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DeKalb Community Hospital Launches "Health Access 24/7"

July 9, 2014
Shan Burklow
DeKalb Community Hospital Launches "Health Access 24/7"

DeKalb Community Hospital has announced the launch of their new electronic health Access called “HA! – Health Access 24/7,” the new online service – which is free to patients – provides secure online access to medical records and health care providers anytime, anywhere. To sign-up for Health Access 24/7 (HA), go to the hospital’s website: www.DeKalbCommunityHospital.com

Kim Frazier , Chief Nursing Officer, played a major role in the implementation of the new online feature. “One of the most convenient things about Health Access 24/7 is the online Personal Health Record (PHR),” she said. “The PHR allows you to store, view, and update all of your health information in one secure place. Only you can decide who has access to your medical history, which ensures your privacy. You can also use it to help manage the health of someone you care for, with their permission, of course.”

“Realizing the benefits of electronic health access depends, of course, on how effectively they're used,” said Sue Conley - Chief Executive Officer of DeKalb Community and Stones River Hospital, “We are glad to offer this opportunity to our patients and look forward to the benefits that Health Access 24/7 (HA) will give them. The goal of the program is to promote the spread of electronic health records to improve health care in DeKalb County and across the United States. It is free and very convenient. You can view your health information from your smart phone, laptop, tablet or any internet friendly device.”

The benefits of Health Access 24/7 include:

•Complete and accurate information. With electronic health records, health care providers have the information they need to provide the best possible care. Providers will know more about their patients and their health history before they walk into the examination room.

•Better access to information. Electronic health records facilitate greater access to the information providers need to diagnose health problems earlier and improve the health outcomes of their patients. Electronic health records also allow information to be shared more easily among doctors' offices, hospitals, and across health systems, leading to better coordination of care.

•Patient empowerment. Electronic health records will help empower patients to take a more active role in their health and in the health of their families. Patients can receive electronic copies of their medical records and share their health information securely over the Internet with their families including test results and medical history.

In addition to helping patients access their personal health information more easily, the hospital’s new patient portal will also help people better manage chronic conditions and coordinate care for dependents (with their permission).

For more information on how you can access your health information and test results online, go to: www.DeKalbCommunityHospital.com

Pictures: A patient shows how easy the new HA! online health information is to use. Health Access 24/7 (HA) is free to patients of DeKalb Community Hospital. The online feature’s goal is to improve communication between patient, doctor and family while saving valuable time for the patient.

Dyal Charged with Burglary and Theft at Two Smithville Businesses

July 8, 2014
Dwayne Page
Kenny Waymon Dyal, Jr.

A Smithville man has been arrested in recent burglaries at two local businesses.

27 year old Kenny Waymon Dyal, Jr. of Jackson Street is charged with two counts of burglary and two counts of theft.

The case was investigated by Lieutenant Detective Matt Holmes of the Smithville Police Department.

According to the charges, Dyal allegedly entered Cash Express located at 126 East Bryant Street on Saturday, July 5 at approximately 1:00 a.m. by taking out a window air conditioner unit and entering through the window. Dyal allegedly took a digital camera and a safe. A search warrant was served on July 5 at Dyal's residence where he was found hiding in the closet. He was in possession of stolen property belonging to the victim.

Dyal is also charged in a break-in at another business the previous week.

In that case, Dyal allegedly entered a gas station located at 627 West Broad Street at approximately 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 28 and took the following items: Approximately $850 in cash and at least four duffle bags full of cigarette cartons. The act was caught on video camera. A search warrant was served on July 5 at Dyal's residence where he was found hiding in the closet and in possession of stolen property belonging to the victim.

In a new development this week, a search warrant was served on Dyal Wednesday, July 9 to collect DNA evidence from him to be sent to the crime lab as he is a suspect in other burglaries.

Meanwhile, 19 year old Brittnay Lykins and 32 year old Crystal Deweese are each charged with theft of property over $500 for the recent theft of two television sets from Walmart. Deweese is also charged with criminal trespassing and evading arrest. Bond for Lykins is $7,500. Deweese is under a $12,000 bond. Both will appear in court July 10.

