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June 2022

Smith County Young Republicans Summer Meeting, featuring Mr. Hale and Rep. Weaver

This Friday, July 1, the Smith County Young Republicans will host their Summer Meeting at the Walton Hotel in Downtown Carthage. The event will begin at 6:30 PM and will feature the Republican candidates for State Representative, Michael Hale and Representative Terri Lynn Weaver. In addition to Mr. Hale and Rep. Weaver, all local Republican candidates are invited to attend and be recognized.

This will be a great opportunity to hear from your Republican candidates. You can find more information at the following link: https://fb.me/e/3yQuz0HEp.

Southside Lions Club hosts tree dedication ceremony in memory of James Robert Bass and Martha Geldreich

On Sunday, June 5, members of the Southside Lions Club hosted a tree dedication ceremony at Ivy Agee Park in Gordonsville for the families of two deceased club members.

When a Lions Club member passes away, the club plants a tree in memory of them and their service to the community. Each tree is accompanied by a stone marker in the ground with the deceased members name and the date the tree was planted engraved on it. The two trees were in memory of Mrs. Martha Geldreich and Mr. James Robert Bass. 

The Southside Lions Club has been actively serving the Gordonsville community and surrounding area since 1963. The Southside Lions Club serves in many capacities, such as providing financial assistance to local families that lose their home to a fire or storm, aiding and supporting individuals who need vision and hearing assistance, funding a scholarship each year for a Gordonsville High School senior, and sponsoring the Taylor-Wills Memorial Citizenship Award and the Adam Hearn Academic Achievement Award.

With more than 1.4 million members, Lions Clubs have a powerful voice. And around the world, Lions are using that voice to raise awareness about climate change and mobilize. In 2011, then International President Wing-Kun Tam challenged Lions to plant one million trees. They responded by planting 15 million in every inhabited continent and have continued to plant millions more since. 

For more information about becoming a Lions Club Member, send them an email at southsidelionsclub@outlook.com.

Heartland Real Estate & Auction welcomes Colby McKinney

Heartland Real Estate and Auction would like to introduce its newest real estate agent to join the already stellar sales staff. Help us welcome Colby McKinney to the Heartland family!

Heartland’s owner and broker, Jason Martin said, “I am super excited to announce Colby as our newest agent. He will be a fantastic agent and bring so much to the table with his marketing skills and experience. His future in real estate is very bright.”

Give Colby a call for all of your real estate needs or come by the Heartland Real Estate & Auction office at 601 Main St N in Carthage to say hi.

Colby McKinney is a life-long resident of Smith County and currently resides in the Gordonsville community with his wife, Jessica and their three dogs.

He graduated from Gordonsville High School in 2012 and immediately went to work at DTC Communications in their video production department. During the same year, he started his first business, Colby Mac Productions, which provides videography, audio production and marketing services. While continuing to manage Colby Mac Productions, in 2015, he founded Smith County Insider, an online news media outlet in Smith County, Tennessee.

In 2019, Colby helped launch a new digital billboard business in Middle Tennessee called MediaMax Digital Advertising, where he currently serves as the managing partner.

Colby is a long-time and active member of Carthage Benevolent Lodge #14, Southside Lions Club, and Smith County Noon Rotary Club. He currently serves as the chairman of the Gordonsville Events Committee, a non-profit that organizes and hosts the Gordonsville Halloween Bash and the Gordonsville Community-Wide Easter egg hunt. He also served on the executive board of the Smith County Heritage Museum from 2016 until 2021. He is also a member of The River Community Church in Cookeville.

Colby has always loved Smith County and the Upper Cumberland Region, and he is looking forward to serving its residents by assisting them with any of their real estate needs.

When asked why he wanted to be a realtor, Colby stated, “I love marketing and serving people. I couldn’t think of a better way to use my experience in marketing and my love for helping my friends and neighbors, than to help them market, sell or buy what may be the biggest investment of their life. I know first hand that a real estate transaction can be overwhelming and I want to do everything in my power to make the buying and selling process as easy as possible for all of my clients.”

