Dekalb County, TN

#32. DeKalb County

- Population: 20,104 - Born in Tennessee: 13,766 (68.5% of population) - Born in a different state: 5,181 (25.8% of population) --- Midwest (9.7%), Northeast (2.6%), South (10.8%), West (2.7%) - Born in another country: 1,098 (5.46% of population) --- Africa (0.00%) , Asia (0.09%), Europe (0.36%), Latin America (4.99%), North America (0.01%), Oceania (0.00%)
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Republicans Celebrate Historic Election Day in DeKalb County

For the first time in DeKalb County history Republicans will hold all elected county-wide offices beginning in September. In the General Election Thursday Republicans swept all county wide races and won a majority of the seats on the county commission and school board. Matt Adcock, who currently serves as a...

DeKalb, Warren Will See New Leadership After Thursday Election

Several Upper Cumberland Counties will see new leadership following Thursday’s election. Matt Adcock will serve as DeKalb County’s new County Mayor. He defeated challenger Mike Foster. Adcock said he calls the experience humbling. “I really think DeKalb County has some life-changing things here for our citizens, great opportunities...

New Episode of Cultivating Communities by UT Extension

UT Extension Smith County is proud to present the latest episode of Cultivating Communities. Join hosts Katie Martin and Chris Hicks as they travel the Upper Cumberland to introduce you to local farmers, families, and Extension agents. In this episode, Chris and Katie meet up with Extension Agent Johnny Barnes...

DeKalb County Adopt-A-Teacher Program Returns for Third Year

The DeKalb County Adopt-A-Teacher Program is back for the third year!. The school bell has rung and children all over DeKalb County have started a new school year. All summer long teachers have attended inservice training, developed lesson plans and worked tirelessly on making plans for this school year. “Lets...

#39. DeKalb County, TN

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 317 (65 new cases, +20% change from previous week) - Cumulative cases per 100k: 32,528 (6,665 total cases) --- 0.6% more cases per 100k residents than Tennessee - Cumulative deaths per 100k: 498 (102 total deaths) --- 25.8% more deaths per 100k residents than Tennessee - Population that is fully vaccinated: 42.1% (8,618 fully vaccinated)

Election Day Has Arrived!

From the city halls to the state house, voters in DeKalb County will be making their choices at the ballot box today for candidates they want to represent them in public office over the next two or four years. WJLE will have exclusive LIVE election return coverage and candidate interviews...

Suspected Marijuana Growers Named in Sealed Indictments

Two men found growing marijuana on their properties on Barnes Mill Road more than a year ago have been arrested after being named in sealed indictments recently returned by the DeKalb County Grand Jury. 60-year-old Steven James Cantrell and 71-year-old Larry Adcock are each charged in the indictments for possession...

County Commission to Have Nine New Members

The 14 member DeKalb County Commission will be made up of nine new members starting next month and overall, eight seats will be held by Republicans compared to four by Democrats and two by Independents. In the General Election Thursday, three incumbents were defeated including Democrat Julie Young in the...

Fowler Handed Three Year Sentence for Aggravated Statutory Rape

A man accused of aggravated statutory rape who led Smithville Police on a pursuit last September before crashing his vehicle was sentenced in DeKalb County Criminal Court Monday, August 1. Judge Gary McKenzie presided. 27-year-old Tyler Shawn Fowler entered a plea to aggravated statutory rape and received a three-year sentence...

Adopt Zoe Today (View video here)

Make a friend for life! Adopt “Zoe” the WJLE/DeKalb Animal Shelter featured “Pet of the Week”. “Zoe is a beautiful Siamese mix. She is super sweet and loving. Zoe is fully vaccinated and ready to go. She does great with other cats as well as kids and grownups. Zoe is an all-around cuddle bug. We just need to find her a forever home,” said Shelter Director Emmaly Bennett.

Eric Ervin Elected to School Board

The Board of Education will have one new member beginning next month. Eric Ervin, a Republican, will succeed Kate Miller on the school board from the 4th district. Miller chose not to seek re-election. Ervin won the seat in the DeKalb County General Election Thursday beating two other opponents, Dr. Scott Little, a Democrat, and Independent Tony Poss. Ervin got 324 votes compared to 230 for Little and 148 for Poss.

Almost 2,500 Turnout for Early Voting

The early voting turnout for the August 4 elections eclipsed that of August 2018 and 2014 but not by much. For the 14-day period from July 15-30, a total of 2,489 cast ballots in this election compared to the early voting turnout of 2,361 in August 2018 and 2,399 in August 2014. In May of this year a total of 3,579 voted in the primaries combined including 1,661 on election day, 1,815 during early voting, and 103 by absentee.

Judge suspended for opioid case comments, sexual allegations

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A judicial oversight panel has suspended a Tennessee judge for the rest of his term, citing two very different types of indiscretion in handling cases. In one, his out-of-court comments were deemed improper enough to void a prominent ruling he made against an opioid company. In the other, a judicial oversight panel found he had an inappropriate sexual relationship with a married woman with an adoption case before him. The unusual two-count suspension came down from the Tennessee Board of Judicial Conduct, which this week found that Judge Jonathan Lee Young had mishandled both cases. An appeals court disqualified him from the opioid case, voiding his default judgment that would have sent the case directly to trial over how much to award the plaintiffs in damages. In the other case, he didn’t recuse himself and ruled that the husband could adopt one of his wife’s children. Young’s 30-day suspension begins Tuesday and his term ends Aug. 31 after losing his Republican primary election in May. The judicial board will hand over the case to Tennessee’s Board of Professional Responsibility, which oversees attorneys, for possible further action.

Back to School Education Celebration Returns but at New Location

The Back to School Education Celebration is back again but at a new location. Instead of the public square where the event was held for several years, this year’s Back-To-School Bash” for free school supplies will be held on Tuesday, August 2nd from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM inside at the Smithville First Baptist Church Life Enrichment Center, 101 West Church Street, Smithville.