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Campaign to Educate Public about Photo ID Requirement for Voting

July 28, 2011

The Tennessee Department of State has launched a campaign to educate citizens about the new photo identification requirement that will go into effect for elections held in the state after Jan. 1, 2012.

After that date, people who wish to vote will be required to show photo identification when they arrive at the polls. Accepted forms of identification include any photo ID issued by the State of Tennessee -
including drivers' licenses - and photo IDs issued by other states or the federal government, including U.S. passports, government employee identification cards and military ID cards.

The law, a safeguard against voter fraud, allows people who forget to bring photo IDs to the polls to cast provisional ballots and provide their county election officials with proof of identity within two business days after an election. People who vote absentee are not required to show photo IDs. And people who have religious objections to being photographed may sign oaths acknowledging their identities.

People who can't afford other forms of photo identification may get a state-issued ID, free of charge, at drivers' license offices around the state.

"I believe this new requirement is a common sense step that will increase public confidence in our elections," Secretary of State Tre Hargett said. "Requiring photo IDs will decrease the chances that an eligible voter can
be impersonated by someone else at the polls. As a voter, I want to know that my ballot counts just the same - no more, no less - as any other eligible voter. Photo IDs help ensure people aren't casting more than one
ballot - and that those who are ineligible to vote don't cast ballots at all. For those reasons, photo IDs are one more tool we can use to help combat voter fraud."

The Tennessee General Assembly approved the photo ID requirement during this year's legislative session. Sen. Bill Ketron and Rep. Debra Maggart were the prime sponsors of the legislation.

The Department of State includes the Division of Elections, which will be spearheading the outreach effort to citizens. As part of that effort, the Division of Elections has provided local election officials with information about the new requirement that will be distributed to people casting ballots in municipal elections being held around Tennessee this
year. Also, information about the new law will be posted on the Department of State's web site.

Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins said those are only two of the many ways the department will be using to get its message out to the public.

"It is very important to us that people understand this new requirement so they are not surprised when they get to the polls next year," Coordinator Goins said. "I am encouraging election officials and other leaders in Tennessee's 95 counties to help us spread the word about photo IDs. I invite civic groups and other organizations to contact our office for information that they can distribute to their members - and to invite their county administrator of elections to come to a meeting to explain how the new law will work."

Secretary Hargett and Coordinator Goins also plan to make the new law a recurring theme during their public speaking appearances around the state.

"I strongly believe that citizens of our state are comfortable with the idea of showing photo IDs in order to vote - just as they must do to board a plane, cash a check or perform any number of routine activities," Secretary Hargett said. "A poll conducted last month by Rasmussen Reports indicated that 75 percent of people across the country support the photo
ID requirement - with only 18 percent against it. Other polls have shown even stronger support for photo IDs, so we feel people clearly understand the benefit of making this change in order to help protect the integrity of our elections."

To view answers to some frequently asked questions about the new law, go
to http://www.tn.gov/sos/election/IDRequirement.20120101.pdf

Alexandria Aldermen Adopt Budget Ordinance on First Reading

July 27, 2011
Dwayne Page

The Alexandria Aldermen adopted the city's new budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year on first reading Tuesday night.

Second and final reading passage will be scheduled following a public hearing at the next meeting on Tuesday, August 23 at 7:00 p.m. at city hall.

The city's property tax rate is established at .7896 cents per $100 of assessed value.

The budget includes higher water and sewer rates. A separate ordinance adopting the new rates was approved by the aldermen following a public hearing, prior to action on the budget ordinance.

Under the plan, the minimum bill for Alexandria water and sewer customers will increase by a total of ten dollars per month, going from $29.50 to $39.50.

The rate for Alexandria water customers will increase from $14.75 to $19.75 for a minimum bill up to 2,000 gallons. Customers will pay an extra 70 cents per additional 100 gallons of usage. The minimum sewer bill up to 2,000 gallons will also increase by $5.00, going from $14.75 to $19.75.

Water customers outside the corporate limits will see their rates jump from $21.30 to $28.52 per month for a minimum bill of up to 2,000 gallons. Customers will pay an extra 70 cents per additional 100 gallons of usage per month.

The City of Alexandria purchases its water supply from the Smith County Utility District.
City officials have said one of the reasons for the rate increase is due to higher costs being passed on to Alexandria from the Smith County Utility District. However during the public hearing, concerned resident and former Alexandria Mayor Danny Parkerson questioned why the rate of increase to city subscribers was much more than the increase to the city from the Smith County Utility District.

Aldermen explained that the city water and sewer fund has been running in the red for the last two or three years because there hasn't been a rate increase for sometime, and that the state is now forcing the city's hand. Aldermen said if the city does not get the water and sewer fund back in the black to make it self supporting soon, then the state could set rates for the city, which could be much higher than the rate increases in this plan.

