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46th annual Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree to be aired LIVE on DTC3

The 46th annual Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree and Crafts Festival is coming up Friday, June 30, & Saturday, July 1, on the courthouse square in downtown Smithville. The two-day event will feature competitions in several instrumental, singing and dancing categories. The festivities officially get underway on Friday morning with opening ceremonies at approximately 8:45 a.m. The first category of competition begins promptly at 9:00 a.m.

For the sixth year in a row, DTC TV will be airing the Jamboree LIVE, from kickoff to sign off, both on DTC3 and DTC3 HD (ch. 303) and via web stream at Customers of DTC TV will be able to watch the entire festival on DTC3, and non-customers can enjoy the festival, free of charge, via web stream.

The 16 categories of competition scheduled for Friday, June 30, are as follows:

– Old Time Appalachian Folksinging (Solo)
– Junior Clogging (ages 13-39)
– Junior Buck Dancing (ages 13-39)
– Old-Time Appalachian Folksinging (Duet, Trio, Quartet)
– Dobro Guitar; Mountain Dulcimer
– Hammer Dulcimer
– Novelty Event (Spoon Clacking, Jug Blowing, Washboard, Tub, Saws-Appalachian Related Only)
– Autoharp, Gospel Singing (Solo)
– Country Harmonica
– Old Time Banjo
– Youth Square Dancing (4 Couples – 8 Total Dancers)
– Gospel Singing (Duet,Trio, and Quartet)
– Mandolin
– Old Time Fiddle Band

(Preliminaries followed by Finals in all 16 categories)

The competition resumes on Saturday morning, July 1, at 9:00 a.m., featuring 11 more categories of regular competition, plus seven categories in the National Championship for Country Musician Beginners, one of the highlights of the two-day event. The Jamboree will conclude with the Grand Championship Fiddle-Off, for the Berry C. Williams Memorial Trophy.

The schedule for Saturday, July 1, is as follows:

– Junior Old Time Appalachian Flatfoot dance (ages up to 39)
– Senior Old Time Appalachian Flatfoot dance ( ages 40 and over)
– Senior Buckdancing (ages 40 and over)
– Senior Clogging (ages 40 and over)

– Beginner Buck Dancing
– Beginner Clogging
– Beginner Dobro Guitar
– Beginner Mandolin
– Beginner Five-String Banjo
– Beginner Flat Top Guitar
– Beginner Fiddle

(Finals in all 7 Beginner categories will follow the preliminaries)

– Bluegrass Banjo
– Junior Fiddlers (ages 13-39)
– Flat Top Guitar
– Contest Fiddle (for the Neil Dudney Award)
– Bluegrass Band
– Senior Fiddlers (ages 40 and over)
– Square Dancing (4 Couples-8 Total Dancers)

(Preliminaries followed by Finals in all 11 regular categories)

– Fiddle-Off for Grand Championship and the Berry C. Williams Memorial Trophy

The Jamboree will also feature many craft booths, several food booths, pickin’ and grinnin’ under the shade trees around the courthouse square and much more!

Make plans to attend the 46th annual Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree and Crafts Festival, but for those who cannot attend, or may not stay for the entire event, tune into DTC3 or DTC3 HD (ch. 303) on DTC TV for wall-to-wall coverage of the Jamboree, or stream the Jamboree LIVE online at

Carthage Benevolent Lodge #14 held Bicentennial Celebration

Carthage Benevolent Lodge #14 celebrated it’s 200th anniversary on Saturday, June 24, with a bicentennial celebration at their lodge hall in downtown Carthage, TN. Around 80 people attended the celebration including State Representatives Terri Lynn Weaver and Mark Pody, Smith County Mayor Michael Nesbitt, Smith County Sheriff Steve Hopper, and Carthage Mayor Donnie Dennis. Also among those present were several Grand Officers of the Grand Lodge of Tennessee, including the Most Worshipful Grand Master, Casey Hood. See photos below:

Current officers of Carthage Benevolent Lodge are:

