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Three members of the Tennessee National Guard, PFC Andrew Huffman of Smyrna, Sergeant Kelly Heinze of Wartburg,  and Specialist Cody Choate of Murfreesboro are in Smithville today (Friday) to assist DeKalb County Health Department staff in conducting COVID-19 drive thru assessments at the health department on Tiger Drive. Drive thru assessments will be held again next week Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the same location and each week thereafter until further notice. PICTURED:  PFC Andrew Huffman of Smyrna,  LPN Ronda Johnson, Sergeant Kelly Heinze of Wartburg, RN Ashby Woodward, RN Jennifer Buterbaugh, Specialist Cody Choate of Murfreesboro
For DeKalb County nurse practitioner Gianna Owens (PICTURED HERE), the COVID-19 pandemic is taking a personal toll. All of her mother’s family including aunts and cousins along with Owens’ longtime friends from childhood live in Italy, where the virus has left thousands dead.
DeKalb County now has a total of 3 confirmed COVID-19 cases
Jamie Cripps Announces Candidacy for 5th District Board of Education Position
A community effort is underway to make face masks for local healthcare workers. More than 60 have already been made for delivery. If you want to help, join the group Masks of Love on Facebook.  This group was started by the Family and Community Education clubs of UT/TSU Extension in DeKalb County. It is for anyone in DeKalb County who would like to help sew face masks for our health care professionals.
Martha Melching and daughter wearing their own “Masks of Love”
Bill Conger loads bags of food into vehicle parked in the drive through pickup line for the student food distribution Monday
Hundreds of Students Served in Drive-Thru Food Distribution Monday at the Smithville First Baptist Church Life Enrichment Center. Another distribution was held simultaneously at DeKalb West School
Veteran School Board Member W.J. (Dub) Evins, III Says He Will Not Seek Re-Election
Fifth district school board member W.J. (Dub) Evins, III has announced that he will not seek re-election to the Board of Education in August. He has served for almost 34 ½ years. Evins was first elected to the Board in 1978. Evins is shown in this 1979 photo with the School Superintendent and fellow members of the Board at that time. Seated: Superintendent of Schools E.G. (Elzie) McBride, Sue Puckett from 3rd district, and Dr. Larry Puckett from 4th district. Standing: Martin S. (Easy) Scott from 1st district, Clarence Phillips, Jr. from 7th district, W.J. (Dub) Evins, III from 5th district, and Austin Barnes from the 6th district. Not pictured: James (Doober) Miller from the 2nd district.
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