According to Smithville Police Chief Randy Caplinger, Lykins picked up Deweese at her home on Friday, June 27 and went to Walmart. While in the store, Deweese allegedly stole two television sets and took off running when confronted by Walmart employees. Deweese left the store and ran toward West Broad Street. She was found behind the Tannery building. As police tried to arrest her, Deweese ran toward Duncan Street but the officer caught up with her. She was handcuffed and brought to the police department. When questioned by police Lykins said she and Deweese had entered Walmart together and that she knew Deweese was going to steal the TV's. Apparently because of her history, Deweese had previously been warned several times to stay away from Walmart stores.

38 year old Desiree Ferrell is charged with sale and delivery of a schedule II drug. She is under a $1,500 bond and will be in court July 17. She was arrested on Monday, June 30. Chief Caplinger said that on March 14 police observed Ferrell getting out of the passenger seat of a vehicle holding a large prescription pill bottle filled with what appeared to be white capsule shaped pills. Ferrell then got in the passenger side of a black Dodge Dakota next to her vehicle where she allegedly sold half of a Hydrocodone pill . The buyer admitted to the officer that Ferrell had taken money for the pill. A warrant was later taken for her arrest but Ferrell could not be located until June 30.

38 year old Valerie Brown is cited for theft of property. She will make a court appearance on July 14. Chief Caplinger said that on Friday, June 6 police were called to Hawkins Discount Thrift Store in reference to a shoplifter. Upon arrival the officer spoke with Brown who allegedly admitted that she attempted to take items from the store.

18 year old Daricy Ferrell and 19 year old Cheyenne Matthews are cited for theft of property. They will be in court on July 17. Chief Caplinger said that on Tuesday, June 17 Ferrell and Matthews allegedly took several items from the Dollar General Store.

32 year old Gilberto Juarez is charged with driving under the influence. His bond is $1,500 and he will be in court July 17. Chief Caplinger said that on Friday, June 20 police saw Juarez drive into the parking lot of Kwik N Ezy. After Juarez parked, the officer approached his vehicle and spoke with him. There were two open beers in the center console. Juarez also had a strong odor of alcohol on his person and was very unsteady on his feet. Juarez submitted to but performed poorly on a portable breathalyzer test. He refused to take a blood test.

36 year old Jason Cripps is charged with public intoxication and burglary. He is under a $9,000 bond and will be in court on July 24. Chief Caplinger said that on Wednesday, June 25 police responded to DeKalb Specialty Clinic on a complaint of an intoxicated person who had showed up at a doctor's office there. Upon arrival, the officer was told that Cripps had left but was seen walking toward the hospital. The officer heard an auto alarm and found Cripps who had allegedly entered a Jeep Cherokee and was going through personal belongings and papers in the vehicle without the owner's consent. According to police, Cripps' speech was slurred and he was unsteady on his feet. Cripps was placed under arrest.

43 year old Christopher Richardson is charged with public intoxication. His bond is $1,500. Chief Caplinger said police recently responded to 225 East Bryant Street in reference to a fight. Upon arrival the officer saw Richardson standing in the hallway of the apartment complex trying to get another person to come out of his residence to fight him. Richardson had a strong odor of alcohol on his person. His speech was slurred and he was unsteady on his feet. Richardson admitted to having consumed several beers. He was placed under arrest.

22 year old Chandler Robinson is charged with domestic assault. His bond is $2,500 and he will be in court July 10. Chief Caplinger said that on Sunday, June 20 police responded to a residence on Riley Avenue in reference to a domestic call. Upon arrival the officer spoke with Robinson and his wife. Robinson told police that the two of them got into an argument and that he allegedly pushed her on the back of the head. He then went into the kitchen and came back cursing and shoved her with both hands on her chest. She called police.

29 year old Melissa Higgins is cited for shoplifting from Walmart. She will be in court July 14.

20 year old Samantha Goodson and 23 year old Eric Judkins are charged with retaliation for a past action. Goodson's bond is $10,000. Bond for Judkins is $20,000. They will be in court July 24. According to police, on July 1 Goodson allegedly assisted Judkins in assaulting their victim in retaliation for a past action by punching him in the face. The victim allegedly testified against Judkins in another case. This occurred at Bill Page Ball Park.

