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Trapp and Cantrell Capture Little Mister and Miss Crowns

July 25, 2012
by: 
Dwayne Page
2012 Little Mister Tony Bryson Trapp
2012 Little Miss Ansley Faith Cantrell
Little Mister and Runners-Up
Little Miss and Runners-Up
Little Miss Congeniality Chloe Bradley (left) Photogenic Danica Collier
People's Choice Bryna Pelham (left), Extreme Queen Madison Dawson
Little Mister Manners Dylan Wade Cathey (left) and People's Choice Winner Landon
Demitre Allen of Sandgate, Vermont, winner of $500 at the Fair Tuesday

Tony Bryson Trapp and Ansley Faith Cantrell were crowned Little Mister and Miss at the DeKalb County Fair Tuesday night.

Trapp is the six year old son of Tony and Amanda Trapp of Smithville and Cantrell is the six year old daughter of Tony and Amee Cantrell of Smithville.

Trapp succeeds his brother, the retiring Little Mister, seven year old Holden Craig Trapp, while Cantrell succeeds the retiring Little Miss Carlee Elizabeth West, the seven year old daughter of D.J. and Megan Stewart of Smithville.

First runner-up in the Little Miss contest was Annabella Eleni Dakas, the five year old daughter of John and Mandy Dakas of Smithville

Second runner-up was Addison Grace Miller, the five year old daughter of Josh and Amy Miller of Smithville

Five year old Savanna Hope Murphy Least was third runner-up. She is the daughter of Brian and Stephanie Least of Smithville.

Isabella Faith Rackley, the four year old daughter of Gordon and Jessica Rackley of Smithville was the fourth runner-up

Meanwhile, five year old Chloe Belle Bradley, daughter of Dusty and Erica Bradley of Lebanon was named Miss Congeniality.

Four year old Danica Hope Collier, daughter of Matthew Collier and Brittany George of Alexandria received the title of Miss Photogenic.

Extreme Looks Design Team awarded the "Extreme Queen" crown to five year old Madison Dawson, daughter of Jarred and Jamie Dawson of Smithville.

The People's Choice Award went to Bryna Pelham, the five year old daughter of Jason and Karen Pelham of Smithville.

Others in the top ten were Hana Jade Parsley, the five year old daughter of Jason and Misti Parsley of Smithville; Allyson Roxanne Fuller, the six year old daughter of Anthony and Amanda Fuller of Baxter; Madison Grace Askew, the four year old daughter of Brad and Judy Askew of Watertown; Audrey Dare Collins, the five year old daughter of Mark and Danielle Collins of Smithville; and Kalia Nevaeh Stewart, the five year old daughter of Hobie and Heather Stewart of McMinnville.

First runner-up in the Little Mister contest was Jackson Wayne Graham, the five year old son of Wayne and Rebecca Graham of Smithville.

Six year old Carter Matthew-Mikel Benson, son of Chris and Karey Benson of Smithville was the second runner-up.

Third runner-up was

M2U00764 from dwayne page on Vimeo.Skylar Chase Sullivan, the four year old son of Jamie and Charity Sullivan of Smithville.

Four year old Jaxson Blake Panker, son of Richard and Tonya Panker of Smithville, was named fourth runner-up and Mr. Photogenic

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Four year old Dylan Wade Cathey, son of Shawn and Cindy Washer and Jennifer Cathey of Smithville, was chosen Mister Manners

The People's Choice award went to six year old Landon Orien Speaks, son of Justin and Donna Speaks of Smithville

The only other participant in the Little Mister pageant was Joseph Bristol Redmon, the five year old son of Brittney Redmon of Dowelltown and Joseph Redmon of Smithville.

