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Chamber Announces 2013 "Project Welcome Mat Winners"

June 28, 2013
Cumberland Insurance- Best Worded Sign
DeKalb Community Bank-Most Original Sign
Liberty State Bank- Peoples Choice (Side One)
Liberty State Bank- Peoples Choice (Side Two)

The Smithville-DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce has announced the winners of the 2013 "Project Welcome Mat".

This year's winners are as follows: People’s Choice – Liberty State Bank (for messages on both sides of their sign); Most Original – DeKalb Community Bank; and Best Worded – Cumberland Insurance.

"We want to thank all the businesses that used their message signs to welcome Jamboree visitors," said Chamber Director Suzanne Williams. " It’s vitally important to make sure that our guests know how appreciated and important they are. Tourism makes a huge positive economic impact on DeKalb County, and a lot of those tourism dollars come during the Jamboree," she said.

Cumberland Insurance – Winner of "Best Worded" Sign- "Pickers & Grinners, Crafters & Dancers, Old & New like a patchwork quilt of talent to view Gracing our fair city for all to see Welcome to the 42nd Annual Smithville Fiddler's Jamboree!"

Cumberland Insurance received the Chamber’s “Best Worded” Award for participating in the Jamboree Project Welcome Mat contest. The sweet hometown message paints a warm greeting for our tourists and homefolks alike to enjoy. The message was composed by Cumberland Insurance employee, Glenda Randolph. The sign was made by D&S Specialtees.

Attached Picture 1

Pictured l-r:
Chamber Director Suzanne Williams, Chamber Board Member & Cumberland Insurance Employee Julia Cantrell, Employees Kim Kyle & Glenda Randolph, Chamber Board Members Kathy Hendrixson &Sherry Harris

DeKalb Community Bank – Winner of “Most Original” Sign-"Welcome to Jamboree 42 the Smithville version of Bonnaroo"

The Chamber of Commerce presented the Project Welcome Mat’s “Most Original” Award to DeKalb Community Bank for their very creatively written message written by DCB Employees, June Keith and Laura Stone, that will most certainly bring a smile to our Jamboree visitors.

Attached Picture 2

Pictured l-r:
Chamber President Janna Gillard, Chamber Board Member Julia Cantrell, DCB President Gentry Barnes, DCB Employees Tammy Crook, Laura Stone, June Keith, & Dava Pedigo, Chamber Board Members Sherry Harris & Kathy Hendrixson, & Chamber Director Suzanne Williams

Liberty State Bank – Winner of “People’s Choice Award” Sign (2 pics)- "42 years of dancing, food, and song, Jamboree is still going strong" (side one); "Hot and steamy, don't be blue, come celebrate Jamboree 42" (side two)

The Chamber of Commerce presented the Project Welcome Mat’s “People’s Choice Award” to Liberty State Bank who provided messages on both sides of their sign. The imaginative and friendly wording on both signs were written by LSB Employee Nancy Clement.

Attached Pictures 3 & 4

LSB Picture – Sign 1 (picture 3)
Left side of Sign 1:
Chamber Board Member Julia Cantrell, LSB Employees Trina Graham, Annette Jackoby, Amanda Green

Right side of Sign 1:
Row 1: Chamber Board Members Sherry Harris and Kathy Hendrixson, Chamber Director Suzanne Williams
Row 2: LSB Employees Lisa Garrison, Charlene Adcock, Gail Bailiff, Chamber President Janna Gillard, LSB Vice-President & Branch Manager Ronnie Goodwin

LSB Picture - Sign 2 (picture 4)

Left side of Sign 2:
Chamber Director Suzanne Williams, LSB Vice-President & Branch Manager Ronnie Goodwin, Chamber Board Member Kathy Hendrixson, Chamber President Janna Gillard, LSB Employees Charlene Adcock, Gail Bailiff, & Lisa Garrison, Chamber Board Member Sherry Harris

Right side of Sign 2:
LSB Employees Amanda Green, Trina Graham, Annette Jackoby, Chamber Board Member Julia Cantrell

Honorary Mention:

DTC Communications/DTC Wireless is providing great Welcome Sign messages from both sides of their marquee at the Smithville office, one from Alexandria, and one from Woodbury. Thanks, DTC!

