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Tennessee District Attorneys Launch New Statewide Teen Pregnancy Awareness Campaign

February 17, 2011
Randy York

District Attorney Randy York and the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference today announced a new campaign including aggressive outreach through social media, printed materials and a major effort to build a statewide network of partners to increase their efforts to fight teen pregnancy.

The statewide initiative represents the second phase of the highly successful What’s the Rush? campaign that raises awareness of the legal, financial and social consequences of becoming teen parents.

“Teen pregnancy has a direct consequence, not just on crime, but on society in general. There’s an inability to care and support that child the way that it deserves. It’s really sad when you see teenagers in court for nonpayment of child support and they’re facing the loss of their driver’s and hunting licenses and the possibility of going to jail,” said General York.

The DAs started the campaign in 2008 in response to the number of court cases involving teen parents throughout the state. Printed materials and a video were created for the DAs to use when visiting schools and civic organizations to educate Tennessee’s youth about the consequences of becoming teen parents.

After receiving a substantial amount of positive feedback, the DAs decided not only to continue the campaign, but to commit more resources to expand its scope to reach even more teenagers. One of the new additions is the social media initiative the DAs will participate in using Facebook, YouTube and MySpace. They will also be working more directly with campaign partners, and sending new and updated materials to schools and medical offices across the state.

The Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference is already partnered with the Tennessee Departments of Human Services, Health and Education; Tennessee Academy of Family Physicians; Tennessee Academy of Physician Assistants; Tennessee School Counselor Association; National Association of Social Workers – Tennessee Chapter; Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks Job Corps Center; Hospital Alliance of Tennessee; and YMCA of Memphis & the MidSouth.

“We are pleased to partner with the district attorneys, who see this problem firsthand,” said DHS Commissioner Virginia T. Lodge. “Continuing and expanding this program can make a difference in communities across Tennessee.”

In the 13th District alone, the most recent statistics from the Tennessee Department of Health show that in one year there were 380 reported cases of teen pregnancy and more than 13,000 cases reported statewide. Statistics from the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy show that teen parenthood can lead to a number of legal, financial and health consequences. Those statistics include:

•Eight out of 10 teen fathers do not marry the mother of their first child.

•Less than half of mothers who have a child before they are 18 years old graduate from high school, and less than 2 percent have a college degree by age 30.

•Teen fathers have less education and earn much less money than teenage boys without children.

•The children of teen mothers are more likely to be born prematurely and at a low birth weight, which can cause infant death, blindness, deafness, respiratory problems, mental retardation, cerebral palsy, dyslexia and hyperactivity.

•Children of teen mothers are 50 percent more likely to have to repeat a grade in school and are less likely to finish high school.

•The sons of teen mothers are two times more likely to end up in prison.

•The children of teen mothers are two times more likely to suffer abuse and neglect compared to children of older mothers.

For more information about What’s the Rush?, call General Randy York at (931) 528-5015. To learn more and access the campaign materials, please visit www.tndagc.org/whatstherush.

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Food Check-Out Week Spotlights Healthy Eating on a Budget

February 17, 2011

Concern about the cost of a healthy diet being out of reach remains on the minds of many Americans as the nation continues to work through serious economic woes. However, according to an Agriculture Department study, the cost of eating healthy hasn't changed as much as some less-healthy alternatives. Eating healthy food while on a budget does require strategic shopping.

DeKalb County Farm Bureau's Food Check-Out Week, February 20-26, focuses on helping Americans learn how to stretch their grocery dollars with healthy, nutritious food. America's farmers and ranchers are committed to producing safe, healthy and abundant food. And they share a common concern with consumers when it comes to putting nutritious meals on the table while sticking to a tight budget.

The good news: a recent USDA report favorably supports the economics of healthier eating. Recent food price data show that prices for unprepared, readily available fresh fruits and vegetables have remained stable relative to dessert and snack foods, such as chips, ice cream, and cola. Therefore, as defined by food in the study, the price of a "healthier" diet has not changed compared to an "unhealthy" diet. Additionally, certain fresh fruits and vegetables have actually gone down in price over the last 25 years compared to the more expensive processed foods.

