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Voter Registration Deadline is Tuesday, July 5 for August Elections (VIEW SAMPLE BALLOT HERE)

July 3, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page
Voter Registration Deadline is Tuesday, July 5 for August Elections

If you want to vote in the August 4 elections the last day to register with the local election commission is Tuesday (July 5).

“If you are not registered but want to participate in the August 4 elections, then Tuesday (July 5) is the last day you can register in person at the election office,” said Dennis Stanley, Administrator of Elections. “Our office is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.”

“Tuesday’s voter registration deadline also applies to those who wish to register as property owners in the City of Smithville,” he added.

Five elections are set for August 4---the DeKalb County General Election, the Tennessee Republican and Democratic Primaries, and city elections in Smithville, Liberty and Dowelltown.

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“With elections on the mind of voters, it is also a good time to make sure your address is up to date,” said Stanley. “So many times voters move since the last time they voted and they fail to notify our office, which can cause a delay when they come to the polls. If you are not sure your voting address is current, call our office and we’ll be glad to check for you. Or you can check the address on your voter card. If that address is not where you currently live, you need to update it long before election day or before you participate in early voting.”

Early voting begins July 15 and runs through July 30. Early voting will be conducted on the first floor of the DeKalb County Courthouse. Hours are Mondays 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. until Noon.

Giri Peters Wins Back to Back Beginner Fiddling Titles at Jamboree (VIEW VIDEO HERE)

July 3, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page

For the second year in a row, Giri Peters of Nashville has won the top Jamboree award as the best fiddler in the National Championship for Country Musician Beginners.

Peters was crowned the Grand Champion fiddler Saturday and won the coveted James G. "Bobo" Driver Memorial Award. Members of the Driver family made the award presentation including Driver's grandson Robin Driver, grand daughter Kim Luton, and great grandchildren Russell Ambrose, Kiana Driver, and Jamie Driver.

Danny Roberts of the Grascals Receives Jamborees' Blue Blaze Award (VIEW VIDEO HERE)

July 3, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page
Danny Roberts of the Grascals Receives Jamborees' Blue Blaze Award

Danny Roberts who competed on the Fiddlers Jamboree stage several years ago now has a professional career as a member of the popular group the Grascals but he took time out of his busy schedule to return to the Jamboree stage Saturday evening and was presented the Jamborees' Blue Blaze Award, which is given to a musician who is actively cultivating a love of bluegrass music.

Roberts performed with his family and members of the Grascals.

Roberts began playing guitar to back up his friend Jimmy Mattingly (founding member, The Grascals) when the two were growing up on adjacent farms in Leitchfield, KY. Soon he was winning contests on his own as a guitarist and, eventually, mandolin player. In 1982 he co-founded the New Tradition, a dynamic, ground-breaking bluegrass/gospel group that toured the country for close to 20 years (the last ten on a full-time basis), recorded ten CDs, made “Seed Of Love,” the first bluegrass video to feature the banjo – it reached #1 on the TNN channel – appeared on the Grand Ole Opry, and helped to bring the bluegrass sound and gospel message to a new generation of fans. When the group dissolved in 2000, Danny went to work for Gibson Musical Instruments, where he rose to the position of plant manager at the company’s Original Acoustic Instruments luthiery. Still, he kept his hand in as a musician, giving workshops with mandolin colleagues like Sam Bush, Chris Thile and Bobby Osborne, making guest appearances with artists such as Marty Raybon, Larry Cordle and Melonie Cannon, and touring and recording with bluegrass/country veteran Ronnie Reno as a member of his band, the Reno Tradition, before reuniting with Mattingly in The Grascals in 2004. His solo recording, MANDOLIN ORCHARD, received extensive airplay and was touted by the Chicago Tribune as one of the Top 10 Bluegrass Releases of 2004. Roberts was also honored with the 2006 and 2008 SPBGMA Award for Mandolin Performer of the Year.

Two Injured in Saturday Crash

July 3, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page
Two Injured in Saturday Crash near Ford dealership on West Broad Street
2012 GMC Terrain struck a metal utility pole on West Broad Street

Two people were injured after their 2012 GMC Terrain struck a metal utility pole on West Broad Street Saturday morning near the ford dealership.

The driver, 67 year old James Taylor of Smithville and a passenger, 39 year old Shannon Taylor were taken by DeKalb EMS to St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital.

