Posts By: Chris Norman

Dragons top Richview 46-24, advance with Lady Dragons to area semifinals and midstate sectional

Dickson Middle School’s Dragons built a big lead early then put Richview away in the final quarter of a 46-24 quarterfinal game in the Class AAA Area 1 tournament in Clarksville Monday. The Dragons advance to today’s semifinal and also earn a berth in the Midstate Sectional tournament starting Saturday. Darian Burns scored seven and… Read more »

Jury convicts Benesch of child neglect, voluntary manslaughter for Somarah Smith’s 2013 death

A Dickson County jury convicted Edward Joseph Benesch II of aggravated child neglect and voluntary manslaughter for the 2013 death of 18-month-old Somarah Camilla Smith. After a four-day trial and almost eight hours of deliberation, the seven-man, five-woman jury announced its verdict at 11:32 pm Saturday in Dickson County Circuit Court. The jury acquitted the… Read more »

Sheriff’s office investigating discovery of woman’s body in vehicle at Montgomery Bell State Park

The Dickson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating Friday’s discovery of a woman’s body at Montgomery Bell State Park. Sheriff Jeff Bledsoe said Sunday that investigators are “still waiting on the state medical examiner for positive identification and cause of death,” and could not release any further information at this time. According to sources with knowledge… Read more »

Downtown Dickson restaurant co-owner arrested twice last week for Sex Offender Registry violations

The owner of a downtown Dickson restaurant was arrested twice last week for violating restrictions of the Tennessee Sex Offender Registry. 44-year-old Carmen Anthony Leato is charged with employing juveniles, working within 1,000 feet of daycares or a public park and failing to have a sex offender designation on his driver’s license, according to arrest… Read more »

Red Hawks set school mark with 21st consecutive win by beating Harpeth; Lady Red Hawks rally

Creek Wood’s Red Hawks set a school record with their 21st consecutive win Saturday night against Harpeth. Coach Charles Taylor’s second-ranked Red Hawks pulled way in the second quarter on the way to an 82-63 win over the Indians in a non-district contest. Creek Wood remains undefeated at 21-0. Harpeth hung close for the first… Read more »

DMS Dragons open area tournament action today; Lady Tigers fall in Class AA sectional title game

Dickson Middle School’s Dragons face their first postseason action this afternoon in Clarksville. The second-seeded Dragons will face seventh-seed Richview at 4:45 pm in the first round of the Area 1 Class AAA basketball tournament at Kenwood High School. The winner faces the Rossview-Sycamore winner in Tuesday’s 7:15 contest. The top-seeded Lady Dragons crushed Montgomery… Read more »

Jury hears Benesch say Somarah’s death ‘all my fault’ in emotional interview with investigators

While Edward Joseph Benesch II has not yet taken the stand in his trial for the death of 18-month-old Somarah Smith, the jury heard him say, “A little girl’s dead, man. It’s my fault. All my fault,” during an emotional interview with police. In the second day of testimony in Dickson County Circuit Court Thursday,… Read more »

Weeks ‘disappointed’ after low bid for security upgrades is $118,000 higher than projected

Director of Schools Dr. Danny Weeks said he is “disappointed” that bids came in higher than expected for the first phase of the school system’s facilities improvement project. The Dickson County School Board awarded the phase I contract to IES, Inc. Thursday night on a low bid of $862,683.49. C&I Design had projected a first-phase… Read more »

Election commissioners concerned over school traffic through new election office parking lot

While the Dickson County Election Office prepares to move to its new location, election commissioners have expressed concerns about traffic for nearby schools using the new location’s parking lot in the mornings and afternoons. At Tuesday night’s election commission meeting, Chairman Jack Garton said the move of the election office from the Courthouse Square to… Read more »