2018
Dwayne Page
Tim Stribling
Randy Paris
Patrick Ray
Michael Agee
Susan Martin
Nicole Wright
Danny Hale
Jimmy Sprague
Sean Driver
James L. (Jimmy) Poss
Jeff McMillen

Early Voting times have been set for the August 2nd elections.

The DeKalb County Election Commission met Monday evening to make it official.

Early voting begins July 13 through July 28 on the first floor of the DeKalb County Courthouse.

The times are as follows:

Mondays—1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesdays—9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Wednesdays—9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Thursdays—2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Fridays—9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Saturdays—9 a.m. to noon.

Four contested races for county-wide public offices will be settled with the DeKalb County General Election on Thursday, August 2.

Those races are for County Mayor, Sheriff, Road Supervisor, and Circuit Court Clerk.

The lineup of candidates as they appear on the ballot are as follows:

County Mayor: Democrat Tim Stribling and Independent Randy Paris

Sheriff: Republican Patrick Ray and Democrat Michael Jay Agee

Circuit Court Clerk: Republican Susan Martin and Democrat Nicole Wright

Road Superintendent: Republican Danny L. Hale and Democrat Jimmy Sprague

Others running unopposed are as follows:

Trustee: Republican Sean D. Driver

County Clerk: Democrat James L. (Jimmy) Poss

Register of Deeds: Democrat Jeff McMillen

The winners will take office September 1.

Each of the seven county commission district races will be contested in the DeKalb County General Election on Thursday, August 2.

The lineup of candidates in each district as they appear on the ballot are as follows:

1st district: Republican Tom Chandler and Democrats Dennis Slager and Julie Williams Young. Two are to be elected.

2nd district: Republican Sabrina Farler and Democrats Nora Harvey and Myron Rhody. Two are to be elected.

3rd district: Republican Renee Steff and Democrats Bobby G. Johnson and Jenny Trapp. Two are to be elected.

4th district: Republican Greg Matthews and Democrats Janice Fish-Stewart and Scott Little. Two are to be elected.

5th district: Republican Jerry D. Adcock, Democrats Lloyd F. Emmons and Anita Puckett, and Independent William Millard Rutherford. Two are to be elected.

6th district: Republican Matt Adcock and Democrats Betty Jean Atnip and Jeff Barnes. Two are to be elected.

7th district: Republican Bruce Malone and Democrats Beth Pafford and Larry Summers. Two are to be elected.

The winners will take office September 1.

The Smithville Municipal Election will feature a contested mayoral race on Thursday, August 2.

The candidates for Mayor as listed on the ballot are Josh Miller, Jimmy W. Poss, and Curtis L. Rust.

Two alderman candidates are running unopposed, Brandon J. Cox and Gayla C. Hendrix.

The winners will take office September 1. The terms are for four years.

The Liberty Municipal Election also has a contested Mayor race on August 2.

The candidates are Darrell W. Johnson and Dwight Mathis.

The five alderman candidates are unopposed including Dwayne Blair, J.D. Bratten, Derek Johnson, Jason H. Ray, and William Howard Reynolds, Jr.

The terms are for four years.

Three aldermen are to be elected in Dowelltown but only one name appears on the ballot, Ronald L. Griffith. The terms are for four years.

Three aldermen and a mayor are also to be elected in Alexandria but only one name for alderman appears on the ballot Lloyd Dale Dyer. Two other persons plan to mount a write-in campaign for alderman including Shane Blair, an incumbent, for a full four-year term and Bridgette Rogers, for a two-year term that fills a vacancy.

There is no name on the Alexandria ballot for mayor although two persons Bennett Armstrong and Donna Davis are planning a write-in campaign for that office.

The mayor’s term is for four years.

Drunk Driver Charged After Crash

June 11, 2018
Dwayne Page
Charles Ryan Riedley
Ricky Shannon Nokes
Wayne Allen Stock

A drunk driver involved in a recent traffic accident has been charged with DUI and filing a false report for lying to a law enforcement officer.

