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Arrest Made in Altercation Investigation

July 12, 2010
Dwayne Page
Clay Andrew Bain
Todd O Hindsley

The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department arrested an 18 year old man Friday after being called to investigate an altercation in the Midway community.

Clay Andrew Bain of Lake View Drive, Smithville is charged with evading arrest, unlawful carry or possession of a weapon, and possession of a schedule VI drug (marijuana). His bond is set at $7,500 and he will appear in court on July 29th.

According to Sheriff Patrick Ray, a deputy received a call from central dispatch about an altercation on Midway Road in Smithville. The complainant said that Bain was at a residence on Midway Road and was armed with a gun. An officer spotted Bain's vehicle at the Midway Community Center. As Bain drove off the deputy activated his blue lights but Bain did not stop. The officer pursued Bain for approximately a ¼ of a mile before he pulled into the residence of the complainant. Upon approaching Bain's automobile, the officer noticed inside the vehicle a club or stick that had duct tape rolled around one end of it. Bain was then taken into custody. When asked if he had anything in his pockets, Bain produced a small bag containing a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana.

43 year old Todd O. Hindsley of South Mountain Street, Smithville is charged with a second offense of driving under the influence, a first offense of driving on a revoked license, and simple possession of a schedule III drug (Hydrocodone). His bond is set at $4,000 and he will appear in court on July 22nd. Sheriff Ray says a deputy, while on patrol Thursday, July 8th, saw an automobile in the parking lot of a gas station on Highway 56 south moving in a reckless manor. The vehicle almost hit two vehicles and the gas pump. After stopping it, the deputy noticed that Hindsley was behind the wheel and that he was under the influence. Hindsley submitted to field sobriety tasks, which he failed. A check of Hindsley driver's license revealed that they were suspended for a DUI conviction in Fentress County. Hindsley also was found to have in his possession three Hydrocodone pills which he tried to throw on the ground in order to hide them from the officer.

39 year old Michael Edward Brown of Bright Hill Road Smithville is charged with an eighth offense of driving on a revoked license. His bond is set at $7,500 and he will appear in court on July 22nd. According to Sheriff Ray, on Friday deputies received a BOLO or be on the look out from central dispatch for a vehicle that was driving recklessly. An officer spotted the vehicle and stopped it on Vaughn Lane in Smithville. Brown was the driver. A check of his license revealed them to be revoked.

Numerous Cases of Burglarized Vehicles Reported at Lake Boat Ramps

July 12, 2010
Dwayne Page
Sheriff Patrick Ray

Due to numerous reports of burglarized automobiles at lake boat ramps recently, Sheriff Patrick Ray is issuing a warning to all lake visitors to be alert and cautious.

"In the last few weeks we have received numerous reports of vehicles that have been burglarized around the boat ramps here in the county. The burglars are breaking into parked vehicles, bursting out windows, and stealing items such as pocketbooks, radios, compact discs, ratchet straps, and other items", said Sheriff Ray.

"I know when people go to our lake access points, they are excited and ready to swim or go fishing or pleasure riding in their boats. I would ask that you take a few minutes and look at your surroundings and go by the following safety tips which might detour a thief from breaking into your vehicle:

Try to park in well lit areas such as under a street light or next to a well lit building.

Always lock your vehicle and do not leave valuables such as pocketbooks or jewelry in your vehicles that are in plain site.

Try to park close to the front of the parking lot and try to avoid parking far away from other vehicles.

If you see any suspicious people in the parking lot, call central dispatch so a deputy can be dispatched to your location. The number is 215-3000.

Woman Arrested Twice in Same Week

July 11, 2010
Dwayne Page

A 23 year old Smithville woman was arrested twice last week, the first time for possession of drugs, and for shoplifting on the second occasion.

Smithville Police report that Brandy Nichole Hale of 114 Highland Drive was arrested on Sunday, July 4th for possession of a schedule IV drug. Hale was stopped by Officer David Phillips for failing to maintain the proper lane of travel. She was also observed by Sergeant Randy King hiding pills in her bra. Hale gave consent to search her vehicle where a bottle containing her prescription and an unidentified pill believed to be a schedule IV drug were found. Bond for Hale is $1,500 and her court date is July 29th.

