May 4, 2021
By: Dwayne Page
The City of Smithville has a new airport manager.
During Monday night’s regular monthly meeting, the aldermen hired Caitlin Renee Sanders to take over the part-time position, succeeding Mike Carpenter who recently announced his resignation.
Sanders’ hiring came upon the recommendation of Roth Terrell, Chairman of the city’s airport advisory board.
Terrell said Sanders was among three applicants whom the board considered for the job.
Sanders is a student at MTSU where she is enrolled in the aerospace administration program. She is seeking a bachelor’s degree and is expected to graduate in May, 2022.
Terrell said Sanders’ studies will not interfere with her responsibilities at the airport.
Meanwhile the aldermen adopted an ordinance on second and final reading following a public hearing to rezone property belonging to Tracy Foutch at the corner of Miller and Foster Road from I-1 Industrial to R-2 residential for future housing development. No one spoke either for or against during the public hearing.
The aldermen also adopted an ordinance on first reading to rezone property at 415 Juniper Lane from R-2 residential to C-1 commercial. The property belongs to Rebecca Ford Little. This lot joins two others in the neighborhood already zoned commercial. Second and final reading action will come following a public hearing at the June meeting.
Bobby Pinegar is coming out of retirement to work for the city again. Pinegar was hired by the aldermen to serve as a part time employee at Green Brook Park working Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Pinegar formerly worked several years as the city’s sewer plant supervisor.
Traffic Violations Result in a Drug Charge for Motorist
May 4, 2021
By: Dwayne Page
A motorist stopped for a couple of traffic violations last week was found with methamphetamine.
52 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 $3,000 and he will make a court appearance May 13.
Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on April 26 a DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department deputy was on patrol in the Midway Road area when he spotted a man operating a white Jeep wearing no seat belt and the driver side brake light was inoperable. He pulled over the vehicle and spoke to the driver, Adams. The deputy warned Adams about the seatbelt and brake light infractions and then asked and received consent to conduct a search. Adams was found to have a baggie which held a white crystal like substance that weighed 0.48 grams believed to be meth. Adams was placed in custody and transported to the jail.
37 year old Ryan Lee Walden of Dale Ridge Road, Dowelltown is charged with evading arrest and possession of methamphetamine with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver. He is being held without bond.
Sheriff Ray said that on April 27 a deputy went to a residence on Dale Ridge Road to serve a child support attachment on Walden. Upon arrival he found Walden sitting on the porch. When told there was a warrant for his arrest, Walden replied that he was not going back to jail and took off running through the woods but he was quickly apprehended. A search incident to arrest revealed a baggie in his right pocket which held 0.5 grams of a crystal like substance believed to be meth. Walden was then taken to the jail.
40 year old Brandon Edward Smith of Cooper Street, Smithville is charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver. His bond is $10,000 on the drug charge but he is being held without bond for a failure to appear warrant against him. Smith will make a court appearance on May 13.
Sheriff Ray said that on April 28 a deputy went to a residence on Floyd Drive to serve an arrest warrant on Smith. Upon arrival the officer found Smith sitting in his vehicle in the driveway. He walked up to the automobile and asked Smith to get out because there was an arrest warrant against him. As Smith stepped out of the automobile, the deputy noticed that he had a glass pipe with a white crystal like residue on it. The officer searched the vehicle and found a clear baggie containing a white crystal like substance by the driver seat which weighed about 1.3 grams. Smith was transported to the jail.
36 year old Megan Angela Yslas of Fiddlers Drive, Smithville is charged with driving under the influence. Her bond is $1,500 and she will be in court June 24.
Sheriff Ray said that on April 29 a deputy was dispatched to a call on Floating Mill Lane due to a possible domestic incident. Upon arrival he found Yslas lying in the driver seat of her vehicle. She was trembling and wore no pants. After being asked to exit the automobile, Yslas said she drove her car to the day area trying to turn around. She submitted to field sobriety tasks but performed poorly.
22 year old Quinton Lynn Adcock of McMinnville is charged with aggravated criminal trespass and vandalism. His bond is $3,000 and he will make a court appearance on June 24.
Sheriff Ray said that on March 21 Adcock broke into property on Aaron Webb Road and damaged a window and gate. The total amount of the damage was $200. The case was investigated by sheriff’s department detectives.
36 year old Amanda Gail Maxwell of Fisher Avenue, Smithville is charged with public intoxication. Her bond is $1,500 and she will be in court May 13.
Sheriff Ray said that on April 30 a deputy was dispatched to the Loop Circle to do a welfare check. Upon arrival he found Maxwell in the front yard of the complainant. Maxwell appeared to be under the influence of narcotics and she was unsure of her surroundings. She was placed under arrest.
31 year old Bobby Ray O’Conner, Jr. of Cookeville Highway, Smithville is charged with failure to appear and violation of bond conditions. His bond is set at $10,000 on the violation but he is being held without bond for failure to appear. His court date on the violation is May 13.
Sheriff Ray said that on May 1 a deputy was patrolling the lake access area of Hurricane Bridge when he stopped to check on a vehicle in the parking lot. The officer approached the automobile and spoke with O’Conner and a female. A background check through central dispatch revealed that O’Conner was under bond conditions to keep away from this woman. O’Conner was then placed under arrest.
35 year old Charlie Chad Barnes of Rock Island is charged with a 9th offense of driving on a suspended license. His bond is $5,000 and he will be in court May 13.
Sheriff Ray said that on May 2 a deputy was on patrol in the area of Murphy Street when he spotted Barnes driving a gold colored Lincoln car. Knowing that Barnes’ license were suspended, the officer conducted a traffic stop and placed Barnes under arrest.
State Representative Terri Lynn Weaver Calls for TDOT To Fix Drainage Problem in “Kill Zone” on Highway 70 at Liberty
May 4, 2021
By: Dwayne Page
The spot on Highway 70 at Liberty where 19 year old Savannah Buckley lost her life Monday morning is particularly dangerous especially when it rains.
Several wrecks have occurred there in recent years including a few fatal crashes due to hydroplaning. 36 year old Sarah Marie Bullington Clark was killed in a crash there on the morning of Tuesday August 19, 2014 while she was on her way to work.
After learning of this latest crash involving Buckley, State Representative Terri Lynn Weaver has taken action and is urging the Tennessee Department of Transportation to fix the drainage problem immediately in the “kill zone” on Highway 70 at Liberty.
In a correspondence Monday to Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner Clay Bright, Representative Weaver wrote “ Today I was informed of a fatal crash which took the life of yet another young woman on her way to work. Nineteen year old Savannah Buckley lost her life due to hydroplaning on Highway 70 at Liberty. The same location that a dear young friend of mine, Sarah Bullington Clark, lost her life several years ago, also due to hydroplaning”.
“There is an approximately 10 foot spot where Highway 53 to Woodbury intersects Highway 70 at the location of the Baptist Church, wherein drainage flowing down the hill runs across the roadway. There have been numerous other accidents and “close calls” of motorists fishtailing and hitting that part of the curve where it doesn’t take much rainwater to cause an issue.”
“I am asking you to please correct the drainage issue immediately. Monies have been budgeted to finish Highway 70 from Highway 96 to Alexandria; please do what is necessary to include a solution to the above-referenced “kill zone” that has already taken the lives of two young individuals, and endangered the lives of many more. Please contact me with what can be done to correct this dangerous roadway condition”, wrote Representative Weaver.
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