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Advanced Master Beef Producers’ Classes Upcoming

January 16, 2017
Johnny Barnes

Cannon, DeKalb, and Warren County Extension will be offering Advanced Master Beef Producers’ (AMBP) classes for those who participated in the original or advanced classes or for newcomers who wish to participate in the Tennessee Ag Enhancement Program (TAEP) cost-share in the future. This program is also an excellent opportunity for those that wish to learn more about raising beef cattle.

The classes will begin on Thursday, February 2 and will meet each Thursday through March 2. We will be offering morning classes in the DeKalb Community Complex Building starting at 9:00 AM, or you can attend evening sessions in the Centertown Community Center at 6:30 PM, whichever is more convenient for your schedule. As a reminder, University of Tennessee Extension provides programs in agriculture and natural resources, 4-H youth development, family and consumer sciences, and resource development with University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture and county governments cooperating. UT Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. Topics will include Carcass Merit, Economic Updates and Forecast, Cattle Grading, Forages, Herd Health, Quality Assurance, Pasture Management, and Transportation.

The topics will be covered by various Extension Specialists and Industry Experts from across the state. The cost of the course will be $75 for those with current Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certification which will include materials and refreshments. If you do not have a current BQA certification, that will be covered during the AMBP classes. You can stop by the DeKalb County Extension office at 722 South Congress Blvd., Smithville to register or call Johnny Barnes at 615-597-4945 for more information.

Upcoming Fundraisers Planned for DCHS Class of 2017 Project Graduation

January 16, 2017
Dwayne Page
Allison Rogers

Members of the DCHS Class of 2017 are asking for your support of Project Graduation.

Allison Rogers, a DCHS Senior, urges you to stop by any DeKalb County branch office of Liberty State Bank to make a donation.

“I am the DCHS Basketball Cheerleading Captain , President of the BETA Club, HOSA Treasurer, and President of FCA. More importantly, I am a member of the 2017 graduating class. We are raising funds for our Project Graduation event that will take place the night of graduation in May. We will have food and fun activities. It is designed to keep us safe from the devastating effects of drugs and alcohol. In order to hold this event, we must raise funds and request the community’s help. Please stop by your local branch of Liberty State Bank in Alexandria, Liberty, or Smithville and make a donation to our account. All help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your support,” said Rogers.

Meanwhile you may purchase Boston Butts for $25 and Ribs for $15 as a fundraiser for DCHS Project Graduation. Contact any member of the DCHS Class of 2017 to place your order. Pickup will be Friday, February 3 before the Super Bowl. A Corn Hole tournament is also set for February 25.

Stevens Jennings Named Tiger Football MVP, Rachel Fuson MVC

January 15, 2017
Dwayne Page
2016 DCHS Tiger Football MVP Steven Jennings and MVC Rachel Fuson
DCHS Football (FR) Matt Judkins, Tyler Cantrell, Steven Jennings, Bradley Miller, Justin Perricone (BR)-Christian Pruitt, Eli Cross, Matt Poss, Riley Sexton, Luke Green, Tayvian Nokes, Colton Seifert
DCHS Football Cheerleader Award Winners: Seated-Kaitlyn Roller, MVC Rachel Fuson, and Lexie Bates; Standing-Grace Odom, Susan Webb, Sarah Carver, and Rosa Payne
Clay Edwards Memorial Tiger Pride Award presented to Luke Green. Pictured here with Abram Edwards (left) and Sarah Edwards (right), son and daughter of the late Clay Edwards and their mother Tena

Talented DCHS Quarterback Steven Jennings, a senior, was named Most Valuable Player of the 2016 Tiger Football Team during the annual Awards Banquet held Saturday night at the Smithville First Baptist Church Life Enrichment Center building.

The MVP trophy was presented to Jennings by Coach Steve Trapp. Jennings, whose high school career ended midway through the season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the game at Smith County, earned the MVP award for his entire body of work at DCHS according to Tiger Coach Steve Trapp.

