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Smithville Police to Conduct Sobriety Checkpoints Saturday

March 16, 2009

The Smithville Police Department will be conducting sobriety checkpoints on Saturday, March 21st in a better effort to keep our roads safe and to deter impaired driving. The Smithville Police Department has also increased it's Traffic enforcement effort and saturation patrols. The sobriety checkpoints will be taking place in the area of Highway 70 east, Highway 56 south, and Short Mountain Highway. The Smithville Police Department is continuing to work with the Governor's Highway Safety Office in these efforts.

Adult High School Classes Available

March 14, 2009
by: 
Dwayne Page
 Susan Hinton

If you didn't complete your high school education, you can go back to school through the adult high school program.

Coordinator and Instructor Susan Hinton says many people have taken advantage of this opportunity."This is about our third year in existence. This particular year, we have served over thirty seven students. I have approximately eight students who will have graduated, as of this week. I expect about three or four more students to graduate soon. The students graduate as they finish their course work. We will have a graduation ceremony in September."

"I get many calls from people wanting to get into the program, but I refer them to DCHS School counselor Lori Barnes-Myrick. Call her at 615- 597-2243 or set up an appointment with her. She will go through your record and determine how many credits that you have. There are different qualifications depending upon what years you were enrolled in high school. The state requires participants to take a reading exam and you have to be reading on an 8.1 level in order to come into the program. If you are transferring from another school system, the requirement is that you do have to live in DeKalb County. She (counselor) checks the school record to determine the credits needed. To receive any high school credit, all students must have twenty credits. That's basic credits. That also has to be in certain subjects."

"The classes meet from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. each day (on the high school campus). Adult high school student have two scheduled breaks during the day and they have a one hour period at lunch. They may go anywhere they wish, but we close down the building from noon until 1:00 p.m. That enables them to go home, if they need to check on their families or whatever. After lunch, they come back and we open again at 1:00 p.m. Our schedule runs concurrent with the program of the regular school system. In other words, if schools are out for a snow break or other inclement weather, we are also out. If it's a teacher/faculty day, then schools are closed at the adult high school. The only exception is that instead of the regular summer school, adult high school is open all day again and that happens around the month of June. So it's kind of a year round program."

Hinton says students who attend the adult high school are not taking a short cut to obtaining their diploma. "Each student is independent in their subjects, so they're pretty much self guided. Each course has it's own set of criteria, depending upon what subject the student is working in. I also do career counseling with them and we have guests in from time to time to talk to them about various careers. There's not a short cut. Each class takes 133 hours and that is clock hours. They have to do the work to match the clock hours. They have to pass that subject. In other words, if they sit in there and they do the time and don't do the work or pass then they will fail. It would be an "F". A half of a credit is 70 hours so they have to do 70 clock hours plus the work that goes with that subject. So there's not a fast cut. They can only do one credit at a time. I also have some high school students who have already had a course and did not complete it for credit. So for them there is what is called Credit Recovery and sometimes they can go back and pick up a class by doing computer work that matches that class. But even that is quite a bit of work. That is not a short cut either. There is no short cut to getting a high school diploma."

In addition to Hinton, the adult high school staff is made up of W.C. Braswell and Beverly Ferrell

For more information call the high school guidance department at 615- 597-2243 or the adult high school at 615-597-2254.

DCHS Students to Compete at State History Day

March 14, 2009
DCHS Students to Compete at State History Day

Fourteen DeKalb County High School students recently competed in the Regional National History Day at Middle Tennessee State University.

Freshmen students Kalli Mitchell, Laura Pafford and Amanda Laxton placed 2nd in the Senior Division Group Display Board category with their entry, “Elizabeth Blackwell: The Woman Who Changed Medical History.”

Freshmen students Katelyn Goodwin, Taylor Cantrell and Sydney Robinson placed 2nd in the Senior Division Group Documentary category with their entry, “Hometown Hero.”

Junior student Tiffany Young placed 2nd in the Senior Division Individual Documentary with her entry, “Nikola Tesla: The Man Who Made the Future.”

These students will go on to compete at the State History Day held in Nashville on April 4, 2009.

