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Martinez and Adcock Capture Little Mister and Miss Crowns

July 19, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page
Little Mister Zailan Martinez
Little Miss Caitlyn Lee Adcock
Little Mister: 4th runner-up Troy Wilmore; 2nd runner-up Emmitt Hale, Little Mister Zailan Martinez, 1st runner-up Levi Bryson Nixon; and 3rd runner-up Jase Ray Alvis
Little Miss: 4th runner-up Carleigh Elizabeth Tramel, 2nd runner-up  Mia Nicole Hall, Little Miss Caitlyn Lee Adcock, 1st runner-up Arraya Jenae Taylor, and 3rd runner-up Destiny Keys
Little Mister Most Photogenic Levi Bryson Nixon and Mister Manners Noah Bradley Hall
Little Miss:  Miss Congeniality Hannah Lynnlee Hubner and Most Photogenic Cora Marie Cox

Zailan Martinez and Caitlyn Lee Adcock were crowned Little Mister and Miss at the DeKalb County Fair Tuesday night.

Martinez is the 5 year old son of Michelle and Michael Martinez of Smithville and Adcock is the 6 year old daughter of Jessie and Tia Adcock of Smithville.

They succeed the 2016 Little Mister and Miss, Austin Merriman and Lakelyn Brooke Nelson. Merriman is the 7 year old son of Joyce and Jake Merriman of Smithville and Nelson is the 6 year old daughter of Dustin and Kristian Nelson of Smithville.

The Little Miss contest featured 16 girls and 7 boys were in the Litter Mister pageant ages 4-6.

First runner-up in the Little Miss contest was Arraya Jenae Taylor, the 4 year old daughter of Angie Taylor and Mike Owens of Smithville.

Mia Nicole Hall of Alexandria, was second runner-up. She is the 6 year old daughter of Bradley and Lacy Hall

Third runner-up was Destiny Keys, the 5 year old daughter of Rick and Kendra Guinn of Smithville.

Carleigh Elizabeth Tramel, the 4 year old daughter of Charlie and Brenda Tramel of Liberty, was fourth runner-up.

Cora Marie Cox, the 6 year old daughter of Brandon and Whitney Cox of Smithville was Most Photogenic and Hannah Lynnlee Hubner of Alexandria was Miss Congeniality. She is the 5 year old daughter of Charlie Hubner and Amanda Hutchinson

Others in the top ten were Brylee Michelle Key, the 5 year old daughter of Shannon and Holly Key of Alexandria; Cora Marie Cox, the 6 year old daughter of Brandon and Whitney Cox of Smithville; Hannah Lynnlee Hubner of Alexandria, the 5 year old daughter of Charlie Hubner and Amanda Hutchinson; Charley Loren Prichard, the 5 year old daughter of Andy and Chrissy Prichard of Liberty; and Jacie Rea Sosa, the 5 year old daughter of Noe and Megan Sosa of Smithville.

Other participants were Emily Grace Roberts, the 5 year old daughter of Tonya and Kevin Roberts of Liberty; Paisley Marie Bain, the 4 year old daughter of Larry and Rachel Bain of Smithville; Addison Paige Curtis, 4 year old daughter of Heather Page and John Curtis of Smithville; Annabelle Merriman, the 6 year old daughter of Joyce and Jake Merriman of Smithville; Lyra Dell McMinn, the 5 year old daughter of Nathan and Amanda McMinn of Smithville; Averi Gracella Speaks, the 4 year old daughter of Justin and Donna Speaks of Smithville.

(VIEW VIDEO BELOW OF ANTIQUE TRACTOR PULL AT THE FAIR TUESDAY NIGHT)

First runner-up in the Little Mister contest and Most Photogenic was Levi Bryson Nixon, the 4 year old son of Nathan and Jessica Nixon of Smithville.

Five year old Emmitt Hale was second runner-up. His grandmother is Candy Hale of Smithville.

Third runner-up was Jase Ray Alvis, the 4 year old son of Braiden and Brandy Alvis of Alexandria.