30 year old Charles Ryan Riedley of Wildwood Road, Smithville is under a $7,000 bond and his court date is June 28.

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Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Friday, June 8 a deputy responded to a wreck on Nashville Highway in front of Twisted Oaks Saloon. Upon arrival, the officer spoke to Riedley who said that he had witnessed the crash while standing on the porch of the bar smoking a vape. After an investigation Riedley was determined to have lied to the officer as he had been driving a black BMW car involved in the wreck. The deputy detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Riedley. His eyes were glazed. Riedley was unsteady on his feet and argumentative. He refused to answer any questions or to submit to field sobriety tasks. Riedley was determined to have been under the influence and he was placed under arrest.

45 year old Ricky Shannon Nokes of Pea Ridge Road, Liberty is charged with driving while license revoked. Nokes’ bond is $1,000 and his court date is June 21.

Sheriff Ray said that on Thursday, June 7 a deputy was dispatched to Old Givens Hollow Road due to a truck in the roadway. Upon arrival the officer found Nokes passed out in the driver’s seat. A computer check confirmed that Nokes’ driver’s license were revoked for a DUI in 2016. The officer knew that Nokes had already been cited recently for the same offense (driving on a revoked license) by the Smithville Police Department. He was placed under arrest.

46 year old Wayne Allen Stock of East Bryant Street, Smithville is charged with a third offense of driving on a revoked license. His bond is $5,000 and his court date is July 12.

Sheriff Ray said that on Sunday, June 10 a deputy initiated a traffic stop after observing Stock pulling out of DeKalb Market traveling eastbound on Highway 70. The officer had stopped Stock five days before, Tuesday June 5 and found that he had been driving on a revoked license. After making the stop on June 10, the officer requested a computer check and learned that Stock’s license were still revoked. A driving history showed his license were revoked due to a previous DUI and that he had been arrested again for driving on a revoked license on March 11, 2010 and on October 5, 2014. Stock was placed under arrest for the latest offense.

Northside Elementary Observing Family Reading Summer Days

June 11, 2018
Dwayne Page
Pictured: Kaydence Johnson, Retired Teacher Carolyn Adcock, Chrystal  Reed, Tristan Reed, Northside Elementary Librarian Libby McCormick, Taylor White, and Hayden Reed

Children and their families are spending quality time together reading this week at Northside Elementary School.

Family Reading Summer Days are underway through Thursday this week from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Smithville Elementary School hosted a similar event last week as part of the Accelerated Reader Program. Children and family members from any school in the system may participate.

DeKalb West School started its Family Read Days Monday and will continue on Friday, June 15 from 8-11 a.m.; Monday, July 9 from noon until 3 p.m.; and Monday, July 16 from 9 a.m. until noon with special activities at 10 a.m.

“Through the summer reading program, family members including parents, grandparents, guardians, aunts, uncles, or older siblings can come to Northside and read books with their children. The students are tested later through the accelerated reader program and the points they accumulate go toward AR Awards for the first nine weeks of school,” said Libby McCormick, Librarian at Northside Elementary School.

In addition to the Family Reading Summer Days at the end of the school year, the schools host Family Read Night events during the school year as an extension of the school day.

Accelerated Reader is a computerized program that tests reading comprehension. Students select books on their reading level, read independently, and take an independent comprehension test on the computer. Each book is worth a certain number of points based on its length and reading level. Students get a percentage of these points based on how many of the test questions they get right. The program tracks their progress over the course of the school year.

“Its nice for parents because they can actually see their children’s growth in reading by participating with them,” said Dr. Danielle Collins, Federal Programs Supervisor for the school system.

Pictured: Kaydence Johnson, Retired Teacher Carolyn Adcock and grandparent, Chrystal Reed, Tristan Reed, Northside Elementary Librarian Libby McCormick, Taylor White, and Hayden Reed


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