Students Return to School

The holidays are over and students are returning to school today (Tuesday, January 3)
The remainder of the school calendar for the year is as follows:
Schools will be closed for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 16th and for President’s Day, Monday, February 20th.
Schools will be closed for spring break April 2nd-6th.
Students will not attend on Tuesday, May 22nd. That will be an administrative day and all teachers must attend. The last day of school will be Wednesday, May 23rd. That will be an abbreviated school day and report cards will be sent home.
Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on Tuesday, March 13th at DeKalb County High School from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Parent-Teacher Conferences will also be held from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.Thursday, March 15th at DeKalb Middle School, Northside Elementary, Smithville Elementary, and DeKalb West School.
Report cards will be sent home on Thursday, January 5th, and Monday, March 12th.
AYP-EOC/Gateway Testing at DCHS will be May 1st-3rd at DCHS and a make-up AYP-EOC/Gateway Test will be May 4th.
ACT Test for the 11th grade will be Tuesday, March 20th
Writing Assessment for the 5th, 8th, and 11th grades will be Tuesday, February 7th. Writing Assessment make-up will be Wednesday, February 8th.
TCAP testing of elementary students will be April 26th through May 4th

Frankie Hendrix Taylor

80 year old Frankie Hendrix Taylor of Dowelltown died Monday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a Methodist and an employee of Kingston Timer. The funeral will be Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Snow Hill Methodist Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her husband, Manuel Taylor; parents, Frank and Connie Pack Hendrix; a son, Donnie Taylor; a grandchild, Tabitha Young; a brother, George and his wife Wilma Hendrix; half brothers, Shelton (Shag) Hendrixson, Woodrow Hendrixson, Oliver (Man) Hendrix, Delton Hendrixson, and Loycee Hendrixson; and half sisters, Martha Fisher and Odean Arnold. Survivors include two daughters, Regena Taylor and special friend, Jim Vaughn of Smithville and Cindy Malone of Temperance Hall. One son, Ricky and wife Ann Taylor of Dowelltown. Four grandchildren, Carla and Lee Mick of Smithville, Bradley Malone and fiance Rachel Baker of Temperance Hall, Jason and Marie Taylor of Alexandria, and Aaron and Paula Taylor of Dowelltown. Seven great grandchildren, Chase Belcher, U S Army, of Afghanistan, Casey Belcher of McMinnville, Kristen Mick of Smithville, Christen Smartt of Dowelltown, Reagan Taylor of Alexandria, Caleb Taylor of Alexandria, and Peyton Taylor of Dowelltown. One great great grandchild, Tyler Belcher of Smithville. One sister, Jimmie Mullican of Smithville. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Daniel Joseph Yoskovich

60 year old Daniel Joseph Yoskovich of Smithville died Sunday at his residence. He was a welder with Norfolk and Southern Railroad. The family has chosen direct cremation, however a memorial service will be held on Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Survivors include his wife Vivian Yoskovich of Smithville. A son, Jayson Yoskovich of Michigan. Two daughters and a son-in-law, Heidi Helms and Dan Smith of Michigan and Heather Yoskovich of Smithville. Two grandchildren, Brendon Rich of Murfreesboro and Audrey Yoskovich of Michigan. Three brothers, Bill Yoskovich of Michigan, Tom Yoskovich of Smithville, and Dave Yoskovich of Michigan. Two sisters, Donna Yoskovich of Michigan and Michelle Yoskovich of California. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Robert Lloyd Stanley, Jr.

