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DCHS Basketball Season Soon to Begin (View Video & Schedule Here)

October 26, 2021
By: Dwayne Page

The DeKalb County High School Basketball Teams will be ready to hit the court running November 16 & 20 with Hall of Fame action.

The Tigers and Lady Tigers will travel to Whitehouse, November 16 with the girls game at 6 p.m. followed by the boys showdown. DCHS will then head to Gordonsville on Saturday, November 20 starting with girls play at 12 noon.

The first regular season home games will be against Cannon County on Tuesday, November 23  followed by a trip to Warren County on Friday, November 26 to close out the month of November.

DeKalb County will also be stepping up a class moving from Class 2A Region 4 District 8 to Class 3A Region 4 District 7.

The former makeup of the district was 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.

Last year the Tigers finished with an overall record of 10-14 losing to Smith County in the first round of the District Tournament.

Without the presence of a big man inside this season, Tiger Coach John Sanders said this team’s style of play may be somewhat different.

“Last year we had Evan Jones who was able to score around the basket but this year we don’t have a traditional big man like that to go to inside so we may look to play a little faster and try to press a little more. We will probably be more perimeter oriented on offense. We tried it out this summer and the guys seemed to enjoy it and had some success with it,” said Coach Sanders.

“We have a lot of different guys who we are expecting to make plays in different ways including Brayden Antoniak, Jordan Young, Elijah Ramos, Conner Close, Stetson Agee, Nathaniel Crook, and Isaac Knowles, who is coming out from football this year. We are expecting some big things out of him. We have a lot of guys we are hoping will get some playing time this year,” added Coach Sanders.

As if the old district alignment wasn’t tough enough, Coach Sanders said the new district is perhaps even more challenging.

“I think Cumberland County is probably the front runner. They return a lot from the team they had last year. A team that won their district. White County is always really good and so is Stone Memorial. Upperman lost seven seniors so they might drop off a little bit. Livingston lost their all time leading scorer, Matthew Sells but they will still play really hard although they may drop off a little bit. Macon County lost one or two players but they should still be better. I expect it will be tough across the board,” said Coach Sanders.

2021-22 DCHS Tiger and Lady Tiger Basketball  Schedule
November
Tuesday – 16th: White House (HOF)- Away: 6:00
Saturday – 20th: Gordonsville (HOF)- Away: Noon
Tuesday – 23rd:Cannon County- Home : 6:00
Friday – 26th: Warren County- Away: 6:00

December
Friday – 3rd: Watertown- Away: 6:00
Monday – 6th: Cannon County- Away: 6:00
Tuesday – 7th: Smith County- Home: 6:00
Friday – 10th: Stone Memorial * -Home: 6:00
Monday 20th: Heritage Christmas Classic (girls)- Maryville, TN
Tuesday 21st: Heritage Christmas Classic (girls)- Maryville, TN
Wednesday 22nd:  Heritage Christmas Classic (girls)- Maryville, TN
Monday – 20th: Riverdale Christmas Classic (boys)- Murfreesboro TBA
Tuesday – 21st: Riverdale Christmas Classic (boys)- Murfreesboro TBA
Tuesday – 28th: Aflac Christmas (girls and boys)- Watertown TBA
Tuesday – 29th: Aflac Christmas (girls and boys)- Watertown TBA
Tuesday – 30th: Aflac Christmas ((girls and boys)- Watertown TBA

January
Tuesday – 4th: Livingston Academy *- Home: 6:00
Friday – 7th: Macon County *- Home: 6:00
Saturday – 8th: Warren County- Home: 3:00
Tuesday – 11th: Watertown -Home: 6:00
Friday – 14th: Cumberland County *- Away: 6:00
Tuesday – 18th: Upperman * -Home: 6:00
Friday – 21st: Stone Memorial *- Away: 6:00
Tuesday – 25th: White County *- Home: 6:00
Friday – 28th: Livingston Academy *- Away: 6:00
Monday – 31st: Smith County- Away: 6:00

February
Tuesday – 1st: Macon County * -Away: 6:00
Tuesday – 8th: Cumberland County * -Home: 6:00
Friday – 11th: Upperman *- Away: 6:00

* District 8AA games
^ Region 4AA games
Game time listed is start time of each girls contest, boys game to follow

Girls Head Coach: Danny Fish
Girls Assistant Coach: Maddison Parsley & Hanah Panter, Rayanna Chapman

Boys Head Coach: John Sanders
Boys Assistant Coach: Logan Vance & Seth Hackett

Tiger Roster:

