Former Tennessee coach speaks at annual RFW team meeting
As a growing construction company with projects underway across the nation, it's hard at times for RFW officials to plan a date to have the majority of the workforce at one place, at one time, to talk about the present state of the company. Since breaking ground in October of 2003 with just three employees, RFW has spread its wings and currently has a total workforce of 47 employees ranging from a local office staff in Dyersburg to multiple project and site managers at numerous projects around the country.. ...
Christmas complete for Lolli and Pop
It seems like only a month ago a few words were shared after the oldest daughter, Mallory, glided down the aisle like a fairytale princess and married her prince charming, otherwise known as Tyler Childress. Soon after the vows were repeated and the honeymoon was over, the couple began their lives together as one. ...
$850,000 grant to benefit area school manufacturing training programs
A regional workforce collaborative was chosen to receive $850,000 in grant funds under the state's new Labor Education Alignment Program (LEAP) funded by a $10 million appropriation in the 2014-15 state budget through legislation sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville). ...
Tennessee Dept. of Revenue introduces new registration decal to prevent theft
The Tennessee Department of Revenue is excited to announce the expansion of the 'print-on-demand' registration decal service. The recent successful pilot program in Summer County indicates this service will significantly enhance Tennessee's motor vehicle registration and renewal process. ...
Christmas in Sorghum Valley sets record for attendance, donations
For seven years, Christmas lights have adorned Sorghum Valley at the Dyer County fairgrounds for a few days during the month of December. Christmas in Sorghum Valley allows a family-friendly weekend filled with the holiday spirit. More than 6,000 visitors to the valley enjoyed the lights, refreshments, decorations, Christmas caroling, a visit from Santa and at the center of the valley, a live Nativity...
Transitions celebrates first week of 12 Days of Christmas drawing
The first week of the Transitions 12 Days of Christmas drawings has been a success among the winners and the women of Transitions. So far on Sunday, Dec. 14, Patty Little won a one-night, two-day stay for 'A Country Christmas' at the Gaylord Opryland Resort. ...
Firefighters collect coats for children
IAFF, Local 2269, has once again shown its support of the community and the citizens they have sworn to protect, including some of the smallest citizens, local students. Through monetary gifts to Operation Warm from friends, family members, co-workers and citizens in the community, the local firefighter's association was able to present American-made coats to 45 children, exceeding the amount donated last year...
American Girl 2014 Doll of the Year winner
American Girl 2014 Doll of the Year Isabelle Palmer found a family just in time for Christmas this year, with a winner recently drawn for the American Girl Giveaway by Friends of McIver's Grant Organization. Friends officials drew the name of Tom Skehan of Dyersburg as the winner of the organization's fundraising campaign. The prize included the Isabelle Palmer doll, a three-book series and 14 outfits handcrafted by talented local seamstress Diane Donner. Skehan decided to enter and give the doll to his 3-year-old granddaughter, Devyn Haynie, completing a family tradition. 'Now Mom, Big Sister and Little Sister will all have an American Girl doll,' said Skehan. 'I want to thank the Friends of the Library. I was surprised! I usually don't win things.' Pictured, Friends of McIver's Grant Public Library President Patsye Jones, Skehan and little Devyn holding the newest member of the family.
Dream Factory holds Christmas party
The Dream Factory of Dyersburg held its third annual Christmas Party on Dec. 11 at Harvest Baptist Church. Dream children and their families enjoyed singing Christmas carols, playing Christmas Bingo and visiting with Santa. 'I have been with the Dream Factory for 14 years and each and every person in the room had a part in changing my life for the better,' said Dream Factory Area Director Gayla Lane. 'The Christmas party gives us an opportunity to visit with the children and families that allowed us to be a part of their lives through their dreams.'
The Dream Factory Dyersburg meets at 5:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month in the conference room at the Dyersburg Mall. New volunteers are always welcome. For information on Dream Factory visit www.dreamfactoryincdye.org.
Dyersburg Electric voices support for city dog ordinance
On Wednesday, Dec. 17, the Dyersburg Electric System Power Board held its monthly meeting with all board members present. Dr. Dwight Hedge the presiding Chairman opened the meeting. There was no old business to discuss and the November minutes were approved. Hedge passed the meeting over to Robby Richards to discuss the accident report...
Gloves, hats collected at courthouse for schools
From left, Lisa Reynolds Traverse from the Dyer County School System, Rocky Fisher, Kristen Eird from the Dyersburg City School System, Adam Fisher, and County Mayor Chris Young. 'We're excited about helping a lot of school kids this winter. We have had a great first year so far and we are looking forward to continuing this each year. We have tubs we will be filling up with toboggans, socks, and gloves for the counselors to distribute them to the students who are in need,' stated Mayor Young. Natalie Young began this new venture at the Dyer County Courthouse in honor of her mother Lou Allen Fisher, who passed away in September, who made sure everyone always had a toboggan on and gloves and socks. 'I'm so thankful they have decided to do this for our students. We take anything and everything we can get for our kids from pre-K to high school seniors who may not have the means to afford these things,' stated Eird.
