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Edgar Evins State Park to Hold Anniversary Event August 9

August 1, 2012
Edgar Evins State Park to Hold Anniversary Event August 9

The year 2012 marks Tennessee State Parks' 75th Anniversary, and to help commemorate this important milestone, Edgar Evins State Park will hold a special community event on Thursday, August 9, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The event is open to the public.

"This is a great opportunity to thank the park's many patrons and the entire local community for their support throughout the years and invite community members to see what the park has to offer," said Park Manager Carl Halfacre.

Come out and meet the park staff and learn more about the history of Tennessee State Parks. The day's agenda includes a roster of special guest speakers, special tours of the park's facilities, in addition to re-enactors portraying historical figures from Edgar Evins State Park's unique past – including James Edgar Evins and Adam Dale. Shuttle rides will be offered through the park, along with motor tours for those wishing to drive their own vehicles. Light refreshments will be served, including a commemorative anniversary cake. Participants will also have an opportunity to learn about upcoming programs at the park.

Also making an appearance will be Tennessee State Parks' new traveling anniversary exhibit, which recently hit the road to tour state parks and various communities – sharing Tennessee State Parks' rich and storied history. Enclosed in a colorful trailer emblazoned with various images and logos, the exhibit interprets the origins and heritage of Tennessee's state park system.

Others planning to attend are State Senator Mae Beavers, State Representative Terri Lynn Weaver, former State Senator Vernon Neal, Commissioner Bob Martineau, Department of Environment and Conservation, Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill, Tennessee State Parks,
Anne Marshall, Senior Adviser for Tennessee State Parks, Interim Director of Parks Mike Robertson, Park Manager Carl Halfacre, Edgar Evins State Park, Ward Weems, Chief Historian for Tennessee State Parks, Fount Bertram, President of the Friends of Edgar Evins,
The Friends of Edgar Evins State Park, and local elected officials and community members.

The Tennessee State Parks system was established through legislation in 1937, and those laws – with modifications and additions over the years – remain the framework for park operations today. As in most states, Tennessee began in cooperation with federal programs that instigated individual parks. Later, Depression era recovery programs gave a boost to the idea and the possibility of creating parks. The Civilian Conservation Corps and Works Progress Administration worked on land conservation, but also delved further into the actual planning and construction of what would become the first of 54 Tennessee State Parks.

Today, there is a state park within an hour's drive of just about anywhere in Tennessee. A 2009 University of Tennessee study highlights the positive economic impacts that state parks provide local communities, particularly in rural areas of the state. The study found that for every dollar spent on trips to Tennessee State Parks, an additional $1.11 of economic activity was generated throughout the state. When the direct and indirect expenditures were combined, the impact of Tennessee State Parks to the state's economy was $1.5 billion in total industry output, supporting more than 18,600 jobs.

"Our vision statement highlights the inherent value of our natural environment, along with the value of the many physical reminders of Tennessee's past," added Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill. "Tennessee's state parks have played such an important role in our history, and they play a critical role in our health and quality of life, which will benefit Tennesseans well into the future."

Tennessee's state parks deliver a rich fabric of natural landscapes, wild places, preserved ecologies, outdoor recreational opportunities and protected historic scenes and resources – together representing the heritage of Tennessee in the landscape.

Tennessee's 54 state parks and 82 state natural areas offer diverse natural, recreational and cultural experiences for individuals, families or business and professional groups. State park features range from pristine natural areas to 18-hole championship golf courses. For a free brochure about Tennessee State Parks, call toll free at 1-888-867-2757. For upcoming events in connection with the 75th Anniversary of Tennessee State Parks, please visit the state parks website at www.tnstateparks.com.

In commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of Tennessee State Parks, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation launched an innovative new microsite at www.tnstateparks75.com. Established in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, the microsite displays Tennessee State Parks' rich heritage and showcases the many outdoor adventures awaiting state park visitors through rich media and dynamic content.

Edgar Evins State Park is located on the shores of Center Hill Lake in the steep, hilly Eastern Highland Rim. The 6,000 acre park provides excellent recreational opportunities, including boating, swimming, fishing, hiking and picnicking. Accommodations range from campsites around the slopes of Center Hill Lake, to a lodging complex featuring a series of suites. For more information about Edgar Evins State Park, please visit www.tnstateparks.com/EdgarEvins or call (931) 858-2446.

