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Florence & White Ford to Sponsor Test Drive Fundraiser for DCHS Girls Softball Team

February 20, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page

Florence & White Ford of Smithville and the Ford Motor Company are working together to raise as much as $6,000 for the DCHS Girls Softball Team. Sounds Exciting, Right?

What can you do to help?

Members of the community have the opportunity to raise money for the DCHS Girls Softball Team by test-driving a Ford vehicle on the day of the event, Friday March 2 from 4-6 p.m. at DeKalb County High School.

For every person who test drives a new Ford vehicle (one person per household, aged 18 or older) Ford Motor Company will donate $20, up to a maximum donation of $6,000. These funds will go to necessary equipment and the Facility Fund.

"We are very blessed to have such a wonderful community, and very thankful for the continued support. We look forward to seeing everyone there," said DCHS Tigerette Coach Danny Fish

Lady Tigers Take Fourth Place in District Tournament

February 20, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page

The DCHS Lady Tigers lost to Livingston Academy 50 to 27 and finished in fourth place in the District 8AA Basketball Tournament Monday night in Cookeville.

The Lady Tigers will enter the Region Tournament at Cumberland County Friday night. Game time is 7:00 p.m. and WJLE will have LIVE coverage.

Livingston Academy led 12 to 8 after the 1st period, 22 to 11 at halftime, and 34 to 14 after the 3rd period, before going on to win 50 to 27.

Emme Colwell scored 8. Mya Ruch 6. Megan Cantrell 5. Mallori Hart 4 and Maddison Parsley and Kenzie France each with 2 points.

Meanwhile the Upperman Lady Bees won the District Tournament Monday night beating Macon County 50 to 43.

The Upperman Bees will meet Livingston Academy tonight (Tuesday, February 20) for the Championship of the District Tournament at 7:30 p.m. while Watertown and Smith County will play for third place in the consolation game at 6:00 p.m. at Tennessee Tech.

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Dowelltown Man Accused of Assaulting Ex-Wife and her Sister

February 20, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
John Lucas Williams
Stephanie Ann Pierce
Peter Nathaniel Clark
Crystal Lashelle Thompson
April Lynn Anderson
Gregory Wayne Roberts
Bransford Lee Patterson

A Dowelltown man accused of assaulting his ex-wife and her sister has been arrested.

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30 year old John Lucas Williams of Piney Woods Road, Dowelltown is charged with domestic assault. His bond is $3,500 and his court date is March 8.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Friday, February 16 a deputy was dispatched to a residence on Piney Woods Road for a physical domestic. Upon arrival the officer spoke with Williams’ ex-wife who said that Williams had assaulted her and her sister, who also lives at this residence. He allegedly pushed and grabbed them causing his ex-wife to sustain scrapes on her knee. The woman’s sister also had a large knot with an abrasion on the back of her head. Williams left the scene prior to the deputy’s arrival but he was arrested later.

53 year old Bobby F. Duggin of Dale Ridge Road, Dowelltown is cited for simple possession of a schedule II drug (Oxycodone). He will make a court appearance on March 1. Sheriff Ray said that on Thursday, February 15 Duggin was found to be in possession of the pills for which he was unable to provide a prescription.

42 year old Stephanie Ann Pierce of Pea Ridge Road, Elmwood, Tennessee is charged with being a fugitive from justice. Her bond is $75,000 and her court date is February 22. Sheriff Ray said that on Monday, February 12 the jail received two warrants from Warren County, Kentucky for failure to appear against Pierce along with an extradition order to pick her up.

41 year old Peter Nathaniel Clark of Sharon Circle, Crossville is charged with being a fugitive from justice. His bond is $75,000 and his court date is February 22. Sheriff Ray said that on Friday, February 16 a sheriff’s department deputy responded to the area of Talpha Drive to check on suspicious persons in a vehicle. Upon arrival he spoke with three persons, including Clark. After checking his driver license through the National Crime Information Center (NCIC), the officer learned that Clark is wanted in Michigan on an active felony warrant. Michigan authorities plan to extradite Clark.

37 year old Crystal Lashelle Thompson of Crestview Drive, Smithville is charged with criminal impersonation; resisting stop, frisk, halt, or arrest; and tampering with evidence. Her bond is $23,000 and her court date is March 8. Sheriff Ray said that on Monday, February 12 a deputy went to Restview Avenue to serve warrants against her for failure to appear. Upon arrival, Thompson left through a back door and tried to flee on foot refusing to heed the deputy’s commands to stop. The officer caught up with her but while trying to place her in custody she ingested evidence, a hydrocodone pill. She also lied about her identity. When the deputy asked her for her name, she replied several times it was Michelle.

