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Storm Deals County a Blow on Construction Progress of Office/Recreation Complex

May 26, 2011
by: 
Dwayne Page
County Owned Shopping Center Building Damaged in Storm
Central unit dislodged from roof and moved to the spot pictured here
Roof damage from Thursday morning storm at county owned shopping center building
View of damage to central units and rooftop of county owned Town and Cou
View from inside shopping center building shows large hole in roof

Repairs to the county owned Town and Country Shopping Center building from Thursday morning's storm could cost as much as one million dollars. The county's Insurance carrier has been notified of the damage.

County Mayor Mike Foster told WJLE Thursday afternoon that the powerful winds tore loose brand new central heat and air units from the top of the building and tossed them across the roof, causing even more damage to the structure. "The wind tore the deck and everything off the roof of the back corner (southeast corner). The central units that are on top (of the building), which are from five ton to ten ton units, several of them tore loose and rolled across the top and pretty much destroyed the new roof. A lot of the debris from the storm also blew into the front (of the building) and did some damage but that's pretty minor. The big thing is where the roof was torn up. We also got a lot of water down through the sheet rock in the building. We're trying to get the front cleaned up because there's nails and screws everywhere and they (construction laborers) can't work so we have to try and get this all cleaned up, run a magnet over it, so that they can get back to work," said Foster.

"I would image the roof and the central units are probably (going to cost) about six hundred thousand dollars (to repair or replace) plus whatever damage there is to the front and the interior. It'll probably be (total) somewhere between $750,000 to one million dollars," said Foster. " We have contacted our insurance carrier through the local government insurance pool. They told us to go ahead with cleanup. They're going to come and do an inspection and we'll go from there," he added.

While the construction was far from complete, Foster said the portion of the complex where the UCHRA is leasing from the county, was to be finished within a few days. "I'd say it'll set us back a month because if you see the roof, the units that are still in place are sort of turned sideways or blown over. They're going to have to be done (removed) and I'm pretty well thinking they're going to have to put a complete new roof on it. That will be the major thing. They're trying to get some vacuums in now to get the water out. As long as they keep it fairly shallow, we probably won't have any major damage to that part of the sheet rock except where (the water) really poured down on it. It (damage) is much worse on the south end (of the building) but it gets progressively better as you go down toward the north end.," said Foster.

According to Foster, the Farmers Market shed also sustained some minor damage from the storm. "I think we'll only have to replace three or four pieces of metal," he concluded.

Storm Clean-up Efforts Continue

May 26, 2011
by: 
Dwayne Page
View from shopping center building overlooking scene of destruction and debr

Clean-up efforts continue from a powerful early morning storm that destroyed one business and damaged several other structures, including homes, barns, sheds, Smithville Elementary School, and the county administrative building under construction, formerly known as the Town and Country Shopping Center.

South Congress BP Convenience Market Destroyed from dwayne page on Vimeo.
Many are still unsettled on whether the storm actually spawned a tornado. Officials who make that determination apparently have not made an evaluation but the high winds ripped apart the South Congress BP convenience market on Highway 56 south.

Click here to listen to Emergency Management Agency Coordinator Charlie Parker for the latest update on the storm damage.

Charlie Parker, DeKalb County Emergency Management Agency Coordinator, told WJLE that no one was injured during the storm which struck around 1:00 a.m. "It looks like a possible tornado. I know the weather service likes to make the official determination on that but it looks like it had a path. We went back and surveyed the damage. It started somewhere around Short Mountain Highway where Larry Summers' barns and equipment shed are located. It did a lot of damage to his barn roofs. It went onto the BP station. Most of the damage between the two (locations) is where there are large trees and limbs that are broken out, knocked over, or twisted. It's kind of a path from there onto the BP Station (on South Congress Boulevard) and then over behind the county building (Town and Country Shopping Center) and Smithville Elementary School," said Parker.

