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DeKalb Democrats to Rally Saturday at Mass Meeting

February 16, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
Phil Bredesen
Karl Dean
Craig Fitzhugh
Mary Alice Carfi
Mary Mancini

Former Governor Phil Bredesen, former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, and State House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh are among those expected to attend Saturday’s DeKalb County Democratic Party Mass Meeting at the DCHS Cafeteria. The event begins at 10 a.m.

Bredesen is seeking the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate in August hoping to capture the seat in November now held by Republican Senator Bob Corker. Dean and Fitzhugh are in the hunt for the Democratic nomination for Governor in August in hopes of succeeding Republican Governor Bill Haslam in November.

Mary Alice Carfi, who narrowly lost to Republican Mark Pody in the December special election for the state senate in District 17, will also make an appearance at the mass meeting. She is seeking the Democratic nomination for the state senate in August hoping to unseat Pody in November.

The keynote speaker for the mass meeting will be Mary Mancini, Chair of the Tennessee Democratic Party.

Local and state democratic candidates for public office will be recognized and given an opportunity to formally announce their candidacies to kick off the 2018 election year.

Meet the candidates for Governor, US Senator, US Representative, State Senator, State Representative, County Mayor, Circuit Court Clerk, Road Supervisor, Sheriff, County Clerk, Register of Deeds, Trustee, County Commission, School Board, City Council.

The event will feature live music by Jake Hoot, coffee, donuts, and conversation

Circuit Court Clerk Katherine Pack Decides Not to Seek Re-Election

February 15, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
Circuit Court Clerk Katherine Pack Decides Not to Seek Re-Election

DeKalb County Circuit Court Clerk Katherine Pack has chosen not to seek re-election and will be leaving office at the end of her term August 31.

Ms. Pack, who was first elected to the office in 2002, is completing her fourth term.

“I would like to thank all the citizens of DeKalb County for allowing me the opportunity to serve as DeKalb County’s Circuit Court Clerk the past 15 ½ years,” said Ms. Pack.

“I have so enjoyed working with the judges in Circuit, Criminal and Civil, General Sessions Criminal and Civil, and Juvenile Courts, all the attorneys from our local bar and surrounding counties, the District Attorney General’s Office, District Public Defender’s Office, the Sheriff’s Department, City of Smithville and Alexandria Police Departments, and my special friends elected officials of DeKalb County, you all have a special place in my heart,” she continued.

“My prayer for our county and these special people is: with unity, love, and thankfulness, we all seek God’s guidance and leadership daily in all we do,” Ms. Pack concluded.

Lady Tigers Advance in District Tournament

February 15, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page

The DeKalb County Lady Tigers won their first game of the District 8 AA Basketball Tournament Wednesday night eliminating Watertown 48 to 30.

The Lady Tigers, the 5th seed in the tournament, will meet Cannon County, the 4th seed on Friday night, February 16 at 6 p.m. WJLE will have LIVE coverage.

The tournament is being played at Hooper Eblen Center on the campus of Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville.

In the game Wednesday night, DeKalb County led 16 to 1 after the 1st period, 24 to 10 at halftime, and 42 to 21 after the 3rd period before winning 48 to 30

Lydia Brown scored 18 for the Lady Tigers. Kenzie France 8, Mya Ruch 7, Emme Colwell 6, Megan Walker 4, Maddison Parsley with 3 and Mallori Hart with 2.

Meanwhile the Smith County Owls eliminated Cannon County in the boys tournament Wednesday night winning 56 to 40. The Owls, the 5th seed, will meet York Institute, the 4th seed in the tournament, on Friday night, February 16 at 7:30 p.m.

Games scheduled tonight, Thursday, February 15 Livingston Academy, the 6th seed, will face York Institute, the 3rd seed, in the girls tournament at 6 p.m. In the boys tournament, Watertown, the 7th seed, will meet Macon County, the 3rd seed at 7:30 p.m.

DeKalb Health Department to Host FREE Flu Shot Clinic Friday

February 15, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
DeKalb Health Department to Host FREE Flu Shot Clinic Friday

The DeKalb County Health Department is joining county health departments across the state in administering FREE flu shots during “Flu Shot Friday” February 16 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Get a flu shot! The Tennessee Department of Health is urging all Tennesseans who have not yet received a flu shot this flu season to get one as soon as possible, as seasonal influenza remains widespread across the state. Tennessee county health departments are providing flu vaccine at no charge to patients while supplies last and are holding special “Flu Shot Friday” clinics from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. local time Feb. 16 in all locations to increase the number of people vaccinated across Tennessee.