34 year old April Lynn Anderson of Tobbit Road of McMinnville is charged with driving under the influence and reckless endangerment for having a three year old child with her while driving drunk. Her bond totals $6,500 and her court date is March 8. Sheriff Ray said that on Tuesday, February 13 a deputy responded to a stranded motorist call and found the vehicle on East Broad Street in Smithville. He stopped and spoke with the driver, Anderson. Her three year old daughter was in the back seat. Anderson’s speech was slurred. Her eyes were red and watery and she was unsteady on her feet. Anderson admitted to the officer that she had taken some medication earlier in the day. She submitted to field sobriety tasks but performed poorly.

39 year old Gregory Wayne Roberts of Rodonna Drive, Smithville is charged with a second offense for driving on a revoked license. His bond has been revoked by the judge. His next court date is February 22. Sheriff Ray said that on Wednesday, February 14 a sheriff’s department detective spotted a vehicle traveling after dark without its headlights or taillights on. He conducted a traffic stop and spoke with the driver, Roberts. A computer check revealed that his license were suspended in Lebanon for failure to satisfy a citation in 2006. Roberts also has prior offenses against him in DeKalb County for driving on a revoked license in 2016.

31 year old Bransford Lee Patterson of Short Mountain Highway, Smithville is charged with driving under the influence. His bond is $2,000 and his court date is March 8. Sheriff Ray said that on Thursday, February 15 a deputy was dispatched to the 8800 block of Short Mountain Road due to a one vehicle accident involving a 2000 Ford Mustang. Upon arrival he spoke with the driver, Patterson and discovered that he (Patterson) was very unsteady on his feet and his speech was slurred. Patterson submitted to field sobriety tasks but performed poorly. He was then placed under arrest.

Andrews Seeks Election to Democratic Executive Committee in District 17

February 20, 2018
Carol Brown Andrews

Veteran Democratic consultant and activist Carol Brown Andrews is running for the Democratic Executive Committee in State Senate District 17, which includes Cannon, Clay, Dekalb, Macon, Smith and Wilson Counties.

“I am coming into this job prepared and willing to work hard for all the people in each of our district’s counties who are interested in recruiting and electing people to local offices to the U.S. Senate who will seek solutions instead of obstructions,” Carol said.

“Making sure our suburban and rural communities are heard in Nashville and Washington is critical. I have the experience and passion to work with each of our district’s local parties to ensure our voices are well represented.”

Each party in each state senatorial district elects a female and male executive committee member on the popular ballot during the August elections. Carol seeks the votes of Democrats in each of District 17’s counties in August to represent them on the Executive Committee of the Tennessee Democratic Party.

About Carol Brown Andrews
Carol is a partner in Grindstone Research LLP, a research firm based in Nashville and Lexington, KY. She and her partners provide research and strategic services to political, non-profits and corporate clients in more than 40 states and abroad. A member of the Association of American Political Consultants (AAPC), Carol has been awarded two “Pollies,” the bipartisan organization’s highest awards judged by peers, for best opposition research in the nation. She frequently appears on “Inside Politics” with Pat Nolan on WTVF-Channel 5+ as a Democratic commentator.

Carol previously served as communications director for the 2014 retention campaign for the Tennessee State Supreme Court Justice Campaigns “Fair Courts for Tennessee,” for former Congressman Harold Ford Jr. in his 2006 U.S. Senate bid and as Press Secretary to former Congressman Bob Clement in his 2002 Senate run. Carol was Tennessee communications director for the presidential campaign of General Wesley Clark in 2004. She has either run communications or managed U.S. Senate, Congressional, gubernatorial and legislative races in Maine, Kentucky and Tennessee. She also served as Communications Director for former Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle and former Washington State Gov. Chris Gregoire.

Carol served as a delegate to the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston and attended the historic 2008 DNC in Denver witnessing the nomination of former President Barack Obama. She has been active in recruiting Democrats to run for office and working to help them succeed.

Carol attended Smith County public schools, graduating from Smith County High School and earning at Bachelor of Science in Communications from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. A native of Lebanon, Carol grew up in the Beasleys Bend Community of Smith County on the farm that has been in her family for more than 150 years, and where she has resided most of her life.

Local Teen Wins Nashville Race for Make-A-Wish in All State Hot Chocolate 15k/5k

February 19, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
Megan Cantrell of Smithville Wins Nashville Race for Make-A-Wish in All State Hot Chocolate 15k/5k

A local runner was a big winner at Saturday’s All State Hot Chocolate 15k/5k race in Nashville, a benefit for Make-A-Wish.

