“Drug Free Looks Like Me” National Red Ribbon Week October 23-31

October 20, 2021
By: Dwayne Page

The DeKalb Prevention Coalition invites the community to take a visible stand against drug abuse by celebrating Red Ribbon Week from October 23-31.

The Red Ribbon Campaign is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation, reaching millions of young people during Red Ribbon Week with the message to choose a healthy lifestyle.

This year’s theme is “Drug Free Looks Like Me”!

Red Ribbon Week is an ideal way for people and communities to unite and take a visible stand against drugs.

To help promote Red Ribbon Week, the community is urged to display red ribbons on your mailboxes or outside doors and to support “Wear Red Day”, October 26 or another more convenient day. Be sure to snap a picture of your group and post it to your facebook page to raise awareness and please tag DeKalb Prevention Coalition and also use #RedRibbon, #DEARedRibbon) If you have an outside sign, post this year’s theme on it for the week. The DeKalb Prevention Coalition will supply the Schools with red ribbons for the mailbox and prizes for the in school activities.

In 1985, Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Enrique S. “Kiki” Camarena was killed by drug traffickers. Shortly after his death, citizens from his hometown of Calexico, California, began wearing red ribbons to remember him and commemorate his sacrifice.

The first official Red Ribbon Week celebration was created by the National Family Partnership in 1988. NFP continues to coordinate the campaign for families, schools and communities across the nation each year. Since then, the red ribbon has symbolized a continuing commitment to reducing the demand for illicit drugs in our communities.

Center Hill Lake Agent Named Top Producer at National Summit

October 19, 2021

Center Hill Lake agent Tony Luna was honored with the Big Wave Award for his achievements in real estate at Lake Homes Realty’s 8th Annual National Agent Summit, held October 12 – 14, 2021. The Big Wave Award is given to agents with total transaction volume of $10 million or more between Sept. 1, 2020 and August 21, 2021. Headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, Lake Homes Realty is the nation’s largest lake-focused real estate company.

“Tony continues to impress with his hard work and dedication, year after year, and we are proud to present him with this major award,” said Glenn S. Phillips, CEO of Lake Homes Realty. “The Big Wave Award is one of our company’s most prestigious honors,” Phillips said. “Agents like Tony are why Lake Homes Realty is one of the fastest-growing companies in the country.”

Luna was also recognized for his outstanding effort and performance by receiving a Premier Agent designation, which names him among the brokerage’s top producers.

About Lake Homes Realty
Lake Homes Realty is the nation’s largest lake-focused real estate company. Lake Homes Realty provides full-service, multi-state real estate brokerage services in 34 states and growing. has more than 70,000 lake properties listed, totaling $30 billion. Inc. Magazine has ranked Lake Homes Realty as one of the fastest-growing companies for the past five years. For more on Tony Luna and Lake Homes Realty, visit

Community Calendar Events

October 19, 2021
By: Dwayne Page

DCHS Parent Teacher Conferences Thursday, October 21

DeKalb County High School will have parent-teacher conferences Thursday, October 21 from 3 until 6 p.m.



County Commission Committee Meeting of the Whole
There will be a workshop of the Committee of the Whole of the DeKalb County Commission Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 6 p.m. in the auditorium of the Mike Foster Multipurpose Center.

DeKalb County Commission Meeting

The DeKalb County Commission will meet in regular session Monday, October 25, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Mike Foster Multipurpose Center.

Tennessee Master Beef Producer Planned

DeKalb County Extension will again be offering the Tennessee Master Beef Producer (TMBP) class this fall. This class fulfills the Master Certification requirement for 50% cost share in the Tennessee Ag Enhancement Program (TAEP) and your certification will be valid for three years. This program is also an excellent opportunity for those that have an interest in learning more about beef cattle production. The dates of the classes will be November 2, 9, 13, 16, and 30. All of the classes will be at 6:00 pm in the DeKalb Community Complex Building with the exception of Saturday, November 13 which will be at the Hyder-Burks pavilion on that Saturday morning. Topics will include heifer selection & management, feeding strategies, forages, herd health, beef quality assurance, grazing, conservation, economics, and the retail meat market. The topics will be covered by various Extension Specialists and Industry Experts from across the state. The cost of the course will be $100. If you do not have a BQA certification or yours has expired, that will also be offered on the night of Nov. 16 and does require an additional fee. You can stop by the DeKalb County Extension office at 722 South Congress Blvd., Smithville to register. Call Johnny Barnes or Tiffany Collier at 615-597-4945 or email me at for more information.

