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City to Install New Tiles on Allen’s Chapel Road-Motorists will have to Detour Around the Project

August 7, 2021
By: Dwayne Page

Motorists who live and work on Allen’s Chapel Road will have to take a detour for a few days starting Monday, August 16.

The City of Smithville will be replacing existing metal tiles with new concrete tiles across Allen’s Chapel Road near the intersection with Highway 56 (Cookeville Highway). According to Kevin Robinson, the city’s public works director, the project may take up to two weeks.

Those who access Allen’s Chapel Road from Cookeville Highway to get home or to work at the industrial park will need to take an alternate route, possibly via Big Hurricane Road over to Allen Street and then back to Allen’s Chapel Road until the project is completed.




DCSO and SPD assist Baxter Police in capturing Nashville carjacker

August 7, 2021
By: Dwayne Page

An 18 year old suspect in a Nashville carjacking case, who led law enforcement authorities in a two county pursuit from I-40 to Cookeville Highway near Smithville was arrested Thursday after tire deflation devices were put down to get the stolen vehicle he was driving stopped.

18 year old Deyton Farless has been charged by the Baxter Police Department with driving without a license, theft of property, evading arrest, and reckless endangerment.

In a prepared statement, Sheriff Patrick Ray said that “On August 5 at 12:04 p.m. DeKalb County Dispatch received a call from the Cookeville area Tennessee Highway Patrol that Baxter Police were in pursuit of a stolen vehicle out of Davidson County and the driver was supposedly armed. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Department also entered the pursuit on I-40 in Putnam County”.

“The pursuit then entered DeKalb County on Cookeville Hwy (56 North) from I-40. The Tennessee Highway Patrol, DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department and Smithville Police placed tire deflation devices at three different locations on Cookeville Highway near the Smithville City limits,” said Sheriff Ray.

Although the driver (Farless) maneuvered around one of the tire deflators, he was unable to avoid another put down by Sheriff’s Department Officers which disabled and forced the vehicle to stop. Farless and three others in the automobile were taken into custody.

Sheriff Ray and Smithville Police Chief Mark Collins said the tire deflation devices that were purchased this past year have been a great asset to their departments. Having them not only protects the patrol cars funded by the taxpayers, but more importantly, protects the lives of innocent persons including the officers as well as the suspects.




Blood Assurance Drive Monday, August 9 at Ascension Saint Thomas DeKalb Hospital

August 5, 2021
By: Dwayne Page

A Blood Assurance Drive will be held Monday, August 9 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Ascension Saint Thomas DeKalb Hospital.

The bloodmobile will be parked in the hospital parking lot. Schedule an appointment at www.bloodassurance.org/saintthomasdekalb. You may also contact Barbara Jacobs at 615-215-5302 or barbara.jacobs @ascension.org.

Please eat a good meal, drink additional water, avoid energy drinks, and bring your I.D.

Donors will receive an “Adventure Begins” Cooler Bag. Donors will also be entered into a drawing for a: “2021 Side-by-Side”.

Save time by answering your health history questions before you arrive, Download

“bloodassurancequickscreen” on your phone the day of the blood drive. This will save you approximately a 10 minute wait time on the bus.




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