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Watertown Man on Probation Found with Ecstasy, Meth, Marijuana, and Hydrocodone

February 2, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
Robert Jacob Hardison

A Watertown man pulled over for a non-working tail light on his car has a lot more trouble on his hands after officers discovered that he was on probation, intoxicated, illegally in possession of a handgun, and had numerous drugs in his possession including methamphetamine and ecstasy.

27 year old Robert Jacob Hardison of Sparta Highway, Watertown is charged with driving under the influence, driving on a suspended license, possession of a handgun while under the influence, tampering with evidence, and possession of methamphetamine and schedule I, II, & VI drugs with intent to manufacture, deliver, or sell. His bond is $73,000 and his court date is February 15.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Thursday, January 25 a deputy stopped a vehicle on Smith Road for a non working tail light. The officer spoke with the driver, Hardison and detected an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Hardison admitted to having used marijuana and hydrocodone earlier in the day. He submitted to but performed poorly on field sobriety tasks. He also submitted to implied consent (blood test). During the investigation the officer learned that Hardison is on probation for a previous offense and that his license were suspended on October 14, 2017 for failure to show proof of insurance and that he had continued to drive even after receiving a citation in Wilson County for driving on a suspended license.

A search of Hardison’s vehicle turned up a Jennings 22 caliber handgun which is illegal since Hardison had the weapon in his possession while under the influence.

Drugs were also found in the car including six green pills believed to be ecstasy and three separate baggies of a crystal like substance suspected to be methamphetamine, which were in a metal tin on the driver’s side floorboard along with scales and separate baggies.

During a search of Hardison’s person, the deputy found a white pill believed to be hydrocodone. After being placed in custody and seated in the back of the deputy’s patrol car, Hardison pulled a silver container from the area of his crotch and put several pills from that container into his mouth and into the seat of the car, trying to dispose of them.

After Hardison admitted to the officers that he had other drugs in his home, they conducted a probation search of the residence upon containing consent from Hardison and found 37.19 grams of a leafy substance believed to be marijuana along another baggie of meth and more scales and baggies.

The total weight of all four baggies of meth found during this investigation totaled 3.6 grams.

60 year old Forrest Byrd of South College Street, Smithville is cited for simple possession of a schedule VI drug (marijuana). He will make a court appearance on February 23

Sheriff Ray said that Byrd gave an officer consent to search his room and found in the top drawer of a dresser were two marijuana joints wrapped in a plastic baggie. It weighed less than one gram. Byrd admitted that the marijuana belonged to him. The citation was issued on Monday, January 22 by a Sheriff’s Department Detective.

32 year old Clint Lee Shehane of Wade Street, Smithville is cited for simple possession of a schedule II drug. He will make a court appearance on February 1.

Sheriff Ray said that on Thursday, January 25 a Sheriff’s Department Detective went to a residence on Wade Street to pick up Shehane on a warrant. He was found hiding in a closet and in the area near him were two baggies of a rock like substance believed to be methamphetamine which weighed 0.37 grams and 0.71 grams.

Tigerette Kristena Bain Signs with Cumberland to Play Softball

January 31, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
SEATED: Bobby Radar (father), Kristena Bain, Ann Rader (mother); STANDING: Melissa Ruch (Tigerette Assistant Coach), Danny Fish (Tigerette Head Coach), Cumberland Assistant Coach Stephanie Theall,  Randy Farnsworth, Kristena’s Summer Travel League Coach; and Tim Jared (Tigerette Assistant Coach)
Kristena Bain joined by her fellow DCHS Tigerette Teammates

Another outstanding DCHS softball player has signed a letter of intent with Cumberland University of Lebanon to play collegiate ball after she graduates here.

17 year old Kristena Bain, a senior, put pen to paper Wednesday at the DCHS library. Members of Bain’s family, coaches, and fellow players joined her for the occasion.

Cumberland is a member of the Mid-South Conference affiliated with the NAIA.