Bumpers Drive In encourages locals and tourists alike to “Forget the Heat, It’s time to Play.”

Judge Hands Down Sentences in DeKalb County Criminal Court

June 28, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
Judge David Patterson

Several defendants appeared for sentencing Tuesday in DeKalb County Criminal Court after entering pleas under negotiated settlements.

Judge David Patterson presided.

26 year old Margie Drennan pleaded guilty to simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days suspended to six months of supervised probation and six months of good behavior probation. She must undergo an alcohol and drug assessment and follow the recommendations for treatment. Her fine is $750.

45 year old James Adcock pleaded guilty to sale of a schedule II controlled substance and received a four year sentence, all suspended to supervised probation. The sentence is to run concurrently with his current probation. Adcock was fined $2,000 and he must make $25 restitution to the Smithville Police Department.

31 year old Danny Ray Murphy pleaded guilty to attempting to initiate a process to manufacture methamphetamine and received a six year sentence to serve at 30% before parole eligibility. He was fined $2,000. Murphy was given jail credit .

29 year old Amanda Maxwell pleaded guilty by information to manufacturing methamphetamine and received a four year sentence reduced to time served as of June 30. She will then be on probation. She must pay a fine of $2,000. Maxwell was given jail credit from November 10, 2012 to June 25, 2013

23 year old Christopher Garrett pleaded guilty to introduction of contraband into a penal facility (jail) and received a six year sentence, all suspended to supervised probation by community corrections. The sentence is to run concurrently with his current sentence in another case. Garrett was given jail credit of 119 days.

30 year old Crystal Baker pleaded guilty by information to promotion of the manufacture of methamphetamine. She received a three year sentence suspended to judicial diversion supervised probation. She must complete drug court and pay a $2,000 fine. Baker was given ten days of jail credit.

24 year old Lance Rollings pleaded guilty to simple possession of a schedule VI drug and possession of drug paraphernalia. He received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days in each case to run consecutively with each other for a total of two years. He will be on supervised probation for the first year and good behavior probation the second year. He was fined $500.

38 year old Micah Murphy pleaded guilty to sale of a schedule II controlled substance and received a five year sentence, all suspended to TDOC probation except for 30 days to serve on weekends. He was fined $2000 and must make restitution of $150 to Smithville Police Department and $25 to the Smithville Police Department. He was given ten days jail credit.

48 year old Karen Edwards pleaded guilty to a second offense of driving under the influence. She received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days all suspended to supervised probation except for 45 days to serve. Twenty eight days of the sentence may be served in a rehabilitation facility. Edwards was fined $610 and she will lose her driver's license as per Tennessee Department of Safety regulations. She must also undergo an alcohol and drug assessment.

56 year old Neil Bernard Keenan pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. He received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days to serve two days in jail. He was fined $365 and he will lose his driver's license for one year.

26 year old Jennifer Ferrell pleaded guilty to filing a false report and received a three year sentence suspended to probation.

Rigsby Airlifted After his Vehicle Crashes into a Backyard Swimming Pool Fence on Miller Road

June 27, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
Jeep Cherokee Crashes into Swimming Pool Fence

A local man was airlifted Thursday morning after his Jeep Cherokee went off Miller Road and crashed into a chain link fence and a wooden swimming pool fence in the back yard of a residence near the intersection of Cooper Avenue.

Corporal Travis Bryant of the Smithville Police Department told WJLE that 66 year old Danny Rigsby was driving west on Miller Road in a 1999 Jeep Cherokee when the vehicle went off the street, struck a guide wire to a utility pole, and then ran through a chain link fence and struck the deck and wooden fence around the swimming pool. No one was in the pool at the time. Some of the supports for the pool were knocked out from the collision, according to Corporal Bryant. After making impact with the fences, the vehicle struck a dirt embankment and then came back up onto the street where it stopped.

