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School Board Honors Former DWS Principal and Cafeteria Manager

September 15, 2014
Dwayne Page
Georgia Young
Danny Parkerson

The DeKalb County Board of Education Thursday night voted to honor two persons who served DeKalb West School for many years.

Second District Member Jerry Wayne Johnson made a motion that a plaque be placed in the new cafeteria in memory of the late Georgia Young, who served as cafeteria manager until her death three and a half years ago. Young worked in the school system for almost 40 years.

Johnson also moved that a plaque be placed in the new safe wing at the West School in honor of former Principal Danny Parkerson in recognition of his 37 year education career.

"As you know, the board before us added onto the West School. We're very proud of it and it is very nice. And as all of you know we had a cook over the whole cafeteria for years, Mrs. Georgia Young. I'd love to see us put a plaque up in her memory in the cafeteria. And Mr. Parkerson has retired. He taught in the school system for 37 years. I'd love to see a plaque put up in his honor in the safe wing. I put that in the form of a motion," said Johnson.

The school board unanimously adopted Johnson's motion.

According to her daughter, Young started working for the school system in the cafeteria at the Liberty Elementary School in the fall of 1972. She became cafeteria manager at DeKalb West School from the time the school opened in the fall of 1974 until she died on March 15, 2011. Young started the 2010-11 school year but became ill in August 2010 and had to leave her job. She never officially retired and was still an employee at the time of her death.

Parkerson's first teaching job was in Smith County. " I started out for two years at Forks River in Smith County. I came to DeKalb West in the 1978-79 year," Parkerson told WJLE. After joining the staff at DWS, Parkerson became the girls basketball coach and later took on the boy's program as well. Parkerson became principal of DWS during the mid 1990s.

WJLE: A Golden Celebration to air on DTC3

September 15, 2014
Dwayne Page
Former WJLE Managers Tony Glen Rast and Ralph Vaughn
Former WJLE Announcer Bill Austin
Former WJLE Announcers Elaine Rigsby and Tom Miller
Former WJLE Announcers Jack Atnip and Ralph Vaughn
Former WJLE Announcers Dennis Stanley and Karl David Smith
Former WJLE Announcers Jeff Barnes (left) and Trent Miller (riacght) with WJLE's Dale Carroll
Former WJLE Announcer Shawn Jacobs with Dwayne Page and Ralph Vaughn
Former WJLE employee Dean Estes with Dale Carroll
Former WJLE Announcers Darvin Gill, Ginger Wenger, and Tom Duggin
WJLE's Brian Lehan with former Announcers Nick Nokes, Darvin Gill, and Deana

In April, 1964, WJLE Radio in Smithville first went on the air as an AM only station at frequency 1480. Some seven years later, WJLE added an FM frequency at 101.7, and this year, 2014, WJLE Radio is celebrating it's 50th anniversary on the air.

On July 26, 2014, the station held a golden anniversary celebration, in which many of the station's former personalities, managers, employees and friends stopped by to reminisce about their years and memories at WJLE.

The event, hosted by former station manager, Ralph Vaughn, and current station manager, Dwayne Page, was filmed by DTC TV, and will be aired on DTC3 and DTC3 HD (channel 303), beginning Saturday, September 27. Three one-hour episodes were produced from the all-day radio special, featuring interviews with former WJLE employees, as well as other friends of the station. The episodes will air multiple times during late-September and October, exclusively on DTC3.

Episode 1 features interviews with the following people:
- Phillip "Fluty" Cantrell
- Bill Austin
- Bro. Royce Moore
- Coach Harold Luna
- Jeff Barnes
- Former TWRA officer Ben Franklin
- Tom Miller
- Trent Miller
- Elaine Rigsby
- Tim Harvey

Episode 1 will air on the following dates and times on DTC3:
Saturday, September 27 - 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 28 - 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, September 30 - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 4 - 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 5 - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 8 - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 11 - 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 12 - 2:00 p.m.

