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Graduation Ceremony Held for Leadership DeKalb Class of 2010

June 23, 2010
Suzanne Williams
Leadership DeKalb Class of 2010 (Photo by Suzanne Williams)

The Leadership DeKalb Class of 2010 graduation was held on Tuesday at the 303 North Public Square Building, Smithville. After a welcome from Leadership Director Jen Sherwood and Chamber President Tim Hintz, the invocation was given by class member Shirley Ingram. Special music for the evening was provided by James and Dorothy Hayes and class member Jackie Smith. The night's guest speakers were Leadership DeKalb Alumni Association 2009 Community Leader of the Year, Laura Stone, and the 2009 Leadership Legacy Award recipient, Judy Sandlin. Laura spoke on the topic "Helping Others” while Judy talked about “The Importance of Community Volunteerism.”

Class president Twana Green led the class overview of the year's sessions. A PowerPoint slide show assembled by class members Rita Bell and Abigail Laprad depicted each month’s speakers and activities. Leadership Director Jen Sherwood and Chamber Director Suzanne Williams presented the graduating class with plaques. Leadership Alumni President Shawn Jacobs closed with final words of encouragement to continue giving back to the community as graduates of Leadership DeKalb.

Leadership DeKalb is a 10-month program designed to bring together individuals who desire increased leadership responsibility in improving the quality of life in DeKalb County, and train these citizens with knowledge, skills and an increased awareness of opportunities so that they are involved, effective and active leaders. Each summer, applications are accepted for the next year's class. Participation is open to any who lives or works in DeKalb County and who has a desire to contribute to positive change in DeKalb County. For more information, contact Jen Sherwood at 597-4851 or the chamber office at 597-4163.

(Pictured left to right: Front row: Jen Sherwood, LD Director; Shirley Lockhart Ingram, Author; Mary Ann Smithson, Middle Tennessee Urology Specialists; Twana Green, DTC Wireless; Lori Manns, Manns Master Mechanics
Back row: Betty Turner, Artist; Kiki Brown, The Real Estate Team; Jackie Smith, State Farm Insurance; Rita Bell, Haven of Hope Counseling; Abigail C. Laprad, DCHS student/Smithville Rotary Club; Jennifer K. Butts, OIC Designs.)

Smithville Police Officer Matthew Holmes Named Investigator

June 21, 2010
Dwayne Page
Investigator Matthew Holmes

Patrolman Matthew Holmes of the Smithville Police Department has been transferred to the position of Investigator.

The aldermen Monday night approved the transfer with three voting in the affirmative. Alderman and Police Commissioner Aaron Meeks made the motion. Alderman Shawn Jacobs offered a second to the motion and Alderman Cecil Burger join them in voting in favor. Alderman W.J. (Dub) White and Alderman Steve White said they could not vote due to a personal conflict, since Holmes is married to Dub White's granddaughter who is also Steve White's niece.

Mayor Taft Hendrixson said that he, Meeks, and Police Chief Randy Caplinger held interviews Thursday or Friday last week. Three people, Patrolmen Scott Davis, Matt Farmer, and Matthew Holmes, were interviewed after the position was posted. "I think it was the consensus of the interview board that Matthew Holmes was probably the most qualified."

Holmes, age 24, joined the Smithville Police Department as a patrolman in 2007 after a brief stint with the Putnam County Sheriff's Department as a reserve officer. A graduate of DeKalb County High School, Holmes furthered his education at Motlow State Community College and Tennessee Tech University and then attended Walter State Community College where he received his police training.

In other business, the aldermen voted to have a continuing budget resolution drawn up to keep city government operating, effective July 1st until a new budget is approved for the 2010-11 fiscal year.

Copies of the proposed budget were made available to the aldermen two weeks ago. Normally a new budget is adopted by ordinance on two readings during the June meetings and is in place by July 1st.

Alderman Meeks said he believes the mayor and aldermen should have at least one or more workshop meetings to review the budget before it is considered for passage. "I believe that we should delay passing the budget and have some workshops on the budget before we pass it. That is my recommendation."

Alderman Jacobs said he agreed with Meeks. "I think there are some things we really need to address that have not been addressed in the budget. I don't know how we're going to pay for them right now but I think we have some critical needs that we need to take a look at and I would hate to see us rush into doing this with some needs. I'd like to have the department heads present with us as well, if that's appropriate as we look at the budget."

Meeks suggested that any budget workshop be delayed until after the Fiddler's Jamboree.