Fourth runner-up went to Troy Wilmore, 4 year old son of Austin and Tiffany Wilmore of Alexandria.

Noah Bradley Hall was named Mister Manners. He is the 4 year old son of Bradley and Lacy Hall of Alexandria

The other contestant in the Little Mister pageant was Jonathan Cain Hall, the 5 year old son of Johnny Hall and Cayden Cantrell of Smithville

There has been one $500 cash winner so far this week. Ethan Cantrell of Smithville won $500 Tuesday night.

The DeKalb County Fair will feature the following events tonight (Wednesday)

*Kiddie Tractor Pull Grandstand 6:00 p.m.

•Little Miss Princess (7-9) Lions Pavilion 6:00 p.m.

•Miss Sweetheart (10-12) Lions Pavilion following

•ATV/ Motorcycle Racing TC McMillen Arena 7:00 p.m.

•(2) $500 Cash Drawing Lions Pavilion 9:30 p.m.

Memory Lane Stage Events sponsored by Wilson Bank & Trust
*6:30 - 7:30 pm - Bryan Keith
•7:45 - 8:45 pm - Berlin Barnhart

Rides on the Midway by the Family Attractions Amusement Company. Unlimited rides will be available for $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. 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 615-529-FAIR or visit on-line at www.dekalbcountyfairtn.com.

GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Randy Boyd Visits DeKalb County

July 18, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page
GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Randy Boyd (left) with Johnny Ball and Jerry Adcock

2018 Republican candidate for Governor and longtime Knoxville entrepreneur, businessman and philanthropist Randy Boyd visited DeKalb County Tuesday morning stopping in at Angie’s Diner where he talked issues with a small group of people around a breakfast table.

Boyd, former Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, told WJLE that he has been in all 95 counties and has returned to most of them since starting his campaign for Governor.

“In that job (commissioner), I visited all 95 counties. We either gave grants or brought jobs to pretty much every community across the state. Being commissioner also taught me how to sell our state and how to recruit businesses to our state. In my two years as commissioner I managed to bring 50,000 new job commitments to our state. I know something about the people and about bringing jobs to the people in our state,” said Boyd.

As he travels the state, Boyd said he wants to find out first hand what’s on the minds of Tennesseans.

“I have been to over 80 counties already since I started campaigning about four months ago but I consider myself right now in governor training school and the best way to learn to be the next governor is to visit communities and to listen,” he said.

Boyd said one of his goals as governor is to help bring economic prosperity to areas which are still struggling.

“I was chairman of the Rural Task Force. The focus there was on helping our rural communities succeed. Even though this is the best time in the state of Tennessee’s history (overall), it’s not for a lot of our rural communities. We want to come back and make sure that our rural communities have the same opportunities for success that other places do".

Asked why voters should choose him over other candidates running for governor, Boyd said its because he is a conservative businessman.

“I don’t believe there is anyone more conservative than a small businessman. When you struggle to create a business, you know what it means to be conservative. I am not a professional politician. I am a business person and an entrepreneur. I started my own business so I know what it means to be innovative and to start a company. I know what it means to make a payroll but I have also had some public service experience. As the governor’s special advisor on higher education, I created the Tennessee Promise that sends every kid to technical and community college for free and as commissioner I managed to recruit 50,000 new jobs to our state so I think you get the best of both. You get somebody who is not a politician but one who knows how to create jobs in the private sector and who also knows how government works to get something done once in office.

Boyd announced Monday that his first campaign finance report will show his campaign collected more than $4.3 million in total contributions from donors in all 95 Tennessee counties in just four short months of campaigning.

A successful entrepreneur, business and philanthropic leader, Boyd is the founder and chairman of Radio Systems Corporation, which is headquartered in Knoxville. First started out of the back of Boyd’s van, the company today produces over 4,600 pet products under brand names such as Invisible Fence, PetSafe, and SportDOG, with more than 700 employees in 7 countries and annual revenues of $400 million.

