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Carthage Man Charged with Criminal Trespassing and Assault

October 10, 2016
Dwayne Page
Ian Joseph Prince
Amy Jeanette Lawson
Miriam Juanice Ellis
Laddie Bill Jerrells

A Carthage man has been arrested for allegedly entering a home on Snow Hill Road and assaulting the owner of the residence.

33 year old Ian Joseph Prince of River Wood Circle, Carthage is charged with aggravated criminal trespassing and assault. His bond is $3,000 and his court date is October 27. Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Saturday, October 8 a detective was dispatched to a residence on Snow Hill Road in regard to a possible domestic. Upon arrival, the detective spoke with Prince who was standing outside the home. Prince allegedly admitted to having kicked in the back door and then tried to remove an air conditioner from a window to gain entry into the residence. The back door was found on the ground. Once inside, Prince allegedly initiated a physical altercation with the homeowner.

39 year old Amy Jeanette Lawson of Haley Road, Smithville is charged with failure to appear, theft of property under $500, and fraudulent use of a credit card. Her bond is $6,000 and her court date on two of the charges is October 27. She will make a court appearance on the failure to appear warrant on November 8. Sheriff Ray said that on August 27 Lawson allegedly stole a wallet containing several items including a driver license, social security card, a Regions bank debit card, a Discover credit card, Buckle credit card, Victoria Secret credit card, and $100 cash. Lawson also allegedly used the Regions Bank debit card for $25.02 at the Liberty Stop N Buy.

Miriam Juanice Ellis of East Main Street, Murfreesboro is charged with driving under the influence. She was also cited for violation of implied consent and violation of the open container law. Her bond is $1,500 and her court date is October 27. Sheriff Ray said that on Thursday, October 6 a deputy responded to the area of Old Snow Hill Road in reference to a vehicle which had been on private property but had left. The officer spotted the vehicle setting partly in the roadway on Old Snow Hill Road. The driver, Ellis, had an odor of an alcoholic beverage on her person. Her eyes were bloodshot and her speech was slurred. Ellis submitted to but performed poorly on field sobriety tasks. She initially agreed but then refused to submit to a blood test.

56 year old Laddie Bill Jerrells of Long Street, Smithville is charged with failure to appear. His bond is $1,500 and his court date is October 27. Sheriff Ray said that Jerrells was served with a criminal summons for assault on September 25 and had ten days to be booked into the jail but he failed to report within that time frame. The warrant for failure to appear was issued on October 6.

Two Escape Injury in Rig Fire

October 10, 2016
Dwayne Page
THP Trooper Sean Tramel, Sheriff's Deputy Joseph Carroll, and County Fire Chief Donny Green at scene of Rig fire Sunday
Two Escape Injury in Rig Fire

The driver and his son escaped injury Sunday after a fire started between the fuel tank and sleeper cab of their tractor trailer rig.

55 year old Jeffery Don Wells of Florida, the driver of the rig, and his son were reportedly enroute to Florida hauling five wrecked automobiles on their trailer when the fire started as they were at Highway 70 in Dowelltown.

Trooper Sean Tramel of the Tennessee Highway Patrol and Sheriff’s Deputy Joseph Carroll quickly arrived on the scene and used fire extinguishers to help put out the blaze. Members of the Liberty, the Main Station, and Short Mountain Highway Stations of the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department also responded.

Five Juveniles Involved in Rollover Crash

October 9, 2016
Dwayne Page
Five Juveniles Involved in Rollover Crash
Saturday Rollover Crash on Game Ridge Road

Five minors were involved in a one vehicle rollover accident Saturday evening on Game Ridge Road.

Trooper Jason Cobble of the Tennessee Highway Patrol told WJLE that the operator of a Jeep Cherokee was traveling toward Short Mountain Highway trying to negotiate a curve when the vehicle went off the right side of the road, came back across, and then ran off the left side and overturned, coming to rest on it’s top.

Three of the minors, two females and a male were taken to the hospital by DeKalb EMS where they were treated and released. Two other males in the vehicle were not injured.

All five were from the Smithville, Dowelltown, and Alexandria area.

Charges are pending.

Trooper Cobble did not release their names because they are all juveniles.

