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Cookeville Boat Dock Owes County Almost $200,000 in Back Taxes and Penalties

February 11, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
Cookeville Boat Dock

The owners of Cookeville Boat Dock haven't paid all their property taxes to DeKalb County for more than a decade and a Judge assigned to hear the case in Chancery Court still has not ruled on it, though a decision could come soon. The total tax bill owed comes to almost $200,000 including interest and penalties.

From 1998 through the 2012 tax year, owners of Cookeville Boat Dock & Resort, Inc. have been named as defendants in DeKalb County Chancery Court lawsuits filed against delinquent taxpayers. The amount Cookeville Boat Dock & Resort, Inc. owes through 2012 in delinquent taxes comes to $183,289.94 (taxes on personal property and leased property including the base tax plus interest and penalty, attorneys fees, and court costs). Further penalties are assessed each month. Additionally for the 2013 tax year, the Trustee's Office reports that Cookeville Boat Dock & Resort Inc. owes a total of $9,307 in delinquent taxes including interest and penalty to date. The marina also owes $8,213 for the 2014 tax year, which comes due February 28, 2015.

In a Chancery Court delinquent tax lawsuit, the marina owners claim that they can't be forced to pay ad valorem (property) taxes on constitutional grounds. But in 2013, Tennessee Attorney General Robert E. (Bob) Cooper, Jr. gave an opinion that the marina's claim is without merit and should be dismissed by the court.

The attorney for Cookeville Boat Dock, Jon E. Jones of Cookeville contends the owners of the marina are being discriminated against in that the county is trying to force them to pay ad valorem taxes on the boat dock facility which is leased from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (federal government property) while other properties in Tennessee leased from the state or local government entities (under Article II, Section 28 of the Tennessee Constitution) are exempt from payment of ad valorem taxes. This, he claims is a violation of the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution making the tax assessment against Cookeville Boat Dock & Resort, Inc. invalid. In 2013 Jones filed an amended answer to the county's Chancery Court lawsuits against delinquent taxpayers including Cookeville Boat Dock & Resort along with a counter complaint seeking a declaratory judgment for his clients.

Attorney General Cooper, who was made a party to the case to defend the constitutionality of Article II, section 28 of the Tennessee Constitution, asserts in his answer to the marina's counter complaint that the state constitution does not grant a property tax exemption to commercial taxpayers that operate a business on land owned by the state or local government. Cooper further asserts that Cookeville Boat Dock's constitutional challenge is not properly before the court because the marina owners failed to first pursue other statutory remedies available to them.

Cookeville Boat Dock owns and operates a commercial boat dock and concession on land in DeKalb County that is leased from the federal government. The marina has been assessed ad valorem taxes on the boat dock property since 1998; however, it apparently has not paid these taxes and, thus, the boat dock property has been included in the delinquent tax proceedings of DeKalb County covering the tax years from 1998 through 2012. "It is the Attorney General's understanding that Cookeville Boat Dock has not been assessed for the underlying real estate that is owned by the federal government or for any leasehold interest in the real estate. Rather, Cookeville Boat Dock has been assessed only for the buildings and other structures that make up the boat dock property," wrote Attorney General Cooper in his answer.

In their Trial Brief, "Cookeville Boat Dock & Resort, Inc. is asking the Court to declare that DeKalb County's assessment of ad valorem taxes against boat dock facilities leased by Cookeville Boat Dock & Resort, Inc from the United States is a violation of the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution because Tennessee exempts boat dock facilities from taxation when the lessor is an agency of the state."

In his answer, attorney general Cooper wrote that " the Federal Supremacy Clause does not prevent DeKalb County from assessing the property of a taxpayer that operates a commercial boat dock on land leased from the federal government".

