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Household Hazardous Waste Mobile Collection Service in DeKalb County Saturday

May 13, 2016
Dwayne Page

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s mobile household hazardous waste collection service will be in DeKalb County on Saturday, May 14. Since the program’s inception in 1993, more than 322,000 households have properly disposed of more than 21 million pounds of material.

“Our household hazardous waste mobile collection service provides the people of Tennessee with a safe, environmentally friendly way to dispose of unwanted household chemicals and other potentially hazardous wastes at no cost,” said Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau. “This service travels across the state holding collection events in local communities, and we encourage all Tennesseans to take advantage of the opportunity to utilize it.”

On Saturday, May 14, any Tennessee resident may bring his or her household hazardous waste to the lot between the Smithville Church of God and DeKalb County Farmers Co-Op at 725 West Broad St. in Smithville from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. The local contact for this HHW collection event is (615) 597-5175.

HHW material is considered flammable, toxic, reactive and/or corrosive and should not be placed with regular garbage. Typical items to dispose of include cleaning fluids, pesticides, mercury thermometers and thermostats, fluorescent lamps, lithium and button batteries, aerosols, adhesives, medications, brake fluid, swimming pool chemicals and paint thinner. Items not accepted include ammunition, explosives, alkaline batteries, paint, electronics, medical waste and any empty containers.

While household waste may be disposed for free, there is a cost for disposal of Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator Waste (i.e. wastes from non-household sources such as businesses, schools, farms, churches, etc.). An appointment is also necessary. Call (615) 643-3170 to request a price quote and schedule an appointment.

Many counties and municipalities meet the needs of local residents by providing collection of batteries, oil, paint, antifreeze and electronic scrap – or BOPAE as it is sometimes called. When handled correctly, these BOPAE materials are minimally hazardous, but inappropriate for collection at household hazardous waste events. Contact your local city or county solid waste department to find BOPAE collection sites in your area.

When transporting materials to the site, place containers in sturdy boxes lined with newspaper to prevent spills and cross-contamination in the trunk of a car or back of a truck. Be sure to keep materials away from children and pets. Materials should be kept in the original containers whenever possible. If not, place each waste in a separate plastic container with a secure lid and label its contents.

For more information on the household hazardous waste mobile collection service, please call 1-800-287-9013 or visit

Caplinger Named District Softball Tournament MVP

May 12, 2016
Dwayne Page

DCHS Tigerette Pitcher Kayley Caplinger has been named the Most Valuable Player of the District 8AA Softball Tournament.

The All-District Regular Season and District Tournament selections were announced Wednesday.

Caplinger pitched a shutout every night of the tournament and only allowed 9 hits in 4 games played with 28 strikeouts.

Members of the All District Tournament Team from DeKalb County are Tyra Graham, Dani Meadows, Katie Hall, and Joni Robinson.
DeKalb County also had its share of honors for the regular season.

Tigerette Coach Danny Bond was named Coach of the Year in District 8AA

Kayley Caplinger was selected as District Co-Player of the Year, Co-Pitcher of the Year, and Offensive Player of the Year.

The District’s Defensive Player of the Year is Tyra Graham.

Members of the All District Team from DeKalb County are Kayley Caplinger, Tyra Graham, Dani Meadows, Katie Hall, Hannah Walker, and Myranda Bailiff. Allison Maynard received honorable mention.

Maddison Parsley and Joni Robinson were named to the All District Freshman Team

DCHS Tigerettes Claim District Tournament Championship

May 12, 2016
Dwayne Page
DCHS Tigerettes Claim District Tournament Championship

The DCHS Tigerettes claimed the Championship of the District 8 AA Softball Tournament Wednesday with a 1-0 win over Livingston Academy at Upperman High School in Baxter.

Tyra Graham belted a homerun in the 3rd inning in what turned out to be the only run of the game. The Tigerettes completed the district tournament without being scored upon in four games played.

DeKalb County will host Chattanooga Christian Monday, May 16 at 5:00 p.m. in the Region Tournament at the Danny Bond Field at DCHS. WJLE plans LIVE coverage.

