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Man Arrested After Making Phone Threats to Hospital

September 9, 2014
Dwayne Page
Keith Nations
Marijuana Plants Confiscated by Smithville Police Department

A Rutherford County man who allegedly phoned in verbal threats to staff at DeKalb Community Hospital last month has been charged with making false reports.

46 year old Keith Nations is under a $50,000 bond and is currently undergoing an evaluation.

According to Smithville Police Chief Randy Caplinger, Nations phoned the hospital several times on Saturday, August 30, making verbal threats. At one point, Nations said he would come to the hospital and blow it up. Chief Caplinger said police were notified and the hospital was placed on lock down during the investigation. Police discovered that Nations was responsible and that he used his cell phone to make the calls. Rutherford County authorities were contacted and they located and arrested Nations.

Chief Caplinger said its unknown why Nations phoned in threats at the hospital here since he is unknown to the staff and they have no record of him.

Meanwhile, Smithville Police, acting on an anonymous tip, found several potted marijuana plants in a wooded area near the Smithville Housing Projects last Wednesday, September 3. The marijuana was confiscated. No arrests have been made.

37 year old Wesley Chandler is charged with driving under the influence and cited for violation of the implied consent law. His bond is $4,000. Chief Caplinger said that on Thursday, September 4 police responded to Mapco Express to investigate a wreck. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with the victim who said Chandler had backed into his vehicle. Chandler got out of his automobile and was found to be unsteady on his feet. His speech was slurred and he had a strong odor of alcohol on his person. He kept trying to fall asleep while standing. Chandler performed poorly on field sobriety tasks but he refused to submit to a blood test.

24 year old Brittany Lee is charged with theft over $500 and theft over $1,000. Her bond is $7,500 and she will be in court on September 11. According to Chief Caplinger a member of Lee's family reported that some jewelry went missing from her residence on West Broad Street. During the investigation, police learned that Lee had taken the jewelry and sold some of it to a business in town. The rest of the jewelry was found hidden at Lee's grandparents home where she had been living. Total value of the stolen jewelry was $1,695.

35 year old Jason Jones is charged with theft over $1,000. His bond is $6,000 and he will be in court October 2. Chief Caplinger said that Jones allegedly took a Gibson electric guitar from his father's home on Holmes Creek Road and pawned it at a McMinnville Pawn Shop. The value of the guitar is $1,500.

49 year old Wendy Goodman is charged with disorderly conduct. Her bond is $1,500 and she will be in court September 11. According to Chief Caplinger, an officer was called to Restview Avenue on Saturday, August 30 where Goodman had come out of her residence and began yelling profanity at another person who was sitting on the sidewalk across the street. As Goodman aggressively advanced toward that person, she was placed under arrest.

67 year old Virginia Ervin is charged with disorderly conduct. Her bond is $1,500 and she will be in court September 11. Chief Caplinger said that on Friday, August 29 police received complaints about a woman on Restview Avenue who was coming out of her home and yelling at neighbors, making threats. Police had been there only minutes earlier on a similar complaint and warned the woman (Ervin) at that time not to be causing a disturbance. After police were called back a second time, Ervin was placed under arrest.

20 year old Alex Murphy is charged with domestic assault and violation of his bond conditions. His bond is $5,000 and he will be in court September 25. Chief Caplinger said that on Thursday, August 28 police responded to a residence on Foster Road in reference to a possible domestic assault. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with Murphy who said he and a woman had been arguing. Murphy said he grabbed the woman to keep her from leaving. The victim said as she attempted to leave, Murphy grabbed her arm and slammed her left hand into the door leaving her hand swollen and red. She also had marks on her right arm. Murphy was determined to have been the primary aggressor and he was arrested.

23 year old Eden Petriz is charged with driving under the influence and resisting arrest. His bond is $5,000 and he will be in court September 11. Chief Caplinger said that on Monday, August 25 police were dispatched to the corner of Juniper Lane and Bell Street to investigate an accident. Upon arrival, the officer saw a man stumbling in the middle of the street. The man, Petriz told police that he had been driving a vehicle (involved in the accident). He had a strong odor of alcohol on him and he was very uncooperative. Sobriety tasks could not be administered. As Petriz was being placed under arrest, he began fighting with the officer and a deputy who were trying to put him in the patrol car. He was taken into custody and charged.

