Community Calendar

Center Hill Chatters to Meet

Jul 5, 2016
6:30 p.m.
Smithville First Baptist Church Family Enrichment Center

DeKalb County’s first Toastmaster’s Club—Center Hill Chatters---will meet Tuesday, July 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Smithville First Baptist Church Family Enrichment Center. Improve your speech, leadership skills and business communication. Stop by and check out the club. Meetings will be held normally the first and third Monday of the month, but this meeting was moved ahead to July 5 due to the Independence Day holiday.

UT Extension Agent Cooking Demonstrations

Jul 9, 2016
DeKalb County Farmer’s Market

UT Extension Agent April Martin will be doing cooking demonstrations at the DeKalb County Farmer’s Market this summer. Come by for a sample of nutritious recipes using fresh fruits and vegetables. The dates she will be there are: July 9, 16, August 6, and August 13. Collect a recipe card each time. If you collect 3 and bring back you will get a free thermal tote bag.

Community Chorus to Perform at Jamboree

Jul 1, 2016
5:30 p.m.
Downtown Smithville

The Community Chorus will be performing on the Jamboree stage Friday, July 1st at approximately 5:30 p.m. In celebration of the 45th Jamboree, the choral program will pay tribute to America and old time Appalachian and gospel music. The Community Chorus is directed by Faye Fuqua, with Tecia Puckett Pryor as accompanist.

Holiday Garbage Pickup in Smithville

Jul 1, 2016

The City of Smithville will run residential garbage routes as usual on Friday, July 1st but all Monday routes will be run Tuesday along with the Tuesday routes, July 5

Board of Education to Meet

Jul 11, 2016
7:00 p.m.
Board of Education Building

The DeKalb County Board of Education's Athletic Committee will meet Monday, July 11 at 6:00 p.m. at the Board of Education Building.

The DeKalb County Board of Education will meet Monday, July 11 at 7:00 p.m. at the Board of Education Building in a special called meeting to consider and act on the 2016-17 budget.

Courthouse to be Closed Friday, July 1

Jul 1, 2016 to Jul 4, 2016

The DeKalb County Court House will be closed Friday July 1st. The DeKalb County Courthouse, County Complex Offices, Smithville Senior Center and The Mike Foster Multipurpose Center will be closed Monday July 4th in observance of Independence Day. The DeKalb County Landfill and all Trash Collection Sites will be closed Monday July 4th. The County Court Clerk’s Office will also be closed Saturday July 2nd.

Edgar Evins State Park July Program Schedule

Jun 28, 2016
6:00 p.m.
Edgar Evins State Park

Edgar Evins State Park
July 2016 Program Schedule

Tuesday, June 28th

6:00 PM Butterfly Garden Comeback: Meet at the park office to help save our once beautiful butterfly garden. We only ask minutes of your time, so please come help out a little with our attempt in reviving the butterfly garden. The butterflies would sure appreciate it.

Thursday, June 30th

4:00 PM Center Hill Lake Overview: Meet at the Park Office to climb to the top of our tower to view the beautiful Center Hill Dam. We will discuss the past, present, and future of the Dam and the park

6:30 PM Evening Hike: Meet at the Park Entrance to walk down to look at some beaver dams! We will talk about the importance of beavers and the odd things about them. Come quick, because the beaver dams are going to be cleared out by next summer! It will be a short hike, but wear bug spray and bring lots of water because it will be hot!

Friday, July 1st

4:30 PM Eagle Hand Print: Meet Tyler at the Camp Store to use your own handprints to make an eagle! All supplies will be supplied by the park, so just come on and enjoy your time here with us.

6:00 PM Blacksmithing Damascus: Come down to the Camp Store to create your own Damascus “steel” to take home just like the old Master Blacksmiths did with swords and knives. Learn about the importance of this beautiful steel.

6:30 PM Sunset Cruise: Meet at Edgar Evins Marina for a relaxing tour of Center Hill Lake at sunset by pontoon boat. Limit 12 people. $5 per person. Please sign up at the Visitor’s Center or call (931) 858-2114. Will depart promptly at 6:30 pm. Please arrive 15 minutes prior. Sorry no children under 3 years of age.

