Biggest turnout yet pushes early voting past 6,700

Halfway through the 14-day early voting period Dickson County remains on pace to set a record for turnout. At the conclusion of Wednesday’s early voting in Dickson and Charlotte, there had been 5,366 early and absentee ballots cast. The county saw its biggest early voting turnout with the second day of extended voting hours on Thursday as 1,336 ballots were cast, pushing the county’s overall total to 6,702. Dickson County’s record for early voting is 8,711 set in the November 2012 election when Pres. Obama earned his second term by beating Mitt Romney. In addition to last Thursday’s turnout of 1,142, Wednesday also reached four digits with 1,005 ballots cast. Early voting continues 8 am-4 pm Friday and 9 am-noon Saturday at the Dickson County Election Office in Charlotte and Restoration Church in Dickson. Early voting ends Nov. 3. The deadline to turn in an application to vote absentee by mail is Tuesday. Dickson County’s 1st, 9th and 10th districts have seen the largest voter turnout through the first seven days. The 10th District has seen 699 ballots through Wednesday while the 1st District has 577 and the 9th has 550. The 8th District has seen the fewest early and absentee votes at 325. For more information on early or absentee voting, contact the Dickson County Election Office at 615-671-1146 or visit

BooFest, Scare on the Square, Haunted Camp are Saturday

Downtown Dickson and the historic Courthouse Square in Charlotte will be filled with costumed trick-or-treaters Saturday in annual Halloween celebrations. The downtown Dickson merchants are hosting their annual BooFest with trick-or-treating and a costume contest and the Dickson Parks and Recreation Department is joining in with treats in Tom H. Waychoff Memorial Park. BooFest will feature trick-or-treating on Main Street 5-5:30 pm Saturday. The costume contest and parade will be in Holland Park at 5:45. House Blend has donated prizes for winners in babies-K and 1st-6th grades while Zander’s Wood-fired Pizza has donated a prize for best family costume. Concessions also will be available in Holland Park. With participation declining in its annual Spooks in the Park, the Dickson Parks and Recreation Department has joined with the downtown businesses for BooFest Saturday night. Businesses will have booths and treats set up in Waychoff Park at the corner of College and Main streets during the celebration. The Clement Railroad Hotel Museum is adding to the fun with its first Halloween Train and Treat. The museum next door to Holland Park will have a motorized train offering rides around downtown 4-8 pm Saturday. Tickets are $5 for one, $8 for two or $10 for three. The museum also will be handing out treats. Walnut Street Church of Christ will be hosting its annual Trunk or Treat 6-8 pm Saturday in the parking lot at the corner of Walnut Street and Center Avenue, just one block from Holland Park. The town of Charlotte will be hosting its second annual Scare on the Square around the historic Dickson County Courthouse. The free event 6-8 pm Saturday will have local businesses and individuals with booths and trunks featuring treats and games. There is a $50 prize for the best decorated entry. Montgomery Bell State Park is hosting its annual Haunted Group Camp 6-8 pm Saturday. The event features a child-friendly treat trail and a scarier haunted trail through the group camp area. Tickets are $5 per carload and can be purchased at the park office/visitors center, White Bluff Car Care and Dickson County Chamber of Commerce. Other Halloween events taking place Saturday include a Trunk or Treat 3-5 pm at First Baptist Church in Dickson, a Trunk or Treat 3-5 pm at Parkers Creek Baptist Church and a Trunk or Treat 5-8 pm at New Adventures Academy in Burns. Fright in the Furnace features a haunted house at the Iron Masonic Lodge at 6400 Highway 48 N. It will be open dark to midnight with tickets $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Sensing Brothers Post 4641 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars will have its indoor Haunted Maze 6-10 pm Saturday and Sunday at the post at 215 Marshall Stuart Drive. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children 10 and under. Also on Sunday, United Freewill Baptist Church on Highway 46 in Dickson will host a Trunk or Treat 5-6:30 pm.

