Saturday Night Crash Claims Dowelltown Woman

A 59 year old woman died from injuries in a Saturday evening traffic accident on Highway 70 at Dowelltown.
Dead is Donna Jean Willoughby of Dowelltown.
The accident occurred at 5:01 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 70 and Turner Street.
Trooper Brandon Jackson of the Tennessee Highway Patrol told WJLE that Willoughby, driving a 1995 red Chevrolet Camaro, was turning left (east) from Turner Street onto Highway 70 when she pulled into the path of a westbound 2011 Ford F150 pickup, driven by 64 year old William Davis of Dowelltown. Davis’ wife, 56 year old Dana Davis was a passenger with him. The truck hit the car in the driver side door area.
Members of the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department Rescue Team were summoned to perform extrication because Willoughby was trapped in her car. She was then airlifted from the scene by a helicopter ambulance and flown to Vanderbilt Hospital where she later died.
According to Trooper Jackson, the Davis’ did not have to be transported to the hospital.
Trooper Jackson was assisted in the crash investigation by Trooper Mark Jones. Members of the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department and DeKalb EMS were also on the scene along with members of the Liberty and Short Mountain Stations of the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department.
Willoughby’s death marks the fifth fatality of the year on DeKalb County Roads.

EF2 Tornado Causes Damage in DeKalb/Smith County

The National Weather Service said Friday that four tornadoes touched down in Middle Tennessee on Wednesday including one in DeKalb County in the area of Lower Helton and Temperance Hall.
The tornado that hit DeKalb and crossed into Smith county was classified as an EF2. There were no injuries from this storm.
It touched down on Helton Creek southwest of Dry Branch Road in DeKalb County with wind speeds estimated around 125 mph.
The tornado caused damage to homes and barns and uprooted trees along its path as it moved toward Temperance Hall. One of the hardest hit areas appeared to be on Jackson Hollow Road and the Old Temperance Hall Road/Smith Fork Creek Road near the DeKalb/Smith County line.
The summer home of Gene (Robie) and Lois Page which sets on a hill off Smith Fork Creek Road at the county line was heavily damaged.
The storm destroyed a cinder block garage and caused roof damage to a log cabin home on Maynard Hollow Lane in Smith County near the DeKalb County line
The tornado ended around Lancaster.
Two of the four tornadoes that touched down in Tennessee, an EF1 and an EF3 occurred in Wayne County. An EF2 tornado struck in Perry County.
Tennessee has six, confirmed, weather-related fatalities:

* Maury County (3) – two, 17-year-old males; one, 16-year-old female
* Perry County (2) – one, 70-year-old male; one, 69-year-old female
* Rhea County (1) – one, 22-year-old male

Public Hearing Set for CDBG Grant Application

The county plans to reapply on behalf of the DeKalb Utility District for a Community Development Block Grant for water line extension to a certain area of the county in need.
A public hearing is set for Tuesday, December 29 at 6:00 p.m. in the downstairs courtroom of the courthouse. The purpose of the hearing is to discuss the possibility of applying for a CDBG grant through the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. The hearing is open to the public and active participation is highly encouraged.
If approved by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, the grant would fund the extension of water lines to Tramel Branch, Oakley Road, Carter Lane, Old Givens Hollow, and Dismal to Alexandria Road.

