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Two Arrested on Meth Charges

July 11, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page
Shannon Lynn Newby
Jessica Lauren Shaffer

A man and woman are facing drug charges after Sheriff’s Department detectives found items used to make methamphetamine in the trunk of their car during a probation search.

50 year old Shannon Lynn Newby of Anthony Avenue, Smithville and 25 year old Jessica Lauren Shaffer of Juniper Lane, Smithville are each charged with promotion of the manufacture of methamphetamine. Newby was further issued citations for simple possession of a schedule II drug (morphine and methamphetamine) and for simple possession of a schedule VI drug (marijuana). Shaffer was cited for simple possession of a schedule VI drug (marijuana) and a schedule II drug (methamphetamine).

Bond for each is $25,000 and they will appear in court on July 14.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Thursday, July 7 two detectives conducted a probation search of Newby and Shaffer and found in the trunk of his car, two-18 ounce cans of crystal drano, one bottle of brake fluid, one gallon of Coleman camp fuel, four ice compress cold packs, 30 hypodermic needles, and a blue funnel. All these items are known to be ingredients to produce methamphetamine.

Detectives also found in Newby’s possession .04 grams of methamphetamine, five-60 milligram morphine pills, and .3 grams of marijuana. Found in the floor board of the car was a marijuana cigarette believed to be Schaffer’s and inside her cigarette pack was .1 gram of ice (methamphetamine).

Counselors Available to Assist with Insurance Enrollment

July 11, 2016

The DeKalb County Health Department invites you to receive free, face-to-face assistance with applying for health insurance. Your local county health department has a certified application counselor available to assist with applying for insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace for Affordable Care Act plans, TennCare and CoverKids.

Individuals and families may receive help applying, looking at different health insurance plans and enrolling. All health insurance offered through the Marketplace meets the minimum essential coverage requirements.

Counselors will help you learn about plans for which you qualify based on your income and the number of people in your household. You must apply for Marketplace plans during the open enrollment period beginning in November 2016 and running through February 2017.

You may qualify for a special enrollment period if any of the following happen to you outside of the open enrollment period: losing existing health insurance; moving; getting married; or having a child. You have 60 days from the time of the event to qualify for a special insurance enrollment! Get help throughout the year from your local health center with enrolling in a special enrollment period.

You may also receive assistance with applying for TennCare or CoverKids any time throughout the year.

Call the DeKalb County Health Department today to see about scheduling an appointment.
Megan Kinslow, Certified Application Counselor
DeKalb County Health Department
(615) 597-7599

Boy Scouts Soar to New Heights with Two Eagles

July 11, 2016
by: 
Bill Conger
James Mathis (left) and Nate Sherwood (right) were presented the Eagle award, the highest honor in Boy Scouts at a special ceremony in June
(Left to right) James Sherwood, Will Sherwood, Nate Sherwood, and Jen Sherwood. (Nate's brother, Jim, just received the Eagle award at the end of last year.)
(Left to Right) Will Mathis (brother), Richard Mathis, Eagle Scout James Mathis, and Mary Mathis.

Two members of Boy Scout Troop 347 recently reached the climactic chapter of their scouting career when they received Scouting’s highest honor. Nate Sherwood and James Mathis earned the Eagle Scout award. They were acknowledged for the remarkable accomplishment at the Eagle Court of Honor Sunday, June 12 at Smithville First Methodist Church.

Sherwood is the son of Scout Master’s Will and Jen Sherwood, and Mathis is the son of Richard and Mary Mathis. For his Eagle project, Sherwood cleared overgrowth and cleaned directional signs around Center Hill Lake. Working with the Corps of Engineers for approval, Nate was able to help 4 million visitors have better visibility of creeks and landmarks from the water when they are enjoying the lake. Sherwood started his 11 year venture in scouting as a Tiger Scout, and earned his Arrow of Life award as a Webelo. So far he has earned 35 merit badges as a Boy Scout.

For James’ Eagle Scout project, he planted bushes around the stage at the park next to the Smithville Fire Department. Mathis joined Cub Scouts in 2005, the same year as his friend, Nate, and earned his Arrow of Light in 201.

