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Martin Riley Pleads Guilty to Burglaries

July 26, 2010
by: 
Dwayne Page
Martin Riley

A 44 year old man, charged in connection with a rash of break-ins late last summer in DeKalb County, pleaded guilty to four of those Friday in DeKalb County Criminal Court and received a six year sentence, to serve one year before being released to probation.

Judge David Patterson presided.

Martin Riley entered a guilty plea to four charges of aggravated burglary and received a three year sentence in each case. Three of the cases are to run concurrently with each other but consecutive to the fourth case for a total effective sentence of six years. Under terms of his sentence, Riley is to serve one year before being released to probation. The sentence is to run concurrently with his parole violation.

Riley must make restitution to the victims in six cases, amounts of which are yet to be determined. He was given jail credit from September 15th, 2009 to July 23rd, 2010

Last September, Sheriff Patrick Ray said Riley and his brother, Timothy Riley were believed to have been responsible for several burglaries and thefts in DeKalb and other counties.

According to Sheriff Ray, the Riley brothers didn't just allegedly steal small things, they also allegedly took large expensive household appliances. "We recovered all kinds of stainless steel refrigerators, stainless steel stoves, stainless steel freezers, radios, cd players, microwaves, toaster ovens, anything they could go into a house and get."

Sheriff Ray says the Riley's favorite targets were lake homes although they allegedly burglarized other residences as well "They would make entry into the houses, mostly lake homes, where people are not there everyday, push all these appliances up next to the door or on the front porch, and then they would go, get a vehicle, come back and load it all up, and sell it right then."

Cases against Riley's brother, Timothy Riley are apparently still pending in court.

Meanwhile, in other cases Friday 32 year old Samuel McClure pleaded guilty to two counts of theft under $500 and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days in each case to be served at 75% and then be on probation. The sentences are to run consecutive to each other for a total effective sentence of two years.

28 year old Chasity Phillips pleaded guilty to two counts of sale of a schedule II controlled substance and received a three year sentence in each case, all suspended to supervised probation except for 101 days to serve. She was given credit for time served. The sentences are to run concurrently. Phillips was fined $2,000 and she must undergo an alcohol and drug assessment and follow any recommended treatments. Phillips must also reimburse law enforcement for all drug buy money and perform 100 hours of community service work. She was given jail credit for 101 days served.

48 year old Virginia K. Jones pleaded guilty to three counts of sale of a schedule II controlled substance and received a sentence of three years in each case to run concurrently with each other. She was fined $2,000. Jones was given credit for time served and will serve the balance of her sentence on probation.

34 year old Andre R. Watson pleaded guilty to two counts of sale of a schedule II controlled substance and received a three year sentence to serve 120 days with the balance on probation. The sentences are to run concurrently. Watson must undergo an alcohol and drug assessment, pay a $2,000 fine, and perform 100 hours of community service. He must also reimburse for the drug buy money. Watson was given jail credit for 85 days served.

24 year old Corey R. Winchester pleaded guilty to two counts of sale of a schedule III controlled substance and received a two year sentence in each case, all suspended to supervised probation except for 120 days to serve. The sentences are to run concurrently with each other. Winchester must pay a $2,000 fine, perform 100 hours of community service work, and undergo an alcohol and drug assessment and follow any recommended treatment. He was given jail credit for 99 days served.

28 year old Elijah Arnold pleaded guilty to two counts of sale of a schedule II controlled substance. He received a three year sentence in each case, all suspended to supervised probation, except for 90 days to serve. The sentences are to run concurrently with each other. Arnold was fined $2,000 and he must undergo an alcohol and drug assessment and follow any recommended treatment. He must perform 100 hours of community service work. Arnold was given jail credit for 85 days served.

53 year old Billy Joe Rigsby pleaded guilty to sale of a schedule II controlled substance and received a three year sentence to serve 120 days. He was fined $2,000 and he must perform 100 hours of community service and reimburse $50 for drug buy money. He was given jail credit for 101 days and will be on probation for the balance of the sentence.

44 year old Tammy Miller pleaded guilty to sale of a schedule II controlled substance and violation of probation. Miller received a three year TDOC sentence in the drug case to serve at 30% with the balance on supervised probation. Her fine was $2,000. For the violation of probation, Miller is to serve 120 days consecutively with the drug case sentence. While on probation, Miller must perform 100 hours of community service and undergo an alcohol and drug assessment and follow all recommendations. She was given jail credit for 74 days served.

