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Tigers Defeat Pearl Cohn 28-6 in Nashville

October 3, 2008
by: 
Dwayne Page

The DeKalb County Tigers defeated the Pearl Cohn Firebirds 28-6 Friday night in Nashville.

The Tigers scored their first touchdown with 5:18 left in the first quarter on a pass play from Quarterback Hunter Poteete to Abram Edwards that covered 76 yards. Zach Taylor's P.A.T. kick was good and DeKalb led 7-0.

The black and gold scored their second TD with 11:10 to go in the second quarter on a 20 yard touchdown pass play from Poteete to Hunter Stewart. Taylor's P.A.T. kick was good and the Tigers led 14-0.

DeKalb County added another touchdown with 1:24 left in the second quarter on a 4 yard touchdown pass play from Poteete to Nick Lester. Taylor's P.A.T. kick was good and the Tigers led 21-0. That was the half time score.

Pearl Cohn got on the scoreboard with 6:22 left in the third quarter on a Nick Hill 4 yard touchdown pass play from Quarterback Jestin Williams. The 2 point conversion attempt failed. DeKalb's lead was trimmed to 21 to 6.

DeKalb County's Matthew Lawrence scored on a one yard touchdown run with 4:09 left in the fourth quarter and Taylor's P.A.T. kick gave the Tigers a 28-6 lead. That was the final score.

DeKalb County is now 5-1 on the season and 2-1 in region play.

The Tigers will host the Upperman Bees next Friday night in Smithville.

Smithville Police Make Arrests for DUI, Public Intoxication, and Other Traffic Offenses

October 2, 2008
by: 
Dwayne Page

Smithville Police have made several arrests within the last week on public intoxication, DUI and other traffic related offenses.

Among them were a man and woman who were charged Sunday, September 28th.

43 year old Ricky Estes was arrested for being a habitual offender, a third offense of driving under the influence, and a second offense of driving on a revoked license. His bond totals $11,500 and he will be in court October 16th.

29 year old Cindy Armstrong Estes is charged with public intoxication. Her bond is $1,500 and she will be in court October 16th.

Officer Brad Tatrow, in his report, states that Ricky Estes was arrested for DUI when a computer check of his license showed that it was revoked for being a habitual offender .

According to Officer Tatrow, he observed a vehicle on Short Mountain Street in Smithville weaving into the curb from the right hand lanes. Officer Tatrow stopped the vehicle on Gentry Avenue. The driver, Estes, got out of the vehicle and Officer Tatrow noticed him to be very unsteady on his feet. Upon speaking with Estes, Officer Tatrow noticed that he had very slurred speech. He was asked to perform field sobriety tasks and he performed poorly on all tasks. Estes did submit to a blood alcohol or drug test.

Meanwhile, Officer Nathan Estes, in his report, states that Cindy Armstrong Estes was a passenger of a vehicle in which the driver, Ricky Estes, was arrested for DUI. Cindy Estes got out of the vehicle and was very unsteady on her feet, with slow slurred speech. She performed poorly on field sobriety tasks. It was determined that she was a danger to herself and to the public, therefore she was arrested.

In another case, 56 year old French Junior Mullins of McMinnville was charged with driving under the influence. His bond is $1,000 and he will be in court on October 14th.

According to Officer Nathan Estes, Mullins was operating a motor vehicle on Walker Drive on Friday, September 26th and was involved in an accident. He performed poorly on all field sobriety tasks. He had an odor of an alcoholic beverage on his person and he was unsteady on his feet. He did take a blood test.

36 year old Thomas Dewight Vickers was charged with driving on a revoked license on Saturday, September 27th. His bond is $1,000 and he will be in court on October 9th.

Police say they received three calls on Saturday that Vickers had been driving and that the passengers in the vehicle with him were passed out. He was arrested in the area of Miller Road and he did admit to driving the vehicle. Vickers' license was revoked for DUI on March 30th, 2008 in Smith County. Officers had knowledge of his license being revoked.

Meanwhile, Smithville Police arrested three people after answering a fight call at 398 South College Street on Friday, September 26th.

43 year old Willivaido Larragoltia, 22 year old Rablo Juan Larragoltia, and 31 year old Juan Lucio Galvan were all charged with public intoxication. Bond for each was set at $1,000 and they will appear in court on October 16th.

The police reports state that the Smithville Police Department was answering a fight call and upon arrival, officers found these three men on the porch of the residence at 398 South College Street with a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on them. They were unsteady on their feet and were arrested for their own safety and the safety of the public.

Sample Ballot Released for November 4th Election

October 2, 2008
by: 
Dwayne Page

The DeKalb County Election Commission has released the sample ballot for the November 4th election.

