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Director Presents School Board Requests to County Budget Committee (VIEW VIDEO HERE)

May 22, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page

The Board of Education won’t know until at least next week whether it’s proposed budget for 2018-19 which includes a $3,000 pay raise for teachers will meet with the approval of the county commission’s budget committee.

Director of Schools Patrick Cripps met with County Mayor Tim Stribling and members of the budget committee Monday evening at the courthouse to formally make the request on behalf of the board. Even if the committee recommends the proposal, the county commission would have to approve it in July.

The budget committee will meet again Thursday, May 31 at 5:30 p.m. at the courthouse to crunch the numbers with the county’s financial consultant Steve Bates before giving the school board an answer.

During a brief special called meeting last Wednesday, May 16 the Board of Education approved a proposed budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year which includes pay raises for teachers and support staff.

If approved, the actual local increase for the 228 teachers would be $2,400 each since the state is funding a $600 raise per teacher. Non-certified staff would get a $1,500 pay raise, all funded by local dollars.

In his meeting with the budget committee Monday night, Director of Schools Cripps said DeKalb County is not keeping pace with other counties in the rate of pay for teachers and they (teachers) are getting harder to come by.

“We didn’t just throw out a $3,000 figure. When we got our preliminary (Basic Education Program) BEP money, the April statement showed that we are right at $1,800 below the average state salary. The average is $44,024 and we are at $42,287. We all know that last year our insurance went up tremendously across the board and everyone (teachers) was wanting big help in their insurance but when you look long range what is going to help their retirement it is their highest five years of salary. That is what their retirement is based on. With the increase in salary that will help offset some of their costs as far as insurance with the $3,000 per teacher and $1,500 for non-certified employees,” said Director Cripps.

Budget committee member Jerry Adcock said he figured the school board’s request for salaries and other new spending if approved could require a property tax rate increase of more than 37 cents. Adcock said he had concerns about the burden such an increase might place on taxpayers living on fixed incomes.

Director Cripps said he is aware that the board’s request comes at a price but he has to also look out for teachers.

“I want to take care of my teachers because here is my fear. There is a shortage of teachers anyway. Three years ago there were 12,000 teachers coming out of colleges. Now it’s like 6,000. With Wilson County and Cookeville booming, we can’t compete with their salaries or their benefits. I’ve got to let them (teachers) know I am fighting for them. I know it’s a huge amount to ask for but to get the best people in here we’re going to have to start paying better,” said Director Cripps.

Asked about how many teachers the school district employs above the BEP requirements, Director Cripps it is about 30. “We’re around 30 positions above BEP but you never know what is going to happen. We had three kids to enroll with hearing issues and we had to hire three interpreters ,” he said.

In addition to asking for pay raises for personnel, the Board of Education wants more money to purchase Chrome Books for the 3rd through 5th grades at a cost of $240,000. Students from the 6th grade through high school already have Chrome Books. Extra funds ($20,000) would be included to repair and replace existing Chrome Books.

Cripps said $215,000 is needed to buy new textbooks. “This is a big change in our budget. This year is science adoption and that is K-12. We have to get new books for every student. The average book is $150,” he said.

New funding ($25,000) is also requested to implement a Dyslexia Program to help children at the elementary school grade level in reading. “The state is really pushing for testing of dyslexia and they are going to start holding us accountable for identifying our students that may have this issue. That program would be in K-2. It will help with reading and identify struggles kids may have,” said Director Cripps.

The proposed budget includes $10,000 in new spending for meeting mandates of state evaluation and testing.

“The state mandates that we have a Response to Intervention (RTI) to see where students skills are as far as remediation in math, English, and reading and what we need to do to meet those students needs. With that you have to buy materials to test them. A universal screener. That costs $12 for each student per test in grades K-8 and that’s three times (per month). We check them throughout the month in between those three times to see the progress they are making,” Director Cripps said.

Due to the increasing demands of technology, the board wants to make a current half time computer tech position full time ($16,000 in new money) which would give the school system three techs.

One new bus is usually purchased each year. The board wants to buy two new school buses this year. That would be an extra expense to the system of $100,000.

