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April 2024

Community Baby Shower on Sunday, April 21, 2024

Highpoint Health – Riverview is hosting a Community Baby Shower on Sunday, April 21 from 2pm – 4pm.

All future mothers and supporting family members are welcome to attend this FREE event!

Businesses are coming from near and far to support soon to be moms with education, handouts, and the opportunity to win some great door prizes to help welcome your new baby.

Learn more about the event and keep up to date on the vendors attending on our Facebook event page.

420 Fest at Cumberland Cannabis Co. in Carthage

Cumberland Cannabis Co. will host a 420 Fest on Saturday, April 20th beginning at 2 p.m. The event will include live music featuring Faded Domain, DJ Snooping and DJ Jassy. Lady BBQ, Nash Kabob and Motown Treats will be bringing their food trucks. Several give-aways, prizes, outside dab bar, fun photo ops and more will also be available.

The adult only 21+ event is located at Cumberland Cannabis Co. at 112 Main Street North, Carthage.

Free Smith County Schools Sports Physicals

Kindergarten through 12th grade students in Smith County are eligible for free sports physicals provided by Highpoint Health – Riverview providers and staff. The Youth Sports Physicals event will be held at the Smith County Ag Center on April 29-30, 2024 from 2:30-6 p.m. for Kindergarten-7th grade and on May 1-2, 2024 for 8th-12th grade. No appointment is needed. Although families are encouraged to participate on the grade appropriate date, a student can be seen any of the four dates. Physical forms are available at each Smith County School.

SCHS Department of Music Hosts 70th Annual Spring Festival May 9th

On May 9th, 2024, The Smith County High School Department of Music will be hosting The 70th Annual Spring Festival. Spring Festival is the Music Department’s annual showcase of the Band and Choir programs at Smith County High School. The event  will also feature  a performance from the Smith County Middle School Band, an awards segment, as well as the crowning of the 2024 Band King and Queen. In years past, the Spring Festival  witnessed incredible performances of some of the most well-known band and choir literature of all time.

 In particular, Spring Festival is known for giving our community some of the most awe-inspiring musical performances of 5th-12th grade musicians in the Smith County School district. In years past, Spring Festival was led by band directors Steve Dowell, Bill Moore, Fowler Stanton,  William and Ann Hunley. 

This year, the concert will be led by Smith County Band Alumnus and Director of Bands, Les McDonald. In 2006, McDonald (former student of The Hunleys and Steve Dowell) made his solo debut as a guest trumpet soloist at the prestigious event, where he performed Herbert L Clarke’s famous solo, Carnival of Venice. At past concerts, McDonald was named the recipient of the Fowler Stanton Band Scholarship ,John Philip Sousa Award, The Music Medal Award, and Band King.

Tickets will go on sale Monday, April 8th, 2024 and can be purchased directly through the Smith County High School Band. General Admission is $5.00 while floor seats will be $10.

About the Director:

For an entire decade, McDonald played across the United States as a free- lance musician. In recent years, he taught music lessons for Metro Nashville Public Schools and has enjoyed his time as a performing musician in multiple genres of music. As a trumpeter, McDonald performed alongside groups such as the Boston Brass, Synergy Brass, The Tristar Brass Ensemble, Trevecca Symphony, Sewanee Symphony, Bryan Symphony Orchestra, and several jazz orchestras across the state of Tennessee. In commercial music, McDonald performed in productions such as Christmas at Belmont, and has recorded for music publications and companies such as Alfred Music and J.W. Pepper. In 2023, McDonald was named Band Director of the Smith County High School “Pride of the Upper Cumberland” Band. Since that time, the band received multiple honors, such as 2nd Place at the Northern Plateau Marching Championship in Livingston, TN and an invitation to march in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl Parade, which will air on ESPN New Year’s Day 2025.

Community Health & Industry Collaborative Luncheon Wednesday, April 24th Noon – 1 p.m.

Riverview Regional Medical Center/Highpoint Health will host the Community Health and Industry Collaborative Luncheon on Wednesday, April 24th noon – 1 p.m. at the Smith County Chamber of Commerce.

The Tennessee Reconnect Ambassador Program will be a featured presenter. They will share some valuable information on how to support adult learners pursue postsecondary education goals.

