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DCHS Band Places Second in Class at Highland Rim Marching Invitational

October 26, 2009
DC Band Boosters

The DCHS Fighting Tiger Marching band traveled to Westmorland High School for the Highland Rim Marching Invitational. And once again rain was an issue. Add to that the temperature was as cold as it’s been all year.

The Students met at the band room for a cold, early Saturday morning to learn and clean last minute drill changes along with the color guard learning last minute show additions. They were excited to show the audience the new things that had been added to the show.

When the band arrived at Westmorland High School they learned that the contest would be a “stand still” contest. Which means that, rather than marching the drill that they’d been cleaning on all morning, they would march out onto the field and play their music standing still. None of the new marching effects would be put into the performance.

The Westmoreland High School field was completely rain soaked and muddy. “This has been a condition that a lot of the contests are having this year” said band director Jonathan Wright, “we’ve dealt with a lot of rain this season.”

The results of the contest were still good. The DeKalb County Fighting Tiger band placed 2nd in Class behind Whitehouse Heritage High School. Field Commander Hunter Tramel also finished 2nd in class. The Color Guard and Percussion Section received the highest scores and won the gold in their class.

Mr. Wright says “this year our students are learning a lot more than music and marching. They’re learning how to prevail when the odds are against them”.

Now the band is preparing for their Halloween performance at the football game against Livingston Academy on Friday Oct 30th . “It’s been several weeks since we’ve performed in DeKalb County and this is senior night” says Mr. Wright” We’ll be honoring our seniors, and this show just might have a surprise or two”.

The final performance of the year will be the Division II State competition, on November 7th. This is a prelims/finals competition. The band will have to do well in their preliminary performance to make it to the finals. Some of the best Division II bands in the state will be at this contest.

The band and boosters would like to invite everyone out to either of these performance. You can visit the band online at www.dekalbband.com to find out the schedule and performance times.

Owens Charged in Burglary and Theft Investigation

October 26, 2009
Dwayne Page
Tyrone Owens
Chad Everette Knowles

The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department has made another arrest in a burglary and theft investigation in which two others have already been charged.

Sheriff Patrick Ray says 33 year old Tyrone Dewayne Owens of Shady Drive, Smithville was charged on Friday, October 23rd with three counts of aggravated burglary, three counts of theft over $1,000 and one count of theft over $500. Bond for Owens is set at $67,500. According to Sheriff Ray, county detectives discovered, during an investigation, that Owens was involved in the same recent burglaries and thefts as 49 year old Timothy Riley and 43 year old Martin Riley of Poss Road, Smithville who were arrested in September. Owens is accused of breaking into homes on Silver Point Road and Ponder Road. Among the items stolen from the homes were stainless steel refrigerators, stainless steel gas ranges, TVs, microwaves, night stands, cookware, vacuum cleaners, chairs, radios, and telescopes. Meanwhile, in another case, Owens is believed to have taken a Troy Built lawnmower from someone's property on Hurricane Ridge Road in Smithville. Owens will appear in General Sessions Court on November 19th to face the charges against him.

21 year old Cynthia Marie Shehane of Page Drive, Smithville was arrested Friday for filing a false police report. On October 20th, Shehane reported to a deputy that her 1995 Chevy Blazer had been stolen. After an investigation, the officer learned that Shehane had traded the vehicle and that it had not been stolen. Bond for Shehane was set at $1,000 and she will appear in court on October 29th.

On Thursday, October 22nd, deputies responded to an accident on Sparta Highway and arrested 30 year old Robert Lee Nichols Jr. of E.H. Haas Road Dowelltown after he was found to be operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. Officers noticed an odor of alcohol on Nichols' person and he was unsteady on his feet. Nichols' submitted to field sobriety tasks but he failed. Upon a search of Nichols, officers found pills believed to be clonazepam and hydrocodone on his person. Nichols was arrested for driving under the influence, simple possession of drugs, and he was issued citations for driving on an expired driver's license, failure to maintain his lane of travel, no insurance, and violation of registration for his vehicle. Bond for Nichols was set at $2,500 and he will appear in court on October 29th

19 year old Robert Earl Watley of Tramel Branch Road, Alexandria was arrested on Saturday, October 24th on a failure to appear warrant in which he was sentenced by the court to serve weekends in the DeKalb County Jail. Watley missed a total of six weekends. Watley's bond was set at $1,000 and he will appear in court on November 5th

On Sunday, October 25th, detectives arrested 38 year old Chad Everete Knowles of The Loop Smithville after officers stopped a vehicle on Highway 53 in Alexandria in which he was a passenger. Knowles was found to have in his possession a small bag containing three metal containers with a total of 240 dilaudid pills in them and another container which had two types of hydrocodone pills. Knowles was released on parole from the Tennessee Department of Corrections earlier this year and he relocated back to DeKalb County. Knowles had earlier been found guilty of possession of dilaudid and he had been serving a sentence on that charge. As a result of this latest offense, Knowles was charged with simple possession of a schedule III drug (hydrocodone) and possession of a schedule II drug (dilaudid) with the intent to sell and deliver. Detectives also seized $131.44 from Knowles believed to be money used in the drug trade. Bond for Knowles was set at $105,000 and he will appear in court on November 5th. More charges are pending in the case.

