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4-H News: Smith County 4-H’ers Excel at Regional Public Speaking Contest

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

The Central Region’s 4-H Public Speaking Contest for 9th – 12th grades was held on Saturday, February 2, 2019, at Cumberland University. 

Senior High 4-H’ers gave a prepared speech that was 75% of their score and an extemporaneous speech that counted for 25%. In the extemporaneous competition, each contestant had one minute to prepare a two minute speech after they were given a topic.

Smith County was well-represented by four senior level 4-H’ers. 

From Left to Right: Hannah Borck, Olivia Jarvis, Grace, Harville, and Spencer Meeks

Hannah Borck (Homeschool) competed in the 9th grade division, Olivia Jarvis (Homeschool) competed in the 10th grade contest, Spencer Meeks (Homeschool) competed in the 11th grade contest, and Grace Harville (SCHS) competed in the 12th grade division. 

Olivia placed 4th in the 10th grade division. Spencer placed 4th in 11th grade and Grace received 1st place in her division, which provides her a scholarship to the State Contest at Tennessee 4-H Congress in March.

We are incredibly proud of the communication skills and hard work these 4-H’ers have exhibited!

UT Extension Smith County is an extension of the University of Tennessee working in Smith County to provide Real Life Solutions in agriculture, family & consumer sciences, and 4-H youth development.  We work with youth, families, and land owners to provide education and solve everyday problems.

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.

Business Spotlight: Gordonsville Veterinary Clinic

A new veterinary clinic opened its doors in Gordonsville on Monday, February 4, 2019. 

The Gordonsville Veterinary clinic practices small and large animal medicine and surgery, performs farm calls, and is now scheduling new appointments. 

The new clinic is owned and operated by experienced veterinarian Dr. Michael Towns. It is a satellite location of Trousdale County Veterinary Clinic, which first opened in 2007. 

Providers at the Gordonsville Veterinary Clinic are Dr. Michael Towns, Dr. Cassandra Bates, Dr. Kelly Davenport, and Dr. Logan Hudson. 

The Gordonsville Veterinary Clinic is located in Suite #203 at 507 Gordonsville Highway. 

Operating hours are 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. on Saturday. The clinic is closed on Wednesdays and Sundays. 

Call (615) 683-6041 to schedule an appointment for your animal.

Follow Gordonsville Veterinary Clinic on Facebook and Instagram for updates and additional information.

Recovery Meetings in Smith County

Could you or someone you know benefit from attending a recovery meeting here in Smith County?

Currently, there are several weekly meetings that aim to provide help and hope for those who are struggling.


Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meets on Sundays and Mondays at 7:00 p.m. at Carthage United Methodist Church, located at 608 Main Street North in Carthage, as well as on Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. at the Historic Smith County Courthouse, located at 211 Main Street North in Carthage.

AA is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem.

Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meets on Sundays at 5:00 p.m. and on Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. at “The Spot” Youth and Family Resource Center, located at 108 Ward Avenue East in Carthage. 

NA is a nonprofit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. This is a program of complete abstinence from all drugs. There is only one requirement for membership: the desire to stop using.

Al‑Anon meets on Sundays at 9:00 a.m. at “The Spot” Youth and Family Resource Center, located at 108 Ward Avenue East in Carthage.

Al-Anon is a mutual support program for people whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking. By sharing common experiences and applying the Al-Anon principles, families and friends of alcoholics can bring positive changes to their individual situations, whether or not the alcoholic admits the existence of a drinking problem or seeks help.

Hope for Life meets on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. at the Carthage Full Gospel Church, located at 109 1st Avenue West in Carthage. 

The Hope for Life non-residential program for those dealing with life-controlling problems consists of a series of weekly group meetings, which deal with identifying life-controlling issues, breaking free from hindrances, and learning the steps of recovery. Hope for Life is structured similar to a Low-Intensity Outpatient program and uses the group dynamics and accountability model. The Hope for Life groups, led by trained facilitators, use Living Free curriculum from Turning Point ministries. Participants can start the program at any weekly meeting location. Preregistration is not required.

Business Spotlight: Just the Basics

Just the Basics is a local waste management solution business owned and operated by Adam Allmon, in partnership with Chris Hart of Dirt Floor Productions.

Just the Basics aims to provide simple, friendly, and timely service for all of your waste management needs. They specialize in dumpster rentals, scrap metal collection, brush clearing, demolition, all types of skid steer services, and more!

All projects done by Just the Basics are fully insured. Weekly roll-off dumpster services begin at under $300. 

