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Little Sunshine’s Academy offering daycare in Carthage

Little Sunshine’s Academy, a new licensed daycare opening in Carthage, will be hosting an Open House Friday, August 26th from 1 -5 p.m.

The facility is located at 117 Eatherly Road in Carthage. In their phase 1 opening LSA will have room for 48 children in 4 classrooms. They will be enrolling children 30 months old to 6 years old. The low child-to-teacher rations and small class sizes will enable the teachers to develop close bonds of trust and respect. Qualified and experienced teacher will work with each child on an individual basis to help them reach their highest learning potential.

Owner, April Brooks shared that at Little Sunshine’s Academy we believe that each child has unique, God-given gifts and that some of the most important learning opportunities happen during everyday moments. They will use a comprehensive approach to educate and enrich the whole child.

The preschool curriculum is play based and they will focus on the belief that play is a child’s work and play is the most important learning model for young children. LSA will provide a clean, safe, developmentally appropriate and nurturing environment that provides social, emotional, cognitive and physical growth, as well as a positive self-image and love of learning.

April said “It’s been on my heart and mind for quite a while to find a way to make a positive difference in the lives of young children. After recently moving back to Smith County, it was brought to my attention the need for more child care in the area. The timing was perfect because I have been a nurse for the past 18 years, 12 of those in pediatrics, and I was ready for a change. So I decided to take a leap of faith and open Little Sunshine’s Academy.”

Three arrested for multiple drugs at local business

On July 9th K9 Sgt. Ridge Long encountered a vehicle and a motorcycle sitting in the parking lot of a local business. Sgt. Long made contact with the occupants who were identified as Joshua Carpenter, Haley Roach and Lisa Burnette.

Consent was given to search the their person(s), the vehicle and the motorcycle. Drugs were found on all three of the vehicle occupants. 04 grams of methamphetamine and a meth pipe was found on Lisa Burnette. Haley Roach was in possession of 9 Gabapentin pills and two Buprenorphine films. Joshua Carpenter was holding 2 baggies of Methamphetamine each weighing .50 grams.

All three were placed under arrest and taken to the Smith County Justice Center for booking. Carpenter was charged with possession of methamphetamine for resale. Burnette was charged with possession of methamphetamine for resale.and felony possession of drug paraphernalia. Roach was charged with simple possession of narcotics.

UCEMC Directorate Election set for August 26-27

UCEMC’s Directorate Election is set for Friday, August 26, 2022 and Saturday August 27, 2022.

Polls will be open between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. at all polling locations. PLEASE NOTE: Change in District 1 polling location.

DistrictConsisting of these counties:       Polling Location
    1 Smith, DeKalb, Wilson and Macon907 Main St. N., Carthage.
    2 Putnam and White1794 West Broad St., Cookeville.
    3 Overton, Clay, Fentress and Pickett320 Celina Hwy., Livingston.
    4 Jackson1085 N. Grundy Quarles Hwy., Gainesboro.
DistrictCandidateNumber of Directors to be elected/re-elected:
1C.D. (Digger) PoindexterOne director will be re-elected. Vote for one.
2Stormy Halsell
James W. West
One director will be elected or re-elected. Vote for one.
3Jim BrownOne director will be elected or re-elected. Vote for one.

Voting Rules and Bylaw Reference

  1. ONE vote regardless of number of individual memberships. Section 3.05 of the Bylaws.
  2. Husband and wife are joint members – only one may vote and if they disagree they cannot split their vote. Section 1.04 (b) of the Bylaws.
  3. Unincorporated business owners may not vote if he/she has individual memberships they are voting. Sections 3.05 and 4.08 of the Bylaws.
  4. Corporations have one vote only, regardless of number of memberships, and persons voting corporate memberships should have proper identification or credentials showing his/her right to vote the membership. Section 3.05 of the Bylaws.
  5. Unincorporated associations (such as churches) may have one vote, however, only upon presentation of the person desiring to vote the membership of proper evidence of his/her right to vote which should be in writing for clarity. The fact that a pastor, board member, or church member shows up and says they can vote the membership is not sufficient absent other proof. Section 3.05 of the Bylaws.
  6. No member may vote who has been suspended or terminated. Sections 2.01, 2.02, and 2.07 of the Bylaws.
  7. If a member is served by the cooperative at two or more premises in two or more districts, he/she shall be entitled to vote only his/her residential membership at any one of the cooperative’s election precincts. Section 4.08 of the Bylaws.
  8. It is the duty and legal obligation of the election supervisors to make decisions in accordance with Section 4.12 of the Bylaws.
  9. Voting rights are set out in Sections 3.05 and 4.08 of the Bylaws. (Reference Section 4.11).
  10. Proxy voting by Power of Attorney or otherwise by members who are natural persons is not permitted. Section 3.05 of the Bylaws.

