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Safely dispose of old cell phones to protect private information

September 8, 2009

If you own a cell phone, at some point you are likely to upgrade to a newer model. The Division of Consumer Affairs urges you to safely dispose of your old phone.

“It is important to properly dispose of your old cell phones to prevent your personal information from being stolen,” said Mary Clement, Director of Consumer Affairs. Cell phones are like laptop computers, they are often repositories of personal and sometimes sensitive information, including addresses, phone numbers, passwords, e-mail and account numbers. You wouldn’t dispose of your old laptop computer without wiping the hard drive clean; mobile devices deserve the same level of attention before you discard them. Encrypting passwords and other sensitive data stored on your cell phone can help prevent unauthorized access even after your cell phone is no longer in service. However, certain data on your phone, including contacts, photos and web search items may be recoverable with simple and inexpensive software programs.

Before you dispose of your old phone:
• Remove all personal information. Always remove the subscriber identity module (SIM) card from the phone.
• Remove all stored contacts in your phone book.
• Delete any lists of calls (received and made).
• Delete all voice mails, and sent and received e-mail and text messages.
• Delete photos and all web search history.

Your owner’s manual or your wireless provider will likely provide information on how to permanently delete information from your mobile device. Once you have deleted all personal information from your old phone, you can recycle or donate the phone. Cell phone manufacturers, service providers and nonprofit groups often have programs to refurbish mobile devices or recycle their components. Many organizations also collect old mobile devices for charitable purposes. For example, the Genesis House accepts donated phones the Sheriff's Department collects from residents here.

These donated phones are refurbished and then given to clients as a way to contact Law Enforcement in case of an emergency. The cell phones only will call 911.

Consumer Affairs is a division of the Department of Commerce and Insurance, which works to protect consumers while ensuring fair competition for industries and professionals who do business in Tennessee.

Sheriff's Department Makes Arrests

September 7, 2009
Dwayne Page
Flint Wilson Gilley II

The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department has made four arrests on various charges since last Wednesday.

Sheriff Patrick Ray says 24 year old Flint Wilson Gilley II of Bethel Road Smithville was arrested September 2nd after deputies responded to a call of a vehicle sitting in the roadway on Short Mountain Highway. Upon arrival officers found Gilley passed out behind the wheel of his vehicle, which was still in drive, with the engine running. After securing the automobile, officers awoke Gilley and noticed him to be under the influence. Gilley submitted to field sobriety tasks which he failed. Also found were two pill bottles. One bottle contained eight yellow Xanax and the other bottle contained 8 pills and two half pills of Suboxone. Gilley had no prescription for these drugs. Gilley was charged with driving under the influence, possession of a schedule III drug (Suboxone), and possession of a schedule IV drug (Xanax). Gilley's bond was set at $4,500 and his court date is October 1st.

On September 3rd, a county deputy spotted 20 year old Anthony W. Tramel of Oakley Road, Liberty driving a motor vehicle. The officer had prior knowledge of Tramel's driver's license being revoked. Upon stopping Tramel, the deputy noticed a strong odor of alcohol on Tramel's person, his eyes were glossy, and Tramel was stumbling when trying to walk. Tramel was asked to perform field sobriety tasks, but he refused. Tramel did admit to drinking beer. Tramel was arrested for a second offense of driving under the influence and a third offence of driving on a revoked driver's license. Tramel's bond was set at $5,000 and his court date is September 17th. Tramel was issued a citation for violation of the implied consent law.

23 year old Brandon Scott Kidd of Four Seasons Road Smithville was charged September 5th with a second offense of driving under the influence after he was involved in an auto accident on Four Seasons Road. Kidd was found to be under the influence. He was unsteady on his feet and he had an odor of alcohol on his person. Kidd submitted to and failed field sobriety tasks. He also admitted to drinking beer and taking Xanax. Kidd's bond was set at $2,000 and he will appear in court on September 17th.

