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Gordonsville loses to region opponent Clay County

by Ryan Nixon

Gordonsville at Clay County – Friday, September 20, 2019

The Gordonsville Tigers fell to 1-4 on the season Friday night, and 1-1 in region play, as they lost 35-6 to the Clay County Bulldogs.

The Tigers were able to answer with a score of their own with nine minutes left in the second quarter off a two yard touchdown rush up the middle by Wyatt Pemberton. A failed two point conversion left Gordonsville down 8-6. This remained the score until halftime.

After halftime, Clay County put their foot on the gas and didn’t look back. The Bulldogs struck halfway through the third quarter to go ahead to a 14-6 lead. The Tigers weren’t able to respond, giving up three more unanswered touchdowns in the fourth quarter to make the final score 35-6.

What’s next for the Tigers?

The Tigers will look to bounce back from their losing streak with a win next week against Coalfield during homecoming. Injuries have been the biggest storyline of the Tigers and have hurt the team’s depth. Gordonsville will need some new faces to step up in the coming weeks to try and get back on track.

Smith County Owls beat York Dragons thanks to high-scoring second half

by Ryan Nixon

Smith County at York – Friday, September 20, 2019

The Owls moved to 1-1 in their region (3-1 overall) on Friday night when they traveled to York to take on the Dragons. A scoreless first half turned into an exciting, high-scoring second half, when the Owls finally caught their groove.

Neither team was able to get much going on offense in the first half, with neither team finding the scoreboard.

The Owls were able to strike quick in the third quarter, scoring a 94 yard touchdown on a pass from Cameron Spivey to Eli Martin to make the score 7-0.

York answered back with a score of their own but missed the extra point, causing the Owls to still lead 7-6.

In the fourth quarter, the Owls found the end zone again thanks to getting the ball from a D.J. Burk fumble recovery around the 25 yard line. Spivey was able to connect with Martin for their second touchdown of the game to give the Owls a 14-6 lead.

Smith County forced a fumble, which Burk recovered for his second fumble recovery of the night, on York’s next drive, and the Owls found the end zone a couple plays later off of a John Ross Hord touchdown rush to give the Owls a 20-6 lead.

York struck back on the next play, returning the kickoff for a touchdown. Smith County was able to stop the 2 point conversion attempt, to make the score 20-12.

Smith County answered with a kickoff return for a touchdown of their own as Zeke Dillon made an 85 yard return to put the Owls up 27-12 midway through the fourth quarter.

The Owls found the end zone off a short quarterback run by Spivey to take a 34-12 lead. This wrapped up the scoring, but the Owls were able to force another fumble on the last play of the game, which was recovered by Burk for his third fumble recovery of the game.

What’s next for the Owls?

Smith County will look to keep this momentum going next week as they take on Livingston for the Owls’ homecoming game.

SCI First Responder Friday: Tim Manning

For this week’s First Responder Friday, Smith County Insider interviewed Tim Manning, a volunteer member of the Smith County Rescue Squad who lives in Gordonsville, Tennessee. Previously, Tim has served as an EMT and a Fire Chief.

Tim has worked as a fire and rescue First Responder since 1983.

SCI: When did you realize this is what you wanted to do?

TM: In high school, I believe it was Dr. Duke and Karen Ezell that taught a basic first responders class.

SCI: What is the best thing about your job?

TM: I enjoy calming the patient or sometimes it’s the relatives so others can accomplish their jobs. Lots of new unexpected actions around the scenes and they just get overwhelmed until you explain why.

SCI: What is your proudest work accomplishment?

TM: I’ve made many friends and acquaintances. Proudest work… I rate ALL incidents the same, I attempt to give 100 % to help others. Not all outcomes are the same BUT they’re ALL due the same respect.

SCI: What advice would you give someone looking to go into your field?

TM: If you don’t have compassion to help your fellow man stay out of the fields, YES, there’s many fields associated as one but are multiple.

SCI: What are your favorite hobbies and activities outside of work?

TM: Woodworking, photography… playing with the GRANDkids!!!

SCI: Is there anything else you want to share with the readers of Smith County Insider?

