Smokey Barn News » Smokey Barn News News Covering Robertson County Tennessee Sat, 01 Aug 2015 02:09:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Milersville Adds Military Vehicles Through L.E.S.O. Sat, 01 Aug 2015 01:33:42 +0000 Smokey-Barn-Online-Ad-1-511x125


Milersville Adds Military Vehicles Through L.E.S.O.

MILLERSVILLE TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) Millersville Police have recently added two military Humvee’s to their vehicle fleet. According to Millersville Police Chief David Hindman, they received the vehicles from a program that is supported through the State of Tennessee. They are labeled as “surplus equipment” which means they were acquired at no cost.

HUMV2We have use of the vehicles for as long as we need them,” Hindman said. When we are through we must return them or transfer them to another department.

Hindman said the vehicles are going to be used for “tactical reasons”. When weather is very inclement (deep snow or heavy ice conditions) these vehicles will be invaluable in allowing our officers to answer 911 calls like auto accidents.

These Humvee’s will climb the ridge on Interstate 65 as well as 31-W easily regardless of weather, according to Hindman. Before they are put into service they will be getting new paint jobs that will include Millersville Police markings.

They will help us do a better job at reaching out to the community during a crisis, regardless of the weather, Hindman said.

MRAP1Millersville is not the only local agency to acquire surplus military equipment. Last year the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office acquired an all-terrain, all-weather armored vehicle, also known as an “MRAP”.

According to the Sheriff’s office, the vehicle was a demilitarized specialty unit that the sheriff’s office will primarily use as the new carrier for the Emergency Response Team (ERT), but it will also have a variety of other applications.

Besides inserting deputies into a dangerous environment, the vehicle can also be used to evacuate citizens from a potentially hazardous situation or deliver supplies in the event of a natural disaster such as a tornado or flood. To read more on that story click here.

A military vehicle similar to this one was used by the White house Tennessee Police department during a standoff back in 2013. Click here if you would like to see a video of it in action.

Some say the police are becoming too militarized, the police say the equipment allows them to better serve the public and more effectively protect their officers in extreme situations.

Rifle ad 300 marchMost rural police agencies have limited budgets, last month Smokey Barn News interviewed Robertson County Sheriff Bill Holt about his need for more funds. Click here to see Smokey’s interview with Sheriff Holt. For most rural police agencies the cost of a specialized Humvee would be far outside anything their small budgets would allow. With vehicles like this being offered free or at very low costs to local police agencies it’s a hard deal to pass on.

With a population of about 2000, Ridgetop Tennessee has a very limited budget but because of the program their police department may be one of the best equipped in the county for its size. According to Ridgetop Police Chief Jeff White, his department has acquired Hummers, bulldozers, generators, trucks, diesel powered motorcycles, a snow plow and even Glock Pistols, all free of charge through the government’s L.E.S.O. program.

Chief White told Smokey Barn News that the plow was very useful during the 2014 snow and ice storms. “We were able to clear key roads for citizens and Emergency vehicles like EMS and Fire, White said.  The vehicles meant his officers had no trouble navigating the “ridge” which was coated with ice and snow. His officers were even able to deliver the mail for a resident that was pinned in by snow.

We will likely see more and more of these kind of vehicles on the road as a growing list of local police agencies discover the L.E.S.O. program.

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(VIDEO) Full Tour Of Crestview Elementary School Set To Open Next Week Fri, 31 Jul 2015 00:42:27 +0000 View Smokeys Job listings

Full Tour Of Crestview Elementary School Set To Open Next Week

SPRINGFIELD TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) Crestview Elementary School is slated to open its doors next week. Smokey Barn News was invited by for a tour of the new state-of-the-art facility.

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Mayor Bradley’s Back To School Bash Saturday August 1st Thu, 30 Jul 2015 21:02:38 +0000 Main st model 1 511

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Open House Schedules For The 2015-2016 School Year

SCHOOL                                                         OPEN HOUSE                            NEW STUDENT REGISTRATION

Bransford                                                   Aug. 3, 3:30-6:30

Cheatham Park Elementary                   Aug. 3, 3:30-6:30               July 29-31 – 8:00-5:00

Coopertown Elementary                         July 31, 3:30-6:30

Coopertown Middle                                 Aug. 3, 3:30-6:30

Crestview Elementary                             Aug. 3, 4:00-7:00                            July 27-31       (SEE MORE INFO ON Crestview BELOW)