31 year old Tommy J. Eldridge of Rose Wood Lane Smithville was charged September 6th with public intoxication after officers checked out a report of someone lying in the ditch on Highway 56 North. Upon arrival deputies found Eldridge to be in an intoxicated state. She had an odor of alcohol on her person and she was very unsteady on her feet. Eldridge admitted to taking Xanax and drinking beer. Bond for Eldridge was set at $1,000 and she will appear in court on October 1st.

Chief Jennings Releases Weekly Update on Criminal Activity

September 6, 2009
Dwayne Page

Smithville Police Chief Richard Jennings has released his weekly update on criminal activity in the city.

Smithville Police Officer Randy King was dispatched to DeKalb Community Hospital on Wednesday, September 2nd on a disturbance call. Upon arrival, Officer King made contact with
17 year old Cody Garrett Smith of 136 Bybee Drive, McMinnville, 34 year old Shane Colin Orlando of 678 Kendra Drive, Smithville and 40 year old Hope Lee Sims of 321 West Wood Drive, McMinnville. The three were yelling at each other. The verbal argument escalated to the point that Officer King arrested all three individuals. Orlando and Sims were cited for disorderly conduct. Their court date is set for September 17th in General Sessions Court. Meanwhile Cody Smith is charged with assault and his court date is September 16th in Juvenile Court.

Smithville Police Officer Scott Davis arrested 37 year old Larry Wayne Bain of 246 Hayes Court, Smithville on August 31st on an attachment warrant from Smith County.

Meanwhile, Chief Jennings says someone took two tailgates from two pickup trucks at Florence & White Ford on Broad Street in Smithville on or about August 27th. One tailgate was taken from a 2010 F-150 Ford truck and the other tailgate was taken from a 2008 F-250 Ford truck.

Some time after 10:30 p.m. on August 29th, someone entered the vehicle of Jerry L. Rackley at 605 Estes Street in Smithville. The following articles were taken from the vehicle, a Stanley wrench set, a Stanley socket set, gas from the vehicles gas tank, and $170 in cash.

In another case, Chief Jennings says someone, using the name Jeff White went to U.S. Equipment Sales and Rental in McMinnville on August 26th and rented a 2000 New Holland Skid Loader. White paid $250 in cash for a two day rental. An employee of the U.S. Equipment Company delivered the skid loader to 115 Wilson Street, Smithville. White stated he needed the loader to tear down an old house at that location. White was driving an older model blue Chevy S-10 truck. On the rental agreement, White gave an address of 111 Wilson Street, Smithville and a phone number. On August 28th, White called U.S. Equipment Company and talked to Davis asking if they had picked up the skid loader. Davis replied no. White said that someone had stolen the skid loader. Davis attempted to contact White and found out the suspect had given his company a false name, address, and telephone number. Davis has been unable to locate White or the New Holland Skid loader which is valued at $16,000.

Chief Jennings says if anyone has information about these or other offenses then please contact the Smithville Police Department. All information received will be confidential.

Tigers Hold on to Beat Cannon County 35-26

September 5, 2009
Dwayne Page

The DeKalb County Tigers were leading 35 to 0 early in the third quarter but had to hold on to win 35 to 26 over their border rivals from Cannon County Friday night in Smithville.

The 9 point win gives the Tigers a 2-1 record and a 1-0 start in District 8AA.

DeKalb County Quarterback Hunter Poteete got the Tigers on the board first on a six yard touchdown run with 3:52 to go in the first period. The P.A.T. by Zack Taylor was good and the black and gold led 7-0.

In the second quarter with 11:12 to go, Travon Johnson caught a seven yard touchdown pass from Quarterback Poteete and with the P.A.T by Zack Taylor, the Tigers led 14-0.

