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After two days of chasing rumors about threats of violence at Dickson County High School, Commander Eddie Breeden of the Dickson Police Department said Tuesday’s discovery of a rifle in a student’s vehicle on campus is not believed to be connected. The hunting rifle was found in a vehicle around noon Tuesday and police were waiting for the arrival of the student’s parents before questioning him. But Breeden emphasized that there is no indication at this time that the gun is in any way connected to Monday’s rumors. Director of Schools Dr. Danny Weeks said on Tuesday’s Power Lunch program that school officials, the school resource officer and Dickson police tried to chase down several rumors of threats of violence Monday but were unable to uncover anyone with direct knowledge of the threats or any evidence to support the rumors. In a SchoolReach message to parents, Weeks said school administrators received information about a possible firearm on campus and a search turned up the gun, but it is not believed to be connected to Monday’s rumors. “Administration has no reason to believe that there was any threat and this incident is not connected in any way to previous investigations earlier this week,” Weeks said. The director said school system policy and state laws regarding the presence of weapons on school grounds will be followed. The increased police presence and additional precautions by school staff from Monday will be continued when school dismisses for the Thanksgiving break on Tuesday, Weeks said. Weeks said the school was dealing with continuing rumors Tuesday morning, including false reports of a bomb threat that were spread by social media. While the situation was still developing, Breeden said the student is believed to have inadvertently left the rifle in his vehicle. Breeden said school officials said the unidentified student has no history of disciplinary issues and is not believed to be connected in any way with the rumors. Breeden said students spread vague rumors Monday about a potential for violence occuring after school that some claimed would include a shooting. Weeks said the rumors at DCHS also included supposed threats against a Humphreys County school. But Weeks and Breeden both said the rumors were vague and could not be traced back to any definitive source. Weeks emphasized that Dickson County High School is continuing to take all steps to ensure student safety.

Suspended on Nov. 6 by Mayor Landon Mathis, former Burns Police Department Chief Paul McCallister was hired as the first emergency communications director by the Dickson County 911 Board Monday night. The board voted 4-3 at an adjourned session to hire McCallister over finalist Mark Buck, a local EMT, teacher and member of the emergency management agency. After retiring from the Tennessee Army National Guard, McCallister was named chief of police by Mathis in December 2012. He had previously served as a Dickson Police Department officer 1998-2005 and was a recruiter for the National Guard. But two days after being elected to a second two-year term, Mathis announced an “administrative” decision to replace McCallister, saying the town needs to go in a different direction. Mathis placed McCallister on paid suspension through the end of the month and began advertising for applicants for police chief. Last spring the Dickson County 911 Board decided to create a director’s position to oversee the communications system as the board’s first employee. The position is separate from the position of Emergency Communications Director Linda Nichols, who is a department head for the city of Dickson in charge of the operations of the 911 center. Dickson County 911 Board Chairman Scott England said the position attracted close to 20 applications, which were then narrowed down by a committee until eventually three finalists were interviewed. England said last week that Greg Bone, a long-time dispatcher, withdrew is candidacy, leaving McCallister and Buck. With the board scheduled to make its selection last week, Dickson Mayor Don Weiss Jr. asked for a delay to allow another round of interviews before last night’s adjourned session. McCallister is expected to begin his new duties as 911 director on Dec. 1. McCallister also has worked as a color analyst for football broadcasts for WDKN and The One FM.

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Attorney Tim Potter administers the oath of office to Vanleer aldermen (left side) Westley Albright, Dwight McIllwain, Raymond Fletcher, (right side) Ruben Schmittou and Jason Weaver.

Attorney Tim Potter administers the oath of office to Vanleer aldermen (left side) Westley Albright, Dwight McIllwain, Raymond Fletcher, (right side) Ruben Schmittou and Jason Weaver.