Parkerson also suggested that some action be taken by the city to lessen the burden of this rate increase on the town's elderly who are on fixed incomes. Aldermen said later they may address that suggestion at another meeting in the near future.

The Alexandria budget projects General Fund Revenues at $323,404 including $80,546 from current property taxes; $11,000 from delinquent property taxes; and $24,000 from the beer tax along with intergovernmental taxes of $60,000; licenses and permits $500; fines $72,000; Utility in lieu of tax $9,358; other revenue $1,000; and remaining revenue $65,000

General Fund expenditures are budgeted at $316, 404 as follows:
Administrative salaries: $32,032
Audit: $4,000
Election expense: $2,000
Insurance & security bond: $12,000
Legal: $20,000
Office supplies: $5,000
Park & recreation: $600
OASI: $4,000
Equipment & supplies: $5,000
Building maintenance: $7,000
Parade/Halloween: $1,000
Senior citizens civic center: $5,000
Unemployment taxes: $6,000
Utilities & telephone $4,000

Police Department
Salaries: $85,860
911: $21,660
Gas & Oil: $15,000
Office supplies: $3,000
Repairs: $3,000
Materials & supplies: $500
Vehicle maintenance: $8,000
Equipment & supplies: $7,000
Total: $133,242

Fire Department:
Grant match: $5,000
Gas & Oil: $1,000
Total: $6,000
Total General Fund Expenditures: $316,404

Industrial Development Fund
Revenue: $20,632
Marketing: $2,000
Equipment: $3,000
Other expenses: $15,632
Total: $20,632

Regions-Seay Church
Revenue: $3,340
Expenditures: $3,340

State Aid Fund Budget:
State Gasoline & Fuel Tax: $42,000
Automobile expense & gas: $3,000
Materials & supplies: $3,000
Payroll expenses: $300
Equipment repair: $1,000
Purchase of equipment: $4,000
Utilities: $10,000
Total: $22,300

Water and sewer fund operating revenues are projected at $577,632. Total operating expenses are budgeted at $532,551

Water/Sewer Fund Operating Revenues
Water: $427,020
Sewer: $139,517
Penalties: $4,500
Other Income: $6,600
Total: $577,632

Operating Expenses
Office Supplies: $5,500
Water Supplies: $19,000
Water Samples: $480
USDA Bonds: $26,000
Audit: $2,450
Annual dues: $2,000
Utilities (Gas, Electric, Phone): $47,000
Water Purchased: $234,243
Salaries: $32,656
Advertising: $300
Bad debts (returned checks): $1,500
Sewer supplies: $11,000
Sewer samples: $11,000
Insurance: $12,000
Professional services (Accountant, Attorney): $12,000
Postage (General, Bills): $4,000
Contracted services: $83,422
Contracted labor: $25,000
Miscellaneous: $3,000
Total: $532,551

City of Alexandria to Consider Banning Handguns at the DeKalb County Fair

July 26, 2011
Dwayne Page

Although he is a strong believer in the lawful rights of gun owners, an incident at the DeKalb County Fair last week convinced Alexandria Police Chief Mark Collins that handguns should be banned during the fair.

During Tuesday night's city council meeting, Chief Collins asked that the Alexandria aldermen adopt an ordinance making possession of handguns illegal at the DeKalb County Fair. Although the fairgrounds are leased and operated by the DeKalb County Fair Association, the property belongs to the City of Alexandria.

The cause for concern arose last Monday night when a patron at the fair reported losing his handgun from the holster he was wearing while on one of the carnival rides. Chief Collins said some of the rides were shut down for a short period of time as members of the Alexandria Police Department, the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department, carnival workers, and fair association volunteers searched for the weapon.

Chief Collins said he was fearful that the gun might have been picked up by a teenager or a small child.

It turns out that the man had not even brought the gun to the fair in the first place. During the search at the fairgrounds, Chief Collins asked the man to return home just to make sure he had not left the gun there. While conducting a search at home, the man found his gun.

The aldermen plan to honor Chief Collins' request but have deferred action until the next meeting in August when an ordinance can be prepared and presented by City Attorney Vester Parsley, Jr. The ordinance may also ban handguns at other events on city properties.

Ring Gets Judicial Diversion in Child Abuse Case

July 26, 2011
Dwayne Page
Kenneth Brian Ring
Donald Perry, Jr.
Andre Wakefield
Samuel W. Walker
Sharon Groshon Malone

A 26 year old Smithville man, named in an April grand jury sealed indictment charged with child abuse of a youngster under age six, has been granted judicial diversion.