According to Trooper T.J. Withers of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Taylor was driving west when his vehicle left the highway to the right and then struck the curb and the pole. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

In addition to Trooper Withers and DeKalb EMS, members of the Smithville Police and Fire Departments were also on the scene to render assistance.

Ivy Phillips Crowned Grand Champion Fiddler at 45th Jamboree

July 2, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page
Grand Champion Fiddler Ivy Phillips Receives Berry C. Williams Memorial Award from Fiddlers' Jamboree Coordinator Jack Barton
Junior Old-Time Appalachian Flatfoot Dance (Ages up to 39): First Place-Hillary Klug of Shelbyville
Senior Old-Time Appalachian Flatfoot Dance (Ages 40 & Over): First Place- Tommy Scruggs, Jr. of Hartsville
Senior Buck Dancing (Ages 40 & Over): First Place- Thomas Maupin of Murfreesboro;
Senior Clogging (Ages 40 & Over): First Place-Tammy Scruggs of Hartsville
Bluegrass Banjo: First Place-Joey Gipson of Manchester
Junior Fiddlers (Ages 13-39): First Place-Ivy Phillips of Chapmansboro
Flat Top Guitar: First Place- Tyler Andal of Nashville
Contest Fiddle (Neil Dudney Award): First Place- Ivy Phillips. Presented to Phillips by Dudney's grandsons Ethan, Brandon, and Dylan Shaw.
Bluegrass Band: First Place- Tennessee Bluegrass of Dyersburg
Senior Fiddlers ( Ages 40 & Over): First Place- Gail Johnson of Lavergne

The Grand Champion Fiddler of the 45th annual Smithville Fiddler's Jamboree and Crafts Festival is Ivy Phillips of Chapmansboro, Tennessee.

She won the Berry C. Williams Memorial Award Saturday night after the Grand Finale Fiddle-Off between the best Junior and Senior Fiddler. The two day festival came to a close at around 10:30 p.m.

Phillips made it to the fiddle off by winning the Junior Fiddling competition and she won the Grand Championship by beating the winner of the Senior Fiddling contest Gail Johnson of Lavergne.

Phillips is also a two time Jamboree fiddling champion of the National Championship for Country Musician Beginners in 2012 and 2013.

Winners in the Saturday session of the Fiddler's Jamboree are as follows:

Junior Old-Time Appalachian Flatfoot Dance (Ages up to 39): First Place-Hillary Klug of Shelbyville; Second Place- Chris Stewart of Hermitage; and Third Place- Justin Yates of Adams, Tennessee.

Senior Old-Time Appalachian Flatfoot Dance (Ages 40 & Over): First Place- Tommy Scruggs, Jr. of Hartsville; Second Place- Thomas Maupin of Murfreesboro; and Third Place- Danny Campbell of Murfreesboro.

Senior Buck Dancing (Ages 40 & Over): First Place- Thomas Maupin of Murfreesboro; Second Place- Danny Campbell of Murfreesboro; and Third Place- Ruth Alpert of Santa Barbara, California.

Senior Clogging (Ages 40 & Over): First Place-Tammy Scruggs of Hartsville; Second Place- Darrin Stryker of Crossville; and Third Place- Sherry Guenther of Monterey.

Bluegrass Banjo: First Place-Joey Gipson of Manchester; Second Place-Kurt Stephenson of Dyersburg; and Third Place- Garry Adams of Joelton.

Junior Fiddlers (Ages 13-39): First Place-Ivy Phillips of Chapmansboro; Second Place- Maddie Denton of Murfreesboro; and Third Place- Tyler Andal of Nashville.

Flat Top Guitar: First Place- Tyler Andal of Nashville; Second Place- Daniel Amick of Centerville; and Third Place-Rob Pearcy of Smyrna.

Contest Fiddle (Neil Dudney Award): First Place- Ivy Phillips of Chapmansboro; Second Place- Maddie Denton of Murfreesboro; and Third Place- Hillary Klug of Shelbyville. The Neil Dudney Award was presented to Phillips by Dudney's grandsons Ethan, Brandon, and Dylan Shaw.

Bluegrass Band: First Place- Tennessee Bluegrass of Dyersburg; Second Place- Pocket Change of Murfreesboro; and Third Place-Blue Hart of Chapmansboro.

