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Early Voting Begins Today for August 7 Elections

July 18, 2014
Dwayne Page
Early Voting Begins Today

Early Voting begins today (Friday, July 18) for the August 7th DeKalb County General Election, the Smithville and Dowelltown Municipal Elections, and the Tennessee Democratic and Republican Primaries.

Locally, voters will be electing a Sheriff, Road Supervisor, General Sessions Judge, County Mayor, County Clerk, Circuit Court Clerk, Register of Deeds, and Trustee along with all fourteen county commissioners, five school board members, and three persons to fill vacant constable positions.

In the 13th Judicial District, voters will elect five judges, a District Attorney General, and a District Public Defender.

City elections are being held in Dowelltown to fill three aldermen seats and in Smithville to elect a mayor and two aldermen.

Across the state, Democrats and Republicans will be choosing party nominees for Governor, U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative (Congressman), State Senate, and State Representative, along with State Executive Committeemen and women. Primary winners will face off in the November Tennessee General Election.

Voters in August also will be asked whether or not to retain several state judges

Because of the lengthy ballot, voters are encouraged to take advantage of early voting in order to avoid possible long lines at the polls on election day.

Voters are also urged to study the sample ballot in advance before coming to the polls. You can view the sample ballot by clicking the PDF link below:

DelalbTN-PG14-NewspaperTyposFixed.pdf (107.55 KB)

Early voting begins July 18 and the last day is August 2. All Early Voting will be in the first floor courtroom of the courthouse. The hours are as follows:

Mondays-- 1 p.m.to 6 p.m.
Tuesdays-- 9 am. to 1 p.m.
Wednesdays-- 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Thursdays-- 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Fridays-9.a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturdays- 9 a.m. to Noon

Offices to be on the ballot and the candidates running for those positions in no particular order are as follows:

County Mayor: Chris Bratcher, II (Independent), Chris Smithson (Republican), and Tim Stribling (Democrat)

Sheriff: Larry Flair (Democrat) and Patrick Ray (Republican)

General Sessions Judge: Mingy Colwell Bryant (Republican) and Bratten Hale (Butch) Cook, II (Democrat)

Road Supervisor: Wallace (Butch) Agee (Republican) and James D. (Jimmy) Sprague (Democrat)

County Clerk: James L. (Jimmy) Poss (Democrat)

Circuit Court Clerk: Katherine Pack (Democrat)

Register of Deeds: Jeff McMillen (Democrat)

Trustee: Sean Driver (Republican)

County Commission (Two to be Elected)
First District: Bennett Armstrong (Democrat), Mason Carter (Republican), and Elmer Ellis, Jr. (Democrat).

Second District: Joe N. Johnson (Democrat), Bobby Joines (Republican), James "Jimmy" E. Midgett (Independent) and Clarence Trapp (Democrat)

Third District: Jack Barton (Democrat), Bradley Hendrix (Democrat), and Wesley Nokes (Independent)

Fourth District: Wayne Cantrell (Democrat) and Jonathan Norris (Democrat)

Fifth District: Jerry Adcock (Republican), Rick Cantrell (Democrat), and Anita Puckett (Democrat)

Sixth District: Betty Jean Atnip (Democrat), Jeff Barnes (Democrat), and Danny McGinnis (Independent)

Seventh District: Kevin Robinson (Democrat) and Larry Summers (Democrat)

First District: Chad Curtis (Democrat) and Lee Plummer (Republican)

Second District: Tony D. Lawson (Independent), Jonathan Low (Independent), and Chris Tramel (Republican)

Third District: Travis Bryant (Independent) and Lou Ann Sanders (Independent)

Board of Education (Non-Partisan)
First District: Matt Boss and Danny Parkerson

Second District: Jerry Wayne Johnson and Charles Robinson

Third District: Jim Beshearse, Kenny Rhody, and Jonathan Willoughby

Fourth District: Billy Miller

Seventh District: Brandon Cox, Johnny Lattimore, and Emitt Shaun Tubbs

13th Judicial District:
Criminal Court Judge, Part I: Gary McKenzie (Republican) and William Fred Roberson, Jr. (Democrat)

Criminal Court Judge, Part II: David A. Patterson(Republican)

Circuit Court Judge, Part I: Amy Hollars (Democrat)

