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Taylor Takes Little Miss Title

March 27, 2010
Dwayne Page
Little Miss Kenlee Renae Taylor
Little Miss Kenlee Renae Taylor and Runners-up
Miss Manners Kennedy Grace Polk and Miss Photogenic Madison Rae Rackley-

Four year old Kenlee Renae Taylor of Smithville is the 2010 Little Miss of the annual spring pageant sponsored by the Smithville Women's Club.

She was crowned Saturday night at DCHS.

Taylor, daughter of Cindy and Ken Taylor, succeeds the retiring Little Miss, Christina Howard of Smithville, the six year old daughter of Allison and Kevin Howard.

Six year old Lexie Thomas of Smithville, daughter of Shaina Keaton and Chase Thomas, was named first runner-up.

Second runner-up went to Madison Rae Rackley of Smithville, the six year old daughter of Jessica and Gordon Rackley. She was also the pageant's Miss Photogenic.

Third runner-up was Ellie Cripps of Smithville, the six year old daughter of Troy and Jamie Cripps.

Four year old Elaina Bryce Turner of Smithville was fourth runner-up. She is the daughter of Regina and Shane Turner.

Fifth runner-up went to Rainey Tiner of Smithville, the five year old daughter of Margie Tiner.

Rounding out the top fifteen in no particular order are five year old Madelyn Rose Ray, daughter of Melissa and Melvin Ray of Smithville; six year old Caitlyn Rene Harwell, daughter of Jaya and Jerry Harwell of Smithville; six year old Ellie Elizabeth Webb, daughter of Cindy and C.D. Webb of Dowelltown; five year old Hailey Palk, daughter of Tabitha and Jamey Palk of Smithville; six year old Lindsey Kristen Hutchins, daughter of Laura and Jerry Hutchins, Jr. of Smithville; five year old Addison Jean Puckett, daughter of Anita and Jimmy Puckett of Smithville; five year old Kyleigh Breanne Hill, daughter of Colleen Clary and Kyle Hill of Smithville; five year old Lindsey Faye Nokes, daughter of Amanda Stephens and Toby Nokes of Smithville; and five year old Addison Roller, daughter of Chana and John Roller of Smithville.

Kennedy Grace Polk of Smithville was named Miss Manners. She is the six year old daughter of Kerry and Chad Polk.

The pageant featured thirty six contestants.

(Top Photo: Little Miss Kenlee Renae Taylor)

(Second Photo from Top: Left to Right- Fourth runner-up Elaina Bryce Turner; Second runner-up Madison Rae Rackley; Little Miss Kenlee Renae Taylor; First runner-up Lexie Thomas; Third runner-up Ellie Cripps; and Fifth runner-up Rainey Tiner)

(Bottom Photo: left to right- Miss Manners Kennedy Grace Polk and Miss Photogenic Madison Rae Rackley)

Trapp Wins Little Mister Pageant

March 27, 2010
Dwayne Page
Little Mister Anthony Gage Trapp
Little Mister Anthony Gage Trapp and Runners-up
Mister Manners Ethan Carter
Mister Photogenic Kolter Garrett Kilgore

Six year old Anthony Gage Trapp of Smithville was crowned Little Mister of the annual spring pageant held Saturday at DeKalb County High School sponsored by the Smithville Women's Club.

Trapp is the son of Amanda and Tony Trapp of Smithville. He succeeds the 2009 Little Mister Dexton Bradley Emberton of Smithville, son of Brandi and Travis Johnson and Steve Emberton.

Six year old Kobbe Braden Clary of Smithville was named first runner-up in the pageant. He is the son of Brooke and David Clary of Smithville.

Ethan Carter of Smithville was the second runner-up. He also received the title of Mr. Manners. Carter is the six year old son of Emily Funk and Terry Carter.

Third runner-up went to Kaden Nathaniel Trapp of Dowelltown, the four year old son of Melissa Hart and Nathan Trapp.

Adan Ramirez of Smithville was fourth runner-up. He is the four year old son of Carelis Haynes and Roel Ramirez.

Five year old Kolter Garrett Kilgore of Smithville was selected as Mr. Photogenic. He is the son of Ginda and John Kilgore.

The pageant featured eight little boys. Others in the pageant were Zakkary Hamilton of Smithville, the six year old son of Christy and Scott Hamilton; and Brayden Seth Creek of Dowelltown, the five year old son of Luanne and Barnie Creek.

