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Kentucky Man Overall Winner in Fiddler 5K

July 5, 2008
by: 
Dwayne Page

34 year old Christopher England of Murray, Kentucky was the overall winner of the 2008 Fiddler 5K race held Saturday morning in Smithville.

England completed the 5K in 16 minutes and 30 seconds, a new record, beating the old course record by 33 seconds.

Meanwhile, 17 year old Sara Tarashima of Richmond, Indiana was the top overall female, with a time of 21 minutes and 46 seconds.

20 year old Lee Davis of Birmingham, Alabama had the overall best time in the One-Mile Fun Run, at 7 minutes and 29 seconds.

In the age group, 12 and younger, 7 year old Ethan Jenkins of Smithville had the best time of 9 minutes and 23 seconds in the One Mile Fun Run, followed in second place by Bill Miller of Smithville, and Daniel Puckett of Smithville, who came in third place

A total of 277 runners competed in this year's Fiddler 5K and One Mile Fun Run, also a new record.

Among the runners was Staff Sergeant Eric Sanders, who is home from Iraq for some rest and relaxation. He scheduled his leave so that he could participate in the Fiddler 5K. Sanders arrived home Friday.

All proceeds from the Fiddler 5 K and One Mile Fun Run will go to benefit DeKalb County Habitat for Humanity.

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Senator Beavers Presents Flags to Jamboree Visitors from Australia and California

July 4, 2008
by: 
Dwayne Page
Senator Beavers Presents Flags to Jamboree Visitors from Australia

Senator Beavers Presents Flags to Jamboree Visitors from Australia

State Senator Mae Beavers presented a United States flag to Lee Ann Sufann from Australia and a Tennessee State flag to Allen Roark from San Jose, California during the Fiddler's Jamboree on Friday night

The flags go to the persons who travel the greatest distances, both from inside and outside the country, to get here. (Click on picture to see larger image)

Except for an hour rain delay Friday afternoon, the first day of the 37th annual Smithville Fiddler's Jamboree and Crafts Festival ran non-stop from about 8:30 a.m. until 11:22 p.m. Friday night.

Preliminaries were held in fifteen categories of music and dance competition followed by the finals featuring the top three acts in each event.

The following are the winners in each category:

Old Time Appalachian Folk Singing (Solo/Duet): First Place- Gailanne Amundsen of Longwood, Florida; Second Place- Bailey Cooke of Nashville; and Third Place- Sierra Tomlin of Springfield.

Flat Top Guitar: First Place- Rob Pearcy of Smyrna; Second Place- Will McMeans of Lester, Alabama; and Third Place- Casey Campbell of Kingston Springs.

Junior Clogging (Ages 13-39): First Place- Melissa Pack of Lebanon; Second Place- Chris Stewart of Lyles, Tennessee; and Third Place- Joey Jonte of Dickson..

Junior Buck Dancing (Ages 13-39): First Place- Justin Frazor of Smyrna; Second Place- Jacob Campbell of Murfreesboro; and Third Place Kory Posey of Murfreesboro

Dobro Guitar: First Place- Earl Grubbs of Murfreesboro; Second Place- Rob Pearcy of Smyrna; and Third Place- Will McMeans of Lester, Alabama.

Mountain Dulcimer: First Place- Bobby Nobley of LaGrange, Georgia; Second Place- Isaac Vick of Lyles, Tennessee; and Third Place- Rob Pearcy of Smyrna.

Hammer Dulcimer: First Place- Howard Friedman of Knoxville; Second Place- Lewis Taylor of Ringgold, Georgia; and Third Place- Chris Brown of Beechgrove, Tennessee

Novelty Event: First Place- Pa Fields and the Whambangers of Crossville; Second Place- Jim Owens of Deatsville, Alabama; and Third Place- Wes Langlois of Nashville.

Old Time Fiddle Band: First Place- Imer Holland Blue Creek Ramblers of Waverly, Tennessee; Second Place- Spring Creek of Lester, Alabama; and Third Place- The Lickabees of Nashville.