Members of the Smithville Volunteer Fire Department and DeKalb EMS rushed to the scene.

Rigsby was taken by ambulance to the Joe L Evins ball park nearby where a helicopter ambulance landed to airlift him to Vanderbilt Hospital.

The accident is under investigation by the Smithville Police Department.

Children Treated to Magic Show and More During "Dig into Reading" Program at Library

June 27, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page

Children enjoyed a magic show and more during the Final "Dig Into Reading" Summer Reading Program Tuesday at Justin Potter Library. The entertainment for the program featured magician and storyteller Scott Humston.

(PLAY VIDEO BELOW OF CHILDREN TALKING TO WJLE'S DWAYNE PAGE AT JUSTIN POTTER LIBRARY TUESDAY)

The children who met their reading goal received a Digs Reading Certificate and a goody bag

Two Plea to Child Endangerment Charges for Allowing Teens to Get Drunk at Christmas Party

June 27, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
Treva June Hartman
Bryan Luke Vollrath

A 48 year old woman has been sentenced on two counts of child endangerment for allegedly allowing her underage granddaughter and four teenage friends to get drunk during a party at her home three days before Christmas.

Treva June Hartman appeared before Judge David Patterson in DeKalb County Criminal Court Tuesday and was sentenced to two years in each case to run consecutively with each other for a total of four years. She will be on probation. Hartman is to undergo an alcohol and drug assessment and attend parenting classes.

Meanwhile, 21 year old Bryan Luke Vollrath, who allegedly brought liquor to the party and shared it with the teenagers, pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of child abuse/neglect endangerment and received two years in each case to run consecutively for a total of four years but concurrently with a Van Buren County sentence against him. He must serve at least thirty percent of the sentence before parole eligibility. Vollrath is to undergo an alcohol and drug assessment and follow the recommendations. He was given jail credit of 185 days.

Police said the juveniles in the case included a 13 year old girl, two 15 year old girls, a 15 year old boy, and a 17 year old boy.

Chief Randy Caplinger told WJLE that on Saturday December 22, Smithville Police officers were called to Hartman's residence on West Bryant Street to investigate a possible domestic complaint. Upon arrival, the officers found Hartman along with five juveniles and two adults under age 21 who were all intoxicated. According to Chief Caplinger, a 13 year old girl and 17 year old boy were so drunk that they had to be transported to the emergency room of the hospital for treatment.

Hartman, who allegedly took several shots of liquor with the teenagers, was also accused of assaulting one of the teens. "After speaking with everyone there, it was determined that Hartman had assaulted one of the juveniles," said Chief Caplinger. "The juvenile had physical marks on her body. The others (at the party) said she became upset, entered the room where the child was and started kicking her. The child had several scratches on her," said Chief Caplinger.

"Vollrath admitted to detectives that he brought alcohol and multiple bottles of liquor to the party at the residence and shared it with the juveniles, knowing their ages," Chief Caplinger said.

Byron Looper Found Dead in Prison Cell

June 26, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
Byron Looper Found Dead in Prison Cell

The man convicted of the 1998 killing of State Senator Tommy Burks of Monterey was found dead in his prison cell Wednesday morning at the Morgan County Correctional Complex.

A statement from the Tennessee Department of Correction said 48 year old Byron Looper was found dead at about 11:10 a.m. EDT Wednesday.

The commissioner has asked the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to investigate the cause of his death.

The former Putnam County property assessor was convicted of murder in the 1998 fatal shooting of Burks as he sat in his pickup truck near his Cumberland County farm.

Looper was Burks' political opponent in the November election that year for the State Senate and prosecutors believed that was the motive for the killing. The murder occurred only a few weeks before the election. After Senator Burks' death, a district wide write-in campaign was launched to elect Burks' wife Charlotte to the State Senate. At that time, DeKalb County was part of Burks' district.

Looper, who legally changed his middle name to "Low Tax," stood trial later and was sentenced to life in prison.