In other news, 13 boys and 2 adult leaders experienced the great outdoors for summer camp June 19-24 at Camp Craig on the Boxwell Reservation in Gallatin. Jonathan Birmingham, Zackary Cantrell, Carter Dias, Friedrich Dodge, Sebastian Dodge, Jake Ramsey, Cody Robinson, Arthur Sullivan, Jacob Williams, Caleb Taylor, Gavin Conger, Brandon Sabotka, and Darren Waggoner dodged the bugs, enjoyed swimming, fishing, and other activities. Assistant Scout Masters David Robinson and Bill Conger supervised the trip.

Some of the boys took on the challenging high adventures in the C.O.P.E. program. C.O.P.E. stands for Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience and comprises a series of outdoor challenges, beginning with basic group initiative games and progressing to more complicated low-course and high-course activities. Scouts also worked on a variety of merit badges including cooking, camping, weather, forestry, music, leather/woodcarving, electricity, digital technology, first aid, and a variety of other activities.

While at camp, elections were held for new troop position. Jonathan Birmingham was chosen as Senior Patrol Leader while Darren Waggoner was named Assistant Senior Patrol Leader. Jacob Williams will serve as Chaplin while Arthur Sullivan is the Assistant Chaplin. Friedrich Dodge was chosen as the Order of Arrow Leader.

Named to the position of Patrol Leader were Arthur Sullivan and Cody Robinson while Zackary Cantrell was elected as Assistant Patrol Leader for the Raccoons. Will Stephens will serve as Quartermaster, and Caleb Taylor will be his assistant.

Bain Charged with Evading Arrest

July 11, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page

Smithville Police arrested 24 year old Clay Andrew Bain last week for evading arrest.

An officer was dispatched to South College Street on Wednesday, July 6 due to a suspicious person and Bain was found near the intersection of College and Bryant Streets. The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department informed the police officer that Bain had several active warrants against him. When the officer told him that he would have to be taken into custody, Bain attempted to flee and refused to comply with commands to stop. Police caught him shortly afterward. Bain’s bond is $3,500 and his court date is July 28.

39 year old Shannon E. Taylor was arrested on Friday, July 1 for resisting stop, frisk, halt, arrest or search. According to Police, Taylor refused to comply with an officers verbal command to not enter a relative’s residence for fear that Taylor would attempt to cause a family member harm. Taylor had to be physically restrained. Bond for Taylor is $2,500 and her court date is July 21.

19 year old Shawn Anthony Newhouse was cited on Friday, July 1 for disorderly conduct. Police responded to a location on Webb Street during the Fiddler's Jamboree and discovered that Newhouse was engaging in a fight with others and creating a hazardous and physically offensive condition for those around him including children who were present. His court date is July 21.

39 year old Michelle Lee Gurley was cited on Friday, July 1 for shoplifting. Gurley was observed by Wal-Mart employees concealing items in her purse with the intention of depriving the store of its property. Her court date is July 14.

Slow Poke Law Takes Effect

July 10, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page

A Slow Poke Law went into effect in Tennessee on July 1.

It is designed to keep someone from "camping out" in the fast lane of a highway with three or more lanes.

The law says the fast lane - the one on the far left - is to be used only for overtaking and passing another vehicle.

Those found in violation of the new law are subject to paying a $50 fine.

Bill Summary

This bill prohibits a person from operating a vehicle in the passing lane on an interstate or multilane divided highway that has three or more lanes in each direction, except when overtaking or passing a vehicle that is in a non-passing lane. A violation will be a Class C misdemeanor punishable by a fine only of $50.00.

The Slow Poke Law will not apply:

(1) When the volume of traffic does not permit the vehicle to safely merge into a non-passing lane;

(2) When inclement weather or an official traffic control device makes it necessary to drive in the passing lane;

(3) When obstructions or hazards exist in a non-passing lane;

(4) When avoiding traffic moving onto the highway from an acceleration or merging lane;

(5) When highway design makes it necessary to drive in the passing lane to exit or turn left;

(6) To authorized emergency vehicles engaged in official duties; or

(7) To vehicles engaged in highway maintenance and construction operations.

