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October is Fire Prevention Month in DeKalb County

September 26, 2014
by: 
Dwayne Page
County Mayor Tim Stribling Proclaims October Fire Prevention Month with Brian Williams and Donny Green

County Mayor Tim Stribling has designated October as Fire Prevention Month in DeKalb County.

Fire Chief Donny Green and Lieutenant Brian Williams of the DeKalb County Fire Department joined County Mayor Stribling for the signing of a proclamation on Thursday.

The department will be focusing on educating DeKalb County citizens concerning the installation, testing, and maintenance of smoke alarms and developing and practicing home fire escape plans.

Lt. Williams, the department's fire prevention officer, said that the DeKalb County Fire Department will gladly make arrangements to make presentations to any group that would like to learn more about fire prevention and safety. He emphasized that fire prevention and safety should not be limited to just a week or month during the year. These issues should be addressed every day of the year. He said the DeKalb County Fire Department uses the month of October to place special emphasis on these issues because October is typically the start of the residential fire season. Approximately 80% of DeKalb County’s accidental home fires are the direct result of home heating appliances such as wood stoves, wall heaters, and space heaters.

The DeKalb County Fire Department will be visiting DeKalb County schools, senior citizen’s events, churches, and other interested groups to promote fire prevention and safety during the month of October. During these visits, members of the Department will be delivering presentations and handing out educational materials that focus on fire prevention and safety. Groups that would like to arrange a presentation on fire prevention and safety can contact Lieutenant Williams at 615-330-4066. The Department encourages everyone to visit the DeKalb County Fire Department’s web site at : www.dekalbfire.com to learn more about the Department and fire prevention and safety measures.

City Opens Bids for Sewer Project

September 26, 2014
by: 
Dwayne Page

The City of Smithville will soon be extending sewer services to an area annexed into the city limits earlier this year.

A bid opening was held Thursday at city hall on a contract to provide low pressure sewers for the area. Bids were received from three companies, Madewell Construction Inc. of Spencer for $163,825; John T. Hall Construction, Inc. of Sparta for $162,445; and Flo-Line Contracting, LLC of Monticello, Kentucky for $141,650.

J.R. Wauford & Company Consulting Engineers, Inc., the city's utility engineer, will evaluate the bids to make sure they all meet specifications for the project and will make a recommendation at a meeting of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen.

The sewer project will serve the six parcels of property and a portion of another parcel which were annexed on the west side of the city earlier this year. The properties were zoned and a plan of services was adopted for the area, in accordance with state law which establishes a timeframe within which city services and/or amenities are to be provided.

County Firefighters Called to AEI Recycling

September 26, 2014
by: 
Dwayne Page
County Firefighters Called to AEI Recycling

Members of the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department were summoned to AEI Recycling on New Home Road Wednesday morning.

Lieutenant Brian Williams said the call came in as a structure fire. When they arrived, firefighters found a car up on a rack outside the building that was ablaze. An employee of the business was reportedly working on the vehicle's gas tank when the fire started. No one was injured.

According to Lieutenant Williams, firefighters quickly put out the flames. Most of the damage was to the car and an electrical service box but there was some minor smoke and heat damage to the building.

The Main Station, Liberty, and Short Mountain Highway Stations responded along with the tanker truck

Election Commission Unveils New Website

September 25, 2014
Dennis Stanley

In an effort to better serve the voting public, the DeKalb County Election Commission has a new, very user-friendly web site and one that is more compatible with today’s smart phones and electronic tablets.

The site, which can be viewed at www.dekalbelections.com, was developed by Karen Bennett of Peregrine Concepts, who worked closely with Dennis Stanley, DeKalb County Administrator of Elections.

“This site quickly provides answers to most election questions, either through text or links, and the ease of navigation for both desktop computers and smart phones makes this site much more user-friendly than the older version,” Stanley said. “In simple terms, more information is there and it is easier to locate, regardless of the electronic device you are using.”

