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Registration Deadline Approaching for Tiger Pride Football Camp

June 28, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
Tiger Pride Football Camp will be July 7-9

The Tiger Pride Football Camp will be July 7-9 from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the DCHS Practice Football Field. Its for ages 6-12. Camp goals are to provide each camper with a positive, fun filled learning experience. The camp is designed to teach the fundamentals of football and give campers added game experience, while emphasizing teamwork and competition in a fun environment.

The camp fee is $20 per camper. The fee includes three days of camp and a T-shirt per camper. Please mail enrollment form and fee to: 5100 Jacobs Pillar Road, Smithville, TN 37166. Make checks payable to DeKalb Jr Pro Football. Please do not mail cash. The last day for registration is June 30. Late registrations will be accepted but not guaranteed a shirt. Camp will be divided into age groups.

Camp Directors are John Kilgore and Toby Nokes and staff are County and Area Coaches.

(CLICK LINK BELOW FOR REGISTRATION FORM)

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Grandpa Fair of the South Returning July 20-25

June 28, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
DeKalb County Fair returns Monday through Saturday, July 20-25

The DeKalb County Fair returns Monday through Saturday, July 20-25

With the theme "Country Scenes and Beauty Queens", this year's fair will feature another fun filled week of activities along with rides by the Family Attractions Amusement Company and new events including a Comedy Hypnotist Show, the Almost Anything Goes Game Show, and Omega Force Strongmen.

The catalog of premium rules for exhibit entries at the Kenneth Sandlin Center is now available. Just check out the 2015 Fair Catalog (PDF) for complete details. Download the 2015 DeKalb County Fair Rule Book at the link below.
http://www.dekalbcountyfairtn.com/images/2015_Fair_Book_web.pdf

Entry Dates and Times
*Non-Perishable Items ONLY will be taken in on Saturday, July 11 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Kenneth Sandlin Center
*Perishable Items ONLY will be taken in on Saturday, July 18 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Kenneth Sandlin Center

Entries are also being sought for the DeKalb County Fair's Decorated Hay Contest featuring three categories:
Decorated Round Bale
Decorated Square Bale
Decorated Display

Open to any youth or adult resident of DeKalb County

Hay can be entered Saturday July 18th - From 11:00 am till 2:00 pm

Hay bales may be decorated Saturday July 18th from 11 am till 2 pm & Sunday July 19th from 2 -4 pm

Decorations and Bales are to be removed on Sunday July 26th between 1- 3 pm

Meanwhile, the DeKalb County Fair 5K and Fun Run will be July 18. Registration begins at 6:30 pm at the Fair Office. The Run will start at 7:00 PM. Pre-registration available by contacting Matt Boss at 615-464-8627. Pre-registration guarantees a DeKalb County Fair 5K T-Shirt. The entry fee is $20 for youth and $25 for adults. Parking available behind Fair Office. For more info. contact Matt Boss at number above. Proceeds will go to the Paislee's Foundation

Fair pageant applications are available for ages one day through 20. You may download applications from www.dekalbcountyfairtn.com.

Fair events each night are as follows:

Monday, July 20: Cattle Show at the Grandstand at 6:00 p.m.; Open Rodeo at the T.C. McMillen Arena at 7:00 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 21: Little Mr. and Miss Pageant for contestants ages 4-6 at 6:00 p.m. at the Lions Club Pavilion followed by a Comedy Hypnotist Show; 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 22: WSMV-TV's Snowbird will greet fairgoers from 5-7 p.m. at the main gate; 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 6:00 p.m. at the T.C. McMillen Arena; Kids Peddle Tractor Pull at the Grandstand at 7:00 p.m. ; and (2- $500 cash drawings) at 9:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 23: Junior Goat Show at 6:00 p.m. at the Tot Kelly Barn; Baby Show at 6:00 p.m. followed by The Almost Anything Goes Game Show at the Lions Club Pavilion; Omega Force Strongmen at 7:00 p.m. at the T.C. McMillen Arena; and (2- $500 cash drawings) at 9:30 p.m.

Friday, July 24: Toddler Show for contestants 13 months to 48 months at 6:00 p.m. followed by the Zone Status Band at the Lions Club Pavilion: ATV-Mini Road-Outlaws Pulling at 7:00 p.m. at the T.C. McMillen Arena; a Horse Show at 7:00 p.m. at the Grandstand; and (2- $500 cash drawings) at 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 25: Blind Draw 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.

