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Four School Board Members Awarded for Years of Service

August 14, 2014
Dwayne Page
Mark Willoughby, John David Foutch, Johnny Lattimore, Charles Robinson, Kenny Rhody, Jordan Wilkins

Four school board members who will be leaving office come September 1 attended their last board of education meeting Thursday night.

Director of Schools Mark Willoughby presented each of them a School Bell Award in appreciation for their service and cited some school system achievements made during their years on the board. Willoughby also presented a School Bell Award to Jordan Wilkins, a recent DCHS graduate, for serving this past year as the high school's non-voting student representative on the school board.

First district member John David Foutch did not seek re-election. Foutch was first appointed to the school board by the county commission in 2005 to finish out the term of Darrell Gill who resigned because he and his family had moved to another district. Foutch was elected in 2006 and re-elected in 2010, He is completing nine years on the school board. Foutch will be succeeded by DeKalb West School Principal Danny Parkerson, who will have to resign his position with the school system when he becomes a member of the Board of Education.

Second district member Charles Robinson is completing twelve years on the school board, having first been elected in 2002 and then re-elected in 2006 and 2010. He will be succeeded by Jerry Wayne Johnson, who served on the school board from 1992 to 1998.

Third district member Kenny Rhody is also completing his third term on the school board. Rhody succeeded his father Billy Rhody who served the third district on the board for several years until his death. Kenny Rhody was elected in 2002 and re-elected in 2006 and 2010. He is being succeeded by Jim Beshearse.

Seventh District member Johnny Lattimore is wrapping up his third term. He was first elected in 2002 and re-elected in 2006 and 2010. He will be succeeded by Shaun Tubbs.

Other members of the school board are Billy Miller in the fourth district, W.J. (Dub) Evins, III in the fifth district, and Doug Stephens in the sixth district. Miller was re-elected unopposed last week. The terms of Evins and Stephens expire in 2016. Each term is for four years.

Abstinence Based Education to be Offered in School System (VIEW VIDEO HERE)

August 14, 2014
Dwayne Page

The DeKalb County School System is partnering with the Cookeville Pregnancy Center to offer an "abstinence based" education course to Middle and High School students this year.

The Board of Education gave its blessing during Thursday night's regular monthly meeting at the request of DeeAnna Reynolds, School Health Coordinator. "We're required by law according to our (teen pregnancy) rate to require family planning," said Reynolds.

The program will be taught for two days, in 45 minute sessions, to middle school aged students at both DeKalb West School and DeKalb Middle School through guidance and to high school students at DCHS through the wellness classes.

Lisa Reeves, Abstinence Education Coordinator for the Cookeville Pregnancy Clinic, said state law requires school systems to offer such a program if the county's teen pregnancy rate exceeds a certain level. "According to the Centers for Disease Control, the pregnancy rate in DeKalb County for the 15-17 age group is 35.3 per 1,000 females. Under state law, if your rate is over 19.5 you are required to have some type of abstinence education to try and address that number," she said.

Though the subject matter is sensitive, Reeves, who will be the instructor of the course, said every effort will be made to present the material at age appropriate levels. "I have been teaching abstinence education through the Cookeville Pregnancy Clinic now for just over four years. The way I approach this material is that I talk to children just the way that I would if their parents were in the room. I always strive to do everything that I can to be above reproach. We do not allow a student in our classroom without a permission slip and that is state law. I am a mom too and I don't want anybody talking to my kid about such a sensitive topic unless I have given that permission," she said.

"Our program (Cookeville Pregnancy Clinic) has been in effect for over ten years in Putnam County but we're also in White County and Overton County. We're a pregnancy clinic. We see girls who are teenagers coming to our clinic on a regular basis in a situation they didn't want to be in. What we have found is the only way we can be preventative is to try to go into the schools and talk to students about the choices that they are making before they find themselves in that situation. We go in and talk about and help them understand not only the risks that are associated with Teen Pregnancy but the risks that are associated with sexually transmitted diseases and the emotional consequences. We also talk to them about healthy relationships and boundaries to make in their lives," said Reeves.

