Stewart County Schools Director Mike Craig made the decision today to close school the rest of this week. Craig said Dr. Lee called and strongly recommended they close. Dr. Robert Lee's office, Tennova Medical Clinic in Dover said they have seen a high number of flu and strep cases today and yesterday on top of what they had last week when schools closed Thursday, Friday, and Monday of this week trying to stop the spread of flu. Dover Family pharmacy said they have written a large number of prescriptions for flu in the last week and the number is rising, filling even more today and yesterday. Craig said starting tomorrow, all after school activities are canceled as well, they are planning on going back on Monday, Feb. 10.
As many know, a stoplight has been in the works at the Trace for some time, and was scheduled to start this summer. The Standard was told recently, this has been pushed back. Kathryn Schulte, Community Relations Officer for the Tennessee Dept. of Transportation, mentioned that the project was scheduled to let in August, but unfortunately had to be moved to the October letting. The term 'let' in highway construction projects means, by definition, "The date by which bids are opened."
Schulte stated, "Closing on the last tract is now complete, but it wasn't finalized in time to get the project into the August letting. This was the tract on the McDonald's property. When working with large corporations it's not uncommon to encounter delays with this process. A few weeks prior to the letting, the construction department will set time on the contract. At that time we will know when the project is scheduled to be completed." According to Mayor Robin Brandon, it will take eight months to set the poles which will be this time next year before the new light is installed at that location. Brandon stated, "This is very disturbing to our citizens and we are unclear if this was a local or corporate decision on the part of McDonald's."
A photographic War Memorial honoring our country's fallen military from the War on Terror since 9/11 is at the Stewart Co. Visitors Center, through Friday, May 31, from 8 am - 4:30 pm. It includes service members from TN who have died during service since 911. Cory Hewitt, who was killed in a suicide bombing in December of 2004 is the only one representing Stewart Co. in the somber memorial. The Opening Ceremony introducing the memorial was from 4-6 pm Friday, May 24. Veteran Service Officer, Kathy Freed spoke and honored local sponsors and presented their representatives with a Certificate. Sponsors included, Keith Tester with VFW Post 4730; Daniel Hyleman with Houston/Stewart Disabled American Veterans; Mayor Robin Brandon with the Stewart County Mayor's office; Don Bailey with the American Legion Dover Post 72; and Melissa Parker, Ski Witzofsky, and Kathy Veazey with the Stewart Co. Arts & Heritage Council.
Indian Mound woman, Charlene Thompson set up a display of her family members who served for the opening ceremony. She had a display of her great grandfather, grandfather and father's many military decorations and information about their service to our country. Her great grandfather, Major Harry Packard served in the Philippines during WWII and survived the Bataan Death March but was killed by friendly fire on a POW ship. Her grandfather, Brigadier General Edmund Thompson, served in Vietnam and the office he had in the Pentagon was hit in the 9/11 attacks. Her father, Sergeant First Class Matthew Thompson served in the Cold War. Thompson said, "Memorial Day was not created for sales or BBQs, or trips to the beach. It was created as a special day to remember those we've lost who gave us the freedom to do those things. I'm happy most Americans won't ever know what it's like to get that knock or phone call. I wouldn't want any family to know that feeling. I wish everyone could understand what military families, especially Blue and Gold star families feel around this time of year when we see how much Americans forget that today is about remembering."
US Congressman for Tennessee's 7th Congressional District, Mark Green, was at the Stewart Co. Visitors Center for a brief Town Hall discussion, Monday, April 22 at 2 pm. There was a large turnout at the meeting which was listed in the Standard Event Calendar last week. Green talked about the team he has set up and introduced them. Green said, "I believe we have built a very good team, we cover 19 counties, I obviously can't be everywhere at one time. We hired some extra field reps, I believe being responsive to people is the biggest thing that makes an elected or appointed official good at their job." Green introduced Mark Crane as Field Representative for our area. A Retired Night Stalker, with multiple trips to Iraq and Afghanistan, according to Green. His office is located at 128 N. Second St. in Clarksville.
