DCHS responds to ISS incident involving student
On Tuesday, Dyer County High School officials spent the morning fielding telephone calls concerning the In School Suspension (ISS) of a student. While school officials declined to answer specifics surrounding the case due to privacy laws concerning the student involved, some light was shed on the situation during a Tuesday morning interview...
City Board adopts 2014-2015 budget
The Dyersburg Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting was held at the municipal building on Monday, Aug. 18, at 7 p.m. Those members in attendance were City Mayor John Holden, Kevin Chaney, Terry Glover, Jewell Horner, Bob Kirk, Dennis Moody, Robert Taylor Jr., Bart Williams, and Joan Wyatt. City Recorder Bob Jones was also present...
Wings Over Halls Air Show has another successful year
Despite scorching temperatures on Saturday afternoon and a chance of rain on Sunday, the 15th Wings Over Halls Air Show is considered to be another successful one for the small town. With several aircraft performing aerobatics, Veterans Museum Director Pat Higdon counts this year as another great one for Halls...
New officers join Dyersburg Police Dept.
Dyersburg has two new police officers that recently completed their 10 weeks of Basic Police Training at the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy in Donelson, Tenn. Logan Abbott and Dustin Holley graduated on Friday, Aug. 1 along with other recruits from across the state. Both officers were hired in February of this year and entered the DPD Field Training Program which consists of 14 weeks of training with Field Training Officers before going to Donelson. The training that they have received during the two programs consists of court preparation, criminal law and legal issues, defensive tactics, search and seizure, first aid, ethics, emergency driving, firearms training, interview and interrogation techniques, crime scene management, accident investigations, report writing and traffic stops. Upon their return both officers are reassigned to the Field Training Program for final completion and then will be assigned to a patrol shift for a solo role with fellow officers. Chief Steven Isbell stated that he is pleased with the progress of both officers and would like to welcome them to the department as they begin their tour of duty with not only their fellow officers but with all the citizens of Dyersburg.
Harris photographs adorn library Art Wall
The Art Wall at McIver's Grant Public Library will feature a familiar name throughout the month of August, with an exhibit featuring photographs from Carol Harris Fine Art Photography. Harris, a dedicated member of the library board, was instrumental in launching the capital campaign to turn an empty grocery store into a state-of-the-art, ADA-compatible building for McIver's Grant Public Library. ...
Murder charge tops grand jury indictments
A Newbern man who allegedly caused the death of a 50-year-old man from Mississippi is among the 19 persons indicted by a Dyer County grand jury on Aug.11. Jeffrey A. Miller Jr., 23. 290 Red Bell Road, was indicted on second-degree murder charges related to a June 12 incident in Dyersburg. The arrest warrant states officers of the Dyersburg Police Department were flagged down in the parking lot of Wal-Mart to an unconscious male laying in the parking lot...
Newbern planners discuss home occupation options
The Newbern Municipal-Regional Planning District held a meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 14, at City Hall. Present for the meeting were City Recorder Jason Roberts, Newbern Mayor Olen Parker, City Planner Christopher Pate, and committee members Danny Webb, Dennis Bryant, Steve McDonald, Kirby Ogden, and Joe Prichard...
Weekend crash involving police car ends with DUI arrest
In the early morning hours of Saturday, Aug. 16, a crash involving a Dyersburg Police Department patrol car and a 2003 Buick Century left one man injured and the other in jail on multiple charges. At approximately 2:39 a.m. on Saturday morning, DPD third-shift supervisor Jason Alexander was traveling south through a green light at the corner of Lake Road and Forrest Street. ...
Crockett County woman seeks kidney donor
Fighting for your own life is not an easy task, surrendering your job and lifestyle due to an uncontrollable situation brings an overwhelming sense of helplessness. Rana Price has been fighting that battle since 2010 and is hopeful the search will end soon...
Double D Farms is Dyer County's newest Century Farm
Dyer County has a new certified Tennessee Century Farm. Double D Farms, located approximately five miles east of Dyersburg, has been in Daurice Sentell's family for over 126 years. The farm was bought by Daurice's grandparents Isaac Wesley Jones and Florence Jane Sawyers Jones in 1888. Four generations of the family have worked the farm, as Daurice's son currently farms the land...
'The Blind Side's' Leigh Anne Tuohy inspires large crowd for Life Choices fundraiser
Leigh Anne Tuohy, adoptive mother of NFL Tennessee Titan football player Michael Oher, made famous by the book 'The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game' and the adapted movie, 'The Blind Side', was the keynote speaker of the Life Choices/Right Choices annual fundraising event held at First Christian Church on Aug. 14. With over 600 free passes distributed for the event, the auditorium of First Christian was teeming with men and women of all ages gathered to hear the inspirational story of Tuohy...
City board to meet Monday evening
The city of Dyersburg Board of Mayor and Aldermen will meet in the Municipal Courtroom at 7 p.m., on Monday, Aug. 18. Items on the agenda include an ordinance of the city of Dyersburg adopting a budget for the fiscal year July 1, 2014 through June 20, 2015, the minutes from the finance committee meetings on Aug. 12 and Aug. 13, bad debt write-off for 2013-2014, a public hearing for a beer permit and bids from city Purchasing Agent Greg Williams...
Summer Feeding Program reaches over 900 children
The YMCA of Dyer County, UT/TSU Extension Office, city parks and recreation directors, city and county employees, and several businesses have once again teamed up to provide free meals for a large portion of the children of Dyer County during their summer break from school. So often children in our area go without the proper nutrition due to lack of income or education and several people are striving to do both for a brief period of time during the life of a child...