23 year old Daniel Trey Hamilton is charged with domestic assault. His bond is $6,000 and he will be in court September 11. Chief Caplinger said that on Sunday, August 24 police were called to a residence on Hayes Street in reference to a possible domestic assault. Upon arrival, the officer heard yelling and crying from persons inside the house. He opened the door and found a woman lying on a couch with a baby in her arms. Hamilton was standing over her with a clinched fist. The officer was told by the victim that Hamilton showed up at this residence and told her to leave. Hamilton was placed under arrest. He has been arrested several times before for domestic assault of the same woman.

42 year old Tonya Silcox is charged with driving under the influence and cited for possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bond is $1,500 and she will be in court September 11. According to Chief Caplinger, police were dispatched to McDonald's Restaurant on Wednesday, August 27 to investigate a wreck. Upon arrival, the officer was told by a deputy that he saw Silcox's automobile hit another vehicle in the drive through and then pull out onto the highway in front of traffic, almost causing another accident. Silcox was pulled over and she was asked to step out of her vehicle. Silcox performed poorly on field sobriety tasks and was very unsteady on her feet. During a search incident to arrest, police found a diabetic testing kit containing several syringes and crushed straws. The syringes contained a yellow residue consistent with drug use. One straw was found in her purse. Silcox was placed under arrest.

42 year old Marina Cornet is charged with disorderly conduct. Her bond is $1,500 and she will be in court September 11. According to Chief Caplinger, police responded Saturday, August 23 to a residence on Miller Road in reference to a woman with a knife. Upon arrival the officer spoke with the parties who said an argument began between Cornet and another person over a beer. Cornet's daughter, who was present, warned the other person that Cornet had a knife. Cornet allegedly began making threats and gave the impression that she had a knife. Cornet continued yelling and acting disorderly with the officer present. Due to her level of intoxication and disruptive behavior, Cornet was placed under arrest.

Wallace Rackley is charged with evading arrest, tampering with evidence, and aggravated assault. He is further cited for simple possession of schedule II and IV drugs (diazapem and oxycodone) His bond is $28,500 and he will be in court on September 11. Chief Caplinger said that on Tuesday, August 19 police were called to a residence on Braswell Lane in reference to a 911 hangup call. Upon arrival the officer spoke with Rackley who was found covered in blood. Rackley said he did not call 911 but another person (victim) at the residence told the officer that he needed help. The man's face was very bloody and swollen. The man (victim) said he was beaten with a steel pipe but he would not reveal who had assaulted him. DeKalb EMS arrived and transported the man to the emergency room of the hospital. He was later transported to a Nashville hospital for further treatment. Police learned that Rackley had committed the assault on the victim. The next day, Wednesday, August 20 police observed Rackley in the yard at his home on North Congress Boulevard. Having prior knowledge of warrants against Rackley for offenses in DeKalb and Putnam Counties, the officer pulled into Rackley's driveway. When the officer got out of his patrol car and ordered Rackley to put up his hands, Rackley took off running toward the back of his residence and into the woods. He was apprehended and handcuffed. During a search, the contents of Rackley's pockets were placed on the trunk of the patrol car including some pills. As police were emptying his pockets, Rackley learned over the patrol car and ate some of the pills.

53 year old Larry Lattimore is charged with assault. Chief Caplinger said that on Thursday, August 14 police were called to a residence on Jackson Street in reference to a fight. Upon arrival the officer spoke with several persons who reported that Lattimore had been in the area and that he began yelling at the victim and then attacked him causing bruises to his neck. Lattimore left the scene before police arrived but he was arrested later.

36 year old Jason Cripps is cited for simple possession of schedule II and IV drugs (Opana, Dilaudid, and Xanax). He will be in court September 11.
Chief Caplinger said that on Sunday, August 17 police were investigating an accident at DeKalb Auto Wash when they received information that someone involved in the accident (Cripps) had hidden something in the rocks near the dumpster. Upon a search, police found a vial containing the pills. When confronted, Cripps allegedly admitted that the pills belonged to him.

19 year old Bradley Mullican is cited for unlawful consumption of alcohol. Chief Caplinger said that on Monday, August 11 police responded to a residence on Hayes Street to a call of an unresponsive person. The man (Mullican) had been found lying outside on the sidewalk. Upon arrival the officer found that Mullican had been taken inside the residence and was on the couch. Mullican's speech was slurred and he appeared to be very lethargic. Mullican told the officer he had consumed a lot of moonshine.

