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Inebriated Man Points Handgun at Deputies

February 9, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
David Scott Davis
Mark Anthony Thompson
Tommye Lou Bell
Tisha Elaine Burns
Betty Marie Davis
Heather Marie Davis

An inebriated man was arrested last week after allegedly pointing a handgun at deputies and firing shots away from them into the woods.

65 year old David Scott Davis of Neil Drive, Smithville is charged with public intoxication; resisting stop, frisk, halt, or arrest; two counts of aggravated assault; and one count of possession of a handgun (Smith & Wesson 44 Magnum) while under the influence of alcohol. His bond is $14,500 and he will be in court February 26. Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Tuesday, February 3 deputies were dispatched to Neil Drive on a report of a person with a gun. When the two officers arrived, they saw Davis point a handgun at them and then fire shots across the road into the woods. Davis was found to be unsteady on his feet and he had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his person. Multiple beer cans were on the ground there. As the officers placed him under arrest, Davis resisted and had to be forcibly taken to the ground.

55 year old Mark Anthony Thompson of Brush Creek is charged with a second offense of driving under the influence. His bond is $3,000 and he will be in court February 19. Sheriff Ray said that on Monday, February 2 a deputy was dispatched to Bob Mathis Road due to a report of an intoxicated driver. Upon arrival, the officer found the driver, Thompson sitting in the truck. While speaking with Thompson, the deputy detected a strong odor of alcohol on his person. Thompson's speech was slurred and very slow. He told the deputy that he had been "driving around drunk all day". Due to his level of intoxication, Thompson was unable to stand to undergo field sobriety tasks. He was placed under arrest and taken to the hospital for a blood withdrawal. Thompson was then taken to the sheriff's department for booking. His prior DUI offense was in April 2007.

53 year old Tommye Lou Bell of Hawkins Drive, Smithville is charged with a third offense of driving under the influence and having contraband in a penal institution. She was further issued a citation for violation of the financial responsibility law (no insurance). Her bond is $9,500 and she will be in court March 19. Sheriff Ray said that on Wednesday, February 4 a deputy was dispatched on a report of a reckless driver traveling east bound on the Nashville Highway. The officer spotted a silver 2012 Honda SUV heading eastbound from the Dollar General Store. As he followed, the deputy observed the vehicle cross the center line of the highway several times into the passing lane. He activated his emergency blue lights, trying to get the driver of the SUV to stop. When the driver, Bell saw the deputy behind her, she crossed the center turn lane into westbound traffic and almost hit an oncoming Ford pickup head-on. The SUV turned onto Tiger Drive, pulled into a parking lot, and stopped. Bell's speech was slurred and she had difficulty finding her drivers license and other vehicle information. After performing poorly on field sobriety tasks, Bell was placed under arrest and taken to the jail. Prior to a pat down and search, Bell was asked if she had any illegal substances on her. She replied "no". During the search, a female correctional officer found in Bell's bra a bottle containing 54 Dilaudid tablets.

43 year old Tisha Elaine Burns of Cookeville Highway, Smithville is charged with a second offense of driving under the influence. Her bond is $3,000. She will be in court March 5. Sheriff Ray said that on Friday, February 6 a deputy was dispatched to New Bildad Road on a report of a suspicious vehicle having been seen parked by the bridge. The officer spotted a white Crown Victoria there and spoke with the driver, Burns. He detected an odor of alcohol on her person. Her eyes were glossy and she was unsteady on her feet. After performing poorly on field sobriety tasks, she was arrested and taken to the hospital for a blood withdrawal and then to the sheriff's department for booking. Meanwhile Burns and a passenger of her vehicle, 44 year old Comer Thomas Vance of Railroad Avenue, Shelbyville were each cited for criminal trespassing after it was determined they were trespassing on private property at the bridge where two "No Trespassing" signs are posted.

