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Dowelltown City lights Contest Winners Announced

December 21, 2017
Dwayne Page

Winners of the Dowelltown City lights Contest have been announced.


1st Place: Tee and Nancy Wilson, Hillview Heights

2nd place: Darry and Susan Driver, Highway 70

3rd place: The Walkers, Corley Street


1st place: Darlene Mathis, Happy Valley

2nd place: Kevin Kent, Mill Street


1st place:
Maudie Bass, Happy Valley

2nd Place:
Willie and Debra Cole, West Main Street

Christmas Greetings From Our Community

December 21, 2017
Dwayne Page
Christmas Greetings From Our Community

WJLE and the following participating local and area businesses, public officials, and political candidates wish you and your family a MERRY CHRISTMAS!

*ABTS (Automated Business & Tax Service)
1225 South Congress Boulevard, Smithville

*A Degree Above Heating & Cooling, a RUUD dealer
631 West Broad Street, Smithville

*Alexandria Auto Parts, LLC
905 Brush Creek Road, Alexandria

*Arrow Termite & Pest Control
9341 Short Mountain Highway, Smithville

*Atnip Chiropractic Clinic
205 South Fourth Street, Smithville

*Belk Grocery & Sporting Goods
108 Wright Bend Road, Smithville

*Bumpers Drive-In
303 East Broad Street, Smithville

*Caney Fork Electric Cooperative
580 East Broad Street, Smithville

*Cantrell's Furniture & Appliances
638 West Broad Street, Smithville

*Cash Express
126 East Bryant Street, Smithville

*Center Hill Wine and Spirits
725 South Congress Boulevard, Smithville

*DeKalb County Ace Hardware
702 South Congress Boulevard, Smithville
615-597-4154 or 615-597-6175

*DeKalb Dental Center, the office of Dr. Mitchell S. Tatum, DDS
201 South Third Street, Smithville

*DeKalb Funeral Chapel
863 South Congress Boulevard, Smithville
615-597-9400. Obituary line 615-597-9600

*DeKalb County Assessor of Property Shannon Cantrell
732 S. Congress Boulevard-Room 104, Smithville

*DeKalb County Clerk James L. (Jimmy) Poss
732 S. Congress Boulevard-Room 102, Smithville

*DeKalb County Circuit Court Clerk Katherine Pack
DeKalb County Courthouse, 1 Public Square - Room 303, Smithville

*DeKalb County Mayor Tim Stribling
DeKalb County Courthouse, 1 Public Square - Room 204, Smithville

*DeKalb County Register of Deeds Jeff McMillen
732 S. Congress Boulevard- Room 101, Smithville.

*DeKalb County Road Supervisor Butch Agee
720 Smith Road, Smithville

*DeKalb County Sheriff Patrick Ray
100 Public Square, Smithville
615 597-4935 or 615 597-4043

*DeKalb County Trustee Sean Driver
732 S. Congress Boulevard- Room 103, Smithville.

*Dogwood Plaza
South Congress Boulevard, Smithville

*DTC Communications
Alexandria Office: 111 High Street.
Smithville Office: 200 Walmart Drive.

*Evins Mill ~ A Tennessee Resort Property
1535 Evins Mill Road, Smithville, TN
615.269-3740 (Nashville)

*Family Care Chiropractic, Dr. Kevin Malone DC.
502 West Main Street, Smithville

*Family Medical Center
302 North Congress Boulevard, Smithville
400 East Public Square, Alexandria

*Florence & White Ford
710 West Broad Street, Smithville

*F.Z. Webb & Sons Pharmacy
608 South Congress Boulevard, Smithville
615-597-5521 Nights & Holidays
615-597-4186 Soda Shop
Alexandria Location: 105 Public Square

*Glynn's Auto Sales
605 West Broad Street, Smithville

*Good Health Family Clinic
414 East Broad Street, Smithville

*Griffins Fruit Market
316 West Broad Street, Smithville

*HG Staffing, LLC
477D North Chancery Street, McMinnville

*Jamie a. Boutique
112 West Main Street, Smithville

*Jimmy Sprague
Democratic Candidate for DeKalb County Road Supervisor

*Jim's Tire & Alignment
449 Evins Mill Road, Smithville

*Johnny's Drugs
516B West Main Street, Smithville

*Lake Homes Realty (Tony Luna)