38 year old, Jennifer Ruth Barber of Clarksville, TN, was booked into SC jail, last night, Tuesday April 9 at 11:55 pm, on several counts, including: Manufacture/sell/deliver/possession of Schedule II Substance, promotion of methamphetamine manufacture, possession of a handgun while intoxicated, possession of a weapon during felony, driving while in possession of meth, altering, falsifying or forging an auto title, driving under influence, driving un-insured, unlawful removal of registration decal, unregistered vehicle, unlawful drug paraphernalia, simple possession or casual exchange, speeding 21 miles over the speed limit, and two counts of violation of the light law. Stewart County Public Information Officer, Paulette Redman told the Standard, Barber was pulled over on Hwy 120 in Stewart Co. She had 60 grams of Methamphetamine, a weapon, and $1,300 cash when she was taken into custody. Officer Bo Riner made the stop and Deputy/K9 Handler Shane Keatts brought Stormy, the Sheriff's Office trained dog out and found the drugs. Barber's court date is scheduled for April 16, her total bond is $140,000.
After three commissioners resigned in two weeks, just ahead of the end of their two year terms, the new Stewart County Election Commission met, Tuesday, April 2, at 4:30 pm. There were all new members except for one, long time Democrat Commissoner, Nellie Settle. They met to select a chairman and go over organizational procedures for new commissioners. Three Republican replacements were appointed by the State Election Commission, Monday, April 1, after being recommended by District 75 State Rep., Bruce Griffey. The three, who were expected to be placed on the commission, Tim Borens, Robert Girndt and Carol Lovin were all sworn in at the meeting. Lovin was named Chairman. One surprise, long time Stewart Co. resident, Jane Bagwell, was named by the State Election Commission to replace the Democrat Commissioner who resigned last week. Bagwell was at the meeting but couldn't vote yet because she has not been made official. Settle is considered a hold over and said she will wait to be sworn in with Bagwell. We will have more on the first meeting of the new commission in next week's Standard.
According to the US Army Corps of Engineers, Nashville District, they are in the process of reclassifying the Lock C site in Montgomery Co., TN, on the Cumberland River, from Multiple Resource Management (MR)-Low Density Recreation to MR-Future/Inactive Recreation Area. A press release sent to the Standard, stated in part, "This designation will allow the Corps to reassign the area to the U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Campbell. The Lock C site has historically been used by the Army to transport equipment on the Cumberland River and, in 2018, the Corps issued a Permit to Fort Campbell for the purpose of loading and unloading barges along the shoreline of a 14.64-acre portion of the site. The permitted area has visual remnants of the old lock wall, contains a rudimentary boat ramp, and currently receives light recreational usage from boaters and bank fishermen. The Army has subsequently requested more proprietary control over the area and the Corps has agreed to reassign the area to Fort Campbell. This reassignment would allow the Army to construct security fencing, gates, and barricades to restrict public access to the site."
One of only two Democratic representatives on the Stewart Co. Election Commission turned in her resignation today, effective immediately. Democrat Martha Vaughn turned in a letter of resignation at the local Election Commission office at 1:50 pm, before a 4:30 called meeting. Chairman Kyle Mallory said it was a surprise. The resignation didn't leave enough, a required three Commissioners, for a quorum to vote. They were able to officially lock the ballot boxes after someone from the State Election Commission gave the okay with one Republican Election Commissioner, Mallory, and one Democrat Election Commissioner, Nellie Settle, who has been on the commission for many years. Two Republican Election Commissioners resigned on March 12, 2019. Vaughan resigned today, leaving only two. Mallory said he will not be appointed and there should be four new Election Commission members, three Republicans and one Democrat appointed by the state legislature, April 1, 2019. We will have more on this story in next week's Standard.
