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Narcotics Investigation Leads to Several Arrests

Ethan Davenport

Several people were arrested after the discovery of drugs during a narcotics investigation on August 23. 

K-9 Sgt. Ridge Long and Sgt. Junior Fields conducted an investigation of Ethan (Buddy) Davenport after Davenport agreed to sell two grams of methamphetamine for $170 at 211 Morris Avenue in Carthage. 

When deputies entered the Morris Avenue address, they found meth hidden within the residence.  Also discovered was a package of meth which was intended for resale, as well as a set of digital scales that contained residue.   

Davenport was also in possession of $101 that were from drug sales.   

Samantha Schultz

Danielle Rhinehart

 

Another round of arrests during the narcotic investigation were made on the same day at 25 Bedgood Ct. in Elmwood.       

Samantha Schultz, Danielle Rhinehart, Amanda Elswick, and Johnny Thackxton were arrested after several used syringes, 3.5 grams of methamphetamine, three sets of digital scales with residue, and a glass pipe were located in the Elmwood residence.   

All arrested during the narcotics investigation were taken to the Smith County Jail. 

Amanda Elswick

Johnny Thackxton

Secretary of State Tre Hargett Encourages Voters to Prepare Now to Vote in November Election

Press release submitted by Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Secretary of State Tre Hargett is encouraging voters to prepare now to vote in the presidential election on Nov. 3. Tennesseans should make sure their voter registration is up-to-date and make decisions about whether they will vote in-person or absentee by-mail if eligible.

“We want every eligible Tennessean to be ready to vote in the November election,” said Secretary Hargett. “Whether voting in-person or by-mail we want your vote to count.”

Tennessee’s generous early voting period starts Oct. 14 and lasts until Oct. 29.

Voters who choose to vote in-person during early voting or on Election Day will see the same precautions used during the August election. Voters should expect to see signs with further safety instructions at their polling locations. Poll officials will be supplied with gowns, face shields, gloves and other PPE. All poll officials will be wearing face coverings and are trained in social distancing protocols. Voters will experience precautions taken such as single-use pens, disposable stylus to select their candidate and sanitizer at the polling location.

For voters, voting absentee by-mail county election commissions will start mailing out ballots in September. Election officials are currently taking steps to finalize the November ballot, including certifying August election results as well as waiting on both major parties to officially confirm their presidential nominees.

In Tennessee, voters must have a legal reason listed in the law to be eligible to vote absentee by-mail. Some of the most common legal reasons are voters who are 60 or older and voters who will be out of their counties during the election.

Eligible voters who have a special vulnerability to COVID-19 due to an underlying illness, physical disability, or other health condition and who cannot appear at the polling place on Election Day due to this condition may vote by absentee ballot under the “illness or physical disability” reason. Likewise, eligible voters who are caretakers to individuals with a special vulnerability may vote by absentee ballot under the “caretaker” reason.

Voters should consult trusted guidance from medical experts and use common sense in determining whether they have a special vulnerability. The CDC provides a website with helpful information that voters may wish to consult.

“If you make your request now to vote absentee by-mail, counties will be prepared to send you the ballot as soon as it is available,” said Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins. “Once you receive your ballot, vote it and mail it back in as soon as possible so it is ready to be counted on Election Day.”

Absentee by-mail ballots must be returned by-mail. This includes the U.S. Postal Service and services like FedEx and UPS. Each state is different when it comes to election law. Tennessee law does not permit voters to turn in their ballots in-person or for the use of drop boxes.For the latest information on the Nov. 3 election, follow our social media channels Twitter: @SecTreHargett, Facebook: Tennessee Secretary of State and Instagram: @tnsecofstate.

For more information on the voting process, go to GoVoteTN.com or call the Division of Elections toll-free at 1-877-850-4959.

Gordonsville wins 20-0 in battle against Clay County

 

In a game that saw strong defensive performances from both teams, Gordonsville was able to take advantage of some good field position opportunities and beat the Clay County Bulldogs 20-0.

On the opening drive, Gordonsville was able to stop Clay County on three downs, but Gordonsville’s offense couldn’t get anything going. The Tigers were able to push the Bulldogs back, and a Will Dudney interception gave the Tigers the ball back in good field position. Gordonsville looked on the brink of scoring getting a first and goal opportunity, but penalties pushed them back and they were eventually forced to punt on fourth and goal from the 34 yard line.