Autoharp: First Place- Bobby Nobley of LaGrange, Georgia and Second Place- Austin Vick of Lyles, Tennessee. There was no third place winner.

Gospel Singing (Solo): First Place-Emily Dean of Greenbrier; Second Place- Samantha Lewis of Smithville; and Third Place- Sierra Tomlin of Springfield.

Country Harmonica: First Place- Ronnie Murphy of Oakland, Kentucky; Second Place- Lewis Taylor of Ringgold, Georgia; and Third Place- Isaac Vick of Lyles, Tennessee

Old Time Banjo: First Place- Eric Vick of Lyles; Second Place- Rebeka Weiler of Murfreesboro; and Third Place- Benjamin Bateson of Murfreesboro

Gospel Singing (Duet, Trio, & Quartet): First Place- Eastern Sky of Morrow, Ohio; Second Place-Sarah and Danny of Dowelltown; and Third Place- Jubal's Kin of Longwood, Florida

Mandolin:First Place- Bobby Nobley of LaGrange, Georgia; Second Place- Will McMeans of Lester, Alabama; and Third Place- Rob Pearcy of Smyrna.

The Saturday session of the Fiddler's Jamboree begins at 9:00 a.m.

Fiddler's Jamboree Presents Craft Awards

July 4, 2008
by: 
Dwayne Page

Nolan & Susan Pazin (Best of Show)

Fiddler's Jamboree Craft awards were presented Friday.

Nolan and Susan Pazin of Baxter received the "Best of Show" award for their wood working crafts.

The "Best Appalachian Craft Award" went to Ron Hyndman of Mount Juliet for his gourds.

Jared Weaver of Lenior City was the recipient of the "Best Newcomer Award" for his dulcimers

The "Best of Display Booth" award went to Darren Jenkins of Trade, Tennessee for his birdhouses.

(Click on picture to see larger image) Look for pictures of other Jamboree craft winners on our special Jamboree picture page.

Local Civic Leader Honored at Fiddler's Jamboree

July 4, 2008
by: 
Dwayne Page
Local Civic Leader Honored at Fiddler's Jamboree

County Mayor Mike Foster (left) Jimmy Walls (right)

The 37th annual Smithville Fiddler's Jamboree & Crafts Festival is underway. It began around 8:30 a.m. today (Friday) with welcoming remarks by local government and civic leaders.

County Mayor Mike Foster made a special presentation to Jimmy Walls for his service to the community.

The plaque presented to Walls reads " In appreciation for your life long service and dedication to Smithville and DeKalb County. We applaud your leadership, your courage, and your fortitude. Your contributions to this community have been a glowing example for all to see and admire. You have always set standards for excellence. We appreciate you very much. Presented by the DeKalb County Mayor and Commission and on behalf of Smithville"

The DeKalb County Commission, last month, recognized Mr. Walls.

The resolution, in part, reads " Whereas, from time to time, it is appropriate for DeKalb County to recognize people who unselfishly serve our County. It is therefore fitting that the DeKalb County Commission and County Mayor honor Jimmy Walls for the service he has given his Country, his County, and his State."

Two More Businesses Awarded Thursday in "Project Welcome Mat"

July 3, 2008
by: 
Dwayne Page

Liberty State Bank and Sunbelt Realty were awarded for their participation in "Project Welcome Mat" Thursday.

Liberty State Bank won the "People's Choice" award for their two sided sign. On one side the sign reads "Make your day a Fiddler's Quest, Come join the Music, Fun & Fest." The other side of the sign reads " Wanna feel like you're in Heaven? Come join us at the Fiddler's Jamboree # 37"

The award for "Most Original" went to Sunbelt Realty for their sign " We hear U Fiddler's are Cloggin n Kickin' to git to Smithville to do ur Pickin'."

"Project Welcome Mat" is an effort by the Chamber of Commerce to ensure that our Jamboree visitors feel welcome. The Chamber would like to express gratefulness to the busineses and schools that used their signs to promote tourism and to show hospitality to people visiting DeKalb County.

