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Suspected Marijuana Dealer Sentenced in Criminal Court

June 21, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page
Ricky LeRoy Randall
Marijuana Seized from home of Ricky LeRoy Randall
Nathan Bradley McMinn
Scott Tyler Faulkner
Donnie Dewayne Frazier

A suspected marijuana dealer appeared for sentencing in DeKalb County Criminal Court Tuesday, June 20.

Judge David Patterson presided.

47 year old Ricky LeRoy Randall of Old Blue Springs Road, Smithville entered a plea by criminal information to possession of a schedule VI drug for resale. He received a two year sentence with 120 days to serve. The sentence is to run consecutive to a Warren County case against him. Randall was fined $2,000 and ordered to forfeit $700. He was given jail credit from April 10 to June 20, 2017.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Monday, April 10 sheriff’s department detectives went to Randall’s home on Old Blue Springs Road to conduct a probation search of Randall, who is currently on probation out of Warren County for sale and delivery of a schedule VI drug.

During the search, detectives found outside of Randall’s residence in a white five gallon bucket approximately ten ounces of a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana.

Inside Randall’s home, detectives found in the bedroom/bathroom a half ounce of a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana, scales, a pipe, and rolling papers along with $700. They also recovered from the residence a package which contained a white five gallon bucket with approximately four pounds of a green leafy substance that was individually packaged and believed to be marijuana.

Randall was also charged with the DRL offense after he was observed operating a motor vehicle on a license which was revoked out of California. The DRL charge was apparently dropped in the plea agreement.

33 year old Nathan Bradley McMinn entered a plea to simple possession and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days suspended to supervised probation. The sentence is to run consecutive to his current probation. He was fined $2,000 and ordered to make restitution of $48 to the Smithville Police Department.

McMinn was one of eight persons indicted by the DeKalb County Grand Jury last December as a result of an undercover drug investigation by the Smithville Police Department.

“On January 14, 2016 the Police Department launched an undercover drug investigation based on several complaints of illegal drugs being sold throughout the city. Using a confidential informant we were able to make several buys throughout the city. The cases were presented to the DeKalb County Grand Jury on Monday, November 28, 2016 and sealed indictments were returned against these individuals” Chief Mark Collins told WJLE.

The indictment against McMinn and a co-defendant stated that “On January 29, 2016 they did unlawfully and knowingly sell and or deliver a controlled substance, to wit: Hydrocodone, a schedule II controlled substance.

38 year old Scott Tyler Faulkner of Nashville entered a plea to introduction of contraband into a penal institution. He received a three year sentence suspended to TDOC probation. The term is to run consecutive to another sentence he is serving.

Sheriff Ray said that on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 Faulkner arrived at the sheriff’s department to visit an inmate. While being checked in at the front desk, Faulkner asked to use the bathroom and then was stopped in the hallway by the jail sergeant for a random search. When the sergeant asked if he had anything in his pockets, Faulkner replied that he had some tobacco and Tylenol. Found in Faulkner’s right lower cargo pants pocket was a package wrapped with black tape which contained loose tobacco, rolling papers, a cigarette lighter, a suboxone strip, 45 red round pills believed to be Acetaminophen (500 milligrams), and three white oval pills thought to be Tizanidine (4 milligrams).

45 year old Donnie Dewayne Frazier of North Mill Street, Dowelltown entered a plea to possession of a schedule VI drug for sale and delivery. He received a two year sentence suspended to supervised probation. He was fined $2,000 and must forfeit a weapon.

Sheriff Ray said that on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 a deputy was dispatched to Game Ridge Road to meet with a landowner who had a field leased for crops. He reported that a pickup truck, occupied by two men, was stuck in the field and that no one had permission to be there. The men appeared to have been illegally hunting.

The officer spoke with both men in the truck and obtained consent to search. He found two firearms and a black bag which held five individual bags and a Mason jar all containing a green leafy substance thought to be marijuana. Frazier also produced another bag of the same substance (marijuana). Frazier told the officer that the bags and all contents belonged to him.

Former DeKalb County Jail Correctional Officer Enters Plea to Official Misconduct

June 20, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page
Francisco Rodriguez

A former Correctional Officer at the DeKalb County Jail who allegedly received money from inmates for smuggling tobacco and other items to them inside their cells entered a plea to Official Misconduct on Tuesday, June 20 in Criminal Court.

Judge David Patterson presided.

