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Burton and Lane graduate from Smith County Misdemeanor Recovery Court

by Rachel Petty

Graduates Colby Lane and Holly Burton and Judge Micheal Collins 

The General Sessions Courtroom was packed on Wednesday, July 10, 2019, as members of the community gathered to celebrate the graduation of Holly Burton and Colby Lane from Smith County Misdemeanor Recovery Court.

Judge Michael Collins presided over the ceremony. In his opening remarks, Judge Collins thanked those in attendance for showing love and support for the graduates and the Recovery Court program.

He also spoke about the goals of the Recovery Court program, particularly the way that the Recovery Court team strives to build lasting, real, life-changing relationships with the participants.

“It’s important because people’s lives are at stake,” Judge Collins said.

After Judge Collins spoke, Holly and Colby were given the opportunity to address the crowd.

Both Holly and Colby shared their stories and described their journeys toward recovery. Both graduates expressed that they would not be where they are today without the support of the Recovery Court Team.

Holly described the Recovery Court program as a “fellowship of people trying to get clean.” She said that the personal aspect of the program has especially helped her succeed. Holly ended her speech with a performance of “I’ve Had the Time of my Life,” as she thanked and hugged members of the team.

When Colby spoke, he emphasized how faith has played a big part in his recovery. “Slowly but surely, I started to watch my life change,” he said. “God keeps calling me down this path.”

Both Holly’s and Colby’s speeches contained an inspiring message: “Recovery is real.”

As a result of her participation in the Recovery Court Program, Holly has been clean and sober for 611 days with no sanctions. She has attended 345 self-help meetings and has had 207 clean drug screens.

Colby has been clean and sober for 587 days with no sanctions. He has attended 456 self-help meetings and has had 228 clean drug screens. Colby currently teaches a Wednesday night class for Maranatha Extended in Gainesboro, Tennessee.

Holly and Colby have both recently taken jobs where they are able to assist with recovery efforts in the Smith County community. Holly is serving as Director of The Emmanuel House, and Colby is working with the Smith County Drug Prevention Coalition.

The two graduates have also agreed to help the Recovery Court team implement a post-graduation program that provides continued positive interaction and support for those who have completed the Recovery Court program.

Congratulations and best of luck, Holly and Colby!

After the ceremony, the graduates, other Recovery Court participants, and community members enjoyed a meal together.

The Smith County Misdemeanor Recovery Court program was established in March 2015 through the efforts of Judge Michael Collins, the Fifteenth Judicial District Drug Court program, the Smith County Drug Prevention Coalition, and the concerned citizens of Smith County. The Smith County Misdemeanor Recovery Court is committed to assisting with the intervention, treatment, and rehabilitation of non-violent drug offenders who desire to change their lives and break the cycle of drug dependency.

The Smith County Misdemeanor Recovery Court is made possible by the Recovery Court team, which is made up of Judge Michael Collins; Jesse Peters – Recovery Court Coordinator; Darlene Cahill – Recovery Court Case Manager; many staff members from the Smith County Jail and Smith County Court system; staff from mental health facilities in the surrounding area; and a handful of committed volunteers.

Colby and Holly and the other Recovery Court participants


Colby and Holly and the members of the Recovery Court team

Riverview Regional Medical Center named to Top 20 Critical Access Hospital list

The following press release was submitted by Flo Agee, Executive Assistant at Riverview Regional Medical Center:

Riverview Regional Medical Center in Carthage, Tennessee was recently named one of the Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) in QUALITY in the country.

The Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals, including Riverview Regional Medical Center, scored best among critical access hospitals as determined by The Chartis Center for Rural Health for Quality. The rankings were recently announced by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA). 

An awards ceremony will be held during NRHA’s Critical Access Hospital Conference in September in Kansas City, MO.

The Top 20 Critical Access Hospital “winners” are those hospitals who have achieved success in the overall performance based on a composite rating from eight indices of strength: inpatient market share, outpatient market share, quality, outcomes, patient perspectives, cost, charge, and financial stability. This group was selected from The Chartis Center for Rural Health’s 2019 Top 100 CAH list, which was released earlier this year.