"We had trees down on College Street, Meadowbrook and Green Acre Drive, Braswell Lane, and Jacobs Pillar Road. Green Meadow and Greenwood had some trees down. On Green Acre and Meadowbrook we had some trees that actually fell on houses. There was one on Braswell Lane also where a tree fell onto a house. It did a fair amount of damage to them. Nobody was hurt but it still did some pretty good damage to the house. At least three houses that we could tell had some fairly significant damage. There were other houses that looked like they had shingle and roof damage and maybe to some siding in the Bright Hill and Meadowbrook areas. Once it (storm) left the Bright Hill area, there was a building shed at the builders supply (Potter's Home Center) that received damage. On past that, there were reports of trees that were down in the edge of the roadways but that was not very extensive. Most of the damage was in the city in the Congress Boulevard area," said Parker.

Possible Tornado Destroys Convenience Market in Smithville

May 26, 2011
by: 
Dwayne Page
South Congress BP Convenience Market Destroyed

City and county authorities are still assessing the damage from a severe thunderstorm that possibly spawned a tornado early this morning in Smithville.

The storm destroyed the South Congress BP convenience market on Highway 56 south in the city limits. Damage was also reported to the Peking Restaurant and the county owned administrative building, currently under construction, formerly known as the Town and Country shopping center. Smithville Elementary School, which was also in the path of the storm, received damage to the roof and a central heat and cooling unit on top of the building.

Click the following link for an update on storm damage from DeKalb County Emergency Management Agency Director Charlie Parker

High winds downed trees and power lines across town, especially on Bright Hill Road and the Sparta Highway.

A tree was reported to have fallen onto a home on Meadowbrook Drive.

No injuries have been reported as a result of the storm

Check back here for more details

Tigers Suffer First Loss in State Tourney

May 25, 2011
by: 
Dwayne Page

After defeating Polk County 5 to 3 in the TSSAA Class AA baseball tournament Tuesday night, the DeKalb County Tigers lost to the Lexington Tigers 5 to 2 Wednesday afternoon in the Blue Cross Spring Fling at Murfreesboro.

With the loss, the Tigers drop into the losers bracket and will face Christ Academy of Knoxville (CAK) in an elimination game tonight (Wednesday) at 6:00 p.m. at Blackman High School in Murfreesboro.

In the game with Lexington, DeKalb County scored one run in the third inning and one run in the fourth. Lexington scored one run in the fourth, three runs in the fifth, and one run in the sixth inning.

The Tigers scored two runs on seven hits and made two errors. Lexington scored five runs on ten hits and made two errors.

Cody Puckett suffered his first pitching loss of the season, going six innings and giving up five runs, two earned runs on ten hits. He struck out four, walked two, and hit four batters. His pitching record is now 9-1 on the year.

Hits:
Evan Curtis- double
Shane Salley- 2 singles and an RBI
Tyler Caldwell-double
Andrew Atnip- 3 singles

Department of Labor Prepares for Reinstatement of Unemployment Benefits for Claimants in EB Program

May 25, 2011
by: 
Dwayne Page

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development is making preparations to reinstate unemployment benefits for claimants in the Extended Benefit (EB) program. Tennessee triggered off of the federal extension of benefits in mid-April. On May 21, 2011, the General Assembly passed legislation to retroactively reinstate the Extended Benefit (EB) program back to April 16, 2011. The bill will become law upon signing by Governor Haslam.

The passage of the bill allows those who were in the last 20 of 99 weeks available to resume benefits while looking for work. This does not establish additional weeks for those who have utilized all of the available federal extensions.

Eligible claimants will be instructed to use an Internet application to update their work status since the week of April 16th, certifying that they have not returned to work. It will take additional time to complete and test the computer programming necessary to release the application.

“It’s important for claimants to understand that we are working toward restarting benefits as soon as possible,” said Commissioner Karla Davis. “We know from experience this process will take a few weeks, so we ask claimants to be patient and expect guidance by mail or updates on our Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development homepage.”

There are several categories of unemployment insurance claimants who would be directly affected by this new legislation.

