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Applications Sought for Angel Tree Project

October 18, 2014
by: 
Dwayne Page

Applications will be available for the 19th Annual Angel Tree Project from Monday, October 27th through Monday, November 3rd.

Spokesperson Laura Stone said that the application turn in date has been set for one day only. "Applications can be picked up October 27th through November 3rd. You will continue to pick up your applications at the Department of Human Services, but the application must be returned in person on November 4th at the Smithville First Baptist Church Life Enrichment Center," she said.

"Completed applications will have to be returned to the First Baptist Church Life Enrichment Center Building in downtown Smithville (on the corner across from First Baptist) on Tuesday, November 4th from 9am to 7pm. Applications not returned to the Church LEC Building on this day WILL NOT be accepted. There are no exceptions to the requirements of the application process. It is very important that you understand we will only accept applications this one day only," said Stone.

"Applications can only be picked up at the Department of Human Services on October 27th through November 3rd and can only be returned to the Church LEC Building on November 4th. In addition to bringing the completed application, applicants must provide photo identification of the person applying and social security cards and birth certificates for ALL children listed on the application. We will only be keeping the application; all other documents will be returned to the applicant. If an applicant cannot appear in person, their application can be submitted by a family member as long as all of the required information is presented." Stone continued.

"Eligible children must live in DeKalb County and be no older than age 12 by December 25, 2014. The Department of Human Services will only be passing out the applications. Nothing will be returned to them and any questions should be directed to Laura Stone at 615-464-7135". DO NOT contact DHS or anyone at the LEC pickup location under any circumstances; you may jeopardize your application," she said.

Stone adds that "the Angel Tree has been such a tremendous success in the past and with economic times extremely tough for many in our area, we want this years Angel Tree to be no exception. The Angel Tree helps so many families who are struggling to make ends meet. It is sad to think about, but many of these children would not otherwise have a single present for Christmas. With the economy still struggling, we are expecting demand to be high."

School Spirit on Display during DCHS Homecoming Parade (View Video Here)

October 17, 2014
by: 
Dwayne Page
DCHS Senior Float Wins First Place in Homecoming Parade with theme "DeKalb Rises Above Macon"

DeKalb County High School students celebrated the last day of Spirit Week with a Homecoming Day parade Friday afternoon.

The Tiger football team's homecoming opponent Friday night is the Macon County Tigers and the floats in the parade had a Tiger versus Macon County theme.

The parade featured Homecoming Queen Kamien Sparks and her attendants, the DCHS Fighting Tiger Band, lots of decorated cars and trucks, county and city law enforcement officers, and fire fighters, among others. The event concluded with a pep rally on the square led by DCHS Football cheerleaders.

Winners in the Float Competition were:
First Place: Senior Class- "DeKalb Rises Above Macon"
Second Place: Tiger Media
Third Place: Freshman Class-"Taking Macon by Storm"
Fourth Place: Junior Class- "DeKalb Makes Bacon Outta Macon"
Fifth Place: Sophomore Class-"DeKalb Creams Macon"

Best Decorated Automobiles:
First Place: McKenzie Gann
Second Place: Austin Tittle
Third Place: Caroline Caplinger

FCCLA Best Decorated Business
First Place- Cantrell's the home of Fluty
Second Place- Savy's Scrubs and PTS
Third Place-The Flower Box

DeKalb Foster Children's Fund Needs Donations for Holidays

October 17, 2014
by: 
Dwayne Page

The Christmas season is drawing near. Remember what Christmas was like when you were young? The family gathered together to give and receive blessings and gifts.

Christmas is a time for love, a time for joy, and a time for family. Not all children this year will take part in a celebration with their own families. Local children who are in foster care need assistance. Children who have been taken out of abusive or neglectful homes or sent away from their family by the Juvenile Court system may be sharing Christmas with a family of strangers. Your help is needed to make sure their needs are met during the holidays.

As in years past, your assistance is requested with Christmas gifts for local children who are in foster care with the Department of Children's Services. If you or your organization is willing to help provide funds, please send them to Annette Greek, Treasurer of the DeKalb County Foster Children Fund. "We are rounding up money for the DeKalb Foster Children's Fund. These are the children who have been removed from our county. We have approximately 50 children and we need money" said Greek.