(The accompanying digital photo is of six of the seven students going on to compete in the State History Day competition. From left to right, they are: Katelyn Goodwin, Taylor Cantrell, Laura Pafford, Tiffany Young, Amanda Laxton and Kalli Mitchell)

Kelly Services Hosting JOB FAIR Monday, March 16th

March 12, 2009
by: 
Dwayne Page

Kelly Services is having a JOB FAIR Monday, March 16th.

The JOB FAIR will be held at the First United Methodist Church Fellowship Center located at 102 West Church Street in Smithville from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Applications are being accepted to fill more than 140 light industrial jobs at Federal Mogul, available immediately. Persons hired will earn $8.54 to $10.37 per hour and will have a chance to earn $50 referral bonuses for each person referred who completes 120 hours of work.

For more information, call Kelly Services at 1-866-513-5694, 215-8900, or apply in person at 409 East Broad Street in Smithville Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. or from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Walk Across Tennessee Contest to Kick-Off March 28

March 12, 2009

Being physically active is one of the best things you can do to improve and maintain your health, yet nearly two-thirds of Americans aren’t getting the activity they need. Consider taking up walking with friends or your family by participating in Walk Across Tennessee, which is an eight-week program that will spark some friendly competitions in DeKalb County. Beginning March 28th teams of up to eight will compete to see who can log the most miles walking, jogging, biking, and other forms of exercise in their community. Biking or jogging teams can have a team of four. The miles walked are not literally across the state, but reported on a map posted at Greenbrook Park and the DeKalb County Walk Across Tennessee website each week.

Since everyone participates in a variety of sports, the Walk Across Tennessee program also has an exercise conversion chart so that participants can count aerobics, swimming, weight lifting, etc. Teams can walk together to make it more fun or they can walk on their own. To make the competition fair to everyone, this year exercise cannot be counted during work hours.

“Teams will keep track of their miles, which will be posted in the Extension office and other places around the community. Teams can be composed of coworkers, teachers, students, family, neighbors, etc. This is an excellent team competition for the workplace and schools” said April Martin, DeKalb County Extension Agent.

According to Martin, “Last spring we had over 400 people on 53 teams. This is one of the largest Extension Walk Across Tennessee programs on record across the state, so we have been thrilled about the community’s interest. The overall top winning team last spring was Star Night Owls, a team from Star Manufacturing, who won the rotating trophy by walking a total of 2,108 miles. This is the equivalent of walking across Tennessee and back twice! Total miles walked from all teams was nearly 9,000!
We hope to get more businesses involved this time as well.”

To participate in Walk Across Tennessee, first get a team of up to eight together. Biking and jogging teams are limited to four people. Choose a team captain and name your team. Team captains need to download up a captain’s packet, available at the DeKalb County Walk Across Tennessee website which is http://eteamz.active.com/WalkAcrossTennesseeDeKalbCounty/ in the handout section or at the DeKalb County Extension Office, 115 West Market St. Smithville, located right beside Fuston’s Antiques. Each team member will need to complete a registration form which is included in the team captain’s packet or at the Walk Across Tennessee website. Individual as well as team forms should be returned to the Extension office.
Awards and prizes will be given to the individual who walk the most miles as well as the team who walks the most miles.

“Competition kicks off on Saturday, March 28th, 9:00 A.M. at Greenbrook Park under pavilion one,” Martin said. “Come out and plan to have lots of fun.” For more information, call the Extension office at 597-4945 or visit the website. Walk Across Tennessee results will be posted at http://eteamz.active.com/WalkAcrossTennesseeDeKalbCounty/, at Greenbrook park, and on the DeKalb County Walk Across Tennessee website each week.

All of the programs of the University of Tennessee are open to all people regardless of race, color, sex, national origin, or disability.

DeKalb Historian Thomas G. Webb Announces Release of New Book

March 11, 2009
by: 
Dwayne Page
Historian Thomas G. Webb to Conduct Book Signing

DeKalb County Historian Thomas G. Webb has announced the release of his new book, "Early Virginia Settlers with Middle Tennessee Connections".

