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Joshua Chapman Wins DeKalb Idol Talent Competition

July 27, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
Joshua Chapman Receives DeKalb Idol Award from Tom Duggin
Joshua Chapman, Christy Dannels, Elizabeth Koegler
Judy Sandlin, Tim Holmes, Keith Reynolds, and Matt Boss

Joshua Chapman of Smithville won the DeKalb Idol talent competition Friday night at the DeKalb County Fair. The event is sponsored by DTC Communications.

Chapman, who was among the top ten, made it to the finals and beat out two other singers, Elizabeth Koegler of Smithville and Christy Dannels of Silver Point to claim the top honor with his performance of the Rascal Flatts song "Changed". Chapman received $300 and a trophy.

Koegler finished in second place and won the "People's Choice Award". For finishing as the runner-up, Koegler received $200 and a ribbon. She also claimed $150 as the People's Choice fan favorite.

Dannels took home third place, winning $100 and a ribbon.

Rounding out the top ten were Hope Valenta of McMinnville, Kathy Duggin of Dowelltown, Adam Overstreet of Elmwood, Autumn Monroe of Maryville, Becky Reagan of Livingston, Alison Ferguson of Carthage, and Leanna Firestone of Algood.

The biggest change in this year’s DeKalb Idol competition was in the audition process. Interested contestants auditioned at a designated site on the fairgrounds on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights . Contestants performed a 30 second segment of a song, a cappella, which was filmed by DTC3. The auditions were also shown live outside the audition venue on video screens provided by DTC TV.

At the end of the three-night audition, the top ten contestants were notified on Thursday and returned to perform a full song during the competition on Friday night. Video highlights of the week’s auditions were shown to the live audience during the competition. The top three finalists, Chapman, Koegler, and Dannels were selected from the top ten, and each performed a different song in front of both the judges and the live audience.

Contestants were scored on vocal ability, stage presence, appearance and audience response by judges who all had connections to the music industry.

Meanwhile, Tim Holmes of Smithville and Keith Reynolds of Liberty each won $500 in cash at the fair Friday night.

The following events are scheduled Saturday night:
Saturday, July 27: Horseshoe Tournament at the Tot Kelly barn at Noon.; Gospel Singing at the Lions Club Pavilion at 6:00 p.m.; Super Tractor and Truck Pull at 7:00 p.m. at the T.C. McMillen Arena: and (2- $500 cash drawings) at 9:30 p.m.

Take a stroll down Memory Lane and enjoy nightly entertainment at the Memory Lane Stage in Memory Village, sponsored by DeKalb Community Bank.

The DeKalb County Fair Memory Lane Stage Line-Up is as follows:
•Saturday Night July 27
6:30-7:30 pm— Mid State Cloggers
7:45-8:45 pm— Evermean Evergreen Cloggers
8:45 - until— ZONE STATUS

Visit the food booths and view exhibits in the Kenneth Sandlin Center and Commercial building.
Rides on the Midway will be provided by the Family Attractions Amusement Company.

Ride Arm Band Prices:
Saturday:$18
Admission to the fair is $4.00 per person. Children age four and younger will be admitted free! Gates open at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. Parking is Free!

For more information, call 529-FAIR or visit on-line at www.dekalbcountyfairtn.com.

DeKalb Middle School Gets Makeover

July 26, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
New Floor Tile and Painted Walls near office at DeKalb Middle School
New Exterior Look at DeKalb Middle School
New Look of Hallways at DeKalb Middle School
DeKalb Middle School Weight Room
Entrance to Football Locker Room (Note Character Education Poster to Left)
Renovated football locker room in old DMS gym
One of many character education and academic banners to be displayed at DMS

DeKalb Middle School is sporting a new look in time for the new school year.

Throughout the building, the walls have been repainted in the school colors of red, blue, and white and new floor tile has been put down in most of the school to replace the carpet. "We're excited about it. We think it gives the school a whole new look and we hope the kids are excited about it too," said DMS Principal Randy Jennings in an interview with WJLE Thursday.

"We've got a brand new paint job all throughout the building. We had the yellow (painted walls) but now we've gone with school colors. We've got blue and white all throughout the building. We've put down new tile throughout the building. We have very little carpet left in this building. The library, computer lab, and two small offices still have carpet but hopefully we'll get that out too within the next year. We also plan to renovate our restrooms," said Principal Jennings.

"It's a brand new school. I believe everyone will feel a sense of pride when they come in and see that all of this work has taken place for their children," added Amanda Dakas, Assistant DMS Principal.

