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Woodbury Man Arrested for Breaking into Dowelltown Home

February 13, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page
Charles Edward Moody

A Woodbury man has been arrested for allegedly breaking into and stealing items from a Dowelltown residence earlier this month.

20 year old Charles Edward Moody of Woodbury is charged with unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, aggravated burglary, and theft of property over $1,000. His bond is $75,000 and his court date is February 23.

(CLICK LINK BELOW TO VIEW MUG SHOTS OF PERSONS RECENTLY BOOKED AT THE DEKALB COUNTY JAIL- Intakes & Releases From: 2/6/2017 Thru: 2/13/2017)

Seagate Crystal Reports - REPOR_10.pdf (2.83 MB)

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Wednesday, February 1 Moody allegedly broke into a residence on East Main Street in Dowelltown and stole handguns, two tablets, Winchester shells, and $1,100 in cash. Four days later on Sunday, February 5 Moody allegedly sold an Armscor 38 pistol to a resident on Pine Orchard Road. Moody, a convicted felon since 2016, cannot legally possess a weapon.

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

Two Arrested, One Remains At Large After Police Pursuit and Crash

February 13, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page
Smithville Police and County Deputy Search for Man After Police Pursuit and Car Crash on Vickers Hollow Road
Billow of smoke could be seen for miles after car crash Monday afternoon

Two people were taken into custody but another remains at large after a police pursuit and car crash late Monday afternoon.

According to Chief Mark Collins, the incident began when a Smithville Police Officer clocked a car for speeding on Miller Road and got in pursuit when the driver wouldn’t stop. The chase continued to Robinson Road, Game Ridge Road, Dry Creek Road, and onto New Home Road. The car then turned onto Vickers Hollow Road, drove through a barbed wire fence, and crashed into a tree before catching fire. The occupants bolted from the car and went down a ravine trying to get away on foot. The two females were quickly taken into custody but the man escaped. Police do not believe the man is armed. The females received only minor injuries and refused transport to the hospital.

Members of the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department and DeKalb EMS responded along with assistance from Sheriff’s Department deputies, constables and the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Chief Collins said the investigation continues and he has not yet released the names of the man or females involved in the pursuit.

Alexandria Police Department Announces Safe Campaign Participation

February 13, 2017

The Alexandria Police Department is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) for its annual Seatbelts Are For Everyone (SAFE) campaign. This statewide initiative is designed to increase seatbelt usage and child passenger safety restraint usage through the implementation of occupant-protection programs, public events, and checkpoints throughout local communities across Tennessee. The SAFE campaign begins February 1, 2017 and concludes on August 1, 2017.

2017 will be the fourth year that the THSO has sponsored the SAFE campaign. Last year yielded the following results:

*1,717 child restraint violations

*21,562 seat belt citations

*723 other seat belt enforcement activities

“In 2015, Tennessee’s average seatbelt usage rate was 86.23%,” said THSO Director Donoho. “Last year, we soared to 88.95%. Through increased education, enforcement, and community involvement, we’re striving for ninety percent or higher.”

This year, participating agencies will pay special attention to nighttime seatbelt enforcement. Tennessee has seen a disproportionate percentage of unrestricted fatalities between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. Historically, approximately fifty percent of Tennessee’s traffic fatalities are unbelted. That percentage increases to nearly sixty when nighttime crashes are examined.

2017-18 Hunting and Fishing Licenses Go On Sale February 18

February 13, 2017

The 2017-18 Tennessee hunting and fishing licenses will go on sale Saturday, Feb. 18.

Licenses are available at Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) regional offices, license agents, on the TWRA website, www.tnwildlife.org, and at the TWRA “On the Go App” and charged to a credit card.

The 2017-18 licenses are valid through February 2018. License sales provide the primary funding for the TWRA, which does not receive any funding from the state's general fund (i.e. state sales tax). The 2016-17 licenses expire Feb. 28.

Resident licenses may be purchased by persons who possess a valid Tennessee driver’s license; persons who have lived in Tennessee for 90 consecutive days with the genuine intent of making Tennessee their permanent home (but do not hold a driver’s license in another state); military personnel on active duty in this state and their immediate families, who reside with them, regardless of resident status; students who are enrolled in a Tennessee school, college, or university for at least six months. A Social Security number is required to purchase a Tennessee hunting or fishing license.

Through the internet, charges are $4.25 for licenses mailed and $3 for self-print or emailed.

In case of a lost license, duplicate licenses can be obtained from any TWRA license agent for an $8 fee. Also, valid duplicate licenses can be printed online at no cost by selecting the reprint my licenses button on the customer information screen.