“This award was voted on by his teammates. This is something he deserves. He has been the face of our program for four years. He’s just one of those all time great football players here. Steven was definitely a special player for us from day one as a freshman. Unfortunately he got hurt this season and only played in four and a half games. If that had not happened he would now hold every quarterback record here. I wish he could have stayed healthy but one of the greatest things about our whole season was not only how he handled that situation but how his teammates handled it as well. Steven was still a tremendous leader for us even after that. He never missed a practice. He came to the game the day he had surgery. Steven is not just a great football player but a great guy. He is just one of those football players that people in DeKalb County will remember for a long time,” said Coach Trapp.

In his 38 game high school career as quarterback, Jennings completed 472 of 912 passes for 7,104 yards and 59 touchdowns with 27 interceptions. Jennings also had 2,483 yards rushing as quarterback in 455 carries and 27 touchdowns.

In 2013, Jennings received the following awards:
1st Team All District 8AA
Most Outstanding Quarterback in District 8AA
DCHS Offensive Back of the Year
1st Team Quarterback on the All Upper Cumberland Offensive Team

In 2014, Jennings earned more honors:
1st Team All District 8AA
Most Outstanding Quarterback in District 8AA
DTC Player of the Year
DCHS Offensive Player of the Year
1st Team Quarterback on the All Upper Cumberland Offensive Team

In 2015, Jennings received the following honors:
1st Team All Region 4-3A
All Region 4-3A Offensive Player of Year
Examiner.com Class 3A All State Quarterback
TN Sports Writers Association Class 3A All State Quarterback
DTC Player of the Year
1st Team Quarterback on the All Upper Cumberland Offensive Team

"For 2016 in only four games, Steven, as quarterback, led our team in rushing. He led our team in total yards and was second in scoring and he never missed a practice even after he got hurt. He was also named 1st Team All Region this year by the coaches even though he only played in two district games. He was also named to the All Herald Citizen Team this year even though he only played in four games," added Coach Trapp.

Jennings, who is also a member of the DCHS baseball team, has signed to play baseball for the Ole Miss Rebels after he graduates.

The Tiger football team finished the season in November with an overall record of 7-4 and another appearance in the state play-offs. It was the sixth consecutive year the Tigers earned a berth in the state play-offs and their eighth appearance in the last nine years. The Tigers lost in the first round of the TSSAA Class 3A Football Play-Offs in Smithville to East Ridge on November 4. The final score was 23-18.

Meanwhile, Rachel Fuson, a senior, was named Most Valuable Cheerleader at the football banquet Saturday night. The presentation was made by Cheer Coaches Amanda Fuller and Sonya House.

“Rachel is an outstanding student and cheerleader. She has been a cheerleader for four years. She is above a 4.0 student and is in the running for Valedictorian. She was elected by the entire school as Miss DCHS. Rachel has great character, great work ethic, and of course is extremely talented to even be considered for this. The MVC was voted on by the girls (cheerleaders). Rachel shows kindness to them and in a leadership way. It’s just is a unique quality,” said Coach Fuller.

Other individual Football Player Awards are as follows:
Offensive Player of the Year- Tyler Cantrell
Offensive Lineman- Eli Cross
Offensive Back- Colton Seifert
Receiver- Christian Pruitt
Defensive Player of the Year-Bradley Miller
Defensive Lineman- Tayvian Nokes
Linebacker- Matthew Judkins
Defensive Back- Riley Sexton
Special Teams Player-Matthew Poss
Most Improved- Justin Perricone
MVP-Steven Jennings
Coach Clay Edwards Memorial Tiger Pride Award-Luke Green

Individual Cheer Awards are as follows:
Best Stunts- Lexie Bates
Most Spirited- Grace Odom
Best Jumps- Kaitlyn Roller
Best Dance-Rosa Payne
Most Improved- Sarah Carver
MVC- Rachel Fuson
DEAR (Dedication, Enthusiasm, Attitude, and Responsibility)-Susan Webb

The DCHS Football Cheerleaders earned other honors during the year. According to Coach Fuller, their other awards and accomplishments include:

