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WJLE Radio Shopper Set For January 26th

January 19, 2007
by: 
Dwayne Page

How would you like to go shopping without ever leaving the comforts of your own home? Well on Friday morning, January 26th you can!

WJLE and participating local businesses are giving you a chance to bid on and buy merchandise in the WJLE RADIO SHOPPER.

Starting at 9:00 a.m. that morning, WJLE will be opening up the phone lines and giving you a chance to bid on various items from Smithville Builders Supply, K & M Jewelry, Paparoni'a Pizza, Neo's Caf?, The Flower Box, Middle Tennessee Times, F.Z. Webb & Sons Pharmacy & Gifts, Studio Six Photography, Luigi's, The Tannery, Gordon's Hardware, DeKalb Farmers Coop, Dairy Queen, Pizza Hut, Tangle's Salon and Day Spa, Houston's Jewelry, and DeKalb Tire & Service

WJLE will set a minimum bid on each item, and continue the bidding until the item is sold.

It's going to be fun and exciting! Be sure to be by your radio and your telephone on Friday, January 26th at 9:00 a.m. and call in a bid to RADIO SHOPPER on WJLE. The broadcast will also be live via audio streaming on www.wjle.com.

The following are the participating businesses and items to be auctioned:
1. Flower Box- a dozen red roses valued at $65.00
2. The Middle Tennessee Times- half page of advertisement valued at $353.00
3. Paparoni's Pizza- 2- party packs valued at $ 60.00 each ( Each party pack includes 5 large one topping pizzas, two- two liters drinks, plates, cups, and napkins)
4. Neo's Caf? - 2- certificates , each good for a Ribeye steak dinner with drink valued at $15.00 each
5. Luigi's- 2 food certificates, each valued at $25.00
6. Studio Six Photography- 11 x 14 portrait on canvas handpainted in Oil (Painterly Portrait) valued at $320.00 and 2 tickets for front row seats at the Studio Six Fashion Show on March 29th valued at $25.00 each.
7. Smithville Builder's Supply- a 5 gallon container of semi-gloss interior paint (mixed to the color of your choice) valued at $65.00.
8. Dairy Queen- Birthday Package (includes an 8 inch ice cream photo cake and 10 piece chicken dinner with a pint of cole slaw, pint of potato wedges, rolls, and a gallon of tea) valued at $33.00
9. DeKalb Farmer's Coop- Spotlight for an All Terrain Vehicle valued at $30.00
10. Gordon's Hardware- Campbell Hausfield one gallon Air Compressor valued at $79.99
11. The Tannery- One Year Unlimited Free Tanning Package with no co pays and bottle of lotion- valued at $390.00
12. DeKalb Tire & Service- certificate valued at $200 toward the purchase of a set of tires
13. K & M Jewelry- Pearl & Pearl Bracelet and Necklace matching set valued at $400.00
14. Pizza Hut- 5 coupons (each good for a large pizza up to three toppings or specialty pizza) valued at $16.59 each.
15. F.Z. Webb & Sons Pharmacy & Gifts- Madame Alexander Doll (Lily of the Valley Fairy) valued at $89.95 and a Big Chip N Dip decorative serving tray from the Dinner is Served Collection valued at $42.00
16. Tangle's Salon and Day Spa- two certificates, each good for a one hour full body massage, pedicure, and manicure, valued at $100 each.
17. Houston's Jewelry- Man's stainless steel fossil watch valued at $85.00

Beavers appointed Chairman of Judiciary

January 20, 2007
by: 
Dwayne Page

State Senator Mae Beavers (R-Mt. Juliet) has been appointed Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee by Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey (R-Blountville).

?This is a great honor and a great opportunity for the citizens of the 17th senatorial district,? says Sen. Beavers. ?I appreciate the confidence that Lieutenant Governor Ramsey has in my abilities as a state legislator.?

Every two years the members of the Tennessee General Assembly gather in Nashville to elect a speaker for each house and organize for the upcoming legislative session. With the election of Sen. Ramsey as speaker of the state Senate and lieutenant governor of Tennessee, he has the authority to select committee membership and chairmen.

The Senate has nine standing committees that consider proposed legislation before it reaches the full Senate for final action. Each committee is made up of nine senators, with the exception of the Finance, Ways and Means Committee and the Government Operations Committee that have 11 members each.