25 year old Francisco Rodriguez, under a plea agreement, is to receive a two year TDOC sentence all suspended to supervised probation. He has applied for judicial diversion.

Rodriguez was named in a sealed indictment returned by the DeKalb County Grand Jury on Monday, April 4, 2016. He was charged in the indictment for Official Misconduct and Introduction of Contraband.

Rodriguez worked for the Sheriff's Department as a Correctional Officer for six months before being terminated by Sheriff Patrick Ray after an internal investigation into the allegations.

Sheriff Ray told WJLE how the story unfolded.

"In December, 2015 I obtained information of one of the Correctional Officers putting small amounts of tobacco and other items into a cell at the DeKalb County Jail. This Correctional Officer was identified as Francisco Rodriguez".

"Rodriguez started with the department approximately six months prior to this investigation. His background check that was conducted on him had positive recommendations from people here in DeKalb County," said Sheriff Ray.

"As soon as the information about Rodriguez was given to me I immediately notified my detectives to start an internal investigation into this matter. I also contacted the District Attorney General's Office and obtained consent for my department to proceed with the internal investigation," he continued.

"During the course of the investigation my detectives did an outstanding job with their investigation work. They conducted surveillance work, obtained four search warrants, and interviewed multiple people in connection with the investigation. The detectives were also able to obtain information that Rodriguez had placed a cell phone into one of the cells where he could have secret conversations with inmates and set up drops of tobacco and other items for this particular cell. The cell phone was recovered in a cell area of the jail. The detectives also found that Rodriguez received money to perform these actions".

"As a result of the internal investigation I terminated Francisco Rodriguez on December 23, 2015", said Sheriff Ray.

Pharmacy Burglars Plead Guilty

June 20, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page
Joseph Graylon Nesbitt
Ericka Lynn Morgan
Donnie Ray Gillman
Allen Dean Dolberry
Dana Marie Dolberry

Two persons caught breaking into F.Z. Webb & Sons Pharmacy in Alexandria last December appeared for sentencing in DeKalb County Criminal Court on Tuesday, June 20.

Judge David Patterson presided.

51 year old Joseph Graylon Nesbitt of Pleasant Shade and 22 year old Ericka Lynn Morgan of Granville each entered a plea by criminal information to burglary. Each received a four year sentence suspended to 120 days to serve with the balance on supervised TDOC probation. They are responsible for making restitution of $500 to the owners of the pharmacy and $799 to the insurance company. Nesbitt and Morgan were each given jail credit of 174 days.

A third co-defendant, 32 year old Bryan Christopher Matthews of Carthage entered a plea by criminal information on April 10 to one count of burglary and received a four year sentence on judicial diversion probation. He must make restitution of almost $1,300.

Alexandria Police Chief Chris Russell released the following prepared statement after the burglary. “On Wednesday night, December 28, 2016 at approximately 8:15 pm , Officer Flavis Burroughs was on patrol and noticed an audible burglar alarm going off at Webb’s Pharmacy located at 105 South Public Square in Alexandria. Upon arrival Officer Burroughs noticed the front glass door had been damaged and he observed a person inside the building climbing up a hole in the ceiling . As Officer Burroughs made his way around the back of the building , a white Dodge Truck fled the area of the burglary . Officer Burroughs stopped the truck on Edgewood Street a short distance away and detained the driver, Bryan Christopher Matthews , and a passenger , Joseph Graylon Nesbitt. DeKalb County Sheriff's Deputies arrived to assist . When the pharmacy owner arrived on scene and unlocked the building he heard a woman’s voice from inside the ceiling . The woman, Ericka Lynn Morgan was found hiding in the ceiling. Officers placed Ms. Morgan into custody. Further investigation revealed the three had made entry into the building by cutting a vent on the roof and going down through the ceiling. At the time of the report it appears nothing had been stolen . All three were arrested and booked into the DeKalb County Jail,” said Chief Russell.

In other court cases Tuesday, June 20,

36 year old Donnie Ray Gillman entered a plea by criminal information to burglary and received a two year sentence suspended to probation. The term is to run consecutive to another sentence against him. Gillman must make restitution of $650 to the victim

Smithville Police charged Gillman on Thursday, April 27 with theft and burglary. Gillman allegedly entered an outbuilding on Dearman Street and took several tools belonging to the victim without his knowledge or consent. As a result of the investigation, the items were returned to the victim and Gillman was taken into custody without incident.

