DeKalb Animal Shelter Offering Dog Days of Summer Pet Adoption Special (View Video Here)

July 25, 2022
By: Dwayne Page

The DeKalb Animal Shelter is commemorating the Dog Days of Summer by offering a pet adoption special this week, July 25-30.

Adopt any dog or cat at the DeKalb Animal Shelter and your adoption fee is only $32.

Need a little help making your selection? How about “Elaine”?

A five-year-old Boxer Mix, “Elaine” is the WJLE/DeKalb Animal Shelter featured “Pet of the Week”. She is also currently the longest serving pet resident at the shelter and needs a forever home as soon as possible.

“Elaine has been with us since December. She came from a really bad situation but we and other volunteers have worked with her and she has come a long way. Elaine is well mannered and great on a leash. She seems to be potty trained and does really well outside. She doesn’t make a mess and sits patiently waiting for her food every morning. Elaine is an all-around good girl. She has been spayed, heart worm screened, micro-chipped, and vaccinated. We really want to find her a home,” said Shelter Director Emmaly Bennett.

Visit our website at and fill out and submit an adoption application and we will call you to come in and meet Elaine,” said Bennett.

The shelter is open Monday-Friday from 8 to 4 and Saturday from 8 to 12 on Transfer Station Road behind Tenneco Automotive.

New Intersection Opened at Highway 56 and Keltonburg Road (Highway 288)

July 24, 2022
By: Dwayne Page

Motorists traveling Keltonburg Road (Highway 288) are urged to be aware of the new traffic pattern at the intersection with Highway 56.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation has announced that the contractor, Jones Brothers Contractors, has shifted traffic on State Route 288 (Keltonburg Road) to the new State Route 56 (McMinnville Highway) intersection which is now directly across from Blue Springs Road. Motorists should use caution at the new intersection and be mindful of the new traffic pattern. The old intersection there has been closed.

Meanwhile, TDOT has announced a traffic shift between LM 24.4 in Warren County through LM 1.0 in DeKalb County. There is a detour in place for Sink Creek Road. Motorists should follow posted signs in the area. The contractor will continue installing concrete box culverts and drainage structures. Grade work, bridge work, and paving operations on the new roadway alignment are ongoing. The contractor is utilizing flagging operations throughout the project in multiple areas for grading operations.

Traffic has also been shifted onto the detour between SR-288 and Old Blue Springs Road for the contractor to complete grade work in the area. There are several traffic shifts in Smithville City Limits from South College Street to the end of the project to allow the contractor to complete work. The speed limit has been reduced to 45 mph in the construction zone.

As for the Highway 70 project between Liberty and Alexandria, TDOT has announced that the contractor, Twin K Construction continues grading activities. Temporary lane closures and/or periodic traffic stoppages will be necessary for construction activities. Motorists should use caution while traveling through the work zone and be aware of construction personnel.

Educators and support staff return to school for system-wide in-service Tuesday, July 26

July 24, 2022
By: Dwayne Page

Educators and support staff will return to school this week in preparation for the start of the new year next week.

A system-wide in-service day will be Tuesday, July 26 and at the individual schools Wednesday and Thursday, July 27 & 28.

Registration for students will be Monday, August 1 and the first full day of school is set for Wednesday, August 3. Tuesday, August 2 will be an administrative day for teachers only.

The 2022-23 school calendar is as follows:

DeKalb County students and teachers will have a full week off for fall break October 17-21, Thanksgiving November 21-25, and spring break March 27-31, and a two week break for Christmas December 21 to January 4. December 20 will be an abbreviated day. Students will return to school after the Christmas holiday on January 5, 2023. Schools will also be closed for Labor Day September 5, Dr. Martin Luther King Day January 16, President’s Day February 20, and Good Friday April 7. The last day of school will be May 24, 2023.

Report cards will be issued at all schools on October 10, January 9, March 14, and May 24.

Parent teacher conferences will be held at DCHS from 3-6 p.m. on October 10 and March 14 and at all the other schools, DWS, NES, SES, and DMS from 3-6 p.m. on October 13 and March 16.

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