The Tigers punt pinned Clay County at around the 5, Gordonsville was able to force a second 3 and out, and the Tigers were able to block the punt to get their second attempt at scoring from inside the 10 of the night, and the Tigers took advantage of it, finding the end zone off of a Darrell Holt touchdown, but a missed kick made the score 6-0 midway through the first quarter.

On the next drive, Clay drove down to inside the 10, but the Gordonsville defense stepped up and the Bulldogs were forced to turn the ball back over to Gordonsville. The Tigers offense was able to make a few plays, but had to punt back to Clay County, but Gordonsville’s defense kept their intensity and got the ball back. 

On the next drive late in the second quarter, Gordonsville’s offense was able to drive down and Tyler Gregory was able to extend the Tigers lead by running it in from the five for a touchdown and also running in the ensuing two point conversion to make the score 14-0.

The defensive battle continued in the second half, with neither team getting anything going. The Tigers looked to strike first in the second half with a 40 yard field goal attempt midway through the third quarter, but they were unable to hit the field goal. Gordonsville was able to bounce bac on their next possession, driving downfield and scoring on the first play of the 4th quarter of of a Holt rushing touchdown, but a failed PAT kept the score at 20-0. Neither team was able to get anything else going offensively but Gordonsville was able to get in field goal position late in the game, but a missed field goal  with under 2 minutes left led Gordonsville to keep their 20-0 lead to advance to 3-2 on the season.

What’s next for the Tigers?

The Tigers will travel to Coalfield next week on 9/25.

Smith County wins Homecoming after late game pick six

 

Smith County got their first win of the season on Friday night, beating the York Dragons 7-0 on homecoming night in a game where both defenses stepped up.

With both teams rushing, both teams took a lot of time off the clock, but neither team was able to get into scoring position until Smith County made it into the red zone at the start of the second quarter. The Owls were unable to keep the ball moving however, getting stopped at the 20 and being forced to take a field goal, which they missed with 8:37 left in the 2nd quarter.  After the missed field goal, neither team was able to get anything going offensively, with the closest either team came to scoring was when York got the ball back with 24 seconds left in the first half. York was able to break off two runs for a combined gain of nearly 40 yards down to the 15, but time expired as they were running the second play and both teams went to halftime scoreless.

The Owls got the ball to start the second half,  but Smith County started off the second half on the wrong foot throwing an interception just 2 minutes into the half to give York the ball around midfield. York broke off a 30 yard screen on the first play to get inside the 25 but weren’t able to do anything after, turning the ball over on downs.

The Owls were forced to punt on their next drive, with the Dragons breaking another screen pass for 20 yards to the 30, and York built off of this and looked to be driving towards the first score of the night, but Jay Phillips was able to intercept the football at the 5 with about 30 seconds left in the 3rd quarter to stop the Dragons scoring threat.

The Owls offense couldn’t get anything going on their next two drives, with the Owls being forced to punt, forcing a fumble to get the ball back, and then being forced to punt again. The Owls second punt pinned the York Dragons deep, and a few plays later the Owls defense was able to get the first score of the night as Peyton Hix was able to intercept the ball and run it in for a touchdown to give the Owls a 7-0 lead with 7:10 left in the game.

York broke off a 35 yard run first play to the 45, gaining another couple first downs to get to the 23 and looked as if they were going to bounce back with a score of their own, but the Owls were able to stop the Dragons on fourth down and get the ball back with two minutes left in the game.  On third down, the Owls looked as if they may have to punt the ball back to York with under one minute left in the game, but a facemask penalty resulted in a first down and the Owls were able to run down the clock and secure their first win of the season, 7-0.

What’s next for the Owls?

The Owls will travel to Livingston Academy on 9/25 for their first road game of the season.

DTC Communications to host annual meeting

ALEXANDRIA, Tenn. – Aug. 14, 2020 – DeKalb Telephone Cooperative, Inc. d/b/a DTC Communications will host its annual meeting on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, at the DeKalb County Fairgrounds in Alexandria.

DTC members will see changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. DTC will follow the recommendations from the Tennessee Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control in addressing social distancing and safety measures for the well-being of DTC members and employees.

Directors will be elected in the Milton, Norene, and Woodbury exchanges.

Incumbents Jim Vinson – Milton exchange, Terry McPeak – Norene exchange, and Brian Alexander – Woodbury exchange are running unopposed.