Kenneth Brian Ring appeared before Judge Leon Burns, Jr. Monday in DeKalb County Criminal Court. Judge Burns granted Ring's petition for judicial diversion for a period of two years, all suspended to probation. Under terms of the judicial diversion, Ring must report to the Tennessee Department of Corrections Board of Probation and Parole and obey all requirements of this board; complete fifty hours of community service; complete and alcohol and drug assessment and follow any recommended treatment; and he must compete the SAV program GED classes, and Mediation.

The indictment against Ring alleged that "On or about December 18th, 2010 Ring intentionally and knowingly did, other than by accidental means, treat a fifteen month old child, in such a manner as to inflict injury, constituting the offense of child abuse."

The case was presented to the April term of the grand jury by Detective Matt Holmes of the Smithville Police Department.

Judicial diversion is a type of probation. Under terms of judicial diversion, defendants agree that they are going to be convicted of the crimes for which they are on probation. Should the defendants not complete the probation, they in effect have a conviction hanging over their heads while they are on probation, and if the defendants fail at probation, then it becomes a conviction, and the judge can have a sentencing hearing and sentence the defendants to jail. Should the defendants complete the probation they are eligible to have their entire record cleared of the charges.

39 year old Donald Perry, Jr pleaded guilty to sale of a schedule II controlled substance and received a six year sentence in community corrections, a type of probation. He was given jail credit of 110 days and fined $2,000.

37 year old Andre Wakefield, charged with sale of a schedule II controlled substance, pleaded guilty and received a six year sentence, all suspended but ninety days to serve with the remainder on state probation. He was fined $2,000.

33 year old Samuel W. Walker pleaded guilty by information to one count of burglary, one count of theft under $500, and one count of theft over $1,000. Walker received a four year sentence in two of the cases and 11 months and 29 days in the other. All three sentences are to run concurrently and all suspended to time served since April 13. He must also make restitution of $2,000.

According to Sheriff Patrick Ray, Walker was arrested on Wednesday, April 13th charged with taking four shotguns from a residence on Maple Lane without the owners consent on January 1st. The stolen guns were then sold.

Meanwhile in a separate case, Walker is alleged to have committed an aggravated burglary of a residence on Cripps Lane with the intent to commit a theft on August 29th. Entry was made through a back door. He allegedly took four shotguns and several other items from the home with a total value of $5, 575

37 year old Sharon Groshon Malone pleaded guilty to three counts of delivery of a schedule II controlled substance. She received a three year sentence in each case all to run concurrently with each other. She is to serve a total of 110 days with the balance on probation. She was also fined $2,000 and must undergo an alcohol and drug assessment. The sentence is also to run concurrently with a violation of probation in General Sessions Court. Malone was given jail credit since April 6.

Escapee Apprehended Without Incident

July 25, 2011
Dwayne Page
Shannon Lee Anderson
Kayla Rena Sanders
Paul Allen Willingham
Joshua Lynn Mullican
Robert Justin Luna
Mark Alan Goodson
Dickie Ray Bain

A DeKalb County prisoner, in jail on theft charges, briefly escaped from custody Sunday night after being taken to the hospital to be treated for chest pains.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that 26 year old Shannon Lee Anderson of West Main Street, Auburntown was apprehended shortly after his escape at the home of his girlfriend on Foster Road in Smithville.

Both Anderson and his girlfriend 22 year old Kayla Rena Sanders are each charged by the sheriff's department with two counts of theft of property under $500. Anderson was further charged with felony escape. Bond for Anderson is $15,000 and Sanders' bond is $5,000. They will be in court on August 4.

Sheriff Ray reports that on July 4 Anderson and Sanders allegedly went to homes on Echols Heights in Liberty and at South Mill Street in Dowelltown where they allegedly took a 30/30 rifle from each residence, valued at less than $500. Both Anderson and Sanders were arrested late Saturday night, early Sunday morning.

After being taken to the emergency room of DeKalb Community Hospital for treatment of chest pains Sunday night, Anderson briefly escaped from custody. According to Sheriff Ray, while being discharged to be returned to the jail, Anderson told the correctional officer in charge of him that he couldn't come back to jail and he ran out the door of the hospital. Anderson was apprehended a short time later at Sanders' residence on Foster Road.

In addition to the charges by the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department, Anderson has also been charged in a separate case by the Alexandria Police Department.

Alexandria Police Chief Mark Collins reports that on Saturday, July 23 , Sergeant Chris Russell arrested Anderson on one count of aggravated burglary and one count of theft over $1000. The arrest was the result of a joint investigation between the Alexandria Police Department and the Dekalb County Sheriffs Department into several burglaries in Alexandria and in the county. Chief Collins said that on or about July 21, Anderson allegedly entered a home on Curtis Avenue in Alexandria and allegedly stole four guns. Anderson then sold the guns to someone in Wilson County. Most of the guns have been recovered . Anderson's Bond in the Alexandria case is $10,000 and he will be in court August 4.