“The reason I chose Cumberland University was because the school is local and they have a good athletic program and a good nursing program and that is what I plan to major in,” said Kristena.

“I believe Kristena is our fourth or fifth athlete from DeKalb County. We have always had good players from DeKalb County High School and we expect the same from her,” said Assistant Cumberland Varsity Coach and Head JV Coach, Stephanie Theall. Heather Stanfill is the Head Coach at Cumberland.

Tigerette Coach Danny Fish said he is very happy that Kristena will have a chance to play softball at the collegiate level.

“She has been a very hard worker over her career here playing for the Tigerettes. She has come a long way. I can remember hitting with her when she was in the sixth grade and it was a goal of hers to be where she is at today. She is a very goal oriented athlete. She has been behind the plate for us the last three years and she will be back there again this year. We expect good things out of her. She is a very charismatic leader and she really puts everything she has in what she does. Offensively, she swings the bat pretty well but we’re going to ask her to step up her game this year. We want her to get a lot more at bats. Defensively behind the plate we thought we would have a problem when Dani Meadows graduated but she (Kristena) has really slipped into that (role) and been a relentless worker and teammate and because of that we are here today. I am very happy for her. This is a good moment for Kristena,” said Coach Fish.

Before she heads off to college, Kristena has one more high school season in front of her and she is looking forward to it.

“I hope to put in some big hits this season and score some runs and I hope our pitching game steps up and we all hit the way we are supposed to,” said Kristena.

Coach Fish said the DCHS Tigerette softball season begins March 12. “We open up with district play right away and then we will jump into a tournament. We have a really tough schedule this year. We’re going down to Gulf Shores during spring break. It should be an interesting year. We graduated a lot of seniors last year and all of them are playing at the college level now so we have big shoes to fill but our seniors know what it takes to win and I am hoping they will lead the team by example and that we will have a chance to be back where we normally are at the state tournament," said Coach Fish.

Kristena was joined at the signing by her parents, Bobby Rader and Ann Rader; DCHS Tigerette head coach Danny Fish and assistants Melissa Ruch and Tim Jared, Cumberland Assistant Coach Stephanie Theall; Randy Farnsworth, Kristena’s summer travel league ball coach, along with her brothers and fellow Tigerette teammates.

Fire Danger Limits Burn Permits Across Tennessee Today

January 31, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page

Burn permits will not be issued today across much of the state including counties in Middle Tennessee, the Cumberland Plateau, and parts of East and West Tennessee. A forecast for strong winds and the low relative humidity increase the risk for a controlled debris burn to become a wildfire.

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry will not be issuing any burn permits online today. The Division will issue permits by phone in some counties, provided certain conditions are met. The county phone number directory is available at burnsafetn.org/phonepermit.html.

The Division of Forestry evaluates debris burning conditions daily. According to the National Weather Service in Nashville, gusty south winds exceeding 30 mph will develop today. These winds, along with low relative humidity values, will elevate fire danger conditions throughout Middle Tennessee. Rain will return to the area on Thursday, with a mix of rain and light snow possible in the Upper Cumberland Thursday evening.

A burn permit is required by law for outdoor debris burning from October 15 through May 15 and is only issued when conditions are conducive to safe burning. The permit is free. If you live inside city limits, there may be additional restrictions. Check with your municipality before you burn.

When permits are issued, the following tips should be followed to conduct a safe debris burn:

- Check with local authorities to make sure there are no local restrictions on burning, especially in cities and towns that have their own burn permit system.

- Notify your local fire department and neighbors of your plans to burn.

- Do not burn on windy days and stay abreast of changing weather conditions.

- Establish control lines down to bare mineral soil at least five feet wide around burn piles.

- Keep fire containment equipment on hand during the fire (e.g. rake, shovel, water).

- Stay with the fire until it is completely out.

Visit www.BurnSafeTN.org for additional tips to burn safely and to protect your community.

