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Local Woodmen of the World Makes Donation Toward Purchase of Stage Curtain

August 27, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
Wanda Poss, Mike Foster, Regina Wilhite

The county has received a $500 donation from the local Woodmen of the World Family Fraternity which will go toward the purchase of a curtain for the stage in the county complex auditorium.

Regina Wilhite, Field Representative for Woodmen of the World and local chapter President Wanda Poss presented the check to County Mayor Mike Foster during Monday night's county commission meeting.

"On behalf of our membership in DeKalb County, we want to say thank you to the county for always supporting us when we are doing fraternal work here in the county and for keeping us abreast of anywhere a new flag is needed so that we can keep Old Glory flying here in this county very proudly," said Wilhite.

"We are here to give you a donation toward the curtains at the new community center. On behalf of our membership Ms. Wanda Poss has a check for $500. Thank you for what you do and thank you for allowing us to be a part of the county," Wilhite said.

County Mayor Foster said with donations like this and the recent Aloha 40 fundraiser, featuring the Stamps Quartet, the county has raised more than half the money needed to purchase the stage curtain. This brings our total past $14,000. Of course we've got to pay expenses out of that. The curtains are $12,800 and it looks like after all the expenses with paying the Stamps Quartet and all the things we did, it looks like we're probably going to be at about $6,600 (in funds raised) to go toward those curtains," said Foster.

Meanwhile, a special Woodmen of the World observance is planned for September 9 at 6:00 p.m. at the city fire hall in Smithville.

"I will ask you to put on your calendars now on September 9 that we will be having our "In Honor and Remembrance" program. We have a special presentation we're going to be doing at the city fire hall at 6:00 p.m. It will be our annual presentation to honor the police, fire, rescue and everyone in this community who gives of their time in that special way. Its our time to say thank you to them," concluded Wilhite.

Man Allegedly Breaks Into Residence and Makes Himself at Home

August 27, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
Lonnie Ray Dyer
Edward Joseph Guerin, Jr
Nena Renea Chapman
Rhonda Joy Goff
Jason Dwayne Johnson
Torsten Michael Jakob
Vicente Roblero
Steven Blake Goad
Nathaniel Dylan Tippens

A DeKalb County man was arrested last week after allegedly breaking into a residence on Short Mountain Highway and making himself at home, enjoying a meal and drinks.

53 year old Lonnie Ray Dyer of Patterson Road is charged with aggravated burglary and theft of property under $500. His bond is $6,000 and he will be in court on September 12.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Saturday, August 24 a deputy was dispatched to a reported burglary on Short Mountain Highway. Upon arrival, the officer found that the garage door to the residence had been broken into. Dyer was also found inside the home eating food. According to Sheriff Ray, Dyer admitted to breaking into the residence and consuming the homeowner's food and wine. The estimated value of the food and drink was $70. He had been staying there a few days. Dyer was placed under arrest and brought to the jail for booking.

67 year old Edward Joseph Guerin, Jr. of Silver Point is charged with public intoxication and possession of a handgun while under the influence. His bond is $3,000 and he will be in court on August 29. Sheriff Ray said that on Wednesday, August 21 a deputy stopped to do a welfare check of Guerin after spotting him walking on Wolf Creek Road. Guerin had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his person and he was unsteady on his feet. Guerin admitted to the officer that he had been drinking alcohol. Upon a pat down search, a 45 caliber handgun was found in his right front pocket. According to Sheriff Ray, Guerin had threatened to kill his wife and burn the house earlier that day. Guerin was close to the residence at the time of his arrest. He was brought to the jail for booking.

29 year old Megan Ann Tramel of Midway Road, Smithville was issued a citation for driving on a suspended license on Wednesday, August 21. She will be in court on August 28. Sheriff Ray said that a deputy saw Tramel operating a motor vehicle on Midway Road. Having prior knowledge that her license were suspended, the officer stopped Tramel. A computer check confirmed that her license were suspended in Putnam County.