37 year old Allen Dean Dolberry and 33 year old Dana Marie Dolberry of West Green Hill Road, McMinnville each entered a plea to theft of property under $1,000. Each received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days suspended to supervised probation. They are to make restitution of $810 to the victim.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Thursday, November 10, 2016 the Dolberry’s allegedly took several items from a residence on Cedar Drive including a Beretta 9 millimeter handgun, a Smith & Wesson .38 caliber revolver, a Huskee log splitter, an Echo chainsaw, Echo grass trimmer, Stihl grass trimmer, an Oregon chainsaw, and other items with a total value of more than $1,000.

According to Sheriff Ray, detectives worked with officers in another county in solving the case. They identified the Dolberry’s as suspects in the theft and contacted the property owner who filed a report after conducting an inventory and listing the items taken. The Dolberry’s were subsequently arrested in the case.

25 year old Kristen Waggoner entered a plea to fraudulent use of a credit card and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days on CPS probation. She must make restitution of $306 to the victim. The term is to run concurrent with her current probation in another case.

Ricks Hair & Body A Team Wins Walking Competition

June 20, 2017
by: 
April B. Martin, Extension Agent
Ricks Hair and Body Reflections A Team…first place winner:  Rick Lattimore Captain, Todd Testerman, Larry Justice, Jessica Williams, Lacy West, Jackie Vickers, Diane Onks, Deborah Goodwin.
Body B Team….second place winner (Kathy Cantrell, Diana Adams, Mike Hankins, Brittany Lattimore, Jody Lattimore, Nichole Blackford; Not pictured, Jarrod Boyer, Sherry Davis

The annual Walk Across Tennessee competition recently ended with Rick’s Hair and Body Reflections A team emerging as the overall winner. Walk Across Tennessee is an eight-week competition to see which team can log the most miles walking or doing other exercises. The goal is for each team to walk the number of miles it takes to get across Tennessee which is 500 miles.

Rick’s Hair and Body Reflections Team A won the rotating trophy this year by walking a total of 3,474 miles. This is the equivalent of walking across Tennessee and back almost seven times! Coming in a close second was Ricks Hair and Body Reflections Team B with 3041 miles. 3rd place goes to the Moonshiners with 2778.4 miles. All together, all the teams walked a combined total of 45,939 miles...almost twice around the Earth!!! Also, another big accomplishment is that EVERY team made it across Tennessee…500 miles and over half the teams walked across Tennessee two or more times!!!!

The members of Ricks Hair and Body Reflections A team included: Rick Lattimore, Todd Testerman, Larry Justice, Jessica Williams, Lacy West, Jackie Vickers, Diane Onks, and Deborah Goodwin.

The Walk Across Tennessee is a program conducted by The University of Tennessee Extension office of DeKalb County. The goal of the program is to encourage people to exercise on a daily basis in order to stay healthy. Another competition is planned for this fall.

DeKalb Fair Launches New Website

June 20, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page
DeKalb Fair Launches New Website

The DeKalb County Fair has launched a new website with complete information about events at this year’s “Grandpa Fair of the South”.

The fair will be held Monday through Saturday, July 17-22 in Alexandria.

Click the link below to learn more.

http://www.dekalbcountyfairtn.com/ .

Exhibit Entry Dates and Times at the Kenneth Sandlin Center:

Non-Perishable Items ONLY
will be taken in on Saturday, July 8 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Perishable Items ONLY
will be taken in on Saturday, July 15 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

DeKalb County Fair Events:

WSMV-TV Channel 4's Snowbird will be visiting the DeKalb County Fair on Monday, July 17 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Horse Shoe Tournament
Saturday 22nd at 12:00 noon at the Tot Kelley Barn.

5K Run
Saturday, July 15 at the Fair Office
Registration at 6:00 p.m. Race starts at 7:00 p.m.
Entry fee: $25. Contact Matt Boss for pre-registration or questions 615-464-8627.

Monday
•Snowbird- Fairground 5-7:00 p.m.
•Cattle Show- Grandstand 6:00 p.m.
•Bullwhip Rodeo- TC McMillen Arena 7:30 p.m.
•Jr. Fair Princess (13-16)- Lions Pavilion 6:00 p.m.
•Fairest of the Fair (17-20)- Lions Pavilion following
•FEARLESS Dancing Firemen
•Lip Sync Battle (Round 1)- Lions Pavilion following
•(2) $500 Cash Drawing- Lions Pavilion 9:30 p.m.

