Smithville Christmas Parade and Christmas on the Square
The Smithville Christmas Parade and Christmas on the Square will be celebrated together on Saturday, December 7th. This year, the Smithville Parade will begin at a new time. The parade line-up starts at 3 PM at the Smithville Elementary School (SES); the parade begins at 4 PM. The parade route will leave SES and continue onto South Congress Blvd. to the Downtown Smithville Square.
Immediately after the Smithville Parade, Christmas on the Square will begin around 5 PM. Some of the activities are as follows:
*Courthouse Open House – Stop by to visit the elected county officials and enjoy free refreshments and a festive atmosphere.
*Smithville City Hall – Lots of indoor and outdoor Christmas lights & decorations to see as you enjoy cupcakes, cookies, and hot chocolate with city officials and staff and lots of little elves.
“Live” Windows in Downtown Businesses/Offices - Many of the downtown windows will have “live” scenes in their beautifully, decorated windows from 5 to 6 PM. YOU CAN VOTE for your favorite “Live” Display Window. Take a picture and post your favorite on the Smithville-DeKalb County Chamber Facebook Page. The live display window with the “Most Likes” will get points added to the judges’ tally sheet. Chamber Director Suzanne Williams and Smithville Mayor Josh Miller will be presenting 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places along with a “Chamber Choice” award for the “Live Window” contest. Mayor Miller is personally donating $250 to the top winning store’s favorite charity.
*A FREE Photo Booth & Christmas DJ Music – Enjoy your favorite holiday music throughout the night plus have a fun, complimentary picture made at the Cosmo Creations Photo Booth located inside the Courthouse & sponsored by the City of Smithville!
*Justin-Potter Library - Beginning at 6:15 PM, Santa will be there to hear your child’s wish list and pose for a picture, so be sure to bring your camera. Children will also be able to make a Christmas ornament!
*Smithville Electric – The lights will be shining bright at Evins Park’s Open-Air Stage decorated by Smithville Electric employees.
*DeKalb Animal Shelter Pet Photos with Santa – Beginning at 5 PM for a $10 donation, you can have your pet’s photo made with Santa. The location is 301 N. Public Square at Gayla Hendrix’s office.
DCHS Basketball Schedule
The DCHS basketball season gets underway as the Tigers and Lady Tigers travel to Van Buren County on Tuesday, November 19 for the kickoff of Hall of Fame week and they will host Pickett County on Saturday, November 23. Action each night starts with the girls game at 6 p.m.
The 2019-20 DCHS Basketball Schedule is as follows:
(*) Denotes District Games
Tuesday, November 19: Van Buren County (Hall of Fame)- Away 6 p.m.
Saturday, November 23: Pickett County (Hall of Fame)- Home 6 p.m.
Monday, November 25: Warren County-Home 6 p.m.
Tuesday, November 26: White County-Away 6 p.m.
Friday, November 29: Red Boiling Springs-Home 6 p.m.
Friday, December 6: York Institute*-Home 6 p.m.
Tuesday, December 10: Livingston Academy*-Home 6 p.m.
Friday, December 13: Watertown*- Away 6 p.m.
Saturday, December 14: Cookeville- Away 6 p.m.
Tuesday, December 17: Warren County-Away 6 p.m.
Thursday, December 19: Watertown Boys Christmas Tournament- 8:30 p.m.
Friday, December 20: Watertown Boys Christmas Tournament- Watertown TBA
Saturday, December 21: Watertown Boys Christmas Tournament-Watertown TBA
Friday, December 27: Daytona Beach Shootout (Girls)-Daytona Beach, Florida TBA
Saturday, December 28: Daytona Beach Shootout (Girls)-Daytona Beach, Florida TBA
Monday, December 30: Daytona Beach Shootout (Girls)-Daytona Beach, Florida TBA
Saturday, January 4: Cookeville- Home 6 p.m.
Tuesday, January 7: White County- Home 6 p.m.
Friday, January 10: Cannon County*-Home 6 p.m.
Tuesday, January 14: Upperman*-Away 6 p.m.
Friday, January 17: Macon County*-Home 6 p.m.
Saturday, January 18: Red Boiling Springs- Away 6 p.m.
Tuesday, January 21: Smith County*-Home 6 p.m.
Friday, January 24: York Institute*-Away 6 p.m.