Mayor Hendrixson said a special meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 29th to formally adopt a continuing budget resolution, to swear into office the mayor and aldermen-elect, and for the mayor to make his appointments.

The mayor and aldermen will not meet on Monday, July 5th as had been previously advertised as a regular meeting. Since that day will be observed as part of the 4th of July weekend, no meeting will be held that night.

A few months ago, the aldermen adopted a new ordinance to better regulate groups conducting fundraisers at busy city intersections, particularly at Broad Street and Congress Boulevard. Alderman Meeks says some problems still persist. "We've had several folks have fundraisers at the Highway 56/70 intersection over the last few weeks and there have been some problems. In fact we've almost had to have a full time officer down there during those fundraisers and I don't believe that should be the responsibility of the taxpayers to have to pay for an officer to be down there full time. This past Saturday, we had two groups down there, one had a permit and were legitimate and had a right to be there. We had another group that did not have a right to be there and I believe they gave our police officers a hard time. That was not fair or right because the officers were simply obeying city regulations. If this continues to be a major problem we may have to come back and re-address this issue and do away with it altogether."

Alderman Jacobs, said he has also had some complaints. " I had heard a complaint also of people, a few weeks ago, selling things and they were literally standing in the middle of the road flagging cars down. It's very dangerous and if you're a motorist, it can be scary."

Meeks stressed that the intent of the ordinance was for safety." It was not to prevent anybody from raising funds. But if they're going to ignore the safety regulations, we may have to take a further step. If we do, we can always address that at this board."

Under the city's ordinance, non-profit organizations are limited to not more than two charitable roadblocks per year; all participants are required to wear orange or yellow vests or jackets; groups are required to show written proof that they are a legitimate non-profit 501C3 or 4 organization; solicitors are prohibited from standing in the road ( they are required to stand on the sidewalks near the intersections); solicitors must be at least 14 years of age or older to participate in the roadblocks); and a four hour per day time limit is established for any group to solicit donations at intersections. Groups are required to submit, in writing to the Chief of Police, a proposal for the specific time and place of the road block and the precautions to be implemented by the organization; and the groups must receive prior written approval by the Chief of Police to have the roadblocks.

12th annual Fiddler 5K and One Mile Fun Run set for July 3rd

June 21, 2010
Dwayne Page
Tecia Puckett Pryor
2009 Fiddler 5K and Fun Run (Photo by Bill Luton Photography)
2009 Overall Fiddler 5K Winner Christopher England

The 12th annual Fiddler 5K and One Mile Fun Run, sponsored by Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County, will be Saturday, July 3rd, the weekend of the Smithville Fiddler's Jamboree.

Race Director Tecia Puckett-Pryor says the race begins promptly at 7:00 a.m. rain or shine on Highway 56 north in front of the Family Medical Center. The race ends on Church Street. "We're excited that the 12th annual Fiddler 5K and One Mile Fun Run is Saturday, July 3rd which is the weekend of the Fiddlers Jamboree. The race starts promptly at 7:00 a.m. and we are now taking pre-registrations. We are encouraging everyone who is interested in either running the race or doing the fun run, which is a great little race for kids, to get registered."

"We are offering registration at www.active.com. You can register on-line up until June 30th and you still get the pre-registration discount if you register on-line. By paper, you can print out a form at www.fiddler5k.com but we need you to register by Monday, June 21st if you are registering by paper. That's a little bit of a change this year. We've cut the paper registration (deadline) off a little early this year because we're offering the on-line registration."

"You can also register on the day of the race but you have to pay $5.00 more if you do that and we're asking that you go ahead and bring a completed registration form with you if you have to register on race day. All these details are on our website and on the registration form which is available at www.fiddler5k.com."

If you would like a registration form and you don't have access to the Internet, you may pick up a form at the office of Tecia Puckett-Pryor, who works at Sue Puckett Jernigan's law office next to Griffin's Fruit Market on West Broad Street. Call 597-7370 for more information.

Pryor says this year's 5K will also feature some new age divisions. "We have added several new age divisions. We had so many people last year, 387 total participants, and about 250 or so of those were in the 5K, that we have decided we need more age divisions. We're going to have categories for ages nine and younger and then five year increments all the way up to age 75 plus, 10-14, 15-19, etc. That's in the male and female division for the 5K."

"We're also adding a Masters category. We always give out an overall male and female finisher in the 5K but if you are age 40 plus, you qualify for the Masters category so we're giving an overall 40 and older male and female award for the 5K."