Voting for directors will take place at the cooperative’s annual meeting on Saturday, Sept. 26. Gates to the DeKalb County Fairgrounds in Alexandria will open at 8:45 a.m., with voting from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. The business meeting will begin at 11 a.m. or once the last person in line at that time has voted.

Only DTC members may vote, and each member must present proper photo identification. For a single membership, only that individual may vote. Either member of a joint membership may vote, but not both. In the case of a business membership, a business affidavit is required.

The last day to make changes to your membership or to be eligible to vote in the 2020 election will be Thursday, September 17.

For questions regarding membership and voting, call DTC at (615) 529-2955. DTC Communications is a member owned telecommunications cooperative

P.O. Box 247 ♦ Alexandria, TN 37012-0247 ♦ 615-529-2955 ♦ 800-367-4274

established in 1951. DTC provides world-class broadband and technology solutions to improve the quality of life of our members and communities in the regions we serve.

UCEMC crews to assist with hurricane recovery efforts

Carthage, TN. Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation is sending two crews of lineworkers and equipment to assist Baldwin Electric Membership Corporation with recovery efforts near Gulf Shores, Alabama. Hurricane Sally slammed the Gulf Coast with winds and heavy rain, leaving more than a half million residents without power.

“We’re proud of our linemen for volunteering to assist the Baldwin EMC crews,” says UCEMC General Manager Jimmy Gregory. “They will be working long days in difficult conditions, but they were quick to respond to the call for help. We ask that the public keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers while they are away.”

Nine UCEMC linemen from the Livingston and Carthage Districts headed South early Friday to help restore power in the hurricane ravaged Gulf Shores area. It is unclear how long they will be in Alabama. These nine linemen from UCEMC are joining other co-op lineworkers from across Tennessee who will be assisting with hurricane recovery efforts. The Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association in Nashville is coordinating requests for mutual aid and makes travel and lodging arrangements for crews who respond. “It is an honor to work alongside so many brave and selfless individuals who leave behind family and the comforts of home to serve strangers in need,” says David Callis, executive vice president and general manager of the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association. “Godspeed, gentlemen, and thank you for the important work you do.”

L-R front row: Doug Regan (Liv); Brandon Rigsby (Car); Corey Gregory (Car); Tim Reid (Liv); Devan Copeland (Liv); Jonathan Washer (Car); T.J. Hillabrand (Liv) L-R top: Spencer Anderson (Car); Adam Jolley (Car)

 

UCEMC is a member-owned cooperative that provides safe, reliable and affordable power to more than 50,000 homes and businesses in the Upper Cumberland.

Smith County Weather Report – September 17, 2020

By Steve Norris, Smith County Insider Weather Correspondent

Hurricanes continue to be rather unpredictable and the effects that go with them. Last week Middle Tennessee had been projected to receive over 3 inches of rain from Hurricane Sally and now it’s moving south of Tennessee and probably all we’re going to see is just some scattered showers Thursday and Thursday night and then clearing and cooler air takes over for the weekend. I think Saturday and Sunday will see our highs only in the low 70s and the temperatures at night will drop to the upper 40s in some areas .

Autumn begins on Tuesday, September 22nd at 8:30 a.m. Central Time. The sun will rise almost directly in the east and set directly in the West on this day and night and day are of almost equal length. The days are getting shorter with sunset now coming at 6:50 p.m. Central Time.

People often ask me a good place to order weather equipment and weather stations. Windandweather.com has a good selection also acurite.com is a good place to check as well as amazon.com.  If you get some weather equipment and start keeping rainfall and temperature data, I would love to have your reports as a weather spotter and you can email me at weather1@charter.net

William Walton Harvest Festival set for September 26, 2020

The William Walton Harvest Festival is set to take place in downtown Carthage on Saturday, September 26, 2020, beginning at 10:100am.

The William Walton Harvest Festival celebrates the rich history of Smith County and the founder of Carthage, Captain William Walton. On the last Saturday of September each year, the Historic Smith County Courthouse square is transformed to take you back in time. Experience live demonstrations of our early settler’s lives and hear the history of Smith County as performed in character of actual historical figures. Stroll Main Street and shop with local artisans and downtown merchants. Take part in kid and family-friendly activities and attractions. Savor the many food choices. Have a good time listening to live music by various artists performed from the steps of our historic courthouse. Come out and experience Smith County!