Sen. Beavers is currently serving her second term in the state Senate, after serving four terms in the state House of Representatives. Prior to being elected to the legislature, Sen. Beavers worked as a paralegal and a court reporter.

?The state Senate has a new vision and a new direction,? commented Sen. Beavers. ?I am excited about being a part of this historic change in Tennessee.?

Smithville Alderman Candidates May Now Qualify For City Election

January 20, 2007
by: 
Dwayne Page

Persons interested in running for Smithville Alderman this summer may pick up their qualifying petitions for the city election now.

The Smithville Municipal Election will be held on June 19.. Three aldermen will be elected.. The positions are currently held by Alderman Aaron Meeks, W.J. (Dub) White, and Paul Young. Each term is two years.

The qualifiying deadline is March 15 at 12 noon. Petitions may be picked up at the Election Commission office. The last day to register to vote in the city election is May 21.

Meanwhile, the Alexandria Municipal Election will be held on September 6. Three aldermen will be elected. The qualifying deadline is June 21 at 12 noon. Petitions may be picked up at the Election Commission office beginning March 23. The last day to register to vote is August 8.

To vote in either election, voters must live inside the city limits or they may live elsewhere in DeKalb County and own property within the city limits. The Smithville Charter states the property must be 7500 square feet. Property rights voters must register at the Election Commission office by the registration deadline. Proof of ownership is required.

For more information please contact the Election Commission office at 597-4146.

Smithville Alderman Candidates May Now Qualify For City Election

January 20, 2007
by: 
Dwayne Page

Persons interested in running for Smithville Alderman this summer may pick up their qualifying petitions for the city election now.

The Smithville Municipal Election will be held on June 19.. Three aldermen will be elected.. The positions are currently held by Alderman Aaron Meeks, W.J. (Dub) White, and Paul Young. Each term is two years.

The qualifiying deadline is March 15 at 12 noon. Petitions may be picked up at the Election Commission office. The last day to register to vote in the city election is May 21.

Meanwhile, the Alexandria Municipal Election will be held on September 6. Three aldermen will be elected. The qualifying deadline is June 21 at 12 noon. Petitions may be picked up at the Election Commission office beginning March 23. The last day to register to vote is August 8.

To vote in either election, voters must live inside the city limits or they may live elsewhere in DeKalb County and own property within the city limits. The Smithville Charter states the property must be 7500 square feet. Property rights voters must register at the Election Commission office by the registration deadline. Proof of ownership is required.

For more information please contact the Election Commission office at 597-4146.

Crymes Named DeKalb County

January 20, 2007
by: 
Dwayne Page

The DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Fighters held their annual banquet Saturday night and honored several of their own.

Billy Crymes of the Short Mountain Station was named the \"2006 Firefighter of the Year\" while Jamie Sherrell of the Temperance Hall Station was awarded as the \"2006 Rookie Firefighter of the Year\". Meanwhile, the Git R Done Award went to Jeremy Neal of the Blue Springs Station.

Chief Donny Green says the Firefighter of the Year and Rookie Firefighter were chosen based upon their hours of training and work detail. Crymes accumulated 154.5 hours of service and dedication to the fire department in 2006 and Sherrell put in 118.5 hours. The Git R Done Award is presented to the firefighter who did the most above and beyond the call of duty for the fire department.

Green presented several length of service awards. Those receiving five year service pins were Jeff Bogle, Kevin Curtis, Jason Rice, Daniel Summers, Elmore Judd, Tony Thomas, and Chris Tramel.

Howard Pyles and David Agee, who were absent, will receive ten year service pins.

Mike Cleland, who was absent, will be presented a fifteen year service pin.

Chief Donny Green was awarded for 20 years of service and Johnny King, who was absent, was recognized for 30 years as a county volunteer fire fighter.

Green also received a special award from his fellow firefighters for his leadership as chief since 1994 and for his work in helping to secure grants and other projects for the betterment of the county fire department

Wayne Adcock, a long time member of the fire department, received an \"Honorary Lifetime Membership.

