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Danny Hale Wins DeKalb GOP Nomination for Road Supervisor

February 11, 2018
Dwayne Page
DeKalb GOP Nominees for August 2 General Election: Sheriff Patrick Ray, Susan Martin for Circuit Court Clerk, Trustee Sean Driver, and Danny Hale for Road Supervisor
DeKalb GOP Nominees for County Commission: Matt Adcock in 6th district, Incumbent Jerry Adcock in 5th district, Renee Steff in 3rd district, Greg Matthews in 4th district, and Tom Chandler in 1st district. NOT PICTURED HERE Sabrina Farler in 2nd district, and Bruce Malone in 7th district
PHOTO FROM JANUARY PARTY MEET AND GREET: GOP candidates for County Commission: Matt Adcock (6th),Bruce Malone (7th),Incumbent Jerry Adcock (5th), Greg Matthews(4th) Sabrina Farler (2nd) Tom Chandler (1st)

Danny Hale of Liberty won the Republican nomination for DeKalb County Road Supervisor in the local GOP caucus held Sunday afternoon at the courthouse.

Hale, who was nominated by party delegates, defeated Reed Edge 62 to 34. The vote was conducted by paper ballot.

"I would like to thank everybody who participated today. I thank them for coming out and for their support. I'm looking forward to running a good race," Hale told WJLE after the meeting.

Hale will face Democrat Jimmy Sprague in the August 2nd DeKalb County General Election. Sprague is unopposed for the Democratic nomination for Road Supervisor in the May 1 DeKalb County Democratic Primary and although the qualifying deadline is not until Thursday, February 15 it’s too late for other Road Supervisor candidates to get qualified by the Tennessee Highway’s Certification Board. The filing deadline with the state board was February 1. Both Hale and Sprague are state certified.

Incumbent Republican Road Supervisor Wallace "Butch" Agee decided not to seek re-election to a second term.

All the other Republican candidates for the August 2 DeKalb County General Election were nominated by acclamation during the caucus Sunday including Incumbent Sheriff Patrick Ray, Incumbent Trustee Sean Driver, Susan Martin for Circuit Court Clerk, and County Commission candidates Tom Chandler in the 1st district, Sabrina Farler in the 2nd district, Renee Steff in the 3rd district, Greg Matthews in the 4th district, Incumbent Jerry Adcock in the 5th district, Matt Adcock in the 6th district, and Bruce Malone in the 7th district.

Incumbent 1st district Republican County Commissioner Mason Carter was not present for the caucus and will not be seeking re-election.

Democrats will soon get their turn.

The DeKalb County Democratic Party will hold a Mass Meeting for county and state Democratic candidates, Saturday, February 17 to kick off the election year. The event will take place at the DeKalb County High School cafeteria, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Meet the candidates for Governor, US Senator, US Representative, State Senator, State Representative, County Mayor, Circuit Court Clerk, Road Supervisor, Sheriff, County Clerk, Register of Deeds, Trustee, County Commission, School Board, City Council.

Mary Mancini, Chair of the Tennessee Democratic Party, will be the keynote speaker.

Both candidates for Governor former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean & House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh will be in attendance along with former Governor Phil Bredesen now running for the United States Senate. Mary Alice Carfi candidate for State Senate will also be present.

The event will feature live music by Jake Hoot, coffee, donuts, and conversation

Two Sentenced in Multi-Agency Drug Bust

February 11, 2018
Dwayne Page
Amy Renee Ford
Courtney Paris

Two of five convicted felons arrested last summer after an undercover drug investigation by several local and state law enforcement agencies appeared for sentencing in DeKalb County Criminal Court Friday, February 9.

39 year old Amy Renee Ford of Watertown entered a plea by criminal information to introduction of contraband and unlawful possession of a firearm. She received a four year sentence on the contraband charge and two years for the firearm offense to run consecutively for a total of six years however the term has been suspended to supervised probation with 245 days of time served from June 9, 2017 to February 9, 2018. She must forfeit the weapon.

