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Amanda Dakas Named Principal at DeKalb Middle School

July 13, 2017
Dwayne Page
Director of Schools Patrick Cripps Names Amanda Dakas as Principal at DeKalb Middle School

Amanda Dakas is the new Principal at DeKalb Middle School.

Director of Schools Patrick Cripps has named Dakas to succeed Randy Jennings as DMS Principal. Jennings is the new Principal at DeKalb County High School.

Dakas has served as Assistant Principal at DeKalb Middle School since 2012. She has a Bachelor’s Degree (B.S.), a Master’s Degree (M.S.), and an Educational Specialist Degree (Ed.S).

Tad Webb will be stepping into the role of Assistant Principal. He has been a 7th grade math teacher and a DMS Saints football and DWS Bulldogs baseball coach.

“I am very humbled and excited about being named the new principal at DeKalb Middle School! Some of the people that I respect most have once held this very same position, and I know what their leadership and guidance meant to me as a student, a colleague, and now as a friend. The teachers at DMS have a passion for teaching and learning and the atmosphere is that of a family. From the time I became Assistant Principal until now, these folks have embraced me and we have become a team! I am also beyond thrilled to know that I have the opportunity to serve the children within our county at a time in their lives when they need guidance the most. We have phenomenal teachers, educational assistants, custodians, kitchen staff, and students at DMS, and I am just so honored to be a part of this team….. and that’s what we are- A TEAM!,” Principal Dakas told WJLE

“I am also grateful for the opportunity to have worked with Mr. Randy Jennings over the past five years and now I am looking forward to working with Mr. Tad Webb. I know we’re going to work together as a great team because we already have over these past years,” she said.

“I think she is going to bring a lot of energy to the school. I have no doubt she will work hard. She is dedicated to those kids. She loves those kids. She loves that school. It’s a big job and she knows what’s coming. They have made a ton of changes in the past and we’re excited about the vision she has for the school and where she plans on taking it,” Director of Schools Patrick Cripps told WJLE.

A 1991 graduate of DeKalb County High School, Dakas attended college at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville from 1991 through 1996. From 1991-1995 she earned her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)degree with a Major in Speech Communication and a Minor in Inclusive Early Childhood Education. From 1995-1996 Dakas also received her Masters of Science (M.S.) degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Tennessee. In 2000, Dakas attended Oakland University in Rochester Hills, Michigan where she began taking introductory educational leadership classes. In 2004 she went back to school and received her Educational Specialist (Ed.S) degree in 2006 with a focus on Instructional Leadership from Tennessee Technological University.

Dakas began teaching at John Sevier Elementary School in Maryville, Tennessee as a 1st grade teacher in 1995 and then moved back to DeKalb County in 1996 where she taught 7th grade Math at DeKalb Middle School and was the football cheerleading coach. Dakas got married that same year and her husband received a promotion within his business in the automotive industry.

“We moved to Shelby Township, Michigan where we resided for the next 5 ½ years. While living there, I became a homeschool educator for a year and a half where I was hired to go in to people’s homes and design a curriculum and deliver instruction to students within a multi-age setting before I decided to try my hand in the business world. I worked in Sales and Marketing at Dura Automotive Headquarters in Rochester Hills, Michigan for the remaining 4 years before we returned to Smithville. Once we were back home, I also returned to my love of teaching! I began teaching at Northside Elementary School in 2002 where I taught 3rd grade for 5 years and Computer and Technology for 5 years and remained at N.E.S. until I became Assistant Principal at DeKalb Middle School in 2012 where I have served until June 2017. (My first day as an Assistant Principal was also my twins’ first day of Kindergarten.) As of July 2017, I was named Principal of DeKalb Middle School. (Therefore, I have taught for a total of 16 ½ years!),” said Dakas.

“I have taught 1st grade, 3rd grade, 7th grade math, and taught ALL 2nd-5th grade students in Computer and Technology. I have been Assistant Principal at DMS for the last 5 years and am honored to begin my journey as Principal of DeKalb Middle School,” she said.

