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School Officials Working to Address Mold Concerns at Smithville Elementary

June 13, 2012
Dwayne Page
Smithville Elementary School

Traces of mold believed to be present in portions of Smithville Elementary School has prompted a response from school officials.

Director of Schools Mark Willoughby addressed the issue Tuesday night during the school board meeting, saying an environmental consultant with a Nashville air quality monitoring company visited the school last week and in addition to steps already taken, plans are to do a cleaning of duct work to improve air quality in the building and to work on reducing condensation in places where mold could form. "Ms (Julie) Vincent, Mr. (Earl) Jared, and myself, along with an environmentalist came to the school last Friday. We walked over the whole school but Ms. Vincent and some of the teachers had already sent in areas of concern and those areas were the places where we actually went to and looked in more detail. Personally, I was pleased with some of the recommendations that he (environmentalist) gave us," said Willoughby. " One of the recommendations was to clean the air vents. He recommended that they be cleaned every ten to fifteen years. We're already in the process of making contacts with contractors in order to come in and do that (cleaning). There's another area that needs some insulation. That same contractor is going to come in and do the duct work. We were told that these contractors will come in and do the insulation which will help cut down on condensation in some areas. One of the things, we thought, could be of concern were things on the floor in the first grade area. We asked the environmentalist for his recommendation about that. He said that wasn't mold on those floors where we had some concerns. But we're going to have some people go in and strip those floors down and put down two or three coats of wax. From talking with the person who is putting down our floor tile in the cafeteria, he told me that years ago, they used to put down the floors with some kind of black glue and that this black glue is part of what is coming up between those tiles," said Willoughby.

"The environmentalist removed the air conditioner covers on the outside of the building and it looked brand new in there. It did not look like it was old at all," said Willoughby. " It was very clean. He complimented our maintenance department for keeping their filters and everything changed so that was a big plus. When he got through, I was pretty pleased because it appeared, from what he said, to be an easy fix with some of the concerns we had. So we're making contacts with contractors, trying to get them in there this week. After we do that, we'll ask the environmentalist to come back and look it over to see if there are other concerns that he might have. He (environmentalist) recommended coming up with some kind of policy and we will follow his lead on that to do what is best for this building and to assure people that we've got a good building for students to come into," said Willoughby.

Fifth district school board member W.J. (Dub) Evins, III urged school officials to make sure "we're vigilant to find the root of this problem and to fix it. If it recurs then we need to search some more. Since we're getting new roofs on some areas, we need to find the source of these problems for the health of our children and the faculty as well," he said.

School Lunch Prices Going Up Again

June 13, 2012
Dwayne Page
Stephanie Walker

If you pay for your children's school lunches, you'll have to ante up a little more this coming school year.

The DeKalb County Board of Education Tuesday night voted to increase the price of school lunches 10 cents, going from $1.35 to $1.45 for pre-kindergarten students to fifth graders and from $1.60 to $1.70 for sixth through twelfth graders. Breakfast prices will apparently remain the same at $1.00 for all students.

This is the second year in a row the school board has voted to hike school lunch prices by ten cents.

Stephanie Walker, School Nutrition Supervisor, said prices have to increase a little each year until they get to $2.51 under USDA regulations, or the school system risks losing its increase in food reimbursement rates. "There is a regulation stating that we have to go up ten cents on our lunch prices every year until we get to $2.51. I don't agree with this but it is a regulation that has to be passed in order for us to be in compliance with the federal people. My proposal is to increase by ten cents. If we are not within regulations for the coming school year, there is a possibility that we won't get our increase in reimbursement rates. We are asking for the minimum increase," she said.

Prices for adults at school will increase to $2.50. "There is a calculation and we have to take our highest price, which looking ahead would be $1.70, plus our commodity value of twenty three cents. We also add the payment we get for the pay kids. Our reimbursement rate for the pay kids is twenty eight cents. With this increase that is coming about, that would take us over $2.25, so we would need to increase adult prices to $2.50 to take us within compliance," said Walker.

Willloughby Names Professional Personnel for New School Year

June 12, 2012
Dwayne Page
Mark Willoughby

Director of Schools Mark Willoughby has signed contracts with the Professional Personnel for the 2012-2013 school year.

Willoughby presented a list of the employees to the Board of Education Tuesday night.