(THIRD PHOTO FROM TOP- LEFT TO RIGHT: Jaxson Blake Panker (4th & Mr. Photogenic); Carter Matthew-Mikel Benson (2nd); Little Mr. Tony Bryson Trapp; Jackson Wayne Graham (1st); Skylar Chase Sullivan (3rd Runner-Up)

(FOURTH PHOTO FROM TOP-LEFT TO RIGHT: Addison Grace Miller (2nd), Annabella Eleni Dakas (1st), Little Miss Ansley Faith Cantrell, Savanna Hope Murphy Least (3rd), and Isabella Faith Rackley (4th Runner-Up)

(PLAY VIDEO CLIP BELOW OF TUESDAY NIGHT GO CART RACES AT THE FAIR)

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Man Pleads Guilty to Rape, Gets Ten Year Sentence

July 24, 2012
by: 
Dwayne Page
Keith Clifford Lafreniere

A 19 year old man charged in a local rape case pleaded guilty to the crime Monday in criminal court and received a ten year sentence.

Judge David Patterson presided.

Keith Clifford Lafreniere, II was indicted last December in the case, which was investigated by Detective Matt Holmes of the Smithville Police Department.

The indictment alleges that on May 26, 2011 Lafreniere did intentionally or knowingly engage in unlawful sexual activity with a 12 year old girl and that it was accomplished by the use of force or coercion constituting the offense of rape.

The incident allegedly occurred at a residence on West Main Street. DNA evidence was collected at the scene. Lafreniere, who was identified as a suspect, was later charged in the case.

Lafreniere is to serve 85% of the sentence before his release eligibility. His name will be on the sex offender registry and he will be under lifetime probation supervision.

Meanwhile, in other cases, 22 year old Jacob T. Maynard was granted judicial diversion probation for three years on a charge of delivery of a schedule II controlled substance. He was fined $2,000 and must may $60 restitution to the sheriff's department.

31 year old Misty Barnes pleaded guilty to initiation of a process to manufacture methamphetamine and received an eight year sentence, all suspended to supervised probation. She was fined $2,000 She was given jail credit of five days.

44 year old Stephen K. Estes, charged with casual exchange, received a suspended sentence of 11 months and 29 days on judicial diversion probation. He was fined $750 and must make $80 restitution to the sheriff's department. Estes must also perform 50 hours of community service work.

Local Jeweler Gets Three Years Judicial Diversion Probation in Theft Cases

July 24, 2012
by: 
Dwayne Page
Mark Violet

A local jeweler, facing three local theft charges, will be on three years probation under a negotiated plea agreement approved Monday in DeKalb County Criminal Court.

Judge David Patterson presided.

Mark Violet of K & M Jewelry entered a plea to two counts of theft over $1,000 and was given a three year sentence in each case to run concurrently. But Violet will be on judicial diversion probation for the duration of the sentence as long as he stays out of any further trouble.

According to Assistant District Attorney Greg Strong, Violet was accused in each case of buying stolen jewelry, which was taken from the homes of three victims. Under the plea agreement, Violet must make restitution to one victim in the amount of $3,000; $6,210 to a second victim; and $785 to a third victim. Also as part of the plea deal, Violet shall not personally buy any gold during the three year period of the probation. He is also to make a contribution of $150 to the economic crime fund.

Last August, Violet was indicted in another theft case. He was accused of selling a stolen U.S. military issue laser sight. However, according to Assistant DA Strong, that case against Violet will be dismissed upon his making restitution to the ATF in the amount of $1,000.

Theft cases against Violet were brought by the Smithville Police Department.

Although charged with theft, Violet was never implicated in the actual theft of property, only the purchase of items believed to have been stolen by someone else.

Violet was represented by local attorney Hilton Conger.

Victoria Dawn Tatrow Wins Fairest of the Fair Pageant

July 24, 2012
by: 
Dwayne Page
Victoria Dawn Tatrow Wins Fairest of the Fair Pageant
Fairest of the Fair and Runners-Up
Ciara Nichole Roehner (Congeniality), MaKayla Shea Funk (Photogenic)
Grace Webb (People's Choice), Chelsea Lewis (Extreme Queen)
Tim Davenport of Liberty Won $500 at the fair Monday night

18 year old Victoria Dawn Tatrow Smithville is the 2012 Fairest of the Fair

Tatrow, daughter of Corey and Vickie Funk and the late Shanna Tatrow, succeeds the retiring Queen, Katie Sue Haggard of Smithville, the 18 year old daughter of David and Vicki Haggard.

