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Liberty Senior Citizens Remembering "Veterans Day"

November 11, 2016
Dwayne Page

The Liberty Senior Citizens and their Director Nancy Goad are paying tribute to ALL Veterans today (Friday) with the following "Veterans Day" poem by Cheryl Dyson:

"On Veterans Day we honor all,
Who answered to a service call,
Soldiers young, and soldiers old,
Fought for freedom, brave and bold
Some have lived, while others died,
And all of them deserve our pride,
We're proud of all the soldiers who,
Kept thinking of red, white, and blue,
They fought for us and all our rights,
They fought through many days and nights,
And though we may not know each name,
We thank ALL veterans just the same."

Ruch Medals at TSSAA State, Named All Mid-State in MSCCA

November 10, 2016
Mya Ruch with Coach Melissa Ruch (right) and Assistant Coach Sonja House (left)

Mya Ruch, a freshman at DeKalb County High School, has become the first high school student in DeKalb to place and medal at the TSSAA Cross Country State meet on Saturday, November 5th which was held at Percy Warner Park in Nashville. Mya placed 15th out of 181 runners, received a medal, hit her best PR by finishing with a time of 20:32, and earned a spot on the TSSAA All-State Team.

Mya also learned over fall break that she had been named to the MSCCA All Mid-State Bronze Team for her quick times in several of her meets over this season. She attended their banquet on November 7th which was held at Brentwood Academy, and was one of 21 runners in the girls division which was named to the All Mid-State Team for the 2016 season.

Pinkard Gets Four Year Sentence in Meth Case

November 10, 2016
Dwayne Page
Marlin Pinkard

A man found with a meth lab during an April Smithville Police Department hit and run investigation was sentenced in DeKalb County Criminal Court Tuesday.

Judge Gary McKenzie presided.

35 year old Marlin Pinkard entered a plea to attempting to initiate the manufacture of meth. He received a four year sentence to serve at 30% before his release eligibility date. The term is to run consecutive to a Warren County sentence against him. He was given jail credit from April 12 to November 8.

In June, 32 year old Shana Nicole Smiley, a co-defendant entered a plea by criminal information to attempted initiation of a process intended to result in the manufacture of methamphetamine. She received a three year TDOC sentence which is to run consecutive to a Warren County sentence against her. Smiley was given jail credit for 70 days and she must make restitution of $2,000. Smiley was also ordered to forfeit her 1998 Gold Dodge Stratus.

Pinkard and Smiley were arrested by Smithville Police on charges of initiation of methamphetamine during a hit and run investigation on April 11.

After obtaining a description of the car involved in the hit-and-run, officers tracked it down at Mapco Express. "After officers arrived at Mapco, they spotted Mr. Pinkard coming out of the store. When Pinkard saw them, he went back in the store and tried to empty his pockets. Officers confronted Pinkard and found pills in his possession believed to be Suboxone. Pinkard was then placed under arrest," said Police Chief Mark Collins.

Upon checking out Pinkard's car at Mapco, Chief Collins said police found a meth lab. "When we went to his car we found Shana Nicole Smiley sitting in the passenger seat. After she was asked to get out of the car we saw in plain view a plastic bottle containing a sludge like material consistent with the manufacture of meth. The substance was later identified as a one pot meth lab by the Tennessee Meth Task Force who came to the scene to assist in the investigation. Also found in the car was an opened cold pack, lithium batteries, and a glass pipe with residue. Smiley was then placed under arrest," he said.

Jennings Signs with Ole Miss to Play Baseball

November 10, 2016
Dwayne Page
DCHS Senior Baseball Standout Steven Jennings signs letter of intent to play for the Ole Miss Rebels next year. Pictured with parents, Randy and Jill Jennings and sister Cori Jennings
DCHS Baseball Coach Jon Adam Kefauver with Steven Jennings
Steven Jennings with DCHS Baseball Coach, Players, and members of the program

Steven Jennings, a senior at DeKalb County High School, may soon become the first DCHS Tiger ever to play collegiate baseball in the Southeastern Conference.

This outstanding pitcher and short stop for the DCHS program signed a letter of intent Wednesday to play for the Ole Miss Rebels after his high school career is completed.

The signing was held in the library at DCHS. Jennings was joined by his parents, Randy and Jill Jennings, his sister Cori, DCHS baseball coach Jon Adam Kefauver, members of the Tiger baseball team, and DCHS football coach Steve Trapp.

“This has been a dream of mine since I was little. I used to always tell my mom and dad that playing in my TV was like of dream of mine and it has been since I was four years old. I’m just glad that today I am able to make it a reality. Ole Miss is a great school. It’s beautiful down there. They have a really great baseball program and playing in the Southeastern Conference has also been a dream of mine so for me Ole Miss was the place to go,” said Jennings.