(Top photo: Little Mister Anthony Gage Trapp)

(Second Photo from Top: Left to Right- Fourth runner-up Adan Ramirez, Second runner-up Ethan Carter, Little Mister Anthony Gage Trapp, First runner-up Kobbe Braden Clary, and Third runner-up Kaden Nathaniel Trapp)

(Third Photo from Top: Mister Manners Ethan Carter)

(Bottom Photo: Mister Photogenic Kolter Garrett Kilgore)

Smithville Police Make Two Arrests in Theft Case

March 27, 2010
Dwayne Page
Gregory Eugene Neal
Desiree Ferrell

Smithville Police have made two arrests in a recent theft investigation.

40 year old Gregory Eugene Neal and 34 year old Desiree N Ferrell of 427 Morgan Street were arrested on Tuesday, March 23rd for theft over $500. Officer Matt Farmer was dispatched to 300 Wade Street to take a report concerning a theft. According to Chris Cantrell and Stacy Campbell someone had broken into the residence and several items were taken. A fire had occurred there on Friday morning and they had been staying elsewhere. When Cantrell returned home on Monday, March 22nd, he noticed that someone had apparently entered the residence through a window. Later that day, Officer Farmer and Sergeant Randy King went to 427 Morgan Drive concerning a complaint of possible drug activity. Officers saw Greg Neal in the yard by his truck and asked if they could go inside and talk. Desiree Ferrell was also at the residence. Neal was informed that an anonymous tip had been received concerning drug activity occurring at his residence. Both Neal and Ferrell stated that there was nothing going on and the officers could look anywhere they wanted. While walking through the residence, Officer Farmer saw some items believed to have been be stolen from the residence at 300 Wade Street. Both Neal and Ferrell were asked about the items but claimed they had received these items in return for payment of money owed to them. Two TV's and a VCR were confiscated and taken to the Smithville Police Department. The victims were contacted and identified the items as some of the stolen property. Neal and Ferrell were arrested for theft. Bond for them was set at $5,000 each and their court date is April 22nd.

39 year old Rafael Luevano Castorena of 650 Cecil Hale Road and 33 year old Juan Lucio Galvan of 2663 Short Mountain Highway were arrested on Saturday, March 20th for public intoxication. Sergeant Joey Jones was dispatched to the area of Morgan Drive and Gentry Street to check out a suspicious vehicle. Upon arrival he noticed a maroon mini van parked on the corner. A man was inside in the passenger seat. He was passed out and the driver side door was open. Sergeant Jones made contact with the driver, Castorena, who had gone into the apartments at this location. Castorena said he was there to visit a friend. Castorena had a strong odor of beer on his person and he was unsteady on his feet. Officer Scott Davis, who was assisting Sergeant Jones, made contact with Galvan, the man who was passed out in the passenger seat of the mini van. Galvan had an open beer between his legs. Officer Davis awoke Galvan. His speech was slurred and his eyes were watery and blood shot. Galvan was also unsteady on his feet and he could not provide his address. Due to the their intoxication level, both Castorena and Galvan were placed under arrest for public intoxication. Bond for both was set at $1,000 and their court date is April 1st.

Meanwhile, anyone having any information on the following offense is asked to please contact the Smithville Police Department at 597-8210 or the Tip Line at 464-6046.

On Friday, March 19th Officer Scott Davis was dispatched to 920 South Mountain Street, Lot 10 in reference to a burglary. Angela Escobedo stated that when she arrived home her husband advised her that someone had attempted to break into their trailer. It appeared someone had attempted to gain entry into the home by prying open the front door. Damage was done to the door and lock, however; but no one entered.

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

Deadline Approaching for Candidates to Qualify for State Offices

March 27, 2010
Dwayne Page

The deadline for getting in the race for state offices including State Representative, State Senator, U.S. House of Representatives, and Governor is Thursday, April 1st.