17 year old Chelsea Alia Lewis of Smithville was named first runner-up. She is the daughter of Gina and Jimmy Lewis.

18 year old Sydney Jayann Robinson, daughter of Charles and Rita Robinson of Liberty was named second runner-up in the pageant.

Third runner-up went to Rebekah Grace Webb, the 17 year old daughter of C.D. and Cindy Webb of Dowelltown

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17 year old MaKayla Shea Funk, daughter Amie Funk of Dowelltown was named fourth runner-up

The only other contestant in the pageant Monday night was Ciara Nichole Roehner, the 19 year old daughter of Christina and William Roehner of Liberty.

The "Extreme Queen" sponsored by the Extreme Looks Design Team Salon went to Chelsea Lewis.

Rebekah Grace Webb received the People's Choice award.

Ciara Nichole Roehner was named Miss Congeniality

MaKayla Shea Funk received the Most Photogenic honor.

Two $500 cash drawings were held Monday night, but there was only one winner, Tim Davenport of Liberty. The other $500 cash award will be saved and given away on Saturday night.

The second night of this year's DeKalb County Fair gets underway this evening (Tuesday)

Tonight's schedule of events is as follows:

Little Mr. and Miss Pageant at 6:00 p.m. at the Lions Club Pavilion; Go-Cart Racing at 6:00 p.m. at the T.C. McMillen Arena; and a Horse Show at 7:00 p.m. at the Grandstand; (2- $500 cash drawings) at 9:30 p.m.

Take a stroll down Memory Lane and enjoy nightly entertainment at the Memory Lane Stage in Memory Village, sponsored by DeKalb Community Bank

Tonight's schedule:
6:30-7:30 p.m— Abigail Rose
7:45-8:45 p.m— Lil John

Rides on the Midway will be provided by the Family Attractions Amusement Company. Unlimited rides will be available for $16.00 on Tuesday night; $14.00 on Wednesday and $18.00 on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday

Admission to the fair is $4.00 per person. Children age four and younger will be admitted free! Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. Parking is Free!

For more information, call 529-FAIR or visit on-line at www.dekalbcountyfairtn.com.

(Second Photo from top: left to right- MaKayla Shea Funk (4th), Rebekah Grace Webb (3rd), Queen Victoria Dawn Tatrow, Chelsea Alia Lewis (1st), and Sydney Jayann Robinson (2nd Runner-Up)

(Play Video Below to See Clip of Calf Roping at Monday Night's DeKalb County Fair)

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Lauren Elizabeth Colwell Crowned Junior Fair Princess

July 24, 2012
by: 
Dwayne Page
Lauren Elizabeth Colwell Crowned Junior Fair Princess
Junior Fair Princess and Runners-Up
Tyra Grace Graham (Congeniality), Rachel Olivia Fuson (Photogenic)
Destiny Franklin (Extreme Queen),Shelby Prichard (Peoples Choice)

The 2012 Junior Fair Princess of the DeKalb County Fair is 15 year old Lauren Elizabeth Colwell, daughter of Trent and Christie Colwell of Smithville

Colwell was among 29 young ladies who competed for the crown on the opening night of the DeKalb County Fair on Monday night.

Colwell succeeds the retiring Junior Fair Princess, 17 year old Melanie Grace Rush of McMinnville, daughter of Susan and Greg Rush

The first runner-up was Ashley Medlin, the 16 year old daughter of Greg and Teresa Medlin of Smithville

Second runner-up was Haley Marie Hale, the 15 year old daughter of Chad and Melissa Hale of Smithville

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16 year old Taylor Brook Cantrell was the third runner-up. She is the daughter of Jeff and Deborah Cantrell of Smithville

The fourth runner-up was Skylar Paige Winningham, the 16 year old daughter of Jeff and Melissa Winningham of Sparta

The "Extreme Queen" sponsored by the Extreme Looks Design Team Salon went to 13 year old Destiny Danielle Franklin, daughter of Charles and Jennifer Ware of Smithville

14 year old Shelby Delane Prichard received the People's Choice award. She is the daughter of Stan and Michelle Prichard of Brush Creek.