The town of Vanleer apparently will operate for the next two years without a mayor. Without any discussion at Monday night’s meeting, the Board of Aldermen re-elected Jason Weaver as vice mayor and took no action regarding the mayor’s position left vacant after nobody ran for the office in this month’s municipal election. Despite being presented with two interpretations of the town charter on how to address the vacancy, the aldermen did not discuss what it plans to do at last week’s work session or Monday night’s monthly meeting. Immediately after outgoing Mayor Larry Robertson called the meeting to order, held a moment of silence and led the Pledge of Allegiance, Alderman Westley Albright nominated Weaver for re-election as vice mayor, then Alderman Dwight McIllwain made a motion to cease all nominations with a second by Alderman Ruben Schmittou. Without any further discussion the board voted on unanimous voice votes to end nominations and then to re-elect Weaver. After moving into the mayor’s seat at the center of the table, Weaver presided over the rest of the 30-minute meeting that did not even include discussion on the mayor’s vacancy as part of the agenda. At last week’s work session, town attorney Tim Potter repeated his opinion that the town’s charter is “ambiguous” about whether the vacancy in the mayor’s office has to be filled by the vice mayor becoming the mayor or just serving in the mayor’s capacity. The charter says the vice mayor “shall serve” as mayor when the mayor is absent or unable to discharge his duties and in the event of a vacancy until the next regular municipal election. Potter says he interprets that to mean the vice mayor will fill in as mayor and remain a member of the board of aldermen. The Municipal Technical Advisory Service interprets the charter to mean with the position vacant, the vice mayor shall assume the position of mayor, vacating his seat on the board of aldermen to then be replaced by a vote of the remaining aldermen. After Potter reviewed his letter to the board last week, the newly sworn aldermen said they would discuss what to do at Monday night’s regular monthly meeting. Despite not discussing the matter or making a decision in any public forum, the aldermen appear to be content to leave the mayor’s position vacant and have Weaver as vice mayor serve as an acting mayor until the next municipal election in November 2016. In addition to electing Weaver vice mayor, the board of aldermen re-appointed Scotty Ingham as chief of the Vanleer Volunteer Fire Department, Mike Powell as the town’s secretary-treasurer and the law firm of Reynolds, Potter, Ragan and Vandivort as the town’s legal counsel. The board’s next scheduled meeting is a work session on Dec. 16 and its monthly meeting on Dec. 22.

George Akins III

George Akins III

Angela Brown

Angela Brown

Quentavus Luckett

Quentavus Luckett

Three Clarksville residents have been charged in connection with the Sunday night burglary of a Dickson County pawn shop and a two-county chase in which a sheriff’s office patrol car was rammed. According to a statement from the Dickson County Sheriff’s Office, 37-year-old Quentavus LaDale Luckett, 28-year-old George Akins III and Angela Brown, whose age was unavailable, are being held in the Dickson County Jail after a deputy apparently interrupted a burglary in progress. The statement says a deputy on patrol observed a dark-colored SUV parked on the north side of 48 Pawn Shop at 2191 Highway 48 North before midnight Sunday. When the deputy turned around to investigate, the statement says he noticed the vehicle’s license plate was not visible. As he activated his emergency equipment to conduct a traffic stop, the vehicle fled north on Highway 48. The pursuit went into Montgomery County where one of the occupants of the SUV apparently jumped out of the fleeing vehicle. The pursuit continued back into Dickson County and ended when the SUV ran off Stayton Road. The statement says during the pursuit a Dickson County Sheriff’s Office patrol car was rammed by the suspects. Inside the SUV officers found property they determined was stolen from the pawn shop. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports it was notified about the pursuit after 11 pm and deputies were en route to assist when a resident called 911 about a suspect being held at gunpoint. Chief Deputy John Smith reports a homeowner on Batson Road saw the chase go by his home and some time later heard noises outside his residence. The unidentified homeowner went outside with a hunting rifle and encountered a male subject who asked to use his phone. The resident became suspicious and held the man at gunpoint while his wife called authorities. Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office deputies said the man, later identified as Akins, appeared to have suffered minor injuries consistent with having jumped from a moving vehicle. After being treated, he was turned over to Dickson County officers. All three suspects have been charged with burglary. Akins and Luckett also are charged with evading arrest. Luckett is charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, vandalism and criminal littering. Luckett is being held on $75,000 bond and Akins on $50,000 while no bond information was available for Brown. The suspects are scheduled to appear in Dickson County General Sessions Court on Dec. 19.