Tuesday
•Little Mister (4-6)- Lions Pavilion 6:00 p.m
•Little Miss (4-6)- Lions Pavilion following
•Antique Tractor Pull- TC McMillen Areana 7:00 p.m.
•Corn Hole Tournament-Grandstand 7:00 p.m.
•(2) $500 Cash Drawing- Lions Pavilion 9:30 p.m.

Wednesday
•Kiddie Tractor Pull- Grandstand 6:00 p.m.
•Little Miss Princess (7-9)- Lions Pavilion 6:00 p.m.
•Miss Sweetheart (10-12)- Lions Pavilion following
•ATV/ Motorcycle Racing- TC McMillen Arena 7:00 p.m.
•(2) $500 Cash Drawing- Lions Pavilion 9:30 p.m.

Thursday
•Senior Day- Lions Club Building 9:00 a.m.
•Junior Goat Show- Barn 6:00 p.m.
•Baby Show- Lions Pavilion 6:00 p.m.
•Vintage Variety Show-Lions Pavilion following
•ATV/Motorcycle Racing- TC McMillen Arena 7:00 p.m.
•(2) $500 Cash Drawing- Lions Pavilion 9:30 p.m.

Friday
•Toddler Show- Lions Pavilion 6:00 p.m.
•Lip Sync Battle (Finale)- Lions Pavilion following
•ATV/Mini-Rod/Outlaw Pull- TC McMillen Arena 7:00 p.m.
•(2) $500 Cash Drawing- Lions Pavilion 9:30 p.m.

Saturday
•Horseshoe Tournament- Barn 12 noon
•Gospel Singing- Lions Pavilion 6:00 p.m.
•Super Truck/Tractor Pull- TC McMillen Arena 7:00 p.m.
•(2) $500 Cash Drawing- Lions Pavilion 9:30 p.m.

Tot Kelly Barn Events

•Tuesday Night July 18
6:00 pm Open Poultry Show

•Thursday Night July 20
6:00 pm - Junior Goat Show

•Saturday July 22
12:00 noon - Blind Draw Horseshoe Tournament

Memory Lane Stage Events 2017

•Monday Night - July 17
6:30 -8:30 pm - Karaoke Night
No Rap , Radio Edit Only
Max 1 Instrument or 2 Vocal Mikes and 2 Instruments Max.

•Tuesday Night - July 18
6:30 - 7:30 pm - Donny Barthelemy

•Wednesday Night - July 19
7:45 - 8:45 pm - Berlin Barnhart

•Thursday Night - July 20
7:45 - 8:45 pm -

•Friday Night - July 21
6:30 - 7:30 pm - Dessa Ray
•7:45 - 8:45 pm - Terri Lynn Weaver

•Saturday Night - July 22
•6:30 - 7:30 pm - Mid State Cloggers
•7:45-8:45 pm - Evermean Evergreen Cloggers

Grandstand Events
•Monday Night July 17
6:00 pm: Cattle Show

•Tuesday Night July 18
7:00 pm: Cornhole Contest

•Wednesday Night July 19
7:00 pm: Kid's Peddle Tractor Pull

Correctional Officers Assaulted During Fight Between Two Inmates

June 19, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page
Ryan Lee Walden
Andy Joe Certain
Michael Shayne Reeder
David Dwight Caperton

Two inmates at the DeKalb County Jail are facing more charges after engaging in a fight at the jail with one of them also assaulting correctional officers trying to break up the scuffle.

33 year old Ryan Lee Walden of Dale Ridge Road, Dowelltown is charged with three counts of assault and one count of criminal exposure and 40 year old Andy Joe Certain of Bright Hill Road, Smithville is charged with one count of aggravated assault. Bond for Walden is $20,000. Certain’s bond is $10,000. Both will make a court appearance on July 6.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Friday, June 16 Walden and Certain got into an argument at the jail and assaulted each other. Certain grabbed Walden by the throat and tried to strangle him. He then grabbed a broom handle and hit Walden twice causing him to have red marks. Certain further placed Walden in a choke hold again. Walden struck Certain several times causing swelling, bruising and a laceration above his left eye. As correctional officers were trying to break up the fight, Walden turned and shoved one of them and grabbed the other by the finger breaking the skin and causing it to bleed. Walden, who is believed to be infected with Hepatitis C, also spat in the face of a correctional officer. Walden was subdued and escorted away. Certain was taken to the emergency room of the hospital for evaluation and treatment.

