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Off the Beaten Path Tour

Oct 24, 2014 to Oct 26, 2014
10:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M.
DeKalb and Cannon County

Every fall, on the last full weekend in October, when the colors are breathtaking and there is a crispness in the air, the artists of the Off the Beaten Path Tour in DeKalb and Cannon Counties of Middle Tennessee open their studios to the public for a free, three day event.

Celebrating its 15th anniversary, the tour has grown to include 14 stops with 25 participating artists.

Visitors can download a map detailing directions to each studio as they make their way through the countryside while also following the bright yellow signs posted along the way.

Visitors will find artists demonstrating their craft as they welcome you to their studios and you will have the unique shopping opportunity of buying hand-crafted work directly from the artist.

The Off the Beaten Path Studio Tour had it's beginnings 15 years ago when Louis and Christine Columbarini, potters and owners of Stella Luna Gallery, hatched a plan to bring together artists in DeKalb and Cannon Counties and to invite the public to their studios for demonstrates, sales and a get to know you kind of experience. From that first small handful of innovative artists the tour has grown from a two-day event into a much loved and anticipated three-day long autumn weekend.

At each stop along the tour visitors will find beautifully made contemporary and traditional fine crafts, many made by award-winning artists. Look for wood fired and rake pottery, shaker boxes, hand-blown glass, functional and sculptural ceramics, handmade paper, handbound books, reclaimed jewelry, custom designed jewelry in semi-precious stones and sterling silver, woven wearables, custom designed handbags, stained glass, furniture, large scale pulp-painted canvases, ethnic inspired dolls, artist boxes inspired by original stories, traditional face jugs, large scale one-of-a-kind wood sculpture, original paintings and more.

The Studio Tour attracts local and regional visitors each year as well as Cultural Heritage travelers and many guests from around the country who plan vacations to the area during the Tour.

Whether it's a weekend getaway or a family outing, the tour offers something for everyone. Pack a picnic lunch, get a map and enjoy this once a year event!

For more details about the artists at each of the 14 stops and to download your map of the tour, visit and see you in October!

"Healing Families" Family/Friend Support Group

Sep 25, 2014
5:30 p.m.
Haven of Hope office

DeKalb County Drug Court and Haven of Hope of DeKalb County are offering a free and open to the public family/friend support group, "Healing Families", for those concerned about someone struggling with the disease of addiction. The group meets at the Haven of Hope office, 612S Congress Blvd, from 5:30 to 6:30 Thursday evenings. Childcare is provided. Call 597-4673 for more information.

Paislee's Foundation's 1st Annual Craft and Home Show

Oct 18, 2014
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
DeKalb County Fairgrounds

Paislee's Foundation's 1st Annual Craft and Home Show will be October 18 at the DeKalb County Fairgrounds from 10am till 4pm. Free Admission / Free Parking. (donations accepted).

ALL things handmade - Quilts, Sewing, Woodworking, Fine Arts, Jewelry and more!
Booths available: ($25 - 10x10 or 8x8 and $20 6x4) We are still looking for VENDORS!! Demonstrations are Welcome!!!

ALL PROCEEDS go directly to Paislee's Foundation, a 501c-3 NON-profit organization to benefit families dealing with still birth and infant loss (up to 3 years of age).

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For more information or to book your booth space contact: Darcie Cripps @ 615-464-5139 (cel) or 615-529-2387 (home)
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Justin Potter Library Supports Tennessee Promise Initiative

Sep 25, 2014
3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Justin Potter Library

In support of the Tennessee Promise initiative, Justin Potter Library will commit to the following actions:

1. Starting Sept 25 through Oct. 30, Justin Potter Library will provide computers and quiet space each Thursday from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. for our high school seniors to go online at to apply for the Tennessee Promise scholarship, for adults to sign up as mentors and or community members for find out more information about this initiative.

2. Dec. 4 through Jan 15, those computers and space can be used Thursdays from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the students' college applications.

3. Starting Jan 22 through Feb 26, TNPromise scholars can complete their eight hours of community service as volunteers at Justin Potter Library on Thursdays between the hours of 3:00 - 5:00 pm.

DCHS to Host College Application Week

Sep 29, 2014 to Oct 3, 2014

DeKalb County High School will host College Application Week Sept. 29-October 3. All seniors who have not already applied to college or technical school are urged to do so during that week. If you need assistance, please visit the counseling office.

Monday Sept. 29 – College Planning / Financial Aid Information Night – 5:00PM Cafeteria
Students from all grade levels, bring your parents to this event. We will have guest speakers discussing college admissions, financial aid and scholarships, and TN Promise.

Tuesday – September 30 – Scholarship / College Essay Lab - Mrs. Walteen Parker’s Classroom – 1st, 3rd, and 5th Blocks
Any senior who needs assistance with a scholarship or college essay is invited to come to Mrs. Parker’s room during 1st, 3rd, and 5th blocks this day. Students, your counselors have read hundreds of scholarship essays over the years and can assure you that essays submitted by students who have had a teacher proofread and assist with are more polished and well thought out. A well written essay greatly increases your chances of winning a scholarship and admission. Please take advantage of this assistance. If you are not enrolled in Mrs. Parker’s class this semester, please sign up in the counseling office so that it is known how many students are expected each block. A mobile lab will be available, but feel free to bring your own computer.

