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Wilson Bank and Trust Southern Home & Garden Expo set for February 11-12, 2022

Join Wilson Bank and Trust for the 2022 Southern Home & Garden Expo and turn your home into your happy place.

This year’s in-person event will be held on Friday, February 11, from 4 – 8 p.m. and Saturday, February 12, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Farm Bureau Expo Center, located at 945 East Baddour Parkway in Lebanon. Admission is free!

Take advantage of this opportunity to reconnect with familiar faces, meet our exhibitors and lenders, and have the chance to win prizes and giveaways valued at $13,000.

Whether you’re interested in a minor renovation or a major remodeling project, the Southern Home & Garden Expo is the place to go! Join us at this year’s in-person event to connect with local home improvement vendors and get all the insights and inspiration you need to transform your house into your dream home.

For more info, visit their website at https://www.wbthomegardenexpo.com/

CANCELED: Keep Smith County Beautiful MLK Day of Service – January 17, 2022

UPDATE: 1/16/22 – The cleanup day has been cancelled due to inclement weather. Another date will be set in the spring.

The Keep Smith County Beautiful committee encourages all Smith County residents to make Monday, January 17, 2022, a “day on” instead of a day off. On Martin Luther King Day, the committee is hosting a community volunteer day.

The day will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the Smith County Ag Center located at 159 Ag Center Lane – Carthage, TN. Breakfast will be served.

Volunteers should dress warmly. Gloves and safety vests will be provided.

Community service hours will be verified if needed.

The day will end with lunch at 1:00 p.m.

This is a great family event and an opportunity to be a positive example for youth in the community. 

Join the Keep Smith County Beautiful committee in serving the community through cleanup and beautification!

For more information about the volunteer event, visit Keep Smith County Beautiful’s Facebook page

Gordonsville Church of the Nazarene Presents: Mystery of the Kidnapped Keys


The Gordonsville Church of the Nazarene invites you to come out on December 18th at 6:pm and December 19th at 10am to the “The Mystery of the Kidnapped Keys”.

It is a whodunnit mystery play that the audience will vote on who they think is the guilty party. After the audience has voted the play ends as they feel the guilty party should be. Be prepared to laugh and enjoy a good time of fun as the congregation of Pine Valley Church finds the true purpose of Christmas.
Detective Vic Torious is called to Pine Valley Church by their secretary, Barb Dwyer who reports the church’s historic, antique grand piano missing! Key members of the congregation (aka suspects!) arrive at the request of the detective. Was it Barb Dwyer herself, who may or may not be a piano player and perhaps may want to frame someone else? Or maybe it’s the new pastor, Rev. Oliver Sudden. Little is known about him. Perhaps it was Fred A Delivery, a truck driver who makes deliveries almost daily, or Anne Tickwitty, an antique dealer whose great-grandfather had a connection to the instrument. Savia Money, the frugal church treasurer, has been looking for ways to raise money — was this her idea of a fundraiser? And let’s not forget Jess Churd, the youth group drama team leader who is upset there is no drama in the upcoming Christmas program. After the suspects have been questioned, the audience will cast their votes for the most likely guilty party during intermission. Then the true culprit is revealed.

The Gordonsville Church of the Nazarene is located at 168 Main Street East in Gordonsville, TN.

aCross Tennessee Invites you to Register your Cross this Christmas Season

Once again aCross Tennessee is lighting yards and neighborhoods to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas. This will mark the third year that citizens have participated in this event. No matter what country road you may travel, you are likely to find a brightly lit cross or two anywhere you go here in Smith County. In fact, this event has now grown to reach across the entire state. The official event dates are November 26, 2021 to December 31, 2021. To learn more about the aCross Tennessee cross lighting ministry, visit www.aCrossTenn.com or find them on Facebook at aCross Tennessee. Founder Robin Underwood can also be contacted at 615-489-5921 or by email RobinUnderwood75@gmail.com.

Blade Trader Day – Knife & Gun Show is set for November 20 at Smith County Ag Center

Blade Trader Day, a knife & gun show and swap meet, will take place inside the Smith County Ag Center on Saturday, November 20, 2021. The event will begin at 9:00 a.m. and continue until 4:00 p.m.

Guns and anything with a blade is welcome! There will be tons of pocket knives, fixed blades, guns, coins, currency, and accessories to buy, sell, and trade.

Admission is $5 per person. Each entry ticket gets entered into several door prizes. Concessions will be available, so come hungry!

