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Smith County Lunch Menu – November 20, 2018

Brought to you by “Connie the Lunch Lady”!

**Ebel’s Tavern: Philly Cheesesteak only $7 during lunch! CLOSED Thurs
**TNT: Chili, Spicy Chicken Sandwich, Sidewinders, Jalapeno Poppers, Corn Dogs, PIZZA & wings, Burgers & sandwiches made to order CLOSED THURS
*Daltons Stockyard: Closed ALL Week
**Tanglewood Market: Chili, Chili-dogs, Soup, dessert…Also have pulled pork & homemade pimento cheese sandwiches
**Acapulco: Menu and Mexican/American hot bar – Closed Thurs.
**Value & Variety Exxon (turners): Chicken & rice, Beef tips & rice, Mashed Taters, White Beans, Corn nuggets, Mixed Veggies, Cornbread
**Sav-Way: Fried Chicken, Turkey & Dressing, Giblet Gravy, Cranberry Sauce, Chicken tenders, Sweet Tater Casserole, Broccoli & Cheese, Green Beans, Pinto beans, Mac & cheese, Blackberry cobbler
**Michael & Hannah’s full-menu &(soft-serve ice cream) Closed Wed, Thurs, & Fri
**El Rey – Full menu
**Timberloft: Closed this Thurs All Day, & Friday A.M.
**The Candy Bar has hand-dipped cones, popcorn, candy, gift baskets, etc. CLOSED THURS
**The Blue Lemon Café’ in Gordonsville across from the high school: Sandwiches, Salads, Corn dogs, Nachos & Cheese,
Special: Grilled Cheese & soup $5.99 – Chess Bars **OPEN all week, CLOSE at Noon THURS*
**ROJAS KITCHEN: Full menu & specials. CLOSED Thurs & Fri

Man arrested after pills, two pounds of marijuana located inside vehicle

Elijah B. Arnold

(Smith County Insider Press)—On October 25, 2018, Smith County Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Jimmy Gregory responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the area of Ben Gentry Lane and Sonterra Lane in Elmwood, Tennessee. Elijah B. Arnold (36, Elmwood) was arrested as a result of the investigation.

According to the police report, Sergeant Gregory made contact with the suspicious vehicle just after 8:00 p.m. The vehicle was pulled into a residential driveway and was partially blocking the roadway.

Arnold appeared to be unconscious behind the wheel with the vehicle still in drive. As Sergeant Gregory approached, Arnold put the car in park and opened the door. Sergeant Gregory immediately noticed a strong odor of marijuana. 

According to the police report, Arnold handed Sergeant Gregory a one pound bag of marijuana. During a search of the vehicle, another pound of marijuana was found, along with 15 Buprenorphine pills, 39 Alprazolam pills, 7 Oxycodone pills, 3 sets of digital scales, 30 hypodermic needles, and a bag full of small plastic baggies. 

According to the police report, Arnold could not provide a prescription for any of the pills, and he failed to sufficiently perform a field sobriety test.

Arnold was placed under arrest and transported to the Smith County Sheriff’s Office for booking. After arriving at the Smith County Jail, a correctional officer located 5 Suboxone strips inside Arnold’s boot. 

Arnold is charged with three counts of manufacture/delivery/sale of a controlled substance, one count of felony possession of drug paraphernalia, one count of driving under the influence, and one count of introduction of contraband into jail.

Town of Gordonsville seeks POST Certified Police Officer

The Town of Gordonsville is accepting an application for an entry level position of a POST certified Police Officer.

Applications may be obtained at Gordonsville City Hall Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Application deadline is 11-30-2018.

The Town of Gordonsville is an equal Opportunity employer.

Town of South Carthage Surplus Sale

The Town of South Carthage will be accepting individual sealed bids for the sale of the following surplus property package:

  1. 2005 Buhler Farm King 7ft Finishing Mower
  2. 2015 Bush Hog Brand Razor Back Rotary Cutter
  3. Blue 5ft Rotary Cutter- Unknown Brand (Not Working)
  4. 2005 Bush Hog Brand 3 ft Auger
  5. 6ft Grader Blade
  6. 6ft Heavy Duty Box Blade

Bids will be accepted thru Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. CST at which time they will be publicly opened at the office of the Mayor. This Surplus Equipment Package is being sold “as is” and may be inspected during normal working hours at the South Carthage City Hall.