Dickson County school officials said they determined that reports of threats of violence that was to take place at Dickson County High School Monday were unsupported rumors. Director of Schools Dr. Danny Weeks said DCHS administrators notified the central office Monday that students were talking about a potential threat that was reportedly going to take place on the campus after school. School system officials with the assistance of the Dickson Police Department investigated the reports and found no signs of an actual threat, determining that the reports were based on unsupported rumors. According to a Nixle message sent out before school dismissed Monday, “safety measures have been implemented just in case.” There were no reports of any incidents after school Monday.

christmas in downtown 14Dickson will kick off the Christmas season with its annual Christmas parade this Sunday and a downtown holiday celebration Dec. 5. Under the theme “It’s a Wonderful Life,” Christmas in Downtown begins with the parade and includes a live nativity, entertainment, visits with Santa Claus and the official lighting of the city’s Christmas tree next week. The parade is scheduled for 2 pm Sunday. Lineup at Dickson County High School begins at noon and the parade will follow its traditional route south on Old Charlotte, left on McFarland Avenue to Highway 48 where it turns right and heads into downtown. The parade will turn left before the railroad tracks and cut over to Church Street to make its way back to College Street where it goes east to disband at Dickson Middle School. After Monday’s deadline, the entry fee is now $15. For parade information, contact Jeremy Spencer at House Blend at 615-446-3311. Christmas in Downtown Dickson will be 5-9 pm Friday, Dec. 5. There will be musical entertainment on the stage at Holland Park before Vice Mayor Mike Legg officially lights the tree at 5:30. Downtown businesses will be open with holiday sales and refreshments. Activities include visits with Santa Claus, a living nativity at the Dickson County Help Center, musical entertainment at various locations and carriage rides provided by the Bank of Dickson.

    The Drouillard House in Cumberland Furnace will be open for tours during Christmas in the Village Saturday.

The Drouillard House in Cumberland Furnace will be open for tours during Christmas in the Village Saturday.

The Cumberland Furnace Historic Village Association will host Christmas in the Village with tours of several historic sites on Saturday. Christmas in the Village is 10 am-2 pm Saturday and tickets are $10. The event is an opportunity to experience the historic aspect of the community that grew up around the iron ore furnaces founded by James Robertson and later sold to Montgomery Bell. Included on the tour is the historic Drouillard House, which is now home to Onsite Workshops and only open for public tours once a year. Tour tickets are available Saturday at the Cumberland Furnace Iron Museum, which also will feature refreshments. The tour includes the Cumberland Furnace Episcopal Church, Carter Cabin and Company Office Building, which is now home to the Furnace Arts Guild. Participants can visit any of those tour stops at their own leisure, but only bus tours originating from the museum will be allowed to the Drouillard House. Built in 1868 by furnace owner Anthony Vanleer, the Victorian mansion sits atop a hill overlooking the furnace works in the valley. After sitting abandoned for years, it was restored in 1997 and hosts visitors from around the world for corporate retreats and workshops with overnight cabins added to the site. The Furnace Arts Guild will be selling hand-crafted Christmas ornaments that will be displayed on trees at the museum and the company office. Proceeds will benefit the Historic Village Association and the arts guild. The museum also will be showing a short movie about the history of Cumberland Furnace.

