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DeKalb EMS Awarded FEMA Grant

April 24, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page
Hoyte Hale

The DeKalb County Ambulance Service has been awarded a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help purchase EMS equipment.

The operations and safety grant, in the amount of $24,000, was awarded through FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The local match is $1,142.

DeKalb EMS Director Hoyte Hale said plans are to purchase two transport ventilators to enhance respiratory care of patients while being transported to the hospital and between hospital transports. “I am very happy that we have been awarded this grant. They are few and far between and getting fewer. We are fortunate to have received it. This will allow us to improve patient care in the county,” he said.

The application for the grant was filed last fall. Hale said he received word that the grant was approved earlier this month from the office of U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander.

It still may be a few months before the ambulance service actually obtains the transport ventilators. Bids have to be advertised and the EMS staff has to be trained by a certified instructor in the use of the equipment.

TDOT to Re-Bid Veterans Memorial Bridge May 12

April 22, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page
TDOT to Re-Bid Veterans Memorial Bridge May 12

The Tennessee Department of Transportation will have another bid letting on Friday, May 12 and the repair of the Veterans Memorial Bridge on College Street will be included.

TDOT initially let bids for the project on Friday, February 10 but the only bid received, from Mid-State Construction Company, Inc. was considered too expensive at $238,600.

“The project was rejected in the February letting because the bid prices came in too high. We are looking at ways to lower them and once we decide on how to do this we will re-let the project and see what we get. We understand that it is an inconvenience, but we must be good stewards of the public’s money and look for fair and equitable prices,” Jennifer Flynn, TDOT Community Relations Officer told WJLE.

If the contract is awarded this time, the project is expected to be completed on or before October 31, 2017. The bridge has been closed since Monday, June 27, 2016.

Woman Allegedly Caught Shoplifting at Walmart Tries to Resist Arrest

April 22, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page

A woman who was allegedly caught shoplifting at Wal-mart last week became agitated with police and tried to resist arrest.

24 year old Abigail Diane Judkins was arrested on Saturday, April 15 for theft, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest. Police responded to Wal-Mart in reference to a shoplifter. The officer was informed that the suspect was outside in the parking lot. He tried to speak with the woman, Judkins but she was on the phone and wouldn't communicate with him. Judkins became agitated and the officer had to ask her to move out of the way on a couple of occasions as customers tried to get in or out of their vehicles. Judkins began yelling and would not cooperate. She denied having any items that belonged to Wal-Mart and became loud and verbally defiant. At one point, she dropped her purse and when the officer bent over to pick it up, Judkins grabbed the purse and began to fight with the officer. With the help of another officer on the scene, police were able to restrain Judkins although she kicked one of them in the leg a couple of times before being cuffed. Judkins continued to be unruly and after being placed in the back of the patrol car, she began kicking the windows but quit before causing any damage. Items taken from Wal-Mart were returned to the store after being found along the path that Judkins walked through the parking lot. Judkins’ bond is $5,000 and her court date is May 4.

20 year old James and 18 year old Dustin Utley were both arrested on Sunday, April 16 for domestic assault after they were caught fighting in the parking lot of McDonalds Restaurant. Police learned that a motorist had witnessed the altercation but it couldn't be determined who started the fight. Fearing that the fight might start again later, both brothers were arrested for their safety. Bond for each is $1,500 and they will make a court appearance on May 4.

36 year old Terry Junior Reeder was arrested on Saturday, April 1 for driving under the influence and he was cited for simple possession and violation of implied consent. Police conducted a welfare check on a person sitting in a vehicle in the parking lot of Hardees after hours. After multiple attempts, police awoke the driver, Reeder. His eyes were bloodshot and watery and his speech was slurred. Reeder consented to field sobriety tasks but performed poorly. Incident to arrest, a search of his vehicle revealed two small rolled papers with a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana. His bond is $1,500.

50 year old Roger Tremain Rapp, III was arrested on Saturday, April 1 for a third offense of driving on a revoked license. Police responded to an area on Bright Hill Road due to a “Be on the Lookout” (BOLO) for a small black car that was involved in a hit and run accident in Warren County. Police were able to make contact with the vehicle just inside the city limits on Bright Hill Road. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Rapp and upon checking his license for validation, it came back being revoked. Bond for Rapp is $4,500 and his court date is April 27.

