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NES Student Wins Bicycle through Attendance Incentive Program

January 18, 2017
Dwayne Page
Barry Mabe presents Bike to Payton Anderson

Payton Anderson, a 5th Grader at Northside Elementary School won a bicycle for the first semester through the Attendance Incentive Program sponsored by Mabe Distributing.

Thanks to Barry Mabe of Mabe Distributing, Northside Elementary School is able to offer an extra incentive for students to be at school on time every day.

It’s simple. Students who come to school each day of the week, arrive on time, and stay all day will get their name in a weekly drawing for a box of “Little Debbie” snacks.

In December and May, another drawing is held and the winner gets a bike that Mr. Mabe has donated to the school.

(UPDATED) WJLE Radio Shopper Coming Next Thursday (Auction Items Listed Here)

January 18, 2017
Dwayne Page
The WJLE Radio Shopper on Thurs. Jan. 26 will feature an upholstered rocker/recliner by the Washington Manufacturing Company from Cantrell's Furniture and Appliances. Be sure to bid
The WJLE Radio Shopper on Thurs. Jan. 26 will feature a Living Accents Roma Cushion Glider from DeKalb County Ace Hardware. Be sure to bid
11” x 14” Sligo Bridge Print by Gary Keeble
Annette Greek of F.Z. Webb & Sons Gifts holding large coconut scented Woodwick Candle and Mika Body Massage Kit with electric warmer and scented massage oil.
Snowbuddies Spring Time Collection “A Rite of Spring” figurine
 Melissa and Doug Wooden Press & Serve Waffle Set for ages 3 and up
Melissa and Doug Santa & Reindeer Chunky Puzzle for ages 2 and up
Evergreen Bird Bath platter with fish designs
Chip and Dip server
Proud to be an American Garden Flag

WJLE and participating local businesses are giving you a chance to bid on and buy merchandise at a discount in the RADIO SHOPPER on Thursday, January 26.

Starting at 9:00 a.m. that morning, WJLE will be opening up the phone lines for you to bid on various items from local businesses.

WJLE will set a minimum bid on each item and continue the bidding until the item is sold. The program on Thursday will be limited to around three hours. If we have more items to sell, the program will resume on another day. For bidders, they have a chance to buy merchandise or services at a discount. For the businesses, they get ads on WJLE just for putting items up for bids.

If your business would like to participate, contact Dwayne Page at 615-597-4265.

It’s going to be fun and exciting! Be sure to be by your radio and your telephone on Thursday, January 26 at 9:00 a.m. and call in a bid to RADIO SHOPPER on WJLE. The program will also be streamed LIVE at www.wjle.com.

Here's what we've lined up for the auction to date:

Jamie A Boutique: 3 pairs of assorted print leggings, one size; one pair of print leggings, size L/XL, and a pair of solid black fleece lined leggings, one size. Total retail. $99.95.

Evins Mill Resort: Dinner Package (one couple) includes light Hors d’ Oeuvres, Four Course Dinner, soup and salad du jour, choice of two entrees, delicious dessert, non alcoholic beverage. Value $100. Valid from January 26, 2017 until January 31, 2018. (Must make reservation). Number to call is 615-269-3740. Web site is www.evinsmill.com.

DeKalb Farmers Coop: Gallagher S10 Portable Solar Fence Energizer. Charges up to 3 miles/15 acres. Valued $124.99

DeKalb Memorial Gardens: Bronze Vase (Value at $300) with purchase of companion bronze marker.

Angie’s Diner: 2 (2 lunch bars with drinks valued at $15); 2- (2 breakfast specials includes drinks valued at $11.50)

Bryan’s Auto Repair and Towing: 6 quart oil change and filter valued at $45

Bumpers Drive-In: 5 Biggie Bags (2 Bumpers Burgers, 2 Large Fries, 2 Large Drinks, & 2 Apple Turnovers). Valued $13.00 each.

DeKalb Tire & Service: Certificate worth $300 toward purchase of a new set of tires.

DeKalb Funeral Chapel: Set of Cemetery Vases valued at $125.

