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Bradley Miller Top Scholarship Winner at DCHS Senior Awards Night Ceremony

May 15, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
Director of Schools Patrick Cripps with the top two scholarship winners during Monday night’s DCHS Class of 2018 Awards Night Program Bradley Miller and Glendaliz Ortiz-Rodriguez
Director of Schools Patrick Cripps with Mackenzie Partridge who recently earned an Associate Degree at Motlow State Community College before graduating high school through the dual enrollment program. Partridge will graduate with her high school classmates Friday night.
DCHS Class of 2018 Tennessee Scholars
DCHS Class of 2018 Scholarship Award Winners

Bradley Miller was the top scholarship award winner during Monday night’s Class of 2018 Awards Night program held at DCHS.

Miller received the largest single award of $180,280 in a football scholarship from Sewanee University of the South.

Two other students received more than $100,000 in scholarships including Glendaliz Ortiz-Rodriguez who will get $130,000 for her enlistment in the US Marine Corps and Mackenzie Partridge who is being awarded $115,000 for her enlistment in the US Navy. Partridge was also awarded $8,000 from UT-Martin and $1,000 each from the National Society of High School Scholars and the Honors Society.

Partridge was further recognized for already having completed two years of college at Motlow State Community College through the dual enrollment program. Partridge has earned an Associate degree in Science. She walked the line at Motlow on Saturday, May 5. As a member of the DCHS Class of 2018, Partridge and her fellow classmates will receive their high school diplomas Friday night on the football field during the commencement at 7 p.m.

Representatives of colleges, universities, branches of the armed services, businesses, civic groups, and other organizations made the presentations.

Scholarship recipients listed in alphabetical order according to last names and their award amounts and other honors are as follows:

*Eleonore Atnip:
Eastern Middle Tennessee Association of Realtors: $1,000

*Myrie Atnip:
W. Doyle and Melford Smith Scholarship from Tennessee Tech: $2,500
DeKalb County Cattleman’s Association Kenneth Young Memorial Scholarship-$1,000
DeKalb County Soil Conservation District-$500
Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers-$500

*Kristina Bain:
Cumberland University-$6,000
US Marines Athlete Award

*MaKayla Cornett-Bain:
Mentors Association Scholarship:$5,000

*Kayla Belk:
UT-Chattanooga-$16,000
Comcast-$1,000
AmVets-$250
AmVets Ladies Auxiliary-$250
DeKalb County 4-H Jo Ellen Huffman Memorial Scholarship-$500

*Bryson Braswell:
Gene Haas Foundation Scholarship-$1,000

*Hannah Brown:
Golden Opportunity Scholarship from Tennessee Tech-$8,000
David Wayne Alexander Memorial-$1,500
DCHS BETA Club Scholarship-$200
Woodmen of the World U.S. History Award- $50

*Veronica Brown:
Caney Fork Electric-2017 Essay Contest Fourth Place-$50

*Emily Burklow:
Brandon Elder & Jolly Angels-$4,000
Smithville Business & Professional Women’s Club- $500
First Bank-$500
St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital-$500
DeKalb Retired Teachers Association-$200

*Faedra Burns:
Clyde Thomas Family Trust Scholarship-$1,000

*Kaitlyn Cantrell:
DeKalb Emergency Services Association-$500

*Catherine Caplinger;
St Thomas DeKalb Hospital Physicians-$500

*Travis Checci:
Gene Haas Foundation Scholarship-$1,000

*Tyree Cripps:
FBLA Business Award
Smithville Rotary Club-$750
DeKalb County School Board Members-$600
Alan Hooper Memorial from Love-Cantrell Funeral Home-$500
DeKalb Retired Teachers Association-$200
Rotary Youth Leadership Award

*Gage Delape:
Lindsey Wilson College Academic and Football-$76,000

*Ethan Dies:
DeKalb County Scottish Rite Club-$1,000

*Thomas Brady Driver:
Motlow State Community College: $2,000
Upper Cumberland Association of Realtors: $250
3.21 Run for Down Syndrome Awareness-$250
Caney Fork Electric-2017 Youth Leadership Summitt

*Dylan Easterwood:
Clyde Thomas Family Trust Scholarship-$1,000

*Abby Evans:
Dailey & Vincent Helping Hands Scholarship-$2,000
David Wayne Alexander Memorial-$1,500
American Legion Auxiliary Girls State- $350
Eastern Middle Tennessee Association of Realtors: $500