22 year old Tyler Aarone Duncan was arrested on Sunday, April 2 for driving under the influence and he was cited for speeding and violation of implied consent. Police performed a routine traffic stop on a vehicle for a speeding violation. Upon making contact with the driver, Duncan, police observed him to have slurred speech, red watery blood shot eyes, and an odor of alcohol on his breath. Duncan performed poorly on field sobriety tasks and he refused to give a blood sample. His bond is $1,500 and his court date is April 27.

31 year old Joshua L. McCowan was arrested for public intoxication on Sunday, April 2. Police responded to Wal-Mart due to a suspicious person who appeared to be intoxicated. The officer spoke with the man, McCowan whose eyes were blood shot and watery. His speech was slurred and he was unsteady on his feet. McCowan was asked to step outside and submit to field sobriety tasks. McCowan performed poorly on the tasks. For his safety and that of the public, McCowan was taken into custody. His bond is $3,000 and his court date is April 27.

30 year old Joseph Michael Brew was arrested on Sunday, April 2 for driving under the influence and possession of a handgun while under the influence and he was cited for speeding, financial responsibility, and implied consent. Police performed a routine traffic stop on a vehicle for a speeding violation. The officer spoke with the driver, Brew who had an odor of an alcoholic beverage on his person and red watery eyes. Brew performed poorly on field sobriety tasks. Brew told the officer that he had a handgun in the vehicle. The officer recovered a 45 caliber handgun from the floor board. Bond for Brew is $3,000 and his court date is April 27.

45 year old David E. Driver was arrested on Tuesday, April 4 for being an habitual offender and evading arrest. On Sunday, April 2 police responded to a domestic that was determined to be verbal only but while enroute, the officer was informed by Central Dispatch that the man involved in the domestic had left the scene in a white Ford Ranger with a brown recliner in the bed of the truck. The officer spotted the vehicle on South Congress Boulevard in front of Dogwood Plaza and activated the emergency lights and sirens on his patrol car. The truck failed to stop and the officer pursued the vehicle approximately three miles before ending the pursuit due to traffic conditions. The driver was later identified as David Driver and it was discovered that his license are revoked for driving after being convicted as an habitual offender. Driver was later taken into custody without incident. His bond is $12,000.

22 year old Shawn L. Allen Jr. was arrested on Thursday, April 6 for being a fugitive from justice. Police initiated a routine traffic stop on a vehicle that matched the description of one involved in a theft case under investigation. The officer checked the identities of the occupants and the passenger was found to be Allen who had offenses against him in Ohio for burglary and felony possession of drugs. Allen was arrested and held for extradition to Ohio. His bond is $75,000.

48 year old Cynthia Ann Clevenger was arrested Tuesday, April 11 for a 4th offense of driving on a revoked license and she was cited for speeding. Clevenger was stopped for a speeding violation and she was found to have a revoked driver's license. A check revealed her license were suspended on September 9, 2011 for accumulation of points. She was charged with driving on a suspended license on October 3, 2013 in Washington County; on February 11, 2015 in Cocke County; and December 1, 2016 in McMinn County. Her license had never been reinstated during this period. Her bond is $3,000 and her court date is May 4.

34 year old Deia Marie McCormick was arrested on Thursday, April 13 for driving under the influence and she was cited for a driver's license violation and violation of implied consent. Police were dispatched to the area of South Congress Boulevard due to a possible intoxicated driver. The officer spoke with the driver, McCormick who had slurred speech and she was unable to keep her eyes open. McCormick consented to but performed poorly on field sobriety tasks. It was discovered through Central Dispatch that her license were suspended. She declined to submit to a blood test. Bond for McCormick is $1,500 and her court date is May 4.

55 year old Sharlett Ann Carioscia was cited for assault on Thursday, April 13. The victim was visiting a neighbor when Carioscia allegedly assaulted her by kicking her in the leg. Her court date is April 27.

