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October 2021

Online only coin auction hosted by Heartland Real Estate and Auction

Heartland Real Estate and Auction is hosting an online only coin auction. This auction contains 300 coins divided into 70 lots. All of the coins are 90% silver. It includes 13 Walking Liberty half dollars, 115 Franklin half dollars, and 172 Kennedy half dollars.

A 15% buyers premium will be added to all purchases. All items are sold “As Is”. Buyers are responsible for making shipping arrangements or scheduling pickups within a week following the close of the auction. Exact shipping costs will be charged based on weight, size and destination.

The auction is open now through Monday, November 1, 2021.

To view the auction and bid on the coins, click HERE

Shop With UCHRA November 4th 2021

On Thursday November 4th, UCHRA will be taking clients from the Carthage office to the Providence Mall in Mt. Juliet. They will be returning to Carthage at 4pm. The cost will be $5 round trip.

Contact Mrs. Sonja Allen at 615-735-0476 extension 1 to reserve your seat. There will be limited seating so please call early.

Celebration of Life Planned for Mack S. Prichard at Cummins Falls Visitor Center

Smoky Mt. Natural History Assn. Meetiing, Camp Treemont Sept. 1995

The Dedication of Cummins Falls Visitor Center and a Celebration of Life are planned in honor of Mack S. Prichard, Tennessee State Naturalist, Emeritus.  This event will take place on Friday, October 22, 12:30 p.m. at Cummins Falls State Park.  Cummins Falls is the last state park Prichard, along with TennGreen and numerous volunteers, helped the State of Tennessee acquire for conservation.  The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) has named the new Visitor Center after Prichard.  

Mack S. Prichard worked for the State of Tennessee for over fifty years.  In 1971 he was appointed as the first state archaeologist, then as the first state naturalist – a position he held for three decades.  During his career, Prichard worked with eight governors to engage their participation in funding conservation efforts.

He was well-known and well-loved by many across the state.  In his quest to find pristine properties that could be conserved rather than developed, he explored numerous sites and natural areas.  He frequently invited friends, co-workers and family to tag along for the hikes.  Swimming at a beautiful waterfall was frequently the reward for a difficult hike.  

Out of a total of fifty-six state parks, Mack was instrumental in facilitating the acquisition of approximately twenty-four sites that became state parks, plus many other properties that were established as natural areas.

Prichard encouraged landowners to donate or sell properties to the state rather than to develop them.  He started and participated in many Tennessee State Park Friend’s Groups to help establish grassroots efforts at raising money to help purchase properties for parks and conservation.  His efforts have preserved many properties across Tennessee for tourists and locals to frequent and enjoy rather than being closed for private development.  Prichard’s goal was to assure that enough acres were set aside for recreation.  He wrote in a newsletter in 1964, “Where people cannot gain adequate release from their work in wholesome play and diversion, there is tension, hostility and conflict.”  He continued to say, “No society can long endure internal stress.”  Prichard understood that people need nature.  He spent a lifetime to assure that enough acres were set aside in Tennessee to provide respite for all who need it.  Prichard’s vision of establishing beautiful and pristine sites for conservation has spread to many others, as apparent by the growing number of acres in Tennessee set aside for conservation.  

Throughout his career, Prichard traveled over a million miles back and forth across Tennessee to show slides, present programs and share the diversity that is abundant in our beautiful state.  His extensive slide collection includes wildlife, flowers, birds, numerous waterfalls and photos of many of the people he met over the years.  Prichard mentored many individuals, challenging them to join in his vision, encouraging their love of nature, and providing opportunities for their involvement in conservation.  He was instrumental in forming the vibrant state park networks of people and places that so many of us enjoy today.  

You are invited to celebrate Mack Prichard’s life and achievements with friends, co-workers and family. 

Smith County Weather Report: October 14th, 2021

A strong cold front arrives  late Friday and Saturday and brings a good chance of rain followed by much cooler weather. I expect high temperatures for Saturday and Sunday to only be around the low 60s and drop to the low 40s at night. We will have to start watching closely for frost the remainder of the month

Our next full moon comes on October 20th and it is called the Hunter’s Moon, it will appear for the day before and the day after.

How did it get its name? As the Native Americans prepared for the cold months ahead, they looked to October’s full moon as the signal to gather meat for winter. Because of this, the October moon came to be known as the Full Hunter’s Moon.

Smith County Sheriff’s Office prepares for 2021 Santa’s Shoppers Program

The Smith County Sheriff’s Office has partnered with the Smith County Chamber of Commerce again this year to host the 2021 Santa’s Shoppers Program.

