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Algood Police Officer Involved in Wreck on Broad Street

May 16, 2017
Dwayne Page
Algood Police Officer Christopher Ferguson of Jamestown was traveling east on Highway 70 in an Algood city police car, a 2015 Dodge Charger
James Cryer of Dowelltown was driving a 2001 Chevy Blazer
Another view of James Cryer's Blazer

Three people including an Algood city police officer were involved in a two vehicle crash Monday evening on West Broad Street in front of Tractor Supply.

The officer, 32 year old Christopher Ferguson of Jamestown was traveling east on Highway 70 in an Algood city police car, a 2015 Dodge Charger. He was reportedly returning from training in Murfreesboro.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, 69 year old James Cryer of Dowelltown, driving a 2001 Chevy Blazer, was entering Broad Street from Glen’s Auto Sales when he pulled into the path of Ferguson’s patrol car causing the cruiser to hit the left rear of the Blazer. The impact forced the Blazer to rotate counter clockwise ejecting the driver, Cryer. The Blazer continued rotating, striking the curb on the west side of the roadway causing it to rollover.

Mr. Cryer was airlifted to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville. 78 year old Rena Cryer of Dowelltown, a front seat passenger of the Blazer, was taken by DeKalb EMS to Saint Thomas DeKalb Hospital. Officer Ferguson was not injured.

Ferguson and Ms. Cryer were wearing their seatbelts. Mr. Cryer was not.

The accident remains under investigation by Trooper Tommy Cooper and Lieutenant Billy Prater of the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Members of the Smithville Police and Fire Departments were also on the scene.

Man Fires Shots After Assaulting His Girlfriend and Sister during Domestic Dispute

May 15, 2017
Dwayne Page
Nathan Joe Trapp
Taylor Nicole Hensley

A Magness Road man was arrested last week after he assaulted his girlfriend and then fired gunshots at his sister who was trying to intervene in the dispute.

33 year old Nathan Joe Trapp of Magness Road, Smithville is under a $10,000 bond and his court date is May 25.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Tuesday, May 9 two deputies were dispatched to a residence on Magness Road due to a report of a physical domestic with shots fired. Trapp had already left the home by the time the officers arrived.

The deputies spoke with Trapp’s sister who said that Trapp had called wanting her to bring him some butterfly bandages for his head. Trapp’s sister arrived at the residence and heard a woman screaming. She then opened the door and saw Trapp hitting his girlfriend, 22 year old Taylor Nicole Hensley, in the head with a pistol. After trying to put Taylor in a head lock, Trapp placed the gun to her head and said he was going to shoot her. He then pointed the gun at his sister and said he was going to shoot her too. Trapp’s sister called for him to let Taylor go. Trapp then came at his sister, picked her up by her throat, and carried her out the door. Once outside the door, he shoved his sister down the steps. Trapp’s sister got into her vehicle and drove next door to call 911. As she was leaving, Trapp came out the door, pointed the gun at his sister, and fired several shots at her. She was not hit by the gunfire.

Trapp was arrested the following day, Wednesday May 10.

During the investigation, deputies learned that Hensley, a resident of Floyd Drive Smithville, is wanted in Tarrant, Texas on an active warrant. She was charged with being a fugitive from justice and is under a $75,000 bond. Her court date is May 25th. Texas authorities plan to extradite her back there.

Fugitive Wanted on Florida Cocaine Charge Arrested in DeKalb County

May 15, 2017
Dwayne Page
Vickie Lynn Holliman

A woman wanted in Florida on a cocaine charge was arrested last week in DeKalb County and charged with being a fugitive from justice.

53 year old Vickie Lynn Holliman of Eagle Creek Road, Smithville is under a $75,000 bond and her court date is May 25.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Monday, May 8 Holliman was found at a residence on Eagle Creek Road and determined to be a fugitive from justice.

A check through the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) revealed that Holliman is wanted in Hillsboro County, Florida for conspiracy to traffic cocaine. Florida authorities have confirmed that they will extradite Holliman.

