DeKalb School District Reported Four Cases of COVID Last Week

October 31, 2021
By: Dwayne Page

The DeKalb County School District reported only 4 positive cases of COVID all week from Monday, October 25 to Friday, October 29 which is up from one case reported the previous week.

There were no cases of COVID at either school Monday or Tuesday, October 25 & 26. Three cases were recorded Wednesday and Thursday all at DeKalb West School and on Friday, October 29 there were still 3 cases at DeKalb West and one case at DCHS.

The number of those under quarantine increased from 4 on Monday, October 25 to 10 on Friday, October 29.

According to Attendance Supervisor Joey Reeder, there were two under quarantine at DCHS and DeKalb Middle School on Monday, October 25. By Friday, October 29 the number increased to 10 including one at DCHS, and 3 each at DeKalb Middle School, Smithville Elementary, and DeKalb West School.

The district reported 3 absences among the staff on Friday, October 29 due to positive cases or quarantine and all 3 were in the Transportation Department.

Meanwhile the number of active COVID cases in DeKalb County as of Friday, October 29 was 40 (up from 37 a week earlier) with 4 new cases.

There have been 72 deaths in DeKalb County since the pandemic began in March 2020 (up by 2 since Friday, October 22) and 108 have been hospitalized.

At last report a total of 8,660 people (42.3%) have received at least one dose of COVID vaccine and 7,467 (36.4%) are fully vaccinated in DeKalb County.

Over the last seven days, (October 22-28) DeKalb County had a case count of 30 for a daily case rate of 20.9 per 100,000 residents.

For the most recent 14 days, (October 15-21) DeKalb County’s case count was 53 for a daily case rate of 18.5 per 100,000 residents.

For the 14 days prior (October 1 to October 14), the case count was 92 for a daily case rate of 32.1 per 100, 000 residents.

From March 5, 2020 to October 28, 2021, DeKalb County has had a total of 4,211 confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 for a daily case rate of 34.1 per 100,000 residents.

Over the last 7 days the average percent positive was 14.6%.

Festival of Trees is set for December 6

October 31, 2021

The third Festival of Trees is set for December 6, 2021 at the DeKalb Community Complex sponsored by the Smithville Review.

“We are honored to be able to continue this tradition,” said General Manager Angie Meadows. “Josh Issac’s vision in 2018 took on life of its own. He set a meager goal of 21 trees that year and finished with over 40. We hope the community will continue to rally around this event.”

The festival will kick off on Monday, December 6, 2021 from 5-9. It is a free event, but you are asked to bring a new toy and place under the tree that you would like to win “Tree of the Year.”

We are looking for businesses, churches and organizations to be part of this wonder way of giving back and showing children that Christmas is about giving.

All toys will go to Lighthouse Christian Camp’s Outreach Program which serves more than 500 children.

“Our first Christmas party is for the girls on December 4, 2021, so this is perfect to replenish our toys for the next party on Dec. 11,” said Light House Christian’s Michael Kilgore.

“We are also trying to contact Santa to see if he can be on hand for free photos,” added Meadows. “Even though this is his busiest time of the year, I believe he can fly in for the event.”

To enter a tree, contact Angie at, or Complex Director James Hendrixson at 615-597-2121.

2021 Muzzleloader Season for Deer Set to Open

October 31, 2021
By: Dwayne Page

The 2021 statewide muzzleloader/archery season for deer opens in Tennessee on Saturday, Nov. 6 and continues through Friday, Nov. 19 in all of Tennessee’s deer hunting units, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. The opening of muzzleloader season in the state has a permanent opening date of the third Saturday before Thanksgiving.

For Unit CWD only, gun season will open on Nov. 6. Unit CWD, in the western portion of the state, is now comprised of 12 counties and was established after the confirmation of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in December 2018.

Muzzleloader firearms are defined as those firearms which are incapable of being loaded from the breech. Muzzleloading firearms of .36 caliber minimum, plus long bows, compound bows and crossbows are legal hunting equipment for this season. Hunters are also reminded that they must meet the blaze orange requirements while hunting.

The statewide bag limit for antlered bucks is two. No more than one antlered deer may be taken per day. Hunters are allowed the following antlerless bag limits: Unit L-3 per day, Unit A and B-2 total, and Unit C and D-1 total. In Unit CWD, there is a limit of three antlerless deer per day with no season limit and the statewide bag limit of two antlered deer.

For the exact boundaries of the different deer units, hunters can refer to the 2021-22 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide, available online at, through the TWRA on the Go App, where hunting and fishing licenses are sold, and at all TWRA offices. In addition, regulations and other information for Unit CWD can be found at

Muzzleloader hunters, ages 16 through 64 must possess in addition to other appropriate licenses, an annual big game license for the equipment used. Lifetime Sportsman license, Junior Hunt/Trap/Fish, Adult Sportsman license and Permanent Senior Citizens license holders are not required to purchase supplemental big game licenses.

In addition to private lands, including public hunting areas, several wildlife management areas (WMAs) will be open to hunters during this muzzleloader season. Hunters need to refer to the 2021-22 Hunting and Trapping Guide for a listing of these WMAs or go to TWRA’s website.

Tennessee’s gun season for deer opens in units A, B, C, D, and L on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. This year’s date is Nov. 20. The season for gun/muzzleloader/archery will then continue through Jan. 2, 2022. Archery equipment is legal during muzzleloader and gun seasons. Muzzleloaders are legal during gun season.

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