Extra funds are also included for employee matching benefits and $2,500 to help schools cover their phone bills. “We have added $500 per school to assist with phone charges at the schools since they have to pay for their own phone bills,” said Director Cripps.

The proposed new spending for schools in this budget comes to more than $1.7 million dollars over expenditures budgeted this past year. Unless cuts are made or more money is taken from the school system’s fund balance/reserves to balance the budget, a significant property tax hike might be needed to fund the school board’s request.

Eleven DeKalb West Students Awarded for Perfect Attendance

May 22, 2018
by: 
Bill Conger
Pictured left to right are Levi Reynolds, Allie Pedigo, Shianna Townsend, Autumn Crook, Ben Driver, Chase Young Emily Young, Hunter Cannon, Noah Evans, Luke Driver, and Summer Crook. (Bill Conger Photo)

Eleven students at DeKalb West finished the school year with perfect attendance. At yesterday’s (May 21) awards ceremony, Hunter Cannon, Autumn Crook, Summer Crook, Ben Driver, Luke Driver, Noah Evans, Allie Pedigo, Levi Reynolds, Shianna Townsend, Chase Young, and Emily Young were honored for not missing a single day in the 2017-18 school year. Six of the students won a drawing for a new bicycle while the remaining five took home 20-dollars in cash.

Summer Crook hasn’t missed a full day of school since 1st grade and only missed two days total during her days at DWS. Emily Young and Hunter Cannon have not missed one day the last two years of school.

Pictured left to right are Levi Reynolds, Allie Pedigo, Shianna Townsend, Autumn Crook, Ben Driver, Chase Young Emily Young, Hunter Cannon, Noah Evans, Luke Driver, and Summer Crook. (Bill Conger Photo)

DeKalb West Holds 8th Grade Recognition

May 22, 2018
by: 
Bill Conger
DeKalb West School students who earned the Academic Achievement Awards for highest averages are (Left to right) Brayden Antoniak, Breanna Cothern, Hagen Waggoner, Victoria Rodano, Malayna Nokes,  Jonathan Littleton, Summer Crook, Alley Beth Cook, and Cameron Kempton (BILL CONGER PHOTO)
On the Principal’s List for earning all A’s during the school year were Brayden Antoniak, Jathan Willoughby, Alley Beth Cook, Nathaniel Crook, Summer Crook, Cameron Kempton, Malayna Nokes, Rebecca Lawrence, Victoria Rodano, Dawson Bandy, Breanna  Cothern, Hagen Waggoner, and Jonathan Littleton. (BILL CONGER PHOTO)
Students who had the distinction of remaining on the A/B Honor Roll all year were Cordell Collier, Josie Ketchum,  Lucas Hale, Kenzie Hayes, Kayla Hight, Ariel Patterson, Lydia Willoughby, Makayla Cook, Allen Curtis, Allison Eastes, and  (Not Pictured) Kaia Howard (BILL CONGER PHOTO)
Makayla Cook and Jon Lawson were given the Making Tracks Awards for Most Improved.(BILL CONGER PHOTO)
 Peers chose Kenzie Hayes, Cordell Collier, Rebecca Lawrence and Brayden Antoniak for the Citizenship Awards.(BILL CONGER PHOTO)
Summer Crook (left) and Kayla Hight (right) were chosen for the 4 PAWS character award. (BILL CONGER PHOTO)
Lesa Hayes presents Hagen Waggoner with the Georgia Young award named in honor of Hayes' mother, the late DWS Kitchen Manager (BILL CONGER PHOTO).

Family, faculty and friends watched May 22 as the 8th grade classes at DeKalb West School were formally recognized before moving on to high school next year. Students with the highest averages were honored. Brayden Antoniak dominated academically in all subjects.

Here’s a breakdown of how students performed. In English Language Arts, Antoniak scored 98 and Breanna Cothern, 97. There was a three way tie in History between Antoniak, Cameron Kempton and Hagen Waggoner with a 98 average. Antoniak had a perfect 100 average in Math followed closely by Cothern with 98. Seven students tied with a nearly perfect score in Science. Cothern, Antoniak, Alley Beth Cook, Summer Crook, Jonathan Littleton, Malayna Nokes and Victoria Rodano all had the highest averages with 99.