25 year old John B. Pedigo pleaded guilty to simple possession and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days on supervised probation. He must pay a fine of $250.

25 year old Joshua Rhyan Cripps pleaded guilty to having a prohibited weapon, simple possession, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days in each case. The two sentences in the drug cases are to run concurrently with each other but consecutive to the weapon case for a total effective sentence of two years. Cripps was given jail credit for 335 days served and was fined $250.

22 year old Silvia Hawkins pleaded guilty to a first offense of driving under the influence. She received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days all suspended to supervised probation, except for 48 hours to serve. Hawkins was given credit for time served and she must pay a fine of $360. She will also lose her license for one year.

36 year old Joel Trobaugh pleaded guilty to simple assault and a first offense of driving under the influence. He received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days in each case, all suspended to probation, except for 30 days. The sentences are to run concurrently. He was given jail credit for 30 days served.

25 year old Flint Wilson Gilley, II, charged with filing a false report, a first offense of driving under the influence and simple possession, and another DUI case entered guilty pleas under a negotiated settlement. He received a two year sentence in the filing a false report case and 11 months and 29 days to serve 48 hours in each of the other two cases. The sentences in the DUI cases are to run concurrently with each other but consecutive to the filing a false report case for a total effective sentence of three years.

Patterson Sentenced in Aggravated Assault Cases

July 26, 2010
by: 
Dwayne Page
Bransford (Brad) Lee Patterson

A 23 year old man who allegedly stabbed his wife and step-mother and assaulted his father before being shot himself in February was sentenced in DeKalb County Criminal Court Friday.

Bransford (Brad) Lee Patterson entered a plea by information to two counts of aggravated assault and received three years in each case.. The sentences are to run consecutive to each other for an effective sentence of six years. Patterson was given jail credit for 161 days served and must serve the balance of the first three years, then he will be on probation for the remaining three years.

The incident occurred on February 6th. Warrants taken against Patterson at the time alleged that he stabbed both his wife, Reba Patterson and his step-mother Lisa Patterson, with a knife causing them to be in fear of their lives. This occurred at their residence at 6270 Patterson Road in DeKalb County.

Another warrant alleged that Patterson assaulted his father, Shannon Patterson, by cutting him with a knife on his hand. This also occurred at their residence at 6270 Patterson Road.

According to Sheriff Patrick Ray, Brad Patterson had gotten into an argument with members of his family and stabbed the two females. Patterson then started beating one of the wounded females. In an attempt to get Patterson under control, another family member got a pistol and fired a warning shot. When that failed, the family member then shot Patterson one time and called central dispatch.

Patterson was airlifted to Vanderbilt Hospital where he was treated and later released. The others injured in the attack were treated and released at DeKalb Community Hospital.

Vinca Sentenced in Child Sex Crime

July 26, 2010
by: 
Dwayne Page
James Vinca

A 42 year old Smithville man received a five year sentence in DeKalb County Criminal Court Friday after pleading guilty to a charge of attempted aggravated sexual battery.

James Aaron Vinca was originally charged on August 18th, 2009 with having sexual contact with a four year old child.

The case went before the DeKalb County Grand Jury in April.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said at the time of Vinca's arrest that on July 17th, 2009 Vinca was accused of having unlawful sexual contact with the child at his residence. The child is a member of his family.

Criminal Court Judge David Patterson sentenced Vinca under a negotiated settlement to five years in the Tennessee Department of Corrections to be served at 30%. He must also comply with all requirements of the sex offender registry.

Vinca was given jail credit for 269 days served.

Early Voting Update

July 24, 2010
by: 
Dwayne Page

A total of 1,211 people have taken advantage of early voting for the August 5th elections through Friday. Saturday, July 31st is the last day for early voting at the courthouse.

One hundred forty one people voted on Friday, July 30th including 137 in person and four by absentee. Forty seven voters cast ballots in the Tennessee Republican Primary, 83 in the Tennessee Democratic Primary, and eleven voted only in the county general election. Two voted in the Dowelltown Municipal Election.

To date, 1,211 have voted including 453 in the Republican Primary, 682 in the Democratic Primary, 75 in the general election only, and eleven in the Dowelltown Municipal election.

Early Voting will be held Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on the first floor of the courthouse.