*Marshal Evins:
Salutatorian
Kyle & Kenny Robinson Memorial Scholarship-$1,000
Smithville Rotary Club Math Award-$100

*Justin Ferrell:
Gene Haas Foundation Scholarship-$1,000

*Santana Ferrell:
Dailey & Vincent Helping Hands Scholarship-$2,000

*Jacob Frazier:
UT-Knoxville-$12,000
General Assembly Merit Scholarship-$4,000

*Olivia Fuson:
Liberty State Bank-$500
Caney Fork Electric-2017 Essay Contest Second Place-$100

*Pablo Juarez-Garcia:
Smithville Rotary Club Vocational Award-$100
Caney Fork Electric-2017 Washington Youth Tour Winner

*Jhoany Gaspar:
Smithville Rotary Club-$750

*Breanna Gibson:
UT-Chattanooga-$12,000
3.21 Run for Down Syndrome Awareness-$250
DCHS BETA Club Scholarship-$200
Rotary Youth Leadership Award
US Marines Scholar Award

*Grace Godowns:
MTSU True Blue Scholarship-$12,000
Eastern Middle Tennessee Association of Realtors: $500

*Griffin Goldstein:
Golden Opportunity Scholarship from Tennessee Tech-$8,000
Gene Haas Foundation Scholarship-$1,000

*Cody Hale:
Custom Packaging Scholarship for full tuition and books to Cumberland University

*Brady Hughes:
Clyde Thomas Family Trust Scholarship-$1,000

*Virgilio Junior Ingram:
Love-Cantrell Funeral Home-$500
US Marines Semper Fidelis Award

*Ethan Jennings:
Tennessee Highway Patrol-$500
American Legion Boys State-$350 (elected Lieutenant Governor)
US Marines Athlete Award

*Hunter Chad Jennings:
Anthony Duane Trapp Memorial-$1,000

*Austin Johnson:
UT-Chattanooga-$16,000
DeKalb County School Board Members-$600

*Trey Jones:
Motlow State Community College: $6,000
Love-Cantrell Funeral Home-$500
Southern Landscape & Supply-$500

*Will Judkins:
Caney Fork Electric-2017 Essay Contest Third Place-$75

*Kyle Justice:
Regions Bank- $28,000
High Flyer Scholarship from Tennessee Tech-$16,000
General Assembly Merit Scholarship-$4,000

*Emily Lasser:
Eddie Crips Memorial Scholarship-$500
DCHS Class of 1966-$500

*Mark Mace:
Lucille Stewart Memorial Scholarship-$2,000
DeKalb Retired Teachers Association-$750

*Allison Maynard:
Valedictorian
Freed-Hardeman University-$57,420
Tennessee Governor’s School for Sciences and Engineering
Rotary Youth Leadership Award
Daughters of the American Revolution-Good Citizen Award-$50

*John Maynard:
Columbia State Community College Baseball Scholarship-$8,910

*Nick May
Thomas Moore College-$72,000
Clay Edwards Memorial Tiger Pride Award-$500

*Kelsie Merriman:
UT-Knoxville-$20,000
Scarlett Family Foundation Scholarship for Business-$30,000
UT-Knoxville Aspire Stem-$37,500
Tenneco Daughters Scholarship-$6,000
General Assembly Merit Scholarship-$4,000
American Legion Auxiliary Girls State: $350

*Bradley Miller:
Sewanee University of the South-$180,280
Kyle & Kenny Robinson Memorial Scholarship-$1,000

*Logan Painter:
Southeast Bank Scholarship: $20,000
UT-Chattanooga-$16,000

*Jasmine Parker:
High Flyer Scholarship from Tennessee Tech-$12,000
General Assembly Merit Scholarship-$4,000
Eastern Middle Tennessee Association of Realtors: $500
Caney Fork Electric-2017 Youth Leadership Summitt

*MacKenzie Partridge:
United States Navy Enlistment-$115,000
UT-Martin-$8,000
Motlow State Community College Associate Degree
National Society of High School Scholars-$1,000
Honors Society-$1,000

*Ami Patel:
UT-Chattanooga-$16,000

*Paola Ponce:
Clyde Thomas Family Trust Scholarship-$1,000

*Lee Randolph
Gene Haas Foundation Scholarship-$1,000

*Hailey Redmon:
Smithville Women’s Club-$500

*Nicole Rivera:
Clyde Thomas Family Trust Scholarship-$1,000

*Maggie Robinson:
UT-Chattanooga-$16,000
Kyle & Kenny Robinson Memorial Scholarship-$1,000
Golden Opportunity Scholarship from Tennessee Tech

