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Large Spring Consignment Sale at Pleasant Shade Community Center

The Pleasant Shade Community Center invites you to come out to their annual Spring Consignment Sale. Pleasant Shade Community Center is located at 743 Pleasant Shade Hwy – Pleasant Shade, TN 37145.

  • Thursday, March 30th – 9am-6pm
  • Friday, March 31st – 9am-6pm
  • Saturday, April 1st – 8am-12pm

Any item (new or used) can be entered into the sale as long as it is in GOOD WORKING CONDITION.  (i.e. kitchenware, bath items, tools, machinery, furniture, clothing, toys, jewelry, etc.)  Keep in mind that Pleasant Shade Community Center is not liable for any of your items broken or damaged in the sale.

If you are interested in entering items in the sale, you may contact one of the following persons to get information and a number will be assigned to you for tagging your items:

  • Ann Gregory – 615-677-6388 or 615-670-9845
  • Wesley Rigsby – 615-677-6514 or 615-683-7525
  • James Davis – 615-677-0027

I-40 Lane Closure in Smith County

Drivers should expect delays

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews will be closing one lane of I-40 eastbound at mile marker 263 in Smith County for approximately one mile starting Monday, March 27 for a bridge repair project.

The lane is expected to be reopened on or before Friday, May 26.

Motorists should expect delays, particularly during peak daytime travel hours.

The repair project includes two eastbound bridges over the Caney Fork River at mile markers 263 and 263.8. The scope includes concrete repairs, joint replacement, and a new asphalt overlay for both bridges.

The contract completion date for the project is August 31, 2017. The contract was awarded to Mid-State Construction Company, whose bid of $1,559,008.01 was the lowest that met project requirements.

From your desktop or mobile device, get the latest construction activity and live streaming SmartWay traffic cameras at Travelers can also dial 511 from any land-line or cellular phone for travel information, or follow us on Twitter at for statewide travel.

As always, drivers are reminded to use all motorist information tools wisely and Know Before You Go! by checking travel conditions before leaving for your destination.  Drivers should never tweet, text or talk on a cell phone while behind the wheel.

Garage Fire on Main Street South in South Carthage

(Smith County Insider Press) South Carthage, Tenn. – Just after 10pm on Tuesday night, March 21, Smith County 911 received a call reporting a garage fire on Main Street South in South Carthage.

When authorities arrived on scene at 410 Main Street South, they found smoke coming from the roof of a detached garage. Within minutes, the garage became engulfed in flames. Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze and keep it from spreading to the home.

According to the Tennessee Property Assessment, the home belongs to Raymond and Teresa McMillian.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. No one was injured during the fire.

Drug Bust in Lebanon Leads to Arrest of Two Wanted Men Suspected of Burglary in Smith County

(Smith County Insider Press) Lebanon, Tenn. – On March 15, Lebanon Police Department received a call from the hotel clerk at the Laquinta Inn, reporting suspicious activity. Officers Michael Carman and Mike Bay of the Lebanon Police Department arrived at the hotel and made contact with the clerk. The clerk stated that several people had been coming and going from the room all day and that the occupants of the room would walk our and meet with vehicles, then re-enter the room. The clerk advised the officers that the room was rented to Ronda West.

Officers made contact with seven individuals inside the hotel room, Ronda West, Benjamin Lee, Caleb Denney, Macey Fraze, Irena Worrall, Tracy Qualls, and Angela Driver.

All of the subjects were checked through NCIC (National Crime Investigation Center) for warrants. It was found that Benjamin Lee and Caleb Denney were wanted for an aggravated burglary that had happened in Smith County earlier that day. The burglary took place at 432 New Middleton Highway.

Tracy Qualls had active warrants out of Putnam County.

Officer’s then searched the room and found 336 Alprazolam (Xanax) pills and $251 in Benjamin Lee’s front pocket. They also located 2 glass pipes, 11.6 grams of Methampthetamine, $7851 in cash, a large amount of clear baggies, a digital scale, a vial of Lidocaine, and various other items that had been reported missing from the burglary in Smith County.

