The following article was submitted by Vivian Reynolds, Registered Scouting Leader, Scouts BSA:
Scouting signups are happening soon in Smith County!
Regardless of where he may live, any Smith County area boy (kindergarten through fifth grade) may enroll in a Cub Scout pack at one of two locations:
- Carthage Elementary School at 5:30 PM August 13 (Tuesday night) for Pack 367
- Gordonsville Elementary School at 6:00 PM August 21 (Wednesday night) for Pack 861
Meeting places for pack activities are at their respective chartered locations: The Carthage United Methodist Church or the Gordonsville United Methodist Church. Pack 367 (Cubmaster, Steven Lish) meets on the first three Sundays from 4:00 PM-5:00 PM. Pack 861 (Cubmaster, Bernie Williamson) meets on the first three Tuesdays from 6:00 PM-7:00 PM.
Packs are organized by grade levels into dens designated by different animals that go on adventures every month. Lion (kindergarten), Tiger (1), Wolf (2), Bear (3), Webelos I (4), Webelos II (5); but the very first thing required of any new Scout is to become a Bobcat by learning the basics: Scout Oath and Law.
On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.
Scout Law (12 points): A Scout is:
TRUSTWORTHY. Tell the truth and keep promises. People can depend on you.
LOYAL. Show that you care about your family, friends, Scout leaders, school, and country.
HELPFUL. Volunteer to help others without expecting a reward.
FRIENDLY. Be a friend to everyone, even people who are very different from you.
COURTEOUS. Be polite to everyone and always use good manners.
KIND. Treat others as you want to be treated. Never harm or kill any living thing without good reason.
OBEDIENT. Follow rules of your family, school, and pack/troop. Obey the laws of your community and country.
CHEERFUL. Look for the bright side of life. Cheerfully do tasks that come your way. Try to help others be happy.
THRIFTY. Work to pay your own way. Try not to be wasteful. Use time, food, supplies, and natural resources wisely.
BRAVE. Face difficult situations even when you feel afraid. Do what you think is right despite what others might be doing or saying.
CLEAN. Keep your body and mind fit. Help keep your home and community clean.
REVERENT. Be reverent toward God. Be faithful in your religious duties. Respect the beliefs of others.
Scouting is SAFE!
Mandatory safeguards are in place to protect youths and adult leaders. First, every Scout handbook contains a booklet for the parent to discuss with the youth so he may recognize abuse. The Scout is instructed to use the buddy system and knows he is never to be alone with any adult, including Scout leaders that are not family members. In addition, registered leaders undergo background checks by the Middle Tennessee Council of Boy Scouts of America, are required to take youth protection training every two years, adhere to a Scouter Code of Conduct, and understand that there must be two-deep leadership for all meetings and activities to protect themselves as well as the Scout. Family participation is always encouraged and even required for younger youth. A good option for parents who still have doubts is to register to be leaders to make sure the program is being followed or at least participate in the pack committee of adults who plan the activities.
Scouting is AFFORDABLE!
Any Scout who wants to pay all or part of his way has the opportunity to do that if he will sell popcorn in the fall and camp cards in the spring. The popcorn sales period is now underway and at his first meeting, the new Scout will learn more about this. The yearly registration is $35 and approximately $3 per month will be needed to purchase awards the Scout will earn.
The August meeting of Smith County’s Diabetes Support Group will take place inside the Dining Room at Riverview Regional Medical Center at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 13, 2019.
The theme of this month’s program is “The EYES Have It—Keeping the Eyes Healthy.”
Refreshments will be served, and everyone is welcome!
Riverview Regional Medical Center is located at 158 Hospital Drive in Carthage.
The 30th Annual Lancaster Firehall Jam will take place on Saturday, August 10, 2019, beginning at 5:00 p.m. The event will be held at the Lancaster Fire Hall, located at 744 Lancaster Highway in Lancaster, Tennessee.
This year’s Firehall Jam will feature a cake walk, a Cowboy Bean Supper, and plenty of live entertainment.
Each year, the Firehall Jam acts as a fundraiser to raise money to maintain and upgrade the equipment of the Lancaster Fire Department.
Wilson Bank & Trust will host its annual Family Fun Day on Saturday, August 10, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event will be held at Wilson Bank & Trust’s Gordonsville location at 7 New Middleton Highway.