23 year old Garrett Michael Johnson was arrested on Friday, April 14 for driving under the influence and he was cited for simple possession, violation of implied consent, financial responsibility, and stopping, standing, or parking in the roadway. Police responded to the area of Braswell Lane due to a vehicle in the middle of the road. Johnson, the driver, informed the officer he was out of gas. Johnson’s speech was slurred and he was unsteady on his feet. Johnson also performed poorly on standardized field sobriety tasks. A search incident to arrest revealed a pill bottle without a label containing 9.5 pills. The bottle was found in the center console of the vehicle. Johnson said he had a valid prescription for the medication but couldn't provide one at the time. His bond is $1,500 and his court date is May 4.

31 year old Tracy Ann Thomason was arrested on Friday, April 14 for driving under the influence. Police observed a silver car swerve over the yellow and white lines on East Broad Street. The officer made a traffic stop and found the driver, Thomason to have slow and slurred speech. She submitted to but performed poorly on field sobriety tasks. Thomason was deemed to be intoxicated and arrested for her safety and that of the public. Bond for Thomason is $1,500 and her court date is April 27.

47 year old Robert Edward White was arrested on Sunday, April 16 for driving under the influence. White was found in the drive through at McDonalds Restaurant passed out behind the wheel of his vehicle with his foot on the brake and the gear still in drive. After multiple police attempts to awaken him, White finally responded and the officer observed him to have slurred speech and his pupils were dilated. White consented to a field sobriety task but performed poorly. He did submit to blood test and then was taken into custody without incident. His bond is $2,500 and his court date is May 4.

28 year old Joshua Lynn McCowan was cited for fraudulent use of a credit card on Monday, April 17 after he allegedly used a card stolen from the victim's vehicle on March 30. The card was used at Wal-Mart on three different occasions on the date of the theft. McCowan will make a court appearance on May 4.

County Commissioner Advocates Wheel Tax for New School

April 21, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page
Anita Puckett

Although the Board of Education has not yet offered a specific building plan, one county commissioner is advocating that the county adopt a wheel tax to raise revenue for the construction of at least one new elementary school whenever the school board is ready to move forward.

Fifth district commissioner Anita Puckett, who is also assistant Principal at Smithville Elementary School, raised the issue during a county commission education committee meeting and then shared her suggestion with other members of the commission during an all committees workshop Thursday night at the courthouse.

The County Technical Advisory Service (CTAS) recently conducted a building feasibility study and concluded more classrooms are needed particularly at the lower elementary grade levels within the system.

Puckett said the county commission should act now to adopt a wheel tax and earmark the funds for school infrastructure. The commission can take action on its own to implement a wheel tax but passage requires at least a two thirds vote (10 out of 14) in support on two separate readings at least a month apart. Residents opposed to a wheel tax could mount a petition drive between the first and second readings to force a public referendum on the question.

A proposed $50 wheel tax at the current car count in DeKalb County would raise approximately one million dollars a year.

“We’re in dire need of a new school. The need is pretty much pre-K through 8 but we can build any type of school in that range as far as the need. The feasibility study only came out in the last three weeks and the Board of Education has not had time to follow up with an architectural firm to move forward with what they want to build. But my point is whatever they choose to build, we need to start looking at approving revenue to build a school. I mentioned to the education committee about a wheel tax. I know that is a sensitive subject but it is a very strong way of generating revenue to build schools. The average age of our schools is 41 years old. The newest building (Northside Elementary) is 17 years old. There is a need. It’s time to be building some schools. Its time to be moving forward,” said Puckett.

Third district commissioner Jack Barton said he doesn’t feel comfortable voting for a wheel tax before knowing what the cost of a new school is going to be. “We’ve got a good credit rating and we can borrow money any time so I don’t agree with doing a wheel tax before we know the costs,” said Barton.

Fourth district commissioner Wayne Cantrell said he would rather the public decide the issue in a referendum. “I’m all for building a new elementary school but I wouldn’t be for a wheel tax unless the people vote it in. Put it on a referendum next August (2018). If they vote it in we’ll have the money. If they don’t we’ll do it the old way, “ said Cantrell.