Watertown Man Airlifted After Motorcycle Crash

July 9, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page
Watertown Man Airlifted After Motorcycle Crash
Billy Mark Judkins was taken by DeKalb EMS to DeKalb West School where he was airlifted by a helicopter ambulance.

A Watertown man was airlifted after a motorcycle crash Saturday on Highway 70 between Dowelltown and Liberty.

According to Trooper Bobby Johnson of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, 50 year old Billy Mark Judkins was riding a 2002 Victory motorcycle heading east when he failed to negotiate a curve, went off the left side of the highway, and struck an embankment.

Judkins was taken by DeKalb EMS to DeKalb West School where he was airlifted by a helicopter ambulance.

Members of the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department, Liberty Station of the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department, and Constable Mark Milam were also on the scene.

5th annual Earl Judkins Golf Classic Set for Saturday, July 30

July 9, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page

The 5th annual Earl Judkins Golf Classic will be held Saturday, July 30 at Smithville Golf Course to raise money for 4 year old Karly Campbell who was diagnosed with leukemia in February. She is the daughter of Alex and Marly Campbell of Smithville.

The event is hosted by the Cantrell Cancer Benefit Foundation and all proceeds will go directly to benefit Karly and her family. “Karly was diagnosed this year but is on the up and up from what her parents tell us but that doesn’t mean she is done with treatment. She is still going to be going through some pretty rigorous tests just to make sure she is in the clear so we want to help her out as much as we can,” said Caroline Cantrell.

The golf classic began five years ago to help families who have been affected by cancer. “We are looking to serve families who have been affected by cancer. Cancer has hit our family a couple of times pretty hard. We know how hard it is to struggle and we want to just help those families,” said Tyler Cantrell.

Those wishing to be served must first apply. A committee then reviews the applications and selects a recipient each year. The man for whom the classic is named, the late Earl Judkins, was an avid golfer and a cancer patient.

“Our family was affected by cancer five years ago with my sister the late Amy Miller so we know how hard it is for families. My great uncle Earl Judkins, the man for whom the classic is named passed away several years ago from colon cancer,” said Tyler.

Previous recipients of the benefit golf classic were Amy Miller, Chrissy Means, Gracie Dezarn, and Edith Johnson McReynolds.

This Golf Classic begins with a shotgun start at 8:00 a.m. The entry fee is $60 for an individual golfer or $240 for a team of four. (Includes 18 holes with cart and meal-mulligans can be bought prior to the shotgun start). Lunch will be provided. Door prizes and a raffle will be available but no cash prizes.

“We’re looking for any golfer. It doesn’t matter if you are a scratch golfer or a soon to be pro. Its a four man team. You can bring your own team but if you don’t have a team we can put you with anybody. We are just looking to benefit this little girl and her family,” said Tyler.

The entry deadline is Friday, July 15. The format is a 4-person A,B,C,D, Scramble/Own Team-Best Ball. For more information contact Tyler Cantrell at tcantrell@cosma.com. Like them on Facebook at Cantrell Cancer Benefit Foundation or Phone 1-931-239-5948 or contact the Smithville Golf Course to sign up at 615-597-6648. Donations may be made to the Cantrell Cancer Benefit Foundation. Mail to 625 Foster Road, Smithville, TN 37166 or bring them by Center Hill Cross Fit.

Meanwhile, a Cross Fit competition will be held the weekend before the golf classic which will also serve as a benefit for Karly. Call or email to get more information.

Danny Fish Named DCHS Tigerette Softball Coach

July 9, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page
Danny Fish
Danny Fish, his wife Nicole, and their children, Devin and Karah

Danny Fish has been named the new DCHS girls softball coach.

Fish, who has served as an assistant to former head coach Danny Bond for the last four years, will be moving from Northside Elementary School, where he taught physical education to DCHS where he will also be a P.E. teacher.