Wednesday - October 1 – College Applications Lab - Counseling Office – 1-5th Blocks
The counselors will set up a college applications lab in the counseling office. Students may come to the lab during the school day for assistance with college applications. In order to provide better service to students and gage how many volunteers are needed, you are asked to come to the counseling office and sign up for a time-slot. If anyone needs assistance with the TN Promise Application, you can be helped at this time. A mobile lab will be available, but feel free to bring your own computer. Also, students and teachers feel free to wear your favorite college shirt on this day to support College Applications Week!

Open House at Smithville Head Start Center

Oct 24, 2014
1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
118 Kimberly Lane

The LBJ & C Smithville Head Start Center will have an Open House on Friday, October 24 from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at 118 Kimberly Lane. The staff and parents are looking forward to showing their center and the children's arts and crafts. Head Start provides children with activities that help them grow mentally, socially, emotionally, and physically. Everyone is invited to attend Open House.

Brush Creek Community Fest

Oct 4, 2014
5:00 p.m.
Brush Creek Community Center

The Brush Creek Lions Club will host it’s annual “Brush Creek Community Fest” on October 4 at the Community Center.
The chili supper will begin at 5:00 p.m. with adult plates for $5.00 and children for $3.00.
An old fashioned cake walk and auction will begin at 6:00 p.m.
Proceeds will be used to restore the “old schoolhouse” as a community center.
The Lions Club encourages you to bring your old eye glasses that will be given to the Vanderbilt Lions Eye Center.
Please call 683-8688 or 683-8991 for more information.

11th Annual Habitat Chili Cook-off and Bake Sale

Oct 10, 2014
10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Courthouse Lawn

For the 11th year in a row, it’s your turn to support a great cause and decide who makes the best chili in DeKalb County! Come out and cast your vote Friday, October 10th on the Courthouse Square when Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County hosts its 11th Annual Chili Cook-off and Bake Sale.

Chili will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the north side of the Courthouse on the Smithville Town Square. You can purchase your bowl for $5.00, eat all the chili you want, and vote for your favorite chili and the best decorated booth. Handmade pottery bowls will be available for $10.00. Delicious baked goods prepared by members of local churches will also be for sale.

In the event of rain, the event will be held at the Smithville Cumberland Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall.

“We’re so excited about the 11th Annual Chili Cook-off,” said Tecia Puckett Pryor, a member of the Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County Development Committee. “We are looking forward to being outside again on the Courthouse lawn and hope everyone will come out to enjoy the fun and fellowship. This year, we are completing our fifth Habitat home in DeKalb County,” said Pryor. “The proceeds from the Chili Cook-off will be used towards building our next house, so we hope everyone will come out and eat lots of chili for a great cause!”

The Chili Cook-Off and Bake Sale is one of two major fundraisers for Habitat each year. The other is the Fiddler 5K and One Mile Fun Run.

Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization. Habitat for Humanity builds and renovates houses in partnership with volunteers and families in need, regardless of their ethnic or religious background. The houses then are sold to those in need at no profit and with no interest charged.

For more information on the Chili Cook-off and Bake Sale, contact Tecia Pryor at 597-7370. To contact Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County, call 215-8181.

DeKalb County Retired Teachers Association Meeting

Oct 2, 2014
11:30 a.m.
DeKalb Community Hospital

The DeKalb County Retired Teachers Association will meet October 2nd at 11:30 at DeKalb Community Hospital. The hospital will be serving lunch and will provide a speaker for the meeting. All retired teachers are encouraged to attend.

Early Voting Set for November 4 Elections

Oct 15, 2014 to Oct 30, 2014

The DeKalb County Election Commission has announced dates and times for Early Voting for the November 4 Tennessee General Election and the Smithville Municipal Liquor Referendums.

Early voting will begin October 15 and run through October 30.

In order to make it as convenient as possible for all voters, the election commission voted to set the following hours:
Mondays 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Tuesdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Thursdays 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Fridays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturdays 9 a.m. to Noon.

All Early Voting will be in the first floor courtroom of the courthouse.

Tennessee voters will elect a Governor, U.S. Senator, U.S. Congressmen, State Representatives, and State Senators.

The General Election Ballot also includes four proposed Tennessee Constitutional amendments.

Amendment #1 inserts constitutional language empowering the legislature to enact, amend, or repeal statutes regarding abortion.

Amendment #2 empowers the Governor to appoint judges subject to confirmation by the General Assembly

Amendment # 3 prohibits the legislature from levying or permitting any tax upon payroll or earned personal income

Amendment #4 empowers the legislature to permit lotteries for events that benefit 501 (c)(3) or 501(c)(19) organizations.

The City of Smithville has two referendums on the ballot on November 4.

The Retail Package Store Referendum asks city voters to either vote "To permit retail package stores to sell beverages in Smithville" or "not to permit retail package stores to sell alcoholic beverages in Smithville".

The Consumption on the Premises Referendum asks city voters to either vote "for legal sale of alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises in Smithville" or "against legal sale of alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises in Smithville."


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