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A.J. Mooneyham Wins DCHS Football MVP Award

January 17, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page
Tiger Football MVC Carlee White and MVP A.J. Mooneyham
Football Award Winners (Seated) Riley Sexton, AJ Mooneyham, Jesse Smith (Back Row) Luke Green, Isaiah Jones, Eli Cross, Jordan Whitehead, Matthew Poss, Tayvian Nokes, Braxton Linder, Christian Pruitt, Steven Jennings.
DCHS Football Cheerleader Award Winners: Seated-Taylor Marshall, Carlee White (MVC), Hannah Walker; Back Row: Rachel Fuson, Shaunta Koegler, Kaitlyn Roller, and Lexie Bates
Clay Edwards Memorial Tiger Pride Award presented to Eli Cross. Pictured here with Abram Edwards and Sarah Edwards (right), son and daughter of the late Clay Edwards and their mother Tena

A.J. Mooneyham, a senior, was named Most Valuable Player of the 2015 DeKalb County High School Football Team during the annual Awards Banquet held Saturday night at the Smithville First Baptist Church Life Enrichment Center building. The awards were sponsored by Liberty State Bank.

The MVP trophy was presented to Mooneyham by Coach Steve Trapp. " He started out as a running back and then moved around and did a lot of different things for us but for his career he rushed the football for 108 times for 540 yards and 11 touchdowns. Keep in mind he got moved around a lot. He wasn't solely a running back for his whole career. He had 39 receptions for 351 yards and four touchdowns. Return yardage. He had 13 returns, punting and kickoff returns for 266 yards. He did a lot of different things for us in his career. Defensive stats. He had 209 total tackles including 19 for a loss, one safety, seven interceptions, five deflected passes, six forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, and four blocked extra points or field goals," said Coach Trapp.

"In 2013 he was named 2nd Team All-District in 8AA. He was voted by his team as DeKalb County High School Defensive Back of the Year. In 2014 he was 1st Team All District in 8 AA. He was named DCHS Linebacker of the Year. In 2015 he had 11 receptions for 129 yards and two touchdowns. He had 57 rushes for 239 yards and seven touchdowns. A.J. received All Upper Cumberland 2nd Team Defensive Back, All Region Most Outstanding Defensive Back and 1st Team All Region for Region 4AAA. He's had a pretty good career for us," Coach Trapp said.

The Tigers finished the season in November with an overall record of 7-4 and another appearance in the state play-offs. It was the fifth consecutive year the Tigers earned a berth in the state play-offs and their seventh appearance in the last eight years. The Tigers lost in the first round of the play-offs to the Chattanooga Christian Chargers 23-22 in Smithville.

Meanwhile, Carlee White, a senior, was named Most Valuable Cheerleader. The presentation was made by Cheer Coaches Amanda Fuller and Sonya House. "She was an All American for two years. She received the highest score for two years. She helped us plan every single pep rally. She has a true gift for choreography, putting together dances and putting things to music. Cheerleading is her life. She has done this competitively. She knows what she is doing and works as hard as everyone else. She did something this year that has never been done before. She was nominated for the TSSAA All State Cheerleading Team. You have to be selected to even try out for this team. She was selected to try out and was one of only eighteen cheerleaders in the state of Tennessee chosen to cheer for the Tennessee East-West game. She is extremely talented. She is driven. She has great determination and work ethic. She is just a wonderful example of what a cheerleader should be," said Coach Fuller

Other individual Football Player Awards are as follows:

Offensive Player- Steven Jennings
Offensive Lineman- Luke Green
Offensive Back- Christian Pruitt
Receiver- Isaiah Jones
Defensive Player- Jesse Smith
Defensive Lineman- Tayvian Nokes
Linebacker- Jordan Whitehead
Defensive Back- Riley Sexton
Special Teams Player-Matthew Poss
Most Improved- Braxton Linder
MVP- A.J. Mooneyham
Coach Clay Edwards Memorial Tiger Pride Award-Eli Cross

Individual Cheer Awards are as follows:

Best Stunts- Lexie Bates
Most Spirited- Hannah Walker
Best Jumps- Kaitlyn Roller
Best Dance-Rachel Fuson
Most Improved- Shaunta Koegler
MVC- Carlee White
DEAR (Dedication, Enthusiasm, Attitude, and Responsibility)-Taylor Marshall

