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DCHS Graduation to be held Thursday Night, May 19

May 17, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page
DCHS Graduation to be held Thursday Night, May 19

The DCHS Graduation has been re-scheduled from Friday, May 20 to Thursday, May 19 due to the threat of rain. The program starts at 7:00 p.m. on the high school football field. Project Graduation will be held on Friday as planned.

More Than $1 Million Dollars in Scholarships Awarded to DCHS Students

May 16, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page
Max Pafford, Class Salutatorian, and Ashli Chew, Class Valedictorian, received the two largest total scholarship award amounts Monday Night
DCHS Scholarship Award Winners
DCHS Class of 2016 Tennessee Scholars
DCHS Senior Hayden Plymel will receive his high school diploma Friday night. He has already earned his Associates Degree from Motlow through Dual Enrollment

More than one million dollars in scholarships were awarded to members of the Class of 2016 at DeKalb County High School during Monday night's annual Senior Awards program.

Representatives of colleges, universities, branches of the armed services, businesses, civic groups, and other organizations made the presentations.

Max Pafford, Class Salutatorian, and Ashli Chew, Class Valedictorian, received the two largest total scholarship award amounts. Pafford was awarded a total of $133,900 in scholarships including $103,800 from the University of Alabama and $24,000 from the University of Memphis along with a General Assembly Merit Scholarship for $4,000, the Jolly Angels/Brandon Elder Memorial Scholarship of $2,000, and a $100 Smithville Rotary Club Math award.

Chew received an award of $31,440 per year from Bryan College for 4 years for a total of $125,760. She also received the Provost Scholarship from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga for $12,000. In addition, Chew was on the list for the National Society of High School Scholars.

Meanwhile, Hayden Plymel was recognized for earning his Associates Degree from Motlow State Community College through the dual enrollment program at DCHS. He will receive his high school diploma Friday night.

Scholarship recipients listed in alphabetical order according to last names and their award amounts and other honors are as follows:

*Kelly Armour:
Smithville Women’s Club- $500

*Troy Bain:
Smithville Rotary Vocational Award-$100

*Briana Bandy:
DeKalb PTO-$200

*Kerra Blackwell:
MTSU-$8,000

*Jailyn Bolding:
Kyle & Kenny Robinson Memorial-$1,000
Nell Haas Driver Scholarship-$1,000
Southern Landscape Supply Scholarship-$500
National Society of High School Scholars

*Chase Bryant:
Tennessee Tech University-$4,000
Clyde Thomas Family Trust Scholarship-$1,000

*Noah Byford:
Lucille Stewart Memorial: $2,000

*Ashli Chew:
Bryan College-$125,760
UT Chattanooga Provost Scholarship-$3,000
National Society of High School Scholars

*Leah Clark:
Scottish Rite-$1,000

*Ana Cuellar:
Cumberland University & Equal Chance for Education-$65,000

*Miranda Dyer:
DCHS English IV Award

*Kaylene Ferguson:
Lucille Stewart Memorial-$2,000

*Aspen Flarity:
Mentors Association Scholarship-$5,000

*Joan Gopar:
Cumberland University & Equal Chance for Education-$65,000

*Tyra Graham:
Cumberland University-$56,000

*Katelyn Hall:
U.S. Army Scholar Athlete Award

*Joshua Hembree:
U.S. Marine Enlistment

*Elijah Hendrixson:
Love-Cantrell Funeral Home-$500

*Caitlin Jacobs:
Clyde Thomas Family Trust Scholarship-$1,000

*Hannah James:
Daughters of the American Revolution-Good Citizen Award- $50
Leadership DeKalb Award

*Delaney Johnson:
DCHS English IV Award

*Garrett Johnson:
Jolly Angels/Brandon Elder Memorial- $1,000

*Harley Johnson:
DCHS English IV Award

*Isabella Johnson:
Jolly Angels/Brandon Elder Memorial- $1,000

*Bruno Ramirez Juarez:
Cumberland University & Equal Chance for Education- $65,000