*Larry's Discount Grocery
309 West Broad Street, Smithville
615-697-6617 or 615-597-6760

*Love Cantrell Funeral Home
100 East Church Street, Smithville
615-597-5275. Obituary line 615-597-7275

*Liberty State Bank
Smithville Branch: 735 South Congress Boulevard
615-597-2265 or 615-597-2266
Liberty Branch: 311 East Main Street, Liberty
Alexandria Branch: 100 North Public Square, Alexandria

*Middle Tennessee Natural Gas
1036 West Broad Street, Smithville
615-597-4388 or 615-597-4300

*Mark Milam
Democratic Candidate for DeKalb County Circuit Court Clerk

*The Miller Team-Josh and Melissa
Sunbelt Real Estate and Appraisals
409 West Broad Street, Smithville
615-464-5882 or 615-464-684-0262

*NHC Healthcare
825 Fisher Avenue, Smithville

*Optimus Pest Solutions
409 South Mountain Street, Smithville.

*Pokey's TurnKey Bail Bonding (We have the key to set you free)
633 West Broad Street, Smithville

*Pokey's Fix-A-Flat Tire Shop (new and used tires)
633 West Broad Street, Smithville

*Poppie's Boutique
660 West Broad Street, Smithville

*Rick's Auto
255 Arrowhead Drive, Smithville

*Jackie Smith, State Farm Insurance Agent
315 North Public Square, Smithville

*Smithville Discount Wine & Spirits
413 East Broad Street, Smithville

*Smithville Mayor Jimmy Poss
Smithville City Hall- 104 East Main Street, Smithville.

*Smithville Storage (Opening in the New Year)
1000 South Mountain Street, Smithville

*Swallows Insurance Agency
308 West Broad Street, Smithville

*Three Star Mall
1410 Sparta Road, McMinnville

*Webb House Retirement Center
115 Jennings Lane, Smithville

*White Possum Grille
1060 West Broad Street, Smithville
Daily Menu-Smithville 615-464-6108

*Wilson Bank & Trust
576 West Broad Street, Smithville
615-597-4663. Telephone Banker 615-597-2222
Alexandria Location: 306 Brush Creek Road

2606 McMinnville Highway, Smithville

*Woodbury Insurance Agency
234 McMinnville Highway, Woodbury
Smithville Branch at 612E South Congress Boulevard

2018 Middle TN Grain Conference Slated for Late January

December 20, 2017
Johnny Barnes

The Twelve Annual Middle Tennessee Grain Conference is set for Tuesday, January 30th at the Coffee County Fairgrounds in Manchester. The conference will offer farmers insights to a number of emerging corn, soybean, and wheat production concerns.

According to the 2017 conference evaluation survey, 146 farmers from twenty-five Middle and East Tennessee counties and two adjoining states cited the Middle Tennessee Grain Conference as an excellent source of information addressing pertinent crop production topics.

The conference will get underway with registration beginning at 7:30 AM. Registration is twenty dollars at the door or participants can save ten dollars by pre-registering by Noon, Monday, January 25 through the DeKalb County Extension Office at 722 S. Congress Blvd. in the DeKalb County Complex. Registration fees include the program, materials, refreshments, lunch, a copy of the conference proceedings (which will contain copies of all presentations), and cap (given at the end of the Conference). This program, like all UT Extension programs, is open to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability or veteran status.

Once again, the conference will feature one of the largest trade shows in the area. Over 30 vendors will be on-site for the trade show beginning at 8:00 AM. A remarkable slate of speakers addressing current production topics for corn, wheat and soybeans beginning at 9:00 AM. Tennessee Farmers Cooperative will sponsor lunch on site by Christy “Q” Barbeque of Woodbury.

Following lunch, the keynote speaker will be Fred Whitford, Clinical Engagement Professor – Purdue Pesticide Programs. Dr. Whitford will discuss issues concerning “Removing Herbicide Residues from Agricultural Application Equipment & Sprayers on County Roads.”