NOTE: Ref. 6 above: Suspension of membership is defined in Bylaws as failure to pay any amounts due the cooperative within the time limit prescribed for payment or other non-compliance with membership obligations. For the purposes of this election, the memberships of members having unpaid bills due on or before August 15, 2022 will be in suspension on Election Day.

                                     OFFICES WILL NOT BE OPEN FOR BILL PAYMENTS ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 27, 2022.

Members with questions about the Directorate Election should ask their local UCEMC office prior to Election Day or election supervisors on Election Day. Copies of Bylaws are available at all UCEMC offices or at ucemc.com.

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Plan Now to Extend the Grazing Season – A hay feeding period suspected of being too long, is too long

I’ve noticed that animals are much more efficient forage harvesters than anything we humans have come up with so far. We spend a tremendous amount of money in equipment, fuel, and labor cutting, curing, tedding, raking, rolling, transporting, storing, and feeding hay. Seems much more efficient to watch that ruminant animal walk around the pasture and graze!

Now of course some hay feeding is inevitable for the vast majority of livestock producers in Tennessee. However, I’m afraid that some of us just accept that we have always fed hay 5-6 months out of the year and aren’t proactive in trying to shorten the number of hay feeding days. With hay prices higher than ever, it’s a great time to give some thought on how to get extra grazing this fall and shorten that hay feeding window. Three ways come to my mind as being legitimate means of extending the grazing season:

1) Stockpiling – When we refer to stockpiling forage, we are talking about storing up grass to be used in the future. Using stockpiled forages allows animals to graze well into the winter months. Rather than feeding hay in November and December, animals are allowed to graze on pasture which is more efficient and cheaper.

2) Grazing Small Grains – Small cereal grains such as wheat, rye, oats, and barley can be used to get more grazing both later in the fall and earlier in the spring. These annuals, along with other annual species such as crimson clover and annual ryegrass, can provide better nutrition than most of the hay we feed as well. Imagine being able to graze annuals a couple of weeks longer this fall and a couple of weeks earlier next spring. That’s an entire month you’re not feeding hay!

3) Culling – Fewer animals per acre means more grass will be available for those that are left. Many producers ramped up culling this spring and summer as the price for these animals strengthened. If you have animals that are not producing up to your expectations, evaluate whether you can afford to feed them this winter or if you’d be better off putting those resources into your high performers.

Despite the advancements in harvesting technology, livestock are still better harvesters of forage than anything on the market. Every day you can allow an animal to graze rather than hauling feed to them is money in your pocket. Over the next few weeks, we will look at each of these three options in more depth. In the meantime, please reach out to the University of Tennessee Extension office if we can be of help at 615-735-2900.

Food for Thought: Making good food choices

Summer break is over and the hassle of back to school is on! With such a busy life it may be more difficult to make good food choices for you and family. According to UT Extension, there are four areas to consider in making good food choices.

Before you eat, think about how to build a healthy plate. The best choices are vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat dairy products, and lean protein foods. Try the following recommendations from UT Extension Family and Consumer Sciences:

1. Make one half of your plate contain fruits or vegetables. Dark colored fruits and vegetables like red, orange, and dark greens provide more nutrients. Consider unsalted nuts or fruits for a healthy snack.

2. Use skim milk or one percent for less fat and calories. They contain equal amounts of calcium and nutrients as whole milk.

3. Make one half of grains whole grains. Check the ingredients on the package to find whole grain breads, crackers, pasta, etc.