Dakas is the daughter of Rick and Sandra Widener and Donnie (and the late Margaret Ann) Pack. She married John Nikolas Dakas, from Ferndale, Michigan, on November 30, 1996 and they had twins, Andrew Jackson Dakas and Annabella Eleni Dakas, on December 20, 2006. The twins will be in the fifth grade at Northside Elementary School this year. “My husband, John, is currently a Senior Formability Engineer at Magna International/Cosma Die Technology which is based out of Troy, Michigan,” said Dakas.

The new DMS Principal has already identified specific goals she would like to see accomplished.

“Over the past 5 years as Assistant Principal, I have been able to focus on and achieve success over many of the goals that I have set for our school. While those successes are gratifying, the work is never done in the world of education. Two specific goals that I have set for this year are increasing student growth within English/Language Arts and Math and focusing on communication as a whole! The first goal will be centered around our core instruction in English and Math and within our Response to Intervention time each day where we take students where they currently are, skill-wise, and give them the tools they need in order to grow,” said Dakas

“The second goal will focus on providing information about what’s going on at DMS for parents and students on a consistent basis. Our team is working on some ideas right now that will facilitate better communication from school to home, and we are excited about that. More than anything, we just want our students to become kind and productive members of society, and we believe that a solid educational foundation combined with a nurturing and exciting environment will help grow these kinds of future leaders,” she said.

Dakas is anxious to get started as Principal and is ready for the challenge.

“My experience as a teacher for 10 ½ years and as an Assistant Principal for 5 years, combined with my years in business, has helped prepare me for this moment by giving me hands-on, real-life experiences to draw on. Looking back, I can now see how each of these experiences has served as a building block to get me to where I am today. Of course, experiences only get you so far. Without the support and belief of my wonderful family and the great teachers and educational leaders in DeKalb County, I would not be here. You never reach the mountaintop by yourself, so it’s important to always remember that success comes when you’re a member of a great team!”

“Finally, I want to thank Mr. Patrick Cripps and the school board for this wonderful opportunity and I look forward to having them visit the middle school often to see for themselves all the great things happening there,” said Principal Dakas.

Tad Webb Selected as Assistant DeKalb Middle School Principal

July 13, 2017
Dwayne Page
Tad Webb Named Assistant DeKalb Middle School Principal

Director of Schools Patrick Cripps has selected Tad Webb as the new Assistant Principal at DeKalb Middle School.

Webb has been a seventh grade math teacher at the school along with the Saints’ head football coach and the DeKalb West Bulldogs head baseball coach. He will be giving up those positions.

“I have known Tad for several years. He is a hard worker. He has been “Teacher of the Year” at his school. Tad is a fantastic math teacher. But more than that, he is a fantastic person. He represents DeKalb County well not only in the classroom but he has represented us on the baseball field and the football field. Tad will bring a different dynamic to the position. He is well respected not only among the kids that he coaches, but the parents of those kids and the community. We’re excited about bringing him along as well,” Director of Schools Patrick Cripps told WJLE.

New head DMS football and West School baseball coaches have not yet been named.

City Updates Airport Policies on T-Hangar Usage

July 13, 2017
Dwayne Page
Smithville Airport Manager Joe Johnson

The City of Smithville is updating its policies at the airport in regard to the use of Corporate and T-Hangars.

Airport Manager Joe Johnson presented the proposals to the mayor and aldermen Monday night, which have also been recommended by the city’s airport board. The aldermen voted to give their blessing.

Johnson said the first step is to renew leases with the current tenants, which hasn’t been done since 2011. The leases are currently for one year at a time.

The city has sixteen T-hangars and two corporate hangars and all are occupied. Tenants of the T-hangars pay the city $115 per month and the monthly rent for the corporate hangars is $225.

Tenants will now have the option of paying their entire years rent in one lump sum payment at the current rate or they may continue to pay monthly, but at a higher rate of $125 per month. Those who have corporate hangars can also pay up front for the year at the current rate of $225 per month or at the higher rate of $250 if they choose to continue to pay by the month.