The mission statement of Just the Basics is this: “We don’t just say it, we do it. Just the Basics is honestly owned and operated by its workers. We are a close knit blended family that came together with a common goal. We aim to provide you with quality waste management service with the same family style relationship. We don’t want to be just a business to you, nor do we want you to be just a customer to us. Our greatest goal is to build long standing relationships with each person we get the opportunity to serve. We strive to deliver every dumpster within 24 hours!”

Just the Basics began as a side project for Adam and his father. When Adam got married, his wife Jenny jumped fully on board, and the business soon expanded into a full-time operation. 

Adam, who was born and raised in Smith County, is a father of five, and he and his wife pride themselves in being involved in the community, shopping local, and supporting other small businesses in the area.

If you are interested in requesting waste management solution services from Just the Basics, simply call or text (615)281-9649, send an email to justthebasicstn@gmail.com, or send them a message on Facebook.

To stay informed about new opportunities, pricing specials, and more, follow Just the Basics on Facebook and visit their website.

UT Extension News: Smith County Cattlemen’s Association Annual Meeting

The following article was submitted by Chris Hicks, Smith County Extension Agent: 

The 2019 Smith County Cattlemen’s Association annual meeting was held on January 28, 2019, at the Smith County Ag Center in Carthage. A tremendous crowd of 130+ enjoyed a meal sponsored by Performance Feed & Merck Animal Health and heard from a variety of speakers including outgoing TCA President and Smith County resident Steve Anderson. 

One of the highlights of the annual meeting each year is the presentation of the Producer of the Year award. This year’s winner was James Dillard. Mr. Dillard is well known for using new technology and the latest genetics to maintain one of the best commercial cowherds in the Upper Cumberland.

The 2018 Smith County Cattlemen’s Association Producer of the Year James Dillard along with his Wife Pam, son Josh, and grandson Dalton.

For the 5th year in a row, a bred heifer was auctioned during the meeting as a fundraiser that will help with the scholarship fund. The registered Angus heifer was donated by B.L. Owen this year. Scholarship recipients for 2018 were Hallie Dillard, Tyler Clemons, Stefanie Driver, and Will Broyles.

The Smith County Cattlemen’s Association would like to thank all the members for being a part of our organization and to give a special thanks to those who had a hand in making this year’s annual meeting a success. We’d like to invite everyone to our Open Beef Show on May 4 and encourage you to follow us on facebook at Smith County Cattlemen’s Association.

Scouts BSA expands delivery of same program

The following article was submitted by Vivian Reynolds, Registered Leader, Scouts BSA:

February 2019 ushers in a new era for the Boy Scouts of America as they expand the delivery of their Scouting program to girls. 

Since June of 2018, girls ages 6-10 have been given the opportunity to form an all-girl den in a Cub Scout pack, and now older girls ages 11-17 will be able to form an all-girl troop of their own. 

The program will not change whether delivered to boys or girls. 

Now for the first time in history, a younger girl may earn the Arrow of Light Award, the highest award in Cub Scouts.  An older girl may earn the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout based on her progression through the Scouting program offered through her girl troop.  Girls and boys will not be in the same troops together, allowing for the benefits of the Scouting program to be tailored to the social development of boys and girls.

With the inclusivity of girls in the Scouting program, the organizational name has been altered to: Scouts, BSA.  A girl or boy will be referred to as a Scout from either a boy troop or a girl troop, Scouts BSA.  The term “Girl Scout” would still be appropriate for a girl who is a member of the Girl Scouts of America which is a separate youth organization exclusive to girls.  To be clear, the Girl Scouts of America and the Boy Scouts of America have not merged but remain separate youth organizations with different programs.

A minimum of five youth and two adult leaders (one of which is female over age 21) is required to form a girl unit. Leaders must pass background checks, youth protection training and other training specific to their roles within the unit.  An entity will need to charter the unit unless it is a den which may attach to an already existing pack of Cub Scouts.

Boy Troop 367, Scouts BSA will continue as a boy troop which has served the Smith County area since 2006.  The Carthage United Methodist Church charters the unit as well as Cub Scout Pack 367, Scouts BSA which has been in existence for over sixty years. Cub Scout Pack 861, Scouts BSA has existed since 2015 and is now chartered by the Gordonsville United Methodist Church.  Membership may be acquired any time of year and is not restricted by geographic location.

Smith County High School Football Alumni and Supporters Dinner set for February 28, 2019

Proud alumni and supporters of the Smith County High School football program will gather for a meal on the evening of Thursday, February 28, 2019, to fellowship and raise funds for the Smith County High School Quarterback Club.