It is the responsibility of the bidder to see that each Package bid is properly addressed and received at the City Hall. All bids should be in a clearly marked, sealed envelope. No fax or verbal bids will be accepted. Minimum bid is $1000. The Town reserves the right to reject any or all bids and to waive any discrepancy in a bid.

For more information, call 615-735-2727, Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. CST.

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Arrest made at I-40 Welcome Center in Smith County

Raymond Maddle

(Smith County Insider Press)—On October 26, 2018, Smith County Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Ridge Long made an arrest at the Welcome Center on I-40 in Smith County. Mr. Raymond Maddle (54, Cookeville) was arrested on multiple drug charges. 

According to the police report, Sergeant Long observed that Maddle had dilated pupils upon approaching him in his vehicle.

Maddle admitted to having smoked marijuana, and he revealed that he had a joint inside his vehicle. Sergeant Long deployed K-9 Constance for a free-air-sniff, and she indicated positive for the presence of marijuana.

According to the police report, 0.5 grams of methamphetamine, 0.5 grams of marijuana, 3 cut straws, and a clear glass pipe with residue were located during a search of the vehicle. Maddle claimed ownership of the items. 

Maddle was placed under arrest and transported to the Smith County Sheriff’s Office for booking.

Maddle is charged with one count of felony possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of possession of controlled substances.

UT Extension News: “Bugs in the House Stink”

Submitted by Chris Hicks – UT Extension: 

This time of year we always get calls about insects that have made their way into houses. Not only are they a nuisance since even the most fun loving entomologist doesn’t want to sleep with insects crawling on him, but some of these critters literally “stink” when disturbed. 





Probably the number one home invader we get calls about is the Multicolored Asian lady beetle, although this year we’ve also had a fair number of complaints about stink bugs, particularly the brown marmorated stink bug, another pest from Asia. The boxelder bug, a red and black insect that seems to love light colored siding on the sunny side of buildings, is another on the list of “occasional invaders” that make their way into structures as the temperature changes in the fall. 

Exclusion is the first step a homeowner should consider when these critters come around. Door sweeps, weather stripping on garage doors, and caulking around window frames will eliminate many entry points. Don’t forget about mesh screen around vent openings and use expandable foam around outdoor faucets and other pipes that lead inside. 

For any insects that make it past your exclusion efforts, trapping and vacuuming are the methods of choice. Glue traps near suspected entry points will catch these pests and give you an idea of where you need to improve your exclusion endeavors. There are also commercial and homemade traps that are fairly effective. 

I don’t recommend using an insecticide to kill these pests once they have entered the home. After all, they will still have to be vacuumed. The use of “foggers” is discouraged since fogging only kills the beetles contacted by the spray, while those in cracks and crevices are unaffected. Many dead insects, in inaccessible spaces, may attract carpet beetles and other pests of food and fiber.

I do sometimes recommend the use of insecticides outside the home to supplement pest-proofing techniques. Remember, these chemicals are designed to kill living things so be smart and read and follow the label, and if you’re in a position where you can, consider hiring a trained professional to apply them. 

Lady beetles, stink bugs, box elder bugs and other home invaders can be a frustrating and embarrassing issue for homeowners this time of year. The UT Extension office has a great list of publications with tips on exclusion methods and management advice. Check them out under the “publications” tab at smith.tennessee.edu or stop by our office at 125 Gordonsville Hwy in Carthage and we will be glad to print them for you.

Smith County Chamber Corner Show – November 2018

The November 2018 edition of the Smith County Chamber Corner was filmed at the Historic Smith County Courthouse. Several interviews were conducted to promote current local events and happenings in Smith County, TN and surrounding areas. This episode also includes the latest edition of “Seasoned With Grace” featuring Grace Harville.

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!

Two wanted men arrested following narcotics investigation

Brandon Lee Murphy

Quinton Stephan Watson

(Smith County Insider Press)—Quinton Stephan Watson (28) and Brandon Lee Murphy (35, Lebanon) were arrested on October 14, 2018, following a narcotics search conducted by the Smith County Sheriff’s department and Special Response Team unit.

According to a police narrative submitted by Sergeant Ridge Long, officers located Watson and Murphy hiding upstairs inside a residence on Horseshoe Bend Lane in Elmwood. 

Officers discovered two rifles and a handgun in the room where Watson and Murphy were hiding. During a search of the rest of the house, 1 gram of methamphetamine, 1 gram of marijuana, two sets of digital scales, a clear glass pipe, and two marijuana pipes were found. Cameras and other surveillance equipment were also seized during the search. 

