Smokey Barn News » Smokey Barn News News Covering Robertson County Tennessee Sun, 30 Aug 2015 05:34:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 White House Police Officer Hospitalized After Accident Sun, 30 Aug 2015 03:13:01 +0000 corbin creek mums 511 ad

White House Police Officer Hospitalized After Accident

WHITE HOUSE TENNESSEE (Smokey Barn News) – A White House Police Officer is recovering this evening after being injured in an accident on Hwy 76 in White House. The accident occurred directly in front of Wendy’s.

Though we are still waiting on an update from authorities, we do not believe the injuries the officer sustained were life threatening. The call came into 911 just after 6:00 p. m. Saturday evening.

The THP is in charge of the investigation and we are still waiting on their report so we do not have an official cause at this time.

There were two vehicles involved in the accident, a 2015 Ford Taurus police vehicle, and a 2000 Ford Explorer.  According to officials, a passenger in the police vehicle was not injured. The driver and one passenger in the Ford Explorer were also not injured and the vehicle sustained only minor damage.

UPDATE: White House Police Chief Pat Brady spoke to Smokey Barn News this evening. Brady confirmed that the injuries the officer sustained were not life threatening. “Our officer was taken to Skyline Medical Center for observation but we expect him to be fine,” Brady said.

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Medics Reunite With Greenbrier Baby Born In Driveway Sat, 29 Aug 2015 03:37:17 +0000 Springfield Guitar Mr tom 511

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Medics Reunite With Greenbrier Baby Born In Driveway

GREENBRIER TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – Back on June 4th Samantha Powell of Greenbrier, in her ninth month of pregnancy, thought she was going into labor. The family jumped into the car and, based on their location, headed over to Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital in Nashville.
babSOnce at the hospital, doctors told her she was just dehydrated and sent her home. “I went home, drank some water and took a nap, when I woke up his head was out,” Samantha told Smokey Barn News.

I ran to the kitchen, my fiance Stephen Sloan and his dad were outside, I called for them. Stephen washed his hands and started boiling water, I was fully in labor!”, Samantha  said.

Since it was pretty clear that driving Samantha to the hospital in the family car wasn’t going to happen they called 911 for help. Within minutes,  Advanced EMT Kelley Jackson and Paramedic Bruce Bracy from Robertson County EMS arrived at the scene.

With the help of Firefighters, Kelley and Bruce quickly loaded Samantha into the ambulance, turned on the lights and sirens and headed for NorthCrest Medical Center in Springfield, they made it about ten feet.  By the time the ambulance was at the  end of the driveway the baby (Grant Sloan) was out. “He flew out and Bruce caught him, the pain was intense, I had NO epidural, I was screaming, I FEEL EVERYTHING, Samantha said laughing.”

For the medics, it was Kelley’s first baby and Bruce’s fifth, “Bruce said, ‘I think you have a couple of minutes, ‘I was like, nope, I pushed once, twice and he was out.’ Everyone was drenched in sweat and I was scared to death,” Samantha said.

Browns paint body ad 300He was a beautiful kid weighing in at seven pounds 12 ounces , nice and healthy, breathing adequately, everything was normal,” Bruce said with a smile. “Everyone at NorthCrest was great, I had a great stay there too,” Samantha said.”

They (Kelley and Bruce) were there for me, it was exciting and scary, Samantha said as she looked at the medics”

Medics Kelley and Bruce visited with baby Grant during a reunion on Thursday at Farm Fresh restaurant in Greenbrier. By their ear to ear smiles it was clear that they were glad to see that baby Grant was doing well and very proud to have played a role bringing him into the world.

Capt. Bryan Dolash and Lieutenant Candace Dolash, along with Junior firefighters Thomas and James Dolash (all with the White House Community Volunteer Fire Dept Station 52) also responded to the 911 call and assisted with the delivery. With their medical training, Firefighters are a critical asset to medics in emergencies. In this case, Firefighters helped get Samantha into the ambulance and even drove the ambulance to NorthCrest while another Firefighter assisted medics with the delivery.

As if their lives weren’t hectic enough, Stephen and Samantha are the owners of Farm Fresh. Farm Fresh is a new restaurant that just opened up two weeks ago in Greenbrier.  The restaurant has been a dream of Stephen’s for a long time. They call it “Farm Fresh” because a lot of their food is locally grown. Stephen grew up in Greenbrier so he knows the area well. They offer fresh sides everyday, go check’m out, they’re located at 2354 Hwy 41 in Greenbrier.