Those hospitals that have been recognized as Top 20 Critical Access Hospital “best practice recipients” have achieved success one of two key areas of performance:

  • Quality index: A rating of hospital performance based on the percentile rank across the five categories of Hospital Compare Process of Care measures.
  • Patient perspective index: A rating of hospital performance based on the percentile rank on two Hospital Compare HCAHPS measures (“Overall Rating” and “Highly Recommend)”.

“Riverview Regional Medical Center is proud of the efforts of its physicians and staff who have contributed to our hospital achieving this designation,” said Mike Herman, CEO “Our results as a top Critical Access Hospital in Quality means our community can count on us to deliver the services they need now and in the future.”

About Riverview Regional Medical Center

Riverview Regional Medical Center (RRMC) provides general medical and surgical care, 24-hour emergency services, including an accredited chest pain center, skilled nursing, psychiatric services and geriatric care to residents of Smith and surrounding counties.  RRMC has had a strong tradition of supporting its surrounding communities through the development and promotion of health awareness and by delivering high quality, cost-effective healthcare services. Riverview Regional Medical Center has the services you need when and where you need them.  You don’t need to go anywhere else. For more information about Riverview Regional Medical Center, call 615-735-1560 or visit www.MyRiverviewMedical.com. 

About the National Rural Health Association

NRHA is a nonprofit organization working to improve the health and wellbeing of rural Americans and providing leadership on rural health issues through advocacy, communications, education and research. NRHA membership is made up of 21,000 diverse individuals and organizations, all of whom share the common bond of an interest in rural health. For more information, visit RuralHealthWeb.org.

About The Chartis Group

The Chartis Group® (Chartis) provides comprehensive advisory services and analytics to the health care industry. With an unparalleled depth of expertise in strategic planning, performance excellence, informatics and technology, and health analytics, Chartis helps leading academic medical centers, integrated delivery networks, children’s hospitals and health care service organizations achieve transformative results. Learn more at Chartisrural.com. 

River City Ball 2020 Benefitting Cause application now available

The 2020 River City Ball Fundraising Cause Application is now available!

The River City Ball was created to benefit local non-profits working to improve the quality of life in Smith County through tourism, preservation, and commerce. Each year the River City Ball will benefit a local project and also provide a $1,000 scholarship to a graduating high school senior at each Gordonsville High School and Smith County High School. 

Filling out an application will place your non-profit or community project in consideration to benefit from the 2020 River City Ball proceeds.

Applicants can pick up a copy at the Chamber of Commerce or contact Erika Ebel, Cause and Scholarship Chair, at 615-739-3649 or erikaebel@gmail.com, for a copy.

You can also download the application in PDF form by clicking here.  

Applications are due back to the Chamber of Commerce by August 1, 2019. 

Completed applications will be reviewed by a panel and those meeting the required standards will then be invited to present their cause to the River City Ball Board.

In 2019, the River City Ball raised $5,505.50 for Smith County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) with their Masquerade Ball. 

The River City Ball also raised an additional $2,000 to award a $1,000 scholarship to a senior at both Smith County and Gordonsville High Schools.

To stay informed about next year’s River City Ball, follow the River City Ball on Facebook.

Shop Tax Free in Tennessee! July 26-28, 2019

Tennessee’s 2019 Sales Tax Holiday is set for the last weekend in July, which is July 26-28, 2019.


Read the following Press Release from the Tennessee Department of Revenue to learn more.



NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mark your calendars, and get your shopping carts ready! Tennessee’s once-a-year sales tax holiday weekend happens Friday, July 26 through Sunday, July 28.

During this holiday period, shoppers can save nearly 10 percent on more than 150 different items, including clothing, school supplies and computers, as students prepare for the back-to-school season. State and local taxes will not be collected on exempt items that cost $100 or less per item and computers that cost $1,500 or less. For a full list of tax-exempt items, visit our website www.tntaxholiday.com.

The sales tax holiday weekend is for everyone, not just students or even just Tennesseans. Anyone who wants to shop in Tennessee during the last weekend of July will be eligible to save on sales tax.

“The sales tax holiday means hard-earned dollars go back into the hands of Tennessee families,” said Gov. Bill Lee. “We encourage everyone to participate and take advantage of the savings during what can be an expensive time of year.”

Tennessee law provides for a sales tax holiday each year during the last weekend in July. This year, the sales tax holiday begins Friday, July 26 at 12:01 a.m. and ends Sunday, July 28 at 11:59 p.m.

