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Dispute with Tenant Lands Landlord in Trouble with the Law

April 14, 2018
Dwayne Page

A landlord is in trouble with the law after a dispute with a tenant.

73 year old Eddie Wayne Cook of 856 Cooper Avenue was arrested April 5 for aggravated burglary (2 counts) and theft of property over $1,000. Smithville Police responded to 565 Frazier Street in reference to a renter having trouble with her landlord. The victim had been renting the house from Cook and was moving her things out due to having bought a house. When the victim went back to the house she was renting to retrieve more of her items she noticed that Cook had moved her things out of the house and onto his trailer. She went into the house and noticed that some things were missing. When she asked Cook about them, he informed her that he had given some things to the people helping him. Police learned that Cook had also taken the victim’s car keys from the house, removed items from her vehicle parked in the driveway, and had given some of them away. Bond for Cook is $20,000 and his court date is April 26.

38 year old Amanda Nichole Smith of Lebanon was arrested for public intoxication on March 27. Police responded to 625 Highland Avenue for a disturbance call. Upon arrival officers spoke with Smith who appeared to be disoriented. She became belligerent toward the officers, didn't know where she was, and seemed to be hallucinating (seeing someone who wasn’t there). Upon questioning her, police learned that Smith had a prescription for suboxone and had taken the drug twice that day. Due to her condition she was taken into custody for her own safety. Bond for Smith is $1,500.

37 year old Jimmie Lee Herman of McMinnville was cited for shoplifting on March 27. Herman was observed placing a pack of Command clear hooks in his back pocket at the Dollar General Store. It was recovered and returned to the store. His court date is April 19.

Herman was arrested again on April 8 for driving on a revoked license. Police responded to McDonald's after a man (Herman) was found passed out behind the wheel of his vehicle. After he was awakened, Herman told the officer he didn't realize what time it was. A check of Herman's driver's license through Central Dispatched revealed them to be revoked for driving under the influence out of Warren County. Herman was then placed into custody. Bond for Herman is $2,500 and his court date is April 16.

28 year old Cameron Renee Page of 834 South Mountain Street was arrested on March 26 for aggravated statutory rape. Police were called to the Wal-Mart parking lot due to a possible domestic and determined that the incident was only verbal. During the investigation police learned that the parties had sexual contact and the one of them was 17 years old. A further investigation revealed that Page and the juvenile had been in a relationship over the span of a couple months which had become physical. Page was aware that teen was under the age of 18. Bond for Page is $5,000 and her court date is April 19.

25 year old Nathaniel Dylan Tippens of 348 Page Drive was cited on March 29 for simple possession. Tippens was found asleep at the wheel of his vehicle on the public square. Police conducted a search after spotting what was believed to be drug paraphernalia in plain sight. Tippens was further found to be in possession of approximately 2 grams of a crystal like substance believed to be methamphetamine.

48 year old Stephany Lee Pardue of 499 Gold Club Drive was arrested on March 29 for a first offense of driving while license revoked. Police responded to a motor vehicle accident at 322 Riley Avenue and a check of Pardue's license with Central Dispatch revealed them to be revoked due to unsatisfied judgments out of Putnam County. Pardue also had active warrants in Putnam County for failure to appear. She was taken into custody without incident. Her bond is $2,000 and her court date is April 19.

26 year old Sonny Roman Smith of 535 Possum Hollow Road was arrested twice within 8 days for criminal trespass. On March 31, Police responded to Crestlawn Avenue due to an unwanted guest at the Smithville Housing Authority. Upon arrival the officer spotted Smith running across the street and behind the buildings. Smith had been warned last October not to be on the property. His bond is $2,500.

Eight says later on April 8, Smith was arrested for the same offense. Police responded to a call and observed Smith coming from the back of a residence on Wade Street within the Smithville Housing Authority. Knowing that Smith had been banned from the property and arrested a week prior for the offense of criminal trespass after showing up there, he was taken into custody without incident. His bond is $2,500.