K & M Jewelry: 3- $100 certificates.

Cantrell’s Furniture and Appliances: Rocker/Recliner Upholstered Chair by the Washington Manufacturing Company. Choice of 3 colors. Valued at $399.00.

DeKalb County Ace Hardware: Living Accents Roma Cushion Glider for decks and patios valued at $129.99.

Cantrell’s the Home of Fluty and Fluty’s Shoes: Ladies Neyelle Rain Jacket (Small to 2X). Valued $128.00; Not Your Daughters Jeans (2 to 18 Regular and Petite). Valued $110.00; Ladies Foxcroft No Iron Blouse 100% cotton (4 to 16) Valued $72.00; Spanx Bra-llelujah (32-38 A to D). Valued $62.00; Carhartt Overalls (Denim or Brown Duck). Value $65.00; Man’s suit. Valued up to $200.00; Man’s Enro No Iron Shirt (2 to be sold). Value $79.50 each; Columbia Polar Fleece Vest. Value up to $45.00; Pair of Ladies Shoes by Born. Value $80.00.

F.Z. Webb & Sons Gifts: 11” x 14” Sligo Bridge Print by Gary Keeble. Valued at $25.00; Proud to be an American Garden Flag. Valued at $13.00; Chip and Dip server. Valued at $42; Large coconut scented Woodwick Candle. Valued at $24.99; Mika Body Massage Kit with electric warmer and scented massage oil. Valued at $19.99; Snowbuddies Spring Time Collection “A Rite of Spring” figurine. Valued at $15; Evergreen Bird Bath platter with fish designs. Valued at $49.99; Melissa and Doug Wooden Press & Serve Waffle Set for ages 3 and up. Valued at $19.99; and Melissa and Doug Santa & Reindeer Chunky Puzzle for ages 2 and up. Valued at $19.99.

R&B Crafts: 4 foot cedar swing. Valued $125.00.

Kilgore’s Restaurant: 3- $25 certificates

Maloney Charged with Stealing Tools from a Barn

January 18, 2017
Dwayne Page
Stephanie Michelle Maloney
Christopher Jacob Roach
Carlos Emmanual Santos
Patricia Yvonne Peachey
Kandy Ashton Goldstein
Melody Ann Thomas

A Smithville woman who allegedly broke into a barn and stole some tools and an air tank last month has been charged with burglary and theft under $500.

25 year old Stephanie Michelle Maloney of Jefferson Road, Smithville is under a $6,500 bond and her court date is January 26.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on December 7 Maloney allegedly broke into a barn on Long Branch Road and stole an air tank, tool box, and tools valued at $135. The case was investigated by a Sheriff’s Department Detective.

24 year old Christopher Jacob Roach of Summer, Tennessee is charged with unlawful possession or carrying of a weapon. His bond is $5,000 and his court date is January 26. He was arrested on Friday, January 13. Sheriff Ray said that on August 15 a detective and deputy responded to West Main Street in Alexandria on a complaint that a felon was living there and that he was illegally in possession of a firearm. Upon arrival, the officers spoke to the complainant who said that Roach had three firearms in his home. A further investigation revealed that Roach did live at the residence and that he is a convicted felon.

25 year old Carlos Emmanual Santos of Poplar Street, Smithville is charged with possession of a controlled substance in a penal institution. His bond is $3,500 and his court date is January 26. Sheriff Ray said that on Friday, January 13 while being held prisoner at the jail, Santos was found to have 0.12 ounces of a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana in his possession along with three blue pills thought to be Oxycodone (30 milligrams). Marijuana is a schedule VI drug. Oxycodone is a schedule II controlled substance.

31 year old Patricia Yvonne Peachey of Pea Ridge Road, Liberty is charged with a second offense of driving on a revoked license. Her bond is $3,000 and her court date is January 26. Sheriff Ray said that on Wednesday, January 11 a deputy was patrolling on New Home Road when he spotted a vehicle in front of him leaving its lane of travel multiple times. He stopped the automobile and spoke with the driver, Peachey. A computer check revealed that her license were revoked due to a DUI offense in 2013 in Rutherford County. She was also charged with DRL in Rutherford County three years ago.