18 Year Old Dies in ATV Accident

July 3, 2008
by: 
Dwayne Page

An 18 year old Sparta man died in an ATV accident on Indian Mound Road Wednesday evening in DeKalb County.

Dead is Jacob Cole.

Trooper Mark Jones of the Tennessee Highway Patrol reports that Cole was traveling east when the ATV left the road to the right and struck a tree, ejecting him. Cole was wearing a helmet.

DeKalb EMS was summoned to the scene and later an Air Evac Helicopter ambulance but Cole apparently died before he could be airlifted.

Central dispatch had received a call at 6:42 p.m. of an ATV driving at a high rate of speed on Indian Mound Road. A county officer, who went to the area, apparently discovered the accident and requested that EMS be dispatched to the scene. Air Evac arrived at 7:47 p.m.

The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department and the Cookeville Highway Station of the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department also responded.

Chamber Awards the First of Three Winners In "Project Welcome Mat" Wednesday

July 2, 2008
by: 
Dwayne Page
Project Welcome Mat

The Smithville- DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce honored the first of three winners Wednesday in "Project Welcome Mat".

"Project Welcome Mat" awards three categories, "Most Original", "Best Worded", and "People's Choice"

DeKalb Community Bank received the "Best Worded" award for their sign " A Knee Slappin' Fiddle Jammin', Mouth Waterin' Good Time Fiddler's Jamboree July 4th & 5th".

"Project Welcome Mat" is an effort by the Chamber to ensure that our Jamboree visitors feel welcome. The Chamber would like to express gratefulness to the busineses and schools that used their signs to promote tourism and to show hospitality to people visiting DeKalb County.

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Smithville Police Charge Two Men with Theft

July 2, 2008
by: 
Dwayne Page

Smithville Police charged two men with theft of property after a witness saw them take a woman's pocket book she had left in a shopping cart in the parking lot of Save-A -Lot last Thursday.

James Lee Adcock and John A. Judkins of Jefferson Road will be in court on the charge July 31st.

Officer Matt Farmer, in his report, states that " A woman had purchased groceries and after loading them in her vehicle, she forget to get her purse from the cart. A witness observed Adcock and his passenger, Judkins, take possession of the purse. The witness said Judkins got out of a vehicle and took a black and white purse from a shopping buggy. He took it back to the vehicle, put it in the floor board between his feet, and began going through it. The purse contained $50 in cash, a payroll check in the amount of $439, a debit card, credit cards, checkbooks, driver license, and social security card. One of the cards was used to obtain $62 in gas."

Bond for both men is $3,500.

Meanwhile, in another case, 32 year old Michael O. Bly was charged with criminal impersonation on Friday.

Detective Sergeant Jerry Hutchins, Jr., in his report, states that Bly, who was wanted for violation of probation, was seen at Greenbrook Park. When Officer Travis Bryant made contact with Bly, he stated his named was Bryan Bly and that his birth date was December, 1986. Officer Bryant identified him by comparing his tattoo's to a previous booking sheet and upon asking him again, Bly gave his correct name.

Bly's bond is $5,000 and his court date is July 17th.

Meanwhile, 25 year old Yesuandy Aramda of Miller Road, Smithville was arrested Saturday for a first offense of driving under the influence.

His bond is $1,500 and his court date is July 3rd.

Sergeant Joey Jones, in his report, states that "I responded to Royal Oak Apartments to a complaint of loud music. Upon arrival, I found the music coming from a blue vehicle in the parking lot and a male subject was behind the wheel. The car was running and he was passed out. Upon getting the subject awake and speaking to him, I noticed a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his person. The man stated that he had drank only two beers. Inside the vehicle were one- 12 ounce container of beer between the front seats and a 12 pack with only three containers left and another 12 pack with four left. All containers of beer were cold. The man could not stand alone due to his unsteadiness. No field sobriety tasks were performed but he did submit to a blood alcohol test."

37th Annual Fiddler's Jamboree Kicks Off Friday Morning

July 1, 2008
by: 
Dwayne Page

The 37th annual Smithville Fiddler's Jamboree and Crafts Festival is set for Friday and Saturday, July 4th & 5th.

