With final approval from the Dickson County Commission, the new tipping fee schedule at the Dickson County Landfill will go into effect Feb. 1. Without discussion Monday night, the county commission approved proposed increases in the fees for waste that crosses the scales at the landfill on Eno Road. Solid Waste Department Superintendent Jim Lunn said the tipping fee increases are needed due to increased costs in a new contract to have the county’s garbage hauled to Benton County for disposal. Following the commission’s vote Monday, Lunn said notices of the new fees will be included in bills sent out in January and will take effect Feb. 1. Lunn emphasized that the fee increases only affect tipping fees for waste brought to the landfill and will not impact the county’s $10 monthly sanitation fee. At the work session earlier this month, Lunn said the additional cost will be passed on to the mainly commercial and industrial users bringing waste to the transfer station so the sanitation fee charged to residents will not be increased. “Part of the importance in raising this fee is that we don’t have to revisit our sanitation fee. We can leave it alone by hitting our commercial and industrial and making up some of this cost increase,” Lunn said. The commission approved a new 10-year contract with Waste Management Inc. to haul the county’s trash from the transfer station at the landfill on Eno Road to the West Camden Landfill in Benton County. Waste Management’s fee for hauling class I household waste increased from $27.48 per ton to $31.66. The commission approved increasing the tipping fee from $36.85 to $42.87 per ton. The new schedule also increases the fee for construction and demolition debris from $25 to $32 per ton. Tipping fees generate just over $1 million in annual revenue while the $10 monthly fee generates about $2.3 million. The total operating expenses for the Solid Waste Management Department in the 2016-17 budget are $3.6 million. The county instituted the $10 fee in 2011 to make the department an enterprise fund that generates revenue to cover its expenses without any money from property taxes.
As seasonal employment picks up heading into the holidays, Dickson County’s unemployment rate dropped in November. According to statistics released Thursday by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, there were 1,020 Dickson County residents receiving unemployment benefits in November for a rate of 4 percent of the workforce. That is a decrease from 4.4 percent in October and almost a full point less than the 4.9 percent rate in November 2015. Dickson County was one of 81 counties that saw unemployment decrease last month, while 10 counties reported an increase and four were unchanged. Williamson County continues to have the state’s lowest rate at 3.4 percent while Lake County is the highest at 8.3 percent. Overall, Tennessee’s unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.8 percent while the rate for the U.S. dropped from 4.9 to 4.6 percent in November. Dickson County’s rate of 4 percent is the lowest since hitting a 15-year low of 3.6 percent in May.
With an 8-point burst in the second quarter of Thursday night’s 69-61 win over Waverly, Creek Wood’s Coulter Dotson passed the 1,000-point mark in his Red Hawk career. Dotson finished with 19 points and the Red Hawks hit crucial free throws in the fourth period to hold off a Waverly rally for the District 11-AA win. Creek Wood was dialed in from long range in Charlotte as the Red Hawks hit four three-pointers in the first period to build a 21-11 lead. The margin stretched to 16 points by intermission as Dotson scored his 1,000th point in the second. Waverly began to fight back in the second half and got the margin down to single digits by the start of the fourth. But Micah Westerman hit 5 free throws and Dallas Hall added 3 from the stripe as Creek Wood held on for the 8-point win. The Red Hawks sank 13 treys on the night. Dotson had three in his 19 points while Hall drained four in his 18. Westerman had two in his 11 while Devon Higgins and Aaron Daniel both had a pair of treys. The Lady Red Hawks also sank 13 treys as they crushed Waverly 71-24. Sam Kilian scored 15 points in the first half as Creek Wood took control 36-8. A 24-9 third period put the mercy rule in effect for the fourth as reserves finished off the 47-point win. Kilian finished with 17 while Taylor Moore added 17 all in the third period. Raegan Hohl finished with 12. After hitting 11 treys in the junior varsity win, Emily Michael canned a trio of threes for 9 points for the varsity. Following the Christmas break, the Lady Red Hawks head to a Christmas Classic in Summertown to face the host Lady Eagles at 5:30 Thursday and Community High School at 6:30 Friday. Dickson County will play in the Above the Rim Invitational at Hickman County starting Wednesday.
