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Twenty Nine People Indicted by Grand Jury

July 25, 2016
Dwayne Page

Twenty nine people were indicted by the DeKalb County Grand Jury Monday including five named in sealed indictments.

Those indicted will appear for arraignment in DeKalb County Criminal Court on Monday, August 8.

The names of those indicted and their charges are as follows:

Olivia Hope Barber: possession of paraphernalia

Joshua Lynne Batey: possession of a schedule IV drug for resale, possession of a schedule VI drug, and possession of a weapon by a felon

Jennifer Elizabeth Benton: driving under the influence and violation of the light law

Steven Darrell Bly: domestic assault with injury and domestic assault with fear

Gary Charles Boatwright, Jr.: evading arrest, failure to maintain lane, financial responsibility, and driving on a revoked license (4th offense)

Kevin Donald Bogle: possession of methamphetamine over 0.5 grams and tampering with evidence

Sabre Maurine Bussell: theft under $500 and aggravated criminal trespass

Jeremy Claiborne: driving under the influence and failure to yield

Christopher Daniel Gibbs: unlawful possession of a weapon

Carl Bryant Henry: driving under the influence and speeding

John Allen Judkins, Jr.: aggravated burglary and theft over $1,000

Callie Keys: driving on a revoked license and driving on a revoked license (2nd offense)

Jason Knowles: driving on a suspended license

Amy Lawson: theft under $500

Sharon Caldwell Malone: criminal simulation and theft under $1,000

Richard Leon McDaniel: aggravated assault and domestic assault

Lynda Michelle Neville: evading arrest, reckless endangerment, and driving on a revoked license (1st offense)

Christopher Neil Patterson: aggravated assault

Scott Pedigo: driving under the influence (1st offense)

Marlin Ray Pinkard: aggravated assault, initiation of methamphetamine, driving on a revoked license, and driving on a revoked license (5th offense)

Jimmie Dwayne Rayder: aggravated assault

Edward Wayne Tarpley, Jr.: aggravated assault

Jamie Lee Beising (Wagner): initiation of methamphetamine

Denzel Young: child abuse and domestic assault

Beshearse Pleads Guilty to Killing Black Bear

July 25, 2016
Dwayne Page

A Smithville man recently cited by the TWRA for illegally killing a black bear appeared in General Sessions Court last Wednesday.

Jim Beshearse entered a guilty plea on the citation for killing big game during a closed season.

Judge Bratten Cook II handed down a six month suspended sentence. Beshearse will be on unsupervised probation. He was fined $250 and he must make restitution to the TWRA in the amount of $1,000. His hunting privileges have also been suspended for a period of one year.

Beshearse shot and killed the bear on Friday, June 3 after it wandered onto his property on the Old Snow Hill Road near the Smithville city limits. The bear had been spotted by several other people in DeKalb County that morning and the evening before.

Although the bear was killed during a closed season there is not an open season for black bear in DeKalb County.

"Under the Lake" to be Released Soon

July 24, 2016
Dwayne Page
"Under the Lake" to be Released Soon

A new book featuring Historic images, stories, and genealogy of life along the Caney Fork River before the impoundment of Center Hill Lake is completed and will soon be available.

“Under the Lake” by Carol Williams, Judy Fuson, and Ria Baker chronicles four years of research and interviews with families revealing stories associated with the removal of homes, cemeteries, churches, and schools to make way for the lake.

Center Hill Lake was formed as the result of the Federal Flood Control Act of 1938 under which the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was authorized to erect a dam on the Caney Fork River to provide electricity and flood control to the area.

“Under the Lake” is a 9” x 12” inch hardback book with 304 pages. The cost is $40.

Orders are now being accepted for the book which is expected to be available by the end of August.

To place an order contact Carol Williams at 931-260-5844, Judy Fuson at 615-464-5305, or Ria Baker at 615-529-2840. No books will be held without payment.

