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Man Pleads Guilty to Aggravated Assault for Stabbing his Brother

July 6, 2011
by: 
Dwayne Page
Heladio Nunez Gutierrez

A 35 year old Smithville man, charged with aggravated assault after he allegedly stabbed his brother three times with a knife last December, pleaded guilty in DeKalb County Criminal Court on Thursday, June 30

Under a negotiated settlement, Judge David Patterson sentenced Heladio Nunez Gutierrez to a three year sentence, all suspended to good behavior probation except for six months to serve. He was given credit for time served from December 17, 2010 through June 30th, 2011.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said Gutierrez was arrested Friday, December 17th at a residence on Blue Springs Road, accused of assaulting his brother Ricardo Gutierrez by stabbing him in the side with a knife. After the first attack the victim began running, trying to get away, but Gutierrez chased after him and stabbed him twice again. Ricardo Gutierrez was taken to the hospital for treatment. His injuries were apparently not life threatening. Gutierrez, the assailant, admitted to the assault.

A 38 year old Liberty man charged with vandalism after his car crashed into posts supporting a walkway canopy, cut down a small tree, and then hit the brick exterior of the cafeteria's outdoor dining area at DCHS last September, was sentenced in criminal court Thursday.

Under a negotiated settlement, Steven Blake Goad pleaded guilty to vandalism over $500 and received a two year sentence, all suspended to probation. He must make restitution on the insurance deductible in an amount to be determined

43 year old Greta Lynn Higgins pleaded guilty by information to reckless endangerment and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days, all suspended to supervised probation.

21 year old Christopher Garrett pleaded guilty to introduction of contraband into a penal institution and manufacturing methamphetamine. He received a total sentence of nine years including three years to serve in the contraband case to run concurrent with a violation of probation against him but consecutive to the meth case in which Garrett received a six year sentence to be served on state probation. He was given jail credit for time served from August 1st to November 17th, 2010, January 21 to May 20th, 2011 and from June 15th to June 30th, 2011.

31 year old Aubrey Rigsby pleaded guilty by information to evading arrest and vandalism. He received a total sentence of three years including two years in the evading case, all suspended to supervised probation except for time served. Rigsby also received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days in the vandalism cases, all suspended to supervised probation. The two sentences are to run consecutively with each other. Rigsby was given jail credit of 160 days.

30 year old Corey Thomas pleaded guilty to simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days, all suspended to supervised probation except for time served. He was fined $250. The sentence is to run concurrent with his present probation in another case. Thomas was given jail credit from May 28 to June 30.

43 year old David Howard Dixon pleaded guilty to theft over $1,000 and aggravated assault and received a three year sentence in each case, all suspended to supervised probation. He received a total sentence of six years. The two sentences are to run consecutively. He is to make restitution in an amount to be determined later.

22 year old Aaron Battle pleaded guilty to theft over $500 and received a two year sentence, all suspended to supervised probation. He is to contribute $150 to the economic crime fund.

26 year old Amanda Lattimore pleaded guilty to promotion to manufacture methamphetamine and received a two year sentence, all suspended to supervised probation except for time served. She was fined $2,000. Lattimore is applying for judicial diversion.

49 year old Linda Barrett West pleaded guilty to simple possession of a schedule II and III controlled substance and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days in each case, all suspended to supervised probation. She was also fined $750. The sentences are to run concurrent with each other and with her probation in another case.

26 year old Jessica Hubbard pleaded guilty to two counts each of sale and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance (suboxone) and received a total sentence of six years or three years in each case to run consecutively, suspended to supervised probation. She was also fined $2,000.

53 year old Harold Hutchings pleaded guilty to initiation to manufacture methamphetamine. He received a sentence of eight years to serve. The term is to run concurrent with a White County violation of probation against him. He is to undergo an alcohol and drug assessment and pay a $2,000 fine. Hutchings was given jail credit of 169 days.