SCHS Class of 2018's Valedictorian, Sunshine Coombs, won the new car given away this year at the Peppers Automotive Grade-A-Car Giveaway, held Sat., July 21 in Paris, TN. Coombs has been featured in the Standard many times while at SCHS including on the front page in April when she signed a commitment to Murray State University for a Presidential Fellowship scholarship that covers tuition, housing, and meals for up to eight semesters. She came by the Standard office Monday in her new ride, a 2018 Toyota Corolla. Coombs said, "There were about 70 students from 20 counties there. I could not hear anything and when they first announced, I heard Sunshine but didn't know if I had won money or the car. I couldn't believe it and still can't." She said her old car had more than 170,000 miles on it and the air conditioning didn't work.
Local Stewart County man, Lane Lewis, son of Donnie and Rhonda Lewis of Indian Mound is currently filming a short film, partially on site in Dover. Stewart County folks should be aware, some filming took place Wednesday, July 11 around 11:30 am on Hood St., between Vine and Church streets behind the SC courthouse. Additionally, Dover Police Chief, Kim Wallace is allowing use of one police uniform and one police car for an individual scene to be shot in the same location, Sunday night, July 15. "A young woman who is left homeless after the death of her parents, struggles with her faith in both God and humanity," is the synopsis for the film, titled "Found at the Steps." Three Eighteen Productions, based out of Stewart County, is putting the 15-20 minute film together. Co- Producers Lewis and Kaitlyn Williams are excited about the short film. Lewis, who is also the Director, said the company plans for the film to first have a festival run, and may be released as soon as mid-to-late August 2018. Actor Stephen Shore, who is flying in from New York for a production at the Roxy Theater in Clarksville, will portray the part of the officer, and Williams will portray the lead role in the Christian film.
Land Between the Lakes , Ky./Tenn. - July 5, 2018 - According to officials at LBL. A man was injured by a bison inside the restricted area of the South Bison Range in Stewart County on July 4 at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. The 37 year old male was treated by Stewart County Emergency Medical Services and transported by helicopter to Vanderbilt Medical Center where he remains in stable condition. "We continue to stress to the public that bison and elk are wild animals," said Curtis Fowler, wildlife technician at Land Between the Lakes. "Bison will aggressively protect their calves by confronting any perceived threat. Their sharp horns and hooves are unforgiving and they can react surprisingly fast." Fowler encourages the public to use this very unfortunate incident as a reminder to never enter restricted wildlife enclosures. There are two bison enclosures at Land Between the Lakes. The South Bison Range offers limited viewing from the Woodlands Trace National Scenic Byway. The Elk and Bison Prairie offers an opportunity to drive through and observe animals in their native habitat from the safety of their vehicle.
The Standard received a press release from the TBI Tuesday, July 3, stating, "An investigation by Special Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in an indictment for a former sheriff's detective in Stewart County in connection to the December suicide of his acquaintance. On December 2nd, at the request of 23rd District Attorney General Ray Crouch, TBI Special Agents began investigating the shooting death of a man at a home on Lower Cross Creek Road in Indian Mound. During the course of the investigation, Agents determined the shooting was self-inflicted and involved the service weapon of off-duty Stewart County Sheriff's Deputy David Evans (DOB 2-27-69). The investigation further revealed that, before the man's death, Evans permitted him to ride in his patrol unit while the man drank alcohol and used the lights and siren inappropriately. After the two returned to the man's home, and while the deputy was inside the house, the man retrieved the deputy's service weapon from his patrol unit and shot himself. On Monday, the Stewart County Grand Jury returned an indictment, charging Evans (who resigned his position with Stewart County) with one count of Official Misconduct. Today, authorities booked him into the Stewart County Jail on $1,000 bond." District Attorney General Ray Crouch told us last month the case was to be presented to the May Grand Jury but was delayed until July.We first reported on the story in the December 5, 2017 Standard in the story with the headline, "Indian Mound Man Dies; Early Reports Say He Shot Himself with Deputy's Gun."In February of this year, we confirmed Evans was the off duty investigator involved, very little information was released on the incident from the TBI, or the Stewart Co. Sheriff's Office.
