Local News Articles

DeKalb County Fair Opens Monday

July 20, 2014
by: 
Dwayne Page

The DeKalb County Fair in Alexandria begins its annual week-long run Monday.

The schedule of daily events is as follows:

Monday, July 21: National Anthem at 5:45 p.m.; Cattle Show at 6:00 p.m. at the Grandstand; Rodeo at the T.C. McMillen Arena at 6:00 p.m.; Junior Fair Princess Pageant for contestants ages 13-16 at 6:00 p.m. followed by the Fairest of the Fair Pageant for contestants ages 17 to 20 at the Lions Club Pavilion and (2- $500 cash drawings) at 9:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 22: Snowbird from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.; Little Mr. and Miss Pageant for contestants ages 4-6 at 6:00 p.m. at the Lions Club Pavilion followed by David Turner and Friends; Corn hole Contest at 7:00 p.m. at the Grandstand; Go-Cart Racing at 6:00 p.m. at the T.C. McMillen Arena and (2- $500 cash drawings) at 9:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 23: Little Miss Princess Pageant for contestants ages 7-9 at 6:00 p.m. followed by the Miss Sweetheart Pageant for those ages 10-12 at the Lions Club Pavilion; 4 Wheeler and Motorcycle Racing at 6:30 p.m. at the T.C. McMillen Arena; and (2- $500 cash drawings) at 9:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 24: Senior Citizen Day activities at 9:00 a.m. at the Lions Club Pavilion; Junior Goat Show at 6:00 p.m. at the Tot Kelly Barn; a Baby Show at 6:00 p.m. followed by Kidnation at the Lions Club Pavilion; and ATV Rodeo at the T.C. McMillen Arena at 7:00 p.m.; and (2- $500 cash drawings) at 9:30 p.m.

Friday, July 25: Toddler Show for contestants 13 months to 47 months at 6:00 p.m. at the Lions Club Pavilion; Kids Pedal Tractor Pull at 7:00 p.m. at the Grandstand; ATV/ Mini-Rod Outlaw Pull at 7:00 p.m. at the T.C. McMillen Arena and (2- $500 cash drawings) at 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 26: Horseshoe Tournament at the Tot Kelly barn at Noon.; Gospel Singing at the Lions Club Pavilion at 6:00 p.m.; Super Tractor and Truck Pull at 7:00 p.m. at the T.C. McMillen Arena: and (2- $500 cash drawings) at 9:30 p.m.

DeKalb County Fair Memory Lane Stage Line-Up

Time: Monday Night July 21
6:30 -7:30 p.m. Muddy Water Band
7:45 - UNTIL Prosperity Baptist Youth Group

Tuesday Night July 22
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Bryan Keith
7:45 - 8:45 p.m. Steve Quick & Friends

Wednesday Night July 23
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Meredith McClanahan
7:45 - 8:45 p.m. Donny Barthelemy

Thursday Night July 24
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Reily Kelly
7:45 - 8:45 p.m. Terri Lynn Weaver

Friday Night July 25
6:30 - Until Karaoke Night
No Rap , Radio Edit Only
Max 1 Instrument or 2 Vocal Mikes and 2 Instruments Max.
7.45 p.m. -until Pickin Friends

Saturday Night July 26
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Mid State Cloggers
7:45-8:45 p.m. Evermean Evergreen Cloggers

Events subject to change without notice.

Rides on the Midway will be provided by the Family Attractions Amusement Company. Unlimited rides will be available for $15.00 on Monday night; $16.00 on Tuesday night; $14.00 on Wednesday and $18.00 on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Admission to the fair is $4.00 per person. Children age four and younger will be admitted free! Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. Parking is Free!

For more information, call 529-FAIR or visit on-line at www.dekalbcountyfairtn.com.

Almost 700 Vote Early

July 19, 2014
by: 
Dwayne Page

A total of 692 persons have cast ballots during the first four days of early voting for the August 7 elections. That's 634 in person and 58 by absentee.

