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DeKalb Sheriff's Department Makes Arrest in Three County Pursuit

February 14, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
DeKalb Sheriff's Department Makes Arrest in Three County Pursuit
Dodge Dakota
Site of Manhunt on Bright Hill Road
State Trooper sits by Guardrail where Brown Crashed
Brown's truck hits Guardrail on Bright Hill Road
Dodge Dakota being towed from Bright Hill Road
Van Buren County K-9 Truck also damaged

The man who led authorities on a three county pursuit Wednesday afternoon has been arrested thanks to an investigation by the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department.

35 year old Howard Eugene Brown of Green Acre Drive, Smithville was found at home with his wife Wednesday evening. He had apparently returned home on foot after crashing and bailing out of the pickup truck he was driving on Bright Hill Road. Brown was taken into custody by the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department, who had developed him as a suspect during an investigation. The sheriff's department already had an active violation of probation warrant against Brown.

After Brown was taken to the DeKalb County Jail Wednesday night, Van Buren County authorities were notified and they returned to Smithville to interview Brown. During the questioning, Brown admitted that he was the man they were chasing in the pursuit. Van Buren County officials plan to charge Brown with driving under the influence, reckless endangerment, and evading arrest. Other charges may also be brought against him in the case. According to Sheriff Patrick Ray, Brown is on probation for criminal impersonation, theft, and aggravated criminal trespassing.

Sheriff Ray told WJLE that the pursuit began in Van Buren County Wednesday afternoon after a K-9 officer there, driving a Dodge Ram 4 x 4 pickup, stopped to check on a black Dodge Dakota pickup truck that had stopped on the side of the road. "The Van Buren County K-9 officer was driving by and saw a truck sitting on the side of the road," said Sheriff Ray. "It was a black Dodge Dakota pickup. He (officer) thought it was a stranded motorist. He (officer) pulled in behind the truck and activated his blue lights. The driver of the truck got out and approached the officer. The officer asked the man if he was having trouble. The man said no, that he didn't want to text while driving. The officer ran a (computer) check of the license plate on the truck and asked for a driver's license (computer) check based on the license plate information. The check revealed no drivers license. The driver then jumped in the truck and took off," said Sheriff Ray.

After his arrest, Brown told investigators that he had just finished shooting up drugs right before the officer stopped to check on him, according to Sheriff Ray.

The Van Buren County K-9 officer initiated a pursuit which turned onto Highway 111 north into White County and then west on Highway 70 from Sparta. White County authorities joined Van Buren County in the chase and notified DeKalb central dispatch at 12:43 p.m. that the pursuit was approaching DeKalb County. Members of the Sheriff's Department and Smithville Police Department were planning to set up at the intersection of West Broad Street and Congress Boulevard when word came that the pursuit had reached Smithville but had turned from Highway 70 onto Evins Mill Road. Local officers then repositioned themselves to other locations hoping to intercept the pursuit.

The chase continued on Evins Mill Road, to Cripps Lane, and then onto Bright Hill Road. An off duty state trooper of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Dewaine Jennings was at his residence on Bright Hill Road when he heard about the approaching pursuit. He got a spike strip from his patrol car and placed it on Bright Hill Road in front of his house. When the truck came speeding by, it hit the spike strip and some of the tires blew out. The truck then sped out of control as it approached the sharp curve on Bright Hill Road and struck a guardrail. The Van Buren County K-9 officer's vehicle also received some minor damage when it too apparently sideswiped the guardrail.

According to Sheriff Ray, after the truck came to a stop, the man (Brown) bailed out the drivers side door of the truck, jumped over the guardrail and disappeared into the woods on foot. A search immediately ensued by officers of the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department, Smithville Police Department, along with K-9 units from Van Buren and Putnam Counties and the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Sheriff Ray said the K-9 dogs picked up the man's scent and followed a trail through the woods to Highway 56 near Harney's Nursery and the New Life United Pentecostal Church, where the dogs lost the scent. Authorities suspect that the man (Brown) crossed the highway and then walked to his home on Green Acre Drive, a short distance away.