Meanwhile in the three counties of the 40th State Legislative District combined (Smith, DeKalb, and Macon), the first seven days of early voting through Friday, July 23rd reveal that 1,877 persons have voted in the Tennessee Republican Primary and 1,864 have cast ballots in the Tennessee Democratic Primary.

In the counties of the 17th State Senatorial District combined through Friday, July 23rd, a total of 6,234 have voted in the Tennessee Republican Primary and 4,490 in the Tennessee Democratic Primary.

Turnout by county through Friday, July 23rd is as follows:

Smith County:
680- Republican Primary
1,277- Democratic Primary

Macon:
997 -Republican Primary
305- Democratic Primary

DeKalb:
200-Republican Primary
282-Democratic Primary

Clay::
369 -Republican Primary
355- Democratic Primary

Cannon:
329- Republican Primary
349- Democratic Primary

Trousdale:
240- Republican Primary
442- Democratic Primary

Wilson:
2,706- Republican Primary
1,389- Democratic Primary

Sumner (Hendersonville precinct)
713- Republican Primary
91- Democratic Primary

Murfreesboro Man Caught Munching on Marijuana during Traffic Stop

July 24, 2010
by: 
Dwayne Page

A Murfreesboro man caught with marijuana during a traffic stop last Thursday, July 22nd apparently attempted to conceal it from police by trying to eat it.

Smithville Police say 19 year old Nathan Ray King was arrested by Officer David Phillips for simple possession after stopping King's vehicle for speeding. Deputy Houston Cantrell assisted in the traffic stop. While Officer Phillips was writing the citation, Deputy Cantrell saw King eating what appeared to be marijuana. Officers conducted a search of the vehicle and recovered approximately .3 grams of what is to be believed to be marijuana. Bond for King is $1,500 and his court date is August 12th.

Meanwhile, 38 year old Maria Kathleen Smith of 1001 Earl Avenue was cited for shoplifting on Friday, July 16th by Sergeant Joey Jones of the Smithville Police Department. Smith was observed by Wal-Mart employees taking items from the store. Her court date is July 22nd.

31 year old Sebrina Ann Lattimore and 72 year old Phyllis Angeline Thompson of 615 Foster Road were arrested by Officer David Phillips on Saturday, July 17th after he went to that address in answer to a complaint about a physical altercation. Upon arrival both women, Lattimore and Thompson claim they were assaulted. Bond for each is $1,500 and their court date is August 12th.

31 year old Michael Shone Saylors of 210 Village Place was arrested by K-9 Officer Bradley Tatrow on Monday, July 19th for possession of a schedule II controlled substance for resale and possession of drug paraphernalia. K-9 Officer Tatrow stopped a vehicle on North Congress Boulevard for a traffic violation and asked the driver, Saylors, to produce his license. He also asked Saylors if anything illegal was in the vehicle. Saylors handed over a case containing drug paraphernalia. K-9 Leo was deployed and indicated on the vehicle. Items found included a small altoid tin containing small baggies consistent with the sale of illegal narcotics. Also found in a camo bag was a small tin containing approximately 6 grams of a substance believed to be methamphetamine. Bond for Saylors is $4,500 and his court date is August 19th.

25 year old Josh Lynn McCowan, of 1121 Earl Avenue was arrested on Thursday, July 22nd for disorderly conduct. Sergeant Randy King was dispatched to that address to check out a possible intoxicated individual lying in the roadway and being loud. Upon arrival Sergeant King saw McCowan, who was intoxicated, on the porch of his residence. Sergeant King instructed McCowan several times to go back inside the home. McCowan eventually complied. As Sergeant King moved his patrol car, McCowan came back outside and began yelling obscenities at police and throwing items across the lawn. McCowan, who continued to yell as Sergeant King approached the residence, was arrested for disorderly conduct. His bond is $1500 and his court date is July 29th.

30 year old Russell Shannon Estes of Liberty was recently arrested by Corporal Travis Bryant for public intoxication. While in the General Sessions Court room, Corporal Bryant saw Estes approach the podium to speak with the judge. Corporal Bryant noticed that Estes' speech was slurred and he was unsteady on his feet. Estes returned to his seat where Corporal Bryant witnessed him going in and out of consciousness. Bond for Estes is $1,000 and his court date is August 5th.

Anyone having any information on crimes is asked to please contact the Smithville Police Department at 597-8210 or the Tip Line at 464-6046.

Any information received that will help Smithville Police solve any criminal offense will be greatly appreciated. All information is confidential.