Seven Sentenced Monday in Criminal Court

August 1, 2012
Dwayne Page
Judge David Patterson

Seven people appeared before Judge David Patterson for sentencing in DeKalb County Criminal Court Monday after entering pleas under negotiated settlements.

35 year old Lisa Porterfield pleaded guilty to sale of a schedule II controlled substance and received a three year sentence, all suspended to TDOC probation. The sentence is to run consecutive only to Warren County cases against her. She must make restitution of $350. Porterfield was given jail credit from February 3 until July 30.

23 year old Jeremy Shelton pleaded guilty to theft over $1,000 and violation of probation. He received a three year sentence in the theft case all suspended to supervised probation except for one year to serve. He is also to serve the balance of a three year sentence in the violation of probation case with credit for 466 days. The cases are to run concurrently with each other. Once he has served his time, Shelton will again be released to probation. Shelton was also given jail credit of 228 days.

25 year old Kenny Dyal, Jr. pleaded guilty to theft over $1,000 and received a two year sentence to serve. The case is to run concurrently with a sentence he is currently serving. Dyal was given jail credit of 86 days.

26 year old Antonio Wilford pleaded guilty to two counts of sale of a schedule II controlled substance (hydromorphone). He received six years in one case and three years in the other. The cases are to run concurrently with each other as one six year sentence and concurrently with all other cases and probation violations against him in Putnam County. Wilford is to serve at least 30% of the sentence. He must make restitution of $350 and pay a fine of $2,000. He was given jail credit of 177 days.

48 year old William Bogle pleaded guilty to hindering a secured creditor. He is facing a two year sentence, all suspended to probation. He is seeking judicial diversion probation. His probation is to be transferred to Putnam County.

45 year old Joe Anthony Young pleaded guilty to two counts of a first offense of driving under the influence. He received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days in each case to run concurrently with each other. He must pay a fine of $360 in each case, spend 48 hours in jail, and he will lose his license for one year. Young is to attend an alcohol safety education program and submit to an alcohol and drug assessment. He was given jail credit of 179 days.

43 year old Christopher Lee Campbell pleaded guilty by information to driving under the influence and simple possession and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days in each case all suspended except for 48 hours to serve at the Swaim Center in Smyrna. The sentences are to run concurrently. He was fined $360. Campbell must complete an alcohol and drug assessment and follow any recommended treatment. He will also lose his drivers license for one year or pursuant to the department of safety regulations.

Petition Drive Successful to get City Liquor Referendum on November Ballot

August 1, 2012
Dwayne Page
Should Liquor Stores Like This One Be Allowed in Smithville
City Voters to Decide Liquor Store Referendum

City voters will decide in November whether they want liquor stores in the City of Smithville

According to the DeKalb County Election Commission, Randy Paris has submitted more than the ninety valid signatures he needed on petitions to get the issue before city voters in the November 6th Tennessee General Election. The local option referendum seeks to "authorize retail package stores to sell alcoholic beverages in the City of Smithville"

The referendum will be decided only by registered voters in the city of Smithville and city property rights voters .

Paris, in a telephone interview with WJLE recently, said this is a way to boost the local economy and bring in more tax revenue.

The City of Smithville has a beer board that issues permits to eligible applicants for the sale of beer within the city limits. While the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission has the authority over the issuance of liquor licenses, the City of Smithville would still have a role to play. According to officials of the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission, if the referendum were to be approved by the voters, the City of Smithville would have to adopt Certificate of Compliance regulations. The city also has the authority to limit the number of liquor stores. For example, Gallatin's Municipal Code allows one liquor store for each 4,000 residents. Hendersonville currently allows one liquor store per 12,000 residents, one of the most restrictive in the state. State law prohibits governmental subdivisions from being unreasonably restrictive.

If the city approves an applicant's certificate of compliance to operate a retail liquor store, then the process moves to the Tennessee ABC Commission for a final decision.

