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Former District Attorney General Bill Gibson Disbarred

March 27, 2009
Bill Gibson

Former District Attorney General William E. Gibson, a Cookeville attorney, was disbarred by Order of the Tennessee Supreme Court entered March 20, 2009.

He can no longer practice law.

According to a news release on the Tennessee Bar Association's web site, "By Judgment filed January 15, 2009, a three (3) member Hearing Panel found that Gibson, the former District Attorney for the 13th Judicial District, engaged in intentional conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation that seriously adversely reflected on his fitness to practice law."

Gibson's legal troubles began in September of 2006 when it was discovered that he had improperly counseled Chris Adams, a man that his office was prosecuting in a murder case.

He also improperly helped Tina Sweat, a young woman who had been convicted of meth and assault offenses, by getting her conviction reversed and removed from the record.

As a result of the allegations, Gibson's law license was suspended in the fall of 2006, forcing him to step aside as top prosecutor, and assistant DA Tony Craighead filled the vacancy in Gibson's absence.

Gibson was investigated by the TBI and the case was presented to a Putnam County grand jury but he was not indicted .

Last year, as the state legislature prepared to oust Gibson from office, he resigned. Crossville attorney Randy York was later appointed by Governor Phil Bredesen to fill Gibson's position as District Attorney General for the 13th Judicial District, which includes DeKalb County.

The news release states that "The Hearing Panel further found that Gibson, as an elected official holding a governmental position, knowingly misused and abused his position with the intent to obtain a significant benefit for another, and caused serious injury to the integrity of the legal process. The Hearing Panel found that while Gibson was the District Attorney, Gibson improperly communicated with Christopher Adams who was incarcerated and charged with first degree murder and other serious felonies.

Additionally, the Panel found that Gibson as a District Attorney influenced the outcome of the Adams prosecution, while misrepresenting the strength of the State's case to the family of the victim.

The Board of Professional Responsibility also charged Mr. Gibson with engaging in a conflict of interest in improperly assisting Tina Sweat in obtaining post-conviction relief. The Hearing Panel found that Gibson intentionally deceived the Court in the handling of the Tina Sweat Petition for Post-Conviction Relief and submission of an Order granting her request by making misrepresentations, improperly withholding material information, and causing a significant adverse effect on the legal proceeding.

The Hearing Panel found Gibson violated Rule of Professional Conduct 1.3 in Gibson's prosecution of Christopher Adams for first degree murder and by failing to act with reasonable diligence in representing the State of Tennessee in response to Tina Sweat's Petition for Post-Conviction Relief. Gibson violated Rule 1.6 by breaching confidentiality during Gibson's ongoing personal relationship with Adams and by Gibson's actions in Tina Sweat's Petition for Post-Conviction Relief. Gibson violated Rule 1.7 by engaging in a conflict of interest regarding the prosecution and post-conviction petition of Adams and the post-conviction of Sweat.

Gibson violated Rule 3.5 in his ex parte communications with Judge (Lillie Ann) Sells and Judge (John) Turnbull regarding the Sweat Petition for Post-Conviction Relief. Gibson violated Rule 4.1 by making dishonest and deceitful communications with the Court in the Sweat Petition for Post-Conviction Relief. Gibson violated Rule 4.2 by communicating with Christopher Adams and Tina Sweat, both of whom were represented by counsel. Gibson violated Rule 8.1 by misrepresenting the nature of his relationship with Tina Sweat to the Board of Professional Responsibility. Gibson violated Rule 8.4 by engaging in deceitful conduct in the Adams case and engaging in conduct in the Sweat case which was a misrepresentation to the Court and in both cases was prejudicial to the administration of justice.

On September 25, 2006, the Tennessee Supreme Court temporarily suspended Gibson's law license for posing a threat of substantial harm to the public based upon reports by Judge Leon Burns and attorney John Parsons concerning Gibson's actions in the Adams case. Gibson has remained temporarily suspended since the Supreme Court's September 25, 2006 Order.

