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Woman Found Dead Monday Identified as 28 year old Jessica Renee Stephens of Cannon County

November 13, 2018
By: Dwayne Page

Through fingerprints, investigators have now identified a woman found dead Monday morning in Smithville as 28 year old Jessica Renee Stephens of Cannon County. Her cause of death will be determined following the completion of the autopsy and toxicology report.

The case remains under investigation by the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

“On Monday, November 12 DeKalb Central Dispatch received a call at 7:50 a.m. of a body lying in a backyard on Parkway Drive Smithville. Officers with the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department, Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the 13th District Attorney’s Office were summoned to the scene,” said Sheriff Patrick Ray in a prepared statement.

Officers at the scene could not produce any photo identification on the body  at that time. She was described as a white female, approximately 5’4” inches tall, approximately 120-125 pounds, sandy blonde hair, approximately 30-40 years of age. She was wearing maroon medical scrubs and brown boots. There was an orange Home Depot jersey, brown jacket and blue shirt at the scene. She also had a pierced belly button, a tattoo of a cross on the back of her neck, and what appeared to be a “M” “W” or “3” tattooed on her right hand.

“Thanks to those who contacted us to provide information in efforts to identify the woman,” said Sheriff Ray and the TBI in a joint statement

 




Atnip Arrested After Picking Fight with Ex-Boyfriend and his Girlfriend

November 13, 2018
By: Dwayne Page

An elderly woman who went to her former boyfriend’s home looking for a confrontation Monday apparently got more than she bargained for and is now facing charges of domestic violence and assault.

76 year old Sarah Opal Atnip of Shady Drive Smithville is under a $5,500 bond and her court date is set for November 29.

In a prepared statement, Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Monday at 12:15 p.m. DeKalb Central Dispatch received a call of a domestic violence incident at a residence on Allen Street in Smithville. Sheriff’s  Department deputies responded.

An investigation into the disturbance revealed that Atnip drove to the home of her  62 year old former boyfriend to confront him. Atnip’s adult granddaughter rode with her. After he ordered Atnip off his property, she drove into the rear end of his automobile moving it about three feet leaving black marks. He then hit Atnip’s windshield with a wooden lounge chair trying to stop her from pushing his vehicle any farther. At this time, Atnip’s granddaughter got out of the vehicle.

Meanwhile the man’s current 57 year old girlfriend, who resides with him at this residence, pulled in the driveway beside of Atnip’s vehicle and got out. Atnip started cussing the woman and then grabbed her hair as both  fell into Atnip’s vehicle. Atnip then hit the woman with a cell phone but she fought back.

After receiving calls about the incident Central Dispatch sent officers to the scene but the fighting had ended by the time they arrived. DeKalb EMS was also summoned to the scene and transported Atnip to the hospital where she received medical treatment and was released a short time later.  The other woman was also injured in the fight

In addition to the charges against her, Atnip was placed under an Order of Protection and according to the bond conditions she is to stay away from her former boyfriend and his girlfriend.




DCHS Tiger Boutique Offers Free Shopping Spree for Students (VIEW VIDEO HERE)

November 13, 2018
By: Dwayne Page

DCHS students went on a shopping spree Tuesday without having to leave campus during the biannual “Tiger Boutique”.

Organized by the Climate Crew, the “Tiger Boutique” held in the DCHS Ina Ruth Bess auditorium made available for free gently used donated brand name clothes, shoes, and accessories to any high school student regardless of income.

If you’re looking to clean out your closets to get rid of some older clothes your kids have outgrown, it’s a great way to dispose of them. The only requirements are the donated clothes have no tears, rips, stains, or odors.

IMG_2743 from dwayne page on Vimeo.

“We take donations from the community, teachers, and students. Sometimes teachers will  even give students extra credit for bringing things in for the “Tiger Boutique”, said Sara Young, Math and Climate Crew Teacher, who oversees the project along with Teacher Sarah Halliburton, who established both the “Tiger Boutique” and Climate Crew at DCHS.

After the collection effort the clothes are sorted and displayed. Students are then treated to an entire day of shopping during their free time at school. The “Tiger Boutique” is usually held twice a year during the fall and spring.

“We let the students shop and they get to take home whatever they want for free. Shoes, accessories, clothes, prom dresses. I just saw a girl in a prom dress she selected and she looks amazing in it. She was almost in tears because it looks so good. We are so happy to be able to give students things that maybe they can’t afford or to just make it easier for the parents so they don’t have to buy things,” said Young.                .

The DCHS Climate Crew is made up of students who have a desire to change the school culture at DCHS. “The DCHS Climate Crew is a group of kids that I started a couple of years ago that just want to make a positive impact here at DCHS,” said Halliburton.

“We encourage students to be positive about whatever is going on in their lives. We sponsor a “Be Nice Week’ where we encourage students to be extra nice to people. We also sponsor a Teacher Appreciation and School  Beautification Day.  We pick projects to improve the school and make it a better place where students want to come,” said Young.




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