49 year old Betty Marie Davis and her daughter 25 year old Heather Marie Davis of Corinth Church Road, Rock Island are each charged with domestic assault. Bond for each is $1,500 and they will be in court February 12. Sheriff Ray said that on Saturday, February 7 a deputy was dispatched to a residence on Corinth Church Road due to a domestic complaint. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with Heather Davis and Betty Davis who said that they had gotten into an argument over a car. Heather claims her mother hit her in the left eye causing it to become red and swollen. Betty claims Heather punched her in the face, busting her nose.

Vehicle Belonging to Murder Defendant Destroyed by Fire

February 8, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
Vehicle Belonging to Murder Defendant Destroyed by Fire
Mazda Millenia also damaged by heat from Tahoe Fire

Two days after a fatal stabbing there, members of the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department were summoned to 3870 Cookeville Highway, where a Chevy Tahoe caught fire and burned Saturday morning.

Central dispatch received the fire call at 8:59 a.m.

The Tahoe reportedly belongs to 42 year old Anthony (Tony) Crews, the man charged with second degree murder in the stabbing of his girlfriend, 28 year old Ashley Bain.

Upon arrival, county firefighters found the Tahoe ablaze. It was setting in the driveway near the home, parked beside a Mazda Millenia, which reportedly belonged to Bain.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze but the Tahoe was destroyed. Heat from the fire also caused some damage to the driver's side of the Millenia.

Members of the Main Station, Short Mountain Highway, and Cookeville Highway Stations responded. The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department was also on the scene. The cause of the fire is undetermined.

Meanwhile, Sheriff Patrick Ray told WJLE Saturday that Crews remains incarcerated. He has not yet posted bond since his arrest on Thursday night. Crews is under a $250,000 bond and has been moved to another facility outside DeKalb County.

Firefighters also responded to a fire at a residence on Winter Drive at 3:05 a.m. Saturday morning.

County Fire Chief Donny Green told WJLE that the home belongs to Tommy and Maria Clayborn but that Michael and Tosha Whitson are renting it and living there.

According to Chief Green, the blaze started in the kitchen as a grease fire from the stove. The Whitson's called 911 and firefighters were dispatched.

Although the fire was brought under control, it caused some damage to the kitchen and a portion of the living home. Smoke spread to other parts of the residence. No one was injured.

Members of the Main Station, Cookeville Highway, and Liberty Stations responded along with DeKalb EMS and Sheriff's Department.

The Smithville Volunteer Fire Department was called to a chimney fire at a residence on Juniper Lane Thursday afternoon. Firefighters put out the blaze and kept it from spreading to the rest of the house. Although there was some smoke in the home, no one was injured. Because of concerns with the home's electrical wiring, the family was temporarily relocated.

According to a Red Cross spokesperson, two families were living in the residence, including ten people, five of whom are children. The local chapter of the American Red Cross assisted the families. Jeania Poss and Steve Repasy were the case workers.

Meanwhile, a Red Cross Recruitment Meeting will be held Monday, February 9 at 3:00 p.m. Anyone wanting to be a Red Cross Volunteer is asked to attend the meeting which will be held in the Smithville Red Cross Office, located at the County Complex. For more information, contact Jeania Poss.

District Tournament Begins Thursday, All District Team Selections Announced

February 7, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page

The DCHS Lady Tigers will face Upperman in the District 8 AA Basketball Tournament at Cookeville High School on Thursday night, February 12 at 8:30 p.m. The winner will take on either Central Magnet or Macon County on Saturday. Upperman is a two seed in the tournament while the Lady Tigers are a seven seed.

Meanwhile, the DCHS Tigers will meet Macon County on Friday, February 13 at 6:00 p.m. in the District Tournament. The winner will face either Livingston Academy or Central Magnet on Saturday. Macon County is a three seed in the tournament and the Tigers are a six seed.

WJLE plans LIVE coverage of all games involving DCHS teams.

The Thursday night, February 12 tournament schedule is as follows:
(1) Livingston Academy vs (8) York Institute (Girls) at 5:30 p.m.
(2) Livingston Academy vs (7) Central Magnet (Boys) at 7:00 p.m.
(2) Upperman vs (7) DeKalb County (Girls) at 8:30 p.m.

