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Horsepower by the River 6; Car Show & Swapmeet

Music City Speed Nostalgia will be hosting the Horsepower by the River car show and Swapmeet at the Smith County Ag Center. The event will begin on Sunday, November 5, vendors will be open from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. Awards will be given on Sunday at 3:00 pm. There will be over 100 custom-made awards given at the show along with cash prizes as well.

Admission will be $5, kids 10 and under get in for free.

Vehicle registration will be $20 and 10×10 vendor spots are available for $25. For more information contact Shawn Cook at 615-489-3236 or visit


Girl Scouts of Smith County Recruitment Event

The Girl Scouts of Smith County would like to invite all girls interesting in joining to their recruitment event. This will take place on Monday, October 30th, from 6:00pm-8:00pm at the Event Center in Carthage (old skating rink). This event is free for all girls who attend and siblings are welcome. There will be light refreshments and skate rentals provided.

Foster Children Fish Fry & Auction 2017

A Fish Fry and Auction is being held on October 21, 2017 at 4pm to benefit Smith County Foster Children for Christmas. The auction will begin at 5pm, and items being auctioned include but not limited to: Tools, Home Decor, Canned Goods, Gift Certificates, and MUCH more! The event will take place at the Smith County Ag Center located at 159 Ag Center Lane.

The Pride of the Southland welcomes two members from Smith County

L to R: Lindsey Payne and Tucker Miller

Two local teens march at the University of Tennessee. Lindsey Payne (GHS) and Tucker Miller (SCHS) along with 1500 students from across the country auditioned in June for one of 360 positions in Pride of the Southland Band. They both received acceptance letters prior to band camp in August. Lindsey marched under the direction of Mr. Tommy Washer (2007-2014) and Mrs. Tiffanii Brown (2014-2017). Lindsey marched in the Gordonsville High School Band and played in the concert band for 10 yrs. Lindsey played various instruments during that time, including piccolo, flute and bass clarinet. Tucker marched in Smith County High School Band for 4 yrs and concert band for 8 yrs under the direction of Tony Hibbard and Donna & Jerry Buttrum. Tucker played tenor drum for 3 yrs and snare drum for 1 yr.

They both would like to continue marching for Pride of the Southland Band until graduation.

Business Spotlight: Archive + The Tangled Nest

(L to R):  Jim Hebert, Chamber Board; Mayor Donnie Dennis; Ashlee Hackett, Kristin Cowan, Kimberly Grisham, Owners; Judy Markham, Chamber Board; Mayor Michael Nesbitt

The Smith County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce its newest member, Archive.

Archive is owned by Kristin Cowan, Ashlee Hackett, and Kimberly Grisham.

Archive re-opened its doors Saturday, October 14th, after moving to a new location on Main Street in Carthage, TN. The shop originally opened in Gordonsville in February 2016, but owners Kristin Cowan, Ashlee Hackett, and Kimberly Grisham decided to renovate a space on the downtown square. The store is also the headquarters of the local jewelry brand, The Tangled Nest. The shop offers a wide array of clothing, gifts, home decor, accessories, and the best fruit tea around! Be sure to stop in and check out this new addition to the ever growing square. Their hours are Monday- Friday 11:30 am -5:30 pm and Saturday 10 am -3 pm.

“We want to thank everyone so much for the words of encouragement, and the support we have received from everyone in town! Our grand opening was such a success and we were completely shocked with the turn out! We are so happy to be downtown, and we can’t wait for what’s in store!” -Kristin, Ashlee, and Kimberly

If you or your business would like to learn more about the Smith County Chamber of Commerce go to or call 615-735-2093 for more information.  We are proud to support and boost businesses here in Smith County.  If you are looking to start a business or you are an existing business and would like help we are here to help you.  Just give us a call.  SHOP LOCALLY, it helps us all!

Taiho Manufacturing in Gordonsville is NOW HIRING!

Taiho Manufacturing of Tennessee, LLC a leader in the automotive parts industry, is accepting applications at the Gordonsville, Tennessee manufacturing facility.

Production Technician – Two (2) full-time positions available.

Must be able to work any shift.

Essential functions of job include operation of hydraulic presses and automated assembly equipment.  Walking or standing a minimum of 7.5 hours per day.  Daily lifting, pushing, pulling and moving items between 35 and 50 pounds. Perform die installation, set-up and changeovers on press equipment. Handling of raw steel coils, scrap coils and scrap bins.  Use of powered industrial fork trucks and walk behinds required in this position.

