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Community Health Fair to be held at Riverview Regional Medical Center — Feb 17, 2020

A Community Health Fair will be held in the Conference Room of Riverview Regional Medical Center on Monday, February 17, 2020, from 8:00 a.m. until noon.

The following topics will be covered at the Community Health Fair:

  • Hemoglobin A1C
  • Blood Pressure
  • Hand Only CPR
  • Flu Education
  • EHAC – Early Heat Attack Care:  Learn the Early Signs and Symptoms

Riverview Regional Medical Center is located at 158 Hospital Drive in Carthage, Tennessee.

Blood Drive to be held at Carthage Walmart on February 21, 2020

The American Red Cross Bus will be set up at Walmart in Carthage on Friday, February 21, 2020, from 8:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

Carthage Walmart is located at 125 Meyers Street in Carthage, Tennessee.

To schedule your donation appointment in advance, go to www.redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code WalmartCarthage.

Save time on the day of your donation appointment by completing your pre-donation reading and health history with Rapid Pass online.

Download the Blood Donor App today to get your digital donor card, schedule your next appointment, track your lifetime donations, view your blood pressure, and follow your donation on its way to a hospital.

According to the American Red Cross website, blood donors help patients of all ages: accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those battling cancer. 

In fact, every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood, and just one car accident victim can use as many as 100 units of blood. Your donation matters!

To learn more about the American Red Cross and the blood donation process, click here.

Smith County High School Band to perform at Daytona 500 on Sunday

The Smith County High School Marching Band is busy preparing for their performance at the 52nd
NASCAR Daytona 500 on Sunday, February 16, 2020.

The Daytona 500, regarded as the most important event on the NASCAR circuit, is a 500-mile-long motor race held annually at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Smith County students will have the once in a lifetime experience of marching on the Daytona 500 track, visiting pit road and performing with groups from across the United States during the pre-race show.

“This is a great experience for students,” Smith County High School Director of Bands Davey Edmaiston said. “Most of the students have never been out of state, and to have the opportunity to travel all the way to Florida is really special.”

Follow along on the SCHS Band’s journey on the Smith County Music Department Facebook page.

We are so proud of you, Smith County High School Band!

Smith County Commission passes resolution declaring Smith County a “Second Amendment Sanctuary County”

During the February 2020 meeting of the Smith County Commission on Monday night, commissioners unanimously voted to pass a resolution declaring Smith County a “Second Amendment Sanctuary County.”

Mayor Mason presented the resolution to the commission, and a motion to approve the resolution  as written was made by District 8 Commissioner David Gross and seconded by District 8 Commissioner Frank Woodard. 

During discussion of the resolution, District 4 Commissioner Erika Ebel suggested a few grammatical and formatting corrections. Commissioner Ebel also presented four amendments to the wording of the resolution. None of her amendments received a second.

In a roll-call vote, the motion to approve Resolution 02-2020-05 with grammatical changes was passed unanimously.

The Second Amendment Sanctuary resolution reads as follows:

Resolution No. 02-2020-05

WHEREAS, the Constitution of the United States is the supreme law of our nation; and

WHEREAS, the citizens of Smith County, Tennessee recognize their duty as law-abiding citizens to act in accordance with the U.S. Constitution and the Tennessee Constitution; and

WHEREAS, the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, adopted in 1791 as part of the Bill of Rights, protects the inalienable and individual right of the people to keep and bear arms; and

WHEREAS, the Tennessee Constitution, Article I, Section 26, declares: “That the citizens of this state have a right to keep and to bear arms for their common defense; but the Legislature shall have power, by law, to regulate the wearing of arms with a view to prevent crime”; and

WHEREAS, the United States Supreme Court has affirmed an individual’s right to possess firearms, unconnected with service in a militia, for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home; and

WHEREAS, Smith County Board of Commissioners each took an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the laws which are deemed constitutional by a court of competent jurisdiction; and

WHEREAS, it is the desire of the Smith County Commission to declare its support of the United States Constitution and the Second Amendment to protect the inalienable and individual right to keep and bear arms; and

WHEREAS, the Smith County Commission opposes any federal or state law that infringes on a citizen’s Second Amendment right to bear arms and encourage our representatives at both the state and federal level to refrain from supporting any such legislation. 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Smith County Legislative Body has declared Smith County to be a “Second Amendment Sanctuary County” with all rights and responsibilities so entitled, furthermore, We the People of Smith County, Tennessee, through this resolution hereby declare our rights, our freedom, and our liberty as guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States of America.