Boyd previously served in Governor Bill Haslam’s cabinet as the state Commissioner of Economic and Community Development, and earlier while serving as the Governor’s Special Advisor on Higher Education was the architect of the state’s Drive to 55 workforce development initiative, and the tnAchieves and Tennessee Promise scholarship programs to help more young people go to technical or community college tuition-free.
Boyd is also owner of Boyd Sports LLC, owner of the Tennessee Smokies Baseball team, the AA affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, and the Johnson City Cardinals, a rookie league affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Boyd and his wife Jenny have been married for 32 years and have two children, Harrison and Thomas, a daughter-in-law Lindsey, and a beloved dog, Oskar. They reside in Knoxville and are members of Erin Presbyterian Church.

County Officials Getting Pay Raise

July 18, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page

County officials here and across the state are getting a pay raise this year.

Compensation for most county officials is governed by state law which establishes the minimum for Assessors of Property, County Clerks, Clerks of Court, Trustees, Registers of Deeds, County Mayors, Sheriffs, and Highway Officials. This law provides for an automatic increase in the minimum salary each year based on the percentage increase given to state employees for the previous fiscal year. The state commissioner of finance and administration certified on October 6, 2016, that state employees received an average increase of 6.38 percent for the fiscal year 2017-2018.

The salaries of the county officials are partly based on the population class of the county and the office. Not all office holders earn the same amount of pay.

Under state law:
*The County Mayor’s compensation shall be at least 5% higher than the salary paid to any other county constitutional officer.

*The Sheriff’s salary shall be at least 10% higher than the salary paid to the general officers of the county.

*The Road Supervisor’s compensation shall be at least 10% higher than the salary paid to the general officers of the county.

*The salary of the General Sessions Judge is to be increased annually in the same manner as state court judges, which is the actual percentage change in the consumer price index. The salary of the General Sessions Court Judge will increase by 1.3% for the coming fiscal year.

*The Administrator of Elections salary is 90% of the base salary of the Assessor of Property.

The new salary schedule as set by the state for DeKalb County is as follows:

General Sessions/Juvenile Court Judge: $92,158 per year, up by 1.3% from $90,975

County Mayor: $79,326 per year, up from $75,329.

Road Supervisor: $75,550, up from $71,743,

Sheriff: $75,550, up from $71,743

Trustee: $68,682, up from $65,221

County Clerk: $68,682, up from $65,221

Circuit Court Clerk: $68,682, up from $65,221

Clerk and Master: $68,682, up from $65,221

Register of Deeds: $68,682, up from $65,221

Assessor of Property: $68,682, up from $65,221

Administrator of Elections: $61,633, up from $58,699

Pedestrian Hit by Truck on McMinnville Highway

July 18, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page
Pedestrian Hit by Truck on McMinnville Highway

A 38 year old pedestrian was seriously injured after being struck by a pickup truck Monday night on Highway 56 south near Mystik Market in the Shiney Rock community.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Jamie Carroll of Smithville was hit by a 2001 Dodge Dakota pickup truck, driven by 21 year old James Messina of Smithville.

The accident occurred at 10 p.m.

The accident report states that the truck was traveling North on State Route 56. The pedestrian (Carroll) was walking north on the north fog line. The pedestrian was wearing dark clothing. The driver of the vehicle (Messina) did not see the pedestrian and struck same. After striking the pedestrian, the vehicle swerved to the left and began yawing. The vehicle corrected to the right and ran into the north ditch line.

Carroll was flown by air to Vanderbilt Hospital.

A helicopter ambulance landed in the parking lot of the Mt. View Primitive Baptist Church for the airlift.

Messina was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured. No charges have been filed against him.

Members of the DeKalb EMS, Sheriff’s Department, and County Volunteer Fire Department were on the scene.

The accident was investigated by Trooper Kyle Herren of the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Tyra Grace Graham Crowned Fairest of the Fair

July 17, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page
Tyra Grace Graham Crowned Fairest of the Fair
Fairest of Fair Court: 2nd runner-up and Most Photogenic Susan Marie Webb, Queen Tyra Grace Graham, and 1st runner-up and Miss Congeniality Hannah Renea Walker

18 year old Tyra Grace Graham is the 2017 DeKalb County Fairest of the Fair.