In a letter to be sent to parents, Reeves writes "This letter is to inform you that the Cookeville Pregnancy Clinic's Abstinence Education Program has been invited to come to your student's class this semester."

"The Cookeville Pregnancy Clinic believes that saving sex until a committed, marriage relationship is the best way to protect against the emotional and physical consequences that can result from premarital sexual activity. The high rates of teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and emotional consequences can only be stopped by teens understanding the importance of abstinence and making wise choices for their future."

"This program will be taught for two days in your student's class. At the end of those days, students are encouraged to take the provided material home and share it with their parents or guardians. We understand that the subject matter that will be discussed is sensitive and we make every effort to present the matter at age-appropriate levels."

"Our curriculum, is called "Think On Point". I have also been certified by the National Abstinence Education Association," concluded Reeves in her letter.

Girl Scout Troop Preparing Food Boxes for Needy Seniors

August 14, 2014
Dwayne Page
Girl Scout Troop Preparing Food Boxes for Needy Seniors
Carly Vance, Leah Davis, and Hannah Willingham

Members of the 5th Grade Junior Girl Scout Troop 2103 have been busy this week preparing food boxes to be delivered to thirty five low income senior citizen households in this area.

The Troop, including members Carly Vance, Leah Davis, and Hannah Willingham, have been working toward the Girl Scout Bronze award by collecting non-perishable food items at local food drives and assisting in packaging the food baskets. The Smithville Senior Center, a partner with the Girl Scout Troop, will now work with UCDD and UCHRA to coordinate the delivery of the food to those Senior Citizens in need.

Troop members and leaders wish to thank Smithville Food Lion, Prichard's Foods in Alexandria, Bert Driver Nursery, and the Smithville Church of Christ and Upper Helton Baptist Church for their support during the food drives. Also thanks to Wal-Mart in Smithville for making a donation of $150 in store credit to purchase non-perishable food items to add to the food boxes. Other anonymous donations were also received.

According to the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger (April 2013), Tennessee ranked second in the nation in senior hunger or food insecurity. The Upper Cumberland Area Agency on Aging and Disability located in Cookeville has made this issue a top priority.

Thank you for your support in our effort to end hunger for Senior Citizens in DeKalb County.

(TOP PHOTO: left to right- members of Junior Girl Scout Troop 2103 Carly Vance, Hannah Willingham and Leah Davis)

(BOTTOM PHOTO: Carly Vance, Leah Davis, and Hannah Willingham)

Boats Destroyed in Fire At Edgar Evins State Park Marina

August 13, 2014
Dwayne Page
Boats Destroyed in Fire At Edgar Evins State Park Marina
Firefighters pump water from the lake to battle the boat fires at Marina

A house boat, pontoon, and the fuel island were destroyed by fire Wednesday at Edgar Evins State Park Marina.

The fire began as the houseboat was being refueled. Several people on board were quickly evacuated. Some had minor smoke inhalation. The blaze spread to an unoccupied pontoon boat that was tied to the dock. Employees of the park and marina fought to contain the blaze while county firefighters were enroute. The gas pumps were turned off and the remainder of the marina was unaffected.

Assistant County Fire Chief David Agee told WJLE that firefighters received a call of a gas pump explosion at the marina shortly after noon. Upon arrival, they found the two boats on fire along with the fuel island.

According to Assistant Chief Agee, a party of eight who had the houseboat rented from the marina had just returned to the dock when the incident occurred. As the group was still on board, a marina employee began refueling the boat. After stepping away from the pumps for a moment, the marina worker told Agee he heard a pop and then saw a small blaze followed by an explosion. Everyone on board the houseboat was evacuated and except for minor smoke inhalation by some, no one was seriously injured. No one had to be transported to the hospital. All the group's personal belongings on board the boat were lost in the fire.

