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Tell-Tale Art at the Carthage Depot on October 16th 2021

On October 16, Carthage Junction Depot will present “Tell-Tale Art”, an art exhibit featuring 5 local artists with an eye for shadowy places, spooky stories, and fantasy. 

Keith Williams will present photography of abandoned and forlorn places. 

Ashlee Hackett will display movie-screen faithful costumes of her own creation. Local ceramicist, Leslie Antle brings her sometimes whimsical- sometimes ghoulish face jugs. 

Jenny Penuel will show some horror and sci-fi fan art.

Award winning horror author and illustrator Ronald Kelly will display his illustrations and have books available for purchase. 

 The historic Carthage Junction Depot is located at 185 Gordonsville Highway, Carthage. The one day show  will is free and open to the public October 16 from 10am-4pm. Some of the artists’ work will be available for purchase. Come and visit and bring a friend! 

2021 Smith County Heritage Museum Christmas Ornaments Now Available For Sale

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Smith County Heritage Museum!

Each year, the Smith County Heritage museum releases a collectible Christmas ornament featuring a notable scene or landmark from somewhere in Smith County. This year’s limited edition Christmas ornament features a beautiful drone photo of the fork of the Cumberland and Caney Fork Rivers.

Ornaments can be purchased at the museum, Citizen’s Bank main office, or the Smith County Chamber of Commerce for $10 each.

In addition, the museum also has mugs, T-shirts, hats, toboggans, all natural soaps & lotions, and much more that would make great Christmas gifts.

The Smith County Heritage Museum invites you to stop by, tour the museum, and do a little shopping. All of the proceeds goes towards the operational expenses of the museum to ensure that it stays open for years to come.

The Smith County Heritage Museum is located at 107 3rd Avenue East in Carthage, Tennessee. The museum is open on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. If you have any questions, please call 615-735-1104.

Man Caught During Drug Investigation in Carthage Tennessee

Mr. Brandon Campbell

ON August 29th, 2021, Sgt. Junior Fields conducted a drug investigation into the methamphetamine sells made by Mr. Brandon Campbell. During the investigation, Mr. Campbell agreed to meet at The Budget Inn in Carthage and to bring 3.6 grams of crystal methamphetamine. Sgt. Fields, Deputy Biggs, and Officer Davis went to meet. After waiting for him to arrive, he made contact and advised that he was walking to the location. The officers did not see anyone walking but did see a truck puled over in a parking lot not too far from the location.

Mr. Brandon Campbell was sitting in a truck in the parking lot and a used hypodermic needle fell out as he exited the vehicle. At that time he was detained and a search was conducted. During the search, a baggie of crystal meth, 3 trazadone pills, and 2.5 buspirone pills were located. Along with the drugs, a set of digital scales and additional empty baggies were found.

Mr Campbell was placed under arrest and transported to the Smith County Jail for Processing.

He is being charged with Possession of legend drug without prescription, felony possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of methamphetamine.

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

UT Extension: Cultivating Communities October 2021

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 the latest episode of Cultivating Communities, Chris and Katie travel to Macon County, where they talk with Extension Agent Keith Allen about the history and the future of Macon County agriculture.

Featured interviews are with tobacco producer Marty Coley and beef producer and ag teacher Ken Roark and his daughter Kenley Roark.

You can watch this and future episodes of Cultivating Communities with UT Extension on DTC3 TV, the UT Extension Smith County Facebook page and YouTube channel, and here on Smith County Insider.

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 Noon Rotary 4th Annual Pocket Knife Fundraiser features the Caney Fork River

The Smith County Noon Rotary Club has released the design for their 2021 knife fundraiser.

This year’s design features the Caney Fork River. There will be two options to choose from.

The first option is a Case XX Trapper knife with Blue/Green Corelon Swirl handles that comes in wood display boxes. The Case XX knives are $75 each.

The second option is a Frost Cutlery Trapper with green bone handles and they will come in wood display boxes. The Frost Cutlery knives are $40 each.

The top of the wood boxes will feature a custom “Caney Fork River” logo designed by local artist Jenny Ford Penuel.

The order deadline is November 4, 2021! Reach out to a Rotary member to order or stop by Wilson Bank or Citizens Bank in Gordonsville.

The Smith County Noon Rotary Club releases a new knife each year, featuring a Smith County historical landmark.

