Rubye Christine Webb

82 year old Rubye Christine Webb of Smithville died Sunday morning at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a member of the Webb’s Chapel United Methodist Church, the Women’s Methodist Fellowship, and was a bookkeeper for Amonett-Nixon Chevrolet. The funeral will be Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Douglas Webb will officiate and burial will follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Monday from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Webb was preceded in death by her husband, Gene Webb; a grandson, Chris Webb; parents, Arthur and Mae Redmon Judkins; a sister, June Nixon; and brothers, Dean, Len, and Jimmie Judkins. She is survived by two sons, Larry and wife Jackie Webb and Dwayne and wife Modena Webb all of Smithville. Grandchildren, Brad Webb of Smithville, Allison Marcum of Sparta and Lauren Rogers of Smithville. Brothers-in-law, John Robert Nixon of Smithville and Smith Webb of McMinnville. Sisters-in-law, Marie Webb, Geneva Judkins, and Sandra Judkins Widener all of Smithville. Caregiver Tammy Shehane along with several nieces and nephews. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Law Requiring Antifreeze Bittering Agent Takes Effect

The Haley Ham Law requiring a bittering agent in all antifreeze sold in Tennessee takes effect on Jan. 1, 2010. The law is intended to help prevent the accidental or intentional poisoning of people, pets and other animals as a result of ingesting antifreeze or engine coolants.
“As the agency charged with enforcing this new law, we are working with the manufacturers and retailers to ensure compliance,” said Commissioner Ken Givens. “Consumers can feel confident that antifreeze manufactured and sold after Jan. 1 in Tennessee will contain the bittering agent.”
Without the added bittering agent, antifreeze has a sweet aroma and flavor. Ethylene glycol, an ingredient in antifreeze, is toxic to humans and animals. An estimated 10,000 animals are poisoned by ethylene glycol and approximately 1,400 children ingest ethylene glycol each year in the U.S.
Haley Ham, of Sevierville, was the catalyst for this new law. She contacted Tennessee legislators when her two dogs were intentionally poisoned by antifreeze. She attended committee meetings and spoke with media in support of the bill.
“It’s been years. I’ve matured – moved on, but it’s something that’ll stick with me for the rest of my life,” said Ham. “Obviously, I’m proud. And as I said in one of my old interviews – I just wanted justice. That’s one thing that hasn’t changed, that’s the reason, that’s the motive.”
Manufacturers have already been contacted about the new law and are expected to comply. The penalty for noncompliance is a Class C misdemeanor.
The bill was sponsored by former state Sen. Raymond Finney and state Rep. Janis Sontany and signed into law by Governor Phil Bredesen.
“I am happy to have sponsored this bill,” said Sontany. “More animals and children are safer because of this added bittering agent.”
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Tabatha Taylor Young

27 year old Tabatha Taylor Young of Smithville died Thursday at DeKalb Community Hospital. The funeral will be Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in DeKalb Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 2:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until the service time at 1:30 p.m. She is survived by her husband, James Young; her mother, Sandra Lackey; maternal grandmother, Doris Caldwell; paternal grandmother, Frankie Taylor; and an uncle, Eddie Caldwell all of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Paul Edward Crook