Celebrate National Voter Registration Month in September!

September 9, 2014
Dwayne Page

According to information from the U.S. Census Bureau, about three out of 10 adults across our country who are eligible to vote aren't registered.

The good news is that there's an easy remedy for that problem.

That's why Secretary of State Tre Hargett is calling on people across Tennessee to celebrate National Voter Registration Month by registering to vote themselves - if they haven't already - and encouraging friends and neighbors to register.

"Voting is a fundamental right that many of our ancestors, friends and neighbors have fought and died to preserve," Secretary Hargett said. "We should never take that right for granted. It is free and easy to register to vote, and I encourage Tennesseans to be active participants in our electoral process. For people who are already registered to vote, National Voter Registration Month serves as a reminder to make sure their registration information is up to date so there are no issues on Election Day."

As part of the month-long celebration, Secretary Hargett is asking registered voters to join a nationwide social media campaign.

People can participate by logging onto www.GoVoteTN.com, then clicking on the "I’m Registered to Vote. Are You?" sign icon. There, they can get information about how to register to vote and also get access to a printable version of the sign. Registered voters are asked to pose for photos holding the signs, then post them on Twitter using #GoVoteTN as a hashtag. Many of the photos will also be shared on the Secretary of State's social media sites and participants are encouraged to post the photos through their other social media accounts as well.

The initial campaign last year in Tennessee generated more than 15 million impressions on social media.

"When we launched the campaign last year, we had great participation from many celebrities, singers, athletes, political leaders and people from all walks of life," Secretary Hargett said. "We expect Tennesseans will respond in a similar way to this year's campaign."

Also, Secretary Hargett and other secretaries of state across the country have declared Sept. 23 as National Voter Registration Day - a day intended to highlight the importance of registering to vote.

Eligible Tennessee residents have until Oct. 6 to register if they wish to vote in the Nov. 4 election. To get more information about how to register to vote or update registration information, visit www.GoVoteTN.com or contact your county election commission.

4-H Members Grill It at Outdoor Cookery Contest

September 7, 2014
Dwayne Page
4-H Members Grill It at Outdoor Cookery Contest

Working with barbecue grills, charcoal, and fresh cuts of meat, DeKalb County 4-H members recently competed in the Central Region 4-H Outdoor Meat Cookery contest held in Lebanon. Each team member had to construct a charcoal fire and, using their best recipes, grill their choice of beef, lamb, pork, or poultry for some hungry judges to sample. Contestants receive individual scores based on fire preparation, safety, meat preparation skills, palatability and overall appearance of the final product. The junior high contest, which consisted of 4-H members in 7th – 9th grades. DeKalb County junior high team participants were Kayla Belk and Shelby Sprague. Kayla placed 6th in the beef division and Shelby placed 9th in the poultry division. The senior high contest, which consisted of 4-H members in 10th – 12th grades, had more than 50 participants in the division. DeKalb County senior high team members included Wyatt Martin, James Mathis, and Nathaniel Theriaque. James placed 2nd in the poultry division, Nathaniel placed 3rd in lamb, and Wyatt placed 14th in the beef division.

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4-H senior high outdoor meat cookery team members include (left to right): James Mathis, Wyatt Martin, and Nathaniel Theriaque.

DeKalb West School Hosts Ribbon Cutting and Open House (VIEW VIDEO HERE)

September 4, 2014
Dwayne Page
DeKalb West School

A host of guests joined members of the administration and faculty at DeKalb West Thursday evening to celebrate the opening of the new school addition.

Surrounded by a crowd of educators, parents, students, public officials, and other members of the community retiring Principal Danny Parkerson and his successor Sabrina Farler cut the ribbon just inside the main entrance to mark the milestone.

"The people standing behind us (students) are the people this school building is dedicated to. I look for great things out of them and I know their teachers do," said Parkerson.

The school sports a new look from the front and includes new classrooms, restrooms, and hallway, most of them tornado safe shelters. The facility also features a new secure entrance to the school, an office, clinic, conference room, and a teacher work area. Both the kitchen and cafeteria in the older building have also been expanded.

