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Annual DTC Meeting of Members set for September 21, Four Directors to be Elected

September 11, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page

One of the four members up for re-election on the DeKalb Telephone Cooperative (DTC) Board of Directors is being challenged this year.

Ronnie Burton of the Gordonsville Exchange has qualified by petition to run against Incumbent James H. Dillard, Jr., who has been qualified by the nominating committee as a candidate.

Other incumbents up for re-election running unopposed are Roy N. Pugh of the Auburntown Exchange, Jimmy Oakley of the Temperance Hall Exchange, and David Parker of the Woodland Exchange. The nominating committee has qualified Pugh, Oakley, and Parker as a candidate, along with Dillard.

According to DTC's Annual Report mailed to all members last week, the 2013 Annual Meeting of members will be Saturday, September 21 beginning at noon at the DeKalb County Fairgrounds located on the corner of Fairgrounds Road and Edgewood Street in Alexandria.

Voting will be by machine and the polling place will be opened for voting at noon on September 21. Members may vote from that time until 4:00 p.m. or until the last person in line at 4:00 p.m. has voted.

Early voting will be available Monday through Wednesday, September 16-18 at four (DTC Store) locations. Hours for early voting are as follows:

Monday, September 16 from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, September 17 from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, September 18 from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Locations for early voting:
111 High Street, Alexandria
126 JMZ Drive, Gordonsville
200 Walmart Drive, Smithville
106 West High Street, Woodbury

Adcock Named Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer

September 11, 2013
by: 
Shan Burklow
Adcock Named Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer

Kevin Adcock has been named Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer for DeKalb Community Hospital and Stones River Hospital. Adcock brings over thirty-two years of medical experience to his new position along with eight years previous experience as an Ethics and Compliance Officer.

Adcock is 2000 graduate from Quorum Healthcare Compliance School and is passionate about ethics, “I am proud to be working in my hometown. My goal is to ensure that our hospitals are operating within all legal and ethical guidelines for the safety of our patients and staff. I am grateful and excited for this opportunity.”

“We are pleased to promote Kevin as our new Ethics and Compliance Officer for both of our fine hospitals. I am confident that he will ensure that we are operating within all ethical guidelines,” said Sue Conley—CEO of DeKalb Community and Stones River Hospitals, “Kevin is a wonderful employee and is brilliant. He is an outstanding laboratory director and I expect him to be just as fantastic in his new role.”

Adcock also serves his community as an Emergency Medical Responder and Firefighter with the Smithville Fire Department. He has been married to his lovely wife, Judy, for 26 years and has two children—Preston and Rachel. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting and spending time with his family.

Rescue Squad to Construct Larger Facility

September 10, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
Existing Smithville-DeKalb County Rescue Squad Building
Joe Johnson

The Smithville-DeKalb County Rescue Squad is making plans to build a new facility beside their current location near Green brook Park.

Joe Johnson, a member of the Rescue Squad building committee and Captain Dustin Johnson attended Monday night's city council meeting seeking authorization for the rescue squad to do the construction, which is on city property.

The aldermen voted unanimously to grant approval.

According to Joe Johnson the new building will provide more space to store boats, vehicles, and other equipment all together at one place. "We have outgrown our building. It's still a good building but it's too small and we're having to store equipment at various member's locations," he said.

"We've got equipment scattered. We've got two boats in a little storage building but It takes about fifteen minutes to get one of them out and get it hooked to a truck. When we get a call, we need to go. We don't need to be trying to hand get a boat out of a storage building. These boats are heavy. It takes about four people to get them out. With this (new) building, we'll be able to drive in, leave the boat hooked to the truck, and then when we get a call, we will simply raise the door and drive out. It changes (improves) our response time. We're also building this for future expansion so maybe we won't have to do this again," said Johnson.

The new facility will be a 36' x 60' structure (attractive metal on the outside) with three bays, each bay twelve feet wide and 60 feet long.

