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Bredesen Appoints John M. Roberts Temporary Criminal Court Judge for Tennessee's 13th Judicial District

August 31, 2006
by: 
Dwayne Page

Governor Phil Bredesen has appointed John M. Roberts of Livingston, Tenn., to serve as temporary criminal court judge for the 13th Judicial District, which includes Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Overton, Pickett, Putnam and White Counties. Roberts, who currently serves as executive director of the Livingston-Overton County Chamber of Commerce, is a former U.S. Attorney for Middle Tennessee.

?The experience John Roberts brings to this position will allow matters before the criminal court to proceed while the matter of the contested election is resolved,? said Bredesen. ?I believe this is certainly in the best interest of the citizens of the 13th Judicial District. With his outstanding qualifications in the area of criminal law, John will enjoy the confidence of the lawyers in the district, and I very much appreciate his willingness to serve the state in this capacity on a temporary basis.?

Roberts has served as District Attorney for the 13th Judicial District. He is a former General Sessions judge and graduate of the University of Tennessee School of Law in Knoxville.

?It is certainly an honor to have the confidence of Governor Bredesen in making this appointment, and I am happy to be able to help out by serving in this capacity on a short-term basis,? said Roberts.

Tennessee law (TCA 17-2-119) states the governor shall appoint a temporary judge in the event of a contested election. Judge Lillie Ann Sells is contesting the results of the Aug. 3, 2006 election in which she lost to challenger David Patterson by 10 votes. Trial in the case has been set for Sept. 26, 2006, in Putnam County.

Man Injured In Recent Wreck Dies

September 1, 2006
by: 
Dwayne Page

A 20 year old man, seriously injured in a traffic accident around 3:50 a.m. last Friday morning, August 25th, on Highway 56 south near Sink Creek, died Thursday at Vanderbilt Hospital.

Sergeant Billy Prater of the Tennessee Highway Patrol says Eduardo Cardinas of Franklin was driving north in a 1998 Dodge Dakota pickup truck when he failed to negotiate a curve after cresting a hill, went off the right side of the road, traveled 317 feet down a ditch line, struck the end of a guard rail, and continued another 163 feet. The truck overturned several times before it finally came to rest on it's right side at a drainage ditch. Cardinas was ejected from the vehicle.

Sergeant Prater says three other motorists on Highway 56 struck a portion of the guardrail that protruded out in the road after the crash, but none of them was injured.

Prater says Cardinas was airlifted from near the scene and flown to Vanderbilt Hospital.

In addition to DeKalb EMS, members of the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department and Sheriff's Department

Alexandria Man Injured In Saturday Morning Accident

September 4, 2006
by: 
Dwayne Page

An Alexandria man was injured in a one car traffic accident Saturday morning on the Walker Creek Road.

Trooper Johnny Farley of the Tennessee Highway Patrol says Danny W. Caldwell was driving a 1996 Pontiac Grand Am west on Walker Creek Road when he lost control while maneuvering to avoid hitting a deer.

The car went across the east bound lane, off the shoulder, struck a ditch and overturned. The vehicle came to rest on its top in a field off the road.

Caldwell was taken by DeKalb EMS to DeKalb Community Hospital where he was treated for head lacerations and other non life threatening injuries.

Green Brook Park Has New Amphitheater Seating Thanks To Local Eagle Scout Candidate

September 7, 2006
by: 
Dwayne Page

A Smithville Boy Scout, working toward the rank of Eagle Scout, is seeking your help to make his dream become a reality.

Scouts, in order to become an Eagle Scout, must be actively involved in a special service project, and Anderson Webb, chose as his, the addition of bench seating at the Green Brook Park Amphitheater.

Webb worked over a year planning the seating. In addition to working with architects and city managers, Webb conducted a brick sale to fund the project. With the help of volunteers, the seating was constructed and placed August 26th. The bricks will be laid around the amphitheater later in the fall.

Webb, a sophomore at DeKalb County High School, has been involved in Scouts in DeKalb County since first grade. He is soon to join the 4% of all Scouts who are able to attain Eagle Scout rank. A Scout must fulfill requirements in service, leadership, and outdoor skills before earning the Eagle Scout honor.