Director of Schools Mark Willoughby said he is impressed with the transformation, which has largely taken place over the summer since school has been out. "It's almost a totally new facelift for the school. I believe it will bring a lot of pride to the school. When something is really nice, people want to keep it really nice. I think the students will enjoy it. Mr. Jennings has told me about some of the football players who were here recently and were just amazed at the difference in the school from the time they left until now. The better things look and the better conditions we have, the better off its going to be for all the people in the community. I think the parents, students, and staff will be amazed to see the difference," said Director Willoughby.

Principal Jennings said he is also proud of the recent renovation of locker rooms in the old gym and the development of a new weight room. "The locker rooms in the old gym, where our football is housed, we renovated those last school year. Coach (Tad) Webb did most of it himself. We updated one of the locker rooms. Put new lockers in. The high school built them for us. The other (project) was a major renovation. We made a weight room for the football team that we're also going to utilize for our PE program and probably other sports throughout the year," he said.

Director Willoughby said he is appreciative to the staff who pitched in to help. "This has been the biggest face lift the school has had since it opened in the 1970's. Getting rid of a majority of the carpet in the school was also a really big deal. As you look around this school, with the exception of actually putting down the tile, all the painting was done by people already employed in the school system," he said. "Some of our custodians were painting. Some of our staff who are employed during the regular school year, they have been painting. We had maintenance people who have worked really hard. Our custodians have put a shine on this place. It's made a big difference," said Director Willoughby.

DMS students will also notice other changes as they roam the halls this year. "We have the addition of some new character education and academic banners throughout the school with some inspirational sayings and quotes. So everywhere the kids look it's going to be new. It's going to feel new," said Assistant Principal Dakas.

"We also have the addition of two new math teachers and a writing lab which will enhance what we're doing with common core," she added.

To keep up to date on activities at DeKalb Middle School visit http://www.dekalbmiddleschoolsaints.com/

Mathis Looks to Become Next Elected Mayor of Liberty

July 26, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
Dwight Mathis

Liberty Alderman Dwight Mathis looks to become the town's next elected mayor.

Mathis is the only mayor candidate in the race next Thursday, August 1.

The election will be held from 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Liberty Community Center. Voting will be by paper ballot. "The law states any municipality with a population of five thousand (5,000) or less may elect to use paper ballots instead of voting machines for municipal elections when there is no opposition for any of the offices involved (on the ballot)," said Administrator of Elections Dennis Stanley. "Liberty did choose to use paper ballots, rather than voting machines, which will save the town approximately $1,200," he said.

One alderman will be elected along with the mayor. Each is to serve a four year term. Incumbent alderman Howard Reynolds, Jr. is seeking re-election. Two aldermen were to have been elected this year but Incumbent alderman Jarrett Pistole chose not to seek re-election and no one else qualified by the deadlines to get his or her name on the ballot or as a write-in candidate. It will apparently be up to the board of mayor and aldermen to make an appointment to fill the position.

Mathis will succeed longtime mayor Edward Hale who passed away in May.

Baby Show Winners Awarded at the Fair (SEE VIDEOS HERE OF ALL BABY AND TODDLER ENTRIES)

July 25, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
Twins: First Place (left), Second Place (right) SEE LOCAL NEWS FOR NAMES
Girls (1 day to 3 months) 1st place (left),  2nd place (right) SEE LOCAL NEWS
Boys (1 day to 3 months) First Place (left), Second Place (right) SEE LOCAL NEW
Girls (4 to 6 months) First Place (left), Second Place (right) SEE LOCAL NEW
Boys (4 to 6 months) First Place (left), Second Place (right) SEE LOCAL NEWS FO
Girls (7 to 9 months) First Place (left), Second Place (right) SEE LOCAL NEWS FO
Boys (7 to 9 months) First Place (left), Second Place (right) SEE LOCAL NEWS FO
Girls (10 to 12 months)  1st place (left), 2nd place (right) SEE LOCAL NEWS FO
Boys (10 to 12 months) First Place (left), Second Place (right) SEE LOCAL NEWS

Babies from one day to twelve months old were the center of attention during the annual Baby Show held Thursday evening at the DeKalb County Fair.

