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February 2024

5-Star Citizens Bank A Source of Security in an Insecure World

BauerFinancial, Inc., the Nation’s Premier Bank Rating Firm, is pleased to announce that Citizens Bank, Carthage, TN, has earned its highest, 5-Star Superior rating for financial strength and stability for the 141st consecutive quarter. Having maintained its financial strength and stability for as long as it has, Citizens Bank has also earned another designation as a “Best of Bauer Bank”. Only banks that have earned and maintained this highest 5-Star rating for 25 years (100 consecutive quarters), or longer, may claim this distinction. This latest rating was assigned in March 2024 based on December 31, 2023 financial data and signifies that Citizens Bank continues to be one of the strongest banks in the nation.

“It gives me great pleasure to announce that there are still banks, like Citizens Bank, that continue to provide a sense of security in this insecure world,” heralds Karen Dorway, president of BauerFinancial. “Friends and neighbors of Citizens Bank probably already know this. They have the privilege of having a true community bank that sticks to common-sense banking values, right in their community. It’s important to let those who might not be aware, know that they have the strength of a 5-Star bank right in their midst.”

Since its inception in 1929, Citizens Bank has been a dedicated anchor to this community. With a solid track record behind it, Citizens Bank has displayed the strength and fortitude to continue forward in the same heedful manner that it has for the past 95 years.

U.S. Representative John Rose Announces March Local Office Hours

U.S. Representative John Rose’s (TN-6) district staff will hold a series of local office hours for constituents to connect directly with caseworkers and receive assistance with federal agencies throughout the month of March.

During the local office hours, district staff will be available to answer questions and assist constituents with federal casework, such as social security and veterans’ benefits, steps for obtaining a passport, and more. Local office hours occur monthly. If you have questions, please contact one of Representative Rose’s offices so a staff member may help you.

“We are ready to assist constituents with federal casework and welcome anyone with questions to sit down with staff,” said Representative Rose. “My goal is to make the expertise of my staff and the resources of this office easily accessible to every person I represent.”

Details for local office hours can be found below and on Representative Rose’s website.

Thursday, March 21, 2024

TIME: 1:00pm-2:00pm

WHAT: Smith County Local Office Hours
LOCATION: Smith County Admin Building, 122 Turner High Circle, Carthage, TN 37030

WHO: Representative Rose will be represented by Field Representative Lou Nave during this visit.

High-Speed Chase and Drug Bust Unfold in Riddleton as Suspect Leaves Passenger Behind

Wilburt Gooch

Around 7:59 pm, Deputy Burleson observed a vehicle traveling westbound on Highway 25 in the Riddleton area. Deploying the radar system in his patrol car, Deputy Burleson clocked the vehicle at 68 mph in a 55 mph zone. Upon attempting to stop the vehicle, the driver initially slowed down but failed to come to a complete stop.

The driver then took evasive action, making a right turn onto Wilburn Hollow Rd. During the pursuit, a bag was tossed out of the passenger side. The vehicle continued evading at speeds ranging from 10 to 15 mph, eventually turning onto Cannon Circle. The driver finally came to a halt about half a mile from turning onto Cannon Circle.

At this point, a male passenger exited the vehicle. Deputy Burleson instructed the male, identified as Mr. Wilburt Gooch, to return to the vehicle with his hands raised but not to re-enter. The driver, later identified as Ms. Erica Evans through contact with the Macon County Sheriff’s Office, ignored commands, started the vehicle, and fled the scene, leaving Mr. Gooch behind.

Sheriff Hopper initiated pursuit of the fleeing vehicle, while Deputy Burleson took Mr. Gooch into custody. A search revealed the bag, previously tossed from the vehicle contained 1.80 ounces of Methamphetamine. A set of scales and a 30-milligram Adderall pill were also discovered. Mr. Gooch was found in possession of a significant amount of money.

After transporting Mr. Gooch to the jail, Deputy Burleson conducted a search of the vehicle’s back seat where he discovered a glass tube with crystal-like residue and a syringe lodged between the seats.

Business Spotlight: John Dixon, LPC-MHSP

John Dixon, LPC-MHSP
Individual and Family Counseling

Smith County Insider welcomes John Dixon, LPC-MHSP to the community. Dixon will provide mental health counseling services (In-person and Telehealth) to individuals (children, adolescents, and adults) and families, focusing on a wide-range of struggles.

