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DeKalb County Fair Features Baby Show

July 28, 2006
by: 
Dwayne Page

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

The winners are as follows:

Girls (1 day to 3 months)
First Place- Hannah Beth Brooks, daughter of Derrick and Beth Brooks.
Second Place- None

Boys (1 day to 3 months)
First Place- Vallem Gage Grisham, son of Nathan and Kandra Grisham.
Second Place- Brandon Carson Donnell, son of Brandon and Kalah Donnell

Girls (4-6 months)
First Place- Kyra Michelle Baker, daughter of Matthew and Crystal Baker
Second Place- Ella Grace Pack, daughter of Andy and Jessica Pack

Boys (4-6 months)
First Place- Zackery Wil Farris, son of Nathan and Nena Farris
Second Place- Jordan Evan Stannick, son of Mark and Shannon Stannick

Girls (7-9 months)
First Place- Abigail \"Abbi\" Williams, daughter of Chad and Glenda Williams.
Second Place- Kyra Shallon Kleparek, daughter of Bryan and Elizabeth Kleparek

Boys (7-9 months)
First Place- Hasten Cole Waggoner, son of Phillip and Natasha Waggoner
Second Place- Briz Trapp, son of Brad and Kim Trapp

Girls (10-12 months)
First Place- Jada Gabrielle Maddox, daughter of Amanda Rich and Larry Maddox
Second Place- Alexis Savannah Johnson, daughter of Tamara Oakley and Jeremy Johnson

Boys (10-12 months)
First Place- Thomas Andrew Shields, son of Brenda and Jim Shields.
Second Place- Isaac Lee Lawson, son of Tim and Christie Lawson

There were no twins in the contest

Meanwhile, there has been only one cash winner at the fair this week.

Doyle Curtis won the $1,000 cash giveaway Tuesday night. There was no winner on Monday night, Wednesday night, or Thursday night.

There will be a drawing for a $1,000 cash give away Friday night and at least $3,000 will be given away Saturday night at 9:00 p.m. You must be present to win.

If there is no cash winner Friday night, the prize will be $4,000 Saturday night.

FSA County Committee Nomination Deadline Approaching

July 26, 2006
by: 
Dwayne Page

Donny Green, County Executive Director for the DeKalb County Farm Service Agency, reminds DeKalb County farmers that the deadline to nominate candidates to serve on USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committee is Tuesday, August 1.

?Our goal is to have as many eligible candidates nominated to serve on FSA county committees as possible, especially minorities and women,? said Mike Johanns, Secretary of Agriculture.

Committees apply their judgment and knowledge to make decisions on county commodity price-support loan eligibility, establishment of allotments and yields, conservation programs, disaster programs, employment and other farm program-related issues.

Nominees must reside in Local Administrative Area (LAA) # 1 which generally covers the central belt of DeKalb County including Blue Springs, New Home, city of Smithville, Holmes Creek, Allen?s Chapel, Cookeville Hwy., Cherry Hill, and portions of Dale Ridge communities. Individuals may nominate themselves, or others, as a candidate. In addition, eligible candidates can be nominated by community-based and other organizations in the county where the election is being held before the close of the nomination period, especially groups representing socially disadvantaged farmers or ranchers. Nominations and elections are open to all eligible candidates and voters without regard to race, color, religion, nation origin, age, sex, marital status or disability. The nomination form (FSA-669A) is available at USDA Service Centers and online at: http://www.fsa.usda.gov/pas/publications/elections.

Producers should keep in mind several important dates regarding the upcoming county committee elections. Producers can request, fill out and submit nomination forms up to August 1. Ballots will be mailed to eligible voters by November 3. The deadline to return ballots is December 4.Elected committee members and alternates take office on January 1, 2007.

For more information about FSA county committees, visit the DeKalb County USDA Service Center or call 615-597-8225, extension 2.

Elderly Man Dies In All Terrain Vehicle Accident On His Farm

July 26, 2006
by: 
Dwayne Page

An elderly DeKalb County died in an all terrain vehicle accident on his farm in the Alexandria-Temperance Hall area Tuesday.

The body of 79 year old Billy Joe Corley of Lower Helton Road, Alexandria was discovered early Wednesday morning.

Detective Charles Griffith of the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department says Corley left his house on a three wheeler to check on a cow Tuesday afternoon and when he didn't return family members became concerned and began looking for him.

