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November 2022

Spammers are targeting Facebook users in Smith County

Local groups on Facebook have become bombarded with ‘spammers’ posting false information in an attempt to deceive users into sharing.

Public groups such as ‘Gordonsville, Tennessee Yard Sale’ have been hit especially hard in recent weeks by bad actors stooping to new lows with posts of missing children or elderly persons who aren’t actually missing — at least not in Smith County.

One such post from Sunday, November 20, read: “FLOOD YOUR FEEDS! A Silver Alert has been issued for Robert Spall who went missing from 📍 Gordonsville, TN last night, he has dementia”

As it turns out, Robert Spall is a legitimate person who was the subject of a Silver Alert issued on October 20.

Spall, 95 of Loudon County, Tennessee, was found safe the next day, and the Silver Alert was subsequently cancelled.

There was no Silver Alert issued on his behalf weeks later on November 20 in Smith County.

The photo used in the Facebook post was not of Spall, either.

Another post on November 14 read: “#Gordonsville This is the most recent picture of my son Tyler Angel at
his first day of school, he left yesterday morning for school and he never came back. He was last seen wearing black converses with purple and red shoelaces as well as a blue zip-up hoodie, he has dirty blonde hair, blue eyes and he’s about 5’4-5’5 and 124lb. Please help me find him”

A quick Google search reveals there is no missing child by the name of Tyler Angel, and the identity of the boy whose photo was featured in the post is unknown.

Spammers are using other deceptive tactics as well, such as posting about housing rentals at curiously low monthly rates that don’t align with the current market in Smith County or the surrounding area.

One trick each spam post appears to have in common is having comments turned off.

By disabling comments, no one can call out the posts as being spam — preventing unsuspecting users from this critical piece of information before making the decision to share.

The motive for the spammers is unknown, but Facebook users should be on alert and look for clues before sharing public group posts.

A few things you can do to check to see whether or not a post is legitimate:

  • See if comments on the original post are disabled. If the comments are disabled, it’s probably spam.]
  • If it’s a missing person, verify with other local Facebook pages before sharing, such as the Smith County Sheriff’s Department and local media like Smith County Insider, among other sources. If no credible government or media source has posted the same information, it’s likely spam and should be reported to Facebook, not shared.
  • Look to see if the group is ‘public’ and if anyone can easily join and share content.
  • Check the edit history of the post. Spammers will often change the entirety of the post to something else, such as from a missing person to a fake real estate listing, once it has been shared several times.

These spammers likely reside outside of the United States, as is typically the case.

They make fake accounts to mimic the names and likenesses of people you might believe to be legitimate, and their efforts appear to be working for now.

If you are the administrator of a group, you can help put an abrupt end to this issue my making pages private or at least strictly monitoring new group users and being proactive in post moderation.

UT Extension News: Have You Had “The Talk”?

You’ve likely heard stories of family members who stop speaking to each other because of a disagreement over “what mama or daddy wanted me to have” after their parents died. Maybe you’ve even been a part of such a quarrel. These tales are all too familiar, even in once close-knit farm families.

Such events are sad to hear and even sadder to view firsthand. What’s worse is that in most cases the issues could have been avoided with better planning and more effective communication. Although it may be unpleasant to think about, death and taxes are still two things that are pretty much unavoidable.

There are some basic questions that will likely arise after we pass. These might include: Will the farm be split up among the heirs or kept in one piece? Will the farm have to be sold to pay the nursing home bill? Will there be a family feud over who gets what? Is there a plan in place for an orderly transition that allows the farm to continue operation as a farm?

Many people want to pretend that these questions will never arise in their own family or want to avoid having what can be a painful discussion with family members. Furthermore, most of us have no idea how valuable some of our assets are or how much will be lost if a plan is not in place.

Do you have a clear succession plan in place? Have you had ‘the talk’ with your heirs to express your wishes and determine theirs? Do you have an estate plan in place, including a will and other legal documents, designed to minimize estate taxes and arguments upon your death? If you haven’t prepared for the eventual transition of your estate, what is holding you back? To help answer these and other questions, the Upper Cumberland Extension Team will be conducting a Farmland Legacy Workshop in December of 2022.

Farmland Legacy workshops are designed primarily to assist farm families with estate planning, to provide for an orderly succession of farm properties, and maintain family farms for future generations. However, the classes are open to anyone interested in estate planning. Qualified experts including estate planning attorneys, Extension Specialists, and other professionals will conduct the workshop.

