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City Poised to Make New Offer to DUD

November 15, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
J.R. Wauford (Older Photo)

The Smithville Mayor and Aldermen met in a workshop Monday night to begin discussions on offering a new water purchase agreement to the DeKalb Utility District.

The existing ten year agreement is set to expire as of December 31.

J.R. Wauford, the City's Utility Engineer since 1962, met with the mayor and aldermen to make a suggestion. If the DUD will sell the city the water lines and customers connected at four of its metering points, the city may be willing to negotiate on the price it charges the DUD. Without an agreement or new water contract of some kind, the city may charge the DUD as much $7.50 per thousand gallons, the same as it charges other customers outside the city. DUD currently pays $2.05 per thousand gallons.

Wauford said those metering points at Evins Mill Road, Midway on the Old Sparta Road, Hobson Street, and Highway 56 North would allow for expansion of the Smithville Water System into areas most difficult for DUD to serve and provide the city a water service area which in some places also has city sewer service.

According to Wauford, the percentage of water sales to the DUD from the city to serve these metering points for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012 were as follows:
Evins Mill Road: 7.81%
Old Sparta Highway: 1.06%
Highway 56 North: 17.39%
Hobson Street: 4.82%

If the city loses DUD as a water customer with the construction of a new DUD water plant, Wauford said "our calculations indicate that water rates would have to be increased to city customers by a minimum of 20%".

By expanding the city's service area with these DUD metering points, Wauford said the city could possibly set an "incremental" water rate to DUD at a level so that rates for city customers would not have to rise. "We could look at what the incremental rate would be. In other words, what would it take if they (DUD) would sell you (city) those customers? What would your rate to them need to be to avoid having to raise rates on Smithville's customers,"asked Wauford?

A recent study by Warren and Associates, paid for by the city, revealed that the actual cost for Smithville to produce water is $2.67 per thousand gallons. In April city officials discussed offering DUD a new ten year deal which would include selling them water at $2.20 per thousand gallons for the first five years of the contract and raising it to $2.40 per thousand gallons for the last five years. No official vote was taken but city officials sent the offer in writing to DUD officials a couple of days prior to the Tennessee Utility Management Review Board hearing which was held in Smithville to review DUD's water rates. DUD officials later responded agreeing to accept the offer but without the minimum volume purchase requirement the city wanted as part of the proposal.

"The last contract that you submitted, we sent back a letter saying we would agree to it with certain modifications that didn't impact on the price. From our standpoint, we're waiting to hear back from you," said Nashville attorney Dewey Branstetter, Jr. who represents the DeKalb Utility District.

"We certainly want to enter into negotiations and enter into something that works for everyone," said Branstetter, who spoke during the workshop on behalf of the DUD.

In response, City attorney Vester Parsley said the city and DUD could have had a deal on a new water contract earlier, had the DUD not opposed a minimum purchase provision. "When we got the letter back, they (DUD) did say they liked our rate structure. However they didn't like the quantity that we were requiring. That was the big sticking point. There was no quantity listed that they would accept. That sort of left us high and dry. They liked the rates we proposed but they weren't willing to buy a certain quantity," said Parsley.

Branstetter defended the DUD's position on that point. "I think that is reasonable to expect. If we're going to enter into a long term contract with the anticipation of building our own water treatment plant, it would not be realistic for us or in the best interest of our customers to enter into a minimum purchase amount. We might be able to do that while the plant was being constructed. We will anticipate needing to continue to buy water even once our water treatment plant is completed. Its anticipated we would want to buy some water from the city of Smithville and there may be points where its smart for you to buy some water from us somewhere down the road. We want to work together for something that is in the best interest of everyone, recognizing that DUD's first obligation is to its own customers," said Branstetter.

"Of course we've got an obligation to our customers too and we're already charging them higher rates ($5.00 per thousand gallons) than we're charging DUD ($2.05 per thousand gallons) and have been for years," added City Attorney Parsley.

Plans for a new DUD water treatment plant are currently on hold because of a legal challenge in Davidson County Chancery Court by the City of Smithville and DUD ratepayers. No word yet on when the hearing will be held.