Episode 2 features interviews with the following people:
- Dean Estes
- Bro. Ricky Arnold
- Randy Vaughn
- Shawn Jacobs
- Tony Glen Rast
- Wanda Redmon
- Ginger Fedak Wenger
- Jack Atnip
- Bradley Johnson
- Deana Cantrell Colwell
- Plus the WJLE Birthday cake cutting ceremony

Episode 2 will air on the following dates and times on DTC3:
Saturday, September 27 - 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 28 - 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 1 - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 4 - 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 5 - 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 7 - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 11 - 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 12 - 5:00 p.m.

Episode 3 features interviews with the following people:
- Ken Underhill
- Karl David Smith
- Dennis Stanley
- Tom Duggin
- Darvin Gill
- Nick Nokes
- Jeff Nokes
- Ronnie Young

Episode 3 will air on the following dates and times on DTC3:
Saturday, September 27 - 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 28 - 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 1 - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 4 - 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 5 - 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 8 - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 11 - 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 12 - 1:00 p.m.

Other interviews that were not included in any of the episodes will be released prior to the airings each week.

Again, WJLE: A Golden Celebration will air on DTC3 and DTC3 HD, available exclusively on the DTC TV service

New Member Elected to DTC Board of Directors

September 13, 2014
Dwayne Page
Terry McPeak of Norene, Jean Chumbley Ferrell of Woodbury, and Charles Dwight Vinson of Milton

Members of DeKalb Telephone Cooperative (DTC Communications) have elected a new member to the Board of Directors.

Jean Chumbley Ferrell defeated Incumbent Greg Rogers from the Woodbury Exchange in the director election. The results of the voting were announced Saturday during the annual membership meeting held at the fairgrounds in Alexandria.

Two other incumbent members up for re-election, Charles Dwight Vinson of the Milton Exchange and Terry McPeak of the Norene Exchange ran unopposed.

Ferrell, who qualified to run by petition, received a total of 456 votes to 256 for Rogers.

Vinson had 421 complimentary votes and McPeak garnered 391 votes.

Here's how the votes break down for each candidate at the four early voting locations and on election day:

Jean Chumbley Ferrell: Alexandria-61, Gordonsville-27, Smithville- 143, Woodbury- 96, Paper Ballots- 2, and Election Day at Alexandria-127 for a total of 456 votes

Greg Rogers: Alexandria- 9, Gordonsville- 20, Smithville -13, Woodbury- 137, Paper Ballots-10, and Election Day at Alexandria- 67 for a total of 256 votes


Charles Dwight Vinson: Alexandria-46, Gordonsville-28, Smithville-68, Woodbury-147, Paper Ballots-7, and Election Day at Alexandria-125 for a total of 421


Terry McPeak: Alexandria-44, Gordonsville-28, Smithville-62, Woodbury-123, Paper Ballots- 6, and Election Day at Alexandria-128 for a total of 391.

All three directors elected will serve for three years.

The DTC Communications Board of Directors, in addition to McPeak, Vinson, and Ferrell are Ronnie Garrison of Smithville, Randy Campbell of Liberty, Bennie Curtis of Alexandria, , Jimmy Oakley of Temperance Hall, Roy Nelson Pugh of Auburntown, David Parker of Woodland, and James Dillard, Jr. of Gordonsville.

Merriman to Receive Stipend as Volunteer Assistant Soccer Coach (VIEW VIDEO HERE)

September 13, 2014
Dwayne Page

Rhonda Merriman, who has been a volunteer assistant Girls Soccer Coach at DCHS for several years, will now be paid a stipend for her services.

Director of Schools Mark Willoughby asked the school board Thursday night for a vote to reflect in the minutes that Merriman is to receive a stipend but that she continue to be classified as a volunteer assistant coach.

Merriman receives an hourly wage as a support staff employee at DCHS.

To ensure that Merriman would not be due overtime for her assistant coaching duties, Willoughby consulted with an official of the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor. Willoughby said his concern was based on an issue that arose several years ago when the county was forced to pay more money to certain employees who had accumulated a significant amount of overtime.

"After our last board meeting, I contacted the federal wage and hour labor office. About ten years ago there was a lot of overtime that was paid in DeKalb County and it really got sticky at that time so that's what we were checking out. Ms. Rhonda Merriman has been doing this job as a volunteer assistant soccer coach for a long time. She does an excellent job and is an excellent employee. She is a super person. But according to Nathaniel Powell with the federal wage and hour labor office (who researched the issue), we need to specify in our board minutes that the money that she receives (from coaching) would be a stipend and her title would need to be (in the minutes) a volunteer assistant coach. We are not to ask her to do anything concerning the outside activities during the forty hours that she works," he said.

