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Ivy Phillips Repeats as Jamboree Fiddling Grand Champion

July 2, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page
Ivy Phillips Repeats as Jamboree Fiddling Grand Champion. Pictured with Jamboree Coordinator Sam Stout
Junior Old-Time Appalachian Flatfoot Dance (Ages up to 39): First Place-Chris Stewart of Lebanon
Senior Old-Time Appalachian Flatfoot Dance (Ages 40 & Over): First Place-Ruth Alpert of Santa Barbara, California
Senior Buck Dancing (Ages 40 & Over): First Place- Ruth Alpert of Santa Barbara, California
Senior Clogging (Ages 40 & Over): First Place-Tammy Scruggs of Gallatin
Bluegrass Banjo: First Place-Tyler Collins of Allons, Tennessee
Junior Fiddlers (Ages 13-39) and Contest Fiddle: First Place-Ivy Phillips of Chapmansboro
Flat Top Guitar: First Place- Tyler Andal of Nashville
Bluegrass Band: First Place- Mountain Cove Bluegrass of Signal Mountain
Senior Fiddlers ( Ages 40 & Over): First Place- Tony Haley of Mount Juliet
Contest Fiddle for the Neil Dudney Award: First place-Ivy Phillips of Chapmansboro. The award was presented to Phillips by Dudney's grandsons Dylan, Ethan, and Brandon Shaw and great grandson Carson Shaw.

Ivy Phillips of Chapmansboro, Tennessee has repeated as the Grand Champion Fiddler of the Smithville Fiddler’s Jamboree and Crafts Festival. Phillips, who won the title for the first time last year, took home the Berry C. Williams Memorial Award Saturday night after the Grand Finale Fiddle-Off between the best Junior and Senior Fiddler. The two day festival came to a close a few minutes before midnight.

Phillips made it to the fiddle off by winning, for the second year in a row, the Junior Fiddling competition and she won the Grand Championship by beating the winner of the Senior Fiddling contest Tony Haley of Mount Juliet. Phillips also repeated as the winner of the Contest Fiddle competition and the Neil Dudney Award. She received that award from members of Dudney’s family. Dudney is a former long time Coordinator of the Fiddler’s Jamboree.

Phillips is a two time Jamboree fiddling champion of the National Championship for Country Musician Beginners in 2012 and 2013.

Winners in the Saturday session of the Fiddler's Jamboree are as follows:

Junior Old-Time Appalachian Flatfoot Dance (Ages up to 39): First Place-Chris Stewart of Lebanon; Second Place- Jason Wade of Paris, Tennessee; and Third Place- Hillary Klug of Shelbyville.

Senior Old-Time Appalachian Flatfoot Dance (Ages 40 & Over): First Place-Ruth Alpert of Santa Barbara, California; Second Place- Danny Campbell of Murfreesboro; and Third Place- Eileen Stewart of Cumberland City, Tennessee.

Senior Buck Dancing (Ages 40 & Over): First Place- Ruth Alpert of Santa Barbara, California; Second Place Traci Warren of Burns, Tennessee; and Third Place-Tommie Scruggs, Jr. of Hartsville.

Senior Clogging (Ages 40 & Over): First Place-Tammy Scruggs of Gallatin; Second Place- Darrin Stryker of Crossville; and Third Place- Tommy Jackson of Franklin.

Bluegrass Banjo: First Place-Tyler Collins of Allons, Tennessee; Second Place-Trevor Holder of Ringgold, Georgia; and Third Place- Kurt Stephenson of Dyersburg

Junior Fiddlers (Ages 13-39): First Place-Ivy Phillips of Chapmansboro; Second Place- Hillary Klug of Shelbyville; and Third Place- Tyler Andal of Nashville.

Flat Top Guitar: First Place- Tyler Andal of Nashville; Second Place-Ivy Phillips of Chapmansboro; and Third Place-Daniel Amick of Centerville.

Contest Fiddle (Neil Dudney Award): First Place- Ivy Phillips of Chapmansboro; Second Place- Tyler Andal of Nashville; and Third Place- Hillary Klug of Shelbyville. The Neil Dudney Award was presented to Phillips by Dudney's grandsons Dylan, Ethan, and Brandon Shaw and great grandson Carson Shaw.