Graham, daughter of Kyle and Doris Graham of Smithville, won the crown Monday evening during the annual pageant held on opening night of the DeKalb County Fair in Alexandria.

Three contestants competed for the title.

The new queen succeeds last year’s winner, 19 year old Bethany Brooke Poss, daughter of John and Lori Poss of Smithville.

18 year old Hannah Renea Walker was named first runner-up and Miss Congeniality. She is the daughter of Scott and Misty Walker of Smithville.

Second runner-up was 18 year old Susan Marie Webb, daughter of C.D. and Cindy Webb of Dowelltown. Webb was also selected Most Photogenic.

(VIEW VIDEO FROM CALF ROPING AT DEKALB COUNTY FAIR MONDAY NIGHT)

The DeKalb County Fair will feature the following events tonight (Tuesday)
•Little Mister (4-6) Lions Pavilion 6:00 p.m
•Little Miss (4-6) Lions Pavilion following
•Antique Tractor Pull TC McMillen Arena 7:00 p.m.
•Corn Hole Tournament Grandstand 7:00 p.m.
•(2) $500 Cash Drawing Lions Pavilion 9:30 p.m.

Memory Lane Stage Events sponsored by Wilson Bank & Trust

•Tuesday Night - July 18
* 6:30 - 7:30 pm - Donny Barthelemy
• 7:45 - 8:45 pm - Collins Family Revival

Rides on the Midway by the Family Attractions Amusement Company. Unlimited rides will be available for $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 615-529-FAIR or visit on-line at www.dekalbcountyfairtn.com.

Ellisyn Kelsey Cripps Wins Junior Fair Princess Pageant

July 17, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page
Ellisyn Kelsey Cripps Wins Junior Fair Princess Pageant
Junior Fair Princess Court: 4th runner-up- Keirstine Robinson, 2nd runner-up - Shaunta Rose Koegler, Queen-Ellisyn Kelsey Cripps, 1st first runner-up  Madison Rae Rackley; and 3rd runner-up- Monica Mashay Carlton
Junior Fair Princess Most Photogenic-Alexis Grace Atnip and Miss Congeniality Hailey Bogle

The 2017 Junior Fair Princess of the DeKalb County Fair is 14 year old Ellisyn Kelsey Cripps, daughter of Troy and Jamie Cripps of Smithville.

She succeeds the 2016 Junior Fair Princess, Abigail Hope Taylor, the 16 year old daughter of Ken and Cindy Taylor of Smithville.

Cripps was among ten young ladies ages 13-16 who competed for the crown on the opening night of the DeKalb County Fair Monday.

The first runner-up was Madison Rae Rackley,the 14 year old daughter of Gordon and Jessica Rackley of Smithville.

Second runner-up was Shaunta Rose Koegler, the 16 year old daughter of Brian and Leticia Koegler of Smithville.

Monica Mashay Carlton was third runner-up. She is the 14 year old daughter of Leroy and Amanda Hale and Travis and Toni Carlton of Smithville.

The fourth runner-up was Keirstine Robinson, the 13 year old daughter of Nick and Stacey Robinson of Dowelltown.

The title of Miss Congeniality went to 14 year old Hailey Bogle, daughter of Bud and Jenny Bogle of Smithville.

14 year old Alexis Grace Atnip, daughter of Veronica Atnip of Smithville was named Most Photogenic.

Others in the pageant were 15 year old Lauren Rebecca Boles, daughter of Rachel and Perry Boles of Alexandria; 16 year old Kaitlyn Brianna Bain, daughter of Larry and Rachel Bain of Smithville; and 13 year old Mackenzie Leigh Sprague, daughter of Wanda Sprague of Smithville.

The DeKalb County Fair will feature the following events tonight (Tuesday)
•Little Mister (4-6) Lions Pavilion 6:00 p.m
•Little Miss (4-6) Lions Pavilion following
•Antique Tractor Pull TC McMillen Arena 7:00 p.m.
•Corn Hole Tournament Grandstand 7:00 p.m.
•(2) $500 Cash Drawing Lions Pavilion 9:30 p.m.

