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Fast Pace Urgent Care Open House

Fast Pace Urgent Care Clinic will have their Open House on Friday, August 18th from 11:00am to 2:00pm. They are located at 573 Carthage Bypass in Carthage, TN and would like to invite everyone to come join them! There will be free food, free t-shirts, and a register to win a new 40” TV.

Upon visiting during open house, all will be able to meet the staff and tour the clinic. Fast Pace Urgent care will begin treating patients on Saturday, August 19th from 8:00am to 6:00pm. No appointment is needed to visit the clinic; please see flyer for weekly business hours.

Smith County 4-H’ers Attend 2017 Round Up

Smith County 4-H News – By Katie Clark – Smith County Extension Agent

Three Smith County 4-H’ers, Lindsey Payne, Grace Harville, and Shelbie Manus attended the 2017 Tennessee 4-H Roundup and All Star Conference at the University of Tennessee at Martin, July 24-28.  State 4-H Roundup allows Tennessee 4-H members the opportunity to learn new things, have fun, and make new friends, giving them an opportunity to live the “college experience” in preparation for their future.

Since 1924, Tennessee 4-H’ers have gathered annually on a campus of the University of Tennessee for 4-H Roundup.  The event serves to recognize 4-H members for their outstanding project work and leadership accomplishments.  State All Star Conference is a part of the Roundup program, enabling All Stars state-wide to conduct service-learning projects and recognize outstanding service projects that have been conducted throughout the year. The week is rounded off with special assembles, award and scholarship presentations, and State 4-H Council Elections.  Roundup winds down the week with the induction ceremony for newly initiated Vol State members and a closing dance.

Lindsey Payne attended Roundup as a finalist in the Poultry Project, and Grace Harville attended as a Finalist in Communication/Public Speaking.  Lindsey and Grace did an excellent job of representing Smith County, and we are so proud of their hard work and dedication

Lindsey Payne was also recognized at Tennessee 4-H Roundup with the Vol State award, the highest level of recognition a Tennessee 4-H member may achieve. Vol State is presented to high school juniors and seniors in recognition of excellence in all phases of 4-H work, as well as service and leadership rendered in their communities.

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.

Lindsey Payne after receiving the Vol State award.

Grace Harville (Right) with 4-H friends from across the state.

Eclipse by the River – August 21

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You’re invited to watch the Great American Eclipse on August 21, 2017 by the beautiful Caney Fork River in Smith County, TN. The event will be held at the Smith County Ag Center located at 159 Ag Center Lane – Carthage, TN 37030. Gates will open at 10am. Live music is scheduled to begin at 12pm.

Entry Fee: $5 per car load. Be sure to bring a lawn chair!

There will be limited quantities of official Eclipse Glasses for sale at the event.


  • The Candy Bar
  • SCHS Quarterback Club (Papa John’s Pizza)
  • The Gourmet Dipper
  • K&R Designs
  • Climer Creations
  • Lil Bit of Lagniappe Food Truck
  • Italian Ice

Want to become a vendor? Click HERE to download a PDF version of the Eclipse by the River Vendor Application Form. 

DTC3 TV will be at the event bringing LIVE wall-to-wall coverage of the entire day, including interviews with eclipse experts!

Come out and and be a part this once in a lifetime experience while enjoying live music, tons of shopping, and good food! Please click HERE to RSVP on our Facebook Event!

Click HERE to follow us on Facebook to stay up-to-date on the latest information about the event, and to check out the latest vendors! 

For more information, please call (615) 489-0572 or email

Pennye Nixon Selected as 2017 Greater Tacoma Peace Prize Laureate

Pennye Nixon – Photo Credit: Elise Anderson

Smith County Native, Pennye Nixon, Selected as 2017 Greater Tacoma Peace Prize Laureate

Tacoma, WA – Pennye Nixon thoughtfully responded to an inquiry about her work. “I like to talk about poop.” Nixon explained that there are two precursors to public health – clean water and sanitation –  and that sanitation is often forgotten about when assisting impoverished areas. As the Founder and Director of Operations for Etta Projects, Nixon directs projects that construct sanitation facilities and provide clean water in rural Bolivian villages. These exceptional peacebuilding efforts are why the Greater Tacoma Peace Prize (GTTP) was proud to announce the selection of Pennye Nixon as the 2017 Laureate this evening, at the Etta Projects 13th Annual Auction.