Third-graders collect hundreds of cans for annual food drive
When everyone seems to be focused on the bad things happening in the world, it is refreshing to hear there are still people who are doing good things. It's even better news when the people who are doing good deeds happen to be children. Burks Beverage held its 8th Annual Reason for the Season Food Drive from Nov. ...
Newbern Housing hosts 20th Adopt an Angel Christmas Party
Twenty years ago Shirley Butler decided the children who live at the Newbern Housing Authority should not have to worry about not receiving a toy for Christmas. Butler decided the best way to see that every child would receive a gift would be to start collecting donated toys to hand them out to the children. It soon turned into Operation Adopt an Angel where donors could pick a child's name off a tree and buy them a gift...
Local students raise close to 14,000 canned-good items
Dyersburg and Dyer County students collected items in November and December for the 8th Annual Reason for the Season Food Drive to benefit local organizations. On Monday, Burks Beverage/Pepsi staff members picked up items that were collected from nine Dyersburg and Dyer County schools and delivered them to the Salvation Army, Matthew 25:40, and New Life Union Mission. Deliveries of a third of the collected items were made to each one of the organizations mentioned above...
DMS students attend Holocaust Conference
On Thursday, Oct. 30, my eighth-grade Plus 1 class went to the Holocaust conference in Memphis. In my opinion, it was one of the most important experiences of my life. In the morning, Dr. Tamara Freeman spoke to us about the music of the Holocaust. She played her viola and let us journal our feelings. ...
Fitness Tip: Golf Swing with a Stability Twist
Targets: range of motion, stability in lower body 1. With knees slightly bent, practice holding and squeezing the ball between your knees. 2. Moving only your upper torso, gently swing. 3. Repeat, over and over and over on both sides. 4. Never give up!...
Heaven Cent to host Christmas open house this weekend
Heaven Cent Thrift Store, located at 325 S. Mill Ave. in downtown Dyersburg, is hosting a Christmas Open House on Friday, Dec. 19, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and on Saturday, Dec. 20, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Damascus Project and Transitions of Dyer County jointly operate the thrift store. The Damascus Project is in the planning stages of acquiring apartment space in downtown Dyersburg for the men assisted by the group...
Firefighters battle early-morning blaze
Dyersburg firefighters were dispatched to combat a raging house fire at approximately 5 a.m. Tuesday. The residence, located at 1514 Wheeler St. in Dyersburg, was engulfed in heavy smoke and flames when firemen arrived on the scene. Smoke infiltrated the house and the street blocking a clear view of the house upon arrival. High flames were located on the roof, side of the house and back eave of the roof indicating the fire had reached the attic space of the house. The occupants of the residence had already evacuated upon the arrival of the firemen. Firemen from all three stations were called to the scene. Men from another shift were called in to assist with overhaul and salvage cleanup and relieve the firemen that were first on the scene.
Wooldridge named new Matthew 25:40 executive director
Lauren Wooldridge, a Dyersburg native, was recently appointed as the new executive director of Matthew 25:40 Inc. Wooldridge is following in the footsteps of Amy McDonald who served as director for eight years at the outreach center located in downtown Dyersburg...
County road committee appoints administrative assistant; makes plans for new graders
The Dyer County Road Committee met briefly on Monday, Dec. 15, to discuss a few items in their final meeting of 2014. Mayor Chris Young, County Road Superintendent Jeff Jones, Commissioners Jimmy Hester, Robert Kirby, Steve Moore, Kim "Peck" Peckenpaugh and Greg Vestal were present at the meeting...
Christmas luncheon held at county clerk's office
There is a lot of work which goes into making the justice system work, and it takes several different groups of people to help make it happen. Along with elected officials their staff works hard to make sure everything in the community is in top working order. ...
Newbern Depot hosts Christmas event
The Newbern Depot museum recently held a Christmas celebration with decorations, live music, model trains, a Christmas tree-decorating contest, and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. The Newbern Historical and Preservation Society sponsored the event that hosted 125 visitors throughout the afternoon on Sunday, Dec. 14...
Christmas at McIver's Grant Public Library features the magic of the season
McIver's Grant Public Library recently kicked off its Christmas season with an interactive program for children. Volunteers of all ages joined at the library from 5-6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 8 to bring the magic of the season to life for the library's youngest patrons...
'Put Out Hunger' food drive one of largest for firefighters
'Tis the season for giving and that is exactly what residents of Dyer County demonstrated at Kroger on Lake Road in Dyersburg this past Friday and Saturday. Several men of IAFF Local 2269, the local firefighter's association, stood outside Kroger collecting non-perishable food items and cash donations to join Matthew 25:40 Inc. in their efforts to help "Put Out Hunger"...
CRD Holiday Gala gets everyone ready for Christmas
All friends look for a chance to get together before Christmas to exchange gifts and laugh with each other. Thanks to the CRD, Community Resource Development, members of the community came together to laugh, dance, eat, and enjoy the season. On Saturday, Dec. 13 the CRD held its seventh annual Holiday Gala at the Dyersburg Activity Center. President of the CRD Patricia Williams said this was time for everyone to be able to get together in a safe environment...