(CLICK LINK BELOW TO SEE VIDEOS OF ALL BABIES AND TODDLERS)
http://www.wjle.com/node/23872

The winners (blue ribbon first place and red ribbon runner-up) are as follows:

Twins (1 day to 12 months)
Winners: Kyra Faith Johnson and Kaden Reece Johnson, three month old twins of Kenny Johnson, Jr. and Laura Redmon of Smithville
Runners-up: Aniston Raymond and Alexis Raymond, the one month old twins of Adam and Amy Raymond of Smithville

Girls (1 day to 3 months)
Winner: Alice Zaylan Dyal, the two month old daughter of Destiny and Josh Dyal of Smithville
Runner-up: Izzabella Mai Boner, the two month old daughter of Tia Boner and Robert Askew of Hickman.

Other participants in this category: Makenzli Thomas, the two month old daughter of Micki Thomas and Crystal Stibil of Smithville; Averi Gracella Speaks, the one month old daughter of Justin and Donna Speaks of Smithville; and Samantha Jean Hale, the two month old daughter of William and Rebekah Hale of Dowelltown.

Boys (1 day to 3 months)
Winner: Levi Bryson Nixon, the two month old son of Nathan Nixon and Jessica Ball of Dowelltown
Runner-up: Colt Matthew Quarles, the three month old son of Matt and Alana Quarles of Liberty

Other participants in this category: Braxton Levi Knowles, the three month old son of Justin and Mary Knowles of Smithville; and Jase Austin Atnip, the three month old son of Trista Atnip and Robert Davidson of Smithville.

Girls (4-6 months)
Winner: Caroline Elizabeth Farmer, the four month old daughter of John and Tabitha Farmer of Smithville
Runner-up: Addison Curtis, the six month old daughter of Heather Page and John Curtis of Smithville.

Other participants in this category: Allionna Marie Rench, the four month old daughter of Jackie and David Rench of Liberty; Mackenzie Faith Hendrixson, the six month old daughter of Josh and Janda Hendrixson of Smithville; Gabriella Faith Wheeler, the six month old daughter of Brittaney Wheeler of Smithville; and Nevaeh Grace Watson, four months old. Her guardians are Kelley and Joey Myers of Dowelltown.

Boys (4-6 months)
Winner: Noah Bradley Hall, the four month old son of Bradley and Lacy Hall of Alexandria
Runner-up: Isaiah Luke Stribling, the five month old son of Kristie Shehane and Michael Stribling of Smithville.

The other participant in this category: Turner Reece Stanley, the four month old son of Matt and Jessica Stanley of Alexandria.

Girls (7-9 months)
Winner: Carleigh Elizabeth Tramel, the nine month old daughter of Charlie and Brenda Tramel of Liberty
Runner-up: Mila Marie Goff, the nine month old daughter of Krista Puckett and James Goff of Smithville

Other participants in this category: Chloe Guess, the nine month old daughter of Ashley and Nick Guess of Smithville; Jasmine Grace Gallegos, the nine month old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Adrian Gallegos of Smithville; Blakeley Mae Braseel, the eight month old daughter of Kristen and Seth Braseel of Smithville; Hillary Michele Walker, the eight month old daughter of Edward and Penny Walker of Smithville; and Kayleigh Cheyanne Goodman, the eight month old daughter of Justin Goodman and Leslie Bailey of Smithville.

Boys (7-9 months)
Winner: Daniel "Crew" Adams, the seven month old son of Blaine and Kayla Adams of Dowelltown
Runner-up: Sawyer Allen Hendrix, the nine month old son of Jared and Jennifer Hendrix of Dowelltown

Other participants in this category: Gavin Curtis Adams, the nine month old son of Amber and John Adams of Smithville; Jayden Maddux Stanick, the seven month old son of Shannon and Mark Stanick of Smithville; and Brantley Wilson, the nine month old son of Tim and Bobbie Wilson of Smithville

Girls (10-12 months)
Winner: Averie Cheyanne Winchester, the eleven month old daughter of J.J. and Amanda Winchester of Dowelltown
Runner-Up: Addisyn Nicole King, the eleven month old daughter of Megan and James King of Smithville.

Other participants in this category: Rylin Green, the eleven month old daughter of Jeremy and Donna Green of Smithville; Makaeleigh Faith Tarpley, the twelve month old daughter of Brittney and Derrick Tarpley of Carthage; Arraya Jenae Taylor, the eleven month old daughter of Angie Taylor and Michael Chad Owens of Smithville; Karlie Morgan Johnson, the eleven month old daughter of Keith and Brandy Johnson of Smithville; MeKazya Waggoner, the eleven month old daughter of Rebecca Waggoner of Smithville; and Zadah Marie Miller, the ten month old daughter of Shane Miller and Brandy Cox of Dowelltown.

