Grand Jury Indicts Manning for 2nd Degree Murder

November 28, 2023
By: Dwayne Page

A local man charged in a July fatal shooting is among 30 people who were indicted Monday by the new term of the DeKalb County Grand Jury.

39-year-old Jarrett Manning is under indictment for 2nd degree murder in the death of 56-year-old Thomas Dwayne Thomason. The shooting occurred on Saturday, July 22 outside a residence on Kings Court Circle in the Midway Community.

Manning and all others indicted Monday will appear soon for arraignment in DeKalb County Criminal Court. A total of 23 were named in regular indictments along with seven in sealed indictments.

As for the Manning case, Brian Williams, Chief Deputy of the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department said at the time of the incident that Thomason suffered a gunshot wound outside in front of his home and died after being transported by DeKalb EMS from the scene to Ascension Saint Thomas DeKalb Hospital. The shooting was reported to Central Dispatch at 2:12 a.m. (July 22) and a deputy was on the scene within minutes.

Manning, of Ferrell Road, who was also on the scene at the time of the officer’s arrival, was believed to have been responsible for the shooting and was charged that day with second degree murder.

Chief Deputy Williams said a handgun, believed to have been used in the shooting, was recovered. No motive was publicly disclosed by investigators.

In a prepared statement, Chief Deputy Williams said at the time that” On July 22 at 2:12 a.m. central dispatch received a call of shots fired at Kings Court Circle in Smithville. A deputy arrived within three minutes and noticed a man laying outside on the ground with a gunshot wound. Also, there was the suspect (Manning) who was detained at the time. EMS arrived and transported the victim to Ascension Saint Thomas DeKalb Hospital where he succumbed to the wound”.

Assisting Sheriff Patrick Ray, detectives and deputies of the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department with the investigation were the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, an Investigator of the 13th Judicial District Attorney’s General’s Office, and Assistant DA Greg Strong. The Smithville Police Department helped secure the scene.

Other indictments returned by the Grand Jury Monday and the defendants are as follows.

Jessica Jo Bates: theft-shoplifting and resisting arrest.

Tommye Lou Bell: possession of a schedule II drug (para-Fluorofentanyl with intent to sell/deliver, possession of a schedule II drug (Fentanyl) with intent to sell/deliver, simple possession of a schedule II drug (Morphine), simple possession of a schedule IV drug (Diazepam), and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Savannah Elizabeth Mae Derrick: possession of a schedule II drug (methamphetamine) with intent to sell/deliver over 26 grams and possession of a schedule II drug (methamphetamine) with intent to sell/deliver over 0.5 grams.

Patsy Lynn Estes: possession of a schedule II drug (methamphetamine) with intent to sell/deliver over 0.5 grams (2 counts), possession of a schedule II drug (cocaine) with intent to sell/deliver under 0.5 grams, possession of a schedule II drug (Fentanyl), possession of a schedule II drug (ANPP), aggravated burglary, and introduction of contraband into a penal facility.

Guadalupe Franz Aguilar-Estrada: statutory rape.

Warren Brandon Glasby: possession of a schedule II drug (methamphetamine) with intent to sell/deliver over 26 grams, possession of a schedule II drug ANPP with intent to sell/deliver (2 counts), unlawful possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, aggravated assault (2 counts), tampering with evidence, possession of a firearm during a dangerous felony, evading arrest with a vehicle, and reckless endangerment.

Scott Cory Harris: aggravated assault and assault.

Eric James Cox and Howard Robert Mayo, Jr.: possession of a schedule II drug (methamphetamine) with intent to sell/deliver under and over 0.5 grams (separate counts) and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

Angel Anne Mager, Christopher Brian Mager, Rebecca Ann Yount (also known as Rebecca Ann Van Dyne) and Jesse Eugene Van Dyne: aggravated child abuse and aggravated assault.

Jarrett Lee Manning: 2nd degree murder

Ashley Nicole Mingle: theft of property over $1,000.

Randall Keith Mullins: aggravated assault (3 counts), possession of a firearm during a dangerous felony, and possession of a handgun while under the influence.

Alex Wayne Murphy: child abuse and neglect (under 8) (2 counts) and driving under the influence.

Justin Clay Penuel: theft of property over $1,000, theft of property under $1,000 (shoplifting), and Vandalism over $1,000.

Laura Carol Ratliff: driving under the influence and DUI per se.

Matthew James Savage: driving under the influence and DUI per se.

Andy Dale Shelton: aggravated assault (2 counts), vandalism under $1,000, and possession of a prohibited weapon-brass knuckles.

Rachel Lynn Spurlock: driving under the influence and DUI per se.

Dustin Allen Sullivan: aggravated assault, vandalism over $1,000, resisting arrest, and public intoxication.