1. If you ceased receiving EB Benefits on April 16, 2011, had a balance in your account at that time, have not returned to work and remain eligible you will be allowed to receive the remainder of those benefits. If you have returned to work, you may be eligible for those weeks in which you were unemployed.

2.If you exhausted Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC08) Tier 4 benefits on or after April 16, 2011, and have not returned to work and remain eligible, you will be transitioned into EB once eligible claimants have updated their back-certification information. You will receive a written EB Monetary Entitlement notification. If you have returned to work, you may be eligible for those weeks in which you were unemployed.

3. If you exhaust EUC08 Tier 4 benefits after the effective date of the new law, you will automatically be transitioned into the EB program without delay. You will receive a written EB Monetary Entitlement notification.

Once eligible claimants have updated their back-certification information, a payment will be issued to retroactively cover the benefit weeks since April 16, 2011. Claimants will then resume their weekly benefit schedule of certification and receipt of benefits.

The Extended Benefits program is scheduled to conclude at the end of this year. The last payable week for all participants in the EB program is January 7, 2012.

Early Voting for Smithville Municipal Election Begins Next Wednesday

May 25, 2011
by: 
Dwayne Page
Gayla Hendrix
Shawn Jacobs
Cordell Walker
Danny Washer
Aaron Meeks
W.J. (Dub) White

Early voting for the Smithville Municipal Election begins one week from today.

The early voting period will be from June 1st-16th in the basement courtroom of the courthouse from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Thursdays; and from 9:00 a.m. until noon on Saturdays.

The city election day is Tuesday, June 21st. Three aldermen will be elected, each to serve a two year term beginning July 1st.

Candidates are incumbents Shawn Jacobs, Aaron Meeks, and W.J. (Dub) White and challengers Gayla Hendrix, Cordell Walker, and Danny Washer.

Voters may now apply for absentee ballots for the Smithville Municipal election through June 14th.

According to Dennis Stanley, Administrator of Elections, the requirements for absentee voting are as follows:

Absentee Voting by Mail

To vote by mail, a registered voter must fall under one of the following categories:

1.The voter will be outside the county of registration during the early voting period and all day on election day;

2.The voter or the voter's spouse is enrolled as a full-time student in an accredited college or university outside the county of registration;

3.The voter's licensed physician has filed a statement with the county election commission stating that, in the physician's judgment, the voter is medically unable to vote in person. The statement must be filed not less than five (5) days before the election and signed under the penalty
of perjury. The statement must be notarized;

4.The voter resides in a licensed facility providing relatively permanent domiciliary care, other than a penal institution, outside the voter's county of residence;

5.The voter will be unable to vote in person due to service as a juror for a federal or state court;

6.The voter is sixty-five (65) years of age or older;

7.The voter has a physical disability and an inaccessible polling place;

8.The voter is hospitalized, ill, or physically disabled and because of such condition, cannot vote in person;

9.The voter is a caretaker of a person who is hospitalized, ill, or disabled;

10.The voter is a candidate for office in the election;

11.The voter serves as an election day official or as a member or employee of the election commission;

12.The voter's observance of a religious holiday prevents him or her from voting in person during the early voting period and on election day;

13.The voter possesses a valid commercial driver license and certifies that he or she will be working outside the state or county of registration during the early voting period and all day on election day. The request should contain the CDL number;

14.The voter is a member of the military or is an overseas citizen.

Requesting a Ballot

A registered voter may request a by-mail ballot by sending a written request to the DeKalb County Election Commission. The request must have the voter's signature. The request may be mailed or faxed to the county election commission office. Upon receipt of the request, the local
election commission will mail an application for ballot to the voter. The application must be mailed back to the election commission and a ballot will be mailed to the voter. However, if the voter wants to expedite the application process, the voter may place the following information in the request for ballot:

1.The name of the registered voter;

2.The address of the voter's residence;

3.The voter's social security number;

4.The address to mail the ballot outside the county (this applies only when the reason for voting by mail involves that the voter will be outside of the county during early voting and on election day);

5.The election the voter wishes to participate in. If the election involves a primary, the political party in which the voter wishes to participate;

6.The reason the voter wishes to vote absentee; and

7.The voter's signature. (If the voter is unable to sign his/her name, contact the Election Commission office for details.)