Red Hawks fight for playoffs; Murphree near 3,000 yards

Dickson County and Creek Wood high schools close out the football regular season on the road tonight with the Red Hawks still alive in the hunt for a playoff spot. After last week’s loss to Kenwood, Creek Wood must beat Northwest and get some help to extend its season. At 1-3, the Red Hawks are in a three-way tie with Hillwood and Montgomery Central for the fourth playoff spot from Region 6-4A. Because of a 36-34 victory over Hillwood, Creek Wood holds the head-to-head tie-breaker over the Toppers. But the Indians get the advantage over the Red Hawks due to a 38-33 victory. Hillwood and Montgomery Central battle tonight in Nashville. A Creek Wood win in Clarksville and a Hillwood victory will send Creek Wood to the playoffs. At 3-1 in the region, Northwest has already secured second place and a home game to open the playoffs. 4-0 Lipscomb Academy locked up the region title and Kenwood’s win over Creek Wood last week means the Knights can take third place with a win over the Mustangs tonight. A Kenwood loss and victories by Creek Wood and Hillwood would leave the teams tied at 2-3 with two playoff spots to be filled. Creek Wood travels to Northwest for a 7 pm kickoff. The game will broadcast on 101.5 The One FM and stream at and the RFC Sports app. Dickson County is looking to close out its season with back-to-back wins in a trip to West Creek tonight. At 1-5 in Region 7-5A, the Cougars are already eliminated from postseason contention and their 2-7 overall record will not make them bowl eligible. The Coyotes are 0-9 overall and 0-6 in the region as the two teams will be battling to move out of last place in the final standings. Tonight’s game will complete the first season for head coach Randy Murphree and bring an end to the record-setting high school career of his son, Jacob Murphree. The Cougar quarterback enters his final game with 2,930 yards passing, eclipsing the school record he set last year at 2,664, and with just 70 yards tonight will become the first Dickson County player to pass for 3,000 yards in a season. He also has thrown 25 touchdowns. Dickson County and West Creek kick off at 7 pm in Clarksville and will broadcast on WDKN1260AM and stream at and the WDKN app. In Region 7-5A, Centennial and Henry County meet tonight in Paris to battle for first place while Rossview, Brentwood and Northeast are battling for the other two playoff spots.

Bell and Carter become teammates as VU hits the court

Rachel Bell
Rachel Bell
LeaLea Carter
LeaLea Carter

Two athletes from Dickson County will hit the court as teammates for the first time when Vanderbilt hosts Bellarmine University in a women’s basketball exhibition game Sunday. The Commodores have junior Rachel Bell and freshmen LeaLea Carter on their roster. Creek Wood graduate Bell and Dickson County graduate Carter are both expected to see playing time at guard against the Knights from the private Catholic university in Louisville. Bell had 27 starts in her sophomore season and was second on the team in scoring at 9 points per game. She scored a career-high 24 in a win over Drexel. As a freshman, the former Lady Red Hawk had four starts and averaged 7 points. Dickson County’s first McDonald’s All-American and gold medalist with the USA’s under 16 team, Carter was listed as one of the nation’s top 15 recruits by most services. She averaged 16.4 points, 9.3 rebounds and 4.5 assists in a senior season that ended in the state quarterfinals. During her four years, the Lady Cougars were 109-19. After finishing the WNBA season as head coach of the Indiana Fever in the first round of the playoffs, Stephanie White takes over the Commodores to replace Melanie Balcomb. White says she expects Bell to see an increased role in the Commodores’ new offensive system and says Carter’s athleticism gives her the potential to be a great player. Vanderbilt faces Bellarmine at 2 pm Sunday at Memorial Gym, then will host Union University in another exhibition at 2 pm Nov. 6. The Commodores open the regular season Nov. 11 hosting Kennesaw State from Georgia.

Dickson man encounters masked gunmen in home

A Dickson County man was tied up and robbed by three masked and armed intruders in his home Monday afternoon. The Dickson County Sheriff’s Office reports the victim returned to his home in the 1500 block area of Highway 48 South in Dickson around 3 pm Monday and discovered three armed men inside. He reported the men were wearing camouflage clothing, masks and gloves. The statement from the sheriff’s office says the men had burglarized the home and armed themselves with the victim’s weapons. The report says the men held him at gunpoint while they covered his head with a sweater and tied him up. Three long guns and five pistols were stolen from the residence. The report says the intruders took the victim’s white 2002 Ford F-150 pickup when they left. Shortly before 8 pm Monday, there was a report of a vehicle on fire on West Tennessee City Road. When deputies arrived the vehicle was fully engulfed in flames and was destroyed. However, the vehicle was identified as the pickup taken in the burglary and robbery. Witnesses saw a vehicle in the area and described it as a 1990s model, tan Jeep Cherokee with large tires and black wheels with a small lift. Anyone with information about the crimes or a vehicle matching the description is asked to call Det. Russell Morgan at the Dickson County Sheriff’s Office at 615-740-4863 or the anonymous tipline at 615-441-9555.