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An official at Quad/Graphics corporate headquarters in Wisconsin confirmed employee reports that the company is closing its printing plant in Dickson. Claire Ho, director of corporate communications, said reductions in the workload at the plant in the William D. Field-Dickson County Industrial Park prompted the decision to close operations. The news was announced to employees early Wednesday morning. “We met with Quad/Graphics employees in the Dickson plant to share the difficult news that we would be closing the facility on or before March 12, 2015,” Ho said. She said the decision to close the plant is due to recent “unexpected news” from two Sunday magazine clients that will greatly cut back on work at the plant. Gannett Inc. has decided to cease publishing “USA Weekend” effective Dec. 28 and Athlon Media Group, the new owner of “Parade,” is making changes that will reduce its circulation. “We looked at workload in the plant, these clients represent about one-third of the plant’s total volume, and after looking at that impact we came to the conclusion that we could not keep the plant open and keep it competitive and profitable,” Ho said. Company officials began meeting with the 90 full-time and approximately 25 part-time employees at the plant Wednesday to outline exit options, including employment opportunities in other Quad/Graphics facilities in Nashville and Franklin, Ky., as well as nearly 60 plants throughout the United States. Ho said the company will hold career fairs for employees at the Dickson facility in the coming weeks. Ho said the company will “begin stepping down operations immediately” and that all production will wrap up by March 12. Opened as Diversified Printing in the early 1980s, the printing operation has gone through a number of ownership changes over the years, including Canada-based Quebecor, which was acquired by World Color in 1999 and then by Quad/Graphics in 2010. Quad Graphics began closing or selling off World Color operations almost immediately after the merger and in 2012 cut the workforce at the Dickson plant by more than 100 employees. Founded in Sussex, Wisc., in 1971, Quad/Graphics reported annual revenues of over $4 billion with more than 25,000 employees at operations in the United States, Canada, Latin American and Europe.

The Dickson County Board of Education is accepting comments on a proposed 2015-16 calendar and a first draft will be presented to the school board tonight. The proposal starts the school year Monday, Aug. 3, and ends with a half-day to hand out report cards on Thursday, May 26. The major changes from the current school year calendar are a return to separate days for Creek Wood and Dickson County high schools’ homecomings and the addition of a new “school break” on Friday, April 15. The new day off is available because Good Friday falls within the scheduled seven-day spring break. Because Dickson County’s school day is 30 minutes longer than required, the calendar again stockpiles 13 days above the minimum required and uses two of those days for staff development on Sept. 8, 2015, and Jan. 4, 2016, and one for parent-teacher conferences on Monday, Nov. 2. That leaves a bank of 10 days for inclement weather. There also are two half-days for teacher planning on Nov. 16, 2015, and Feb. 8, 2016. The two-week fall break is Oct. 5-16, 2015, and seven-day spring break is March 17-25, 2016. Holidays include Labor Day (Sept. 7), three days for Thanksgiving (Nov. 25-27), two-week Christmas break (Dec. 21-Jan. 1), Martin Luther King Day (Jan. 18) and Presidents Day (Feb. 15). Graduation for Creek Wood’s Class of 2016 is set for Thursday, May 12, and Dickson County’s Class of 2016 on Friday, May 13. The public can comment on the proposed calendar by email to info@dcbe.org. The school board gets its first look at the calendar tonight and will vote on it after the first of the year. The board meets at 7 pm in the central office in Dickson.

Proposed 2015-16 School Calendar Highlights

Aug. 3 – School opens

Sept. 7 – Labor Day

Sept. 8 – Staff Development (staff only)

Sept. 25 – CWHS Homecoming (half day for CWHS and feeder schools)

Oct. 2 – DCHS Homecoming (half day for DCHS and feeder schools)

Oct. 5-16 – Fall break

Oct. 26 – Report cards issued

Nov 2 – Parent-teacher conferences (staff only 11 am-7 pm)

Nov. 16 – Teacher planning (half day for students)

Nov. 25-27 – Thanksgiving

Dec. 18 – Half day

Dec. 21-Jan. 1 – Christmas break

Jan. 4 – Staff Development (staff only)

Jan. 11 – Report cards issued

Jan. 18 – MLK Jr. Day

Feb. 8 – Teacher planning (half day for students)

Feb. 15 – Presidents Day

Mar. 14 – Report cards issued

Mar. 17-25 – Spring break

Apr. 15 – School break (no school)

May 12 – CWHS graduation

May 13 – DCHS graduation

May 26 – Last day (half day to pick up report cards)

A previous year's live nativity at the Dickson County Help Center.