Johnson said by paying up front for an entire year, the tenants get a price break while the city has more cash on hand to use for immediate airport needs.

The hangars are a good source of income for the airport having generated around $29,000 last year. If the city had more hangars, Johnson said that income alone could perhaps make the airport self supporting.

“We’re trying to attract as many airplanes as we can to keep our hangars full. If we keep them full we have a chance to get more t-hangars. I’m trying to keep the rates as low as I can to be competitive with other airports, yet take care of the city too. If we had one more set of nine hangars at the airport, that would generate enough revenue to be self supporting from the rent and we would be able to sell more fuel,” said Johnson.

The city has taken advantage of federal and state grant funds over the years to make airport improvements. In most cases the city’s portion of the cost has been as little as five percent of the grant amounts. But with the federal funds comes regulations and in the case of the T-hangars, the city has adopted an FAA policy with regard to their proper use.

According to the policy, the hangars must be used for the storage of active aircraft; final assembly of aircraft under construction; non-commercial construction of amateur-built or kit built aircraft; maintenance, repair, or refurbishment of aircraft, but not the indefinite storage of non-operational aircraft; and the storage of aircraft handling equipment, such as towbars, glider tow equipment, workbenches, and tools and materials used in the servicing, maintenance, repair, or outfitting of aircraft.

Anything that impedes the movement of the aircraft in and out of the hangar or impedes access to aircraft or other aeronautical contents out of the hangar is prohibited.

Airports are subject to FAA inspections and if violations of the policy are discovered the city could be at risk of losing federal airport funds.

Any tenant not in compliance with the policy will be sent a letter asking them to adhere to the terms of their lease and FAA regulations or risk being evicted.

Although the hangars are currently occupied, the city has a waiting list of potential tenants and a policy has been developed on who gets first choice. Generally, its on a first come-first served basis, but Smithville residents are given first priority and then DeKalb County citizens.

Johnson is also working on a policy in accordance with city and state fire marshal regulations to identify items not permitted for storage in a hangar which could pose a fire hazard.

New Student Registration at DCHS Begins July 26

July 13, 2017
Dwayne Page

DeKalb County High School New (to our county) Student Registration will be held on July 26th - August 4th from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (this is not for current students moving from 8th grade to 9th or any students who are currently enrolled in the DeKalb County school system. It's for new student that have moved to this county).

If you have a student who is currently enrolled with the DeKalb County school system please go on-line to www.dchstigers.com and under quick links log-in to "Skyward" to your "Family Access" and pre-register your student. When completing the information, please add any persons who may sign your student out to the emergency contact section. If they are not listed they will not be able to sign your student out.

DeKalb County High School Freshman Orientation will be held August 3rd from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Please come in the front doors and you will be directed to your homeroom. Computers will be available that night to register your student.

If you have any questions call Rhonda Merriman at DeKalb County High School 615-597-2249

Meanwhile, DeKalb County Schools will re-open with registration for all students on Monday, August 7.

The first day of school education celebration (free school supplies) will be Monday, August 7 starting at 6:00 p.m. on the Smithville Public Square

The first full day of school for all students will be Wednesday, August 9.

Wednesday, August 2 will be a system-wide in-service.

All teachers will report to their individual schools on Thursday and Friday August 3 & 4

Teachers only will report for an administrative day on Tuesday, August 8.

12th Annual Tennessee Sales Tax Holiday July 28-30

July 12, 2017
12th Annual Tennessee Sales Tax Holiday July 28-30

Tennessee retailers will not collect sales tax on more than 150 different items during the upcoming 12th annual sales tax holiday.

From July 28-30, shoppers can save nearly 10 percent on clothing, school supplies and computers, as students prepare for the back-to-school season. State and local taxes will not be collected on clothing, school and art supplies that cost $100 or less per item and computers that cost $1,500 or less.

State Department of Revenue officials remind people the weekend of savings is not exclusive to students or Tennesseans. Anyone who wants to shop in Tennessee during the last weekend of July will be eligible to save on sales tax.