The two-night workshop will be held December 5 & 12 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Dekalb County Extension office at 722 South Congress Blvd in Smithville, TN. The cost for the program is $50 per person or $75 per couple and meals will be provided both nights. Participants will also receive a workbook and publications to help them get started in estate planning. To sign up, please call the UT Extension office at 615-735-2900 by December 1.

4-H News: Smith County 4-H’ers Compete at National Poultry Judging Contest

By Katie Martin -UT, Extension Agent – Smith County 4-H was proud to represent Tennessee at the National Poultry & Egg Conference held in Louisville, Kentucky on November 16-17, 2022. By placing first at the state contest in October, the Smith County 4-H Senior High Poultry Judging team qualified to compete at the National Poultry Judging Contest. The team was made up of 12th graders Abby Malone and Carson Meeks and 10th graders Gabe Harville and Kynlee Davis.

The contest consisted of 15 classes which included past production hens, ready-to-cook broilers, ready-to-cook roasters, parts identification, parts grading, further processed product evaluation, egg candling, exterior eggs, and broken-out eggs. Competitors also gave two sets of oral reasons where they had to verbally defend their placings in the past production hens’ classes.

To have qualified to compete at this level was impressive enough, but these 4-H’ers took it a step further by placing 5th overall in the nation! The team was also 3rd place in the Market Poultry division. Individually, Abby Malone placed 5th in the Market Poultry division. Carson Meeks placed 2nd individually in the Egg Production and Market Eggs division. Gabe Harville was the 13th high individual and Carson Meeks was the 2nd high individual overall. Both top 20 individuals received cash awards.

Other highlights of the trip included 4-H’ers being able to explore potential future careers in the poultry industry and talk with colleges that offer poultry science programs. We also toured Churchill Downs and had a fun pizza party and bowling night with the other states who competed.

We are so proud of all our competitors for the hard work they put into preparing for this contest. They represented Smith County and Tennessee exceptionally well. We want to especially thank the Manus family for supporting this team and making the trip possible.

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.

(Left to Right) Kynlee Davis, Carson Meeks, Abby Malone, and Gabe Harville

The results are in! Winners of the 2022 Smith County Insider ‘Best of the Best’ Awards

The results are in and the votes have been tallied for the first ever Smith County Insider ‘Best of the Best’ Awards. Nominations were taken for two weeks, the nominations were compiled onto a ballot, then voting began on November 9 and ended on November 21. Voting and nominations were done via Google Forms. 1,046 people casted a vote!

Smith County Insider would like thank everyone who participated by either nominating or voting.

Below is the list of businesses and organizations that won the ‘Best of the Best’ in each category:

  • Community/Neighborhood – Carthage
  • Non-Profit Organization – Jordan Hackett Foundation
  • Elected Official – Jeff Mason
  • Fitness Center/Gym – Cumberland Athletic Club
  • Agribusiness (Farm, Produce, Greenhouse, etc…) – Catesa Farms
  • Overall Restaurant – Roja’s
  • Burger – Roja’s
  • Pizza – Dominos
  • Mexican Food – El Corral Mexican Restaurant
  • BBQ – Timberloft
  • Ice Cream/Desserts – The Candy Bar
  • Coffee/Tea/Shakes – Rokabilly Coffee
  • Antique Store – River’s Edge Antiques
  • Boutique/Clothing – #Holly’s
  • Building Supply/Hardware – Cumberland Supply
  • Furniture/Home Decor – DT McCall & Sons
  • Pharmacy – Smith County Drug Center
  • Medical Office (Chiropractor, Family Practice, Physical Therapy, etc…) – Carthage Family Wellness
  • Auto Service/Mechanic – Pit Stop Oil & Tire
  • Car Dealership – Smith County Motors
  • Auto Parts Store – O’Reilly Auto Parts
  • Attorney/Law Office – Bass & Bass Attorneys
  • Realtor (Individual/Team) – Robin Underwood
  • Real Estate Company – Heartland Real Estate and Auction
  • Bank/Financial Institution – Citizens Bank
  • Barber/Beauty Shop – Classic Cuts
  • Dentist – Dr. Jon A. Long DDS
  • Heat and Air Company – Dyer Heating and Cooling
  • Insurance Agent/Agency – Farm Bureau – Smith County
  • Landscaping/Lawn Services – Tri-Star Lawn & Landscaping
  • Veterinary Clinic – Smith County Animal Clinic
  • Roofing Company – Rackley Roofing
  • Florist – Flowers by Leanne
  • Manufacturing/Industrial – Bonnell Aluminum
  • Photography Company/Photographer – Jenny Douglas Photography
  • Event Venue – The Rose Building
  • Best ‘Hangout Spot’ – Rokabilly Coffee