Friday night, February 13:
(3) Central Magnet vs (6) Macon County (Girls) at 4:30 p.m.
(3) Macon County vs (6) DeKalb County (Boys) at 6:00 p.m.
(4) Smith County vs (5) Cannon County (Girls) at 7:30 p.m.
(4) Upperman vs (5) Smith County (Boys) at 9:00 p.m.

Meanwhile, DeKalb County's Justin Bone was named to the All-District Second Team while Isaac Beck received Honorable Mention. For the girls, Maggie Knowles was selected to the All -District Freshman Team. Knowles and Ashli Chew made the All-District third team. Loren Cripps earned Honorable Mention.

Josh Ruehlen of Cannon County and Colton Blevins of York Institute have been named Co-Most Valuable Players of District 8AA while Callie Hackett of Smith County is this year's District MVP for girls.

The All-District Team selections were announced Friday.

Meanwhile, Dana McWilliams of Upperman and Leslie Riddle of Livingston Academy have been selected as Co-District Coaches of the Year for girls while Matt Rigsby of Cannon County is the boys District Coach of the Year.

Seth Carlisle of Macon County and Akira Levy of Upperman are the District's Freshmen of the Year and the District Defensive Players of the Year are Colton Blevins of York Institute and Callie Hackett of Smith County. The District's Most Improved Players are Austin McWilliams and Abby Greenwood both of Upperman.

Members of the All-District First Team for boys are as follows: Wade Eldridge and Zac Craig both of Livingston Academy, Jacob Nave of Cannon County, Ben Guffey of Upperman, and Evan Perrigo of Macon County.

All-District Second Team: Cameron Huff of Smith County, Justin Bone of DeKalb County, Austin McWilliams of Upperman, and Michael Ashburn and Seth Carlisle both of Macon County.

All-District Third Team: Garrett McReynolds of Cannon County, Hunter Shrum of Upperman, Kaleb Qualls and Xander Miller both of Livingston Academy and Seth Hackett of Smith County.

Honorable Mention: Marshall McReynolds, Austin Martin, A.J. Daniel of Cannon County, Patrick Blair of Central Magnet, Isaac Beck of DeKalb County, Loren Crowder of Livingston Academy, Trace McPherson of Macon County, Shermar King of Smith County, Austin Shrum of Upperman, and Pacey Pyle and Jordan Wright both of York Institute.

Freshman Team: Shermar King, Jaylon Shepperson, and Bryant Goolsby all of Smith County, Carter Hayes of Livingston Academy, and Nick Hamlett of Central Magnet.

All-Defensive Team: Wade Eldridge and Loren Crowder both of Livingston Academy, Marshall McReynolds and Austin Martin both of Cannon County, and Evan Perrigo of Macon County.

Members of the All-District First Team for girls are as follows: Claudia Smith and Ola Obi both of Central Magnet, Akria Levy and Gracie Maynord both of Upperman, and Kailey Winningham of Livingston Academy.

All-District Second Team: Kellie Davis of Cannon County, Tatum Dillon and Jameson Dailey both of Livingston Academy, Briley Driver of Macon County, and Abby Greenwood of Upperman.

All-District Third Team: Keelie Lamb of Livingston Academy, Erin McReynolds of Cannon County, Maggie Knowles and Ashli Chew both of DeKalb County and Bri Melton of Smith County.

Honorable Mention: Kristen Hale and Kendra Maynard both of Cannon County, Paige Clark, Leah Anderson, and Lyndsey Belton all of Macon County, Sophie Fielder of Central Magnet, Loren Cripps of DeKalb County, Allison West of Smith County, Taylor Crouch of York Institute, and Sarah Eldridge of Upperman.

Freshman Team: Maggie Knowles of DeKalb County, Emily Sewell of York Institute, Kyndall Bullington of Macon County, Maleah Scott of Cannon County, and Riley Hurst of Upperman.

