Although no cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Smith County, this global pandemic is still affecting the day-to-day lives of our county’s citizens. You can learn more about what’s being done to combat the coronavirus in Smith County by clicking here.

The CDC’s recommendation to practice social distancing and limit crowd sizes has prompted closures, cancellations, and changes throughout the county.

Here at Smith County Insider, we’re doing our best to compile a list of all local changes, closures, and cancellations. If you know of something that should be added to our list, please let us know!

Smith County Schools will remain closed until Monday, April 27th. Please continue to check the Smith County School System website for details. 

Prom has ben postponed until further notice at both Smith County High School and Gordonsville High School. 

ACT has decided to reschedule the April 4, 2020, National ACT® test date to their June 13 and July 18 test dates in response to concerns regarding the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Carthage City Hall is currently closed to the public. This is a precautionary measure for the health and safety of the public as well as employees, and it will remain in effect through March 31, 2020. Cash payments for city bills should resume on April 1, 2020. To pay by mail, please send checks to: Town of Carthage, P.O. Box 259, Carthage, TN 37030. To pay by credit card, call 615-735-1881 ext. 202. There will be no cut-offs for non-payment during this time. All business will be conducted by phone during this time.

The following will be in effect for the Town of Carthage starting Tuesday, March 24, and until further notice regarding water bills for Carthage residents:

(1) Water lines will not be disconnected due to late payment.
(2) Late fees for the April billing cycle will not be charged.
(3) Starting Tuesday, March 24th, if paying by card, a credit of $3.50 will be applied toward the next month’s bill.

If you need additional information regarding this, please call (615) 735-1881 ext. 202.

Due to growing concerns with the coronavirus and increased concerns for the welfare of Gordonsville citizens, Gordonsville City Hall is closing its lobby to the public until April 01, 2020 to help lessen the spread of this virus. Feel free to use the night drop for any payments or correspondence. Payments can also be mailed to City Hall at 63 E. Main Street, Gordonsville, TN 38563 For any other needs, please call or email  615-683-8282 ext. 1 or 2, stacib@dtccom.net, or gordcity@dtccom.net.

At this time the lobby at the Town of South Carthage is closed to the public until at least April 1, 2020. There is a night deposit box that may be used for payments, and of course someone will still be in the office to receive calls (615-735-2727) and emails sccityhall@dtccom.net.

Due to growing concerns about the spread of COVID-19, and increased concerns for the welfare of South Carthage citizens, the South Carthage Board of Zoning Appeals public hearing and meeting that was scheduled for March 30, 2020 will be postponed until further notice. Also, the next regularly scheduled meeting of the South Carthage Board of Mayor and Aldermen will be postponed until further notice.

The Supreme Court of Tennessee has issued an Amended Order concerning the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving courts open but suspending in-person court proceedings through April 30, 2020, subject to the exceptions below:

  • Proceedings necessary to protect constitutional rights of criminal defendants, including bond-related matters, preliminary hearings for incarcerated individuals, and plea agreements for incarcerated individuals
  • Proceedings related to relief from abuse, including but not limited to orders of protection
  • Proceedings related to statutory order of protection hearings after entry of an ex parte order as necessary to satisfy any due process concerns
  • Proceedings related to emergency child custody or visitation orders
  • Proceedings related to the voluntary surrender of parental rights
  • Settlements involving a minor or a person with a disability
  • Department of Children’s Services emergency matters related to child safety,
    placement, permanency, or federal funding for children in foster care
  • Proceedings related to petitions for temporary injunctive relief
  • Proceedings related to emergency mental health orders
  • Proceedings related to emergency protection of elderly or vulnerable persons
  • Proceedings directly related to the COVID-19 public health emergency
  • Other exceptions as approved by the Chief Justice

All other matters pending on current dockets will be reset to a date after the in person suspension has lifted. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

The Turner Building is closed to public access. All business will need to be done by phone, online, or mail.

  • County Clerk, Clifa Norris 615-735-9833
  • County Mayor, Jeff Mason 616-735-2294
  • Register of Deeds, Jerri Lin Vaden-Malone 615-735-1760
  • Property Tax Assessor, Terry Collins 615-735-1750
  • County Trustee, Leeann Williams 615-735-8242
  • Drug Coalition, Barbara Kannapel 615-588-1622
  • Election Commission, Yvonne Gibbs 615-735-8241
  • Finance Office (Daisy Denton, Sherry Davis, Ginger Ramsey or Amanda Dillard) 615-588-1595
  • CASA, Bernie Morris 615-735-0043

Please note that through Executive Order No. 15, Governor Bill Lee extended the deadline for obtaining registration renewals that expire in March or April. The new deadline for obtaining these renewals is June 15, 2020. The Department of Revenue hopes this extension will alleviate concerns of motor vehicle registrants so they can focus on their health and safety amid the ongoing COVID-19 situation.