A previous year’s live nativity at the Dickson County Help Center.

After rain during Christmas in Downtown Dickson earlier this month, the Dickson County Help Center rescheduled its live nativity and music celebration for tonight. The center at 103 West College St. will hold its live nativity 5-8 pm Thursday in the Murrell Street parking lot. This year’s nativity scene depicting the birth of Jesus in a manger will feature live animals, including a camel, donkey, sheep, goat and calf. The Quest Center will be providing live music performances as well, kicking off with The Sunshine Singers at 6:30. The help center’s thrift store will be open until 8 pm with everything in stock 25 percent off for Christmas shoppers. The Dickson County Help Center provides assistance to thousands of Dickson County residents throughout the year with its food pantry and direct assistance programs for other needs such as rent, medical and utility expenses. For more information on the help center or its live nativity tonight, call 615-441-0076.

With a 9-0 start for the first half of their season, the Dickson County High School Lady Cougars open action in the Smoky Mountain Classic Christmas Tournament in Gatlinburg at noon today. The tournament features 54 men’s and women’s teams divided into various brackets. The 16th-ranked Lady Cougars are in the girls’ blue bracket, which features the top-ranked team in Class AAA and the host Gatlinburg-Pittman Lady Highlanders. Dickson County opens tournament action at noon today against the 8-2 Smith County Lady Owls, currently ranked number eight in Class AA. Smith County’s only losses came against fourth-ranked Murfreesboro Central and White County, the number-one team in Class AAA. The Warriorettes are 11-0 and face Northwest Whitfield out of Georgia in the other game in Dickson County’s half of the bracket. The winners of the two first-round games will meet in the semifinals at 12 pm Friday. The losers play at 9 am. The other half of the bracket features the host Lady Highlanders facing Hardin Valley Academy and Casey County, Ky., going against Sycamore, which just beat Creek Wood Friday. The tournament concludes Saturday. Coverage of today’s game starts with the A-1 Signs Pregame Show at 11:45 on all channels of the RFC Sports Network. Also on today’s schedule, Dickson Middle School travels to Harpeth and William James hosts Hickman County in 6 pm doubleheaders. Dickson Middle School’s games can be heard on the RFC Sports Network with pregame coverage at 5:45.

