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Woman Charged with Trying to Smuggle Drugs into the Jail

November 30, 2009
Dwayne Page
Laura B Elmore
Samuel Max Meketon
Zack Ross Hendrixson

A Smithville woman has been charged with trying to smuggle drugs into the jail.

Sheriff Patrick Ray says 24 year old Laura B. Elmore of Gentry Avenue, Smithville was arrested Wednesday, November 25th for facilitation to introduce drugs into a penal institution where prisoners are quartered. On November 13th, detectives and deputies were summoned to a beauty shop in Smithville where a woman had reportedly come into the business and purchased a bottle of shampoo. After making the purchase, the woman left the business but returned a short time later stating that she intended to take the shampoo to the DeKalb County Jail, but had forgotten that the jail would not accept shampoo unless it was signed into the facility by a registered beautician. The woman left the bottle at the business with the intent for the owner or employees to take the bottle of shampoo to the jail. After an investigation, detectives discovered that the bottle of shampoo contained two straws that were taped on each end. The straws contained 19 pills believed to be Xanax and 12 pills believed to be Oxycodone. Elmore was identified as the person who bought and returned the bottle of shampoo. Detectives allege that Elmore intended to slip the pills into the jail by hiding them in the bottle. Elmore's bond was set at $2,500 and she will appear in court on December 3rd.

Meanwhile, on Saturday, November 28th, the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department's K-9 officer was patrolling on Highway 56 North and observed a vehicle fail to yield to a stop sign at the intersection of Cookeville Highway and Craft Center Drive. The officer stopped the automobile and the driver, 20 year old Samuel Max Meketon of Byrne Apartments Cookeville, showed him an identification card. When the officer checked the number, Meketon's license was found to be suspended for an unpaid citation in Pennsylvania. The K-9 officer then allowed the K-9 dog, Banshee, to run around the vehicle. Banshee alerted at the trunk. Upon checking the trunk, the officer found a pillow case that contained 2 bags of a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana. Meketon was arrested for a first offense of driving on a suspended license and simple possession of a schedule VI drug. His bond was set at $2,500 and he will appear in court on December 31st.

Also on Saturday, a deputy, while on patrol on Midway Road, spotted a vehicle weaving in the roadway. After stopping the automobile, the officer found 23 year old Zack Ross Hendrixson of West Main Street Hickman to be the driver. The deputy checked Hendrixson's driver's license and discovered that they were suspended for failure to satisfy a citation in Putnam County on August 23rd. The officer also found in Hendrixson's car under the seat, a sunglasses case that contained a glass pipe with marijuana residue, 2 plastic bags of a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana, and a pill believed to be Suboxone. Rolling papers were also found in the glove compartment of the car. Hendrixson was charged with driving on a suspended license, possession of drug paraphernalia, simple possession of a schedule III drug Suboxone, and simple possession of a schedule VI drug marijuana. Bond for Hendrixson was set at $5,000 and he will appear in court on December 10th.

Smithville Police Department Releases Weekly Arrest Report

November 27, 2009
Dwayne Page

The Smithville Police Department has released it's arrest report for the week.

35 year old Donna Bogle of 658 Parkway Drive was arrested by Smithville Police on Friday, November 20th for possession of drug paraphernalia. According to the report: K-9 Officer Brad Tatrow observed a vehicle fail to use a turn signal when making a left turn off South Mountain Street onto White Street Upon making contact with Bogle, Officer Tatrow said it appeared that both she and her passenger were very jumpy and nervous. He received consent to search Mrs. Bogle's vehicle as well as her purse and recovered two used hypodermic needles as well as a straw with yellow powdery residue. Mrs. Bogle was placed under arrest. Her bond is 1,000 and she will appear in General Sessions Court on December 17th.

40 year old Jose Miguel Sagahon of 304 White Street was arrested on Sunday, November 22nd for driving on a revoked license. Officer Randy King reports that he was dispatched to the intersection of West Bryant and South College Street and upon arrival. he saw a white Dodge truck attempting to pull a white Monte Carlo out of a ditch. The vehicle was towed out and across the roadway into the parking lot of Creative Styles Hair Salon. The operator of the Monte Carlo who had been involved in the accident was Sagahon. Officer King asked if he was driving the car and he replied "yes". He also asked him for his name and he responded " Miguel". Officer King said he knew Sagahon's license had been revoked in April for DUI . After he verified that the license were still revoked, he arrested Sagahon. Bond is set at 2,500 and Sagahon will be in court on December 3rd.