70 year old Paul Edward Crook of Watertown died Thursday. He was a member of the Snow Hill United Methodist Church, a U.S. Army Veteran, member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion, and he was retired from TRW Ross Gear Division. The funeral will be Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Ricky Scott, Royce Martin, and Doyle Slager will officiate and burial will be in Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 1:30 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Osie Sandlin Crook; a sister, Kathleen Murphy; brothers, Clayton and Charles Crook; a sister-in-law, Imogene Crook; a brother-in-law, Roy Goodwin; and a great nephew, Wesley Jones. Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Gail Harvey Crook of Watertown. Sisters, Jean Goodwin and Bessie Cantrell of Smithville. Sister-in-law, Mary Crook of Liberty. Mother-in-law, Bessie Harvey of Watertown. Nephews, David Crook of Alexandria, Wayne Crook, Jack Cantrell, Harold Murphy, and James Murphy all of Smithville, Gary Crook, Bill Crook, and Ronald Crook of Liberty. Nieces, Teresa Scott and Donna Driver of Alexandria, Tammy Cantrell, Regina Jones, Janice Ramsey, Jackie Bullard, Melissa Reeves, Lori Ann Cleavenger, and Faye Baker of Smithville and faithful companion, Rocky. The family is grateful for the care extended to Mr. Crook during his illness by his friends, Linda and Jerry Stephens, Jimmy Morgan, Odean and Geneva Lawrence, Dr. William Sherwood and the nurses and CNTs of Family Medical Center and DeKalb Community Hospital. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Troy Edward “Bodie” Bain

41 year old Troy Edward “Bodie” Bain of Smithville died Tuesday in an automobile accident. A memorial service will be Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church. The family has chosen cremation. There will be no visitation but the memorial service is open to the public. He is survived by his wife, Jeanna Snow Bain of Smithville. Three daughters, Ashley Knowles of Murfreesboro, and LaTroya Bain and Misty Gingerich of Smithville. Two sons, Troy James “Bodie” Bain and Dalton Dewayne Bain both of Smithville. His father, Troy Bain, Sr. of Smithville. A half sister, Ponzella Redmon of Smithville and half brother, Cecil Judkins of Smithville. Three grandchildren. Three special friends, Ricky Murphy, Dickie Bain, and Jimmy Bain all of Smithville. Two nieces and three nephews also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Governor’s Highway Safety Office Launches Cumberland Crackdown

Law enforcement agencies across the Cumberland Region including the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department are working together to save lives on Tennessee roadways. The Governor’s Highway Safety Office will join 88 agencies from 28 counties to kick off the Cumberland Crackdown at noon, Wednesday, December 30.
The Crackdown will be one of the largest enforcement events in Tennessee. Law enforcement agencies will be focusing their efforts on some of the deadliest highways in their jurisdiction including Highway 70 in DeKalb County. These highways were identified by the Department of Safety using data from the present all the way back to 1994. Agencies will conduct sobriety checkpoints and saturation points along these roadways from 8:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 30th until 3:00 a.m., Thursday, December 31st
“We are able to use a more proactive approach to enforcement this holiday season by using data provided to us by the Department of Safety,” stated Governor’s Highway Safety Office (GHSO) Liaison Clint Shrum. “Having the ability to determine the areas that are the most dangerous allows agencies to appropriate the right resources to ensure highway safety. Because of this approach the Cumberland Region is experiencing a noticeable decrease in highway fatalities this year.”
Director Kendell Poole, GHSO, added, “This time of year can be one of the happiest for families as they get together and make new memories. However, those happy moments can be stolen away in seconds because the holiday season is one of the deadliest and most dangerous. Enforcement will make a difference.”
The Governor’s Highway Safety Office reminds all Tennessee drivers to stay safe throughout the holiday season and buckle up, watch your speed and designate a sober driver when taking part in holiday festivities.
Meanwhile, the Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting sobriety roadside safety
checkpoints during the week of December 31 on State Route 53 and 56 in DeKalb County.
Impaired driving is a serious crime that kills more than 16,000 people and injures 305,000 others every year in the United States. Troopers will evaluate drivers for signs of alcohol or drug impairment. Troopers will target those who operate a vehicle while impaired and take corrective actions for other violations observed while ensuring the protection of all motorists.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol recognizes that sobriety checkpoints are highly visible and effective tools in the battle against impaired driving.