32 year old Nena Renea Chapman of Church Street, Liberty is charged with public intoxication and resisting arrest. Her bond is $3,000 and she will be in court on September 12. Sheriff Ray said that on Wednesday, August 21 the sheriff's department received a call that a person was knocking on doors at Eckles Heights in Liberty. An officer responded and made contact with the suspect, Chapman who appeared to be intoxicated and very disoriented. According to Sheriff Ray, Chapman's movements were very rapid and she had difficulty understanding the officer's commands. Upon being placed under arrest, Chapman began struggling with the officer. She had to be placed on the hood of the patrol car in order to be handcuffed.

36 year old Eddie Woodrow Young of McMinnville is cited for simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance. He will be in court on August 29. Sheriff Ray said that on Friday, August 23 a deputy was dispatched to Blue Springs Road to check on a reported suspicious person walking down the road. The officer made contact with the man, Young. Upon searching Young, the deputy found a bag of methamphetamine and two empty bags inside his wallet. Young admitted to the officer that the substance was meth.

29 year old Rhonda Joy Goff of Students Home Road, Smithville is charged with assault and vandalism under $500. Her bond is $3,000 and she will be in court on August 29. Sheriff Ray said that on Saturday, August 24 Goff, who is an inmate at the county jail, assaulted another female inmate by punching her around the head several times with her fist. A sink was broken during the fight causing less than $500 in damage. The victim in the fight also suffered a cut on her back from the broken sink.

35 year old Jason Dwayne Johnson of Game Ridge Road, Smithville is charged with driving under the influence and possession of a handgun while under the influence. His bond is $3,000 and he will be in court on September 12. Johnson was also issued citations for a violation of the Roadways Lane for Traffic and for violation of the implied consent law. Sheriff Ray said that on Saturday, August 24 Johnson was operating a motor vehicle on Highway 70 when he was stopped by a deputy for failure to maintain his lane of travel. He had an odor of an alcoholic beverage on his person and he was unsteady on his feet. Johnson performed poorly on all field sobriety tasks and refused to submit to a blood test. When his driver's license were checked, it showed he had a carry permit. The deputy asked Johnson about the gun and he replied that the weapon was in the center console. The officer checked the console and found a fully loaded 380 handgun. Johnson was arrested and brought to the jail for booking.

48 year old Torsten Michael Jakob of Highland Avenue, Smithville is charged with driving under the influence. He was also issued a citation for having a brake light out. His bond is $1,500 and he will be in court on September 12. Sheriff Ray said that on Saturday, August 24 a deputy received a call of a possible drunk driver in a red Chevy Blazer on Highway 70 east. The officer came upon the SUV and noticed it was swerving in the road and had a brake light out. The deputy pulled over the vehicle and spoke to the driver, Jakob. He had a strong odor of alcohol on his person. Jakob submitted to but performed poorly on field sobriety tasks. He also submitted to a blood test. Jakob was subsequently brought to the jail for booking.

45 year old Vicente Roblero of Vaughn Lane, Smithville is charged with driving under the influence. His bond is $1,500 and he will be in court September 12. He was also issued citations for violation of the implied consent law, accidents resulting in damage to a vehicle, violation of the financial responsibility law (no insurance), and no drivers license. Sheriff Ray said that on Saturday, August 24 an officer was dispatched to a wreck on Vaughn Lane. Roblero, the apparent operator of a white Chevy Blazer, had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his person and he was unsteady on his feet. He submitted to but performed poorly on field sobriety tasks. The keys to the vehicle were found in his pocket during a search of his person. He was placed under arrest and taken to the jail for booking.

41 year old Steven Blake Goad of Liberty is charged with a fourth offense of driving under the influence. His bond is $5,000 and he will be in court on September 12. Sheriff Ray said that on Sunday, August 25 a deputy was dispatched to Liberty to investigate a report of a truck backed into a ditch. The driver was reportedly passed out at the wheel. Upon arrival, the officer found Goad sitting behind the steering wheel. He was passed out. The deputy woke him and asked for his driver's license. Goad passed out again while trying to get his license. The officer woke Goad a second time and began talking to him. He detected a strong odor of alcohol on Goad's person and his speech was slurred. Goad submitted to but performed poorly on field sobriety tasks. He also submitted to a blood test. Goad was subsequently taken to the jail for booking.