In other recent crime news, 31 year old Paul Allen Willingham of East Webb Street is charged with aggravated burglary and theft of property over $1,000. Bond for Willingham is $10,000 and he will be in court on August 12

Sheriff Ray reports that on August 29, 2010 Willingham and a co-defendant, Samuel Walker, drove to a residence on Cripps Lane. While Walker allegedly broke into the home, Willingham allegedly stood watch. Taken from the home were four shotguns and several other items all valued at more than $1,000. Willingham is accused of sharing in the proceeds of the theft with Walker. Willingham was arrested on these charges on July 18th.

26 year old Joshua Lynn Mullican of Keltonburg Road, Smithville is charged with violating an order of the drug court, evading arrest, and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond totals $5,000 and he will be in court on July 28th. He is being held without bond on the drug court violation.

Sheriff Ray reports that on July 18, deputies went to a residence on Tommy Harrell Street to serve a warrant on Mullican for a violation of a drug court order. After the officers arrived, Mullican fled on foot to Snow Street, where he was apprehended. Upon doing a pat down search of Mullican, deputies found a hypodermic needle on him.

40 year old Vickie Lenae Alvis of Sparta Highway, Smithville is charged with public intoxication. Her bond is $1,500 and she will be in court on August 4.

Sheriff Ray reports that on July 20, the Sheriff's Department received a call that someone was lying beside the roadway on Highway 70. The woman, Alvis, had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on her person and she was very unsteady on her feet. She was arrested for safety reasons.

26 year old Robert Justin Luna of Joe Turner Road, Smithville is charged with initiation of a process to manufacture methamphetamine. Luna's bond is $50,000 and he will be in court on August 4.

Sheriff Ray reports that his department has received several complaints recently of suspected drug activity by trespassers at a vacant home on Barnes Mill Road. Faced with this information, the owner of the property gave the sheriff's department consent to search the premises. On July 20 while conducting a check of the residence, deputies noticed a vehicle parked on the side of the road near the home, belonging to Luna. Upon arrival, officers saw in plain view some rubber tubing in the automobile. Other items were also found on the property. According to Sheriff Ray, two other females were there with Luna and they told officers that Luna had been manufacturing meth beside the creek. He said evidence was found to support their claims.

45 year old Mark Alan Goodson of Midway Road, Smithville and 42 year old Dickie Ray Bain of Nicky Lane Smithville are each charged with two counts of theft of property under $500. Bond for each is $5,000 and they will be in court on August 4.

Sheriff Ray reports that on July 20, Goodson and Bain went to a business on Highway 70 east and allegedly stole a metal beam, valued at under $500. The next day, July 21 they went back to the business and allegedly stole two more metal beams, also valued at less than $500. The beams were sold at a local recycling center. They were arrested on July 21.

31 year old Gilberto Alonzo Domingez of Circle Drive, Dowelltown is charged with driving on a suspended license. His bond is $2,500 and he will be in court on August 10. He is being held without bond for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) because he is an illegal immigrant.

Sheriff Ray reports that on July 22 a deputy spotted a vehicle run a stop sign on West Main Street, Dowelltown. The officer pulled over the vehicle. A computer check of Domingez' drivers license found them to be suspended for failure to satisfy a citation in DeKalb and Wilson County.

40 year old Jerry Lynn Barrett of West Main Street, Lebanon is charged with driving on a suspended license. His bond is $1,500 and he will be in court August 4.

According to Sheriff Ray, Barrett was operating a motor vehicle on Highway 70 when he was stopped for violation of the light law on July 22. A computer check revealed that Barrett's license were suspended for failure to satisfy a citation earlier this year in Wilson County.

62 year old Curtis Charles Jones of Oak Drive, Smithville is charged with allowing animals to run at large. His bond is $1,000 and he will be in court on August 4.

Sheriff Ray reports that on July 24 the sheriff's department received a call about a horse running at large on Lakeview Drive. Deputies responded and saw a horse in the road. The complainant said the horse belonged to Jones. According to Sheriff Ray, other officers have talked to Mr. Jones on previous occasions about his horse being out and have advised him that he needs to keep the horse put up. Jones was charged because the horse was creating a road hazard.

Back to School

July 23, 2011
Dwayne Page
Students go back to school August 1st

The summer vacation for DeKalb County students is almost over.

Registration for all students, not previously registered, will be Monday, August 1st. That will be an abbreviated school day from 7:45 a.m. until 9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, August 2nd will be an administrative day

The first full day of school for all students will be Wednesday, August 3rd.

A system wide professional development day will be Monday, July 25th at DCHS and all teachers from all schools must attend from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

All teachers will report to DCHS for a system wide professional development on Tuesday, July 26th . All teachers will report to their individual schools on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday July 27th, 28th, & 29th from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. each day.