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Police Track Suspects Via Ipad After Home Invasion In Millersville Sat, 29 Aug 2015 02:44:36 +0000 ichiban ad 511 c

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Police Track Suspects Via Ipad After Home Invasion

MILLERSVILLE TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – Back on August 18th a Millersville man was robbed at gunpoint in his own garage.  That night around 9:00 p.m. Millersville Police received the report that a home invasion had just occurred on Walnut Ct  but by the time police arrived the suspects were gone.

Smokey-Barn-Online-Ad-1-300x250-2The victim told police that he arrived home and was in his garage when he was approached by three black male subjects. Two of the suspects were wearing bandannas over their faces and pointed what looked like guns at him although it was dark.

The suspects escaped into the night with an iPad, iPhone 6, a gold/silver Rado wrist watch valued at $1600, a duffle bag containing clothes and shoes, sunglasses and a few other small items.

Normally for police a call like this would spell days of detective work and lots of man hours, unless you happen to be a fast thinking Detective by the name of Dustin Carr. Detective Carr’s quick thinking has meant that the expensive watch and iPad have been recovered.

How did Detective Carr do it? You guessed it, the iPad. Detective Car used a special app to track the iPad, the only problem, the iPad needed to be turned on, even for a minute would do the trick. It meant that Detective Carr and his partner Detective Robert Watson would have to manually ping the device over and over again in hopes that whoever had it would turn it on, even for a second was all the Detective needed to get a location.

Jewell storm damage ad 300 july 2014Detective Carr’s diligence paid off because that is exactly what happened. The iPad was activated and the hunt was on. Within a short time Detective Carr not only had the iPad in his hands but that expensive watch too.

In the process of collecting the watch and iPad, Detective Carr also identified several possible suspects and in fact has taken one into custody. He is hopeful that the other two will follow suit shortly.

If you’ve ever lost a smart device or had one stolen it will be easy to believe that it would probably be gone forever. One can only imagine the delight the victim had to be reunited with his property. It also means the Millersville community can breathe a little easier knowing that Detective Carr is on-it.


Police Seek Three Suspects After Home Invasion In Millersville

MILLERSVILLE TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – Tuesday evening around 9:00 p.m. Millersville Police received a report of a possible home invasion on Walnut Ct in Millersville.

The victim told police that he arrived home and was in his garage when he was approached by three black male subjects.  Two of the suspects were wearing bandannas over their faces and pointed what looked like guns at him although it was dark.

depot brick adThe suspects entered the garage and asked the victim for his money. The victim pulled out a money clip and said “I don’t have any money, I have credit cards, you can have them,” police said. After that the victim heard one of the suspects say “Check his vehicle.”

The suspects went through the victims vehicle and took an iPad, an iPhone 6, a duffle bag, sunglasses and a few other small items. The duffle bag contained clothes and shoes.

The victim did the right thing, police said,  by giving the suspects whatever they asked for.

The suspects then told the victim to give them his watch, the victim complied.  The watch was a gold/silver Rado wrist watch valued at $1600.

According to police, the suspects then asked who was upstairs, the victim replied, “My wife and my dog.”  The suspects then ran out towards the front of his house and fled the scene.

The victim didn’t see the suspects vehicles or headlights or their direction of travel. Police estimate the total net value of what the suspects took to be approximately $3800 worth of merchandise.

urgent team 300 marchThe victim told police that he thought someone may have been following him home. At some point in his journey home, a dark colored SUV started following him and did so all the way to exit 98 coming into Millersville and continued to for several other streets but when he turned on his street to go home the vehicle continued straight.

Police say the victim was not able to provide a vehicle description, model or tag number.

According to Millersville Police Chief David Hindman, the area around Walnut Ct is an upscale neighborhood, “This kind of a call is unusual for that area,” Hindmsn said.

What should you do if you think you are being followed? Smokey asked Detective Dustin Carr with the Millersville Police Dept., Carr said “If you think you are being followed, don’t go home, call the police and explain the situation or go to the closest police station.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Millersville Police Department Criminal Investigation Division by calling (615) 859-2758.

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Accident Caught On Dash Cam In Springfield Fri, 28 Aug 2015 05:53:02 +0000 Jewell roofing services 511 a ad

 Accident Caught On Dash Cam In Springfield

SPRINGFIELD TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) –  Heading towards Springfield on Hwy 41, a driver lost control of his vehicle and crashed. The call came into 911 at 8:46 p.m. Thursday evening. The vehicle landed on the rail-road tracks after impact and the vehicle’s airbags did deploy.

