View Mobile Site

Top Stories

Man accused of beating uncle with axe handle

Man accused of beating uncle with axe handle

City Police arrested Devin French, 29, and charged him with aggravated domestic assault on March 25 for allegedly attacking his uncle with an axe handle.

Read More
1 Image
0 Comments
Dump truck loses load on Highway 70

Dump truck loses load on Highway 70

1 Image
0 Comments
Bain attacks sister’s accused killer in court

Bain attacks sister’s accused killer in court

A local man is facing assault charges after attacking his sister’s alleged killer in court last week.

Read More
1 Image
0 Comments
Mayor sends letter of termination to chief of police

Mayor sends letter of termination to chief of police

Smithville Police Chief Randy Caplinger has been sent a termination letter by Mayor Jimmy Poss. has fired and cites eight reasons for the termination.

Read More
1 Image
0 Comments
Man accused of getting pot in mail sentenced

Man accused of getting pot in mail sentenced

 

A 74-year-old Dowelltown man charged after an August 2014 investigation determined that he had received a package at the Liberty Post Office containing 14 pounds of marijuana was given unsupervised judicial diversion probation for a period of two years and fined $2,000 in DeKalb County Criminal Court last week by Judge David Patterson.

Read More
1 Image
0 Comments
City policemen commended

City policemen commended

 

Captain Steven Leffew, Officer in Charge of the Smithville Police Department, recognized three members of the department for outstanding service last Wednesday. Officer James Cornelius, Officer Andy Snow, and Sergeant Travis Bryant were commended in a staff meeting at city hall attended by Mayor Jimmy Poss and Alderman and Police Commissioner Jason Murphy.

Read More
1 Image
0 Comments
Unemployment rate drops

Unemployment rate drops

 

DeKalb County's unemployment rate for February dipped slightly from the reported January rate.

Read More
1 Image
0 Comments
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.

Read More
1 Image
0 Comments
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.

Read More
1 Image
0 Comments
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.

Read More
1 Image
0 Comments
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.

Read More
1 Image
0 Comments
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.

Read More
2 Images
0 Comments
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.

Read More
2 Images
0 Comments
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.

Read More
1 Image
0 Comments
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.

Read More
1 Image
0 Comments
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.

Read More
1 Image
0 Comments
Three injured in crash

Three injured in crash

 

Smithville Review/Reed Vanderpool

Read More
2 Images
0 Comments
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.

Read More
1 Image
0 Comments
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.

Read More
1 Image
0 Comments
SES does Dr. Suess

SES does Dr. Suess

Smithville Review/Angie Meadows

Read More
1 Image
0 Comments

Please wait ...