Voters will be casting ballots in the Presidential, U.S. Senate, 6th District U.S. House of Representative, and the 40th District Tennessee State Representative race.

In the Presidential race, the choices are;

Electors for Barack Obama for President and Joe Biden for Vice President- Democrat nominee Electors for John McCain for President and Sarah Palin for Vice President-Republican nominee
Electors for Chuck Baldwin for President and Darrell Castle for Vice President- Independent
Electors for Bob Barr for President and Wayne Root for Vice President- Independent
Electors for Charles Jay for President and Thomas L. Knapp for Vice President-Independent Electors for Cynthia McKinney for President and Rosa Clemente for Vice President- Independent Electors for Brian Moore for President and Stewart Alexander for Vice President- Independent Electors for Ralph Nader for President and Matt Gonzalez for Vice President- Independent

Candidates for the United States Senate are;

Robert D. Tuke-Democratic nominee
Lamar Alexander- Republican nominee
Edward L. Buck- Independent candidate
Christopher G. Fenner-Independent candidate
David Gatchell-Independent candidate
Ed Lawhorn- Independent candidate
Daniel Towers Lewis- Independent candidate
Chris Lugo-Independent candidate

Candidates for U.S. House of Representatives (6th District)
Bart Gordon- Democratic nominee
Chris Baker- Independent candidate

Candidates for Tennessee House of Representatives (40th District)
Cleveland Derrick Bain- Democratic nominee
Terri Lynn Weaver- Republican nominee
Ray Amalfitano- Independent candidate

October 6th is the deadline for new voter registrations in Dekalb County.

October 30th is the deadline for voters who are already registered in Dekalb County to change their address on their voter registration if they have moved.

People who have moved are encouraged to keep their address current on their voter registration. Polling places are assigned according to a person's residence.

If you have moved and fail to change it on your voter registration, you will be required to fill out the form on election day and vote at the correct polling place.

Please call 597-4146 if you have any questions.

Early Voting will be October 15th through October 30th in the basement courtroom of the courthouse on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.; Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.; and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

Flu Clinics Scheduled This Month

October 2, 2008
by: 
Dwayne Page

Flu shots will be available at the Smithville Senior Citizens Center on Thursday, October 2nd from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.

Flu Vaccinations will also be administered at the Alexandria Senior Citizens Center on Friday, October 3rd from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. and the Liberty Senior Citizens Center on Friday, October 3rd from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Please bring your insurance card.

Sponsored by the Family Medical Center.

Meanwhile, the DeKalb County Health Department will hold a flu shot clinic on Thursday, October 16th.

The Clinic will be open from 9:00 to 3:30 and will be located at First United Methodist Church Christian Fellowship Center, 102 West Church Street, Smithville, TN 37166. Adult and pediatric doses will be available.

Influenza vaccine can be given to individuals 6 months of age and older. It is recommended for anyone who wishes to reduce their risk of getting influenza; it is especially important for those who are at risk for complications from influenza and for those who live with or care for people at high risk. People who should get influenza vaccine are:

• All adults 50 and over

• All children 6 months to18 years of age, especially those under 5 and those with chronic health problems or asthma

• Anyone with a chronic health condition such as diabetes, heart disease or lung disease, or who has a weakened immune system

• Women who are or plan to be pregnant during flu season (October to March)

• Residents and staff of nursing homes or long term care facilities

• Caregivers and those who live with an infant aged less then 6 months

• All health care workers

• Anyone who has close personal contact with someone at high risk of complications from influenza

• Anyone who wishes to reduce their chances of getting influenza

The cost of the shot will be $25.00 for adults and $13.70 for children. The clinic will also offer pneumonia vaccine for a fee of $41.00. Pneumonia vaccine only needs to be given once to anyone over age 64 and is also important for younger adults with diabetes, heart disease and other chronic illness. It can help prevent the life-threatening bacterial pneumonia that can follow influenza. Payment will be taken at the clinic in the form of cash or check. Medicare and TennCare can also be billed. Please bring all your insurance cards with you. Correct change is preferred. Individuals attending the clinic need to wear a short sleeve shirt.

For more information please contact the DeKalb County Health Department at 615-597-7599.

Hendrixson Leads in Fearless Forecasters Standings- Kirby Out Front in Underdog Picks

October 1, 2008
by: 
Dwayne Page
WJLE's Fearless Forecasters

Dewain Hendrixson currently leads in the "Fearless Forecaster" standings after five weeks of the season.

Hendrixson's record is 34-16.

Jeff James and Ricky Atnip are tied for second place each with a record of 32-18, followed by Roger Underhill and Chad Kirby, each with a record of 31-19, Tom Duggin 30-20, John Pryor 29-21, and Joe Goodwin 28-22.

