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Land transaction for Fairfield Inn now complete (10/21/16)
The land transaction for the development of Dyersburg's newest lodging accommodation, Fairfield Inn & Suites, has recently been completed. The hotel, which will feature 75 rooms with 87 parking spaces, will be constructed on Radio Road across from Love's Travel Stop. 'We are pleased to announce today that the land transaction for the new Fairfield Inn & Suites is now complete,' announced Bob Carpenter of Carpenter Real Estate Company Inc. of Union City. 'The 75-room hotel will be located on a four-acre site, west of Cracker Barrel, on Radio Road. Construction for the $8 million-plus project will begin shortly. We would like to thank Mayor John Holden and his planning staff, including Thomas Mullins, for their kindness and professionalism during the planning process. The city of Dyersburg has a pro-business culture that obviously begins with Mayor Holden.' According to Carpenter, ground breaking on the project should commence within the next 60 days. The Fairfield Inn & Suites establishment is expected to be open for business in late 2017.
Newbern receives $900,000 grant, OKs restructuring of police dept. (10/21/16)
The Newbern board of Mayor and Aldermen convened recently for its regularly scheduled meeting, marking the last official meeting before Newbern will be welcoming fresh faces to the board in light of upcoming November elections. Items on the agenda included grant funds, property condemnations, the purchase of a new Public Works vehicle, restructuring of the Newbern Police Department, Safe Room updates, and the creation of an advisory board which will work towards establishing pay increases for future board members and aldermen.
Courthouse dome restoration begins (10/21/16)
Standard Maintenance Company of Memphis is now in full swing! Beginning Tuesday evening, construction workers began erecting scaffolds stretching to the top of the courthouse dome in preparation of upcoming restorations. The restoration of the dome is expected to begin sometime next week. Funding for the project in the amount of $78,000 was allocated in 2016-17 Dyer County budget back in July. According to Dyer County Mayor Chris Young, the project, in years past, has cost the county as much as $135,000.
Flowers named Most Valuable Choctaw (10/21/16)
At 10 a.m. Thursday morning, a large crowd of school officials, family members, and the Dyer County High School student body made way to the DCHS gymnasium in anticipation of the 2016 Investment in Excellence Ceremony, where numerous students are praised and awarded for their hard work and academic success.
Food Rite to host bake sale, proceeds to benefit Larry Chilcutt (10/21/16)
Three years ago, Dyer County resident Larry Chilcutt received devastating news, as he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia with Philadelphia chromosome, a specific genetic abnormality in chromosome 22 of leukemia cancer cells. Since hearing the news, Larry and his wife of 16 years Tabitha have experienced a rollercoaster of emotions brought on by the disease, as their lives have been flipped upside down.
TN Reconnect representatives to be at The Well of Dyersburg Saturday (10/21/16)
Want to start college but think you might be a few too many years past high school? Want to return to college and finally finish? Representatives from TN Reconnect will be available at The Well of Dyersburg on Saturday, Oct. 22, immediately after the service to meet with adults wanting to begin college for the first time or to begin again...
Pantry at Hillcrest Baptist open Saturday (10/21/16)
The Hillcrest Baptist Church food pantry, at 825 Hillcrest Ave. in Dyersburg, will be open from 9--11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. The food boxes are first come, first served and anyone with a need qualifies. For those who plan to attend, please enter the church through the office entrance on the north side of the property. For more information, you may call the church office Monday -- Friday 8 a.m. -- 5 p.m. at 731-285-6530. Hillcrest Baptist opens its food pantry the fourth Saturday of each month.
Crockett County man arrested for 2 counts of child rape (10/20/16)
Early Tuesday morning, officers of Dyersburg Police Department arrived at a residence located at 710 Lewis St. to serve outstanding warrants on 36-year-old Crockett County resident Richard Wilcox Jr. who was wanted by the Crockett County Sheriff's Department for charges including: two counts of child rape; one count of incest; and statutory rape by authority figure; however, Wilcox was not located within the residence.
Voting fever hits Dyer County as hundreds hit the polls (10/20/16)
Early voting has begun! According to Dyer County Election Commission Administrator of Elections Anita Fowlkes, voters began making their way to the Election Commission as soon as the doors opened at 9 a.m. Wednesday.
DHS junior attends medical leaders conference at UMass (10/20/16)
As an 8-year-old child, Shaniya Cobb had aspirations of becoming a doctor. Cobb, now a Dyersburg High School junior, is still following her dream. "I knew I wanted to become a doctor after talking with my pediatrician when I was 8," said Cobb. "He told me to read the book 'Gifted Hands', the story of Ben Carson. Even though I didn't read the book, I watched the movie, and from then on I knew I wanted to become a doctor."
Dyersburg City Schools announce free app with notification feature (10/20/16)
Dyersburg City Schools are proud to formally announce the creation of a free app for tablets and smartphones. Community members can quickly check school and district calendars, menus, social media accounts, and other information by accessing the app on their device. Anyone with an Apple or Android device has access to the information on the app...
Trunk or Treat scheduled for Oct. 27 at DSCC (10/20/16)
The community is invited to attend Dyersburg State Community College's Trunk or Treat event at all locations in Dyersburg, Covington and Trenton on Thursday, Oct. 27 from 6:30-8 p.m. Children are invited to wear costumes and receive candy at this safe and free event sponsored by DSCC faculty, staff and student organizations. ...
