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Judges Hand Down Sentences in Criminal Court

April 12, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
Judge David Patterson
Judge Gary McKenzie

Sentences were handed down Monday in DeKalb County Criminal Court.

Judge David Patterson presided.

20 year old Daniel Dillard entered a plea to attempted aggravated arson and received a 10 year sentence all suspended to probation. He must make restitution to the victim jointly and severally and forfeit his vehicle which was seized.

48 year old Billy Eugene Cook entered a plea to theft over $1,000 but under $2,500 and received a two year Tennessee Department of Correction sentence to run concurrently with another case against him. He was given jail credit of 155 days.

51 year old Mark Goodson entered a plea to possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell and received a 10 year sentence all suspended to probation except for 120 days. He was fined $2,000 and must report to jail on April 16. He was given 31 days jail credit.

48 year old Randy A. Caldwell entered a plea to possession of drug paraphernalia and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days on probation. He was given jail credit from May 18, 2017 to April 9, 2018.

30 year old Jonathan Turner entered a plea by criminal information to unlawful possession of a weapon and received a 4 year Tennessee Department of Correction sentence on probation.

51 year old Melissa Poss Petty entered a plea to vehicular assault and received a 3 year sentence to serve in the Tennessee Department of Correction but she has been furloughed into the Crossville Mission Bible Training Center. The sentence is to run consecutive to a violation of probation against her. She was given credit for jail time served.

40 year old James Matthew Maynard entered a plea by criminal information to a 3rd offense of driving under the influence and was ordered to serve 120 days and pay a fine of $1,100. He is to report to jail on May 4 and his license has been restricted.

42 year old Tyrone D. Owens entered a plea to possession and sale of a schedule II controlled substance. He received a sentence of 8 years for possession and 4 years for sale and the terms are to run consecutively for a total of 12 years but all suspended to supervised probation. He was fined $2,000 in each case and must make restitution of $450 to the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department.

25 year old Jonathan Wayne Hall entered a plea to two counts of simple possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days in each case suspended to probation pursuant to judicial diversion. He must pay a fine of $750 and make restitution of $600 to the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department.

42 year old William Jeffery Hale entered a plea by criminal information to reckless endangerment and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days all suspended to supervised probation by CPS.

22 year old Christopher Derrick entered a plea to driving under the influence and was sentenced to 11 months and 29 days to serve 48 hours in the DeKalb County Jail. He was fined $350 and will lose his license for one year. He must attend an alcohol safety class. The term is to run concurrently with a violation of probation sentence he is currently serving.

23 year old John Thomas Mason entered a plea to evading arrest and received a two year sentence to run concurrently with a 10 year sentence he is serving in another case.

47 year old Jamie Ashford entered a plea to possession with intent to sell over 0.5 grams of methamphetamine and received a 10 year sentence suspended to supervised probation except for 120 days to serve. She was fined $2,000. Ashford was given jail credit of 31 days. She will report to jail on April 16.

22 year old Zachary Jacob Poss entered a plea to two counts of simple possession of marijuana and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days in each case to run consecutive for a total of almost two years. The term has been suspended to CPS probation pursuant to judicial diversion.

25 year old Christopher T. Pack entered a plea to two counts of simple possession of marijuana and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days in each case to run consecutively for a total of almost two years suspended to probation. He was fined $750 and must make restitution of $1,200 to the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department.

34 year old Johnny Devault entered a plea to sale and delivery of a schedule III controlled substance (buprenorphine) and received a 4 year TDOC sentence. Devault was given jail credit of 128 days. The term is to run consecutively with other cases against him for an effective sentence of 12 years but the sentence is stayed upon his entering a long-term faith based alcohol and drug rehabilitation recovery program. He was fined $2,000.

Meanwhile on Monday, April 2 the following persons entered pleas in criminal court.

Judge Gary McKenzie presided.

43 year old Jason Cripps entered a plea to theft up to $1,000 and driving under the influence. He received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days in each case to run concurrently. He will be on supervised probation after serving 48 hours and must make restitution of $90 to the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department and pay a fine of $350. He will also lose his license for one year.

32 year old Caleb Rigsby entered a plea by criminal information to aggravated burglary and theft over $1,000. He received a 4 year TDOC sentence for the aggravated burglary and 2 years for the theft. The terms are to run concurrently for a total of 4 years. He must make restitution of $900 to the victim. He was given jail credit from December 7, 2017 to April 3, 2018.

44 year old Jennifer Elizabeth Benton entered a plea to reckless endangerment and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days on probation.

