Three More People Arrested In Recent Burglary and Theft Investigations

The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department arrested two people Sunday night charging them with burglarizing a vacant home on the Cookeville Highway a total of nine times, where a house full of furniture and antiques were stored.
Sheriff Patrick Ray says 54 year old William Arendall and 48 year old Sherry Cook , both of Sparta Highway (Lake Motel) have each been charged with nine counts of burglary and theft of property.
Cook was also charged with unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and a seventh offense of driving on a suspended license. Cook allegedly had a loaded needle in her possession at the time of her arrest.
Sheriff Ray says the investigation reveals that the burglaries took place on nine separate occasions between October 8th and 15th.
Entry was made through a back window on each occasion and several truck loads of antiques, furniture, quilts, pictures, dishes, and other items were stolen from the home, totaling more than $10,000.
Some of the stolen goods were sold to an antique dealer in Sparta, and those items have been recovered.
Bond for Arendall is set at $675,000 and $686,000 for Cook.
Meanwhile, A 19 year old Liberty man, Johnathan Rice, has been charged with theft of property, accused of stealing jewelry from K & M Jewelry in Smithville on August 15th.
Sheriff Ray says Rice entered the store that day and apparently swiped a diamond ring, gold necklaces, and bracelets, unbeknownst to the store clerks.
During an interview with officers, Ray says Rice admitted to stealing the jewelry. Rice claims he asked the store clerks if he could use the restroom and while in there, he apparently put the jewelry in his pants and walked out.
After discovering the jewelry missing, the store clerks contacted authorities.
Rice was arrested October 14th and his bond is set at $15,000. He will be in court on the charge, November 2nd.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Set For DeKalb County

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s mobile household hazardous waste (HHW) collection service will be in DeKalb County on Saturday, October 28 from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the lot between DeKalb Farmer’s Coop and the Church of God.
“Our household hazardous waste mobile collection service provides the people of Tennessee with a safe, environmentally friendly way to dispose of unwanted household chemicals and other potentially hazardous wastes at no cost,” said Environment and Conservation Commissioner Jim Fyke. “This service travels across the state holding collection events in local communities, and we encourage all Tennesseans to take advantage of the opportunity to utilize it.”
The average home in Tennessee produces 20 pounds of household hazardous waste each year. Typical items to dispose of include cleaning fluids, pesticides, batteries, mercury thermometers and thermostats, swimming pool chemicals, paints and thinners and automotive fluids. Also accepted are fluorescent bulbs and electronics such as televisions, computer monitors, keyboards, computer mouse devices and computer processing units. Console televisions must be dismantled.
Items not accepted include microwave ovens, ammunition, explosives, medical waste and any items from a school, commercial business or agri-business.
When transporting materials to the site, place containers in sturdy boxes lined with newspaper to prevent spills and cross-contamination in the trunk of a car or back of a truck, away from children and pets. Materials should be kept in the original container whenever possible. If not, place it in a plastic jug with a secure lid and label the contents.
In 2005, more than 1.5 million pounds of household hazardous waste and 309,000 pounds of electronics were collected from 22,427 households at collection events across the state. Since 1993, households have properly disposed of more than 14 million pounds of material. This material is flammable, toxic, reactive and/or corrosive and should not be placed in with regular garbage.
For more information on the household hazardous waste mobile collection service, please call
1-800-287-9013 or the County Executive’s Office at 597-5175

Successful Weekend for the Fighting Tiger Band

The DeKalb County Fighting Tiger Band traveled to Centerville Tennessee for the Hickman County Marching Invitational this weekend with good results.
The band placed 2nd with an average band score of 82.333, just behind Waverly Central High School’s 83.333. The Field Commander, Dustin Estes, and Percussion section also placed 2nd behind Waverly. The Color Guard took 2nd behind Stewart County High School. “All of the sections seemed to have improved last week. I’m very proud of these students. Fall Break had already started and they still managed to keep their head in the game for this competition. We’ll be taking this week off and letting the band and their director take a much needed rest” Band director Chuck Gilbert said with a smile. “We’ll pick our normal practice schedule back up on Monday October 23rd to prepare for the Smoky Mountain Invitational and Division II State Finals”.
The Band and Boosters would like to thank Mapco Express, General Equipment in McMinnville, DeKalb Market and the whole community for being behind the band and supporting with Ice, Water, Sideline Equipment and just general support. Booster President Kennie Barnes said “without the support of the community, the band would not exist. These kids work hard and we’re here to support them 110%. The Community has always been there to support and for that we say thank you”. The Boosters would also like to thank DeKalb County Sheriff Patrick Ray and the Smithville Police Department for the escorts into town Saturday. Barnes said “We want to show the whole town what a great group of kids that we have and our law enforcement officials helped us do that on Saturday. It was much appreciated and the kids seemed to have loved it”.
The DCHS High School Band Boosters will be hosting a Ham Breakfast and Yard Sale Saturday October 21st at the High School Cafeteria and Parking Lot. Breakfast will be served at 5am and will include Ham, Eggs, Taters, Gravy, Biscuit, Milk Juice and More. The Price for the Breakfast is just $5. For advance orders call Band Booster President, Kennie Barnes at 597-0572 or for call-ins that day, call the Band Room at 597-7213. We’ll even deliver with-in the city limits. The Boosters are raising money to help pay for the new uniforms and any help would be greatly appreciated.
The DCHS Band Booster’s next monthly meeting will be Monday November 6th at 6pm in the Band Room. If you are a parent of a DeKalb County Band Student or a supporter of the Band Program please attend this meeting. The Super-Boosters meet on the first Monday of every month. We’re always discussing upcoming fundraisers and events. Come on out and support these students, they’re really working hard. For more info on the band, their fundraisers and schedule, log on to