Tuesday, January 28: Livingston Academy*-Away 6 p.m.
Friday, January 31: Watertown*-Home 6 p.m.
Tuesday, February 4: Cannon County- Away 6 p.m.
Friday, February 7: Upperman- Home 6 p.m..
Tuesday, February 11: Macon County*-Away 6 p.m.
Thursday, February 13: Smith County*-Away 6 p.m.
DeKalb County Health Department to offer Free Flu Clinic
The DeKalb County Health Department will have a free flu clinic on Tuesday, November 19 from 8 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on the courthouse square. This clinic is available to any individual who needs a flu vaccine for the current flu season. Take advantage of this opportunity and protect yourself and others from the flu by getting your flu shot.
Smithville, Liberty, and Alexandria Christmas Parades.
Smithville, Liberty, and Alexandria are making plans for their annual Christmas Parades.
Sponsored by the Smithville Volunteer Fire Department, this year’s Smithville Christmas parade is set for Saturday, December 7 starting at 4 p.m. To enter just show up at Smithville Elementary School at 3 p.m. Entries will enter from Walker Drive to the Smithville Elementary School property. Horses for the parade are to be brought to the Bill Page Ballpark. Antique cars will line up near Food Lion on Bryant Street. No 4 wheelers or motorcycles will be permitted in the parade but side by sides will be allowed with a licensed driver. For more information call Smithville Fire Chief Charlie Parker at 615-597-4141 or Chamber Director Suzanne Williams.
Meanwhile the Liberty Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Town of Liberty and Liberty State Bank will be Sunday, December 1 starting at 2 p.m. The line-up begins at 1 p.m. at Salem Baptist Church. No pre-registration is needed. Anyone wanting to participate may just show up for the line-up at 1 p.m. Refreshments will be available and prizes will be given away after the parade.
The Alexandria Parade will be Sunday, December 15 at 2 p.m. with the line-up at 1 p.m. on West Main Street. To enter contact at the Alexandria City Hall to fill out an entry form. Call 615-529-2171 for more information.
DeKalb Middle School PTO Chili-Soup Fundraiser
The DeKalb Middle School PTO have announced the school’s annual chili/soup supper fundraiser to be held Saturday, November 16. The event will be held in the cafeteria from 4-7 p.m. Tickets are $5 and available from all students, as well as at the door. Stop in to support this fundraiser and enjoy delicious homemade chili and soups, desserts and more. While you are there get your bid in on several huge themed baskets made by the classrooms to help raise money.
Chamber Prayer Breakfast
Don Rigsby, a Senior Master Sergeant now retired from the US Air Force and the 118th Airlift Wing of the Tennessee Air National Guard in Nashville, will be the guest speaker at the 2019 Chamber Prayer Breakfast on Tuesday morning, November 26. The breakfast will be held from 7 AM to 8 AM at the DeKalb County Complex Community Theatre, 712 South Congress Boulevard, Smithville. Doors open at 6:30 AM. Rigsby’s wife Bonnie will entertain with special music for the program. Local Boy Scout Troop #347 will present the flags. Tickets are $12 per person and can be purchased from the Chamber Board of Directors or emailing Chamber Director Suzanne Williams at: email@example.com or texting her at: 615-464-7760. They will be glad to hold your tickets and have you pay at the door.
DeKalb County Republican Party to Caucus
The DeKalb County Republican Party will be hosting a Caucus, more formally known as a County Convention, on Saturday, December 7, 2019, at 10AM at the DeKalb County Courthouse, for the purpose of selecting the Republican Candidates for the Offices of Assessor of Property and Constable (Districts 1-7). Individuals planning on running as a Republican should contact Chairman Dustin Estes by December 1, 2019, at 5PM.
All DeKalb County Republicans are invited to attend the Caucus. To participate in the Caucus, you must be a bona fide Republican and a registered voter of DeKalb County. The candidates selected at the Caucus will represent the Republican Party in the August 6, 2020, DeKalb County General Election.
For more information, please contact Republican Party Chair Dustin Estes at 615-604-0354 or go to our Facebook Page at DeKalb County Republican Party.
Open House at Four Seasons Community Fire Hall
An Open House at the new Four Seasons Community Fire Hall at 3300 Four Seasons Road will be Saturday, November 23 from 2-5 p.m. Come see the fire station and enjoy refreshments.