Neither Gibson nor the Board of Professional Responsibility appealed the Hearing Panel's Judgment and by Order entered March 20, 2009, the Supreme Court accepted and adopted the Hearing Panel's Judgment disbarring Mr. Gibson."

DeKalb Population up by 7.3% since 2000 based on Census Estimates

March 26, 2009
by: 
Dwayne Page

DeKalb County's population is up by 7.3% since the last official census in 2000.

The latest U.S. Census Bureau calculations show that the 2008 estimated population of DeKalb County is 18,694, up from 17,423 in 2000.

Henry Bowman, analyst of the Upper Cumberland Development District says this rate of growth in DeKalb County is "fairly typical for a small Upper Cumberland County."

Bowman says the Census Bureau will release more estimates later in the year on population by race, Hispanic origin, and age. " I can understand how they determine the age, but I don't see how they can come up with a reasonable estimate in the local area for the Hispanic population, but we suspect it's increasing although there is some evidence that the rate of growth, at least nationwide has slowed down because of the economic slowdown. When they do issue the estimates by age group, they will have a pretty good handle on the age 65 plus population and how it's changed because they use Medicare records to estimate that. And in places like DeKalb County, there's a good bit of seasonal housing I suspect because of the lake development. Some people don't really live there (DeKalb County) year round. They are here parts of the year and not here other parts of the year. We certainly see that in a major way in Cumberland County. So a lot of this depends on the time of year that these population estimates are made or do the census either for that matter."

Although the next official census is not until 2010, Bowman says population estimates are made regularly based on Medicare records and exemptions on personal income tax returns. "They divide it into two population groups, those age 65 and over and those under age 65. For those 65 and over, they use Medicare records and that's practically universal. You should be able to get a good handle on that. For those who are under 65, they look at exemptions claimed on personal income tax returns"

Most counties in the Upper Cumberland realized population gains since 2000, but Bowman said a few of the more rural counties actually showed a decline in population. But, because those counties may have been more affected by the downturn in the economy, the population estimates there may not be totally accurate. " When to the extent that job losses in a given county exceed the national average, it tends to understate the population growth because people aren't required to file income tax returns who may have been in the past because they have lost income and no longer have to file so there's a little downward bias there in counties that have been hard hit by economic slowdown. That seems to be the case with counties in the Upper Cumberland that are showing a population decline, Clay and Jackson in particular, Van Buren to a lesser extent, and Pickett. I know there have been major job losses in those counties so that may be a factor but we don't really have any way of knowing for sure."

Meanwhile, the latest estimates, based on 2008 data, for the other Upper Cumberland counties are as follows:

* Cannon, 13,804, up from 12,826 in 2000; Clay, 7,794, down slightly from the 7,976 counted in 2000; Cumberland, 53,590, up from 46,802. DeKalb, 18,694, up from 17,423 in 2000; Fentress, 17,667, up from 16,625 in 2000; Jackson, 10,847, down slightly from 10,984 in 2000;

* Macon, 21,836, up from 20,386 in 2000; Overton, 20,975, up from 20,118; Pickett, 4,801, down slightly from 4,945 in 2000; Putnam, 71,160, up from 62,315; Smith, 19,107, up from 17,712; Van Buren, 5,481, down slightly from 5,508; Warren, 39,842, up from 38,276; White, 25,129, up from 23,102.

The total population of the Upper Cumberland region as of 2008 was estimated at 330,729, up from the 304,998 recorded at the 2000 census.

DeKalb Jobless Rate for February Climbs to 11.5%

March 26, 2009
by: 
Dwayne Page

The DeKalb County unemployment rate rose to 11.5% in February, up from 10.9% in January and significantly higher than 5.5% in February, 2008.

The local labor force for February was 9,800. A total of 8,670 were employed and 1,130 were unemployed.

Tennessee's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for February is at 9.1 percent, 0.5 percentage point higher than the January rate of 8.6 percent. The United States unemployment rate for the month of February was 8.1 percent.