Fleeing Smith County man now in custody after striking Wilson County deputy during gunfire

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[LEBANON, TN]- A Wilson County deputy sustained non-life-threatening injuries overnight resulting from a gunshot wound after a Smith County man led multi-agencies on a pursuit that ended on Locust Grove Road in Lebanon. Billy Randel Bennett (22), of Gordonsville, initially led Smith County authorities in a high-speed chase after fleeing from a domestic dispute involving a weapon. Deputies took over the pursuit as Bennett entered Wilson County at high rates of speed driving recklessly and with no headlights on.

Bennett eventually pulled over on Locust Grove Road from Eastover when he then exited his vehicle and began firing shots towards a deputy’s vehicle striking him in the lower leg. As deputies pursued Bennett on foot, the suspect then got on top of a garage while holding a handgun and firing shots into the air. Deputies were successful in getting Bennett to drop the firearm and come down from the garage where he was taken into custody without further incident.

“The injured deputy is expected to make a full recovery after receiving medical treatment from a gunshot wound to his lower leg,” stated Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan. “While deputies continued to pursue the suspect on foot, we rendered aid to the injured deputy by applying a tourniquet above the wound to prevent further loss of blood. Thankfully, we were able to take Bennett into custody without further incident.”

Bennett is being held in the Wilson County Jail with a total bond of $205,000 and is set to appear in court on January 10.

Press Release from WCSO

aCROSS Tennessee to giveaway 100 free lighted crosses on December 3

Once again aCross Tennessee is lighting yards and neighborhoods to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas. This will mark the forth year that citizens have participated in this event.

On December 3, from 1-3pm, aCROSS Tennessee will be setup at Ivy Agee Park in Gordonsville where they plan to giveaway 100 five foot lighted crosses. The free crosses will be first come first serve and will be limited to one per family.

No matter what country road you may travel, you are likely to find a brightly lit cross or two anywhere you go here in Smith County. In fact, this event has now grown to reach across the entire state.

The official event dates are November 24, 2022 to December 31, 2022. To learn more about the aCross Tennessee cross lighting ministry, visit www.aCrossTenn.com or find them on Facebook at aCross Tennessee. Founder Robin Underwood can also be contacted at 615-489-5921 or by email RobinUnderwood75@gmail.com.

Shop-a-Round Passport gives shoppers a chance to win prizes while shopping local this weekend

To mark the start of holiday shopping this weekend many shops will be offering sensational deals and extended hours.  Additionally shoppers can participate in the Shop-a-Round Passport Event which encourages shoppers to visit various local shops and restaurants and enter to win cash prizes. Free shop local goodie bags will also be given away. Look for the shop local event table set up on Main Street this Saturday.

The Holiday Shopping event will start on Thanksgiving Thursday evening.  After enjoying family turkey and all the fixings venture out to Carthage Main Street.  Shops will open early in the evening and many are featuring night-owl shopping specials.  Shoppers can walk off the extra calories and collect on deals and  discounts.  On Black Friday more special offers and deals will continue.  Saturday after Thanksgiving has become known nationally as Small- Business Saturday.  Even more deals will be available.  Sunday, many shops will be open 2-4 p.m. just before the Hometown Christmas Parade on Main Street at 4:30 p.m.  Sunday evening children can visit with Santa on the steps of the Historic Courthouse and celebrate the lighting of the County Christmas Tree on the Courthouse lawn.


  • Rivers Edge Antiques 6- 9 p.m.
  • Teresa’s Gifts open at 4- 9 p.m.
  • The Rogue and Raven open 7-10 p.m.
  • Stephanie McCaleb Interiors open until  6-10 p.m.
  • #Holly’s open 6-10 p.m. for Friendsgiving event, deals, freebies and giveaways


  • The Rogue and Raven open 10 a.m.- midnight
  • Rokabilly Coffee open 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Rivers Edge Antiques 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Smith County Antique and Flea Market (South Carthage) open 10 a.m. – 4.pm.
  • Stephanie McCaleb Interiors open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • #Holly’s open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Teresa’s Gifts open 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.
  • The Candy Bar 11 a.m.- 6 p.m.