14 year old Megan Cantrell, daughter of Todd and Jenny Cantrell, won the race in the category for females ages 14 and younger. Her time was 24:18. She came in first out of 81 runners in the division and finished seventh place out of all 1,559 female runners in the race. She was 39th overall among 2,121 runners. Cantrell is a student at DCHS.

The Allstate Hot Chocolate 15k/5k, coined as America’s Sweetest Race, is brought to you by RAM Racing. Established in 2008, the inaugural Allstate Hot Chocolate 15k/5k ran through the streets of Chicago, Illinois. Since its inception, over 200,000 participants have run for chocolate, making it the fastest growing race series in the nation!

Saturday’s race in Nashville began and ended at the Bicentennial Mall State Park.

Each Allstate Hot Chocolate 15k/5k race features both a 15k (9.3miles) and 5k (3.1miles) distance and all runners are encouraged to join the fun! Participants receive an award winning goodie bag, which they collect at the expo along with their race packet.

The chocolate really begins to flow at the Post Race Party where runners enjoy music, a family friendly kid-zone (complete with bounce houses and games) and a finisher’s mugs filled with hot chocolate, chocolate fondue and tasty dippable treats!

Make-A-Wish® is the official race charity of the Allstate Hot Chocolate 15k/5k! Make-A-Wish® creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We are on a quest to bring every eligible child's wish to life, because a wish is an integral part of a child's treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness.

2018-19 Hunting and Fishing Licenses Now Available

February 19, 2018

Tennessee’s 2018-19 hunting and fishing licenses went on sale Sunday, Feb. 18.

Licenses are available at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency regional offices, license agents, or on the TWRA website, www.gooutdoorstennessee.com , and at the TWRA “On the Go App.”

The 2018-19 licenses are valid through February 2019. License sales provide the primary funding for the TWRA. The 2017-18 licenses expire Feb. 28.

Resident licenses may be purchased by persons who possess a valid Tennessee driver’s license; persons who have lived in Tennessee for 90 consecutive days with the intent of making Tennessee their permanent home (but do not hold a driver’s license in another state); military personnel on active duty in this state and their immediate families, who reside with them, regardless of resident status; students who are enrolled in a Tennessee school, college, or university for at least six months. A Social Security number is required to purchase a Tennessee hunting or fishing license.

Through the internet, charges are $4.25 for licenses mailed and $3 for self-print or emailed.

In case of a lost license, duplicate licenses can be obtained from any TWRA license agent for an $8 fee. Also, valid duplicate licenses can be printed online at no cost by selecting the reprint my licenses button on the customer information screen.

Resident and non-resident guide licenses will only be available by application as of Feb. 18, 2018. Replacements will only be available by application as well.

For the second license year, customers have the option to purchase a hard-copy collector’s card for any annual license. The size of a credit card, the license features recreated paintings by famed Tennessee artist Ralph McDonald. Customers may choose between his renditions of a buck or largemouth bass. Specific license information is on the back of the card.

Weekend Fire Leaves Mother and Son Homeless

February 19, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
Weekend Fire Leaves Mother and Son Homeless (Kevin Adcock Photo)

A mother and son were left homeless after a fire destroyed their residence Saturday night at 851 Cooper Street.

According to Smithville Fire Chief Charlie Parker, Carolyn Hale and her son were home when a grease fire in the kitchen got out of control and spread through the residence. After trying unsuccessfully to put out the blaze, Hale and her son escaped unharmed.

Members of the Smithville Volunteer Fire Department quickly responded but the home was almost fully involved in flames upon their arrival.

Chief Parker said the home was gutted and the family lost all their belongings including an automobile which was parked near the residence.

American Red Cross volunteers arrived to provide assistance to the family.

Gubernatorial Candidate Karl Dean Talks Public Education, Health Care, and Economic Development (VIEW VIDEO HERE)

February 19, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
Gubernatorial Candidate Karl Dean
Former Governor and U.S. Senate Candidate Phil Bredesen, DeKalb Democratic Party Chairman Jordan Wilkins, Former Nashville Mayor and Gubernatorial Candidate Karl Dean, and Tennessee Democratic Party Chair Mary Mancini

Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean would like to be the next Governor of Tennessee.

Dean spoke at the DeKalb County Democratic Party Mass Meeting Saturday at the high school.