County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for February show that the rate increased in 63 counties, decreased in 29 counties and remained the same in three counties.

Williamson County registered the state's lowest county unemployment rate at 6.2 percent, down from 6.8 percent in January. Perry County had the state's highest unemployment rate at 24.1 percent, down from 27.3 in January, followed by Scott County at 18.1 percent, up from 17.7 percent in January.

Knox County had the state's lowest major metropolitan rate of 7.2 percent, up 0.6 percentage point from the January rate. Davidson County was 7.5 percent, up 0.6 from the previous month. Hamilton County was at 7.9 percent, up 0.6 percentage point from the January rate, and Shelby County was 8.6 percent, up from the January rate of 8.5 percent.

New Show to Spotlight Local Artistic Community

March 26, 2009

Starting in April, WJLE will begin airing a new program, the first dedicated to the arts community that thrives, often out of site, within DeKalb County and the surrounding area.

Off The Beaten Path will air the first Thursday of each month at 8:30 am.

The show is named for the area’s affiliation of professional artists who sponsor the popular Off The Beaten Path studio tour each fall. Group members have received national and international recognition for the outstanding quality of their creations in a range of media.

Each episode will be hosted by writer Mike Antoniak and feature interviews and profiles of these artists and their work, with other items of interest. “Earlier this year the Off The Beaten Path members asked me to work with them to promote this year’s 10th anniversary tour,” says Antoniak.

“I approached Dwayne Page about the possibility of doing a radio show celebrating the creative community here, and want to thank WJLE for generously making this time slot available.”
In addition to airing on WJLE, episodes of Off the Beaten Path, and extended interviews, will eventually be available online as podcasts. Details to come.

For more information on the group, its activities and fall tour, visit www.offthebeatenpathtour.com.

UCHRA to Receive $2.4 Million in Summer Youth and Adult Training Dollars

March 26, 2009
UCHRA Officials

“The Economic Stimulus Package will provide approximately $2.4 million to the Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency for the purpose of providing services to youth, adults, and dislocated workers. According to the analysis of unemployment numbers across the nation, youth and young adults are among the hardest hit. Youth needing work will be receiving pay checks, works sites for these youth such as units of local government, school systems and other local entities will get much needed help. The Agency welcomes the opportunity to help the residents of the Upper Cumberland as they are faced with and work through a most difficult economic time, a win/win for the area”, stated Phyllis Bennett, Executive Director, Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency.

The Human Resource Agency’s $1.2 million summer youth program will serve approximately 710 individuals, ages 14 through 24, with the activities beginning in late May and going through July. The Agency is projecting that approximately 280 of the participants will be involved in classroom activities such as science and technology. “The summer youth program will provide an opportunity to make money to buy clothes and school supplies and/or receive training. Becoming a part of the workforce will allow the participants to learn good work ethics. Our communities will benefit from the youth having spending monies which will stimulate the local economy,” Bennett stated.

The Human Resource Agency is working with the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development to develop the implementation plans for the workforce programs in the Economic Stimulus Package. In addition to the $1.2 million Summer Youth Program, the Agency will be getting approximately $480,000 for additional services for adults in job training programs, and $684,000 for services for dislocated workers. Monies for adult and dislocated workers will be used to provide training, targeting unemployed and individuals that have lost their jobs due to plant closures or lay offs.

“In the past, funding was available for the Summer Youth Employment Program which was a successful and popular program in all of the counties. The Human Resource Agency is fortunate that funding has been restored to offer these programs and to have experienced staff that has been involved in planning and administering the program. Based on past experience in youth programs, it is apparent that programs of this nature make a difference in the lives of participants,” stated Pat Callahan, Employment and Training Director, Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency.

At a recent meeting of the Board of Directors of the Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency, Board Chairman Mike Foster stated, “the Economic Stimulus Package will give the counties immediate assistance as well as make a difference for years to come. Youth, adults, and dislocated workers will receive services that will improve their chances for employment and financial assistance.”

