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Former Smithville Fire Truck to be Assigned to County's Cookeville Highway Fire Station

April 10, 2018
Dwayne Page

The Cookeville Highway Station of the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department will soon be getting a newer fire truck.

During Monday night’s meeting of the County Commission’s Emergency Services Committee, Fire Chief Donny Green said plans are to assign the 1992 truck purchased from the City of Smithville last week to Cookeville Highway to replace a 1987 truck there.

According to Chief Green, the fire department will follow a longstanding policy of addressing fire truck needs at county fire stations that have been waiting the longest for upgrades.

“My recommendation is that it (fire truck) be placed in the same manner that we have done in the past. That it go to the next station due an upgrade,” said Chief Green.

Although no vote was taken, members of the committee said they supported Chief Green’s decision.

The Smithville Aldermen last Monday night awarded the county’s bid of $30,000 to purchase the city’s oldest fire truck. The city has bought a new one to replace it.

“That truck is a 1992 model and has 17,000 miles on it. That is going to make us a good truck for a lot of years,” said Chief Green.

The 1987 fire truck currently located at the Cookeville Highway Station will now be relocated to the Austin Bottom Community Fire Hall to replace a 1979 model truck. Chief Green said the 1979 truck will replace the county’s 1974 reserve fire truck at the Main Station. The 1974 truck is expected to be declared as surplus property and sold at a later time.

The county bought the Smithville Fire truck with money from a USDA Community Facility Grant and still has enough funds to buy at least one and maybe two more fire trucks after having been approved for a second USDA grant.

Plans are to use the money from the second grant to purchase a truck for a new fire hall to be built in the Four Seasons Community.

DeKalb West School Announces April Students of the Month

April 8, 2018
Bill Conger
DeKalb West School Announces April Students of the Month

Nine students were named today as the DeKalb West School Students of the Month for April. Academic achievement, excellent character, and other traits made the following students stand out as some of the best at DeKalb West: Charley Prichard, Kindergarten, Levi Cripps, 1st grade, Jayden McCowen, 2nd grade, Hunter Ballew, 3rd grade, Hudson Moss, 4th grade, Avery Agee, 5th grade, Alex Antoniak, 6th grade, Chevelle Lockwood, 7th grade, and Nathaniel Crook, 8th grade.

Pictured front row left to right are Jayden McCowen, Hudson Moss, and Charley Prichard.

Back row left to right are Hunter Ballew, Alex Antoniak, Nathaniel Crook, Chevelle Lockwood, Avery Agee, and Assistant Principal Joey Agee. Not pictured: Levi Cripps.

Four Indicted by Grand Jury on Burglary and or Theft Charges

April 8, 2018
Dwayne Page
Gregory Eugene Neal
Billy Eugene Cook, Jr.
Patty Sue Tatrow

The DeKalb County Grand Jury last Monday indicted a Smithville man for two counts of auto burglary and one count of burglary, theft over $1,000, and vandalism under $1,000


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47 year old Gregory Eugene Neal of Andrew Street, Smithville will be arraigned Monday, April 9 in DeKalb County Criminal Court.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Thursday, August 24, 2017 Neal allegedly entered a black Ford Ranger, a red Chevy Blazer, and a shed on Adcock Cemetery Road and took property including two weed eaters, an air compressor, a boat motor, two CD players, a machete, speakers, amplifier , green CD case with CDs, and a black CD case with CDs valued at over $1,000. Neal also allegedly caused damage during the burglary of the Ford Ranger

The case was investigated by detectives of the Sheriff’s Department.

Meanwhile, another man has been indicted by the Grand Jury for theft over $1,000 in a separate case after he was allegedly caught on camera stealing a 1998 Jeep Cherokee.

48 year old Billy Eugene Cook, Jr. of Toad Road, Dowelltown will be arraigned Monday, April 9 in criminal court.

Sheriff Ray said that on Sunday, November 5, 2017 a deputy was called to a residence on Nixon Way where a woman reported her vehicle stolen.

Video from a security camera showed Cook entering the property, getting in the vehicle and driving away. Cook was later found at Evans Manor Apartments with the keys to the stolen vehicle in his pocket. He was placed under arrest.

43 year old Patty Sue Tatrow was indicted for aggravated burglary, theft up to $1,000, and filing a false report. She will be arraigned Monday, April 9 in criminal court.

According to the indictment, Tatrow entered the habitation of her victim on July 20, 2017 and later tried to buy a stolen 50 inch Samsung television taken from the same residence on Blackberry Hill Road. According to Sheriff Ray, Tatrow knew the TV was stolen and was trying to purchase it for herself from the man charged with committing the crime. After being confronted by law enforcement officers, Tatrow knowingly made a false statement to them about the TV in order to obstruct and hinder the investigation.

