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Sheriff's Department Makes Two Arrests in "Shake and Bake" Meth Lab Operation

October 11, 2010
by: 
Dwayne Page
Robert Ernest Rochefort
Sandra Lee Clark
Jimmy Allen Atnip, II
Johnna Maynard
Antonio Cezar Wilford
Jeffrey Edward Dawes
Christopher John Saye
Carlos Gonzalez
Rachel Lynn Mabe
John Lewis Wilson
Marie Biddle

Two people allegedly conducting a shake and bake meth lab were arrested during a traffic stop
on Coconut Ridge Road last Thursday, October 7th.

Sheriff Patrick Ray says 43 year old Robert Ernest Rochefort of Doe Lane, Smithville and 39 year old Sandra Lee Clark of Backbone Ridge Road, are each charged with initiation of a process intended to result in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Clark is also charged with tampering with evidence, simple possession of a schedule VI controlled substance (marijuana), possession of drug paraphernalia, and unlawful carrying or possession of a prohibited weapon.

Rochefort is under a $25,000 bond. The bond for Clark is $32,500. Both will appear in General Sessions Court on November 4th.

Sheriff Ray says a deputy was on routine patrol on Coconut Ridge Road when he saw a vehicle stopped in the road. When the officer stopped, the vehicle began to leave. The deputy then activated his lights signaling the vehicle to stop. After making the traffic stop the officer spoke with the driver, Clark and the passenger, Rochefort and they appeared to be nervous. The deputy received consent to search but when Rochefort, the passenger, got out of the automobile, the officer saw him place something on the ground. There, the deputy found a two liter bottle with a three layered substance which is normally used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Rochefort emptied his pockets and produced a two liter Pepsi label. A plastic bag was found inside the vehicle. The bag contained 30 pseudoephedrine pills and four lithium batteries, which are also normally used in the manufacture of meth. Several other items used to make meth were also in the vehicle, including turkey basters, Ph test strips, coffee filters with residue, salt, water, and more.

According to Sheriff Ray, as a background check for warrants against Rochefort and Clark was being conducted, the deputy saw Clark pick up a mason jar from the back seat of the car and empty the contents on the ground. The contents were found to be lighter fluid, which is commonly used to manufacture methamphetamine.

During the search, the officer found in her purse a switchblade knife and a container which held rolling papers and a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana A glass pipe with residue was confiscated from her makeup bag which was in the floor board on the driver side.

34 year old Jimmy Allen Atnip, II of Gene Vaughn Road, Smithville was charged on Wednesday, October 6th with simple possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond is $2,500 and he will be in court November 4th.

Sheriff Ray says a deputy, while on routine patrol, stopped to check a vehicle he saw parked on the side of the road on Students Home Road, Two people were inside. As he approached the automobile, the officer noticed an odor of alcohol coming from inside. Both persons admitted to drinking beer and the passenger was in the process of drinking a tall boy.

The deputy conducted a pat down search of Atnip and felt an object with the texture of marijuana in his front right pocket. When the deputy asked to see what it was, Atnip pulled out two plastic bags that contained a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana. Also found in Atnip's left pocket was a pipe containing marijuana residue.

25 year old Johnna Maynard of Banks Pisgah Road, Smithville was charged on Wednesday, October 6th with possession of a schedule III controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bond is $2,500 and she will appear in court on November 4th.

According to Sheriff Ray, probation officers spoke with Maynard while conducting a home visit in the parking lot of City Walk Apartments. They found in her pants pocket, a cellophane cigarette wrapper with 20 white pills believed to be Hydrocodone and a hypodermic needle containing residue.

24 year old Antonio Cezar Wilford of Bell Street, Smithville is charged with unlawful carrying or possession of a weapon by a felon and alteration of items, permanent distinguishing number, and possession of such items.