Senior Fiddlers ( Ages 40 & Over): First Place- Gail Johnson of Lavergne; Second Place- Marcia Denton of Murfreesboro; and Third Place- Tim Daniels of Lawrenceburg

Square Dancing: First Place-Rocky Top Revue of Franklin; Second Place- Harpeth River of Franklin ; and Third Place- Main Stage Fusion of Springfield.

Meanwhile, for the second year in a row, a Nashville boy has won the top Jamboree award as the best fiddler in the National Championship for Country Musician Beginners. (VIEW SEPARATE STORY FOR PHOTOS OF WINNERS)

Giri Peters was crowned the Grand Champion fiddler Saturday and won the coveted James G. "Bobo" Driver Memorial Award, named for the man who started the children's competition during the 1980's as part of the annual Fiddler's Jamboree and Crafts Festival. Members of the Driver family made the award presentation including Driver's grandson Robin Driver, grand daughter Kim Luton, and great grandchildren Russell Ambrose, Kiana Driver, and Jamie Driver.

In addition to winning the top fiddler prize, Peters also captured first place in the Dobro Guitar, Mandolin, and Flat Top Guitar competition.

Peters also repeated as the "Entertainer of the Year". The award is presented to the best overall instrumental entertainer among winners in the dobro guitar, mandolin, five string banjo, and flat top guitar competition.

The National Championship for Country Musician Beginners showcases the talents of children up to age twelve in seven categories of competition.

This year's winners are as follows:

Fiddle: First Place- Giri Peters of Nashville; Second Place- Mary Parker of Mountain View, Arkansas; and Third Place- Iris Shepherd of Henry, Tennessee

Buck Dancing: First Place- Kaelin Wade of Paris, Tennessee; Second Place- Braden Chunn of Greenbrier, and Third Place- Gracie Parrish of Pleasant View

Clogging: First Place- Braden Chunn of Greenbrier, Second Place- Gracie Parrish of Pleasant View, and Third Place- Kaelin Wade of Paris, Tennessee.

Dobro Guitar: First Place- Giri Peters of Nashville; Second Place- Maddie McKenney of Cullman, Alabama; and Third Place- Uma Peters of Nashville

Mandolin: First Place-Giri Peters of Nashville; Second Place-Mary Parker of Mountain View, Arkansas; and Third Place- Braden Chunn of Greenbrier.

Five String Banjo: First Place- Uma Peters of Nashville; Second Place- Conner Derryberry of Shelbyville; and Third Place- Cooper Brown of Smithville

Flat Top Guitar: First Place- Giri Peters of Nashville; Second Place- Robert Wheeler of Smithville; and Third Place- Gordon Parker of Mountain View, Arkansas

Peters Repeats as Jamboree Beginners Fiddling Champion

July 2, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page
Giri Peters Receives James G. “BoBo” Driver Memorial Award from members of Driver family. Pictured: Russell Ambrose, Kim Luton,  Giri Peters, Robin Driver, Kiana Driver, and Jamie Driver
Buck Dancing: First Place- Kaelin Wade of Paris, Tennessee
Clogging: First Place- Braden Chunn of Greenbrier
Dobro Guitar: First Place- Giri Peters of Nashville
Mandolin: First Place-Giri Peters of Nashville
Five String Banjo: First Place- Uma Peters of Nashville
Flat Top Guitar: First Place- Giri Peters of Nashville

For the second year in a row, a Nashville boy has won the top Jamboree award as the best fiddler in the National Championship for Country Musician Beginners.

Giri Peters was crowned the Grand Champion fiddler Saturday and won the coveted James G. "Bobo" Driver Memorial Award, named for the man who started the children's competition during the 1980's as part of the annual Fiddler's Jamboree and Crafts Festival. Members of the Driver family made the award presentation including Driver's grandson Robin Driver, grand daughter Kim Luton, and great grandchildren Russell Ambrose, Kiana Driver, and Jamie Driver.

In addition to winning the top fiddler prize, Peters also captured first place in the Dobro Guitar, Mandolin, and Flat Top Guitar competition.

Peters also repeated as the "Entertainer of the Year". The award is presented to the best overall instrumental entertainer among winners in the dobro guitar, mandolin, five string banjo, and flat top guitar competition.

The National Championship for Country Musician Beginners showcases the talents of children up to age twelve in seven categories of competition.

