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Habitat for Humanity Selects Partner Family

October 20, 2017
Jamie Nokes
Tayvian Nokes, Jamie Nokes, Justis Nokes, Jayde Stanley and Desmond Nokes

Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County, TN is pleased to announce following the application process, Jamie Nokes and Family have been selected to be their sixth partner family.

Ms. Nokes has been a resident of DeKalb County since she was 5 years old and is pleased to call this her home. She has three boys who reside with her Tayvian, 18, Desmond, 14, and Justis, 6; she also has a daughter, Jayde who is married to Daniel Stanley. They are active members at the First Assembly of God in Smithville where she is a member of the Praise Team.

When asking Ms. Nokes the reason she applied for Partnership she said, “I know four previous partners in DeKalb County and I have seen the blessing they have received from working with Habitat for Humanity. I am excited about working with Habitat and thankful to have this opportunity.”

In addition to a down payment and monthly mortgage payments, Habitat homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor (sweat equity) into building their Habitat house and the houses of others. A Ground Breaking Ceremony will be schedule for February, 2018 with Construction beginning in early March, 2018.

How Can You Help?

Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County is 100% volunteer led and organized so there are many ways to participate. Whether you are skilled in construction work, cooking, fundraising, volunteering, or just have a desire to help, then we want you. We can use ALL the help we get no matter what your skills are we have a job for you. This program would not succeed without the support of DeKalb County and its residents. If you would like to volunteer in anyway please contact Alex Woodward at Wilson Bank & Trust 615-597-4663 or awoodward@wilsonbank.com.

Upcoming Events
Habitat for Humanity Chili Cook-Off and Bake Sale – Friday, October 27th 10:30-1:00 on the DeKalb County Courthouse Lawn, You be the Judge of the team with the Best Chili and Decoration. Make a donation and eat All the Chili You Want from all 12 teams!

Yeti Cooler Raffle – October 25th – December 2nd – Buy a ticket to win a Yeti 45 quart Cooler. Tickets are priced at 1 ticket for $5 OR 5 tickets for $20. Tickets can be purchased at the Smithville Branch of Wilson Bank & Trust or DeKalb County Clerk Jimmy Poss’ Office with other locations to be named as well.

About Habitat for Humanity
Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in more than 1,300 communities throughout the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering, or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability, and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org.

About Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County, TN
Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County was formed in 2003. They have built five homes in the Smithville area and own property with plans to build future homes. Houses are constructed by volunteers and paid by donations from various fundraisers including the Fiddler 5K, Jackson Kayak Raffle, Golf Tournament, Yeti cooler raffle and the Chili cook off. Find us on Facebook at Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County, Tennessee to stay up-to-date on current events and construction updates.

Aggravated Prisoner Retaliates Against Sheriff

October 19, 2017
Dwayne Page
Michael Brandon Redmon

A prisoner aggravated with Sheriff Patrick Ray retaliated against him earlier this week after being released on bond.


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33 year old Michael Brandon Redmon of Holcomb Road, Smithville went to Sheriff Ray’s home on Belk Road late Monday night, beat on the front door several times, and tracked white paint on his asphalt driveway, sidewalk, and carpeted porch. Sheriff Ray was not at home when the incident occurred but his wife was there and called him.

The sheriff and detectives, who were working on other cases at the time, went to Ray’s home but Redmon had already left by the time they arrived.

Redmon was picked up in Warren County Thursday and served by officers there with a violation of probation warrant against him out of DeKalb County Criminal Court. Redmon was brought back to the DeKalb County Jail where he is being held without bond pending a November 27 date in General Sessions Court.

Because of his actions against the Sheriff, Redmon has also been charged with aggravated criminal trespassing; disorderly conduct, vandalism, and retaliation for a past action. While he can’t be released from jail because of the hold without bond due to the VOP, a bond of $22,500 has been set on the other charges and his court date for these offenses is November 16.

The sheriff explained that Redmon had been arrested on Thursday, October 12 by the Smithville Police Department for theft of property and that he was released on Saturday, October 14 after posting bond. However when Redmon was booked into the jail, correctional officers took some items from him, which they did not give back to Redmon upon his release. Redmon apparently became upset over the incident and decided to take out his frustrations against Sheriff Ray.