  • Worshipful Master: Dillon Reed
  • Senior Warden: Larry Bennett
  • Junior Warden: Sam Bowles
  • Treasurer: Fred Grisham
  • Secretary: Richard Hiett
  • Chaplain: Thomas Gibbs
  • Senior Deacon: Colby McKinney
  • Junior Deacon: Tommy Duke
  • Senior Steward: Matt Inyart
  • Junior Steward: Alan Nagy
  • Tiler: G.W. Morphis

History of Carthage Benevolent Lodge #14:

Carthage Benevolent Lodge #14 F&AM located in Carthage, Tennessee was chartered on July 18, 1817. A dispensation for Carthage Benevolent Lodge was issued on April 11, 1816. The petition for dispensation was made by members of King Solomon Lodge #6 in Gallatin, Tennessee. Among the petitioners was Maj. Tilman Dixon. 

The original stationed officers were James Rucks, Worshipful Master; J.R. Canfield, Senior Warden, and  Zachariah Goodall, Junior Warden. One of the charter members was A.W. Overton, son-in-law of Maj. Tilman Dixon and nephew of John Overton. John Overton was the speaker for the dedication of the lodge, he lived at Traveler’s Rest.

Carthage Benevolent Lodge #14 has mothered several other lodges in Smith County, including Martin Lodge #141 located at Rome in 1848, New Middleton Lodge #249 located at New Middleton in 1856, Snow Creek Lodge #346 located at Elmwood in 1867, Smith Fork Lodge #352 located at Lancaster in 1867, Difficult Lodge #451 located at Difficult in 1874, and Cage Lodge located at Riddleton in 1876. 

One of the early members of Carthage Lodge was Robert L. Caruthers who served as Worshipful Master in 1824 and 1825. He later became a member of Congress and was elected as Grand Master of the State of Tennessee in 1849. He also served as Governor-Elect of Tennessee in 1863, but was prevented from taking office due to the outbreak of the Civil War. Caruthers also became the first Master of Lebanon Lodge #66, chartered in 1827. 

Carthage Lodge was formerly located in the area now occupied by Tuley Furniture Store. The building burned and the lodge moved to where it is currently located in 1885, 210 Main Street in Carthage, Tennessee.

In 1950, Albert Gore Sr. became a Master Mason at Carthage Benevolent Lodge #14, but later demitted on January 11, 1966.

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2017 Junior 4-H Camp

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

Forty-two excited and eager 4-H’ers departed from Smith County on June 12th to attend Junior Camp at the Clyde M. York 4-H Center in Crossville for the week. Assisting with camp activities during the week were teen leaders Lindsey Payne, Grace Harville, and Blake Shepherd, along with adult leaders Janet Dickens, Candy Carlyle, and Caleb Phillips.

Junior 4-H Camp is for youth who have completed grades 4-6. Smith County attended camp with 4-H’ers and leaders from Putnam, Jackson, DeKalb, Bledsoe, Franklin and Moore Counties.  Activities campers could participate in included zip lining, swimming, shooting sports, group sports, fishing, kayaking/canoeing, nature hikes, leather craft and woodworking,    t-shirt airbrushing, skits, music, and more.

Campers were able to participate in and watch a talent show, Land Olympics, and heard the camp ghost story of “Herman the German.”  There was also dance and a movie night complete with popcorn. Several Smith County campers were even recognized with the Camp Spirit award, and Camp Service award for the week. 4-H’ers spent the week trying new things, making new friends, and having fun.

The 4-H Youth Development Program delivers programs through cooperative efforts of the University of Tennessee, Tennessee State University, and public and private sector volunteers. 4-H educational programs are offered to all youth, grades 4-12, on an age-appropriate basis, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability. For further information concerning the many opportunities that 4-H has to offer the youth in Smith County call 735-2900.