The "Fearless Forecasters" pick who they believe will win in ten of the biggest or most interesting college football games of the week.

They also make an underdog selection each week, picking a team they think will win, even though that team is not favored to win.

Chad Kirby currently leads in the points standings in the underdog selections, after five weeks, with 39-1/2 points followed by Ricky Atnip 20-1/2, Joe Goodwin and Tom Duggin 18, John Pryor 13, Dewain Hendrixson 12, Jeff James 9, and Roger Underhill with 6 points.

The "Fearless Forecasters" can be heard LIVE on WJLE Thursday's at 4:30 p.m.

The program is sponsored by Liberty State Bank, Bradley Printing, DeKalb County Ace Hardware, Middle Tennessee Natural Gas, Love-Cantrell Funeral Home, Cumberland Insurance, Pizza Hut, and the Charles D. Atnip Realty & Auction Company and City Bonding.

The program is hosted by WJLE's Tom Duggin.

City and County Firefighters Respond to Tuesday Night Structure Fires

October 1, 2008
by: 
Dwayne Page
Smithville Firefighters at home of Larry Green

The Smithville Volunteer Fire Department was summoned to the home of Larry "Rat" Green at 1226 College Street Tuesday night.

Central Dispatch received the call at 6:41 p.m.

Fire Chief Charlie Parker says it appears the fire started from the stove. The blaze caused extensive damage to the kitchen. Smoke spread throughout the rest of the house.

City firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze and helped clear the house of smoke.

Green was not at home when the fire started but his dogs were there. They were safely removed from the house.

Meanwhile, county firefighters were called to the home of Ray Adcock at 1501 Obie Adcock Road at 11:57 p.m. Tuesday night.

A neighbor reportedly spotted the fire and called 911. Firefighters found the home engulfed in flames upon their arrival and could not save it. No one was home at the time of the fire.

Members of the Blue Springs, Keltonburg, and Belk stations responded along with a tanker truck, equipment truck, the Sheriff's Department, and DeKalb EMS.

No one was injured.

Stimulus Payment Filing Help to be Offered Oct. 10 in Smithville

September 30, 2008
by: 
Dwayne Page

The Smithville Senior Citizen’s Center is partnering with the Internal Revenue Service to make sure that local retirees, disabled veterans and low-income workers get help filing for an economic stimulus payment.

Time is running out for nearly 92,000 Social Security and VA benefits recipients in Tennessee, including 333 in DeKalb Co., who appear to be eligible for a stimulus payment but have not yet filed a 2007 federal income tax return to claim their payment. They must file by Oct. 15 to get a payment this year.

The free return preparation will be offered for those who normally are not required to file but are filing this year only to claim a stimulus payment. The free help will be available Friday, Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the City Hall 2nd Floor, 104 East Main St., in Smithville.

Filers should bring: (1) Picture ID or other identity document, (2) verification of Social Security Number for all persons to be listed on the return, (3) Form 1099 or a benefits statement showing Social Security or VA benefits received in 2007 (or simply the amount received if no statement is available), (4) proof of any other income – taxable or nontaxable.

To qualify for a stimulus payment, filers must have at least $3,000 in wages, tips or salary or other qualifying income, which can include Social Security benefits, VA benefits, Railroad Retirement or nontaxable combat pay. SSI does not qualify.

People who normally do not have file a tax return may be eligible for the minimum payment of $300 ($600 for married couples) plus an additional $300 per eligible child under age 17.

Dependents and those who do not have a valid Social Security Number generally do not qualify for a stimulus payment.
The IRS reminds the public to watch out for stimulus payment scams. People who have already filed a 2007 federal return with the IRS do not need to file again. No one needs to complete or file any forms other than a 2007 federal income tax return to get a stimulus payment. Any e-mails, phone calls or letters that state otherwise are likely to be scams.

DeKalb County Earns Three-Star Certification

September 30, 2008
by: 
Dwayne Page
Governor Presents Three Star Award

Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Matthew Kisber announced that DeKalb County has achieved certification under the state’s Three-Star program.

“This designation is a sign of DeKalb County’s tremendous hard work, and I am proud to offer my congratulations,” Kisber said. “Strong community development is the basis for sustainable economic growth, and DeKalb County has demonstrated their commitment to improvement by accepting and meeting Three-Star’s challenging requirements. This dedication has yielded progress, and DeKalb County is more prepared than ever for long term success in the economic, and every other, arena.”

DeKalb and the cities of Smithville, Dowelltown, Liberty and Alexandria are now eligible to receive additional incentives under the guidelines of the Tennessee Three-Star program.

