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Advance Financial Celebrates Grand Opening of Smithville Store with $1,000 Donation to DeKalb County 4-H

February 9, 2018
Advance Financial Celebrates Grand Opening of Smithville Store with $1,000 Donation to DeKalb County 4-H

Nashville-based financial services company Advance Financial cut the ribbon today at the company’s newest store in Smithville. To mark the occasion, the Advance Financial Foundation donated $1,000 to the DeKalb County 4-H.

“The communities surrounding all of our locations are extremely important to us,” said Shantrelle Johnson, VP of corporate citizenship for Advance Financial. “Through the Advance Financial Foundation, we are able to provide extra support to those organizations working to make a difference in these regions. We are thrilled to make a contribution to the DeKalb County 4-H and help fund the educational programs they offer.”

Started in 2014, the Advance Financial Foundation invests in the communities the company serves through support for local 501(c)3 organizations and community enrichment programs. The Foundation places a particular focus on enhancing education and health and wellness initiatives.

Advance Financial’s store in Smithville is located at 503 South Mountain Street. It is open 24/7 and offers a range of financial services including prepaid cards, electronic wire services to anywhere in the world, check cashing, FLEX loans, free bill-payment services and free money orders.
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About Advance Financial
Advance Financial, founded in 1996, is a family owned and operated financial center based in Nashville, Tenn. The company currently operates more than 80 locations throughout Tennessee and employs more than 800 local representatives. The company provides a wide variety of financial services – including wire transfer, free bill payment, unlimited free money orders and FLEX loans. Advance Financial earned an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and was named to the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the country for the sixth year in a row. For more information visit www.af247.com.

City To Color Code Fire Hydrants According to Flow Capacity

February 9, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page

The City of Smithville will soon have to undertake a project to color code fire hydrants according to their pressure flow capacity in accordance with regulations of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

Currently, all the city’s fire hydrant tops have the same color “red”.

The city will have to color code the bonnet/cap of the hydrants as follows:

Class C-RED- Less than 500 gallons per minute

Class D- Black bonnet or covering-Temporarily out of service.

During Monday night’s meeting of the Smithville Mayor and Aldermen, Fire Chief Charlie Parker explained that fire department pumper trucks are prohibited from connecting to hydrants that are a Class C. These hydrants may be used to fill the booster tanks on any fire apparatus by using the water system’s available pressure only (fire pumps shall not be engaged during refill operations from a Class C hydrant).

“Technically the hydrants are supposed to be color coded as far as to what pressure they flow and in accordance with that ruling fire departments are not supposed to connect to a hydrant with a red top. As you know in Smithville all of our hydrants have a red top because they are not color coded. I would like to see if we could get some extra help with seasonal workers along with our fire department personnel. Since its fire hydrants, everybody thinks it’s a fire department project but we don’t have the resources or manpower to get them tested. I have been working with the 911 system over the last couple of years and now we have most of our hydrants digitized on a GIS map so they are located and numbered but we have to flow them and paint them to whatever color they need to be and get the information entered into the computer system so we will have it. Then we are supposed to annually flow them and do a spot check. It is not the time of the year to do this now. I’m just coming to you (mayor and aldermen) to see if we can come up with a plan to get the hydrants tested because it will benefit all of us, not just the fire department but also the water department too. We have roughly about 240 hydrants already mapped out but I’m thinking it will probably be closer to 270 because there some hydrants not mapped especially near the industrial parks and Walmart that we would like to add to the GIS map too because that benefits us (firefighters) being about to look on a map and know if we have a really good hydrant especially with the ladder truck where we need higher flows of water,” said Chief Parker.

Mayor Jimmy Poss said the city might be able to hire some part time help to assist with the project.

Utilities are now required under state law to account for water used. “In order for our utility to comply, we must require that you (Smithville Fire Department) report on a monthly basis; when, where, and an estimate of how much water was used,” wrote Public Works Director Kevin Robinson, in a letter to Chief Parker.

DACShelter MOBILE ADOPTION EVENT

February 8, 2018
DACShelter MOBILE ADOPTION EVENT

The DeKalb Animal Shelter is having a MOBILE ADOPTION EVENT

It may be after Valentine's Day but It's never too late to fall in love! Meet your purrfect match, Saturday, February 17 at TRACTOR SUPPLY COMPANY, 620 W Broad St, Smithville.
11 a.m.- 3 p.m.