TM: Support your local rescue squad and fire dept. These are operated by unselfish volunteers that take time away from their families and jobs to help in your time of need. They take PRIDE in what they do for many thankless operations.

Thank you for your service to Smith County, Tim!

Don’t miss next week’s First Responder Friday!

Joe Hearn Memorial Scholarship Fund Poker Run to be held September 28, 2019

On Saturday, September 28, 2019, the Alexandria Lions Club will sponsor the Joe Hearn Memorial Scholarship Fund Poker Run.

The event will begin at the DeKalb County Fairgrounds Lions Club Building at 300 Fairground Road in Alexandria, Tennessee. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and participants will leave at 9:00 a.m. for an approximately 2 hour run. 

Hot rods, motorcycles, etc. are welcome to participate in the Poker Run. The cost to participate is $25 per entry and $5 per passenger. This price includes a barbecue meal.

Map and Draw stations are TBA on the day of the event. The route will be 100% paved. Prizes awarded.

For more information about the event, please contact Chris Hale or Brad Driver at 615-529-2580.

The Joe Hearn Memorial Scholarship Fund Poker Run celebrates the memory of Joe Hearn, who was an avid Ford Mustang lover and longtime dedicated member of the Alexandria Lions Club. 

In 2018, a memorial scholarship fund was set up by the Alexandria Lions Club in memory of Joe and is awarded to a high school vocational student each year. 

Make plans to attend the Gordonsville Halloween Bash on October 31, 2019

The Town of Gordonsville will host its annual Halloween Bash from 5:00 p.m until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 31, 2019. The event will take place on East Main Street in Gordonsville. 

The Halloween Bash will feature a photo booth, door prizes, a $250 cash giveaway, a costume contest, a touch-a-truck experience, and tons of candy!

This event is free and fun for the whole family.

To stay up-to-date on details about the event, visit the Gordonsville Halloween Bash Facebook page. 

If you are interested in participating and/or setting up a booth at the Gordonsville Halloween Bash, please contact 615-489-0572.

Smith County Heritage Museum and Chamber of Commerce partner to offer digital Smith County History Book

Check out this great opportunity to have a copy of the Smith County History Book on a flash drive! 

This high-resolution, searchable PDF document contains all the information and images in the original hardbound, 800+ page Smith County History Book, which was published in 1987.

Each flash drive costs $45 at pre-sale pricing. After September 30, 2019, the price will be $50.

To order, please contact the Smith County Chamber of Commerce at (615) 735-2093 or the Smith County Heritage Museum at (615) 735-1104. 

County-wide burn ban issued in Smith County

Smith County has placed a County-Wide Burn Ban in effect until further notice, due to the current extremely dry conditions.

Earlier this week, the cities of South Carthage and Gordonsville issued burn bans within city limits. Burn bans are currently being issued all across the Middle Tennessee area, as well.

A county-wide Reverse 911 Call, for those who live outside of the cities, began at 10:00 a.m. Thursday morning to notify citizens about the burn ban.

Tennessee State Forestry has also changed the start date that a permit is required for Open Air Burning this year. The start date is September 23 and runs through May 15. Visit burnsafetn.org for additional information.

We will update you when the burn ban is lifted. Thanks for your cooperation!

Carthage United Methodist Church Blessing of the Pets – September 21, 2019

The Carthage United Methodist Church will host its 3rd Annual Blessing of the Pets from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 21, 2019.

“Bring you kitty, your doggo, guinea pig or lizard. Bring whatever lives in your home that you call a pet,” the church shared in a post on social media. “All creatures great and small…The Lord God made them all! Let’s celebrate the gift of critters that came directly from God to you.”

At the Blessing of the Pets, pet portraits will be drawn by a local artist, special activities for kids will be offered, and nail trims will be available for a donation to Smith County Animal Clinic Lovie’s Fund.

The Carthage United Methodist Church is located at 608 Main Street North in Carthage, TN.  Learn more about the Carthage United Methodist Church at http://www.carthagetnumc.org.

Press Release: UCARTS Buses Undergo Rebranding

SMITH COUNTY, Tenn. – The Upper Cumberland’s public transportation system known as UCARTS is getting a new name and exterior design. Riders can expect to see the newly rebranded buses, now known as Ride Upper Cumberland, on the road in Smith County. 

