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School System Promotes Education with Billboard sign

June 12, 2008
Dwayne Page
School System Promotes Education with Billboard sign

The DeKalb County Board of Education and Director of Schools are putting education on display this summer.

A billboard on the west side of the Smithville city limits has been rented by the school system from Lamar Advertising which will feature a group picture of several recent honor students at DeKalb County High School with the slogan ""Education Counts in DeKalb County."

The billboard has been rented for twelve months at a total cost of approximately $4,000 to be funded from the "communication" line item of the school budget.

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School Board Considers Light Agenda

June 10, 2008
Dwayne Page

Director of Schools Mark Willoughby presented his monthly report on personnel to the Board of Education Tuesday night.

Those who have resigned since the last meeting are as follows:

Rob Robinson, Special Education Assistant at DCHS
Alisha Rice, teacher at DeKalb County High School
Barbara Johnson, teacher at DeKalb Middle School
Christine Rivers, teacher at DeKalb County High School
Kristen Reagh, Band Director at DeKalb County High School
Eric Helton, teacher at DeKalb County High School
Amy Fox, Special Education Teacher
Shane Cook, Transportation Supervisor

Those who have been transferred include:

Peggy Semmes, teacher, transferred to DCHS
Penny Bilyeu, teacher transferred to DeKalb Middle School
Judy Redmon, transferred to a teacher position at Northside Elementary School
Sabrina Farler, transferred to Assistant Principal at DeKalb Middle School
Joy Parker, teacher transferred to DeKalb Middle School
Tad Webb, teacher transferred to DeKalb Middle School
Mike Shockley, teacher transferred to DCHS

Those employed for the 2008-09 school year since last month are as follows:

Carol Sampley, teacher at Smithville Elementary School
Viva Gay Vickers, substitute bus assistant
Michael Kingsbury, driver special education car
Ray Robinson, substitute custodian
Wayne Taylor, substitute custodian
Kelly Driver, part-time Physical Therapy Assistant

Three special guests attended Tuesday night's school board meeting as part of the evaluation process in the local board's efforts to be named a "Board of Distinction."

Board Chairman W.J. (Dub) Evins III welcomed Mike Holland and Larry Judkins of the Warren County School System and Dan Schlafer of Cumberland County, who are all Level III members of the Tennessee School Board's Association. "We as a board in DeKalb County are undertaking a role which has been set out and set forth by the Tennessee School Board's Association for Boards of Distinction. I think we can meet the criteria that it takes to become a Board of Distinction. We have a good working relationship with one another, with our school system, and with our community. One of those criteria for that is to have Level III TSBA board members evaluate us and how we conduct our board meetings."

In other business, the board adopted a request from DCHS Principal Kathy Hendrix and Career and Technical Director Brad Leach for "Database 3725" to remain a one-credit course at DCHS. The state only requires that this class award one-half credit for the competencies taught. The application for approval of special courses provides information of a proposed enhanced curriculum to increase the course to one-credit.

The board also granted approval to add an additional course to the Career and Technical Education schedule of courses at DCHS. The course to be added is "Keyboarding/Document Formatting 3775". The course will award one-half credit to students in the Business Technology program of study area. Keyboarding/Document Formatting will give students a greater knowledge and additional skills in the areas of Microsoft Office, Excel, and PowerPoint as well as continued keyboarding skills. This course is also included in the Business, Management, and Administration career cluster program of study sequence.

DCHS Principal Kathy Hendrix reported to the Board that enrollment numbers are up for Summer School this year. "I think the first day or two we had over 90 students. Last year, we probably had about 50 students."

Director Willoughby added that because of grant funds, the school system has been able to provide transportation for some students attending summer school classes, which may be a factor in the larger enrollment.

