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Groundbreaking Held For New Webb House Retirement Center

May 2, 2006
by: 
Dwayne Page

Groundbreaking for the new Webb House Retirement Center was held Thursday morning at the Webb property on Jennings Lane.

The new facility will be built on the grounds where the original Webb House stood before it was destroyed by fire on Sunday, May 29, 2005.

Gary Keckley, architect and designer of assisted living facilities, says the new Webb House, like the original one, will be a great asset to the community. \"This is a tribute to the Webb family, not just this generation but for all the generations that preceded Alan, because this is a ministry. It has to be a business, but it's a business that can be a ministry, and their (Webb's) hearts are in this. This is going to be beauty from ashes. It's going to be beautiful for a lot of different reasons. It will have a lot of features that build on the history and the reputation that you enjoyed at the Webb House before and some new ones. It's going to be a beautiful building from a design style because it's going to have a character that is unlike any that I've ever been a part of and that is specifically coming from the heart that Alan and Lora are putting into this. It's also going to be a beautiful building because it will build on the beauty created by those of you who worked here before and who will work here again. This business is about love. Nursing homes and hospitals give care and this business is about giving love. This group of folks are good at this.\"

Alan Webb, owner of the Webb House, says this day marks a new beginning and he looks forward to the day when the new facility is completed. \"The day after the fire, the most often asked question was ?are you going to build back'? My immediate answer was ?yes'. Had anyone been hurt in the fire, my answer probably would have been different. As a matter of fact, you could've probably just buried me in the ashes and rubble, because it would have been very devastating. I admit I had some very down and out times this last year. I had two things that kept me going and pulled me up from the depths of despair. One of them was the words in my favorite church hymn ?Because He Lives'. The second was a card that I got from a young lady after the fire. In it, she wrote the words, ?from our ashes shall arise beauty'. She was referring to Isaiah (chapter) 61 (verse) 3. The Bible verse and the song are the two things that pulled me through the last year. I promise you when the Webb House is rebuilt, you'll see reminders of those two things through the house. I promise to do my best to make the new Webb House better than ever for the seniors of DeKalb County and surrounding areas. I promise to make it a safer and happier place than before. This place will be a home to all that live there, not just a room with meals. If Lora and I can do anything to help any of you, we'll do our best.\"

Among others making remarks during the groundbreaking ceremony were County Mayor Mike Foster and Smithville Mayor Cecil Burger.

The new Webb House is scheduled to open by early next year.

Relay For Life Set For May 12th

May 3, 2006
by: 
Dwayne Page

Plans are underway for the annual Relay For Life.

Relay For Life is a fun-filled overnight event designed to celebrate survivorship and raise money for research and programs of your American Cancer Society. During the event in DeKalb County, teams of people gather at Green Brook Park and take turns walking or running laps around the walking trail. Each team tries to keep at least one team member on the track at all times.

Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

The all night event begins Friday, May 12 at 5:00 p.m. at Green Brook Park featuring lots of food, fun, and entertainment. Local cancer survivors will be introduced at 6:00 p.m. and each one will give a testimony and mention how long they have battled and survived the illness. The introduction will be followed by a Cancer Survivors Walk around the trail.

Several teams specializing in various fun filled activities and many food booths will be set up throughout the park, all raising money for the event. And then at 9:00 p.m. a special luminaria ceremony will be held to remember those who have lost the fight against cancer as well as the survivors.

You may order a luminaria in honor or in memory of a friend or loved one today by calling Violet Fuson at 597-4483 or Ivadell Randolph at 597-5296.

FBLA Brings Home Awards From State Leadership Conference

May 2, 2006
by: 
Dwayne Page

The DeKalb County High School Future Business Leaders club recently attended the FBLA State Leadership Conference in Pigeon Forge.

Thirty-three club members competed in several different categories and attended FBLA sponsored activities. The advisors of the FBLA club, Amanda Brown and Steve Trapp, would like to thank all the participants and their parents for the hard work and support.

Those attending were: Justin Nokes, Ashleigh Wright, Andrew Moore, Kristen James, Brandon Shaw, Luke Willoughby, Jessica Cantrell, Heather Cantrell, Travis Woodward, Dustin Hood, Jacob Moore, Caleb Gash, Martha Robertson, Justin Duke, Tyler Cantrell, Tiffany Walls, Sara Jared, Aaron Young, Casey Curtis, Megan Pack, Brooke Pack, Danny Pirtle, Jessica Bain, Colton Rhody, Jordan Atnip, Ron Patel, Megan Merriman, Rachel Garrison, Kelli Bess, Rolando Delafuente, Tera Menix, Kane Pack, and Kris Robinson.