Resident and non-resident guide licenses will only be available by application as of Feb. 18, 2017. Replacements will only be available by application as well.

Beginning this license year, customers have the option to purchase a hard-copy collector’s card for any annual license. The size of a credit card, the license features recreated paintings by famed Tennessee artist Ralph McDonald. Specific license information is on the back of the card.

District Basketball Tournament Starts Tonight; Five DCHS Players Earn All-District Selections

February 13, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page

Five DCHS basketball players have earned All-District selections

During the Coaches District 8-AA meeting Friday in Cookeville, Lady Tiger Hannah Panter was named to the 2nd Team All-District. Lady Tigers Emme Colwell and Macy Hedge each received All-District Honorable Mention. Colwell was also named to the All-District Freshman Team.

Meanwhile Tiger Tanner Poss was named to the 2nd Team-All District and Trey Jones received All-District Honorable Mention.

The DeKalb County High School Basketball Teams will make their debut in the District 8 AA Tournament Monday night, February 13 at Tennessee Tech’s Hooper Eblen Center in Cookeville.

The Lady Tigers (6th seed) will meet York Institute (7th seed) Monday, February 13 at 6:00 p.m. The winner will advance to meet Smith County (3rd seed) on Wednesday, February 15 at 6:00 p.m. The winner of that game will take on Macon County (2nd seed) Friday, February 17 at 4:00 p.m.

The Tigers (7th seed) will take on Smith County (6th seed) Monday, February 13 at 7:30 p.m. The winner will advance to play Livingston Academy (3rd seed) on Wednesday, February 15 at 7:30 p.m. The winner of that game will take on Upperman (2nd seed) on Friday, February 17 at 5:30 p.m.

WJLE will have LIVE coverage.

The remainder of the girls bracket is as follows:

Cannon County (5th seed) will take on Central Magnet (8th seed) Tuesday, February 14 at 6:00 p.m. The winner will meet Livingston Academy (4th seed) on Thursday, February 16 at 6:00 p.m. The winner of that game will advance to face Upperman (1st seed) on Friday, February 17 at 7:00 p.m.

The girls losers bracket final for 3rd place will be Saturday, February 18 at 3:00 p.m. and the girls championship game will be Saturday, February 18 at 6:00 p.m.

The remainder of the boys bracket is as follows:

York Institute (5th seed) will take on Cannon County (8th seed) on Tuesday, February 14 at 7:30 p.m. The winner will meet Central Magnet (4th seed) on Thursday, February 16 at 7:30 p.m. The winner of that game will advance to face Macon County (1st seed) on Friday, February 17 at 8:30 p.m.

The boys losers bracket final for 3rd place will be Saturday, February 18 at 4:30 p.m. and the boys championship game will be Saturday, February 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Car Found Wrecked and Abandoned

February 13, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page
Car Found Wrecked and Abandoned
Car Crash at Walker Creek on New Hope Road

A car was found wrecked and abandoned Sunday afternoon on New Hope Road at Walker Creek between Temperance Hall and Alexandria. The vehicle left the road, knocked over a road sign at a bridge, and crashed into a tree, straddling the creek.

Meanwhile in a separate incident, the driver of a 2008 Nissan Titan truck wrecked on Short Mountain Highway Sunday night. The truck was traveling north when it left the road and overturned in a church parking lot before coming to rest upright in a field. The driver apparently fled the scene but a passenger was questioned and charges could still be filed.

DeKalb Jobless Rate Increases

February 12, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page

DeKalb County’s unemployment rate for December, 2016 was 6.1%, up from 5.5% in November but lower than 6.5% in December, 2015.

The local labor force for December 2016 was 7,550. Employment was 7,100 and 460 were unemployed.

County unemployment estimates for December 2016 show the rates increased in all 95 counties.

Jobless rates for December among the fourteen counties in the Upper Cumberland region were as follows from highest to lowest:

Jackson:7.4%
Clay: 7.4%
Pickett: 7.2%
Cumberland: 7%
Van Buren: 6.6%
DeKalb: 6.1%
Fentress: 6%
White: 5.7%
Overton: 5.6%
Putnam: 5%
Warren: 4.6%
Cannon:4.5%
Smith: 4.4%
Macon:4.4%

For the month of December, Davidson County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate at 3.6 percent, increasing from 3.5 percent the previous month. Knox County was 4.1 percent, an increase from the previous month’s 3.9 percent. The Hamilton County rate was 4.8 percent, increasing from a previous rate of 4.6 percent. Shelby County had a 5.5 percent rate, increasing from November’s 5.3 percent.

