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Soales Charged with Stealing Electricity

October 18, 2021
By: Dwayne Page

A resident of Blue Springs Road is charged with stealing more than $5,600 in electricity from Caney Fork Electric Cooperative.

48 year old Shawn Edward Soales is under a $5,000 bond and will be in court on November 18 charged with theft of services.

Soales was arrested after it was discovered that he had created an electrical bypass which allowed him have use of electric power without being charged for it.

“On October 11 Soales altered and tampered with electrical wires established by Caney Fork Electric Cooperative to obtain and divert those services for his own benefit. Soales altered the wires to bypass the meter used to measure the amount of electricity used at his residence therefore bypassing any billing. Caney Fork Electric Cooperative showed this residence as a vacant account since February 21, 2020 and the estimated amount owed is $5,601,” said Sheriff Patrick Ray.

Community Gets First Look at New Smithville Police Department Building

October 18, 2021
By: Dwayne Page

A good crowd turned out Sunday afternoon to take a tour of the new Smithville Police Department building during an open house hosted by city leaders and police officers.

The 12,000 square foot facility (including sally port) will officially open for business within the next couple of weeks after the arrival of new furnishings and some other finishing touches.

Mayor Josh Miller said this new police department has been needed for a long time and is something of which the city can be proud.

“I see the need because the town is growing so much. A lot of people have moved in and I think the town will continue to grow. This building will serve its purpose and meet the needs of the community for many years,” he said.

Smithville Alderman and Police Commissioner Shawn Jacobs said the new police headquarters will give the officers much more room in which to work.

“If you have seen the quarters where our police officers are in right now you know they operate within tiny spaces and are spread out all over city hall. This will give them a building of their own where they can communicate with each other better and its also much safer for the community,” added Alderman Jacobs.

Police Chief Mark Collins said he and his fellow officers could not be more happy with what the city has done for them and the community in building this new facility

“I want to thank the Mayor and Aldermen and former aldermen who approved this project along with the people who built it and everybody involved. For us this facility will be a new world. We will now have plenty of room, better security, and state of the art modern conveniences. We are extremely proud of it and it is something the citizens of Smithville can take pride in. It’s a reflection of what the city thinks of us and the job we’re doing,” said Chief Collins.

The facility has a total roofed area of 12,800 square feet which includes a 1,400 square foot drive through sally port for bringing in prisoners securely. It encompasses a front lobby with bullet proof glass and wall panels, records clerk office, hallways, closet space, four holding cells, armory, conference and training rooms, offices for the chief, captain, detectives, and other officers, rooms for records, investigations, filing reports, conducting interviews, locker room, electrical room, and evidence vaults, restrooms, and break room.

Chief Collins explains how the public may do business with the police department once it opens.

“During normal business hours from 8-5, if you want a report or anything from the police department you will come to the front lobby and see Administrative Assistant Beth Adcock. Nobody will be allowed to roam freely throughout the building. She (Adcock) will then contact an officer who will come up front and go into the report room with you to file a report. After hours, if you need us you may call 615- 215-3000 and central dispatch will have an officer meet you here at the police department to address your needs at that time,” said Chief Collins.

Wayne Oakley of Studio Oakley Architects, LLC of Lebanon who designed the building, prepared construction documents, and assisted the city in putting the project out for bids, said he is proud to have been part of this project.

“It turned out absolutely beautiful and it fits in well with the public square. Its something the city can be proud of and we are proud to have been part of the project. We put a lot into the technology of the building especially for security aspects including cameras, bullet proof glazing, and wall paneling as well as technology to control the opening and closing of gates and doors. Overall it really turned out well,” said Oakley.

The contractor, Boyce Ballard Construction of Murfreesboro, got the bid for construction of the police department building at $2,395,000 but the city issued up to $2.5 million in bonds for the project. Following a ground breaking ceremony on September 4, 2020, construction began on the building but weeks later the work ground to a halt after Boyce Ballard Construction encountered unsuitable soils on the site. The city and contractor eventually agreed to split the cost to remedy the problem and construction resumed. The city’s portion was up to $50,000. Since then the city has had a few other add-ons.

“There is a lot of people to thank for this building including the city council for seeing the need of getting our officers into a new facility. I want to thank Wayne Oakley along with Mike Boyce and Ron Duggin of Boyce Ballard Construction for all their help and everybody who has put in so much time in making this happen,” added Mayor Miller.

Sheriff Patrick Ray Candidacy Announcement for 2022 Sheriff Election

October 18, 2021
By: Dwayne Page

DeKalb County Sheriff Patrick Ray has announced his intention to seek re-election in 2022.

He will be a candidate for the Republican nomination either by the DeKalb County GOP party caucus or primary. The party’s Republican nominee will run in the DeKalb County General Election in August, 2022. Sheriff Ray was first elected in 2006.

“It has been a great honor and privilege to have the opportunity to serve as your Sheriff of DeKalb County,” said Sheriff Ray in a prepared announcement. “I am announcing my candidacy in the upcoming 2022 election for the office of Sheriff. My continued promise to you is to have a Sheriff’s Department you can be proud of”.

“I have 32 years of proven law enforcement experience and management. I currently serve on the Tennessee Sheriff’s Association Legislative Committee, Agricultural Crimes Committee,and I am also the Vice Chairman for the Tennessee Sheriff’s Association victim notification program called SAVIN. I am also a board member on the 13th Judicial Drug Task Force”.

“My wife, Dessa, and I have been married for 25 years and we have one son P.J. We attend New Union The Baptist Church where I have been a member for 39 years,” he said

“We love our county and I sincerely ask for your continued trust, support, and prayers as I lead our Sheriff’s Department. I also humbly ask for your support and vote in the upcoming election,” said Sheriff Ray.

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