*MacKenzie Keaton:
Allen Hooper Memorial- $500
Clyde Thomas Family Trust Scholarship-$1,000
DeKalb Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Association-$500
DeKalb Soil Conservation District-$500
Jolly Angels/Brandon Elder Memorial- $1,000
MTSU-$8,000

*Hannah Lasser:
Dailey & Vincent Scholarship-$2,000
David Wayne Alexander Memorial-$1,500
DCHS Class of 1966-$500
UT-Chattanooga-$15,000

*Mariah Lynch:
Advance Placement (AP) Scholar
Jolly Angels/Brandon Elder Memorial- $2,000
Liberty State Bank-$500
Tennessee Tech University-$12,000
U.S. Marines Scholar Award

*Anna Malone:
American Legion Auxiliary Girls State- $350
Comcast Award
Jolly Angels/Brandon Elder Memorial- $1,000
Tennessee Tech University-$4,000
Tennessee Tech University W. Doyle and Melford Smith Award-$3,000
Upper Cumberland Association of Realtors-$250
U.S. Marines Athlete Award

*Roberto Mata:
U.S. Marines Athlete Award

*Amber Montgomery:
Caney Fork Electric-2014 Essay Contest Second Place-$100

*Joseph Moon:
U.S. Navy Enlistment-$80,000

*Alexis Nokes:
Smithville Business & Professional Women’s Club-$500
St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital-$500

*Eli Oliver:
DeKalb Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Association-$500
DeKalb Soil Conservation District-$500
General Assembly Merit Scholarship-$4,000
Tennessee Governor’s School for Agricultural Sciences
UT-Knoxville-$24,000

*Stefany Ortega
Cumberland University & Equal Chance for Education-$65,000

*Maxwell Pafford:
University of Alabama-$103,800
University of Memphis-$24,000
Advance Placement (AP) Scholar
DCHS Honors English IV Award
General Assembly Merit Scholarship-$4,000
Jolly Angels/Brandon Elder Memorial- $2,000
Smithville Rotary Math Award-$100
Tennessee Governor’s School for International Studies
Woodman of the World Award-$50

*Noah Parsley:
Dailey & Vincent Scholarship-$2,000
Mentors Association Scholarship-$5,000
Southern Landscape Supply Scholarship-$500
U.S. Army Athlete Award

*Nicklas Patterson:
American Legion Boys State-$350
Caney Fork Electric-2014 Essay Contest Washington Youth Tour Winner
U.S. Marines Semper Fidelis Award

*Hayden Plymel:
Motlow State Community College Associates Degree

*Braxton Pugh:
FBLA Dr. Bill Radcliff Scholarship-$500
Smithville Rotary Club-$750
FBLA Superior Volunteer Award

*Maribel Quintero:
Caney Fork Electric-2014 Essay Contest Third Place-$75

*Miguel Celya Ramirez:
Cumberland University & Equal Chance for Education- $65,000

*Alex Rhody:
Union University-$64,000

*Mason Robinson:
David Wayne Alexander Memorial-$1,500
Love-Cantrell Funeral Home-$500

*Emily Romo:
Caney Fork Electric-2014 Essay Contest Fourth Place-$50

*Kyra Slager
DCHS Beta Club-$500
Tennessee Tech University-$12,000
National Society of High School Scholars

*Kirkland Smallwood:
General Assembly Merit Scholarship-$4,000
Tennessee Tech University-$20,000

*Angeles Soto:
Cumberland University & Equal Chance for Education- $65,000

*Caitlin Turner:
American Legion Auxiliary Girls State-$350
Belmont University-$24,000
DCHS Beta Club Scholarship-$500
Dual Enrollment Math-College Algebra/Pre-Calculus
Jolly Angels/Brandon Elder Memorial- $2,000

*Yosadara Vicente:
Cumberland University & Equal Chance for Education- $65,000
DeKalb Retired Teachers-$1,000

