Community Calendar

Alexandria Methodist Church Food Box Giveaway

The Alexandria Methodist Church is having its food box giveaway Saturday, May 18 from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m.

UCHRA Commodities Distribution

The Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency (UCHRA) will hold a commodities distribution for DeKalb County on Thursday, June 27, from 9 until 11 a.m. at the DeKalb County UCHRA office. Sign-up will be available at the distribution site. This project is funded under a Grant Contract with the State of Tennessee.

Pancake Fundraiser for DeKalb Fire Department Temperance Hall Unit #67

A pancake breakfast fundraiser for the DeKalb County Fire Department Temperance Hall Unit #67 will be June 1 from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. at 712 South Congress Boulevard, Smithville. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 4-10, and free for kids age 3 and younger. Tickets are available from Frank Rodegeb at 931-239-5538, Matt Olson at 615-767-4645, Shawn Dexter at 931-260-0138, at Wilson Bank & Trust in Smithville or tickets may be purchased at the door. A donation table will be available if you would like to make a donation.

DeKalb County Library Board Meeting

The DeKalb County Library Board will have their bi-monthly meeting at Justin Potter Library on Tuesday, May 28, 2024 at 4:00 pm. The public is welcome to attend.

DeKalb Health Department Back to School Vaccine Clinic Days

The DeKalb County Health Department is having Back to School Vaccine Clinic Days June 21 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. and July 10 all day and the health department will be open that day (July 10) until 5 p.m.

Smithville Church of Christ Work Camp

Members of the Smithville Church of Christ will be pitching in to help show their Christian love for others during the congregation’s annual Work Camp scheduled for June 10-13.

The Work Camp is an annual home rehabilitation/beautification project organized by the Smithville Church of Christ. The church began the Work Camp as a means of helping less fortunate residents of the county do some fix up and cleanup projects around their homes.

“We are not professionals, but we have a few people really skilled at carpentry. We can’t come in and remodel your house but if something is wrong, we are glad to look at it to see if we can do something. We have fixed holes in floors and ceilings. We build a lot of wheelchair ramps for folks. We do brush cutting, tree trimming, gutter cleaning, pressure washing, mowing, weed eating, and other things to improve the outside of your property,” said spokesperson Casey Midgett.

The Smithville Work Camp concentrates its efforts in the Smithville-DeKalb County area. If you would like to have your home considered for the project, contact the church at 615-597-4159 by Saturday, June 1 to acquire an application and release form. The church is located at 520 Dry Creek Road, Smithville.

Applications are also available at local banks.

DeKalb Neighbors Helping Neighbors Blood Drive

A DeKalb County Neighbors Helping Neighbors Blood Assurance Drive will be Monday, May 20 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the parking lot of the County Complex-Smithville Senior Center at 718 South Congress Boulevard on the mobile Bloodmobile. All donors will receive a “Memorial Day T-shirt while supplies last. To schedule an appointment, go to or contact Jimmy Poss at 615-464-7426 or Please remember to eat a good meal, drink additional water, avoid energy drinks, and bring a photo ID. Blood Assurance is the SOLE blood provider for our local hospitals. One donation can save three lives.

May County Commission Committee Meetings

Budget Committee

Date: 05/14/2024

Time: 6pm

Location: Lower Courtroom of the Courthouse

Topic: Budget Development

Jail Committee

Date: 05/20/2024

Time: 6pm

Location: Auditorium of the County Complex

Topic: Discussion of Justice Center Project

Government Services Committee

Date: 05/22/2024

Time: 5pm

Location: Lower Courtroom of the Courthouse

Topic: DeKalb County Policy

County Commission Workshop

Date: 05/23/2024

Time: 6pm

Location: History Room of County Complex

Topic: Regular Business

Budget Committee

Date: 05/28/2024

Time: 6pm

Location: Lower Courtroom of the Courthouse

Topic: Budget Development

County Commission Meeting (Formal)

Date: 05/30/2024

Time: 6pm

Location: Auditorium of the County Complex

Topic: Regular Business

Congressman John Rose Announces May Local Office Hour

U.S. Representative John Rose’s (TN-6) district staff member Lou Nave will be in Smithville for a local office hour this month for constituents to connect directly with caseworkers and receive assistance with federal agencies.

During the local office hour, on Tuesday, May 21 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Ernest Ray Education Center at 110 South Public Square Smithville, Nave will be available to answer questions and assist you with federal casework, such as social security and veterans’ benefits, steps for obtaining a passport, and more. The local office hour visit occurs monthly. If you have questions, please contact one of Representative Rose’s offices so a staff member may help you.

“We are ready to assist constituents with federal casework and welcome anyone with questions to sit down with staff,” said Representative Rose. “My goal is to make the expertise of my staff and the resources of this office easily accessible to every person I represent.”

Annual Decoration at Banks Cemetery in DeKalb County

The annual decoration at Banks Cemetery in DeKalb County will be held May 31st, June 1st and June 2nd 2024. Please plan to attend. Your support is needed to keep the cemetery properly maintained and kept looking nice. Someone will be onsite during decoration days to accept donations or they may be mailed to:

Melinda Vanatta-Davis, Treasurer
2807 Blue Springs Road
Smithville, TN 37166

David Bratcher, President
9129 West Green Hill Road
Smithville, TN 37166

Bernard Houk, Vice-President
1085 Underhill Road
Smithville, TN 37166

American Legion #122 Memorial Day Event

An American Legion #122 Memorial Day Event will be May 25 at the DeKalb County Complex Auditorium starting at 9 a.m. with patriotic music by Susan Hinton. The program will also include the presentation of colors followed by the pledge of allegiance and then the Star-Spangled Banner and prayer at 9:45 a.m.. Judy Redmon of the American Legion Auxiliary #122 will introduce the speaker Ralph Vaughn at 10:00a.m. Following the program a laying of the wreath observance will be held at the courthouse veterans monument led by Commander Jerry Hinton, Adjutant Ronnie Redmon, and veterans.

Smithville First Free Will Baptist Church VBS

The 2024 Vacation Bible School "Stellar" will be held at the Smithville First Free Will Baptist Church at 500 Bright Hill Road May 26-30 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.  A fun filled week of learning, food, and fun. Everyone is invited.

DeKalb Schools Art Exhibit May 18

The DeKalb County Schools Art Exhibit will be Saturday, May 18 featuring works of local art students. The annual event, sponsored by the Smithville Study Club, will be held from 1-3 p.m. at the DeKalb County Complex at 712 South Congress Boulevard. The public is invited to attend.

“The Art Exhibit features art from any student from five years of age and older in our county including home schooled students. Two students will be chosen to receive the “People’s Choice” and “Best of Show” awards,” said Art Chair Susan Hinton.

For more information contact Hinton at 615-597-9300 or Smithville Study Club President Dianne Hawkins.
Guidelines for entries:

Entries are accepted for students pre-school 5-year-old classes, grades 1-12

Student must be a resident of DeKalb County. One entry per student

DeKalb County School Calendar for 2024

The last day of school will be May 17, 2024. May 20 will be an Administrative Day. Report cards will be issued at all schools on May 21.


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