James Robert Caldwell

63 year old James Robert Caldwell of Smithville died Friday at his residence. He was a self employed truck driver and a member of the Praise Restoration Center. The funeral will be Monday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. J.C. Allen will officiate and burial will be in the Whorton Springs Cemetery. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Thomas and Preshie Mai and Mary Jane Caldwell; a son, Robert Jason Caldwell; and a brother,Thomas Wayne Caldwell; Survivors include a daughter, Rhonda and her husband Billy Taylor of Smithville. Two sons, Ron Caldwell of Illinois and Randy Caldwell of Smithville. Six grandchildren, Alec, Grace, and Eve Caldwell of Illinois, Jacob Caldwell of Indiana, Tiffany Lattimore and Allison Taylor of Smithville. Special friend, Donna Blair. One sister, Marilyn and her husband Raymond Caldwell. One brother, John and his wife Peggy Caldwell and a sister-in-law, Ruby Caldwell all of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will be Saturday from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.; Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.; and Monday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m.

Gordon Jessie Dyer

68 year old Gordon Jessie Dyer of Smithville died Thursday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a retired farmer and a Baptist. The funeral will be Saturday at noon at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Dewey Dyer will officiate and burial will be in the Oddfellow Cemetery in Putnam County. He was preceded in death by his parents, Haskell and Flossie Pippin Dyer; and two brothers, Hubert and Franklin Dyer. He is survived by his wife, Priscilla Jean Pollard Dyer of Smithville. A daughter, Melissa and her husband Jimmy Glenn of Woodbury. Three sons, Larry and his wife Shirley Dyer, Gary and his wife Norma Jean Dyer, and Terry and his wife Tammy Dyer all of Smithville. Nine grandchildren, Priscilla, Rosalind, Jessica, Cassandra, Cortlind, and Miranda Dyer all of Smithville, Haley Glenn, Dakota, and A.J. Glenn all of Woodbury. Three brothers, William Dyer of Cookeville, Earl Dyer of Smithville, and Raymond Dyer of Nashville. Six sisters, Stella Clemons of Cookeville, Ella Chaffin of Baxter, Gladys Chaffin of Cookeville, Linda Brown, Reba Turner, and Altie Knowles all of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will be Thursday from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.; and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at noon.

Bobbie Jean Slaton

81 year old Mrs. Bobbie Jean Slaton of Smithville died Thursday at her residence. The funeral will be held at the Union Hill Cumberland Presbyterian Church at Sykes on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. J.T. Webster will officiate and burial will be in the Union Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Home on Saturday from noon until 6:00 p.m. The body will be at the church on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until the time of the service at 2:00 p.m. She is survived by two daughters, Lexine Hale of Smithville and Linda and her husband Rob Hudson of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Two grandchildren, Dana Hale of Cookeville and Josh Dickerson of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Three sisters, Helen Messick, Erza Jean Woosley, and Beatrice Sitter. The Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