Colby’s Cell (615) 489-0572

Colby’s Email colbymckinneyrealtor@gmail.com

Office # (615) 735-9001

License plate fees set to change on July 1, 2022

Beginning July 1, 2022 and ending June 30, 2023, the license plate fees will be changing. The State passed a law allowing the fee change in April. We are still in the process of figuring out which plates in the Class A and Class B categories will receive the waiver. We are currently awaiting answers to questions that we have asked the state department regarding which plates this will affect. As of right now, we know that it will be for the standard plates and the standard motorcycle plates. You will still have to pay the current $15 wheel tax and issuance fee on those plates. From what we understand, the standard plate renewal fee will be $20.25 and $5.25 for the standard motorcycle plates. At times, your wait may be a little long than usual, at least for the month of July. Please be patient with us as we are trying to figure this out as well. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause but when things like this change, it takes a little time to adjust.

Below is the statement released by the State of Tennessee Department of Revenue concerning the fee change:

“Vehicle Registration Fees – State Portion of Vehicle Registration Fees Waived Public Chapter 1143 (2022), effective July 1, 2022, waives the state registration fees for Class A and Class B motor vehicles upon the renewal of the motor vehicle’s registration if the renewal occurs after July 1, 2022 and before June 30, 2023. Plates expiring before or after this period will be subject to the ordinary registration fee. Class A includes motorcycles and autocycles and Class B includes passenger motor vehicles and motor homes. The state portion of the fee that is waived under this law is ordinarily $16.75 for Class A and $23.75 for Class B. Additional Fees Not Waived Other specific fees that are earmarked for safety and system improvement purposes, as well as the additional electric vehicle registration fee and county fees are not waived. For More Information Visit www.tn.gov/revenue. Click on Revenue Help to search for answers or to submit an information request to one of our agents. References Pub. Ch. 1143 (2022), Tenn. Code Ann. § 55-4- 101(a)(1), 55-4- 111(a)(1). “

Thank you in advance for your patience. – Clifa Norris, Smith Co. Clerk

Electric bills set to increase due to TVA fuel cost adjustment doubling on July 1, 2022

Carthage, TN. Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation alerts residential and commercial members to expect higher electric bills due to record-setting temperatures and an increase in Tennessee Valley Authority’s Fuel Cost Adjustment (FCA). On July 1, TVA’s FCA will cost 2 cents per kilowatt-hour more than last July. Families who use 1,000 kilowatts each month will see an average increase of $20.73 on their electric bill compared to July 2021.

TVA Fuel Cost refers to the variable cost of the fuels TVA uses to power coal plants, natural gas, and nuclear facilities that generate electricity. Upper Cumberland EMC is a distribution cooperative that buys power for its members from TVA. UCEMC does not retain any portion of this rate. 100% of the FCA goes to TVA. The FCA has remained steady for several years, but supply chain issues and inflation have caused the price to climb since this Spring. TVA’s Scott Brooks says the higher fuel rate is due to higher commodity prices. “Recently, there has been persistent upward and volatile movement in worldwide natural gas markets,” says Brooks. “The monthly fuel cost will likely remain elevated for upcoming months.”

Usage is one of the biggest drivers of electric bills. To help save, TVA recommends raising the thermostat and not using heat-generating appliances such as ovens, stoves, and clothes dryers during the hottest hours of the day between 12 p.m. and 8. p.m. 

“We’re advising our members to conserve power to keep their costs down,” says Jennifer Brogdon, General Manager and CEO of Upper Cumberland EMC. “You pay for only what you use, and members who use less than average in this heat wave will see the savings on their monthly bill. For the third year in a row, UCEMC’s Board recently approved a rate reduction to pass along TVA’s pandemic recovery wholesale bill credit to help offer relief to our members during this challenging time.”

This month has seen record-breaking days for the TVA system, the 7th highest June peak in TVA history. UCEMC’s residential rates are among the lowest in the nation, falling 25% below the national average. UCEMC is owned by those it serves with more than 51,000 cooperative members and more than 4,600 miles of power lines running through service areas in Smith, Putnam, Jackson, and Overton counties and fringe areas of DeKalb, Macon, Wilson, White, Clay, Fentress, and Pickett counties.

Cordell Hull Bridge will be closed for maintenance work, June 29-30

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) will be closing the Cordell Hull Bridge in Smith County June 29th and 30th during daytime hours for maintenance work following inspections last week.

Two weeks ago, inspectors determined that what appeared to be a crack in the bridge was simply corrosion on one of its steel members. The bridge was deemed safe at its current weight limit of 28 tons and was reopened to traffic last week.

The bridge will be closed Wednesday from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Thursday from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Motorists can utilize Upper Ferry Road or U.S. Hwy 70N to the SR 25 Bypass bridge as an alternate route.