The Tigerettes scored 1 run on 6 hits and made no errors. Livingston Academy was held scoreless on 4 hits and made no errors.
Kayley Caplinger, the winning pitcher, struck out 14.

Lexi Bates, Kayley Caplinger, Katie Hall and Dani Meadows each singled and Joni Robinson doubled in addition to Graham’s homerun.

In the tournament, the Tigerettes defeated York Institute 13-0 on Saturday; Upperman 11 to 0 on Monday; Upperman 10-0 on Tuesday; and Livingston Academy 1-0 on Wednesday.

DCHS Graduation Set for Friday, May 20 (VIEW PHOTOS OF SENIORS HERE)

May 12, 2016
Dwayne Page
Ashli Chew
Chloe White

Graduation for the Class of 2016 at DeKalb County High School will be Friday, May 20 at 7:00 p.m. on the high school football field.

The commencement program will feature the presentation of the White Rose and Citizenship Awards to members of the Class, a performance by the DCHS Chorus, and remarks by the Class Valedictorian Ashli Chew, Class President Chloe White, and DCHS Principal Kathy Bryant. Honor students will also be recognized including those who have earned top rank, honors, and distinction status. The DCHS band will perform “pomp and circumstance” as the graduates file onto the field. Bryant will present the class to Director of Schools Patrick Cripps, who will then award diplomas to the graduates as their names are called.

A total of 163 students make up the Class of 2016 at DCHS.


Meanwhile scholarships and other awards will be presented to members of the Class of 2016 at DeKalb County High School during the annual Senior Awards program Monday night, May 16 at 6:00 p.m. in the DCHS gymnasium.

Representatives of colleges, universities, branches of the armed services, businesses, civic groups, and other organizations will make the presentations. WJLE plans LIVE coverage on AM 1480/FM 101.7 and LIVE STREAMING at

Ashli Chew is the Class Valedictorian. The Salutatorian is Max Pafford.

The following students have met requirements for top Rank:

Ashli Chew, Maxwell Pafford, Frank Oliver, Mariah Lynch, Kirkland Smallwood, Noah Parsley, Morgan Vickers, Mackenzie Keaton, Caitlin Turner, Alexander Rhody, Hailey Walker, Seth Wright, Hannah James, Christopher Bryant, Hannah Leach, Kyra Slager, Tyra Graham, Hannah Walker, Anna Malone, Jaidyn L. Huggins, Harley Johnson, Chloe White, Carlee White, Hannah Lasser, Carl Mooneyham, Jr., Caitlin Jacobs, Matthew Wright, Amber Montgomery, Hayden Plymel, Gabriella Nokes, Katherine Parker, Delaney Johnson, Haden Cripps, Elijah Hendrixson, Nicklas Patterson, Katelynn Hall, Roberto Mata, Noah Byford, and Carly Moss.

To be considered for top Rank, students must take at least 10 honors, dual enrollment, and AP courses and students must have a 21 or higher ACT composite score.

The following students have met the requirement for Tennessee State Distinction:

Jailyn Bolding, Jerica Braswell, Chase Bryant, Kaylene Ferguson, Tyra Graham, Elijah Hendrixson, Jaydin Huggins, Caitlin Jacobs, Hannah James, Delaney Johnson, Mackenzie Keaton, Hannah Lasser, Hannah Leach, Mariah Lynch, Anna Malone, Taylor Marshall, Keeley McKay, Carly Moss, Alexis Nokes, Eli Oliver, Max Pafford, Katie Parker, Noah Parsley, Hayden Plymel, Austin Poss, Alex Rhody, Kyra Slager, Kirkland Smallwood, Caitlin Turner, Christian Turner, Morgan Vickers, Hailey Walker, Hannah Walker, Carlee White, Chloe White, Matthew Wright, and Seth Wright.

Students with Distinction have met at least one of the following:
*Earned a nationally recognized industry certification
*Participated in at least one year of the Governor's Schools
*Participated in one of the state's All State Musical Organizations
*Been selected as a National Merit Finalist or Semi-Finalist
*Attained a composite score of 31 or higher on the ACT
*Attained a score of 3 or higher on at least two Advanced Placement (AP) exams
*Earned 12 or more semester hours of postsecondary (dual enrollment credit)

The following students have met the requirements for graduating with Tennessee State Honors:

Chase Bryant, Ashli Chew, Elijah Hendrixson, Mackenzie Keaton, Mariah Lynch, Anna Malone, Roberto Mata, Eli Oliver, Max Pafford, Hayden Plymel, Alex Rhody, Kyra Slager, Kirkland Smallwood, Caitlin Turner, and Seth Wright.