In addition to providing clean water and sanitation, Etta Projects also trains women to become health workers in the villages. Nixon explained that the women are trained in groups and network across several villages. The training empowers women who never had a role that was valued in a village before. Health care workers provide basic care such as tending to wounds, prenatal care, and treating the common cold. They also work with clinics to ensure that individuals receive follow-up care. Nixon has seen attitudes in villages change overnight. When women are empowered, their status in the village increases.

Etta Projects began in 2003 out of a tragedy. Nixon’s daughter, Etta, was a 16-year-old Rotary International Exchange Student. Nixon mentioned that Bolivia was not Etta’s first choice but she embraced her assignment anyway. Etta quickly became a favorite among locals. She attended a wealthy high school in Bolivia but reached out to individuals of lower classes. Nixon mentioned that Etta played soccer with a class of people that her classmates deemed unworthy to associate with. She also recounted a story of Etta saving a sloth from oncoming traffic in a town square. Etta passed away tragically in a bus crash after only three months in the country. However, her impact was so great that the local government named a dining hall after Etta. The dining hall provides food for the poor in the city that Etta embraced.

In 2009 Etta Projects shifted its focus from providing food to constructing sanitation and water projects. They quickly added the health worker training program. Nixon believes that sanitary conditions and health care create conditions for peace. Stable communities create conditions where individuals can progress and grow. Nixon notes, “Peace is about contentment.” It is hard for individuals to be content when they are fighting for their basic needs. Etta Projects recently added a Community Transformation Center to further development in rural villages. The center coordinates with NGOs and local officials to continue to build infrastructure and access to resources in the communities.

The GTTP has been awarded to local peacemakers annually since 2005. Last year’s recipient, Theresa Pan Hosely led efforts for Chinese reconciliation in Tacoma that resulted in the construction of the Tacoma Chinese Reconciliation Park. Laureates are awarded a trip to Oslo, Norway, to attend Nobel Peace Prize events. The greater Tacoma region is the only area in the United States with a peace laureate recognized by the Norwegian Nobel Institute.



28th Annual Lancaster Fire Hall Jam – August 12

The 28th Annual Lancaster Fire Hall Jam will take place on Saturday, August 12th beginning at 5pm. The Fire Hall Jam will take place at the Lancaster Fire Hall located at 744 Lancaster Highway – Lancaster, TN 38569.

They will be having our Cowboy Bean Supper, Hamburgers, Hotdogs, Homemade Ice Cream, and all the fixens’!

Live Entertainment scheduled to begin at 5pm. Cake walk, silent auction, live auction, and a raffle.

“Good Food, Good Entertainment, and a Good Ole’ Time”







Boston Butt & Rib Sale hosted by Smith County Noon Rotary Club – Deadline to Order: August 24

The Smith County Noon Rotary Club is selling Boston Butts for $30, a Full Rack of Ribs for $15 and a 20oz Bottle of BBQ Sauce for $5. All meat will be smoked and shrink-wrapped. If you would like to order any meat, please see a rotary member or call Smith County Advanced Eye Care 615-683-5550 or John Foster 615-418-5569. The meat will need to be picked up on September 1st from 3-6 pm, at the Smith County Farmers Market. The deadline to order is August 24th.