Applications for the Summer Youth Program in the 12 county areas will begin April 16th. “Services made available through the Economic Stimulus Package will bring relief to the current economic crunch for the residents of our cities and county. We encourage interested individuals to contact their DeKalb County UCHRA office located at 527 West Main Street in Smithville - (615) 597-4504 or the Upper Cumberland Career Center located at 3300 Williams Enterprise Drive in Cookeville – (931)-520-8733,” stated Mike Foster, DeKalb County Executive, and Taft Hendrixson, Mayor of Smithville.

(Pictured in photo-UCHRA officials review the Summer Youth and Adult Employment and Training opportunities. Pictured seated, from left to right: Brock Hill, Cumberland County Mayor and UCHRA Finance Committee Chairman; Phyllis Bennett, UCHRA Executive Director; Mike Foster, DeKalb County Executive and UCHRA Chairman of the Board of Directors; Kenneth Copeland, Overton County Mayor and UCHRA Manpower Committee Chairman – standing, from left to right: Taft Hendrixson, Mayor of Smithville and UCHRA Manpower Committee Member; and Pat Callahan, UCHRA Employment and Training Director.)

Three Vehicles involved in Rear End Collision

March 25, 2009
by: 
Dwayne Page
1999 Toyota Corolla Driven by Sylvia Jean Young Rear-Ended
 1993 Ford F150 driven by William Travis Malone Rear-Ended
2003 Chevy Blazer driven by James Willard Stamps involved in Rear-End collision

Three vehicles were involved in a traffic accident around 4:10 p.m.Wednesday afternoon on Highway 70 east near Lake Motel.

Trooper Dewaine Jennings of the Tennessee Highway Patrol says 27 year old William Travis Malone of Liberty, driving east on Highway 70 in a 1993 Ford F150, had stopped in his lane of travel to make a left turn into a private drive. Malone's wife, 34 year old Sharon Malone was a passenger.

Behind the Malone's, was an eastbound 1999 Toyota Corolla, driven by 48 year old Sylvia Jean Young of Sparta.

Following behind Young was an eastbound 2003 Chevy Blazer, driven by 58 year old James Willard Stamps of Sparta.

According to Trooper Jennings, both Malone and Young had stopped in their lane of travel but Stamps failed to slow to a stop and rear-ended Young's car, and the impact forced her vehicle into the rear of Malone's truck. Young's car went off the roadway to the right.

Stamps was cited for failure to exercise due care and violation of the financial responsibility law (no insurance) He was not injured.

Malone was not injured but he was cited for failure to carry or exhibit a driver's license. Mrs. Malone refused transport by ambulance to the hospital, but was later taken by private vehicle to UMC Medical Center in Lebanon for treatment.

Young was transported by DeKalb EMS to the White County Hospital.

Alexandria Aldermen Take Action to Regulate Parking on City Streets

March 25, 2009
by: 
Dwayne Page

The Alexandria City Council Tuesday night adopted on first reading regulations regarding parking on city streets.

The ordinance reads as follows" Whereas, the Town of Alexandria regulates the parking within the city limits; and

Whereas, there is no current code or ordinance regarding parking in the middle of the street.

Now, therefore, be it ordained by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen of the Town of Alexandria that the Alexandria Municipal Codes is hereby added to as follows:

Section 1. Section 15-613: Stopping, standing, or parking on roadway. Upon any street or highway no person shall stop, park, or leave standing any vehicle, whether attended or unattended, upon the roadway or street, but in every event an unobstructed width of the highway opposite a standing vehicle shall be left for the free passage of other vehicles and a clear view of such stopped vehicle shall be available from a distance of 200 feet in each direction upon such highway.

Section 15-614. Obstructing traffic. No person shall park any vehicle upon a street in such a manner or under such conditions as to leave available less than ten feet of the width of the roadway for free movement of vehicular traffic.

Section 15-615. Parking on narrow streets.