All-Defensive Team: Abby Greenwood of Upperman, Sophie Fielder of Central Magnet, Erin McReynolds of Cannon County, Alexis Savage of Livingston Academy, and Lyndsey Belton of Macon County.

Man Charged with Second Degree Murder in Stabbing Death of Girlfriend

February 5, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
Anthony (Tony) Tyrone Crews
Ashley Bain Found Stabbed to Death at her Home
Ashley Bain

A 28 year old woman was found stabbed to death in her home on Cookeville Highway Thursday afternoon and her boyfriend has been charged with killing her.

42 year old Anthony (Tony) Tyrone Crews was taken into custody Thursday night and charged with second degree murder in the death of Ashley Bain. He remains in the DeKalb County Jail under a $250,000 bond. He will be in General Sessions Court February 12.

Sheriff Patrick Ray told WJLE Thursday night that Bain's body was found lying on the floor of a bedroom at the home she and Crews shared at 3870 Cookeville Highway north of Smithville. She had been stabbed numerous times about the upper body. It's not known exactly how long Bain had been dead by the time authorities were notified but Sheriff Ray said she had been seen alive earlier in the day on Thursday. A knife, believed to have been the murder weapon, was found in the home.

According to Sheriff Ray, Crews called 911 at 2:33 p.m. to report that he had discovered Bain's body when he entered the residence. Sheriff Ray and members of the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department were alerted and quickly arrived on the scene. The TBI and District Attorney General's Office also joined the investigation. Sheriff Ray said authorities determined that Crews had committed the crime and made up the story about finding the body. Although officials believe they know the motive for the stabbing, Sheriff Ray said they are not releasing it at this time.

The warrant against Crews alleges that "on February 5th, 2015, at 3870 Cookeville Highway, Anthony Tyrone Crews did intentionally and knowingly kill Ashley Bain by stabbing her numerous times about the upper body".

Bain's body has been sent to Nashville for an autopsy.

Basketball Legends Honored at DCHS

February 5, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
Basketball Legends Honored at DCHS
Coach Harold Luna
Danny Foutch
Kevin James
Betty Carol Fite (unable to attend)
Mary Ann Puckett
Cynthia Woodward

Six basketball legends at DeKalb County High School were honored Thursday night between games as the Tigers and Lady Tigers hosted Cannon County.

Former Lady Tigers (Tigerette) Betty Carol Fite, Mary Ann Puckett, and Cynthia Woodward were recognized along with former Tigers Danny Foutch, Kevin James, and longtime Coach Harold Luna.

Each honoree stepped to center court during the introductions and stood beside current Tiger and Lady Tiger players who held banners bearing the names and jersey numbers of these former basketball stars as public address announcer Chris Vance cited their high school career accomplishments. Coach Luna's banner bears his overall 516-179 win loss record. Each standout was greeted by enthusiastic applause from a gym filled with basketball fans. But the greatest fan reception was for Coach Luna. Touched by the rousing applause and standing ovation, the long time coach became emotional during the tribute to his long and successful career.

The following is a brief narrative of each honoree's achievements at DCHS

Coach Harold Luna: Coached both boys and girls from 1964-69 and then he coached the boys program only through 1984. His total record was 516-179

Danny Foutch: (1974-78)
Foutch was All-District and All-Conference for three years, and as a senior in 1978, he was first team All-State, midstate Most Valuable Player, and led the state in scoring with a 31.4 points per game average, with a season high of 50 points. After high school, he went on to play four years at Belmont in Nashville.

Kevin James: (1976-80)
After averaging 23 points per game as a Junior and 20 points per game as a senior, Kevin James received many honors before his graduation in 1980. He was All-Conference, All-District, and All-Region as a Junior, and as a senior, he was a second team All-State selection and was first team Class AA All-Midstate. After high school, he continued his basketball career at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville.