Copies of the book are available for sale at Justin Potter Library. The cost is $35.00

Webb says the book features information about several DeKalb County families. "It does have a lot of family history about families in DeKalb County, all of whom are related to me. The ones we particularly took are the Smith, Harris, Wilson, Mason, Davis, Frazier, Yeargin, and Mosier families. We have those lines traced back to 1611 in Jamestown. Of course, Jamestown was settled in 1607."

"When I did my other (history) book I thought I was through, but we found out some new information on these families so I gathered it together and put it into yet another book. At the end of the book I have put in some information on the Wilson and Potter families of Nashville. Of course, our library is the "Justin Potter Library".

"It is a little different from my other books in that it has a color, hardback cover. On the front is a picture of the farm at Snow Hill where Mr. Shelia Driver used to live. Price Harrison lives there now. The picture was made in 1965 by Bundy Bratten. I have had it all these years and never had used it. I thought this was a good time to use it. On the back we also have color pictures, all of which I made in the 1950's. It has a picture of Webb's Drug Store made during the 1950's and some other pictures including one on Dry Creek, a picture of my grandfather's house, and another house in the county. So we have a colorful cover, both front and back."

"If you couldn't attend the book signing Thursday, you can still come to the library anytime it is open. We have the books there and I have signed them. If you want to look and not buy, that's okay too."

School Board Defends Practice of Having "Workshop" Meetings

March 11, 2009
by: 
Dwayne Page
Sherry Bush Addressing the School Board

Retired school teacher Sherry Bush addressed the Board of Education Tuesday night with a concern about the board's practice of having "workshop" sessions and a complaint about the difficulty she experienced in having her request to speak at a regular board meeting being placed on the agenda.

Bush questioned why it was necessary for the board to have workshops to discuss business, and further, why the board does not record minutes of such meetings.

Board members defended the practice and apparently will continue having workshops, which like regular and special meetings, are open to the public, although at workshops no action can be taken.

Chairman Charles Robinson said while the board has no policy regarding workshops, they are held frequently to gather information. "There is no policy on workshops. Workshops is a tool used by school boards to take information and study it. I guess a proper word for a workshop would be a study session. We study the issues in order to make informed decisions at our regular monthly meetings."

After attending a couple of recent workshops, Bush said she got the impression that the board, while not voting, was deliberating toward decisions. "I have had the opportunity to come to a workshop here, a couple of workshops, and it seems to me that from the appearance that I got, that although you don't vote on issues, you discuss them thoroughly, you come to a conclusion."

"You had a workshop to evaluate Mr. (Mark) Willoughby, (in January) who is a very important official in this county, one of the highest paid officials in this county, but we as a public don't know how you evaluated him. We don't know why you evaluated him the way you did. We don't know your thinking. We need to understand your thinking. You are here to represent us, to do our business, to run our school system. I'm not up here saying that he (Willoughby) is doing a bad job. I'm not saying he's not an excellent superintendent. I'm just saying that we have a right to know more about this than you're giving us. I just feel like that you're really not being fair to the public when you don't open your meetings. I know you say they're open, but even in the atmosphere in which you hold these (meetings). You hold these in a smaller room and people have really got to be wanting to get there to come."

Chairman Robinson: "workshops are not governed by state law and we (board) don't have a policy (regarding workshops) because there is no requirement that we have one."

Bush: "I think there ought to be records of these (meetings). If you're going to continue to have them, and apparently you are, I think there ought to be records kept. Official records kept."

Seventh District member Johnny Lattimore said anyone is welcome to attend a school board workshop. " If you want to come up and listen to us, you are more than welcome to, but I don't know how you would record something that's just thinking (thought process). Sometimes we throw things out here just as a thought but we don't leave from there (workshops) saying come Thursday night during the board meeting, this is how we're going to vote. We have never done that because if we did, that would be illegal."

Sixth District member Bruce Parsley added that "we always publish when we're having workshops. At every one I have been to, there's always an empty chair in that other room (where workshops are held), or two, or three. If we fill up all the chairs we'll be glad to move the workshops to a bigger room, but there is really no use if there are empty chairs over there. We would be glad for anyone to come out and listen and even throw out some of their suggestions."