REGION FOOTBALL AWARDS:
Offensive MVP: Steven Jennings
Outstanding Offensive Lineman: Eli Cross
Outstanding Defensive Back: A.J. Mooneyham
Outstanding Tight End: Christian Pruitt
Outstanding Punter: Matthew Poss

All Region 1st Team:
Riley Sexton
Jordan Whitehead
Jesse Smith
Luke Green
Tayvian Nokes

All Region 2nd Team:
Isaiah Jones
Gage Delape
Devin Zaderiko

Woman Earns Charges for Drugs and Endangering Fetus

January 16, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page
Amanda Faye Mooneyham
Christopher Eugene Layne
Brandon Michael Dearth

A woman five months pregnant has been arrested by Smithville Police on drug charges including endangering a viable fetus

29 year old Amanda Faye Mooneyham is among three people who were taken into custody Saturday, January 9 by officers who found drugs and paraphernalia at the residence while serving a warrant on one of them in another case.

Chief Mark Collins said Mooneyham is charged with Possession of a Schedule VI drug for resale, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Criminal Impersonation, and Viable Fetus as a victim.

28 year old Christopher Eugene Layne is charged with Possession with Intent to Sell Methamphetamine and 23 year old Brandon Michael Dearth is facing a charge of Simple Possession of a Schedule II drug.

According to Chief Collins, while police were attempting to serve a warrant on Layne, they found both Mooneyham and Dearth were also at the residence. Upon a search of their persons and vehicles Dearth was found to have a small bag which he claimed contained methamphetamine. Mooneyham had in her possession several baggies of a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana along with scales and several other drug paraphernalia items. When asked Mooneyham admitted to officers that she had smoked pot and did meth earlier in the day.

Bond for Layne is $20,000; $1,500 for Dearth; and $25,000 for Mooneyham. All three will make a court appearance on January 21.

27 year old Josh R. Crabtree was cited on Wednesday, January 13 for Possession of a Schedule VI drug and for being an unlicensed driver. Smithville Police spoke with Crabtree who could not produce a valid driver license. Upon receiving consent to search Crabtree's vehicle officers found a clear baggie of a green leafy substance between the console and passenger seat believed to be marijuana. Warrants were also obtained against 31 year old Randi Michelle Johns after her vehicle was found parked at the residence where Crabtree was living. She was arrested for Criminal Impersonation and Violation of Probation. During an investigation it was determined that Johns' name was Randi Johns and she was wanted in DeKalb County for violation of probation. Also arrested for violation of probation out of Putnam County during this investigation was Robert Knox. Bond for Johns is $2,000 and she will be in court on January 28.

34 year old Shawn Keith Buck was arrested for domestic assault on Wednesday, December 30. Smithville Police responded to a domestic incident. Upon investigation it was determined that the parties had been involved in an altercation and Buck allegedly pushed the victim out of the residence and slammed the door on the victim's hand causing swelling and bruising. Bond for Buck is $1,500 and his court date is January 21.

35 year old Rickey W Murphy and 44 year old Tammie M Anderson were arrested on Thursday, January 7 for Sale and Delivery of a Schedule VI drug. After receiving numerous complaints and information of illegal activity, Smithville Police went to Anderson's residence and asked if they could do a search. Upon receiving consent to search, officers found in Murphy and Anderson's bedroom a bag of a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana weighing 2.5 ounces. A box of baggies was also found close by. The search of the residence further turned up a glass pipe used to smoke marijuana which belonged to 19 year old Charles Nathan Pack. He was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia. Pack will be in court on January 21. Bond for Murphy and Anderson is $50,000 each and they will make a court appearance on February 11.

35 year old Brandon Ryan Haggard was arrested on Thursday, January 7 for Simple Possession of a Schedule VI drug. Smithville Police initiated a traffic stop on Luttrell Avenue after spotting a vehicle with a right tail light that was not operational. Officers spoke with the driver, Haggard and a computer check with Central Dispatch revealed that his license were revoked for driving under the influence. As Haggard was exiting the vehicle, officers noticed a baggie of a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana sticking out of his front pocket. Bond for Haggard is $1,500 and his court date is January 21. Haggard was also cited for driving on a revoked license and for a violation of the light law.

47 year old William Andrew Cantrell was arrested Friday, January 8 for two counts of theft and burglary. According to Smithville Police two vehicles were broken into and items were taken earlier that morning (January 8). During an investigation, a police detective spoke with Cantrell and found him to have in his possession items taken from the two vehicle burglaries. Bond for Cantrell is $15,000 and his court date is February 11. He is being held without bond for a violation of probation.