Ride Upper Cumberland, formerly known as UCARTS, is a division of the Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency’s (UCHRA) public transit system which offers door-to-door transportation service for any individual in all 14 counties of the Upper Cumberland. This service is available Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. Interested riders must schedule trips 24 hours in advance. Local trips are $1 each way and $1 for each additional stop. Fares outside of the designated local area are based on miles traveled and are charged accordingly. 

Though the look of the buses has changed, the service including ride fares will remain the same. 

“Even though we’ve changed the look and name of UCARTS, riders can rely on the same affordable, safe and dependable service that our transit system has always provided,” Rebecca Harris, UCHRA Deputy Director/ Director of Transportation said. “Ride Upper Cumberland services are available to all citizens in the Upper Cumberland, young, old, and disabled. Anyone can ride the bus.” 

UCHRA has already begun placing the rebranded buses on the road, with more buses being transitioned into use over the coming weeks. 

The rebranding of Ride Upper Cumberland and other divisions of UCHRA’s transportation fleet follows the agency’s rebranding effort. UCHRA recently changed its logo and will be releasing newly branded marketing materials soon. 

The Ride Upper Cumberland transportation service is funded under an agreement with the Tennessee Department of Transportation. 

For more information on Ride Upper Cumberland please call your local UCHRA office. 

The Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency (UCHRA) was established by the Tennessee General Assembly in 1973 to be the delivery system for human resources in the fourteen counties of the region.

The programs operated by UCHRA initially included job training and transportation. During ensuing years, the UCHRA has expanded to supply a wide range of services that use a combination of funds from federal, state, and local organizations.

Smith County Weather Report – September 19, 2019

by Steve Norris, Smith County Insider Weather Correspondent

We need some rain in Smith County, but unfortunately I do not have much to tell you about. We have only had one day with showers in the last 2 weeks and unless something unexpected develops, we are only looking at a 20% chance for the first and middle part of next week.

Our forecast models are only indicating a slight chance through the end of September and combined with lower humidity and temperatures near 90 next week, I am getting concerned about the threat of grass and woods fires increasing. Smith County has issued a county-wide burn ban in hopes of preventing such fires.

If you would be interested in keeping a daily tab on your rainfall and reporting it to the Weather Service, go to Cocorahs.org to get all of the information on how to sign up. You only have to take one observation in the morning and then go online and put down the rainfall recorded during the past 24 hours. I am a daily contributor, and this weather info can be very valuable to the Weather Service and it is lots of fun to compare rainfall totals to the surrounding counties.

Autumn begins on September 23 at 2:50 a.m. and sunset that day will be at 6:36 p.m. The days are really getting shorter and by the end of October, sunset will be 5:46 p.m. On the first day of autumn, the sun will rise directly in the East and set directly in the West. As we go into fall and move toward winter, the days get shorter and the sun gets lower in the sky because the Earth is tilting away from the Sun.

In spring and summer, the pigment chlorophyll gives leaves their green color. At the end of summer, the decreased daylight and cooler temperatures cause chlorophyll to break down, and that exposes other pigments that cause the brilliant yellow, orange, red leaves of fall.

Steve Norris is certified by the National Weather Association. He got his first job at 18 years old doing radio weather. Steve does forecasts for several radio stations and newspapers, and he serves as a severe weather meteorologist for some city governments in the Middle Tennessee area. Steve first became interested in weather when his grandfather bought him a thermometer when he was 10 years old. He has been loving weather for over 40 years.

If you need weather data or have any weather-related questions or comments, you can reach Steve Norris anytime at weather1@charter.net.

Beckett chosen as “Face of the Race” for upcoming 3.21 Run 4 DS 5K Race

by Bill Conger

Having a child with Down syndrome is nothing to feel sorry about. It’s a blessing. That’s the passionate message Smith County couple Andy and Courtney West believe in as their son, Beckett, age 5, is the Face of the Race for the 5 Annual 3.21Run4DS race coming up October 5 in Liberty, TN. 

The Wests learned of Beckett’s diagnosis when she was 28 weeks pregnant.

“It was definitely not the news we wanted to hear,” says Courtney West. But, the mother of two makes it clear — she offers no condolences to someone who hears their child has DS, only congratulations. 

