City board hears report on recent crime spree
Amid citizen concerns over a rash of shootings in the last three weeks, Lt. Billy Williams of the Dyersburg Police Department was on hand at the Dyersburg board meeting on Monday evening to inform residents of how the DPD is responding to the crime spree. ...
County school board, education committee OK education budget
The Dyer County Board of Education and the Dyer County Education Committee held a joint meeting on Monday afternoon to discuss the proposed 2013-2014 education budget. Over the last two years, the education budget has been one of the more hotly debated budgets by the budget committee as Dyer County Schools continue to fight for increases in pay for its teachers. The budget committee has been resistant to approve such requests without being able to provide a pay increase for all county employees...
2 arrested on meth charges in Tigrett
A man and woman were both arrested on meth charges after Dyer County Sheriff's deputies found an active meth lab inside a trailer home in Tigrett. Jamey Wayne Lindsey, 38, 8430 Old Highway 20, Tigrett, Tenn., was charged with initiation of methamphetamine manufacture and Michaela Sue Colwell, 39, 8430 Old Highway 20, Tigrett, Tenn., was charged with promotion of methamphetamine manufacture...
Business Expo is Thursday at Lannom Center
The Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber of Commerce is hosting the premiere networking event of the year at the Lannom Center on Thursday, May 23, during their 2013 Business Expo. The free event takes place from 2 -- 7 p.m. and is open to the public. There will be prizes, food, fun, and a chance to network. Local businesses and industries will have booths to provide information about their product and talk with attendees...
Dyersburg fire chief shares need for 'fire safety house' with Sanderson
The Dyersburg Fire Department hosted State Rep. Bill Sanderson for a lunch meeting on Tuesday, May 14, at Dyersburg Fire Station 1. Dyersburg Fire Chief Bob Veal and Codes Inspector Mark Sykes shared the latest fire statistics with Sanderson, followed by a presentation sharing an innovative, challenging endeavor the department is eager to accept...
DSCC graduates largest class in history
Dyersburg State Community College recently held its 43rd annual commencement exercises on May 11 at the Dyer County High School gymnasium. This was the largest graduating class in DSCC's history consisting of 417 candidates for degrees and certificates with 275 of those candidates graduating with honors...
Finney, Sanderson give legislative update
A near-full house at the Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber of Commerce was able to hear firsthand the various bills passed at the most recent state legislative session. State Sen. Lowe Finney and Rep. Bill Sanderson addressed local residents at a Legislative Coffee Event sponsored by the chamber on Friday morning. Attendees received a brief summary of the various bills that each carried and how it affects residents...
City board to meet on Monday
The Dyersburg Board of Mayor and Aldermen will hold its regular meeting on Monday, May 20 at 7 p.m. in the courtroom of the Municipal Building. Items on the agenda include: The attorney invoice will be presented for approval City Purchasing Agent Greg Williams will present bids for approval...
Newbern board to meet on Tuesday
The Newbern Board of Mayor and Aldermen will hold its regular meeting on Tuesday, May 21 at 7 p.m. in City Hall. Items on the agenda include: Old business: Trash receptacle ordinance Utility fee schedule Retirement plan discussion Media policy...
Annual Taking Back Our Community event scheduled June 7
Eight years ago, residents of communities throughout Dyersburg joined together in the Bruce Community for the first Taking Back Our Community event. Bruce Community Center Director Stuart Edmonds has led the annual initiative since the beginning. The cause that is dear to his heart is one he says is needed to change the lives of area youth for the better...
DCHS celebrates 2013 commencement
The gymnasium of Dyer County High School was filled with Choctaw pride on Friday evening as members of the DCHS Class of 2013 joined together to celebrate commencement exercises. A large crowd gathered to commemorate this milestone in the lives of the 256 members of the DCHS graduating class. The graduates and their guests paused to reflect on the memories of the past and their dreams for the future...
$6 million in scholarships awarded to DCHS students during Honors' Day
Almost $6 million in higher education scholarships was received by members of the Class of 2013 at Dyer County High School during this week's Honors' Day program. The program took place in the DCHS gymnasium as family and friends joined together to show their support for the recipients of the scholarships and to honor other outstanding students for their achievements...
Sheriff's investigators searching for home invasion suspects
Dyer County Sheriff's investigators are investigating a home invasion in which a man was shot in the chest on Unionville Road in Dyersburg early Friday morning. The incident occurred around 12:30 a.m. on Friday at a residence in the 300 block of Unionville Road, near Four Points. ...
