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The Race is on for August 6th Elections

April 2, 2020
By: Dwayne Page

Five candidates will be vying for one of three aldermen seats in the Smithville Municipal Election on Thursday, August 6th.

(Today) Thursday at noon was the qualifying deadline.

The slate of candidates include Incumbent Aldermen Shawn Jacobs, Danny Washer, and Donnie Crook along with newcomers, Jessica Higgins and Timothy John Perricone.

The City of Smithville has five aldermen and a mayor but they do not all run for election in the same year. Three aldermen will be elected this year. The other two aldermen and the mayor were elected in 2018 and will be up for election again in 2022.

All terms are for four years.

Meanwhile a mayor and two aldermen will be elected in the Dowelltown City Election on August 6th

Today (Thursday) at noon was the qualifying deadline.

Incumbent Dowelltown Mayor Pam Redmon will be unopposed for re-election while Phillip Byford and Chris Walker will be running for Dowelltown Alderman.

The terms are for four years.

Although five aldermen seats were to have been filled on August 6th in the Alexandria City Election only one person qualified to get her name on the ballot. Lynne Dickerson is seeking a four year term as Alderman.

Today (Thursday) at noon was the qualifying deadline

There will only be one contested school board race on August 6th. Jason Miller and Shawn Washer will be seeking the 6th district seat to succeed two term incumbent Doug Stephens, who is not running for re-election.

Meanwhile Jamie L Cripps will be unopposed in her bid to succeed long time 5th district school board member W.J. (Dub) Evins, III who is not seeking re-election.

The terms are four years.

Today (Thursday) at noon was the qualifying deadline.

State Representatives Terri Lynn Weaver of Lancaster in District 40 and Clark Boyd of Lebanon in District 46 will be unopposed for re-nomination in the Tennessee Republican Primary on August 6th. No candidates qualified for these offices in the Tennessee Democratic Primary. Weaver will face opposition from Independent candidate Paddy Sizemore of Smith County in the November Tennessee General Election.

The terms are for two years.

Suanne Bone of Lebanon qualified for the Tennessee Democratic Primary on August 6th to fill a vacancy as State Executive Committeewoman in District 17.

Today (Thursday) at noon was the qualifying deadline.

Republican Congressman John Rose of Cookeville will be unopposed in the Tennessee GOP Primary for re-nomination on August 6 but he will have challengers in the November Tennessee General Election.

Christopher Martin Finley of Sparta is unopposed for the Democratic Nomination for Congressman on August 6 and will be in the November race and Christopher B. Monday of Cookeville is an independent candidate for the office in November.

The only county wide race in the DeKalb County General Election on August 6th will be Assessor of Property.

Republican Incumbent Assessor Shannon Cantrell, seeking a second four year term, will face a challenge for re-election by Democrat Tom Duggin.

All seven constable candidates will be unopposed in their respective districts on August 6th including Waylon Kyle in the 1st District, Darrell Johnson 2nd District, Travis Bryant 3rd District, Paul Cantrell 4th District, Mark Milam 5th District, Jason Brown 6th District, and Johnny King in the 7th District.

All are Democrats except Bryant.

The terms are for four years.

Meanwhile, Republican Criminal Court Judge Wesley Bray will be unopposed in the 13th Judicial District special election on August 6th to serve out the last two years of former Judge David Patterson’s unexpired term. Patterson stepped down from the bench last year and Bray was appointed by the Governor to succeed him until the August 6th, 2020 election.

God’s Food Pantry to be Closed Friday, April 3

April 2, 2020
By: Dwayne Page

God’s Food Pantry at 430 East Broad Street, Smithville will not be open this Friday, April 3rd.

In order to assure adherence to CDC Corona Virus COVID-19 guidelines revised food giveaway procedures will be developed to protect both those served and the volunteers. These procedures need to take into account that several hundred people receive food on each of the twice a month scheduled pantry days.

“Up to this point, persons have always entered the pantry for their food however, this is no longer viable given the number of persons served. In addition, limited outside space makes it difficult for vehicles to be lined up and loaded with food boxes. In consideration of these issues, a revised system might encompass assigning time slots alphabetically and over a different time frame. We are planning on having a revised system in place for the April 17th scheduled food pantry which will be announced,” said Pat Zornow

“It is important to note that volunteers are still available to provide food. We are asking persons who consider their situation an emergency to please call the pantry at 615-597-4540.and leave a message. Within the past week over 60 families have received emergency food boxes,” she added.

“Thank you and we apologize for any inconvenience but everyone’s health is of utmost importance. Remember, call 615-597-4540 and leave a message if you need food now,” Zornow said.

DeKalb County Now has 5 Confirmed Cases of the Coronavirus

April 1, 2020
By: Dwayne Page

DeKalb County now has 5 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus. Eighty five have tested negative as of Friday, April 3.

County Mayor Tim Stribling made the announcement in the following statement.

“I have been notified by the TN Department of Health that there is one more confirmed COVID-19 case in DeKalb County bringing the total of confirmed cases to five as of this date,” said Stribling.

“No one is safe. I cannot stress enough how serious this pandemic is and everyone needs to do their part in helping to limit the spread of this virus. We can’t be doing the kinds of things we were doing a few months ago. Rethink your daily activities. Social distancing is crucial to limiting coronavirus’ spread. Limit exposure. That’s the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This means staying home as much as you can and minimizing contact with others. Public health experts also are advising that people wash their hands often and clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces,” Stribling continued.

“We will continue to work closely with the TN Department of Health and all agencies of government at all levels to minimize the impact on the residents of DeKalb County. That has been and continues to be our primary concern. We will get through this together as everyone takes a personal responsibility to do everything they can to protect our county.” he said.

Individuals with specific questions can call the TDH Information line at 877-857-2945 or 931-646-7586.

Meanwhile, the DeKalb County Health Department is continuing to conduct COVID-19 drive thru assessments this week at the health department on Tiger Drive with help from members of the Tennessee National Guard.

Drive thru assessments are being held Monday through Friday each week from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. until further notice.

“If you have symptoms of COVID-19, we encourage you to stop by our health department for an assessment,” said County Mayor Stribling.

For more information on COVID-19, please visit: which also has a link to the Center for Disease Control website.

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