Boys (10-12 months)
Winner: Jaykob Collin Hanson, the eleven month old son of Collin Hanson of Smithville and the late Amanda Kay Wilson
Runner-Up: Zayne Ryan Thomas, the ten month old son of Devin Thomas and Zoe Whaley of Smithville

Other participants in this category: William Jonathon Clark Tripp, the twelve month old son of Jonathon and Beth Tripp of Liberty and Brayden Levi Bogle, the ten month old son of Bud and Jenny Bogle of Smithville.

THERE WERE NO CASH WINNERS THURSDAY NIGHT.

The following events are scheduled Friday and Saturday nights:

Friday, July 26: Toddler Show for contestants 13 months to 47 months at 6:00 p.m. followed by DeKalb Idol Final Competition at the Lions Club Pavilion; Horse Show at 7:00 p.m. at the Grandstand; ATV/ Mini-Rod Outlaw Pull at 7:00 p.m. at the T.C. McMillen Arena. (2- $500 cash drawings) at 10:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 27: Horseshoe Tournament at the Tot Kelly barn at Noon.; Gospel Singing at the Lions Club Pavilion at 6:00 p.m.; Super Tractor and Truck Pull at 7:00 p.m. at the T.C. McMillen Arena: and (2- $500 cash drawings) at 9:30 p.m.

Take a stroll down Memory Lane and enjoy nightly entertainment at the Memory Lane Stage in Memory Village, sponsored by DeKalb Community Bank.

The DeKalb County Fair Memory Lane Stage Line-Up is as follows:
Friday Night July 26
6:30 - until— Karaoke Night

•Saturday Night July 27
6:30-7:30 pm— Mid State Cloggers
7:45-8:45 pm— Evermean Evergreen Cloggers
8:45 - until— ZONE STATUS

Visit the food booths and view exhibits in the Kenneth Sandlin Center and Commercial building.

Rides on the Midway will be provided by the Family Attractions Amusement Company.
Ride Arm Band Prices:
Friday: $18
Saturday:$18

Admission to the fair is $4.00 per person. Children age four and younger will be admitted free! Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. Parking is Free!

For more information, call 529-FAIR or visit on-line at www.dekalbcountyfairtn.com.

Abigail Hope Taylor Crowned Miss Sweetheart

July 24, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
Miss Sweetheart and Runners-Up
Peoples Choice, Miss Congeniality, Miss Photogenic
Miss Sweetheart Abigail Hope Taylor
Extreme Queen-Shelby Maylee Sprague

The 2013 DeKalb County Fair Miss Sweetheart is twelve year old Abigail Hope Taylor, the daughter of Ken and Cindy Taylor of Smithville. The pageant was held Wednesday night during the fair in Alexandria.

The first runner-up in the pageant was Lydia Anne Brown, the eleven year old daughter of Stephen and Amanda Brown of Liberty. She was also "Miss Congeniality".

(MOTORCYCLE RACING HELD WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT THE FAIR)

Alexis Catherine Cudney was the second runner-up. She is the ten year old daughter of Chris Cudney and Marnie Horton of Smithville.

Twelve year old Addison Grace Oakley, daughter of Clark and Lisa Oakley of Liberty, was the third runner-up.

Fourth runner-up went to Mya Catherine Ruch, the eleven year old daughter of Joe and Melissa Ruch of Smithville.

The title of Miss Photogenic went to Alexis Grace Atnip, the ten year old daughter of Veronica Atnip of Smithville.

The Extreme Queen crown went to Shelby Maylee Sprague, the eleven year old daughter of Jimmy and Johnna Sprague of Smithville.The award is sponsored by the Extreme Looks Design Team Salon.

The Peoples Choice winner for this pageant was Shaunta Rose Koegler, the twelve year old daughter of Brian and Leticia Koegler of Smithville.

Rounding out the top ten in the pageant were Macy Elizabeth Hedge, the twelve year old daughter of David and Trina Hedge of Smithville; Madison Rae Rackley, the ten year old daughter of Gordon and Jessica Rackley of Smithville; Julia Grace Curtis, the eleven year old daughter of Bruce and Amy Curtis of Smithville; Elizabeth Guinn, the eleven year old daughter of Kendra and Ricky Guinn of Smithville; and Brooklyn Storm Estes, the twelve year old daughter of Chris and Shanna Bogle of Smithville.