*Glendaliz Ortiz-Rodriguez:
US Marine Corps Enlistment: $130,000

*Nicklaus Staley:
Elzie and Nell McBride Memorial Scholarship-$500

*Devin Vanatta:
Mentors Association Scholarship:$5,000

*Savannah West:
Eastern Middle Tennessee Association of Realtors: $1,000
Golden Opportunity Scholarship from Tennessee Tech-$4,000

*Benjamin Seth Whaley:
Clyde Thomas Family Trust Scholarship-$1,000

*Olivia Winter:
Lucille Stewart Memorial Scholarship-$2,000
Karen Blair Jacobs Memorial Scholarship in Education-$1,000
DeKalb County School Board Members-$600
Southern Landscape & Supply-$500
DeKalb Retired Teachers Association-$200

The 47 Top Rank students in the Class of 2018 were recognized including the Valedictorian Allison Maynard and the Salutatorian Marshal Evins.

To be considered for top Rank, students must take at least 10 honors, dual enrollment, and AP courses and students must have a 21 or higher ACT composite score.

The following students have met requirements to be considered for Top Rank:
1. Allison Maynard
2. Marshal Evins
3. Breanna Gibson
4. Kelsie Merriman
5. Abby Evans
6. Logan Painter
7. Kyle Justice
8. Austin Johnson
9. Maggie Robinson
10. Kaitlyn Cantrell
11. Hannah Evans
12. Michael Miller
13. Tyree Cripps
14. Willow Godowns
15. Hannah Brown
16. Olivia Fuson
17. Taylor Reeder
18. Eleonore Atnip
19. Makayla Cornett-Bain
20. Jaimie Alexander
21. David Pack
22. Ana Amaya
23. Jacob Frazier
24. Ethan Jennings
25. Santanna Ferrell
26. Trey Jones
27. Olivia Winter
28. Griffen Goldstein
29. Ami Patel
30. Savannah Belcher
31. Laiza Martinez
32. Madison Cripps
33. Ethan Cantrell
34. Ethan Martin
35. Thomas Driver
36. Kaylee Whitefield
37. Jasmine Parker
38. Emily Burklow
39. Kayla Belk
40. Hunter Speaks
41. Jaynee Angaran
42. Gage Delape
43. Hunter Jennings
44. Makenzie Partridge
45. Lee Randolph
46. Savannah West
47. Hailey Redmon

Twenty four seniors at DCHS have met the requirements for graduating with Tennessee State Honors by meeting all of the ACT/SAT subject area readiness benchmarks.

Those students are:
Jaimie Alexander
Ana Amaya
Savannah Belcher
Kayla Belk
Kaitlyn Cantrell
Abby Evans
Hannah Evans
Marshal Evins
Jacob Frazier
Breanna Gibson
Grace Godowns
Griffen Goldstein
Austin Johnson
Kyle Justice
Mark Mace
Allison Maynard
Kelsie Merriman
Bradley Miller
David Pack
Logan Painter
Jasmine Parker
Ami Patel
Lee Randolph
Maggie Robinson.

The ACT benchmarks for this honor are English-18, Reading-22, Math-22, and Science-23.
SAT benchmarks are: Evidence-Based Reading and Writing-480, and Math-530.
Students who take the ACT in April and meet the requirements may still graduate with honors.

Forty three students have earned the honor of “Distinction” including the following:

Jaimie Alexander
Eleonore Atnip
Kristina Bain
Savannah Belcher
Hannah Brown
Emily Burklow
Ethan Cantrell
Kaitlyn Cantrell
MaKayla Cornett-Bain
Tyree Cripps
Brady Driver
Noelle Driver
Abby Evans
Hannah Evans
Olivia Fuson
Santana Ferrell
Breanna Gibson
Mia Godinez
Grace Godowns
Griffen Goldstein
Ethan Jennings
Austin Johnson
Trey Jones
Kyle Justice
Emily Lasser
Ethan Martin
Allison Maynard
Brianna Meadows
Kelsie Merriman
Bradley Miller
Logan Painter
Jasmine Parker
Mackenzie Partridge
Lee Randolph
Hailey Redmon
Taylor Reeder
Nicole Rivera
Maggie Robinson
Hunter Speaks
Savannah West
Kaylee Whitefield
Kyleigh White Turbeville
Olivia Winter

Students with Distinction have met at least one of the following:
*Earned a nationally recognized industry certification
*Participated in at least one year of the Governor's Schools
*Participated in one of the state's All State Musical Organizations
*Been selected as a National Merit Finalist or Semi-Finalist
*Attained a composite score of 31 or higher on the ACT
*Attained a score of 3 or higher on at least two Advanced Placement (AP) exams
*Earned 12 or more semester hours of postsecondary (dual enrollment credit)

The 2018 DCHS Tennessee Scholars were recognized.