(a). The city manager or his designee is hereby authorized to erect signs indicating no parking upon any street when the width of the roadway does not exceed 20 feet, or upon one side of a street when the width of the roadway does not exceed 30 feet.

(b) When official signs prohibiting parking are erected upon narrow streets as authorized in this section, no person shall park a vehicle upon any such street in violation of any such sign."

Second and final reading action will be held at the April meeting.

GED Classes Available in DeKalb County

March 25, 2009
by: 
Dwayne Page
Betty Hickey

Interested in obtaining a GED?

A GED program is offered free in DeKalb County to anyone age eighteen or older. The classes meet at Northside Elementary School and are taught by Betty Hickey and volunteers Tom Werling, Tina Evans and her daughter Kim.

Hickey says the GED classes meet on Monday and Wednesday at Northside Elementary School starting at 4:00 p.m. "I'd like to thank Mrs Gayle Redman for giving us a home because we actually don't have a home in DeKalb County or a phone number. We get a lot of phone calls to our central office and to my home phone, but she has given us a home there and we appreciate that."

"We have open enrollment. That means we accept people all year long from August when we start until the end of June. We shut down during the month of July. All of our classes are free because we are considered public education but the testing center charges a fee of $55.00 and you have to go to McMinnville or Cookeville to take your test. The Smithville Rotary Club and DeKalb Community Bank helps with this fee and right now the state pays $35.00 on this fee."

"When you come, the first thing we do is give a test. That test gives us a grade level in reading, math, and English. From there, we can work with you, one on one, because our classes are usually pretty small. After we get your grade levels, then we can help you one on one with the areas you are low in until you are ready to go take your exam. The areas that you are tested in are science, social studies, reading, math, and English, which includes an essay. One good thing about the test is that you can go take your exam and you don't have to pass all subjects at once. You can pass what you can, come back to us, and we'll help you through the areas that you may be having more difficulty in."

"I love to call them (students) my second chancers because they are given a second chance. They realize their mistake and they are so thankful and appreciative for classes that give them an opportunity to start over again. We have a lot of students who come back and thank us after getting their GED. It's just a rewarding thing to teach. This year, I guess because of the economy, we have doubled in size. We have about 20 students per night now in our program. They are afraid that if they lose their job at the factory that they can't get another one unless they have a diploma, so our classes have just about doubled in size this year."

Hickey says persons younger and older have taken advantage of this program. "We get a lot of people who have just turned 18. Our oldest student was 65. We have students of all ages."

"I also want to thank my three volunteers, Mr. Tom Werling, who is the 2008 Volunteer of the Year in the GED program, Mrs. Tina Evans and her daughter Kim."

For more information call 597-5404.

Bennett, Denman, Curtis claim DCHS Basketball MVP awards

March 24, 2009
by: 
Dwayne Page
(Front) Victoria Bennett, Payne Denman, Alison Curtis (Back) Shelia and Chad Kirby
(Front) J.J. Herriott, Jeff Miller, Hunter Stewart (Back) Hunter Poteete, Abram Edwards, Seth Willoughby, Payne Denman
(Front) Katy England, Elicia Cantrell, Victoria Bennett, Morgan Page (Back) Cynthia Woodward, Martha Webb, Alex Meadows, Mackenzi Gibson
(Front) Ashlee Whitehead, Jessica Cook, Amanda Ours (Back) Alison Curtis, Kendra Foutch, Rosemary Apple
Jathan Willoughby Best Fan Award Winner with Coach Lynus Martin

Victoria Bennett and Payne Denman were named 2009 DCHS basketball Most Valuable Players, Tuesday night, at the annual team banquet, while Alison Curtis was selected as Most Valuable Cheerleaders. The awards were presented by Chad Kirby of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home, in memory of his late grandfather, Allen D. Hooper, whom the MVP and MVC awards are named after.

Bennett was the lone senior member of the Lady Tiger basketball team this past season, while Denman was a junior guard for the Tigers and also a member of the All-District 7-AA Second Team. Curtis, meanwhile, was one of three seniors on the DCHS Basketball Cheerleading squad, all of which were members of three State Cheerleading Championships in the last four years.