Second and Third Grade "Meet Your Teacher Night and Open House will be held at Northside Elementary School on Monday, July 25 at 6:00 p.m. at the gymnasium. Parents, please take advantage of this opportunity to come by and visit the school and meet with your child's homeroom teacher for next year. Students who attend will not have to return to school until the first full day of school on Wednesday, August 3.

DeKalb Middle School will have 6th Grade Orientation on Tuesday, July 26. If your child's last name begins with letters A to K, please be present at 6 pm and letters L to Z will be at 7 pm. This will be an informational meeting, and students will register and have an opportunity to meet their teachers and tour the building

The 9th grade Registration and Open House will be Thursday, July 28 at DCHS starting at 4:00 p.m. featuring activities for the students. Parents will need to be there at 6:00 p.m. They will be finished at 7:00 p.m. Students who attend on this date will be given their schedules. They will not be required to come to school on Monday, August 1. They will start on the first full day Wednesday, August 3.. If you have any questions, please call Ms. Painter at 597-2247 or e-mail at spainter1@k12tn.net

Meanwhile. the Sixth Annual First Day of School Education Celebration for DeKalb County will be held on Monday, August 1st from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. downtown around the courthouse square.

Elizabeth Koegler is the 2011 DeKalb Idol Winner

July 23, 2011
Dwayne Page
DeKalb Idol Winner Elizabeth Koegler (left), Ashlee Whitehead (Peoples Choice)
Shan Burklow and DeKalb Idol Winners

Elizabeth Koegler of Smithville was the winner of the DeKalb Idol competition held Friday night at the DeKalb County Fair in Alexandria.

Six contestants competed for the title and Koegler was among the top three called back after the first two rounds.

Ashlee Whitehead of Smithville received second place as well as the Peoples Choice Award and $100. Olivia Wright of Smithville received third place.

As the winner of DeKalb Idol, Koegler received a $300 cash prize.

Shan Burklow hosted the program which also featured a panel patterned after American Idol judges.

DeKalb Idol is sponsored by DTC Communications.

(Top Photo: DeKalb Idol Winner Elizabeth Koegler (left), 1st runner-up and Peoples Choice Winner Ashlee Whitehead (right)

(Bottom Photo: left to right, DeKalb Idol Emcee Shan Burklow, 2nd Runner-up Olivia Wright, DeKalb Idol Winner Elizabeth Koegler, and 1st runner-up and Peoples Choice Winner Ashlee Whitehead)

Proud Parents Show Off Their Toddlers at the DeKalb County Fair

July 22, 2011
Dwayne Page
Toddler Show Twins : 34 month old Jesse and Thomas Foutch
Girls (13 to 18 months)1st: Anali Garcia (left), 2nd: Emma Brooke Taylor (right)
Boys (13 to 18 months) 1st: Landon Franklin (left), 2nd: Christian Lance Martin
Girls(19-24 months) 1st: Lillie Grace Anderson(left), 2nd: Kenzi Foutch (right)
Boys (19-24 mo) 1st: Abram James Koegler (left), 2nd: Matthew Thomas Blankenship
Girls(25-30 months) 1st: Makenlee Grace Gard (left), 2nd: Lillie Grace Young
Girls( 31-36 months) 1st: Evey Lynn Burchett (left), 2nd: Danica Hope Collier
Boys(31-36 months) 1st: Jacob Stewart (left), 2nd: John Summers (right)
(37-47 mo) 1st: Isabella Faith Rackley (left), 2nd: Autumn Belle Grace Redmon
Boys (37-47 months)  1st place: Jaxson Parker, (no other entries)

Winners of the annual Toddler Show were announced Friday evening at the DeKalb County Fair.

This year's recipients are as follows:

Twins (13 to 47 months)
Winners: Jesse and Thomas Foutch, the 34 month old sons of Michael and Nicki Foutch of Liberty

There were no other entries in this category

Girls (13 to 18 months)
Winner: Anali Garcia, the 17 month old daughter of Cardelly and Hector Garcia of Smithville
Runner-up: Emma Brooke Taylor, the 13 month old daughter of Britta Strayn and Chad Taylor of Smithville.