4. Vary protein choice by making seafood your choice twice a week. Keep meat and poultry portions small and lean. Use beans often, as they are a natural source of fiber and protein.

Add physical exercise to your daily health habit. Choose the exercise of your choice and gradually extend your time. Children learn from seeing adults practice good habits. Food choices and physical activity go hand and hand in making an individual a healthier person.

Stuffed Mushrooms

16 large mushrooms

3 tablespoons olive oil

6 oz sausage

1/3 cup parmesan cheese

1/2 clove garlic or 1 tablespoon minced garlic

Parsley flakes

Seasoned breadcrumbs, for topping

1/2 cup water

Remove stems from mushrooms. Chop stems and sauté in 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add sausage and cook, stirring occasionally. Add minced garlic, parsley flakes, 1 tablespoon olive oil, and parmesan cheese. Mix well and cook until sausage is done. Stuff mushrooms with sausage mixture and place in shallow baking dish. Add remaining 1 tablespoon of oil and 1/2 cup water

to baking dish. Additional cheese and seasoned breadcrumbs may be sprinkled over mushrooms. Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Submitted by Night Owls FCE Club.

Smith County 4-H Homeschool Club Starting Back

Katie Martin – UT Extension Agent – We would like to invite you to join us for our first meeting of the 2022-2023 school year for the Smith County 4-H Homeschool Club. Our Homeschool Club meets monthly from September through March and is a great way to learn about the awesome opportunities Smith County 4-H offers. Through our Homeschool Club, youth have the opportunity to participate in speech, posters, demonstrations, photo contests, and much more. This club is open to all homeschooled 4-12 graders in the county.

Our first 4-H Homeschool Club meeting will be Tuesday, September 6th at 10:00 a.m. at the Smith County Ag Center. We will elect officers at this meeting.

We are looking forward to another great year with our 4-H Homeschool Club!

For further information relating to any of the many 4-H activities, events, and projects, or to RSVP for the first Homeschool Club meeting, please contact Katie Martin in the Smith County office of the University of Tennessee Extension at 615-735-2900.

The 4-H Youth Development Program delivers programs through cooperative efforts of the University of Tennessee, Tennessee State University, and public and private sector volunteers. 4-H educational programs are offered to all youth, grades 4-12, on an age-appropriate basis, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.

New Episode of Cultivating Communities by UT Extension

UT Extension Smith County is proud to present the latest episode of Cultivating Communities. Join hosts Katie Martin and Chris Hicks as they travel the Upper Cumberland to introduce you to local farmers, families, and Extension agents.

In this episode, Chris and Katie meet up with Extension Agent Johnny Barnes in the home of our Cultivating Communities partner DTC Communications, DeKalb County, Tennessee.

Chris, Katie, and Johnny dive in to the local agritourism scene with visits to Grade A Goat Dairy Harmony Lane Farm & Creamery, where they got to cuddle with some cute baby goats and sample delicious goat’s milk products and Bert Driver Nursery, where much more than just nursery production is happening on the grounds!

Featured interviews are with Julie David, owner and Chief Goat Girl at Harmony Lane Farm & Creamery, and Bert Driver, owner of Bert Driver Nursery, The Burlap Room Beer Garden & Live Music, and Hemp Brothers.

You can watch past and future episodes of Cultivating Communities with UT Extension on the UT Extension Smith County Facebook page and YouTube channel. Episodes also air on DTC3 TV.

Cultivating Communities is produced by Katie Martin and Chris Hicks and edited by Rachel Petty. Production assistance provided by DTC3TV.

UT Extension provides Real.Life.Soultions. throughout Tennessee. With an office in each of the state’s ninety-five counties, UT Extension helps Tennesseans improve their quality of life and solve problems by applying research and evidence-based knowledge about agriculture and natural resources, family and consumer sciences, 4-H youth development, and community development. Learn more about UT Extension Smith County at https://smith.tennessee.edu.

Smith County Grand Jury Returns Indictments From August 2022 Session

The Smith County Grand Jury met for its August 2022 session. You can see them below.

All subjects are innocent until proven guilty.