The desktop version features a full menu on the left side of the homepage along with an announcement section on the top right. For smart phones and tablets, there is a shorter menu option at the top of the page and a full menu as the user scrolls toward the bottom of the homepage. Both versions also feature a “search” option.

“The new site is far and above better than the older version and there may be more changes in the future,” Stanley said. “In the meantime, we hope that voters (and potential voters) will visit the site, take a look around and become familiar with all the informational options available.”

“The election commission and I want to thank Karen Bennett for all her hard work on this improved site,” Stanley added. “She put in a number of hours and was very dedicated to the task. Her expertise was invaluable.”

Meanwhile, the election commission also announced today a “Sample Ballot” for the November 4 election is now online at www.dekalbelections.com and at wjle.com.

(CLICK LINK BELOW TO VIEW SAMPLE BALLOT)

DekalbTN-G14-NewspaperInfinity.pdf (28.79 KB)

Tennessee voters will elect a Governor, U.S. Senator, U.S. Congressmen, State Representatives, and State Senators on November 4.

The General Election Ballot also includes four proposed Tennessee Constitutional amendments.

Amendment #1 inserts constitutional language empowering the legislature to enact, amend, or repeal statutes regarding abortion.
Amendment #2 empowers the Governor to appoint judges subject to confirmation by the General Assembly
Amendment # 3 prohibits the legislature from levying or permitting any tax upon payroll or earned personal income
Amendment #4 empowers the legislature to permit lotteries for events that benefit 501 (c)(3) or 501(c)(19) organizations.

Requirements to Adopt the Proposed Constitutional Amendments:
In order for an amendment to pass and become part of the Constitution, two things must happen:

1)The amendment must get more "yes" votes than "no" votes; and

2)The number of "yes" votes must be a majority of the votes cast in the
gubernatorial election.

To determine the votes needed, all votes for all candidates for governor are added together. This number is divided by two or halved. The number of "yes" votes must exceed that number. If the number of "yes" votes exceeds the number, the Constitutional amendment passes and becomes part of the Constitution.

The City of Smithville has two referendums on the ballot on November 4.

The Retail Package Store Referendum asks city voters to either vote "To permit retail package stores to sell beverages in Smithville" or "not to permit retail package stores to sell alcoholic beverages in Smithville".

The Consumption on the Premises Referendum asks city voters to either vote "for legal sale of alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises in Smithville" or "against legal sale of alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises in Smithville."

A simple majority vote is required for passage of the referendums.

Early voting will begin October 15 and run through October 30.

Hours are as follows:
Mondays 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Tuesdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Thursdays 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Fridays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturdays 9 a.m. to Noon.

All Early Voting will be in the first floor courtroom of the courthouse.

Probation Officer Charged with Forgery and Theft

September 24, 2014
by: 
Dwayne Page
Ashley Lasser

A probation officer has been arrested for using a client's money order to commit forgery and theft.

29 year old Ashley Lasser, who worked for CPS Community Probation Service is under a $51,500 bond and will be in court on October 2.

According to the warrant, Lasser passed a forged money order in the amount of $50 to the Dollar General Store in Smithville on Thursday, September 18. The money order was made out by a client of CPS as payment to Life Savers of Tennessee, which is a probation service where Lasser worked. She allegedly marked out the name Life Savers of Tennessee on the money order, wrote in Dollar General Store, and then passed the forged money order to the clerk.

The probation client, a defendant in a criminal case, had made out the money order to life Savers of Tennessee as payment for attending an anger management class.

Lasser allegedly used the money order at the Dollar General Store to purchase a soft drink and then received change back in cash.

Lasser has reportedly been terminated from her job as probation officer.

The case was investigated by Lieutenant Detective Matt Holmes and Chief Randy Caplinger of the Smithville Police Department.

County Clerk Implements New Services

September 24, 2014
by: 
Dwayne Page
County Clerk James L. "Jimmy" Poss

Two new services, Real Time Titles and the Electronic Submission of Documents, have been implemented at the County Clerk's office.

