What is UCEMC Cares? It is a voluntary program that operates from the same cooperative principle, “Concern for the Community.” UCEMC Cares, Inc. is a state-chartered, nonprofit corporation separate from Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation (UCEMC).
A volunteer board of directors reviews applications and awards grants. Contributions from members, who choose to opt- n and round up their monthly electric bill to the nearest dollar, are disbursed to charitable organizations for programs and services that benefit the communities UCEMC serves. All funds remain in the UCEMC service area, and UCEMC collects no administration or management fees. None of the money collected goes for political purposes or to pay electric bills. Instead, every penny shared makes lives better in our communities. Every penny you give makes a difference!
UCEMC members may opt-in to the tax-deductible program and round up their bill to the next dollar. UCEMC Cares, Inc. will use this spare change to assist qualified organizations and causes. The finds raised from the UCEMC Cares program will have long-lasting, positive impacts on our communities.
The UCEMC Cares funds go back into the communities that UCEMC serves in grants to qualifying organizations serving our members’ health, safety, civic and educational needs.
Charitable organizations serving the UCEMC service area with health, safety, civic, or educational needs can apply for a grant. The organization does not have to be a 501c3.
To apply for a grant download the application at ucemc.com, submit the application via the instructions and return. https://www.ucemc.com/ucemc-cares
Pennies wont go far, but when combined with spare change from almost 51,000 other UCEMC members that money can change a lot! Sign- up to round-up today.
Everyone in Tennessee knows the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) has the best-looking state highway patrol vehicle in the nation. Now we need your help to make that official! THP is competing in the “2021 Best-Looking Cruiser Contest.”
State highway patrols and state police organizations from across the country are competing for the top spot. The winner will be presented with the “Best-Looking Cruiser Award” and featured on the cover of the American Association of State Troopers (AAST) Best-Looking Cruisers 2022 wall calendar. The calendar will be available for purchase at www.statetroopers.org beginning October 1, 2021. Calendar sales will benefit the American Association of State Troopers Foundation, which provides educational scholarships to dependents of member troopers. THP submitted a photo of a 2020 Pursuit Ford Explorer with a 2020 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide motorcycle for the competition. The photo was taken with the Nashville skyline in the background.
“We are excited to compete in this contest which showcases our patrol vehicles,” said Tennessee Highway Patrol Colonel Matt Perry. “This contest is a great avenue for friendly competition between state agencies while engaging with the public in a positive manner.”
To cast your vote, Click Here. Simply scroll through the photos, and at the bottom of the page, select Tennessee on the Survey Monkey link. You can check the status of our progress on the AAST’s Facebook page daily. Voting begins July 20 at noon EST and ends August 3at noon EST.
The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s mission is to serve, secure, and protect the people of Tennessee.
Today, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released its 2020 ‘Crime in Tennessee’ publication, which details the volume and nature of crime, as reported by the state’s law enforcement agencies.
The report compiles data submitted to TBI through the Tennessee Incident-Based Reporting System (TIBRS). Among the report’s findings:
- A total of 506,558 Group A (typically the most serious) offenses were reported in 2020, decreasing 5.0% from 2019.
- 136,407 Group A arrests were made in 2020, of which 6.8% were juveniles.
- The crime rate per 100,000 for Group A offenses was 7,355.5.
- There was a total of 18,167 DUI arrests in 2020, a decrease of 7.1% from 2019.
The state’s 2020 crime data was undeniably impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, as workplaces, schools, and other community venues were closed. The data analysis and the numerous graphs and charts in this year’s publication illustrate the sharp decline in reported crime.
“The TIBRS program continues to serve as a model for the nation and remains successful because of the continued cooperation by Tennessee’s law enforcement community,” said TBI Director David Rausch. “TBI remains committed to this effort and will continue to provide the training and technical assistance necessary to collect the most accurate and comprehensive crime statistics for Tennessee and its citizens.”
The full report is now available on TBI’s website, tn.gov/tbi.
Reports of dead birds have been increasing in Tennessee due to the recent news coverage of a disease affecting birds in several eastern and midwestern states. The disease is reportedly causing eye swelling and crusty discharge from the eyes of birds and may also be associated with neurological symptoms.