The Three-Star program has set high standards and incentives like no other state-run program in the nation. Governor Phil Bredesen’s five-year asset-based economic development strategic plan is the cornerstone of the program. In 2005, the Southern Growth Policies Board, a bipartisan public policy think tank devoted to strengthening the South's economy, recognized the Three-Star program as a best practices program and a Southern leader in community certification programs.

Tennessee’s Three-Star program helps urban and rural communities develop strategic economic and community development plans that meet the needs and challenges of an ever-changing economic environment. It helps communities preserve existing employment, create new employment opportunities, improve family income and develop a strong leadership base for economic development.

The Tennessee Three-Star Program, which is currently active in 89 counties and one city, represents more than 348 Tennessee cities, making this year’s participation the largest ever.

“It’s an honor for me to celebrate with DeKalb County in their achievement of Three-Star certification,” said ECD Assistant Commissioner of Community Development Rick Meredith. “DeKalb County is truly taking a strategic approach to economic development in their community, and its success in the Three-Star program is evidence that it is poised for marked growth. ECD is proud to provide support to this forward-thinking community.”

In order to receive the certification, communities are required to meet criteria in organizational, community, business, education and work force development categories. Incentives for receiving the certification include identification on all FastTrack infrastructure and job training applications; eligibility for matching grants, if criteria set by ECD are met; and the advantage of earning points in the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.

Arrests Made in Burglary and Drug Investigations

September 30, 2008
by: 
Dwayne Page
Michael Chad Owens
Kenneth Travis Bond

The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department has picked up another man on a sealed indictment returned by a special session of the Grand Jury last week in a burglary investigation.

Sheriff Patrick Ray says 27 year old Michael Chad Owens of Shady Drive Smithville was arrested for one count of aggravated burglary and one count of theft over $500. In June of this year, Owens forcibly entered a residence on Four Star Loop through a window and stole a Marlin 30-30 rifle and case along with various swords, daggers, and knives. The rifle has since been recovered. Owens bond was set at $50,000 and he will appear in court on October 24th.

Meanwhile, 36 year old Kenneth Travis Bond of Womack Road, McMinnville was arrested Friday for promotion of methamphetamine, possession of a schedule II drug (Methamphetamine), and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Sheriff Ray says on September 9th, Detectives were contacted by a local pharmacy that a man by the name of Kenneth Travis Bond was there to purchase pseudoephedrine. Officers obtained information, through the cooperation of local pharmacies, that Bond had been to at least four drug stores in DeKalb County to purchase pseudoephedrine. After purchasing pseudoephedrine from one of the pharmacies, Detectives observed Bond leaving the business in a 1997 Chevy 4x4 Z-71 pickup truck. The vehicle was stopped on Church Street in Smithville where detectives spoke to Bond and inquired about his purchasing quantities of pseudoephedrine here in DeKalb County. After receiving consent to search Bond's vehicle, officers found four sealed boxes of cold medicine containing pseudoephedrine. After continuing to search the vehicle, Detectives found a cloth zipper pouch containing several syringes, razor blades, plastic baggies, glass pipes, a tourniquet, a medicine bottle containing water, and a plastic baggie containing a white powdery substance believed to be methamphetamine. Also found in the console drawer of the vehicle was a bottle of water and two other syringes. After the completion of the investigation, Bond's 1997 Chevy was seized. Bond for Bond was set at $10,000 and he will appear in court on October 24th.

DeKalb Jobless Rate Increases to 6.6% in August

September 29, 2008
by: 
Dwayne Page

DeKalb County's unemployment rate for August was 6.6%, up from the rate of 6.2% in July and 4.3% in August 2007.

The DeKalb County Labor Force for August was 10,210. A total of 9,530 were employed and 680 were unamployed.

Tennessee's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August is at 6.6 percent, 0.2 percentage point lower than the July revised rate of 6.8 percent. The United States unemployment rate for the month of August was 6.1 percent.

County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for August 2008, show that 78 counties decreased. The rate increased in 8 counties and remained the same in 9 counties.

Williamson County registered the state's lowest county unemployment rate at 4.7 percent, up 0.1 from the July rate of 4.6 percent. Perry County had the state's highest at 16.2 percent, down 3.3 from the July rate of 19.5, followed by Lauderdale County at 12.5 percent, down from 14.7 in July.

Knox County had the state's lowest major metropolitan county rate at 5.0 percent, down 0.5 percentage point from the July rate of 5.5 percent. Davidson County's rate increased to 5.6 percent, up 0.1 from the July rate of 5.5 percent. Hamilton County was at 6.1 percent, the same as July, and Shelby County was 7.2 percent, down 0.1 from the July rate of 7.3 percent.

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