43 year old Michael Shayne Reeder of Adcock Cemetery Road, Smithville is charged with theft of property over $1,000. His bond is $5,000 and his court date is July 6. Sheriff Ray said that Friday June 2 Reeder stole two firearms , including a Smith & Wesson M&P AR-15 and a .22 caliber Ruger. The total value of the weapons is $2,000. The case was investigated by a sheriff’s department detective.

47 year old David Dwight Caperton of Fox Hill Road, Baxter (DeKalb County) is charged with vandalism and aggravated criminal trespassing. His bond is $3,000 and his court date is July 6. Sheriff Ray said that on March 18 Caperton entered a residence on Fox Hill Road, Baxter by destroying the door locks. The total value of the door lock set is $60.00. The case was investigated by a sheriff’s department detective.

Woman Found Nude and Intoxicated

June 19, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page
Amanda Lynette Davis
Jeremy Arron Bilbrey
Eddie Lee Smith

A woman found drunk and naked near McMinnville Highway last week will make a court appearance next month for public intoxication and indecent exposure.

37 year old Amanda Lynette Davis of Lee Homer Road, Smithville is under a $3,000 bond and her court date is July 6.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Thursday, June 15 a deputy responded to McMinnville Highway to do a welfare check on a woman standing near the road. Upon arrival he learned that the woman was Davis. She was standing in the front yard naked and picking grass. While speaking with her, the officer noticed that Davis was unsteady on her feet and that her speech was slurred and her pupils were watery and dilated. She submitted to but performed poorly on field sobriety tasks. Davis was arrested for her safety and that of the public.

42 year old Jeremy Arron Bilbrey of Winter Drive, Dowelltown is charged with domestic assault. His bond is $1,500 and his court date is June 29. Sheriff Ray said that on Tuesday, June 6 a deputy was dispatched to a residence on Winter Drive due to a possible domestic assault. Upon arrival the officer spoke with a woman who said that she and her boyfriend, Bilbrey got into an argument over her leaving with the children due to his being under the influence. The woman said as she tried to leave, Bilbrey wouldn’t let her go. He grabbed her, trying to get her car keys causing injuries to her elbows, hands and knees.

26 year old Eddie Lee Smith of Old Mill Hill Road, Dowelltown is charged with driving under the influence. His bond is $1,500 and his court date is June 29. Sheriff Ray said that on Tuesday, June 13 a deputy observed a Honda Civic traveling at a high rate of speed on Highway 56 south. The officer stopped the vehicle and spoke with the driver, Smith. He noticed a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the vehicle. Smith told the officer that he had just purchased a beer and had thrown it out the window before he was pulled over. His eyes were bloodshot and he was unsteady on his feet. While submitting to field sobriety tasks, Smith told the deputy that he was too drunk to complete the exercise because he had consumed more alcohol than he had previously stated.

Two More Picked Up on Grand Jury Sealed Indictments

June 19, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page
Mark Alan Goodson
Jamie Renee Ashford

The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department has picked up two more people who were named in sealed indictments returned during a special session of the Grand Jury last month.

51 year old Mark Alan Goodson and 46 year old Jamie Renee Ashford both of Short Mountain Highway, Smithville are each indicted for sale and delivery of a schedule II drug (methamphetamine). They were arrested on Monday, June 12. Bond for each is $50,000 and they will be arraigned on June 20.

A total of 37 people have now been rounded up as a result of the grand jury sealed indictments stemming from an undercover investigation by the Sheriff’s Department mostly involving the sale of illegal narcotics.

Randy Jennings Named Principal of DeKalb County High School

June 19, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page
DCHS Principal Randy Jennings and Director of Schools Patrick Cripps

DeKalb County High School will be under new leadership as of July 1.

Randy Jennings, who has been Principal at DeKalb Middle School for 13 years, has been named by Director of Schools Patrick Cripps to succeed Dr. Kathy Bryant as DCHS Principal. Dr. Bryant has transferred to the position of Supervisor of Instruction for grades 6-12.

“I am excited about the move to the high school. First I’d like to thank Mr. Cripps for having the confidence in me to be the leader of DeKalb County High School. I want to get settled in and get with the assistant principals. There will be a lot of things similar at the high school compared to the middle school but a lot of things will be different too. The CTE (Career Technical Education) I have never had to deal with at the middle school level so that will be a new venture for me. There’s just a lot of things I’ll have to get in there and look at and become familiar with before going too much further,” Jennings told WJLE.

"Randy has done a good job and we’re excited about where he can take the high school. It’s a big challenge he is facing but he has a good staff who will support and work with him to do whatever needs to be done to make sure our kids are being educated," Director Cripps told WJLE.