"On Monday, September 8, our office began processing Real Time Titles," said County Clerk James L "Jimmy" Poss during Monday night's county commission meeting. "A duplicate certificate of Title for a vehicle replaces a lost, stolen, mutilated or altered Title. Real Time instantly allows customers to leave our office with a new title in hand. Prior to Real Time, these titles were taking a minimum of four business days before availability to pick up in our office or for us to mail them out. In the event a duplicate title is issued, the lost, stolen, mutilated, or altered title becomes void and may not be used to transfer ownership or encumber the vehicle," said County Clerk Poss.

Meanwhile, the County Clerk's Office has also joined 74 other counties in Tennessee who are now electronically submitting documents to the state. "On Monday, September 8, our office joined this program, which became available in January 2013," said County Clerk Poss during the county commission meeting. " These documents are scanned during daily transactions and submitted directly to the Department of Revenue. By participating in this program, the state will reimburse our office $150 a month. It is estimated to save approximately $107.04 a month in postage alone and does not include expense of other mailing material such as envelopes, etc. Annually, this will save in spending and gain in reimbursement more than $3,000. Although we began scanning September 8 with the month already in progress, we were not eligible for reimbursement this month. Our first full month of transmissions will be in October and reimbursement should follow the next month," said County Clerk Poss.

Jail to Offer On-Line Video Inmate Visitation (VIEW VIDEO HERE)

September 24, 2014
by: 
Dwayne Page

The DeKalb County Jail will soon be upgrading its video inmate visitation system to a new web-based program that will allow families to visit with a prisoner from any location using a PC connected to the Internet.

The county commission Monday night approved Sheriff Patrick Ray's request to transition to the new inmate Video Visitation solution by Securus Technologies. In the upgrade, some $80,000 in new equipment will be installed at no additional costs but the county will have to forfeit all its commissions from surcharges collected on inmate phone calls for the duration of the five year term of the agreement.

Families currently are permitted to schedule weekly in-house video visits with their relatives incarcerated at the jail. The visits are arranged through the sheriff's department. Under the new system, all weekly video visitation, either on-line or in-house at the jail will be scheduled by Securus Technologies, the system provider.

The web-based method allows remote visitors, such as friends and family, and attorneys to communicate with inmates from outside the facility via a broad band Internet connection. According to Sheriff Ray, the sheriff's department will still have the ability to monitor and record all video communication between families and inmates. The only exception will be communication between inmates and lawyers, due to attorney-client privilege.

As a means of recouping costs of lost commissions from inmate phone service with the new system, Sheriff Ray plans to cut costs in his food service budget by serving inmates Kool-Aid instead of milk with their meals, twice a day. "Last year we collected $8,730 off inmate phone service from our provider Securus. I've tried to find a way to save some money. In our food budget we've been buying milk three times a day for our inmates A carton or milk costs 28 cents. I've found a vendor that does Kool Aid packs. We can serve that two times a day which will be for lunch and supper at nine cents a pack. On ninety five inmates that will save us about $36.10 a day or a little over $13,000 in a year's time. That will pay for the commissions we lose from Securus while still getting our video visitation upgraded," said Sheriff Ray to the county commission.

Four Charged in Meth Lab Investigations

September 23, 2014
by: 
Dwayne Page
Brandon Keith Thomas
Sharon Renee Thomas
Shawn Renee Gibson
Calvin Lane Murphy, Jr.

The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department has made four arrests as a result of two recent meth lab investigations.

29 year old Brandon Keith Thomas of Sparta Highway, Smithville and 40 year old Shawn Renee Gibson of Frances Ferry Road, McMinnville are each charged with initiation of a process to manufacture methamphetamine. Thomas' mother, 54 year old Sharon Renee Thomas of Sparta Highway Smithville is charged with promotion of the manufacture of meth.

