October 22, 2020
By: Dwayne Page
A total of 2,500 people out of 12,508 registered voters in DeKalb County have cast ballots early for the November 3 election.
According to the DeKalb County Election Commission 356 voted Wednesday including 328 in person and 28 by absentee for a seven day total of 2,500.
Early voting hours today (Thursday, October 22) will be from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. All early voting is being conducted in the first floor courtroom of the DeKalb County Courthouse.
Voters are also reminded the last day to request an absentee ballot is Tuesday October 27.
Safeguards are in place to help protect both workers and voters during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our office, in conjunction with the local election commission and state office, has worked to make the voting process as ‘No Touch’ as possible, just as it was in August” said Administrator of Elections Dennis Stanley.
“Voters will have access to a disposable pen when they arrive to vote which will minimize contact with shared surfaces and voting machines. Voters may also use their own pen or may use disposable gloves.”
Hand sanitizer will be available at the polling locations and poll workers have been equipped with face masks and/or face shields and some will be stationed behind plexiglass sneeze guards. Social distancing signs will be displayed either on the floor or walls throughout the entrance and voting area.
“We encourage all voters to do their part in making the voting experience a safe and efficient process,” said Stanley.
Voting by precinct compared to the number of registered voters by precinct is as follows through Wednesday, October 21:
Alexandria: 181 voted (registered voters in this precinct 1,320 (13.7% have voted)
Temperance Hall: 86 voted (504 registered voters in this precinct (17% have voted)
Edgar Evins State Park: 7 voted (100 registered voters in this precinct (7% have voted)
Liberty: 85 voted (546 registered voters in this precinct (15.5% have voted)
Dowelltown: 96 voted (534 registered voters in this precinct (17.9% have voted)
Snow Hill: 135 voted (710 registered voters in this precinct (19% have voted)
Church of God: 400 voted (1,808 registered voters in this precinct (22.1% have voted)
Rock Castle: 24 voted (188 registered voters in this precinct (12.7% have voted)
Courthouse: 480 voted (1,770 registered voters in this precinct (27.1% have voted)
Johnson’s Chapel: 122 voted (532 registered voters in this precinct (22.9% have voted)
County Complex: 309 voted (1,347 registered voters in this precinct (22.9% have voted)
Belk: 40 voted (389 registered voters in this precinct (10.2% have voted)
Keltonburg: 115 voted (574 registered voters in this precinct (20% have voted)
Blue Springs: 90 voted (630 registered voters in this precinct (14.2% have voted)
Church of Christ Annex: 330 voted (1,556 registered voters in this precinct (21.2% have voted)
Voting totals for the previous six days were as follows:
*Wednesday, October 14- 528 cast ballots including 287 in person and 241 by absentee.
*Thursday, October 15 – 320 voted including 303 in person and 17 absentees
*Friday, October 16- 340 including 336 in person and 4 absentees
*Saturday, October 17- 268 including 247 in person and 21 absentees
*Monday, October 19- 362 which was 346 in person (including Webb House residents) and 16 absentees.
*Tuesday, October 20-326 including 317 in person and 9 by absentee
Early Voting is underway through October 29 in the first floor courtroom of the courthouse.
Early voting hours are as follows:
Mondays 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Thursdays 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. (except the last Thursday, Oct. 29 when the hours will be 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.)
Fridays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (except the last Friday, October 23 when the hours will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
Saturdays 9 a.m. to Noon.
DeKalb Health Department Hosting Free Flu Clinic and Blood Assurance Drive Today (Thursday)
October 22, 2020
By: Dwayne Page
The DeKalb County Health Department will be hosting a FREE flu clinic and a Blood Assurance drive today (Thursday, October 22) on Tiger Drive in Smithville.
The drive-thru flu clinic will be held from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Meanwhile the DeKalb County Blood Assurance Drive will be from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the health department inside the Bloodmobile at the parking lot.
All donors will receive a $10 Wal-Mart gift card and a “Turn Over a New Leaf Mug”.
Donors may download “bloodassurancequicksreen” and answer the health questions today prior to coming to the mobile unit to donate. This will save 10 minutes on the bus.
To schedule an appointment, go to Bloodassurance.org/dekalbhealth or contact Ashby Woodward at 615-597-7599 or Ashby.Woodward@tn.gov.
Please remember to EAT A GOOD MEAL and drink additional water and bring a photo ID. Blood Assurance is the SOLE blood provider for our local hospitals.
First Young Young Sportsman Deer Hunt October 31 to November 1
October 21, 2020
By: Dwayne Page
The first of two Tennessee young sportsman deer hunts for the 2020-21 season will be held the weekend of Oct. 31-Nov. 1.
Youth ages 6-16 may participate. Participating youth can use gun, muzzleloader, or archery equipment.
Young sportsmen must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult, 21 or older who must remain in position to take immediate control of the hunting device. The adult must also comply with the fluorescent orange regulations as specified for legal hunters. Multiple youth may be accompanied by a single qualifying adult.
Archery season began in the state on Sept. 26 and the first segment ends Oct. 30, the day prior to the opening of the young sportsman hunt. The second segment of archery only season is Monday, Nov. 2 through Friday, Nov. 6. Muzzleloader/archery season starts Nov. 7. In Unit CWD, gun/muzzleloader/archery season begins Nov. 7.
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency recommends that all hunters obtain a 2020-21 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide. The guide lists license requirements, the counties and bag limits for each of the different deer management units. The guide is available on the TWRA website. www.tnwildlife.org, the TWRA App, and where hunting and fishing licenses are sold.
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