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Pharmacy Burglars Plead Guilty

June 20, 2017
Dwayne Page
Joseph Graylon Nesbitt
Ericka Lynn Morgan
Donnie Ray Gillman
Allen Dean Dolberry
Dana Marie Dolberry

Two persons caught breaking into F.Z. Webb & Sons Pharmacy in Alexandria last December appeared for sentencing in DeKalb County Criminal Court on Tuesday, June 20.

Judge David Patterson presided.

51 year old Joseph Graylon Nesbitt of Pleasant Shade and 22 year old Ericka Lynn Morgan of Granville each entered a plea by criminal information to burglary. Each received a four year sentence suspended to 120 days to serve with the balance on supervised TDOC probation. They are responsible for making restitution of $500 to the owners of the pharmacy and $799 to the insurance company. Nesbitt and Morgan were each given jail credit of 174 days.

A third co-defendant, 32 year old Bryan Christopher Matthews of Carthage entered a plea by criminal information on April 10 to one count of burglary and received a four year sentence on judicial diversion probation. He must make restitution of almost $1,300.

Alexandria Police Chief Chris Russell released the following prepared statement after the burglary. “On Wednesday night, December 28, 2016 at approximately 8:15 pm , Officer Flavis Burroughs was on patrol and noticed an audible burglar alarm going off at Webb’s Pharmacy located at 105 South Public Square in Alexandria. Upon arrival Officer Burroughs noticed the front glass door had been damaged and he observed a person inside the building climbing up a hole in the ceiling . As Officer Burroughs made his way around the back of the building , a white Dodge Truck fled the area of the burglary . Officer Burroughs stopped the truck on Edgewood Street a short distance away and detained the driver, Bryan Christopher Matthews , and a passenger , Joseph Graylon Nesbitt. DeKalb County Sheriff's Deputies arrived to assist . When the pharmacy owner arrived on scene and unlocked the building he heard a woman’s voice from inside the ceiling . The woman, Ericka Lynn Morgan was found hiding in the ceiling. Officers placed Ms. Morgan into custody. Further investigation revealed the three had made entry into the building by cutting a vent on the roof and going down through the ceiling. At the time of the report it appears nothing had been stolen . All three were arrested and booked into the DeKalb County Jail,” said Chief Russell.

In other court cases Tuesday, June 20,

36 year old Donnie Ray Gillman entered a plea by criminal information to burglary and received a two year sentence suspended to probation. The term is to run consecutive to another sentence against him. Gillman must make restitution of $650 to the victim

Smithville Police charged Gillman on Thursday, April 27 with theft and burglary. Gillman allegedly entered an outbuilding on Dearman Street and took several tools belonging to the victim without his knowledge or consent. As a result of the investigation, the items were returned to the victim and Gillman was taken into custody without incident.

37 year old Allen Dean Dolberry and 33 year old Dana Marie Dolberry of West Green Hill Road, McMinnville each entered a plea to theft of property under $1,000. Each received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days suspended to supervised probation. They are to make restitution of $810 to the victim.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Thursday, November 10, 2016 the Dolberry’s allegedly took several items from a residence on Cedar Drive including a Beretta 9 millimeter handgun, a Smith & Wesson .38 caliber revolver, a Huskee log splitter, an Echo chainsaw, Echo grass trimmer, Stihl grass trimmer, an Oregon chainsaw, and other items with a total value of more than $1,000.

According to Sheriff Ray, detectives worked with officers in another county in solving the case. They identified the Dolberry’s as suspects in the theft and contacted the property owner who filed a report after conducting an inventory and listing the items taken. The Dolberry’s were subsequently arrested in the case.

25 year old Kristen Waggoner entered a plea to fraudulent use of a credit card and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days on CPS probation. She must make restitution of $306 to the victim. The term is to run concurrent with her current probation in another case.

