City Schools earn Exemplary Status
Director of Schools Neel Durbin provided educators in the Dyersburg City School System with a reason to celebrate at the system's annual Back-to-School luncheon on Monday, July 28. The event took place in the commons at Dyersburg High School. With a fanfare that included horn blasts and the crashing of cymbals, teachers and community leaders attending the luncheon learned that Dyersburg City Schools is one of only three systems in the state to receive Exemplary Status...
Newbern man arrested for manufacture of marijuana
A Newbern man was arrested early Tuesday and charged with the manufacture of a Schedule VI (marijuana) controlled substance after the Newbern Police Department received a tip of pot plants being grown in an area adjacent to South Grayson Street. The NPD's Lt. Greg Barr and Sgt. Rob Harrison arrested Charles Cravens, 52, 116 S. Jackson St., without incident at his residence on Tuesday morning after obtaining a warrant on July 24...
Local boy battles brain tumor
Issac Allen, an energetic 8-year-old boy, is full of life and spunk. Arguing with his four brothers and chasing one of the family's kittens around the yard, Allen acts like any other typical child of his age. Except for a few scars on his scalp, you wouldn't know that Allen is fighting a battle that no child should have to face, but sadly, so many do each day...
Man faces several charges after reported shoplifting at Wal-Mart
A Tigrett man was arrested Tuesday morning after reportedly fleeing Wal-Mart with shoplifted items before being apprehended at the parking lot of Dyersburg High School. Loss prevention officers at Wal-Mart approached Jermaine Bowen, 35, of 74 Connell St. in Tigrett, after Bowen reportedly was caught shoplifting hand tools as well as some small electronic devices valued at approximately $200...
Schools offer open enrollment through Friday
Both Dyersburg City Schools and Dyer County Schools are offering open enrollment for local students throughout the county. Students who wish to attend a school, but reside outside the proper bus route must provide their own transportation. The deadline for open enrollment for the 2014-2015 academic year ends Friday, Aug. 1...
DHS hosts back-to-school luncheon
Educators in the Dyersburg City School System were welcomed back from summer break with an annual tradition on Monday, July 28. The 2014-2015 Back-to-School Luncheon was held in the Dyersburg High School commons, with educators from all four city schools treated to a delicious meal and an inspiring speech by Director of Dyersburg City Schools Neel Durbin...
Newbern Fire Dept. Street Dance brings large crowd to downtown
The 12th annual Newbern Volunteer Fire Department Street Dance was held Saturday, July 26, in downtown Newbern. With nearly 400 people filling the triangle lawn and the streets surrounding it, this family-friendly event offered something for all age groups...
March of Dimes kicks off in Dyer County
The 2014 March for Babies campaign in Dyer County officially kicked off on Thursday, July 24 at the McIver's Grant Public Library. Teams and sponsors gathered in celebration of another great year for the Dyer County March for Babies season. The 2014 Walk for Babies will be on Saturday, Sept. 27 at Okeena Park in Dyersburg...
Public hearing held on proposed 2014-15 county tax rate
During a brief public hearing held in the Dyer County Circuit Courtroom of the courthouse, Budget Committee Chairman William Mallard addressed the room of approximately 40 members in attendance. Chairman and commissioner Milton Magee called the meeting to order and Jim Horner voiced the prayer. ...
Signs, signs, everywhere there's signs
Sorry to all the rockers out there, but the column title isn't referring to the Tesla hit from years past. By now, unless you've been hid under a rock, the names of those running for all offices are probably etched in your mind. The reason is pretty simple and can be found with a simple drive around the city or the county. Yes, from Dyersburg to Newbern to Trimble and all points in between, the signs of those running for office can be seen everywhere...
Chamber Adult Leadership Program now taking applications
The Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for the 2014-2015 Dyer County Adult Leadership program. Now in its 27th year, the Adult Leadership Program is a nine-month course designed to enhance the participant's awareness of the Dyer County community and its needs. ...
DCHS releases opening dates for 2014-15 school year
The opening dates for Dyer County High School are as follows: All Dyer County freshmen and their parents are encouraged to attend ninth-grade open house to receive their schedules and locker assignments, register for parking, have their school picture made, meet their teachers, and become familiar with the layout of the school. This is a come-and-go session...