Former Chancellor Vernon Neal recused himself from hearing the delinquent tax case against Cookeville Boat Dock & Resort, Inc. in 2002 citing a personal conflict. Former Circuit Court Judge John Turnbull was designated and appointed to hear the case to its conclusion. After Turnbull retired from the bench, the case was passed on to Judge Amy Hollars but it still has not been settled in court. The case is reportedly under review by Judge Hollars and a decision is expected soon.

State VFW Orders Operations Suspended at Local POST

February 11, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page

Although the local VFW POST 7623 hasn't been active for a long time, it will cease to exist if the state VFW organization acts to revoke the charter.

The operation has been suspended for up to 90 days because of its inactivity but in an effort to try and save the POST, a meeting is set for Saturday, March 14 at 2:00 p.m. in the county complex history room to give members and local veterans of interest an opportunity to express their wishes.

Acting Post Commander Ronald Miller recently received a letter from the State VFW Commander William G. Crawford informing him of the suspension because the local POST has failed to hold meetings and elect officers in violation of the national VFW BY-Laws. An administrative committee will make a recommendation on whether the suspension is to be kept in place, lifted, or if the charter should be revoked.

Director Fails to Meet School Board Expectations

February 10, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
Director Mark Willoughby
Evaluation Results

The DeKalb County Board of Education's annual performance evaluation of Director of Schools Mark Willoughby has been completed and the result shows he is not meeting all the board’s expectations.

Willoughby's overall average score is 2.92 (Rating out of 6).

In accordance with state law, the school board is required to develop and implement an evaluation plan to be used annually for the director of schools. This year, board members used a four page evaluation form to rate Director Willoughby (1-5) in each of 60 areas from eight categories including on his relationship with the Board, the Community, Staff and Personnel, Educational Leadership, Business and Finance, Personal Qualities, Strategic Planning Skills, and Tennessee Specific questions.

A rating of "1" meant his performance was "Consistently Below Expectations". A "5" rating signified that Willoughby "Met All Expectations". A rating with an asterisk (*) symbol meant he "Exceeded Expectations" (and a score of 6 was used on the overall report).

Other ratings were:
"2"-Meets Few Expectations
"3"-Meets Some Expectations
"4"-Meets Most Expectations

Each board member scored Willoughby in all areas from the categories on the form. The scores were then averaged to arrive at the grand total score.
Six of the seven school board members held one-on-one evaluation meetings with Willoughby. Only Fourth district member Kate Miller did not participate because she was out of town during the evaluation period.

Following the meetings, each board member scored Willoughby using the evaluation form. The forms were then sent to officials of the Tennessee School Boards Association where the scores were tabulated and averaged. "The Evaluations were sent to TSBA to be tabulated and confirmed to have a 3rd party provide the final tabulation," said Board Chairman W.J. (Dub) Evins, III in an interview with WJLE.

Willoughby’s scores ran the full scale, with highs and lows depending on category and board member.

The Director’s strengths, based on the overall report, were his personal qualities and his educational leadership. Weaknesses were in strategic planning, business and finance and community relationship.

A breakdown of the scores in the eight areas of evaluation were:

Performance Goal Average

Board Relationship
2.87

Community Relationships
2.84

Staff and Personnel Relationships
2.90

Educational Leadership
3.07

Business and Finance
2.78

Personal Qualities
3.38

Strategic Planning Skills
2.47

Tennessee Specific Questions
3.06

Grand Total
2.92

The following is a further breakdown of the average score in each area of the evaluation:

BOARD RELATIONSHIP (Rating Out of 6)
Keeps all board members informed on issues needs, and operation of the school system. 2.75
Supports board policy and actions to the public and staff. 3.00
Has a harmonious relationship with the board. 2.25
Upon request, provides clear explanations of alternatives for recommendations. 3.17
Works toward creating and maintaining a high degree of understanding and respect between staff and the board. 2.83
Advises the board on need for new or revised policies. 2.80
Refrains from criticism of individual or group members of the board.3.33
Exercises good judgment and objectivity in making recommendations to the board. 3.00
Offers professional advice to the board on items requiring board action, with appropriate recommendations based on thorough study and analysis. 2.83
Understands and executes the intent of board policy. 2.67
Seeks and accepts constructive criticism of his work. 2.92
Keeps board informed in employment, promotion, and dismissal of personnel. 2.83
Average 2.87