DCHS presents Open House
DCHS presents an Open House October 25 starting at 5:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. featuring several Big Events including a Band Concert from 6 to 6:30 p.m. and a Choir Concert from 7 to 7:40 p.m. Project Graduation will present a Haunted House from 5:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Make a donation to enter. The Haunted House will remain open one hour later than the Open House. Other activities include a LIVE wax museum, trick-or-treating, yearbook FLASH SALE, student projects and work on display, the guidance office will be open, CTE/STEM demonstrations, free throw contest, and food trucks!

DeKalb Middle School Chili/Soup Supper/ Silent Auction
The DeKalb Middle School Chili/Soup Supper/ Silent Auction will be Saturday, November 6 from 5-7 p.m. Dine in or carry out. Tickets available from any DMS Student. The cost is $10 and includes a bowl of soup/chili, hot dog, dessert and drink. Lots of auction items including desserts, baskets of goodies and DCHS Softball and basketball baskets with tickets, etc. A book fair will also be taking place during the event with other fun things for students such as inflatables, cornhole, music and dancing

Women’s Conference
A Women’s Conference will be held Saturday, November 6 from 9 a.m. until noon at the Banks Cumberland Presbyterian Church at 2933 Banks Pisgah Road, Smithville. Kellie Meyers will be the guest speaker with special music and lunch to be served.

Church Fish Fry
A Fish Fry will be held Saturday, October 23 from 4-6 p.m. at the Banks Cumberland Presbyterian Church at 2933 Banks Pisgah Road, Smithville. The cost is $8.00 per plate. Meanwhile you can enjoy lots of sweet treats along with chili and hot dogs on Saturday, October 30 from 4-6 the Banks Cumberland Presbyterian Church at 2933 Banks Pisgah Road, Smithville

8th Annual Chili Supper and Silent Auction to benefit the Angel Tree Fund and Alexandria Fire Department
The 8th Annual Chili Supper and Silent Auction to benefit the Angel Tree Fund and Alexandria Fire Department will be Saturday, November 6th from 11:00am-6:00pm. Located in Alexandria at the DeKalb County Fairgrounds inside the Kenneth Sandlin Center. All proceeds from the Silent Auction will go directly into an Angel Tree Fund. All other proceeds benefit Alexandria Fire Department. If you would like to donate a dessert or item for the silent auction please contact Bubba & Diana Blair (615)-529-1334. Chili Tickets: ALL YOU CAN EAT chili, crackers/cornbread, and 1 drink included). Dessert will be available for purchase! (Ages 13+) $8 (Ages 7-12) $4 (Ages 6 under) FREE Different varieties of chili will be available! For any other questions contact: Brian Partridge (615)-318-1615 Bubba & Diana Blair (615)-529-1334

American Legion and Ladies’ Auxiliary Meeting
The American Legion and Ladies’ Auxiliary will be meeting this Thursday, October 21st at 6:00 at the building at Snow Hill. A meal will be enjoyed before the meeting. Chicken Strips from Kilgore’s will be the main entree. All members and spouses are invited to come. Anyone attending needs to bring a compatible dish and/or dessert.

Haven of Hope Golf Tournament
The Haven of Hope Golf Tournament will be November 6 at the River Watch Country Club. The cost is $75 per player or $300 per team. Tier winners, hole prizes, door prizes & a $1,000 hole in one prize. All proceeds will benefit the Haven of Hope. Register at or call 615-597-4673. Registration will be from 7 a.m. until 7:45 a.m. Shotgun start at 8 a.m. Lunch provided following the scramble. Breakfast available at the Club House.

“Smithville’s Unquiet Dead: A Haunted History Tour”
Smithville has a ghoulish past with stories of devilish deeds that will make your hair stand on end. Learn all about these blood curdling events on a guided journey called “Smithville’s Unquiet Dead: A Haunted History Tour” that will take you to the scenes of these horrific crimes. It’s a pre-Halloween event you don’t want to miss. Come along if you dare Tuesday and Thursday, October 19 & 21 starting at 6:30 p.m. each night. The cost is only $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 years of age and younger and all proceeds raised will be donated to the DeKalb Animal Coalition for the continued operation of the DeKalb Animal Shelter. The starting point of the tour each night is the law office of Sarah J. Cripps at 201 West Main Street Smithville at 6:30 p.m. and tickets can be purchased there beginning at 5:30 p.m. each of those nights. Tickets are available now at various local businesses and establishments including the law offices of Sarah J. Cripps, Tecia Puckett Pryor, the DeKalb Animal Shelter among others.