“I am excited to be blessed with the opportunity to follow Coach Bond as the head coach of the Tigerettes. I am thankful to DCHS Principal Kathy Bryant and Director of Schools Patrick Cripps for believing in me and my vision for the future of the program. We will continue the same values, work ethic, and competitiveness that has been put forth by other Tigerette teams. We will consistently compete in the classroom and on the field. My family and I are excited and cannot wait to get started. I want to thank everyone that has helped me get to this point in my career,” Coach Fish told WJLE.

Fish was born and raised in DeKalb County and he graduated from DCHS in 1996. During his high school years, Fish played both basketball and baseball. Fish furthered his education at Motlow State Community College from 1996-98 where he received a baseball scholarship. From there, Fish received a scholarship to play baseball for two years from 1998-2000 at Tennessee Wesleyan College in Athens, Tennessee, an NAIA school, and he earned “All Conference” and “All Region” honors both years. It was also at Tennessee Wesleyan where Fish got his first coaching experience in 2001. “After my time there as a student, I was offered a staff position as an assistant softball coach under TWC Hall of Famer, Jeff Rice. During my one year tenure there as an assistant, I was in charge of the outfielders, hitters, and Head JV coach. During that season, the team was able to complete an incredible run that ended when we won the Appalachian Athletic Conference Championship,” said Coach Fish.

Maryville College came calling for Fish in 2002 and he accepted the positions of head softball coach and assistant women’s basketball coach. “At that time I was the youngest head coach in NCAA Division III. During my first season we won a Great South Athletic Conference Regular Season Championship and made it into the NCAA Division III Top 25. At Maryville College I was fortunate enough to be a part of 8 Great South Athletic Conference Championships and competed in 4 NCAA Division III National Tournament events as a coach. Our staff also guided the Lady Scots to the 2007 NCAA Division III National Tournament,” he continued. While at Maryville, Coach Fish compiled a record of 159-115 and 80-30 in GSAC play. He was also a three-time GSAC Coach of the Year in 2004, 2007, and 2009 with five regular season titles.

In 2009 Coach Fish left Maryville for Union College in Barbourville, Kentucky where he was named head softball coach. “In my first year I took the program to unmatched heights by winning the 2010 Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament and we made it to the 2010 NAIA World Series. During my time at Union, I coached 2 Conference Players of the Year, 9 All Conference Players, 8 All Academic Team members and was awarded the 2012 Champions of Character for the most service work in the conference. At Union I was also given an opportunity to be the Director of Game Management which manages all home events,” he said.

Coach Fish returned to DeKalb County in 2012 and was employed by the local school system as a substitute teacher. He also became assistant high school softball coach. The following year Fish was hired as a physical education teacher at Northside Elementary School.

Fish earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from Tennessee Wesleyan College in 2000 and a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Union College in 2012.

Fish and his wife Nicole have two children, 8 year old Devin and 2 year old Karah.

Former DCHS Basketball Star Remembers Meeting Lady Vols Coach Pat Summitt

July 8, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page
Mary Ann Puckett, a DCHS basketball star from 1989-93
Legendary Lady Vols Coach Pat Summitt

Since her passing last week, tributes from throughout the nation have been paid to Pat Summitt, the legendary former Tennessee Women’s Basketball Coach

Summitt served as the head coach of the Lady Vols from 1974 to 2012, before retiring at age 59 because of a diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer's disease. She died last Tuesday at the age of 64.

During her years at Tennessee, Coach Summitt won 1,098 games, the most in Division I history, and eight national titles with the Lady Vols.

Mary Ann Puckett, a DCHS basketball star from 1989-93, has her own special remembrances of Coach Summitt.

Because of her success on the court at DCHS and in AAU basketball, Puckett was sought after by several coaches from various colleges and universities during her high school years, including Coach Summitt who came to see Puckett for an in home visit during the fall of 1992. Though it was not her first encounter with the legendary coach, having previously seen her during AAU tournaments, Puckett told WJLE that the moment was still quite special.