The Tennessee Scholars program encourages students to take a more rigorous and challenging course of study in high school. Students graduating as Tennessee Scholars have to maintain good academic, disciplinary, and attendance standards as well as volunteer at least 80 hours over the course of their high school career in the community. Tennessee Scholars also choose to take rigorous courses beyond what is required to graduate. Janney & Associates CPAs generously provided the Tennessee Scholars Medals.

The following students have met all requirements for the Tennessee Scholars Program:

Jaimie Alexander
Eleonore Atnip
Kristina Bain
Savannah Belcher
Hannah Brown
Emily Burklow
Kaitlyn Cantrell
MaKayla Cornett-Bain
Tyree Cripps
Brady Driver
Noelle Driver
Abby Evans
Hannah Evans
Breanna Gibson
Grace Godowns
Austin Johnson
Pablo Juarez-Garcia
Emily Lasser
Ethan Martin
Allison Maynard
Kelsie Merriman
Logan Painter
Jasmine Parker
Mackenzie Partridge
Hailey Redmon
Maggie Robinson
Savannah West
Kyleigh White Turbeville
Olivia Winter

Tennessee recognition for service awards were presented to the following students who have completed 10 or more hours of service to their community each year since starting high school:
Kristina Bain
Savannah Belcher
Kayla Belk
Hannah Brown
Brady Driver
Dylan Easterwood
Abby Evans
Hannah Evans
Jacob Frazier
Breanna Gibson
Morgan Green
Pablo Juarez-Garcia
Emily Lasser
Ethan Martin
Allison Maynard
Logan Painter
Jasmine Parker
Mackenzie Partridge
Maggie Robinson
Olivia Winter

Head Start Students Graduate

May 14, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
Head Start Students Graduate

Seventy four students in the L.B.J. & C. Smithville Head Start Program received certificates during a graduation ceremony held Monday at the county complex auditorium.

Parents and other family members and friends turned out for the program which featured the children singing songs including ”Goodbye Friends” and dancing to the recording of “Get Funky”.

Students in each of the four classes wore graduation caps and came to the podium to receive their certificates as their names were called by the teachers.

Director Cathy Shehane read a graduation poem in honor of the students.

“A child is like a butterfly in the wind. Some can fly higher than others, but each one flies the best it can. Why compare one against the other? Each one is different. Each one is special. Each one is beautiful.”

DCHS Baseball Camp set for June 4 & 5

May 14, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
 Adam Kefauver

The 2018 DeKalb County Baseball Camp will be Monday and Tuesday, June 4 & 5

Tiger Coach Adam Kefauver said the camp will be held at the DCHS baseball field from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. each day.

The camp is for ages 5 to 14.

Camp Skills:
* Learn the proper mechanics for throwing and catching
* Learn the proper fundamentals for pitching, playing infield, and playing outfield
* Learn correct fundamentals of hitting
* Learn numerous drills for all aspects of baseball

What to bring:
* Cleats, tennis shoes, baseball pants, hat, glove, bat (catchers gear)
* Snacks and drinks for breaks (water will be provided)

Registration:
* Cost of the camp is $60
* Registration will be June 4 from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. at the DCHS Baseball field.

DeKalb West School Teacher Cynthia Wilson to Retire

May 14, 2018
by: 
Bill Conger
DeKalb West School Teacher Cynthia Wilson to Retire

After 28 years of teaching, DWS 8th grade teacher Cynthia Wilson is going out in style. Earlier this year her peers nominated the educator who is retiring at the end of this school year for the Teacher of the Year award.

“The thing that makes this award so special to me is that my fellow teachers determine this,” Wilson said. “That says it all!”

The English Language Arts/Social Studies teacher started her career after graduating from Bryan College in Dayton, TN with a B.S. in Elementary Education.

“I was 21 years old, and my first class consisted of 36 first graders,” Wilson said. “I have taught not only first grade, but third, fourth, fifth, seventh, and finally eighth grade.”

