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Alexandria Man Arrested After Officers Find Meth Lab

November 11, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
Timothy Wade Ford

An Alexandria man, on probation in another case, was arrested on Halloween after officers found a meth lab while conducting a search of his property.

43 year old Timothy Wade Ford of New Hope Road, Alexandria is charged with initiation of a process to manufacture methamphetamine. His bond is $75,000 and he will be in court November 14.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Thursday, October 31 sheriff's department detectives and deputies assisted Tennessee Department of Correction probation officers in a search of Ford's residence. During the search, probation officers found several pills and white powder inside the home. A drug detective spoke with Ford and received consent to search an outbuilding where meth components were kept, according to Ford.

A search revealed two Mason jars containing Coleman fuel, rubber tubing with a bottle cap on the end, Gatorade bottles, empty Sudafed blister packs, muriatic acid, empty ice compressed boxes, cut strips from lithium batteries, and baggies containing fifteen aluminum foil balls. Sheriff Ray said Ford admitted that these components were used for the manufacture of methamphetamine. Ford was arrested and brought to the jail for booking.

29 year old Michael Pierre Napier Rose is charged with driving under the influence, a third offense of driving while his license is suspended, evading arrest, and resisting arrest. He was also cited for violation of the implied consent law, violation of the financial responsibility law (no insurance), violation of the open container law, and reckless driving. His bond is $12,000 and he will be in court on November 21.

Sheriff Ray said that on Monday, November 4 a deputy spotted a red Ford Explorer traveling at a high rate of speed and passing cars in a non passing zone. The officer turned on his blue lights and siren in an attempt to get the vehicle to stop but Rose, the driver, initially refused to pull over. After finally getting Rose to stop, the deputy spoke with him. An open beer was in the center of the console. Rose, who pulled up on the sidewalk when coming to a stop, said he saw the blue lights of the approaching patrol car behind him but didn't pull over at first because he was trying to get home. Rose could not produce a valid driver's license and a computer check revealed that his license were suspended for failure to pay fines in Virginia. Rose refused to take a blood test but he submitted to and performed poorly on field sobriety tasks. After the officer informed Rose that he was under arrest for DUI, Rose fled on foot. He had to be forcibly taken to the ground. Once on the ground, Rose refused to be handcuffed, swinging his arms wildly at the officer and he pushed away from the deputy in an attempt to escape. Rose was eventually subdued and brought to the jail for booking.

26 year Lesley Ann Lawrence of Foster Road, Smithville is charged with filing a false report. Her bond is $1,500 and she will be in court on November 21.

Sheriff Ray said that on Monday, November 4 a deputy went to an apartment on Foster Road to serve an arrest warrant on Donald Perry. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with Lawrence. She told the deputy that Perry was not at home and that he was out of town visiting relatives. The officer received consent to search and found Perry hiding behind a pile of clothes in a bedroom closet. Perry was brought to the jail for booking. The deputy also arrested Lawrence.

55 year old Ricky Lynn Devault of Talphia Drive, Dowelltown is charged with aggravated assault. His bond is $5,000. He will be in court on November 21.

Sheriff Ray said that on Tuesday, November 5 a deputy responded to a domestic violence call at 330 Talphia Drive. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with a woman who had red markings on her neck where she had allegedly been strangled by her son, Devault. The woman also had bruising on her hands, grass stains on her clothes, and her glasses were bent where Devault had allegedly thrown her on the ground. Devault was determined to be the primary aggressor and he was arrested and brought to the jail for booking.

30 year old Jennifer Jeane Warner of Lonnie Cantrell Road, Smithville is charged with domestic assault. Her bond is $2,500 and she will be in court November 14.

Sheriff Ray said that on Wednesday, November 6 a deputy was dispatched to a residence on Lonnie Cantrell Road for a domestic in progress. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with Warner and her husband. Mr. Warner said that he and his wife were arguing due to her allegedly cheating on him. Warner said his wife threw an alarm clock, cutting him on the arm. Jennifer Warner appeared to be the primary aggressor and was arrested and brought to the jail for booking.

