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Ebel’s Tavern Providing Smith County with a Variety of Weekly Events: Live Music, Games, and Fall Festivities

Ebel’s Tavern is doing a fantastic job of providing Smith County locals with a variety of entertainment. One event to mark on your calendar is “Halloween At The Tavern” on October 30th, 2021. The party takes place from 7-10pm, features a live DJ, and gives you the opportunity to show off your ghoulish costume in a contest!

The Tavern is also featuring a Fall lineup of live entertainment. Talented local artists will grace the Tavern stage each Friday and Saturday night. Call ahead and make reservations to ensure a table for you and your party. Check out the lineup below!

In addition to the seasonal entertainment, the Tavern hosts several games weekly for you to come out and enjoy! So get off that couch, show off your skills, and come be part of the Ebel’s Tavern family; there’s an event each night of the week!

Marker Dedication For Deford Baily September 14th, 2021

The Smith County Chamber of Commerce presents the Marker dedication for Deford Bailey, the Opry Member, Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, and talented musician. A marker will be placed in front of the Smith County Courthouse in part with Tennessee Music Pathways.

The event will take place on the historic lawn of the Courthouse at 10:30 Am.

Representative John Rose Local Office Hours for September 2021

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

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

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

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

TIME: 9:00-10:00 am
WHAT: Overton County Local Office Hours
LOCATION: Overton County Administrative Building, 306 W. Main Street, Livingston, TN 38570
WHO: Representative Rose will be represented by District Director Rebecca Foster during this visit.

TIME: 11:00am-12:00 pm
WHAT: Pickett County Local Office Hours
LOCATION: Pickett County Library, 79 Pickett Square, Byrdstown, TN 38549
WHO: Representative Rose will be represented by District Director Rebecca Foster during this visit

TIME: 2:00-3:00 pm
WHAT: Fentress County Local Office Hours
LOCATION: Fentress County Courthouse, 101 S. Main Street, Jamestown, TN 38556
WHO: Representative Rose will be represented by District Director Rebecca Foster during this visit.

U.S. Representative John Rose is currently serving his second term representing Tennessee’s Sixth Congressional District and resides in Cookeville with his wife, Chelsea, and their two sons, Guy and Sam. The Sixth District includes Cannon, Clay, Coffee, Cumberland, DeKalb, Fentress, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Robertson, Smith, Sumner, Trousdale, White, and Wilson counties as well as portions of Cheatham and Van Buren counties. Representative Rose is an eighth-generation farmer, small business owner, and attorney, and currently serves on the Financial Services Committee

Lady Owls Soccer vs Watertown and York -September 2021

The Lady Owls celebrating their second district win of the week at York.    

The Lady Owls soccer team kicked off district play with back to back road games.  On Tuesday September 7th Smith County made their way to Watertown for the first district game of the season. This match saw all available Lady Owls getting time on the pitch.  The game started with a goal in the first minute of play.  Aubrey Felice made her way up the right to secure a pass from Brianna Solomon and take a shot from the edge of the box, across and directly into the back corner of the net.  Four minutes later Gracie Green would make her way with the ball, pass to Biz Davis who was set up just outside of the center of the box. Davis sent the ball through beating a defender and the goalkeeper for her first of the game, Smith County’s second.  Smith County’s midfield was on fire and no one was getting past the backline.  With less than 19 minutes left in the first half Biz Davis brought the ball up the side, passed to Aubrey Felice who shot from the corner of the box to replicate her back corner goal.  Watertown kept trying to push play back into Lady Owl territory but it just was not going to happen for them.  At four minutes Brianna Solomon would split the defenders to enter the box, the keeper would come out to meet her but Solomon sent the ball past her into the net making it 4-0 om favor of Smith County.  The Lady Owls were not quite done with the half.  Kiley Jenkins brought the ball up and her speed allowed for a long pass across to Biz Davis who had set up in front of the net to pop the ball in for the fifth goal of the half.  The second half started with Smith County taking the field with mostly JV.  Goalkeeper Eden Daniel saw quite a bit more action but continued the shut out.  The Lady Owl bench continued to rotate throughout the rest of the half.  At the 16 minute mark Kiley Jenkins sent a pass across from the left corner to meet Gracie Green incoming to the net for score number six.  Two minutes later Jenkins passed to Brianna Solomon who scored from in front of the net’s corner.  With seven minutes left in the game Hannah Green battled at mid field to gain control of the ball, carried it up the middle, while fending off a defender.  Gracie Hendry took over possession, shot from the line in front of the box and scored.  Smith County brought home a 8-0 district win.