Since first employed in the early 1990s, the Division of Forestry’s burn permitting program has successfully reduced the number of escaped debris burns by effectively communicating with citizens as to where, when, and how to conduct a safe debris burn. You will find more information about the Division and its programs at www.tn.gov/agriculture/section/forests.

Lebanon Man Arrested After Forcing His Way Into Alexandria Home

January 30, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
Eddie Jacob Maynard
Chad Wilson Johnson
Angela Nicole Vallem

A Lebanon man is facing charges after forcing his way into an Alexandria home where he was not welcome.

27 year old Eddie Jacob Maynard of Martin Avenue, Lebanon is charged with public intoxication, vandalism, and aggravated burglary. His bond is $11,500 and his court date is February 22.

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Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Tuesday, January 23 a deputy was dispatched to West Main Street in Alexandria due to a burglary in progress. Upon arrival the officer learned that Maynard, who was not welcome at the residence, allegedly forced his way in after repeatedly knocking and beating on the locked door and then kicking it in, causing damage to the door and to the interior of the home. Maynard also allegedly damaged a bumper on a vehicle parked outside the residence. The damage was estimated at more than $1,000.

Maynard was found to be unsteady on his feet. His speech was slurred and he had a strong odor of alcohol on his person. He was taken into custody.

41 year old Chad Wilson Johnson of Colvert Road, Smithville is charged with aggravated burglary and theft of property. His bond is $22,500 and his court date is February 8.

Sheriff Ray said that Johnson allegedly broke into a residence on Saturday, January 13 at Jefferson Road and stole property valued at $2,405 including a black Sanyo television, a Panasonic DVD VCR combo, collector plates, home interior pictures, miscellaneous antique figurines, a red tool box with miscellaneous tools, and a pump master bb gun with a scope.

42 year old Angela Nicole Vallem of Curtis Avenue, Alexandria is charged with fugitive from justice. Her bond is $200,000 and her court date is February 1.

Sheriff Ray said that on Thursday, January 25 Vallem was taken into custody for being a fugitive from justice. She is wanted in Dalton, Georgia for several felony drug charges. Central dispatch contacted authorities in Georgia who reported that they would extradite her back there. The case was investigated by a Sheriff’s Department Detective.

Former State Senator Mae Beavers Suspends Her Gubernatorial Campaign

January 30, 2018
Mae Beavers

Former State Senator Mae Beavers announced on Facebook Tuesday she was suspending her gubernatorial campaign.

"To the volunteers, supporters, and every person who championed my run for governor, I want to express my deepest gratitude to you. Today, after much deliberation, I am suspending my campaign for the office of Governor of the great state of Tennessee,” the Republican wrote in a social media post.

“After criss-crossing the state and meeting thousands of fellow Tennesseans, it was not a light decision to make because you have embraced our conservative message whole-heartedly; however, it is the right choice to make. Also, I know entering the race has not been in vain as many of my heart-felt issues are now talking points of other candidates.

“Again, I can’t express enough of the sincere thankfulness that I have for you and the out-pouring of love and support as a volunteer and supporter you had for this campaign. Jerry and I look forward to my retirement after decades of being an elected official, and we pray that God blesses you and our great state and nation.”

In August, Beavers resigned from her Mt. Juliet state Senate seat, saying she wanted to fully dedicate her time to running for governor.

According to the Tennessean, Beavers reported raising just under $150,000 in her latest financial disclosure, which covered six months. Her other financial disclosure reported raising just $36,000.

Beavers is the first mainstream candidate to officially suspend their campaign for governor.

Other Republicans remaining in the race include: U.S. Rep. Diane Black, state House Speaker Beth Harwell, Johnson City realtor Kay White, Knoxville businessman Randy Boyd and Williamson County businessman Bill Lee.

Candidates vying for the Democratic nomination include former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and state House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh.

Police Need Help Identifying Burglars Caught on Camera (VIEW VIDEO HERE)

January 30, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page

The Smithville Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying 2 persons who broke into a vehicle in the area of the Golf Course on Sunday, January 14.

The crime was captured on a video camera.

