The Restore of DeKalb County's affiliate chapter of Habitat for Humanity will open in late September and is ready to start accepting merchandise.
Restores are retail businesses which specialize in the sale of new, used and recyclable products which are given to Habitat but are not used in construction of Habitat homes. The store provides all members of the community an opportunity to support Habitat for Humanity's mission through their patronage and donations. Once established, the Restore will become an important source of funding for Habitat for Humanity's home building projects in DeKalb County.
The Restore will need start-up inventory of usable building materials and supplies, wooden furniture, doors,windows, cabinets, working appliances and tools, and related items. At this point, we cannot accept upholstered furniture, opened paint, any hazardous materials, computers or yard sale items.
With Smithville Police Chief Tom Stufano stepping down, effective Tuesday, September 4th, Lieutenant Steven Leffew has been named the " Interim Officer in Charge" of the department, until a new Chief is selected by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen.
In a prepared statement, Leffew writes that "Recently, we here at the Smithville Police Department, have lost many knowledgeable and experienced employees. It is my belief that as police officers, we are bound by our duty to the citizens of Smithville to continue on and to fully carry out our oath of office."
"Lieutenant Richard Jennings, after being reinstated to the department, has decided to take a leave of absence. Therefore, I have agreed to accept the duties of interim officer in charge until the mayor and board of aldermen select a new Chief of Police. Upon the appointment of a new Chief of Police, I will relinquish all duties of Interim Officer in Charge and reassume my duties of Lieutenant."
DeKalb County Democrats and Independents, interested in running for Assessor of Property and Constable, may begin picking up their qualifying petitions as early as September 14th from the election commission.
The DeKalb County Democratic Party is expected to hold it's local primary in conjunction with the Tennessee Presidential Preference Primary on Tuesday, February 5th, 2008.
Fay Fuqua, Chairperson of the DeKalb County Democratic Party, says members of the party's executive committee will formally act on setting the date for the local primary at a meeting on September 10th, but she will recommend that it be held on February 5th.
By having the local primary in conjunction with the Presidential Preference Primary in February, rather than it's normal date in May, the county is able to save several thousands of dollars in holding another election. An election in February and another one in May would be much more expensive.
Being physically active is one of the best things you can do to improve and maintain your health, yet nearly two-thirds of Americans aren’t getting the activity they need. Consider taking up walking with friends or your family by participating in Walk Across Tennessee, which is an eight-week program that will spark some friendly competitions in DeKalb County. Beginning September 22nd teams of eight will compete to see who can log the most miles walking, jogging, biking, and other forms of exercise in their community. Biking or jogging teams can have a team of four. The miles walked are not literally across the state, but reported on a map posted at the UT Extension Office and Greenbrook Park. This year some of the schools in the county will be participating as well. They will be tracking minutes of exercise rather than miles walked.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation plans to temporarily close State Route 83 between Highways 56 and 70 on Tuesday, September 4th in order to do some work on the road.
TDOT will be resurfacing State Route 83 beginning at Old Mill Hill Road and extending 4.4 miles to State Route 56 (Congress Boulevard).
Highways Incorporated of Brentwood was awarded a bid to do the work for $324,143.
As part of the resurfacing project underway on State Route 83, the contractor will be installing drainage pipes that will entail the temporary closure of State Route 83 between State Route 56 and US Highway 70. This closure will occur on Tuesday, September 4th between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
A total of thirty six people living in DeKalb County have registered as sex offenders.
Under a new law, anyone who has ever committed a sex crime is now required to report their whereabouts to the registry.
Locating an offender near your own home has already become a lot easier as the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has begun a system which pinpoints the locations where sex offenders live on a map. All this information is available for public access via the Internet.
TBI Director Mark Gwynn says " the former sex offender law only required offenders to register if they were incarcerated, on probation, or on parole as of January 1st, 1996. The new law is retroactive, meaning anyone who has committed a sex crime in the past, regardless of the date, must now report to their local law enforcement agency."
Due to extremely high wildfire danger caused by the drought, record high temperatures and low humidity, state Forestry officials today announced the implementation of burning restrictions usually reserved for official wildfire season.
Effective (Aug. 27), citizens are required to obtain a burning permit from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry before conducting any outdoor, open burning of debris within 500 feet of woodlands, grasslands or forestlands.
“Although our level of wildfire activity is moderate and manageable, we’re concerned about the potential for high wildfire danger due to the extremely dry conditions and the effect it’s having on forest fuels as we move into the fall,” said State Forester Steve Scott. “We want to be proactive by helping citizens determine when and where it’s safe to burn and when it’s not.
Two people involved in a one auto traffic accident Thursday night near Alexandria remain hospitalized at Erlanger in Chattanooga.
Sergeant Billy Prater of the Tennessee Highway Patrol says Joe Edge of Smithville and Kimberly April Dawn Cornett of Murfreesboro were passengers of a Jeep Liberty SUV driven by Warren Brandon Glasby of Smithville, who has been charged with driving under the influence.
According to Sergeant Prater, Glasby was driving west on Highway 70 when the vehicle went off the road into a ditchline, struck a rock bluff, and then overturned, coming to rest on it's wheels. The mishap occurred between the old stock barn and the intersection of Old Liberty Road.
Both Edge and Cornett were flown by Life Force helicopter ambulance to Erlanger Hospital while Glasby was taken to DeKalb Community Hospital for observation.
The accident remains under investigation by Sergeant Prater and Trooper Allen England of the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department has arrested two people in recent days in a couple of theft cases. One of them is also charged with drug offenses.
30 year old Christopher Daniel Gibbs of Morgan Drive Smithville is charged with Aggravated Burglary and Theft of Property
Sheriff Patrick Ray says Gibbs entered a residence on Banks Pisgah Road Smithville by breaking through a door. Upon entering the residence, Gibbs grabbed cash that was lying on a coffee table in the residence. Gibbs was unaware that the owners of the house were home. The owner grabbed Gibbs and he dropped the cash and left the scene. Gibbs was later arrested at a residence in Dowelltown. The owners of the house were uninjured. Bond is set at $15,000 and his court date is September 13th.
Meanwhile, 19 year old Samantha Devault of Highland Drive Smithville is charged with Possession of a Schedule II Drug (Dilaudid), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (needle and a straw), and Theft of Property under $500.00.
The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department has arrested a 23 year old man on a sealed indictment, returned by the Grand Jury earlier this month.
Sheriff Patrick Ray says Bobby Walker Vaughn of Halls Hill Pike, Murfreesboro was arrested on a sealed indictment charging him with two counts of Aggravated Burglary, Theft of Property, and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor.
Sheriff Ray says Vaughn is accused of breaking into a residence on Pea Ridge. The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department recovered some of the items the day Cannon County authorities got in pursuit of Vaughn, after he stole the car of a Cannon County Investigator.
Vaughn appeared for arraignment in DeKalb County Criminal Court on Monday. His bond is $81,000.
Meanwhile, 20 year old Brandy Bone of Wade Street Smithville is charged with two counts of Forgery and Theft of Property.