Smith County has twice caught the attention of the Nashville media in 2019 and has been making headlines for some interesting and uplifting reasons.

The first article about Smith County was published early in the year on January 2, 2019. The focus was the growing hemp industry, inspired by the record attendance at the UT Extension’s “So You Want to Grow Industrial Hemp?” Lunch and Learn presentation.

A reporter from News 2 attended the presentation and spoke to local farmer Kyle Owen and UT Extension Agent Chris Hicks.

Watch the video and read the full article on WKRN here.

More recently, Smith County made headlines again with the inspiring story of a wife who donated a kidney to her husband.

News Channel 5 shared the story of local couple Carl and Brenda Duke in an article published on January 9, 2019. 

At the time of publication, both Carl and Brenda were recovering well from their respective procedures. 

Read the full article on News Channel 5 here.