According to police, one of the burglars broke the window of a parked car and took a bag with its contents along with a 9 millimeter handgun. After committing the crime, the burglars left but then returned a short time later to steal more items from the same car.

Police believe the suspects are African American males and were in a light blue or premiered grey Ford Crown Victoria bearing Kentucky Plates.

If you recognize this vehicle or either suspect please contact Detective Brad Tatrow with the Smithville Police Department or the Crime Tip Line at 615-464-6046.

Election Commission Releases Updated List of Candidates

January 30, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page

The DeKalb County Election Commission has released an updated list of persons who have obtained and filed qualifying petitions for either the May 1 DeKalb County Democratic Primary or the August 2 DeKalb County General Election.

ISSUED FOR AUGUST ELECTIONS: (*) MEANS RETURNED AND VERIFIED

*JIMMY POSS—MAYOR OF SMITHVILLE (INCUMBENT)-PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED
*JOSH MILLER—MAYOR OF SMITHVILLE –PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED

BRANDON COX-SMITHVILLE ALDERMAN
JASON MURPHY—SMITHVILLE ALDERMAN (INCUMBENT)
GAYLA HENDRIX—SMITHVILLE ALDERMAN (INCUMBENT)

*DWIGHT MATHIS-LIBERTY MAYOR (INCUMBENT)-PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED
*DARRELL JOHNSON—LIBERTY MAYOR-PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED

EDDIE DWAYNE BLAIR--LIBERTY ALDERMAN (INCUMBENT)
JASON RAY--LIBERTY ALDERMAN (INCUMBENT)
*DEREK JOHNSON—LIBERTY ALDERMAN- PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED
WILLIAM H. REYNOLDS—LIBERTY ALDERMAN (INCUMBENT)
J.D. BRATTEN-LIBERTY ALDERMAN (INCUMBENT)

DANNY PARKERSON—SCHOOL BOARD 1ST DISTRICT (INCUMBENT)
JERRY WAYNE JOHNSON—SCHOOL BOARD 2ND DISTRICT (INCUMBENT)
ALAN HAYES—SCHOOL BOARD 2ND DISTRICT
C.D. (CARL) WEBB—SCHOOL BOARD 2ND DISTRICT
ORVIL HENDRIX—SCHOOL BOARD 2ND DISTRICT

JIM BESHEARSE—SCHOOL BOARD 3RD DISTRICT (INCUMBENT)

KATE MILLER—SCHOOL BOARD 4TH DISTRICT (INCUMBENT)

SHAUN TUBBS—SCHOOL BOARD 7TH DISTRICT (INCUMBENT)

PETITIONS FOR MAY 1 DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY

*JAMES (JIMMY) POSS—COUNTY COURT CLERK (INCUMBENT)- PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED

*BRADLEY HENDRIX—COUNTY MAYOR- PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED
*MIKE FOSTER—COUNTY MAYOR-PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED
*TIM STRIBLING—COUNTY MAYOR (INCUMBENT)- PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED
*RANDY PARIS-COUNTY MAYOR- PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED FOR AUGUST 2 GENERAL ELECTION AS INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE

MICHAEL AGEE---SHERIFF-PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED

*JIMMY SPRAGUE—ROAD SUPERVISOR- PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED (CERTIFED WITH TENNESSEE HIGHWAY OFFICIALS CERTIFICATION BOARD)

*NICOLE WRIGHT—CIRCUIT COURT CLERK- PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED
*MARK MILAM—CIRCUIT COURT CLERK-PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED

*JEFF MCMILLEN—REGISTER OF DEEDS (INCUMBENT)-PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED

*JULIE YOUNG—COUNTY COMMISSION 1ST DISTRICT (INCUMBENT)-PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED

*NORA HARVEY—COUNTY COMMISSION 2ND DISTRICT- PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED
*JOE JOHNSON—COUNTY COMMISSION 2ND DISTRICT (INCUMBENT)-PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED
MYRON RHODY—COUNTY COMMISSION 2ND DISTRICT