  • Strong emphasis on quality and safety.
  • High School Diploma or GED required.
  • Taiho Mfg. of TN. LLC. starting pay $12.50/hr
  • 10 paid holiday, 401K Plan

To complete an application, apply in person at:

167 Bentley Harris Way – Gordonsville, TN.  38563 between the hours or 7:00am and 5:00pm Monday thru Friday or call 615-683-8000

Taiho Manufacturing of Tennessee, LLC is a certified Drug Free Workplace and Equal Opportunity Employer

Pre-Employment Drug Screen, Physical and Background Check required.

Taiho Now Hiring

Read and Hike with a Park Ranger

Looking for something to do with the kids during fall break?  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Cordell Hull Lake welcome you to attend the Read and Hike with a Park Ranger event on October 18, 2017 at 10 AM.

A Park Ranger at Cordell Hull Lake will read a brief story, do some hands on tree sampling and measuring, take a short half mile hike, and wrap up the day with take home craft.  Please note the hour and a half event will be located at our Natural Resource Management Office at 71 Corps Lane Carthage, TN 37030 and an adult is required to stay with a child attending.

Those who are interested in attending are requested to preregister by October 13, 2017 via phone at 615-735-1034 or e-mail

Union Heights Elementary Walking Track Now Open to the Community

Carthage, Tenn. – Smith County residents have a new option for fun, free activity:  the improved walking track at Union Heights Elementary is now available for public use. The project is the result of a Tennessee Department of Health Rural Access to Health and Healthy Active Built Environments grant recently awarded to Smith County.

This grant provided $10,000 to increase physical activity opportunities within Smith County.  A portion of this funding was given to Union Heights School to make improvements to an existing walking path on school property. Originally built five years ago, the existing path had been washed out by rain and was in dire need of repair. The grant plan initially called for repair using a new layer of crush and run gravel, but thanks to the generosity of UHS parent Phillip Slagle, UHS was able to pave the track with asphalt.

“Union Heights faculty, staff and students are grateful for their upgraded walking track and want to give a big thank you to Phillip Slagle for taking his personal time to pave it,” says Wendolyn Kittrell, principal at Union Heights Elementary. “We would also like to thank the Smith County Health Department, Coordinated School Health and Mayor Michael Nesbitt for choosing Union Heights for this wonderful opportunity that not only benefits our students and staff, but also the community around our school.”

As the center of activity for the Rome community, UHS is uniquely positioned to be able to offer services and facilities that otherwise may not be available in a small, rural area. The updated walking track not only allows for more community members to focus on their physical health, it also allows children to exercise during school hours at recess, P.E. and unstructured physical activity times during the day.  Community members are invited to use the newly-paved walking track at UHS outside of normal school hours and when not in use for school-sponsored events or activities.

The Community Foundation Awards Scholarships to Smith County Students

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, a charitable organization working to improve the quality of life in 40 Middle Tennessee counties, announces it is awarding 283 scholarships to students pursuing secondary education at accredited schools throughout the United States. A total of $640,000 is being awarded to students from more than 114 scholarship funds within The Community Foundation.

“The Community Foundation has helped thousands access educational opportunities they might otherwise have been unable to afford by connecting them with the generosity of others,” said Ellen Lehman, president of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. “This year we are honored to help hundreds more improve their futures, and the futures of their families, through the transformation offered by an education.”

Congratulations to the 2017 scholarship recipients from Smith County:

— Seth Agee, from Gordonsville High School, was awarded the Juliann and Joe Maxwell Scholarship to attend Tennessee Technological University.

— Hannah Bingham, from Gordonsville High School, was awarded the Pauline LaFon Gore Scholarship to attend Tennessee Technological University.

— Alexis Gregory, from Smith County High School, was awarded the Pauline LaFon Gore Scholarship to attend Tennessee Technological University.

— William Patterson, from Smith County High School, was awarded the  Pauline LaFon Gore Scholarship to attend Cumberland University.

Community Foundation scholarships, established by individuals, companies and civic groups, will assist students with tuition and other school-related expenses. Each year, The Community Foundation scholarship committee reviews applications on behalf of donors who entrust The Foundation with administering the annual awards.

The scholarship committee carefully considers applicants’ academic records, test scores, extracurricular activities, work experience, community involvement, and personal recommendations.

About The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee

The Community Foundation exists to promote and facilitate giving in the 40 counties of Middle Tennessee and beyond. It does this by accepting gifts of any size from anyone at any time and by empowering individuals, families, companies, nonprofits, and communities to respond to needs and opportunities that matter. The Community Foundation works with people who have great hearts, whether or not they have great wealth, to craft solutions that reflect their intentions and goals. For more information, call 615-321-4939 or visit

Brush Creek CommunityFest 2017

The Brush Creek Lions club will be hosting a Community Fest on Saturday, October 14, beginning at 5:00pm. This event will take place at the Brush Creek Community Center.