He also provided a list of transfers for the 2012-13 year as follows:
Patrick Cripps, DCHS Principal
Julie Vincent, Smithville Elementary School Principal
Kathy Bryant, DCHS Assistant Principal
Amanda Dakas, DeKalb Middle School Assistant Principal
Beth Pafford, Northside Elementary School Assistant Principal
Dr. Bill Tanner, transferred to DCHS, teacher

Employees for the 2012-13 year hired since last month are as follows:
Sara Young, teacher at DCHS (Math)
Sara Halliburton, teacher at DCHS (Science)

Meanwhile, Director Willoughby recommended the following teachers be approved for a professional license: Todd Cantrell, Courtney Davis, Kristy Lasser, Martha Melching, Elizabeth Nolt, and Susan West. According to Willoughby, these teachers have successfully completed the statutory apprentice period of three years as required for license advancement. The board granted approval.

Certified personnel at each school are as follows:

DeKalb County High School-

Jeanette Allen, Angie Anderson, Charlotte Blaylock, Danny Bond, Amanda Brown, Kathy Bryant, Kevin Burchfield, Kelly Burgess, Jeanine Cantrell, Todd Cantrell, Gary Caplinger, Mary Anne Carpenter, Joe Pat Cope, Patrick Cripps, Jared Daniels, Deborah DePriest, Andrew Dixon, Donna Emmons, Marshall Ferrell, Tina Fletcher, Amanda Fuller, David Gash, Josh Gulley, Marie Hill, Susan Hinton, Sonja House, John Isabell, William Jennings, Natasha Judkins, Dylan Kleparek, Brad Leach, Lynus Martin, Shealyn Morgan, Lori Myrick, Rolando Navarro, Jenny Norris, Scott Odom, Shelly Painter, Walteen Parker, Linda Parris, Nallely Prater, John Pryor, Mary Anne Puckett, Joey Reeder, Leslie Rice, Melissa Ruch, Daniel Seber, Dr. Bill Tanner, Steve Trapp, Chris Vance, Dianne Werth, Michael Whitefield, Shea Wiegele, and Jonathon Wright.

Northside Elementary School-

January Agee, Joyce Alexander, Marla Beshearse, Linda Bush, Trent Colwell, Michael Crockett, Alisha Day, Ashley Dean, Jerry Foster, Carrie Gottlied, Amy Green, Amanda Griffith, Jennifer Griffith, Melissa Hale, Cynthia Hale, Jessica Hale, Patty Hale, Mollie Hendrixson, Jennifer Herndon, Lisa Hull, Lorie Isabell, Karen Jacobs, Shelly Jennings, Sabrina Kirksey, Kristy Lasser, Lisa Mabe, Jama Martin, Amanda Mathis, Libby McCormick, Pamela Miller, Elizabeth Nolt, Beth Pafford, Amy Raymond, Dr. Gayle Redmon, Bethany Rigsby, Melissa Roysdon, Tammy Sims, Ashley Smith, Carol Tripp, Cheryl Vance, Kristen Van Vranken, Betsye Walker, Ginger Wenger, and Sandy Willingham.

DeKalb West School-

Shawn Baker, Doris Cantrell, Jenny Cantrell, Jeanna Caplinger, William Conger, Kim Crook, Martha Damron, Tonya Ellis, Janet England, Sabrina Farler, Denise Graham, Lesa Hayes, Ricky Hendrix, Lindsay Holmes, Cathleen Humphrey, Regina Kent, Shelia McMillen, Melanie Molander, Amanda Mullinax, Danny Parkerson, Tammy Payne, Debra Poteete, Cynthia Preston, Lori Pryor, Cynthia Pulley, Susan Robinson, Audrey Russell, Pam Sanders, Jane Watson, Susan West, Vicki Wilson, and Amy Young.

Smithville Elementary School-

Misty Agee, Ana Bain, Lindsey Barrett, Renee Beaty, Kelly Birmingham, Kim Brown, Beth Cantrell, Laura Carter, Wendy Colvert, Layra Crook, Trena Curtis, Sue Driver, Vicky Duke, Kelli Foster, Tina Gash, Vicky Hawker, Bradley Hendrix, Holly Hendrix, Mary Henny, Tanya Howard, Amanda Johnson, Anna Johnson, Angela Johnson, Jennifer Judkins, Karen Knowles, Carrie Lee, Sherree Macemon, Kristen Malone, Adrienne McCormick, LeVaughnda Midgett, Margaret Nichols, Christina Ontiveros, Susan Palmer, Kristy Parsley, Mary Pugh, Jane Ramsey, Amanda Rhoady, Allison Rigsby, Carol Sampley, Carol Tallent, Jan Thomas, Janet Trapp, Carol-Ann Tripp, Julie Vincent, Sherian Waggoner, Tiffany Wheatley, Janet Woodward, Christie Young, and Crystal Young

DeKalb Middle School-

Joey Agee, Josh Agee, Lori Alexander, Suzette Barnes, Ashley Barnes, Lisa Craig, Amanda Dakas, Courtney Davis, Tena Davidson, Jenny Elrod, Jason Farley, Amy Fletcher, Lori Hendrix, Tom Hill, Randy Jennings, Bryan Jones, Michelle Jones, Gail Kirksey, Taleen Lambert, Michael Lewis, Michael Littrell, Leah Magness, Martha Melching, Debra Moore, Justin Nokes, Joy Parker, Karen Pelham, Anita Puckett, Joyce Robertson, Candice Scrabo, Lori Sexton, Penny Smitty, Tonya Sullivan, Kitty Thomas, Nancy Tucker, Tad Webb, Jared West, Jennifer West, Kathryn Wisinger.