Wilson stepped away from the profession for a decade to raise her three small children, who are now adults--Ricky Preston, 32, Paige Preston Lang, 30 (son-in-law Richard Lang), and Robby Preston, 27 (daughter-in-law Jordan Preston).

“I knew when they were all school age, I would return to teaching, and I was anxious to do so.”

Wilson, the former Cynthia Judge, grew up in Orlando/Kissimmee, FL area, the daughter of a dairy farmer. She loved going to school and was quite the social butterfly.

“My report card often had the comment “talks too much” from my teachers,” she remembers with a playful frown.

Wilson knew from a very young age that teaching was her calling.

“When I was a little girl, I played school with my sisters (Stephanie, Jennifer, Priscilla, and Melanie, a former 8th grade teacher at DWS), and I was always the teacher,” she recalls. “I always loved children, and I knew teaching was my gift. I think I owe this mostly to the wonderful teachers that I had.”

Since those younger years, the veteran teacher has witnessed a lot of changes in the profession.

“There are now much greater expectations on the students, there are so many new and different teaching strategies, and the accountability for both students and teachers are at the highest.”

“My role as an 8th grade teacher is somewhat different than other teachers. Most of my students have attended DWS for nine years where they have been taught, disciplined, and loved. In the 8th grade this goal remains the same, but we also purpose to prepare the students for their transition to high school. While the students are given a bit more freedom in some ways, they are also given much more responsibility. The main point I want them to embrace is that they are responsible for their own education. Their teachers and administrators can only do so much… the rest is up to them.”

As the clock winds down on her final days in education, Wilson is ready for an enjoyable retirement with her husband, Mark Wilson. Perhaps she’ll be able to make more time for her hobbies of calligraphy, reading, playing the piano, cooking and entertaining friends. And she has one adventure that she wants to enter her life.

“It is my greatest hope to have grandchildren in the very near future!”

Girl Scout Troop Makes Cleaning Up Town Cemetery Its Silver Award Project

May 13, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
PICTURED-SEATED LEFT TO RIGHT: Kayce Hale, Alexis Bennett, Madison Hammock, Jenna Wright, Katie Patterson, Zoe Cripps, Layla Walker, Katherine Gassaway, Emma Hancock.  STANDING LEFT TO RIGHT: Tonya Hale, Joanie Williams, Julianna Gassaway, Jane Ramsey, Jake Ramsey, Darrah Ramsey, Rob Ramsey, Penny Walker, Marie Blair, and Amy Cripps.
Girl Scouts Katie Patterson and Layla Walker uncover broken headstone during cleanup day at Town Cemetery Saturday
Girl Scouts and Volunteers cutting and removing tree limbs from Town Cemetery Saturday
Town Cemetery iron fence in need of repair
Smithville Town Cemetery established in 1838

The Smithville Town Cemetery is in need of clean-up and repairs and members of local Girl Scout Troop 750 are taking on the effort as they work toward obtaining a Silver Award.

The Silver Award is the second highest award of the Girl Scouts of the USA, and the highest award that a Girl Scout Cadette can earn.

Girl Scouts, leaders, and volunteers spent their day Saturday doing cleanup work in the cemetery. Although progress has been made, the job is not yet complete and will take more time. When the work is finished, the Troop plans to host a Community Day to invite the public to visit and learn more about the historic cemetery.

“We originally planned to have a History Day and Scavenger Hunt but when we started looking at all that we realized what a mess the cemetery was in. During the process of cleaning, we found two head stones that were buried. Some tombstones are broken, the iron fence is in need of repair, and trash, leaves, and limbs are scattered about the cemetery. We’re going to have to schedule several days over a period of time to clean up and we have invited other girl scout troops and volunteers to help us. Troop 3094 came to help today (Saturday) and we also appreciate the Ramsey family for coming out and working so hard with their chainsaws. We want to get everything cleaned up looking pretty so we can have that big day to invite the community to come in and learn more about the cemetery,” said Joanie Williams, who is a Troop 750 Co-Leader with Amy Cripps.

In addition to working toward a Silver Award, the Girl Scouts hope to raise community awareness about the history and needs of Town Cemetery which was founded in 1838 and is the final resting place for several veterans including civil war soldiers, a former Congressman and his wife, and the founder of the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, among many others.

PICTURED-SEATED LEFT TO RIGHT: Kayce Hale, Alexis Bennett, Madison Hammock, Jenna Wright, Katie Patterson, Zoe Cripps, Layla Walker, Katherine Gassaway, Emma Hancock. STANDING LEFT TO RIGHT: Tonya Hale, Joanie Williams, Julianna Gassaway, Jane Ramsey, Jake Ramsey, Darrah Ramsey, Rob Ramsey, Penny Walker, Marie Blair, and Amy Cripps.