Commissioner Puckett said she preferred the county commission making that decision fearing the public would reject a proposed wheel tax at the ballot box. “My honest opinion is that if it goes before a referendum it will not pass due to the fact that people look at just taxes increased and that’s all they look at. They don’t think about the needs. They are not in the buildings. They don’t see the buildings. They don’t understand what is going on within the building. They don’t see the feasibility study. They don’t hear this information. They don’t understand this information. I feel like it should be laid upon the hands of this commission,” said Puckett.

Commissioner Cantrell said if and when a new elementary school is built, the county doesn’t have to go looking for land since there is ample room for another facility at the campus of Northside Elementary. “We have 17 acres at Northside. We bought 34 acres there 17 years ago with the idea of expanding. I don’t know why we need any land,” he said.

Cantrell added that the bonds on Northside Elementary will be paid off within a couple of years which will free up funds to start another school building project through another bond issue. “When these bonds are paid off that money is freed up. That’s a lot of extra money,” he said.

After consulting with the county’s financial advisor Steve Bates by text message, Commissioner Barton said a $50 wheel tax might not be sufficient to service the debt on a $30 million note for a new school building. “$30 million at our credit rating on a 25 year note would be $1.8 to $1.9 million a year in a note. If our wheel tax is $50 it would (generate revenue) be only half of that. $60 million which would be two schools is $3.6 to $3.7 million a year in a note. We could have a wheel tax that even with the note paying off (on Northside) still doesn’t come close to paying the note on what we need to build,” said Barton.

Fourth district commissioner Jonathan Norris said the county still has to plan. “We can’t build four new schools. I don’t know if we can build two. But I do know that eventually we are going to have to a build a school whether it’s a K-5, high school or whatever we are going to have to build it. Our bonds are going to be paid off. But we’ve been paying 20 years at a half million dollars a year on Northside. That’s $10 million dollars. We can free up that half a million dollars but a new school in 2017 is $35 million. How long is that bond going to be,” asked Norris?

Third district commissioner Bradley Hendrix said he is not necessarily opposed to a wheel tax but would like its revenues to be divided for other needs. “I’m not against a wheel tax but I would like to see other projects done along with the schools. Do we give schools all the wheel tax money?. Do we give them a percentage of it?. I would like to see a big park built with baseball fields and soccer fields, etc. all together where parents don’t have to run back and forth from one field to another,” said Hendrix.

“I am a huge supporter of our athletics too and I don’t disagree with you Bradley but there are grants out there and to me that’s money you seek after for that (ball fields). There are not grants out there for education (school infrastructure). If we do a wheel tax it needs to go to the greatest need (schools) which affects the most kids,” said Commissioner Norris.

First district commissioner Julie Young said she doesn’t favor funding a school project until she sees a plan from the school board. Young went further saying she believes the school board also ought to make a good faith effort to cut their budget before asking the commission to spend more money.

“If our school board wants a school and we as a county commission want a school I’ll support it but I’m not going to hand them over money and say do what you will. I am taxed to death. Our elderly are taxed to death. Everybody is taxed to death. I will give them a school. Our students deserve it. But they (school board) are going to have to come over here and sit down and say I’m cutting every department,” said Young.

Puckett may raise the wheel tax issue again during Monday night’s monthly county commission meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the downstairs courtroom of the courthouse.

DCHS Project Graduation Raffle Winners Announced

April 20, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page
Participating in the drawing Thursday were  members of the Project Graduation Committee: Kathy Bates, Elizabeth Redmon, Bailey Redmon (Elizabeth’s daughter), and Chenoa Whittaker

As a DCHS Project Graduation fundraiser, raffle tickets were sold for a Yeti Cooler, an 8 foot kayak, and a $150 gift card for fishing equipment at DeKalb Ace Hardware. The drawing was held Thursday afternoon on WJLE.

The winners are as follows:

*$150 DeKalb Ace Hardware Gift Card for fishing equipment- Keisha Payton

*8 foot kayak: Mike Bowman

*Yeti Cooler: Sean Driver

During the year, more than $33,000 was raised through various fundraisers in support of the DCHS Class of 2017 Project Graduation.