" The Fun Run is remaining the same. We will give an overall male and female finisher award for those ages 12 and younger and the top three after that, male and female, ages 12 and younger. We're really excited about those new age divisions."

Pryor says the course is certified and R.A.C.E. Nashville will be managing timing. "We're also excited to bring on RA.C.E. Nashville to help us manage the timing. They will be there at the start and at the finish. We have gotten so big that we cannot manually do this ourselves anymore. This is a great organization out of Nashville that is going to help us with it. It's all going to be computerized so we will have the results in the computer broken down by age divisions within probably fifteen to twenty minutes of the end of the race. They will be able to print out the results very quickly for us so we're still anticipating having our awards within thirty minutes of the end of the race and definitely being out of there by nine o'clock. on Saturday morning. The director of R.A.C.E. Nashville, Jeff Langdon, is the cross country and track coach at Belmont University. This is a non-profit group and they help manage timing for a lot of races. They have many years of experience in doing this."

Pryor says the race is growing in popularity and more local people are starting to get involved. "The race course is a certified 3.1 mile course. It's a nice course. People really enjoy running in a small town. We have a lot of repeat runners so I think that says we're doing something right. We have more local people than we used to. The race has caught on and people want to get out and participate. It's just fun to be out there. It's a great event and people want to be apart of that."

36 year old Christopher England of Murray, Kentucky was the 2009 overall winner of the 5K. He completed the course in 16:51. England also holds the course record at 16:30 in 2008.

19 year old Lisa Glover of Warrington, Pennsylvania was the 2009 overall winner for females. She finished the course in 20:30.

Caroline Payne of Gainesville, Florida holds the course record for females at 20:02 in 2004.

Registration for the 5K or Fun Run is as follows:

Adults rates (over 18)
Adults Pre-Race: $20
Adults Day of Race: $25

Youth rates (18 and younger)
Youth Pre-Race: $15
Youth Day of Race: $20

Re-registration options:
Pre-register online at www.active.com until June 30th

Pre-register by mail by printing a form at www.fiddler5k.com and sending the form along with your payment to: P.O. Box 750, Smithville, Tennessee 37166. Pre-registration forms must be received in the mail by June 21st. Shirts are only guaranteed for those pre-registered by June 21st.

Race Day Check-In Times:
Pre-registered: 6:15 a.m.
Race Day Registration: 6:00 a.m.
Please bring a completed registration form with you

Awards- New Age Divisions
5K awards:
Overall and Master (40 plus) male and female finishers
Top three male and female finishers in the following age divisions:
9 and younger
75 plus

Fun Run Awards:
Overall male and female finishers age 12 and younger
Top three male and female finishers age 12 and younger

Race Perks and other information:
Pre-registered participants will receive a commemorative microfiber shirt. All participants will receive free refreshments and be eligible for door prize giveaways before the awards ceremony

The Course is certified and R.A.C.E. Nashville will be managing timing. Strollers are welcome and at the start line, should line up at the rear. No pets allowed. 5K course is open for 60 minutes.

All proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County.

Construction Progressing on Third Habitat Home in DeKalb County

June 20, 2010
Dwayne Page
Volunteers Working on Habitat Home in Smithville

Construction is progressing on the third Habitat home in DeKalb County and plans are for it to be completed and ready for the partner family to move into by late summer.

Volunteers from the Upper Helton Baptist Church and the Center Hill Brethren-in Christ Church spent the day Saturday with members of Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County working on the home, which is located on Hayes Street in Smithville.

Sharon Evans, Vice President of Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County says much of the construction work is done on Saturdays and thanks to church groups and other volunteers in the community who have donated their time this spring, the project is coming along nicely. "We are working with Upper Helton Baptist Church and Center Hill Brethren-in-Christ Church today (Saturday) putting up vinyl siding and building a stoop on the back of the home. We were going to stucco the concrete block at the bottom but the rain has prevented us from doing that but we're working away on this third home."

"Right now we are working our crews on Saturdays from 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. but if we found a group that wanted to work during a week day, we'd love to have a Monday or Tuesday crew to help fix things up. We've had some retired folks that have helped us. If anybody is interested in helping they can call and leave us a message at 615-215-8181. We're always looking for volunteers skilled and unskilled."

" The home is about 1,100 square feet. It has three bedrooms and one and a half bathrooms and is located on Hayes Street between College and Short Mountain Streets so you can drive by and see what we're doing. We're real excited to get this family moved into their own home and we're hoping to get them in by late summer. That's the goal. We appreciate all the help. The community has been supportive and we hope that continues."