41 year old Rigoberto Diaz of Lebanon Road, Carthage is charged with domestic assault. His bond is $2,500 and he will be in court on December 5.

Sheriff Ray said that on Sunday, November 10 an officer was dispatched to a residence on Bright Hill Road to check out a domestic call. Upon arrival, the deputy found Diaz on top of a woman, having her penned down on a bed. She was screaming "get off of me". The woman told the officer that Diaz had assaulted her. Diaz had claw marks on his neck, consistent with a struggle. Diaz, who has a history of domestic assault, was arrested and brought to the jail for booking.

Taneah Brooke Cantrell Captures Fall Fest Crown (VIEW VIDEO)

November 10, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
Taneah Brooke Cantrell
Fall Fest Queen and Runners-Up
Miss Congeniality Reagan Patton

Seventeen year old Taneah Brooke Cantrell captured the Fall Fest Crown Saturday night during the annual pageant at the DeKalb County Complex auditorium. The event is sponsored by the Smithville Business and Professional Women's Club.

Six young ladies ages fourteen to eighteen competed for the title.

Cantrell, daughter of Scott and Tammy Cantrell of Smithville, succeeds the 2012 Fall Fest Queen, Haley Marie Hale, the sixteen year old daughter of Chad and Melissa Hale of Smithville.

First runner-up in the pageant was Tyra Graham, the fifteen year old daughter of Kyle and Doris Graham of Smithville.

Destiny Danielle Franklin was second runner-up. She is the fourteen year old daughter of Jennifer Ware of Smithville.

Sixteen year old Brooke Danielle Roller, daughter of Richard and Rose Roller of Smithville, was the third runner-up.

Fourth runner-up went to Alyssa Kayleen Funk, the seventeen year old daughter of Emily Funk of Smithville.

Reagan Patton was fifth runner-up. She is the fourteen year old daughter of Dorothy and Tommy George of Smithville. Patton was also named Miss Congeniality.

(Group Picture: left to right- Reagan Patton (5th runner-up), Alyssa Kayleen Funk (4th runner-up), Destiny Danielle Franklin (2nd runner-up), Queen Taneah Brooke Cantrell, Tyra Graham (1st runner-up), and Brooke Danielle Roller (third runner-up)

Julia Grace Curtis Crowned Autumn Sweetheart (VIEW VIDEO)

November 10, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
Julia Grace Curtis
Autumn Sweetheart and Runners-Up
Abigail Hope Taylor was named Miss Congeniality

Julia Grace Curtis was crowned the new Autumn Sweetheart Saturday night at the conclusion of the annual pageant held at the county complex auditorium.

Curtis is the twelve year old daughter of Bruce and Amy Curtis of Smithville. She succeeds the retiring Autumn Sweetheart Morgan Faith Green, the fourteen year old daughter of Suzanne and Jon Harrison of Smithville.

The beauty contest, sponsored by the Smithville Business and Professional Women's Club, featured nine contestants, ages eleven to fourteen.

First runner-up in the pageant was Brooklyn Storm Estes, the thirteen year old daughter of Chris and Shanna Bogle of Smithville.

Sarah Anne Colwell, the thirteen year old daughter of Christie and Trent Colwell of Smithville was the second runner-up.

Third runner-up went to Anna Rachel Blair, the twelve year old daughter of Keith and Amanda Blair of Smithville.

Eleven year old Payton Brook Bowman was the fourth runner-up. She is the daughter of Mike and Lisa Bowman of Smithville.

Abigail Hope Taylor was named Miss Congeniality. She is the thirteen year old daughter of Ken and Cindy Taylor of Smithville.

The other contestants were Kaitlyn Ann George of Smithville, the eleven year old daughter of Ashley and Frankie Bryant and Jeff and Kim Walls of Chapel Hill; Mary Grace King, the eleven year old daughter of Scott and Michelle King of Smithville; and Sophia Mahan, the eleven year old daughter of David and Melody Mahan of Dowelltown.