Of the 692 voters, a total of 251 have voted in the Tennessee Republican Primary, 189 have voted in the Tennessee Democratic Primary, and 252 have voted only in the DeKalb County General Election without voting in either state primary.

Early voting continues through Saturday, August 2. All Early Voting will be in the first floor courtroom of the courthouse. The hours are as follows:

Mondays-- 1 p.m.to 6 p.m.
Tuesdays-- 9 am. to 1 p.m.
Wednesdays-- 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Thursdays-- 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Fridays-9.a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturdays- 9 a.m. to Noon

Teens "Grow a Row" to Feed the Hungry

July 19, 2014
Teens "Grow a Row" to Feed the Hungry
Harvesting Potatoes

Three local teens recently completed a “Grow-a-Row” project for the Second Harvest Food Pantry in Smithville.

Matthew Cooper, Andrew Cooper, and Braxton Pugh planted 1,000 feet of potatoes in mid-March. After spending four months cultivating the plants, they harvested 1,100 pounds of potatoes and donated them to the food pantry on July 17.

“Although hunger in third-world countries receives a lot of media attention, lots of people don’t realize that there are many suffering from hunger right here in America,” Matthew Cooper said. “Andrew, Braxton, and I wanted to do something to fight hunger in our own community. We hope that this project will encourage other people to donate home-grown produce to their local food pantries, too.”

(TOP PHOTO: left to right- Matthew Cooper, Andrew Cooper, and Braxton Pugh with Peggy Johnson)

(BOTTOM PHOTO: left to right Matthew Cooper, Andrew Cooper, and Braxton Pugh harvesting the potatoes)

Local Nursery to Close Affecting More Than 250 Workers

July 18, 2014
by: 
Dwayne Page

A nursery in Smithville will be closing one of its operations here this fall, a move that is expected to affect as many as 257 workers.

The Berry Family of Nurseries, located on Vaughn Lane in Smithville, has filed a mandatory Employee Dislocation Notification with the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development announcing a closure by September 30. But while the operation on Vaughn Lane will be shutting down, WJLE has learned that the Berry Family of Nurseries' second location in Smithville on Short Mountain Highway will continue in operation.

The Vaughn Lane nursery grows mostly perennials, shrubs, and roses and the workforce varies from as few as 125 during the winter season to as many as 450 during the spring. The Short Mountain Highway location employs around 200 workers and grows ornamental, flowering, fruit, and shade trees.

Berry purchased the Short Mountain Road operation from H.J. Judkins and Sons Nursery several years ago and later acquired the Vaughn Lane nursery from Zelenka, who had purchased it from Knowles & Sons Nursery in 2001.

The Berry Family of Nurseries was founded in 1993 and is based in Irving, Texas with nurseries in Cornelius, Oregon; Hulbert, Oklahoma; Sims, North Carolina; Grand Haven, Michigan; and Quincy, Florida in addition to the Smithville locations.

The company grows colorful plants, seasonal blooming plants, ground cover and fragrance roses, sweet fruit trees, perennials, hydrangeas, azaleas, woody ornamental plants, and lilacs. It serves customers through various garden centers and big box stores in the United States.

In addition to the Smithville closure, Berry also plans to shut down its operation in Oregon, affecting 100 workers there.

Early Voting Begins Today for August 7 Elections

July 18, 2014
by: 
Dwayne Page
Early Voting Begins Today

Early Voting begins today (Friday, July 18) for the August 7th DeKalb County General Election, the Smithville and Dowelltown Municipal Elections, and the Tennessee Democratic and Republican Primaries.

Locally, voters will be electing a Sheriff, Road Supervisor, General Sessions Judge, County Mayor, County Clerk, Circuit Court Clerk, Register of Deeds, and Trustee along with all fourteen county commissioners, five school board members, and three persons to fill vacant constable positions.

In the 13th Judicial District, voters will elect five judges, a District Attorney General, and a District Public Defender.