Board member Charles Robinson reported that the board has authorized funds to rent a billboard from Lamar Advertising on the west side of the Smithville city limits to display a group picture of 31 seniors who recently graduated from DCHS. These are the seniors who earned a grade score average of 93 or above. The billboard will read "Education Counts in DeKalb County." Robinson says the sign may be in place in time for the Fiddler's Jamboree for everyone to see including tourists as they arrive in town.

In other business, the board adopted a partnership agreement with L.B.J. & C. Headstart to establish working procedures in the provision of services to preschool children eligible for special education in compliance with regulations, federal, and state laws.

The board approved an agreement between Tennessee Tech University and DCHS for the utilization of $9,172 in grant funds to provide upkeep and maintenance of a greenhouse in growing hydroponic vegetables as part of the agriculture/vocational class instruction.

Under MTUD's Project Hometown Help Program, $2,500 in funding will be used to help support the Education Celebration which is held at the beginning of the school year.

The board renewed it's shelter agreement with the American Red Cross. Under the agreement, the Red Cross is authorized to use Board of Education buildings, grounds, and equipment for mass care shelters in the event of a major disaster.

The board granted permission for the DCHS football cheerleaders to attend cheerleading camp at Vanderbilt University July 13-16. Permission was also granted for school system buses to transport 4-H students to Junior 4-H Camp at Crossville, leaving June 16th and returning on June 20th.

Several budget amendments were adopted to close out the fiscal year including a transfer of $30,000 from the fund balance to diesel fuel ($22,000) and vehicle parts ($8,000) to accommodate expenditures.

The county commission will also be asked to approve these proposed budget amendments.

Sheriff's Department Makes Arrests in Drug, Theft, Public Intoxication, and DUI Cases

June 9, 2008
Dwayne Page

The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department has made several arrests within the last week on charges ranging from theft to DUI, public intoxication, and various drug charges.

28 Year old Joey Phillip Phelps of Windy Cut, Dowelltown was arrested Monday, June 2nd for theft of property over $500 and burglary. Sheriff Patrick Ray says Phelps kicked in the front door of Nichole's Market on May 30th, went in to the store, and stole the cash register valued at over $500. Phelps' bond was set at $25,000 and his court date is June 19th.

55 year old Kathy Phillips of Windy Cut, Dowelltown was arrested Wednesday after she was stopped on Highway 70 for a traffic offense. After speaking with Phillips, the deputy noticed Phillips had glassy eyes and she was unsteady on her feet. Sheriff Ray says Phillips admitted to taking Xanax earlier in the day. Phillips was arrested for DUI and bond was set at $1,000. She will appear in court on July 24th.

24 year old Veronica Esther Ross of Bryant Street San Francisco California was arrested Wednesday after a vehicle was stopped on Dry Creek Road in Dowelltown for a traffic offense. Ross was a passenger in the vehicle. After the stop, the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department K-9 drug detector dog "Banshee" alerted on the vehicle. Ross then produced from a back pack she had in the vehicle, a plastic bag containing mushrooms, a schedule I narcotic. Ross was placed under arrest for possession of a schedule I drug, mushrooms, and bond was set at $2,500. She will appear in court June 19th.

39 year old James Lee Adcock of Jefferson Road was stopped Wednesday on West Bryant Street in Smithville. After Adcock gave the Deputy consent to search his vehicle, the officer found a plastic bag under Adcock's seat. Also found in the console of the vehicle, were rolling papers. Adcock was charged with simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia (rolling papers). Bond for Adcock was set at $2,000 and his court date is June 26th.

On Thursday, 33 year old Tracy Dionne Schunke of Smithville was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, evading arrest, introduction of drugs into a penal institution, and failure to appear. Sheriff Ray says a deputy spotted Schunke on Old Mill Hill Road Dowelltown. He had a warrant on her for failure to appear in court on a theft of property warrant. After the Deputy stopped her, the officer exited his patrol car and Schunke drove off. She went approximately ½ mile before stopping again. During a search, the officer found 2 used hypodermic needles and a cut straw in her purse. After entering the DeKalb County Jail, Schunke also produced 1 ½ Dilaudid pills from between her legs. Schunke's bond was set at $54,500 and her court date is June 26th..