Click the link to follow the event on Facebook to for more information. Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/294806479126490

If you are interested in being a vendor at Blade Trader Day or if you would like more information about the event, please call or text 615-489-0572 or 615-489-0247. 

Tables are available for rent, $25 for one and $10 for each additional. 

The Smith County Ag Center is located at 159 Ag Center Lane • Carthage, Tennessee 37030.

Schedule of 2021 Christmas Parades in Smith County and surrounding areas

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Smith County and the Upper Cumberland area! As we continue into the Christmas season, several area Christmas Parades will be held for you to enjoy. 

The Carthage Christmas Parade is the first in the lineup, beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 28, 2021. Smith County Hometown Christmas will also be held in Downtown Carthage on Sunday beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The Gordonsville Christmas Parade is set for Saturday, December 4, 2021, at 5:00 p.m.

Look below to see a list of other Christmas parades happening in and around the Upper Cumberland:

  • Smithville – Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.
  • Lafayette – Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.
  • Watertown – Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.
  • Woodbury – Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 12:00 p.m.
  • Red Boiling Springs – Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Lebanon – Sunday, December 5, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Liberty – Sunday, December 5, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Alexandria – Sunday, December 5, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Hartsville – Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Mt. Juliet – Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.
  • Cookeville – Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.

Know of any more Christmas parades in the area? Let us know! Send us a message on Facebook with the location, date, and time of the parade, and we will add it to our list!

All Creatures Great and Small Art Show at the Depot Saturday, November 13th

Several artists will be featuring their artwork of animals at the Carthage Junction Depot on Saturday, November 13th, 2021. The event will take place from 10am- 4pm. This event is free and open to the public, but donations are gratefully accepted for the Smith County Humane Association, Waggin’ Tails, as well as local animal fostering services.

The artists that will be featuring their work are: Jennifer Tanis, Carey Malone, Amber Givens, Carolyn Ford, Barcley Rhea, and Anne West Towns.

Come out and enjoy these beautiful pieces of art and help support a great cause for the community.

2021 Veterans Day Parade Will be Held Sunday, November 7th

American Legion Post 57 will hold the 2021 Veterans Day parade on Sunday, November 7th, on Main Street in Carthage, TN. The parade is scheduled to begin at 2:00 pm.

All veterans are welcome to walk with fellow veterans. If you have an antique car, we encourage you to come out and drive one of the veterans who are unable to walk. Other veterans are also able to ride on one of the parade wagons stationed on Carmack. The line up for the parade begins at 1:00 pm on Carmack Ave. The parade will proceed down Main St. from Carmack Ave to the Historic Smith County Courthouse. A ceremony will be held on the Historic Smith County Courthouse steps following the parade.

You are invited and encouraged to come out and line the streets of Carthage in honor of our Veterans! If you are unable to attend the parade, you can watch live coverage of the parade on Smith County Insider’s Facebook Page.

Gordonsville UMC Amazing Grace Marketplace November 6th, 2021

Come out this Saturday, November 6th, to the annual Gordonsville United Methodist Amazing Grace Marketplace. Breakfast and lunch will be served with plenty of homemade pies, cakes, cookies, and desserts available. There will also be a vast selection of homemade crafts to choose from.

Petal and Grain Meats, JL 5 Designs, Plexus, Southern Sugars Baking Co, CC Thread Co, Blue Line Farm, Stickers by C-Hoop, Ornaments, Patchwork Tees, Home With Flossi and Heihei will all be there!

Saturday, November 7, from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm. Good food, good fun, and good fellowship! Don’t miss it!

November 6th Market Fest Vendor Information

Vendors can sell crafts, art, household goods, furniture, jewelry, clothes, and anything else you might    find at a flea market.  Food trucks are welcomed.  

Booths will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Set-up starts at 7 a.m. on the Saturday of the event.  Vendors furnish their own table, tent, chairs, water, and generators.  Porta-potties will be on site.  Booth spaces are 20 feet across the front.

The event fee is $20 per booth.  A Peddler’s Permit must also be obtained.  They cost $20 and are good for one year.  Both the event fee and Peddler’s Permit must be obtained by noon on the Friday before the event. This can be done at Carthage City Hall, 314 Spring Street, Carthage.

Fun day for the whole family! 

Hope you can join us!

For more information, please call (615) 735-1881 ext. 202

or email: cglidwell@townofcarthagetn.com (subject line: Market-Fest).