DT McCall & Sons
Ad Placeholder
Mary Alice Carfi Attorney at Law
Smith County Drug Prevention Coalition
Casey Owen DDS
Lebanon Antique Mall
Dale's Towing

Article Calendar

May 2019
M T W T F S S
« Apr    
 12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
2728293031  

Sign up for text message alerts from Smith County Insider!



asdasdsd

The Jolly String Quartet set to perform at the Pleasant Shade Community Center — June 8, 2019

The latest event from “Shade Tree Presents” is a concert by The Jolly String Quartet, which will be held at the Pleasant Shade Community Center on Saturday, June 8, 2019.

Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. The concert will begin at 7:00 p.m. 

Tickets are $10 and may be purchased online here.

Concessions will be available for purchase at the event.

Having performed together since the age of seven, The Jolly String Quartet has developed a musical synergy that is rich, expressive and rare.  They are classically-trained, vibrant musicians who incorporate vocals, mandolin, guitar, and piano into their performances, creating a colorful repertoire that extends beyond classical to pop, jazz, folk, gospel, and newgrass.  This combination of skillful musicianship and diversity of styles produces a musical experience that is certain to delight any audience.

The Jolly String Quartet is comprised of the four oldest children of Jeff and Elaine Jolly of Mount Juliet, Tennessee.  They are Viktor, Gorsha, Yara, and Kristina.  All four children were adopted from Russia. 

You can learn more about the Jolly String Quartet by visiting their website.

Don’t miss your chance to spend an evening at the Pleasant Shade Community Center with The Jolly String Quartet!

The Pleasant Shade Community Center is located at the former Pleasant Shade School at 743 Pleasant Shade Highway. 

For more information, please call 615-735-7383 or email shannongregory7383@icloud.com.

Nyrstar Hiring Fair — Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Nyrstar is hiring! The company will host a Hiring Fair on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, from 8:00 a.m. until noon at the Gordonsville Civic Center.

Nyrstar is hiring: 

  • Miners
  • Maintenance Techs
  • Electricians 
  • Mill Operators

Eligibility Cirteria: 

  • Hardworking
  • Dependable
  • Background Check
  • Pass Drug Test

Benefits include: 

  • Hourly bonuses
  • Safe Harbor 401(k) – Nyrstar contributes 4%
  • Great Health Insurance – begins on 1st of month following start date

First, apply online at https://theapplicantmanager.com/careers?co=nr, then attend the Hiring Fair on June 4, located at 63 Main Street East in Gordonsville. 

If you have any questions, please call 615-683-4917. 

Silent Auction & Art Extravaganza to benefit The Spot set for Saturday, June 1, 2019

The Spot will host a Silent Auction & Art Extravaganza at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, 2019. 

At the event, BBQ plates can be purchased for $7 and Hot Dog plates can be purchased for $5. 

Pre-sale plate tickets are available at the Smith County Drug Prevention Coalition, located at 122 Turner High Circle in Carthage.

All proceeds from the Silent Auction & Art Extravaganza will serve youth programs at The Spot. Matching Fund Grant by Modern Woodmen of America. 

The Spot: Youth and Family Resource Network is a Youth Center open to students in 7th – 12th grade. The Spot aims to establish the kinds of relationships that cultivate responsible young men and women to become productive assets to our community. 

More and more youth in Smith County need a safe place to be who they are, a place to feel valued and accepted, and an atmosphere for positive reinforcement of life skills. 

The Spot provides After School Programs, Music Workshops, Young Adult Life Skills, Choosing to Change, Addiction Support Meetings, and more to the youth in Smith County.

Come to the benefit, where you can eat, browse, bid, and support a great cause!

The Spot is located at 108 Ward Avenue in Carthage. You can visit The Spot in Carthage on Facebook for more information. 

2019 Summer Junior Ranger Program at Cordell Hull Lake

Looking for something to do with the kids during summer break? The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Cordell Hull Lake welcomes your up-and-coming 5th grader to attend the 2nd Annual Summer Junior Ranger Program.

Participants are required to attend 5 out of 6 sessions throughout the summer to be deemed a Summer Junior Ranger.

