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Friday, Nov. 28, 2014
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County budget committee discusses year-end bonuses (11/27/14)
On Tuesday, Nov. 25 the Dyer County budget meeting was held with Commissioner Debbie Bradshaw-Hart, Commissioner Benny Spain, Commissioner James T. 'Bubba' Cobb, Commissioner Steve Moore, Mayor Chris Young, and Amy Perkins in attendance; Commissioner Terry McCreight was the only one absent...
DHS and Forcum Lannom receive People's Choice Award from TSBA (11/27/14)
During the annual convention of the Tennessee School Board Association (TSBA), several recognized architectural firms for their excellence in design. Awards were granted in five categories including new school construction of elementary, middle, and high schools renovations, as well as the People's Choice award. ...
Ornament design gets DMS teacher invitation to Governor's Mansion (11/27/14)
Gov. Bill Haslam and first lady Crissy Haslam have invited Dyersburg Middle School teacher Carey Sanders to the Governor's Mansion on Dec. 5. The invitation is in recognition of his artistic creativity and skill. Sanders created an ornament to represent Big Cypress Tree State Park. The ornament was created as part of the 'Tennessee's Home for the Holidays' Open House Event taking place Dec. 5-17.
DPS teachers, classes rewarded for Spirit Night (11/27/14)
Christie Patton (first grade), Annalynn Floyd (pre-K), Holly Hester (kindergarten), Kathy Robertson (second grade) were the winning teachers from the Dyersburg Primary School's PTO partnership with Applebee's Nov. 18. Applebee's rewarded all students in the winning classes for Spirit Night participation with a free kid's meal coupon, as well as giving these four winning teachers a $25 gift card. "Applebee's has this program nationally and they contacted us and offered this to our PTO. We are very happy to have another community partner and we are so fortunate to have them on our partnership list. I saw a lot of families all having a great time and it was a night out for them to enjoy and mom or dad didn't have to cook," stated Principal Linda DeBerry.
Library gets 140,000 Legos (11/27/14)
Ross Reed of Newbern donated 140,000 Legos to the Newbern City Library on Nov. 21. Reed was looking to originally sell his enormous collection but decided instead to donate them to a worthy cause. Reed would rather the children in Newbern have them to play with than send them off. Reed would also build designs with them and enter them in the Dyer County Fair. He said sets of Harry Potter, trains, cities, and numerous others are included. 'We are going to be starting up a Lego Club within the last few weeks of Christmas for boys, girls, and parents, of all ages. We can't thank him enough for this; we have planned for this and worked towards this for a while. We like to teach the whole child,' stated Library Manager Janice Peevyhouse.
What are you thankful for? (11/26/14)
For Thanksgiving this year, the State Gazette asked citizens around the community to jot down a few words about why they feel grateful. Today we're sharing what people shared with us.
First Christian Church feeds 240 families for Thanksgiving (11/26/14)
The holidays are a time when family members come together to enjoy each other's company, share stories of the past, and be thankful for one another. For some people, the holiday season can bring great strain to them financially and mentally. Many people cannot even afford a decent meal for their loved ones, but thanks to members of the community 240 families will be able to gather together on Thanksgiving this year and enjoy a fine cooked meal...
Dyersburg Community Orchestra fall concert a success among attendees (11/26/14)
Forty years ago when DSCC was very young, Chuck Stanfield decided to begin a string trio. After his retirement the program began to grow and Dr. Carol Feather kept adding instruments until they formed an orchestra. With a spring concert, college graduation, and fall concerts the Dyersburg Orchestra stays busy throughout the year...
Karlgaard awarded prestigious DSCC Chancellor's Award (11/25/14)
Dyersburg State Community College recently held its Annual Foundation Board Meeting and Dinner on Nov. 18 at the DSCC Student Center on the Dyersburg campus. One of the highlights of the evening was the presentation of the coveted Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor's Award to Wayne Karlgaard for his generous support of DSCC. ...
Newbern Woman's Club to host tour of homes (11/25/14)
Christmas time is quickly approaching and the Newbern Woman's Club would like to invite you to its annual Christmas home tour. On Sunday, Dec. 7 from 2-4 p.m. the GFCW of Tennessee Newbern Woman's Club will host a Christmas home tour that will include three homes of Newbern residents. The homes of Tony and Faye Greene, 2102 Crowne Ridge Drive; Kevin and Whitney Hill, 111 Crowne Hill Drive; and Jackie and Theresa Brewer, 1868 Beasley Road, are the locations of this year's home tour...
Raffle tickets on sale for scooter, diamond ring to benefit Community Cancer Fund (11/25/14)
The Dyer County Community Cancer Fund is still selling raffle tickets for the Honda Reflex scooter and a 14k gold, 45-diamond ring, which is valued at $3,500. The Honda Reflex, which was refurbished by Lowery's Body Shop, will be located at James and Wilkes Pharmacy until Saturday, Dec. 6, while the Cancer Ribbon diamond ring will be located at the Diamond Gallery until Dec. 6. Raffle tickets can be purchased at both locations -- $5 will purchase one ticket and $10 will purchase three tickets. On Dec. 6 at Chick-Fil-A in Dyersburg, from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m., join the Community Cancer Fund for a memorable morning Breakfast with Santa. This event will benefit the Community Cancer Fund, and the raffle drawing for both the Honda Reflex Scooter and the ladies diamond ring will be held during this time. To register for Breakfast with Santa visit www.chick-fil-a.com/dyersburg.