*JACK BARTON—COUNTY COMMISSION 3RD DISTRICT (INCUMBENT)- PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED
*BOBBY JOHNSON—COUNTY COMMISSION 3RD DISTRICT- PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED

JONATHAN NORRIS--COUNTY COMMISSION 4TH DISTRICT (INCUMBENT)
*WAYNE CANTRELL—COUNTY COMMISSION 4TH DISTRICT (INCUMBENT)- PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED
*SCOTT LITTLE—COUNTY COMMISSION 4TH DISTRICT-PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED
*BOBBY TAYLOR—COUNTY COMMISSION 4TH DISTRICT. PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED
*JANICE FISH-STEWART-COUNTY COMMISSION 4TH DISTRICT

ANITA PUCKETT—COUNTY COMMISSION 5TH DISTRICT (INCUMBENT)
*LLOYD EMMONS-COUNTY COMMISSION 5TH DISTRICT. PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED
WILLIAM RUTHERFORD-COUNTY COMMISSION 5TH DISTRICT- PICKED UP PETITION TO RUN AS AN INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE AUGUST 2ND

*BETTY ATNIP—COUNTY COMMISSION 6TH DISTRICT (INCUMBENT)- PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED
*JEFF BARNES—COUNTY COMMISSION 6TH DISTRICT (INCUMBENT)- PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED

*KEVIN ROBINSON—COUNTY COMMISSION 7TH DISTRICT (INCUMBENT)-PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED
*LARRY SUMMERS—COUNTY COMMISSION 7TH DISTRICT (INCUMBENT)-PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED
*BETH PAFFORD—COUNTY COMMISSION 7TH DISTRICT- PETITION RETURNED AND VERIFIED

POTENTIAL REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES FOR AUGUST 2, 2018

PATRICK RAY—SHERIFF (INCUMBENT)
SUSAN MARTIN—CIRCUIT COURT CLERK
SEAN DRIVER—TRUSTEE (INCUMBENT)
DANNY HALE—ROAD SUPERVISOR (CERTIFED WITH TENNESSEE HIGHWAY OFFICIALS CERTIFICATION BOARD)
REED EDGE—ROAD SUPERVISOR
TOM CHANDLER—COUNTY COMMISSION 1ST DISTRICT
SABRINA FARLER—COUNTY COMMISSION 2ND DISTRICT
GREG MATTHEWS—COUNTY COMMISION 4TH DISTRICT
JERRY ADCOCK—COUNTY COMMISSION 5TH DISTRICT (INCUMBENT)
MATT ADCOCK—COUNTY COMMISSION 6TH DISTRICT
BRUCE MALONE—COUNTY COMMISSION 7TH DISTRICT

The last day candidates for county wide offices and the county commission may qualify to run is NOON February 15, 2018. That applies to Democrats, Republicans, and Independents.

DeKalb County Democrats will be nominating candidates in a primary set for May 1. Republicans will nominate candidates by caucus on Sunday, February 11. Nominees of both parties and any independents will run in the August General Election. Winners will take office September 1 and serve for four years.

Thursday, February 1 is the deadline for sheriff candidates to file an affidavit of qualification with the Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission (POST) and for county road superintendent candidates to file an affidavit of qualification with the Tennessee Highway Officials Certification Board.

The following county offices are up for election in 2018: Road Supervisor, County Mayor, Circuit Court Clerk, Sheriff, Register of Deeds, County Clerk, and Trustee and for the county commission in each of the seven districts (two per district for a total of 14).

The qualifying deadline for five school board seats, municipal elections in Smithville, Dowelltown, Liberty, and Alexandria, and for the August state primaries is noon April 5.
Up for election in August will be school board seats in Districts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 7.

City seats up for grabs in August are: In Smithville the Mayor and two aldermen positions; in Dowelltown three aldermen seats; in Liberty the Mayor and five aldermen spots and in Alexandria the Mayor and four aldermen positions including one alderman to fill a two year unexpired term.