42 Smith County Campers depart for 4-H Camp on Monday, June 12, 2017.

Town of Gordonsville is now accepting bids on new fire station


This project consists of the construction of a new Fire Station to serve the Town of Gordonsville, Smith County, Tennessee. The proposed construction includes the following:

  1. Construction of Fire Station: Includes all materials, roofing, demolition, building, concrete, erection, insulation, electrical, heating, lighting, HVAC, painting, and all other work incidental to completing the building construction as shown on the plans and included in the specifications. The building will include approximately 1,250 square feet of office/open space and approximately 2,450 square feet for three apparatus bays.
  2. Paving Work: Includes all asphalt paving, striping, and all other related work incidental to complete the work as shown on the site plans and included in the specifications.
  3. Concrete Work: Includes all concrete paving and concrete sidewalk and all other work incidental to completing the work as shown on the plans and included in the specifications.

**NOTE: Site and Utility work, including all grading, stone, site work, and utility work shall be done by others as a separate contract. The contractor for the building will connect to the lines installed by others at a minimum of 5 feet outside the building.

The construction and installation includes all materials, labor, equipment and all other items necessary to complete the work. Each Bidder shall note that any request for interpretation regarding the plans, specifications or other bidding documents shall be received at least five (5) days prior (Friday, July 7, 2017) to the date fixed for the opening of bids.

Sealed bids will be received by the Town of Gordonsville, 63 East Main Street, Gordonsville, Tennessee 38563 until
2:00 p.m. local time, Thursday, July 13, 2017, and then will be publicly opened and read aloud. All bids must be made out on the Bid Form found in the Contract Documents. The instructions to Bidders, Form of Agreement, Specifications and other bidding instruments may be examined at the following locations:

Town of Gordonsville
63 East Main Street Gordonsville, Tennessee 38563

Warren and Associates Engineering, PLLC 109 Pennsylvania Avenue
Lebanon, Tennessee 37087

Questions concerning the plans or bidding documents should be directed to the attention of Jerry B. Warren, P.E. of Warren and Associates, Telephone: 615-444-2996, Fax: 615-444-2961. Copies of the bidding instruments may be obtained at the Engineer’s Office in Lebanon, Tennessee for the non-refundable fee of $200 per set.

With bid, each Bidder must deposit security in the amount of five percent (5%) of the amount of the bid, subject to the conditions stated in the Instructions to Bidders. Performance and Labor and Material Bond each in the amount of one hundred percent (100%) of the contract sum will be required of the successful Contractor. Bids may not be withdrawn for a period of 60 days after bid opening.

All Bidders must be licensed Contractors as required by Chapter 6 of Title 62 of the Tennessee Codes Annotated). In accordance with Tennessee Codes Annotated 62-6-119, no bid will be opened unless the outside of the sealed envelope containing the bid provides the following information: the Contractor’s license number, the date of the license’s expiration, and a quotation of that part of his classification applying to the bid. In the case of joint ventures, this information must be provided by each party submitting the bid.

The successful Bidder must agree to fully complete the project within 180 consecutive calendar days from and including the day of issuance of the Notice to Proceed from the Town of Gordonsville.

Bidder must agree to pay, as liquidated damages, the sum of $1,000.00 per each calendar day thereafter as hereinafter provided.

The Town of Gordonsville reserves the right to reject any or all bids and to waive any informalities in bids, to evaluate bids and to accept any bid which, in the Owner’s opinion, may be in the best interest of the Owner.

No contract is given or implied to the successful Bidder until the project is fully funded and a written contract is offered by the Town of Gordonsville and signed by all parties.

“Historic Smith County” Video presented by the Bicentennial Committee

The Smith County Bicentennial Committee compiled a series of videos about the history of Smith County. All of the videos were edited and produced into a 2 hour video describing history about the different communities, churches, and people in Smith County. See video below:

Smith County, Tennessee Bicentennial Committee Members
Joe K. Anderson, Chaiman
Jim Fletcher
Nina Sutton
Faith Young
Sue Maggart
Janie Thompson

Jim Fletcher
Jimmy Judkins

©1998 Bates Video Production – Nashville, TN – 615-333-7469

Hartsville Pike to be closed for repaving, June 27

Due to an increased amount of traffic on Massey Road and Hartsville Pike during the Highway 25 closure, portions of the road are deteriorating quickly. Local officials informed TDOT about the damaged roads, and TDOT agreed to fund and provide the materials for the Smith County Road Department to repave a portion of each road due to safety concerns. On Wednesday, June 21, Massey Road was closed for repaving from Cornerstone Church to the intersection of Hartsville Pike. Hartsville pike was scheduled to be paved on June 22, but due to weather, crews were unable to work. Paving has been rescheduled for Tuesday, July 27.

