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Boston Butt & Rib Sale hosted by Smith County Noon Rotary Club

The Smith County Noon Rotary Club is selling Boston Butts for $30 and a Full Rack of Ribs for $15. All meat will be smoked and shrink-wrapped. If you would like to order any meat, please see a rotary member or call Smith County Advanced Eye Care 615-683-5550 or John Foster 615-418-5569. The meat will need to be picked up on May 26th from 3-6 pm, at the Smith County Farmers Market. The deadline to order is May 18th.

Smith County woman indicted for two counts of vehicular homicide

The Wilson County Grand Jury recently met for their March 2017 session and returned a sealed indictment on Rebecca T. Lustre, 33, of Elmwood, TN. Lustre was charged with 2 counts of vehicular homicide by intoxication, 2 counts of vehicular homicide by recklessness, and 1 count of driving under the influence. The charges were a result of a wreck that occurred on April 9, 2016 on I-40 in Wilson County. Click HERE to read Smith County Insider’s Report about the wreck. 

The wreck resulted in the deaths of Jonathan W. Lustre, 28, and Jessica V. Taylor, 32, both of the Elmwood Community in Smith County.

The indictment states that Rebecca Lustre did unlawfully and recklessly kill Jessica Taylor and Jonathan Lustre by operation of a vehicle. It also stated that their deaths were the proximate result of Rebecca Lustre’s intoxication and conduct as operator of the vehicle. The indictment states the Rebecca Lustre was under the influence of marijuana at the time of the wreck.

Rebecca Lustre was arrested on 3/20/17 with a $25,000 bond. Lustre bonded out the same day and now awaits a court date on June 19, 2017.

Rebecca T. Lustre

Carthage Rotary Club spring “all-you-can-eat” pancake breakfast

The Carthage Rotary Club will offer their spring “all-you-can-eat” pancake breakfast on Friday, May 12th and Saturday, May 13th beside the Smith County Chamber of Commerce.  Breakfast will be served from 6:00 AM until 9:00 AM on Friday and from 7:00 AM until 9:30 AM on Saturday.  Tickets may be purchased for $6.00 from any Rotarian or at the door.  Rotarians will deliver carry-out orders to Gordonsville for free.  Proceeds will benefit the scholarships awarded to seniors at Gordonsville High School and at Smith County High School.

Local Athlete Named to 2017 America’s Qualifier Team for Wheelchair Basketball

Morgan Wood of Gordonsville, Tenn.

(Smith County Insider Press) Gordonsville, Tenn. – Gordonsville native, Morgon Wood, makes national headlines again by being selected as 1 of 12 athletes to represent United States at the 2017 International Wheelchair Basketball Federation America’s Zonal Qualifier. Wood also made headlines last March by helping her team, the Lady Movin’ Mavs, win the National Championship for Women’s Wheelchair Basketball. Below is a press release from National Wheelchair Basketball Association regarding Wood’s recent nomination:

Three returning U.S. Paralympic gold medalists will highlight the roster of 12 athletes that will represent the United States at the 2017 International Wheelchair Basketball Federation America’s Zonal Qualifier, set for Cali, Colombia, August 21-30. Leading the team is two-time Paralympian Desi Miller of Monroe, Washington, who was a significant contributor to the gold-medal performance in Rio. Miller, a three-time Para Pan American gold medalist, has also played on two World Championships teams, winning the gold in 2010. 

This is the first major event for Team USA as they start the roll towards the Tokyo Paralympic Games. Team USA must place in the top four at the America’s Qualifier, in order to compete at the 2018 World Championships in Hamburg, Germany. The 2019 Para Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru, is the other major event for Team USA.

Also making the America’s Zonal team, were Abby Dunkin of New Braunfels, Texas, and Vanessa Erskine of Kearney, Missouri. Dunkin a student-athlete at the University of Texas at Arlington, also was a member of the gold-medal winning 2015 Para Pan Am Games team. Erskine, a two-time College National Champion for the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater, currently plays professional wheelchair basketball in Germany.

Dunkin will be joined by two other athletes who currently play for the University of Texas at Arlington. They are Josie Aslakson of Jordan, Minnesota; and Morgan Wood of Gordonsville, Tennessee.

The University of Alabama is represented by Emily Oberst of Brookefield, Wisconsin, and Brittany Gustafson of Monticello, Minnesota. Miller also graduated from the University of Alabama. Shelby Gruss of Ossian, Indiana, was selected and plays for the University of Illinois.

In addition to Erskine, Lindsay Zurbrugg of Portland, Oregon, has made the cut and attends the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater. Sarah Heinzl of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is on the roster of 12 and attends the University of Arizona.

The depth of women’s wheelchair basketball in the United States is prevalent as two high school athletes were selected: Riley Ljungdahl of Longmont, Colorado; and Zoe Voris of Crown Point, Indiana.