Business Overview:

  • Business Name: John Dixon, LPC-MHSP
  • Location: 132 Third Ave W., Carthage, TN 37030
  • Hours of Operation: In-Office: Tuesdays and Thursdays 8-5 (By appointment)
    Telehealth: Tuesday – Saturday 8-5 (By appointment)
  • Contact: (615) 552-1954
  • Website:http://www.johndixonlpc.com
  • Email: jmdixon.lpc.mhsp@gmail.com
  • Phone: (615) 552-1954

Dixon specializes working with adolescents, addiction, and relationship issues, particularly within the family dynamic. He uses a number of trauma-informed, evidenced-based counseling techniques. He also offers a variety of formal assessments in the areas of mood/emotional disturbance, behavior breakdowns, and substance use.

A standard therapy appointment is 45-50 minutes, but 30-minute and 90-minute appointments are also available. Appointments are held between the therapist, the client, and/or others involved in the client’s treatment. Sessions and treatment goals are individualized and unique based on the client’s identified goals and struggles.

He has been counseling since 2014 and in private practice for 3 years. Dixon shared that he “wanted to own his own counseling practice and decided to open a practice in Carthage due to the limited access many small towns have to counseling and mental health services, despite the ever-growing need.” He recognized his love for connecting with and trying to help people early on in life and became truly aware of and started researching the counseling profession as a senior in high school.

Dixon graduated Smith County High School in 2004 and attended Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU). He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in 2008 and obtained his first mental health job working as a resident counselor in a group home for teenage males aged approximately 11-14. After some time, he transitioned to an Intensive In-Home Counseling position, going into homes where the child-parent dynamic had become disrupted, sometimes severely. It was during this time that Dixon was accepted into a master’s program for Professional Mental Health Counseling at MTSU. While working towards his Master’s Degree, he worked as an intern therapist and part-time resident counselor for another residential treatment center for adolescent males with behavioral concerns. Once he earned his Master of Education for Professional Mental Health Counseling in 2014, he began working as a therapist full-time at a residential treatment center.

Later Dixon began working in a private practice setting combining mental health counseling and psychological testing. He transitioned to a community mental health/foster care agency that provided outpatient therapy to a wide variety of people. Dixon obtained his TN professional counseling license (Licensed Professional Counselor with Mental Health Service Provider Designation, or LPC-MHSP) in February 2020. Once licensed, he became a Clinical Consultant for the same community mental health/foster care organization, which he continues to this day. Finally, he achieved a long-time, primary goal of counseling in a private practice setting in the Spring of 2021, starting in Murfreesboro, then adding the Carthage location in the Fall of 2022. He indicated that his favorite thing about opening his own practice in Carthage is the freedom and flexibility to conduct business in a client-focused manner.

Major Drug Bust as Smith County Authorities Thwart Crystal Methamphetamine Delivery

Ardnas Miles

A joint operation led by Sgt. Junior Fields of the Smith County Sheriff’s Office intercepted a planned drug delivery, resulting in an arrest and the seizure of a substantial quantity of Crystal Methamphetamine.

The operation began in early fall when Sgt. Fields made contact with Mr. Ardnas Miles and another occupant of the vehicle at the Gordonsville Pilot. The two individuals were suspected to be as part of a plot to deliver 7.5 grams of Crystal Methamphetamine to Smith County. According to the investigation, Mr. Miles was tasked with delivering the illicit drugs to the Pilot location, where a pre-arranged exchange for $300 in U.S. Currency was set to take place.

Upon approaching Mr. Miles, who was behind the wheel of a 2013 Chevrolet Camaro, law enforcement discovered that he was in possession of the entire 7.5 grams of Crystal Methamphetamine. In accordance with Tennessee Asset Forfeiture Laws, the vehicle was seized, as it was registered in Mr. Miles’ name.

Mr. Miles was placed under arrest and transported to the Smith County Sheriff’s Office for processing by Deputy Burl Johnson. The seized methamphetamine was cataloged as evidence and submitted to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation for thorough analysis.