The supporters dinner will be held inside the SCHS Cafeteria, located at 312 Fite Avenue East in Carthage. The event will begin with a meet-and-greet at 6:00 p.m., followed by a meal at 7:00 p.m. Each meal will include a steak, baked potato, salad, roll, drink, and dessert.

Guest speakers for the evening are Coach Gary Rankin and Dr. David McDonald. 

The cost to attend is $25, and everyone is welcome. All proceeds will go to the SCHS Quarterback Club. 

Smith County Insider spoke with SCHS head football Coach Murf Murray about the upcoming event. 

“It’s open to anyone. You don’t have to be alumni,” Coach Murray clarified. “That’s why we called it the alumni and supporters dinner.” 

Coach Murray imagines the event as a time for former SCHS players to talk, mingle, and interact with the esteemed guest speakers, as well as a time for those inside and outside of the county to show their support for the football program.

“We are very excited to be hosting this for the first time this year. We are hoping to have a very successful event. Once again, this is for our Quarterback Club, for our facilities, for our team. We wish that everyone would come out and support the football team,” Coach Murray concluded.

If you wish to attend the Smith County High School Football Alumni and Supporters Dinner, you can purchase a ticket by contacting Coach Murray or any member of the SCHS Quarterback Club directly, or by visiting the SCHS Football Facebook page.

You can also complete the form below and submit it to the following businesses in Carthage: Sav-Way, Exit Realty, or Powell and Meadows Insurance.

One arrested after drugs, paraphernalia found during vehicle search at 1-40 Rest Area in Smith County

Adam Michael Wiley

(Smith County Insider Press)—On January 27, 2019, Adam Michael Wiley (41, Hermitage) was arrested at the 1-40 Rest Area in Smith County, following an investigation by an officer with the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Wiley now faces multiple drug charges.

According to the police report, Tennessee State Trooper Caleb Bain made contact with Wiley after observing that his vehicle was illegally parked at the rest area.

When Trooper Bain first approached the vehicle, Wiley appeared to be slumped over the wheel asleep. The trooper engaged Wiley in conversation, and Wiley consented to a search of his vehicle.

According to the police report, an eyeglass case containing two baggies, a used needle, and a dirty spoon were discovered during the search. One of the baggies contained a crystal-like substance, and the other contained a brown powdery substance.

All evidence was submitted to the TBI for weight and identification.

According to the police report, Wiley was only able to provide a Florida I.D., which was checked and found to be suspended for failure to pay fines.

Wiley was placed under arrest and transported to the Smith County Jail for booking. 

Wiley is charged with possession of a Schedule I drug, possession of a Schedule II drug, possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to use, and driving on a revoked license.

Smith County Public Libraries Calendar – February 2019

Many exciting things are happening at the Smith County Public Libraries during the month of February, including the return of Story Time with Ms. Susie!

Story Time with Ms. Susie is held on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. Each week, the location of Story Time alternates between the Gordonsville library and the Carthage library. 

Throughout the month of February, Smith County Public Libraries will also be partnering with The Spot to offer a Young Adult Book Club for ages 18-24. The book club will be reading and discussing the graphic novel Hey Kiddo at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday evenings at The Spot.

Look below for a complete calendar of library events. 

Follow Smith County Public Libraries on Facebook to stay up-to-date on library news and upcoming events. 

4-H News: Smith County 4-H’er competes in Central Region Hippology Contest

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

Smith County 4-H’er Gabe Harville

Smith County 4-H member Gabe Harville recently competed in the Central Region Hippology Contest held at Cumberland University on Saturday, January 19, 2019.

The Hippology Contest allows 4-H youth to demonstrate skills they have learned in equine science, horse judging, identification of horse-related tack, feeds, health, anatomy, and equipment.

In Hippology, 4-H members are given a written exam, identification slides, and must judge two horse show classes. 

We are so proud of how well Gabe represented Smith County 4-H!

If you would like more information on how to participate in Hippology or any of the other 4-H activities, contact the UT Extension office at (615) 735-2900.

BankTennessee breaks ground in Carthage

Construction has begun on the newest location of BankTennessee, which will be located beside Dollar Tree on Upper Ferry Road in Carthage. 

BankTennessee is headquartered in Collierville, Tennessee, and has 8 retail banking offices located in Collierville, East and Downtown Memphis, Germantown, Ripley, Munford, and Lebanon.

The Carthage office will be BankTennessee’s 9th location. 

BankTennessee offers a full range of financial products and services including personal and business checking accounts, mobile banking, online banking, mortgages, home equity lines of credit, custom construction loans, commercial and consumer loans, treasury management, remote capture, and merchant card services.

Former Smith County Mayor Michael Nesbitt will manage this branch of BankTennessee after construction is completed.