The accident occurred when the driver attempted a right turn from Hwy 41 onto Experiment Station Rd. As the driver negotiated the turn he lost control and crashed into the railroad track embankment. (Location of accident)

A Smokey Barn News Film crew just happened to be behind the car and witnessed the wreck. A Smokey Barn News dash-cam captured the wreck. As soon as our crew saw the accident our team pulled over to assist the driver.

As our reporter approached the vehicle, the driver (a young male) was getting out of the car. He seemed uninjured but since the vehicles airbags did deploy and the car was smoking our reporter recommended dispatch send a medic.

Since the car was partially on the tracks, CSX Railroad was notified that the track was blocked.

Smokey works hard to keep you up to date on road conditions and accidents so we cover a lot of wrecks. This is the first time our team caught one live.

We are glad the young man was not seriously injured, though he will likely be sore tomorrow, we were just happy to be there to help.

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New Cut Rd In Greenbrier CLOSED after Rollover Thu, 27 Aug 2015 23:22:46 +0000 Corbin creek post ad d

New Cut Rd In Greenbrier CLOSED after Rollover

GREENBRIER TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – The driver of a flat bed truck narrowly escaped serious injury after his vehicle left the roadway and overturned.

The accident occurred on New Cut Road between Betts Rd and Blackpatch. (Location of wreck) The road was closed for over two hours while the Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated the accident and crews cleaned up the scene. The call came into 911 at 3:30 and at 5:50 p.m. the road was still closed.

tireThe driver told Smokey Barn News that he had a blowout on one of the trailer tires which caused the trailer to fishtail ultimately causing the wreck.

The driver did have some small cuts on his head. “I was worried it was going to catch on fire so I got out fast and I think that’s when I cut myself,” he said.

Stay with Smokey for word on the road reopening. Reload this page for updates.

UPDATE: 6:30 p.m. The road is now open and clear.

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Pickup Crashes Into Industrial Fork-Lift (No Serious Injuries) Thu, 27 Aug 2015 02:13:22 +0000 Smokey-Barn-Online-Ad-1-511x125

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Pickup Crashes Into Industrial Fork-Lift (No Serious Injuries)

SPRINGFIELD TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – A pickup truck crashed into the back of a large industrial sized articulating wheel loader (Fork-Lift) Wednesday and the 38 year old driver from Cedar Hill managed to walk away with only minor injuries.

Ichiban 300 adThe accident occurred next to Rawls & Son Auto Salvage on Kinneys Rd in Springfield. (Location of wreck) The call came into 911 at 5:11 p.m..

The driver of the forklift said he hardly felt the impact that left the pickup truck with heavy damage. The forklift driver told Smokey Barn News that he was feet from his own driveway when the Pickup rear-ended him.

A witness said she was on her porch and saw the accident. She estimated the speed of the truck to be about sixty miles an hour. There was a dog in the back of the truck and (on impact) the dog was thrust forward with enough force to dent the edge of the bed dogof the truck, she said.

The driver of the pickup did suffer a head injury but was walking and talking to police after the wreck. The dog was also walking around after the wreck and seemed to be OK.

The driver of the pickup was given a field sobriety test at the scene and then taken into custody under suspicion of DUI.

North Robertson Fire and Rescue, the T.H.P., the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office and  Robertson County EMS and EMA all responded to the scene.

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Man Lifeflighted After Industrial Accident In Springfield Tue, 25 Aug 2015 21:07:10 +0000 Highland Rim ad 511 a

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Man Lifeflighted After Industrial Accident In Springfield

SPRINGFIELD TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) –  A man in Springfield was injured in an industrial accident involving 700 lbs of banded steel plates that fell and pinned him Tuesday afternoon, officials told Smokey Barn News.

The accident occurred at Martinrea Fabco located at 1 Fabco Dr in Springfield, TN. The call came into 911 at 1:13 p.m. and Lifeflight was called in immediately.

For safety reasons the decision was made to have LifeFlight  land at the Robertson County Airport located near the facility. MAP Lifeflight medics were then transported to the scene by the Robertson County Emergency Management Agency to prepare the patent for transport, according to Assistant E.M.A. Director Kenny Hardaway.

Ichiban 300 adHe was pinned from the lower thigh down,” according to Springfield Fire Chief Jimmy Hamill. “He was pinned between two pallets, one of which was holding banded steel plates weighing about 1000 lbs, Hamill said.”

At first we tried  using an air bag, that wasn’t going to work. Then we employed the Jaws of Life and a hydraulic ram and we were able to free the man,” Hamill said.

