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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.

Voluntary Pre-K Registration Scheduled for August 2nd

July 7, 2010
Dwayne Page
Clay Farler

Registration for the voluntary pre-kindergarten program in the DeKalb County School system will be conducted on Monday, August 2nd at Smithville Elementary School and DeKalb West School.

Children may be registered that day from 7:45 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.

Clay Farler, Director of the Pre-K program and Attendance Supervisor, says state funding provides for a total of four pre-k classes at Smithville Elementary School and one class at DeKalb West School.

Farler says eligible children must be four years of age by September 30th and their parents must meet the federal income guidelines. "Parents should bring their four year old child to registration along with the youngster's birth certificate, record of a physical examination within the last year, and the child's immunization record. The law, as of July 1st, has changed regarding immunizations as far as what's required so parents should check with the health department or their doctors. I'm not sure if they have the forms ready for that yet but if they are able to get that by August 2nd, they need to bring that. If not, the state has given us a short amount of time as a grace period in order for parents to be able to get those in."

"I also want to address some of the requirements for kindergarten. Of course, we have a pre-kindergarten program at Smithville Elementary and at DeKalb West School. We have four classrooms at Smithville Elementary and one classroom at DeKalb West. We must first enroll students who are four years old on or before September 30th of this current school year. So any boy or girl who would be four years of age on or before September 30th might qualify for the program. We're also to enroll children who qualify for the free or reduced price lunch program. They are the first ones who have to be enrolled. Then after that, if we still have vacancies we are to enroll children with disabilities or children identified as English language learners or those at-risk for failure due to circumstances of abuse or neglect. The program is mainly for at-risk students and as I mentioned they have to be four years old on or before September 30th."

"There is one classroom at both schools that we're able to enroll three year old students who will be three years old on or before September 30th, if we do not fill the classroom with four year olds. We usually have quite a few more three year old children that apply than we are able to get into the program. So I would encourage parents to enroll their children. It is a great program. We've been running it for about ten years. We started out with two pilot classrooms, one at each school and then about five or six years ago we were able to start adding additional classes and now we're up to four classes at the elementary school and one at the west school."

"We can have up to twenty students per class of four year olds. If we do enroll any three years olds we must have a smaller number in that classroom. Each class has a teacher and an educational assistant who works with the teacher. Since we have four classrooms at the elementary school we even have another educational assistant who works there to help out with all the classes."

For more information, contact Farler at 597-4084.

First Day of School Education Celebration set for August 2nd

July 6, 2010
Dwayne Page
Michelle Burklow
2009 First Day of School Education Celebration

The Fifth Annual First Day of School Education Celebration for DeKalb County will be held on Monday, August 2nd from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. downtown around the courthouse square.

Michelle Burklow, Supervisor of Instruction for Pre-Kindergarten to 6th Grade, says the event is free and all parents and students are urged to attend to help kick off the new school year. "Our goal is to provide an evening of activities, education, and enjoyment for the residents of DeKalb County. We will be having information booths, passing out school supplies, refreshments, and various activities for the students to participate in while promoting education."

"This will also provide a time for our teachers and parents to come together to build a foundation for new and positive relationships, right from day one."

"Our First Day of School Celebration is an opportunity for our schools to take a leadership role in re-enforcing and improving relationships among parents, teachers, students, and the community. This is the one day each year when it is both easiest and most important to enlist families as partners in our children's education. This is a great time for us to engage our families and make them feel welcome into our schools."

"So come out and join us. Everything is free that evening. We'll have free school supplies, free food, snacks and lots of community people coming together to make this event possible."

"I want to thank the many volunteers who put in hours and hours getting this event ready for our children. Jennifer Mitchell, Jamie Vickers, Pamela Poss, Angela Johnson, Suzette Barnes, Melissa Pirtle, Gina Denman, Lisa Norton, Danielle Collins, and Kelly Garrett are on the Education Celebration committee."

"There are many volunteers, churches, and organizations that come together to make this event possible for our children so they are able to start school with new supplies and a great positive attitude."

If you would like to help with this event please call Michelle Burklow at 597-4084.

This celebration is totally free of charge to those who attend so make plans now to join the fun downtown Smithville on Monday, August 2nd.

County Seeks Federal and State Assistance to Repair Flood Damaged Roads

July 6, 2010
Dwayne Page
Flood washed away hot mix from road at Lower Helton Bridge over Smith Fork Creek
Road washed away from flood waters at bridge on Dry Creek

DeKalb County is seeking federal and state funds to help pay for costs of repairing local roads, including those around bridges, and for debris clean-up from the flooding that occurred May 1st and 2nd.

