DWS Selects October Students of the Month

October 14, 2022
By: Bill Conger

DeKalb West School has announced its Students of the Month for October.

Winners from each grade are Charlee Eaton, PreK; Haddeigh Harvey, Kindergarten; Ty Combs, 1st grade, Marley Pyburn, 2nd; Aniston Cox, 3rd, Taelyn Cork, 4th, Lucas Nokes, 5th, Gabriel Blair, 6th, Adin Hernandez, 7th, and Ethan Brown, 8th.

Students are chosen for the honor for academic achievement, character, and other traits that make them a high quality student.

Pictured 1st row left to row are Charlee Eaton, Haddeigh Harvey, Marley Pyburn, and Ty Combs. Second row left to right are Aniston Cox, Taelyn Cork, Adin Harnandez, Gabe Blair, and Lucas Nokes. Not pictured, Ethan Brown.

Smithville Man Charged with Harboring Putnam County Runaway

October 14, 2022
By: Dwayne Page

A Smithville man is in trouble with the law in two counties for allegedly hiding or harboring a 17-year-old runaway girl from Putnam County.

19-year-old Devon W. Yokeum of 274 Bluebird Trail, Smithville is under a $4,500 bond on the local charge.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Saturday, October 8, a DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department deputy went to Yokeum’s residence at 274 Blue Bird Trail, Smithville to look for a runaway juvenile. After knocking on the door and getting no answer, the deputy pinged Yokeum’s phone which was in the area of the home. The runaway juvenile’s phone had last pinged in the area of the same house the night before (October 7). The Assistant District Attorney Genreral was contacted and advised that the deputies had circumstances to make entry. The DeKalb County deputy, Chief Deputy and an officer of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department made entry. Yokeum came down the stairs and he was placed under arrest. The Chief Deputy and the Putnam County officer went upstairs and found the juvenile hiding inside a mattress.

According to the arrest warrant, Yokeum had knowledge that the 17-year-old girl was a runaway and he refused to come to the door of his residence at 274 Blue Bird Trail, Smithville. After making entry into the home, officers found Yokeum and the 17-year-old who was in an upstairs bedroom hiding inside a mattress.

Yokeum is reportedly facing charges in Putnam County from the same incident in which he is alleged to have kidnapped the girl.

A report in the Herald-Citizen of Cookeville quotes arrest warrants stating that “the victim went to a movie with Yokeum”.

“[The victim] asked to be taken to her own vehicle to enable her to return home,” the warrant said. “[Yokeum] refused to do as requested and instead took the victim to his residence in DeKalb County.”

The warrants indicate that statements made by both the victim and Yokeum revealed that the victim had been held against her will. He had “hollowed out the bottom side of a mattress and [hid] her there until local law enforcement arrived looking for the victim.”

“Warrants do not reveal how long the victim was allegedly held against her will,” the report stated.

Tigers and Bees to Meet in “The Battle of Center Hill” Tonight (Friday) (Listen to WJLE’s Tiger Talk Program Here)

October 14, 2022
By: Dwayne Page

The DeKalb County Tigers and Upperman Bees will meet in “The Battle of Center Hill” tonight (October 14) in Baxter. The Tigers are hoping to reclaim the oar from the Bees who have a five-game winning streak against the black and gold.

The oar, a trophy instituted a few years ago between these two schools, is affectionately nicknamed “The Battle of Center Hill,” because the teams are on opposite sides of Center Hill Lake.

The Tigers (6-1) will be looking for their fifth victory in a row this season and to remain in the hunt for the top spot in the region standings. The Bees come into this game at 5-2 overall. Both teams are 2-1 in region play.

The Class 4A Region 4 Overall Records and Region Standings are as follows:

Macon County: 7-1 (3-1) (Loss to Upperman 28-14)
Stone Memorial: 7-1 (3-1) (Loss to Macon County 35-34)
DeKalb County: 6-1 (2-1) (Loss to Macon County 21-13)
Upperman: 5-2 (2-1) (Loss to Stone Memorial 15-14)
Cumberland County: 1-7 (1-3) (Win over Livingston Academy 7-0)
Livingston Academy: 0-8 (0-4)

Tiger Coach Steve Trapp said the 48-0 homecoming win two weeks ago over Livingston Academy was very satisfying.

“It was a really good night for the Tigers. We did a lot of things well although we didn’t start the game quick. On our first offensive series we went three and out. That was the first time we had done that in quite a few weeks. We have been emphasizing start fast, stay fast, and finish fast but after that the guys really got it going. We made plays in all phases of the game, a safety, a blocked punt for a touchdown, and a defense scoop and score. We scored almost every way we could other than maybe a pick 6. I was really proud of the way they worked all week. Homecoming is always an exciting time but they focused in on their work and we capped off a really fun week with a really great victory,” he said.

Coach Trapp said tonight’s game against the Bees at Upperman should also be a great one.

“Upperman is a very disciplined and physical football team. They don’t do a whole lot schematically but what they do it’s done extremely well. You know what is coming at you. They will bring a physical run game and a big offensive line. They still have playmakers on the outside. With what they do offensively its almost like playing a wing-t. They just pound you and pound you but then they have the opportunity to hit a big pass play on you too so you have to be ready for everything and we have seen some new things from them. Defensively they are very solid. Its one of the better defenses that you will face. They are very disciplined. They tackle and fit their gaps well. They are in the right spots so this will be two good football teams going at each other and it could come down to who makes the least amount of mistakes,” said Coach Trapp.

WJLE’s Pre-Game shows begin with “Coach to Coach” at 5:00 p.m. featuring former UT assistant coach Doug Matthews with former coach and Tennessee Titans Radio Play by Play Color Analyst Dave McGinnis and broadcaster Larry Stone talking Tennessee and SEC football.

“Coach to Coach” is followed by “Murphy’s Matchups at 6:00 p.m., a look at Tennessee High School Football from Murphy Fair with commentary on games and coaches’ interviews.

“Tiger Talk” airs at 6:30 p.m. with the Voice of the Tigers John Pryor interviewing Coach Steve Trapp and Tiger football players Colby Barnes, Jordan Parker, and Wil Farris.

Kick-off is at 7:00 p.m. with play-by-play coverage on WJLE AM 1480 and WJLE FM 101.7 from the Voice of the Tigers John Pryor and Luke Willoughby. You may also listen on the LIVE Stream at

The DCHS 2022 Football Schedule is as follows:

August 19: Warren County-(Tigers won 35-34).
August 26: Smith County-(Tigers won 17-14)
September 1 (THURSDAY): Macon County*- (Tigers lost 21-13).
September 9: Watertown-(Tigers won 26-14)
September 16: Cumberland County* (Tigers won 48-13)
September 23: Cannon County- (Tigers won 55-7)
September 30: Livingston Academy* (HOMECOMING)-(Tigers won 48-0)
October 14: Upperman*-Baxter 7 p.m.
October 21: Goodpasture-Goodpasture 7 p.m.
October 28: Stone Memorial* Smithville 7 p.m.

WJLE will have LIVE coverage of each week’s games and LIVE streaming at

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