Fast Pace Urgent Care to Open Clinic in Smithville

July 8, 2014
Fast Pace Urgent Care to Open Clinic in Smithville similiar to the one shown here in Fayetteville

Smithville may soon be getting a new clinic.

Fast Pace Urgent Care has announced plans to open such a facility in Smithville near the intersection of East Broad and Oak Street.

According to the company's website, Fast Pace clinics provide treatments for a wide range of illnesses, injuries, and common conditions and provide a variety of wellness, diagnostic and screening services. Open seven days a week with extended hours, Fast Pace Urgent Care offers patients the convenience of short wait times and the ability to be seen by a provider without an appointment. Fast Pace accepts most insurance providers and offers affordable self-pay prices for uninsured patients. Each Fast Pace clinic features multiple exam rooms, on-site lab testing and X-ray capabilities

Since 2009 when Stan Bevis, Family Nurse Practitioner and President, founded the company, Fast Pace has grown from one clinic in Collinwood to nearly 20 clinics throughout Tennessee. With expansion comes the convenience of being able to be treated at any of the Fast Pace locations without the hassle of transferring insurance and payment information or medical history. The clinics are electronically linked so that if you have to be seen at a clinic miles from home your information is available to healthcare professionals on the spot.

Though the growth continues, there is still very much the same “small town” feel. Each clinic is staffed by locals, and they also provide support staff – maintenance, landscaping, construction and cleaning crews. Each clinic supports the community through a membership in their local Chambers of Commerce and by sponsorships of everything from community events, to local charities, to sports teams, and clinic staff is encouraged to volunteer wherever their interests lie.

“Fast Pace is about meeting community needs and providing quality care to those who need it, wherever they need it,” said Bevis.

Man Airlifted After Monday Crash

July 8, 2014
Dwayne Page
Photo of wrecked Corvette after it was towed  by Tim's Truck Service & Towing  (Photo by Tim Pyles)

A 72 year old man lost control of his Corvette on Big Rock Road and overturned Monday afternoon.

Sergeant Eric McCormick of the Tennessee Highway Patrol told WJLE that Kenneth Clayton of Smithville was south on Big Rock Road when he ran off the road while negotiating a curve and overturned. The car came to a final rest in an upright position on the edge of the road in the ditchline.

Clayton was airlifted from the scene to Vanderbilt Hospital

DeKalb County Fair returns Monday through Saturday, July 21-26

July 8, 2014
Dwayne Page
DeKalb County Fair July 21-26

The DeKalb County Fair returns Monday through Saturday, July 21-26

All Non- Perishable exhibits ONLY will be accepted Saturday, July 12 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. All Perishable items ONLY will be accepted on Saturday, July 19 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

Take a stroll down Memory Lane and enjoy nightly entertainment at the Memory Lane Stage in Memory Village, sponsored by DeKalb Community Bank.

Meanwhile, the DeKalb County Fair 5K Fun Run will be July 19. Registration begins at 7 pm at the Fair Office. The Run will start at 7:30 PM. Pre-registration available by contacting Matt Boss at 615-464-8627. Pre-registration guarantees a DeKalb County Fair 5K T-Shirt $15 entry fee for youth and $20 for adults. Parking available behind Fair Office. For more info. contact Matt Boss at number above.

Applications are now available for entry into the DeKalb County Fair's new event, the “Kidnation Talent Showcase” to be held at the Lions Club Pavilion July 24 following the baby show. The showcase is a non-judged event allowing all youth up to age 18 to showcase their talents. Get your applications at www.dekalbcountyfairtn.com. The event is free of entry fee.

Fair pageant applications are also available for ages one day through 20. You may download applications from www.dekalbcountyfairtn.com or stop by the Smithville Review. Pageants are open to residents of DeKalb County, Smithville, Alexandria, Liberty and Dowelltown. Entry fee is $20, and deadline for entry is July 19. This year's pageants sponsored by DTC Communications.