The Tennessee ABC Commission requires applicants to meet the following conditions:

*Fill out an application form

*Fill out a questionaire: Owners, partners, officers, managers and/or any person who owns five percent (5%) or more in the corporation or the business, should complete these forms

*Certificate of Compliance: The Certificate of Compliance may be obtained from the local municipality Mayor's office. Please contact the local Mayor's office in the jurisdiction in which the store will be located for additional information.

*Certificate of Occupancy: The Certificate of Occupancy is issued by the local municipality's Codes Department. Please contact the local Codes Department in the jurisdiction in which the store will be located for additional information.

*Proof of Possession : A copy of the lease must be furnished to this office. Along with the lease, a copy of the Deed (registered with the Registrar of Deed's Office) must be furnished also. If the application is for a change of ownership, a copy of the Bill of Sale or Purchase Agreement must be provided.

*Charter from the State of Tennessee: (This document is required only if the applicant is a corporation, a limited liability company (LLC) or a formal partnership). A copy of the Tennessee charter must be furnished to this office and it may be obtained from the Tennessee Secretary of State's Office, 6th Floor, William Snodgrass Building, 7th Avenue North between Charlotte Avenue and Union Avenue, Nashville, Tennessee, telephone (615) 741-2286.

*List of Officers and or owners of corporations: A separate list of officers (with their titles) and owners with five percent (5%) or more of ownership, indicating amount of percentage of ownership, must be furnished with the application. Please use form AB-0099.

*Waiver of any right to an administrative hearing by applicant

*Tennessee Sales Tax Number

*Copy of Newspaper Notice and Sworn Statement Regarding the Publication: Prior to the Certificate of Compliance hearing date, a newspaper notice must be published in the local newspaper for three (3) consecutive issues. Further, an affidavit from the local newspaper should be provided verifying publication.

*An inspection will be conducted by a TABC agent after the application has been reviewed by the local TABC office.

*Financial Background Check of Applicant

*Credit Check from Banking/Lending Institution

*Employee Permits: All employees must obtain an employee permit card. See Retail Employee permit (blue card) information.

Watertown Woman Indicted for DUI and Vehicular Assault in Snow Hill Car Crash

July 31, 2012
Dwayne Page
2000 Chevy Malibu driven by Andrea Kelly Jones
2003 Ford Taurus driven by Bradley Reddick

A 36 year old Watertown woman has been indicted for drunk driving and vehicular assault as the result of a traffic accident over a year ago on Snow Hill.

The DeKalb County Grand Jury Monday indicted Andrea Kelly Jones, charging her with two counts of vehicular assault, a second offense of driving under the influence, and driving on a revoked license.

Jones was one of three people injured in that two car crash Friday night, July 1, 2011 on Highway 70 at Snow Hill.

Central Dispatch received the call at 11:00 p.m.

Trooper Jimmy Tisdale of the Tennessee Highway Patrol told WJLE that Jones was east on Highway 70 in a 2000 Chevy Malibu when she drove off the right shoulder of the road, overcorrected to the left and came across the highway into the westbound lane where she struck an oncoming 2003 Ford Taurus, driven by 22 year old Bradley Reddick of Flowery Branch, Georgia. Both Jones, Reddick, and a passenger of Reddick's car, 22 year old Jessica Ford of Knoxville were taken by DeKalb EMS to DeKalb Community Hospital.

Trooper Tisdale was assisted in the investigation by THP Lieutenant Randy Maynard and Trooper Mark Jones. The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department and the Main Station of the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department were also on the scene.

Jones was among forty nine people indicted Monday by the Grand Jury. Seven were named in sealed indictments.

Arraignment day is Monday, August 13th

The names of those in sealed indictments cannot be disclosed until they are arrested.