The first event kicks off May 30, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. followed by the next six Thursdays excluding July 4, 2019.

Please note the two hour weekly event will be located at our Natural Resource Management Office at 71 Corps Lane Carthage, TN 37030 and guardian is required to preregister their future 5th grader by e-mail cordellhulllake@usace.army.mil.  Additional details on the weekly sessions can be found at facebook.com/cordellhulllake.

See the graphic below for more information. 

4-H News: Smith County 4-H Wildlife Judging Team competes at regional contest

The following article was submitted by Katie Martin, Smith County Extension Agent:

L to R: Gary Claywell, Gabe Harville, Carson Meeks, Bailey Chapman, Spencer Meeks, and Owen Meeks.

The Smith County 4-H Wildlife Judging Team competed on Monday, May 20, 2019, at the Central Region 4-H Wildlife Judging Contest held at Bridgestone in Morrison, TN.

Representing Smith County were Senior High members Spencer Meeks, Gary Claywell, and Bailey Chapman. In the Junior High Division was Gabe Harville and Carson Meeks, and Owen Meeks competed in the Junior Division. 

These 4-H members worked diligently to learn everything about over 60 birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and fish common in our area. 4-H’ers learned to identify animals by their photos, skulls, pelts, and calls. They gained knowledge about each animal’s habitat and learned about wildlife management practices that could aid in the proper management of each specific species. 

At the contest, competitors were tested on their knowledge of wildlife species and habitat evaluation. A written exam on wildlife knowledge of species was given and a wildlife evaluation plan was created by each 4-H’er after they were given a scenario and evaluated a specific area for improving or developing wildlife habitat.

Gabe placed 6th and Carson placed 7th in the Jr. High Division. Spencer placed 8th individually in the Senior Division with the Senior team placing 5th overall. 

We are so proud of the Wildlife Judging group’s hard work and were pleased to have Smith County 4-H so well represented at this contest! 

For further information relating to any of the many 4-H activities, events and projects, please contact Katie Martin in the Smith County office of the University of Tennessee Extension at 615-735-2900.

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.

May 2019 Meeting of the Smith County Board of Education

The Smith County Board of Education met at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. 

Watch the full video of the meeting below.

The next meeting of the Smith County Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. The meeting will be streamed live at https://www.facebook.com/smithcountyinsider/.

Subscribe to Smith County Insider’s YouTube channel to stay up-to-date on meeting coverage, business spotlights, video features, and more!

New Book Opening on the Storybook Trail at Edgar Evins Park to be observed with a party on June 1, 2019

A child’s delight! Giant storybook pages at child height entice youngsters accompanied by adults to continue the trail to the next sign and the next, all the way around the ½ mile hilly, wooded trail.

Party! June 1 will not only be the observance of National Trails Day at Edgar Evins State Park, it will be the 2nd Annual Ribbon Cutting Party for the Storybook Trail. Children accompanied by adults will be welcome to attend the party, beginning at 10 A.M. and ending at approximately 1:30 P.M. at the Interpretive Center, near the cabins. There will be party favors, face painting, crafts making for children, refreshments, guided and unguided hikes and much more. At 11:30 A.M. Bob Tarter of Animology (formerly called NHECM) will show a variety of wild animals.

Public library systems in four counties adjoining the park (Smith, DeKalb, Putnam, and Cannon), and the Cookeville Childrens Museum, will provide crafts for children to make. In addition, Smithville Girl Scout Troop  3094 will assist children wishing to make construction paper animals.

Amanda Bain, Director of Smith County Library Systems and Susie Gilbreath, represented the library at Carthage by providing a bubble machine and crafts for the kids. The library will be represented again this year.

Last year the trail was opened with the first book, Where Butterflies Grow. This year the book will be Anybody Home?, by Marianne Berkes, illustrated by Rebecca Dickinson, with permission of Arbordale Publishing. It is a story of Polly Possum, an expectant mother, looking for the perfect home for herself and her babies. She visits several other animals in the woods before finally finding the one home that is just right. 

The storybook trail encourages youngsters to practice reading skills while enjoying the outdoors. The pages from the book are enlarged and reproduced on a durable material that is framed and mounted at child height at approximately 60 yard intervals along the ½ mile hilly, wooded trail.