During his remarks, Dean said he has three areas he is focusing on in his campaign: public education, health care and economic development.

"This is a great state. We have so much going for us. We are a state that has sound fiscal management. We are a state that has low taxes. We have a good business climate. We have a lot of things that make us tremendously appealing and I really believe that Tennessee’s best days are still ahead of us but we have to take care of the basics and that is health care, economic opportunity, and public education,” said Dean.

“The reason I am running for Governor is I am convinced that the people of Tennessee want a pragmatic, common sense, get it done Governor who is not an Idealog but someone who is going to focus on the issues that really matter to people and get the job done in a way that moves our state forward,” he continued.

“I believe public education is the overriding issue for the state. It is the issue that will move our state forward, improve the lives of our young people, strengthen our economy, and make us a safer and healthier state. We need to be a state that produces more college graduates but at the same time we have to recognize that we need to be a state for the young people who choose not to get a four year degree but have the opportunity to get the vocational, technical, and apprenticeship training where they can get a job and raise a family. We need to pay teachers more. We need to make sure that all parts of the state can pay their teachers more so they can keep them. We need to be able to attract the best teachers and keep the best,” he said.

“I am a big believer in having a strong private sector that is creating jobs and opportunities where people can get ahead and live the American dream. When you have a strong economy and private sector, you are creating the tax base that allows you to do the investments you need to make in education, health care and other areas that makes Tennessee have a higher quality of life. Part of that is doing rural broadband and having great schools, but we have to take care of the communities that have not had the same economic success as other parts of the state. We can’t leave anyone behind,” Dean said.

“Health care is the issue you hear the most about around the state. The worst mistake our state legislature has made in decades was the decision not to do the Medicaid expansion. By doing Medicaid expansion our state would have received over the past few years somewhere between $3.5 and $4 billion dollars. That’s money that would have given access to health care to people of low incomes, disabilities, pre existing conditions, changing jobs, and people who are aging. We should have done the Medicaid expansion and done what is right for the people. Around this state in rural areas largely, ten of our hospitals have closed. We are second only to Texas in the number of hospital closures. When your hospital closes and you are a small town its that much harder to keep people in your community, to attract new people, and to attract new business. The next Governor has to be a champion for this state to get its fair share of Medicaid dollars to make sure our people have access to health care and that we are a viable state in terms of attracting people and keeping people,” said Dean.

Having been mayor of Nashville, Dean said he can bring that executive experience to the office of Governor in managing state government just as the last two Governors have done, Bill Haslam and Phil Bredesen .

“When you run for mayor, you don’t run in a partisan race. You have to get Democrats, Republicans, and Independents to support you. And when you do the job, you don’t do it along party lines. You do it based on what’s best for people. That’s what we did as Mayor of Nashville,” said Dean.

A Scout is Reverent

February 19, 2018
by: 
Bill Conger
Boy and Cub Scouts with Troop 347 in Smithville observed Scout Sunday to mark the founding of Scouts in the United States.

Scouts demonstrated the reverent part of the 12-point Scout Law today (Feb. 18) at First United Methodist Church. Boy and Cub Scouts with Troop 347 in Smithville observed Scout Sunday to mark the founding of Scouts in the United States.

Decked out in their formal Class A uniforms, Scouts helped with the worship service. Led by Darren Waggoner, the Scouts marched in with the United States flag for the Presentation of Colors. Senior Patrol Leader Jacob Williams asked scouts to join him in reciting the Scout Promise/Oath/Law. Cody Robinson read the day’s scripture, and Jonathan Birmingham conducted the children’s message. Thomas Webb, who passed his Board of Review for Eagle Scout on Saturday, was the Liturgist.

Also joining in the worship service were Kaleb and Jaden Wildes, Zachary Cantrell, Gavin Conger, Ben Waggoner, and Malachi VanDeVeer.

Four Nabbed in County Road Sign Thefts

February 18, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
Austin Blake Cantrell
Tristen Lee Vanatta

Two adults and two minors accused of stealing county road signs as well as a sign from a local business will soon be making a court appearance.

18 year old Austin Blake Cantrell of Carter Drive, Smithville and 18 year old Tristen Lee Vanatta of Jacobs Pillar Road are each charged with two counts of theft. Bond for each is $3,000 and they will make a court appearance on March 1. Juvenile petitions have also been taken against two minors, both age 17, accusing them of committing a delinquent act. The minors will appear in Juvenile Court.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that in November Cantrell, Vanatta, and the two minors allegedly took several county road signs and a business sign with a combined total value of $700. They admitted to having taken the signs.

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

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