Test Drive a Ford to Raise Money for DCHS Football

July 24, 2016
Dwayne Page
Tiger Coach Steve Trapp

Florence & White Ford and the Ford Motor Company are offering DCHS Football the opportunity to raise thousands of dollars with their test-drive program on Friday, August 5 prior to a scrimmage game against Friendship Christian. Tiger football fans can earn money for the DCHS football program by simply test-driving a new Ford at the school.

The scrimmage game starts at 6:30 p.m. but fans are invited to come out as early as 3:30 p.m. to enjoy a meal and to test drive a new Ford vehicle by the Florence & White dealership in Smithville. For every valid test drive, Ford will donate money to the football program.

Tiger Coach Steve Trapp says the more fans who come out and test drive a new Ford vehicle, the more money will be made for DCHS football.

“We just want to get as many people involved as we can. We’re really thankful to Florence & White Ford. They are going to be out with some real nice vehicles and everybody who test drives a vehicle for Ford, they actually donate money back to our program. We have an opportunity to really get our community involved and to really help our program out as well with a significant amount of money. We’ll also have some food available to purchase as well including barbeque, chips, drinks, and ice cream. If you’re getting off work and cruising by and need something to eat and want to drive a real nice car and watch some great football you’ll be able to take advantage of that on August 5th,” said Coach Trapp.

The DCHS Football season kicks off with three straight home games starting with Warren County on August 19th followed by Stone Memorial on August 26, and York Institute on September 2. The Tigers then hit the road for the next three weeks with games at Cumberland County on September 9, at Smith County September 16, and at Macon County on September 23. The Tigers will host Sequatchie County on September 30 and then play at Grundy County on October 7. The last two weeks of the regular season has the Tigers at home against Upperman on October 21 and at Cannon County on October 28. All games start at 7:00 p.m. WJLE will have LIVE coverage each week.

Alexandria Man Arrested in Wilson County

July 23, 2016
Kevin Matthew Bly

The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office had a busy night Thursday that carried into early Friday morning following a series of crimes ending safely with the arrest of an Alexandria man reported to be armed and carrying drugs. Over the course of several hours, the man, 32 year old Kevin Matthew Bly, is alleged to have broken into two homes, threatened a woman while armed and carrying drugs. He was captured after stealing a car in the southeastern portion of the county.

It all began when a woman called Wilson County 911 at about 8 p.m., Thursday franticly telling emergency communications that an ex-boyfriend had forced his way into her home armed with a gun, threatening her. Once inside, the man began to chase the woman throughout the home and into the yard all the while threatening her with a gun. The woman fled the scene and called 911. Upon their arrival, the responding Sheriff’s Office deputies determined the suspect had fled the scene on foot. Officers immediately rendered aid to the woman and put out an alert to other officers to be on the lookout for the suspect.

Approximately three hours later, a homeowner on Cainsville Road called to report that a white male had entered the residents’ home. When the residents confronted the man, they said the suspect told him he was looking for an item and then immediately fled the home on foot. Soon afterward, a deputy who had been searching in the area looking for the male suspect observed a vehicle travelling at an extremely high rate of speed. The deputy caught up to the suspect and took him into custody. The driver was identified as 32-year-old Kevin Matthew Bly of Alexandria, TN. After the stop, it was determined that Mr. Bly was operating a vehicle that had been taken from another home on Cainsville Road. The vehicle was returned to the owner.

Bly was transported to the Wilson County Sheriff’s office where he now faces charges of aggravated burglary, three counts of reckless endangerment, one count of vandalism, two counts of aggravated assault and a count of aggravated criminal trespassing. Other charges include one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, one count of drug paraphernalia, one count of simple possession of a drug believed to be methamphetamine, and one count of manufacturing, delivery and sale of methamphetamine. Bly is being held on a $77,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Wilson County General Sessions Court at 9 a.m. August 9.

“Given the nature of the offenses reported by all of the victims involved, our citizens are extremely fortunate that no one was physically harmed,” Wilson County Detective Maj. Robert Stafford said. “Our deputies did an outstanding job of communicating quickly, connecting the chain of events and taking control of a dangerous situation by getting the man we believe was responsible off the streets without incident.”