Smithville Elementary School, which is in the area of the search, was placed on lock down status until dismissal time at 2:45 p.m. as a precaution. As schools closed for the day, Smithville Police, the Sheriff's Department's School Resource Officer, and constables were nearby monitoring school traffic as parents picked up their children while other students boarded buses to go home.

Initially, Van Buren County authorities thought the suspect in the pursuit was another man, Ray Underwood. Sheriff Ray said he expressed doubts about that after viewing the video from a camera in the Van Buren County's officer's vehicle. After the truck wrecked, the video shows the man getting out of the vehicle and escaping on foot. But Sheriff Ray said the blurry image captured on the video appeared to be someone other than Underwood. He said the man's build did not fit Underwood's profile.

After launching its own investigation and developing Brown as a suspect, the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department went to Brown's home on Green Acre Drive to serve the violation of probation warrant on him. Although Brown was home, his vehicle was not there. Investigators noticed that Brown had scratches on his body. Brown's wife told investigators that Brown said he had been to Dunlap that day and had not driven home in the truck. According to her, Brown said he had encountered a passing police pursuit on the way home and apparently had to leave the truck behind after being forced off the road.

The truck Brown was driving is apparently registered to an Hispanic man in Davidson County. Sheriff Ray said Metro-Nashville will be asked to help locate the owner of the truck.

"I am very proud of my department for working throughout the day and well into the night on this case until the one responsible for this senseless crime was arrested," said Sheriff Ray.

"My department and I felt very early on into the investigation that the accused subject (Underwood) was not the individual involved in this crime and with the use of our investigational resources, we not only cleared this individual (Underwood) that was accused of this crime, but was able to apprehend the proper person (Brown)," added Sheriff Ray.

DMS Teacher to Receive Belz-Lipman Holocaust Educator Award

February 13, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
Anita Puckett

DeKalb Middle School Teacher Anita Puckett is among the winners of the 2013 Belz-Lipman Holocaust Educator Award.

The Tennessee Holocaust Commission (THC) recently made the announcement.

Puckett, an 8th grade Reading/History Teacher, and the other educators receiving the award will get a $1500 scholarship which can be used to develop new curriculum, purchase resources and attend trainings that will help further engage their students in the study of the Holocaust. The award ceremony will take place on April 8, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. in Legislative Plaza in room LP12, as part of The Tennessee Holocaust Commission's Annual Day of Remembrance Holocaust Commemoration. The commemoration is free and open to the public.

Each year, three educators are chosen, one each from East, West and Middle Tennessee, to receive a financial award to develop new curriculum, purchase resources or attend trainings to help engage their students in the study of the Holocaust.

Distinguished recipients of the award have attended international conferences on Holocaust education, served as teacher-fellows to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and served as educational liaisons for the THC.
The award is open to teachers in the state of Tennessee with at least two years of experience teaching the Holocaust in the classroom.

The winners of the Belz-Lipman Holocaust Educator Award are announced each year at the annual Day of Remembrance Ceremony.

Since 1995 the Tennessee Holocaust Commission (THC) has sponsored the Belz-Lipman Holocaust Educator Award. Established by Memphis entrepreneurs and philanthropists Jack A. Belz and Ira Lipman, the award recognizes outstanding educators who excel in the teaching of the Holocaust. Each year educators from East, West and Middle Tennessee are honored. Past recipients of the award have gone on to attend international conferences, been appointed as teacher fellows to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and served as educational liaisons for the THC.

DeKalb County School System Names Teachers of the Year

February 12, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
Amanda Rhoady
Sandy Willingham
Tammy Payne
Suzette Barnes
Joey Reeder

The DeKalb County School System has announced it's "Teachers of the Year" at the building level of the five schools in the county.