Sheriff Ray says a deputy accompanied a probation officer on a Bell Street home visit to check on a woman and during a search of the bedroom, the officers found a gun in a dresser drawer, which Wilford said belonged to him. The gun, which was actually stolen, had been defaced. The serial number had been scratched off. Wilford, a felon, was convicted of aggravated assault by a jury on January 12th, 2005.

26 year old Jeffrey Edward Dawes of Miller Road was charged on Thursday, October 7th with unlawful possession of a schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine). His bond is $2,500 and he will be in court on November 4th.

A deputy saw Dawes in the parking lot of Royal Oak Apartments and having knowledge of a warrant against him, the officer stopped and placed Dawes under arrest. The deputy checked Dawes' jacket pocket and found a small plastic bag containing a yellowish powder substance believed to be methamphetamine.

30 year old Christopher John Saye of Payton Lane, Smithville was charged on Friday October 8th with a second offense of driving under the influence, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, a first offense of driving on a revoked license, simple possession of a schedule VI controlled substance (marijuana), violation of probation, and he was issued a citation for violation of the implied consent law. His bond totals $7,000.

Sheriff Ray says a deputy was called to check out a possible intoxicated driver turning onto Highway 70 west from New Home Road. The deputy saw the vehicle turn into the parking lot of DeKalb Market and stop at the gas pumps. When the driver, Saye, got out the vehicle, the officer noticed that he was very unsteady on his feet. Saye had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his person. He submitted to several field sobriety tasks and performed poorly. He refused to submit to a blood alcohol test.

When the deputy asked to see his drivers license, Saye produced only an identification card. A computer check revealed that his license were revoked for driving under the influence. Saye was arrested for his first DUI offense on November 15th, 2006 in Smith County and he was convicted on February 1st, 2007.

During the investigation, the officer saw a marijuana roach in the ashtray of the vehicle and during a search incident to arrest, he also found in the left front pocket of Saye's pants, a plastic bag containing a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana. The search also yielded a pack of rolling papers.

In addition, Saye had a warrant against him for a violation of probation.

Meanwhile a front seat passenger in the vehicle with Saye, 34 year old Carlos Gonzalez of Hartsville is charged with simple possession of a schedule VI controlled substance (marijuana) and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. He is under a $3,000 bond and his court date is October 28th.

During a search of Saye's vehicle, the deputy found a plastic bag in the glove compartment containing a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana. And on the passenger side floor board where Gonzalez was sitting, the officer found a pack of rolling papers.

38 year old Rachel Lynn Mabe of Huddleston Loop, Smithville was charged on Saturday, October 9th with possession of a schedule IV controlled substance (Xanax). She is under a $2,500 bond and her court date is October 21st.

Sheriff Ray says a deputy was called to check out a complaint of a reckless driver on Big Woods Road and he got behind the vehicle on Highway 70 east. The deputy made a traffic stop for having the wrong plates on the vehicle.

The driver, Mabe, gave the officer consent to search and he found in her pocketbook, nine pills wrapped in cellophane, believed to be Xanax. She did not have a prescription for the pills.

24 year old John Lewis Wilson of Hutchings College Road, Sparta is charged with theft of property.

On July 18th at Cookeville Boat Dock, Wilson allegedly took two pairs of sunglasses and a black ball hat, all valued at less than $500 without the owners consent.

Sheriff Ray says "we received a report on July 18th from Cookeville Boat Dock of sunglasses and a ball hat being stolen by a boater. The boater was with some other people and took off. After an investigation, Wilson was arrested on Monday, October 11th.

Wilson is under a $1,500 bond and his court date is October 28th.

29 year old Marie Biddle of Bethel Road, Smithville is charged with aggravated burglary, theft of property over $500, violation of probation, and failure to appear. She is under a $15,000 bond on the burglary and theft charges and she is being held without bond on the violation of probation and failure to appear. Her court date is set for October 21st.

Sheriff Ray says Biddle allegedly entered a residence on Jefferson Road July 27th with intent to commit a felony and took from the home, a heater, double tree, chainsaw, weedeater, and an ax all valued at over $500.