Mother Pleads Guilty to Child Endangerment for Allowing Minor Daughter to Have Sex

June 26, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
Edna Jeanette Cox

A 49 year old woman who allegedly knowingly allowed her 13 year old daughter to have sex with a 19 year old man in her home last summer was sentenced Tuesday in DeKalb County Criminal Court.

Edna Jeanette Cox appeared before Judge David Patterson and pleaded guilty to child endangerment and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days suspended to supervised probation after serving ten days. She must perform fifty hours of community service. She is being considered for judicial diversion probation. Her sentence will begin July 5.

Bryan Thomas Thompson, the man with whom the child was allegedly having sex is under indictment by the grand jury for the statutory rape of the 13 year old girl. He was indicted last November. His case remains pending in court.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said the case against Thompson and Cox of Gentry Avenue, Smithville was investigated by criminal detectives of the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department. Thompson was also wanted in Smith County at the time for a similar offense

According to Sheriff Ray, Cox allowed Thompson to move into her home and to stay in the same room with her daughter, knowing that he and the young girl were having sex. She had even advised them to use protection. Sheriff Ray said Cox was also aware that Thompson was wanted in Smith County for possibly having sex with a minor there. The actions of Cox, according to the warrant, placed her 13 year old daughter in danger.

Sheriff Ray said that Thompson admitted to having engaged in sexual intercourse with the 13 year old girl on several occasions beginning June 30, 2012 and knew that it was wrong.

Husband and Wife Plead Guilty to Aggravated Burglary

June 25, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
William Berl Doop
Ismay Doop
Brandon Lynn Tallent
William A. Johnson
Joshua Kevin Vickers
Barbara Ann Covington
April Anderson
Brett Allen Anderson
Joseph Daniel Richardson

A husband and wife each pleaded guilty in DeKalb County Criminal Court Tuesday to the October aggravated burglary of a residence on Campbell Road.

32 year old William Berl Doop received an eight year sentence to serve at 35% before parole eligibility while 31 year old Ismay Doop got a six year sentence on state probation with supervision to be transferred to Rutherford County. They are to make $800 restitution to the victim. He was given jail credit from October 15, 2012 to May 29, 2013.

They were sentenced by Judge David Patterson.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Tuesday, October 9 the Doop's allegedly broke into a home on Campbell Road by kicking in the front door. They allegedly stole a Honda transmission, a battery, a push mower, tire and rim, indoor heaters, a 13 inch TV, a microwave, and several other items all valued at more than $1,000. The case was investigated by criminal detectives of the sheriff's department.

The Doops were among eleven people sentenced Tuesday on burglary, theft, or vandalism related charges.

In other cases, 29 year old Brandon Lynn Tallent pleaded guilty by information to two counts of theft over $1,000 and received a four year sentence in each case to run concurrently with each other all suspended to supervised probation. He is to make restitution to the victim.

Sheriff Ray said that on Saturday, January 19 Tallent and a co-defendant allegedly took three tractor trailer starters and a cast iron intake from property on the Old Snow Hill Road. The items were valued at more than $1,000.

The next day on Sunday, January 20, Tallent and the co-defendant allegedly took two trailers and small gasoline engines from the same property on the Old Snow Hill Road. These items were valued at more than $1,000.

51 year old William A. Johnson pleaded guilty to theft of property over $10,000 and received a three year sentence all suspended to supervised probation.

Sheriff Ray said that on Thursday, November 29 at the Handlebar II Bar and Grill on Highway 70 east, Johnson allegedly took a sixteen foot Tandem trailer with a 2011 Polaris Ranger 800 and a 2008 Honda Recon 700 four wheeler with a total value of $23,800. All the stolen items were recovered. The case was investigated by a criminal detective of the sheriff's department.

31 year old Joshua Kevin Vickers pleaded guilty to burglary and received a two year sentence to serve at 30% before parole eligibility. He is to make restitution of $1,342 to the victim. He received jail credit of twenty seven days.

