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Elderly Motorist Killed in Crash

July 15, 2022
By: Dwayne Page

A morning crash today (Friday) involving an SUV and dump truck claimed the life of 79-year-old Gordon Walter of Smithville.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Walter was north on Allens Ferry Road in a Toyota 4Runner SUV when he pulled into the path of a southbound 388 Peterbilt dump truck while trying to make a left turn onto Holmes Creek Road near the Little League ballpark. The dump truck was driven by 40-year-old Terrance Martin of Smithville. He was driving for T Bird Trucking.

The crash report states that Walter’s automobile hit the truck in the southbound lane at an angle. After impact the SUV traveled south for several feet before coming to a final rest roadside left facing north. The dump truck traveled several feet southbound crossing the center line before running off roadside left where it overturned and then came to final rest outside the roadway facing east.

According to the report, Walter was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash. Martin did have on his seatbelt and was not hurt.

In addition to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, members of DeKalb EMS, DeKalb Fire Department, Sheriff’s Department, and TDOT were also on the scene.




First Day of Early Voting Draws 213

July 15, 2022
By: Dwayne Page

The first day of Early Voting for the August 4 Elections drew 213 people Friday including 195 in person and 18 by absentee.

Here’s how the numbers break down:

166 cast ballots in the State Republican Primary and 29 voted in the State Democratic Primary. Eighteen voted only in the DeKalb County General Election without voting in either State Primary.

A total of 61 voted in the Smithville Municipal Election; 4 in the Liberty, 3 in the Alexandria, and 3 in the Dowelltown election.

Early voting times are as follows at the DeKalb County Courthouse in Smithville: Mondays 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesdays 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.; Wednesdays 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.; Thursdays 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Fridays 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. until Noon. Early voting will also be held again in the western part of the county on a limited basis. The DeKalb County Fairgrounds will be the site of early voting on July 19th from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and on July 25 from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. Each early voting site is for any properly registered DeKalb County voter.




Early Voting Begins Today (Friday) (View Video and Sample Ballot Here)

July 15, 2022
By: Dwayne Page

Its time to vote!

Early voting begins today (Friday, July 15) for the DeKalb County General Election; Municipal Elections in Smithville, Dowelltown, Liberty and Alexandria; and the Tennessee Republican and Democratic Primaries for state offices.

August Sample Ballot

Early voting times are as follows at the DeKalb County Courthouse in Smithville: Mondays 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesdays 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.; Wednesdays 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.; Thursdays 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Fridays 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. until Noon. Early voting will also be held again in the western part of the county on a limited basis. The DeKalb County Fairgrounds will be the site of early voting on July 19th from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and on July 25 from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. Each early voting site is for any properly registered DeKalb County voter.

Dennis Stanley, Administrator of Elections explains the election process for voters.

“On August 4m there are three different types of elections held in DeKalb County- the County General Election; a State Primary for both political parties; and City Elections for those who live in one of the county’s four towns, Smithville, Dowelltown, Liberty, and Alexandria,” said Stanley.

“Let’s take a look at some simple terms or definitions to help you with the process and the ballot”.

“Candidates on a General Election Ballot have already been nominated by their respective political parties and the ballot includes any Independent candidates. As a result, on the DeKalb County General Ballot, Republican, Democrat and Independent candidates are all listed and voters can vote for a Republican in one race, for example, and a Democrat or Independent in another race,” Stanley continued.

“Candidates on the DeKalb County General Ballot are for the positions of County Mayor; County Commissioners in each of the 7 Districts; County Trustee; General Sessions Judge; Sheriff; Circuit Court Clerk; County Clerk; Register of Deeds; Road Supervisor; and School Board Member in 5 of 7 Districts. Also listed are candidates for Circuit Court Judge Part 1 and 2; Chancellor; Criminal Court Judge Part 1 and 2; District Attorney General; and District Public Defender”.

“Again, the Primary process for these candidates occurred back in May, so all candidates are listed together in August,” said Stanley.

“Voters have the option of voting ONLY in the County General Election,” Stanley explained. “They also have the option to vote in one of the State’s Primary Elections. Remember, a Primary Election is a process in which each party’s candidates are chosen to represent that party in an upcoming General Election, which in this case would be November”.

“If a voter wishes to vote in the State Primary, they must choose only one of those Primaries- Republican or Democrat”

“Candidates on the State Primary Ballots are for the offices of Governor, Congressman, State Representative, and a Committeeman and Committeewoman for each Party’s State Executive Committee. Whichever Primary you choose, ONLY that party’s candidates will be listed but keep in mind, choosing a State Primary has no impact whatsoever on how you vote in the County General Election,” Stanley explained.

“When choosing a Primary, the first page the voter will see on the voting machine is that party’s nominees. The voter will then see the County Ballot where, again, Democrats, Republicans and Independents are all listed together”.

“Again as an example, a vote can choose the State Republican Primary Ballot, but still vote for a Democrat or Independent in the County General Election,” Stanley said.

“In simple terms, they are two different types of elections and one has no impact on the other”.

“Now if you live in and are registered to vote in one of the four cities, the City Ballot will be part of your County Ballot. In the City Elections, all candidates run as Independent candidates,” Stanley explained.

“One other thing about the August Ballot, the County Ballot will also include 26 Judge Retention Questions. Voters can vote to “Replace” or “Retain” certain Judges on the State Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and Criminal Court of Appeals. Those Retention Questions are listed at the end of the Ballot,” said Stanley.

“To view a copy of the ballots you can log onto dekalbelections.com; wjle.com; and check out an upcoming edition of the Smithville Review. A copy can also be obtained at the DeKalb County Election Commission Office at the Courthouse in Smithville,” said Stanley.

Candidates are reminded there is a 100-foot campaign free zone around every entrance to a voting location during voting hours.

“No political signs are allowed in the tree wells nearest the sidewalk all around the courthouse” said Stanley. “Also, vehicles with candidate signs are now allowed to park near the sidewalk (facing the courthouse).”

Voters are also reminded they are prohibited from wearing campaign material of any kind when entering the voting location.




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