4-H Grill Masters

October 9, 2016
By: Leigh Fuson, 4-H Agent
Team: Kayla Belk placed 1st in beef, Wyatt Martin 2nd in pork, and James Mathis 3rd in poultry at the Central Region 4-H Outdoor Meat Cookery Contest in Lebanon.
State: Kayla Belk placed 3rd in the beef category at the State Outdoor Meat Cookery Contest in Knoxville

DeKalb County 4-H members Kayla Belk, James Mathis, and Wyatt Martin recently had a very successful day at the Central Region 4-H Outdoor Meat Cookery contest, held each year at the Wilson County Fair in Lebanon. Kayla took top honors and moved on to represent DeKalb County and the Central Region at the state competition on October 1st in Knoxville.

4-H’ers in grades 7-12 can participate in this fun contest that not only teaches them how to grill, but how to do it safely. Each contestant must start his or her own grill, prepare the meat, and cook it to perfection. On a four person team, each member is responsible for grilling a different species of meat: beef, poultry, lamb, and pork. They are judged throughout the cooking process to make sure they start their fires properly, prepare the meat safely, and cook it to the correct temperature. The meat itself is then judged on taste, texture, appearance, and originality of recipe.

This year, James Mathis placed 3rd in chicken, Wyatt Martin 2nd in pork, and Kayla Belk placed 1st in the beef category. Kayla also placed 3rd at the state contest! Congratulations on representing DeKalb County so well. We would also like to say thank you to Smithville Food Lion for helping to supply meat for the contest. If you are interested in competing in this contest next year, please contact the 4-H office at 615-597-4945.

Photo Captions
Team: Kayla Belk placed 1st in beef, Wyatt Martin 2nd in pork, and James Mathis 3rd in poultry at the Central Region 4-H Outdoor Meat Cookery Contest in Lebanon.

State: Kayla Belk placed 3rd in the beef category at the State Outdoor Meat Cookery Contest in Knoxville

"Trick or Treat Halloween Downtown" to be Held October 31

October 9, 2016
Dwayne Page
Circuit Court Clerk Katherine Pack and Staff participated in Halloween Downtown last year

Parents, children, and local businesses are invited to join the City of Smithville and the Police Department's "Trick or Treat Halloween Downtown" Monday, October 31 from noon until 5:00 p.m.

Some offices in the DeKalb County Courthouse, Smithville City Hall, Smithville Police Department, Justin Potter Library, and participating businesses downtown will have candy and special treats for the children. Look for the stores and offices with a picture of an orange pumpkin on their windows. Maps will soon be available at the police department and Justin Potter Library to show parents which businesses will be taking part in the event.

WJLE will soon post a map at www.wjle.com.

For more information call Beth Adcock at the Smithville Police Department at 615-597-8210 extension 1 or check out the police department's face book page at https://www.facebook.com/SmithvillePoliceDepartment.

This event is sponsored by the Smithville Police Department and the Smithville City Hall.

Meanwhile, the Smithville-DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a “Best Costume Contest” for downtown businesses and offices. Take a picture and email it to swilliams@dekalbcountychamber.org or take a photo with your phone and send it to 615.464.7760 by 1:30 p.m. on October 31. First, second, and third place winners will be presented a “Halloween on the Square Best Costume Award”, media recognition, and bragging rights.

The Smithville Volunteer Fire Department will have special treats for children on Monday, October 31 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Stop by for a hot dog, candy, and a tour of the Smithville Fire Hall. Meet with Smithville Fire Chief Charlie Parker and the Smithville Fire Department Volunteers.

Other communities and churches in the county will also be observing Halloween events this month.

THP Urges Motorists to Watch Out for Deer

October 9, 2016
Dwayne Page
THP Urges Motorists to Watch Out for Deer

The Tennessee Highway Patrol cautions motorists to watch out for deer on or near the roadways this fall season. An increase in deer-related crashes is likely during the months of October through December due to deer mating and hunting season.

“A crash with a deer can be a very serious and dangerous incident,” THP Colonel Tracy Trott said. “Deer pose a danger to motorists throughout the year, especially in the fall. Our stats show November is typically the worst month for deer-related crashes. It is important motorist exercise caution, slow down and remain alert in areas where deer are populated.”