DeKalb County Farm Bureau's Food Check-Out Week is aimed at helping DeKalb County families learn how to shop strategically to put nutritious meals on the table with fewer dollars."Learning to use your grocery dollars wisely helps ensure that nutrition isn't neglected," according to April Martin, DeKalb Extension FCS Agent.

"Fruits and vegetables, along with whole grains, low-fat dairy products, lean meats, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts, are an important part of a healthy diet. Buying fresh produce when it's in season and costs less, while buying frozen fruits and vegetables when they're not in season, is a smart way to stretch that dollar," said Mary Sanders, DeKalb County's TNCEP program assistant.

"Knowing your food budget, planning balanced meals, making a list and sticking to it are just a few of the tips we offer consumers," said Sanders.

Now in its 13th year, Food Check-Out Week also highlights America's safe, abundant, and affordable food supply, made possible largely by America's productive farmers and ranchers. According to the most recent information from the USDA's Economic Research Service, American families and individuals spend, on average, less than 10% of their disposable personal income for food.

You'll find posters in some of our local stores that were made by senior high 4-Hers as a service to the community. If you need additional information on budgeting your food dollars, contact us.

County Firefighters Called to Trailer Home

February 16, 2011
by: 
Dwayne Page

DeKalb County Volunteer Firefighters were called to the trailer home of Connie Rahm at 179 Kings Court on Adcock Cemetery Road early Wednesday morning.

911 received the call at 1:09 a.m.

County Fire Chief Donny Green said that the fire started from something that was setting on a bookshelf, which was up against a wall. Ms. Rahm, who was at home at the time, discovered the small blaze and ran outside to get help. A neighbor came over and put out the fire.

Firefighters from the Cookeville Highway, Short Mountain Highway, and Midway stations responded but the fire had already been extinguished by the time they arrived. The only fire damage was to the book shelf and a portion of the wall next to it. Firefighters checked to make sure there was no fire in the wall and they ventilated the home, clearing it of smoke.

DeKalb EMS and the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department also responded but no one was injured.

New Hunting and Fishing Licenses go on sale Friday, Feb. 18

February 16, 2011
by: 
Dwayne Page

The 2011-12 Tennessee hunting and fishing licenses go on sale Friday, Feb. 18. Licenses are available at Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) regional offices, license agents and on the TWRA website, www.tnwildlife.org.

The new licenses are valid through February, 2012. License sales provide the primary funding for the TWRA, which does not receive any funding from the state's general fund (i.e. state sales tax). The 2010-11 licenses expire Feb. 28.

"License dollars are the life-blood of our agency's efforts to manage all wildlife in our state," said Ed Carter, TWRA Executive Director. "I would encourage fellow Tennesseans who appreciate the tremendous wildlife viewing opportunities we all enjoy to make a license purchase as a way of showing their support for all species and allowing us to leverage available federal funding."

Resident licenses may be purchased by: persons who possess a valid Tennessee driver's license; persons who have lived in Tennessee for 90 consecutive days with the genuine intent of making Tennessee their permanent home; military personnel on active duty in this state and their immediate families, who reside with them, regardless of resident status; students who are enrolled in a Tennessee school, college, or university for at least six months. A Social Security number is required to purchase a Tennessee hunting or fishing license.

Licenses may also be purchased online at TWRA's website: www.tnwildlife.org and charged to a credit card. Licenses may also be ordered by telephone and charged to a credit card by calling 1-888-814-8972. All licenses purchased by credit card will be charged a processing and handling fee. Effective March 1, the new fees over the telephone are $7.50 for those licenses mailed and $6.25 for those not mailed. Through the internet, charges are $4.25 for those licenses mailed and $3 for self-prints.

To expedite telephone orders, the caller should have ready the name, address, physical description, Social Security number, driver's license number, TWRA ID number (if renewal), and credit card number.

Licenses are printed on a special tear-resistant, water-proof paper. In case of a lost license, duplicate licenses can be obtained from any REAL license agent for a $7 fee.

Two Submit Qualifying Petitions for Smithville Election

February 15, 2011
by: 
Dwayne Page
Shawn Jacobs
W.J. (Dub) White

Two incumbent Smithville Aldermen, Shawn Jacobs and W.J. (Dub) White, have submitted their qualifying petitions to the DeKalb County Election Commission to seek re-election.

