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Authorities Identify Body Found In Smithville Monday

Fingerprints have helped investigators identify a body found in Smithville Monday. DeKalb County Sheriff Patrick Ray on Tuesday identified the woman as 28-year-old Jessica Renee Stephens of Cannon County. Her body located Monday morning lying in the backyard of a home on Parkway Drive. Ray said Stephens was identified through her fingerprints. Ray said her cause of death will be ... Read More »

Mountain Bike Trail Under Construction At Edgar Evins

Mountain bike trail construction has started at Edgar Evins State Park. Ranger Justin Vaughn said crews have made pretty good progress so far. “We’ve had a couple of good work days. We’ve got about 100 yards already dug on this trail. It’s going to be a pretty intensive intermediate trail,” Vaughn said. “We haven’t stared the beginner trail, but I’m ... Read More »

Bus Drivers Needed In DeKalb County

Additional school bus drivers are needed in DeKalb County. Transportation Supervisor Jimmy Sprague said the shortage can be blamed on changes in state law and lack of pay. “In the transportation department it’s hard to compete against McDonald’s. McDonald’s has pretty good pay, they’ve got insurance, and they have retirement,” Sprague said. “The only thing I offer, as far as ... Read More »

Driver Charged, Passenger Injured In Monday Accident

A 70-year-old Jamestown woman was cited for driving on an expired license following a crash with a Fentress County Sheriff's Officer.

A 19-year-old Cookeville woman suffered injuries during a crash on Dodson Branch Road Monday evening. A Tennessee Highway Patrol crash report said Anna Gayle Harley received treatment at Cookeville Regional Medical Center for undisclosed injuries. According to the report, Harley was a passenger in a 2017 Jeep Renegade that was traveling East on N. Allen Road and skid through the ... Read More »

Jackson County Man Charged With Tax Evasion

A Jackson County man faces possible prison time for charges of tax evasion and theft. A Jackson County grand jury indictment accuses 24-year-old Johnny F. Stafford Jr. of evading tax due to the state by filing false documents. If convicted, Stafford could be sentenced to a maximum of two years in prison for a single county of tax evasion. He ... Read More »

Authorities Working To Identify Body Found In Smithville

State and local authorities are working to identify a body that was found outside of a Smithville home Monday morning. DeKalb County Sheriff Patrick Ray said officers responded to Parkway Drive around 7:50 a.m. and found a deceased female lying in the backyard. Authorities have not yet identified the body as officers could not produce any photo identification at the ... Read More »

Double Your Donation To CRMC Tuesday

Cookeville Regional Medical Center (File Photo)

The Cookeville Regional Charitable Foundation hopes to see more people taking part in Tuesday’s Double Your Donation Day event. Foundation Director John Bell said the annual event typically brings in about $30,000. “We’ve got the same 200 people who like to give and we hope they give again, but we are really challenging folks this year,” Bell said. “If you’ve ... Read More »

Algood PD Hoping To Purchase Unmarked Vehicle

The Algood Police Department has asked the city council for permission to purchase an unmarked vehicle for administrative purposes. Police Chief Dale Armour said the unmarked car will not be used for patrol purposes. “There’s a lot of times that we have to leave the city or county for meetings and training. An unmarked car doesn’t draw as much attention ... Read More »

DeKalb Co. Crash Injures One Person Saturday

A Saturday crash at the DeKalb and Smith County line has resulted in charges against a man from Alexandria. The Tennessee Highway Patrol has charged 35-year-old Jeremy Fitts with DUI, violation of the open container law, and failure to exercise due care. Officials said the crash happened on Highway 53 in Dekalb County. A crash report said Fitts was traveling ... Read More »

Monterey Discusses Easement For Bee Rock

Monterey officials expect to receive a conservation easement for the Bee Rock property in the near future. Mayor Bill Wiggins said he met with Bee Rock property owner Bobby Walker last week to discuss the 10.65 acres of property. “He was reviewing with me the conservation easement for Bee Rock. We were striking areas that we don’t want,” Wiggins said. ... Read More »