Brayden Antoniak-Senior

Nathaniel Crook-Senior

Jordan Young-Senior

Isaac Knowles-Senior

Stetson Agee-Junior

Robert Wheeler-Junior

Elishah Ramos-Junior

Isaac Brown-Junior

Zack Birmingham-Junior

Conner Vance-Junior

Andrew Tramel-Junior

Ian Colwell-Sophomore

Conner Close-Sophomore

Kaleb Spears-Sophomore

Alex Antoniak-Sophomore

Jordan Parker-Freshman

Owen Snipes-Freshman

Seth Fuson-Freshman

Dallas Kirby-Freshman

Ian Barnes-Freshman

Managers- Aiden Whitman- Senior, Brayden Summers-Sophomore, and Andrew Dakas-Freshman .

2021-22 DCHS Basketball Cheerleaders

Seniors- Evie Day, Keirstine Robinson, Kyleigh Hill, Addison Puckett and Addi Roller. Juniors- Amelia Atnip, Hannah Lohorn, Katherine Gassaway, Katie Patterson, Morgan Walker, Carlee West, and Reese Williams. Sophomores-Elaina Turner and Chayla Knauer. Freshmen-Macy Anderson, Annabella Dakas, Eden Garner, and Sara Moore. Male Stunters- Diego Coronado, Brandon Sykes, Brandon Portillo, and Yahir Hervera. Coaches are Kelly Agee, Amanda Fuller, and Taylor Chapman.




DeKalb – One of 15 TN Counties with Increased Tourism Dollars in 2020

October 26, 2021
By: Dwayne Page

According to the recently released economic impact data from U.S. Travel Association and Tourism Economics, only 15 of the 95 Tennessee counties experienced an increase in travel spending in 2020. DeKalb County was one of those counties with a 3.7% increase and another record-breaking number of visitors.

Chamber Director Suzanne Williams says she was hopeful that DeKalb’s abundant outdoor activities would keep visitors coming even with the 2020 pandemic and was thrilled and relieved to receive the good news from the Governor’s office.

Tennessee tourism generated $16.8 billion in domestic and international travel spending in 2020, a 31.6 percent decline from the previous year. Travel in Tennessee generated nearly 150,000 jobs and $1.4 billion in state and local tax revenue. Despite the impact of COVID-19, efforts to promote outdoor travel opportunities helped Tennessee outperform the national average decline of 42 percent.

“Tourism is a vital part of our state’s strong economic recovery,” said Gov. Lee. “By working together to support small businesses and drive job growth, we will ensure Tennessee continues to be one of the top travel destinations in the world.”

“Tennessee’s scenic beauty, strong outdoor assets and compelling rural and road trip destinations gave it an edge against other states,” said Mark Ezell, Commissioner of the Department of Tourist Development. “We’ve seen parts of our state not only survive, but also thrive.”

Edgar Evins State Park reported a record-breaking number of visitors in 2020 as did the paddle craft industry. Suzanne Williams commented, “So, even though COVID prevented us from having an in-person 2020 Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree and many local businesses having to close for an extended time, DeKalb County is so blessed to have areas like Center Hill Lake, the Caney Fork River, and Edgar Evins State Park where people could visit, social distance, and feel safe. Whether folks were looking for a place to relax, hike, fish, kayak, or any other water sport, DeKalb County was able to meet traveling needs with our beautiful natural resources.”




City Takes First Step to Authorize Funding for Splash Pad

October 26, 2021
By: Dwayne Page

Funding will soon be in place to purchase a splash pad for Green Brook Park.

During a brief special called meeting Monday night, the Smithville Mayor and Aldermen adopted a budget amendment on first reading authorizing an expenditure of up to $173,000 for a 2,400 square foot splash pad and $7,000 for purchase of software and related costs to offer online payment of city property taxes. Second and final reading will be scheduled at the regular monthly meeting Monday night, November 1 at 6 p.m. at city hall. The money for both projects will be taken from the city’s unreserved fund balance.

The city has received proposals from two companies that sell and install splash pads. One of the companies is Great Southern Recreation of Chattanooga which has submitted a price of $170,967 . The other company is Aquatix of Cookeville and their price is $172,976.

The mayor and aldermen have not yet selected which company with whom to do business.

The city has applied for a T-Mobile Hometown Grant through the Upper Cumberland Development District which, if approved, would provide up to $50,000 for the splash pad project.

A splash pad provides kids a recreation area for water play. City officials hope to have the splash pad ready for use by next spring or summer.

Meanwhile, Mayor Josh Miller said the software for online payment of city property taxes will be a great service to city landowners. The software will also provide the ability for realtors and others to research property tax information on city properties.




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