Smith County Among UCDD 2018 Arts Build Communities Grant Recipients

The Upper Cumberland Development District is pleased to announce the Arts Build Communities grants for 2018. This year a total of $15,852 was awarded to ten applicants from six counties. A panel of five members reviewed the applications on line, met briefly with the applicants to ask questions and submitted their scores. These scores were averaged and awards were made by a funding formula approved by the Tennessee Arts Commission.
For several years, the Algood Senior Center has coordinated the Upper Cumberland Quilt Trail using ABC funds matched by consumer funding to create quilt squares on over 300 plus barns and buildings in 13 counties. This year, they are asking to hire a computer savvy individual to update, compile and assemble a data base and to produce a flier for patterns in Putnam County. This data base will be available to all counties to use to develop brochures focusing the traveling public’s attention on the painted patterns taking them down secondary roads not normally used by the traveling public to increase tourism. Their award will be $1,725.
The Cookeville Museum will receive $1,580 for the one day “Storyfest in the Park” event to hire renown storyteller Tim Lovwory from South Carolina as the featured Story Teller. This is the fifth year of the one-day event and the only one of its kind in the Upper Cumberland. This event attracts over 500 adults and children and this is the first time ABC funds have been requested to expand the event which includes 20 plus visual artists and other story tellers.
The Fentress County Summer Fine Arts Camp will receive $1,596 to be matched by the school board who first voted in 2014 to fund the 3-day camp for 120 students from grades 3-8. Seven 45-minute Fine Arts classes will be conducted by music, art and dance teachers who will utilize TN Promise scholarship students as assistants. This program is especially important because students have only one music class per week in a school system where 89% are on free or reduced lunch.
Pickett County, the smallest county in the state, has been able to establish its own theatre. The Good Neighbors Theatre, first charted in 2003, has grown from a few plays in churches to producing four plays, a community show, two seasonal theatrical productions and an art exhibit engaging over 2500 people from Pickett and surrounding counties in Tennessee and Southern Kentucky. This hard-working group of volunteers will receive $1,975 to contract for a part time professional, to improve the quality of the productions.
Granville Museum utilizes its small-town appeal by creating events throughout the year like the month long “Scarecrow Festival” in October. The board is asking for funds to expand the number of scarecrows made by selected art students in Jackson and Smith counties. The $1,725 requested will be used for supplies to create the scarecrows and for marketing the festival in Middle Tennessee which attracted over 33,900 people last year.
Granville Senior Center will receive $500 to be able to offer two four-week drawing and painting workshops to 25 student’s grades 5-8, senior citizens and other community members. ABC funds will be used to pay two artists and a coordinator at the senior center for the workshops. The value of the workshop is that it exposes school age children and older adults in this remote area to encourage expression of thought, beliefs and emotions.
The Macon County Arts Council has invited The Young Americans, a student outreach group from the Young Americans College of Performing Arts in California, to conduct a 3-day workshop culminating in a 2-hour performance on Saturday. An estimated 200 students, grades 3-12, will be able to register for one half the fee using ABC funds to have classes in voice, dance, stage presence, and all aspects of musical production. The $2,023 ABC award will be used to contract with the 45-member group of young people from countries around the world exposing our children to cultures and training our children would routinely not have available.
Monterey High School, with 70% of the students on free or reduced lunch and 25% minority, will receive $1,975 to provide its rural residents access to community arts education. Funding will be used to pay costume design and backstage coordinators, script acquisition and other supplies for the classroom and production. This theater production which will involve 110 individuals hopes to have 4,000 attendees at the 7 productions.
The Smith County Education Foundation has been awarded to pay local musicians and artists to perform publicly at William Walton Days Harvest Festival to promote local artists in the downtown area. They hope to engage at least 20 artists and at least 1,500 individuals integrating education, culture, and arts into our rural community providing a platform for these artists to perform publicly when otherwise they might not be noticed. This one-day event targets residents in a 50-mile radius as well as tourists.
The Upper Cumberland Broadcast Council –WCTE will receive $1,173 to pay mural artist Erica Swenson to paint a mural on a building in downtown Cookeville to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the station. The artist will be filmed as she works and posted on line so viewers can see the development of this public art project. The design hopes to depict 40 years’ worth of quality programming and services and reflect on the arts and value of art in the community.
About UCDD: The Upper Cumberland Development District provides regional planning and assistance to the 14-county Upper Cumberland region to promote economic growth and community enhancement. Find UCDD on the web at and at

Traffic stop for broken headlight leads to arrest after LSD and drug paraphernalia found in vehicle

(Smith County Insider Press) — A traffic stop made on a vehicle for an inoperative headlight on Interstate 40 led to the arrest of an Iowa woman after LSD and drug paraphernalia were found in her vehicle Friday, July 14.