McDonalds of Dover held their Grand Re-Opening Ceremony, Thursday, May 3. They started a complete remodel in March of this year but was able to keep the drive-thru open during most of the construction. The restaurant had to close completely for the final inside work. General Manager Katherine Sexton said there were well over 200 people by 5 pm on Thursday. At 9 am there was a Flag Raising Ceremony with the Dover Post 72 American Legion and a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with the Stewart Co. Chamber of Commerce. The actual Grand Re-Opening Ceremonies were held 3:30pm-5:30pm with the Dover Police, Stewart Co. Fire Rescue and LBL with activities and hand outs. The Dover Police Dept. offered a ChildPrint ID Kit for parents and fingerprinted kids. Fire Rescue let kids check out the fire truck. There were door prizes and coupons handed out to all in attendance. Besides a completely new look, they have also added a modernized dining area, self-order kiosks, KidzPlace entertainment systems, digital menu boards, free Wi-Fi, and mobile order and pay. You can check them out at 1505 Donelson Parkway in Dover.
The Stewart County Roads and Highways Committee met at the library Monday, April 23 in the conference room. All seats were filled with people looking for answers about their roads. All members were in attendance this time, Commissioners Vincent Gray, Mark Dortch, and Brian Tiebor were present along with Road Superintendent Gary Page and Sheriff Deryk Wyatt. There was some discussion whether or not to close Carl Wallace Rd. as a county road. Tiebor said, "This is a road going into a cow field and the owner wants it closed so he can put up a gate." Page was concerned about there being a cemetery beyond the road. "As long as it's a county road you're not supposed to have a gate and there is a family cemetery back there," Page said. Tiebor asked Page, "One house down it, and it's a county road, so if he calls and asks you to do maintenance, you're going to do it?" The answer was yes, since it's a county road. Tiebor mentioned the owner who wants it taken off the county road list said he would post a phone number on the gate so anyone could call who wanted back there. Page said, "You really don't have no phone service back there in Tobacco Port." The committee voted to leave it a county road because of the cemetery, Tiebor was the only no vote.
Next was the main part of the discussion, consideration of county road standards. There was much discussion about the lack of knowing for sure how many people are interested in bringing their roads up to standard. Wyatt asked for clarification from Tiebor, who brought the original resolution to the full commission last month. Wyatt asked, "What you're asking for in the bill, is if anyone brings their road up, they get one year to bring it up to the 88 standards. Do they then have to present that to the county commission? Then the full commission would vote whether they're going to take them over or not?" The answer was yes. Gray asked Page about who has brought their roads up to the current standards. Page indicated, "Many were done before I took over this position. Outlaw Subdivision, Eagles Rest, you all taxed them extra on that. The Moneymaker Subdivision."
According to the Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association, the SCHS Rebels are ranked number one in the state for Division AA. They have had only one loss on the season to Creek Wood. Monday, April 9, the Rebels defeated Camden Central 7-0 at home as two pitchers combined to throw a shut out. Will Crain led the Rebels to victory on the mound allowing two hits and 0 runs in five and one-third innings. The Rebels totaled nine hits in the game. Brandt Bramlett, Thorne Gray, & Elijah Smith all managed multiple hits, with Bramlett going 3 for 4 at the plate. Tuesday, April 10, the Rebels came away with a last inning rally for a 12-8 victory over Camden Central. The game was tied at eight with SC batting in the top of the 9th when Logan Beecham singled on a 0-1 count, scoring one run. Will Crain Led SC to victory by driving in 4 runs and going 3 for 5 at the plate. Andrew Threatt earned the victory on the mound for SC. Thursday's double header was also a clinch. Winning 14-8 in the first game and 21-1 in the second against Kenwood High School. The Rebels play at home Wednesday, at 5 pm against Waverly and Saturday, April 21 against Fairview at 1 pm. Come cheer on the home team!