Betty Carol Fite: (1961-1965)
During her illustrious career at DCHS she averaged 40.65 points per game and scored 3,481 career points as a high school player. She set a school record for 67 points in one game and held another record for most points in one quarter at 29. One season she scored 72 points more than the combined total of the Tigerette opponents. She made the All-Midstate Teams two years and was named Most Valuable Player in the mid-state as a senior in 1965. She also set two free throw records in the Tennessee State Playoffs.

Mary Ann Puckett: (1989-93)
She won the team's MVP Award for three years in a row from her sophomore to senior years. Puckett rewrote the DCHS record book for five on five style girls basketball with 2,375 career points and 1,408 rebounds. Also named Best Defensive Player and Best Athlete, Puckett's senior season statistics included 696 points (24 points per game), 393 rebounds (13.6 rebounds per game), 155 blocked shots and 77 steals. Puckett went to Duke University on a basketball scholarship and played for one season before transferring to Belmont University where she continued her basketball career which was cut short due to a medical condition.

Cynthia Woodward (2006-10)
During her high school basketball career, Woodward scored over 1100 points. Cynthia was named to the All District team in 2010; led her Lady Tigers to the program's first post season win in 17 seasons, and her team advanced to the regional semi-finals in Cynthia's senior season. After graduation, she began her collegiate basketball career at Freed Hardeman where during her senior season at one point she led the nation in 3-point percentage and helped guide Freed to an NAIA National Championship game.

Habitat For Humanity has Annual Meeting, Elects New Officers

February 5, 2015
by: 
Michael Barry
Evan Reid, Vice-President; Chad Driver, President ;Michael Barry, Secretary; and Larry Steffee, Treasurer.
Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County Board Members

Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County recently held its annual meeting. In addition to a regular agenda which included the highlights of 2014, outgoing President Larry Green presided over the election of the officers and board of directors for 2015.

Those elected as officers for the upcoming year include: Chad Driver, President; Evan Reid, Vice-President; Michael Barry, Secretary; and Larry Steffee, Treasurer. They will be joined on the board of directors by Marie Blair, John Carpenter, Brandon Cox, Glenda Davis, Jim Eddings, Rhonda Harpole, Gayla Hendrix, Gary Johnson, Mary Nell Summers, Becky Thompson, and Cindy Webb.

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, Christian housing ministry which builds and repairs houses all over the world using volunteer labor and donations. Partner families purchase these houses through no-profit mortgage loans or innovative financing methods. Habitat has constructed five homes in DeKalb County and is currently raising funds for its next project. If you would like to assist with fundraising efforts or donations, please contact a board member.

Smithville Fire Department Officers Named for 2015

February 4, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
Members of Smithville Fire Department

The Aldermen Monday night approved the list of officers and members of the Smithville Volunteer Fire Department for 2015.

Officers for the year are unchanged with Charles Parker to continue serving as Chief. Hoyte Hale is Deputy Chief, Jeff Wright is Captain, and Danny Poss, John Poss, and Donnie Cantrell are each Lieutenants.

Other members of the department are firefighters: William Brown, Wallace Caldwell, Gary Johnson, James R. Hunt, Stephanie Wright, Glen Lattimore, Cory Killian, Kevin Adcock, Patrick Edge, Becky Atnip, Bradley Johnson, C.J. Tramel, Photographer Greg Bess, Rookies Tyler Ludwig, Cody Fults, and Dalton Roberts, and Auxiliary Shawn Jacobs.

Chief Parker informed the Mayor and Aldermen that the process for selecting officers is being changed within the department from popular vote to being based on credentials and performance. "It will be based on years of service, amount of training, and other minimum requirements. We also evaluate on their attendance and performance," said Chief Parker.

Thomas Gets Fourteen Year Prison Sentence

February 3, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
Brandon Keith Thomas

A 29 year old man charged in a meth case last September received a fourteen year prison sentence in DeKalb County Criminal Court Tuesday.

Judge Gary McKenzie presided.

