High School Students in Dickson County Have Opportunity to Earn Associate’s Degree

The Dickson County School System is partnering with Austin Peay State University to provide an opportunity for high school students from both Creek Wood and Dickson County High Schools to take college courses at a central Dickson County location. Students would attend college classes taught by APSU faculty in the morning at the central location and return to their respective high school for lunch and afternoon classes or activities.

Students could begin taking classes the summer after completing the sophomore year of high school. For those students who participate summer, fall, and spring semesters of their junior and senior years of high school, they could graduate with an associate’s degree at the same time they graduate from high school. Student unable to participate in summer terms could still complete approximately 37 hours of college credit during fall and spring semesters, classifying them as a sophomore in college when they graduate from high school. Online courses would also be an option for some classes.

Utilizing the Tennessee Dual Enrollment Grant and APSU Dual Enrollment scholarships, in addition to a tuition rate specifically for dual enrollment students, families can save over $13,000 in college expenses.

A meeting will be held Tuesday, March 28, 6pm at the Bibb Center in White Bluff, Tennessee. For more information, please contact Dr. Robbie Faulkner, Director of Secondary Education, Dickson County Schools at 615-446-7571.

Sheriff’s Office Responds to Aggravated Kidnapping turn Suicide

On 1-16- 2017, Dickson County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a residence on Slaydenwood Road, Slayden in reference to an Aggravated Kidnapping . The suspect fled into the woods prior to law enforcement’s arrival. Contact was made with the female victim. Later contact was made with the suspect, John Christopher Tummins, in the woods behind the residence.  Mr. Tummins was armed with two hand guns and threatening suicide. Negotiators were called to the scene and attempted to peacefully resolve the incident. Approximately two hours later, Mr. Tummins took his own life.

Dickson County announces SAFE Campaign Participation

The Dickson County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) for its annual Seatbelts Are For Everyone (SAFE) campaign. This statewide initiative is designed to increase seatbelt usage and child passenger safety restraint usage through the implementation of occupant-protection programs, public events, and checkpoints throughout local communities across Tennessee.The SAFE campaign begins February 1, 2017, and concludes on August 1, 2017.

“As guardians of our county, it is our responsibility to know the facts and use the information at hand to improve the safety of our roadways. We know seatbelts and child restraints prevent injuries and save lives. Many people still violate the law and ignore this information, knowing it may have deadly consequences. When family and friends care and depend on you, why be selfish and risk ending your life? Join your Dickson County Sheriff’s Office and help us make our roadways the safest in the state for 2017,” said Sheriff Jeff Bledsoe.

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Community Foundation Welcomes New Members

The Community Foundation for Dickson County welcomed new members (l-r) Jason Epley, LeeAnn Polk, Andrea Luplow, Brett Reynolds and Laura Newberry (not pictured) at their January meeting.

The Community Foundation for Dickson County promotes the quality of life in Dickson County and provides a way for citizens to make lasting gifts for the improvement and benefit of future generations. The Foundation serves as an endowment that will benefit the community in perpetuity. When a group of local citizens and the Leadership Dickson County Alumni Association gathered to determine ways to meet the changing needs and opportunities in the community, the idea of an  endowment fund developed. In 1999, this dream was realized through an affiliation with The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, which provides the stability, investment expertise and legal work necessary for the endowment to succeed. Continue reading “Community Foundation Welcomes New Members”