21 year old Kandy Ashton Goldstein of Blue Springs Road, Smithville is charged with filing a false report. Her bond is $1,500 and her court date is February 9. Sheriff Ray said that on December 14 Goldstein filed a vandalism report with the Sheriff’s Department. Goldstein reported that her 2014 Dodge Avenger had sustained heavy damage to the driver side due to vandalism and that she noticed it from her home when she looked outside on December 15. Goldstein further stated she did not know how it happened or who did it. She later admitted during an interview that she caused part of the damage after running into a ditch on Old Blue Springs Road and that a friend had hit a pole while driving the vehicle both on December 14. The case was investigated by a Sheriff’s Department Detective.

56 year old Melody Ann Thomas of McMinnville is charged with driving under the influence. She was further cited for driving on roadways laned for travel. Her bond is $1,500 and her court date is February 9. Sheriff Ray said that on Sunday, January 15 a deputy received a call about a black Nissan car headed toward Smithville on Short Mountain Highway and traveling recklessly. The officer spotted the vehicle and observed it failing to maintain its lane of travel. The deputy made a traffic stop and spoke with the driver, Thomas. Her eyes were bloodshot and she had a strong odor of alcohol on her person. She initially admitted to having consumed one beer but later said she had several beers. Thomas performed poorly on field sobriety tasks and she submitted to a blood test.

Hatfield Faces Child Abuse or Neglect Charges

January 17, 2017
Dwayne Page
Jeff Mark Hatfield

A man who allegedly left two youngsters home alone, including one who wandered out into the road has been charged with child abuse or neglect.

26 year old Jeffery Mark Hatfield of Adcock Cemetery Road, Smithville is charged with two counts of the offense and is under a $20,000 bond. His court date is January 26.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that a detective was patrolling Adcock Cemetery Road just before dark on Thursday, January 12 when he came upon a three year old girl standing in the center of the road. After almost hitting the child, he stopped and tended to the youngster while contacting the Department of Children Services. After searching for more than an hour, authorities finally located the child’s home. Upon arrival, they found a two year old boy who was home alone. According to Sheriff Ray, Hatfield left the children in an unsafe situation placing them in imminent danger of death or serious bodily injury.

Man Allegedly Found with Child Porn on his Laptop Computer

January 17, 2017
Dwayne Page
Louis Simon Lopez, III

Smithville Police have charged a 44 year old man with sexual exploitation of a minor after photos and videos of child porn were allegedly found on his laptop computer.

Seagate Crystal Reports - REPOR_5.pdf (2.93 MB)

Chief Mark Collins told WJLE that Louis Simon Lopez, III is under a $25,000 bond and will make a court appearance on January 26. He was arrested on Tuesday, January 10.

According to Chief Collins, police were informed on Saturday, January 7 that Lopez was the owner of a laptop that had several pictures and videos of what appeared to be children under the age of 18 naked and engaging in sex acts. Upon investigation, a warrant was obtained and Lopez was taken into custody without incident.

The case remains under investigation by the Smithville Police Department and the District Attorney General's Office.

Lopez reportedly has a criminal record for similar offenses in the past while a member of the U.S. Army and received a dishonorable discharge. He is listed on the sex offender registry in another state

City Sewer Plant Upgrades Underway

January 17, 2017
Dwayne Page
Head Works to be Renovated
Aeration System to be replaced
Aeration Infrastructure to be Upgraded

Work is well underway on a renovation at the Smithville Waste Water Treatment Plant.

In August the Smithville Aldermen voted to award a bid to the W & O Construction Company, Incorporated of Livingston as recommended by the city’s consulting engineer, the J.R. Wauford Company. The bid was $2,794,000 for the project which includes an upgrade of the headworks and to replace the aeration system.

To help pay for the cost of the project, the City of Smithville was recently awarded a Community Development Block Grant in the amount of $525,000 from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. Although the grant will fund part of the costs, the bulk of the funding to pay for it will be appropriated from the city's water and sewer fund surplus.

