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Performance Food Group (PFG) now hiring in Lebanon for dozens of positions

Performance Food Group delivers more than 300,000 food and related products to customers across the United States and Canada, but that’s not all. The company has three distinct segments that serve specific need of a unique group of customers and continues to evolve as the industry grows and changes. Foodservice, Vistar, and Convenience fall under the PFG umbrella and are identified as the segments that encompass the customer base that is served. PFG strives to meet most any foodservice need, spanning independent restaurants, national chains, vending, concessions, convenience, and more.

Performance Foodservice delivers thousands of ingredients and related products. Vistar drives the snacking industry by delivering candy, snacks, hot and cold beverages across all 50 states. PFG understands that consumers want access to high-quality food, easily and consistently. Convenience is at the core.

The PFG location in Lebanon, TN is currently has several positions posted. Drivers and driver trainees are just some of the positions available. Warehouse positions, sales, human resources and customer service positions are also posted on the PFG website. PFG offers competitive pay rates, benefits and signing bonuses for several positions.

SCDPC 2022 Glow Walk lights the way for recovery

The Smith County Drug Prevention Coalition 2022 Glow Walk was held Thursday, September 29th in South Carthage. Dozens participated in the event for National Recovery Month.

The decorated walking trail, glow theme and festive event is a reminder that there is light and hope in recovery. The Smith County Drug Prevention Coalition shares prevention and recovery information throughout the year. They provide educational information and programming in the schools system and are a valuable resource in the prevention of underage use of tobacco, alcohol and drugs. For more information call the Smith County Drug Prevention 615-588-1622. Check out their facebook page for more pictures and information.

Southside Lions Club 9th Annual Smith County Antique Tractor Pull set for October 8, 2022

The Southside Lions Club will be hosting their 9th Annual Smith County Antique Tractor Pull on Saturday, October 8, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. at the Smith County Ag Center.

Admission is free. Concessions will be available for purchase at the event. 

Registration for pullers will begin at 4:00 p.m. There will be a $20.00 hook-up fee for each pull for all participants.

This will be a great event for the entire family, so come out and support our local Southside Lions Club! 

For more information, contact Anthony Woodard at ata@nctc.com

The Southside Lions Club has been serving Smith County communities for over 50 years.

Carthage Rotary Club “All You Can Eat” Pancake Breakfast set for October 14-15, 2022

The Carthage Rotary Club will offer their fall “all-you-can-eat” pancake breakfast on Friday, October 14 and Saturday, October 15 at the old Gordonsville Shop Rite location.

Breakfast will be served from 6:00 AM until 9:30 AM on Friday and from 7:00 AM until 9:30 AM on Saturday.

Tickets may be purchased for $7.00 from any Rotarian or at the door. Children 4 years and under may eat free. Rotarians will deliver carry-out orders to Carthage for free.

Proceeds will benefit the scholarships awarded to seniors at Gordonsville High School and at Smith County High School.

The old Gordonsville Shop Rite is located in Gordonsville on Main Street across from Town Hall and Bass Funeral Home, and beside the Gordonsville First Baptist Church.

Search of a residence and vehicle leads to discovery of multiple drugs – one person charged

Joseph Phillips

On August 31, 2022 Sergeant Junior Fields, Deputy Nathan Williams and Trooper Palmer went to a residence to question the occupant. The resident, Joseph Phillips, 26 of Gordonsville, initially slammed the door on the officers. After knocking on the door a second time Phillips allowed officers to enter the residence. Officers observed the presence of marijuana in plan view on the coffee table. Additionally Phillips had a bulge in the pocket of his shorts, officers asked about the bulge and Phillips revealed a bottle of diabetes test strips. Officers asked to look at the bottle and upon opening a baggie with approximately 5.67 grams of cocaine was found. Additionally a set of digital scales, methamphetamine pipes and a small about of methamphetamine was found in the residence.

