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DESA Thanksgiving Meals

DeKalb Emergency Services Association will be serving their Thanksgiving meal again this year. To get your name on the delivery list call: 615-390-0297 or 615-712-4286 or visit If you want to support by donating or volunteering, contact above phone numbers or visit To donate or sign up to help cut off for meals sign up will be Nov. 19, 2023.

53rd Annual Chamber Prayer Breakfast

The 53rd Annual Chamber Prayer Breakfast will be held on Thursday, November 16th, from 7 AM to 8 AM at the Smithville First Baptist Church Life Enrichment Center, located at 101 W. Church Street, Smithville. The doors will open at 6:30 AM, welcoming all who wish to attend. The guest speaker will be State Senator Janice Bowling. The event will feature special music and prayers led by members of our community. As an added treat, the Smithville First Baptist Church’s Men’s Group will prepare a pancake and sausage breakfast for all attendees. The Leadership DeKalb Class of 2024 will be on hand to help serve. Tickets for the Prayer Breakfast are available at a nominal cost of $5 per person. To secure your tickets, please contact the Chamber via email at or send a text message to 615-464-7760 with your name and the number of tickets you need. Payments can be made at the door, ensuring a hassle-free and convenient registration process.


DeKalb County Neighbors Helping Neighbors Blood Assurance Drive

A DeKalb County Neighbors Helping Neighbors Blood Assurance Drive will be November 20 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the County Complex in front of the Senior Citizens Center at 718 South Congress Boulevard. The blood drive will be on the mobile. All donors will receive a pair of “Turkey and Football” socks inspired by Friends! (while supplies last). To schedule an appointment, go to or contact Jimmy Poss at 615-464-7426 or Please remember to EAT A GOOD MEAL and drink additional water, avoid energy drinks, and bring your ID. Blood Assurance is the SOLE blood provider for our local hospitals. One donation can save three lives.



Veteran’s Day, Nov. 10

A Veterans Day observance will be held Friday, November 10 at the DeKalb County Complex auditorium sponsored by The American Legion and Ladies’ Auxiliary Post 122. Patriotic music by Susan Hinton will be featured at 9:30 a.m. with the program following at 10 a.m. The ceremony will start with the presentation of colors by the 1377th Bobby Ray Detachment Marine Corps; Pledge of Allegiance led by Susan Hinton; National Anthem and performance by the DCHS Band under the direction of Don Whitt and the DCHS Chorus under the direction of Josh Gulley; and Prayer by Larry Green. Jerry Hinton, Commander of the American Legion #122, and Adjutant Ronnie Redmon will pay tribute to all DeKalb County veterans. Judy Redmon, President of the American Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary will introduce the guest speaker, Dr. Patrick McClellan, 4th District Commander of the American Legion. Following the program, the group will gather at the courthouse downtown for the placement of a wreath by Commander Hinton and fellow veterans, prayer by Don Rigsby, and the playing of “Taps” at the site of the Veterans memorial monument. Lunch for veterans, their families, officials, and program participants will be served after the ceremony thanks to Senior Citizens Director Pam Redmon; the American Legion Post 122 and Ladies Auxiliary, and the Woodmen of the World represented by Tom Bumbalough and Bill Rutherford. A special thanks to Jan Thomas and committee for decorations, Director of Schools Patrick Cripps, School Transportation Supervisor Myron Rhody, and bus driver Danny Washer for authorizing transportation from the county complex to the courthouse for the veterans,



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.



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.


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


Sobriety Checkpoints, Nov. 24

The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting a Sobriety Checkpoint on November 24, 2023 on State Route 96 in DeKalb County. Impaired driving is a serious crime that kills more than 16,000 people and injures 305,000 others every year in the United States. Troopers will evaluate drivers for signs of alcohol or drug impairment. Troopers will target those who operate a vehicle while impaired and take corrective actions for other violations observed while ensuring the protection of all motorists. The Tennessee Highway Patrol recognizes that sobriety checkpoints are highly visible and effective tools in the battle against impaired driving.

Holiday Closings

All county official offices will be closed including the courthouse for the observance of Veterans Day on November 10th. The county complex will be open on the 10th but closed on Veterans Day the 11th. The transfer station and trash collection sites will remain open.

All county official offices will be closed including the courthouse for Thanksgiving on November the 23rd and 24th. The complex will also be closed on the 23rd and 24th. The trash collection sites and transfer station will only be closed on Thanksgiving day the 23rd.