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Man busted with 14 lbs. of pot

Man busted with 14 lbs. of pot

According to Sheriff Patrick Ray, 74 year old John Harris of Cathcart Road, Dowelltown, was arrested Wednesday, and is charged with sale of a controlled substance after he was allegedly caught picking up 14 pounds of the illegal weed at the Liberty Post Office. Read the full story in next week's Review.

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County officials take oath

County officials take oath

Newly-elected county officials were sworn into office at the county complex Monday. Officials including county commissioners, school board members, and constables took the oath of office.

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One injured in semi rollover

One injured in semi rollover

 

Smithville Review/Reed Vanderpool

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Theater to be named for Foster

Theater to be named for Foster

The county commission voted Monday night to name the north end of the county complex for outgoing County Mayor Mike Foster.

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Storms blanket DeKalb

Storms blanket DeKalb

Photo by Stephanie Rackley

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Man arrested for stoning police cars

Man arrested for stoning police cars

 

Bryan Kain Pack, 24, was arrested by the sheriff’s department on Aug. 22 for filing a false report and reckless endangerment.

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DeKalb unemployment rate at 7.4 percent

DeKalb unemployment rate at 7.4 percent

 

County unemployment rates for July 2014 show the rate increased in 86 counties, decreased in five, and remained the same in four counties. Specific county information for July is available on the Internet; enter http://www.tn.gov/labor-wfd/labor_figures/CountyRates_Jul14.pdf .

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Benefit set for firefighters

Benefit set for firefighters

 

Brothers helping Brothers, a benefit for two local firefighters, benefit, supporting two of our own on Sept. 6 at 4 p.m. at Evins Park Open Air Stage downtown Smithville. The Smithville Fire Department humbly requests your attendance in support of Lieutenant Anthony Wright and Firefighter Patrick Edge. Both men have undergone serious illness and medical expenses within the last year.

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Local pharmacist passes away at 69

Long-time local pharmacist Gary Wilson Cripps passed away on Aug. 13 at the age of 69 He was a retired pharmacist of Cripps-France Pharmacy in Smithville.

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Fire destroys houseboat

Fire destroys houseboat

A fire at Edgar Evins Marina last Wednesday consumed a house boat, a pontoon, and the dock’s fuel island. Members of the family who owned the houseboat told the Review that the fire began while the craft was being filled with fuel, and that several people, including their 90-year-old grandfather, were on board, but escaped safely, with some suffering minor smoke inhalation, before the boat was fully engulfed. The pontoon boat was apparently tied to the island unoccupied, and reportedly belonged to the marina. Marina employees attempted to contain the blaze while boats and engines from the county fire ...

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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

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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