30 year old Nicholas James Bayless was arrested on Friday, January 8 for unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon. Smithville Police received a report of a man carrying a gun walking west on West Broad Street. An officer found the man, Bayless who had a Ruger LCP pistol tucked in his waistband. A further investigation revealed that he was convicted in Davidson County in 2005 for felony aggravated burglary. Bond for Bayless is $10,000 and his court date is January 21.

36 year old Michael Todd Jones was arrested for public intoxication on Saturday, January 9. Smithville Police answered a call of an intoxicated person in the area of the DeKalb Community Complex. The man was said to be unsteady on his feet, drooling, and had slurred speech. Police found the man at the "On The Way" convenience market and identified him as Jones. He was unsteady on his feet , had slurred speech, and was creating a disturbance and being a danger to himself. Jones was placed under arrest. His bond is $1,000 and his court date is January 28.

44 year old Richard Brandon Turner was arrested for domestic assault on Saturday, January 9. Smithville Police responded to a domestic incident and upon arrival noticed the victim had a swollen eyebrow and a bruised and swollen wrist. It was determined that Turner and the victim had been in an argument and that Turner allegedly struck the victim in the face and wrist. His bond is $10,000 and he will make a court appearance on January 21.

DeKalb School Buses Undergo Annual State Inspection

January 16, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page
THP Trooper Ronnie Simmons inspects School Bus as Transportation Supervisor Jimmy Sprague (left) and Mechanic Tony Trapp (in school bus) look on
THP Troopers Ronnie Simmons and Darryl Winningham conduct annual inspection of school buses. Pictured: Shop Foreman Orlando Guzman , Trooper Simmons, Transportation Supervisor Jimmy Sprague, Trooper Winningham and Mechanic Tony Trapp (in school bus)

All DeKalb County School buses on regular routes have passed state inspection.

State Troopers Darryl Winningham and Ronnie Simmons of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, inspectors for this district, completed their evaluation this week of all the buses in the fleet including the substitute buses.

"We do a complete level one inspection on the buses. We go from the bottom to the top and inside, outside. We check every bolt. Every nut, tire tread, brake pads, seats. We make sure the dash works and all the lights inside. We want to make sure everything is safe. We check tie rod ends. Everything about the vehicle. The buses are in pretty fair shape but we're always going to find something. No matter how minor we still want to find everything we can find to get it all repaired. But they have done a great job here. The buses are in good shape. What little issues we are finding they are repairing on the spot," Trooper Winningham told WJLE.

"We check the exhaust systems. We look for fuel leaks. Anything like that we check to make sure there's none of that happening. All your emergency systems, we check those to make sure they are functioning properly. We go from the top to the bottom and front to the back. We check seat cushions, everything," said Trooper Simmons.

Because of its age, one of the substitute buses has been removed from service."One of the older buses was removed but it was just getting to the age where it needed to be pulled off," added Trooper Winningham.

The inspectors conduct an annual inspection for three days in January but spots checks may be made during the year."We spend three days now but we'll be here more than this once a year. We also do 10% spot checks throughout the year. We just pull in and walk through the lot and say we want to check this bus or look at that bus. They pull them in and we'll do a complete inspection on them again," said Trooper Winningham

"We've got thirty eight buses in the fleet. We took one out of service due to age. It's a 2001 model. This is the last year it would be on the road but with the miles on it and its age we decided it would be best to pull it out of service. It is a bus we used in substitute status. When we have a bus in the shop being repaired we keep some buses on the lot that we use as sub buses and this bus is one of those. We have four regular route sub buses and one special education sub bus," said Transportation Supervisor Jimmy Sprague.

DeKalb Prevention Coalition Schedules Recovery Church Planning Workshop

January 15, 2016
DeKalb Prevention Coalition Schedules Recovery Church Planning Workshop
Monty Burks

The DeKalb Prevention Coalition will be having a Recovery Church planning workshop Friday, January 22, 2016, at the DeKalb Community Center in the History room at 12:00 noon. The event will include lunch and is to help the interested churches fill out the application to become a certified recovery church as well as to answer any questions or overcome any obstacles your church or faith based organization may be facing in this process.