A request that contains this information will be treated and processed as an application for ballot, and a ballot will be mailed to the voter.

A registered voter may request an application for by-mail ballot no earlier than ninety (90) days before the election and no later than seven

(7) days before the election. In order to be counted the ballot must be received by election day.

The ballot must be returned by mail and not hand delivered.

Tigers Beat Polk County 5-3 in State Tournament at Murfreesboro

May 24, 2011
by: 
Dwayne Page
DeKalb County Tigers (EARLIER PHOTO)

The DeKalb County Tigers won their opening state tournament game Tuesday night, beating Polk County 5 to 3 in Murfreesboro.

The game was played at Blackman High School. With the win the Tigers will advance in the winners bracket to play Lexington Wednesday at approximately 12:30 p.m. at Blackman High School. WJLE will have LIVE coverage.

DeKalb County scored five runs on five hits and made no errors in the game. Polk County scored three runs on nine hits and made one error.

The Tigers scored three runs in the first inning and two runs in the fourth inning. Polk County scored two runs in the first and one run in the fifth inning.

Shane Salley, the winning pitcher, went seven innings and gave up three earned runs on nine hits. He struck out two and walked four.

Hits:
Destry Wiggins- triple and 2 RBI
Shane Salley- 2 singles and an RBI
Hunter Graham-double
Matt Giles-single

Ford Sentenced to Eleven Years and Six Months

May 24, 2011
by: 
Dwayne Page
Timothy Wade Ford
Timothy Riley
Joseph Daniel Richardson
Kenny W. Dyal, Jr.
Brian Thomason

40 year old Timothy Wade Ford of Brush Creek was sentenced Friday in DeKalb County Criminal Court, one month after being convicted of initiating a process for manufacturing methamphetamine.

Judge David Patterson sentenced Ford to eleven years and six months following a hearing.

Ford, who stood trial in DeKalb County Criminal Court on Wednesday, April 20th, is one of three people accused of cooking meth at the swimming hole on Dry Creek at Dowelltown in May 2010.

In addition to the prison term, Ford must pay a $15,000 fine imposed by the jury of seven women and five men who found him guilty.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Greg Strong and Phillip Hatch. Ford was represented by local attorney Jim Judkins.

Ford and two co-defendants, 35 year old Terry Wayne Daniels of Alexandria and 24 year old Lydia R. Judkins of Smithville were all arrested in this case on Friday, May 21, 2010

The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department received a call that day of a possible meth lab in operation at the swimming hole at Dry Creek. Deputies Jeremy Taylor and Steven Barrett responded to the scene and found a pick up truck, but there was no one inside. Shortly after their arrival, the officers heard something in the tall weeds about one hundred feet from the truck and went to investigate. There, they found Daniels and Lydia Judkins engaging in sexual activity. From another location nearby, the officers also heard the sound of glass clinking together. When officer Taylor went to check it out, he found Ford kneeling in tall weeds surrounded by meth lab components including a 2 liter bottle, tubing, drain cleaner, gloves, cold packs, jars that contained 2 layered liquids, coleman fuel, funnels, alcohol, electrical tape, and other items. It appeared that Ford was preparing to cook some methamphetamine, according to Sheriff Patrick Ray.

Ford, Daniels, and Lydia Judkins were all placed under arrest at the scene and a search of Daniels' truck yielded more items commonly used in the manufacture of meth. After arriving at the jail, officers found in Ford's pants pocket a bag that contained a powdery substance believed to be ephedrine.

