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Smithville Review Acquires DeKalb County Times

January 4, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
Smithville Review
DeKalb County Times

Morris Multimedia, the owner of the Smithville Review has announced that it has acquired the DeKalb County Times.

According to the Smithville Review, "The merger with the Review, which began printing in 1892 under the ownership of brothers Frank and P.S. Wallace, will bring both local papers together in an effort to report the news in DeKalb County with an increased determination and the integrity readers have come to expect from both publications over the years."

"We have long respected the work the Times has done, and we look forward to continuing the tradition of community journalism in DeKalb County. Weekly community newspapers provide an invaluable service and we feel that combining the efforts of the two newspapers will enable us to provide better content for the community," said Charles Hill Morris, Jr. regional manager for Morris Multimedia, according to the Smithville Review.

"The entire staff of the DeKalb County Times thanks its readers and advertisers. We wish the Review much success as it serves the community," said Dennis Richardson, the publisher of the Times, according to the Review.

Kitchen Fire Causes Significant Damage to Residence on Students Home Road

January 4, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
Home of Jeff and Amanda Carter Damaged by Kitchen Fire
County firefighters preparing to attack fire at Carter Home

A kitchen fire Thursday caused significant damage to the home of Jeff and Amanda Carter at 2480 Students Home Road.

Central dispatch received the call at 12:07 p.m.

County Fire Chief Donny Green told WJLE that the fire started while the Carter's were away. When Mr. Carter returned home he saw smoke coming from the vents on the house and called for help.

Members of the Keltonburg, Blue Springs, and Main Stations responded along with manpower from the Short Mountain Highway station of the county fire department.

Firefighters entered the home and found that the blaze had started on a kitchen cabinet. The cause is undetermined. The small blaze was confined to the kitchen although the living room received some water damage. Smoke spread throughout other areas of the home. No one was injured.

Officers of the Sheriff's Department and DeKalb EMS were also on the scene.

Meanwhile, the Smithville Volunteer Fire Department responded to a small fire at the laundrymat on West Broad Street Thursday at 11:06 a.m.

Fire Chief Charlie Parker told WJLE that clothes in a dryer caught fire. The blaze also caused some damage to the wall behind the dryer. The fire was quickly snuffed out and no one was injured.

Smithville Police Department Christmas for Kids and Coat Drive a Huge Success

January 3, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
Beth Adcock

The Smithville Police Department is proud to announce the success of the 2012 Christmas For Kids and coat drive.

"We would like to extend a special thanks to the following businesses, churches and individuals for donating time, food and items to help us to make this Christmas Party a success," said Beth Adcock, Records Clerk for the police department.

Donations were made by the following:

Second Harvest Food Bank
DeKalb Market
The White Possum Grille
Food Lion
Save A Lot
Bumpers
Dollar General Store
Subway
Kilgores
Wal-Mart
Ellisamerica
Brother Kelly of Assembly Of God
Brother Houk and members of Smithville First Free Will Baptist Church
Vivian Johnson

"We would also like to thank the many volunteers that donated their time and services and to the citizens of DeKalb county for the donations of coats and toys," said Adcock.

"We were able to provide coats for all the children but due to the overwhelming response from the public, coats are still available to anyone in need until January 15," she added.

For more information please contact Beth Adcock at 597-8210 ext 1.

Back to School for Students

January 2, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
Back to School for Students (older photo)

Students are returning to school today now that the holidays are over.

Schools will be closed again for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 21 and for President's Day, Monday, February 18.

Schools will be closed for spring break March 25-29

Students will not attend on Thursday, May 23. That will be an administrative day and all teachers must attend. The last day of school will be Friday, May 24. That will be an abbreviated school day and report cards will be sent home. DCHS graduation will be Friday, May 24

Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on Tuesday, March 12 at DeKalb County High School from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Parent-Teacher Conferences will also be held from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 14 at DeKalb Middle School, Northside Elementary, Smithville Elementary, and DeKalb West School.

Report cards to be sent home from all schools on Tuesday, January 8. DCHS report cards to be sent home Monday, March 11 and at all other schools Tuesday, March 12.

AYP-EOC/Gateway Testing at DCHS will be May 7-9 and a make-up AYP-EOC/Gateway Test will be May 10.

ACT Test for the 11th grade will be Tuesday, March 19

Writing Assessment for the 5th, 8th, and 11th grades will be Tuesday, February 5. Writing Assessment make-up will be Wednesday, February 6.

TCAP testing of elementary students will be April 22 through May 3

Three Municipal Elections to be held in 2013

January 2, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
Danny Washer, Gayla Hendrix, Shawn Jacobs

2013 will be a light election year in DeKalb County.

Only three city elections will be held starting with the Smithville Municipal Election on Tuesday, June 18. The qualifying deadline is noon March 21.

Three aldermen seats will be up for election. Those positions are currently held by Aldermen Gayla Hendrix, Shawn Jacobs, and Danny Washer.