Bredesen Appoints John M. Roberts Temporary Criminal Court Judge for Tennessee's 13th Judicial District

August 31, 2006
by: 
Dwayne Page

Governor Phil Bredesen has appointed John M. Roberts of Livingston, Tenn., to serve as temporary criminal court judge for the 13th Judicial District, which includes Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Overton, Pickett, Putnam and White Counties. Roberts, who currently serves as executive director of the Livingston-Overton County Chamber of Commerce, is a former U.S. Attorney for Middle Tennessee.

?The experience John Roberts brings to this position will allow matters before the criminal court to proceed while the matter of the contested election is resolved,? said Bredesen. ?I believe this is certainly in the best interest of the citizens of the 13th Judicial District. With his outstanding qualifications in the area of criminal law, John will enjoy the confidence of the lawyers in the district, and I very much appreciate his willingness to serve the state in this capacity on a temporary basis.?

Roberts has served as District Attorney for the 13th Judicial District. He is a former General Sessions judge and graduate of the University of Tennessee School of Law in Knoxville.

?It is certainly an honor to have the confidence of Governor Bredesen in making this appointment, and I am happy to be able to help out by serving in this capacity on a short-term basis,? said Roberts.

Tennessee law (TCA 17-2-119) states the governor shall appoint a temporary judge in the event of a contested election. Judge Lillie Ann Sells is contesting the results of the Aug. 3, 2006 election in which she lost to challenger David Patterson by 10 votes. Trial in the case has been set for Sept. 26, 2006, in Putnam County.

Man Injured In Recent Wreck Dies

September 1, 2006
by: 
Dwayne Page

A 20 year old man, seriously injured in a traffic accident around 3:50 a.m. last Friday morning, August 25th, on Highway 56 south near Sink Creek, died Thursday at Vanderbilt Hospital.

Sergeant Billy Prater of the Tennessee Highway Patrol says Eduardo Cardinas of Franklin was driving north in a 1998 Dodge Dakota pickup truck when he failed to negotiate a curve after cresting a hill, went off the right side of the road, traveled 317 feet down a ditch line, struck the end of a guard rail, and continued another 163 feet. The truck overturned several times before it finally came to rest on it's right side at a drainage ditch. Cardinas was ejected from the vehicle.

Sergeant Prater says three other motorists on Highway 56 struck a portion of the guardrail that protruded out in the road after the crash, but none of them was injured.

Prater says Cardinas was airlifted from near the scene and flown to Vanderbilt Hospital.

In addition to DeKalb EMS, members of the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department and Sheriff's Department

Alexandria Man Injured In Saturday Morning Accident

September 4, 2006
by: 
Dwayne Page

An Alexandria man was injured in a one car traffic accident Saturday morning on the Walker Creek Road.

Trooper Johnny Farley of the Tennessee Highway Patrol says Danny W. Caldwell was driving a 1996 Pontiac Grand Am west on Walker Creek Road when he lost control while maneuvering to avoid hitting a deer.

The car went across the east bound lane, off the shoulder, struck a ditch and overturned. The vehicle came to rest on its top in a field off the road.

Caldwell was taken by DeKalb EMS to DeKalb Community Hospital where he was treated for head lacerations and other non life threatening injuries.

Green Brook Park Has New Amphitheater Seating Thanks To Local Eagle Scout Candidate

September 7, 2006
by: 
Dwayne Page

A Smithville Boy Scout, working toward the rank of Eagle Scout, is seeking your help to make his dream become a reality.

Scouts, in order to become an Eagle Scout, must be actively involved in a special service project, and Anderson Webb, chose as his, the addition of bench seating at the Green Brook Park Amphitheater.

Webb worked over a year planning the seating. In addition to working with architects and city managers, Webb conducted a brick sale to fund the project. With the help of volunteers, the seating was constructed and placed August 26th. The bricks will be laid around the amphitheater later in the fall.

Webb, a sophomore at DeKalb County High School, has been involved in Scouts in DeKalb County since first grade. He is soon to join the 4% of all Scouts who are able to attain Eagle Scout rank. A Scout must fulfill requirements in service, leadership, and outdoor skills before earning the Eagle Scout honor.

If you are interested in purchasing a brick in honor of or in memory of someone, the deadline has been extended through the month of September. You may pick up an order form at AmSouth Bank, Webb's Pharmacy, and other local businesses. For more information contact Anderson Webb at 597-5521.

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