  • The Rogue and Raven open 10 a.m.- midnight
  • Rokabilly Coffee open 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Rivers Edge Antiques 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • The Candy Bar open at 9:30 until 6 p.m.
  • Teresa’s Gifts open 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Stephanie McCaleb Interiors open until 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • #Holly’s open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Smith County Antique and Flea Market (South Carthage) open 10 a.m. – 4.pm.


Several businesses will open between 2- 4 p.m.  for shoppers to enjoy time downtown before and after the Annual Hometown Christmas Parade.  Some include –

  • #Hollys 2-5 p.m.
  • Rokabilly Coffee 2-5 p.m.
  • Stephanie McCaleb Interiors, 2-4 p.m.
  • The Rogue and Raven 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Smith County Antique and Flea Market (South Carthage) open 10 a.m. – 4.pm.

Many of the local businesses have websites and facebook pages and may update their holiday shopping hours.  Shoppers should visit their individual  media platforms for additional information.  Enjoy a great shopping weekend in Smith County.

Smith County Humane hosting Paws-itively Magical Winter Ball, Saturday, December 10th 2022

Smith County Humane will host their 2nd Annual “Paws-itively Magical Winter Ball,” Saturday, December 10th, 2022, 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, at the Gordonsville National Guard Armory located at 101 Transport Drive Gordonsville, TN 38563.

Reserved seats are $100.00 dollars. It is a formal event and will feature Hor d’ ourves, a catered dinner by Chef Adam of Mantra Classic Café and will include a Taste of Home dessert table where all the desserts are made by local businesses and Smith County residents.

The event will host a silent auction and a live auction the night of the event. The live auction is brought to you by Digger Poindexter of Poindexter Realty. The Ball will encompass drinks, dancing, and phenomenal Christmas photo opportunities while raising funds for the programs of Smith County Humane and animals in the county.

Smith County Humane has recently expanded their services and raised the income requirement threshold to help even more residents and animals in Smith County. This event will help the organization to be able to better serve Smith County animals and low-income residents who love their animals, however, find the costs of their care at times, to be a luxury that some can’t afford. Smith County volunteers and fosters are currently housing stray, dumped, and neglected animals, since we do not have a shelter. Smith County Humane also investigates animal welfare concerns in the county and advocates for the animals that are suffering.

Smith County Humane is currently spending between $3000-5000 a month for vet services for animals in need while benefiting the community. At any given time, Smith County Humane houses over 100 animals between cats and dogs in need and the only way we can continue helping is to increase our funding.

“We encourage resident and business participation for this event, states, Irene Reichenbach, Vice President, and Event Chair for Smith County Humane, and the Paws-Itively Magical Winter Ball. If you are unable to attend, the event offers other options for you to get involved through available sponsorships, through live, and or silent auction donations, or becoming a friend or supporter of the Ball.” Tickets are available, as well as other ways to be involved can be found at www.smithcountytnhumane.com/ball . There is limited seating for this event, so get your tickets reserved for what is sure to be a night to remember, while helping your community. Save the Date!

State Fire Marshal’s Office Reminds Tennesseans to Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen for Thanksgiving

As families across Tennessee gather for Thanksgiving Day feasts on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022, the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance (TDCI) and the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) remind Tennesseans that the recipe for a safe celebration includes fire safe cooking habits.

Unfortunately, cooking equipment is a major contributor to home fires. In Tennessee, 24% of reported home structure fires in 2021 involved cooking equipment. Those 1,515 fires resulted in nine civilian fatalities, 21 civilian injuries, three firefighter injuries, and an estimated $8.4 million in direct property damage, according to the Tennessee Fire Incident Reporting System.

“As a lifelong firefighter, I have firsthand experience witnessing the danger to firefighters and the devastation that can be caused by cooking fires,” said Assistant Commissioner for Fire Prevention Gary Farley. “I am reminding Tennesseans to practice fire-safe behavior this Thanksgiving in order to protect themselves, their families, and Tennessee firefighters who may be called to respond to a fire.”