City elections are being held in Dowelltown to fill three aldermen seats and in Smithville to elect a mayor and two aldermen.

Across the state, Democrats and Republicans will be choosing party nominees for Governor, U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative (Congressman), State Senate, and State Representative, along with State Executive Committeemen and women. Primary winners will face off in the November Tennessee General Election.

Voters in August also will be asked whether or not to retain several state judges

Because of the lengthy ballot, voters are encouraged to take advantage of early voting in order to avoid possible long lines at the polls on election day.

Voters are also urged to study the sample ballot in advance before coming to the polls. You can view the sample ballot by clicking the PDF link below:

DelalbTN-PG14-NewspaperTyposFixed.pdf (107.55 KB)

Early voting begins July 18 and the last day is August 2. All Early Voting will be in the first floor courtroom of the courthouse. The hours are as follows:

Mondays-- 1 p.m.to 6 p.m.
Tuesdays-- 9 am. to 1 p.m.
Wednesdays-- 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Thursdays-- 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Fridays-9.a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturdays- 9 a.m. to Noon

Offices to be on the ballot and the candidates running for those positions in no particular order are as follows:

County Mayor: Chris Bratcher, II (Independent), Chris Smithson (Republican), and Tim Stribling (Democrat)

Sheriff: Larry Flair (Democrat) and Patrick Ray (Republican)

General Sessions Judge: Mingy Colwell Bryant (Republican) and Bratten Hale (Butch) Cook, II (Democrat)

Road Supervisor: Wallace (Butch) Agee (Republican) and James D. (Jimmy) Sprague (Democrat)

County Clerk: James L. (Jimmy) Poss (Democrat)

Circuit Court Clerk: Katherine Pack (Democrat)

Register of Deeds: Jeff McMillen (Democrat)

Trustee: Sean Driver (Republican)

County Commission (Two to be Elected)
First District: Bennett Armstrong (Democrat), Mason Carter (Republican), and Elmer Ellis, Jr. (Democrat).

Second District: Joe N. Johnson (Democrat), Bobby Joines (Republican), James "Jimmy" E. Midgett (Independent) and Clarence Trapp (Democrat)

Third District: Jack Barton (Democrat), Bradley Hendrix (Democrat), and Wesley Nokes (Independent)

Fourth District: Wayne Cantrell (Democrat) and Jonathan Norris (Democrat)

Fifth District: Jerry Adcock (Republican), Rick Cantrell (Democrat), and Anita Puckett (Democrat)

Sixth District: Betty Jean Atnip (Democrat), Jeff Barnes (Democrat), and Danny McGinnis (Independent)

Seventh District: Kevin Robinson (Democrat) and Larry Summers (Democrat)

Constable
First District: Chad Curtis (Democrat) and Lee Plummer (Republican)

Second District: Tony D. Lawson (Independent), Jonathan Low (Independent), and Chris Tramel (Republican)

Third District: Travis Bryant (Independent) and Lou Ann Sanders (Independent)

Board of Education (Non-Partisan)
First District: Matt Boss and Danny Parkerson

Second District: Jerry Wayne Johnson and Charles Robinson

Third District: Jim Beshearse, Kenny Rhody, and Jonathan Willoughby

Fourth District: Billy Miller

Seventh District: Brandon Cox, Johnny Lattimore, and Emitt Shaun Tubbs

13th Judicial District:
Criminal Court Judge, Part I: Gary McKenzie (Republican) and William Fred Roberson, Jr. (Democrat)

Criminal Court Judge, Part II: David A. Patterson(Republican)

Circuit Court Judge, Part I: Amy Hollars (Democrat)

Circuit Court Judge, Part II: Randall A. York (Democrat) and Jonathan Young (Republican)

Chancellor: J. Lee Burgess (Republican) and Ronald Thurman (Democrat)

District Attorney General: Tony Craighead (Democrat) and Bryant Dunaway (Republican)

District Public Defender: David N. Brady (Democrat) and Craig Fickling (Republican)