Hale was arrested again the next day, Monday July, 5th for shoplifting at Rite Aid Pharmacy.
She was observed by a pharmacy employee putting items in her purse. When questioned by K-9 Officer Bradley Tatrow, Hale denied having taken anything. Upon giving consent to search her purse, Officer Tatrow found items belonging to the pharmacy. Ms. Hale later admitted to taking the items because she didn't have enough money to pay for them. Bond for Hale is $1,500 and her court date is July 22nd.

27 year old Jessica French Hale of 4001 Big Hill Road, Liberty was cited Friday, July 2nd for shoplifting and simple possession of a schedule III drug. Ms. Hale was observed placing merchandise on her person and attempting to leave Wal-Mart without paying for the items. A search incident to arrest revealed four pills believed to be a schedule III drug in her purse. Officer Scott Davis issued the citation. Her court date is July 29th.

38 year old German Edgardo of 324 Bell Street was cited for theft on Saturday, July 3rd. On Friday, June 18th, Jimmy Driver reported that on May 31st he was in Wal-Mart getting some pictures developed and placed his camera on the counter. An unknown person came up beside him and stole his camera. The theft was captured on Wal-Mart's security cameras. On Saturday, July 3rd with the help of Constable Johnny King, Corporal Travis Bryant made contact with Edgardo who admitted to taking the camera off the counter and leaving the store with it. The camera was recovered and returned to Mr. Driver. Edgardo's court date is July 22nd.

24 year old Johnny Aaron Murphy Jr. of Carthage was arrested on Monday, July 5th for possession of schedule III for resale. While investigating a possible stolen vehicle case, K-9 Officer Bradley Tatrow made contact with Murphy. The officer asked Murphy if he had any weapons or narcotics on his person. Murphy replied that he had Hydrocodone in his pocket but not in the right bottle. Murphy turned the bottle over to Officer Tatrow which was for another drug. The bottle contained 17 pills. Bond for Murphy is $5,000.

48 year old Danny Ray Ponder of 7851 Old Mill Hill Road was cited on Tuesday, July 6th for possession of drug paraphernalia. K-9 Officer Bradley Tatrow pulled over Ponder for a traffic violation. Ponder gave consent to search his vehicle and Officer Tatrow recovered two used hypodermic needles from the trunk. Ponder's court date is September 2nd.

27 year old Johnny Lynn DeVault of 330 Talpha Drive was arrested on Wednesday, July 7th for DUI. DeVault was operating a motor vehicle and stopped for speeding. Officer David Phillips noticed that DeVault had slurred speech and his eyes were glossy. DeVault submitted to field sobriety tasks and he performed poorly. He also refused to submit to a blood test. DeVault was issued a citation for violation of implied consent and speeding. Bond for DeVault is $1,500 and his court date is July 29th.

Anyone having any on the following offense is asked to please contact the Smithville Police Department at 597-8210 or the Tip Line at 464-6046.

Sometime between 5:00 p.m. on Monday, July 5th and 1:00 am on Tuesday, July 6th someone burglarized a home on Forrest Avenue taking several firearms.

Any information received that will help the Smithville Police solve any criminal offense will be greatly appreciated. All information is confidential.

Fire Destroys Home in Jefferson Community

July 9, 2010
Dwayne Page
Fire Destroys Home of Larry and Julie Brown

A fire Friday afternoon destroyed the home of Larry and Julie Brown at 242 Brown Lane in the Jefferson Community.

Central dispatch received the call at 2:44 p.m.

Roy Merriman, assistant county fire chief, said the fire appeared to have started from the utility or laundry room area of the home and spread from there. He said the cause of the fire has not been established for certainty but could have been triggered by lightning. Merriman says neighbors reported lightning from a passing thundershower at the time.

Merriman says while the fire destroyed the residence, firefighters were able to salvage some of the family's belongings.

No one was home at the time of the fire and no one was injured.

Members of the Keltonburg, Blue Springs, and the Short Mountain Stations of the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department responded along with Tanker 1 and mutual aid assistance from the North Warren Fire Department who sent manpower and a tanker. DeKalb EMS was also on the scene.

