March 10, 2018
By: Dwayne Page
An 18 year old man has been arrested after taking three underage high school girls off campus without permission.
Mark Douglas Baugus of Locust Street, Alexandria is charged with three counts of contributing to the delinquency or behavior of a minor. His bond is $6,000 and his court date is March 15.
Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Tuesday, February 27 a detective was notified of three juvenile girls, ages 14, 15, & 17 who went missing from DCHS. He went to the high school and met with the school resource officer. During the investigation, the detective discovered that Baugus had taken the three girls off campus without the consent of their parents or school administrators.
37 year old Jerome Alexander Bethel of Smyrna, Georgia is charged with theft of property over $10,000. His bond is $20,000.
Sheriff Ray said that on January 22 Bethel took a ladies platinum custom designed diamond engagement ring valued at $38,000.
21 year old Toby Keith Jeffreys of Aldophus, Kentucky is charged with vandalism. His bond is $3,000 and his court date is March 15.
Sheriff Ray said that on Monday, February 26 a deputy was called to Preston Vickers Road in Liberty where a vehicle was cutting donuts in a field. Upon arrival the officer spoke with the victim who reported that her daughter witnessed the incident. The deputy learned that Jeffreys was the driver of the vehicle cutting the donuts. The estimated cost of the damage to the field was $1,500.
25 year old Randy Mitchell Hobbs, Jr. of Clear Creek Road, Liberty is charged with a second offense of driving on a revoked license. His bond is $3,000 and his court date is March 15.
Sheriff Ray said that on Wednesday, February 28 a deputy was patrolling Highway 70 when he spotted a blue Ford Mustang, driven by Hobbs. Knowing that Hobbs had no valid driver license, the officer pulled him over. A computer check confirmed that his license were revoked for violation of the truancy law in 2010. He was later charged with driving on a revoked license in 2013 in Coffee County.
49 year old John Michael Owens of Brooklyn, New York is charged with driving on a suspended license. He was also cited for failure to yield. His bond is $1,500.
Sheriff Ray said that on Wednesday, February 28 while approaching the traffic light at South Congress Boulevard, a deputy spotted a red Ford car which failed to yield the right of way of oncoming traffic. The officer pulled over the vehicle and spoke with the driver, Owens. A computer check revealed that his license were suspended in New York.
Fermin Gopar of New Bildad Road, Smithville is charged with a second offense of driving on a suspended license and a first offense of driving under the influence. He was also cited for violation of implied consent, driving on roadways laned for travel, and no insurance. His bond is $4,000 and his court date is March 15.
Sheriff Ray said that on Thursday, March 1 while patrolling on McMinnville Highway, a deputy observed a vehicle failing to maintain its lane of travel. He pulled it over and spoke with the driver, Gopar. The officer detected a strong odor of alcohol on Gopar, whose speech was also slurred and his eyes were red and watery. Gopar submitted to but performed poorly on field sobriety tasks. A search warrant was obtained for a blood sample after Gopar refused implied consent. The deputy also learned that Gopar’s license were suspended in 2013 in Warren County.
29 year old Raymond Howard Rollins of Baxter is charged with a third offense of driving on a suspended license. His bond is $1,500 and his court date is March 29.
Sheriff Ray said that on Wednesday, March 7 a deputy observed Rollins driving on East Broad Street in Smithville. Knowing that his license were suspended, the officer pulled him over. A computer check confirmed that Rollins’ license are suspended.
DCHS Tennis Season Begins Friday
March 11, 2018
By: Dwayne Page
The DCHS Tennis Season begins Friday, March 16 at Cumberland County at 3:30 p.m.
The team is pictured with their Coach Seth Willoughby
Here’s the list of the group picture.
Sophie Hackett not pictured
Back Coach Seth Willoughby
The Seniors are: Jhoany Gaspar, Kayla Belk, and Catherine Caplinger, then Seth and Ethan Cantrell.
Below is the schedule for the year.
DCHS Tennis Schedule
Date Opponent Home/Away Time
Mar 16 Cumberland Co. A 3:30
Mar 20 White Co. H 3:30
Mar 22 Livingston Acad. H 3:30
Mar 24 Watertown Tournament A 10:00
Apr 3 Cookeville H 3:30
Apr 5 Cannon Co. H 3:30
Apr 6 Watertown H 3:30
Apr 10 Warren Co. A 3:30
Apr 12-14 Mid Season Dist Tourn. TBA
Apr 17 Cannon Co. A 3:30
Apr 23 Girls Team Semi-Finals TBA
Apr 24 Boys Team Semi-Finals TBA
Apr 26 Team Finals Cookeville
May 2-4 Individual District Cookeville
City to Hire Manager of Golf Course and Swimming Pool
March 11, 2018
By: Dwayne Page
The Smithville Mayor and Aldermen will meet in special session Tuesday night, March 13 at 7 p.m. at city hall to consider hiring a manager of the Smithville Municipal Golf Course, Swimming Pool, and Tennis Courts.
The city previously had a 10 year lease with Tony Poss to operate the golf course and swimming pool, but Poss opted to terminate the lease in August. The facility has been closed since then.
Last September the aldermen voted to enter into a one year agreement with RiverWatch Golf & Resort to upgrade and maintain the golf course for a year.
The cost to the city is $74,115 but city officials said since it is not being leased to anyone the city is to get all revenues generated from the golf course, once it re-opens this spring.
The city had allocated $7,000 in this year’s budget for the golf course but most of that money is now going toward paying RiverWatch . The remaining $67,000 plus to pay RiverWatch is being taken from the city’s general fund surplus. The city also has other expenses associated with the golf course as per the agreement with RiverWatch.
A member of the RiverWatch team is reportedly being considered for the job of manager. The person hired would be a new city employee.
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