“This is an important savings opportunity for everyone. We want to remind people about it because it only happens one weekend a year,” Revenue Commissioner David Gerregano said.

For more information about the sales tax holiday, including frequently asked questions, please visit www.tntaxholiday.com.

The Department of Revenue is responsible for the administration of state tax laws and motor vehicle title and registration laws, as well as the collection of taxes and fees associated with those laws. The Department collects about 87 percent of total state revenue. During the 2018 fiscal year, it collected $14.5 billion in state taxes and fees and more than $2.8 billion in taxes and fees for local governments. To learn more about the Department, visit www.tn.gov/revenue.

Press Release from The Emmanuel House

To our Smith County Community – As many of you know the Smith County Commission has chosen to eliminate The Emmanuel House from the county’s budget. Although this was not a scenario we envisioned when we undertook the process of reopening the house, we understand and accept their decision. We have committed ourselves to the challenge the loss of these funds presents to us just as we have the house and the mission it represents. The Emmanuel House is more than just a charitable organization. We truly believe we provide a service to our community by striving to offer a stable environment with the support necessary to help women become more productive citizens and, in turn, better the county as a whole. The more women we serve the fewer resources that must be spent in the judicial system, children’s services, and foster care. We have a passion for this House and our recent open house has shown us that this community does as well. 

Although the county has historically provided us with a large portion of our funding, we have faith that the residents of Smith County will step up and support the mission of The Emmanuel House. Our current operating budget stands at just under $60,000.00 annually. If only 50 people from this community committed to donating $100 per month our budget would be met. We know, however, that many cannot afford this much of an undertaking so we implore you to make whatever donation you can to help us move forward. 

As a Board, we made a commitment over 1 1⁄2 years ago to fiscal responsibility and transparency so that we could help as many women and children as possible. Please contact any of our Board Members or our Executive Director with any questions you may have. We welcome your questions and donations, but most importantly we request your prayers that good will be done in this community through this House.


The Emmanuel House re-opened its doors in July 2019. The Board of Directors and many supportive community members celebrated with a Ribbon Cutting and Open House on June 23, 2019.

The Emmanuel House is a transitional living facility and temporary shelter where homeless women and children can find temporary housing, spiritual mentorship, transportation, life skills training, education, and access to recovery programs and social services. 

The Emmanuel House is located at 703 Main Street North in Carthage, Tennessee.

To learn more about The Emmanuel House, visit their Facebook page. You can also visit https://sites.google.com/view/theemmanuelhouse/home.

Commissioners pass 59 cent property tax increase

In a five-hour meeting on the night of Monday, July 8, 2019, the Smith County Commission voted for a 59 cent property tax increase, which sets the tax levy in Smith County at $2.73.

Commissioners voted on this same issue during a meeting on Monday, June 24, 2019. During that meeting, the proposed 59 cent increase failed by a vote of 11-12.

During the last meeting, commissioners appointed Dustin Dillehay to fill a vacant seat in District 8, meaning that all 24 seats on the commission are now filled.

On Monday night, the increase passed by a vote of 15-9. 

A motion to set the tax levy at $2.73 was made by Terry Givens and seconded by Ron Shumake.

Commissioners voted on setting the tax levy at $2.73 as follows:

District 1 – Pleasant Shade/Defeated/Difficult

  • Shannon Greene – No
  • Terry Givens – Yes
  • Glenn Reece – Yes

District 2 – Dixon Springs/Monoville/Tanglewood/Turkey Creek

  • Billy Bass – No
  • Greta Kirby – Yes
  • Jason Stewart – No

District 3 – New Middleton/Brush Creek/Hickman

  • James K. Winfree – Yes
  • Dalton Paschal – Yes
  • Daniel D. Cripps – No

District 4 – Rock City/Rome

  • Erika Ebel – No
  • Ron Shumake – Yes
  • Shannon Minchey – Yes

District 5 – Gordonsville/Lancaster/Hickman

  • Ronald G. Cowan – No
  • Linda Nixon – Yes
  • Colby McKinney – Yes

District 6 – Carthage 

  • Barbara Kannapel – Yes
  • Charles Kent – Yes
  • Bill Reece – No

District 7 – South Carthage

  • Tommy Bane – Yes
  • Joseph E. Nixon – Yes
  • Dennis Hackett – Yes

District 8 – Chestnut Mound/Elmwood

  • David W. Gross – No
  • Frank Woodard – No
  • Dustin Dillehay – Yes

Prior to the vote for the 59 cent increase, Erika Ebel made a motion to set the tax levy at $2.14, meaning it would remain the same and there would be no property tax increase. This motion was seconded by David Gross.