Other Participants were Molly Raven Hall, the twelve year old daughter of Terry Hall and Glenda Hall of Dowelltown; Monica Carlton, the ten year old daughter of Amanda Carlton and LeRoy Hale of Smithville; Zowie Tillery, the eleven year old daughter of Bridgette Tillery of Smithville; Lily Grace Martin, the ten year old daughter of Gilbert and April Martin of Lancaster; Sydney Grace Turner, the ten year old daughter of Donna Turner of Smithville; Kacie Malone, the eleven year old daughter of Sam and Nancy Malone of Brush Creek; Mariah Mofield, the eleven year old daughter of Teresa and David Mofield of Alexandria; Shelby Clayborn, the twelve year old daughter of Brian Clayborn and Holly Clayborn of Liberty; Abby Evans, the twelve year old daughter of Amanda Mathis of Smithville; Alaysia Christian, the eleven year old daughter of Wendy Stepp and Lonnie Eaton of Alexandria; and Skylar McKinlee Fuson, the ten year old daughter of Aleisha and Scotty Fuson of Smithville.

(TOP PHOTO: Left to Right- Mya Catherine Ruch (4th Runner-Up), Alexis Catherine Cudney (2nd Runner-Up), Miss Sweetheart Abigail Hope Taylor, Lydia Anne Brown (1st Runner-Up), and Addison Grace Oakley (3rd Runner-Up)

(SECOND PHOTO FROM TOP: People's Choice- Shaunta Rose Koegler, Miss Congeniality- Lydia Anne Brown, Miss Photogenic-Alexis Grace Atnip)

Derek Cook of Short Mountain won $500 at the fair Wednesday night. He is the only cash winner so far this week.

The following events are scheduled Thursday night:

Senior Citizen Day activities at 9:00 a.m. at the Lions Club Pavilion; 4-H Chick Chain Show at 5:00 p.m. at the Tot Kelly barn; Junior Goat Show at 6:00 p.m. at the Tot Kelly Barn; a Baby Show at 6:00 p.m. followed by a Vintage Fashion Show at the Lions Club Pavilion; and ATV Rodeo at the T.C. McMillen Arena at 7:00 p.m.;(2- $500 cash drawings) at 9:30 p.m.

Take a stroll down Memory Lane and enjoy nightly entertainment at the Memory Lane Stage in Memory Village, sponsored by DeKalb Community Bank.

The DeKalb County Fair Memory Lane Stage Line-Up Thursday night is as follows: Terri Lynn Weaver from 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. and Muddy Water from 7:45-8:45 p.m.

Visit the food booths and view exhibits in the Kenneth Sandlin Center and Commercial building.

Rides on the Midway will be provided by the Family Attractions Amusement Company.

Ride Arm Band Prices:
Thursday:$18
Friday: $18
Saturday:$18

Admission to the fair is $4.00 per person. Children age four and younger will be admitted free! Gates open at 4:30 p.m. through Friday and at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. Parking is Free!

For more information, call 529-FAIR or visit on-line at www.dekalbcountyfairtn.com.

Addison Jean Puckett Captures Little Miss Princess Title

July 24, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
Little Miss Princess and Runners-Up
Extreme Queen, People's Choice, Photogenic, and Congeniality
Little Miss Princess Addison Jean Puckett

Nine year old Addison Jean Puckett of Smithville was crowned Little Miss Princess at the DeKalb County Fair Wednesday night.

Puckett is the daughter of Jimmy and Anita Puckett.

First runner-up in the pageant was Kennedy Agee, the nine year old daughter of Josh and January Agee of Liberty.

Nine year old Natalie Morgan Snipes was the second runner-up. She is the daughter of Tim and Michelle Snipes of Smithville.

Third runner-up went to Carlee Elizabeth West, the eight year old daughter of D.J. and Megan Stewart of Smithville.

Alonna Christian was the fourth runner-up. She is the nine year old daughter of Wendy Stepp and Lonnie Eaton of Alexandria.

Madison Martin was named "Miss Photogenic". She is the eight year old daughter of Terry and Jennifer Martin of Liberty.

Eight year old Kyleigh Breanne Hill is "Miss Congeniality". She is the daughter Kyle Hill and David and Collene Clary of Smithville.

The Peoples Choice award for this pageant was presented to Rebekah Haylee Adams, the nine year old daughter of Brian and Carolyn Adams of Smithville.

The Extreme Queen crown went to Brookelyn Pedigo, the seven year old daughter of Jerrold and Melissa Pedigo of Murfreesboro. The award is sponsored by the Extreme Looks Design Team Salon.