“During the morning hours of Monday, October 16, my wife was walking out to her vehicle to leave home for work when she noticed a note stuck on my (sheriff’s department) county vehicle. The note was from Michael Redmon. It had his name on there a couple of times,” said Sheriff Ray.

“Later that night I was at the jail with detectives working a theft case when my wife called to tell me that a man had come to our home. He had stood on our front porch and beat on the door. She said the man then walked back out into the roadway and stared at the house. He eventually left but returned later. Again he stood on our front porch, beat on the door, and then went back out in the yard and stared at our house”.

“When the detectives and I arrived the man was not there but I noticed white foot prints coming from Belk Grocery (across the road) which looked like paint. There were multiple foot prints of white paint which led to my house. The tracks went up my driveway, onto the sidewalk, and on the porch,” he continued.

Sheriff Ray said he learned that the paint had been poured out into a ditch on the other side of the road from the store earlier in the day by the owners of the business and that Redmon had spotted the paint when he came to Ray’s home that night.

“We obtained video surveillance footage of Redmon going to that paint. He intentionally stepped in it and walked toward my house. The closer he got to my house, the less paint he had on his shoes so he turned around and went back toward the paint. He picked up two handfuls of grass coated in paint, brought it right in front of my driveway in the roadway, stomped on it again and then walked up my driveway, sidewalk, and porch at my home leaving white tracks of paint,” explained Sheriff Ray.

"The video footage also showed Redmon going to the ditchline where the paint was poured out. He got something there, set it on fire, threw it back in the ditchline across the road from the store, and then walked off,” said the sheriff.

“My detectives and deputies had been searching for Redmon since the incident and were able to locate him Thursday in Warren County. They contacted Warren County authorities and Redmon was picked up for a violation of probation. He was brought back to the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department. The detectives talked to Redmon and he admitted to going to my house saying that he was aggravated. He confessed to stepping in the paint and walking up my driveway and on the porch," he continued.

“This is not the first time something like this has happened to a law enforcement officer but whether it is me, another law enforcement officer, judge, anyone affiliated with the judicial system, or victim of crime we will not allow this type of behavior. Retaliation against any crime victim will not be tolerated,” Sheriff Ray said.

The charges against Redmon are as follows:

*Aggravated criminal trespass: “On the 16th day of October, Redmon entered on the personal property of Patrick Ray and his wife without their consent. Redmon’s action did cause fear for the safety of another. He did commit the offense of vandalism during the trespassing”.

*Disorderly conduct: “ On October 16, Redmon did engage in threatening behavior with intent to cause public annoyance or alarm by beating on the door of the residence of Patrick Ray and his wife on Belk Road. Redmon did beat on the door on multiple occasions during the night of October 16 and early morning of October 17”.

*Vandalism: “On October 16, Redmon did intentionally tamper with the property of Patrick Ray and his wife whose residence is located on Belk Road. Redmon intentionally covered his shoes in white paint and walked up and down the asphalt driveway of the residence leaving white footprints. Redmon also caused damage to the carpeted porch of the residence leaving white footprints. Approximate damages are $150”.

*Retaliation for a past action: “On October 16, Redmon committed the unlawful act of vandalism by intentionally defacing the asphalt driveway and carpeted porch of Sheriff Patrick Ray whose residence is on Belk Road. Redmon vandalized the property due to him being aggravated because of an act that occurred in the Sheriff’s official capacity at the DeKalb County Jail”.

Turkey Trot Walkathon to Benefit School Backpack Program

October 19, 2017
Dwayne Page
Elise Driver

Did you know that 6% of DeKalb County students regularly go hungry?

You can help feed these students through the DeKalb County Coordinated School Health Backpack Program by supporting and participating in the 2nd Annual Turkey Trot Walkathon to be held on Saturday, November 11 at Greenbrook Park.

Registration begins at 10 a.m. and all you need to bring to enter is a non-perishable food item for the Backpack Program.

“The Turkey Trot Walkathon hopes to encourage our community to get outside and enjoy some physical activity and fun while also supporting a great program. All ages are welcome. There are nine age categories and prizes will be given to a male and female in each age category that walks or runs the most laps around Greenbrook Park. We will have games, food, crafts, face painting, and a photo booth. Registration starts at 10:00 a.m. The Walkathon will begin at 11:00 a.m. and end at 12:30 p.m. with prizes to follow. There is no fee to participate. We ask that participants bring non perishable food items for a donation to the Backpack Program,” said Elise Driver, Coordinator of the DeKalb County Coordinated School Health Program.