13 year old Tyra Grace Graham of Smithville, daughter of Kyle and Doris Graham was named Miss Congeniality

13 year old Rachel Olivia Fuson, daughter of Joe and Missy Fuson of Smithville, received the Most Photogenic honor.

Rounding out the top ten were Kimberly Nicole Carlton, the 15 year old daughter of Brandi Pelham and Dewayne Carlton of Smithville; Taneah Brooke Cantrell, the 15 year old daughter of Scott and Tammy Cantrell of Smithville; Kami Denise Bogle, the 16 year old daughter of Amy Scott and Chris Bogle of Smithville; Kelsey Sueanna Hedge, the 15 year old daughter of David and Trina Hedge of Smithville; and Attiah J'nay Hicks, the 13 year old daughter of Rod and Brandy Hicks of Sparta.

Other contestants included Liz Abigail Qualls, the 14 year old daughter of Brad and Kim Trapp and Jason and Stormy Qualls of Smithville; Hailey Nicole Glass, the 13 year old daughter of Doyle Glass of Alexandria and Debbie Glass of Smithville; Rosa Maria Payne, the 13 year old daughter Tammy and Randy Payne of Alexandria; Chelsea Shoulders, the 15 year old daughter of Candace Enoch Dale Shoulders of Carthage; Jailyn Paige Bolding, the 14 year old daughter of Bradley and Lori Hendrix and Brad and Marcy Bolding of Dowelltown; Britney Nicole Keen, the 13 year old daughter of Greg and Jan Keen of Sparta; Shauna Faith Taylor, the 16 year old daughter of Ken and Cindy Taylor of Smithville; Ashley Dawn Celestino, the 15 year old daughter of Tammy Horsley of Smithville; Brooke Danielle Roller, the 15 year old daughter of Richard and Rose Roller of Smithville; Hannah Walker, the 13 year old daughter of Scott and Misty Walker of Smithville; Brandy Lynn Newby, the 13 year old daughter of Elsie Judkins and Shannon Newby of Smithville; Kerra Necole Blackwell, the 13 year old daughter of Candra and Brian Neal of Smithville; Courtney Madison Butler, the 13 year old daughter of Ronda Butler and Dennis Butler of Smithville; Mary Elizabeth Murray, the 13 year old daughter of Angel Brown of Smithville; and Alexis Kasara Davis, the 13 year old daughter of Angela and Scott Davis of Smithville.

(Second Photo from top: left to right- Haley Marie Hale (2nd), Ashley Medlin (1st), Queen Lauren Elizabeth Colwell, Taylor Brook Cantrell (3rd), and Skylar Paige Winningham (4th runner-up)

(Play Video Clip Below of Cattle Show Monday at Fair)

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Sheriff Urges Residents to Take Precautions with Thefts on the Rise

July 23, 2012
by: 
Dwayne Page
Sheriff Patrick Ray
Jamie Edward Carroll
Waylon Ray Farless

Thefts have been on the rise lately in the county, especially thefts from vehicles, and Sheriff Patrick Ray is urging everyone to take precautions.

"We have been getting a high volume of theft calls in the county. A lot of the thefts we have been seeing are vehicle thefts. I want to remind you not to leave things inside your vehicle in plain view such as computers, cell phones, jewelry, money, and cameras. Things like this have been reported stolen. We ask you to lock up your valuables either in the trunk or in a hidden area of your vehicle. If you have a GPS device that is in the window, take it down and place it under the seat or in another safe place where it is not visible from the outside," said Sheriff Ray.

"We have also had some places around the lake that have been hit (burglarized) as well as a few home burglaries sporadic throughout the county. Guns, jewelry, cash and other things have been stolen from some of these homes, along with some furniture," he said.