State of Tennessee vs. Aaron M. Grace

  • 1 Count Sexual Battery

State of Tennessee vs. Isaiah Donovan Hiers

  • 1 Count Domestic Assault
  • 1 Count False Imprisonment

State of Tennessee vs. Jonathan K. Hudson

  • 1 Count Possession of Sch. I, Heroin
  • 1 Count Possession of Sch. II, Methamphetamine >.5 Grams
  • 1 Count Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

State of Tennessee vs. Christopher D. Strub

  • 1 Count Driving on Wrong Side of the Road
  • 1 Count Drive with License Susp./Canc/Revoked
  • 1 Count Simple Possession Sch. II, Buprenorphine
  • 1 Count Possession of Sch. II, Cocaine >.5 Gram w/intent
  • 1 Count Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

State of Tennessee vs. Micheal G. Gibbs

  • 1 Count Reckless Endangerment Deadly Weapon Involved

State of Tennessee vs. Brian Blunkall

  • 1 Count Possession of Sch. II, Methamphetamine >.5 Grams
  • 1 Count Driving with Possession Methamphetamine
  • 1 Count Simple Possession Sch. II, Fentanyl

State of Tennessee vs. Sheldon Ardell Horton

  • 1 Count Public Intoxication
  • 1 Count Resisting Arrest

State of Tennessee vs. Christopher R. Beale

  • 1 Count Vehicles/Streetcars Failure to stop at all stop signs
  • 1 Count Possession of Sch. II, Methamphetamine >.5 Grams
  • 1 Count Possession of Sch. I, Heroin

State of Tennessee vs. Jimmy J. Smith

  • 1 Count Possession of Sch. IV, Marijuana
  • 1 Count Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • 1 Count Possession of Firearm During Commission of a Felony

State of Tennessee vs. Kristin Smith

  • 1 Count Possession of Sch. II, Methamphetamine >.5 Grams
  • 1 Count Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

State of Tennessee vs. Levi Justin Jones

  • 1 Count Drive with License Susp./Canc/Revoked
  • 1 Count Possession of Sch. IV, Marijuana

State of Tennessee vs. Robert J. Brown

  • 1 Count Drive with License Revoked 2nd Offense

State of Tennessee vs. Dennis Andrew Moore

  • 1 Count Speeding
  • 1 Count Drive with License Susp./Canc/Revoked 2nd Offense
  • 1 Count Possession of Sch. IV, Marijuana
  • 1 Count Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

State of Tennessee vs. Kristen Smith

  • 1 Count Falsification of the results of a drug test

State of Tennessee vs. Michael Hudson

  • 1 Count Possession of Sch. I, Heroin
  • 1 Count Possession of Sch. II, Fentanyl

State of Tennessee vs. William Todd Starnes

  • 1 Count Possession of Sch. II, Methamphetamine >.5 Grams
  • 1 Count Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

State of Tennessee vs. Stephen Austin Enoch

  • 1 Count Driving without a License

State of Tennessee vs. Rebecca J. Bane

  • 1 Count Aggravated Domestic Assault

State of Tennessee vs. Isaiah Donovan Hiers

  • 1 Count Aggravated Domestic Assault
  • 1 Count False Imprisonment

State of Tennessee vs. Kevin G. Gregory

  • 1 Count Aggravated Domestic Assault

State of Tennessee vs. Jamal Devante Carter

  • 15 Counts Sexual Exploitation of a Minor

State of Tennessee vs. Kristin Smith

  • 1 Count Failure to Appear

State of Tennessee vs. Michael E. Bartley

  • 1 Count Driving with License Revoked 3rd Offense

State of Tennessee vs. Bobby Dail Rush

  • 1 Count Failure to Appear

State of Tennessee vs. Levi Justin Jones

  • 1 Count Failure to Appear

State of Tennessee vs. Casey James Coker

  • 1 Count Failure to Appear

State of Tennessee vs. Bobby Dail Rush

  • 1 Count Possession of Sch. II, Methamphetamine >.5 Grams
  • 1 Count Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