35 year old Courtney Paris of New Hope Road, Alexandria entered a plea by criminal information to possession of a schedule II drug for resale and possession of a firearm. She got a six year sentence for the drug offense and four years for the firearm charge to run concurrently for a total of six years however the term has been suspended to TDOC probation. She must forfeit the weapon. Paris was given jail credit from June 9, 2017 to February 9, 2018.

The cases against the other three defendants remain pending in court.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Friday, June 9, 2017 agents went to 332 New Hope Road, Alexandria and seized approximately 5 grams of fentanyl, methodone, morphine, xanax, six weapons (including two assault rifles), a Chevy Silverado, a Dodge Dakota, a BMW car, cell phones, flash drives, home security system, digital scales, computer, ammo, and $973 cash.

Ford and Paris were arrested along with 36 year old Samer Walid Abdalla, 55 year old Ernest Grady Tanner, and 39 year old Jerry Henry Goff

The narcotics search warrant was executed and served at the residence by members of the 13th & 15th Judicial District Drug Task Force, the Drug Enforcement Agency, Alexandria Police Department, the Tennessee Highway Patrol Criminal Investigation Division, and the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department.

Adballa and Paris were in the master bedroom where agents found approximately 5 grams of a powder substance on a nightstand that tested positive for fentanyl; prescription narcotics which were packaged for resale, guns, three sets of digital scales, a large amount of hypodermic needles, and packaging material used in the distribution of narcotics.

Sheriff Ray said that Abdalla, who is Hepatitis C positive, fought with agents while resisting arrest and he tried to bite them. Abdalla also suffered a bloody nose during the scuffle putting the officers at risk of being infected. He was charged with criminal exposure of Hepatitis C. “Abdalla was ordered several times to raise his hands and to place them behind his back. He failed to comply, striking at agents and forcing them to restrain him to affect the arrest. Abdalla fought with the agents and tried to take an agent’s gun by grabbing the upper barrel portion of the rifle and pulling. Abdalla tried to bite two agents who were trying to restrain him. Abdalla was slightly injured and began bleeding from the nose. He continued to struggle knowing that he has Hepatitis C placing agents at risk of being infected. Abdalla acknowledged that he has Heptatis C and he has been charged with criminal exposure twice before,” said Sheriff Ray.

Abdalla was also charged with assaulting an officer and resisting arrest as he tried to keep agents from taking both Paris and himself into custody. Both Abdalla and Paris were each charged with possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule II drug (fentanyl) and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Agents found a 9 millimeter pistol inside Paris’ pocketbook within reach of both Paris and Abdalla.

Sheriff Ray said Abdalla has numerous felonies on his record including two counts of possession of cocaine on May 25, 2004, criminal simulation on September 10, 2008, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony on May 7, 2012.

Paris was convicted for possession of a schedule II drug on November 16, 2011 and she has other felony convictions.

Tanner is charged with unlawful possession of a weapon. According to Sheriff Ray, Tanner was found in another bedroom of the home along with a Ruger mini-14 rifle, a DPMS-AR 15 rifle, a Springfield Armory .45 caliber 1911 semi-automatic pistol, and approximately 150 plus rounds of ammunition of various calibers. On October 7, 2005 Tanner was convicted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) for possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a misdemeanor domestic assault. Tanner was sentenced to 10 months in the U.S. penitentiary in McCreary, Kentucky.

Ford and Goff were in a guest bedroom of the home where agents recovered from a closet a Revelation. 22 caliber rifle with a bullet in the magazine but not chambered. Narcotics were discovered in a duffle bag that also held Goff’s driver license.

Both Ford and Goff were charged with unlawful possession of a weapon. Goff was further charged with possession of a schedule II drug with intent to sell or deliver.

The following day, Ford was charged with bringing contraband into a penal institution after drugs were found on her during a strip search. “Ford was being dressed out for housing at the jail and during a strip search by a female correctional officer, a small cellophane baggie with a clear crystal substance was found in her body cavity. It field tested positive for meth,” said Sheriff Ray.

According to Sheriff Ray, Ford is a convicted felon. She was sentenced to 8 years in the Tennessee Department of Corrections for initiation of methamphetamine in 2012.
Goff pled guilty to manufacturing meth on November 7, 2012.

