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Woman charged with fetal assault

Woman charged with fetal assault

A 27-year-old Liberty woman is the first to be charged in DeKalb County under a state law passed last year prohibiting pregnant women from using illegal drugs.

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Jett hosts signing

Jett hosts signing

 

Radio personality Tommy Jett (right) recently held a book signing at Webb’s Pharmacy. The book, written By Ralph Vaughn (left) and titled “The Jett Age: Flying with Tommy Jett,” is available directly from Jett. Write Tommy Jett, 242 Fox Run Circle, Flintstone, GA 30725, or call (706) 820-8111 for a signed copy.

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School board seeks to oust director earlier than planned

School board seeks to oust director earlier than planned

 

If some board members have their way, retiring Director of Schools Mark Willoughby may be asked to step down sooner than the June 30 date he had anticipated.

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Remote Area Medical at DCHS this weekend

Remote Area Medical at DCHS this weekend

 

Many people live in fear of sickness and injury simply because they have little or no access to basic medical care. Remote Area Medical (RAM) responds to this need by providing free, quality dental, vision and medical care to those who cannot afford it. In less than 24 hours RAM turns fairgrounds, schools, jungles and arenas into mobile medical centers.

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Wilkins takes over Democratic chair

Wilkins takes over Democratic chair

 

Jordan Wilkins was named the new chairman of the DeKalb County Democratic Party at the local Dem’s Biennial Reorganization Convention Saturday. James Hale was chosen as the new Vice Chairman, and Joyce Hendrixson returns as Secretary and Myra Miller was re-elected Treasurer.

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Hale honored for highest attendance

Hale honored for highest attendance

 

The Smithville Volunteer Fire Department’s "Highest Attendance Award" went to Deputy Chief Hoyte Hale at the department’s annual banquet Friday night.

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Crowd turns out to support police chief

Crowd turns out to support police chief

 

Smithville Police Chief Randy Caplinger’s attorneys made it clear at a special meeting of the city council last Tuesday that the suspended chief will not go down without a fight.

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Commissioner poses questions about six-year-old school land deal

Commissioner poses questions about six-year-old school land deal

 

One county commissioner is raising questions about a six-year-old land deal carried out by the board of education. The commissioner said that a tract of property behind Northside Elementary School, valued at $9,000, was approved by the school board to be granted an easement, but the property was sold for the sum of one dollar.

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Willoughby calls it quits

Willoughby calls it quits

In a meeting with his central office staff, department heads, and WJLE radio Monday morning, Director of Schools Mark Willoughby announced that he will retire from the position effective June 30, 2015. The Review was not invited to the meeting.

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Three injured in crash

Three injured in crash

 

Smithville Review/Reed Vanderpool

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Caplinger asked to resign as chief

Caplinger asked to resign as chief

After almost five years on the job as Smithville Police Chief, Randy Caplinger has been asked to step down. Caplinger, a retired Lieutenant Colonel/Major of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, was named police chief in May 2010.

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GOP reorganizes

GOP reorganizes

The DeKalb County Republican Party met to reorganize Saturday morning on the ground floor of the courthouse. Local attorney Mingy Colwell Bryant was chosen to be party chairman for a two-year term, along with new Vice Chairman Clint Hall, Secretary Sharon Rhoten, Treasurer Tom Chandler, and Vice-Treasurer Dustin Estes. The party’s new officers were nominated as a group, and members elected them by acclamation with no other names placed in nomination. State Senator Mae Beavers and State Representatives Terri Lynn Weaver and Mark Pody also attended.

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SES does Dr. Suess

SES does Dr. Suess

Smithville Review/Angie Meadows

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Local VFW charter revoked Saturday

Local VFW charter revoked Saturday

 

The charter of local VFW post 7623, established in 1961, has been revoked by the state commander because of inactivity, pending final approval by the national office of the veteran’s organization.

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DOEC finds “no significant impact” from DUD

DOEC finds “no significant impact” from DUD

 

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (DOEC) released a revised Finding of No Significant Impact (FNSI) Amendment for public review concerning DeKalb Utility District plans to construct its new raw water intake structure and raw water pump station Monday.

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Reyes motion for new trial denied

Reyes motion for new trial denied

 

A local man who was convicted of the rape of an eight-year-old boy last year’s motion for a new trial has been denied in DeKalb County Criminal Court.

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Icy conditions lead nurse to crash

Icy conditions lead nurse to crash

 

Home Health Nurse Margaret Becerril, 32, escaped this incident without serious injury Friday. Becerril was reportedly on her way to visit a patient when her 2001 GMC Yukon slid off Adamson Branch Road. According to Trooper Bobby Johnson of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Becerril was traveling west when her SUV left the roadway, struck an embankment, and overturned. The vehicle apparently slid another 30-50 feet before coming to rest on its driver’s side. The trooper said Becerril escaped the vehicle without having to be extricated, and her only injury was a sprained ankle she suffered while removing herself from ...

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Judkins will not seek new term as Dem chairman

Judkins will not seek new term as Dem chairman

 

DeKalb County Democratic Party Chairman Jim Judkins has announced that he will pass the seat on to a successor after serving in the position for the last three terms. After he finishes his fifth year at the helm of the party, Judkins said he will not put his name in the hat when party members meet to reorganize on March 21.

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Range Rover crashes into law office

Range Rover crashes into law office

 

An eastbound Range Rover driven by David Terrell left its lane of travel on Main Street last Wednesday and crashed into the law office of Attorney Sarah Cripps. Smithville Police reported that no one was seriously injured in the incident.

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Man charged with sixth driving on suspended offense

Man charged with sixth driving on suspended offense

 

The sheriff’s department arrested a 27-year-old Gainesboro man and charged him for his sixth offense of driving on a suspended license on March 2.

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