Groundbreaking for the home was held in January and Kim McCowan and her three grandchildren joined in the brief ceremony.

McCowan said she and the children look forward to one day calling this location their home. "We're just proud to be here today. We're thankful and feel really blessed to be picked as the Habitat Partner family. Me and the girls are very grateful. McCowan's grandchildren, who will be living there with her are eight year old Haley, eleven year old Carrie, and thirteen year old Katelyn"

This is the third Habitat home in DeKalb County. The other two, completed within the last three years for the Denise Perry and Felicia Gibbs families, are located on Adams Street.

To qualify, applicants must: (1) have lived in DeKalb County for at least one year; (2) be willing to partner with Habitat to realize dreams of home ownership; (3) currently occupy inadequate or substandard housing; (4) demonstrate the ability to pay a mortgage; and (5) fall within Habitat's income guidelines.

All applications are reviewed and considered by Habitat's Family Selection Committee before a partner family is selected. The partner family then works with Habitat on construction of their home and to develop the skills necessary for successful home ownership. Construction labor is provided by Habitat volunteers, and some materials are donated by Habitat supporters, as well.

Lohorn Sentenced in Robbery and Vandalism Cases

June 19, 2010
Dwayne Page
Justin Lohorn

A 24 year old man, arrested last December for the robbery of a local resident and vandalism of soft drink vending machines at three businesses, was sentenced in DeKalb County Criminal Court Friday.

24 year old Justin Lohorn pleaded guilty to robbery and vandalism under $500. Judge Leon Burns, Jr. sentenced Lohorn to a three year sentence on the robbery charge and 11 months and 29 days on the vandalism. Both sentences are to run concurrently. Lohorn was given jail credit of 193 days and he must make restitution of $1,800 to one victim, $300 to a second person, and $300 to a third victim in the case.

Lohorn was accused of robbing a man at 826 Anthony Avenue on Friday, December 4th, 2009 as the resident was leaving his home during the early morning hours. Lohorn allegedly took a watch from the man at gunpoint and fled. No one was injured. A gun and the watch were later recovered at Lohorn's home.

Lohorn was also accused of vandalizing vending machines on Monday, December 7th, 2009 on the outside of Larry's Discount Grocery on West Broad Street, It's All About Looks on Dry Creek Road, and at the Mystik Market on Highway 56 south.

Meanwhile in other cases, 48 year old Joe Ray Hall pleaded guilty to a first offense of driving under the influence and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days, suspended to 48 hours to serve and then be on probation. Hall will lose his license for one year. He must also pay a $360 fine and complete and alcohol safety education program.

22 year old Travis Dewayne Rich pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary, theft of property over $10,000, and three counts of vandalism over $10,000. Sentences in each case are to run concurrently with each other for a total of three years. The term is also to run concurrently with a sentence of 11 months and 29 days in a violation of probation case against him in General Sessions Court. Rich is to serve 180 days and he must pay restitution of $1,000.

42 year old Mark R. Robinson pleaded guilty to sale of a schedule III controlled substance and received a two year sentence to serve. He was fined $2,000 and given jail credit of 193 days.

30 year old Lisa Rena Taylor pleaded guilty to attempting to introduce a schedule II controlled substance into a penal institution. She received a two year sentence, all suspended to DOC probation.

34 year old Nancy F. Brown, charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and manufacturing, sale, and delivery of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) was granted pre-trial diversion probation for a period of one year. She must perform 40 hours of community service work.

48 year old Dawn Beavers, charged with theft of property over $10,000, was granted pre-trial diversion probation for a period of two years. She must make restitution of $30,000 to the victim and perform 50 hours of community service work.

23 year old Daniel Sanchez pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident and no drivers license. He received a 60 day sentence, suspended to good behavior probation.

49 year old Roy Douglas Atnip, charged with theft under $500 and public intoxication, was granted pre-trial diversion probation for a period of 11 months and 29 days. He must perform 20 hours of community service work.

22 year old Trinity James Anderson, charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment with a weapon, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and vandalism under $500 was granted pre-trial diversion probation for a period of two years. He must perform 100 hours of community service work and make restitution of $2,466.

39 year old Michael G. Thomas pleaded guilty to promotion of meth and received a four year sentence suspended to probation supervised by community corrections. Thomas must pay a fine of $3,000.

34 year old Jimmy Walker pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days, all suspended to supervised probation except for 48 hours to serve. He was fined $360. The term is to run concurrent with a White County DUI sentence against him.