Approved and adopted this 10th day of February 2020.

You can watch the full February 2020 Meeting of the Smith County Commission below. 

Eddie Stout appointed to fill vacant District 5 County Commission Seat

Eddie Stout, newly-appointed District 5 County Commissioner

During the February meeting of the Smith County Commission, Gordonsville resident Eddie Stout was appointed to fill a vacant seat on the commission.

The seat in District 5 became empty last month when commissioner Colby McKinney announced his resignation during the commission’s January meeting.

Registered voters living in District 5 (Gordonsville/Lancaster/Hickman) had the opportunity to submit their name for consideration for the empty seat.

Prior to Monday night’s meeting, Jimmy Austin submitted a letter expressing his interest in filling the vacant seat.

On the night of the meeting, Chris Ray submitted a letter to the commission, and Eddie Stout and Jimmy Gregory addressed the commission directly.

Jimmy Gregory, Eddie Stout, and Chris Ray were all nominated by the commission, and current commissioners took a vote to determine which candidate would fill the empty seat.

Eddie Stout was appointed by a vote of 18 to 5, with the other 5 votes being cast for Jimmy Gregory.

Eddie Stout will be sworn into office and is expected to fill his seat on the commission at the March 2020 meeting.

You can watch the February 2020 meeting of the Smith County Commission below.

Press Release: Heart Attack Survivor Celebrates Valentine’s Day with American Heart Association

Danielle Hale (right) with team member holding one of the many hearts donated in her honor after her heart attack.

This Valentine’s Day, one Gordonsville resident is thinking about her heart – but not the way you’d think.

Danielle Hale is thinking about how she survived a heart attack. And how she doesn’t want other people to go through the same experience she suffered years ago.

That’s why, during American Heart Month especially, Danielle wants people to put their hearts first. She believes in the mission of the American Heart Association to educate about heart health and help save lives.

As manager of the Pilot Travel Center in Gordonsville, Tennessee, Danielle has seen many friends, family member and neighbors donate to the annual ‘Life is Why We Give’ fundraising campaign in her name – seeing it written on paper heart icons hung up in the store has been emotional for her. With the campaign’s third year currently underway, she is rallying his team to raise even more for the American Heart Association.

There are two weeks left for guests to stop by Pilot Company locations to purchase paper icons, round-up their purchases at check-out or donate online – and there’s a special social media donation option coming up on Feb. 14.

Read the press release below for more information!

Pilot Company Kicks Off ‘Life is Why We Give™’ Campaign for American Heart Month

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Pilot Company, the largest supplier of fuel and the industry-leading network of travel centers in North America, today announced the return of the Life is Why We Give™ campaign this February with a goal to raise $1 million in support of the American Heart Association’s fight against cardiovascular disease and stroke. Throughout the campaign, guests are invited to visit any of the 700 company-operated travel centers and convenience stores in the U.S. to participate in the fundraising campaign and 100% of the proceeds will benefit the critical programs of the American Heart Association.

“Our continued support of the American Heart Association and the incredible generosity of our guests and team members has contributed more than $2 million for the Life is Why We Give™ campaign since 2018,” said Ken Parent, president of Pilot Company. “Giving to such an important cause, which affects so many of our loved ones, helps the American Heart Association discover breakthroughs and develop initiatives to save and improve lives. Together, we can help countless people within our communities and around the world who are impacted by heart disease and stroke.”

Pilot Company will kick-off its third year of the campaign with several convenient ways for guests to participate at its stores across the country, including company-operated Pilot and Flying J travel centers, Mr. Fuel, Stamart and Pride locations. To easily find nearby locations, download the Pilot Flying J app. The company also will offer ways to give on its Pilot Flying J website and social channels.

During the month of February, Pilot Company’s fundraising initiatives include:

  • Paper Heart Icons: $1, $3 and $5 red hearts will be available for purchase at all locations.
  • Pin-Pad Round Up or Donation*: Guests can round up their purchase to the nearest whole dollar or elect to donate other amounts at the pin-pad during checkout.
  • Donate Online: A donation link also will be included on the company’s campaign website at pilotflyingj.com/life-is-why throughout the month of February to provide guests another convenient way to donate.
  • Social Media Donation: On Valentine’s Day, follow @pilotflyingj on social media for an opportunity to “spread the love” and donate to the American Heart Association.

