by Rachel Petty 

Sixteen skilled Rook players braved the gloomy weather to compete in the Smith County Heritage Museum’s first ever Rook Tournament last Saturday.

Players went head-to-head at tables scattered throughout the museum. Eight teams began and tested their luck and skill, but only one team could come out on top.

Sarah Marie Smith and Gale Burns took home the 1st Place title, followed by opponents Dennis Croslin and Barry Harville in 2nd Place. Coming in 3rd Place were Joey Bowman and Ricky Gibbs.

1st Place – Sarah Marie Smith and Gale Burns


2nd Place – Dennis Croslin and Barry Harville


3rd Place – Joey Bowman and Ricky GibbsThe winners took home prizes generously donated by The Cornerstone Cafe, Ebel’s Tavern, Rojas Kitchen, Wilson Bank & Trust, and Cash Express.

All participants in the tournament were given a collectible Smith County Heritage Museum Christmas ornament. 

An all-you-can-eat chili and hotdog supper, complete with drinks and dessert, was served at the tournament, as well.

The Smith County Heritage Museum hopes to make the Rook Tournament an annual (or even more often!) event.

The Smith County Heritage Museum is located at 107 Third Avenue East in Carthage, Tennessee. The museum is open on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

To stay up-to-date on upcoming Smith County Heritage Museum events, such as the Donor Reception on April 9, 2020, follow them on Facebook.