Lunch will be served about 12:30 P.M., consisting of hot dogs, chips, cake, lemonade and possibly soft serve ice cream. Everything will be free unless purchased from the portable gift shop featuring copies of the book, or from commercial vendors.

Lynn Brown, Brush Creek, and her son, Wyatt Brown, pose at the trail head sign for the 2018 Ribbon Cutting event.

This is a project of Friends of Edgar Evins State Park with the assistance of park personnel. Partial funding has been received from grants provided by Tennessee Trails Association and Friends of Tennessee State Parks. The storybook trail concept is part of the Governor’s Books From Birth program.  For additional information and pictures from last year you may visit our website at www.foeesp.com   The Friends of Edgar Evins State Park is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to helping the park. Information about joining  is also on the website. You may also find us on Facebook. Park office phone: (931) 646-3080 or toll free at 1-800-250-8619. 

Additional indictments unsealed from April 2019 meeting of the Smith County Grand Jury

More than 20 additional indictments were unsealed and returned last week from the April 2019 meeting of the Smith County Grand Jury. 

See the complete list of indictments below: 

All subjects are innocent until proven guilty.  

The State of Tennessee vs Joshua Ray Hesson

  • {1 Count(s) Sell of Schedule II, Methamphetamine > .5 Gram}

______________________________________________________________________________

The State of Tennessee vs Steven R. Comstock

  • {1 Count(s) Simple Possession of Schedule II, Methamphetamine}
  • {1 Count(s) Possession of Schedule II, Morphine}
  • {1 Count(s) Simple Possession of Schedule VI, Marijuana}
  • {1 Count(s) Possession of Drug Paraphernalia}

______________________________________________________________________________

The State of Tennessee vs Amanda L. Marek

  • {1 Count(s) Sell Schedule II, Hydrocodone}
  • {1 Count(s) Violation of Drug Free School Zone}
  • {1 Count(s) Sell of Schedule II, Methylphenidate}

______________________________________________________________________________

The State of Tennessee vs Keri L. Thackxton

  • {1 Count(s) Sell of Schedule III, Buprenorphine}

______________________________________________________________________________

The State of Tennessee vs Cary E. Hakala

  • {1 Count(s) Sell of Schedule II, Methamphetamine < .5 Grams}

______________________________________________________________________________

The State of Tennessee vs Randy Wayne Upchurch

  • {1 Count(s) Sell of Schedule II, Hydrocodone}

______________________________________________________________________________

The State of Tennessee vs Billye J. Phelps

  • {2 Count(s) Sell of Schedule II, Methamphetamine < .5 Grams}
  • {1 Count(s) Sell of Schedule II, Methamphetamine > .5 Gram}

______________________________________________________________________________

The State of Tennessee vs Jessica E. Thackxton

  • {1 Count(s) Sell of Schedule II, Hydrocodone}
  • {1 Count(s) Sell of Schedule II, Oxycodone}
  • {1 Count(s) Sell of Schedule III, Buprenorphine}

______________________________________________________________________________

The State of Tennessee vs Brandon C. Climer

  • {1 Count(s) Sell of Schedule II, Methamphetamine} 
  • {1 Count(s) Sell of Schedule II, Oxymorphone}
  • {2 Count(s) Sell of Schedule II, Methamphetamine}
  • {1 Count(s) Possession of Schedule II, Methamphetamine}
  • {1 Count(s) Possession of Drug Paraphernalia}

______________________________________________________________________________

The State of Tennessee vs Rhonda L. Grisham

  • {2 Count(s) Sell of Schedule II, Methamphetamine > .5 Gram}

______________________________________________________________________________

The State of Tennessee vs Billy C. Spivey

  • {1 Count(s) Manufacture Schedule VI 20-99}
  • {1 Count(s) Possession of Firearm During Commission of Felony}
  • {1 Count(s) Possession of Drug Paraphernalia}

______________________________________________________________________________

The State of Tennessee vs Felicia Nichole Shouse

  • {1 Count(s) Sell of Schedule II, Amphetamine}
  • {1 Count(s) Sell of Schedule III, Buprenorphine}

