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Early voting ended Thursday with a rush of last-minute voters at the Dickson County Election Office in Charlotte. There were 314 early ballots cast in person yesterday, the largest turnout at the election office of the 14-day early voting period. Dickson County finishes unofficially with 4,306 early ballots cast. Despite the surge of more than 1,700 voters this week, the turnout is still below the early vote totals for the last two November elections and this year’s August primary and county general elections. Dickson County saw 4,949 early votes before the November 2010 election that contained the same state and federal races. The presidential election in November 2012 drew 8,711 early votes. This year’s August election brought 5,314 voters out during the early voting period. Over the last four years, only the August 2012 election that featured a handful of county races and state primaries saw a lower turnout at 1,757 early ballots. Despite the presence of four amendments to the Tennessee Constitution on the ballot and municipal elections in White Bluff, Burns, Vanleer and Slayden, voter turnout has been less than what election officials anticipated, with state officials reporting lower turnouts across Tennessee. With early voting finished, election officials now begin preparing for election day on Tuesday. Polls will be open 7 am-7 pm at 17 voting precincts in Dickson County. Voters should remember to bring a valid photo ID when casting their ballots and everyone in line at 7 pm will be allowed to vote. WDKN and The One FM will have live election night coverage from the studios starting at the close of voting at 7 pm. Dickson County’s interim Administrator of Elections Roxanne Hagewood said her goal is to have the early and absentee vote totals ready to release immediately following the close of voting. In August, early votes were not finished being counted until well after all precinct totals had been released, leaving several races undecided until the very end. At this month’s election commission meeting, Hagewood said she plans to start the counting board earlier on Tuesday.

Rep. Bo Mitchell

Rep. Bo Mitchell

A Dickson County native is at the center of a hotly contested legislative race in Nashville that now includes the filing of a defamation lawsuit. Democrat Bo Mitchell filed the lawsuit in Davidson County Chancery Court over a television ad that tries to link him with a Ponzi scheme that sent a Dickson man to prison. A 1988 graduate of Dickson County High School, Mitchell now lives in Bellevue and was elected to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2012 from the 50th District. He also has been a member of the Metro Council since 2007. Mitchell announced Thursday that he filed the defamation suit against the Tennessee Federation for Children, an organization that promotes school vouchers and has been pouring money into several legislative races. The group paid for a television commercial that accused Mitchell of being a part of a Ponzi scheme for which Barry Stokes of Dickson was convicted of embezzling more than $19 million from clients of his investment company, 1Point Solutions. Stokes was convicted in 2009 of stealing money from retirement accounts, health-savings accounts and dependent-care accounts for personal use that included a lavish lifestyle, valuable art collection and donations to several Democratic Party candidates. Stokes subsequently died in prison. Mitchell says he worked for Stokes in the savings part of 1Point Solutions and was never implicated as having been a part of the embezzlement scheme. In fact, Mitchell says he was a whistleblower for investigators when the thefts were first discovered and that he was a victim himself, losing $400,000 of his own life savings. After narrowly winning election in 2012, Mitchell is being challenged by Republican Troy Brewer in a race that the GOP sees as a chance to gain a seat in Davidson County. Mitchell has attacked Brewer for his connections to embattled U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, for whom Brewer was a campaign treasurer. After graduating Dickson County High School and earning a degree in Political Science from David Lipscomb University in 1992, Mitchell made his first run for political office in the 2000 Democratic Primary for the Tennessee House of Representatives seat for the 69th District, that included Dickson and Hickman counties at that time. The seat was open after Doug Jackson entered the 25th District Senate race following the death of Pete Springer. Mitchell finished second in the primary to David Shepard, who went on to win the general election and currently is seeking his eighth term. Mitchell moved to Bellevue and earned a law degree from the Nashville School of Law in 2003 and now works as director of sales for Health Cost Solutions. The Tennessee Federation for Children and Tennessee Republican Party have called Mitchell’s lawsuit a last-minute political stunt while Mitchell described the attempt to link him to Stokes as a “despicable” and “desperate” act by his opponent’s party. No hearing has been scheduled for Mitchell’s lawsuit.

The Dickson County Woman’s Club of the Greater Federation of Women’s Clubs is hosting the 39th annual Christmas in the Country arts and crafts sale this weekend at Dickson County High School. Admission is $1 and the sale hours are 9 am-5 pm Saturday and 11 am-4 pm Sunday. Christmas in the Country features dozens of booths with handmade craft items ranging from clothes and home décor to jewelry, soaps and candles. Proceeds from Christmas in the Country support scholarships and other community service programs of the Dickson County Woman’s Club. More than 100 vendor booths will be located in the gymasium, the cafeterias and the hallways from the auditorium to the gym. For more information on Christmas in the Country, visit the Dickson County Woman’s Club page on Facebook or call 615-870-7210.