Sheriff Ray and deputies Taylor and Barrett testified for the prosecution during the trial. Ford testified in his own defense, denying that the meth lab belonged to him. Ford claims that he, Daniels, and Judkins drove to the swimming hole that day in Daniels pickup truck. Inside the truck were the meth lab components. According to Ford, after arriving at the swimming hole, Daniels and Lydia Judkins got out of the truck and left him alone. Fearing that he might be caught with the incriminating materials, Ford claims he removed those items from the truck and was placing them in the weeds, when officers arrived and discovered him.

Neither Daniels or Lydia Judkins were called to testify in the case.

In February, Lydia Judkins pleaded guilty to initiation of the manufacture of meth. She received an eight year sentence, all suspended to probation, supervised by community corrections. She was given credit for time served and fined $2,000. Judkins was given jail credit from October 10th, 2010 to February 7th.

The case against Daniels, also charged with initiation of a process to manufacture methamphetamine, remains pending in court.

50 year old Timothy Riley pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated burglary and received a three year sentence in each case on probation.. The sentences are to run concurrent with each other and concurrent with a Warren County probation case against him. Riley was given credit for 611 days of jail time served from September 15, 2009 to May 20, 2011.

30 year old Joseph Daniel Richardson of Church Street, Liberty pleaded guilty by information to one count of aggravated burglary and one count of theft over $10,000. He received a three year sentence in each case, all suspended to supervised probation except for 180 days to serve. The sentences are to run concurrently with each other and concurrent with a violation of probation case against him. He was given jail credit from April 5th to May 20th.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Monday, April 4th, Richardson allegedly entered a residence on Dry Creek Road with the intent to commit a theft. Richardson apparently made entry by pushing on the locked back door with his shoulder. Items taken were twenty five dollar gold pieces on a chain, two and a half dollar gold pieces on a chain, five dollar gold pieces on a chain, approximately one hundred fifty pieces of miscellaneous items, a medicine organizer, and a quilt. All items were valued at $15,070 dollars.

24 year old Kenny W. Dyal, Jr., who pleaded guilty to five charges of burglary in March, received an eight year sentence to serve one year after a hearing on Friday.

38 year old Amy G. Odell pleaded guilty to initiation of the manufacture of methamphetamine. She received a six year sentence, suspended to 216 days of jail time served. She will be on community corrections for the balance of the sentence.

23 year old Brian Thomason pleaded guilty to six counts of auto burglary and received a total sentence of eight years. In each of the six counts, Thomason received a two year term. Four of the sentences will run consecutive or back to back for a total of eight years. The other two cases will run concurrent or together with each other, concurrent with the eight year term, and concurrent with a violation of probation against him. Thomason must make restitution in amounts to be determined. He was also given jail credit from December 1st to May 20th.

Thomason was charged in connection with a rash of Smithville car burglaries in November.

Detective Matt Holmes of the Smithville Police Department told WJLE after Thomason's arrest in December that these crimes occurred on Whaley and Cill Street.

According to Detective Holmes, Thomason is believed to have broken into and stolen items from vehicles parked at homes on 420 Whaley Street, 407 Whaley Street, 613 Cill Street, 620 Cill Street, and 701 Cill Street. The break-ins are believed to have occurred during the early morning hours of Tuesday, November 23rd before daylight. The residents at all these addresses called police to report the break-ins and thefts later that morning after making the discoveries.

20 year old Ray Underwood pleaded guilty to promotion of the manufacture of methamphetamine. He received a two year sentence, all suspended to supervised probation except for time served. The sentence is to run concurrent with a Warren County case against him. Underwood was given jail credit from December 28th to May 20th.

21 year old Jeremy Shelton pleaded guilty to possession of a schedule II controlled substance with intent to sell. He received a three year sentence, all suspended to supervised probation. He was given credit for 109 days of time served. The sentence is to run consecutive to a violation of probation against him.

23 year old Coty McCormick pleaded guilty to sale of a schedule VI controlled substance. He received a two year sentence, all suspended to probation and he was fined $2,000. The sentence is to run concurrent with another case against him. McCormick has already completed eleven months of probation from November 18th, 2009 to October 15th, 2010. He still has one year left on probation.