COMMUNITY RELATIONSHIPS
Is an effective spokesman for the school system. 2.80
Is respected and supported by the community in conducting the operation of the schools. 2.50
Builds public support for the school district. 2.67
Solicits and involves the community in planning and problem solving for the schools. 2.25
Develops cooperative relationships with news media. 3.17
Participates actively in community life and affairs. 3.00
Achieves status as a community leader in public education. 3.00
Works effectively with public and private agencies. 3.20
Works effectively to serve the needs of diverse constituencies. 3.00
Average 2.84

STAFF AND PERSONNEL RELATIONSHIPS
Develops a good staff morale and loyalty to the organization. 2.67
Treats all personnel fairly, without favoritism or discrimination, while insisting on performance of duties. 2.50
Delegates authority to staff members appropriate to the position each holds. 3.00
Recruits and assigns the best available personnel in terms of their competencies. 3.00
Ensures that salary schedules for all personnel are competitive and within budgetary limitations of the district. 3.17
Represents the best interests of the board in working with teachers and their organizations. 2.83
Solicits input from staff in planning activities. 3.00
Maintains up-to-date job descriptions for all personnel. 2.50
Ensures that adequate planning and evaluation of curriculum and instruction occurs. 3.17
Develops and empowers staff, resulting in an effective educational team. 3.17
Average 2.90

EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP
Has a vision and communicates a mission for the school system. 2.75
Understands and keeps informed regarding all aspects of the instructional program. 3.00
Implements the school system's philosophy of education. 3.17
Participates with staff, board, and community in studying, problem solving, and developing, curriculum and instructional improvements. 3.00
Organizes a planned program of staff evaluation and improvement. 3.17
Models the highest professional standards to staff and community. 3.17
Is an effective advocate of lifelong learning. 3.17
Creates an environment which encourages staff to constantly strive for improvement. 2.83
Incorporates technology as a teaching-learning strategy. 3.33
Encourages staff to be innovative in problem-solving. 3.50
Utilizes a leadership style that is effective and fits the culture of the community. 2.67
Average 3.07

BUSINESS AND FINANCE
Has an understanding of the needs of the school program, plant, facilities, equipment, supplies, and the budget required. 3.00
Supervises operations, insisting on competent and efficient performance. 2.83
Ensures that funds are spent wisely, and adequate control and accounting are maintained. 2.50
Average 2.78

PERSONAL QUALITIES
Defends principle and conviction in the face of pressure and partisan influence. 3.83
Maintains high standards of ethics, honesty, and integrity in all personal and professional matters. 3.00
Earns respect and standing among his professional colleagues. 3.17
Exercises good judgment and objectivity in arriving at decisions. 3.00
Maintains pose and emotional stability in the full range of his professional activities. 3.17
Speaks clearly and concisely with staff members, the board, and the public. 3.17
Writes clearly and concisely. 3.83
Keeps up-to-date with 21st Century Schooling and societal issues. 3.83
Average 3.38

STRATEGIC PLANNING SKILLS
Works effectively with board, staff, and community to develop both long and short range strategic plans. 2.58
Keeps board and community informed on progress towards short and long range plans. 2.42
Develops a Five Year Plan which includes strategies, goals, and projected student outcomes. 2.42
Average 2.47

TENNESSEE SPECIFIC QUESTIONS
Keeps board informed about rules and regulations of the Tennessee State Board of Education and all other government/state agencies. 2.92
Provides evidence to the board of effective evaluations of staff members including the Required Principal Performance Contract. 2.92
Incorporates requirements of the Educational Improvement Act (1992) into strategic plans. 3.17
Includes the five (5) components and outcomes of the system's Report Card in long and short range planning. 3.25
Average 3.06

GRAND TOTAL: 2.92

Willoughby's current contract with the board is scheduled to expire June 30th, 2017. He has served as Director of Schools since July 1st, 2006.