Brandon Keith Thomas of Sparta Highway, Smithville pled guilty to initiation of a process to manufacture methamphetamine and two violations of probation. He received an eight year sentence to serve in the meth case to run concurrently with an eight year sentence for one of the violations of probation. But the eight year term is to run consecutively with a six year sentence for the other violation of probation putting the total sentence at fourteen years. He was given 136 days of jail credit.

Thomas was one of three people involved in the case. Both he and 40 year old Shawn Renee Gibson of McMinnville were each charged with initiation of a process to manufacture methamphetamine. Thomas' mother, 54 year old Sharon Renee Thomas of Sparta Highway Smithville was charged with promotion of the manufacture of meth. The cases against both Gibson and Sharon Thomas remain pending in court.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Saturday, September 20, 2014 a deputy received a tip of a possible meth lab at a residence on the Sparta Highway. Upon arrival, the deputy found the back door open and he saw Brandon Thomas inside shaking a bottle. Gibson was sitting on a bed in the room watching Thomas. The officer watched for several minutes until someone inside closed the door. The deputy then approached the home, knocked on the door, and heard a man inside say "it's the cops". When the back door was opened the deputy saw Brandon running out the front door. The officer called for Thomas to stop but he did not. The deputy went after Thomas and caught him in the front yard. Thomas admitted that everything in the house belonged to him and he gave consent for the officer to search. Inside Thomas and Gibson's room, the deputy found draino, cold packs, Coleman fuel, muriatic acid, tubing and tubing with a bottle cap, coffee filters, an electric grinder, empty Claritin-D blister packs, a plastic bottle with muriatic acid, pliers, wire cutters, and digital scales.

Thomas then led the officer outside and showed him where he had disposed of a one pot cook bottle. Thomas confessed to manufacturing meth and he was placed under arrest. Gibson was also taken into custody. After being read her rights, Gibson allegedly admitted to knowing that meth was being made in the residence and participating by shaking the one pot cook bottle. In addition to the meth charge, Gibson was further issued a citation for simple possession and possession of drug paraphernalia after she was found with two valiums, two hypodermic needles, and a half ounce of marijuana.

After her son was arrested, Sharon Thomas was brought to the sheriff's department for questioning where she admitted to purchasing Pseudoephedrine on three occasions for the purpose of her son being able to manufacture meth. She was then placed under arrest.

Meanwhile in a separate case, 24 year old Christopher Prince pled guilty to sale of a schedule II drug and received a three year sentence, suspended to supervised probation. He was fined $2,000. He is seeking judicial diversion if eligible. Prince was charged in a grand jury indictment as the result of an undercover drug investigation by the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department.

Election Commission Wins Another Round In Federal Lawsuit

February 3, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
 John Harris, III,

A three judge panel of the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a federal judge's dismissal of a lawsuit on the trial court level against the DeKalb County Election Commission and several others in Tennessee brought in 2009 by former administrators of elections who claim they did not get to keep their jobs for political reasons.

Nashville Attorney John Harris, III, who represents the DeKalb County Election Commission in this case, told WJLE Monday that this is good news for the election commission. "Last week, we received an opinion from the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals affirming the federal trial court's initial decision that a Tennessee Administrator of Elections at the county election commission level is a position that can be terminated or even hired based upon political party affiliation. The significance of that is it means that if the plaintiffs in the case were correct in alleging that in 2009 they were terminated or not rehired because of their affiliation with the Democratic party, the 6th Circuit and the federal court hearing the case have now said that's okay because the positions (administrators of elections) are political enough in nature that it is reasonable for the election commissions to consider party affiliation in making their employment decisions," said Harris.

Former DeKalb County Election Administrator Lisa Peterson and other former administrators filed the lawsuit in July 2009 against the defendant county election commissions, claiming that their First and Fourteenth Amendment rights were violated when they were removed from their jobs because of their actual, or perceived, political party association. The former administrators asked the court to order their reinstatement, or in the alternative, order that they receive front pay for a reasonable amount of time. They wanted full back pay and a judgment for compensatory damages and punitive damages and an award for reasonable attorneys fees. Locally, the lawsuit named as defendants the three Republicans on the DeKalb County Election Commission James Dean, Walteen Parker, and Barbara Vanatta.

