A total of 1,211 people have taken advantage of early voting for the August 5th elections through Friday. Saturday, July 31st is the last day for early voting at the courthouse.
One hundred forty one people voted on Friday, July 30th including 137 in person and four by absentee. Forty seven voters cast ballots in the Tennessee Republican Primary, 83 in the Tennessee Democratic Primary, and eleven voted only in the county general election. Two voted in the Dowelltown Municipal Election.
To date, 1,211 have voted including 453 in the Republican Primary, 682 in the Democratic Primary, 75 in the general election only, and eleven in the Dowelltown Municipal election.
Early Voting will be held Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on the first floor of the courthouse.
A Murfreesboro man caught with marijuana during a traffic stop last Thursday, July 22nd apparently attempted to conceal it from police by trying to eat it.
Smithville Police say 19 year old Nathan Ray King was arrested by Officer David Phillips for simple possession after stopping King's vehicle for speeding. Deputy Houston Cantrell assisted in the traffic stop. While Officer Phillips was writing the citation, Deputy Cantrell saw King eating what appeared to be marijuana. Officers conducted a search of the vehicle and recovered approximately .3 grams of what is to be believed to be marijuana. Bond for King is $1,500 and his court date is August 12th.
Meanwhile, 38 year old Maria Kathleen Smith of 1001 Earl Avenue was cited for shoplifting on Friday, July 16th by Sergeant Joey Jones of the Smithville Police Department. Smith was observed by Wal-Mart employees taking items from the store. Her court date is July 22nd.