81 year old Robert Lloyd Stanley, Jr. of Smithville died Sunday at NHC Healthcare Center in Smithville. He was a Baptist and a retired construction worker. The funeral will be Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Michael Hale will officiate and burial will be in the Hale Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Lloyd, Sr. and Nancy Ann Thomas Stanley; his first wife, Myrtle Pedigo Stanley; his second wife, Helen Stanley; a step-son, Darrell Petty; brothers, Claude, Hobert, and Lenzy Stanley; and a sister, Lucille Tidwell. Survivors include three daughters, Kathy Darlene Vanatta and Mark Young of Smithville, Donna and husband Jerry Byrd of Dowelltown, and Lori Lindsey of Sevierville. Step-children, Deborah Ferrell, Randall Petty, and David Petty. Grandchildren, Crystal and Michael Moore of Smithville, Barbara Strickland and Von Franklin, III of Woodbury, Heather and Arnold Bean of Dowelltown, Jeremy Byrd of Hermitage, Amber and Ryan Evins of Sevierville, and Hannah Lindsey of Sevierville. Great grandchildren, Justin and Nathan Moore of Smithville, Cody Strickland and Kristin and Von Franklin, IV of Woodbury, and Aydan Bean of Dowelltown. A brother, Billy Stanley of Nashville. Sisters, Wilma Bilbrey of Nashville and Dean King of Smithville. Special niece, Elaine Presley-Brooks of Brush Creek. Several nieces and nephews survive. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. The family asks that donations be made to DeKalb Funeral Chapel to help with funeral expenses, in lieu of flowers.

Betty Temple Reynolds Jones

75 year old Betty Temple Reynolds Jones of Smithville died Saturday at Alive Hospice at Skyline in Madison. She was a homemaker and a Baptist. The funeral will be Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Jefferson Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Hastle Cope and Myrtle Cantrell Cope; two husbands, Hobson Reynolds and Bob Jones, and one sister, Maxine Briggs. Survivors include a daughter, Suzanne and husband Richard Williams of Dowelltown. A son, Jim and wife Marl Ann Reynolds of Hermitage. Six grandchildren, Shan and husband Andy Burklow of Dowelltown, Matt and wife Shawna Williams of Murfreesboro, Christie and husband Kevin Wilson of Mount Juliet, Beth and husband Joseph Chandler of Dowelltown, Josh and wife Mary Williams of Rockvale, and Tyler Reynolds of Hermitage. Ten great grandchildren. One brother, Grady and wife Kay Cope of Tullahoma. One sister, Gloria and husband Aaron Webb of Smithville. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

New Law Tracking Key Meth Ingredient Takes Effect

Several key laws sponsored by Senate Judiciary Chairman Mae Beavers (R-Mt. Juliet) took effect on January 1 .
This includes major legislation implementing a statewide electronic tracking system to curb meth production in the state.
The system, called NPLEx (National Precursor Log Exchange), will monitor and block illegal purchases of over-the-counter cold and allergy medicines containing pseudoephedrine (PSE), a key ingredient in methamphetamine production.
“Meth is a growing and costly scourge on too many communities in our state,” said Senator Beavers, prime sponsor of the bill.
“While it robs users of their health and cognitive abilities, it robs children of any chance of a normal childhood. Meanwhile, the byproducts of the drug’s production are quickly and quietly ravaging our environment. This new law is a huge step in attacking the meth problem we face in Tennessee.”
Previously, there was no mechanism in place in Tennessee to block illegal PSE sales in real time, with pharmacies and retailers having to rely on handwritten, paper logbooks to track purchases. As a result, criminals learned to circumvent the system.
The new law requires that as of January 1, 2012, all pharmacies must use NPLEx, which exports the data to law enforcement. NPLEx must have a stop sale mechanism in place by that time for potential purchasers over the allowable purchase limit and anyone on the meth offender registry.
Another key law co-sponsored by Beavers which took effect January 1 requires the testing of a driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC) level in cases where the driver has previously been convicted of a DUI or when there is a child present in the vehicle.
Tennessee’s DUI law already requires BAC testing when there is serious bodily injury to a victim or death. This measure simply puts these two additional conditions into the law when testing must be performed, whether or not the driver consents. The test results may be offered into evidence, subject to the rules of evidence.
Also set to take effect as the 2012 year begins is a new law co-sponsored by Senator Beavers to enhance the voting procedure for those serving in the military by ensuring Tennesseans abroad who do not receive their official ballot in time can participate in an election.
Tennessee ranks among the top states in the nation in the number of military personnel. The new law requires that the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot is accepted for all elections in which a person is eligible to vote; and may be used simultaneously for registration and an absentee ballot request.