School System Needs Bus Drivers

February 10, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
Jimmy Sprague

The DeKalb County School System is in search of experienced bus drivers.

Persons interested may contact Transportation Supervisor Jimmy Sprague. "We offer competitive pay and retirement. It's perfect for a stay at home mom who wants to be on the same schedule as her kids; for a person with their own business such as someone who mows yards or does landscaping; or someone who does seasonal work. You must have a CDL license, Class A or Class B. You must have a P&S endorsement. I provide training for the P&S endorsements. You have to carry a current medical card. You must have a clean DMV record and you must be able to pass a background check and drug screening. After a bus driver is hired, there are random drug tests at the bus garage for all drivers. If you are interested in driving a school bus call or come see me. You may fill out an application on line or I have hard copies and we can fill them out at the office," said Sprague.

Motorists Advised to Stop for School Buses

February 10, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
Motorists Advised to Stop for School Buses

The most dangerous part of a school bus ride is getting on and off and if motorists don't stop for buses when they're supposed to the potential for a tragic accident increases.

Jimmy Sprague, Transportation Supervisor for the DeKalb County School System, told WJLE Monday that he is concerned that too many motorists are failing to stop when school bus lights and stop signs are deployed as students get off and on buses in school parking lot loading zones and on roads, including four lane highways. "The amber lights are supposed to come on two hundred feet before the bus stops and the red lights are to come on at the bus stop itself," he said.

And the problem is not just on the highways according to Sprague. "This happens also at our schools. Each school has a designated area, car line, or car pickup and drop off line. I still have people (motorists) who want to pull up in the designated bus load and unload zones at the schools to unload their children where the designated line has been set up in a certain area at each school," said Sprague.

Bus drivers are trained to keep a watchful eye out for the children and Sprague says they do a good job. " I train my drivers to watch the danger zones, which are ten feet from the front of the bus, ten feet down each side, ten feet out, and ten feet from the rear. When the bus stops and we're loading or unloading students, the driver is to monitor his mirrors to check these zones. He is also watching the children because we must keep accountability of them before we drive away. We go over this every year at in-service. Our drivers are trained to watch for the children, to give them a hand motion or a nod before they cross the road to go home or before they cross the road to get on the bus. We make sure all traffic is stopped before we allow that student to step out in the roadway or in front of the bus," said Sprague.

Highway 70 in Smithville is of particular concern. "It is a four lane highway with a driveable median but traffic in all four lanes have to stop. When that bus driver deploys his stop sign and red lights, all four lanes of traffic must stop. That's state law," said Sprague.

The penalty for passing a stopped school bus is a class-A misdemeanor and that penalty is actually from $250 up to $1,000. "I have been in contact with our local law enforcement and state law enforcement on these issues and I have been getting assistance from them (on enforcement). Right now the only thing we can do is make a report and send it to the state. The state, in turn, sends a letter to whoever the violator is stating that the stop arm laws have been violated on a certain date, time, and location," Sprague continued.

Unless motorists heed the warning, Sprague is concerned that accidents will occur that could injure or kill someone. "I just want people to stop and think. This could be a child's life that you (motorist) are taking a chance on. Statistics show that 85% of the fatalities on a school bus happen at the bus stop. Not on the bus but at the bus stop. When you're getting ready to go to work, if you know you're going to be behind a bus either leave a little early or change your route. Always think ahead" said Sprague.

Tennessee law requires that:

Vehicles must stop before reaching a bus that has its flashing red warning lights and/or stop signal arm extended (B). Vehicles may not pass until the flashing red lights and signals are turned off.