47 year old Tammy Burton of Pea Ridge Road Liberty was involved in a one car accident Saturday on Pea Ridge Road. Burton was arrested for driving on a revoked license. Her license was revoked for a DUI on November 7th, 2006 in Cannon County. Her bond was set at $1,000 and her court date was set for June 26th.

Also on Saturday, 36 year old Michael Douglas Howard of Maples Street, Alexandria was charged with public intoxication after deputies responded to a complaint at Avant Circle in Alexandria. Upon arrival, officer found Howard lying on the complainant's back steps passed out. The complainant did not know Howard. He had a strong odor of alcohol on his person and was unable to walk. Howard's bond was set at $1,000 and his court date is June 26th.

DeKalb County Woman Charged With TennCare Fraud

June 6, 2008

A woman from DeKalb County has been charged with TennCare fraud related to selling prescription drugs in Macon County that were paid for by TennCare.

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) today announced the arrest of 24-year old Jamie Kay Hatcher, of Smithville. The arrest was the result of a joint effort with the 15th Judicial District Drug Task Force. She turned herself in at the Macon County Sheriff’s Office.

An indictment accuses her of fraudulently obtaining a prescription for the painkiller Hydrocodone on two separate occasions using TennCare to pay for the prescriptions, and then selling a portion of the pills.

“The illegal trafficking of prescription drugs is a problem we’re dealing with in Tennessee, just as other states try to tackle the problem,” Inspector General Deborah Y. Faulkner said. “But in TennCare, people who participate in selling drugs paid for by taxpayers should understand that we are vigorously enforcing the state laws we’ve worked for that make this a serious crime.”

TennCare fraud is a Class E felony carrying a sentence of up to two years in prison per charge. District Attorney General Tom P. Thompson is prosecuting.

The OIG, a law enforcement agency separate from TennCare, began full operation in February 2005 and has worked cases leading to the arrest of almost 700 individuals for TennCare fraud, with over $800,000 paid in restitution to TennCare, and total estimated cost avoidance in TennCare of over $75 million, according to latest figures.

Through the OIG Cash for Tips Program established by the Legislature, Tennesseans can get cash rewards for TennCare fraud tips that lead to convictions. Anyone can report suspected TennCare fraud by calling 1-800-433-3982 toll-free from anywhere in Tennessee, or log on to www.tncarefraud.tennessee.gov and follow the prompts that read "Report TennCare Fraud".

DeKalb County Fair to Feature New Events

June 4, 2008
Dwayne Page
Off Road Challenge

DeKalb Fair to Present New Event-Tennessee Off Road Challenge

The DeKalb County Fair in Alexandria will be held Monday through Saturday July 21st through July 26th.

The fair will feature at least two new events this year, the Tennessee Off-Road Challenge and Tennessee Top Model Audition for females ages 15 to 29.

Fair Manager Jeff McMillen says the Tennessee Off-Road Challenge will be Monday night during the fair at 6:30 p.m. at the Hilltop Arena. "It's these four wheel drive vehicles that climb rock and we'll have a 200 foot obstacle course for those type vehicles. We're expecting it to be a good event and a big event. Hopefully, it'll turn out to be a weekend event instead of a Monday night event eventually."

DeKalb Idol will be back this year. Audition nightly at the DeKalb Idol Tent from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. to compete in the final competition Saturday night for $300. A brand new "People's Choice" voted on by the audience compete's for a $100 cash prize.

Participants in fair pageants (Fairest of the Fair, Junior Fair Princess, Little Miss and Mister, Miss Sweetheart, and Little Miss Princess) may register on-line at www.studiosixlimited.com or www.dekalbcountyfair.us or you may register in person at the fairgrounds on Saturday, July 19th.