School Board to Consider Request for Student Fees in Some DCHS Courses

July 9, 2010
Dwayne Page
Mark Willoughby

The DeKalb County Board of Education next month may consider granting approval for DeKalb County High School to charge student fees in certain courses.

The issue was briefly discussed Thursday night but postponed until the August meeting.

The requests are being made by teachers in the Nutrition and Foods and the Science, Family and Consumer Science classes as well as PACE (a transition class for the Freshman Academy) and the E4TN on-line class which benefits students seeking to earn dual credit for high school and college.

Director of Schools Mark Willoughby says the proposed fees requested are "in line with what several schools surrounding us charge."

Speaking specifically about the E4TN on-line course, Willoughby said "We have had some students to enroll in those classes, with only so many slots that we're able to take care of, and then a student decides to drop that class. Therefore once they have enrolled, that keeps another student from coming in. So that is one justification for (charging a fee) in that particular course. A think from that perspective it (charging a fee) would come closer to keeping a child from just dropping out because they don't want to do the extra work."

Willoughby added "students who are on fee waivers would not have to participate in this (pay the fees)."

The requests have been forwarded from a few DCHS teachers and principal Kathy Hendrix to Director Willoughby.

In making her written request, teacher Harriett Cantrell of the Nutrition and Foods class writes that "The rising cost of food each year makes it necessary for the nutrition and foods class to charge a lab fee of $25.00 per student. Although we receive vocational supply money at the beginning of each year, this money must also go for supplies and equipment, as well as food. There are two food classes each semester, each class plans and prepares several meals during the last nine week term. Purchases include: food, cleaning supplies, laundry supplies, and paper products. The $25.00 lab fee is needed."

Teachers Mary Anne Carpenter and Jenny Norris of the Science Department, also made a written request to DCHS Principal Hendrix on behalf of teachers Kevin Burchfield, Amanda Fuller, Dylan Kleparek, and Peggy Semmes stating that "The Science Department of DeKalb County High School requests approval to charge a laboratory fee of $5.00 for science classes during the academic year 2010-2011. This lab fee is used to purchase lab supplies and equipment and replace broken/damaged items. As in the past, any students that receive free or reduced lunch will be exempt from paying this lab fee."

Teacher Linda Parris, in a letter to Director of Schools Mark Willoughby, requested "permission to charge a lab fee in the PACE (transition class for Freshman Academy). This lab fee would cover the cost of a workbook. We feel this workbook is pertinent to increasing the rigor and relevance of the class instead of using class time to strictly copy pages from a workbook. The workbook is copyrighted, prohibiting the use of copying these pages needed for this class. The lab fee would be $10.00 or less to strictly cover the cost of the workbook."

In a separate letter, Parris asked Willoughby for "permission to charge a lab fee in the Family and Consumer Science class and the Textile and Apparel class. This lab fee would cover the cost of projects the students made in class and are allowed to keep. These projects include items such as pillowcase dresses and rag quilts. Materials for these type projects tend to add up quickly and since students get to keep a nice project. The lab fee would be $10 or less to strictly cover the cost of the materials that students select to complete as class projects."

Teacher Donna Emmons of the Journalism Class, in her letter to Ms. Hendrix requested "that all students who take journalism be required to pay a fee of $5.00. This fee will help cover the costs of materials the students will need during the semester, including a writers notebook, First Amendment card, press pass, flash drive, and use of equipment, including camera and recorder. In addition, there will be a workshop in the fall that costs $20.00 per student. This is an optional event and students are not required to participate, but are strongly encouraged to do so. This one-day event is worth weeks of exposure and experience that the students will need in order to be successful in journalism."

DCHS Principal Kathy Hendrix, writes that enrollment fees for the E4TN on-line class would be $25.00 per class and that all surrounding counties currently charge a $25.00 enrollment fee for on-line classes.

Meanwhile, in other business, the board Thursday night approved individual school budgets and fundraiser requests for the year and okayed an Early College On-line Program through Chattanooga State Community College.

This program will begin this fall and will allow students at DCHS the opportunity to enroll in on-line college level courses through Chattanooga State their junior and senior year. Students will receive college as well as high school credit for the courses taken online. All of the courses taken through Chattanooga State will be transferable to any Tennessee Board of Regents post secondary institution except Vanderbilt University. Some out of state institutions will also accept these credits.