All of the subjects were charged with Possession of Schedule II with intent to resale and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Benjamin Lee was also charged with Possession of Schedule III & IV with intent to resale.

All of the suspects were transported to Smith County Jail Facility for booking.

Following their incarceration at Wilson County, Lee and Denney will be transported to Smith County to face Aggravated Burglary and Theft Over $10,000 charges.

Benjamin Lee was recently arrested in Smith County following a high-speed pursuit. Click HERE to see article. 

Benjamin Charles Lee

Caleb Wesley Denney

43rd Annual Smith County Chamber Banquet

The 43rd Annual Smith County Chamber Banquet was held on Thursday, March 16, at the Smith County Ag Center. Over 100 guests and members were present.

Several awards were given to citizens and business leaders. Presentations were made by Gina Haley, Mayor Michael Nesbitt, Virginia Solimine, and Billy Woodard.

Chris Ferrell was elected as president of the Smith County Chamber of Commerce for the 2017-2018 year. See photos below:

Below is a video recognizing all of the new chamber member for the 2016-2017 year.

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Youth Substance Use Declining in Tennessee

Hope for a Brighter Future

NASHVILLE- The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) is proud to announce that youth substance use trends are declining in Tennessee according to a new report from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration. (Source: SAMHSA Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2006-2008; 2008-2010; 2010-2012; and 2012-2014)

“It is very encouraging to see that in all substance use areas our young people are using substances less; this means prevention efforts are working,” said Marie Williams, TDMHSAS Commissioner. “Youth substance use can take a tremendous toll on individuals, families, and communities. Most Tennesseans know someone’s family who has been impacted by the unfortunate reality of adolescent substance use. For those that have struggled with, been impacted by youth substance use, or been part of the prevention efforts, these new indicators give us hope.”

Substance use declined among Tennessee youth from 2004-2006 to 2012-2014:

  • Illicit drug use dropped from 6% to 3%
  • Alcohol use declined from 14% to 10%
  • Misuse of pain relievers dropped from 9% to 5%
  • Cigarette use declined from 13% to 7%

Tennessee’s youth substance use trends have been decreasing at a faster rate than the national average. Tennessee youth illicit drug use has declined and is now at or below the national average. Fewer Tennessee youth (6%) used marijuana in the past month than compared to the United States youth (7%). The full report outlines many positive trends in Tennessee related to youth substance use.

“The Department places an emphasis on education, prevention, treatment and early intervention efforts directed specifically at Tennessee youth,” said Rodney Bragg, TDMHSAS Assistant Commissioner of Substance Abuse Services. “The earlier we can identify and engage youth that are more susceptible to substance use, the more effective our efforts will be.”

“The fact that these key substance use indicators are declining among our youth in Tennessee provides great hope for the future of our State,” said Commissioner Williams. “Our hope is that the culture is changing in Tennessee and that we will also see a decrease in adult substance use trends in the future as well.”

For the full TDMHSAS report on Youth Substance Use Trends, CLICK HERE

If you or someone you know is struggling with a substance use disorder, call Tennessee REDLINE (1 -800-889-9789) or visit

