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A day to remember
Community witnesses historic event
The Great American Eclipse brought visitors to Smithville from across the country. The hometown crew was well represented as well. From left, Ronda Butler-McAbee, DeKalb County mayors office, Beth Adcock, Smithville Police Department, and Dana Poss, City Hall, all took the chance to watch the event at the downtown block party.
Downtown Smithville was busier than usual Monday, as the Great American Eclipse came to town and brought a lot of guests with it.Planes flew in from all over, as evidenced by the filled flight area at Smithville airport, as over 70 planes landed with folks setting up lawn chairs next to their airplanes to experience the event. Local merchants reported speaking with people as far off as England.“We just love this area,” said Don Mosley who, with his wife Teresa and three grandchildren made the trek from the relatively close South Middle Tennessee area of Elkton. “It’s so beautiful we decided it’s where we wanted to experience the eclipse.”Rita Wonders came from Pradenton, Florida for the experience, having relatives in Murfreesboro she opted for Smithville as well.“I saw the map and heard about the block party they were having here in Smithville and decided it was where I wanted to go,” Wonders said.For Smithville residents it was a real treat, as they didn’t have to go far for a “best seat in the house” as The Justin Potter Library in conjunction with the Smithville-DeKalb Chamber of Commerce, Saint Thomas DeKalb Hospital, DeKalb County government and the City of Smithville held a block party across from the library.