Following the keynote address, producers will have the opportunity to attend a Dicamba certification program. This new training is required for producers to apply Xtend (Dicamba resistant) and Enlist (2,4-D resistant) soybean products. Cost of the training is twenty-five dollars per person paid at the time of the training. Producers who attend this training will be able to use all forms and brands of the new herbicide chemistries.

Complete details on conference topics and pre-registration may be obtained from Johnny Barnes, Extension Agent & County Director of The University of Tennessee Extension/Tennessee State University Extension Office. Please call 615-597-4945 if you have any questions.

Tractor Trailer Truck Overturns on Cookeville Highway

December 20, 2017
Dwayne Page
Trooper Chris Delong surveys damage to overturned tractor trailer truck on Cookeville Highway Wednesday morning
Tractor Trailer Truck Overturns on Cookeville Highway

A 64 year old truck driver received minor injuries Wednesday morning after his rig overturned on Cookeville Highway near the intersection with Floating Mill Road.

Trooper Chris Delong of the Tennessee Highway Patrol told WJLE that Robert Huff of Chestnut Mound was traveling south in a 2015 International Tractor Trailer truck when his load shifted and overturned as he was trying to negotiate a curve. The crash damaged a guardrail.

Huff was hauling graphite for Tennessee Contract Carriers enroute to Federal Mogul.

Members of the DeKalb Sheriff’s Department and DeKalb Volunteer Fire Department responded along with DeKalb EMS.

Pody to Resign from State House

December 20, 2017
Dwayne Page
Mark Pody

State Representative Mark Pody said he is grateful for the opportunity to serve the people of DeKalb County and the 17th District as their new State Senator.

Pody, a Republican, was elected in a close race Tuesday over Democrat Mary Alice Carfi to fill the remaining year of former State Senator Mae Beavers’ unexpired term. She gave up her seat to run full time for Governor next year.

Pody contacted WJLE by phone Tuesday night after the election results came in to thank the voters for their support.

“I am so proud of the district and I am grateful and honored for all the votes we received. Anytime somebody runs and puts their name in the hat to run against anybody it’s a good thing. That way voters have a choice and ideas can be clearly heard. I am grateful for the campaign that we ran and especially grateful for the result,” he said.

Pody now plans to resign his House seat in District 46 as he prepares to move to the State Senate.

“In the morning (Wednesday) I will officially resign from the State House of Representatives in District 46. The Governor will have my resignation on his desk in the morning (Wednesday) and the Speaker of the House will have it on her desk and I’ll officially take office as a Senator. They have to first go through all those official things like certifying the votes and things like that,” said Pody.

Pody, a Wilson County resident, said the Wilson County Commission will appoint someone to fill his unexpired term in the State House. There is still about a year left in the term.

Pody plans to seek a full four year term in the State Senate in 2018. The state primaries will be held in August with the Tennessee General Election to follow in November, 2018.

Meanwhile, Carfi also contacted WJLE Tuesday night after the results came in to thank her supporters.

“I want to thank everyone who voted for me and spent countless hours knocking on doors, making phone calls, writing post cards, and really welcoming me into the community. I am so proud of everyone who helped with my campaign and I am so appreciative for all your work that was done on my behalf. We may not have accomplished what we were seeking but that doesn’t mean that we give up our work to improve the lives of people in District 17 and in Tennessee. I am committed to working on your behalf to make sure that everyone has access to affordable health care, better paying jobs, and a quality education for our children regardless of their zip code. Thank you again for your votes and your hard work. We may not have won but I think we ran a very respectable race and we showed that Tennessee and Democrats will be working hard in 2018 to make sure that we have elected officials who are willing to fight for the people regardless of their party affiliation,” she said.

Pody Elected State Senator in Close Race, Carfi Carries DeKalb County in Tuesday Election

December 19, 2017
Dwayne Page
Mark Pody
Mary Alice Carfi

State Representative Mark Pody will soon be moving to the upper chamber to fill the unexpired term of former State Senator Mae Beavers after beating Democrat Mary Alice Carfi in the Special Election Tuesday.

Pody will be resigning his State House seat in District 46 this week. His unexpired term is expected to be filled by the Wilson County Commission. District 46 includes a portion of DeKalb and Wilson Counties and all of Cannon County.

In the six counties that make up Senatorial District 17, Pody won in a close race 5, 990 (51.32%) to 5,682 (48.68%).