This year’s William Walton Harvest Festival will feature vendors, live music, food, activities for kids, pioneer demonstrations, and more. The Harvest Queen Pageant is set to start at 4:00 pm. You can learn more information on the pageant’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/WilliamWaltonHarvestQueen/. Live musical performances will take place throughout the day with featured artist Good Rockin’ Tonight taking the stage at 7:00 pm.

This event will take place rain or shine. Safety precautions for COVID-19 will be in place. Masks are encouraged; however, they are not required. Attendees are asked to socially distance when possible.

This year’s event is sponsored by DTC, BankTennessee, Citizens Bank, Wilson Bank & Trust, Riverview Regional Medical, Rackley Roofing, Keith Boykin of Blackwell Realty, Defeated Creek Marina, Walmart, Better Letter Printing, The Tennessee Arts Commission, and the Smith County Chamber of Commerce.

You can learn more and stay up-to-date on the William Walton Harvest Festival at https://www.facebook.com/williamwaltonharvestfestival/.

Smith County Chamber Corner Show – September 2020

Check out the September 2020 edition of the Smith County Chamber Corner Show!

This month’s show features updates from events going on in and around Smith County.

If you would like to promote your event or local business on the Smith County Chamber Corner Show, contact the Smith County Chamber of Commerce by calling 615-735-2093 today. 

Watch the full show below, or catch it on DTC3 TV!

Press Release: Defend Our Police and Defend Our Nation

by John Rose, U.S. Representative – Tennessee’s Sixth Congressional District

Low morale is permeating police departments across our nation as protesters repeatedly vilify, demonize, and verbally attack the thin blue line.

The death of George Floyd at the hands of police officers was a shameful and unacceptable crime that has stunned our nation. I grieve for the Floyd family and for the pain that Mr. Floyd’s death has caused all Americans.

I want Americans of all races, backgrounds, and circumstances to have equal opportunities and to be treated fairly and equally under the law. However, it is a mistake to conclude that the riots, looting, and widespread violence since George Floyd’s death are moving the conversation forward to remedy racial disparities within sectors of our society. Instead, the tragedy that is Mr. Floyd’s death has been hijacked by radicals who are working to destabilize America through bullying and choreographed chaos.
We must ask ourselves what kind of society are we becoming? I reject the idea that our local police forces or America as a whole are inherently or irredeemably racist. America is not a perfect nation, but no nation is. And, America has come a long way in its relatively short history—all the while leading the rest of the world on humanity’s long march toward freedom.

We recognize that two things can be true at once: that we have made progress, but that progress can still be made. That discrimination exists, but that our nation is not systemically discriminatory. Abolitionism, Women’s Suffrage, and the Civil Rights Movement all suggest we are a nation that learns and grows from the blights of our past. And, while the fight to stamp out racism everywhere it exists is ongoing, we have taken the critical steps, from a law and order perspective, to address that challenge.
The “defund the police” movement and calls for “cop free zones” are part of a dangerous plan to undermine civil society. Lawlessness without police equals crime, murder, and the destruction of our democracy. Defunding the police would make America less safe and is a dangerous and unworkable solution to a very serious problem.

I will not support the defunding of our police or the dismantling of our police. We will not turn our streets over to lawless criminals and gangs.

President Trump recently shed light on the fact that Executive Branch agencies have spent millions of taxpayer dollars on “training” where Federal employees are told that “virtually all White people contribute to racism” or where they are required to say that they “benefit from racism.” The founding of our nation is based on the principle of fair and equal treatment of all Americans, but that is not being reflected in our very own bureaucracy. State and local governments need to be focused on combatting issues in their specific communities and it is up to Legislative and Executive Branches to fix these issues plaguing our federal agencies. As your representative, I have the responsibility to understand problems facing our country and determine if a legislative solution is the right direction, and if so, take action.

I support open, fair, and rational public debates about how to minimize opportunities for discrimination, maximize accountability, and do our best to keep Americans safe from all threats of harm. But if we do not support our police and stand up to this unprecedented violence, we will lose our democracy. We must use our freedom to defend our freedom or we will lose our freedom.

Congressman John Rose represents the Sixth Congressional District of Tennessee.

Board of Education Releases Statement on ACLU Lawsuit Settlement

The Smith County Board of Education released the following statement on September 16, 2020.