The others and their charges are as follows:

Victor Gingerich- domestic assault, assault, resisting arrest, aggravated assault, driving under the influence, possession of a schedule VI controlled substance, and possession of paraphernalia

Scott Sykes- aggravated burglary, vandalism under $500, evading arrest (2 charges), and resisting arrest

Earl Joseph Yost- driving under the influence (3rd offense)

Jeffrey Leigh Sloan- boating under the influence

Dustin Allen Hale and Britney Michelle Hale- aggravated assault (2 counts), leaving the scene of an accident, and filing a false report

Billy Ray Thomas- driving under the influence

Johnna Michelle Maynard- possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia, and theft under $500

Willie Murphy and Johnna Maynard- burglary and theft over $1,000

Desiree Murphy Snyder- prescription fraud and promotion of methamphetamine

James Frederick Summers- driving on a revoked license (4th offense) and theft under $500 (2 charges)

Steven White- driving under the influence (2nd offense)

William Graham- possession of a schedule II controlled substance over .5 grams for resale and possession of a schedule IV controlled substance for resale

James Edward Carroll- driving on a revoked license (4th offense) (5 charges)

Thomas Burton Ervin- theft over $500

Jerry Goff and Rhonda Goff- initiation of methamphetamine and possession of a weapon

Rhonda Goff- theft under $500 (2 charges)

Brent Tolbert, Sandra Culwell, and Rodney Gora- burglary and theft over $500

Davier Cabrera, Dainier Hernandez, and Lisyander Morales- burglary, theft over $1,000, vandalism over $1,000, and possession of burglary tools

Marv R. Cash- aggravated burglary, theft over $1,000, and vandalism over $500

Andrew West- aggravated burglary, theft over $500, and vandalism over $500

Robert Luna- theft under $500 and criminal trespassing (2 charges)

Kevin Richardson- theft over $1,000

Justin Thomas- aggravated burglary and theft over $1,000

Porsche Cantrell- introduction of contraband and criminal trespass

Brandon Lynn Tallent- criminal exposure to Hepatitis, disorderly conduct, and sale and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance

Stephen Grant Ashburn- domestic assault and violation of an order of protection

Cougar Pursley- driving under the influence

David Matthew Hill- driving on a revoked license

Joseph Michael Edge- assault and stalking

Donnie R. Gillman- aggravated assault

Joel Thomas Hayes- driving under the influence and possession of paraphernalia

Anthony Colwell- theft under $500 and driving on a suspended license (2nd offense)

Amanda Washer- possession of a schedule II controlled substance (2 charges) and theft under $500

Nathan Joe Trapp- theft over $1,000

Scotty D. Farmer- aggravated burglary

Jamaal League- burglary and public intoxication

Smithville Police Make Drug Arrest

July 31, 2012
Dwayne Page
David B. Cook

Smithville Police have arrested an Andrews Street man after he allegedly sold pills to an confidential source working for the department on two separate occasions earlier this month

60 year old David B. Cook is charged with sale and delivery of a schedule IV controlled substance and two counts of sale and delivery of a schedule II drug. His bond totals $13,801 and he will be in court on August 16.

Chief Randy Caplinger said that on Monday, July 16, Cook allegedly sold four pills believed to be klonopin to a confidential source working for the Smithville Police Department. The transaction was made from Cook's car. Police seized the vehicle, a 1983 Chevy Camaro.

One week later, on Monday, July 23, Cook allegedly sold four pills believed to be hydrocodone to a confidential source working for the Smithville Police Department. He sold these pills from his home.

Later that day, while executing a search warrant at Cook's home, Detectives Matt Holmes and Brandon Donnell and other officers found in Cook's front right pants pocket, ten pills believed to be hydrocodone wrapped in aluminum foil. Cook admitted toplacing the pills in the package for someone else.

31 year old John Williams is charged with aggravated assault. His bond is $5,000 and he will be in court on August 9.

Chief Caplinger said that on Saturday, July 21 officers were dispatched to a residence on South Mountain Street to a domestic violence call. Upon arrival, officers spoke with a woman who said she had been assaulted by her boyfriend, Williams. The woman said Williams had strangled her and pushed her up against a wall leaving red marks on her neck. He also allegedly twisted her arm behind her back, leaving bruises on her upper arm. Williams allegedly threatened to kill her, according to the woman. After the assault, she called police.

40 year old Wendy Driver Humphrey is cited for shoplifting. She will be in court on Thursday, August 2. Chief Caplinger said that on Sunday, July 22, Humphrey allegedly concealed items in her purse while she was shopping at the Dollar General Store. The stolen items were recovered.

30 year old Christina Johnson and Jason Knowles are cited for criminal trespassing. They will be in court on August 30. Chief Caplinger said that both Johnson and Knowles had been served with a notice by the Smithville Housing Authority to keep off the property there, but they allegedly violated that order and were cited for trespassing on Friday, July 27.