The other incumbent alderman up for re-election, Aaron Meeks has picked up his petition but has not yet returned it.

The DeKalb County Election Commission is accepting qualifying petitions for the Smithville Municipal Election until noon on March 17th.

Three aldermen seats will be up for election on June 21st. The seats are currently held by Jacobs, Meeks, and White. Each term is for two years.

The last day to register to vote in the Smithville election is May 23rd.

Smithville Police Make Arrests in Copper Theft Case

February 15, 2011
by: 
Dwayne Page
Matthew Malachi Lawson
Virginia  Ruth Carrier

Smithville Police have arrested two people for allegedly stealing several hundred pounds of copper from the supply yard of Smithville Electric System on Sunday, February 6th.

Chief Randy Caplinger said 27 year old Matthew Malachi Lawson and 23 year old Virginia Ruth Carrier are each charged with theft of property over $1,000. More arrests are expected in the case.

Detective Matt Holmes said that both Lawson and Carrier are charged with taking several hundred pounds of copper without consent from Smithville Electric Company's supply yard located behind the building in a fenced-in area at 611 East Broad Street.. Some of the copper was taken to a local scrap yard where it was sold. The value of the copper taken is approximately $1,500.

Following an investigation, Detective Holmes, Chief Caplinger, Captain Steven Leffew, Corporal Travis Bryant, and Officer David Phillips went to Lawson's home on Oak Street Wednesday, February 9th where they executed a search warrant.

Upon arrival, Detective Holmes said he knocked on the door and announced that the police were present. After receiving no answer, officers made entry through the front door. Four persons were inside the home. After a search of the premises outside, officers found a burn pile containing left over protective coating for copper and several big pieces of copper which was later positively identified as belonging to Smithville Electric System. Lawson showed up a short time later and was arrested. A van, which was believed to have been used in the felony was seized from the home.

Lawson is scheduled for another hearing in General Sessions Court on April 11th. Carrier's court date is February 17th.

Meanwhile, in other crime news from the Smithville Police Department, Chief Caplinger reports that 28 year old Brandon Ross Bogle of Jefferson Road was arrested by Officer Matt Farmer on Monday, February 7th for violation of bond conditions. According to the warrant, Officer Farmer was at the Department of Children Services assisting a drug screen on Bogle. Mr. Bogle advised Officer Farmer he had a no contact order with his wife who was also present, therefore violating the conditions of the bond that he signed.

25 year old Jose Xalchy Rododrigvir of Fall Creek Road was arrested by Officer David Phillips for public intoxication on Monday, February 7th. According to the warrant, Officer Phillips responded to Kwik N Ezy to check out a complaint about someone who had passed out at one of the tables. Upon arrival Officer Phillips saw a man whose head was on the table. Several attempts were made to wake the man and after several minutes, he got up. He had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his person and he was unsteady on his feet. Officer Phillips tried unsuccessfully to find a ride home for the man. Due to his intoxication and for his safety Mr. Rododrigvir was placed under arrest. His bond is $1,000 and he will be in court on March 10th.

Meanwhile, anyone with information on any offense is asked to please contact the Smithville Police Department at 597-8210 or the Tip Line at 464-6046.

Any information received that will help the Smithville Police solve any criminal offense will be greatly appreciated. All information is confidential

Moore Charged with Theft

February 14, 2011
by: 
Dwayne Page
Stephen Jason Moore

35 year old Stephen Jason Moore of Cookeville Highway was arrested by the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department Thursday, February 3rd on four courts of theft of property under $500. His bond is $4,000 and he will be in court on February 24th

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on four occasions, January 3rd, 5th, 10th, & 11th Moore allegedly stole rebar valued at less than $500 from a business and then took it to a scrap yard where he sold it.

28 year old Elizabeth Ann Chalfant of Hurricane Ridge Road is charged with a first offense of driving under the influence and reckless endangerment. She was also issued a citation for a fourth offense of driving on a suspended license, violation of the implied consent law, possession of drug paraphernalia, and for failure to maintain proper lane of traffic. Her bond totals $5,000 and she will be in court on March 10th.