(Group Photo: left to right- Payton Brook Bowman (4th runner-up), Sarah Anne Colwell (2nd runner-up), Queen Julia Grace Curtis, Brooklynn Storm Estes (1st runner-up), and Anna Rachel Blair (3rd runner-up)

Ellisyn Kelsey Cripps Wins Autumn Princess Pageant (VIEW VIDEOS)

November 10, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
Ellisyn Kelsey Cripps
Autumn Princess and Runners-Up
Korrin Michelle Therrien was named Miss Manners

Ten year old Ellisyn Kelsey Cripps is the 2013 Autumn Princess

Cripps, daughter of Troy and Jamie Cripps of Smithville, succeeds the retiring Autumn Princess, Addison Jean Puckett, the nine year old daughter of Jimmy and Anita Puckett of Smithville.

The pageant, featuring fifteen girls ages seven to ten, was sponsored by the Smithville Business and Professional Women's Club and held Saturday at the DeKalb County Complex auditorium.

First runner-up was Madison Rae Rackley, the ten year old daughter of Gordon and Jessica Rackley of Smithville.

Second runner-up was ten year old Alexis Grace Atnip, the daughter of Veronica Atnip of Smithville.

Eight year old Allyson Roxanne Fuller, daughter of Anthony and Amanda Fuller of Baxter was named third runner-up.

Natalie Morgan Snipes was fourth runner-up. She is the nine year old daughter of Tim and Michelle Snipes of Smithville.

Korrin Michelle Therrien was named Miss Manners. She is the nine year old daughter of Terese Therrien Pena and Oscar Pena of Smithville

Rounding out the top ten were Alexis Danyelle Rigsby, the eight year old daughter of April Rigsby of Smithville; Haidyn Renee Hale, the nine year old daughter of Chad and Melissa Hale of Smithville; Madison Dawson, the seven year old daughter of Jarred and Jamie Dawson of Smithville; Kenlee Renae Taylor, the eight year old daughter of Ken and Cindy Taylor of Smithville; and Zoi Hale, the seven year old daughter of Becky Harris and Justin Hale of Watertown.

Others participating in the pageant were: Malayna Nichole Nokes, the ten year old daughter of Brandy and Jeff Nokes of Old Temperance Hall Road; Allie Joy Wilbur, the nine year old daughter of Andrew and Caitlin Wilber of Smithville; Savanna Murphy, the seven year old daughter of Brian and Stephanie Leist of Smithville; and Sayla Yvonne Cantrell, the eight year old daughter of Stefan Cantrell and Heather White of Smithville.

(Group Picture: left to right- Natalie Morgan Snipes (4th runner-up), Alexis Grace Atnip (2nd runner-up), Queen Ellisyn Kelsey Cripps, Madison Rae Rackley (1st runner-up), and Allyson Roxanne Fuller ( 3rd runner-up)

City Planning Commission Takes Annexation Proposal Under Advisement

November 9, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
Proposed City Annexation Map

The Smithville Planning Commission Thursday night voted to take under advisement a proposal to annex several properties into the city along Highway 70 just outside the western city limits. However, the commission stopped short of making a formal recommendation for annexation to the mayor and aldermen until up to date cost estimates are provided for implementing the required plan of services to the annexed area, specifically sewer.

City planner Shannon Copas gave a general overview of the plan of services during the meeting and city public works director Kevin Robinson provided 2008 sewer cost figures.

"The staff's recommendation after going out there and looking at it (properties) is to zone it B-2. That way it would not be a spot zone. It would be an extenuation of the current zoning district," said Copas.

"There is an example plan of services here. It basically outlines when services are going to be provided. We have to do this under Tennessee Code Annotated (state law). It outlines when (city) police and fire protection will be provided to this area. It also outlines the water situation. Sanitary sewer. I think in this one (plan) we put five to seven years. We can always change it. This is just an example. It (plan) contains some information about street construction and repair. It addresses solid waste collection and disposal and recreation facilities. All the planning commission does is make a recommendation on a draft to the city and make sure everything looks good," said Copas.