The Tennessee and U.S. preliminary unemployment rates for December were 4.9 and 4.7 percent, respectively, increasing one-tenth of a percentage point from the previous month’s revised rate.

The state and national unemployment rates are seasonally adjusted, while the county unemployment rates are not. Seasonal adjustment is a statistical technique that eliminates the influences of weather, holidays, opening and closing of schools, and other recurring seasonal events from economic time series.

DeKalb/Cannon County Producers Urged to Consider Risk Protection Coverage before Crop Sales Closing Deadlines

February 12, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds producers who wish to purchase crop loss protection, for non-insurable crops for the 2017 crop year, of the March 15, 2017 final sales closing date for the following crops:

* mixed forage (pasture and hay) *green beans *sweet corn *tomatoes
* potatoes *pumpkins *peppers *watermelons
*cantaloupes * cucumbers *okra *squash

NAP provides catastrophic level (CAT) coverage based on the amount of loss that exceeds 50 percent of expected production at 55 percent of the average market price for the crop. The 2014 Farm Bill authorizes additional coverage levels ranging from 50 to 65 percent of production, in 5 percent increments, at 100 percent of the average market price. Additional coverage must be elected by a producer by the application closing date. Producers who elect additional coverage must pay a premium in addition to the service fee. Crops intended for grazing are not eligible for additional coverage.

Eligible producers must apply for coverage using form CCC-471, "Application for Coverage," and pay the applicable service fee at the FSA office. The application and service fee must be filed by the application closing date. For all coverage levels, the NAP service fee is the lesser of $250 per crop or $750 per producer per administrative county, not to exceed a total of $1,875 for a producer with farming interests in multiple counties. Producers who elect additional coverage must also pay a premium equal to the producer's share of the crop X number of eligible crop acres X approved yield X average market price X 5.25% premium fee

For value loss crops, premiums will be calculated using the maximum dollar value selected by the producer on form CCC-471, "Application for Coverage." The maximum premium for a producer is $6,562.50 (the maximum payment limitation times a 5.25 percent premium fee).

Beginning, limited resource, and underserved farmers are eligible for a waiver of the service fee and a 50 percent premium reduction when they file form CCC-860, "Socially Disadvantaged, Limited Resource and Beginning Farmer or Rancher Certification."

Producers should report crop acreage shortly after planting (early in the risk period) to ensure reporting deadlines are not missed and coverage is not lost. In addition, producers must annually provide the following production information: the quantity of all harvested production of the crop in which the producer held an interest during the crop year; the disposition of the harvested crop, such as whether it is marketable, unmarketable, salvaged or used differently than intended; and verifiable or reliable crop production records (when required). The NAP crop year 2017 acreage reporting deadlines for Tennessee are as follows:

November 15, 2016: mixed forage (hay and pasture)—producers can still request to file a late-filed crop acreage report

July 15, 2017:sweet corn, tomatoes, potatoes, pumpkins, watermelons, cantaloupes, cucumbers, okra, peppers, squash

August 15, 2017:green beans (1st and 2nd plantings)

When a crop or planting is affected by a natural disaster, a Notice of Loss (CCC-576) musts be filed within 15 calendar days of the: 1) natural disaster occurrence; 2) final planting date if your planting was prevented by a natural disaster; 3) date damage to the crop or loss of production becomes apparent to you.

For additional program details, contact the DeKalb/Cannon County Farm Service Agency, located at 647 Bright Hill Rd., or phone the office at 597-8225, extension 2.

Man Found with Meth in his Sock during Traffic Stop

February 11, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page
Jim Thomas Flesher, III

Smithville Police arrested a man for possession of methamphetamine after finding some meth in his sock during a routine traffic stop.

20 year old Jim Thomas Flesher, III was also cited for speeding and financial responsibility. Flesher was stopped for a traffic violation on Sunday, February 5 and upon checking with central dispatch for driver license validation, the officer was informed that there was a failure to appear warrant out of DeKalb County for Flesher. He was placed into custody and upon a search incident to arrest, 0.6 grams of methamphetamine was located in his right sock. His bond is $2,500 and his court date is March 2.

(CLICK LINK BELOW TO VIEW MUG SHOTS OF PERSONS RECENTLY BOOKED AT THE DEKALB COUNTY JAIL- Intakes & Releases From: 2/6/2017 Thru: 2/13/2017)

Seagate Crystal Reports - REPOR_10.pdf (2.83 MB)

50 year old Mark Owen Alvis was cited for simple possession and driving on revoked license for DUI Wednesday, February 8. Police were called to conduct a welfare check on a suspicious person in the parking lot of the Department of Children Services. Upon making contact with the described vehicle, the officer spotted a man, identified as Mark Alvis, sitting in the driver's seat with the engine running. Upon receiving consent to search, nine round pills believed to be oxycodone were found in Alvis' left front pocket. No prescription could be provided. A computer check revealed that Alvis's driver's license were revoked for a previous DUI. A licensed driver was contacted to take Alvis home. His court date is March 9.