Members of the Temperance Hall, Cookeville Highway, and Main Stations of the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department responded. Firefighters also deployed their boat to help battle the blaze along with an equipment truck. Members of the TWRA, Corps of Engineers, Edgar Evins State Park and Marina employees, and DeKalb EMS were also on the scene.

DeKalb School System Awarded New LEAPS Grant for After-School Program

August 13, 2014
Dwayne Page
Michelle Burklow

The DeKalb County School System recently received approval for a $200,000 grant from the Lottery for Education Afterschool Program (Leaps Grant) to provide students at Smithville Elementary and Northside Elementary Schools with academic enrichment opportunities and support services. The goal of the program is to help students meet state and local standards in the core content areas of Language Arts, Math, and Science.

As a way of creating more fun and excitement for children as they learn through the program, Michelle Burklow, Supervisor of Instruction for Pre-K through 6th grade said the school system will be unlocking mysteries through the Junior Detective Academies. "We decided to go with a detective type theme and focus the entire year around mystery. Unlocking mysteries. Trying to make it inviting for kids to want to stay after school for two hours every day. We're calling it our Junior Detective Academies," said Burklow.

This grant follows an earlier one approved for the school system three years ago. "This was our second submission for the LEAPS grant. It's a competitive grant that school systems and private entities can apply for. We got the grant three years ago. We saw a great deal of success with our grant at SES and NES. After the three year cycle we had to totally re-submit a different grant with a different focus," said Burklow.

The academic academies will utilize a cross curricular theme based approach (Spy Camp). Students will participate in Language Arts, math, and science enrichment activities based on Tennessee Common Core and Science standards to accelerate achievement. The club names are: Unlocking the Mysteries of STEM, Junior Detective, Math Madness, Imagination Destination, Get Your Game On, and MILK (Morning Intensive Language Klass). Four of these themes will change each nine weeks to offer a variety and continued enthusiasm as the year progresses, MILK and Get Your Game On will be offered throughout the year.

Students will participate in activities to improve health and wellness through structured physical education and a daily nutritious snack will be served. "We have special things we must do in order to meet the overall focus of the goal (grant). We had to include healthy lifestyles, healthy snacks, and exercise. We're partnering with the School Nutrition program to provide a healthy snack and we're focusing on exercise throughout the school year. We're calling that "Get Your Game On". Every nine weeks we're changing up and focusing on a different activity, whatever sport might be in season (tennis, basketball, soccer, etc). We're going to focus on playing those types of games and learning the history behind those games. We're also going to be doing some yoga. We did yoga this last year. We tried it at Northside during summer school and the kids loved it so we're incorporating yoga this year," said Burklow.

The Spy Camp Kick-Off will begin the Junior Detective Academy. The goal for the students participating in this academy is "Read like a detective and write like a reporter." This club will explore numerous ways to solve a mystery or case while paying close attention to details and context clues. The sheriff or his designee will meet with students to discuss the significance of paying close consideration to facts and looking for specific clues. Teachers will create lessons around mystery chapter books and or novels for a book club. In order to prepare students for College and Career Readiness, a focus around informational text and the writing process will be implemented into these activities. The students will have an opportunity to write and illustrate a non-fiction book for the school's library and for other students to enjoy in the future. An author and illustrator will be invited to share their ideas at a parent's night. This night will be designed so the students can showcase their book for parents as well as the author and illustrator. High school students interested in becoming teachers will have the opportunity to design age appropriate activities to implement with younger students during the academy.

During the second nine weeks, the STEM Academy will begin as students "Unlock the Mysteries of STEM". Students will participate in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math activities. Teachers will design lessons for the Science component of this academy that will include microscope use, crime solving, forensic investigation and a variety of other science skills. Technology lessons will be incorporated throughout the academy, but a focus will be on computer skills and iPad use as well as interactive boards. Investigative research and writing will also play a role in this academy. Tennessee Tech University's Millard Oakley STEM Center has agreed to transport their mobile Science Lab to both of the after school sites. The students will be exposed to cutting edge technology that is housed in this lab. The students' skills will be expanded with robotics, Kinect and bridge design and building during the Engineering phase of the STEM Academy. Teachers will incorporate hands on engineering experiences and how engineering is in everyday life. Under the guidance of the Science Club sponsor, volunteer high school students will research and develop age appropriate STEM projects to implement with the younger students during this academy. To support the LEAPS theme, a local nurse practitioner will talk to students about the tools she uses to investigate illness and how she uses clues to make a diagnoses. She will also show the relationship between how important math and science are to her field.