Hamill said the injuries the man sustained were not life threatening.   “He was very lucky,” Hamill said.

Hamill wanted to thank his Firefighters, Robertson County EMS and Springfield Police for doing such a wonderful job,” “They all did a great job,” Hamill said.

According to Assistant EMS Director Russell Gupton, the 25 year old victim is in stable condition. “He was very lucky and should make a full recovery,” Gupton said.

“Springfield Firefighters did a spectacular job freeing the young man without causing any further injury, we are very fortunate to have such well trained professionals,” Gupton said.

According to Martinrea company representative Jim Parks, “We take employee health and safety very seriously here, we will be conducting a thorough investigation into the cause of this accident.”

Parks also confirmed that the banded steel plates or “Blanks” that fell on the employee all together weighed about 700 lbs.

The employee will be celebrating his three year anniversary in September. We are praying for him to make a quick recovery,” Parks said.lifelight

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GED Graduation Ceremony Held At Detention Facility Tue, 25 Aug 2015 20:52:01 +0000 TN Realty Porch flag 511A

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SPRINGFIELD TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – – The Robertson County Detention Facility hosted a ceremony for graduates of the GED program on August 6th. Nine students participated in the graduation marking their accomplishment in a formal ceremony. Workforce Essentials staff and Sheriff Bill Holt presented the students with their diplomas, and the graduates also heard congratulatory addresses from Robertson County Mayor Howard Bradley, State Senator Kerry Roberts, and State Representative Sabi Kumar.

The GED program at the detention facility is achieved through a partnership between Workforce Essentials, the State of Tennessee Department of Labor, and the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office. Students must meet certain criteria to enter and remain in the program. A total of forty-six students have earned their diploma since the program began in 2012.

This is a tough program that gives these students the foundation to build a career when they leave our facility,” said Sheriff Bill Holt. “We congratulate these students for taking the initiative to better themselves. Earning this diploma enables them to enter the workforce and opens doors to better jobs that previously were not available to them.”

We are glad to be partners with Workforce Essentials, and we all believe this program makes our community better,” Sheriff Holt added.

This year’s ceremony was the second graduation ceremony held at the detention facility since the program began.


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RC Schools Needs Bus Drivers – Wages Starting At $17.50 An Hour Tue, 25 Aug 2015 20:49:41 +0000 funeral home planning 511

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Robertson County Still Needs Bus Drivers…..

The transportation department of Robertson County Schools is seeking responsible, qualified individuals for bus driving positions. If you are interested in this possibility, contact the Transportation Department at the number listed below.

RC SCHOOLSBecome a School Bus Driver  for Robertson  County  Schools

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  • Great wages for a Part time Job starting at $17.50 /Hour
  • Training provided for  Qualified Candidates


  • Must be 21 Years Old
  • Have a Good Driving Record
  • Clean Background
  • Drug Free
  • Must be Dependable and Flexible
  • Enjoy Working with Children

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Suspect Shows Up At Hospital After Home Invasion Shootout Tue, 25 Aug 2015 19:52:34 +0000 Automation services a

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SPRINGFIELD TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – Tuesday morning around  2:10 a.m., Springfield Police Officers responded to to a home located on Childress Street in response to a possible robbery.

According to the victims living at the home, there was a knock on the door. One of the victim’s (identified by police as a Hispanic male in his fifties) armed himself with a gun and opened the door. There were three men with guns standing at the door, and all of them (including the resident) began shooting, witnesses told police.

Grant Aerial 300 adAs the shooting started, the three suspects fled on foot. A short time later, a man identified as Mr. Dre’An Whitherspoon entered the Emergency Room at Northcrest Medical Center with a bullet wound.

Police say the wound was not life threatening. According to Springfield Police Chief David Thompson, it appears that Whitherspoon was one of the three men involved in the robbery on Childress Street and since the round was retrieved from Whitherspoon, a ballistics test should confirm he was shot by the victim.

It is not likely that the victim will face any charges, Thompson said.

According to Thompson, Five people (including a 7-year-old child) were in the home during the robbery but no one in the home was injured.

“Robberies matching this same pattern targeting Hispanics in our community have been occurring with some frequency in the last two years, we believe this robbery is tied to them,” Thompson Said.

These matters are currently being investigated by the Springfield Police Department. Further information will be released as it become available.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is encouraged to contact Springfield Police at 615-384-8422 or Crime Stoppers at 615-382-3799. All information is anonymous.


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