The lawsuit filed against the Smith County Board of Education by the ACLU on behalf of Smith County residents Kelly Butler and his two minor children, and Jason and Sharona Carr and their two minor children was resolved on September 14, 2020 when United States District Judge Waverly D. Crenshaw, Jr. entered his Final Consent Decree and Order.

The Final Consent Decree and Order only requires that the Board adjust certain of its current practices to comply with the mandates of the First Amendment, while at the same time continuing to ensure that its students’ rights to freely exercise their religious beliefs be protected including their right to engage in constitutionally appropriate prayer.  All actions that will be taken by the Board are in compliance with the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Justice Guidance on Constitutionally Protected Prayer and Religious Expression in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools issued on January 16, 2020.

Under the terms of the Final Consent Decree and Order, the lawsuit will be dismissed.  The Complaint filed to initiate the lawsuit made numerous allegations and asserted claims that the Board violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution through its “customs, policy and practice.” Most of the Complaint’s 82 paragraphs of allegations were determined to have no factual support, but some allegations potentially violated the requirements of the First Amendment as determined by the United States Supreme Court.  Only because of this and its desire to ensure that its students’ rights to freely exercise their religious beliefs including their right to engage in constitutionally appropriate prayer continue to be protected, that the Board entered into the Final Consent Decree and Order that was entered by the Court.  This resolution ensures Constitutionally appropriate prayer remains in schools.

Food for Thought: Suicide Prevention

By Mary Parker Draper, Extension Agent – Smith County

 

September is in full swing! Fall is around the corner and there are so many fun activities September brings. September can be a difficult time for many individuals, as well. This month is also known as Suicide Prevention Month. During this time, we remember the lives we have lost, the ones who are still battling suicide daily, and the families who are still numb and hurting. We also use this month to spread awareness and prevention practices. In doing this, we hope more people will be able to monitor warning signs and get the help they need. 

Suicide is a major public health issue and a leading cause of death within the United States. In fact, it is the tenth leading cause of death. The numbers have been on the rise since 2010. In 2020, suicide has become more and more prevalent. One of the major contributors is the COVID-19 pandemic that has taken our country by storm. Many are alone and isolated within their homes, and people who suffer from many different mental health issues or complications struggle in this type of environment.  

There isn’t really one cause that leads to suicide, but the majority of the time it is triggered by stressors and other health issues that create a feeling of hopelessness and despair. Depression is one of the most common conditions associated with suicide, along with anxiety and substance abuse. Other risk factors include family history of suicide and some type of loss, either relational, social, work, or financial. Potential warning signs include:

  • Talking about harming themselves  
  • Feeling like they have no reason to live  
  • Being a burden to others 
  • Increased use of alcohol or drugs 
  • Online searches for ways to end their lives  
  • Sleeping all the time or not at all  
  • Giving away prized possessions 
  • Isolation from loved ones  

If you know someone who is showing these signs, it is important to check on them. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or text TALK to 741741. There are many people out there that want to help your loved one as much as you do. For more information on suicide prevention, visit https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/suicide/index.html or contact Mary Parker Draper at the extension office at 615-735-2900.

30 Minute Rolls

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons warm water

1/3 cup oil

2 tablespoons active dry yeast

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 egg

3 1/2 cups flour (either bread flour or all-purpose will work)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In the bowl of your stand mixer, combine the warm water, oil, yeast, and sugar. Allow the mixture to rest for 15 minutes. Mix 2 cups of the flour, the salt, and the egg into the yeast mixture using a dough hook. Add the remaining 1 1/2 cups flour 1/2 cup at a time. Shape dough into 12 balls and place in a 9×13 pan. Let dough rest for 10 minutes. Bake for 10 minutes or until tops are just golden brown. Submitted by Jeanette Massey, Night Owls FCE Club.

NOTICE: Town of South Carthage Request for Bids

NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS

REQUEST FOR BIDS

Notice is hereby given that sealed bids are sought and requested for furnishing all materials, equipment, and doing all work necessary for the performance, according to specifications, of a contract to be let by the Town of South Carthage for the repair and paving of the following City Streets portions as marked:

1)    HIGH STREET

2)    BRIGHT AVENUE

3)    WOOTEN AVENUE

4)    OLD LEBANON ROAD

NOTE:  ANY NEEDED SEWER MANHOLE RIZERS WILL BE SUPPLIED BY THE TOWN OF SOUTH CARTHAGE

Sealed bids will be received either by mail or delivery at the Office of the Mayor of South Carthage located at 106 Main Street South, Carthage, Tennessee 37030, until 4:30 p.m. central standard time, Thursday October 7, 2020 and will be considered publicly at that time.  The plans, specifications, and form for request for bids can be examined and obtained at the Office of the Mayor of South Carthage at 106 Main Street South, Carthage, Tennessee, 37030 between September 24, 2020 at 8:00 am and October 7, 2020 at 4:30 pm.  Due to COVID 19 restrictions please call 615-735-2727 for further information on obtaining bid specifications.