County Mayor Mike Foster told WJLE that the county has budgeted $8,700 for the new rescue squad building and $1,700 for new rollup doors on the existing building. The county also provides annual funding to the rescue squad for operation as a non-profit organization. This year the amount is $16,821. The City of Smithville budgets $1,500 toward the operation of the rescue squad.

Johnson said the new facility will be built at no extra cost to the city. In addition to the county's contribution, the rest of the money is being raised from private donations and fundraisers. "We're proposing to do this at no cost to the city," said Johnson. The county commission has given us some money and we've raised (some money). We've got it up to about $17,000. We're still probably about $5,000 short," he said.

Rescue Squad members hope to upgrade their equipment in the future. Adding a boat and another four wheel drive vehicle to the fleet would help them better serve the community, according to Johnson.

In addition to searching for drowning victims, the rescue squad also conducts cave rescues and searches for missing persons. Earlier this summer, Johnson explained how that the rescue squad and others came to the aid of a man who had fallen and suffered broken bones while trying to climb a steep rock formation at Center Hill Lake. After making their way up the steep bluff, rescue workers reached the man, placed him in a stokes basket and used rappelling equipment to safely bring him down.

Members of the rescue squad, who voluntarily give of their time and effort without compensation, are also available to provide manpower assistance to local law enforcement and fire departments for other reasons, according to Johnson.

Through their membership with the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads, Incorporated, the local rescue squad receives assistance from other county rescue squads when needed to help conduct search and recovery efforts.

DCHS Football Coach Steve Trapp Nominated for Tennessee Titans High School Coach of Week (VOTE HERE)

September 9, 2013
Coach Steve Trapp

DeKalb County High School Football Coach Steve Trapp is one of four nominees for the Tennessee Titans High School Coach of the Week honor

Other nominees are, Bruce Lussier of Nashville’s Father Ryan, Justin Price of Campbell County High School and Noah Lampkins of Gleason High School.

FANS MAY VOTE FOR COACH OF THE WEEK BY CLICKING THE LINK BELOW, SELECTING THE NAME OF THE COACH AND THEN CLICKING THE SUBMIT BUTTON.

http://www.titansonline.com/community/coach-of-the-week.html

Each coach was nominated by sports media throughout the state of Tennessee on the basis of specific criteria. The specific criteria for Tennessee high school coaches included beating a longtime rival, snapping a losing streak, defeating a defending champion, an amazing come from behind victory, and/or involvement in the local community.

Also considered is a coach’s consideration of his players’ safety, by teaching the fundamentals of the game, proper tackling techniques, concussion management practices and adherence to heat and hydration guidelines.

Led by a freshman quarterback, Steven Jennings, Coach Trapp’s Tigers defeated Livingston Academy Wildcats, 35-28 last Friday night. This is DeKalb’s first win against the Wildcats since 1994. In the game’s final seconds, the Tigers’ defense was successful with a goal line stand as Livingston threatened to tie the game.

Week 2 voting is open until 9 a.m. ET/8 a.m. CT, Thursday, Sept. 12.

The ten weekly winners of the Coach of the Week will earn a $1,000 grant from the Tennessee Titans Foundation for his football program to be used to provide funds for equipment, turf treatment or upgrades to their field house!

At the conclusion of the Tennessee state playoffs, a Titans High School Coach of the Year will be selected and that winner will earn a $2,000 grant from the Titans Foundation for his school’s football program!

The Titans began honoring Tennessee’s High School Coaches in 1998 and since that time, have awarded more than $150,000 in grants to support high school football programs throughout Tennessee via this program!

McMinnville Man Caught During Burglary in Progress

September 9, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
Robin Lee Lawson, II
Mitchell Lee Corso
Michael Ray Reeder
Shannon Eugene Tayes
Tony Joe Corley
Linda Eva Matthews
Steven Lee Gebhardt

A McMinnville man was caught breaking into an outbuilding on Bethel Road Thursday by the owner of the premises who was home at the time.