Today is Halloween and trick or treaters have several alternatives to going door to door to get their treats. For those who dare, area haunted houses present an opportunity for some Halloween scares.

  • The Dickson Parks and Recreation Department’s 10th annual Spooks in the Park will be 6-9 pm Friday in the upper parking lot at J. Dan Buckner Park. Various businesses and groups will have booths handing out treats and there will be live music and inflatable fun.
  • First United Methodist Church on Main Street in downtown Dickson will hold its annual Trunk or Treat 6-8 pm.
  • Sensing Brothers Post 4641 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars on Marshall Stuart Drive will be hosting a children’s Halloween party starting at 4 pm and also has an indoor haunted house.
  • White Bluff Church of Christ on Highway 70 is hosting a Trunk or Treat starting at 6:30 in the Fellowship Hall.
  • Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church on Highway 48 between Dickson and Charlotte is holding a Trunk or Treat 6-8 pm.
  • Liberty Baptist Church on White Bluff Road is hosting a Trunk or Treat 6-8 pm.
  • The Claylick Volunteer Fire Department on Claylick Road will be handing out treats starting at 6 pm.
  • White Bluff United Methodist Church on Highway 70 will host its Wild West Halloween 6-8 pm.
  • Crossroads Church on Claylick Road outside White Bluff will hold a truck or treat at 6 pm.
  • St. Christopher Church on West College Street in Dickson will host a trunk or treat 6-8 pm.
  • Parker’s Creek Baptist Church on Abiff Road is holding its Harvest Fun Night 5-8 pm.
  • The Sold on a Cure Relay for Life Team has opened The Devil’s Study haunted house in the former Dickson County Public Library building at 305 East Hunt Street behind Dickson Middle School. The haunted house opens for tours at 6 pm Friday and Saturday and tickets are $10 with proceeds to benefit Relay for Life.
  • Harpeth Ridge Volunteer Fire Department off Highway 49 has a haunted house. Admission is $5 or $3 with a non-perishable food donation and it opens at 6:30 pm.

Camden’s Deshawn Brown rushed for over 200 yards and three touchdowns as the Lions took advantage of Creek Wood turnovers in a 21-7 win Thursday night to close out the regular season. The Red Hawks finish 6-4 overall and 5-3 in District 11-AA after seeing their four-game winning streak snapped by Camden. The Lions have a shot at first place in the district if Fairview can upset Waverly tonight. Creek Wood will finished either third or fourth in the district and will head into the playoffs next week as a wild card. The TSSAA will announce its playoff brackets Saturday morning. On Senior Night in Charlotte, Camden managed to turn four Red Hawk turnovers into 14 points. After a defensive struggle through most of the first half, it was a defensive play that turned the tide in favor of the Lions. Creek Wood had driven inside Camden’s 10-yard line when defensive end Jake Scott intercepted Ian Spence’s pass intended for Mathis Duncan and returned it into Red Hawk territory late in the first half. With only 12 seconds left before intermission, Brown picked up the game’s first score on a 19-yard run to give Camden a 7-0 edge at halftime. Creek Wood came out in the second half with a time-consuming opening drive capped by a one-yard run by Kyle Klotz to tie the score 7-7. On the first play after the ensuing kickoff, Brown broke free for a 79-yard touchdown that quickly put Camden back on top. A Creek Wood fumble early in the fourth period set up Brown’s third score on a 29-yard run for the final 21-7 margin. Brown would finish with 216 yards on 23 carries with all three of Camden’s touchdowns. Duncan led the Creek Wood offense with 11 rushes for 59 yards and three catches for 56 while Klotz ran for 59. Creek Wood could end up tied for third place with Fairview and/or Hickman County if either team gets a win tonight. The Red Hawks would hold the tie-breaker over Fairview due to their overtime victory while the Bulldogs have the advantage of having beaten Creek Wood. The 1260 Sports Roundtable will be moved to 11 am Saturday morning as Freeman and Amp Harrell join Red Hawks coach Chuck Daniel to discuss Creek Wood’s playoff opponent announced that morning.