45 year old Anthony Sharod Johnson of Jackson, Tennessee was arrested on March 31 for public intoxication. Police responded to Bridgeway Motel at 713 West Broad Street in reference to a verbal altercation. Upon arrival Johnson was found in the parking lot of the motel. His speech was slurred. Johnson was difficult to understand and he was unsteady on his feet. Police learned that Johnson had been drinking a lot that day and had been staying in a local halfway house before being ejected due to his drinking. For his safety and that of the public, Johnson was arrested without incident. His bond is $1,500.

27 year old Patrick Jerome Murphy of 377 Tommy Harrell Street was arrested on April 12 for child abuse. Police were informed on April 10 by the Department of Children Services that the victim child had a hand print bruise on her bottom. Upon investigation, police learned that Murphy had spanked the child on April 9 which caused the imprint to still be visible three days later. Bond for Murphy is $2,500 and his court date is May 3.

56 year old Jeffrey D. Caldwell of Sparta was arrested on April 12 for driving while license revoked and altering or forging a title or plates. Police initiated a routine traffic stop of a vehicle for an expired registration. A check of Caldwell’s plate with Central Dispatch revealed that the 2018 expiration sticker belonged to a vehicle in Jackson County. Caldwell’s license were found to be revoked for failure to comply with financial responsibility. Caldwell was taken into custody. His bond is $6,500 and his court date is May 3.

Board of Education to Meet with County Mayor and Commissioners to Review Proposed School Building Plans

April 13, 2018
Dwayne Page
Smithville Elementary School

County Mayor Tim Stribling and members of the County Commission’s Education and Library Committee will meet Monday night in a work session with Director of Schools Patrick Cripps and the Board of Education to review plans for a school building program.

The informal meeting will take place at 6:00 p.m. at the Ernest Ray Education Center and all DeKalb County Commissioners are invited to attend. No action can be taken.

Following an evaluation of current school facilities and projected future needs, the DeKalb County Board of Education has been presented a variety of construction plans at a cost ranging from $17 million to $45 million for new or renovated facilities.

Members of the local board of education met in a workshop in December for their first look at results of a School Facilities Study prepared by the Upland Design Group of Crossville.

The study concluded that Smithville Elementary School, the oldest core building in the district, should be replaced and repurposed for other uses.

The board hired the architectural firm last September to conduct a county-wide facilities study in planning for future building needs. Upland Design was paid $19,500 for its services.

The school board plans are to narrow the number of options but wants input from the county commission’s education committee before any plan is formally presented to the county commission for consideration.

The facilities study by Upland Design concluded that DeKalb West School was in the best condition and should remain as is; that Smithville Elementary needs to be replaced and repurposed; and that issues exist at Northside Elementary, DCHS, and DeKalb Middle Schools which need to be addressed.

Derrick Clemow and Brian Templeton of Upland Design Group met with the school board during the December workshop to review the findings and to offer options for addressing them.

Upland Design presented six (construction) options (schemes) for the board to consider along with the pros and cons of each option or scheme.

A summary of those options is as follows: (CLICK PDF LINK BELOW EACH OPTION TO VIEW SPECIFICS)

A-OPTION (SCHEME): (2) Pre-K to 5th grade elementary schools; middle and high schools expanded for increased lifespan (CLICK LINK TO VIEW OPTION)
scheme a.pdf (22.9 KB)

B-OPTION (SCHEME): Replace Smithville Elementary School; middle and high schools expanded for increased lifespan (CLICK LINK TO VIEW OPTION)
scheme B.pdf (162.8 KB)

C-OPTION (SCHEME): All schools Pre-K to 8th grade; high school expanded for increased lifespan (CLICK LINK TO VIEW OPTION)
scheme c.pdf (210.56 KB)

D-OPTION (SCHEME) Pre-K to 8 grade options; high school takes over middle school campus(CLICK LINK TO VIEW OPTION)
scheme D.pdf (190.78 KB)

E-OPTION (SCHEME) All schools Pre-K to 8th grade; high school takes over middle school campus(CLICK LINK TO VIEW OPTION)
scheme E.pdf (189.77 KB)

F-OPTION (SCHEME) New high school; middle school takes over high school campus; elementary school takes over middle school campus (CLICK LINK TO VIEW OPTION)
scheme F.pdf (225.27 KB)

Upland Design was asked to come up with another option involving the middle school and to report back to the school board.