“There is nothing to be sorry about,” she says. “Congratulate them on being blessed with a wonderful baby that will accomplish wonderful things.” 

Beckett, who counts his brother Keaton, age 9, Keaton’s friend, Maddux, first cousin Nora and his classmates as friends, attends Pre-K at Carthage Elementary School three days a week and the Fun Factory Child Care the other two days of the week. 

“One of my concerns when Beckett started school was “Would people treat him differently or would they be mean to him?” Mrs. West said. “That has not been our experience so far. Beckett is a rock star at school. Everyone seems to know him and goes out of their way to talk to him. Keaton’s friends always make an effort to play with him and give him a hug!”

Andy, the VP- Office Manager at the Carthage branch of Wilson Bank & Trust and Courtney, accountant at Companion CPA Group in Cookeville, knew little about Down Syndrome at first but became quick studies. Still, DS wasn’t the Wests’ top concern. They learned their precious bundle of joy also faced a congenital heart defect, AVSD, which required open heart surgery. 

Following up with the cardiologist every couple of years is just one of many extra responsibilities the young couple juggles in their lives. Beckett goes to Dynamic Therapy Center once a week for Occupational and Physical Therapy, and he receives Occupational, Physical, and Speech therapies at Carthage Elementary School. Beckett has hypothyroidism that necessitates a trip to the Endocrinologist two to three times per year. Each year they visit the Down Syndrome Clinic at Vanderbilt.  

Life for the strong-willed little boy is certainly much more than medical.

“He LOVES baseball,” his mom says. “Baseball is life at our house. We watch the Atlanta Braves every night, and we watch the movie, The Perfect Game, when the Braves are not playing.  We play baseball inside and outside of the house.” 

So, it’s little surprise perhaps that Beckett would like to be a baseball player or photographer when he grows up. In the meantime he likes to greet people wherever he goes, making them laugh and showcasing his “goofy personality.” 

Beckett and his family will be putting on their race shoes for the 5th Annual 5K and Fun Run for Down Syndrome Awareness on Saturday, October 5 at 8:00 a.m. at DeKalb West School, located at 101 Bulldog Lane in Liberty. 

“Individuals with Down syndrome have hopes and dreams just like anyone else and are capable of reaching those,” says Beckett’s mother. The diagnosis of DS does not limit what they are capable of.”

Down syndrome occurs when an individual has three, rather than two, copies of the 21st chromosome. This additional genetic material alters the course of development and causes the characteristics associated with Down syndrome. A few of the common physical traits of Down syndrome are low muscle tone, small stature, an upward slant to the eyes, and a single deep crease across the center of the palm. Every person with Down syndrome is a unique individual and may possess these characteristics to different degrees, or not at all. More than 400,000 people are  living with Down syndrome in the United States. 

Cost for the 5K Run/Walk is $25 if you sign up before September 27. It cost $15 to register for the Fun Run/Walk before October 2, and $25 for the Virtual 5K. For more information contact the race director at 321Run4DS@gmail.com.

The 3.21 Run for Down Syndrome will be held at DeKalb West School. Race day registration begins at 6:45 a.m. and the race begins at 8:00 a.m. on October 5. You can learn more about the 3.21Run4DS at http://www.321run4ds.org.

Smith County Lady Owls Soccer team crowned 2019 Smoky Mountain Cup Tournament Champions

On Friday, September 13, 2019, the Smith County Lady Owls Soccer team traveled to Gatlinburg. This was their first time participating in the Smoky Mountain Cup Tournament.  This is a prestigious tournament with teams from multiple states.  The competition is fierce and the backdrop is breathtaking.

