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Helping Hearts Fundraiser Pageant 2021

The Helping Hearts Fundraiser Pageant will be hosting our 4th annual pageant on August 7th, 2021 at the Smith County Ag Center . All proceeds will go to our local animal rescue, Waggin’ Tails. We will be hosting the event this year in memory of fallen officer Steve Reece, who was killed in the line of duty in 2019 . The name of Steve’s foundation is called “Steve’s Promise” 

  • Entry fee: $40
  • Additional electives: $5 each
  • *prettiest eyes
  • *best dressed
  • *best smile
  • *best personality
  • *most beautiful
  • *most photogenic
  • Males up to age 6
  • Females of all ages

This year we will be crowning ambassador for the contestant that brings the most “Quarter for K-9s, so be saving those quarters! 

Entry forms available at Mandis Salon & Spa 

Pageant coordinator: Mandi Myers  615-735-7055

Smith county Drug Coalition Hosts Outdoor Movie Nights 2021

The Smith County Drug Coalition will be hosting some outdoor movie nights on the Historic Courthouse Lawn in Carthage, TN. Come out, bring a chair, and enjoy a movie under the stars! This is a free event for all ages. There will also be free popcorn.

Friday, May 21st, at 8 pm. they will be showing The Secret Live of Pets.

On Friday, June 25th, at 8 pm. they will be showing Sing.

Two Arrested for Selling Methamphetamine During A Buy Bust in Smith County

On April 16th, 2021, Sgt. Junior Fields conducted a drug investigation and buy bust operation after Mr. Joseph Jones agreed to deliver one ounce of methamphetamine. Mr. Jones arrived, along with Mrs. Lora Bouton. Mr. Jones was found to be in possession of approximately one ounce of meth upin being placed into custody. Mrs. Bouton was found to be in possession of once ounce of meth along with a glass methamphetamine pipe. A set of digital scales was also located inside of her purse.

A handgun was located in the center console of the vehicle along with 55 grams of crystal methamphetamine. They were both arrested and transported to the Smith County Sheriff’s office for procession.

Mr. Jones is being charged with felony possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a fire arm during commission of felony, driving while in possession of methamphetamine.

Mrs. Bouton is being charged with felony possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a fire arm during commission of a felony.

Both are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Smith County Chamber Corner Show – May 2021

Check out the May 2021 edition of the Smith County Chamber Corner Show!

This month’s show features updates from events going on in and around Smith County.

If you would like to promote your event or local business on the Smith County Chamber Corner Show, contact the Smith County Chamber of Commerce by calling 615-735-2093 today. 

Watch the full show below, or catch it on DTC3 TV!

Stephanie Hollis McCaleb Elected to Fill Vacant County Commissioner Seat

On Monday night, May 10th, at the Smith County Commission meeting, a new member of the commission was elected to fill the vacant seat for District 3 (New Middleton). The seat was formerly held by Josh Brown who recently resigned. Mrs. Stephanie Hollis McCaleb was elected by the commission to fill the vacancy. She was the only individual to put her name in.

Her and her husband Marty live in the Bradford Hill community.

May 2021 Meeting of the Smith County Commission

The Smith County Commission held its March meeting on the evening of Monday, May 10th, 2021. You may see a copy of the agenda here.

You can watch the full meeting below.

Thanks to Powell & Meadows Insurance Agency for sponsoring the live broadcast of this meeting.

Subscribe to Smith County Insider’s YouTube channel to stay up-to-date on meeting coverage, business spotlights, video features, and more!

The Smith County Board of Commissioners meets on the second Monday of every month except December.

Typically, commission meetings are held in the General Sessions Courtroom of the Smith County Jail and Courts Facility, located at 322 Justice Drive in Carthage. During the July 2020 Meeting of the Smith County Commission, commissioners voted to hold all meetings at the Smith County Ag Center until the COVID-19 pandemic is over.

All meetings are open to the public and are streamed live at https://www.facebook.com/smithcountyinsider/.

May 2021 Meeting of the Gordonsville City Council

The Gordonsville City Council held its monthly meeting on Monday, May 10th, 2021.

You can watch the full council meeting below.

Subscribe to Smith County Insider’s YouTube channel to stay up-to-date on meeting coverage, business spotlights, video features, and more!

The Gordonsville City Council meets at 6:15 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at Gordonsville City Hall, located at 63 Main Street in Gordonsville.

All meetings are open to the public and streamed live at https://www.facebook.com/smithcountyinsider/.

