Candidate Update

January 9, 2018
By: Dwayne Page

In the latest candidate update, the DeKalb County Election Commission issued a qualifying petition Monday to Anita Puckett, County Commissioner in the 5th district. She is an incumbent planning to seek re-election. Puckett will be a candidate in the DeKalb County Democratic Primary May 1.

Meanwhile, the latest to obtain petitions to run for a seat on the school board include Kate Miller in the 4th district; Carl (C.D.) Webb in the 2nd district; and Orvil Hendrix in the 2nd district. Miller is an incumbent member of the school board. The Board of Education races are on August 2.

City to Increase Court Costs

January 9, 2018
By: Dwayne Page

Court costs are about to go up in the Smithville Municipal Court but the increase will help the police department upgrade to a new court management computer software system.

During Monday night’s meeting, the aldermen adopted an ordinance on first reading to raise the city court costs. The current fees associated with traffic violations, etc. are $85 per violation and a $13.75 litigation tax levied by the state. The new fee would be $100 per citation, a $15 increase.

Although the new Courtware Government Software Solutions system is free to the city, the cost of the software by the provider will be be passed along to violators in the form of the increased court costs.

Police Chief Mark Collins said the new Courtware System will save the city money, simplify the city’s court processing procedures, and provide offenders the option of paying their fines and court costs online.

“We (city) pay $2,000 a year just to have the system we’re using now. The new one is free to the city but will be paid for by offenders who are found guilty of speeding and traffic offenses. Ten dollars out of their court costs will go to this courtware system to pay for it. It creates more ways to pay a ticket. We do not have a pay online system now. With this new system people can pay online,” said Chief Collins.
In addition to online fine payment, other software features include an online court calendar, digital documents, fund calculations, automatic dispositions, simple docket scheduling, statistical data that can be helpful to the police department, and more.

The ordinance increasing the court costs will be considered for passage on second and final reading by the aldermen next month.

Man Injured in One Car Crash Tuesday Evening

January 9, 2018
By: Dwayne Page

A 25 year old man was injured in a one car crash Tuesday evening, January 9 on Highway 56 north near Hurricane Bridge.

Sergeant Dewain Jennings of the Tennessee Highway Patrol told WJLE that 25 year old Oribel L. Santizo Perez was traveling south on Highway 56 in a 2008 Nissan Versa when he failed to negotiate a curve and went off the left side of the road and crashed. According to Sergeant Jennings, Perez was going too fast and faces citations. He was taken by DeKalb EMS to St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital.

Members of the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department and DeKalb Volunteer Fire Department also responded.

Meanwhile two dump trucks were involved in a collision Tuesday on Holmes Creek Road. The accident is under investigation by the Tennessee Highway Patrol. More details forthcoming.

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