Bush replied that "the issue needs to be, that when you have a public meeting, you need to keep a record of it."

Parsley responded that "business wise, there is a record of it because it's done here at the board meetings."

Bush also asked why it took so long for her request to be granted in addressing the school board on this issue. "Why in the world is it so difficult for a citizen of this county to come before the board and be put on the agenda?"

According to Board Policy, Chairman Robinson said "the board desires that all matters be settled at the lowest level of responsibility and will not hear complaints or concerns which have not advanced through the proper administrative procedures from the point of origin."

Robinson added, "That's what we want. We want you to start from the bottom and work your way up. I guess in your case (referring to Ms. Bush), the (bottom) would have been starting with Mr. Willoughby."

Bush answered, "I did start with Mr. Willoughby, but you can't talk to him if you can't get to see him. I realize he's very busy. But I've been working on this (trying to get on the agenda) since January. All I wanted was to come and ask a simple question. Why do you have workshops and If you're going to have them why do you not keep official minutes?"

At the end of the discussion on this issue, Director Willoughby told Ms. Bush he is still willing to meet with her. "Ms Bush I appreciate your concern. I may not be able to meet with you exactly when you would like, but I would always be willing to meet with you. In the times you have come before me, I have based my opinion upon the Tennessee School Boards Association's rules and I have talked to their lawyers. That's where my conclusions to any decisions upon this subject has come from. But I do respect your (Bush's) opinion although I do disagree with some of it."

Randall Bennett of the Tennessee School Boards Association sent a memorandum to Director Willoughby concerning the legal requirements for meetings.

The memorandum states "You have asked me a question regarding the legal requirements for recording minutes of meetings and work sessions. The relevant law may be found in Tennessee Code Annotated which reads as follows: 8-44-104 (a) "The minutes of a meeting of any such governmental body shall be promptly and fully recorded, shall be open to public inspection, and shall include, but not be limited to, a record of persons present, all motions, proposals and resolutions offered, the results of any votes taken, and a record of individual votes in the event of a roll call..."

Bennett writes "As you can see in section (a), an elected body MUST include in its minutes the following information:

A record of who is present at the meeting
Motions, proposals, and resolutions offered
Results of any votes taken
A record of individual votes if a roll call vote is taken"

"The law doesn't specifically address work sessions but in my opinion may be interpreted to support the position that there are no specific requirements for minutes to be recorded for work sessions. Even taking the opposite position that the law can be interpreted to support the contention that minutes must be recorded for work sessions, it would only require keeping a record of board members present. Since motions, proposals and resolutions are not generally offered at a work session, there would be no legal requirement to record anything else."

"The law anticipates that elected bodies may include more information in minutes than is required, however, and boards across the state vary considerably in their methods of recording minutes. Some do choose to record minutes for work sessions, but the decision to do so is a local board decision and not mandated by state law."

The school board policy on "Appeals to the Board" states that "Any matter relating to the operation of the school system may be appealed to the board. However, the board desires that all matters be settled at the lowest level of responsibility and will not hear complaints or concerns which have not advanced through the proper administrative procedure from the point of origin."

"If all administrative channels have been pursued and there is still a desire to appeal to the board, the matter shall be referred in writing and the board shall determine whether to hear the appeal."

The school board policy on "Appearing before the Board" states that "Individuals desiring to appear before the board may request placement on the agenda by contacting the office of the director of schools one week before the meeting. They will be recognized at the beginning of the meeting and given time to speak when their topic of interest is addressed on the agenda. Sufficient background material will be provided by the speaker. The chairman may recognize individuals not on the agenda for remarks to the board if he/she determines that such is in the public interest. A majority vote of members present can overrule the decision of the chairman."

"Delegations must select only one individual to speak on their behalf unless otherwise determined by the board."

"Recognition of individuals who are not citizens of the school system is to be determined by a majority vote of the board."