(Click PDF link below for 2014 Fair Exhibitors Catalog)


Fair events each night are as follows:

Monday, July 21: National Anthem at 5:45 p.m.; Cattle Show at 6:00 p.m. at the Grandstand; Rodeo at the T.C. McMillen Arena at 6:00 p.m.; Junior Fair Princess Pageant for contestants ages 13-16 at 6:00 p.m. followed by the Fairest of the Fair Pageant for contestants ages 17 to 20 at the Lions Club Pavilion and (2- $500 cash drawings) at 9:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 22: Snowbird from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.; Little Mr. and Miss Pageant for contestants ages 4-6 at 6:00 p.m. at the Lions Club Pavilion followed by David Turner and Friends; Corn hole Contest at 7:00 p.m. at the Grandstand; Go-Cart Racing at 6:00 p.m. at the T.C. McMillen Arena and (2- $500 cash drawings) at 9:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 23: Little Miss Princess Pageant for contestants ages 7-9 at 6:00 p.m. followed by the Miss Sweetheart Pageant for those ages 10-12 at the Lions Club Pavilion; 4 Wheeler and Motorcycle Racing at 6:30 p.m. at the T.C. McMillen Arena; and (2- $500 cash drawings) at 9:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 24: Senior Citizen Day activities at 9:00 a.m. at the Lions Club Pavilion; Junior Goat Show at 6:00 p.m. at the Tot Kelly Barn; a Baby Show at 6:00 p.m. followed by Kidnation at the Lions Club Pavilion; and ATV Rodeo at the T.C. McMillen Arena at 7:00 p.m.; and (2- $500 cash drawings) at 9:30 p.m.

Friday, July 25: Toddler Show for contestants 13 months to 47 months at 6:00 p.m. at the Lions Club Pavilion; Kids Pedal Tractor Pull at 7:00 p.m. at the Grandstand; ATV/ Mini-Rod Outlaw Pull at 7:00 p.m. at the T.C. McMillen Arena and (2- $500 cash drawings) at 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 26: Horseshoe Tournament at the Tot Kelly barn at Noon.; Gospel Singing at the Lions Club Pavilion at 6:00 p.m.; Super Tractor and Truck Pull at 7:00 p.m. at the T.C. McMillen Arena: and (2- $500 cash drawings) at 9:30 p.m.

Events subject to change without notice.

Rides on the Midway will be provided by the Family Attractions Amusement Company. Unlimited rides will be available for $15.00 on Monday night; $16.00 on Tuesday night; $14.00 on Wednesday and $18.00 on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Admission to the fair is $4.00 per person. Children age four and younger will be admitted free! Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. Parking is Free!

For more information, call 529-FAIR or visit on-line at www.dekalbcountyfairtn.com.

Sales Tax Holiday August 1-3

July 8, 2014
Dwayne Page
Sales Tax Holiday August 1-3

The Department of Revenue is reminding Tennesseans that the eighth annual Sales Tax Holiday is scheduled for Friday, August 1 through Sunday, August 3. During these three days Tennessee shoppers can save nearly 10 percent on tax-free clothing, school and art supplies, and computer purchases.

“I want to encourage Tennessee families to take advantage of the Sales Tax Holiday because it was created with them in mind,” Gov. Bill Haslam said. “The weekend provides savings for families, especially as students are starting the new school year, and the holiday can provide relief on clothing, school and art supplies and computer purchases.”

The holiday begins Friday, August 1 at 12:01 a.m. and ends Sunday, August 3 at 11:59 p.m. During the designated three-day weekend, consumers will not pay state or local sales tax on clothing with a price of $100 or less per item, school and art supplies with a price of $100 or less per item, and computers with a price of $1,500 or less.

“As in years past, last year's tax-free weekend was very successful, providing Tennessee taxpayers over $10 million in tax savings” said Revenue Commissioner Richard H. Roberts. “We are hopeful that Tennessee shoppers will again take advantage of the tax relief provided by the 2014 Sales Tax Holiday.”

Please visit the Sales Tax Holiday Web site at www.tntaxholiday.com to learn more about the items exempt from sales tax. The Tennessee Department of Revenue also assists consumers via e-mail, Salestax.Holiday@TN.gov, and through its toll-free statewide telephone hot line, (800) 342-1003. Staff is available to answer questions Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time. (Out-of-state and Nashville-area callers, please dial (615) 253-0600.)

