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WJLE to Present Rebroadcast of the 1982 Tennessee- Alabama Football Game Saturday, June 27

June 24, 2020
By: Dwayne Page

WJLE will close out this season’s Vol Network Classics Series Saturday, June 27 with another tribute game to the late former Tennessee Football Coach Johnny Majors

Set against the backdrop of the 1982 World’s Fair next door, underdog Tennessee defeated No. 2 ranked Alabama 35-28 in a thrilling contest at Neyland Stadium on October 16, 1982.

The win broke an 11-game losing streak to the Crimson Tide and set off a wild celebration that resulted in both goal posts being torn down and paraded around the UT campus area.

In his sixth season at UT, it was Coach Johnny Majors’ first victory over Alabama and legendary Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant.

After trailing for much of the game, the Vols jumped out to a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter and withstood a furious Alabama comeback with Mike Terry intercepting a Crimson Tide pass in the endzone with 17 seconds left in the game.

Other Program Highlights Include: John Ward’s memorable pregame opening to the game along with George Bitzas singing of the National Anthem, a patriotic halftime show featuring the Pride of the Southland Band and the UT Singers, extended coverage of the postgame celebration and interviews with co-captain Bill Bates and Coach Majors.

Don’t miss this final edition of the “Vol Network Classics Series” Saturday, June 27 at 1 p.m. on WJLE and the Vol Network




First Day of School Education Celebration Canceled This Year

June 24, 2020
By: Dwayne Page

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual Education Celebration held annually on the square in downtown Smithville the first day of school, has been canceled for the 2020-2021 school year.

If you or your organization would like to make a monetary donation or any type of school supplies those may be dropped off at the Ernest Ray Education Center located at 110 South Public Square Smithville from 8:00 to 3:00 Monday through Thursday beginning July 6, 2020.

Meanwhile, all DeKalb County students in grades K-12 will be provided a chrome book for the 2020-2021 academic school year. It will be necessary for these devices to be transported from school to home and back. These devices are 13 inches long, 9 inches wide and inches thick. This information is provided for your consideration prior to purchasing your child’s backpack for the upcoming school year.

Back to school information will be released throughout July to students and parents. This information will be released through WJLE and DeKalb County Schools, TN Facebook page.




WJLE Presents “Special Fiddlers’ Jamboree Moments” from Past Festivals (View Video Here)

June 24, 2020
By: Dwayne Page

Over the next few days, WJLE will be presenting “special moments” from previous years of the Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree and Crafts Festival.

In 2019, Rocky Top Revue of Franklin repeated as the Square Dancing Champion at the 48th annual Jamboree. They came into the competition as the defending champs from 2018.

This award winning group beat out two other square dancing teams in the 2019 finals including Step Aside of Waverly, who took second place and Harpeth River of Franklin, who finished in third place.

(VIEW JAMBOREE PHOTO GALLERY ON THIS WEBSITE)

Enjoy this “special Fiddlers’ Jamboree moment” from 2019

IMG_8193 from dwayne page on Vimeo.

Rocky Top Revue also repeated as champs in 2015 and 2016 but was not eligible to compete in 2017 as per rules of the Fiddlers Jamboree (no contestant can win more than two years in a row).




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