Lunch is free. Please RSVP by 3 p.m. on April 22, 2024 by calling 615-735-2093.

Underwood Hometown Realty invites you to a community appreciation coffee giveaway

Underwood Hometown Realty is set to host a Community Appreciation Coffee Giveaway at Rokabilly Coffee in Carthage, TN on April 17, 2024 between 8am – 10am.

The occasion serves as a token of appreciation to everyone who has played a part in the journey of Underwood Hometown Realty. Whether clients who have bought or sold houses, fellow agents collaborating on sales, legal representatives, contractors, appraisers, lenders, or even those who have engaged with the realty company through social media channels, the event is open to all.

“We want to say a big ‘Thank You’ to this incredible community we call home,” expressed Robin Underwood with Underwood Hometown Realty. “Whether you’ve been a client, a colleague, or simply someone who loves coffee as much as we do, this event is our way of showing our appreciation for your support.”

The Community Appreciation Coffee Giveaway promises one free drink for all attendees as a gesture of goodwill from Underwood Hometown Realty. No online orders.

Click HERE to follow the event on Facebook.

GHS Tiger Football Booster Club Membership Drive

The Tiger Football Booster Club is having a membership drive on Thursday, April 18th at 6 pm immediately following GHS spring practice at Turney Ford Field. Stop by and sign up to support the Tigers and help make the football programs the best they can be. Hotdogs and hamburgers will be served. Membership is $25 per family per year.

Jordan Hacket Race set for May 4th 2024

The Annual Race for Jordan will celebrate its 21st year. The race will take place on the first Saturday May 4th 2024 rain or shine at the Cordell Hull Dam. at 9:00 a.m. The entry fee is $25 (short sleeve t-shirt) and $30 (long-sleeve t-shirt).

Jordan Cage Hackett, son of Stephen and Karen Hackett, was born June 7, 2002, with a heart defect known as Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. He passed away on October 14, 2002, following his second open-heart surgery. Proceeds from the Jordan Run has benefitted the Ronald McDonald House, Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, local scholarships and families with children enduring lengthy hospital stays.

To qualify for a t-shirt you must register by 4/20. Donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 45 | Carthage, TN 37030. Please make checks payable to The Jordan Hackett Foundation. PayPal will also be accepted at jchacket2009@gmail.com (please include your name and sizes)

Teams of 10 or more will be recognized during awards. A trophy will be given to the team with the most participation. Medals will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the male, female and stroller/wheelchair divisions. Plaques will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd nd 3rd overall male and female winners. Kid’s 8 and Under can participate in a Fun Run at 10 a.m. awards will also be presented.

To learn more about Jordan’s life and legacy and the mission of the Jordan Hackett foundation, please visit http://jordanhackettfoundation.org.

Carthage Market Fest set for April 20th 2024

The Fall Town of Carthage Market Fest will be held Saturday, April 20th from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Food vendors, music, crafts and bounce houses are just some of the activities planned. Bring the family for an afternoon of fun at the Carthage City Park and Walking Track, 350 Industrial Drive, Carthage, TN.

The Rodenback Family to be Honored at Boy Scout Breakfast on April 18th

The annual Friends of Scouting breakfast is set for Thursday, April 18 at 7:00 A.M. at the Carthage United Methodist Church Christian Life Center. Stacey and Tracey Rodenbach, along with their son and Eagle Scout, Ephraim, will be recognized as this year’s recipient of the Good Scout Award.

Stacey & Tracey have been involved with Scouting at both the local and district levels for many years, receiving numerous awards and honors for their service along the way. Tracey has also served Scouting at the national level. Ephraim was selected recently as one of the Scouts of the Year for the Middle Tennessee Council of Boys Scouts of America. A highly decorated Eagle Scout, he is a senior at Smith County High School.

This year’s breakfast will highlight Scouting in Smith County and will provide an opportunity for community-wide financial support in the 2024 Friends of Scouting Campaign. The complimentary breakfast will include Eagle Scout Coleman Pedigo’s brief review of his recent community service project at the Emmanuel House.

If you have not received an invitation and desire to attend, please call David Bass at (615) 735-1122. Come support Scouting and honor the Rodenbach family, one of the most successful and vital Scouting families in our area.