If you are interested in purchasing a brick in honor of or in memory of someone, the deadline has been extended through the month of September. You may pick up an order form at AmSouth Bank, Webb's Pharmacy, and other local businesses. For more information contact Anderson Webb at 597-5521.

Sheriff's Department Makes Drug Arrest

September 8, 2006
by: 
Dwayne Page

A 39 year old man was arrested early Thursday morning after a county deputy found in his possession a large number of pills.

Sheriff Patrick Ray says Roger Tremain Rapp of 261 Kings Court Lane, Smithville is charged with possession of a schedule II drug for resale (dilaudid) and possession of a schedule II drug for resale (soma).

His bond was set at $50,000 and he will appear in General Sessions Court on Thursday, September 21st. He is currently free on bond.

Sheriff Ray says while on patrol, the deputy pulled into the parking area of Sligo Marina and came across a 1992 Infinity parked just beneath the Sligo Bridge. Upon further investigation, the officer looked in the car and saw a man and a woman, both nude, who appeared to be passed out.

The officer awakened the man, but before Rapp was allowed to put on his shorts, the deputy conducted a search to make sure there weren't any weapons in the man's clothing. The officer found a total of nine soma pills and an unlabeled bottle containing fifty seven and a half pills of K-4 dilaudid in the pockets of the man's shorts.

The woman was not charged.

Sheriff Ray says Rapp's car has been seized along with a total of $928.39 also found in his clothing. He says the Tennessee Department of Revenue will be contacted for collection of sales tax on the drugs.

Small Business Endorses Mae Beavers in Senate District 17

September 9, 2006
by: 
Dwayne Page

The National Federation of Independent Business, Tennessee?s leading small-business advocacy group, today announced its endorsement of incumbent Mae Beavers in Senate District 17. Beavers has been a strong supporter of small business, registering an 80 percent NFIB Voting Record.

?Mae Beavers is a consistent friend of small business who votes on principle,? NFIB/Tennessee State Director Gary Selvy said. ?Her small-business constituents know where she stands on key issues, and they are eager for her to return to Nashville to vote for free enterprise. Mae Beavers is clearly the choice for District 17 small-business owners who are seeking pro-growth policies and less government intrusion.?

?I look forward to continuing my work with the NFIB, as we work to keep Tennessee friendly to small business by making sure there is no state income tax and by keeping regulations and fees off small businesses,? Sen. Beavers said.

NFIB?s endorsement is a key one for Beavers. Small-business owners and their employees vote in high numbers and are known for actively recruiting friends, family members and acquaintances to go to the polls. NFIB has pledged to Beavers that it will activate its grassroots network on her behalf.

Beavers is vice chair of the Senate Environment, Conservation and Tourism Committee, secretary of the Environment Committee and a member of the Transportation and Government Operations committees. Senate District 17 encompasses Cannon, Clay, DeKalb, Macon and Smith counties, as well as part of Sumner, Trousdale and Wilson counties. The general election will be held Nov. 7.

NFIB?s political support is based on the candidate?s position and record on small-business issues. Mae Beavers? endorsement comes from the NFIB/Tennessee SAFE (Save America?s Free Enterprise) Trust, the political action committee for NFIB/Tennessee?s membership. The endorsement brings the considerable grassroots support of Tennessee?s small-business owners to the Mae Beavers campaign.

Early Voting begins Monday for the DTC Communications' election of directors.

September 10, 2006
by: 
Dwayne Page

Early Voting begins Monday for the DTC Communications' election of directors.

Directors will be elected in three exchanges, including the Alexandria (529), Liberty (536), and Smithville (215/597) exchanges.

Incumbents Bennie Curtis and Randy Campbell are running unopposed in the Alexandria and Liberty exchanges, respectively.

The Smithville exchange is represented by four candidates: Incumbent Paul Cantrell and three who qualified by petition - Freddy N. Colvert, Ronald Garrison, and Vester Parsley, Jr.

Voting for directors will take place at the cooperative's annual meeting on Saturday, Sept. 16 and during early voting Monday-Wednesday, Sept. 11-13.

Only DTC members may vote, and each member must present identification. For a single membership, only that individual may vote. Either member of a joint membership may vote, but not both. In the case of a business membership, a business affidavit is required.