Bluegrass Band: First Place- Mountain Cove Bluegrass of Signal Mountain; Second Place- Lonesome Highway of Bumpus Mills, Tennessee; and Third Place-Blue Collar Bluegrass of Sparta.

Senior Fiddlers ( Ages 40 & Over): First Place- Tony Haley of Mount Juliet; Second Place- Marcia Denton of Murfreesboro; and Third Place- Richard Dahl of Logan, New Mexico

Square Dancing: First Place-Harpeth River of Franklin; Second Place- Rhythym N Motion of Cookeville ; and Third Place- Sarah's Stompers of Dickson.

A Henry, Tennessee girl won the top Jamboree award Saturday as the best fiddler in the National Championship for Country Musician Beginners.

Iris Shepherd won the coveted James G. "Bobo" Driver Memorial Award, named for the man who started the children's competition during the 1980's as part of the annual Fiddler's Jamboree and Crafts Festival. Driver's son Jimmy Driver and granddaughter Kim Luton presented the award to Shepherd.

Meanwhile Brayden Chunn of Greenbriar was named "Entertainer of the Year". The award is presented to the best overall instrumental entertainer among winners in the dobro guitar, mandolin, five string banjo, and flat top guitar competition.

Chunn placed first in the Mandolin and Clogging competition; second in Dobro Guitar and Buck Dancing, and third place in the Fiddle and Flat Top Guitar contests.

(VIEW VIDEO BELOW OF SATURDAY'S SQUARE DANCING WINNER HARPETH RIVER OF FRANKLIN)

The National Championship for Country Musician Beginners showcases the talents of children up to age twelve in seven categories of competition.

(VIEW SEPARATE STORY FOR PHOTOS OF WINNERS)

This year's winners are as follows:

Fiddle: First Place- Iris Shepherd of Henry, Tennessee; Second Place- Hailey Bryant of Grenbriar; and Third Place- Brayden Chunn of Greenbriar.

Buck Dancing: First Place- Kaelin Wade of Paris, Tennessee; Second Place- Brayden Chunn of Greenbrier, and Third Place- Jacob Ferrell of Dickson

Clogging: First Place- Brayden Chunn of Greenbrier; Second Place- Arlee Fowlkes of Hurricane Mills, Tennessee; and Third Place- Emily Brown of Hartsville.

Dobro Guitar: First Place- Maddie McKenney of Cullman, Alabama; Second Place- Brayden Chunn of Greenbriar; and Third Place- Darrah Ramsey of Smithville.

Mandolin: First Place-Brayden Chunn of Greenbriar; Second Place-Maddie McKenney of Cullman, Alabama; and Third Place- Kevin Beddingfield of Flag Pond, Tennessee.

Five String Banjo: First Place- Conner Derryberry of Shelbyville; Second Place- Cooper Brown of Smithville; and Third Place- Kevin Beddingfield of Flag Pond, Tennessee

Flat Top Guitar: First Place- Robert Wheeler of Smithville; Second Place-Mary Davis of Knoxville; and Third Place- Brayden Chunn of Greenbriar

Tennessee Mafia Jug Band Receives Jamboree's "Blue Blaze Award" (VIEW VIDEO HERE)

July 2, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page
Tennessee Mafia Jug Band Receives Jamboree's "Blue Blaze Award"

The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band became the fourth annual recipient of the Fiddlers' Jamboree's "Blue Blaze Award" Saturday evening.

Members of the band received the award from Fiddlers' Jamboree Coordinator Sam Stout and Shan Burklow, who introduced the group. The band then entertained the Jamboree crowd.

The Fiddler’s Jamboree “Blue Blaze Award” is given to a musician or band who is actively cultivating a love of bluegrass music. Previous winners are Darrin Vincent of Dailey and Vincent, Sierra Hull, and Danny Roberts of the Grascals.