Jennings, also starting quarterback for the DCHS football team until he suffered an injury this season, still has one more baseball season at DCHS now that football for him is over and he is anxious for it to begin next spring. “I’m ready to get started, to make myself better every day, and hopefully win some baseball games this spring,” added Jennings.

“I’m blessed to have him (Jennings) for another year. It’s obvious how hard he has worked up to this point to get where he is. This is a day where everything is coming to fruition for him. I’m happy to be part of it and happy to have a year to build a relationship with him,” said first year DCHS Baseball Coach Jon Adam Kefauver.

Man Injured in One Car Crash

November 10, 2016
Dwayne Page
Wesley Chandler Injured in One Car Crash

A 39 year old Smithville man was injured in a one car crash at around 2:00 a.m. this morning (Thursday) on Highway 70 east near Evins Mill Road.

Trooper Sean Tramel of the Tennessee Highway Patrol told WJLE that Wesley Chandler of Page Drive was driving east on Highway 70 in a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am when the car went off the left side of the highway, struck an embankment, went airborne, did not flip, but came down on its side. The car struck some small trees and slid before coming to rest upright in the highway.

Chandler was taken by DeKalb EMS to St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital to be treated for minor injuries. According to Trooper Tramel, alcohol was involved in the crash and charges are pending against Chandler possibly for DUI and for driving on a revoked license and no insurance.

Members of the Midway and Johnson Chapel stations of the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department and Sheriff’s Department also responded.

McMinnville Man Sentenced in Recent Burglaries

November 10, 2016
Dwayne Page
Dakota James Stith

A McMinnville man appeared in DeKalb County Criminal Court Tuesday where he entered a plea by criminal information to three counts of aggravated burglary.

Judge Gary McKenzie presided.

24 year old Dakota James Stith of Northgate Drive received a three year sentence in each case. Two counts will run consecutively for a total of six years but concurrently with the third count. The term will also run consecutively with four other counts. He will be furloughed into the DeKalb County Drug Recovery Program and the sentence will be suspended upon his successful completion of it. He must make restitution to the victims in amounts of $1,775, $310, and $370. Stith has been given jail credit of 229 days.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Wednesday, May 11 Stith either committed vandalism or burglary and theft at three separate homes on Cove Hollow Road.

In one case, Stith allegedly cut a back screen door, broke a Samsung surveillance camera system, and broke parts to a Rokon motorcycle causing $370 in damage.

At a second location, Stith allegedly entered the residence by force through the front door and broke a door frame valued at $250. He then allegedly stole $2,125 worth of items including a 20 gauge shotgun, 32 inch flat screen TV, Xbox 360, fishing tackle, jewelry, plastic storage container, food, jump box, and assorted power tools.

At a third residence, Stith allegedly entered through an unlocked door and took $8,310 worth of items including a 20 gauge shotgun, 22 caliber rifle, 38 caliber Derringer pistol, and assorted change. He also took from the property a 2013 Polaris Ranger.

Cookbook Author to be in Smithville for Book Signing

November 10, 2016
Dwayne Page
Cookbook Author to be in Smithville for Book Signing

From two-lane highways and interstates, to dirt roads and quaint downtowns, every road leads to delicious food when traveling across The Volunteer State.

“Tennessee Back Road Restaurant Recipes Cookbook” by Anita Musgrove, is unique in that it serves up a well-researched and charming guide to Tennessee's best back road restaurants plus favorite recipes from restaurant owners, chefs and the best cooks in the state. This is not your usual guide to high-priced, white-tablecloth restaurants. You ll find those hidden gems that most people would never discover unless they lived in these small towns. No time to travel? No problem. Each restaurant shares with you their favorite recipes. Some recipes are signature dishes, others are family favorites, but all are delicious. Here you ll enjoy terrific recipes plus a guide to Tennessee restaurants you won t want to miss while traveling the back roads of Tennessee. So crank up the car and join us.

All recipes in the “Back Road” series are easy to prepare using ingredients most people already have in their pantry..just good old hometown cooking.

Musgrove will be at F.Z. Webb & Sons Gifts on the public square, Smithville for a book signing Friday, November 11 from 2-5 p.m. and Saturday, November 12 from 10 a.m. until noon.

County Clerk Displays License Plates in Honor of Veterans

November 9, 2016
Dwayne Page
County Clerk Displays License Plates in Honor of Veterans

DeKalb County Clerk James L. “Jimmy” Poss has erected three separate display boards in the clerk’s office including one which is made up solely of military and veteran plates in time for Veterans Day

“While erecting these displays I wanted something extra for our veterans and military. To Honor each veteran and military person, our office says "Thank You”!. “We appreciate veterans from the past and active military today,” said Poss.

“As you can see in the photograph shown here, I attached a plaque above the service plates that reads "THANK YOU" VETERANS & MILITARY. WE HONOR AND SALUTE YOU”, added Poss.

