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Two Store Owners Denied Beer Permits Under Former Regulations, File New Applications

February 28, 2012
by: 
Dwayne Page
D& D Market
Jewel's Market and Pizza

Operators of two local businesses, who previously couldn't qualify for a beer permit because they were deemed to be too close to churches in their neighborhoods, filed new applications for a license Tuesday after the county commission changed the minimum distance regulations Monday night.

Debra W. Sacran of D& D Market is seeking an off premises permit to sell beer at the store she and her husband David operate at 7166 Short Mountain Highway, Smithville.

Viva Gail Johnson has filed an application for an on and off premises permit to sell beer at Jewel's Market and Pizza on North Congress Boulevard, Smithville.

As WJLE reported Tuesday, the county commission Monday night voted seven to five to rescind the 2,000 foot rule that the county has had in place since 1939 and adopt 800 feet as the minimum distance required between a store seeking a beer permit, and a church, school, or other place of public gathering measuring in a direct line, the nearest point to the nearest point. From the building to the building.

Sacran was denied a beer permit in July 2009 because her store was measured to be only 856 feet from the Mount Pisgah Free Will Baptist Church. With the change in the minimum distance requirement to 800 feet, Sacran will now most likely qualify for a beer permit.

Johnson's application was denied last October by the beer board because Jewel's Market and Pizza is within 2,000 feet of the new First Assembly of God. She too will most likely qualify now that the minimum distance rule has been changed.

In an interview with WJLE Tuesday evening, Sacran said she and her husband are delighted with the county commission's decision. "We are relieved with the conclusion. This has been an ongoing thing for us since 2009. All we've asked the entire time is to be able to compete and we're very thankful that its over. I just want to thank those commissioners and folks behind the scenes that have understood that this needed to be done and that we needed to get off of a 1930's law with the county. Our city (Smithville) has been up to date for a lot of years. We just appreciate that they (commissioners) understood that this was a business decision and that it was good for the county," said Sacran

According to Sacran, it has become more difficult for small country stores like her's to survive over time now that the larger retail chain stores have moved in. "When we came out here, Smithville did not have a Walmart. There was no Rite Aid. Many of the things that are going on in the city now were not even there then. We've found it harder and harder to compete and this economy has been very hard on all of us. All we've ever asked is to be able to compete fairly across the board," said Sacran

The DeKalb County Beer Board will meet Thursday night, March 1 at 6:00 p.m. at the courthouse to vote on the acceptance of the Sacran and Johnson applications, along with another application for an on and off premises permit from a group filing as Back 9, LLC doing business as Riverwatch. The group is associated with the North Alabama Bank, Bank of LincolnCounty. Final action on approval of these applications will come during the April 5 beer board meeting.

Members of the DeKalb County Beer Board are Harrell Tolbert, Frank Thomas, Dick Knowles, Jim Stagi, Mack Harney, Robert Rowe, and Edward Frazier.

Hurricane Bridge to Close for One Night

February 28, 2012
Hurricane Bridge to Close Thursday, March 1 beginning at 8:00 p.m.

Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews will close the Hurricane Bridge on State Route 56 over the Caney Fork River in DeKalb County to all traffic on Thursday, March 1 beginning at 8:00 p.m. and ending at 6:00 a.m. CST on Friday, March 2. The closure is necessary to allow the contractor to pour a portion of the new concrete deck. The work is part of a $26.9 million rehabilitation project which is scheduled to be complete in October 2013.

The work is weather dependent. If the contractor is unable to perform the work on Thursday evening, it will be rescheduled to take place on either the evening of Tuesday, March 6 or Wednesday, March 7 during the same time period.

Message boards will be in place to notify drivers of the closure. While the bridge is closed, all traffic will be redirected to the currently posted truck detour that utilizes I-40 at Exit 254 to SR-53. The bridge will be reopened to normal one-lane signal-controlled traffic by 6:00 a.m. the following morning. The current weight postings of 10 tons for two-axle vehicles and 18 tons for vehicles with three or more axles will continue to remain in effect and will be strictly enforced.

For travel and TDOT construction information visit the TDOT SmartWay web site at www.tn.gov/tdot/tdotsmartway or call 511 from any land-line or cellular phone. You can also receive traffic alerts via TDOT’s multiple Twitter feeds, including statewide traffic tweets @TN511 or Chattanooga area alerts @Chattanooga511. Smart phone users can use the TDOT SmartWay Mobile website at http://m.tdot.tn.gov/SmartWay/ to access TDOT’s SmartWay cameras and information on construction related lane closures and incidents on interstates and state routes.