"We ask everyone to be aware of your surroundings and report to central dispatch any strange vehicles or unusual happenings in your neighborhood. Call 215-3000 and central dispatch will have a deputy come out and check. Its always better to be safe than sorry. Go ahead and call it in and we'll come out and look and see who it is. You can never tell. It could be that the persons you suspect might not be up to anything at that moment, but in a day or two, if a house should get broken into, we can go back on our logs and check for tag numbers, if they have been reported," said Sheriff Ray.

Meanwhile, in his weekly crime report, Sheriff Ray reports that 33 year old Jamie Edward Carroll of Gentry Avenue, Smithville is charged with initiation of a process intended to manufacture methamphetamine. His bond is $50,000 and he will be in court on August 23.

Sheriff Ray said that on Thursday, July 19 officers went to Carroll's residence at 834 Gentry Avenue due to high traffic volume there. After receiving consent to search, officers found four hypodermic needles and several items used to manufacture methamphetamine including Aleve D Cold tablet boxes (in a kitchen garbage can); a 20 ounce plastic bottle, partially filled with a solid substance; a cold pack, partially burned in the back yard; and another cold pack which was found cut on the carport area of the home.

57 year old Larry Dale Lepley of Short Mountain Highway, Smithville is charged with a second offense of driving under the influence. He was also issued a citation for failure to yield and violation of the financial responsibility law for no insurance. His bond is $3,000 and he will be in court on August 9

Sheriff Ray said that on Monday, July 16, Lepley was involved in a car crash on Highway 70. He had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his person and needed help to walk. Lepley submitted to but failed field sobriety tasks because of his level of intoxication. He also submitted to a blood test. Lepley was arrested and brought to the jail for booking. His prior DUI offense was on May 29, 2008.

27 year old Robin Lynn Woodard of Hogan Road, Gordonsville is charged with a third offense of driving under the influence. Her bond is $5,000 and she will be in court on July 26.

Sheriff Ray said that on Tuesday, July 17, Woodard was stopped for running a stop sign on Highway 70. She had an odor of an alcoholic beverage on her person and she was very unsteady on her feet. She performed poorly on all field sobriety tasks. She submitted to a blood test. Woodard was arrested and brought to the jail for booking. Prior DUI offenses against her were on November 20, 2008 in Smith County and February 17, 2009 in Wilson County.

36 year old Waylon Ray Farless of Redmon Road, Smithville is charged with driving on a revoked license and theft of property over $1,000. His bond totals $13,500 and he will be in court on July 26

Sheriff Ray said that on Thursday, July 19, Farless was operating a motor vehicle on Smith Fork Road but stopped because trees were across the road. An officer on the scene asked for his license but Farless could not produce an identification. A computer check revealed that his license were revoked for driving on a revoked license on May 28, 2008 in Warren County. Prior offenses against him were January 31, 2003 in Putnam County and May 28, 2008 in Warren County.

Meanwhile in the theft case, Sheriff Ray said that on June 15 at 186 Vickers Hollow Road, Farless allegedly took a fourteen foot Tandem axle trailer, valued at over $1,000.

Mid-South Mayhem Takes Second Place in Sandlott World Series

July 23, 2012
by: 
Clark Oakley
Mid-South Mayhem Takes Second Place in Sandlott World Series

The Mid-South Mayhem 14U Travel team recently competed in the Sandlott World Series Wood Bat Tournament. 16 teams competed in this age bracket and Mid-South Mayhem won 2nd place. Local players for the Mayhem are Cason Oakley (DCHS), Sam McMillen (DWS) and AJ Mooneyham (DMS). Season results for the team were 29 wins and 13 losses.

Front Row L-R: Luke Vance (batboy), Jackson Vance, Tyler Vandergriff, Drew Trice, Ben Vance (batboy), Bailey Kemp, AJ Mooneyham, Ethan Roberts Back Row L-R: Chad Vance (coach), Logan Fields, Kenny Dillon (head coach), Sam McMillen, Luke Turner, Cason Oakley, Paul Fields (coach).