Sissy Johnson Wins Lipsync Battle (VIEW VIDEO HERE)

July 23, 2016
Dwayne Page

Sissy Johnson of DeKalb County won the Lip Sync Battle Friday night at the DeKalb County Fair.

Johnson, who lipsynced to Heart’s “Who Will You Run To” took home the grand prize of $250 and a trophy.

In the contest, participants appeared on stage at the Lions Club Pavilion to do a lipsync performance to a song by a popular artist. Audience response determined the winner.

Taking second place and a $150 prize were Monte Caldwell and Monica Carlton of Smithville who lipsynced to the song “You’re the one that I want” from the movie “Grease”.

Bee Tubbs received third place and a $50 award for her lipsync performance of Mary J. Blige’s “Just Fine”.

Other participants were Destiny Franklin and Wyatt Ware of Smithville who lipsynced to Sonny and Cher’s “I Got You Babe” and Jessica Farris and Bryson Farris of Smithville who did a lipsync performance to Silento’s “Watch Me”.

Today is the last day of the fair for this year. Events are as follows;

Saturday, July 23: Horseshoe Tournament at the Tot Kelly barn at Noon.; Gospel Singing at the Lions Club Pavilion at 5:00 p.m.; Super Tractor and Truck Pull at 7:00 p.m. at the T.C. McMillen Arena: and (2- $500 cash drawings) at 9:30 p.m.

Take a stroll down Memory Lane and enjoy nightly entertainment at the Memory Lane Stage in Memory Village.

Rides on the Midway will be provided by the Family Attractions Amusement Company. Unlimited rides will be available for $18.00
Admission to the fair is $4.00 per person. Children age four and younger will be admitted free! Gates open at 4:00 p.m. The exhibit building is open from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Parking is Free!

For more information, call 615-529-FAIR or visit on-line at www.dekalbcountyfairtn.com.

Toddler Show Winners at the Fair

July 23, 2016
Dwayne Page
Boys (13 to 18 months) Winner: Easton Jack Harvey (left), Runner-up: Julian Reed Vanderpool
Girls (13 to 18 months) Winner: Addison Kate Silcox (left), Runner-up: Alayna Maelee Hendrixson
Boys (19 to 24 months) Winner: Cooper Lane Robinson (left), Runner-up: Jackson Denton Duke
Girls (19 to 24 months) Winner: Jordyn McKenn Cantrell (left), Runner-up: Clara Ruth Cox
Boys (25 to 30 months) Winner: Bryan Paul Parker
Girls (25 to 30 months) Winner: Paris Monroe Grigsby (left), Runner-up: Abigail Hale
Girls (31 to 36 months) Winner: Shaniya Esmeralda Bates (left), Runner-up: Katy Jo Bowen
Boys (37 to 47 months) Winner: Levi Bryson Nixon (left), Runner-up: Charles Dalton Wayne Evans
Girls (37 to 47 months) Winner: Paisley Marie Bain (left), Runner-up: Lillian Rose Dillard

Winners of the annual Toddler Show were announced Friday evening at the DeKalb County Fair.

First place winners received a blue ribbon. Red ribbons went to those receiving second place.

This year's recipients are as follows:

Boys (13 to 18 months)
Winner: Easton Jack Harvey, the 18 month old son of Chad and Kayla Harvey of Alexandria
Runner-up: Julian Reed Vanderpool, the 18 month old son of Reed and Julia Vanderpool of Smithville
Other participants: Carson Lee Marx, the 18 month old son of Jessica Bain and Joseph Marx of Smithville; Brady Daniel Luckett, the 13 month old son of Brandon and Hilary Luckett of Alexandria; and Lucas “River” Garrison, the 13 month old son of Rachel Garrison of Smithville and Ronnie Irwin of Lebanon.

Girls (13 to 18 months)
Winner: Addison Kate Silcox, 18 month old daughter of Dalton and Cheyenne Silcox of Smithville
Runner-up: Alayna Maelee Hendrixson, 18 month old daughter of J.J. and Amanda Hendrixson of Smithville
Other participants: Josee Irene Cripps, 18 month old daughter of Tyler and Jessica Cripps of Alexandria; Adelann Jean Taylor, 14 month old daughter of Chris and Jessica Taylor of Smithville; 17 month old Sage Nycole Adkins, whose grandparents and guardians are Michael and Michelle Adkins of Smithville; Makenlee Faith Collier, 13 month old daughter of Matthew and Brooke Collier of Smithville; and Anniston Faith Davidson, 17 month old daughter of Trista Atnip and Robert Davidson of Smithville.