Amanda Michelle Arnold was indicted for theft over $1,000 and will be arraigned Monday, April 9 in criminal court.

According to the indictment, Arnold stole merchandise valued at over $1,000 from Wal-Mart on November 24, 2017.

Relay for Life Returns May 11

April 8, 2018
Dwayne Page
Relay for Life Returns May 11

1 in 3 women and 1 in 2 men in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. One of those people could be you or someone you love. When you join a Relay For Life event, you're helping the American Cancer Society fund groundbreaking research, crucial patient care programs, and education and prevention information. When you Relay, you help save lives.

In DeKalb County, the 21st annual Relay for Life is scheduled for Friday, May 11 at Greenbrook Park in Smithville. The program will be held from 5 p.m. until 11 p.m. with entertainment, an opening ceremony, a survivors walk around the walking trail in the park, and a luminaria ceremony. Come enjoy lots of entertainment including music, games, food and more all in an effort to raise money to fight cancer

Relay For Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Relay is staffed and coordinated by volunteers in more than 5,200 communities and 27 countries. Volunteers give of their time and effort because they believe it's time to take action against cancer.

Join your friends and neighbors at this year’s Relay and help bring the community together to remember loved ones lost, honor survivors of all cancers, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society make a global impact on cancer.

By selflessly devoting your time and energy through raising awareness and money, you become the voice of the American Cancer Society in your community.

Local Rescue Squad Members to Join Search Effort for Child in Dickson County

April 7, 2018
Dwayne Page

Members of the Smithville-DeKalb County Rescue Squad will join the growing number of law enforcement, emergency responders, and volunteers from across the state in Dickson County today searching for a missing 5 year old boy there.

Joseph "Joe Clyde" Daniels was reported missing by his parents on Wednesday April 4. The five-year-old boy has autism and is non-verbal. He was last seen wearing black pajamas with a skeleton on them.

Joe Clyde, known as "Baby Joe" to his family, is 4 feet tall and weighs around 65 pounds. He has blonde hair and blue eyes.

About eight members of the Smithville-DeKalb County Rescue Squad will be participating in the search at the request of the Dickson County and Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads according to local member Joe Johnson. He added however, that most members of the local rescue squad will remain here to ensure that DeKalb County is covered in the event of a need.

"A Day in the Park" Coming April 21

April 6, 2018
Norene Puckett
"A Day in the Park" Coming April 21

The DeKalb Prevention Coalition (DPC) and DeKalb Community Advisory Board (CAB) are hosting “A Day at the Park” on April 21 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Greenbrook Park in Smithville.

The day is designed to be a Child Abuse Prevention and Foster Family Recruitment Event. It is a free event for families and individuals designed to educate the community about child abuse prevention and to also provide families with information about becoming Foster Parents. Food, games and activities will be available for children and speakers and vendors will be at the park.

The CAB’s mission is to identify, utilize and create resources to help families and the community as a whole. While the DPC works to promote a safe, healthy and productive environment that prevents destructive opportunities among the youth and adults of our community. The DPC and CAB meet together the last Tuesday of each month at 12:00pm. For information on meeting location, please check the DPC facebook page at www.facebook.com/DeKalbPreventionCoalition.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month and throughout the year, the DeKalb Prevention Coalition and DeKalb Community Advisory Board encourage all individuals and organizations to play a role in making DeKalb County a better place for children and families. By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for their children, we can help prevent child abuse and neglect by making meaningful connections with children, youth and families in our communities.

Research shows that protective factors are present in healthy families. Promoting these factors is among the most effective ways to reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect. They are:

•Nurturing and attachment
•Knowledge of parenting and of child and youth development
•Parental resilience
•Social connections
•Concrete supports for parents
•Social and emotional competence of children

“April is a time to celebrate the important role that communities play in protecting children and strengthening families,” said Norene Puckett DPC Community Outreach Liaison. “Everyone’s participation is critical. Focusing on ways to connect with families is the best thing our community can do to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect.”

In support of these efforts, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Children’s Bureau, Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, its Child Welfare Information Gateway, the FRIENDS National Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention and over 30 National Prevention Partners have created 2018 Prevention Resource Guide: Keeping Children Safe and Families Strong in Supportive Communities. The resource guide, designed for service providers who work throughout the community to strengthen families, is available online at https://childwelfare.gov/topics/preventing/preventionmonth/?utm_source=G...

For more information about child abuse prevention programs and activities during the month of April and throughout the year, contact Lisa Cripps DPC Coordinator 615-580-9290 or www.facebook.com/dekalbpreventioncoalition.

Simple Possession Citation Against Craven Dismissed

April 6, 2018
Dwayne Page

24 year old Jakob Brian Craven of 575 Evergreen Circle appeared in DeKalb County General Sessions Court Thursday where a simple possession citation against him was dismissed after he produced a prescription he had for hydrocodone.