Smithville Municipal Election:
Mayor: Wallace Caldwell and Jimmy W. Poss
Alderman: Gayla Hendrix and Jason Murphy (Two to be Elected)

Dowelltown Municipal Election:
Alderman: Brad Driver, Keith Farler, and Ronald Griffith (Three to be Elected)

2014 Judicial Retention Questions (Should the following judges be retained "yes" or "no"?)
Cornelia A. (Connie) Clark: Supreme Court At Large
Sharon Gail Lee: Supreme Court At Large
Gary R. Wade: Supreme Court At Large
Thomas "Skip" Frierson: Court of Appeals Eastern Division
John W. McClarty: Court of Appeals Eastern Division
Charles Susano: Court of Appeals Eastern Division
Michael Swiney: Court of Appeals Eastern Division
Andy D. Bennett: Court of Appeals Middle Division
Frank Clement: Court of Appeals Middle Division
Richard Dinkins: Court of Appeals Middle Division
Neal McBrayer: Court of Appeals Middle Division
Holly Kirby: Court of Appeals Western Division
Steve Stafford: Court of Appeals Western Division
Norma McGee Ogle: Court of Criminal Appeals Eastern Division
D. Kelly Thomas, Jr.: Court of Criminal Appeals Eastern Division
James C. Witt, Jr.: Court of Criminal Appeals Eastern Division
Jeffrey S. Bivins: Court of Criminal Appeals Middle Division
Robert W. Wedemeyer: Court of Criminal Appeals Middle Division
Thomas T. Woodall: Court of Criminal Appeals Middle Division
Alan Glenn: Court of Criminal Appeals Western Division
Camille R. McMullen: Court of Criminal Appeals Western Division
Roger A. Page: Court of Criminal Appeals Western Division
John Everett Williams: Court of Criminal Appeals Western Division

All three of DeKalb County's representatives in the Tennessee General Assembly will face a challenge for re-election this year.

Clark Boyd of Lebanon will try to unseat State Senator Mae Beavers of Mount Juliet in the August 7th Tennessee Republican Primary in the 17th District. The winner will be unopposed in November.

State Representative Terri Lynn Weaver of Lancaster will be unopposed in the August Tennessee Republican Primary in the 40th District but she will face Sarah Marie Smith of Carthage in the November Tennessee General Election. Smith is unopposed in the August Tennessee Democratic Primary.

Smith challenged Representative Weaver in the November General Election two years ago.

Meanwhile, Candace Reed of Lebanon will be looking to defeat Republican State Representative Mark Pody of Lebanon in the November General Election in the 46th District. Neither Reed nor Representative Pody face a primary challenge in August.

Other candidates in the August Tennessee Primaries:

Republican State Executive Committeeman-District 17: Albert McCall of Lebanon and Dwayne Craighead of Celina.

Republican State Executive Committeewoman-District 17: Jennifer Winfree of Lancaster, Yvonne G. Hunter of Lebanon, and Pat Fields of Old Hickory.

Democratic State Executive Committee Woman-District 17: Rachel Givens of Lebanon

Democratic State Executive Committee Man-District 17: Aubrey Givens of Lebanon and Bob Black of Lebanon

U.S. House of Representatives (6th District):
Republicans: Diane Black of Gallatin and Jerry Lowery of Sparta

Democrat: Amos Scott Powers of Doyle

Governor:

Republicans: Bill Haslam of Knoxville, Donald Ray McFolin of Nashville, Mark Coonrippy Brown of Gallatin, and Basil Marceaux, Sr. of Soddy Daisy.

Democrats: Charles V. "Charlie" Brown of Oakdale, Kennedy Spellman Johnson of Murfreesboro, Ron Noonan of Sparta, and William H. "John" McKamey of Piney Flats.

U.S. Senator:
Republicans: Lamar Alexander of Walland, John D. King of Knoxville, Joe Carr of Lascassas, George Shea Flinn of Memphis, Fred R. Anderson of Maryville, Erin Kent Magee of Knoxville, Christian Agnew of Mt. Juliet, and Brenda S. Lenard of Sweetwater.