According to Willoughby, the overtime concern was the only reason for the delay in naming Merriman as a paid assistant. "There was nothing against trying to keep Ms. Rhonda Merriman from doing this. It's just that financially I did not want to get the county in a bind. There's no telling how many hours the coach actually puts in and we could have had to pay her or anybody else overtime approximately $18 per hour but I think the problem has been worked out if we can have a motion to classify the money that she receives as a stipend and her title as a volunteer assistant coach," said Willoughby

The board unanimously voted to follow Director Willoughby's recommendation.

Last month, Brooke Roller, a member of the DCHS girls soccer team addressed the Board of Education asking that Merriman be kept as a paid assistant. Roller delivered a brief prepared statement in support of Merriman.

The school budget includes funding for additional coaching supplements including two DCHS assistant soccer coaches (one for the girls team and one for the boys team) totaling $5,570.

Proposal to Outsource School Custodial Services Dropped

September 12, 2014
Dwayne Page

The DeKalb County School System will not be outsourcing its school custodial work to the GCA Services Group

During Thursday night's regular monthly school board meeting, Chairman W.J. (Dub) Evins, III brought up the subject saying he wanted to "get a conclusion drawn on our custodial services so our custodians will know whether we're going forward with this or not. Is this an issue we're eliminating so our custodians can know that their jobs are secure and everything is back to normal"?

Director of Schools Mark Willoughby said he no longer intends to pursue an agreement with GCA. " I've had a couple of people ask me about that. A couple of board members. I have no intention of bringing it back up unless there is a board member that asks me to. That's dead in the water. If a board member asks me to check into it again I will. If not I won't," he said.

GCA officials had sought to contract with the school system to provide custodial services for $400,000 for the first year with annual renewal options for at least up to four additional years, a move intended to save the district money. All current custodial staff working for the school system, recommended by the principals would have been hired by GCA. All chemicals, equipment, and consumables would also have been provided by GCA for maintaining the buildings year round. But the proposal became controversial as questions arose about GCA's hiring practices and whether the school system would actually save money over time.

Smithvillle Police Department Awarded K9 Ballistic Vest

September 12, 2014
Dwayne Page
K9 Leo wearing ballistic vest

The Smithville Police Department has been awarded a ballistic vest for K9 "Leo" thanks to a non profit organization, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.

A total of $16,595.00 has been donated to the charity from the “K9 Kota Campaign” to provide vests for seventeen K9s in Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, New Jersey, California and Indiana.

The “K9 Kota Campaign” held an online event selling over 1,350 tee shirts for the cause.

K9 Kota is a law enforcement dog with the Winchester Police Department in Virginia that sustained a work related injury on January 3, 2014. The dog fell through an attic floor onto a hardwood floor while detaining a suspect. Although the injury was severe to his right front leg, Kota climbed back up the flight of stairs to continue the fight. After months of surgery and physical therapy his return to police work is still unknown.

Locally, K9 Officer James Cornelius and K9 Leo of the Smithville Police Department have been working together for over three years. Officer Cornelius has been in law enforcement for four years. K9 Leo is a five year old Dutch Shepherd that has been working for four years. K9 Leo had one handler prior to Officer Cornelius. K9 Leo and Officer Cornelius were paired in March of 2011 and completed 120 hours of initial training with Dean Hunter of Canine Command. They continue to attend monthly maintenance training with Hunter and recertify yearly with the USPCA.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, Massachusetts whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. Each vest costs $950.00 and has a 5 year warranty. The nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially life saving body armor for their four legged K9 Officers. Through private and corporate sponsorships, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided over 930 law enforcement dogs in 39 states with protective vests since 2009 at a cost of $880,000.

The organization orders the U.S. made vests exclusively from distributor Regency Police Supply in Hyannis, Massachusetts, who also does the custom embroidery on the body armor. Vests are manufactured by Armor Express in Central Lake, Michigan.