Circuit Court Judge, Part II: Randall A. York (Democrat) and Jonathan Young (Republican)

Chancellor: J. Lee Burgess (Republican) and Ronald Thurman (Democrat)

District Attorney General: Tony Craighead (Democrat) and Bryant Dunaway (Republican)

District Public Defender: David N. Brady (Democrat) and Craig Fickling (Republican)

Smithville Municipal Election:
Mayor: Wallace Caldwell and Jimmy W. Poss
Alderman: Gayla Hendrix and Jason Murphy (Two to be Elected)

Dowelltown Municipal Election:
Alderman: Brad Driver, Keith Farler, and Ronald Griffith (Three to be Elected)

2014 Judicial Retention Questions (Should the following judges be retained "yes" or "no"?)
Cornelia A. (Connie) Clark: Supreme Court At Large
Sharon Gail Lee: Supreme Court At Large
Gary R. Wade: Supreme Court At Large
Thomas "Skip" Frierson: Court of Appeals Eastern Division
John W. McClarty: Court of Appeals Eastern Division
Charles Susano: Court of Appeals Eastern Division
Michael Swiney: Court of Appeals Eastern Division
Andy D. Bennett: Court of Appeals Middle Division
Frank Clement: Court of Appeals Middle Division
Richard Dinkins: Court of Appeals Middle Division
Neal McBrayer: Court of Appeals Middle Division
Holly Kirby: Court of Appeals Western Division
Steve Stafford: Court of Appeals Western Division
Norma McGee Ogle: Court of Criminal Appeals Eastern Division
D. Kelly Thomas, Jr.: Court of Criminal Appeals Eastern Division
James C. Witt, Jr.: Court of Criminal Appeals Eastern Division
Jeffrey S. Bivins: Court of Criminal Appeals Middle Division
Robert W. Wedemeyer: Court of Criminal Appeals Middle Division
Thomas T. Woodall: Court of Criminal Appeals Middle Division
Alan Glenn: Court of Criminal Appeals Western Division
Camille R. McMullen: Court of Criminal Appeals Western Division
Roger A. Page: Court of Criminal Appeals Western Division
John Everett Williams: Court of Criminal Appeals Western Division

All three of DeKalb County's representatives in the Tennessee General Assembly will face a challenge for re-election this year.

Clark Boyd of Lebanon will try to unseat State Senator Mae Beavers of Mount Juliet in the August 7th Tennessee Republican Primary in the 17th District. The winner will be unopposed in November.

State Representative Terri Lynn Weaver of Lancaster will be unopposed in the August Tennessee Republican Primary in the 40th District but she will face Sarah Marie Smith of Carthage in the November Tennessee General Election. Smith is unopposed in the August Tennessee Democratic Primary.

Smith challenged Representative Weaver in the November General Election two years ago.

Meanwhile, Candace Reed of Lebanon will be looking to defeat Republican State Representative Mark Pody of Lebanon in the November General Election in the 46th District. Neither Reed nor Representative Pody face a primary challenge in August.

Other candidates in the August Tennessee Primaries:

Republican State Executive Committeeman-District 17: Albert McCall of Lebanon and Dwayne Craighead of Celina.

Republican State Executive Committeewoman-District 17: Jennifer Winfree of Lancaster, Yvonne G. Hunter of Lebanon, and Pat Fields of Old Hickory.

Democratic State Executive Committee Woman-District 17: Rachel Givens of Lebanon

Democratic State Executive Committee Man-District 17: Aubrey Givens of Lebanon and Bob Black of Lebanon

U.S. House of Representatives (6th District):
Republicans: Diane Black of Gallatin and Jerry Lowery of Sparta

Democrat: Amos Scott Powers of Doyle


Republicans: Bill Haslam of Knoxville, Donald Ray McFolin of Nashville, Mark Coonrippy Brown of Gallatin, and Basil Marceaux, Sr. of Soddy Daisy.

Democrats: Charles V. "Charlie" Brown of Oakdale, Kennedy Spellman Johnson of Murfreesboro, Ron Noonan of Sparta, and William H. "John" McKamey of Piney Flats.