Former Smithville Man Bitten by Rattlesnake

November 9, 2016
Kyle Watson

A former Smithville man and Williamson County firefighter is recovering in the hospital after being bitten by a rattlesnake while hiking over the weekend.

According to the Tennessean, Spring Hill Fire Department Engineer Kyle Watson was off duty and with his wife and children hiking on a trail at the Creeks Bend Natural Wildlife Area in Maury County on Sunday when he came across a juvenile timber rattlesnake.

"I decided to cut the head off the snake with a kayak paddle," Watson told Channel 4.

The snake was only a few feet long. After Watson decapitated the snake, he wanted to show his children the head. Unable to pick the snake's head up with the paddle, Watson used his hand.

"The head turned and struck me on the finger. It latched on and I slung it off," Watson said.

"It took about 10 seconds for the burning sensation to start shooting through my arm. Within 60 seconds, I was unconscious. I fell on the trail and hit the back of my head on a rock. I was knocked out. In a remote area, bleeding from the head and bitten by a snake," Watson said.

Following a quick response by Maury County Fire and Emergency Medical Services, Watson was stabilized in the field.

He was flown to Vanderbilt Medical Center, where he was quickly put on an IV drip of anti-venom serum.

Trump Wins Big in DeKalb County; Liquor, wine referendums pass

November 8, 2016

Republican Donald J. Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States and easily carried DeKalb County by an overwhelming margin over Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, in Tuesday's General Election. Trump carried all 15 county precincts plus early voting and absentee ballots for a total of 5,164 votes to 1,566 for Clinton.

Independent candidates for President with DeKalb County votes included “Rocky” Roque De La Fuente- 9, Gary Johnson-117, Alyson Kennedy-6, Mike Smith-29, and Jill Stein-49.





Meanwhile, the referendum for the legal sale of alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises in City of Smithville (Liquor By The Drink) passed with 665 votes for the sale of alcoholic beverages for consumption, with a total of 597 votes against it. The referendum passed in all four City of Smithville precincts, plus early voting. The vote breakdown is as follows:

Early Voting/Absentees - For: 473 Against: 451
Church of Christ Annex - For: 92 Against: 68
County Complex - For: 8 Against: 7
Courthouse - For: 14 Against: 13
Smithville Church of God - For: 78 Against: 58

In a separate referendum, City of Smithville voters approved the legal sale of wine at retail food stores in the City of Smithville. A total of 691 city voters voted in favor of the referendum, while 515 voters opposed it. The referendum passed in all four City of Smithville precincts, plus early voting. The vote breakdown is as follows:

Early Voting - For: 505 Against: 389
Church of Christ Annex - For: 85 Against: 56
County Complex - For: 8 Against: 5
Courthouse - For: 17 Against: 8
Smithville Church of God - For: 76 Against: 57

Republican incumbent State House of Representatives candidates Terri Lynn Weaver in the 40th District, and Mark Pody in the 46th District, have each won re-election, and each easily carried DeKalb County. Weaver carried all twelve 40th District precincts in DeKalb County plus early voting, for a total of 3,255 votes. Her opponent, Democratic challenger Gayla Colvert Hendrix tallied 1,526 votes in DeKalb County. Weaver also carried vote totals in Smith, Sumner and Trousdale counties.

District-wide Weaver received 20,352 votes to 7,438 for Hendrix:

Here are the totals from each county in the 40th district:
DeKalb: Weaver 3,255, Hendrix 1,526

Smith: Weaver, 5,096, Hendrix 2,031

Sumner: Weaver, 10,065, Hendrix 3,042

Trousdale: Weaver 1,936, Hendrix 839

Pody, meanwhile, won seven of the eight precincts in District 46 within DeKalb County plus early voting, and earned a total of 1,144 votes. His opponent, Amelia Morrison Hipps, carried one DeKalb County precinct and totaled 433 votes. Pody also carried vote totals in Cannon and Wilson counties.

District-wide Pody received 19,752 votes to 6,575 for Hipps

Here are the totals from each county in the 46h district

DeKalb: Pody 1,144, Hipps 433

Cannon: Pody 3,723, Hipps 1,151

Wilson: Pody, 14,885, Hipps 4,991

In the Sixth District U.S. House of Representatives race, Republican incumbent Congressman Diane Black carried all 15 precincts and early voting in DeKalb County to outdistance challengers, Democrat David W. Kent and Independent, David Ross. In DeKalb County, Black earned 4,385 votes; Kent tallied 1,144 votes, while Ross finished with 361 DeKalb County votes.

In the 19 county 6th district, Congressman Black received a total of 202,038 votes to 61,940 for Democrat David Kent and 20,241 for Independent Davis Ross. Black carried every county.

A total of 7,065 people voted in Tuesday's election including 3,073 on election day and 3,992 early votes/absentee.

See the link above for complete county vote breakdowns in the State House and Congressional races.


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