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Firefighters battle blaze at Co-Op building (07/24/16)
At approximately 4:42 p.m. Saturday afternoon, members of the Dyersburg Fire Department responded to a massive fire that broke out at Gibson and Farmers Co-Op, located at 1715 E. Court St. The building was devastated by the ravaging flames for roughly 2 hours before finally being extinguished by local firefighters. The building itself sustained irreparable damage...
Hastings announces store closing and liquidation (07/24/16)
Hastings Entertainment released the following statement on Thursday to announce its closing:...
Dave's on the Square to host meet and greet with Kustoff, Huckabee (07/24/16)
On Wednesday, July 27, at 8:30a.m., former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will be making a special appearance at Dave's on the Square, located on W. Market St., for a meet and greet with 8th Congressional candidate David Kustoff. This event is open to all members of the public...
DSCC promotes Hardy to director of financial aid (07/24/16)
Dyersburg State Community College President Karen Bowyer has announced the promotion of Kacee Hardy to director of financial aid. Hardy replaces predecessor Sandra Rockett who retired earlier this year after 47 dedicated years to the college. "Kacee's familiarity with the financial aid process and her extensive knowledge of federal guidelines for dispersing aid to students is a tremendous asset to DSCC's financial aid department," stated Dr. ...
Local artist turns creative passion into profitable profession (07/24/16)
RACHEL TOWNSEND rtownsend@stategazette.com Found throughout our small community are people of extraordinary artistic talent; they come equipped with exceptional ability to project the bends, twists, and overall depths of their imaginations into pieces of art that can be appreciated by all...
DSCC introduces new 'Return to Learn' adult scholarship (07/24/16)
Dyersburg State Community College has announced that it will offer a new Return to Learn Adult Scholarship for non-traditional students. The Return to Learn Adult Scholarship, provided by the DSCC Foundation, will provide $45,000 for students 25 years of age or older who are not eligible for the Tennessee Promise scholarship...
Highlands promotes recycling for local Humane Society (07/24/16)
The Dyer County Humane Society is always needing used newspapers for their kennels. As a way of recycling at The Highlands, old newspapers were saved up to shred for their litter boxes or any other needs that they might have. Shown here is a family member J.C. Castellaw and resident Larry Davis shredding paper. The Humane Society is located at 1120 East Court.
Ford Construction, 'Paving the roads of tomorrow' (07/21/16)
Ford Construction crews have been spotted working on roads in neighborhoods scattered throughout Dyersburg. Those traveling through these areas may experience a bit of a delay due to the heavy presence of construction crews during the paving process. According to Ford Construction GM of Paving Operations Calvin Lambert, the paving of Parr Avenue, Vendall Road, and Millsfield Highway, from 155 to the county line, was funded through a state grant received by the city of Dyersburg earlier this year. Along with roads being paved from the receipt of grant funding, Lambert also stated that Ford Construction is working on 10-12 more streets in the area, which were awarded to the company last fall in a $1 million contract including Parkview Street, Kist Avenue, Troy Avenue (ext.), and Volunteer Boulevard, to name a few. The paving of Parr Avenue, Volunteer Boulevard, and Troy Avenue (ext.) were all completed late Thursday evening, and Lambert expects that Parkview Street will also be done by late this evening.
Author, Dyersburg native Holly Duncan hosts signing event at Java Café (07/21/16)
Recently, former Dyersburg resident Holly Duncan, daughter of Dr. Robert and Carol Harrington, made a special visit to Java Café, while promoting her recently published book entitled, 'Listen My Son', a book that challenges readers to strengthen their relationship with Christ through personal messages relaying positivity, self-worth, and inspiration.
DES pole inspection provides positive results (07/21/16)
The Dyersburg Electric Power Board met on July 20 at noon with Dr. Dwight Hedge, chairman, presiding. Minutes from the June 15 meeting were presented and approved by general consensus. Robby Richards, secretary, reported that Dyersburg Electric System (DES) has worked 372 days without a loss of time accident. Richards also presented financial reports.
DHS Trojan band beats the heat, marches on (07/21/16)
The Dyersburg High School Trojan marching band has been sweating through the scorching summer heat to master their new 'Beatles Revolution' performance drills. Camp has been going on for the past few weeks and the students are showing awesome dedication, stamina, and pride in their commitment to the DHS marching band.
Health Dept. stresses need for school immunizations (07/21/16)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- In just a few days, thousands of students from across Tennessee will take their seats in classrooms to begin a new academic year filled with wonderful experiences and learning opportunities. As these youngsters start opening books and mingling with friends, some will miss out on the important first few days of school, unable to attend because they aren't properly immunized to prevent the spread of dangerous, infectious diseases...
Ross UMC partners with Dyersburg Fire Dept. for fire-prevention event (07/21/16)
Ross United Methodist Church, located at 101 Calcutt Ave., recently partnered with the Dyersburg Fire Department for a community-wide fire-safety event designed to educate local children about fire prevention. Held from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., the event provided children with an excellent opportunity to learn more about fire safety, as well as the importance of establishing a fire-escape plan, should a fire occur within their homes.