This motion failed by a vote of 2-22. Ebel and Gross voted in favor of the motion, and the other commissioners voted against it. 

Then, a motion was made by Jason Stewart and seconded by Billy Bass to amend the 59 cent amount to 43 cents, which would set the tax levy at $2.57. 

At that time, the motion made by Terry Givens to set the tax levy at $2.73 was already on the table, so commissioners voted on whether or not to amend the original motion.

The motion to amend the tax levy from $2.73 to $2.57 failed by a vote of 11-13.

Commissioners Ron Cowan, Shannon Minchey, Billy Bass, Glenn Reece, Terry Givens, Jason Stewart, Dennis Hackett, David Gross, Dustin Dillehey, Erika Ebel, and Daniel Cripps voted in favor of the amendment.

Commissioners Frank Woodard, Joseph Nixon, Bill Reece, Dalton Paschall, James Winfrey, Ron Shumake, Colby McKinney, Barbara Kannapel, Tommy Bane, Charles Kent, Linda Nixon, Gretta Kirby, Shannon Greene voted “no” on the amendment.

Prior to discussions about setting the tax levy, the full commission reviewed the budget proposal made by the Budget and Finance Committee by going through each budget individually.

During individual discussions, the commission voted to cut an additional $25,000 beyond what was included in the Budget and Finance Committee’s original proposal.

Some additions were also made, such as the increase in the County Commission budget to account for extra meetings that will be conducted. Moving forward, the commission plans to meet for workshops with the budget and finance committee during the months the commission does not meet in regular session.

Also during Monday night’s meeting, Joey Nixon brought forward a proposal for county attorney Branden Bellar to draw up two resolutions for the commission to vote on at the next meeting in September. These resolutions will concern adding referendums for a 3/4 cent sales tax and a $50 wheel tax, which, if approved by the commission, could appear on the ballot of the March 2020 primary election. 

Several commissioners as well as the mayor expressed the hope that, if these taxes are passed by the people, then the property tax rate could be set lower in the future, as the property tax levy must be set by the commission every year.

The meeting was adjourned just after midnight.

You can watch the full video of the meeting below:

Check back to Smith County Insider for continued coverage. All meetings of the Smith County Commission are streamed live at https://www.facebook.com/smithcountyinsider/.

2019 Baby Fairest of the Fair Pageants

The Baby Fairest of the Fair Pageants were held at the Smith County Fair on Saturday, July 6, 2019.

The competition was divided into three categories: Birth to 6 Months, 7 to 15 Months, and 16 to 23 Months. Each category had both a boys and girls division.

The Birth to Six Months Boys Baby Fairest of the Fair Pageant had two handsome contestants: Bo Taylor and Jace Bryant Scott Bassler.

Jace Bryant Scott Bassler was crowned Baby Fairest of the Fair (Boys, Birth to 6 Months). Bo Taylor was First Runner Up.

L to R: Bo Taylor – 1st Runner Up and Jace Bryant Scott Bassler – Winner

The Birth to Six Months Girls Baby Fairest of the Fair Pageant had 7 lovely little contestants: Reagan Raetzel, Kinsley Mai Hickman, Ellie Kate Hopkins, Lacy Cole Harpe, Arabella Grace Davis, Evelyn Grace Owens, and Grace Campbell Hackett.

Reagan Raetzel was crowned Baby Fairest of the Fair (Girls, Birth to 6 Months). 1st Runner Up was Arabella Grace Davis, and 2nd Runner Up was Ellie Kate Hopkins.

L to R: Ellie Kate Hopkins – 2nd Runner Up; Reagan Raetzel – Winner; Arabella Grace Davis – 1st Runner Up

One contestant competed in the Seven to Fifteen Months Boys Baby Fairest of the Fair Pageant.