21 year old Nathaniel Dylan Tippens of Redmon Road, Smithville is charged with evading arrest. His bond is $1,500 and he will be in court on August 29. Sheriff Ray said that on Sunday, August 25 a deputy had an active arrest warrant on Tippens. The officer stopped his vehicle to serve the warrant on Highland Drive but Tippens began to run. The deputy caught up with him at a residence on Tommy Harrell Street. He was arrested and brought to the jail for booking.

Hoyte Barrett and Taft Hendrixson Appointed Newest Judicial Commissioners

August 26, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
Hoyte Barrett
Taft Hendrixson

Hoyte Barrett and Taft Hendrixson will join Jerry Taylor as a part time judicial or warrant commissioner for the county.

The county commissioners Monday night during their regular meeting voted to fill a vacant judicial commissioner post and to create another one.

The county has been operating for several years with just two judicial commissioners. Taylor holds one of the positions. Tammy Ashburn held the other but she recently resigned. Rod Higham fills in as an assistant judicial commissioner on a part time basis as needed and he will continue to do so.

Currently, each of the two judicial commissioners is expected to work for two weeks as needed and then officially be off for two weeks, However, even when they are off, the judicial commissioners are subject to being called in. The positions pay $884 per month.

Judicial Commissioners are responsible for the issuance of criminal arrest warrants upon finding probable cause. They are subject to call at all hours of the day and night.

During Thursday night's "All-Committees" meeting, County Mayor Mike Foster said he wanted to create a third judicial commissioner position. "What I'm thinking is, we could have three on call. Rotate weekly. Each judicial commissioner could work a week and be off two weeks but still be on call in case one of the others got sick," he said.

Since funds are not already budgeted for a third judicial commissioner, Foster said the county commission would have to adopt a budget amendment to pay for it. That action is expected to come during the September meeting.

Barrett and Hendrixson were among six applicants for the two new positions. The others were Mark Adams, Oscar Boyd, McClure Cantrell, and Richard Jennings. All were interviewed by members of the county commission Thursday night.

It took three roll call votes Monday night to fill the first available judicial commissioner position. Seven votes were needed to get the appointment.

On the first ballot, Barrett received five votes to four votes for Hendrixson. Mark Adams received two votes and Oscar Boyd got one vote.

Those voting for Barrett were Mason Carter, Jerry Scott, Jeff Barnes, Marshall Ferrell, and Jimmy Poss.

Bobby Joines, Jack Barton, Wayne Cantrell, and Larry Summers voted for Hendrixson.

Elmer Ellis, Jr. and Jerry Adcock voted for Adams and Bradley Hendrix cast his vote for Boyd.

The names of Richard Jennings, McClure Cantrell, and Oscar Boyd were dropped from consideration on the second ballot since they received little or no support on the first ballot.

During the second vote, Barrett received six votes, Hendrixson had four, and Adams got two votes.

This time Barrett got votes from Mason Carter, Jerry Scott, Jeff Barnes, Marshall Ferrell, Jimmy Poss, and Bradley Hendrix.

Bobby Joines, Jack Barton, Wayne Cantrell, and Larry Summers stuck with Hendrixson while Elmer Ellis, Jr. and Jerry Adcock stayed with Adams.

On the third ballot, Adams' name was dropped leaving only the names of Barrett and Hendrixson.

During the third vote, Barrett got the seven votes he needed to secure the appointment.

Barrett received the support of Mason Carter, Elmer Ellis, Jr., Jerry Scott, Bradley Hendrix, Jerry Adcock, Jeff Barnes, and Marshall Ferrell.

Hendrixson received the support of Bobby Joines, Jack Barton, and Wayne Cantrell. Jimmy Poss and Larry Summers did not cast a vote on the third ballot. Voting ceased when Barrett reached the magic number of seven votes

Only one roll call vote was needed to fill the second available judicial commissioner position as Taft Hendrixson received the seven votes required for the appointment.