Early Voting Begins Wednesday

October 10, 2010
by: 
Dwayne Page
James Hale
Terri Lynn Weaver
Mae Beavers
George McDonald

DeKalb County voters will begin casting their ballots for State Representative, State Senator, Governor, and Congressman on Wednesday.

Early voting will be held Wednesday, October 13th through Thursday, October 28th on the first floor of the DeKalb County Courthouse.

Early voting hours are 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays and from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Thursdays.

Election day is Tuesday, November 2nd. All sixteen precincts across the county will be open that day from 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. including Alexandria, Edgar Evins State Park, Temperance Hall, Liberty, Dowelltown, Snow Hill, Middle School, Courthouse, Cherry Hill, Rock Castle, Elementary School, Johnson's Chapel, Blue Springs, Keltonburg, Belk, and the Church of Christ Annex.

WJLE will have LIVE election return coverage starting at 7:00 p.m.

Candidates for Governor are:

Republican Bill Haslam
Democrat Mike McWherter

Independents:
Bayron Binkley
Brandon Dodds
Samuel David Duck
David Gatchell
June Griffin
Toni K. Hall
Mike Knois
Boyce T. McCall
Donald Ray McFolin
Linda Kay Perry
James Reesor
Thomas Smith, II
Howard M. Switzer
Carl Twofeathers Whitaker

Candidates for the U.S House of Representatives in the 6th Congressional District are:

Republican Diane Black
Democrat Brett Carter
Independents:
Jim Boyd
Brandon E. Gore
Tommy N. Hay
David Purcell
Stephen R. Sprague

Candidates for the Tennessee Senate 17th Senatorial District are:

Republican Mae Beavers
Democrat George McDonald

Candidates for the Tennessee House of Representatives 40th Representative District are:

Republican Terri Lynn Weaver
Democrat James C. Hale
Independent Pleas Ford

A constitutional amendment to guarantee the right to hunt and fish in Tennessee will also go before voters in November's general election.

Voters will see the Constitutional Amendment question on the ballot right after the Governor candidates.

You will be asked to vote either "yes" or "no" to the following question: "Shall Article XI, Section 13 of the Constitution of the State of Tennessee be amended by adding the following sentences at the end of the section:"

"The citizens of this state shall have the personal right to hunt and fish, subject to reasonable regulations and restrictions prescribed by law. The recognition of this right does not abrogate any private or public property rights, nor does it limit the state's power to regulate commercial activity. Traditional manners and means may be used to take non-threatened species."

Smithville Police Investigate Burglary and Vandalism of Vehicles at DCHS

October 8, 2010
by: 
Dwayne Page

Smithville Police are investigating the burglary of three vehicles at DeKalb County High School on Wednesday, October 6th.

According to police, someone burglarized three vehicles and vandalized another at the high school while the students were attending class. An assortment of items were taken from the vehicles.

Anyone with information on this or any other offense is asked to please contact the Smithville Police Department at 597-8210 or the Tip Line at 464-6046.

All information is confidential

Meanwhile in other city crime news, 34 year old Lynda Michelle Neville of Smith Road was arrested by Officer Scott Davis on Friday, October 1st for simple possession of a schedule IV and VI controlled substance and leaving the scene of an accident. A witness saw a motor vehicle, driven by Neville, hit another automobile in the Wal-Mart parking lot and then leave. She was later spotted and pulled over. Neville gave Officer Davis consent to search and he found the drugs. Bond for Neville is $4,500 and her court date is October 28th.

Neville was searched at the jail and correctional officers found drugs in her socks. She was further charged with introduction of drugs into a penal institution. Her bond on that offense is $5,000 and her court date is October 28th.