Three Creek Wood High School runners will be competing in Saturday’s TSSAA state cross country championships at Percy Warner Park in Nashville. Junior Riley Kilian is making her third appearance in the state meet while junior Caroline Edmondson is competing for the second time. Red Hawk sophomore Caleb Allen is running for a state title for the first time. All three finished high enough at the Region 6-A/AA meet to advance to the state championship races on The Steeplechase course Saturday. Kilian finished 22nd in 22:25 as a freshman then improved to 11th with a time of 20:05 last year. Edmondson came in 107th in the 2013 race with a time of 24:07. Kilian also competed in the 3200-meter run in 2013 where she finished fourth but a knee injury kept her out of the 2014 Spring Fling. Edmondson finished sixth in her first year of competing in the 300-meter hurdles this spring and was a member of the Lady Red Hawk basketball team that made it to the Class AA state tournament final four. The Class A/AA girls’ title race is set for 10 am Saturday with Allen and the boys running at 10:45. Dickson County High School did not have any runners qualify for the Class AAA state meet races.

  1. home interior pictures selling for cheap…looking for turquoise jewelry…looking for a living room rug…looking for brown country eggs…615-732-8099
  2. firewood for sale, H46…$30…714-3625
  3. house for sale: 205 sunset rd, 3BR & bath and a half….large garage, back porch, living room with fireplace..kitchens redone.….441-1541
  4. bird bath, $40…..397-6101
  5. looking for a bathtub, 28.5 x 60in….446-4929
  6. We buy sell and repair human hair doll wigs, ….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
  7. firewood for sale, $75/rank…$100/delivery..615-975-2622
  8. will clean gutters out & clean up yards…..fireplace screen $15…789-3905 or 545-6519
  9. Dell laptop $150…797-5659
  10. Will clean out garages and buy your scrap metal call ask for Danny at 931 996 3753
  11. 1995 3/4 heavy duty chevy pickup v-8 automatic  1800 ,  cab over camper sleeps 4   800 dollars       615-772-6307
  12. 1.) Will pay cash for old wooden baseball bats made in Dickson. These are typically stamped “Leathers” or “A.H. Leathers” Manufacturing, Dickson, TN, and, have a model name such as Dixie Swatter, Commodore, Volunteer, Indoor No. 31, Yankee Winner, Sneex, etc. 2.) If you have any of these bats, even if you don’t want to sell them, he is compiling a historical portfolio of these bats and would love to document and include yours. Please call or text (615) 943-4384
  13. looking for carpet…..amp for sale….black & tan coon dog …….924-1615
  14. set of iron bunk beds, white in color……5qt bottle of 20/50 weight oil….Pontiac Montana van…..815-8615
  15. baby gate $10….deep fryer $40…..table top stereo $50….429-5297
  16. real stain glass windows for sale…360-528-1461
  17. looking for someone to pickup junk..615-332-4283
  18. kenmore fridge, top & bottom…..whirlpool flat service stove….gas may tag dryer,……1985 Ford F150, …615-881-2056
  19. double wheel grinder, mounted to small table..$15…….large office chair, $15…927-4907
  20. small gas heater, …carpet shampooer….615-974-3731
  21. yard sale, 307 N Main, today & tomorrow
  22. large animal cage…..$20……racing rear spoiler……like new leather jacket, size XL…446-6421
  23. 5ft box blade…..set of side boards for a pickup, …black & tan coon dog….free turnip greens…799-0976
  24. looking for a good running chainsaw, 615-306-0319
  25. rat terrier puppies for sale…$20….426-5979
  26. looking for a 2 wheel dolly….615-927-3855
  27. double door fridge for sale, Kenmore, works great $200….615-631-4613
  28. yard sale in Vanleer, H100, next to Dollar Store in Vanleer….today & tomorrow
  29. 1984 Bayliner, 19ft, great boat, starts & runs good…..2 mufflers off a sportster harley davidson….looking for a tire, P215/70/R15…516-9536
  30. green aluminum mountain bike, 26in, 21spd…615-626-8043
  31. looking for a formica kitchen table & chairs, …615-428-9282
  32. gas stove, 35,000 btu..natural gas……floor tile, vinyl, 10 x 10, ….615-797-3294
  33. 4 truck tires; 245/75/16s….615-418-3670
  34. will chain bottom chairs, …for sale, ford motor, straight 6…..Mitsubishi car, 4 cyn, automatic 4dr, 150k miles..931-380-5836
  35. set of 175/70/13s tires…..electrical fuse boxes….#2 wire, 300ft.,  110 wire, etc…517-0626
  36. ironing board, w/ glass mirror…..will take best offer…931-670-3498
  37. tunes pianos & pump organs..797-4312
  38. looking for ladies dresses size 20….old women’s & mens costume jewelry….looking for old glassware & dishes…looking for pocket knives…swiss army….306-3459
  39. looking for a room for a friend….for sale, allis chalmer tractor,…..metal structure w/ 6in high beams….881-6814
  40. 2 beagle hounds….looking for 2-3 windows….441-1227
  41. 12ft utility trailer, …wire cages…..keyboard on stand….441-5266
  42. looking for a small automatic car, 2006 or newer….electric guitars for sale..686-8588
  43. Ford F150, 1978…$1400…789-1068
  44. 4 – 5 rank of seasoned firewood, red & white oak & hickory…..needs to be split..$30/rank…615-854-3186
  45. looking for a used forklift, fit on new holland back hoe…..446-8828
  46. looking to buy a used riding mower…789-3905