Authorities were later notified and Griffith says people on foot, on four wheelers, in four wheel drive trucks, and by other means took part in the search including family, friends, neighbors, members of the DeKalb County Rescue Squad, Sheriff's Department, volunteer firefighters, and others. An aerial spotlight search by helicopter was also planned but was canceled because of dense fog. The search continued through the night and into the pre-dawn hours of Wednesday morning.

According to Griffith, the search was scheduled to resume after sunrise Wednesday, but word came around 5:50 a.m. that members of the family had found the body.

Detective Griffith says it appears Corley lost control of his three wheeler while trying to negotiate a turn on a steep hillside and overturned. His body was found near the three wheeler. Griffith says the accident occurred on Corley's farm approximately a half mile from his home but the three wheeler and body were difficult to find because of the rolling landscape and tall brush and weeds in that area.

Walker Crowned Miss Sweetheart

July 26, 2006
by: 
Dwayne Page

The 2006 DeKalb County Fair Miss Sweetheart is 11 year old Kelley Beth Walker.

She was crowned Wednesday night during the annual pageant held at the fair.

Walker is the daughter of Shane and Michelle Walker of Smithville.

She succeeds the retiring 2005 Miss Sweetheart, Kristen Smartt, the 12-year-old daughter of Aaron and Paula Taylor and Leslie and Dedra Smartt of Smithville.

The first runner-up in the pageant was Tessa Shawn Thomas, the 12 year old daughter of Troy and Judy Thomas of Smithville.

Kerigan Bess Sanders was the second runner-up. She is the 10 year old daughter of Larry and Melissa Knowles of Smithville.

11 year old Arielle Corinne Davis was named Miss Photogenic. She is the daughter of Eddie and Beth Davis of Brush Creek.

Little Miss Princess Title Goes To Kelsey Sueanna Hedge

July 26, 2006
by: 
Dwayne Page

Nine year old Kelsey Sueanna Hedge was crowned Little Miss Princess at the DeKalb County Fair Wednesday night.

Hedge is the daughter of David and Trina Hedge of Smithville.

She succeeds the retiring 2005 Little Miss Princess, Haley Marie Hale, the 9 year-old daughter of Chad and Melissa Hale of Smithville.

First runner-up in the pageant was Destiny Danielle Franklin, the 7 seven year old daughter of Christopher and Jennifer Franklin of Smithville. She was also named Miss Photogenic.

Seven year old Tyra Grace Graham was the second runner-up. She is the daughter of Kyle and Doris Graham of Smithville.

Elderly Man Dies In All Terrain Vehicle Accident On His Farm

July 26, 2006
by: 
Dwayne Page

An elderly DeKalb County man died in an all terrain vehicle accident on his farm in the Alexandria-Temperance Hall area Tuesday.

The body of 79 year old Billy Joe Corley of Lower Helton Road, Alexandria was discovered early Wednesday morning.

Detective Charles Griffith of the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department says Corley left his house on a three wheeler to check on a cow Tuesday afternoon and when he didn't return family members became concerned and began looking for him.

Authorities were later notified and Griffith says people on foot, on four wheelers, in four wheel drive trucks, and by other means took part in the search including family, friends, neighbors, members of the DeKalb County Rescue Squad, Sheriff's Department, volunteer firefighters, and others. An aerial spotlight search by helicopter was also planned but was canceled because of dense fog. The search continued through the night and into the pre-dawn hours of Wednesday morning.

According to Griffith, the search was scheduled to resume after sunrise Wednesday, but word came around 5:50 a.m. that members of the family had found the body.

Detective Griffith says it appears Corley lost control of his three wheeler while trying to negotiate a turn on a steep hillside and overturned. His body was found near the three wheeler. Griffith says the accident occurred on Corley's farm approximately a half mile from his home but the three wheeler and body were difficult to find because of the rolling landscape and tall brush and weeds in that area.

DeKalb Jobless Rate Jumps To 6.3% In June

July 28, 2006
by: 
Dwayne Page

The DeKalb County unemployment rate jumped from 5.4% in May to 6.3% in June.

The local labor force for June was 9,590. A total of 8,980 were employed and 610 were unemployed.

County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for June 2006, released today, show that all 95 counties increased. The increase in Tennessee's county rates is largely due to the seasonal closing of schools, increasing the amount of unemployed students and workers into the labor market. Tennessee's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for June, which was released last week, was 5.6 percent, 0.2 percentage point higher than the May rate of 5.4 percent.

Williamson County registered the state's lowest county unemployment rate at 3.6 percent, up from 3.1 in May. Knox and Blount counties were the second lowest with 4.5 percent, up from the May rate of 3.8 percent. Lawrence County had the highest county rate at 12.5 percent, up from the May rate of 11.5.

