Early turnout exceeds August total after first 2 days

Turnout for the first two days of early voting has already exceeded the total turnout in Dickson County prior to the Aug. 4 election and is on pace for a new record. Lines were reported at both polling locations Thursday with waits of 45 minutes to an hour at times in Dickson. Administrator of Elections Roxanne Hagewood reports that 2,049 early votes and absentee ballots were cast Wednesday and Thursday. Early voting opened at locations in Dickson and Charlotte with 905 ballots on Wednesday. Thursday was the first opportunity to take advantage of extended early voting hours as polls at both locations were open until 8 pm. Hagewood reports 1,126 early votes were cast at the two polling places and the election office received 18 absentee ballots by mail for a total day’s turnout of 1,144. The 2,049 early and absentee ballots recorded for the first two days is more than the 1,652 early and absentee ballots received in the entire two-week period prior to the August election and more than the 1,842 cast prior to the March Presidential Preference Primary. Dickson County’s record for early voting turnout is 8,711 in the November 2012 election when Pres. Obama won his second term over Mitt Romney. At a pace of 1,000 votes a day, the 14-day early voting period would easily exceed that total. Early voting continues 8 am-4 pm Friday at the Dickson County Election Office in Charlotte and the Restoration Church in Dickson. Both locations will be open for early voting 9 am-noon Saturday. Next week starts with early voting 8 am-4 pm Monday and Tuesday only in Charlotte. Early voting ends Nov. 3 and election day is Nov. 8. The deadline to file an application to vote absentee by mail is Nov. 1. The ballot across Dickson County includes the races for President, U.S. House of Representatives in the 5th District and Tennessee House of Representatives in the 69th or 78th district. White Bluff, Burns, Vanleer and Slayden are holding municipal elections and Charlotte has a liquor-by-the-drink referendum. Voters must present a voter registration card and valid photo ID when casting their ballots. For more information on early or absentee voting, contact the Dickson County Election Office at 615-671-1146.

Preliminary plan has DCHS smallest school in Class 6A

The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association’s preliminary classification plan for football has Dickson County High School as the smallest school in Class 6A. The plan announced this week divides the states 297 Division I programs into six classifications based on current enrollments. In a change from the current classification, Class 6A will expand from the state’s 32 biggest schools to 49 schools as each classification is being equalized with 49-51 members. Under the preliminary plan, Class 6A is schools with an enrollment of 1,509 or more. Dickson County is listed with an enrollment of 1,519, 11 more than Gallatin as the largest Class 5A school. After the release of the preliminary plan, schools have until Oct. 25 to petition to move up to compete in the next largest classification. If any of the 49 Class 5A schools ask and are approved to move up to 6A, as the smallest 6A school Dickson County will be given the first option to move down to 5A or remain in 6A and the option moves to Hendersonville, the next smallest school in 6A. The TSSAA Board of Control will finalize the classifications for 2017-21 and set the new region alignments at its Nov. 17 meeting. The TSSAA has proposed all Division I sports other than football will remain in three classifications by size. Dickson County stays in Class AAA in all other sports. With an enrollment of 984, Creek Wood High School remains in Class 4A for football and Class AA for all other sports. The Red Hawks would be in the top third of Class 4A, which includes 49 schools with enrollments of 822-1,102. Of Creek Wood’s nine 2016 football opponents, only Montgomery Central is included in Class 4A under the new plan. Other Region 6-4A opponents Northwest, Kenwood and Hillwood are in 5A while Lipscomb Academy has chosen to compete in Division II. Nearby Class 4A schools that could end up in a region with Creek Wood are Springfield, Greenbrier and White House to the north and Spring Hill, Lawrence County, Marshall County and Tullahoma to the south. Of Dickson County’s nine 2016 opponents, Centennial, Brentwood and Rossview are in 6A while nearby schools Independence, Franklin and Ravenwood also are in the state’s top class. If Dickson County remains in Class 6A and the 49 schools are divided into eight regions, the Cougars could find themselves back in a region with the Williamson County schools. Traditional opponents Columbia, Northeast, Henry County, Clarksville and West Creek are 5A under the new plan. If Dickson County moves down to 5A, it could end up back in a region with the Montgomery County schools. The combined enrollments of Creek Wood and Dickson County would be 2,505, making a single county high school the second-largest in the state behind Bartlett and 133 students larger than Collierville. With plans to open a third high school in 2019, Dickson County could end up with three schools with enrollments around 835, which would be among the smallest schools in Class 4A under the current classification plan.

CWHS and DCHS celebrating Senior Nights tonight

Creek Wood returns from its bye week looking for a fourth straight win and a chance to secure a playoff spot when it hosts Kenwood for Senior Night in Charlotte. Already out of playoff contention, Dickson County hopes to snap a six-game losing streak and give coach Randy Murphree his first region win with Clarksville visiting for Senior Night. The Red Hawks are currently in a three-way tie for third place in Region 6-4A at 1-2 with Kenwood and Montgomery Central. Creek Wood already holds the head-to-head tie-breaker over 1-3 Hillwood and a win over the Knights tonight guarantees the Red Hawks will finish no worse than fourth, earning the right to play in the postseason. With wins over Kenwood and Northwest next week, Creek Wood could finish second and open the playoffs at home. The 1-7 Cougars are winless in five Region 7-5A contests despite having one of the highest-scoring offenses in the state. The Cougars battle 1-4 Clarksville tonight in Dickson County Stadium before closing out the season at 0-5 West Creek next week. The Wildcats are still mathematically alive for the playoffs but need to win out and get help. Creek Wood-Kenwood kicks off at 7:30 pm and will broadcast on WDKN1260AM and stream at wdkn.com and the WDKN app. Dickson County-Clarksville kicks off at 7 pm and will broadcast on 101.5 The One FM and stream at 1015theone.com and the RFC Sports app. Both schools will recognize their senior football players, cheerleaders and band members prior to the start of their final regular-season home games tonight.

Undead to invade downtown for park’s Zombie Fest

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.

Humane society hosting dog costume contest Saturday

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).