U.S. Senator:
Republicans: Lamar Alexander of Walland, John D. King of Knoxville, Joe Carr of Lascassas, George Shea Flinn of Memphis, Fred R. Anderson of Maryville, Erin Kent Magee of Knoxville, Christian Agnew of Mt. Juliet, and Brenda S. Lenard of Sweetwater.

Democrats: Gary Gene Davis of Nashville, Gordon Ball of Knoxville, Larry Crim of Antioch, and Terry Adams of Knoxville.

Ground Breaking Held Thursday for Fast Pace Urgent Care Clinic

July 18, 2014
Dwayne Page
Ground Breaking Held Thursday for Fast Pace Urgent Care Clinic

Fast Pace Urgent Care officials and community members broke ground Thursday on the future home of Fast Pace’s new, state of the art walk-in clinic in the Smithville area at 101 W. Broad St., Smithville, TN.

The clinic is expected to open in October.

“Fast Pace Urgent Care is extremely honored to bring our high-caliber, patient focused, affordable health care to the folks of Smithville,” said Stan Bevis, FNP, Founder of Fast Pace Urgent Care. “The Fast Pace mission is to make health care convenient and accessible to everyone, and we look forward to delivering on this commitment.”

The new clinic will be conveniently located next to KFC/Taco Bell on the corner of East Broad Street and Oak Street, across from Pennzoil. Equipped with multiple exam rooms, on-site lab testing and x-ray capabilities, the clinic will provide a broad array of urgent, walk-in and primary care services.

“Open seven days a week with extended hours, we will provide treatment for a wide range of illnesses, injuries, and common conditions, as well as provide a variety of wellness, diagnostic and screening services,” explained Dr. Reams Powers, Medical Director for Fast Pace Urgent Care. “By accepting most insurance plans and offering affordable self-pay prices for uninsured patients or patients with high deductible insurance plans, we hope to make health care available to everyone in the Smithville area.”

More information about Fast Pace Urgent Care is available at FastPaceUrgentCare.com.

Pictured l-r:

Mark White, Barger Construction; Tom Cobb, Regional Marketing Coordinator; Tanya Deane, HR Director; Barrett Wilson, Marketing Director; Amber Woodward-Smith, Finance Director; Brandy Brown, Clinic Liaison; Katrina Catto, President; Stan Bevis, Founder; Winnette Painter-Bevis, RN, BSN-Co Founder; Andy Black; Morgan Bevis; Taylor Bevis; Sherry Harris, Chamber Board Member; Bart Lay; Jimmy Poss, Smithville Mayor; Julia Cantrell, Chamber President; Shan Burklow, DeKalb Community & Stones River Hospitals Marketing Director; Suzanne Williams, Chamber Director.

Smithville Police Make Arrest in Theft Investigations

July 17, 2014
Dwayne Page
Randy Caplinger

Smithville Police have recovered some stolen property and made an arrest in two recent theft cases.

40 year old Steve Mabe, Jr. is charged with theft. His bond is $8,000 and he will be in court July 31.

Chief Randy Caplinger said that on Sunday, July 13 at around 2:30 a.m. Mabe allegedly stole a flat bed utility trailer, a canoe, and a spool of line for a weed trimmer from the property of the Smithville Golf Course. Mabe was identified as a suspect in the investigation and a search warrant was drawn up and executed at Mabe's home on Earl Avenue. During the search, police found the utility trailer and the trimmer line. Mabe also directed the officer to where the canoe was hidden. Police also found a chainsaw, weedeater, hunting bow and gas cans which were stolen in May from another resident in town. Mabe was placed under arrest.

28 year old Corey Winchester is charged with aggravated burglary. His bond is $10,000 and he will be in court July 24. Chief Caplinger said that on Wednesday, July 9 Winchester allegedly broke into a residence on West Broad Street through a window. He was later seen walking down the street trying to hide the window screen under his shirt.

42 year old Richard Turner is charged with public intoxication. His bond is $1,500 and he will be in court July 24. Chief Caplinger said on Thursday, July 10 police were called to Holmes Creek Road where Turner was found lying passed out on the creek bank very close to the water. The officer awoke Turner and detected a strong odor of alcohol on his person. He was also unsteady on his feet.