“The sales tax holiday for back-to-school items is another way to put more money back in the pockets of Tennesseans. We encourage Tennesseans to take advantage of this tax break as they prepare their children for the upcoming school year,” said Gov. Bill Haslam.

Legislators passed a new law in 2016 that moved the sales tax holiday a weekend earlier than it was in the past. The sales tax holiday is now the last weekend in July, instead of the first weekend in August. This year, the sales tax holiday begins July 28 at 12:01 a.m. and ends July 30 at 11:59 p.m.

“We want to remind Tennesseans about this important opportunity for savings. It’s available to everyone and only happens one weekend a year,” said Revenue Commissioner David Gerregano.

For more information about the sales tax holiday, including a complete list of tax-exempt items and frequently asked questions, visit tntaxholiday.com.

Owens Found with Drugs During DUI Investigation

July 12, 2017
Dwayne Page
Tyrone Dwayne Owens

A Smithville man was found with drugs during a recent DUI investigation.

41 year old Tyrone Dwayne Owens was arrested Wednesday, July 5 for DUI and he was cited for two counts of simple possession. Smithville Police responded to two people passed out in a car in a church parking lot. Upon arrival the officer spoke with Owens and noticed the passenger to be passed out. Owens' speech was a bit slurred and he seemed very drowsy. A witness spotted the car and noticed Owens to be passed out with the brake lights on and the car still running. Another witness confirmed the car was running with Owens in the driver seat and that he (witness) turned the car off and took the keys out of the ignition. Another officer on the scene spotted a joint in the driver's side door arm rest and then searched the car. Owens consented to field sobriety tasks but he performed poorly. While searching him incident to arrest, the officer pulled Owens' wallet out of his back pocket and a yellow rectangular pill thought to be Alprazolom fell out. Upon closer inspection of the wallet, a white barrel shaped pill thought to be methadone and another yellow rectangular pill believed to be Alpraolom were discovered. Bond for Owens is $2,500 and his court date is July 27.

36 year old Ricky Lynn Martin was arrested Thursday, June 29 for criminal trespass, shoplifting, and he was cited for simple possession. Police responded to Wal-Mart for a possible shoplifter and upon arrival observed Martin checking out at a register. After his purchase, the officer confronted Martin and reminded him that he wasn’t' suppose to be on the property. The officer had written Martin a citation on June 10 for shoplifting and advised him at that time not to be back on the property. Martin was arrested for criminal trespassing and upon a search by police, he was found to have unpaid for items belonging to Wal-Mart on his person. He also had on him a crystal like substance which tested positive for Methamphetamine and a white/peach gel pill believed to be morphine. Bond for Martin is $4,000 and his court date is July 13.

18 year old Rachel Irene Patterson was cited for simple possession and drug paraphernalia on Saturday, July 1. Patterson was being questioned by police concerning an incident that occurred elsewhere when she gave consent to search her vehicle. Found inside was a bag in the back seat with approximately 1 gram of a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana and a glass pipe used to smoke the marijuana. Her court date is July 20.

41 year old Eric L Atnip was arrested on Sunday, July 2 for violation of an order of protection. Police responded to an unwanted guest call and spoke with Atnip and the victim at the residence. On April 27 a full protection order was issued in DeKalb County General Sessions Court instructing Atnip to refrain from having any contact with the victim. His bond is $2,500 and his court date is July 13.

41 year old Amy Jo Scott was arrested on Wednesday, July 5 for a third offense of driving under the influence, driving on revoked, simple possession and she was cited for simple possession. Police responded to a lockout call but before unlocking the vehicle the officer ran the tag to confirm that Scott was the owner. Central Dispatch confirmed that she was the owner of the vehicle but that her driver license were revoked. After unlocking the vehicle, the officer left the location but approximately two minutes later, he saw Scott driving on Tommy Harrell Street. He then turned his patrol car around in order to get behind her vehicle. Once on East Bryant Street the officer activated his blue lights and Scott pulled over to the side of the road. The officer informed Scott that he stopped her due to his knowledge of her having a revoked driver license. Scott's speech was slurred and her eyes appeared to be very heavy. She consented to sobriety tasks but performed poorly. Scott was then placed under arrest for DUI and driving on a revoked license. After Scott consented to a search her vehicle, police found two round blue pills in a small plastic bag believed to be Clonazepam. She was placed under arrest and transported to the police department. Upon arrival Scott asked to use the restroom and while in there she dropped a pill on the floor. During questioning, she produced a metal container with 11 red and white capsule type pills identified as 75mg Lyrica. Scott couldn't provide a prescription for any of the medication in her possession. Bond for Scott is $7,500 and her court date is July 20.

