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DWS near completion

DWS near completion

Except for the kitchen, The DeKalb West School addition, with the exception of the kitchen, will be ready for the start of school if everything continues as planned. The kitchen is expected to be finished by Aug. 22, and students will be served sack lunches until then.

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Berry to close nursery

Berry to close nursery

Texas-based Berry Nursery has announced the closure of its Vaughn Lane facility in Smithville, a move that will affect more than 250 workers.

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Fast Pace to open new clinic

Fast Pace to open new clinic

Fast Pace Urgent Care officials and community members broke ground on the future home of Fast Pace’s new, state of the art walk-in clinic at 101 W. Broad Street on July 17.

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Six-legged frog found

Six-legged frog found

Jeffrey Redmon found this six-limbed amphibian in Muddy Hollow, in a pond below the old landfill last week.

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Man charged with rape

Man charged with rape

A 29-year-old Dowelltown man has been arrested by the sheriff’s department and charged with raping a woman at knifepoint on July 10. Joseph Stephen Audas of Circle Drive, Dowelltown faces charges of aggravated assault and aggravated rape in the case.

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Grandpa Fair set to begin Monday

Grandpa Fair set to begin Monday

The Grandpa Fair of the South will kick off on July 21, and continue through July 26.

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Education Celebration to be held July 31

 

The Annual First Day of School Education Celebration for DeKalb County will be held July 31 from 6-7:30 p.m. downtown around the courthouse square.

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Sales Tax Holiday August 1-3

Sales Tax Holiday August 1-3

The Department of Revenue is reminding Tennesseans that the eighth annual Sales Tax Holiday is scheduled for Friday, August 1 through Sunday, August 3. During these three days Tennessee shoppers can save nearly 10 percent on tax-free clothing, school and art supplies, and computer purchases.

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Schools consider custodial service

 

The DeKalb County Board of Education is discussing contracting with an outside company for the school system’s janitorial services.

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Daughter wins Denton showdown

Daughter wins Denton showdown

 

In a replay of the fiddle-off two years ago, mother and daughter Marcia and Maddie Denton of Murfreesboro faced off for the Berry C. Williams Memorial award at the 2014 Smithville Fiddlers Jamboree and Crafts Festival Saturday night. Daughter Maddie Denton again took home the prize.

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Clayton airlifted after rollover

Clayton airlifted after rollover

Kenneth Clayton, 72, was airlifted to Vanderbilt Medical Center with serious injuries after this crash on Big Rock Road Monday. According to Sergeant Eric McCormick of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Clayton’s Corvette was traveling south when he failed to negotiate a curve, left the roadway on the right side, and flipped end over end before coming to a final rest on its wheels in a ditchline.

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Body recovered from lake

Body recovered from lake

The body of a 57-year-old Collierville man was recovered from Center Hill Lake after he reportedly fell from a docked jet ski Saturday afternoon.

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Detective finds 42 pot plants in yard

Detective finds 42 pot plants in yard

The Sheriff's Department arrested a 63-year-old local man and charged him with the manufacture of marijuana last week. Donald Wayne Cantrell faces charges of manufacture of a Schedule VI controlled substance (marijuana) after he was allegedly found with more than 40 plants in his back yard on July 2.

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Man cited after two crashes

Man cited after two crashes

A Smithville man was cited for DUI and charged with reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident after he was involved in two separate collisions on Highway 70 Wednesday. According to city police, 47-year-old Douglas Ferrell’s vehicle struck a 2003 Nissan Sentra driven by 23-year-old Macy Nokes near DeKalb County High School and continued east. Central dispatch reported receiving calls from witnesses who saw the car traveling at speeds of up to 70 miles and hour and nearly striking other vehicles. The first accident scene was worked by Smithville Police Department Corporal Travis Bryant. Officer Matt Farmer ...

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Off-duty paramedic saves life of camping THP Lieutenant

Off-duty paramedic saves life of camping THP Lieutenant

DeKalb EMS recognized one of its' own last week after an off-duty EMT saved the life of an off-duty THP Lieutenant when he suffered a heart attack while on a camping trip at the Floating Mill recreation area on June 20.

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Protesters visit second Gigging for Grads

Protesters visit second Gigging for Grads

The second annual Gigging for Grads benefit was visited by animal rights activists again this year. Protesters stood at the entrance to the county complex parking lot, where signups for the event were being held, Friday evening displaying signs with messages against the event, which was hosted by the DeKalb County Young Farmers and Ranchers. The frog gigging began Friday night at 7 p.m. and ended at 1 a.m. Saturday. Proceeds will fund an agriculture scholarship for a student at DCHS. The team with the heaviest bag of frogs is the winner.

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Early voting begins July 18

Early voting begins July 18

 

The DeKalb County Election Commission has announced early voting hours for the Aug. 7 elections. Early voting will begin July 18 on the first floor of the courthouse, and ends Aug. 2.

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Man accused of breaking into same home twice

Man accused of breaking into same home twice

 

A Pea Ridge man is facing two counts of aggravated burglary after allegedly breaking into the same home twice in nine-day period.

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Sheriff offers holiday weekend safety tips

Sheriff offers holiday weekend safety tips

Following are Sheriff Patrick Ray’s Fourth of July Safety Tips

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TDOT tour stops at Sligo

TDOT tour stops at Sligo

Then Tennessee Department of Transportation’s three-day bus tour kicked off in DeKalb County Monday.

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