East Robertson Elementary                   Aug. 3, 3:00-6:00                            July 24-31

K Orientation –                                          Aug. 12, 6:00

East Robertson High                               Aug. 3, 4:00-7:00 (Middle School)

Aug. 10, 4:00-7:00 (High School)

Greenbrier Elementary                          Aug. 3, 3:00-6:00               July 27-31, 8:00-2:00

K Orientation –                                        Aug. 12, 5:30

Greenbrier High                                     Aug. 3, 4:00-7:00                      July 29, 8:00-3:00

Greenbrier Middle                                 Aug. 3, 3:30-6:30                      July 29, 8:00-3:00

Heritage Elementary                             Aug 3, 3:30-7:30

Heritage High                                         Aug 3, 4:00-7:00 (Middle School)

Aug. 11, 4:30-6:30 (High School)

Jo Byrns Elementary                            Aug. 3, 3:30-6:30

Jo byrns High                                        Aug. 4, 3:30-6:30                  July 29-30, 8:00-2:00

Krisle Elementary                                 Aug. 4, 3:00-6:00                             July 27-31


Robert F. Woodall Elementary         Aug. 3, 3:00-6:00 (1st & 2nd)   July 27-31, 8:00-3:00

Aug. 12, 5:00-6:00 (K)

Springfield High                                  Aug. 3, 4:00-7:00 (Jacket Palooza Night)

Springfield Middle                              Aug. 4, 3:00-6:00                               July 27-31

Watauga Elementary                         Aug. 3, 3:30-6:30 (at Ridgetop Station Park)

K Orientation                                      Aug. 10

Westside Elementary                        Aug. 3, 3:30-6:30 (1st & 2nd)     Aug. 12, 3:30-6:30 (K)

Crestview Elementary UPDATE

According to Robertson County Director Of Schools Mike Davis, the school is slated to open up on schedule however some parts of the facility will be completed while the school is in operation.

The gymnasium still needs a floor and the type of floor they are using will need two weeks to cure. After the floor is cured they will install the bleachers. Additionally, some landscaping elements will be completed after the weather improves.

Davis said the school will be open and ready for the students and he said he is optimistic that the final stages of the school will be complete within 30 days of the school opening.

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Find the supply list for your school below (grades K-8 only).

This year’s tax-free holiday weekend begins at 12:01 a.m on Friday, August 7, 2015 and ends Sunday, August 9, 2015 at 11:59 p.m.

Listed below is a breakdown of the items that are tax exempt eligible and those items that are not.

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Belts .. Caps .. Coats .. Dresses .. Gloves .. Hats .. Hosiery .. Jackets .. Jeans .. Neckties .. Pants .. Scarves .. School uniforms .. Shirts .. Shoes .. Socks .. Sneakers .. Underwear


Clothing Accessories:

Belt Buckles (sold separately) .. Briefcases .. Cosmetics .. Hair Notions .. Handbags .. Jewelry .. Patches and Emblems (sold separately) .. Sewing Equipment and Supplies .. Sewing Materials, such as Thread, Fabric, Yarns and Zippers .. Sunglasses .. Umbrellas .. Wallets

Protective Equipment:

Breathing Masks .. Face Shields .. Hard Hats .. Hearing Protectors .. Helmets .. Paint or Dust Respirators .. Protective Gloves and Welder’s Gloves .. Safety Glasses and Goggles .. Tool Belts

Sports or Recreational Equipment:

Ballet and Tap Shoes .. Cleated or Spiked Athletic Shoes ..

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TCAP Scores Show Improvements For Robertson County Students Wed, 29 Jul 2015 22:58:43 +0000 Jewell roofing services 511 a ad

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TCAP Scores Show Improvements For Robertson County Students

SPRINGFIELD TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News)This week, school districts across the state released student assessment data for the 2014 – 2015 school year.  The Tennessee Department of Education TCAP assessments are tests that measure student progress based on core content and yearly growth in reading/language arts, math, and science.

red haired studentThe Robertson County School District is pleased to announce that for the 2014 – 2015 school year, our students achieved significant gains in several areas including: 3rd – 8th grade Math, Algebra 2, English 1, 2, and 3, and Chemistry.

Learning gaps narrowed in our Economically Disadvantaged subgroup and our Black/Hispanic/Native American subgroup for grades 3-8 language arts and math.  Learning gaps also narrowed in Algebra 1, in our Special Education and Black/Hispanic/Native American subgroups.