This year's honoree are Amanda Rhoady, a first grade teacher at Smithville Elementary School; Sandy Willingham, a third grade educator at Northside Elementary School; Tammy Payne, a fourth grade teacher at DeKalb West School; Suzette Barnes, a seventh grade educator at DeKalb Middle School; and Joey Reeder, a History teacher at DeKalb County High School.

Lisa Cripps, Supervisor of Instruction for 7th through 12th grades said "Again this year, we're going to participate in the Teacher of the Year program, which begins on the school level, moves to the system level, the regional level, and finally to the state level," she said.

Competition for system-wide and regional levels will continue throughout February. Should these teachers win at the regional level, they will represent DeKalb County at the state level in March.

The Tennessee Teacher of the Year Program is designed to promote recognition, respect and appreciation for teachers; to stimulate interest in teaching as a career; and to encourage public involvement in education.

This program is sponsored annually by the Tennessee Department of Education and the Niswonger Foundation.

The Tennessee Teacher of the Year represents Tennessee at the National Teacher of the Year competition, which is sponsored by the Council of Chief State School Officers and Scholastic, Inc.

Teachers of the Year are selected competitively through five cycles: Building, System, Field Service Center Region, Grand Division and State; and from three categories (levels of teaching); Grades Pre K-4, 5-8, 9-12.

Teachers selected at each cycle receive local recognition and awards underwritten by local sources. State recognition/awards include a banquet honoring the nine State Teacher of the Year finalists and certificates of appreciation from the Governor. In addition, the State Finalists and the State Teacher of the Year receive cash awards from the Niswonger Foundation.

DCHS Names Class of 2013 Honor Students (SEE SENIOR PHOTOS OF HONOR STUDENTS HERE)

February 12, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
Taylor Leach, Valedictorian
Phillip Jacob (P.J.) Carroll, Salutatorian

DeKalb County High School has released the names of this year's Honor Students including the 2013 Valedictorian Taylor C. Leach and the Salutatorian Phillip J. Carroll

(CLICK LINK BELOW TO SEE PHOTOS OF HONOR STUDENTS)

http://www.wjle.com/image-gallery/dchs-class-2013-honor-students

Students among the top twenty five senior academic ranking from numbers one to twenty five are as follows:

Valedictorian Taylor Leach, Salutatorian P.J. Carroll, Kristen Campbell, Hunter Collins, Zach Martin, Jacob Parsley, Cassi Lester, Jessica Acuna, Kayley Green, Grace Webb, Ben Pafford, Erin Cantrell-Pryor, Annieka Norton, Taylor Poston, Lauren Craig, Chelsea Lewis, Haley Keck, Alex Hayes, Martha Martin, Katie Haggard, Samantha Leiser, Jessica Harbaugh, Caleb Cantrell, Casey Alderman, and Cecilia Maciel Ortega.

Students earning "Highest Distinction" with a grade point average of 3.8 to 4.0 are:

Valedictorian Taylor C. Leach (4.0), Salutatorian Phillip J. Carroll (4.0), Daniela J. Acuna (4.0), Casey J. Alderman, Kristen R. Campbell (4.0), Caleb B. Cantrell (4.0), Sarah E. Cantrell, Erin Cantrell-Pryor, Hunter T. Collins (4.0), Lauren E. Craig (4.0), Emily R. Davidson, Savannah P. Dexter, Benjamin G. Driver, Hayden R. Ervin, Christina Ferguson, Makayla S. Funk, Callie A. Gash, William G. Graham, Kayley B. Green, Katie S. Haggard (4.0), Jessica L. Harbaugh, Amy L. Hastings, Alexander D. Hayes (4.0), Haley Keck(4.0), Elizabeth A. Koegler, Mandee R. Lattimore, Samantha R. Leiser (4.0), Cassandra L. Lester (4.0), Chelsea A. Lewis (4.0), Cecilia Maciel Ortega, Martha L. Martin (4.0), Zachary R. Martin (4.0), William M. Molander, Annieka M. Norton (4.0), Benjamin P. Pafford (4.0), Johnathon K. Page, Haley D. Parchman, Jacob E. Parsley (4.0), Taylor B. Poston (4.0), Martelia L. Tallent, and Rebekah G. Webb (4.0)

Students earning "High Distinction" with a grade point average of 3.6 to 3.79 include Kaylee S. Cantrell, Mykaela O Duke, Alyssa K. England, Marissa E. Garmer, Cory A. Kijanski, Spencer B. Maynard, Taylor B. Monette, Lucas D. Phillips, Skyar J. Ritchie, and Dalton H. Vaughn.