Others in the top eleven were Hannah Paige Trapp, the eight year old daughter of Jeremy and Jenny Trapp of Smithville; Jaycee Makenna Barrett, the seven year old daughter of Jeff and Trish Barrett of Smithville; Alexis Danyelle Rigsby, the eight year old daughter of April and Caleb Rigsby of Dowelltown; Abby Malone, the eight year old daughter of Sam and Nancy Malone of Brush Creek; Maleah Paige Ruch, the seven year old daughter of Joe and Melissa Ruch of Smithville; and Alley Beth Cook, the nine year old daughter of Troy and Julie Cook of Alexandria.

Other participants were Mary Cowles, the seven year old daughter of Kenneth and Nikki Cowles of Brush Creek; Graci Starnes, the nine year old daughter of Brandon and Joelle Starnes of Smithville; Hannah Hall, the eight year old daughter of Joseph and April Hall of Smithville; Ansley Faith Cantrell, the seven year old daughter of Tony and Amee Cantrell of Smithville; McKenzie Pack, the nine year old daughter of Larry and Julie Brown of Smithville; Layla Lynn Walker, the eight year old daughter of Ed and Penny Walker of Smithville; Sadie Moore, the nine year old daughter of Robin West and Johnny Moore of Carthage; Allyson Roxanne Fuller, the seven year old daughter of Anthony and Amanda Fuller of Baxter; Elaina Bryce Turner, the seven year old daughter of Shane and Regina Turner of Smithville; Rebecca Lynn Eastes, the eight year old daughter of Kenny and Teresa Eastes of Liberty.

(TOP PHOTO: Alonna Christian (4th Runner-Up),Natalie Morgan Snipes (2nd Runner-Up), Little Miss Princess Addison Jean Puckett, Kennedy Agee (1st Runner-Up), and Carlee Elizabeth West (3rd Runner-Up)

(SECOND PHOTO FROM TOP: Extreme Queen Brookelyn Pedigo, People Choice-Rebekah Haylee Adams, Miss Photogenic-Madison Martin, and Miss Congeniality-Kyleigh Breanne Hill)

Local Venturing Crew visits National Scout Jamboree

July 24, 2013
Local Venturing Crew visits National Scout Jamboree

Venturing Crew 347 of Smithville recently visited the 2013 BSA National Scout Jamboree held at The Summit Bechtel Scout Reservation in Mt. Hope, West Virginia. The National Jamboree was attended by over 40,000 scouts from all across the U.S. and other countries. This was the first year for the Jamboree at the Summit and will be the permanant home. The Summit will also host the World Scout Jamboree in 2019.

The local crew camped in beautiful Camp Creek State Forest and visited many local attractions such as Hawk's Nest State park where they participtated in an exciting White water Jet Boat ride up the Senic New river Gorge National River to see the longest single span arch bridge in the U.S. It towers 876 feet above the river.

The Crew also visited the Beckley Exhibition Coal mine where they rode an orginal man tranport mine train into the mine to learn the history of the local Coal Mines. They also visited the unusual Mystery hole site, where they defied the law of gravity and it still remains a mystery.

Venturing is a high adventure Co-ed division of the Boy Scouts of America for boys and girls ages 14-21. Members of Crew 347 that went on the trip were Ethan Judkins, Kain Bennett, Elizabeth Lasser, Neely Evans, and Brady Evans. Crew Advisors are Brad and Ronica Evans.

Jones Faces Four Year Sentence for Vehicular Assault

July 24, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
2000 Chevy Malibu driven by Andrea Kelly Jones
2003 Ford Taurus driven by Bradley Reddick

A 37 year old woman charged as the result of a traffic accident over two years ago on Snow Hill appeared in DeKalb County Criminal Court Monday, July 22.

Judge Leon Burns, Jr. presided.

Andrea Kelly Jones pleaded guilty to two counts of vehicular assault and faces a four year sentence in each case to run concurrently with each other. A sentencing hearing will be held October 4 to determine if Jones must serve any jail time or be granted probation during the four year term. Jones is to be given jail credit of thirty days.

Jones was one of three people injured in that two car crash Friday night, July 1, 2011 on Highway 70 at Snow Hill.

Central Dispatch received the call at 11:00 p.m.

Trooper Jimmy Tisdale of the Tennessee Highway Patrol told WJLE that Jones was east on Highway 70 in a 2000 Chevy Malibu when she drove off the right shoulder of the road, overcorrected to the left and came across the highway into the westbound lane where she struck an oncoming 2003 Ford Taurus, driven by 22 year old Bradley Reddick of Flowery Branch, Georgia. Both Jones, Reddick, and a passenger of Reddick's car, 22 year old Jessica Ford of Knoxville were taken by DeKalb EMS to DeKalb Community Hospital.