Craven had been cited by Smithville Police on Sunday, March 11 after he was pulled over for speeding and violating a traffic control device/signal. Upon consent to search, police found two pills. Although Craven had a prescription he could not produce it for police at the time.

He entered a plea to violation of the traffic control device but the speeding citation will be dismissed upon his payment of fines and court costs and his completion of traffic school.

John Sanders Named DCHS Boys Basketball Coach (VIEW VIDEO HERE)

April 6, 2018
Dwayne Page
DCHS Principal Randy Jennings Welcomes New Boys Basketball Coach John Sanders

DeKalb County High School has a new boys basketball coach.

John Sanders has been hired to succeed Lynus Martin, who recently resigned after serving sixteen years as head coach of the Tiger Basketball program.

A native of Smith County, Coach Sanders comes to DeKalb County after having served as an assistant boys basketball coach at Murfreesboro Oakland High School. He and his wife Kristen Oldham Sanders reside in Carthage. He is also expected to teach physical education at DCHS.

Principal Randy Jennings said Coach Sanders seemed to standout among the 35-40 applicants for the job. "There was a lot of interest in the job but John just kept coming back to the top for us. He has coached at the junior high and high school level and has had success. He went to Oakland this past year as an assistant to learn and grow as a coach. He just checked a lot of those boxes we were looking for but more importantly he is a guy of very high character. He came highly recommended from everybody I talked to. They had nothing but great things to say about him. When he was at Smith County his players were really involved in the community. They would serve food to families during the holidays and participated in Operation Christmas Child. He would take his players to junior high basketball games to the feeder programs and things like that and really that is the type of guy we were looking for. We wanted somebody who was more than just a good basketball coach. We wanted a good role model for our young men," said Principal Jennings.

Coach Sanders met with his team for the first time Friday morning. "The meeting went really well. I was impressed with how respectful the guys were. I was very excited and pleased to meet them and I am ready to get going," he said.

"My vision for this program is to compete every night and to carry on the success and tradition that Coach Martin helped establish here and Coach Danny Bond before him. Those are the two coaches I know. They both did excellent jobs. Coach Martin is a friend of mine. I think he did a great job and left the program in great shape. My goal is to continue on and build on the success he left us," said Coach Sanders.

"I like to play fast and get up and down the floor and get in a lot of possessions but you always have to tailor your game plan and the way you play to your personnel. If you have a bigger team you might play a little bit slower. We’ll see once I get to start working with the guys and see what we have and then we’ll do the best we can from there," Coach Sanders continued.

After graduating from Smith County High School in 2005, Sanders furthered his education at Tennessee Tech where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in 2009 in Exercise Science, Physical Education and Wellness. In 2015, Sanders earned his Master's Degree in Sport Management.

As for his coaching career, Sanders has served as assistant coach at Gordonsville Junior High School, Gordonsville High School, Smith County High School, Trousdale County High School, and at Murfreesboro Oakland High School.

His head coaching stints have been at Jim Satterfield Middle School at Hartsville from 2010-12, Smith County Middle School from 2012-14, and Smith County High School from 2014-17.

Coach Sanders has also spent many summers working individual basketball camps at Duke University under Coach Mike Kryzewski.

Among his coaching highlights, in 2013-14 Coach Sanders' Smith County Middle School team went 34-1 and won the James C. Haile AA State Tournament in Murfreesboro and finished in the final 4 in the T-N-T State Tournament in Springfield.

In 2015-16, his Smith County High School team finished 22-11 and were the District 8AA regular season champions and advanced to the semi-finals of the Region 4AA tournament. He was named District 8AA Coach of the Year in 2015-16.

Coach Sanders' teams made the region semi-finals in 2 of the 3 years he served as head coach at Smith County High School.

Early Voting Starts Wednesday for DeKalb Democratic Primary

April 6, 2018
Dwayne Page
County Mayor Tim Stribling
Mike Foster for County Mayor
Bradley Hendrix
Mark Milam for Circuit Court Clerk
Nicole Wright for Circuit Court Clerk
County Clerk James L. (Jimmy) Poss
Michael Agee for Sheriff
Jimmy Sprague for Road Supervisor
Register of Deeds Jeff McMillen

Early voting begins next Wednesday, April 11 for the DeKalb County Democratic Primary

Voters will be 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.

The DeKalb County Election Commission has set the same time frame for early voting as in previous county elections.

The 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 begins April 11 and runs through April 26 on the first floor of the DeKalb County Courthouse.

The candidates for County Mayor are first term incumbent Tim Stribling, former three term incumbent Mike Foster, and two term incumbent 3rd District County Commissioner Bradley Hendrix. The winner will face Independent candidate Randy Paris in the August 2 County General Election. There is no Republican candidate for County Mayor.

