United Way honors top contributors in Dyer County
Three companies in Dyer County were acknowledged Tuesday for their contributions to United Way of West Tennessee for the 2014-2015 year. NSK, Tyson and First Citizens National Bank contributed to more than $330,670 that was invested into Dyer County from the organization. Each of the three companies received a banner and a plaque from United Way Senior Resource Director Debbie Todd and Scott Conger, president and CEO of the organization...
Feed the Need slated for July 24
The next "Feed the Need" mobile pantry event is set for July 24 at the Main Street Dyersburg Farmers Market. The program is an all-volunteer operation made up of local support from Matthew 25:40 Inc., The Salvation Army Dyersburg Service Unit, and many local churches...
Church's renovation nearing end ... or is it?
A church doesn't need four walls to provide a spiritual sanctuary, but it helps to have a permanent home. Holy Hills Baptist Church in Dyersburg knows this to be true. After a fire demolished the congregation's facility in March of 2009, Pastor Jeremy Ballinger and church members began plans for their future place of worship...
What's in a name? Just ask Kevin and Diana Griffith
This two-car accident occurred around 11 a.m. Thursday. It was caused when the white car shown here tried to back out onto Hwy 51 from the McDowell Youth Center parking lot. No life-threatening injuries were sustained. Pictured, paramedics check on one of the occupants still in the car.
Recumbent tricycles make riding fun
Tom Perkins and Kelly Council are recreational riders on recumbent Trikes. By definition, a bicycle has two wheels, while the trike has three. The recumbent is the laid-back way to ride for any age group, with no shoulder tiredness, pain, or hand numbness. It's like riding in an easy chair with no balancing issues. Trikes are as fast as two-wheel bikes, and perfect for long-distance riders. Checking with your doctor is always a good idea before you start any new exercise experience...
City Board to discuss adopting budget at Monday meeting
On Monday, July 6 at 7 p.m. at the Municipal Building, Dyersburg's Board of Mayor and Aldermen will hold a regularly scheduled meeting to discuss a variety of topics. In new business, the board will hold a public hearing to discuss an ordinance of the City of Dyersburg adopting a budget for the fiscal year July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016. ...
Fireworks, parades to celebrate Independence Day this weekend
Community members have the opportunity to watch freedom ring with fireworks and other Fourth of July activities this weekend. Dyersburg's annual fireworks display is set for July 4 at the Dyer County Fairgrounds. The show is scheduled to begin at approximately 9 p.m. ...
Stay safe while enjoying Independence Day
By now, most have heard government officials are on high alert for problems to take place over the Fourth of July weekend. While it's rather sad we as Americans have to worry about those wishing to do us harm, on a local level we can certainly do a few things to make things go a lot smoother as well as safer...
Pyrothechnophobia and your pets
"It's that time of year again," said Derrick Avery, supervisor of the Dyersburg-Dyer County Humane Society. "Hopefully," he said, "since the paper (State Gazette) ran the story most people now know that fireworks are illegal within the city limits. Every year during this holiday we get lots of calls about runaway dogs, broken chains and collars, and jumping fences just to get away from the loud noises and lights."...
Accreditation assessment team invites public comment
A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. (CALEA), will arrive July 26, 2015 to examine all aspects of the Dyersburg Police Department's policies and procedures, management, operations and support services Chief Steve Isbell announced Friday...
DSCC to hold open house/new student orientation and Success Camps
Dyersburg State Community College has scheduled several open house/new student orientation events at all three DSCC locations. Students planning to attend DSCC this fall are encouraged to attend this event. Tennessee Promise students are required to attend an open house event in person to fulfill their scholarship requirement. ...
New county budget in effect
The Dyer County Budget Committee presented several items for approval in front of the Dyer County Legislative Body Tuesday night, including the appropriation of funds and the 2015-2016 budget. The meeting took place at 6:30 p.m. at the Dyer County Courthouse in Dyersburg. Chairman John Uitendaal called the meeting to order and the minutes from the previous CLB meeting were approved...
Dyer County YMCA seeks community input
The YMCA of Dyer County is a membership-based, volunteer-driven agency governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. Their mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. Their impact is felt when an individual makes a healthy choice, when a mentor inspires a child or when a community comes together for a common good. ...