Monty Burks, who is the Director of Faith Based Initiatives for The State of Tennessee Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) will be there along with a Certified Recovery Church Pastor to help.

When you successfully complete the certification process, you will be added to the statewide recovery support network, and most importantly, opening your arms to individuals seeking substance abuse services. Church and Faith-Based Organization leadership will be trained in the following areas:

•Providing Spiritual/Pastoral Support.
•Viewing addiction as a treatable disease, not a moral issue.
•Embracing and support people in recovery and walk with them on their journey.
•Providing a visible outreach in the community.
•Sharing recovery information.
•Hosting recovery support groups.

If your church or faith based organization is interested in becoming a Certified Recovery Church please go to http://www.tn.gov/behavioral-health/topic/Faith-Based-Initiatives and fill out the questionnaire or you can contact Norene Puckett at 615-215-8690 or norene.drugcourt@gmail.com.

*An RSVP is not required, but appreciated, please contact Norene Puckett.

Board of Education to Conduct Annual Performance Evaluation of Director

January 15, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page
Director of Schools Patrick Cripps

Six months after taking over as Director of Schools, Patrick Cripps is expected to be evaluated on his performance by the Board of Education before the end of the month.

A date and time for the work session to conduct an evaluation has not yet been set.

According to Cripps' contract with the Board, the evaluation of the Director shall occur no later than January 31 each calendar year during the term of the contract. The board shall review with the Director his performance, progress toward established goals, and the working relationships between the Director and Board, the staff, students, and community at large; and any other matters relative to the employment of the Director.

In accordance with state law, the school board is required to develop and implement an evaluation plan to be used annually for the director of schools. Last year, board members used a four page evaluation form to rate former Director Mark Willoughby (1-5) in each of 60 areas from eight categories including on his relationship with the Board, the Community, Staff and Personnel, Educational Leadership, Business and Finance, Personal Qualities, Strategic Planning Skills, and Tennessee Specific questions. It's not known yet if the board will use the same form to evaluate Cripps.

Under last year's evaluation plan a rating of "1" meant the Director's performance was "Consistently Below Expectations". A "5" rating signified that the director "Met All Expectations". A rating with an asterisk (*) symbol meant he "Exceeded Expectations" (and a score of 6 was used on the overall report).

Other ratings were:
"2"-Meets Few Expectations
"3"-Meets Some Expectations
"4"-Meets Most Expectations

Last year each board member scored the Director in all areas from the categories on the form. The scores were then averaged to arrive at the grand total score.

School board members last year held one-on-one evaluation meetings with the Director.

Following the meetings, each board member scored the Director using the evaluation form. The forms were then sent to officials of the Tennessee School Boards Association where the scores were tabulated and averaged.

Board member Jerry Wayne Johnson said Thursday night during the monthly school board meeting that he intended to evaluate Director Cripps on "things we (school board) wanted him to do when he became director".

By a unanimous vote of 7-0, the Board of Education met in special session Thursday night, July 16 and named Cripps the next Director of Schools. Cripps accepted the board's offer of a two year employment contract and took over as Director immediately but the final agreement wasn't ready to sign until August 17.

Under Board policy, the School Board is also to conduct a self evaluation each year. The Board did not do that last year. "We didn't do a board self evaluation last year because five members of the board hadn't been on here long enough to be evaluated or to evaluate themselves" said Board Chairman W.J. (Dub) Evins, III.

Those five members of the board referred to by Evins were elected in August 2014 and took office in September that year.

Teachers and Other School System Employees to Get State Funded Bonus

January 15, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page
Board Chairman W.J. (Dub) Evins, III

DeKalb County teachers and non-certified staff are getting a pay raise in the form of a 2% bonus thanks to an allocation of $276,000 in state funding to the school system.

The Board of Education Thursday night adopted a budget amendment to fund the bonuses, which will amount to $700 for every teacher or certified staff member and $250 per person for non-certified personnel. No local tax dollars are being used to fund it. The vote was 6-1 in favor. Board member Jerry Wayne Johnson voted no.

Board Chairman W.J. (Dub) Evins, III said under this plan everyone in the school system would get more money "Every penny that came in from the state has gone into this (bonus plan). There is no extra money to go into any other category. We're not going to do that. Instead of a straight pay raise, we're giving a bonus. If we were to put this in the form of a pay raise and next year our ADM (Average Daily Student Membership) were to go down and the state were to decide that we should get less money we would have to take a pay cut," said Evins.