Cooper James Kemp was crowned Baby Fairest of the Fair (Boys, 7 to 15 Months). 

Cooper James Kemp – Winner

The Seven to Fifteen Months Girls Baby Fairest of the Fair Pageant had six sweet contestants: Jaci Ann Sapp, Tinley Kate Washer, Caleesie Lynn Shoemake, Lillian Sophia Hill, Bailey Blair Hughes, and Paizley Zoner.  

Bailey Blair Hughes was crowned Baby Fairest of the Fair (Girls, 7 to 15 Months). Tinley Kate Washer was named 1st Runner Up, and Caleesie Lynn Shoemake was named 2nd Runner Up.

L to R: Tinley Kate Washer – 1st Runner Up; Bailey Blair Hughes – Winner; Caleesie Lynn Shoemake – 2nd Runner Up

One contestant competed in the Sixteen to Twenty-Three Months Boys Baby Fairest of the Fair Pageant.

Dewey Lee Comstock was crowned Baby Fairest of the Fair (Boys, 16 to 23 Months.)

Dewey Lee Comstock – Winner

Three contestants competed in the Sixteen to Twenty-Three Months Girls Baby Fairest of the Fair Pageant: Emma Lee Barrett, Millie Rebecca Upchurch, and Sarah Prosser.

Millie Rebecca Upchurch was crowned Baby Fairest of the Fair (Girls, 16 to 23 Months). Emma Lee Barrett was named 1st Runner Up, and Sarah Prosser was named 2nd Runner Up.

L to R: Millie Rebecca Upchurch – Winner; Emma Lee Barrett – 1st Runner Up; Sarah Prosser – 2nd Runner Up

Smith County Help Center 2nd Annual Helping Hearts Pageant planned for August 18, 2019

The Smith County Help Center will host their 2nd Annual Helping Hearts Fundraiser Pageant on Sunday, August 18, 2019, at the Smith County Ag Center. The pageant will begin at 10:00 a.m.

The Helping Hearts Pageant welcomes female contestants of all ages and male contestants up to the age of 6. There will be a $40 entry fee for each contestant.

For an added fee of $5 each, contestants can enter additional categories of competition:

  • Prettiest Eyes
  • Best Dressed
  • Best Smile
  • Personality
  • Most Beautiful/ Handsome
  • Most Photogenic

The total entry fee will be $70 if a contestant participates in all elective competitions.

Pageant entry forms will be available at the Smith County Help Center on Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and at local sponsoring businesses. You can also download the entry form here.

Contestants should submit a 5 x 7 photograph with their entry form if they plan to enter the Most Photogenic competition.

A trophy will be awarded to the pageant contestant with the most non-perishable food items donated in his or her name in the days leading up to the Helping Hearts Fundraiser Pageant. Please bring non-perishable foods to the Smith County Help Center, and be sure to mention the Helping Hearts Pageant and the name of the contestant you would like to make a donation in honor of. 

If you have any questions about the pageant, call Mandi Myers, Pageant Coordinator, at 615-735-7055. 

You can also call Mandi about setting up a vendor booth at this year’s pageant. Vendors may set up for a fee of $20 per table.

All proceeds from the pageant will be used to support the Smith County Help Center’s mission goal to benefit Smith County’s low income families with food and utility assistance.

The Smith County Help Center is located at 318 Main Street in Carthage, Tennessee. The Help Center can be reached by phone at (615)735-8090 or contacted through their Facebook page.

UT Extension News: “Agriculture is Big Business in Smith County”

The following article was submitted by Chris Hicks, Smith County Extension Agent:

Every 5 years the USDA conducts a census of Agriculture and provides data at the national, state, and county level. Results of the 2017 census were finally released this year and once again reveal that agriculture plays a prominent role in the Smith County economy. Here are some highlights:

  • According to the census, Smith County ranks in the top 10 in the state for sales of 2 commodities. We are ranked 8th for tobacco production and 9th for fruit, tree nut, and berry production. 
  • There are approximately 885 farms in Smith County with a total of 138,720 acres. The average farm size in Smith County is 157 acres.
  • The market value of agriculture products sold in Smith County is over $26.5 million annually. Livestock sales account for 44% of agriculture sales in Smith County with crop sales making up the other 56%. This is a reversal from the 2012 census in which livestock sales made up the majority of products sold. 
  • Smith County is home to nearly 24,000 cows and calves and there are over 20,000 acres of forage land used for hay and grazing in the county.
  • The top crops by acres are Forages (20,107), Soybeans (9,545), Corn (4,461), Wheat (3,431), & Tobacco (1,286). 
  • The percentage of farmland can be divided by cropland (32%), pastureland (38%), woodland (26%), and other (4%).