Petitions can be issued as soon as the election commission receives a letter from the city and then approves the request for the election. The election commission meets again on Tuesday, January 15.

Meanwhile the Liberty Municipal Election will be Thursday, August 1. The qualifying deadline is noon on May 16. A mayor and two aldermen will be up for election. Those positions are currently held by Mayor J. Edward Hale and aldermen Jarrett Pistole and Howard Reynolds, Jr.

Petitions in Liberty can be issued 90 days before the qualifying deadline, provided the election commission receives a letter from the city and then approves a request for the election.

The Alexandria Municipal Election will be September 5. A mayor and three aldermen are to be elected. The qualifying deadline is noon June 20

Petitions can be issued 90 days before the qualifying deadline, provided the election commission receives a letter from the city and then approves a request for the election.

Local Man Injured in New Year's Night Rollover

January 2, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
One person was injured when he lost control of his car and overturned New Year's

One person was injured when he lost control of his car and overturned New Year's night on Highway 56 south near Whorton Springs Baptist Church.

Central dispatch received the call at 9:01 p.m. Tuesday.

Trooper Jeremy Wilhite of the Tennessee Highway Patrol told WJLE that 26 year old Andrew Tyler Hall of Midway Road, Smithville was traveling north in a 1994 Buick when he went off the left side of the road, hit a culvert, and overturned. The car came to rest upright. Hall was treated at the scene by DeKalb EMS and then transported to DeKalb Community Hospital for further treatment.

Trooper Wilhite has charged Hall with a second offense of driving under the influence.

Members of the Short Mountain Highway of the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department and Sheriff's Department were also on the scene.

Online Registration Now Required for Tennessee Hunter Education Course

January 2, 2013

Registration for a Tennessee Hunter Education course will be required to be made online beginning Jan. 1, 2013 on the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s website.

On the TWRA website, those wishing to register for a class will click the “register for a hunter education class” link. Once clicking the link, there will be directions to search for hunter education classes closest to your area.

Registration must be completed prior to the starting date of a class to ensure a spot in a particular class. For those persons without computer access, they are encouraged to visit a local library or call a TWRA regional office for further assistance.

Advance registration provides more time for instructors to devote to students. It also provides a quicker method for the registration process.

Man Airlifted After Suffering Burns from Fire

December 31, 2012
by: 
Dwayne Page
Ricky Lawrence airlifted to Vanderbilt Hospital

A resident of 639 Crestlawn Avenue received burns to his arm Sunday morning after he fell asleep in a chair that caught fire from a lit cigarette.

Ricky Lawrence was treated by DeKalb EMS and then transported to the DeKalb Middle School parking lot where he was airlifted by a Life Force helicopter ambulance and flown to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville.

Central dispatch received the call at 7:37 a.m. and members of the Smithville Volunteer Fire Department, DeKalb EMS, and Smithville Police responded.

Fire Chief Charlie Parker told WJLE that the chair was the only thing in the house that was damaged in the fire. The small blaze was quickly extinguished and the chair was removed from the residence and taken outside.

Lawrence apparently had fallen asleep in the chair while holding a lit cigarette. The chair caught fire and he received burns to his arm.

The Smithville Volunteer Fire Department was called out again Sunday night to a car fire at the city park on Martin Street. The car was destroyed. The cause remains under investigation.

Four Arrested in Recent Domestic Assault Cases

December 31, 2012
by: 
Dwayne Page
Mark Denver Young
Joe Wayne Pack
Amy Carole Young
Anthony Doel Atnip
Jordan Thomas Adams

A man, his ex-wife, and her father were all charged with domestic assault last Thursday, December 27 after a child pick up incident turned ugly.

31 year old Mark Denver Young of McMinnville Highway, Smithville; his ex-wife, 32 year old Amy Carole Young of Steeple Chase Drive; and her father, 57 year old Joe Wayne Pack of Rolling Acres Road are each under a $1,500 bond.

According to Sheriff Patrick Ray, Amy Young and her father, Pack came to Mark Young's residence to pick up her children. A confrontation ensued and Young assaulted Pack by punching him in the face several times with his fists, causing cuts and bruises to his eye and face. Both Young and Pack hit each other several times in the face and head, causing injuries to both. Sheriff Ray said that Amy Young got into a confrontation with her ex-husband, Mark Young and hit him in the head several times with a rubber hammer, causing injuries. Mark Young had to go to the emergency room for treatment.

All three will be in court January 31.

Meanwhile, a local man was arrested twice last week after allegedly assaulting a woman on Wednesday and then attacking his nephew, three days later

32 year old Anthony Doel Atnip of Johnson Chapel Road, Sparta is charged with two counts of domestic assault. He was first picked up on Wednesday, December 19. His bond is $3,500 on that charge and he will be in court on January 17.