36 year old Robin Lee Lawson, II is charged with public intoxication, burglary, and theft of property over $1,000. His bond totals $11,500 and he will be in court on September 26.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Thursday, September 5 a deputy was dispatched to a residence on Bethel Road to a complaint of a theft in progress. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with Lawson and another man (the victim). Lawson had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his person. His eyes were bloodshot and he was unsteady on his feet. The victim said that Lawson had come to his residence and knocked on the door. When the victim did not answer the door, Lawson went to the victim's outbuilding and took a chainsaw and weedeater. According to Sheriff Ray, Lawson admitted to committing the burglary and thefts as well as drinking alcohol. He was placed under arrest.

In other cases, Mitchell Lee Corso of Nashville Highway, Liberty is charged with possession of a weapon by a felon. His bond is $5,000 and he will be in court September 12. Sheriff Ray said that on Tuesday, September 3 a deputy went to Corso's residence in Liberty to serve an order of protection on him. Upon receiving consent to search, a 30-06 Springfield rifle was in his possession. The weapon belonged to Corso but he wasn't supposed to have it because of his being a convicted felon. Corso was arrested and brought to the jail for booking.

35 year old James Frederick "Freddy" Summers of Cookeville Highway, Smithville is charged with a fifth offense of driving on a revoked license. He was also issued citations for violation of the registration law and violation of the financial responsibility law (no insurance). His bond totals $5,000 and he will be in court on October 3. Sheriff Ray said that on Wednesday, September 4 a deputy while on routine patrol saw Summers operating a motor vehicle on Holiday Haven Road. Having prior knowledge that Summers' drivers license were revoked, the officer stopped the vehicle. A computer check confirmed the license to be revoked and that the tag on the automobile was for another vehicle. Summers was arrested and brought to the jail for booking.

Michael Ray Reeder of Pine Orchard Road is charged with possession of a schedule VI drug (marijuana) for resale. His bond is $5,000 and he will be in court on September 26. Sheriff Ray said that on Thursday, September 5 a detective of the sheriff's department saw a Chevy S-10 pickup truck traveling on West Broad Street in Smithville. The occupants were not wearing their seatbelts. The detective stopped the truck on Short Mountain Highway and spoke with the driver, Reeder, who gave the officer consent to search. Found in the rear of the truck in a tool box was a sandwich baggie, which also held four other baggies containing marijuana. According to Sheriff Ray, Reeder admitted handing a female passenger another bag containing marijuana. The woman handed over the bag to the detective. Three of the baggies weighed .24 ounces. One baggie weighed .16 ounce. Another weighed .11 ounce. The overall total weight of the baggies was 1.02 ounces. The marijuana was believed to have been packaged for resale. Reeder further gave officers consent to search his room at the Lake Motel. Inside his safe was a box of sandwich baggies, digital scales, and smaller baggies.

44 year old Shannon Eugene Tayes of Midway Road, Smithville is charged with driving under the influence. His bond is $1,500 and he will be in court on October 10. Sheriff Ray said that on Thursday, September 5 a deputy saw a Ford pickup truck, driven by Tayes, leave its lane of travel on North Congress Boulevard. The officer stopped the truck and found that Tayes had a strong odor of alcohol on his person and he was unsteady on his feet. Tayes submitted to but performed poorly on field sobriety tasks. For the safety of Tayes and the public, he was arrested for DUI and brought to the jail for booking. Tayes refused to submit to a blood test and was cited for violation of the implied consent law. He was also cited for failure to maintain his lane of travel.

48 year old Tony Joe Corley of Lower Helton Road, Liberty is charged with a sixth offense of driving under the influence. His bond is $10,000 and he will be in court September 12. Sheriff Ray said that on Saturday, September 7 a deputy was dispatched to Lower Helton Road due to an auto accident. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with Corley and noticed that he was very unsteady on his feet and his speech was slurred. Corley submitted to but performed poorly on field sobriety tasks.