Homeless Man Breaks Into Dowelltown Home

July 11, 2017
Dwayne Page
Nathan Joseph Wilbert
Jason Douglas Stembridge
Kenny Wayne Bly
Armando Palacio Blas
David Dewayne Anderson
Christopher Alan Richardson

A homeless man was arrested two weeks ago after breaking into a home in Dowelltown.

37 year old Nathan Joseph Wilbert is charged with aggravated burglary, vandalism over $1,000, and evading arrest. He is under a $20,000 bond and his court date is July 20.


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Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Sunday, June 25 Wilbert entered a residence on East Main Street in Dowelltown with the intent to commit a felony, vandalism. Wilbert gained entry by breaking out the door glass window. While in the home, Wilbert destroyed a 40 inch TV, two Indian statues, a door glass, a glass desk mirror, coffee pot, counter top, mini blind, and he punched a hole in the wall. The total value of the damage is $1,345. Wilbert did not have consent from the owner to be inside the home.

Three days later, on Wednesday June 28 officers found Wilbert at the Dry Creek swimming area. As they approached to serve active warrants on him, Wilbert ran from them trying to evade arrest.

The case was investigated by a Sheriff’s Department Detective.

A prisoner in the DeKalb County Jail Annex, 33 year old Jason Douglas Stembridge of Cantrell Road, Smithville, is charged with assault. He is under a $1,500 bond and his court date is July 20. Sheriff Ray said that on Tuesday, July 4, Stembridge walked up to another prisoner who had his back to him and struck the inmate in the face. The victim stood up and began to punch Stembridge. A Correctional officer then entered the cell and broke up the fight.

38 year old Kenny Wayne Bly of South Mountain Street, Smithville is charged with resisting stop, frisk, halt, or search. His bond is $2,500 and his court date is July 20. Sheriff Ray said that on Thursday, July 6 a deputy and detective went to Bly’s home to pick him up on an active warrant. Upon the officers’ arrival, Bly ran from them even after being ordered several times to stop. Bly was caught shortly thereafter and arrested.

30 year old Armando Palacio Blas of Smith Road, Smithville is charged with domestic assault. His bond is $2,500 and he will make a court appearance on July 20. Sheriff Ray said that on Thursday, July 6 a deputy was dispatched to the area of Food Lion to meet a man and his translator. The man told the officer that during a party at his home on Old West Point Road, Blas intentionally caused bodily injury to his wife by hitting her in the face causing redness and swelling to the side of her face on the cheek under her left eye. After the assault, Blas placed his wife in a vehicle and drove her to an address on Adcock Cemetery Road.

47 year old David Dewayne Anderson of Dedmon Hollow Road, Liberty is charged with a second offense of driving on a suspended license. His bond is $3,000 and he will be in court on July 27. Sheriff Ray said that on Friday, July 7 a deputy initiated a traffic stop on Dale Ridge Road for failure to maintain lane of travel. The officer spoke with the driver, Anderson who stated he had no driver license. His license were suspended on Friday, July 14, 2016 for failure to show proof of insurance. Anderson also has a prior offense of driving while license suspended.

46 year old Christopher Alan Richardson of Three Island Road, Sparta is charged with domestic assault. His bond is $5,000 and his court date is July 27. Sheriff Ray said that on Friday, July 7 a deputy was called to a location on Allen Ferry Road due to an assault on a woman. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with the victim at the lake. She said that her husband, Richardson, had pulled her out of a vehicle and hit her about the face and head area. She also alleged that Richardson had kicked her in the head while wearing his boots. The woman suffered black eyes and she had knots and blood on her head. Richardson was determined to have been the primary aggressor and was charged with domestic assault. He was taken to the hospital to be treated for a broken hand.