These are just a few of the highlights of the 2017 Census of Agriculture as it relates to Smith County. If you are interested in seeing our complete county profile, it can be found at https://www.nass.usda.gov/ or by clicking here.

Riverview Regional Medical Center announces new Director of Radiology

Leslie Kittrell, Director of Radiology of Riverview Regional Medical Center

Last month, Leslie Kittrell was named Riverview Regional Medical Center Director of Radiology. Read the press release below to learn more: 

CARTHAGE, Tenn.—Riverview Regional Medical Center (RRMC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Leslie Kittrell to the role of director of Radiology Services. As director, Leslie will be responsible for radiology services at RRMC. 

With 19 years experience in radiology services, Leslie began work at Trousdale Medical Center in 2001 performing x-rays, CTs, echoes, and general ultrasounds. In 2002 she graduated from Volunteer State Community College with an associate’s degree of applied science in radiology.  She came to Carthage General Hospital in 2004 and has been a part of the transition to Riverview Regional Medical Center. 

“With Leslie’s years of experience in radiology services she will be an asset to this team and our community in this role,” said Mike Herman, RRMC chief executive officer. “We congratulate Leslie on her new role as director of Radiology Services.”

Leslie is registered with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography.  She has been a part of this community working in radiology for 19 years.   “I have been a part of this community and health system for many years and look forward to serving as director of Radiology Services for RRMC,” said Leslie Kittrell.

Leslie was raised in Trousdale County.  She was actually born at Smith County Memorial, now RRMC.  She resides in Hartsville, TN with her husband, Josh, and two children, Matt and Bryce along with her two dogs.  She attends Willard Missionary Baptist Church and enjoys spending time on the lake with family, trying different types of cuisine, and crafting.

The Emmanuel House celebrates re-opening with community ribbon cutting

The Smith County Emmanuel House has officially opened its doors this week after months of hard work and many volunteer hours.

The Emmanuel House is a transitional living facility and temporary shelter where homeless women and children can find temporary housing, spiritual mentorship, transportation, life skills training, education, and access to recovery programs and social services. 

On Sunday, June 23, 2019, members of the community gathered at the newly-renovated home for an open house and ribbon cutting celebration.

This special gathering gave members of the community the opportunity to tour the house, as well as meet the Board Members and the hardworking community volunteers who have worked to revitalize it.

Many different organizations and individuals volunteered to “adopt” or sponsor the renovation of  a particular room in the house, so the Emmanuel House feels like a true collaborative, community project.

The following groups and individuals sponsored rooms inside The Emmanuel House:

  • Concordia Care
  • The Smith County Drug Prevention Coalition
  • Carthage United Methodist Church
  • Gordonsville FCE
  • Carthage First Baptist Church
  • The Young Republicans
  • Riverview Regional Hospital
  • Carthage FCE
  • Union Hill Cumberland Presbyterian Church
  • Jennifer Hensley
  • Carthage Church of Christ
  • Friends of Wilson Bank & Trust
  • FCE Night Owls
  • Pam Petty and Lindsey Dixon

Every room in the house feels bright, warm, and ready to welcome those who need it the most. 

The Emmanuel House has 10 bedrooms and can house approximately 25 people.

The Emmanuel House is open to women who need a supported place to live as they move toward independence following homelessness, domestic violence, incarceration, recovery programs, or other setbacks.

Women complete an application process in order to live in the Emmanuel House. While living there, residents will pay rent and work through an 18 month program designed to help them get back on their feet.

The following individuals are on the Board of Directors of The Emmanuel House:

  • Michael Nesbitt – Chairman
  • Monica Mowdy – Vice Chairman
  • Holleigh Upchurch – Treasurer
  • Rachel Kemp – Secretary
  • Forrest (Junior) Nesbitt
  • Kandra Preston
  • Dillon Reed
  • Bill Woodard

Honorary Board members are Melody Ax and Larry Ax.