Lady Owls Soccer Senior Night vs. Watertown and Last District Match vs. Jackson County


The Lady Owls after the Jackson County win and the ad for Senior Nigh

The Lady Owls Soccer Team has finished district play and have one regular season game vs Livingston to play before heading into the district tournament.  Smith County currently sits in the number 2 spot for Division 1 Class 1A and number 1 in the district with a record of 11-2 and 6-0 respectively.  On September 28 the Lady Owls hosted Watertown and celebrated Senior Night.  Seniors honored were Biz Davis, Ally Hall, Lizzie Harper, Makaila Richardson, Emma Swedlund, Ro Ortiz (manager), and Anna Vining.  Smith County put away a district win of 8-0 to cap off the night.  September 30th the Lady Owls travelled to Jackson County for the last district match of regular season.  Smith County dominated Jackson County’s Senior Night putting away a win of 8-0. 

US Representative John Rose 2021 Military Service Academy Day

On Saturday, September 25th, 2021, U.S. Representative John Rose (TN-6) welcomed 30 students and their parents to the 2021 Military Service Academy Day at Wilson Central High School in Lebanon.

The event was open to middle and high school students interested in learning more about the appointment process to four of the five United States Service Academies including the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. The fifth service academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy does not require a congressional nomination for appointment. Students had the opportunity to hear directly from representatives of several of these prestigious academies, as well as recruiters from Tennessee State University Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) and Vanderbilt University Army ROTC and learn what a path to military service looks like.

“One of the top honors I have in Congress is to provide nominations for the brightest and boldest students wishing to serve our nation in uniform by attending one of the five U.S. Service Academies,” said Representative Rose. “I was pleased with the number of young people who took advantage of this opportunity to meet with several academy representatives and ROTC units from Tennessee universities about the possibility of attending one of these institutions and earning a commission as an officer in our military.”

.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.

TWRA News: Special Hat and Pink Patch to Benefit Casting For Recovery

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will be selling a pink patch and hat with the patch during October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. All proceeds from the sales go to Casting for Recovery (CfR), a nonprofit organization that exists to take women affected by breast cancer fly fishing,

The cost for the patch is $10 and $20 for the hat. These items have been donated for purchase, thanks to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation s 100 percent of the purchase price will go to Casting for Recovery. The items may be purchase online at shop.gooutdoorstennessee.com.

Casting for Recovery (https://castingforrecovery.org/) provides healing outdoor retreats for women with breast cancer, at no cost to the participants. CfR’s retreats offer opportunities for women to find inspiration, discover renewed energy for life, and experience healing connections with other women and nature. The retreats are open to women with breast cancer of all ages, in all stages of treatment and recovery.

The CfR healing program is unique. For women who have had surgery or radiation as part of their breast cancer treatment, the gentle motion of fly casting can be good physical therapy for increasing mobility in the arm and upper body. Couple that with the emotional benefits of connecting with nature, and it makes for powerful medicine

Smith County Weather Report October 1st, 2021

by Steve Norris, Smith County Insider Weather Correspondent

Rain chances return to Smith County this weekend and will continue into the first part of next week. After enjoying temperatures in the 80s this week, another cool down is coming  next week with highs in the low to mid 70s and lows in the low to mid-50s.

Our first Frost of the season is not in sight through the 10th of October but on October 3rd of 1974 we dropped into the 20s.

Have you noticed that really bright Evening Star just after Sunset to the Southwest, that is the planet Venus and it will get brighter through the month of October. Be sure and check it out on a clear evening, it is lovely. You can reach me anytime at weather1@charter.net

Dozens gather for the 2021 Lights for Recovery Candlelight Vigil and Emmanuel House Graduation

The Smith County Drug Prevention Coalition hosted its annual Lights for Recovery Candlelight Vigil in front of the Smith County Historic Courthouse on Thursday, September 30 at 6:00pm.

This event was intended to celebrate those who are in recovery, support those who are still struggling with the disease of addiction, and remember those who have lost their battles with addiction.

Training for use of overdose reversal kits were available at the event.

At the end of the Candlelight Vigil, Executive Director of the Emmanuel House recognized two of their most recent graduates from their one year program, Danielle Batey and Jodie Rosenbaum.

L to R: Jodie Rosenbaum, Kandra Preston, Danielle Batey

Watch the full event below:

To learn more about the Smith County Drug Prevention Coalition, visit their website.