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  2. male beagle ….615-681-3203
  3. firewood for sale..$45/pickup or $50/delivery….982-2716….
  4. firewood for  sale……also a rank of cedar…789-3905 or 545-6519
  5. firewood…needs to be cut …bring chainsaw and truck…..bee hive for sale…bee hive equipment ….set of side boards for pickup truck….799-0976
  6. electric wheelchair, w/ 2 batteries……scooper packs…..2 tires…797-3868
  7. fireplace…4600 BTU…..615-202-2796
  8. 615-746-5465 or 741-6687….looking to buy a good sink for bathroom
  9. House for sale…205 Sunset Rd……3BR – bath & a half…fireplace in living room…1800sq ft. …3yr old roof…441-1541
  10. 1987 – 4wd Blazer…$600 cash…clear title……for sale; clarinet, needs mouthpiece $30…..931-994-3365
  11. Will clean out garages and buy your scrap metal call ask for Danny at 931 996 3753
  12. We buy sell and repair human hair doll wigs, please call for more information….also looking to buy some good quality longer hair.All colors and textures, $10-$15 per inch possible, 12 inch minimum length please…..931-996-3310
  13. looking for chainsaw…16in to 18in bar……looking for 15in tires, P225/R15s….615-870-4289
  14. 16ft gooseneck trailer…$950…..615-545-8258
  15. firewood for sale…$50/rick….931-996-4265
  16. looking for 6.5 lawn boy 2-stroke lawn mowers…….also have some trees, to be cut….441-4618
  17. looking for firewood…931-996-8167
  18. looking to buy metal folding chairs…..740-7097
  19. Cockatoo….797-9194
  20. kenwood am/fm cd player stereo $20….straight shaft weed eater…$35…..upright vacuum, dirt devil…$10….615-438-5963
  21. alpine CD player, $40….will clean up scrap metal..615-582-6774
  22. 2- boxes of diamond plate for small pickup….nice electric guitar….ford & chevy wheels….931-289-4727
  23. cameras & watches & etc..$30.all…outside antenna, ….708-4558
  24. 446-6204..looking for queen mattress & box spring
  25. tunes pianos…797-4312
  26. looking for ladies dresses size 20…..old calendars & magazines…..old christmas items…..306-3459 after 12pm
  27. lumber…looking for 2 by 8s…..931-670-6482
  28. fiddle $500…446-2688
  29. black leather motorcycle jacket, zip-in liner..4XL, $60……small electric pressure washer, $40….Harley Davidson belt buckle…$35….615-289-0659
  30. 23HP Kawasaki vertical shaft engine, 400 hours ..like new…446-585-4498
  31. looking for set of factory wheels for 97 mercury grand marquis……looking for a braker box…..for sale; leather betty hoop jacket, size XL….740-9481
  32. Z50 – 1997 minibike…615-496-5259
  33. 2 hogs for sale….couple of goats….horses…615-593-0175
  34. infrared heater……2-billy goats…..615-319-2594
  35. Huskavana leaf blower…..porch swing…table w/ 4 chairs…..310-2283
  36. leather jacket & coat…large animal cage…..30gl barrel w/ hand pump…446-6421
  37. looking to buy a good wood stove…789-4509
  38. large teddy bear, $20……chair, small rocking chair…$15…..ladies leather coat, $25….585-1487
  39. rotisserie $25 …drill press, $150…..backhoe, 3pt hitch…$3000….952-3875
  40. looking for used building materials….plywood, etc….looking for insulation……for sale; couple of riding mowers …..446-0264
  41. JohnDeere commercial weed eater, ..615-927-6298
  42. 64in Magnavox TV…..$25……615-714-3625
  43. looking for rifle shells…931-623-2688
  44. looking for good seasoned firewood….for sale; drum set & army equipment…496-5259
  45. antique high back, leather wing chair…tailgate for 5th wheel pickup……single jet ski trailer, …sell or trade these items…931-729-9432
  46. looking for used cross bow…..522-6608
  47. paint, $15/bucket…..$50 for bunch of  horse tack….931-709-3097
  48. amp for guitar….lawn mower wheels & tires….looking for chickens…336-3965