As always, drivers are reminded to use all motorist information tools wisely and Know Before You Go! by checking travel conditions before leaving for their destination. Drivers should never tweet, text or talk on a cell phone while behind the wheel.

Sixth District School Board Seat Remains Vacant (SEE VIDEO HERE)

February 27, 2012
by: 
Dwayne Page

The county commission can't decide on who should take Bruce Parsley's place on the school board in the sixth district.

Two persons, Boyd Trapp and Doug Stephens, want the position but the county commission was deadlocked six to six Monday night on which of the two should get the seat.

County commissioners voting for Trapp were Elmer Ellis, Jr from the first district, Bobby Joines from the second district, Jerry Scott from the third district, Jeff Barnes and Marshall Ferrell from the sixth district, and Jimmy Poss from the seventh district.

Those voting for Stephens were Jack Barton from the second district, Bradley Hendrix from the third district, Wayne Cantrell and David McDowell from the fourth district, Jerry Adcock from the fifth district, and Larry Summers from the seventh district.

Two members, John Green from the fifth district, and Mason Carter from the first district were absent Monday night.

County Mayor Mike Foster could have broken the tie but chose not to do so.

Later in the meeting, following a short recess, the commissioners took another vote but the result was the same, a tie.

The commission will likely try again at the next meeting on March 26. The position will remain vacant until then.

Last month, the commission voted to accept applications from anyone in the sixth district who was eligible to apply. The deadline for receiving applications was February 6th. Trapp and Stephens were the only persons who responded.

The commission conducted interviews of both men last Thursday night during an all-committees meeting and scheduled a vote to select one of the two men during Monday night's regular monthly meeting (last night).

Parsley, who was elected in 2008, resigned as of December 31, 2011 to pursue a teaching career. His term expires August 31st. The person appointed by the commission to fill the vacancy will serve through August 31st.

Both Trapp and Stephens have said they intend to run for a full four year term in the August County General Election.

County Commission Makes It Easier For Some Stores To Get Beer License (SEE VIDEO OF VOTE HERE)

February 27, 2012
by: 
Dwayne Page

The DeKalb County Commission has made it easier for some businesses in the county to get a beer license.

Even though the issue was not on the agenda, the commissioners Monday night by a vote of seven to five adopted a motion to reduce the minimum distance requirement from 2,000 feet to 800 feet between stores seeking to sell beer and places of public gathering such as churches and schools.

The change becomes effective immediately.

Fourth District Commissioner David McDowell made the motion to rescind the measure establishing the existing 2,000 foot rule and set 800 feet as the new minimum distance requirement. Third District member Bradley Hendrix offered a second to the motion.

Those voting in favor in addition to McDowell and Hendrix were Second District Commissioner Jack Barton, Fourth District Commissioner Wayne Cantrell, Fifth District Commissioner Jerry Adcock, and Seventh District Commissioners Jimmy Poss and Larry Summers.

Members voting against the change were First District Commissioner Elmer Ellis, Jr., Second District Commissioner Bobby Joines, Third District Commissioner Jerry Scott, and Sixth District Commissioners Jeff Barnes and Marshall Ferrell.

Two members of the commission, John Green of the fifth district and Mason Carter of the first district were absent Monday night.

During last Thursday night's all-committee's meeting, Jewel Redmon, owner of Jewel's Market & Pizza on the Cookeville Highway, asked the commissioners to re-visit this issue during their meeting Monday night (last night). Redmon has been trying for months to get a beer license at his store but has been denied by the county beer board because the store is too close to the new First Assembly of God Church.

While the issue was not specifically listed on the agenda, it was brought up under other business. Fifth district member Jerry Adcock made a motion not to raise the issue again for at least six months "whether it passes or not" this time (Monday night) since it has been a matter of discussion for several months. But his motion failed to receive a second.

County Attorney Hilton Conger said the commission could not take action to limit a member from "putting a motion on the floor".

First District member Elmer Ellis, Jr. suggested that more notice be given so that the public has a better opportunity to express their opinions on a matter that is so controversial

Seventh District member Larry Summers said that the public was given an opportunity to share their views two months ago, and some people did address the commission, when the issue was put to a vote the first time.

In December, some members of the commission tried to change the distance requirement from 2,000 feet to 400 feet but that proposal died on a seven to seven tie vote. Eight votes were needed for passage that night and County Mayor Mike Foster refused to break the tie.

