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Free Medicare Help Available

September 21, 2018
By: Dwayne Page

Medicare Annual Enrollment Period for 2019 begins October 15. For those who are eligible to sign up for Medicare or have questions about making changes to their Medicare health plans and/or Medicare Part D prescription drug plans, free, un-biased Medicare information and counseling is available through the Upper Cumberland Area Agency on Aging and Disability.

Annual enrollment for the coming year runs from October 15 to December 7. During this time, currently enrolled Medicare beneficiaries can make changes to their plans. The staff at UCAAAD, a division of Upper Cumberland Development District, and volunteers are trained to provide free, un-biased counseling and advice for those seeking assistance with making changes to their Medicare plans.

It is important for Medicare beneficiaries to compare their current plans to the 2019 coverage options, which will be released on October 1, 2018. UCAAAD staff helps those seeking assistance with plan comparisons without selling anything and can be reached at the toll free SHIP line at 1-877-801-0044.

Throughout open enrollment, UCAAAD staff and volunteers will also be offering Medicare counseling at locations throughout the Upper Cumberland. A full list of appointment times and locations can be found at or at www.facebook/ucddconnect or by calling the toll free SHIP line at 1-877-801-0044 or 931-432-4150.

Police Charge Drunk Driver with DUI and Tampering With Evidence for Trying to Swallow Pills

September 21, 2018
By: Dwayne Page

A drunk driver who tried to swallow pills to keep Smithville Police from confiscating them has been charged with DUI and tampering with evidence.

28 year old Dustin Allen Pedigo was also cited for three counts of simple possession. A co-defendant, 18 year old Niki Ann Mabeus of 120 Village Place was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to Smithville Police, an officer responded to a hit and run accident  on August 23 and spotted a vehicle fitting the description. After initiating a traffic stop, the officer spoke with the driver, Pedigo and noticed a yellow pill laying in his lap. When asked to step out of the vehicle, Pedigo put pills in his mouth in an attempt to hide them. A deputy assisting the officer ordered Pedigo to spit the pills out but he refused.  Officers then pulled Pedigo out of the vehicle in an attempt to recover the pills he had put in his mouth. Pedigo resisted and tried to get back into the vehicle. He was then put on the ground and placed in handcuffs.

Pedigo, who appeared to be under the influence, consented to but performed poorly on field sobriety tasks. During a search incident to arrest, police recovered from Pedigo’s vehicle several types of pills believed to be Suboxone, Alpraolam, and Gabepentin.

A passenger, Mabeus, produced several syringes from her bra believed to have been used to shoot up Dilaudid.  She was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Bond for Pedigo is $5,000.

Smithville Man Found with Stolen Vehicle in Georgia

September 21, 2018
By: Dwayne Page

A Smithville man was arrested in Lafayette, Georgia earlier this month after he was found in possession of a stolen pickup truck.

31 year old Christopher Eugene Layne of 736 Bright Hill Road is charged with Theft of property over $2500.

According to Smithville Police, Layne stole a 2005 Chevrolet pickup truck from a local residence on Tuesday, September 4. Two days later officers of the Lafayette Police Department in Georgia found Layne to be in control of the vehicle. Layne’s bond is $20,000 and he will make a court appearance on September 27.

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