Transitions to honor graduates who have remained drug-free
Transitions of Dyer County invites area residents to take part in the ministry's inaugural Red Ribbon Celebration, an event kicking off Dyersburg-Dyer County's Drug Free Week and offering special recognition to graduates who have remained drug-free for at least one year.
Man being booked escapes, still at large
On Thursday afternoon at approximately 1:40 at the Dyer County Sheriff's Office, one person was being released while another was being booked. The man being booked, Edward Copeland Jr., was able to shove a correctional officer out of the way and bolt out the door. Copeland fled from the jail and was last scene crossing East Court heading toward the Cherry Street area...
City board members receive information on TVA surcharge
Mayor John Holden provided information to city aldermen on Thursday afternoon concerning Tennessee Valley Authority surcharges on local electric bills. At the regular meeting of the Dyersburg Board of Mayor and Aldermen on Monday, July 21, Alderwoman Jewel Horner asked Holden how long the TVA surcharge would be included on bills for customers of Dyersburg Electric System...
Rec committee discusses future of Okeena Pool
Members of the city of Dyersburg Recreation Committee met on Thursday morning to hear the "State of Recreation in Dyersburg" from Dyersburg Parks and Recreation Director Andy Baker. The meeting was scheduled following alderman Bart Williams' request for an update at Monday evening's meeting of the full city board. Williams chairs the recreation committee...
Historic Newbern Depot Museum announces open times to public
The Newbern Depot has been a fixture on the south side of the triangle of downtown Newbern for over 130 years, and recently Lynn Willis has taken the initiative to open this historical depot to the public on a more consistent schedule as an operational museum...
City begins budget hearings; proposed tax rate up 9 cents
Members of the city of Dyersburg Finance Committee met on Wednesday, July 23 to take a first look at the city's proposed budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. Dyersburg Mayor John Holden and City Treasurer Steve Anderson joined with members of the finance committee at 9 a.m. in the upstairs conference room at City Hall to share the first version of department requests for the upcoming budget year...
Reelfoot animals special guests of Newbern Library
Every year as a special highlight for the Newbern City Library's Summer Reading Program, the Reelfoot Lake Wildlife Specialists bring several animals that call Reelfoot Lake their permanent home, and this year was no different. Approximately 65 children and adults gathered together inside the historic Newbern Depot to welcome the special guests. Even though the animals may be the same species each year, the children involved in the Summer Reading Program are just as excited...
DCHS band prepares for a 'show-stopping' performance
Dyer County High School Band director Justin Brown is beginning his sixth year with the school and has worked diligently even during the school's summer break to assist students with improving their skills and abilities as a part of the Choctaw marching band. ...
Wings Over Halls Air Show arrives next month
This week marks the countdown to the Wings Over Halls Air Show to be held on the former World War II B-17 Training Base in Halls. This is 15th year for the Wings Over Halls Air Show. The show takes place each year on the site of the former Dyersburg Army Air Base in Halls...
Fitness Tip: Oblique Reach
Targets: abdominals and obliques Kneel on right knee. With right elbow, touch your left knee, then twist and reach behind you, with arm over right shoulder. Do 12-15 reps, then switch to other side...
Man gets 20-year sentence for vehicular homicide
A Dyersburg man indicted on multiple charges originally including vehicular homicide, pleaded guilty on July 14, 2014 to the charge of aggravated vehicular homicide and received a 20-year jail sentence to be served within the Tennessee Department of Corrections...
County road committee makes plans for new equipment, bridge work
The Dyer County Road Committee met Monday, July 21, to discuss accepting bids on new equipment and the upcoming maintenance project on Unionville Road. County Road Superintendent Jeff Jones stated that he has been in contact with Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers to discuss the cost on new equipment; tires, hoses, road graters, and mower tractors. Other companies will also be contacted to research the cost...
Vehicle, drugs and cash seized after traffic stop
A traffic stop early Tuesday morning resulted in the arrest of a Dyersburg man on charges of possession of schedule II drugs, as well as possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony. James Brian Whitt, 36, was pulled over at approximately 12:25 a.m. after Dyersburg Police Department Sgt. Chris Clements received information from a TBI agent regarding a large amount of methamphetamine set to enter the city...