Chief Ricky Chandler’s Retirement Effective Immediately

Dickson Mayor Don L. Weiss Jr. announced Wednesday that Chief Ricky
Chandler has made his pending retirement effective immediately and Jeff Lewis has been
appointed interim chief of the Dickson Police Department.
Weiss announced at the May 1 meeting of the Dickson City Council that Chandler had notified
him of his plan to retire effective July 3 after 33 years of service with the department, including
the last 25 as chief. Weiss said he was notified Tuesday by Chandler that he is making his
retirement effective immediately.

The city has already begun the process of selecting a new chief of police. Weiss named Lewis to
serve as interim chief until a replacement is selected.

Lewis has worked for the City of Dickson for 29 years, starting as a police officer, then serving
as director of the Parks and Recreation Department and currently is director of the Public Works
Department, which includes the street, sanitation, parks, building and grounds, fleet
maintenance, cemetery and right-of- way maintenance departments.

“I am confident that with his law enforcement and supervisory experience, Jeff will be able to
keep the Dickson Police Department operating at its normal professional level until a new chief
is named,” Weiss said in making the announcement. “Jeff has been overseeing a department with
a budget in excess of $5 million, almost equal to the police and fire department budgets
combined, with a staff comparable in size to those departments. He will rely on the men and
women of the City of Dickson’s Police and Public Works departments to be a critical part of
maintaining our high level of service through this transition.”

The announcement was made to supervisors in both departments Wednesday morning. Weiss
said he hopes to have a new chief of the Dickson Police Department named by the start of the
new fiscal year on July 1.

Dickson County Sheriff’s Office Says Thumbs Down to Texting & Driving

The Dickson County Sheriff’s Office will be partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) to
promote the third annual Thumbs Down to Texting and Driving campaign during the month of April. April is
nationally recognized as Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Agencies participate in the campaign by
promoting safe driving habits and increasing awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. Throughout
April, the THSO will use #ThumbsDownTN to promote the campaign via social media.

Sheriff Jeff Bledsoe stated, “Distracted driving is having the same consequences as driving while impaired.  We are seeing friends, neighbors, and loved ones injured and killed as a result of distracted driving.  We need your help. I’m asking you to make a commitment to drive responsibly with no texting while driving.  Encourage and ask others to help as well.  We can make a difference, and by working together we will have safer roadways, avoid many injuries, and save lives.”

Texting and driving in Tennessee can result in a $50 fine for a driver of any age. For young drivers who have
Learner’s Permits or Intermediate Restricted licenses, cell phone use of any kind while driving is illegal.
Preliminary data reveals that in 2016, Tennessee experienced its highest number of known distracted-driving
crashes at 24,743. These crashes resulted in the deaths of 58 people. Across the state, approximately 28
individuals on average are injured each day in a crash caused by a distracted driver. Nearly twelve percent of
all crashes statewide last year were caused by someone who was driving distracted.

“Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting,” said Vic Donoho, Director of the
THSO. “At 55 miles per hour, that’s enough time to cover the length of a football field. Every distracted-driving
crash is preventable. We ask Tennesseans to stay focused while driving, because it could be a matter of life or
death.”

For more information, or to learn more about texting and driving, visit www.tntrafficsafety.org/distracteddriving.

High School Students in Dickson County Have Opportunity to Earn Associate’s Degree

The Dickson County School System is partnering with Austin Peay State University to provide an opportunity for high school students from both Creek Wood and Dickson County High Schools to take college courses at a central Dickson County location. Students would attend college classes taught by APSU faculty in the morning at the central location and return to their respective high school for lunch and afternoon classes or activities.

Students could begin taking classes the summer after completing the sophomore year of high school. For those students who participate summer, fall, and spring semesters of their junior and senior years of high school, they could graduate with an associate’s degree at the same time they graduate from high school. Student unable to participate in summer terms could still complete approximately 37 hours of college credit during fall and spring semesters, classifying them as a sophomore in college when they graduate from high school. Online courses would also be an option for some classes.

Utilizing the Tennessee Dual Enrollment Grant and APSU Dual Enrollment scholarships, in addition to a tuition rate specifically for dual enrollment students, families can save over $13,000 in college expenses.

A meeting will be held Tuesday, March 28, 6pm at the Bibb Center in White Bluff, Tennessee. For more information, please contact Dr. Robbie Faulkner, Director of Secondary Education, Dickson County Schools at 615-446-7571.

Sheriff’s Office Responds to Aggravated Kidnapping turn Suicide

On 1-16- 2017, Dickson County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a residence on Slaydenwood Road, Slayden in reference to an Aggravated Kidnapping . The suspect fled into the woods prior to law enforcement’s arrival. Contact was made with the female victim. Later contact was made with the suspect, John Christopher Tummins, in the woods behind the residence.  Mr. Tummins was armed with two hand guns and threatening suicide. Negotiators were called to the scene and attempted to peacefully resolve the incident. Approximately two hours later, Mr. Tummins took his own life.