Sheriff Ray said that a deputy stopped Chalfant's vehicle on Highway 70 west at Dry Creek Road near Dowelltown after receiving a complaint about a possible intoxicated driver. As the officer got behind the vehicle to pull it over, he noticed that the driver failed to maintain her lane of travel, twice crossing the turning lane and going across the dotted lines. After pulling over the automobile, the deputy spoke with Chalfant and noticed that her speech and movements were slow and she had difficulty keeping her eyes open and focused. Chalfant was asked to step out of the vehicle to perform field sobriety tasks. She submitted to the tasks but performed poorly on them as she was very unsteady on her feet. She refused to submit to a blood screen for drugs and alcohol. Also found were five hypodermic needles. A computer check revealed her license to be suspended.

As the deputy placed Chalfant under arrest, he noticed two children in the vehicle. One of them, a five year old boy, was in a backseat car seat, and the other, a six year old girl, was lying down in the front floor. Both were Ms Chalfant's children. She was charged with reckless endangerment for placing the children in danger of serious bodily injury.

25 year old Ruby Gail Webb of Couch Street, McMinnville was issued a citation on February 7th for driving on a revoked license. Her court date is February 24th.

34 year old Jack Mullican, Jr. of Allen Street, Smithville was issued a citation for driving on a suspended license. An officer stopped Mullican having prior knowledge that his license were suspended. A computer check confirmed it. Mullican will be in court on February 23rd.

45 year old Kandy Kay Fish of Old Snow Hill Road, Dowelltown was issued a citation for simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. She will be in court on February 17th.

Sheriff Ray said that a deputy went to a residence on February 13th to serve a warrant. According to the officer, Fish came to the door after snorting pills. The deputy received consent from the home owner to search the residence and he found straws and more pills both chopped up and complete. All evidence was seized.

43 year old Donna Sue Estes of Banks Pisgah Road, Smithville was issued a citation for possession of drug paraphernalia. Estes was taken into custody on an active warrant after a deputy stopped a vehicle in which she was a passenger. When asked if she was carrying anything illegal on her person, Estes pulled two hypodermic needles from the inside of her pants. Her court date is February 24th.

25 year old Cirilo Gomez of Fancer Mill Road, Sparta is charged with a third offense of driving under the influence and a first offense of driving on a revoked license. He was also issued a citation for violation of the implied consent law. He will be in court on March 3rd and his bond is $3,500.

Sheriff Ray said that on February 13th, a deputy responded to Highway 56 south to check out a vehicle on the side of the roadway where a man was slumped over the steering wheel. After the officer awoke him, the man gave his name but said that he did not have any ID or drivers license. The officer noticed a strong odor of alcohol on his person and he had very slurred speech. He was asked to perform several field sobriety tasks. He performed poorly on all tasks. He was very unsteady on his feet and he refused to submit to a blood alcohol test. A computer check confirmed that his license were revoked for DUI on July 3rd, 2004.

Britney Campbell Named Class of 2011 Valedictorian at DCHS

February 11, 2011
by: 
Dwayne Page
Britney Campbell
Martha Webb

DeKalb County High School has released the names of this year's Honor Students including the 2011 Valedictorian Britney Campbell and the Salutatorian Martha Webb.

Campbell is the daughter of Michael Campbell and Kimberly Cox of Smithville and Webb is the daughter of Alan and Lora Webb of Smithville

Students among the top twenty five senior academic ranking from numbers one to twenty five are as follows:

Britney Campbell, Valedictorian; Martha Webb, Salutatorian; Nicholas Hale, Tia Menix, Heather Owens, Ethan Duke, Clark Adcock, Tyler Seymour, Olivia Norton, Weston Rhody, Camry White, Logan Clark, Tyler Caldwell, Quincie Winchester, Zackary Vantrease, Christina Hughes, Stephanie Davis, Lauren Adcock, Brittany Malone, Jessica Alderman, Kristin Mick, Justin Turner, Tyler Kent, Justin Elmore, and Nioakah Johnson

Students earning "Highest Distinction" with a grade point average of 3.8 to 4.0 are:

Britney Campbell, Valedictorian 4.0; Martha Webb, Salutatorian 4.0, Nicholas Hale 4.0, Tia Menix 4.0, Olivia Norton 4.0, Heather Owens 4.0, Camry White 4.0, Clark Adcock, Lauren Adcock, Tyler Caldwell, Logan Clark, Stephanie Davis, Ethan Duke, Christina Hughes, Weston Rhody, Tyler Seymour, Justin Turner, Zackary Vantrease, and Quincie Winchester

Students earning "High Distinction" with a grade point average of 3.6 to 3.79 include Jessica Alderman, Elicia Cantrell, Justin Elmore, Katie Frazier, Randall Hansard, Cole Hawker, Rachel Hendrixson, Nioakah Johnson, Tyler Kent, Samantha Lewis, Brittany Malone, and Kristin Mick.

Those earning "Distinction" with a grade point average of 3.2 to 3.59 include Brandon Adcock, Alesha Bass, Keeli Bullard, Wesley Burchfield, Tiffanie Burrage, Jessica Cantrell, Alisha Chapman, Kelly Cubbins, Kylie Dildine, Brady Evans, Dalton Fish, Makenzi Gibson, Kayla Hershman, Jessica Hodges, Whitney Houk, Amanda Hughes, Kayla Judkins, Tarren Kyle, Candance Lester, Mercedes Luna, Justin Moore, Shelby Mulloy, Taylor Poss, and Vickey Vickers

The Class of 2011 at DeKalb County High School will graduate on Friday May 20th at 7:00 p.m.

School Board Votes to Make up Snow Days, February 21st & March 18th

February 10, 2011
by: 
Dwayne Page
Attendance Supervisor Clay Farler Addresses School Board

The DeKalb County Board of Education Thursday night voted to make-up two school days lost because of snow on the federal holiday of President's Day, Monday, February 21st and on Friday, March 18th which was previously scheduled to be a professional development or stock pile day.

Director of Schools Mark Willoughby made the recommendation saying that the school system had already used up all it's allotted snow days when this week's snow storm hit. With school having been out Thursday and Friday, the school system must now make up those two days before the end of the year. Students were originally scheduled to be off for President's Day on Monday, February 21st and on Friday, March 18th. Willoughby said he thought it best to make up the lost days on those dates.

Willoughby also asked that the board come up with a plan at it's work session on Saturday, February 12th on how to make up any further days which might be lost due to winter weather and then have board chairman Charles Robinson make an executive decision and alert the public so parents could prepare for whatever plan is decided. The options seem to be either using a portion of the spring break, adding days to the end of the school year, having school on Saturday, or possibly extending the school day by thirty minutes. "I've closed school another day so that puts us in the ballgame where we have two days to make up. What I'd like to recommend to the board is that on February 21st, President's Day, when we scheduled not to have school, that we have school on that day. Also on our stock pile day on March 18th, I recommend that we have school on that day. I'd also recommend that during our work session on Saturday that we have a discussion about should we miss any more school, what we're going to do at that point as far as making up any other days. These two days (February 21st and March 18th) will take care of Thursday and Friday this week and we'll be back even. But if we miss any more, we'll need a plan take care of those days. During our work session Saturday, hopefully we can come up with an agreement. I realize a work session is only for planning and we can't take any action but if we think we can come up with a plan, I would probably take that to Mr. Robinson, our chairman, and ask that he take executive action the following week so we could let our parents make plans and we could vote on that executive action at our March board meeting," said Willoughby.

Attendance Supervisor Clay Farler said he didn't like the idea of extending the school day or having Saturday school. "In my experience, both as teacher, supervisor, and principal the most affective days of instruction are full days of instruction, not adding on thirty minutes a day or going on Saturdays like we've done in the past. It takes thirteen days of that (adding 30 minutes a day) just to make up one school day. We only have sixty five more days (left) at this point plus the two we have to make up. I think the idea of going to school on President's Day and Teacher's Professional Development Day is a good one and whatever you do after that, I recommend that it be a full day of school."

Meanwhile, on another issue, the DeKalb County High School Construction Technology program will soon go about building houses a different way than in the past.

The board of education Thursday night granted approval for the implementation of a new onsite building program, which will allow students to build a house on the DCHS campus and eliminate the need for transportation to and from a particular job site. Students will retain the necessary training for meeting competencies and standards that are required to complete the construction courses.