Memory Lane Stage Events sponsored by Wilson Bank & Trust

•Tuesday Night - July 18
* 6:30 - 7:30 pm - Donny Barthelemy
• 7:45 - 8:45 pm - Collins Family Revival

Rides on the Midway by the Family Attractions Amusement Company. Unlimited rides will be available for $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 615-529-FAIR or visit on-line at www.dekalbcountyfairtn.com.

Alley Beth Cook Receives "Classroom Champion" Award

July 17, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page
DeKalb West Principal Sabrina Farler, Troy Cook, Alley Beth Cook, and Attorney Jim Judkins

This week’s “Classroom Champion” award goes to DeKalb West School student Alley Beth Cook.

The award was presented recently by Smithville Attorney Jim Judkins.

Cook is the daughter of Troy and Julie Cook.

A seventh grader this past year, Alley Beth is active in her youth group at Salem Baptist Church and is a member of the school’s FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes). Her favorite subject is Math. Her plans are to pursue a career in Teaching. This school year will mark her fourth year as a player on the Lady Bulldogs team and a member of the Junior Beta Club.

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.

Back-to-School Plans Should Include Required Vaccinations

July 17, 2017

To prevent the spread of diseases and to keep kids of all ages and their classmates safe, healthy and in school learning, all students in Tennessee, from kindergarten to college, must have proof of immunizations before they can start school. State leaders of health and education say it’s best to get those important vaccines now to avoid longer wait times later and to ensure a smooth beginning to the 2017 school year.

“As a parent, there is a lot on our plate before a new school year, but as a physician I know one of the most important is getting vaccinated to prevent communicable diseases that can quickly spread in group settings like schools,” said Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH. “Beat the rush and give the vaccine time to start working. See your healthcare provider or local health department and help our kids get a great start.”

“All classroom time is important, including those first days of a new school year when teachers and students are building their routines and relationships,” said Tennessee Department of Education Commissioner Candice McQueen. “By having all necessary paperwork and documentation of immunizations in place, parents help to ensure their children will not miss any valuable learning time.”

“Parents and students may not be aware of some required immunizations for college admission, including those to prevent meningococcal meningitis, measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox and in some cases Hepatitis B,” said Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor Flora Tydings. “It’s best to contact the school as early as possible to learn what is needed so important classroom hours are not missed and communicable diseases prevented.”

Requirements for school vaccinations in Tennessee include:

Kindergarteners and other children enrolling in a Tennessee school for the first time must provide schools with a complete Official Tennessee Immunization Certificate before classes begin. The certificate must be signed by a qualified healthcare provider or verified by the state’s Immunization Information System.

All current students entering seventh grade are required to give the school a limited Official Tennessee Immunization Certificate showing they have had a second dose of chickenpox vaccine (or a history of the illness) and a booster shot for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. The HPV cancer vaccine and first meningococcal meningitis vaccine are not required for school attendance, but are recommended by pediatricians and public health experts for all children at this age and can be given at the same visit.

Incoming college students in Tennessee public colleges who will live in on-campus housing must provide proof of immunization against meningococcal meningitis after age 16. Most private colleges also have requirements for this vaccine and some schools require it of all new students. Check with your college for details.

For more information about school immunization requirements in Tennessee, visit http://tn.gov/health/article/required-immunizations.

The Tennessee Department of Health encourages all parents of preteens and teens to ask their healthcare providers about getting the human papillomavirus or HPV vaccine, which can protect against a variety of HPV-associated cancers than can develop over a lifetime. The HPV vaccine is available through most healthcare providers and all county health departments. Children and teens under age 19 without private insurance coverage for the vaccine may receive HPV vaccine and all other routine vaccines through most healthcare providers and all health departments for only a small administration fee through the federal Vaccines for Children program. To learn more about HPV, visit www.cdc.gov/hpv/index.html.