*The 2016 National Cheerleaders Association Top Team
*Technical Excellence Awards for stunts and motions
*Five girls named to the NCA All-American Team including Kaitlyn Roller, Lexie Bates, Rachel Fuson, Rosa Payne, and Allison Maynard
*Kaitlyn Roller-Top All American
*Three were asked to sign with NCA Staff: Kaitlyn Roller, Rosa Payne, and Lexie Bates
*Individual Leadership Award-given to the Captain with the best leadership skills- Rachel Fuson
*Four performed at Walt Disney World in the Spirit Spectacular Parade including Rosa Payne, Kaitlyn Roller, Lexie Bates, and Allison Maynard.

Two Tiger football players, Defensive Back Bradley Miller and Punter Matthew Poss, were recently named to the Class 3A All State Team by TNHIGHSCHOOLFOOTBALL.COM

Miller, as defensive back, was also selected by the TN Sports Writers Association to the Class 3A All State Team and to the Tennessean 3rd Team All Mid State.

Tigers selected to the All Herald Citizen Team from the Upper Cumberland Area were:
1st Team Punter Matthew Poss
2nd team Defensive Line Tayvian Nokes and Devin Bain
Honorable Mention Quarterbacks Steven Jennings and Tyler Cantrell
Honorable Mention Wide Receiver Matthew Poss
Honorable Mention Offensive Line Eli Cross, Luke Green, Devin Zaderiko, Gage Delape
Honorable Mention Linebacker Nick May
Honorable Mention Defensive Back Bradley Miller and Riley Sexton.

Thirteen players on the 2016 DCHS football team and Assistant Coach Clarence Trapp were recognized in December for All-Region honors during an awards banquet in Cookeville.

Trapp was named the Region 4-3A Offensive Assistant Coach of the Year.

Tiger players honored were as follows:
Region 4-3A Most Outstanding Linebacker Nick May
Region 4-3A Most Outstanding Defensive Lineman Tayvian Nokes
Region 4-3A Most Outstanding Defensive Back Bradley Miller
Region 4-3A Most Outstanding Tight End Christian Pruitt
Region 4-3A Most Outstanding Punter Matthew Poss
Region 4-3A 1st Team All Region Eli Cross
Region 4-3A 1st Team All Region Luke Green
Region 4-3A 1st Team All Region Steven Jennings
Region 4-3A 1st Team All Region Riley Sexton
Region 4-3A 1st Team All Region Devin Zaderiko
Region 4-3A 2nd Team All Region Devin Bain
Region 4-3A 2nd Team All Region Gage Delape
Region 4-3A 2nd Team All Region Tyler Cantrell

DeKalb School Buses Pass Annual State Inspection, Drivers Recertified

January 14, 2017
Dwayne Page
THP School Bus Inspector Darryl Winningham  and School Transportation Supervisor Jimmy Sprague
Mechanic Justin Coats, THP Inspector Darryl Winningham, Transportation Supervisor Jimmy Sprague, THP Inspector Craig Wilkerson, and Mechanic Michael Agee

All DeKalb County School buses have passed state inspection.

State Troopers Darryl Winningham and Craig Wilkerson of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, inspectors for this district, completed their evaluation this week of all the buses in the fleet including the substitute buses. Meanwhile all bus drivers in the school system have also been re-certified.

“We had a total of 36 buses inspected and 100% passed. The annual inspection was held this week at the shop and on Monday, January 9 we had driver certification. All drivers passed,” said Jimmy Sprague, School Transportation Supervisor.

"We do a complete level one inspection on the buses. We go from the bottom to the top and inside, outside. We check every bolt. Every nut, tire tread, brake pads, seats. We make sure the dash works and all the lights inside. We want to make sure everything is safe. We check tie rod ends. Everything about the vehicle. We're always going to find something. No matter how minor we still want to find everything we can find to get it all repaired. But they have done a great job here. The buses are in good shape. What little issues we found were repaired on the spot," said Trooper Winningham.