On the Principal’s List for earning all A’s during the school year were Brayden Antoniak,

Alley Beth Cook, Nathaniel Crook, Summer Crook, Cameron Kempton, Rebecca Lawrence,

Jonathan Littleton, Malayna Nokes, Victoria Rodano, Jathan Willoughby, Dawson Bandy,

Breanna Cothern, and Hagen Waggoner.

Students who had the distinction of remaining on the A/B Honor Roll all year were Cordell Collier, Lucas Hale, Kenzie Hayes, Kayla Hight, Kaia Howard, Ariel Patterson, Lydia Willoughby, Makayla Cook, Allen Curtis, Allison Eastes, and Josie Ketchum.

The award for Most Improved went to Jon Lawson in Karen France’s homeroom and to Makayla Cook in Cynthia Wilson’s room. The peer-chosen Citizenship Awards were presented to Kenzie Hayes and Cordell Collier in France’s homeroom and in Wilson’s homeroom--Rebecca Lawrence and Brayden Antoniak. Kayla Hight earned the PAWS Award from Mrs. France, and Summer Crook was selected in Wilson’s class. PAWS is the school’s positive behavior reward program.

DMS Teacher Lesa Hayes presented Hagen Waggoner with the Georgia Young award, named in memorial to the beloved late Kitchen Manager.

Junior Beta Sponsor Bill Conger awarded Brayden Antoniak with the Beta Club’s service award. Antoniak served the most volunteer hours of anyone in the club with 127.25. Service certificates were presented to Dawson Bandy with 70.25 hours, Alley Beth Cook, 15 hours, Makayla Cook 28.5, Nathaniel Crook 18.25, Summer Crook 53.5, Izzy Haugh 17.5, Becca Lawrence 44.75, Victoria Rodano 10, Jathan Willoughby 53, and Lydia Willoughby 46.

Special Wags awards were presented from Art, Computer, Library, Music, Guidance, and P.E. to recognize students who shine in the classroom. Parker Winfree and Rebecca Lawrence received a Guidance award, Marissa Clark and Jonathan Littleton were given the Art award, Computer awards went to Kaia Howard and Victoria Rodano, P.E. Wags went to William Harris and Lydia Willoughby while Allen Curtis and Jonathan Littleton were given Music awards.

The following students are members of the DeKalb West School 8th grade class of 2017-18. From Cynthia Wilson’s homeroom: Sean Antoniak, Savannah Chapman, Alley Beth Cook, Makayla Cook, Nathaniel Crook, Summer Crook, Allen Curtis, Allison Eastes, Carter Hale, William Harris, Rakell Hooper, Cameron Kempton, Josie Ketchum, Rebecca Lawrence, Jonathan Littleton, Malayna Nokes, Harmoney Patterson, James Pitman, Victoria Rodano, Jathan Willoughby, Jacob Wiloth, and Bailey Winfree; From Karen France’s homeroom: Dawson Bandy, William Buterbaugh, Alonna Christian, Marissa Clark, Khloe Cline, Cordell Collier, Breanna Cothern, Joseph Evans, Michael Fender, Lucas Hale, Isabella Haugh, Kenzie Hayes, Kayla Hight, Kaia Howard, Jonathan Lawson, Elizabeth Markham, Ethan Marshall, Ariel Patterson, Billy Rose, Sierra Sabatino, Hagen Waggoner, Lydia Willoughby, and Thomas Winfree.

Gurley Charged with Burglary and Theft

May 22, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
Darnell Gurley
Makenzi Rene Creasy
Jose Luis Padilla Vazquez
Mark Anthony Mason Jr.
Bobby Gene Anderson
Ashley Danielle Geekie
Sarah Elaine Percell

A local man is in trouble after he allegedly stole an automobile and later broke into the home of his victim.

40 year old Darnell Gurley of 151 Cemetery Road was arrested by Smithville Police on Wednesday, May 9 for theft of property, burglary, and vandalism. According to a report filed on Friday, May 4, Gurley had gone to his victim's residence and stole a vehicle. The automobile was later found and returned to the victim. On Saturday, May 5, another report was filed by the same victim informing police that Gurley had sent her a text message stating that he was in her house while she was gone. The back door and a window had been broken where entry was made to the residence. On Wednesday, May 9 police found Gurley in an abandoned burned duplex on Estes Street where he was laying on a couch asleep. The victim's key fob was next to Gurley on the couch. He was arrested and taken into custody without incident. Gurley’s bond is $17,500 and his court date is May 24.

