DeKalb County's unemployment rate for October was 4.3%, up from 4.1% in September but still down from 4.8% in October, 2006.
DeKalb County's Labor Force in October was 10,290. A total of 9,850 were employed and 440 were unemployed.
Tennessee's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for October was 4.6 percent, down from the September rate of 4.7 percent. The United States' unemployment rate remained unchanged from a month ago at 4.7 percent.
County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for October show 41 counties decreased, 40 counties increased and 14 counties remained the same.
Knox County registered the state's lowest county unemployment rate at 3.3 percent. Lincoln County followed at 3.4 percent. Maury County had the state's highest at 8.7 percent, followed by Marshall County at 8.2 percent.
As part of the effort to StopLitter™ in Tennessee, Governor Phil Bredesen and TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely today awarded Dekalb County with a litter grant in the amount of $29,237.
“Each year volunteers pick up nearly 25.5 million pounds of roadside litter,” said Bredesen. “Litter is an eye-sore, it’s costly to clean up and can be harmful to our environment, but it’s totally preventable. These funds will be used by counties across the state to organize their pick-up efforts and conduct educational campaigns to teach children and adults about the importance of keeping Tennessee beautiful.”
“It’s time people realize that the roadside is not a trash can,” said Representative Frank Buck. “I support all efforts to educate people on the consequences of littering in Tennessee and encourage citizens to report litter when they see it happening.”
Litter grant funds are distributed annually by TDOT to all 95 Tennessee counties.
The 12th annual Angel Tree Project is underway and your support is needed to help make this holiday season merrier for hundreds of less fortunate children.
Laura Stone, President of DeKalb County Angel Tree Incorporated, says this program has been reorganized. "This is our 12th annual Angel Tree Project. It's basically the same program but we've come under a different organizational aspect of it. We are now a non-profit organization in the process of getting our 501c3 status. I am the president and Lisa Vaughn is the secretary-treasurer. We have a board of directors made up of Marie Blair, LaVaughnda Midgett, Charlie Parker, and Tim Woodward. We're working together with the community this year as a group in order to provide presents, like we always have, for the needy and disadvantaged children of the community."
Smithville Police arrested a Cookeville woman on drug charges Saturday after answering a shoplifting complaint.
37 year old Lois Ann McCloud of 627 Rice Circle, Cookeville was charged with simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance (xanax) and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bond is $2,500 and she will appear in General Sessions Court on the charges December 6th.
The arrest warrant states that " Officer Matt Holmes responded to a shoplifting call at Gordon's Hardware and was advised that the subject had left. A description was given of the car and it was stopped at Wal-mart. Upon speaking to both subjects in the vehicle, they admitted to being at Gordon's Hardware but denied shoplifting anything. They also consented to a search."
Smithville Police Officer Travis K. Bryant has received a commendation for his efforts to obtain equipment for the department.
The commendation, signed by Mayor Taft Hendrixson, Police Commissioner Cecil Burger, Chief Richard Jennings, and Lieutenant Steven Leffew states that "On behalf of the Smithville Police Department, I would like to commend you for your recent efforts in your capacity in the Traffic Division"
"Due to your determination, the police department has received vital equipment and training at no cost, through financial grants."
"As a result of your patience and determination, the Smithville Police Department has been equipped with two in-car video systems, two lap top computers, an EC IR Intoximeter and a hand held Intoximeter. Our officers also have received specialized training at no cost to the City of Smithville."
The Smithville Mayor and Aldermen did not meet Monday night due to the lack of a quorum.
Three members of the five member board must be in attendance for the meeting to be held.
Aldermen Tonya Sullivan, Jerry Hutchins Sr., and Willie Thomas were all absent.
Aldermen Cecil Burger and Steve White were present as was Mayor Taft Hendrixson.
The business scheduled for Monday night will apparently be back on the agenda at the next meeting on Monday, December 3rd, however, according to Mayor Hendrixson, since there could be no action on ordinances up for passage on second reading Monday night, the process for adopting them will have to be started over again, beginning with first reading action on December 3rd followed by second and final reading passage after public hearings on December 17th.
A 33 year old man has been charged with theft of property over $1,000 as a result of an investigation by the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department.
Ryan K. Martin of Forrest Avenue, Smithville was arrested Saturday after the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department received a tip that Martin had possession of a stolen four wheeler at his residence.
Detectives went to Martin's home but found only one four wheeler, which Martin owned. After conducting several interviews with other people and then determining that the stolen four wheeler had been moved prior to their arrival at Martin's home, detectives went to a residence where Martin formerly resided on Joe Tittsworth Street and found two- four wheelers, both of which were stolen. One of the four wheelers had been stolen from Holiday Haven last weekend and the other four wheeler was stolen on October 28th from Hazzard, Kentucky.
By a vote of 16 to 12, the DeKalb County Republican delegates Saturday nominated John David Foutch as their candidate for the office of Assessor of Property in the August 2008 General Election. Foutch, an Alexandria resident, told WJLE of his plans to run Friday night then made the announcement official on Saturday, during the Republican convention.
Foutch was selected by the narrow margin over local business woman, Sandy C. Brown, who ran an unsuccessful campaign for the office in 2004, losing to Democratic incumbent, Timothy (Fud) Banks.
Foutch was thankful to the delegates for choosing him as the Republican party candidate.
The Tennessee Department of Health has presented a check for $100,000 to DeKalb County for renovations to the local health department.
Assistant Commissioner Cathy Taylor, DrPH, MSN, RN, on behalf of Governor Phil Bredesen made the presentation to County Mayor Mike Foster Friday afternoon at the health department.
Dr. Taylor, Assistant Commissioner and Chief of the Bureau of Health Services Administration, was joined by DeKalb County Health Department Director Frances Reece, Regional Health Director Debbie Johnson, and Regional Medical Director, Dr. Don Tansil.
34 year Steve Mabe, Jr of 387 Lee Braswell Road has been charged with attempted first degree murder in the shooting of 32 year old Donnie Stanley, Jr.
The shooting occurred at Stanley's home on Toad Road. It was reported to central dispatch at 8:54 a.m. Wednesday morning.
Meanwhile, Mabe's wife, 35 year old Rachel Mabe has been charged with several drug offenses.
Sheriff Patrick Ray told WJLE Thursday morning that a search warrant was executed and served at Mabe's residence around midnight. Officers seized more than 35 weapons, some cash, pills, and other evidence.
Mrs. Mabe was charged with possession of a schedule III controlled substance for sale and delivery (Tylenol with Codeine), possession of a legend drug (phenergan), and possession of a schedule IV controlled substance for sale and delivery (20 Xanax).
According to Sheriff Ray, Officers also found in the home a ledger which was used to record drug transactions.