The Smith County Drug Prevention Coalition had its’ first meeting on January 28, 2011. The Youth Services Officer invited community leaders as well as other sectors of the community to meet and address the increase in underage alcohol and drug abuse  consequences among our youth.  As our community came together there was agreement that we needed to develop a coalition made up of twelve sectors of the community in order to identify and analyze the scope and root cause of youth substance abuse in Smith County. Once causes and scope were identified we could then build capacity to effectively develop and implement evidence based, community wide prevention strategies.  With strong community partners that included (but not limited to) Smith County Mayor and City Mayors, Law Enforcement, Riverview Regional Hospital, Faith Based organizations, Smith County Board of Education, The Chamber of Commerce, Smith County Insider, and the Carthage Courier, as well as many caring volunteers, the coalition began to gather data on local consequences and contributing factors in regards to youth substance abuse.  The coalition was funded by the State of Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services in 2012 and has become a center  for substance abuse education, data, and resources and continues to gain momentum as more and more of our community members recognize the need to join together to battle the epidemic of addiction. The Smith County Mayor’s Office is the fiscal agent for the coalition. The Youth Services Office: Patrick Warren and Randy Wakefield are key partners as well as Juvenile Judge Michael Collins. Current data is showing that coalitions are making a difference locally and across Tennessee in reducing the number of youth involved in substance abuse.  These reductions are a result of the hard work and collaboration of our community and bring a celebration of hope to all who are involved. The goals of the Coalition are to reduce substance abuse among Smith County youth, ages 14-25, in particular underage alcohol use and in the long term reduce substance abuse and related public health problems in the county as a whole. For more information on the Smith County Drug Prevention Coalition please contact us at  or 615-588-1622. Open meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month at the Smith county Chamber of Commerce, 11:00 a.m.

4-H Camp Coming Soon!

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

Looking for some summer fun?  Look no further than 4-H Camp! 4-H camps offer 4-H’ers a chance to have fun, meet new friends, hang out with old friends, learn new skills and develop positive self-esteem.

4-H Camp registration will open April 10th for Smith County 4-H’ers and will remain open until the May 25th deadline at our office located at 125 Gordonsville Highway. This year partial scholarships will be available for Junior 4-H camp. Look for scholarship applications on our website:

Offering youth an exceptional learning experience, 4-H Camp builds self-confidence and maturity and provides youth with the chance to meet and make friends from throughout Tennessee.

Junior 4-H camp for 4-H’ers in grades 4th – 6th will be June 12th-16th at the Clyde York 4-H Camp in Crossville.  Camp costs of $290.00 include meals, room, board, most activities and transportation. Activities consist of: zip lining, swimming, canoeing, fishing, arts & crafts, wildlife, sports, woodworking, tie-dyeing, air brush, rifle range, archery plus many additional camp activities.  Activities are designed to be hands-on and fun so that children are actively engaged.  Application forms may be picked up at the Smith County 4-H office and will be taken on a first come-first serve basis until the May 25th deadline.  Visit our website,, for more information.

Outdoor Adventure Camp- Jr. High, for students in grades 7th and 8th will be May 29th-June 2nd also at the Clyde York 4-H Center in Crossville, Tennessee.  The deadline for the registration of the Junior High Camp is May 11th at the Smith County 4-H office. Come join the Recreation Nation for a week of exciting adventures and challenges guaranteed not to be your average camp! You will have the opportunity to participate in the Jr. High Camp Amazing Race, group challenges, swimming, crafts and much more!  Camp cost is $290.00 and transportation is on your own.

Tennessee 4-H offers a variety of camps and programs geared to specific age groups and to youth with special interests. Campers are given the structured independence to explore their interests through a number of activities. Besides the traditional camps, 4-H has specialty camps focusing on wildlife, fashion and design, electric energy, shooting sports, the environment, and technology.

The 4-H SPECIALTY CAMPS are listed as follows:

May 30-June 1: FCS Behind the Scenes (Grades 9-12) – Atlanta, GA- $175 + transportation. Registration deadline April 6th. Campers experience tours and shopping while learning about interior design.

June 27-30:  Electric Camp (Grades 6-7) – UT, Knoxville. – $275. Registration deadline April 30th. Scholarships available. The camp features learning centers using hands-on activities that allow 4-H members to learn by doing

 July 4-7:  Target SMART Camp (Grades 5-12) – Columbia, TN. Cost $275 + transportation (on your own). At camp youth learn appropriate skills to succeed in a variety of shooting sports and related areas. Programs emphasize safety, correct form and responsible use. Deadline to register is May 12th.