Traffic Stop Leads to Discovery of Methamphetamine and Two Drug Arrests

Deputy Ray Biggs performed a traffic stop on a black Toyota Corolla on April 15, 2021 for having a non-functioning tag light and a loud exhaust. Upon making contact with the driver, Mr. Jerry King and the passenger, Mr. Joshua Lawson, Deputy Biggs asked Mr. King to exit the vehicle. It was determined that Mr. King’s driver’s license was suspended out of Clay County for evading a police road block.

Upon an investigation of the vehicle, 1.7 grams of methamphetamine was found as well as a used hypodermic needle. Both initially denied ownership of the meth; although, Mr. King did claim ownership of the hypodermic needle. K-9 Sgt. Junior Feilds arrived on the scene and continued to question the individuals. They admitted that they were delivering the drugs to someone in Jackson County.

They were both arrested and taken to the Smith County Jail for processing.

Mr. King is being charged with felony possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine, and driving on revoked license.

Mr. Lawson is being charged with possession of methamphetamine.

Both are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Food For Thought: Smith County Annual FCE Rally 2021

By Mary Parker Draper, Extension Agent – Smith County

Our Smith County Family and Community Education (FCE) Clubs had their annual Rally on April 24th.This year’s theme was “To New Beginnings.” 

Thanks to everyone who attended and helped prepare for this event. 57 members and guests came out and enjoyed the day. Our guest speakers for the day were Extension County Director Chris Hicks and 4-H Agent Katie Martin, who shared many of the impacts Barbara Vantrease made over her 26 years of service with UT Extension. Each club decorated their own table with their own beautiful and unique style. The Cultural Arts entries were lovely. A special thanks was extended to our great sponsors: Wilson Bank and Trust for the State FCE Conference, Granville Bed and Breakfast and Gifts for the Hallie Mai Clemons Award, Citizens Bank for the Colossal Cake Contest, Smith County Bank for Rally, Nita Woodard for High Enrollment and High Attendance Awards, and Janice Lynch for the 100% Membership Award.

Special events included Cultural Arts, Fashion Review, and the Colossal Cake Contest. Judges for these events were Janice Garrett judging Cultural Arts and Fashion Review and Seasons Catering judging the cake contest. Winners are eligible to enter the Regional Cultural Arts and Fashion Review Contest. 

A candle lighting memorial ceremony was held in memory of our five deceased club members: Gladys Gibbs and Ruth Hackett, Gordonsville Club; Fausteen Hodge, Hickman Club; and Jean Huff and Wilma McDonald, Elmwood/Chestnut Md. Club. 

Everyone enjoyed a delicious meal catered by Season’s Catering. After the meal, the cakes entered in the cake contest were enjoyed. 

We invite everyone to join one of the eight FCE clubs around the county or become a mailbox member. The University of Tennessee Extension Smith County offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, or veteran status and is an equal opportunity employer. For more information, contact Mary Parker Draper at the UT Extension Office at 615-735-2900.

Pink Congealed Salad

  • 1 8 oz. tub Cool Whip
  • 1 large container cottage cheese
  • 2 small boxes sugar-free strawberry Jell-O
  • 1 large can crushed pineapple, drained

Mix all ingredients. Refrigerate. Enjoy! Submitted by Night Owls FCE Club. 

SAVE THE DATE! The 2021 Smith County Fair on the River is set for June 28 – July 3

This year’s Smith County Fair on the River will be held June 28 thru July 3, 2021. You can check out the complete schedule of events below or at https://smithcountyfairtn.net/schedule/.

You don’t want to miss classic events like the Demolition Derby, the Fireworks Show, and Fairest of the Fair Pageants. This year, there are two new events, 4WD Mud Racing and the Community Band of Smith County Performance.

The 2020\2 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 1, country music star, Richie McDonald, will take the stage inside the Smith County Ag Center.

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

Check out the 2021 Smith County Fair Schedule at https://smithcountyfairtn.net/schedule/

For more information about the 2021 Smith County Fair on the River, visit https://smithcountyfairtn.net.

Overdose Leads to Drug Investigation and Arrest

Richard J. Kowalski Jr.

On April 19th, 2021, Sgt. Junior Fields conducted a drug investigation into Mr. Richard J. Kowalski Jr. after receiving information about selling fake oxycodone ( Fentanyl) pills. The result of that sell led an individual overdosing and having to be resuscitated by use of narcan.

During the investigation, Sgt. Fields and Deputy Ray Biggs spoke to Mr. Kowalski. Upon speaking with him, he admitted to the sell and gave consent for a search which revealed a half-ounce of marijuana and set of digital scales in his vehicle. He was also found to be in possession of 20.5 xanax pills, four fake oxycodone pills, and two additional sets of digital scales, and a bong. During a search of his cell phone, it was revealed that he was selling drugs while operating a cab in Lebanon.