Following her 18-point, break-out performance Sunday night, Dickson County High School graduate LeaLea Carter got her first collegiate start in Vanderbilt’s Wednesday game against 8th-ranked Louisville. Carter finished with 10 points and 8 rebounds in a 78-66 loss to the Cardinals at Memorial Gym. Former Creek Wood Lady Red Hawk Rachel Bell led Vandy with 21 points as the Commodores saw their nine-game winning streak snapped. In Sunday’s 89-57 win over Tennessee Tech, Vanderbilt saw senior starting forward Marqu’es Webb carried off the court on a stretcher following a collision. The Commodores responded with career highs in points from Carter, Christa Reed and Erin Whalen. Vandy’s leading scorer, Bell was held to a season-low 3 points. Carter hit 8 of 12 shots and both free throws for her 18 points to go with 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks. Whalen finished with 23 and Reed led the way with 25, both career highs. While Webb returned for limited action against Louisville, Vandy coach Stephanie White gave freshman Carter her first career start. The McDonald’s All-American responded with 10 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists in 32 minutes of action. Bell rebounded from her 3-point night against Tech by hitting 6 of 13 from the floor, 2 of 4 three-pointers and 7 of 8 free throws for a team-high 21 points. She added 4 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal. Louisville used its size advantage to control inside scoring. Vandy’s roster has no players taller than 6’1” while the Cardinals have six players 6’2” or taller. Louisville dominated points in the paint 48-26. After the Christmas break, Vanderbilt will close 2016 with a Wednesday trip to Memphis for a 4 pm game on ESPNU. The Commodores open their 16-game SEC schedule Jan. 2 at Texas A&M and host Tennessee Jan. 5.
One former Dickson County Cougar already notched a bowl game win while a second goes for a win Monday. Luke Paschall’s special teams and receivers played a major role in Arkansas State’s 31-13 win over Central Florida in the AutoNation Cure Bowl in Orlando Saturday. DCHS graduate Paschall is in his third season as special teams coordinator and wide receivers coach for the Red Wolves. In a sloppy game that saw the teams combine for more penalties (26) than first downs (25) and a total of 41 yards rushing, the fewest ever in an FBS bowl game, Arkansas State’s special teams scored two touchdowns and wide receiver Kendall Sanders caught three scoring passes. The Red Wolves blocked a punt for a touchdown and recovered a fumbled kickoff for a score. Playing in its sixth consecutive bowl game, Arkansas State got its first win under third-year coach Blake Anderson, who brought Paschall and DCHS graduate Walt Bell with him from North Carolina. After starting the season 0-4, the Red Wolves won 8 of their last 9 games and claimed their fifth Sun Belt Conference title in the last six years. After two season as offensive coordinator at Arkansas State, Bell left for the same position at Maryland and the Terrapins rebounded from 3-9 to go 6-6 under first-year coach D.J. Durkin and with Bell calling plays. Maryland will face Boston College at 1:30 pm Monday in the Quick Lane Bowl at Ford Field in Detroit on ESPN. Both Maryland and Boston College missed out on bowl games last season and needed wins in their final games to become bowl eligible. The Terrapins are seeking their first bowl win since 2010 while the Eagles haven’t won a bowl game since 2007. Playing in two conferences represented in the College Football Playoffs, Maryland and Boston College both struggled against some of the nation’s best teams. Bell’s Terrapins lost by a combined 121-6 in back-to-back games against Michigan and Ohio State and lost to Big 10 champs Penn State 38-14. All six of Maryland’s losses came to teams playing in bowl games. Boston College was outscored 202-24 by the top four teams in the ACC: Clemson, Florida State, Louisville and Virginia Tech. Five of Boston College’s six losses came against bowl teams. Raised together in the home of Mary and the late Dr. Butch Bell, Paschall and Bell are 2002 DCHS graduates and played at Middle Tennessee State University where Anderson was an assistant coach.