Despite a brief scoring lull in the second period, the Dickson County High School Lady Cougars adjusted to run away from Harpeth 62-37 in Kingston Springs Monday night. Coach Eve Hamilton’s Lady Cougars won their fourth straight before heading into a week-long holiday break. Dickson County appeared to have the upper hand early, posting 20 points in the opening period before the Lady Indians put a temporary halt to the scoring by switching from man-to-man to a 2-3 zone defense in the second quarter. The change held the Lady Cougars to just three points halfway through the period before DCHS adjusted and managed to hold on for a 12-point lead at intermission, 29-17. Dickson County took control in the second half as sophomore Emily Beard and senior Payton Grove both hit double figures for the fourth straight game. Beard led all scorers with 15 points and four rebounds. After a double-double in the first quarter of her last outing, Grove finished with 14 points and seven boards. Lainey Reed continues to bomb from outside and scored nine. The Lady Cougars have not had to rely on the scoring of Vanderbilt commitment LeaLea Carter who finished with nine points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Dickson County’s Cougars appeared to heading for a runaway victory over the Indians but saw Harpeth steadily work its way back for a 44-40 come-from-behind win. The Cougars fall to 1-3 with their second straight loss. Dickson County shut out the Indians in the first period and opened the game with a 17-0 run that extended into the second quarter. But Harpeth began slowly working its way back until finally taking the lead in the last minutes of the game. Hunter Wolcott hit a three-pointer with 11.5 seconds left to pull the Cougars within two at 42-40 but Robert Triggs was called for a foul on an attempted steal and Harpeth’s Aston Hutchison sealed the game with a pair of free throws. Wolcott led Dickson County with 15 points. Dickson County’s next scheduled action is Dec. 2 at Waverly. Creek Wood High School’s next doubleheader is Dec. 2 at Fairview. The Lady Red Hawks will be playing in a Thanksgiving Classic at Forrest High School in Chapel Hill during the holiday break. Creek Wood faces Summit at 1:30 Wednesday, Cascade at 3:00 Friday and Huntsville at 10:30 am Saturday. All three games will be on the RFC Sports Network. Tonight, Dickson Middle School hosts Siegel at 6 pm with coverage on the RFC Sports Network starting at 5:45 with the A-1 Signs Pregame Show.

    Vandy's Rachel Bell (3) gets off a shot against St. Louis. (photo courtesy Anne Rayner/Vanderbilt)

Vandy’s Rachel Bell (3) gets off a shot against St. Louis. (photo courtesy Anne Rayner/Vanderbilt)

On Education Day at Memorial Gym, Creek Wood High School graduate Rachel Bell taught a lesson on how to spark a rally for the Vanderbilt Commodores. Freshman Bell came off the bench with Vandy trailing St. Louis and hit two three-pointers that sparked a rally for a 75-57 victory. Bell finished with a career-high 18 points in her fourth collegiate game to lead Vanderbilt to a 4-0 record. The midday tipoff in Nashville featured about 4,000 Midstate school children in the gym, including the entire student body of William James Middle School in White Bluff who got to see a Dickson County native shine. The Billikens held a 10-6 lead when Bell entered the game and hit her first three-pointer after just 12 seconds on the floor. Bell hit a three-pointer at the 6:58 mark that gave Vanderbilt a 21-19 lead and the Commodores would never trail again. Vandy pulled out to a 42-33 lead at intermission, then started the second half with a 10-3 run and St. Louis never got any closer than 14 points for the rest of the game. Bell played a season-high 23 minutes and was 7-10 from the floor, including 4-6 in three-pointers for a game-high 18 points. She added three rebounds and one steal and is the fourth different player to lead Vanderbilt in scoring through four games. “We talk about our balanced scoring a lot,” Bell said after the game. “You really don’t know who it might be for us.” On a team with no seniors on the roster, Vandy coach Melanie Balcomb said it is a plus that the Commodores can attack in various ways. “The fact that we have so many options is great. And we really felt like that might be one of our strengths coming into the season,” Balcomb said after the game. Vandy takes its undefeated start to a holiday tournament in Florida that includes defending national champion Connecticut. “Being 4-0 is a great way to start the season and we are excited about the trip, but there’s always room to get better,” Bell said. Vanderbilt faces Minnesota at 5 pm Friday in the first round of the eight-team Gulf Coast Showcase at Germain Arena in Estero, Fla. The Vandy-Minnesota loser faces the Connecticut-College of Charleston loser at 1:30 Saturday while the winners meet at 7:30 in the semifinals. The rest of the field includes Georgia Tech, Green Bay, Arizona State and Villanova with the final round on Sunday. Vandy returns to Nashville to face Mississippi Valley State on Dec. 3.