“We had a meeting Thursday, January 5. They have begun a lot of construction there. They have 365 calendar days and are 80 days into it. Out of the $2.8 million we have paid out about $350,000. Of course the first $500,000 we will get reimbursed from the state for our CDBG. Everything is going well down there,” said city administrator Hunter Hendrixson during last week’s monthly meeting of the mayor and aldermen.

Coffee County Man Rescued from Cave at Dry Creek

January 16, 2017
Dwayne Page

Members of the Smithville-DeKalb County Rescue Squad came to the aid of a Coffee County man in a cave rescue early Sunday morning.

Dustin Johnson, Captain of the Rescue Squad, told WJLE the man was with a group of others deep inside the Indian Grave Point Cave off Frazier Hollow Road at Dry Creek when he found himself trapped down a 60 foot hole in the cave.

“We got the call around 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning. It was probably more than a mile back in the cave where the man was trapped. There were some places we could walk but we had to do a lot of crawling and bluff climbing to get to him. He was more than 60 feet down in a hole in the cave. Although the man had a rope, he couldn’t get back out. He was trying to come back up on a rope but the wall caves back in making it hard for a lot of people to come back up it. He tried several times to come back up but fell off the rope and finally injured his left arm. We repelled down with harnesses and put a harness on him and then assisted in getting him out of the hole. At around 8:30 a.m. we were back out of the cave and DeKalb EMS took the man to Saint Thomas DeKalb Hospital. The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office was also on the scene,” said Johnson.

Advanced Master Beef Producers’ Classes Upcoming

January 16, 2017
Johnny Barnes

Cannon, DeKalb, and Warren County Extension will be offering Advanced Master Beef Producers’ (AMBP) classes for those who participated in the original or advanced classes or for newcomers who wish to participate in the Tennessee Ag Enhancement Program (TAEP) cost-share in the future. This program is also an excellent opportunity for those that wish to learn more about raising beef cattle.

The classes will begin on Thursday, February 2 and will meet each Thursday through March 2. We will be offering morning classes in the DeKalb Community Complex Building starting at 9:00 AM, or you can attend evening sessions in the Centertown Community Center at 6:30 PM, whichever is more convenient for your schedule. As a reminder, University of Tennessee Extension provides programs in agriculture and natural resources, 4-H youth development, family and consumer sciences, and resource development with University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture and county governments cooperating. UT Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. Topics will include Carcass Merit, Economic Updates and Forecast, Cattle Grading, Forages, Herd Health, Quality Assurance, Pasture Management, and Transportation.

The topics will be covered by various Extension Specialists and Industry Experts from across the state. The cost of the course will be $75 for those with current Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certification which will include materials and refreshments. If you do not have a current BQA certification, that will be covered during the AMBP classes. You can stop by the DeKalb County Extension office at 722 South Congress Blvd., Smithville to register or call Johnny Barnes at 615-597-4945 for more information.

Upcoming Fundraisers Planned for DCHS Class of 2017 Project Graduation

January 16, 2017
Dwayne Page
Allison Rogers

Members of the DCHS Class of 2017 are asking for your support of Project Graduation.

Allison Rogers, a DCHS Senior, urges you to stop by any DeKalb County branch office of Liberty State Bank to make a donation.

“I am the DCHS Basketball Cheerleading Captain , President of the BETA Club, HOSA Treasurer, and President of FCA. More importantly, I am a member of the 2017 graduating class. We are raising funds for our Project Graduation event that will take place the night of graduation in May. We will have food and fun activities. It is designed to keep us safe from the devastating effects of drugs and alcohol. In order to hold this event, we must raise funds and request the community’s help. Please stop by your local branch of Liberty State Bank in Alexandria, Liberty, or Smithville and make a donation to our account. All help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your support,” said Rogers.

Meanwhile you may purchase Boston Butts for $25 and Ribs for $15 as a fundraiser for DCHS Project Graduation. Contact any member of the DCHS Class of 2017 to place your order. Pickup will be Friday, February 3 before the Super Bowl. A Corn Hole tournament is also set for February 25.

