Election Day Has Arrived (View sample ballot here)

November 8, 2022
By: Dwayne Page

DeKalb County voters will return to the polls for the last time this year today (Tuesday, November 8) for the State and Federal General Elections.

Polls at all 12 precincts in DeKalb County will be open from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. and WJLE will have LIVE election return coverage when the polls close at 7 p.m. on AM 1480/FM 101.7 and LIVE streaming at

(Click link below for statewide election returns)

For the 14 day early voting period, October 19 through November 3 a total of 2,134 cast ballots in DeKalb County.

Sample Ballot

Voters will be making their selections for Governor, Congressman and State Representative and voters in the 4th district only will have a candidate for Constable to fill an unexpired term. In addition, voters will be making their choices on four constitutional amendments.

Candidates for Governor are: Republican incumbent Bill Lee, Democratic nominee Jason Brantley Martin and Independents Constance M. Every, John Gentry, Basil Marceaux, Charles Van Morgan, Alfred O’Neil, Deborah Rouse, Michael E. Scantland and Rick Tyler.

Candidates for U.S House of Representatives District 6 are Republican incumbent John Rose and Democratic challenger Randal Cooper.

Candidates for Tennessee House of Representatives District 40 are Republican Michael Hale and Democrat Tom Cook, both from DeKalb County.

The lone candidate for Constable in the 4th District is Republican Lane Ball.

Suspicious Early Morning Fire Under Investigation

November 8, 2022
By: Dwayne Page

A suspicious fire early Monday morning is under investigation by the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department.

Members of the DeKalb County Fire Department were dispatched at 2:32 a.m. to a single wide mobile home on South Judkins Lane in the Jefferson Community where the residence and a bass boat were reportedly on fire.

“Upon arrival firefighters found the mobile home with heavy fire showing through the roof on one end of the residence in the bedroom area. The bass boat also had heavy fire in the engine and fuel tank areas. Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire containing the blaze to the bedroom of the mobile home. The remainder of the residence received extensive heat and smoke damage. Two caged dogs perished inside the home. The boat was extensively damaged by the fire,” said DeKalb County Fire Chief Donny Green.

No one was injured and no other nearby properties were damaged. The incident is being investigated by DeKalb Sheriff’s Department detectives.

The Keltonburg, Belk, Blue Springs, Four Seasons, Short Mountain Highway, and Main Stations responded along with the tanker, DeKalb EMS, and the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department.

Smithville Mayor and Aldermen Adopt Budget Amendments For Upcoming Projects (View video here)

November 8, 2022
By: Dwayne Page

The Smithville Mayor and Aldermen Monday night took the next step toward eventually installing a new irrigation system for the fairways and greens at the Smithville Golf Course replacing the 55-year-old infrastructure.

During the regular monthly meeting, the Aldermen adopted a budget amendment ordinance on second and final reading in the amount of $375,000 to purchase materials for the project. The labor costs will be addressed later estimated to be around $215,000. Bids were advertised recently but none were received.

The city’s financial advisor Janice Plemmons Jackson said last month that the funds are available for this project in the city budget thanks in part to golf course generated fees over the years.

The Aldermen also adopted on final reading as part of the same budget amendment ordinance an expenditure in the amount of $15,832 toward the purchase of a new garbage truck and $112,541 to do street paving. These are funds needed to meet costs above what was budgeted for these projects.

The total amount to cover the extra costs for all these projects named in the budget amendment ordinance comes to $503,373 to be taken from the city’s unreserved general fund balance.

The Aldermen also adopted on first reading another budget amendment ordinance to cover extra costs for other specific projects in both the general fund and water and sewer fund.

In the general fund, the city needs an extra $31,783 to cover costs of replacing the city hall roof for which the aldermen had budgeted $100,000; $14,000 for repairs or reconstruction of a used backhoe; and $27,151 to repair or replace an arm on a city sanitation truck. The total amount of the budget amendment for these projects comes to $72,934 to be taken from the unreserved general fund balance.

In the water and sewer fund, the budget amendment ordinance includes $50,000 needed for a sewer pump station upgrade on Jennings Lane. The money will be taken from the water and sewer funds retained earnings or reserves.

Meanwhile, the Aldermen voted to promote Josh Hawkins to the position of Public Works Supervisor and increase his hourly pay from $ 22.31 to $25 per hour. Hawkins will work under Public Works Director Kevin Robinson.

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