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One Injured in Rollover Crash

February 12, 2024
By: Dwayne Page

A 63-year-old man was injured Saturday in a crash on Johnson Chapel Road.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Richard Alan Curtis was traveling west on Johnson Chapel Road in a 2013 GMC Sierra when he failed to negotiate a curve causing the vehicle to go off the right side of the roadway and overturn before coming to a final rest on the right side.

The DeKalb County Fire Department responded to the crash and issued the following statement:

“Today (Saturday) at approximately 2:08 p.m., the DeKalb County Fire Department was called to Johnson Chapel Road for a vehicle that went off a retaining wall with a person trapped inside the vehicle”.

“Upon arrival, the DeKalb County Fire Department’s vehicle rescue technicians stabilized the automobile and assisted DeKalb Emergency Medical Service staff in removing the patient from the vehicle. No other injuries were reported”.

“Units responding to the scene were Brush 1, Extrication Unit 51, DeKalb Emergency Medical Services, DeKalb Sheriff’s Officers and Tennessee Highway Patrol,” the statement concluded”.




Motorist found with Meth during traffic stop

February 12, 2024
By: Dwayne Page

A motorist was found with methamphetamine during a traffic stop earlier this month.

55-year-old Curtis Lee Adams of Midway Road, Smithville is charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver. His bond is $25,000 and he will be in court February 22.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on February 3 a deputy conducted a traffic stop on a red Ford car for failure to maintain its lane of travel. The officer asked the driver, Adams to step out of the vehicle and during a pat down search, the deputy found on him a clear baggie with a crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine which weighed 3.64 grams.

53-year-old Johnny Darrell Murphy of Andrew Street, Smithville is charged with two counts of domestic assault. His bond is $8,000 and he will be in court February 22.

Sheriff Ray said that on February 6 Murphy allegedly struck his girlfriend causing injury to her right ear and right elbow. On the same date, Murphy is alleged to have struck his daughter across the right side of her face, knocking her glasses off and causing redness to her face.

43-year-old Christie Dawn Bouldin of Sparta is charged with public intoxication and resisting stop, frisk, halt, arrest, or search. She is under a $5,500 bond and her court date is February 22.

Sheriff Ray said that on February 7 a deputy was summoned to Holmes Creek Road due to a possible domestic incident and spoke with Bouldin who was acting erratically, talking out of her head, and she appeared to be under the influence. After a brief foot pursuit, the officer ordered Bouldin to get on the ground, but she resisted and then jumped in the lake and swam to the other side. The officer walked around to that side of the lake and subsequently placed Bouldin in custody, although she continued to resist.

32-year-old Joshua Alan Tipton of Kings Court, Smithville is charged with public intoxication. His bond is $2,000 and he will make a court appearance February 22.

Sheriff Ray said that on February 7 a deputy was dispatched to Dearman Street to perform a welfare check on a man spotted sitting on the side of the road wearing no shirt. Upon arrival the officer found the man, Tipton and observed that he could not stand still. His eyes were dilated, and he could not engage the officer in conversation. He was thought to be under the influence of narcotics.

41-year-old Justin Keith Liggett of Pumpkin Hollow Road, Dowelltown is charged with violation of an order of protection. His bond is $3,500 and he will be in court February 29.

Sheriff Ray said that on February 8 a deputy arrested Liggett for violation of an order of protection after he was found to be at a home on Parkway Drive with the person he was ordered to keep away from.




Tennessee General Assembly to Honor DCHS Tiger Basketball Star Conner Close

February 12, 2024
By: Dwayne Page

The Tennessee General Assembly is poised to pay tribute to a DeKalb County High School basketball standout.

State Representative Michael Hale has introduced a House Joint Resolution to honor Conner Close of the DCHS boys basketball program for his entry to the prestigious 1,000-point club at the school.

The Senior Tiger scored his 1,000th high school career point against Smith County in Smithville on December 12, 2023.

The resolution states as follows:

“WHEREAS it is fitting that the members of this General Assembly should recognize those incredibly successful student athletes who have attained significant milestones in their careers; and

WHEREAS, Conner Close, a senior student and basketball player at DeKalb County High School (DCHS), is one such legendary athlete; and

WHEREAS Mr. Close scored his 1,000th career point for the DCHS Tigers in the school’s resounding win over Smith County High School in Smithville on December 12, 2023;

and WHEREAS, in the leadup to the game, Conner Close needed only five points to gain entry to the prestigious DCHS 1,000-point club; less than three minutes into the game, he had done it—scoring the first five points of the contest and etching his name forever in the annals of Tiger basketball history; and

WHEREAS the game was stopped momentarily with 5:42 left in the first period to mark the accomplishment; Coach Joey Agee presented Conner Close a 1,000th point game ball as fellow players, family, friends, and fans gave him a standing ovation; and

WHEREAS Mr. Close finished the night with 15 points and a total of 1,010 for his high school career as the Tigers defeated the Owls 66 to 56; and

WHEREAS, Conner Close has now claimed his rightful place among the most elite basketball players in DeKalb County High School history; and

WHEREAS Mr. Close exemplifies the spirit, determination, and perseverance for which Tennesseans are notable, and he is richly deserving of our approbation on this special occasion; now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ONE HUNDRED THIRTEENTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE, THE SENATE CONCURRING, that we honor and congratulate Conner Close of DeKalb County High School on scoring his 1,000th point in varsity basketball and wish him all the best in his future endeavors, both on and off the court”.




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