Sheriff Ray said that on October 12 , Vickers allegedly broke into an outbuilding on Green Hill Road in Liberty by kicking in the front door. He allegedly took a chainsaw, leaf blower, a cordless screwdriver set, battery charger and various other items including a 1997 Honda four wheeler all valued at over $1,000. The case was investigated by a criminal detective of the sheriff's department.

43 year old Barbara Ann Covington pleaded guilty to two counts of theft over $500 and received two years in each case to run consecutively with each other for a total of four years. She will be on supervised probation. Covington must make restitution to the victims, jointly and severally with the co-defendant in the case. She was given jail credit from September 19, 2012 to June 25, 2013.

According to Sheriff Ray, Covington and a co-defendant allegedly broke into four vehicles parked at Four Seasons Marina on July, 29 2012. Items were taken from each vehicle.

32 year old Joseph Daniel Richardson pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary, three counts of forgery, and theft of property over $1,000. He received a six year sentence in the burglary case and two years in each of the other cases all to run concurrently with each other for a total of six years to be served at 30% before parole eligibility. He is to make restitution to the victims. Richardson was given jail credit of 284 days.

Sheriff Ray said that on July 20, 2012 Richardson allegedly broke into a home on Cedar Street in Liberty. Entry was made through the garage. Richardson allegedly stole from the home, a 20 gauge and 12 gauge shotgun, muzzleloader, and pellet rifle, a gold diamond ring, gold class ring, and several other pieces of jewelry, along with a blue pyrex totebag with a total value at over $1,000.

Meanwhile, in a separate case, Sheriff Ray said that Richardson was also accused of passing forged checks at the Stop N Buy on Highway 70 at Liberty on three occasions in September.

According to Sheriff Ray, Richardson allegedly passed at the Stop N Buy a forged check in the amount of $55 on Monday, September 3; another forged check for $60 on Friday, September 7; and still another forged check for $60 on Saturday, September 8.

36 year old Crystal R. King pleaded guilty to theft under $500 and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days all suspended to supervised probation. The sentence is to run consecutive with her current probation.

Smithville Police Chief Randy Caplinger said that on Friday, November 9 officers were dispatched to Rite Aid Pharmacy on a shoplifting call. Upon arrival, two Rite Aid Associates told the officer that a woman identified as King had just left in a car. The associates pointed out the car to the officer and informed him that King tried to leave the store with some merchandise but when confronted, she threw the items down and ran. After stopping the vehicle, police found King in possession of drug paraphernalia.

21 year old Terry Lee Jones, III pleaded guilty to three counts of forgery to serve one year in each case, all suspended to supervised probation. The cases are to run consecutively with each other for a total of three years and concurrently with a violation of probation case against him in General Sessions Court. He is to make restitution to his father in the amount of $340.

Chief Caplinger said that Jones was brought in on a warrant for failure to appear and was questioned about a possible forgery of checks on his father's account in June, 2012. Jones allegedly admitted to forging the checks. He allegedly forged checks on his father's account, took them to a local bank, and cashed them. He admitted to taking the checks and getting the money. In one of the cases, Jones admitted to making out a check on his father's account to another person, who tried to cash this check at the bank. The check was turned down. Jones admitted to forging the check to get his friend to cash it so he could have the money. Jones was given jail credit from June 25 to August 12, 2012 and from September 15, 2012 to June 25, 2013.

30 year old April Anderson pleaded guilty to fraudulent use of a credit card and received a two year sentence, all suspended to supervised probation except for 30 days to serve on weekends. She must make restitution to the victim
Sheriff Ray said that on Monday, November 12 Anderson allegedly stole a debit card and used it several times over a six day period totaling $2,022. The card was taken from the victim's vehicle on Quail Point Drive.

45 year old Brett Allen Anderson pleaded guilty to vandalism under $500 and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days all suspended to supervised probation.

Sheriff Ray said that on Tuesday, November 13, a deputy was called to investigate a vandalism at a local residence. Upon arrival, the officer saw damage to a door. He spoke to Anderson who admitted to kicking in the door and entering the residence. The home apparently belonged to the landlord of someone Anderson had been seeing.