The inspectors conduct an annual inspection for three days in January but spot checks may be made during the year." We spend three days now but we'll be here more than this once a year. We also do 10% spot checks throughout the year. We just pull in and walk through the lot and say we want to check this bus or look at that bus. They pull them in and we'll do a complete inspection on them again," said Trooper Winningham

“The driver class covers new state guidelines and safety of the buses including any operation in adverse weather, traffic, and how to deal with issues that arise while on the route. Proper procedures for evacuating a bus in an emergency are also covered in the class,” said Sprague

“DeKalb County is blessed with good drivers that take pride in their jobs and truly care about the children. My drivers provide transportation for the children in the morning and afternoon and our main objective is to get them safely to and from school each day,” Sprague concluded.

DeKalb West School Honors Students of the Month

January 14, 2017
Bill Conger
DeKalb West School Honors Students of the Month

DeKalb West School has selected the Students of the Month for January. Teachers from each grade level choose students for the important honor based on factors like academics, character, work ethic, and other traits that make for an outstanding student.

The following students were recognized: Bella Gonzalez, Kindergarten; Autumn Crook, 1st grade; Pierce Moreno, 2nd grade; Ethan Reynolds, 3rd grade; Caroline Crook, 4th grade, Alex Antoniak, 5th grade; Aly Griffith, 6th grade; Alley Beth Cook, 7th grade; and Gracie Griffin, 8th grade.

DWS also recognized 5th grader Carson Donnell for the Perfect Attendance Award for the 2nd nine week session of school. 76 students had perfect attendance during this time period, and Donnell’s name was selected from a drawing. He won a $25 gift certificate. The first nine weeks of school Zoey Skeen in first grade was chosen for the Perfect Attendance Award from 113 students who were at DeKalb West every day and had no tardies or left early from school. From the start of the school year, 50 students so far have perfect attendance.

Federal Judge Approves Supplemental Plea Deal for Larry Webb

January 14, 2017
Dwayne Page
Larry Webb

Larry Webb, the former deputy director of the Upper Cumberland Development District will be on supervised release for three years and pay a $2,000 fine for bank fraud in the 2013 Living the Dream scandal.

U.S. District Judge Waverly D. Crenshaw, Jr. signed an order accepting and approving a supplemental plea agreement in the case after a sentencing hearing for Webb on Monday, January 9.

Under terms of the agreement, Webb is sentenced to time served (one day) and three years supervised release. His fine is $2,000 and he must pay a criminal monetary penalty of $100. As a special condition of supervision, the defendant is prohibited from owning, carrying or possessing firearms and during his supervised release, the defendant is permitted to travel between the Eastern District of Tennessee and the Middle District of Tennessee for business purposes.

Meanwhile, Wendy Askins, the former UCDD Director reported to federal prison in West Virginia on Monday, January 9th. Federal Prison Camp Alderson, where Askins is housed, is the same place Martha Stewart spent her time in 2004 for her conviction on insider trading.

Webb, who entered a voluntary guilty plea on August 17, 2015 to one count of bank fraud in the “Living the Dream” investigation, was to have been sentenced Thursday, December 8 but that was postponed until January 9.

Under terms of his original plea agreement, Webb was to have avoided paying a fine in the case. However, a court order signed Friday, December 9 by Judge Crenshaw stated that “the court believes a fine in the $6,000 range may be appropriate, considering Defendant (Webb’s) cooperation with the Government, his offense conduct, and ability to pay".

Webb was indicted with Askins in 2013 on various federal bank charges, including conspiracy, theft of government money, bank fraud, money laundering, and making a false statement.

Askins was accused of diverting hundreds of thousands of dollars of agency money into a million-dollar luxury home in rural Putnam County called "Living the Dream". What was intended to become a home for needy seniors also became Askins' home.

Although Webb's attorney Ed Yarbrough said he never profited from the scheme, Webb admitted that he was guilty of Count Eight of the federal indictment, which accused him and Askins of securing a $250,000 loan from the Bank of Putnam County "for their own use and benefit" and "falsely representing" that it was for a project that had been approved by the UCDD board of directors."