Parents wishing to register their children in the baby and toddler shows may obtain an application on-line at www.dekalbcountyfair.us. Just print off the form and send it in or stop by
the Smithville Review for a registration form.

The fair will feature lots of delicious foods and many commercial, agricultural, and women's exhibits.

The Kenneth Sandlin Center will be open Monday through Friday from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Saturday from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

Non-Perishable exhibits ONLY will be accepted Saturday, July 12th from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and all Perishable exhibits ONLY will be accepted Saturday, July 19th from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

Exhibit rule books are available at your local Post Office, Library, Chamber of Commerce, Liberty State Bank, DeKalb Community Bank or at www.dekalbcountyfair.us or www.dekalbtn.com.

Enjoy nightly entertainment at the Memory Lane Stage in Memory Village featuring Blue Grass music, LIVE bands, Karree Phillips, a Bassoon Concert, Southern Dreams Band, Al Mahan, Karaoke, Clogging and Square Dancing, Terri Lynn Weaver, Meet Elvis, Bluegrass Express Cloggers, Tae Kwon Do Demonstrations, Martial Arts Demonstration, Krystal Marie, Jubal's Cry, Crossfire Band, the Country Giant Band, the DCHS Band, the Saturday Nite Two Step and more!

Every night is T-shirt night! Wear any DeKalb County Fair T-shirt from ANY YEAR and ask for your ticket to win great BONUS PRIZES during the $1,000 cash giveaway each night at 9:00 p.m. at the Lion's Club Pavilion. Request tickets at the gate.

The following events are scheduled:

Monday, July 21st: National Anthem at 5:45 p.m. at the Lion's Club Pavilion; T-Shirt Preview at 5:50 p.m. at the Lions Club Pavilion; Cattle Show at 6:00 p.m. at the grandstands ; Off-Road Challenge at the Hilltop Arena at 6:30 p.m.; Junior Fair Princess Pageant at 6:00 p.m. followed by the Fairest of the Fair Pageant at the Lions Club Pavilion. $1000 cash giveaway at 9:00 p.m. and announcement of DeKalb Idol winners at the Pavilion.

Tuesday, July 22nd: 4-H Lamb Cooking Demonstration; the Little Mr. and Miss Pageant at 6:00 p.m. followed by David Turner and Friends at the Lions Club Pavilion; Go-Cart Racing at 6:00 p.m. at the Hilltop Arena; and a Horse Show at 7:00 p.m. at the Grandstand; $1000 cash giveaway at 9:00 p.m. and announcement of DeKalb Idol winners at the Pavilion.

Wednesday, July 23rd: Little Miss Princess Pageant at 6:00 p.m. followed by the Miss Sweetheart Pageant at the Lions Club Pavilion; Four Wheeler and Motorcycle Racing at 6:00 p.m. at the Hilltop Arena; $1000 cash giveaway at 9:00 p.m. and announcement of DeKalb Idol winners at the Pavilion.

Thursday, July 24th: Senior Citizen Day activities at 9:00 a.m. at the Lions Club Pavilion; 4-H Chick Chain Show at 5:00 p.m. at the barn; Junior Goat Show at 6:00 p.m. at the barn; a Baby Show at 6:00 p.m. followed by a Vintage Fashion Show at the Lions Club Pavilion; and Lawn Mower Racing at 7:00 p.m. at the Hilltop Arena; $1000 cash giveaway at 9:00 p.m. and announcement of DeKalb Idol winners at the Pavilion.

Friday, July 25th: WSMV Channel 4 Snow Bird from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Toddler Show at 6:00 p.m. followed by Tennessee Top Model at the Lions Club Pavilion; an Antique Tractor Pull at 7:00 p.m. at the Hilltop Arena; and a Demolition Derby at 7:00 p.m. at the Grandstand; $1000 cash giveaway at 9:00 p.m. and announcement of DeKalb Idol winners at the Pavilion.