“DeKalb County Schools have approximately 6% of our student population that goes hungry on a regular basis with meals provided at schools being their main source of food. Coordinated School Health began sending bags of food home to children over nine years ago. We began with long weekends and holidays and now we feed them every week during the school year. Funding is not always consistent and we are continuously seeking donations of food and or money to maintain our program, to improve the nutritional value of the food products given to students, and to promote healthy eating habits,” said Driver.

Your support will help feed these students.

"Trick or Treat Halloween Downtown" Just Days Away

October 19, 2017
Dwayne Page
County Mayor's Office: Ronda Butler McAbee, Tim Stribling, Kristie Nokes, and Tracey Baker participated in "Trick or Treat" Halloween Downtown
Recovery Court Coordinator Norene Puckett participates in "Trick or Treat Halloween Downtown" in 2015
City of Smithville and Police Department participants in "Trick or Treat Halloween Downtown" in 2015

Parents, children, and local businesses are invited to join the City of Smithville and the Police Department's "Trick or Treat Halloween Downtown" Tuesday, October 31 from noon until 5:00 p.m.

Some offices in the DeKalb County Courthouse, Smithville City Hall, Smithville Police Department, Justin Potter Library, and participating businesses downtown will have candy and special treats for the children. Look for the stores and offices with a picture of an orange pumpkin on their windows. Maps are available at the police department and Justin Potter Library to show parents which businesses will be taking part in the event.


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For more information call Beth Adcock at the Smithville Police Department at 615-597-8210 extension 1 or check out the police department's face book page soon for details at https://www.facebook.com/SmithvillePoliceDepartment.

This event is sponsored by the Smithville Police Department and the Smithville City Hall.

Meanwhile, the Smithville-DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a “Best Costume Contest” for downtown businesses and offices. Take pictures with your phone and send them to Shan Burklow at 615-594-2792 by 1:30 p.m. on October 31. First, second, and third place winners will be presented a “Halloween on the Square Best Costume Award”, media recognition, and bragging rights.
The Smithville Volunteer Fire Department will have special treats for children Tuesday, October 31 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Stop by for a hot dog, candy, and a tour of the Smithville Fire Hall. Meet with Smithville Fire Chief Charlie Parker and the Smithville Fire Department Volunteers.

Other communities and churches in the county will also be observing Halloween events in late October.

Benefit Golf Tournament to be held for Suzanne Williams

October 19, 2017
Dwayne Page
Benefit Golf Tournament to be held for Suzanne Williams

A benefit Golf Tournament for Chamber Director Suzanne Williams is set for Saturday, November 4 at River Watch Golf & Resort with a shotgun start at 10:45 a.m. It’s a 4-player team scramble and the cost is $85.00 per player. Enjoy a LIVE auction, food, beverages, and music. To reserve your spot call 931- 761- 8124 or email clubhouse@riverwatchgolfclub.com

Twenty Eight Cast Ballots in First Three Days of Early Voting

October 18, 2017
Dwayne Page
Eighteen Cast Ballots on First Day of Early Voting

A total of 28 people have cast ballots during the first three days of early voting for the Special 17th Senatorial District Republican and Democratic primaries set for November 7.

On Wednesday, 11 people voted in person and there were 7 absentees. Four people voted on Thursday. On Friday, 6 people voted including 5 in person and 1 absentee.

Eighteen have voted in the Republican Primary and 10have cast ballots in the Democratic Primary.

The election is the result of a vacancy created in the district when State Senator Mae Beavers resigned to focus on her gubernatorial campaign. The District includes DeKalb, Smith, Macon, Cannon, Clay and Wilson counties.

Only one candidate is on the ballot for both primaries. State Representative Mark Pody is looking to move to the upper chamber and is on the Republican primary ballot. Wilson County attorney Mary Alice Carfi is the lone candidate on the Democratic primary ballot. They will face each other in the General Election set for December 19th.

Early voting hours for the primaries are as follows: Mondays 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesdays 9 a.m. until Noon; Wednesdays 9 a.m. until Noon; Thursdays 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Fridays 9 a.m. until Noon and Saturdays 9 a.m. until Noon. All early voting will be held on the first floor of the DeKalb County Courthouse.

Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Set for October 28

October 18, 2017
Dwayne Page
Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is set for Saturday, October 2 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.8
Lisa Cripps

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is set for Saturday, October 28. As part of this major health and safety initiative, the DeKalb Prevention Coalition will host a take-back event at Smithville City Hall from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on October 28. More than 15 tons of drugs were collected statewide on the last National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day in April.

Community members are encouraged to stop by this local take-back location to drop off their unused or expired medications, especially pain relievers and other prescription drugs. Pharmacists and law enforcement officers will be on hand to accept the medications and safely dispose of them, no questions asked.

“Two-thirds of Tennesseans said the main sources of prescription pain pills for those who abuse them are family members or friends,” said Lisa Cripps, Coordinator, DeKalb Prevention Coalition. “Take-back days are a safe and easy way to get these drugs out of your home.”

“Count it! Lock it! Drop it! Is a comprehensive community program for prescription drug abuse prevention. The program’s focus is for all Tennesseans to count their pills, keep them locked away, and safely drop them in an official drop box to prevent others from accessing them, “said Kristina Clark, co-founder of Count It! Lock It! Drop It!”.

“With 52 percent of individuals statewide having concerns about a loved one’s becoming addicted, we want to provide more opportunities for people to safely dispose of their medications. National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day occurs twice a year, so we can better prevent these addictive drugs from getting into the wrong hands.”

“If you can’t make it to a take-back event, visit www.countitlockitdropit.org/drog-box-finder/ to find a drop box in your community.

4-H Poultry Show

October 18, 2017
Leigh Fuson
DeKalb County 4-H Chick-Chain participants at the 2017 Show and Sale
Clayton Crook (right) and Dare Collins (left) won Grand and Reserve Champion with their Red Sex Link hens.
Luke Magness and Cale Brown won Grand and Reserve Champions in the Barred Rock breed.

DeKalb County members recently finished the Chick-Chain poultry project with the annual show and sale which was held at the Farmers Market. Each participant received 15 Red Sex Link or Barred Rock chicks in early May and raised them throughout the spring and summer. These 4-H’ers are learning responsibility, hard work, patience, and much more all while having fun by raising chickens.

On October 5th, 30 4-H’ers completed the project by bringing 3 chickens back to the 4-H Poultry Show and Sale. The pullets, or young hens, are carefully judged on maturity, egg laying ability, and overall health. A Grand Champion and Reserve Champion is each breed was selected along with other awards. The Grand Champion Red Sex Link went to Clayton Crook, a 10th grader at DCHS, and the Reserve Champion was awarded to Dare Collins, 5th grader at Northside. The Grand Champion Barred Rock went to Luke Magness, 6th grader at DMS, while Reserve Champion went to Cale Brown, 5th grader at Northside.

After awards were handed out, it was time for the auction! The money raised goes back to the 4-H members to refund their original deposit on the chicks and to help fund other 4-H programs. They also received additional prize money. A special thank you goes out to all the bidders, buyers, sponsors, and volunteers who came out to support the 4-H poultry project this year. This is always one of our biggest community events!

4-H members who completed the project should feel proud of all their hard work and accomplishments! If you are interested in the Chick Chain project, or any other 4-H program, please call 615-597-4945. 4-H is a proud part of UT and TSU Extension. UT/TSU Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment through the cooperation of county, state, and federal governments.

Trapp Sentenced for Two Aggravated Assaults Involving a Gun

October 18, 2017
Dwayne Page
Nathan Trapp

A man charged twice within ten days for aggravated assault involving a gun has been sentenced in DeKalb County Criminal Court.

35 year old Nathan Trapp entered a plea on Friday, October 6 to two counts of aggravated assault and received a six year sentence in each case on TDOC probation with 120 days to serve in the DeKalb County Jail. The two terms are to run concurrently with each other. Trapp was given jail credit from May 19 to October 6, 2017.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Tuesday, May 9 two deputies were dispatched to a residence on Magness Road due to a report of a physical domestic with shots fired. Trapp had already left the home by the time the officers arrived.