The 2,000 foot distance regulation is the maximum allowed under state law and it has not been changed since the county adopted it in October 1939. The county has the authority to make the minimum distance something less than 2,000 feet but it cannot be greater than 2,000 feet.

With the change, any business owner who meets all other requirements may now apply for a permit to sell beer as long as his or her establishment is within 800 feet of a church, school, or place of public gathering measuring in a direct line, the nearest point to the nearest point. From the building to the building.

Smithville Firefighters Called to Work Shed Fire

February 27, 2012
by: 
Dwayne Page

Smithville Volunteer Firefighters responded to a fire Monday afternoon at a work shed at 815 Dry Creek Road.

Fire Chief Charlie Parker said the property belongs to Dwight Mathis but that Forrest "Frosty" Byrd has it rented. Chief Parker said according to Byrd, some sparks ignited the fire while workers were cutting and grinding some metal.

The shed received fire and smoke damage but firefighters were able to bring it under control. No one was hurt.

Sheriff Releases Weekly Crime News Update

February 27, 2012
by: 
Dwayne Page
Melanie Chaffin Herrod

In his weekly update on crime news, Sheriff Patrick Ray reports that 54 year old Melanie Chaffin Herrod of Murfreesboro is charged with driving under the influence, simple possession of a schedule III controlled substance, and simple possession of a schedule IV drug. She was also issued a citation for violation of the implied consent law. Her bond totals $4,500 and she will be in court March 1.

Sheriff Ray said that on Tuesday, February 21, Herrod was pulled over by an officer in the Stop and Buy parking lot on Highway 70 in response to a complaint of a reckless driver. Herrod's vehicle matched the description. Herrod told the officer that she had just stopped to ask for directions.. Herrod had very slurred speech and she was unsteady on her feet. She performed poorly on all field sobriety tasks and appeared to be under the influence of an intoxicant. Herrod refused to submit to a blood test. During the investigation, the arresting officer observed in plain site, half a pill believed to be a Vicodine. A further search revealed three other half pills and one whole pill of Vicodine. A metal box was also found containing eight oval orange pills believed to be Alprazolem.

28 year old Gustavo Garcia Sanchez of Morgan Drive, Smithville is charged with a second offense of driving on a revoked license. He was also issued a citation for failure to exercise due care and violation of the financial responsibility law (no insurance). Sanchez is under a $3,000 bond and he will be in court on March 1. Sheriff Ray reports that on Monday, February 20 Sanchez was operating a motor vehicle north on New Home Road when he turned in front of a southbound vehicle, causing it to run off the roadway and into a fence. Sanchez said he did not see the oncoming vehicle. Sanchez could not provide proof of insurance. A computer check revealed that his license were revoked for a DUI and that he was arrested for his first offense of driving on a revoked license in Warren County in September 2006.

39 year old Kristie Renea Waggoner of New Home Road is charged with domestic assault. Her bond is $2,500 and she will be in court March 15. Sheriff Ray reports that on Wednesday, February 22 Waggoner assaulted her boyfriend on New Home Road by slapping him in the face, leaving bleeding scratch marks.

28 year old Brian Paul Wyer of Long Branch Road, Lancaster is charged with public intoxication. His bond is $1,000 and he will be in court March 1. According to Sheriff Ray, officers responded to a call of an intoxicated person at the condos on Dale Ridge Road last Wednesday, February 22. Upon arrival, the deputies found Wyer passed out in the passenger seat of his pickup truck. He had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his person. Officers awakened Wyer but he could not walk so they carried him to the patrol car. Wyer was brought to the jail for his safety.

42 year old Morris Edward Knowles of Anthony Avenue, Smithville was issued citations on Saturday, February 25 for no drivers license, violation of the open container law, violation of the financial responsibility law, roadway lane for traffic (for weaving), and possession of drug paraphernalia. He will be in court on March 8. Knowles was stopped on South College Street for failure to maintain lane of travel. The officer found that Knowles had an open beer in the vehicle and he could not provide proof of insurance. During a search of the vehicle, the deputy found two needles under the passenger seat. A computer check revealed that Knowles had no drivers license.

Judge David Patterson Hands Down Sentences in Criminal Court

February 27, 2012
by: 
Dwayne Page

Several people appeared in criminal court for sentencing Friday after entering pleas under negotiated settlements.

Judge David Patterson presided.

23 year old Emily Fare pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and received a three year sentence on probation. She must complete anger management classes. Fare is also under a restraining order to keep away from the victim.