In Tennessee, between 2011 and 2015, 22 percent of deer-related crashes occurred on interstate highways. In 2015, there were 6,953 deer-related crashes, including 351 that involved injuries and 0 that were fatal. That was up by 8.15 percent from 6,429 the previous year. However, since 2011, deer-related crashes in Tennessee have increased 22.04 percent.

The Department of Safety and Homeland Security, Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency suggest the following tips to help prevent deer-related crashes during peak mating and hunting seasons:

Remember that mating season puts deer on the move and deer tend to move at dawn and dusk.

•Whenever you see deer cross the road, expect more to follow. Many times, the second or third deer crossing becomes the one that motorists hit.

•Be attentive; drive defensively, constantly scanning the roadside, especially at daybreak and dusk.

•Do not swerve to avoid contact with deer. This could cause the vehicle to flip or veer into oncoming traffic, causing a more serious crash. Swerving also can confuse the deer as to where to run.

•When you spot a deer, slow down immediately. Proceed slowly until you pass that point.

•If you do collide with a deer, never approach the injured animal. They are powerful and can cause bodily harm to a human. Report any deer collision, even if the damage is minor.

“October and November are prime months for the rut, which is the time of year when male deer (bucks) are focused on seeking females,” Don King, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s Chief of Information and Education said. “Many times bucks will be less aware of their surroundings, including traffic, as they follow their natural instincts in seeking does.”

In the event of a deer crash, move the vehicle as far off the road as possible, and dial *THP (*847) from an available cell phone for assistance. The call will be connected to the nearest THP Communications Center and a State Trooper will be dispatched to the location.

Tennessee law allows deer killed in a collision to be taken and used as food, as long as you contact the

nearest TWRA regional office and report the accident within 48 hours. For TWRA regional offices, visit the TWRA website at www.tnwildlife.org

Voter Registration Deadline for November Election is October 11

October 8, 2016
Dennis Stanley

Time is running out to get registered to vote. The deadline to register to vote in the November general election is Tuesday, Oct. 11.

To fill out a voter registration application or check your registration status, visit GoVoteTN.com.

" Now the deadline is approaching. If you plan to vote in the presidential election, your voter registration application must be received or postmarked by Tuesday," said Dennis Stanley, Administrator of Elections.

Election Day registration is not available. Early voting runs from Wednesday, Oct. 19, through Thursday, Nov. 3. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8.
Voters should bring valid photo identification. Photo IDs issued by Tennessee state government, including driver’s licenses, or the federal government are acceptable even if they are expired. College student IDs are not acceptable.

The easiest way for voters to find their polling locations, view and mark sample ballots, see their elected officials, districts and county election commission information as well as access online state and federal election results is through the GoVoteTN app. The app is free in the App Store or on Google Play.

In addition to casting their ballots, voters are encouraged to participate in Honor Vote program by dedicating their vote to someone who is currently serving, or has served, in the U.S. military. Enrolling allows voters to share their dedication online, across social media and by wearing a commemorative button on Election Day in honor of the veteran or service member they choose.

More information about what types of photo IDs are acceptable, the GoVoteTN app and the Honor Vote program can be found at GoVoteTN.com or by calling the DeKalb County Election Commission at 615-597-4146.

DeKalb County Working to Become a Healthier Tennessee Community

October 8, 2016

The Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness today announced DeKalb County has been named a candidate for official designation as a Healthier Tennessee Community.

Healthier Tennessee Communities are those that encourage and enable more physical activity, healthy eating and tobacco abstinence at the local level. The program takes a community-wide approach to improving Tennesseans’ health by engaging the local leaders of cities, towns, counties and neighborhoods.

“Research has shown that we are much more likely to change our health-related behavior and establish healthy habits when we are encouraged and supported by others – when we are in community,” Governor’s Foundation CEO Richard Johnson said. “That’s why making health and wellness an integral part of life where you live – and with the people who surround you – makes such a positive difference.”

In Tennessee, one in four adults smokes, and one in five high school students uses tobacco. Approximately 31 percent of the population is classified as obese and an additional 34 percent are overweight, and type-2 diabetes and high blood pressure are at epidemic levels.

"I am very excited about our county working towards the Healthier Tennessee designation. This initiative will personally benefit anyone who takes part in it - mentally, emotional, and physically,” DeKalb County Mayor Tim Stribling said. “For our county, improving the health of our citizens also improves our economy - more industry, fewer work absenteeism and lower health care costs. I encourage you take part in this program in your home, church, workplace and community. By working together, we truly can make DeKalb County a healthier place to be!"