The musical competition kicks off on Friday morning at 9:00 a.m.

Preliminaries will be held in the following categories:

Old Time Appalachian Folksinging (solos and duets); Flat Top Guitar; Junior Clogging (ages 13-39); Junior Buck Dancing (ages 13-39); Dobro Guitar; Mountain Dulcimer; Hammer Dulcimer; Novelty Event; Old Time Fiddle Band; Autoharp; Gospel Singing (solos); Country Harmonica; Old Time Banjo; Gospel Singing (duets, trios, and quartets); and Mandolin.

The top three acts in each category will be called back for the finals on Friday night and a first, second, and third place will be awarded.

All first place winners get $125, except the Old Time Fiddle Band, which gets $525 for first place.

Second place winners get $100 and third place winners receive $75. The Old Time Fiddle Band second place winner gets $425 and $325 for third place.

On Saturday starting at 9:00 a.m., preliminaries will be held in the following categories:

Junior Fiddlers (ages 13-39); Junior Old Time Appalachian Flatfoot dance (ages up to 39); Senior Old Time Appalachian Flatfoot dance ( ages 40 and over); Senior Buckdancing (ages 40 and over); Senior Clogging (ages 40 and over); Bluegrass Banjo; Bluegrass Band; Senior Fiddlers (ages 40 and over); and Square Dancing.

Preliminaries will be held in each event and then the top three finalists will be called back Saturday night to compete for first, second, and third place.

Prize money in most categories is $125 for first place; $100 for second place; and $75 for third place.

Awards for Junior Fiddlers and Senior Fiddlers are $225 for first place; $175 for second place; and $150 for third place.

Prizes for Bluegrass Band are $525 for first place; $425 for second place; and $325 for third place.

Awards for Square Dancing are $400 for first place; $300 for second place; and $200 for third place.

The winners of the Junior and Senior Fiddling competition will square off for the Grand Champion Award, the Berry C. Williams Memorial Trophy at the conclusion of the festival. The winner gets $300.

Meanwhile, the National Championship for Country Musician Beginners will be held Saturday afternoon during the Jamboree featuring competitions for children, up to age twelve, in the categories of Buck Dancing, Clogging, Dobro Guitar, Mandolin, Five String Banjo, Flat Top Guitar, and Fiddle.

Preliminaries will be held in each event and then the top three finalists will be brought back to compete for first, second, and third place.

Prizes are $100 for first place, $75 for second place; and $50 for third place. One child will receive the Best Overall Instrumental Entertainer Trophy Award and $125 and the top fiddler will get the James G. "Bobo" Driver Memorial Trophy and $175.

In addition to the on-stage musical entertainment, the Fiddlers Jamboree will feature hundreds of crafts, plenty of delicious food; and lots of shade tree picking around the public square.

WJLE will broadcast most of the on-stage entertainment LIVE.

New Sex Offender Registry Laws Take Effect

July 1, 2008

The Tennessee Sex Offender Registry will begin collecting new information on July 1, 2008 to be in compliance with the state's legislation that was passed during this year's legislative session.

Overview of Sex Offender Registry law changes:

• Sex offenders will provide electronic email addresses along with instant message, chat or any other internet communication name or identity to their registering agency (this information will NOT be available to the public)

• Sex offenders who fail to provide an address (such as the homeless) will be required to report monthly rather than quarterly or annually

• All aliases, including previous married names, are required to be reported

• Every sex offender on the Registry will provide a DNA sample (current law only requires sex offenders who committed offenses after July 1, 1998)

• There will be tighter restrictions on sex offenders spending time at schools

• Offenders, whose crime was against a minor, will not be allowed to work where the offender is in direct, unsupervised contact with a minor or operate a vehicle for the purpose of attracting minors.

Additional changes to the Sex Offender Registry will take effect January 1, 2009. At that time a physical description of the offender, text of the law describing the criminal offense, and a criminal history of the offender will be added. TBI will also set up a system where the public can register their email addresses and be notified if a sex offender moves into their area.

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