28 year old Brandon Gurley pleaded guilty to sale and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance and manufacturing meth. He received a total sentence of nine years including three years in the sale and delivery case to serve and six years on the manufacturing charge, suspended to supervised probation. The two sentences are to run consecutively with each other. He was fined $2,000

29 year old Robert Prater pleaded guilty to possession with intent to sell a schedule III controlled substance. He received a two year sentence, all suspended to probation. He must undergo an alcohol and drug assessment and pay a $2,000 fine.

Woman's GEO Tracker Runs Off Road Into Trailer Home

July 6, 2011
by: 
Dwayne Page
1992 GEO Tracker Runs into Trailer Home

A 53 year old Smithville woman escaped injury but got in trouble with the law after she lost control of her 1992 GEO Tracker and ran into the front of a trailer home Tuesday morning.

Smithville Police Chief Randy Caplinger said Patricia Oaks of Short Mountain Highway was traveling on West Bryant Street when she lost control and went into a ditch. Oaks overcorrected and came back across the road and into a trailer park where she struck the front of a mobile home at 204 West Bryant Street. Both vehicle and trailer home received minor damage.

Corporal Travis Bryant reported that Oaks was unsteady on her feet and had slurred speech. She performed poorly on field sobriety tasks and submitted to a blood test. Oaks was placed under arrest for DUI and simple possession. An unmarked prescription bottle was found containing ten oval shaped pills believed to be Loratab. Oaks was also issued citations for failure to follow proper lane of travel and for violation of the financial responsibility law.

Man Shot Monday Now Faces Charges

July 5, 2011
by: 
Dwayne Page
Steven Darrell Bly

A 27 year old Smithville man, who was shot in the arm after trying to forcibly enter a residence on Possum Hollow Road to make contact with his ex-girlfriend Monday morning, has formally been charged in the case.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said Steven Darrell Bly of Bell Street, is charged with aggravated burglary and violation of an order of protection.

According to Sheriff Ray, 911 received a call at 1:29 a.m. Monday morning from a man who reported that he and his girlfriend were at home when someone burst into the residence through a window. The man (homeowner) then grabbed a pistol and shot the intruder, Bly, in the left arm. Bly was not armed.

Deputies were dispatched to the scene and Bly was taken by DeKalb EMS to a landing zone which was set up on Highway 70 between the city limits and DeKalb Market. Bly was boarded on a Life Flight helicopter ambulance and flown to Vanderbilt hospital.

Sheriff Ray said Bly's wound was non-life threatening and he was treated and released

The aggravated burglary charge alleges that on Monday, July 4th Bly did enter the home of the victim on Possum Hollow Road with the intent to commit an assault. According to Sheriff Ray, Bly tried unsuccessfully to enter the residence through a door, so he broke out a window and gained entry.

Sheriff Ray added that Bly violated an order of protection placed against him by his girlfriend by going to this residence where she was staying on Possum Hollow Road and making a forced entry to make contact with her.

Bly's bond totals $20,000. His court date is July 14.

Two Dead, Seven Injured in Warren County Crash

July 5, 2011
by: 
Dwayne Page
Two Killed and Seven Injured In Two Car Crash
Woodbury woman and three children Injured in this car

Two people from Brush Creek lost their lives and seven others, including two from Smithville were injured in a two car head-on crash in Warren County Monday afternoon.

Dead are 31 year old Derrick Reeder and 24 year old Brittnay Fitts.

Those injured are 24 year old Kara Funk and 22 year old Brandon Byford both of Smithville, 24 year old Tammy Edwards of Woodbury and four juveniles including three from Woodbury and one from Gordonsville.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol told WJLE that the crash occurred around 1:35 p.m. on the Shelbyville Road in Warren County. It was investigated by Trooper Dwaine Jennings and Lieutenant Randy Maynard.

According to the THP, 24 year old Tammy Edwards of Woodbury was driving east on Shelbyville Road in a 1995 Ford Mustang as 31 year old Derrick Reeder was heading west in a 1997 Accura. The THP reports that Edwards' car crossed over the center line causing Reeder's vehicle to go into a slide when he locked his brakes. The two cars then hit head-on in the center yellow line of the highway.

