Blood Assurance to Host “Great Give Back” Blood Drive

November 14, 2022
By: Dwayne Page

Blood Assurance will host a special blood drive on Monday, December 19 asking donors to step up and give blood but also to help raise money for God’s Food Pantry in Smithville. With each unit of blood collected, a $10 donation will be made by Blood Assurance and matched by DeKalb County Clerk James L. “Jimmy” Poss.

The DeKalb County Neighbors Helping Neighbors “The Great Give Back” will be Monday, December 19 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the DeKalb Community Complex parking lot on the mobile. Donors will receive a “Christmas Plaid Blanket”. To schedule an appointment, visit or contact Jimmy Poss at 615-464-7426 or Please eat a good meal, drink additional water, avoid energy drinks, and bring your ID.

Trudy Cody, Blood Assurance donor recruiter/account manager said through this “Great Give Back” effort, Blood Assurance, with the help of County Clerk Poss, will be able to help further the pantry’s mission to feed the hungry and meet their other needs year-round.

“Blood Assurance supplies local hospitals with blood products, and we ask people every day to donate, and they are so good to come out and do that, but we also want to do a little something more for the community so each December we have a blood drive called the “Great Give Back” where we partner with a local charity or non-profit organization to help raise money for them. Jimmy (Poss), who partners with Blood Assurance for our Neighbors Helping Neighbors Blood Drives, suggested that for the December “Great Give Back” we raise money for God’s Food Pantry so for every donor, Blood Assurance will donate $10 and Jimmy will match. We were very proud to be able to help out,” said Cody.

“I have been working with Trudy for several years helping organize and promote the “Neighbors Helping Neighbors blood drives so when she called me it was an opportunity to participate with her on something special (Great Give Back). I told Trudy I would be glad to join and help and I would match whatever she collected to go to Gods Food Pantry to help them carry on their mission,” said County Clerk Poss.

“We are thankful for this donation,” said Zornow. “ We always need the cash to not only purchase food, but we pay for utilities and rent for those in need including the homeless. We use the money for other purposes too. Its not just for food. It’s the whole person approach. You can’t just give them food and let them live outside. There are so many needs out there and we don’t care what county they come from. We never ask. We just do whatever we need to do,” said Zornow.

God’s Food Pantry is located at 430 East Broad Street. Call 615-597-4540 to leave a message and someone will promptly return your call.

For more information about Blood Assurance visit

Twenty-three people indicted by Grand Jury

November 14, 2022
By: Dwayne Page

Twenty-three people were indicted by the new term of the DeKalb County Grand Jury Monday, November 14 along with one sealed indictment.

Those indicted will appear for arraignment in DeKalb County Criminal Court on December 6.

The following persons indicted and their charges are as follows:

Angela Lynn Ayers-possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule II (methamphetamine) over 0.5 grams

Tabatha Marie Batey-fraudulent use of a Credit or Debit Card over $1,000

Christopher Joe Bogle-theft of services over $2,500

Mark Enik Childs- driving under the influence

Casandra Kay George- false report

Steven Blake Goad- driving under the influence (3rd offense) and possession of a prohibited weapon

Deviyon Quawnyah Johnson-Griffin- forgery, theft of property over $1,000, criminal simulation

Daniel Derrick Hill- violation of an order of protection (3 counts)

Tyler Blake Hollingsworth-possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule I (Fluorofentanyl) and possession of drug paraphernalia

Cassidy Renee Judkins-theft of property-shoplifting

Molly Sue Lawrence- theft of services over $1,000

Brandon Matthew Lee-aggravated assault (2 counts)

David Brian Martin-possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule VI drug (marijuana)

Melisha Renea Martin- possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule I (Papa-Fluorofentanyl), possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule II drug (methamphetamine)

Simon Rodriguez Martinez-first degree murder

Jonathan Lee Pedigo- child abuse (2 counts)

Jackie Marie Ray- driving under the influence

Carlos Restrepo-rape of a child (2 charges)

Aubrey Glenn Rigsby- evading arrest

Haley Jada Sosa- driving under the influence and possession of drug paraphernalia

Lacy Lee West- driving under the influence (4th offense), DUI per se, driving on a revoked license (2nd offense), and violation of an order of protection.

Markus Anthony Williams-domestic assault

Candice Denise Walker-driving under the influence

Special “Adopt A Pet” Discounts Available at DeKalb Animal Shelter (View Video Here)

November 14, 2022
By: Dwayne Page

Special “Adopt A Pet” discounts are being offered this week at the DeKalb Animal Shelter.

A Veterans Day Adopt-A-Thon, which began on Friday, November 11, continues through Saturday, November 19 hosted by the DeKalb Animal Shelter and the “Friends Of” organization.

Dog adoptions are $50 each and $30 each for cats and that includes all their vaccinations, micro-chipping, blood work, etc.

With so many little critters, the only problem you may have is which one to choose.

Here’s a suggestion! How about “Sherlock”, the WJLE/DeKalb Animal Shelter featured “Pet of the Week”.

“We call him Sherlock, as in Sherlock Holmes, because he was found on Holmes Creek Road just abandoned all by himself in the middle of the road,” said Shelter Director Emmaly Bennett. “This sweet boy is about five months old. He has been neutered and is up to date on everything. Sherlock has the sweetest personality. He just wants to be in your lap. Sherlock loves kids, other cats, and he loves to play. He is an all around good house cat. If you are interested in adopting him from now until Saturday, November 19 his adoption fee is only $30. Thanks to our Friends Of organization for reducing that fee during our Veteran’s Day Adopt-A-Thon. Sherlock will make a wonderful addition to your home,” said Bennett.

“Visit our website at to see Sherlock’s picture, fill out an adoption application and we will call you to come in and meet him,” said Bennett.

The shelter is open Monday-Friday from 8 to 4 and Saturday from 8 to 12 at 186 Transfer Station Road.

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