Examples of exempt items include:

•Clothing: Shirts, dresses, pants, coats, gloves and mittens, hats and caps, hosiery, neckties, belts, sneakers, shoes, uniforms whether athletic or non-athletic and scarves

•School Supplies: Binders, book bags, calculators, tape, chalk, crayons, erasers, folders, glue, pens, pencils, lunch boxes, notebooks, paper, rulers and scissors

•Art Supplies: Clay and glazes; acrylic, tempera and oil paints; paintbrushes for artwork; sketch and drawing pads; and watercolors

•Computers: Central processing unit (CPU), along with various other components including monitor, keyboard, mouse, cables to connect components and preloaded software (Note: While the CPU may be purchased separately, other items must be part of a bundled computer package in order to be eligible.) iPads and other tablet computers are eligible for tax exemption, while smart phones and video game consoles are not.

The Department of Revenue is responsible for the administration of state tax laws and motor vehicle title and registration laws established by the legislature and the collection of taxes and fees associated with those laws. The Department of Revenue collects approximately 87 percent of total state tax revenue. During the 2012 fiscal year, the department collected $11.3 billion in state taxes and fees. In addition to collecting state taxes, the Department of Revenue collects taxes for local, county and municipal governments. During the 2012 fiscal year, local government collections by the Department of Revenue exceeded $2.0 billion in local taxes and fees. In collecting taxes, the department enforces the revenue laws fairly and impartially in an effort to encourage voluntary taxpayer compliance. The department also apportions revenue collections for distribution to the various state funds and local units of government. To learn more about the department, log on to www.TN.gov/revenue.

Young Eagles Flight Rally Scheduled For July 19

July 8, 2014

Area young people ages 8-17 will have a chance to take to the skies on Saturday, July 19, 2014, as the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 1378 hosts a Young Eagles Flight Rally at Smithville Municipal Airport.

The rally is part of the EAA Young Eagles program, created for the purpose of introducing young people to aviation. Since the program was launched in 1992, Volunteer EAA pilots have flown more than 1.9 million young people residing in more than 90 countries.

“The airplane rides are just part of the Flight Rally,” said David Teter, Young Eagles Coordinator and spokesman for the event. “We hope to build upon the one-on-one relationships established between the pilots and each Young Eagle, giving a new generation a chance to learn more about the possibilities that exist in the world of aviation.”

Pilots at the event will also explain more about their airplanes allowing young people to discover how airplanes fly and how pilots keep safety as the prime concern during every phase of every flight. Each Young Eagle flight will last approximately twenty minutes.

Following the flight each participant will receive a certificate making him or her an official Young Eagle. Their name will then be entered into the “World’s Largest Logbook,” which is on permanent display at the EAA Air Adventure Museum in Oshkosh, WI. The Logbook is also accessible on the Internet at www.youngeagles.org.

Pre-registration is required. To pre-register your child for this great opportunity, please contact David Teter, the Young Eagles Program Coordinator at 931-261-3442 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Registration will close when twenty-five “Young Eagles” are registered. There is no cost for the ride. There will be no on-site registration the day of the event. A parent or guardian must accompany the child to the event but will not fly with the Young Eagle. In the event of rain or thunderstorms, the Rally will be cancelled. General information about this Young Eagles Flight Rally is also available by contacting Wes Nokes, the airport manager, at 615-597-4940.

Additional information about EAA and the EAA Young Eagles program is available on the Internet. Access to EAA’s Home Page is available at www.eaa.org. The Young Eagles web page is www.youngeagles.org.

Man Arrested for Growing Marijuana

July 7, 2014
Dwayne Page
Donald Wayne Cantrell
Kyle Russell Hill
Jackie Lee Farless
Oscar Alexis Garcia
Steven Anthony Nelson
Eustacio Tacho Hernandez

The Sheriff's Department arrested a man last week for growing marijuana.

63 year old Donald Wayne Cantrell of Ferrell Road, Smithville is charged with manufacture of a schedule VI controlled substance (Marijuana). His bond is $10,000 and he will be in court July 17.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Wednesday, July 2 a sheriff's department drug detective went to Cantrell's residence and spoke with him about some marijuana plants. Cantrell was mirandized (read his rights). Cantrell admitted to growing marijuana plants and showed them to the drug detective. Approximately 42 marijuana plants were recovered from Cantrell's back yard. He was arrested and taken to the sheriff's department for booking.