Man Faces Charges After Trying to Evade Arrest

May 13, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
Willie Ray Murphy
Robin Lynn Woodard
Tevin Shimontay Cartwright
Ricky Lee Mason
Julian Guerrero Soto
Gregory Wayne Roberts
Clint Allen Fann
Destiny Leshea Herron

A 36 year old Smithville man faces charges by both the Sheriff’s Department and Tennessee Highway Patrol after he tried to outrun a deputy before crashing his car into a utility pole.

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Willie Ray Murphy of West Bryant Street, Smithville is charged by the sheriff’s department with driving under the influence, driving on a restricted license, evading arrest, and resisting stop frisk, halt, arrest or search. His bond on those charges is $16,000. The THP has Murphy charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and being involved in an accident resulting in property damage. His bond on these offenses is $3,000. His court date on all the charges is June 21.

According to Sheriff Patrick Ray, a deputy tried to stop Murphy on Sunday, May 6 for driving on a revoked license after spotting him traveling on East Broad Street. Murphy tried to outrun the deputy by turning onto several city streets and running stop signs before driving through the Bill Page ballfield and crashing into a utility pole on West Bryant Street. Murphy abandoned his car and tried to escape on foot but the deputy caught up with him. Murphy was placed under arrest. The officer noticed that Murphy’s speech was slurred. His eyes were glassy and he was staggering. He refused to submit to field sobriety tasks and a search warrant was secured to obtain a blood sample from him.

During an investigation of the crash, a state trooper found inside Murphy’s car, a metal blue pipe containing residue of plant material.

33 year old Robin Lynn Woodard of Hogan Road, Gordonsville is charged with a second offense of driving while license revoked and possession of methamphetamine. Her bond totals $8,500. She also faces two charges for failure to appear and her bond for that is $50,000. Woodard’s court date is June 14. Sheriff Ray said that on Sunday, May 6 a deputy stopped a white Nissan Maxima at the intersection of Dry Creek Road and Old Dry Creek Road due to a wanted person (Woodard) inside the vehicle. Woodard was the driver. A check through central dispatch revealed that her license were revoked for a 2009 driving under the influence offense in Wilson County with no reinstatement. She also has a prior offense against her for driving on a revoked license in Smith County. While she was being placed under arrest, the officer asked Woodard if she had anything illegal on her person and she turned over to him a baggie containing 1.5 grams of a clear crystal like substance believed to be methamphetamine.

20 year old Tevin Shimontay Cartwright of East Bryant Street, Smithville is charged with driving while license revoked. His bond is $1,500 and he will make a court appearance on May 17. Sheriff Ray said that on Thursday, May 3 a deputy conducted a traffic stop on a silver Chevrolet Impala because it did not bear the correct license plate. A computer check confirmed that the driver, Cartwright had a revoked driver license. It was revoked in Davidson County on June 7, 2017 for failure to pay fines and costs.

29 year old Ricky Lee Mason of Mabry Court, Lebanon is charged with burglary and theft of property. His bond is $7,500. Sheriff Ray said that on December 24, 2017 Mason broke into a vehicle and took $100 as well as $170 from victims at the complainant’s home.

36 year old Julian Guerrero Soto of Meridian Drive, Smithville is charged with a second offense of driving on a revoked license. Sheriff Ray said that on April 30 a deputy spotted a Mercury Grand Marquis failing to stop at the intersection of Blue Springs Road and Bethel Road. The officer stopped the car and spoke with the driver, Soto. A check through central dispatch revealed that his license were revoked for DUI on October 16, 2009 in DeKalb County with no reinstatements. Soto also had a revocation in DeKalb County on February 18, 2016 with no reinstatement.

39 year old Gregory Wayne Roberts is charged with a third offense of driving on a revoked license. His bond is $3,000 and he will make a court appearance on May 17. He was further charged with two counts of violation of probation in General Sessions Court. He is being held without bond for those offenses. Sheriff Ray said that on April 3 a deputy spotted Roberts operating a vehicle on Page Drive. Knowing that Roberts had no drivers license, the officer conducted a traffic stop. A computer check confirmed that Roberts’ license were revoked for DUI in 2013. He also had prior charges against him in DeKalb County for driving while revoked in 2015 and 2016.