In other cases, 21 year old Dylan Crook entered a plea to sale of methamphetamine over 0.5 grams and received an eight year sentence on TDOC probation after he serves 270 days in the DeKalb County Jail. The term is to run concurrently with a violation of probation sentence against him. Crook was fined $2,000 and he must make restitution of $200 to the Sheriff’s Department. Crook was given jail credit from November 13, 2017 to February 9, 2018.

48 year old Michael Lee Bailey entered a plea by criminal information to aggravated assault and received a six year sentence suspended to probation. He us under a restraining order to keep away from the victim.



Murfreesboro Man Dies in Motorcycle Crash

February 10, 2018
Dwayne Page

A Murfreesboro man lost his life in a motorcycle crash Friday on Dale Ridge Road (State Route 96) near the Company Store location and not far from Center Hill Dam.

Dead is 46 year old Marcus Wade.

Trooper Sean Tramel of the Tennessee Highway Patrol told WJLE that Wade was operating a 1998 BMW motorcycle north on Dale Ridge Road when he failed to negotiate a curve and struck a rock embankment. Wade was transported by DeKalb EMS to St Thomas DeKalb Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Trooper Tramel was assisted by Troopers Jason Cobble and Danielle Neal.

Members of the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department and Sheriff’s Department were also on the scene.



DCHS Basketball Teams to Begin District Tournament Play

February 9, 2018
Dwayne Page
DCHS Basketball Teams to Begin District Tournament Play
DCHS Basketball Teams to Begin Tournament Play

The DCHS Basketball teams will make their debut in the District 8 AA Tournament next week at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville.

The Tigers, the 6th seed, will take on Watertown, the 7th seed, on Tuesday night, February 13 at 7:30 p.m. The winner will meet Macon County, the 3rd seed, on Thursday, February 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Meanwhile the Lady Tigers, the 5th seed, will face Watertown, the 8th seed, on Wednesday night, February 14 at 6:00 p.m. The winner will meet Cannon County, the 4th seed, on Friday, February 16 at 6:00 p.m.

WJLE will have LIVE coverage.



Hill Gets 10 Year Prison Sentence for Aggravated Burglary

February 9, 2018
Dwayne Page
David Matthew Hill

A Smithville man charged in a burglary last April was sentenced in DeKalb County Criminal Court Friday, February 9

24 year old David Matthew Hill, originally charged with aggravated burglary (2 counts), burglary, and theft over $1,000 (2 counts), entered a plea to one count of aggravated burglary and received a 10 year sentence in the Tennessee Department of Correction to run concurrently with a 10 year Warren County sentence against him. He was given jail credit from April 15, 2017 to February 9, 2018. Hill must make restitution of $975 to the victim

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Friday, April 14, 2017 Hill allegedly broke into a residence and an outbuilding on Twilla Lane, Smithville and stole a lawnmower, a chainsaw, a weedeater, and a mini bike valued at more than $1,000. The victim discovered the break-in upon returning home and reported it to the sheriff’s department.

The following day on Saturday, April 15 Hill returned to the scene of the crime looking for his cell phone that he had lost during the burglary the day before. While there, Hill broke into the same residence again and stole property this time valued at $2,748. The victim returned home while Hill was still on the property and called the sheriff’s department. Officers responded and placed Hill under arrest.

36 year old Kennith Wayne Lattimore and 30 year old Brenda Lattimore each entered a plea to theft of property over $1,000 and received a sentence of two years suspended to supervised probation on judicial diversion. Each is jointly and severally responsible for making restitution of $1,452 to the victim, Walmart.

According to Smithville Police, the Lattimore’s and another man, 44 year old Gerald Kier entered Wal-Mart on Sunday, August 14, 2016 at approximately 1:00 a.m. and could be seen on video surveillance taking an estimated $3,794.12 in merchandise. They were arrested and found to be in possession of several stolen items from Wal-Mart including hunting bows, knives, and other various merchandise valued at over $500. Kier entered a plea by criminal information in October, 2016 to one count of theft over $500 and received a sentence of two years, all suspended to supervised probation. He was ordered to make restitution of $1,452 to Walmart and he was placed under a restraining order to keep away from the store.

