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Latest list of candidates for August 2, 2018 election; Petitions available until April 5

(Smith County Insider Press) Carthage, Tenn. – 2018 is scheduled to be a big year for elections in Tennessee and Smith County. Several top county offices will be up for election including County Mayor, Sheriff, Trustee, County Clerk, Circuit Court Clerk, Register of Deeds, and all 24 County Commissioner seats.

Election Day will be on August 2, 2018. Early voting will be held at the Turner Building from July 13 until July 28. Deadline to qualify is April 5, 2018 at noon.

As of 1/16/18, the following individuals have picked up petitions (Bold denotes that the individual has qualified):

TN House of Representatives – 40th District (Primary) — Chad Z. Williams and Terri Lynn Weaver

Smith County Mayor — Mark B. Jones, Ricky Slack, and Billy M. Woodard

County Commission – Defeated – District 1 — Glen Reece

County Commission – Tanglewood – District 2 — Jason Stewart and Larry Eddlemon

County Commission – New Middleton – District 3 — Daniel D. Cripps and Jimmie Winfree

County Commission – Rock City – District 4 — Matthew J. Inyart and Shannon Minchey

County Commission – Gordonsville – District 5 — Colby McKinney and Todd Smith

County Commission – South Carthage – District 7 — Randy Lee Glover and Dennis J. Hackett

County Commission – Elmwood – District 8 — Thomas A. Gibbs

Sheriff — Steve Hopper

Trustee — Lee Ann Williams

Circuit Court Clerk — Tommy Turner

County Clerk – Clifa Norris

School Board – New Middleton – District 3 — Jeremy V. Johnson

School Board – Carthage – District 6 — Ricky D. Shoulders

School Board – Elmwood – District 8 — Tina L. Gantenbein

Smith County Insider will keep you up-to-date on all election news. Be sure to check our new Politics Page for regular updates.

The following is a list of positions that will be up for election.

  • U.S. Senate
  • U.S. House of Representatives – 6th Congressional District (Primary)
  • Governor of Tennessee
  • TN Senate – 17th District (Primary)
  • TN House of Representatives – 40th District (Primary)
  • State Executive Committeeman – 17th District
  • State Executive Committeewoman – 17th District
  • Smith County Mayor
  • County Commission – Defeated – District 1
  • County Commission – Tanglewood – District 2
  • County Commission – New Middleton – District 3
  • County Commission – Rock City – District 4
  • County Commission – Gordonsville – District 5
  • County Commission – Carthage – District 6
  • County Commission – South Carthage – District 7
  • County Commission – Elmwood – District 8
  • Trustee
  • Sheriff
  • Circuit Court Clerk
  • County Clerk
  • Register of Deeds
  • School Board – New Middleton – District 3
  • School Board – Rock City – District 4
  • School Board – Carthage – District 6
  • School Board – Elmwood – District 8
  • Town of South Carthage Mayor
  • Town of South Carthage Alderman – Ward 1
  • Town of South Carthage Alderman – Ward 2


Smith County Chamber Corner Show – January 2018

The January 2018 edition of the Smith County Chamber Corner was filmed at the Smith County Fitness Center. 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!

Fire destroys home on Brush Creek Circle during Friday night’s winter weather

(Smith County Insider Press) Brush Creek, Tenn. — On Friday night, January 12, Smith County 911 received a call reporting a possible structure fire on Brush Creek Circle. Sykes, New Middleton, and Central District Fire Departments were dispatched to the scene. 

When firefighters arrived on scene, they found a two story brick home engulfed in flames. The fire is believed to have originated from the back porch of the home. No one was injured in the fire.

It took several hours for firefighters to fully extinguish the blaze.

According to the Tennessee Property Data website, the owners of the home are JC and Pat Allen.

Chad Williams announces candidacy with Campaign Kickoff Event

Chad Williams will be officially announcing his candidacy for State Representative this Saturday, January 20th at the Smith County Ag Center. The campaign kickoff event will begin at 1:00 with food and refreshments. Guest speakers will include Smith County Mayor, Michael Nesbit and Mark Medley.

“I have been campaigning since this past August, but I am excited about officially announcing my candidacy in front of my family, friends, and supporters,” says Williams. “Everyone knows how motivated I am to do this. It was evident when I started out strong. People have really began opening their eyes as they see the support I am getting from around the District.”

Williams is a life-long Tennessean and proud business owner in Lebanon. Rooted in Smith County and being prideful about his home is his strong motivation in this campaign. Williams is seeking the Republican Party nomination for State Representative. The 40th District includes Smith & Trousdale and a part of Sumner & DeKalb counties.