On Tuesday, June 27, 8AM-3PM, Hartsville Pike will be closed for repaving from Massey Road to Main Street East (Turkey Creek Highway)

Smith County Road Superintendent, Steve Coble, stated, “This is a safety concern to Smith County Citizens.” Coble went on to say, “The state is paying us to do this, it is not costing Smith County tax payers. I have to take advantage of this while the state is willing to work with us and provide the materials.”


Carthage Police Department welcomes Officer Jordan Martin to its force

The Carthage Police Department has hired Officer Jordan Martin to join its force.

Martin is a 2011 graduate of Smith County High School and served in the U.S. Navy Reserves prior to attending the Tennessee Law Enforcement Academy in Nashville, of which he recently graduated from.

Sunday marked Martin’s first day serving as a Carthage Police Officer.

(Pictured L to R) – Carthage Police Chief Brit Davis, Newly-Hired Officer Jordan Martin, Carthage Mayor Donnie Dennis

Relay for Life held at Ag Center

Smith County’s annual Relay for Life took place this past Saturday inside the Smith County Ag Center.

The event featured cakewalks, team campsites and a silent auction, as well as music and cloggers.  Concluding the event was a luminaria ceremony.

The Candy Bar sponsored the survivor reception with sandwiches, chips and a candy buffet.

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Smith County Relay for Life this Saturday

Smith County Relay for Life
JUNE 24 5:30 – 9 pm
Everything will be inside the Ag Center this year!! Games, food, music, for all ages!
5:30. The Candy Bar is sponsoring the survivor reception with sandwiches, chips with a candy buffet.
6:00-6:30 Opening Ceremony
6:30: Team campsites open, cake walk opens, Silent Auction opens.
7:30: Music & cloggers.
7:50: Resume cake walk
9:00: Luminaria Ceremony

“Too Close for Comfort” – GHS FCCLA Human Trafficking Awareness

As part of one of our competitions, Gordonsville High School FCCLA is bringing Smith County the facts of just how at risk our county is for a growing problem in Tennessee, Human Trafficking. We hope to inform and educate members of our community so they can know the signs and keep them and their loved ones safe from this fast growing crime.

Human Trafficking is the second largest and the fastest growing crime in the United States. This rapidly spreading atrocity is already in Tennessee and on its way to Smith County. We have discovered that citizens in our county are unaware of the threat Human Trafficking poses to our area.

What is Human Trafficking?

Human Trafficking is modern day slavery. Most definitions generally include 3 main criteria: Human Trafficking is the exploitation of people (1) against their will (2) for profit, (3) little or no pay.

Here are the facts:

  • An estimated 300,000 Americans under the age of 18 are brought into the commercial sex trade every year.
  • In the state of Tennessee, 94 teens a month are deceived, tormented and sold, usually for sexual exploitation.
  • 78 of the 95 counties reported at least one case of human trafficking in a 24 month period.
  • 68 of the 95 counties reported at least one case of underage human sex trafficking.
  • 76% of transactions for sex with underage girls are conducted via the internet.
  • 13 is the average age of a victim.

What are the signs?

There is not one true face of a trafficker. They range from individual operations ran by “pimps”, loose knit local networks, to large scale criminal organizations. They are generally perceived as “boogeyman” kidnapper like characters. However, most traffickers are people close to the victims who prey on their vulnerabilities. In some cases, sleeper cell students have been placed in schools posing as boyfriends or creating other forms of relationships with potential victims.