Following is a synopsis of each school:


Smithville Elementary School, originally built in 1958, now is 70,557 square feet in size, and has a current enrollment of 575 students.

“For the purpose of this study, Smithville Elementary is to be obsolesced,” said Clemow. Basically, we evaluated and started with a premise that this is a site (Smithville Elementary) that should be repurposed for some other purpose. We looked at maybe moving the central office there. Maybe maintenance could move there. Maybe an alternative school could be located there.”

The facilities study concluded that “as the oldest campus facility, condition is a major concern. In consideration of the following providing an alternative location for the students is a consensus:

A. Campus location is undesirable
B. Traffic flow is poor
C. Cafeteria/Kitchen is undersized
D. Oldest portion is over a crawl space and mold is potential
E. Security is difficult to maintain when multiple buildings are present
F. Spaces are not functionally ideal
G. Three of the second-grade classes are currently at Northside Elementary

Upland Design gave options how Smithville Elementary School could be used for other purposes:
A. Move central office staff to Smithville Elementary
B. Move maintenance storage and staff to area in and around kitchen/cafeteria
C. Relocate Adult Education or Alternative School Classrooms in the eastern wing
D. Make the site available for other county programs.


Northside Elementary School, built in 2000, is 85,000 square feet in size with an enrollment of 655 students.

Upland Design concluded that Northside is at capacity.

“It (Northside) was originally planned for 650 students in grades 3-5. It is at capacity today based on the fact that there are second graders over there that fill it out all the way,” Clemow said. “If you were to pull the second graders out of there it would be back to a fair-sized school and would have a little bit of expansion in it as a grade 3, 4, 5 facility. But as a grade 3,4,5 it doesn’t have the lower grade toilet facilities that are normally connected to existing classrooms. Little kids really need to have a toilet handy. So if this school should become a Pre-K through 8 or whatever, there would have to be some modifications toilet wise. Also for the size kids there and the numbers who are run through there, the cafeteria is just about maxed out in terms of its usage. It takes a few hours to feed the kids. It basically is functioning as intended and conditionally is in fairly good shape. The school was also built during the pre-security days. A parent can walk in and make it to the back of the school without anyone knowing. That is a fairly easy correction in this case because you do have a central entrance and you could make a vestibule there” he added.

The facilities study found that “this site now accepts 3 classes of second graders due to overcrowding at Smithville Elementary. Northside was originally planned for grades 3-5 and 650 pupils. The campus is at capacity. This is quite evident in the afternoon rush. Lower grade in-classroom toilets were not provided. The cafeteria is at capacity.

The site is large enough to consider expansion, although traffic circulation is a challenge. There needs to be a security vestibule created at the entry.

The cafeteria space is limited as is other core spaces encouraging a 625 pupil population.”


DeKalb Middle School, built in 1971, is now 86,990 square feet in size with an enrollment of 550 students.

According to the facilities study, “the school was originally designed as a modified open plan and as a result acoustic problems and circulation create an interruptive classroom arrangement. Dining and library spaces lack acoustical isolation. The newer gymnasium provides needed P.E. space although it is not cooled (no air conditioning). Security is a challenge since the administrative space is a central space and students go outside to get to the gymnasium. Toilet accommodations are marginally sufficient for the student population. All spaces are currently utilized. The auditorium is too small for assemblies. The site does not provide for several sports and lacks space for addition without site drainage developments.”


DeKalb County High School, constructed in 1963, is now 127,317 square feet in size with an enrollment of 860 students.