Since it was only a workshop, the aldermen could not act Monday night. City officials may forward a proposal based on Wauford's recommendation to DUD and then vote on any accepted agreement at a regular or special city council meeting.

DUD Chairman Roger Turney and board members Joe Foutch and Hugh Washer attended the workshop along with DUD manager Jon Foutch.

Community Recognizes Local Heroes on Veterans Day (VIEW VIDEOS)

November 11, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page

The men and women who put their lives on the line to protect our freedom were honored in a special Veterans Day program Monday morning at the DeKalb County Complex auditorium.

The observance featured performances of patriotic music by members of the DeKalb County High School Chorus and Band, a rendition of the Star Spangled Banner by State Representative Terri Lynn Weaver, a poem in tribute to veterans read by Susan Hinton, and a keynote address by Sarah Tinch, a Veterans Benefit Representative.

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The program was made more special with a group of veterans from World War II to the more recent wars who were seated on stage.

"It is a privilege to be with you to celebrate Veterans Day and it is an honor to be among the 21 million veterans alive today," said Tinch in her remarks during the program.

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"Today, we come together to remember, honor and pay tribute to our heroes – ordinary men and women who set aside their own personal freedom to defend and protect our nation from those who would threaten our way of life. They left the comfort of their homes and families for hostile lands far away to fight on foreign soil, so that we would never have to fight on our own soil – lands such as Iwo Jima, Seoul, Khe Sanh, and Fallujah. Ordinary men and women who did extraordinary things," she said.

Tinch then asked the WWII veterans in attendance to stand and be recognized. Edward Frazier, Edsel Frazier, Guy Mathis, Doyle Smith, and Doyle Taylor, who all served in World War II, rose to their feet.

"December 7th marks 72 years since America was brought into World War II with the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. These veterans are among more than 16,000,000 U.S. service members who fought on nearly every continent on earth to deliver the world from tyranny. It was the bloodiest war in our history, with more than 291,000 American casualties in battle, and more than 50,000,000 million people dying worldwide. When they returned home, these service members laid down their arms and went to work building the most prosperous nation we had ever known – earning them the title of America’s Greatest Generation." said Tinch.

She then recognized veterans of the Korean Conflict. "This year marks the 60th anniversary of the cease fire agreement that ended the three year war. These veterans were among the 5,720,000 service members who served in the effort to prevent the spread of communism throughout Korea. During the Korean War, 33,686 American troops died to defend democracy for the Korean people. Since that time, the people living in North Korea, where communism flourished, have lived the past 60 years under a totalitarian regime in a land that is unable to feed its own people, and they live year after year in perpetual famine. Because of these veterans’ success in saving South Korea, they spared the more than 49,000,000 people living there from that same awful fate," said Tinch.

Korean Conflict Veterans in attendance were Joe Payne, Walter Phillips, Corbin Keith, James Cantrell, Tom Lassiter, Al Evans, Tommy Webb, Walter Johnson, and Paul Cantrell.

In her remarks, Tinch also paid tribute to Vietnam War veterans."These veterans were among the 8,744,000 Americans who served during the Vietnam era. Between 1964 and 1975, 1,789,000 service men and women were deployed to prevent the spread of communism into South Vietnam. These brave men went when their country called them to service. They did not flee the country or hide inside our educational institutions to avoid the draft. More than 35,000 died in theater defending democracy. Had they received the support from our government and the American people in their fight to win the war, the outcome for the South Vietnamese people, for our service members while in Vietnam and when they returned home, and for American history, would have been vastly different. The lessons we should always remember from that time are that we should never turn our backs on our men and women in the military, we must give them everything they need to be successful, and if we send them to war, we send them in to win. I personally want to say “WELCOME HOME”, Thank You For Your Sacrifice, and We Will Never Forget," said Tinch

Vietnam era veterans at Monday's observance were Charles Owens, Corbin Keith, Charles Cantrell, Kenneth Beshearse, William Edmonds, Jerry Hinton, George Oliver, Charlie Banks, David Petty, Corbin Keith, Rick Lee, Charles Parsley, Ronnie Redmon, Bill Fowler, Carlton Miller, Harold Blackwell, and Jerry Adcock.