36 year old William Travis Malone entered a plea to possession of a schedule II controlled substance over 0.5 grams and received an 8 year sentence. He was given jail credit from August 7, 2017 to April 2, 2018.

48 year old Thomas P. Courtney entered a plea to driving under the influence and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days suspended to probation except for 48 hours to serve. His license is suspended pursuant to Tennessee Department of Safety regulations. He is to report to jail on April 25.

55 year old Jay Kent Williams entered a plea by criminal information to reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, and violation of the implied consent law. He received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days in each case to run concurrently but all suspended to probation. He will lose his driver’s license for one year.

245 Cast Ballots To Date During Early Voting

April 12, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page

A total of 245 people have cast ballots to date for the May 1 DeKalb County Democratic Primary.

According to Dennis Stanley, Administrator of Elections 63 people voted Friday including 59 in person and 4 by absentee.

Voters are 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.

Early voting days and 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 runs through April 26 on the first floor of the DeKalb County Courthouse

City Sets Fees for Golf Course and Swimming Pool

April 11, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
Ken Lacy and Pete Ferguson, City Managers of Smithville Golf Course and Swimming Pool

New prices have been established for the upcoming season at the Smithville Municipal Golf Course and Swimming Pool.

(CLICK LINK BELOW TO VIEW FEE SCHEDULE AT SMITHVILLE GOLF COURSE AND SWIMMING POOL)

golf course and pool fee schedule.pdf (404.13 KB)

The Smithville Mayor and Aldermen met in special session Tuesday evening at city hall to approve the prices for the season as proposed by Ken Lacy, who along with Pete Ferguson, is managing the golf course and pool for the city this year.

The golf course may open within the next 10 days and Memorial Day weekend is the scheduled opening for the pool. Golf carts are to arrive Thursday.

Lacy said the new price schedule was developed after comparing fees with other courses in the region. “We canvassed them. We went to all the public golf courses especially the 9 hole courses in the area. We did a lot of comparison between here and Sparta because the two are a little bit more similar and then with White Plains and others on that side of Cookeville. We then took into consideration what the golf course was charging in previous years. And doing a budget, figuring to operate somewhere around $125,000 to $130,000 annually, if we look at it from that perspective, it shows that our costs per round is roughly $16.00 per round. We took that into consideration when trying to make everything work out,” said Lacy.

Under the new inclusive price schedule, individual golfers without a membership may play 18 holes with a cart for $23 including tax or 9 holes with a cart for $16.00 including tax. Golfers who wish to walk the course may play 18 holes for $14.00 including tax or 9 holes for $9.00 including tax. To do a replay (9 holes) on the same day, the additional cost is $7.50 including tax.

The golf course will have a driving range and the cost for range baskets is $6.00. All range balls must be purchased at the golf course and no shag balls will be permitted. A shag area will be available.

Admission to the swimming pool will remain at $2.00 per person for everyone age 4 and older.

Membership fees have also been established.

Member golfers who wish to play unlimited rounds may play 18 holes with a cart for $11.00 including tax or 9 holes with a cart for $7.50 including tax. To replay the course (9 holes) on the same day, the additional charge is $5.00.

Fees for a single membership is $440 including tax or $550 including tax for a family membership.

Single pool membership fees are $70.00 including tax or $135.00 including tax for a family membership.

A single Range membership is $165.00 including tax.

For a combination Golf/Pool/Range membership the price is $605 including tax for a single membership and $715 including tax for a family membership.

Golfers who wish to use their own private cart can pay a Trail Fee of $385 including tax.

Lifeguards are needed at the pool. If you would like to be a lifeguard this season contact Lacy or Ferguson at the golf course or contact City Hall.

The club house will again sell concessions including soft drinks and snacks along with hotdogs and cold sandwiches, possibly barbeque from a crock pot, and hamburgers grilled outdoors may also be available. An exclusive deal may be reached with a soft drink vendor in exchange for umbrellas and tents free to the golf course/pool for events. A vendor is also needed to provide ice this season since the facility has no ice machine. The clubhouse may also add a hot rotisserie, popcorn machine, and freezer.

McMinnville Woman Gets Probation for Statutory Rape

April 10, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
Summer Irene Roach

A McMinnville woman entered a plea by criminal information to statutory rape in DeKalb County Criminal Court on Monday.

Judge David Patterson presided.

21 year old Summer Irene Roach received a sentence of two years but she will be on supervised probation pursuant to judicial diversion. No sex offender registry will be required of her.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on November 9, 2017 Roach knowingly engaged in unlawful sexual intercourse with a male juvenile. She was more than four years older than the victim.

