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Free Medicare help available for Upper Cumberland residents

The Medicare Annual Enrollment Period for 2019 begins October 15, 2018. For those who are eligible to sign up for Medicare or have questions about making changes to their Medicare health plans and/or Medicare Part D prescription drug plans, free, un-biased Medicare information and counseling is available through the Upper Cumberland Area Agency on Aging and Disability (UCAAD).

Annual enrollment for the coming year runs from October 15 to December 7. During this time, currently enrolled Medicare beneficiaries can make changes to their plans.

The staff at UCAAAD, a division of Upper Cumberland Development District, and volunteers are trained to provide free, un-biased counseling and advice for those seeking assistance with making changes to their Medicare plans. 

It is important for Medicare beneficiaries to compare their current plans to the 2019 coverage options, which will be released on October 1, 2018. UCAAAD staff helps those seeking assistance with plan comparisons without selling anything and can be reached at the toll free SHIP line at 1-877-801-0044. 

Throughout open enrollment, UCAAAD staff and volunteers will also be offering Medicare counseling at locations throughout the Upper Cumberland. A full list of appointment times and locations can be found at www.ucdd.org or at https://www.facebook.com/UCDDconnect/ or by calling the toll free SHIP line at 1-877-801-0044 or 931-432-4150. 

J.M. Insurance Agency presents High School Football’s Beast of the Week 2018 – Week 8

Here are J.M. Insurance Agency’s picks for High School Football’s “Beast of the Week” for Week 8:

Smith County:

Eli Martin

Eli Martin and Seth Dillehey

#7 | WR/Corner

Eli displayed extreme effort on both sides of the ball, totaling 200 yards in kickoff returns with 1 TD, 6 rushes for 76 yards with 2 TDs, and one 2-point conversion during their homecoming victory over Dekalb County.



Tristen Corthell

Scott Clemons, Tristen Corthell, and Seth Dillehey

#67 | DE/C

Tristen graded 85% on offensive blocking assignments and accumulated 5 tackles with one quarterback tackle that resulted in an interception in their win over Pickett County.


Congratulations to the players named “Beast of the Week”!

Tennessee Secretary of State Cautions Voters Against Misleading Election Information

Below is a press release issued by Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett concerning voter registration:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett is warning voters to be aware of misleading information regarding voter registration as the deadline to register for the November election approaches on Tuesday, October 9, 2018.

The Office of the Secretary of State has received reports of groups contacting registered voters and telling them that they are not registered to vote. Others have reported receiving pre-populated voter registration forms for individuals who are deceased and have been removed from the voting rolls.

The National Association of Secretaries of State has warned states about a scam where an organization is making calls and offering to register voters by phone. While these calls have not been reported in Tennessee, voters should be aware that they cannot register by talking to a person on the phone.

“To avoid misleading information, I urge voters to come straight to the source,” Secretary Hargett said. “Tennessee’s election officials are dedicated to making sure voters have all the information they need to participate in the November election.”

For accurate information regarding voter registration in Tennessee, voters are encouraged to visit GoVoteTN.com to register to vote or check their registration status. Voters can also contact the Division of Elections at 1-877-850-4959 or their county election commission with any questions about voter registration.

Registering to vote is easy in Tennessee. Tennessee citizens may register by-mail or online.  Online voter registration allows any U.S. citizen with a driver’s license or photo ID issued by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security to register online.

Voters can also download the GoVoteTN app, available in the App Store or Google Play, to view voter-specific information. Voters can find early voting and Election Day polling locations, view and mark sample ballots and much more.

Smith County School Board meets with John Rose about property agreement

Listen to audio of the full meeting below

CARTHAGE, Tenn.—On Wednesday, October 3, 2018, the Smith County School Board called a special meeting with Republican Congressional Candidate John Rose, who has offered to donate 20.86 acres of property in Gordonsville for the construction of a new full-campus high school. 

At a meeting on Feb 20, 2018, the school board voted to enter into a contingency agreement with John Rose and move forward with discussions about the details and contingencies of the property donation.