Tennessee State Honors students have met all of the ACT subject area readiness benchmarks. The benchmarks are: English-18, Reading-22, Math-22, and Science 23.

The DCHS Class of 2016 includes the following students:

Curtis Tyler Ackerson, Jesse Alan Adams, Juan Diego Alvarez-Tinajero, Kelly Michelle Armour, Meranda Kay Atnip,

Courtney Devonne Bain, Troy James Bodie Bain, Briana Nicole Bandy, Jennifer Mae Ann Barnes, Jasmine Kiera Beaty, John Michael Belosic, Jessica Nicole Billings, Kerra Necole Blackwell, Justin Michael Blair, Tara-Lyn Bockoven, Jailyn Paige Bolding, Jerica Elaine Braswell, Benjamin Franklin Brooks, III, Christopher Chase Bryant, Jonah Mark Burke, Noah Dallas Byford,

Alexis Paige Caldwell, Matthew Hunter Caldwell, Tavia Gayle Cantrell, Jennifer Caroline Caplinger, Brittney Lynn Carpenter, Diana Berenice Carrillo, Gavin Lee Carter, Morgan Mackenzie Castorena, Ashli Elizabeth Chew, Colby Ray Clark, Leah Payton Clark, Dakotah Raine Cool, Andrew Dwayne Cornelius, Haden Grant Cripps, Ana Karen Cuellar, Billy Lane Curtis,

Robert Lane Davenport, Erick Lee Dodd, John Gage Duggin, Miranda Lea Dyer,

Kayla Dawn Ervin, Vernon Gage Ervin, Tabitha Georgette Kelly Estes,

Kaylene Marie Ferguson, Hannah Josephine Ferrell, Aspen Nicole Flarity, Wendy Flores Amado, Kaylyn Faith France,

Caleb Mason Gantt, Krisann Rene Garmer, Rachel Nicole Gash, Sy James Gohs, Casey Dillon Gooch, Tyra Grace Graham,

Katelyn Ann Hall, Chandler Bryce Haynes, Joshua Calvin Hembree, Elijah Lee Hendrixson, Bobby Wayne Dillon Hicks, Levi Austin Horton, Jaidyn Lynn Huggins,

Caitlin Blair Jacobs, Hannah Elizabeth James, Courtney Lynn Johnson, Delaney Louise Johnson, Deveen Dakato Johnson, Garrett Drake Johnson, Harley Jade Johnson, Isabella Dae Johnson, Bruno Juarez Ramirez,

Mackenzie Danielle Keaton, Clara Talpha Knowles,

Michael Ryan LaFever, Alexander Kalb Lasser, Hannah Ashton Lasser, Hannah Elizabeth Leach, Kyle Louis Lemons, Ryan Patrick Lincoln, Ethan Cole Lomas, La-Kota Wade Luna, Mariah Nicole Lynch,

Anna Bess Malone, Taylor Nicole Marshall, Roberto Carlos Mata, Jonathan Stacy Matthews, Emerald Marie Ann McClanahan, Azya M’Kia Caperise McCoy, Keely Denise McKay, Samuel Lee McMillen, Danielle Alise Meadows, Kelly Nicole Meeks, Turner Lynn Merryman, Antonio Luis Miranda, Mary Belle Mofield, Amber Nicole Montgomery, Joseph Daniel Moon, Carl Anthony Mooneyham, Jr., Nathan Allen Moore, Tyler Allen Morton, Allison Brooke Mosley, Carly McKenna Moss, Luis Abraham Munoz-Aldino,