36 year old Randall M Tittle of West Broad Street was arrested by K-9 Officer Bradley Tatrow on Saturday, October 2nd for evading by a motor vehicle and theft under $500. Tittle, operating a motor vehicle, was spotted tail gating another vehicle. Officer Tatrow activated his emergency equipment, but Tittle didn't stop until about ¾ mile down the road. Upon further investigation, police discovered that Tittle had allegedly taken items from a residence without the owner's consent. Bond for Tittle is $6,500 and his court date is October 21st.

36 year old Randall M Tittle of West Broad Street was arrested by Officer Scott Davis on Saturday, October 2nd. for domestic assault and resisting, stop, frisk, halt. According to the warrant, Tittle assaulted a family member and when Officer Davis attempted to handcuff him, he refused to cooperate and had to be taken down in order to cuff him. Bond for Tittle is $7,500 and his court date is October 28th.

21 year old Donald Raymond Hargrave of Short Mountain Highway was arrested by Detective Matt Holmes on Monday, October 4th for leaving the scene of an accident. On September 30th, Hargrave was in the Wal-Mart parking lot where he allegedly struck a parked vehicle and then left the scene. The suspected vehicle was identified through video surveillance. Bond for Hargrave is $1,500 and his court date is October 21st.

42 year old William Stephen Zaderiko of South Tittsworth Road was arrested by Officer David Phillips on Tuesday, October 5th for driving on a revoked license. Zaderiko was stopped for a traffic violation and a check of his license revealed them to be revoked. Bond for Zaderiko is $1,000 and his court date is November 3rd.

27 year old Brandon Ross Bogle of Jefferson Road was arrested by Corporal Travis Bryant on Wednesday, October 6th for driving on a suspended license. Corporal Bryant stopped Bogle for a traffic violation at which time a check of his driver's license revealed them to be suspended. Bond for Bogle is $1,000 and his court date is October 27th.

Stonehaus Winery Presents Country Music Legend John Anderson in Concert

October 8, 2010
by: 
Dwayne Page
Country Music Star John Anderson with WJLE's Dale Carroll

Stonehaus Winery Presents Country Music Legend John Anderson in Concert on Saturday Oct 9th!

It’s been over a quarter century since John Anderson changed country music the first time. That was back in the ’80s when that jaw-dropping country voice combined with huge hits like “Wild And Blue” and “Swingin’” to pave the way for the decade’s neo-traditional movement. In the early ’90s, he did it again with Seminole Wind, a bonafide classic that reignited his career and helped fan the flames of the coming country explosion with hits like “Straight Tequila Night” and the album’s unforgettable title track. Well, it’s 2009 and Anderson’s back with Bigger Hands, an album that instantly reestablishes this country music icon as a contemporary musical force to be reckoned with. In other words, Bigger Hands is the real deal – undiluted, no-holds barred, full-on John Anderson
.
Buy your tickets now at Stonehaus Winery or by phone at (931) 484-9463 or on the web at www.stonehauswinery.com
Event Details:

Click here to listen to John Anderson interview with WJLE's Dwayne Page on Friday, October 8th

•Tickets $20 pre-sale. $25 the day of the show

•In case of inclement weather, concert would be held at Stone Memorial Auditorium (no wine would be allowed on school grounds)

•Parking for the concert will be at Stone Memorial High School (directly behind the winery). We will have an access gate directly from the parking lot to the concert area. Parking is $5.00 per car with all parking proceeds going to Stone Memorial High School.

•Gates open at 6:00 and there is no reserved seating other than a small VIP area.

•Bring your lawn chairs or blankets to sit on.

•No food or beverages can be brought to the show. We will have food and drink vendors on site.

•Lefty’s Barbeque, as well as other food vendors, will be on site.

•You will be able to purchase wine in the winery to enjoy during the show (unless show is moved to school auditorium).

•Stonehaus winery is located on I-40 at exit 320

•Our physical address is 2444 Genesis Rd #103 Crossville, TN 38571

DeKalb Fire Department Springs into Action Again Thursday

October 8, 2010
by: 
Dwayne Page

The DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department quickly snuffed out a small fire at the home of John Atnip Thursday night at 6625 Jacobs Pillar Road.