Ricks Hair & Body A Team Wins Walking Competition

June 20, 2017
April B. Martin, Extension Agent
Ricks Hair and Body Reflections A Team…first place winner:  Rick Lattimore Captain, Todd Testerman, Larry Justice, Jessica Williams, Lacy West, Jackie Vickers, Diane Onks, Deborah Goodwin.
Body B Team….second place winner (Kathy Cantrell, Diana Adams, Mike Hankins, Brittany Lattimore, Jody Lattimore, Nichole Blackford; Not pictured, Jarrod Boyer, Sherry Davis

The annual Walk Across Tennessee competition recently ended with Rick’s Hair and Body Reflections A team emerging as the overall winner. Walk Across Tennessee is an eight-week competition to see which team can log the most miles walking or doing other exercises. The goal is for each team to walk the number of miles it takes to get across Tennessee which is 500 miles.

Rick’s Hair and Body Reflections Team A won the rotating trophy this year by walking a total of 3,474 miles. This is the equivalent of walking across Tennessee and back almost seven times! Coming in a close second was Ricks Hair and Body Reflections Team B with 3041 miles. 3rd place goes to the Moonshiners with 2778.4 miles. All together, all the teams walked a combined total of 45,939 miles...almost twice around the Earth!!! Also, another big accomplishment is that EVERY team made it across Tennessee…500 miles and over half the teams walked across Tennessee two or more times!!!!

The members of Ricks Hair and Body Reflections A team included: Rick Lattimore, Todd Testerman, Larry Justice, Jessica Williams, Lacy West, Jackie Vickers, Diane Onks, and Deborah Goodwin.

The Walk Across Tennessee is a program conducted by The University of Tennessee Extension office of DeKalb County. The goal of the program is to encourage people to exercise on a daily basis in order to stay healthy. Another competition is planned for this fall.

DeKalb Fair Launches New Website

June 20, 2017
Dwayne Page
DeKalb Fair Launches New Website

The DeKalb County Fair has launched a new website with complete information about events at this year’s “Grandpa Fair of the South”.

The fair will be held Monday through Saturday, July 17-22 in Alexandria.

Click the link below to learn more.

http://www.dekalbcountyfairtn.com/ .

Exhibit Entry Dates and Times at the Kenneth Sandlin Center:

Non-Perishable Items ONLY
will be taken in on Saturday, July 8 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Perishable Items ONLY
will be taken in on Saturday, July 15 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

DeKalb County Fair Events:

WSMV-TV Channel 4's Snowbird will be visiting the DeKalb County Fair on Monday, July 17 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Horse Shoe Tournament
Saturday 22nd at 12:00 noon at the Tot Kelley Barn.

5K Run
Saturday, July 15 at the Fair Office
Registration at 6:00 p.m. Race starts at 7:00 p.m.
Entry fee: $25. Contact Matt Boss for pre-registration or questions 615-464-8627.

•Snowbird- Fairground 5-7:00 p.m.
•Cattle Show- Grandstand 6:00 p.m.
•Bullwhip Rodeo- TC McMillen Arena 7:30 p.m.
•Jr. Fair Princess (13-16)- Lions Pavilion 6:00 p.m.
•Fairest of the Fair (17-20)- Lions Pavilion following
•FEARLESS Dancing Firemen
•Lip Sync Battle (Round 1)- Lions Pavilion following
•(2) $500 Cash Drawing- Lions Pavilion 9:30 p.m.

•Little Mister (4-6)- Lions Pavilion 6:00 p.m
•Little Miss (4-6)- Lions Pavilion following
•Antique Tractor Pull- TC McMillen Areana 7:00 p.m.
•Corn Hole Tournament-Grandstand 7:00 p.m.
•(2) $500 Cash Drawing- Lions Pavilion 9:30 p.m.

•Kiddie Tractor Pull- Grandstand 6:00 p.m.
•Little Miss Princess (7-9)- Lions Pavilion 6:00 p.m.
•Miss Sweetheart (10-12)- Lions Pavilion following
•ATV/ Motorcycle Racing- TC McMillen Arena 7:00 p.m.
•(2) $500 Cash Drawing- Lions Pavilion 9:30 p.m.

•Senior Day- Lions Club Building 9:00 a.m.
•Junior Goat Show- Barn 6:00 p.m.
•Baby Show- Lions Pavilion 6:00 p.m.
•Vintage Variety Show-Lions Pavilion following
•ATV/Motorcycle Racing- TC McMillen Arena 7:00 p.m.
•(2) $500 Cash Drawing- Lions Pavilion 9:30 p.m.