Persons who have picked up petitions in their home county for State Representative of the 40th legislative district which includes DeKalb, Smith, and Macon County are as follows:

Incumbent Terri Lynn Weaver of Smith County

Jamie Winkler of Smith County
James Hale of DeKalb County
Sarah Marie Smith of Smith County

Pleas S. Ford of Macon County
Joseph W. Arnold of DeKalb County

Most have returned their petitions and have become qualified to run

Meanwhile candidates for the State Senate in the 17th district which includes Cannon, Clay, DeKalb, Macon, Smith, Trousdale, Wilson, and part of Sumner County are as follows:

Incumbent Mae Beavers of Mount Juliet
Susan Lynn of Mount Juliet
Gordon Borck of Wilson County

Aubrey Givens of Lebanon
George McDonald of Smith County
Sam Hatcher of Wilson County

The Democrats and Republicans will be seeking their party's nomination in the state primaries on August 5th. The Independents will be running against the Democratic and Republican nominees in the November General Election.

Fire Causes Damage at Alexandria Motorcycle and ATV Business

March 27, 2010
Dwayne Page

Several motorcycles and all terrain vehicles were destroyed in a Thursday evening fire at an Alexandria business, but quick action by the Alexandria Fire Department helped prevent a total loss of the building.

Redline Cycles, a motorcycle and ATV sales and repair business, located on Highway 70 in Alexandria, is at the former location of Prichard's Foods beside Alexandria Café.

Caleb Roth, Assistant Alexandria Fire Chief, says the owner of the business, Brad Langford was working on a motorcycle when it caught fire. Langford tried to extinguish the blaze but it quickly spread. Firefighters, who arrived within minutes of receiving the call, found flames coming through the roof and around the bay door of the garage.

Roth says firefighters were able to contain the fire damage to the garage area, which is located in a two story portion of the building on the southeast side The showroom and living quarters of the building received some smoke damage. Contents of the garage, including several motorcycles and ATVs were destroyed. No one was injured although the Langford family dog perished in the fire.

Members of the DeKalb County and Watertown Volunteer Fire Departments assisted the Alexandria Fire Department in battling the blaze.

Qualifying Deadline April 1st for School Board Races

March 26, 2010
Dwayne Page

Thursday at noon, April 1st, is the qualifying deadline for persons wanting to run for a seat on the DeKalb County Board of Education in the August 5th DeKalb County General Election.

School board members will be elected in the first, second, third, fourth, and seventh districts. Each term is four years.

Those who have qualified to run include:

First District:
Incumbent John David Foutch

Second District:
Incumbent Charles Robinson
Jerry Wayne Johnson

Third District:
Incumbent Kenny Rhody
Jonathon Willoughby

Fourth District:
Billy Miller
Larry Redmon

Seventh District:
Incumbent Johnny Lattimore

School board contenders run as non-partisan candidates

Legislative Update from State Senator Mae Beavers

March 26, 2010
Dwayne Page
State Senator Mae Beavers

The following is a legislative update from State Senator Mae Beavers.

Fueled by the recent passage of federal healthcare legislation in Congress, Senator Mae Beavers joined Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey and members of the Senate Republican Caucus to hold a press conference on Wednesday urging the state's House of Representatives to take immediate action to pass the Tennessee Health Freedom Act. Passage of the bill, which is pending action in the House Industrial Impact Subcommittee, would put Tennessee into position to join the Virginia and Idaho legislatures on the front lines in filing legal action to support the rights of citizens within their boundaries not to participate in the massive federal government takeover of the nation's health care system.

The Tennessee Health Freedom Act was sponsored by Senator Beavers and approved in the State Senate on February 18 by a vote of 26 to 1, with 5 members abstaining.

“This legislation has become vital to challenge the massive unfunded mandate that has been passed down to the states,” said Senator Mae Beavers, R-Mt. Juliet, who is sponsor of the bill. “Never in history has the federal government mandated that Tennesseans buy anything. This is kind of equivalent to the federal government saying you have to buy a General Motors car because we bailed them out and we have an interest in it. If the people of Tennessee don’t want federal health care, this will be the way for them to choose other avenues.”

The legislation, Senate Bill 3498, prohibits the federal government from imposing fines or penalties on a person’s decision not to participate in the federal plan. Due to constitutional restraints, the bill does not “nullify” the federal law, as it would still allow individuals the option to participate in a federal program. However, it acknowledges the right of Tennesseans to refuse to participate in a government-run health insurance program. It also calls on the state’s Attorney General to take action in defending any Tennessean fined or penalized by the federal government for not abiding by what many believe to be an unconstitutional federal healthcare bill.