State of Tennessee vs. Garion E. Southerland

  • 2 Counts Aggravated Assault

State of Tennessee vs. Wesley S. Kemp

  • 1 Count Seat Belt Law
  • 1 Count Driving on Wrong Side of Road
  • 1 Count Driving Under the Influence 2nd Offense

State of Tennessee vs. Roberto Valdez

  • Aggravated Domestic Assault
  • 1 Count Resisting Arrest

State of Tennessee vs. Phillip Parker

  • 1 Count Violation of Sexual Offender Registry

State of Tennessee vs. Brandy Renee Moss

  • 1 Count Driving with Revoked

State of Tennessee vs. Erick R. Morrison

  • 1 Count Possession of Sch. II, Methamphetamine >.5 Grams
  • 1 Count Driving with Possession of Methamphetamine
  • 1 Count Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

State of Tennessee vs. Haidie Bautista Thinoi

  • 1 Count Possession of Sch. IV, Marijuana
  • 1 Count Possession of Sch. II, Methamphetamine >26 Grams
  • 1 Count Driving with Possession of Methamphetamine
  • 1 Count Possession of Firearm during Commission of a Felony

State of Tennessee vs. Amanda A. Gregory

  • 1 Count Assault

State of Tennessee vs. Devonta C. Milan

  • 1 Count Possession of Sch. II, Methamphetamine >.5 Grams
  • 1 Count Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

State of Tennessee vs. Steven D. Jones Jr.

  • 1 Count Possession of Sch. II, Methamphetamine >.5 Grams
  • 1 Count Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

State of Tennessee vs. Steven D. Jones Jr.

  • 1 Count Simple Possession of Sch. IV, Marijuana
  • 1 Count Simple Possession of Sch. III, Suboxone
  • 1 Count Possession of Sch. II, Methamphetamine >.5 Grams
  • 1 Count Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

State of Tennessee vs. Lonjay Terrl Jude

  • 1 Count Improper Display of Registration Plate
  • 1 Count Driving on Revoked 5th Offense
  • 1 County Possession of Sch. II, Amphetamine
  • 1 Count Simple Possession of Sch. IV Alprazolam
  • 1 Count Simple Possession of Sch. III, Oxycotin
  • 1 County Possession of Sch. II, Fentanyl

State of Tennessee vs. Casey James Coker

  • 1 Count Drive with License Suspended

State of Tennessee vs. Roberto Valdez

  • 1 Count Driving Under the Influence 1st Offense
  • 1 Count Failure to Maintain Control
  • 1 Count Failure to Exercise Due Care
  • 1 Count Failure to Show Proof of Insurance

State of Tennessee vs. Levi Justin Jones

  • 1 Count Driving without a License
  • 1 Count Improper Display of Registration Plate
  • 1 Count Count Possession of Sch. II, Methamphetamine
  • 1 Count Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

State of Tennessee vs. Devonta C. Milan

  • 1 Count Possession of Sch. II, Methamphetamine >.5 Grams

Hale unseats 14-year incumbent in state house race

Michael Hale

Smith County will be represented by a new member in the Tennessee House of Representatives as Michael Hale defeated Terri Lynn Weaver in the Republican Primary for Tennessee House District 40 during the August 4 election. Weaver carried Smith County with 1,678 votes to Hale’s 1,534; however, Hale outperformed Weaver in the other areas of the 40th District. Click here to see the election results for the entire district.

Weaver, a resident of Lancaster, has represented Smith County and House District 40 since being elected in 2008.

Michael Hale, a lifelong resident of DeKalb County and District 40, is seeking election for public office for the first time. He will move on to the state general election in November, where Tom Cook will be opposite on the ballot as the Democratic nominee.

House District 40 now consists of all of Cannon, DeKalb, Jackson, Smith Counties, and a portion of Wilson County. House District 40 was redrawn for the once-a-decade redistricting after the 2020 census.

August 4, 2022 State Primary and Smith County General Election Results

Voters had the opportunity to cast ballots in a variety of races during the 2022 State Primary and Smith County General Election, including Governor, US House, TN Senator, TN House, District Attorney, General Sessions Judge, Mayor, Trustee, Clerk, County Commission, and several more. Citizens may view a full sample ballot here.