DCHS Basketball Teams Fall to Providence Christian in Thanksgiving Week Games

November 26, 2023
By: Dwayne Page

The DCHS Basketball teams got in some Thanksgiving week play against Providence Christian Academy last week with the Tigers falling 82 to 52 at home on Tuesday and the Lady Tigers losing on the road 45 to 42 Friday.

The Lady Tigers are now 2-2 while the Tigers are 0-4. DeKalb County will host Cannon County Tuesday night, November 28 starting with the girls’ game at 6 p.m. followed by the boys’ contest. WJLE will have LIVE coverage with the Voice of the Tigers and Lady Tigers John Pryor.

In the Tigers game against Providence Christian Tuesday, DeKalb County trailed 29 to 12 after the 1st period, 49 to 20 at halftime, and 71 to 36 after the 3rd period before falling 82 to 52.

Jordan Parker led the team in scoring with 19 followed by Conner Close with 11, Jon Hendrix 8, Seth Fuson 5, Alex Antoniak 4, Ian Colwell 3, and Owen Snipes with 2.

In the Lady Tigers’ loss to Providence Christian, Ella VanVranken scored 20, Chloe VanVranken 12, Avery Agee 8, and Tess Barton with 2.

2023-24 DCHS Tigers and Lady Tigers Basketball Schedule
*District – 7AAA Games
Date -Time -Opponent- Home/Away

Tues, 11/28- 6:00pm- Cannon County- Home • Non-District

Fri, 12/1-6:00pm-Watertown- Away • Non-District
Tue, 12/5- 6:00pm- Smith County- Away • Non-District
Fri, 12/8- 6:00pm-Warren County- Home • Non-District
Tue, 12/12 -6:00pm- Smith County- Home • Non-District
Fri, 12/15- 6:00pm- Cannon County- Away • Non-District
Mon, 12/18-6:00 pm- Watertown-Home • Non-District
Wed, 12/20-Fri. 12/22- (BOYS) Adidas Shootout- Riverdale • Non-District-TBA
Wed. 12/27-Fri, 12/29 (BOYS) Watertown Classic- Away • Non-District-TBA

Fri. 1/5-6:00pm-White County*-Home • District
Tues. 1/9-6:00pm-Cumberland County*- Home • District
Fri. 1/12-6:00pm-Upperman*- Away • District
Tue, 1/16-6:00pm-Livingston Academy*-Away • District
Fri, 1/19-6:00pm-Stone Memorial*-Home • District
Mon. 1/22-6:00 pm- Warren County-Away• Non-District
Tues. 1/23-(OPEN DATE-District Make Up Day)
Fri. 1/26-6:00pm-White County*-Away • District
Tues, 1/30-6:00pm-Cumberland County*-Away • District

Fri. 2/2-6:00pm-Upperman*-Home • District
Mon, 2/5-6:00pm-Livingston Academy*-Home • District
Thurs. 2/8- 6:00 pm-Stone Memorial*-Away • District
Mon. 2/12- 2/17- District Tournament-TBA

*District 7AAA Games. Game time listed is the start of the girls contest. Boys contest to follow

Sign Up For Sensory-Sensitive Santa Christmas Visit

November 26, 2023
By: Bill Conger

Meeting Santa Claus is an exciting time for most children. They can hardly wait to sit in his lap and tell him all the gifts they want under their tree on December 25th. But for some children who struggle with sensory issues, facing the jolly old man is not a jolly experience. That’s why Kids Express Therapy Services is offering a Sensory Santa experience for the second year in a row.

“This event is for children with special needs who would not be able to tolerate a typical Santa experience,” Kids Express Owner/Speech Pathologist Alyssa Conger, SLP-CCC, said. “Siblings are also more than welcome!”

“A sensory-sensitive Santa event is geared toward children with special needs, who may have a difficult time attending similar events that other children enjoy,” says Kids Express Owner/Manager Alyssa Conger, SLP-CCC. “Things like loud noises, long lines, and excessive visual stimulation can trigger meltdowns in children who cannot process sensory information the same way we do. Our event is by appointment only, which eliminates long lines, and reduces over-stimulating noises and sights. We will also be providing devices for communication in the event that children have difficulty telling Santa what they want.”

“Many children are afraid of Santa at first, and that is not unusual, but for the kiddos with sensory issues, the entire process may be problematic before they even see the big guy in red,” Conger adds. “Bright lights in a shopping mall, the smell of foods in the food court, lines and crowds of people wearing brightly colored clothes and too much perfume; children crying or pressing into their personal space, etc. can be powerfully overwhelming to them.”

The Sensory Santa Christmas will be held December 9 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Kids Express Therapy. It’s located at 612 Congress Blvd, Suite C, the former offices of dentist Dr. Duke. However, families must sign-up in advance to meet Old Saint Nick.

The purpose of making an appointment is to prevent long lines. Children who have difficulty with sensory processing often get over-stimulated with waiting in line.

To sign up for the free meet and greet with Santa, go to the Facebook page using the QR code or the link provided below. If you have any questions, please contact the office at 615-697-3442.

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