The early voting schedule and locations are as follows:
Early Voting Hours: Monday, Sept. 11 ? Noon to 7 p.m.,Tuesday, Sept. 12 ? Noon to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 13 ? 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Early Voting Locations: Kenneth Sandlin Building, DeKalb County Fairgrounds, Alexandria, Gordonsville Clinic/DTC Conference Room, 126 JMZ Drive, Gordonsville, DeKalb County Courthouse, Room 100, 1 Public Square, Smithville, DTC Training Center (formerly Woodbury phone store), located beside the DTC Customer Service Center, Woodbury

On Saturday, Sept. 16, gates to the DeKalb County Fairgrounds in Alexandria will open at 11:45 a.m., with voting from noon until 4 p.m. The business meeting will begin at 4 p.m. or once the last person in line at that time has voted.

For additional guidelines regarding membership and voting, refer to the by-laws section of any DTC phone directory, or call DTC at 615-529-2955.

Suspicious Trailer Fire Under Investigation

September 11, 2006
by: 
Dwayne Page

The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department is investigating a suspicious fire at a vacant mobile home Sunday night in a trailer park at 245 Toad Road.

Bruce Tramel is reportedly the owner of the trailer.

DeKalb County Fire Chief Donny Green says neighbors reported seeing a man go into the trailer and come out shortly before the fire started.

Fire fighters were summoned to the scene at 10:58 p.m. and upon arrival found fire and heavy smoke coming from the trailer. Green says they were able to contain the blaze to a hallway inside the back door of the trailer. The mobile home was saved from total destruction.

Green says two neighbors, Jason Campbell and Barry Ohl, used buckets of water to try to get the fire under control while firefighters were enroute. Campbell was overcome by smoke and had to be taken to the hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation. No one else was injured.

Green says because of the suspicious nature of the fire and evidence found at the scene, the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department has started an investigation into the cause of the blaze.

Members of the Cookeville Highway, Short Mountain Highway, and Liberty Fire Stations responded to the scene along with officers of the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department and DeKalb EMS.

Cantrell Seeks Assault Charges Against Shooting Victim And Another Man

September 18, 2006
by: 
Dwayne Page

25 year old Garth Cantrell, charged with shooting 21 year old Joseph Givens in the face with a 22 caliber rifle Thursday night, is now seeking assault charges against Givens and another man, claiming they beat him up prior to the shooting.

Charges are currently pending against the two men.

Smithville Police were summoned to 303 White Street at 11:35 p.m. Thursday and found that Givens had been shot in the face by a 22 caliber rifle. Cantrell was identified as the man who did the shooting, but he had apparently left the scene in a pick-up truck with another person.

During radio communications with Smithville Police Officer Steve Deffendoll, Sheriff Patrick Ray says he spotted a gray Toyota pick-up truck traveling on Mountain Street with it's headlights off and he stopped the vehicle near the intersection of East Main Street and Bright Hill Road. Inside the truck was a 22 caliber rifle.

Sheriff Ray says Cantrell, a passenger of the truck, had a bloody nose and mouth and he was taken to DeKalb Community Hospital for treatment. Cantrell was then transported to the DeKalb County Jail where he was booked for attempted first degree murder by Smithville Police.

Investigators have not confirmed it, but sources say Cantrell had been out with a friend that night and that after they stopped at the White Street location, Givens and the other man approached the vehicle, where Cantrell was sleeping, and started beating him. Cantrell awoke to the attack and after the incident, he left, got a 22 caliber rifle, returned to the scene, confronted Givens, and then shot him.

The arrest warrant against Cantrell states that \"Garth Wayne Cantrell did shoot Joseph Givens in the face area with a .22 caliber rifle at 303 White Street. Mr. Cantrell got into a fight with Givens and another subject and left and returned with the rifle and shot Mr. Givens, causing serious bodily injury. Mr Cantrell admits to doing this shooting.\"

Givens was taken to Vanderbilt Hospital and has since been released. He reportedly suffered a serious eye injury.

Cantrell remains in jail under a $125,000 bond. Since his arrest, Cantrell has also been charged with violation of probation. He appeared in General Sessions Court on August 31st and was granted probation after being sentenced on charges of possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He received two sentences of 11 months and 29 days to run concurrently.

He is scheduled to appear in court on the attempted murder charge October 5th.

Vester Parsley, Jr., attorney for Cantrell, declined to make any statement in Cantrell's defense at this time.

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