Saturday, July 26th: A Horse Shoe Tournament at 3:00 p.m. at the barn; and a Super Tractor and Truck Pull at 6:00 p.m. at the Hilltop Arena: DeKalb Idol Final Competition at 6:00 p.m. at the Lions Club Pavilion followed by Gospel Singing; $1000 cash giveaway at 9:00 p.m.

One thousand dollars in cash will be given away each night, Monday through Saturday and you must be present to win. If no one presents the winning ticket within three minutes, the money will be saved and given away on Saturday night in increments of $1,000. Your fair admission ticket is your ticket for the cash drawing.

Rides on the Midway will be provided by the Family Attractions Amusement Company. Unlimited rides will be available each night for $16.00.

Admission to the fair is $3.00 per person. Children age four and younger will be admitted free! Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. Parking is Free!

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

Pedigo Injured in Wednesday Morning Wreck

June 4, 2008
Dwayne Page

A 20 year old Smithville man was injured in a wreck around 6:45 a.m. Wednesday on Dale Ridge Road.

Trooper Mark Jones of the Tennessee Highway Patrol says Roy Pedigo of Kendra Drive was driving north in a 2005 Chevy Colorado when he went off the road, over an embankment, and struck a tree.

Pedigo was taken by DeKalb EMS to DeKalb Community Hospital for treatment. His injuries were not believed to be life threatening.

DeKalb County Appraised Property Values Updated by State

June 3, 2008
Dwayne Page

If you have received a card in the mail within the last few days that resembles a property tax bill, look a littler closer. What you have is actually a notice of a Tennessee Assessment Change Notice regarding your property.

DeKalb County is among nine other counties in Tennessee undergoing a current value update (CVU) for the 2008 tax year.

When a county is on a six year reappraisal cycle, such as DeKalb County, a current value update is required in the third year of the cycle. This update is applied to those subgroups within the county that have fallen below current market value. Therefore, some properties appraised values may or may not increase in a CVU. Additions and or improvements to your property since the last reappraisal cycle can affect how much you pay in property taxes.

The notice you have received shows the appraised and assessed values for property tax purposes for your property. The assessed value is a percentage of appraised value determined by state law according to the classification of the property (residential, commercial/industrial, farm, or public utility). A local tax rate is then applied to the assessed value to determine the amount of taxes due.

Once reappraisal is completed in the cycle, the state reduces the property tax rate in the cities and county to a new certified rate to generate the same revenues as the previous tax rate. Local governments can set property tax rates higher than the certified rates following public hearings.

DeKalb County's property tax rate, currently at $1.70, will go to a new certified rate of $1.45. Smithville's rate will drop from 68 cents to 62 cents and the rate for Alexandria will go from 85 cents to 76 cents per $100 of assessed value.

For more information call 597-5110. You may also file an appeal with the DeKalb County Board of Equalization which will meet June 9th through June 20th from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the courthouse.

Aldermen Adopt New Budget on First Reading

June 2, 2008
Dwayne Page

The Smithville Board of Mayor and Aldermen Monday night adopted on first reading the proposed 2008-2009 budget.

The vote was 3 to 1 in favor. Aldermen Cecil Burger, Steve White, and Jerry Hutchins, Sr. voted in favor while Alderman Willie Thomas voted no. Alderman Tonya Sullivan was absent.

The new budget totals $6-million 041thousand 360 dollars. Under the new spending plan, the property tax rate will remain the same at 68 cents per $100 of assessed value until the aldermen consider approval of the new certified tax rate, which will be 62 cents as the result of property reappraisal.

The new budget calls for the water and sewer rates to remain the same. City water customers will continue to pay $3.50 for the first one thousand gallons of water usage plus $3.50 for each additional one thousand gallons of usage. Rates for customers outside the city limits are 50% higher. The rate the city charges the DeKalb Utility District is $1.80 per thousand gallons but will increase to $1.85 for January 1st, 2009 sales.