Participating in the drawing Thursday were members of the Project Graduation Committee: Kathy Bates, Elizabeth Redmon, Bailey Redmon (Elizabeth’s daughter), and Chenoa Whittaker

Two DCHS Tigerettes Sign with Union University to Play Softball

April 20, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page
DCHS TIgerettes Lexie Bates and Myranda Bailiff signed today (Thursday) to play softball next season at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee
DCHS TIgerettes Lexie Bates and Myranda Bailiff with members of their families and coaches
DCHS TIgerettes Lexie Bates and Myranda Bailiff with their teammates

DCHS Tigerettes Lexie Bates and Myranda Bailiff have signed to play their college softball for the Lady Bulldogs of Union University in Jackson, Tennessee next season.

The two senior standouts put pen to paper Thursday afternoon at the DCHS Library. Bates and Bailiff were joined by members of their families and coaches for the occasion.

“I went up there for a visit and loved the environment, the place where the college is located, and all the girls and coaches. Overall it was somewhere where I thought would be great to spend the next four years,” Bates told WJLE.

“I chose Union mainly for the Christian environment. I know I’ll be surrounded by really great people and professors. It’s a great nursing school,” added Bailiff.

As for this season, both Lexie and Myranda are hoping to help guide the Tigerettes to another state tournament appearance. “I think we’re doing wonderful this year and I think we have a good opportunity to go to state again and maybe even win it,” said Bailiff.

“Lexie and Myranda have been very good players over the past four years,” Tigerette Coach Danny Fish told WJLE. “ As freshmen they came in as role players and started as sophomores. They have really matured over the past three years and have been a part of three consecutive state tournament runs. Lexie is our second baseman. She is a slapper and speed player. Myranda is one of our power players. She plays first base and has been a very good defensive first baseman over the last couple of years. She usually comes up with some big hits. They are playing very well for us and Union has picked up two good players. I am very happy for them. They will do well,” he said.

Located in Jackson, Tennessee, Union is a private, Christian, four-year, coeducational, liberal arts-based university offering bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees.

Founded in 1823, Union is the oldest institution affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. Union is a member of the Gulf South Conference affiliated at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II level

Heather Hall, head softball coach at Union University, is now in her 10th season with the Lady Bulldogs and has compiled a record of 284-194 (.594) over her career.

Upper Cumberland AAAD Participating in The Big Payback

April 20, 2017
Left to Right: Nicole Watson, AAAD Intern; Jessica Pruett, AAAD Disaster Preparedness Coordinator; Clare Farless, AAAD Family Caregiver Manager; and Whitney Jones, AAAD Intern.

The Upper Cumberland Area Agency on Aging and Disability is participating in The Big Payback, a 24-hour, online giving event created to help Middle Tennessee nonprofits raise funds vital to continuing their work and directly improving the community around them. This is the first year that the Upper Cumberland AAAD is taking part in the event.

Presented by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, this region’s dedicated day of giving begins at midnight on Wednesday, May 3 and runs for 24 hours. Once the clock starts, anyone can visit TheBigPayback.org/UCAAAD and make donations to the Upper Cumberland AAAD as well as other participating nonprofits - including schools and religious institutions - serving the 40 counties of Middle Tennessee.

Money raised for the Upper Cumberland AAAD will help provide emergency preparedness bags for seniors, caregiver respite, holiday food bags for seniors in need and unmet needs that are not covered by community resources.

The Upper Cumberland AAAD strives to enhance the quality of life for older adults and adults with disabilities across the 14-county region by connecting them to resources and services. Resources provided by Upper Cumberland AAAD such as emergency preparedness education and items for 72-hour emergency preparedness bags, food for the holidays, and respite for caregivers are solely dependent upon donated funds and volunteer hours. Additional funds will allow these services to continue and expand to serve more seniors and caregivers in need.

The Big Payback has made a tremendous impact on the Middle Tennessee community, helping raise more than $6.75 million for area organizations during the last three years of giving days.

“Nonprofits do important, life-changing work every day across Middle Tennessee,” said Ellen Lehman, president of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. “The Big Payback has become an exciting opportunity for us to come together as a community to support their efforts and recognize the positive impact they have on our neighbors. It’s an easy, fun and a meaningful way for us to show our local pride, give back, and make an enormous impact in the process.”