53 year old James Thomen pleaded guilty by information to reckless driving and received a six month sentence on supervised probation. He was fined $350.

26 year old Ellissa Howard pleaded guilty by information to reckless driving and received six month sentence on good behavior probation. However if she returns to DeKalb County her probation must be supervised.

42 year old Donna Estes pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days, all suspended to supervised probation. She was fined $150. The sentence is to run concurrent with state probation against her to be supervised by the Tennessee Board of Pardons and Parole.

35 year old Sharon Skinner pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days, all suspended to time served. She was given jail credit of seven months.

28 year old Tommy Parsley pleaded guilty to evading arrest and received a two year sentence, all suspended to time served. The case is to run concurrent with three other cases against him. He was given jail credit from November 8, 2010 to May 20th.

25 year old Stephen Pugh pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia and driving on a revoked license. Pugh received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days in the paraphernalia case, all suspended to supervised probation. He was fined $150 in that case. Pugh received a six month sentence in the driving on revoked license case, all suspended to supervised probation. The two sentences will run concurrent with each other. Pugh will lose his drivers license for a period of time, as per the Tennessee Department of Safety regulations. He was given fifteen days of jail credit.

Owens Charged with Coming to Court Intoxicated

May 24, 2011
by: 
Dwayne Page
Tyrone Dewayne Owens
Travis Mark Melton
Jerry Donald Cantrell
Fred T. Dowell
Rhonda Brewer

A 35 year old man was arrested for public intoxication Friday after he allegedly showed up for court under the influence.

Sheriff Patrick Ray reports that Tyrone Dewayne Owens of Shady Drive, Smithville was scheduled to appear before Criminal Court Judge David Patterson in another case when a deputy noticed him enter the courtroom very unsteady on his feet. His speech was slurred. Owens also passed out and was drooling from his mouth. Owens was placed under arrest. His bond is $1,500 and he will be in court on this charge June 2nd.

Meanwhile, in another case, two men were charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor after allegedly admitting to smoking marijuana in the presence of a seventeen year old female.

Sheriff Ray reports that 18 year old Travis Mark Melton of Johnson Chapel Road, Sparta and 21 year old Jerry Donald Cantrell of Adcock Cemetery Road, Smithville will be in court on the charges June 9th. Melton is also charged with driving under the influence. The arrests were made after a traffic stop by a county deputy on Highway 70 last Monday, May 16th. According to Sheriff Ray, Melton was operating a motor vehicle under the influence. He could be seen swerving and he almost rear ended another automobile. The officer pulled him over and detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle as he approached. Melton had slurred speech and he submitted to and performed poorly on all field sobriety tasks. Melton also submitted to a blood test. Both Melton and Cantrell, a passenger in the vehicle, admitted to smoking marijuana in the presence of a seventeen year old girl, who was also a passenger in the automobile. Bond for Cantrell is $1,000 and $2,500 for Melton.

33 year old Aron Dwayne Ponder of Old Mill Hill Road, Dowelltown was issued a citation on Monday, May 16th for criminal trespassing and littering after Sheriff Ray saw Ponder walk behind the jail and throw down a bag which was found to be a six ounce bag of tobacco. His court date is June 1st.

54 year old Fred T. Dowell of Smith Road, Smithville was issued a citation for failing to give immediate notice of an accident and leaving the scene of an accident. Dowell is also charged with filing a false report. Dowell's bond is set at $2,500 and his court date is June 9th. Sheriff Ray reports that on Thursday, May 12th, Dowell was operating a vehicle on Highway 70 east when he lost control, resulting in an accident. He drove the car to the VFW parking lot where he parked it and left the scene. The deputy, who investigated the accident, later spoke to Dowell who stated that he and a friend had previously borrowed the vehicle from the local Ford dealership, but had returned it, apparently leaving the impression that he was not involved in the accident with the car. The officer learned that Dowell, in fact, had not returned the car, but instead was driving it when it wrecked. A witness saw him walking away from the vehicle after the crash. A computer check revealed that Dowell's drivers license were revoked.