Williams’ campaign kickoff event will be a relaxed setting. He encourages everyone to bring their family and friends.

Visit to learn more about Chad and his campaign platform.

Mayor Nesbitt bids to not seek re-election

Smith County Mayor, Michael Nesbitt, officially announced that he will not be seeking re-election for the August 2, 2018 election. Nesbitt has served as the Mayor of Smith County for four terms (16 years). Nesbitt released the following statement about his decision:

“I would like to thank all the people of Smith County for allowing me to serve you as Smith County Mayor for the last sixteen years. Sixteen years, is unbelievable. When I ran for office in 2002, I never dreamed that I would serve my community for sixteen years. I was raised in the best place in the world, by the best family. I married the most incredible woman and we have the most wonderful children and grandson. I have the most awesome friends a man could ask for. I say this because each member of my family and so many of my friends played a huge part in my success. They sacrificed much, so that I might succeed and for that, I am so very grateful, thank you is not enough.

I have worked hard and done my best to carefully spend the tax dollars of the people of our county in a way that will build a stable platform for growth for years to come. In business you can’t spend more than you profit and be successful. I have been mindful of every choice so that every tax dollar can be maximized and have been fortunate enough to see Smith County progressively develop into a successful government.

There is no way I could have done this alone. I have had the opportunity to work with many people on projects, committees and boards, to include four different Smith County Commission Boards, and have learned from each one.

I challenge my successor to maintain and carry on the progress we have made over the years. I challenge you to take time to learn where seeds have been planted for opportunity and be smart enough to foster their growth. I challenge you to stand up for the people of our county and lead them with integrity and honor and to make every dollar go as far as possible for their benefit.

I’ve spent every day getting up and going to work, never considering what all I’ve accomplished in the days before, rather thinking of what I have ahead to accomplish. As I prepared to make the announcement of my decision not to seek re-election, I compiled this list and I am speechless. I am blessed to have had this opportunity, thank you Smith County for believing in me and standing behind me, giving me the opportunity to serve you for the last sixteen years.

16 years of accomplishments:

  • Spending is under control because each department is responsible.
  • Increased Funding by Increased Revenue so each department can operate without being a heavy burden on the Citizens of Smith County.
  • Each Department has great respect for each other.
  • Purchased 9 New Fire Trucks
  • Purchase 7 New Patrol Cars every year or every other year
  • Finished the 2002 School Building Project
  • Constructed a New Career Center, Senior Center, Health Department, Head Start, and Fitness Center
  • Constructed a New Agriculture Center
  • Started the Smith County Fair after 20 Years of not having a Fair
  • Constructed a New Jail and Courts Facility
  • Smith County has obtained Millions of Dollars of Grants Funds to Assist us with Improvements
  • Paying off the 2002 School Debt Early (Approximately July 2019)(Original Payoff Date of April 2021), discontinuing the $50.00 Wheel Tax to put more money back into the pockets of Smith County Citizens, $900,000 per year.
  • Property Tax Rate has been held at a great rate of $2.14 per $100 of Assessed Value
  • Bought the Gordonsville Ambulance Station and Constructed two new Ambulance Stations (Carthage and Four-Way Inn Community)
  • Once the Smith County Landfill depended on a $100,000 transfer from the tax base of the General Fund. That transfer stopped in the 2003-2004 Budget year and is used for other purposes in the General Fund. Now the Smith County Landfill is supported by its own revenues. Also, the condition of the Equipment at the Landfill and Convenience Sites has improved dramatically.
  • Landfills in the State of Tennessee are required to have a diversion rate of 25% (Items Recycled and not placed in the Landfill that would have been placed in the Landfill). Smith County has consistently met 80% to 90% diversion rate.
  • Smith County General and Smith County Highway Department have worked together to help the Smith County Highway Department to acquire better equipment to work with and more Funding to work on the Roads in Smith County.
  • Unemployment Rate reached the double digits in 2009 13.4% and now it is 3.4%. Lower than it has been since oldest records I can find 1970.
  • In the current environment there are more jobs than there are people to work.
  • I have been involved with many years of regular audits and Smith County is set for one of the best audits that Smith County has every had. Another result of a County ran like a successful business.
  • Smith County currently has a Bond Rating of AA- and it had not been rated prior to 2015.
  • Refunding of old debt (2002 School Building Project and Jail & Courts Facility) resulted in 1,800,000 in savings to the Tax Payers of Smith County.
  • Applied and received three different AFG Grants for a total of $ 838,940 to purchase SCBA’s and Turn Out Gear for the Volunteer Fire Departments and Heart Monitors for the Smith County Ambulance Service. This helps our Fireman and EMS Workers, helps save lives of the people of Smith County and has saved Smith County from purchasing these items out of the County Budget.
  • Volunteer Fireman Pay has increase from $15 per call to $30 per call. This is still not enough but better than where we were.
  • Greatest Fund Balances in all Funds since 1998 which makes Smith County financially stable and able to better handle the future.
  • Smith County was able to purchase flood damaged properties on Kinslow Lane from grants totaling $1,033,245.75 with TEMA/FEMA Funds which helped the property owners get in a better place and clean up a terrible eye sore.
  • Secured Funding to help purchase future Industrial Property TVA and Tennessee Central for a total of $451,000.00
  • Applying for additional funding of $1,000,000 for site development for this Industrial Property.
  • Have adopted Centralized Accounting 1957 Act, Smith County General and Smith County Highway Department have joined together to have a centralized accounting system. This saves time and money. All payroll, accounting, and human resources are performed from the Budget Office. This allows the Road Superintendent and the Mayor time to take care of other important tasks.