Saturday morning the Lady Owls faced Harriman High School. These young ladies demonstrated their “One Team” motto in a convincing fashion.  Every Owl played. Goalie Anna Vining had the first half shift and handed the net over to Goalie Eden Daniel for the second half. Six Lady Owls scored while the defense and Goalkeeper team protected the clean sheet, allowing nothing in the net.  The goal scorers were:  Biz Davis, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Brianna Solomon, Mallory Dillon, Kaytlin Patterson, and McKayla Pace.  Smith County 6 – Harriman 0

Saturday afternoon Smith County took to the pitch to take on Gatlinburg-Pittman High School.  This game was hard fought but the Lady Owls dug deep and pulled together. Lizzie Harper scored with an assist from Gracie Green.  This was the only goal of the game for either side.  Smith County 1- Gatlinburg-Pittman 0

Sunday morning would be the big test.  Going head to head with Marion County High School, Kentucky.  These two teams were tied for first place, evenly matched, and battling in the Championship game.  The score was tied at 0 after the first half.  The Lady Owls pulled together and fought hard.  Finally, Lizzie Harper found the net with an assist from Kaytlin Patterson which would end up being the winning goal as the defense and goalkeeper  Anna Vining kept the clean sheet intact once again.

The team bonded, grew, had fun and even saw a bear near their cabin, but getting to come home Champions was priceless.  The Smith County Lady Owls are sitting at 8-0 (3-0) and have only given up one goal in eight games.  

Head Coach Nicholus Bussell and Assistant Coaches Kit Jenkins and Lisa Reese were extremely impressed by how well the team came together and fought in this highly competitive tournament. 

Man arrested for possession of meth, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia following traffic stop

Ricky Bryan Bowman (34, Carthage)

(Smith County Insider Press)—A Carthage man faces drug charges following a traffic stop on Highway 25 in Carthage on August 8, 2019. Ricky Bryan Bowman (34, Carthage) was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.

According to the police report, Smith County Sheriff’s Deputy Nathan Williams observed Bowman behind the wheel of a vehicle and initiated the traffic stop due to prior knowledge of Bowman’s license being revoked.

During the traffic stop, the K-9 unit was deployed and indicated the presence of illegal substances inside Bowman’s vehicle.

According to the police report, 9.5 grams of crystal methamphetamine, 5.3 grams of marijuana, 1 Suboxone pill, and a Crown Royal bag containing digital scales and small baggies were located inside the vehicle.

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

Bowman is charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of Schedule III, simple possession of Schedule VI, driving on a revoked license, and felony possession of drug paraphernalia.

Woman jailed for possession of meth, drug paraphernalia, and anti-theft device

Jimi R. Box (25, Carthage)

(Smith County Insider Press)—Jimi R. Box (25, Carthage) faces multiple charges after she was discovered to be in possession of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and an anti-theft device during a traffic stop conducted on August 6, 2019.

According to the police report, Smith County Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Junior Fields came in contact with Box after initiating a traffic stop on a vehicle with an unreadable temporary tag. Box was a passenger in the vehicle.

During the traffic stop, Box surrendered a hypodermic syringe and indicated that she was in possession of a small amount of crystal methamphetamine.

The K-9 unit was deployed and indicated that the vehicle contained illegal substances. 

According to the police report, 3 grams of crystal methamphetamine, a set of digital scales, and multiple empty baggies were discovered in the vehicle. Box admitted to police that she had purchased a quarter ounce of methamphetamine from a source in Lebanon, Tennessee, and had sold 5 grams of it.

During a search of Box’s purse, police also found an Alpha Key, which is used to deactivate anti-theft devices at Walmart, according to the police report.

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

Box is charged with possession of an anti-theft device, felony possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of methamphetamine.

Traffic stop leads to discovery of cocaine, pills, and drug paraphernalia

Jessica Kaye Yeargin (36, Joelton)

(Smith County Insider Press)—Jessica Kaye Yeargin (36, Joelton) faces drug charges after drugs were discovered in her vehicle when she was pulled over for speeding on Grant Highway on July 30, 2019.

According to the police report, when Smith County Sheriff’s Deputy Stephen Enoch initiated the traffic stop, Yeargin informed him that her license was expired.

Deputy Enoch called Sergeant Junior Fields to the scene, and the K-9 unit was deployed. The K-9 indicated positive during a free-air sniff.

According to the police report, a search of Yeargin’s vehicle revealed six needles, two pipes, six  300 milligram Gabapentin pills, and 0.4 grams of cocaine.

Yeargin was placed under arrest and transported to the Smith County Jail for processing.

Yeargin is charged with two counts simple possession of narcotics and one count felony possession of drug paraphernalia.


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