William J. Goodman of Steeple Chase Drive, Smithville is charged with public intoxication. His bond is $1,500 and he will be in court on June 2nd. Sheriff Ray reports that on Wednesday, May 18 the sheriff's department received a call to check out a suspicious person at DeKalb Market. After arriving, the officer spoke with Goodman who had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his person and he was unsteady on his feet. Goodman left his vehicle parked crossways of a handicapped parking spot. The automobile also had a tire missing on the front. Goodman was arrested because he was a danger to himself and others. As he was being unloaded at the sally port of the jail, Goodman made an unsuccessful attempt to run past an officer.

45 year old Rhonda Faye Brewer of Swoape Road, McMinnville is charged with introduction of drugs into a penal institution. Her bond is $5,000 and she will be in court on June 9th. Sheriff Ray reports that on Thursday, May 19 Brewer reported to the jail on a violation of probation. Upon a pat down search, a coffee filter was found in her bra by the correctional officers. When the filter was unfolded, officers found that it contained methamphetamine.

50 year old Sammy Gene Taylor of Winter Drive, Dowelltown is charged with public intoxication. His bond is $1,500 and he will be in court on June 2nd. Sheriff Ray reports that on Thursday, May 19 the Sheriff's Department received a call about a man lying beside of the road on Winter Drive. Upon arrival, the officer found Taylor passed out beside the road. He had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his person and he could not sit or stand without assistance. He was carried to jail.

40 year old Michael Glen Thomas of West Main Street, Dowelltown is charged with a second offense of driving under the influence. His bond is $2,000 and he will be in court on June 9th. Sheriff Ray reports that on Friday, May 20 Thomas was operating a vehicle on Highway 70 when he was stopped for crossing over into the turning lane several times. Thomas had slurred speech and he was unsteady on his feet. Thomas performed poorly on all field sobriety tasks and submitted to a blood test.

29 year old Jarred Wayne Newell of Rock Hill, South Carolina is charged with public intoxication. His bond is $1,500 and he will be in court on June 2nd. According to Sheriff Ray, on Friday, May 20 an officer saw Newell get out of the back seat of a vehicle at DeKalb Market. Newell was very unsteady on his feet. Newell had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his person and he needed assistance to walk. He had been warned earlier in the evening by another officer to stay out of public view.

Eagle Scout Wesley Burchfield Honored by County Commission

May 23, 2011
by: 
Dwayne Page
Mike Foster, Wesley Burchfield, and his parents Penny and Kevin Burchfield

Eagle Scout Wesley Burchfield of Troop 347 was honored by the DeKalb County Commission Monday night.

The commission adopted a resolution paying tribute to Burchfield and declared that May 23,2011 be officially named "Eagle Scout, Wesley Burchfield Day".

The resolution states that "Whereas, the DeKalb County Commission and the DeKalb County Mayor wish to express their pride, respect, and appreciation to members of our community who so capably fulfill requirements and duties to reach lofty goals and levels of achievement.

Whereas, Wesley Burchfield has broad and diverse achievements. He has distinguished himself as a student, an athlete, and a community leader. We wish to bestow our honor tonight for all those goals, but especially for the years of work with the Boys Scouts.

Whereas, only a select few Boy Scouts earn the Eagle Award. This award is the pinnacle sought by many and earned by few.

Whereas, the DeKalb County Commission and the DeKalb County Mayor wish to thank Wesley Burchfield, his family, and other scouts who helped him and his leaders for the honors they have brought to themselves and DeKalb County."

Burchfield enjoys camping, hiking, and canoeing.

He has been involved in Scouts since he was in First Grade.

He has earned 37 Merit Badges

For his Eagle Project, he sanded and refinished over 750 chairs for the Smithville Fiddlers Jamboree.

Burchfield is a 2011 graduate of DCHS. He will be attending Tennessee Tech in the fall.

Soccer is his favorite sport. He played soccer for DCHS and made the First Team All District this year.

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