Thursday September 9 the Lady Owls went on the road for the next district game versus York.  The first half the Lady Owls came out playing tight.  They showed some great teamwork.  Seven minutes into the game Kiley Jenkins shot hard past the goalkeeper for the first goal of the game.  The next goal would come with 16 minutes left.  Biz Davis took a shot from the corner of the box securing goal two.  Within a minute Davis was back to repeat for goal three.  Then to wrap up the half Aubrey Felice scored number four with an assist to Davis.  Ten minutes into the second half Gracie Green scored two back to back goals a minute apart.  At the 16 minute mark Bri Solomon flanked by three defenders made her way to the corner of the net to score number seven.  A minute later Lizzie Harper scored number eight.  As the JV continued to rotate in and score the finishing goal, evoking the mercy rule of 9-0.  Smith County would bring home their second solid district win.

9/11 Remembrance Ceremony hosted by the American Legion Post 57

On Saturday morning, September 11, 2021, the American Legion Post 57 hosted a remembrance ceremony to remember 9/11 and those who served. The ceremony took place on the lawn of the Historic Smith County Courthouse.

Post 57 Commander, Jon Henry, made opening remarks and introduced several guest speakers. Among the guest speakers was former New York City police officer, John Bierra. Bierra served in New York City on September 11, 2001 and the months following the attacks on the World Trade Centers. Presently, John Bierra is an officer at the Carthage City Police Department.

Other special guest speakers included Joe Stout, Jeff Mason, and Sarah Marie Smith. 

Watch the full ceremony below:

2021 Smith County High School Homecoming Parade

On Friday, September 10, 2021, Smith County High School celebrated Homecoming with a Homecoming Parade down Main Street in Carthage, Tennessee.

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

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

The parade will air on DTC TV Channel 3 at a later date. 

Parade commentary was provided by J.R. Smith.

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

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2021 Gordonsville High School Homecoming Parade

On Friday, September 10, 2021, Gordonsville High School celebrated Homecoming with a Homecoming Parade down Main Street in Gordonsville, Tennessee. 

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

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

The parade will air on DTC TV Channel 3 at a later date. 

Parade Commentary was provided by Pat Warren.

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

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UCEMC annual meeting of the members format changes due to safety concerns

Carthage, TN. Due to safety concerns for cooperative members and Upper Cumberland Electric Membership employees, the traditional format has changed for the UCEMC Annual Meeting of the Members set for tomorrow, September 11.

Members may come to the Smith County Ag Center, 159 Ag Center Lane in South Carthage tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., as planned, but, instead of parking, they will be directed to “drive through” the Ag Center to be registered. 

UCEMC Consumer Service Representatives will register each member, and members will receive gift bags, and a picnic box of food at that time.

Members must register to be eligible for one of our 90 door prizes to be given away.

The Annual Meeting, the prize drawing results, along with videos Local People, Local Power, and What a Year! may be viewed on the co-op’s website, ucemc.com

Monday, September 13, at 6 p.m.

The names of the prize winners and instructions on how to pick up those prizes will appear on the screen throughout the webcast on Monday evening.

47th Annual Smith County Chamber of Commerce Meeting – Business, Boots & BBQ

The 47th Annual Smith County Chamber of Commerce meeting was held on Thursday, September 9, at the Smith County Ag Center. The meeting’s theme was “Business, Boots & BBQ”. Guests enjoyed a family-style BBQ and catfish supper. Over 100 guests and members were present.

Several awards were given to citizens and business leaders:

  • Leadership Award – Barbara Kannapel
  • Community Service Award – Forrest Nesbitt, Jr.
  • Woman Business Leader Award – Michelle Boykin
  • John Carson Maggart Business Leader Award – John Leftwich
  • Industrial Leadership Award – Brett Burris
  • Chamber Perpetual Memorial Plaque (2021) – James Bass
  • Chamber Perpetual Memorial Plaque (2020) – Sue Maggart
  • Milestone Award (30 Years) – Dennis Banka
  • Milestone Award (36 Years) – Scott Winfree

Judy Mofield was elected as president of the Smith County Chamber of Commerce for the 2021-2022 year. See photos below:

Traffic Stop Due To Active Warrant Leads to Drug Arrest

Mr. Ethan Davenport

On August 29th, 2021, a traffic stop was conducted on Hospital Drive after observing a driver with an active warrant. After making contact with the vehicle, the passenger, Mr. Ethan Davenport, opened the center console to retrieve his ID and the officer saw a glass meth pipe in plain view. A search was then conducted of the vehicle. During the search, .5 grams of methamphetamine was found. When questioning, the driver, Ms. Kelle Boles, nor Mr. Davenport claimed possession of the substance.

Both were arrested and transported to the Smith County Jail for processing.

Mr. Davenport is being charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and violation of probation.