Trooper Jason Cobble of the Tennessee Highway Patrol conducted a stop on a vehicle near mile marker 263 eastbound on I-40 for an inoperative left headlight.

Upon contact with the driver, identified as Chastity Lynn Miranda-Suarez (19, Muscatine, Iowa), she provided her name and date of birth, according to the arrest warrant.  A check through dispatch revealed she had a revoked license for a drug-related offense out of Iowa, according to the arrest warrant.

A search of Miranda-Suarez’s vehicle revealed a plastic container containing four white squares of paper inside of a folded magazine page, identified as acid/LSD.  Also located during the search were one marijuana grinder with residue, one marijuana pipe, one marijuana cigarette pipe with storage slot and two packs of rolling papers.

Miranda-Suarez was placed under arrest and transported to the Smith County Jail Facility for booking.

She is charged with Driving on a Revoked License, Felony Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Manufacture/Deliver/Sell of a Controlled Substance.

Chastity Lynn Miranda-Suarez


August 2017 Grand Jury Session Returns 57 Indictments

(Smith County Insider Press) Carthage, Tenn. – The Grand Jury met at the Smith County Court Facility on Monday, August 7, 2017. After deliberating for several hours, they returned 57 indictments for the August 2017 Session. 13 of the 57 still remained sealed as of Tuesday afternoon. Below are the 44 remaining unsealed indictments:

State of Tennessee vs. Scottie D. Grisham

  • {1 Count(s) Sell of Schedule II (Oxycodone)}
  • {1 Count(s) Failure to Appear (Felony)}

Scottie Dale Grisham

State of Tennessee vs. Roger C. Carpenter Jr. 

  • {1 Count(s) Possession of Schedule VI (Marijuana)}
  • {1 Count(s) Simple Possession of Schedule II (Oxycodone)}
  • {1 Count(s) Possession of Drug Paraphernalia}

Roger C. Carpenter Jr.

State of Tennessee vs. Reggie H. Smith

  • {1 Count(s) Driving Under the Influence (1st Offense)}
  • {1 Count(s) Failure to Show Proof of Insurance}
  • {1 Count(s) Driving While Blood Alcohol Level is Above Legal Limit}

Reggie Hubert Smith

State of Tennessee vs. Dakota Shane Caraker

  • {2 Count(s) Possession of Drug Paraphernalia}
  • {1 Count(s) Simple Possession of Schedule VI (Marijuana)}

Dakota Shane Caraker

State of Tennessee vs. Wesley Kyle Crowson

  • {1 Count(s) Speeding}
  • {1 Count(s) Failure to Show Proof of Insurance}
  • {1 Count(s) Driving on Revoked (3rd Offense)}

Wesley Kyle Crowson

State of Tennessee vs. Cory Glenn Provo

  • {1 Count(s) Driving Under the Influence)}
  • {1 Count(s) Driving While Blood Alcohol Above Legal Limit}

Cory Glenn Provo

State of Tennessee vs. Michelle L. Gregory

  • {1 Count(s) Reckless Endangerment}

Michelle Leanne Gregory

State of Tennessee vs. Richard Evans

  • {1 Count(s) Simple Possession of Schedule VI (Marijuana)}


State of Tennessee vs. Tana Shephard

  • {1 Count(s) Assault}


State of Tennessee vs. Willard Ed Lankford Jr. 

