A G.E.D. program is offered free in DeKalb County to anyone age eighteen or older. The classes meet at Smithville Elementary School and are taught by Betty Hickey and volunteer Tom Werling. Classes begin Monday, August 23rd.
Hickey says the G.E.D. classes meet on Monday and Wednesday at Smithville Elementary School starting at 4:00 p.m.
"We have open enrollment. That means we accept people all year long from August when we start until the end of June. We shut down during the month of July. All of our classes are free because we are considered public education but the testing center charges a fee of $55.00 and you have to go to McMinnville or Cookeville to take your test. The Smithville Rotary Club and DeKalb Community Bank helps with this fee.
The DeKalb County Commission Monday night adopted a resolution honoring Eagle Scout Layne Mathis, son of Ricky and Donna Mathis.
County Mayor Mike Foster read the resolution "Whereas, it is fitting that the DeKalb County Commission and the DeKalb County Mayor should announce their pride, respect, and honor in the young people of our community who so capably fulfill their requirements and duties to reach lofty goals and levels of achievement.
Whereas, Layne Mathis has performed the years of tasks to work his way to the highest honor bestowed by the Boy Scouts of America. Layne Mathis has worked to a level achieved by a very select few and has earned the Eagle Award.
Whereas, the DeKalb County Commission and the DeKalb County Mayor wish to thank Layne Mathis, his family, other scouts who helped and his leaders for the honors they have brought to themselves and DeKalb County.