Future Challenges for Smith County

  • Preparing Industrial Property as Pad Ready Industrial Property. Market it as High Tech-High Paying Jobs.
  • Skill Training for Smith County Workers
  • School Building Project in Gordonsville
  • Better Insurance Benefits for Smith County Employees
  • Renewable Energy Projects at the Smith County Landfill
  • Safe Affordable Water to all Residents
  • Internet Service to all Residents

I would like to announce that I am not seeking re-election in the 2018 for the Smith County Mayor’s Position. The reason is simple, I believe that my job here is done. I have prayed about this which I think I and all other people should pray about decisions in their life. After months of prayer, I feel like I need to pursue other challenges and opportunities. My Family has always believed and taught that you leave things better than you found them. I believe with the help of great people to work with, We have been able to accomplish this. My term ends on August 31, 2018 and I will work as hard on August 31, 2018 as I did the first day of my First Term September 3, 2002. God Bless You all and Thanks again for allowing me to serve as your Smith County Mayor for 16 years.”


Man runs out of gas while fleeing from Sheriff’s deputy on Highway 70

Matthew Ray Gentry

(Smith County Insider Press) – On December 19, 2017, Deputy Nick Campbell clocked a vehicle traveling 76 miles per hour in a 45 mile per hour zone. Deputy Campbell initiated his lights and sirens to get the driver of the vehicle to stop.

According to the police report, the vehicle continued to travel east on Highway 70, reaching speeds of over 90 miles per hour, until it ran out of gas just past Helms Bend Rd. The vehicle then began to roll backwards towards Deputy Campbell’s car.

Deputy Campbell, according to the police report, began ordering the subject to place the vehicle in park and exit it. The driver of the vehicle, Matthew Gentry (35, Radcliff, KY), exited the vehicle and fell to the ground. At this time, Deputy Campbell attempted to stop the vehicle from rolling by placing his foot on the bumper.

According to the police report, Gentry got up and began running. Deputy Campbell chased after Gentry, giving him verbal commands to stop, until Gentry fell in a ditch. While being cuffed, Gentry swung his fists and kicked at Deputy Campbell.

Once officer Jason Kemp with the Gordonsville Police Department and Sgt. Jared Smith with the Carthage Police Department arrived, Gentry was placed in the back of the patrol car, and a search of the vehicle was conducted.

According to the police report, during the search an electronic cigarette was found with an odor emanating from it that one would associate with marijuana. Gentry admitted to taking methamphetamine and smoking cannabis oil from his vape.

Gentry was transported to the Smith County Jail for booking.

Gentry is charged with resisting arrest, assault, simple possession of schedule VI, reckless endangerment, evading arrest, and driving under the influence.

Colonoscopy finds cancer, surgery at Riverview Regional saves life

Smith County resident, Tracy Hackett Woodard, shares her experience of how the staff at Riverview Regional saved her life.

Tracy wasn’t feeling well. A lab test indicated internal bleeding. A colonoscopy at Riverview Regional Medical Center revealed the cause: colon cancer. Tracy received a transfusion and was impressed by Riverview’s quality care and the staff’s caring attitude.

Once her condition was stabilized, Tracy was scheduled for surgery to remove the cancer. She was pleased to learn that the team from her colonoscopy would be doing the surgery. Following her successful surgery, Tracy was touched that every member of the team stopped by her room on a daily basis. “Where do you receive care like that but in a small town?” she asks with a smile.