Proceeds will be benefiting the restoration of the old schoolhouse and Lions White cane support. A chili supper and cake walk will begin at 5pm, so come hungry! Price: $5 for adults – $3 for children (under 6).

Come out to support a great cause for your community!

Go For It! Overcoming Objections by Gramps Travel

“Vacations cost too much.”

You’d be surprised at the affordable options out there. For instance, you can take a cruise for the same amount as a beach vacation. Your travel agent can help put together a vacation that doesn’t bust the budget.

“There’s too much crime.”

The resort areas in Mexico and the Caribbean are safe for travelers. Take Mexico, for instance. Tourism dollars are too important to the Mexican economy. The Mexican government takes great strides in keeping you safe while visiting their country. Visit a location like Cozumel, Cancun or Cabo and you will see that many security measures have been put in place to make your stay enjoyable and safe. When folk go to Mexico, they are absolutely amazed at the quality of the resorts, the friendliness of the people and how much there is to do.

“Hurricanes will ruin my trip.”

Yes, the hurricane season was especially active this year but don’t use that as an excuse to stay away from this wonderful area.

  1. There are hundreds of islands in the Caribbean and only six were affected by the hurricanes.
  2. You can always visit outside the hurricane season — from December through May. In fact, the Caribbean is more enjoyable during these months anyway. I’ve gone snorkeling in Grand Cayman in January and the water was wonderful.
  3. If on a cruise, the captain will stay away from hurricanes. You may visit different ports than the ones that were scheduled but you will be safe.

“It’s too far away.”

There are lots of options from Nashville including many non-stop flights to popular vacation spots.

“I’ll get bored on a cruise ship.”

All of us have this picture in our heads of old people standing around playing shuffleboard. Nothing could be further from the truth.

The demographic for cruising has changed substantially in recent years. Carnival, Norwegian and Royal Caribbean cater to families so the old folk will definitely be outnumbered. The entertainment options are astounding and activities for children and teens are rated highly across these brands. You may find that you don’t even have time to look for the shuffleboard court.

“Disney Is Just for Kids”

“Why would you go to Walt Disney World without children?” In fact, adults can have as much fun, if not more, than children.”

There are four reasons why Disney is a perfect vacation destination for adults:

  1. If nothing else, go for the food. The Walt Disney World Resort is home to some incredible restaurants. For example, Victoria & Albert’s, located in Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, has consistently received the AAA Five Diamond Award® since 2000.
  2. Disney offers a variety of festivals throughout the year, which may be attractive to adults-only visitors.
  3. Continuing on the food topic is the Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival. Guests can taste their way around global marketplaces featuring international cuisines. Another great festival is the Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival.
  4. Finally, Disney is a great trip for its spas. There are a few wonderful ones on Disney property that can transport guests into a state of complete relaxation.

Bucket List Advice

When thinking over one’s bucket list it is easy to list the objections first. Think positively! What are some simple things you can do to make your bucket list become reality? Contact me with any questions you might have.

Article by: David Anderson – Gramps Travel

Man faces two counts of attempted first degree murder and numerous other charges

(Smith County Insider Press) BRUSH CREEK, Tenn. — A Smithville man faces two counts of attempted first degree murder and a host of other charges after evading arrest while Smith County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated an attempted vehicle burglary during the early morning hours of Thursday, October 5.

Sgt. Jimmy Gregory of the Smith County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a Ward Hollow residence in Brush Creek following a report of someone trying to break into a vehicle.

Gregory arrived in the area just after 1 a.m. and drove around to see if there was anyone walking down the road.  On his way back, he noticed a red Jeep Cherokee next to a building.  He went on down to the residence the report originated from and made contact with the complainant.

According to the arrest warrant, the complainant stated that her dogs were barking at something.  She looked out her son’s window and saw a man standing next to her car.

The complainant set the car alarm off and stated that she heard a man and female arguing in the woods beside her house, according to the arrest warrant.  She then stated that she heard what sounded like an ATV start up and drive off, according to the arrest warrant.

Around this time, Deputy Nick Campbell arrived at the location.  Gregory and Campbell drove up the road a bit and parked.

The officers walked down to a trailer and looked around it but didn’t see anything out of place.  They then started walking down the road a bit farther and saw the red Jeep start up and drive a short piece into the woods.

Per the arrest warrant, Gregory described the Jeep as being “kind of loud” and that it could be mistaken for an ATV.

The officers crossed the cable at the building and started walking toward a wooded area.