With 10:04 left in the second period, Poteete found Matt Giles on a pass play that covered 42 yards for a touchdown and the P.A.T. by Zack Taylor put the Tigers on top 21-0

Frank Morris caught a one yard touchdown pass from Poteete with 4:37 left in the second quarter. The P.A.T. by Taylor was good and DeKalb County led 28-0.

The Tigers last touchdown of the night came from the defense. With 10:57 left in the third period, Abram Edwards picked off a pass from Cannon County Quarterback Andrew Wooden and returned it 49 yards for the score. The P.A.T. by Taylor was good and the Tigers held a commanding 35 to 0 lead.

DeKalb County later attempted but failed to connect on a 37 yard field goal by Taylor.

Cannon County started their comeback with 9:14 left in the third period on a 13 yard touchdown pass play from Quarterback Andrew Wooden to Daniel Wooden. The two point conversion try failed and the Tiger lead was trimmed to 35 to 6.

In the fourth quarter with 11:32 to go, Lions Quarterback Andrew Wooden hooked up with Daniel Wooden again, this time on an 80 yard touchdown pass play. Heath Simons then caught a pass from Wooden for the two point conversion and the Tiger lead was cut to 35 to 14.

Cannon County struck again with 11:10 left in the game, as Quarterback Wooden found Heath Simons on a 40 yard touchdown pass play. The try for the two point conversion failed but the Tiger lead had shrunk to 35 to 20.

The Lions put their last touchdown on the board with 6:27 left in the game as Thomas Agee caught a six yard touchdown pass from Quarterback Wooden. The two point conversion try failed and DeKalb County's lead was down to nine points at 35 to 26.

Cannon County failed to convert a fourth down late in the game to keep their final drive alive and the Tigers got the ball back and ran out the clock to preserve their lead and notch the win.

Next week, DeKalb County will host the White County Warriors for Homecoming. Kick off will be at 7:00 p.m. Friday night, September 11th. WJLE will have LIVE coverage

Two Women Remain Hospitalized in Critical Condition after Wednesday Night Crash

September 3, 2009
Dwayne Page
Kym Denise Curtis
Emergency Personnel at Crash Scene Wednesday Night(Photo provided by Brad Mullinax)
One of the Vehicles in Wednesday Night Crash(Photo Provided by Brad Mullinax)

Two women remain hospitalized in critical condition after being involved in a crash Wednesday night on the Keltonburg Road (Highway 288)

Sergeant Mark Dial of the Tennessee Highway Patrol says 29 year old Kym Curtis of McMinnville is in Chattanooga's Erlanger Hospital while 19 year old Allison Ann Marie Vance of Smithville is at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

According to Sergeant Dial, Curtis was driving a 1993 Chevy Caprice traveling east on Keltonburg Road when she went off the highway while negotiating a curve to the left. "The passenger side wheels traveled off the pavement. She over steered to bring the vehicle back onto the pavement, resulting in her going into the west bound lane" where she sideswiped a westbound 2001 Hyundai, driven by 26 year old Joseph Edge of Smithville. Sergeant Dial says the Curtis car continued east in the westbound lane and made an angle impact with the front of a westbound 2009 Toyota Yaris, driven by Vance, who was following behind Edge. According to Sergeant Dial, Vance is Edge's fiance.

After Curtis was extricated from her car, both she and her 18 year old sister, Laura Curtis, who was a passenger in the Caprice, were airlifted from the scene and flown to Erlanger Hospital. Laura Curtis was treated and released.

Vance was removed from her vehicle and transported by DeKalb EMS to DeKalb Community Hospital where she was airlifted to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville.

Joseph Edge was apparently uninjured in the crash and his eleven month old daughter, Makya Edge also escaped injury. She was in a child restraint device in the back seat of Edge's car at the time of the accident.

Members of the DeKalb County Fire Department's Blue Springs Station and Extrication Team responded along with the Sheriff's Department and EMS.

Sergeant Dial says the investigation continues and charges are pending.