Trooper Tisdale was assisted in the investigation by THP Lieutenant Randy Maynard and Trooper Mark Jones. The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department and the Main Station of the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department were also on the scene.

Bowman and Rackley Win Little Mister and Miss Crowns

July 24, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
Little Miss and Runners-Up
Little Mister and Runners-Up
Little Miss Isabella Faith Rackley
Little Mister Chase Bowman

Chase Bowman and Isabella Faith Rackley were crowned Little Mister and Miss at the DeKalb County Fair Tuesday night.

Bowman is the five year old son of Phillip and Tasha Waggoner of Liberty and Rackley is the five year old daughter of Gordon and Jessica Rackley of Smithville.

First runner-up in the Little Miss contest was Maddie Jo Cox, the four year old daughter of Andrew and Allison Cox of Lebanon.

(GO CART RACING HELD TUESDAY NIGHT AT THE FAIR)

Second runner-up was Karizma Eden Rigsby, the six year old daughter of David and Tyroma Rigsby of Lebanon. She was also "Miss Photogenic".

Four year old Kaylee Brooke Kent was third runner-up. She is the daughter of Kevin and Beth Kent of Dowelltown.

Annabella Eleni Dakas, the six year old daughter of John and Mandy Dakas of Smithville was the fourth runner-up

Meanwhile, five year old Bailey Elizabeth Kidd, daughter of Kellie Bess and Brandon Kidd of Smithville was named "Miss Congeniality".

Extreme Looks Design Team awarded the "Extreme Queen" crown to five year old Kennedi Clark, daughter of Jason and Dana Clark of Liberty.

The People's Choice Award went to Lillie Grace Young, the four year old daughter of Michael and Crystal Young of Smithville.

Others in the top ten were Leah Elisabeth Trapp, the four year old daughter of Jeremy and Jenny Trapp of Smithville; Madison Brooke Dawson, the six year old daughter of Jarred and Jamie Dawson of Smithville; Macy Lynn Anderson, the six year old daughter of Bobby Joe and Tabitha Anderson of Smithville; five year old Bailey Elizabeth Kidd, daughter of Kellie Bess and Brandon Kidd of Smithville; and Aubrey Felice, the six year old daughter of Keith and Kayla Wood of Carthage.

Other participants were five year old Jakayta Odom of Smithville (parents names unavailable); McKenna Reece Miller, the five year old daughter of Christen Cox and David Miller of Smithville; Ali Jo Copeland, the four year old daughter of Amy and Jason Copeland of Brush Creek; Allison Faith Marie Goodwin, the six year old daughter of Lee and Anna Goodwin of Rock Island; Cambell Bush, the six year old daughter of Jason and Olivia Bush of Carthage; Kenadee Rose Prichard, the four year old daughter of Luke and JoDee Prichard of Alexandria; Five year old Avia Tiara Salinas, whose guardians are Joey and Kelly Myers of Dowelltown; Kaylyn Isabelle Prichard, the four year old daughter of Andy and Chrissy Prichard of Liberty; Lauren Elaine Fry, the six year old daughter of Joey and Sara Fry of Smithville; Emily Sue Fry, the four year old daughter of Joey and Sara Fry of Smithville; Adison Jade Summers, the five year old daughter of Josh and Jennifer Summers of Smithville; Averie McMinn, the five year old daughter of Amanda and Nathan McMinn of Dowelltown; Kloe Brooke Davis, the four year old daughter of Jacob and Dana Davis of Dowelltown; Graycie Bowman, the four year old daughter of Phillip and Tasha Waggoner of Liberty; Camri Layne Johnson, the five year old daughter of Jeremy Johnson and Julia Boulton of Alexandria; Kora Lin Kilgore, the six year old daughter of John and Ginda Kilgore of Smithville; Danica Hope Collier, the five year old daughter of Brittany Fults and Matthew Collier of Smithville; Brianna Nicole Carr, the four year old daughter of Sherry Hattaway of Smithville; and Six year old Nalissa Dowell, whose grandmother is Janace Dowell of McMinnville.

First runner-up in the Little Mister contest was James Browning "Brownie" Johnson, the five year old son of Bradley and Kristina Johnson and Kristan Gray of Smithville. He was also the "People's Choice" winner.

Four year old Jacob Marlin Stewart, son of D.J. and Megan Stewart of Smithville was the second runner-up.

Third runner-up was Timothy Cowles, the five year old son of Kenneth and Nikki Cowles of Brush Creek.