Stevens Jennings Named Tiger Football MVP, Rachel Fuson MVC

January 15, 2017
Dwayne Page
2016 DCHS Tiger Football MVP Steven Jennings and MVC Rachel Fuson
DCHS Football (FR) Matt Judkins, Tyler Cantrell, Steven Jennings, Bradley Miller, Justin Perricone (BR)-Christian Pruitt, Eli Cross, Matt Poss, Riley Sexton, Luke Green, Tayvian Nokes, Colton Seifert
DCHS Football Cheerleader Award Winners: Seated-Kaitlyn Roller, MVC Rachel Fuson, and Lexie Bates; Standing-Grace Odom, Susan Webb, Sarah Carver, and Rosa Payne
Clay Edwards Memorial Tiger Pride Award presented to Luke Green. Pictured here with Abram Edwards (left) and Sarah Edwards (right), son and daughter of the late Clay Edwards and their mother Tena

Talented DCHS Quarterback Steven Jennings, a senior, was named Most Valuable Player of the 2016 Tiger Football Team during the annual Awards Banquet held Saturday night at the Smithville First Baptist Church Life Enrichment Center building.

The MVP trophy was presented to Jennings by Coach Steve Trapp. Jennings, whose high school career ended midway through the season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the game at Smith County, earned the MVP award for his entire body of work at DCHS according to Tiger Coach Steve Trapp.

“This award was voted on by his teammates. This is something he deserves. He has been the face of our program for four years. He’s just one of those all time great football players here. Steven was definitely a special player for us from day one as a freshman. Unfortunately he got hurt this season and only played in four and a half games. If that had not happened he would now hold every quarterback record here. I wish he could have stayed healthy but one of the greatest things about our whole season was not only how he handled that situation but how his teammates handled it as well. Steven was still a tremendous leader for us even after that. He never missed a practice. He came to the game the day he had surgery. Steven is not just a great football player but a great guy. He is just one of those football players that people in DeKalb County will remember for a long time,” said Coach Trapp.

In his 38 game high school career as quarterback, Jennings completed 472 of 912 passes for 7,104 yards and 59 touchdowns with 27 interceptions. Jennings also had 2,483 yards rushing as quarterback in 455 carries and 27 touchdowns.

In 2013, Jennings received the following awards:
1st Team All District 8AA
Most Outstanding Quarterback in District 8AA
DCHS Offensive Back of the Year
1st Team Quarterback on the All Upper Cumberland Offensive Team

In 2014, Jennings earned more honors:
1st Team All District 8AA
Most Outstanding Quarterback in District 8AA
DTC Player of the Year
DCHS Offensive Player of the Year
1st Team Quarterback on the All Upper Cumberland Offensive Team

In 2015, Jennings received the following honors:
1st Team All Region 4-3A
All Region 4-3A Offensive Player of Year
Examiner.com Class 3A All State Quarterback
TN Sports Writers Association Class 3A All State Quarterback
DTC Player of the Year
1st Team Quarterback on the All Upper Cumberland Offensive Team

"For 2016 in only four games, Steven, as quarterback, led our team in rushing. He led our team in total yards and was second in scoring and he never missed a practice even after he got hurt. He was also named 1st Team All Region this year by the coaches even though he only played in two district games. He was also named to the All Herald Citizen Team this year even though he only played in four games," added Coach Trapp.

Jennings, who is also a member of the DCHS baseball team, has signed to play baseball for the Ole Miss Rebels after he graduates.

The Tiger football team finished the season in November with an overall record of 7-4 and another appearance in the state play-offs. It was the sixth consecutive year the Tigers earned a berth in the state play-offs and their eighth appearance in the last nine years. The Tigers lost in the first round of the TSSAA Class 3A Football Play-Offs in Smithville to East Ridge on November 4. The final score was 23-18.

Meanwhile, Rachel Fuson, a senior, was named Most Valuable Cheerleader at the football banquet Saturday night. The presentation was made by Cheer Coaches Amanda Fuller and Sonya House.