Georgie Rhea Willoughby

Mrs. Georgie Rhea Willoughby, age 80, of Temperance Hall, TN, passed away Saturday, December 26, 2015, at the Saint Thomas Dekalb Hospital.
Mrs. Willoughby was born September 15, 1935, the daughter of the late Elmer Lee Ellis and Mary Athelene Curtis. She married Johnsie B. Willoughby and he preceded her in death on April 7, 1983. Mrs. Willoughby was also preceded in death by Daughter-in-Law; Sandra Witty Willoughby and Sister; Jeanette Fields. She was a member of the Memorial Baptist Church on Dale Ridge.
Mrs. Willoughby is survived by Sons; John Lee Willoughby of Alexandria, TN, and Phillip (Melinda) Willoughby of Smithville, TN. Grandchildren; Johnathon (Rena) Willoughby, Jessie (Jeannie) Willoughby, Katie Willoughby, Josh (Erin) Turner, Jessica (Lynus) Martin, Jennifer (Robbie) Sykes, Lacey (Russ) Williams, and Seth Willoughby. Fifteen Great grandchildren; Lydia and Jathan Willoughby; Jesse, Jake, and Maddie Wilson; Chloe, Alley, and Kenna Sykes; Aidan and Liam Turner; Keegan, Kale, and Krew Martin; and Harper and Hadley Williams. Brother; Junior (Sue) Ellis and Sister; Mildred Clayborn also survive.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Willoughby are scheduled to be conducted from the Chapel of Avant Funeral Home on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at 2PM with Bro. Elmer Ellis, Jr. and Bro. Johnathon Willoughby officiating. Interment will follow in the New Hope Cemetery.
Visitation with the Willoughby family will be held at the Chapel of Avant Funeral Home on Monday from 2PM until 9PM and again on Tuesday from 11AM until the time of the service at 2PM.
In lieu of flowers, the Willoughby Family requests donations be made to the Memorial Baptist Church.

Velma Bell Hutchings

81 year old Velma Bell Hutchings of McMinnville died Saturday at St. Thomas River Park Hospital in McMinnville of an extended illness. She was a retired employee of Kingston Timer and a member of the Bluff Springs Church of Christ. The funeral will be Monday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of High Funeral Home in McMinnville. Teddy Jones will officiate and burial will be in the Webb Cemetery at Bluff Springs in Warren County. Visitation will be Sunday from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Monday from 10:00 a.m. until the service. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Delia Curtis Moffitt. Her husband, Aubrey Hutchings. Four brothers, Lester, J.C., Alpha and Jesse Lee Moffitt. Five sisters, Eunice Christian, Wavie Hooper, Minnie Whiteaker, Dona Moffitt, and Lona Kirby. She is survived by nephews, George Christian, Garry Whiteaker, Charles, Steve, Tom, and Bill Moffitt, and Eddie, Terry, Larry, and Mike Kirby. Nieces, Jerelene Prince, Carolyn Doig, Kathy Wylie, JoAnn Gregory, and Betty Whitlock. Brother-in-law, Edward Kirby. High Funeral Home in McMinnville is in charge of the arrangements

Resolve to give blood in January for National Blood Donor Month

This January, during National Blood Donor Month, the American Red Cross encourages people to roll up their sleeves to give blood to help maintain a sufficient blood supply for patients.
A blood drive will be held in Smithville at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 201 South College Street on Tuesday, January 5 from 1:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.
Since 1970, National Blood Donor Month has been observed in January to not only honor blood and platelet donors, but also to help increase donations during the winter months. Maintaining a sufficient blood supply for patients is difficult at this time of year because extreme winter weather and seasonal illnesses often impact donor turnout.
The Red Cross encourages eligible donors to resolve to give blood regularly, beginning in January. Donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with types AB, O, B negative and A negative. To encourage donations, all those who come to donate Jan. 1-3, 2016, will get a long-sleeve Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.
To make an appointment to donate blood, download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App from app stores, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit and follow the instructions on the site.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

Dowelltown City lights Contest Winners Announced

Winners of the Dowelltown City lights Contest have been announced.
1st place overall
Shaun & Jessica Antoniak
2nd place overall
Chris Walker Terri Dodd
3rd place overall
Darry & Susan Driver
1st place Door/Porch
Tommy & Dorthy Duggin
2nd place Door/ Porch
Maudie & Haleigh Bass
1st place Window
Mike & Elizabeth Redmon
2nd Place Window
Joseph & Bethany Chandler