Central dispatch received the call at 6:35 p.m.

County Fire Chief Donny Green says Atnip was sitting on his front porch when he noticed a ceiling fan light go out. When he went back inside the house, he saw fire and smoke coming through a wall near the ceiling at the top of the staircase on the second floor. Atnip filled a coffee pot with water and poured it on the blaze, but couldn't extinguish it. Atnip called 911.

Members of the county fire department, who were in the area returning from a grass fire on Pea Ridge, rushed to the Atnip home and were able to quickly put out the fire. Green says the firefighters used very little water but there was some smoke and heat damage. The fire damage was confined to the upstairs hallway and the top of the staircase near the ceiling. Firefighters had to tear out part of the wall and ceiling to get to the smoldering fire.

Chief Green says the cause of the blaze appeared to be electrical.

Members of the Blue Springs, Keltonburg, Short Mountain, and Main Station tanker responded along with DeKalb EMS and the Sheriff's Department. No one was injured.

Meanwhile in a follow-up on the fire at the home of Jerry Williams after midnight on Thursday morning, Tammy Speakman, daughter of Mr. Williams sent WJLE an e-mail with an update on his condition. Speakman wrote "My father, Jerry Williams, is recovering well at Vanderbilt's Burn Unit. He did receive burns to his hands, feet and back, escaping the house fire. My sister, Cindy Flarity and I, and his grandchildren Savanna Speakman and Aspen Flarity, would like to thank the Fire Department and EMS of DeKalb County, Vanderbilt Burn Unit, and everyone who has called, texted and helped in any way, for doing a Great Job. It is times like this that we can really appreciate what our community, professionals, and friends are there for.

Unfortunately, the house could not be saved, but most importantly, our father and grandpa is doing well."

Williams' wife Pam would also like to express her appreciation.

Smithville Man Suffers Burns and Smoke Inhalation while Escaping a Fire at his Home

October 7, 2010
by: 
Dwayne Page
Home of Jerry Williams Destroyed by Fire
Rear of  Jerry Williams Home
County Fire Chief Donny Green

A Smithville man received burns and smoke inhalation while escaping from his home which caught fire around midnight on Pine Grove Road.

Central dispatch received the call at 12:08 a.m.

County Fire Chief Donny Green says Jerry Williams of 161 Pine Grove Road was in his bedroom watching television when a fire started in the kitchen. "Shortly after midnight we got a call to go to 161 Pinegrove Road off the Cookeville Highway to a reported structure fire. When we got there we realized that we had a victim and DeKalb EMS was already there treating him. He was apparently the occupant of the home. He lived in his daughter's house. His name is Jerry Williams. He was in the back bedroom watching television. His dog started barking erratically. Williams smelled the smoke and then he opened the bedroom door to investigate what was going on and realized that the house was full of smoke. So he had to get down on his knees to crawl up the hallway to the back of the house where the kitchen was. He saw the kitchen was on fire and he had to go out a door. In the process of getting out, he received some burns to his back, hands, and arms. Also during the course of exiting, he apparently had some respiratory injuries due to breathing in the super heated air. So EMS was treating him and it's my understanding they transported him to DeKalb Community Hospital and he was later transferred to Vanderbilt Hospital. We don't know exactly what caused the fire. We know it started in the kitchen and it's still under investigation. The home was totally destroyed. When we got there the whole back end of the house had fire coming out of the windows and out of the roof. We attempted to make entry through the front to put out the fire but it was already too involved. We had to do an exterior attack just to keep it from spreading to other properties there." Two dogs and a parrot were also lost in the blaze.

Members of the Cookeville Highway, Short Mountain Highway, Midway, and the Main Stations of the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department responded along with DeKalb EMS and the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department.