33 year old Amy Ford pleaded guilty to initiation of a process to manufacture meth and received an eight year sentence to be served at 30%. She must undergo an alcohol and drug assessment. Ford was fined $2,000 and given jail credit of 169 days. The sentence is to run concurrently with a probation violation against her.

24 year old Travis D. Rich pleaded guilty to promotion of the manufacture of meth. He received a two year sentence but was given credit for 170 days of time served. He must undergo an alcohol and drug assessment and follow the recommendations. Rich was fined $2,000. The sentence is to run concurrently with a violation of probation case against him.

39 year old Michael Shane Wilcher pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor offense of unlawful photographing and was granted judicial diversion supervised probation for a period of 11 months and 29 days. He must perform eight hours of community service.

40 year old Amy Rachel Vanatta pleaded guilty to unlawful photographing and was granted judicial diversion supervised probation for a period of 11 months and 29 days. She must perform eight hours of community service

28 year old Steven Bly pleaded guilty to aggravated criminal trespassing and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days all suspended to supervised probation. He must make restitution of $1,000 and is under a restraining order to keep away from the victim.

40 year old William Ray Roller, Jr. pleaded guilty to promotion of meth. He received a two year sentence and was fined $2,000. He was given jail credit of 305 days.

47 year old Scott Ferrell pleaded guilty to theft over $500 and received a two year sentence all suspended to supervised probation. The sentence is to run consecutively to a violation of probation case against him.

31 year old Chris M. Pack pleaded guilty to attempted aggravated burglary and received a two year sentence. He must make restitution in an amount yet to be determined. Pack was given jail credit of 114 days.

26 year old Brandon Thomas pleaded guilty to initiation of a process to manufacture methamphetamine. He received an eight year sentence on community corrections. Thomas was fined $2,000 and assessed a cost for cleanup.

32 year old Paul A. Willingham pleaded guilty to aggravated criminal trespassing and received a suspended sentence of 11 months and 29 days. He will be on supervised probation and he must make restitution to the victims in the amount of $10,800.

27 year old Jessica Dyal pleaded guilty to theft under $500 and was given ten days to serve. She will then be on supervised probation. Dyal must make a $75 contribution to the economic crime fund

27 year old Shannon Anderson pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary and theft over $1,000. He received a five year sentence for the burglary and four years in the theft case all suspended to supervised probation by community corrections. The two sentences are to run concurrently. Anderson must pay $150 to the economic crime fund and undergo an alcohol and drug assessment. He was given jail credit of 34 days. Anderson must also pay restitution in an amount yet to be determined.

30 year old Kenneth Adam Wright pleaded guilty to a second offense of driving under the influence. He received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days suspended to CPS probation, except for 45 days to serve. Wright must undergo an alcohol and drug assessment and follow the recommended treatment. He must also participate in an alcohol safety education program and pay a fine of $615. He will lose his license for two years.

30 year old Tiffany Greer pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary and received a three year sentence in the community corrections program. She must make a $150 contribution to the economic crime fund and pay $925 in restitution. Greer was given jail credit from August 28 to December 22, 2011.

41 year old Daniel Mayo pleaded guilty to possession of a schedule II controlled substance for resale and driving under the influence. He received a three year sentence in the drug case and 11 months and 29 days for the DUI all suspended to supervised probation except for time served. The sentences are to run concurrently. Mayo was fined $2,000 and he will lose his license for a period of time. Mayo was given jail credit of 246 days.

50 year old Kenny Herman pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days all suspended to community corrections supervised probation except for 48 hours to serve. He will lose his license for a period of time. The sentence is to run concurrently with his current probation. He is to report to jail when medically able.

26 year old Jessica R. Bogle pleaded guilty to promotion of the manufacture of methamphetamine and received a three year sentence suspended to 29 days of time served with the balance to be served on community corrections. She was fined $2,000. Bogle was given jail credit of 29 days.

29 year old Bradley Shane Redman pleaded guilty to assault and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days on probation to run concurrently with state probation.

40 year old Wanda Mathis pleaded guilty to delivery of a schedule II controlled substance and received a three year sentence on TDOC probation. She must undergo an alcohol and drug assessment. Mathis was fined $2,000 and she must make restitution of $50 to the Smithville Police Department.

31 year old Jessie Adcock pleaded guilty to auto burglary and theft over $1,000. He received a two year sentence in each case to run concurrently with each other all suspended to supervised probation except for 90 days to serve. Adcock was given jail credit for 90 days.