The school board also purchased the 27.81 acre Preston property earlier this year. 

The purpose of Wednesday’s special-called meeting was to give members of the school board the opportunity to ask clarifying questions about the property agreement with John Rose and discuss Rose’s wishes for the potential new high school.

“We’re all getting hit with these questions,” Director of Schools Barry Smith explained. The school board hoped that a discussion with Rose would equip them to better answer questions from the public, as well as help the board come to a decision about breaking ground on a new school.

At the opening of the meeting, Rose recalled why he felt moved to donate land for the construction of a new high school. He said he felt that the building of a new high school was a “once in a generation opportunity, maybe a once in several generations opportunity.”

Rose shared his vision of a full-campus high school where students would not have to move back and forth between facilities for sports practice or other extra circular activities. Rose feels that a full-campus school would give future students “the best possible experience.”

Rose imagined the new high school as a gathering place, a hub of the Gordonsville community, and a way for the growing city to put its best foot forward to serve both students and citizens. 

“My wife and I hope that our little boy might one day be a student at Gordonsville High School,” Rose said.

As the meeting continued, Director of Schools Barry Smith and other school board members asked Rose several questions about the requirements of the donation agreement.

One of the first questions was about the stipulation that the new school be a high school. 

“I would want to see it be a high school,” Rose confirmed.

Board members also asked Rose if he was firm on the requirement that the high school be a full-campus, state-of-the art facility that would include options for vocational training for students.

Rose stated that he would want facilities at the new high school to provide opportunities for children in the community to focus on problem-solving abilities, technical skills, and job skills. 

He shared his personal experience of how Ag Education helped him see how classroom concepts can be applied in the real world. “Agricultural education and FFA was the most important experience I had in all of my education,” Rose told the board.

No official plans have been drawn up, and the property has not been surveyed, but a team of engineers has created some mock-ups to show how a full-campus facility might fit on the Rose property.

The possibility of acquiring additional acreage for the project was discussed. Barry Smith said that the engineers “highly suggested” that 5 acres behind the Living Waters Ministry Church be acquired, as well as a portion of the Agee property that borders Rose’s property. The acquisition of both pieces of land would total 12 additional acres.

School board lawyer Jamie Winkler explained that the new school facilities could be broken down into an “instructional component” (the actual high school and classrooms) and a “extra circular component” (ball fields, sport facilities, vocational facilities, etc.). He asked if Rose would be negotiable to extending the timeline for the “extra circular component” if the board elected to focus on beginning construction of the “instructional component” of the school first. 

“I would most prefer to see a complete campus with all the attendant facilities. Am I flexible on the timeline for that? Absolutely,” Rose replied.

“You’ve got time to think it over and make the right choice,” he continued. Rose did mention that some sort of timeline would be helpful to insure that his offer does not continue indefinitely without a firm decision being made.

Initially, Rose and the school board discussed having one year to begin construction after an official agreement is made about the property. At this time, nothing official has been signed.

To close the meeting, Smith expressed his appreciation toward John Rose for taking the time to meet with the school board during the middle of election season. Smith also told Rose how grateful the board is for his offer to donate land for a new school.

The Smith County School Board will continue to deliberate about which steps they will take next.

John Rose, of the Temperance Hall Community, is the Republican candidate for Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. Rose is a small business owner and farmer who was raised in Cookeville, and he is the eighth generation in his family to own and operate the family farm in DeKalb and Smith Counties.

You can listen to the full audio recording of the Smith County School Board’s meeting with John Rose below: 

Smith County Football wins Homecoming game against Dekalb County

The Owls won their homecoming game against the Dekalb County Tigers in a high scoring game, 47-34.

The Owls defense was able to force a three and out on the Tigers first drive, forcing them to punt the ball down to the Smith County 19 yard line.

The Owls offense was able to strike first off of a 3 yard John Ross Hord touchdown run. The score finished off an 81 yard drive that took off over 8 minutes of game time to give the Owls a lead of 6-0 with just 1:30 left in the first quarter.