29 year old Jason Whitefield is charged with domestic assault. His bond is $1,500 and he will be in court July 24. Chief Caplinger said that on Thursday, July 3rd police responded to a residence on Forrest Avenue on a complaint of domestic violence in progress. Upon arrival the officer learned from persons at the residence that Whitefield started fighting with them after they found him asleep in a vehicle and woke him up.

According to the arrest warrant, "She (a relative of Whitefield) tried to get the keys out of the car. He woke up. She told him he didn't need to be driving because of his condition. He grabbed her to move her out of the way. Her mother came over and tried to break up the argument. Whitefield hit her causing her to fall to the ground. Another person at the scene reported that Whitefield had hit him seven times. One of the victims was taken to the hospital for treatment of her injuries. Whitefield was placed under arrest.

28 year old Michael London is charged with domestic assault. He is also cited for simple possession of a schedule III drug (Hydrocodone). His bond is $2,500 and he will be in court July 31. Chief Caplinger said that on Tuesday, July 10 London allegedly assaulted a woman at Evins Manor Apartments on Foster Road. When asked to leave, London put his hands around the person's neck and commanded the person to go outside and talk. He was determined to have been the primary aggressor. While making the arrest, an officer found in London's pocket, pills believed to be Hydrocodone.

DeKalb Firefighters Association Endorses Candidates for County Mayor and Commission

July 16, 2014
Dwayne Page
DeKalb Firefighters Association Endorse Candidates for County Mayor and Commission

The DeKalb Firefighter's Association is endorsing candidates for county mayor and the county commission in the DeKalb County General Election on August 7th.

The endorsements are the result of candidate responses to surveys recently published by the Association. "A few weeks ago the DeKalb Firefighters’ Association mailed a public safety survey to all candidates running for the offices of County Mayor and County Commission. This survey contained questions pertaining to public safety in DeKalb County", according to the Association.

"Candidates had until June 16 to return their surveys". According to the Association, "All of the following candidates who returned their surveys have met approval for endorsement in the August 2014 General Election.

County Mayor—Chris Bratcher, Chris Smithson, and Tim Stribling
District 1-Mason Carter and Elmer Ellis, Jr.
District 2- Joe Johnson, Jimmy Midgett, and Clarence Trapp
District 3-Jack Barton
District 4-Wayne Cantrell
District 5-Rick Cantrell and Anita Puckett
District 6-Betty Atnip

"Not all candidates submitted a response to our survey. This is not a reflection that they do not support public safety," according to the Association.

Postal Service Holds Community Meeting in Dowelltown

July 15, 2014
Dwayne Page
Postal Service Holds Community Meeting in Dowelltown

Daily operating hours of the Dowelltown Post Office may soon be reduced in a cost saving measure by the U.S. Postal Service.

Tracy Mofield, Post Office Operations Manager for the Tennessee District, held a community meeting at the Dowelltown Post Office Tuesday to explain the changes. The proposal is to reduce the window hours from eight hours to six hours a day Monday through Friday. Saturday hours would remain the same. Similar plans have already been enacted at both the Alexandria and Liberty Post Offices.

The Postal Service recently sent out surveys to Dowelltown customers with five options from which to choose. Mofield said 86% of the respondents favored the option to realign the hours of operation.

"In Dowelltown, a total of 783 surveys were sent out and 149 of them were returned. Of those 149 surveys, 86% or 128 chose realignment of hours of the options given as their first option. Three chose the delivery option which means they (customers) could do all their business from delivery of the route by the rural carrier. No one chose the village post office option. Four said they could do their business at a nearby post office. Fourteen made no selection," said Mofield.

"These were the five options given and overwhelmingly the option chosen was the realignment of hours. Of course if there was an option in there of leaving my post office the same, that would certainly be the most overwhelming response. We realize that but we've got to do what's fiscally responsible in trying to keep the organization viable for future generations and keeping a presence in these rural communities," said Mofield.

After reviewing the surveys that were returned and taking into account Postal Service operational needs, Mofield said retail hours for the Dowelltown Post Office will likely be: Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. with lunch from 11:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Saturday hours will be from 8:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. Total Saturday window service hours will not be reduced and access to delivery receptacles will not change as a result of the POST Plan realignment of weekday window service hours. Access to delivery receptacles will not be reduced from current hours.

The final decision is expected to be made no sooner than thirty days after Tuesday's meeting. A notice will then be placed in the lobby of the Dowelltown Post Office letting all the customers know the date the new hours will go into effect.