Earlier this week Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey renewed his efforts to persuade Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper to join his colleagues in at least 13 other states in legal action on the matter. Ramsey had already asked Cooper to make preparations for protective legal action when the federal health care bill was approved by the United States Senate in December.

The federal action is expected to cost Tennessee more than $200 million annually. It comes at a time when the state is in its 21st consecutive month in which sales tax revenues have recorded negative growth.

The Industrial Impact Committee amended the bill with a procedural amendment and delayed further action on the measure until next week. Tennesseans are urged to call the members of the House Sub Committee and encourage them to vote for the Health Freedom Act.

Issues In Brief

Abortion Coercion – Legislation that aims to educate women that coercion to have an abortion is a crime in Tennessee won approval this week in the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill, Senate Bill 3812, would require a physician’s office or other clinics in which abortions are performed to post signs to provide women with this information about the state law and their option to receive help if they are being threatened. According to a survey published in the Medical Science Monitor, over 64 percent of women who received abortions said they felt pressured or coerced into having an abortion. The sign would be posted in the waiting area and patient consultation rooms, but would not apply to clinics where an abortion is performed to prevent the death of a pregnant female.

“Silver Alert System” – The Senate voted this week on Senate Bill 2903 to improve Tennessee’s “Silver Alert System” by removing the age requirement to include any citizen with Alzheimers, dementia, or a physical impairment to be covered under the act. Previously, the law was limited to those 60 years of age or older. The “Silver Alert System,” which was passed into law last year, works similarly to the “Amber Alert System” to help locate missing individuals who have Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias. The program calls for local law enforcement agencies to coordinate with non-profit organizations such as A Child is Missing or the Alzheimer’s Association to aid in their efforts.

Drivers License / English – The Senate Transportation Committee has given approval to legislation, Senate Bill 63, to require that Tennessee drivers’ license exams are given in English. The measure seeks to make sure that immigrants know how to read the road signs and can drive safely in Tennessee. The bill does not apply to persons whose presence in the United States has been authorized by Homeland Security for work in companies located in Tennessee through the efforts of Tennessee’s Department of Economic and Community Development in order to accommodate those nationalities with manufacturing facilities in the state.

Veterans / Professional Privilege Tax – Senate Bill 2782 was approved in the Senate Finance Committee that would ensure that physicians who are deployed overseas as commissioned officers in the Armed Forces are exempt from Tennessee’s $400 occupational privilege tax.

The LOOP- A Legislative Update from State Representative Terri Lynn Weaver

March 26, 2010
State Representative Terri Lynn Weaver

The following is a legislative update from State Representative Terri Lynn Weaver.

Greetings! This past week truly was a whirlwind. The plaza and my office were buzzing with concerned citizens over the deeds done to us by passage of the ObamaCare Health Plan. I am proud to be the prime co-sponsor of the Tennessee Health Freedom Act, HB3433. This legislation aims to protect the right of an individual to purchase – and the right of the doctor to provide – lawful medical services without penalty. It would also require the state Attorney General to take necessary steps to defend these rights. This federal action will cost Tennessee more than $200 million annually! Folks, we are at 21 months of consecutive, negative, sales tax revenue downfall. How are we going to pay for this? Other states have come forward saying they will be suing the federal government over the federal bill, while others have passed legislation similar to the “Tennessee Health Freedom Act” in an attempt to slo w the implementation of the bill in their respective states. HB 3433 will be heard in committee this Wednesday. It is imperative that you be there to let your voice be heard.

The House State and Local Government Committee this week considered legislation that would have outlawed open containers of alcohol in vehicles, and ultimately killed the bill. The bill experienced resistance last year as it moved through the committee system, with members expressing concern over the ability of sober drivers to take friends home who are drinking, and also regarding sporting events, such as University of Tennessee football games.

The sponsor argued that Tennessee must reform drunk driving laws in order to save lives. He went on to say that there must be consequences for irresponsible actions that put other law-abiding citizens in danger.

Had the legislation passed, the proposal could potentially have freed up a portion of federal funds that could be used for roads. Currently, the state misses out on millions in federal funding that could be used for projects such as improvement measures, new roads, and bridges. This was a disappointment to me. Drinking and driving are lethal on our roads and I continue to sponsor legislation that will save innocent lives from drunk drivers!