"Individuals speaking to the board shall address remarks to the chairman and may direct questions to individual board members or staff members only upon approval of the chairman. Each person speaking shall state his name, address, and subject of presentation. Remarks will be limited to five minutes unless time is extended by a majority vote of the board. The chairman shall have the authority to terminate the remarks of any individual who does not adhere to the above rules or choses to be abusive to an individual board member or the board as a whole. Members of the board and the director of schools may have the privilege of asking questions of any person who addresses the board."

"Individuals desiring additional information about any item on the agenda shall direct such inquiries to the office of the director of schools."

Meanwhile, in other business, the Board of Education Tuesday night approved the advancement of several teachers from apprentice to professional licensure status.

Director Willoughby says each of the following teachers has met the six domains within the framework for evaluation and professional growth model as prescribed by the State Department of Education." These people have been on an apprentice license. They have to be on an apprentice license for three years before they can get a professional license. They have to complete three years of successful evaluations. At the end of those three years, with successful evaluations, then they can get a professional license. These people have met these requirements. Some of these people have been with us for three years. Some people have only been with us for one year, but they do meet the requirements of the state as far as going from an apprentice license to a professional license."

Principals completing the comprehensive assessment-summative report have recommended each teacher for a professional licensure. Director Willoughby also recommended board approval.

These teachers include:

Jonathan Robert Wright, Instructional Music K-12 at DeKalb County High School

Shelly D. Painter, Pre-K to 12 Guidance Counselor

Mike C. Littrell, Visual Art K-12 at DeKalb Middle/DeKalb West School

Amy Young, Pre-School- 3 at DeKalb West School

Renee West Beaty and Misty Franklin, K-6 at Smithville Elementary

Shelly Jennings, Sabrina Kirksey, and Amy Raymond, K-6 at Northside Elementary

Director Willoughby also presented a report on personnel moves made since last month.

The following were employed for the 2008-09 school year:

Tina Fletcher, substitute bus driver
Billie Joyce Webster, substitute custodian
Pam Turner, substitute nurse
Sandra Billings, substitute bus assistant

Substitute teachers added to the list since last month include Tracie Baker, Jennifer Cole, Brenda Colwell, Julie Cook, Diane Evans, Tisha Ford, Sherrie Giles, Janna Gillard, Brian Gregory, Charlene Hallum, Amanda Lawson, Stacey Mason, Ronda Northcutt, Donna Robinson, Becky Thompson, Faye Tyree, Rebecca Waggoner, Tiffanie Van Winkle, and Brandi Womack.

Kevin Rigsby, teacher at DeKalb Middle School, has resigned
Jennifer Kickliter, deaf interpreter, has resigned

April Odom, attendance clerk, has been granted a leave of absence as requested.

The board approved an overnight trip for members of the FBLA Club at DCHS to attend the State Leadership Conference April 1st-4th in Chattanooga.

The board also granted approval for the Tigerette Softball Team to participate in the Middle Tennessee Softball Coaches Association Tournament in Clarksville on Friday, March 20th.

Jeremy R. Judkins, President of the DeKalb Youth Soccer League, appeared before the board to request permission for the use of a field at Northside Elementary School this year. The board authorized the Director and Board Chairman to take executive action to approve the request once a lease agreement has been finalized and proof of liability insurance is established.

Board Chairman Charles Robinson updated the board on the procedure for granting tenure to teachers and set a workshop for April 9th at 6:00 p.m. to "review the evaluations and recommendations of the director and his staff on those employees that are to be tenured by the DeKalb County Board of Education at our regular monthly meeting April 9th at 7:00 p.m."

"The board of education will grant tenure only to those teachers who can present documentation of a record of excellence as a teacher and who are determined by state guidelines to be considered a highly qualified teacher or those making appropriate progress toward achieving that status. The director of schools will recommend persons eligible for tenure at a board meeting and the director of schools will provide ample notice of non-renewal to each teacher not granted tenure prior to April 15th of the year of eligibility."

DeKalb County Senior's H.E.L.P. Program Seeks Support

March 10, 2009
by: 
Dwayne Page
Wanda Poss

The DeKalb County Senior's H.E.L.P. Program Chili Lunch & Dinner will be held March 27th from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. and from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the Smithville Fire Department.