Trustee Reminds Property Owners that 2017 Taxes are Due February 28

February 9, 2018
Dwayne Page
Trustee Sean Driver

The Trustee's Office is a busy place this month as property taxpayers rush to beat the deadline

Trustee Sean Driver said 2017 property taxes are due by February 28, 2018.

As of Friday, February 9, 61% has been collected of the $9.06 million in 2017 DeKalb County property taxes to be collected by February 28, 2018 which includes property, residential, commercial, personal, and public utility taxes.

Penalties will start accruing March 1 on 2017 taxes not paid by the February 28 deadline.

Driver reminds taxpayers that you may:

1. Come in person to pay at the office.

2. Mail in your payment.

3. Pay online at tennesseetrustee.org- select, DeKalb.

*There is a fee to use debit/credit card-2.75% of your total tax bill or submit an e-check for $2.75 on any total

*Online accepts Mastercard, Visa, Discover, or American Express.

*Business Information Systems collects the fees, not DeKalb County

4. A Dropbox is also located on the outside wall of the county offices section at the county complex building (where the Trustee's Office is located) for your convenience after hours or on weekends.

5. Partial Payments are accepted in any amount.

*Remember: Whatever portion of taxes are unpaid for 2017, using the partial payment plan; only the portion left unpaid will accrue 1.5% penalty and interest per month starting March 1, 2018.

You may also qualify for the State of Tennessee Property Tax Relief Program. If you would like to check on a possible tax relief for 2017, visit the Trustee’s Office at 732 South Congress Boulevard, Room 103, or call 615-597-5176. The last day to sign up for tax relief is April 5.

The Trustee's Office is open regular hours from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday- Friday.

Any 2016 unpaid property taxes may be paid with interest and penalty through March 31. However any 2016 unpaid taxes will be turned over to the Chancery Court on April 1 for collection. The Trustee's Office will soon be sending out a notice to those still delinquent.

Advance Financial Celebrates Grand Opening of Smithville Store with $1,000 Donation to DeKalb County 4-H

February 9, 2018
Advance Financial Celebrates Grand Opening of Smithville Store with $1,000 Donation to DeKalb County 4-H

Nashville-based financial services company Advance Financial cut the ribbon today at the company’s newest store in Smithville. To mark the occasion, the Advance Financial Foundation donated $1,000 to the DeKalb County 4-H.

“The communities surrounding all of our locations are extremely important to us,” said Shantrelle Johnson, VP of corporate citizenship for Advance Financial. “Through the Advance Financial Foundation, we are able to provide extra support to those organizations working to make a difference in these regions. We are thrilled to make a contribution to the DeKalb County 4-H and help fund the educational programs they offer.”

Started in 2014, the Advance Financial Foundation invests in the communities the company serves through support for local 501(c)3 organizations and community enrichment programs. The Foundation places a particular focus on enhancing education and health and wellness initiatives.

Advance Financial’s store in Smithville is located at 503 South Mountain Street. It is open 24/7 and offers a range of financial services including prepaid cards, electronic wire services to anywhere in the world, check cashing, FLEX loans, free bill-payment services and free money orders.

About Advance Financial
Advance Financial, founded in 1996, is a family owned and operated financial center based in Nashville, Tenn. The company currently operates more than 80 locations throughout Tennessee and employs more than 800 local representatives. The company provides a wide variety of financial services – including wire transfer, free bill payment, unlimited free money orders and FLEX loans. Advance Financial earned an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and was named to the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the country for the sixth year in a row. For more information visit www.af247.com.

City To Color Code Fire Hydrants According to Flow Capacity

February 9, 2018
Dwayne Page

The City of Smithville will soon have to undertake a project to color code fire hydrants according to their pressure flow capacity in accordance with regulations of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

Currently, all the city’s fire hydrant tops have the same color “red”.

The city will have to color code the bonnet/cap of the hydrants as follows:

Class C-RED- Less than 500 gallons per minute

Class D- Black bonnet or covering-Temporarily out of service.

During Monday night’s meeting of the Smithville Mayor and Aldermen, Fire Chief Charlie Parker explained that fire department pumper trucks are prohibited from connecting to hydrants that are a Class C. These hydrants may be used to fill the booster tanks on any fire apparatus by using the water system’s available pressure only (fire pumps shall not be engaged during refill operations from a Class C hydrant).