Gabriella Alexis Nokes,

Frank Eli Oliver, Sergio Daniel Ortiz, Ferrin Mae Outley,

Maxwell Colin Pafford, Ashley Michelle Parker, Katherine Belle Parker, Noah Scott Parsley, Nicklas Lane Patterson, Damian Clark Payne, Morgan Leanne Pedigo, Erin Nicole Perry, Katlyn Nichole Pinegar, Hayden Dewan Plymel, Alanna Marie Porras, Austin Wayne Poss, Jeff Rayburn Prisock, Braxton Darce Pugh, Jared Robert Pyles,

Maribel Lynn Quintero,

Miguel Angel Ramirez-Celaya, Daisy Vanesa Resendiz, Kaitlin Makenzie Rhea, Alexander James Rhody, Shelby Nicole Roberts, Mason Amanda Hunter Robinson, Miguel Angel Rodriguez, Esai Rey Rodriguez, Emily Rose Romo,

Brooklyn Kay Seifert, Kyra Makay Slager, Kirkland Alexander Smallwood, Haley Nicole Smith, Jorden Tyler Smoot, Emily Nicole Snider, Angeles Socorro Soto, Skyler McKenzie Stewart, Megan Elizabeth Strayn, Hailey Marie Summers,

Nathaniel Theriaque, Allen Dale Thompson, Caitlin Brooke Turner, Christian Blaire Turner,

Zackery Lane Underhill,

Yosadara Vicente, Morgan Marie Vickers,

Hailey Lynnette Walker, Hannah Renea Walker, Chelsey Ann Waters, Carlee Colvert White, Chloe Colvert White, Jordan Allan Whitehead, Brooklynn Leann Wilkerson, Hunter Eugene Wilkins, Samara Mae Williams, Hunter Lane Woods, Matthew Sheldon Wright, and Seth Ashton Wright.

DeKalb Adult High School Served 23 Students This Year

May 11, 2016
Dwayne Page
Susan Hinton

Susan Hinton, Adult High School Leader and Program Supervisor, gave her annual report to the Board of Education and the Director of Schools Thursday night.

Hinton said a total of twenty three students were served during the 2015-16 school year and three graduated. “I had two new students who came in this week. This happens all the time. People are going, coming, transferring and finishing. I had three graduates. I will have a graduate on Monday (May 9) which is included in the three and she is very excited. There has been seventy two credits completed this year in my class. That’s a lot of credits,” said Hinton.

“Every year I have questions from people in the community and I would like to address a few of those. We are not a GED Class. Our Adult High School is strictly regular diploma. We teach the regular classes,” she said.

“The DeKalb Adult High School serves students from age 18 and older and some 17 year olds with special permission who dropped out of school for various reasons or left high school without sufficient credits to graduate and want to come to school in a more flexible setting which enables students (who are working or have families to take care of) to return to school and complete a regular high school diploma,” said Hinton.

How long will it take to complete the class? “This is a frequent question asked by potential students. The amount of time to complete a high school diploma will depend on how many credits a student has on their individual record from previously attended accredited schools. The amount of credits is also dependent upon the year a student started high school and what classes were required during those years,” Hinton continued.

“Some people are able to complete a course per month, but it depends on the hours a student is able to complete classes at school or online. A student is able to complete classes from any online computer as well as attend classes at the adult high school”.

“Interested students should get in touch with the DeKalb County High School Guidance Department. The student must turn in information that will allow the staff in the guidance department to send for previous records of completed classes from any schools attended. Then individually, the guidance counselor will meet with the student and outline a plan of action to complete necessary classes required for graduation,” she said.

“The student must pass each course with a 70 or above to receive each credit and a certain number of subjects must be completed in specific courses. When the student has successfully completed his or her individual program, a diploma is ordered and presented to the student”.

“Each student works at his or her own pace and receives individual attention when possible. Students who do computer classes must meet periodically with the teachers of the Adult High School to receive extra help or make sure the student is on track for completing the course within a reasonable amount of time,” Hinton said.

Hinton read an essay by one of her students. “Coming back to school was a hard decision. My mind was filled with so many ifs. What if I won’t be able to support my family? What if it’ll take forever to get my school work done because of my job? It’s very hard to work at a job and come to school, but hey, it’s totally worth it.”