NWBA Hall of Famer Trooper Johnson of San Lorenzo, California, will serve as the U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach. Johnson, a 15-time U.S. Men’s National Team member and two-time Paralympic medalist, will be assisted by Amy Spangler of Madison, Wisconsin, and Adam Kramer of Northport, Alabama. Athletic Trainer Karla Wessels of Lexington, Kentucky, and Team Leader Kearstin Gehlhausen of Denver, Colorado, return for a second term.

The U.S. Women’s returned to the top of the podium at the Rio Paralympics, marking the third Paralympic gold medal in the last four Paralympics Games (2004, 2008, and 2016). The U.S. Women’s team dominated the field in Rio going undefeated, 7-0, and maintains the medal count lead with seven Paralympic medals, including four gold medals.

Last summer, Team USA led six statistical categories over the seven-game stretch at the Rio Paralympics. It is the third time that the United States has gone undefeated at the Paralympics, en route to the gold medal. Team USA led shooting percentage at 53.8 percent; points for at 505 points (72.1/game); assists with 178 (25.4/game); fouls with 55; and the least turnovers at 61 (8.7/game). The United States was second in points against with 42.3 per game.


Dollar Tree in Carthage is Now Open

The new Dollar Tree in Carthage opened its doors on Thursday, April 27, at 9am. The store hours are 9am-9pm Monday – Saturday and 10am-8pm on Sunday.

The store is located at 942 Upper Ferry Road – Carthage, TN 37030. The phone number is (615) 588-1122.

The Grand Opening is scheduled for May 6, details TBA.

Arrest made at sheriff’s office after drugs discovered in vehicle

(Smith County Insider Press) CARTHAGE, Tenn. — A Carthage man was arrested after being found in possession of drugs while at the Smith County Sheriff’s Office Friday, April 21.

According to the arrest warrant, Mark Robertson (46, Carthage) entered the sheriff’s office to speak with an officer about an altercation between himself and a female subject in Wilson County.

Smith County Dispatch contacted Wilson County to verify Robertson’s account, but the dispute had not been reported to them.

According to the arrest warrant, Robertson had left the hotel room where they were staying in Wilson County and drove to the sheriff’s office.

After running Robertson’s OLN, it was found that his license was revoked.

Robertson appeared to be intoxicated, according to the arrest warrant.

Deputy Terrance Adams took a look around his vehicle and in plain view was the presence of drugs, according to the arrest warrant.

A search of the vehicle revealed a white substance that Robertson stated to be cocaine, according to the arrest warrant, located on the floor of the vehicle, three hypodermic needles in the passenger side door, two small bags of a leafy green substance on the floorboard and two glass crack pipes with brillo for a filter.

Robertson was taken into custody.

He is charged with driving on revoked, possession of schedule II, possession of controlled substances and felony possession of drug paraphernalia.


Mark Justin Robertson

Fire destroys home on Badger Lane

(Smith County Insider Press) South Carthage, Tenn. – Around 7:30pm Wednesday, April 26, Smith County 911 received a call reporting a structure fire around the 400 block of Lebanon Highway. Rock City/Rome and Central District Fire Departments were dispatched to the scene.

When authorities arrived on scene, they found a single story home fully engulfed in flames. Firefighters were on scene for around three hours, until the fire was completely extinguished.

The home was located at 4 Badger Lane off of Lebanon Highway.

One lane of Lebanon Highway was shut down while firefighters fought the fire. The home was completely destroyed by the blaze.

According to the Tennessee Property Data website, the home belongs to Paul L Sloan. No one was home at time of the fire and no one was injured.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. See photos below:

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Smith County Cattlemen’s Association’s Open Beef Show & Steer Show 2017

The Smith County Cattlemen’s Association will host an Open Beef & Steer Show on Saturday, May 6th at the Smith County Ag Center, located at 159 Ag Center Lane in Carthage. Showman ship starts at 11:30am, and check-in is from 9am-11am. There will be prizes won for showmanship and prize money for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places. Commercial heifers and steers will be shown by weight, and bulls registered heifers will be classified by age. Please flyer for rules. For more information, you may contact Bob Dillard 615-804-8567 or Stan East 615-735-1323.

Jackie Wilburn Memorial Spring Sing 2017

Wilburn & Wilburn will be hosting the Jackie Wilburn Memorial Spring Sing. This is a southern gospel event that will be held at the Smith County Ag Center on April 28th, 29th and 30th. There will be several well-known gospel groups performing that weekend. Elaine Wilburn, along with Wilburn & Wilburn, will perform every night. The McKameys will perform Saturday night at 7:00pm. The Primitive Quartet will perform on Sunday afternoon at 2:00pm, and The Inspirations will perform Sunday night at 7:00pm. There will be a $10 donation at the door and a love offering. For more information, you may visit or call 615-735-2656 or 256-549-4769.

Owl Basketball Camp Registration

You can now register online for OWL BASKETBALL CAMP!!! Please follow the link below to do so! We do not have online payment setup yet, so you will still have to mail your check in. We are going to have a great camp this summer!

Click here to register!