Commission Chairman Wallace Caldwell and member Norris Colvert said they wanted to see more specifics on costs. "Don't anyone think I'm against annexation but I think before I would be willing to make a request to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen to annex this property I think we need to have a little bit more figures as to what it's going to cost. That's strictly my opinion," said Caldwell.

"I agree with you Mr. Chairman," said Colvert. "I don't think we're in any position to do anything but to take it under advisement and get our arms around some of the answers to these questions. At least we can get some ball park costs associated with these kinds of services if we're going to be recommending the support of the mayor and aldermen to approve this," he added

Colvert made a motion to take the matter under advisement until the next meeting. Glen Nichols seconded the motion. All members voted in favor of Colvert's motion including Mayor Jimmy Poss, Aldermen Shawn Jacobs and Jason Murphy, and members Wade Smith, Dwain Snow, and Hoyte Barrett along with Chairman Caldwell. If the city comes up with new cost estimates before next month's regular meeting, a special meeting might be scheduled to take up the issue.

The planning commission cannot approve annexation. It can only recommend it to the mayor and board of aldermen.

If approved, the properties Ed Young, Mike Foster, Dr. David Foutch, Pat Walls, John Kilgore, and Jim Beshearse would be annexed. The area includes almost seventeen acres on the south side of Highway 70 from the existing city limits to near the intersection of Highway 83 (New Home Road). It would take in the Kilgore's restaurant property, which belongs to Foster; Dr. Foutch's Eye Care office; and parcels of land belonging to Kilgore and Beshearse. Facing the Old Snow Hill Road, the residential properties of Beshearse, Walls, and Foster would be annexed. On the northside of Highway 70, another fourteen acres of undeveloped land belonging to Ed Young would be annexed along with the old Beshearse grocery store building. Young's property is located across the highway from Kilgore's Restaurant.

Due to a state moratorium on annexation, the city cannot take the initiative on its own without a request. The property owners have to petition the city for annexation.

State law also requires that all annexations include a Plan of Services (POS). The POS outlines those services, such as sewer, that will be made available to the land being annexed and the timeframe within which services and/or amenities will be provided.

Ready for a Tennessee Road Trip?

November 9, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
Suzanne Williams
Promised Land self-guided driving tour brochure

A Tennessee Road Trip! Get away to it all. Get off the beaten path on the Discover Tennessee Trails & Byways driving trail. Sixteen driving trails all across the state feature Tennessee history, hospitality, flavor, and adventure. DeKalb County is part of the Promised Land trail - scenic routes through the gorgeous countryside, small towns, and amazing stories.

In the Promised Land self-guided driving tour brochure, DeKalb County Points of Interest can be found on pages 24 to 26 and include Center Hill Lake, Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree and Crafts Festival, City of Smithville, Webb’s Pharmacy & Gift, Historic Downtown Smithville, Appalachian Center for Craft, Griffin’s Fruit Market, The Town of Liberty, and Edgar Evins State Park. Watch for the brown signs along the Promised Land Trail Route.

Chamber Director Suzanne Williams submitted the information for DeKalb County. “The Smithville Jamboree picture made the front cover of the Promised Land brochure. We were so excited about that! There were several places I submitted that didn’t make the brochure, but hopefully we will get to add more at the next printing. We are so grateful to the Department of Tourist Development for the TN Trails and Byways Initiative. I believe the driving trails will encourage visitors and locals alike to explore more places around our beautiful State and this wonderful place we call home,” says Williams.

Promised Land brochures and maps can be found at the Smithville-DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce located in the DeKalb Courthouse, Room 201 and soon to be at numerous points across the county. You can also download a copy of any of the trails at TnTrailsAndByways.com. See you on the road!

Information provided by Discover Tennessee Trail & Byway Dept.