McClure Cantrell got four votes and Oscar Boyd had one vote for the second available judicial commissioner position.

Those voting for Hendrixson were Marshall Ferrell, Jerry Adcock, Wayne Cantrell, Jerry Scott, Bobby Joines, Elmer Ellis, Jr., and Mason Carter.

Cantrell received the support of Jimmy Poss, Larry Summers, Jeff Barnes, and Jack Barton.

Bradley Hendrix voted for Boyd.

County Mayor Foster said both Barrett and Hendrixson will be sworn in around the first of the month and will need to get some training.

Judicial commissioners serve for a year at a time at the pleasure of the county commission and will be up for reappointment next September.

Rick Cantrell Appointed to Fill Unexpired Term on County Commission

August 26, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
County Mayor Mike Foster Welcomes Rick Cantrell to County Commission
County Mayor Presents Plaque for Former County Commissioner John Green

The county commissioners Monday night during their regular monthly meeting selected Rick Cantrell to fill the unexpired term of John Green as a member in the fifth district.

Seven votes were needed to get the appointment. Cantrell received eight votes.

County Commissioners voting for Cantrell were Jimmy Poss, Larry Summers, Marshall Ferrell, Wayne Cantrell, Bradley Hendrix, Bobby Joines, Elmer Ellis, Jr., and Mason Carter.

Cantrell was among four applicants for the position. The others were Steven Cantrell, Eugene LaFever, and James Young. All were interviewed by the county commission during an All-Committees meeting Thursday night at the courthouse.

Two members of the commission, Jeff Barnes and Jerry Adcock voted for James Young Monday night.

Commissioners Jerry Scott and Jack Barton voted for Eugene LaFever.

Cantrell, born and raised in the fifth district, has served on the DeKalb County Regional Planning Commission since 1995. "I have lived in DeKalb County all my life. I went to school here. I have worked for BFN Operations for thirty eight years, formerly Knowles & Sons Nursery. It's in the fifth district. I am one of the managers there," said Cantrell during his interview Thursday night.

"One thing I'd like to throw out there is that I have no vendetta. I am just here to work with you all for the whole county," continued Cantrell during the interview. "I have no personal gains or reasons whatsoever involved here. If I feel like I am correct (on an issue) and it's the right thing to do, that's the way I'll vote," he said

When asked if he would run for the office in the next election during the interview, Cantrell replied "That's a possibility. If the people of the 5th district ask me to, I would. I will address that when the time comes," he said.

County Mayor Mike Foster announced Monday night that Cantrell will be sworn into office September 1. Green's term expires August 31, 2014.

Green resigned from the county commission in April announcing that he had moved his residence to White County. He had served on the county commission for eleven years, having first been elected in 2002. He was then re-elected in 2006 and 2010.

At the beginning of Monday night's meeting, County Mayor Foster recognized Green and on behalf of the county commission, presented him a plaque for his years of service to his district and the county.

Knox Arrested After Leading Deputy on Slow Speed Pursuit

August 26, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
Robert Edward Knox

A 41 year old man who led a sheriff's deputy on a slow speed pursuit on Short Mountain Highway before going off the road in a ditch on Sunday, August 18 has been arrested for a third offense of driving under the influence.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said Robert Edward Knox of Foster Road, Smithville is also charged with reckless endangerment, felony evading arrest, and resisting arrest. His bond is $19,000. He was further issued citations for violation of the implied consent law, failure to maintain his lane of travel, Violation of the financial responsibility law (no insurance), and no registration on his vehicle.

According to Sheriff Ray, a deputy saw Knox driving on Highway 146 (Short Mountain Highway) and he appeared to be impaired. The officer turned on his emergency equipment and initiated a slow speed pursuit to get Knox to stop but he refused to pull over.

According to the deputy, Knox left the road several times, running up onto the sidewalk and then coming back onto the highway toward on-coming traffic almost forcing other vehicles off the road.

The pursuit continued for about four miles until Knox ran over a spike strip which had been put down on the highway by a Trooper of the Tennessee Highway Patrol. After some of his tires were flattened by the spike strip, Knox's vehicle ran into a ditch and stopped.