The Smith County defense was then able to make another stop, giving the Owls the ball back on their 27 yard line. Tanner Marshall was able to break off a 61 yard run to put the Owls at the 4 yard line. Eli Martin found his way to the end zone on the next play. A 2-point conversion by the Owls brought the score to 14-0 with just under 10 minutes left in the second quarter.

The Tigers were driving down the field on their next possession, but the Owls were able to put a stop to their drive when they were able to intercept the ball near the 30 yard line. The Owls were able to score their third touchdown of the game on a 44 yard pass by Cameron Spivey to Isaac Dick to make the score 21-0 with just over 5 minutes left in the first half.

Dekalb County was able to return the ball to the Owls 42 yard line. The Tigers capitalized on the good field position, scoring on a 23 yard touchdown pass to bring the score to 21-7.

The Tigers were able to score again before the half to bring the score to 21-14.

The Owls started the second half off with a 91 yard kickoff return by Martin, but were not able to convert their 2 point conversion attempt, bringing the score to 27-14.

Dekalb County scored on the following drive on a run to narrow the Owls lead to 27-21 with just over 8 minutes in the third quarter.

The Owls following drive saw the Owls find the end zone in just over a minute following a 40 yard  rush by Eli Martin that set up a 14 yard touchdown pass to Hord. The Owls successfully went for two, to bring the score to 35-21.

The Owls were able to get the ball back at the 8 yard line due to a high snap went flying over the Dekalb County punters head.

Jaden Apple-Gibbs was able to run the ball in on the next play, but were unable to get the two point conversion attempt to put the Owls up 41-21 halfway through the third quarter.

Dekalb County were able to score to make the score 41-28 following a long drive with 29 second left in the third quarter.

Eli Martin was able to give the Owls some momentum back with a big return in what looked like his second return touchdown of the game, but a penalty on the return pushed the Owls back to the Dekalb County 30 yard line. The Owls were not able to get anything done offensively despite the good field position, turning the ball over on four downs.

Dekalb County was looking to make it a one possession game, but the Owls defense was able to stop their drive and force a turnover on downs to give the Owls the ball back with just over 7 minutes left in the game at the Dekalb County 45.

The Owls were held to a three and out, but pinned the Tigers at the 1 yard line on the punt, which helped Smith County force a three and out to give the Owls the ball back with 4:11 left.  A couple plays later, Martin was able to break away and rush for his third touchdown of the game to give the Owls a 47-28 lead.

Dekalb County drove down and scored to make the score with 51 seconds in the game to make the score 47-34, but it was too little too late as their onside attempt was recovered by the Owls.

What’s next?

The Owls will be on the road next week when they take on region opponents Cannon County.

Gordonsville Football wins big against Pickett County

The Gordonsville Tigers beat the Pickett County Bobcats 42-13. Following an offensive explosion in the first half, the Tigers were able to cruise to victory against their region opponents.

The Tigers offense came out hot, scoring their first touchdown off of a 65 yard pass from Taylor Thaxton to Skyshn Washer to make the score 6-0 early in the first.

The Tigers were able to tack on two more touchdowns in the first quarter to make the score 21-0 after the first quarter with both touchdowns coming off of Braxton Givens touchdowns (1 yard & 11 yard rushes)

The Tigers offense didn’t slow down in the second quarter, scoring with just over 10 minutes left in the half off of a fake punt by Levi Halliburton for a 49 yard touchdown to make the score 28-0.

The Tigers scored again with just under 4 minutes in the half off of a 9 yard rush by Chris Welsh to make the score 35-0.

Gordonsville got their sixth touchdown of the night just over two minutes later when Matthew Albritton connected on a pass to Wyatt Pemberton for a 39 yard touchdown to bring the score to 42-0.

Pickett County was able to get on the scoreboard on the following drive with a 60 yard touchdown run to bring the score to 42-7 going into halftime.