23 year old James Dillon Matthews of Sparta was cited for theft of merchandise on Saturday, April 28. A Wal-Mart employee observed Matthews open a pack of Gillette razors and put them into his pants.

25 year old Makenzi Rene Creasy of Hohenwald was arrested on Sunday, April 29 for disorderly conduct. Police responded to 398 East Main Street in reference to a disorderly person. Upon arrival officers learned that Creasy had been yelling at the staff of the halfway house. She had even put her hands on a roommate as she was walking through the room. Creasy acted belligerently toward the officers and accused Sergeant Travis Bryant of not being a real police officer saying she didn't have to listen to him or his directions. As officers attempted to place her in handcuffs Creasy began to physically resist but she was subsequently taken into custody without further incident. Her bond is $3,000.

39 year old Jose Luis Padilla Vazquez of 535 Cooper Street was arrested on Sunday, April 29 for domestic assault. Police were called to the residence and spoke with the victim who reported that when she arrived home Vazquez started yelling and arguing with her. He then punched her on the left side of the face and kicked her on the right leg. The victim had a mark/rise on her face consistent with a punch. Police found Vazquez later at the Discount Tobacco Store and he was taken into custody without incident. His bond is $3,500.

46 year old Mark Anthony Mason Jr. of 678 Redmon Road was arrested Wednesday, May 2 for domestic assault and violation of an order of protection. Police responded to 460 West Broad Street due to a fight and upon arrival observed Mason ramming his shoulder into his victim forcing that person into the side door of a truck. Mason was determined to have been the primary aggressor. A check with Central Dispatch revealed that Mason has an active order of protection against him by this victim. Mason’s bond is $6,000.

64 year old Bobby Gene Anderson of 764 Pine Orchard Road was arrested on Saturday, May 5 for public intoxication. Police were called to Bill Page Ball Park due to an intoxicated man passed out on the ground. Upon arrival, officers found Anderson walking around vehicles. He was unsteady on his feet. His speech was slurred and he had an odor of an alcoholic beverage on his person. Anderson was taken into custody without incident. His bond is $1,500 and his court date is May 24.

34 year old Stephanie Nichole Eldridge of 434 Morgan Drive was cited for vandalism on Friday, May 11. Eldridge slashed 2 tires on her neighbor's vehicle after an argument between them. Her court date is June 14.

20 year old Ashley Danielle Geekie of 1012 Wright Bend Road was arrested on Saturday, May 12 for theft of property. Geekie was observed by a Wal-Mart employee putting items from the store in a purse and in her pant pockets. Once officers arrived and spoke with Geekie but she became loud and would not cooperate with them. Geekie was then taken into custody without incident and the stolen items were recovered and returned to Wal-Mart. Geekie’s bond is $2,500 and her court date is June 14.

28 year old Sarah Elaine Percell of Morrison was arrested on Saturday, May 12 for public intoxication. Police were called to Dearman Street to check on an intoxicated woman who was in the yard. Upon arrival, officers found the woman, Percell. She was observed to have pinpoint pupils and her eyes were blood shot. She also appeared to be dazed and confused as to where she was and how she got there. She was talking incoherently making statements that didn't make any sense. While questioning Percell, police learned that she had taken ICE (meth) earlier but she didn't know if it was that day or the day before. Percell was then taken into custody for her safety and that of the public. Bond for Percell is $3,000 and her court date is June 14.

Come to the Party! National Trails Day at Edgar Evins State Park

May 22, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
First Sign –-: This colorful sign at the trail head sums up what to expect on the almost ½ mile trail.
Miss Teen Tennessee -–: Miss Tennessee’s Outstanding Teen, Mary Humphrey, Jackson, TN, will help Ramble, the Tennessee State Park mascot, cut the ribbon on the new trail. Miss Humphrey, whose slogan is “Pages With a Purpose”, has been campaigning across the state promoting literacy
2018 April Walk through on the Story Book Trail –-: A delegation of park staff and Friends of Edgar Evins State Park walked the trail in April to see what remained to be done. They are left to right: Fount Bertram, Bradyville. Lori Christensen, Woodbury, Kenny Gragg, Park Manager, Ranger Justin Vaughn, Anna Bertram, Bradyville, and Jason Cross, Maintenance Manager.