To be designated an official Healthier Tennessee Community, DeKalb County must identify wellness champions to lead the initiative that engages people in workplaces, schools and faith organizations, and then work to initiate and sustain community-wide events and activities that support physical activity, healthy eating and tobacco abstinence.

The community is expected to track and measure outputs and accomplishments of the program. They have one year to complete their work.
Counties currently working to become Healthier Tennessee Communities include: Anderson, Bedford, Benton, Blount, Carroll, Chester, Cocke, Crockett, Cumberland, Dickson, Franklin, Gibson, Giles, Grundy, Haywood, Henderson, Houston, Jefferson, Lake, Lauderdale, Macon, Marion, Marshall, Maury, McNairy, Meigs, Obion, Rhea, Sevier, Tipton, Trousdale, Weakley and Wilson.

The cities taking part are: Arlington, Clarksville, Collegedale, Cookeville, Crossville, and Spring Hill.

Decatur, Dyer, Hickman, Loudon and McMinn counties, Jackson–Madison County and the cities of Franklin, Germantown, Kingsport and Tullahoma have recently received the designation.

Cities and counties interested in becoming Healthier Tennessee Communities should contact the Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness at tennessee@healthierstate.org or (615) 610-1880.

More information on the program and other Healthier Tennessee initiatives is available at www.healthiertn.com.

About the Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness

The Governor's Foundation for Health and Wellness is a non-profit corporation dedicated to enabling and encouraging Tennesseans to lead healthier lives. Based in Nashville, the Foundation brings together a statewide coalition of employers, health insurers, hospital systems, local governments, school systems and healthcare-focused foundations and community organizations to effect positive, measurable change. The Foundation’s Healthier Tennessee initiative strives to increase the number of Tennesseans who are physically active for at least 30 minutes five times a week, promote a healthy diet, and reduce the number of people who use tobacco.

DCHS to Host College Application Week

October 8, 2016
Dwayne Page

DeKalb County High School will host College Application Week October 24-28. All DCHS seniors who have not already applied to college or technical school are encouraged to do so during that week.

The schedule is as follows:

*Monday October 24:
Sign up for the week’s events in the counseling office if you have not done so. Ask your counselors about college app week, college application, financial aid, and Tennessee Promise

*Tuesday, October 25:
College/TN Promise
Application Lab-Library 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, & 6th Blocks and 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. during Parent-Teacher Conference
First Tennessee Promise meeting for students who are going to use the Tennessee Promise Scholarship. This is the first of two mandatory TN Promise meetings

*Wednesday, October 26:
Scholarship/College Essay Lab-Walteen Parker’s Classroom-4th, 5th, & 6th Blocks
Any senior who is not enrolled in Mrs. Parker’s English classes this semester who would like to sit in on this lesson is welcome to sign up to attend during 4th Block. Mrs. Parker and Mrs. Lori Myrick will co-teach a lesson on how to write a well-written scholarship essay. A well-written essay greatly increases your chances of winning a scholarship. Please take advantage of this assistance.

*Thursday, October 27:
College Shirt Day
All faculty, staff, and students are invited to wear your favorite college shirt

*Friday, October 28:
DCHS 2016 College & Career Fair
All DCHS students will have the opportunity to visit with college and career representatives in the gym. This event will take place during 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and part of 4th Block.

DeKalb County Tigerette Softball Camp (VIEW REGISTRATION FORM HERE)

October 8, 2016
Dwayne Page
Coach Danny Fish

A DeKalb County Tigerette Softball Camp will be held at the Danny Bond Field at 1130 West Broad Street, Smithville on October 11-13 for girls ages 6 to 17. The cost is $50. The camp will feature quality instruction from college and high school coaches and demonstrations from college and high school players. Players will be grouped by age and ability. Contests, t-shirts, and more! Pre-registration is a $25.00 non refundable deposit which must accompany each application and liability form. The balance will be due on registration day. Make checks payable to DeKalb County Softball Booster Club. Registration will take place at the Danny Bond Field on Tuesday morning, October 11 from 7:30 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. A concession stand will be open for lunch. Call Coach Danny Fish at 865-742-4079 or email: dannyfish@dekalbschools.net




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