Stewart County High School Lady Rebel, #52, Carolyn "Peanut" White, signed a scholarship to play for Columbia State Community College, Tuesday, April 10. The Columbia State Lady Chargers head coach, Bridget Goodnight was on hand. The Lady Rebels team was called to the library and as soon as Schools Director, Leta Joiner arrived, the official ceremony began. White said before the ceremony, she didn't expect to receive a scholarship. "They were contacted toward the end of the season and came to some of the games. Everybody had faith in me but I was like, it was starting to get to be crunch time at the end of the year." When asked where the term, 'Peanut' came from, she laughed and said her mom, Michelle Jackson McClelland, started it. White said, "When I first came to life, the first words my mom said was, 'she looks like a peanut,' my mom didn't say, awww, she's beautiful, she said, she looks like a peanut!" White added, "When I was young, I always hated my real name, it's an older name." She said when she started school, she told people her name was Peanut."Straight to the get go, I said, I'm Peanut." White said she was afraid of basketball at first and played softball instead. "My sister started playing first, and I was always scared of the ball. I played softball but not basketball. My mom finally convinced me and I was about in 3rd or 4th grade when I started Jr. Pro. 8th grade is when I started AAU. From 8th grade to junior year, I played basketball every single month for four years straight." White said about her new coach, "She's got, like a, strong, sterncontrol, that keeps me in my act, so I know I've got to push myself a little bit harder. I don't want to make her mad or disappointed or anything." White's mom said she likes the small campus and the coach. "The coach is very straightforward and told us she would involve us in any decisions. The school is small, safe and not to far from home. I like it and am so happy for Peanut," said McClelland.
Danny Peppers and Alexis Jones are the new Stewart Co. Jr. Pro Football and Cheerleading Directors. There will be a cheer camp held this summer and other fundraisers for the program. Be watching the Standard for details. If interested in coaching football, call Danny at the Standard, 931-232-3801. If interested in helping with cheerleading, call Alexis at 931-627- 7206. We want to make the program fun and safe for all kids wanting to participate.
Tuesday, April 10, a call came into Stewart County dispatch from a fisherman on Kentucky Lake near Gray's Landing. The caller stated he had spotted what looked like a vehicle submerged a few feet out from the boat ramp. The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office dive team was contacted and met the Stewart County Sheriff's Office and Stewart County EMA at the boat ramp, Wednesday morning, April 11, about 10 am. Officials found a vehicle approximately 30-40 feet out in the lake and 10 feet to the left of the boat ramp. After pulling the vehicle out of the water, a decomposed body was discovered inside. According to Stewart County Chief Deputy, Marc McElroy, the Paris Police Dept. and Henry County Coroner were notified. McElroy said, "The vehicle pulled out matched the description of a vehicle Paris PD put a BOLO (or be on the lookout) for in March of 2016, so the case was turned over to them and is an active and ongoing investigation." The BOLO in 2016 was for a 50 year old female who was possibly suicidal with a description of the same vehicle pulled out of the water today. The body was not able to be identified at the scene however and an autopsy was to be performed. The Standard will provide more details when they become available.
We've heard from many people about their road not being maintained by the county because it's considered a private road. On the Agenda for the upcoming Stewart Co. Commission regular meeting, Monday, April 9 at the Visitor Center at 7 pm is a resolution put forward by Commissioners, Brian Tiebor, Jan Black, and Phillip Castile to suspend the current road acceptance standards. It reads in part, "The duties and responsibilities of the Stewart County Commission is to provide for the welfare, safety, and security of the residents of Stewart County. Roads are an integral and necessary resource, providing for welfare, safety, and security. Properly maintained roads are absolutely essential for the ingress and egress of emergency ambulance, police, fire vehicle, and professionals. Citizens are denied basic US Mail Service. The State of Tennessee has levied an increased gasoline tax which will result in additional funding being available to offset any additional cost of maintaining new county roads resulting from this resolution. The County Commission has previously enacted a Roads Acceptance Standard without permitting all the taxpayers and residents of Stewart County the opportunity which (was afforded to a select few) to bring their roads up to the acceptance standard prior to enacting the current acceptance standards.