57 year old Danny Austin Reeder of 633 Restview Avenue was arrested on Sunday, November 22nd for Prevention or Obstruction of service of Legal Process or Writ. Officer Matt Farmer reports that on November 17th, Reeder hid Patsy Estes in his residence knowing there was an outstanding warrant on her. Police officers also told him that they had warrants on her. After officers entered the home, they found Estes there. The case against Estes is the result of an investigation into a stolen wallet taken from an office in the DeKalb County Courthouse. Bond is set at 1,000 and the court date is December 3rd.

20 year old Lucas David Bocel of 412 West End Avenue McMinnville was arrested by Officer Matt Holmes on Tuesday, November 24th for Solicitation of a Minor. An offense report was taken by Officer Randy King on November 21st regarding a possible statutory rape. It was reported that Bocel arranged to meet a 13 year old minor and that sexual contact had occurred. The case was later assigned to Officer Holmes. During Officer Holmes' investigation it was determined that there was intimate contact but no sexual activity. Bocel was charged with Solicitation of a Minor. Bond is set at 5,000 and the court date December 3rd.

26 year old Jason L Knowles of 846 Anthony Avenue was arrested on Tuesday by Officer Scott Davis on a warrant for Violation of Probation. His court date is December 3rd.

51 year old Ricky Deland Adcock of 2917 Obie Adcock Road was charged with Public Intoxication on Tuesday. According to the report, Sergeant Joey Jones arrived at 119 Dearman Street on a suspicious vehicle call. The complaint was about a white pickup truck going slow up and down the roadway and then pulling into the driveway of the Dearman Street residence. Sergeant Jones says he was advised that the owner of the residence was not at home at the time. Upon arrival, Sergeant Jones noticed that the white pickup truck had backed up in the driveway on the east side of the residence and sitting behind the wheel was Adcock. Sergeant Jones says he stopped and walked up to the vehicle and detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage that smelled like beer. He asked Adcock what he was doing there. He told the officer that he was there to meet a friend. Sergeant Jones asked if he had any I.D. on him. Adcock then produced his driver license. His eyes were bloodshot and droopy and his speech was slurred. Sergeant Jones asked if he had been drinking but Adcock kept changing the subject. Sergeant Jones asked him to step out of his vehicle but he just sat there. He was asked twice more before he finally got out. As Adcock was getting out of the vehicle, he told the officer that he was not going to take field sobriety or any other tests. Sergeant Jones replied that was his choice and then advised him that he was going to be arrested for Public Intoxication. Adcock was taken into custody and transported to the Smithville Police Department for processing. He was then transported to the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department.. His bond is 1,000 and he will be in General Sessions Court on December 3rd.

Farm Service Agency to Host Meeting

November 27, 2009
Dwayne Page

Have you been operating a livestock farm less than 10 years? Is your total household income less than $22,050 a year? Are you a member of a socially disadvantaged group? If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you can still sign up in the 2008 Livestock Forage Program (LFP) for assistance due to the drought conditions in DeKalb County during 2007 and 2008.

DeKalb County and Cannon County Farm Service Agency are hosting a joint producer meeting on Monday, November 30th at 6:00 p.m. in Smithville at the “303 Building” on the north side of the DeKalb County Courthouse. The meeting will be targeted towards explaining Livestock Forage Program benefits to socially disadvantaged farmers, limited resource farmers, and beginning farmers. However, general information will also be provided for anyone interested in the 2008 Livestock Forage Program. Office staff will be on hand to accept applications at the meeting.

Producers meeting the requirements of a socially disadvantaged farmer, limited resource farmer, or beginning farmer did not have to pay the $100 buy-in fee or purchase a NAP policy for the 2008 crop year and will be eligible to sign up in the 2008 LFP by the December 10 deadline.

The definitions for each group qualified under this waiver are:

(1) Socially Disadvantaged Farmer: a farmer who is a member of a socially disadvantaged group that has been subject to racial or ethnic prejudice because of their identity as members of a group without regard to their individual qualities.