*Morgan Vickers:
American Legion Auxiliary Girls State-$350
Cattlemen’s Association: $500
DeKalb Retired Teachers-$1,000
DTC McAllen Foutch Memorial-$8,000
Eddie Crips Memorial-$1,000
FCCLA-$250
Jolly Angels/Brandon Elder Memorial- $4,000
Leadership DeKalb Award
RunDown Scholarship-$250
National Society of High School Scholars

*Hailey Walker:
American Legion Auxiliary Girls State-$350
FBLA Business Award
Smithville Rotary Club-$750

*Hannah Walker:
Smithville Rotary Club-$750

*Carlee White:
First Bank-$250

*Chloe White:
DCHS Student Council-$250
Dual Enrollment Math- College Trigonometry/Pre-Calculus
First Bank-$250
St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital Doctors-$500

*Matthew Wright:
MTSU Elzie & Nell McBride Memorial-$500

*Seth Wright:
Anthony Duane Trapp Memorial-$1,000
Kyle & Kenny Robinson Memorial-$1,000
Smithville Rotary Club-$750
Tennessee Tech-$6,000

DCHS Tigerettes Advance to Region Championship Game

May 16, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page
DCHS Tigerettes Advance to Region Championship Game

The DCHS Tigerettes are moving on to the Championship game of the Region 4AA Softball Tournament after defeating the Chattanooga Christian Chargers 8-0 Monday in the Semi-Finals at the Danny Bond Field.

The Championship game will be Wednesday, May 18 against Livingston Academy in Smithville at 5:00 p.m. WJLE plans LIVE coverage.

The Tigerettes scored 8 runs on 14 hits and made 1 error. The Lady Chargers were held scoreless. They had 2 hits and made 1 error.

DeKalb County scored 3 runs in the 1st and 5th innings and 2 runs in the 6th inning.

Kayley Caplinger pitched another shutout. She struck out 9 and walked 2.

Dani Meadows had a homerun and double

Tyra Graham had a single and triple

Kayley Caplinger with a single and 2 doubles

Lexi Bates and Katie Hall each with 2 singles

Allison Maynard, Joni Robinson, and Kristina Bain each had a single.

DCHS Student Threatens to Blow Up School, Charged with Terrorism Hoax

May 16, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page
Colby Ray Clark
Carl Michael Fleming
Jaime Marie Williams
Jose Alfredo Contreras

A DCHS student was arrested last Thursday after threatening to blow up the high school.

18 year old Colby Ray Clark of Smithville is charged with terrorism hoax. His bond is $1,500 and he will make a court appearance on May 19. Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Thursday, May 12 the DCHS Resource Officer was called to a teacher’s classroom to investigate a threat. According to Sheriff Ray, Clark had been sitting in a classroom when he made a statement saying he was going to blow up the high school. Several witnesses told the SRO they had heard Clark make the threat.

61 year old Carl Michael Fleming of Toad Road, Smithville is charged with aggravated assault. His bond is $10,000. Sheriff Ray said that on Tuesday, May 10 a woman came to the sheriff’s office to report a domestic assault. According to the woman, she went to her residence on Toad Road to gather some belongings and while there she and her husband got into an argument. He allegedly cursed her, grabbed her keys, and shoved her backwards against a cabinet. When she reached for a phone to call 911, Fleming allegedly grabbed a Glock pistol from a bookcase and warned that if she made the call, she would never leave. The woman then took her car keys, ran out of the home, and across a field to get away. The woman said as she was running from the house, Fleming fired a shot from the gun.

39 year old Jaime Marie Williams of Old Hickory is charged with public intoxication. She is also cited for simple possession. Her bond is $1,500 and she will be in court on May 19. Sheriff Ray said that on Tuesday, May 10 a deputy responded to the area of Dale Ridge Road due to someone walking in the roadway. Upon arrival the officer spoke with the individual, Williams. She had an odor of alcohol about her person. She was very unsteady on her feet. Her eyes were bloodshot and her speech was slurred. Williams submitted to but performed poorly on field sobriety tasks. A search of her person turned up a xanax pill in her wallet. Williams admitted to having the pill without a prescription. She was placed under arrest for her safety and that of the public.