“There are portable classrooms. The high school has six to eight floating teachers. What that means is while they have other things they do in their capacity, they don’t have a home room,” Clemow said. “When they go to work they have to use a room that is shared with somebody else. What happens with high schools is that the curriculum changes all the time and with this school it is clear that with the 860 kids who are there now, they are pretty much falling out the doors (overcrowded). The first thing we always hear there (DCHS) is that the corridors are ridiculously tight and when there is a class change, it’s a zoo. That’s a difficult one to treat because it falls right at the core of the building. Security is also really difficult to handle. The only way to handle security at a campus situation like this is to gate it but once you gate it, you have to man the gate but in this case you not only have a high school but a junior high school so there is no telling how difficult it would be to create a security situation for this facility.
It is one of those things that is definitely on the radar as needing repair, update, potential replacement,” he continued. “We looked at all of it. It is not something that we found in particularly great shape and you all know it," said Clemow

The facilities study found that “the high school has grown on this site for many years. Over the years there have been four major additions and many other renovations. The primary circulation spaces are as original and are woefully undersized. Although well maintained, the original structure shows signs of aging. Campus security is inadequate as many buildings require exterior access. Pedestrian and vehicular flow intersects. Playing field spaces are marginal and do not accommodate all organized team activities. Some P.E. programs are held outside of designated school facilities. Three or four temporary portable classrooms house educational functions. Many spaces have been repurposed for more contemporary curriculum, but many program offerings would require spaces with specific features".


The facility study found DeKalb West School to be in the best condition of all the five schools.

DeKalb West School, built in 1974, is now 76,044 square feet in size with an enrollment of 405 students.

According to the facilities study, “this school has adequate facilities for the current population and programs for the near future. Some students are brought by parents from out of the bus routes. Uniquely, the county-wide Middle School baseball program is at this site. Class sizes vary from 40-48 with a downsized 4th grade at 30.

Administrators note that moving on to the high school is a social adjustment when compared to DeKalb Middle School entrants.

For this study, this campus is to remain as is.”

Director Updates School Board on Personnel Moves

April 13, 2018
Dwayne Page
Board of Education Met Thursday Night at DeKalb West School

Director of Schools Patrick Cripps updated the Board of Education on personnel moves during Thursday night’s monthly meeting held at DeKalb West School.

Since last month, Laura Patterson has been employed as an educational assistant at DeKalb Middle School to replace Josh Melton.

Ginda Kilgore, an educational assistant at Northside Elementary School has been transferred to DeKalb Middle School.

Hunter Collins has resigned

Tena Edwards, Janet England, Sonja House, and Carol Sampley have all been granted a leave of absence as requested.

The DeKalb County School district has set the state assessment testing dates at each school for April.

The following testing dates are specific for each school.

DeKalb County High School:
* April 16th-26th-Grades 9-12
* April 30th-May 4th-Grades 9-12
* Make-up dates for TNReady: April 20th, May 4th

DeKalb Middle School- Grades 6-8
* April 17th-April 27th
* Make up dates: April 18th, April 26th

DeKalb West School:
*Grade 2 and Grades 3-8
* 2nd Grade Assessment -April 23rd-April 26th
* Make-up date: April 27th, April 30th

* 3rd-4th-April 17th-April 25th
* Make-up dates: April 26th, April 27th

5th-April 17th -April 26th
* Make-up dates: April 27th, April 30th

6th-8th -April 17th -April 27th
* Make-up dates: April 30th, May 1st

Northside Elementary School:
*Grade 2 and Grades 3-8
* April 18th
* April 23rd-May 1st
* Make-up dates: April 27th Grades 3-4; April 30th-May 1st-Grade 2-5

* 2nd Grade Assessment -April 24th-April 26th
*Make up date: April 26th, April 30th, May 1st

DCHS Principal Randy Jennings briefly addressed the board to mention that Raiden Martin has been elected as FBLA State Treasurer and that Ashley Reynolds was recently elected FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) state vice president of STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Events for the upcoming year. Nicholas Birmingham has been accepted to the Tennessee Governors School for the Arts and FBLA Advisor Marilyn Roberts named State Advisor of the year. The prom will be Friday, April 27.

In her brief report to the board, Smithville Elementary Principal Julie Vincent announced that May 4 is the date for DeKalb West School and Smithville Elementary to have Pre-K and kindergarten registration (subject to pre-k funding) from 8 until 1:30 p.m. for incoming students.