23 year old Matthew Wilbur pleaded guilty to sale of a schedule VI controlled substance and received a two year sentence all suspended to supervised probation. He was fined $2,000.

27 year old William Corey Dickens pleaded guilty to two counts of theft over $1,000 and received a two year sentence in each case to run concurrently all suspended to supervised probation except for 250 days to serve. He must make restitution of $7,500 to one victim and $6,000 to the other. Dickens was given jail credit of 170 days.

29 year old Elizabeth Chalfant pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days all suspended except for time served. She will lose her license for a period of time and must undergo an alcohol and drug assessment.

36 year old Juan Adam Valdivia pleaded guilty to a second offense of driving on a revoked license and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days on supervised probation. He will lose his license for a period of time.

37 year old James W. Goodman pleaded guilty to manufacture of methamphetamine and received a three year sentence to serve supervised by community corrections. He was fined $2,000.

24 year old Coty Lynn McCormick pleaded guilty to simple assault and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days on probation to run consecutive to a probation violation against him. He must pay restitution to the victim in the amount of $43,506 receiving credit for any amount paid by the Tennessee Victims Compensation Fund.

42 year old Kathy Roller pleaded guilty to promotion of the manufacture of meth and possession of a schedule II controlled substance for resale and received a three year sentence to serve in each case to run concurrently. She was fined $2,000. Roller was given jail credit of 224 days.

42 year old David Anderson pleaded guilty to promotion of the manufacture of methamphetamine and received a two year sentence suspended to state probation. He must undergo an alcohol and drug assessment and follow recommendations. Anderson was fined $2,000 and given 170 days of jail credit.

Three Sentenced in Bank Robbery

February 25, 2012
by: 
Dwayne Page
Craig Hill
Ricky Estes
Roxanna Landis

Three people charged in the robbery of Liberty State Bank at Liberty in August 2010 pleaded guilty under negotiated settlements in criminal court Friday

40 year old Craig Hill, 46 year old Ricky Estes, and 27 year old Roxanna Landis all of Smithville were each indicted on the charge of aggravated robbery in April, 2011.

Standing before Judge David Patterson Friday, Hill pleaded guilty to robbery and received a ten year sentence to serve in the Tennessee Department of Corrections as a range III offender. The term is to run concurrently with any other sentence against him. He was given jail credit of 559 days.

Hill, who is accused of actually committing the robbery in which $6,000 was taken, turned himself in at the DeKalb County Jail on Saturday, August 14th, 2010 eleven days after the robbery on Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010.

Estes and Landis were arrested on August 20th, 2010.

Estes pleaded guilty to facilitation of aggravated robbery. He received a six year sentence in special needs as a range one offender. The sentence is to run concurrently with a violation of probation case against him. Estes was given jail credit of 553 days

Landis pleaded guilty to facilitation of attempted aggravated robbery. She received a five year TDOC sentence suspended upon time served. Her probation will be supervised by community corrections. Landis was given jail credit of 123 days.

After Hill's arrest, Sheriff Patrick Ray said that "On August 3rd, 2010 through an investigation into the robbery, Hill was identified through (bank surveillance) video tapes and other investigative tools to be the person responsible for the robbery. Lawmen had been searching for Hill ever since. Hill, who had been living out of town since this incident, came to the DeKalb County Jail to turn himself in on a violation of probation warrant. While there, he was questioned by Sheriff's Department Detectives about the robbery and admitted his involvement in the robbery of Liberty State Bank".

The warrant for his arrest alleged that "On or about the 3rd day of August 2010, Craig Anthony Hill did enter the Liberty State Bank in Liberty Tennessee presenting the teller with a note stating "Give me the money in 20's and 100's, I have a gun" thus putting the teller in fear of her life. The teller at that point took the cash from her drawer and gave it to Craig Hill as instructed. The amount of money taken during the robbery was in excess of $6,000."

According to Sheriff Ray, Estes "aided in the robbery of Liberty State Bank by being involved in the planning of the robbery and driving the get away car. He also shared in the proceeds from the robbery."

Sheriff Ray added that Landis "aided by being involved in the planning of the robbery, freely leaving in the get away vehicle, and sharing in the proceeds of the robbery".

UCDD Board Places Wendy Askins and Larry Webb on Administrative Leave (SEE VIDEO OF MEETING HERE)

February 24, 2012
by: 
Dwayne Page
Wendy Askins
Larry Webb (Photo provided to WJLE courtesy of Smithville Review)

In an emergency meeting held Friday morning in Cookeville, the board of directors of the Upper Cumberland Development District voted 16 to 5 to place Executive Director Wendy Askins on administrative leave for 30 days along with her deputy director, Larry Webb of DeKalb County, pending the outcome of an internal investigation.