A significant number of reports have come from Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana. Most birds reported exhibiting this condition are young and have included common grackles, European starlings, blue jays, and American robins along with other species of songbirds. There are no confirmed cases of the disease in Tennessee and there have been no reports of the disease occurring in humans, poultry, or livestock.
Disease experts are diligently working to determine the cause of the disease and have not found signs of infection from known illnesses (i.e. Salmonella, avian influenza, West Nile virus, Newcastle disease, herpesviruses, poxviruses, and Trichomonas parasites). TWRA is working closely with regional experts to further explore the cause and to determine if the disease is affecting birds in Tennessee. Please contact TWRA Bird Conservation Coordinator David Hanni at David.Hanni@TN.gov with specific questions or need for additional information.
- Cease feeding birds and cover bird baths, if dead birds are found, until this wildlife mortality event subsides (food sources are not limited during the summer).
- Clean up excess feed that has spilled or was placed onto the ground
- Clean feeders and bird baths with a 10 percent bleach solution (one-part bleach mixed with nine parts water), rinse with water, and allow to air dry. Do not replace them.
- Avoid handling birds unless necessary. If you do handle them wear disposable gloves. If picking up a dead bird, place an inverted plastic bag over your hand to avoid direct contact with the bird.
- Keep pets (including pet birds) away from sick or dead wild birds as a standard precaution.
- If you find recently deceased birds exhibiting crustiness or bulging eyes and/or neurological issues, please use your discretion to contact the TWRA at (615) 781-6500.
HG Staffing is hiring for multiple positions at DANA Corporation in Gordonsville. There are multiple shifts available, immediate openings, and a new pay rate, up to $13.70 an hour. They have full- time and part-time hours available. They will also work around student schedules.
No high school diploma or GED required. Benefits are offered once hired on. These include medical, dental, vision, life, 401K, and vacation time.
Apply in person at HG Staffing located at the Smith County UCHRA building- 120 Pauline Gore way, Monday- Friday from 8- 4pm.
Must be at least 18 years old to apply.
Eleven Smith County 4-H members met on Thursday, July 8th, for our first ever Maker for a Day Camp. Throughout the day, campers learned how to sew their own doll, sew a pillowcase, and make embroidery hoop button flowers. Campers also made homemade dog toys out of recycled t-shirts for the Dekalb County Animal Shelter, and they worked together to make children’s sized tie blankets for the Emmanuel House.
Maker for a Day Camp was a great success thanks in part to our FCE Volunteers, Anne Waggoner, Terri Dillehay, Peggy Kemp, Janice Lynch, Faye Knochenmus, and Maggie Klenke, who helped make it possible. Thanks also to our teen leader Abby Malone for her assistance.
For further information concerning the many opportunities that 4-H has to offer the youth in Smith County, call 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 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.
Carthage Full Gospel Church is hosting it’s vacation Bible school from Wednesday, July 28th to Saturday, July 31st. The church is located at 109 1st Ave. Carthage, TN. Vacation Bible School will start at 10 am. and run until 2 pm. each day.
For more information, please call 615-735-3284.
Smith County Drug Prevention Coalition Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary and The Retirement of Mrs. Barbara Kannapel
On July 15th, 2021, the Smith County Drug Prevention Coalition celebrated their 10 year anniversary at the Chamber of Commerce. The Coalition was established in 2011 in response to an increase in underage drug and alcohol consumption in Smith County. It was funded in 2021 by the Tennessee Department of Health and Substance Abuse.
SCDPC has brought almost 2 million in grant funding for prevention and recovery of substance misuse over the last 10 years. They have helped countless individuals, families, and the community as a whole.
In addition to the 10 year celebration, the Coalition celebrated the retirement of Mrs. Barbara Kannapel. Both Terri Lynn Weaver and Mayor Jeff Mason attended and thanked her for her work.
Mrs. Barbra Kannapel was appointed Executive Director of the new formed Coalition in 2010. She helped grow the program from a non-funded coalition to overseeing 6 grants totaling over $315,000 plus annually. She has been instrumental in in the growth of the program.
Mayor Jeff Mason declared May 12th as Youth Prevention Day in honor of Mrs. Kannapel.
by Steve Norris, Smith County Insider Weather Correspondent
Sunny, hazy and getting hotter through Saturday with high temperatures of 90 to 95 degrees. Thunderstorm chances will go back up to around 50 percent on Sunday and Monday, and it will be very hot and humid with highs in the mid-to-upper 90s. I expect this hot weather to stick around for the next two weeks.