HB 3627 is my bill that passed out of sub-committee last week and will be heard in full committee this Tuesday. As amended the bill encourages the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) to prioritize projects using certain objectives and urges the Commissioner to submit a list of bridges that would bring accountability, fiscal responsibility and full disclosure to Tennesseans. In these difficult times it, is imperative TDOT recognize that we, the people here in communities such as mine, have our bridges and roads completed. Safety, security of jobs, and tourism are just as vital to rural Tennessee as the major four: Knoxville, Nashville, Chattanooga and Memphis. This bill also encourages TDOT to continue the work to complete the county seat connector program.

The House is moving forward at an aggressive pace, hoping for the General Assembly to complete its business earlier than the last few years. In keeping with that timeline, House subcommittees have already begun to close. Within the next two weeks, it is expected that the House will begin debate on the “technical corrections” bill which, among other things, contains proposed tax increases to raise revenues.

House Majority Leader Jason Mumpower announced on the House floor Thursday morning that he would not seek re-election to his State House seat. In 2008, Mumpower led House Republicans to the first ever House Republican majority in the history of Tennessee. He was elected by his colleagues in December 2006 to serve as Republican Leader, and was re-elected to the position in 2008. Mumpower was first elected to the Tennessee House in 1996. Mumpower said he looks forward to the rest of this session of the 106th General Assembly, and added that he “looks forward to the challenges ahead,” after his current service comes to a close.

As always it is an honor and a privilege to serve you. Please do not hesitate to call my office if you want to voice a concern, ask for assistance, or visit. All calls are welcome.

Stephens and Willoughby Named DCHS Basketball MVP's- Foutch Named Cheerleader MVC

March 25, 2010
Dwayne Page
Chad and Shelia Kirby Present DCHS Basketball MVP and MVC Awards-opt.jpg
Tiger Basketball Award Winners
 Lady Tiger Basketball Award Winners
Cheerleader Award Winners

Kristina Stephens and Seth Willoughby were named the 2010 DCHS basketball Most Valuable Players Thursday night at the annual team banquet, while Kendra Foutch was selected as Most Valuable Cheerleader. The awards were presented by Chad Kirby of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home, in memory of his late grandfather, Allen D. Hooper. The MVP and MVC awards are named in memory of Mr. Hooper.

Stephens was one of four seniors on the Lady Tiger team this year. Coach Joe Pat Cope recognized Stephens for her offensive production, especially in district and regional tournament games. She also received District Honorable Mention. The Lady Tigers had their best season in many years, finishing with an overall record of 17-15, breaking a ten year losing streak in district play, and advancing to the second round of the region tournament.

Willoughby was among seven seniors on the Tiger team. In addition to the MVP award, Willoughby received awards for "Best Offensive player", "Most Improved", and for "Best Athlete". He was also recognized for being named to the First Team All District and for being the District's Most Improved Player. The Tigers finished the year with an overall record of 16-12. Their season came to an end in the district tournament.

Foutch, meanwhile, was one of three seniors on the DCHS Basketball Cheerleading squad. In addition to being named MVC, Foutch received an award for "Gymnastics" and she shared honors for "Stunt: Spot" with Sydney Robinson. Foutch and fellow seniors Caroline Carter and Amanda Ours, all received the "Captain Award" for Leadership.

Other individual cheerleading awards included:

Tiger Spirit: Amanda Ours

Most Improved: Allison Little

Best Practice Attitude: Ashlee Whitehead

Jump: Jasmine Dimas

Gymnastics: Kendra Foutch

Stunt: Flier- Emily Webb

Stunt: Base- Jasmine Dimas

Stunt: Spot- Kendra Foutch and Sydney Robinson

Tiger Mascot: Tiffany Young

The DCHS basketball cheerleaders recently received another first place award in the TSSAA State Cheer Championship and earned a TSSAA Distinguished Scholastic Achievement Award with a 3.64 GPA team average. Cheerleaders were also recognized for the TSSAA Individual Award of Merit which is for student-athletes who earn a 3.5 to 4.0 GPA.

Walteen Parker, who has guided the basketball cheerleading program as coach for 26 years, is stepping down as cheer coach. Director of Schools Mark Willoughby recognized Parker for her years of dedication and service and the banquet crowd gave her a standing ovation.