The third nine weeks will be "Math Madness". Since the college basketball tournament is held in March, a real life activity will be incorporated into the after school program. Math Madness is a spin-off of March Madness. Like March Madness, students will work on a mastery and advancing math skills to win the big game called standardizing testing. Teachers will use basketball statistics from player cards, biographies, and NCAA Tournament brackets to form meaningful lessons. Math skills will be incorporated into basketball along with other sports related activities. In order to bridge math and reading, teachers will use sports themed books, such as biographies of athletes, to encourage reading and going back into the text to gain specific information for writing. The students will research and write about an athlete or history of a specific sport that will be displayed in the "Sports Hall of Fame" for parents to attend.

"Destination Imagination Simulation" will be the focus of the fourth academy. The purpose is to inspire and equip students to be innovative and future leaders. This academy will focus on STEM, Improvisational, Visual Arts, Service Learning and Early Learning. Each challenge is open-ended and enables student teams to learn and experience the creative process from imagination to innovation. Students have fun and gain confidence in their ability to solve any challenge. In working to solve the Challenges, teams learn 21st century skills (creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, citizenship and courage) to build on their unique strengths. The goal for the first year is to attend the Academic Tournament as spectators but the ambition is to compete the next year. After attending the Academic Tournament, students will share their projects based on the tournament guidelines with community members and parents in attendance at the parent night.

Afternoon bus transportation will be provided for students participating in the after school learning activities.

Partnering with the program are the 4-H Extension Office, Coordinated School Health, the School Nutrition Program, the Sheriff's Department, Girl Scout Troop 343, Tennessee Scholars, Family Medical Center, the FCCLA Club, the DCHS Science Club, Tennessee Tech University's Millard Oakley STEM Center, and the Board of Education.

Trial Date Set In Teacher Lawsuit Against School Board and Director

August 12, 2014
Dwayne Page
Bradley Hendrix

A federal court trial date has been set in an employment discrimination lawsuit brought against the DeKalb County Board of Education and Director of Schools Mark Willoughby by teacher and county commissioner Bradley Hendrix.

In an initial case management order filed Monday August 4th, the trial is set for Tuesday, October 20, 2015 before U.S. District Judge Kevin H. Sharp and is expected to last approximately three days. A final pre-trial conference is scheduled for Monday, October 5, 2015

Attorneys for Hendrix filed the lawsuit Thursday, May 29 in U.S. District Court in Nashville. He is represented by the Hendersonville law firm of Andy L. Allman and Associates.

In the lawsuit, Hendrix alleges that he has been "subjected to a continuous and ongoing pattern of harassment and retaliation for his votes as a county commissioner on matters pertaining to the school system", particularly his vote against purchasing land to build a new high school. According to the lawsuit, "On or about March 2011, the issue of the land purchase and school construction came before the county commission for approval. Hendrix voted against the measure. From that point on, Hendrix was subjected to harassment and retaliation by Mr. Willoughby in his employment".

Hendrix is suing the Board of Education and Director of Schools, both jointly and severally, seeking compensatory and punitive damages. He also wants a jury to try the case.

In an answer filed July 17, the attorney for Willoughby and the school board, John D, Schwalb, PLLC of Franklin denies Hendrix's allegations.

According to the initial case management order, the Plaintiff's Theory of the Case is as follows:

"In the spring of 2010, Plaintiff (Hendrix), a teacher at Smithville Elementary School, began campaigning for the office of DeKalb County Commissioner of the 3rd district. He was elected by vote of the people on the 2nd day of August 2010."