(2) Limited Resource Farmer: a producer with BOTH the following:
a) direct or indirect gross farm sales not more than $100,000 in both of the previous 2 years, AND;(b) total household income at or below the national poverty level for a family of 4, or less than 50% of county median household income in both of the previous 2 years. For DeKalb County and Cannon County, adjusted gross income (total household) of less than $22,050 would qualify.

(3) Beginning Farmer: an individual who (1) has not operated a farm for more than 10 years, AND (2) substantially participates in the operation.

For more information, or for directions to the meeting, contact the local Farm Service Agency. The DeKalb County Farm Service Agency office phone number is 597-8225, extension 2 and the Cannon County Farm Service Agency office phone number is 563-4321, extension 2.

Community to Celebrate "Christmas on the Square"

November 27, 2009
Dwayne Page
Suzanne Williams

Christmas on the Square will be celebrated on Thursday, December 3rd from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the Smithville Public Square.

Suzanne Williams, Executive Director of the Smithville-DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce, says festivities will be held at the 303 North Public Square building including Pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus by Double J Photography, free pictures by Studio Six Limited, special music including the Community Chorus, Thea Tippin, Susie Guerin, Chris Summers, Sue Slager, Ron Noonan, Brian Russell, & students from Indian Mound, Chance, and the Cumberland Impact Center. Snowbird will be visiting around town from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Visit with your county officials and staff and enjoy lots of fresh baked goodies at the Courthouse Open House.

Williams says Children's Train and Inflatables are scheduled (if weather permits). Extended hours at downtown stores will make this a wonderful time for Christmas shopping. At the Justin-Potter Library, Snowbird will read to the children and pose for pictures from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and you may visit with Santa will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Bring your camera.

Come out for this enjoyable and heartwarming experience –Christmas on the Square! For more information, call the Chamber office at 597-4163.

Local Businesses Urge Consumers to Shop at Home More this Christmas

November 26, 2009
Dwayne Page
Phillip Fluty Cantrell
Jerry Lee Cantrell (Left) Scott Cantrell (right)

The Christmas shopping season has arrived and local businesses hope you'll give them a chance to serve you more this year.

Phillip (Fluty) Cantrell of Cantrell's the home of Fluty says before you go out of town, try home first. "We know you can't buy everything at home but we would like to encourage people to at least try home first. Merchants have been here for years. We've made our living here and we appreciate everything everybody has done for us to keep us here."

Cantrell says many stores around town will be opening early on Friday morning for early bird shoppers, including downtown. "We started this thing (opening early on the morning after Thanksgiving Day) about ten years ago. People were shopping out of town and all the big sales were going on. We said let's try it and see what happens here. We tried it and it went over really good. So a lot of the downtown merchants will be open at 7:00 a.m. Friday with door buster specials. We encourage people to shop early."

Meanwhile, Jerry Lee Cantrell of Cantrell's Furniture and Appliances says when you buy at home, you're helping support the local tax base which means you're helping fund schools and other local government services. "We really appreciate all the people who trade with us. I think it's a very important thing that we keep our tax dollars in our community. We get the tax dollars back from the state. Of course, we have to send them in. It goes to the state and then comes back to us. This helps our community immensely."

Scott Cantrell also adds that when you shop at home, you get competitive prices and personal service and attention to your needs. "We've got competitive prices, in the sense of shopping apples for apples. We've got name brand things as all the big cities do so why would you want to go out of town and drive so far when you can get the very same thing right here in town at the same prices, if not cheaper? You don't have to pay for deliveries. You don't have to pay for haul off services. And we'll smile at you the whole time."

Thanksgiving Day Fire Destroys Rigsby Home

November 26, 2009
Dwayne Page

A fire early Thanksgiving morning destroyed the home of Roscoe and Marie Rigsby at 375 Andrew Jackson Boulevard.

Central dispatch received the call at 1:39 a.m.

County Fire Chief Donny Green says Mrs. Rigsby had set her alarm clock Wednesday night to awaken her to check on a turkey she had placed in the oven and when the alarm sounded, she awoke and went to the kitchen. She got the turkey out of the oven and set it out to cool before placing it in the refrigerator. While she was in the kitchen, Mrs. Rigsby heard popping and crackling sounds coming from the basement. When she opened the door to the downstairs, she saw the basement engulfed in flames and the fire was beginning to spread up the stairs.