Santa’s Shoppers creates an exciting Christmas experience for children in need and fosters connections between children and law enforcement that can last a lifetime.

Applications for children to participate will be accepted from November 15 through December 3. The application may be picked up at the Sheriff’s office at 322 Justice Drive in Carthage. If chosen for the program, participants will be contacted at a later date.

Through generous donations over the past several years, the Santa’s Shoppers program has been able to take over 700 Smith County children to shop with local law enforcement.

If you would like to contribute to the Santa’s Shopper’s program, please make checks or money orders payable to Smith County Living, Inc. for SCSO Santa’s Shoppers Program. Contributions can be mailed or hand-delivered to the Smith County Chamber of Commerce, located at 939 Upper Ferry Road in Carthage, Tennessee.

Please mail contributions by December 10, 2020.

Click HERE to download a copy of the 2021 donation letter.
For more information, contact Beth Davis, Smith County Jail Administrator/Program Coordinator, at 615-735-2626.

Improper Vehicle Registration Leads to the Discovery of Meth

Mr. Hudgins

On September 6th, 2021, a traffic stop was conducted on Dixon Springs Hwy after checking registration on a vehicle that did not match. James Hudgins was the driver and he exited the vehicle upon making the stop. He was asked to keep his hands out of his pockets, but he continued to do so. Another officer was then called in to assist. Mr. Hudgins was on state probation for a meth charge, and after checking dispatch, it was known that he was driving on a suspended license. He was placed into custody and a search was conducted. 3.5 grams of crystal methamphetamine was found in his pocket.

He was transported to the Smith County Sheriff’s office for processing.

He is being charged with possession of meth and driving on a revoked license.

He is considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

October 2021 Meeting of The Smith County Commission

The Smith County Commission held its July meeting on the evening of Monday, October 11th, 2021. You may see a copy of the agenda here.

You can watch the full meeting below.

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

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

The Smith County Board of Commissioners meets on the second Monday of every month except December.

Typically, commission meetings are held in the General Sessions Courtroom of the Smith County Jail and Courts Facility, located at 322 Justice Drive in Carthage. During the July 2020 Meeting of the Smith County Commission, commissioners voted to hold all meetings at the Smith County Ag Center until the COVID-19 pandemic is over.

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

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October 2021 Meeting of The Gordonsville City Council

The Gordonsville City Council held its monthly meeting on Monday October 11th, 2021.

You can watch the full council meeting below.

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

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/.

Keep Smith County Beautiful Fall Cleanup Day set for October 18, 2021

The Keep Smith County Beautiful committee is hosting a Fall Cleanup Day on October 18th, 2021.

The day will begin at 9:00 a.m., following a light breakfast at the Smith County Ag Center. 

The day will end with a light lunch at 1:00 p.m.

This is a great family event and an opportunity to be a positive example for youth in our community. 

Join the Keep Smith County Beautiful committee in serving the community through cleanup and beautification!

For more information about the volunteer event, contact Barbara Kannapel at 615-489-5900, or visit Keep Smith County Beautiful’s Facebook page.

Smith County Republican Party Public Meeting October 26th, 2021

Calling all Republicans!!! Please come to the monthly public meeting of the Smith County Republican Party held this month on October 26, 2021 at 7pm. Our speaker this month will be Scott Golden, the Chairman of the Republican Party for the Stare of Tennessee!!!

Location – Walton Hotel – 300 Main St., Carthage, TN 37030

Please come and hear the latest and participate – October 26, 2021 @ 7pm

Scott Golden, the Chairman of the Republican Party for the Stare of Tennessee

UT Extension News: Sanitizing Your Orchard

By Chris Hicks, County Director – UT Extension Smith County

We’ve heard a lot about sanitation over the last year, with some going as far as posting instructions on how to wash your hands in public restrooms. I for one am all for cleanliness and being sanitary and would like to extend that to the home orchard. 

When we talk about sanitation in an orchard, we are referring to the cultural practice of removing plant material that can harbor diseases and pests. If you want to have fewer diseases next year and rely less on pesticides, sanitation is a must. The UT Home Fruit & Vegetable Garden calendar points out some common diseases that can be at least partially managed through good sanitation including:

• Scab in apple – One of the most common fungal diseases in humid climates, the fungus overwinters in leaves on the ground. Fall leaf removal or mowing as well as N fertilizer application (to speed leaf breakdown) can reduce spore production next year. Plus, early season sprays and cultivar resistance are helpful in reducing scab issues. 