Beasley Wins DeKalb Idol Competition

July 24, 2010
by: 
Dwayne Page
Jordan Beasley (left) and Shan Burklow

22 year old Jordan Beasley of Nashville was the winner of the DeKalb Idol competition held Friday night at the DeKalb County Fair in Alexandria.

Seventeen contestants competed for the title and Beasley was among the top six called back.

Brian Wyre received second place and Jaime Nokes came in third place. Noah Jones received the "People's Choice Award" and $100

As the winner of DeKalb Idol, Beasley received a $300 cash prize.

Shan Burklow and Josh Melton co-hosted the program which also featured a panel portraying American Idol judges Simon Cowell (Joseph Chandler), Paula Abdul (Amanda Stanley), and Kara Dioguardi (Victoria Tatrow)

This is the last night of the DeKalb County Fair for this year.

Fair goers are urged take the time to enjoy lots of delicious foods from the food booths and stop by to see the many commercial, agricultural, and women's exhibits.

The Kenneth Sandlin Center will be open from 4:00 p.m.. until 9:00 p.m.

Enjoy nightly entertainment at the Memory Lane Stage in Memory Village

Saturday Night July 24
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.- The Springs Band
7:45 p.m. - until- Lakeside Drive

The following events are scheduled:

Saturday, July 24th: Horseshoe Tournament at the Tot Kelly barn at 3:00 p.m.; Gospel singing at the Lions Club Pavilion at 6:00 p.m.; Super Tractor and Truck Pull at 7:00 p.m. at the T.C. McMillen Arena: and a $4000 cash giveaway at 9:30 p.m. in increments of $1,000 each

ALL NEW RIDES on the Midway will be provided by the Family Attractions Amusement Company. Unlimited rides will be available for $16.00.

Admission to the fair is $3.00 per person. Children age four and younger will be admitted free! Gates open at 4:00 p.m.. Parking is Free!

For more information, call 529-FAIR or visit on-line at www.dekalbcountyfair.us.

Proud Parents Show Off their Toddlers at DeKalb County Fair

July 23, 2010
by: 
Dwayne Page
Toddler Show Twin Winners

Winners of the annual Toddler Show were announced Friday evening at the DeKalb County Fair.

This year's recipients are as follows:

Twins (12 to 47 months)
Winners-Bryson and Brayden Lawson, the 19 month old sons of Tim and Christy Lawson of Smithville.
Runners-up- Jesse and Thomas Foutch, the 22 month old sons of Michael and Nocola Foutch of Liberty
(Click here to view video clip of demolition derby at the fair Friday)

Girls (13 to 18 months)
Winner- Jaycee Daley, the 15 month old daughter of Megan Linder of DeKalb County
Runner-up-Alexis Faith Reynolds, the 17 month old daughter of Keith Reynolds and Teesha Gibbs of Smithville

Boys (13 to 18 months)
Winner- Riley Wayne Wilson, the 14 month old son of Jennia Wilson of Dowelltown

Girls (19 to 24 months)
Winner- Kaylee Brooke Kent, the 23 month old daughter of Kevin and Beth Kent of Dowelltown
Runner-up- Sarah Olivia Jewel Grisham, the 24 month old daughter of Kevin and Amanda Grisham of Alexandria

Boys (19 to 24 months)
Winner- Jordan Reed Miller, the 23 month old son of Bradley and Lynn Miller of Smithville
Runner-up- Jacob Stewart, the 19 month old son of D.J. and Megan Stewart of Smithville.

Girls (25 to 30 months)
Winner- Isabella Faith Rackley, the 30 month old daughter of Gordon and Jessica Rackley of Smithville
Runner-up- McKenna Reece Miller, the 26 month old daughter of Christen Hale and David Miller of Dowelltown.

Boys (25 to 30 months)
No entries
(Click here to view video clip of Super Tractor Pull at the Fair)

Girls (31 to 36 months)
Winner- Carleigh Isabella Beckham, the 31 month old daughter of Nikki Beckham and Bryan Brannon of Smithville
Runner-up- Cadence Morgan Reynolds, the 34 month old daughter of David and Danielle Reynolds of Alexandria

Boys (31 to 36 months)
Winner- Jaxson Panker, the 31 month old son of Richard and Tonya Panker of Smithville
Runner-up- Skyler Chase Sullivan, the 35 month old son of Jamie and Charity Sullivan of Smithville..