About AAAD
The Area Agency on Aging and Disability(AAAD), a division of the Upper Cumberland Development District, connects older adults and adults with disabilities in the 14-county Upper Cumberland region with services and resources to improve their quality of life. Find AAAD on the web at www.ucdd.org and at facebook.com/UCDDconnect. For more information about Upper Cumberland AAAD and The Big Payback, contact Clare Farless at 931-432-4111 or cfarless@ucdd.org.

About The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee
The Community Foundation exists to promote and facilitate giving in the 40 counties of Middle Tennessee and beyond. It does this by accepting gifts of any size from anyone at any time and by empowering individuals, families, companies, nonprofits, and communities to respond to needs and opportunities that matter. The Community Foundation works with people who have great hearts, whether or not they have great wealth, to craft solutions that reflect their intentions and goals. For more information, call 615-321-4939 or visit www.cfmt.org.

Picture attached:
Left to Right: Nicole Watson, AAAD Intern; Jessica Pruett, AAAD Disaster Preparedness Coordinator; Clare Farless, AAAD Family Caregiver Manager; and Whitney Jones, AAAD Intern.

Jacob Lawson is "Classroom Champion" of the Week

April 20, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page
Jacob Lawson
Attorney Jim Judkins, Assistant Northside Elementary Principal Beth Pafford, Christy, Jacob, and Tim Lawson, Northside Principal Karen Knowles, and WJLE’s Dwayne Page

This week’s “Classroom Champion” award goes to Northside Elementary School student Jacob Lawson.

The award was presented by Smithville Attorney Jim Judkins and WJLE .

Jacob is the son of Christy and Tim Lawson of Smithville. His siblings are Isaac, Bryson, and Brayden.

A fourth grader, Lawson said he likes video games including Battlefield, as well as softball, spaghetti, and pizza. He dislikes green beans. When he grows up, Jacob said he would like to become an architect. His teacher is Sandy Willingham.

In an effort to recognize achievements of students in the DeKalb County School System, WJLE has partnered with attorney Judkins in featuring a “Classroom Champion” each week .

The name of the student selected each week will be announced on WJLE and will be featured on the WJLE website. Each student winning will receive a plaque and a gift certificate.

“This is our way of recognizing and celebrating the achievements of the future citizens and leaders of the community. It can benefit their learning and overall school atmosphere and climate. The students' selection is based on academic performance, responsibility and work ethic, leadership abilities, and citizenship and character,” said Judkins.

DeKalb County Recovery Court Hosts Art Exhibit

April 19, 2017
by: 
By Marie Crosson
Chamber Director Suzanne Williams, County Mayor Tim Stribling, and Recovery Court Coordinator Norene Puckett
DeKalb County Recovery Court Hosts Art Exhibit
Blake and Terra Goad
Program Coordinator Norene Puckett and Counselor Kay Quintero received Community Spotlight awards for their work with recovery court from the Smithville-DeKalb Chamber of Commerce and St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital

More than 100 people attended the opening reception of the DeKalb County Recovery Court Art Exhibit on Wednesday, April 5. The exhibit was open April 5th through April 7th.

The art at the exhibit was produced by recovery court participants from across Tennessee and was originally shown at the annual Tennessee Association for Drug Court Professionals (TADCP) conference this past December. One of the Dekalb County Recovery Court participants, Michael Blanchfield, who also produced art for the exhibit, spoke at the reception, as well as County Mayor Tim Stribling.

Program Coordinator Norene Puckett and Counselor Kay Quintero received Community Spotlight awards for their work with recovery court from the Smithville-Dekalb Chamber of Commerce and St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital. Along with TADCP, local sponsors of the event included the Dekalb County Prevention Coalition and St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital. This event was an impressive example of local collaboration. Not only were all the sponsors on site helping to set up, providing food for volunteers and setting up the reception, but there was also a local radio station on site as well as iCUBE from Tennessee Tech University (http://ttuicube.com/). They had a station where one could participate in a simulation to experience the impact of driving under the influence of a variety of substances.