The mission of the Tennessee Department of Health is to protect, promote and improve the health and prosperity of people in Tennessee. TDH has facilities in all 95 counties and provides direct services for more than one in five Tennesseans annually as well as indirect services for everyone in the state, including emergency response to health threats, licensure of health professionals, regulation of health care facilities and inspection of food service establishments. Learn more about TDH services and programs at www.tn.gov/health.

Sinclair Wins DeKalb Fair 5K Race

July 16, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page
Matthew Sinclair of Carthage wins the DeKalb Fair 5K race Saturday. The award is presented by Race organizer Matt Boss (left) and by Ronnie Redmon (center) and William Edmonds (right) of the American Legion Post 122. Proceeds from the race support local veterans.
Winners and several other participants and veterans pictured at DeKalb Fair 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run Saturday
Maddux Pyburn won the DeKalb Fair Fun Run at 12:20. Pictured with Race Organizer Matt Boss
Local veteran Daren Oakley (right), who completed four years service in the U.S. Army last October, competed in the DeKalb Fair 5K Saturday. This year’s race raised funds in support of veterans.

Matthew Sinclair of Carthage won the DeKalb County Fair 5K and Fun Run Saturday.

Sinclair was the overall winner of the race, which was held on West Main Street in Alexandria. He ran the course in 17:34.

Aaron Gottlied took second place in the race and Daren Oakley came in third place.

Maddux Pyburn won the Fun Run at 12:20

Other winners in the 5K were:
Ages 12 and younger:
1st place: Kaleb Spears
2nd place: Mara Oakley

Women:
1st place: Doris Graham
2nd place: Andy Armstrong
3rd place: Kelly Pyburn

Seniors
1st place: Mark Sullivan
2nd place: Brenda Hooper

All proceeds will go to the American Legion, a non-profit organization in DeKalb County in support of veterans.

With the race being held this year in support of veterans, Race Director Matt Boss said it was an honor to have a veteran compete in the run.

Daren Oakley of DeKalb County finished in third place in the 5K. He returned home in October, 2016 after having served four years in the U.S. Army.

“I served four years in the military police corps in Washington State. I was deployed for nine months at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba,” said Oakley.

“I was anxious to get back to DeKalb County. I really missed the races including the Fiddler 5K. I wanted to do the DeKalb Fair race last year but I didn’t get back in time. I raced in the Fiddler 5K this year and I participate pretty much anywhere there is a race in Middle Tennessee,” added Oakley.

Boy Scout to Build Outdoor Classroom at Northside Elementary

July 15, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page
Boy Scout to Build Outdoor Classroom at Northside Elementary

Northside Elementary School students will soon have an opportunity to take their studies outdoors.

The Board of Education Thursday night gave approval for Thomas Webb, a member of Boy Scout Troop 347, to build a 20’ x 30’ outdoor classroom at Northside Elementary for his Eagle Scout project. Webb told the board that the proposed outdoor classroom will be the same type pavilion as was built last year at DeKalb Middle School through fund raising efforts of the student council there.

“For my Eagle Scout Project I would like to construct an outdoor classroom at Northside Elementary School identical to the one at DeKalb Middle School. This will provide an alternate learning environment that will enrich the students’ school experience and help foster an appreciation for nature,” said Webb.

Webb has also received approved for the project from the administration of the school and Director Patrick Cripps.

“Thomas came in and met with me as well. I give him kudos for doing that (project). For a young man to come in and take this initiative, I appreciate that,” said Director Cripps.

The pavilion will have a 20’ x 30’ concrete floor with a wooden frame and a metal roof. It will be on the grounds of Northside Elementary School. The exact location will be determined later. The anticipated completion date is Thanksgiving, 2017. Webb will work with skilled contractors to complete the project and it will be funded with money raised by Webb and other members of Boy Scout Troop 347.

In other business, Cripps updated the board on personnel moves since last month.

Jennifer Sykes has been granted a leave of absence as requested.

Randy Jennings has been transferred from DeKalb Middle School to Principal at DCHS

The following have resigned:

Gina Arnold, Supervisor of Special Education

Lisa Neal, teacher at Smithville Elementary School

Kenneth Taylor, bus driver

Kathryn Wisinger, ESL teacher

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