The Dowelltown Post Office serves one route and an auxiliary and is staffed by Post Master Cathy Marler and Dana Clark, Post Master Relief. Rusty Caplinger is a Rural Carrier. Liz Antoniak and Sandy Brown are Rural Carrier Associates.

(Pictured above: Tracy Mofield, Rusty Caplinger Cathy Marler, Sandy Brown, Dana Clark, and Liz Antoniak)

Absentee Voting to be Required for Property Rights Voters in City Liquor Referendums

July 15, 2014
Dwayne Page

Not only will Smithville property rights voters be casting paper ballots in the August 7th Municipal Election for mayor and two aldermen, but it appears they will do the same in the November 4th city liquor referendums.

During the July monthly meeting held Monday, the Aldermen adopted on first reading an ordinance establishing a procedure permitting those non-resident property owners to vote by absentee ballot. Under the ordinance, city property rights voters may only vote by absentee or paper ballot in the city liquor referendums. They would still be free to vote in person at their own precinct or during early voting for other offices on the November 4th Tennessee General Election Ballot.

Without such an ordinance, the city's property rights voters would likely have to go to two places to vote on election day. This process only applies to property rights voters, those who live outside the city in DeKalb County but who have property inside the city and are qualified to vote in a city election.

Earlier this year, the aldermen adopted a separate ordinance establishing the same procedure for city property rights voters in the August 7th Smithville Municipal Election

The ordinance passed on first reading Monday for the November 4th referendums states, "Whereas, T.C.A. 2-6-205, establishes a procedure permitting those non-resident property owners to vote by absentee ballot if an ordinance is passed within the requirements set out in said statute:

Now, Therefore, be it ordained by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen, that

Section 1. By passing this ordinance it does hereby require that those non-resident property owners voting for the referendums which are on the ballot for the November 4, 2014 ballot shall be required to vote absentee for said referendum.

Section 2. This ordinance shall be effective only for the November 4, 2014 ballot for the City of Smithville.

Section 3. The DeKalb County Election Commission shall notify the non-resident property owners as set out in T.C.A. 2-6-205 of the requirements of this ordinance.

Section 4. This ordinance shall take effect from and after its final passage and be effective only for the November 4, 2014 election.

In the referendums on November 4, city voters will be asked to vote either "yes" or "no" on whether to "Authorize consumption of Alcohol on the premises in the City of Smithville" and to "Authorize retail package stores to sell alcoholic beverages in the City of Smithville".

Second and final reading passage of the ordinance is expected at the next city council meeting in August.

Meanwhile, in other business, Mayor Jimmy Poss reappointed Tony Hagan to the Smithville Electric System Board. His new term expires July 1, 2018.

Mayor Poss also reappointed Hilton Conger to the Smithville Electric System Board. His term expires July 1, 2016.

Alderman Jason Murphy was appointed as the city's representative on the 911 Board.

The aldermen approved the mayor's appointments.

Dowelltown Man Charged with Raping Woman at Knifepoint

July 15, 2014
Dwayne Page
Joseph Stephen Audas

A Dowelltown man is charged with the aggravated assault and rape of a woman last week.

29 year old Joseph Stephen Audas of Circle Drive, Dowelltown is under a $35,000 bond and he will be in court July 24 on charges of aggravated assault and aggravated rape.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Thursday, July 10 Audas allegedly tied the woman's wrist and hands with a belt and held her down at knifepoint while hitting her in the face. During the assault, Audas allegedly struck the woman's left ear and cut her under the chin and throat with the knife. He then allegedly raped the woman by digital penetration while armed with the knife and threatened to kill her if she refused to cooperate.

56 year old Gregory Scott Redmon of Midway Road, Smithville is charged with a second offense of driving under the influence. His bond is $3,000 and he will be in court August 21. Sheriff Ray said that on Tuesday, July 8 a deputy responded to a motor vehicle accident on Midway Road and upon arrival spoke with Redmon, who was involved in the mishap. The officer detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from Redmon and saw that he was unsteady on his feet. When asked how many beers he had consumed, Redmon said he had a few a couple of hours ago. Due to medical reasons, Redmon was unable to perform field sobriety tasks. During a search of the vehicle, the deputy found a beer can, the contents of which had spilled onto the floor along with a mug of ice and beer. A computer check revealed that Redmon had a prior DUI in February, 2013. Redmon was placed under arrest and brought to the jail for booking.