Trimble Library holds 'Tot Time and Tree Trimming' (11/25/14)
Johnny Mathis Christmas songs playing softly in the background set the tone on Saturday, Nov. 22 at the Hamilton Parks Public Library of Trimble. Anna Gorman and Hannah Owsley, along with the Friends Group of the library, provided a morning of 'Tot Time and Tree Trimming' from 10 a.m. until noon. Activities for tot time included, story time, crafts, and a light snack, to round out the morning. The crafts were homemade ornaments that the children made themselves. The ornaments were placed on the Christmas tree for added decorations. Participating children in 'tot time and tree trimming' standing proudly displaying the ornaments they made were Kaylie Simmons, Abby Woodward, Carly Belonio, Anna Gorman, Graham Travis, Kylee Travis, Avery Hinson, McKenzie Bryant, Ally Hinson, Luke Bryant, and Braden Simmons.
Second Wind Dream provides walk down memory lane (11/25/14)
Each month, Oakwood Community Living Center chooses one resident to be granted a Second Wind Dream through an application process. During the month of October, resident O.V. Fowler was chosen and was given the opportunity to take a trip down memory lane through his hometown of Ridgely, Tenn...
Seeing with eyes closed: Woman's blindness doesn't dampen spirit (11/25/14)
If you were to meet Linda Holt you would be wrapped up in her kindness and her sense of humor. You would think she had everything in life going for her. After working as a nurse's aide at The Highlands of Dyersburg Health and Rehab Center, you would never suspect this happy-go-lucky woman had everything taken away from her within the last year. At the age of 62 Holt lost her home, her independence, and even her vision...
Neighbor discusses troubled situation with Beau (11/23/14)
Over the past two months, there have been many versions of stories leading up to the reason Beau, the local dog deemed vicious by City Court Judge Dean Dedmon in early October, was scheduled to be euthanized. On Thursday, the State Gazette interviewed Roger Ferris, the father of the 8-year-old reportedly chased home by Beau. The chase allegedly took place after the youngster attempted to retrieve a duck killed by the bog...
Beau's fate in owner's hands (11/23/14)
In a conversation with one of Higgins' attorneys, it was admitted that several thousand dollars have been donated so far in Beau's plight for freedom. So, the funds, and then some, are available to Higgins to pay the amount needed to rescue Beau. To date, however, the dog remains at the shelter.
DFD responds to vehicle fire (11/22/14)
Five Dyersburg firefighters responded to and extinguished a passenger-vehicle fire on Friday around noon in the front parking lot of Suckerpunch Sign and Graphics located on St. John Avenue in Dyersburg. Smoke originated in the area of the rear tire in close proximity to the engine of the vehicle. The tire exploded due to high temperature exposure causing the vehicle to catch fire. The firefighters were able to contain and extinguish the flames before they reached nearby power lines and a transformer.
Transitions to host annual 12 Days of Christmas (11/22/14)
In keeping with the giving spirit of Christmas, Transitions is offering everyone in the community a chance to participate in their 12 Days of Christmas celebration beginning on Dec. 14. Several stores in the area have donated their finest items in hopes of raising money for the women of Transitions, a ministry for women with life-controlling issues who want to improve their lives and better themselves to become productive citizens...
More than 3,500 shoeboxes filled for Operation Christmas Child (11/22/14)
For 14 years, members of Harvest Baptist Church have been active in the collection and shipment of thousands of shoeboxes from churches, businesses, schools and individuals. The shoeboxes are becoming a known fixture in our community and contain Christmas gifts for children all around the world...
DFD donates more than $800 to MDA (11/22/14)
For more than 60 years Muscular Dystrophy Association has partnered with local fire departments to benefit children and adults affected by muscle diseases including muscular dystrophy through their Fill the Boot campaign. MDA programs include worldwide research, specialized health care services and day-to-day support for individuals affected by muscular dystrophy and other muscle-related diseases...
Decision for Beau is further delayed after Circuit Court hearing (11/21/14)
A small crowd gathered inside the Circuit Courtroom on Thursday morning to witness the declaration of Judge Lee Moore concerning the decision of Beau's life. Beau is a golden retriever, lab and German shepherd mix dog at the center of controversy within the legal system of Dyersburg and Dyer County. His owner, Danny Higgins provided legal counsel for the appeals hearing with representation by attorneys Bill Edwards, Dyersburg and Brian Boyd of Nashville...
Dyersburg Community Orchestra to perform Monday at Newbern First Baptist (11/21/14)
Dyersburg Community Orchestra will host an evening filled with elegant music and literature on Nov. 24. Starting at 8 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Newbern the musical styling of a featured flutist playing a piece from Mozart's First Movement will begin...
Dyersburg firefighters participate in thorough HAZMAT training course (11/21/14)
Dyersburg firefighters are continuously training for any potentially dangerous circumstances that may occur in our area, including fires, situations that require assistance by the rescue teams; and containment and cleanup of hazardous materials on the railway systems that run throughout the Dyer County area...
Applebee's pays tribute to veterans (11/21/14)
On Nov. 11 Applebee's branches nationwide joined together to honor the brave men and women who have risked their lives to keep our borders safe from our enemies. "This is an event we have always had and one we will continue to have in the future," Dyersburg Applebee's branch manager Jimmy Sinis said. "We want all veterans to come and join us year after year to receive their well-deserved free meal. Veterans signed a banner stating their name, rank, and how long they were in the service...
City school board's Starks honored for community outreach efforts (11/21/14)
NASHVILLE -- During its annual convention, the Tennessee School Boards Association (TSBA) honored those school board members who gave of their time to be TSBA Ambassadors for Education. The Ambassador for Education Program, a community outreach effort, provides an opportunity for school board members to increase public awareness and understanding of current public education issues facing our communities, state and nation. ...