Edgar Evins State Park is celebrating National Trails Day on Saturday, June 2 with a new Hillside Story Book Trail, new aviary and a party and you are invited to join in the fun.

A ribbon cutting for a new kid friendly half mile story book trail will take place along with the unveiling of the newly built aviary next to the Interpretive Center at the park. Read, Exercise, and Explore. The new trail combines a children's nature story with the thrill of being in the great outdoors. Come see how one of nature's miracles grows from a tiny egg to a flying jewel as each sign posted at intervals along the trail reveals more of the story, based on the book, Where Butterflies Grow, by Joanne Ryder with pictures by Lynne Cherry.

Miss Tennessee’s Outstanding Teen, Mary Humphrey of Jackson will help Ramble, the Tennessee State Park mascot, cut the ribbon on the new trail. Miss Humphrey, whose slogan is “Pages With a Purpose”, has been campaigning across the state promoting literacy.

Guided and unguided hikes will be held from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. on the Story Book Trail.

Giant pages of the book will be posted on signs at intervals along the trail for youngsters to enjoy. Guides on the tour will help children with their level of reading. The purpose of the Story Book Trail is to stimulate young readers as well as to encourage them and caregivers to enjoy an outdoor experience together. The trail was built by volunteers and park staff as a project of the Friends of Edgar Evins State Park.

The project is endorsed by the Governor's Books From Birth Foundation, Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, Ready to Read, Tennessee State Parks, and Friends of Tennessee State Parks Conservancy. Representatives will be on hand to sign up children from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. to receive free books monthly from the Imagination Library. Refreshments and party favors will be available along with crafts to make and other activities for the children in addition to the trail and aviary.

The aviary is the Girl Scout Gold Award project of Smithville’s Neely Evans, Troop 1146.

“We are proud of Neely and what she has achieved! Come admire this outstanding aviary and enjoy the birds,” said Fount Bertram, President of Friends of Edgar Evins State Park.

“Spearheaded by the Friends of Edgar Evins State Park with help from park staff, this trail has finally taken shape after over a year of planning and working together. We wish to thank the park staff and many others also for the opportunity to complete and present this trail to the children and families visiting the park. Among these are the Cookeville Children’s Museum, the Public Library Systems for DeKalb, Putnam and Smith counties for their help with games and activities for this event as well as the Friends of Tennessee State Parks and the Tennessee Trails Association for grants of money to help defray costs. Thanks also to the many volunteers of all ages who jumped in to help construct the trail from scratch on the hillside, including members of Tennessee Trails Association, Smithville Brownie Girl Scout Troop 3094 under the leadership of Tanya Hale, and the young men of the former Smithville Boy Scout Troop 875 under the leadership of Cameron Beal, and others,” added Bertram.

The Friends of Edgar Evins State Park is an all-volunteer organization with the sole purpose of helping the park. For more information about contributing money or time please visit our website at www.foeesp.com or Facebook at Friends of EESP.

Unruly Party-Goer Charged with DUI

May 21, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
Brian Quirino
Timothy William Patrick
Sammy Gene Taylor
Eddie Lee Carter
Noe Francisco Ambrocio

A man who got drunk and unruly at a party early Sunday morning was arrested for driving under the influence after being asked to leave the premises.

33 year old Brian Quirino of West Lawn Drive, Goodlettsville will make a court appearance on June 14 for DUI and a second offense of driving while license revoked.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Sunday, May 20 a deputy was dispatched to a residence in the area of New Home Road due to an unwanted guest. Quirino was attending a party at this residence but after becoming confrontational with everyone there, he was asked to leave but refused to go.