35 year old Crystal King is cited for possession of drug paraphernalia. She will be in court on August 9. Chief Caplinger said King was a passenger of a vehicle stopped by police on Tuesday, July 24. The driver gave consent to search the car. King told police that she had two used hypodermic needles in her purse. She produced the needles and handed them over to the officer

Three Cited for Criminal Littering

July 31, 2012
Dwayne Page
Hunter A. Close
Tabitha Marie Norsworthy
Amanda Brooke Washer
Kenny Wayne Bly
Kenny Lynn Arnold
Dustin Shay Wagner
Neil Bernard Keenan

The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department has cited three men in two separate cases of criminal littering after they were caught illegally dumping on the side of the road.

41 year old Rodney Wade Laulo of Cookeville was issued citations for aggravated criminal littering and violation of the financial responsibility law on Tuesday, July 24. He will be in court on August 1. Sheriff Patrick Ray said that a deputy was dispatched to Cookeville Boat Dock Road where a Putnam County deputy had found Laulo dumping a trailer load of construction trash. Laulo also could not provide proof of insurance.

Meanwhile, 36 year old Allen Matthew Mooney, Jr. of Dowelltown and 35 year old John Carter of Carthage are cited with criminal littering and they will be in court on August 2. Sheriff Ray said on Wednesday, July 25 Mooney and Carter were allegedly caught throwing tires into a ditch on Man Hill Road.

19 year old Hunter A. Close of Watertown is charged with domestic assault. His bond is $5,000 and he will be in court on August 2. Sheriff Ray said that Close allegedly assaulted a female family member on Sunday, July 22 at a residence on Lower Helton Road by pushing her into a chest of drawers and strangling her, leaving red marks on her neck. Close had been asked to leave the residence but did not until after he had assaulted the woman. Close also allegedly threatened to kill her. The case was investigated by a sheriff's deputy.

22 year old Tabitha Marie Norsworthy of Baxter is charged with theft of property under $500. Her bond is $2,500 and she will be in court on August 9. Sheriff Ray said that on Monday, July 23 Norsworthy allegedly took a debit card from a residence on Vickers Ridge Road to purchase a $50 phone card for herself. This transaction caused the victim's bank account to overdraft. The total loss was $55.41 and a $75 overdraft fee for a total of $132.41.The case was investigated by a sheriff's deputy.

24 year old Amanda Brooke Washer and 33 year old Kenny Wayne Bly of Smithville are charged with theft of property over $1,000. Bond for each is $5,000 and they will be in court on August 2. Sheriff Ray said that on Saturday, July 21 Washer and Bly allegedly stole a 2003 Ford Ranger pickup from a residence on Potts Camp Road. The case was investigated by a criminal detective from the sheriff's department.

32 year old Kenny Lynn Arnold of Johnson's Chapel Road, Sparta is charged with filing a false report and two counts of criminal impersonation. His bond is $5,800 and he will be in court on August 2. Sheriff Ray said that on June 20, a deputy was dispatched to Johnson's Chapel Road to investigate an attempted theft. Arnold told the officer that he had borrowed a tractor from his landlord and left it parked behind his house. When he returned, Arnold said the tractor had been stolen. The tractor was later found turned over at the bottom of a hill. It had not been stolen. When he filed the report concerning the tractor, Arnold identified himself as Kenny L. McClure. He also gave a bogus social security number. The officer later learned Arnold's true identity. Arnold said he used the fake name and social security number because he has warrants against him in Hamilton County. Meanwhile, on Thursday July 26 a criminal detective and a deputy from the sheriff's department went to serve a state warrant on Arnold at his residence. Upon arrival, the detective approached the front door while the deputy went around to the back of the home. After knocking on the back door, the deputy saw Arnold inside the house trying to hide in a closet. The detective entered the home and found Arnold in the closet. He asked Arnold to identify himself and Arnold replied "Randy". When asked a second time, Arnold said he was "Kenny L. McClure". When the detective asked a third time, Arnold gave his real name. Arnold was then placed under arrest. The case was investigated by a criminal detective of the sheriff's department.