Officers asked about Phillips vehicle. Phillips refused consent to search the vehicle, so K-9 Udo was deployed. He indicated by scratching and sniffing at the driver side door. The positive indication by K-9 Udo allowed officers to search the vehicle. The search resulted in a loaded 9 mm Springfield XDs, a case with a large bag of methamphetamine containing 19.21 grams, a set of digital scales, 8 Cyclobenzaprine pills

2022 Smith County High School Homecoming Parade

On Friday, September 30, 2022, Smith County High School celebrated Homecoming with a Homecoming Parade down Main Street in Carthage, Tennessee.

If you missed the live broadcast of the parade, you can watch it on Smith County Insider’s YouTube page.

The broadcast of the Smith County High School Homecoming Parade was sponsored by the Smith County Drug Prevention Coalition and Smith County Insider.

Parade commentary was provided by J.R. Smith.

Thanks to all of our great sponsors who make Smith County Insider’s live broadcasts possible!

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

How Spinal Alignment Can Help You Improve Your Sports Performance

Do you have trouble meeting your athletic goals despite hours of practice time? Skill isn’t the only factor that affects your ability to run faster, throw a ball accurately or prevent the other team from scoring. A misaligned spine may compromise your range of motion, recovery time and flexibility, causing performance difficulties. Fortunately, spinal manipulations performed by your chiropractor can correct misalignments and help you excel at your favorite sport or activity.

6 Spinal Alignment Advantages

Tom Brady, Tiger Woods, and Michael Phelps understand the importance of spinal alignment on sports performance. They, like many other exceptional athletes, visit chiropractors regularly for treatments that help them naturally enhance their abilities. In fact, chiropractic treatment offers a medication-free way to improve your athletic abilities without any concerns about side effects.

When your spine is properly aligned, you’ll enjoy these benefits:

  • Fewer Injuries. Misalignments not only affect your spine but can also cause tightness in your muscles, ligaments, and tendons, increasing your risk of injury. Regular visits to your chiropractor will decrease misalignments, known as subluxations, and help you avoid aches, pains, and serious injuries.
  • Better Balance. Correcting subluxations may also have a positive effect on your balance, improving your ability to make a save, avoid a fall if you stumble or perfect your balance beam routine. During spinal manipulation treatment, your chiropractor uses gentle, hands-on pressure to improve the alignment of the vertebrae in your back and neck.
  • Improved Strength. Strength, an important factor in many sports, can decrease if you have a subluxation. The problem may affect your ability to grip or catch the ball, tackle opponents, run long distances or make key plays. Chiropractic provides a natural strength-boosting option. Brazilian researchers discovered that manipulating the vertebrae in the neck offered significant increases in strength. Judo athletes who received cervical (neck) spinal manipulation therapy improved their grip strength by 16 percent on the right side and 11 percent on the right side. Their results were published in the January 2012 issue of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics.
  • Quicker Healing Time. Correcting subluxations can also help you reduce healing time after an injury. Manipulations, electrical stimulation, ultrasound therapy, and other treatments decrease inflammation, ease spasms, enhance healing and improve the flow of blood and nutrients to the injured area.
  • Faster Recovery Time. Sports take a toll on your body, no matter how diligently you stretch and warm-up before starting an activity. Without an adequate rest period following exertion, you may increase your risk of injury. When your spine is aligned properly, you may notice that it doesn’t take quite as long to return to top form.
  • More Flexibility. Spinal manipulation, massage, and other treatments loosen tight joints and muscles, in addition to improving spinal alignment. These treatments increase your range of motion, prevent the formation of scar tissue, and decrease stiffness caused by tight muscles and joints. Thanks to your visits to the chiropractor, you may find that it’s easier to follow through when you swing a golf club or racquet or notice that you can stretch a little farther when making a diving catch.
  • Enhanced Performance. You’ve probably noticed that your performance suffers if your back and neck hurt, your muscles are tight, or you have a throbbing headache. Fortunately, aches and pains due to subluxations won’t prevent you from excelling when you make chiropractic therapy part of your training regimen. Treatments may also improve nerve function, improve your reaction time, and even help you breathe more deeply.