The Stewart County High School (SCHS) faculty is pleased to announce senior Mary Edwards, as Feb. Student of the Month for her outstanding academic achievement, student involvement, and for serving as an extraordinary role model for underclassmen. After graduation, she plans to attend Lincoln Memorial University to attain a bachelor's degree in chemistry with a pre-med focus. Her long-term goal is to attend medical school to become a physician. A member of the Class of 2018 Top Ten Percent, she is ranked fourth. Academics are a priority for Edwards, which is reflected in the 4.0 grade point average she has maintained throughout high school, as well as the Black & Gold academic awards she earned in Honors English III & Health Science. Through dual enrollment courses offered with APSU, she has completed 33 credit hours and was honored by the university in 2017 with an Academic Achievement Award. She was selected as a 2017
The County Commission met in a called meeting, Monday March 12 at the Visitor Center. 12 commissioners were present, with Vincent Gray and Eric Watkins absent. One of the first items on agenda was a resolution requesting the Governor and TN Dept. of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), to delay demolition of Paris Landing State Park Inn. Mayor Rick Joiner spoke, saying, "Gentlemen, I understand you have been given some information from David Ross regarding that subject." The letter Ross handed out stated in part, the State of Tennessee has allocated $26 million for Paris Landing State Park and it should be spent to renovate and upgrade the existing 130 room inn and to upgrade and enhance all of the park. Ross also said, "State officials are saying if the $26 million is not spent to demolish the current inn, that money will be lost. Citizens and taxpayers want the current inn renovated and the remainder of the $26 million spent on the entire park." He also referenced a state plan for TN State Parks from 2013, referencing Paris Landing State Park, it read "Replacing the HVAC is estimated at $1.8 million, and a significant renovation for the facility is estimated at nearly $6 million."
The 2018 Kayak Bass Fishing National Championship will be held March 23-24, at KY Lake with over 750 anglers competing for a grand prize of $100,000. Many of these fishermen will visit our community for several days prior to the event. This is a two-day CPR tournament in which each competitor's final score will be determined by adding the total length of the bass by his name on the Event Leader Board at end-of-competition time on Day 1 (Friday) to the total length of the bass by his name on the Event Leader Board at end-of-competition time on Day 2 (Saturday). All bass eligible for scoring must have been caught from eligible water during competition hours and submitted within the time frame permitted by the rules. Eligible water is Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley, plus tributaries up which one may paddle/float from the main bodies of water. Boundaries are, Up to five (5) bass on Friday and up to five (5) bass on Saturday will contribute to the cumulative score. For more information on the event, please visit www.kayakbassfishing.com.
This will be the last year for the annual Lighting Up the Cumberland (LUTC) Celebration. During last week's Budget & Finance (B&F) meetings, the TN River Resort Tourism budget was discussed. As in the last several years, both Eaglefest and LUTC receive $5,000 from that budget. During the B&F meetings, when LUTC was mentioned, commissioners commented, "This is the last year." Additionally, for those who attended, a Cumberland City float in the Irish Day Parade, Sat. March 17, announced this was the last year for the event. Cumberland City Recorder Cheryl Milliken said, "It is for sure that this will be the last year. Interest is waning and there are too few in number to help with the event." After this year, LUTC attendees will have to make other plans to enjoy their Fourth of July festivities
We have been receiving reports of wild feral pig sightings in Land Between the Lakes, especially in the southern portion in Stewart Co. We contacted Chris Joyner, Public Affairs representative with Land Between the Lakes (LBL). He replied to our email about the pigs, stating, "We have local cooperative farmers that farm in LBL that have reported crop damage from hogs. The hogs appear to roam over a wide area with no clear range. We don't have a population estimate and are working with state and federal agencies to identify solutions to remove hogs from LBL." There are similar reports across Tennessee and the southeast. According to TWRA, "Wild hogs cause extensive damage to crops, wildlife habitat, contribute to erosion and water pollution, and carry diseases harmful to livestock and other animals as well as humans. The damage they cause has become more common and widespread during the last fifteen years as they have gone from being present in 15 counties in Tennessee to being in nearly 80 of a total of 95 counties.
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