Upon arrival, the officer spoke with Quirino who was unsteady on his feet. Quirino’s speech was slurred. His eyes were bloodshot and he had a strong odor of alcohol on his person. He admitted to having been drinking all night. The deputy requested that he get a ride home and to return for his vehicle the next day. He agreed and called for a ride. The officer remained at the residence until Quirino’s ride arrived. After the driver picked up Quirino, the deputy observed Quirino get out of that vehicle and into his own automobile. The officer witnessed Quirino jump a ditch as he tried to drive away on New Home Road without his headlights on. The officer immediately pulled over Quirino and placed him under arrest. Quirino refused to submit to field sobriety tasks. A computer check revealed that Quirino’s license were revoked and that he had a prior charge against him for the same offense, driving on a revoked license.

29 year old Timothy William Patrick of Tobitt Road, McMinnville is charged with public intoxication. His bond is $1,500 and he will make a court appearance on June 14.

Sheriff Ray said that on Monday, May 14 a deputy responded to Old Bildad Road due to an unwanted guest trying to enter a home. Upon arrival the officer found Patrick on the back porch of the victim’s house. He was unsteady on his feet and his speech was slurred. He admitted to the deputy that he had used methamphetamine. Patrick was placed under arrest.

57 year old Sammy Gene Taylor of King Ridge Road, Dowelltown is charged with domestic assault. He is under a $3,000 bond and his court date is June 14.

Sheriff Ray said that on Wednesday, May 16 a deputy was dispatched to a residence on King Ridge Road, Dowelltown due to a physical domestic. A woman told the officer that her boyfriend, Taylor busted a window out of their home, crawled inside, and grabbed her by the arm. She had recently undergone surgery on that arm. Taylor was placed under arrest.

48 year old Eddie Lee Carter of Joppa Road, Walling is charged with public intoxication. His bond is $1,500 and his court date is June 14.
Sheriff Ray said that on Saturday, May 19 a deputy was dispatched to Pates Ford Marina due to an intoxicated person. Upon arrival the officer spoke with the suspect, Carter who had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his person. Carter was unsteady on his feet and his speech was slurred.

29 year old Noe Francisco Ambrocio of Fall Creek Drive, Smithville is charged with a second offense of driving under the influence. He was further cited for driving on roadways laned for travel and driving on a revoked license. His bond is $3,000 and his court date is June 14.

Sheriff Ray said that on Sunday, May 20 a deputy stopped a vehicle for failing to maintain its lane of travel. He spoke with the driver, Ambrocio whose speech was slurred. His eyes were glossy and bloodshot and he had an odor of an alcoholic beverage on him. Ambrocio submitted to but performed poorly on standardized field sobriety tasks.

Northside Student Wins Farm Bureau Women's State Poster Contest

May 21, 2018
Yvette Chivers is pictured third from left with her winning poster

Northside Elementary 4th grade student, Yvette Chivers, daughter of Stephany Chivers, was awarded First Place in the Farm Bureau Women’s State Poster Contest. This announcement came on Saturday, April 21st during the 71st Annual Farm Bureau Women’s State Leadership Conference held at the TN Farm Bureau Building in Columbia, TN.

The subject of this year’s poster contest was “FARM TO FORK.” This is an annual contest to promote education in the use of agriculture in daily living and its effects on the economy. Yvette received a $200.00 cash prize.

Yvette is pictured third from left with her winning poster. All 4th Grade Students are eligible to enter this contest. DeKalb Farm Bureau wishes to thank all those who entered the contest and the school system for allowing us to promote this on our county level.

County Mayor Signs Proclamation Recognizing EMS Week

May 21, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
County Mayor Tim Stribling Signs EMS Week Proclamation with EMS Director Hoyte Hale
Working D Shift last Thursday: Jason Rice, Trent Hillis, Cody Johnson, Stephanie Brown, Matthew Adcock, EMS Director Hoyte Hale, and Joey Criddle
Working A Shift last Friday: Tony Williams, Matt Melton, Jamie Vernon, Jimmy Savage, Kim Johnson, and Trevin Merriman on the Day Truck.
Working B Shift Saturday: Tim Briggs, Kim Johnson, Misty Green, and Allen Mason
Working C Shift Sunday: Justin Thompson, Donna Melton, Trent Phipps, Daniel Summers, and Matt Melton

A week dedicated to celebrating emergency service workers is being recognized in DeKalb County.