Brad Leach, Career and Technical Education director, made the request. "With on-site building, we currently build a house off site at a lot, right now we have a lot at College Street. The on-site building will bring the building back to the campus at the high school. The students would not have to have transportation. Tools would not have to be transported. Everything would be done right there close to the building trades classroom. The students would just be within walking distance. The land we're looking at is close to the baseball field house but it's actually in between the band tower and the bus garage. That's where we're looking to put the house. We would come in and build a permanent footer and foundation for the house and then the house would be constructed. After that, whoever wanted to buy the house, they would be responsible for paying for the house at the price that the construction teacher would set. Then they (buyer) would be responsible for all costs of moving the house and taking the house to wherever they would be putting it on a lot. The way we would have to take the house out would be around by the school bus garage so there would have to be a fence modified for that. We'd also need to put up a fence around the house in case of theft, vandalism, and things of that nature. The other thing I like about this too is that if we put this house on-site, we could do some integration projects with our math courses. Those students could come over and observe or maybe do some calculations on the house. We could also integrate family consumer science for designing purposes. There's a number of different things we can use this for if we do it on-site. The students would still get the concept of building. It's not taking anything away from that. They will still master the competencies that they need for the construction technology program."

According to Leach, the estimated one time cost for permanent footing and foundation is $3,200. The estimated cost for framing, roofing, and windows and doors is $26,000. The price is estimated on a 1450-1550 square foot home

House plans will be developed by the construction technology instructor and students.

Meanwhile, the lot purchased by the construction technology program, located on College Street, will be sold and the money from the property will be returned to the construction technology program.

Director of Schools Mark Willoughby presented his monthly report on personnel to the board

The following were employed:
Jimmy Sprague, substitute bus driver
Andrew Dixon and Kyle Graham, assistant baseball coaches for 2010-11
Charles Martin, substitute custodian

Janis Barnes, Leigh Bumbalough, Susan Guerin, Juanita Howell, Michelle Hoyle, Benjamin Malone, Rosemary Melton, LouAnn Midgett, Chris Moore, Stephen Moore, Virginia Rose, and Michael Shaw as substitute teachers.

Sarah Jane Parsley, teacher at Smithville Elementary School, was granted a leave of absence as requested.

In other business, the board voted to request that the county commission adopt a budget amendment to appropriate $374,000 of Basic Education Program (BEP) Reserve funds to purchase 57.59 acres more or less on Allens Ferry Road to be used for future educational needs.

The board also voted to contract with three companies to perform professional services related to the Allen's Ferry Road property. Civil Site Design Group, PLLC of Nashville will provide engineering evaluation/analysis of the site at a cost of $3,000. Crockett Surveying of Lebanon will provide a boundary survey for $4,350 and American Geotechnical and Environmental, Inc of Franklin will conduct a preliminary geotechnical engineering study for $2,000.

Fifth district school board member W.J. (Dub) Evins, III said it's time the school system update the chemistry and physics lab at the high school and he wants to discuss the issue during Saturday's work session. "We've talked for the last couple of years about our chemistry lab and physics lab and biology lab at the high school. We have the same fixtures that were there in 1963 when the school was built. We've just moved them from one room to the other. We need to consider asking the county commission before this fiscal year ends to amend our budget if there's capital outlay or BEP monies there for this in order to be able to do it (make upgrades) during the summer instead of waiting to put it in next year's budget. This weighs on my mind very heavily because we're falling behind in this category. We have some excellent teachers and very intelligent students but they can't do what they need to do without the proper equipment. I know we have a long range plan for maybe a school within five, seven, to ten years but we can't wait that long to have a new chemistry and physics lab. So I'd like to put that on the docket to discuss on Saturday to see if we could get something going and get the ball rolling."

DCHS principal Kathy Hendrix reminded parents to make sure their high school sons and daughters take advantage of credit recovery if they need it."At the high school, I would like to encourage the parents to make sure, if your son or daughter has an incomplete or doesn't have a passing grade in some things and needs to do credit recovery, time is running out. It'll be May before you know it. Our progress reports go out next week but you should have gotten a report card after we came back after Christmas. Anybody who has an incomplete or needs to stay after school and get some of this made up, I encourage you to get them (students) there and if you're in doubt call the guidance department and they can let you know whether your son or daughter needs to do that."