Central Office Staff-

Gina Arnold, Katherine Ballard, Michelle Burklow, Clay Farler, Dr. Danielle Collins, Lisa Cripps, Dee Anna Reynolds, and Stephanie Walker

County Wide-

Lisa Bell, Amy Fox, Judy Malone, and Lori Rogers.

School Support Staff Hired for 2012-13 Year

June 12, 2012
Dwayne Page

Director of Schools Mark Willoughby announced Tuesday night during the board of education meeting that he has employed the support staff for the 2012-2013 school year.

Those employed at DeKalb County High School are:

Rena Adcock- Cook, Wanda Bradford- Cook, Amee Cantrell- Social Worker, Kathy Chapman-Cook, Kenderly Cripps- Guidance/Records Clerk, Debbie Eaton- Educational Assistant, Regina Estes- Secretary, Beverly Ferrell- Educational Assistant, Dena Haugh- Educational Assistant, Darnette Hibdon-Cook, Melissa Hicks- Cook, Deborah Knowles- Educational Assistant Job Coach, Helen LaFever-Cook, Rita Leichtfuss- Educational Assistant, Deborah Magness- Bookkeeper, Carl Malone- Custodian, Thomas Maney- Custodian, Charles Martin- Custodian, Rhonda Merriman-Educational Assistant, Sara Parker- Guidance, Lisa Peterson-Educational Assistant Job Coach, JoAnn Pittman-Custodian, Denise Rutland- Custodian, Vicky Sandlin- Cook, Carol Swope- Educational Assistant, Norman Underhill- Educational Assistant, Tiffany VanWinkle- Educational Assistant, Jamie Wright- Guidance Clerk, and Debbie Young-Cafeteria Manager.

DeKalb Middle School:

Sue Arnold- Part-Time Cook, Pauline Braswell- Custodian, Tammy Ferrell- Custodian, Fay Gilreath- School Bookkeeper, Doris Graham-Educational Assistant, Jeremy Haas- Custodian, Connie Haggard- Cook, Barbara Hibdon- Cook, Samantha Lester- School Secretary, Paulette McDonald- Educational Assistant, Angie Moore- Educational Assistant, Lisa Norton- Educational Assistant, Paula Pinegar-Educational Assistant, Linda Sorrell-Educational Assistant, Eldon Vanatta- Cafeteria Manager, and Vicky Walker- Educational Assistant

Smithville Elementary School:

Brent Arnold-Educational Assistant, Jimmy Barnes- Custodian, Janis Barnes- Educational Assistant, Brenda Beth Cantrell- Educational Assistant, Bethany Cornelius- Educational Assistant, Cindi Dias-Educational Assistant, Darlene Evans-Educational Assistant, Jennifer Gay- Educational Assistant, Betty Griffith- Educational Assistant, Jean Hayes- Cafeteria Manager, Vicki Jefferies- Educational Assistant, Melinda Lattimore- Educational Assistant, Brittany Lockard- Educational Assistant, Sara Lomas-Custodian, Talitha Looney- Cook, Pat Milam- Part Time Cafeteria Monitor/Substitute Custodian, Tera Mooneyham-Educational Assistant, Ronda Northcutt- Educational Assistant, Holly Owens-Educational Assistant, Freeda Phillips- Cook, Rhonda Pelham- Secretary/Receptionist, Amelia Phillips- Cook, Rhonda Pilgrim- Cook, Lori Poss- School Bookkeeper, Brenda Rigney- Educational Assistant, Bonnie Rigsby- Educational Assistant, Teresa Spencer- Educational Assistant, Wayne Taylor- Custodian, Tammy Tyler- Cook, Amanda Trapp-Educational Assistant, and Celia Whaley- Educational Assistant.