Vehicles traveling in the same and opposite direction as the bus on an undivided road are always required to stop. (The four lane Highway 70 is an undivided highway and all motorists traveling in both directions must stop when a school bus stops to pick up and drop off children)

Vehicles traveling on a divided, or separated, highway do not have to stop when meeting or passing a bus on the other side of the road.

Drivers never pass on the right side of the bus, where children enter or exit. This is illegal and can have tragic results.

Boy Scout Troop 347 & Pack 347 celebrate Scout Sunday

February 9, 2015
Boy Scout Troop 347 & Pack 347 celebrate Scout Sunday

Smithville-First United Methodist Church and Boy Scout Troop 347 & Pack 347 celebrated Scout Sunday on February 8, 2015. Senior Patrol Leader, Thomas Webb, and Chaplain’s Aide, Jonathan Birmingham, led the congregation and members of the Boy Scouts of America in the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer. Dr. Will Sherwood, Scoutmaster, and Jen Sherwood, Pack Committee Chair, thanked the church for its long tradition of participation and support of the local scouting units as the charter organization. The Boy Scouts of America celebrated 105 years. It is a program designed to teach leadership and character through the fundamentals of outdoor skills, citizenship and service. All boys ages 1st grade through 18 years of age are encouraged to participate. For more information, contact Jen & Will Sherwood at 615-597-4851.

Picture: Top Left-Right: David Robinson, Cody Robinson, Jonathan Birmingham, Alan Webb
Middle Left-Right: Will Sherwood, Thomas Webb, Austin Hosse, Darren Waggoner, Jen Sherwood, Erin Turner
Front Left-Right: Mayakle West, Adrian McElroy, Colin Carpenter, Jamison Hooper, Aidan Turner

Inebriated Man Points Handgun at Deputies

February 9, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
David Scott Davis
Mark Anthony Thompson
Tommye Lou Bell
Tisha Elaine Burns
Betty Marie Davis
Heather Marie Davis

An inebriated man was arrested last week after allegedly pointing a handgun at deputies and firing shots away from them into the woods.

65 year old David Scott Davis of Neil Drive, Smithville is charged with public intoxication; resisting stop, frisk, halt, or arrest; two counts of aggravated assault; and one count of possession of a handgun (Smith & Wesson 44 Magnum) while under the influence of alcohol. His bond is $14,500 and he will be in court February 26. Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Tuesday, February 3 deputies were dispatched to Neil Drive on a report of a person with a gun. When the two officers arrived, they saw Davis point a handgun at them and then fire shots across the road into the woods. Davis was found to be unsteady on his feet and he had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his person. Multiple beer cans were on the ground there. As the officers placed him under arrest, Davis resisted and had to be forcibly taken to the ground.

55 year old Mark Anthony Thompson of Brush Creek is charged with a second offense of driving under the influence. His bond is $3,000 and he will be in court February 19. Sheriff Ray said that on Monday, February 2 a deputy was dispatched to Bob Mathis Road due to a report of an intoxicated driver. Upon arrival, the officer found the driver, Thompson sitting in the truck. While speaking with Thompson, the deputy detected a strong odor of alcohol on his person. Thompson's speech was slurred and very slow. He told the deputy that he had been "driving around drunk all day". Due to his level of intoxication, Thompson was unable to stand to undergo field sobriety tasks. He was placed under arrest and taken to the hospital for a blood withdrawal. Thompson was then taken to the sheriff's department for booking. His prior DUI offense was in April 2007.