Pody carried Cannon County 467 to 353, Macon 428 to 238, and Wilson 3,641 to 3,561. Carfi carried DeKalb County 579 to 548, Smith County 733 to 716, and Clay 218 to 190.

A total of 1,128 DeKalb County voters cast ballots in the election including 661 on election day and 467 early votes/absentees.

Carfi carried seven precincts including Alexandria, Courthouse, Dowelltown, Keltonburg, Smithville Church of Christ, Smithville Church of God, Snow Hill, and she had a majority of the early votes/absentees.

Pody carried seven precincts including Belk, Blue Springs, County Complex, Johnsons Chapel, Liberty, Rock Castle, and Temperance Hall.

Pody and Carfi each had 1 vote at the Edgar Evins State Park precinct.



Absentee/Early Voting:



Blue Springs:

County Complex:



Edgar Evins State Park:

Johnsons Chapel:



Rock Castle:

Smithville Church of Christ:

Smithville Church of God:

Snow Hill:

Temperance Hall:


UCHRA Announces Commodities Recertification

December 19, 2017
Dwayne Page

The Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency would like to remind those who receive assistance through the Temporary Emergency Food Assistance Program, known as Commodities; it is time for recertification of their commodities card. With 2018 deliveries right around the corner, it is very important for recipients to recertify their commodity card with their local county offices prior to the first pick-up date.

Recertification date starts January 8th. First Distribution is February 8th.

If you think you or someone you know qualifies for this program, please contact the UCHRA office in your county for more information.
The UCHRA County telephone: DeKalb County 615-597-4504

The Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, sex, color, national origin, religion, or disability in admission to, access to, or operations of its programs, services or activities.

“This project is funding under a Grant Contract with the State of Tennessee.”

Smithville Rite Aid Now a Walgreens Pharmacy

December 19, 2017
Smithville Rite Aid Now a Walgreens Pharmacy
Smithville Rite Aid Pharmacy Now a Walgreens Pharmacy

The Smithville Rite Aid store is now a Walgreens Pharmacy.

The pharmacy is apparently among nearly 2,000 Rite Aid stores across the country which have been purchased by Walgreens, the second-largest pharmacy chain in the U.S.

Walgreens and Rite Aid recently announced that federal regulators had approved Walgreens’ purchase of 1,932 Rite Aid stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia, about 250 fewer stores than they had first planned.

According to a report on www.time.com, Walgreens currently has roughly 8,175 locations in the U.S., second only to CVS (9,709) in terms of pharmacy chains. For two years, Walgreens had waged a campaign to boost its footprint by scooping up Rite Aid locations. Over the summer Walgreens scrapped its original plan to purchase 2,186 Rite Aids—but it came to an agreement more recently to buy 1,932 of the stores, at a cost of $4.375 billion in cash and other considerations, according to the Walgreens fourth-quarter earnings report.

The purchase would theoretically give Walgreens over 10,000 store locations, vaulting it into the top spot over CVS as America’s biggest pharmacy chain. But Walgreens isn’t just adding stores; it plans on subtracting hundreds too, the report on www.time.com stated.

After receiving regulatory clearance for the Rite Aid purchase, Walgreens “has been able to carry out a complete review of its expected combined U.S. store portfolio to determine the scope of a program to optimize locations,” a company release stated.

Some stores will be closed. The company anticipates that it will shutter roughly 600 retail locations in that “optimizing” process, starting next spring, USA Today reported. Walgreens hasn’t said which locations will be closed, but it’s expected that most of them will be among the ranks of the Rite Aid stores it’s buying, and that the vast majority of closures will be within one mile of another Walgreens-owned store.

All the store closures should be complete within 18 months, Walgreens says. The company plans on spending $500 million over the next three years to convert Rite Aid stores it isn’t closing into Walgreens.

Meanwhile, Rite Aid will still be in the pharmacy business. After the sale to Walgreens is complete, Rite Aid will still have roughly 2,600 stores in the U.S., according to CNN.

According to a report on coupons in the news.com. “Several states that were to retain just a small handful of Rite Aid stores, will now have none. Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Rhode Island, Tennessee and West Virginia now join Indiana, South Carolina, Utah and Washington DC as locations where there will be no Rite Aids whatsoever after the deal goes through. All existing Rite Aid stores there will be sold to Walgreens in the revised deal.