Patterson family comes to the rescue after sailboat capsizes
"We were in the right place at the right time" is sometimes used as a trite phrase, but for the Patterson family on June 15th the combination of circumstances that led to the rescue of three children and their grandparents was extraordinary. "Boating on Kentucky Lake has been a part of our family activities for years," said Kay Patterson. ...
'Mothers of Preschoolers' ministry celebrates 3 years
The Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) ministry at Ross UMC in Dyersburg, recently celebrated its third year with an annual picnic at Okeena Park. Ross Pastor Rev. James Luvene said MOPS meets monthly and aims to help mothers become healthier and stronger in their personal and professional lives...
Fitness Tip: Squat/Kick/Squat/Lunge
Targets: glutes, quads, lower body/cardio 1. Squat/kick forward 2. Squat/lunge back - same leg 3. Repeat with other leg 4. Switch back and forth 5. 12 times - three sets...
City finance committee holds budget meeting
Mayor John Holden, Finance Committee Chairman Kevin Chaney and members of the committee convened on Tuesday, June 30 to discuss budget issues for the City of Dyersburg. Neel Durbin, director of Dyersburg City Schools, led off by addressing recent cuts to city school budgets due to reduced availability of grant revenues. Mitigating those losses were health care premium savings, the cutting of three positions to school staff and modification of crossing-guard salary sources...
Man pleads guilty to child abuse
A local man indicted for Aggravated Child Abuse pleaded guilty in Circuit Court to a lesser charge of Child Abuse, receiving a two-year sentence to be served at the Tennessee Department of Corrections. Michael Junior, 22, pleaded guilty to the offense that occurred on Oct. 26, 2014 involving an 8-month-old. Junior had been incarcerated since Nov. 4, 2014 before being released on June 1, 2015...
Dyer County Little Levee Project to be finished in fall
The Mississippi River is experiencing some unusual high water for June and July this year. With the gauge at Caruthersville holding rather steady between 33 and 34 feet, the river will remain 1-2 feet above flood stage for at least the next week. This is according to the short-range forecast provided by the NOAA Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center...
Music therapy provided to Highland residents, accordion style
One woman is bringing joy to Dyersburg residents, one song at a time. Cindy Simpson of Halls has been playing the accordion at nursing homes and assisted living facilities for 15 years. On Wednesday afternoon, she treated residents to an hour's worth of music therapy at The Highlands of Dyersburg Health and Rehabilitation Center...
Woman arrested for owing court $35,000
A Newbern woman was arrested and served with a Violation of Probation warrant on Friday by the Dyer County Sheriff's Office. Wendi Clements-Mills has not paid court costs for three years and currently owes the court $35,257.77. In 2001, Mills pleaded guilty for embezzling more than $60,000 from the Dyersburg Walmart store and was sentenced to serve six years in the Dyer County Jail. ...
A flag by any other name is still just a flag, or is it?
The recent Confederate flag controversy has caused quite an uproar in many parts of our nation. Some say this controversy is silly, others that our heritage is a stake, still others see this flag as a horrible and symbolic banner, not just of the South, but representing the institution of slavery itself. ...
Fan program helps community members in need
The Dyer Baptist Association and the Dyersburg Fire Department are providing new box fans to help families in need stay cooler during the summer months. The box fan program has been in the community for several years and plans to stay around to help community members beat the heat...
TCAT-Newbern student wins National SkillsUSA award
Candace Humphrey of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Newbern won a Bronze Medal in the SkillsUSA national championship competition in Medical Math. The SkillsUSA Championships, held in Louisville, Ky. at the Kentucky Exposition Center, took place June 24-25 as part of the SkillsUSA 51st-annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC), a showcase of career and technical education students. ...
Money and labor of love provide blankets for Cancer Care patients
Inga Jowers and Barbara Fowler presented handmade blankets to the patients undergoing chemotherapy at the Cancer Care Center of Dyersburg June 23. According to Fowler, "they were made with love and prayers by members of Trinity Lutheran Church, including some Sunday school children. ...