TCI Recommends Re-Certification for DeKalb County Jail

July 11, 2017
Dwayne Page
TCI Recommends Re-Certification for DeKalb County Jail

The DeKalb County Jail has passed another yearly inspection and is recommended for re-certification by the Tennessee Correctional Institute.

Officials of the TCI recently sent a letter addressed to Sheriff Patrick Ray, Jail Sergeant Anthony Boyd, and County Mayor Tim Stribling, noting findings of the jail inspection held on June 20th, 2017.

According to the inspection report, “a large percentage of the facility was newly painted, appeared to be very clean, and various locks were replaced. The facility appeared to be in good state of repair. The policy procedure book was revised and signed off by Sheriff Ray and is within standards. There were no improper findings during the 2016 State financial audit. Criminal histories were completed on all new employees and service providers and all training records appear to meet State Standards. Inmates are being searched when entering and leaving secure areas of the jail and the facility is being searched for contraband. Three meals, two hot, are being served daily. Meals are being prepared under the direct supervision of the staff and culinary equipment is being stored securely. Religious services are occurring at least weekly and inmates are being provided with at least one hour of recreational activities. Medical services are provided by Advanced Correctional Care. The licenses of doctors and nurses are current. Fourteen day physicals were held which is well within standards. Inmates are being observed on an hourly schedule and being documented. All head counts are being conducted.”

The Tennessee Correctional Institute Inspector recommends continued certification for the year of 2017.

Sheriff Ray said” the DeKalb County Jail has a bed capacity of 102 State Certified beds including 78 male beds and 24 female beds. We have an average daily population of 75 inmates. Our population varies each day. On court days our population grows because of transports from other jails to our facility for inmates to attend court.”

Woman on Probation Admits to Growing Marijuana

July 11, 2017
Dwayne Page
Amanda Lynette Davis
Bags of Marijuana Found in Home of Amanda Lynette Davis

A woman on probation was found with baggies of marijuana for resale during a law enforcement search of her home last week.

37 year old Amanda Lynette Davis of McMinnville Highway, Smithville is charged with manufacturing a schedule VI controlled substance (marijuana) and possession with the intent to sell or deliver a schedule VI drug. Her bond is $50,000 and her court date is July 27.


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Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Friday, July 7 a state probation officer and a DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department deputy went to Davis’ residence on McMinnville Highway to do a probation search and to pick her up on an active warrant. During the search, five black trash bags were found, all containing a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana. Each bag was labeled a different type of marijuana and the pot was still on the stems including THC Bomb, Strawberry Delight, Grape God, and Deep Cheese. Another plastic baggie was found with a green leafy substance weighing 1.15 ounces.

While the officers were conducting their search, Davis went to a truck outside the home and retrieved a glass pipe along with another plastic baggie containing a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana weighing 0.30 ounces.

Davis admitted during an interview with officers that the marijuana belonged to her and that she had grown the plants herself in the woods. Davis was placed under arrest.

Teen Indicted in Same Sex Rape

July 11, 2017
Dwayne Page
Jacob Randall Stacy
Jonathan Dewayne Barnes
Ricky Lane Evans
Arlene Cookie Hullett
Nicholas Cody Walls
Thomas Richard Squires
Alford Mitchell Horn
Ross Lee Herrin
Stephanie Michelle Mooneyham
Jonathan Paul Evans
Dekoda Lane Vance
Michael James Culver

A Carthage teen indicted in May for various crimes including the rape of another male has been arrested by the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department.

18 year old Jacob Randall Stacy of Cordell Hull Circle, Carthage was named in sealed indictments on charges of rape, burglary, auto burglary, theft under $1,000 (2 counts), and vandalism (2 counts). His bond totals $55,000 and he will make a court appearance on July 24.