Sheriff Ray says the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department would like to wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Halloween this Saturday. He says the department will be on special patrols this weekend to help keep everyone safe. "This weekend, trick-or-treaters will take to the streets all over DeKalb County in search of candy and other treats. I would like to help ensure those little ghosts and goblins are safe and would like to offer a few tips to help make their Halloween a happy event. "

" Make sure your all of your children have eaten before they go trick-or-treating and give them some candy from home to eat while out to avoid the temptation to eat from their treat bags. Adults should check all treats before your child has a chance to eat it. Adults should look for faded or opened wrappers or other signs of contamination, like puncture holes. Parents should discard any homemade candy or baked goods in your child's treat bag unless received from someone you know and trust. If in doubt, throw it out.

" Leaving the porch light on is the universal welcome sign for Halloween and signifies the best places for children to trick-or-treat at. It is also very important to talk with your child about why they should not enter homes or apartments unless accompanied by an adult. Parents should remind their children about the dangers of talking to or taking items from people that they do not know.

" People who are welcoming trick or treaters to their homes should make sure their sidewalk area is clear of anything that could cause someone to fall. Pet owners should also make sure their pet is tied or penned away from walkways or porches where people will be traveling.

" Children should be reminded about running from house to house and urged to use the sidewalk if available, rather than walking in the street.

" Parents should also discuss the dangers of running out from behind or between parked cars and why it's important to stop at all intersections and look and listen for traffic before crossing any street.

" Sheriff Ray also wants to remind motorists to slow down and be alert on Halloween Night. Motorist needs to be on the look out for people crossing the street. Sometimes small children are hard for motorist to see. Also be careful about backing out from driveways. Try to back out slowly and look and listen for on coming traffic or people behind you.

" If the need arises for any assistance from Sheriff's Department, please call the Central Dispatch and a Deputy will be dispatched to your location."

Young Sportsman Hunt Set for October 31st & November 1st

October 26, 2009
Dwayne Page
Tony Cross

The Young Sportsman Hunt is set for Saturday and Sunday, October 31st and November 1st.

TWRA Officer Tony Cross says the hunt is open to youth ages six to sixteen. "It's open to youth ages six to sixteen who are accompanied by a non-hunting adult who is at least 21 years of age. The adult must remain in a position to take immediate control of the hunting device. The adult does not have to possess a hunting license. Youth hunters and adults must wear the required flourescent orange during the hunt."

"Youth are allowed to harvest one buck per day during the Young Sportsman Hunt or a total of two bucks for the weekend. That does count toward their statewide bag limit of three. Hunters can't go over a total of three deer for the year. So if they get two in this Young Sportsman Hunt, they only have one left (they can harvest) for the muzzleloader, gun, and the next Young Sportsman Hunt. It's legal to harvest one buck or antlered deer per day and a total of two antlerless deer during this hunt.. Theoretically, you could shoot a buck and two doe all at one time if they were all standing there on Saturday morning but that would end your harvest for that day. You could still be able to take another buck on Sunday."

Youth ten years of age or older must meet the Hunter Education requirements.

Smithville Police Make Two Recent Arrests

October 24, 2009
Dwayne Page

Smithville Police have made two arrests in recent days.

36 year old Freddy Sylvester Stringer of 208 Church Street, Liberty was arrested Monday, October 19th for driving on a revoked license. According to the report, Officer Randy King stopped Stringer for unnecessary noise. Stringer initially accelerated from the light at South Mountain Street and Highway 70 East at a rapid rate causing his tires to squeal. After being pulled over, Stringer told Officer King that his license was revoked for DUI. His registration was wrong. It actually belonged on another vehicle. Stringer also did not have proof of insurance. He was cited for violation of registration and financial responsibility. His vehicle was seized after a computer check revealed his license was revoked for an earlier DUI. Stringer's bond was set at $7,000 and he is to appear in General Sessions Court November 19th.

Meanwhile, on Thursday, October 22nd, Officer Randy King was in General Session Court when he saw 33 year old Andrea Kelly Jones of 12055 Sparta Pike, Watertown sitting in the front row of the courtroom. She appeared to be intoxicated and about to pass out. On several occasions she would close her eyes and rock forward and then catch herself. She would also attempt to fan herself but would stop in the middle of the action. When she approached the podium she was unsteady on her feet and could not keep her eyes open. Officer King and other officers in the courtroom witnessed her actions. Bond for Jones was set at $1,000 and she is to appear in General Sessions Court November 19th.