To aid Tennesseans who may be cooking this year, the SFMO offers these Thanksgiving fire safety tips:

  • Avoid distractions in the kitchen. Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling. If you have to leave the room, even for a moment, turn off the stove’s burners.
  • Never consume alcohol while cooking.
  • Use a kitchen timer when boiling, simmering, baking, or roasting to remind yourself to check what you are cooking.
  • Use caution with turkey fryers. Turkey fryers should always be used outdoors and kept a safe distance from homes, buildings, and other flammable materials.
  • Never leave a turkey fryer unattended. If you do not watch the fryer carefully, the oil will continue to heat and could boil over, resulting in a fire.
  • Use well-insulated potholders or oven mitts when touching pot or lid handles. If possible, wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from oil splatter.
  • Make sure your turkey is thawed and dry before cooking. Ice or water that mixes into the hot oil can cause flare-ups.
  • In the event of a kitchen fire, never use water to extinguish a grease or oil fire. Instead, put a lid over the flame, exit the home and call your local fire department by dialing 9-1-1.
  • Make sure your home’s smoke alarms are working.

Need working smoke alarms? Contact your local fire department and ask if they participate in our “Get Alarmed, Tennessee!” program.

Holiday Blood Drive Friday, November 25th, 2022

A special Blood Drive has been added to the calendar to help satisfy a critical need on Friday, November 25th from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Smith County Chamber of Commerce Community Room. There is an urgent need for all types of blood and an emergency need for Type O blood.

Special Critical Day incentive for all donors will include an exclusive Red Cross knit beanie. Supplies are limited.

This will be the last blood drive in Smith County for 2022. The next date will be January 9th 2023 from `12-6 at the Smith County Chamber of Commerce.

Visit www.RedCrossBlood.org and enter sponsor code: Carthage19 to schedule an appointment for either drive.

UT Extension News: Fungi – the Wood Destroyers

(This article is part of the “Tree News You Can Use” series and is provided by the UTIA Residential and Community Forestry Workgroup.)

Fungi are ubiquitous in our daily environment. In fact, they can be found most everywhere, and they play many different roles in nature. For years, the enzymatic activity of various Fungi has recycled nutrients throughout various ecosystems—ultimately releasing carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and other nutrients back into the soil and atmosphere.

Fungi have also been used in the creation of antibiotics (e.g., penicillin) and are still used in many food production systems (e.g., bread, wine, beer, and even grown as some of our most common edible mushrooms). Today, we want to emphasize the role that Fungi play in the breakdown of trees.

One of the more important phyla of Fungi that degrade plant material are in Basidiomycota. Often referred to as the “wood destroyers,” Fungi within the phylum Basidiomycota are very effective at degrading lignin and cellulose (two major constituents of plant cells).

Through the breakdown of lignin (white rots) and cellulose (brown rots), trees may become structurally compromised as limbs and/or trunk sections lose strength (see photo). This natural degradation process, if neglected, will ultimately lead to limb and/or total tree failures, so action steps must be taken once fruiting bodies have been identified on a tree.

One particularly important area to pay attention to is when Fungi develop on the lower sections of a tree trunk. When fruiting bodies appear on a tree then it is important to know that the true body of the fungus (i.e., the mycelium) has already inhabited the tree. By the time we see the physical fruiting body (i.e., the mushroom or conk), we are only seeing a small portion of the entire fungus.

More problematic is when we see numerous fruiting bodies appearing in successive years at the same location on a tree. Unfortunately, there is no effective way to rid a tree of a wood-decaying organism or reverse the effects of the fungus.

The inoculation of wood-decay Fungi often starts at the site of a wound (usually on the lower trunk of the tree and/or on the roots themselves). Therefore, it is important that we protect our trees from mechanical injuries (such as damage from string trimmers, digging within the root zone, and even from large diameter pruning cuts).

Fungi are colorful, they vary in shape and size, they are unique to each environment in which they reside, and they can even be quite captivating upon closer inspection. It is important to know that not all Fungi create hazards. Trees also form mycorrhizal relationships with tree roots—this is a symbiotic relationship that benefits both the fungus and the tree.

While trying to determine what type of fungus you might have, it is imperative to accurately identify the fungus first. Working closely with an ISA Certified Arborist can help to ensure the best management plan is implemented.

Food for Thought: Saddle Up with FCE

Smith County FCE members attended the 40th Annual Tennessee Association for Family and Community Education (TAFCE) Conference held November 13-16, 2022, at the Franklin Cool Springs Marriott.

Their theme ‘Saddle Up with FCE’ was played to the hilt with decorations, hospitality room spreads, games, line dancing, and seated line dancing! FCE members are recognized statewide for the certified volunteer hours they donate, their participation in the cultural arts contest, fashion revue, and creative writing.