39 year old Chad E. Knowles pleaded guilty to possession with intent to sell a schedule II controlled substance and received a three year sentence to serve at 30% before his eligible release date. His term is to run concurrent with another TDOC sentence against him.

25 year old Robin Lynn Woodard pleaded guilty to sale of a schedule II controlled substance. She received a three year sentence to be released to time served. She must pay a $2,000 fine. Woodard will be on TDOC probation. She must undergo an alcohol and drug assessment and follow the recommended treatments. As part of her probation, Woodard must perform 100 hours of public service. She was given jail credit of 31 days.

29 year old Joseph Richardson pleaded guilty by information to aggravated burglary and theft under $500. He received a three year sentence on the burglary charge and 11 months and 29 days in the theft case, to run concurrently with each other, and all suspended to supervised probation. He must undergo an alcohol and drug assessment and make restitution to the victim.

30 year old Heather Renee Perkins, charged with tampering with evidence, possession of a schedule VI controlled substance for resale, simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance, and simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, was granted pre-trial diversion probation for a period of two years. She must perform 100 hours of community service work.

29 year old Sonya Miller pleaded guilty to simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and misdemeanor reckless endangerment and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days in each case to run concurrently with each other and all suspended to supervised probation. She has requested judicial diversion probation.

34 year old Jo Ann Ortega Rutland pleaded guilty to three counts of theft. All the sentences are to run concurrently with each other for a total of two years, all suspended to DOC probation except for 90 days to serve. She must make restitution of $1,068. The term is also to run concurrently with a Warren County sentence against her. She was given credit for time served.

48 year old Bret Kenneth Boring pleaded guilty to a second offense of driving under the influence and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days, suspended to 45 days to serve. Boring will then be on supervised probation. He was fined $610 and he will lose his license for two years.

28 year old William Travis Malone pleaded guilty to theft under $500 and was sentenced to 11 months and 29 days to be on supervised probation.

21 year old Raymond Rollins pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and received a three year sentence, all suspended to supervised probation except for 133 days to serve. He was given jail credit of 133 days.

41 year old Jose Sagahon pleaded guilty to driving on a revoked license. He received a six month sentence, all suspended to supervised probation. He will also lose his license for a period of time.

32 year old James A. Hesson was found to be in violation of probation and must serve the balance of a two year sentence for violation of the sex offender registration and monitoring act.

Luke Brock was granted pre-trial diversion probation for a period of two years and he must perform 60 hours of community service work.

Smithville Man Accused of Altering Prescription to Obtain more Pain Medication

June 18, 2010
Dwayne Page

A man, accused of altering a prescription in order to obtain more pain medication, was arrested by Smithville Police Wednesday, June 16th.

32 year old Darnell F Gurley of 848 Foster Road is charged with prescription fraud. Officer Matt Holmes made the arrest. Gurley, who had a written prescription for pain, took it to Wal-Mart Pharmacy where it was determined that the prescription had been altered. Gurley admitted to adding to the amounts of pills above what the prescription called for because he needed more medication for his pain and did not have the money to see another doctor. Bond for Gurley is $5,000 and his court date is June 24th.

22 year old Cynthia Marie Shehane of 392 Page Drive was arrested on Sunday, June 13th for driving on a suspended license. Corporal Travis Bryant responded to Mapco Express regarding a motor vehicle crash. During his investigation, Corporal Bryant discovered that Ms. Shehane had driven to Mapco and was then involved in the accident. A check revealed that her license was suspended for failure to satisfy a citation in DeKalb County. Bond for Shehane is $1,000 and her court date is June 23rd.

32 year old Steve A Stanley of 7714 Old Mill Hill Road was arrested on Tuesday, June 15th for possession of a schedule II and IV controlled substance. Lieutenant Steven Leffew was dispatched to the court house to assist parole officers Jessie Rucker and Byron Houston. While Danny Ponder was reporting to his probation officer, his vehicle was to be searched. Stanley was a passenger of the vehicle and when he got out of the automobile, Stanley walked to the yard of the court house where Rucker saw him drop a small metal container. Inside the container were 10 ½ pills. There was no prescription for the pills. Stanley said he was trying to help Ponder by getting the pills out of his car. Bond for Stanley is $2,000 and his court date is July 22nd.