SES Students Sing for Veterans

November 8, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
SES Honors Veterans

A Veterans Appreciation assembly program was held Friday morning at Smithville Elementary School in recognition of Veteran's Day.

Kelly Birmingham led students from pre-K to the second grade in singing "God Bless the USA" and other patriotic songs in honor of veterans who have served in each branch of the military.

Veterans attending the assembly program pictured above are:

Bottom Row (left to right): William Dyer of Crossville who served in the U.S. Marines as 1st Sergeant during the Vietnam War. He was founder of the National Vietnam Veterans Day; Garry Davis of Smithville who served as a Specialist 4 in the Army during the Vietnam War; Jimmy Sprague of Smithville who served in the Army as an E5 3rd & 75th Ranger in Operation Just Cause; and Dale Pedigo of Buffalo Valley who served in the National Guard as an E6 Staff Sergeant. He served 27 years in the military.

Middle Row: (left to right): J.R. Redmon of Smithville who served in the Navy and Air Force and was a 2nd Class Petty Officer; James Cantrell of Smithville who served in the Air Force during the Korean Conflict as a 1st Lieutenant; Ricky Rafferty of Sebring, Florida who served as a Marine Corporal during the Vietnam War; Alan Stengel of Smithville who served in the Navy at the rank of A-5 during the Vietnam War; Joe Goodwin of Smithville who served in the U.S. Army as a Sergeant. He was a Prisoner of War in Germany during World War II; and Guy Mathis of Liberty who served in the Army as a PFC Machine Gunner during World War II. He received the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, plus six other medals.

Top Row: Douglas Bonner of Smithville who served in the Army as a Specialist 3; George Steinbach of Smithville who served in the Army as an E-6 during the Vietnam War; Ray Vaughn of Smithville who served as an E-4 in the Army; Brent Arnold of Smithville who served in the Air Force as an Airman 1st Class; Chad Polk of Smithville who served in the Army as an E-6 Staff Sergeant in Afghanistan and Iraq; Jake Merriman of McMinnville who served in the Marine Corps as a Lance Corporal; Walter Johnson of Smithville who served in the Army as a Corporal during the Korean Conflict; James Dunn of Smithville who served in the Army as a Corporal during the Korean Conflict; Richard Widener who served in the Marine Corps as a Sergeant during the Vietnam War; John Hummer of Smithville who served in the Marine Corps as a Corporal during the Vietnam War; Ronnie Redmon of Dowelltown who served in the Air Force as an E-3 during the Vietnam War; and Paul Cantrell of Smithville who served in the Navy as a BM3 during the Korean Conflict.

Two Charged with Kidnapping Elderly Warren County Man

November 7, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
Amanda Maxwell
Charles Wayne Reagan

An elderly man was kidnapped at knifepoint Tuesday in Smithville and then forced to withdraw funds from his bank account at an ATM machine. The man's abductors later drove him to McMinnville where he made his escape and called police.

29 year old Amanda Maxwell of 717 Fisher Avenue is charged with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated robbery, theft over $1,000, and aggravated assault. Her bond is $85,000.

31 year old Charles Wayne Reagan of Smithville is charged with aggravated kidnapping and theft over $1,000.

Both are to appear in DeKalb County General Sessions Court on November 21.

The case was investigated by Lieutenant Detective Matt Holmes and Detective Brandon Donnell of the Smithville Police Department.

According to Lieutenant Holmes, Maxwell telephoned the 81 year old victim, an acquaintance, and asked him to come to her Smithville home to talk with her. The victim, who lives in Warren County, drove to Maxwell's home on Fisher Avenue. As he arrived and entered the residence, Maxwell allegedly attacked the man from behind and forced him at knifepoint (boxcutter) back into his car, a 2007 Pontiac Grand Prix. As the victim sat on the front passenger seat, Maxwell drove to ATM machines at two local banks where the man was forced to withdraw cash from his account. Maxwell allegedly got $300 as a result of the crime.