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Sheriff Patrick Ray said that at the time of the offenses, Stacy was a juvenile but his case was later transferred from the juvenile court to criminal court so he could be tried as an adult. Prior to his turning 18, Stacy was in the custody of the Department of Children Services.

On the rape charge, the indictment alleges that on or about October 29, 2016 in DeKalb County, Stacy did intentionally and or knowingly engage in unlawful sexual penetration of another male without his consent constituting the offense of rape.

Meanwhile, on October 17, 2016, Stacy allegedly entered the Mount Zion Baptist Church, not open to the public, with the intent to commit theft, constituting the offense of burglary. From the church, Stacy allegedly stole various food items being under the value of $1,000, constituting the offense of theft. During the break-in, Stacy allegedly caused damage to an interior door and two window screens of the church building.

On the same day, October 17, 2016, Stacy allegedly entered a 1995 Ford F-250 pickup truck with the intent to commit a theft constituting the offense of burglary of a motor vehicle. From the truck, Stacy allegedly stole personal checks, chewing tobacco, and a 10 foot trailer being under the value of $1,000 constituting the offense of theft under $1,000. During the break-in, Stacy allegedly damaged the dashboard and ignition of the truck.

32 year old Jonathan Dewayne Barnes of Talley Road, Smithville is charged with violation of bond conditions. His bond is $4,500 and his court date is July 13. Sheriff Ray said that on Monday, June 26 a deputy was patrolling on Highway 70 east when he noticed a small red four door sedan failing to maintain its lane of travel. After stopping the vehicle the officer spoke with the female driver and Barnes, who was a passenger. A computer check revealed that Barnes is under an active order which granted him bail in Sevier County but he is not to have contact with the woman he was riding with during this traffic stop.

46 year old Ricky Lane Evans of Gene Vaughn Road, Smithville is charged with driving on a suspended license. His bond is $1,500 and his court date is July 13. Sheriff Ray said that on Thursday, June 15 a detective stopped Evans and issued him a citation for driving on a suspended license. Evans’ license were suspended on May 19, 2015 for failure to pay child support. The detective spotted Evans again on Thursday, June 29 operating a motor vehicle on Jacobs Pillar Road. The detective knew that Evans did not have a driver license but he was unable to stop him. A warrant was later issued for Evans’ arrest.

65 year old Arlene Cookie Hullett and her son, 32 year old Nicholas Cody Walls both of Coconut Ridge Road, Smithville are charged with domestic assault. Bond for each is $2,500 and their court date is July 13. Sheriff Ray said that on Thursday, June 29 a deputy was called to a residence on Coconut Ridge Road due to a physical domestic. Upon arrival the officer spoke with Hullett who said that she and her son, Walls got into an argument. Hullett said Walls pushed her down and hit her four times about the head causing a large knot on her head. Walls was later stopped by a Smithville Police Officer on North Congress Boulevard. A deputy also responded and spoke with Walls who had marks on his neck and bruising to his hand. Walls confirmed that he and Hullett had gotten into an argument and but that she had fallen causing marks to her head. When she got up, Hullett became physical with Walls grabbing him around the neck. Both Hullett and Walls had consumed alcoholic beverages. Due to the inconsistent accounts of the incident, officers could not determine the primary aggressor. Both were arrested for domestic assault and taken to the sheriff’s department for booking.

59 year old Thomas Richard Squires of Neal Drive, Smithville is charged with violation of an order of protection. His bond is $1,500 and his court date is July 13. Sheriff Ray said that on Friday, June 30 a deputy was dispatched to the area of Neal Drive for a possible argument. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with Squires who had been in an argument with another man with whom he was living. Squires then went to the home of a woman who had an order of protection against him and yelled for her as he knocked on the back door. The woman opened her door long enough to order Squires to leave the premises. A computer check revealed that Squires was the respondent of an order of protection in which the woman was the petitioner.