Would you like to enhance your sports ability with chiropractic treatment? We’ll devise a comprehensive treatment plan that will help you improve your performance and strength and avoid injuries. Contact us to schedule your appointment (615) 735-9336 (Submitted by Carthage Family Chiropractic, LLC)

Carthage woman jailed on aggravated assault charge

Sharon Camp

TBI Press Release: An investigation by special agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the arrest of a
Smith County woman on an aggravated assault charge.

On September 29th, at the request of 15th Judicial District Attorney General Jason Lawson, TBI special agents joined officers
with the Carthage Police Department in investigating a shooting that occurred at a residence in the 700 block of Jefferson
Avenue. During the course of the investigation, agents developed information indicating that when the victim came to the
home to retrieve items, homeowner Sharon Camp confronted her and a fight between the two ensued. The investigation
revealed that at some point during the fight, Camp fired a firearm, injuring the victim.

On Thursday, Sharon Camp (DOB 12/25/1961) was arrested and charged with one count of Aggravated Assault – Domestic.
She was booked into the Smith County Jail on a $10,000 bond.

Drug Investigation leads to three arrests for multiple drug related charges

Sergeant Junior Fields and Assistant Chief Jared Smith conducted a drug investigation in which Pamela Leach, 40 of Carthage, agreed to deliver a ball of methamphetamine in exchange for 60 Percocet pills to an unidentified individual. Upon arrival to a business in Carthage officers initiated a stop of the Chevy Malibu known to be driven by Leach.

Leach was immediately taken into custody. The front passenger, identified as Priscilla Steward, 46 of Gordonsville, was observed attempting to hide a baggie when officers ordered her to show her hands. She then placed the baggie in her mouth, pulled away from the officers and rolled on the ground. She continued to refuse to spit out the baggie while officers worked to get her into custody and in the back of the patrol car. Once in the car she spat the baggie onto the floorboard and indicated that she was ill.

EMS was notified. They responded and transported Stewart to Riverview Regional Medical Center. After being treated she was booked in and charged with resisting arrest, tampering with evidence, possession of methamphetamine, felony drug possession and possession of a controlled substance. She was released for future court dates with at $15,500 bond.

The backseat passenger of the vehicle, identified as Tommy Grimment, 56 of Milan, TN., was found to be in possession of a methamphetamine and a glass marijuana pipe. He was transported to the Smith County Sheriff’s Office and charged with schedule II possession. He was released without and bond for future court dates. Leach was also transported to the Smith County Sheriff’s Office. She was charged with possession of methamphetamine and released with a $25,000 bond to face future court dates.

U.S. Representative John Rose Announces October Local Office Hours

U.S. Representative John Rose’s (TN-6) district staff will hold a series of local office hours for constituents to connect directly with caseworkers and receive assistance with federal agencies throughout the month of October.

During the local office hours, district staff will be available to answer questions and assist constituents with federal casework, such as social security and veterans’ benefits, steps for obtaining a passport, and more. Local office hours occur monthly, if you have questions, please contact one of Representative Rose’s offices so a staff member may help you.

“We are ready to assist constituents with federal casework and welcome anyone with questions to sit down with staff,” said Representative Rose. “My goal is to make the expertise of my staff and the resources of this office easily accessible to every person I represent.”

Details for local office hours can be found below and on Representative Rose’s website.

Friday, October 14, 2022

TIME: 2:00pm-3:00pm

WHAT: Smith County Local Office Hours

LOCATION: Smith County Admin Building, 122 Turner High Circle, Carthage, TN 37030

WHO: Representative Rose will be represented by District Director Rebecca Foster during this visit.

Clue on Stage presented by the Smith County Fine Arts Center – The Olde Court Theatre Company

Reserved seating tickets for the first ever Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre shows are going fast! Reservations can be purchased at Smith County Drug Store.