But in order for the county to receive Hazard Mitigation grant funds, it must be enrolled in the National Flood Insurance Program. Last week, the county commission authorized participation in the program, as recommended by the DeKalb County Regional Planning Commission.

County Mayor Mike Foster says by being enrolled in the National Flood Insurance Program, county residents living in the floodplain will have an opportunity to purchase flood insurance and the county will be eligible to apply for flood relief funds. "First of all it means we have to be enrolled in it to get this hazard mitigation money. We have applied to get the county benefits from the flood. In the past, you didn't have to be a member of it or be enrolled in it (flood insurance program). The cities of the county are already enrolled in it and most of the flood areas are in Alexandria, Liberty, and Dowelltown and a few in Smithville. All this does (enrolling in the program) is bring the rest of the county in so that if a person has property, they can get flood insurance on it, even if it's in a flood plain. Right now you can't (get flood insurance). You can get insurance if you're not in a flood plain, but if you live in a flood plain, you can't (get flood insurance) unless we (county) are enrolled and that's what this is about."

"A person can still build in the flood plain, but he has to build his foundation above the 100 year flood plain. I think they (foundations) have to be at least three feet above the 100 year flood plain, so they (owners) can build up their lot in that spot and still build on it. The only areas we're really talking about would be somewhere along Smith Fork Creek and probably below the dam. There's probably seven or eight houses down through there that are in the flood plain. A few are in the flood plain along Smith Fork and a few of the other creeks."

"In reality, we may not have but one a year that would build in that flood plain. If they do (build), what they have to do is have a surveyor shoot the elevation of the 100 year plain according to the maps we have and tell him (owner) where he can build his house and then we (county) have to go out and inspect it to see that he does that. Then, everybody who lives within the flood plain could purchase flood insurance if they want to. But, like I said there are very few flood plain areas in the county (outside the cities of Smithville, Dowelltown, Liberty, and Alexandria). Technically, a lot of the land around the lake is in the flood plain but it's owned by the Corps so there's not going to be any building in it."

Foster says if approved for grant funding, FEMA would pay 75% and the state would fund 12.5% to reimburse the county for the repairs. The local matching obligation would be 12.5%, which could be met with in-kind work. "There's probably six or seven bridge locations where the roads around them have some to a lot of damage. The roads to the bridges on Smith Fork have a lot of damage. There is some serious damage to the one at Dismal and another down stream on Lower Helton and they're both fairly new bridges. One of them is very new but the flood waters actually went over the top of it and washed out part of the roads coming to the bridges. So far we don't think there's any damage to the bridges temselves but to the ramps on each end. We've also got some debris that's washed in under two or three bridges that needs to be corrected. There's also some minor damage to roads around bridges on Dry Creek and Sink Creek that need to be repaired."

"We also have miles of roads that have been damaged where either the ditchlines were disturbed or washed out, or in some cases the blacktop washed off some of the roads. This grant money would help repair those areas. A lot of them are under the hill, as far as the roads washing away, but even some roads around the lake on some of the steeper roads had some damage. I know of four or five areas in particular, and some of them are also on top of the hill, where there was damage to ditchlines as rip rap washed out or they just need to be repaired. Kenny (Edge) has a list of those that we is working on."

England Threepeats at Fiddler 5K

July 6, 2010
Dwayne Page
Christopher England with son and Sara Terashima

36 year old Christopher England of Atlanta, Georgia was the overall winner of the 12th annual Fiddler 5K held Saturday morning in Smithville.

England, who has now won the race for three years in a row, completed the course in 17:54. He also holds the course record, 16:30 in 2008.

Meanwhile, 19 year old Sara Terashima of Richmond, Indiana was the overall winner in the women's race. She completed the course in 20:53.

A new category was created this year for the male and female masters. 53 year old Lee Piccirillo of Murfreesboro was the overall winner in the male masters. His time was 19:23.

In the female masters, 42 year old Lisanne McLaurine of Liberty was the overall winner. Her time was 24:07

Eleven year old Tate Chumley of Murfreesboro was the overall winner of the One Mile Fun Run. His time was 7:15

Nine Year old Macy Hedge of Smithville completed the One Mile Fun Run course in 7:38, the best among females.

The Fiddler 5K and One Mile Fun Run is a fundraiser to benefit Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County.


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