“I have a 6 year old child and I am expecting another child in the fall and would want to show and prove to my children that school is important in life. I used to not care at all for school because I didn’t see the benefits of it. Now, I actually see the benefits of having a better job with fewer hours and higher pay and being able to spend more time with my family.”

“Without a diploma, there are no better jobs. I used to just go to school because my parents made me. I never really paid attention. Here at the Adult High School, I’m learning. Don’t get me wrong—I’m learning because I now actually want to learn. Mrs. Hinton is a wonderful outstanding teacher. She helps me understand and of course I can’t leave out Mr. Dub who has helped me as well. He has a great personality and sense of humor. We have some awesome teachers at the Adult High School. So I really suggest if you’re planning on coming back to school, I recommend you do, it’s very important. Maybe like I mentioned, you won’t see it now, but later you will. It’s never too late to learn and it’s not a waste of time—it’s putting time into securing a better future for you and your family”.

4-H Project Achievement Day

May 10, 2016
Leigh Fuson
Summer Morse, Evan Morse, Jacob Beaty, Caroline Tobitt, Raiden Griffin, Lily Martin, and Jacklyn Kleparek represented DeKalb County at the Sub-regional 4-H Project Achievement Day. Not pictured: Melanie Bogle, Zoi Hale, and Elaina Turner.

Several DeKalb County 4-H members recently participated in the Sub-regional Project Achievement day that was held in Cookeville. They gave presentations related to one of the 26 project areas offered in 4-H. 4th and 5th graders participate in the demonstration contest where they have to explain how to do something or how it works. 6th-8th graders participate in the exhibit contest which can be like a science project or a general information board. Both contests require the student to explain their project in 1-3 minutes to the judges. 4-H members are judged on communication skills, creativity, props, and overall appearance of the display boards. DeKalb County was well represented by the following students:

Melanie Bogle, 4th grade: 2nd place in Sheep
Jacklyn Kleparek, 5th grade: 3rd place in Electric
Caroline Tobitt, 4th grade: Participant in Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries
Zoi Hale, 4th grade: Participant in Food Science
Summer Morse, 4th grade: Participant in Food Science
Elaina Turner, 4th grade: Participant in Performing Arts and Recreation


Jacob Beaty, 6th grade: 1st place in Computers and Technology
Evan Morse, 6th grade: 1st in Food Science
Raiden Griffin, 6th grade: 1st in Horse
Lily Martin, 7th grade: 3rd in Performing Arts and Recreation

For more information about 4-H programs, call the UT/TSU Extension office at 615-597-4945.

Photo Caption:
Summer Morse, Evan Morse, Jacob Beaty, Caroline Tobitt, Raiden Griffin, Lily Martin, and Jacklyn Kleparek represented DeKalb County at the Sub-regional 4-H Project Achievement Day. Not pictured: Melanie Bogle, Zoi Hale, and Elaina Turner.

Teen at Boys Home Assaults Staff Member

May 10, 2016
Dwayne Page
Franklin Jared Prater
Timothy Dewayne Johns
Douglas Ray Ferrell
Lee Allen Ferrell
Dakota Stith
Amanda Brooke Washer

A staff member at the Indian Mound Boys Home was assaulted by a teenager there Saturday, May 7.

18 year old Franklin Jared Prater of Sparta is charged with assault. His bond is $2,500 and he will make a court appearance on May 12.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that Prater allegedly assaulted a staff member with his fist. The blow to the face left a bruise on the staff member’s jaw. Prater allegedly admitted committing the assault saying he wanted to get out of the Department of Children Services’ custody.

An Alexandria man who allegedly assaulted a woman while holding a gun on her has been arrested in the case and will make a court appearance on May 12.

43 year old Timothy Dewayne Johns of New Hope Road, Alexandria is under a $5,000 bond charged with aggravated assault.

Sheriff Ray said that on Saturday, May 7 a deputy responded to a residence on New Hope Road due to a physical domestic involving a gun. While speaking with the victim, the officer learned that Johns had allegedly ripped off most of the woman’s clothing and assaulted her. The deputy observed a knot on her left brow and several scrapes and red marks on her neck, hands, legs, and knees. According to the woman, Johns held a pistol to her head during the assault and then put the handgun in her mouth, saying he should just kill her. The woman claims Johns tried to choke her several times while inflicting blows about her head and body. Johns was placed under arrest.