City committees approve bike paths for Lake Road
When area residents heard that Lake Road was finally going to be repaved beginning this week, many were excited, as the road was in dire need of work to repair rough spots, uneven surfaces and traffic lines needed to be repainted. However, members of the Pioneering Healthy Community Walkways and Bikeways Committee, led by Alderman Bart Williams saw an opportunity to place bike lanes on Lake Road. ...
3 Mo. Bootheel men charged with 1st-degree murder
CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. -- Three men, each charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action, will make their first appearance in court today. Charges were filed Tuesday against Frank Rogers Jr., 27, of Caruthersville, Mo. and Kevin T. Tilson, 36, and Dedrick F. Tilson of Hot Springs, Ark., for the murder of Rodney Maxwell, 33, of Caruthersville. Maxwell, who was found shot in his vehicle Friday, later died from his wound...
City Schools honor retirees, teachers of the year
Dyersburg City Schools recognized the best of the best with its annual Teacher Appreciation Dinner at the Professional Development Center on Monday, May 13. An annual tradition honoring retiring teachers and those named Teacher of the Year for each school within the city system, the dinner took place following the May meeting of the Dyersburg City School Board. ...
City school board discusses draft budget, new salary schedule
Ahead of the annual retirement dinner, the Dyersburg School Board held a short meeting to acknowledge student successes, review a draft of the 2013-2014 budget as well as discussions on the new state salary schedule and a resolution in support of Common Core Standards. ...
Tennessee Career Center offers job skills workshop
On Friday, May 30, the Tennessee Career Center at Dyersburg is offering a "Steps to Getting Hired" workshop from 1-3 p.m. The interactive session will assist jobseekers with filling out an application, writing a resume, interviewing tips and networking. Career Center Coordinator Mike Whitson will lead the presentation...
Annual Bark in the Park event raises $3,000
After two consecutive years of extreme weather, the ninth annual Bark in the Park event enjoyed glorious weather last Saturday as high temperatures hovered around 75 degrees and two-legged and four-legged creatures alike enjoyed a light breeze and blue skies. The event, which is the Dyersburg/Dyer County Humane Society's largest fundraiser of the year, raised approximately $3,000 in bake sales, T-shirt sales, pet contest registration fees and other donations...
Former DHS student dies in boat crash in Oklahoma
LANGLEY, Okla. -- Authorities in Oklahoma say two people, including a former Dyersburg resident, were killed after a ski boat crashed into a parked houseboat on a northeast Oklahoma lake. The Associated Press is reporting the victims as Rachel Nichole Swetnam of Grove, Okla. and William Lewis Varner III of Texarkana, Ark. Both are listed as students at the University of Arkansas in the campus directory...
Fire totals semi cab
The tractor of this tractor-trailer rig was a total loss after it caught fire on Tuesday on Highway 51 near the Hoss Everett Road overpass in Dyer County. Dyer County Fire Chief James Medling said the tractor-trailer was traveling east on Highway 51 when the driver reportedly smelled something burning around 1:15 p.m. and pulled over to look under the hood. When he opened the hood the engine compartment was on fire. Dyersburg and Newbern fire departments responded to the fire and quickly extinguished the flames. The truck reportedly belongs to Hamilton Parks of Trimble and was carrying a tanker full of liquid fertilizer. Medling said although the cab was a loss there was no leakage of any type of diesel fuel or the fertilizer. The driver was reportedly uninjured and there is no word as to the cause of the fire.
County budget committee keeps most contributions status quo
The Dyer County Budget Committee made some decisions on Wednesday morning, mostly pertaining to its contribution list, choosing to keep most contributions status quo and cutting a couple by a nominal amount. The committee opened the meeting by discussing the Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber of Commerce and whether the county should continue its $40,500 contribution...
Police officers honored at memorial service
Law enforcement officials gathered on the courthouse lawn on Wednesday to pay tribute to fallen officers as well as current law enforcement officers and their families who face many sacrifices to serve their communities. May 15 is known nationwide as Peace Officers Memorial Day. The day was passed into law on Oct. 1, 1962 when President John F. Kennedy signed a bill designating the day and its week to honor police officers...
Volunteers needed for Feed the Need Friday
Just over 800 families are expected to receive food during this month's Feed the Need food distribution on Friday, May 17, and organizers are asking for all the volunteers they can get to assist them. The distribution is scheduled to take place from 8 a.m. until noon and volunteers are asked to come and lend a helping hand to local families in need...
TTCN drafting student wins contest at state competition
Shane Walton, a drafting and CAD student from the Tennessee Technology Center at Newbern, won a gold medal for his performance in the state pin-design competition at the SkillsUSA College/Postsecondary State Championships in Chattanooga. Walton is currently enrolled in the Drafting and CAD program instructed by Shannon Stewart...