Come enjoy a back-to-school celebration featuring water fun, a dunking booth, inflatables, and more!
Admission is FREE!
Call (615) 683-3990 for more information.
Wilson Bank & Trust has locations in Carthage, Gordonsville, and all across Middle Tennessee. To learn more, visit https://www.wilsonbank.com.
Tennessee Wildlife Federation, one of the largest and oldest nonprofits dedicated to conserving the state’s wildlife and natural resources, is now accepting photo submissions for its 5th annual Tennessee wildlife and landscape photo contest.
Photographers—from amateurs to professionals—are encouraged to submit up to 20 of their best images of Tennessee’s wildlife and, for the first time, landscapes.
Submissions can be made from August 1 through August 31, 2019, at tnwf.org/PhotoContest.
A panel of judges will select the best photos to be featured in the Federation’s 2020 calendar and across the Federation’s digital platforms. Winners will also receive a variety of prizes including gift cards, Federation apparel, a YETI cooler, and Patagonia duffle bag.
“Tennessee has so much to offer it’s impossible for one person to see and capture it all,” said Kendall McCarter, chief development officer for Tennessee Wildlife Federation. “That’s why getting to share our diverse wildlife and habitats through the photography of those who love it most is one of the highlights of the year.”
The deadline to submit photos is 11:59 p.m. CT on Aug. 31, 2019. Voting for the People’s Choice winner will be open for the public on September 5, 2019.
For more information and official contest rules visit tnwf.org/PhotoContest.
Tennessee Wildlife Federation leads the conservation, sound management and wise use of Tennessee’s great outdoors. Since 1946, the Federation has spearheaded the development of the state’s wildlife policy, advanced landmark legislation on air and water quality and other conservation initiatives, helped restore numerous species, and introduced thousands of kids to the great outdoors. To learn more, visit tnwf.org.
Please enjoy this gallery of past winners’ photographs:
Check out the August 2019 edition of “An Ounce of Prevention”, the monthly newsletter from the Smith County Drug Prevention Coalition.
Read this month’s newsletter to learn about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and how they can effect a person throughout his or her life.
The Smith County Drug Prevention Coalition meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 12:00 p.m. at the Smith County Chamber of Commerce. The next meeting of the coalition will be held on Wednesday, August 14, 2019.
The Bible Lands Museum is on tour and will be showcasing educational artifacts, along with exhibits and lectures, free to the public at host Carthage Church of Christ.
The exhibit will be open at the following times:
- Friday, August 9th from 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
- Saturday, August 10th from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
- Sunday, August 11th from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00p.m.
Some Exhibit Highlights:
- Crucifixion Display
- Scale models of Jerusalem, Caesarea Martima and Ephesus
- “Take Your Own Photo” wearing armor used in the movie Hercules
- The Great Isaiah Scroll (replica)
- The Taylor Prism (replica)
- And MUCH more!!!
Carthage church of Christ Annex
711 Main St. N Carthage, TN 37030
Entrance Located at the Rear of Building
For more information on this exhibit, call the Carthage church of Christ at 615-735-0114 or visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/carthagecoc/.
Bible Lands Museum is located at 39640 Pioneer Blvd in Sandy, OR in the lower lever of the church of Christ. The museum is open free to the public on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. PT, and by appointment. Avid Bible historian and Bible artifact collector Bob Stancell opened Bible Lands Museum in 2015 by debuting a portion of his private collection. Bible Lands Museum has more than quadrupled its exhibits on display since then and offers many documentary film presentations for visitors to view at no charge.
On July 31, 2019, Ginger Doyle and Megan Raetzel completed an eight-week course to become Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) in Smith County.
Ginger and Megan will be sworn in by Judge Micheal Collins on August 27, 2019. After that, they will be able to take their first cases to help local children who have been abused and neglected.
Congratulations, Ginger and Megan!
The National CASA Association, together with its state and local members, supports and promotes Court Appointed volunteer advocacy for abused and neglected children so that they can thrive in safe, loving and permanent homes.
Could you spare 10-12 hours per month to volunteer to help a child or children who have been abused or neglected find a safe permanent home where they will be loved and thrive? If so, you could become a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) to help keep children safe and build resilience as they go through tough times so they may bounce back.