The graduation rate for Robertson County Schools is 95.1%, which is the highest it has ever been.  The 2016 senior class already has 30 more students than the 205 senior class that have met at least 3 of the college ready benchmarks on the ACT with more opportunities to take it during the upcoming year.

Mike DavisDirect of Schools, Mike Davis, stated that, “We are very proud of the accomplishments our students and teachers have made over the past year, and we look forward to the challenges the new school year presents.  Through professional development and rigorous standards, our teachers and students are up to the task of making Robertson County Schools and exemplary district in our state.”

One of the district’s goals for the 2015 – 2016 school year is to continue the path of helping our students become college and career ready.  Please continue in partnering with us, as we strive to be One district..One community…One mission.

Source: Robertson County Schools

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JOBS: OPEN HOUSE at Electrolux In Springfield Saturday Wed, 29 Jul 2015 20:43:41 +0000 Stewart Williams Liquidation 510 a

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JOBS: OPEN HOUSE at Electrolux In Springfield 

Saturday, August 1, 2015 from 9am – 12pm

SPRINGFIELD TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News)  Come see the biggest & best employer in Robertson County.

Randstad is having an OPEN HOUSE at Electrolux in Springfield, TN. Come visit the plant AND apply for work! Open House will be held on Saturday, August 1, 2015 from 9am – 12pm. 1100 industrial Dr Springfield TN. MAP

Visitors should: Be at least 18 years old, wear shoes that cover the entire foot, wear long pants & a short sleeved shirt. For more information, visit our Facebook page– Randstad at Electrolux or call 615.254.3592.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Inmate Dead After Apparent Suicide At Robertson County Jail Wed, 29 Jul 2015 14:25:08 +0000 automation services B

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Inmate Dead After Apparent Suicide At Robertson County Jail

ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) Smokey has confirmed with Robertson County Jail officials that an inmate did commit suicide late Tuesday evening.


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The call came into 911 at 10:30 p.m Tuesday.. The name of the inmate is identified as Damien Leon Shutt, 20, from Springfield. Since 2013, Shutt has been in and out of the Robertson County detention facility on charges ranging from aggravated burglary to domestic violence.

Robertson County jail records indicate that Shutt’s most recent incarceration started back in middle July of 2014 after being charged with violation of community corrections, failure to appear and vandalism.

The family of Mr. Shutt released the following statement Wednesday morning: “We are all saddened and shocked by this horrible news. We will miss him. We wish we knew what was going on so that we could have helped him. Where  were the guards? Who was watching the cameras? We would like answers. We love you Damien.”

The Robertson County Jail released the following statement:  At approximately 10:27pm on 7/28/15, corrections officers with the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office found Damien Shutt, an inmate at the facility since November 2014, dead by apparent suicide.

Preliminary findings from the investigation show that Mr. Shutt had left a note and used a bed sheet to commit suicide by hanging. As emergency medical personnel were being called to the scene, efforts to revive Mr. Shutt by facility officers and medical personnel were unsuccessful.

Our sincere condolences are extended to Mr. Shutt’s family and we hope that their privacy is respected during this tragic time. The incident is still under investigation by the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office and the State of Tennessee Medical Examiner’s Office.


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Smokey’s Weather Report: Cold Front To Bring Storms Wed, 29 Jul 2015 02:13:36 +0000 storms slider

Smokey’s Weather Report: Cold Front To Bring Storms 


Rain and wind likely. Then starting again about 3:00 4:00 in the morning with rain and thunderstorms until about 9:00 a.m. Then more thunder storms and rain tomorrow afternoon. For those areas that don’t get the rain look for a high heat index of over 100. Oppressive heat index values to continue through Wednesday…

Flooring Ad 300High temperatures in the 90s along with high humidity levels will lead to oppressive heat over the next few days. Heat index values will rise into the 100 to 105 degree range each afternoon through Wednesday. Please take proper precautions to guard against heat-related illnesses if outdoors for extended periods of time.

Drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids and seek shade whenever possible. Never leave pets or children unattended inside vehicles as interior temperatures can soar quickly as high as 140 degrees. Remember… beat the heat… check the backseat.

PowerTuesday’s storms put about 1700 CEMC customers in the dark. The outages were scattered throughout the area and not likely due to a single cause other than the weather. Portland was the hardiest hit with about 1300 customers without power by 6:30pm.

No word on how long the outages will last but as of 9:26pm about 1200 people were still without power. 