The board adopted a resolution of appreciation and set February 17th as Principal/Assistant Principal Appreciation Day in DeKalb County.

The resolution states that "Whereas, principals and assistant principals take on enormous responsibilities and duties including observing, evaluating, policy planning, mentoring and much more; and

Whereas, principals and assistant principals are instructional leaders who provide direction and support to students, teachers and other school employees in our district; and

Whereas, our principals establish a vision for our schools and create strategies for getting there; and

Whereas, principals seek support from parents and community and garner their engagement in their schools; and

Whereas, principals strive to enhance the learning and working environment for everyone in the school;

Now, therefore be it resolved that the DeKalb County Board of Education, hereby adopts February 17th as Principal Appreciation Day in all of our schools; and

Be it further resolved that the board expresses deep appreciation to principals and assistant principals in our system and encourages the students and staff to join us in expressing appreciation to the leaders of DeKalb County Schools."

The board gave permission for Science Club and FFA students to participate in a joint field trip to Mammoth Cave in Kentucky March 16th. The students who will be eligible to go on the field trip are Science Club and FFA members who entered a science project in the DCHS Science Fair on Saturday, March 12th. The winners of the Science Fair will also be eligible for the trip.

Approval was granted for the Health Occupations Students of America Club to attend the State HOSA Conference in Nashville. The conference and competitions will be held February 28th through March 2nd at the Opryland Hotel. Eight to ten students will be competing.

Permission was given for the Junior and Senior Classes at DCHS to have the prom off campus at the Doubletree Heartland Ballroom in Murfreesboro on April 29th from 8:00 p.m. until 11:30 p.m.

The board granted permission for the Tigerette Softball team to participate in the Middle Tennessee Softball Coaches Association Tournament in Clarksville Thursday and Friday, March 24th & 25th

The board also approved a bus transportation request for 4-Hers to go bowling in Cookeville on Monday, February 21st .

Members of the board will be attending the annual "Day on the Hill" Legislative Conference February 22nd. The board voted 5-2 to approve the trip, which is funded by the school system. Board members Bruce Parsley and Billy Miller voted no. Parsley said he thought it might be okay for one member to represent the board but that everyone else attending should pay their own way, if they want to attend. The "Day on the Hill" gives board members an opportunity to meet with state legislators and discuss issues of concern to them regarding education.

Woman Seriously Injured After Car Crashes into Concrete Bridge Support

February 10, 2011
by: 
Dwayne Page
Jessica Renee Owen Injured After Car Crashes into Bridge Support
Jessica Renee Owen Injured After Car Crashes into Bridge Support

A Smithville woman was seriously injured Wednesday night during the snow storm after her car ran into a concrete bridge support at the College Street overpass on West Broad Street and then spun into the path of a DeKalb County Highway Department pickup truck.

Central dispatch received the call at 6:50 p.m.

Sergeant Jimmy Jones of the Tennessee Highway Patrol told WJLE that 33 year old Jessica Renee Owen was taken by DeKalb EMS to DeKalb Community Hospital. The driver of the truck, 30 year old Phillip Wayne Waggoner of Smithville, was reportedly treated and released at the local hospital.

According to Sergeant Jones, Owen was traveling west on Highway 70 in a 1992 Chevrolet Lumina when she came up behind the 2001 county owned Dodge Ram pickup. Both vehicles were traveling west in the left (inside) lane. Owen later told Sergeant Jones that she felt like traffic was moving too slowly so she pulled out in the turning lane to pass Waggoner. Owen was just getting by Waggoner, when her car struck the bridge support. Upon impact, Owen's car spun into the path of Waggoner's truck and while he had applied his brakes, Waggoner could not avoid running into her vehicle.

Owen, who was not wearing her seatbelt, apparently suffered serious injuries as her head struck the windshield.

According to Sergeant Jones alcohol was involved in the crash and Owen has been charged with driving under the influence, improper passing, violation of the seat belt law, violation of the financial responsibility law (no insurance), and two misdemeanor drug possession charges.

Waggoner, who was not at fault in the collision, was wearing his seatbelt.

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