______________________________________________________________________________

The State of Tennessee vs Austin K. Sanders

  • {2 Count(s) Sell of Schedule VI, Marijuana > 1/2 ounce}

______________________________________________________________________________

The State of Tennessee vs Jordan J. Pickerell

  • {1 Count(s) Sell of Schedule II, Methamphetamine < .5 Grams}

______________________________________________________________________________

The State of Tennessee vs Lauren P. Harris

  • {1 Count(s) Manufacture Schedule VI 20-99}

______________________________________________________________________________

The State of Tennessee vs Edwin Dewayne Marek

  • {2 Count(s) Sell of Schedule II, Methamphetamine > .5 gram}

______________________________________________________________________________

The State of Tennessee vs Jason L. Fowler

  • {2 Count(s) Sell of Schedule II, Oxycodone}

______________________________________________________________________________

The State of Tennessee vs William C. Brown

  • {1 Count(s) Possession of Schedule II, Methamphetamine > .5 gram W/ Intent}
  • {1 Count(s) Possession of Schedule II, Lisdexamfetamine}
  • {1 Count(s) Simple Possession Schedule III, Buprenorphine}
  • {1 Count(s) Possession of Drug Paraphernalia}
  • {1 Count(s) Sell of Schedule II, Methamphetamine > .5 Gram}

______________________________________________________________________________

The State of Tennessee vs Martha F. Woodard

  • {1 Count(s) Possession of Schedule VI, Marijuana}
  • {1 Count(s) Possession of Drug Paraphernalia}
  • {1 Count(s) Unlawful Gift of a Weapon}

______________________________________________________________________________

The State of Tennessee vs John T. Fitzgerald

  • {1 Count(s) Possession of Schedule II, Methamphetamine > .5 Gram W/ Intent}
  • {1 Count(s) Possession of Schedule VI, Marijuana}
  • {1 Count(s) Manufacture Schedule VI 20-99}
  • {1 Count(s) Possession of Firearm During Commission of Felony}
  • {1 Count(s) Possession of Drug Paraphernalia}
  • {1 Count(s) Possession of Schedule IV, Carisoprodol W/ Intent}
  • {1 Count(s) Simple Possession of Schedule IV, Diazepam}

______________________________________________________________________________

The State of Tennessee vs Matthew A. Callaway

  • {2 Count(s) Sell of Schedule II, Methamphetamine > .5 Gram}

______________________________________________________________________________

The State of Tennessee vs Daniel J. Redwood

  • {1 Count(s) Possession of Schedule II, Methamphetamine}
  • {1 Count(s) Simple Possession of Schedule VI, Marijuana}
  • {1 Count(s) Possession of Drug Paraphernalia}

______________________________________________________________________________

The State of Tennessee vs Crystal D. Mofield

  • {1 Count(s) Sell of Schedule II, Methamphetamine > .5 Grams}

______________________________________________________________________________

The State of Tennessee vs Isaiah Donavan Heirs

  • {1 Count(s) Burglary of Auto}
  • {1 Count(s) Theft Under $1000}
  • {1 Count(s) Burglary of Auto}
  • {1 Count(s) Theft Under $1000}
  • {1 Count(s) Burglary of Auto}
  • {1 Count(s) Theft Under $1000}
  • {1 Count(s) Aggravated Burglary}
  • {1 Count(s) Theft Under $1000}

Area Decoration Services planned for this Sunday

Several cemetery decoration services in Smith County are planned for this Sunday, May 26, 2019. 

Decoration at Gordonsville Cemetery will be observed on Sunday, May 26, 2019. 

Decoration services at Baird Memorial Cemetery in Hickman, TN, will be held on Sunday, May 26, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. 

Brush Creek Cemetery in Brush Creek, TN, will hold decoration services and a business meeting on Sunday, May 26, 2019, at 2:00 p.m.  For anyone unable to attend, please mail donations to Sue Collins – 18 Switchboard Rd., Brush Creek, TN  38547.

