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Brylee Kirby Crowned Saints Homecoming Queen (View video of ceremony here)

August 25, 2022
By: Dwayne Page

The 2022 DeKalb Saints Homecoming Queen Brylee Kirby was crowned Thursday night during a program held prior to the game with Smith County at the DCHS football field in which the Saints lost.

Kirby, an 8th grader at DeKalb Middle School, is the daughter of Chad and Shelia Kirby of Smithville.

The Homecoming Court as pictured here are (left to right): Jordyn Allison Agee- DMS 7th grade attendant, daughter of Joey and Casey Agee; Khloe Elizabeth Grandstaff-DMS 7th grade attendant, daughter of Tyler and Shawna Grandstaff; Kaylee Brooke Kent-DMS 8th grade attendant, daughter of Kevin and Beth Kent; Queen Brylee Kirby- DMS 8th Grader – daughter of Chad and Shelia Kirby; Lillie Grace Young-DMS 8th grade attendant, daughter of Michael and Crystal Young; Miah Johnson-DWS 8th grade attendant, daughter of Kelsey and Brandon Pyles and Bobby and Cindy Johnson; and Sophie Desimone- DWS 7th grade attendant, daughter of Dusty and Rachel Desimone.




WJLE’s Fearless Forecasters Return Wednesday, August 31

August 25, 2022
By: Dwayne Page

WJLE’s “Fearless Forecasters” are returning for another season of college pigskin prognosticating Wednesday, August 31 at 4:30 p.m.

This season’s regulars are Scott Brown, Jared Davis, Chad Kirby, the James Gang (Grant and Jeff James), Ricky Atnip, John Pryor, The Gill Gang (Darrell, Eli or Noah Gill), and Scott Goodwin.

The “Fearless Forecasters” pick who they believe will win in fourteen of the biggest or most interesting college football games of the week along with the Tennessee Titans games.

They also make an underdog selection each week.

The Fearless Forecaster with the best record and most underdog points is awarded at the end of the season.

The program is sponsored by FirstBank, Davis Auto Body, Middle Tennessee Natural Gas, Love-Cantrell Funeral Home, DeKalb County Insurance, Gill Automotive, the Charles D. Atnip Realty & Auction Company, and Domino’s Pizza.

Catch the “Fearless Forecasters” LIVE on WJLE weekly starting Wednesday, August 31 and then on Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. on WJLE. The first show will be on Wednesday, August 31 because the Tennessee Volunteers open the season at home against Ball State on Thursday, September 1 and the DCHS Tigers will be playing a rare Thursday night game September 1 at home against Macon County.




Hembree Sentenced for Possession of Stolen Property

August 25, 2022
By: Dwayne Page

A woman who allegedly participated in a burglary and theft at JBeez Watercraft almost four years ago has been sentenced in the case.

40-year-old Rebecca Lynn Hembree entered a plea Monday in DeKalb County Criminal Court to possession of stolen property over $2,500 and received a four-year sentence all suspended to run concurrently with a Jackson County case against her. She has been ordered to make restitution of $3,900.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 Hembree acted for an accomplice as an accessory to a burglary and theft that occurred at JBeez Watercraft on Cookeville Highway.

According to the investigation, three people including Hembree, her husband 42-year-old Shannon Dean Hembrey, and 37-year-old Jesse Colt Warden made entry to the business by breaking a glass window and used a pry bar and sledgehammer to destroy a safe. The total amount of the damages was $5,000. They then allegedly stole from the business an Apple Ipad, 8 Peak handheld radios and $1,000 in cash with a total value at $3,900.

Warden entered a plea in February 2019 to one count of burglary and received a four-year TDOC sentence. He was to have served six months and then be released on probation. Warden had been given jail credit from October 4, 2018 to February 22, 2019. He was also to have made restitution of $6,900 to JBeez Watercraft jointly and severally with co-defendants.

The case against Shannon Hembrey apparently is still pending in court.

26-year-old Ronald Joshua Carter entered a plea to sale of a schedule II-controlled substance (methamphetamine) greater than 0.5 grams and received an 8-year sentence suspended to supervised probation. He was given jail credit of 273 days and fined $2,000.

33-year-old Timmy Jay Barnes entered a plea to driving under the influence and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days to serve but to run concurrently with a two-year Warren County criminal case against him. He was fined $350. Barnes must also complete the Alcohol Safety Education Program, attend the MADD Victim Impact Panel, and complete an Alcohol and Drug Assessment and follow all recommended treatment.

37-year-old Brian Quirino entered a plea to driving under the influence and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days all suspended except 48 hours to serve. He will be on supervised probation and must pay a fine of $350. Quirino will lose his driver license for one year. He must also complete the Alcohol Safety Education Program, attend the MADD Victim Impact Panel, and complete an Alcohol and Drug Assessment and follow all recommended treatment.

40-year-old Jodie Wade Taylor entered a plea to sale of a schedule II drug (methamphetamine) greater than 0.5 grams and sale of a schedule I drug (Heroin). He received an 8-year sentence in each case to run concurrently suspended to supervised probation but consecutive to another parole sentence against him. Taylor was fined $2,000 and must make restitution of $300 to the DeKalb County Drug Fund.

41-year-old Corey Wade Thomas entered a plea attempting to initiate the manufacture of methamphetamine and received a 5-year sentence to serve at least 30% in the Tennessee Department of Corrections. He was given jail credit of 392 days and was fined $2,000.

Sheriff Ray said that on February 28, 2021 a detective was summoned by deputies to Highland Drive, Smithville where a suspected meth lab was discovered in a shed behind the residence. Officers confronted Thomas who was on the scene and received consent to search. Inside the shed by the door was a bottle with a taped hose protruding from the top of it. Another bottle with chemicals was also found on a table along with Pseudoephedrine, instant ice packs, crystal drain cleaner, muriatic acid, lithium batteries, coffee filters and other items and paraphernalia both in the shed and in a grill outside the shed. Inside the left front pocket of Thomas’ jogging pants under his jeans was a small silver container with 5 yellow pills believed to be Xanax. Thomas claimed he had a prescription for the pills but could not produce one for the officers. Thomas said all the items found on the property belonged to him.

33-year-old Michael Caldwell entered a plea to possession of a schedule II drug methamphetamine under 0.5 grams for sale and delivery and received a 6-year sentence all suspended to probation with a requirement to attend long term rehab probation. He was fined $2,000 and given jail credit of 5 months.

Sheriff Ray said that on March 23, 2022 a deputy conducted a traffic stop on a blue Nissan Frontier on Big Rock Road due to a registration violation. The officer asked the driver, Caldwell to step out of the truck and he complied. When asked by the officer if there was anything in the vehicle he needed to know about, Caldwell admitted to having methamphetamine in a container under the driver’s seat. Caldwell also admitted to having sold meth. After obtaining permission to search, the deputy confiscated the container which held a crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine. It weighed 16 grams.




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