Smith County Playhouse presents Les Miserables March 8-17th at SCHS Auditorium

Smith County Playhouse Les Miserables will open March 8th. The play will run thru March 17th with shows on Friday and Saturday Night at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets for Les Miserables: School Edition are on sale NOW! Click on the link below for tickets or scan the QR code on any poster you see around town. You can also visit https://smithcounty.booktix.com/ or purchase tickets at the door if available. Tickets range from $4-$12.

Gospel Event Sponsored by Area Churches of Christ March 3rd-7th at the Smith County Ag Center

Area Churches of Christ including Bagdad, Brush Creek, Carthage, Gordonsville, Montrose & Rome will host an Area-Wide Gospel Meeting at the Smith County Ag Center March 3rd-7th.

Singing will begin at 6:30 p.m. Jeff Archey will be the featured speaker. For more information see their Facebook event page or YouTube. The theme of the event is “Sir, we would see Jesus” John 12:21

Local Student Awarded Scholarship by Tennessee Council of Cooperatives

The Tennessee Council of Cooperatives recently awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Ashley Noel Barrow of Gordonsville. Ashley is a student at Tennessee Tech University. Ashley is a Junior working toward a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture; Nursery and Landscape Management.

Ashley is employed part-time at Dynamic Excavation as a heavy equipment operator. After college, Ashley intends on starting a business in landscape design and running her own greenhouses growing and propagating landscape plants for wholesale and retail purposes.

The Tennessee Council of Cooperatives is a nonprofit organization established to promote the cooperative form of business through education and promotion of all types of cooperatives. TCC has two types of memberships including “parent cooperatives” and “individual cooperatives.”

The council is made up of member representatives from various cooperative organizations in Tennessee. The total TCC membership is approximately 81 members. Leadership for TCC is provided by eleven voting board members, ten ex-officio members and one Administrative Secretary/Treasurer.

The TCC sponsors six college scholarships for agricultural students from each of Tennessee’s four-year agriculture programs: Austin Peay State University; Middle Tennessee State University; Tennessee Technological University; the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; the University of Tennessee, Martin; and Tennessee State University.

The scholarship program, started in 1984, is an effort to acknowledge and aid the young people most likely to return to communities served by rural cooperatives. TCC considers the scholarships an investment in the future of cooperatives and their leadership. Several scholarship recipients from the past currently serve in one of Tennessee’s cooperatives or in one of the state’s agriculture-related agencies which work with, support and help build cooperative businesses.

To be considered for the $1,000 scholarship, the student must be a citizen of Tennessee; enrolled in a college of agriculture; maintain an overall grade point average of 2.5 out of a possible 4 points; and, if possible, be in his or her junior year of study.

For more information about Tennessee cooperatives, the Tennessee Council of Cooperatives or the TCC scholarship, contact Barbara Davis, TCC Administrative Secretary, at 423-447-1222 or via e-mail to barbarabtc@bledsoe.net. For more information about Tennessee cooperatives, the Tennessee Council of Cooperatives or the TCC scholarship, please visit the TCC Web site at https://tennesseecouncilofcoops.com/

Drug Bust Leads to Arrest of Woman Selling Prescription Pills

A routine traffic stop by law enforcement in Smith County unfolded into a significant drug-related arrest as Mrs. Katherine Newsom was found in possession of drugs, including a substantial quantity of prescription pills that she admitted to selling.

Upon stopping Mrs. Newsom’s vehicle, an odor of marijuana caught the attention of the authorities. Mrs. Newsom willingly disclosed that she had 2 grams of marijuana in a jar. During a search of the vehicle, law enforcement uncovered approximately 5 grams of marijuana in the mentioned jar. Mrs. Newsom’s purse revealed two one-dollar bills containing a white powdery substance, suspected to be cocaine, alongside a white cut straw with residue.

Further searching uncovered Mrs. Newsom’s pill bottle, which had been filled on January 5, 2024, for 120 15 MG Oxycodone pills. However, she had only 47 1/2 pills remaining, indicating a shortage of 60 1/2 pills according to her prescription. Mrs. Newsom admitted to selling 10 pills initially for $20 each but later confessed to selling a total of 30 pills at the same rate. She explained that financial difficulties, stemming from losing her job, led her to sell the prescription pills to make ends meet.