 July 11-13:  Experience it! Taste of Culinary (Grades 6-8) – Murfreesboro. Cost $150 + transportation. Campers enjoy many cooking activities, from cupcake decorating to preparing full meals.  Registration deadline May 30th.

July 19-21: Agrimania (Grades 8-11) – Cookeville. Cost $150 + transportation. The camp offers opportunities to learn about agriculture, careers in animal science and tour TTU and agriculture facilities. Registration deadline May 30th.

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.

You can get more information about summer camps and conferences at our website:, under the 4-H Youth Programs tab. Call (615)-735-2900 today to reserve your spot or learn more about any of these exciting 4-H camps!  Applications will be available at the Smith County Extension Office, 125 Gordonsville Hwy., Suite 300 in Carthage next to Smith County Middle School. The office hours are 8:00 – 4:00.

4-H’ers will be exposed to excellent youth programming at 4-H camp this summer. Activities include zip lining, canoeing, swimming, shooting sports, group sports, fishing, tubing, nature hikes, leather craft and woodworking, T-shirt airbrushing, skits, music, and more. Located on the 194 acre campground is a beautiful lake where campers are invited to enjoy the picturesque lake with canoes and kayaks. For further information, call the Smith County 4-H office at 735-2900.


Gordonsville High School 2017 Top Ten Seniors

Hannah Oniea Bingham is the valedictorian of the 2017 graduating class of Gordonsville High School. She is the daughter of Stephanie Stinson and Mickie Bingham of Carthage. The granddaughter of Terry and the late Onie Crawford, and Sam and Lynda Frye She is a member of Carthage First Freewill. Hannah has been involved in the Beta Club for 6 years the HOSA, Art, FFA, Interact, and FCA, SADD, Spanish, Science & Math, STEM clubs, HS Clinical Intership Program and National Beta Club. Her Honors include 2014 certificate of Academic Excellence for Art 1, Health Science, Geometry, World History and for 9th grade student, 2015 Tennessee HOSA State Leadership Conference, Awarded the Chapter FFA Degree for GHS FFA Chapter, 2015 certificate of Academic Excellence for English &, American Government, Core Math 3, Biology 1, Medical Therapeutics, Spanish 1, and 10th grade student. The 2016-2017 HOSA State of Tennessee Secretary/Treasurer, 2016 certificate of Academic Excellence for Trigonometry, Spanish 2, Statistics, Rehabilitation Careers, Chemistry and 11th grade student, Senior Superlative Award for “Ivy League Bound”. She frequently volunteers with the Kidz Central, Smith Co. backpack program & Church. Hannah plans to attend Tennessee Tech University in the fall and major in cellular and molecular Biology with an emphasis in Pre-Medicine. After I obtain my bachelor’s degree, I plan to attend East Tennessee State University: James H. Quillen College of Medicine upon graduation I hope to become a Pediatrician and own my own practice in rural Tennessee.

Joshua Sheldon Murphy is the Salutatorian of the 2017 graduating class of Gordonsville High School. He is the son of Chris Murphy of Gordonsville and Michelle Murphy of Gallatin. The grandson of Doris Murphy & the late John Randell and Brenda Jones Farley and the late Lonnie Jones. He is a member of Union Hill Church. Josh has been involved in the FCA, STEM, Interact, Theatre Arts, FBLA, Outdoor, Student Council, Blue & White, SADD, Spanish, Book, Beta Clubs, and Senior Beta Club President. His Honors include Class President 9th, 11th & 12th grade years and Vice President 10th grade. He was chosen for Smith County Youth Leadership Boys State, he served as Honor Guard for the 2016 graduating class, Junior Class Homecoming representative. He received many highest average subject award honors throughout high school along with the Adam Hearn Academic Award and Senior Superlative Award for “Ivy League Bound”. He frequently volunteers with his church youth group and VBS, Nashville homeless shelter, 30-hours with Famine, Hearts on Fire, winter without and helping local elderly. Josh was chosen to be a council member of the Presbyterian Youth state group. John plans to attend Tennessee Tech University in the fall and major in Education with a possible minor in Engineering.