The community relies on emergency workers to rush to the rescue, no matter what the circumstance.

County Mayor Tim Stribling has signed a proclamation designating May 20-26 as Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week in DeKalb County. EMS Director Hoyte Hale joined County Mayor Stribling for the occasion.

The proclamation is as follows:

"Whereas, Emergency Medical Services is a vital public service; and

Whereas, the members of Emergency Medical Teams are ready to provide lifesaving care to those in need 24 hours a day, seven days a week; and

Whereas, access to quality Emergency Care dramatically improves the survival and recovery rate of those who experience sudden illness or injury; and

Whereas, the Emergency Medical Services system consists of emergency physicians, emergency nurses, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, firefighters, educators, administrators, and others; and

Whereas, the members of Emergency Medical Services teams, whether career or volunteer, engage in thousands of hours of specialized training and continuing education to enhance their lifesaving skills; and

Whereas, it is appropriate to recognize the value and the accomplishments of Emergency Medical Services providers by designating Emergency Medical Services Week;

Now, Therefore, I Tim Stribling, County Mayor, DeKalb County, Tennessee, in recognition of this event do hereby proclaim the week of May 20-26, 2018 as Emergency Medical Services Week.

With the theme, EMS, YOUR LIFE OUR MISSION, I encourage the community to observe this week with the appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities".

Members of the DeKalb EMS Staff in addition to Director Hoyte Hale are:

A-SHIFT
Donna Melton-AEMT
Jamie Parsley-AEMT
Jamie Vernon-EMT-P
Tony Williams-EMT-P

B-SHIFT
Kim Johnson-EMT-P
Allen Mason-EMT-P
Tim Briggs-EMT-P
Misty Green-AEMT

C-SHIFT
Trent Phipps-EMT-P
Daniel Summers-EMT-P
Justin Thompson- EMT-B
Matt Melton-AEMT

D-SHIFT
Joey Criddle-EMT-P
Stephanie Brown-EMT-P
Matthew Adcock- EMT-B
Trent Hillis-AEMT

DAY TRUCK:
Trevin Merriman-EMT-P

Part Time Staff:
Cody Johnson-EMT-PCC
Charles Nokes-EMT-P
Jeff Cole-EMT-PCC
John Hurd-EMT-P
Becky Atnip-AEMT
Lonnie Laxton-AEMT
Jennifer Phillips-AEMT
Jimmy Savage-EMT-P
Rebecca Partridge-AEMT
Kevin Cripps-AEMT
Edward Brooks-AEMT
Houston Austin-EMT-PCC
Marie Turpin-EMT-PCC
Kristie Johnson-EMT-PCCICQA
Tyler Grandstaff-EMT-PCC
John Poss-AEMT
Jason Rice-AEMT
Tyler Downs-AEMT
April Jakes-AEMT
Tyler Stone-EMT-P
David Pitts-EMT-P
Sarah Carrasquillo-AEMT
Greg Whaley-AEMT
Joey Pillow-AEMT
Sam Copeland-AEMT
Greta Stone-EMT-PCC/IC

Tigerettes Fall to Sweetwater in Sub-State

May 21, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
Tigerettes Fall to Sweetwater in Sub-State

The season ended for the DCHS Tigerettes Saturday with a 7 to 4 loss to Sweetwater in the Class AA Sub-State or Sectionals in Smithville.

Sweetwater scored 7 runs on 13 hits and made no errors. DeKalb County scored 4 runs on 6 hits and made no errors.

Sweetwater scored 1 run in the 1st inning and 3 runs in the 5th and 6th innings. DeKalb County scored 1 run in the 1st and 2nd innings and 2 runs in the 3rd inning.

Kenzie France was the losing pitcher.

Kenzie France had a homerun. Megan Walker had 2 singles. Jonie Robinson and Kenzie France singled and Kristena Bain had a double.

The Tigerettes conclude the season at 23-12 and 11-3 in the district. They won both the District and Regional Tournament Championships.

Two Arrested for Aggravated Criminal Trespassing

May 20, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
Sherry Gunter
Darrell Wayne Newby
Randall Eugene Tittle
John Michael Turner
Robin Lynn Woodard
Tabitha Danielle Martin
Garrett Michael Johnson

Two people caught inside someone else’s home have been charged with aggravated criminal trespassing.