36 year old Steven Anthony Nelson of Tracy City, Tennessee is charged with violation of bond conditions and coercion of a witness. His bond is $10,000 and he will be in court July 24. Sheriff Ray said that on Tuesday, July 8, a deputy was dispatched to the hospital where he spoke with a woman who reported that her husband, Nelson had come into her home while she slept. When she awoke, the woman found Nelson standing over her. Nelson allegedly got the woman out of bed and threatened her, saying that if she did not drop domestic assault warrants against him, his father would come to her home and shoot her in the face. Nelson continued making threats against the woman until she left the residence.

Nelson was previously arrested on Thursday, July 3rd for the domestic assault of his wife. In that case, Sheriff Ray said a deputy responded to a South College Street apartment in reference to a domestic assault which occurred at a residence on Allen Street. The officer spoke with a woman who said that she and her husband, Nelson had gotten into a verbal argument and that he began threatening her. The woman said she picked up a pan from the kitchen sink to keep her husband away from her but Nelson pushed his wife to the ground and began hitting her, causing a cut to the nose, a swollen eye, and scrapes to her elbows. Nelson's friends, who were present, pulled him away from the woman. She then left the residence. Nelson was determined to have been the primary aggressor and he was arrested.

21 year old Ann Kathryn Pursell of Circle Drive, Dowelltown is charged with domestic assault. Her bond is $2,500 and she will be in court July 24. Sheriff Ray said that on Thursday, July 10 a deputy was dispatched to Pursell's home in reference to a physical domestic in progress. Upon his arrival, the officer spoke with Pursell and a man. According to the man, Pursell punched him in the face, scratched the right side of his face, and the back of his neck. Pursell admitted to punching and scratching him and she was placed under arrest.

63 year old Joseph Lawrence Battle of Backbone Road, Sparta is charged with driving under the influence. He was further issued a citation for driving on roads laned for traffic. His bond is $1,500 and he will be in court August 21. Sheriff Ray said that on Friday, July 11 while a deputy was patrolling on Highway 70, he spotted a white Nissan Maxima cross over into the opposite lane of travel several times. The officer conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle. The driver, Battle stumbled out of the car. The deputy had him to get back in the automobile. He then asked the man for his license and inquired about what he had been drinking. Battle replied that he had consumed a few glasses of wine. The officer got Battle out of the vehicle and detected an odor of alcohol on his person. Battle submitted to but performed poorly on field sobriety tasks. He also took a blood test and was charged.

40 year old Chrissy Michelle Evans of West Main Street, Dowelltown is charged with domestic assault and violation of bond conditions. Her bond is $10,000 and she will be in court July 17. Sheriff Ray said that on Saturday, July 12 Evans allegedly assaulted her husband apparently at his residence on Sims Street in Dowelltown. During the altercation, she ripped the shirt off of him and left marks on his chest and left arm. After an investigation it was determined that Evans was the primary aggressor. She was placed under arrest. Evans had violated her bond conditions in a previous case by coming around her husband. Those bond conditions expire on December 23, 2014.

22 year old Amanda Marie Hatfield of Adcock Cemetery Road, Smithville is charged with domestic assault. Her bond is $1,500 and she will be in court July 17. Sheriff Ray said that on Sunday, July 13 a deputy responded to Hatfield's residence in answer to a domestic call. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with Hatfield and a man. Both said there had been an altercation and that Hatfield had started it by punching the man. Hatfield also allegedly bit the man on the arm, leaving a contusion. Hatfield suffered a busted lip after the man punched her in the mouth. In another incident that day, Sheriff Ray said Hatfield started an argument with the man and began spitting on him while he was holding children. By her own admission, Hatfield was the primary aggressor in both situations. She was placed under arrest.

Greg Tubbs Inducted into Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame (VIEW VIDEO HERE)

July 14, 2014
Greg Tubbs (MiLB.com Photo)

DeKalb County native and former professional baseball player Greg Tubbs was inducted into the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame Friday, July 11 in New York.