Mrs. Rigsby awoke her husband and they escaped unharmed. But the home and all their belongings were lost in the fire.

Green says the cause of the fire is undetermined but it apparently started in the basement.

Members of the Main Station, Cookeville Highway, and Liberty Stations, and Tanker # 1 responded along with DeKalb EMS and the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department.

DeKalb Jobless Rates Inches up to 10.7% in October

November 26, 2009
Dwayne Page

DeKalb County's unemployment rate for the month of October inched up to 10.7%, slightly higher than the 10.3% rate recorded in September, and much higher than the 7.4% rate in October, 2008.

The local labor force for October was 9,530. A total of 8,510 were employed and 1,020 were unemployed.

Meanwhile, Tennessee's unemployment rate for October was 10.5 percent, unchanged from the September rate of 10.5 percent. The United States' unemployment rate for the month of October was 10.2 percent.

County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for October 2009, show that the rate increased in 38 counties, decreased in 42, and remained the same in 15 counties.

Lincoln County registered the state's lowest county unemployment rate at 6.9 percent, unchanged from its September rate. Lauderdale County had the state's highest unemployment rate at 18.9 percent, up 0.1 from the September rate, followed by Hancock County at 18.0 percent, down from 18.4 percent in September.

Knox County had the state's lowest major metropolitan rate of 7.8 percent, down 0.3 percentage point from the September rate. Hamilton County was at 8.8 percent, up 0.1 percentage point from the September rate. Davidson County was 8.9 percent, down 0.2 from the previous month, and Shelby County was 10.2 percent, up 0.1 from the September rate.

First-Time Homebuyer Credit Extended to April 30, 2010

November 25, 2009

A new law that went into effect Nov. 6 extends the first-time homebuyer credit five months and expands the eligibility requirements for purchasers.

The Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009 extends the deadline for qualifying home purchases from Nov. 30, 2009, to April 30, 2010. Additionally, if a buyer enters into a binding contract by April 30, 2010, the buyer has until June 30, 2010, to settle on the purchase.

The maximum credit amount remains at $8,000 for a first-time homebuyer –– that is, a buyer who has not owned a primary residence during the three years up to the date of purchase.

"The new law also provides a 'long-time resident' credit of up to $6,500 to others who do not qualify as 'first-time homebuyers,'” said IRS spokesman Dan Boone.

To qualify this way, a buyer must have owned and used the same home as a principal or primary residence for at least five consecutive years of the eight-year period ending on the date of purchase of a new home as a primary residence, Boone said.

For all qualifying purchases in 2010, taxpayers have the option of claiming the credit on either their 2009 or 2010 tax returns.

A new version of Form 5405, First-Time Homebuyer Credit, will be available in the next few weeks. A taxpayer who purchases a home after Nov. 6 must use this new version of the form to claim the credit. Likewise, taxpayers claiming the credit on their 2009 returns, no matter when the house was purchased, must also use the new version of Form 5405. Taxpayers who claim the credit on their 2009 tax return will not be able to file electronically but instead will need to file a paper return.

A taxpayer who purchased a home on or before Nov. 6 and chooses to claim the credit on an original or amended 2008 return may continue to use the current version of Form 5405.

The new law raises the income limits for people who purchase homes after Nov. 6. The full credit will be available to taxpayers with modified adjusted gross incomes (MAGI) up to $125,000, or $225,000 for joint filers. Those with MAGI between $125,000 and $145,000, or $225,000 and $245,000 for joint filers, are eligible for a reduced credit. Those with higher incomes do not qualify.

For homes purchased prior to Nov. 7, 2009, existing MAGI limits remain in place. The full credit is available to taxpayers with MAGI up to $75,000, or $150,000 for joint filers. Those with MAGI between $75,000 and $95,000, or $150,000 and $170,000 for joint filers, are eligible for a reduced credit. Those with higher incomes do not qualify.

Several new restrictions on purchases that occur after Nov. 6 go into effect with the new law:

Dependents are not eligible to claim the credit.

No credit is available if the purchase price of a home is more than $800,000.
A purchaser must be at least 18 years of age on the date of purchase.