38 year old Jose Alfredo Contreras of Parkway Drive, Smithville is charged with driving under the influence. He was further issued a citation for driving on a suspended license and for driving on the wrong side of the roadway. His bond is $1,500 and he will be in court on June 16. Sheriff Ray said that on Sunday, May 15 a deputy was on routine patrol when he spotted a Chevy Tahoe leaving its lane of travel. The officer made a traffic stop of the vehicle and spoke with the driver, Contreras. He had an odor of alcohol on his person and his eyes were bloodshot. He performed poorly on field sobriety tasks. He also submitted to a blood test. Contreras was placed under arrest.

State Lawmakers Honor DCHS Valedictorian and Salutatorian

May 16, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page
State Lawmakers Honor DCHS Valedictorian and Salutatorian

State lawmakers hosted a breakfast Monday, May 16 at Angie’s Diner to honor the DCHS Class of 2016 Valedictorian Ashli Chew and Salutatorian Max Pafford.

Both Chew and Pafford were formally presented copies of resolutions paying tribute to them as adopted in the State House of Representatives and State Senate and signed by the Governor. The presentations were made by State Senator Mae Beavers and State Representatives Terri Lynn Weaver and Mark Pody. DCHS Assistant Principal Jenny Norris and Director of Schools Patrick Cripps also attended the breakfast.

The Senate Joint Resolution honoring and recognizing Chew introduced by State Senator Mae Beavers states as follows:

"WHEREAS, it is fitting that the members of this General Assembly should pause to pay tribute to those students who, through their natural talents and unflagging commitment to academic excellence, have distinguished themselves in the classroom; and

WHEREAS, Ashli Chew is one such exceptional student who was recently named Valedictorian of the 2016 graduating class at DeKalb County High School; and
WHEREAS, through diligent study, steady composure during examinations, and steadfast commitment of time and talent, Ms. Chew achieved outstanding academic success and joined the ranks of the best and brightest students in Tennessee and our country; and

WHEREAS, in her remarkable high school career, Ashli Chew earned an exemplary grade point average while participating in numerous extracurricular activities, including Beta Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Climate Crew, Student Council, Science Club, and basketball; and

WHEREAS, Ms. Chew’s display of intellectual aptitude and ambition surely bodes well for her future success at Bryan College; and

WHEREAS, Ashli Chew’s noteworthy achievement is a tremendous source of pride for her parents, Lori Chew and George and Janna Chew, her school, and her community; and

WHEREAS, Ms. Chew’s dedication to excellence is clearly deserving of the respect, admiration, and commendation of this legislative body; now, therefore,

Be it resolved by the Senate of the One Hundred Ninth General Assembly of the State of Tennessee, the House of Representatives concurring, that we hereby commend and honor the 2016 DeKalb County High School Valedictorian, Ashli Chew, on her impressive academic achievement and extend to her our best wishes for a happy, successful future".

The Senate Joint Resolution honoring and recognizing Pafford introduced by State Senator Beavers states as follows:

"WHEREAS, it is fitting that the members of this General Assembly should pause to pay tribute to those students who, through their natural talents and unflagging commitment to academic excellence, have distinguished themselves in the classroom; and

WHEREAS, Maxwell Pafford is one such exceptional student who was recently named Salutatorian of the 2016 graduating class at DeKalb County High School; and

WHEREAS, through diligent study, steady composure during examinations, and steadfast commitment of time and talent, Mr. Pafford achieved outstanding academic success and joined the ranks of the best and brightest students in Tennessee and our country; and

WHEREAS, in his remarkable high school career, Maxwell Pafford earned an exemplary grade point average while participating in numerous extracurricular activities, including Beta Club and Future Business Leaders of America; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Pafford’s display of intellectual aptitude and ambition surely bodes well for his future success; and

WHEREAS, Maxwell Pafford’s noteworthy achievement is a tremendous source of pride for his parents, Mark and Beth Pafford, his school, and his community; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Pafford’s dedication to excellence is clearly deserving of the respect, admiration, and commendation of this legislative body; now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the Senate of the One Hundred Ninth General Assembly of the State of Tennessee, the House of Representatives Concurring that we hereby commend and honor the 2016 DeKalb County High School Salutatorian, Maxwell Pafford, on his impressive academic achievement and extend to him our best wishes for a happy, successful future."