Northside Elementary:

Pam Baines- Cafeteria Manager, Emma Jean Bandy- Cook, Gail Crips- Secretary, Evril Cubbins- Educational Assistant, Starr Ferrell-Educational Assistant, Terrie Ford- Educational Assistant, Suzanne Gash- Educational Assistant, Gary Good- Educational Assistant, Phyllis Hallum- Educational Assistant, Sherry Judkins- Custodian, Jennifer Lewis- Educational Assistant, Thelma Martin- Educational Assistant, Denise Merriman-Cook, Rebecca Moss- Educational Assistant, Lynn Pichey-Custodian, Jo Dean Redmon- Lunch Monitor, Kim Violet- Custodian, Sharon Washer- Cook, Elizabeth White- Part-Time Cook, Deneene Willingham- School Bookkeeper, and Rita Young-Attendance Clerk..

DeKalb West School:

Holly Bain-Educational Assistant, Donna Driver- Cook, Dorothy Duggin-Custodian, Tena Edwards- Educational Assistant, Ruth Frazier- Custodian, Pauline Frazier- Custodian, Stephanie Fuson- Educational Assistant, Shelly Gibson- Educational Assistant, Lisa Hale- Secretary, Donna Hale- School Bookkeeper, Jennifer Martin-Educational Assistant, Nancy Mulloy- Cook, Faye Nixon-Cook, Tina Paschal- Educational Assistant, Elizabeth Redmon-Educational Assistant, Beverly Starnes- Cafeteria Manager, Kristi Sullivan- Educational Assistant, and Linda Vickers- Cook

County Wide Positions:

Chandra Adcock- School Nurse, Jenean Bain- Bus Assistant, Sandra Billings- Substitute Bus Assistant, W.C. Braswell- Adult High School, Cindy Childers- Coordinated School Health Assistant, Anita Conley- Substitute Cook, Billy Curtis- Special Needs Driver (car), Dana Davenport- Substitute Cafeteria Worker, Bettye June Dodd- Bus Assistant, Christie Driver- School Nurse, Russell Estes- Substitute Custodian, Julie Fitts- Substitute Cook, Greg Frasier- Technology Director, LeAnne Frasier- Library Assistant (half time at Smithville Elementary School and Half Time at Northside Elementary School), Mary Gay- Substitute Cafeteria Worker, Billy Golden- Maintenance Worker, Lynn Griffith- Bus Assistant, Rebecca Hawkins- Bus Assistant, Terry Hicks- Maintenance Worker, Earl Jared- Maintenance Supervisor, Freda Johnson- Bus Assistant, Tammy Judkins- Substitute School Nurse, Debbie London- Substitute Bus Assistant, Delilah McGhee- Substitute Cafeteria Worker, Teresa Miller- Payroll/Bookkeeper Central Office, Tamara Murphy- Substitute Nurse, Carolyn Neal- Substitute Cafeteria Worker, Shirley Ours- Special Education Secretary, April Odom- Attendance Clerk, Angela Patrick- Substitute Cafeteria Worker, B.J. Patterson- Technology, Melissa Pirtle- Food Service Bookkeeper, Jo Dean Redmon- Part Time Custodian, Joyce Robinson- Payroll/Bookkeeper Central Office, Pauletta Ruffner- Substitute Cafeteria Worker/Custodian, Roger Sharp- Technology, Teresa Sullivan- Educational Assistant at DeKalb Middle School and DeKalb West School, Peggy Sutton- Substitute Cook, Janice Tanner- Substitute School Nurse, Cynthia Taylor- Substitute Custodian, Brooke Teachout- Substitute School Nurse, Kimberly Turner- School Nurse, Pam Turner- Substitute School Nurse, Barbara Vanatta- Substitute Cafeteria Worker, Jamie Vickers- Secretary/Bookkeeper Central Office, Judy Wiggins- Substitute Bus Assistant, Joannie Williams- School Nurse, Ashby Woodward- Substitute School Nurse, Aaron Young- Maintenance Worker, and Tara Young- Substitute Cook


Orlando Guzman- Mechanic and Rick Holcomb- Mechanic, Jimmy Sprague-Supervisor

The following are bus drivers:

Karen Adkins, Dwayne Cantrell, Dinah Cripps, Elaine Davis, Debbie Eaton, Marshall Ferrell, Starr Ferrell, Thomas Fittis, Linda Fowler, Bill Fowler, Donald Haggard, Darnette Hibdon, Melissa Hicks, Dwight Knowles, Kimberly Lawson, Bobby Martin, Ronald Merriman, Jimmy Mullican, Linda Gail Pack, Walter Phillips, Faye Pollard, Jimmy Poss, Carol Swope, Ken Taylor, Bobby Taylor, B.J. Thomason, David Turner, Angela Wilkerson, and Suzanne Williams.

Substitute bus drivers are: Tina Fletcher, Daniel Lawson, Donnie Lewis.