Take a stroll down Memory Lane and enjoy nightly entertainment at the Memory Lane Stage in Memory Village.

Memory Lane Stage Events are as follows:

Monday Night July 20
6:30-7:30 pm —Muddy Water Band
7:45- 8:45 p.m. —Donnie Bart

Tuesday Night July 21
6:30-7:30 pm—Reily Kelly
7:45-8:45 pm— Donnie Barthelemy

Wednesday Night July 22
6:30-7:30 pm—TBA
7:45-8:45 pm— DCHS Cheerleaders

Thursday Night July 23
6:30-7:30 pm—Bryan Keith
7:45-8:45 pm— Terri Lynn Weaver

Friday Night July 24
6:30 - until— Karaoke Night
No Rap - Radio Edit Only
Max 1 Instrument or 2 Vocal Mikes and 2 Instruments Max.
7:45- UNTIL pm— Nokes Brothers

Saturday Night July 25
6:30-7:30 pm— Mid State Cloggers
7:45-8:45 pm— 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. The exhibit building is open from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Parking is Free!

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

Children Enjoy Summer Reading Finale Party

June 27, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page

Children participating in the summer reading club program at Justin Potter Library enjoyed a grand finale party on Monday, June 22

WJLE interviewed many of the children. Their comments were recorded. Play the video below

Sex Offender Gets Probation

June 27, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
Charles Henry Ward
Johnny Lynn Devault

A sex offender appeared in DeKalb County Criminal Court on Tuesday, June 23 .

Judge David Patterson presided.

58 year old Charles Henry Ward pled guilty by information to violating terms of the sex offender registry. He received a two year sentence all suspended to supervised probation except for 231 days of time served.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Monday, October 27, 2014 Ward was found to be living in his vehicle in the parking lot of a church on Old Snow Hill Road, within one thousand feet of a child's athletic recreation center in violation of the sex offender registry law. According to Sheriff Ray, Ward committed the offense of second degree sexual assault in Texas on December 1, 1994 which resulted in him having to be included on the sex offender registry. Ward registered in DeKalb County on March 28, 2014.

Meanwhile, 32 year old Johnny Lynn Devault pled guilty to Kidnapping and two separate cases of aggravated assault. He received a four year sentence as a range one offender to be served on probation in each of the aggravated assault cases. The two terms are to run concurrently but consecutively with a four year TDOC sentence he got in the kidnapping case in which he is to serve one year and then be on probation. The combined total sentence is eight years. Devault was given 222 days of jail credit

Devault and three others were named in Grand Jury sealed indictments in December, 2013 for allegedly participating in the kidnapping and rape of a woman they thought stole money and Suboxone strips from them in October, 2013. The case was investigated by the Smithville Police Department.

In one of the aggravated assault cases, Sheriff Ray reports that on Friday, July 4, 2014 an officer was called to Devault's residence in response to a physical altercation in progress. Upon arrival, the deputy spoke with a woman who said she had been assaulted by her boyfriend, Devault. He allegedly strangled the woman, grabbing her by the throat and the back of the neck, and squeezing her face. The assault resulted in the woman having physical marks on parts of her body. After the assault, Devault left the scene prior to the officer's arrival.

53 year old Deborah Lynn Thistlethwaite, originally charged with driving under the influence and cited for possession of a schedule VI drug (marijuana) and possession of drug paraphernalia (pipe), pled guilty by information to public intoxication and received a thirty day sentence all suspended except for seventy two hours to serve. She will then be on good behavior probation. Smithville Police said that on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 an officer responded to a residence on West Main Street in reference to a possible DUI. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with Thistlethwaite who was in a vehicle. He detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from the automobile. As Thistlethwaite exited the vehicle, the officer smelled alcohol on her person. Her speech was slurred and she was unsteady on her feet. Thistlewaite submitted to and performed poorly on field sobriety tasks. While being placed under arrest, the officer found in Thistlewaite's right front pocket a small plastic bag containing a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana and a small metal pipe commonly used to smoke marijuana.

DeKalb Jobless Rate for May Jumps to 7.1%

June 26, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page

DeKalb County's unemployment rate for May was 7.1%, up from 6.5% in April but below 7.9% in May, 2014.