Girls (37 to 47 months)
Winner-Lily Cantrell, the 37 month old daughter of Rocky and Andrea Cantrell of Smithville
Runner-up- Averie Nicole Agee, the 39 month old daughter of Joey and Casey Agee of Dowelltown.

Boys (37 to 47 months)
Winner- Garcin South, the 39 month old son of Amanda and Scott South of Smithville
Runner-up-Hunter Jackson Lawrence, the 42 month old son of Kendra and Benjamin Lawrence of Alexandria

(Pictured Above: Twins Winners-Bryson and Brayden Lawson (left) the 19 month old sons of Tim and Christy Lawson of Smithville. Runners-up- Jesse and Thomas Foutch (right), the 22 month old sons of Michael and Nocola Foutch of Liberty)

Proposed County Budget Includes Pay Raises for County Commissioners

July 23, 2010
by: 
Dwayne Page
Mike Foster

County commissioners may be getting a pay raise with the passage of the new county budget for the 2010-11 fiscal year that they themselves will be voting on next month.

The county's budget committee is recommending that the pay for each county commissioner be increased from $75 to $150 per regular meeting. The commissioners meet once per month in regular session for a total of twelve regular meetings per year. Under this proposal, each of the fourteen county commissioner's pay to attend regular meetings would increase from $900 to $1,800 per calendar year.

County commissioners are not to receive pay for any meetings they miss.

In addition to the pay hike for regular meetings, the budget committee is proposing that county commissioners who meet in committee receive a $35 increase in pay, going from the current $40 per meeting to $75 per meeting.

County Mayor Mike Foster says under state law, pay to each member for committee meetings must be at least half of what is paid to them for regular meetings.

Foster says he anticipates fewer committee meetings in the future now that the entire county commission usually meets once a month, a few days prior to the regular meeting, in an "ALL committee's meeting". "We also put in there (budget) if you come to an ‘ALL committee's meeting' you'll only be paid for one committee (meeting) even though you may serve on as many as six committees."

According to Foster, these proposed pay raises are to cover expenses of commissioners, going to and from meetings. "Some of the commissioners travel to and from here about thirty five to forty miles at times. We'll have one (member) now who will be traveling eighty miles. It's been put in there (budget) just to help cover their costs of coming to the meetings."

Foster added that commissioners would not be paid for attending ‘workshops'. "The ones (meetings) where they come and we talk for maybe three hours about taking something (an issue) to the full commission. That would be a committee meeting (where members would be paid). But if they're having a training session or an informational meeting or something like that, it would be a work session."

According to Foster, the rate of pay the county commissioners receive here is still much lower, even with the proposed increases, compared to many other counties. He says some counties pay their county commissioners as much as $400 per month.

Foster says the proposed pay hikes would take effect, September 1st if the budget is approved in August.

Meanwhile, the county budget committee has proposed giving full time county employees a $400 pay raise in the new budget for the year.

The county commission is expected to act on the proposed new budget during the August regular meeting, which has been rescheduled from August 23rd to August 10th at 6:30 p.m. at the courthouse.

Baby Show Winners Awarded at DeKalb County Fair

July 22, 2010
by: 
Dwayne Page
Baby Girl Winners (10-12 months)

Babies from one day to twelve months old were the center of attention during the annual Baby Show held Thursday evening at the DeKalb County Fair.

The winners are as follows:

Girls (1 day to 3 months)
Winner- Chloee Cantrell, the three month old daughter of Rocky and Andrea Cantrell.
Runner-up- Katelyn Elizabeth Brown, the two month old daughter of Robert and Sarah Brown.

Click here to view video clip of rodeo steer riding event at DeKalb County Fair Thursday

Boys (1 day to 3 months)
No entries

Girls (4-6 months)
Winner- AnnaLi Haynes, the five month old daughter of Cardelly Haynes
Runner-up- Liliana Faith Judkins, the five month old daughter of Will and Britni Judkins
Click here to view video clip of Tony Luna portraying Billy Ray Cyrus at Vintage Fashion Show Thursday

Boys (4-6 months)
Winner- Keaton Fish, the six month old son of Samantha Napier and Matthew Fish

Girls (7-9 months)
Winner- Jesse Nevaeh Sanders, the nine month old daughter of James and Misti Sanders
Runner-up- Jordyn Allison Agee, the nine month old daughter of Joey and Casey Agee

Boys (7-9 months)
Winner- Jaxsen Theryn Speaks, the nine month old son of Justin and Donna Speaks
Runner-up-Matthew Thomas Blankenship, the nine month old son of Jon and Samantha Blankenship.