Governor Bill Haslam promised almost $100 million for teacher pay in his annual State of the State address last January, and the legislature approved additional spending of just under $98 million in April as part of the state’s 2015-16 budget. The additional funding was billed as giving teachers a 4 percent teacher pay raise, although its impact would vary from district to district.

The State Board of Education last summer approved a new salary schedule intended to raise the minimum annual pay for Tennessee teachers by just under $1,000, but did not translate into an across-the-board 4 percent pay raise for all Tennessee teachers.

Officials with the board and the state Department of Education emphasized that the additional $98 million in state funds allocated for teacher salaries in this year's state budget was to provide districts with additional funding for teacher compensation. However, local districts have discretion over exactly how that money is spent on teacher compensation.

In other business, Director of Schools Patrick Cripps announced in his monthly personnel report that Mary Mathis has been hired as a custodian at DeKalb West School and Heather Shehane, a teacher at Smithville Elementary School, has been granted a leave of absence as requested.

Election Commission Issues Four More Petitions

January 14, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page

The DeKalb County Election Commission has issued petitions to four more persons this week for offices on the August ballot.

The latest to pick up qualifying papers are Jason Ray-Liberty Alderman for a four year position; Barry Mabe-School Board 5th District; Josh Miller-Smithville Alderman; and J.D. Bratten- Liberty Alderman for one year position.

Five petitions were issued last Friday including the following:

Kate Miller—School Board 4th District; W.J. (Dub) Evins—School Board 5th District; Doug Stephens—School Board 6th district; Shawn Jacobs—Smithville Aldermen; and Eddie Dwayne Blair—Liberty Alderman for a four year position.

Persons may qualify for School Board in the 4th, 5th, and 6th district, three aldermen positions in Smithville, a mayor and two aldermen in Dowelltown, four aldermen seats in Liberty and for State Representative in the 40th and 46th districts.

The qualifying deadline is NOON April 7.

The Biggest Loser Community Challenge

January 14, 2016

An exciting, national wellness initiative is launching across the country on February 15th and our community is invited to join the MOVEment! Saint Thomas DeKalb Hospital’s annual Weight Loss Challenge is partnering with the Smithville-DeKalb Chamber of Commerce to bring you the Biggest Loser Community Challenge. NBC and The Biggest Loser are launching The Biggest Loser Community Challenge for 2016. Teams of four are invited to join this eight-week, online health & wellness community challenge. The challenge is for people of all fitness levels and is designed to get the community moving, eating better and having fun!

You can sign up for the Biggest Loser Challenge online through January 31st, or sign-up at the event kick-off on Tuesday, January 26th at the DeKalb Community Complex Building anytime from 5pm to 7pm. Weigh-ins are optional, but will give you additional opportunities for cash and prizes. Although the Biggest Loser Challenge focuses on healthy changes, good eating habits, and getting fit, NBC is awarding 10,000 prizes at random for participating in the challenge, not for losing weight, while Saint Thomas DeKalb Hospital will be providing a local cash prize for the DeKalb County team that loses the highest weight loss percentage overall. So, whether you just want to get healthier or lose those extra pounds, there are great prize opportunities for everyone.

“We are proud to partner with NBC, the Biggest Loser, and our local Chamber of Commerce for this healthy community-wide event,” said Shan Burklow – Director of Marketing for Saint Thomas DeKalb and Stones River Hospitals, “After three years of hosting the Weight Loss Challenge, we are looking forward to continuing our mission of a healthier DeKalb as we work with our local Chamber of Commerce to add additional prizes to recognize the team that loses the most weight together. This is a fun and healthy way to get active and fit for 2016, and we encourage anyone to start a team and join the challenge. Be sure to weigh-in at the DeKalb County Complex anytime January 26 through January 31st to be eligible for the weight loss portion of this event.”

“Businesses are encouraged to register teams of employees to represent their company in the challenge, along with anyone in the community that would like to start a team,” said Suzanne Williams – Executive Director of the Smithville-DeKalb Chamber of Commerce, “For only $100 for a team of four ($25 per person), this exciting wellness opportunity is an affordable and fun way to kick start the new year for all of us looking to get fit and have a healthier year. Anyone with questions is welcome to call the Chamber anytime. We are here to help.”