According to the police report, both Watson and Murphy had active warrants out for their arrest.

Watson is a convicted felon who is wanted for violation of parole in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Murphy has an active warrant against him due to failure to appear in court in Sumner County, Tennessee.

Both men were arrested and transported to the Smith County Sheriff’s Office for booking. 

Watson is charged with being a fugitive from justice, possession of a weapon with intent to go armed, felony possession of drug paraphernalia, and two counts of possession of controlled substances. 

Murphy is charged with felony possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of possession of controlled substances.

Smith County High School Winter Concert – December 10, 2018

The Smith County High School Winter Concert will take place on Monday, December 10, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. in the Smith County High School Auditorium, located at 312 Fite Avenue in Carthage, Tennessee. 

The Winter Concert will feature performances by the Smith County High School Symphonic Band, Chorus, and Jazz Band. 

Admission is $2 per person. Concert-goers can get in free with the donation of two non-perishable canned food items. 

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Smith County Help Center.

Let the Smith County Band, Chorus, and Jazz Band get you into the holiday spirit!

4-H News: First Ever Riverside Barn Sale a Success

Submitted by Katie Martin – Smith County Extension Agent:

On November 2 and 3, 2018, the Smith County Ag Center was transformed into the Riverside Barn Sale, complete with shopping vendors, live music, food, and plenty of fall decorations.

The Riverside Barn Sale was hosted as a fundraiser for Smith County 4-H and Family and Consumer Science Programs, and we are so grateful for the support from the community that helped make the first year of this event a success.

We had over 30 vendors to shop from with everything from antiques, clothing, art, jewelry, pottery, hand crafted items, and much more available to purchase.

There was face painting, ice cream, live music, and beautiful fall scenes perfect for a quick photo op.

The Riverside Barn Sale was attended by nearly 300 people and was truly fun for the whole family.

We want to express our sincere thanks to the vendors, musicians and decorators that helped make this event so enjoyable. A special thank you to each person that attended the event and, in doing so, supported Smith County 4-H and FCS.

Stay tuned for information about next year’s event! We hope we will see you there! 

UCEMC Cares, Inc. surpasses $1 million awarded in grants to local organizations

In September 2018, UCEMCCares, Inc. awarded $1,000 to the Upperman High School Cheer Booster Club, putting UCEMC Cares over the one-million dollar mark of grants awarded since 2014.

Representing the Upperman High School Cheer Booster Club:  Left to Right: Randy Dodson, Treasurer, UCEMC Cares; Terry Montgomery, Vice President, UCEMC Cares; Molly Allison, Captain (Sr.), Upperman High School Cheer; Landon Orr, Co-Captain (Sr.), Upperman High School Cheer; Kara Robertson, Co-Captain (Sr.), Upperman High School Cheer; Cathy Kemp, UCEMC Cares; Anne Cole, Secretary, UCEMC Cares; Natalie Nash (Jr.) Upperman High School Cheer.


UCEMC Cares Inc. also awarded $1,000 to the Smith County High School Boys Soccer Booster Club and $1,000 to the Central District Fire Department in September 2018. 

Left to Right:  Cathy Kemp, UCEMC Cares; Anne Cole, Secretary, UCEMC Cares; Jamie Hudson, Smith County High School Boys Soccer Booster Club; Jeremy Dennis, Deputy Chief, Central District Fire Department.

UCEMC Cares, Inc. is a state chartered, nonprofit corporation designed to accumulate and disburse funds to improve the quality of life in the service area of Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation (UCEMC). For more information, contact your local UCEMC office or visit the UCEMC customer portal at www.ucemc.com.

SCHS Baseball & Softball Annual Gobble Wobble 5K/10K Race set for November 17, 2018

The Smith County High School Baseball and Softball Boosters will host the 8th Annual Gobble Wobble 5K/10K race on the morning of Saturday, November 17, 2018, at Crump Paris Park in South Carthage. 

The race will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. Race Day registration will begin at 7:45 a.m. 

You can also register online prior to Race Day by clicking here.

The participation fee is $30 per person for both the 5K and 10K races. This price includes a long sleeved t-shirt for each participant.

Winners will be recognized at the end of the race. Awards will be given to male and female participants in 10 year age divisions. 

Run, turkey, nap, repeat! 

Please call Stephen Russell at (615)418-5522 for more information. 



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