A four year old child was airlifted to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga Saturday night after being attacked by a neighbor's dog in Liberty.
Sheriff Patrick Ray says his department received a call around 6:15 p.m. that a child had been mauled by a dog, a blue heeler mix, at a residence on Greenhill Road in Liberty. The four year old boy reportedly suffered serious facial injuries, especially around his left eye.
The child, Joseph (Joey) Hall, is the son of Alan and Teresa Hall of Highway 53 near Liberty.
Mrs. Hall spoke by telephone with WJLE this morning (Sunday) from the hospital. Several stitches were required due to head and facial lacerations but Mrs. Hall says Joey's eye is going to be okay and he is expected to be released from the hospital today (Sunday).
Almost four years after a previous city council demoted him from Chief to Lieutenant for the "betterment of the department", Richard Jennings has been returned to the position of Police Chief, a job that six different men have held since 1994, five within the last four years.
The Smithville Board of Mayor and Aldermen met in special session Friday evening and voted to make Jennings the next Police Chief. The vote was 3 to 2.
The position has been vacant since the resignation of former Chief Thomas J. Stufano last month. Sergeant Steven Leffew has been serving as Officer in Charge of the department.
A 37 year old man, allegedly causing a disturbance, was arrested Tuesday afternoon by the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department.
Richard Scott Adams of Redman Road, Smithville is charged with three counts of aggravated assault, public intoxication, resisting arrest, and evading arrest. His bond is set at $96,000 and his court date is October 18th.
Sheriff Patrick Ray says the Sheriff's Department received a call from someone, where Adams resides, reporting that the man was creating a disturbance, tearing up things in the home, and making threats.
Upon arrival, the officers confronted the man on the front porch of the home. According to Sheriff Ray, the man was swinging a meat cleaver at the officers in a threatening manner.
As the tax season rolls around, DeKalb County Trustee Sean Driver reminds you of changes in the property tax relief program.
Tennessee's tax relief program is a state-funded program that provides a rebate of credit for all or a portion of the property taxes on residential property owned and occupied by low-income elderly, low-income disabled, and disabled veteran homeowners and their surviving spouses.
Eligibility requirements for Elderly Homeowners are as follows:
Must be 65 or older on or before December 31st, 2007
Must provide evidence of age (i.e. birth certificate, marriage license)
Must own and use the property on which you are applying as your primary residence
Qualified applicants will receive property tax relief on the first $25,000 of their property's market value.
According to the deed of the property, Must have records of the combined 2006 income of all owners of the property not exceeding $24,000. Income (i.e. social security, SSI pension, etc)
Local C.P.A. Tom Janney has issued a statement explaining his reasons for not revealing the tax return record of the Fiddlers Jamboree Committee to a third party private citizen.
During Monday night's Smithville City Council meeting, Chris Cantrell, in response to Jamboree attorney Frank Buck's assertion that records of the Jamboree are open to the public, stated "That's bantered around a lot Frank, but you know when you call Tom (Janney) as I did today (Monday), he said, I can't give you those records, Neal (Dudney) would get mad at me."
Tuesday, Janney issued the following statement, "In regard to the recent controversy regarding the Smithville Fiddlers Jamboree and Crafts Festival, Inc. I would like to note the following:
The Smithville Mayor and Board of Aldermen will conduct interviews of applicants for the positions of Secretary/Treasurer and Chief of Police tonight (Tuesday) at 6:00 p.m. at city hall.
Applicants for Public Works Director will be interviewed Wednesday night at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall.
Meanwhile, the Mayor and Aldermen will hold a special meeting Friday night, October 5th at 6:00 p.m. to hire persons to fill those positions.
Those who have applied for Police Chief are former Chief and now Lieutenant Richard Jennings, Danny Nelson Holmes of Baxter, Mike Dennis Foster of Winchester, Kenneth D. Smith of Watertown, John C. Lowe of Apple Creek, Ohio, Phillip Bruce Robinette of Rogersville, and Tony Jones of Smithville.
Applicants for Public Works Director are as follows:
Should fireworks be sold inside the city limits of Smithville?
Jewel Redmon, owner and operator of Jewel's Market on South Congress Boulevard came before the Smithville Mayor and Board of Aldermen Monday night asking that the ordinance be changed to allow for the sale of fireworks inside the city, at least seasonally.
Redmon says it isn't fair to keep Smithville businesses from selling them. "I'm not asking for more than anyone else. It seems like some people have an exclusive . Why not let everybody have a shot at it. You don't get rich from it and it won't make you or break you, but I think everybody should have a right to sell them if they want to. I'm one foot from the county line and I'll follow the rules like the others do."
Who is in charge of the Smithville Fiddler's Jamboree?
That is a question that has been raised in recent weeks by concerned citizens who feel the Jamboree has become an annual event, run by a few, who no longer seeks or welcomes input from others in the community, particularly groups who helped organize it in the early 1970's.
The issue was brought up by citizen Sherry Bush at a recent city council meeting and the Mayor and Board of Aldermen agreed to ask officials of the Fiddler's Jamboree to appear before the board to answer questions.
Monday night, Nolan Turner, Co-Chairman of the Souvenir Booklet and Official Photographer, read a statement on behalf of the Jamboree Committee. The attorney for the Jamboree, Frank Buck, also made some comments.
28 year old David Wayne Clark of Jessie Road, McMinnville was arrested Friday on eight counts of theft of property under $500.
Sheriff Patrick Ray says the Sheriff's Department was notified of someone stealing coins from the Smithville Review Newspaper stands at four locations in Smithville. On Thursday night, officers from the Sheriff's Department set up four newspaper stands by using marked coins and staking out the stands. In the early morning hours of Friday, officers saw a vehicle, which belonged to Clark, going to the stands. Clark, who is an employee of the Southern Standard Newspaper in McMinnville was delivering papers and breaking into the Smithville Review stands. Officers stopped Clark and found the marked money. Clark had in his possession $111.93 and two change trays which were taken from the Review stands. Clark's bond was set at $8,000 and his court date is October 11th
Following a long week of Homecoming activities, the DCHS Band traveled to Lebanon on Saturday to compete in the Blue Devil Marching Invitational. Attendance at the Lebanon contest has become a staple for the Fighting Tiger Band over the past few years.
After six taxing performances for the Homecoming activities on Friday, the band met at the band room on Saturday morning for another intensive rehearsal in preparation for the contest later that afternoon. Although this rehearsal was hot and mentally and physically exhausting, the band’s dedication and sacrifice proved to be worth the effort. The results of the contest showed it.
Field Commander, Dustin Estes, won not only the Medium Class award with a score of 94, but the score sheet reflected he had outscored all other field commanders in the entire contest, including both Large and Small Division bands. Dustin was recognized as the winner of this award for the 2nd consecutive year.