The undead will invade downtown Dickson Saturday as the Dickson Parks and Recreation Department hosts Zombie Fest. Held in conjunction with the first annual Oktoberfest being presented by House of Brews, Zombie Fest will feature a contest with prizes for the best zombies. Oktoberfest will be 11 am-7 pm with live music, vendors and inflatable fun. Registration for the Zombie Fest contests starts at 2 pm in Holland Park and the contest will be at 3:00. Prizes to be awarded include best male zombie, best female zombie, scariest zombie couple and best little zombie. Dan and Sharon Smith’s House of Brews at 105 S. Main St. is hosting its first Oktoberfest with outdoor seating. The music lineup includes Idaflower at 11 am, Daryl Cauthen at noon, Leslie Dysinger at 1:00, Wendy and Jerry Work at 2 pm, Brian Richardson at 3:00 and Metasequoia closing it out at 4 pm. Vendors include Rebel Hearts, Spot’s Pots, Walnut Grove Woodcraft and All Blown Up inflatables. Halftime will be playing at House of Brews 9 pm-1 am Saturday. For more information on the Dickson Parks and Recreation Department’s Zombie Fest, call Tabitha Jennette at 615-446-1721.
The Humane Society of Dickson County is holding a Halloween Costume Contest for dogs Saturday. The contest will be 5-6 pm at the site of the future June’s Pet Haven and Bark Park at the corner of Marshall Stuart and Tennsco drives. There will be prizes for best costume, most creative costume and other categories. The humane society has begun construction on the second phase of June’s Pet Haven and Bark Park and continues its efforts to raise $3.5 million to build the facility and endow its operation. The Speyer family that owns Tennsco has pledged to match up to $1.75 million in contributions and Tennsco donated the property for the new facility. Phase I included a fenced play area for dogs and construction is under way on the kennels. The facility will replace the current Humane Society of Dickson County shelter on Eno Road. For more information on Saturday’s Halloween Costume Contest for dogs, call the shelter at 615-446-PETS (7387).
Early voting continues Thursday with its first extended hours of the two-week period. Polls will be open in Charlotte and Dickson 10 am-8 pm. There are three Thursdays during the early voting period that began yesterday and ends Nov. 3. The Dickson County Election Commission has been offering extended voting hours one day each week for several years in an attempt to make voting more convenient and improve voter turnout. The commission changed from extended hours on Wednesdays to Thursdays this year. Voters can cast early ballots at the Dickson County Election Office at 110-A Academy St. in Charlotte or at Restoration Church at 505 Henslee Drive in front of Dickson County High School. Voters must present their voter registration card and valid photo ID at the polls. Early voting continues in Dickson and Charlotte 8 am-4 pm Friday and 9 am-noon Saturday. The ballot includes the elections for President, U.S. House of Representatives in the 5th District and Tennessee House of Representatives in the 69th or 78th district. The towns of White Bluff, Burns, Vanleer and Slayden are having municipal elections and Charlotte is holding a liquor-by-the-drink referendum. The deadline to file an application to vote absentee by mail is Nov. 1. For a list of qualifications for absentee voting, visit dicksoncountyelection.com. For information on early voting or to request an absentee application, call 615-671-1146.
The Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Dickson has been awarded a $400,000 grant to provide and enhance Mechatronics Technology education at high schools in Cheatham and Hickman counties. The Tennessee Higher Education Commission announced 12 grants through the Labor Education Alignment Program, or LEAP, designed to ensure high school graduates are ready for the modern technology of today’s workforce. “Tennessee is experiencing growth in the number of jobs available in the advanced manufacturing sectors. This LEAP grant will enable us to prepare a greater number of Mechatronics technicians to fill those positions and will encourage high school students to pursue these high skill career paths,” said Dr. Arrita Summers, director of TCAT-Dickson. An initiative of Gov. Bill Haslam’s Drive to 55, LEAP was developed to ensure that Tennessee is graduating skilled workers ready to take on the jobs offered by employers and industry. The program aims to close skills gaps by ensuring that students enrolled in courses provided by Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology and community colleges gain the necessary skills to meet the requirements of high-skill and high-technology jobs. The Joint Economic and Community Development Board of Cheatham County will act as the lead agency for the grant with TCAT-Dickson acting as the higher education partner. The LEAP 2.0 grant will support the establishment and expansion of Mechatronics Technology programs in both Cheatham and Hickman counties, and continued post-secondary training for adults with the Mechatronics Technology program at TCAT-Dickson. Ultimately, the grant will provide a pipeline for targeted occupations in electrical, electronics and electro-mechanical technicians, industrial machine mechanics and maintenance and installation. In partnership with Dickson industries Dal-Tile and Tennsco, there will be opportunities for both high school and adult learners to participate in work-based learning experiences that will help the students connect their learning to the actual workplace. With its main campus on Highway 46 in Dickson, TCAT-Dickson has extension campuses in Clarksville, Ashland City and Franklin with programs in a variety of workplace-oriented curricula. For more information, contact TCAT-Dickson at 615-441-6220 or visit tcatdickson.edu.
Several local organizations are again sponsoring an opportunity to safely dispose of unused medicines, shred documents with personal information and recycle several materials. The Drug Take Back, Shred Truck and Recycling event will be 10 am-2 pm Saturday at FirstBank at 345 Highway 46 across from Sonic Drive-In. The Dickson Police Department, Dickson County Sheriff’s Office, Dickson County Recycling Program, Drug Free Dickson Coalition and FirstBank are sponsoring the event as part of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Drug Take Back Initiative. Residents may bring any expired or unused prescription medications to be disposed of by DEA guidelines. The event will not accept needles. FirstBank is sponsoring a shredding truck for individuals to dispose of old bills, tax records or any other paperwork that might contain information that could be used for identity theft. There also will be recycling collections for plastic, glass, cardboard and electronics in the bank’s rear parking lot. The Dickson County Help Center will be on site accepting donations of items for its thrift store or cash donations. The event will take place Saturday rain or shine. For more information, call Dickson Police Department Crime Prevention Officer David Cole at 615-441-9580.