The second half didn’t see much offense from either team, with the only score coming off of a 20 yard fumble recovery by Pickett County to wrap up the scoring at 42-13.

What’s next?

The Tigers will be on the road next week when they take on region opponents Jo Byrns.

Butcher’s Holler Haunted House to be held next to Sav-Way in Carthage

CARTHAGE, Tenn. —At the end of October, a haunted house will open next door to Sav-Way in Carthage for Smith County residents to enjoy.

Butcher’s Holler Haunted House will feature several spooky scenes, including a jail, a graveyard, a train, and, of course, a butcher shop. While exploring Butcher’s Holler, haunted house guests can expect to be frightened by clowns, a mad doctor, and horror movie superstars Michael Myers and Freddie Kruger.

The cost of admission is $15 per person. Groups of 5 or more will receive special pricing.

If you visit Butcher’s Holler more than once, you can receive discounted admission. The first visit costs $15, the second visit costs $10, and all other visits are $5. 

DATES OPEN:               

  • October 17 – Family and Elementary Night  ($5)
  • October 18 – Middle School Night (until 8:00 p.m.) ($5); open to public (8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.)
  • October 19-20 – Grand Opening (6:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m.)
  • October 24 – Smith County School Night – Faculty, Staff, Students, and Family Members ($5 off)
  • October 25 – Open 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.
  • October 26-27 – Open 6:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m.
  • October 29-31 – Open 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.      

The host of Butcher’s Holler Haunted House had this to say about the event: 

“Over the years, extensive investigations have been done about a mass disappearance of visitors and outsiders to Smith County. Several business owners and home owners have demanded help in solving the mysteries behind the missing persons. In the last days, authorities have been paying visits to the ‘old shut-down butcher shop’ located next to Sav-Way Grocery of Smith County.”

Go to Butcher’s Holler Haunted House this Halloween Season… if you dare!

Butcher’s Holler Haunted House will be located in the Smith County Plaza next to the new Carthage Sav-Way (72 Dixon Springs Highway – Carthage, TN 37030).


Reservations open for Annual Fall Color Boat Cruise at Edgar Evins State Park

The leisurely Fall Color Boat Cruise is a good time to chat with friends while taking in the scenery.

Imagine an afternoon excursion on a pontoon boat cruising beautiful Center Hill Lake in late October, the water reflecting the blue of the sky, and trees ablaze with color along the banks. This is the idyllic scenario that has inspired the Annual Fall Color Cruise sponsored by the Friends of Edgar Evins State Park and park employees for 16 years. No one can guarantee perfect weather, but we can anticipate everyone having a good time! 

This will be the 16th year of this popular annual event on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, from 1:00 p.m. to about 4:00 p.m. Seats are $15 per person. No children under age 3 are allowed for safety reasons. Please report to the marina dock at 1:00 p.m. to check in prior to boarding the boats. 

Online reservations may be made from October 1 to Oct. 27 at www.foeesp.com/color-cruise. Both Visa or Master Card are accepted. If you need help, you may call the park office at (931) 858-2114 or toll free at 800-250-8619 for contact information for Fount Bertram, President of Friends of Edgar Evins State Park. 

The boat ride will include closeup views of the dam, historical features, big houses of the rich and famous and  possibly waterfowl and other wildlife.

Camping and cabins are available at the park for those desiring to make this an overnight or weekend outing.  Reserve online at http://tnstateparks.com/parks/about/edgar-evins or call the park office for assistance.  

The park is located at 1630 Edgar Evins Park Road in Silver Point, TN 38582. It is in DeKalb County, approximately 20 miles north of Smithville, 20 miles west of Cookeville, and 60 miles east of Nashville.  It is easily accessible from I-40 at exit 268 at State Hwy. 96 and Center Hill Lake.

This annual event is a fund raiser for Friends of Edgar Evins State Park, an all-volunteer non-profit membership organization with the sole purpose of helping the park. For more information visit their website at www.foeesp.com or visit them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/friendsofeesp/. 

