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State Reports Five COVID-19 Deaths in DeKalb County

August 20, 2020
By: Dwayne Page

A total of five people have died in DeKalb County with COVID-19 according to the Tennessee Department of Health.

DeKalb County’s confirmed and probable number of COVID-19 cases now totals 416 with 122 active and 5 deaths.

As of Sunday , August 23 there have been a total of 6,010 tests  with 5,594 negative results and 416 positive and 5 deaths. A total of 289 persons tested positive since March have recovered.

The DeKalb County Health Department’s testing hours are Monday-Friday from 9am to 12 NOON every day.

In the 14 county Upper Cumberland region, Putnam County has 2,145 (23 deaths), Macon 880 (14 deaths), Warren 735 (7 deaths), Cumberland 706 (7 deaths), Smith 503 (8 deaths ), DeKalb 416 (5 deaths), White 430 (7 deaths), Overton 357 (1 death), Cannon 185, Jackson 189 (1 death), Fentress 147, Clay 102, Van Buren 53, and Pickett 46 (1 death)

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Tennessee’s Free Hunting Day Set for Saturday, Squirrel Season to Open

August 19, 2020
By: Dwayne Page

Tennessee residents are allowed to hunt without a license on Saturday, Aug. 22 which coincides with the opening day of squirrel season.

Free Hunting Day is an event the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency annually provides in hopes of increasing interest in hunting. Squirrel hunting is one of Tennessee’s oldest and favorite traditions. The day serves as an excellent opportunity for persons to experience the enjoyment of the sport.

The TWRA encourages regular hunters to introduce friends and family members (young and old) to the outdoor sport. It is also an excellent opportunity for persons who have not tried hunting in a while to be reintroduced to the sport.

On Free Hunting Day, state resident hunters are exempt from hunting licenses and WMA permit requirements. Many of the WMAs are open to hunters seeking public access on Aug. 22. Hunters are asked to check the information for particular WMAs in the 2020-21 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide. Sportsmen are reminded to ask for permission to hunt on private lands.

The TWRA offers a reminder that hunter education requirements are not waived for Free Hunting Day. Anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1969 is required to have successfully completed a hunter education course. An apprentice license is required for those born on or after Jan. 1, 1969 if the hunter education course has not been completed. This license exempts the hunter from the mandatory hunter education law for one year from the date of purchase, but may only be purchased for up to three consecutive years during the lifetime of the hunter.

Hunters can harvest up to 10 squirrels a day from the opening day of squirrel season through Feb. 28, 2021. Each hunting day begins a half-hour before sunrise and ending a half-hour after sunset.

In addition to squirrels, those species that have a year-round season will be open as well. The year-round species include armadillos, beavers, coyotes, groundhogs, and striped skunks.

For more information about hunting in Tennessee, visit TWRA’s website at or contact your nearest TWRA regional office.

DTC Communications to Host Annual Meeting

August 19, 2020

DeKalb Telephone Cooperative, Inc. d/b/a DTC Communications will host its annual meeting on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, at the DeKalb County Fairgrounds in Alexandria.

DTC members will see changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. DTC will follow the recommendations from the Tennessee Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control in addressing social distancing and safety measures for the well-being of DTC members and employees.

Directors will be elected in the Milton, Norene, and Woodbury exchanges. Incumbents Jim Vinson – Milton exchange, Terry McPeak – Norene exchange, and Brian Alexander – Woodbury exchange are running unopposed.

Voting for directors will take place at the cooperative’s annual meeting on Saturday, Sept. 26. Gates to the DeKalb County Fairgrounds in Alexandria will open at 8:45 a.m., with voting from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. The business meeting will begin at 11 a.m. or once the last person in line at that time has voted.

Only DTC members may vote, and each member must present proper photo identification. For a single membership, only that individual may vote. Either member of a joint membership may vote, but not both. In the case of a business membership, a business affidavit is required.

The last day to make changes to your membership or to be eligible to vote in the 2020 election will be Thursday, September 17.

For questions regarding membership and voting, call DTC at (615) 529-2955.

DTC Communications is a member owned telecommunications cooperative established in 1951. DTC provides world-class broadband and technology solutions to improve the quality of life of our members and communities in the regions we serve.

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