Clue On Stage, presented by the Smith County Fine Arts Center – The Olde Court Theatre Company will run from October 14 through 29 at the Historic Smith County Courthouse.  The production is based on the Paramount Pictures Motion Picture and Hasbro, Inc. board game. Tickets are available, cash or check, at Smith County Drug Center now.

The catered dinner with show price is $25 for Oct 14, 15, 21, 22, and 28. A special late-night 9:00 pm show on Oct 29 is $20 and includes sandwiches, chips,  drinks, and other haunted Halloween treats. Dinner theatre sponsors include Wilson Bank and Trust, UCEMC Cares, Circle S Catering, and Donna’s Kitchen.

Edgar Evins State Park Harvest Craft Festival

Edgar Evins State Park will host a Harvest Craft Festival on Saturday, October 15th and Sunday, October 16th 2022 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission is free. There will be crafters, artisans, kids activities and food vendors.

Enjoy a fun day at the State Park and get some Christmas shopping done early.

Crowd returns to William Walton Harvest Festival 2022

The William Walton Harvest Festival was held on Saturday, September 24th 2022. With over 40 vendors, food trucks and attractions participants could enjoy a variety of experiences. Rackley Roofing brought their zip line and racing simulator to Main Street. Zero Gravity provided the bungee jump event . Smith County Events Committee hosted a kids area with bounce houses and yard games. Several craft vendors and artisans provided home goods, holiday decorations, clothing, candles and much more. Food trucks and tents offered a variety that could satisfy the those looking for something savory or sweet. Local performers provided entertainment on the stage at the Historic Courthouse throughout the day.

A highlighted attraction for the day was the First Annual Biggest Little Duck Race fundraiser for the Pregnancy Help Center. The community support and duck sales brought the grand prize duck race total up to $3,796. Almost 1000 ducks were sold. Over 45 heats allowed winning ducks to advance to the final big race. Allison Wolff purchased the big race grand prize winner. 2nd place went to Penny Dillehay who received a vacations stay at Caney Cottage and 3rd Place, Kathy Tharp received a stay at the Hotel Walton.

This year was also the First Corn Hole Tournament. The Carthage Barber Shop generously sponsored the event. Cash prizes went to the 1st place team Will West and Larry Hacket, 2nd place team Joie Franklin and Hollis Mullinax and 3rd place team Junior Nesbitt and Chance Maxwell.

DTC sponsored the Minute Man Cash Call. Participants registered and once they received the minute man call on their cell phone they had 1 minute to get to the stage of the Historic Courthouse. Several $50 cash prizes were awarded through out the day and $200 was awarded just before the evening concert.

2022 Harvest Queen Pageant winners were crowned in six age divisions including – Miss Harvest Queen 2022 Artista Rigsby, Teen Miss Harvest Queen Callie Drennon, Junior Miss Harvest Queen Paisley Underwood, Petite Miss Harvest Queen Natalie Denton, Little Miss Harvest Queen Everly Flippin and Tiny Miss Harvest Queen Remi Beaver. See the full Harvest Queen Pageant post for photos and more details.

The William Walton Harvest Festival is hosted by the Smith County Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by area businesses including Bank Tennessee, Better Letter Printing, Citizens Bank, DTC Communications, Nystar, The Pavilion, Rackley Roofing, Riverview Regional Medical Center, Smith County Bank, Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation and Wilson Bank and Trust. With over 2,500 visitors to this community event the Smith County Chamber is thankful to all who participate and work so hard to make the event a success. Executive Director of the Chamber said “it is a growing event and we are hoping it continues to grow and is even better next year.”

Mark your calendar for Saturday, September 23, 2023 for next year’s William Walton Harvest Festival. Contact the Smith County Chamber of Commerce at 615-735-2093 if you would like to participate as a vendor, craftsman, demonstrator or performer. Check out the facebook page for the William Walton Harvest Festival to see more photos of the fun.