Beer Board Delays Revocation Hearing Again

September 3, 2009
Dwayne Page
Attorney Frank Buck
County Attorney Hilton Conger

The DeKalb County Beer Board has again delayed a hearing on the revocation of the off premises permit of Nicoles Market at 7024 Short Mountain Highway.

The board met Thursday night at the courthouse to take up the issue but decided to wait until the next meeting in October after questions were raised concerning another store in the area with a beer permit, One-Stop Market, at 3794 Short Mountain Highway.

In November 2008, the beer board granted an off premises permit to Areceli Soto Godinez, the owner of Nicole's Market, apparently not knowing the store is less than 2,000 feet from the Mount Pisgah Free Will Baptist Church, a violation of the county's distance regulations

DeKalb County has a rule forbidding the sale, storage and manufacture of beer and like beverages within 2,000 feet (or some lesser distance) of schools, churches, and other places of public gathering.

Frank Buck, attorney for the owners of Nicole's Market, told the beer board Thursday night that One-Stop Market may also be within 2,000 feet of a church, the New Home Baptist Church, which would also be a violation of the county's distance requirement "I know a speedometer is not a very good way to be measuring but I went out there and it is without question, very, very close. It's either within 2,000 feet or just outside (2,000 feet). It's between three and four tenths of a mile. The case law very clearly says it's building to building. You've got to measure from the nearest corner of the (store) building to the nearest corner of the building of the church. You must have a uniform method of measuring. And if that thing (One Stop Market) is within the 2,000 feet then my view is that you all have got a very serious problem with revoking this man's license (Nicole's Market)."

Buck also wants to see the resolution where the county commission has ever established the 2,000 foot distance requirement. Both he and Sarah Cripps say they have researched years of county records and cannot locate any such resolution. Cripps is the attorney for the owners of D& D Market of 7166 Short Mountain Highway, who were denied a beer permit in July because that store is also within 2,000 feet of the Mount Pisgah Free Will Baptist Church.

County Attorney Hilton Conger says the beer board has been relying on the 2,000 foot distance requirement for many years. "When the beer laws were first enacted, the county commission actually served as the beer board and then they formed an independent beer board and Chairman (Mack) Harney was on that original beer board and has served on it ever since."

As for any stores in violation of the distance requirement, Conger still insists that the beer board has the right to revoke their permits if they were inadvertently granted in error. "I believe the law is clear that we can revoke any permit that is within the prohibited area. We want to get it right."

However Buck suggested that if the beer board has granted more than one permit in error, that might not be considered inadvertent.

Conger advised the beer board to postpone the hearing until October 1st . In the meantime, a survey will be conducted to determine the exact distance between One-Stop Market and the New Home Baptist Church, and more research will be done in hopes of locating a county commission resolution establishing the distance requirement.

April Hale Named DCHS Homecoming Queen

September 3, 2009
Dwayne Page
DCHS Homecoming Queen April Michelle Hale
DCHS Homecoming Queen April Michelle Hale and Attendants

The 2009 Homecoming Queen at DeKalb County High School is April Michelle Hale

A senior, Hale is the 17 year old daughter of Kevin and Judith Hale of Smithville. She is a member of the French Club, Science Club, and Literature Club. Hale is also a four year football cheerleader, and this year serves as captain. She is a member of the Jesus is the Answer Church in Watertown.

The Homecoming Attendants are:

Senior Attendant - Kendra Elaine Foutch, the 17 year old daughter of Tracy and Belinda Foutch of Smithville. Foutch is a member of the Beta Club, Student Council, FBLA, Literature Club, and HOSA. She is also a basketball cheerleader and attends the First Assembly of God.