I am sure you have been noticing the hazy sky and we’ve had some lovely red sunsets, smoke from Western U.S. and Canadian wildfires has drifted over our area lowering visibility.
We have a full moon coming to start the weekend and it is known as the Buck Moon reflecting the time of year when new deer antlers begin to grow. Make a note on your calendar that one of the biggest meteor showers of the year is coming the night of August 12th and I will tell you more over the next week or two.
I recently discovered that Thomas Jefferson, one of the founding fathers of the Declaration of Independence and the third president of the United States was very interested in the weather! Jefferson took daily weather readings around Williamsburg Virginia and on July 4th 1776, he went to a local Merchant to purchase a new thermometer before he went to sign the Declaration of Independence. I thought that was really cool! You can reach me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org
By Chris Hicks, County Director – UT Extension Smith County
It seems like folks have been talking about the future of the TN State Fair for my entire career. While I don’t know all the details that went into the decision (which I’m sure included money, politics, and various other factors above my pay grade), it has been a forgone conclusion for some time that the State Fair would be moving from its longtime Nashville home. The primary questions were not “if” but “when” and “where.”
We now have answers to both, as the State Fair is moving to neighboring Wilson County to be held in conjunction with the Wilson County Fair. The renamed Wilson County Fair – TN State Fair will be held August 12 – 21, 2021, at the James E. Ward Agriculture Center in Lebanon.
Having the State Fair next door will provide exciting opportunities for our farmers, families, and 4-H members to showcase their outstanding crops, projects, and talents. Future plans include a “Made in Tennessee” building with room for every county in the state to showcase agriculture in their county.
Those who won 1st place or Best of Show in certain categories during the 2021 Smith County Fair will be able to compete at the 2022 State Fair Best of Tennessee Championship Awards next year. So, hang on to all those first-place photographs, crafts, and sewing exhibits!
For this year, State Fair competitions will include Hay & Field Crops. Regardless of whether you participated in the Smith County Fair this year, you are still welcome to enter your hay, field corn, soybeans, or tobacco in the State Fair. Entries will be taken at the Rowland Barn in Fiddlers Grove on Monday, August 9 from 12:00 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Those interested in entering their field crops can pre-enter by calling me at the UT Extension office at 615-735-2900 or by emailing me at email@example.com. You can bring your hay from either a square bale or a round bale. Your round bale sample should fill a 13-gallon trash bag. I will deliver entries to the fairgrounds on Monday, August 9, so I need hay entries at the office by the week prior and other crop entries first thing that morning.
I’m excited about the opportunities that having the State Fair next door will bring! For more information on the State Fair, check out their website at wilsoncountyfair.net.
By Mary Parker Draper, Extension Agent – Smith County
Did you know tomatoes may not be considered to be highly acidic? New tomato varieties, over-mature fruits, and tomatoes from dead or frost-killed vines may have a pH greater than 4.6. To ensure a safe acid level for boiling water canning of whole, crushed, or juiced tomatoes, it is recommended to add bottled lemon juice or citric acid directly to jars before filling the jars with the product.
Tomatoes can be preserved by drying, freezing, or pickling, as well. They can even be used in making fruit spreads like jams, jellies, and marmalades, depending on their acid level. Tomatoes are a great item to dry. They do not need to be blanched and are dried to a crisp.
Freezing tomatoes will likely result in a soft texture and is more appropriate for cooking, such as in soups, stews, and spaghetti sauces. Tomato products, such as chili sauce and catsup, can be frozen.
If you decide to pickle your tomatoes, commercially prepared vinegar is typically needed to achieve the required acidity. Do not change vinegar, food, or water measurements in a recipe or use vinegar with unknown acidity. Use only recipes with tested quantities of ingredients. There must be a minimum, uniform level of acid throughout the mixed product to prevent the growth of botulism.
For more information on this or other family topics, contact Mary Draper, Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent for UT Extension in Smith County, at 615-735-2900.