31 year old Tracy Ann Thomason was cited for theft of property on Sunday, January 29. Thomason allegedly tore tags off of clothing and put the clothes in her purse with the intent of depriving Wal-Mart of its merchandise.

35 year old Maria I Morales-Vazquez was arrested on Tuesday, January 3 for driving on a suspended license and she was cited for speeding, child restraint, and no insurance. Morales-Vanzquez was pulled over for speeding in a school zone. The officer noticed that a child in the car was not in a car seat or wearing a seat belt. Vazquez was not able to provide proof of insurance. A computer check revealed that her license were suspended in 2005, 2006, and 2015 for failure to answer/pay and for not showing proof of insurance. Her bond is $1,500 and her court date is February 16.

22 year old Javier Ordaz Desirena was arrested on Saturday, February 4 for DUI and was cited for speeding, driver's license violation, registration violation, financial responsibility and implied consent. Desirena was stopped for a traffic violation and the officer detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from his breath. His speech was slurred and his eyes were red and blood shot. Desirena was unable to perform standardized field sobriety tasks successfully and he refused to give blood. His bond is $1,500 and his court date is February 23

42 year old William Tony Wright was arrested on Monday, February 6 for disorderly conduct. Officers responded to Walmart where Wright allegedly made statements that he was going to break out Wal-Mart's windows and cut people with the glass and that he was going to fight someone there for just walking past him. Officers tried several times to get him to leave the store but he refused. For his safety and that of the public, Wright was taken into custody. His bond is $1,500 and his court date is February 23.

28 year old Justin C. Price was arrested on Wednesday, February 8 for a third offense of driving on a revoked license and he was cited for improper display. Police responded to the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department to take a report of an alleged assault. After obtaining the information needed, the officer checked on Justin Price through central dispatch and learned that he has an active warrant against him for a second offense of driving on a revoked license or subsequent out of DeKalb County. Price was placed into custody at that time. It was discovered that Price had driven to the Sheriff's Department and that his license are still revoked for not paying his fines and costs out of Bradley County. The tag on the vehicle Price drove to the Sheriff Department is not registered to that vehicle. His bond is $4,500 and his court date is February 23.

DeKalb Tigers and Lady Tigers to Make District Tournament Debut Monday Night

February 10, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page

The DeKalb County High School Basketball Teams will make their debut in the District 8 AA Tournament Monday night, February 13 at Tennessee Tech’s Hooper Eblen Center in Cookeville.

The Lady Tigers (6th seed) will meet York Institute (7th seed) Monday, February 13 at 6:00 p.m. The winner will advance to meet Smith County (3rd seed) on Wednesday, February 15 at 6:00 p.m. The winner of that game will take on Macon County (2nd seed) Friday, February 17 at 4:00 p.m.

The Tigers (7th seed) will take on Smith County (6th seed) Monday, February 13 at 7:30 p.m. The winner will advance to play Livingston Academy (3rd seed) on Wednesday, February 15 at 7:30 p.m. The winner of that game will take on Upperman (2nd seed) on Friday, February 17 at 5:30 p.m.

WJLE will have LIVE coverage.

The remainder of the girls bracket is as follows:

Cannon County (5th seed) will take on Central Magnet (8th seed) Tuesday, February 14 at 6:00 p.m. The winner will meet Livingston Academy (4th seed) on Thursday, February 16 at 6:00 p.m. The winner of that game will advance to face Upperman (1st seed) on Friday, February 17 at 7:00 p.m.

The girls losers bracket final for 3rd place will be Saturday, February 18 at 3:00 p.m. and the girls championship game will be Saturday, February 18 at 6:00 p.m.

The remainder of the boys bracket is as follows:

York Institute (5th seed) will take on Cannon County (8th seed) on Tuesday, February 14 at 7:30 p.m. The winner will meet Central Magnet (4th seed) on Thursday, February 16 at 7:30 p.m. The winner of that game will advance to face Macon County (1st seed) on Friday, February 17 at 8:30 p.m.

The boys losers bracket final for 3rd place will be Saturday, February 18 at 4:30 p.m. and the boys championship game will be Saturday, February 18 at 7:30 p.m.

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