Congratulations to:
Rachel Garrison ? 2nd place in Banking and Finance
Justin Duke, Justin Nokes, Kris Robinson ? 2nd place in Entrepreneurship
Rolando Delafuente ? 2nd place in International Business
Megan Pack ? 3rd place in Introduction to Business Communication
Travis Woodward ? 4th place in Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure
Casey Curtis, Kane Pack, Jacob Moore ? 2nd place in Network Design
Luke Willoughby ? 3rd place in Public Speaking I
Brandon Shaw ? 4th place in Mr. FBLA
Kristen James ? 2nd place in Ms. FBLA
Kris Robinson ? Nominated for Who's Who in FBLA
Amanda Brown ? Nominated for Adviser of the Year
DeKalb FBLA ? 4th place in largest membership (105 members)
DeKalb FBLA ? 2nd place for Annual Business Report
DeKalb FBLA ? Gold Seal Award of Merit ( Highest Club Honor)

Dustin Hood and Travis Woodward served as voting delegates. While at conference they voted on the state officer candidates and amendments to the FBLA By-Laws.

The DCHS FBLA was also recognized for donating to the FBLA state scholarship funds in memory of Jared Bryant and Dr. Bill Radcliff.

DCHS Beta Club Represented At State Convention

May 2, 2006
by: 
Dwayne Page

Twenty Beta Club members from DeKalb High School, along with the Beta Club sponsor, attended the State Beta Club Convention April 17-19.

The students competed in various academic subjects.

Competing at the convention were:
Matthew Taylor - Math
Ben Malone -Social Studies
Kevin Colvert - Creative Writing
Ashley Rowland - English
Keitha Pryor and Susan Willis - talent
Kealah Curtis, Caitlin Robinson, Paige Preston, and Krista Puckett - scrapbook
Samantha Emerson, Elise Cantrell, Kheela Blair, and Courtney Rhody, Courtney Curtis, Cody Randolph, and Rebecca Hendrixson were voting delegates.

Samantha Emerson, Elise Cantrell, and Kheela Blair created the Banner and Ben Malone won 3rd place in the State in Social Studies.

The Beta Club officers for 2005 - 2006 also attended. The officers are:
President - Daniel Alexander
Vice-President - Bethany Davis
Secretary - Justin Hooper
Historian - Jacob Norton
Sponsor - Debi Loring

DeKalb County Democratic Primary Next Tuesday

May 3, 2006
by: 
Dwayne Page

The DeKalb County Democratic Primary is set for Tuesday, May 2.

The polls at all sixteen precincts in the county will be open that day from 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. WJLE will have LIVE election return coverage from the courthouse starting at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday night.

Candidates who are seeking office in the primary Tuesday are as follows:

County Clerk: Incumbent Mike Clayborn and Glynn Merriman

County Mayor/Executive: Incumbent Mike Foster and Angela Puckett

Sheriff: Incumbent Lloyd Emmons, Myron Rhody, Randall Stanley, and David C. Redmon

Circuit Court Clerk: Incumbent Katherine Pack

Register of Deeds: Incumbent Jeff McMillen

General Sessions/Juvenile Court Judge: Incumbent Bratten Cook II

Trustee: Anthony (Doc) Green

Road Supervisor: No Democratic Candidate

The following are the democratic candidates for the county commission. Two can be nominated from each district:

County Commission: First District- Charles Griffith and Elmer Ellis, Jr.

County Commission: Second District- Shane Cook, William Reynolds, and Jack Barton

County Commission: Third District- Incumbent Jerry Scott and Incumbent Roy D. Merriman

County Commission: Fourth District- Incumbent Wayne Cantrell, Incumbent Jesse D. Baker, and Chris Smithson

County Commission: Fifth District- Incumbent Jerry Taylor, Incumbent John D. Green, Jeffery Barrett, and Bobby Taylor

County Commission: Sixth District- Incumbent Marshall Ferrell, Incumbent Jeff Barnes; Melvin Young, and Danny McGinnis

County Commission: Seventh District- Incumbent Larry Summers, Incumbent Jimmy W. Poss, and Willie E. Thomas

Democratic nominees will face Republican challengers in the August General Election.

Republicans nominated by the local party include: Incumbent Road Supervisor Kenny Edge, Sean Driver for Trustee, Patrick Ray for Sheriff; Incumbent Second District County Commissioner Bobby Joines; Mason Carter for First District County Commissioner; and Randy Caplinger for Third District County Commissioner

Candidates seeking their party's nomination for offices in the seven county 13th Judicial District, which includes DeKalb County, are as follows:

District Attorney General: Incumbent William E. (Bill) Gibson of Cookeville (Democrat)

District Public Defender: Incumbent David N. Brady of Cookeville (Democrat) and Samuel (Sam) Harris of Cookeville (Republican)

Chancellor: Ronald Thurman of Cookeville (Democrat) and Jerry Burgess of Cookeville (Republican).