  49. antique bedroom suite…mirror/dresser/chair/headboard/footboard/full size etc/ large chest…..round dinette oak table, w/ 4 chairs..$175…506-0887
  50. 16ft aluminum extension ladder……hard cover for short bed chevy/GMC pickup…336-0316
  51. four – 175/70/13 tires…….set of aluminum wheels for a nissan….chainsaw, runs….517-0626
  1. fireplace mantle, white & black in color, $250 call 615-210-3515……looking for turquoise jewelry……living room rug for sale, $25….looking for brown country eggs….for sale, home interior pictures….615-732-8099
  2. carter fireplace, still in box…brand new…..small….excellent…$125…446-8828
  3. 64in Phillips Magnavox TV….$50 OBO…..615-714-3625
  4. 2 registered horses; …..6- western saddles 15in – 18in…lots of horse tack…..brand new or lightly used….740-9199
  5. looking for a diesel pickup truck, 615-483-2422
  6. seasoned firewood, oak & hickory $40/rick….789-3905 or 545-6519
  7. hard bed cover for a chevy 2002 to newer model…$300…..615-336-0316
  8. 2 beagles…$20/each…..615-681-3203
  9. looking for metal folding chairs…584-2748
  10. looking for firewood……for sale; 454 TBI motor…..350 TBI motor…615-585-7177
  11. 5 horse hoggers……3 brushes……4 saddle bags…..$50………2-five gallon buckets of paint…white base paint & eggshell ….$15/bucket….931-709-3097
  12. Nice electronic twin size bed..with remote control and on wheels for easy movement..75$……….New proform XP treadmill..75$……..615/973/7197
  13. two- 350 turbo trans, chevy……$400/rebuilt & $200/needs rebuilt…615-319-7723
  14. kenwood am/fm cd car stereo $20……dirtdevil vacuum, $10…….straight shaft weed eater $40…..looking for side jobs….615-438-5963
  15. House for sale…205 Sunset Rd……3BR – bath & a half…fireplace in living room…1800sq ft. …3yr old roof…441-1541
  16. 30-40gl plastic barrel w/ hand pump……large animal cage…..1996 GMC truck, short bed, …446-6421
  17. firewood for sale…$50/rick,.,…931-996-4265
  18. Beautiful cockatoo….797-9194
  19. aluminum dog box, for back end of truck…,…Yamaha electric organ……931-996-8347
  20. misplaced purse….if found please call, 441-4618
  21. looking for christmas help..615-840-3542
  22. looking for a meter box, w/ 50amp braker….615-927-4062
  23. timber cut …whomever wants to cut wood, …446-5059
  24. set of 255/70/16 tires…..half tread….asking $160 OBO…615-796-9252
  25. bee hive for sale….bee hive equipment…set side boards…..615-799-0976
  26. wheelchair, heavy duty…..hotpoint washer…..797-3868
  27. looking for 245/50/ZR16 tire…..31/1050/15 tire……wide wheel, jeep wrangler 15in…495-5589
  28. portable dishwasher w/ butcher block top $75….stack washer & dryer, $75…washer does not work….446-4112
  29. cameras & wrist watches & radio, etc..$30….outside antenna $30….chair, still in bag, brand new, red color..$10….looking for a small car…708-4558
  30. looking to buy sink for bathroom…porcelain…….615-801-6687 or 615-716-5465
  31. oak firewood, $45/rank…982-4429
  32. beautiful antique bedroom suite….maple color…$500….round oak table w/ 4 chairs…$175……506-0887
  33. yard swing on metal frame, 5ft…$75…..Huskavana leaf blower,sell cheap…310-2283
  34. 2 hogs for sale…280-lbs a piece…$325/both…goats for sale….pitbulls free to good home….615-598-6211
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  37. smoke ham….952-3117
  38. Australian outback coat, $40…….electric heater, 220…$25…..harley davidson exhaust pipes, $125…585-1487
  39. bar light, for top of truck $150….exercise bike, $40…..3 old Pullen chainsaws $30/all…952-3875
  40. medium size plastic dog house, $25….446-6542
  41. Toyota pickup truck….looking for flat bed for it….428-2130