For each of these contribution options, the full amount will be donated directly to the American Heart Association.

To learn more about Pilot Company and its longstanding commitment to giving back, visit pilotcompany.com/about.

*Certain purchases (including, without limitation, fuel and fuel additives and purchases made on fleet cards or direct bill programs) are not eligible for round-up contributions.

About Pilot Company

Pilot Company is a growth company focused on innovative solutions across its retail, energy and logistics operations. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, Pilot Company supplies more than 11 billion gallons of fuel per year. Its industry-leading network of more than 900 retail and fueling locations provides travelers with convenient stops that offer a variety of amenities and products to make road travel easier. The Pilot Flying J travel center network includes locations in 44 states and six Canadian provinces with more than 630 restaurants, 73,000 truck parking spaces, 5,200 deluxe showers, 6,200 diesel lanes and 35 Truck Care service centers. The One9 Fuel Network connects smaller fleets and professional drivers to the services they need at a variety of fueling locations. The energy division optimizes the sourcing and supply of fuel, DEF, bio and renewables and provides critical hauling and disposal services in our nation’s busiest basins as the third largest tanker fleet in North America. Pilot Company is currently ranked No. 10 on Forbes’ list of America’s Largest Private Companies. Visit www.pilotcompany.com for more information.

About Life Is Why We Give

We all deserve to live a long, healthy and happy life. However, heart disease and stroke are robbing too many of us of this chance. The American Heart Association is working to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to have a quality of life that they can spend more joyfully with family and friends. When people donate or purchase goods and services from our Life is Why We Give cause supporters, we move closer to creating the quality of life we all desire.  Life Is Why We Give aims to inspire consumers to think about their reasons to live healthier, longer lives and to give to AHA for those reasons. For too long, heart disease and stroke have stolen our precious moments. It’s time we fight back together and affirm that we’re more powerful than these diseases… because everyone has a reason to live a longer, healthier life… and that reason is why we give.

Smith County Sheriff’s Department warns residents about scam

The Smith County Sheriff’s Office wants to make Smith County residents aware of a phone scam that has recently been brought to their attention.

The Smith County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint of a scam in which the caller pretended to be one of the department’s officers. The scammer stated he was Sgt. Steve Babcock with the Smith County Sheriff’s Department and that the victim had missed jury duty and a warrant was issued for their arrest. 

The scammer stated that the arrest could be avoided if $1486 was sent by purchasing prepaid green dot Visa cards and texting a photo of the front and back of the cards.

The scammer told the victim that if they didn’t pay the fine, they would be arrested. 

Attached is the voicemail recording that that scammer is using.

Please be aware and on the lookout for any potential scams.

Would you use a co-working space in Smith County? Take this survey!

Are you a freelancer? Do you work from home? Could you benefit from the availability of a co-working space here in Smith County?

Coworking spaces are shared workspaces. They offer affordable office space for those looking to escape the isolation of a home office or coffee shop.

If you think this is something you could use, let us know by taking the survey below. Everyone who takes the survey will be entered into a gift card drawing.

Click here to take the survey!

National Wild Turkey Federation Hunting Heritage Banquet set for February 29, 2020

The Smith County chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will host its annual Hunting Heritage Banquet at the Smith County Ag Center on Saturday, February 29, 2020. 

The banquet will begin at 6:00 p.m.

Ticket prices are as follows: 

  • Jakes Ticket (17 and under) – $10
  • Single Ticket – $45
  • Couples Ticket – $60
  • Sponsor Ticket – $260
  • Bronze Corp Table – $500
  • Silver Corp Table – $1,000
  • Gold Corp Table – $2,500

You can purchase tickets at https://events.nwtf.org/420320-2020/tickets.

The Smith County Ag Center is located at 159 Ag Center Lane in Carthage, Tennessee.

If you have any questions, please contact Jarred Derflinger at 615-477-6110 or jarredderflinger@gmail.com.

22 Grams of Marijuana Packaged for Sale Found in Vehicle at Rest Area

Cassandra Lynn Beard

(Smith County Insider Press) – On January 18, 2020, Deputy Dallas Eddie was conducting patrol on Interstate 40 when he entered the rest area and observed an SUV parked illegally. 