In February 2014, U.S. District Judge Kevin H. Sharp dismissed the case in favor of the election commissioners. The plaintiffs then appealed the case to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals as to whether the federal court's ruling that the position of administrator of elections is a job under Tennessee law that has sufficient political significance that the individuals holding that position can be selected or deselected or fired based upon their party affiliation.

According to Harris, the plaintiffs are now basically left with two options should they want to pursue the case. They could ask for a review by the entire body of the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals or file an appeal to the U.S Supreme Court seeking to overturn the federal court's ruling that the position of Administrator of Elections is subject to political patronage. "The plaintiffs could now ask that the entire 6th Circuit reconsider the decision. That's called an "ENBANC" request and it is discretionary. It has to be enough of the panel who think the three judges who decided the case made an error that they would want to reopen that can of worms so to speak. Alternatively, the plaintiffs could ask the United States Supreme Court to reconsider this ruling and take it up as a case in the court's discretion. Again, it may be a situation where although that right technically exists there just may not be enough interest in it nationally to pursue it. But one of those (options) would have to occur within the next sixty days," said Harris.

"Collateral Circulation" makes it's debut by Dr. Barbara Ebel

February 3, 2015
Collateral Circulation: a Medical Mystery - makes its debut!
Dr. Barbara Ebel

From the credible medical fiction DeKalb County writer, Dr. Barbara Ebel, the third Dr. Danny Tilson novel – Collateral Circulation: a Medical Mystery - makes its debut!

Tennessee neurosurgeon, Danny Tilson, is again mixed up in a baffling mystery that may be too good to be true, especially since it involves the enhanced development of the human brain. Wouldn’t exceptional IQs, coordination, eyesight and a host of other improvements benefit all of humanity? Danny thinks so but why is he skeptical after more and more patients are diagnosed with increased brain vasculature and advanced mental faculties?

“Besides Dr. Tilson’s focused attention on his surprising neurosurgical patients,” Ebel mentions, “his life continues to be plagued by Rachel, the mother of one of his children from an extra-marital affair. This time, she also plays a crucial role in the ongoing medical puzzle. None of the series’ novels are complete without her and this time both Rachel’s and Danny’s character development goes deeper than ever.”

The Midwest Book Review states: “This third addition to the Danny Tilson medical mystery series won't disappoint either old fans or newcomers who love medical intrigue a la Robin Cook and the best medical writers in the genre. Perhaps that's because it comes from the seasoned hand of a physician who is steeped in the world of medical description and events and whose professional pen thus effortlessly describes such scenarios.

"Contemporary and wide-ranging in scope, Collateral Circulation provides yet another powerful Danny Tilson medical mystery/thriller; and while it stands firmly alone and requires no prior introduction to its predecessors in order to prove satisfying, it's safe to say newcomers will want to go back to the other books in the series for further character insights and adventure.”

Doctor Barbara’s Danny Tilson novels can each stand-alone but are best enjoyed by reading them in succession. Book One is Operation Neurosurgeon and Book Two is Silent Fear, a Medical Mystery. It has been by popular demand and rankings that she continues with her vivid characters and sequels. Silent Fear has received a stipend to become an audio book as well.

Barbara Ebel’s series takes place in Tennessee, where she lives in a protected wildlife corridor with her husband and pets. She has also written and illustrated a children’s book series about her therapy dog titled Chester the Chesapeake, another novel – Outcome, a Novel – and a health book, Younger Next Decade.

"Collateral Circulation" can be found as an eBook on Amazon.com, B&N Nook, KOBO and most online retailers. It is also a paperback on Amazon.com and will be available like her other books on Overdrive, etc. for major libraries.

Please visit the author and her books, links, reviews, awards and videos at: http://barbaraebel.weebly.com.

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