Gino's Bar-B-Q To Add Jobs

June 12, 2012
Dwayne Page
Gino's Bar-B-Q To Add Jobs
Gino's Bar-B-Q (From Company Website)
Gino's Bar-B-Q (From Website)
Gino's Bar-B-Q Products (Vacuumed Packed)

Gino's Bar-B-Q is planning to add a few jobs.

John Roller, Vice President of Gino's Barbeque, told WJLE on Friday that Gino's, which has been in operation in Smithville since 1977, will be creating ten to fifteen jobs within the next six months as the company looks to serve a larger distribution area. "We have been approved for the Sysco label, which is the largest food distributor in the country. They actually have a few houses in Canada as well. This allows us to have access to more than half of those facilities, which would go from our current capacity of about five houses to the availability of seventy houses across the country. In return, the volume would create jobs as well as this expansion that Gino's is going through right now, which is adding another cook room, and probably at completion, will add another shift as well and maybe even a cleanup crew on the weekend," said Roller.

Gino's Bar-B-Q currently employs ten people, but Roller said expectations are to possibly triple that number over time. "We have ten working for us right now and I look for it to double the crew within six to eight months, and even triple going forward," he said. " It will just grow from there. The plan, once we go into the system, we have to physically go to these locations and market the product, and in return create the volume and the jobs," said Roller.

Roller said plans are to modify one of the packaging rooms at the local facility to make room for the expansion. "We took the existing plant, which we're pretty much tapped out on square footage here, and we just modified one of out packaging rooms. We've got to build some exterior walls to expand that room to add cooking capacity. Currently we've got five smokers and we're going to be adding three more additional large commercial smokers," said Roller.

Gino's Bar-B-Q serves several well known companies including Robert Orr Sysco of Nashville, Charles C. Parks distribution of Gallatin, and Institutional Wholesale of Cookeville. "We've been here since November, 1977," said Roller. We manufacture pork, beef, turkey, and chicken along with ribs, barbeque. We also co-pack for other people across the country. This is a co–pack for Hicks Smoked Meats out of Humbolt, Tennessee. Its his recipes. We cook it here. We pack it here and ship it from here to the distribution centers all over the country," said Roller.

McDonald's Restaurant to Undergo Renovation

June 12, 2012
Dwayne Page
McDonalds Restaurant of Smithville to eliminate outside dining area
McDonald's currently with one drive thru lane, going to dual drive-thru lanes

McDonald's Restaurant of Smithville is making plans to expand its interior dining area and go from single to dual lane drive-thrus.

The Smithville Planning Commission approved a revision of the parking plans for McDonald's at its meeting last Thursday. Secretary-Treasurer Hunter Hendrixson said that while a few existing parking spaces may be eliminated, McDonald's will still be in compliance with city parking regulations for the site with this renovation.

Tim Funderburk, spokesman for the local McDonald's franchise, told WJLE Monday that plans are to give the restaurant a new look. "As you probably have seen if you have traveled recently throughout the Upper Cumberland area we are in the process of making some significant upgrades to our McDonald's restaurants," said Funderburk. " The upgrades have already been completed in Crossville, McMinnville, Woodbury, Sparta, and Cookeville and we currently have one underway in Gordonsville. We are doing a lot of things to both enhance the look of our restaurants on both the interior and exterior and to upgrade our ability to make our guests experience more efficient. On the exterior you will see a totally new look of our buildings as we bring McDonald's into the 21st century and you will also notice many of the restaurants, including Smithville, will have dual lane drive thru's with two order points to expedite the service experience of our guests. It is true that we will be removing the exterior seating that we currently have in Smithville, but that is only so that we can enlarge the building and create more dining space inside for our guests. The interior decor and restrooms will also be significantly upgraded to provide a more relaxing atmosphere for our guests to enjoy," he said.

No word yet on when the project will begin.

Willoughby Completes Line-up of Principals and Assistants for New School Year

June 12, 2012
Dwayne Page
Amanda Dakas
Beth Pafford

Director of Schools Mark Willoughby has completed the line up of principals and assistants for the upcoming school year.

Willoughby told WJLE Monday that Amanda Dakas will become the new assistant principal at DeKalb Middle School and Beth Pafford will join the staff at Northside Elementary as assistant principal.

Dakas will be moving from Northside Elementary to DeKalb Middle and Pafford will be transferring from Smithville Elementary to Northside, where they have been serving as classroom teachers

Dakas will succeed assistant principal Kathy Bryant, who is moving from DeKalb Middle School to take on an assistant principal position at DeKalb County High School.