School Board Adopts 2007-2008 Calendar

The DeKalb County Board of Education formally adopted the school calendar for the 2007-2008 year Thursday night.
Registration for all students will be Monday, August 6th from 7:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. That will be an abbreviated school day.
Tuesday, August 7 will be an administrative day at all schools and all teachers must attend from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Students will not attend.
The first full day of school for all students will be Wednesday, August 8
A system wide professional development day will be Wednesday, August 1 at DCHS and all teachers from all schools must attend from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
All teachers will report to their individual schools Thursday and Friday, August 2 & 3 from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. each day.
Students will not attend on Monday, Labor Day, September 3rd.
Schools will be closed for the fall break October 12-19
Students will be off for the Thanksgiving holiday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, November 21, 22, & 23 and for the winter break December 20 through January 2, 2008. Wednesday, December 19 will be the last day students attend before winter break and that will be an abbreviated school day. Students will return after the holidays on Thursday, January 3rd to begin the third nine week session.
Schools will be closed for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 21 and for President’s Day, Monday, February 18.
The spring break will be March 21st through 28th
Students will not attend on Thursday, May 22. That will be an administrative day and all teachers must attend.. The last day of school will be Friday, May 23. That will be an abbreviated school day and report cards will be given to the students.
Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on Tuesday, October 9 and Thursday, March 13 at DeKalb County High School from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Parent-Teacher Conferences will also be held from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Thursday, October 11 and Thursday, January 31st at DeKalb Middle School, Northside Elementary, Smithville Elementary, and DeKalb West School.
Report cards will be sent home on Thursday, October 4th, Monday, January 7th, and Monday, March 10th.
Competency testing at DCHS will be October 9-11 and February 12-14.
Gateway testing at DCHS will be December 4-6 and May 6-8. Gateway test makeup will be December 7th.
Writing Assessment for the 5th, 8th, and 11th grades will be February 5th. Writing Assessment make-up will be February 6th.
TCAP testing of elementary students will be April 14-18.
(Stockpile Days) Professional Development/Instructional Days will be held from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Friday, October 5th; Friday, April 25th; and Friday, May 9th.
Board member Charlie Robinson, who is also a member of the Tennessee School Board Association’s (TSBA) Board of Directors, presented the local board and Supervisor of Federal Programs Michelle Burklow an award for the recent “Education Celebration.”
The TSBA offers awards for Excellence in Education Programs that are designed to provide creative ways to enhance learning for students.
Robinson said the “Education Celebration,”held August 4, “allowed students to collect various school supplies appropriate to their grade level and provided parents the opportunity to meet with school administrators and teachers to begin a year-long partnership to promote student success.”
“Education Celebration was a means for DeKalb County Schools to take a leadership role in reinforcing and improving relationships among parents, teachers, students and the community. This program involved business partners, local churches, the Director of Schools, school board
members and various community volunteers.”
Robinson personally thanked Burklow, who headed up the project, saying “I am privileged to present TSBA’s Award for Excellence in Education Programs to the DeKalb County Board of Education and to the people of DeKalb County.”
In other business, Director of Schools Mark Willoughby presented his monthly written personnel report to the board.
Those added to the approved substitute teacher’s list include Carolyn Allen, Lisa Bowman, Christina Bowley, Amanda Carlton, Lorrie Evans, Kelly Frazier, Robbie Joan Frazier, Shelly Gibson, Dustin Hendrix, Joyce K. Hendrixson, Brenda Henry, Amy Johansen, Melinda J. League, Tracie Meadows, DeAnn Birdsong-Merrell, Angela Hedge Miller, Todd Miller, Sonya Parsley, and Jeanni L. Watson.
Tommy Darryl Davenport was added to the substitute bus driver list.
Those who have resigned include Beverly Starnes, cafeteria worker; Edith Lasser, Physical Therapy Assistant; and Phyllis Reed, Education Assistant at Smithville Elementary.
Ashley Barnes, Guidance Counselor at DeKalb Middle School, was granted a leave as requested.
Rita Young was transferred to the position of Attendance Clerk at Northside Elementary School and Smithville Elementary School.

Cocaine Investigation Nets Two Arrests

An investigation into the trafficking of cocaine has led to the arrest of two young women.
Sheriff Patrick Ray says 25 year old Amanda Hicks and 20 year old Tasha Nicole Bain were arrested during a traffic stop late Tuesday night and charged with possession of a schedule II controlled substance (cocaine) with intent to sell or deliver. Hicks is also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia (scales) and possession of a schedule II controlled substance (hydrocodone).
Sheriff Ray says officers pulled over a Toyota Camry on South College Street in Smithville and found the women in possession of 16 grams of cocaine and hydrocodone tablets.
Officers seized some cash and impounded the vehicle.
Bond for Hicks is $54,000 and $25,000 for Bain.
They will appear in General Sessions Court October 26th.
The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department was assisted at the scene by officers of the Smithville Police Department.

B.W. Dirting

84 year old B.W. Dirting of Smithville died Tuesday at NHC Healthcare Center in Smithville. A complete list of survivors and FUNERAL arrangements will be announced later by DeKalb Funeral Chapel.

Bertha Juanita Cantrell

88 year old Bertha Juanita Cantrell of Smithville died Saturday at her home in the Bluff Springs Community. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ at Bluff Springs. The funeral will be Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. at the Chapel of High Funeral Home. Vernon Joines will officiate and burial will be in the Webb Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. She was preceded in death by her husband, W.T. “Bill” Cantrell; and her parents, Venus Glenn and Myrtle Mayfield. Survivors include three sons, Donald W. Cantrell of McMinnville. Douglas A. Cantrell of the Bluff Springs Community, and David R. Cantrell of Summitville. A daughter, Dianna Kay Atnip of Smithville. Seventeen grandchildren and thirty one great grandchildren survive along with two brothers and sisters-in-law, Woodrow and Mildred Glenn of McMinnville, Harold Glenn of McMinnville, and Jean Glenn of Dayton, Ohio. High Funeral Home in McMinnville is in charge of the arrangements.