Meanwhile in a separate case, 28 year old Henry Thomas Butler of Saw Mill Road, Liberty is charged with a third offense of driving while licensed revoked. He was further issued a citation for expired vehicle registration. His bond is $4,000 and his court date is June 18. Sheriff Ray said that on Monday, May 8 a deputy was patrolling west on Highway 70 when he spotted a white Chrysler car bearing an expired license tag. The officer made a traffic stop and spoke with the driver, Butler. A driver license check revealed that Butler’s license were revoked for failure to show proof of insurance in Smith County. He has two prior offenses for driving on a revoked license. Those offenses occurred on December 2, 2008 and May 1, 2014.

Man Responsible for Crash Charged with Vehicular Assault

May 15, 2017
Dwayne Page
Christopher Keith Lane Derrick
1996 Chevy Monte Carlo driven by Christopher Keith Lane Derrick
2005 Chevy Classic driven by Alex B. Huber

A man believed to be responsible for a head-on crash and then leaving the scene Friday afternoon on East Broad Street was later apprehended and is now facing vehicular assault and other charges.

Smithville Police Chief Mark Collins said 21 year old Christopher Keith Lane Derrick of 323 Jackson Street Smithville is under a $15,000 bond and he will be in court on June 8th.


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According to police, Derrick was driving east on Broad Street in a 1996 Chevy Monte Carlo when he crossed into the westbound lane and struck an oncoming 2005 Chevy Classic driven by Alex B. Huber. Dustin Allen Sullivan and Ryan Powell were passengers with Derrick. Huber and Sullivan were taken by DeKalb EMS to Saint Thomas DeKalb Hospital. Powell refused transport by EMS to the hospital.

Witnesses said that after the crash, Derrick fled the scene on foot carrying a green and white bag heading north into the woods between Eastside Inn and Caney Fork Electric Cooperative.

Smithville Police Officers, assisted by DeKalb County Sheriff’s Deputies, set up a perimeter and conducted a foot search. Derrick was subsequently found and placed under arrest. Derrick had suffered a large cut near his right knee and across his leg. His speech was slurred and he was very unsteady on his feet. According to police, Derrick needed help at times to maintain his balance. Field sobriety tasks were not administered due to Derrick’s injuries. He was then transported by DeKalb EMS to Saint Thomas DeKalb Hospital. A search warrant was obtained to get a blood sample from Derrick after he refused to voluntarily submit to a blood test.

In addition to vehicular assault, Derrick is charged with evading arrest, violation of the registration law and financial responsibility, driving without a license, failure to yield the right of way, and violation of the implied consent law.

Members of the Smithville Volunteer Fire Department were also on the scene.

In other recent city crime news, 46 year old Juan F. Rodriguez was arrested on Saturday, May 6 for DUI and cited for implied consent and failing to come to a complete stop at an intersection. Police initiated a routine traffic stop and spoke with the driver, Rodriguez. The officer noticed that Rodriguez had blood shot eyes and a smell of alcohol on his person. He submitted to but performed poorly on field sobriety tasks. Rodriguez was then taken into custody without incident but he refused to give a blood sample. His bond is $1,500 and his court date is May 18.

45 year old DeWayn Amon Shoemake was cited on Sunday, May 7 for criminal trespassing and theft of property. According to police, Shoemake went onto the property of his victim after being told not to be there. Police learned that Shoemake had taken a tire off the victim's car and left with it. After removing the tire from the rim, Shoemake was later discovered trying to put the rim back on the car. His court date is May 18.

Dana Seborn Cantrell was arrested on Monday, May 8 for DUI. Police responded to the parking lot of Rite Aid Pharmacy where a man was found slumped over the steering wheel of a vehicle with the driver's door open. Upon arrival, police found Cantrell slumped over the steering wheel, his keys in the ignition, and the vehicle was still running. The officer awoke Cantrell and asked him to get out of the car. Cantrell’s speech was slurred and he was unsteady on his feet. Cantrell submitted to but performed poorly on field sobriety tasks. Police learned that Cantrell had taken prescription medication a couple of hours before operating his vehicle. Cantrell’s bond is $1,500 and his court date is June 8.