In other cases, 40 year old Kyle Russell Hill of Holmes Creek Road, Smithville is charged with simple possession of a schedule II drug (Morphine), simple possession of a schedule III drug (Hydrocodone), and simple possession of a schedule IV drug (Alprazolam). His bond is $4,500 and he will be in court July 17.

Sheriff Ray said that on Sunday, June 15 in the Smithville Walmart parking lot, a sheriff's department drug detective saw a man open the driver side door of Hill's vehicle and put something under the floor mat. When Hill came out of Walmart, the drug detective approached him and explained what he had witnessed. Hill gave consent to a search and under the driver's side floor mat, the detective found a morphine 60 milligram pill inside a cellophane pack. Hill admitted that be bought the pill from the man who delivered it for $30 and told him to put it in his car. Hill had his young daughter with him so the drug detective asked Hill to come to the sheriff's department on the following Friday. Hill did not show up.

Meanwhile, Sheriff Ray said that on Monday, June 30 while an officer was serving the warrant on Hill for the simple possession of a schedule II drug (morphine), Hill pulled some pills from his left pocket. In a blister pack were four Hydrocodone pills. He also produced a plastic pill pouch containing two and a half Alprazolam pills. Hill said the pills did not belong to him. He was arrested on the warrant and transported to the Sheriff's Department.

43 year old Mildred Ann Weier of Morgan Avenue, Woodbury is cited for simple possession of a schedule VI drug (marijuana) and possession of drug paraphernalia (marijuana pipe). She will be in court on July 17.

Sheriff Ray said that on Thursday, July 3 a sheriff's department drug detective spotted a vehicle setting in a field off Highway 70 east (Sparta Highway) with the brake light on. A woman inside was slumped over. The officer conducted a welfare check of the woman. While speaking with her, the detective learned that Weier had marijuana in the car. The officer conducted a search and found a small case containing less than half an ounce of marijuana and a pipe.

49 year old Jackie Lee Farless of Hurricane Ridge Road, Smithville is charged with domestic assault. His bond is $1,500 and he will be in court on July 10.

Sheriff Ray said that on Thursday, July 3 Farless allegedly got into an argument with his ex wife with whom he still resides. During the argument, Farless intentionally pushed her into an outside storage shed causing bodily injury to her left arm and right leg. Farless was determined to have been the primary aggressor and he was placed under arrest.

18 year old Oscar Alexis Garcia of Clarksville is charged with evading arrest, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, and underage driving while impaired. Garcia was further issued citations for other traffic violations including no drivers license. He is also wanted in Montgomery County for violation of probation. His bond is $6,000 and he will be in court July 10.

Sheriff Ray said that on Thursday, July 3 a deputy was dispatched to Cookeville Highway to look for a possible drunk driver. The officer saw the vehicle and noticed that it had failed to maintain its lane of travel. The deputy tried to stop the automobile but it sped away traveling at up to 100 miles per hour down Cookeville Highway. The car ran four traffic lights along the way, barely missing other motorists as it carelessly swerved in and out of traffic. At one point, the vehicle pulled over to the shoulder of the road and stopped, but then took off again as the officer got out of his patrol car. The deputy got back in his cruiser and began a 13.75 mile pursuit to Hurricane Ridge Road where the fleeing automobile finally stopped. The driver, Garcia initially refused to get out of the vehicle. When he finally did exit the car, Garcia resisted being handcuffed. Garcia was eventually arrested and brought to the jail for booking. Garcia, who had a strong odor of alcohol on his person, admitted to drinking two beers.

36 year old Steven Anthony Nelson of Allen Street, Smithville is charged with domestic assault. His bond is $1,500 and he will be in court on July 10.

