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Start Times Changed for DCHS Basketball Games Saturday

January 6, 2017
Dwayne Page

The start times for the DCHS basketball games Saturday against White County in Smithville have been changed due to the wintry weather conditions.

The Lady Tigers' game will start at 2:00 p.m. Saturday followed by the Tigers' game at the DCHS Gym.

The games were originally scheduled to start at 6:00 p.m.

Meanwhile the DCHS Tigers vs Trousdale County game, which was cancelled Thursday night, will be played on Thursday, January 26 at 5:30 p.m. That's the boys game only. The girls game has already been played.

Rescue Squad Summoned to Center Hill Lake Thursday

January 6, 2017
Dwayne Page
TWRA at Hurricane Bridge Recreation Area
Smithville-DeKalb County Rescue Squad returning to Hurricane Bridge Recreation Area

The Smithville-DeKalb County Rescue Squad was summoned to Center Hill Lake Thursday morning after someone reported something floating in the water near the mouth of Mine Lick Creek.

Members of the Rescue Squad put in at the Hurricane Bridge Recreation area boat ramp and went to investigate accompanied by the TWRA.

The obstacle found floating turned out to be an overturned small paddle boat that had been in the lake for some time.

More Honors for DCHS Tiger Football Players

January 5, 2017
Dwayne Page
Front Row left to right: Steven Jennings, Riley Sexton, Matthew Poss, Devin Bain, Nick May, Bradley Miller; Back Row: Luke Green, Eli Cross, Christian Pruitt, Tayvian Nokes, Gage Delape, Devin Zaderiko, and Tyler Cantrell

Members of the DCHS Football Team have earned more honors for their accomplishments on the field during the 2016 season.

Two Tigers, Bradley Miller, as defensive back, and Matthew Poss, as punter, were 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 their 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.

DCHS Tiger Coach Steve Trapp added that Matthew Poss has also received two offers this past week including one from Cumberland and one from Bethel University to play football next season.

Paislee's Foundation Chili Supper and Cornhole Tournament Set for February 11

January 4, 2017
Dwayne Page

Losing a child is unspeakably painful and perhaps the most devastating ordeal a parent could have to encounter.

Tyler and Jessica Cripps of Alexandria know what that's like. Their daughter Paislee Cheyanne Cripps was stillborn on May 3, 2013. Their hearts were broken. Their world was shattered. But during their grief they received the love and support of family, friends, church, and the community in such a way that it inspired Tyler and Jessica to help other parents mourning infant loss. As a result, Paislee's Foundation was formed by the Cripps' along with their friend Wesley McCubbin.

"It's a non-profit organization that Wesley and my wife and I started. We take up money through donations and fundraisers and we donate that to families who are going through stillbirth and infant loss up to three years of age," Tyler Cripps told WJLE .

The next fundraiser is the 3rd annual Paislee’s Foundation Chili Supper and Corn Hole Tournament on Saturday, February 11 at 4 p.m. at the DeKalb County Fairgrounds in Alexandria. Admission to the chili supper is $5.00 and $20 for the cornhole tournament.

"It started on May 3, 2013. Tyler and I lost our little girl. She was stillborn. Paislee's death was very unexpected and we were completely unprepared to deal with this type of situation. But our family, friends, church, and community lifted us up, supported us, and took care of everything we needed," said Jessica Cripps.

After some time passed, Tyler said he got the idea for starting the foundation. "I was riding through work one day and the idea popped in my head. I talked to Wesley about it and we furthered the idea until it's turned into what it is today," he said.

An approved 501c3 non-profit organization, Paislee's Foundation was formed in October 2013 and the first official fundraiser was held in January 2014.

"We have three main fundraisers which are all held at the Kenneth Sandlin Center at the fairgrounds in Alexandria. A chili supper will be held on February 11 along with a corn hole tournament. We have a 5K in May and a craft show in the fall. They have all generated pretty good amounts of money. At the 5K we have even had some of the parents (served by the Foundation) actually come to help. To see that come full circle has been great. We've had such big responses from the start and we thank our whole community for supporting us," said McCubbin.

There are no paid staff in the Foundation and all money raised is given to parents. "One hundred percent of it goes to the foundation. No money goes to anyone's pocket," said Tyler.

"We got money given to us when we lost Paislee. At the end of it all we had to buy her headstone and that was $400. We had $400 exactly left. So that's what we give people $400. They are welcome to use it for whatever they need including bills, food, groceries, headstone, burial expenses, etc.," said Jessica.

Families needing support may contact Paislee's Foundation through Facebook or at www.paisleesfoundation.org.

"We want to thank everybody who has gotten behind us and given us the push to get to where we are now. That's the main thing about our foundation. It could not run without the support that we have gotten," said Tyler.


January 4, 2017
Dwayne Page
WJLE's Dale Carroll will co-host the RADIO SHOPPER program with Dwayne Page Thursday Morning, January 26

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.

Man Charged with Domestic Assault of his Wife

January 3, 2017
Dwayne Page
Donald Hugh Pack, Jr.
Bransford Lee Patterson
Barnie Creek

The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department arrested a man last week for domestic assault after allegedly hitting his wife.

43 year old Donald Hugh Pack, Jr. of Antioch Road, Smithville is under a $1,500 bond and his court date is January 12.


