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January 2021

Blood Drive to be held at Riverview Regional Medical Center in Carthage

On September 23, 2020, a blood drive will be held at Riverview Regional Medical Center in Carthage. The drive will begin at 9:00 A.M. and will end at 1:00 P.M.

Riverview Regional Medical Center is located at 158 Hospital Drive, Carthage, TN 37030.

Click here to register.

Save time on the day of your donation appointment by completing your pre-donation reading and health history with Rapid Pass online.

Download the Blood Donor App today to get your digital donor card, schedule your next appointment, track your lifetime donations, view your blood pressure, and follow your donation on its way to a hospital

According to the American Red Cross website, blood donors help patients of all ages: accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those battling cancer. 

In fact, every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood, and just one car accident victim can use as many as 100 units of blood. Your donation matters!

To learn more about the American Red Cross and the blood donation process, click here.

Lights for Recovery Candlelight Vigil set for September 24, 2020

Join the Smith County Drug Prevention Coalition at the Smith County Ag Center on Thursday, September 24, 2020, for the 4th Annual Lights for Recovery Candlelight Vigil. The vigil will begin at 6:00 p.m.

This event aims to celebrate those in recovery, support those who are still struggling with the disease of addiction, and remember those who have lost the battle.

This event will feature special guest speakers: Rhonda Gregory, Tim Frank, Monica Mowdy, and Jackie Dawson. In addition to this former Miss Tennessee 2017, Caty Davis, will appear as a guest singer

Prior to the event, free training and opioid overdose reversal kits will be available beginning at 5:00 p.m. 

To learn more about the Smith County Drug Prevention Coalition, visit their website. You can also RSVP to the event on Facebook.

Pleasant Shade Community Fish Fry – September 19, 2020

Head to the Pleasant Shade Community Center from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 19, 2020, to enjoy a Community Fish Fry.

A plate with fish or chicken, hushpuppies, two sides, desert, and a drink can be purchased for $10. A child’s plate for children 8 years old and under can be purchased for $6.

The Pleasant Shade Community Center is located at 743 Pleasant Shade Highway in Pleasant Shade, TN.

Come out for a great meal!

Mid-TN Knives and Collectibles Show at Ag Center on September 5th

Come to the Smith County Ag Center on Saturday. September 5th from 8:00 am-7:00 pm for the Mid-TN Knives and Collectibles Show. Concessions, including Lone Star BBQ, will be available at the event, and admission is FREE!

There will be multiple different vendors with a wide assortment of pocket knives, fixed blades, accessories, and items. Don’t miss out on this one day only event.

The Smith County Ag Center is located at 159 Ag Center Ln in South Carthage, TN.

UCEMC 82nd Annual Meeting of the Members to be held September 12, 2020

News release from the Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation

Here in the Upper Cumberland, the second Saturday in September is something extraordinary for UCEMC members who never fail to attend the annual meeting. We see friends and neighbors we sometimes haven’t seen since last year. We cheer when we win a door prize, and we look forward to tasting the crispy, delicious fish in the afternoon buffet. We come early to hear about what’s new at our electric co-op. We stay until the afternoon for the fellowship and the fun.

Indeed, Upper Cumberland Electric Corporation’s Annual Meeting of the Members is a treat that warrants a “Save-the-Date” on the calendar for so many people in our community.

But this year, the meeting will be different. It must be as we consider the health and safety of our members and UCEMC employees. Unfortunately, these unusual times require that no meal will be served and no door prizes given away.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, 2020’s annual meeting will be a “drive-in” event in the parking lot of the Smith County Agricultural Center, 159 Ag Center Lane, in South Carthage. 

UCEMC General Manager Jimmy Gregory says that this year, you’ll sit in the comfort, convenience, and safety of your vehicle to hear the latest information about your co-op and its accomplishments.

“We’ll ask our members in attendance to tune their radios to a particular radio frequency where they’ll be able to hear all the reports and participate in any business that may come before the members,” Gregory explains. “We apologize for the inconvenience of the “drive-in” meeting as well as not being able to offer a meal or door prizes, but we feel this is the safest option in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope to be able to return UCEMC’s Annual Meeting to normal next year.”

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 12. The brief business meeting starts at 10 a.m. Any member with special needs planning to attend may call 1-800-261-2940 before the meeting date, and UCEMC will make the arrangements.

It certainly won’t be the harbinger of fall that we’re used to here in the Upper Cumberland. Still, the drive-in event is what we have to do to keep our community healthy and involved. You’re urged to attend this unusual but informative annual Meeting of the Members. We hope to see you there!

To learn more about Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation, visit https://ucemc.com.

5th Annual Carthage Benevolent Lodge Golf Scramble to be held on Sept 5, 2020

The Carthage Benevolent Lodge #14 will be hosting its 5th Annual 2 Man Golf Scramble on Sept 5, 2020.

Proceeds from the scramble will go towards assisting the Carthage Lodge with several charities, including the Widows and Orphans Fund, Local Angel Tree Donations, Shriners Hospitals, and many more!

The scramble will be held at Southern Hills Golf & Country Club, located off of Baxter exit at 4770 Jared Rd, Cookeville, TN 38506. The event will begin at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start.

  • $60 per player
  •  Bring your own team
  • 3 flights of prize money will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd
  • Meal Provided – Meat & 3
  • Closest to the hole competition
  • Straightest drive competition
  • Tons of door prizes
  • Mulligans
  • 50/50 drawing
  • Lucky Ball

Please call the Club House at 931-432-5149 to register or send an email to CarthageLodgeGolf@gmail.com.