All the love
Half the price*
ONE DAY ONLY

They're going MOBILE! Come meet your new best friend at Tractor Supply Company, Saturday, February 17th where adoption fees will be 1/2 off* for this one, very special event. Volunteers will be on hand with a heart stopping selection of puppies, kittens, cats and dogs; several already spayed or neutered and are ready to go home with you that day.**

Be sure to get there early! The first 5 adoptions will receive a FREE "Welcome Home" gift package. To see a selection of our pets currently available for adoption, visit our Facebook page at: facebook.com/dekalbanimalcoalition

*50% off adoption fee. Unaltered pets require Spay/Neuter fee which is separate & paid in full at time of adoption. See onsite representatives for details.

*Effective 2/2/18 DACS requires spay/neutering for all pets prior to leaving the Shelter. Estimated spay/neuter fee is required at time of adoption. An appointment will be scheduled at time of adoption for any eligible, unaltered pet & new owners will pick up their pet at the designated, participating* veterinarian's office after surgery. A full deposit and signed agreement to alter the pet in the specified time frame is required to adopt any unaltered or under age pet at our mobile events. See onsite representatives for details.

Please note: Special discounted rates have been secured and apply only at our participating veterinarian clinics. See onsite representatives for details.

DeKalb Animal Coalition to Present Volunteer Orientation

February 8, 2018
DeKalb Animal Coalition to Present Volunteer Orientation

The DeKalb Animal Coalition & DAC Shelter will be presenting their first Volunteer Orientation on Monday, February 12 at Smithville City Hall, 2nd Floor. The meeting begins at 6:00 p.m.. and is open to the public. Attendees will learn the history of how the Animal Shelter came to be, who & what DAC is, the services the DAC Shelter provides, basic rules and safety regulations for volunteering onsite at the Shelter and the wide variety of options available for volunteering both onsite at the shelter or behind the scenes.

Please note: All volunteers (current and future) are required to attend one DACS Orientation prior to volunteering onsite at the Shelter.

The next orientation will be held Thursday, February 22, also at Smithville City Hall, 2nd Floor, 6 p.m. Future orientations will be held once each month (based on need) beginning in March.

For more information on the event, please visit our Facebook page at: facebook.com/dekalbanimalcoalition

One Week Left for Candidates to Qualify for Most Local Elections

February 8, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page

With one week left before the qualifying deadline, the DeKalb County Election Commission has released an updated list of persons who have obtained petitions for either the May 1 DeKalb County Democratic Primary or the August 2 DeKalb County General Election.

The last day candidates for county wide offices and the county commission may qualify to run is NOON February 15, 2018. That applies to Democrats, Republicans, and Independents.

DeKalb County Democrats will be nominating candidates in a primary set for May 1. Republicans will nominate candidates by caucus on Sunday, February 11 at 2 p.m. at the courthouse. Nominees of both parties and any independents will run in the August General Election. Winners will take office September 1 and serve for four years.

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).

PETITIONS FOR MAY 1 DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY (*) MEANS RETURNED AND VERIFIED

COUNTY CLERK:
*JAMES (JIMMY) POSS—(INCUMBENT)- PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED

COUNTY MAYOR:
*BRADLEY HENDRIX—PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED
*MIKE FOSTER—PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED
*TIM STRIBLING—(INCUMBENT)- PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED
*RANDY PARIS- PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED FOR AUGUST 2 GENERAL ELECTION AS INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE

SHERIFF:
*MICHAEL AGEE----PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED (POST CERTIFIED)

ROAD SUPERVISOR:
*JIMMY SPRAGUE— PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED (CERTIFED WITH TENNESSEE HIGHWAY OFFICIALS CERTIFICATION BOARD)

CIRCUIT COURT CLERK:
*NICOLE WRIGHT—PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED
*MARK MILAM—PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED

REGISTER OF DEEDS:
*JEFF MCMILLEN— (INCUMBENT)-PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED

COUNTY COMMISSION-FIRST DISTRICT
*DENNIS SLAGER---(PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED)
*JULIE YOUNG— (INCUMBENT)-PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED

COUNTY COMMISSION-SECOND DISTRICT
*NORA HARVEY— PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED
*OE JOHNSON— (INCUMBENT)-PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED
*MYRON RHODY—PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED

COUNTY COMMISSION-THIRD DISTRICT
*JENNY TRAPP---PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED
*JACK BARTON—(INCUMBENT)- PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED
*BOBBY JOHNSON—PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED

COUNTY COMMISSION-FOURTH DISTRICT
*JONATHAN NORRIS-(INCUMBENT)-PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED
*WAYNE CANTRELL—(INCUMBENT)- PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED
*SCOTT LITTLE—PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED
*BOBBY TAYLOR— PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED
*JANICE FISH-STEWART--PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED

COUNTY COMMISSION-FIFTH DISTRICT
*ANITA PUCKETT—(INCUMBENT) PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED
*LLOYD EMMONS- PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED
*WILLIAM RUTHERFORD- PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED TO RUN AS AN INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE AUGUST 2ND

COUNTY COMMISSION-SIXTH DISTRICT
*BETTY ATNIP—(INCUMBENT)- PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED
*JEFF BARNES— (INCUMBENT)- PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED

COUNTY COMMISSION-SEVENTH DISTRICT
*KEVIN ROBINSON—(INCUMBENT)-PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED
*LARRY SUMMERS— (INCUMBENT)-PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED
*BETH PAFFORD— PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED

REPUBLICAN NOMINEES FOR AUGUST 2, 2018

SHERIFF:
PATRICK RAY—(INCUMBENT)- POST CERTIFIED

CIRCUIT COURT CLERK
SUSAN MARTIN

TRUSTEE:
SEAN DRIVER—(INCUMBENT)

ROAD SUPERVISOR:
DANNY HALE—(CERTIFED WITH TENNESSEE HIGHWAY OFFICIALS CERTIFICATION BOARD)

COUNTY COMMISSION-FIRST DISTRICT
TOM CHANDLER

COUNTY COMMISSION-SECOND DISTRICT
SABRINA FARLER

COUNTY COMMISSION-THIRD DISTRICT
RENEE STEFF

COUNTY COMMISSION-FOURTH DISTRICT
GREG MATTHEWS

COUNTY COMMISSION-FIFTH DISTRICT
JERRY ADCOCK—(INCUMBENT)

COUNTY COMMISSION-SIXTH DISTRICT
MATT ADCOCK

COUNTY COMMISSION-SEVENTH DISTRICT
BRUCE MALONE

The qualifying deadline for five school board seats, municipal elections in Smithville, Dowelltown, Liberty, and Alexandria, and for the August state primaries is noon April 5.
Up for election in August will be school board seats in Districts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 7.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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DCHS Football Athlete Signs with Lindsey Wilson College

February 7, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
DCHS Football Senior Gage Delape has signed to play at Lindsey Wilson College in Kentucky. Pictured here with Tiger Coach Steve Trapp and assistants Thomas Cagle, Justin Burum, and Tommy Hinch
Gage Delape with his father Michael Delape

A 2017 DCHS football athlete plans to continue to his career on the college level.

Gage Delape, a senior, signed Wednesday to play at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Kentucky, the home of the Blue Raiders. Delape’s father Michael Delape; DCHS football coach Steve Trapp; assistant coaches Thomas Cagle, Justin Burum, and Tommy Hinch; and Delape’s fellow teammates joined him for the signing.

“I’ve got good friends up there that’s already playing football and its closer to home and I know a lot of my family and friends would want to watch me play. I just felt more comfortable there at Lindsey than anywhere else. They told me I would probably start out as an offensive tackle prospect but they might switch me around. I want to thank all my high school coaches and Coach Trapp especially. He has been a mentor since I was a freshman here. He has shown me how to be a better human being each and every day,” said Delape.

LWC is a private four-year college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The school currently offers associate degrees in 10 areas of study, bachelor's degrees in 26 areas of study with Minors in 20 areas, and master's degrees in counseling and human development, Education, and interactive design. Lindsey Wilson is a member of the Mid-South Conference of the NAIA.

“We are fortunate as the DCHS football program to watch another guy have the opportunity to play college football. Gage Delape is signing to play for Lindsey Wilson. We had a couple of guys go there last year so it seems we have a little pipeline with those guys and a good relationship and I feel like they are getting a very good football player,” said Coach Trapp.

“Gage has meant a lot to our program. He is one of those guys who has played a lot of football for us. He started as a sophomore and has played every position on the offensive line except for center and that’s one thing Lindsey Wilson likes. His versatility to play multiple positions. He is a big guy who has the ability to bend and move with long arms so he fits the profile. He has the potential to go up there and play some tackle or guard on the offensive line for them. I just think it’s a good fit for him and them especially with the guys from here who went down there last year so there is some familiarity there. I’m just excited again for DeKalb County Football to have somebody else go to the next level,” added Coach Trapp.

Delape was the 2017 team’s Offensive Lineman of the year and he was named to the 1st Team All-Region.

Aldermen Want City's Property Maintenance Ordinance Enforced

February 7, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
(EXAMPLE) Photo from last summer shows couch and mattress on the street in front of a residence (This particular violation no longer exists)

Smithville Aldermen have become frustrated with the lack of enforcement of the city’s property maintenance ordinance and want things to change immediately.