Deputy Eddie made contact with the driver of the vehicle, Cassandra Beard (35, Powell, Tennessee), and advised her that she was parked illegally. In addition to the driver, there was a juvenile passenger in the passenger seat and a male passenger in the back seat. While looking for her license, Beard stated that she lived in Knoxville and had gone to Nashville for a road trip and they had stopped at the rest area to get a little sleep before heading home. While speaking with Beard and the other occupants, Deputy Eddie smelled the odor one would associate with marijuana emitting from the vehicle.

According to the police report, Deputy Eddie asked Beard if there was anything illegal in the vehicle, and she handed him a baggie containing a leafy green substance. She stated there was more marijuana in the center console. A search of the vehicle revealed approximately 22 grams of a green leafy substance in multiple baggies, a digital scale, 2 marijuana pipes, and a marijuana cigarette. Beard stated that the substance was marijuana and admitted that she was selling it. 

Beard was placed under arrest and transported to the Smith County Sheriff’s Office for booking. The 16 year old juvenile was taken to the Smith County Sheriff’s Office and released into the custody of his legal guardian. 

Beard is charged with MFG/DEL/SELL Controlled Substances and felony possession of drug paraphernalia. 

February 2020 Meeting of the Smith County Commission

Smith County Mayor Jeff Mason acknowledges David Plassman for his dedication to picking up trash in the community.

The Smith County Commission held its February meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, February 10, 2020.

You can watch the full meeting below.

Thanks to Powell & Meadows Insurance Agency for sponsoring the live broadcast of this meeting.

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The Smith County Board of Commissioners meets on the second Monday of every month except December. Commission meetings are held in the General Sessions Courtroom of the Smith County Jail and Courts Facility, located at 322 Justice Drive in Carthage.

All meetings are open to the public and are streamed live at https://www.facebook.com/smithcountyinsider/.

February 2020 Meeting of the Gordonsville City Council

The Gordonsville City Council held its February meeting at 6:15 p.m. on Monday, February 10, 2020, at Gordonsville City Hall. 

You can watch the full meeting below.

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The Gordonsville City Council meets at 6:15 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at Gordonsville City Hall, located at 63 Main Street in Gordonsville. All meetings are open to the public and streamed live at https://www.facebook.com/smithcountyinsider/. 

Smith County High School Class of 1970 plans Class Reunion – May 9, 2020

The Smith County Class of 1970 is planning the 50th Class Reunion for May 9,2020.

It will be held at 136 Clover St. in Granville, Tennessee, beginning at  6:00 p.m.

The cost is $20 per person which includes  sit-down dinner, music, and video slideshow among other things.

The Class is still trying to contact the following class mates:

  • Sue Carol King
  • Dickie McMeans
  • Robbie Peck
  • Izella Stark

If you know how we can reach any of these people, please call Matilda Graves at 615-683-9303 or email at tillieg@hotmail.com.

Click here for more information. Be sure to follow SCHS Class of ’70 Reunion’ on Facebook!

Drug Overdose on Agee Branch Lane Leads to Discovery of Heroin

William Chavez Cartmell

(Smith County Insider Press) – On January 18, 2020, Sergeant Junior Fields, Deputy Nathan Williams, and Deputy Robin Bellar went to Riverview Regional Medical Center to speak to two individuals after they were transported to the hospital due to a drug overdose on Agee Branch Lane.

According to the police report, the individuals stated that they had worked out a deal with William Cartmell (30, Hickman) to trade a tablet for heroin. After making the trade, the two drove down the road and stopped to use the heroin, at which time the overdose occurred. Smith County Emergency Medical Services resuscitated the two before they were transported to Riverview Regional Medical Center. 

According to the police report, Sergeant Fields, Deputy Williams, and Deputy Bellar then went to a residence on Agee Branch Lane and made contact with Cartmell. Sergeant Fields asked Cartmell where the rest of the heroin was. Cartmell stated he did not have any, but he did state he bought the tablet. After speaking with Cartmell again, he agreed to show Sergeant Fields where the heroin was located. He went into one of the hallways of the residence where laundry was piled up and pulled out a pair of jeans. He then pulled a cigarette pack out of one of the pockets and handed it to Sergeant Fields. Inside the cigarette pack was a baggie with approximately 3.9 grams of heroin, a dollar bill with an unknown amount of heroin inside it, and a cut straw containing residue. 

Cartmell was placed under arrest and transported to the Smith County Jail for processing. Cartmell is charged with reckless endangerment, possession of Schedule I, and possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to use.


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