49 year old Douglas Ray Ferrell of Midway Road, Smithville was arrested twice last week on assault charges. In the first incident, Ferrell allegedly hit his son in the head with a hammer. In the second incident Ferrell threatened to attack a deputy with a wire plant hanger while he was investigating another assault.

According to Sheriff Ray, the first offense occurred on Wednesday, May 4. A deputy was dispatched to the residence on Midway Road in reference to a domestic call. During the investigation, the officer learned that Ferrell allegedly hit his son in the head with a hammer and then chased after him with a metal pole. Ferrell was placed under arrest and charged with aggravated assault. His bond is $4,000 and he will be in court May 19.

Three days later on Saturday, May 7, Ferrell was arrested again for assault and for resisting stop, frisk, halt, arrest or search. His bond on that charge is $7,000 and will make a court appearance May 19. Sheriff Ray said that a deputy again responded to the residence on Midway Road for a possible domestic. As the officer was talking to the woman who placed the call, Ferrell ran out of the house and charged toward the deputy holding a wire plant hanger. Although the officer ordered him several times to stop and go back inside the house, Ferrell continued toward the deputy and drew back the hanger as if he were going to hit him before throwing it to the ground. But after dropping the hanger, Ferrell again approached the deputy with a raised fist in a fighting stance. Ferrell was forcibly subdued by the deputy and placed under arrest.

22 year old Lee Allen Ferrell of Midway Road, Smithville is charged with domestic assault. His bond is $4,000 and he will make a court appearance on May 26. Sheriff Ray said that on Friday, May 6 a deputy was called to Midway Road for a physical domestic. During an investigation the officer learned that Ferrell had allegedly kicked a woman about the face and neck leaving marks on her face. Ferrell was placed under arrest.

25 year old Emily Kristen Kriegel of Sparta is cited for simple possession of marijuana. She will make a court appearance on May 26. Sheriff Ray said on Thursday, May 5 a deputy stopped a black car on Highway 70 east and while speaking with the passenger, Kriegel, found her to be nervous. He asked if she had any illegal substances and she produced 0.1 gram of a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana from her bra and pants area.

23 year old Dakota Stith of Short Mountain Road, McMinnville is charged with theft of property over $1,000. His bond is $5,000 and he will be in court on May 12. Sheriff Ray said that on Friday, April 29 Stith allegedly stole a 2001 pewter colored Chevy S-10 pickup. He was later found in possession of the truck. The case was investigated by a sheriff’s department detective.

28 year old Amanda Brooke Washer of McMinnville Highway, Smithville is charged with evading arrest. She was also issued a citation for possession of drug paraphernalia. Washer is under a $2,500 bond and she will be in court on May 12. Sheriff Ray said that on Tuesday, May 3 Washer intentionally fled from law enforcement officers by running from them as they were trying to serve an arrest warrant on her. Washer was forcibly taken into custody. A search of her belongings revealed two spoons with residue which field tested positive for cocaine; two used hypodermic needles; and two lighters and tissue paper.

25 year old Andrew Dayton West of Tramel Branch Road, Alexandria is charged with driving on a revoked license. He was also issued a citation for no insurance. His bond is $1,500 and he will be in court on May 19. Sheriff Ray said that West was involved in a wreck on Wednesday, May 4 and during the investigation he was unable to produce a driver license. A computer check confirmed that his license were revoked in Smith County on January 28, 2014 for failure to satisfy fines and costs.

Graduation Program Held for Smithville Head Start Students (VIEW VIDEO)

May 9, 2016
Dwayne Page
Graduation Program Held for Smithville Head Start Students

Seven four students in the L.B.J. & C. Smithville Head Start Program received certificates during a graduation ceremony held Monday at the county complex auditorium.

Parents and other family members and friends turned out for the program which featured the children singing two songs called “I’m Special” and “Goodbye Friends” and dancing to Blake Shelton’s recording of the Kenny Loggin’s classic “Footloose”.

Students in each of the four classes wore graduation caps and came to the podium to receive their certificates as their names were called.