UCEMC Cares, Inc. awards grants to local organizations – April 2019

(L to R):  Front Row:  Alexis Tomlinson, Sr. Color Guard, Kora Key, Sr. Drum Major, Nelson Lankford, Sophomore, Smith County High School Band Members; Jason Lankford, President, Gordonsville Youth Football; Davey Edmaiston, Director, Smith County High School Band representing the Band Boosters; Anne Cole, Secretary, UCEMCCares; Millicent Winfree, President, Smith County High School Softball Boosters; Alex Bray, Head Coach, Smith County High School Softball; Bryant Goolsby, Smith County High School Baseball Boosters.

In April 2019, UCEMC Cares, Inc. awarded $1,057.72 to the Gordonsville Youth Football; $1,000 to the SCHS Band Boosters, Inc.; $1,100 to the SCHS Softball Boosters; and $1,000 to the SCHS Baseball Boosters. 

UCEMC Cares, Inc. is a state chartered, nonprofit corporation designed to accumulate and disburse funds to improve the quality of life in the service area of Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation (UCEMC). For more information, contact your local UCEMC office or visit the UCEMC customer portal at www.ucemc.com.

Smith County EMT Association receives donation from Cartwright Catering

(L to R): Vickie Russell and Ted Russell – Cartwright Catering; Brandon McGowan – Smith County EMT Association

The Smith County EMT Association graciously accepted a monetary donation from Cartwright Catering during National EMS appreciation week, which is observed May 19-25. 

The Smith County EMT Association is a voluntary committee comprised of full time Smith County EMS Paramedics and Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians. The Association acts as a support group for employees’ mental health, educational updates, and assists in the purchase of comfort items at the 3 EMS stations that are not required to be provided by the Smith County Government for daily operations. Our EMS providers work 24 hour shifts at these stations away from family and the comforts of home and these items make for a better more efficient work environment. 

The President of the EMT Association, Brandon McGowan, met with Vickie And Ted Russell, the owners of Cartwright Catering on behalf of the EMT Association. 

Cartwright Catering is a local business in Smith County. They have a great menu variety and a delicious menu fit for all needs.  Cartwright Catering is known for their generosity and savory cuisine. Monthly, they provide meals to families at the Ronald McDonald house in Nashville to allow families of sick children to have a home cooked meal. The Catering Company can accommodate small or large group meetings, caters for weddings, and many other special events. 

This is the second year that Cartwright Catering has donated to the EMT association. The EMT Association graciously extends their gratitude to Cartwright Catering. 

Visit Cartwright Catering on Facebook or contact Vickie at 615-774-3499. 

Brinkley receives Taylor-Wills Memorial Citizenship Award

Chad Williams – Southside Lions Club and Adam Brinkley – Taylor-Wills Memorial Citizenship Award Recipient

At Gordonsville High School’s Graduation on Friday, May 17, 2019, the Southside Lions Club presented the Taylor-Wills Memorial Citizenship Award to Mr. Adam Jentry Brinkley.

Each year, the Southside Lions Club presents this award to commemorate the memory of Joe Taylor and Shannon Wills, two Gordonsville High School graduates who lost their lives during the Vietnam War.

Joe Kenneth Taylor was a 1960 Graduate of Gordonsville High School; Deceased – February 22, 1966 (age 24).

Roy Shannon Wills was a 1968 Graduate of Gordonsville High School; Deceased – July 14, 1969 (age 19).

The Southside Lions Club established this award to be presented annually to an outstanding member of the Senior Class of Gordonsville High School who possesses the qualities of patriotism, bravery, leadership, citizenship, reverence, friendliness, and a desire to achieve.

Mr. Adam Jentry Brinkley was selected by the Southside Lions Club per recommendations submitted by Gordonsville High School faculty and students.

The award was presented by Chad Williams at Gordonsville High School’s commencement services Friday night.

Smith County High School Class of 2019

CARTHAGE, Tenn.—The Smith County High School Class of 2019 will graduate at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, 2019, at Smith County High School.

Best of luck to the Class of 2019 from Smith County Insider and all of our advertisers!

Below are pictures of the 2019 SCHS Seniors. 

 

Cumberland Valley Realty & Auction
Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation
DTC Communications
Ad Placeholder
Smith County Drug Center