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Liberty and Dowelltown Voters Elect City Leaders

August 8, 2008
by: 
Dwayne Page

Voters in Liberty and Dowelltown elected city leaders Thursday.

In Liberty, three aldermen were elected from a field of four candidates.

Incumbents Paul M. Neal and Dwight Mathis were re-elected but Incumbent Jerry W. Johnson lost his bid for re-election to challenger Todd Dodd.

Dodd led the ticket with a total of 70 votes followed by Neal with 67 votes and Mathis with 54 votes. Johnson received 47 votes.

Meanwhile in Dowelltown, Mayor Gerald W. Bailiff was elected unopposed with 40 complimentary votes.

Joe L. Bogle was re-elected alderman with 32 votes and Elizabeth A. Redmon, a newcomer to the board, was elected with 34 votes. Both Bogle and Redmon were unopposed.

Bain and Weaver Win Primary Nominations in State Representative Race

August 7, 2008
by: 
Dwayne Page
Cleveland Derrick Bain
Terri Lynn Weaver

Democrat Cleveland Derrick Bain and Republican Terri Lynn Weaver won their party's nominations for State Representative in Thursday's Tennessee Primaries.

Weaver swept all three counties, DeKalb, Macon, and Smith, easily beating challenger Nicky Rittenberry for the GOP nomination 2,020 to 547.

Bain did not carry either of the three counties in his primary race, but finished a strong second place in both DeKalb and Smith Counties, and came in third place in Macon County. His total vote in the three counties combined put him on top, beating out Dean Sircy by 135 votes, 1,200 to 1,065.

Gayla Hendrix carried DeKalb County with 696 votes. Sarah Marie Smith won her home county, Smith County with 673 votes, and Sircy carried his home county, Macon County with 729 votes.

District wide, Sarah Marie Smith finished third with 914 votes, while Gayla Hendrix received 900 votes with a fourth place finish.

In DeKalb County Hendrix carried 11 of the 16 precincts in the Democratic Primary along with early voting/absentees, Bain carried three precincts, Smith carried one and Steven Cantrell carried one precinct. In the GOP race, Weaver carried all 16 DeKalb County precincts along with early voting/absentees. Click on www.wjle.com/node/37 to view the precinct by precinct results for each candidate.

The following are the county by county results for Bain:

DeKalb -540
Smith-- 525
Macon- 135
TOTAL- 1,200

Results for Sircy:

DeKalb- 88
Smith- 248
Macon- 729
Total- 1,065

Results for Smith:
DeKalb- 78
Smith-673
Macon-163
Total- 914

Results for Hendrix:

DeKalb- 696
Smith- 168
Macon- 36
Total- 900

Results for Steven K. Cantrell:

DeKalb- 78
Smith-- 44
Macon- 16
Total- 138

Results for Carl (Hix) Jones:

DeKalb- 3
Smith- 15
Macon- 87
Total- 105

Results for Jeff Barrett:

DeKalb- 43
Smith- 28
Macon- 13
Total- 84

The following arre the county by county results for Weaver:

DeKalb- 456
Smith- 816
Macon-748
Total- 2,020

Results for Rittenberry:

DeKalb- 29
Smith- 76
Macon- 442
Total 547

Bain, Weaver, and Independent candidate Ray Amalfitano of Dixon Springs will square off in the November General Election for the 40th State House seat, which is being vacated by the retiring Frank Buck.

Meanwhile in U.S. Senate Democratic Primary, Mark E. Clayton carried DeKalb County with 277 votes followed by Robert D. Tuke with 211, Gary G. Davis 201, WM Mike Padgett 74, Kenneth Eaton 73, and Leonard D. Ladner with 20 votes.

Sixth District Congressman Bart Gordon was unopposed Thursday in the Democratic Primary and received 1,148 complimentary votes in DeKalb County. He will also be unopposed in November.