FedEx Van Swept off Road by Rising Creek Water

The driver of a FedEx van had a close call Tuesday after his vehicle was swept off the road by rising creek water
The man was making a delivery to a residence on Preston- Vickers Road at Liberty near DeKalb West School when he came upon a concrete crossing over Smith Fork Creek. Swift water from the creek had overflowed the road and concrete crossing but the man tried to drive through anyway. The van was carried off the road and partially into the creek by the strong current. The driver got out of the van but had to hold on to the rear bumper of the vehicle until help arrived.
A Liberty Station member of the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department arrived in his personal truck, backed up to the edge of the creek, tossed a rope to the man and pulled him to safety. He was not injured.
In addition to the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department, DeKalb EMS, the Smithville-DeKalb County Rescue Squad, and the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department were summoned to the scene.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated the accident.

“Love Lights a Tree” for the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society invites you to make a special donation in honor or in memory of a loved one during the holiday season through “Love Lights a Tree”. A special memory board has been erected on the south side of the courthouse that lists the names of loved ones.
The DeKalb County Unit of the American Cancer Society seeks your support in the “Love Lights a Tree” fundraising campaign to raise money for research to find a cure as well as cancer education and patient services. Donations may be made throughout the holiday season. The persons you honor or remember do not necessarily have to have suffered from cancer.
The names are in “honor of” and in “memory of” for a donation of five-dollars per name. Forms may be obtained at the local banks. For more information, contact Ivadell Randolph at 615- 597-5296, Lynda Luna at 615- 597-5837, Renee Cantrell at 615-597-4551, Melanie Judkins at 615-597-1132, or Gail Taylor 615-597-5936.
The names of Honorees are as follows:
Billy F. Adcock, Cecil Adkins, Faye Adkins, Tracy Webb Baker, Kim Banks, Jean A. Cook, Phillip Wayne Cripps, Albert Donnell, Earl D. France, Mary Ruth Groom, Radley Hendrixson, Mary Janet Holland, Chizuko Howard, Jo D. Johnson, Walter Johnson, Linda Judkins, Patsy Judkins, Darlene Mathis, Janette Moss, Jo Ann Newbell, Carolyn Sheets, Margie Smith, Gail Taylor, Wesley Taylor, Emma Ruth Thomason, Lavelle Turner, Carolyn Walden, Sandra Wall, and Susan Young.
Those in memory are as follows:
Harold Adcock, John D. Akin, Mai Akin, Angela Malone Allen, Cindy Malone Armour, Tinsy Arnold, Ves Arnold, Jared Atnip,
Ann Barnes, Margie Barrett, Rebecca Beason, Lloyd Black, Louise Braswell, Truman Braswell, Larry Bratten, Emma Burton, Walter L. Burton,
Jeremy Caldwell, Joshua Caldwell, Clifton Cantrell, Frances Cantrell, Johnny Cantrell, Jodie Cantrell, Dianna Fuson Carter, Ronnie Carter, Martha Cathcart, Will Allen Cathcart, Mary Collins, Arlo Cook, Bob Cook, Bratten Cook, James (Buddy) Cook, Jo Bill Cook, Jo Lynn Cook, Pam Baker Cook, Rubye Cook, Steve Cook, William Smith “Bill” Craig, Eva Crook, Grady Crook, Will Allen Crook, Trena Braswell Curtis,
Earl Driver, Eddy Driver, Ravanel Driver, Tony Durso,
Ruth Elder, Jerry Lee Estes, Nathan Estes,
Rex Fathera, Geraldine Fish, Willie Foutch, Billy J. France, James A. France, Cathy Fuson Frazier, Ronald Frazier, Ronnie Frazier, Leonard “Buddy” Freeman, Jr., Leonard Freeman, Sr., Margaret Freeman, Carrie Graham Fuson, Charles Fuson, Debra Fuson,
Hoyte Garrison, Phillip Lee George, Royce Givens, Jr., James Goodwin, John Paul Grubb, Leonard Gwyn
Brownie Haley, Wiley Hancock, Lucille Cook Harris, Esker Harrison, Eva Harrison, Edward Hobson, Ronnie Hobson, Lois Horn, Haskel Elby Howard, Kenneth D. Howard, Marvin Hutson,
Bobby Joines, Robert Joines, Linnie Johnson, Paul Johnson, McKinley Jones, Earl Judkins, Len Judkins, Marie Judkins,
Poppy Fuson Keith, Jennifer Renea Kincaid, Emma Jo Knight, Gladys Knowles, L.D. Knowles,
Claudette Frazier Lasser, Olene Lockhart, Brackett Luna, Nadine Luna,
Dana Michelle Malone, Billy Malone, Ida Malone, Misty Kay Malone, Kathy “Kat” Martin, Charles (Chuck) McCracken, T.C. McMillen, Amy Lynn Miller, Maude Moody, Katrena Moore, Joshua Murphy, Kenny Murphy,
Leonard Nixon, Lorene Nixon, John Newbell,
J.W. Pack, John Lee Pack, Howard Patton, Prudie Pinegar, Rubye Lee Pinegar, T.J. Pinegar, Tom Pinegar, Donna Phillips,
Evelyn Ramsey, Clyde Randolph, David Randolph, Mary Randolph, Author Redmon, Everett “Ebb” Redmon, Kim Redmon, Loyd Redmon, Odell Redmon, Ova Redmon, Robert “Bob” Redmon, Horace Rosson,
Chester Sanders, Kevin Sanders, Zona Selby, Donald Smith, Nan Smith, Virgil Smith, Christopher “Chris” Stanley, Jordan Steinbach,
Albert Taylor, Cora Taylor, Edna “Mama” Taylor, E.J. Taylor, Kenneth Wayne Taylor, Ruth Garland Taylor, U.B. Taylor, Winnie Taylor, Billy Thomason, Patsy Thomason, Shelby Tittsworth, Elizabeth Tramel, Tallmer Tramel,
Betty Nixon Vickers,
Gilbert D. Walden, James Albert Walden, Robert H. (Bob) Walden, Green Wall, Maud Wall, Sandy Wheeler, Steve White, Van Woodside
Marie Young,