25 year old Dustin Shay Wagner of McMinnville is charged with driving on a suspended license. His bond is $1,000 and he will be in court on August 9. Sheriff Ray said that on Thursday, July 26 a sheriff's department drug detective saw Wagner operating a motor vehicle on Highway 70 west. Having prior knowledge that Wagner's license were suspended, the drug detective stopped the vehicle and spoke to the driver, Wagner. A computer check revealed his license were suspended due to frequent traffic violations in May.

55 year old Neil Bernard Keenan of Dowelltown is charged with driving under the influence. His bond is $1,550 and he will be in court on August 23. Sheriff Ray said that on Sunday, July 29, a deputy saw a vehicle on Highway 70 west in Liberty traveling eastbound without its headlights on. The officer got behind the vehicle and saw it cross the yellow line. The deputy pulled over the automobile and approached on the driver's side. The officer talked to the driver, Keenan. He noticed a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming form the vehicle. The officer asked Keenan if he had been drinking. Keenan replied "yes". The deputy saw several empty beer cans in the vehicle along with one open beer can, and three not opened. Keenan submitted to but performed poorly on several field sobriety tasks. He also submitted to a blood alcohol test.

State Sales Tax Holiday Set for August 3-5

July 31, 2012
State Sales Tax Holiday Set for August 3-5

The Department of Revenue is reminding Tennesseans that the seventh annual Sales Tax Holiday is scheduled for Friday, August 3 through Sunday, August 5. During these three days Tennessee shoppers can save nearly 10 percent on tax-free clothing, school and art supplies and computer purchases.

"The annual Sales Tax Holiday was designed with Tennessee families in mind, providing savings for families, especially as students start the new school year,” Gov. Bill Haslam said.

The holiday begins Friday, August 3 at 12:01 a.m. and ends Sunday, August 5 at 11:59 p.m. During the designated three-day weekend, consumers will not pay state or local sales tax on clothing with a price of $100 or less per item, school and art supplies with a price of $100 or less per item, and computers with a price of $1,500 or less.

“As in years past, last year's tax-free weekend was very successful, providing Tennessee taxpayers nearly $9.6 million in tax savings” said Revenue Commissioner Richard H. Roberts. “We are hopeful that all Tennessee shoppers will take advantage of the tax relief provided by the 2012 Sales Tax Holiday.”

Please visit the Sales Tax Holiday Web site at www.tntaxholiday.com to learn more about the items exempt from sales tax. The Tennessee Department of Revenue also assists consumers via e-mail, Salestax.Holiday@TN.gov, and through its toll-free statewide telephone hot line, (800) 342-1003. Staff is available to answer questions Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time. (Out-of-state and Nashville-area callers, please dial (615) 253-0600.)

Examples of exempt items include:

Clothing: Shirts, dresses, pants, coats, gloves and mittens, hats and caps, hosiery, neckties, belts, sneakers, shoes, uniforms whether athletic or non-athletic and scarves

School Supplies: Binders, book bags, calculators, tape, chalk, crayons, erasers, folders, glue, pens, pencils, lunch boxes, notebooks, paper, rulers and scissors

Art Supplies: Clay and glazes; acrylic, tempera and oil paints; paintbrushes for artwork; sketch and drawing pads; and watercolors

Computers: Central processing unit (CPU), along with various other components including monitor, keyboard, mouse, cables to connect components and preloaded software (Note: While the CPU may be purchased separately, other items must be part of a bundled computer package in order to be eligible.) iPads and other tablet computers are eligible for tax exemption, while smart phones and video game consoles are not.

County Commission Authorizes Issuance of $3.4 Million Capital Outlay Note for School Projects

July 30, 2012
Dwayne Page
DeKalb West School

The DeKalb County Commission last Monday night adopted a resolution authorizing the issuance of a general obligation capital outlay note in an amount not to exceed $3.4 million for school system building/roofing projects.

The note will cover the $600,000 FEMA grant match to build eight tornado safe rooms at DeKalb West School, an $850,000 cafeteria and kitchen renovation project at DeKalb West School; a $1.1 million DeKalb Middle School roof project, a $700,000 DeKalb West School roof project; and an $85,000 Smithville Elementary School partial roof project. No property tax increase will be required.