Bond for Brandon Thomas is $50,000; $25,000 for Gibson; and $20,000 for Sharon Thomas. All three will make a court appearance on October 16.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Saturday, September 20 a deputy received a tip of a possible meth lab at a residence on the Sparta Highway. Upon arrival, the deputy found the back door open and he saw Brandon Thomas inside shaking a bottle. Gibson was sitting on a bed in the room watching Thomas. The officer watched for several minutes until someone inside closed the door. The deputy then approached the home, knocked on the door, and heard a man inside say "it's the cops". When the back door was opened the deputy saw Brandon running out the front door. The officer called for Thomas to stop but he did not. The deputy went after Thomas and caught him in the front yard. Thomas admitted that everything in the house belonged to him and he gave consent for the officer to search. Inside Thomas and Gibson's room, the deputy found draino, cold packs, Coleman fuel, muriatic acid, tubing and tubing with a bottle cap, coffee filters, an electric grinder, empty Claritin-D blister packs, a plastic bottle with muriatic acid, pliers, wire cutters, and digital scales. Thomas then led the officer outside and showed him where he had disposed of a one pot cook bottle. Thomas confessed to manufacturing meth and he was placed under arrest. Gibson was also taken into custody. After being read her rights, Gibson allegedly admitted to knowing that meth was being made in the residence and participating by shaking the one pot cook bottle. In addition to the meth charge, Gibson was further issued a citation for simple possession and possession of drug paraphernalia after she was found with two valiums, two hypodermic needles, and a half ounce of marijuana.

After her son was arrested, Sharon Thomas was brought to the sheriff's department for questioning where she admitted to purchasing Pseudoephedrine on three occasions for the purpose of her son being able to manufacture meth. She was then placed under arrest.

Meanwhile, 23 year old Calvin Lane Murphy, Jr. of Indianapolis, Indiana is charged with criminal impersonation, initiation of a process to manufacture methamphetamine, and simple possession of a schedule II drug (meth oil). Murphy already had a failure to appear charge against him. His bond is $15,000 and he will be in court October 2.

Sheriff Ray said that on Thursday, September 18 a deputy was patrolling New Bildad Road when he noticed a truck parked under the bridge. He went down to investigate and heard someone running through the woods. When the officer reached the truck, he saw a man sitting in the passenger seat with the door open. The driver side door of the truck was also open. The deputy spoke with the man who identified himself as Cody Murphy. However a photo ID from his wallet positively identified him as Calvin Murphy, Jr.

While speaking with Murphy, the officer noticed two small bags and a bottle of lighter fluid setting on a tool box in the back of the truck . One of the bags contained a white powder substance while the other held what appeared to be fertilizer. When he looked inside the truck, the deputy found lithium energizer batteries, thirteen coffee filters with a powdery residue, and an empty clear 13.7 ounce Starbucks glass bottle. Another coffee filter was found in Murphy's wallet. Found in the area near the truck were two-one pot bottles believed to have been used in the production of meth and another Starbucks glass bottle containing a clear liquid determined to be meth oil. Murphy was placed under arrest. Other arrests are pending.

Meanwhile in other cases, 34 year old Tracy Michelle Vincent is charged with being a fugitive from justice. Her bond is $2,500 and she will be in court on September 25. Sheriff Ray said that on Tuesday, September 16 a deputy learned that Vincent, who has active warrants against her from Warren County, Kentucky, had fled the state. She was found at a residence on Cedar Street in Liberty. She is to be extradited to Kentucky.

49 year old Billy Calvin Shaw, Jr. of Murfreesboro is charged with driving under the influence. His bond is $1,500 and he will be in court October 9. He was further issued citations for violation of the implied consent law and driving on roadways laned for traffic. Sheriff Ray said that on Tuesday, September 16 a deputy spotted a black Nissan crossing over the center line on Short Mountain Highway. The officer stopped the vehicle and spoke with the driver, Shaw. He had an odor of alcohol on his person. Shaw submitted to field sobriety tasks but then stopped, telling the officer that he could not complete the tests because he had been drinking. He also refused to submit to a blood test. Shaw was placed under arrest.