Those earning "Distinction" with a grade point average of 3.2 to 3.59 include Connor N. Apple, Emily K. Blackwell, Matthew W. Boss, Matthew C. Bouldin, Brittany N. Brakeall, Ashley S. Brandt, Benjamin F. Brandt, Cohen W. Brown, Downing E. Burke, Abbey L. Caldwell, Paige L. Cantrell, Austin L. Certain, Evan M. Curtis, Rachel L. Edge, Fantasia M. Erdman, Cain A. Evans, Krestin M. Evans, Lydia M. Foutch, Ashlee M. Gunter, Kelsey R. Hale, Alex C. Hall, Laddie B. Jerrells, Jason A. Judkins, Harley D. Lawrence, Walter L. Lewis, Quenton P. McSparren, Derek C. Parsley, Bindiya R. Patel, Elijah C. Poss, Nathan A. Sexton, Ethan D. Shaw, Spencer E. Stanfield, Cheyenne L. Stanley, Lindsey M. Taylor, Elijah G. Turner, Zachary D. Vincent, Emily J. Webb, and Zoe E. Whaley.

The Class of 2013 at DeKalb County High School will graduate on Friday, May 24 at 7:00 p.m.

Kayla Belk of DeKalb Middle School Wins Spelling Bee (SEE VIDEO OF ENTIRE SPELLING BEE HERE)

February 11, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
Holly Evans (left), Mark Willoughby, Kayla Belk (right)

Kayla Belk, a seventh grader at DeKalb Middle School, won the 10th annual DeKalb County Spelling Bee Monday night at the county complex auditorium.

Belk, the 12 year old daughter of ChrisAnne Belk and Andrew Fults of Smithville was among forty students from the fourth grade to the eighth grade who participated in the contest.

Eleven year old Holly Evans, a fifth grader at DeKalb West School, was the runner-up. She is the daughter of Mike and Amy Evans of Alexandria.

Belk and Evans were the last two contestants in the sixth round. Evans misspelled the word "trek" which opened the door for Belk to claim the championship by correctly spelling the next two works "gardenia" in the sixth round and "futon" in the seventh round.

Students from DeKalb Middle School, DeKalb West School, and Northside Elementary School recently competed at the school level to become eligible for the county competition. Along with winners in thirty-nine other counties, Belk and Evans will compete in the Middle Tennessee Regional Spelling Bee sponsored by Middle Tennessee State University. The regional bee will take place on Saturday, March 2 at 9:30 a.m. at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro. The winner of the Regional Spelling Bee will compete in the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C.

(VIEW THE ENTIRE SPELLING BEE BY PLAYING THE VIDEO BELOW)

spelling bee from dwayne page on Vimeo.

The purpose in sponsoring the County Wide Spelling Bee is to "help students improve Spelling skills, increase vocabularies, learn concepts, and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives".

Participants in this year's County Wide Spelling Bee were:

DeKalb West:
Cayden Kyle, Jordan Crook, Holly Evans, Ashton Sensing, Phillip Coats, Jaime Alexander, Cody Hale, Jayra Plattenburg, Casey Vickers, Jacob Billings, Rosa Payne, and Paige Snyder

Northside Elementary:
Briona Agee, Alexis Cudney, Julia Curtis, Yessi Dragustinovis, Kenzie France, Skylar Fuson
Kiersten Griffith, Savannah Jackson, Duncan Johnson, Karly Knowles, Raiden Martin, Makenzie Poss, Laynie Rippee, Carly Vance, Justin Washer, MyKenzie Wilson, and Jayden Worley

DeKalb Middle
Kayla Belk, Timothy Cassinera, Baylie Davis, Malone Fletcher, Olivia Fuson, Kyle Justice, Reagan Patton, Skylar Pease, Ashley Phillips, Alec Reynolds, and Alyssa Sewell.

