Red Hawks fight for playoffs; Murphree near 3,000 yards

Dickson County and Creek Wood high schools close out the football regular season on the road tonight with the Red Hawks still alive in the hunt for a playoff spot. After last week’s loss to Kenwood, Creek Wood must beat Northwest and get some help to extend its season. At 1-3, the Red Hawks are in a three-way tie with Hillwood and Montgomery Central for the fourth playoff spot from Region 6-4A. Because of a 36-34 victory over Hillwood, Creek Wood holds the head-to-head tie-breaker over the Toppers. But the Indians get the advantage over the Red Hawks due to a 38-33 victory. Hillwood and Montgomery Central battle tonight in Nashville. A Creek Wood win in Clarksville and a Hillwood victory will send Creek Wood to the playoffs. At 3-1 in the region, Northwest has already secured second place and a home game to open the playoffs. 4-0 Lipscomb Academy locked up the region title and Kenwood’s win over Creek Wood last week means the Knights can take third place with a win over the Mustangs tonight. A Kenwood loss and victories by Creek Wood and Hillwood would leave the teams tied at 2-3 with two playoff spots to be filled. Creek Wood travels to Northwest for a 7 pm kickoff. The game will broadcast on 101.5 The One FM and stream at 1015theone.com and the RFC Sports app. Dickson County is looking to close out its season with back-to-back wins in a trip to West Creek tonight. At 1-5 in Region 7-5A, the Cougars are already eliminated from postseason contention and their 2-7 overall record will not make them bowl eligible. The Coyotes are 0-9 overall and 0-6 in the region as the two teams will be battling to move out of last place in the final standings. Tonight’s game will complete the first season for head coach Randy Murphree and bring an end to the record-setting high school career of his son, Jacob Murphree. The Cougar quarterback enters his final game with 2,930 yards passing, eclipsing the school record he set last year at 2,664, and with just 70 yards tonight will become the first Dickson County player to pass for 3,000 yards in a season. He also has thrown 25 touchdowns. Dickson County and West Creek kick off at 7 pm in Clarksville and will broadcast on WDKN1260AM and stream at wdkn.com and the WDKN app. In Region 7-5A, Centennial and Henry County meet tonight in Paris to battle for first place while Rossview, Brentwood and Northeast are battling for the other two playoff spots.

Bell and Carter become teammates as VU hits the court

Rachel Bell
Rachel Bell
LeaLea Carter
LeaLea Carter

Two athletes from Dickson County will hit the court as teammates for the first time when Vanderbilt hosts Bellarmine University in a women’s basketball exhibition game Sunday. The Commodores have junior Rachel Bell and freshmen LeaLea Carter on their roster. Creek Wood graduate Bell and Dickson County graduate Carter are both expected to see playing time at guard against the Knights from the private Catholic university in Louisville. Bell had 27 starts in her sophomore season and was second on the team in scoring at 9 points per game. She scored a career-high 24 in a win over Drexel. As a freshman, the former Lady Red Hawk had four starts and averaged 7 points. Dickson County’s first McDonald’s All-American and gold medalist with the USA’s under 16 team, Carter was listed as one of the nation’s top 15 recruits by most services. She averaged 16.4 points, 9.3 rebounds and 4.5 assists in a senior season that ended in the state quarterfinals. During her four years, the Lady Cougars were 109-19. After finishing the WNBA season as head coach of the Indiana Fever in the first round of the playoffs, Stephanie White takes over the Commodores to replace Melanie Balcomb. White says she expects Bell to see an increased role in the Commodores’ new offensive system and says Carter’s athleticism gives her the potential to be a great player. Vanderbilt faces Bellarmine at 2 pm Sunday at Memorial Gym, then will host Union University in another exhibition at 2 pm Nov. 6. The Commodores open the regular season Nov. 11 hosting Kennesaw State from Georgia.

Dickson man encounters masked gunmen in home

A Dickson County man was tied up and robbed by three masked and armed intruders in his home Monday afternoon. The Dickson County Sheriff’s Office reports the victim returned to his home in the 1500 block area of Highway 48 South in Dickson around 3 pm Monday and discovered three armed men inside. He reported the men were wearing camouflage clothing, masks and gloves. The statement from the sheriff’s office says the men had burglarized the home and armed themselves with the victim’s weapons. The report says the men held him at gunpoint while they covered his head with a sweater and tied him up. Three long guns and five pistols were stolen from the residence. The report says the intruders took the victim’s white 2002 Ford F-150 pickup when they left. Shortly before 8 pm Monday, there was a report of a vehicle on fire on West Tennessee City Road. When deputies arrived the vehicle was fully engulfed in flames and was destroyed. However, the vehicle was identified as the pickup taken in the burglary and robbery. Witnesses saw a vehicle in the area and described it as a 1990s model, tan Jeep Cherokee with large tires and black wheels with a small lift. Anyone with information about the crimes or a vehicle matching the description is asked to call Det. Russell Morgan at the Dickson County Sheriff’s Office at 615-740-4863 or the anonymous tipline at 615-441-9555.

Man charged with 2nd-degree murder for drug overdose

Brandon Lee Odom
Brandon Lee Odom

A Dickson man has been charged with second-degree murder for allegedly selling drugs to a Charlotte man who died from an overdose. The Dickson County Grand Jury indicted 30-year-old Brandon Lee Odom of Cherry Street last week. Odom is charged with killing Kenneth James Porter of Charlotte resulting from the “unlawful distribution” of methamphetamine and heroin. Porter died at Horizon Medical Center from a drug overdose on July 3, the day after his 33rd birthday. Dickson County Sheriff’s Office Det. Mark Bausell said he could not comment on the evidence of the pending case but said the allegations are that Odom sold the drugs to Porter and was present when he used them. The detective would not comment on how the drugs were ingested by Porter or any of the events leading to his death. The indictment charges “the drugs were the proximate cause of the death” of Porter. Odom was arrested on the second-degree murder charge Tuesday morning. He also faces two failure to appear charges and is being held on $85,000 bond. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Dickson County Circuit Court Nov. 15. Second-degree murder is a class A felony in Tennessee with a potential sentence of 15-60 years in prison and up to a $50,000 fine. Tennessee statutes define second-degree murder as knowingly killing another person or killing another person by the unlawful sale of drugs. It does not require proof of premeditation or intent to kill that first-degree murder does.

Early voting in Dickson, Charlotte open to 8 pm Thursday

Today is the second opportunity for extended hours for early voting for the Nov. 8 election. Polls will be open 10 am-8 pm at the Dickson County Election Office in Charlotte and Restoration Church in Dickson. More than 5,300 early and absentee ballots have been cast so far. Lines up to 30 minutes were reported throughout the day Wednesday when early voting resumed at the Dickson satellite location. Election officials report early voting has been steady and on a record pace since it opened last week. There were 8,711 early and absentee ballots cast in the November 2012 election. Early voting continues 8 am-4 pm Friday and 9 am-noon Saturday at both locations. The deadline to submit an application to vote absentee by mail is Nov. 1. Early voting ends Nov. 3. Polls will be open 7 am-7 pm on Nov. 8. For more information on early or absentee voting, call the Dickson County Election Office at 615-671-1146 or visit dicksoncountyelection.com. The Dickson County ballot includes the elections for President, U.S. House of Representatives in the 5th District and Tennessee House of Representatives in the 69th or 78th district. White Bluff, Burns, Vanleer and Slayden are holding municipal elections and Charlotte has a liquor-by-the-drink referendum.