In his monthly report on personnel, Director Willoughby announced that Eddie Roy Judkins, a maintenance worker, has retired and Rebecca Oliver, an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher, has resigned.

Early Voting Begins July 16th for August Elections

July 9, 2010
Dwayne Page
Kenny Edge
James D. Sprague

Early voting begins next Friday, July 16th for the DeKalb County General Election, Tennessee Democratic and Republican Primaries, and the Dowelltown City Election. Election day is Thursday, August 5th.

Early voting will be held Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on the first floor of the courthouse.

Dennis Stanley, DeKalb County Administrator of Elections, explains that voters may vote for republicans, democrats, or independents in the DeKalb County General Election, but they must declare which state primary in which they plan to vote, Democratic or Republican. Voters cannot vote in both state primaries." Voters will have options when they go to the polls, either early or on election day, for the August elections. Voters may vote only in the county general election or they may vote in the county general plus one of the two state primary elections."

"Voters often get confused during the August balloting but the election workers will be trained to assist voters and answer their questions," said Stanley

"A voter may wish to vote for a democrat in one local office and a republican in another local office and that is permissible in a general election," Stanley continued. "But when it comes to the state primaries, a voter must choose either republican or democrat if they wish to vote for offices such as Governor, Congressman, State Senate, and State Representative"

Voters who reside in the corporate limits of Dowelltown and are properly registered, as well as those who own property inside the Dowelltown city limits and are properly registered, may also vote in the Dowelltown municipal election. Three alderman seats are up for election and all three candidates are incumbents and are unopposed."

"In simple terms, voting in the County General or the Dowelltown Municipal Election has no bearing on the state primaries," Stanley explained.

"If a voter wishes to vote for a state office on the ballot, they simply must choose to vote in the Republican or Democratic Primary."

The DeKalb County General Election features only one county-wide contested race, two contested district county commission races, and three contested district races for the school board.

Incumbent Republican Road Supervisor Kenny Edge will face Democratic challenger James D. Sprague.

The contested county commission races are in the fifth and seventh districts.

Candidates in the fifth district are Republican Jerry Adcock, Democratic incumbent John Green, Democrat Bobby Taylor, and Independent candidate Lloyd Emmons. Two will be elected.

In the seventh district, the candidates are Democratic candidate Jimmy Poss, Democratic incumbent Larry Summers, and Independent candidate Richard Kinsey. Two will be elected.

The second, third, and fourth district school board races are also contested.

In the second district, Incumbent Charles L. Robinson faces a challenge from Jerry W. Johnson. Johnathan Willoughby will try to unseat Incumbent Kenny Rhody in the third district while in the fourth district, the candidates are Billy S. Miller and Larry Redmon.

School board candidates do not run as Republicans or Democrats, but as Independents.

Meanwhile, the following candidates on the DeKalb County General Election ballot are unopposed:

Circuit Court Judge Part 1: Amy V. Hollars.

District Attorney General: Randall A. York

County Mayor: Mike Foster

Trustee: Sean Driver

Sheriff: Patrick Ray

Circuit Court Clerk: Katherine Pack

County Clerk: Mike Clayborn

Register of Deeds: Jeff McMillen

County Commission (1st district):
Mason Carter
Elmer Ellis, Jr.

County Commission (2nd district)
Bobby Joines
Jack E, Barton, III

County Commission (3rd district)
Bradley Hendrix
Jerry Scott

County Commission (4th district)
Wayne Cantrell
David McDowell

County Commission (6th district)
Jeff Barnes
Marshall Ferrell

School Board Member (1st district)
John D. Foutch

School Board Member (7th district)
Johnny Lattimore

The general election ballot also includes two Judicial Retention Questions, asking whether Sharon Gail Lee shall be retained or replaced in the office as a Judge of the Tennessee Supreme Court; and whether John W. McClarty shall be retained or replaced in the office as a Judge of the Tennessee Court of Appeals, Eastern Division.

Meanwhile, the three incumbent aldermen in the City of Dowelltown will be unopposed for re-election, Bradley Driver, Keith Farler, and Ronald Griffith.

Candidates for Governor in the Tennessee Republican Primary include Bill Haslam, Joe Kirkpatrick, Basil Marceaux, Sr., Ron Ramsey, and Zach Wamp.