Senior Attendant- Hillary Shea Bowman, the 17 year old daughter of Mike and Lisa Bowman of Smithville. Bowman is a member of the Science Club, Literature Club, and French Club. She is also a football cheerleader, four year basketball statistician, a two year Tigerette Softball Player, and a Junior Pro Cheerleading Coach. Bowman attends the Keltonburg Church of Christ

Junior Attendant- MaKenzi Brooke Gibson, the 16 year old daughter of Erin and Shelly Gibson of Dowelltown. Gibson is a member of the Student Council and the French Club. She is also a member of the Salem Baptist Church

Sophomore Attendant- Johnna Rochele Roller, the 14 year old daughter of John and Michele Roller of Dowelltown. Roller is a member of the Literature and Science Clubs. She is also a football cheerleader, a member of the New Life United Pentecostal Church, and she participates in the Salem Baptist Church Youth Group.

Freshman Attendant- Lydia Morgan Foutch, the 14 year old daughter of Tracy and Belinda Foutch of Smithville. Foutch is a member of the Junior Beta Club, Student Council, FBLA, and Literature Club. She is a basketball player and she attends the First Assembly of God.

Spirit week activities will be held September 8th -11th at DCHS. The Homecoming Parade will take place Friday afternoon and the Tiger Homecoming Football game will be at 7:00 p.m. September 11th against the White County Warriors. WJLE will have LIVE coverage of the parade and the game.

(Pictured: Bottom Row, Left to Right- Hillary Shea Bowman, Queen April Michelle Hale, and Kendra Elaine Foutch. Back Row, left to right- Lydia Morgan Foutch, MaKenzi Brooke Gibson, and Johnna Rochele Roller)

Emberton Charged with DUI after Wreck

September 3, 2009
Dwayne Page

A 26 year old man was charged with driving under the influence Wednesday night after he lost control of his 1994 Jeep Cherokee Sport and overturned on Old Bildad Road.

Trooper Dewaine Jennings of the Tennessee Highway Patrol says Steven Bradley Emberton of Green Hill Road was traveling north toward Keltonburg Road when he went off the right side of the road, entered a ditchline, and struck a tree. The vehicle then overturned on it's top blocking the road.

Emberton refused transport by EMS to the hospital but because he had a strong odor of alcohol on his person, Trooper Jennings asked him to submit to field sobriety tasks. He was subsequently charged with DUI.

Mayor Baker and Alderman Tarpley Elected in Alexandria

September 1, 2009
Dwayne Page

Mayor Ria Baker and Alderman Tony Tarpley were elected to new four year terms during the Alexandria City Election Thursday.

Only nineteen people voted.

Mayor Baker received 18 votes and Tarpley had 19 votes

A mayor and three aldermen were supposed to be elected Thursday but Mayor Baker and Alderman Tarpley were the only candidates to qualify to get their names on the printed ballot. Aldermen Eddie Tubbs and Charles Griffith chose not to seek re-election.

There could also be no write-in candidates because the deadline had passed for anyone wanting to run as a write-in candidate to get in the race.

The remaining two vacancies on the city council will have to be filled by appointment of the board of mayor and aldermen.

Chamber Presents Awards to Local Churches

September 1, 2009
Dwayne Page
Chamber Presents Milestone Award to Salem Baptist Church
Chamber Presents Community Improvement Award

The Smithville-DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce Tuesday presented a Milestone Award to Salem Baptist Church, 319 West Main Street, Liberty to recognize their 200th year. T

The 200th Anniversary with its theme, "We've Come This Far By Faith," will be celebrated on Sunday, September 27th.

The Chamber also recently presented a Community Improvement Award to Smithville First
Baptist Church for their newly completed Life Enrichment Center.

The beautiful 13,000 square foot brick facility includes a basketball court, full kitchen, and stage area with sound system.

For more information on using the building, call 597-4275.

Pictured above: Robert Robinson, Anniversary Committee Chairman; Pastor Mark Wade; Suzanne Williams, Chamber Director

Pictured below are Pastor Mark Bass, Smithvile First Baptist Church members,
Circuit Court Clerk Katherine Pack, Chamber Board Member Gina Denman, and
Chamber Director Suzanne Williams.


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