•Toddler Show- Lions Pavilion 6:00 p.m.
•Lip Sync Battle (Finale)- Lions Pavilion following
•ATV/Mini-Rod/Outlaw Pull- TC McMillen Arena 7:00 p.m.
•(2) $500 Cash Drawing- Lions Pavilion 9:30 p.m.

•Horseshoe Tournament- Barn 12 noon
•Gospel Singing- Lions Pavilion 6:00 p.m.
•Super Truck/Tractor Pull- TC McMillen Arena 7:00 p.m.
•(2) $500 Cash Drawing- Lions Pavilion 9:30 p.m.

Tot Kelly Barn Events

•Tuesday Night July 18
6:00 pm Open Poultry Show

•Thursday Night July 20
6:00 pm - Junior Goat Show

•Saturday July 22
12:00 noon - Blind Draw Horseshoe Tournament

Memory Lane Stage Events 2017

•Monday Night - July 17
6:30 -8:30 pm - Karaoke Night
No Rap , Radio Edit Only
Max 1 Instrument or 2 Vocal Mikes and 2 Instruments Max.

•Tuesday Night - July 18
6:30 - 7:30 pm - Donny Barthelemy

•Wednesday Night - July 19
7:45 - 8:45 pm - Berlin Barnhart

•Thursday Night - July 20
7:45 - 8:45 pm -

•Friday Night - July 21
6:30 - 7:30 pm - Dessa Ray
•7:45 - 8:45 pm - Terri Lynn Weaver

•Saturday Night - July 22
•6:30 - 7:30 pm - Mid State Cloggers
•7:45-8:45 pm - Evermean Evergreen Cloggers

Grandstand Events
•Monday Night July 17
6:00 pm: Cattle Show

•Tuesday Night July 18
7:00 pm: Cornhole Contest

•Wednesday Night July 19
7:00 pm: Kid's Peddle Tractor Pull

Correctional Officers Assaulted During Fight Between Two Inmates

June 19, 2017
Dwayne Page
Ryan Lee Walden
Andy Joe Certain
Michael Shayne Reeder
David Dwight Caperton

Two inmates at the DeKalb County Jail are facing more charges after engaging in a fight at the jail with one of them also assaulting correctional officers trying to break up the scuffle.

33 year old Ryan Lee Walden of Dale Ridge Road, Dowelltown is charged with three counts of assault and one count of criminal exposure and 40 year old Andy Joe Certain of Bright Hill Road, Smithville is charged with one count of aggravated assault. Bond for Walden is $20,000. Certain’s bond is $10,000. Both will make a court appearance on July 6.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Friday, June 16 Walden and Certain got into an argument at the jail and assaulted each other. Certain grabbed Walden by the throat and tried to strangle him. He then grabbed a broom handle and hit Walden twice causing him to have red marks. Certain further placed Walden in a choke hold again. Walden struck Certain several times causing swelling, bruising and a laceration above his left eye. As correctional officers were trying to break up the fight, Walden turned and shoved one of them and grabbed the other by the finger breaking the skin and causing it to bleed. Walden, who is believed to be infected with Hepatitis C, also spat in the face of a correctional officer. Walden was subdued and escorted away. Certain was taken to the emergency room of the hospital for evaluation and treatment.

43 year old Michael Shayne Reeder of Adcock Cemetery Road, Smithville is charged with theft of property over $1,000. His bond is $5,000 and his court date is July 6. Sheriff Ray said that Friday June 2 Reeder stole two firearms , including a Smith & Wesson M&P AR-15 and a .22 caliber Ruger. The total value of the weapons is $2,000. The case was investigated by a sheriff’s department detective.

47 year old David Dwight Caperton of Fox Hill Road, Baxter (DeKalb County) is charged with vandalism and aggravated criminal trespassing. His bond is $3,000 and his court date is July 6. Sheriff Ray said that on March 18 Caperton entered a residence on Fox Hill Road, Baxter by destroying the door locks. The total value of the door lock set is $60.00. The case was investigated by a sheriff’s department detective.

