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DCHS Construction Technology Students To Complete First Tiny House by Spring

January 29, 2018
By: Dwayne Page

Students in the DCHS Construction Technology (building trades) program are hard at work these days during school hours building their first “Tiny House”.

The 8’ x 20’ “Tiny House” is being constructed on a modified trailer that can be anchored or moved from place to place.

The project began in the fall and should be completed by the end of the school year, hopefully as early as March.

“It seems to be going really well. We were able before Christmas break to get the Advantech flooring down. The floor, which is insulated, is screwed down with threaded self tapping screws. The wall plates are screwed down. We did all that before Christmas break but the snow days set us back. We started framing the walls after Christmas break and we have done quite well with that. We’re using two or three different plans and taking the best ideas from them. We have decided on the outward look and what we want it to look like and how we want the loft to be with shed dormers on each side to give more room in the loft. We should have it dried in and the siding on by March but this is new territory for us. We’ve never built one of these before. There’s a lot of specialty things that have to be taken into consideration especially the plumbing,” said Gary Caplinger, Construction Teacher at DCHS.

Because it is small, Caplinger said much of the construction is being done indoors. “We’re building it in the shop so we don’t have to take the trailer out until we get to the roof system. That’s when we’ll have to bring it outside. But the majority of it is being done in the shop. We will build the walls in here and do our plumbing and wiring rough ins here. We will be pulling it out of the shop after we get all that done and then we’ll put the roof system on and finish it up. It is made permanently to the trailer so when you buy the house you get the trailer. It is 8 feet, 4 inches wide and the trailer is 20 feet long. It cannot go over 13 feet, 6 inches in height otherwise a permit would be required to transport it on the highways,” said Caplinger.

Living accommodations in the Tiny House, although compact include adequate living room, kitchenette, bathroom, and sleeping space.

“We do (build) everything for space saving in a Tiny House so the bathroom door will be a pocket or sliding door that slides back into the wall. The kitchen will have a place for a stove, kitchen sink, and we’re hoping to work a stair case in the Tiny House,” Caplinger continued.

Caplinger said once the Tiny House is at or near completion he would like to take it on the road to show it off at venues including the Expo at the Hyder-Burks Pavilion in Cookeville this year.

“We’ve had a lot of interest in it. A lot of people have asked about it. We’re hoping this is something that catches on,” he concluded.

If you are interested or would like more information about the Tiny House contact Caplinger or Brad Leach, Career and Technical Education Director at DeKalb County High School.




Murfreesboro Woman Loses Her Life on Center Hill Lake

January 29, 2018
By: Dwayne Page

The body of a Murfreesboro woman was recovered from Center Hill Lake Sunday morning, the apparent victim of a drowning.

Dead is Jerilyn Massey Lamb of Somerset Drive Murfreesboro.

In a prepared statement, Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Sunday, January 28 at 7:49 a.m. a call was received by DeKalb Central Dispatch of an unresponsive female at Sligo Marina on the B pier. The woman was found by her husband in the water in an adjoining slip. Deputies arrived at 8:03 a.m. and DeKalb County Detectives were also summoned to the scene.

The DeKalb Sheriff’s Department was assisted in the investigation by members of the 13th Judicial District Attorney General’s Office and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Mrs. Lamb’s body has been sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

This marks the second suspected drowning on Center Hill Lake this month.

On Thursday, January 11, the body of 66 year old Scott Northrup of Silver Point was recovered at around 11:35 a.m. about 100 yards from where his fishing boat was found Wednesday night, January 10 in the Florida branch area of the lake about a mile across from Floating Mill Access,




Smithville Police Take Warrant Against Sparta Man Involved In Pursuit and Wreck

January 29, 2018
By: Dwayne Page

The Smithville Police Department has taken a warrant against a Sparta man who was involved in a wreck following a White County Sheriff’s Department pursuit just before 2 a.m. on Saturday, January 13.

36 year old Charles R. Wilmoth is charged with being involved in an accident with damage to a vehicle.

According to the warrant, on Saturday, January 13th police located a vehicle that was involved in a pursuit from White County that had wrecked and struck a stop sign at the intersection of Hayes and South Mountain Street. The driver of the vehicle, Wilmoth was apprehended and transported back to White County on active felony warrants. Wilmoth was the operator of the vehicle during the time of the wreck and fled on foot after striking the stop sign. A warrant for an accident involving damage to a vehicle was issued for his arrest and a hold was placed on him. Wilmoth will be transported back to DeKalb County after serving his time in White County. Wilmoth’s bond on this charge is $3,500 and his court date is February 1.

Wilmoth and Amber Madison Rhea, also of Sparta were in a 2005 red Dodge Neon when they crossed into DeKalb County from White County, trying to elude officers of the White County Sheriff’s Department, who were looking to serve warrants on Wilmoth for a violation of probation. After White County officers terminated their pursuit, local law enforcement were advised to be on the lookout for the car at 1:56 a.m. Saturday, January 13 and Smithville Police found it abandoned at the intersection of South Mountain and Hayes Street at 2:10 a.m. The car had knocked over a stop sign and the occupants of the vehicle had fled on foot.