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

Three Former Insurance Producers Including One from DeKalb County Face Fines, Revocations

April 10, 2018

The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI), in a prepared news release, has announced punishments including civil penalties totaling $12,000 and license revocations/surrender related to three former Tennessee insurance producers including one from DeKalb County who violated provisions of state insurance law.

As a result of the Department’s investigations, former insurance producers Orvil E. Hendrix, Dallas Edwin Love, and Charles Holman Phelps must pay civil penalties and are no longer allowed to sell insurance in the State of Tennessee. The sanctions were the result of the work of TDCI’s Insurance Fraud Investigations team and the Office of General Counsel who ensure the protection of Tennesseans by holding accountable insurance producers who are engaged in unlawful activity.

“I congratulate the fine work of our team who has helped stop three bad actors from preying upon unassuming Tennessee consumers any further,” said TDCI Assistant Commissioner for Insurance Michael Humphreys. “The conclusion of these cases once again demonstrates the importance of upholding the law in order to protect consumers from wrongdoing. Our team will continue to work diligently to investigate and bring to justice those who would seek to line their pockets at the expense of consumers.”

Details of the cases include:

https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/commerce/documents/insurance/agentprod...

·Orvil E. Hendrix (Dowelltown, TN): A Consent Order, effective March 28, 2018, found Hendrix in violation of several insurance laws including forging another’s name to a document related to an insurance transaction and intentionally misrepresenting the terms of an insurance contract. Hendrix agreed to the surrender of his insurance producer license and the payment of a civil penalty in the amount of $5,000.

·Dallas Edwin Love (Knoxville, TN): A Final Order issued by an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), effective April 4, 2018, found Love in violation of numerous insurance laws failing to inform the Department’s Insurance Division of his felony conviction. The violations stemmed from Love’s felony aggravated assault conviction issued by the Knox County, Tennessee, Criminal Court in May 2015. As a result of Love’s wrongdoing, the ALJ revoked Love’s insurance producer license and imposed a $4,000 civil penalty.

·Charles Holman Phelps (Oviedo, FL): A Final Order, effective April 2, 2018, found Phelps in violation of several insurance laws including forging the signatures of others to insurance applications. In the action brought by the TDCI Insurance Division, the ALJ revoked Phelps’ Tennessee insurance producer license and imposed a $3,000 civil penalty.

Woman Involved in Monday Crash

April 10, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
Woman Involved in Monday Crash

An elderly woman was involved in a one car crash Monday afternoon on Students Home Road.

Trooper Sean Tramel of the Tennessee Highway Patrol said Jo Ann Bradford was traveling north in a 2012 Ford Focus when her car went off the road and struck a utility pole. She was taken by DeKalb EMS to St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital for observation .

Members of the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department were also on the scene.

Budget Committee Recommends Funding New Fire Hall

April 10, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page

Plans are moving forward toward development of a fire hall in the Four Seasons community.

Members of the county budget committee met Monday night and voted to recommend to the county commission that the project be funded using $100,000 already allocated plus an additional $100,000 from the capital projects fund.

County Mayor Tim Stribling said bids were opened for the fire hall on March 29 and two were received including one for $284,000 from Preston Brothers of Woodbury and $197,000 from FTM Contracting of Cookeville.

According to County Mayor Stribling, plans call for the fire hall to be 40’ x 55’ in size consisting of two bays, a restroom, shower, and a small meeting room. He said while the plans do not include any frills it will be a turnkey project with all the work including construction, concrete pad, septic tank, etc all to be done under one contract.

The budget committee voted 4 to 1 to recommend to the county commission that the project move forward with the lowest bidder. Joe Johnson, Jack Barton, Wayne Cantrell, and Jerry Adcock voted in favor, Jimmy Midgett voted no apparently because he thought the bids came in too high.

County Mayor Stribling said if the county commission gives its blessing, the low bidder will be notified and the project will shortly thereafter get underway.

A new fire station at Four Seasons would be the 12th station in the county operated by the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department. The other fire halls are on Short Mountain Highway, Midway Community, Belk, Keltonburg, Cookeville Highway, Austin Bottom Community, Liberty, Temperance Hall, Main Station, Johnson Chapel, and Blue Springs.

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

April 10, 2018
by: 
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
by: 
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
by: 
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

(CLICK LINK BELOW TO VIEW MUG SHOTS OF PERSONS RECENTLY BOOKED AT THE DEKALB COUNTY JAIL- Intakes & Releases From: 4/02/2018 Thru: 4/09/2018)

Seagate Crystal Reports - REPOR_65.pdf (3.44 MB)

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.

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