Other Lady Tiger basketball awards were as follows:

MVP: Kristina Stephens

Best Athlete/Best Free Throw Shooter/ Best Ball Handler: Cynthia Woodward

Best Defensive Player/Hustle Award: Alex Meadows

Best Sixth Man: Nikki Bass

Best Rebounder/Best Offensive Player: Martha Webb

Best Practice Player: Elicia Cantrell

Most Improved: Brooke Hutchings

Tiger Award: Mercedes Luna

Toughness: Morgan Page

Freshman Offensive MVP: Chelsea Lewis

Freshman Defensive MVP: Lydia Foutch

Cynthia Woodward was named to the All-District Second Team Regular Season and to the All District Tournament Team. Martha Webb and Kristina Stephens received Honorable Mention and Alex Meadows made the All-Defensive Team.

For the Tigers,

Best Offensive Player/Most Improved/ Best Athlete/ MVP: Seth Willoughby

Hustle Award: Hunter Poteete

Best Practice Player/ Smartest Player: Ethan Hale

Best Passer: Abram Edwards

Best Rebounder:Sonni Young

Best Attitude: Travon Johnson

Best Free Throw Shooter/Best Ball Handler: Payne Denman

Payne Denman was named to the Second Team All District; Sonni Young made the Third Team All District, the All Freshman Team, and the All Defensive Team. Destry Wiggins and Hunter Poteete received Honorable Mention.

The awards were presented by each team's coach. Many of the student athletes were also recognized for academic achievement.

Meanwhile, Zach Odom was named the Tiger basketball Fan of the Year, and received a plaque in recognition of his dedication to the program.

The annual DCHS basketball banquet was held at the Elizabeth Chapel Baptist Church.

(Top Photo: Standing left to right- Seth Willoughby (MVP), Shelia Kirby, Chad Kirby; Seated left to right- Kendra Foutch (MVC) and Kristina Stephens (MVP)

(Second Photo from Top: Standing left to right- Seth Willoughby, Sonni Young, Abram Edwards, Hunter Poteete; Seated left to right- Ethan Hale and Payne Denman)

(Third Photo from Top: Standing left to right- Mercedes Luna, Lydia Foutch, Cynthia Woodward, Nikki Bass, Martha Webb, Elicia Cantrell, Brooke Hutchings, Alex Meadows, and Chelsea Lewis; Seated left to right- Morgan Page and Kristina Stephens)

(Bottom Photo: Standing left to right- Tiffany Young (Tiger Mascot), Emily Webb, Ashlee Whitehead, Jasmine Dimas, Allison Little, and Syndey Robinson; Seated left to right- Kendra Foutch and Amanda Ours)

Elderly Woman Airlifted after Midday Wreck

March 24, 2010
Dwayne Page
Mattie Brandon's Nissan Sentra after being loaded on truck
William Dozier's Jeep after being pulled upright
Life Force helicopter lands on Highway 56 to airlift Mattie Brandon

An elderly woman was airlifted from the scene of a two vehicle traffic accident just before noon Wednesday on Highway 56 south at the intersection of South College Street.

Central dispatch received the call at 11:30 a.m.

Trooper Darrell Knowles of the Tennessee Highway Patrol says 81 year old Mattie Brandon of Capshaw Road, Smithville was north on Highway 56 in a 1996 Nissan Sentra and was attempting to turn left onto South College Street when she crossed into the path of a southbound 1981 Jeep, driven by 34 year old William Dozier of Lascassas. Passengers of the jeep were 33 year old Sharla Dozier, 9 year old Kensington Dozier, and 6 year old Brycen Dozier.

According the Trooper Knowles, the jeep overturned after impact and came to rest off the west side of the highway. A passerby stopped to help get the Dozier's out of their vehicle.

Brandon's car spun counterclockwise upon impact and came to rest off the east side of the highway. She is believed to have suffered head and leg injuries.

Mr Dozier suffered some minor cuts but the other members of his family were apparently uninjured. They later went to the hospital by private vehicle to be checked out.

Brandon was airlifted from the scene by a Life Force helicopter ambulance and flown to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga.

Traffic was blocked for a period of time.

In addition to Trooper Knowles and Life Force, others on the scene were members of DeKalb EMS, the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department, Smithville Police Department, and the Short Mountain Highway and Main Stations of the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department, who helped set up the helicopter landing zone and were on standby in case of fire. Neither of the vehicles caught fire but there was a fuel spill from the jeep.


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