Parkerson, who will be stepping down as principal next Tuesday, thanked his staff for their support and paid tribute to teachers he has worked with over the years. "I can never say enough about the teachers and the staff at DeKalb West School. When you've been somewhere 37 years, it's a lifetime and I've enjoyed every minute of it. So many people (teachers) have shaped my thoughts and my life and I could never thank them enough. I'll bet that all of you standing here remember that one teacher that did something for you that made a difference in your life. If that teacher is still living tell him or her thank you. These teachers never get the credit they should get. Our teachers love your kids and that's what makes a good teacher", he said.

"I don't know what Tuesday will be like when I walk out of here the last time being a teacher or principal at DeKalb West. It'll be a strange feeling but I know I'm leaving it in good hands. If I summed up what I meant to our schools, I think the number one thing is that kids felt safe with us. We have a lot of different people raising kids nowadays. They want their kids to feel safe at school. Some of the things we've done here allows for more safety," he said.

"I'm extremely proud of all our (public) officials and you (public) as a taxpayer because ultimately we work for you. Taxpayers pay the bills and get things done. I give you credit and I thank you on my behalf for sharing your children with me. They are special and I appreciate it," said Parkerson.

Farler, who will be taking over as Principal at DeKalb West School next Wednesday said no major changes are planned. "I'm very excited about this wonderful school year we're going to have. Everybody keeps asking is there going to be a lot of change. We've got a lot of great things going so why change something great that's already going?"

Foutch Industries to Create Forty New Jobs

September 3, 2014
Dwayne Page
Foutch Industries
Foutch Industries Operation

Foutch Industries has announced plans to add 40 jobs to its workforce.

"We're looking to add 40 people to the current staff which will put us at around 170," said Tracy Foutch, CEO and President of the Company in an interview with WJLE Wednesday.

"We're looking for assembly line workers, warehouse personnel, truck drivers, maintenance personnel, quality personnel and managers," he said.

Job opportunities are available for first, second, and third shift operations.

"This is good news for DeKalb County," said County Mayor Tim Stribling. "Companies like Foutch Industries are so vital to our community. They can add jobs when business improves and this helps our local economy. We have a good workforce here and I want to see all the industries we already have grow and prosper because that's just as important as our goal of attracting new industries which we hope to do in the months and years ahead," he said.

(Click the link below to download a job application)


(Check out Foutch Industries website at http://www.foutchindustries.com/)


Foutch Industries is a full service industrial warehouse, and a custom coating operation for the automotive industry and many other industrial sectors with the capability to perform continuous or batch operations using either wet paint or powder coating media. Custom paint and powder coating capabilities are adaptable to a wide variety of industries. When parts need to be powder coated, wet painted or washed and cleaned, Foutch Industries can handle it. From continuous automated runs to batch manual jobs, Foutch Industries can customize a solution to exactly meet the need.

In 2013 Foutch Industries earned PACCAR quality certification for coating all substrates.

Some of the industries for which Foutch Industries has done work include:
•Agricultural Equipment
•Appliances (large and small)
•Communication Equipment
•Construction & Construction Equipment
•Consumer Products
•Dental Equipment
•Home Furnishing
•Electronic Equipment
•Industrial Equipment
•Industrial Fasteners
•Industrial Piping
•Industrial Storage
•Landscaping Equipment
•Machine Tool
•Marine Equipment (fresh and saltwater)
•Medical Equipment
•Office Equipment
•Outdoor Storage
•Photographic Equipment
•Small Tools and Accessories
•Railroad Industry
•Transport Industry (truck & bus)

The company consists of three individual plants in Smithville where various aspects of the job are performed or completed. The main facility is a 277,000 square foot state of the art painting and warehousing structure where larger jobs and larger items are coated using their modular, and configurable paint lines for wet paint, powder, adhesive, soft touch paint, or any other application needed. Automated and manual paint guns, surface preparation machines, and robotic application are all used to complete various aspects of a project at this location.

The second facility is a 155,000 square foot multi-coating facility where smaller to medium sized items are coated in either one of their manual spray booths, or on one of several automated lines. Small batch runs, or large continuous jobs are performed at both locations.

A full service metal works and fabrication shop supports all of the various racking, component builds, and maintenance work required for the operation. Customized equipment needed for a specific project can be designed and built quickly and economically in-house by their experienced design team, reducing the cost and time required to bring the project to completion.