47 year old Alford Mitchell Horn of Eagle Creek Road, Smithville is charged with theft of property. His bond is $5,000 and his court date is July 13. Sheriff Ray said that on Friday, June 30 a deputy responded to a residence on Holmes Creek Road due to a possible stolen vehicle. Upon arrival, the officer spoke to the owners who reported that their 2016 Hyundai Elantra was stolen. According to the victims, Horn was given the vehicle to be cleaned but that he was not to go anywhere in it. The victims claim they were unaware that Horn had taken the vehicle. Horn was later found in possession of the automobile at a business on Highway 70 east in Smithville.

36 year old Ross Lee Herrin of Vinewood Road, McMinnville is charged with evading arrest. His bond is $2,500 and his court date is July 20. Sheriff Ray said that on Monday, July 3 a deputy was dispatched to the Belk area due to a suspicious man and woman in a white 1990 Chevrolet Impala. The officer spotted the car on Belk Road. As the deputy turned on his blue lights to get the car to stop, the driver of the vehicle initially sped up but then pulled off to the side of the road into a driveway. The man got out of the car and ran off into the woods. The deputy identified himself as an officer and called several times for the man to stop but he kept running. The officer then spoke to the woman in the car and she confirmed that the man who fled was Herrin. He was taken into custody shortly thereafter just down the road.

25 year old Stephanie Michelle Mooneyham of Toad Road, Dowelltown is charged with domestic assault. Her bond is $2,500 and her court date is July 20. Sheriff Ray said that on Monday, July 3 a deputy was dispatched to a residence on Toad Road due to a domestic. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with a woman who said her daughter, Mooneyham, had punched her several times in the face because she wouldn’t give her a cigarette. The victim sustained a swollen black eye from the altercation. Mooneyham was placed under arrest.

52 year old Jonathan Paul Evans of Lakeland, Tennessee is charged with possession of a handgun while under the influence and reckless endangerment. He is under a $12,500 bond and he will be in court July 27. Sheriff Ray said that on Saturday, July 8 a deputy was called to Hurricane Boat Dock due to shots fired. Upon arrival, the officer spoke to the caller who stated that while fishing in a cove near Mulligan Lane and Love Colony Road several shots were fired from a gun in his direction with one round coming very close to hitting him, causing the man to fear for his life. After a further investigation, the officer went to a residence on Mulligan Lane and spoke with Evans, who came out of the home holding a model 5946 Smith & Wesson handgun. Evans, who had an odor of an alcoholic beverage on his person and bloodshot watery eyes, admitted to having consumed several alcoholic beverages. The deputy also found several alcohol containers in the same area as the spent shell casings, on the deck and in the trash. Evans admitted to having fired shots toward the lake.

18 year old Dekoda Lane Vance of Dale Ridge Road, Smithville is charged with misuse of 911. His bond is $1,500 and he will make a court appearance on July 27. According to Sheriff Ray, a deputy responded to a residence on Dale Ridge Road for a 911 call Sunday, July 9. Vance had called 911 to ask why fire trucks were going by his home. Vance told the 911 dispatchers that he was a local firefighter and requested a fire truck to stop at his residence to pick him up because the battery in his pager was dead. While speaking with him, the officer learned that Vance is not a firefighter and he confirmed it with the city and county fire departments. Vance was placed under arrest for misusing 911 by calling in a non-emergency situation thereby delaying actual emergency dispatches to personnel.

48 year old Michael James Culver of Culver Lane Sparta is charged with driving under the influence and possession with intent to sell or deliver methamphetamine. He was further cited for possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of implied consent (refusing to submit to a blood test). His bond totals $7,500 and his court date is July 27. Sheriff Ray said that on Sunday, July 9 a deputy responded to Lowery Road, Smithville due to a suspicious white vehicle setting in a driveway. The officer arrived and found a man, Culver, sitting in the front seat. He was passed out and the car keys were in the ignition. The deputy awoke Culver and asked him to step out of the vehicle. Culver was unsteady on his feet. His eyes were dilated and blood shot and his speech was slurred. Culver submitted to but performed poorly on field sobriety tasks. He was placed under arrest. A search of his vehicle revealed 0.53 grams of methamphetamine in a green pill container. Twenty two needles were also found in the vehicle.


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