Sabrina Farler, Principal at DeKalb West School announced that DeKalb Middle and DeKalb West School’s top math students attended the Tennessee Tech Math Contest Thursday and Alex Antoniak, a 6th grade student at DeKalb West finished 1st out of 107 students in the contest.

Karen Knowles, Principal at Northside Elementary School, announced testing dates for students (as noted above).

Postering Event Set for Missing Liberty Teenager

April 13, 2018
Dwayne Page
Postering Event Set for Missing Liberty Teenager

The Center for Search & Investigations (CFSI) will be having a postering event Sunday at noon for 16 year old Hannah Grisham of Liberty who went missing from her home in February. The event will be held at Mapco Express located at 128 East Broad Street in Smithville.

Hannah is 5’ 2” tall and weighs 125 pounds. She has hazel eyes and light brown hair.

No one has seen or heard from her and police have no leads as to her whereabouts.

If you should see or speak to Hannah or know where she is please contact Central Dispatch at 615-215-3000 or her mother at 615-318-3040 or 615-580-9064

The CFSI assists & trains families and communities in facilitating the search and location of missing children worldwide in order to safeguard children from abduction, child trafficking & exploitation. The Center for Search & Investigations is an approved 501(c)(3) Non-profit organization. CFSI has a STRICT NO-CONTACT policy concerning children. All current and future members of CFSI Leadership are subject to a criminal background check.

Why We Do It:
The United States Department of Justice reports over 2,100 children go missing a day equaling approximately 800,000 reported missing every year. Many missing children are in danger of child trafficking. The truth is no missing child should be labeled as a "runaway", as they are in as much danger as those abducted. CFSI refuses to ignore these facts. They dedicate their services to help find missing and endangered children. When families have felt abandoned and hopeless CFSI has been there to extend their resources. CFSI treats every missing child case with the utmost importance and is committed to getting the cooperation of Law Enforcement while demanding local as well as national media attention. CFSI is devoted to locating & returning children home SAFE in a fast, efficient, and caring manner. CFSI's services are always offered free of charge to the parents of missing children whom meet the non-profit's criteria.

Our Goal:
With 3,000 + volunteers, our ultimate goal is to continue to build a Worldwide network of Advocates & Professional Investigators to provide services to families of missing children. We are confident that in accomplishing this goal we will be able to put an end to the child trafficking epidemic. For CFSI it’s all about hearing these 2 words… FOUND SAFE!

NHC Smithville Receives Multiple Awards at Banquet

April 12, 2018
NHC Smithville Receives Multiple Awards at Banquet
NHC Smithville Awarded

NHC Smithville was recently recognized at NHC’s Management Conference in Hilton Head, South Carolina. They received the award for the Highest Customer Satisfaction in the company and were recognized as a Center of Excellence. NHC Smithville was also a finalist for the Quality of Life Award and Highest Percent Increase in Customer Satisfaction. The banquet was held on Thursday, April 5, 2018. NHC owns and/or operates 76 skilled healthcare centers in 8 states.

“We are truly humbled to receive these important awards,” said Clint Hall, Administrator at NHC Smithville. “These achievements are a reflection of our commitment to quality and excellence in patient care. Our expectation is excellence, nothing less. Our partners work closely to make sure that we communicate effectively with our patients and families. We believe that when a patient comes to our center, they become a part of our family, the NHC Smithville family. It is an honor for our family to serve the Dekalb County community.”

NHC Smithville had the Highest Customer Satisfaction for 2017 for the entire company. Customer Satisfaction is measured independently through a third party vendor (NRC Health, My InnerView). Satisfaction surveys are sent to patients and families on the quality of care they received while at the center.

The Center of Excellence is awarded to previous Center of the Year recipients who maintain the highest level of quality care and service. It is the equivalent to being a finalist for Center of the Year again. NHC Smithville won the Center of the Year in 2000 and is ineligible to win the award again until 2021. NHC Smithville also received a Center of Excellence Award in 2007.