Other participants in this category were:
Katelyn Brown, the 14 month old daughter of Robert and Sarah Brown of Smithville
Khloe Parsley, the 18 month old daughter of Shawna Parsley of Smithville
Graciella Marie Johnson, the 13 month old daughter of David and Patricia Johnson of Dowelltown
Karah Jo Ford, the 15 month old daughter of Amanda Ford of Smithville
Savannah Faith Stibil, the 14 month old daughter of John and Glenda Stibil of Smithville
Madison Grace Bogle, the 17 month old daughter of Travis Bogle and Holly Owen of Smithville
Alexia Mae Whitefield, the 16 month old daughter of Jason and Savannah Whitefield of Smithville
Haiden Lei Boehm, the 15 month old daughter of Melissa Boehm and Chip Robinson of Smithville
McKenzie Mullican, the 17 month old daughter of Christy Mullican of Smithville
J.J. Wiggins, the 17 month old daughter of Eddie and Beth Davis of Brush Creek
Lillie Grace Close, the 14 month old daughter of Daryl and Angela Close of Smithville
Destiny Faith Murphy, the 14 month old daughter of Kenneth and Stephanie Murphy of Smithville
Jaiden Rose Tramel, the 15 month old daughter of Sebrena and Travis Tramel of Alexandria.
Olivia Buehler, the 17 month old daughter of Joseph and Kristal Buehler of Smithville

Boys (13 to 18 months)
Winner: Landon Franklin, the 16 month old son of Heather Owens and Anthony Franklin of DeKalb County
Runner-up: Christian Lance Martin, the 17 month old son of Shane and Susan Martin of Alexandria

There were no other entries in this category

Girls (19 to 24 months)
Winner: Lillie Grace Anderson, the 23 month old daughter of Caitlyn Anderson of Smithville and the late PFC Billy Anderson
Runner-up: Kenzi Foutch, the 20 month old daughter of Ashley Foutch and Justin Maggart of Smithville.
Other participants in this category were:
Tatum Harper Reynolds, the 22 month old daughter of David and Danielle Reynolds of Alexandria
Jessa Nevaeh Sanders, the 21 month old daughter of James and Misti Sanders of Smithville
Carla Alizabeth Ferrell, the 23 month old daughter of Charles and Meghan Ferrell of Liberty
Addison Leann Lattimore, the 21 month old daughter of Tony and Lindsey Lattimore of Alexandria
Nevaeh Elizabeth Brown, the 24 month old daughter of Elizabeth Rose Smith of Smithville

Boys (19 to 24 months)
Winner: Abram James Koegler, the 24 month old son of Brian and Leticia Koegler of Smithville
Runner-up: Matthew Thomas Blankenship, the 22 month old son of Jon and Samantha Blankenship of Alexandria

Other participants in this category were:
Jaxsen Theryn Speaks, the 21 month of son of Justin and Donna Speaks of Smithville
Aiden Jay Lawson, the 22 month old son of Holly Michelle Lawson of Liberty
Ivan Curtis Hutchins, the 24 month old son of Autumn Hutchins and Thomas Vaughn of Smithville

Girls (25 to 30 months)
Winner: Makenlee Grace Gard, the 25 month old daughter of Nathan and Brittney Gard of Dowelltown.
Runner-up: Lillie Grace Young, the 26 month old daughter of Michael and Crystal Young of Smithville.

Other participants in this category were:
Gracelynn McKeown, the 27 month old daughter of Kelly McKeown of Smithville
Jaycee Kaylin Daley, the 27 month old daughter of Megan Linder and Jaykub Daley of DeKalb County
DeShea LeeAnn Carter, the 26 month old daughter of Cynthia Diane Carter of Smithville

Boys (25 to 30 months)
No entries

Girls (31 to 36 months)
Winner: Evey Lynn Burchett, the 35 month old daughter of Brandon and Rachel Burchett of Baxter
Runner-up: Danica Hope Collier, the 36 month old daughter of Britany and Matthew Collier of Smithville

The other participant in this category:
Leah Elizabeth Trapp, the 33 month old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy Trapp of Smithville

Boys (31 to 36 months)
Winner: Jacob Stewart, the 34 month old son of D.J. and Megan Stewart of Smithville
Runner-up: John Summers, the 33 month old son of Robin and Leighann Summers of Smithville.

There were no other participants in this category.

Girls (37 to 47 months)
Winner: Isabella Faith Rackley, the 42 month old daughter of Jessica and Gordon Rackley of Smithville
Runner-up: Autumn Belle Grace Redmon, the 47 month old daughter of Joseph and Brittney Redmon of Dowelltown.