2nd Annual Festival of Trees
The 2nd Annual Festival of Trees is set for December 2nd from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at the DeKalb Complex and this year the event will support the Lighthouse Christian Camp’s Outreach Christmas Program which serves more than 500 children. Hundreds poured into the county complex last year to view the unveiling of the 39 uniquely decorated Christmas trees and to show support for DeKalb County Foster Children during the inaugural “Festival of Trees”. Patrons came bearing gifts which they placed under their favorite tree along Holly Hall, Candy Cane Lane, Cookies Café, and Stocking Theatre and the tree with the most gifts under it was designated “Tree of the Year”. Trees were also in the running for “Best Christmas Spirit”, “Most Unique”, “Best Overall Theme”, “Prettiest Tree”, “Most Touching Theme”, and “the tree I want in my living room” as voted on by visitors to the complex. “Last year was such a huge success with so many getting involved and over 1,000 toys having been donated. It was truly a community event of giving,” said Josh Issac. “This year will be bigger and better. We are shooting for 50 trees and even more vendors for your Christmas shopping needs. We also will have free Christmas Cookies and drinks as well as Pictures with Santa. It’s a free event but we ask that you bring gifts for kids to teens and place them under the tree you want to win “2019 TREE OF THE YEAR”. There will also be other categories you will be able to vote on during the Opening Night celebration. “ This event is FREE and you can come join us all night or stop by for 10 minutes,” said Issac. If you would like to put up a tree or be a vendor please call 615-318-2298.
DESA to Prepare and Deliver Thanksgiving Day Meals
The DeKalb Emergency Services Association (DESA), in partnership with local businesses and volunteers, will again be preparing and delivering Thanksgiving Meals to the needy or underserved on Thursday, November 28.
“We feel that this is just another way our local emergency service providers and our supporters can serve our community. If you or a family member would like a hot meal on Thanksgiving Day, please call one of the numbers listed below to be added to our delivery list. We will need your address, phone number, and number of persons in your household. The meals are scheduled to be delivered between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 Noon,” said Association President Blake Cantrell.
DESA will accept names of persons requesting a meal through Friday, November 15.
Additionally, if you want to support this community project by donating food items or volunteering your time to prepare meals and/or make deliveries, you can contact the phone numbers above or make monetary donations at Wilson Bank & Trust in Smithville. Please let them know it is for the DeKalb County Emergency Services Thanksgiving Meal Delivery. The DeKalb Emergency Services Association also plans to prepare and deliver meals on Christmas Eve. A future announcement will be publicized later for this project.
DeKalb County Neighbors Helping Neighbors Blood Assurance Drive
A DeKalb County Neighbors Helping Neighbors Blood Assurance Drive will be Monday, November 25 from noon until 5 p.m. at the County Complex Senior Citizens Center inside the Bloodmobile.
All donors will be given a “Get in the Game For Life" long sleeve t-shirt and their names entered for a chance to win a $200 Target Gift Certificate
To schedule an appointment, go to Bloodassurance.org/dekalb or contact Jimmy Poss at 615-464-7426 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please remember to EAT A GOOD MEAL and drink additional water and bring a photo ID.
Blood Assurance is the SOLE blood provider for our local hospitals
DeKalb County Grand Jury to Meet
The next term of the DeKalb County Grand Jury will meet on Friday, November 22 at 9 a.m. in the courthouse.
“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 Katherine Pack, 1 Public Square, Room 201, Smithville, 37166,” said Circuit Court Clerk Susan Martin.
“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,” said Martin.
Stay Strong, Stay Healthy
Stay Strong, Stay Healthy (SSSH) aims to provide older adults (age 40 and over) with access to a safe, structured and effective exercise program capable of building muscle and increasing bone density, thus decreasing frailty, osteoporosis and the risk of falls.
UT Extension Agent April Martin will be the instructor for this 8 week course scheduled for Monday and Thursdays from 5:30—6:30 pm.
CLASS DATES, 5:30—6:30 p.m. in UT Room at County Complex
Mondays & Thursdays
Nov. 4, 7, 11, 14, 18 21, 25
Dec. 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23
* Space is very limited
* No Cost!
* Register by Monday, Oct 21
* Call 615-597-4945 or email