Meanwhile, Lieutenant Leffew arrested 48 year old Danny R Ponder of 7851 Old Mill Hill Road for public intoxication and possession of drug paraphernalia. Lieutenant Leffew entered Kwik N Ezy and was approached by two customers and an employee who said that a man was passed out in a white Kia by the side of the building. Lieutenant Leffew checked and found Ponder passed out in the driver's seat. After Ponder was awakened, Lieutenant Leffew found his speech was slurred and Ponder was unsteady on his feet as he got out of the vehicle. Ponder said that he had taken several xanax and hydrocodone. Incident to arrest, nine syringes were found in the glove compartment of the vehicle. Bond for Ponder was set at $2,500 and his court date is July 22nd.

41 year old John Michael Turner of A B Frazier Road was arrested on Thursday, June 17th for driving under the influence. Officer Scott Davis observed Turner asleep behind the wheel of his vehicle which was parked in the north bound lane facing south bound on Allen Ferry Road near the ball field. There was an open can of Budweiser beer between his legs. When Officer Davis awoke Turner and asked for his driver's license, Turner gave him his debit card instead. Field sobriety tasks were not performed due to the vehicles location facing oncoming traffic and due to safety concerns for Turner. Officer Davis read Turner his Miranda rights and the Tennessee Implied Consent Law but he refused to submit. Turner was arrested for DUI and cited for violation of the open container law and violation of the implied consent law. Bond for Turner is $1,500 and his court date is June 24th.

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 Sunday, June 13th, Candido Rico of 832 O' Conner Street reported that between Saturday, June 12th at approximately 9:30 p.m and Sunday, June 13th at approximately 10:25 a.m. someone had cut the convertible top of his car and made entry. Rico's in dash DVD/stereo was stolen

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

Trial Date Set for Former Circuit Court Clerk Bookkeeper-Motion for Change of Venue Denied

June 18, 2010
Dwayne Page

A former bookkeeper at the Circuit Court Clerk's Office, charged with theft of property over $1,000, is set to stand trial October 18th in DeKalb County Criminal Court.

During a hearing Friday afternoon, Judge Leon Burns, Jr. set the trial date and denied a motion for a change of venue in the case against Tonya D. Page.

Adam W. Parrish, the Lebanon attorney representing Page filed the motion asking that the trial be moved to Cookeville due to "more than average" media exposure in DeKalb County and due to the fact that Mrs. Page's former employer, Katherine Pack, is a well known person who not only is arguably the victim in this case, but has contact with potential jurors as part of her responsibilities as clerk. For those reasons, Parrish asked that the trial be held in Cookeville where the jury pool would be larger and more diverse.

In response, Assistant District Attorney Greg Strong said that Parrish had not produced any evidence to support his claims, and asked that the trial go forward in DeKalb County.

Judge Burns said it was his practice to try and seat a jury in the county where the case originates and felt like that should be done in this case to "see where we are." However, Judge Burns added that Ms. Pack serving as clerk or jury coordinator in this trial might be a concern, and said he was open to the idea of having a clerk pro temp appointed just for this particular case. But he stopped short of making a final decision on a clerk pro temp appointment until August 16th, to give the lawyers in the case more time to do some legal research on the issue.

The change of venue motion states that Tonya D. Page moves the court for a change of venue due to undue excitement against her in this county, which is of such a nature that a fair trial could not be had. In support thereof, Defendant (Page) would respectfully show as follows:

That the population of DeKalb County is approximately 17,423 and the population of the City of Smithville is even less, 4,389.

This geographically, is a relatively small and tight knit community.

That this case has received significant media exposure, and that commencing with the date of the alleged crime and continuing thereafter, the local papers and WJLE have carried stories purporting to recite facts pertaining to the various alleged facts in the indictment which extends into the homes of many prospective jurors.

Finally, that one of the state's chief witnesses, and arguably the victim, Katherine Pack, is a highly public and well loved individual in the community.

The defendant (Page) moves that this cause be transferred to Cookeville or any other neighboring county which the court may deem proper, where a fair and impartial trial of the defendant may be had.

DeKalb County Fair Set for July 19th-24th

June 18, 2010
Dwayne Page
Jeff McMillen

Members of the DeKalb County Fair Association are busy preparing for this year's edition of the Grandpa Fair of the South, which is set for Monday through Saturday July 19th through July 24th.

With the theme " The Fun Begins in 2010", this year's DeKalb County Fair will feature a fun filled week of activities including all new rides by the Family Attractions Amusement Company and two nights of the Super Truck and Tractor Pull on Friday and Saturday nights.