State primary races in August will include State Senator in District 17, State House in District 40 and 46, Sixth District Congressman, Governor, and US. Senator.

Gentry Barnes Retiring from Wilson Bank & Trust

January 30, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
Gentry Barnes
Gentry Barnes Retiring from Wilson Bank & Trust

After more than four decades of service to the public at three different businesses, Gentry Barnes, who currently serves as Vice President and Loan Officer at Wilson Bank & Trust in Smithville, has decided to retire.

“I’m just changing jobs. I’ll be going to full time farming, rabbit hunting, fishing, and spending more time with my wife and five grandkids. I’m sure I’ll stay busy,” said Barnes.

A retirement reception was held for Barnes last Tuesday at the Smithville Branch, where he has served in various roles since 2001 including Bank President before the merger of DeKalb Community Bank with Wilson Bank & Trust in 2007. But Barnes’ beginning with the bank goes back to the founding in 1996.

“In 1995 some folks from Wilson Bank & Trust approached me, Mike Corley, and Eddie Evins from this county about starting a new bank here in DeKalb County. Everything came together and we actually opened DeKalb Community Bank on April 18, 1996. Howard Kirksey was President of the Bank. Howard worked for us five years and left in February in 2001. We went three or four months without a President and ultimately they hired me to start in July, 2001 as President of DeKalb Community Bank,” said Barnes.

After the merger in 2007, Barnes became the branch manager.

“We merged with Wilson Bank & Trust in 2007 mainly because of compliance issues. We had to have a compliance officer in-house and there were a lot of extra costs there for a small bank starting up. It was tough to be able to afford that so merging with Wilson Bank & Trust was a practical thing to do. It’s been a great thing for the bank and community since then. At that time instead of being President of DeKalb Community Bank, I became the branch manager of the Smithville office and loan officer. I served in that capacity until February, 2015 and then went to part time. Chad Colwell, who was a loan officer here, became the branch manager of the Smithville Office. I have been loan officer and Vice President in Smithville since that time,” said Barnes.

Born and raised in DeKalb County, Barnes recalled going to school in the Belk community growing up.

“I went to Belk school which was a three room school. We had three teachers for grades 1-8. After that I went to DeKalb County High School and then to MTSU where I earned my BS degree in agriculture before returning to DeKalb County to begin my career,” Barnes continued.

He landed his first job with Production Credit Association in 1975.

“I started in November 1975 with Production Credit Association in Smithville. In 1980 I was transferred to McMinnville. They were in the process of merging Federal Land Bank and Production Credit Association to make what we know as Farm Credit. When they did that, I continued to work in McMinnville until 1988 and then I started as an agent with State Farm Insurance in Smithville. I was a State Farm Agent here from 1988 until 2001 when I joined the bank,” said Barnes.

Although he has enjoyed his long career, Barnes said the time has come to step aside.

“Its been a pleasure. I’ve had three jobs, but this by far is the best one I’ve ever had working with a great group of people, not only as peers here at the bank but with the customers and more importantly with my friends out in the community. Helping so many people has been very gratifying and satisfying to me personally to think that maybe I had a little part in their success. I have been very blessed. I’ve always felt like if I got to the position where I could financially retire and was physically able that I would retire because I always felt like there was somebody younger who needs to move up and have the same opportunity as I did. I am 65 now so I think the practical thing to do is retire and let someone take my place so I can enjoy my family and life more as long as God lets me stay here,” Barnes said.

Gentry and his wife Pat reside in the Belk Community on the same farm where he was raised on and they are the proud parents of two, Amy and Adam and five grandchildren. Pat, who spent 30 years as a classroom teacher at DeKalb Middle School, is also retired.

Amy is an LPN at a nursing home in Woodbury and Adam works as branch manager at Middle Tennessee Natural Gas in White County.