27th Annual DeKalb County Angel Tree Project Signups Coming Soon
The 27th Annual DeKalb County Angel Tree Project signups are coming soon. Friday, November 5th has been chosen as the application date. There are NO EXCEPTIONS. Application time is from 8:00 am until 7:00 pm at the First Baptist Church Life Enrichment Center under the carport. Applicants must be DeKalb County residents. Children from birth to no older than age 12 by December 25, 2021 are eligible. You must bring photo identification and a bill with the correct current DeKalb County address of the person applying. You must also provide social security cards and birth certificates (Mother’s copy is okay) for all children listed on the application. Guardian paperwork for temporarily placed children is acceptable. Documents are returned to the applicant, only the application is kept. Please make sure you fill out the application as completely and accurately as possible. If an applicant cannot appear in person, their application can be submitted by someone else as long as all of the required information and documentation is presented. Come prepared with all of the necessary documentation to complete your application between 8:00 am and 7:00 pm on Friday, November 5th. This is the only day that applications will be available and accepted. NO EXCEPTIONS. Due to continued COVID 19 issues, face coverings are required and social distancing practices will be observed. For additional information please contact Laura Stone (text only please) at 615-464-7135. Remember you only have Friday, November 5th to complete and turn in your application.

Fall Church Bazaar
The United Methodist Women’s group of Smithville First and Bright Hill United Methodist Church is hosting a Fall Craft Bazaar and Bake Sale for the dates of Friday, November 5 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Saturday, November 6 from 9 a.m. until 12 noon. It will be held at the Christian Fellowship Center, located at 102 West Church Street. Featured will be home-made baked goods, Christmas items, hand-crafted items and plants. Lunch will be served on Friday from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. until 12 noon. The menu will consist of homemade soups, grilled cheese sandwiches and hot dog with chips, desserts, coffee and drinks, Proceeds will be used for donations to local community causes. Social distancing guidelines will be followed. Wearing a mask is appreciated for everyone’s safety.

Snow Hill Baptist Church Food Giveaway
Snow Hill Baptist church will be giving away food on Sunday. October 17th at 1:30 at the church. Please line up on the East side of the church and drive around. Someone will put the food in your car. No restrooms will be available; please stay in your car. Everyone is welcome. Todd Pack is the pastor.. Due to circumstances beyond their control, there will only be 2 more food give aways. There will be the one this Sunday, October 17th and one in November. We are most appreciative of the people who have helped over the last 25 years, as well as, the people who who have donated food and money to our cause. A special thanks goes to WJLE and Dwayne Page; to Angie Meadows and the Smithville Review; and to Food Lion who has made this give away possible. We thank the people who have attended the food ministry, not only for food, but spiritual growth as well. A very special thanks goes to Pastor Steve Puckett and his wife Vickie, who had the vision of a need in this county and followed through with it. Their leadership and guidance has made this possible.

DeKalb County Fair Hosting “Fright at the Fairgrounds” October 30
The DeKalb County Fair is hosting “Fright at the Fairgrounds” Saturday, October 30. Trick or treating will be from 5-8 p.m. with pumpkin decorating at 6 p.m. and a costume contest at 6:30 p.m. Call or text Matt Boss at 615-464-8627 or Johnny Barnes at 615-289-1165 to sign up for a candy booth.

Habitat Chili Cook-Off and Bake Sale October 22
Who makes the best chili in DeKalb County? Find out on Friday, October 22nd when Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County hosts a Chili Cook-off and Bake Sale. Chili will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the DeKalb Courthouse Lawn. In case of bad weather, the event will be cancelled. A decision will be announced about cancellation by Wed., Oct. 20 at 10 a.m. For a cash donation, eat all the chili you want and vote for your favorite chili and the best decorated booth. Delicious baked goods prepared by members of local churches will also be for sale. Take out is also available.

DCHS Tigerettes to Host Alumni Softball Game
The DCHS Tigerettes will host an Alumni Softball Game on Sunday, October 24 at 2 p.m. at the Danny Bond Field. The cost of registration is $25 which includes a t-shirt. Registration: Venmo payment@tigerettes-softball. Please include participant information (name, year of graduation, position played, & shirt size). Participant waiver form can be signed before the game. Alumni interested may call Karen France at 615-598-5943, Cindy Taylor at 615-464-8643, Mindy Griffith at 615-464-5551, Sabra Murphy at 615-417-1063, Renee Walker at 931-808-0169, Sabrina Farler at 615-464-8624, or Jennifer Hatfield at 615-318-5567. The cost of admission is $5.00. Concessions will be available

Indian Creek Baptist Church Fall Fest
Kid’s Fall Fest at Indian Creek Baptist Church will be held on Saturday, October 23rd from 11am-2pm. The address is 967 Hurricane Ridge Road in Smithville. There will be free food, games, crafts, and fun for all ages! For transportation or more information, please call 615-464-7700

Smithville Senior Center To Take Appointments for Medicare Counseling
The Smithville Senior Center will be taking appointments for Medicare counseling on open enrollment on Wednesday, November 10. The hours for appointments are between 9 am thru 3 pm. Please call 615-597-7575 to set up your appointment. This will be by appointment only.