Twenty four students made it to the second round including Rosa Payne, Duncan Johnson, Cayden Kyle, Yessi Dragustinovis, Raiden Martin, Alec Reynolds, Jordan Crook, Karly Knowles, Makenzie Poss, Alyssa Sewell, Olivia Fuson, Malone Fletcher, Jayden Worley, Paige Snyder, Holly Evans, Justin Washer, Briona Agee, Kayla Belk, Ashton Sensing, Kiersten Griffith, Skylar Pease, Julia Curtis, Ashley Phillips, and Carly Vance.

Eleven students advanced to the third round including Duncan Johnson, Yessi Dragustinovis, Alec Reynolds, Olivia Fuson, Paige Snyder, Holly Evans, Justin Washer, Kayla Belk, Skylar Pease, Ashley Phillips, and Carly Vance.

Six students competed in the fourth round including Duncan Johnson, Yessi Dragustinovis, Olivia Fuson, Holly Evans, Justin Washer, and Kayla Belk.

The fifth round featured five students, Duncan Johnson, Olivia Fuson, Holly Evans, Justin Washer, and Kayla Belk.

The sixth round was narrowed to two spellers, Holly Evans and Kayla Belk

Belk claimed the championship in the seventh and final round.

Woman Arrested for Drugs Allegedly Tries to Swallow Pills and Meth

February 11, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
Autumn Danielle White

A Smithville woman, recently arrested on a marijuana charge, apparently produced more drugs from her body while in custody and tried to swallow them to avoid detection.

Smithville Police Chief Randy Caplinger said that 37 year old Autumn Danielle White was charged on Friday, February 1 with simple possession and possession with intent to resell a schedule II controlled substance after drugs were found on her person. According to the warrant, White was placed under arrest at the police department after she was found with marijuana at Wal-Mart. After being placed in custody, White was searched by a female correctional officer at the police department and a baggie was found on her person. Authorities later noticed that Ms. White, while still in custody, appeared to be trying to recover something from her body. As officers approached her, she attempted to swallow a plastic baggie containing pills and eight small bags containing less than one gram of methamphetamine with a total weight of three grams. Bond for White is $11,500 and she will be in court March 14.

Meanwhile, 30 year old Nicholas Alton Hollingsworth, a passenger in White's vehicle, consented to a search. A small baggie with a white substance was found on Hollingsworth along with a used hypodermic needle which belonged to him. Hollingsworth was cited for simple possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. He will be in court on March 14.

53 year old James D Roberts was arrested for violation of an order of protection. The warrant against him stated that on Sunday, February 3 at Food Lion, Roberts was with his girlfriend. She has an active order of protection against him. Bond for Roberts is $2,500.

33 year old Robert Charles England was cited for simple possession on Tuesday, February 5. During a traffic stop, an officer recovered from England, 5.5 pills believed to be hydrocodone. He will be in court on March 14.

37 year old Jason Mark Watts was arrested Wednesday, February 6 for a first offense of driving under the influence and evading arrest. According to the warrant, an officer was on routine patrol when he saw a vehicle failing to maintain his lane of travel. The officer activated his blue lights and siren to get the vehicle to stop near the high school. The man, Watts stopped near DeKalb Market. As Watts got out of the vehicle, the officer saw that he was unsteady on his feet and that he was slow to comply with verbal commands. Watts had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his person. Watts refused to submit to any field sobriety tasks but he did submit to a blood alcohol test. His bond is $3,000 and his court date is March 14..

Anyone with information on any criminal activity is asked to please contact the Smithville Police Department at 597-8210 or the Tip Line at 464-6046.