24 year old Amanda Louise Smith of Adams Street is charged with bringing contraband into a penal institution. Her bond is $50,000 and she will be in court October 2. Sheriff Ray said that on Wednesday, September 17, Smith was arrested and brought to the sheriff's department on unrelated charges. When Smith stepped into the jail, a female correctional officer asked her if she was in possession of any illegal items Smith replied no. During a search, a silver container fell out of Smith's bra. Thirty nine pills believed to be subutex, and eleven pills thought to be valium were found in the container.

56 year old Gregory Scott Redmon of Midway Road, Smithville is charged with a second offense of driving under the influence. He was further issued a citation for failure to maintain his lane of travel. His bond is $3,000 and he will be in court October 9. Sheriff Ray said that on Wednesday, September 17 a deputy saw a gray 1986 Chevy Celebrity leave its lane of travel and go into the grass. The officer stopped the car and spoke with the driver, Redmon. He had an odor of alcohol on his person. His eyes were glossy and his speech was slurred. Redmon allegedly admitted that he had been drinking. He submitted to and performed poorly on field sobriety tasks. For the safety of the public, he was arrested and brought to the jail for booking. Redmon submitted to a blood test. Due to this being his second DUI charge, Redman's car was seized.

79 year old William Albert Warren of Holiday Haven Road, Smithville is charged with a second offense of driving under the influence. He was further issued citations for violation of the open container law, leaving the scene of an accident with property damage, and failure to maintain lane of travel. His bond is $3,000 and he will be in court on October 2. Sheriff Ray said that on Saturday, September 20 a deputy was called to Banks Pisgah Road in response to a traffic accident. Upon arrival, the officer noticed that a barbed wire fence, a utility pole guide wire, and several fence posts were all damaged but the vehicle involved in the wreck was not there. The complainant reported having observed a black truck leave the scene and drive to a nursery. The officer went to the nursery and found the truck, a black Ford 150 parked inside the nursery. The front end of the truck was damaged and the vehicle was dragging barbed wire. Warren was found in the driver's seat and he had a strong odor of alcohol on him. The center console held an open 12 ounce can of beer. Warren was unable to perform field sobriety tasks but he did submit to a blood test. A computer check revealed Warren had a DUI conviction in 2012. He was placed under arrest.

29 year old Joshua Lynn McCowan of Adams Street, Smithville is charged with domestic assault. His bond is $2,500 and he will be in court October 9. Sheriff Ray said that on Saturday, September 20 a deputy was called to a residence on Toad Road for a possible domestic. Upon arrival the officer spoke with a woman who said she and her husband, McCowan had begun arguing over him not watching their children. According to the woman, McCowan became upset, started throwing things in the house, and allegedly pushed over a table which hit his youngest son in the face. Mrs. McCowan said her husband then grabbed her by the arms causing marks and slight bruising. Fearing for her safety and that of the children, the woman said she loaded the kids in her vehicle to leave for another residence. But before she could drive away, McCowan allegedly came out of the house and punched the windshield, breaking it out. He then went to the back of the car and punched out the rear passenger side window near where the children were seated. McCowan ordered the kids to get back in the house. Because of McCowan's actions and to keep the situation from escalating , Mrs. McCowan advised the children to get out of the car and go back into the house. McCowan then went into the house with the kids and Mrs. McCowan left the residence. But even after she was gone, McCowan allegedly remained angry and kept breaking things in the house. While trying to calm down, he had the children to go back outside. The kids left the house and walked to DeKalb Market where they were picked up and taken to their grandmother's home on Adams Street. McCowan was determined to have been the primary aggressor and was placed under arrest for domestic assault.