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36 year old Sherry Gunter of Shady Drive, Smithville and 42 year old Darrell Wayne Newby of McMinnville were arrested after they were discovered at a home on Neil Drive. Gunter and Newby were also cited for possession of drug paraphernalia and simple possession of a schedule II drug (0.06 grams of methamphetamine).

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Monday, May 7 a deputy was dispatched to Neil Drive due to a possible burglary in progress. Upon arrival the officer found both Gunter and Newby inside the residence. The owner of the home told the deputy that no one was supposed to be there. Gunter and Newby were placed under arrest for aggravated criminal trespassing.

During the investigation, Gunter and Newby were found with 0.06 grams of methamphetamine along with approximately 20 hypodermic needles, five glass pipes, digital scales, and a grinder.

Gunter’s bond is $2,000 and she will make a court appearance on June 28. Newby’s bond is $5,000.

48 year old Randall Eugene Tittle of Tubb Street, Liberty is charged with theft of property over $1,000. His bond is $10,000.

Sheriff Ray said that on Sunday, May 6 Tittle stole a Champion Model 8500 generator from a construction site on Nashville Highway in Liberty. The generator is valued at $1,800. The case was investigated by a sheriff’s department detective.

49 year old John Michael Turner of A.B. Frazier Road, Smithville is charged with public intoxication. His bond is $2,000 and his court date is June 14.

According to Sheriff Ray, on Wednesday, May 9 law enforcement officers were requested by EMS to provide immediate assistance. Upon arrival, the officer met with EMS and Turner, outside Turner’s home. Turner was aggressive and combative and he had a very strong odor of alcohol on him. He was also unsteady on his feet. Sheriff Ray said Turner cursed and yelled at both the officer and EMS personnel and he refused commands to calm down and get back inside the residence. Turner was then placed into custody.

33 year old Robin Lynn Woodard of Hogan Drive, Gordonsville is charged with criminal impersonation and evading arrest. She is under a $7,000 bond and her court date is June 14.

Sheriff Ray said that on April 27 a deputy stopped a gray Ford truck for failure to yield at a stop sign and spoke with the driver and passenger. He asked the passenger, Woodard for her identification. She handed him an ID which belonged to another woman. A computer check revealed the woman identified had an active warrant against her in Coffee County. During the investigation (Woodard) escaped on foot as the officer was unable to catch up to her. After a further investigation, the deputy learned that Woodard was the passenger of the truck who had fled the scene. Woodard was arrested later and admitted to having handed the deputy another person’s ID before escaping on foot.

32 year old Tabitha Danielle Martin of Chapman Hollow Road, Dowelltown is charged with violation of an order of protection. Her bond is $3,500 and her court date is June 14.

Sheriff Ray said that on Friday, May 11 a deputy was called to do a welfare check at a residence on East Main Street in Dowelltown concerning Martin. Upon arrival the officer spoke with the homeowner but was told Martin was not believed to be there. The deputy searched the residence and found Martin hiding in a bedroom closet. A computer check revealed that Martin has an order of protection against her to stay away from the woman at this home. The homeowner surmised that Martin had entered the residence while she was sleeping. Martin was placed under arrest.

24 year old Garrett Michael Johnson of Green Brook Drive, Lebanon is charged with public intoxication and aggravated criminal trespassing. He was also cited for possession of a schedule IV drug (Diazapam) and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond is $5,000 and his court date is June 14.

Sheriff Ray said that on Sunday, May 13 a deputy was dispatched to check out a suspicious vehicle at a vacant home on Wenger Lane. Upon arrival the officer noticed that the garage door was open. Johnson came out of the house. According to the officer, Johnson was shaking and his speech was slurred. He admitted to having taken drugs.The deputy found on Johnson needles and two and a half pills of Diazapam but not in the proper prescription bottle. Johnson could not produce a valid prescription for the drugs. According to Sheriff Ray, the officer discovered that the garage door to the home would not stay shut because it was warped and the door inside the garage leading to the basement had been pried open. Johnson told the deputy that he knew the mortgage company now owned the home because of papers posted on the door. Johnson was placed under arrest.

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