Fair Manager Jeff McMillen says more work has been required this year to get ready for the fair, due to the flooding that occurred in May. " If at all possible we'll start putting up the fence next week. That will be the last of the flood damage. Although the grandstand was not structurally damaged due to the flood we have been required to buy additional insurance and we'll have that in place by the first of the week. We have bought some very expensive insurance that we hope we don't have to use to be able to do the events. We are going to go up on our entry fees of every event that I can think of by five dollars to help pay for these events because we have to buy special event insurance to do the demolition derby, the motorcycle/four wheeler event, the go carts, tractor pulls, every thing that we do, we have to buy special event insurance. We've spent a lot of money cleaning up after the flood and we're hoping for federal assistance but we can't guarantee that. We can't bank on something we don't have. But everything is cleaner than it's been in probably ten years because of all the pressure washing that's been done. We've hired some people to come down and help and they have done a good job. We're going to be ready and you probably won't know the difference between this year and last year as far as a flood being there. "

McMillen says the fair will be bringing back the Off-Road Challenge, Open Rodeo, the Demolition Derby, Antique Tractor Pull, Super Tractor and Truck Pull, Go Kart Racing, Four Wheelers and Motorcycle Racing, DeKalb Idol, the Vintage Fashion Show, and many other popular attractions. "We have the same events that we had last year but the carnival people (Family Attractions Amusement) will have all new rides. They're trying to bring new things to towns that they have been in for a while."

"The Off- Road Challenge will be adding a speed course. Instead of it being a boring type five minute "can you get across the log" type thing, it's going to be more of a time type (speed course) event. These vehicles need to be pre-registered. The cost is twenty five dollars to pre-register or forty five dollars if you register the day of the event."

"We'll have Go-Cart racing. This year with our competition carts, which is the fast carts, they have started a points system and they do about four or five fairs. The Lebanon fair is the championship series of this challenge so if they (participants) want to be involved in the points and win money at the end of the year, they have to come to these fairs and race so we should have more participation in that class than we have had in the past."

"This year on the tractor pull, we're going to do two nights of the Super Trucks and Tractor Pull. We'll have seven classes each night. Part of the smoker tractors will pull both nights and it's a points event so they will have to participate if they want to win the points at the end of the year."

"On Saturday, we're going to open the gates at noon and we'll have an antique tractor pull starting at two o'clock. Again, the second night of the Super Truck and Tractor Pull will be on Saturday night at seven thirty p.m."

McMillen urges fair goers to 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 Monday through Friday from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Saturday from Noon. until 9:00 p.m.

All Non-Perishable exhibits ONLY will be accepted Saturday, July 10th from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

All Perishable exhibits ONLY will be accepted Saturday, July 17th from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

Premium books are now available at DeKalb Community Bank, Liberty State Bank, the Chamber of Commerce Office, and at all libraries in DeKalb County..

Enjoy nightly entertainment at the Memory Lane Stage in Memory Village

The following events are scheduled:

Monday, July 19th: Cattle Show at 6:00 p.m. at the Tot Kelly barn; Off-Road Challenge at the T.C. McMillen Arena at 6:30 p.m.; Junior Fair Princess Pageant at 6:00 p.m. followed by the Fairest of the Fair Pageant at the Lions Club Pavilion. $1000 cash giveaway at 9:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 20th: the Little Mr. and Miss Pageant for contestants ages 4-6 at 6:00 p.m. at the Lions Club Pavilion with a concert by Doug Collins to follow; Go-Cart Racing at 6:30 p.m. at the T.C. McMillen Arena; and a Horse Show at 7:00 p.m. at the Grandstand; $1000 cash giveaway at 9:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 21st: Little Miss Princess Pageant for contestants ages 7-8 at 6:00 p.m. followed by the Miss Sweetheart Pageant for those ages 10-12 at the Lions Club Pavilion; Four Wheeler and Motorcycle Racing at 6:00 p.m. at the T.C. McMillen Arena; $1000 cash giveaway at 9:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 22nd: Senior Citizen Day activities at 9:00 a.m. at the Lions Club Pavilion; 4-H Chick Chain Show at 5:00 p.m. at the Tot Kelly barn; Junior Goat Show at 6:00 p.m. at the Tot Kelly barn; a Baby Show at 6:00 p.m. followed by a Vintage Fashion Show at the Lions Club Pavilion; and a Rodeo at the T.C. McMillen Arena at 7:30 p.m.; $1000 cash giveaway at 9:30 p.m.

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.; Antique Tractor Pull at 2:00 p.m at the T.C. McMillen Arena.; 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, Monday through Saturday 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. Monday through Friday and at NOON. on Saturday. Parking is Free!