Lindsey McKenna Payne ranks 3rd in the 2017 graduating class. She is the daughter of Mark and Kellie Payne of Brush Creek. The granddaughter of Larry & Lana Kinslow and Sarah & he late R.L. Payne. She is attends Church. Lindsey has been involved in the FCA, Beta, HOSA, Interact, Book Club, FBLA, STEM, Spanish Clubs, 4-H Club President for 2 years, Vice-President for 2 years, a Band member for 4 years, first chair flute/Piccolo for 3 of those years. Homecoming Representative for Stem Club junior year, and HOSA for senior year. She frequently volunteers with 4-H teen leader for junior camp, Ronald McDonald House, Jordan Hackett Foundation, Chad’s Run, Jamie Evitts Memorial Benefit, Dirty Bird Challenge, and Nashville Rescue Mission. Lindsey plans to attend The University of Tennessee Knoxville in the fall and major in Biology or Pre-Med. After graduating she would like to attend Medical School at John Hopkins School of Medicine, Mayo Medical School, Meharry Medical College or Vanderbilt University School of Medicine to study in one of the cardiovascular, pediatrics, dentistry, or obstetrics gynecology fields.

James Andrew Smith ranks 4th in the 2017 graduating class. He is the son of Bobby & Bobbie Smith of Hickman. The grandson of June Woodard, the late Stanley Woodard. He is a member of Chestnut Mound Missionary Baptist Church. Andy has been involved in the Tiger TV for 3 years the FCA, Spanish, Theatre Arts, Beta Club. His honors include Tennessee Boys State Delegate, 6 years Blue Honors.  He frequently volunteers with the Rotary Pancake Breakfast, New Middleton Fall Festival, Kidz Central Event, Ronald McDonald House Bikes or Bust Program and Nashville Rescue Mission. Andy plans to attend Union University in the fall and major in film studies in hopes to work on professionally made movies.

Heather Renee Stadelman ranks 5th in the 2017 graduating class. She is the daughter of Tim and Valeria Stadelman of Gordsonville. The granddaughter of Lorraine Stadelman and Deborah Richmond. Heather has been involved in the Beta Club and Art Club. Her Honors include Algebra 1 award, Core Math 2 Award, and 13 years as a dancer of Carthage Dance studio. Heather plans to attend Tennessee Tech University in the fall and major in Basic Business and minor in Mathematics and Art.

Chelsi Danielle Vaden ranks 6th in the 2017 graduating class. She is the daughter of Travis and Jerri Lin Vaden of Hickman. The granddaughter of Jimmy & Janice Perrigo, the late James & Joyce Vaden, Jerry & Molly Stewart. She is a member of First Baptist Church of Gordonsville. Chelsi has been involved in the Beta, HOSA, Spanish, FCA, FFA, Science & Math and Blue & White Clubs, member of 147 Million orphans foundation. Her Honors include GHS Homecoming queen, Tennessee Scholar, 2 years on GHS basketball team, 30 hours of Vol State college credits, Miss Freshman, Miss Junior, honor guard for 2016 graduating class, and Sophomore & Junior class secretary. She frequently volunteers with church VBS, Ronald McDonald House.Chelsi plans to attend The University of Tennessee Knoxville in the fall and major in Biological Sciences and a focus of Pre-Dentistry and following God’s plan for my life.