30 year old Gregory Mark Guidry of Puckett's Point Road, Smithville is charged domestic assault. His bond is $5,000 and he will be in court October 16. Sheriff Ray said that on Sunday, September 21 a deputy was dispatched to a residence on Puckett's Point Road for a physical domestic. When he arrived, the officer spoke with a woman who said her son, Guidry, had come to her bedroom door asking for her medication. When she refused to give it to him, Guidry kicked in the door and entered her room. He then jumped on top of her and began punching her in the face and head. As she called 911, Guidry grabbed the phone and broke it. He then went through the home and busted out all the windows and the glass in the back door before leaving the scene. The woman suffered a black eye and had a knot on her head and marks on her face from the assault. After leaving the residence, the officer was called to come back as Guidry had returned and again was demanding medication from his mother. While there, Guidry had busted two television sets in the home with a hammer before leaving again prior to the officer's arrival. However, the deputy was still on the scene when Guidry returned a third time. Guidry was placed under arrest and brought to the sheriff's department for booking.

51 year old John Wayne Warner of Big Hill Road, Liberty is charged with a second offense of driving under the influence and a third offense of driving on a revoked or suspended license. He was further issued a citation for no insurance. His bond is $8,000 and he will be in court October 16. Sheriff Ray said that on Sunday, September 21 a deputy was dispatched to Short Mountain Highway in response to a traffic accident. The officer arrived and spoke with the driver, Warner. He had a strong odor of alcohol on his person and he was unsteady on his feet. Warner performed poorly on field sobriety tasks. A computer check revealed his license were revoked for driving under the influence in 1991. He had another DUI in 2005. Warner was arrested and taken to the hospital for a blood withdrawal and then to the jail for booking.

53 year old Donald Gene Rigsby of Holmes Creek Road, Smithville is charged with public intoxication. His bond is $1,500 and he will be in court October 9. Sheriff Ray said that on Friday, September 19 a deputy was called to check out a report of a man on a bicycle who was weaving into lanes of traffic on Highway 56 south. Upon arrival, Rigsby approached the officer's vehicle and asked the deputy if he could give him a ride. Rigsby's speech was slurred and he was unsteady on his feet. He had a strong odor of alcohol on his person. Rigsby was placed under arrest for his safety and that of the public.

33 year old Kristopher Doyle Hale of Jennings Lane, Smithville is charged with driving under the influence. He was further cited for driving on roadways laned for travel, reckless endangerment, and violation of the child restraint device law. His bond is $1,500 and he will make a court appearance on October 9. Sheriff Ray said that on Friday, September 19 a 2002 Dodge Stratus crossed Highway 70 from Terrell Lane to Evins Mill Road in front of a deputy who was patrolling in the area. The incident caused the officer to have to slam on his brakes to avoid an accident. The deputy followed the car on Evins Mill Road and saw it run into a ditch. The officer pulled over to investigate and found the driver to be Hale. While speaking with Hale, the deputy noticed a strong odor of alcohol on his person. Hale also had a 22 month old child in the car with him but the youngster was not in a child safety seat. Hale said he had been drinking and submitted to field sobriety tasks in which he performed poorly. He also submitted to a blood draw and was placed under arrest.

Sheriff's Department Makes Arrests in Recent Burglaries and Thefts

September 23, 2014
by: 
Dwayne Page
Ryan Lee Walden
Joel Thomas Hayes
Tamer Jason Jones
James Lee Adcock
Jerry Edward Perdue

Two Dowelltown men have been arrested for allegedly stealing from the same residence two days in a row.

30 year old Ryan Lee Walden of Dale Ridge Road, Dowelltown and 36 year old Joel Thomas Hayes of Bobby Hayes Road, Dowelltown are each charged with two counts of theft of property under $500. Bond for each is $3,000 and they will be in court on October 16.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Monday, September 15 Walden and Hayes allegedly took a camper top and a bath tub from a residence on King Ridge Road. The following day, Tuesday September 16, a deputy was dispatched to the same residence on King Ridge Road where a theft was reported to be in progress. While enroute, the officer spotted a vehicle in the area which matched the description of the suspects. He stopped the automobile and found the driver to be Hayes. Walden was a passenger. The two men were questioned and they allegedly admitted to taking items from the residence including two-55 gallon barrels, a swing frame, a child's play wagon, and a car hood. They were placed under arrest.