39 year old Linda Eva Matthews of Sparta Highway, Sparta is charged with domestic assault. Her bond is $1,500 and she will be in court on September 26. Sheriff Ray said that just before midnight on Friday, September 6 a deputy was dispatched to Sparta Highway on a complaint of domestic assault. The officer spoke with a man who said that his wife, Matthews had been drinking and taking pills. The man said Matthews then started a fight accusing him of cheating on her with another woman. Matthews then allegedly grabbed a large kitchen knife and came running toward him. He pushed her against the wall, took the knife away from her, and called for police. Matthews was placed under arrest.

40 year old Steven Lee Gebhardt and 49 year old Crystal Ann Tisdale both of Hurricane Ridge Road, Smithville are charged with domestic assault. Bond for each is $1,500 and they will be in court on September 26. Sheriff Ray said that on Sunday, September 8 a deputy was dispatched to a residence on Hurricane Ridge Road on a complaint of a physical domestic assault. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with Gebhardt and Tisdale. Both had marks on their faces and necks. Gebhardt told the officer that Tisdale had hit him several times in the face and head. Tisdale said that Gebhardt had choked her . Since the primary aggressor could not be determined, both were arrested and brought to the jail for booking.

35 year old Steven Anthony Nelson of Allen Street, Smithville is charged with public intoxication, evading arrest, and resisting arrest. His bond totals $5,500 and he will be in court on September 26. Sheriff Ray said that on Sunday, September 8, a deputy was dispatched to Allen Street for a possible domestic assault. The officer spoke with a woman who said that she and her husband, Nelson had gotten into a fight but that he left the residence after she called 911. When officers spotted Nelson walking across Shady Drive, he began running behind a house and into the woods. Nelson was unsteady on his feet. After catching up with Nelson, officers ordered him to get on the ground but he refused. He had to be forcibly taken to the ground. Nelson had a strong odor of alcohol on his person. He was placed under arrest and brought to the jail for booking.

Charlotte Burks announces retirement from Senate

September 9, 2013
State Senator Charlotte Burks

State Senator Charlotte Burks (D-Monterey) recently announced that she will be retiring at the end of her current term. She will not seek re-election to serve the 15th District, which includes Cumberland, Jackson, Overton, Bledsoe, Putnam and White Counties. The next election is scheduled for Aug. 2014.

She is a native of Jackson County and owns a farm in Monterey where she raised her family and has resided for nearly 50 years. Burks has three daughters, ten grandchildren and four great grandchildren. The only occupation she has ever known is that of a farmer.

She has served in the State Legislature since 1998. The people of the 15th District made her a part of Tennessee history by electing her as the first ever “write-in” candidate to the State Senate after the tragic death of her late husband State Senator Tommy Burks. During her tenure in office, Burks has served on numerous committees, including ethics, commerce, labor, agriculture, education, government operations and the select committee on children and youth.

She has also received multiple awards and recognitions for her work as a State Senator. Much of her focus has been in the areas of education, domestic violence and issues concerning children. She has been an 8 time recipient of the “Legislator of the Year” award from the Tennessee Coalition against Domestic and Sexual Violence for her work in those areas. She also received national recognition from the U. S. Attorney General’s Foundation for the Improvement of Justice.

Sen. Burks’ first efforts in Nashville focused on completing some of the work started by her late husband. He had been successful in getting a constitutional amendment on the state ballot for a “Victims Bill of Rights” which passed in the November 1998 election. Ironically, this was after he himself had become a victim of crime and lost his own life. She completed his work by drafting and passing the legislation that made the provisions of the amendment into law. She also passed a bill that allowed inmates in local jails to pick up litter on our state highways on which he had been working.

She has sponsored and passed many important pieces of her own legislation during her tenure in office. When asked what stands out in her mind as the most important legislation on which she worked, she replied, “My work on the fight against Meth in our state.” She had tried unsuccessfully for three sessions to pass a law to regulate and limit the sale of over-the-counter drugs containing Ephedrine which is the main ingredient of Meth.