Christopher Michael Edwards ranks 7th in the 2017 graduating class. He is the son of Charlie & Nikki Edwards of Alexandria. The grandson of Wayne & Linda Shutts, and Jimmie & Kathy Edwards. Chris has been involved in the Beta Club and Blue & White Club, and a member of GHS football team. His honors include all District, all Region, all Region defensive MVP, defensive lineman MVP, Highest average in Art, Core Math 3, and Physics, Homecoming Captain, Boys State delegate, attended trip for Upper Cumberland Electric Leadership, and class reporter. He frequently volunteers with Habitat for Humanity. Chris plans to attend Tennessee Tech University in the fall and major in Engineering.

Steven Tyler Peyatt ranks 8th in the 2017 graduating class. He is the son of Steven and Jennifer Peyatt of Carthage. The grandson of Joseph and Nancy Peyatt. He is member of Long Branch Community Church. Tyler has been involved in the Beta, Blue & White, and Skills Clubs and a member of the GHS football team. His honors include all Region Junior & Senior year, Most Dedicated Junior Year, True Grit football player Senior year, Core Math 2 award. Tyler plans to join the Military and then becoming a teacher.

Kameran Deanna Washer ranks 9th in the 2017 graduating class. She is the daughter of Mary & Davy Baker and the late Bill Joe Washer of South Carthage. The Granddaughter of Joanna & Bob Cockett, Jimmy & Jane Trainham, Bill & Odean Washer & Mildred & David Baker. She is a member of Gordonsville First Baptist Church. Karmeran has been involved in the Beta, Blue & White Clubs, Yearbook Staff, Cheerleader & Senior Captain, and Basketball player. Her honors include class homecoming representative Freshman & Sophomore year. Blue &White Club representative Junior year, voted “Future World Traveler” for Senior Superlative. Karmeran plans to attend The University of Tennessee Knoxville in the fall and major in Pre-Med then continue on to attend Medical School.

Morgan Taylor Gentry ranks 10th in the 2017 graduating class. He is the son of Roger & Jennifer Gentry of Brush Creek. The grandson of Bobby & Peggy Gentry and Mike & Linda Clower. He is a member of First Church of the Nazarene. Morgan has been involved in the Beta, HOSA, Spanish, Book & Art Clubs. His honors include winning first place in Forensic Medical at the HOSA regionals. He frequently volunteers with this church VBS in preschool age group and Kidz Central Event “HOSA booth”. Morgan plans to attend Volunteer State Community College using the Tennessee promise to get an associate’s degree in Chemistry. Then attend Tennessee Tech University and major in Chemistry focus in Forensic Science. After graduation He hopes to become a Forensic Scientist for the Police Dept.

1 -Hannah Oniea Bingham

2 – Joshua Sheldon Murphy

3 – Lindsey McKenna Payne

4 – James Andrew Smith


5 – Heather Renee Stadelman

6 – Chelsi Danielle Vaden

7 – Christopher Michael Edwards

8 – Steven Tyler Peyatt

9 – Kameran Deanna Washer

10 – Morgan Taylor Gentry

Gordonsville WWII Veteran Ivy Agee Jr. Referenced in Episode of “The Simpsons”

A Smith County Insider follower was watching an episode of the FOX animated sitcom The Simpsons recently when they heard one of the characters reference a familiar-sounding World War II veteran.

That WWII veteran happens to be Mr. Ivy C. Agee Jr. of Gordonsville, Tennessee.

Mr. Agee was referenced during a second grade class president debate between Lisa and her new friend, Isabel Gutierrez. Isabel begins the debate by saying, “Ivy Agee, Frank Marino, Glen Gloyd — these are men who fought at Omaha Beach. And they are the reason I’m running for second grade rep. Dios los bendiga a todos.”

See video below.

Mr. & Mrs. Ivy C. Agee Jr.

Sgt. Ivy Agee Jr. entered into active service in the U.S. Army on January 17, 1943, and did basic training at Fort Oglethorpe in Georgia and Fort Still in Oregon before being sent to the European Theatre Operations on May 27, 1943, with the 111th Field Artillery Battalion of the 29th Infantry Division

Temporarily attached to the 116th infantry regiment, he was among the first assault wave that landed on Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944. Responsible for communications, he was assigned to a jeep equipped with a radio that he was forced to abandon in order to avoid heavy fire.

