Community Calendar

Smithville Mayor and Aldermen to Meet

The Smithville Mayor and Aldermen will meet in regular monthly session Monday night, July 13 at 6 p.m. at city hall. The agenda is as follows: Board’s approval for Jamboree Grant, Animal Shelter report, and Departmental heads report.

DeKalb Planning Commission Meeting

The DeKalb County Regional Planning Commission will hold its regular monthly meeting on Monday, July 13, 2020 at 6:00 pm in the DeKalb County Courthouse. The agenda for the planning commission meeting is as follows:

1. Call to order.

2. Approval of June 8, 2020 minutes.

3. Consideration of final lot line adjustment plat for property located on Hurricane Ridge
Road. (Duggin Adjustment)*

4. Consideration of final subdivision plat for property located on Ike Adcock Road. (Kelly

5. Consideration of final subdivision plat for property located on Nashville Highway
(Richardson Division)*

6. Consideration of final subdivision plat for property located on Adamson Branch Road
(Sissom Division)*

7. Discussion regarding amending the DeKalb County subdivision regulations sections for
fire protection and road frontage.

8. Other business as necessary.

9. Adjourn

DeKalb Schools to Reopen August 3 (View PDF Here)

DeKalb County Schools will reopen on Monday, August 3 barring a surge in COVID-19 which would force a change in plans.

During Tuesday night’s regular monthly meeting, the Board of Education voted to start school in the traditional manner with students attending in person on campus. But the board is also permitting parents who have concerns to opt for remote learning for their children due to COVID-19. Parents are asked to contact their child’s school weekdays from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. prior to July 22 if they want their child to participate in remote learning.

Protocols have been established and will be observed for those who come to campus to help protect the health and safety of students and school staff including temperature screenings. Masks will be provided for staff and students and while it will be highly recommended that they be worn, it is not a requirement at this time.

Three sets of scenarios and protocols have been established depending upon the severity of the pandemic (Minimum, Moderate, or Substantial) during the year.

DeKalb County Schools will reopen August 3 under the “Moderate Community Spread” framework. (CLICK PDF LINK BELOW TO VIEW THE THREE SETS OF SCENARIOS AND PROTOCOLS)

Return to School Framework (PDF)

County Budget Committee Meeting

There will be a Budget Committee meeting of the DeKalb County Commission on Thursday July 9, 2020 at 6 p.m. in the lower courtroom of the DeKalb County courthouse for discussion of Fiscal Year 20-21 consolidated budget.

Summer edition of Reeling in the Years Saturday Night on WJLE

The Summer edition of Reeling in the Years will air Saturday night (July 11) on WJLE. In addition to the pop hits of the 60s, 70s and 80s, this program will also feature numerous Number 1 songs from various years for the week of/nearest July 11. Be listening Saturday night from 6 to 10 p.m. for another edition of Reeling in the Years.

Early Voting Begins July 17 for August Elections

Voters will again find it convenient to vote early for the upcoming August 6 election. The early voting hours for the August election will be as follows:
Mondays from 1 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.; Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.; Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.; Thursdays from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m.; Fridays from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.; and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. until NOON. Early voting for the August 6 election begins July 17 and will run through August 1. Local voters will make their choice in one contested county-wide election, one contested school board race, a contested Smithville Municipal Election and in the state Republican or Democratic primaries candidates are running for US. Senate, US Congressman, and for State Representatives. There are uncontested races for Constable, another school board seat, the mayor and two aldermen in Dowelltown and for aldermen seats in Alexandria. In addition, there is an uncontested race for Criminal Court Judge Part II District 13 and a state judicial retention question.

DCHS Baseball Signups

The DCHS Baseball Signups will be Tuesday, July 7 from 3- 5 p.m. Tryouts will be Thursday and Friday, July 9 & 10 from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Players will need to present a copy of a physical. For more information email

Blood Assurance Drive

Another “Blood Assurance” drive is coming up Monday July 20 from 12 noon until 5 p.m. at the county complex senior citizen center inside the bloodmobile. Schedule an appointment at or contact Jimmy Poss at 615-464-7426 or

Remember to eat a good meal, drink additional water, and avoid energy drinks and bring a photo ID.

Save time on your donation by answering your health history questions the day of the blood donation before you arrive. Just download “bloodassurancequickscreen” on your phone.

All donors will be given a special beach towel or cooler tote bag and donors age 18 and older who donate two times this summer will be automatically entered to win a medium Big Green Egg and Eggcessories Grill.

Blood Assurance is the sole blood provider for the local hospitals and your donation is needed for an adequate supply.

Free Food for the Community!

An effort is underway to make sure families have plenty to eat this summer. Local churches, TVA, Caney Fork Electric Cooperative, and Second Harvest have joined forces to sponsor a weekly food drive. Similar to the food distribution during the spring for kids, this is a drive through and is being held for families on Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. until 12 noon at DeKalb Middle School. Chad Ramsey, Pastor of the Smithville First Baptist Church, invites everyone with a need to take advantage of it.