After refusing to get out of the vehicle, Knox had to be forcibly removed.

The deputy noticed that Knox's eyes were bloodshot and glossy. He was very incoherent and a white foam was coming from his mouth. Due to his level of intoxication, Knox was not able to perform field sobriety tasks and he could not understand the terms of the implied consent law. Because it was his third DUI offense, a search warrant was executed to obtain a blood draw.

DeKalb EMS took Knox to the hospital for medical treatment and he was arrested the following day on Monday, August 19.

Alexandria Auto Parts Moving to New Location

August 26, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
Brad Driver and Chris Hale at current store location
Brad Driver and Chris Hale at soon to open new store location

It's one of the town's oldest businesses having served customers in the Alexandria area in the same location since the late 1940's. But soon, Alexandria Auto Parts will have a new home.

The business, owned by Brad Driver and Chris Hale, will be moving from its current location on High Street to Highway 53 just past Prichard Foods. "We're hoping to be in the new building by mid- September or the first of October," said Driver.

The new store is much larger which will allow Driver and Hale to have more room to better serve their customers. "Over there we'll have a 60' x 60' parts store and a 60' x 60' shop, "said Driver. " We'll have three doors (to the garage), but it's two deep so we can have up to six bays," he said.

"We do everything but internal engine work but over there we are going to start doing front end alignments. We've got a man trained on those alignments," said Driver.

"Hopefully we'll be able to get our customers in and out quicker in a more timely manner," added Hale. "We will continue to do brakes, tires, exhaust, oil changes, intake gaskets, transmissions, alternators, starters, belts, etc. but we'll have a better parts store. It will be fully stocked," he said.

The new store will also have new hours. "We'll be open from 7:30 a.m. til 7:00 p.m. weekdays and probably til 4:30 p.m. or 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays," said Hale. "Right now we're open from 7:30 a.m. til 5:00 p.m. weekdays and we open half a day on Saturdays," he continued.

Born and raised in DeKalb County, both Driver and Hale began working in the auto related field at an early age. "Chris went to Nashville Auto Diesel College and then started out working at Walker Diesel in Cookeville. He also worked in maintenance at Tracker Marine in Murfreesboro," Driver said.

Driver worked for D.Y. Young at Young's Auto Parts while in high school and then joined the family business at Alexandria Auto Parts after graduation while also working part time at Liberty Exxon.

Driver and Hale have been co-owners of the store since July 2000. Driver bought half interest in the business from his father Darry "Red" Driver in 1994 and Hale bought the other half in 2000.

" My dad (Darry) started working here in 1968," said Driver. "He then went to the service in 1970. When he came back he worked for Jewel Braswell here and bought the business in 1973. Four years later, he bought the building and was sole owner until 1994. He left the business in 2002," said Driver.

The history of Alexandria Auto Parts dates back to the late 1940's. "I've heard that the Sinclair Oil Company built this building for Robert Burton (the original owner). Whether that's true or not, I don't know," said Driver.

"It was probably about a 20' x 20' building in the beginning and they sold gas. Then they added a garage. Over the years this building has been added onto about three times," said Hale.

Gas is no longer sold there but the existing business now consists of a 40' x 24' parts store and customer service area and a 40' x 40' shop.

In addition to Driver and Hale, the staff includes mechanics Drake Vaughn, Chad Curtis, Derek Carter, and Spencer Prichard.

Driver and Hale said they look forward to serving their customers in the new location.

Alexandria Auto Parts is a Parts City Auto Parts store. Parts City stores are independently owned but are serviced by Ozark Automotive, the same company that owns O'Reilly Auto Parts stores.

Local Hospitals Turn Hungry Kids to Happy Kids

August 26, 2013
Local Hospitals Turn Hungry Kids to Happy Kids

To celebrate the recent success of the Weight Loss Challenge between DeKalb and Cannon Counties, DeKalb Community Hospital and Stones River Hospital decided to donate 943 pounds of food for the Hungry Kids Backpack Program. The 943 pounds was in honor of the total weight lost by all participants of the Challenge. The food was divided and distributed to backpack programs across both counties and has been received with grateful appreciation.