Since the ages of these foster children vary, a cash donation is preferable to gifts. " We try to do Christmas and birthdays for these kids. It could be $100 to $150 per child. We also do special things if we're made aware of it like graduation gifts. We've bought evening gowns for contests. We've bought football uniforms. I always try to get the money (all collected) by the beginning of December in plenty of time for Christmas," said Greek

You may send your donation to: Annette Greek, in care of F.Z. Webb & Sons Gifts, 400 West Public Square, Smithville TN 37166. For more information call 615-597-4186.
Greek says she will also be glad to accept your cash donation directly at the store.

Women's Golf Captures the APSU Intercollegiate; Sullivan Finishes Second

October 16, 2014
by: 
Dwayne Page
2014 APSU Intercollegiate Champions (Mallory Sullivan 2nd from left)

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Playing a wet course in very windy conditions, the Belmont women's golf team posted one of their lowest team scores in program history on Tuesday to win the APSU Intercollegiate held this week at Clarksville Country Club in Clarksville, Tennessee. In addition, freshman Mallory Sullivan of Smithville finished second in the individual standings.

Belmont posted a team score of 295, tied for the third lowest in school history, in Tuesday's final round to win the team title with a 36-hole mark of 596. They finished seven strokes ahead of second place Murray State (603) and nine shots ahead of third place Tennessee Tech (605). It's the program's fifth team championship and the first since the 2011-12 season.

"I am really proud of the team this week," said Lissa Bradford, Belmont's head coach. "We had some tough conditions to play in the past two days, but everybody stuck to the game plan and that led us to our victory."

Freshman Mallory Sullivan finished in second place after losing a three-hole playoff to Maddi Everts of Tennessee Tech. After each bogeyed the first playoff hole and parred the second, Everts won medalist honors by parring the third playoff hole. Sullivan, a Smithville, Tennessee native, got into the playoff by carding a one-under par 70 on Tuesday to finish the tournament at 144. It's her first top-five finish of her collegiate career.

Two other Bruins finished among the top-10. Senior Evin Edens finished in a tie for fourth place with a score of 147. She posted a career-best 72 in Tuesday's final round. Freshman Katie Story also continued her solid start as a Bruin as she placed sixth at 150 after shooting a 75. Other Belmont scores from the event included: senior Sydney Hudson (T-13, 155) and sophomore Abbie Gregory (T-32, 161).

Two BU golfers competed as individuals and each posted top-20 finishes: sophomore Megan Heath (T-11, 154) and sophomore Alexi Bevans (T-16, 156).

The women's golf team will be back in action next Monday and Tuesday at the MTSU Blue Raider Invitational in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Two Involved in Thursday Morning Crash

October 16, 2014
by: 
Dwayne Page
1997 Nissan Altima driven by 43 year old Joe Ferrell
1989 Nissan pickup driven by 45 year old George Byford

Two people were involved in a crash this morning (Thursday) at the intersection of Highway 83 and Holmes Creek Road.

Sergeant Eric McCormick of the Tennessee Highway Patrol told WJLE that 43 year old Joe Ferrell of Smithville was traveling south on Highway 83 in a 1997 Nissan Altima when he lost control while negotiating a curve and made a driver side impact with a northbound 1989 Nissan pickup, driven by 45 year old George Byford of Smithville.

Both Ferrell and Byford were taken by DeKalb EMS to the hospital.

Ferrell was later taken by ground ambulance to Vanderbilt Hospital.

Members of the Smithville Police and Fire Departments were also on the scene.

263 Cast Ballots During Early Voting

October 15, 2014
by: 
Dwayne Page

A total of 263 persons have cast ballots during the first three days of early voting in DeKalb County.

Eighty five voted in person and sixteen by absentee on Wednesday; eighty four voted on Thursday including 82 in person and two by absentee; and 78 voted on Friday including 77 in person and one by absentee

Voters can cast early ballots through Oct. 30 at the DeKalb County Courthouse on the square in Smithville. Early Voting will be available six days a week during the following hours: Mondays 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesdays 9 am. until 1 p.m., Wednesdays 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., Thursdays 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. until noon.

Election day is Tuesday, November 4

Man Charged with Child Rape

October 15, 2014
by: 
Dwayne Page
Jacky Lynn Fults

A 52 year old Smithville man is charged with child rape.

Jacky Lynn Fults is under a $150,000 bond and he will be in court November 6.

Fults is accused of committing anal penetration with his finger on a seven year old girl at his Foster Road residence on September 28. According to the warrant, the child was examined by Our Kids in Nashville on September 29 and doctors did find evidence consistent with abuse. The child did give disclosure on September 30 at the Child Advocacy Center in Cookeville.