53 year old Tommye Lou Bell of Hawkins Drive, Smithville is charged with a third offense of driving under the influence and having contraband in a penal institution. She was further issued a citation for violation of the financial responsibility law (no insurance). Her bond is $9,500 and she will be in court March 19. Sheriff Ray said that on Wednesday, February 4 a deputy was dispatched on a report of a reckless driver traveling east bound on the Nashville Highway. The officer spotted a silver 2012 Honda SUV heading eastbound from the Dollar General Store. As he followed, the deputy observed the vehicle cross the center line of the highway several times into the passing lane. He activated his emergency blue lights, trying to get the driver of the SUV to stop. When the driver, Bell saw the deputy behind her, she crossed the center turn lane into westbound traffic and almost hit an oncoming Ford pickup head-on. The SUV turned onto Tiger Drive, pulled into a parking lot, and stopped. Bell's speech was slurred and she had difficulty finding her drivers license and other vehicle information. After performing poorly on field sobriety tasks, Bell was placed under arrest and taken to the jail. Prior to a pat down and search, Bell was asked if she had any illegal substances on her. She replied "no". During the search, a female correctional officer found in Bell's bra a bottle containing 54 Dilaudid tablets.

43 year old Tisha Elaine Burns of Cookeville Highway, Smithville is charged with a second offense of driving under the influence. Her bond is $3,000. She will be in court March 5. Sheriff Ray said that on Friday, February 6 a deputy was dispatched to New Bildad Road on a report of a suspicious vehicle having been seen parked by the bridge. The officer spotted a white Crown Victoria there and spoke with the driver, Burns. He detected an odor of alcohol on her person. Her eyes were glossy and she was unsteady on her feet. After performing poorly on field sobriety tasks, she was arrested and taken to the hospital for a blood withdrawal and then to the sheriff's department for booking. Meanwhile Burns and a passenger of her vehicle, 44 year old Comer Thomas Vance of Railroad Avenue, Shelbyville were each cited for criminal trespassing after it was determined they were trespassing on private property at the bridge where two "No Trespassing" signs are posted.

49 year old Betty Marie Davis and her daughter 25 year old Heather Marie Davis of Corinth Church Road, Rock Island are each charged with domestic assault. Bond for each is $1,500 and they will be in court February 12. Sheriff Ray said that on Saturday, February 7 a deputy was dispatched to a residence on Corinth Church Road due to a domestic complaint. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with Heather Davis and Betty Davis who said that they had gotten into an argument over a car. Heather claims her mother hit her in the left eye causing it to become red and swollen. Betty claims Heather punched her in the face, busting her nose.

Vehicle Belonging to Murder Defendant Destroyed by Fire

February 8, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
Vehicle Belonging to Murder Defendant Destroyed by Fire
Mazda Millenia also damaged by heat from Tahoe Fire

Two days after a fatal stabbing there, members of the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department were summoned to 3870 Cookeville Highway, where a Chevy Tahoe caught fire and burned Saturday morning.

Central dispatch received the fire call at 8:59 a.m.

The Tahoe reportedly belongs to 42 year old Anthony (Tony) Crews, the man charged with second degree murder in the stabbing of his girlfriend, 28 year old Ashley Bain.

Upon arrival, county firefighters found the Tahoe ablaze. It was setting in the driveway near the home, parked beside a Mazda Millenia, which reportedly belonged to Bain.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze but the Tahoe was destroyed. Heat from the fire also caused some damage to the driver's side of the Millenia.

Members of the Main Station, Short Mountain Highway, and Cookeville Highway Stations responded. The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department was also on the scene. The cause of the fire is undetermined.

Meanwhile, Sheriff Patrick Ray told WJLE Saturday that Crews remains incarcerated. He has not yet posted bond since his arrest on Thursday night. Crews is under a $250,000 bond and has been moved to another facility outside DeKalb County.

Firefighters also responded to a fire at a residence on Winter Drive at 3:05 a.m. Saturday morning.

County Fire Chief Donny Green told WJLE that the home belongs to Tommy and Maria Clayborn but that Michael and Tosha Whitson are renting it and living there.

According to Chief Green, the blaze started in the kitchen as a grease fire from the stove. The Whitson's called 911 and firefighters were dispatched.

Although the fire was brought under control, it caused some damage to the kitchen and a portion of the living home. Smoke spread to other parts of the residence. No one was injured.

