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44th Annual Older Americans Day Celebration
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Smithville Elementary Kindergarten Registration, May 3

Smithville Elementary will hold Kindergarten registration for the 2024-2025 school year on Friday, May 3, 2024 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the County Complex. Please bring COPIES of the following documents to Registration:

Certified copy of Birth Certificate

Current, up-to-date, physical examination and immunization record. (These must be on a Tennessee Department of Health Certificate of Immunization, which can be obtained from your doctor’s office or the Health Department).

Proof of residency for DeKalb County (gas bill, electric bill).

Your child will need to attend. He/She will be assessed on this day.

Children who register to attend Kindergarten must turn 5 years old on or before August 16, 2024.


United Daughters of the Confederacy meeting, May 3

The monthly meeting will be held Friday, May 3, 2024 at 1p.m. in the lower level of the Putnam County Library.


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. Officer Erica Degni is located on the first floor of the DeKalb County Courthouse and is ready to offer assistance. She is available for in-office visits each Tuesday and Thursday or can be reached by calling 615-597-3003. DeKalb County appreciates the service of all veterans and is proud to provide this service.


Walling-Randals Cemetery

Walling-Randals Cemetery, Eaton Rd., Sparta, TN 38583. Decedents of: James Walling, Phoebe Jones Walling. Interest has renewed in the cemetery by the descendants and in the process of locating more relatives. We are in the process of cleaning the graves and would like to build a small pavilion shelter. Looking for more kinfolk, any physical help or donations would be appreciated. Contact: Rebecca Anderson 1-423-285-4847, Dale Sims 1-931-808-2953, or Brenda Sims 1-931-808-0823.


Carmel Center Mass Services

The Carmel Center for Spirituality, Liberty, is now celebrating Catholic Mass each weekday at 8 a.m. and Sundays at 9a.m. The Center is located at 610 Bluff Road, for more information contact Father James Panackal, director, 615-536-5177.


FCE Meetings

The FCE will be meeting the 2nd Tuesday of each month. The meeting will be held at 10 a.m. at the DeKalb County Complex in the Motlow Conference room. Everyone is invited to attend.


Smithville Elementary School Pre-K Registration

Pre-K Registration forms for the 2024-25 school year can be picked up on Friday, May 3 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Smithville Elementary. This will be done in a drive-through fashion. Completed registration paperwork will need to be returned to Michelle Burklow at the Board of Education office. COPIES of the following documents must be submitted with your registration forms in order for it to be complete:

- Certified copy of birth certificate
- social security card (requested but not required)
- Current, up-to-date, physical examination and immunization record (These must be on a Tennessee Department of Health Certificate of Immunization, which can be obtained from your doctor's office or the Health Department)
- Proof of residency for DeKalb County (i.e. gas/electric bill)
- Proof of income for all household members

*First priority will be given to children that are four years old on or before August 15, 2024 and meet income eligibility.



Are you raising a relative child or need housing assistance? For more information on assistance and support, please contact Melissa Allison at the Upper Cumberland Development District toll-free at 1-0800-275-8233. A support group meeting will be held for relatives caring for relative children during the month. Please contact Melissa Allison at 931-476-4127. If you are interested in attending this meeting. For housing assistance, while caring for a minor child, please contact Myra Walker.


Empower Upper Cumberland offers FREE grant-funded program for low- to middle-income families with children

Want more for your family? Empower Upper Cumberland is a FREE grant-funded program for low- to middle-income families with children ages 0-17 years in the home.

If you receive Free or Reduced Lunch at school, are receiving SNAP or TennCare, or make less than 225% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines then you may be eligible for this program.

Empower UC is enrolling families continuously and has funding to help working families get more out of life to become more prosperous. Some ways we might empower families are:

Help with finding & keeping employment (or higher paying employment), transportation to/from work, support services, healthcare costs, finding childcare or helping with costs, higher education, financial counseling, credit recovery and much more. We work around your schedule so you don't have to take time away from your job. It only takes five minutes to apply and there is nothing to upload. Call Janna Palmer, DeKalb County Navigator, at 931-357-0721 for more information or if you need help applying.

Texts are welcome, too! You can also reach Janna by email at It all starts with a short five minute online form or a quick phone call. (Volunteers and Donations are also gathered through our website, too.) Why not make 2024 the best year yet for your family by getting started on your prosperity pathway today! Apply now at, by calling 833-367-9782, or calling Janna at 931-357-0721 to get started.


Al-Anon & AA meetings

Meetings on Tuesday and Thursday nights at 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church 105 Edgewood Avenue, McMinnville, TN 37110.



Salem Baptist Church in Liberty to Honor Gloria Hale and Robert Robinson

It's a celebration! On April 28th at 6 p.m., Salem Baptist Church in Liberty will be honoring Gloria Hale for her many years of service in playing piano and organ and will also be honoring Robert Robinson for his many years of serving faithfully as a deacon. Come join us for this time of celebration on April 28 at 6 p.m. and stay for the meal that will follow! For more information find us on the web at


44th Annual Older Americans Day Celebration

The month of May is recognized nationally as Older Americans Month, a time when we acknowledge the vast contributions older adults make to their families, communities and the

Justin Potter Library is partnering with the Alexandria and Smithville Senior Centers in hosting the Older Americans Day Celebration. The event will be held in the theatre area of the Mike Foster Multi-Purpose Center located at 712 S Congress Boulevard on Wednesday, May 15.

The vendor displays will be located in the gym area from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. with drawings for door prizes and entertainment to follow.

This year’s theme is “Powered by Connection”. The featured entertainment will be the classic rock band “61 Seconds”. We want to thank the local businesses and organizations for providing the door prizes, items for the goody bags and sack lunches for the older Americans to enjoy.

Everyone who is an Older American is invited to this free event. For more information, call Justin Potter Library at 615-597-4359 visit us on Facebook, Instagram or our website at



Parkinson’s Support Group

The Parkinson’s support group will meet May 7 at 10 a.m. We meet at Caney Fork Baptist Church, Hwy. 70 E., Cookeville. Call Laura at 931-319-0309 with any questions.


DeKalb Schools Art Exhibit May 18

The DeKalb County Schools Art Exhibit will be Saturday, May 18 featuring works of local art students. The annual event, sponsored by the Smithville Study Club, will be held from 1-3 p.m. at the DeKalb County Complex at 712 South Congress Boulevard. The public is invited to attend.

“The Art Exhibit features art from any student from five years of age and older in our county including home schooled students. Two students will be chosen to receive the “People’s Choice” and “Best of Show” awards,” said Art Chair Susan Hinton.

For more information contact Hinton at 615-597-9300 or Smithville Study Club President Dianne Hawkins.
Guidelines for entries:

Entries are accepted for students in pre-school 5-year-old classes, and grades 1-12

Student must be a resident of DeKalb County. One entry per student


Jefferson Cemetery Decoration, May 5

Jefferson Cemetery will have their decoration and business meeting on May 5. Everyone is welcome.



DeKalb County School Calendar for 2023-24

The school calendar is set for the 2023-24 year.

The last day of school will be May 21, 2024. May 20 will be an abbreviated day.

Report cards will be issued at all schools on May 21.


VBS “Stellar”

This VBS will be held at Smithville First Free Will Baptist Church, 500 Bright Hill Rd, Smithville, TN. Join us on May 26-May 30 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This will be a week of learning, food and fun! Register early on Facebook.