“Rachel is an outstanding student and cheerleader. She has been a cheerleader for four years. She is above a 4.0 student and is in the running for Valedictorian. She was elected by the entire school as Miss DCHS. Rachel has great character, great work ethic, and of course is extremely talented to even be considered for this. The MVC was voted on by the girls (cheerleaders). Rachel shows kindness to them and in a leadership way. It’s just is a unique quality,” said Coach Fuller.

Other individual Football Player Awards are as follows:
Offensive Player of the Year- Tyler Cantrell
Offensive Lineman- Eli Cross
Offensive Back- Colton Seifert
Receiver- Christian Pruitt
Defensive Player of the Year-Bradley Miller
Defensive Lineman- Tayvian Nokes
Linebacker- Matthew Judkins
Defensive Back- Riley Sexton
Special Teams Player-Matthew Poss
Most Improved- Justin Perricone
MVP-Steven Jennings
Coach Clay Edwards Memorial Tiger Pride Award-Luke Green

Individual Cheer Awards are as follows:
Best Stunts- Lexie Bates
Most Spirited- Grace Odom
Best Jumps- Kaitlyn Roller
Best Dance-Rosa Payne
Most Improved- Sarah Carver
MVC- Rachel Fuson
DEAR (Dedication, Enthusiasm, Attitude, and Responsibility)-Susan Webb

The DCHS Football Cheerleaders earned other honors during the year. According to Coach Fuller, their other awards and accomplishments include:

*The 2016 National Cheerleaders Association Top Team
*Technical Excellence Awards for stunts and motions
*Five girls named to the NCA All-American Team including Kaitlyn Roller, Lexie Bates, Rachel Fuson, Rosa Payne, and Allison Maynard
*Kaitlyn Roller-Top All American
*Three were asked to sign with NCA Staff: Kaitlyn Roller, Rosa Payne, and Lexie Bates
*Individual Leadership Award-given to the Captain with the best leadership skills- Rachel Fuson
*Four performed at Walt Disney World in the Spirit Spectacular Parade including Rosa Payne, Kaitlyn Roller, Lexie Bates, and Allison Maynard.

Two Tiger football players, Defensive Back Bradley Miller and Punter Matthew Poss, were recently named to the Class 3A All State Team by TNHIGHSCHOOLFOOTBALL.COM

Miller, as defensive back, was also selected by the TN Sports Writers Association to the Class 3A All State Team and to the Tennessean 3rd Team All Mid State.

Tigers selected to the All Herald Citizen Team from the Upper Cumberland Area were:
1st Team Punter Matthew Poss
2nd team Defensive Line Tayvian Nokes and Devin Bain
Honorable Mention Quarterbacks Steven Jennings and Tyler Cantrell
Honorable Mention Wide Receiver Matthew Poss
Honorable Mention Offensive Line Eli Cross, Luke Green, Devin Zaderiko, Gage Delape
Honorable Mention Linebacker Nick May
Honorable Mention Defensive Back Bradley Miller and Riley Sexton.

Thirteen players on the 2016 DCHS football team and Assistant Coach Clarence Trapp were recognized in December for All-Region honors during an awards banquet in Cookeville.

Trapp was named the Region 4-3A Offensive Assistant Coach of the Year.

Tiger players honored were as follows:
Region 4-3A Most Outstanding Linebacker Nick May
Region 4-3A Most Outstanding Defensive Lineman Tayvian Nokes
Region 4-3A Most Outstanding Defensive Back Bradley Miller
Region 4-3A Most Outstanding Tight End Christian Pruitt
Region 4-3A Most Outstanding Punter Matthew Poss
Region 4-3A 1st Team All Region Eli Cross
Region 4-3A 1st Team All Region Luke Green
Region 4-3A 1st Team All Region Steven Jennings
Region 4-3A 1st Team All Region Riley Sexton
Region 4-3A 1st Team All Region Devin Zaderiko
Region 4-3A 2nd Team All Region Devin Bain
Region 4-3A 2nd Team All Region Gage Delape
Region 4-3A 2nd Team All Region Tyler Cantrell


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