27 year old Clint Allen Fann of Sugar Tree Knob, Liberty is charged with driving under the influence. His court date is May 17. Sheriff Ray said that on Saturday, May 5 a deputy was behind a gray Pontiac car and observed it fail to maintain its lane of travel several times. The officer stopped the car and spoke with the driver, Fann who had on his person a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage. Fann’s speech was slurred and he was very unsteady on his feet. Fann submitted to field sobriety tasks but performed poorly.

22 year old Destiny Leshea Herron of McMinnville Highway, Smithville is charged with driving under the influence. She was also cited for driving on a suspended license, no insurance, and simple possession of a schedule VI drug (marijuana). Her bond is $1,500 and her court date is May 17.

Sheriff Ray said that on Saturday, May 5 a deputy responded to Turtles’ Bar & Grill due to a fight in progress. While the officer was enroute, central dispatch gave a description of the persons involved and reported that they had left the scene in a red car. The deputy spotted the car and conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle. He spoke with the driver, Herron. She had a strong odor of marijuana and an alcoholic beverage coming from her person. Herron’s eyes were bloodshot. Her speech was slurred and she was very unsteady on her feet. She refused to submit to field sobriety tasks. Herron admitted to having marijuana hidden in her bra. A computer check revealed that her driver license were suspended and she could not provide proof of financial responsibility (insurance).

Suspicious Fire Destroys South College Street Home (View Videos Here)

May 12, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
A suspicious fire that destroyed a vacant home on South College Street Saturday is under investigation.
South College Street Home Destroyed by Fire Saturday

A suspicious fire that destroyed a vacant home on South College Street Saturday is under investigation.

The Smithville Volunteer Fire Department was summoned to the house by central dispatch after someone spotted the blaze and reported it.

According to Fire Chief Charlie Parker, the fire was well underway by the time firefighters were alerted and they could not save the home.

“We got the call of a structure fire on South College Street and while we were enroute the police department arrived and found heavy smoke already showing. We made a pretty aggressive attack to start with going through the front door but there was already a lot of fire that had been going on for a while and it really had already penetrated into the second floor and part of it was starting to fall in so we backed up and went defensive on it to try and keep the surrounding structures safe at that point. The fire appeared to have started centrally in the middle part of the home” said Chief Parker.

The department responded with all three fire trucks but used primarily the newest engine and the ladder truck to attack the blaze.

The cause of the fire is undetermined but will be investigated by Smithville Police and possibly the State Fire Marshal’s Office after the fire department learned that no one lived there.

“The house had been used as a rent home but it was vacant and empty. The latest tenants had just moved out a few days ago. I think the owners had it for sale and some new owners were looking at it," he said

(VIDEO BELOW PROVIDED BY JASON MURPHY)

Although no one was injured, DeKalb EMS was on site to make sure the firefighters didn’t get overheated and stayed hydrated.

Community Unites in the Fight Against Cancer at 21st Annual Relay for Life (View Videos Here)

May 12, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page

Hundreds of caring people from this community gathered at Green Brook Park Friday evening to support the fundraising efforts of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life so that one day friends and loved ones will no longer have to hear the words "you have cancer."

View Video Below of Relay for Life Opening Ceremony Friday at Green Brook Park

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This year’s Relay for Life was the 21st annual for DeKalb County and with funds already raised and still more to come in, organizers expect to collect in excess of $40,000. “That will go a long way in funding research. We are very thankful to everybody who had a part in this,” said Iva Dell Randolph, Chairman of the Relay Leadership Team.

The theme for the 2018 Relay for Life was "HOPE".

“We are really pleased and we appreciate our community and our county so very much. We’ve had people from all over our county here tonight and that is what it is all about. That we come together as a group to show support for our cancer survivors and to remember those who have gone on,” said Randolph.

The evening began with entertainment by Terry Hodges followed by Kathy Goodwin and then the presentation of Colors by Boy Scout Troop #347 with Axel Rico performing the National Anthem on a saxophone. Local minister Bill Robertson gave the invocation and Renea Cantrell, a member of the Relay Leadership Team welcomed the crowd.

Cancer survivors in attendance then took center stage to give a personal testimony including Grady Prichard, Gail Taylor, Jeff Winchester, June Rhody, Patsy Pack, Guylene Atnip, Margie Smith, Susan Young, Helen Smoot, Lisa Patterson, Nancy Cassity, Chizuko Howard, Roy Pugh, Carl Lee Webb, W.J. White, Wilma Cantrell, Joyce Boyd, Ronnie Redmon, Don Rigsby, Jerry Foster, and Bonnie Rigsby.