Applications for employment are also available in the black box located on the front of the guard shack in front of the plant in the Industrial Park on Highway 70 east. Completed applications may be returned there or applicants may email a resume with a cover letter to jgrissom@foutchindustries.com. You may further contact the HR Director Anna Robinson at 615-597-6909 for more information

Benefit for Two Local Firefighters Set for Saturday

September 3, 2014
Dwayne Page
 Lieutenant Anthony Wright
Firefighter Patrick Edge

Firefighters in our community are committed to helping their neighbors when the need arises. On Saturday, September 6 fire fighters need your help.

"Brothers Helping Brothers" is a benefit for Lieutenant Anthony Wright and Firefighter Patrick Edge of the Smithville Volunteer Fire Department who have been battling serious illnesses in recent months which has resulted in mounting medical bills.

The benefit, to be held at Evins Park beside the Smithville Fire Hall downtown Smithville, is an effort to raise money in support of those firefighters. "We'll have a gospel singing, a barbeque dinner, and a silent auction. It all starts at 4:00 p.m. and you can buy your dinner tickets at the door or in advance from any Smithville firefighter. They are also available in the offices at the Smithville City Hall. We encourage everybody to come out. We are doing this benefit for two of our own firemen. Both of them have gone through some pretty extensive illnesses this year and have incurred a lot of medical bills so we're doing something to help them. Please come out to help us raise some money to support them," said Fire Chief Charlie Parker.

Food will be by Fireman One Barbeque located inside the Smithville Fire Hall building. The rain date is Sunday, September 7 at 3:00 p.m. Admission to the gospel singing and silent auction are free! Tickets for the barbeque dinner are $7.00 each. Bring your own chair for the LIVE music. The silent auction will feature special donated items. If you wish to donate silent auction items, contact Fire Chief Charlie Parker at 615-597-4141. To make a cash donation, stop by First Bank and make your contribution to the "Brothers Helping Brothers" Fund. Join their facebook at Smithville Fire Department.

Dowelltown Woman Charged with Stealing Jewelry

September 3, 2014
Dwayne Page
Angel Dawn Ferrell
Cynthia Duggin

A Dowelltown woman has been arrested for stealing jewelry from a residence on Dale Ridge Road.

43 year old Angel Dawn Ferrell of Dale Ridge Road is charged with theft of property over $500. Her bond is $5,000 and she will be in court on September 11.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Monday, August 18 Ferrell allegedly took several pieces of jewelry from a residence on Dale Ridge Road. The jewelry was valued at $870. She allegedly sold some of it to a local jeweler for $43.00. According to Sheriff Ray, Ferrell has admitted taking the jewelry.

The case was investigated by a Sheriff's Department Detective.

33 year old Cynthia Duggin of Hayes Court Road, Smithville is charged with five counts of forgery. Her bond is $25,000 and she will be in court on September 25.

Sheriff Ray said that Duggin allegedly forged checks in the following amounts on the following dates: $310 on July 12; $160 on July 18; $80 on August 9; $80 on August 14; and $100 on August 19 without the owner's consent.

The case was investigated by a Criminal Detective of the Sheriff's Department.

72 year old Sarah Opal Atnip of Shady Drive, Smithville is charged with domestic assault. Her bond is $2,500 and she will be in court on September 11. Sheriff Ray said that on Saturday, August 30, Atnip allegedly assaulted her son's girlfriend by slapping her in the face and pulling her hair. According to Sheriff Ray, a large amount of hair was missing from the victim's head and she had redness to her face. Atnip allegedly admitted to slapping the woman.

34 year old Christopher Ray Rachel of Antioch, Tennessee is charged with driving under the influence. He was also cited for driving while his license were suspended, violation of the financial responsibility law (no insurance), and failure to drive within his lane. His bond is $1,500 and he will be in court September 11. Sheriff Ray said that on Sunday, August 31 a deputy spotted a purple car leave its lane of travel on a four lane highway and strike a guardrail. The officer stopped the vehicle and spoke with the driver, Rachel. He admitted to consuming a couple shots of vodka and five or six beers. Rachel performed poorly on field sobriety tasks and was unsteady on his feet. Rachel also submitted to a blood test. A computer check revealed his license to be suspended on May 18, 2014 for failure to pay child support. He could not produce proof of insurance. Rachel was arrested and charged with DUI.