Any information received that will help Smithville Police solve any criminal offense will be greatly appreciated. All information is confidential.

Three Caught in Barn Burglary; Speeding Truck Driver Found with Drugs

February 11, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
Andy Joe Certain
April Lee Hollingsworth
Kelly Lee Hollingsworth
David Ray Johnson
Christopher Justin Garrett
Christopher Shannon Mooneyham

Three people were caught at the scene of the crime by sheriff's department deputies after allegedly breaking into a barn on Joins Road last week

35 year old Andy Joe Certain of Bright Hill Road, Smithville and 34 year old April Lee Hollingsworth and 53 year old Kelly Lee Hollingsworth both of West Main Street, Smithville are each charged with burglary and theft of property over $1,000. Bond for each is $11,500 and they will be in court February 14. April Hollingsworth was also issued a citation for possession of drug paraphernalia after officers found needles, straws and a spoon while conducting an inventory of her vehicle before it was towed. She allegedly admitted to officers that those items belonged to her.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that Certain and the two Hollingsworth's allegedly entered the barn on Joins Road through the barn doors and took numerous old and antique farm equipment, valued at $1,500.

According to Sheriff Ray, deputies arrived at the scene before the three intruders left and the stolen property was unloaded from their vehicle and returned to the owner.

Meanwhile in a separate case, a semi-truck was pulled over for speeding near Dowelltown last Friday and the driver was found with drugs.

50 year old David Ray Johnson of Old Blue Springs Road, Smithville is charged with unlawful possession of a schedule III drug for resale (hydrocodone), unlawful possession of a schedule IV drug for resale (xanax), and unlawful possession of a schedule VI drug for resale (marijuana). Johnson was also issued citations for speeding and for failure to maintain his lane of travel. His bond is $11,500 and he will be in court February 28.

Sheriff Ray said that on Friday February 8, Johnson was stopped for speeding in a semi-truck by a sheriff's department drug detective. While observing traffic on Highway 70 at Dry Creek Road near Dowelltown, the detective spotted a semi-truck, driven by Johnson traveling west and passing other vehicles. The semi was clocked at 74 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone. The detective got behind the truck and activated his lights and sirens. He said the truck was weaving all over the roadway. The semi continued traveling about a half mile to a mile before pulling over. When Johnson got out of the truck, the drug detective smelled the odor of marijuana on him and saw rolling papers in the passenger side floor board of the truck. The passenger side window was rolled down. After observing Johnson taking his hands in and out of his pockets several times, the detective asked for and received consent to search. Four oblong pills were found in Johnson's left front pocket. In his right front pocket was a bottle that contained nine oblong pills. These pills are believed to be hydrocodone. Johnson did not have a prescription bottle for these pills. Lying beside the truck on the ground were more rolling papers. A search of the area turned up a large pill bottle containing two plastic bags with a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana. One of the plastic bags held eight blue pills thought to be xanax. Johnson allegedly admitted to tossing those items from the truck saying he got scared and that this would ruin him.

22 year old Christopher Justin Garrett of Clear Creek Road, Liberty is charged with evading arrest. His bond is $5,000. Sheriff Ray said that on Friday, January 18, Garrett was operating a motor vehicle on Highway 70 when a sheriff's department drug detective spotted him driving erratically. The detective tried to pull him over but Garrett refused to stop. He turned onto Dale Ridge Road and traveled about three miles before the detective terminated the pursuit. Garrett's vehicle was recovered sitting in the middle of Carter Road at Temperance Hall. Witnesses in the vehicle with Garrett later identified him as the driver. Garrett was arrested on Monday, February 4.