From your desktop or mobile device, get the latest construction activity and live streaming SmartWay traffic cameras at www.TNSmartWay.com/Traffic. Travelers can also dial 511 from any landline or cellular phone for travel information.

Get ready! The 2022 Smith County Fair on the River begins next week!

We hope that everyone plans to attend the 2022 Smith County Fair on the River! The fair will be held July 2 thru July 9, 2022.

Go to the Official Smith County Fair website, http://smithcountyfairtn.net/ for the most up-to-date information about this year’s fair. Also be sure to follow them on Facebook.

You can check out the complete schedule of events below or at https://smithcountyfairtn.net/schedule/.

This year’s fair includes two new events including the Apple Pie Baking Contest and the Rally on the River. You also don’t want to miss classic events like the Demolition Derby, the Fireworks Show, and Fairest of the Fair Pageants.

The 2022 Fair on the River will have no shortage of live entertainment. Check out the Carthage Rotary Club Stage and the Wilson Bank & Trust Community Kid’s Stage for nightly performances! On Thursday, July 7, Darryl Worley will take the stage inside the Smith County Ag Center.

There’s something for everyone at the Smith County Fair on the River! See you there!

UCHRA Commodities Distribution Tuesday, July 21, 2022

The Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency (UCHRA) will hold a commodities distribution for Smith County on Thursday, July 21, 2022, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the Smith County Agricultural Center. Sign-up will be available at the distribution site.

The Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, sex, color, national origin, religion, or disability in admission to, access to, or operations of its programs, services, or activities. This project is funded under a Grant Contract with the State of Tennessee.

4-H News: Smith County 4-H Livestock Clinic

Goat exhibitors improving their showmanship skills

By Katie Martin, UT Extension Agent – Smith County 4-H hosted its fourth annual livestock clinic on Monday, June 6, 2022. We had 24 participants from Smith, Trousdale, Wilson, White, Macon and Clay Counties. Participants ranged from seasoned exhibitors to 4-H members just trying a new skill. Each participant was able to gain hands-on experience with their animal while furthering their showmanship skills. Participants also brushed up on skillathon and learned about fitting, grooming, and selecting their show animal. At the conclusion of the clinic, participants were able to put what they had learned to the test by competing in a showmanship class.

We are extremely proud of these 4-H’ers for the time and commitment that they put into their livestock projects. We are excited to follow their show career this year as they move on to show at the regional and state level.

We would like to especially thank Alanna Vaught, Abigayle Pollock, and Grace Powell who donated their time and expertise as clinicians.

For further information relating to any of the many 4-H activities, events, and projects, please contact Katie Martin in the Smith County office of the University of Tennessee Extension at 615-735-2900.

The 4-H Youth Development Program delivers programs through cooperative efforts of the University of Tennessee, Tennessee State University, and public and private sector volunteers. 4-H educational programs are offered to all youth, grades 4-12, on an age-appropriate basis, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability.

UT Extension News: Fair Time is Almost Here

“The Fair on the River” is coming up July 4-9 on the grounds surrounding the Smith County Ag Center. Whether you are young or just young at heart, there is something for you at the Smith County Fair. From the carnival rides to the demolition derby and livestock shows, to our first ever apple pie contest, there will be plenty to see and do.

One of the highlights of any county fair is the agriculture exhibits. Many gardens are starting to produce, so if you have fruits, vegetables, or crops to bring, we’d love to display them. No matter if you grow a thousand acres of crops or have one fruit tree, bring your entries from 7:00 a.m. until noon on Tuesday, July 5 for some friendly competition and a chance to win a blue ribbon and prize money.

Come by the University of Tennessee Extension office to pick up a fair book or visit smithcountyfairtn.net for a complete list of eligible items to enter. Also, don’t forget we have a Junior Agriculture Show for ages 6-19. Best of Show in the Junior Show wins a $75 gift card from Tractor Supply Company.

Livestock shows are a longstanding tradition at fairs across the nation, and ours is no exception. Livestock shows this year include draft horse and mule, poultry, beef, hog, goat, and sheep.

It’s impossible to cover every event in one article, so I encourage you to stop by the UT Extension office at 125 Gordonsville Highway and pick up a copy of this year’s fair program if you haven’t already. The fair will be fun for all, so bring your family and friends and enjoy all the great activities at this year’s Fair on the River!