He was found to be in possession of three handguns, which he admitted to carrying while selling the drugs. He was placed under arrest and taken to the Smith County Sheriff’s office for processing.

Mr. Kowalski is being charged with MFG/ DEL/ SELL of Controlled substance, Possession of a firearm, and Felony possession of drug paraphernalia.

He is considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Smith County High School Scholarship and Awards Day 2021

Although the Smith County High School Class of 2021 was unable to have an in-person Scholarship and Awards Day ceremony, school officials found an innovative way to honor this year’s scholarship and award winners.

Smith County Insider collaborated with Smith County High School to film and edit a virtual Scholarship and Awards Day ceremony for the Class of 2021.

During the ceremony, SCHS Principal Dusty Whitaker reads a description of each scholarship and award and then announces the recipient.

You can watch the full ceremony below:


Congratulations to these outstanding seniors, and best of luck to the Smith County High School Class of 2021!

Gordonsville High School Scholarship and Awards Day 2021

Although the Gordonsville High School Class of 2021 was unable to have an in-person Scholarship and Awards Day ceremony, school officials found an innovative way to honor this year’s scholarship and award winners.

Smith County Insider collaborated with Gordonsville High School to film and edit a virtual Scholarship and Awards Day ceremony for the Class of 2021. 

During the ceremony, GHS Principal Shane Vaden and Guidance Counselor Chandra Gillilan briefly describe each scholarship and award and then announces the recipient.

You can watch the full ceremony below. 

Congratulations to these outstanding seniors, and best of luck to the Gordonsville High School Class of 2021!

Smith County 4-H Summer Day Camp Opportunities

Smith County 4-H is excited to host three specialty day camps this summer! We will be hosting Maker for a Day Camp, Chef for a Day Camp, and Farmer for a Day Camp. Maker for a Day Camp will be held on Thursday, July 8th at the Smith County Ag Center. This day camp will feature hands-on sewing and crafting projects that you’ll get to take home to keep. Chef for a Day Camp will be held on Friday, July 16th at Gordonsville High School. Youth will have the opportunity to make and taste delicious dishes and learn to impress friends and family with their culinary skills! Farmer for a Day Camp will be held on Tuesday, July 20th at the Smith County Ag Center. 4-H’ers will get hands-on experience with all things agriculture! All day camps are open to 4th-8th grade Smith County 4-H’ers, and the cost for each camp is $25. For further information or to register for one or more of our day camps, call the Smith County UT Extension Office 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 is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. 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.

Smith County Owls Take on The Upperman Bees

Smith County was to travel to Cannon County on Monday May 3rd but Cannon forfeited the game.  Thursday May 6th Smith County travelled to Algood to take on the 2A Upperman Bees in the last regular season game.  It was Upperman’s Senior night and they honored their three Seniors before kickoff.  The first goal of the night came with 25 minutes on the clock.  Smith County’s Gavin Boyce was double teamed so he made a nice pass across to Mohammed Abou Rahma who skillfully beat the goalie to find the back of the net.  With less than 8 minutes left in the half Christian Santiago found himself in a battle for the ball just outside the front of the box.  He won the ball and took a powerful shot just above the head of the keep and despite the Bees Keeper’s best effort it was a solid goal for the Owls.  Two minutes left, Gavin Boyce carried the ball down to the box while wearing a Bee defender.  The keep came forward so Boyce nudged the ball in a pass to himself and shot through them to put Smith County up 3-0 at the break.

The second half started with a midfield workout but with 21 minutes on the clock there was some back and forth until Tanner Pierson won a battle to feed the ball to Colby Boyce who sent a screamer through the Keep and two defenders to hit the back of the net for score number four of the game.  Fifteen minutes on the board Captain Salomon Rodriguez brought the ball down to the box while battling two men on, came face to face with the Keep and shot straight through for goal number five.  The last goal of the game would come from Gabe Boyce.  Seven on the clock, Boyce beats the goalie, follows through wins against a defender to shoot the ball in from the corner of the net.  The game was called with 38 seconds left on the time as a storm was rolling in with high wind and rain.  Smith county would take home the 6-0 victory and clean sheet to now prepare for district tournament.

Smith County hosts the 1A District 7 District Tournament this year which will kick off on Tuesday May 11 at 5:30 with Watertown vs Jackson County.  7:30 pm will be Smith County vs the winner of Cannon County and York Institute (we did not have the final score before press time)  Thursday May 13th will be the Championship Game.