Law enforcement discovered $1,268 in U.S. currency in Mrs. Newsom’s possession, an amount consistent with the sale of at least 63 pills. Acting in accordance with Tennessee State Law, the currency was seized. Mrs. Newsom was promptly placed under arrest and transported to the Smith County Jail for processing.

During transit to the jail, Mrs. Newsom’s phone repeatedly rang, displaying the name “Tony.” Upon obtaining her consent to search the phone, law enforcement discovered messages from “Tony” inquiring about the purchase of two 15 MG Oxycodone pills for $40. Mrs. Newsom confirmed the intent to meet “Tony” for the drug transaction.

Business Alliance Network Group (BANG) Lunch Meeting at Nobels on March 1st

Calling all local businesses! BANG invites you to lunch with your fellow entrepreneurs and local business owners on Friday, March 1st at 11:30 a.m. at Nobels. Share ideas and grow your network.

BANG (Business Alliance Networking Group) is a business networking organization that provides a structured platform for professionals to meet. Nobels is located at 323 Main Street, Carthage, TN.

Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest of Two Individuals on Drug Charges

In a routine traffic stop on January 13, 2024, Sgt. Junior Fields and Deputy Bert Collins of the Smith County Sheriff’s Department uncovered a series of suspicious activities, leading to the arrest of a driver with an outstanding warrant and the discovery of narcotics inside the vehicle.

The incident began when Fields and Collins stopped a blue 2011 GMC Acadia. After running a warrant check on the driver and owner, identified as Mr. Christopher Maynard, it was revealed that Maynard had an active warrant out of Macon County for Failure to Appear. Consequently, he was placed into custody and secured in the back seat of Sgt. Junior Fields’ patrol unit.

The passenger, identified as Ms. Katie Martin, was ordered out of the vehicle and allowed to sit in Sgt. Robbie Woodard’s patrol unit due to the cold weather. A subsequent probation search of the vehicle, conducted by Deputy Collins, led to the discovery of a glass methamphetamine pipe in the center console.

Further investigation revealed a small metal tubular safe inside a locked plastic tool box, with the key found on Mr. Maynard’s key chain. Sgt. Fields noted an odor of marijuana emanating from the safe. Upon opening it, officers found a bag containing a half-ounce of marijuana, along with a small bag containing crystal methamphetamine. A set of digital scales and a container with small baggies were also discovered.

During the interaction, Mrs. Katie Martin admitted to Sgt. Fields that Mr. Maynard had handed her a bag of methamphetamine prior to the traffic stop. She cooperated with authorities, placing the said bag on the hood of Sgt. Robbie Woodard’s patrol unit. Mrs. Martin also produced a zippered bag containing two small baggies with a small amount of methamphetamine from her waist, along with a snorting tube and an empty rubber container.

Both Mr. Christopher Maynard and Ms. Katie Martin were placed under arrest and subsequently transported to the Smith County Jail for processing. No children were affected by either arrest.

UT Extension News: Enhancing Your Tall Fescue Pastures

By Katie Martin, Smith County Extension Agent

If you’re a cattle producer, one of your main goals if you are focusing on increasing efficiency and profitability has to be managing your forages. Most cattle in Smith County and across Tennessee graze primarily tall fescue pastures. While tall fescue has many positives like its persistence, ability to handle drought conditions, and ability to tolerate a wide range of temperatures, one drawback is most fescue is infected with a fungal endophyte that can hinder animal performance. To combat this, one simple way to improve your pastures is by adding legumes.

Adding clover to pastures or hayfields can not only increase yields but also aid in nitrogen fixation and increase animal performance. Clovers can help improve animal gains and conception rates and replace almost 60 pounds of nitrogen per acre. If interested in improving your pastures by adding legumes, simply follow the steps below to plant clover into a fescue pasture.

1. Fertilize according to soil test. The establishment and yield of clovers will be enhanced if the proper pH and nutrient levels are provided. Do not add nitrogen. Nitrogen will not kill clovers, but it stimulates grass growth and increases the potential of the clover being shaded out by the grass.

2. Seed 2 pounds of ladino white clover and 4 pounds of red clover per acre. With the clovers, be sure to use pre-inoculated seed, or inoculate the seed yourself.

3. Seed the mixture from February 15 to March 1. If the forage stubble is 2 inches or less, broadcast the seed on top of the ground.