NHC Smithville offers inpatient and outpatient rehabilitative care and accepts Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance, workers compensation, managed care, and private funds. The inpatient healthcare center offers skilled nursing and rehabilitation services to adults of all ages on a short-term and continuing care basis. NHC Smithville’s outpatient clinic offers physical, occupational, and speech therapy services. For more information about NHC Smithville, visit www.nhcsmithville.com or call (615) 597-4284.

Judges Hand Down Sentences in Criminal Court

April 12, 2018
Dwayne Page
Judge David Patterson
Judge Gary McKenzie

Sentences were handed down Monday in DeKalb County Criminal Court.

Judge David Patterson presided.

20 year old Daniel Dillard entered a plea to attempted aggravated arson and received a 10 year sentence all suspended to probation. He must make restitution to the victim jointly and severally and forfeit his vehicle which was seized.

48 year old Billy Eugene Cook entered a plea to theft over $1,000 but under $2,500 and received a two year Tennessee Department of Correction sentence to run concurrently with another case against him. He was given jail credit of 155 days.

51 year old Mark Goodson entered a plea to possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell and received a 10 year sentence all suspended to probation except for 120 days. He was fined $2,000 and must report to jail on April 16. He was given 31 days jail credit.

48 year old Randy A. Caldwell entered a plea to possession of drug paraphernalia and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days on probation. He was given jail credit from May 18, 2017 to April 9, 2018.

30 year old Jonathan Turner entered a plea by criminal information to unlawful possession of a weapon and received a 4 year Tennessee Department of Correction sentence on probation.

51 year old Melissa Poss Petty entered a plea to vehicular assault and received a 3 year sentence to serve in the Tennessee Department of Correction but she has been furloughed into the Crossville Mission Bible Training Center. The sentence is to run consecutive to a violation of probation against her. She was given credit for jail time served.

40 year old James Matthew Maynard entered a plea by criminal information to a 3rd offense of driving under the influence and was ordered to serve 120 days and pay a fine of $1,100. He is to report to jail on May 4 and his license has been restricted.

42 year old Tyrone D. Owens entered a plea to possession and sale of a schedule II controlled substance. He received a sentence of 8 years for possession and 4 years for sale and the terms are to run consecutively for a total of 12 years but all suspended to supervised probation. He was fined $2,000 in each case and must make restitution of $450 to the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department.

25 year old Jonathan Wayne Hall entered a plea to two counts of simple possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days in each case suspended to probation pursuant to judicial diversion. He must pay a fine of $750 and make restitution of $600 to the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department.

42 year old William Jeffery Hale entered a plea by criminal information to reckless endangerment and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days all suspended to supervised probation by CPS.

22 year old Christopher Derrick entered a plea to driving under the influence and was sentenced to 11 months and 29 days to serve 48 hours in the DeKalb County Jail. He was fined $350 and will lose his license for one year. He must attend an alcohol safety class. The term is to run concurrently with a violation of probation sentence he is currently serving.

23 year old John Thomas Mason entered a plea to evading arrest and received a two year sentence to run concurrently with a 10 year sentence he is serving in another case.

47 year old Jamie Ashford entered a plea to possession with intent to sell over 0.5 grams of methamphetamine and received a 10 year sentence suspended to supervised probation except for 120 days to serve. She was fined $2,000. Ashford was given jail credit of 31 days. She will report to jail on April 16.

22 year old Zachary Jacob Poss entered a plea to two counts of simple possession of marijuana and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days in each case to run consecutive for a total of almost two years. The term has been suspended to CPS probation pursuant to judicial diversion.

25 year old Christopher T. Pack entered a plea to two counts of simple possession of marijuana and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days in each case to run consecutively for a total of almost two years suspended to probation. He was fined $750 and must make restitution of $1,200 to the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department.

34 year old Johnny Devault entered a plea to sale and delivery of a schedule III controlled substance (buprenorphine) and received a 4 year TDOC sentence. Devault was given jail credit of 128 days. The term is to run consecutively with other cases against him for an effective sentence of 12 years but the sentence is stayed upon his entering a long-term faith based alcohol and drug rehabilitation recovery program. He was fined $2,000.

Meanwhile on Monday, April 2 the following persons entered pleas in criminal court.