Kenneth Lynn Eastes

64 year old Kenneth Lynn Eastes of Liberty died Wednesday at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville. He was a body shop foreman for Kenworth Trucking, a graduate of Watertown High School and the Nashville Auto Diesel College. Eastes was a member of the Church of Christ and the Army National Guard. The funeral will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown. Gwynnath Ford and David Lawson will officiate and burial will be in the Commerce Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and prior to the service on Sunday. He was preceded in death by his parents, John D. and Ernestine Driver Eastes and a sister-in-law, Sue Eastes. Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Hunt Eastes of Liberty. Two sons, Kenny and his wife Teresa Eastes and Richard Eastes all of Liberty. Two great granddaughters, Allison and Rebecca Eastes. A brother, Larry and his wife Ann Eastes of Watertown. A niece, Lora and her husband Kenneth Stutts of Watertown. A nephew, Kirk and his wife Bobbie Eastes of Watertown. His mother-in-law, Frances Hunt of Lebanon. Brothers-in-law, Billy and his wife Renee Hunt, Don and his wife Rosie Hunt, and Larry and his wife Cindy Hunt. Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown is in charge of the arrangements.

Many Honored and Remembered Through “Love Lights A Tree” Fundraising Campaign

The DeKalb County Unit of the American Cancer Society seeks your support in the “Love Lights a Tree fundraising campaign.” This annual event gives area residents the opportunity to honor a special person during the holiday season and aid in cancer research.
The “Love Lights a Tree” project is designed to raise money not only for research, but includes cancer education and patient services. Donations in honor of and in memory of a special person can be made throughout the holiday season. The persons you honor or remember do not necessarily have to have suffered from cancer.
The names of honorees are as follows:
McKinley Jones, Shelly Cross, Peggy Roller, Polly Turner, Carolyn Walden, James Walden, Linda Judkins, Carolyn Sheets, Jack Midgett, Kent Smithson, Roy Breeding, Walter Johnson, Jo Doris Johnson, Earl D. France, Radley Hendrixson, Violet Fuson, Lisa Anderson, Robbie Scott, Kassie M. Boyd, Vada Pauline Herndon, Vera Bell Davenport, Vanice King Davenport.
In memory:
Luther Fuson, Pearl Fuson, Lewis Cobb, Floyce Vaughn, Peggy Fuson Palmer, Florene Redmon Sanders, C.H. Malone, Bernice Malone, Roy Harney, Billie Malone Frazier, Doak Pedigo, Stanley Wallace, Harold Hoover, Betty Jean Braswell, Angie Malone Allen, John Paul Grubb, Ted Beck, Billy C. Pruitt, Sr., Kenneth Parker, Joe Reeder, Len Judkins, Marie Judkins, Earl Judkins, Clyde Randolph, Mary Randolph, Ruth Elder, Hattie Velma Braswell, Houston Braswell, Eugene Braswell, Clyde Redmon, Lloyd Redmon, June Nixon, Nannie Smith, Virgil Smith, Grady Crook, Eva Crook, Curtis Adams, Rusty Sittig, Frances Sramcik, Velma Midgett, Faye Phillips, Martha Cathcart, Homer Lee Ellis
Rebecca Cantrell, Hamp Cantrell, Jr., Judy Hawkins, Shane Hawkins, Lonnie Wilkins, Rebecca Wilkins, John Lee Pack, Emma Jo Knight, Charles (Jack) Knight, Maylee Jo Blackford, Nina Phillips, Vada Reeder, C.T. Phillips, Sr., Edna Pauline Phillips, George Reeder, Birdie Reeder, Joe Huffman, John Walls, Nancy Walls, Wallie Fuson, Emily Cripps, Ewin Vanatta, Gail Cripps, Dortha Barnes, Bobby C. Pruitt, Rebecca Gingerich, Austin Vaughn, Becky Cantrell, Louise Winchester, Gilbert Walden, Kim Redmon, Brenda Hale, Virginia Nokes, Bobbie Houk, Katherine Conger, Clifton B. Cantrell, Jodie W. Cantrell, Johnny Cantrell, Frances Cantrell, Linnie Cantrell, Vera Hendrixson, Alan Bradford, Jim Truitt Hale
Alfred England, Helen England, Jordan Steinbach, Edward Hobson, Horace Rosson, Mary L. Collins, Lenard Gwyn, Dannie Edge, Helen Jones Mayo, Dale Scott, Judy Love Maxwell, Carl Bailiff, Carolyn Maynard, Lucille Harris, Nadine Luna, Brackett Luna, Buddy Cook, Pam B. Cook, John D. Akin, Mai Akin, B. Akin, Leonard M. Buddy Freeman, Jessie Cook, Bob Cook, Brownie Haley, William Doyle Thomason, William Paul Thomason, Green Wall, Maud Wall, Esker Harrison, Eva Harrison, T.C. McMillen, Lee Homer McMillen, Billy J, France, Alvie France, Royce L. Givens, Richie David Pack, Ricky Eston Pack, Terry Kenneth Pack, Flora E. Redmon, W.A. Cathcart, Mallow Herndon, Carl Roy Cathcart
Ewin Sandlin, Sherman Love, Martha Cathcart, Jewel Medley, Lucille Robinson, Edward Robinson, John Larry Frazier, Billie Ann Frazier, James Gantzer, H.D. Tootsie Cook, Woodrow Frazier, Dr. Jerry Puckett, and Barbara Page.
Love lights are $5.00 each. Forms are available at most banks in DeKalb County. The name of every person honored or remembered will be placed on a display board located on the south lawn of the courthouse through the holiday season.
For more information contact Iva Dell Randolph at 597-5296, Violet Fuson at 597-4483, Melanie Judkins at 597-1132, or Casey Midgett at 597-2089.