The dash tells our life story
As we make our way through life, do we ever stop to consider or even wonder what our dash will say about us when we're gone? The dash I'm speaking of is the one between the date we are born and the date we die. It's etched on every tombstone in nearly every cemetery, but what does the dash say about our lives?...
Escapee turned over to local law enforcement
When Edward Copeland Jr. was being booked into the Dyer County Jail on Thursday, July 24 on charges of theft under $500 as well as aggravated burglary, he bolted for freedom after pushing past a correctional officer in the booking area of the complex...
Used truck will reach higher poles for Dyersburg Electric
The Dyersburg Electric System Power Board met on Friday, Aug. 15, with Dr. Dwight Hedge, chairman, presiding. Board members that were present included David Hayes, Rawlin Fowlkes, Walt Bradshaw, and Dennis Moody. Others present included Stephen Lane, president and CEO, and Robby Richards, secretary...
Boy Scouts of America registration nights set this week
The Boy Scouts of America Davy Crockett District will host several registration nights for boys in the 1st through 5th grades in the Dyersburg City and Dyer County School Systems. The fall roundup times and locations will be: Aug. 19, 6:30 p.m., Dyersburg Primary School cafeteria...
Dyersburg Police search for burglar
The Dyersburg Police Department needs your help in identifying suspects involved in a car burglary that occurred on Aug. 6 at El Patio Restaurant on Highway 51 Bypass. An investigation revealed video footage of the car burglary where a black male is seen breaking a rear window and taking a purse that contained numerous credit cards, cell phone and cash. The suspect then entered a newer model white four-door car with no license plate, possibly a Toyota and fled the scene. Shortly afterward the credit cards were used to purchase Wal-Mart gift cards that exceeded $7000. Video footage was obtained from Wal-Mart that shows a black female exiting the store that made the gift card purchases. The cards were used in West Memphis, Ark., Benton, Ark. and Little Rock, Ark. Anyone with information is urged to call 311 for the Dyersburg Police Department or Crime Stoppers at 731-285-TIPS.
County planners OK plat
The Dyer County Regional Planning Commission met on Thursday, Aug. 14, to discuss the plans for a subdivision plat on Sorrell Chapel Loop road near Highway 412. After a brief explanation by surveyor Craig Barron, and lengthy discussion by Charles Maxey, Daniel Cobb, Barbara Johnson, Larry Maupin, Stacey Weeks, and Community Planner Donny Bunton, the members agreed to approve the plat with an easement of 20 feet instead of 50 feet as originally suggested in a prior meeting. This would allow the property owners to use the plat and maintain easement and location of the homes located within the lots.
Dyer County Historical Society's museum now open to public
The Dyer County Historical Society is pleased to open the Dyer County Museum to the public by appointment and on the third Saturday of each month. The Museum is located in the Professional Development Center at 305 College St. in Dyersburg. Exhibits that are currently being featured include artifacts from Dyersburg Fabrics and Colonial Rubber, industries that helped to drive the local economy from the Depression era through much of the 20th century. There is a stage curtain that once hung in Finley School and photos, currency and music from a small logging community that was once located on the Obion River in western Dyer County. Mengelwood was home to a logging mill, hotel, movie theater, two schools and a doctor's office. It flourished while the bottomlands were covered with hardwood trees but died once all the trees had been harvested.
The museum will be open on Saturday, Aug. 16 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Historical Society board members, Marilyn Holmes and Glynda Campbell will serve as docents during this opening. Those who'd like to schedule a specific time to tour the museum may do so by calling the Professional Development Center at 286-3611 or contact the society's president, Danny Walden at 676-8075.
Head Start/Early Head Start holds open house
Dyersburg Head Start and Early Head Start held an open house on Wednesday, Aug. 13, at the school. Center coordinator Sherry Webb reports she's very excited about the upcoming school year, as they hope to have more community involvement. Some of the projects proposed for the upcoming year is a male read-along, "Breakfast with Buddies", and "Pancakes for Pops". "We're hoping for a fall festival as well," says Webb. "We're also planning a 'Family Chowdown' for Thanksgiving."...
Back-to-School movie night Saturday in Trimble
The Friends of the Hamilton Parks Public Library of Trimble will host a Back-to-School movie night on Saturday, Aug.16 at 8 p.m. Let the Friends of the Hamilton Parks Public Library entertain you with a family-friendly movie to be shown on a 12-foot screen with surround-sound audio. Concessions will be available for purchase. Bring your 'skeeter spray', your sturdy lawn chair, blankets and pillows, for the little ones. Hope to see everyone there at Parks Plaza for a fun-filled night for all ages.
Port of Cates Landing rail spur makes TDOT list
The August meeting for the Northwest Tennessee Regional Port Authority met at Cates Landing on Wednesday, Aug. 13. Present at the meeting were Port Authority chairman Jimmy Williamson, and board members Tony White, Dianna Frankum, Mack Forrester, Marcia Mills, and Ralph Henson. Absent were board members James Tolar and Richard Arnold...
Dyer County's last Feed the Need is Friday
Mark Oakes, chairman of the Salvation Army, reports that this Friday's Feed the Need may be their last. The event will be held from 7 a.m. until noon on Friday, Aug. 15, at the Dyersburg Fairgrounds, with over 740 families vouchered to pick up food...
City schools director appeals to finance committee for funding
The Dyersburg City Finance Committee met at city hall on Tuesday, Aug. 12, at 1:30 p.m. Present at the meeting were Mayor John Holden, Alderman Terry Glover, Kevin Chaney, chairman of the finance committee, Alderman Bob Kirk and Alderwoman Jewell Horner of the city finance committee, City Treasurer Steve Anderson, City Recorder Bob Jones, and City Purchasing Agent Greg Williams...