Smithville Police Take Warrant Against Sparta Man Involved In Pursuit and Wreck

January 29, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
Charles R. Wilmoth
Christopher L Cripps
Bobby Pinegar
John William Cline
Justin Lynn Murphy
Christy Diann Reeder
Steven Darrell Bly

The Smithville Police Department has taken a warrant against a Sparta man who was involved in a wreck following a White County Sheriff’s Department pursuit just before 2 a.m. on Saturday, January 13.

36 year old Charles R. Wilmoth is charged with being involved in an accident with damage to a vehicle.

According to the warrant, on Saturday, January 13th police located a vehicle that was involved in a pursuit from White County that had wrecked and struck a stop sign at the intersection of Hayes and South Mountain Street. The driver of the vehicle, Wilmoth was apprehended and transported back to White County on active felony warrants. Wilmoth was the operator of the vehicle during the time of the wreck and fled on foot after striking the stop sign. A warrant for an accident involving damage to a vehicle was issued for his arrest and a hold was placed on him. Wilmoth will be transported back to DeKalb County after serving his time in White County. Wilmoth’s bond on this charge is $3,500 and his court date is February 1.

Wilmoth and Amber Madison Rhea, also of Sparta were in a 2005 red Dodge Neon when they crossed into DeKalb County from White County, trying to elude officers of the White County Sheriff’s Department, who were looking to serve warrants on Wilmoth for a violation of probation. After White County officers terminated their pursuit, local law enforcement were advised to be on the lookout for the car at 1:56 a.m. Saturday, January 13 and Smithville Police found it abandoned at the intersection of South Mountain and Hayes Street at 2:10 a.m. The car had knocked over a stop sign and the occupants of the vehicle had fled on foot.

Members of the Smithville Police Department, DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department, and White County officers converged on the scene and began looking for the couple. They were found in the area shortly thereafter, taken into custody, and transported back to White County.

According to officials of the White County Sheriff’s Department, Wilmoth and Rhea are each charged with evading arrest, possession of schedule II drugs, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Wilmoth also has warrants against him for two counts of violation of probation, evading arrest in a motor vehicle and reckless endangerment.

32 year old Christopher L Cripps was arrested on Saturday, January 13 for a 2nd offense of driving on a revoked license while being an habitual offender. His bond is $5,000 and his court date is February 1. Police received a “be on the lookout” BOLO for a vehicle from Warren County and spotted it. An officer initiated a routine traffic stop after checking the tag with central dispatch and discovering that the automobile was stolen in Warren County. Cripps was the driver. A validation check of Cripps’ license through dispatch revealed it to be revoked. Cripps has a prior offense against him for driving on a revoked license after an habitual offender conviction in Warren County on October 28, 2015.

35 year old Cody Leon Davenport was cited on Sunday, January 14 for possession of a prohibited weapon. Police responded to Wal-Mart in reference to a shoplifter and found Davenport with a large knife on his person. According to Davenport, he uses the knife, approximately 12 inches in length,to defend himself from animals as he walks down the road. His court date is February 8.

34 year old James L Bullard was cited on Monday, January 15 for simple possession. Police were called to a local half-way house where a man, Bullard, was found to be swinging a hammer at other residents. During the investigation, the officer spotted a spoon with residue believed to be methamphetamine on a shelf in Bullard's bedroom. Bullard was the only person living in the house at the time of this incident. His court date is February 8.

41 year old Bobby Pinegar was arrested on Sunday, January 14 for tampering with evidence and cited for simple possession. Police responded to Wal-Mart in reference to a suspicious person. During a computer background check on the suspect, Pinegar, the officer was informed by an employee that Pinegar had a bottle of pills on him. In Pinegar’s hand were two vials. The officer ordered Pinegar to hand them over. Pinegar turned over one of the vials to the officer but tried to swallow the contents of the other vial. Two pills from that vial fell to the floor, including an 8 milligram buprenorphine hydrochloride, a schedule III drug for which Pinegar had no prescription. The other drug that fell on the floor was not a controlled substance. Pinegar’s bond is $7,500 and his court date is February 1.