31 year old Brandon Ross Bogle of Page Drive, Smithville is charged with a third offense of driving on a revoked or suspended license. He is being held without bond. He will be in court September 4. Sheriff Ray said that on Monday, August 25 Bogle appeared in court on a charge of driving on a suspended license. The judge advised Bogle not to be driving. After his court appearance, a deputy observed Bogle get into his truck at the courthouse and attempt to drive away by backing out onto the roadway. The officer arrested Bogle for a third offense and transported him to the jail for booking.

29 year old Carly Chaundra Jones of Coconut Ridge Road, Smithville is charged with evading arrest. Her bond is $2,500 and she will be in court on September 11. Sheriff Ray said that on Tuesday, August 26 a deputy was called to Coconut Ridge Road to serve an arrest warrant on Jones for violation of probation. But when she saw the officer drive up, she tried to evade arrest by running into the woods. The deputy caught up with Jones and placed her under arrest.

45 year old Victor Glen Gingerich of Jimmy Malone Road in Liberty is charged with a second offense of driving under the influence and driving on a revoked license. He was further issued a citation for driving an unregistered vehicle and violation of the open container law. Gingerich further has a violation of probation and a failure to appear warrant against him. He will be in court on September 11. His bond totals $6,500 on the DUI and DRL charges. He is being held without bond on the VOP. Sheriff Ray said that on Thursday, August 28 Gingerich was found to be operating a motor vehicle on Sparta Highway while under the influence of alcohol and or drugs. Gingerich was observed passing a motorist and then leaving his lane of travel several times. An officer pulled over Gingerich in the parking lot of Hillcrest Market. Gingerich had a strong odor of alcohol on his person. His speech was slurred and he was unsteady on his feet. An open 12 ounce can of beer was found in the center console of the vehicle. Gingerich refused to submit to field sobriety tasks and a blood test. The deputy obtained a search warrant for a blood draw on Gingerich due to a prior DUI conviction against him. A computer check revealed his license to be revoked for the prior DUI offense in DeKalb County. He was placed under arrest.

28 year old David Adam Colglazier of South Maple Avenue, Cookeville is cited for simple possession of a schedule VI drug (Marijuana). He will be in court September 11. Sheriff Ray said that on Friday, August 29 a deputy made contact with Colglazier at the Austin Bottom Lake access area. A K-9 unit was on the scene and the dog alerted on Colglazier's vehicle. Upon searching the automobile, the officer found Colglazier to be in possession of less than a half ounce of marijuana.

Mayor and Aldermen-Elect Sworn Into Office (VIEW VIDEO HERE)

September 2, 2014
Dwayne Page

The Smithville Mayor and Aldermen-Elect were sworn into office today (Tuesday) to begin their new four year terms.a

City Attorney Vester Parsley, Jr. administered the oath to Mayor Jimmy Poss and Aldermen Jason Murphy and Gayla Hendrix.

Mayor Poss and Alderman Murphy are starting their second terms. They were first elected in 2012 to a two year term. Alderman Hendrix was first elected to a two year term in 2011 but was unsuccessful for re-election in 2013. She ran again last month and was elected unopposed.

DeKalb County Man "Person of Interest" in Statesville Homicide Investigation

September 2, 2014
Dwayne Page
Alan Mooney, Jr.,

A DeKalb County man has been identified as a "person of interest" in a Wilson County arson and homicide investigation at Statesville.

38 year old Alan Mooney, Jr., who resides on Old Snow Hill Road in DeKalb County, is under investigation in connection with the fire which occurred at the home of his father Alan Mooney, Sr. Human remains were found at the scene.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department has assisted Wilson County authorities. "We have assisted a little bit in the case as far as doing some searches and things at his residence. That's all that we've done with it," said Sheriff Ray.

Mooney's brother, 36 year old Richard J. Mooney of Watertown stood trial in DeKalb County two years ago for felony murder and theft of property over $1,000 in the October, 2009 death of 63 year old Robert "Bob" Senick, whose remains were found in the rubble of his mobile home near Liberty, which had been burned to the ground. Although Richard Mooney was found not guilty in that case, he is currently serving a ten year prison sentence in a previous Rutherford County car jacking case.

According to the Wilson Post, " Alan Mooney Sr.'s home and an outbuilding located on Armstrong Road in the Statesville area were reported on fire about 1:30 p.m., Friday, August 29

“Unidentifiable human remains” were discovered at the scene, said Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan late Saturday afternoon.

