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“Speck” Is Ready to Meet You at the DeKalb Animal Shelter (View Video Here)

September 26, 2020
By: Dwayne Page

Whoever said a dog is man’s best friend must have had dogs like “Speck” in mind.

This WJLE/DeKalb Animal Shelter featured “Pet of the Week” is now available for adoption at the DeKalb Animal Shelter.

DeKalb Animal Shelter Employee Emmaly Bennett with Speck from dwayne page on Vimeo.

“Speck is about a four and a half year old heeler mix and he has already been neutered. Speck is wonderful. He is great on a leash and knows simple commands. He is a lover. We are not sure about how well he gets along with other dogs yet so if you do want to meet him and have another pet we would like for you to bring your dog with you so they can have a meeting. Speck doesn’t particularly like small children. He is good with older children but small kids tend to scare him a little,” said Shelter employee Emmaly Bennett.

“We are still open by appointment only so fill out an application on our website. We will then call you to set up an appointment for you to come in and meet Speck,” said Bennett.

“Great news! You can now find ALL of the adoptable pets at the DeKalb Animal Shelter on our website! You will be able to directly apply to adopt by clicking on the photo of the pet you are interested in and filling out the requested information. We are excited to announce this feature and know it will help streamline the adoption process. If you have any problems or questions, please give us a call,” said Shelter Director Megan Moore

The shelter, located on Transfer Station Road behind Tenneco Automotive off Highway 70 east in Smithville, has been in operation since November, 2017 under the DeKalb Animal Coalition, a 501 c 3 non profit organization.

Phone 615-597-3647 (DOGS) for more information.

Tigers Maul Lions 49-7

September 26, 2020
By: Dwayne Page

After giving up a touchdown to Cannon County in the 2nd period, the DeKalb County Tigers scored 49 unanswered points to get the victory and even their season record at 3-3 in Woodbury Friday night. With the loss, the Lions fall to 0-6.

DeKalb County will host region foe Livingston Academy for Homecoming Friday night, October 2 in Smithville. Kick-off will be at 7 p.m. and WJLE will have LIVE coverage with John Pryor and Luke Willoughby.

Neither team scored in the 1st period Friday night but Cannon County took the lead with 11:10 left in the 2nd period on a 9 yard touchdown run by Connor Tucker. Jack Byford booted the extra point to give the Lions a 7-0 advantage.

It was all Tigers from then on.

With 7:37 left in the 2nd period Desmond Nokes scored on a 9 yard touchdown pass from Quarterback Axel Aldino. Jasper Kleparek connected on the extra point to tie the game at 7-7.

Aldino followed that with a 3 yard quarterback keeper for a touchdown with 4:17 left in the first half. Kleparek added the extra point and DeKalb County took a 14-7 lead.

Isaac Knowles caught a pass from Aldino good for 8 yards and a touchdown with 2:43 left in the half. Kleparek tacked on the extra point to give DC a 21-7 advantage.

The Tigers extended their lead with 31 seconds left in the half on a 16 yard touchdown pass from Aldino to Evan Jones. The PAT by Kleparek was good and DC led 28-7 by halftime.

T.J. Alexander caught a 4 yard touchdown pass from Aldino with 8:06 left in the 3rd period. Kleparek split the uprights for the extra point to give DeKalb County a 35-7 cushion.

Isaac Knowles scored on a 95 yard punt return with 5:33 left in the 3rd period. Kleparek added the extra point and the Tigers were in control 42-7.

The final score of the game came on a 2 yard touchdown run by Colby Barnes with 11:25 left in the 4th period. Kleparek booted the extra point and DeKalb County won 49-7.

Smithville USDA Service Center Open for In-Office Visitors by Appointment

September 25, 2020

Effective Monday, September 28, 2020, customers of the Smithville USDA Service Center will be able  to conduct business in person in the office by appointment only.

Visitors will be pre-screened based on health concerns or recent travel and must adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Visitors must wear a face covering during their appointment.

Visitors must call ahead and schedule an appointment.

Farm Service Agency: (615) 597-8225, Ext. 2

Natural Resources Conservation Service & DeKalb County Soil Conservation District: (615) 597-8225, Ext. 3

Employees may also be contacted by email at the following email addresses:
Farm Service Agency:

Natural Resources Conservation Service:
Soil Conservation District:

Program delivery staff will also continue to work with producers by phone and use online tools for those who do not feel comfortable coming to the Service Center in person.

Online services are still available to customers, including the new Box and OneSpan functionality that enable customers to sign and share FSA and NRCS documents with USDA Service Center staff in just a few clicks.

Producers can get started with a simple username and password for Box or, for OneSpan, a quick identity
verification. Additional services are available to customers with an eAuth account, which provides access to the portal where producers can view USDA farm loan information and payments and view and track certain USDA program applications and payments. Through the FSA website, customers can access certain FSA programs and view FSA data, including maps, on FSAfarm+. Customers who do not already have an eAuth account can enroll at
For the most current updates on program flexibilities due to the coronavirus visit

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