33 year old Christopher Shannon Mooneyham of Green Acre Drive, Smithville is charged with a second offense of driving under the influence. He was further issued a citation for driving on a revoked license because of a DUI. His bond is $3,000 and he will be in court on February 14. Sheriff Ray said that on Wednesday, February 6 a sheriff's department drug detective saw a vehicle traveling very slowly in the middle of the roadway on Broad Street in Smithville. The automobile made a left turn onto Short Mountain Highway and crossed both lanes traveling at approximately 25 miles per hour in the 40 mile per hour zone. The detective pulled over the vehicle on Green Acre Drive. Mooneyham was the driver. The officer reported that Mooneyham's speech was very slurred and slow and he was unsteady on his feet. Mooneyham submitted to but performed poorly on several field sobriety tasks. He also submitted to a blood alcohol drug test. His prior DUI offense was on March 26, 2009.

Truck Driver Escapes Unharmed After his Semi Catches Fire

February 11, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
Truck Driver Escapes Unharmed After his Semi Catches Fire

The driver of a semi freightliner escaped unharmed after the truck caught fire on Blue Springs Road Sunday night.

County Fire Chief Donny Green said Calvin Lankford had just left home to go hook his truck up to a trailer when a fire started in the engine compartment while he was driving down the road, only about a half mile after leaving his residence.

Lankford told firefighters that the engine stalled a couple of times and then flames shot up through the dash. Heat from the flames singed Lankford's hair and beard. He brought the truck to a stop and got out safely.

The truck was a total loss.

Central dispatch was notified at 5:39 p.m. and members of the Blue Springs and Short Mountain Highway stations of the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department responded along with the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department.

Coach Lynus Martin Named Boys District Coach of Year; Fullilove Selected Defensive Player of Year

February 10, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
Lynus Martin-District Coach of Year
Sonni Fullilove-District Defensive Player of Year

DeKalb County's Sonni Fullilove has been named the boy's Defensive Player of the Year in District 8 AA while Tiger Coach Lynus Martin is the Boy's District Coach of the Year.

The All-District selections were announced Friday.

Livingston Academy's Mason Ramsey is the District's Most Valuable Player for boys while Cannon County's Abby Sissom took the MVP honor for girls.

For the boys, Colton Blevins of York Institute was named Freshman of the Year and Wade Eldridge of Livingston Academy is the Most Improved Player in the district.

Jordan Hollis of Cannon County is the girl's Defensive Player of the Year in the district. Ola Obie of Central Magnet was named the district's Most Improved Player. Casey Gregory of Smith County is the Freshman of the Year and Micheal Dodgen of Cannon County received the Girl's Coach of the Year honor.

In addition to taking the Defensive Player of the Year award, Sonni Fullilove of DeKalb County was also named to the All-District's 1st Team along with Braxton Atnip. Stephen Howell was named to the 2nd Team. Ethan Roller made the 3rd Team and Lucas Phillips and Will Molander received Honorable Mention.

Loren Cripps of the Lady Tigers made the All-District 3rd Team. Ashli Chew and Morgan Pedigo were selected to the All Freshman Team and Chelsea Lewis received Honorable Mention.

The following are the All-District selections for both boys and girls in District 8AA

GIRLS
MVP- Abby Sissom, Cannon County
Defensive Player of the Year - Jordan Hollis, Cannon County
Most Improved Player - Ola Obie, Central Magnet
Freshman of the Year - Casey Gregory, Smith County
Coach of the Year - Micheal Dodgen, Cannon County

1st Team
Callie Hackett, Smith County
Ola Obie, Central Magnet
Claudia Smith, Central Magnet
Ashley Wright, York Institute
Abby Jakes, Cannon County

2nd Team
Marley Sells, Livingston Academy
Claudia Hull, Upperman
Sydney Staggs, Livingston Academy
Casey Gregory, Smith County
Kailey Winningham, Livingston Academy

3rd Team
Ashley Brewer, Central Magnet
Kat Carter, Upperman
Jordan Hollis, Cannon County
Raven Wright, Smith County
Loren Cripps, DeKalb County

All Defensive Team
Jordan Hollis, Cannon County
Ashley Wright, York Institute
Raven Wright, Smith County
Rachel Reeder, Livingston Academy
Taylor Meadows, Livingston Academy
Callie Hackett, Smith County
Claudia Hull, Upperman