In order to become a CASA volunteer, you must pass a background check, participate in a 30-hour pre-service training course, and agree to stay with a case until it is closed (a year and a half on average).
The next CASA volunteer training will begin on Tuesday, August 13, 2019. This is an eight-week course that will meet from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. each Tuesday in Cookeville.
Find out more about the requirements and role of being a CASA volunteer by calling Smith County CASA Coordinator, Bernie Morris, at 423-736-5545 or at email@example.com. You can also check CASA out on the web by clicking here.
Smith County Leadership Class of 2018 awarded TN Arts Commission “Arts Build Communities” Grant for mural installation
The Tennessee Arts Commission and the Upper Cumberland Development District are pleased to announce that Leadership Opportunity of Smith County has completed a project with the Arts Build Communities Grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission.
Leadership Opportunity of Smith County applied $1,155.50 in grant funds for a mural installation in Carthage which was matched by $1,155.50 with funds raised by the 2018 Leadership class.
Leadership Opportunity of Smith County is a program designed to empower and motivate participants to develop the quality of their leadership for the continued enhancement of Smith County.
Members of the 2018 class completed two service projects for Smith County: the installation of the historical marker honoring the 1949 train crash that killed 10 members of the Bennett family, and the installation of a mural in downtown Carthage.
Local leaders have been working diligently to preserve the beauty and history of Smith County, and the leadership class wanted to pay a local artist to commemorate the rich history and culture within a mural. The mural features Smith County’s world-famous trout, Tennessee Maneuvers, the Historic Cordell Hull Bridge, local geodes, the Historic Smith County Courthouse, and the Carthage Junction Depot.
Members of the 2018 class were Virginia Alexander, Erika Ebel, Matthew Inyart, Shannon Minchey, Nancy Richardson, Jessica Webb, Keith Williams, Bob Williamson, and Carol Wilmore.
The Tennessee Arts Commission invests in more than 700 nonprofit organizations across the state benefiting communities through quality of life, economic development, tourism and providing a more balanced education for our children. You can support the TN Arts Commission by purchasing a specialty license plate (http://tnspecialtyplates.org/).
After being crowned Tennessee State Champions last week, the Smith County Junior League All-Stars have finished 3rd in the Southeast Regional Tournament, which was held in Broadway, Virginia, over the weekend.
The All-Stars began regional play with a game against South Carolina on Friday, August 2, 2019, which they won by a score of 9-7.
On Saturday, August 3, 2019, the boys handily clenched another victory, with a 20-9 win over West Virginia.
On Sunday, August 4, 2019, the All-Stars were bested 7-12 by Florida.
On Monday, August 5, 2019, the Smith County Junior League All-Stars went head-to-head against South Carolina for the chance to play in the title game. After a tough 4-5 loss to the South Carolina team, Smith County’s regional tournament run came to an end.
To see the results of each game played in this year’s Junior League Southeast Regional Tournament, click here.
This is the first time that a Junior League team from Smith County has appeared in the Southeast Regional Tournament, as well as the first time that a Smith County Junior League team has taken the state title.
The Smith County Junior League All-Stars are Hudson Graber, Kyle Adams, Westen Vance, Kylan Johnson, Abe Goolsby, Ethan Crockett, Ty Martin, TJ Testa, Maddux Bradley, Peyton Hix, Neil Brown, Adam Welsh, and Sam Albritton.
Tracy Mofield is the head coach of the Junior League All-Stars. Assistant coaches are Jeff Crockett and Roscoe Vance.
Congratulations, Smith County Junior League All-Stars, and thank you for representing your county and your state so well!
The Carthage City Council met on the evening of Thursday, August 1, 2019.
You can watch the full meeting below.
Thanks to Smith County Animal Clinic for sponsoring Smith County Insider’s LIVE broadcast of this meeting!
The next meeting of the Carthage City Council will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 5, 2019. All meetings of the Carthage City Council are streamed live at https://www.facebook.com/smithcountyinsider/.
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The following article was submitted by Katie Martin, Smith County Extension Agent:
Abby Malone from Smith County had a sweet time, literally, at an annual Middle Tennessee culinary camp. Abby was one of 58 4-H’ers from across the region to attend the specialty camp, this year’s theme of which – Experience! The Sweet Life – was all about candy.