The attention caused by Sen. Burks’ efforts caused Governor Phil Bredeson to create a state Meth Task Force, of which, Burks was a member. Legislation recommended by the task force and endorsed by the governor that was finally made into law contained all of her original recommendations and was made even stronger. The passage of this bill significantly reduced the production of Meth across our state.

“I have tried to focus on the issues that are important to our families and our every day life,” Burks commented. She has been an advocate for Tennessee’s families, as well as for education, affordable health care, senior assistance and for issues important to our rural communities. She served on the Domestic and Sexual Violence State Coordinating Council, the Creating Homes Initiative Task Force, the State Vocational Education Board, the Southern Regional Education Board and the state Victims of Crime Coordinating Council.

“It has been an honor to represent the people of the 15th Senatorial District over the years,” Burks reflected. “I never imagined that I would ever serve in the state legislature, but it gave me a sense of direction and purpose that I needed after the loss of Tommy. It was a responsibility that I took seriously, and I am satisfied that I served the people of this district with honesty and integrity. Our family has a deep love and appreciation for the Upper Cumberland and its people. We will forever be grateful for the kindness and support we have received. Thank you for allowing us to serve.”

To show her appreciation, Senator Burks will host a reception on October 10th at the Leslie Towne Center in Cookeville from 4:30 pm until 6:30 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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Man Behind the Wheel of Stolen Vehicle Arrested for Theft

September 9, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
John Thomas Mason

An 18 year old man is facing theft charges after Smithville Police pulled him over for a traffic offense and found the vehicle he was driving to be stolen out of Warren County. A further investigation revealed he had also allegedly stolen a bicycle.

John Thomas Mason has been charged with two counts of theft. Chief Randy Caplinger said Sergeant Brad Tatrow recently spotted someone in a green Toyota Camry, not wearing a seatbelt, who made an illegal turn. Sergeant Tatrow made a traffic stop and found that the driver, Mason was unlicensed and had no proof of insurance. Upon checking the auto tag through Central Dispatch, it was discovered the vehicle was stolen out of Warren County. Mason was placed under arrest for theft of property.

Meanwhile, Mason was identified as a suspect in another theft after Officer Joey Myers took a complaint from a resident on Wednesday, August 28 reporting that a bicycle along with some other items had been stolen. Also, Captain Steven Leffew had received some calls about a young man (Mason), driving a Toyota Camry, who was randomly trying to sell a camera to several persons. Police checked his automobile and found a camera and gas card belonging to DeKalb EMA. Detective Brandon Donnell conducted an inquiry and it was determined that Mason had taken the bicycle reported stolen on August 28. Mason was arrested for both thefts. Bond for Mason is $3,000 and he will be in court on September 26.

In other cases, 28 year old Stephanie Ann Long was arrested for criminal trespassing on Saturday, August 3. According to the warrant, K-9 Officer James Cornelius was dispatched to Wal-Mart where he arrested Long for criminal trespassing. Ms. Long had previously been notified to stay off the Wal-Mart property and she had signed the written notice issued to her at that time. On August 3, security video showed Ms. Long on the property in the parking lot approaching customers. Her bond is $1,500.

43 year old Robert Roy Atnip was recently cited for simple possession. Sergeant Brad Tatrow was dispatched to Green Brook Park to check on a possible intoxicated person. Sergeant Tatrow recovered from Atnip a round pill container which held several pills.

60 year old Ross H Stiver Jr. was arrested on Tuesday, August 6 for driving on a revoked license. Stiver was operating a motor vehicle when he was spotted by Officer Joey Myers pulling into a parking lot. Upon getting out of the vehicle, Stiver was unsteady on his feet. Officer Myers did a welfare check to make sure he wasn't intoxicated. A computer check revealed his license were revoked for a DUI. Bond for Stiver is $1,500 and he will be in court on September 25.