"We are having these clinics to emphasize it’s not too late to get vaccinated because we expect a lot more weeks of seasonal flu that we all know has already been intense. Vaccination is still the best protection we have against this serious and deadly illness,” said TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH. “Yes, wash your hands, avoid touching your face, stay home if you are sick but above all get vaccinated. It can help you and those around you stay healthy and if you do get sick, it just might save your life.”

All Tennessee county health departments are holding Flu Shot Friday clinics Feb. 16 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. This includes all rural county health departments and health department clinics in Chattanooga-Hamilton County, Jackson-Madison County, Knoxville-Knox County, Nashville-Davidson County, Memphis-Shelby County and Sullivan County. No appointments are needed to receive a flu shot during this event. Find a map of local health department locations and contact information online at www.tn.gov/health/health-program-areas/localdepartments.html.

TDH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend a yearly flu vaccine for everyone aged six months and older. Unfortunately, flu vaccines don’t work as well against H3N2 viruses, which means some people who get vaccinated may still get sick; however, flu vaccination helps make illness milder for those who do get sick. Flu vaccines also work better against H1N1 and influenza B viruses, which are also circulating in Tennessee right now.

Most people with the flu will have a mild illness and do not need medical care or antiviral drugs. However, groups including infants, the elderly and people with certain medical conditions are at highest risk of getting severe complications from the flu. Anyone who believes he or she may have the flu should contact a health care provider and should begin antiviral medications if recommended by the provider as soon as possible.

Flu virus is highly contagious, so it’s important for people who are sick to stay home and make every effort to avoid contact with others for at least 24 hours after their symptoms have resolved to help prevent further spread of the illness. This includes staying away from work, school and other public places while ill.
Follow these additional tips to protect your family and others from the flu:

* Use "respiratory etiquette” by coughing into your elbow or a tissue instead of your hands

* Wash hands frequently with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand rub

* Routine cleaning and disinfection in the home and workplace are important to reduce flu risks

Learn more about preventing seasonal flu at www.cdc.gov/flu/consumer/prevention.htm.

(UPDATED) Stage Set for Most Local Elections

February 14, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page

The stage is set for the May 1 DeKalb County Democratic Primary and the August 2 DeKalb County General Election as far as county wide offices and the county commission are concerned.

Twelve Noon Thursday, February 15 was the qualifying deadline with the DeKalb County Election Commission and there were no new entries today (Thursday).

According to Administrator of Elections Dennis Stanley, all petitions issued for this first election phase were returned and verified including for the offices of Road Supervisor, County Mayor, Circuit Court Clerk, Sheriff, Register of Deeds, County Clerk, and Trustee, and for the county commission in each of the seven districts.

The candidates for the May 1 DeKalb County Democratic Primary and the Republican and Independent opponents in the August 2 DeKalb County General Election are as follows:

COUNTY CLERK:
James L. (Jimmy) Poss—(Incumbent): Unopposed in May and August

COUNTY MAYOR:
Tim Stribling (Incumbent)
Bradley Hendrix
Mike Foster
The Democratic nominee on May 1 will face Independent candidate Randy Paris in the August 2 election. There is no Republican candidate for County Mayor August 2

SHERIFF:
Michael Agee-Unopposed in May. Agee will face Republican Incumbent Sheriff Patrick Ray on August 2

ROAD SUPERVISOR:
Jimmy Sprague- Unopposed in May. Sprague will face Republican Danny Hale on August 2

CIRCUIT COURT CLERK:
Nicole Wright
Mark Milam
The Democratic nominee on May 1 will face Republican candidate Susan Martin on August 2

REGISTER OF DEEDS:
Jeff McMillen (Incumbent): Unopposed in May and August

TRUSTEE:
Republican Incumbent Sean Driver to be unopposed on August 2

COUNTY COMMISSION-FIRST DISTRICT (Two to be nominated in May)
Julie Young (Incumbent)-Unopposed in May
Dennis Slager-Unopposed in May
Republican Tom Chandler to be on the ballot with Slager and Young in August (Two to be elected in August)

COUNTY COMMISSION-SECOND DISTRICT (Two to be nominated in May)
Joe Johnson (Incumbent)
Nora Harvey
Myron Rhody
Republican Sabrina Farler to be on the ballot with the two Democratic nominees in August (Two to be elected in August)

COUNTY COMMISSION-THIRD DISTRICT (Two to be nominated in May)
Jack Barton (Incumbent)
Jenny Trapp
Bobby Johnson
Republican Renee Steff to be on the ballot with the two Democratic nominees in August (Two to be elected in August)

COUNTY COMMISSION-FOURTH DISTRICT (Two to be nominated in May)
Jonathan Norris (Incumbent)
Wayne Cantrell (Incumbent)
Dr. Scott Little
Bobby Taylor
Janice Fish-Stewart
Republican Greg Matthews to be on the ballot with the two Democratic nominees in August (Two to be elected in August)