Judge Gary McKenzie presided.

43 year old Jason Cripps entered a plea to theft up to $1,000 and driving under the influence. He received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days in each case to run concurrently. He will be on supervised probation after serving 48 hours and must make restitution of $90 to the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department and pay a fine of $350. He will also lose his license for one year.

32 year old Caleb Rigsby entered a plea by criminal information to aggravated burglary and theft over $1,000. He received a 4 year TDOC sentence for the aggravated burglary and 2 years for the theft. The terms are to run concurrently for a total of 4 years. He must make restitution of $900 to the victim. He was given jail credit from December 7, 2017 to April 3, 2018.

44 year old Jennifer Elizabeth Benton entered a plea to reckless endangerment and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days on probation.

36 year old William Travis Malone entered a plea to possession of a schedule II controlled substance over 0.5 grams and received an 8 year sentence. He was given jail credit from August 7, 2017 to April 2, 2018.

48 year old Thomas P. Courtney entered a plea to driving under the influence and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days suspended to probation except for 48 hours to serve. His license is suspended pursuant to Tennessee Department of Safety regulations. He is to report to jail on April 25.

55 year old Jay Kent Williams entered a plea by criminal information to reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, and violation of the implied consent law. He received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days in each case to run concurrently but all suspended to probation. He will lose his driver’s license for one year.

245 Cast Ballots To Date During Early Voting

April 12, 2018
Dwayne Page

A total of 245 people have cast ballots to date for the May 1 DeKalb County Democratic Primary.

According to Dennis Stanley, Administrator of Elections 63 people voted Friday including 59 in person and 4 by absentee.

Voters are making their choices as to who will represent the Democratic party as nominees in the August General Election for the offices of Road Supervisor, County Mayor, Circuit Court Clerk, Sheriff, Register of Deeds, County Clerk, and for the county commission in each of the seven districts. There is no Democratic candidate for Trustee

The primary will feature two county wide contested races for County Mayor and Circuit Court Clerk. There are four contested county commission district primary races including in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 7th districts.

Early voting days and times are as follows:
Mondays—1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesdays—9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Wednesdays—9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Thursdays—2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Fridays—9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturdays—9 a.m. to noon.

Early voting runs through April 26 on the first floor of the DeKalb County Courthouse

City Sets Fees for Golf Course and Swimming Pool

April 11, 2018
Dwayne Page
Ken Lacy and Pete Ferguson, City Managers of Smithville Golf Course and Swimming Pool

New prices have been established for the upcoming season at the Smithville Municipal Golf Course and Swimming Pool.


golf course and pool fee schedule.pdf (404.13 KB)

The Smithville Mayor and Aldermen met in special session Tuesday evening at city hall to approve the prices for the season as proposed by Ken Lacy, who along with Pete Ferguson, is managing the golf course and pool for the city this year.

The golf course may open within the next 10 days and Memorial Day weekend is the scheduled opening for the pool. Golf carts are to arrive Thursday.

Lacy said the new price schedule was developed after comparing fees with other courses in the region. “We canvassed them. We went to all the public golf courses especially the 9 hole courses in the area. We did a lot of comparison between here and Sparta because the two are a little bit more similar and then with White Plains and others on that side of Cookeville. We then took into consideration what the golf course was charging in previous years. And doing a budget, figuring to operate somewhere around $125,000 to $130,000 annually, if we look at it from that perspective, it shows that our costs per round is roughly $16.00 per round. We took that into consideration when trying to make everything work out,” said Lacy.

Under the new inclusive price schedule, individual golfers without a membership may play 18 holes with a cart for $23 including tax or 9 holes with a cart for $16.00 including tax. Golfers who wish to walk the course may play 18 holes for $14.00 including tax or 9 holes for $9.00 including tax. To do a replay (9 holes) on the same day, the additional cost is $7.50 including tax.

The golf course will have a driving range and the cost for range baskets is $6.00. All range balls must be purchased at the golf course and no shag balls will be permitted. A shag area will be available.

Admission to the swimming pool will remain at $2.00 per person for everyone age 4 and older.