The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band includes guitar picker Mike Armistead, banjo player Leroy Troy, fiddler Dan Kelly, Ernie Sykes, Kent Blanton on the bass fiddle, and Dobro player Mike Webb. The overalls-clad band has appeared on the Opry, at Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center, at The Station Inn and at numerous other venues, playing boisterous songs like “Too Old to Cut the Mustard,” “What a Waste of Good Corn Liquor” and “Slide Them Jugs Down the Mountain.”

This frolicking sixsome brightens up the stage with rib-tickling old time tunes. They not only know the music, they wear the costumes, tell corny jokes, and even do slapstick gags.

Leroy Troy is a regular on the weekly Marty Stuart television show on RFD TV and the entire band is often featured on the show.

(VIEW VIDEO OF THE PERFORMANCE BELOW)

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Indiana Man Wins Fiddler 5K Race (VIEW VIDEO HERE)

July 1, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page
Sean Edwards of Carmel, Indiana was the overall winner of the Fiddler 5K and Fun Run Saturday. He ran the course in 19:27. (Photo by Bill Luton of Luton Photography)
Brooklyn Edwards of Carmel, Indiana won the Fiddler 5K and Fun Race race among females on Saturday. She ran the course in 19:46. (Photo by Bill Luton of Luton Photography)
One-Mile Fun Run (age 12 and younger): TOP MALE: Jon Andrew Bryson of Woodbury at 7:25 (Photo by Bill Luton of Luton Photography)
One-Mile Fun Run (age 12 and younger): TOP FEMALE: Claire Evans of Alamo, Tennessee at 7:42 (Photo by Bill Luton of Luton Photography)

An Indiana man was the overall winner of the 19th Annual Fiddler 5K and One-Mile Fun Run Saturday in Smithville.

Sean Edwards of Carmel, Indiana ran the course in 19:27.

Meanwhile Brooklyn Edwards of Carmel, Indiana won the race among females. She ran the course in 19:46

Winners in other categories were:

TOP MALE MASTERS (Age 40 and older): Lee Piccirillo of Murfreesboro at 21:21

TOP FEMALE MASTERS (Age 40 and older): Tracy Watson at 22:42

One-Mile Fun Run (age 12 and younger) winners:

TOP MALE: Jon Andrew Bryson of Woodbury at 7:25

TOP FEMALE: Claire Evans of Alamo, Tennessee at 7:42

The 19th Annual Fiddler 5K and One-Mile Fun Run featured 324 participants.

Funds raised will support Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County

To learn more visit www.fiddler5k.com

Iris Shepherd Crowned Best Beginner Fiddler at Jamboree

July 1, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page
Iris Shepherd Crowned Best Beginner Fiddler at Jamboree
Iris Shepherd won the coveted James G. "Bobo" Driver Memorial Award for being named the best Beginner Fiddler at the Jamboree. Driver's son Jimmy Driver and granddaughter Kim Luton presented the award to Shepherd
Brayden Chunn of Greenbriar was named "Entertainer of the Year".
Buck Dancing: First Place- Kaelin Wade of Paris, Tennessee
Clogging: First Place- Brayden Chunn of Greenbrier
Dobro Guitar: First Place- Maddie McKenney of Cullman, Alabama
Mandolin: First Place-Brayden Chunn of Greenbriar
Five String Banjo: First Place- Conner Derryberry of Shelbyville
Flat Top Guitar: First Place- Robert Wheeler of Smithville

A Henry, Tennessee girl won the top Jamboree award Saturday as the best fiddler in the National Championship for Country Musician Beginners.

Iris Shepherd won the coveted James G. "Bobo" Driver Memorial Award, named for the man who started the children's competition during the 1980's as part of the annual Fiddler's Jamboree and Crafts Festival. Driver's son Jimmy Driver and granddaughter Kim Luton presented the award to Shepherd.

Meanwhile Brayden Chunn of Greenbriar was named "Entertainer of the Year". The award is presented to the best overall instrumental entertainer among winners in the dobro guitar, mandolin, five string banjo, and flat top guitar competition.

Chunn placed first in the Mandolin and Clogging competition; second in Dobro Guitar and Buck Dancing, and third place in the Fiddle and Flat Top Guitar contests.