Participants at the three-day camp, which was held on campus at Tennessee Tech University, learned to make a variety of sweet candy confections, including Mexican tamarind candy, gummi bears, after dinner mints, hard candy, taffy, truffles, decorative candy roses and more.
“They had a chance to sample – but only sample – the recipes at each station because their final challenge was to plan and build a candy buffet based on a theme each team randomly selected at the beginning of camp, and we were all impressed by the level of skill and imagination each and every team put into their creations,” said Director Aneta Eichler, a University of Tennessee Extension Agent in Cheatham County.
A total of eight teams, with no two themes alike, created buffets representing such topics as Stars and Stripes, Anniversary Celebration, My Favorite Holiday, Out of This World and so on. When the competition concluded, parents and caregivers arriving to pick up tuckered out campers were invited to make grab-and-go bags of the sweets to take home with them.
“Culinary camp is a great way to introduce 4-H’ers to specific kitchen skills and concepts that they can continue to build on and use later in their personal and possibly professional lives,” said Jamie Harris, a Central Region Area Specialist in 4-H Youth Development and Family and Consumer Sciences.
What’s even better, she said, is that the camp gives participants an opportunity to learn while having fun. Next year will mark its fourth year, and it’s never been the same two years in a row; each year’s camp has focused on a different food-related theme.
That way, the activities feel new even if a camper comes multiple times – and many do! The culinary camp is open to 4-H’ers in sixth through eighth grades.
While plans are still underway for next year, more information will be made available as details are finalized. For further information concerning the many opportunities that 4-H has to offer the youth in Smith County, call 615-735-2900.
Carthage, Tenn. – Smith County Mayor Jeff Mason has joined a growing statewide coalition of municipal and county mayors in support of the advancement of early education as a priority to address deficient reading and math scores for most third-grade students in Tennessee’s public schools. Mason joins nearly 100 Tennessee mayors as part of Tennesseans for Quality Early Education (TQEE), a statewide, bipartisan advocacy organization.
“We can and must do a better job of educating young Tennesseans in the critical early years of learning to set the stage for success in middle school, high school and beyond,” said TQEE Executive Director Mike Carpenter.
With a new governor and large turnover in the state legislature because of retirements, the Mayors’ Coalition wants to ensure that new policymakers continue current early education investments and expand programs and policies proving to be successful. The coalition believes the state has made significant progress in improving student outcomes, but that there is much more to do to elevate Tennessee’s citizens and communities.
“I strongly urge our governor and legislature to continue to promote early literacy with proven efforts like Read 2 B Ready,” said Carpenter. “I believe this program helps our young children to establish a firm foundation for their education journey. I believe we need to continue to improve the quality and expand pre-kindergarten programs across the state and support our teachers with quality training and coaching.”
The Mayors’ Coalitions’ ranks include Adamsville Mayor David Leckner, Alamo Mayor John Avery Emison, Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank, Bedford County Mayor Chad Graham, Benton Co. Mayor Brett Lashlee, Bolivar Mayor Julian McTizic, Bradley County Mayor Gary Davis, Brownsville Mayor Bill Rawls, Camden Mayor Roger Pafford, Campbell County Mayor E.L. Morton, Cannon County Mayor Brent Bush, Carroll County Mayor Joseph Butler, Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke, Chester County Mayor Barry Hutcherson, Coffee County Mayor Gary Cordell, Cookeville Mayor Ricky Shelton, Crockett County Mayor Gary Reasons, Decatur County Mayor Mike Creasy, Dekalb County Mayor Tim Stribling, Dover Mayor Lesa Fitzhugh, Dyer County Mayor Chris Young, Fayette County Mayor Skip Taylor, Franklin Mayor Ken Moore, Franklin County Mayor David Alexander, Gibson County Mayor Tom Witherspoon, Giles County Mayor Melissa Greene, Grainger County Mayor Mike Byrd, Greene County Mayor Kevin Morrison, Grundy County Mayor Michael