County Mayor Stribling read the following proclamation for 2017 NCADD Alcohol Awareness Month, Connecting the Dots: Opportunities for Recovery

"WHEREAS, excessive drinking is responsible for more than 4,300 deaths among underage youth each year; and

WHEREAS, alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the United
States; and

WHEREAS, nearly 10 million young people, ages 12 to 20, report that they've consumed
alcohol in the past 30 days; and

WHEREAS, young people who begin drinking before age 15 are four times more
likely to develop alcohol dependence than those who begin drinking at age 21; and

WHEREAS, drinking by persons under the age of 21 is illegal, yet people aged 12 to
20 drink 11% of all alcohol consumed in the United States; and

WHEREAS, the typical American will see 100,000 beer commercials before he or she
turns 18; and

WHEREAS, kids who drink are more likely to be victims of violent crime, to be
Involved in alcohol-related traffic crashes, and to have serious school-related
problems; and

WHEREAS, a supportive family environment is associated with lowered rates of
alcohol use for adolescents; and

WHEREAS, kids who have conversations with their parents and learn a lot about the
dangers of alcohol and drug use are 50% less likely to use alcohol and drugs than
those who don’t have such conversations.

THEREFORE, I, DeKalb County Mayor Tim Stribling now join the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) and do hereby proclaim that April 2017 is Alcohol Awareness Month in DeKalb County, Tennessee. As the DeKalb County Mayor, I also call upon all citizens, parents, governmental agencies, public and private institutions, businesses, hospitals, schools and colleges in DeKalb
County, Tennessee to support efforts that will provide early education about alcoholism and addiction and increase support for individuals and
families coping with alcoholism. Through these efforts, together, we can provide Hope, Help and Healing for those in our community who are facing challenges with alcohol use and abuse.

May it be so decreed."

Sign Up for 4-H Summer Camp!

April 19, 2017
by: 
Leigh Fuson
Sign Up for 4-H Summer Camp!
Water Slide

Summer time is just around the corner, and school is almost over! Keep your kids busy and active over summer break by signing them up for 4-H camp. There are several options available for 4th-8th graders.

Junior camp is for anyone in 4th-6th grade and takes place at Clyde York 4-H center in Crossville. This camp will take place June 12th-16th. It features shooting sports, arts and crafts, swimming and a water slide, canoeing and kayaking, zip lining, sports and games, and much more! Cost is $300 which includes all meals, room & board, transportation, t-shirt, and activities. Registration deadline is May 23rd.

Junior High camp also takes place in Crossville, May 29th-June 2nd. It is available for 7th & 8th graders. The theme this year is “Technology Revolution” and will feature activities with robotics and drones, along with the traditional camp activities of junior camp. Cost is $290 and includes everything besides transportation. Registration deadline is May 1st.

Electric camp is open to 6th and 7th graders and takes place at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. It will be held June 27-30th. Campers learn about electricity and energy through fun, hands-on activities. They also get to visit Dollywood! Cost is $275, and includes transportation, boarding at UT, meals, and activities. Sign up by May 1st.

Experience! Taste of Culinary camp is for 6th-8th graders and will be held July 11-13th in Murfreesboro. If you love cooking and being creative in the kitchen, this camp is for you! Cost is $150 which includes hotel, meals, and activities. Transportation is not included.

“Tennessee 4-H camps are an opportunity for youth to explore their relationship with the world around them while at the same time having loads of fun. Tennessee 4-H camps allow youth to “learn by doing,” through 4-H’s experiential learning method of 'Do, Reflect, and Apply.' Youth are engaged and involved from the time they arrive to the time they depart,” said Daniel Sarver, a youth development specialist with University of Tennessee Extension.

At camp, when children make new friends, explore, and learn that "I can" is much more powerful than "I can't", magic happens. In an environment created just for them, children learn life skills, develop self-esteem, and gain a sense of independence and community. Whether children are playing, exploring nature, conquering new heights, or becoming part of a camp family, they are creating memories that will last a lifetime.

For more information and to register for camp, please stop by the UT/TSU Extension office located in County Complex or call 615-597-4945. Payment plans are available. 4-H is a proud part of UT/TSU Extension, the UT Institute of Agriculture, and the TSU Cooperative Extension Program. UT/TSU Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment through the cooperation of county, state, and federal governments. Programs are open to all people regardless of race, color, sex, national origin, or disability.

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