Democrats: Gary Gene Davis of Nashville, Gordon Ball of Knoxville, Larry Crim of Antioch, and Terry Adams of Knoxville.

Ground Breaking Held Thursday for Fast Pace Urgent Care Clinic

July 18, 2014
by: 
Dwayne Page
Ground Breaking Held Thursday for Fast Pace Urgent Care Clinic

Fast Pace Urgent Care officials and community members broke ground Thursday on the future home of Fast Pace’s new, state of the art walk-in clinic in the Smithville area at 101 W. Broad St., Smithville, TN.

The clinic is expected to open in October.

“Fast Pace Urgent Care is extremely honored to bring our high-caliber, patient focused, affordable health care to the folks of Smithville,” said Stan Bevis, FNP, Founder of Fast Pace Urgent Care. “The Fast Pace mission is to make health care convenient and accessible to everyone, and we look forward to delivering on this commitment.”

The new clinic will be conveniently located next to KFC/Taco Bell on the corner of East Broad Street and Oak Street, across from Pennzoil. Equipped with multiple exam rooms, on-site lab testing and x-ray capabilities, the clinic will provide a broad array of urgent, walk-in and primary care services.

“Open seven days a week with extended hours, we will provide treatment for a wide range of illnesses, injuries, and common conditions, as well as provide a variety of wellness, diagnostic and screening services,” explained Dr. Reams Powers, Medical Director for Fast Pace Urgent Care. “By accepting most insurance plans and offering affordable self-pay prices for uninsured patients or patients with high deductible insurance plans, we hope to make health care available to everyone in the Smithville area.”

More information about Fast Pace Urgent Care is available at FastPaceUrgentCare.com.

Pictured l-r:

Mark White, Barger Construction; Tom Cobb, Regional Marketing Coordinator; Tanya Deane, HR Director; Barrett Wilson, Marketing Director; Amber Woodward-Smith, Finance Director; Brandy Brown, Clinic Liaison; Katrina Catto, President; Stan Bevis, Founder; Winnette Painter-Bevis, RN, BSN-Co Founder; Andy Black; Morgan Bevis; Taylor Bevis; Sherry Harris, Chamber Board Member; Bart Lay; Jimmy Poss, Smithville Mayor; Julia Cantrell, Chamber President; Shan Burklow, DeKalb Community & Stones River Hospitals Marketing Director; Suzanne Williams, Chamber Director.

Smithville Police Make Arrest in Theft Investigations

July 17, 2014
by: 
Dwayne Page
Randy Caplinger

Smithville Police have recovered some stolen property and made an arrest in two recent theft cases.

40 year old Steve Mabe, Jr. is charged with theft. His bond is $8,000 and he will be in court July 31.

Chief Randy Caplinger said that on Sunday, July 13 at around 2:30 a.m. Mabe allegedly stole a flat bed utility trailer, a canoe, and a spool of line for a weed trimmer from the property of the Smithville Golf Course. Mabe was identified as a suspect in the investigation and a search warrant was drawn up and executed at Mabe's home on Earl Avenue. During the search, police found the utility trailer and the trimmer line. Mabe also directed the officer to where the canoe was hidden. Police also found a chainsaw, weedeater, hunting bow and gas cans which were stolen in May from another resident in town. Mabe was placed under arrest.

28 year old Corey Winchester is charged with aggravated burglary. His bond is $10,000 and he will be in court July 24. Chief Caplinger said that on Wednesday, July 9 Winchester allegedly broke into a residence on West Broad Street through a window. He was later seen walking down the street trying to hide the window screen under his shirt.

42 year old Richard Turner is charged with public intoxication. His bond is $1,500 and he will be in court July 24. Chief Caplinger said on Thursday, July 10 police were called to Holmes Creek Road where Turner was found lying passed out on the creek bank very close to the water. The officer awoke Turner and detected a strong odor of alcohol on his person. He was also unsteady on his feet.

