Carnival canceled at Discovery Park; inflatables for free on the Great Lawn
UNION CITY, Tenn. - Discovery Park of America has learned that Popes Rides and Concessions will not be setting up on the Great Lawn for the Fourth of July weekend as planned. "This is an unfortunate change of plans," said CEO Jim Rippy. "However, we have contracted with a couple of different inflatable vendors to set up their bounce houses, obstacle courses and basketball goals on the Great Lawn throughout the weekend." Rippy went on to add that there will be no additional charge for children to enjoy the inflatables and train rides on the Great Lawn, they will be free with park admission. ...
DPD 'lowers the boom' on personal fireworks
In light of previous years' Fourth of July complaints and non-compliance, Dyersburg Police Department Chief Steve Isbell is requesting community cooperation in obeying city ordinance (7-402)(2) regarding the manufacture, sale, and discharge of fireworks. "We will have nearly a complete department mobilization again this year for the entire weekend, including Monday night the Fourth, due to the many problems we have experienced over the years," Chief Isbell informed.
DPD's Langford graduates from FBI Academy
The FBI National Academy Class No. 264 recently graduated 213 law enforcement officers from 47 states that included Lt. Thomas Langford of the Dyersburg Police Department. The program offers 10 weeks of advanced communications, leadership and fitness training for selected officers having proven records as professionals within their agencies...
Dyersburg 911 operator awarded 911 Medal of Honor
On June 23, 32-year-old Tiffany DeSpain, who has served as a dispatcher at Dyersburg 911 for nearly six years, was awarded the 911 Medal of Honor by Dyersburg Mayor John Holden in recognition of her actions, which clearly contributed to saving human life.
Patriotism on display for Fourth
Dyersburg's displays of patriotism and pride are found throughout the city, waving in the summer breeze. Symbols of freedom from sacrifices made long before our time, the 'Stars and Stripes' represent our nation, its people, and the pursuit of happiness.
Trimble library's Summer Reading Program draws support from student athletes
On the last day of the Hamilton Parks Library Summer Reading Program, children enjoyed a fun-filled day of barrel racing! Performing a live demonstration of the activity was young Taylor Stork (top photo). Children devoted time during one of their craft days in order to customize their very own cowboy rodeo hats, made special for the event. 'We have had a great Summer Reading Program!' exclaimed Hamilton Parks Library Director Rosemary McKinney. 'We are grateful that our fine youth of this area are so willing to pass their skills on to the next great student athletes.' Special thanks is extended to Julie Stork, who headed this year's Summer Reading Program, as well as Lily Torrence- cross country running, Janie Kaye Gentry-softball, Ty Stork- steer riding, Chase McKinney- soccer, Chandler McKinney- co-ed cheer, Copper Hurt- DCHS football, Taylor Stork- barrel racing, and the entire DCHS football team.
County cracks down on property cleanup
The Dyer County Legislative Body (CLB) convened late Monday afternoon to discuss items on the agenda including an inter-local agreement between the city of Dyersburg and Dyer County for the Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program 2016 Award, the approval of bond (three-year) for newly appointed Dyer County School Systems Director Dr. Larry Lusk, and a resolution, that if passed by the General Assembly, will cut down the time that property owners have to clear debris from their residences before facing monetary penalties.
Voter registration for Aug. election ends July 5
Tuesday, July 5 is the last day to register to vote across the state of Tennessee in order to be eligible to vote in the Aug. 4, 2016 election. The Aug. 4 election here in Dyer County will be a state primary and county general, as well as four City of Dyersburg school board positions...
Edwards nominated for Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders
Destiny Edwards, a sophomore at Dyer County High School of Newbern, is a Delegate of the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders in Lowell, Mass. June 29--July 1. The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who are passionate about science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). ...
Dyer County Head Start taking applications for open enrollment
The Newbern and Dyersburg Head Start and Early Head Start locations are currently holding open enrollment through Friday, July 15. Although applications are welcomed year round, this open enrollment period helps to gauge interest and assists in predicting how many children will participate...
McIver's Grant hosts Fire Prevention and Safety presentation
McIver's Grant Public Library has hosted several Summer Reading Program events including Tuesday's Fire Prevention and Safety presentation. June 28 at 11 a.m. children gathered to learn about planning escapes from potential house fires and how to prevent them.
UT/TSU Dyer County Extension Office says, 'Yes, you can can!'