Pafford is replacing assistant principal Julie Vincent at Northside. Vincent will become the new principal at Smithville Elementary School. Karen Knowles remains assistant principal at Smithville Elementary. Dr. Bill Tanner, longtime principal at SES, is expected to be re-assigned to another position in the school system.

Meanwhile Patrick Cripps will become the new principal at DCHS, succeeding Kathy Hendrix who has retired. In addition to assistant principal Kathy Bryant, David Gash will be returning as assistant principal at the high school.

Principals Dr. Gayle Redmon at Northside Elementary, Randy Jennings at DeKalb Middle School, and Danny Parkerson at DeKalb West School are returning for another year, as is assistant DeKalb West Principal Sabrina Farler.

All their new contracts become effective, July 1st.

McKameys to Appear in Concert at DeKalb County Fair

June 11, 2012
Dwayne Page

Members of the DeKalb County Fair Association are busy preparing for this year's edition of the Grandpa Fair of the South which is set for Monday through Saturday July 23 through July 28.

With the theme "Carnival Lights & Summer Nights", this year's DeKalb County Fair will feature a fun filled week of activities including rides by the Family Attractions Amusement Company and two new events, a gospel concert on Wednesday night, July 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Grandstand, featuring the very popular southern gospel family group "The McKameys" and "ATV-Mini Rods- Outlaws Pulling" on Thursday night, July 26 at 6:00 p.m. at the T.C. McMillen arena. Instead of giving away $1,000 each night to just one person, there will be two nightly drawings of $500 each this year. Ticket holders must be present to win. Any cash not awarded during the week will be saved and given away on Saturday night

Fair Board Member Jeff McMillen said these new events and changes should add even more excitement to an already entertaining fair. "We have changed from having two nights of Super Truck and Tractor Pulls to one night of that and we have included an ATV and what is called an Outlaw Class and a Mini-Tractor Class for Thursday night. This will allow the local ATV's to come in and pull. It's a smaller sled. Anybody who needs to know the classes can go to the fair website and find all that at www.dekalbcountyfairtn.com. We will post all the rules, regulations, and classes on there.

The McKameys, of Clinton, Tennessee, play about 150 days a year, traveling all over North America from Southern California on up to British Columbia and over to the East Coast, north to New Brunswick and south to Florida. They have had 24 number one singles and in 1999 were honored by their record label, Horizon, for having the most number one hits in the history of Southern Gospel Music. The group has been awarded several different Singing News Fan Awards through the years with Peg McKamey being named Favorite Female Vocalist 7 times. The group is made up of husband and wife, Reuben Bean and Peg McKamey Bean; their daughers Connie and Sheryl; and Connie's husband Roger Fortner, and their son, Eli.

The fair will be bringing back the Open Rodeo, the Demolition Derby, and Super Tractor and Truck Pull, Go Kart Racing, Four Wheelers and Motorcycle Racing, DeKalb Idol, the Vintage Fashion Show, and many other popular attractions.

McMillen urges fair goers to take the time to enjoy lots of delicious foods from the food booths and stop by to see the many commercial, agricultural, and women's exhibits.

The Kenneth Sandlin Center will be open Monday through Friday from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Saturday from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

All Non- Perishable exhibits ONLY will be accepted Saturday, July 14 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. All Perishable items ONLY will be accepted on Saturday, July 21 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

Take a stroll down Memory Lane and enjoy nightly entertainment at the Memory Lane Stage in Memory Village, sponsored by DeKalb Community Bank. The DeKalb County Fair Memory Lane Stage Line-Up is as follows:
ATV Sled Pull - Click here for more amazing videos

Monday, July 23: Cattle Show at 6:00 p.m. at the Tot Kelly barn; Open Rodeo at the T.C. McMillen Arena at 7:30 p.m.; Junior Fair Princess Pageant for contestants ages 13-16 at 6:00 p.m. followed by the Fairest of the Fair Pageant for contestants ages 17 to 20 at the Lions Club Pavilion. (2- $500 cash drawings) at 9:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 24: Little Mr. and Miss Pageant for contestants ages 4-6 at 6:00 p.m. at the Lions Club Pavilion; Go-Cart Racing at 6:00 p.m. at the T.C. McMillen Arena; and a Horse Show at 7:00 p.m. at the Grandstand; (2- $500 cash drawings) at 9:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 25: Snowbird- WSMV Channel 4 from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.; McKameys in Concert at 6:30 p.m. at the Grandstand; Little Miss Princess Pageant for contestants ages 7-9 at 6:00 p.m. followed by the Miss Sweetheart Pageant for those ages 10-12 at the Lions Club Pavilion; 4 Wheeler and Motorcycle Racing at 6:00 p.m. at the T.C. McMillen Arena; (2- $500 cash drawings) at 9:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 26: Senior Citizen Day activities at 9:00 a.m. at the Lions Club Pavilion; 4-H Chick Chain Show at 5:00 p.m. at the Tot Kelly barn; Junior Goat Show at 6:00 p.m. at the Grandstand; a Baby Show at 6:00 p.m. followed by a Vintage Fashion Show at the Lions Club Pavilion; and ATV-Mini Rods- Outlaws Pulling at the T.C. McMillen Arena at 7:00 p.m.;(2- $500 cash drawings) at 9:30 p.m.