Dr. Kimberly Tabor Relocates to DeKalb County

May 9, 2016
Shan Burklow
Dr. Kimberly Tabor Relocates to DeKalb County

Saint Thomas Medical Partners (STMP) is pleased to announce the relocation of a STMP practice to Smithville, Tennessee. Kimberly Tabor, DO has relocated her Putnam County practice to DeKalb County as of April 18, 2016. The STMP DeKalb practice is located next to DeKalb Specialty Clinic, in front of Saint Thomas DeKalb Hospital. She is currently accepting new patients for her family practice. STMP is a part of Saint Thomas Health, a member of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit health system.

Tabor is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine. She was most recently employed by Satellite Med, Volunteer Medical Group, and Upper Cumberland Family Physicians.

“I am excited to see the benefits that Saint Thomas Health will bring to the local community,” said Tabor, “I love that Saint Thomas Medical Partners is faith based. I respect a health system that is not afraid to stand up for what they believe in. I put God first in everything that I do. I fully intend for DeKalb County to be my forever home, and look forward to meeting my new patients. Every patient becomes my extended family, and I enjoy getting to know them one by one.”

In addition to her care of patients, Dr. Tabor enjoys spending time with her husband, Steve, and daughter, Ashlie, on their family farm in Liberty, Tennessee. She is an avid gardener, and loves horses and farm animals.

Tabor is already enjoying becoming an active part of the local community, and wants to thank her new patients, friends and neighbors for their hometown hospitality.


Saint Thomas Health is Middle Tennessee’s faith-based, not-for-profit health care system united as one healing community. Saint Thomas Health is focused on transforming the healthcare experience and helping people live healthier lives, with special attention to the poor and vulnerable. The regional health system includes nine hospitals: Saint Thomas Hospital for Spinal Surgery, Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital and Saint Thomas West Hospital in Nashville, Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro, Saint Thomas Hickman Hospital in Centerville, Saint Thomas DeKalb Hospital in Smithville, Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital in Sparta, Saint Thomas River Park Hospital in McMinnville and Saint Thomas Stones River Hospital in Woodbury. A comprehensive network of affiliated joint ventures, medical practices, clinics and rehabilitation facilities complements the hospital services and covers a 68-county area. Saint Thomas Health is a member of Ascension, a Catholic organization that is the largest not-for-profit health system in the United States. For more information, visit


Ascension ( is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all with special attention to persons in poverty and struggling the most. In FY2015, Ascension provided nearly $2 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. Approximately 150,000 associates and 35,000 aligned providers serve in 1,900 sites of care – including 129 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia. In addition to healthcare delivery, Ascension subsidiaries provide a variety of services and solutions including physician practice management, venture capital investing, treasury management, biomedical engineering, clinical care management, information services, risk management, and contracting through Ascension’s own group purchasing organization.

Ninety Seven Pounds of Unwanted Prescriptions Collected on Drug Take Back Day

May 9, 2016
Norene Puckett
Permanent drop off box for unwanted medicines inside Smithville City Hall at the Police Department

The DeKalb Prevention Coalition (DPC) wants to thank the community for the overwhelming response to the most recent drug take back day! On Saturday, April 30, ninety seven pounds of unwanted, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs were collected during the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day sponsored locally by the DeKalb Prevention Coalition.

Statistics from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) show that 55% of prescription are obtained free from a friend or relative. Kristina Clark, the Executive Director of Count It! Lock It! Drop It! states “Parents, family, and friends become accidental drug dealers by leaving medications out on counters, unlocked and/or unmonitored. Three simple steps can make a big difference in prescription drug abuse.” The DPC’s comprehensive community plan for prescription drug abuse prevention, “Count It! Lock It! Drop It!” encourages residents to frequently count their pills, properly lock them, and drop any unused, expired or unwanted pills in the drop box. The drop box is located in Smithville’s City Hall which is open Monday-Friday from 8:00am-4:30pm.

The Mission of DPC 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 DPC would like to extend an invitation to all residents to become a part of the coalition. The meetings are held the last Tuesday of each month at 12:00pm in the basement of the courthouse. For more information please contact Norene Puckett, DeKalb Prevention Coalition President at or 615-215-8690.


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