Tubbs, who is now an assistant baseball coach at Cookeville High School, played in the outfield for the Pittsburgh Pirates-affiliated Buffalo Bisons in 1991, 1992 and 1994. He joins former Bisons manager Eric Wedge and long-time Buffalo-area scout Bob Miske in being selected for the Hall of Fame.

During his three years with the Class AAA Bisons, the outfielder hit .283 (370-1,307) with 60 doubles, 19 triples, 12 home runs, 121 RBI and 67 stolen bases in 364 games. He’s third in the modern era in total hits (370) and is one of only two Bisons players since 1985 to have 100+ hits in three separate seasons.


Tubbs first joined the Bisons in 1991 and led the Herd in runs scored (71), triples (11) and stolen bases (34) while hitting .273. The 11 triples in that campaign tied for the American Association lead and are still the fourth most in a single season by a Bisons hitter. In 1992, Tubbs led the Bisons with a .282 average while hitting 32 extra-base hits and stealing 20 more bases. After spending the 1993 season in the Cincinnati Reds organization, Tubbs returned to Buffalo in 1994 to hit .282 with 22 doubles, 45 RBI and 13 stolen bases in his final professional season.

Originally drafted by the Braves in the 22nd round of the 1984 June Amateur Draft, Tubbs played 11 combined seasons in Atlanta’s Pittsburgh’s and Cincinnati’s farm systems. In 1,243 minor league games, the outfielder hit .285 with 1,267 hits and 262 stolen bases. Tubbs made his Major League debut with the Reds in 1993 and hit .186 (11-59) with a home run and two RBI in 35 career games.

A 1980 graduate of DeKalb County High School, Tubbs was a talented football player as well as a baseball standout. He played college baseball at Austin Peay.

Tubbs played for former DCHS Football Coach Wayne Cantrell. During his senior year, Tubbs helped lead the Tigers to a 9-1 season. Their only loss was to York Institute 6-0 in the season finale. As a rushing quarterback, Tubbs ran for almost 1,000 yards that year.

Three Involved in Head-On Crash

July 14, 2014
Dwayne Page
 2000 Lincoln Towncar driven by Sunshine Sutton of Crossville
2010 Toyota Yaris driven by Breanna Bilbrey of Smithville

Two adults and a child were involved in a head-on crash Sunday night on Highway 56 north near the intersection of Ponder Road.

Trooper Brandon Jackson of the Tennessee Highway Patrol told WJLE that 40 year old Sunshine Sutton of Crossville was traveling south on Highway 56 in a 2000 Lincoln Towncar when she crossed the center line into the path of a northbound 2010 Toyota Yaris, driven by 22 year old Breanna Bilbrey of Smithville.

Bilbrey was transported to DeKalb Community Hospital by DeKalb EMS.

A six year old child passenger of Sutton's car was taken to the hospital by private vehicle. Sutton was treated at the scene.

According to Trooper Jackson, Sutton was charged with a first offense of driving under the influence and cited for crossing the center line of the highway.

Trooper Jackson was assisted in the crash investigation by Trooper Terry Seay.

Members of the DeKalb County Volunteer Department and Sheriff's Department were also at the scene.

WJLE to Celebrate 50 Years of Broadcasting July 26th

July 14, 2014
Dwayne Page

WJLE is celebrating 50 years of broadcasting on Saturday, July 26th from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and everyone is invited to attend at the radio station.

Light refreshments will be served.

The program will air LIVE throughout the day hosted by WJLE Manager Dwayne Page and former Manager Ralph Vaughn.

"A special thanks to Ralph for helping us organize this event," Page said.

"We would especially like to have former employees of the station and family members of former owners to join us that day along with anyone who has ever had a radio broadcast with us over the five decades. If you can't be here in person, give us a call for a brief interview by phone," said Page.

"Local ministers, sports figures, coaches, newsmakers, advertisers, public officials, and loyal listeners are urged to stop by to share special memories and to help us celebrate," he added.

Remember, that's Saturday, July 26th from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at WJLE.

On behalf of station owner Leon Stribling and the current staff, Dwayne Page (Manager), Dale Carroll and Brian Lehan (Announcers), Dora Estes (Accountant), Julie Underhill (Traffic Director), and Jeff Nokes (Engineer), we hope to see you here!


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