The local labor force for May was 7,230. A total of 6,720 were employed and 520 were without work.

County unemployment rates for May show the rates increased in 92 counties, decreased in one county and remained the same in two

DeKalb County's Jobless Rate for May was fifth highest in the fourteen county Upper Cumberland region.

Here's how they rank from highest to lowest:
Clay: 8.8%
Van Buren: 8.1%
Jackson:7.8%
Overton:7.7%
DeKalb:7.1%
Cumberland:7%
Fentress:7%
Pickett: 6.9%
White: 6.3%
Putnam:6.1%
Warren:5.9%
Cannon:5.7%
Smith:5.4%
Macon:5.2%

Davidson County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate in May at 4.5 percent, up from 4.1 percent in April. Knox County was 4.7 percent in May, up from 4.3 the previous month. The Hamilton County May rate was 5.5 percent, up from 4.9 in April. Shelby County was 6.7 percent in May, up from 6.1 percent the previous month.

Tennessee’s preliminary unemployment rate for May was 5.8 percent, two-tenths of one percentage point lower than the April revised rate of 6.0 percent. The U.S. preliminary rate for May was 5.5 percent, one-tenth of one percentage point higher than the prior month.

The state and national unemployment rates are seasonally adjusted while the county unemployment rates are not. Seasonal adjustment is a statistical technique that eliminates the influences of weather, holidays, the opening and closing of schools, and other recurring seasonal events from economic time series.

Mullinax Named Director of Emergency Department

June 26, 2015
by: 
Shan Burklow
Mullinax Named Director of Emergency Department

Brad Mullinax has been named the ED Director (Director of Emergency Department) by DeKalb Community Hospital. Mullinax has served as a vital part of DeKalb County serving as the Director of Information Technology at the DeKalb County Board of Education and is also the current Director of Emergency Communications at the DeKalb County 9-1-1 office. Mullinax spoke candidly about his new position when asked about his new role, “I truly enjoy the diversity and excitement of my new position. It feels good to help people every single day. Our patients are my number one priority,” Mullinax continues, “Every decision my department makes is about the patient. Everything is patient centered. It’s not about what’s best for the hospital, nurses, or doctors. Saving lives and taking care of our patients is what we are all about.”

“Brad is such an asset to our Emergency Department,” said Sue Conley – CEO of DeKalb Community and Stones River Hospital, “He knows how to communicate with his staff effectively and makes sure that our patients’ safety and care are at the center of each decision. His leadership and positive energy have brought our patient satisfaction scores even higher. DeKalb Community Hospital is currently number one in the nation for patient satisfaction.” (Healthstream data for first quarter among Capella facilities nation-wide)

“My husband recently had a serious health issue, and I was so glad to have such a wonderful emergency room so close to my home. Brad and his staff kept me informed and educated every step of the way,” said Shan Burklow – Marketing Director for DeKalb Community and Stones River Hospital, “When you are scared and uncertain, it is nice to know that there are people that care about you as a person, not just a room number. The long history of caring for our patients would not be possible if not for the dedicated core group of family care physicians, nurses, staff and great directors and leaders like Brad. The hospital is most fortunate to have more than 80 physicians on staff representing nearly every available specialty. This collaborative network of doctors comes from all across Middle Tennessee and makes it possible for them to provide extraordinary care in close proximity to their patients. We are happy to help our patients receive expert, compassionate care close to home. I tell everyone…why drive out of town when you can see the same specialist just a few miles from your home?”

DeKalb Community Hospital and Emergency Department is an active part of the Saint Thomas Stroke Network since 2013, meaning the hospital is now capable of treating and stabilizing patients who present with stroke symptoms 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Saint Thomas Stroke Network was introduced as an expansion of network services provided by the Saint Thomas Chest pain Network. For more information on hospital services and specialty clinic physicians, visit their website at www.dekalbcommunityhospital.com

Five Enter Pleas in Meth Lab Cases

June 25, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
Michael Shone Saylors
 Ashley Dawn Saylors
Nichole Breann Higgins
Christopher Sam White
Timothy Wade Ford

Five persons appeared in DeKalb County Criminal Court for sentencing in meth lab cases Tuesday, June 23.

Judge David Patterson presided.

Among the defendants was a DeKalb County couple found with a meth lab in the presence of their children last October.