Boys (19 to 24 months)
Winner: Cooper Lane Robinson, 19 month old son of Heath and Tiffany Robinson of Smithville
Runner-up: Jackson Denton Duke, 23 month old son of John and Whitney Duke of Smithville.

Girls (19 to 24 months)
Winner: Jordyn McKenn Cantrell, 20 month old daughter of Tiffany Frazier and Joshua Parham and Jacob Cantrell of Dowelltown
Runner-up: Clara Ruth Cox, 24 month old daughter of Brandon and Whitney Cox of Smithville
Other participants: Kaylee Rena Kubiak, 20 month old daughter of Zachary and Miranda Kubiak of Smithville; Auna-Leigh Starnes, 20 month old daughter of Rhonda Cantrell and Brandon Starnes of Smithville; Klara Mai Armour, 24 month old daughter of Nathan and Hannah Armour of Dowelltown; Ariel Mullins, 21 month old daughter of Ellis and Jessica Mullins of Smithville; Lakelynn Taylor Rushing, 24 month old daughter of Allison Taylor of Smithville; Zoey Rylinn Frazier, 22 month old daughter of Dustin and Gabrielle Frazier of Smithville; Mia Grace Johnson, 22 month old daughter of Clint and DeDe Johnson of Smithville; Ariana Rayne Herrin, 21 month old daughter of Mitchell and Amanda Herrin of Smithville; and Jacqlin Ila Rose Prichard, 21 month old daughter of Mark and Amanda Prichard of Smithville

Boys (25 to 30 months)
Winner: Bryan Paul Parker of Smithville, 27 month old son of Mandi and the late Paul Parker

Girls (25 to 30 months)
Winner: Paris Monroe Grigsby, 28 month old daughter of Jill Goneke of Smithville
Runner-up: Abigail Hale, 27 month old granddaughter of Candy Hale of Smithville
Other participant: Ireland Beth Hobbs, 28 month old daughter of Ashley Beth Hobbs of Smithville.

Girls (31 to 36 months)
Winner: Shaniya Esmeralda Bates, 32 month old daughter of Thomas Bates and Ada Bates of DeKalb County
Runner-up: Katy Jo Bowen, 33 month old daughter of Joseph and Kimberly Bowen of Smithville
Other participants: Aydalyn Elizabeth Cook, 31 month old daughter of Cora Beth Rhody and Dustin Cook of Smithville; Serenity Rayne Foster, 32 month old daughter of Shea and Justin Foster of Smithville; Harmony Nadine Edwards, 36 month old daughter of Shannon and Abram Edwards of DeKalb County; and Ayla Shae Brown, 31 month old daughter of Dustin and Karah Brown of Smithville.

Boys (37 to 47 months)
Winner: Levi Bryson Nixon, 38 month old son of Nathan and Jessica Nixon of Smithville
Runner-up: Charles Dalton Wayne Evans, 38 month old son of Ashley and Johnny Evans of Smithville
Other participants: Braxton Levi Knowles, 39 month old son of Justin and Mary Knowles of Smithville; Noah Bradley Hall, 40 month old son of Bradley and Lacey Hall of Alexandria; and Johnathon Troy Wilmore, 42 month old son of Austin and Tiffany Wilmore of Alexandria.

