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Parent Night Out 2022 hosted by Smith County Drug Prevention Coalition

The Smith County Drug Prevention Coalition will host a Parent Night Out on Monday, November 14th, at 6:00pm at the Smith Co. Chamber of Commerce. They will provide a free lasagna dinner and education on how you can talk to your children and teenagers about the dangers of substance use. Participants will be able to take home materials that will help guide the conversation with children about substance use. There will be time for questions!

This event is ONLY for parents, please make arrangements for your children. It is a FREE event, but we do ask that you register at Eventbrite to help us plan.

Schedule of 2022 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 27, 2022. 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 3, 2022, 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 3, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. 
  • Lafayette – Saturday, December 3, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. 
  • Watertown – Saturday, December 3, 2022 at 3:00 p.m.
  • Woodbury – Saturday, December 3, 2022 at 12:00 p.m.
  • Red Boiling Springs – Saturday, December 3, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Lebanon – Sunday, December 4, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. 
  • Liberty – Sunday, December 4, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Alexandria – Sunday, December 4, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Hartsville – Saturday, December 10, 2022 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Mt. Juliet – Saturday, December 10, 2022 at 1:00 p.m.
  • Cookeville – Saturday, December 10, 2022 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!

Pleasant Shade Community Center 12th Annual Fall Festival

The Pleasant Shade Community Center will host its 9th Annual Fall Festival on Saturday, November 19, 2022, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

A turkey dinner with all the fixin’s will be served at the festival. Take-out or delivery orders can be placed between 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Dine-in meals will be served from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Concessions will also be available for purchase at the event.

The cakewalk will begin at 6:00 p.m.

Please bring donated items to the cakewalk by 6:00 p.m. Any item is okay to donate. It does not have to be food!

All proceeds from the Fall Festival will be used to maintain and keep the Pleasant Shade Community Center open. The Pleasant Shade Community Center is located at 743 Pleasant Shade Highway in Pleasant Shade, Tennessee.

If you have any questions, please contact Wesley Rigsby at 615-677-6514 to Ann Gregory at 615-677-6388. Leave a message if no one answers.

Paranormal Investigation events at the Historic Smith County Courthouses in November

On Saturday, November 5th the first ever public paranormal investigation will be held at the Historic Smith County Courthouse. The evening event will be held from 7 p.m. – 12 a.m. and include pizza and soft drinks for a ticket price of $45. All proceeds for this event will be donated to the Smith County Humane Association.

The event is hosted by Mid-Tenn Paranormal. The company is the result of a shared passion turned business venture for paranormal investigating couple and Smith County residents Stephen and Terry Denson. The couple along with other team members have visited numerous destinations to investigate paranormal activities. They have captured a strong following on social media. Visit their facebook page for more information.

You can get tickets for the November 5th Event and November 19th Event at Eventbrite.

Tennessee Works Bus Tour stops in Gordonsville, TN

The Tennessee Works Bus Tour will stop in Gordonsville TN on Monday, November 7th at 1:30 p.m. Governor Bill Lee, Lieutenant Governor Rand McNally, State Representative and house speaker, Cameron Sexton and Candidate for State Representative Michael Hale will be participating.

The Bus Tour will stop at the Timberloft at 470 Gordonsville Highway, Gordonsville. This is an opportunity to meet candidates and officials prior to Tuesday, November 8th Election Day.

16th Annual Chad’s Run – Saturday, November 5th 2022

For the past 15 years, the first Saturday in November has typically been a busy morning on the campus of Gordonsville High School as members from all throughout the community gather for the annual Chad’s Run 5K.

Chad’s Run was established to support Chad Hunter, who was involved in an automobile accident on February 14, 2004, that left him needing around-the-clock care. Proceeds from the race go into the Chad Hunter Trust, which provides financial support for Chad’s continued care.

Each year, Chad’s Run also awards scholarships to one senior at Gordonsville High School and one senior at Smith County High School who wishes to pursue a career in the medical field.

The first Chad’s Run was held thanks to the inspiration of Brother Mark Stinnett, who was training to run the Music City Half Marathon at the time of Chad’s accident. After running the marathon in Chad’s honor, Stinnett proposed having an annual run to further help with Chad’s needs. Soon after, a Board of Directors came together and the first race was planned.

Saturday’s race will be the 16th year that the community has gathered in support of Chad.

“Chad looks so forward to this every year,” says Maxine Hunter, Chad’s mother and caretaker. “Trying to find the right words to express the gratitude we feel for the love and support this community has shown us is humbling. We are so grateful for all the participants, board members, and sponsors each year.”

Chad’s favorite thing about the race is getting to see everyone. He especially recalls the first race, where all of his teammates and classmates came out to support him.

“Chad doesn’t sleep much the night before the race due to the excitement he feels. To see him happy and smiling makes all the preparation well worth the effort,” says race organizer Mark Medley. “Due to Chad’s brain injury, he and his mom face daily challenges only they know. Thanks to Chad’s Run we can all help them meet those challenges.”

In 2022, Chad’s Run is back in person for the first time since the pandemic. The race will begin at 9:00 a.m. at Gordonsville High School on Saturday, November 5, 2022. Race day registration begins at 8:00 a.m.

Smith County Drug Prevention Coalition Fall Drug Take Back Day October 29, 2022

The Smith County Drug Prevention Coalition will host a Drug Take Back Event on Saturday October 29th at the Carthage Walmart from 10AM- 1PM

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

Clean out all of your expired medications and drop them off on for safe disposal.

2022 Veterans Day Parade Will be Held Sunday, November 6th

American Legion Post 57 will hold the 2021 Veterans Day parade on Sunday, November 6th, 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 in front of Powell Meadows Insurance Company along Carmack Avenue. 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. A special concert performance by Tennessee Outlaw Country and Beautifully Broken will begin at 2 p.m. at the Historic Smith County Courthouse.

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.

Harlem Wizards are coming to Gordonsville High School on November 5

The Harlem Wizards, the most interactive, fun, community basketball event in the world is coming to Gordonsville High School. The world-famous Harlem Wizards will visit the Gordonsville High School gymnasium on Saturday, November 5, 2022 at 7pm (doors open at 6pm) for an evening of great fun and fundraising. The Wizards will play a game against a team of teachers ,principals and community leaders. The event is a fundraiser for the Gordonsville High School Baseball team.

Pre-sale tickets can be purchased from any baseball player for $13 each. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $15 each. There are also a limited number of court side tickets for $30 and VIP tickets for $80 available for sale.

The energy at a Wizards game is electric. The laughter is infectious. The dunks are rim-rattling, high-flying and awe-inspiring. The hoop artistry, ball-handling, tricks and teamwork are mesmerizing.What really takes it to another level is the hometown participation from the kids on court experiences, to the teachers, principals and other community leaders who take on the Wizards as the “hometown heroes”.

Besides cheering for their teachers, the kids are involved all night long. They will all have a chance to get on the court! Pre-game, any child or teen with a Wizards jersey can warm-up with the Wizards! Throughout the game audience members will be asked to volunteer in different contests and acts. And the end of night final moments includes an invitation to all students to come onto the court for a dance celebration with the Wizards.

The experience at a Wizards game is the community, the school coming together fora night of good, pure fun and excitement and it’s a fundraiser.The event will feature a variety of fun interactive extras to complement the Wizards’ dazzling demonstration of hoops artistry: Pregame “Wiz Kids” warm-up, contests, comedy, awesome slam dunks, audience participation, merchandise giveaways, and more. The game will conclude with the Wizards’ signature dance celebration that will have the parents on their feet and the kids moving to the beat.