Local Marina Mounts Challenge in Tax Dispute with County on Constitutional Grounds

June 25, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
Cookeville Boat Dock Mounts Constitutional Challenge in Tax Dispute with County
Cookevile Boat Dock

The owners of Cookeville Boat Dock & Resort Inc. haven't paid their ad valorem taxes to the county since 1998 and their attorney claims it's unconstitutional for them to be forced to pay.

Jon E. Jones of Cookeville, last Monday, June 17 filed an amended answer to the county's Chancery Court lawsuits against delinquent taxpayers including Cookeville Boat Dock & Resort along with a counter complaint seeking a declaratory judgment for his clients.

Jones contends the owners of Cookeville Boat Dock & Resort are being discriminated against in that the county is trying to force them to pay ad valorem taxes on the boat dock facility which is leased from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (federal government property) while other properties in Tennessee leased from the state or local government entities (under Article II, Section 28 of the Tennessee Constitution) are exempt from payment of ad valorem taxes. This, he claims is a violation of the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution making the tax assessment against Cookeville Boat Dock & Resort, Inc. invalid.

County officials have said that Cookeville Boat Dock & Resort, Inc., like other marinas on the lake, conducts business on leased land from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and is assessed by the county only for personal property and improvements.

From 1998 through the 2011 tax year, owners of Cookeville Boat Dock & Resort, Inc. have been named as defendants in DeKalb County Chancery Court lawsuits filed against delinquent taxpayers. The amount Cookeville Boat Dock & Resort, Inc. owes through 2011 in delinquent taxes comes to $152,303.36 (taxes on personal property and leased property including the base tax plus interest and penalty, attorneys fees, and court costs). Further penalties are assessed each month. Additionally for the 2012 tax year, the Trustee's Office reports that Cookeville Boat Dock & Resort Inc. owes a total of $8,048 in delinquent taxes including interest and penalty through June 30th, 2013.

Typically, if someone has an issue about their taxes, they must first pay them and then file a protest or challenge. According to county officials, Cookeville Boat Dock & Resort, Inc. has gone without paying all their taxes for up to fifteen years.

Each year the attorney for Cookeville Boat Dock & Resort, Inc. has filed an answer to the delinquent tax lawsuits, claiming that the county can't "collect a tax on real estate" on federal property since the U.S. government pays in lieu of taxes to the state for the use and benefit of DeKalb County. That constitutes, in essence, double taxation, according to the answer.

Cookeville Boat Dock & Resort, Inc. denies it owes any ad valorem taxes to DeKalb County and that the real property assessed is held in fee by the United States (federal government) and is leased to the marina pursuant to "lease for commercial concession purposes".

In the counter claim and request for declaratory judgment, Jones states that "DeKalb County asserts that this property is subject to ad valorem taxation. The claim of DeKalb County is based on Article II, Section 28 of the Constitution of Tennessee, which on its face allows for exemption of property leased by the State but not by the United States."

In their Trial Brief, "Cookeville Boat Dock & Resort, Inc. asks the Court to declare that DeKalb County's assessment of ad valorem taxes against boat dock facilities leased by Cookeville Boat Dock & Resort, Inc from the United States is a violation of the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution because Tennessee exempts boat dock facilities from taxation when the lessor is an agency of the state."

"Pursuant to Article II, Section 28, Tennessee discriminates against a lessee of the United States and in favor of lessees of the State of Tennessee, its counties, or its municipalities or other local governmental entities. The constitutional provision and resulting discrimination against lessees of the United States including the counter plaintiff (Cookeville Boat Dock & Resort,Inc.), violate the Supremacy Clause of the United States," according to the counter claim and request for declaratory judgment.

