Carthage, Smith County is the recipient of a State of Tennessee Tourism Enhancement grant of $55,147 to assist in constructing an amphitheater at the Town Park Complex.  The total phase 1A project will cost approximately $78,210 and include a covered stage and mechanical room. Once the amphitheater project is complete it will have restrooms, a theater dressing area, and outdoor seating.

Each year thousands of visitors flock to Smith County to enjoy the many water sports and recreational activities that are offered at multiple rural sites.  Carthage is a gateway to many of these destinations, but not until recently has the community a variety of attractions to offer these visitors except ice and gas.  The visitors that enter Smith County from I-40 usually stop and pick up supplies, then they pass through Carthage, not to return until they get back on the interstate at the end of their stay.

“Up until recently Carthage had no notable restaurants or evening activities. That has changed with multiple restaurants opening on the square, along with boutiques and a candy store”, Mayor Donnie Dennis explains.

“By expanding the recreational and cultural opportunities to include an amphitheater and partnering with multiple businesses and agencies to promote a unified vision and message, we believe we can change the habits of these visitors. The plan is the unifying component in developing the community’s tourism assets in a strategic and sustainable manner.  The collaborative vision that has been developed for this project incorporates the recreational and cultural assets of the area”, according to Mayor Dennis