Court documents relating to Webb's plea agreement state that, “On February 2, 2010, Webb incorporated “Living the Dream/Independent Living for Seniors, Inc.” While “Living the Dream” had the appearance of being a project approved by the Cumberland Regional Development District, of which Webb was a director, it was in fact owned and operated by Webb and Askins. A portion of the property was intended to be used as an independent living facility, while another portion was used as a luxury home for co-defendant Askins.”

“In order to partially fund the purchase of the “Living the Dream facility, Webb and Askins obtained a loan from the Bank of Putnam County. To obtain this loan, Webb made false statements to loan officers relating to the true nature of “Living the Dream”. Specifically, Webb told the loan officers that “Living the Dream” was an approved UCDD/CRDC project. Additionally, Webb presented false documents, including CRDC resolutions dated May 7, 2010 purportedly authorizing a loan application for “Living the Dream” in the amount of $750,000. As Webb very well knew, the CRDC had not approved the “Living the Dream” project, and had not authorized a $750,000 loan application,” the court documents state.

“In reliance upon these false statements and representations, the Bank of Putnam County on May 27, 2010 approved a loan in the amount of $250,000 for “Living the Dream”. Webb and Askins applied the loan proceeds to the purchase of “Living the Dream”. The bank would not have approved the loan or disbursed funds had it known UCDD and/or CRDC did not approve of the project or the loan application”, the court documents continued

“The bank eventually foreclosed on the property and subsequently recovered all of its loan proceeds”.

Askins entered a plea on August 31 to two counts of theft from a federally-funded entity stemming from the “Living the Dream investigation and was sentenced on October 28 to 18 months in federal prison. The sentence will run concurrently with a state sentence after her plea in Putnam County Criminal Court on October 31 to forgery over $60,000. After her release, Askins will be on supervised probation for two years. She must also pay restitution of $233,000 to the UCDD.

4-H Members Compete in Public Speaking Contest

January 13, 2017
Leigh Fuson, UT-TSU Extension Agent
Public Speaking 4th Graders
Public Speaking 5th Graders
Public Speaking 6th Graders Cooper Brown (1st Place), Jacklyn Kleparek (2nd Place), and Raven Savage (3rd Place)
Public Speaking 7th Grader Evan Morse wins 1st place at the county speech contest

DeKalb County 4-H held the county-wide public speaking contest at the County Complex on January 10th, 2017. Twenty-eight youth from various grades competed to earn a spot at the regional contest and for cash awards. The 4th-6th graders were all winners from their classroom contests held last fall.

Winning the 4th grade competition was Dare Collins followed by Andrew Dakas and Kora Kilgore, all from Northside Elementary. Other participants from Northside were Cale Brown, Jadence Colwell, Landon Colwell, Shaelee Foster, Allison Goodwin, Luke Midgett, Addison Miller, Jade Oakley, Laurie Rigsby, Emily Robinson, and Sarah White. Sylvia Evans from the homeschool club and Alexis Haugh from DeKalb West School were also participants.

In 5th grade, 1st place was awarded to Peyton Norris from Northside, 2nd place to Tess Barton from DeKalb West,, and 3rd place to Summer Morse from the homeschool 4-H club. Other participants from Northside included Jazmine Wagner, Konner Young, Skylar Savage, MaKayla Scales, and Lilly Waggoner. Carise Duvenage from the homeschool club was also a participant.

Cooper Brown won 1st place in the 6th grade contest with Jacklyn Kleparek taking 2nd place and Raven Savage winning 3rd, all from DeKalb County Middle School. Evan Morse from the homeschool club placed 1st in 7th grade.

Dare, Andrew, Peyton, Tess, Cooper, Jacklyn, and Evan will all move on to the regional contest that will be held later this month. Public speaking is one of the most important and valuable skills these young people will learn to help them with their future careers. There were around 200 4-H’ers who gave a speech this year! We are proud of their hard work and courage. For more information about the 4-H program, please contact the UT-TSU Extension Office at 615-597-4945.