The DCHS Graduation is Friday night, May 20 at 7:00 p.m. on the high school football field.

DeKalb County Recognizes EMS Week

May 16, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page
County Mayor Tim Stribling signs EMS Week proclamation with DeKalb EMS Director Hoyte Hale
DeKalb EMS A-Shift: Tyler Grandstaff, Jonathan Rudd, Kristie Johnson, and Donna Melton
DeKalb EMS B-Shift: Jason Rice, Kim Johnson, Misty Green, and Allen Mason
DeKalb EMS C-Shift: Tim Briggs, Trent Phipps, Matt Melton, Daniel Summers, Daniel Webb, and John Hurd

A week dedicated to celebrating emergency service workers is being recognized in DeKalb County.

The community relies on emergency workers to rush to the rescue, no matter what the circumstance.

County Mayor Tim Stribling signed a proclamation Monday designating May 15-21 as Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week in DeKalb County. EMS Director Hoyte Hale joined County Mayor Stribling for the occasion.

The proclamation is as follows:

"Whereas, Emergency Medical Services is a vital public service; and

Whereas, the members of Emergency Medical Teams are ready to provide lifesaving care to those in need 24 hours a day, seven days a week; and

Whereas, access to quality Emergency Care dramatically improves the survival and recovery rate of those who experience sudden illness or injury; and

Whereas, the Emergency Medical Services system consists of emergency physicians, emergency nurses, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, firefighters, educators, administrators, and others; and

Whereas, the members of Emergency Medical Services teams, whether career or volunteer, engage in thousands of hours of specialized training and continuing education to enhance their lifesaving skills; and

Whereas, it is appropriate to recognize the value and the accomplishments of Emergency Medical Services providers by designating Emergency Medical Services Week;

Now, Therefore, I Tim Stribling, County Mayor, DeKalb County, Tennessee, in recognition of this event do hereby proclaim the week of May 15-21, 2016 as Emergency Medical Services Week.

With the theme, EMS:CARE YOU CAN COUNT ON, I encourage the community to observe this week with the appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities".

Members of the DeKalb EMS Staff in addition to Director Hoyte Hale are:

A-SHIFT
Donna Melton-AEMT
Jonthan Rudd-EMT-P
Kristie Johnson-CCEMT-P I/C
Tyler Grandstaff-CCEMT-P

B-SHIFT
Jason Rice-AEMT
Misty Green-AEMT
Kim Johnson-EMT-P
Allen Mason-EMT-P

C-SHIFT
Trent Phipps-EMT-P
Daniel Summers-EMT-P
Tim Briggs- EMT-P
Matt Melton-AEMT

DAY CREW:
Daniel Webb-AEMT
Houston Austin-EMT-P
Greta Stone-EMT-P
Jamie Parsley-AEMT

Part Time Staff
Cody Johnson-EMT-P
Jeff Cole-EMT-P
Stephanie Brown-EMT-P
Charles Nokes-EMT-P
John Hurd-EMT-P
Greg Moore-EMT-P
Bryan Locke-CCEMT-P
Michael Hollandsworth-AEMT
Becky Atnip-AEMT
David Hamlet-EMT-P
John Poss-AEMT
Lonnie Laxton-AEMT
Wesley Slager-AEMT
Trent Hillis-AEMT
Jennifer Phillips-AEMT
Jimmy Savage-AEMT
Scotty Jones-AEMT
Rebecca Partridge-AEMT
Kevin Cripps-AEMT
Edward Brooks-AEMT
Dick Kinsey-AEMT
Jimmy Poss-AEMT

Teena Allen-EMS Office Manager

Alex Johnson Seeking Votes For Wheelchair-Accessible Van

May 14, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page
Alex Johnson Seeking Votes For Wheelchair-Accessible Van

Friendship Christian student Alex Johnson of Lebanon needs votes to win a wheelchair accessible van.