Meanwhile Nicole Wright and Mark Milam are looking to become the party nominee for Circuit Court Clerk, a position Incumbent Katherine Pack, a democrat, has held since 2002. Pack is not seeking re-election to a fifth term. Wright works for Pack in the Circuit Court Clerk office. Milam has served as Constable of the 5th district for over 25 years. The winner of the primary will face Republican Susan Martin in the County General Election on August 2.

Other candidates in the May 1 DeKalb County Democratic Primary and the Republican and Independent opponents in the August 2 DeKalb County General Election are as follows:

James L. (Jimmy) Poss—(Incumbent): Unopposed in May and August

Michael Agee-Unopposed in May. Agee will face Republican Incumbent Sheriff Patrick Ray on August 2

Jimmy Sprague- Unopposed in May. Sprague will face Republican Danny Hale on August 2

Jeff McMillen (Incumbent): Unopposed in May and August

Republican Incumbent Sean Driver to be unopposed on August 2

Julie Young (Incumbent)-Unopposed in May
Dennis Slager-Unopposed in May
Republican Tom Chandler to be on the ballot with Slager and Young in August (Two to be elected in August)

Joe Johnson (Incumbent)
Nora Harvey
Myron Rhody
Republican Sabrina Farler to be on the ballot with the two Democratic nominees in August (Two to be elected in August)

Jack Barton (Incumbent)
Jenny Trapp
Bobby Johnson
Republican Renee Steff to be on the ballot with the two Democratic nominees in August (Two to be elected in August)

Jonathan Norris (Incumbent)
Wayne Cantrell (Incumbent)
Dr. Scott Little
Bobby Taylor
Janice Fish-Stewart
Republican Greg Matthews to be on the ballot with the two Democratic nominees in August (Two to be elected in August)

Anita Puckett (Incumbent) Unopposed in May
Lloyd Emmons Unopposed in May
Republican Incumbent Jerry Adcock and Independent candidate William Rutherford to be on the ballot with Puckett and Emmons in August (Two to be elected in August)

Betty Atnip (Incumbent) Unopposed in May
Jeff Barnes (Incumbent) Unopposed in May
Republican candidate Matt Adcock to be on the ballot with Atnip and Barnes in August (Two to be elected in August)

Kevin Robinson (Incumbent)
Larry Summers (Incumbent
Beth Pafford
Republican candidate Bruce Malone to be on the ballot with the two Democratic nominees in August (Two to be elected in August)

Pody, Weaver, and Boyd to Face Opposition in 2018 Elections

April 6, 2018
Dwayne Page

State Senator Mark Pody and State Representatives Terri Lynn Weaver and Clark Boyd are being challenged in the 2018 elections.

Senator Pody, a Republican, will face a rematch with Democrat Mary Alice Carfi in the November General Election. The winner will represent District 17 for four years in the State Senate. Pody and Carfi, both of Wilson County, are unopposed in their respective party primaries on August 2.

Noon Thursday, April 5 was the qualifying deadline.

Pody narrowly defeated Carfi in a special election last December to fill the remaining year of former State Senator Mae Beavers’ unexpired term.
Meanwhile State Representative Weaver, a Republican who represents District 40, is facing a primary challenge on August 2 from Chad Z. Williams. Both are from Smith County. Jason Holleman, a Democrat also from Smith County, has filed a petition to run for the office in the Tennessee Democrat Primary in August. If nominated, Holleman would face either Weaver or Williams in the Tennessee General Election in November. The term is for two years. An independent, Teresa Marion of Pleasant Shade has also filed a petition with the state to run for the office in November but her candidate status is still pending according to the Tennessee Division of Elections website.

Republican State Representative Clark Boyd in District 46 is facing a GOP primary challenge in August from Menda McCall Holmes. Both are from Wilson County. Boyd was appointed by the Wilson County Commission to fill the remaining year of former State Representative Mark Pody's unexpired term after Pody was elected to the State Senate. Meanwhile, two candidates are seeking the Democrat nomination for the District 46 State Representative seat, Mark Cagle of Wilson County and Faye Northcutt-Knox of Cannon County. Winners of the respective primaries in August will square off in the November Tennessee General Election. The term is for two years.

The following candidates have filed petitions to run for state executive committeeman and woman in their party primaries:

Republican State Executive Committeeman-17th District
Jerry Beavers of Wilson County and Dwayne Craighead of Clay County

Democratic State Executive Committeeman-17th District
Aubrey T. Givens of Wilson County

Republican State Executive Committeewoman-17th District
Terri Nicholson of Wilson County
Jennifer Franklin Winfree of DeKalb County

Democratic State Executive Committeewoman-17th District
Carol Brown Andrews of Smith County

All the candidates listed above but Marion have filed duplicate state petitions with the DeKalb County Election Commission.


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