DeKalb County Man Nabbed in Multi-State Farm Equipment Theft Investigation

December 3, 2019
By: Dwayne Page

A DeKalb County man, the focus of a multi-state investigation into the theft of farm equipment, has returned to face several local charges

33 year old Orry Joseph Savage of Jefferson Road, Smithville is charged locally with burglary and four counts of theft. His bond totals $115,000 and he will be in court December 19.

Savage was initially identified as a suspect in the theft of a John Deere Tractor on May 21 but detectives expanded the investigation after learning that Savage was involved in other thefts.

“After he had broken into and stolen a 2012 enclosed cab John Deere tractor on Jefferson Road worth $75,000 on May 21 my detectives and chief deputy started working on this case which soon developed into a multi-state investigation. Other states began contacting us about Savage being a suspect in farm equipment thefts there. After the thefts Savage would take the stolen  farm equipment including tractors and trailers across state lines to sell and trade.  We got Savage back last week from another state where he had been detained for several months on theft charges,” said Sheriff  Patrick Ray.

In other cases locally Savage allegedly stole a car hauler and New Holland tractor valued at $13,500 on January 1, 2019.

On February 7, 2019 Savage traded a John Deere 6410 tractor which had been stolen in Warren County to someone in DeKalb County for a Polaris Razor and $10,500 cash.

On June 25, 2019 Savage was found to be in possession of a featherlite gooseneck trailer valued at $12,000 stolen in Tazwell, West Virginia.

Sheriff Ray said some of the stolen equipment has been recovered.

Second Annual Festival of Trees Opens to a Packed House

December 2, 2019
By: Dwayne Page

The 2nd Annual Festival of Trees opened to a packed house Monday night at the county complex for the unveiling of an impressive collection of uniquely decorated Christmas trees.

The festival has quickly become a local holiday favorite and serves as a charity venue for a non-profit group. This year the Lighthouse Christian Camp’s Outreach Christmas Program which serves more than 500 children will benefit from the festival.

The trees will remain on display throughout the week and visitors to the complex are urged to vote for their favorites in several categories and place gifts under the tree they like the best. The one with the most gifts under it by the end of the week will be designated “Tree of the Year”.

Other categories are “Best Christmas Spirit”, “Most Unique”, “Best Overall Theme”, “Prettiest Tree”, “Most Touching Theme”, and “the tree I want in my living room”.

All gifts collected will be donated to the Lighthouse Christian Camp Outreach Christmas Program.

Monday night’s event also featured FREE pictures with Santa on the North Pole Stage, refreshments, and the Christmas Shopping Court where vendor booths displayed delightful Christmas gift ideas for sale.

Thirteen DCHS Tigers Earn All Region Football Honors

December 2, 2019
By: Dwayne Page

Thirteen players on the 2019 DCHS football team have earned All-Region honors.

Tiger players honored are as follows:

Offensive Most Valuable Player: Axel Aldino (QB)

Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman: Isaac Cross

Most Outstanding Defensive Lineman: Dylan Denson

Most Outstanding Returner: Desmond Nokes

Most Outstanding Defensive Back: Isaac Knowles

1st Team All Region Diego Coronado (OL)

1st Team All Region Aiden Curtis (LB)

1st Team All Region Tyzaun Ladet (WR/LB)

1st Team All Region Antwon McCoy (LB)

1st Team All Region Peyton Leaf (C)

2nd Team All Region Alan Munoz (WR)

2nd Team All Region Evan Jones (DE/TE)

2nd Team All Region Nathaniel Crook (RB)

The Tigers concluded the 2019 season at 8-5 overall, a 2nd place finish in the region, and a 2-1 record in the state playoffs, the first time a DCHS football team had ever advanced that far in the post-season.

This season DeKalb County defeated:

Stone Memorial 33-0

Grundy County 49-12:

Cannon County 41-10:

Smith County 28-24:

Macon County 26-13:

Cumberland County 41-6:

Tullahoma 45-34 (State Playoffs)

Marshall County 28-24 (State Playoffs)

The Tigers lost to:

Warren County 35-21:

Upperman 35-0:

Watertown 42-20:

Livingston Academy 31-0:

Nolensville 42-6: (State Playoffs)

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