Other participants in this category were:
Cadence Morgan Reynolds, the 47 month old daughter of David and Danielle Reynolds of Alexandria
McKenna Reece Miller, the 39 month old daughter of Christen Hale and David Miller of Dowelltown
Jayde Renee Lester, the 44 month old daughter of Aaron and Karen Lester of Smithville
Bailey Elizabeth Kidd, the 41 month old daughter of Brandon Kidd and Kelli Bess of Smithville
Madison Rae Anderson, the 46 month old daughter of Brittany Haley and Shelby Anderson of Alexandria
Ava Faith Pack, the 39 month old daughter of Andy and Jessica Pack of DeKalb County
Kennedi Clark, the 46 month old daughter of Jason and Dana Clark of Cannon County
Cali Beth Agee, the 44 month old daughter of Kevin and Jennifer Agee of Smithville
Addison Haven Wix, the 44 month old daughter of Garry and Stephanie Wix of Carthage
Ashlyn Naylor, the 44 month old daughter of Lloyd and Mandy Naylor of Smith County
Averie Nicole McMinn, the 41 month old daughter of Amanda and Nathan McMinn of Dowelltown
Jayme Linn Hayes, the 45 month old daughter of James and Amy Hayes of Smithville
Carleigh Isabella Beckham, the 41 month old daughter of Nikki Beckham and Bryan Brannon of Smithville
Jolene Eve Stover, the 42 month old daughter of Jason and Erica Stover of Lancaster.

Boys (37-47 months)
Winner: Jaxson Parker, the 42 month old son of Richard and Tonya Parker of Smithville.
There were no other entries in this category

State to Conduct Study on Short Mountain Crayfish in Cannon and DeKalb counties

July 22, 2011

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Natural Heritage Program, in partnership with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, is conducting a field study to determine the geographical extent of the Short Mountain crayfish (Cambarus clivosus) in Cannon and DeKalb counties.

This new species, first recognized in 2006, has been found in headwater streams in both the East Fork Stones River and Caney Fork River watersheds, extending generally from Woodbury to Smithville. Its preferred habitat includes chert- and shale-dominated headwater streams, springs and seeps, often perched high in coves and hollows. It can, however, extend to valley floors if enough cold spring water is available. The Short Mountain crayfish makes small burrows in chert and cobble, both in streams and immediately adjacent to streams where the substrate stays wet.

This species is recognized easily by its body coloration that varies from olive drab to burnt orange as seen from above, and by the cream and orange coloration of its pincers as seen from below. It possesses a single row of generally six to eight tubercles on top of the "palm" of the pincer. Photos of the Short Mountain crayfish are attached.

If you believe you have suitable habitat, or have seen this crayfish, TDEC’s Natural Heritage Program would appreciate hearing from you and would welcome the opportunity to conduct a brief examination of your site. Headwater areas north and northwest, and south and southwest of the Woodbury town center are of particular interest, but all site information is welcome.

For more information or to discuss potential field examinations, please contact Natural Heritage zoologist David Withers at 615-532-0441 or david.withers@tn.gov.

TDEC and TWRA would like to express appreciation to the numerous landowners who already have allowed access to their properties for this survey. Both agencies are deeply grateful for their cooperation.

Baby Show Winners Awarded at DeKalb County Fair

July 21, 2011
Dwayne Page
(Girls to 3 months)  1st: Madyson Laine Hale (left) 2nd :Mia Nicole Hall (right)
Boys to 3 mon-1st Jordan Damarion Byford (left) ,Remington Slade Harding Bennett
(Girls 4-6 months) 1st :Chloe Mae Miller (left),  2nd: Caroline Neal (right)
Boys 4-6 months: 1st-Adonis Landon Jax Earls (left), 2nd: Collin Bilbrey (right)
(Girls 7-9 months) 1st: Emily Johnson (left), 2nd: Lyllie Lee Maples (right)
Boys 7-9 months:1st Eli Brendan Puckett (left), 2nd: Bryson Wade Johnson (right)
Girls 10-12 mon: 1st: Lakelyn Brooke Nelson (left), 2nd: Ella Grace Kirksey (r)
Boys 10-12 mon: 1st: James Wayne Redmon (left),  2nd: Kylynn Dowell (right)
Fair President Judy Sandlin presents check to Clayton Moore for $1,000 Thursday

Babies from one day to twelve months old were the center of attention during the annual Baby Show held Thursday evening at the DeKalb County Fair.

The winners are as follows:

Girls (1 day to 3 months)
Winner: Madyson Laine Hale, three month old daughter of Cory and Ashley Hale of Alexandria.
Runner-up: Mia Nicole Hall, three month old daughter of Bradley and Lacy Hall of Alexandria

Other participants in this category: Caitlyn Lee Adcock, three month old daughter of Tia and Jessie Adcock of Liberty; and Alivia Lynn Lattimore, 29 day old daughter of Tony and Lindsey Lattimore of Alexandria

Boys (1 day to 3 months)
Winner: Jordan Damarion Byford, three week old son of Melissa Byford and Justin Watkins of Alexandria
Runner-up: Remington Slade Harding Bennett, one month old son of Lance and Emmaly Bennett of Dowelltown

Girls (4-6 months)
Winner: Chloe Mae Miller, six month old daughter of Shane and Dana Miller of Smithville
Runner-up: Caroline Neal, four month old daughter of Travis Neal and Olivia Miller of Smithville

Other participants in this category: Cora Marie Cox, four month old daughter of Brandon and Whitney Cox of Smithville; and Triniti Alexa Stone, four month old daughter of Lawrence Stone and Patty Williams of Smithville.