Edwards and three children passengers were injured including a five year old boy, a four year old boy, and a two year old girl all from Woodbury

Reeder died in the crash along with a passenger, 24 year old Brittnay Fitts. Other passengers with Reeder who were injured are 24 year old Kara Funk and 22 year old Brandon Byford, both of Smithville, and an eleven year old girl from Gordonsville

Weekend Fire Causes Extensive Damage to Smithville Home

July 5, 2011
by: 
Dwayne Page
Fire Damages Home at 417 Hayes Street

A midnight fire caused extensive damage to the residence of Wendy Bowling at 417 Hayes Street in Smithville Friday night/Saturday morning.

Central dispatch received the call Saturday morning at 12:04 a.m.

Ms Bowling said she, her husband Kevin and children 9 year old Chantz and 5 year old Briella were asleep when they were awakened by a smoke alarm. The family discovered the fire coming from a back room in the home and escaped unharmed. Ms. Bowling told WJLE that the smoke alarm may very well have saved their lives.

Smithville Fire Chief Charlie Parker said while the fire started in the rear portion of the home, it spread to other parts of the house causing substantial damage.

The cause is undetermined.

In addition to the Smithville Volunteer Fire Department, the Smithville Police Department was also on the scene.

Alabama Man Wins Fiddlers Jamboree's Biggest Award

July 2, 2011
by: 
Dwayne Page
Will McMeans
Jamboree Coordinator Jack Barton Presents Award to Will McMeans

The Grand Champion Fiddler of the 40th annual Smithville Fiddler's Jamboree and Crafts Festival is Will McMeans of Lester, Alabama.

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He won the Berry C. Williams Memorial Award Saturday night after the Grand Finale Fiddle-Off between the best Junior and Senior Fiddler.

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McMeans made it to the fiddle off by winning the Junior Fiddling competition and he won the Grand Championship by beating the winner of the Senior Fiddling contest Don Sadler of Cookeville.

Will McMeans from dwayne page on Vimeo.

Winners in the Saturday session of the Fiddler's Jamboree are as follows:

Junior Fiddlers (Ages 13-39): First Place-Will McMeans of Lester, Alabama; Second Place- Chris Gray of Lawrenceburg; and Third Place- Austin Vick of Lyles, Tennessee.

Junior Old-Time Appalachian Flatfoot Dance (Ages up to 39): First Place- Chris Stewart of Bon Aqua; Second Place- Justin Frazor of Woodbury; and Third Place Matthew Campbell of Murfreesboro.

Senior Old-Time Appalachian Flatfoot Dance (Ages 40 & Over): First Place- Tommy Scruggs of Hartsville; Second Place- Jeff Yates of Adams, Tennesse; and Third Place- Tommy Jackson of Franklin

Tennessee Toe Tappers from dwayne page on Vimeo.

Senior Buck Dancing (Ages 40 & Over): First Place- Lonnie Stewart of Fairview; Second Place- Jeff Yates of Adams, Tennessee; and Third Place- Eileen Stewart of Nashville.

Bluegrass Fiddle (Neil Dudney Award): First Place- Tori Huntley of Loretto; Second Place- Will McMeans of Lester, Alabama; and Third Place- Chris Gray of Lawrenceburg. The Neil Dudney Award was presented to Huntley by members of Mr. Dudney's family..

Rocky Top Revue of Franklin take 3rd place in Square Dancing competition from dwayne page on Vimeo.
Senior Clogging (Ages 40 & Over): First Place-Lonnie Stewart of Fairview; Second Place-Eileen Stewart of Nashville; and Third Place- Jeff Yates of Adams, Tennessee

Bluegrass Banjo: First Place-Weston Stewart of Anderson, Alabama; Second Place- Kurt Stephenson of Dyersburg; and Third Place- Buddy Robertson of Callahan, Florida.