When asked how this idea came about, Marketing Director Shan Burklow replied, “Our CEO (Sue Conley) and myself were on a local radio program (Chamber Chat) where one of the guests were talking about the backpack program and how so many kids go home to no dinner on the table or even go hungry throughout the entire weekend. As we listened, Sue turned to me and whispered, ‘We’re going to help with this!’ …later that afternoon, we decided to ask our hospital employees to help us reach our goal of nearly a thousand pounds of food. Hundreds of pounds were donated just over two weeks later.”

The hospital would like to personally thank the artists from the Off the Beaten Path Tour for being the inspiration behind this great effort, “We are grateful to Tim Hintz and the great artists that steered us in the right direction with their original support of the program. If these good people had not stepped up to raise money for these kids, Shan and I would have never known there was such a monumental need right here where we work and live.”

“We are so very grateful to the employees of DeKalb Community Hospital for their generosity and care for the Backpack Program,” said Backpack Program Assistant Director Cindy Childers, “I started to cry when I saw all of the food. This means so much to these kids (and to us) as we try to keep over 200 backpacks filled weekly. If anyone is interested in helping us throughout the school year, please call the Board of Education and let us know.”

For more information on how you, your church, or your business can participate in the Hungry Kids Backpack Program, contact Cindy Childers (615) 215-2161

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Pictured: Tim Hintz along with local artists from the Off the Beaten Path Tour accept over two hundred pounds of food from Director Shan Burklow, CEO Sue Conley and CNO Kim Frazier of DeKalb Community Hospital and Stones River Hospital. Not pictured: Linda Gagne of DeKalb Community Hospital.

Potential Candidates Already Inquiring about 2014 Elections

August 25, 2013
Dennis Stanley

While the first election in 2014 is months away, DeKalb County Administrator of Elections Dennis Stanley said potential candidates have already begun to ask questions about various offices.

“We have had people already ask what they need to do to become a candidate,” Stanley said. “Even though it is a little bit early, certain issues could come into play now, depending on the circumstances.”

It is likely a primary election will be called by one of the local political parties for May 6, 2014. As a result, the qualifying deadline for all candidates will be Noon February 20th. Petitions will be available November 22, 2013.

“Since petitions are not available until November 22, 2013, potential candidates may wonder how they can declare or announce they are running before November,” Stanley said. “Individuals may be announced candidates and may begin soliciting campaign funds at any time before the election. That is a political strategy issue and each candidate must make that decision.”

“However, before a candidate raises or spends money, the candidate needs to file an “Appointment of Political Treasurer” with the Election Commission. This form is available at http://www.tennessee.gov/tref/forms/ss-1120.pdf or can be obtained at our office. You can print it out online and bring it to us. We must have the original, so a fax or email will not work.”

”You may file the Appointment of Political Treasurer at any time, but it must be filed before you raise or spend money,” Stanley continued. “The Registry of Election Finance has said that “incidental” expenses while you are thinking about running do not count. There are different regulations for judicial candidates, so please ask us before soliciting campaign funds.”

Once a candidate files an Appointment of Treasurer form, the candidate is required to file periodic disclosure reports. The reports are to be filed quarterly during the election year and semi-annually in either the year(s) before or after. Additionally, a report is due 10 days before any election. The report dates can be found at http://www.tennessee.gov/tref/cand/cand_filing.htm or you can obtain a copy at the local election office.

“The State Registry of Election Financial (615-741-7959) or http://www.tennessee.gov/tref/contact.htm has jurisdiction over election financial issues,” Stanley said. “The DeKalb County Election Commission merely files the reports and makes them available to the public. The state office can answer any question you have about financial reports or requirements.”

More information about the petition process, including additional deadlines for Road Superintendent and Sheriff candidates, can be obtained at the election commission office on the first floor of the DeKalb County Courthouse or by logging on to www.dekalbelections.com.