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Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Tuesday, December 27 a deputy was dispatched to a residence on Antioch Road for a possible physical domestic. Upon arrival the officer spoke to a woman who said that her husband, Pack had struck her on the side of the head with his open hand, causing redness. Pack was also struck during the incident causing his glasses to be broken.

30 year old Bransford Lee Patterson of Patterson Road, Smithville is charged with aggravated criminal trespassing. His bond is $5,000 and his court date is January 12.

Sheriff Ray said that on Friday, December 30 a deputy responded to a residence on Patterson Road due to an unwanted guest. Upon arrival the officer spoke with Patterson who was at a family member’s home. According to the family, Patterson had been beating on their door wanting to come inside. Patterson was escorted off the property and placed under arrest. Family members said they were fearful of Patterson. Officers had been called to the same residence the day before, Thursday December 29 due to an argument. Patterson had been ordered by his father, a deputy, and a detective not to come back to this property.

57 year old Barnie Creek of Winter Drive, Dowelltown is charged with public intoxication and resisting stop, frisk, halt, or arrest. His bond is $3,500 and his court date is January 19.

Sheriff Ray said that on December 31 a deputy observed a man walking on Highway 70 west in the area of Snow Hill Road. The officer stopped and spoke with the man Creek. He had an odor of an alcoholic beverage about his person. His speech was slurred and he was unsteady on his feet. Creek allegedly admitted to having consumed three alcoholic beverages at a nearby bar. The deputy transported Creek to his residence and let him out. Creek walked through his yard toward his home but then turned and walked back into the roadway. As he was being placed under arrest, Creek began fighting with the officer before ultimately yielding to the deputy’s commands to stop resisting.

DCHS Tigerette Boosters Planning Dodge Ball Tournament

January 3, 2017
Dwayne Page

The DCHS Tigerette Softball Booster Club will be hosting a dodge ball tournament at Northside Elementary School on January 28, 2017 starting at 2pm. Contact Renee Walker at 931-808-0169 or any current player for registration forms. They look forward to a great day of fun and appreciate all the community support.


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THP Safety Belt Checkpoint Scheduled

January 3, 2017
Dwayne Page

The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting a safety belt roadside checkpoint on Highway 56 in DeKalb County on Friday, January 20.

Recognizing the danger to unbelted vehicle occupants, Troopers will target those who operate a vehicle while unbelted and take corrective actions for other violations.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol recognizes that safety belt and sobriety roadside checkpoints are highly visible and effective tools in the battle against impaired driving and for enforcing the safety belt laws of Tennessee while ensuring the protection of vehicle occupants.

DCHS Football Standout to Compete in National Recruits Senior All American Game

January 2, 2017
Tayvian Nokes

Local High School Standout Deffensive Tackle Tayvian Nokes has been invited to Compete in the 2017 National Recuits Senior All American Game January 14. The Game will take place at Discovery (Lawrenceville) High School. This game gives some of the top high school prospects flying under the radar a platform and a chance to showcase and strengthen their recruiting resume. Tayvian was also Named Best Defensive lineman in the 4-3A district this season.

Family of Missing Man Seeking Answers (VIEW VIDEO OF WJLE INTERVIEW WITH FAMILY)

January 1, 2017
Dwayne Page
Julie Cerame (family friend), Pam Rossetti (mother), John Orr (cousin)
Vincent "Vinnie" Rossetti

The mother and other family members and friends of a missing Georgia man have spent time in DeKalb County the last few days talking to people and distributing “Missing Person’ flyers at local businesses hoping to find someone who has seen him.

Its been two weeks since 22 year old Vincent “Vinnie” Rossetti of Peachtree City, Georgia went missing near Center Hill Lake. He was last seen on Sunday, December 18 and his car, a Lexus, was found later in the parking lot of Sligo Marina beside Highway 70. Authorities do not know if Rossetti is still alive or what has happened to him.

“We’re just desperate. We just want information from anyone that has seen him around town,” said Rossetti’s mother, Pam who spoke with WJLE on Saturday at Sligo Marina on Center Hill Lake where the search is taking place.

“”We have not spoken to him since December 18th. This is day 13 (Saturday) so we’re here passing out flyers to see if anyone has seen him since that date. We just want proof of him being alive,” said Ms. Rossetti.

“He left my daughter’s house on Friday night (December 16) from Birmingham and had been driving around,” she continued.

Ms. Rossetti said the family does not know why he came to this area. “A state Trooper saw him on the side of the road on Sparta Highway (near DeKalb/White County Line December 18) . He was a little disoriented. He had a little bit of depression so I am very worried about his mental state of hurting himself. They took him to the hospital and I talked to him several times. He knew we were coming to pick him up on Sunday night (December 18) but he left the hospital and that’s the last that we’ve heard from him,” said Ms. Rossetti.

“The last supposed sighting is east of the Dollar General Store on Highway 70 heading toward Sparta,” added John Orr, a cousin of Vincent Rossetti

If you have seen Rossetti or have information that could help locate him, call DeKalb Central Dispatch at 615-215-3000 or the CUE Center for Missing Persons 24 hour TIP LINE at 1-910-232-1687.

Rossetti is 6' 2", weighs 180 pounds, and has blond hair and blue eyes.

“Just pray for our family,” said Ms. Rossetti.

“We need to bring Vinnie home soon,” added Julie Cerame, a family friend.


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