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Poss elected Smithville city mayor

Poss elected Smithville city mayor

In the continuation of last week's election coverage, voters declined to reelect three incumbent school board members in last Thursday's election.

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Man charged with theft of rebar

Man charged with theft of rebar

The sheriff's department has arrested a 66-year-old Smithville man and charged him with stealing thousands of pounds of rebar from a local nursery on five different occasions and selling it for scrap. James Dallas McMillen, Jr. has been charged with one count of theft under $500, one count theft over $500, and three counts of theft over $1,000.

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Outgoing school board members honored

Outgoing school board members honored

 

Director of Schools Mark Willoughby presented each of the four outgoing school board members a School Bell Award at last week’s meeting of the board of education, recognizing them for their service. Willoughby also presented a School Bell Award to Jordan Wilkins, the recently graduated DCHS student representative to the board. Shown from left are First District member John David Foutch, who served nine years on the board, and did not seek re-election to the seat, Second District member Charles Robinson, Third District member Kenny Rhody, and Seventh District member Johnny Lattimore, who were all defeated in bids for ...

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GCA reps address school board

GCA reps address school board

A vote on whether to contract with GCA services for the school system's custodial work will apparently be left to the incoming school board members.

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Abstinence-based education to be offered in schools

The DeKalb County Board of Education voted last week to partner with the Cookeville Pregnancy Center to offer an abstinence based sex-education course.

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Soccer team makes plea to keep coach

Soccer team makes plea to keep coach

The decision to hire an assistant soccer coach at DCHS has been met with some concern after word spread that the long-time unpaid assistant coach, Rhonda Merriman, may not be hired for the position that some school board members felt they were creating for her. While the 2014-15 school budget contains $5,570 in new funding for an assistant soccer coach for both the girls team and boys teams, Merriman is apparently not being considered for the job.

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Stribling wins mayor’s race

Stribling wins mayor’s race

 

Tim Stribling was elected the new mayor of DeKalb County Thursday. Stribling, a Democrat, received 2,575 votes, defeating Republican Chris Smithson (1,580 votes) and Independent Chris Bratcher (428 votes). Stribling carried 10 precincts, including Alexandria, Belk, Blue Springs, Church of Christ Annex, County Complex, Courthouse, Keltonburg, Church of God, Snow Hill, and Temperance Hall. Smithson carried six precincts, including Cherry Hill, Dowelltown, Edgar Evins State Park, Johnson's Chapel, Liberty, and Rock Castle.

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Concerns raised over custodial service’s hiring practices

Concerns raised over custodial service’s hiring practices

Several cases of workers who have committed sex and drug offenses while employed by GCA Services, a company seeking the local school system's custodial contract, has caused concerns among some parents and members of the school board.

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Beavers, Weaver win primary

Beavers, Weaver win primary

State Senator Mae Beavers came out on top of the 17th District senate race in the Republican Primary Thursday, defeating challenger Clark Boyd 16,164 votes to 11,100 in the district, and 1,344 to 563 in DeKalb County.

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Assault, DUI top sheriff’s news

Assault, DUI top sheriff’s news

Johnny Lynn Devault, 31, was arrested on Aug. 6 and charged with a July 4 aggravated assault.

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Two new judges elected in 13th Judicial District

Two new judges elected in 13th Judicial District

 

The 13th Judicial District will see two new judges, a new district attorney general, and a new public defender will take office on Sept. 1, while three incumbent judges will return to the bench after the election Thursday.

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Election day tomorrow

Election day tomorrow

With the general election set for tomorrow, 2,399 local voters cast ballots during the 14 day early voting period, which ended Saturday. Absentee voters accounted for 146 ballots, while 2,253 voted in person.

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One shot on Juniper Lane

One shot on Juniper Lane

A gunshot victim, said by witnesses at the scene to be Jamie Murphy, was transported to DeKalb Community Hospital by DeKalb EMS Tuesday around noon. According to witnesses, Murphy was shot one time in the upper left arm with possibly a .25 caliber pistol. Multiple suspects were taken into custody by the Smithville Police Department, and the incident is under investigation.

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Man charged with assault, escape

Man charged with assault, escape

 

Michael Pierre Napier Rose, 30, of Capshaw Road was charged with aggravated assault, vandalism, and escape, as well as for other outstanding warrants for violation of General Sessions Court probation, worthless checks, and two counts of failure to appear on Aug. 3..

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Six graduate Drug Court

Six graduate Drug Court

Two adults and four juveniles, along with their families, friends and mentors, gathered last Wednesday to celebrate their graduation from the DeKalb County Drug Court program.

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Thirty-eight indicted

Thirty-eight indicted

The DeKalb County Grand Jury handed down 38 indictments last week, including two sealed indictments.

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Reyes sentenced to 32 years

Reyes sentenced to 32 years

Jose Reyes, 31, convicted by a DeKalb County jury on July 1 of raping an eight-year-old boy, was sentenced to a 32-year prison term by Judge David Patterson last Monday.

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One dead after cornfield crash

One dead after cornfield crash

One man is dead after rolling his car rolled hundreds of feet across a cornfield on Short Mountain Highway Saturday night. According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Roberto Cruz, 19, was traveling east on in a 2003 Nissan when he left the roadway on the right side and overturned numerous times, ejecting Cruz. The THP said he was not wearing a seat belt. Witnesses at the scene claimed a passenger escaped the vehicle and fled on foot. The incident took place just before 11:30 p.m. near New Home Road, and was investigated by Troopers Jeremy Wilhite and Chris ...

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Man escapes rollover

Man escapes rollover

 

A 22-year-old Liberty man disappeared after a crash on Dale Ridge Road Friday night. According to Trooper Troy Withers of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, John Strayn was traveling south in a 2001 GMC pickup when he left the roadway on the right side, turned sideways, struck multiple trees, then overturned and slid across the highway on its side before hitting another tree and coming to rest on its wheels. DeKalb EMS, members of the sheriff’s department and DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department the Smithville-DeKalb County Rescue Squad searched for several hours before it was discovered that the man was ...

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County tax rate remains unchanged

County tax rate remains unchanged

The DeKalb County Commission voted unanimously to pass a final spending plan Monday night, approving a $43,847,750 budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year. The plan calls for no tax increase, and the county property tax rate will remain at $1.62 per $1,000 of assessed value.

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