This year's winners are as follows:

Fiddle: First Place- Giri Peters of Nashville; Second Place- Mary Parker of Mountain View, Arkansas; and Third Place- Iris Shepherd of Henry, Tennessee

Buck Dancing: First Place- Kaelin Wade of Paris, Tennessee; Second Place- Braden Chunn of Greenbrier, and Third Place- Gracie Parrish of Pleasant View

Clogging: First Place- Braden Chunn of Greenbrier, Second Place- Gracie Parrish of Pleasant View, and Third Place- Kaelin Wade of Paris, Tennessee.

Dobro Guitar: First Place- Giri Peters of Nashville; Second Place- Maddie McKenney of Cullman, Alabama; and Third Place- Uma Peters of Nashville

Mandolin: First Place-Giri Peters of Nashville; Second Place-Mary Parker of Mountain View, Arkansas; and Third Place- Braden Chunn of Greenbrier.

Five String Banjo: First Place- Uma Peters of Nashville; Second Place- Conner Derryberry of Shelbyville; and Third Place- Cooper Brown of Smithville

Flat Top Guitar: First Place- Giri Peters of Nashville; Second Place- Robert Wheeler of Smithville; and Third Place- Gordon Parker of Mountain View, Arkansas

Fiddlers Jamboree Craft Awards Presented

July 2, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page
Jason and Lora Coons of Moss, Tennessee received the "Best of Show" award for their display of custom metal signs
Jenn Cole of Cookeville was presented the "Best Appalachian Craft" award for her display of functional Handmade Pottery
"Best Newcomer" Award went to Siera Sins and Sandra Phillips of Sparta for their Pistols & Posies Fashionable Handcrafted designs, accessories, and Bangle Bracelets
Gary Keeble of Dalton, Georgia received the "Best Display" award for his photography on canvas.

The annual Fiddler's Jamboree Craft Awards were presented Saturday

Jason and Lora Coons of Moss, Tennessee received the "Best of Show" award for their display of custom metal signs
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Meanwhile, Jenn Cole of Cookeville was presented the "Best Appalachian Craft" award for her display of functional Handmade Pottery .

The "Best Newcomer" Award went to Siera Sins and Sandra Phillips of Sparta for their Pistols & Posies Fashionable Handcrafted designs, accessories, and Bangle Bracelets.

Gary Keeble of Dalton, Georgia received the "Best Display" award for his photography on canvas.

The awards were presented by Emma Adkins, the Fiddler's Jamboree Director of Crafts along with Olivia Norton and Ellie Adkins.

(TOP PHOTO)
BEST OF SHOW: Jason and Lora Coons for their custom metal signs
PICTURED: Olivia Norton, Jason, Abby, and Lora Coons, and Emma and Ellie Adkins

(SECOND PHOTO FROM TOP)
BEST APPALACHIAN CRAFT: Jenn Cole of Cookeville was presented the "Best Appalachian Craft" award for her display of functional Handmade Pottery .
PICTURED: Olivia Norton, Jenn Cole, and Ellie and Emma Adkins

(THIRD PHOTO FROM TOP)
BEST NEWCOMER AWARD went to Siera Sins and Sandra Phillips of Sparta for their Pistols & Posies Fashionable Handcrafted designs, accessories, and Bangle Bracelets
PICTURED: Ellie and Emma Adkins, Siera Sins, and Olivia Norton

(BOTTOM PHOTO)
BEST DISPLAY: Gary Keeble of Dalton, Georgia received the "Best Display" award for his photography on canvas.
PICTURED: Emma and Ellie Adkins, Gary Keeble, and Olivia Norton

New Course Record Set at Fiddler 5K and One-Mile Fun Run

July 2, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page

37 year old Brian Shelton was the overall winner of the 18th annual fiddler 5K and One-Mile Fun Run Saturday and he set a new course record at 16:12.

Meanwhile Kristen VanVranken won the race among females. She ran the course in 20:23

Winners in other categories were:

TOP MALE MASTERS (Age 40 and older): Sean Edwards at 19:21
TOP FEMALE MASTERS (Age 40 and older): Kendra Faith Edwards at 24:53

One-Mile Fun Run (age 12 and younger) winner:
TOP MALE: Conner Vance of Smithville at 6:47
TOP FEMALE: Bella Bryson of Woodbury at 8:19

The 18th Annual Fiddler 5K and One-Mile Fun Run featured 321 participants.

Funds raised will support Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County

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