In the interest of public safety, and in accordance with Center for Disease Control recommendations, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District is taking the following precautionary measures to assist public health efforts  to contain the spread of COVID-19.

  • Effective immediately all visitor centers and resource manager offices are closed to the public until further notice.
  • Parks, campgrounds, day-use areas or other recreation areas that have not opened for the 2020 recreation season shall delay opening until further notice.
  • In cases where closure of a day use recreation area is not possible, public restrooms, group shelters, beaches, and other amenities will be closed in order to promote Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended precautions. Day use fees will not be collected at these areas during this time.
  • Cancellations for campground or group shelter reservations through May 15, 2020 will be processed automatically and a full refund will be issued. America the Beautiful passes may be purchased online by visiting https://store.usgs.gov/pass.
  • Boat ramps will remain open.
  • Campers with reservations at Defeated Creek Campground on Cordell Hull Lake who have already arrived or who arrive up to March 19 will be allowed to remain until March 23, 2020. All future reservations will be canceled.
  • All schedule tours, interpretive programs, and special events will be cancelled until further notice.
  • Shoreline management visits, usually relating to dock permits, will be conducted by phone, email, or mail between dock owners and Corps personnel in order to protect both parties.
  • Although public access will not be allowed, resource manager offices will be staffed and available to conduct business and answer questions via email or telephone.

The Smith County Senior Citizens Center will be closed for two weeks as of March 17 thru 31, 2020. If you need anything or have questions please call Jan Johnson at 615-735-0560 extension 5.

The Smith County Fitness Center is closed until further notice. Follow the Smith County Fitness Center Facebook page and call 615-835-2735 for information about future hours of operation.

The Smith County Help Center will be closing to the public for now. Donations will still be accepted through the back. If you have an appointment, please follow the instructions on the front door. If you need assistance please call and schedule an appointment at 615-735-8090.

Both the Carthage branch and the Gordonsville branch of the Smith County Public Library will be closed from Wednesday, March 18 through at least April 1, 2020, in an attempt to stop the spread of COVID-19. Be sure to follow Smith County Public Libraries  on Facebook for updates.  While the library is closed, you can visit https://reads.overdrive.com for free access to books, audiobooks, magazines, and more.

Anyone with a reservation at the Smith County Ag Center is being strongly encouraged to reschedule their events and planned gatherings for the next two weeks.

The Smith County Extension Office has been asked to cancel all group meetings until April 30th by the University of Tennessee. Agents are still available for one on one consultation or help as needed. This goes for Agriculture, Family Consumer Science and 4-H. Stay tuned to UT Extension Smith County’s Facebook Page or Instagram account to stay up to date with resources, educational materials, and opportunities to continue to be involved.

Carthage Walmart will be open 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. until further notice. Walmart will also host an hour-long senior shopping event every Tuesday from 6:00 a.m. until 7:00 a.m. for seniors 60 and older starting March 24. The pharmacy will be open during senior shopping hours. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/2Ud6ZYA.

Riverview Regional Medical Center has implemented a new visitor policy and is screening visitors for fever and other symptoms before they enter the hospital.

The Riverview Regional Medical Center Cafe is closed to the public effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

Ebel’s Tavern is open for take-out an delivery orders.They will gladly cook up your favorite food and text you when it’s ready for fast in and out. And they now offer curbside! Call 615-588-1888 to place your order! Follow Ebel’s Tavern on Facebook for more information about delivery options.

To see what other local restaurants are doing to adapt to the new COVID-19 guidelines, click here. 

Beginning on March 23, 2020, there will be only private family visitations/services at Bass Funeral Homes, Sanderson Funeral Homes, and Avant Funeral Home. No food or beverages will be accepted at the funeral home.

As of Thursday, March 19, 2020, Wilson Bank & Trust will be offering drive-thru services only at their offices. In person banking will still be available by appointment only for the following services: safe deposit boxes, CD renewals, limited new account opening, loan inquiries, and other services as needed that require an in-person visit.

In response to the Covid-19 virus, lobby service at Citizens Bank is temporarily interrupted. Please use the drive thru and ATM. For additional services, call 615-735-1490.

DTC Communications is closing all business offices to the public effective March 19th. DTC employees continue to work to serve the public, and the drive through windows will remain open for communication purposes. Crews are still maintaining facilities, installing services, and making repairs. Payments may be made through the website (www.dtccom.net), online Bill Pay (https://billing.dtccom.net/EBPP/Login), at one of DTC’s payment deposit boxes at all business offices, or by check or card by calling 615-529-2955. To report any service issue, please call 615-683-4033. For all other inquiries, call 615-529-2955.

Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation will continue to provide excellent and reliable electric service, but UCEMC is now taking extra safety precautions for members and employees. Due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) threat to the health and safety of our members, UCEMC lobbies will now CLOSE on Monday, March 23, until further notice. We appreciate your understanding and patience during these challenging times.