“We’re working this as an arson,” Bryan said, adding there were “suspicious circumstances.”

“We are releasing the name of the person (Alan Mooney, Sr.) that resided at the home who we cannot locate,” he said, adding “we have recovered remains at the house.”

The sheriff said his department’s investigators are working along with the state Bomb and Arson, Middle Tennessee State University Anthropology Department and the State Medical Examiner to identify the human remains, according to the Wilson Post report.

Wilson County Sheriff’s Department and Wilson County Emergency Management Agency, along with Watertown and Lascassas Volunteer Fire Departments responded to the fire.

Authorities on Friday afternoon began searching for “a person of interest” who they wanted to talk to but who they were unable to locate. However, that person, identified as Alan Mooney Jr., son of the resident of the burned home in Statesville, was located in a vehicle sometime around midnight, or shortly thereafter, and fled on Highway 96 going into Rutherford County.

Bryan said spike strips were deployed on two occasions in Rutherford County, but the person did not stop.

“It was a low-speed pursuit,” Bryan said, since the tires on the vehicle had been punctured by the spike strips.

Officers from WCSD, Murfreesboro Police Department, Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department and Tennessee Highway Patrol were involved in the pursuit.

Bryan said Mooney Jr. struck another vehicle at an intersection in Murfreesboro where he was taken into custody and charged with Reckless Endangerment and Assault on an Officer. He is being held in the Rutherford County Jail under $90,000 bond.

“We’ve been consulting with the District Attorney’s Office, and we’ll continue consulting. We’ll probably go before the grand jury in the next few weeks and go from there", said Sheriff Bryan according to the Wilson Post report.

County Clerk's Office No Longer Performs Marriages

September 2, 2014
Dwayne Page
County Clerk James L. "Jimmy" Poss

County Clerk James L. "Jimmy" Poss has announced that his office will no longer perform marriage ceremonies.

While state law gives county clerks the authority to marry couples, it is not mandated that they do so. Poss told WJLE he feels weddings should be performed by ministers.

"As I begin my job as your County Clerk, my staff and I are excited and humbled to have the opportunity to serve you. I take my service to you very seriously. With that said, I want to ask you to understand an issue that has traditionally been associated with the office of County Clerk. The issue involves performing marriage ceremonies."

"Although state law permits County Clerks, as well as other elected officials, the option to solemnize a marriage, I have a strong personal conviction that marriage involves a covenant between two people and God. My understanding is that God instituted marriage and that it is a holy union. Whether that it your personal belief or not, it is my strong conviction, and I cannot, in good conscious and faith, perform marriage ceremonies or services. I hope you can consider and respect my sincere belief that administering lifetime vows, between two people and God, should be conducted by ministers or others who are trained in counseling couples before making this awesome and binding commitment."

"Again, this is just my personal belief and conviction and I do not fault or judge any other elected official with the authority to solemnize a marriage if they choose to exercise their authority to conduct marriages."

Tennessee Code Annotated 36-3-301 (State Law) specifies officials who may conduct and perform marriage ceremonies.

Who Can Solemnize a Marriage?

The rite of matrimony may be solemnized by any of the persons listed in T.C.A. § 36-3-301:

1. All regular ministers, preachers, pastors, priests, rabbis and other religious leaders of every religious
belief, more than eighteen (18) years of age, having the care of souls.

2. Current and former members of county legislative bodies.

3. County mayors/executives and former county mayors/executives.

4. Current and former judges and chancellors of this state, including federal judges.

5. Current and former judges of general sessions courts.

6. Municipal court judges.

7. The governor.

8. The county clerk of each county, and former county clerks who occupied the office on or after July
1, 2014.

9. Current and former speakers of the senate and speakers of the house of representatives.

10. Mayors of municipalities.

"I am sincerely and humbly asking that each of you respect my decision and conviction as I make this announcement that marriage ceremonies or services will not be offered as a service of the County Clerk’s office effective September 1, 2014. However, the County Clerk’s office will continue to be responsible for issuing state marriage licenses," Poss said.

County Clerk Poss said he plans to maintain a list of ministers in the office who are available to perform weddings and any couple wishing to marry may have access to it. Ministers may add their names to the list by contacting the County Clerk's Office.


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