Three Hispanic men, involved in traffic accidents Monday evening on Vaughn Lane, escaped injury but were cited for not having a drivers license and for violation of the financial responsibility law (no insurance)
Trooper Todd Logan of the Tennessee Highway Patrol says 51 year old Pedro Candelario of McMinnville was driving west in a 1995 Chevy pickup truck when he went off the left side of the road and struck a utility pole as a westbound Honda Accord, driven by 24 year old Eleazar Perez of Smithville, was passing him.
Perez then rear-ended a Ford Taurus, driven by 21 year old Virgilio Mendoza of McMinnville, who had stopped in the road after the Candelario crash.
Again, no one was injured in the accidents but several customers of Caney Fork Electric Cooperative, including WJLE, were without power for about three hours.
In addition to being cited for no drivers license and no insurance, Perez was also cited for improper passing and failing to exercise due care.
The Smithville Aldermen Monday night voted unanimously to just say no to city beer sales on Sunday's and Christmas Day.
The Smithville Beer Board, last month, voted to recommend that the city council consider allowing stores with beer permits to sell on Sunday's from one until six p.m. and all day on Christmas Day.
On Monday night, this was the first issue on the agenda and when it was brought up for discussion, Alderman Tonya Sullivan made a motion to leave the beer ordinance as it is and take no action. Alderman Steve White seconded the motion. Aldermen Cecil Burger, Willie Thomas, and Jerry Hutchins Sr. joined Sullivan and White in making the vote unanimous.
Ronnie Dale of the Budweiser Company and K.C. Johnson of the Miller Company both of Cookeville came before the beer board last month to request that Sunday beer sales be considered and they provided some statistics on tax revenue in cities and counties that do and don't permit Sunday sales.
A 33 year old man, accused of abusing his wife and threatening law enforcement officers, was arrested Monday by the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department.
Sheriff Patrick Ray says Mark Allen Brewington of Ponder Lane, Smithville is charged with Domestic Assault, two counts of Aggravated Assault on an Officer, resisting arrest, and unlawful possession of a weapon with the intent to go armed. He is under a $37,500 bond and his court date is February 14th.
Sheriff Ray says deputies responded Monday to a domestic call from a battered woman on Ponder Lane While the officers were enroute, Central Dispatch advised them that Brewington, the alleged abuser, was on the phone with them and warned that he would spray the deputies with bullets when they arrived. The officers then contacted Sheriff Ray about the incident.
Food in America is affordable. In fact, between January 1 and February 3, 2008, the average American will have earned enough disposable income to pay for his or her food supply for the entire year, according to the DeKalb County Farm Bureau. As a result, the DeKalb County Farm Bureau and DeKalb County 4-H is celebrating February 3 - Feb. 9, 2008, as Food Check-Out Week.
The latest statistics compiled by the Agriculture Department’s (USDA’s) Economic Research Service indicate American families and individuals currently spend, on average, just 9.5 percent of their disposable personal income for food.
Applying the current statistic to the calendar year, it means the average household will have earned enough disposable income -- that portion of income available for spending or saving -- to pay for its annual food supply in just five weeks.
The Most Outstanding Smithville Firefighter of the Year is Kevin Adcock.
Adcock received special recognition for this honor during an awards dinner held Friday night for members of the Smithville Volunteer Fire Department. The dinner was held at the Christian Fellowship Center of the Smithville First United Methodist Church.
Robert Eller, a member of the department for 62 years, was awarded for having attended the most calls during 2007.
Fire Chief Charlie Parker says both Adcock and Eller are most deserving of these special honors. "We recognized Mr. Eller for most calls attended this past year which includes total calls, training, workings, meetings, etc. He responded to the most calls out of all the firemen for everything, about 172 calls. So we recognized him for that."
The winners of the annual Leadership DeKalb Alumni awards were honored Thursday night during the Chamber of Commerce Membership Banquet at the Elizabeth Chapel Baptist Church.
Tecia Puckett Pryor received the Community Leader of the Year Award and Neil Dudney was presented the Legacy Award.
The Community Leader of the Year award goes to someone who has made a significant and positive impact on the county, specifically during 2007 and in a capacity beyond their commitment to their profession. Pryor, a local attorney, received the award for her work in Habitat for Humanity and other local church and civic organizations.
Other nominees for the award were Ria Baker, Ricky Baker, and Marie Hill.
Ten people appeared in DeKalb County Criminal Court Monday on a variety of charges and were sentenced by Judge Leon Burns, Jr.
32 year old Steven Anderson pleaded guilty to statutory rape and evading arrest. He received a two year sentence in each case to serve. The sentences are to run concurrently as a single two year term. Anderson's name must also be included on the state's sex offender registry. He was given credit for 170 days of jail time served.
25 year old Jonathan Kyle McCormick pleaded guilty to three counts of theft over $500 and three counts of theft over $1,000. He was granted judicial diversion for a period of three years. The term will run concurrent with a two year sentence against him in Warren County. He will be on supervised probation by TDOC and must make restitution to the victims in the amount of $2,744. He must perform 100 hours of community service work.
The DeKalb County Fire Department responded to a vacant mobile home fire Monday evening around. 7:45 p.m. on Bright Hill Road.
Chief Donny Green says according to neighbors, the structure was in the process of being torn down. The mobile home reportedly belonged to Brian Harriot and was situated on the property of Dr. J.C. Wall.
Neighbors discovered the fire and reported it to DeKalb County 911. The mobile home was fully involved upon the fire department's arrival and the firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze that was beginning to spread into a surrounding field.
The Short Mountain Highway, Midway, and Cookeville Highway Stations of the DeKalb County Fire Department responded along with THP and DeKalb County Sheriff's Department. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The arrest of a Smithville man last month by the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department has led to more charges against him and his wife in Cannon County.
40 year old Mark (Truck) Robinson has been indicted by a Cannon County Grand Jury on charges of theft and conspiracy to commit theft over $10,000. He is free on a $10,000 bond.
Robinson's wife, 37 year old Kyra Robinson, is indicted on 268 counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud (xanax) prescriptions and one count of theft and one count of conspiracy to commit theft over $10,000. She is free on a $200,000 bond.
The Robinson's will be arraigned on February 15th.
Kyra Robinson, who was working as a nurse for the Cannon County Jail, is charged with obtaining prescriptions in the name of Cannon County inmates, and then bringing the prescriptions home to her husband in Smithville, who allegedly sold them.