Girls (37 to 47 months)
Winner: Paisley Marie Bain, 46 month old daughter of Larry and Rachel Bain of Smithville
Runner-up: Lillian Rose Dillard, 36 month old daughter of Edward and Anna Dillard of Dowelltown
Other participants: Araya Hope Redmon, 42 month old daughter of Allen and Heather Redmon of DeKalb County; Makenzli Ashlynn Myers, 39 month old daughter of Gary Myers and Crystal Stibil of Smithville; Raven Nicole Fay Jenkins, 42 month old daughter of Rachel and Michael Lawrence of Smithville; Zadah Miller, 46 month old daughter of Brandy Bass and Shane Miller of Dowelltown; Arraya Jenae Taylor, 46 month old daughter of Angie Taylor of Smithville; Izzabella Mai Askew, 39 month old daughter of Robert Askew and Tia Bonner of Alexandria; Averi Gracella Speaks, 37 month old daughter of Justin and Donna Speaks of Smithville; and Samara Brier Emberton, 42 month old daughter of Steven Emberton of DeKalb County.

592 Vote Early as of Tuesday

July 22, 2016
Dwayne Page

A total of 592 people have cast ballots during the first ten days of early voting for the August 4 elections.

Fifty three voted in person on Tuesday.

That brings the ten day total to 555 who have voted in person, 27 by absentee, and 10 at the nursing home

The vote totals in each election are as follows:

Tennessee Democratic Primary: 224 (total)

Tennessee Republican Primary: 289 (total)

DeKalb County General Election Only: 79 (total)

Smithville Municipal Election: 230 plus 51 property rights voters for a total of 281

Dowelltown Municipal Election: 2

Liberty Municipal Election: 6

Early voting runs through July 30 on the first floor of the DeKalb County Courthouse. Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Thursday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. until Noon. Five elections are set for August 4---the DeKalb County General Election, the Tennessee Republican and Democratic Primaries, and city elections in Smithville, Liberty and Dowelltown.

Judge Sentences Alexandria Man to Six Years Probation for Aggravated Assault

July 22, 2016
Dwayne Page
Timothy Dewayne Johns

An Alexandria man who allegedly assaulted a woman while holding a gun on her appeared for sentencing in DeKalb County Criminal Court Monday.

Judge David Patterson presided.

43 year old Timothy Dewayne Johns entered a plea by criminal information to aggravated assault and received a six year sentence all suspended to TDOC probation on judicial diversion. He must make restitution of $400 to the victim and he is under a restraining order to keep away from her. Johns must also undergo domestic violence counseling.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Saturday, May 7 a deputy responded to a residence on New Hope Road due to a physical domestic involving a gun. While speaking with the victim, the officer learned that Johns had allegedly ripped off most of the woman’s clothing and assaulted her. The deputy observed a knot on her left brow and several scrapes and red marks on her neck, hands, legs, and knees. According to the woman, Johns held a pistol to her head during the assault and then put the handgun in her mouth, saying he should just kill her. The woman claims Johns tried to choke her several times while inflicting blows about her head and body. Johns was placed under arrest.

Johnson Handed Five Year Sentence on Forgery Charges

July 22, 2016
Dwayne Page
James Mitchell Johnson

A 41 year old Smithville man charged with passing forged checks at local businesses last September was sentenced in DeKalb County Criminal Court Monday.

Judge David Patterson presided.

James Mitchell Johnson, originally charged with four counts of forgery, entered a plea to three counts. He received a two year sentence in two of the cases and one year in the third case all to run consecutively with each other for a total of five years. The term is also to run consecutively with a Wilson County sentence against him. Johnson must make restitution of $425 to Wilson Bank & Trust, $21.81 to Liberty State Bank; and $100 to DeKalb Market. He was given 300 days jail credit.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that Johnson passed forged checks on the following dates: Friday, September 11, 2015 at Wilson Bank and Trust in the amount of $300; Sunday, September 13 at DeKalb Market in the amount of $100 and at Save-A-Lot for $125; and on Monday, September 14 at Walmart for $21.81.

Meanwhile, 45 year old Patricia Billings entered a plea by criminal information to burglary of a motor vehicle and theft under $1,000. She received a two year sentence in the burglary case and 11 months and 29 days for the theft all suspended to TDOC probation. The two terms are to run concurrently. Billings must make restitution to the victim in the amount of $560 and $183.67 to Discover.

According to the indictment, Billings entered the victim’s vehicle on May 20 and took a wallet containing $560 in cash and several credit cards.


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