He is considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Auction and Fish Fry to Benefit Smith County Foster Children to be Held October 16, 2021

On Saturday, October 16, 2021, a Fish Fry and Benefit Auction to benefit foster children in Smith County will be held at the Smith County Ag Center. The Fish Fry will begin at 4:00 p.m. and the Benefit Auction will start promptly at 5:00 p.m. Curbside pickup of food will be available.

Items for the auction include tools, home decor, canned food, gift certificates, and much more. Food will be provided from Helen’s Restaurant. All proceeds from the event will benefit foster children in Smith County during the upcoming Christmas season.

Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance at the following businesses:

  • Citizens Bank- John Foster
  • Smith County Bank- Cindy Hawkins, Pat Nixon
  • BankTennessee- Michael Nesbitt
  • Wilson Bank & Trust- Laura Piper

September 1st, 2021 Motorcycle Fatality on I-40

Photo Credit: Tennessee Highway Patrol

On September 1st, 2021, a motorcycle was traveling eastbound on I40 when the driver failed to navigate a right hand curve and ran off the left side of the roadway into the median. It struck the end of a guardrail off the left side of the roadway. After the impact, the bike went airborne and traveled east a considerable distance off the roadway and into a nearby patch of shrubbery in the median .

The motorcycle came to final rest off the left side of the roadway, in a patch of shrubbery facing south. The rider of was thrown from the motorcycle after impacting the end of the guardrail and traveled northeast a considerable distance into the median.

The rider, Robert Heffemen, was wearing a helmet but was deceased.

News Update: Dead Fish Found in Hickman Creek Near Alexandria Prompts Investigation by Environment Officials

Federal, State and Local officials are continuing to advise the public to avoid fishing or wading in Hickman Creek, also to use an alternate source for watering animals until further notice. The affected area of Hickman Creek is from Edgewood Street in Alexandria approximately 1 ½ mile downstream to the Hwy 53 bridge.

Last week the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency discovered an unknown substance seeping into Hickman creek, they suspect this substance is what contributed to the dead fish in that area.The EPA contractors traced the unknown seepage away from the creek bank then dug a sump to contain and intercept the substance before it could enter the creek.  A sump pump was installed to bring the substance to the surface to be stored in an above ground FRAC tanks until it can be positively identified and then properly disposed of. 

 Although a few of the initial lab samples and test have returned, officials are still awaiting confirmed lab results to determine the exact composition of all the substance in question and how it will be disposed of.  

As a continued precaution until further notice officials are still asking the public to avoid the creek in the affected areas with no wading or fishing in the creek.  

Representatives that have been on site include The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), EPA contractors, The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA), Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA), Dekalb County Emergency Management, and the Town of Alexandria and its representatives.    

Smith County Weather Report: September 9th, 2021

by Steve Norris, Smith County Insider Weather Correspondent

High pressure will be in control of the weather across  Middle Tennessee through the weekend, bringing us some beautiful days with sunshine and lower humidity.  High temperatures will climb from the low 80s on Friday to the upper 80s by Sunday. The next chance of rain will probably not come until the middle of next week.

NOAA reported this week that there have been eight weather disasters across the United States this year that produced over 1 billion dollars damage each, pretty incredible and heartbreaking

Have you noticed the sky on one of these clear nights? The evening star is the planet Venus shining brightly in the West after sunset. As the night goes along and you look to the southeast you can see the planet Jupiter shining brightly and getting higher in the sky as the night progresses. You can reach me anytime at weather1@charter.net

September 2021 Meeting of The Carthage City Council

The Carthage City Council held its monthly meeting on Thursday, September 2nd, 2021, at 6:00 pm.

Several agenda items were discussed. Several bills were approved including the new HVAC for the Steven’s building and the walking track. The Mayor’s report showed how community members came together to gather supplies for the Waverly Flood victims, as well as donations to The Spot and The Emmanuel House,

It was approved to order new equipment for a couple patrol cars, and a forklift for the water department. The council discussed the option of hiring a codes enforcement officer for various problems including people blowing mowed grass onto the streets which in turn stops up the storm drains.

Josh Gibbs from the Smith County Football League shared his thoughts on the need for immediate lights on the practice field, and the council approved to get lights up ASAP.

Several other agenda items were discussed and added to next month’s agenda, to watch the full meeting, click below.

Thanks to Smith County Animal Clinic for sponsoring Smith County Insider’s live broadcast of this meeting.

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The Carthage City Council meets at 6:00 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at Carthage City Hall, located at 314 Spring Street in Carthage, Tennessee – 37030.

All meetings are open to the public and streamed live at https://www.facebook.com/smithcountyinsider/.