Knox County had the state's lowest major metropolitan rate for the month of June at 4.5 percent, up from the May rate of 3.8 percent. Davidson County was the next lowest with 4.9 percent, up from 4.2 percent in May. The Hamilton County rate increased to 5.4 percent from 4.4 percent in May. Shelby was 6.9 percent in June, up from 5.6 percent in May.

Smithville Police Destroy Old Evidence No Longer Needed

August 2, 2006
by: 
Dwayne Page

The Smithville Police Department destroyed approximately 171 items of old evidence on Tuesday.

The evidence ranged from drugs including marijuana , pills , cocaine , and methamphetamine to knifes, brass knuckles, swords, moonshine , and other items.

The evidence destroyed were all used in cases that have been disposed of in court and are no longer needed by the police for prosecution.

Chief Gus Clemente and Det. Sergeant Chris Russell said that destroying these items helps take some of the drugs and weapons off the streets and makes sure the items do not get back into the wrong hands.

Toddler Show Winners Awarded At DeKalb County Fair

July 29, 2006
by: 
Dwayne Page

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

The winners are as follows:

Girls (13 to 18 months)
First Place- Harlee Rae Stanley, daughter of Chris and Dana Stanley
Second Place- Carlee Elizabeth West, daughter of Megan West.

Boys (13 to 18 months)
First Place- Adan Roel Haynes, son of Carelis Haynes and Roel Ramirez
Second Place- Devon J. Maxwell, son of David and Christy Maxwell

Girls (19 to 24 months)
First Place- Jana Faith Tripp, daughter of Jonathon and Beth Tripp
Second Place- Jacklyn Rose Kleparek, daughter of LaTonya and Dylan Kleparek

Boys (19 to 24 months)
First Place- Ethan Winchester, son of Renee Winchester.
Second place- None

Girls (25 to 30 months)
First Place- Ali Bain, daughter of Jimmy and Tonya Bain
Second Place- Addison Jean Puckett, daughter of Jimmy and Anita Puckett.

Boys (25 to 30 months)
First Place- Hagen Wayne Waggoner, son of Phillip and Natasha Waggoner.
Second Place- Kasen Johnson, son of Jason and Crystal Johnson

Girls (31 to 36 months)
First Place- Jaycee Rochelle Johnson, daughter of Jonathon Johnson and Shelley and Tim Hearn..
Second Place- Madison Rae Rackley, daughter of Gordon and Jessica Rackley

Boys (31 to 36 months)
First Place- Hayden Rigsby, son of David and Tyroma Rigsby
Second Place- Matthew Tyler Buchanan, son of Matthew and Kristen Buchanan

Girls (37 to 47 months)
First Place- Taylor Gibbs, daughter of Teesha Gibbs
Second Place- Kiley Faith Staley, daughter of Tim and Debbie Staley

Boys (37 to 47 months)
First Place- Levi Katon Driver, son of Brad and Kelly Driver
Second Place- Josef Micah Osment, son of Billy and Angela Osment.

Twins (13 to 47 months)
First Place- Lydia and Jathan Willoughby, children of Jonathon and Rena Willoughby
Second Place- None

Meanwhile, Kevin Roberts was the $1,000 cash winner Friday night.

A total of $3,000 will be given away to one winner Saturday night at 9:00 p.m. You must be present to win. Your admission ticket is your ticket for the drawing.

A Total of 2,079 Vote During Early Voting Period

July 29, 2006
by: 
Dwayne Page

A total of 2,079 people cast ballots during the early voting period of July 14th - 29th at the courthouse.

The DeKalb County Election Commission reports the following daily voting breakdown: Friday, July 14th -139, Saturday, July 15th -148, Monday, July 17th-84, Tuesday, July 18th- 131, Wednesday, July 19th- 145, Thursday, July 20th- 240, Friday, July 21st- 132, Saturday, July 22nd- 114, Monday, July 24th- 120, Tuesday, July 25th- 111, Wednesday, July 26th -120, Thursday, July 27th- 224, Friday, July 28th- 147, and Saturday, July 29th- 224. These numbers also include the mail ballots received.

The DeKalb County Election Commission reminds you that Thursday, August 3rd is election day.

Polling places at all sixteen precincts across the county will be open Thursday from 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

WJLE will have exclusive LIVE election return coverage starting Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. at the courthouse. WJLE will also have regular updates throughout the night on www.wjle.com.

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