36 year old Michael Shone Saylors and 31 year old Ashley Dawn Saylors, each originally charged with initiation of a process to manufacture methamphetamine and two counts of aggravated child abuse, pled guilty to attempted initiation of a process to manufacture meth.

Michael Saylors received a four year sentence as a range II offender. He must serve at least 35% of the term before his release eligibility date. He was given jail credit of 254 days. Meanwhile, Saylors was found to be in violation of probation in two previous cases and he was ordered to serve the balance of those sentences except for 681 days of which he was given jail credit. His new four year term will run consecutively with his probation revocation time.

Ashley Saylors received a four year sentence suspended with credit for time served. She was fined $2,000. Saylors was given jail credit for 252 days served.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 after receiving an anonymous tip of a possible meth lab, a deputy went to the Saylors' home to do a probation visit of Michael Saylors. Upon receiving consent to search the home, the officer found a meth lab. Two 11 year old children living in the home were also present. Inside a wooden trunk, the deputy discovered a gallon of muriatic acid, lighter fluid, two cans of crystal Drano, a can of drain opener, four cold packs, lithium batteries, three loaded syringes, four empty syringes, fifty coffee filters, six feet of plastic tubing, five funnels, and a plastic bag containing lye. The deputy also found a marijuana grinder, rubbing alcohol, digital scales, Iodine, and aluminum foil. The officer spoke with Ashley Saylors who admitted that she knew these components used to make meth were in the house. Due to the strong chemical odor, the home was quarantined and everyone inside the residence was directed to step outside. Investigators were forced to use purifying respirators to keep from inhaling the harmful chemicals. The children were taken to the emergency room of the hospital for evaluation and their clothes were removed and placed in quarantine. Their home was also placed under quarantine until the homeowner had it properly cleaned.

In a separate case, 21 year old Nichole Breann Higgins, originally charged with initiation of a process to manufacture methamphetamine and aggravated child abuse, pled guilty to initiation of meth and received a ten year sentence, all suspended but for one year to serve. The term is to run consecutive to a Warren County case against her. She was given jail credit from October 12 to November 7, 2014.

Sheriff Ray said that on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 a sheriff's department detective and deputies went to a residence on Young Green Road on a complaint of a possible meth lab. Upon arrival the officers spoke with the homeowner who gave consent for a search of the residence. They also spoke with Higgins and she gave permission for a search of her room in the home where several items were found used to manufacture meth. Higgins' one month old son was also present . Found in Higgins' room were a Mason jar containing bi-layered meth oil, Coleman fuel, Coleman fuel burner heads, two Coleman cylinders, acid, Pyrex glassware, coffee filters, lithium batteries, turkey Basters, aluminum foil balls, and a propane torch. These items were found next to the baby's clothes, diapers, pacifier, and the bed where the baby slept. Higgins' was arrested and the home was placed under quarantine.
The homeowner was held responsible for having the residence properly cleaned.

32 year old Christopher Sam White pled guilty to initiation of a process to manufacture methamphetamine and is facing a nine year sentence but he will be furloughed to a treatment facility. If he completes the program, White will be placed on probation. He was fined $2,000 and must make restitution of $35 to Walmart.

Sheriff Ray said that on Friday, November 7, 2014 a sheriff's department deputy received a call from a resident on Jefferson Road that two men had been seen in a barn and that an odd smell was coming from there. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with a woman, apparently the owner of the barn, who said she had seen the two men and that the odor coming from the barn was making her sick. The officer asked for and received permission to search the barn and there he found White and another man sleeping. He also found a meth lab consisting of five plastic funnels, a Coleman cook top stove, Coleman butane fuel, digital scales, Coleman fuel, plastic tubing, a Pyrex dish, large Mason jar, 50 coffee filters, Crystal Drano, lithium batteries, ph test strips, and an electric pill grinder, a metal plate containing a white powdery substance, and a bottle containing four ounces of muriatic acid. The two men were awakened and placed under arrest. A computer check revealed White had been convicted in a separate meth case earlier that year.

44 year old Timothy Wade Ford pled guilty to attempted initiation to manufacture meth and received a five year sentence to serve. The term is to run consecutively with another case against him. He was given jail credit from October 31, 2013 to June 23, 2015.