"In an early 2011 meeting of the county commissioners, Plaintiff (Hendrix) voted against a land purchase and construction of a school in the county. After this vote, Plaintiff (Hendrix) was subjected to harassment by the principal of Smithville Elementary, who was his supervisor, and by Mark Willoughby, Director of DeKalb County Schools. He had job responsibilities removed from his work load and was disciplined. His actions and movements were scrutinized more heavily than other teachers and he received more discipline for alleged infractions that other teachers were not disciplined for, though they engaged in the same behavior. In April 2013 Plaintiff (Hendrix) was not selected for a DeKalb County schools job position he applied for even though he was as qualified or more qualified than the candidate who was hired."

"Therefore, Plaintiff (Hendrix) avers that since his vote against the purchase of land and construction of a school he was subjected to a continuous and ongoing pattern of harassment in retaliation for same."

The Defendant's Theory is as follows:

"Mark Willoughby is the Director of Schools for the DeKalb County Board of Education. In his capacity as the Director he is charged with essentially all personnel matters with the exception of the granting of tenure. Those duties include the appointment and assignment of both certified and classified staff. The Central Office of the Board of Education is largely consistent with the structure of a corporation in the sense that Willoughby would be the equivalent of the President and Chief Operating Officer and the various supervisors would be the equivalent of persons at the Vice President level. Each supervisor is in effect a department head answerable to the Director of Schools."

"When the former supervisor of attendance announced his retirement the position was posted and the Plaintiff (Hendrix) along with Joey Reeder applied for the position. The position requires certain endorsements or qualification. Mr. Reeder possessed the necessary endorsement for the position and was chosen for the position."

"While Plaintiff (Hendrix) claims that he voted against certain funding for the school system's capital improvements his decision to do so was a right he had as a county commissioner. However, his vote was not the reason that he was not appointed to the position of Supervisor of Attendance. Supervisors of Attendance, Instruction, Federal Programs, Special Education and the like are all within positions for which the Director of Schools may consider "goal" loyalty or administration loyalty in determining whom to appoint to a particular position. This is, to the extent that Plaintiff (Hendrix)'s view of the school system conflicted with the Director of School's view or vision of the school system, the Director was free to consider such and take it into account in making the appointment. Regardless, Willoughby appointed the individual whom he believed was the most qualified for the position."

"Defendants (Willoughby and School Board) deny that they in anyway illegally discriminated against the Plaintiff (Hendrix) for the exercise of his first amendment rights and further deny that any exercise of his voting power as a member of a public body does not protect him from discrimination under state of federal law if the Defendants (Willoughby and School Board) are ultimately found to have discriminated against him."

The parties shall filed a joint mediation report on or before February 16, 2015 and all dispositive motions are to be filed on or before May 18, 2015.

Bradshaw Gets Probation for Child Abuse and Neglect

August 12, 2014
Dwayne Page
Elizabeth Rochelle Bradshaw

A Smithville woman who tried to flee on foot from law enforcement officers early Christmas eve morning, accompanied by her children, pled guilty in criminal court Monday to child abuse and neglect for putting the youngsters lives at risk in the cold night air.

Judge Leon Burns, Jr. presided.

31 year old Elizabeth Rochelle Bradshaw received a two year sentence but was given credit for fifty one days of time served. She will be on probation for the remainder of the sentence.

Sheriff Patrick Ray told WJLE that Bradshaw grabbed her children, a seven year old girl and a four year old boy, and fled into the woods after learning that deputies were on their way to investigate a domestic incident between Bradshaw and the father of the children, Royce Dwayne McCrary, who were at the home of the children's grandmother on Halls Hollow Road in the Holmes Creek area.

"We got a call at 1:30 a.m. December 24, 2013 to go to Halls Hollow Road for a domestic," said Sheriff Ray. " After the deputies arrived, they were told by family members that Bradshaw had run into the woods with her two young children. As the deputies started their search on foot, they found the seven year old child hiding behind a tree. The child said that when Bradshaw saw head lights of patrol cars coming into the driveway, she took off running with the four year old boy in her arms, leaving her (older child) behind. Bradshaw took the younger child and ran up a steep and heavily wooded hillside," he said. The older child was taken back to her grandmother's home nearby.