44 year old John William Cline was arrested on Friday, January 19 for theft. Police received a report on November 22 of a 2006 35 foot American Camp travel trailer that had been taken from the victim's residence. During an investigation police learned that Cline had sold the trailer without the permission or consent of the owner. The trailer has been recovered. Cline’s bond is $5,000 and his court date is February 1.

32 year old Justin Lynn Murphy was arrested on Monday, January 22 for public intoxication and cited for simple possession. Police responded to a call of an unwanted guest and upon arrival spoke with Murphy and a woman who were involved in what appeared to be a verbal altercation as they stood outside the back door of a residence. Murphy turned and began to walk away from officers once he noticed that they were there. Murphy initially failed to heed police commands to stop but he finally turned around and began pulling items from his pockets including a bottle containing 20 blue and white capsules which were later identified to be Vyvanse. Murphy had no prescription for the medication. Murphy appeared to be unsteady on his feet and his speech was slurred. He was placed under arrest for public intoxication and cited for simple possession. His bond is $1,500 and his court date is February 15.

34 year old Christy Diann Reeder, charged with filing a false report, and 34 year old Steven Darrell Bly, charged with evading arrest, were picked up on Thursday, January 25.

Police responded to a 911 hang up call at a residence where they had received domestic calls in the past and had before tried unsuccessfully to serve pending warrants against a suspect there.

Upon arrival they approached the residence and could hear a woman crying and talking to someone inside the door. Officers knocked on the door and called for the occupants inside to come to the door but no one responded. Due to past knowledge of domestic abuse there, the officers contacted the landlord and asked that the door be opened so that police could make sure no one inside was hurt. The officers identified themselves and made entry but a woman inside called out informing them that she was taking a bath. Officers ordered her to get dressed and to come out. She complied. Police asked if anyone else was in the house. The woman, Reeder replied no but neighbors reported seeing a man going inside the residence before police arrived.

Officers asked Reeder specifically if Steven Bly was in the residence but she again insisted that no one else was there but her. Bly has multiple warrants against him for violation of probation out of Circuit Court and a Failure to Appear in General Sessions Court.

Knowing that Bly often hides in the attic, police warned Reeder that if Bly were found to be in the residence she would be charged. Officers went to the attic entrance in a rear bedroom and called several times for Bly to come down. Police used a camera and light to aid them in looking in the attic to see if anyone was present. There they spotted cushions lined up like a bed with a bag of chips beside it. Officers then obtained a ladder and made entry into the attic where they heard a noise and saw Bly’s hands and forearms protruding up from the insulation. Bly was taken into custody and transported to the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department for processing. While he already had active warrants against him, police took an additional warrant for evading arrest. Reeder was also arrested for filing a false report. Bond for each is $5,000 and their court dates are February 8 for Reeder and February 15 for Bly.

Murfreesboro Woman Loses Her Life on Center Hill Lake

January 29, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page

The body of a Murfreesboro woman was recovered from Center Hill Lake Sunday morning, the apparent victim of a drowning.

Dead is Jerilyn Massey Lamb of Somerset Drive Murfreesboro.

In a prepared statement, Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Sunday, January 28 at 7:49 a.m. a call was received by DeKalb Central Dispatch of an unresponsive female at Sligo Marina on the B pier. The woman was found by her husband in the water in an adjoining slip. Deputies arrived at 8:03 a.m. and DeKalb County Detectives were also summoned to the scene.

The DeKalb Sheriff's Department was assisted in the investigation by members of the 13th Judicial District Attorney General's Office and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Mrs. Lamb's body has been sent to the State Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy.

This marks the second suspected drowning on Center Hill Lake this month.

On Thursday, January 11, the body of 66 year old Scott Northrup of Silver Point was recovered at around 11:35 a.m. about 100 yards from where his fishing boat was found Wednesday night, January 10 in the Florida branch area of the lake about a mile across from Floating Mill Access,

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