Justin Potter Library October Events
Justin Potter Library will have a Facebook Live Halloween Storytime on Friday, October 29th at 10:00 am. So please join us for a morning of fun. The library will be participating in the Smithville Halloween Boo Bash on the same day from 12 pm until 5:00 pm so come by dressed in your favorite costume because you are in for a treat. For more information call the library at 615-597-4359 or visit us on Facebook or our website at

DeKalb County School Calendar
The remainder of the 2021-22 DeKalb County School Calendar is as follows: Schools will be closed on the following dates: Thanksgiving November 22-26; Christmas Break December 20-31 (Friday, December 17 to be an abbreviated day) (Monday, January 3 a stockpile day- no school for students) (Students return to school Tuesday, January 4); Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day January 17; Presidents Day February 21; Spring Break March 28 to April 1; Good Friday, April 15; The last day of school will be May 23 ( Administrative Day May 20)

Evans Family Reunion Canceled
The Evans Family Reunion will be canceled again this year due to COVID. Everyone stay safe and they hope to see you next year.

Volunteers needed for working at Whorton Springs Cemetery
Volunteers needed for working at Whorton Springs Cemetery. This is not mowing or weed eating. It will be to fill graves that have sunken and reset monuments that are leaning or that have already fallen. Shovels and rakes are the only tools needed. The dirt will be moved with the assistance already volunteered by individual with a skid-steer. October 23, 2021 8:00 a.m. In case of rain, working will be postponed to following Saturday October 30, 2021 8:00 a.m.

UCHRA Commodities Distribution
The Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency (UCHRA) will hold a commodities distribution for DeKalb County on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the DeKalb County UCHRA office. Sign-up will be available at the distribution site. This project is funded under a Grant Contract with the State of Tennessee

DEA National Drug Take Back Day October 23
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is set for Saturday, October 23. As part of this major health and safety initiative, the DeKalb Prevention Coalition will host this take-back event at Smithville City Hall and the Alexandria City Hall from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
The public will be provided the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. (Sites cannot accept liquids, needles or sharp instruments, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. For more information please email DeKalb Prevention Coalition at or call 615-580-9290. Please access Don Cantrell Street between the city hall and new police department building to the drug take-back drop off location downtown Smithville.

Smithville Boo Bash Set for October 29
As Halloween falls on a Sunday this year, the 10th annual “Smithville Boo Bash” event is scheduled for Friday, October 29th, 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

The City plans to block off streets around the public square starting at 11:30 a.m. Friday morning.

“We will be conducting this event as safely as we possibly can again this year. We encourage businesses to set up outside if possible and parents to incorporate masks into your child’s costume,” said spokesperson Beth Adcock.

Any business that would like to set up a tent and participate, contact Beth Adcock at 615-597-8210 ext 1.

During the Smithville Halloween Boo Bash, the Smithville-DeKalb County Chamber will be sponsoring the Best Costume Contest and Best Decorations for participating Smithville businesses and offices. To enter, take a picture with your cell phone and send it to 615-464-7760 by 1 PM on Friday, October 29th. Winners will be presented a “Boo Bash” Best Costume or Best Decoration award, local media and social media recognition, winner announcements on the November WJLE Chamber Chat Radio and DTC TV program, and most important – “bragging rights!”

Veterans Service Officer Ready to Assist
Are you a veteran in need of assistance? DeKalb County has a Veteran’s Service Officer ready to help you, not only with filing claims, but for conversations about your service.

Retired military service officer Bill Rutherford is located on the first floor of the DeKalb County Courthouse and is ready to offer assistance. He is available for in-office visits each Tuesday and Thursday or can be reached by telephone at any time at 615-560-3610.

DeKalb County appreciates the service of all veterans and is proud to provide this service.

Second Annual Pumpkin Festival Coming to Smithville
The second annual Pumpkin Festival will be coming to downtown Smithville on the public square October 23 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. featuring over 100 arts and crafts vendors along with food vendors, a fun zone for kids, helicopter rides, and a pumpkin patch. There will be something for everyone. Come on out and join in for a start to the fall season. Admission is free! If you are interested in becoming a vendor call Angela at 931-259-3413 or Tracey at 615-580-1489 . You may also find them on Facebook at Center Hill Events. Downtown streets will be closed late Friday night, October 22 (same streets as during the Fiddlers Jamboree) and will remain closed until the festival is over at 4 p.m. Saturday, October 23)

DCHS Tiger Football Schedule

October 22: Goodpasture- Home: 7 p.m.

October 29: Stone Memorial*- Away: 7 p.m.

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