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander, also unopposed in the Republican Primary Thursday, received 419 complimentary votes in DeKalb County. He will face the Democratic nominee, Robert D. Tuke in November.

On the retention of state judges, the following are the results in DeKalb County:

Supreme Court Judge William Koch:
Yes- 721, No- 406

Supreme Court Judge Gary Wade:
Yes- 665, No- 394

Court of Appeals Judge Andy Bennett:
Yes- 674, No- 371

Court of Appeals Judge Richard Dinkins:
Yes- 647, No 388

Court of Appeals Judge Steve Stafford:
Yes- 668, No- 393

Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Camille McMullen:
Yes- 670, No- 373

Court of Criminal Appeals Judge D. Kelly Thomas:
Yes- 669, No-367

Evins, Parsley Win School Board Races

August 7, 2008
by: 
Dwayne Page
Bruce Parsley and Dub Evins

W.J. (Dub) Evins III won re-election to the DeKalb County Board of Education from the fifth district during Thursday night's DeKalb County General Election, while Bruce Parsley unseated incumbent Linda Fuston in the sixth district.

Evins defeated challenger, Larry Evans, 222 votes to 129 votes. Evins carried both fifth district precincts, Smithville Elementary School and Johnson's Chapel, and also claimed victory in early voting and absentee votes. Evins had 79 early/absentee votes to Evans' 43. At Smithville Elementary School, Evins had 104 votes to Evans' 69, while at Johnson's Chapel, Evins had 39 votes to Evans' 17.

In the sixth district race, despite losing early voting/absentees, Parsley carried all three precincts in the sixth district to unseat Fuston. Parsley totaled 176 votes to 129 for Fuston. Fuston carried early voting/absentees with 51 votes to Parsley's 30, but Parsley carried Belk with 46 votes to Fuston's 15. Parsley also received 39 votes at Blue Springs, while Fuston had 30, and in Keltonburg, Parsley had 61 votes to Fuston's 33.

All six constable candidates were elected unopposed Thursday. Their vote totals are as follows:

First District: No Candidate
Second District: Reed Edge- 147
Third District: Wayne Vanderpool- 202
Fourth District: Paul Cantrell- 176
Fifth District: Mark Milam- 199
Sixth District: Cantrell Jones- 177
Seventh District: Johnny King- 135

Banks Wins Re-Election In Property Assessor's Race

August 7, 2008
by: 
Dwayne Page
Timothy (Fud) Banks

Timothy (Fud) Banks won re-election to a fourth term as DeKalb County's Property Assessor, Thursday night, in the local General Election.

Banks, the Democratic incumbent, carried 13 out of 16 precincts, plus early voting and absentees to defeat Republican challenger, John David Foutch and Independent, Sandy C. Brown. Banks totaled 1,279 votes, which was 58.4 percent of the vote. Foutch finished with 620 votes, 28.3 % while Brown came in third with 291 votes, 13.2%

A total of 2,256 voted including 807 early voters/absentees and 1,449 on election day. Voter turnout was only 17.2% in DeKalb County.

Individual precinct results are available at www.wjle.com/node/37.

Two Arrested on Grand Jury Indictments for Rape of a Child

August 7, 2008
by: 
Dwayne Page
Homer Lee Nunley
Freddy S. Stringer

Two people were arrested Wednesday on sealed indictments returned from the DeKalb County Grand Jury.

Sheriff Patrick Ray says 70 year old Homer Lee Nunley of Belk Road Smithville was arrested on a sealed indictment for rape of a child and aggravated sexual battery. Nunley is accused of raping a child and the aggravated sexual battery of a child under 11 years of age on July 6th, 2008. Bond for Nunley was set at $150,000 and he will appear in Criminal Court on August 18th for arraignment. Sheriff Ray says Nunley was convicted in Florida on April 9th, 1991 on a charge of sexual battery of a child by an authority figure. Nunley is currently registered here in DeKalb County on the TBI’s sexual offender registry.