The county will spend $600,000 in local funding to meet a 12.5% FEMA grant match for building the "safe rooms" at DeKalb West School. The purpose of the "safe rooms" is to relieve overcrowding and to shelter students, school staff, and the general public in times of severe weather. Under the grant program, the federal government pays 75% of the cost. The state pays 12.5% and the local share is 12.5%. Any further costs related to construction not covered by the FEMA grant, including furnishing classrooms, is to be funded locally.

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency has approved grant funds of more than $1.5 million for the safe room project at DeKalb West School, pending final approval by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The proposed 15,000 square foot addition will be constructed in the front of the school, including eight classrooms, restrooms, a new secure entrance, an office, clinic, conference room, guidance and teacher work area.

Although a new larger DWS cafeteria and kitchen does not qualify under the FEMA grant as school officials had hoped, the architects included in the design an expansion of the existing dining area to be funded locally and that project is covered in the capital outlay note.

David Brown of Kaatz, Binkley, Jones & Morris Architects of Mount Juliet updated the school board on the FEMA grant application during its regular monthly meeting earlier this month. " I've spoken with the state and there is one more (grant application) ahead of you guys at the moment and then you guys are next. I expect monies becoming available for our DeKalb West project, probably in August," he said.

Smithville to Receive Grant for Airport Grounds Maintenance Equipment

July 30, 2012
Dwayne Page

The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) has announced that federal and state aeronautics grants totaling $18.3 million have been approved for 20 Tennessee airports including one at the Smithville Municipal Airport

The local grant is in the amount of $12,426 for grounds maintenance equipment. The state will pay for $9,319 with the city to provide the local match of $3,107

The grants are made available through the Tennessee Department of Transportation's Aeronautics Division.

The Division administers federal and state funding to assist in the location, design, construction and maintenance of Tennessee's diverse public aviation system.

Except for routine expenditures, grant applications are reviewed by the Tennessee Aeronautics Commission (TAC), which is a five member board charged with policy planning and with regulating changes in the state Airport System Plan. The board carefully reviews all applications for grants to ensure that the proper state and local matching funds are in place and that the grants will be used for needed improvements.

The TDOT Aeronautics Division has the responsibility of inspecting and licensing the state's 126 heliports and 75 public/general aviation airports. The Division also provides aircraft and related services for state government and staffing for the Tennessee Aeronautics Commission.

DeKalb County Schools will re-open Thursday

July 30, 2012
Dwayne Page
Back to School

DeKalb County Schools will re-open Thursday.

Registration for all students will be Thursday, August 2. That will be an abbreviated school day from 7:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m.

The first day of school education celebration will be held on Friday, August 3 on the public square at 6:00 p.m.

Friday, August 3 will be an administrative day for teachers only

The first full day of school for all students will be Monday, August 6

A system wide professional development day will be Monday, July 30 at DCHS from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

All teachers will report to their individual schools on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 31 and August 1 from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Northside students in 2nd and 3rd grades are asked to attend the annual "Meet Your Teacher Night" on Monday, July 30 at 6:00 p.m. in the Northside Gym. Students will have a time to meet and talk with their teacher for the upcoming school year, visit their classroom and tour the school. Parents may fill out their paperwork at this time and students will not have to return to school until the first full day on Monday, August 6th. 4th and 5th grade students will register on Thursday, August 2nd from 7:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. Please plan to spend enough time at school on that day to complete all paperwork.

Randy Jennings, Principal at DeKalb Middle School, said sixth grade orientation will be July 31. "Our sixth grade orientation at the middle school is July 31, which is on Tuesday night. We will be doing a call home to the students to let them know which students are to come at what time. We have two different groups who come. Seventh and eighth graders will register on August 2," he said.

DCHS will have 9th grade registration and Open House on Monday, July 30 from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Activities will be held for students. Parents will need to be there at 6:00 p.m. to complete registration paperwork. They will be finished by 7:00 p.m. Students who attend on July 30 will be given their schedules. They will not be required to attend school on Thursday, August 2. They will start on the first full day Monday, August 6. If you have questions, call 597-2247 or email spainter1@k12tn.net.


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