  1. home interior pictures selling for cheap…looking for turquoise jewelry…looking for a living room rug…looking for brown country eggs…615-732-8099
  2. house for sale: 205 sunset rd, 3BR & bath and a half….large garage, back porch, living room with fireplace..kitchens redone.….441-1541
  3. 2 armouirs for sale, $150/each….fireplace screen $15….will clean gutters & do yard work….789-3905 …or…545-6519
  4. looking for a good bathtub, 28.5in x 5ft…white in color….446-4929
  5. registered TN walking mare…looking for a storm door, 80 x 32…..has a lot of tack & saddles for sale…740-9199
  6. 2011 Fiberglass camper top, $450 OBO…..lots of collectibles; mickey mouse pocket watches, 400 VHS Disney movies, M&M beds, etc……931-209-3644
  7. 5qt bottle of 20/50 weight oil, $10….set of iron bunk beds, $50…..Pontiac Montana Van, …815-8615
  8. Phillips brand new deep fryer, $40….baby gate, $10…..looking to buy 235(45)/70/15s tires…..429-5297
  9. firewood for sale, $75/rank…$100/delivery..615-975-2622
  10. 1986 Dodge pickup, long wheel base, 318, automatic $1500 OBO…931-264-2380
  11. Will clean out garages and buy your scrap metal call ask for Danny at 931 996 3753
  12. If you have a girl named Hannah I have a precious moments cross that says Jesus loves me FREE , I am looking for a small to med size dog ,Last chance on size 5 Tennis shoe boots 10 today go to good will tomorrow these are new call 615-266-8076
  13. will do tree work,…& haul off stuff…615-838-6269
  14. blue heeler & chihauhau puppies……looking for a deep freezer…7-8 month dog free….931-494-1161
  15. animal cage……St Johns Bay brown leather coat or jacket, like new, size XL……DOT approved motorcycle helmet $20…446-6421
  16. 2 beagles …..looking for 2-3 windows, 441-1227
  17. looking for a fixer-upper camper……for sale; full size conversion van for sale, Ford, E150, in excellent shape..$2000….545-5357
  18. 2 Honda elite, scooters,…make an offer…615-337-8264…1996 White Ford F250, 7.3 Powerstroke Diesel, 103k miles…$4000….or best offer…615-337-8264 ….Bowlin 12in Tiller, brand new, make an offer
  19. Garage / Estate Sale….7883 Crow Cut Rd., Fairview, TN…Friday 10/31/14 – 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM…Saturday 11/1/14 – 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM….Furniture, Dishes, Pots & Pans, Linens, Odds & Ends, Flower Arrangements and several free items.
  20. tunes pianos & pump organs…797-4312
  21. 4dr Chevy car, automatic, $1000 OBO….looking for ladies dresses size 20 or old costume jewelry…….306-3459
  22. 5 family yard sale, today through saturday…3067 TraceCreek Rd in White Bluff….lots of everything
  23. looking for a handy man to come bid on a shop full of tiles, plumbing, caulking, hardwood flooring etc….944-7085
  24. pile of cross ties, $3 – $7/each……..dirt bike, 1996 model, BR250 Suzuki, $500 or trade…615-533-3045
  25. Alumacraft boat, $1400 OBO…..looking for seasoned firewood…looking for concrete work & etc….490-2891
  26. whirlpool portable dishwasher and 3 sets of 14 and 15 inch beauty rings my phone number is 615-218-6416
  27. still looking for a house or mobile home for rent or lease-to-own…in Bon Aqua area……for sale; bird for sale, $400 w/ cage ..931-623-2688
  28. land off of YellowCreek Rd….on Pond Rd, 2 miles from city limits…off of H46…all level & utilities are there, unrestricted……for sale; oak flooring, prefinished, honey color…..a bunch of jugs to give away….446-3954
  29. 1978 Ford f150, needs a carburetor kit…$1400 …789-1068
  30. black & tan coondog, …hot water heater….looking for carpet…924-1615
  31. 1985 Ford F150, new battery, new water pump, etc etc…washer & dryer…615-881-2056
  32. looking for a good running heavy duty chainsaw, 615-306-0309
  33. looking for hickory corn or seasoned corn…615-512-8037
  34. looking for someone with a sewing machine for sale…looking for a 36in stove hood…615-612-9524
  35. looking for a small truck…S10 or Ranger…..for sale; 16ft Bass Boat, will sell or trade on a truck….931-996-8347
  36. square bale hay, $4.25/bale…446-2154
  37. 1.) Will pay cash for old wooden baseball bats made in Dickson. These are typically stamped “Leathers” or “A.H. Leathers” Manufacturing, Dickson, TN, and, have a model name such as Dixie Swatter, Commodore, Volunteer, Indoor No. 31, Yankee Winner, Sneex, etc. 2.) If you have any of these bats, even if you don’t want to sell them, he is compiling a historical portfolio of these bats and would love to document and include yours. Please call or text (615) 943-4384.
  38. 2001 Mustang convertible…will trade for truck….441-3930
  39. looking for a fold out dolly…..looking for set of wheels for 4wd, 1979 or 1980…6lug, 15 x 10…615-927-3855
  40. 307 N. Main…inside yard sale….lots of cheap stuff
  41. looking for a set of 245(65) or (85)/75/16s…..615-881-2056
  42. will rake yards…202-1479
  43. Sony handheld video camera, w/ carrying case, battery charger, tripod….615-326-8389
  44. looking for young ameraucanas laying hens ph# 615 622 5704 no answer leave message.
  45. heavy duty husking chainsaw, 16in……16ft trailer…martin guitar……615-513-1982

