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DCHS Basketball Teams to Begin District Tournament Play

February 9, 2018
By: Dwayne Page

The DCHS Basketball teams will make their debut in the District 8 AA Tournament next week at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville.

The Tigers, the 6th seed, will take on Watertown, the 7th seed, on Tuesday night, February 13 at 7:30 p.m. The winner will meet Macon County, the 3rd seed, on Thursday, February 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Meanwhile the Lady Tigers, the 5th seed, will face Watertown, the 8th seed, on Wednesday night, February 14 at 6:00 p.m. The winner will meet Cannon County, the 4th seed, on Friday, February 16 at 6:00 p.m.

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Hill Gets 10 Year Prison Sentence for Aggravated Burglary

February 9, 2018
By: Dwayne Page

A Smithville man charged in a burglary last April was sentenced in DeKalb County Criminal Court Friday, February 9

24 year old David Matthew Hill, originally charged with aggravated burglary (2 counts), burglary, and theft over $1,000 (2 counts), entered a plea to one count of aggravated burglary and received a 10 year sentence in the Tennessee Department of Correction to run concurrently with a 10 year Warren County sentence against him. He was given jail credit from April 15, 2017 to February 9, 2018. Hill must make restitution of $975 to the victim

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Friday, April 14, 2017 Hill allegedly broke into a residence and an outbuilding on Twilla Lane, Smithville and stole a lawnmower, a chainsaw, a weedeater, and a mini bike valued at more than $1,000. The victim discovered the break-in upon returning home and reported it to the sheriff’s department.

The following day on Saturday, April 15 Hill returned to the scene of the crime looking for his cell phone that he had lost during the burglary the day before. While there, Hill broke into the same residence again and stole property this time valued at $2,748. The victim returned home while Hill was still on the property and called the sheriff’s department. Officers responded and placed Hill under arrest.

36 year old Kennith Wayne Lattimore and 30 year old Brenda Lattimore each entered a plea to theft of property over $1,000 and received a sentence of two years suspended to supervised probation on judicial diversion. Each is jointly and severally responsible for making restitution of $1,452 to the victim, Walmart.

According to Smithville Police, the Lattimore’s and another man, 44 year old Gerald Kier entered Wal-Mart on Sunday, August 14, 2016 at approximately 1:00 a.m. and could be seen on video surveillance taking an estimated $3,794.12 in merchandise. They were arrested and found to be in possession of several stolen items from Wal-Mart including hunting bows, knives, and other various merchandise valued at over $500. Kier entered a plea by criminal information in October, 2016 to one count of theft over $500 and received a sentence of two years, all suspended to supervised probation. He was ordered to make restitution of $1,452 to Walmart and he was placed under a restraining order to keep away from the store.




Trustee Reminds Property Owners that 2017 Taxes are Due February 28

February 9, 2018
By: Dwayne Page

The Trustee’s Office is a busy place this month as property taxpayers rush to beat the deadline

Trustee Sean Driver said 2017 property taxes are due by February 28, 2018.

As of Friday, February 9, 61% has been collected of the $9.06 million in 2017 DeKalb County property taxes to be collected by February 28, 2018 which includes property, residential, commercial, personal, and public utility taxes.

Penalties will start accruing March 1 on 2017 taxes not paid by the February 28 deadline.

Driver reminds taxpayers that you may:

  1. Come in person to pay at the office.
  2. Mail in your payment.
  3. Pay online at tennesseetrustee.org– select, DeKalb.
    *There is a fee to use debit/credit card-2.75% of your total tax bill or submit an e-check for $2.75 on any total
    *Online accepts Mastercard, Visa, Discover, or American Express.
    *Business Information Systems collects the fees, not DeKalb County
  4. A Dropbox is also located on the outside wall of the county offices section at the county complex building (where the Trustee’s Office is located) for your convenience after hours or on weekends.
  5. Partial Payments are accepted in any amount.
    *Remember: Whatever portion of taxes are unpaid for 2017, using the partial payment plan; only the portion left unpaid will accrue 1.5% penalty and interest per month starting March 1, 2018.

You may also qualify for the State of Tennessee Property Tax Relief Program. If you would like to check on a possible tax relief for 2017, visit the Trustee’s Office at 732 South Congress Boulevard, Room 103, or call 615-597-5176. The last day to sign up for tax relief is April 5.

The Trustee’s Office is open regular hours from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday- Friday.

Any 2016 unpaid property taxes may be paid with interest and penalty through March 31. However any 2016 unpaid taxes will be turned over to the Chancery Court on April 1 for collection. The Trustee’s Office will soon be sending out a notice to those still delinquent.




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