Harpeth River of Franklin takes 2nd place in square dancing from dwayne page on Vimeo.
Bluegrass Band: First Place-Cross Connection of Dyersburg; Second Place- A Step Ahead of Greenbrier; and Third Place-Straight Line Drive of Big Rock, Tennessee.

Senior Fiddlers ( Ages 40 & Over): First Place- Don Sadler of Cookeville; Second Place- Perry B.C Cooper of Knoxville; and Third Place- Delmer Holland of Waverly

Square Dancing: First Place-Tennessee Toe Tappers of Pleasantville; Second Place- Harpeth River of Franklin; and Third Place-Rocky Top Revue of Franklin.

Greenbrier Girl Repeats as Fiddling Champion for Jamboree Beginners

July 2, 2011
by: 
Dwayne Page
Cara Digiovanni
Cara Digiovanni Receives James G "Bobo" Driver Award from members of his family
Nolan Turner presents Kyle Ramey with Best Overall  Entertainer Award

A Greenbrier girl, for the second year in a row, took home this year's top Jamboree award as the best fiddler in the National Championship for Country Musician Beginners.

Cara Digiovanni was crowned the Grand Champion fiddler Saturday and won the coveted James G. "Bobo" Driver Memorial Award, named for the man who started the children's competition during the 1980's as part of the annual Fiddler's Jamboree and Crafts Festival. The award was presented by members of Mr. Driver's family including Bert, Milas, Sadie, Jim, Mickey, Allison, and Adam Driver.

Meanwhile Kyle Ramey of North Vernon, Indiana received the "Entertainer of the Year" Award, which is presented to the best overall instrumental entertainer among winners in the dobro guitar, mandolin, five string banjo, and flat top guitar competition. Ramey took home first place in three of those categories and third place in two others.

The National Championship for Country Musician Beginners showcases the talents of children up to age twelve in seven categories of competition.

This year's winners are as follows:

Fiddle: First Place-Cara Digiovanni of Greenbrier; Second Place- Ivy Phillips of Chapmansboro, Tennessee; and Third Place- Kyle Ramey of North Vernon, Indiana..

Buck Dancing: First Place- Shelby Dunn of Fairview, Second Place- Ivy Phillips of Chapmansboro, and Third Place-Raygan Sellers of Goodlettesville.

Clogging: First Place- Sarah Fisher of Smyrna; Second Place-Amy Fisher of Smyrna; and Third Place- Brayden Chunn of Greenbrier.

Dobro Guitar: First Place- Kyle Ramey of North Vernon, Indiana; Second Place- Cara Digiovanni of Greenbrier and Third Place- Raygan Sellers of Goodlettsville..

Mandolin: First Place-Kyle Ramey of North Vernon, Indiana; Second Place-Anna Clara Stockhoff of Brentwood; and Third Place- Ben Hester of Chapmansboro

Five String Banjo: First Place- Josiah Newman of Scottsville, Kentucky; Second Place- Grayson Phillips of Chapmansboro and Third Place- Kyle Ramey of North Vernon, Indiana.

Flat Top Guitar: First Place- Kyle Ramey of North Vernon, Indiana, Second Place- Cara Digiovanni of Greenbrier; and Third Place- Carson Wood of Pleasantville, Tennessee.

PICTURED SECOND FROM TOP:
BACK ROW FROM LEFT: Bert Driver, Mickey Driver, Jimmy Driver, Adam Driver
FRONT ROW: Milas Driver, Sadie Driver, Allison Driver, and Cara Digiovanni

Fanning Big Winner at Fiddler 5K

July 2, 2011
by: 
Dwayne Page

40 year old Scott Fanning of Lebanon was the overall winner of the 13th annual Fiddler 5K held Saturday morning in Smithville.

Fanning completed the course in 17:29.

Fiddler 5K and One Mile Fun Run (7-2-11) from dwayne page on Vimeo.
Meanwhile, 16 year old Morgan Voyles of Sparta was the overall winner in the women's race. She completed the course in 21:41

In the male master's category, 53 year old Jimmy Dawson of Cookeville was the overall winner. His time was 19:52.