DeKalb Senior Director Wanda Poss of the Smithville Center says your support is needed for the H.E.LP. program

The meal includes chili, crackers, and a drink. The cost is a $5.00 donation. Dine in or carry out. Proceeds will help build ramps, hand rails, and get food to needy seniors and the challenged of DeKalb County. A cake sale will be held featuring cakes made by seniors.

This event is sponsored by the Smithville Senior Center and the Smithville Fire Department.

DeKalb County Fire Department’s Liberty and Dowelltown Stations improve ISO Rating

March 9, 2009
Donny Green

The fire-protection services of DeKalb County Fire Department’s Liberty and Dowelltown service areas, as evaluated and rated by Insurance Services Office, Inc. (ISO), has improved from Class 9 to Class 6. The entire city limits of Dowelltown and Liberty Fire Service Areas will become an ISO Class 6 protection area as of June 1, 2009. This means that if your property is within 5 road miles of the DeKalb County Fire Department’s Liberty Station, a fire hydrant is located within 1,000 feet of your property, and you live within the city limits of Dowelltown or Liberty, you will receive a Class 6 Protection Rating. This improvement is expected to save residents in these areas about $200 annually on their homeowner’s insurance premiums.

Liberty Mayor Edward Hale says, “I am tremendously proud of the level of fire protection and efficiency provided by our fire department, water system, and 911 center. The hard work put forth by our fire department has resulted in this improved rating that positively affects everyone, especially those living on fixed incomes.”

Dowelltown Mayor Gerald Bailiff says, “this drastically improved fire protection rating will benefit our residents in Dowelltown by not only saving them money, but also by assuring our citizens that they have a level of fire protection that should make everyone feel more safe. During this period of economic downturn, the savings on our homeowners’ insurance premiums are definitely welcome news. We very much appreciate the time and dedication that our volunteer firefighters give to our communities.”

DeKalb County Mayor Mike Foster says, “we are extremely proud of this progress that results in direct savings to our home owners and business owners. Our ultimate goal is to improve our fire protection ratings countywide. The fire department, as evident by this evaluation, has made significant strides in improving fire protection in DeKalb County’s communities. The financial impact of this new rating is very important, but just as important is the fact that our communities should enjoy the reassurance that DeKalb County Fire Department is providing a level of service, using an all-volunteer staff, that many communities would love to have. Residents and property owners of DeKalb County should know that their dollars are spent very efficiently. Some changes in the fire service area that brought about the class 6 rating include: a new fire engine in Liberty, a committed firefighter training program, a new tanker truck, a very efficient 911 communications center, and installation of fire hydrants in these service areas. This rating change was no small task. We want to recognize the DeKalb County Fire Department, and the Dowelltown-Liberty Water System for the efficient operation of the community’s water system, the DeKalb County 911 Emergency Communications District, who provides excellent dispatch and technological communications services for the entire county.”

“Our ability to improve our PPC classification was positively influenced by our increase in training activities, updated equipment, the DeKalb 911 Emergency Communication District’s efficiency in receiving and handling fire alarms, and the ability of the water systems in both Dowelltown and Liberty to deliver sufficient water flows. DeKalb County Fire Department’s Dowelltown and Liberty service areas became one of only 185 fire departments in Tennessee to achieve a Class 6 rating according to the latest information from ISO. Of the 1,011 fire departments in Tennessee, the majority, 331, are ranked as Class 9 fire departments according to ISO. This is a huge step,” said DeKalb County Fire Chief Donny Green.

ISO collects information on municipal fire-protection efforts in communities throughout the United States. In each of those communities, ISO analyzes the relevant data using its Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS). The company then assigns a Public Protection Classification from 1 to 10. Class 1 generally represents superior property fire protection, and Class 10 indicates that the area's fire-suppression program doesn't meet ISO's minimum criteria.
ISO will advise its subscribing insurers of this classification change. The rating becomes effective June 1, 2009. Homeowners in the city limits of Liberty and Dowelltown should check with their insurance companies after that date to make sure these savings are applied.