56 year old Donald Gene Rigsby was arrested Tuesday, May 9 for public intoxication. Police were called to Subway where a man on a bicycle ran into a vehicle as it was leaving the parking lot. The officer spoke with the man on the bicycle, Rigsby who had just opened a Miller High Life beer. Rigsby was unsteady on his feet, had an odor of alcohol on his person, and he couldn't keep his eyes open. Rigsby was determined to be a danger to himself and the public and he was taken into custody. His bond is $1,500 and his court date is June 8.

The following day, Wednesday May 10 Rigsby was cited for violation of the open container law. While on routine patrol, a police officer observed Rigsby walking on East Church Street trying to hide and conceal something under his shirt. The officer stopped Rigsby and asked him what was under his shirt. He produced an open can of beer. His city court date is June 6.

45 year old Richard Brandon Turner was arrested on Wednesday, May 10 for public intoxication and cited for simple possession. At approximately 10:30 p.m. police spotted a man lying on the side of the road near Wal-Mart on West Broad Street. The officer stopped to do a welfare check and found the man to be Turner. Upon approaching Turner, the officer could smell a strong odor of alcohol on his person. When the officer awoke him, Turner tried to stand up and almost fell several times. Due to Turner being intoxicated and being so close to the highway he was placed under arrest for his safety. Turner’s bond is $1,500 and his court date is May 18.

DCHS Tigerettes to Open Region Tournament Play Monday

May 14, 2017
Dwayne Page
Coach Danny Fish

After wrapping up another regular season and district tournament championship, the DCHS Tigerettes will begin region tournament play Monday evening in Smithville.

The Tigerettes, 27-5 overall and 13-1 in district play this season, will face Sequatchie County, 17-10 overall and 7-3 in the district, at 6:00 p.m at the Danny Bond Field at DCHS. WJLE will have LIVE coverage.

“Any time you get to this time of year it’s the best playing the best. We are glad we are at home playing Sequatchie County. They are a very solid program. They have won the state tournament before in Class AA. They beat us down there three or four years ago in the regional finals. We’ve still got that in the back of our minds. It gives us a little more fuel for the fire but they will be a formidable challenge. Hopefully we will continue to play well. I think we played really well in the district. Hopefully we will continue to swing the bats like we did in the district tournament,” said Tigerette Coach Danny Fish.

If the Tigerettes win Monday, they will host the next game on Wednesday. A win then would put them in the sub-state with another possible home game on Friday.

DeKalb West Names Students of Month

May 14, 2017
Bill Conger
DeKalb West Names Students of Month

DeKalb West announces the May Students of the Month. Selected for the prestigious honor were Kira Wilbur, Kindergarten, Jordyn Agee, 1st grade, Charlotte Cripps, 2nd grade, Mireya Barrett, 3rd grade, Jordyn Turbeville, 4th grade, Jaxon Humphrey, 5th grade, Aniston Farler, 6th grade, Summer Crook, 7th grade, and Abby Lawson, 8th grade.

Students are chosen for their academics, character, and other traits that make them outstanding students.

Pictured front row left to right: Jaxon Humphrey, Mireya Barrett, Jordyn Agee, Kira Wilbur, and Charlotte Cripps. Back row left to right are Abby Lawson, Summer Crook, Aniston Farler, and Jordyn Turbeville.

Blood Drive To Help Save Lives and Raise Money for Senior Centers

May 14, 2017
Dwayne Page
County Clerk James L. (Jimmy) Poss Coordinates Another Blood Drive

Cookeville Blood Assurance and DeKalb County Clerk James L. (Jimmy) Poss are teaming up again for another blood drive and several elected and appointed county officials are joining the effort in support of local senior citizens centers.

The blood drive is scheduled for Wednesday, June 21 from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the county complex and for every blood donation, these county officials will donate $2.00 to the senior citizens centers to be divided equally between the Smithville and Alexandria Centers.

“I have received commitments from Assessor of Property Shannon Cantrell, Trustee Sean Driver, Register of Deeds Jeff McMillen, Road Supervisor Butch Agee, Circuit Court Clerk Katherine Pack, County Mayor Tim Stribling, Sheriff Patrick Ray, and General Sessions Judge Bratten Cook, II along with Clerk and Master Deborah Malone and Administrator of Elections Dennis Stanley,” said County Clerk Poss.