There are also many qualities a victim of this crime may possess. If you suspect wrong doing, ask yourself these questions: Is there evidence of the person being controlled either physically or psychologically? Is there an inability to speak or provide information for themselves? Is information provided by someone accompanying the individual? Does the person demonstrate a sudden change in behavior or material possessions?  Does the victim have tattoos, scarring, or branding? Does the victim use terms used in the sex industry that are beyond age specific norms?

How to report a potential case of Human Trafficking

If you suspect any form of Human Trafficking, call one of the following:

  • Tennessee Human Trafficking Hotline: (1-855-558-6484)
  • Smith County Sheriff’s Office:  (615) 735-2626

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Cocaine, LSD and other drugs found following traffic stop

(Smith County Insider Press) — A traffic stop for speeding led to the arrest of the driver after numerous drugs were discovered in his possession Friday, June 16.

Sgt. Junior Fields of the Smith County Sheriff’s Office stopped a gray 2008 BMW for speeding at 71 mph in a 55 mph zone.

During the stop, Fields had the driver, identified as Karan Mistry (23, Knoxville), step out of the vehicle, at which time he was asked if anything illegal was in his pockets.

According to the arrest warrant, Mistry agreed to pull out his pockets, at which time a small piece of Xanax bar fell onto the roadway.

Mistry admitted that he had a vape pen containing cannabis oil, according to the arrest warrant.

Upon searching the vehicle, Fields located a backpack containing approximately 1.8 grams of powder substance identified as cocaine by Mistry, along with cannabis oil packaged for resale and use and marijuana resin, according to the arrest warrant.  Mistry was also in possession of two more Xanax bars.

Fields placed Mistry under arrest and transported him to the Smith County Jail Facility for booking.

Upon reaching jail, a small piece of tin foil with what Mistry identified as LSD was located in his wallet behind his cards by Jail Sgt. Ray Biggs, according to the arrest warrant.

Mistry is charged with Possession of Schedule VI (Cannabis Oil) for Resale, Possession of Schedule II (Cocaine) for Resale, Possession of Schedule I (LSD) and Possession of Schedule IV (Xanax)

Karan Jayesh Mistry

Smith County Chamber Corner Show – June 2017

The June edition of the Smith County Chamber Corner was filmed in Historic Granville, TN. Several interviews were conducted to promote current local events and happenings. 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!


School Board Approves Option Agreement on Property in Gordonsville

(Smith County Insider Press) South Carthage, Tenn. – On Tuesday night, June 20, the Smith County Board of Education approved an option agreement on a 27.81 acre lot in Gordonsville.

Earlier this year, the Board of Education gave the director, Barry Smith, the authority to begin researching and negotiating the potential purchase of land in the Gordonsville area. Smith chose a 27.81 acre lot located at the corner of Main Street and Trousdale Ferry Pike in the city limits of Gordonsville.

According to the Tennessee Property Assessment website, the property belongs to the Preston family. The property borders are the railroad, I-40, Trousdale Ferry Pike, and several residential lots.

The full cost of the property is $500,000. The option agreement cost $3,000 and is good for 6 months. If the option to buy the property is accepted by the Board of Education, the $3,000 option cost will go toward the full cost of the property and $497,000 will be the cost. If the Board of Educations decides to not purchase the property, they forfeit the option cost, and the property owners keep the $3,000 option money.

The board gave Director Smith the authority to move forward with having studies performed to determine if the property is suitable to build a school on.

At this time, it is undetermined if the potential school to be built will be a High School or Elementary School.

See video of the entire June 2017 Board of Education Meeting below:  

Smith County EMS to host CPR Classes

Smith County EMS is hosting a Heartsaver class which is basic CPR, First Aid and AED for those needing it for their jobs such as sitters for the elderly or even baby sitters on Thursday, June 22nd from 5pm-9pm. Smith County EMS is hosting it by providing the instructor. The cost of the class is $50 per person and will be held at the Smith County Rescue Squad Building. The $50 per person helps to cover the cost of the supplies, includes the cost of the certificate or card, and also for the instructors time. The class is limited and they will need to call to secure their spots.

Call Tara at 615-735-6232 to hold their spot or for any questions.

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