Sheriff Ray said that on Wednesday, December 19 a deputy responded to a complaint of a physical domestic on Banks Pisgah Road. Upon arrival, the officer made contact with Atnip and a woman. The officer saw that she had a busted lip, scratches to her face and a bruise on her jaw. The deputy also noticed hair on the floor that had apparently been pulled from the woman's head. She told the officer that Atnip was intoxicated and that he started beating her after becoming irate over missing coins. The officer determined that Atnip was the primary aggressor. The deputy also observed that Atnip had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his person and was very angry.

Three days later, on Saturday December 22, Atnip was arrested again for domestic assault against another person. His bond on that charge is $15,000 and he will be in court on January 17.

Sheriff Ray said that on Saturday, December 22, a deputy responded to Johnson Chapel Road to a complaint of a domestic assault. Upon arrival, the officer spoke to a female who said her brother, Atnip, had gotten into a verbal argument with her son which turned physical. Atnip punched him in the face on the right side causing bruising and swelling. Atnip admitted to hitting him. It was determined that Atnip was the primary aggressor.

27 year old Jordan Thomas Adams of Allen Street, Smithville is charged with evading arrest. His bond is $2,500 and he will be in court January 17. He was arrested on Thursday, December 20.

Sheriff Ray said that Adams had been on the run since September 12 after he fled from drug court. "After running out of drug court, Adams was spotted about an hour later at a location on Holmes Creek Road.When the deputy got out of his vehicle, Adams started running. The officer yelled for him to stop, but he kept running. Adams has a hold on him from drug court," said Sheriff Ray.

39 year old Freddy Sylvester Stringer of Church Street, Liberty is charged with a second offense of driving on a revoked license. His bond is $7,500 and he will be in court January 10.

Sheriff Ray said that on Saturday December 29, Stringer, operating a vehicle, pulled up beside an officer at DeKalb Market. The officer knew that Stringer's license were revoked and placed him under arrest. A computer check confirmed Stringer's license were revoked for driving under the influence in 2004. On December 12, 2012 Stringer was issued an arrest warrant for driving on a revoked license, which is still pending in court. Another offense was filed against him on September 28, 2007. According to Sheriff Ray, Stringer has five convictions against him for driving on a suspended license from June 17, 1996 to April 10, 2004.

DeKalb Community Hospital Welcomes New Surgeon

December 31, 2012

“General Surgeon Kenna Williams, M.D. has joined the medical staff at DeKalb Community Hospital this month, and we are very pleased to have her on our surgical team” Chief Executive Officer , Sue Conely explains. “She will be on campus on Thursdays and is currently seeing patients at the Medical Specialty Office. “

“In addition to the usual types of general surgery, including skin lesions of all types, gallbladder, bowel surgery and hernia surgeries, Williams has a specialized interest in breast surgery, both benign and malignant breast disorders. She is a member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons. We are thrilled to have another surgeon with this type of specialty here at DeKalb Community Hospital, ” says Nancy Trapp, Surgical Services Director.

Williams was raised in Memphis and graduated from Central High School there in the center of what the locals call “midtown.” After receiving a BA in Biology from University of Virginia, in Charlottesville, she went to work for Dr. Robert Summitt, her longtime mentor and dean of the medical school at U.T.

“I first went to work in the genetics lab and was taught to do tissue culture and karyotyping or chromosome analysis, then worked at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital doing the same genetic analysis on tumor biopsies from children with cancer,” Dr. Williams said of early career. I decided to go further and applied to medical school, was accepted, and graduated with my MD degree in 1986.”

Dr. Williams started surgical residency training there in Memphis at the UT medical units and finished in 1991. Since then, she has been in the private practice of general surgery in Murfreesboro, Cookeville, and Pulaski. Dr Williams is a Board-certified general surgeon and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Both she and her staff are committed to delivering the best care possible for patients. “Our office is a always ready to go the extra mile to take good care of you,“ Dr. Williams said, “and we are happy to be working with DeKalb Community Hospital because they are so committed to delivering excellent care.”

Dr. Williams has a farm in Putnam County since 1995 and enjoys the quiet wooded hillsides of middle Tennessee and the Upper Cumberland Plateau. She is no stranger to a commute and admits that she loves the Tennessee backroads.

To get more information about General Surgeon Kenna Williams, M.D. contact: Shalyn F. Eaton LPN, Medical Specialty Office-Clinical director at DeKalb Community Hospital at (615) 215-5250.

About DeKalb Community Hospital:

Beds: 71, Fully accredited by The Joint Commission

Services: 24-hour Emergency Care, Medical/Surgical Care, Intensive Care Unit, General Surgery, Clinical Laboratory, Sleep Services, Diagnostic Imaging services include X-ray, CT, MRI, Ultrasound, Mammography and Nuclear Medicine. Physical and Occupational Therapy, Respiratory Therapy Pulmonary Function Testing, Nuclear and Non-Nuclear Stress Testing, EEG’s, Pulmonology, Oncology Clinic and Infusion Center, Cardiology, Urology, Orthopedics, Gastroenterology and Ophthalmology

Website: dekalbcommunityhospital.com

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