Friday, July 27: Toddler Show for contestants 13 months to 47 months at 6:00 p.m. followed by DeKalb Idol Final Competition at the Lions Club Pavilion; 4 Wheel Drive Mud Racing at 7:00 p.m. at the T.C. McMillen Arena; and a Demolition Derby at 7:00 p.m. at the Grandstand; (2- $500 cash drawings) at 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 28:
Horseshoe Tournament at the Tot Kelly barn at Noon.; Gospel Singing at the Lions Club Pavilion at 6:00 p.m.; Super Tractor and Truck Pull at 7:00 p.m. at the T.C. McMillen Arena: and (2- $500 cash drawings) at 9:30 p.m.

Take a stroll down Memory Lane and enjoy nightly entertainment at the Memory Lane Stage in Memory Village, sponsored by DeKalb Community Bank. The DeKalb County Fair Memory Lane Stage Line-Up is as follows:

Monday Night July 23
6:30-7:30 pm — Second Coming Band
7:45-8:45 pm— Brad Hennessee w/ Midnight Flyer

Tuesday Night July 24
6:30-7:30 p.m.— Abigail Rose
7:45-8:45 p.m.— Lil John

Wednesday Night July 25
6:30-7:30 p.m.— Scott Steele w special guest Trish Smith
7:45-8:45 p.m.— Mike Jones

Thursday Night July 26
6:30-7:30 p.m.— Donny Barthelemy
7:45-8:45 p.m.— Terri Lynn Weaver

Friday Night July 27
6:30 - until— Karaoke Night
No Rap , Radio Edit Only
Max 1 Instrument or 2 Vocal Mikes and 2 Instruments Max.

Saturday Night July 286:30-7:30 p.m— Mid State Cloggers
7:45-8:45 p.m— Evermean Evergreen Cloggers

Rides on the Midway will be provided by the Family Attractions Amusement Company. Unlimited rides will be available for $15.00 on Monday night; $16.00 on Tuesday night; $14.00 on Wednesday and $18.00 on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday

Admission to the fair is $4.00 per person. Children age four and younger will be admitted free! Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. Parking is Free!

For more information, call 529-FAIR or visit on-line at www.dekalbcountyfairtn.com.

Former UCHRA Director Phyllis Bennett Dies

June 11, 2012
Phyllis Bennett

67 year old Phyllis Bennett, who ran the Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency for over 30 years, died Saturday at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

She had gone on medical leave from the UCHRA last spring, but remained with the agency as a consultant.

She had been undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer.

Phyllis began her career in 1973 with the Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency. In 1978, she was appointed Executive Director until 2011 when she was hired as a consultant to the agency. Phyllis served 4 years as President of the Tennessee Association of Human Resource Agencies as well as being selected Who's Who in American Business Women .

During her 34-year tenure as Executive Director, she not only established but practiced the agency's motto of "Delivering Hope" to the people of the area by providing access to services through each of the fourteen county offices she established. Her giving spirit showed daily when seeing or riding UCARTS or CATS (Cookeville's first mass transit system) traveling our streets and highways or providing home delivered meals and electrical assistance to the most needy in the region. Phyllis's accomplished goals show when visiting or seeing Tennessee Careers Centers or when visiting Lakeside Resort & Educational Complex which was to help displaced workers through educating for new careers or promoting existing ones in the hospitality industry. The needs of our young people were never far from her heart. The Upper Cumberland's need to house and council young people are realized through the Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency's Residential centers; Chance, Indian Mound and Cumberland Mountain School

Her visions for delivering this hope were made reality by her leading role in the expansion of Cover Kids, which provides insurance for uninsured children in low income homes, the Imagination Library; the Highland Initiative with the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce and N.C.D.S. Inc. and numerous other programs that assisted those in need. Although her passion was to provide for all in need, her heart was always for the people of the Upper Cumberland Region. She had an understanding of the needs for the rural area residents & fought to supply these needs.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry Clarence Redmon and Evelyn Redmon as well as her daughter, Tiffany Rodgers. She is survived by her husband of 28 years, Weyman (Wayne) H. Bennett; a son, Milburn S. Rodgers III (Patty) of Cookeville; a sister, Faye Fuqua of Smithville; a brother, Terry Redmon (Phyllis) of Lebanon; two grandsons- Matthew Rodgers, Murfreesboro; Nickolas Rodgers (Bethany) and one great grandchild, Aaron S. Rodgers, Cookeville; Barbi Rodgers Malfi of South Carolina; three step children - Gary Bennett of Minneapolis, MN, Nancy Manning (Colin) Hendersonville; & Christian Bennett (Lisa)of Hixson; four step grandchildren Courtney , Madison, Christian, & Hailey Bennett all of Hixson.