Members of the Armed Forces and certain federal employees serving outside the U.S. have an extra year to buy a principal residence in the U.S. and still qualify for the credit. An eligible taxpayer must buy or enter into a binding contract to buy a home by April 30, 2011, and settle on the purchase by June 30, 2011.

For more details on the credit, visit the First-Time Homebuyer Credit page on IRS.gov.

Farm Service Agency Announces Committee Elections

November 25, 2009
Donny Green

Election ballots for the DeKalb Farm Service Agency’s local committee election have been mailed to all eligible voters in Local Administrative Area # 1, the central portion of DeKalb County. Ballots must be completed and returned in person or postmarked no later than December 7, 2009. The Committee will meet December 8 to canvass, tabulate, and elect a committee person to represent farmers in the central portion of DeKalb County (Local Administrative Area #1), currently represented by County Committee Member Mary Sanders.

The farmer-elected committee is your voice in USDA’s programs here in DeKalb County. Members of the committee work with area farmers to maintain the local focus on many USDA programs, inform people of what’s available, and help producers understand how the programs work. “Committee members work to help shape national programs into working local programs,” says Donny Green, County Executive Director of the DeKalb County Farm Service Agency.

Mary Sanders was nominated as a candidate and will be the only candidate listed on the ballot. Write-in nominations are accepted and should be written on the official ballot. All candidates must meet eligibility requirements to hold the office on the Committee.

Once eligible voters receive their ballots, careful attention should be given to the instructions provided on the ballot that outline proper procedures for voting in this election. Voters can vote for only 1 nominee listed, or can write-in only 1 eligible candidate on the ballot. Voted ballots can be mailed back to the DeKalb FSA, or can be hand delivered to the FSA.

All ballots must be returned, or postmarked, by December 7 in order to be considered valid. Ballots will be opened and tabulated in a public meeting at the DeKalb County USDA Service Center, located at 647 Bright Hill Street in Smithville, at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 8. Contact the DeKalb County FSA office at 597-8225, ext. 2 for more information.

FSA committee elections are open to all voters without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, marital status, or disability.

County Clerk Mike Clayborn Qualifies as Candidate for Re-Election

November 23, 2009
Dwayne Page
County Clerk Mike Clayborn

County Clerk Mike Clayborn is the first candidate to qualify for the DeKalb County Democratic Primary next May.

Clayborn picked up his petition last week and has returned it with the required number of signatures to the election commission office.

Meanwhile, Dennis Stanley, Administrator of Elections, says Glynn Merriman has picked up a petition for the office of County Clerk.

The latest to pick up petitions are Incumbent Jerry Scott for the county commission in the third district, Incumbent Wayne Cantrell for the county commission in the fourth district, Incumbent John Green for the county commission in the fifth district, Incumbent Elmer Ellis, Jr. for the county commission in the first district; Jimmy W. Poss for the county commission in the seventh district; Roy Merriman for county commission in the third district, Incumbent Larry Summers for county commission in the seventh district, and Register of Deeds Jeff McMillen, who plans to see re-election.

Five men, Johnny Colwell, Randy Braswell, Bobby Taylor, and Lloyd Emmons have picked up petitions for county commission in the fifth district. Emmons seeks to qualify as an Independent candidate. The other three are planning to run as Democrats.

Offices eligible for the May ballot are County Mayor, County Clerk, Circuit Court Clerk, Trustee, Register of Deeds, Road Supervisor, and Sheriff, county commissioners in districts one through seven, 13th Judicial District Circuit Court Judge Part 1 and District Attorney. The latter two are up for election due to previous resignations and those named to fill these seats were appointed until the next scheduled election.

Stanley says qualifying petitions may now be picked up and the qualifying deadline for the May 4th Primary is noon on Thursday, February 18th, 2010. Stanley adds that there is another important date for potential Sheriff and Road Supervisor candidates to remember, February 4th.

Sheriff candidates must file "affidavits of qualification" with the Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Commission no later than February 4th, 2010. Road Supervisor candidates must file their affidavits of qualification with the Tennessee Highway Officials Certification Board no later than February 4th, 2010.

Stanley says Independent candidates have the same qualifying deadline, Noon, February 18th, 2010. The Republican Party, which usually selects its nominees by caucus, must certify its candidates by the same date and time.


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