Brady, Hamblen County Mayor Bill Brittain, Hardeman County Mayor Jimmy Sain, Hardin County Mayor Kevin Davis, Hawkins County Mayor Jim Lee, Haywood County Mayor David Livingston, Henderson Mayor Robert King, Henderson County Mayor Eddie Bray, Henry County Mayor Brent Greer, Hickman County Mayor Mark Bentley, Hohenwald Mayor Danny McKnight, Houston County Mayor James Bridges, Humphreys County Mayor Jessie Wallace, Huntingdon Mayor Dale Kelley, Jackson Mayor Jerry Gist, Jackson County Mayor Randy Heady, Jefferson County Mayor Mark Potts, Knox County Mayor Glen Jacobs, Lake County Mayor Lenny Johnson, Lauderdale County Mayor Maurice Gaines, Lawrence County Mayor T. R. Williams, Lawrenceburg Mayor Blake Lay, Lebanon Mayor Bernie Ash, Lewis County Mayor Jonah Keltner, Lexington Mayor Jeff Griggs, Lincoln County Mayor Bill Newman, Linden Mayor Wes Ward, Lobelville Mayor Robbie Moore, Loudon County Mayor B. Bradshaw, Macon County Mayor Steve Jones, Madison County Mayor Jimmy Harris, Marion County Mayor David Jackson, Marshall County Mayor Mike Keny, McKenzie Mayor Jill Holland, McNairy County Mayor Larry Smith, Meigs County Mayor Bill James, Milan Mayor B. W. Beasley, Monroe County Mayor Mitch Ingram, Moore County Mayor Bonnie Lewis, Obion County Mayor Benny McGuire, Overton County Mayor Ben Danner, Paris Mayor Carl Gerrell, Parsons Mayor Tim David Boaz, Perry County Mayor John Carroll, Pickett County Mayor Carey Garner, Putnam County Mayor Randy Porter, Ripley Mayor Jon Pavletic, Robertson County Mayor Bill Vogle, Rutherford County Mayor Bill Ketron, Scotts Hill Mayor Jessie Powers, Selmer Mayor John Smith, Sequatchie County Mayor Keith Cartwright, Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters, Smith County Mayor Jeff Mason, Springhill Mayor Rick Graham, Stanton Mayor Allan Sterbinsky, Stewart County Mayor Robin Brandon, Tipton County Mayor Jeff Huffman, Trousdale County Mayor Steven Chambers, Union City Mayor Terry Hailey, Union County Mayor Jason Bailey, Van Buren County Mayor G. Wilson, Warren County Mayor Jimmy Haley, Waverly Mayor W. B. Frazier, Wayne County Mayor Jim Mangubat, Weakley County Mayor Jake Bynum and White County Mayor Denny Robinson.
Tennesseans for Quality Early Education (TQEE) is a statewide advocacy organization focused on education policy from birth to third grade. Our bi-partisan coalition is comprised of business, law enforcement, faith, education and civic organizations and individuals in communities across Tennessee. The group’s members support high quality early education to improve academic achievement, boost workforce development and enhance quality of life in our communities. Learn more by visiting our website at www.tqee.org.
For more information, contact TQEE Executive Director Mike Carpenter, (901) 331-0153; or Levi Stein, Hall Strategies, (615) 242-8856.
National Campaign Celebrates Health Centers Rooted in Communities
CARTHAGE, Tenn. – The Smith County Community Health Center/Health Department will celebrate National Health Center Week on August 4-10, 2019. The goal of this observance is to raise awareness of the ways health centers are providing affordable health care in communities.
There are 14 community health centers/health departments across the Upper Cumberland Region. These health centers provide full-service adult and pediatric primary care as well as preventive health services to anyone with private insurance, TennCare or Medicare, as well as those without insurance. They are part of a nationwide network of health centers that serve more than 28 million people.
“We are proud of the work our community center/health department does to provide people in this community with numerous health services and treatment as well as the resources they need to help prevent disease and improve the health of everyone who lives here,” said Michael Railling.
To learn more about the services of your local community health center, please call 615-735-0242.
As some of you may know, Smith County Insider celebrated its 4th birthday on June 22, 2019!
Smith County Insider was created in June 2015 to address a need for up-to-date, real-time news in Smith County. Since our inception, we have continually strived to be the leading news provider here in Smith County.
We have grown more than we could have imagined over the last four years. Last month, we broke a viewer record with over 500 people watching our live stream meeting coverage at one time, and we have recently hit 10,000 Facebook followers. Wow!
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