Criminal Court Judge, Part I: Incumbent Leon Burns, Jr. of Cookeville (Democrat)

Criminal Court Judge, Part II: Incumbent Lillie Ann Sells of Cookeville (Democrat), Edwin G. Sadler of Cookeville (Democrat), and David A. Patterson of Cookeville (Independent)

Circuit Court Judge, Part I: Incumbent John A. Turnbull of Livingston (Democrat)

Circuit Court Judge, Part II: Incumbent John Maddux of Cookeville (Democrat)

Democratic nominees from the May Primary will face Republican challengers and Independents in the August General Election.

Judge Sells Wins Close Election District-Wide

May 8, 2006
by: 
Dwayne Page

Judge Sells Wins Close Election District-Wide

Criminal Court Judge Lillie Ann Sells, by only a few hundred votes, apparently defeated Edwin Sadler district-wide in Tuesday's primary election

Counties in the 13th Judicial District include DeKalb, Putnam, Overton, White, Pickett, Cumberland and Clay.

Unofficial vote totals in those counties showed Sells the winner of the primary with 10,737 votes and Sadler with 10,221 votes.

Sells defeated Sadler in DeKalb County, 1,412 to 1071. In Overton County, Sells had 2,317 votes, and Sadler had 1,455 votes. In Cumberland County, Sells got 1,403 votes, and Sadler had 1,030 votes. In White County, Sells had 2,380 votes, and Sadler had 1,593 votes. In Pickett County, 52 voted for Sells, and 36 voted for Sadler

Sadler carried Putnam County with 5,036 votes, to Sells' 3,173 votes.

Reportedly, the Clay County Election Commission did not have a primary election

Sells will face Independent candidate David Patterson in the August 3rd General Election.

Sheriff Emmons Loses Bid For Re-election In Primary Race

May 8, 2006
by: 
Dwayne Page

DeKalb County Sheriff Lloyd Emmons lost his bid for re-election by 207 votes in Tuesday's Democratic Primary falling to challenger Myron Rhody 1,754 (50%) to 1,547 (44%)

Rhody will face Republican nominee Patrick Ray for Sheriff in the August General Election. Emmons' term expires August 31.

A total of 3,706 people voted in the primary including 3,639 who cast ballots in person (early voting and election day) and 67 by absentee.

Including the absentee votes cast from each precinct, Rhody won six of the sixteen precincts and carried the early vote. Rhody also had a majority of the absentees. Rhody carried Snow Hill, Middle School, Belk, Keltonburg, Blue Springs, and the Church of Christ Annex.

Emmons carried ten of the sixteen precincts including Alexandria, Temperance Hall, Edgar Evins State Park, Liberty, Dowelltown, Cherry Hill, Rock Castle, Courthouse, Johnson's Chapel, and the Elementary School.

The other two candidates for Sheriff were David C. Redmon, who received 122 votes, and Randall Stanley who had 111 votes.

DCHS Graduation Set For May 19

May 9, 2006
by: 
Dwayne Page

A total of 141 students at DeKalb County High School will receive their diplomas during graduation exercises Friday, May 19 at 7:00 p.m. on the high school football field.

Voter Registration Deadline Approaching for Smithville Election

May 9, 2006
by: 
Dwayne Page

The registration deadline is approaching for those who want to vote in the Smithville Municipal Election.

Voter registration in person must be done by May 19th or postmarked by May 21st if done by mail.

Meanwhile, early voting for the Smithville Municipal Election will be May 31st through June 15th at the courthouse. Hours have not been set.

Election day is Tuesday, June 20 at the courthouse from 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

A Mayor and two Aldermen will be elected.

The candidates for Mayor are Taft Hendrixson and Jerry Hutchins', Sr.

Those in the race for Aldermen are Cecil Burger, Jackie Rigsby, Alford Webber, and Steve White.

Relay For Life Huge Success

May 13, 2006
by: 
Dwayne Page

Hundreds gathered at Green Brook Park Friday night for the annual Relay for Life fund raiser sponsored by the DeKalb County Unit of the American Cancer Society and the event has generated more than $97,000.

There was plenty of food for sale, games for kids, a male beauty contest, a candle light illumination ceremony, a cancer survivors walk, and more, all in an effort to raise money to find a cure for cancer.

Iva dell Randolph says this year's goal of $100,000 was almost met with still some more money yet to come in. "As of Saturday morning, we had collected and deposited in the bank, $97,562. We want to thank everyone for their support."

SW Manufacturing's team raised $7,426, more than any other team. Smithville Elementary School had the best decorated camp, and K & M Jewelry was recognized for having the Most Spirit.

Mark "Kitty" Violet was the winner of the male beauty contest.

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