In the female masters, 43 year old Lora Simpson of Sparta was the overall winner. Her time was 25:19

The overall winner of the One Mile Fun Run was nine year old Caden Close of Smithville. His time was 7:13

Twelve year old Tyra Graham of Smithville completed the One Mile Fun Run course in 8:20, the best among females.

The Fiddler 5K and One Mile Fun Run is a fundraiser to benefit Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County.

Race director Tecia Pryor said "we had a record turnout this year for the 5K - we had 322 entries for 5K and 78 for fun run for 400 total participants. This is a record and exceeds our previous record from 2009 of 387 total participants".

Three Injured in Car Crash at Snow Hill

July 2, 2011
by: 
Dwayne Page
Another Car Strikes this Ford Taurus Injuring Two People
Woman driving this Chevy Malibu Injured after hitting another car

Three people were injured in a two car crash Friday night on Highway 70 at Snow Hill.

Central Dispatch received the call at 11:00 p.m.

Trooper Jimmy Tisdale of the Tennessee Highway Patrol told WJLE that 35 year old Andrea Jones of Watertown was east on Highway 70 in a 2000 Chevy Malibu when she drove off the right shoulder of the road, overcorrected to the left and came across the highway into the westbound lane where she struck an oncoming 2003 Ford Taurus, driven by 22 year old Bradley Reddick of Flowery Branch, Georgia. Both Jones, Reddick, and a passenger of Reddick's car, 22 year old Jessica Ford of Knoxville were taken by DeKalb EMS to DeKalb Community Hospital.

Trooper Tisdale, who was assisted in the investigation by THP Lieutenant Randy Maynard and Trooper Mark Jones, said charges are pending. The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department and the Main Station of the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department were also on the scene.

Flags Presented to Women from Japan and California during Fiddlers Jamboree

July 1, 2011
by: 
Dwayne Page
State Representative Terri Lynn Weaver Presents Tenn Flag to California Woman
State Senator Mae Beavers Presents US Flag to woman from Japan
State Proclamation Presented to Jamboree Coordinator Jack Barton

A woman from Japan received a United States flag while Linda Lohr of Ontario, California was presented a Tennessee State flag during the Fiddler's Jamboree on Friday evening

The flags, which have flown over the state capitol, go to the persons who travel the greatest distances, both from inside and outside the country, to get here.

The flags were presented by State Senator Mae Beavers and State Representative Terri Lynn Weaver. They also read a proclamation, which was adopted by both the state house and state senate and signed by the Governor, paying tribute to the Fiddler's Jamboree on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the festival.

Youth Square Dancing Winners: Main Stage Explosion from dwayne page on Vimeo.

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The first day of the 40th annual Smithville Fiddler's Jamboree and Crafts Festival ran non-stop from about 9:00 a.m. Friday morning until close just after midnight Saturday morning.

Kelsey, Buddy, & Charli Robertson of Florida win Group Gospel Singing Competition from dwayne page on Vimeo.
Preliminaries were held in sixteen categories of music and dance competition followed by the finals featuring the top three acts in each event.

The following are the winners in each category:

Old Time Appalachian Folk Singing (Solo/Duet):
First Place- Graham Sherrill of Nashville
Second Place- Emily Dean of Greenbrier
Third Place- Tammy Melton of Monterey

Flat Top Guitar:
First Place- Jack Elmore of Cookeville
Second Place- Kurt Stephenson of Dyersburg
Third Place- Rob Pearcy of Smyrna

Hogslop String Band from dwayne page on Vimeo.
Junior Clogging (Ages 13-39):
First Place- Justin Frazor of Woodbury
Second Place- Kelly Eicher of Allensville, Kentucky
Third Place- Kelsey Jones of Lyles

Junior Buck Dancing (Ages 13-39):
First Place- Chris Stewart of Bon Aqua
Second Place- Justin Frazor of Woodbury
Third Place- Kelsey Jones of Lyles