  • {1 Count(s) Promotion of Methamphetamine Manufacture)

Willard Edward Lankford

State of Tennessee vs. Sandra Lankford

  • {3 Count(s) Aggravated Child Abuse and Neglect (Haley’s Law)}
  • {1 Count(s) Promotion of Methamphetamine Manufacture}

Sandra Lynn Lankford

State of Tennessee vs. Caroline Lacy Prince

  • {1 Count(s) Drive with License Revoked}

Caroline Lacy Prince

State of Tennessee vs. Wesley James Fenland Frierson 

  • {1 Count(s) Possession of Schedule VI (Marijuana)}


State of Tennessee vs. Bronson Louis Kriston

  • {1 Count(s) Driving Under the Influence (1st Offense)}
  • {1 Count(s) Driving While Blood Alcohol Above Legal Limit}

Bronson Louis Kriston

State of Tennessee vs. Larry Dale Bandy

  • {2 Count(s) Simple Possession of Schedule VI (Marijuana)}
  • {1 Count(s) Simple Possession of Schedule III}

Larry Dale Bandy

State of Tennessee vs. Hugh David Gooch Jr. 

  • {1 Count(s) Speeding}
  • {1 Count(s) Drive with License Revoked}


State of Tennessee vs. Alvin Roberts

  • {1 Count(s) Drive with License Revoked}

Alvin Hatton Roberts

State of Tennessee vs. Shala Lachelle Martin

  • {1 Count(s) Simple Possession of Schedule VI (Marijuana)}

Shala Lachelle Martin

State of Tennessee vs. Christina Marie McLain

  • {1 Count(s) Drive with License Suspended}

Christina M McLain

State of Tennessee vs. Marilynn Todd

  • {1 Count(s) Driving Under the Influence}
  • {1 Count(s) Simple Possession of Schedule VI (Marijuana)}
  • {1 Count(s) Simple Possession of Schedule IV (Alprazolam)}
  • {1 Count(s) Possession of a Legend Drug}
  • {1 Count(s) Speeding}
  • {1 Count(s) Improper Passing}

Marilynn Rose Todd

State of Tennessee vs. Davonne Andre Ludy

  • {1 Count(s) Simple Possession of Schedule VI (Marijuana)}

Andre Davonne Ludy

State of Tennessee vs. Linda W. McKinney

  • {1 Count(s) Driving Under the Influence (1st Offense)}
  • {1 Count(s) Driving While Blood Alcohol Above Legal Limit}


State of Tennessee vs. Deanna Rena Johnson

  • {1 Count(s) Theft of Property $500-$1,000}
  • {1 Count(s) Criminal Trespass}

Deanna Rena Johnson

State of Tennessee vs. Henry Thomas Butler

  • {1 Count(s) Unlawful Carrying of Weapon During Judicial Proceedings}

Henry Thomas Butler

State of Tennessee vs. Mitchell Copas Jr. 

  • {1 Count(s) Theft of Property $1,000-$10,000}

Mitchell Copas

State of Tennessee vs. Stephen Austin Enoch

  • {1 Count(s) Evading Arrest}

Stephen Austin Enoch

State of Tennessee vs. John Albert Crater

  • {1 Count(s) Aggravated Animal Cruelty}

John Albert Crater

State of Tennessee vs. Roger D. Fields

  • {1 Count(s) Driving Under the Influence (1st Offense)}
  • {1 Count(s) Failure to Maintain Control}

Roger Dale Fields

State of Tennessee vs. Jennifer L. Gill

  • {1 Count(s) Aggravated Child Abuse/Bodily Injury}

Jennifer L. Gill

State of Tennessee vs. Marki Bettencourt

  • {1 Count(s) Drive with License Suspended}
  • {1 Count(s) Violation of Child Restraint Law (4-8 Years)}

Marki Denise Bettencourt

State of Tennessee vs. Isle Priscilia Aguirre

  • {1 Count(s) Speeding}
  • {1 Count(s) Driving without a License}
  • {1 Count(s) Seat Belt Law}
  • {1 Count(s) Child Restraint (Under 4)}


State of Tennessee vs. Harold Joseph Shaw

  • {1 Count(s) Driving with License Revoked}
  • {1 Count(s) Violation of Light Law}
  • {1 Count(s) Failure to Show Proof of Insurance}

