Community Calendar

Pet Grief Support Group meeting

A Pet Grief Support Group meeting will be held at the Haven of Hope Counseling Center from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 8 and December 20. Enter the meeting room from the side door. If you have lost a beloved pet and are grieving, this group is for you. Resources will be provided to help fight the grieving process. If you are interested or have questions please call Jim at 615-948-0923. Please wear masks during the meetings. Social distancing will be practiced. They look forward to meeting you.

DeKalb Foster Children Need Help During the Holidays

Once again the Christmas season is approaching. As you know, not all children this year will take part in a celebration with their own families.

A child who has been taken out of abusive or neglectful homes may be sharing Christmas with a family of strangers. Many of these children may wonder if Santa Claus has received their new address and if he will be bringing gifts to them. This year, there are hundreds of children in the Upper Cumberland who are in state’s custody and approximately 40 of those children are from DeKalb County and they need your help.

The Santa for all Season group is requesting assistance with funds to support these children during the season of giving. This provides assistance to foster and underprivileged children all year.

If you or your organization is willing to help provide funds, please contact Annette Greek or make checks payable to the DeKalb Foster Children’s Fund and send to the following address:

Annette W. Greek, 1101 South College Street, Smithville, TN 37166.

DeKalb Chopped Virtual Challenge.

If you are creative in the kitchen and enjoy tinkering with recipes, you should consider joining the DeKalb Chopped Virtual Challenge.

The UT – TSU Extension Office in DeKalb County and St. Thomas DeKalb are sponsoring this contest which begins on December 2. The contest will be online and participants will prepare their dishes at home. The public will vote online through Facebook each week and a panel of judges will also weigh in.

More details about the DeKalb Chopped Challenge are on the UT-TSU Extension DeKalb County Facebook page or their website at

Registration is due by December 2 when the competition begins. Contact April Martin at or 615-597-4945 if you have questions.

DeKalb County Beer Board Meeting

The DeKalb County Beer Board will have a meeting for the Amgad Iskander application for an "on and off" premises permit to sell beer at 600 North Congress Blvd. on Monday, November 30, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. in the lower courtroom of the DeKalb County Courthouse. The business will operate under the name of Hwy 56 Greek & Grill. The current beer permittee is Ibrahim Wadie Ghoubrial operating as E&S, LLC Hwy 56 Discount Tobacco & Beer.

DeKalb County Libraries Closed for Thanksgiving

The DeKalb County Libraries will be closed from Thursday, November 26th through Sunday, November 29th for Thanksgiving. The libraries will re-open for curbside and appointment services on Monday, November 30th.

DeKalb Transfer Station and Trash Collection Sites to be Closed for Thanksgiving

The DeKalb County Transfer station and all trash collection sites will be closed Thursday November 26, 2020 in observance of Thanksgiving.

No Garbage Pickup in Smithville on Thanksgiving Day

The City of Smithville will have NO garbage pickup on Thursday, November 26 due to Thanksgiving. All Thursday routes for this week will be run Monday, November 30 along with the Monday routes. All Friday garbage pickup routes, November 27 will be run as scheduled.

Courthouse and County Offices to be Closed for Thanksgiving

The DeKalb County Courthouse, County Complex County Offices, and Senior Center will be closed Thursday November 26 and Friday November 27, 2020 for Thanksgiving.
The County Clerk's office will be closed Saturday, November 28.

26th Annual DeKalb County Angel Tree Project Underway

The 26th Annual DeKalb County Angel Tree Project is underway and your support is needed to help make this holiday season merrier for 334 children.

Laura Stone said Angel Trees are located at bank locations in Smithville and Alexandria. Each Angel represents a child and his or her wish list for Christmas. Select an Angel from the tree, buy a gift for the child and return the gift to the bank where you picked up the Angel by December 4th.

“This is our 26th year serving children 12 and younger living in DeKalb County. Angel cards are located on Christmas trees in the local banks. People of the community can pick up an Angel and buy for a child. The wish list on each Angel is just a suggestion. It is what the child has specifically requested. Sometimes people will buy only what is listed on the card. In some cases they will buy additional things. It is not necessary that you buy everything on the list. It is your choice if you want to wrap the gifts. We need the gifts back by December 4th.”, said Stone.

