A joint investigation into a counterfeiting operation by the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department and the Smithville Police Department has led to the arrest of three people.
Sheriff Patrick Ray says 23 year old Megan Ann Lann and her boyfriend, 27 year old Samer Walid Abdalla both of Pine Grove Road, Smithville are each charged with the forging or counterfeiting of instruments or currency.
They are accused of producing at least $800 to $1,000 in counterfeit $10 and $20 bills on a desk and laptop computer and printer in their home and then passing some of those bills at local and area businesses.
Detective Sergeant Jerry Hutchins' Jr. says the Smithville Police Department has also charged Lann and 22 year old Jason Ryan Chapman of 212 North Mill Street, Dowelltown with passing counterfeit bank bills as currency.
Three people were arrested Saturday by the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department as the result of recent theft investigations.
24 year old Warren Brandon Glasby of Poss Road was charged with criminal trespassing, vandalism and theft of property over $500.
Sheriff Patrick Ray says Glasby went to a farm on Pumpkin Hollow Road, Dowelltown on Thursday, March 20th and entered the property without the owners consent. While there Glasby allegedly stole a 1985 Mercury Marquis and also hit an outbuilding with his vehicle causing damage to the structure.
Meanwhile, Glasby and two other people, 31 year old Ernest Edward Hill of Chumney Hollow Road, Watertown and 29 year old Amy Renee Ford of Holmes Gap Road, Brush Creek have been arrested for stealing items at a residence on Adamson Branch in Road Liberty on Wednesday, March 19th.
14 year old Cora Beth Rhody is the 2008 Junior Miss DeKalb County.
Rhody, daughter of Kenny and Beth Rhody of Smithville, was chosen from among forty contestants for the crown Saturday night during the annual Spring Blossom Pageant sponsored by the Smithville Women's Club. The event was held at the high school gym.
Rhody succeeds the 2007 Junior Miss, Heather Marie Hughes, the 14 year old daughter of Shawnn Meadows and Mike Hughes of Smithville.
Meanwhile 14 year old Dylan Reagan of Smithville was selected from a field of seven boys as the Junior Mister DeKalb County. He is the son of Jim and Penny King of Smithville. Reagan succeeds the retiring Junior Mister, 15 year old Chris Byrd, son of Rhonda Perez and Lee Byrd.
The First runner-up in the Junior Mister category was Billy Clinton Tiner, the 15 year old son of Jeffery and Shelia Tiner of Smithville.
The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department arrested two men on drug charges Thursday while answering a complaint call in Dowelltown.
Sheriff Patrick Ray says 36 year old Charles Reynolds of Wilson Hollow Road, Liberty is charged with simple possession of marijuana, driving on a suspended driver's license, and conspiracy to possess a schedule VI drug (marijuana) while 49 year old Randy Mitchell Hobbs of North Mill Street, Dowelltown is charged with possession of a schedule VI drug (over ½ a pound of marijuana), possession of a schedule III drug (Hydrocodone), possession of drug paraphernalia (rolling papers), and evading arrest.
The DeKalb County unemployment rate for February was 5.4%, up from 5.2% in January and 4.6% in February, 2007
The DeKalb County Labor Force for February was 10,340. A total of 9,780 were employed and 560 were unemployed.
Meanwhile Tennessee's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for February was 5.3 percent, 0.4 percent higher than the January rate of 4.9 percent. The United States unemployment rate for the month of February was 4.8 percent.
County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for February show that 82 counties increased. The rate decreased in seven counties and remained the same in six counties. County unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted and therefore reflect seasonal expansions and layoffs that occur during the year. The state and U.S. unemployment rates are seasonally adjusted to eliminate normal seasonal fluctuations and to indicate a more accurate measurement of actual economic change.
An $11,446 Federal Emergency Management Agency grant will help agencies in DeKalb County to better feed and shelter the county's hungry and homeless, US. Representative Bart Gordon said.
"For 25 years, Congress has funded FEMA's Emergency Food and Shelter Program to help social service agencies in more than 2,500 cities and counties nationwide, " Gordon said. "These funds are used to supplement food, shelter, rent, mortgage and utility assistance programs for people with non-disaster related emergencies,"
FEMA awards the grants to nonprofit community and government organizations that are chosen by local boards. The board is composed of local agencies, the county mayor and others. Nonprofit organizations apply to the board for EFSP funds. The DeKalb County Mayor's office will administer the funds this year.
A former local manager of World Finance Corporation and Tax Service has been charged with nine counts of forgery.
Smithville Police Chief Richard Jennings and Detective Sergeant Jerry Hutchins, Jr. say 37 year old Linda Ann Jones of 115 Middle Drive, Sparta is accused of making false loans and forging signatures on official loan documents while she was manager of World Finance in Smithville.
Her bond is $22,500 and her court date is April 24th.
Meanwhile, 23 year old Nickey Eudene Reece, Jr of South Fork Apartments on Miller Road is charged with one count of aggravated robbery and one count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance (Hydrocodone) while a co-defendant, 36 year old Christopher B. Pack of Evins Mill Road is charged with aggravated assault and aggravated robbery.
According to Chief Jennings and Detective Sergeant Hutchins', Reece and Pack allegedly assaulted and robbed a neighbor at the apartment complex on Saturday, taking $4,000 in cash.
A 56 year old woman was airlifted to Vanderbilt Hospital Tuesday after a wreck on Dale Ridge Road.
Trooper Dewaine Jennings of the Tennessee Highway Patrol says Patricia Walker was in a 1997 Plymouth Breeze traveling south on Highway 96 (Dale Ridge Road) when she failed to negotiate a curve, left the road on the right, overcorrected, came back across the road, and exited the left side of the road. The car then struck a small tree and overturned, coming to rest on it's top.
DeKalb EMS got Walker out of her car and she was airlifted by a Life Flight helicopter ambulance and flown to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville. She was not wearing her seatbelt.