Woman Found Nude and Intoxicated

June 19, 2017
Dwayne Page
Amanda Lynette Davis
Jeremy Arron Bilbrey
Eddie Lee Smith

A woman found drunk and naked near McMinnville Highway last week will make a court appearance next month for public intoxication and indecent exposure.

37 year old Amanda Lynette Davis of Lee Homer Road, Smithville is under a $3,000 bond and her court date is July 6.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Thursday, June 15 a deputy responded to McMinnville Highway to do a welfare check on a woman standing near the road. Upon arrival he learned that the woman was Davis. She was standing in the front yard naked and picking grass. While speaking with her, the officer noticed that Davis was unsteady on her feet and that her speech was slurred and her pupils were watery and dilated. She submitted to but performed poorly on field sobriety tasks. Davis was arrested for her safety and that of the public.

42 year old Jeremy Arron Bilbrey of Winter Drive, Dowelltown is charged with domestic assault. His bond is $1,500 and his court date is June 29. Sheriff Ray said that on Tuesday, June 6 a deputy was dispatched to a residence on Winter Drive due to a possible domestic assault. Upon arrival the officer spoke with a woman who said that she and her boyfriend, Bilbrey got into an argument over her leaving with the children due to his being under the influence. The woman said as she tried to leave, Bilbrey wouldn’t let her go. He grabbed her, trying to get her car keys causing injuries to her elbows, hands and knees.

26 year old Eddie Lee Smith of Old Mill Hill Road, Dowelltown is charged with driving under the influence. His bond is $1,500 and his court date is June 29. Sheriff Ray said that on Tuesday, June 13 a deputy observed a Honda Civic traveling at a high rate of speed on Highway 56 south. The officer stopped the vehicle and spoke with the driver, Smith. He noticed a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the vehicle. Smith told the officer that he had just purchased a beer and had thrown it out the window before he was pulled over. His eyes were bloodshot and he was unsteady on his feet. While submitting to field sobriety tasks, Smith told the deputy that he was too drunk to complete the exercise because he had consumed more alcohol than he had previously stated.

Two More Picked Up on Grand Jury Sealed Indictments

June 19, 2017
Dwayne Page
Mark Alan Goodson
Jamie Renee Ashford

The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department has picked up two more people who were named in sealed indictments returned during a special session of the Grand Jury last month.

51 year old Mark Alan Goodson and 46 year old Jamie Renee Ashford both of Short Mountain Highway, Smithville are each indicted for sale and delivery of a schedule II drug (methamphetamine). They were arrested on Monday, June 12. Bond for each is $50,000 and they will be arraigned on June 20.

A total of 37 people have now been rounded up as a result of the grand jury sealed indictments stemming from an undercover investigation by the Sheriff’s Department mostly involving the sale of illegal narcotics.

Randy Jennings Named Principal of DeKalb County High School

June 19, 2017
Dwayne Page
DCHS Principal Randy Jennings and Director of Schools Patrick Cripps

DeKalb County High School will be under new leadership as of July 1.

Randy Jennings, who has been Principal at DeKalb Middle School for 13 years, has been named by Director of Schools Patrick Cripps to succeed Dr. Kathy Bryant as DCHS Principal. Dr. Bryant has transferred to the position of Supervisor of Instruction for grades 6-12.

“I am excited about the move to the high school. First I’d like to thank Mr. Cripps for having the confidence in me to be the leader of DeKalb County High School. I want to get settled in and get with the assistant principals. There will be a lot of things similar at the high school compared to the middle school but a lot of things will be different too. The CTE (Career Technical Education) I have never had to deal with at the middle school level so that will be a new venture for me. There’s just a lot of things I’ll have to get in there and look at and become familiar with before going too much further,” Jennings told WJLE.

"Randy has done a good job and we’re excited about where he can take the high school. It’s a big challenge he is facing but he has a good staff who will support and work with him to do whatever needs to be done to make sure our kids are being educated," Director Cripps told WJLE.