Food for Thought: Walk Across America Awards

The University of Tennessee Extension Smith County partnered with the Smith County Health Department to offer Walk Across Tennessee in Smith County again in 2022. Walk Across Tennessee is a program that persuades and motivates people of all ages to make that most important change . . . to get started exercising.

Teams of eight worked towards the goal of walking, biking, swimming, etc. “across Tennessee” from Bristol to Memphis. Eleven teams “walked” the distance of Tennessee, a little over 500 miles! This eight-week program concluded on May 29th.

Thank you to our wonderful Walk Across Tennessee program sponsors: DTC, Smith County Drug Center, Citizens Bank, Sanderson Funeral Home, Riverview Regional Medical Center, Hackett’s Discount Drugs, Wilson Bank and Trust, Smith County Drug Prevention Coalition, and Smith County Health Department. Because of our sponsors’ donations, each participant received a Walk Across Tennessee t-shirt. The Smith County Health Department sponsored first and second place winners’ prizes and DTC also sponsored various prizes.

The teams for this year’s Walk Across Tennessee program were: Night Owls Team 1, Night Owls Team 2, The Young and the Breathless, Eight Maids a Walkin’ Part 2, SCHD Sole Sisters, Holy Walkamolies, Motley Crew, Red Hot Chili Steppers, Not Fast but Furious, Citizens Bank, and Agony of De Feet.

Our third place team, The Young and The Breathless, finished with 2,264.44 miles! Members included Courtney Maynard, Brittany Watson, Peyton Glover, Samantha Reed, Carol Smith, Megan Campbell, Nick Campbell, and Jayrah Haley. Our second place team, Night Owls Team 2, completed a total of 2,722 miles! Members included Janice Fox, Connie Dyer, Myrna Huffines, Jill Wilmore, Lisa Price, Martha Hesson, Teresa Kemp, and Kathy Wilkerson. Our first place team, Holy Walkamolies, crossed the finish line with a total of 2,997.78 miles! Members included Rachel Kemp, Christina Martin, Peggy Manning, Monica Mowdy, Joe Mowdy, Victoria Hughes, Nicole Harriman, and Josh Kemp.

Congratulations to all the teams for completing this eight-week journey! You all made a huge accomplishment!

This year’s awards are as follows:

· First, second, and third place teams

· Angela Moss for being Most Outstanding Team Captain

· Most Improved Team to Not Fast but Furious (Mary Leslie Wakefield, Tammy London, Donoven Rice, Kayla Franklin, Suzanne Angel, Tommy Angel, Justin Cantrell, and Chris Hodges)

· Most Creative Team Name to Red Hot Chili Steppers (Katelyn Woodard, Abby Shivers, Johnna Craighead, Kristi Hassler, Kelly Bell, Kristy Buckler, Jessica Bull, and Amanda Cowan)

If you are interested in competing in the Walk Across Tennessee program next year, please contact Mary Parker Draper at the UT Extension office at 615-735-2900.

First place team-Holy Walkamolies; ( L-R) Peggy Manning, Rachel Kemp, Josh Kemp, Christina Martin, Nicole Harriman, Monica Mowdy, Joe Mowdy (Bottom Right Corner) Victoria Hughes
Second place team-Night Owls Team 2: (L-R) Lisa Price, Teresa Kemp, Martha Hesson, Connie Dyer, and Kathy Wilkerson. Not Pictured: Janice Fox, Myrna Huffines, and Jill Wilmore.
Most Outstanding Team Captain-Angela Moss

Goo Goo Cluster

1 12-oz. bag semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk

2 cups dry roasted peanuts

1 large bag miniature marshmallows

Melt chocolate chips in pan with sweetened condensed milk. While this is heating, mix marshmallows and peanuts in a large bowl. Pour melted mixture over nuts and marshmallows. Mix together well. Pour into buttered pan and chill for 2 hours. Cut into squares. Submitted by Pat Wooten, Gordonsville FCE Club.

Smith County Weather Report: June 24, 2022

By Steve Norris – Just after temperatures hit 100 in portions of Middle Tennessee, we are going to be in the low to mid-90s for the weekend with scattered thunderstorms chances at 30% Saturday and 50% Sunday. The early outlook for July 4th is partly cloudy and 94 degrees with a few popup showers possible, that is a pretty typical forecast for this time of year. If you have any weather questions or need data, drop me an e-mail to weather1@charter.net.