Members of the Smithville Police Department, DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department, and White County officers converged on the scene and began looking for the couple. They were found in the area shortly thereafter, taken into custody, and transported back to White County.

According to officials of the White County Sheriff’s Department, Wilmoth and Rhea are each charged with evading arrest, possession of schedule II drugs, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Wilmoth also has warrants against him for two counts of violation of probation, evading arrest in a motor vehicle and reckless endangerment.

32 year old Christopher L Cripps was arrested on Saturday, January 13 for a 2nd offense of driving on a revoked license while being an habitual offender. His bond is $5,000 and his court date is February 1. Police received a “be on the lookout” BOLO for a vehicle from Warren County and spotted it. An officer initiated a routine traffic stop after checking the tag with central dispatch and discovering that the automobile was stolen in Warren County. Cripps was the driver. A validation check of Cripps’ license through dispatch revealed it to be revoked. Cripps has a prior offense against him for driving on a revoked license after an habitual offender conviction in Warren County on October 28, 2015.

35 year old Cody Leon Davenport was cited on Sunday, January 14 for possession of a prohibited weapon. Police responded to Wal-Mart in reference to a shoplifter and found Davenport with a large knife on his person. According to Davenport, he uses the knife, approximately 12 inches in length,to defend himself from animals as he walks down the road. His court date is February 8.

34 year old James L Bullard was cited on Monday, January 15 for simple possession. Police were called to a local half-way house where a man, Bullard, was found to be swinging a hammer at other residents. During the investigation, the officer spotted a spoon with residue believed to be methamphetamine on a shelf in Bullard’s bedroom. Bullard was the only person living in the house at the time of this incident. His court date is February 8.
41 year old Bobby Pinegar was arrested on Sunday, January 14 for tampering with evidence and cited for simple possession. Police responded to Wal-Mart in reference to a suspicious person. During a computer background check on the suspect, Pinegar, the officer was informed by an employee that Pinegar had a bottle of pills on him. In Pinegar’s hand were two vials. The officer ordered Pinegar to hand them over. Pinegar turned over one of the vials to the officer but tried to swallow the contents of the other vial. Two pills from that vial fell to the floor, including an 8 milligram buprenorphine hydrochloride, a schedule III drug for which Pinegar had no prescription. The other drug that fell on the floor was not a controlled substance. Pinegar’s bond is $7,500 and his court date is February 1.

44 year old John William Cline was arrested on Friday, January 19 for theft. Police received a report on November 22 of a 2006 35 foot American Camp travel trailer that had been taken from the victim’s residence. During an investigation police learned that Cline had sold the trailer without the permission or consent of the owner. The trailer has been recovered. Cline’s bond is $5,000 and his court date is February 1.

32 year old Justin Lynn Murphy was arrested on Monday, January 22 for public intoxication and cited for simple possession. Police responded to a call of an unwanted guest and upon arrival spoke with Murphy and a woman who were involved in what appeared to be a verbal altercation as they stood outside the back door of a residence. Murphy turned and began to walk away from officers once he noticed that they were there. Murphy initially failed to heed police commands to stop but he finally turned around and began pulling items from his pockets including a bottle containing 20 blue and white capsules which were later identified to be Vyvanse. Murphy had no prescription for the medication. Murphy appeared to be unsteady on his feet and his speech was slurred. He was placed under arrest for public intoxication and cited for simple possession. His bond is $1,500 and his court date is February 15.

34 year old Christy Diann Reeder, charged with filing a false report, and 34 year old Steven Darrell Bly, charged with evading arrest, were picked up on Thursday, January 25.

Police responded to a 911 hang up call at a residence where they had received domestic calls in the past and had before tried unsuccessfully to serve pending warrants against a suspect there.

Upon arrival they approached the residence and could hear a woman crying and talking to someone inside the door. Officers knocked on the door and called for the occupants inside to come to the door but no one responded. Due to past knowledge of domestic abuse there, the officers contacted the landlord and asked that the door be opened so that police could make sure no one inside was hurt. The officers identified themselves and made entry but a woman inside called out informing them that she was taking a bath. Officers ordered her to get dressed and to come out. She complied. Police asked if anyone else was in the house. The woman, Reeder replied no but neighbors reported seeing a man going inside the residence before police arrived.

Officers asked Reeder specifically if Steven Bly was in the residence but she again insisted that no one else was there but her. Bly has multiple warrants against him for violation of probation out of Circuit Court and a Failure to Appear in General Sessions Court.

Knowing that Bly often hides in the attic, police warned Reeder that if Bly were found to be in the residence she would be charged. Officers went to the attic entrance in a rear bedroom and called several times for Bly to come down. Police used a camera and light to aid them in looking in the attic to see if anyone was present. There they spotted cushions lined up like a bed with a bag of chips beside it. Officers then obtained a ladder and made entry into the attic where they heard a noise and saw Bly’s hands and forearms protruding up from the insulation. Bly was taken into custody and transported to the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department for processing. While he already had active warrants against him, police took an additional warrant for evading arrest. Reeder was also arrested for filing a false report. Bond for each is $5,000 and their court dates are February 8 for Reeder and February 15 for Bly.




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