New K9 graduates as well as K9's with expired vests are eligible to participate. The program is open to law enforcement dogs who are US employed, certified and at least 19 months of age.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. was named as a charity partner in March of 2014 in a nation wide Groupon Campaign which raised over $335,000 in 19 days. The non profit will be providing over 350 law enforcement dogs nationwide with the protective body armor in memory of K9 Rocco of the Pittsburgh Police Department who sacrificed his life in the line of duty in January of 2014. All vests will be embroidered with the sentiment, "In Memory of K9 Rocco, Pittsburgh Police Department".

For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Tax deductible donations are accepted via mail to: Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718 or via the website: www.vik9s.org.

Board of Education Asked to Fund Another School Nurse Position (VIEW VIDEO HERE)

September 12, 2014
Dwayne Page
Director Mark Willoughby and Board Members Dub Evins, Shaun Tubbs, Jerry Wayne Johnson, and Jim Beshearse
Board members Danny Parkerson, Billy Miller, and Doug Stephens

The DeKalb County Board of Education is being asked to ensure that each school has its own nurse by adding a new position.

Dee Anna Reynolds, Coordinated School Health Coordinator, addressed the Board with this concern Thursday night during the regular monthly meeting.

The school system currently employs four school nurses, Chandra Adcock, Kim Turner, Christie Driver, and Joanie Williams. All are registered nurses. Each school has its own nurse except for the DeKalb Middle School and DeKalb County High School which have to share a nurse. Director Mark Willoughby said the state provides funding for one school nurse per three thousand students. Any other nurses must be funded locally.

Because of the growing student population and children with chronic conditions including diabetes, Reynolds said another nurse is needed. "County wide our nurses had 20,181 clinic visits for 2013-14. In August we had almost 2,000," said Reynolds.

Due to the demand, Reynolds said her assistant, Cindy Childers, an LPN has been lending a hand but she can't take on the responsibility full time because of her duties with the Coordinated School Health Program. "Covering the Middle School/ High School is almost impossible from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. so Cindy has been leaving every day to go over for a couple of hours to cover the Middle School/ High School and some days she stays longer because there are other situations to deal with. Cindy is part time so she can't do that every day. On days when she does not do that, the nurse at Smithville Elementary School goes over there. So we're leaving Smithville Elementary School open and even for a few hours that worries us a little bit because we have students diagnosed with seizure disorders which require the emergency medication Diastat if a seizure occurs at school and only a nurse can administer Diastat," said Reynolds.

School Nurse Chandra Adcock also stressed the need for another nurse. "As a parent, taxpayer, and employee I'm concerned that we as a county only choose to provide partial nursing services to an entire population of children. We have multiple students in our schools every day with chronic health conditions. Just to name a few, we have people with asthma, diabetes, seizure disorders, cardiac disease, life threatening allergies, blood disorders, cystic fibrosis, and many more. On a daily basis that one nurse is assigned to care for students in two of the largest schools in the county serving approximately 1,400 students," she said.

Meanwhile three parents, Darlene Evans, Ashley Bryant, and Glenda Davis, who all have children with diabetes also addressed the board asking them to find the funds to hire another school nurse to help meet the medical needs of their children and others in the school system.

The school budget does not provide funding for a new school nurse position. A budget amendment, authorized by the county commission, would be required to pay for one this year.

Board Chairman W.J. (Dub) Evins, III called for a workshop on Monday, September 22 at 6:00 p.m. at the Board of Education building to address the matter. "Asking for a budget amendment, probably isn't going to happen and if it does it's probably going to take a while. My main object right now is to see if we can come up with a plan to start making sure these issues are addressed. This (workshop) will give us some time between now and the next board meeting to come up a plan," he said.

Evins has asked Reynolds and nurses to meet with the board at this workshop to provide input.

In the meantime, Director Willoughby said he will assign a substitute nurse to meet the needs. " I think it's extremely serious. Unless you (school board) tell me different, I'm going to start putting a sub nurse in there every day until we can get somebody we can classify as full time. We have more of a need this year than what we have had in the past," he said.

Reynolds said there are six nurses available as substitutes including four registered nurses and two licensed practical nurses.