Jennings said he enjoyed his years at DeKalb Middle School and will miss working with the students and teachers there. “I have really enjoyed my time at the Middle School. I have had a wonderful faculty and staff over those 13 years. I am going to miss working with those people. I’ll also miss working with the kids at that age. We’ve always tried to provide a good academic foundation but even as important, I hope that I have made a positive impact on the kids' lives. Now I will get a chance to continue doing that but at a little later time in their lives,” he said.

Jennings began his teaching career at DeKalb West School in 1995. “I was there for 2 years as an 8th grade math, science and social studies teacher and I also coached both the boys and girls basketball teams,” said Jennings.

“ In the fall of 1997, I accepted a teaching position at Watertown High School and was the head baseball coach and assistant boys basketball coach. The following year I was named the head girls basketball coach and remained in that capacity for 2 years,” he continued.

“In the fall of 2000, I came back home to DeKalb County as the principal of Smithville Elementary School. I served in that capacity for 5 years from 2000 to 2005. In 2005, I was transferred to DeKalb Middle School as principal where I have served for the past 13 years,” said Jennings.

A 1989 graduate of DeKalb County High School, Jennings earned an Associate of Science degree at Motlow State Community College in 1991. Three years later Jennings earned a Bachelor of Science degree at Middle Tennessee State University. In 1998, Jennings furthered his education obtaining a Master of Arts degree in Instructional Leadership from Tennessee Technological University followed by a Specialist in Education degree in Instructional Leadership from TTU in 2005.

Randy and his wife Jill are the parents of 21 year old Cori and 18 year old Steven Jennings.

Jennings is the 12th principal at DCHS since 1963. His predecessors are Amon Snyder, Jim Butler, Tucker Hendrix, Ernest Ray, Dr. Charles Collier, Larry Johnson, Dr. Barry Roberts, Weldon Parkinson, Kathy Hendrix, Patrick Cripps, and Dr. Kathy Bryant.

DCHS Assistant Principals are David Gash and Jenny Norris.

"We’re really going to push the ACT at the high school. I know the state tests are important but the ACT is where kids get money to go to school. The state has set an ACT goal and we plan to meet and exceed it. We have already made great strides in the last couple of years on the ACT as well as the 90% reading goal. We’re catching up. The elementary level has done a wonderful job and the high school has done a wonderful job in the RTI. That is something we will keep working on. We want to challenge our top students and we want to get those students who are struggling to get them up toward reading on grade level", said Cripps.

Director Cripps has not yet named a new principal at DeKalb Middle School to succeed Jennings. Applications are currently being taken for the position and interviews will follow.

DeKalb Neighbors Helping Neighbors Blood Drive Wednesday

June 19, 2017
Dwayne Page
Casey Agee was among those who donated blood during the Spring into Action drive

Cookeville Blood Assurance and DeKalb County Clerk James L. (Jimmy) Poss are teaming up again for another “DeKalb County Neighbors Helping Neighbors” blood drive and several elected and appointed county officials are joining the effort in support of local senior citizens centers.

The blood drive is scheduled for Wednesday, June 21 from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the county complex senior citizens center inside the bloodmobile and for every blood donation collected, these county officials will donate $2.00 to the senior citizens centers to be divided equally between the Smithville and Alexandria Centers.

“I have received commitments from Assessor of Property Shannon Cantrell, Trustee Sean Driver, Register of Deeds Jeff McMillen, Road Supervisor Butch Agee, Circuit Court Clerk Katherine Pack, County Mayor Tim Stribling, Sheriff Patrick Ray, and General Sessions Judge Bratten Cook, II along with Clerk and Master Deborah Malone and Administrator of Elections Dennis Stanley,” said County Clerk Poss.

“All blood collected from the Cookeville Blood Assurance Center will supply the needs of hospitals in our communities first including DeKalb, Cannon, Smith, Wilson, White, Putnam, Warren, Jackson, and Overton Counties,” Poss continued.

Those who wish to schedule an appointment may go online at www.bloodassurance.org/dekalb or contact County Clerk Poss or Blood Assurance Coordinator Trudy Cody at 931-239-9411 or TrudyCody@bloodassurance.org.

Please remember to eat a good meal, drink additional water and bring a photo ID.