“Technically the hydrants are supposed to be color coded as far as to what pressure they flow and in accordance with that ruling fire departments are not supposed to connect to a hydrant with a red top. As you know in Smithville all of our hydrants have a red top because they are not color coded. I would like to see if we could get some extra help with seasonal workers along with our fire department personnel. Since its fire hydrants, everybody thinks it’s a fire department project but we don’t have the resources or manpower to get them tested. I have been working with the 911 system over the last couple of years and now we have most of our hydrants digitized on a GIS map so they are located and numbered but we have to flow them and paint them to whatever color they need to be and get the information entered into the computer system so we will have it. Then we are supposed to annually flow them and do a spot check. It is not the time of the year to do this now. I’m just coming to you (mayor and aldermen) to see if we can come up with a plan to get the hydrants tested because it will benefit all of us, not just the fire department but also the water department too. We have roughly about 240 hydrants already mapped out but I’m thinking it will probably be closer to 270 because there some hydrants not mapped especially near the industrial parks and Walmart that we would like to add to the GIS map too because that benefits us (firefighters) being about to look on a map and know if we have a really good hydrant especially with the ladder truck where we need higher flows of water,” said Chief Parker.

Mayor Jimmy Poss said the city might be able to hire some part time help to assist with the project.

Utilities are now required under state law to account for water used. “In order for our utility to comply, we must require that you (Smithville Fire Department) report on a monthly basis; when, where, and an estimate of how much water was used,” wrote Public Works Director Kevin Robinson, in a letter to Chief Parker.


February 8, 2018

The DeKalb Animal Shelter is having a MOBILE ADOPTION EVENT

It may be after Valentine's Day but It's never too late to fall in love! Meet your purrfect match, Saturday, February 17 at TRACTOR SUPPLY COMPANY, 620 W Broad St, Smithville.
11 a.m.- 3 p.m.

All the love
Half the price*

They're going MOBILE! Come meet your new best friend at Tractor Supply Company, Saturday, February 17th where adoption fees will be 1/2 off* for this one, very special event. Volunteers will be on hand with a heart stopping selection of puppies, kittens, cats and dogs; several already spayed or neutered and are ready to go home with you that day.**

Be sure to get there early! The first 5 adoptions will receive a FREE "Welcome Home" gift package. To see a selection of our pets currently available for adoption, visit our Facebook page at: facebook.com/dekalbanimalcoalition

*50% off adoption fee. Unaltered pets require Spay/Neuter fee which is separate & paid in full at time of adoption. See onsite representatives for details.

*Effective 2/2/18 DACS requires spay/neutering for all pets prior to leaving the Shelter. Estimated spay/neuter fee is required at time of adoption. An appointment will be scheduled at time of adoption for any eligible, unaltered pet & new owners will pick up their pet at the designated, participating* veterinarian's office after surgery. A full deposit and signed agreement to alter the pet in the specified time frame is required to adopt any unaltered or under age pet at our mobile events. See onsite representatives for details.

Please note: Special discounted rates have been secured and apply only at our participating veterinarian clinics. See onsite representatives for details.

DeKalb Animal Coalition to Present Volunteer Orientation

February 8, 2018
DeKalb Animal Coalition to Present Volunteer Orientation

The DeKalb Animal Coalition & DAC Shelter will be presenting their first Volunteer Orientation on Monday, February 12 at Smithville City Hall, 2nd Floor. The meeting begins at 6:00 p.m.. and is open to the public. Attendees will learn the history of how the Animal Shelter came to be, who & what DAC is, the services the DAC Shelter provides, basic rules and safety regulations for volunteering onsite at the Shelter and the wide variety of options available for volunteering both onsite at the shelter or behind the scenes.

Please note: All volunteers (current and future) are required to attend one DACS Orientation prior to volunteering onsite at the Shelter.

The next orientation will be held Thursday, February 22, also at Smithville City Hall, 2nd Floor, 6 p.m. Future orientations will be held once each month (based on need) beginning in March.

For more information on the event, please visit our Facebook page at: facebook.com/dekalbanimalcoalition


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