“All blood collected from the Cookeville Blood Assurance Center will supply the needs of hospitals in our communities first including DeKalb, Cannon, Smith, Wilson, White, Putnam, Warren, Jackson, and Overton Counties,” Poss continued.

The blood drive will take place at the County Complex, Smithville Senior Citizens building on South Congress Boulevard. Those who wish to schedule an appointment may go online at www.bloodassurance.org/dekalb or contact County Clerk Poss or Blood Assurance Coordinator Trudy Cody.

Drinks and snacks will be provided and each donor will receive a T-shirt

Annual All Day Gospel Singing in Alexandria May 20

May 13, 2017
Dwayne Page
The King's Way
Three Parts Grace
David Turner and Friends
Calvary Trio
Terri Lynn Weaver
Right On Time

The Annual All Day Gospel Singing will be Saturday, May 20 at the DeKalb County Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. WJLE will broadcast LIVE.

The lineup is as follows:

*Malone's Chapel Baptist Church: 10 a.m.

*Bethany Harrison: 10:30 a.m.

*Jim Bishop: 11:00 a.m.

*Jason Sanders: 11:30 a.m.

*David Turner and Friends: Noon

*Tristan Pope on the piano: 12:15 p.m.

* The King’s Way: 12:30 p.m.

*Terri Lynn Weaver: 1:00 p.m.

*Short Ridge Sisters: 1:30 p.m.

*Truly Blessed: 2:00 p.m.

*Right on Time: 2:30 p.m.

*Calvary Trio: 3:00 p.m.

*Kaylee Baker: 3:30 p.m.

*Three Parts Grace: 4:00 p.m.

*Faith Singers: 4:30 p.m.

*Dessa Ray: 5:00 p.m.

*Amanda Crawford: 5:30 p.m.

*Glory 2 God- Doug Collins and Family: 6:00 p.m.

*Spence and Friends: 6:30 p.m.

TDOT Rebids College Street Bridge

May 13, 2017
Dwayne Page

Mid-State Construction Company, Inc. is again the bidder on the repair project of the Veterans Memorial Bridge on South College Street in Smithville.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation let bids for the project Friday, May 12 and Mid-State submitted a bid of $222,894. 68. There were apparently no other bids.

The question now is will Mid-State get the bid for that price?

In the February 10 letting, Mid-State bid $238,600.58 but there were no other bids and TDOT rejected it as too high.

The bridge has been closed since Monday, June 27, 2016 when a county landfill truck hit it causing major damage.

DCHS Lady Tiger Basketball MVP Signs with Chattanooga State

May 12, 2017
Dwayne Page
Hanah Panter
DCHS Lady Tiger Basketball Standout Hanah Panter signs to play basketball next season for the Chattanooga State Lady Tigers. She is joined by members of her family for the signing Friday
DCHS Lady Tiger Basketball Standout Hanah Panter signs to play basketball next season for the Chattanooga State Lady Tigers. She is joined by her teammates for the signing Friday

DeKalb County High School basketball MVP Hanah Panter will be trading one Lady Tiger team for another next season.

Panter, a senior, will continue her basketball career at Chattanooga State Community College, having signed with the Lady Tigers on Friday at the DCHS library. Members of her family, teammates, and coaches joined her for the signing.

“I’ve always wanted to continue to play basketball and this is a great opportunity and I love the campus. Right now I don’t know if I want to be a nurse or a physical therapist but they offer both of those so that is very good,” said Hanah.

Panter was named Most Valuable Player and Best Offensive Player for the DCHS Lady Tigers at the team banquet in March and she made the District 8AA 2nd team All-District.

“Hanah is a good player, great kid, and a great student and she really improved for us this year throughout the season. We’ve seen that happen over her four years here at DeKalb too. She has really matured into a nice kid and nice player. She shot the ball really well and led us in scoring. She is going to do well at Chattanooga State. Hanah is very athletic. She can defend and shoots the three ball very well. Hanah went down to Chattanooga State for a workout and they really liked her. I am very happy for Hanah. She worked very hard for us,” said DCHS Lady Tiger Basketball Coach Danny Fish.

Chattanooga State Community College is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association and the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association.


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