All donors will be given a FREE “Life Saving Journey” t-shirt and all donors will be entered for a chance to win a Recliner and a Vacation Giveaway valued at $1,500.

Nomination Period Underway for County Committee Election

June 18, 2017
Donny Green
Donny Green

Donny Green, DeKalb/Cannon County FSA County Executive Director, announces that the nomination period for the 2017 Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Committee Election is underway. The nomination period continues through August 1, 2016.

"I encourage all producers to participate in the county committee election process by nominating candidates by the August 1 deadline," said Green. "We are counting on as much participation as possible, because county committees are an important link between the farm community and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. We have seen a trend in recent years of increased nominations of minority, beginning farmers, and women producers and we hope that will continue."

Committees apply their judgment and knowledge to make decisions on county commodity price-support loan eligibility, establishment of allotments and yields, conservation programs, disaster programs, employment and other farm program-related issues. Nationwide, there are more than 7,800 farmers and ranchers serving on FSA county committees. Committees consist of three to five members who are elected by eligible local producers.
To be eligible to serve on an FSA county committee, a person must participate or cooperate in a program administered by FSA, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and reside in the local administrative area in which the person is a candidate.

Nominees must reside in Local Administrative Area (LAA) for which they are seeking to be elected. For the 2017 Election, the DeKalb/Cannon County FSA County Committee Election will conduct elections in LAA-2 (DeKalb County) and LAA-4 (Cannon County). Below is the description of the LAA’s that will be conducting elections this year:

Local Administrative Area # 2, the portions of DeKalb County described as following:

West of a line where Hwy. 146 crosses the Cannon County line following Hwy. 146 north to Hodges Rd.; thence north to Tabernacle Rd.; following a line from Tabernacle Rd. to Dry Creek Rd.; west of Dry Creek Rd. to Hwy. 70 West; north of Hwy. 70 to Hwy. 96 North (Dale Ridge Rd.); west of Hwy. 96 North to Hwy. 141 (Wolf Creek Rd.);West of Hwy. 141 to Center Hill Dam; thence following the Caney Fork River north/northwest to the Smith County line; thence south of the Smith County line; thence east of the Wilson County line to the Cannon County line; northwest of the Cannon County line back to the intersection of Hwy. 146 and the DeKalb/Cannon County line.

Local Administrative Area # 4, the portions of Cannon County described as following:

That portion of Cannon County that lies east of Highway 53 (a state highway that runs south from the DeKalb County line and north from the Coffee County Line).

Individuals may nominate themselves, or others, as a candidate. In addition, eligible candidates can be nominated by community-based and other organizations in the county where the election is being held before the close of the nomination period, especially groups representing socially disadvantaged farmers or ranchers. Nominations and elections are open to all eligible candidates and voters without regard to race, color, religion, nation origin, age, sex, marital status or disability. The nomination form (FSA-669A) is available at USDA Service Centers and online at: http://www.fsa.usda.gov/elections

Ballots will be mailed to all eligible voters in LAA’s # 2 and # 4 on November 6, 2017. Completed ballots must be returned, either in person or postmarked, no later December 4, 2017. For more information about FSA county committees, visit the DeKalb/Cannon County USDA Service Center or call 615-597-8225, extension 2.

DeKalb County Fair to Honor Veterans

June 17, 2017
Dwayne Page
DeKalb County Fair Returns July 17-22
DeKalb County Fair to Honor Veterans, Also Launches New Website

The 161st edition of the Grandpa Fair of the South is set for Monday through Saturday, July 17-22 and this year a tribute is being paid to all veterans. It’s even included in the theme, “Celebrating 161 years of the DeKalb County Fair as a Veterans Affair.

A special recognition program will be Monday night, July 17 at 6:00 p.m. at the Lions Club Pavilion and a special Veterans Exhibit on “Memory Lane” at the fairgrounds will showcase photos, names, and other military information to honor local veterans. Liberty State Bank is helping the fair with this new exhibit which will be open each night of the fair from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. Meanwhile, if you would like to include photos or other information about a veteran in this exhibit contact Ria Baker at 615-529-2840.


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