For months, Alderman Danny Washer has called for the city to force those with unsightly and unkept properties to clean them up or be subject to civil penalties. Now Aldermen Josh Miller and Shawn Jacobs have joined Washer in calling for enforcement.

“I don’t see why this has taken so long. It is completely unacceptable. I am not blaming anybody but somebody is responsible for taking so long to come up with a resolution,” said Alderman Jacobs during Monday night’s monthly city council meeting.

“Last year we had one (location in particular) and three different times they put mattresses, couches, and chairs outside and we sent an officer over there to talk to them. They cleaned it up and two weeks later there would be another set out there. It went on just about off and on all summer. That’s just one street. I know there are property values that have dropped simply because of that,” said Alderman Washer.

“I had a lady come in the office to pay her water bill last week and she named me two properties, one on Forrest and one on Earl Avenue of garbage and junk laying outside and asked me “what can you do”, added Mayor Jimmy Poss.

The city's existing property maintenance ordinance provides for enforcement stating that "It shall be the duty of the Building Inspector of the City of Smithville to serve notice upon the property owner of record in violation. The property owner shall be notified in writing specifying the nature of the violation, specifying the corrective measures to be taken, and require compliance within not more than 30 days. The notice may be served upon the owners of the premises where the violation is located by:

Posting notice in plain view on the property in violation, or sending notice by mail.

The date the notice is posted or received by the offender shall serve as the beginning of the specified time period allowing for corrective action."

The ordinance further states that "Failure by the property owner to take corrective action to bring the property within compliance shall constitute a violation and be a civil offense."

"Any person violating this chapter shall be subject to a civil penalty of $50 for each separate violation of this chapter. Each day the violation of this chapter continues shall be considered a separate violation," according to the ordinance.

In recent months city officials were to have contacted MTAS (Municipal Technical Advisory Service) about crafting a new ordinance with stricter enforcement provisions and penalties but nothing has yet come of that.

During Monday night’s meeting, Alderman Miller said he contacted officials at the City of Sparta to inquire about how they deal with property maintenance.

“This is what I was told. They don’t go out looking but they act on complaints. The building inspector does it there. He goes out and confronts the homeowner. When he confronts the homeowner, he gives them 10 days to clean their place up. If its not cleaned up in 10 days they are cited into court. My question was what if it’s a renter?. They told me that they go on the tax card and they send that person (landowner) a certified letter and when they get the receipt back they have 10 days. Then if its not cleaned up then the homeowner is cited into court. They have very few people who ever get to court because they (violators) don’t want it to go that far. But if it (violations) continues they have the city to clean it up and they put a lien on their property. If they (Sparta) can do it, we can do it,” said Alderman Miller.

In the case of renters, the city could go in and clean up the properties if violators don’t comply and the landlords can be assessed a tax lien to recover the city’s costs, but City Attorney Vester Parsley said those landowners must be given due process.

“A majority of the people we have had problems with in the past are out of state landowners. Some of the properties were even owned by corporations and we could not trace an actual person who owned it. We sent letters and got no response from any of them. You have to give the landlord due process before taking action against them,” said Parsley.

While the city has had the city building codes inspector to act as the enforcement officer in the past, it may choose to direct the police department to serve citations to violators in the future once a citizen complaint is made, notices have been issued by certified letter, and violators still refuse to clean up their properties.

The mayor and aldermen discussed having a workshop to possibly come up with amendments to the existing property maintenance ordinance. In the meantime, City Administrator Hunter Hendrixson suggested that the city start enforcing what is already on the books.

“If we get a complaint and if the city has to go in after a certain amount of days and clean it up (property) we’ll put a tax lien on them but lets enforce something now, issue certified letters and then a citation,” said Hendrixson.

The city's "Minimum Property Maintenance Requirements" states that "no person owning, leasing, renting, occupying, including vacant lots, shall maintain or allow to be maintained on such property, except as may be permitted by any other city ordinance, any of the following conditions visible from any public street or alley:

Junk, litter and trash;
Outdoor nuisances dangerous to children, including but not limited to abandoned, broken or neglected equipment, machinery, or any appliance with a latching door;

Shopping carts in any front yard, side yard, rear yard or vacant lot of any property;

Dead, decayed, diseased or hazardous trees, or any other vegetation a majority of which (excluding vegetation located in flowerbeds, or trees, or shrubbery or existing hayfields) exceeds twelve (12) inches in height, or which is dangerous to public health, safety, and welfare, located in any front yard, side yard, rear yard, or upon any vacant lot".

Groundbreaking for New Habitat Home Set for Sunday

February 7, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
Jamie Nokes and her family

Another family is getting closer to home ownership thanks to the work of the Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County and the support of the community.