Harold Joseph Shaw

State of Tennessee vs. Miguel R. Hector

  • {1 Count(s) Speeding}
  • {1 Count(s) Simple Possession of Schedule VI (Marijuana)}
  • {1 Count(s) Possession of Drug Paraphernalia}


State of Tennessee vs. Alexis A. Wilkerson

  • {1 Count(s) Possession of Drug Paraphernalia}

Alexis Arielle Wilkerson

State of Tennessee vs. Killian Alexander Millican

  • {1 Count(s) Driving Under the Influence (1st Offense)}
  • {1 Count(s) Operation of Due Care}

Killian Alexander Millican

State of Tennessee vs. Shawn Martin 

  • {1 Count(s) Simple Possession of Schedule VI (Marijauna)}

Shawn Michael Martin

State of Tennessee vs. Christopher Blackburn

  • {1 Count(s) Domestic Assault}

Christopher James Blackburn

State of Tennessee vs. Quentin L. Donnell

  • {1 Count(s) Possession of a Legend Drug}

Quentin Lashawn Donnell

State of Tennessee vs. Nicholas B. Bratcher

  • {1 Count(s) Reckless Driving}
  • {1 Count(s) Evading Arrest}
  • {1 Count(s) Reckless Endangerment}

Nicholas Bryan Bratcher


*Mugshots were not available for some indictments. 


Meth and drug paraphernalia found during traffic stop

A Cookeville man faces multiple drug-related charges following a traffic stop Saturday, July 8.

Sgt. Junior Fields of the Smith County Sheriff’s Office stopped a blue Chevy Cobalt after observing the vehicle not having an illuminated license plate.

After running the driver Rodney Insco’s (26, Cookeville) license plate through dispatch, it was found that his insurance was not confirmed.

According to the arrest warrant, Insco stated he had hypodermic syringes inside his car which he used to “shoot up” suboxone.

A search of Insco’s vehicle revealed a metal box containing multiple spoons and hypodermic syringes, as well as a small baggie of crystal methamphetamine (Schedule II).

Insco was placed under arrest and transported to the Smith County Jail Facility for booking.

He is charged with Possession of Schedule II and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia with Intent to Use.

Rodney Insco Benson

Smith County Trooper Promoted to Sergeant of Critical Incident Response Team

L to R: Sergeant Tim Hearn, Colonel Tracy Trott

Smith County Trooper, Tim Hearn, of the Tennessee Highway Patrol was recently promoted to Sergeant of the Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT).

The Tennessee Highway Patrol’s Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) is responsible for assisting other members of the Department in the investigation and reconstruction of motor vehicle traffic crashes. The unit is staffed with THP personnel and all members receive extensive training in traffic crash investigation.

The CIRT unit consists of four teams statewide, each covering two of the eight THP districts. A Lieutenant oversees command of the unit, and each team has a Sergeant who serves as the Team Supervisor. All of the teams are outfitted with the most advanced tools and equipment available to assist them in the investigation of traffic crashes and other incidents. This equipment includes the following:

  • Data collectors and data collection software for land surveying
  • Laser total stations for the expeditious and precise measuring of crash and crime scenes
  • Accelerometers which are used to determine the coefficients of friction of roadway surfaces as well as vehicle acceleration rates
  • Crash data retrieval systems to enable the collection and interpretation of information stored in a vehicle’s air bag module
  • Video and digital cameras for the documentation of evidence
  • Generators and external lighting devices
  • Air compressors and tools to aid in the examination of vehicles
  • Fingerprint equipment to lift both latent and inked prints
  • Computers that collect, store, communicate, and retrieve all of the Unit’s information
  • DART Drag Sled Systems
  • DNA Collection Kits
  • Specialized Equation Calculators
  • Window Tint Meters



Smith County 1 of 63 counties to receive TNECD ThreeStar Competitive Grant

Funds to support local health, public safety, economic development and education initiatives 

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced today the 63 counties that will receive ThreeStar Competitive Grants.

The grants will be used for a variety of local programs addressing economic development, public safety, health, education and workforce development.