COUNTY COMMISSION-FIFTH DISTRICT (Two to be nominated in May)
Anita Puckett (Incumbent) Unopposed in May
Lloyd Emmons Unopposed in May
Republican Incumbent Jerry Adcock and Independent candidate William Rutherford to be on the ballot with Puckett and Emmons in August (Two to be elected in August)

COUNTY COMMISSION-SIXTH DISTRICT (Two to be nominated in May)
Betty Atnip (Incumbent) Unopposed in May
Jeff Barnes (Incumbent) Unopposed in May
Republican candidate Matt Adcock to be on the ballot with Atnip and Barnes in August (Two to be elected in August)

COUNTY COMMISSION-SEVENTH DISTRICT(Two to be nominated in May)
Kevin Robinson (Incumbent)
Larry Summers (Incumbent
Beth Pafford
Republican candidate Bruce Malone to be on the ballot with the two Democratic nominees in August (Two to be elected in August)

Meanwhile the qualifying deadline for five school board seats, municipal elections in Smithville, Dowelltown, Liberty, and Alexandria, and for the August state primaries is noon April 5.

Up for election in August will be school board seats in Districts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 7.

City seats up for grabs in August are: In Smithville the Mayor and two aldermen positions; in Dowelltown three aldermen seats; in Liberty the Mayor and five aldermen spots and in Alexandria the Mayor and four aldermen positions including one alderman to fill a two year unexpired term.

State primary races in August will include State Senator in District 17, State House in District 40 and 46, Sixth District Congressman, Governor, and US. Senator.

PETITIONS ISSUED FOR AUGUST ELECTIONS: (*) MEANS RETURNED AND VERIFIED

SMITHVILLE MAYOR:
*JIMMY POSS—(INCUMBENT)-PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED
*JOSH MILLER—PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED

SMITHVILLE ALDERMAN:
BRANDON COX-
*JASON MURPHY—(INCUMBENT) PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED
*GAYLA HENDRIX—(INCUMBENT) PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED

LIBERTY MAYOR:
*DWIGHT MATHIS-(INCUMBENT)-PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED
*DARRELL JOHNSON—PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED

LIBERTY ALDERMAN:
EDDIE DWAYNE BLAIR- (INCUMBENT)
JASON RAY--(INCUMBENT)
*DEREK JOHNSON— PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED
WILLIAM H. REYNOLDS— (INCUMBENT)
J.D. BRATTEN- (INCUMBENT)

BOARD OF EDUCATION-FIRST DISTRICT:
DANNY PARKERSON—(INCUMBENT)

BOARD OF EDUCATION-SECOND DISTRICT:
JERRY WAYNE JOHNSON—(INCUMBENT)
ALAN HAYES
C.D. (CARL) WEBB
ORVIL HENDRIX

BOARD OF EDUCATION-THIRD DISTRICT:
*JIM BESHEARSE—(INCUMBENT) PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED

BOARD OF EDUCATION-FOURTH DISTRICT
KATE MILLER—(INCUMBENT)

BOARD OF EDUCATION-SEVENTH DISTRICT
*SHAUN TUBBS—(INCUMBENT) PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED

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Tigers Make Quick Exit from District Tournament

February 14, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page

The DCHS Tigers made a quick exit from the District 8AA basketball tournament Tuesday night with a 57 to 42 loss to the Watertown Purple Tigers.

The tourney is being played at Hooper Eblen Center on the campus of Tennessee Tech University.

DeKalb County was the higher seed in the tournament and had beaten the Purple Tigers twice this season, 73 to 66 at Watertown on December 1 and 67 to 57 in Smithville on January 19. DeKalb County was seeded 6th and Watertown 7th in the tournament.

Watertown will advance to play the 3rd seeded Macon County Tigers Thursday night at 7:30 p.m.

In the game Tuesday night, Watertown led 18 to 11 after the 1st period, 29 to 15 at halftime, and 39 to 25 after the 3rd period before winning 57 to 42.

The Tigers conclude their season at 13-14 overall and 6-8 in the regular season district race.

In the other game Tuesday night, the Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats, the 6th seed, eliminated Smith County, the 7th seed, from the tournament winning 55 to 24. Livingston Academy advances to play York Institute, the 3rd seed, Thursday night, February 15 at 6 p.m.

The DeKalb County Lady Tigers, the 5th seed, will play their first game in the tournament tonight (Wednesday, February 14) against Watertown, the 8th seed, at 6:00 p.m. The winner will meet Cannon County, the 4th seed, on Friday night, February 16 at 6 p.m.

WJLE will have LIVE coverage.

Meanwhile the Smith County Owls, the 5th seed, will take on the Cannon County Lions, the 8th seed, in the tournament tonight, Wednesday February 14 at 7:30 p.m.

