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Results of 2020 Farm Service Agency County Committee Elections

January 8, 2021

Donny Green, County Executive Director of the DeKalb/Cannon County Farm Service Agency, says the DeKalb/Cannon FSA County Committee met in regular session on Thursday, December 10, 2020 to canvass and tabulate the ballots received in the 2020 Local Administrative Area (LAA) # 2 (DeKalb County) and LAA # 4 (Cannon County) county committee elections.

For LAA # 2, Grant Williams was elected to serve as Committee Member. For LAA # 4, Terry Young was elected to serve as Committee Member. Elected members began their terms on January 1, 2021.

The DeKalb/Cannon FSA County Committee met on January 5, 2021 to conduct its Organizational Meeting. For 2021, the Committee selected R.V. Billings, Jr. as the Chairperson, and Robert Melton as the Vice-Chairperson. Jimmy Womack, Terry Young, and Grant Williams serve as members of the Committee. Mary Sanders serves as the Committee Advisor. The Committee meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 8:30 a.m. at the DeKalb/Cannon County USDA Service Center located at 647 Bright Hill Rd.

Green says that the DeKalb/Cannon FSA County Committee and office staff wish to express their appreciation to voters in LAA # 2 and LAA # 4 who participated in the election by voting and returning their ballots. “The local County Committees are a very important part of Farm Service Agency’s program delivery and administrative processes,” added Green.

For more information about FSA’s County Committees or other program inquiries, call 597-8225 (extension 2) or come by the DeKalb/Cannon County Farm Service Agency office at 647 Bright Hill Street in Smithville. You can also visit the agency’s web site at:

DCHS at Cannon County Tonight (Friday)

January 8, 2021
By: Dwayne Page

The DCHS basketball teams will meet Cannon County for the first time this season tonight (Friday) in Woodbury.

The girls game tips off at 6 p.m. followed by the boys game. WJLE will have LIVE coverage with John Pryor.

The Tigers are 3-5 (1-2) and the Lady Tigers are 3-6 (0-3). The Lions are 6-6 (1-2) and the Lionettes are 3-8 (0-3).

With only a few exceptions, no public attendance is permitted at high school athletic events until at least January 19 in accordance with Governor Bill Lee’s Executive Order #70. The only attendees permitted at high school athletic practices or games, in addition to the student-athletes on the team, are:

1.Players’ parents or guardians and immediate household members;
2.First Responders;
3.Coaching and team personnel;
4.School, game, and facility administrators;
5.Athletics officials; and
6.Media and athletic scouting personnel attending the event in their professional capacity.

Social distancing between persons from different households is required. While the Executive Order does not mandate the use of masks, the Governor has encouraged masks, and the TSSAA COVID-19 Sports Regulations provision regarding the use of masks remains.

These are minimum restrictions. Depending on particular school, facility, or community circumstances, school officials may require additional limitations on attendance.

DCHS Basketball, Baseball, and Softball Moving to Class 3A starting with 2021-22 Season

January 8, 2021
By: Dwayne Page

The DeKalb County High School basketball schedule will have a different look starting with the 2021-22 season.

Currently, DeKalb County is part of District 8 AA, Region 4. A year from now, DeKalb County will be part of District 7 Class 3A, Region 4. The change was not sought by the school but due to recent TSSAA Reclassification.

DCHS baseball and girls softball will also be moving from District 8AA to District 7AAA in 2021-22.

District 8AA is currently comprised of DeKalb County, Macon County, Upperman, York Institute, Watertown, Livingston Academy, Smith County, and Cannon County.

In addition to DeKalb County, the new seven team Class 3A District 7 will be made up of Livingston Academy, Macon County, and Upperman along with newcomers Cumberland County, Stone Memorial, and White County.

Longtime district rivals York Institute, Watertown, Smith County, and Cannon County will remain in Class 2A. York will become part of District 5AA with Bledsoe County, Jackson County, Monterey, and Sequatchie County.

Cannon County, Smith County, and Watertown will join Westmoreland in District 6AA

DeKalb County Lady Tiger Basketball Coach Danny Fish said while the new district will be more challenging for his program, it provides an opportunity.

“Just when you thought District 8AA couldn’t get any harder, it will. We will be losing teams we have traditionally been rivals with for a long time. Watertown, Smith County, York Institute, and Cannon County will be moving out of our district. Stone Memorial, White County, and Cumberland County will be moving in with us (DeKalb), Macon County, Livingston Academy, and Upperman. That will be real tough. We thought it was a gauntlet before but it’s going to get harder in the upcoming seasons but we have played those teams in the past. In the last couple of years we have been able to split with White County and they were the District 6AAA champions last year. When we get in that district I believe we can rise to the occasion. Maybe our kids will train a little bit harder and longer and more throughout the year to make us more competitive in that district. I hope we can continue our process of staying in the top (district). We have worked really hard over the past couple of years to get where we are at and I think we will continue to work harder in the future to stay where we need to be once again. If we can make it out of that district into the region we will have a chance to win it all because will be playing by far in one of the toughest AAA districts in the state,” said Coach Fish.

“its going to be a lot different. The new teams coming into the district, White County, Cumberland County, and Stone Memorial have historically been really good in basketball so an already tough district for us will get tougher for sure. That will be starting next year (2021-22) and for the next four years. It will be challenging but we will be ready to compete,” said DCHS Tiger Basketball Coach John Sanders.

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