Anyone having any information on the following offenses is asked to please contact the Smithville Police Department at 597-8210.

On Wednesday, October 14th during the evening someone broke into a residence at 589 East Main Street by throwing a rock through a window. Damage is estimated at $700 to the window and for the drywall that was damaged by the rock that had been thrown through the window. Nothing was taken but the refrigerator had been moved from the kitchen to the living room.

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

DeKalb County Drug Court Sponsors Second Harvest Food Drive

October 24, 2009
Dwayne Page

A Second Harvest Food Bank Drive, sponsored by DeKalb County Drug Court Judge Bratten Hale Cook, II, will be November 1st through November 13th for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

Second Harvest Food Bank provides necessities for needy families in DeKalb County and is in need of the following non-perishable items:

Canned Fruits
Boxed Cake Mixes
Any non-perishable Snack Foods
School Lunch and Snack Items
Boxed Corn Bread Mixes
Pasta and Pasta Sauces
Dry Milk
Nestle Quick (Chocolate & Strawberry) Mixes
Canned Sweet Potatoes
Instant Potato Mixes
Gravy Mixes
Canned Cranberries
Boxed Cereals (Hot & Cold)
Canned Soups
Canned Tuna, Chicken and other Canned Meat
Bags of Rice

Please do not provide canned drink mixes or soda beverages of any kind.

Donations can be made November 1st through November 13th at:
Liberty State Bank - Smithville, TN
DeKalb Community Bank - Smithville, TN
DeKalb County Court House - Smithville, TN
Save-A-Lot - Smithville, TN
Prichard's Foods - Alexandria, TN

Smithville BPW Fall Pageants Set for November 7th

October 23, 2009
Dwayne Page
Angie Meadows (left) Melissa Yarbrough(right)

The Smithville Business and Professional Women's Club will sponsor the second annual Autumn Princess and 55th annual Fall Fest Pageant Saturday, November 7th at DeKalb County High School.

Angie Meadows, President of the BPW club, says the Autumn Princess, which will feature girls ages 7 to 10, starts at 5:00 p.m. and the Fall Fest pageant, for high school girls, will begin around 7:00 p.m.

Melissa Yarbrough, club treasurer, says the entry fee for each pageant is $15.00 per contestant and the deadline to submit an application is Friday, October 30th. Applications have been distributed at the schools. They are also available at the Smithville Review.

Nine year old Brooklynn Storm Estes, daughter of Chris and Shanna Bogle of Dowelltown, is the reigning Autumn Princess and 18 year old Whitney LaRay Moss of Alexandria, daughter of Greg and Wendy Moss, is the 2008 Fall Fest Queen.

(Click here and listen to a public service announcement by Angie and Melissa about the pageants)

Enoch says Natural Gas Rates to be Lower this Winter

October 23, 2009
Dwayne Page
Leslie B. Enoch, II

Good news for natural gas customers.

Leslie B Enoch,II CEO of Middle Tennessee Natural Gas says rates are expected to be lower this winter, and by practicing energy conservation, natural gas customers could save even more."We have good news to provide our customers this year and we're excited about it. Natural gas rates will be significantly lower this winter. At the national level, natural gas prices have declined and last summer prices reached their lowest level in years. These savings are passed along to our customers. The district has pre-purchased and stored a significant portion of it's winter supply at these lower prices and that will stabilize rates for our customers. If the weather is the same as last winter, gas bills should be about 20% lower. There is also an abundant supply of clean burning, reliable natural gas available."

"With winter fast approaching, customers can help conserve energy and lower bills as well. If customers will winterize their homes by improving insulation, applying weather stripping, and changing filters, that will help lower bills as will lowering the thermostat. Every degree a customer lowers his thermostat will result in a 3% savings on the heating bill. We're committed to providing quality service and we encourage our customers to take advantage of our free safety inspections and pilot lighting. The number locally is 597-4388."

DeKalb Jobless Rate Still Over 10%

October 23, 2009
Dwayne Page

DeKalb County's unemployment rate for September was 10.2%, down slightly from 10.7% in August, but still quite higher than the 6.8% rate recorded in September, 2008.

The local labor force for September was at 9,740. A total of 8,750 were employed and 1,000 were without work.

Meanwhile, Tennessee's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for September 2009 was at 10.5 percent, 0.2 percentage point lower than the August rate of 10.7 percent. The United States' unemployment rate for the month of September was 9.8 percent.

County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for September 2009, show that the rate increased in 11 counties, decreased in 83 counties and remained the same in one county.

Lincoln County registered the state's lowest county unemployment rate at 6.9 percent, down from 7.2 percent in August. Lauderdale County had the state's highest unemployment rate at 18.9 percent, down from 19.7 in August, followed by Scott County at 18.4 percent, down from 19.1 percent in August.