Curtis also received the Captain Award, along with fellow seniors, Jessica Cook and Rosemary Apple. Apple was also the recipient of the Scholar Athlete award, while Cook received the award for Best Jumps. Other individual cheerleading awards went to Ashlee Whitehead (Most Improved), Kendra Foutch (Gymnastics) and Amanda Ours (The Tiger Spirit Award).

Other Lady Tiger basketball awards were as follows:

Best Offensive Player/Best Ball Handler/Best Free Throw Shooter - Cynthia Woodward

Best Defensive Player - Morgan Page

Best Sixth Man - Nikki Bass

Best Rebounder/Most Improved - Martha Webb

Best Passer - Kristina Stephens

Best Attitude - Elicia Cantrell

Best Practice Player - Mackenzi Gibson

Hardest Worker/Most Coachable - Katy England

Best Newcomer - Alex Meadows

For the Tigers, Denman was also the recipient of the Best Offensive Player, Best Ball Handler, Best Free Throw Shooter and Smartest Player honors. Other Tiger awards were as follows:

Best Defensive Player/Hustle Award - Hunter Poteete

Best Passer/Most Improved - Abram Edwards

Best Athlete - Seth Willoughby

Best Rebounder - J.J. Herriott

Best Sixth Man - Hunter Stewart

Best Attitude - Cody Atnip

Best Practice Player - Jeff Miller

Seth Willoughby, J.J. Herriott and Jeff Miller were also recognized for being named All-District Honorable Mention, while Poteete was honored for making the All-Region team.

Players for both the Tigers and Lady Tigers, respectively, voted on the team awards. The awards were presented by each team's coach.

Meanwhile, Jathan Willoughby was named the Tiger basketball Fan of the Year, and received a plaque in recognition of his dedication to the program. He was presented the award by Tiger junior, Hunter Poteete.

The annual DCHS basketball banquet was held, Tuesday night, at the Smithville First United Methodist Church Christian Fellowship Center.

Robinson Gets Judicial Diversion in Drug Case

March 24, 2009
by: 
Dwayne Page
Mark (Truck) Robinson
Sari Bailey

41 year old Mark Randall (Truck) Robinson pleaded guilty in DeKalb County Criminal Court Monday to possession of a schedule IV controlled substance for resale, sale of a schedule IV, and conspiracy to sell a schedule IV controlled substance.

David Patterson was the presiding judge.

Robinson, facing a four year sentence in the possession and sale cases and a two year sentence in the conspiracy case, was granted judicial diversion for a period of four years. All the sentences are to run concurrently with each other and be suspended, if he meets all conditions of his probation. The case is also to run concurrently with the sentence against him in Cannon County.

Robinson must make restitution of $40 to the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office, restitution to the TBI in an amount to be determined, and he must make a $2,000 contribution to the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department drug fund. The restitution is to be paid jointly and severally with the co-defendant in the case, Kyra Robinson, his ex-wife.

Mark Robinson was indicted in April, 2008 for sale and delivery of a schedule IV controlled substance (Xanax), and conspiracy to sell a schedule IV controlled substance (Xanax) following an undercover investigation by the Sheriff's Department. Ms. Robinson was also indicted last April for conspiracy to sell a Schedule IV controlled substance (Xanax).

In December, 2007, the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department executed a search warrant at the home of Mark Robinson. Sheriff Patrick Ray said at the time that officers made at least one drug buy from the residence and during the search, they found 193 Xanax pills, 203 empty prescription bottles with numerous individuals' names on them, hemostats, rolling papers, roach clips, syringes, and a pill grinder.

The Robinson's were later charged in a Cannon County drug case, stemming from the local investigation.

Meanwhile, a former loan officer of 3-D Financial in Smithville appeared in criminal court Monday.