Steven Jennings Named All-State Performer by TSWA

DeKalb County High School’s Steven Jennings has been named an all-state performer by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association for Division I, Class 3A.
The talented Tiger quarterback, a junior, guided DeKalb County to a 7-4 season and another appearance in the state play-offs this year.
All-State football teams released on Tuesday covered all eight classifications in the state with players selected to form an all-state team for each class.
Here is the Class 3A all-state football team, as selected by the Tennessee Sportswriters Association.
QB-Zack Weatherly, Christ Presbyterian Academy; Cole Smith, Christ Academy of Knoxville; RB-Tranell Moore, East Ridge; Noah Whaley, Pigeon Forge; WR-Phillip Nichols, Christ Academy of Knoxville; Ben Guffey, Upperman; Rodney Castille, Jackson Liberty Tech Magnet; OL-Pete Sexton, East Ridge; Robert Murphy, Chattanooga Notre Dame; Ben Buchanan, Christ Academy of Knoxville; Caleb Stephens, White House Heritage; Jacob Rimmer, Milan; ATH-Deshawn Brown, Camden; Steven Jennings, DeKalb County; K-Ben Smith, Alcoa.
DL-Matthew McClurg, Alcoa; Jonathan Decker, Alcoa; Tre Stamper, Chattanooga Red Bank; Khalil Jones, Nashville Stratford; LB-Tyler Enos, Chattanooga Notre Dame; Christian Williams, Milan; Dantae Wilkes, Jackson Liberty Magnet Tech; Preston Whitehead, Elizabethton; DB-Jesse Jones, East Ridge; Caleb Woody, Alcoa; Ricky Ballard, Chattanooga Notre Dame; Price Perdue, Christ Presbyterian Academy; ATH-Dustin Clabough, Alcoa; Chip Omer, Christ Presbyterian Academy; P-Alex Darrus, Chattanooga Notre Dame.