Carthage City Council Denies Event Permit for Jeepers Creepers

October 23, 2020

On Thursday, October 22, 2020, the Carthage City Council met for a Special Called Meeting at the Performance Hall of the Smith County Heritage Museum. The agenda for the meeting was “Motion and discussion to grant or deny Special Event Permit for “Jeepers Creepers” in downtown Carthage.”

Jeepers Creepers is an annual trunk-or-treating event held on Main St in downtown Carthage.

The discussion began with Dr. Roger Duke, Public Health Officer for the Town of Carthage, providing information on the current status of COVID-19. His official recommendation was to deny the event permit given the current state of COVID-19.

After further discussion by the council, a motion was made by Councilman Ebel to approve the event permit for Jeepers Creepers. The motion failed by a 2-3 vote. Councilman Ebel and Councilman Watts voted yes. Councilwoman Kannapel, Councilwoman Scott, and Councilman Petty voted no.

Another motion was presented by Councilwoman Kannapel to deny the issuance of a permit for Jeepers Creepers based on the data, documentation, and health of Smith County as recommended by Dr. Duke. This motion passed by a vote of 3-2. Councilwoman Kannapel, Councilwoman Scott, and Councilman Petty voted yes. Councilman Ebel and Councilman Watts voted no.

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The Carthage City Council meets at 6:00 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at Carthage City Hall, located at 314 Spring Street in Carthage, Tennessee – 37030.

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