Meanwhile, in a separate case, 34 year old Freddy S. Stringer of Smith Road Smithville was arrested on a sealed indictment for rape of a child, aggravated sexual battery, and incest. Stringer is accused of rape, sexual battery, and incest of a child under 11 years of age between October 5th, 2007 and November 23rd, 2007. Stringer's bond was set at $300,000 and he will appear in Criminal Court for arraignment on August 18th.

Final Slate of Candidates Set For DTC Election of Directors

August 6, 2008

The final slate of candidates is set for DTC Communications’ election of directors next month.
Directors will be elected in three exchanges, including the Milton (273), Norene (286), and Woodbury (563) exchanges.

Incumbents Charles Dwight Vinson, Terry McPeak, and Greg Rogers are running unopposed in the Milton, Norene, and Woodbury exchanges, respectively.

Voting for directors will take place at the cooperative’s annual meeting on Saturday, Sept. 13. Gates to the DeKalb County Fairgrounds in Alexandria will open at 11:45 a.m., with voting from noon until 4 p.m. The business meeting will begin at 4 p.m. or once the last person in line at that time has voted.

Only DTC members may vote, and each member must present identification. For a single membership, only that individual may vote. Either member of a joint membership may vote, but not both. In the case of a business membership, a business affidavit is required.

Thursday, Sept. 4, will be the last day to make changes to your membership for the 2008 election.

For questions regarding membership and voting guidelines, refer to the by-laws section included in the current DTC phone directory, or call DTC at 615-529-2955.

More than 60 People Indicted by Grand Jury

August 5, 2008
by: 
Dwayne Page

More than 60 people were indicted by the DeKalb County Grand Jury Monday and Tuesday including ten who were named in sealed indictments.

All those indicted will appear for arraignment in criminal court on Monday, August 18th at 9:00 a.m.

The following persons indicted and their charges are as follows:

Donna J. Harry & Charles W. Harry, Jr.- driving under the influence (2nd offense), DUI per se, and simple possession of a schedule VI controlled substance

Jeffrey W. Burton- theft over $500 x 2 and theft over $1,000

Randy M. Hobbs- evading arrest on foot, possession of a schedule III controlled substance, possession of a schedule VI controlled substance for resale, and drug paraphernalia

James S. Leduc- aggravated burglary and theft over $500 x 2 & worthless check x 8

Wendell L. Gibbs and James S. Leduc- burglary and theft over $10,000

Edward L. Judkins, Jr.- theft over $1,000

Joey P. Phelps- burglary and theft over $500

Warren Brandon Glasby- vehicular assault x 2, reckless aggravated assault x 2, driving under the influence, violation of the implied consent law, possession of drug paraphernalia, violation of the seatbelt law, violation of the registration law, and violation of the financial responsibility law.

Warren B. Glasby, Ernest Hill IV, and Amy R. Ford- aggravated burglary, theft over $1,000, theft over $500, vandalism, and criminal trespass.

Amy R. Ford- simple possession of a schedule VI controlled substance

Royce Duane McCrary- driving on a revoked license (5th offense), speeding, seatbelt violation, financial responsibility, failure to maintain lane of travel, and another charge of driving on a revoked license (5th offense)

Michael Todd Jones- vehicular assault, reckless aggravated assault, driving under the influence (2nd offense), DUI per se, driving on a revoked license (2nd offense), possession of a schedule IV controlled substance x 2, seatbelt violation, registration law, and financial responsibility law.