Evins Named School Board Chairman

September 12, 2014
Dwayne Page
School Board Officers Shaun Tubbs, W.J. (Dub) Evins III, and Doug Stephens
New School Board

Fifth district member W.J. (Dub) Evins, III is the new Chairman of the Board of Education.

Evins was named by his fellow board members to serve as chairman during Thursday night's regular monthly meeting.

Sixth district member Doug Stephens was elected Vice-Chairman and Seventh District member Shaun Tubbs was named Assistant Secretary.

The board re-organizes each September electing officers to serve for the year.

Thursday's night's meeting was the first for the board since last month's election of the new members.

The board consists of Danny Parkerson from the First District, Jerry Wayne Johnson from the Second District, Jim Beshearse from the Third District, Billy Miller from the Fourth District, W.J. (Dub) Evins, III from the Fifth District, Doug Stephens from the Sixth District, and Shaun Tubbs from the Seventh District.

(TOP PHOTO: Shaun Tubbs, W.J. (Dub) Evins, III, and Doug Stephens)

(BOTTOM PHOTO): Jerry Wayne Johnson, Danny Parkerson, Billy Miller, W.J. (Dub) Evins, III, Shaun Tubbs, Doug Stephens, and Jim Beshearse

DeKalb County High School FBLA Organization Attends Leadership Camp

September 10, 2014
Dwayne Page
FBLA students at DCHS
DCHS FBLA Students

Two locals in healthcare received a nomination for the prestigious National Capella Star Award. Renee Walker of DeKalb Community Hospital and Toni Henderson of Stones River Hospital were recently nominated amongst their colleagues as showing ‘an exemplary work ethic and commitment above and beyond for patient care.’ The Star Award is a national honor bestowed by Capella Healthcare.

Walker, an employee of the DeKalb Community Hospital Laboratory Department, is known by her co-workers and patients as a friendly face that always goes the extra mile.

“I have known and worked with Renee for two years and have always found her dependable, efficient, and unfailingly loyal. In fact, I have never worked with a person who gives as much attention to detail as she does,” said Laboratory Director Kevin Adcock, “In addition, her willingness to take on difficult projects and see them to successful completion has repeatedly impressed me. Renee is not only my Chief Tech but a friend and supporter. She’s a wife to husband, Jason, and a mother to two beautiful girls - Morgan and Meagan. Renee presents herself in a way that shows you what a good person she is. She demonstrates her values in the way she acts every day.”

Tonisa (Toni) Henderson is an LPN at Stones River Hospital and is known by her patients as more than just a smiling face.

“Toni has worked as an LPN at Stones River Hospital since 2009 and works primarily on the medical surgical floor,” said Sue Conley – CEO of Stones River and DeKalb Community Hospitals, “She is the ideal definition of a great nurse. She is very deserving of this nomination. We are proud of both of these good-hearted individuals and are grateful to have them at our fine hospitals.”

Both nominees will be featured in the national edition of Capella Connections magazine newsletter distributed to healthcare organizations nationwide.

Pictured: Renee Walker, Lab Tech at DeKalb Community Hospital and Tonisa (Toni) Henderson were nominated for the prestigious Capella Star Award recently. Both will be featured in the nationally published Capella Connections magazine newsletter distributed to healthcare organizations nationwide.

South Charged with Theft of Jewelry

September 10, 2014
Dwayne Page
Sara Nicole South
Abadih Ruiz-Lopez
Joshua Kevin Vickers
Candice Brook Vickers
Chad Dwayne Cantrell
Clay Andrew Bain
Anthony Curtis Johnson

A Smithville woman has been charged with stealing more than $20,000 worth of jewelry.

29 year old Sara Nicole South of Foster Road, Smithville will be in court on Thursday, September 11 on a charge of theft over $10,000. Her bond is $20,000.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Monday, August 8 South allegedly took several pieces of jewelry from a home on Sparta Highway. The jewelry was valued at $24,125. She allegedly admitted to taking a watch and a ring from the residence. Several other pieces of jewelry were recovered from the apartment where South was staying. That jewelry was identified by the victim as being some of the missing items.