About half way through the cruise, the boats may huddle to allow a Park Ranger to give a brief talk about the features along the cruise route.

Carthage City Fire Department donates sign for new Fire Hall in Gordonsville

GORDONSVILLE, Tenn.—On the evening of Tuesday, September 25, 2018, firefighters from the Carthage and Gordonsville City Fire Departments gathered in Gordonsville as the City of Carthage officially presented a sign to the Gordonsville Fire Department for display at the city’s new fire hall.

Carthage City Mayor Donnie Dennis presented the sign on behalf of the Carthage Fire Department, and Gordonsville City Mayor James “Duck” Gibbs accepted it.

Construction on the new Gordonsville Fire Hall began in spring 2018, and crews are currently in the process of putting finishing touches around the outside of the structure.

The opening of the new Fire Hall will mark the first change in location for the Gordonsville Fire Department since its inception in 1966.

Awards Announced for Walk Across Tennessee Program

Submitted by Mary Parker Draper, UT Extension Agent: 

The University of Tennessee Extension in Smith County recently partnered with the Smith County Health Department to offer Walk Across Tennessee in Smith County. Walk Across Tennessee is a program that persuades and motivates people of all ages to make that most important change . . . to get started.

Teams of eight worked towards the goal of walking, biking, swimming, etc. “across Tennessee” from Bristol to Memphis. All eleven teams “walked” the distance of Tennessee, a little over 500 miles! This eight week program concluded on September 2, 2018. 

Thank you to our wonderful Walk Across Tennessee program sponsors: DTC, Smith County Drug Center, Citizens Bank, Sanderson Funeral Home, Riverview Regional, and Smith County Health Department. Each participant received a Walk Across Tennessee T-Shirt because of our sponsors’ donations.

The teams for this year’s Walk Across Tennessee program were Citizens Bank A and B, The Drug Prevention Coalition, Faith Steppers, Night Owl’s Team 1 and 2, Happy Feet, The Volunteers, Quads of Fury, and Doc’s Monkeys. 

Our third place team, The Drug Prevention Coalition finished with 1,516.78 miles! 

Our second place team, Happy Feet, completed a total of 1,877.85 miles! 

Our first place team, Night Owls Team 1, crossed the finish line with a total of 2,069.85 miles! 

Congratulations to all the teams for completing this eight week journey! You all made a huge accomplishment! 

This year as well as awarding the teams with the most miles, we also awarded most Outstanding Team Captain to Ashley Williams and Most Enthusiastic Team to Docs Monkeys. 

If you are interested in competing in the Walk Across Tennessee program next year, please contact Mary Parker Draper at the extension office at (615) 735-2900. 

First place team-Night Owls Team 1; Pictured L-R: Jill Wilmore, Janice Fox, Jyl Smith, Brenda Eller, Lisa Harville, Pat Bush. Not pictured: Bonnie Kemp and Amanda Cowan

Second place team- Happy Feet; Pictured L-R: Margaret Dyer, Monica Fowler, Lindsey Gull, Cindy Garmon, Ashton Stallings, and Megan Akin. Not picture: Rick West and Karen Enoch

Third place team – The Drug Prevention Coalition; Pictured L-R: Suzanne Angel, Kandra Preston, Mary Leslie Wakefield, Barbara Kannapel, and Don Kannapel. Not pictured: Tommy Angel, Randy Wakefield, and Darlene LaHill

Most outstanding Team Captain: Ashley Williams

Most Enthusiastic Team- Doc’s Monkeys; Front (L-R): Karen Apple and Dr. Angela Moss. Back (L-R): Kayla Randolph, Sheri Waters, Drew Apple, Anna Apple, and Tina Nixon. Not pictured Lindsay Greer

Elmwood/Chestnut Mound FCE Club Yard Sale for charity — October 4-5, 2018

The Elmwood/Chestnut Mound Family and Consumer Education (FCE) Club will hold their annual yard sale on Thursday, October 4, 2018, from 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., and on Friday, October 5, 2018, from 7:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

The Yard Sale will take place at the Smith County Ag Center, located at 159 Ag Center Lane in Carthage, Tennessee. 