29 year old Jason Whitefield is charged with domestic assault. His bond is $1,500 and he will be in court July 24. Chief Caplinger said that on Thursday, July 3rd police responded to a residence on Forrest Avenue on a complaint of domestic violence in progress. Upon arrival the officer learned from persons at the residence that Whitefield started fighting with them after they found him asleep in a vehicle and woke him up.

According to the arrest warrant, "She (a relative of Whitefield) tried to get the keys out of the car. He woke up. She told him he didn't need to be driving because of his condition. He grabbed her to move her out of the way. Her mother came over and tried to break up the argument. Whitefield hit her causing her to fall to the ground. Another person at the scene reported that Whitefield had hit him seven times. One of the victims was taken to the hospital for treatment of her injuries. Whitefield was placed under arrest.

28 year old Michael London is charged with domestic assault. He is also cited for simple possession of a schedule III drug (Hydrocodone). His bond is $2,500 and he will be in court July 31. Chief Caplinger said that on Tuesday, July 10 London allegedly assaulted a woman at Evins Manor Apartments on Foster Road. When asked to leave, London put his hands around the person's neck and commanded the person to go outside and talk. He was determined to have been the primary aggressor. While making the arrest, an officer found in London's pocket, pills believed to be Hydrocodone.

DeKalb Firefighters Association Endorses Candidates for County Mayor and Commission

July 16, 2014
by: 
Dwayne Page
DeKalb Firefighters Association Endorse Candidates for County Mayor and Commission

The DeKalb Firefighter's Association is endorsing candidates for county mayor and the county commission in the DeKalb County General Election on August 7th.

The endorsements are the result of candidate responses to surveys recently published by the Association. "A few weeks ago the DeKalb Firefighters’ Association mailed a public safety survey to all candidates running for the offices of County Mayor and County Commission. This survey contained questions pertaining to public safety in DeKalb County", according to the Association.

"Candidates had until June 16 to return their surveys". According to the Association, "All of the following candidates who returned their surveys have met approval for endorsement in the August 2014 General Election.

County Mayor—Chris Bratcher, Chris Smithson, and Tim Stribling
District 1-Mason Carter and Elmer Ellis, Jr.
District 2- Joe Johnson, Jimmy Midgett, and Clarence Trapp
District 3-Jack Barton
District 4-Wayne Cantrell
District 5-Rick Cantrell and Anita Puckett
District 6-Betty Atnip

"Not all candidates submitted a response to our survey. This is not a reflection that they do not support public safety," according to the Association.

Postal Service Holds Community Meeting in Dowelltown

July 15, 2014
by: 
Dwayne Page
Postal Service Holds Community Meeting in Dowelltown

Daily operating hours of the Dowelltown Post Office may soon be reduced in a cost saving measure by the U.S. Postal Service.

Tracy Mofield, Post Office Operations Manager for the Tennessee District, held a community meeting at the Dowelltown Post Office Tuesday to explain the changes. The proposal is to reduce the window hours from eight hours to six hours a day Monday through Friday. Saturday hours would remain the same. Similar plans have already been enacted at both the Alexandria and Liberty Post Offices.

The Postal Service recently sent out surveys to Dowelltown customers with five options from which to choose. Mofield said 86% of the respondents favored the option to realign the hours of operation.

"In Dowelltown, a total of 783 surveys were sent out and 149 of them were returned. Of those 149 surveys, 86% or 128 chose realignment of hours of the options given as their first option. Three chose the delivery option which means they (customers) could do all their business from delivery of the route by the rural carrier. No one chose the village post office option. Four said they could do their business at a nearby post office. Fourteen made no selection," said Mofield.

"These were the five options given and overwhelmingly the option chosen was the realignment of hours. Of course if there was an option in there of leaving my post office the same, that would certainly be the most overwhelming response. We realize that but we've got to do what's fiscally responsible in trying to keep the organization viable for future generations and keeping a presence in these rural communities," said Mofield.