To schedule your screening colonoscopy, call 615.735.1560.

Smith County 4-H’er Competes Nationally

Grace after being announced Reserve Champion in Prepared Public Speaking at the Western National Roundup.

On January 4-7, Smith County 4-H member, Grace Harville, and her mother, Lisa Harville, visited the Mile-High City of Denver, Colorado during their trip to Western National Roundup. Western National Roundup provides a place for 4-H and FFA members to compete nationally while encouraging teamwork and self-confidence, and while focusing on the 4-H Mission mandates: Science, Engineering, Technology, Mathematics, Healthy Living and Citizenship. Some highlights of the conference included workshops, traveling to the National Western Stock Show (NWSS), and competing in the many competitions Roundup had to offer ranging from livestock judging, horse demonstration, and even Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Bowl. Grace represented Tennessee 4-H in the national prepared public speaking contest. There were eleven total competitors in the competition. Grace presented a six minute speech over what the 4-H pledge means to her. At the awards banquet, Grace was named Reserve Champion of the prepared public speaking contest. Tennessee 4-H was well represented in all areas of the conference.

Smith County 4-H is very proud of Grace and her accomplishments on the national level. “This was a fantastic experience for me, and I encourage any 4-Her or FFA member in Smith County to attend,” Grace says. The Harvilles enjoyed the NWSS kick-off parade where they saw dozens of longhorn cattle walk the streets of Denver. They enjoyed the Colorado vs. The World Rodeo and loved seeing western landscape and the Rocky Mountains. Says Lisa Harville,”4-H has given Grace so many wonderful opportunities to meet new friends, see our beautiful country, and help her prepare for adulthood through its various activities.”

If you would like more information on how to attend Western National Roundup or any of the other 4-H activities, contact the UT Extension office at (615) 735-2900.

Concordia Care Smith County Resident Alberta Oakley Turns 100

Carthage, TN – Alberta Enoch was born August 4, 1917 in Grant, TN. She was married in 1936 to Mr. Ben Oakley. Together she and her husband ran a dairy farm with about 45 cows. The sold their milk to a distributor out of Nashville.

Mrs. Oakley does not take a lot of credit for the dairy production. She says she was mostly a housewife and took care of the children making sure there were three meals on the table everyday. The couple were married for 60 years when he passed away.

She has three daughters, 8 grand children and 2 great grand children.

Mrs. Oakley came to Concordia on Jan 14,2015 after she had Pneumonia. While she was recovering from the illness, she fell and broke her left hip, resulting in a hip replacement. She was unable to return home by herself, so she stayed at the skilled nursing facility. She says “ If you cannot be at home, this is the next best thing. It is all about how everyone treats me – like family!”

Smith County Noon Rotary Club awards two scholarship checks

L to R: Ellie Gantenbein and Jason Hall

L to R: Lindsey Payne and Jason Hall

The Smith County Noon Rotary Club recently awarded two scholarship checks to one student from Smith County High School and one student from Gordonsville High School. The Smith County Noon Rotary Club awards scholarships to two deserving students each year that are members of the Interact Club in their school. The Interact Club is a student based Rotary International Program that empowers young people to take action, develop leadership skills, and gain a global perspective.

The Smith County High School student was Ellie Gantenbein, she is currently attending Tennessee Tech University. The Gordonsville High School Student was Lindsay Payne, she is currently attending the University of Tennessee.

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Cumberland Valley Realty and Auctions welcomes new affiliate broker

Tracy Mofield

Cumberland Valley Realty and Auction would like to welcome Tracy Mofield as our newest affiliate broker to the Cumberland Valley Realty and Auction team. Tracy is a native of Smith County and grew up in the Hogans Creek Community where he and his wife Marcie still reside.

Tracy recently retired from the U. S. Postal Service after 36 years of Federal Service including 4 years of Military Service in the Military Intelligence branch of the US Army as a foreign language interpreter. During his time with the Postal Service Tracy served as Postmaster in several Tennessee cities including Lebanon, Nashville, and Memphis. For the past several years he served as Manager of over 115 offices in middle and east Tennessee providing. Tracy received his Bachelors of Arts degree in Management and Human Relations from Trevecca Nazarene University. Tracy has spent the last 3 decades providing dedicated service in the most trusted government organization in Tennessee and he looks forward to providing real estate services to his friends and family in Smith County.

Give Tracy a call at 615-735-7926 directly or call our office at 615-683-1100 for all of your real estate needs.


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