Membership fees have also been established.

Member golfers who wish to play unlimited rounds may play 18 holes with a cart for $11.00 including tax or 9 holes with a cart for $7.50 including tax. To replay the course (9 holes) on the same day, the additional charge is $5.00.

Fees for a single membership is $440 including tax or $550 including tax for a family membership.

Single pool membership fees are $70.00 including tax or $135.00 including tax for a family membership.

A single Range membership is $165.00 including tax.

For a combination Golf/Pool/Range membership the price is $605 including tax for a single membership and $715 including tax for a family membership.

Golfers who wish to use their own private cart can pay a Trail Fee of $385 including tax.

Lifeguards are needed at the pool. If you would like to be a lifeguard this season contact Lacy or Ferguson at the golf course or contact City Hall.

The club house will again sell concessions including soft drinks and snacks along with hotdogs and cold sandwiches, possibly barbeque from a crock pot, and hamburgers grilled outdoors may also be available. An exclusive deal may be reached with a soft drink vendor in exchange for umbrellas and tents free to the golf course/pool for events. A vendor is also needed to provide ice this season since the facility has no ice machine. The clubhouse may also add a hot rotisserie, popcorn machine, and freezer.

McMinnville Woman Gets Probation for Statutory Rape

April 10, 2018
Dwayne Page
Summer Irene Roach

A McMinnville woman entered a plea by criminal information to statutory rape in DeKalb County Criminal Court on Monday.

Judge David Patterson presided.

21 year old Summer Irene Roach received a sentence of two years but she will be on supervised probation pursuant to judicial diversion. No sex offender registry will be required of her.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on November 9, 2017 Roach knowingly engaged in unlawful sexual intercourse with a male juvenile. She was more than four years older than the victim.

The case was investigated by a Sheriff’s Department Detective.

Three Former Insurance Producers Including One from DeKalb County Face Fines, Revocations

April 10, 2018

The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI), in a prepared news release, has announced punishments including civil penalties totaling $12,000 and license revocations/surrender related to three former Tennessee insurance producers including one from DeKalb County who violated provisions of state insurance law.

As a result of the Department’s investigations, former insurance producers Orvil E. Hendrix, Dallas Edwin Love, and Charles Holman Phelps must pay civil penalties and are no longer allowed to sell insurance in the State of Tennessee. The sanctions were the result of the work of TDCI’s Insurance Fraud Investigations team and the Office of General Counsel who ensure the protection of Tennesseans by holding accountable insurance producers who are engaged in unlawful activity.

“I congratulate the fine work of our team who has helped stop three bad actors from preying upon unassuming Tennessee consumers any further,” said TDCI Assistant Commissioner for Insurance Michael Humphreys. “The conclusion of these cases once again demonstrates the importance of upholding the law in order to protect consumers from wrongdoing. Our team will continue to work diligently to investigate and bring to justice those who would seek to line their pockets at the expense of consumers.”

Details of the cases include:


·Orvil E. Hendrix (Dowelltown, TN): A Consent Order, effective March 28, 2018, found Hendrix in violation of several insurance laws including forging another’s name to a document related to an insurance transaction and intentionally misrepresenting the terms of an insurance contract. Hendrix agreed to the surrender of his insurance producer license and the payment of a civil penalty in the amount of $5,000.

·Dallas Edwin Love (Knoxville, TN): A Final Order issued by an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), effective April 4, 2018, found Love in violation of numerous insurance laws failing to inform the Department’s Insurance Division of his felony conviction. The violations stemmed from Love’s felony aggravated assault conviction issued by the Knox County, Tennessee, Criminal Court in May 2015. As a result of Love’s wrongdoing, the ALJ revoked Love’s insurance producer license and imposed a $4,000 civil penalty.

·Charles Holman Phelps (Oviedo, FL): A Final Order, effective April 2, 2018, found Phelps in violation of several insurance laws including forging the signatures of others to insurance applications. In the action brought by the TDCI Insurance Division, the ALJ revoked Phelps’ Tennessee insurance producer license and imposed a $3,000 civil penalty.


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