City sewer customers, under the new budget, will continue to pay the flat usage rate of $3.62 plus $3.25 per thousand gallons thereafter.

Water tap fees for customers inside the city limits is $400 for a three quarter inch water line and the sewer tap fee is $400 for a four inch sewer line. If the lines are larger, the fees are cost plus 10%. For customers outside the city limits, water tap fees are $525 for a three quarter inch line and $525 for a four inch sewer line. Again, if the lines are larger, then the fees are cost plus 10%.

The proposed budget calls for city employees with up to four years of service to get their automatic step pay increases as defined in the wage scale plus a 4.3% cost of living increase. City employees with more than four years of service, who have topped out on the wage scale will only get the 4.3% cost of living increase.

Proposed capital outlay expenditures in the general fund for the new year come to $949,000. Specific projects are as follows: Financial Administration- $7,500 including $5,000 for a computer upgrade and $2,500 unspecified; Parks and Recreation- $25,000 unspecified; Public Works/Buildings and Grounds- $15,000 unspecified; City Hall Building Alteration per ADA- $10,000 including $5,000 for handicapped rehabilitation and $5,000 unspecified; Fire Protection- $10,000 unspecified; Street Department- $40,000 including $10,000 for downtown beautification and $30,000 unspecified; Police Department- $14,000 unspecified; Swimming Pool- $10,000 for capital repairs; Airport- $810,000 unspecified (grant funds); Animal Shelter- $5,000 unspecified; Sanitation Fund- $5,000 and Drug Fund- $5,000 unspecified.

Proposed water and sewer fund Fixed Asset Additions: 2 trucks- $10,000; an update of sewer plant equipment- $40,000; an update of the water plant and engineering fees- $300,000; a sewer rehabilitation camera-$20,000. Debt repayment-principal: bonds- $210,000

Although these capital outlay projects are budgeted, they all may not be funded during the year.

Second and final reading action will follow a public hearing at the meeting on Monday, June 16 at 7:00 p.m. at city hall.

Wreath Laid to Commemorate Confederate Memorial Day

June 2, 2008

Wreath Laid to Commemorate Confederate Memorial Day

June third is Confederate Memorial Day in Tennessee, a "special day of observance" as declared in the Tennessee Code Annotated and as proclaimed by Gov. Bredesen. To honor the patriotic troops who served the Confederacy with honor and distinction, the Savage-Goodner Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans in DeKalb County has placed wreaths to mark the occasion at the Confederate monument on the south side of the DeKalb County Courthouse, the grave of the Unknown Confederate Soldier in the Smithville Town Cemetery, and at the John Hunt Morgan Confederate Monument on the public square in Alexandria.

The designation of June third as Confederate Memorial Day stems from that date being the birthday of Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederate States of America. This year holds special significance as it marks the 200th anniversary of the distinguished statesman's birth. Events are being held all over the South in recognition of one of the truly great political servants of his generation.

Most people do not know about the greatness of the man who would ascend to the Confederacy's highest office. For example, American history books do not tell of Jim Limber, a young mulatto slave boy whom Davis' wife, Varina, rescued from an abusive slave owner. The Davises informally adopted young Jim, who took the Davis family name. He resided with the family until the end of the War between the States when Union soldiers forcibly took Jim away. The Davises spent much of the rest of their lives trying to locate their adopted son, but what happened to him remains a mystery. Such is the "true" history of the South that is almost always left out of the history books.

Suspect in Hit and Run Forced off the Road during Pursuit after Sideswiping Deputy's Patrol Car

June 1, 2008
Dwayne Page

A Smithville man, allegedly involved in a hit and run, was arrested Saturday night after he sideswiped a patrol car while trying to get away in his car and then had to be forced off the road by the officer in pursuit.

49 year old Robert "Bobby" Turner of Smithville is charged with a second offense of DUI, leaving the scene of an accident with property damage, evading arrest, and reckless endangerment. Total bond was set at $21,500 and his court date is June 19th. Turner also received a
citation for violation of the implied consent law.