Construction is set to begin within a few weeks for the sixth Habitat for Humanity house in Smithville. Jamie Nokes and her family is the partner family that was chosen among fifteen other applicants from last summer’s application process.

The Habitat for Humanity board wants to invite family, friends, and supporters to a groundbreaking ceremony on Sunday, February 11, 2 p.m. at 204 Hayes Street, Smithville.

The construction work will begin immediately with the intent to be completed within 4 months. The project will be completed by volunteers with the exceptions of the areas in which a licensed professional is required. Everyone is invited to help and jobs can be found for anyone. If you would like to volunteer, please email awoodward@wilsonbank.com and if you are skilled in a certain line of construction work please indicate that or you may call 615-215-8181 and leave a message for construction. Please include name, number, email address, and skill.

We will also need volunteers to provide lunch on construction days, drinks, and snacks. Supplies are also needed such as hammers, tape measures, nail aprons, pencils and other building supplies are accepted. Monetary donations are needed as well to purchase construction materials. Supplies may be dropped off at Wilson Bank & Trust Smithville branch or mailed to Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb Co PO Box 750, Smithville, TN 37166.

Additionally we encourage churches, employers, and other organizations to commit to a construction day, you may contact us at the email or phone number above.

We appreciate your prayers and support for our upcoming project.

About Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County, TN.

Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County was formed in 2003. They have built five homes in the Smithville area and own property with plans to build future homes. Houses are constructed by volunteers and paid by donations from various fundraisers including the Fiddler 5K, Jackson Kayak Raffle, Golf Tournament, Yeti cooler raffle and the Chili cook off. The purpose of Habitat is to build houses and sell them at no profit and no interest to families who could not otherwise afford their own home. This Christian ministry is financed through private donations using volunteer labor and donated materials whenever possible.

Find us on Facebook @ HFHDeKalbTN to stay up-to-date on current events and construction updates.

DeKalb GOP to Nominate Local Candidates Sunday for August Election

February 7, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page

Members of the DeKalb County Republican Party will caucus Sunday afternoon, February 11 to formally nominate candidates to run against Democrats and Independents in the August 2nd General Election.

The Mass Convention will be held at the courthouse starting at 2 p.m. and all DeKalb County Republicans are invited.

Although they are not yet officially nominated, most of the candidates are already known as they announced their intentions during a party “Meet and Greet” last month at the courthouse.

Those candidates include Sheriff Patrick Ray and Trustee Sean Driver, who are each seeking their fourth terms, Susan Martin for Circuit Court Clerk, and Reed Edge and Danny Hale who are both in the hunt for the GOP nomination to run for Road Supervisor.

Six persons are seeking the GOP nod to run for the County Commission including the following:

Tom Chandler in the 1st district
Sabrina Farler in the 2nd district
Greg Matthews in the 4th district
Jerry Adcock in the 5th district (incumbent)
Matt Adcock in the 6th district
Bruce Malone in the 7th district

Others still have an opportunity to announce.

The only requirements to participate as a delegate to help nominate candidates are that you are a registered voter in DeKalb County and a Republican.

Democrats will soon get their turn.

The DeKalb County Democratic Party will hold a Mass Meeting for county and state Democratic candidates, Saturday, February 17 to kick off the election year. The event will take place at the DeKalb County High School cafeteria, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

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

Mary Mancini, Chair of the Tennessee Democratic Party, will be the keynote speaker.

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

City Court Costs Going Up

February 6, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
Smithville Police Chief Mark Collins

Court costs are about to go up in the Smithville Municipal Court but the increase will help the police department upgrade to a new court management computer software system.

Last month the aldermen adopted an ordinance on first reading to raise the city court costs. The current fees associated with traffic violations, etc. are $85 per violation and a $13.75 litigation tax levied by the state. The new fee will be $100 per citation, a $15 increase.

Although the new Courtware Government Software Solutions system is free to the city, the cost of the software by the provider will be passed along to violators in the form of the increased court costs.

Police Chief Mark Collins said the new Courtware System will save the city money, simplify the city’s court processing procedures, and provide offenders the option of paying their fines and court costs online.

“We (city) pay $2,000 a year just to have the system we’re using now. The new one is free to the city but will be paid for by offenders who are found guilty of speeding and traffic offenses. Ten dollars out of their court costs will go to this courtware system to pay for it. It creates more ways to pay a ticket. We do not have a pay online system now. With this new system people can pay online," said Chief Collins.

In addition to online fine payment, other software features include an online court calendar, digital documents, fund calculations, automatic dispositions, simple docket scheduling, statistical data that can be helpful to the police department, and more.

The ordinance increasing the court costs was adopted on second and final reading by the aldermen Monday night.

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