Scottie Hendrixson- driving on a suspended license (1st offense) and violation of the financial responsibility law

Thomas D. Vickers- driving under the influence (3rd offense), simple possession of a schedule III controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, speeding, and violation of the financial responsibility law

Brandon C. Bias- driving on a suspended license (1st offense), violation of the seatbelt law, violation of the financial responsibility law, and felony escape

Roy Lyndell Layne- auto burglary, theft under $500 x 2, attempted theft over $1,000, possession of burglary tools, possession of a handgun to go armed, resisting arrest, and aggravated assault

Danny R. Certain- driving under the influence (2nd offense), DUI per se, and violation of the open container law

Milton A. Rodriguez- domestic assault

Thomas M. Hatcher, Jr.- driving on a revoked license and unlawful carrying of a weapon

Annie Lee Helton- driving under the influence (2nd offense) and violation of the implied consent law

Joshua W. Goff- driving on a suspended license (3rd offense)

Daniel R. Wilson- driving under the influence (1st offense) and violation of the implied consent law

Leonardo Rodriguez- sexual battery

Danny R. Ponder- drug paraphernalia

Danny Ray Ponder- public intoxication and possession of drug paraphernalia

Johnny W. Trapp- driving under the influence (5th offense) 2 charges, violation of the open container law 2 charges, violation of the implied consent law 2 charges, and violation of the habitual offender order 2 charges

Curtis Lee Adams- driving under the influence (1st offense) 2 charges

Ricky L. Devault- driving under the influence (3rd offense)

Freddy S. Stringer, Jr.- driving on a revoked license (5th offense), 2 charges

April L. Anderson and Allan Lester- auto burglary and theft over $500

Crystal L. Thompson- simple possession of a schedule VI controlled substance

John Charles Deck, Jr. and Crystal S. Deck- burglary and theft over $10,000

Harold G. Blackwell- false report

Clinton J. Maples- public intoxication

Lisa M. Pyles- theft under $500

Kelly Ann Gibbs- drug paraphernalia

Patricia D. Hicks- driving under the influence (1st offense), violation of a traffic control device, violation of the open container law, and violation of the implied consent law

Darryl W. Cantrell- possession of a schedule III drug and drug paraphernalia

Vicky Marsh Ferrell- assault x 2

Stacy S. Silcox- driving under the influence (1st offense), DUI per se (over.20), and speeding

20 year old Amanda B. Washer- public intoxication, simple possession of a schedule VI controlled substance, and drug paraphernalia

Johnny L. Devault- driving under the influence (1st offense), evading arrest with a motor vehicle, and violation of the implied consent law

Brian D. Brannon- driving under the influence (2nd offense), resisting arrest, possession of a schedule II controlled substance, violation of the implied consent law, violation of the open container law, and violation of the registration law

Marco A. Perez- driving on a revoked license (1st offense) and violation of the financial responsibility law

David E. Driver- violation of the motor vehicle habitual offender law and driving on a revoked license (3rd offense)

Megan A. Lann, Somer Abdalla, and Jason R. Chapman- criminal simulation and passing counterfeit bank bills as currency.

Eric W. Tramel- auto burglary, theft under $500, and forgery x 2

Eight Sentenced in Criminal Court Monday

August 5, 2008
by: 
Dwayne Page

Eight people were sentenced in DeKalb County Criminal Court Monday.

Judge David Patterson presided.

46 year old Linda Lawson Barrett West pleaded guilty to two counts of sale of a schedule II controlled substance. She received a five year sentence in each case to run concurrently. The sentence was suspended with nine months to serve. She will then be on supervised probation for the balance of the sentence. She must make restitution of $100, perform 100 hours of community service work and pay a $2,000 fine.

33 year old Earnest P. Barnwell pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary and theft over $1,000. The burglary charge was dismissed. He received a four year sentence committed to time served. He will be on TDOC probation. Barnwell must perform 100 hours of community service work and pay restitution. He was given credit for 255 days of jail time served.

33 year old Tabatha Shantell Murphy pleaded guilty to three charges of possession of a schedule II controlled substance for resale. All three cases are to run concurrently. She was granted judicial diversion for a period of three years . She will be on TDOC probation. Murphy must make restitution of $188 to the Sheriff's Department, perform 100 hours of community service work, and pay a $2,000 fine. She was given jail credit of 25 days.