Visitation will begin Tuesday, June 12 at the Washington Avenue Baptist Church from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Wednesday from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Services will begin at 2:00 p.m. at the church. Burial will follow at DeKalb Memorial Gardens in Smithville. Donations to the Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency's Residential Programs or the American Cancer Society can be made in lieu of flowers. Hooper Huddleston and Horner Funeral Home in Cookeville is in charge of arrangements.

Four Men Cited After Traffic Stop Yields Marijuana and Paraphernalia

June 11, 2012
Dwayne Page
Sunny Dale Crabtree
Robert Anthony Cross
Tommy Ray Griffin

Four men were cited last Wednesday, June 6 after a sheriff's department drug detective stopped them for speeding and found marijuana and drug paraphernalia

22 year old Alexander Thrailkill of California, the driver of the vehicle, was cited for traveling 73 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour speed zone; 22 year old Jonathan Vincent Fusco of New York was cited for simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia; 22 year old William Rhotenberry of Texas was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia; and 22 year old Justin Daniel Fischer of New York was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia and simple possession of marijuana.

They will be in court on the citations June 28.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that a drug detective, while working drug interdiction, clocked a vehicle driven by Thrailkill, going 73 miles per hour in 55 mile per hour zone. He pulled over the vehicle and then summoned the Smithville Police Department's K-9 unit. The K-9 officer and drug dog went around the vehicle and the animal alerted.

Found in Fusco's back pack was a plastic container with less than a half ounce of marijuana inside. A marijuana pipe was also found in the vehicle which Fusco claimed belonged to him.

The officer found a marijuana shredder in Rhotenberry's bag. There was some marijuana inside the shredder.

In Fischer's bag was a plastic container that held a small amount of marijuana and some rolling papers.

35 year old Sunny Dale Crabtree is charged with leaving the scene of an accident. Her bond is $2,000 and she will be in court June 21st. Sheriff Ray said that on Saturday, June 2 a deputy was called to an accident on Austin Bottom Road. Upon arrival, he found a vehicle, but no one was there. The automobile, significantly damaged in the wreck, was towed. Upon a further investigation, officers learned that Crabtree was the operator of the vehicle at the time of the accident, though she is not the owner. Crabtree, who was arrested on Thursday, June 7, admitted to being the driver and leaving the scene.

40 year old Robert Anthony Cross of Cookeville is charged with public intoxication. His bond is $1,000 and he will be in court on June 14. Sheriff Ray said that on Friday, June 8 a deputy responded to Floating Mill Boat Dock where a man was reportedly causing a disturbance and was possibly intoxicated. Upon arrival, the deputy made contact with Cross, who was very unsteady on his feet. He told the officer that he had taken too many pills. According to Sheriff Ray, Cross was going to campsites in the area causing others to be alarmed and annoyed. Pills were found scattered at Cross' campsite, belonging to a woman who Cross said was his girlfriend.

55 year old Tommy Ray Griffin of Foster Road, Smithville is charged with driving under the influence and simple possession of a schedule III controlled substance (hydrocodone). He was also issued citations for failure to maintain lane of travel and driving on a suspended license. Griffin's bond is $1,500 and he will be in court on June 21.

Sheriff Ray said that on Saturday, June 9 a deputy, while making a traffic stop, saw a vehicle cross four lanes of traffic heading toward him on Highway 70 west. The approaching car then got back into his lane heading east. The deputy got behind the automobile and pulled it over. Upon speaking to the driver, Griffin, the officer saw that his speech was slow and that he nodded off while speaking. Griffin was very unsteady on his feet. Sheriff Ray said that Griffin admitted to taking xanax earlier that day. Griffin had xanax pills loose in his front pocket along with a hydrocodone pill. The pill bottle for the xanax was found in the car. Griffin submitted to but performed poorly on several field sobriety tasks. He also submitted to a blood alcohol/drug test. Griffin's license were checked and found to be suspended for failure to pay child support on October 23, 2011. The investigation also found that Griffin's vehicle had apparently struck a guardrail approximately two miles from where he was pulled over.


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