2020 Race for Jordan goes virtual

Typically, the annual 5K Race for Jordan is held on the first Saturday in May at the Cordell Hull Dam in memory of Jordan Hackett. This year’s race was postponed due to COVID-19, but event organizers are making the best of these unusual circumstances by going virtual. 

The 17th Annual 5K Race for Jordan will be held virtually on Saturday, September 26, 2020.

Run or walk 3.14 miles for Jordan anywhere you choose, and share your photos on social media using #raceforjordan. 

T-shirts and race bibs may be reserved through September 11, 2020. Mail payment, along with name and desired shirt size, to P.O. Box 45 | Carthage, TN 37030. Please make checks payable to The Jordan Hackett Foundation. 

You can also pay using PayPal with the email jchackett2002@gmail.com.

Short sleeve t-shirts are $20, long sleeve t-shirts are $30, and toddler sizes are $10.

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.

In 2019, the Jordan Hackett Foundation gave…

  • $20,000 to the Ronald McDonald House
  • $20,000 to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital
  • $4000 in local scholarships
  • Donation to Smith Co. Family Resource Office
  • Monetary donations given to families with children enduring lengthy hospital stays

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

Yard Sale to benefit Pregnancy Help Center of Smith County set for August 1, 2020

On Saturday, August 1, 2020, a Yard Sale to benefit the Pregnancy Help Center of Smith County will be held at 108 College Avenue West in Carthage, Tennessee. 

The Yard Sale will be held from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. 

Items include a large assortment of baby items, baby clothes, shoes, cribs, rocking chair, cradle, corner shelves, decor, maternity clothes, toys, and more! Lemonade and cookies will be for sale, too.

Proceeds from the Yard Sale will benefit the Pregnancy Help Center of Smith County. 

While you’re shopping at the Yard Sale, take a tour of the center, and learn more about the organization!

The Pregnancy Help Center of Smith County offers free, confidential services for men, women, and families who are facing pregnancy related issues. The Pregnancy Help Center offers free pregnancy tests, confidential peer counseling, abortion alternatives, Bible studies, and educational programs.

To learn more about the Pregnancy Help Center of Smith County, visit their Facebook page. 

Helping Hearts Fundraiser Pageant to benefit Waggin’ Tails set for August 29, 2020

This year’s Helping Hearts Fundraiser Pageant will be held on Saturday, August 29, 2020, at the Smith County Ag Center.

Proceeds from this year’s pageant will benefit Waggin’ Tails. This organization was chosen in memory of fallen Officer Steve Reece, who had a passion for animals and was affectionately known as the “animal whisperer” because of all the animals he rescued while on duty. 

The Entry Fee for the Helping Hearts Fundraiser Pageant is $40. The pageant is open to females of all ages and males up to the age of 6. 

Contestants can participate in these additional electives for $5 each: 

  • Prettiest Eyes
  • Best Dressed
  • Best Smile
  • Best Personality
  • Most Beautiful/Handsome
  • Most Photogenic

Pageant entry forms can be picked up and turned in at Mandi’s Salon and Spa or South Side Tanning Salon. Click here to download a PDF version of the entry form.

An ambassador trophy will be give to the contestant who donates the most animal items (dog food, toys, beds, etc.). Donations may be dropped off at Mandi’s Salon and Spa before the pageant or brought to the Ag Center on the day of the pageant. 

Contestants can sign up to participate in the pageant until one hour before the designated time that their division begins.

Social distancing recommendations will be followed, only one small group of contestants will participate per hour, and thorough cleaning will take place throughout the day. Vendor tables will be spaced 6 feet apart. Masks are welcome but not mandatory. 

Please call or text Pageant Coordinator Mandi Myers at 615-735-7055 with any questions.

Press Release: Mark Your Calendars for Two Sales Tax Holidays!

The following press release was submitted to Smith County Insider by a representative from the Tennessee Department of Revenue.

First Holiday is July 31 -August 2 ; Second Holiday is August 7-9


NASHVILLE ⎯ Mark your calendars! For 2020 only, the Tennessee General Assembly has approved two sales tax holiday weekends to help Tennesseans save money and support the economy amid the COVID- 19 pandemic.

The first tax-free holiday weekend focuses on clothing and other back-to-school items. It begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 31, and ends Sunday, August 2, at 11:59 p.m. During this time, consumers may purchase clothing, school supplies, and computers and other qualifying electronic devices without paying sales tax. Certain price restrictions apply. For school supplies and clothing, the threshold for qualifying items is $200 or less. For computers and other electronics, the price threshold is $3,000 or less. Download our list of tax-exempt items here.

Exempt items sold online are also eligible. Consumers must purchase items for personal use, not business or trade.

The second sales tax holiday weekend focuses on restaurant sales. It begins at 12:01 a.m. on August 7 and ends Sunday, August 9, at 11:59 p.m. During this time the retail sale of food and drink by restaurants and limited service restaurants, as defined in Tenn. Code Ann. §57-4-102, is exempt from sales tax.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has caused immense economic strain on Tennessee families. These sales tax holidays will allow them to keep more of their hard-earned money and support Tennessee businesses,” said Tennessee Governor Bill Lee.

“We want to remind everyone about these opportunities for tax relief,” Revenue Commissioner David Gerregano said. “It’s a good opportunity to save money during these difficult times.”

For more information about the sales tax holiday weekends, visit www.tntaxholiday.com. You can also read our frequently asked questions, as well as this important notice.

The Department of Revenue is responsible for the administration of state tax laws and motor vehicle title and registration laws, as well as the collection of taxes and fees associated with those laws. The Department collects around 87 percent of total state revenue. During the 2019 fiscal year, it collected $15.3 billion in state taxes and fees and more than $3 billion in taxes and fees for local governments. To learn more about the Department, visit www.tn.gov/revenue.

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