Past contestants of The Biggest Loser will guide teams through eight weekly challenges. Challengers will also receive weekly motivation and nutrition tips from trainer, Dolvett Quince. Participants will earn points for each minute of activity they engage in, as well as additional points for completing weekly tasks and logging additional challenge activities designed to improve nutrition and overall wellness. Each participant will have access to their own private wellness account and mobile app, where they will journal challenge activities, access weekly health guidance and keep their eye on friends and competitors on live leaderboards.

Prize drawings will be made each week, with over 10,000 prizes to be won across the country!
More information, online registration and key dates can be found online at www.BiggestLoserCommunity.com

Healthy People. Healthy Companies. Healthy Communities!

Farm Service Agency County Committee Elections Held

January 13, 2016
by: 
Donny Green
Steve Officer

Donny Green, County Executive Director of the DeKalb/Cannon County Farm Service Agency, says the DeKalb/Cannon FSA County Committee met in regular session on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 to canvass and tabulate the ballots received in the 2015 Local Administrative Area (LAA) # 1 (DeKalb County) and LAA # 5 (Cannon County) County Committee Elections.

In the DeKalb County LAA # 1 election, Steve Officer was elected to serve as Committee Member. Randall West was elected as 1st Alternate Committeeperson and Bert Driver was elected as 2nd Alternate Committeeperson. In the Cannon County LAA # 5 election, Bob Melton was elected to serve as Committee Member, and Martin Daniel was elected to serve as 1st Alternate. All elected members began their terms on January 1, 2016.

The DeKalb/Cannon FSA County Committee met on January 12, 2016 to conduct its Organizational Meeting. The Committee selected Jack Campbell as the Chairperson, and Javin Fann as the Vice-Chairperson for 2016. R.V. Billings, Jr, Bob Melton, and Steve Officer serve as members of the Committee. The Committee meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 8:30 a.m. at the DeKalb/Cannon County USDA Service Center located at 647 Bright Hill Rd.

Green says that the DeKalb/Cannon FSA County Committee and office staff wishes to express their appreciation to voters in LAA’s # 1 and # 5 who participated in the elections by voting and returning their ballots. "The local County Committees are a very important part of Farm Service Agency's program delivery and administrative processes," added Green.

For more information about FSA's County Committees or other program inquiries, call 597-8225 (extension 2) or come by the DeKalb/Cannon County Farm Service Agency office at 647 Bright Hill Street in Smithville. You can also visit the agency’s web site at: www.fsa.usda.gov.

Two Smithville Police Officers Receive Commendations

January 13, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page
Mayor Jimmy Poss, Police Chief Mark Collins, Sergeant Brad Tatrow, and Alderman-Police Commissioner Jason Murphy
Mayor Jimmy Poss, Police Chief Mark Collins, Officer Joey Myers, and Alderman-Police Commissioner Jason Murphy

Two members of the Smithville Police Department have been commended for "Outstanding Service" in the line of duty.

Sergeant Brad Tatrow and Officer Joey Myers were recognized by Chief Mark Collins during a meeting of police department staff Tuesday evening at city hall. Mayor Jimmy Poss and Alderman and Police Commissioner Jason Murphy were also there for the occasion.

Sergeant Tatrow was commended for taking time to talk to a man he arrested. A conversation which caused the man to change his life. Officer Myers received a commendation for making motel accommodations for a homeless man.

Sergeant Tatrow's commendation reads " On behalf of the Smithville Police Department, I would like to commend you for making a difference in someone's life by taking the time to have a conversation with him.

On December 29, 2014 you arrested a man and while processing his paperwork you took the time to talk with him about the decisions he was making in his life. Because of that conversation his life has been changed forever and for the better.

You went above and beyond your duties to help a member of this community and gave him hope for his future. These are the qualities that this and other police departments around the country are looking for.

Thank you and congratulations on a job well done".

Officer Myers' commendation reads " On behalf of the Smithville Police Department, I would like to commend you for your compassion and understanding that you have shown to your fellow man.

On December 16, 2015 you came into contact with a homeless person at Wal-mart trying to find a warm and dry place until housing was available for him after the first of the year. After trying to locate accommodations for him and not being able to do so because of the late hour of the night, you rented this man a room for a week at a local motel.

You went above and beyond your duties to help a member of this community and gave him hope. These are the qualities that this and other police departments around the country are looking for.

Thank you and congratulations for a job well done"

The commendations to both officers were signed by Chief Collins, Mayor Poss, and Police Commissioner Murphy.

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