Sheriff Ray said that on Thursday, October 31, 2013 sheriff's department detectives and deputies assisted Tennessee Department of Correction probation officers in a search of Ford's residence in Alexandria. During the search, probation officers found several pills and white powder inside the home. A drug detective spoke with Ford and received consent to search an outbuilding where meth components were kept, according to Ford.

A search revealed two Mason jars containing Coleman fuel, rubber tubing with a bottle cap on the end, Gatorade bottles, empty Sudafed blister packs, muriatic acid, empty ice compressed boxes, cut strips from lithium batteries, and baggies containing fifteen aluminum foil balls. Sheriff Ray said Ford admitted that these components were used for the manufacture of methamphetamine. Ford was arrested and brought to the jail for booking.

Judge Hands Down Sentences in Burglary, Theft, and Forgery Cases

June 25, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
Judge David Patterson

DeKalb County Criminal Court Judge David Patterson handed down sentences in several burglary, theft, and forgery cases Tuesday, June 23.

A man who allegedly broke into the same residence twice within nine days in June 2014 was among those sentenced after entering pleas under negotiated settlements.

50 year old Bobby Floyd Duggin, who was originally charged with two counts of aggravated burglary, one count of theft of property over $500, and one count of theft of property under $500 entered a plea to two counts of burglary and received two years in each case to run consecutively with each other for a total of four years. The sentence has been suspended to supervised probation. Duggin is to make restitution of $1,350 to the victim. He is also seeking judicial diversion.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Saturday June 7,2014 Duggin allegedly broke into a residence on Lodge Street in Liberty through a kitchen window and took $450. The second offense occurred on Monday, June 16, 2014 at the same home and entry was made through the same kitchen window. Duggin allegedly stole $600. The cases were investigated by criminal detectives of the sheriff's department.

45 year old Royce Foster, charged with burglary and theft over $1,000, pled guilty to burglary and received a six year sentence to serve at 60% before his release eligibility date. He was given jail credit from January 13 through June 23, 2015. Sheriff Ray said that on Monday, January 12 Foster entered an outbuilding on Jacobs Pillar Road and took green wrought iron furniture, a Stihl weedeater, a weedeater blade, and a Chaise lounge all valued at approximately $1,090. The cases were investigated by a sheriff's department detective.

44 year old Lorie Denise Maclean, charged with theft over $10,000, pled guilty to one count of theft over $500. She received a one year sentence, all suspended to TDOC supervised probation. The term is to run concurrently with a Cumberland County case against her. Maclean was given twelve days of jail credit.

Maclean and a co-defendant were charged last year in a suspected theft of approximately 175 credit cards valued at more than $15,000 and other Walmart merchandise. The two were arrested by Smithville Police during a theft investigation on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at Wal-mart.

Corporal Travis Bryant told WJLE that Smithville Police were called to Walmart after a woman (Maclean) tried to leave the store with stolen merchandise. "She (Maclean) was caught trying to push items out of Walmart in a shopping cart. But when a loss prevention officer of the store tried to stop her, she abandoned the cart, ran to her pickup truck and drove away. She also left behind her boyfriend who was still inside the store," said Corporal Bryant.

After police were notified, Corporal Bryant, and Lieutenant Matt Holmes responded and pulled over Maclean's truck at the intersection of Broad Street and Anthony Avenue. As Maclean was placed under arrest, officers noticed items inside her truck that aroused their suspicion. They executed a search warrant and found around 175 American Express prepaid credit cards totaling $15,525 that had apparently not been activated along with approximately $2,700 worth of other merchandise. Police suspect many of these items may have been stolen from various Walmart stores in Tennessee and in other states.

28 year old Demelza Grisham, charged with aggravated burglary, theft over $500, and aggravated assault, pled guilty to aggravated burglary and aggravated assault. She received a three year sentence in each case to run consecutively for a total of six years on probation. The term is also to run consecutively with a Putnam County case and concurrently with a Smith County probated sentence. Sheriff Ray said that on Monday, November 18, 2013 Grisham made entry into a residence on New Hope Road in Alexandria and stole a Hewlett Packard Laptop computer, $300 worth of rolled change, and a book of checks all valued at under $500. The case was investigated by a criminal detective of the Sheriff's Department.

30 year old Melinda Beth Murphy pled guilty to two counts of forgery and received a three year sentence in each case to run consecutively for a total of six years at 35%. The term is also to run consecutively with a parole violation against her. Murphy must make restitution to the victims in amounts of $293 and $260. She was given jail credit for 293 days served.