DHS hosts Pink Week spaghetti supper (10/20/16)
Dyersburg High School and the Student Council hosted a spaghetti supper on Monday, Oct. 17 from 5:30 -- 6:30 p.m. The dinner, held in the school's cafeteria, was part of the DHS Pink Week that is currently underway. Tickets for the dinner were pre-sold last week at $6 each. According to JaNeise Jensen, the spaghetti dinner raised a little over $1,000. All proceeds from Pink Week, including the dinner, will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The DHS Pink Week concludes Friday night at J.C. Sawyers Stadium when the Trojans take on South Gibson for the final regular-season home game, which also happens to be senior night. Everyone attending is encouraged to wear pink.
Royal Building Products lays off 58 employees (10/19/16)
According to Royal Pipe Company Director of Corporate Communications Chip Swearnagan, the last day of operations at Royal Building Products in Newbern was officially Monday, Oct. 17. A press release submitted to the State Gazette stated that the factory closing resulted in the dislocation of 58 employees, who will now be given transitional aid by the company while seeking out alternative employment. Royal Building Products has been operating out of Newbern since 1997, with pipe production operations in effect since 2014.
Sears to close local outlet Oct. 31 (10/19/16)
On Oct. 31, after nearly 30 years of service in the community, Sears-Dyersburg will be closing its doors to the public. Owned and operated by Sears Authorized Hometown Stores, LLC, Dyersburg's Sears location is one of 900, all located in small community areas throughout the country. According to Dyersburg Sears General Manager Tina Akines, the closing of the store has been an idea in the works for quite some time now. Currently, all products remaining in the store have been discounted up to 40 percent, an amount that Akines says may increase over the next week, in the outlet's attempts to liquidate assets.
Bids, sewer study, resurfacing OK'd at city meeting (10/19/16)
BRANDON HUTCHESON bhutcheson@stategazette.com The City of Dyersburg Board of Mayor and Aldermen convened on Monday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. inside the Municipal Building courtroom. All items on the agenda were addressed, with the exception being a proposal to rename Stadium Drive on the campus of Dyersburg High School in honor of former mayor Bill Revell. ...
Damascus to host 6th Annual Banquet on Oct. 27 (10/19/16)
On Thursday, Oct. 27, local non-profit organization Damascus will be hosting its 6th annual banquet. The fundraising event will feature a silent auction at 5 p.m., followed by a banquet at 5:30 p.m., as well as words from guest speaker Dennis Hamilton, author and founder of New Beginnings Ministry in Houston, Texas.
Reelfoot refuge to celebrate 75th anniversary Saturday (10/19/16)
On Saturday, Oct. 22 (9:30 a.m.--3 p.m.), a local natural treasure is celebrating its 75th anniversary by recognizing the dedication and hard work of the many partnerships involved during its rich history - and looking forward to the future. To commemorate this anniversary, Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge is kicking off a day of festivities open to the public at the new Refuge Visitor Center with a ceremony including guest speakers from the U.S. ...
TV's 'American Pickers' to film in Tennessee Nov. and Dec. (10/19/16)
Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are excited to return to Tennessee! They plan to film episodes of the hit series "American Pickers" throughout the region this November and December. According to Alegra Hueso, casting associate of Cineflix Productions, "Our job is to look for people throughout the region that would have large, private collections of stuff. ...
Royal Building Products announces closing (10/18/16)
Recently, Newbern industry Royal Building Products announced plans to close its doors. While little information is currently available about the facility closing, Newbern Mayor Olen Parker released the following statement early Monday morning: 'We are saddened to learn of the closing of Royal Building Products. Royal Building Products has been a good partner to our community for many years and will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the employees and their families. We want them to know that our hearts go out to them and we will be here to help them in any way possible. The City of Newbern is calling in all available resources at our disposal to aid the employees and their families. We have contacted the TN ECD and hope to schedule times for them to meet with the employees and offer their assistance.' The State Gazette will be reporting updates on the closing of the facility as more information becomes available.
City committee receives solid waste bids, approves repave (10/18/16)
BRANDON HUTCHESON bhutcheson@stategazette.com The city of Dyersburg Street and Sanitation committee met Monday, 9 a.m., at the upstairs conference room in City Hall. Street and Sanitation committee chairman and alderman Mike Morgan presided over the meeting...
County officials discuss upcoming fundraiser, updates on dome project (10/18/16)
Early Monday morning, Dyer County public officials gathered together inside of the Richard Hill committee room, inside of the Dyer County Courthouse, to share departmental updates, as well as the progress of the recently established Dyer County Community Involvement Committee.
City Hall to host downtown trick-or-treating (10/18/16)
On Halloween night, parents are encouraged to bring their children to the downtown district for a night of trick-or-treating. Many local businesses in the district will be participating in the Hallow's Eve event.
Dyersburg City Beautiful Commission announces Annual Fall Decorations Contest (10/18/16)
The Dyersburg City Beautiful Commission will conduct its traditional Fall Decorations Contest on Oct. 25-Nov. 4. City Beautiful members will travel throughout neighborhoods within the Dyersburg city limits seeking yards displaying a variety of fall decorations...
Dyer County JROTC visits Highlands (10/18/16)
Early Thursday afternoon, 48 students of the Dyer County High School JROTC, along with Lt. Col. Scott Gray and Sgt. First Class Nickey Cantrell, made a special visit to the Highlands of Dyersburg, where they spent the evening greeting and visiting with many of the residents of the facility. According to Lt. Gray, these visits are made to community residential facilities throughout Dyer County twice year.