A portion of Main street in Gordonsville was recently dedicated to Mr. Agee.

The name of the episode is “The Kid Is All Right” and was the sixth episode of the 25th season of The Simpsons — originally aired on November 24, 2013. Click HERE to purchase the full episode on iTunes. 


Two Arrested in Traffic Stop in Carthage

A traffic stop led to the arrest of two individuals last Wednesday, March 8.

Sgt. Nick Gillilan of the Smith County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on a gray Toyota Camry on Main Street in Carthage.

Upon approaching the vehicle, Gillilan noticed a smell one would associate with marijuana coming from the vehicle.

Gillilan spoke with the driver, identified as 25-year-old Eric Lawrence of Alexandria, who stated the car belonged to the passenger, 18-year-old Bradley Ledbetter of Alexandria, according to the arrest warrant.

According to the arrest warrant, Ledbetter stated the registration and tag for the vehicle where located in the trunk.

Gillilan informed them that he did smell the marijuana, at which time he was handed marijuana, a pipe, a grinder and rolling parers from the middle console of the car.

Deputy Nick Campbell assisted with a search of the vehicle, in which a bottle of Jagermeister, suboxone strip, another pipe with marijuana inside and a grinder were located.

According to the arrest warrant, Ledbetter took ownership of the items found in the car, at which time he was placed under arrest.

Gillilan then conducted the Standardized Field Sobriety Test on the Lawrence, in which he did not perform satisfactory.

Lawrence was placed under arrest for driving under the influence.

According to the arrest warrant, Lawrence was read the Implied Consent Law, to which he refused to do a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) test.

Due to Lawrence having a prior DUI with a conviction date of August 28, 2014, out of Putnum County, a search warrant for blood was obtained.

Lawrence is charged with DUI 2nd Offense.

Ledbetter is charged with possession of schedule III, possession of schedule VI, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of alcohol while minor.

Bradley Kyle Ledbetter

Eric Christopher Lawrence


“From My Head ToMaToes” Workshop

Tomatoes are one of the most popular plants grown in home gardens in Tennessee. A few plants will meet the needs of most families and the majority of people would agree that a home grown tomato far surpasses anything you can buy in a grocery store.

To help you gear up for the growing season, UT Extension is hosting a free workshop entitled “From My Head ToMaToes.” It will be held April 5 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at Sutton General Store in Granville, TN.

This fun, hands on workshop will cover some of the common insects and diseases that affect tomatoes. You will also learn about growth requirements of tomatoes and disorders that can sometimes ruin an entire crop.

Lunch will be available for purchase after the workshop. If you have never been to Sutton Homestead at Granville, it is well worth the trip as they have an agriculture museum, antique car museum, blacksmith shop, and much more.

I hope you can join us on April 5 for the tomato workshop and take some time while you are there to tour the Sutton Homestead. For directions or more information call the UT Extension office at 615-735-2900.

St. Patrick’s Day Cake Walk

The Carthage Pavilion Assisted Living would like to invite you to come out to their St. Patrick’s Day Cake Walk on Friday, March 17, from 5:30 to 7pm.

Tickets will be sold at the cake walk.

Call (615) 588-1040 for more details.

Tha Carthage Pavilion Assisted Living is located at 130 Lebanon Highway – Carthage, TN 37030.

Fire Destroys Home on Faith Lane

Around 9 am Saturday morning, March 11, Smith County 911 received a call reporting a structure fire at the end of Faith Lane, off of Hiwassee Road. Faith Lane begins around 570 Hiwassee Road.

Upon arriving on scene, authorities found a double-wide trailer fully engulfed in flames. All of the occupants of the home were able to make it out safely. The home was completely destroyed.

Central District and Rome/Rock City Firefighters arrived on scene and were able to control the blaze.