Girls (10-12 months)
Winner- Lilly Grace Anderson, the ten month old daughter of Caitlin and the late PFC Billy Anderson.
Runner-up- Tatum Harper Reynolds, the ten month old daughter of David and Danielle Reynolds

Boys (10-12 months)
Winner- Preston Taylor, the eleven month old son of David and Susan Taylor
Runner-up- Justin Johnson, the twelve month old son of Brad and Nikki Johnson

(Pictured Above: Lilly Grace Anderson (left), the ten month old daughter of Caitlin and the late PFC Billy Anderson; and
Tatum Harper Reynolds (right), the ten month old daughter of David and Danielle Reynolds)
Click here to view video of Calf Roping Event at DeKalb Fair Rodeo Thursday

Two more nights remain of this year's DeKalb County Fair.

Enjoy nightly entertainment at the Memory Lane Stage in Memory Village

DeKalb County Fair Memory Lane Stage Line-Up:

Friday Night July 23
6:00 - 7:00 p.m- Terri Weaver
7:45 - 9:45 p.m- Jubal's Cry

Saturday Night July 24
6:30 - 7:30 p.m- The Springs Band
7:45 p.m - until- Lakeside Drive
Click here to view video clip of barrel racing at the DeKalb Fair Rodeo Thursday

The following events are scheduled:

Friday, July 23rd: Toddler Show at 6:00 p.m. followed by DeKalb Idol Final Competition at the Lions Club Pavilion; a Super Truck and Tractor Pull at 7:30 p.m. at the T.C. McMillen Arena; and a Demolition Derby at 7:00 p.m. at the Grandstand; $1000 cash giveaway at 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 24th: Horseshow Tournament at the Tot Kelly barn at 3:00 p.m.; Gospel singing at the Lions Club Pavilion at 6:00 p.m.; Super Tractor and Truck Pull at 7:30 p.m. at the T.C. McMillen Arena: and a $1000 cash giveaway at 9:30 p.m.

One thousand dollars in cash will be given away each night through Saturday at 9:30 p.m. at the Lion's Club Pavilion and you must be present to win. If no one presents the winning ticket within three minutes, the money will be saved and given away on Saturday night in increments of $1,000. Your fair admission ticket is your ticket for the cash drawing.

ALL NEW RIDES on the Midway will be provided by the Family Attractions Amusement Company. Unlimited rides will be available each night for $16.00.

Admission to the fair is $3.00 per person. Children age four and younger will be admitted free! Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Friday and at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. Parking is Free!

For more information, call 529-FAIR or visit on-line at www.dekalbcountyfair.us.

DeKalb Jobless Rate at 10.1% in June

July 22, 2010
by: 
Dwayne Page

DeKalb County's unemployment rate inched higher in June to 10.1%, up slightly from 9.9% in May, but down from 11.3% in June, 2009.

The local labor force for June was 9,760. A total of 8,770 were employed and 990 were without work.

Eleven Upper Cumberland counties had higher unemployment rates than DeKalb County in June.

Pickett- 13.9%
White- 12.8%
Clay- 12.5%
Van Buren- 12.5%
Jackson- 11.9%
Warren- 11.9%
Fentress- 11.7%
Overton- 11.1%
Cumberland- 10.7%
Macon- 10.6%
Smith- 10.3%
DeKalb- 10.1%
Cannon- 9.6%
Putnam- 9.5%

Tennessee's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for June was 10.1 percent, down three-tenth of a percentage point from the May rate of 10.4 percent. The national unemployment rate for June 2010 was 9.5 percent.

County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for June 2010, released today, show that the rate decreased in 17 counties, increased in 72 counties and remained the same in six counties.

Lincoln County registered the state's lowest county unemployment rate at 6.8 percent, up from 6.6 percent in May. Scott County had the state's highest unemployment rate at 20.9 percent, up from 19.6 percent in May, followed by Marshall County at 16.7 percent, up from 16.6 percent in May.

Knox County had the state's lowest major metropolitan rate of 7.8 percent, up from 7.7 percent in May. Davidson County was 9.1 percent, up from 8.9 percent in May. Hamilton County was 9.1 percent, up from 8.6 in May, and Shelby County was 10.6 percent, up from 10.0 in May.

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