A judge denied a motion to reconsider his previous rejection of the latest petition to terminate the parental rights of Sonya McCaul’s biological father, saying there was nothing new to argue. At a hearing in Dickson County Chancery Court last week, retired Chancellor Robert Burch said all of the claims in a motion to amend or alter his previous ruling against the petition by Kim and David Hodgin have already been litigated. Attorneys for the former foster parents filed a motion asking Burch to reconsider his denial based on elements they claimed had not been considered in his previous ruling. Despite having retired Sept. 1, Burch still has several dates to return to the bench to rule on issues regarding cases over which he has presided. In a very brief hearing last Thursday in Charlotte, Burch said he is not going to continue hearing arguments over the same points and denied the petition to amend his previous ruling dismissing the Hodgins’ request to terminate John McCaul’s parental rights based on his original prison sentence and to allow the Dickson County couple to again adopt the 10-year-old girl who lived in their home for eight years. As of Wednesday, the Hodgins have not filed a notice of appeal of Burch’s latest ruling. Sonya remains in Nebraska with her father where a McCaul family attorney told an Omaha television station she is “excelling as a student and is socially well adjusted.” A Douglas County juvenile judge has delayed a hearing on a petition by the Hodgins seeking standing in the Nebraska courts until the Tennessee Court of Appeals rules on an appeal regarding Judge Andy Jackson’s August decision to transfer custody of Sonya from Tennessee to Nebraska.

Dickson County saw its busiest day of early voting Wednesday as 1,133 ballots were cast on the final day of extended hours and voting at satellite locations in Dickson and White Bluff. Early voting ends today with polls open 8 am-4 pm at the Dickson County Election Office in Charlotte. The 1,133 ballots cast Wednesday push Dickson County’s total early voting turnout to 3,992 heading into the final day. The previous high-turnout mark for the 14-day early voting period was 661 last Wednesday. With polls open late at all three locations, Restoration Church in Dickson saw 663 voters, the election office in Charlotte had 242 voters and 228 voters went to White Bluff Town Hall. After the conclusion of early voting today, voters will have to wait until election day on Tuesday when polls will be open 7 am-7 pm at 17 precincts across the county. Dickson County voters will be making choices in the races for governor, U.S. Senate, U.S House of Representatives for the 5th District, Tennessee Senate for the 25th District, Tennessee House of Representatives for the 69th and 78th districts and voting on four Constitutional amendments regarding abortion rights, the selection system for Supreme Court justices and appellate judges, banning a state income tax and allowing non-profit veterans groups to conduct lotteries as fund-raisers. Voters in White Bluff will choose three town council members from a field of seven candidates. Voters in Burns have two candidates for mayor, five candidates on the ballot and two write-in candidates for four seats on the board of commissioners and referendums on allowing liquor by the drink and wine sales in grocery stores. The ballot in Vanleer includes no candidate for mayor and only the five incumbents seeking election to the board of aldermen. Slayden voters will find only the incumbent mayor and three town council members on their ballots. WDKN and The One FM will have live election night coverage beginning when the polls close at 7 pm Tuesday.