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July 4th Community Calendar Reminders

July 4, 2020
By: Dwayne Page

The following are special July 4 community calendar reminders:

*The Mike Foster Multipurpose Center will be closed Saturday July 4, 2020.

*The DeKalb County Clerk’s Office is the only elected office with Saturday hours but will be closed Saturday, July 4th for the holiday. When all other county offices are closed on Friday due to a holiday weekend, the County Clerk’s Office is also closed on Saturday but reopens the following Monday. However, when county offices are closed on Mondays for weekend holidays, the County Clerk’s Office is closed on the Saturday before that Monday but open on the Friday before that Monday.

*Justin Potter Library will be closed Saturday, July 4

*The Smithville Municipal Swimming Pool will be open Saturday, July 4 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

*No garbage pickup in the City of Smithville Friday, July 3 and Monday, July 6. All city Friday and Monday garbage routes will be run Tuesday, July 7

*Smithville City Hall to be Closed Monday, July 6

*All trash collection sites in Dekalb County will be closed Saturday July 4, 2020 in observance of Independence Day. Collection sites will reopen Sunday.

*No trash pickup in the City of Dowelltown on Saturday, July 4

*Two “Blood Assurance” drives are coming up in July.
The first blood drive will be Wednesday, July 8 at the Family Medical Center from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. located outside in the parking lot in the bloodmobile. The second drive will be Monday July 20 from 12 noon until 5 p.m. at the county complex senior citizen center inside the bloodmobile.

To schedule your visit on July 8, go to or contact Michiko Martin at 615-597-4395 or

For the July 20 drive schedule an appointment at or contact Jimmy Poss at 615-464-7426 or

Remember to eat a good meal, drink additional water, and avoid energy drinks and bring a photo ID.

Save time on your donation by answering your health history questions the day of the blood donation before you arrive. Just download “bloodassurancequickscreen” on your phone.

All donors will be given a special beach towel or cooler tote bag and donors age 18 and older who donate two times this summer will be automatically entered to win a medium Big Green Egg and Eggcessories Grill.

Blood Assurance is the sole blood provider for the local hospitals and your donation is needed for an adequate supply.

Fiddle Dee Dee On Broad Gospel Hour Returns Sunday Night, July 5

July 4, 2020
By: Dwayne Page

Fiddle Dee Dee on Broad again presents Fiddle Dee Dee on Broad Gospel Hour Sunday night, July 5 from 5-6 p.m.

The program airs once a month on WJLE, on the first Sunday night of each month, from 5-6 p.m. featuring recorded local talent performing gospel music.

Sunday night’s program will showcase the music of the Webb Sisters and Elizabeth Wright.

Tune in the first Sunday night of each month for the Fiddle Dee Dee on Broad Gospel Hour from 5-6 p.m. on WJLE AM 1480/FM 101.7.

WJLE is proud of our partner sponsors of religious programs each week and hopes you will tune in often and let them know you listen.

•Got A Minute?: 60 second message presented by the Smithville Church of Christ with Dan Gulley-Twice a day Monday-Friday each week (various times morning and around noon).

•Cross Connection sponsored by the Upper Helton Baptist Church featuring Jimmy Arms: Monday-Friday at 11:55 a.m. each week

•Morning Devotion: A 5 minute daily devotional by a different minister each week Monday-Saturday at 7:25 a.m.

The following are weekly sponsored Sunday programs:

•7:30 a.m.: Royce Moore of the New West Point Freewill Baptist Church (The Way of Life Ministry)

•8:00 a.m. Elders Joseph and Ricky Arnold for the New Bildad and Mount View Primitive Baptist Churches (The Firm Foundation)

•8:30 a.m. Outreach Baptist Church with Nathan Thomason (The Outreach Pulpit)

•9:00 a.m. The Keltonburg Missionary Baptist Church (Only Through the Blood)

•9:30 a.m. LOCAL NEWS

•9:35 a.m. Trent Colwell of the Smithville Church of the Nazarene (The Living Word)

•10:30 a.m. Bobby Thomason of the Covenant Baptist Church (Fountain of Faith Ministries)

•11:00 a.m. Worship Services from either the Smithville Cumberland Presbyterian (Isaac Gray) or Smithville First United Methodist (David Lunsford) Churches


•12:30 p.m.: House of Prayer with Zach Murphy

•1:00 p.m.: Truth that Transforms with Aaron Wright

•1:30 p.m. The Preaching Ministry of Toy Lawson of the People’s Pentecostal Church

•2:30 p.m. Billy Hale of the Christ Pentecostal Church of Brush Creek (The King is Coming)

•3:00 p.m. Prophet James Ferrell of the Church of Jesus Christ (The Word of the Lord)

•4:00 p.m. LOCAL NEWS

•4:15 p.m. Royce Curtis of the People’s Missionary Baptist Church

•5:00 p.m. Fiddle Dee Dee on Broad Gospel Hour (1st Sunday)

•6:05 p.m. Gospel music sponsored by Cantrell’s Furniture and Appliances

•9:05 p.m. LOCAL NEWS

Listen each week on WJLE AM 1480 and WJLE FM 101.7 and LIVE Streaming at

TWRA Participating in Operation Dry Water

July 3, 2020
By: Dwayne Page

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will be participating in Operation Dry Water, July 3-5. Operation Dry Water is a weekend of education and enforcement about the dangers of impaired boating throughout the state.

The July 4th holiday means an increase in boater activity on the water and there is also an increase in the number on incidents during this time. The TWRA is teaming with the U.S. Coast Guard and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA). Operation Dry Water was started by the NASBLA in 2009. It has been a highly successful campaign drawing public attention to the dangers of boating under the influence.

“We want everyone to enjoy time on the water safely and our enforcement officers will be performing saturation patrols near high visibility areas, checkpoints, and utilizing our resources to assist in identifying dangerous operation/impaired operators, said Cpt. Matt Majors, TWRA Boating Investigator. “We want to emphasize how dangerous impaired operation is, and how it is a contributing factor in recreational boating injury/death on Tennessee waters.”

Along with the use of life jackets and other safety practices, officers want boaters to be aware of the effects and ramifications of alcohol use. The TWRA will be intensifying efforts to detect and apprehend boat operators who are operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

In 2019 during Operation Dry Water, there was one boating-related fatality which occurred on Normandy Lake and nine boating under the influence (BUI) arrests made across Tennessee.

Operating a boat with a Blood Alcohol Content of .08 percent or higher is illegal in Tennessee, the same as operating a motor vehicle. Penalties may include fines, jail, boat impoundment and the loss of boat driving privileges.

Alcohol use is the leading contributing factor in recreational boater deaths. Sun, wind, noise, vibration and motion intensify the effects of alcohol, drugs and some medications.

For more information on Operation Dry Water, visit

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