Sheriff Ray said members of the DeKalb County Rescue Squad were then called upon to assist in the ground search for Bradshaw and the younger child. An aerial search was also conducted by officials of the Tennessee Highway Patrol who brought in a helicopter.

Shortly after daybreak, Bradshaw and the child were spotted. "At around 7:30 a.m. the helicopter spotted Bradshaw and the small child sitting down on a wooded hillside. Deputies and rescue squad members retrieved the child from Bradshaw and took her into custody. When they were brought down off the hillside and out of the woods, Bradshaw and the child were treated by DeKalb EMS. Bradshaw claimed to have injured her knee," said Sheriff Ray. While Bradshaw and the child were wearing coats (the child had on a hoodie), the sheriff said authorities were concerned about their prolonged exposure to the 27 degree weather. Both Bradshaw and the boy were taken by EMS to DeKalb Community Hospital for further treatment.

Sheriff Ray said child protective services were contacted and took custody of both children.

The children's father, McCrary, was arrested by the sheriff's department. He had two violation of probation warrants against him.

In other cases, 32 year old Elizabeth Chalfant pled guilty to forgery of $1,000 to $10,000 and received a two year sentence, all suspended to supervised probation. She must make restitution. The sentence is to run consecutive to a violation of probation against her. She was given jail credit from June 23 to August 11, 2014. Sheriff Ray said Chalfant allegedly passed twelve checks from a checking account without the victim's permission from May 12-29. The total of the twelve checks was $5,387. The case was investigated by criminal detectives of the sheriff's department.

41 year old Rodney H. Gora pled guilty to aggravated burglary and received a three year sentence to be served on probation. He must have no contact with the victim and pay restitution of $1,300. Sheriff Ray said that on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 Gora and 28 year old Steven Dale Davidson allegedly entered a residence on James Place and took several items from the home including a storage trunk, a picture, jewelry box, a wooden bunk bed, two mattresses, a wooden end table, and a bag containing sheets and towels all valued at more than $500.

Davidson made a court appearance in June and pled guilty to aggravated burglary and theft over $1,000. He received a four year sentence in each case all suspended to supervised probation. The terms are to run concurrently with each other. He is to make restitution of $6,100 to one of the victims. In addition to being a co-defendant with Gora in the burglary on November 13, Davidson allegedly took several items from property on Jones Mill Road November 5, 2013.

60 year old Thomas Greene pled guilty to a second offense of driving under the influence and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days to serve 45 days with the balance of the sentence to be on supervised probation. He was fined $610 and he will lose his license for a period of time. Greene was given jail credit from July 19 to August 11.

69 year old Eulain Edward Shelton pled guilty to attempted sale of a schedule II drug and was granted judicial diversion for a period of two years. His probation will be supervised by TDOC and he must pay a $2,000 fine.

28 year old Brandon Kidd pled guilty to attempt to deliver and received a two year sentence on supervised probation by TDOC probation. He was fined $2,000. If all fines and costs are paid, the second year of his probation will be unsupervised. Both Shelton and Kidd were charged in separate cases as a result of a 2013 undercover drug investigation by the sheriff's department.

Local Student Attends National Leadership Forum

August 12, 2014
Lydia D. Trail

A senior at DCHS, 16 year old Lydia D. Trail, attended Harding University's 58th annual National Leadership Forum in Searcy, Arkansas on June 1-6. Lydia was sponsored by DeKalb County Farm Bureau as a delegate to the Forum, which is presented by Harding University's American Studies Institute.

Area Farm Bureaus and civic clubs selected the delegates, who were instructed in the values and qualities of leadership and learned how our country has developed its leaders.