In an attempt to get more money from the victim at another bank ATM, police believe Maxwell picked up Reagan at her home and the two of them drove the elderly man at knifepoint to McMinnville, according to Detective Donnell. But as they got to McMinnville and stopped at a traffic light, the victim bailed out of the car and escaped. Maxwell, the driver, got out and ran after him but the victim managed to get to a phone and called 911. McMinnville Police were first alerted but they then contacted the Smithville Police Department. Reagan, who was in the back seat of the victim's car, got into the front seat and drove away. Police believe he abandoned the vehicle somewhere. At last report the car had not been located.

Maxwell and Reagan later made it back to Smithville and stayed the night at a local motel, apparently in an attempt to hide from police. They returned to Maxwell's home on Wednesday where police found the two and brought them in for questioning.

The victim, who was hurt as he jumped from the car in making his escape, was not believed to have suffered any life threatening injuries in the encounter with his abductors.

DeKalb GOP to Call Primary for 13th District Judicial Offices

November 6, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
Jennifer Winfree

The DeKalb County Republican Party plans to call for a primary to be held in May for all judicial positions up for election on the ballot in the 13th judicial district according to local party chairperson Jennifer Winfree.

Political parties in other counties of the 13th district apparently plan to do the same.

The DeKalb GOP primary would only be for the offices of Chancellor, Circuit Judge Part I, Circuit Judge Part II, Criminal Judge Part I, Criminal Judge Part II, District Public Defender, and District Attorney General.

According to Winfree, the DeKalb County Republican Party will continue to select nominees for county offices by caucus as it has in the past.

Dennis Stanley, DeKalb County Administrator of Elections, said he has not yet received notification from either the local Republican or Democratic Party calling for a primary. November 22 is the deadline to call for any primary, local or judicial.

The 13th Judicial District is made up of Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, and White Counties.

Political parties in counties of the 13th district that do not call for a primary for judicial offices will apparently have no voice in selecting nominees to run for those positions in the August General Election, if judicial primaries are held in other counties of the district.

Farm Service Agency County Committee Elections Underway

November 6, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
Donny Green

Donny Green, County Executive Director of the DeKalb/Cannon County Farm Service Agency, announces that the 2013 FSA county committee elections are underway as ballots were mailed to eligible voters in Local Administrative Area (LAA) # 3 of DeKalb County and Local Administrative Areas # 4 and # 5 on November 4th. December 2, 2013 is the deadline for eligible voters to return ballots, either post marked in the mail or delivered in person, to their local FSA offices.

"The FSA county committee system is unique among government agencies, because it allows producers to make important decisions concerning the local administration of federal farm programs," said Green. "I urge all eligible farmers and ranchers, especially minorities and women, to get involved and make a real difference in their communities by voting in this year's elections."

Committee members apply their knowledge and judgment to make decisions on disaster and conservation payments, establishment of allotments and yields, producer appeals, employing FSA county executive directors and other local issues. FSA committees operate within official regulations designed to carry out federal laws.

To be an eligible voter, farmers and ranchers must participate or cooperate in FSA programs. A person who is not of legal voting age, but supervises and conducts the farming operations of an entire farm, can also vote. Agricultural producers in each county submitted candidate names during the nomination period held last summer.

Eligible voters in DeKalb County LAA # 1 or Cannon County LAA’s # 4 or # 5 who do not receive a ballot can obtain a ballot at their local USDA Service Center. December 2, 2013 is the last day for voters to submit ballots in person to local USDA Service Centers. Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked no later than December 2, 2013. Newly elected committee members and alternates take office January 1st, 2014.

Close to 7,700 FSA county committee members serve in the 2,124 FSA offices nationwide. Each committee consists of three to 11 members who serve three-year terms. Approximately one-third of county committee seats are up for election each year. More information on county committees, such as the new 2013 fact sheet and brochures, can be found on the FSA website atwww.fsa.usda.gov/elections or at a local USDA Service Center.

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