Boys (4-6 months)
Winner:Adonis Landon Jax Earls, six month old son of Rebecca Lawrence and Cody Earls of Smithville
Runner-up: Collin Bilbrey, five month old son of Kimberly Bilbrey of Smithville

Other participant in this category: Silas Knox Pardo, six month old son of Tony and Whitley Pardo of Smithville

Girls (7-9 months)
Winner: Emily Johnson, nine month old daughter of Clint and DeDe Johnson of Smithville
Runner-up: Lyllie Lee Maples, nine month old daughter of Bruce and Shondrell Maples of Smithville.

Other participants in this category: Heaven Grace Farris, nine month old daughter of Jessica and Joe Farris of Smithville; Justice Bly, eight month old daughter of Brian and Kayla Bly of Smithville; Elizabeth Kaye Roth, nine month old daughter of Caleb and Ashley Roth of Alexandria; and Abagail Yost, seven month old daughter of Michael and Katrina Yost of DeKalb County.

Boys (7-9 months)
Winner: Eli Brendan Puckett, nine month old son of Jacob and Andrea Puckett of Smithville
Runner-Up: Bryson Wade Johnson, seven month old son of Keith and Brandy Johnson of Smithville

Other participants in this category: Maddux Pyburn, nine month old son of Jake and Kelly Pyburn of Alexandria; and Weston Zachariah Rowland, seven month old son of Natasha White and Jonathan Rowland of Smithville.

Girls (10-12 months)
Winner: Lakelyn Brooke Nelson, ten month old daughter of Dustin and Kristian Nelson of Smithville
Runner-Up: Ella Grace Kirksey, eleven month old daughter of Graden and Sabrina Kirksey of Smithville.

Other participants in this category: Aubrey Isabella Lasser, eleven month old daughter of Richard and Ashley Lasser of Smithville; Kenadee Pedigo, twelve month old daughter of Nathanyel and Natasha Pedigo of Smithville; Kenli Faith Fish, ten month old daughter of Cody and Tiffani Fish of Smithville; Kaylee Ann Moseley, twelve month old daughter of Brittany and Jason Moseley of Smithville; and Helen Marie Hale, ten month old daughter of William and Rebekah Hale of Liberty

Boys (10-12 months)
Winner: James Wayne Redmon, eleven month old son of Kristie Shehane and Donnie Redmon of Smithville.
Runner-Up: Kylynn Dowell, ten month old son of Nathan and Jayme Dowell of Smithville.

Other participant in this category: Hunter Allen Moore, eleven month old son of Clayton and Crystal Moore of Smithville.

Meanwhile, Clayton Moore of Smithville won one thousand dollars during the cash drawing held Thursday night. Judy Sandlin, President of the DeKalb County Fair Association, presented Moore the check.

Here's the line-up of the fair activities for the rest of the week:

Friday, July 22nd: 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; a Super Truck and Tractor Pull at 7:00 p.m. at the T.C. McMillen Arena; and a Demolition Derby/Lawn Mower Derby at 7:00 p.m. at the Grandstand; $1000 cash giveaway at 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 23rd: Horseshoe Tournament at the Tot Kelly barn at 1:00 p.m.; 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 a $1000 cash giveaway 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:

Friday, July 22
6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.: Ronnie Wison Band
7:45 p.m.-until?: The Mid-State Cloggers

Saturday, July 23
6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.: Pickin Friends
7:45 p.m.-8:45 p.m. Abigail Rose

One thousand dollars in cash will be given away each night, through Saturday at 9:30 p.m. at the Lion's Club Pavilion and you must be present to win. If no one presents the winning ticket within three minutes, the money will be saved and given away on Saturday night in increments of $1,000. Your fair admission ticket is your ticket for the cash drawing. At least three thousand dollars will be given away Saturday night.

Rides on the Midway will be provided by the Family Attractions Amusement Company. Unlimited rides will be available each night for $18.00.

Admission to the fair is $3.00 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!

Every night is T-shirt night! Wear any DeKalb County Fair T-shirt from ANY YEAR and ask for your ticket to win the newest fair T-shirt during the cash giveaway at 9:30 p.m. at the Lions Club Pavilion. Request tickets at the gate.

The final DeKalb Idol competition will be Friday, July 22 at 7:00 p.m. following the Toddler Show at the Lion's Club Pavilion. You could win a $300 cash prize and a $100 People's Choice Award.

For more information, call 529-FAIR or visit on-line at www.dekalbcountyfair.us.


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