Community Calendar

DeKalb Grand Jury to Meet

The next term of the DeKalb County Grand Jury will meet on Monday, July 18th, 2022, pursuant to T.C.A. 40-12-105, "It is the duty of your grand jurors to investigate any public offense which they know or have reason to believe has been committed and which is triable or indictable in the county. Any person having knowledge or proof that an offense has been committed may apply to testify before the grand jury subject to the provisions of Tennessee Code Annotated 40-12-105. The foreman in this county is presently Ms. Katherine Pack, 1 Public Square, Room 201, Smithville, Tennessee, 37166." "The grand jury will next meet on Monday, the 18th day of July, 2022, at 8:30 a.m. You may be prosecuted for perjury for any oral or written statement which you make under oath to the grand jury, when you know the statement to be false, and when the statement touches on a matter material to the point in question.

DeKalb County Commission Meeting

The DeKalb County Commission will meet in regular monthly session on Monday, June 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Mike Foster Multi-Purpose Center. The agenda is as follows: Action on Financial Reports, budget amendments, COVID Premium pay using ARP Funds, DeKalb County being designated as a Broadband Ready Community, DeKalb County Library Board of Trustees appointments, Acknowledgement of fiscal strength and efficient government fiscal confirmation letter as a Three Star program requirement. Any other business properly presented and action on notaries.

Early Voting for August 4 Elections

Early Voting will be held July 15-30 for the upcoming August 4 DeKalb General, Municipal, and State Primary Elections. Early voting times are as follows at the DeKalb County Courthouse in Smithville: Mondays 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesdays 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.; Wednesdays 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.; Thursdays 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Fridays 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. until Noon. Early voting will also be held again in the western part of the county on a limited basis. The DeKalb County Fairgrounds will be the site of early voting on July 19th from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and on July 25 from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. Each early voting site is for any properly registered DeKalb County voter. Meanwhile, the voter registration deadline for the August elections is July 5.

Chorus & Clogging at Evins Park

To kick-off the Jamboree in perfect red, white and blue style, come to downtown Smithville’s Evins Park (located across from Justin Potter Library & the Smithville Post Office) on Thursday, June 30th. The schedule is as follows: Community Chorus will perform their patriotic-themed concert beginning at 6:00 PM. The Smithville Select Dancers and DeKalb Dancin’ Delights led by Mary Ann Puckett is immediately after. Parking will be provided after 5 PM by the Smithville Review, 106 So. 1st St., Smithville. Bring a lawn chair, and come enjoy some great local entertainment. The Jamboree You Love Just Keeps Getting Better!

DeKalb Neighbors Helping Neighbors Blood Assurance Drive

A DeKalb County Neighbors Helping Neighbors Blood Assurance Drive will be Monday, July 18 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the County Complex. The blood drive will be on the mobile in the parking lot next to the highway at the Complex. All donors will receive a “Home Run Donor” t-shirt. To schedule an appointment, go to Bloodassurance.org/dekalbneighbors or contact Jimmy Poss at 615-464-7426 or jimposs72@yahoo.com. Please remember to EAT A GOOD MEAL, avoid energy drinks,  drink additional water and bring your ID. Blood Assurance is the SOLE blood provider for our local hospitals. Save time on your donation by answering your health questions the day of the drive prior to arriving. Download “bloodassurance.org/quickscreen” onto your phone. This will save you 10 minutes on the mobile.

Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree & Crafts Festival July 1 & 2

The Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree & Crafts Festival is celebrating their 51 years on July 1-2, 2022, on the courthouse square in downtown Smithville, Tennessee. The two-day event is home to the National Competition for Country Musician Beginners, while being named the ‘Official Jamboree & Crafts Festival of the State of Tennessee.’ The festival is free to the public, while musicians, singers and dancers can pay a nominal fee to compete in multiple bluegrass, gospel, and dance categories. All events are inclusive and handicap accessible.

UT/TSU Extension Offering Canning Classes

Have you wanted to learn how to can your own food at home? The University of Tennessee Extension office will be holding two canning classes in July. The classes will be taught by Family and Consumer Science Extension Agent April Martin. Water Bath Canning class will be July 12 from 10 – 3 at the DeKalb County Complex in the Commercial Kitchen. Water bath canning is used for high acid foods such as fruits, tomatoes, jams/jellies, and pickled foods. Cost is $30 and includes lunch and all supplies. Payment is due at the UT Extension office located in the DeKalb County Complex by July 11. A minimum of 4 people is required to hold the class. Pressure Canning class will be July 27 from 10 – 3 at the DeKalb County Complex in the Commercial Kitchen. Pressure canning is used for low acid foods such as vegetables, meats, and soups. Cost is $30 and includes lunch and all supplies. Payment is due at the UT Extension office located in the DeKalb County Complex by July 25. A minimum of 4 people is required to hold the class. For more information contact UT Extension at 615-597-4945 or email April Martin at amartin3@utk.edu

THP to conduct Sobriety Checkpoint

The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting a Sobriety Checkpoint on July 1st on State Route 56 in DeKalb County.  Impaired driving is a serious crime that kills more than 16,000 people and injures 305,000 others every year in the United States. Troopers will evaluate drivers for signs of alcohol or drug impairment. Troopers will target those who operate a vehicle while impaired and take corrective actions for other violations observed while ensuring the protection of all motorists.  The Tennessee Highway Patrol recognizes that sobriety checkpoints are highly visible and effective tools in the battle against impaired driving.