After reviewing the surveys that were returned and taking into account Postal Service operational needs, Mofield said retail hours for the Dowelltown Post Office will likely be: Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. with lunch from 11:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Saturday hours will be from 8:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. Total Saturday window service hours will not be reduced and access to delivery receptacles will not change as a result of the POST Plan realignment of weekday window service hours. Access to delivery receptacles will not be reduced from current hours.

The final decision is expected to be made no sooner than thirty days after Tuesday's meeting. A notice will then be placed in the lobby of the Dowelltown Post Office letting all the customers know the date the new hours will go into effect.

The Dowelltown Post Office serves one route and an auxiliary and is staffed by Post Master Cathy Marler and Dana Clark, Post Master Relief. Rusty Caplinger is a Rural Carrier. Liz Antoniak and Sandy Brown are Rural Carrier Associates.

(Pictured above: Tracy Mofield, Rusty Caplinger Cathy Marler, Sandy Brown, Dana Clark, and Liz Antoniak)

Absentee Voting to be Required for Property Rights Voters in City Liquor Referendums

July 15, 2014
by: 
Dwayne Page

Not only will Smithville property rights voters be casting paper ballots in the August 7th Municipal Election for mayor and two aldermen, but it appears they will do the same in the November 4th city liquor referendums.

During the July monthly meeting held Monday, the Aldermen adopted on first reading an ordinance establishing a procedure permitting those non-resident property owners to vote by absentee ballot. Under the ordinance, city property rights voters may only vote by absentee or paper ballot in the city liquor referendums. They would still be free to vote in person at their own precinct or during early voting for other offices on the November 4th Tennessee General Election Ballot.

Without such an ordinance, the city's property rights voters would likely have to go to two places to vote on election day. This process only applies to property rights voters, those who live outside the city in DeKalb County but who have property inside the city and are qualified to vote in a city election.

Earlier this year, the aldermen adopted a separate ordinance establishing the same procedure for city property rights voters in the August 7th Smithville Municipal Election

The ordinance passed on first reading Monday for the November 4th referendums states, "Whereas, T.C.A. 2-6-205, establishes a procedure permitting those non-resident property owners to vote by absentee ballot if an ordinance is passed within the requirements set out in said statute:

Now, Therefore, be it ordained by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen, that

Section 1. By passing this ordinance it does hereby require that those non-resident property owners voting for the referendums which are on the ballot for the November 4, 2014 ballot shall be required to vote absentee for said referendum.

Section 2. This ordinance shall be effective only for the November 4, 2014 ballot for the City of Smithville.

Section 3. The DeKalb County Election Commission shall notify the non-resident property owners as set out in T.C.A. 2-6-205 of the requirements of this ordinance.

Section 4. This ordinance shall take effect from and after its final passage and be effective only for the November 4, 2014 election.

In the referendums on November 4, city voters will be asked to vote either "yes" or "no" on whether to "Authorize consumption of Alcohol on the premises in the City of Smithville" and to "Authorize retail package stores to sell alcoholic beverages in the City of Smithville".

Second and final reading passage of the ordinance is expected at the next city council meeting in August.

Meanwhile, in other business, Mayor Jimmy Poss reappointed Tony Hagan to the Smithville Electric System Board. His new term expires July 1, 2018.

Mayor Poss also reappointed Hilton Conger to the Smithville Electric System Board. His term expires July 1, 2016.

Alderman Jason Murphy was appointed as the city's representative on the 911 Board.

The aldermen approved the mayor's appointments.

Pages

Follow Us


facebook.jpg

News Feed
feed.png

WJLE Radio

2606 McMinnville Hwy
Smithville, TN 37166

Phone: 615 597-4265
FAX: 615 597-6025
Email: wjle@dtccom.net

Local News

6:30 A.M.
7:30 A.M.
8:55 A.M.
12:00 NOON
4:00 P.M.
9:45 P.M.

DTC Communications

Fiddlers Jamboree