Gulf War Operations Desert Storm and Desert Storm veterans were also honored. "Operation Desert Shield was a war against Iraq for their invasion of neighboring country Kuwait. Operation Desert Storm was to prevent the use of chemical and biological weapons use by Iraq. In the largest coalition of world nations since WWII, over 694,000 service men and women were deployed to the Gulf region between 1990 and 1991. 383 service members died during these operations. Their service and their sacrifice resulted in the liberation of Kuwait the prevention of chemical weapons use by Iraq on neighboring countries, followed by 10 years of sanctions on Iraq," said Tinch.

Jerry Adcock and Arlene Cookie Hullett, who both served in Desert Storm and Desert Shield, Toni Fruehauf who served in the United State Air Force Reserve, Jimmy Sprague of Operation Just Cause, and Boyd Bruce Malone who served in Grenada and Desert Storm were all in attendance for the Veterans Day program along with veterans Bill Burgess and Charles Lane.

"Veterans who served during the Global War on Terror which began in 2001includes Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation New Dawn, among others," said Tinch. "This war is still ongoing. The Global War on Terror began as a result of the Sept 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on our country, and resulted in an international military campaign to focus on the elimination of al-Qaeda and other militant organizations from Afghanistan, Iraq, and other countries where these terrorist organizations are harbored. Following threats by Saddam Hussein of more terrorist attacks on the U.S., The U.S. invaded Iraq on March 20, 2003. Saddam Hussein was captured on Dec 13, 2003 and executed on Dec 30, 2006 for his crimes. Osama bin Laden was killed in Pakistan on May 2, 2011. To date, 1448 American service members have been killed, and 51,708 have been wounded in action in the Global War on Terror. The dictatorship in Iraq and the Taliban rule in Afghanistan have ended. The countries now hold elections and continue to progress in stabilizing their government and economies," she said.

"America, and many parts of the world, could not enjoy the blessings of freedom and liberty without the service of our men and women fulfilling an extraordinary duty. Ordinary people doing extraordinary things," said Tinch. "On Veterans Day, we remember and honor all those who wore the uniform. I am eternally grateful to our veterans for their service. I ask everyone to offer a sincere THANK YOU to a Veteran not only today, but every day. Your recognition of their service means more to most Veterans than any other reward," Tinch concluded.

Susan Hinton delivered a poem by an unknown author called "Veterans In Your Honor".

Unselfishly, you left your fathers and your mothers,
You left behind your sisters and your brothers.
Leaving your beloved children and wives,
You put on hold, your dreams your lives.

On foreign soil, you found yourself planted
To fight for those whose freedom you granted.
Without your sacrifice, their cause would be lost
But you carried onward, no matter the cost.

Many horrors you had endured and seen.
Many faces had haunted your dreams.
You cheered as your enemies littered the ground;
You cried as your brothers fell all around.

When it was over, you all came back home,
Some were left with memories to face all alone;
Some found themselves in the company of friends
As their crosses cast shadows across the land.

Those who survived were forever scarred
Emotionally, physically, permanently marred.
Those who did not now sleep eternally
Neath the ground they had given their lives to keep free.

With a hand upon my heart, I feel
The pride and respect; my reverence is revealed
In the tears that now stream down my upturned face
As our flag waves above you, in her glory and grace.

Freedom was the gift that you unselfishly gave
Pain and death was the price that you ultimately paid.
Every day, I give my utmost admiration
To those who had fought to defend our nation.

At the conclusion of the program, veterans boarded a school bus for a ride downtown to the site of the veterans memorial monument where a wreath was laid to commemorate Veteran's Day. Sheriff Patrick Ray led the motorcade followed by DeKalb EMS, the bus carrying the veterans, the Smithville Volunteer Fire Department, and the Smithville Police Department.

As the wreath was laid, Judy Redmon read names of veterans who have passed away within the last year as a way to help remember them.

Emma Rigsby then played Taps to bring the day's program to a close.

Veterans then boarded the bus again and were taken back to the county complex for a delicious Veteran's Day meal served by Senior Citizens and members of Leadership DeKalb and the local chapter of Woodmen of the World.

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
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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.

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