To be eligible to apply for these grants, each community must meet all ThreeStar program requirements. ThreeStar focuses on best practices in five key community areas, including jobs and economic development, fiscal strength and efficient government, public safety, health, education and workforce development.

“I want to congratulate these 63 communities on being awarded ThreeStar Competitive Grants,” TNECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe said. “I am excited to see these communities thrive with the assistance of these grants. The projects that each awarded county will be working on are innovative and show that these Tennessee counties are committed to improving as a community, which, in turn, will make our state succeed as a whole.”

“TNECD is proud to partner with these 63 communities as they make strides to invest in themselves and succeed,” TNECD Assistant Commissioner of Rural Development Amy New said. “The ThreeStar dollars serve as a seed money for future economic investments and local initiatives across Tennessee as we continue to build our state’s economy.”

In total, TNECD has awarded $975,000 to Tennessee communities through this round of the ThreeStar Competitive Enhancement Grant program. Funding for the program comes through the department’s existing budget. TNECD is committed to helping communities in the areas that they prioritize on a local level. The projects are new programs or expand upon existing programs. All are based on the communities’ ThreeStar planning process. The 63 counties selected were chosen out of 75 applications.

The grants have been awarded to the following counties:

$5,000 grants

  • Anderson County
  • Cheatham County
  • Crockett County
  • Cumberland County
  • Fayette County
  • Giles County
  • Grainger County
  • Hawkins County
  • Lincoln County
  • Marshall County
  • Maury County
  • Moore County
  • Roane Alliance
  • Rutherford County
  • Sequatchie County
  • Smith County
  • Stewart County
  • Sullivan County
  • Sumner County
  • Tipton County
  • Warren County
  • Washington County
  • Williamson County

$15,000 grants 

  • Chester County
  • Clay County
  • DeKalb County
  • Greene County
  • Hamblen County
  • Hardin County
  • Henderson County
  • Macon County
  • Marion County
  • Meigs County
  • Monroe County
  • Pickett County
  • Polk County
  • Weakley County

$25,000 grants

  • Benton County
  • Bledsoe County
  • Campbell County
  • Carroll County
  • Carter County
  • Claiborne County
  • Cocke County
  • Decatur County
  • Grundy County
  • Hancock County
  • Hardeman County
  • Houston County
  • Jackson County
  • Johnson County
  • Lake County
  • Lewis County
  • McNairy County
  • Morgan County
  • Overton County
  • Perry County
  • Scott County
  • Unicoi County
  • Union County
  • Van Buren County
  • Wayne County
  • White County

Each application was supported by the community’s senator and representatives in the Tennessee General Assembly.

For more information on the ThreeStar program go to

About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies which help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. To grow and strengthen Team Tennessee, the department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. Tennessee is the only three-time winner of “State of the Year” for economic development by Business Facilities magazine. Find us on the web: Follow us on Twitter: @tnecd. Like us on Facebook:



Carthage City Walking Track Ribbon Cutting

On Monday afternoon, August 7, the Smith County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Carthage City Walking Track. The new walking track is located across the street from the current Carthage City Park & Pool. The property was formerly a trailer park.

Mayor Donnie Dennis and the Carthage City Council have plans to continue to improve the property. Mayor Dennis stated the next phases of the project will be to build bathrooms and shelters on the property.

The Carthage City Walking Track is officially open and Mayor Donnie Dennis invites everyone to come out and enjoy this new edition to the town of Carthage.

Aerial view of the new Carthage City Walking Track



Splish Splash Back to School Bash at Wilson Bank & Trust in Gordonsville 2017

Get your sunscreen and towel and bring your family out to Splish Splash Back to School Bash in Gordonsville, on August 12th from 9:00am to 1:00pm. Free Admission! There will be inflatables, concessions, and other activities fun for everyone. This event is sponsored by Wilson Bank and Trust. The CMT/ABATE Ride for a Cure registration begins at 9:00am. All activities will be located at 7 New Middleton Hwy in Gordonsville. For more information please see flyer or call 615-683-3990



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