The action comes as the result of a NewsChannel 5 investigation over recent allegations regarding the Living the Dream project and alleged mismanagement of UCDD funds.

Neither Askins nor Webb were present at the meeting

The five members voting against administrative leave preferred an immediate dismissal of Askins.

Both Askins and Webb will be paid for two weeks of the 30-day leave. As part of the motion, the board also voted to take their credit and gas cards, along with keys and vehicles and they will not be able to sign any checks while the investigation is underway.

Earl Carwile was appointed as interim director and Ashley Pealer was named as interim deputy.

Meanwhile, the board voted to rescind a vote in a previous meeting adopting language from bogus minutes approving a transfer of $300,000 to Living the Dream and asked attorneys to get the $300,000 back by whatever legal means is necessary.

The board also voted to seek new auditors while requesting a state investigation of the man who has been their auditor for several years, Tom Jones. In light of the revelations by NewsChannel 5's investigation, board members question why Jones has never turned up any findings during his audits of agency finances.

County Commissioners Interview Applicants for School Board

February 24, 2012
by: 
Dwayne Page
County Commissioners Interview Doug Stephens
Doug Stephens
County Commissioners Interview Boyd Trapp
Boyd Trapp

The two men seeking the vacant sixth district school board seat were interviewed by members of the county commission Thursday night.

The all-committees meeting was held at the UT Extension office in the new complex on South Congress Boulevard.

Last month, the county commission voted to accept applications through February 6 from anyone in the sixth district wishing to fill a vacancy on the school board created with the recent resignation Bruce Parsley.

Doug Stephens and Boyd Trapp applied for the position. One of them is expected to be appointed Monday night by the county commission to serve out Parsley's unexpired term through August 31.

Stephens said he believes the school board and county commission should work together and develop a five and ten year plan for the betterment of the school system. "We've got a lot of issues at hand. I think that I am a good negotiator. I think I can bring some values to the table. I think the school board members need to be able to get along and communicate their issues better with the county commissioners. Just from what I've read and have knowledge, there's a lot of issues there. I know how to look at finances. I deal with lots of money. I am extremely conservative in my view and values. I know some of the things that we need. We have a fifty year old school. We've got a forty year old school. They're both in need of a new school. I know that. But we've got to have a way to pay for it. We've got to figure it out. We've got to have a plan. We don't that I know of. We all agree that we need some new stuff. What are we going to do without a plan?. I want to have a five year plan and a ten year plan. In my work life, I have monthly goals and yearly goals. I have five year plans," said Stephens.

A resident of Bethel Road, Stephens said he has lived here for twenty years and is active in the community. "We moved here in the county in 1991. I sell construction equipment and have since 1984. I went to high school in Sparta and graduated there. I am a club scout master here in DeKalb County and have been for four years. I am heavily involved in that. I have two kids, Emily and Will. Emily is in the ninth grade and Will is in fifth grade. I have a vested interest in the school system here. I go to Elizabeth Chapel Baptist Church and have for eleven or twelve years. I am involved there. My wife, Mary Beth is from Smith County. She is a pharmacist here in town. I have a vested interest in seeing that the school system becomes better," said Stephens.

Trapp, a lifelong resident of DeKalb County, said he would like the opportunity to serve. "The reason I am interested in it is that I would like to see DeKalb County have the best schools there are in the State of Tennessee. I think we've got some good schools already. We've got some good teachers but I just thought I'd give it a try (run for the school board) to try and help the school system as much as I can. I'd like to put a little input in it," said Trapp.

Trapp and his wife Linda are residents of L. Hendixson Road in the Blue Springs community. "I have lived there forty six years ever since me and Linda married. I went to Liberty High School for three years and came up here in 1964 and was a member of the first graduating class at the high school (DCHS). I've got two grand kids, Jayrah and Jamison. Jamison is in the second grade and Jayrah is in the seventh grade. My daughter-in-law, Janet is a teacher. I have two sons. One of them, Dwane, has passed away. The other, Darrel works at Star Manufacturing. I have been involved a lot with the kids in Little League baseball. I was president of the Quarterback Club," said Trapp.

Both Stephens and Trapp say they will run for a full four year term on the school board in the August 2 DeKalb County General Election.

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