History Hayride at Edgar Evins State Park October 16th

October 6, 2010
James Edgar Evins Portrayed by James Westerfield
Adam Dale Portrayed by Charles Robinson

Cooler weather, campfires, storytelling, roasting marshmallows – a chance to snuggle down under blankets – all these are pleasant happenings in the fall and are part of Edgar Evins State Park's 5th Annual History Hayride, on Center Hill Lake Saturday, October 16. There are still a number of seats available!

This is a wholesome, family-oriented event rather than a Halloween ride although one of the new characters will be a gravedigger from the 1930s when bodies were exhumed from existing cemeteries to be reinterred during the construction of Center Hill Reservoir. Some of the other characters will include an area moonshiner, a local foxhunter, and the Revolutionary War veteran who founded the town of Liberty. Back by popular demand will be Elizabeth Dale, the lovely daughter of the founder of Liberty who later became known as "The Black Widow of Hazel Green."

Click here to listen to Park Manager Carl Halfacre talk about the History Hayride

As many as nine wagon loads will leave at 30-minute intervals from the park's office at the observation tower. The ride will take approximately 90 minutes to make a complete circuit, stopping at several scenes where costumed re-enactors will present historical sketches.

Hosted by the Friends of Edgar Evins State Park, this event is an opportunity to learn about the history of the park and the area, while enjoying fresh air and spectacular lake and hillside scenic views. Reserve your spot now as this event sells out quickly! Admission is $10 per person, with all proceeds benefiting the Friends of Edgar Evins State Park whose efforts help improve and preserve the park. Light refreshments also will be served, including marshmallows – and it is recommended you BYOB (Bring Your Own Blanket) and dress warmly in layers. Phone the park office for reservations: (931) 858-2446 or toll free at (800) 250-8619.

Edgar Evins State Park is located on the shores of Center Hill Lake in the steep, hilly Eastern Highland Rim. The 6,000-acre park provides excellent recreational opportunities and accommodations on one of the most beautiful reservoirs in Tennessee. Wildlife is abundant, including three different owl species, numerous hawks and wintering bald eagles as well as the rare Cerulean Warbler – a summer resident of the park's mixed hardwood forests, which include stands of Tulip Poplar, Oak, Hickory, Buckeye and Wild Cherry. The park was dedicated in 1975 and named for James Edgar Evins, a DeKalb County businessman and mayor of nearby Smithville. As a two-term state senator, Evins was instrumental in the development of Center Hill Dam and Reservoir. For more information about the History Hayride, please call (800) 250-8619. Additional information about the park can be found at www.tnstateparks.com/EdgarEvins.

7th Annual Habitat for Humanity Chili Cook-Off and Bake Sale Set for October 29th

October 6, 2010
by: 
Dwayne Page
Tecia Puckett Pryor
Courthouse Gang Won Best Chili Award Last Year

Enjoy chili and delicious baked goods while helping raise money for Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County during the 7th annual Chili Cook-off and Bake Sale Friday, October 29th at the 303 building downtown Smithville.

Serving time will be from 10:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. YOU BE THE JUDGE! Purchase your bowl for $5.00 (or $10 for a pottery bowl) and eat all the chili you want from all the teams and vote for your favorite! Come and have lunch. Take out available. All proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County.

Tecia Puckett Pryor says the chili cook-off and bake sale is one of two major fundraisers held during the year for Habitat. "We just completed our third Habitat house and we'll be starting on our fourth house next year and we'll be choosing a family this winter. So the proceeds from this year's cook-off will be going toward that house."

The event last year raised approximately $3,500

Last year "The Courthouse Gang" from the DeKalb County Officials won the "Best Chili" award, and "Monster Mash" from the DeKalb County Board of Education followed in second place. In the decorating contest, the "Red Hot Chili Papers" from The Smithville Review won first place honors.

For more information or to enter a team, contact Tecia Pryor at 615-597-7370 or Jeff McMillen at 597-4153.

Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization. Habitat for Humanity builds and renovates houses in partnership with volunteers and families in need, regardless of their ethnic or religious background. The houses then are sold to those in need at no profit and with no interest charged. To contact Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County, please call 215-8181.

City May Apply for Downtown Revitalization Grant

October 6, 2010
by: 
Dwayne Page

The Smithville Mayor and Aldermen want more information before deciding on whether or not to apply for a downtown revitalization grant.

Economic and Community Development Commissioner Matt Kisber announced last week in a press release that applications are now being accepted for Tennessee Downtowns, a competitive community improvement program for cities and counties seeking to revitalize traditional commercial districts. The program is open to communities with downtown commercial districts established at least 50 years ago and whose citizens are ready to organize efforts for downtown revitalization based on the successful program "Main Street Four-Point Approach to Downtown Revitalization." Applications are available online at www.tennesseemainstreet.org and must be completed by Monday, Nov. 8.

"Having a thriving downtown benefits and promotes economic development efforts for a community and lays the groundwork for a growing local economy," said ECD Commissioner Matt Kisber. "The Tennessee Downtowns program is the first step toward reviving a community's central business district in a comprehensive, sustainable way."

Mayor Taft Hendrixson said Monday night during the city council meeting that he would contact the state to learn more about the program. "We'll call and see what the grant match is, if any. I think we have $10,000 in our budget for that project (downtown beautification) but we'll find out what the match is and what's available and what it can be used for."

Alderman Steve White then made a motion that the city "check into it and then move forward it, but first come back with the numbers for final approval."

The aldermen approved White's motion.

Tennessee Downtowns is a tiered program affiliated with the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development's Tennessee Main Street Program. Communities selected to participate in Tennessee Downtowns will form a volunteer committee of local citizens who will participate in a multi-month training curriculum supported by the National Main Street Center. The curriculum is designed to teach citizens about comprehensive, sustainable downtown revitalization and historic preservation. The training includes attendance at a two-day downtown revitalization workshop and a grant to complete individualized downtown development projects.

Communities participating in the Tennessee Downtowns program may wish to continue a self-initiated downtown revitalization effort at the end of the program or apply for certification in the Tennessee Main Street Program through the competitive application process. Successful completion of the Tennessee Downtowns program does not automatically result in qualification for the Main Street program.

Main Street revitalization is a comprehensive, incremental, self-help economic strategy that also focuses on developing public-private partnerships to enhance community livability and job creation, while maintaining the historic character of the district. For information about the Main Street Program and the Main Street Four Point Approach, visit http://www.preservationnation.org/main-street/about-main-street/.

Tennessee's Main Street program provides communities with technical assistance and guidance in developing long-term strategies that promote economic growth and development. The program provides information and assistance in forging public networking and training opportunities for downtown commercial districts.

For more information about Tennessee Downtowns, visit www.tennesseemainstreet.org.

Smithville Man Dies From September 2009 Gunshot Wound in Nashville Shooting

October 5, 2010
by: 
Dwayne Page
Keith Collier
Donnie G. Taylor

A Smithville man who suffered a gunshot to the abdomen in September 2009 during what his assailant described as an argument over a drug deal died last Friday from complications of the wound.

Based on Saturday’s autopsy findings, the death of Donald Taylor, 61, is being classified as a homicide.

The Metro Nashville Police Department, in a prepared news release states that the suspect in the case, Keith Collier, 45, was indicted last December on charges of especially aggravated robbery, unlawful weapon possession by a convicted felon and drug selling. He remains jailed and is scheduled to appear in Criminal Court next month. South Precinct detectives have made prosecutors aware of Taylor’s death.

Taylor was shot in the 100 block of Lafayette Street in Nashville on the evening of September 1, 2009. Taylor then drove to a convenience market on 8th Avenue South from where he telephoned for help. Investigation by South Precinct Detective Brandon Dozier led to the identification of Collier as the man involved in the fatal confrontation with Taylor.

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