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

School Board Considers Light Agenda

June 18, 2010
Dwayne Page

The DeKalb County Board of Education considered a light agenda Thursday night, meeting less than ten minutes to adopt budget amendments, approve contracts and to take care of other routine business.

Director of Schools Mark Willoughby gave his monthly report on personnel.

Betty Boss, educational assistant at DeKalb West School has resigned.
Dianne Trapp, school bookkeeper at Northside Elementary School has resigned
Jan Alexander, teacher at DeKalb Middle School has retired

Jeff Poteete, substitute bus driver, was employed for the 2009-2010 school year.

TDOS Reminds Motorists: Never Leave Children Unattended in a Vehicle

June 17, 2010

With above average temperatures this June, the ‘dog days of summer' are certainly looming on the state of Tennessee. As the heat becomes a factor, the Tennessee Department of Safety would like to remind motorists to never leave children or pets in an unattended vehicle, which can be a dangerous and sometimes deadly offense.

"A child or a pet should never be left in an unattended vehicle under any circumstances – especially in the heat," said Department of Safety Commissioner Dave Mitchell. "Motorists should routinely make sure all occupants exit the vehicle whenever they leave a car. An illness or even worse, a death, due to such a senseless tragedy is absolutely preventable."

On a typical sunny, summer day, experts say the temperature inside a car can reach potentially deadly levels within minutes. Even on a mild day at 73 degrees outside, an SUV can heat up to 100 degrees in 10 minutes and to 120 degrees in just 30 minutes. At 90 degrees outside, the interior of a vehicle can heat up to 160 degrees within several minutes.

"Children are not safe from heat buildup when motorists crack the window of a parked car," said Tennessee Highway Patrol Colonel

Mike Walker. "The best way to protect your children is to never leave them unattended in a vehicle; not even for a minute. This negligence could lead to the loss of a loved one, as well as jail time or stiff penalties. Don't risk it."

Make sure your child is safe this summer and always follow a few simple safety tips:

Children should never be left alone in a vehicle, not even to run a quick errand.

Be sure that all occupants leave the vehicle when unloading. Don't overlook sleeping babies.

Children can set a vehicle in motion. Always lock your car and ensure children do not have access
to keys or remote entry devices.

If a child gets locked inside, call 911 and get him/her out as soon as possible.

Keep vehicles locked at all times, even in the garage or driveway.

Keys should never be left within reach or sight of children.

If you see a child or animal unattended in a car, be proactive and call 911.

Only 15 states, including Tennessee, have laws that prohibit leaving a child unattended in a vehicle.

State law provides that "any person who knowingly, other than by accidental means, treats a child under eighteen years of age in such a manner as to inflict injury commits a Class A misdemeanor. Class A Misdemeanors carry a penalty of not greater than 11 months, 29 days or a fine up to $2,500, or both. If the abused child is six years of age or less, the penalty is a Class D felony.

State law carries a possible Class B or Class A felony for aggravated child abuse and aggravated child neglect or endangerment. Class A Felonies can carry a penalty of not less than 15 no more than 60 years. In addition, the jury may assess a fine not to exceed $50,000.

Under state law, it is an offense for a person responsible for a child younger than seven (7) years
of age to knowingly leave that child in a motor vehicle located on public property or while on the premises of any shopping center, trailer park, or any apartment house complex, or any other premises that is generally frequented by the public at large without being supervised in the motor vehicle by a person who is at least thirteen (13) years of age, if:

(1) The conditions present a risk to the child's health or safety;

(2) The engine of the motor vehicle is running; or

(3) The keys to the motor vehicle are located anywhere inside the passenger compartment of the vehicle.

(b) A violation of this section is a Class B misdemeanor punishable only by a fine of two hundred dollars ($200) for the first offense.

(c) A second or subsequent violation of this section is a Class B misdemeanor punishable only by a fine of five hundred dollars ($500).

As of June 13, 2010, there have been 10 child deaths in the United States due to hyperthermia from being left behind in hot vehicles. Last year, nationwide, there were at least 33 U.S. deaths due to the same cause. (Source: San Francisco State University)

Motorists should also take precautions in the event of a break down on a highway, especially with children or senior citizens in the vehicle. The Tennessee Highway Patrol suggests the following safety tips when traveling:

For highway emergencies, summon help immediately via cellular phone by dialing *THP (*847) to connect to the nearest THP District Headquarters.

Have a basic first aid/survival kit, including two-three bottles of water per person, in vehicle.

If vehicle begins to overheat, turn off the air conditioner.

If a break down occurs, steer your vehicle as far away from the flow of traffic as possible.


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