Jennings said he enjoyed his years at DeKalb Middle School and will miss working with the students and teachers there. “I have really enjoyed my time at the Middle School. I have had a wonderful faculty and staff over those 13 years. I am going to miss working with those people. I’ll also miss working with the kids at that age. We’ve always tried to provide a good academic foundation but even as important, I hope that I have made a positive impact on the kids' lives. Now I will get a chance to continue doing that but at a little later time in their lives,” he said.

Jennings began his teaching career at DeKalb West School in 1995. “I was there for 2 years as an 8th grade math, science and social studies teacher and I also coached both the boys and girls basketball teams,” said Jennings.

“ In the fall of 1997, I accepted a teaching position at Watertown High School and was the head baseball coach and assistant boys basketball coach. The following year I was named the head girls basketball coach and remained in that capacity for 2 years,” he continued.

“In the fall of 2000, I came back home to DeKalb County as the principal of Smithville Elementary School. I served in that capacity for 5 years from 2000 to 2005. In 2005, I was transferred to DeKalb Middle School as principal where I have served for the past 13 years,” said Jennings.

A 1989 graduate of DeKalb County High School, Jennings earned an Associate of Science degree at Motlow State Community College in 1991. Three years later Jennings earned a Bachelor of Science degree at Middle Tennessee State University. In 1998, Jennings furthered his education obtaining a Master of Arts degree in Instructional Leadership from Tennessee Technological University followed by a Specialist in Education degree in Instructional Leadership from TTU in 2005.

Randy and his wife Jill are the parents of 21 year old Cori and 18 year old Steven Jennings.

Jennings is the 12th principal at DCHS since 1963. His predecessors are Amon Snyder, Jim Butler, Tucker Hendrix, Ernest Ray, Dr. Charles Collier, Larry Johnson, Dr. Barry Roberts, Weldon Parkinson, Kathy Hendrix, Patrick Cripps, and Dr. Kathy Bryant.

DCHS Assistant Principals are David Gash and Jenny Norris.

"We’re really going to push the ACT at the high school. I know the state tests are important but the ACT is where kids get money to go to school. The state has set an ACT goal and we plan to meet and exceed it. We have already made great strides in the last couple of years on the ACT as well as the 90% reading goal. We’re catching up. The elementary level has done a wonderful job and the high school has done a wonderful job in the RTI. That is something we will keep working on. We want to challenge our top students and we want to get those students who are struggling to get them up toward reading on grade level", said Cripps.

Director Cripps has not yet named a new principal at DeKalb Middle School to succeed Jennings. Applications are currently being taken for the position and interviews will follow.

DeKalb Neighbors Helping Neighbors Blood Drive Wednesday

June 19, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page
Casey Agee was among those who donated blood during the Spring into Action drive

Cookeville Blood Assurance and DeKalb County Clerk James L. (Jimmy) Poss are teaming up again for another “DeKalb County Neighbors Helping Neighbors” blood drive and several elected and appointed county officials are joining the effort in support of local senior citizens centers.

The blood drive is scheduled for Wednesday, June 21 from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the county complex senior citizens center inside the bloodmobile and for every blood donation collected, these county officials will donate $2.00 to the senior citizens centers to be divided equally between the Smithville and Alexandria Centers.

“I have received commitments from Assessor of Property Shannon Cantrell, Trustee Sean Driver, Register of Deeds Jeff McMillen, Road Supervisor Butch Agee, Circuit Court Clerk Katherine Pack, County Mayor Tim Stribling, Sheriff Patrick Ray, and General Sessions Judge Bratten Cook, II along with Clerk and Master Deborah Malone and Administrator of Elections Dennis Stanley,” said County Clerk Poss.

“All blood collected from the Cookeville Blood Assurance Center will supply the needs of hospitals in our communities first including DeKalb, Cannon, Smith, Wilson, White, Putnam, Warren, Jackson, and Overton Counties,” Poss continued.

Those who wish to schedule an appointment may go online at www.bloodassurance.org/dekalb or contact County Clerk Poss or Blood Assurance Coordinator Trudy Cody at 931-239-9411 or TrudyCody@bloodassurance.org.

Please remember to eat a good meal, drink additional water and bring a photo ID.

All donors will be given a FREE “Life Saving Journey” t-shirt and all donors will be entered for a chance to win a Recliner and a Vacation Giveaway valued at $1,500.

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