Several families are participating in the Yard Sale. Attendees should expect to see household items, clothes of all kinds, toys, Christmas decorations, and a little bit of everything available for purchase!

Hot dogs, chips, drinks, and baked goods can also be purchased at the event. 

All proceeds from the FCE Club Yard Sale will be returned to Smith County charities. 

Izzy Cruz-In Benefit and Scott Allmon Memorial Poker Run scheduled for October 6-7, 2018

The Justified Riding Club and Caney Fork CMT Abate will be holding their annual Izzy Cruz-In Benefit and Scott Allmon Memorial Poker Run on October 6 and 7, 2018. 

Saturday, October 6, 2018, will be a family friendly day at Defeated Creek Marina with face painting, pumpkin painting, games, bounce houses, movies and more for the kids. The event will also feature a car and bike show, auction, vendors, food, bands, and more.

Defeated Creek Marina is located at 160 Marine Drive in Carthage, Tennessee. Gates will open at 10:00 a.m. Tickets can be purchased for $5. Children 10 and under get in free. 

The day’s entertainment will be provided by:

  • Tennessee Bound ft. Becca Lynn
  • Make Some Noise Events
  • Shattered
  • Arvie & Bunny
  • Cody with open picking and grinning to finish off the night 

There will be a poker run on Sunday October 7, 2018, leaving from Shell in Gordonsville ( 482 Gordonsville Hwy. Gordonsville, TN ) to honor Scott Allmon who lost his life leaving the first Izzy Event.

The Gordonsville Shell is located at 482 Gordonsville Highway. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m., and the run will begin at 11:00 a.m.

Izzy Gates is a student at Carthage Elementary and lost her leg in a four wheeler accident when she was 4 years old. Her parents are Ben & Cassandra Gates of Carthage. Scott Allmon was a resident of Elmwood.

Lat year the proceeds from the benefit event went to a charity of Izzy’s choice, which was Nub Ability, a charity that supports a girl who has been battling cancer & health issues off and on for several years, Izzy also chose to donate to a foster family who took in a little girl who had to have her hand removed, and Izzy gave additional money to contribute to two high school scholarships in Macon and Smith Counties.

See the flyer below for more information. 

Gordonsville Junior High Tigers win Tri-Lakes Conference Championship

2018 Tri-Lakes Conference Champions

The Gordonsville Junior High Tigers won the Tri-Lakes Conference Championship on September 27th against the Clay County Bulldogs. The Tigers controlled the game, shutting out the Bulldogs to win 18-0.

The Tigers, led by Head Coach Mac Petty, went through the 2018 season undefeated following a loss in last years championship.

“The win means a lot to all of us not so much because of a championship, but last year when we lost these young men said we will be back and win,” Petty said. “They worked extremely hard from the day after we got beat till now to achieve this goal.”

While the team had many bright spots in their championship run, there’s one thing that stands out to Petty.

“Their unity,” Petty said. “They are a very close knit group with a great amount of determination.”


6th Annual Smith County Antique Tractor Pull – October 6, 2018

The Southside Lions Club will be hosting their 6th Annual Smith County Antique Tractor Pull on Saturday, October 6, 2018, at 4:00 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 2:30 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 Fall Pancake Breakfast — October 5-6, 2018

The Carthage Rotary Club will offer their Fall “all-you-can-eat” Pancake Breakfast on Friday, October 5 and Saturday, October 6, 2018, at the Gordonsville Shop Rite. 

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

Tickets may be purchased for $6.00 from any Rotarian before the event or at the door on the days of the event.

Rotarians will deliver carry-out orders to Carthage for free. 

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

Gordonsville Shop Rite is located on Main Street across from City Hall and Bass Funeral Home in Gordonsville, Tennessee. 


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