Young people attending the Forum were taught about comparative economic systems and ways to defend our society and its freedoms. They heard presentations by such leaders as Dean Sikes, Spirit of American Foundation, who addressed "Discover Your Destiny", John Foppe, motivational speaker who spoke on "Life is an Attitude", Andrew Baker spoke on "Social Media for Social Good", and Pat Socia, who encouraged the delegates to be leaders in sexual morality.

More than 220 young people from five states attended this year's National Leadership Forum. Harding University, with an enrollment of over 7,000, is the largest private university in Arkansas. Trail is the daughter of Heidi Trail and the granddaughter of George and Linda Tripp of Liberty.

Sheriff's Department Makes Arrests for Assaults and DUI

August 12, 2014
Dwayne Page
 Johnny Lynn Devault
Michael Dwight Foutch
Ariane Ruth Lorance

The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department has made arrests in two assault cases and a DUI within the last week.

Sheriff Patrick Ray reports that 31 year old Johnny Lynn Devault of Talpha Drive, Dowelltown is charged with aggravated assault. His bond is $5,000 and he will be in court August 14. He was arrested on Wednesday, August 6. Sheriff Ray said that on Friday, July 4 an officer was called to Devault's residence in response to a physical altercation in progress. Upon arrival, the deputy spoke with a woman who said she had been assaulted by her boyfriend, Devault. He allegedly strangled the woman, grabbing her by the throat and the back of the neck, and squeezing her face. The assault resulted in the woman having physical marks on parts of her body. After the assault, Devault left the scene prior to the officer's arrival.

42 year old Michael Dwight Foutch of College Street, Liberty is charged domestic assault. His bond is $2,500 and he will be in court August 14. Sheriff Ray said that on Saturday, August 9 a deputy was dispatched to the emergency room of DeKalb Community Hospital in response to an assault which occurred at a local residence. After the assault, the victim was taken to the hospital. Upon arrival, the complainant reported that during an argument Foutch slapped him in the face, punched him, and then placed him in a choke hold. The victim was treated at the hospital for a busted lip, scratches to his neck and back, and injuries to his wrist.

35 year old Ariane Ruth Lorance of Nashville Highway, Dowelltown is charged with driving under the influence and driving on a suspended license. She was further issued citations for Roadways Laned for Traffic, Violation of the Implied Consent Law, Violation of the Financial Responsibility Law (No Insurance), Violation of the Open Container Law, and Simple Possession of a Schedule III drug. Her bond is $3,000 and she will be in court September 4. Sheriff Ray said that on Sunday, August 10 a deputy was behind a red Ford Ranger traveling west on Nashville Highway and observed the vehicle cross over the white line multiple times, go off the right side of the highway, and then come back across the road and over the yellow lines into the opposite lane of traffic. The officer pulled over the truck and spoke with the driver, Lorance. She had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on her person and she was unsteady on her feet. Lorance submitted to but performed poorly on field sobriety tasks. Her license was found to be suspended for failing to satisfy a citation in Davidson County. Inside the vehicle was an open container of beer and suboxone strips.

American Red Cross Battle of the Badges Begins

August 12, 2014

The American Red Cross Battle of the Badges is coming to Smithville. Where local law enforcement will “battle” it out with local firefighters and EMS to see who can recruit the most people in their community to donate blood.

The Battle of the Badges blood drive is a friendly competition to encourage community members to join local heroes and perform a heroic duty of their own. All presenting donors at the blood drive will get to cast their vote to help decide the winner of this year’s competition.

“EMS, fire and law enforcement know first-hand how important it is to have blood readily available during emergencies,” said Tim Ryerson, CEO of River Valley & Tennessee Valley Regional Blood Services. “This is their chance to join forces and partner with the Red Cross to encourage the community to take on the civic responsibility of blood donation.”

Join the Battle of the Badges and donate September 9 from 1:30 pm – 6:30 pm at Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Your votes are needed to help determine the winner of this year’s battle; so, mark your calendar! The winner of the battle will earn bragging rights.

Schedule an appointment to donate at the Battle of the Badges blood drive today. Visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code Smithville19 or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).



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