Business Spotlight: Moonstone Spa

Moonstone Spa, formally known as Moon Child Spa and Boutique will soon be relocating to 68B Cookeville Highway Carthage, TN. Owner, Genesis Mitchell opened in February 2021 at 53 Cookeville Highway and will celebrate their new location with a grand opening on July 7th from 2-6 p.m. There will be refreshments, giveaways, and everyone who comes receives a free gift.

Moonstone Spa offers a wide variety of facials, back treatments, full body waxing, lash and brow services. They are continually expanding their services. Each staff member has their own hours of operation, starting at 8 and ending at 6. Services are offered by appointment only. All appointments are made through our website and you can contact the spa at 615-318-8635.

Genesis Mitchell is the owner and founder of Moonstone Spa. She grew up in Gordonsville and graduated from GHS in 2019. She went on to attend Genesis Career College in Cookeville. After graduating college she moved to Carthage and opened her shop. In response to the question what made you want to start your business, Mitchell responded “’I’ve always had a love for everything beauty. When I found the esthetics program, which focuses on enhancing natural beauty, I fell in love with the concept and wanted to bring that to my small town.” She said “being a business owner has helped me become really involved with my community and build relationships that I never would’ve had outside of the business. I’m very grateful for each and everyone of my clients that I’ve got to build a relationship with.”

Mitchell describes Moonstone Spa as an all inclusive safe space for everyone. Each appointment is based around making the client feel comfortable in a very clean and uplifting setting. “We believe each appointment is about the experience and the quality of the service!”

Check out their facebook page for continued updates.

“Tennis Anyone?” – Learn to play at Crump Paris Park

Play Tennissee is a program designed for the beginner tennis player or those who haven’t played in years. Participants will learn all the basic strokes, tennis etiquette and how to score a game. Each class is taught by a USTA professional. Register today for the workshop lessons at Crump Paris Park July 12, & 19 and August 2 from 6-8 p.m. at www.playtennisee.com. Cost is $50 for the workshop and participants receive a free adult racket and t-shirt.

Private lessons and small group lessons, with price packages below, are offered by Brian Cadle. He currently serves as the head tennis coach at Dekalb County High School in Smithville. Coach Cadle also works with the United States Tennis Association (USTA) as both an instructor and advocate for growing the game of tennis for both adults and youth in the Upper Cumberland and Middle Tennessee.  He has been coaching high school tennis since 1994 in both Tennessee and Indiana and most recently has been leading the Learn to Play and Play to Compete programs in Smithville and Carthage. 

·  Private lessons are $25 per hour

·  4 people for 90 minutes: $15 per person

·  3 people for 90 minutes: $20 per person

·  2 people for 90 minutes: $30 per person

·  4 people for 1 hour: $10 per person 

·  3 people for 1 hour: $15 per person

Contact Person: Coach Brian Cadle (931) 644-1791 or email: cadleeducation@gmail.com

Justin Mauldin announces candidacy for Smith County Commission – District 6

I, Justin Mauldin, am honored to announce my candidacy for County Commissioner – District 6 in Smith County. I reside in the Town of Carthage with my lovely wife, Sarah, and we have been blessed with two young boys. I am a Christian, Husband, Father, and Conservative.

I have the privilege of serving as the youth minister for the Carthage Church of Christ and also work for a local telecommunications cooperative. Before my current employment, I was in the banking sector with work focused on operations and anti-money laundering analysis.

I am seeking this office to be a voice for Smith County values. We are all fortunate to be Americans and Tennesseans, but even more significant than those two identities is that we are Smith Countians. We are lucky to be able to call this wonderful county our home. It’s home to my family and me now, but I want Smith County to be the place that all of our future generations want to call home and continue to be proud of.

I make the following commitments to the people of Smith County:
-to promote fiscal responsibility
-to partner with everyone in our community and build positive working relationships
-to work for a better quality of life and leave this county a better place.
-to conduct myself with the utmost integrity
-to fulfill all the duties and responsibilities of the office of county commissioner as efficiently and competently as possible

I ask for your vote in the county general election on August 4th. I am excited about this journey that I am embarking on and would be delighted to serve you as a commissioner for District 6. It is an honor and a privilege to be considered for this office. Please reach out to me to share your ideas about how to improve our community and improve Smith County. This is your community and your county. Please allow me to be a voice for Smith County values. I look forward to hearing from you.

You may follow my campaign on Facebook page or reach me by phone at 615-486-2079 or via email at jmauldinforsmithcounty@gmail.com.