According to the Tennessee Property Data Assessment, the property belongs to Mid State Investments LLC.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time and is currently under investigation by the Smith County Fire Inspector.

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Tai Chi Classes – Space Still Available

The Smith County UT Extension is partnering with the Arthritis Foundation to host Tai Chi Classes at the Smith County Ag Center. The classes begin on Wednesday March 22, 2017, from 9 to 10am.

The class will meet every Wednesday for 6 weeks. Cost is $48. To register, call Mary Parker Draper – (615) 735-2900

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When Is the Best Time to Go on a Cruise?

It depends…

Ask Yourself: Why Are You Cruising?

The first consideration to make when choosing the time for your cruise is why you want to take a cruise. If you are planning to celebrate a special occasion while on board – a birthday, anniversary, retirement, or honeymoon – the date of that occasion will influence when it is best for you to cruise. Also consider that you may prefer to spend the actual special day with family members or friends on land; setting sail at a different time can help prolong the celebration.

Similarly, if there is something specific you hope to do on your cruise, you will need to plan your sailing dates accordingly. Certain shore tours, such as whale watching excursions or wine-making with grape stomps, are only available at specific times of year. If you have always dreamed of trying those activities, you will need to plan your cruise for a time when you can take advantage of the opportunity.

Where Do You Want to Go?

While many popular cruise areas such as the Caribbean, the Bahamas, the Mediterranean and the Mexican Riviera have sailings year-round, other destinations only have a limited cruise season. Alaska, northern Europe and Bermuda are all relatively limited for the best times to cruise. For instance, the Alaska cruise season begins in May and ends in September at which time the cruise ships are repositioned to ports that are farther south.

Is This Your First Time?

More than anything else, this affects how long a cruise you should take. If you are unsure about what to expect, take a 4- or 5-day cruise from a nearby port. By doing this you can find out if you really like the cruising lifestyle without spending boatloads of money. You can also get the answers to questions like: Will I enjoy the food? Will I get bored? What if I get seasick? Did I pack the right stuff? More than likely you will get “bit” and want to plan a longer cruise but this is a good way to get started.

Budget Considerations

If your budget is tight, that can affect when you go. Certain times of year are low seasons for cruise vacations, and during those times fares can be significantly cheaper – even hundreds of dollars less for the same cabin on the same itinerary. In general, mid-winter cruises in January and early February, as well as late spring and early fall, are less expensive times to take a cruise. The summer months, school breaks and Thanksgiving and Christmas are much more expensive.

Be Aware of the Weather

The weather can play a factor in the best time to cruise. While there can be bad weather at any time and there is always plenty to do onboard in case of inclement weather, if you’re sensitive to the motion of the ship you may want to avoid the risk of rough seas. Hurricane season in the Caribbean runs from June 1 through November 30, with the greatest number of storms historically occurring from mid-August through late October. Likewise, if you’re cruising to Alaska, you may want to avoid May and September in the cruising season because the weather can be much cooler and more unpredictable.

What Kind of Company Do You Want?

Demographics do play a role. Considering the type of passengers you prefer to cruise with can help you choose the best time for your cruise. For example, if you want to take a family vacation and hope your children or grandchildren will have company in the ship’s youth programs, a cruise during the summer or when schools are on break is best. If you’d rather have a more mature range of passengers with fewer kids on board, cruising when schools are in session or opting for a longer itinerary is ideal. On the other hand, if you prefer the party crowd with more rambunctious shipmates, you’ll want to consider shorter cruises or opt for spring break periods when greater numbers of young professionals and college students are likely to be on board. Certain cruise lines cater to different demographics; this is an area where a travel agent can be of assistance.

Bucket List Advice

In summary, there is no terrible time for a cruise. No matter when you set sail, you will be treated to a magical experience that includes great service, exquisite food, fun entertainment, stunning ports of call and a range of great activities to enjoy.

David Anderson

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