34 year old Abadih Ruiz-Lopez of Bell Street, Smithville is charged with a second offense of driving on a revoked or suspended license. He was further issued citations for improper display of plates, no insurance, and failure to maintain lane of travel. His bond is $3,000 and he will be in court September 11. Sheriff Ray said that on Wednesday, September 3 a deputy spotted a white car leaving its lane of travel. After stopping the vehicle, the officer spoke with the driver, Lopez. A computer check revealed his license were revoked for failure to report an accident. He had received a citation for a first offense of driving on a revoked license on December 12, 2013.

32 year old Joshua Kevin Vickers of Woodbury Highway, Liberty and 32 year old Candice Brook Vickers of Givens Hollow Road, Liberty were arrested on Thursday, September 4. He is charged with failure to appear, a Circuit Court violation of probation, and criminal impersonation. She is charged with a child support violation and criminal impersonation. His bond totals $7,500 on the failure to appear and criminal impersonation charges and will be in court on September 11. He is being held without bond for the violation of probation and will make a court appearance on that offense on September 15. Her bond totals $3,900 and she will be in court on September 11. Sheriff Ray said that on Thursday, September 4 a deputy went to her residence on Givens Hollow Road to serve arrest warrants on Joshua Kevin Vickers. He (Vickers) told the officer that his name was Christopher Eric Vickers. He also gave the deputy a false birth date and social security number. Candice Vickers, who was going to be served with an attachment, also gave the officer a false name and birth date, stating that she was Jamie Nichols. They were later positively identified and arrested.

33 year old Chad Dwayne Cantrell of Old Bildad Road is charged with domestic assault. His bond is $1,500 and he will be in court September 11. Sheriff Ray said that on Thursday, September 4 a deputy responded to a domestic dispute at a residence on Old Bildad Road where Cantrell allegedly assaulted the victim by shoving and pinning her down on the bed. Due to the altercation, the victim had bruising to both arms. After a further investigation, it was determined that Cantrell was the primary aggressor and he was taken into custody.

22 year old Clay Andrew Bain of Lakeview Drive, Smithville is charged with domestic assault. His bond is $1,500 and he will be in court on September 11. Sheriff Ray said that on Friday, September 5 a deputy was dispatched to a residence on Lakeview Drive to speak with a man who reported that he was behind his son's house when his nephew, Bain came out yelling that he (uncle) was on his land. The victim advised Bain that he was not on his land. Bain allegedly hit the victim in the face busting the inside of his lip. He then knocked the victim down into a fence, causing a cut on his left arm and a cut and knot on his forehead.

60 year old Anthony Curtis Johnson of Sparta is charged with criminal simulation and theft under $500. His bond is $6,500 and he will be in court September 11. He was arrested on Tuesday, September 2. Sheriff Ray said that on Friday, August 1 Curtis committed the offense of criminal simulation by passing a fake check in the amount of $393.79 at a convenience market on Highway 56 south.

31 year old Johnny Lynn Devault of Talpha Drive Dowelltown is cited for driving on a revoked license. He will be in court October 9. Sheriff Ray said on Thursday, September 4 a sheriff's department detective saw Devault driving a motor vehicle. The officer had prior knowledge that Devault's driver's license had been revoked for failure to pay child support. A computer check confirmed it.

40 year old Jeffery Lynn Sanders of Lincoln Street, Smithville is cited for possession of drug paraphernalia. He will be in court October 9. Sheriff Ray said that on Thursday, September 4 Sanders was a passenger of a vehicle that was stopped by a sheriff's department detective. While the officer was conducting a search of his person, Sanders pulled from his pocket two hypodermic needles and three cut straws.

27 year old Frankie James Warrick of Vaughn Lane, Smithville is cited for driving on a suspended license and violation of the light law. He will be in court on October 15. Sheriff Ray said that on Friday, September 5 a deputy saw a vehicle on Highway 70 with a head light out. He conducted a traffic stop and found the driver to be Warrick. A computer check revealed his license to be suspended for failure to satisfy a citation.

33 year old Cynthia Denise Walls of Cookeville Highway, Smithville is cited for driving on a suspended license, traffic control device, and violation of the financial responsibility law. She will be in court October 8. Sheriff Ray said that on Saturday, September 6 Walls was stopped by an officer for running a red light. Walls could only produce an identification. A computer check revealed that her license were suspended. She further could not provide proof of financial responsibility (insurance).


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