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DeKalb COVID-19 Cases Now at 52

June 30, 2020
By: Dwayne Page

DeKalb County’s confirmed number of COVID-19 cases has climbed to 52.

As of Tuesday , June 30 the Tennessee Department of Health reported that 1,915 people had been tested with 1,863 negative results and 52 positive. There have been no deaths in DeKalb County from the virus and 38 of the 52 persons tested positive have recovered.

The DeKalb County Health Department conducts free drive through assessments for COVID-19 Mondays through Fridays from 9am- 11 am. The health department will not be open or testing for Covid-19 this Friday, July 3rd

At 52 cases, DeKalb County now ranks 8th highest in the 14 county Upper Cumberland region behind Putnam with 783 (7 deaths), Macon 394 (3 deaths), Cumberland 168 (3 deaths), Smith 90 (1 death), White 63 (3 deaths), Warren 62, and Overton 56, Other counties in the region with COVID-19 cases are Cannon 27, Jackson 26, Fentress 17, Clay 16, Van Buren 7, and Pickett 6.




Sparta Man Indicted for Aggravated Child Abuse

June 29, 2020
By: Dwayne Page

A 31 year old Sparta man accused of seriously injuring a 4 year old child resulting in a bone fracture has been indicted by the DeKalb County Grand Jury for aggravated child abuse.

Charles David Woody is under a $50,000 bond and will be arraigned in DeKalb County Criminal Court on July 14. He was named in a sealed indictment returned by the grand jury earlier this month and was arrested within the past week.

On May 9th, the indictment alleges that Woody did unlawfully, knowingly, and other than by accidental means, inflict injury upon a 4 year old child resulting in serious bodily injury, : to wit: bone fracture thereby committing the offense of aggravated child abuse.




Shade Tree Picking Always a Crowd Favorite at the Fiddlers Jamboree (View Video Here)

June 29, 2020
By: Dwayne Page

Part of the fun of the Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree and Crafts Festival over the years is the shade tree picking or sidewalk picking as was the case with a band the day before last year’s festival.

(VIEW VIDEO BELOW) featuring Harry Greek on dobro, Danny Cowan on guitar, Carolyn Davis, Craig Wilbanks on guitar, Axel Rico on banjo, and Bryan Jones on upright bass.

The Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree & Crafts Festival has cancelled their LIVE music competition this year due to challenges presented by Covid-19, opting to create an innovative Virtual Jamboree for the first time in 49 years.




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