Newbern board debates moving sewer lines, OKs workman's comp, truck purchase (07/21/16)
The Newbern Board of Mayor and Aldermen convened Tuesday night to discuss items on the agenda including citizen concerns, the financing of the downtown safe room, upgraded Workman's Compensation benefits for members of the Newbern Fire Department, and the purchase of a new truck for the Public Works Department.
Community service opportunities available to TN Promise students for upcoming deadline (07/21/16)
Dyersburg State Community College will offer several opportunities for Tennessee Promise students to obtain their required 8 hours of community service during the tnAchieves Community Service Day events planned for July 21 and July 26 from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. each day at the Dyersburg campus and the Jimmy Naifeh Center at Tipton County...
8th Congressional District candidates speak at Dyer County Republican Party meeting (07/21/16)
As early voting started for the primary election, the last two candidates vying for the U.S. Representative from our 8th Congressional District spoke to an assembly of the Dyer County Republican Party on Tuesday night at the McIver's Grant Public Library...
City Board votes to accept quitclaim deeds on select detention areas (07/20/16)
On Monday, July 18 at 7 p.m. in the Dyersburg Municipal Courtroom the Board of Mayor and Aldermen met to discuss agenda items including an attorney invoice, approval of committee meeting minutes, and acceptance of city resolutions. An attorney invoice from Lannom Coronado PLLC in the amount of $9,560.60 was approved for payment. Alderman Bob Kirk pointed out a substantial amount of the invoice was toward time spent regarding the employee pension plan lawsuit and asked if Mayor John Holden was at liberty to elaborate on the status of that lawsuit, which he was not. Kirk was advised by Holden to contact Lannom who could provide an update.
County to explore more options to refinance bonds (07/20/16)
Previously discussed by Finance Committee members on June 21 was the option to refinance bonds originally taken out for the construction of Dyer County High School. First taken out in 1999, the original balance of the bond totaled $31 million, and was refinanced a second time in 2008-09 for $19,910,000, a direct result of nationwide financial crisis. Currently, the balance on the bond totals $9,803,977.53.
'Pack the Bus' supports local families' school supply needs (07/20/16)
It is time to 'Pack the Bus' again! Local residents and others who want to contribute to help families with school supplies have a great opportunity to do so while being rewarded for their help. Chick-fil-A will host the school bus for the annual school supply drive that treats residents who 'Pack the Bus' with a free Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich. The school supplies collected during this event will benefit students in both the Dyer County and Dyersburg City school systems.
Candidates, supporters campaign downtown (07/20/16)
Dyer County early voting kicked off July 15 and will continue through July 30. Mid-morning on Friday, supporters from a handful of campaigns were available to rally behind their chosen candidate and show their support.
Saturday Flight School students fly for finale (07/20/16)
Local Dyersburg students completed their Saturday Flight School (SFS) with a visit from pilots Bro. David Powell and Bernard Green. Students had previously attended the SFS in June with weather conditions that prevented their actual flight experience. Powell reached out to the State Gazette and made arrangements with Thelma Rudd and Yolanda Harris, and the students' parents to really give them a 'Taste of Aviation'. All SFS students present Saturday, July 16 at Dyersburg Municipal Airport were treated to rides from Powell and Green in their private planes.
Public voices concerns over proposed county budget (07/19/16)
On Friday, July 16, at noon, a large crowd of business professionals, commissioners, county officials, local farmers, and concerned local citizens gathered together for the public hearing of the 2016-17 budget. Throughout the course of the two-hour-long hearing, Dyer County residents voiced a variety of concerns over county expenditures including the taxpayer cost of the jail's re-entry program, as well as the amended budget, which reflects a proposed tax hike of 11.5 cents. The amended budget is scheduled to be presented to the Dyer County Legislative Body on Aug. 8, 2016 for final approval.
NWS issues heat advisory (07/19/16)
Issued by the National Weather Service, in Memphis, is a heat advisory that will be in effect until 9 p.m. Tuesday. The combination of heat and humidity will result heat-index values in excess of 105 degrees. Prolonged exposure outside may cause heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke...
City to again consider mowing of private property (07/19/16)
The Street and Sanitation Committee met July 18 at 9 a.m. to further discuss the decision facing the City of Dyersburg and its care of several detention ponds that are currently not owned by the city, but privately owned. In addition, a recommendation was made to remove turn lanes from the intersection of West Court and Church streets and create additional parking spaces...
Ford Construction saves home from fire (07/19/16)
Early Monday morning, members of the Dyer County Fire Department, Dyer County Sheriff's Department, and Tatumville Fire Department responded to the call of a house fire located at 2385 RoEllen-Newbern Road, home of Brenda Gable and her son Kevin Fowler. However, upon arriving to the scene, firefighters were surprised to see the fire had already been extinguished by members of Ford Construction.