Though we had no reports of heavy damage we did have a report of a small portion of a roof on an industrial building owned by Lowe’s collapse in White House but there were no injuries reported and the damage was localized to one part of the structure. It was a very small section of the roof but before employees can return the building will need to be inspected and repairs made. (Location of building)

We also had a reports of trees and power lines down.

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W. O. “Son” Brown Owner Of Son’s Putt and Drive Has Died, He Was 82 Fri, 24 Jul 2015 05:02:38 +0000 Corbin creek post ad d

 “Son” Owner Of Son’s Putt Putt Golf Has Died, He Was 82…

GREENBRIER TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) William O. “Son” Brown, age 82 of Springfield, passed away Sunday, July 19, 2015 at his residence.

William O. “Son” Brown, age 82

Funeral Services were held on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 with Rev. Frank Starling officiating. Burial followed in Elmwood Cemetery.

Mr. Brown was born in Robertson County on October 17, 1932 to the late William Clarence and Frances Odessa Morris Brown. He was retired from American Cigar as a Sales Representative after 32 years of service and owner of Son’s Putt Putt and Drive for 30 years. He Served in the US Army during the Korean War. He was also a Charter Member of Lights Chapel Baptist church, an active Deacon, Sunday School Director and Choir Member.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Joan Bollinger Brown; daughters, Martha Jo (Tony) Webb, Sherry (Ray) Hart; sister, Dorothy Eskew; brother, John H. (Sue) Brown; grandchildren, Mac (Candace) Lassiter, Kirk Lassiter, Benton (Keyna) Hart, Raeanna Hart, Makayla Webb; great-grandchildren, Logan Lassiter, Campbell Lassiter and Rayleigh Jo Hart-Norris.

FullSizeRender (3)Pallbearers were Randy Chowning, Shane Cole, Danny Crabtree, Chuck Hanson, Allen Nash and Tommy Walker. The men of Lights Chapel Baptist Church were honorary pallbearers.

The family told Smokey Barn News that they are very sorry to lose “Son” and have taken some time to grieve his loss. They will be reopening the golf center on July 27 and will continue to run the facility at least through the summer.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Lights Chapel Baptist Church Building Fund.

The staff at Smokey Barn News would like to convey our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Mr Brown

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Greenbrier Man Dies, Passenger Critical After Motorcycle Accident (STORY UPDATED) Fri, 24 Jul 2015 04:38:42 +0000 TN Realty Sunset 511

Greenbrier Man Dies, Passenger Critical After Motorcycle Accident

UPDATE: 7/24/2015 Second Rider Dies From Injuries  

GREENBRIER TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) A Greenbrier man has lost his life in a tragic motorcycle accident and a passenger on the bike that initially survived has also died from her injuries.

Bike 4The accident occurred just after 6:30pm on Distillery Rd in Greenbrier. (Location of accident)

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating the accident but have yet to release a cause. According to the THP’s official report, the motorcycle (a 2010 Honda traveling north on Distillery)  left the roadway after a curve and crashed.


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According to Captain Justin Hardway with the Greeenbrier Fire Department, his team was the first on the scene. Upon arrival one patient (Ray “Bubba” Bevel, 47, of  Greenbrier) was not breathing and CPR was administered. Bevel was later pronounced deceased at the scene.

The second patient (Tiffany Mayes, 47, also of Greenbrier) initially survived the crash in “very critical condition”. She was flown via LifeFlight to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville.

According to a Vanderbilt Medical Center Media representative Friday, Mayes died Friday afternoon at 2:39 p.m. from injuries she received from the crash.

According to the THP report, neither rider was wearing a helmet.

Smokey’s thoughts and prayers are with the families of both riders as they face the days ahead.

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Obituary & Service for Tiffany Mayes

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FREE Summer Concert Series @ Travis Price Park Begins July 23 Wed, 22 Jul 2015 19:46:51 +0000 ichiban ad 511 c

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SPRINGFIELD TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) A variety of music genres from some great musicians…

The Summer Concert Series this year begins Thursday, July 23 7pm

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The audience is welcome to bring picnics or concession vendor will be available for ice cold drinks, popcorn, and more. Performance start time of 7:00 PM each evening

July 23 

The Red Light II Band 7pm

July 30 

The Valentines 7pm

August 6

Austin Anderson 7pm

August 13

Howard Decker Band

August 20

The Sons Of The Beach

August 27

Buzzy Poole, Dewayne Bellar Group



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