Members of the Main Station, Cookeville Highway, and Liberty Stations responded along with DeKalb EMS and Sheriff's Department.

The Smithville Volunteer Fire Department was called to a chimney fire at a residence on Juniper Lane Thursday afternoon. Firefighters put out the blaze and kept it from spreading to the rest of the house. Although there was some smoke in the home, no one was injured. Because of concerns with the home's electrical wiring, the family was temporarily relocated.

According to a Red Cross spokesperson, two families were living in the residence, including ten people, five of whom are children. The local chapter of the American Red Cross assisted the families. Jeania Poss and Steve Repasy were the case workers.

Meanwhile, a Red Cross Recruitment Meeting will be held Monday, February 9 at 3:00 p.m. Anyone wanting to be a Red Cross Volunteer is asked to attend the meeting which will be held in the Smithville Red Cross Office, located at the County Complex. For more information, contact Jeania Poss.

District Tournament Begins Thursday, All District Team Selections Announced

February 7, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page

The DCHS Lady Tigers will face Upperman in the District 8 AA Basketball Tournament at Cookeville High School on Thursday night, February 12 at 8:30 p.m. The winner will take on either Central Magnet or Macon County on Saturday. Upperman is a two seed in the tournament while the Lady Tigers are a seven seed.

Meanwhile, the DCHS Tigers will meet Macon County on Friday, February 13 at 6:00 p.m. in the District Tournament. The winner will face either Livingston Academy or Central Magnet on Saturday. Macon County is a three seed in the tournament and the Tigers are a six seed.

WJLE plans LIVE coverage of all games involving DCHS teams.

The Thursday night, February 12 tournament schedule is as follows:
(1) Livingston Academy vs (8) York Institute (Girls) at 5:30 p.m.
(2) Livingston Academy vs (7) Central Magnet (Boys) at 7:00 p.m.
(2) Upperman vs (7) DeKalb County (Girls) at 8:30 p.m.

Friday night, February 13:
(3) Central Magnet vs (6) Macon County (Girls) at 4:30 p.m.
(3) Macon County vs (6) DeKalb County (Boys) at 6:00 p.m.
(4) Smith County vs (5) Cannon County (Girls) at 7:30 p.m.
(4) Upperman vs (5) Smith County (Boys) at 9:00 p.m.

Meanwhile, DeKalb County's Justin Bone was named to the All-District Second Team while Isaac Beck received Honorable Mention. For the girls, Maggie Knowles was selected to the All -District Freshman Team. Knowles and Ashli Chew made the All-District third team. Loren Cripps earned Honorable Mention.

Josh Ruehlen of Cannon County and Colton Blevins of York Institute have been named Co-Most Valuable Players of District 8AA while Callie Hackett of Smith County is this year's District MVP for girls.

The All-District Team selections were announced Friday.

Meanwhile, Dana McWilliams of Upperman and Leslie Riddle of Livingston Academy have been selected as Co-District Coaches of the Year for girls while Matt Rigsby of Cannon County is the boys District Coach of the Year.

Seth Carlisle of Macon County and Akira Levy of Upperman are the District's Freshmen of the Year and the District Defensive Players of the Year are Colton Blevins of York Institute and Callie Hackett of Smith County. The District's Most Improved Players are Austin McWilliams and Abby Greenwood both of Upperman.

Members of the All-District First Team for boys are as follows: Wade Eldridge and Zac Craig both of Livingston Academy, Jacob Nave of Cannon County, Ben Guffey of Upperman, and Evan Perrigo of Macon County.

All-District Second Team: Cameron Huff of Smith County, Justin Bone of DeKalb County, Austin McWilliams of Upperman, and Michael Ashburn and Seth Carlisle both of Macon County.

All-District Third Team: Garrett McReynolds of Cannon County, Hunter Shrum of Upperman, Kaleb Qualls and Xander Miller both of Livingston Academy and Seth Hackett of Smith County.