21 year old Kara L. Funk pleaded guilty to sale of a schedule VI controlled substance. She was granted judicial diversion for a period of one year. She will be on supervised probation by DOC and must perform 100 hours of community service work. Funk must also pay restitution of $120 to the sheriff's department and undergo an alcohol and drug assessment and follow the prescribed treatments. This sentence is to run consecutive to a judicial diversion sentence in another case against her.

26 year old Christina Johnson pleaded guilty to possession of a schedule VI controlled substance for resale. She received a two year sentence, all suspended to time served. She was fined $2,000.

41 year old Barry Ford pleaded guilty to a second offense of driving on a revoked license. He received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days on supervised probation. He was fined $50.

41 year old William Ray "Tojo" Cantrell pleaded guilty to theft of property over $500 and two counts of sale of a schedule II controlled substance. All the cases are to run concurrently. He received a total of five years in these cases to serve in the Tennessee Department of Corrections. He must make restitution of $120 to the sheriff's department and pay a $2,000 fine. He was given jail credit of 186 days. The five year sentence is to run consecutive to a violation of probation against him in which he must serve the balance of a six year sentence on a previous drug conviction. Cantrell will have to serve a total of eleven years.

25 year old Renee Fields pleaded by information to reckless driving and received a six month sentence, all suspended to probation and a $50 fine.

DTC Communications To Refund $500,000 To Members

August 5, 2008

The Board of Directors of DTC Communications announced it is refunding $500,000 this month in capital credits to members.

DTC ranks among the highest in the state in member refunds.

The capital credit refunds are issued to current and former members who paid for service in 1998 from DTC Communications. DTC’s unique structure as a member-owned cooperative gives it the option, based on its financial strength, of offering these capital credit refunds.

“Given the current economic conditions, we are especially pleased to be able to continue our history of refunding capital credits for the fifteenth consecutive year, bringing the total refunds for this period to more than $19 million,” said Leslie Greer, CEO.

“Members who have moved or changed their names since 1998 should contact our customer service office with the updated information. We want to make sure everyone receives their refunds in a timely manner.”

Current and former members of DTC who paid for service during 1998 should receive checks by the end of August. Members’ checks will be based on what they paid that year. Therefore, the amounts will vary from member to member. For more information about capital credit refunds, please call 615-529-1999.

County Commission to Consider Passage of New Budget Soon

August 4, 2008
by: 
Dwayne Page

The DeKalb County Commission is expected to adopt the budget for the 2008-09 fiscal year this month.

Total expenditures in the proposed budget come to $33-million 452-thousand 127.

The current property tax rate is $1.70 per $100 of assessed value but the new certified property tax rate, following reappraisal or Current Value Update, is $1.4599, which is expected to generate about the same amount of local tax revenue as the $1.70 rate

County Mayor Mike Foster says the county commission may vote to round off the new tax rate to $1.46. "The assessed value of property, as a result of the CVU, went to $445-million 187-thousand 839. One cent of the property tax rate at $1.46 generates $44,518 or $42,181 after the county figures in a tax delinquency rate of 5.25%."

The new proposed property tax rate would break down as follows:

County General- 55 cents
General Purpose Schools- 49 cents
Debt Service 20 cents
Highway Department- 3 cents
Solid Waste- 19 cents

Foster says no property tax increase is needed this year because of revenues generated by the local option sales tax increase, which was approved by the voters last year. Plus, he says all county departments concluded the 2007-08 fiscal year under budget by from 10 to 20%, which has saved the county some money.

The proposed county general budget includes funds for an employee pay raise of about $600 for the year. Foster says this would help offset a 17% increase in their insurance premiums.

He says more money is also included in the budget for gasoline and diesel fuel.

The county budget committee will meet again on August 11th to make some final revisions before making a formal recommendation for passage of the budget to the county commission.

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