Nesbitt recently joined BankTennessee as a vice president and commercial and retail lending officer. You can read more about his position at BankTennessee here.

Additionally, three Smith County locals currently serve on the Board of Directors of BankTennessee: Thomas Paschal, Alexander Richmond, and Larry Taylor Wilkerson.

For more information about BankTennessee, visit www.banktennessee.com.

Business Spotlight: Scott Rousey Painting, Inc.

The Smith County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome new member, Scott Rousey Painting, Inc.

Pictured above with Chamber Director Bill Woodard is owner Scott Rousey. New to the Smith County area, Scott was born and raised in Central Florida. A firm believer in God and devoted family man, Scott has done painting work since 1999 and began his own painting business in 2002. His work has included many types of jobs from small side projects to larger projects for franchises nationwide.

Scott Rousey Painting is available for residential and commercial painting and pressure washing for Smith County and the surrounding areas. Services provided include staining, refurbishing of cabinetry, painting of paved areas, flooring and more.

Whether you are looking for a fresh coat of paint or a completed redo, they have you covered!

Contact Scott Rousey Painting in their office at (863) 289-8350, mobile at (863) 419-5164, or by email at scottrouseypainting@gmail.com.

Smith County Elite Cheerleading and Gymnastics Roadblock – February 2, 2019

The Smith County Elite Senior Club team will have a roadblock on Saturday, February 2, 2019, from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. in front of the Historic Courthouse and in front of Tractor Supply in Carthage.

17 local girls will be leaving on Thursday, February 7 to compete at Disney World in the UCA Cheer Nationals.

All money collected will go to help the girls on their trip.

Good luck, Smith County Elite athletes!

4-H News: Sub-Regional 4-H Public Speaking Contest

The following article was submitted by Katie Clark – UT Extension Agent: 

Thirteen Smith County 4-H’ers, along with parents and grandparents, journeyed to Putnam County on January 24, 2019, for the Sub-regional 4-H Public Speaking Contest.

To qualify to compete, 4-H’ers must have received either first or second place honors during the County Contest held in December 2018.

The Sub-regional Contest was extremely tough as nearly 125 4-H’ers, from nine counties were divided into 6 groups according to their grade level. 

Maicy Loreto and Ellie Beth McDonald competed in the 4th grade contest, with Ellie Beth reciving 4th place.

Ellie Beth McDonald and Maicy Loreto, 4th grade.

In the 5th grade division, Laura Thompson represented Smith County well. 

Laura Thompson, 5th grade.

Gabriel Harville and Jaylee Lankford did an outstanding job competing in the 6th grade contest. 

Jaylee Lankford and Gabe Harville, 6th grade.

Abe Goolsby and Ava Grisham represented Smith County well in the 7th grade contest, with Ava placing 3rd and Abe placing 4th.

Ava Grisham and Abe Goolsby, 7th grade.

In 8th grade Augusta Long and Carson Meeks competed and Augusta placed 2nd.

Carson Meeks and Augusta Long, 8th grade.

In the 9-12 grade contest, Smith County again had four excellent 4-H’ers with Hannah Borck, Olivia Jarvis, Spencer Meeks, and Grace Harville competing.  All four of our Senior High 4-H’ers placed in the top 5 of their grade and will move on to the Regional Public Speaking Contest in February.

Grace Harville (12th), Hannah Borck (9th), Olivia Jarvis (10th) and Spencer Meeks (11th).

We are extremely proud of these outstanding youth that exhibited their life skills in communication!

Publicly intoxicated man arrested on multiple drug charges

Michael Paul Hickey

(Smith County Insider Press)—On January 16, 2019, Carthage Police Chief Brit Davis responded to a report of a suspicious man in the area of Second Avenue and Futrell Alley in Carthage. Michael Paul Hickey (35, Crossville) was arrested on multiple drug charges as a result.

According to the police report, Chief Davis observed Hickey behaving strangely when he arrived in the area. 

Chief Davis noted that Hickey was flailing his arms in the air, talking to himself, and fidgeting repeatedly, as if under the influence of drugs.

According to the police report, Davis also observed track marks on Hickey’s arm. Hickey admitted to prior drug use.

Hickey consented to a search of his person. According to the police report, Hickey was found to be in possession of a metal pill container, which held Alprazolam and Oxycodone pills. Five Buprenorphine sublingual films were also found in Hickey’s wallet. 

Hickey was deemed a danger to himself and to others and was arrested and transported to the Smith County Jail for booking. 

Hickey is charged with public intoxication, possession of a Schedule II drug, possession of a Schedule III drug, and possession of a Schedule IV drug.


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