Photo Captions:

4th Grade:
Back Row: Addison Miller, Jade Oakley, Emily Robinson, Laurie Rigsby, Landon Colwell, Allison Goodwin, Shaelee Foster, and Sarah White. Front Row: Dare Collins (1st Place), Andrew Dakas (2nd Place), Kora Kilgore (3rd Place), Luke Midgett, Alexis Haugh, Sylvia Evans, Cale Brown, and Jadence Colwell.

5th Grade:
Konner Young, Carise Duvenage, Skylar Savage, MaKayla Scales, Jazmine Wagner, Lilly Waggoner, Summer Morse (3rd Place), Tess Barton (2nd Place), and Peyton Norris (1st Place).

6th Grade:
Cooper Brown (1st Place), Jacklyn Kleparek (2nd Place), and Raven Savage (3rd Place)

7th Grade:
Evan Morse wins 1st place at the county speech contest.

Shorter Fall Break, Longer Thanksgiving Holiday for Students Next Year

January 13, 2017
Dwayne Page
Board of Education

The fall break next year will be shorter for students and teachers but they will get a full week off for Thanksgiving.

The Board of Education Thursday night amended the school calendar for 2017-18.

For the last few years, students and teachers have enjoyed a two week fall break but next year they will only get one week off October 16-20.

The Thanksgiving break has traditionally been for three days, on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Next year, schools will be closed for an entire week for Thanksgiving, November 20-24.

Those two extra days off for Thanksgiving will be made up at the end of the school year in 2017-18. The last day of school was originally set for Tuesday May 22, 2018 but has now been changed to Thursday, May 24, 2018.

In other action, the board also adopted the school calendar for the year 2018-19 subject to revisions. According to Board Chairman W.J. (Dub) Evins, III if next year's calendar works out to the satisfaction of the board and committee, the board will consider revising the 2018-19 calendar to the same as 2017-18.

Director of Schools Patrick Cripps gave his monthly report on personnel.

Cody Burton, teacher at DCHS
Robert Todd Davis, custodian at DeKalb West School
Amanda Lance, special education teacher, county-wide

Leave of Absence:
Karen Jacobs, teacher at Northside Elementary, leave as requested

Mary Mathis, custodian at DeKalb West School
Alicia McCallister, teacher at DeKalb Middle School

Assistant Principals Amanda Dakas at DeKalb Middle School, Beth Paffford at Northside Elementary School, and DCHS Principal Kathy Bryant each updated the Board of Education on activities at their schools.

“Normally we have our fall fundraiser chili supper at DeKalb Middle School. This year we decided to change it up just a little bit. We are actually having a PTO Chili Luncheon. It will be on Saturday, January 28 from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. It will be in the DeKalb Middle School Cafeteria. The cost will be $7.00 which will include chili, a hot dog, a desert and drink. We will have a cake walk which begins at 11:30 a.m. and a LIVE auction which begins at 12:30 p.m. All of these details will be located on our school website if you want to look at the information. We will be selling tickets at the door. Envelopes and information went home with students today. We hope you will come join us and support our fundraiser,” said Dakas.

“We had our winter benchmark testing just before the break and had a lot to celebrate with student progress and continue to modify and adjust instruction so we can best meet our student’s needs and help them move in an upward direction. We had the pleasure of giving away our first bike as part of our attendance incentive. We want to thank Barry Mabe and Little Debbie for sponsoring that. Fifth grade student Peyton Anderson was the winner of the bicycle. Students get a ticket for every week they are in school every day, not late, and don’t leave early. That increases the chance to win. We will give away another bike in May at the end of the school year. Tomorrow (Friday, January 13) we will have our awards assembly where students will be recognized for academic achievement and good citizenship. We are excited about celebrating that. Families who have students receiving an award should have gotten a note. It will be at 1:45 p.m,” said Pafford.