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2022 William Walton Harvest Queen Pageant Crowns Winners

2022 Teen Miss Harvest Queen Callie Drennon, Junior Miss Harvest Queen Paisley Underwood, Miss Harvest Queen Arista Rigsby, Petite Miss Harvest Queen Natalie Denton, and Tiny Miss Harvest Queen Remi Beaver (not pictured Little Miss Harvest Queen Everly Flippin)
2022 Miss Harvest Queen ages 16-18 winner was #16 Arista Rigsby. 1st Runner-up was #18 Madyson Griffin and 2nd Runner-up was #9 Casity Wilkerson.
2022 Miss Teen Harvest Queen ages 13-15 winner was #1 Callie Drennon 1st Runner-up was #31 Gabriella McCoy and 2nd Runner-up was #2 Madalyn Franklin
2022 Junior Miss Harvest Queen ages 10-12 winner was #10 Paisley Underwood. 1st Runner-up was #17 Addison Key and 2nd Runner-up was #22 Kinley Duncan
2022 Petite Miss Harvest Queen ages 7-9 winner was #13 Natalie Denton. 1st Runner-up was #6 Carlie Robbins and 2nd Runner-up was #7 Hannah Hiett
2022 Little Miss Harvest Queen ages 4-6 winner was #23 Everly Flippin 1st Runner-up was #24 Calie Mae Johnson and 2nd Runner-up was #3 Elizabeth Lake
2022 Tiny Miss Harvest Queen ages 1-3 winner was #12 Remi Beaver. 1st Runner-up was #11 Harper Marshall and 2nd Runner-up was #21 Kollins Long

Thirty-one young ladies participated in the 2022 William Walton Harvest Queen Pageant on Saturday, September 24th on the stage at the Historic Smith County Courthouse. Winners were crowned in 6 age divisions.

People’s Choice Winners were #6 Carlie Robbins, #8 Sophie Lawson and #9 Alexa Western. Most Photogenic awards went to #11 Harper Marshall and #6 Carlie Robbins. Recognition for Best Dress went to #19 Olivia Tucker, # 23 Everly Flippin, #13 Natalie Denton, #22 Kinley Duncan, #1 Callie Drennon and #16 Madyson Griffin. Recognition for Best Smile went to #21 Kollins Long, #24 Cali Mae Johnson, #6 Carlie Robbins, #10 Paisley Underwood, #2 Madalyn Franklin and #16 Arista Rigsby.

The Harvest Queen Pageant was just one of the events on the Historic Courthouse stage at the William Walton Harvest Festival. The Smith County Chamber of Commerce sponsors the Pageant and appreciates the Coordinator Jerri Lin Vaden-Malone, MC Johnna Craighead and the pageant judges April Holt, Susan Benton and Jessica Keen. Mark your calendar for next year’s Pageant on Saturday, September 23, 2023. Check out the William Walton Harvest Festival facebook page to see more pictures from the event.

River City Ball 2023 benefitting cause application now available

The River City Ball is now taking applications for consideration as the beneficiary of our May 2023 event. All local charities, organizations, and non profits are invited to apply.

The River City Ball was created to benefit local non-profits working to improve the quality of life in Smith County through tourism, preservation, and commerce. Each year the River City Ball will benefit a local project or organization and also provide a $1,000 scholarship to two graduating seniors from the local high schools and home school programs.

This application will place your non-profit in consideration to benefit from the 2023 River City Ball proceeds. Applications will be due to the Chamber of Commerce or emailed to rivercityball@outlook.com by October 31, 2022. Completed applications will be reviewed by a panel and applicants will be asked to present in front of the committee on November 1 at 5pm.

Please fill out the application completely and provide any necessary documentation when applicable in order to be considered for the 2023 River City Ball Cause. Preference will be given to established 501(c)(3) organizations.

Please email rivercityball@outlook.com with any questions regarding the application.

Applications Due: October 31, 2022 at the Smith County Chamber of Commerce or emailed to rivercityball@outlook.com

Presentation to River City Ball Committee: November 1, 2022 at 5 pm. Location to be determined.