Blackwell Charged with Five Counts of Forgery

July 22, 2012
by: 
Dwayne Page
Police Chief Randy Caplinger

Smithville Police have charged a 36 year old man with five counts of forgery for allegedly passing forged checks on the account of a family member at a local bank totaling $2,075.

Chief Randy Caplinger said Russell Blackwell is under a $50,000 bond and he will be in court on August 16.

According to Chief Caplinger, Blackwell passed checks in the following amounts on the following days on the account of Harold Blackwell: $475 on June 22; $300 and $600 on June 25; $350 on June 26; and $350 on June 28.

28 year old Roxanna Landis is charged with public intoxication and leaving the scene. She is under a $4,000 bond and will be in court on August 2. Chief Caplinger said Landis was a passenger with Russell Blackwell when police arrested him on a recent DUI offense and brought in his vehicle. The next day, Landis came to the city parking lot, where Blackwell's vehicle was parked, and tried to drive off in it. But in doing so, she crashed it into a vehicle belonging to the City of Smithville. Landis then left the scene on foot. She was later arrested. At the time of her arrest, Landis was intoxicated. She had very slurred speech and was unsteady on her feet. Police had to stop the field sobriety tasks for her safety because she couldn't stand.

36 year old Peggy Bandy is charged with domestic assault. Chief Caplinger said that on Saturday, July 7 an officer responded to a domestic disturbance at 477 West Main Street. Upon arrival, he spoke to Gary Bandy who stated that his wife had assaulted him. Bandy said while at his sister's home, Peggy arrived saying she wanted to speak to him. While the two were on the porch, Bandy claims Peggy became violent and punched him on the side of his face and grabbed his shirt, tearing it. She allegedly threatened to kill him. The officer spoke with Peggy Bandy who allegedly admitted to hitting Gary in the face and tearing his shirt because he had pushed her. It was determined that she was the primary aggressor.

26 year old Jordan Adams is charged with a second offense of driving under the influence and cited for violation of the implied consent law. His bond is $2,500 and he will be in court on August 2. Chief Caplinger said that on Tuesday, July 3 an officer responded to a residence on Cookeville Highway where a man was in a vehicle asleep at the wheel or passed out. The caller said the man had been there for about 45 minutes. Upon arrival, the officer found the man, Adams, slumped over the steering wheel. The officer awoke Adams. He had very slurred speech. Adams said he had taken prescription medication about twelve hours earlier. He submitted to but performed poorly on several field sobriety tasks. He was very unsteady on his feet. Adams refused to submit to an alcohol/drug test but a mandatory draw was done due to a prior DUI against him on September 12, 2007 in Putnam County.

One week later, on Tuesday July 10, Adams was cited for simple possession of a schedule VI controlled substance (marijuana). Chief Caplinger said Adams was stopped at the intersection of Church and North College Streets due to a warrant against him. While checking Adams, the officer found inside his shorts a plastic bag containing a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana. Adams allegedly tried to resist arrest.

26 year old Stephanie Bone is charged with domestic violence. Her bond is $2,500. Chief Caplinger said an officer responded to a residence at 675 Kendra Drive to a domestic call where a husband and wife were in an altercation. The man told police that his wife had allegedly assaulted him and made threats to hit and stab him. The man had marks on his shoulder and neck area and two large cuts on the right side of his chest. Ms. Bone allegedly told police that she and her husband had been fussing and that she had thrown a picture frame at him. It was determined that she was the primary aggressor.

20 year old Joseph Blair is charged with driving under the influence. He was also issued a citation for speeding. His bond is $1,500 and he will be in court on July 26. Chief Caplinger said an officer stopped Blair's vehicle for speeding on South Congress Boulevard. He was clocked at 77 miles per hour in a 45 mile per hour speed zone. The officer noticed that Blair's speech was very slurred and he appeared to be disoriented. The officer asked him if he knew where he was and Blair responded that he was in Dickson. Blair submitted to but performed poorly on field sobriety tasks. He also submitted to a blood alcohol test.

