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City Makes Sundays A Free Swim Day for Youth at Municipal Pool

June 4, 2019
By: Dwayne Page

Youth ages 17 and younger may now swim FREE on Sunday’s at the Smithville Municipal Swimming Pool.

The aldermen gave their approval during Monday night’s monthly meeting at the suggestion of Mayor Josh Miller.

The pool is open Sundays from 1 until 5 p.m.

“The swimming pool and golf course have really been doing well this year. A lot of people have been turning out. I spoke with Jeania Cawthorn the manager of the pool about maybe allowing kids to swim free on Sundays. That would be for ages 17 and younger. She agreed with that and I think that would turn more people out and be something extra for the kids,” said Mayor Miller.

City Administrator Hunter Hendrixson said Sunday is typically the slowest day at the pool but by allowing kids to swim free the city might bring in more revenue on concessions.

City officials got the idea for a regular free swim day after the huge turnout on the pool’s opening day of the season when kids could swim free by bringing their report card. It was first suggested that the city waive the $2.00 admission per child for the remainder of the season but Mayor Miller said Cawthorn felt the response might be too overwhelming for the pool staff to handle.

The Pool is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. until school re-opens. Admission is $2.00 per person. Youth ages 17 and younger may swim free on Sunday.

Meanwhile, in other business the aldermen adopted on second and final reading an ordinance to annex property on South Congress Boulevard owned by the Outreach Baptist Church where a new sanctuary is being built.

Randall Pedigo was also hired as a city employee in the sanitation department.

“Gilbert” is Cute and Cuddly and Needs a Home (VIEW VIDEO HERE)

By: Dwayne Page

Cute and cuddly!

The WJLE/DeKalb Animal Coalition featured “Pet of the Week” is Gilbert

“Gilbert is a 7 week old shepherd mix puppy. He is great with everybody and will follow you around. He plays great with his neighbors. Gilbert is just a great puppy. Come on down and meet him,” said Shelter Director Megan Moore.

For more information call 615-597-1363.

The shelter, located at 186 Transfer Station Road behind Tenneco Automotive, is open Thursday and Friday from noon until 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon.

Pea Ridge Kids Fishing Rodeo Set for Saturday on Free Fishing Day

June 3, 2019
By: Dwayne Page

The annual Pea Ridge Kids Fishing Rodeo will be held at the big pond in the Pea Ridge Wildlife Management Area on Saturday, June 8 from 7:00 a.m. until noon as part of Free Fishing Day in Tennessee. Kids through age fifteen may participate in the Pea Ridge Kids Fishing Rodeo. Snacks, soft drinks, and prizes will be available for the kids.

Free Fishing Day in Tennessee is Saturday, June 8 when anyone may fish free without a license in Tennessee’s public waters.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency provides the annual free day in hopes of increasing interest in fishing. The day allows anyone the opportunity to try this great outdoor sport, especially children to celebrate fishing as a wholesome and healthy recreational option. In addition, children ages 15 and younger may fish without a license beginning on Free Fishing Day through the following Friday (June 14).

The day and week are annual events in Tennessee and are great opportunities to introduce children to the enjoyment and excitement of a day on the water catching fish. The TWRA is among several organizations planning special fishing events, primarily for youngsters. The TWRA annually stocks several thousand pounds of fish for various events.

For a list of the events, visit the TWRA website at and the For Anglers section. Anglers and potential anglers should check the events list often since special events are frequently added.

Free Fishing Day and Week apply to Tennessee’s public waters, TWRA owned and operated lakes, and state park facilities. Some privately owned pay lakes and ponds continue to charge during this special day and week. Anglers will need to consult with those operators if there are any questions about a particular facility.

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