“Hopefully the board remembers last year we set a goal to increase our ACT scores for our junior test takers. With the report card coming out recently we increased our composite score for the ACT an entire point. We went from 17.8 to 18.8 and even though that is one point in ACT that is huge. We increased in every content area with Reading having the largest increase. Also we will be recognizing during the halftime of the boys February 7th basketball game all students who have scored a 21 or above on the ACT. We have started two new clubs at the high school including the 21+ club and the other is the 30+ club. We’re going to take those kids on some field trips and reward them for their hard work. I am very proud of our students and our teachers. We provided a lot of strategies and did a lot of new things last year and we’ve even added more new things this year. We’re hoping to keep increasing that. The Softball Boosters will host a Dodge ball Tournament for adults on Saturday, January 28 at 2:00 p.m. at Northside Elementary School. The DCHS Band will be hosting a spaghetti supper on Saturday, February 4 at 5:30 p.m. at the high school. Our DCHS Basketball Senior Night will be on Thursday, February 9,” said Bryant.

Drive Thru Mobile Food Pantry Set for Saturday, January 21

January 13, 2017
Dwayne Page
Drive Thru Mobile Food Pantry Set for Saturday, January 21

As part of its community outreach ministry, the Smithville Cumberland Presbyterian Church is again sponsoring a drive thru mobile food pantry Saturday morning, January 21 rain or shine.

In partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank, the church plans to prepare enough food boxes to serve up to 300 families regardless of their income status, on a first come, first served basis. Families will receive enough food to last them for a full week. Second Harvest will bring in pallets of food on trucks. The food will then be off loaded and organized in preparation for the distribution.

Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and the food will be delivered from 9:00 a.m. until noon. Unlike most food distributions, those being served by the mobile pantry will not have to get out of their automobiles. They will drive thru in a pickup line and volunteers will deliver the food directly to their vehicles, placing the food boxes either in the back seat or trunk. Since College Street bridge is currently closed, cars will line up facing south on College Street across from the Smithville Cumberland Presbyterian Church. In the past, automobiles have lined up facing north on College Street.

"It's a mobile food pantry but it's also a drive thru. The recipients will stay in their cars. They will line up starting at 8:00 a.m. on College Street and when we have everything prepared and organized we'll start the line moving, hopefully around 9:00 a.m. Recipients will drive through. As they enter in we'll have a team there to put a box of food in their cars, either in their back seat or trunk," said spokesperson Teresa Trapp Brown.

"We will line up right across from the church (Smithville Cumberland Presbyterian Church) on College Street. We'll start registration at 8:00 a.m. We'll need the name of the recipients and how many families are being served. We're limited to two families per vehicle to make sure we have enough food," added Isaac Gray, Minister of the Smithville Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Others who wish to volunteer may show up Saturday, January 21 or call for more information at 615-464-7896

City to Unveil Results of New Water Rate Study during Workshop

January 12, 2017
Dwayne Page
Smithville Mayor and Aldermen (Older Photo)

What impact will losing the DeKalb Utility District as a water customer have on the City of Smithville?

Will the city have to eventually raise water rates to its own customers because of it?

The Mayor and Aldermen hope to find out when they meet with representatives of J.R. Wauford Company, the city’s utility engineer in a work shop on Monday, January 23 at 5:00 p.m. A rate study has been conducted to help make a determination.

City Administrator Hunter Hendrixson addressed the issue with the Mayor and Aldermen during the regular monthly meeting Monday night.

“As far as our water and sewer rate study, our engineer and our rate study gentleman Mr. Buddy Petty (who conducted the study) are ready to sit down with you (mayor and aldermen) and to discuss what they have come up with. Where we’re at now and where we think we will be once DUD comes off our lines. It seems they (DUD) have run (water) lines everywhere. I don’t think they are going to be connected to any of the master meters with the city. I’m not sure when their (DUD) water plant is going to start up. I haven’t heard. They (Wauford) would like to meet with you and go over everything and tell you what number they have come up with. We may or may not have to raise rates at some point. Unfortunately we probably will due to this,” said Hendrixson

City water customers currently pay $5.00 per thousand gallons of usage. Rates for customers outside the city limits are $7.50 per thousand gallons. City sewer customers pay $5.00 per thousand gallons plus the flat usage rate of $3.62.


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