Republican candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 6th Congressional District are Diane Black, Dave Evans, Gary Dewitt Mann, Bruce McLellan, Kerry E. Roberts, Jim Tracy, and Lou Ann Zelnik

Republican candidates for the Tennessee Senate in the 17th District are Incumbent Mae Beavers and challengers Gordon Borck, and Susan M. Lynn

Republican candidate for the Tennessee House of Representatives in the 40th District is Incumbent Terry Lynn Weaver.

Republican State Executive Committeeman 17th district candidates are C. Brent Baldwin, Albert B. McCall, Sr. and Bob Ousley. One can be nominated.

Republican State Executive Committeewoman 17th district, Susan C. Witcher.

Meanwhile Mike McWherter is the only candidate for Governor in the Tennessee Democratic Primary.

Democratic candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 6th Congressional District are Henry Clay Barry, Devora E. Butler, Brett Carter, George T. Erdel, and Ben Leming

Democratic candidates for the Tennessee Senate in the 17th District are Aubrey T. Givens, Sam Hatcher, and George McDonald

Democratic candidates for the Tennessee House of Representatives in the 40th District are James C. Hale and Jamie Winkler.

David R. Harper is the only Democratic candidate for State Executive Committeeman in the 17th District.

Two Democratic candidates, Mary A. Patterson and Baylor Bone Swindell are seeking the position of State Executive Committeewoman in the 17th District.

Fair to Feature Pageants, Vintage Fashion Show, DeKalb IDOL, and More

July 8, 2010
Dwayne Page
Shan Burklow

The DeKalb County Fair will feature several exciting events at the Lion's Club Pavilion July 19th-24th including nightly pageants, the Vintage Fashion Show, and DeKalb IDOL among others.

The Junior Fair Princess Pageant will be held Monday, July 19th at 6:00 p.m. followed by the Fairest of the Fair at the Lion's Club Pavilion. The Little Mister and Little Miss contest will be held Tuesday, July 20th at 6:00 p.m. The Little Miss Princess Pageant will be held Wednesday, July 21st at 6:00 p.m. followed by the Miss Sweetheart Contest.

Shan Burklow encourages anyone interested in entering any of these pageants to register on-line. "If you need to check out pageant information you can go to the DeKalb County Fair website at www.dekalbcountyfair.us or you can go to the www.studiosixlimited.com site and either way it will give you updated pageant details for your age group. Registration is $20.00 this year as opposed to $15.00. We've had a few questions about that but it has been a bargain for years and $20.00 is still lower than any pageant around. One other change in the pageants is that DeKalb County residents ONLY may register in every single category."

Meanwhile, the Vintage Fashion Show is set for Thursday night, July 22nd following the Baby Show at the Lions Club Pavilion. "If you want to volunteer to be in the Vintage Fashion Show, you can sign up on-line or contact the Chamber of Commerce at 597-4163. We're doing decades or sitcoms this year so if you have any epic character from a sitcom or a particular decade that you want to represent or if you have a costume that you'd like to donate or wear yourself be sure to contact us because now is the time for that" said Burklow.

DeKalb Idol will be featured on Friday night following the Toddler Show at the Lions Club Pavilion. "Instead of auditioning for DeKalb IDOL, you can just sign up. We've had so many people who want to participate but who can't come out to the fair more than one night. So you can register on-line at www.studiosixlimited.com or you can register at the fair on Monday through Thursday from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. We are not going to do text voting this year because the phone lines were so jammed last year from the voting. But we will have "People's Choice". So if you're competing in DeKalb IDOL bring all your friends and family because that crowd appeal will be part of the people's choice vote. It's a $100 prize for people's choice and a $300 cash prize for the winner" said Burklow.

Registration for the Junior Fair Princess Pageant will be Saturday, July 17th anytime from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Contestants must be 13 through 16 years of age. Participants must not be over age 16 by the date of the pageant. Contestants may wear any type of dress (short or long).

Registration for the Fairest of the Fair will be Saturday, July 17th anytime from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.. This pageant is only open to DeKalb County residents. Contestants must be age 17 and not over age 20 by December 31st, 2010. Participants must not be, nor have ever been married. The winner must also agree to participate in the State Fairest of the Fair Pageant in January, 2011. Contestants should wear any type of dress (short or long). The Fairest of the Fair pageant will be Monday, July 19th following the Junior Fair Princess Pageant.

