A DeKalb County man, unhappy with the sentence he received a year ago in a statutory rape case, could hear soon from his appeal to the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals, Middle Division, as to whether the lower court's sentence was proper.
Criminal Court Judge Leon Burns, Jr., in September 2006, sentenced Gary Carter to four years probation, except for nine months to serve in the county jail, after Carter entered a guilty plea to one count of statutory rape, involving a female, who was seventeen years old and only a few months shy of turning eighteen when the incident allegedly occurred.
Carter has remained free on bond since filing the appeal nearly a year ago. His name is also listed on the Tennessee Sexual Offender Registry.
In the appeal, the attorney for Carter, Hilton Conger, is asking that Carter be granted probation, and not be made to serve nine months in jail.
The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department has made several burglary and theft arrests this week
Sheriff Patrick Ray says 25 year old Charles Robert Wilmoth of Black Oak Cemetery Road, Sparta was charged Tuesday with aggravated burglary and theft of property over $1,000. Sheriff Ray says Wilmoth broke into a house on Indian Mound Road. While inside the residence, Wilmoth took power tools and electronics valued at approximately $4,000. His bond is set at $60,000.
The Tennessee Departments of Health and Labor and Workforce Development are two weeks away from enforcement of the Non-Smokers Protection Act, which was signed into law by Governor Phil
Bredesen on June 11 of this year. Under the law, which takes effect on October 1, 2007, smoking is prohibited in all enclosed public places within the State of Tennessee with a few exceptions.
“The most effective way to protect workers from deadly secondhand smoke is to require smoke free workplaces,” said Governor Bredesen. “The goal of this legislation is to protect Tennesseans who are
simply trying to go to work each day and earn a paycheck. I’m proud to see Tennessee join the ranks of only a few other states that have taken the necessary steps to protect the health of employees and patrons by preventing exposure to secondhand smoke.”
The City of Smithville is accepting applications for the positions of Chief of Police, Public Works Director, and Secretary/Treasurer.
Applications for all these positions may be picked up at City Hall from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Applications will be accepted through September 28th, 2007 until 12 noon.
Qualifications for the Secretary/Treasurer position include a Bachelor Degree from an Accredited College or University, must have an ability to be bonded, must have the ability to become certified as a City Secretary/Treasurer by the State of Tennessee, five to seven years of progressively responsible management experience, similar experience in the public sector is preferred, must be able to pass a drug screen, must be a DeKalb County resident, or be willing to relocate to DeKalb County. Compensation commensurate with qualifications.
Two people were involved in a traffic accident Monday afternoon on Highway 56 north near Eagle Creek Road.
Sergeant Billy Prater of the Tennessee Highway Patrol says 38 year old Eva Louise Pascal of Piniwinkle Road, Smithville was driving north on the Cookeville Highway in a 1993 Ford Explorer and 19 year old Patrick Franklin Counts of East 13th Street, Cookeville was traveling south in a 2006 Honda Civic.
According to Sergeant Prater, Counts crossed the centerline and struck Pascal's vehicle head-on. Counts stated that he was reaching into the floor of the car to get a pen when the crash occurred.
Both drivers were transported to DeKalb Community Hospital by DeKalb EMS.
Counts was cited for traveling on the wrong side of the roadway and violation of the drivers license law for failure to comply with the ten day address change provision.
Pascal was cited for violation of the financial responsibility law (no insurance).
The Smithville Board of Mayor and Aldermen Monday night voted to accept bids on the installation of an irrigation system for the fairways at the Smithville Golf Course, once specs for the project have been provided by Jimmy Lewis, operator of the Smithville Golf and Swim Club.
The city will receive bids on the project and take half of Lewis' rent to pay for it over time. Lewis will continue to pay his monthly rent of $2,500 per month with half going to the general fund and half going to the city to pay the debt of the irrigation system.
Lewis, with his former partner Darryl Counts, was granted a five year extension of his lease agreement along with a five year renewal option several months ago as a consideration for his commitment " to expend the sum of one hundred thousand dollars in order to dig a second well, to install a sprinkler system for the fairways, and to purchase golf carts". Lewis has completed two of the three projects he agreed to under the lease.
Total state sales tax collections based on July sales took a big jump in DeKalb County compared to the same month last year. These are the first available numbers from the state since the local option sales tax increase took effect July first, going from 1.5% to 2.75%.
The latest report from the Tennessee Department of Revenue show that total sales tax collections for the month of August, based on July sales, were $304,342 compared to $151,756 a year ago.
Total collections for the month of July, based on June sales, came to $192,471.
County Mayor Mike Foster says these numbers show the economic impact tourism is having in DeKalb County this summer.
Total sales tax collections based on July sales in DeKalb County, outside the cities, were $71,645, up from $42,097 last July.
Three people were charged by the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department last week as the result of an investigation stemming from a fight.
Deputies were summoned to a fight call on New Home Road, Dowelltown last Monday.
When the officers arrived, they found 19 year old Thomas Webster of New Home Road Dowelltown in an intoxicated state. During a pat down search, deputies also found a pipe in Webster's pocket containing burnt marijuana. Deputies arrested Webster for under age consumption and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $1,000.00.
18 year old Nicholas Paul Benedict of New Home Road Dowelltown was also present. Deputies
noticed Benedict had been drinking alcohol and he was arrested for Under Age Consumption. His bond was set at $1,000 and his court date is October 4th.
Upon further investigation as to who bought the alcohol, 28 year old Damon Ray Rainey of
James H. Dillard, Jr., incumbent Director of the Gordonsville Exchange, won re-election Saturday defeating challenger David A. Watson 489 (60.8%) to 315 (39.1%) in the DTC Communications Board of Directors Election.
The other three Directors up for re-election won without opposition including Roy Nelson Pugh of the Auburntown Exchange with 467 votes, Robert Don Malone of the Temperance Hall Exchange with 439 votes, and David Parker of the Woodland Exchange, with 410 votes.
A total of 823 members voted in the DTC Directors Election including 542 early voters and 281 on election day (Saturday).
All four directors elected Saturday will serve for three years.
Here's how the votes break down for each candidate at the four early voting locations and on election day:
James H. Dillard, Jr: Smithville- 65, Alexandria- 41, Woodbury- 72, Gordonsville- 159, Election Day- 152
David A. Watson: Smithville- 42, Alexandria- 47, Woodbury- 12, Gordonsville- 96, Election Day- 118