DeKalb Records Second Lowest July Jobless Rate in Upper Cumberland Region

August 24, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page

The DeKalb County unemployment rate for July was 8.2%, down from 8.7% in June but up slightly from 8.1% in July, 2012.

The local labor force for July, 2013 was 9,850. A total of 9,040 were employed and 810 were unemployed.

DeKalb County's jobless rate for July was second lowest in the Upper Cumberland Region. Here's how the fourteen counties ranked from highest to lowest:

Pickett County: 12%
Van Buren County: 12%
White County: 11.3%
Clay County: 10.5%
Warren County: 10.4%
Overton County: 10.3%
Jackson County: 10%
Fentress County:9.8%
Cumberland County: 9.2%
Macon County: 9.1%
Cannon County: 8.4%
Putnam County: 8.4%
DeKalb County: 8.2%
Smith County: 7.3%

County unemployment rates for July 2013 show the rate decreased in 79 counties, increased in 12, and remained the same in four counties. Specific county information is available on the Internet; enter http://www.tn.gov/labor-wfd/labor_figures/LaborJULY2013.pdf.

Davidson County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate of 6.7 percent, down from 7.0 percent in June. Knox County’s July rate decreased to 7.0 from 7.3 percent. Hamilton County decreased to 8.6 percent from 8.8 the previous month. Shelby County was 9.8 percent, down from 10.3 percent in June.

Tennessee’s preliminary unemployment rate for July is 8.5 percent, which is unchanged from the June revised rate. The national unemployment rate for July 2013 was 7.4 percent, down two tenths of one percentage point from the previous month.

The state unemployment rate is seasonally adjusted while the county unemployment rates are not. Seasonal adjustment is a statistical technique that eliminates the influences of weather, holidays, the opening and closing of schools, and other recurring seasonal events from economic time series.

Six Seek Judicial Commissioner Appointments

August 23, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
Mark Adams
Hoyte Barrett
Oscar Boyd
McClure Cantrell
Taft Hendrixson
Richard Jennings

The DeKalb County Commission is looking to fill a vacant judicial commissioner position and to add another one during Monday night's regular meeting.

The county currently has two judicial or warrant commissioners. Jerry Taylor holds one of the positions. Tammy Ashburn held the other but she recently resigned. Until that vacancy is filled, Taylor has the responsibilities all to himself except for the services of Rod Higham, who fills in on a part time basis as needed.

Currently, each of the two judicial commissioners is on call for two weeks and is off for two weeks. The positions pay $890 per month.

During Thursday night's "All-Committees" meeting, County Mayor Mike Foster said he would like to create a third judicial commissioner position. "What I'm thinking is, we could have three on call. Rotate weekly. It's going to add $10,000 a year to the operation of the office but they (each judicial commissioner) could work a week and be off two weeks but still be on call in case one of the others got sick," he said.

Since funds are not already budgeted for a third judicial commissioner, Foster said the county commission would have to adopt a budget amendment to pay for it.

Meanwhile members of the county commission Thursday night interviewed six applicants for the positions, Mark Adams, Hoyte Barrett, Oscar Boyd, McClure Cantrell, Taft Hendrixson, and Richard Jennings.

Two of those applicants will likely be appointed by the county commission Monday night, one to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Ashburn, and the other to fill the newly created position.

Other issues on the county commission agenda Monday night are as follows:

Budget amendments/Quarterly Reports

Discuss an emergency purchase for addition and improvement to high school football bleachers for the DeKalb County Board of Education per Phone Poll

Discuss a resolution to authorize the issuance of general obligation school improvement bond of DeKalb County resolution for detailed repayment.

Discuss authorization of agreement with DeKalb County Road Supervisor Kenny Edge for the county to purchase oil, etc. for improvement of convenience sites by the Road Department.

Discuss TDOT project status report

Discuss recycling transfer station plans and future plans. Discuss possible agreement with Smithville.

Discuss invitation to bid-Omega roof, gym, completion of surveillance cameras for the county complex

Discuss commission and committee vacancies

Any other business properly presented

Notaries.

The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. in the downstairs courtroom of the courthouse. WJLE plans LIVE coverage.

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