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 cup chopped onions
- ¼ teaspoon hot pepper sauce
- 3 large cloves garlic, minced
- 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled & deveined
- 1 medium bay leaf
- 3 ½ cups hot cooked linguine (8 oz. uncooked)
- 1 ½ cups original Prego Extra Chunky Spaghetti sauce
- In 10 inch skillet over medium heat, in hot oil, cook onions and green peppers with garlic and bay leaf until tender. Add remaining ingredients except linguine. Simmer 5 minutes or until shrimp turns pink, stirring occasionally. Discard bay leaf. Serve over linguine. Makes 7 cups or 4 servings.
- Submitted by Gale Burns, Carthage FCE Club.
Sophie Linder continues her already impressive golfing career by adding multiple accolades to an already jammed-pack resume.
At the end of June, the Tennessean named Linder the Middle Tennessee Female Golfer of the Year after winning her second consecutive TSSAA Small School state title last year. Continuing with her impressive performances, Linder qualified for the 121st U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship that will be played August 2-8, at Westchester Country Club in Rye, N.Y by finishing near the top in a USGA qualifier event in June
Linder recently came from behind and won the Tennessee Girls Junior Golf Championship held at Memphis Country Club from July 6-8, 2021, after entering the final round six strokes back.
Linder is a member of the Gordonsville High School Class of 2023 and recently committed to continuing her golfing career at Ole Miss after graduating from high school.
On June 27th, 2021, Sgt. Junior Fields stopped a white 2004 Chevy Impala after observing the vehicle cross over the white line and the driver line on multiple occasions while traveling on I-40. Upon stopping the vehicle and speaking to the driver, Sgt. Fields noticed an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Upon speaking to Mr. McGrew, the driver of the vehicle, it was discovered that he had a marijuana pipe with a small amount of marijuana in the vehicle. He also admitted to having some open liquor in the vehicle. He was asked to exit the vehicle and placed into the patrol car at that time.
Upon searching the vehicle, a crystal methamphetamine pipe and a glass marijuana pipe were located in the front passenger seat. In the back seat, Mr. McGrew had a cooler with open beer and liquor inside. Upon searching the trunk, 16.5 pounds of marijuana was found along with 5.8 ounces of THC resin. An additional search of the vehicle revealed 10 grams of methamphetamine.
Mr. Mcgrew was arrested and taken to the Smith County Jail for processing.
He is being charged with felony possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine, MFG/DEL/SELL controlled substance
He is considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
The Smith County Drug Prevention Coalition will be hosting Hop Fest at Crump Paris Park on July 24th from 5-7 pm. Come out for a great time and try some Pelican’s Snowballs, Free Face painting, Opiod Overdose reversal training, photo booth, red sand project, music, food, back to school supplies, and a spray down from the Smith County Fire Dept.
A back to school Supplies backpack giveaway is sponsored by the Carthage Church of God. Scan the QR code above to register.
by John Rose, U.S. Representative – Tennessee’s Sixth Congressional District
U.S. Representative John Rose (R-TN) has been appointed to serve on Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) Task Force on Jobs and the Economy. The task force will lead a pro-growth agenda to boost our economy and ensure that all hardworking Americans experience economic prosperity.
“I am on this Task Force with a focus on rolling back federal regulations that put unnecessary burdens on Tennesseans,” said Representative Rose. “As Republicans, we must be vigilant in the fight to propel America forward by developing ready solutions. That’s what this Task Force is about: being prepared to take action.”
Led by Representative Patrick McHenry (R-NC), this task force is a coalition of Republican Members of Congress committed to developing clear steps toward rebuilding what many consider to be the greatest economy of all time before the pandemic hit by taking steps to roll back burdensome regulations while prioritizing American workers and encouraging economic freedom in the marketplace.
A full list of Republican Task Forces and membership lists can be accessed here
U.S. Representative John Rose is currently serving his second term representing Tennessee’s Sixth Congressional District and resides in Cookeville with his wife, Chelsea, and their two sons, Guy and Sam. The Sixth District includes Cannon, Clay, Coffee, Cumberland, DeKalb, Fentress, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Robertson, Smith, Sumner, Trousdale, White, and Wilson counties as well as portions of Cheatham and Van Buren counties. Representative Rose is an eighth-generation farmer, small business owner, and attorney, and currently serves on the Financial Services Committee.