Employees at the Quad/Graphics printing plant in Dickson are reporting that the company informed them Wednesday morning the facility will be closing in the spring. Calls to the plant on Old Columbia Road in the William D. Field-Dickson County Industrial Park were not answered and a message to Quad/Graphics marketing department at its headquarters in Wisconsin has not been returned. But a source with information from employees at the plant said company officials notified workers at a 6:30 am Wednesday meeting that the plant will be closing March 15. At last report, there are approximately 140 employees at the Dickson plant. The rotogravure printing operation originally started in Dickson as Diversified Printing in the mid-1980s and was one of the first plants to open in a major growth period in the industrial park. It has printed newspaper advertising inserts and the nationally distributed Parade magazine. It has gone through several ownership changes, including Canada-based Quebecor, which merged with World Color in 1999, which was acquired by Quad/Graphics in 2010. Founded in Sussex, Wisc., in 1971, Quad/Graphics reported annual revenues of $4 billion with 25,000 employees in 39 facilities in the United States, Europe, Canada and Latin America.

Eric Baxter

Eric Baxter

Local and state authorities dug up a Hickman County grave Tuesday in a search for evidence in the 16-year-old unsolved murder of a Dickson man. Agents of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, investigators from the Dickson County Sheriff’s Office and the District Attorney’s office executed an exhumation order at a grave in the Memory Gardens Cemetery outside Centerville. While none of the agencies involved commented on Tuesday’s developments, a source with knowledge of the case said investigators were acting on information that evidence connected to the 1998 murder of 32-year-old Eric Baxter might have been concealed in the casket of a relative of the primary suspect in the investigation. It is believed investigators are looking for a pistol that could have been used to shoot Baxter 6-8 times in the head, chest and hand in his Jones Creek Road home the night of Aug. 20, 1998. Concealed behind a blue tarp, investigators stood by as a casket was dug up and opened and spent about an hour searching and videoing the contents. Officials involved in the investigation would not comment on what, if anything, was found. The source close to the investigation said a confidential informant told the TBI the suspect disposed of the possible murder weapon by placing it in his father’s casket. That and other information developed over the last 16 years convinced a judge to issue an order for Tuesday’s exhumation. In an October 2013 feature on the Baxter murder, the TNT series “Cold Justice” identified former Hickman County Sheriff’s Office Det. Tommy Wortham as the primary suspect in Baxter’s murder. Wortham leased the Tice’s Springs Market on Highway 48 North from the Baxter family’s West Meade Corporation 1994-96 and tried to exercise an option to purchase the store, but the Baxters rejected his offer after he missed the contract deadline. Wortham sued West Meade Corp. but a judge ruled in favor of the Baxters. Wortham appealed the decision but two months before the shooting the Tennessee Court of Appeals upheld the trial court’s decision. Eric Baxter was general manager and secretary-treasurer of the business and his mother, Joy Marsh, was president. She told investigators she talked to her son on her way home from an out of town trip and less than an hour later found his body in a hallway of their home. Following the “Cold Justice” re-examination of the evidence and new interviews, former District Attorney Dan Alsobrooks presented evidence to the Dickson County Grand Jury in August 2013, but the jurors declined to take any action.

A Jackson County man pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges arising from the death of a Dickson County teenager from a combination of alcohol and prescription medication. 27-year-old Dustin Dwayne Bartlett of Gainesboro pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide and two counts of providing alcohol to a person under the age of 21. Dickson County Circuit Court Judge David Wolfe scheduled Bartlett’s sentencing hearing for Feb. 25. Criminally negligent homicide is a Class E felony in Tennessee, which is the least serious felony category. It carries a punishment of 1-6 years in prison, but a range I offender can get 1-2 years with range II being 2-4 years and range III 4-6 years. Wolfe ordered a pre-sentencing report that will determine for which range Bartlett will qualify. The providing alcohol to an underage person charges are Class A misdemeanors, punishable by up to 11 months 29 days in jail for each count. District Attorney Ray Crouch said Bartlett entered “an open plea” to the charges of the indictment, meaning there is no agreement on a sentence and Wolfe will determine the punishment. 21-year-old William E. Gillis of Highway 47 East in Dickson is listed in a June 2014 superseding indictment as a co-defendant on count one of providing alcohol to a person under age 21. He pleaded guilty Tuesday to a charge of underage consumption of alcohol from the original December 2013 indictment and was placed on probation for 11 months 29 days, fined $50 and ordered to perform community service. In entering his pleas, Bartlett told Wolfe he “provided alcohol to a girl under the age of 21 who later died.” Investigators said Bartlett provided alcohol to the 19-year-old Dickson County girl in June 2013. The teen died July 10, 2013, at Maury Regional Medical Center in Columbia from what investigators said was a lethal mixture of alcohol and prescription medication. Bartlett remains in the Dickson County Jail pending his sentencing hearing Feb. 25, at which he also faces a hearing on a probation violation charge.

The Dickson County Commission adjusted its guidelines for filling a vacancy in the 6th District to require that nominees be registered voters. Attorney Brian Ragan told commissioners Monday night that the language of the eligibility requirements to be elected as a county commissioner requires a candidate to be a “qualified voter” residing in the district for which he or she will be elected. Ragan said his research has determined that the language is consistent with other laws and court interpretations that require the nominee to be a registered voter. The commission voted unanimously to amend the procedures for filling the vacancy that were passed two weeks ago to include the requirement that all nominees be registered voters. Ragan said he hopes that requirement will make it easier to verify any nominee’s eligibility by using the county’s voter roll when a successor for the late Benny Spencer is picked Jan. 5. The procedure approved by the commission will open the meeting for recommendations from any registered voter in the county, then nominations by the 11 remaining commissioners with a time allotted for the nominees to speak. The candidate to receive at least six votes will be sworn in and take his or her seat on the commission. The person elected Jan. 5 will serve until the next county general election in August 2016, at which time the 6th District seat will be placed on the ballot for a special election to fill the two years remaining on the term. Spencer died Nov. 3 just three months after being elected to his fourth four-year term.