The deputies spoke with Trapp’s sister who said that Trapp had called wanting her to bring him some butterfly bandages for his head. Trapp’s sister arrived at the residence and heard a woman screaming. She then opened the door and saw Trapp hitting his girlfriend, 22 year old Taylor Nicole Hensley, in the head with a pistol. After trying to put Taylor in a head lock, Trapp placed the gun to her head and said he was going to shoot her. He then pointed the gun at his sister and said he was going to shoot her too. Trapp’s sister called for him to let Taylor go. Trapp then came at his sister, picked her up by her throat, and carried her out the door. Once outside the door, he shoved his sister down the steps. Trapp’s sister got into her vehicle and drove next door to call 911. As she was leaving, Trapp came out the door, pointed the gun at his sister, and fired several shots at her. She was not hit by the gunfire.Trapp was arrested the following day, Wednesday May 10.

Trapp was arrested days later by Smithville Police after he allegedly pulled a gun on another person during a confrontation outside at Walmart.

Police were called to Walmart on Friday, May 19 after receiving information that Trapp had pulled a gun on someone there. Officers spoke with the victims who stated that Trapp almost hit one of them with his vehicle as they were walking to enter Walmart. One of the victims waited outside the front doors to ask Nathan what his problem was and he made a rude reply. The other victim pushed Trapp back away from the first victim and he (Trapp) reached for a pistol in his waistband. The victims then backed off to avoid escalating the situation and Trapp entered Walmart. Officers found Trapp inside the store and detained him. It was discovered that Trapp didn’t have a license to carry the firearm and he was also under bond conditions barring him from possessing a firearm.

In a separate case, 39 year old Michael Alan Hendrix entered a plea to simple assault and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days, all suspended. He will be on supervised probation and is seeking judicial diversion. He is under a restraining order to keep away from his victims.
Smithville Police received a 911 call on November 20, 2016 of shots being heard outside a residence. Upon arrival, police were informed that Hendrix had been observed leaving the area in a dark green Ford truck. Seven 9 millimeter shell casings were recovered from the front yard near the road. Police later spoke with Hendrix and determined through an investigation that he had fired rounds into the ground as a warning to one of his victims that he was coming for him.

Taylor Charged in Several Burglaries and Thefts

October 17, 2017
Dwayne Page
Ryan Davis Taylor
Stolen Property Recovered by Sheriff's Department

A Smithville man has been arrested by the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department in several burglaries and thefts which have occurred over the last three months

24 year old Ryan Davis Taylor of Holmes Creek Road, Smithville is charged with one count of aggravated burglary, five counts of burglary, one count of theft of property under $1,000, three counts of theft of property over $1,000, two counts of theft over $10,000, and two counts of vandalism. His bond totals $160,500 and his court date is November 2.

Initially, Taylor was charged in two burglaries and thefts after he allegedly broke into the same shed twice on Hannah’s Branch Road at Liberty.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Tuesday, October 3, Taylor entered a shed, cut a padlock and chain secured to a generator, and stole the generator, two log chains, grease gun, tamping bar, an adjustable wrench, and rubber handled pliers all valued at $690. He returned to the same shed on Thursday, October 5 and stole a 22 rifle, 22 pistol, Milwaukee band saw, threading set, Makita angle grinder, Makita drills, Makita saw, laser mark, three chainsaws, floor jack, extension cord, and grease fitting valued at $2,786.

Additional charges were filed against Taylor on Monday, October 16 after Sheriff Ray, detectives, and deputies went to Taylor’s home on Saturday, October 14 to serve a search warrant and found more stolen property from other burglaries.

The other cases against Taylor are as follows:

*On July 14, Taylor entered a barn on Game Ridge Road, Smithville causing damage to it and took several hunting bows, hunting clothes, a computer, bullets, reloading equipment, rods and reels, and lights, valued at $10,000

*On July 18, Taylor assisted in the forcible entry into a mini-storage building on Nashville Highway. Entry was made by removing the lock to a storage container at the mini-storages. He then assisted in the theft of several musical instruments, cameras, cds, video games, and jewelry, valued at $34,276.

*On September 30, Taylor entered a motor vehicle and stole a custom built AR-15, Craftsman tool set, drill, floor jack, Garmin GPS, and boots and glasses, valued at $2,120

*On October 6, Taylor entered a residence on Allen Ferry Road and stole various jewelry, TV, coffee pot, keys, remotes, laptop, and a tablet, valued at $1,300


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