Bill payment and other Cooperative business may be conducted safely and securely by utilizing other UCEMC options:

  • Drive-Thru Window – You may continue to pay your bill from the comfort of your vehicle at UCEMC district office locations during regular business hours.
  • New Service – Applications and instructions for applying for new service are available at the Drive-Thru Window until further notice.
  • Online at ucemc.com – Click on PAY MY BILL to get to the Customer Service Portal. Enter your account number that’s on the bill and your password. New to online bill pay? Click on NEW USER to set up your online bill payment option.
  • UCEMC Mobile App and Mobile Web App – Look for our name in the App Store or the Android Market. If you can’t find our App in the Android Market, that likely means your phone is not supported. Our Mobile Apps are secure and no personal information stores on your mobile device.
  • Pay by Phone: You may pay by phone during regular business hours, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. by calling your local district UCEMC office. The number for UCEMC Carthage District is 615-735-2940.

Beginning on Monday, March 23, 2020, Cumberland Supply will be closed to the public due to the coronavirus outbreak. Please call to place a pone order between 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Call when you arrive, please remain in your vehicle, and your order will be brought out to you! To place an order, call 615-735-1786.

Beginning on March 23, all 5 locations of Powell & Meadows Insurance Agency will be temporarily closed to walk in customers. If you have cash payment, documents or need to speak with an agent please call your local office and we will be happy to assist you.

Gordonsville Drugs is open to serve the healthcare needs of their patients. They are taking the following precautions:

  • We have fully stocked our shelves with antibiotics and breathing treatment medications used to treat pneumonia which is a complication of the virus.
  • We are making sure there is adequate supply of medication on our shelves to fill maintenance prescriptions such as blood pressure, diabetes, and cholesterol medications.
  • Effective Saturday, we will be closing our lobby and will be drive through only. This will help minimize patient contact with others.
  • Sanitizing the drive thru signature pads and area more frequently.
  • We are more than happy to shop for over the counter products or gifts for you and bring them to the drive thru window.

Ways you can help:

  • Utilize the Rx Local app which allows you to refill your prescriptions directly from your phone.
  • Phone in your refills several hours ahead of time to ensure they are ready when you come through the drive thru. (This is a busy time in healthcare, so this will help decrease your wait time.)
  • Ask your physician send new prescriptions electronically in order to avoid paper prescriptions.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and at the request of Governor Bill Lee, Bailey Family Dentistry is canceling all hygiene (routine dental cleanings) through April 10, 2020. Our office will call you to reschedule. Rest assured, you will have priority scheduling when we get the go-ahead to re-open (right now that is April 13th.)

Here are some more details you should know:

Dr. Bailey and limited staff will be in the office to treat emergencies. If you have a dental emergency, please contact us and we’ll take care of you. If you’re in pain, have a broken tooth or an abscess, please respond to this email or call the office at 615-735-0600.

If you have essential ongoing treatment with us (fillings, crowns, bridges, extractions due to pain, swelling, abscess, etc), your appointment will stay on our schedule. We will be reaching out to each of you to confirm your appointment.

Since the news and developments regarding COVID-19 are rapidly changing, visit Bailey Family Dentistry on Facebook for the most up-to-date information.

100% of the office staff at Rackley Roofing is now working remotely.This is extremely impressive as Rackley Roofing is a construction company and has over 170 field personnel that have embraced this technology.

Cumberland Athletic Club will be temporarily closed to members beginning Saturday, March 21, 2020, at 10:00 p.m. until April 4 (or when allowed). Visit the Cumberland Athletic Club Facebook page for a list of FAQs.

Many local churches are live streaming their services rather than meeting in person.

Brush Creek Baptist Church held a drive in service this past Sunday. We are as always streaming on Facebook as well. Please join us in whatever way works for you. 

Carthage Church of Christ will be live streaming services at 9:00am/6:00pm Sundays and 7:00pm Wednesdays on our Facebook page. Services are archived to YouTube also. We would love to have you join us online and in person once normal services resume!

New Level Church, located at 208 Upper Ferry Road in Carthage, will be having “Church Beyond the Walls” drive-in services on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., Friday at 6:30 p.m., and on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. Drive-in story time Sunday School for children will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday.

Volunteers for the Keep Smith County Beautiful Spring Clean-Up Day that was scheduled for Monday, March 23, 2020, will not meet at the Chamber of Commerce as scheduled. Find cleanup/beautification projects close by and work on those. Clean up litter in your neighborhood, prepare garden beds, repair landscaping, or tackle whatever project you can find to help make our community more beautiful!

The Annual Spring Consignment Sale at the Pleasant Shade Community Center that was scheduled for March 26 & 27, 2020, has been cancelled.

The Smith County Annual Men’s Conference, which was supposed to be held on March 27 & 28 at Smith County Ag. Center, has been cancelled.

The Smith County Heritage Museum will be closed until further notice, and the museum’s annual Member/Donor Reception scheduled for April 9, 2020, has been postponed.  

The River City Ball, which was set for May 2, 2020, has also been postponed.