The National Championship for Country Musician Beginners showcases the talents of children up to age twelve in seven categories of competition.

This year's winners are as follows:

Fiddle: First Place- Iris Shepherd of Henry, Tennessee; Second Place- Hailey Bryant of Grenbriar; and Third Place- Brayden Chunn of Greenbriar.

Buck Dancing: First Place- Kaelin Wade of Paris, Tennessee; Second Place- Brayden Chunn of Greenbrier, and Third Place- Jacob Ferrell of Dickson

Clogging: First Place- Brayden Chunn of Greenbrier; Second Place- Arlee Fowlkes of Hurricane Mills, Tennessee; and Third Place- Emily Brown of Hartsville.

Dobro Guitar: First Place- Maddie McKenney of Cullman, Alabama; Second Place- Brayden Chunn of Greenbriar; and Third Place- Darrah Ramsey of Smithville.

Mandolin: First Place-Brayden Chunn of Greenbriar; Second Place-Maddie McKenney of Cullman, Alabama; and Third Place- Kevin Beddingfield of Flag Pond, Tennessee.

Five String Banjo: First Place- Conner Derryberry of Shelbyville; Second Place- Cooper Brown of Smithville; and Third Place- Kevin Beddingfield of Flag Pond, Tennessee

Flat Top Guitar: First Place- Robert Wheeler of Smithville; Second Place-Mary Davis of Knoxville; and Third Place- Brayden Chunn of Greenbriar

The Fiddler's Jamboree will conclude later tonight.

Finals are upcoming in the following categories:

*Junior Old Time Appalachian Flatfoot dance (ages up to 39)

*Senior Old Time Appalachian Flatfoot dance ( ages 40 and over)

*Senior Buckdancing (ages 40 and over)

*Senior Clogging (ages 40 and over)

*Bluegrass Banjo

*Junior Fiddlers (ages 13-39)

*Flat Top Guitar

*Contest Fiddle for the Neil Dudney Award

*Bluegrass Band*

*Senior Fiddlers (ages 40 and over)

*Square Dancing (4 Couples-8 Total Dancers).

The winners of the Junior and Senior Fiddling competition will square off for the Grand Champion Award, the Berry C. Williams Memorial Trophy at the conclusion of the festival.

The Jamboree Blue Blaze Award will be presented at 5:00 p.m. to recognize a band that is actively cultivating a love of bluegrass music. This year’s winner is the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band.

WJLE will broadcast the on-stage entertainment LIVE on AM 1480/ FM 101.7 and LIVE streaming at www.wjle.com.

In addition to music and dancing competitions onstage, the Fiddlers Jamboree also features dozens of crafts displayed along the downtown streets, plenty of delicious foods for sale at local food booths, and lots of shade tree picking under trees around the town square.

Jamboree Visitors Treated to Lots of Entertainment and Fun

July 1, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page
Pam Muller of Eugene Oregon received a Tennessee State flag from State Representatives Mark Pody and Terri Lynn Weaver and State Senator Mae Beavers
Oren Kagan of Mount Juliet received a United States flag. He was born in Israel
Fiddlers Jamboree Coordinator Sam Stout presents plaque of appreciation to former Coordinator Jack Barton
*Old Time Appalachian Folk Singing (Solo): First Place-Ivy Phillips of Chapmansboro, Tennessee
*Junior Clogging (Ages 13-39): First Place-Kody M. Hash of Walland, Tennessee
*Junior Buck Dancing (Ages 13-39): First Place- Chris Stewart of Lebanon
*Old Time Appalachian Folksinging (Duet, Trio, Quartet): First Place- - The McKenneys of Cullman, Alabama
*Dobro Guitar :First Place-Chad Davis of Sparta
*Mountain Dulcimer: First Place-Keith Oler of Murphy, North Carolina
*Hammer Dulcimer: First Place-Betty J. Groulx of Arcadia, Florida
*Novelty Event: First Place- David Turner of Alexandria
*Autoharp:First Place- Logan Purtear of Hixson
*Gospel Singing (Solo): First Place-Amanda McKenney of Cullman, Alabama
*Country Harmonica: First Place-Daniel Amick of Centerville
*Old Time Banjo: First Place- Daniel Amick of Centerville
*Gospel Singing (Duet, Trio, & Quartet): First Place- Eryn Jenkins and group of Wilder, Tennessee
*Mandolin: First Place-Ivy Phillips of Chapmansboro
*Old Time Fiddle Band: First Place-Uncle Shuffelo and his Haint Hollow Hootenanny of Unionville