4. Don’t graze livestock on the newly seeded pasture until the pasture is 8 inches tall. This will allow the clovers to develop a root system that will not get pulled out of the ground by grazing.

For more information about pasture management the UT Beef and Forage Center website utbeef.com contact the UT Extension office at 615-735-2900.

4-H’ers Excel at Area & Regional Public Speaking Contests

Gabe Harville and Kynlee Davis compete at the Regional Public Speaking Contest

By Rachel Petty, UT Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development

Twelve Smith County 4-H’ers recently had the opportunity to show off their public speaking skills at the Area II Sub-Regional 4-H Public Speaking Contest, which was held at Hyder-Burks Ag Pavilion in Cookeville on Tuesday, January 23, 2024. Our local 4-H’ers competed against their peers from ten other counties across the Upper Cumberland. 4-H’ers were invited to the area contest by placing 1st or 2nd in their grade division at our county-wide speech contest in December.

In the 4th grade division, Scarlett Hicks and Katie Wilson competed, and Katie was awarded 4th place.

In the 5th grade division, Tripp Medley and Chloe Williams competed.

Representing the 6th grade were Avery Myers and John-Haynes Winkler. John-Haynes placed 5th in that division.

Makenna Hassler and Tana Harville competed in the 7th grade division, with Makenna placing 4th and Tana placing 2nd overall.

In the 8th grade division, Turner Harville and Kasie Thomas competed, and Turner received 3rd place.

Kynlee Davis and Gabe Harville competed in the 11th grade division, and both qualified to advance to the Central Region Senior High Public Speaking contest, which was held at Cumberland University on Saturday, February 3, 2024. At this contest, Senior High 4-H’ers gave a prepared speech that was worth 75% of their score and an extemporaneous speech that counted for 25%. Gabe and Kynlee both did an excellent job!

Gabe was one of the top two in the 11th grade division, which means he will advance to compete again at 4-H Congress in March.

We are so proud of all of these 4-H’ers and the way that they represent Smith County throughout our region and state!

Please call 615-735-2900 for further information regarding the many 4-H activities and events available to our great young people in Smith County.

Food for Thought – Barn Quilt Painting Class

Have you always wanted to create a barn quilt for your barn, shed, or house? Here is your chance to bring home your very own 2’ x 2’ painted barn quilt! Karen and Regina Young will be offering a hands-on session on creating painted barn quilts. The class will be held on Wednesday, March 20, from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM at the Smith County Chamber of Commerce. Space is limited to 12 participants, so be sure to call the extension office to register today! The deadline to register is Wednesday, March 13th.

The cost for the session is $125, which includes a light breakfast, lunch, instructions, and all materials. The cost for Smith County Chamber or Family and Community Education (FCE) members is $100.

Do not miss this opportunity to add a personalized and unique piece to your home. Hope to see you there!

For more information, contact the UT Extension office at 615-735-2900 or email Karen at kjyoung_2@yahoo.com. You may also text Karen at 731-217-1565.

Cheese & Garlic Biscuits

2 cups Bisquick

2/3 cup milk

½ cup shredded cheese

¼ cup margarine or butter, melted

¼ teaspoon garlic powder

Heat oven to 450 degrees. Stir Bisquick, milk, and cheese until soft dough forms. Beat vigorously 30 strokes. Drop dough about 10 to 12 spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. Mix butter and garlic powder and brush on warm biscuits before removing from cookie sheet. Serve warm.

Submitted by: Linda Lankford, Elmwood/Chestnut Mound FCE Club

3rd Annual Gordonsville Community-wide Easter Egg Hunt March 23, 2024

The Gordonsville Events Committee is proud to announce the 3rd Annual Gordonsville Community-Wide Easter Egg hunt.

The egg hunt will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2024 at 12pm at Ivy Agee Park in Gordonsville (RAIN OR SHINE). There will be three separate egg hunts broken up into three categories: Ages 0-3, 4-7, and 8-12.

There will be 4,000 eggs, TONS of candy and prizes. A photo booth will be available to have pictures made with the Easter bunny. The event is free to the public.

The Gordonsville Events Committee (also known as the Gordonsville Halloween Bash Committee) is a non-profit organization made up of community members, representatives from civic organizations, and government partners. The Gordonsville Events Committee’s goal is to bring fun, free, family-oriented events to Gordonsville.