Dobro Guitar:
First Place- Jason Sanders of Lancaster
Second Place- Rob Pearcy of Smyrna
Third Place- Frannie Digiovanni of Greenbrier

Mountain Dulcimer:
First Place- Kurt Stephenson of Dyersburg
Second Place- Roger Amundsen of Longwood, Florida
Third Place- Preston Warden of Mount Juliet

Hammer Dulcimer:
First Place- Howard Friedman of Knoxville
Second Place- Beth James of Newport
Third Place- Chris Brown of Beech Grove

Novelty Event:
First Place-The Nash-Vegas Ramblers of Nashville
Second Place- Caney Forkers of Cookeville
Third Place- Keri Wright of McEwen

Youth Square Dancing:
First Place-Main Stage Explosion of Springfield
Second Place- Main Stage Fusion of Springfield
Third Place- Main Stage Extras of Springfield

Old Time Fiddle Band:
First Place-Hogslop String Band of Nashville
Second Place- The Tennessee Wildflowers of Smithville
Third Place- Sowbelly Stringband of Longwood, Florida

Autoharp:
First Place- Kurt Stephenson of Dyersburg
Second Place- Jace Aaron of Nashville
Third Place- Bettye Cash of Cookeville

Gospel Singing (Solo):
First Place-Graham Sherrill of Nashville
Second Place- Emily Dean of Greenbrier
Third Place- Larry Chunn of Greenbrier

Country Harmonica:
First Place-Isaac Vick of Lyles
Second Place- Tyler Martelli of Chattanooga
Third Place- Daniel Amick of Pleasantville

Old Time Banjo:
First Place- Graham Sherrill of Nashville
Second Place- Daniel Rothwell of Smyrna
Third Place- Erick Vick of Lyles

Gospel Singing (Duet, Trio, & Quartet):
First Place- Kelsey, Buddy & Charli Robertson of Callahan, Florida
Second Place- Missionary Ridge of Beech Grove
Third Place- The Nash-Vegas Ramblers of Nashville.

Mandolin:
First Place-Chris Brown of Beech Grove
Second Place- Kurt Stephenson of Dyersburg
Third Place- Daniel Amick of Pleasantville

The Fiddler's Jamboree resumes at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 2nd with preliminaries in the following categories:

Junior Fiddlers (ages 13-39); Junior Old Time Appalachian Flatfoot dance (ages up to 39); Senior Old Time Appalachian Flatfoot dance ( ages 40 and over); Senior Buckdancing (ages 40 and over); Senior Clogging (ages 40 and over); Bluegrass Banjo; Bluegrass Band; Bluegrass Fiddle, Senior Fiddlers (ages 40 and over); and Square Dancing. The winner of the Bluegrass Fiddle will receive the Neil Dudney Award, named for the former longtime President and Coordinator of the Fiddlers Jamboree.

Preliminaries will be held in each event and then the top three finalists will be called back Saturday night to compete for first, second, and third place.

The winners of the Junior and Senior Fiddling competition will square off for the Grand Champion Award, the Berry C. Williams Memorial Trophy at the conclusion of the festival.

Meanwhile, the National Championship for Country Musician Beginners will be held Saturday afternoon during the Jamboree featuring competitions for children, up to age twelve, in the categories of Buck Dancing, Clogging, Dobro Guitar, Mandolin, Five String Banjo, Flat Top Guitar, and Fiddle.

Preliminaries will be held in each event and then the top three finalists will be brought back to compete for first, second, and third place.

One child will receive the Best Overall Instrumental Entertainer and the top fiddler will get the James G. "Bobo" Driver Memorial Trophy.

WJLE will broadcast most of the on-stage entertainment LIVE and on-line at www.wjle.com.

In addition to music and dancing competitions onstage, the Fiddlers Jamboree also features hundreds of crafts displayed along many of the downtown streets, plenty of delicious foods for sale at local food booths, and lots of shade tree picking around the town square.

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