Juveniles Charged in Theft Ring Investigation

March 9, 2009
by: 
Dwayne Page
Brandy Egerton
Matthew Justin Daniel
Tony L. Edge
Sara Nicole South
Hollie Dawn Nash

The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department has filed petitions against two juveniles charging them in connection with a recent rash of burglary, theft, and vandalism cases.

Meanwhile a 31 year old woman, Brandy Egerton of Page Drive, Smithville is charged with aggravated statutory rape for allegedly having a sexual relationship with one of the teens. Her bond is $150,000 and she will be in court on the charge March 12th.

Sheriff Ray says the juveniles, ages 16 and 17, both male, are currently in the Cookeville Juvenile Detention Center, pending a March 11th court date.

According to Sheriff Ray, the two boys, during interviews with county detectives, admitted to committing an estimated $20,000 worth of burglaries, vandalisms, and thefts." They admitted to going to a lot on Bright Hill Road, breaking into that lot, and stealing batteries and radios out of some of the cars being stored there."

"They admitted to going around town and busting the front glasses out of several businesses using bb guns and other weapons. They are also responsible for shooting out a window at the home of a Smithville police officer on New Home Road and shooting out a window in the back of a vehicle at a residence on Dry Creek Road."

"The boys also admitted to going to the Four Seasons Marina, where they broke into about 15 to 20 boats by cutting the tarps or covers to the boats. While inside some of the boats, they took amplifiers and radios."

"One of the boys, the 16 year old, went to Zelenka Nursery, where he got into one of the nursery's mini-trucks used to haul plants around the nursery. He hot wired the truck and drove it down one of the lanes before crashing it into a semi-trailer causing damage to it."

Two people, Troy Lee Cunningham, and Amanda Brooke England were arrested last week on theft charges as a result of this on-going investigation. Sheriff Ray says these and other burglary, vandalism, and theft cases will be presented against these two people and possibly others during the April term of the Grand Jury." We believe they (along with the juveniles) are responsible for a lot of the thefts and vandalism in the county. There's so many of them (thefts and vandalisms) we haven't yet finished working on them."

Meanwhile in other cases, 29 year old Matthew Justin Daniel of Hurricane Ridge Road, Smithville was arrested last Tuesday, March 3rd on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond is $1,000 and he will be in court March 12th

Sheriff Ray says Daniel was stopped for a traffic offense on Evins Mill Road. Daniel gave officers consent to search and they found two hypodermic needles containing residue and a straw in a back pack on the floor board of the vehicle. Sheriff Ray says Daniel admitted that the needles and the straw belonged to him.

40 year old Tony L. Edge of Puckett Road, McMinnville and 24 year old Sara Nicole South of Short Mountain Street, Smithville were arrested last Wednesday, March 4th .

According to Sheriff Ray, deputies stopped a vehicle on Highway 146 for weaving. Officers learned that Edge's driver's license was revoked and that this was his third offense of driving on a revoked license. Deputies obtained consent to search and found two needles. One of the needles was in the floor board of the vehicle and the other needle was on Edge's person. Also in the vehicle was a gallon jug, about a quarter full, of a clear liquid believed to be moonshine.

Edge was charged with possession of untaxed liquor, a third offense of driving on a revoked license, and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond is $5,000.

Meanwhile, South, a passenger of Edge's vehicle, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bond is $1,000 and her court date is March 19th. Sheriff Ray says South handed the officers four needles after they asked her if she had anything illegal on her.

35 year old Hollie Dawn Nash of Sparta Highway, Smithville was charged with driving on a revoked license last Wednesday, March 4th.

Sheriff Ray says deputies worked an accident on Highway 70 and discovered that Nash was driving on a revoked license. Her license had been revoked for a DUI on January 18th, 2008 in White County. Her bond on that charge was $2,000.

On the night that she bailed out of jail, Nash got into trouble with the law again. According to Sheriff Ray, deputies were called to a residence on Sparta Highway to answer a domestic complaint. Upon arrival, they spoke to the complainant, Nash's boyfriend, who alleged that he and Nash got into a verbal confrontation with each other and that she bit him on the arm causing an injury. Nash was charged in that case with domestic assault and her bond is $2,500

She will be in court on both charges March 19th.

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