Bids must be made in accordance with the form of bids prepared by and obtainable from the Town of South Carthage during normal working hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., bid will contain accompanying instructions to bidders and a copy of the specifications for the work.

THE TOWN OF SOUTH CARTHAGE RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REJECT ANY AND ALL BIDS.   ONLY BIDS FROM LICENSED AND BONDED CONTRACTORS WITH PROOF OF ADEQUATE INSURANCE WILL BE ACCEPTED.  

                                                                        HOLLIS MULLINAX

                                                                        MAYOR

Press Release: Representative John Rose on Violent Crime in Middle Tennessee

by John Rose, U.S. Representative – Tennessee’s Sixth Congressional District

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative John Rose (TN-06) issued the following statement on the violent rampage that took place in Coffee County, Tennessee on September 13, 2020:

I am deeply saddened by the tragedy that took place in Coffee County, Tennessee where two lives were taken during a heinous kidnapping and carjacking. Our prayers are with the injured victims and the families of all the victims who have experienced the full force of this tragedy during this difficult time.

“As Tennesseans, we have not and will not accept this kind of disgusting violence in our communities. I would like to thank our state and local law enforcement for swiftly and dutifully responding to this appalling attack. At a time when police forces around the nation are themselves under attack, I want our law enforcement officers to know that I will continue to support the Thin Blue Line.

“As our community pushes onward, I believe now more than ever that we must stand together as Americans unified in prayer for our state and nation.”

U.S. Representative John Rose represents Tennessee’s Sixth Congressional District and resides in Cookeville with his wife, Chelsea, and their son Guy. The Sixth District includes Cannon, Clay, Coffee, Cumberland, DeKalb, Fentress, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Robertson, Smith, Sumner, Trousdale, White, and Wilson counties as well as portions of Cheatham and Van Buren counties.

Casey Elrod announces candidacy for Smith County Commission

Release submitted by candidate

 

To the citizens of Carthage,

My name is Casey Elrod, and I am officially announcing my candidacy for the open seat on the Smith County Commission representing the 6th District. We are blessed to live in a community that not only has scenic beauty and history, but a place that has genuine care and concern for one another.

I am blessed to know many of you, and I look forward to meeting with even more. For those whom I have not had the pleasure of meeting yet, I am a life-long resident of Smith County. My father is Jimmy Elrod of Chestnut Mound, and my mother is Cynthia West of Carthage. I am a proud graduate of Smith County High School. I attended Tennessee Tech University and received a Bachelor of Science degree with highest honors. I later attended Nashville School of Law and graduated in May of 2017. Following law school, I attended the Trial Lawyers College at the Thunderhead Ranch in Dubois, Wyoming.

I currently practice law with fellow Smith County native Jeff Roberts in Nashville. I married my wife Kelly Bivens Elrod, also of Smith County, in November of 2018.

To say this year has been difficult for our region is an understatement. We have suffered through a devastating tornado outbreak and continue to suffer through the worst pandemic in three generations. So far, our community has been resilient through all of the adversity we have been dealt with.

The coming years will bring new challenges to our community. The full extent of the economic fallout from COVID-19 is still on the horizon. Knowing the challenges ahead, I felt compelled to get involved in public service and make a difference in the advancement and betterment of our beloved county.

The practice of law has afforded me the opportunity to work with and for many folks around the middle Tennessee area. The majority of my clientele consists of blue-collar men and women who have suffered misfortunes and disruption in their lives.  I take great pride in representing my fellow neighbors and friends in their times of need.

I will make this promise to the citizens of Carthage and Smith County as a whole. I will listen to you. I will fight for you. I will always be a phone call or message away.

I humbly ask for your support and vote on November 3rd. Feel free to reach out to me via email at cwelrod42@gmail.com or on Facebook. God Bless.

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