Smith County 4-H Chick Chain Show & Sale


From L to R-Caleb Hensley, Dominik Deago, RiLynn Tisdale, Destiny Taylor, Trinity Taylor, Carson Meeks, Keaton Crawford, Gabe Harville, Abby Malone, Jubilee Hart, and Wiley Barnes

Each spring, 4-H members in Smith County have the opportunity to become involved in the 4-H Chick Chain. This activity allows 4-H’ers to receive one-day-old baby chicks to raise. The 4-H’er is responsible for feeding and caring for the chicks, and at the end of the project, they have the opportunity to show and sell their hens. 

Thursday, September 23rd was the culmination of over six months of hard work for twelve Smith County 4-H members. 4-H’ers brought three of their best hens, which they received as chicks through our Chick Chain program, to the Smith County Ag Center to be judged and auctioned off. 

This year we had Rhode Island Red and Australorp hens. All of our 4-H’ers brought outstanding birds, but there were several pens that deserved special recognition. Our Grand Champion was Abby Malone, and Carson Meeks earned our Reserve Champion award. We are so proud of all the hard work that each 4-H’er put into raising and taking care of their birds! 

A special thank you to our judge, Sarah Ferrell, and our auctioneer, Jason Martin. We would also like to give a special thank you to Smith Farmers Co-Op for purchasing almost every single pen and donating them back, plus providing a bag of laying feed to all our buyers. Most importantly, thank you to the parents and community supporters that attend this event, purchase birds, and help to make it a success.

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. For further information concerning the many opportunities that 4-H has to offer the youth in Smith County, call 615-735-2900.

Carthage Rotary Club “All You Can Eat” Pancake Breakfast set for October 15th-16th, 2021

The Carthage Rotary Club will offer their Fall “all-you-can-eat” pancake breakfast on Friday, October 15th and Saturday, October 16th at the Shop Rite in Gordonsville, located across from Town Hall and Bass Funeral Home.

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

Tickets may be purchased for $6.00 from any Rotarian or at the door. 

Children 4 and under can eat for free.

Rotarians will deliver carry-out orders to Carthage and Gordonsville for free.  Proceeds will benefit the scholarships awarded to seniors at Smith County High School and at Gordonsville High School.  

Smith County Rescue Squad Adds New Bench to Bear Waller Gap Hiking Trail

Saturday September 25th Smith Co. Rescue members in conjunction with the US Army Corps of Engineers spent the day marking the Bear Waller Gap hiking trail and installing a new rest bench which will eventually have a solar light added.

Our rescue squad helps our community in many ways going beyond just emergency services. Special thanks to members Chris Dallas, Michael Clayborne, Wyatt Close, Harry Brooks, Roy Masters, Kruz Sampson, Taylor Aldridge & Robert Lawrence for assisting with the project.

Food For Thought: Apple News

By Mary Parker Draper, Extension Agent – Smith County

“An Apple A Day Will Keep the Doctor Away”… or so I have been told. Apples are one of the most popular, flavorful, and healthful fruits grown, according to the U.S. Apple Association. 

Apple growing is an important industry in America. The pilgrims in the Massachusetts Bay Colony planted the first U.S. apple trees. In the early 1800s John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, traveled across the Ohio Valley carrying bags of apple seeds. He planted seeds and grew apple trees wherever he roamed to ensure that settlers would have nutritious apples to eat.

Pollination of the apple tree blooms is necessary for apple production. Many apple growers place beehives in their orchards so that the honeybees can pollinate the flowers. When the blossoms fall off, the pollinated flowers will produce apples. The apples grow during the summer and the crop is harvested in the fall when the apples ripen.

There are 2,500 varieties of apples grown throughout the United States, with the state of Washington being the top apple producer. The top ten apples are: Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, McIntosh, York Imperial, Rome Beauty, Johnathan, Stayman, Newtown Pippin, and Winesap. 

Apples come in many varieties that are convenient to eat and very nutritious. A medium apple contains no fat, no sodium, no cholesterol, no artificial color of flavor, and is an excellent source of fiber and only 80 calories. Could these facts be the reason for thinking that apples keep the doctors away?  For more information on apples, check out Apples: A Class Act published by the U.S. Apple Association.

Peanut Butter Pie

2 cups confectioner’s sugar

1 cup milk

1 8 oz block cream cheese (softened to room temperature)

3/4 cup crunchy peanut butter 

2 8 oz containers of Cool Whip

Combine cream cheese, milk, and sugar, then add peanut butter and Cool Whip. Mix well and pour into three graham cracker crusts and freeze. Submitted by Linda Hensley, Beasley’s Bend FCE Club.