DeKalb County Fair July 11-16

The DeKalb County Fair returns for its annual weeklong run Monday through Saturday, July 11-16. With the theme “Hometown Heroes This Fair is For You in 2022″, the 166th edition will feature another fun filled week of rides by B&K Carnival and many crowd pleasing activities and events including the Demolition Derby, ATV/Motorcycle Racing, Super Truck & Tractor Pull, the Lip Sync Battle, Pageants, Car Show, Grill-Off and Ice Cream Contest, Poultry, Cattle, Goat, and Pet Show, Hay Decorating, and much more. Cash drawings will be held each night. This year’s fair is dedicated to “Hometown Heroes”. The 2022 DeKalb County Fair Premium Book is now available. http://www.dekalbcountyfairtn.com/premium_book. Non-perishable items for display in the Kenneth Sandlin Center will be accepted on Saturday July 2 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and on Saturday July 9 for perishable entries from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The schedule of Fair events each night. www.dekalbcountyfairtn.com/

City to begin summer sanitation pickup schedule

The City of Smithville will begin its summer schedule for sanitation pickup on Monday, June 20. The new starting time will be 6 a.m.

911 meeting

The regular 911 meeting will be June 28 at 5:30 pm at the DeKalb County 911 Building

New West Point Free Will Baptist Church VBS

New West Point Free Will Baptist Church will have Vacation Bible School  "Under the  Stars" July 9 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. for ages 3-12. Pre-register by texting or calling 615-464-7963 by July 2.

24th Annual Fiddler 5K and One Mile Fun Run

The 24th Annual Fiddler 5K and One Mile Fun Run, sponsored by Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County will be Saturday, July 2. All proceeds from the race are used in building another Habitat for Humanity home in DeKalb County. The race on Saturday, July 2 will begin promptly at 7:00 a.m. RAIN OR SHINE on Church Street in front of the First Baptist Life Enrichment Center, Smithville. The race ends on Church Street in front of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. The Fiddler 5K is a qualifying race for the Run the Cumberland Medal Series of Races. Anybody who is interested in participating either in the one-mile fun run or the 5K may go to www.fiddler5k.com where you’ll find all the details and a link to online registration.

School Calendar for 2022-23 Year

The school calendar is set for the 2022-23 year. A system-wide in-service day will be July 26 and at the individual schools July 27 & 28. Registration for students will be Monday, August 1 and the first full day of school is set for Wednesday, August 3. Tuesday, August 2 will be an administrative day for teachers only. DeKalb County students and teachers will have a full week off for fall break October 17-21, Thanksgiving November 21-25, and spring break March 27-31, and a two week break for Christmas December 21 to January 4. December 20 will be an abbreviated day. Students will return to school after the Christmas holiday on January 5, 2023. Schools will also be closed for Labor Day September 5, Dr. Martin Luther King Day January 16, President’s Day February 20, and Good Friday April 7. The last day of school will be May 24, 2023. Report cards will be issued at all schools on October 10, January 9, March 14, and May 24. Parent teacher conferences will be held at DCHS from 3-6 p.m. on October 10 and March 14 and at all the other schools, DWS, NES, SES, and DMS from 3-6 p.m. on October 13 and March 16.

Smithville Church of Christ Vacation Bible School

The Smithville Church of Christ at 520 Dry Creek Road, Smithville will have Vacation Bible School called "The Castle of Courage. Be Strong and Courageous" June 27-30 from 9 to 11 a.m. featuring Bible lessons, crafts, songs, friends, snacks, and skits. For more information call 615-597-4159

Back-to-School Bash: FREE School Supplies for DeKalb County Students

Mark Your Calendars! “Back-To-School Bash” for free school supplies will be held on Tuesday, August 2nd from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Smithville First Baptist Church Life Enrichment Center, 101 West Church Street, Smithville. Bring the family to celebrate our students at this free indoor event. FREE School Supplies and fun activities for all students. FREE food and drinks for all attendees. The Smithville-DeKalb County Chamber will present awards for the best-decorated “Back-to-School” booth. If your business, industry, church, or civic group would like to sponsor a school supply booth, call 615-597-4275.