Early Voting Ends Thursday, April 28

April 27, 2022
By: Dwayne Page

Early voting will come to a close Thursday, April 28 for the May 3 DeKalb County Democratic and Republican Primaries.

The last day for early voting will be Thursday from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the DeKalb County Courthouse.

A total of 130 people voted Wednesday which brings the 12-day total of early voting to 1,625 including 1,539 in person and 86 by absentee. Through Wednesday, the DeKalb County Republican Primary turnout has totaled 1,052 compared to 573 for the Democratic Primary.

During the four hour early voting period on Wednesday, 130 voted including 120 in person and 10 by absentee. A total of 86 voted in the DeKalb County Republican Primary and 44 in the Democratic Primary.

To vote early or on Election Day, DeKalb County voters need to bring valid photo identification to the polls. A driver’s license or photo ID issued by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, Tennessee state government or the federal government is acceptable even if it’s expired. College student IDs are not acceptable. For more information about what types of ID are acceptable and other election details, visit

Completed absentee by-mail ballots must be returned by mail to the DeKalb County Election Commission. Ballots must be received before the polls close on Election Day, Tuesday, May 3.

For more information about early voting or other election information, visit or contact the DeKalb County Election Commission at 615-597-4146.

Prescription Drug Take Back Saturday, April 30

April 27, 2022
By: Dwayne Page

The DeKalb Prevention Coalition encourages DeKalb County residents to take part in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day (Saturday, April 30) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The public will be provided the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. (Sites cannot accept liquids, needles or sharp instruments, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

DeKalb Prevention Coalition will have two locations this year: Smithville City Hall and the Alexandria Police Department.

The Coalition will also have FREE medication lock boxes and prevention information bags.

For more information about this years RX Take Back event please follow the DeKalb Prevention Coalition facebook page, email or call/ text the Coalition @ (615)- 580-9290.

Lester charged with assault

April 27, 2022
By: Dwayne Page

A man will be in court next week on an assault charge.

According to Smithville Police, 33-year-old Allan Robert Lester of Students Home Road, was arrested on April 17 for assault. Police responded to 1222 South College Street due to a fight. The investigation revealed that Lester had gone to the victim’s home and before leaving, struck that person in the face and head leaving visible marks. Bond for Lester is $3,500 and his court date is May 5.

47-year-old Jimmy Mason Page of Old Snow Hill Road was arrested on April 15 for public intoxication. Police were summoned to Hardee’s due to a report of an intoxicated man there. Upon arrival, police confronted the man, Page who was erratic, scratching himself, and hallucinating. All signs indicated Page was under the influence. For the safety of himself and others, police arrested Page. Bond for Page is $1,500 and his court date is May 5.

Michael Robert Murray of Kentucky was arrested for DUI on April 17. While on patrol, police spotted a vehicle with no taillights fail to maintain its lane of travel. The officer pulled over the vehicle and spoke with the driver, Murray who had a strong odor of alcohol. His eyes were red and watery, and his speech was slurred. Murray submitted to field sobriety tasks but could not perform as he was unable to stand on his own. Bond for Murray is $3,500 and his court date is May 12.

37-year-old Hector Herrera Cruz of Campbell Lane was cited on April 20 for a driver’s license violation and for leaving the scene of an accident. On April 18 police were called to a hit and run in the Wal-Mart parking lot. A surveillance camera showed a grey Chevrolet 3500 Dually which backed into the passenger side, rear quarter panel of the victim’s car before driving off. Police could not determine whether the driver of the truck knew he had collided with the car. Two days later on April 20, Police spotted the truck and pulled it over. The driver, Cruz did not have a driver’s license. His court date is May 12.

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