Meanwhile, several Northeastern states will hold onto more Rite Aids than originally planned. The bulk of the roughly 250 Rite Aid stores that are no longer part of the deal with Walgreens, are located in Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey and New York. In addition, Idaho, which was to sell off several Rite Aid stores, will now keep them all.

Cantrell, Johnson, and Summers Obtain Petitions from Election Commission

December 18, 2017
Dwayne Page

Three more incumbent members of the county commission have picked up qualifying petitions from the DeKalb County Election Commission for the May 1, 2018 DeKalb County Democratic Primary.

The latest to get their petitions are Joe Johnson, 2nd District County Commissioner; Larry Summers, 7th District County Commissioner; and Wayne Cantrell, 4th District County Commissioner.

Those who have obtained petitions to date are as follows:
*Wayne Cantrell-County Commissioner, 4th District, Incumbent
*Joe Johnson-County Commissioner, 2nd District, Incumbent
*Larry Summers-County Commissioner, 7th District, Incumbent
*Mike Foster-County Mayor
*Tim Stribling-County Mayor, Incumbent
*Bradley Hendrix-County Mayor
*Kevin Robinson-County Commissioner 7th District, Incumbent
*Nora Harvey-County Commissioner 2nd District
*Jack Barton-County Commissioner 3rd District, Incumbent
*Scott Little-County Commissioner 4th District
*Jeff Barnes-County Commissioner 6th District, Incumbent
*Betty Atnip-County Commissioner 6th District, Incumbent
*James L. (Jimmy) Poss-County Clerk, Incumbent
*Jimmy Sprague-Road Supervisor
*Jeff McMillen-Register of Deeds, Incumbent
*Nicole Wright-Circuit Court Clerk
*Mark Milam-Circuit Court Clerk
*Julie Young-County Commissioner 1st District, Incumbent
*Bobby R. Taylor-County Commissioner 4th District

Poss’ petition has been returned and (enough signatures) verified

In addition to County Clerk James L. “Jimmy” Poss, Road Supervisor candidate Jimmy Sprague, and Circuit Court Clerk candidates Nicole Wright and Mark Milam, others who have made public announcements on WJLE of their intentions to run for election or re-election in 2018 as Republicans are:

*Trustee Sean Driver, Incumbent
*Sheriff Patrick Ray, Incumbent
*Danny Hale for Road Supervisor
*Reed Edge for Road Supervisor
*Susan Martin for Circuit Court Clerk

The following county offices are up for election in 2018: 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 (two per district for a total of 14).

DeKalb County Democrats will be nominating candidates for county offices in a primary set for May 1, 2018.

Democratic nominees will face any Republican and or Independent challengers in the August, 2018 general election. The DeKalb County Republican Party will be choosing its nominees by caucus. The qualifying deadline for all candidates will be the same, NOON February 15, 2018.

Underhill Back in Trouble Again

December 18, 2017
Dwayne Page
Jimmy Dwight Underhill, Jr.
Andrew Allen Dillon

A man who got into trouble last week for kicking his ex-wife has been arrested again.

48 year old Jimmy Dwight Underhill, Jr. of Rolling Acres Road, Smithville is charged with violation of an order of protection. Underhill’s bond is $3,000 and his court date is January 4.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Thursday, December 14 a deputy went to a residence on Rolling Acres Road to do a welfare check on a woman. While at the home, the officer found Underhill there in violation of active bond conditions which prohibit him from having any contact with this woman. Those bond conditions became effective December 11, 2017.

Underhill was arrested for domestic assault last week after allegedly kicking his ex-wife during an argument. He is under a $2,000 bond in that case and his court date is January 4.

33 year old Andrew Allen Dillon of Dry Creek Road, Smithville is charged with domestic assault. His bond is $3,000 and his court date is January 11.

Sheriff Ray said that on Friday, December 15 a deputy was dispatched to a residence on McMinnville Highway to do a welfare check on a man but after checking further learned that he was at a home on Cedar Drive. Upon arrival the officer learned from the man that his mother’s boyfriend, Dillon had struck him in the abdomen with his knee. There were several visual marks of the assault.


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