Polls were open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and voters had the opportunity to vote early from July 15-30 or by absentee ballot.

Below is a PDF of the election results for the August 4, 2022 Smith County Primary.

Use the up and down arrows at the top and bottom of the PDF to scroll between pages.

8 of 8 Precincts have reported, along with Early Votes and Absentee Votes.

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Smith County Summer Learning Camp 2022

Students from around the county participated in Smith County Schools’ Summer Learning Camp for grades 1-8. The Summer Learning Camp is part of a three year plan to help students who may have suffered from learning loss during the COVID pandemic and school shut down. Along with studying ELA and Math, these students had the opportunity to learn how to be a firefighter, meet a News Channel 5 meteorologist, and study at the Adventure Science Center in Nashville.

Check out the video. Students and staff share more about the program, what they learned and their favorite activities.

Secretary of State’s Office Warns of Resurfaced Scam Targeting Business Owners 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Secretary of State Tre Hargett is warning Tennessee business owners to be aware of a scam that has resurfaced and is once again targeting businesses with a deceptive mailer from a company that goes by TN Certificate of Existence Filing Company.

“Our Division of Business and Charitable Organizations has recently received multiple complaints from business owners regarding this misleading mailer,” said Secretary Hargett. “We have seen scams like this before with the same deceptive language implying that a business must have a Certificate of Existence in our state. That is simply not the case. Business owners don’t need to waste their hard-earned money on a document that may not be necessary or would only cost $20 through our office.”

Businesses across the state have received the misleading mailer titled 2022 Certificate of Existence Request claiming that all Tennessee businesses are required to pay a fee of $175.50 for this third-party company to step in and complete the Certificate of Existence paperwork on businesses’ behalf. 

The mailer also makes it appear that the 2022 Certificate of Existence Request is part of the business entity’s registration process: “A Certificate of Existence certifies that your Tennessee business is in existence, is authorized to transact business in the state and complies with all state requirements.”

The mailer and organization are not affiliated with or authorized by the Secretary of State’s Office in any way. 

Businesses may wish to obtain a Certificate of Existence in certain circumstances, such as a loan closing or other business transaction. However, they are not required to do so as a matter of course during the business formation process.

A Certificate of Existence can be obtained directly from the Secretary of State’s office for just $20, either by phone, mail or online at tnbear.tn.gov/Ecommerce/CertOfExistenceInstr.aspx.

Secretary Hargett encourages business owners to call the Division of Business and Charitable Organizations by phone at 615-741-2286 or email TNSOS.CERT@tn.gov if they receive a questionable mailer or want to know more about obtaining a Certificate of Existence.

Smith County Humane rises up to help Eastern Kentucky flood victims and pets

Smith County Humane has partnered with Butler’s Auction to collect items for Eastern Ky Flood Relief efforts. Smith County Humane will deliver the collected items and work directly with Guardians of Rescue a local rescue group in Eastern Kentucky to distribute the items.

DONATE your items between now and Aug 13th. If a full load is collected before the cut off, arrangements will be made multiple runs to get the items delivered as quickly as possible.

***NO CLOTHING at this time please. Local organizers have indicated they are not ready to accept those items. We don’t have the building yet to take on the care of the animals, but WE CAN DO THIS to help! 

There will be a donation area right inside Butlers Auction, PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE YOUR ITEMS OUTSIDE.

Helping Hearts Fundraiser Pageant 2022

The Helping Hearts Fundraiser Pageant will be hosting our 5th annual pageant on August 27th, 2022 at the Smith County Ag Center. All proceeds will go to our local animal rescue, Smith County Humane.

  • Entry fee: $40 
  • Additional electives: $5 each
  • *prettiest eyes
  • *best dressed 
  • *best smile 
  • *best personality 
  • *most beautiful 
  • *most photogenic 
  • Males up to age 6 
  • Females of all ages 

A special ambassador trophy will be awarded to the contestant who raises the most money individually for the Smith County Humane. All funds for the ambassador award are due at 8 a.m. the morning of the pageant.

Entry forms available at Mandis Salon & Spa 

Pageant coordinator: Mandi Myers  615-735-7055