All Freshman Team
Casey Gregory, Smith County
Jacquelin Carpenter, Smith County
Kelly Davis, Cannon County
Kylea Carver, Central Magnet
Ashli Chew, DeKalb County
Morgan Pedigo, DeKalb County
Skylar Looper, Livingston Academy
Kellie Lamb, Livingston Academy
Sarah Eldridge. Upperman

Honorable Mention
Madison Walkup, Cannon County
Rebecca Faulkner, Cannon County
Chelsea Lewis, DeKalb County
Taylor Meadows, Livingston Academy
Rachel Reeder, Livingston Academy
Allison Conder, Smith County
Katelyn Butler, York Institute
Mallory Hull, York Institute
Hannah Burke, York Institute
Haley Attkinson, York Institute

BOYS
MVP - Mason Ramsey, Livingston Academy
Defensive Player of the Year - Sonni Fullilove, DeKalb County
Most Improved Player -Wade Eldridge, Livingston Academy
Freshman of the Year - Colton Blevins, York Institute
Coach of the Year - Lynus Martin, DeKalb County

1st Team
Braxton Atnip, DeKalb County
Sonni Fullilove, DeKalb County
Brock McCoin, Livingston Academy
Jordan Craighead, Smith County
Joe Jones, Upperman

2nd Team
Cory Henley, Cannon County
Tyler McWilliams, Upperman
Stephen Howell, DeKalb County
Wade Eldridge, Livingston Academy
Jared Case, Upperman

3rd Team
Corbin Patton, York Institute
Kevin Craighead, Smith County
Cody Devillanueva, Upperman
Ethan Roller, DeKalb County
John McBride, York Institute

Honorable Mention
Lucas Phillps, DeKalb County
Will Molander, DeKalb County
Wyatt Slagle, Upperman
Dalton Dronebarger, Upperman
Dylan Hedgecloth, Upperman
Jacob Day, York Institute
Byron Matthews, York Institute
Jamal Carter, Smith County
Sam Holliman, Smith County
Beau Carr, Smith County
Creed Hayes, Livingston Academy
Bennett Fouts, Central Magnet
Coyle Gregory, Central Magnet
Camron Huff, Smith County
Bubba Jolley, Livingston Academy
Tanner Larson, Cannon County
Jarrett Melton, Cannon County

All Defensive Team
Creed Hayes, Livingston Academy
Brock McCoin, Livingston Academy
Jared Cox, Upperman
Kevin Craighead, Smith County
Tanner Larson, Cannon County

All Freshman Team
Colton Blevins, York Institute
Camron Huff, Smith County
Ben Guffey, Upperman
Dylan Linder, Livingston Academy
Peter Hollars, Livingston Academy

Jones and Morris Named Queen and King at Motlow College

February 10, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
Kelsey Jones and Corey Morris
Tyler Glenn of Morrison and Jaya Harwell of Smithville

Kelsey Jones and Corey Morris, both of McMinnville, were named queen and king during recent homecoming activities at Motlow College, according to Sheri Mason, assistant director of student services and Student Government Association sponsor.

Jones and Morris were nominated for the honors by members of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society at Motlow's McMinnville Center. Jones is studying criminal justice at the college and will graduate in May. Morris, who also will be among the May graduates, is a political science major.

Other nominees for queen and king were Courtney Michaels of Hazel Green, Ala.; Andrew Mustin of Fayetteville; Jaya Harwell of Smithville; Tyler Glenn of Morrison; Catherine Chappell of Tullahoma; Ange'lica Looney of Smyrna; and Presley Owen of Tullahoma. Homecoming was held on Motlow's Moore County campus and was sponsored by the SGA, which hosted a photo booth and distributed free pompoms and megaphones to attendees

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WJLE Radio

2606 McMinnville Hwy
Smithville, TN 37166

Phone: 615 597-4265
FAX: 615 597-6025
Email: wjle@dtccom.net

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