DeKalb Jobless Rate at 10.6% for November

The DeKalb County unemployment rate for November was 10.6%, down only slightly from 10.7% in October. The rate for November, 2008 was 8.1%
The local labor force for November was at 9,460. A total of 8,460 were employed and 1,000 were unemployed.
Meanwhile, Tennessee’s unemployment rate for November was 10.3 percent, down 0.2 percentage point from the October rate of 10.5 percent. The United States’ unemployment rate for the month of November was 10.0 percent.
County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for November 2009 show that the rate decreased in 50 counties, increased in 36, and remained the same in nine counties.
Lincoln County registered the state’s lowest county unemployment rate at 6.7 percent, down 0.2 from its October rate. Lauderdale County had the state’s highest unemployment rate at 18.6 percent, down 0.2 from the October rate, followed by Haywood County at 18.0 percent, up from 17.9 percent in October.
Knox County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate of 7.7 percent, down 0.1 percentage point from the October rate. Hamilton County was at 8.5 percent, down 0.2 percentage point from the October rate. Davidson County was 8.8 percent, down 0.1 from the previous month, and Shelby County was 10.0 percent, down 0.1 from the October rate.

Betty Jean Bogle

62 year old Betty Jean Bogle died Tuesday night at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a factory worker and attended the Whorton Springs Baptist Church. The funeral will be Thursday at noon at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Michael Hale will officiate. Burial will be in Banks Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at noon. She was preceded in death by her parents, Hardie and Mae Eden Brewer; brothers, Roger Dale Brewer and Michael Ray Brewer; and a sister, Edna Norris. Survivors include children, Roger Stevens of Chattanooga, Samantha Hannah of Ringold, Georgia; Jerry Stanley of Cleveland; and Jeffery Bogle of Smithville. Nine grandchildren. Brothers, Hardy Brewer, Jr. of LaFayette, Randall Brewer of Fountain Run, Kentucky; Everette Brewer of Hendersonville, Ronald Dale Brewer of LaFayette, and Fred Brewer of Hendersonville. Sisters, Joyce Satterfield of Smithville, Patricia Sherrill of Hillsboro and Sandra Cunningham of Hartsville. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.