Marijuana grow operation discovered at Carthage residence

(Smith County Insider Press) CARTHAGE, Tenn. — Three people were arrested in Carthage after a marijuana grow operation was discovered Wednesday, April 19.

Sgt. Junior Fields and Sgt. Dusty Hailey of the Smith County Sheriff’s Department went to a College Avenue residence to serve a warrant after receiving information that 23-year-old Rachel Westmoreland was there.

Upon entering the residence, Eric Lawrence (25, Alexandria) was on the couch asleep.  Westmoreland was found in the bedroom, at which time an odor of marijuana was noticed, and Westmoreland admitted that she had some marijuana, according to the arrest warrant.

The marijuana was located in a Mason jar and measured more than .5 oz.

Lawrence was also found to be in possession of two small bags of marijuana that were inside a Mason jar and weighed more than .5 oz, along with a set of digital scales, according to the arrest warrant.

Upon exiting the back door onto the porch, Fields observed two large hydroponic grow lights.

Fields spoke to Randle Holmes (49, Carthage), who resides in the back of the property.  According to the arrest warrant, Holmes stated he would show Fields what he had.

Fields followed Holmes into his residence, at which time Fields was shown a cabinet containing two small bags of marijuana and some marijuana “blooms.”

Holmes then showed Fields to his bathroom, where he had a marijuana grow operation, according to the arrest warrant.

According to the arrest warrant, Holmes had a 5 gallon bucket with dirt containing what he identified as 12 marijuana plants.  He also had two other cups with one marijuana plant in each for a total of 14 plants.

Holmes was also found to be in possession of three handguns that he possessed during the manufacture of said marijuana, according to the arrest warrant.

Westmoreland, Lawrence and Holmes were placed under arrest and transported to the Smith County Jail Facility for booking.

Westmoreland is charged with violation of probation and possession of schedule VI.

Lawrence is charged with felony possession of drug paraphernalia and manufacture/delivery/sell of a controlled substance.

Holmes is charged with manufacture/delivery/sell of a controlled substance, possession of a firearm during commission felony and felony possession of drug paraphernalia.

Randle Dewayne Holmes

Rachel Ann Westmoreland

Eric Christopher Lawrence

Smith County Chamber Corner Show – April 2017

The April edition of the Smith County Chamber Corner was filmed at Bussell Farms located in South Carthage, Tenn. Several interviews were conducted to promote current local events and happenings. If you’d like to promote your event or local business on the Smith County Chamber Corner, contact the Smith County Chamber of Commerce today! 615-735-2093

Click below to watch the full show!

Mobile home fire on Tanglewood Court

(Smith County Insider Press) Tanglewood, Tenn. – Around 9am on Monday, April 23, Smith County 911 received a call reporting a possible structure fire on Tanglewood Court in Carthage.

Upon arriving on scene, authorities found a mobile home with smoke and flames protruding from the roof. Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze within minutes.

The address to the mobile home was 60 Tanglewood Court. According to the Tennessee Property Data website, the home was owned by Tanglewood Trailer Park/James Crabtree.

No one was injured during the fire. The cause of the fire is believed to be electrical, but is still under investigation.

Smith County Heritage Museum total solar eclipse commemorative t-shirt fundraiser


The Smith County Heritage Museum is proud to announce that their *Total Solar Eclipse 2017* Commemorative T-Shirt presale is now open thru April 28th! They are selling t-shirts, that celebrate this upcoming historical event, in an attempt to raise money to reopen the Museum’s Performance Hall. The original designs are available on a 100% preshrunk cotton shirt. Shirts are priced at $10 each for sizes Youth Small thru Adult XL. Size 2X is $11.50. Size 3X is $13.00. The order form can be found below.

Order forms may be picked up and dropped off in person at the museum or mailed to the address found on the form. You may also visit Smith County Drug Center for form pick up and drop off. These orders, if submitted before the presale deadline, are  expected to be available for pick up at our museum approximately May 19th. Be sure to include your phone number on the order form and we will contact you when your order may be picked up. If you are interested in ordering, but not local, please call the museum at 615-735-1104. We will try to accommodate you for an additional order-based shipping fee.

Presale ends Friday, April 28th. Order forms can be dropped off Thursday 10-2 and Friday 10-6 at the museum. 106 3rd Ave. E. in Carthage. Call 615-735-1104 with any questions.

One injured after vehicle jumps creek on Club Springs Road

(Smith County Insider Press) Around 1pm on Saturday, April 22, Smith County 911 received a call reporting a MVA (Motor Vehicle Accident) at the intersection of Club Springs Road and Ferguson Hollow Road.

When authorities arrived on scene, they found a 1993 Honda Accord on a creek bank partially in the water. The vehicle was traveling East on Club Springs when it lost control while negotiating a curve. After losing control, the vehicle exited the right side of the roadway, jumped the creek, and struck the embankment.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as Kayci Ferriss, 25, of Buffalo Valley, TN. Ferriss was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with critical injuries and her condition is unknown at this time.

Dale’s Towing and Recovery removed the vehicle from the scene.

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