40 year old Jo Ann Luna, originally charged with forgery and resisting arrest, pled guilty to forgery and received a sentence of two years as a range one offender to serve 120 days and then be on probation. She was given jail credit from January 8 to June 23.

27 year old Molly Lawrence pled guilty to three counts of forgery and received two years in each case to run consecutively for a total of six years at 30% but concurrently with a probation violation against her. She must make restitution to the victims in amounts of $293 and $200. Lawrence was given jail credit of 162 days.

37 year old Lavar Bass pled guilty to theft under $500 and received a suspended sentence of 11 months and 29 days to run consecutively with his current probation.

34 year old Garth Cantrell pled guilty to theft under $500 and received a suspended sentence of 11 months and 29 days to run consecutively with another case against him.

Chamber Announces "Jamboree Project Welcome Mat" Winners

June 25, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
DeKalb Community Hospital– Winner of People’s Choice Award (Digital Billboard)
Wilson Bank and Trust – Winner of Best Worded Sign (Sign 1)
Wilson Bank and Trust – Winner of Best Worded Sign (Sign 2)
Liberty State Bank – Winner of Most Original Sign (Sign 1)
Liberty State Bank – Winner of Most Original Sign (Sign 2)
Cumberland Insurance – Honorable Mention
First Assembly of God – Honorable Mention

The Smithville-DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce has announced the winners of the 2015 "Project Welcome Mat" in time for the Fiddler's Jamboree and Crafts Festival July 3 & 4.

This year's winners are as follows: People’s Choice – DeKalb Community Hospital; Best Worded- Wilson Bank & Trust; Most Original –Liberty State Bank

The Project Welcome Mat Honorable Mentions include Cumberland Insurance whose sign read “Welcome to you far and near, The Jamboree is finally here. Music, Craft, and Food Galore, It’s Fiddler’s #44” and First Assembly of God whose revolving digital sign message complete with musical notes and fun graphics read “Grab Your Guitar and Tune Your Banjo, It’s off to the Fiddlers’ Jamboree, Getting Ready to Go, Smithville Fiddlers Jamboree and Crafts Festival, July 3rd and 4th, Ya’ll Come.”

"We want to thank all the businesses and churches for participating in the 14th Annual Chamber of Commerce “Jamboree Project Welcome Mat” contest and using your message signs to welcome Jamboree visitors. It’s vitally important to make sure that our guests know how appreciated and important they are. This year was extra tough trying to decide on the winners," said Suzanne Williams, Executive Director of the Smithville-DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce.

DeKalb Community Hospital received the Chamber’s “People’s Choice” award for helping to promote the Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree and Crafts Festival on the highly visible, digital billboard next to Hardee’s. The beautiful custom artwork reminds locals and tourists alike “That the Jamboree You Love Just Got Better!”

The Chamber of Commerce presented the Project Welcome Mat’s “Best Worded” award to Wilson Bank and Trust for their inventive messages that will most certainly bring a smile to our Jamboree visitors. They creatively used every square inch of their marquee on both sides to get their fun welcome message across to tourists. This year's greetings are: "Welcome Jamboree 44. Music's not all that's in store. Food & Fun. Even a 5K Run" (sign one) and "Welcome Jamboree. Listen, Relax under a tree. Music & Crafts too waiting for you" (sign two)

The Chamber of Commerce presented the Jamboree Project Welcome Mat award for “Most Original” sign to Liberty State Bank providing imaginative messages on both sides of their sign ensuring a warm reception for our tourists. This year's greetings are" Jamboree 44 is Knocking on the Door" (sign one) and "Pickin', Grinnin', Cloggin' Oh How Great! See this & more at Jamboree 44" (sign two)

DeKalb Community Hospital– Winner of People’s Choice Award (Digital Billboard)
Pictured l-r:
Row 1: Chamber Board Member Kathy Hendrixson, Erika Jenkins, Mandy Young, Chamber Board Member Julia Vanderpool, Chamber Director Suzanne Williams
Row 2: Chamber Board Member Shannon Adkins, Chamber President Jeff Crips, Tia Young, Sarah White, Phyllis Good