The case was investigated by Lieutenant Matt Holmes of the Smithville Police Department

Tenneco Celebrates 20th Anniversary in Smithville

October 15, 2014
by: 
Dwayne Page
  Jeff Starkey - Plant Manager, Kevin Robinson -City Public Works Director, Jimmy Poss - City Mayor, Tim Stribling - County Mayor, Anthony Cantrell - Plant Controller

Tenneco recently celebrated its 20th Anniversary of doing business in Smithville as well as National Manufacturer's Day on October 3rd.

Employees enjoyed a plant-wide cookout on all shifts. Also invited to attend were City and County Officials as well as the Industrial Board. Tenneco Plant Manager Jeff Starkey and Plant Controller Anthony Cantrell presented the officials in attendance with a plaque thanking them for their commitment to Tenneco's future growth.

Tenneco has hired approximately 100 team members in 2014 and will be adding approximately 100 more jobs in 2015.

(Pictured: Left to right: Jeff Starkey - Plant Manager, Kevin Robinson -City Public Works Director Jimmy Poss - City Mayor, Tim Stribling - County Mayor, Anthony Cantrell - Plant Controller)

County Seeks to Fill Vacant School Board Seat

October 15, 2014
by: 
Dwayne Page

The county commission may consider appointing someone to the school board from the fourth district at its next meeting later this month.

A public notice has been published seeking names of those interested in filling the vacancy which exists in the fourth district with the recent resignation of Billy Miller.

According to the notice, the DeKalb County Commission will meet in regular monthly session on Monday, October 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the courthouse to appoint a member of the public to serve in the capacity of School Board member.

Before the county legislative body votes or considers any motion or resolution regarding the office to be filled, the chair shall allow voters of the county an opportunity to submit names to the county legislative body for consideration. The names may be submitted in writing to the chair prior to the meeting or submitted in person at the meeting. In order for a name to be considered, a member of the county legislative body must subsequently nominate the person. Members of the county legislative body may also nominate a candidate or candidates to fill the office or vacancy without the name being submitted by a voter. Nominations do not require a second. If the person nominated is not present at the meeting, the person making the nomination shall submit a signed statement from the nominee that the nominee is willing to serve in the office if appointed.

Any person appointed by the county legislative body to fill a vacancy serves in that capacity until a successor is elected by the county voters at the next general election (August, 2016).

Liquor by the Drink up for Vote in City of Smithville

October 14, 2014
by: 
Dwayne Page

A City of Smithville liquor by the drink referendum will be on the election ballot Tuesday, November 4

Registered city voters will decide the question.

The Consumption on the Premises Referendum asks city voters to either vote "for legal sale of alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises in Smithville" or "against legal sale of alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises in Smithville."

Should the referendum be approved, eligible restaurants in the city of Smithville could apply to the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission for an on premises license to sell liquor by the drink, but it would still be up to the Smithville Beer Board whether or not to grant a permit for those same businesses to sell beer (If they don't already have a permit), according to Keith Bell, Director of the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission.

"If Smithville passes liquor by the drink, if a restaurant is properly permitted to sell liquor by the drink, then they would be "authorized", and I emphasize the word "authorized". They would be authorized by the Tennessee Code to also sell beer, but they would have to be permitted through the appropriate jurisdiction, which in this case would be the Smithville Beer Board. Let me repeat this so it's completely understood. If Smithville voters pass the referendum to allow liquor by the drink in their restaurants and then a restaurant applies for a license to sell liquor by the drink with the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission, essentially if they're licensed or permitted to sell liquor or wine for on premises consumption, pursuant to Chapter 4 of Title 57, they're also allowed to sell beer at the establishment if they are properly authorized to sell liquor or wine, provided that the establishment lawfully obtains a beer permit from the Smithville Beer Board," said Bell.

The city aldermen in December, 2012 changed the city's beer ordinance to allow eligible restaurants to apply for an on-premises permit to sell beer with meals in their establishments

If restaurants in the city were licensed to sell liquor by the drink, they would have to abide by the designated serving hours, but could sell on Sunday, according to Bell. "No licensee shall permit alcoholic or malt beverages to be consumed on the licensed premises between the hours of 3:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. on Monday through Saturday or between the hours of 3:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, unless the local jurisdiction has opted out of the expanded hours. If such is the case, then the consumption and or sale of alcoholic beverages may begin at 12:00 noon on Sunday," said Bell.

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