21 year old Joshua Lee Anderson was arrested for public intoxication on Thursday, August 8. Anderson was a passenger of a vehicle involved in an accident. Corporal Travis Bryant arrived on the scene to investigate and found Anderson outside the vehicle. His speech was slurred and he was unsteady on his feet. Bond for Anderson is $1,500.

48 year old Deborah Lynn France was recently cited for theft of property. Corporal Travis Bryant responded to Rite Aid Pharmacy to investigate a possible shoplifter. Ms. France allegedly attempted to leave the store without paying for merchandise in her possession.

19 year old Jessica Lynn Counts was arrested for public intoxication on Wednesday, August 14. Officer Will Judkins was dispatched to South Mountain Street to do a welfare check and found Counts sitting on the sidewalk. Ms Counts had an odor of an alcoholic beverage on her person and she was unsteady on her feet. Bond for Counts is $1,500.

31 year old Lori Ann Lewis was arrested for forgery on Friday, August 16. Detective Brandon Donnell responded to Johnny's Drugs where he spoke with Lewis concerning a doctor's prescription that had been altered. Bond for Lewis is $5,000.

55 year old Forrest Byrd was arrested for a third offense of DUI on Saturday, August 17. Captain Steven Leffew was dispatched to Dry Creek Road where Byrd had been involved in a one car accident. Byrd had an odor of an alcoholic beverage on his person. He was unsteady on his feet and his speech was slurred. A computer check revealed two prior DUI's against Byrd. Bond for Byrd is $5,000.

32 year old Misty Dawn Brandon was arrested for theft on Thursday, August 22. Brandon, an employee of Advanced Auto Parts allegedly falsified a return of a battery and kept the money. Bond for Brandon is $1,500 and she will be in court on September 26.

57 year old Diane Lynn Kemp was arrested for DUI on Monday, August 26. Corporal Travis Bryant responded to Green Brook Park to check on someone reported to be possibly intoxicated. Corporal Bryant noticed Kemp had an odor of an alcoholic beverage on her person. Her speech was slurred and she was unsteady on her feet. Kemp submitted to but performed poorly on field sobriety tasks. Bond for Kemp is $1,500 and she will be in court on September 12.

26 year old Dustin Burgess was arrested for a second offense of driving on a suspended license on Friday, August 30. Corporal Travis Bryant spotted Burgess operating a motor vehicle. Having prior knowledge of outstanding warrants against Burgess, Corporal Bryant stopped him and a computer check confirmed his license were suspended in Jackson County. Burgess has a prior conviction against him for driving on a suspended license. Bond for Burgess is $5,000 and he will be in court on September 12.

K-9 Officer James Cornelius recently arrested 23 year old Mark Christopher Davenport for DUI. Davenport was operating a motor vehicle when he was stopped for speeding. Davenport had an odor of an alcoholic beverage on his person. He was unsteady on his feet and he submitted to but performed poorly on field sobriety tasks. Bond for Davenport is $1,500 and he will be in court September 12.

29 year old Jessica Taylor Lane was cited for theft of property on Sunday, September 1. Corporal Travis Bryant responded to Rite Aid Pharmacy where Lane allegedly attempted to take several items from the store without paying for them. She will be in court on September 12.

Body of Tullahoma Man Recovered from Lake

September 8, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
Body of Drowning Victim Recovered from Lake (WJLE Photo)
Photo Taken as Search Began Saturday (Photo by Ken Underhill)
Members of Caney Fork Chapter of American Red Cross

The body of a 27 year old Tullahoma man was recovered from Center Hill Lake Sunday afternoon almost twenty four hours after he jumped off a pontoon boat and drowned on Saturday.

Dead is William Bates.

TWRA Officer Tony Cross told WJLE that Bates' body was recovered in about 90 feet of water near where the incident occurred about a mile from Floating Mill Recreation area.