Concerning compensation to DeKalb County for lost Ad Valorem revenue, the trial brief states that "In 1940, Congress recognized that the taking of lands for flood control purposes would reduce the local property tax base. Congress also recognized that some of the property acquired would be developed and used for recreational purposes through concessions/leases. Congress decided that the United States should pay 75% of all monies received by the United States from leasing of lands acquired for flood control purposes to the State in which such property is situated...for the benefit of public schools and public roads of the county or counties, in which such property is situated, or for defraying any of the expenses of county government. Seventy five percent of Cookeville Boat Dock & Resort, Inc.'s annual payment substantially exceeds the taxes assessed," according to the trial brief.

The counter claim of Cookeville Boat Dock and Resort states "Unless this court declares that Article II, Section 28 of the Constitution of Tennessee, and the resulting discrimination against the counter plaintiff (Cookeville Boat Dock & Resort, Inc.) as a lessor from the United States are violations of the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution of the United States, counter defendant (DeKalb County) will continue to illegally assess ad valorem taxes against property leased to Cookeville Boat Dock & Resort, Inc. and this will encumber and confuse counter plaintiff's (Cookeville Boat Dock & Resort, Inc.) use of said property".

"Wherefore, counter plaintiff (Cookeville Boat Dock & Resort, Inc.) asks the court to declare that Article II, Section 28 of the Constitution of Tennessee is invalid and that the real property subject to the counter plaintiff's lease for commercial concession purposes is exempt from ad valorem taxation. The counter plaintiff asks that the Attorney General of the State of Tennessee be made a party to this litigation for purposes of defending the constitutionality of Article II, Section 28 of the Constitution of Tennessee".

Former Chancellor Vernon Neal recused himself from hearing the delinquent tax case against Cookeville Boat Dock & Resort, Inc. in 2002 citing a personal conflict. Former Circuit Court Judge John Turnbull was designated and appointed to hear the case to its conclusion. After Turnbull retired from the bench, the case was passed on to Judge Amy Hollars but it still has not been settled in court.

Last December, the county commission approved a motion by second district member Jack Barton to "give this priority number one in our unpaid taxes that our (tax) attorney is going after," he said.

The case was to be on the Chancery Court docket last Thursday, June 20 but it was delayed apparently due to the Tuesday filing of Cookeville Boat Dock's amended answer and counter complaint for declaratory judgment. No new court date has yet been set in the case.

Vester Parsley, Jr. is the county's tax attorney.

Woman Charged with Five Counts of Forgery

June 25, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
Chief Randy Caplinger

Smithville Police have charged a local woman with five counts of forgery.

21 year old Kristen Nicole Waggoner is under a $25,000 bond and she will be in court June 27. Chief Randy Caplinger said Waggoner allegedly passed forged checks on five occasions including four times on May 28 and once on May 30 at a local grocery store. The total amount of the checks comes to $271.82.

40 year old Sandy Deone Wheeler was arrested for public intoxication and cited for possession of drug paraphernalia on Sunday, June 9. Wheeler was observed by an officer walking on the side of the road. She was unsteady on her feet and her speech was slurred. The officer obtained consent to search Wheeler's personal belongings and found in her bag were a hypodermic needle, straw, and a spoon with burn marks on it. Wheeler's bond is $1,500 and she will be in court June 27.

21 year old Carlos Emmanuel Santos was arrested on Sunday, June 9 for possession and delivery of a controlled substance, simple possession, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Santos was operating a motor vehicle when stopped for speeding. Before pulling him over , the officer saw Santos throw a package of rolling papers from the vehicle. The officer detected a strong odor of raw marijuana coming from inside the car. He requested and received consent to search and found .8 ounces of a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana along with a black pouch containing approximately one gram of a white powdery substance in a baggie believed to be cocaine and a set of digital scales. In the center console, a crusher was found believed to have been used to crush marijuana. Santos told the officer that he was making a delivery of the cocaine to a buddy. His bond is $8,000 and he will be in court June 27.

A theft investigation resulted in a charge against 24 year old William Joseph Kitchen and a citation for his girlfriend 22 year old Jordan Elizabeth Lasky. According to police, Kitchen and Lasky went into a local computer repair business on Monday, June 10. The two apparently aroused suspicion when Lasky began asking several questions of the clerk, as Kitchen kept going in and out of the store. Kitchen was spotted on store video surveillance putting a Samsung tablet inside the front of his pants and then walking out without paying for it. Bond for Kitchen is $2,500. Kitchen has already made his first court appearance. Lasky will be in court on August 8.