Joel Wood, Pastor of the Elizabeth Chapel Baptist Church offered a prayer for all cancer survivors and Bonnie Rigsby closed out the opening ceremony with a special song honoring them.

The cancer survivors then took a lap around the walking trail at Green Book Park bearing their “Survivors Celebrating Life” banner to kick off the event.

Center stage entertainment featured Tina Boston, Darrin Vincent of Daily & Vincent, Fluty and the Little Flutones, David Turner and Friends, the Smithville Church of God, Tom Duggin, the DeKalb County Ramblers, and the Lucky 13 Band featuring Jarrod Dodd, Scott Cantrell, and Jerry Lee Cantrell.

The Relay also included lots of food, games, and other fun activities in the park for kids and grown ups alike including a Jail for Bail.

As the sun set, Luminaria bags lining the walking track and a group of torches in the park were lit to illuminate the night in honor and remembrance of cancer survivors and others claimed by the disease.

Camp teams receiving special recognition were:

*Adoration Home Health- Best Decorated Camp Site

*Fast Pace Urgent Care Clinic-Honorable Mention

*Federal Mogul-Best Use of the Mission Theme

* Liberty State Bank-Best Theme

*NHC Healthcare- Most Kid Friendly

*Wilson Bank & Trust-Best Food

Other teams included the DeKalb Bar Association, DCHS, DeKalb West School, Elizabeth Chapel Baptist Church and the church’s youth team, Elected Officials, Northside Elementary School, the Relay Committee, and Survivor Team, Suncrest Home Health.

Special thanks to the hourly sponsors, torch sponsors, survivor reception sponsors, tee shirt sponsors, banner sponsors, more birthdays for survivors sponsors, sign sponsors, and business card sponsors.

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DeKalb Middle School Hosts Career Day

May 11, 2018
General Sessions and Juvenile Court Judge Bratten Cook, II and Attorney Hilton Conger participated in DMS Career Day
Students learn how Vandy Life Flight helicopter ambulance operates during DMS Career Day
TWRA Officer Joe Fortner shows student how BUI simulator operates
Joanie and Shelli Williams of the Sweet Shop during Career Day
Siblings Tracy Foutch of Foutch Industries, DMS Teacher Tonya Sullivan, and Terry Foutch, an RN and EMT-P with Vandy Life Flight

DeKalb Middle School hosted its 2nd Annual Career Day on Monday, May 7. A total of 25 businesses participated in this event. All students in grades 6th-8th were able to spend time in the gym talking to businesses and asking questions. Students were given a set of questions and were asked to visit 3 businesses and ask those specific questions. At the conclusion of the Career Day events in the gym, 7 businesses took time to visit 8th grade classes to discuss characteristics that businesses look for when interviewing potential employees. This event was a huge success and we would like to thank everyone who participated.

Businesses that participated were:

TWRA (Tony Cross and Joe Fortner)
Foutch Industries
Fast Pace
THP
Caney Fork
Smithville Police Dept.
DeKalb County Sheriff’s Dept.
DeKalb County Fire Dept.
Vanderbilt Life Flight
DeKalb County Ambulance Service
DTC
Butch Cook- DeKalb County Bar Association
Wilson Bank
Suncrest Home Health
DeKalb Hospital
Huff and PUff Trucking
Healthier TN/DeKalb Prevention
UT Extension
DeKalb Funeral Chapel
DeKalb County Health Dept.
98.5 Radio
Darrin Vincent (Dailey and Vincent)
Coordinated School Health
The Sweet Shop
KFC

Business that stayed and spoke to 8th grade classes:
Darrin Vincent
KFC Manager Stephanie Wann
Wilson Bank Alex Woodward
DeKalb Hospital Shan Burklow
TWRA Tony Cross and Joe Fortner
Caney Fork Tim Price
DeKalb County Sheriff Patrick Ray

Tigerettes Named to All-District Teams

May 11, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page

Six members of the DCHS Tigerette Fast Pitch Softball Team have been named to the All District 8AA Team for the Regular Season.

The honorees are:
Allison Maynard
Megan Walker
Kristena Bain
Joni Robinson
Maddison Parsley
Kenzie France (also was named All Defensive Player)

Those named to the All-District Tournament Team from DeKalb County are:
Allison Maynard
Megan Walker
Kristena Bain
Maddison Parsley
Kenzie France-District Tournament MVP

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