Performers picked, sang, and danced all day Friday until around 10:30 p.m. during the first day of the 46th annual Smithville Fiddler's Jamboree and Crafts Festival.

The jamboree opened Friday morning with Lloyd Tisdale doing a little dance accompanied by a band even though he had to use a walker to access the stage.

State Representatives Terri Lynn Weaver and Mark Pody presented flags flown over the state capitol to two Jamboree visitors Friday evening. Pam Muller of Eugene Oregon received a Tennessee State flag and Oren Kagan of Mount Juliet was awarded a United States flag. He was born in Israel.

Following a Jamboree welcome Friday evening from Coordinator Sam Stout and an introduction of local public officials, the Community Chorus entertained the crowd with a patriotic program. Stout, who became the new Jamboree Coordinator in February, presented a plaque to former Coordinator Jack Barton for his years of devoted service to the Jamboree as Coordinator. Barton remains a member of the Jamboree Board of Directors. Members of the Smithville Volunteer Fire Department presented colors to begin the Jamboree welcome Friday evening.

Preliminaries were held in sixteen categories of music and dance competition followed by the finals featuring the top three acts in each event.

The following are the winners in each category:

*Old Time Appalachian Folk Singing (Solo):
First Place-Ivy Phillips of Chapmansboro, Tennessee
Second Place- Maddie McKenney of Cullman, Alabama
Third Place-Michael Klug of Shelbyville

*Junior Clogging (Ages 13-39):
First Place-Kody M. Hash of Walland, Tennessee
Second Place- Sierra Ivie Tomlin of Springfield
Third Place-Tanner Dunn of Cookeville

*Junior Buck Dancing (Ages 13-39):
First Place- Chris Stewart of Lebanon
Second Place-Sierra Ivie Tomlin of Springfield
Third Place-Kody M. Hash of Walland, Tennessee

*Old Time Appalachian Folksinging (Duet, Trio, Quartet)
First Place- - The McKenneys of Cullman, Alabama
Second Place- Daniel and Elizabeth Seber of Smithville
Third Place- Suff Hollar Ramblers of Mount Juliet

*Dobro Guitar:
First Place-Chad Davis of Sparta
Second Place-Makala Carr of Rickman
Third Place-Ivy Phillips of Chapmansboro

*Mountain Dulcimer:
First Place-Keith Oler of Murphy, North Carolina
Second Place-Tyler Andal of Nashville
Third Place-Donita Brown of Springfield

*Hammer Dulcimer:
First Place-Betty J. Groulx of Arcadia, Florida
Second Place-Daniel Amick of Centerville

*Novelty Event:
First Place- David Turner of Alexandria
Second Place-Hillary Klug of Shelbyville
Third Place-Ivy and Tyler of Nashville

*Autoharp:
First Place- Logan Purtear of Hixson
Second Place-Betty J. Groulx of Arcadia, Florida
Third Place-Kurt Stephenson of Dyersburg

*Gospel Singing (Solo):
First Place-Amanda McKenney of Cullman, Alabama
Second Place- Annabella Dakas of Smithville
Third Place-Eryn Jenkins of Wilder, Tennessee

*Country Harmonica:
First Place-Daniel Amick of Centerville
Second Place-Tyler Martelli of Chattanooga
Third Place- Rob Pearcy of Smyrna

*Old Time Banjo:
First Place- Daniel Amick of Centerville
Second Place- Tyler Andal of Nashville
Third Place- Conner Derryberry of Shelbyville