54 year old Sari S. Bailey, charged with eighteen counts of forgery and one count of theft over $1,000, was granted pre-trial diversion under a memorandum of understanding for a period of one year. She must pay restitution in the amount of $2,893 to 3D Financial; make a $250 payment to the economic crime fund, to be paid through the Circuit Court Clerk's Office by August 25th; and perform 40 hours of community service work.

Bailey was accused of issuing $4,100 in loans, using the names and personal information of previous 3-D Financial customers without their knowledge, and keeping the money for herself. She also allegedly forged a company check and passed it at a local bank for $1,500 and kept the money.

Smithville Police Chief Richard Jennings, who investigated the case, says with each fraudulent loan issued, Bailey would apparently use the funds from it to either pay off or make a payment on the previous loan.

Bailey allegedly forged loan agreements using the names of six different persons in amounts of $100, $200, and $300 on seventeen occasions from April 27th, 2007 to October 30th, 2007.

The investigation began during the fall of 2007 after the office manager of 3-D Financial reported to police that three company checks were missing and that one of them had been cashed for $1,500 but the money was not returned. Chief Jennings says the fraudulent loan scheme was uncovered as a result of that investigation.

The indictment alleged that on and between April, 2007 and October, 2007, Bailey did forge and pass one check and seventeen loan agreements with a total net loss of approximately $2,893 on accounts with the intent to deprive 3-D Financial of said property, constituting the offense of theft over $1,000.

In other cases, 32 year old Toni Jo Cummings pleaded guilty to burglary and received a three year sentence, all suspended to DOC probation. The sentence is to run consecutive to a case against her in Cannon County. She must pay $150 to the economic crime fund.

28 year old Amanda Bain Hicks pleaded guilty to casual exchange and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days, all suspended to supervised probation. The sentence is to run consecutive to sentences in two other cases against her. Her probation will be supervised by CPS. Hicks must pay a $50 fine, make $75 restitution to the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department, perform 100 hours of community service work; and she must undergo an alcohol and drug assessment and comply with any recommendations.

51 year old Marty Paul Neal pleaded guilty to a first offense of driving under the influence and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days, all suspended except for ten days to serve on weekends. Neal will be on supervised probation with CPS. He will lose his license for one year, pay a fine of $365, complete an alcohol safety education program, and complete an alcohol and drug assessment and follow any treatment recommendations.

24 year old Donald Richard Atnip, Jr. pleaded guilty to theft over $1,000 and received a four year sentence in the Tennessee Department of Corrections as a range II offender. The sentence is to run consecutive to a Warren County case against him and he must pay restitution in the amount of $500 to the victim.

39 year old Royce Avon Foster pleaded guilty to burglary and theft over $1,000 and received a three year sentence in each case in the Tennessee Department of Corrections as a range I offender. The sentences will run concurrently with each other but consecutive to a parole violation sentence against him. He must pay $75 restitution to the victim. There will be no fine or community service.

21 year old Ryan Herron pleaded guilty to criminal attempt to hinder a secured creditor. He received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days, all suspended. He will be on probation and must pay $150 to the economic crime fund and make restitution of $2,698.

45 year old Monty Slatten pleaded guilty to theft over $1,000 and received a three year sentence, all suspended to community corrections. The sentence is to run consecutive to a White County case against him. He must make a $150 contribution to the economic crime fund and pay restitution of $7,500 to the victim.

42 year old Lisa M. Pyles pleaded guilty to theft under $500 and simple possession. She received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days in each case to run concurrently with each other and all suspended to CPS probation on Judicial Diversion. Pyles must pay $75 to the economic crime fund and perform 25 hours of community service work..

36 year old Kenneth T. Bond, charged with promotion of methamphetamine, possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, was granted pre-trial diversion under a memorandum of understanding for a period of two years. He must pay a fine of $2,000 to the DeKalb County Drug Fund; make a $100 payment to the economic crime fund, to be paid through the Circuit Court Clerk's Office by March 22nd, 2011; perform 40 hours of community service work; and undergo an alcohol and drug assessment and successfully complete all recommendations.

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