The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association is giving away three wheelchair accessible vehicles to local heroes who receive the most votes during National Mobility Awareness Month in May.

Johnson, 10 year old son of Nathan and Danna Johnson originally from DeKalb County, is entered at www.mobilityawarenessmonth.com. The prize is a van into which Alex could be loaded, wheelchair and all.

To cast your vote for Alex, follow the link below and search DANNA JOHNSON LEBANON, TN and vote for TEAM ALeX. Votes may be submitted daily, so remember to VOTE EACH DAY.

http://www.mobilityawarenessmonth.com/entrant/danna-johnson-lebanon-tn/

Alex’s father Nathan is a DeKalb County Graduate Class of 1994, and his mother Danna worked as an Athletic Trainer for DeKalb County High School in the early 2000s. Alex has a brother, Michael. He is also the grandson of former DeKalb County Board of Education Member Mike Johnson and his wife Jeana, both of Smithville.

Alex was born with a rare skeletal disorder called pseudo-rheumatoid chondrodysplasia . Much of the early years were spent seeking answers to his muscle and joint pain. In the beginning Alex was able to use custom braces and a walker to get around, and it was at this time he wanted to run in a 5k race. But of course, he couldn’t “run” so he challenged Greg Armstrong, the Friendship Christian High School Cross Country coach to run with him. The news traveled and even the Nashville News covered the story. They brought a community together and Alex became TEAM ALeX.

The very first race Coach Armstrong pushed him, but Alex wanted to finish on his own. It was an intense yet amazing experience for everyone. Since that time Alex and Coach Armstrong have paired together for many races. The two continue to inspire others and one another. In fact Alex has helped Coach Armstrong educate people on his mission “Run 4 Water”, where he and local teens raise money for a mission trip to build water filtration systems for clean water in Honduras.

In turn, Coach Armstrong has been with Alex as he educates people on being more respectful and conscious of those with disabilities including not staring, pointing, or invading designated areas for those with disabilities. Alex has spoken in chapels, schools, rotary clubs, and other events spreading the word. He touches most everyone he meets with his positiveness and “Never Give Up” attitude. Alex gets involved when he can and he has taken up bowling, kick ball, and recently he participated in skate week at his school. He has a skateboard and a rope where his friends pull him around.

Those around him focus on what Alex can do, not what he can’t do. Alex has made this very easy for everyone. His parents receive numerous comments about the things Alex does for people or how he inspires them. Just recently Alex received a donation of his own customized powered wheelchair. This donation has been a great blessing as he has begun to have difficulty using the manual wheelchair as his joints deteriorate. With the new addition of the chair a vehicle will be needed to accommodate his needs. Alex deserves a life that is not hindered by his limitations but one that is full of opportunities. Have a means of transportation for Alex would not only be appreciated by his family, but by the many he has inspired. Go TEAM ALeX!

Over 18 million people in North America are living with restrictive mobility issues. This is your chance to change the lives of just a few of those triumphing in the face of adversity.

Man with Machete Charged with Domestic Assault

May 14, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page
Jeffery Banks

A Smithville man has been arrested for domestic assault after allegedly threatening family members with a machete.

44 year old Jeffery Banks is under a $5,000 bond and he will make a court appearance on June 9.

Smithville Police were dispatched to a residence on Thursday, May 12 in reference to a domestic assault. There they found Banks who had been drinking. He was yelling at officers and family members in the residence. Upon investigation it was determined that Banks had made verbal threats toward the victims and displayed a large machete, which placed the victims in fear for their safety.