“With this being our 26th year, we have seen a lot of faces grow up in the program. What warms my heart are those children who benefited from the Angel Tree when they were young. They are now adults and know the positive effect it had on their lives and will now support the Angel Tree and adopt Angels themselves. We have more than 20 new families this year so we are seeing the impact that this challenging year has had on everyone.”

Please consider adopting an Angel today or if you have no time to shop, donations can be made at Wilson Bank or any Smithville or Alexandria bank branch and the Volunteers will do the shopping for you.

2020-21 DCHS Basketball Schedule

The 2020-21 DCHS Basketball Schedule is as follows:
(*) denotes District 8 AA games.
(^) denotes Region 4 AA games

Game times listed start with girls game followed by boys contest

Tuesday, November 17: White House (Hall of Fame)- Home- 6 p.m.
Saturday, November 21: Pickett County (Hall of Fame)-Away- 5 p.m.
Monday, November 23: Warren County-Away- 6 p.m.
Tuesday, November 24: Red Boiling Springs- Home- 6 p.m.
Saturday, November 28: ^Grundy County-Away- 6 p.m.
Monday, November 30: ^Sequatchie County-Home- 6 p.m.

Friday, December 4: *York Institute- Away- 6 p.m.
Tuesday, December 8: *Livingston Academy- Away- 6 p.m.
Friday, December 11: *Watertown- Home- 6 p.m.
Thursday, December 17-Saturday, December 19: Sonic Shootout (boys and girls)- Sparta- TBA

Tuesday, January 5: Warren County-Home- 6 p.m.
Friday, January 8: *Cannon County-Away- 6 p.m.
Saturday, January 9: ^Sequatchie County-Away- 6 p.m.
Tuesday, January 12: *Upperman-Home- 6 p.m.
Friday, January 15: *Macon County-Away- 6 p.m.
Tuesday, January 19: *Smith County-Home- 6 p.m.
Friday, January 22: *York Institute- Home- 6 p.m.
Tuesday, January 26: *Livingston Academy- Home-6 p.m.
Friday, January 29: *Watertown- Away- 6 p.m.
Saturday, January 30: ^Grundy County-Home- 6 p.m.

Tuesday, February 2: *Cannon County-Home- 6 p.m.
Friday, February 5: *Upperman- Away- 6 p.m.
Tuesday, February 9: *Macon County- Home- 6 p.m. (Senior Night)
Thursday, February 11: *Smith County- Away- 6 p.m.
Friday, February 12: Red Boiling Springs-Away-6 p.m.

6th Annual Regifting Event December 5

Christmas is the season for giving and children who participate in this year’s 6th Annual Regifting Event will have a chance to experience that by doing something special for their parents and total strangers.

Regifting gives children ages 4 to 12 an opportunity to shop for their parents or caregivers at no cost. The gifts are then wrapped, tagged, and prepared for Christmas giving.

This year’s Regifting Event will be on Saturday, December 5 from 8 a.m. until noon or until all gifts are gone at the DeKalb County Complex. Families must pre-register their children through November 20 in order to be eligible for a chance to receive a door prize. This year children will be required to wear a mask. Please wait in your car while your children shop. All children who shop will receive a treat.

Donations are collected throughout the year for this event so that those who can’t afford to buy gifts can still share in the joy of giving by regifting something. The children are asked to prepare a blessing bag to be given to others.

This year, children will help assemble Blessing Bags for local nominees. You may contact Regifting event organizers to nominate someone who needs a blessing. For their good deeds each of the children get to take home a goodie bag. The kids and other volunteers will also decorate a quilt square for a quilt to be made. Again, you may contact the event organizers to nominate someone for the quilt.

If you need more information or would like to volunteer call or text Kim Walker at 931-212-7567 Monday through Friday responses will be after 4 p.m. You may also contact Joanna Fuson at 615-517-9100 but no calls after 9 p.m. You may email or visit facebook

Smithville Lions Club Annual Pecan Sale Fundraiser

It’s that time of year and Smithville Lions Club is selling the delicious Mammoth(halves) pecans. A 1 lb bag is only $10.00. To order call Wendy Bottomley at 615-390-3567 or the Club at 615-464-6112 and leave your name and phone number. You can also stop by offices of Dr. Starla Meigs, Vester Parsley, Jackie Smith(State Farm Insurance), First Bank and Patty’s restuarant. The pecans will be available the week of November the 9th. Thank you for supporting the Smithville Lions Club.