By a vote of 16 to 12, the DeKalb County Republican delegates Saturday nominated John David Foutch as their candidate for the office of Assessor of Property in the August 2008 General Election. Foutch, an Alexandria resident, told WJLE of his plans to run Friday night then made the announcement official on Saturday, during the Republican convention.
Foutch was selected by the narrow margin over local business woman, Sandy C. Brown, who ran an unsuccessful campaign for the office in 2004, losing to Democratic incumbent, Timothy (Fud) Banks.
Foutch was thankful to the delegates for choosing him as the Republican party candidate.
The Tennessee Department of Health has presented a check for $100,000 to DeKalb County for renovations to the local health department.
Assistant Commissioner Cathy Taylor, DrPH, MSN, RN, on behalf of Governor Phil Bredesen made the presentation to County Mayor Mike Foster Friday afternoon at the health department.
Dr. Taylor, Assistant Commissioner and Chief of the Bureau of Health Services Administration, was joined by DeKalb County Health Department Director Frances Reece, Regional Health Director Debbie Johnson, and Regional Medical Director, Dr. Don Tansil.
34 year Steve Mabe, Jr of 387 Lee Braswell Road has been charged with attempted first degree murder in the shooting of 32 year old Donnie Stanley, Jr.
The shooting occurred at Stanley's home on Toad Road. It was reported to central dispatch at 8:54 a.m. Wednesday morning.
Meanwhile, Mabe's wife, 35 year old Rachel Mabe has been charged with several drug offenses.
Sheriff Patrick Ray told WJLE Thursday morning that a search warrant was executed and served at Mabe's residence around midnight. Officers seized more than 35 weapons, some cash, pills, and other evidence.
Mrs. Mabe was charged with possession of a schedule III controlled substance for sale and delivery (Tylenol with Codeine), possession of a legend drug (phenergan), and possession of a schedule IV controlled substance for sale and delivery (20 Xanax).
According to Sheriff Ray, Officers also found in the home a ledger which was used to record drug transactions.
Lightning from a passing thunderstorm may have triggered a fire Wednesday at a barn and workshop belonging to Lee Mick at 843 Old West Point Road.
Firefighters were summoned to that location around 5:00 p.m after central dispatch received a report that a barn, with some horses and hay inside, was on fire. County Fire Chief Donny Green says neighbors reported hearing a very loud clap of thunder just before discovering the fire, and since neither the barn nor shed had electricity, lightning is the suspected cause.
Green says upon arrival, firefighters found an enclosed workshop attached to the barn was on fire and that the blaze had spread to the front portion of the barn.
Green says firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire but the shed and all it's contents were destroyed including several tools, a lawn mower and go-cart. He says the fire burned to the inside of the barn and got into the rafters, but the damage to the barn was minimum.
The widow of a former DeKalb County prisoner has filed a $2.5 million dollar wrongful death lawsuit in Circuit Court against the DeKalb County Government and others.
Bonnie Stembridge claims her husband, Barry Douglas Stembridge, died from a staph infection four months after being released from jail and that he was exposed to the disease while he was in jail.
Ms Stembridge is suing as widow, individually, and on behalf of her deceased husband, Barry Douglas Stembridge; the decedent's son, Jason Douglas Stembridge; and the decedent's father, Harold Stembridge.
Named as defendants in the lawsuit, in addition to the DeKalb County Government are former Sheriff Lloyd Emmons, the DeKalb County Department of Health, Detention Health Care Associates, Incorporated, John or Jane Doe (A), John or Jane Doe (B), dentist, nurse, and/or other medical personnel.
The final chapter in a September 2006 shooting may have been written with one man having recently been sentenced and charges against two others dropped.
26 year old Garth Cantrell, who was indicted in April on a charge of attempted first degree murder in the shooting of 22 year old Joseph Givens last September on White Street in Smithville entered a plea by information on September 27th to a charge of aggravated assault and received a four year sentence. He also entered a plea to a charge of possession of cocaine, in a separate case, and received another four year sentence. Both sentences are running consecutively for a total of eight years. He must pay a $2,000 fine in the drug case.
Smithville Police have made arrests for burglary, filing a false report, and driving under the influence in recent days.
Chief Richard Jennings says 38 year old Charles Eugene Thurman, Jr. of Murfreesboro is charged with burglary.
According to the arrest warrant, Thurman did enter a trailer on Short Mountain Street in Smithville without the consent of the owner and with intent to commit theft.
Thurman may also be a suspect in a vandalism on College Street.
In his report, Lieutenant Steven Leffew wrote that " On Friday, November 9th at 5:29 p.m.I was dispatched to 1234 College Street in reference to a vandalism. Upon arrival, Melissa Thurman showed me where someone had made forced entry through the back door and poured paint on several items of furniture, broke three end tables, and cut up a couch and love seat."
No arrests have been made in that case.
Smithville Police have also taken a report on another theft.
A good crowd turned out for Monday morning's Veteran's Day observance downtown
The ceremony, held in front of the Veteran's Memorial Monument on the south side of the courthouse, featured remarks by guest speaker Harold Martin, a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel, who called on our national leaders to stop the bickering and to put our country and troops first. "The men and women who marched off to World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, Iraq, and Afghanistan, knew that freedom is not free. The freedom that we enjoy has been paid for with thousands of lives, with sweat, with blood, and with immeasurable sacrifice by many thousands of American men. The coming generation needs to know about this."
A Sparta man, stopped by a county officer for a traffic violation Friday, was found to have some marijuana.
39 year old Jay Anderson III of Omaha Gap Road, Sparta was arrested for driving on a suspended driver's license, simple possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Sheriff Patrick Ray says Anderson was stopped on Highway 70 East for a traffic violation. After deputies ran Anderson's license, he was found to be driving on a suspended license. Upon a pat down search, Anderson was found to have in his possession two marijuana cigarettes, a plastic bag containing marijuana, and rolling papers. Bond was set at $3,500 and his court date is November 29th.
Meanwhile 23 year old Paul Robert Higgins of Grand Rapids Boulevard in Naples, Florida and 23 year old Jennifer Leigh Peacock of West Road, Morrison were arrested on Sunday after Higgins' vehicle was stopped for weaving on Highway 70 West.