Sheriff Ray said that on Thursday, July 3 a deputy responded to a South College Street apartment in reference to a domestic assault which occurred at a residence on Allen Street. The officer spoke with a woman who said that she and her husband, Nelson had gotten into a verbal argument and that he began threatening her. The woman said she picked up a pan from the kitchen sink to keep her husband away from her but Nelson pushed his wife to the ground and began hitting her, causing a cut to the nose, a swollen eye, and scrapes to her elbows. Nelson's friends, who were present, pulled him away from the woman. She then left the residence. Nelson was determined to have been the primary aggressor and he was arrested.

31 year old Eustacio Tacho Hernandez of West Broad Street, Smithville is charged with driving under the influence. He was further issued citations for no drivers license, violation of the open container law, violation of the financial responsibility law (no insurance), failure to maintain his lane of travel, and violation of the implied consent law. His bond is $1,500 and he will be in court July 10.

Sheriff Ray said that on Friday, July 4 a criminal detective saw a gold Chevy Cavalier traveling on Short Mountain Highway, leaving its lane of travel several times. The detective stopped the car and spoke with the driver, Hernandez who had a strong odor of alcohol on his person. The officer also found an open container in the vehicle. Hernandez submitted to but performed poorly on field sobriety tasks. He refused to take a blood test. He admitted to having consumed five beers. For the safety of himself and the public, Hernandez was arrested and brought to the jail for booking.

Corps Permits FREE One Day Entry to Participating Day-Use Areas

July 7, 2014
Dwayne Page
Sarah Peace

J. Percy Priest Lake, Center Hill Lake, and Cordell Hull Lake will be participating in “Life Jackets Saves and Pays Day” at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) Day-Use areas on July 12, 2014.

On July 12, any participating USACE day-use area will allow FREE one day admittance to visitors that bring a life jacket to the park. Participating parks include: J. Percy Priest Lake – Anderson Road Park and Cook Park; Center Hill Lake – Floating Mill Park, Hurricane Bridge Park, and Ragland Bottom Park; Cordell Hull Lake – Defeated Creek Park, Roaring River Park, and Wartrace Park.

“Life Jackets Saves and Pays Day” is a local event held by USACE to emphasize the importance of wearing a life jacket when around water. “Once in the park, don't leave your lifejacket behind, WEAR IT!” says Ranger Sarah Peace. “The Corps wants everyone to have fun on the water, but most importantly we want you to be safe!”

So what are you waiting for? Grab your lifejacket, and we’ll see you at the lake!

Body of Collierville Man Recovered on Center Hill Lake

July 7, 2014
Dwayne Page

A Collierville man lost his life Saturday afternoon on Center Hill Lake.

The body of 57 year old Stephen R. Morris was recovered in about fifteen feet of water more than three hours after he fell off a jet ski and into the water. "It's been called a drowning and it probably was but we don't know that for sure. They have performed an autopsy but we don't have the results back on that yet, " said TWRA Officer Tony Cross during his weekly program on WJLE Monday morning.

"If you went straight out from the mouth of Holmes Creek in a southeasterly direction, which is back upstream, it was about a mile across on the other side of the lake. There are a couple of small coves and they had pulled up in there on a houseboat," said Officer Cross in describing where the incident occurred.

According to the TWRA, Morris was sitting on the back of a personal watercraft, which was attached to the house boat, when he fell off the back of it and never resurfaced. " There were a number of folks who were on the houseboat and the front of it was actually grounded on the shore. The victim was on a jet ski which was pulled up on one of the slides or ramps on the back of the houseboat. It (jet ski) was actually not in the water. Our guess is that some sort of medical issue may have happened. He was sitting on the jet ski when he fell off into the water and went under. That was it," said Officer Cross.

Members of the TWRA, DeKalb County Rescue Squad, and Corps of Engineers began the search at around 4:00 p.m. "We were pretty sure we had located the body maybe within an hour or so with side scan sonar. Divers were called in from the Putnam County Rescue Squad and once they arrived on the scene and went down, it probably took only eight or ten minutes for them to locate the victim," said Cross.

TWRA Officer Cross praised members of the Smithville-DeKalb County Rescue Squad and others for their help. "I'd like to give a big shout out and thank you to members of the Smithville-DeKalb County Rescue Squad who came out. They were at the Jamboree working their booth when this happened but they all came down and helped us. The Corps of Engineers had several guys there too along with several of our guys (TWRA),” he said.


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