When Gregory and Campbell were about 25 to 30 yards from the Jeep, a flash and gun shot came from the other side of the vehicle, according to the arrest warrant.

Gregory announced themselves as being with the Smith County Sheriff’s Office and for those in the Jeep to come out with their hands up, but they took off running into the woods, according to the arrest warrant.

Dispatch was alerted of shots fired and the SRT Team (Special Response Team) was activated and sent to the officers’ location.

While waiting for the entire team to show up, Gregory heard the Jeep start up.  He got on his PA and stated that “this is the Smith County Sheriff’s Office, come out with your hands up,” according to the arrest warrant.

Two male individuals, Joshua Spurlock (25, Silver Point, Tennessee) and Richard Davidson (23, Smithville), walked out of the wooded area and were taken into custody.  They stated they had been working on a truck, according to the arrest warrant.

When the rest of the team showed up, they started clearing out vehicles as they came to them.  Along the way, they came into contact with a camper on the property, which they advanced to.

While searching the camper, Martha Hale (37, Smithville) was found hiding under a bed with a rifle beside her, according to the arrest warrant.

Hale was taken into custody and then taken back to the staging area with the weapons.

At the point, the search turned to Steve Mabe (44, Smithville).  The officers cleared the building behind the camper and then started down some trails.

As they were going through the woods, the came into a clearing where marijuana plants were growing.

Gregory and Lt. Jenkins stayed behind at the camper to guard the plants.  While they were waiting, the heard movement behind them.

The officers eased back to the patch, and when they turned on their flashlights, they saw Mabe standing over a bundle of marijuana.

Mabe was told to freeze, and he took off running.  As he was running, he turned to the right and fell, according to the arrest warrant.

When Jenkins and Gregory made it to the area where he fell, they looked for him.

According to the arrest warrant, Mabe had put on a ghillie suit and was hiding in the weeds.

Mabe was then taken into custody, and Deputy Silcox and Sgt. Gregory took him to the staging area.  According to the arrest warrant, a Kel Tec .9 mm fell from Mabe’s waistband.

They went back to the Jeep and found the casing that had been fired earlier, according to the arrest warrant.

When they got Mabe back to the staging area, he was searched again, and a metal box with five oxycodone 15 mg was found in his pocket along with a blue plastic container with 27.3 g of meth in it.  They then went back and harvested the marijuana and brought it out.

Units from Gordonsville, South Carthage and Carthage P.D. responded for backup initially and helped set up a perimeter and transport suspects.

Mabe is charged with two counts of attempted first degree murder, possession of weapon by a felon, possession of firearm during commission of a felony, felony possession of drug paraphernalia, evading arrest, two counts of reckless endangerment and three counts of manufacture/deliver/sell of a controlled substance.

Hale is charged with two counts of accessory after the fact, evading arrest, possession of schedule VI and possession of weapon by a felon.

Spurlock and Davidson were held for investigation and then released.

Steve F. Mabe

Martha Conger Hale

“Lights for Recovery” candle light vigil held on courthouse steps

September was National Recovery Month. 42% of Smith County adults surveyed in 2015 reported they have a family member that has an addiction. 30% of those addictions were related to opiates. According to the Tennessee Department of Health there were 33 overdose deaths in Smith County in 2016.  From January 2015 through February 2016 our local EMS director reported that paramedics administered the opioid reversal medication Naloxone on 55 emergency calls.

The Smith County Drug Prevention Coalition sponsored  a Candlelight Prayer Vigil Thursday, Sept. 28th at 6pm in front of the Historic Smith County Courthouse. Its purpose was for the whole community to come together and celebrate those in recovery, give hope and support to those who struggle in their recovery and remember the 33 Smith Countians who lost the battle with addiction. There is hope and support for addiction in Smith County.

Please contact the Smith County Drug Prevention Coalition at  615- 588-1622  for resources and assistance.

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Smith County Sheriff’s Office Santa’s Shoppers 2017

The Smith County Sheriff’s Office has partnered with the Smith County Chamber of Commerce to host the 2017 Santa’s Shoppers Program. Through generous donations over the past four years we were able to take almost 180 children to shop with Deputies that otherwise may not have had a Christmas.   If you would like to contribute to this program you can make a donation to the Smith County Chamber of Commerce.

Thank you in advance for your consideration.


Steve Hopper – Smith County Sheriff

 Checks or money orders can be made payable to Smith County Living, Inc. for SCSO Santa’s Shoppers Program

Please mail contributions by December 5, 2017

Smith County Chamber of Commerce

939 Upper Ferry Road – Carthage, TN 37030

For more info, contact Beth Davis, Smith County Jail Administrator/Program Coordinator.


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