Honorable Mention: Marshall McReynolds, Austin Martin, A.J. Daniel of Cannon County, Patrick Blair of Central Magnet, Isaac Beck of DeKalb County, Loren Crowder of Livingston Academy, Trace McPherson of Macon County, Shermar King of Smith County, Austin Shrum of Upperman, and Pacey Pyle and Jordan Wright both of York Institute.

Freshman Team: Shermar King, Jaylon Shepperson, and Bryant Goolsby all of Smith County, Carter Hayes of Livingston Academy, and Nick Hamlett of Central Magnet.

All-Defensive Team: Wade Eldridge and Loren Crowder both of Livingston Academy, Marshall McReynolds and Austin Martin both of Cannon County, and Evan Perrigo of Macon County.

Members of the All-District First Team for girls are as follows: Claudia Smith and Ola Obi both of Central Magnet, Akria Levy and Gracie Maynord both of Upperman, and Kailey Winningham of Livingston Academy.

All-District Second Team: Kellie Davis of Cannon County, Tatum Dillon and Jameson Dailey both of Livingston Academy, Briley Driver of Macon County, and Abby Greenwood of Upperman.

All-District Third Team: Keelie Lamb of Livingston Academy, Erin McReynolds of Cannon County, Maggie Knowles and Ashli Chew both of DeKalb County and Bri Melton of Smith County.

Honorable Mention: Kristen Hale and Kendra Maynard both of Cannon County, Paige Clark, Leah Anderson, and Lyndsey Belton all of Macon County, Sophie Fielder of Central Magnet, Loren Cripps of DeKalb County, Allison West of Smith County, Taylor Crouch of York Institute, and Sarah Eldridge of Upperman.

Freshman Team: Maggie Knowles of DeKalb County, Emily Sewell of York Institute, Kyndall Bullington of Macon County, Maleah Scott of Cannon County, and Riley Hurst of Upperman.

All-Defensive Team: Abby Greenwood of Upperman, Sophie Fielder of Central Magnet, Erin McReynolds of Cannon County, Alexis Savage of Livingston Academy, and Lyndsey Belton of Macon County.

Man Charged with Second Degree Murder in Stabbing Death of Girlfriend

February 5, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
Anthony (Tony) Tyrone Crews
Ashley Bain Found Stabbed to Death at her Home
Ashley Bain

A 28 year old woman was found stabbed to death in her home on Cookeville Highway Thursday afternoon and her boyfriend has been charged with killing her.

42 year old Anthony (Tony) Tyrone Crews was taken into custody Thursday night and charged with second degree murder in the death of Ashley Bain. He remains in the DeKalb County Jail under a $250,000 bond. He will be in General Sessions Court February 12.

Sheriff Patrick Ray told WJLE Thursday night that Bain's body was found lying on the floor of a bedroom at the home she and Crews shared at 3870 Cookeville Highway north of Smithville. She had been stabbed numerous times about the upper body. It's not known exactly how long Bain had been dead by the time authorities were notified but Sheriff Ray said she had been seen alive earlier in the day on Thursday. A knife, believed to have been the murder weapon, was found in the home.

According to Sheriff Ray, Crews called 911 at 2:33 p.m. to report that he had discovered Bain's body when he entered the residence. Sheriff Ray and members of the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department were alerted and quickly arrived on the scene. The TBI and District Attorney General's Office also joined the investigation. Sheriff Ray said authorities determined that Crews had committed the crime and made up the story about finding the body. Although officials believe they know the motive for the stabbing, Sheriff Ray said they are not releasing it at this time.

The warrant against Crews alleges that "on February 5th, 2015, at 3870 Cookeville Highway, Anthony Tyrone Crews did intentionally and knowingly kill Ashley Bain by stabbing her numerous times about the upper body".

Bain's body has been sent to Nashville for an autopsy.

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