A Baxter man who allegedly stole merchandise from Walmart in Smithville on five occasions from June through August has been arrested after an investigation by detectives of the Sheriff's Department.

31 year old Tamer Jason Jones is charged with four counts of theft under $500 and one count of theft over $500. He was arrested on Wednesday, September 17. His bond is $8,500 and he will be in court October 16.

Sheriff Ray said that Jones allegedly stole a total of three 2700 psi gas pressure washers including one on June 19, July 24, and August 13, each valued at $297. Jones also allegedly stole a GE 1200 BTU remote air conditioner on July 8 valued at $309 and a 48 inch Vizio Smart television and two Bostich drills on July 22 valued at $926.

45 year old James Lee Adcock of Jefferson Road, Smithville is charged with aggravated burglary and theft over $500. His bond is $12,500 and he will be in court on November 6. Sheriff Ray said that on Thursday, September 18 Adcock allegedly broke into a residence on Jefferson Road and stole a gas wall heater valued at over $500. Adcock has allegedly admitted committing the crimes.

35 year old Jerry Edward Perdue of Backbone Road, Sparta is charged with aggravated burglary. His bond is $10,000 and he will be in court on October 2. Sheriff Ray said that on Monday, September 15 a deputy was dispatched to a residence on Backbone Road where a woman reported that a man had tried to break into her house. She described the man as slim with a beard and that he wore all black clothing and a black hat. He was also carrying two black bags. The woman asked the man what he was doing and he replied "I'm kicking in the door". He then disappeared into the woods in front of the house. The officer later found a man on Backbone Road who matched the description. He was identified as Perdue. The victim confirmed that this was the man she saw breaking into her home.

County Intends to Submit New Application for CDBG Grant (VIEW VIDEO HERE)

September 23, 2014
by: 
Dwayne Page

DeKalb County intends to submit a new application for a CDBG grant next year which if approved would fund an extension of water lines to certain areas of the county.

A public hearing will be held on Thursday October 9th at 6:30 p.m. in the downstairs courtroom of the courthouse to give residents in the targeted area another chance to express their desire for water services.

During Monday night's county commission meeting, County Mayor Tim Stribling said the most recent application for grant funding was denied.

In a letter to Stribling dated Wednesday, September 3, Brooxie Carlton, Director of federal programs for the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development wrote that "I regret to inform you that your application for the 2014 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) did not score high enough to be awarded a grant. Please consider revising your application and resubmitting it next year. ECD will be happy to discuss your application and the scoring process with you," she wrote.

"The cutoff on the scoring was 194. DeKalb County's scoring fell in at 191 which is three points below the cutoff. I met with Amanda Mainord who wrote the grant and Jon Foutch from the DeKalb Utility District and we made a phone call to the director of the (program) and asked how the county could improve on its scoring. She mentioned that under project impact only ten percent of the wells had to be tested but she recommended testing 35% of the wells to try and get the project impact (scores) up. I talked to DUD and they will want to submit this grant (application) again after the first of the year. A public hearing will be here in the basement of the courthouse on Thursday, October 9 at 6:30 p.m. concerning this grant. We'll just have to go through the process again. Every household in the area will be sent a letter explaining this grant and the date for the public hearing," said Stribling.

In February, the DeKalb Utility District Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution seeking a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant for DUD to run water line extensions to areas of the county in need. The County Commission approved the same resolution at the January meeting to make application for the grant on behalf of the DUD.

During the January County Commission meeting Amanda Mainord of Grassroots Planning & Consulting, grant administrator, said the project would have served thirty eight households on Tramel Branch, Oakley Road, Carter Lane, Old Givens Hollow, and the Alexandria to Dismal Road.

The DUD would have been responsible for paying the grant's local 20% matching requirement or $96,000 plus any additional funds required to complete the project.

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