According to Officer Cross, Bates was with five other men on a pontoon boat going upstream Saturday afternoon when Bates jumped in the water to take a swim as the boat came to a stop. When Bates didn't come back up after going under the water, the others jumped in but were unable to rescue him.

911 was notified and members of the TWRA, DeKalb County Rescue Squad, and U.S Army Corps of Engineers Rangers came to the scene. The search continued non-stop throughout the rest of the day on Saturday, all night, and during the day on Sunday until the body was found. Others participating in the search were members of the White, Putnam, Coffee, and Franklin County Rescue Squads. The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department and local Emergency Management Agency Coordinator Charlie Parker assisted in the effort.

In addition to dragging operations, divers and sonar equipment aided in the search. In fact, the body was detected by the Franklin County Rescue Squad's tow fish sonar. Divers of the White County Rescue Squad then went down and recovered it.

The body was brought by boat to the Hurricane Bridge Recreation Area and then loaded onto a DeKalb EMS ambulance for transport to the hospital.

Captain Dustin Johnson of the DeKalb County Rescue Squad said he wished to thank all those who supported them in the search and to the Caney Fork Chapter of the American Red Cross, who set up at the Floating Mill Recreation area to provide food and drinks to the emergency personnel and volunteers. Johnson also expressed his thanks to DeKalb Market and Pizza Hut for their donation of food.

Man dies in crash on Four Seasons Road

September 8, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
Man dies in crash on Four Seasons Road (Photo by Ken Underhill)
Body of Michael J. Dean of Smithville found in wreck (Photo by Ken Underhill)

A 61 year old man was found dead Saturday in an automobile accident on Four Seasons Road. 911 received the call around 11:30 am.

Dead is Michael J. Dean of Smithville.

Trooper Jeremy Wilhite of the Tennessee Highway Patrol told WJLE that Dean, of Burton Ridge Lane, was operating a 1999 Toyota Rav4 heading south on Four Seasons Road when he went off the right side of the road , struck a tree stump, and a telephone substation box. The SUV overturned in tall weeds coming to rest upright off the right side of the roadway facing south. Dean, who not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected. His body was found on the ground near the vehicle

The exact time of the accident is not known. A passerby spotted the wreck and reported it.

Members of DeKalb EMS, Sheriff's Department, and the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department were also on the scene.

Parsley Welcomes New Law Partner

September 6, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
Vester Parsley Welcomes New Law Partner Brad Hannah and wife Jennifer
Local attorneys join Vester Parsley in Welcoming Brad Hannah

Local attorney Brad Hannah is joining the office of Vester Parsley, Jr. Attorney at Law.

Parsley made the announcement in his downtown Smithville office Friday afternoon. Other members of the local bar were present for the occasion.

Hannah is a graduate of DeKalb County High School, Tennessee Tech University, and the Nashville School of Law.

He has been in practice for two years working with the Morrison Law Firm in Tullahoma.

Hannah and his wife Jennifer reside in Smithville. Their five year old son Isaac has just started kindergarten.

Born and raised in DeKalb County, Hannah is the son of Pam Dolan and the late Cliff Hannah. His grandfather was the late Edd Poss, affectionately known for many years as the "Suit Man".

Hannah, who plans to begin working with Parsley around the middle of September, said he is very appreciative of this opportunity.

"I'm proud to have him here," said Parsley. "I'm anxious to get him to work so I can take it a little easier and he can take over some of that load that I've been having to do at nine and ten o'clock at night," he said.

Parsley, a former DeKalb County General Sessions and Juvenile Court Judge, has been in practice here for almost 37 years. Over the years he has partnered with attorneys including the late George LeFevre, Hilton Conger, the late McAllen Foutch, Mike Corley, and more recently Jeremy Trapp.

Parsley currently serves as city attorney for both the Cities of Smithville and Alexandria.

(Bottom Picture: left to right- Jennifer and Brad Hannah, Vester Parsley, Jim Judkins, Tecia Pryor, Sarah Cripps, Jon Slager, and Gayla Hendrix)

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