The conference was declared officially open at the general session Monday evening, November 14th, by the TAFCE President, Gloria Fisher, Cumberland County. City of Franklin Vice Mayor, Clyde Barnhill declared November 14th as “FCE Night in Williamson County”. Dr. Janet Fox delivered greetings from UT, and Judy Fullmer, NAFCE President from Kansas, brought greetings from the National Association for Family and Community Education.

The Tennessee Association for Family and Community Education (TAFCE) chose Saddle Up! Nashville as their service project for this conference. Audrey Kidd from Saddle Up! in Williamson County, was present at the general session on Tuesday to accept the monetary donation made by the group to support their work using equine support with persons (3 years to young adult) with physical disabilities.

At the general session on Tuesday, a local author and educator, Peggy O’Neal Peden, shared confidence points of entering the publishing world. She also conducted a book club review for her first release, Your Killin’ Heart. Her second education session guided participants through the beginnings of book writing using journaling. The Cowgirl Prom attendees were captivated by Dan Harrell aka ‘Cowboy Dan’s’ downhome humor. Harrell is known for his videos educating children about agriculture and living.

Conference attendees were offered options for educational tours, walk-in craft classes, creative craft classes, and education sessions. Topics of workshops included suicide prevention, dance fitness, chair volleyball, the history of FCE name changes, wreaths for all occasions, cooking Southern, scrapbooking your memories, coffee talk, and everything you wanted to know about insurance but were afraid to ask.

The opening session and the Cowgirl Prom were opportunities for FCE members to receive awards in cultural arts (such as beading, chair making, needlecrafts, quilting, etc.), fashion review, and creative writing. Winners from Smith County were Karen Patterson who won first place in accessories for fashion review, Greta Kirby who received two second place ribbons in creative writing, Jennifer Byrnes-Blubaugh who won first place in counted cross-stitch, and Kathy Wilkerson who placed second with her artwork.

Family and Community Education (FCE) is an organization of volunteers who work together to build strong families and communities. Educational materials are created and utilized to strengthen knowledge and skills. Resources are provided to develop leadership skills, enabling people to make a difference. Ultimately, FCE strives to make our communities a better place in which to live. To learn more about FCE club work in Smith County contact Mary Parker Draper at the Extension Office at 615-735-2900.

VOTE NOW in the inaugural Smith County Insider ‘Best of the Best’ awards

We are excited to announce the first ever ‘Best of the Best’ awards in Smith County, Tennessee. Smith County Insider wants to give the citizens of Smith County a chance to vote for the best businesses and organizations in our community.

Over 300 nominations were received during the nomination period that ended on October 31. All of the nominations were compiled and the ballot below was created. The nominations on ballot are in the order that they were received.

Vote now in the form below. Voting will end on Monday, November 21. Once the voting has ended, the winners will be announced. (You must have a google account to vote)

Be sure to scroll down to sign in to google.

If the form above does not work, click HERE to vote.

Smith County Board of Education Transportation Department Now Hiring Bus Drivers and more

The Smith County Board of Education Transportation Department is now hiring for School Bus Monitors, School Bus Drivers and School Bus Mechanics.

School Bus Monitors must have a high school diploma or GED and pass a background check and drug screen. Training is provided.

School Bus Drivers must be 25 years or older and have a clean driving record, pass a background check and drug screen and show proof of a high school diploma or GED. A DOT physical and CDL with S and P endorsements is required. Training is provided.

School Bus Mechanics must be 25 years or older, pass a background check and drug screen and show proof of a high school diploma or GED. A DOT physical and CDL with S and P endorsements is required and applicant must have their own tools. 1 year of mechanical experience is preferred. Training is provided.

Applicants can apply in person at 302 Upper Ferry Road, Carthage TN or call 615-735-2893.

Brush Creek Baptist Church presents Life of Christ Christmas Drive-Thru – December 3rd & 4th, 2022

On Saturday, December 3rd and Sunday, December 4th, Brush Creek Baptist Church will host a Life of Christ Christmas Drive-Thru for all to enjoy.

This event will take place from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. each night.

Donations for the church’s Hats of Love Ministry are greatly appreciated!

For more information, please call 615-683-8249, or email bcmbc@dtccom.net. In case of inclement weather, please call the above number and listen to the recording.

Brush Creek Baptist Church is located at 26 School House Circle in Brush Creek, Tennessee.