58 year old Thomas Richard Squires was arrested for DUI on Friday, May 6. Squires was involved in a motor vehicle accident on Allen Ferry Road. During the investigation, police found that he had an odor of an alcoholic beverage on his person, slurred speech and he was unsteady on his feet. Squires performed unsatisfactorily on field sobriety tasks. His bond is $1,500 and he will be in court on May 26.

46 year old Martin Jeffery Neal was arrested for public intoxication on Saturday, May 7. Police found Neal on West Main Street and observed him to be unsteady on his feet and to have slurred speech. Neal had trouble standing and walking without assistance and he had a strong odor of a fermented beverage about his person. Neal was placed under arrest due to him being a danger to himself and the public and because of his level of intoxication. Bond for Neal is $1,500 and he will be in court on May 26.

44 year old Richard Brandon Turner was arrested on Saturday, May 7 for theft under $500. Turner was observed walking out of Wal-Mart with items that he hadn’t purchased. Due to this offense and Turner having been previously caught taking similar items from the store he was arrested. His bond is $3,000 and he will make a court appearance on May 26.

28 year old Brandy Nicole Turner was arrested on Saturday, May 7 for public intoxication. Police responded to a call of a trespasser and found Turner who appeared to be under the influence of intoxicants. Turner was paranoid and seemed to be seeing things that were not there. Turner was determined to be a harm to herself and others and was placed under arrest for public intoxication. Her bond is $1,500 and her court date is May 19.

32 year old Steven Darrell Bly was arrested for violation of bond conditions on Sunday, May 8. Officers were called to a residence in reference to a domestic related incident. Police were advised by Central Dispatch that Bly had active bond conditions preventing him from being near the victim who was also present in the residence. Bly was taken into custody without incident. His bond is $5,000 and his court date is May 19.

26 year old Jonathan Wade Hummel was arrested for inhalants on Wednesday, May 11. Police responded to the parking lot of Rite Aid Pharmacy due to a person who was unresponsive in a vehicle. Hummel was found asleep sitting in the driver seat of his automobile. Officers awoke Hummel, and observed him holding a bottle of an aerosol spray duster. Hummel was taken into custody and charged with inhalants. His bond is $3,000 and his court date is May 26.

DTC Board Member Loses His Life

May 13, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page
Charles Dwight Vinson

A long time member of the DTC Communications Board of Directors lost his life in a weather related accident last week on his property on the 7200 block of Ruel McKnight Road in Rutherford County.

64 year old Charles Dwight Vinson, who represented the Milton Exchange on the DTC Board, was killed around 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4 as strong winds caused a large tree to fall on him while he was working in his yard, according to a report in the Daily News Journal.

Rutherford County Fire Chief Larry Farley said Vinson was weeding around his yard and that when he got back on his four-wheeler and drove up his driveway, the wind appears to have caused a large hickory tree to fall on Vinson, killing him on impact. Vinson was found by his son.

The funeral was held last Saturday, May 7 at Lascassas Baptist Church. Burial followed in the Milton Cemetery.

Fire Forces Woman and Children From Their Home

May 13, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page
Fire at Home of Brooke Pedigo on E.H. Haas Road Wednesday

A bedroom fire forced a woman and three children from a home on E.H. Haas Road Wednesday evening.

Captain Anthony Boyd of the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department told WJLE that the blaze was reported at around 5:30 p.m. at the home of Brooke Pedigo . Although Pedigo lives there, the house actually belongs to Ronnie and Sue Cook.

Upon arrival, firefighters found heavy smoke coming from the residence. According to Captain Boyd, the fire was contained to one bedroom but heat and smoke spread throughout the home. Pedigo and the children were unharmed. Local members of the American Red Cross were called to assist the family with their immediate needs.

The cause of the fire is undetermined.

Members of the Main Station, Liberty, and Short Mountain Highway stations responded along with the fire department’s tanker truck. The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department and DeKalb EMS were also on the scene.

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