29 year old Daniel Ray Wilson and 21 year old Victoria Tate were recently arrested for theft . Police said a government employee, working at the courthouse, briefly left her purse lying in the circuit court room. The room was empty at the time. When the woman returned to the courtroom, she discovered that someone had gone through her purse. Wilson was observed on video surveillance taking items out of the woman's purse. Later, on video surveillance at Wal-Mart, Tate was observed walking through the store with belongings from the victim's purse. The stolen items were later recovered from the suspects' residence. Bond for Wilson is $5,000. Tate's bond is $1,500. They will be in court August 15.

51 year old Pat Wall Briggs was arrested for driving under the influence and cited for a violation of the open container law on Friday, June 14. Police received a call of a person who was passed out in a vehicle at the Dollar General Store parking lot. Upon arrival, the officer found Briggs slumped over on the console. The vehicle was in drive and the engine was running. The officer awoke Briggs and found her with glazed eyes, an odor of an alcoholic beverage on her person. She was disoriented and unsteady on her feet. She submitted to but performed poorly on field sobriety tasks. An open 12 ounce can of Bud Light Lime A-Rita was in the center console. Her bond is $1,500 and she will be in court July 25.

Police were called to Kwik N Ezy on Wednesday, June 12 where store video surveillance showed 35 year old Eureatha Leighanne Cripps had driven into the parking lot of the business. Cripps, who had a child in the vehicle with her, was believed to be intoxicated. She was unsteady on her feet and her speech was slurred. Cripps submitted to but performed poorly on field sobriety tasks. Her bond is $1,500. She made her first court appearance on June 20.

19 year old Arrion William Matthews was arrested Saturday, June 15 for driving under the influence and cited for underage consumption and violation of the implied consent law. Police received a call of a possible drunk driver who had hit the guide wires of a utility pole and left the scene. The officer saw a vehicle that matched the description of the suspect's car pulling into Mapco Express on East Broad Street. While speaking to the driver, Matthews, the officer smelled a strong odor of alcohol on his person and his eyes were bloodshot Matthews submitted to but performed poorly on field sobriety tasks. He refused to take a blood test. Bond for Matthews is $1,500 and he will be in court June 27. Passengers in the car, 20 year old Chad Taylor, 18 year old Billy G. Tate, and 20 year old Ethan Shane Matthews were all cited for underage consumption as it was discovered that all three had been drinking beer earlier that night.

36 year old Carly Chaundra Jones was arrested for driving under the influence on Sunday, June 16. An officer responded to a call at the Marathon gas station on highway 56 where someone had passed out in a vehicle at the gas pump. When the officer arrived, EMS workers were already there. They found Jones passed out in the driver's seat of her vehicle. She had an odor of alcohol on her person. She attempted to undergo sobriety tasks but performed poorly. Her bond is $3,000 and she will be in court July 11.

41 year old Patrick Olan Lewis was arrested for domestic assault on Monday, June 17. Police responded to a 911 call concerning a domestic violence complaint at East Side Inn. Upon arrival, an officer spoke to Lewis. Police said Lewis had been in a conversation with the victim when the incident turned physical. As the victim was trying to leave, Lewis allegedly threw her onto the bed and got on top of her. She began screaming and scratched Lewis trying to get away. Bond for Lewis is $2,500 and he will be in court on June 27.

Police were called back to East Side Inn the next day, Tuesday June 18 after Lewis and the woman were together arguing again. Lewis was charged with violating the conditions of his bond on the domestic assault charge for making contact with the victim again. His bond is $2,500 and he will be in court on June 27.
Anyone with information on any criminal activity is asked to please contact the Smithville Police Department at 597-8210 or the Tip Line at 464-6046.

Any information received that will help the Smithville Police Department solve any criminal offense will be greatly appreciated. All information is confidential.

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