30 year old Nicholas Hollingsworth was cited for shoplifting at the Dollar General Store on Wednesday, July 18. He will be in court August 9. According to Chief Caplinger, a store employee told the responding officer that Hollingsworth was seen putting items into a bag. A search of the bag turned up merchandise stolen from the store.

57 year old David Lee Alwin is cited for speeding and violation of the open container law.

51 year old Roy Atnip is cited for shoplifting. He will be in court August 2. Chief Caplinger said Atnip allegedly took merchandise from Advance Auto Parts and tried to sell those items at another local business. The incident was reported to police. Atnip was confronted and upon a search, he was found to have the stolen items from the store in his possession.

Juan Luis Carrera Munoz is cited for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He will be in court on August 2. According to Chief Caplinger, Munoz asked his fifteen year old son to drive to a location across town to pick up something for him. The boy drove the vehicle and became involved in a traffic accident in front of the Dairy Queen on Broad Street. He rear ended another automobile and left the scene. The incident occurred on Thursday, July 12.

Early Voting Ends Saturday

July 22, 2012
by: 
Dwayne Page

Three hundred seventy three people have voted early in the August 2 elections. Early voting ends Saturday, July 28.

The largest single day turnout for early voting so far has been the first day, Friday July 13 when 70 people cast ballots. The response each day since is as follows:

Saturday, July 14- 31
Monday, July 16- 42
Tuesday, July 17- 42
Wednesday, July 18- 53
Thursday, July 19- 55
Friday, July 20- 37
Saturday, July 21- 43

Early voting this week will be held Monday from Noon until 5 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.; Thursday from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.; and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until Noon. All early voting is being held in the first floor or basement courtroom of the courthouse near the election commission office. Election Day, August 2 voting will be from 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. at all sixteen precincts in the county.

As a voter you may vote for whom you choose in the DeKalb County General Election regardless of party affiliation in the races for assessor of property, constable, or school board member. In other words, you can vote for a democrat in one race and a republican in another.

However, if you choose to vote in one of the state primaries which include the offices of State Representative, U.S. Representative, or U.S. Senator, you must declare in which primary you intend to vote. For example, if you declare your intention to vote in the State Republican Primary, you can ONLY vote for Republican candidates for State Representative, U.S. Representative, and U.S. Senator but you MAY vote for ANY candidate you choose regardless of party affiliation in the county general election (Assessor of Property, Constable, School Board)

Likewise, if you choose to vote in the State Democratic Primary you can vote
for only Democratic candidates for State Representative, U.S. Representative, and U.S. Senator but you MAY vote for ANY candidate you choose regardless of party affiliation in the county general election (Assessor of Property, Constable, School Board)

In simple terms, you can vote for a Democrat in the County General and still choose the Republican State Primary; or you may vote for a Republican in the County General and still choose the Democrat State Primary.

Local voters will be electing a new Assessor of Property in August. The candidates are Scott Cantrell and Mason Carter. Two school board seats will be filled along with five constable seats.
In the state primary, local voters will help select the party nominees for State Representative in the 40th district, the 46th district, Congressman in the 6th District and one U.S. Senator.

THP Investigating Fatal Bicycle Accident

July 21, 2012
by: 
Dwayne Page

A 50 year old man involved in a bicycle accident Thursday afternoon on Pea Ridge Road in the Dry Creek area has died and the Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating to determine if he was the victim of a hit and run.

Dead is Tim Caldwell of Dowelltown.

According to the THP, Caldwell was riding alone on a bicycle when he apparently went off in a ditch and was thrown from the bike.

Central dispatch was notified at 4:48 p.m. The caller reported that a guy had been hit by a car on a bike. Officers arrived at the scene and spoke with Caldwell who reportedly told them that a big car with a young guy driving had been responsible.

Caldwell was taken by DeKalb EMS to a helicopter landing zone set up near the scene. He was airlifted to Vanderbilt hospital where he died on Friday.

Trooper Jeremy Wilhite and the Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) of the Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating but has not yet determined whether Caldwell was the victim of a hit and run or just a tragic accident with no one else involved.

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