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Early Voting Ends Saturday, August 1

July 30, 2020
By: Dwayne Page

Early voting ends Saturday, August 1 for next week’s election.

As of Thursday July 30, a total of 1240 people had taken advantage of early voting (July 17-30) for the August 6 election.

According to the DeKalb County Election Commission Office, 122 people cast ballots Thursday including 114 in person and 8 absentees. Of that number 80 voted in the Tennessee Republican Primary and 42 in the State Democratic Primary.

The City of Smithville vote stands at 350 total through Thursday including in-person and absentee ballots and property rights voters. Thirty two people voted Thursday.

After twelve days a total of 812 have voted in the Tennessee GOP primary, 383 in the Tennessee Democratic Primary, and 45 have voted only in the DeKalb County General Election without voting in either state primary.

Early voting started Friday, July 17 and runs through Saturday, Aug. 1 in the downstairs courtroom of the courthouse.

Hours for early voting are Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Election day voting at all 15 precincts will be from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 6.

Smithville Elementary Kindergarten Orientation and New Registration

July 25, 2020
By: Dwayne Page

Attention Parents of Smithville Elementary Kindergarteners:

Kindergarten orientation will be held on Monday and Tuesday nights (July 27-28) beginning at 6:00 p.m. for incoming Kindergarteners.

July 27, 6:00 pm Orientation for These Teachers: Mrs.Crystal Young, Mrs.LeVaughnda Midgett, Ms.Emily Bartlett, Mrs. Kelly Huling, Mrs. Kristen Malone.

July 28, 6:00 pm Orientation for These Teachers: Mrs.Cristy Spears, Mrs.Misty Agee, Mrs.Tanya Howard, Ms.Lindsey Bouldin

Important Info to know:

Kindergarten teachers mailed letters or postcards to their new students.

A maximum of 3 attendees (student, and two parents/guardians) at the event. Due to limited space and observation of social distancing, please do not bring siblings or more than the number of people per student to the orientation.

Parking is available in the front of the building, facing E. Bryant Street

Enter at the side entrance (Kindergarten Hallway) of the school, next to Walker Drive

Masks are ALWAYS encouraged, but not mandatory at this time

Temperatures MUST be checked by SES staff prior to entering the building. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 or above will not be permitted to enter the building.

All attendees will be required to answer the following questions:

Have you been in close contact with a person with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19?

Have you had an unusual cough or shortness of breath?

Have you had a sore throat or other flu like symptoms?

Have you had a new loss of taste or smell?

Have you vomited or had diarrhea in the past 24 hours?

If you answer YES to any of the questions listed above, you will not be permitted to enter the building for Kindergarten Orientation.

Parents who have not registered their Kindergartener by July 27 can come to Smithville Elementary School between 6:00-7:00 p.m. on Monday, July 27 or Tuesday, July 28 to register their child. However, online registration is encouraged and recommended. On-line registration can be found on the Smithville Elementary website (

If you have any questions, please contact Smithville Elementary School at 615.597.4415 between the hours of 7:00-3:00, Monday through Friday.

Sheriff’s Department Seeks Public’s Help in Locating Two Burglary Suspects (Shown Here in Home Surveillance Video)

July 24, 2020
By: Dwayne Page

The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department is seeking the whereabouts of two suspects in a burglary investigation and is asking for the help of the public in finding them.

Sheriff Patrick Ray told WJLE that on Saturday, July 18 at 8:48 pm Central dispatch received a call of a burglary at a home on Short Mountain Highway. Surveillance video showed two men, one of them carrying a weapon with his face partially covered, who came up to the residence (See photos). One of the men, an African American, gained entry to a bedroom of the residence through a window. The intruder then walked down the hallway of the home where he was confronted by the homeowner. The suspect then turned and ran back into the bedroom and exited through the same window where he entered the home,

Video (2) from dwayne page on Vimeo.

Anyone who has information on the identity of the two suspects, please call Detective Brian Williams at 615-597-4935 extension 224 or Sheriff Patrick Ray at 615-597-4935 extension 202 or the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department’s Crime Tip Line at 615-464-6400.

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