DeKalb West Names Students of the Month

February 13, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
DeKalb West Names Students of the Month

DeKalb West School announces its Students of the Month for February. Selected were Grady Thomason, Kindergarten, Javan Hefflin, 1st grade, Timothy Goss, 2nd grade, Izzy Prichard, 3rd grade, Ethan Hight, 4th grade, Grant Buterbaugh, 5th grade, Melanie Ortiz, 6th grade, Matt Nokes, 7th grade, and Cameron Kempton, 8th grade. Students are chosen for their academic skills, character, and other traits that make them one of the best at DeKalb West.

Pictured front row left to right are Timothy Goss, Melanie Ortiz, Izzy Prichard, and Grady Thomason. Back row left to right are Assistant Principal Joey Agee, Cameron Kempton, Matthew Nokes, Ethan Hight, and Grant Buterbaugh. Not pictured Javan Hefflin.

Carson-Newman Coach to Speak at DCHS Baseball Chili Supper

February 13, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
Tom Griffin, the head baseball coach at Carson-Newman College

Tom Griffin, the head baseball coach at Carson-Newman College, will be the guest speaker at the annual DCHS baseball chili supper, LIVE auction, and silent auction on Monday, March 5.

The fundraising chili supper will be held at the DeKalb County Complex starting at 6 p.m.

Griffin is entering his 13th season this year as head baseball coach at Carson-Newman.

He has compiled an overall record of 347-250 and a conference record of 154-139 at Carson Newman. He is 531-449-2 in 20 seasons as a college baseball coach.

Griffin has also authored an instructional catching baseball video, "Catch It, Block It, Throw It." A regular instructional speaker at various coaching clinics and camps, he has been the featured speaker at the American Baseball Coaches Association convention in Orlando, Florida in 2007, Anaheim, California in 2012, and Nashville, TN in 2015.

To get tickets find a DCHS baseball player or purchase tickets at the door. The cost is $8.00 for one person or $25 for a family.

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DeKalb Prevention Coalition Earns Recognition

February 13, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
Left to right: Arthur Dean-Chairman & CEO CADCA, Pat Castillo- Director of National Coalition Institute, Kristi Paling- DPC Treasurer, Lisa Cripps- DPC Coordinator, & Sean Fearns- Chief. DEA Community Outreach
DPC receives diploma for successfully completing the requirements of the National Coalition Institute. DPC Treasurer, Kristi Paling & DPC Coordinator, Lisa Cripps pictured with the CADCA diploma from the National Coalition Institute

The DeKalb Prevention Coalition earned a diploma last week after successfully completing the requirements for graduation from the National Coalition Institute.

The ceremony was held during the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s (CADCA) 28th Annual National Leadership Forum on February 5-8 in Washington, D.C.

DPC Treasurer, Kristi Paling & DPC Coordinator, Lisa Cripps accepted the CADCA diploma from the National Coalition Institute.

The mission of CADCA is to strengthen the capacity of community coalitions to create and maintain safe, healthy and drug-free communities globally. This is accomplished by providing technical assistance and training, public policy advocacy, media strategies and marketing programs, training and special events. #CADCA #Community #Graduates

The DeKalb County coalition’s goal is to unite community leaders and citizens of DeKalb County forming strong partnerships across major community sectors with the goal of reducing substance abuse.

The vision of the coalition is to see DeKalb County citizens live in a safe, healthy, and drug free community.

This project is funded by The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

Six DCHS Basketball Players Earn All-District Honors

February 13, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page

Six DCHS basketball players have received All-District honors.

The selections were announced Friday .

Tanner Poss of the Tiger basketball team was named to the 1st Team All-District. Marshal Evins was selected to the 3rd Team All-District. Trey Jones earned Honorable Mention.

Emme Colwell of the Lady Tigers made the 2nd Team All-District and was named the District’s Most Improved Player among girls. Mya Ruch earned a spot on the District’s Defensive Team. Both Ruch and Lydia Brown received All-District Honorable Mention.

Akira Levy of Upperman and Seth Carlisle of Macon County were named the District’s Most Valuable Players and Dana McWilliams and Bobby McWilliams of Upperman were chosen as the District Coaches of the Year.

The DCHS Basketball teams will make their debut in the District 8 AA Tournament next week at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville.

The Tigers, the 6th seed, will take on Watertown, the 7th seed, on Tuesday night, February 13 at 7:30 p.m. The winner will meet Macon County, the 3rd seed, on Thursday, February 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Meanwhile the Lady Tigers, the 5th seed, will face Watertown, the 8th seed, on Wednesday night, February 14 at 6:00 p.m. The winner will meet Cannon County, the 4th seed, on Friday, February 16 at 6:00 p.m.

WJLE will have LIVE coverage.

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