“I got to meet her in my living room. That was pretty surreal and very special. That was a really cool time in my life and I remembered that when she passed away last week. It was during the fall of my junior year. When college coaches who were recruiting me were taking home visits we would schedule them to come in and actually visit with my family and for us get to know a little bit more about their programs. My mom would fix food for the coaches when they would come. It wouldn’t always be a full meal. We would usually have some fresh fried okra that she (mom) would put up from the summer. She (mom) would fry them some okra and give them some cornbread or something just to be a good host. I took in eleven home visits that year which was kind of unheard of. I just had a hard time saying no to the coaches who wanted to visit. Most people (athletes) would take in their top three or four people (coaches) for a home visit but I took in eleven. I don’t remember them all now but I know I had Duke, Wake Forest, Clemson, South Carolina, Tennessee, and several small schools come in. But to have Pat Summitt knock on the door of your house is a pretty cool thing. She was definitely the highest profile coach I had come in and her assistant Mickie DeMoss came with her. She was sitting in the living room visiting with us. My mom remembers her talking about when Tyler (Summitt’s son) was born. He was two years old at the time. She (mom) remembers her (Summitt) saying that she had gotten soft since she had her son. But I’m not sure she was ever really soft. If she was that was really a relative term,” Puckett told WJLE.

“She (Coach Summitt) came in that evening and talked about how she only recruited two people for each position that she needed to fill. I knew she had a post position open that year and I think she had two guard positions open. She had two people she wanted to fill those spots and she would make an offer to her first choice and if her first choice didn’t take it, her second choice would. At that time I was second choice to Abby Conklin from Indiana. She (Summitt) had not yet heard from Abby as far as a firm commitment. She (Summitt) told me if she (Conklin) didn’t accept the position she would like for me to accept it. I told her I was honored to be her second choice. I didn’t tell her at that point that I was leaning toward Duke but I already was before the home visits even started. While I didn’t get a formal offer from Coach Summitt, it was enough for her to come and visit to say that I was second in line. But Abby (Conklin) did take the position that year and during the time, had I been there (Tennessee), had I been a player on her team, I would have been on a team that went on to win two or three national championships,” said Puckett.

Having played in AAU tournaments, Puckett said she got the attention of several colleges during that time including Tennessee.“ I was getting recruiting letters from Tennessee probably beginning in eighth grade, a product of playing on an AAU team that was nationally successful. We always went to the nationals and the lowest we finished was in fifth place in the nation. That’s how you got exposure was to be on a successful team. AAU Nationals was what sent me to college with a basketball scholarship,” said Puckett.

It was during her AAU playing days that she first met Coach Summitt. “I had known her off and on through seeing her at AAU tournaments and she was friends with my AAU coach Lynn Burkey, who was the coach of the girls team at Oak Ridge. I was playing for Coach Burkey who was friends with Pat Summit and she would be around our tournaments saying hello to us. For one or two summers I played basketball with her (Summitt’s) niece Tracey Head and Pat would come and watch us play at the tournaments and visit with us a little bit there,” she said.

Although she went on to play for Duke, Puckett said she highly respected Coach Summitt and was honored by her in home visit. “She was the quintessential womens basketball coach. She had a lot to do with putting womens basketball on the map. Coach Summitt inspired so many young girls. She seemed down to earth. She was a real hard working woman and commanded a natural respect from everybody around her yet she was so personable, friendly, and available to everybody,” Puckett concluded.

Local EMS Employee Retiring

July 7, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page
EMS Director Hoyte Hale presents plaque to Richard "Dick" Kinsey

A local EMS employee was recognized for his years of service Thursday by his boss and co workers.

Richard “Dick” Kinsey is retiring.

Kinsey has worked for the DeKalb EMS operation, mostly in a part time role as an Advanced EMT since 2002.

Director Hoyte Hale presented Kinsey a plaque which reads:

“In appreciation

Richard “Dick” Kinsey

AEMT

The DeKalb County Ambulance Service would like to thank you for your unselfish service to the ambulance service and all the persons you have responded to throughout your many years. If we were to do a review of your many years of service to our organization we would find the true spirit of dedication to our service. Have a prosperous and happy retirement.

2016

DeKalb Ambulance Service"

“I wish I had more employees like him. He was very dedicated and dependable and was always willing to come to work, even when called at the last minute if needed,” said EMS Director Hale.

Kinsey also worked for Dura Automotive Systems in Gordonsville prior to his retirement there.

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