A warrants check on Turner also revealed that he was wanted on outstanding charges in Conway, South Carolina for a failure to appear on a 2nd degree burglary charge. The Sheriff's Department will also be seeking a Fugitive from Justice warrant here in DeKalb County.

Sheriff Patrick Ray says DeKalb County Central Dispatch, at 5:28 p.m. Saturday, received a call
about a hit and run driver at the intersection of Dry Creek Road and Game Ridge Road, Smithville. The caller stated that someone had hit their vehicle and a male subject who was driving, gave the caller an insurance card and then fled the scene. A county deputy, Roger Whitehead, spotted the hit and run vehicle at the intersection of Short Mountain Road and Whorton Springs Road. Deputy Whitehead was able to get the vehicle stopped and as he
approached the car, Officer Whitehead noticed the driver of the vehicle, Robert "Bobby" Turner, appeared to be under the influence. Deputy Whitehead asked Turner to turn the engine
off but Turner cursed at him. In an attempt to turn the vehicle off before Turner could drive off, Officer Whitehead reached in the vehicle but Turner said he was leaving and pulled off. Officer Whitehead then returned to his car in an attempt to pull Turner over again.

Trooper Shannon Brinkley, who investigated the sideswiping incident, said Officer Whitehead got in pursuit and tried to pass Turner's car on Whorton Springs Road to get him stopped, but Turner intentionally sideswiped Whitehead's patrol car. According to Trooper Brinkley, Officer Whitehead, in order to stop Turner and in the interest of public safety, used his patrol car to force Turner's vehicle off the road. Turner's car went through a wire fence and stopped in a field off the road. Turner was taken into custody. Trooper Brinkley said Officer Whitehead did what he had to do under the circumstances. No one was injured.

33 year old Misty Lee Felton of Young Ridge Road, Smithville was charged Tuesday with a first offense of driving while intoxicated. Sheriff Ray says deputies responded to an automobile accident near Felton's residence. Officers administered field sobriety tasks which she failed. Bond for Felton was set at $1,500 and she will appear in court on June 12th.

36 year old Don Diamond Groshon of Cookeville Highway was extradited Wednesday on a sealed indictment from the April Grand Jury. Sheriff Ray says Groshon was indicted on a charge of hindering secured creditors over $10,000.00. Groshon was stopped in Stephens County, Georgia for a traffic violation and upon a warrants check by that Department; he was arrested on the DeKalb County charge. Groshon's bond was set at $10,000.00 and his court date is June 6th.

43 year old Joseph John Muse of Short Mountain Highway was arrested Thursday for a second offense of driving under the influence and driving on a suspended license. Sheriff Ray says deputies responded to a domestic call on Highway 70 East. While officers were enroute, the complainant advised that the individuals had left and provided a description of the vehicle. Upon a stop of the vehicle, Muse was found to be intoxicated and had a suspended driver's license. Muse was also written a citation for violation of the implied consent law after he refused an alcohol/blood test. Bond for Muse was set at $4,000 and his court date is June 19th.

Sheriff Ray says deputies also noticed in Muses' vehicle a lot of new craftsman tool. A
county detective was then contacted. Detectives learned that Muse and a female went to the Sears store in Warren County and wrote several large checks for 3 refrigerators, 3 air conditioners, 2 television sets, 3 tool boxes, a zero turn lawn mower, and a large amount of hand tools.

Local detectives were able to recover most of the items in DeKalb County. Warren County Detectives will be seeking other charges there.

Meanwhile, on Saturday 45 year old Brain Scott Cannon of Peeled Chestnut Road, Sparta was
arrested for a third offense of driving under the influence. Deputies responded to an automobile accident on Wright Bend Road and found Cannon to be under the influence. Cannon submitted to field sobriety tasks which he failed. Cannon was arrested and bond was set at $4,500. He will be in court June 12th


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