Couple Involved In Pursuit and Wreck Now Charged in the Case

January 18, 2018
By: Dwayne Page

A couple trying to elude authorities in White County and later arrested in Smithville early Saturday morning after wrecking their car and fleeing the scene on foot have now been charged in the case.

According to officials of the White County Sheriff’s Department, Charles Robert Wilmoth and Amber Madison Rhea both of White County 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.

Wilmoth and Rhea 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. 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.

The White County Sheriff’s Department has released the following statement about the incident.

“Sergeant Justin Cunningham attempted to initiate a traffic stop on a red Dodge Neon in White County in the area of Highway 111. The vehicle was occupied by Charles Wilmoth and Amber Rhea. Sergeant Cunningham had prior knowledge that Wilmoth had outstanding warrants out of White County. They refused to stop. A pursuit ensued that ended up at the DeKalb County line. Due to the treacherous road conditions, for officers’ safety and the public’s safety White County terminated the pursuit and a short while afterwards it was discovered that fled the vehicle in DeKalb County. They were both found hiding under a boat and were apprehended”.

Power Supply Alert Lifted

January 18, 2018
By: Dwayne Page

UPDATE: The Power Supply Alert for the TVA service territory has been terminated. At this time, Caney Fork Electric Cooperative would like to sincerely thank all of you for helping to save power during this crucial time. We work hard at keeping your lights and heat on! This morning’s peak power demand was approximately 32,513 megawatts at a system average temp. of 14 degrees at 8 a.m. CST. That is higher than yesterday and is the sixth highest winter peak in TVA history. The team at your local power company together with TVA delivered more energy on Wednesday than any other day in our history. When families count on staying warm, reliability matters! Thank you again for your efforts in this matter.

Races for Sheriff and Smithville Mayor Expected to be Contested

January 18, 2018
By: Dwayne Page

It now appears that the race for DeKalb County Sheriff and Mayor of Smithville will be contested in August.

Michael Agee picked up a petition Thursday to run for Sheriff in the DeKalb County Democratic Primary on May 1. The democratic nominee will face Republican incumbent Patrick Ray in the DeKalb County General Election on August 2 although Ray’s nomination won’t be official until the local GOP caucus is held on February 11.

Meanwhile Josh Miller obtained a petition Thursday to seek the office of Smithville Mayor on August 2. Miller is currently serving as alderman. He plans to run against Incumbent Mayor Jimmy Poss, who picked up his petition earlier this month to seek re-election.

Smithville voters will be electing a mayor and two aldermen in August. The aldermen seats are currently held by Jason Murphy and Gayla Hendrix and they obtained their petitions earlier this month to seek re-election. Miller’s alderman term expires in 2020.

The qualifying deadline for the DeKalb County Democratic Primary is February 15. The deadline for candidates to get in the Smithville election along with other city races and the school board is April 5

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