Knox County had the state's lowest major metropolitan rate of 8.1 percent, down 0.6 percentage point from the August rate. Hamilton County was at 8.7 percent, down 0.7 percentage point from the August rate. Davidson County was 9.2 percent, down 0.4 from the previous month, and Shelby County was 10.2 percent, down 0.4 from the August rate.

Habitat Chili Cook-off and Bake Sale Friday, October 30th

October 23, 2009

Who makes the best chili in DeKalb County? Find out on Friday, October 30th when Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County hosts its 6th annual Chili Cook-off and Bake Sale on the square. The rainout location for the Chili Cook-off is the 303 Building on the square (next to the Chamber of Commerce).

Chili will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the west lawn of the courthouse. You can purchase your bowl for $5.00, eat all the chili you want, and vote for your favorite chili and the best decorated booth. Handmade pottery bowls will be available for $10.00. Delicious baked goods prepared by members of local churches will also be for sale.

“We are looking forward to another great day of good food and fellowship at the chili cook-off,” said Tom Janney, president of Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County. “We are preparing the building site for our third home, and hope to begin construction as soon as possible,” said Janney. “The proceeds from the Chili Cook-off will be used towards building our next house and give us momentum to continue building in DeKalb County. A strong turn out for the chili cook-off will help get us there faster!”

At press time, those competing in the Chili Cook-off are: the “Sligo Canvas Shop Chili Toppers” from Sligo Canvas Shop, “Liberty Bell Peppers” from Liberty State Bank, “BTU Chili – Best Tasting Utility Chili” from Middle Tennessee Natural Gas, the “Red Hot Chili Papers” from The Smithville Review, “The Courthouse Gang” from the DeKalb County Officials, “Monster Mash” from the DeKalb County Board of Education; “Hot Checks Chili” from DeKalb Community Bank; “Edgar Evins Chili Peppers” from Edgar Evins State Park; “The Bean Counters” from Tom Janney, CPA and Associates; “The Risk Takers” from Jackie Smith State Farm Insurance and The Inn at Evins Mill. The Allen's Chapel United Methodist Church will also have a team.

Last year, “Chili Fever” from the DeKalb County Board of Education took the top honors for both Best Chili and best decorated booth. Second place was awarded to The Courthouse Gang’s chili and Bradley Printing’s decorations. The 2008 event raised approximately $3,200.

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.

For more information on the Chili Cook-off and Bake Sale, contact Tecia Pryor at 597-7370. To contact Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County, call 215-8181.

DTC TV Continues to Expand

October 23, 2009

DTC TV is pleased to announce the addition of five (5) additional channels to their Value Plan beginning October 23, 2009 at no additional charge.

The following channels will be added to the current DTC TV line-up:

Channel 18 – WKRN WX – Nashville Channel 2 Weather
Channel 23 – WTVF 5+ - NewsChannel 5 Plus is a local 24-hour news and talk station
Channel 29 – THIS-TV – THIS-TV has access to a library of more than 4000 movies and 10,000 episodes of TV programming.

THIS-TV features theme weeks or days such as an Elvis Marathon, a romance week near Valentine’s Day, horror films around Halloween, etc. Complimenting the movies are classic TV shows including “The Addams Family”, “Mr. Ed”, “Green Acres” and “The Patty Duke Show” to name a few.

Channel 194 – Rutherford County Access Channel – RCTV offers quality and informative government access programming for all residents of Rutherford County. Programming includes LIVE broadcast of all Rutherford County Commission meetings and their sub-committee meetings, Planning Commission meetings and their sub-committee meetings, Board of Zoning Appeals and delayed broadcast of all Rutherford County School Board meetings. These meetings are then rebroadcast at a later date to allow all residents the opportunity to view them in their entirety. Programming outside of governmental meetings is provided to or produced by RCTV. RCTV strives to produce programming that is both educational and of the highest quality possible. These programs supply useful information about the community and inform us about programs and services that are available through the Rutherford County Government.

Channel 195 – MTSU Access Channel - The Education Resource Channel at Middle Tennessee
State University provides to K-12 schools and DTC TV subscribers informative, educational, and dramatic programs that are not generally available through commercial or public television stations. Using a bulletin format, the channel also provides information about University services, classes, and events, and events in the surrounding communities. The channel shares the programs it produces with other access channels in Tennessee and across the United States.

“As always, DTC is dedicated to providing the best possible services and the addition of these channels to the DTC TV line-up further demonstrates our commitment”, said Les Greer, CEO for DTC.

About DTC Communications
DTC Communications is a member owned telephone cooperative established in 1951. The
cooperative supplies communication and entertainment products and services to residential and
business customers primarily throughout Middle Tennessee.

A complete list of channels can be viewed on www.DTCcom.net. For more information about how to become a DTC TV customer, please call 529-2955


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