The Little Mister and Little Miss contest will be held Tuesday, July 20th at 6:00 p.m. at the Lion's Club Pavilion. Registration will be Saturday, July 17th anytime from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.. Contestants in both pageants must be 4 and not over 6 years of age by the pageant date. Girls should wear any type of dress. Boys should wear Sunday attire..

The Little Miss Princess Pageant will be held Wednesday, July 21st at 6:00 p.m. followed by the Miss Sweetheart Contest at the Lion's Club Pavilion. Registration for the Little Miss Princess Pageant will be Saturday, July 17th anytime from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Contestants must be 7 and not over 9 years of age by the pageant date. Meanwhile, registration for the Miss Sweetheart Pageant will be Saturday, July 17th anytime from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Contestants must be 10 and not over 12 years of age by the pageant date. Contestants may wear any type dress.

You may register on-line for each pageant now at www.studiosixlimited.com

Every pageant will have a Miss Photogenic Contest. The winner will receive a sash and mini tiara. Bring a 5 x 7 photo or smaller size to registration or submit the photo on-line by July 16th.

The entry fee for each of these pageants is $20.00 per contestant, (cash only) payable at the time of registration. There will be a queen/king first and second place awarded in each category. Only one contestant per entry. Contestants must be residents of DeKalb County. Previous winners are not eligible in the pageants in which they won. Prizes will be awarded in each pageant.

For more information visit www.dekalbcountyfair.us or www.studiosixlimited.com.

Shop Tax Free in Tennessee August 6-8

July 8, 2010

The fifth annual Sales Tax Holiday is scheduled for Friday, August 6 and continuing through Sunday, August 8. The Department of Revenue is reminding Tennessee shoppers that during these three days of savings, you can save almost 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,” said Governor Phil Bredesen. “The holiday provides much needed savings for all Tennessee shoppers and prepares children for success by making sure they start the first day of school properly equipped with items they need.”

The holiday begins Friday, August 6 at 12:01 a.m. and ends Sunday, August 8 at 11:59 p.m. During the designated three-day weekend, consumers will not pay state or local sales tax on select 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.

“Last year's tax-free weekend was extremely successful in giving back to Tennesseans, providing nearly $8 million in tax savings to Tennessee families,” said Revenue Commissioner Reagan Farr. “We are hopeful that all Tennessee shoppers will enjoy the immediate relief of the 2010 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.)

In a continued effort to promote Tennessee’s sales tax holiday, the Department of Revenue has launched a new dedicated facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/TNTaxHoliday.

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.) iPad’s are eligible for tax exemption, video games and consoles are not.

DTC Communications to Host Annual Meeting

July 7, 2010

DeKalb Telephone Cooperative (d/b/a DTC Communications) will host its annual meeting on Sept. 18, 2010, at the DeKalb County Fairgrounds in Alexandria.

Directors will be elected in four exchanges, including the Auburntown (464), Gordonsville (683), Temperance Hall (548), and Woodland (765) exchanges.

Voting for directors will take place at the cooperative’s annual meeting on Saturday, Sept. 18. Thursday, Sept. 9, will be the last day to make changes to your membership for the 2010 election.

Only DTC members may vote, and each member must present identification. For a single membership, only that individual may vote. Either member of a joint membership may vote, but not both. In the case of a business membership, a business affidavit is required.

Individuals interested in becoming a candidate for a director’s position must meet the qualifications as defined in the bylaws and submit a petition by 5 p.m. on August 4th.

For questions regarding membership and voting guidelines, refer to the by-laws section included in the current DTC phone directory.

DeKalb Farmers Coop Employee Injured in Loader Accident

July 7, 2010
Dwayne Page
David Driver being transferred from ambulance to helicopter

An employee of DeKalb Farmers Coop was seriously injured in a loader accident this morning (Wednesday) at the coop.

911 received the call at 9:56 a.m.

David Driver was taken by DeKalb EMS to DeKalb Community Hospital where he was airlifted by a Life Force helicopter ambulance and flown to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga.


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