*Youth Square Dancing:
First Place- Main Stage Explosion of Pleasant View
Second Place- Little Texas of Franklin
Third Place-Jackson Hollow of Franklin

*Gospel Singing (Duet, Trio, & Quartet):
First Place- Eryn Jenkins and group of Wilder, Tennessee
Second Place- Lonesome Tradition of Cookeville
Third Place-Harvey Brownsmith and group of Signal Mountain

*Mandolin:
First Place-Ivy Phillips of Chapmansboro
Second Place- Daniel Amick of Centerville
Third Place-Tyler Andal of Nashville

*Old Time Fiddle Band:
First Place-Uncle Shuffelo and his Haint Hollow Hootenanny of Unionville
Second Place-Puddle Jumpers of Dyersburg
Third Place- Slim Chance Band of Smyrna

The Fiddler's Jamboree resumes at 9:00 a.m. today with preliminaries in the following categories:

*Junior Old Time Appalachian Flatfoot dance (ages up to 39)

*Senior Old Time Appalachian Flatfoot dance ( ages 40 and over)

*Senior Buckdancing (ages 40 and over)

*Senior Clogging (ages 40 and over)

*Bluegrass Banjo

*Junior Fiddlers (ages 13-39)

*Flat Top Guitar

*Contest Fiddle for the Neil Dudney Award

*Bluegrass Band*

*Senior Fiddlers (ages 40 and over)

*Square Dancing (4 Couples-8 Total Dancers).

Preliminaries will be held in each event and then the top three finalists will be called back tonight to compete for first, second, and third place.

The winners of the Junior and Senior Fiddling competition will square off for the Grand Champion Award, the Berry C. Williams Memorial Trophy at the conclusion of the festival.

The Jamboree Blue Blaze Award will be presented at 5:00 p.m. to recognize a band that is actively cultivating a love of bluegrass music. This year’s winner is the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band.

Meanwhile, the National Championship for Country Musician Beginners will be held this afternoon during the Jamboree featuring competitions for children, up to age twelve, in the categories of Buck Dancing, Clogging, Dobro Guitar, Mandolin, Five String Banjo, Flat Top Guitar, and Fiddle.

Preliminaries will be held in each event and then the top three finalists will be brought back to compete for first, second, and third place.

WJLE will broadcast the on-stage entertainment LIVE on AM 1480/ FM 101.7 and LIVE streaming at www.wjle.com.

In addition to music and dancing competitions onstage, the Fiddlers Jamboree also features dozens of crafts displayed along the downtown streets, plenty of delicious foods for sale at local food booths, and lots of shade tree picking under trees around the town square.

State Fire Marshal Encourages Tennesseans to Leave Fireworks to the Experts

June 30, 2017

The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office reminds Tennesseans of a simple, yet significant tip for safer Fourth of July celebrations: Let the pros handle the fireworks.

With a multitude of professional displays scheduled for the Fourth, including one of the nation’s largest in Nashville, there’s no shortage of festive and colorful fireworks to enjoy in Tennessee. State fire officials urge Tennesseans to take part in these professionally run events instead of risking their lives and possibly breaking the law by detonating fireworks themselves.

“The State Fire Marshal’s Office wants consumers to stay safe as they celebrate our nation’s independence with family and friends,” State Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak said. “To avoid the risk of injury and property damage associated with consumer fireworks, we encourage Tennesseans to join other community members in attending a public display put on by trained and licensed professionals.”

Each July 4th, thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). In addition to injuries, fireworks can devastate homes and property. Since 2013, fireworks have caused over $1 million in property damage in Tennessee according to state fire data.

Shooting fireworks at home requires that consumers learn their local fireworks laws. Tennessee’s counties and most of its cities have ordinances and restrictions regarding fireworks usage. Before detonating any firework, the State Fire Marshal’s Office urges residents to check with their local police and fire department to determine the local laws about fireworks.

A 2007 Tennessee law prevents children under 16 from purchasing fireworks; and those who are age 16 or 17 must present a photo ID to purchase them.