Beth Bell, UT/TSU Dyer County Extension Office Director, led a crash course on canning at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 28 at their facility. Methods of food preservation included pressure canned green beans and water-bath canned blackberry jam.
Discovery Park announces Fourth of July events
UNION CITY, Tenn. - The City of Union City and Discovery Park of America are teaming up to bring you one of this area's largest firework displays beginning at 9 p.m. on Monday, July 4. "It is a magnificent show ... the fireworks against the backdrop of Discovery Center and the Tower, with its colorful lights," said Event Director Lauren Jones. ...
Highlands residents welcome wildlife at petting zoo event
Pictured above, Kelly Epperson (right) is seen introducing Highlands resident Ann Sampson to 'Jaco the Parrot'. Jaco was one of the more 'vocal' animals featured during the Highlands of Dyersburg Health and Rehab's recent petting zoo event.
Bivens to guide prosecutors statewide
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- District Attorney C. Phillip Bivens was elected to the Executive Committee of the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference at its annual meeting. As District Attorney for the 29th Judicial District, General Bivens serves Dyer and Lake counties...
FCNB says adieu to German exchange student Nadia Holbein
In the fall of 2015, Dyer County welcomed the face of 21-year-old Nadia Holbein, an exchange student who left her life in Erlingheim, Germany to venture westward and experience the diverse culture of America. Both nervous and excited when she was brought to us through the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange program, Nadia had always dreamed about traveling to the states, and was thrilled to be chosen as one of 75 students given the opportunity to travel abroad and learn more about the cultural diversities that exist between Germany and America.
Newbern Police Department to host Discovery Park trip for 25 local kids
On July 23, members of the Newbern Police Department will be escorting 25 children on an adventure through time, as they embark on a daylong expedition to Discovery Park of America, free of cost. The trip will be provided for children who come from low-income homes who are currently receiving SNAP benefits or other forms of welfare supplement.
Families treated to Bell's 'Snacks to Go' workshop at McIver's
On Wednesday, June 22, Beth Bell, Dyer County UT Extension director, led a 'Snacks to Go' workshop at McIver's Grant Public Library for children and family members in the community as part of the McIver's Grant Summer Reading Program for children.
Discovery Park to display 'Missing Man' chair
UNION CITY, Tenn. -- A special ceremony to commemorate the addition of Discovery Park of America's newest display, The Missing Man Chair, will be held Saturday, July 2 at 2 in front of the Magnolia Place Liberty Hall in Freedom Square. Discovery Park of America is a place that is not only modern and full of energy, but it is also a place that houses American history, especially in Freedom Square and Magnolia Place Liberty Hall on the south side of the grounds. ...
DSCC hosts Rockin' Registration
Dyersburg State Community College hosted a 'Rockin' Registration' event all day Tuesday, June 28 in the Student Center for students receiving TN Promise Scholarships. Students' first stop upon arrival was the check-in table where they were greeted by (L-R): Rebecca Reeves (Adult Student coordinator), Nikki Shanklin (Student Services), or Whitley Jump (Academic Success student assistant), and directed to the Career Exploration station.
Musical prodigy Emi Sunshine performs at Music Fest
Despite harsh temperatures, hundreds of residents made their way out to Dyer County Fairgrounds for Music Fest, an evening-long event featuring music performers including Emi Sunshine and 'The Rain', The Genre Band, Derek Wales, and Brian Mabry.
Dyersburg names fireworks display in memory of Gerald Ketchum
The City of Dyersburg will host its annual fireworks display at the Dyer County Fairgrounds Monday, July 4 at approximately 9p.m. "In the past, we just went out and shot fireworks," recalls Mayor John Holden. "Then, the State Department of Insurance and Commerce and Fire Prevention implemented some rules and regulations, and we ended up needing someone to be a certified licensed operator."
DFD warns against amateur firework use
Permanent scarring, loss of vision, dismemberment -- these are too often the harsh realities of amateur fireworks use. To keep the public safe from fireworks-related injuries and deaths, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) urges everyone to treat fireworks as suitable only for use by trained professionals. ...
Obion County man charged with TennCare drug fraud
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- An Obion County man is charged with TennCare fraud involving doctor shopping or using TennCare to go to multiple doctors in a short period of time to obtain controlled substances.
Energy Assistance Program taking applications
Northwest Tennessee Economic Development Council will facilitate the LIHEAP Energy Assistance Program July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017. Applicants for energy assistance must have ALL required documents with them in order to apply for the program, including:...