Holly Burton will serve as the new Director of the Emmanuel House. 

The Emmanuel House relies on community support to operate. You may mail donations to P.O. Box 344 – Gordonsville, Tennessee – 38563. The Emmanuel House also occasionally posts specific donation requests on Facebook.

The Emmanuel House is located at 703 Main Street North in Carthage, Tennessee.

To learn more about The Emmanuel House, visit their Facebook page. You can also visit https://sites.google.com/view/theemmanuelhouse/home.

Fun at the 2019 Smith County Fair! Saturday Schedule

Today is the last day of the 2019 Smith County Fair on the River! We hope you have enjoyed the fair as much as we have.

Today, gates open at 5:30 a.m. Admission to the fair is $5. Armbands can be purchased for $20. 

The day at the fair will begin at 9:00 a.m. with the Adult Backyard Cook Off, followed by the Dog Show at 9:30 a.m. 

At 10:30 a.m., you can watch the Cat Show, a new event at this year’s fair.

The Baby Fairest of the Fair Pageant begins at 11:30 a.m. 

At 12:00 p.m., don’t miss the Jr. Breeding Sheep Show, followed immediately by Sheep Showmanship. 

The Youth Backyard Cook Off is at 12:30 p.m., and the Commercial Ewe Show/Market Lamb Show is at 1:30 p.m.

The Corn Hole Tournament will be held at 2:00 p.m.

Then, the evening’s events kick off with the Kayak Race at 5:00 p.m. 

You can hear a performance by the eXALT Community Kidz Choir at 6:00 p.m., followed by an Elvis tribute performance from Ken Underwood at 6:30 p.m. Ken will perform again at 8:00 p.m.

7:00 p.m. brings the Truck Pull, as well as the music of Wilburn and Wilburn at the Carthage Rotary Club Music Stage. 

The Midnight Coon Hunt begins at 7:30 p.m.

The night will end at 9:15 p.m. with a $250 Cash Giveaway. 

See you tonight and at next year’s Smith County Fair on the River!

Fun at the 2019 Smith County Fair! Friday Night Schedule

Only two more days to have fun at the Smith County Fair! The Fair continues today, July 5, and tomorrow, July 6.

Admission to the fair is $5. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. and the Carnival opens at 5:00 p.m. Armbands can be purchased for $20.

Tonight’s fair activities begin with the Meat Goat Show at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Honorable Man Opportunity at 6:00 p.m.

Enjoy Horseshoe Pitching at 6:30 p.m., as well as a performance from Roger Reeves – Magical Entertainer at the Wilson Bank Community Kids Stage. Roger will perform again at 8:00 p.m.

At 7:00 p.m., the second night of the Demolition Derby will begin!

Also at 7:00 p.m., you can watch the Talent Show and 4-H Public Speaking Contest inside the Ag Center and listen to Tennessee Outlaw Country at the Carthage Rotary Club Music Stage.

The night will end with a $250 Cash Giveaway.

You can view the full schedule of fair events by clicking here.

Don’t forget to follow Smith County Fair on Facebook for daily pictures and updates! See you at the fair!

Fun at the 2019 Smith County Fair! Thursday Night Schedule

Happy 4th of July! There’s no better place to celebrate the 4th of July than at the 2019 Smith County Fair on the River!

Admission to the fair is $5. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. and the Carnival opens at 5:00 p.m.

The night’s festivities begin at 6:00 p.m. with the Open Beef Show.

At 6:30 p.m., head to the Carthage Rotary Club Music Stage for a great performance by the talented Jolly String Quartet!

David Turner and Friends – Ventriloquist will take the Wilson Bank Community Kids Stage at 6:30 p.m. and again at 8:00 p.m.

Craig Wayne Boyd, winner of Season 7 of The Voice, will perform inside the Smith County Ag Center at 7:00 p.m. You don’t want to miss this!

The first night of the Demolition Derby will also take place at 7:00 p.m.

At 9:15 p.m., there will be a $250 Cash Giveaway, followed by the Area’s Largest Fireworks Show!

You can view the full schedule of fair events by clicking here.

Don’t forget to follow Smith County Fair on Facebook for daily pictures and updates! See you at the fair!


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