State legislation passed in 2011 reclassified sky lanterns as special fireworks exclusively for use by individuals with a professional license (certified flame effect operator, certified outdoor display operator or certified proximate pyrotechnic operator). The general public cannot purchase or use sky lanterns. If a sky lantern is found in the possession of someone who does not have a professional license issued by the State Fire Marshal’s Office, the device can be confiscated and later destroyed.

A law passed in 2015 prohibits flying a drone (unmanned aircraft) above an outdoor ticketed event with more than 100 people, or in the vicinity of a fireworks display site, without the permission of the event operator.

If consumer fireworks are legal where you live and you decide to set them off on your own, be sure to follow these important safety tips:

• Never allow children to handle or ignite fireworks.

• Read and follow all warnings and instructions.

• Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.

• Wear eye protection.

• Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks.

• Never throw or point fireworks at people or animals.

• Only light fireworks outdoors on a smooth, flat surface away from homes, dry leaves and flammable materials.

• Never try to relight fireworks that have not fully functioned.

• Keep a bucket of water and a garden hose nearby in case of a malfunction or fire.

• Sparklers are not toys and cause hundreds of injuries every year. Sparklers burn hot, can reach temperatures as high as 1,200° F, and stay hot long after they’ve burned out. You wouldn’t hand a matchbook or lighter to a child to wave or play with – so, don’t give a child a sparkler.

For more fire safety information, download and print the State Fire Marshal’s home fire safety checklist. Tennessee residents can request a free smoke alarm by visiting www.tn.gov/fire.

Smithville Police Make DUI Arrests

June 29, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page
Hugo R. Fuentes
Angela Kristina Haynes
Jason Allen Bates
Thomas E. Lee

Smithville Police recently made two DUI arrests.

27 year old Hugo R. Fuentes was arrested on Tuesday, June 20 for driving under the influence and he was cited for a driver license violation and financial responsibility. Police responded to the Food Lion parking lot where a man, in his vehicle, appeared to be sick and intoxicated. While enroute, the officer spotted the vehicle (which had left the parking lot) on South Congress Boulevard. The driver appeared to be sick and he was swerving in and out of his lane of travel. The officer initiated a routine traffic stop at DeKalb Funeral Chapel and spoke with the driver, Fuentes. The officer could smell the odor of alcohol coming from Fuentes’ person and he was unsteady on his feet. Fuentes submitted to field sobriety tasks but performed poorly. Fuentes couldn't provide proof of insurance and a computer check revealed that he was driving on a suspended license due to failure to show proof of financial responsibility. His bond is $1,500.

26 year old Angela Kristina Haynes was arrested on Sunday, June 25 for driving under the influence. Police responded to a report of someone passed out behind the wheel of a vehicle at the intersection of West Broad Street and Wal-Mart Drive. The officer awoke the driver, Haynes. She was unsteady on her feet, had red watery eyes and her speech was slurred. Haynes submitted to standardized field sobriety tasks but performed poorly. She was then taken into custody without incident. Her bond is $1,500 and her court date is July 20.

47 year old Angela Joan Close was cited on Tuesday, June 20 for allowing a dog to run at large. According to police, a dog owned by Close left her residence on Carter Street and was in the public roadway which caused a motor vehicle accident with injuries. Close had been warned several times to keep the dog/dogs on her property.

41 year old Jason Allen Bates was arrested on Friday, June 23 for assault. Police responded to a complaint of an assault and spoke with the parties involved. According to police, it appeared that the victim was trying to retrieve three dogs from Bates and he (Bates) grabbed the victim on her left thigh just above the knee cap and then began to scratch her. The victim had bruising and several scratch marks. Bond for Bates is $3,000 and his court date is July 14.

32 year old Carolyn Hale was cited for theft of property on Monday, June 26. She allegedly took a purse from a shopping cart at Wal-Mart on Saturday, June 24. The purse was recovered on Monday, June 26 and returned to the victim. Hale’s court date is July 13.

81 year old Thomas E. Lee was arrested on Monday, June 26 for domestic assault. Police were informed that Lee and his victim were arguing and that he kicked her leaving a bruise on her back side. Lee’s bond is $2,500 and his court date is July 13.

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