• Mummy berry in blueberry – This fungal pathogen can infect blueberry flowers and then destroy fruit as they shrivel and drop from the plant. The overwintering structures release spores the next year to infect new blooms and fruit. So, removal of infected fruit is crucial to control infection. 

• Fireblight in apples and pears – This very damaging bacterial disease overwinters in cankers on stems, so removal of these areas during the winter is essential to lower the risk of spread and infection the next spring. Cultivar resistance is also crucial to manage fireblight. 

• Black rot in grapes – Fungus overwinters on tendrils, canes, and leaves and berries. These berries are one of the main sources of spores the next year to infect young leaves. Sanitation as well as sprays are often needed for control.

While the harvest season may be over, disease management in the orchard doesn’t have an off-season. Taking some time now to clean up orchard residue will give you a head start on preventing diseases next year. For more information on growing fruits in Tennessee, contact the University of Tennessee Extension office at 615-735-2900, or find us online at smith.tennessee.edu.

Rose Joins Mt. Juliet Police for Ride-Along

Recently, U.S. Representative John Rose (TN-6) joined the Mt. Juliet Police Department for a ride-along to experience a day in the life of local police officers and learn firsthand the contributions law enforcement make toward protecting and serving our local communities.

The ride along in Mt. Juliet was hosted by Lieutenant Wesley Neely and included a briefing on what the Mt. Juliet Police Department is doing to protect the community, develop better training methods, and strengthen relations between officers and the public.

“The men and women who serve in law enforcement are some of the best people in our communities. They run toward danger, never away, and risk their lives to protect us and our families. It’s important for me to understand the challenges our local police departments face so that I can better represent their needs in Congress,” said Representative Rose. “I want to thank the Mt. Juliet Police Department for providing me with a glimpse of a day in the life of a local officer. I will always back the blue.”

U.S. Representative John Rose is currently serving his second term representing Tennessee’s Sixth Congressional District and resides in Cookeville with his wife, Chelsea, and their two sons, Guy and Sam. The Sixth District includes Cannon, Clay, Coffee, Cumberland, DeKalb, Fentress, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Robertson, Smith, Sumner, Trousdale, White, and Wilson counties as well as portions of Cheatham and Van Buren counties. Representative Rose is an eighth-generation farmer, small business owner, and attorney, and currently serves on the Financial Services Committee.

UCHRA Commodities Distribution November 23rd 2021

The Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency (UCHRA) will hold a commodities distribution for Smith County on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the Smith County Agricultural Center. Sign-up will be available at the distribution site.

The Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, sex, color, national origin, religion, or disability in admission to, access to, or operations of its programs, services, or activities.

This project is funded under a Grant Contract with the State of Tennessee.

About Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency: 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.

An Ounce of Prevention: October 2021

Check out the October 2021 edition of “An Ounce of Prevention”, the monthly newsletter from the Smith County Drug Prevention Coalition!

Read this month’s newsletter to learn more about the rise of counterfeit prescription pills in America.

Tennessee Deptartment of Health Recognizes Child Health Month

The Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) is recognizing Child Health Month (CHM) throughout the month of October. This annual recognition is a time to celebrate and raise awareness around what Tennessee is doing to promote the health of our most important resource: Tennessee’s children.

“Our work has always included a focus on protecting, promoting and improving the wellbeing of Tennessee children and encouraging a lifelong pursuit of healthy living,” said Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey, MD, MBA, FAAP. “I am proud of the work the department does in supporting children’s health, but each of us has a role to play to help keep Tennessee children safe and thriving.”

The theme for CHM 2021 is Childhood Resilience: Nurturing Social, Emotional and Physical Health. Having the support of a stable, committed adult — whether it be a parent, caregiver, teacher, or community member— can help foster childhood resiliency and ensure a child feels that he or she has what it takes to overcome life’s challenges.

TDH in collaboration with state and local partners, is utilizing the whole-child approach to address childhood resiliency. The following focus areas are being highlighted during CHM to ensure children and families receive valuable information for overall health:

  • Tobacco Use Prevention
  • Promoting Healthy Eating Habits and Healthy Drinks
  • Dance Across Tennessee – Statewide Virtual Dance Party
  • Social and Emotional Health
  • Children with Special Health Care Needs Join TDH in celebrating Child Health Month! Visit tn.gov/CHM2021 to find activities and events in your area. The mission of the Tennessee Department of Health is to protect, promote and improve the health and prosperity of people in Tennessee. Learn more about TDH services and programs at www.tn.gov/health.