8:00 PM Movie Time: Come down to the Camp Store to watch one of your favorites. It’s a great way to sit down and relax after a long day at the park.

Saturday, July 2nd

10:00 AM Water Safety: Meet at the Pool behind the cabins. Come learn basic water safety competence: drowning prevention, how to spot drowning victims, rescue strategies, and why life jackets are important.

1:00 PM Park History Sit: Meet at the Park Office to go up the tower with Ranger Vaughn. We will talk about the history of the park and dam overlooking the Center Hill Dam itself.

5:00 PM Slithering Snakes: Meet Ranger Vaughn at the Interpretive Center for a fun and informative presentation about our local snake species. Afterwards you will get the chance to touch a live snake!

7:00 PM Campfire: Meet at the fire circle to end the 4th of July right with a good, old fashion smore. We will also discuss fire safety. Smore stuff will be supplied by the park, may need to bring your own stick though. Hope to see you there!

8:30 PM Scorpion Hunt: Did you know that we have scorpions in Tennessee? Join the Park Ranger for a nighttime expedition to find scorpions by black light. Meet at the first Picnic Area at the boat ramp entrance (look for State Parks vehicle).

Sunday, July 3rd

9:00 AM Morning Hike: Meet Ranger Vaughn at the Evins Ridge Trail at the Interpretive Center to take a short hike and learn about the park and its native wildlife. Make sure to bring bug spray and bring lots of water because it will be Hot!

11:00 PM – 5:00 PM CELEBRATING the 4th: Meet Tyler at the Camp Store to celebrate the 4th! We will have corn hole, water balloon tosses, sac races, and we will also be handing out free glow sticks to help light up the night with the fireworks. We will also have WATERMELON EATING CONTESTS and SEED SPITTING CONTESTS at some time during this event! The winner will receive popsicles and of course all the watermelon they can eat!

8:00 PM Owl Prowl: Take a guided nature hike around the Wolf Creek inlet in the dark with Ranger Brad! Discover how fascinating and un-scary nature at night can be. We will listen for owls, watch for wildlife and look for other things. You never know what you might see or hear! Please wear sturdy shoes and bring a dim flashlight. (Approximately 1 mile) Meet in the parking lot next to the Millennium Trailhead.

Canning Classes to be Offered

Jul 11, 2016
5:30 p.m.
DeKalb County Complex

Dr. April Martin of the UT Extension Services has announced that canning classes will be held during the month of July as follows:

Monday, July 11: 5:30—8:30 pm for Jams/jellies

Wednesday, July 13: 9:00—12:30 p.m. for Jams/jellies

Monday, July 25: 9:00—12:30 pm for Salsa

Monday, July 25: 5:30—8:30 pm for Salsa

Thursday, July 28: 9:00—12:30 pm for Vegetables

Thursday, July 28: 5:30—8:30 pm for Vegetables

The cost is $20 per course (covers food and supplies). Payment due prior to class at UT Extension, 722 S. Congress Blvd. in Smithville

Classes will be held in the commercial kitchen at the new Community Center across from Food Lion

Call UT Extension at 615-597-4945 to register at least FOUR days before each course

Summer Reading Finale Party

Jun 30, 2016
2:00 p.m.
Mike Foster Multi Purpose Center

The Summer Reading Program "On Your Mark, Get Set, READ" will end with the big Finale Party on Thursday, June 30 at 2:00 p.m. at the Mike Foster Multi Purpose Center (theatre area) in the County Complex. The day's events will begin with entertainment by Ventriloquist Crystal Birdwell and Gang. The day continues with each child having an opportunity to be interviewed by Dwayne Page of WJLE Radio. Every child who participated in the Summer Reading Program and completed their reading goal will be awarded a certificate. They will receive a goody bag with free coupons and other goodies donated by McDonald's, Pizza Hut, Bumpers, Sonic, Fast Pace Urgent Care Clinic and the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department. All the children in the community are invited to the party, so come and join us for an afternoon of fun and surprises. Thanks to everyone who participated in and donated to the Summer Reading Program at Justin Potter Library and Alexandria Libraries. For further information contact Justin Potter Library at 615-597-4359 or visit our website at


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