Six year old Devan Kage Dannels, son of Brian and Christie Dannels of Silver Point, was named fourth runner-up and "Mister Manners".

Five year old Jesse Cole Elam, son of Andrew and Bethany Elam of Sparta was chosen "Mister Photogenic".

The only other participant was Skyler Chase Sullivan, the five year old son of the late Jamie Sullivan and Charity Sullivan of Smithville.

(TOP PHOTO: Left to right- Annabella Eleni Dakas (4th Runner-Up), Karizma Eden Rigsby (2nd Runner-Up), Little Miss Isabella Faith Rackley, Maddie Jo Cox (1st Runner-Up), and Kaylee Brooke Kent (3rd Runner-Up)

(SECOND PHOTO FROM TOP: Left to right-Timothy Cowles (3rd Runner-Up), James Browning "Brownie" Johnson (1st Runner-Up), Little Mister Chase Bowman, Jacob Marlin Stewart (2nd Runner-Up), and Devan Kage Dannels (4th Runner-Up)

THERE WERE NO CASH WINNERS MONDAY OR TUESDAY NIGHT

The following events are scheduled Wednesday night:

Snowbird- WSMV Channel 4 from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m; Little Miss Princess Pageant for contestants ages 7-9 at 6:00 p.m. followed by the Miss Sweetheart Pageant for those ages 10-12 at the Lions Club Pavilion; 4 Wheeler and Motorcycle Racing at 6:00 p.m. at the T.C. McMillen Arena; Gospel Singing at 6:30 p.m. at the Grandstand (2- $500 cash drawings) at 9:30 p.m. You must be present to win

Take a stroll down Memory Lane and enjoy nightly entertainment at the Memory Lane Stage in Memory Village, sponsored by DeKalb Community Bank.

Visit the food booths and view exhibits in the Kenneth Sandlin Center and Commercial building.

Rides on the Midway will be provided by the Family Attractions Amusement Company.

Ride Arm Band Prices:
Wednesday:$14
Thursday:$18
Friday: $18
Saturday:$18

Admission to the fair is $4.00 per person. Children age four and younger will be admitted free! Gates open at 4:30 p.m. through Friday and at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. Parking is Free!

For more information, call 529-FAIR or visit on-line at www.dekalbcountyfairtn.com.

Evaluation Finds Dixon Competent to Stand Trial in Double Murder-Trial Set for December 2nd

July 23, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
David Dixon
Ervin Raymon Beacham
Jose Sagahon Ticante

The man indicted in a double murder last year in Smithville has been deemed competent to stand trial after undergoing an evaluation at the Plateau Mental Health Center in Cookeville.

In a letter to the court, Dr. Sandra DeMott Phillips, a Clinical Psychologist wrote that 44 year old David Howard Dixon, after undergoing an evaluation as to his competency "has sufficient present ability to consult with his lawyer with a reasonable degree of rational understanding and a rational as well as a factual understanding of the proceedings against him".

Meanwhile, Judge Leon Burns, Jr. set a December 2 trial date for Dixon in DeKalb County Criminal Court on Monday, July 22.

Dixon was named in a sealed indictment in November, 2012 charging him with two counts of first degree murder in the deaths of 55 year old Ervin Raymon Beacham and Jose Sagahon Ticante. The case against Dixon was presented to the grand jury by Dan Friel of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

On August 7, 2012, the Smithville Police Department responded to 311 Tommy Harrell Street and discovered Beacham, the owner of the residence, shot to death on the couch in his home. A second victim, Ticante was also found murdered and his body hidden under a tarp and some lumber in the backyard of the residence. TBI investigated the murders with the Smithville Police Department, DeKalb County Sheriff's Office and the 13th Judicial District Attorney General's Office.

After being picked up after the murders on August 7, Dixon was incarcerated at the DeKalb County Jail without bond for violation of probation and for failure to appear. He is currently being housed at the Henderson County Jail.

Dixon recently underwent an evaluation as to his competency to stand trial and to determine his mental condition at the time he was charged in the double murder. In her letter to the court, Dr. Phillips wrote "After completion of the evaluation, it is my opinion that at the time of the commission of the acts constituting the alleged offenses, severe mental disease or defect did not prevent the defendant (Dixon) from appreciating the nature or wrongfulness of the alleged acts."

Dixon has a lengthy criminal history here including charges for possession of a handgun while under the influence, manufacture and delivery of a schedule IV controlled substance, assault, public intoxication, violation of an order of protection, aggravated assault, theft, domestic assault, and simple possession.

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