Wilson Bank and Trust – Winner of Best Worded Sign
Picture – Sign 1
Pictured l-r: WB&T Consumer Lender Alex Woodward, WB&T Adm. Asst. June Keith, Chamber Director Suzanne Williams, Chamber Board Members Kathy Hendrixson & Julia Vanderpool
Picture – Sign 2
Pictured l-r: Chamber Board Members Julia Vanderpool & Kathy Hendrixson, Chamber Director Suzanne Williams, June Keith, Alex Woodward

Liberty State Bank – Winner of Most Original Sign

Picture – Sign 1
Pictured l-r:
Chamber Director Suzanne Williams; Liberty State Bank Employees: Charlene Adcock, Lisa Garrison, Amanda Green, Annette Jacoby, Denise Barrett, Madison Hayes, Chamber Board Members Kathy Hendrixson & Julia Vanderpool

Picture - Sign 2
Pictured l-r:
Denise Barrett, Chamber Board Members Julia Vanderpool & Kathy Hendrixson, Madison Hayes, Amanda Green, Lisa Garrison, Charlene Adcock, Annette Jacoby, Chamber Director Suzanne Williams

Cumberland Insurance – Honorable Mention
Pictured l-r:
Chamber Director Suzanne Williams, Cumberland Insurance employee Kim Kyle, Cumberland Insurance Employee & Chamber Board Member Julia Vanderpool, Cumberland Insurance Employee Glenda Randolph, Chamber Board Member Kathy Hendrixson

First Assembly of God – Honorable Mention

DeKalb Prevention Coalition working to develop plans in addressing prescription drug abuse and other concerns

June 25, 2015
by: 
Norene Puckett
Norene Puckett
DeKalb County Prevention Coalition

Community action makes a difference! The DeKalb County Prevention Coalition wants to make our citizens aware of the epidemic of prescription drug abuse and addiction and take action. The mission of the DeKalb Prevention Coalition is to work to promote a safe, healthy and productive environment that prevents destructive opportunities among the youth and adults of our community.

According to the Tennessee Department of Children Services as of June 8, 2015, there were 855 kids in custody in the Upper Cumberland, which is the highest of all areas in the State of Tennessee. DeKalb has 57 children in care. It is reported that 80% of the removals in DeKalb County were due to drug use.

In the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 70% of people who abused or misused prescription drugs got them from a friend or relative, either for free, by purchasing them, or by stealing them (SAMHSA, 2010). A staggering statistic to be sure, especially when we consider that Tennesseans were more than three times more likely to identify prescription pain relievers (e.g. hydrocodone, oxycodone, codeine, buprenorphine…) as their primary substance of abuse than the national average in 2010 (SAMHSA, 2012). By not properly controlling these medications in our home, we put ourselves and others at risk, which is why the DeKalb County Prevention Coalition wants to help you learn the best way to protect yourself, your family members, and your community.

Burden Spending is spending related to smoking, underage and excessive drinking, illegal drug use and illegal prescription abuse (i.e., healthcare spending, Medicaid/Medicare, child welfare, income assistance, employee assistance, house/homeless assistance, food/nutritional assistance, family assistance, education, mental health, developmental disabilities, public safety (law enforcement), adult corrections, juvenile justice, drug courts and criminal courts). Tennessee’s cost of burden expenditures related to drug and alcohol abuse was $7.4 billion in 2014. Multiply our population (currently 18,723 according to the 2010 census) times the estimated Federal Per-Capita Burden Spending which is $1,133.1 = $21 million dollars per year.

By having a coalition in our County we can be saving $4.60 per dollar spent reducing burden spending. The State can reduce burden spending as much as -$124,504,787.49 just through prevention efforts enacted by county prevention coalitions.

The DeKalb County Prevention Coalition is working to develop prevention plans to address the staggering number of children in custody and overall prescription drug abuse, but we need your help. We will be working together, as a community to put activities in place that will reduce non-medical prescription drug abuse at the community level. To move forward in a positive manner, it will take our community coming together and getting actively involved. We will partner with youth, parent groups, law enforcement, businesses, schools, religious and civic groups and healthcare organizations. The next Coalition meeting will be June 30, 2015 @12:00p.m. in the conference room at the Haven of Hope counseling center located at 612 South Congress Blvd. Smithville, TN on the bottom level.

If you would like to have more information, please contact Norene Puckett, Coalition member at 615-215-8690 or at norene.drugcourt@gmail.com.

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