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Press Release: Gov. Lee Requires Tennesseans to Remain at Home as Data Shows Increased Activity Among Citizens

NASHVILLE, Tenn. –Tennessee Governor Bill Lee will sign Executive Order 23 requiring that Tennesseans stay home unless they are carrying out essential activities as data shows an increase in citizen movement across the state.

“Over the last few weeks, we have seen decreases in movement around the state as Tennesseans socially distance and stay at home,” said Gov. Lee. “However, in recent days we have seen data indicating that movement may be increasing and we must get these numbers trending back down. I have updated my previous executive order to clearly require that Tennesseans stay at home unless they are carrying out essential activities.”

Data from the Tennessee Department of Transportation analyzed traffic patterns for March 2020. While safer at home measures and further restrictions on businesses showed a steep drop-off in vehicle movement from March 13-29, data beginning on March 30 indicates travel is trending upwards, again.

The Administration also analyzed data from Unacast to understand cell phone mobility and determine movement trends among people. Unacast indicates the movement of Tennesseans is trending toward pre-COVID-19 levels.

“The month of April stands to be an extremely tough time for our state as we face the potential for a surge in COVID-19 cases,” said Lee. “Every Tennessean must take this seriously, remain at home and ensure we save lives.”

The executive order remains in effect until April 14, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. View Executive Order 23 in its entirety here.

You can view all the executive orders Governor Lee has issued here.

For more information on COVID-19 in Tennessee, please visit the Tennessee Department of Health’s website here.

Press Release: “Volunteers Overcome” by John Rose

by John Rose, U.S. Representative – Tennessee’s Sixth Congressional District

Tennesseans are facing an unprecedented challenge, one that has brought uncertainty, new routines, and many questions. As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to press in on our daily lives, we, as Tennesseans, have faith that together we will overcome.

On behalf of the folks of Tennessee’s Sixth Congressional District, I have continued to participate in frequent interactive briefings on the work of the President’s Task Force, the State of Tennessee’s response, and the public-private partnerships formed in recent days. I am fully focused on doing everything possible to equip our state and local officials, first responders, and health care professionals who are working tirelessly and heroically to keep us healthy and safe here in Tennessee. 

I have been continuously working with my colleagues in Congress to develop the legislative response to this crisis. My staff and I have been seeking out input and listening to the needs of individuals, businesses and institutions across the Sixth District making sure to include provisions that will serve the families and small businesses of Tennessee. While the legislative response will be far from perfect and will, no doubt, include special interest provisions that are not appropriate responses to this crisis, we cannot allow perfection to delay relief badly needed here and across the nation. In this legislative response, we have achieved major steps of relief for our communities.

Our work does not stop there. We have numerous stories of folks who traveled abroad, often on mission trips, only to be caught off guard by the recent, swift turn of events. These Tennesseans need our help, and I am committed to doing all that I can to bring them home. 

Ultimately, I know that Tennesseans will continue joining together – though temporarily from a distance – to overcome this challenge just like we always have during difficult times in our past.  As COVID-19 has brought harm to many of our neighbors and friends, we have witnessed the incredible strength of our communities coming together to protect one another.

Our health care professionals, grocers, scientists, first responders, farmers, transportation workers, and all other essential workers, have stepped up in incredible ways – all for the sake of their fellow Americans. This brave volunteerism demonstrates the very best of our state. Tennesseans are truly embodying the Volunteer Spirit of service and sacrifice. Whether it is working in the emergency room, tending livestock, or transporting supplies, we are forever indebted to those making these sacrifices. We extend both our gratitude for their service and our prayers for their safety.

Now is the time, as a greater community, to support both those who are sacrificing and those at the highest risk. For those of us with elderly neighbors, it is incumbent upon us to check in, meet needs, and provide encouragement. For those of us with small children, it is our responsibility to reassure them, continue to educate them, and keep our families safe. For those of us with immune deficiencies or other factors that put us at high risk, it is important that we allow those at less risk to do what we cannot right now. For those of us who are healthy, we must ask ourselves if we can give blood, support local food banks, or meet other needs. 

For all of us, it important to remember that we are all our brother’s keeper. We may not be together in our places of work, worship, or fellowship, but we are together in spirit and heart. 

We, as Tennesseans, will lead the way in protecting ourselves and each other. Looking out for one another is what we do best. When I return to Washington, D.C., to vote on measures to address COVID-19, I will be all the prouder entering the House Chamber as a representative of Tennesseans who are at home, on the front lines, fighting this virus in the best way possible: looking out for one another. This is what the Volunteer State does best.

U.S. Rep. John Rose represents Tennessee’s Sixth Congressional District and resides in Cookeville with his wife, Chelsea, and their young son, Guy.

Press Release: Gov. Bill Lee Signs Executive Order Mandating Alternative Business Models for Restaurants and Gyms, Lifts Alcohol Regulations

Orders extra protections for vulnerable populations

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – On Sunday, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed Executive Order 17 calling for businesses across the state to utilize alternative business models beginning at midnight CDT on Monday, March 23, 2020 until midnight CDT April 6, 2020. The order also outlines ways businesses and citizens should work to protect vulnerable populations.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has created both an economic and a health crisis and our response must continue to address both aspects,” said Gov. Lee. “Our goal is to keep the public, especially vulnerable populations, safe while doing everything possible to keep Tennesseans in a financially stable position.”

Executive Order 17 prohibits social gatherings of 10 or more people and also enacts the following provisions regarding restaurants, bars, and similar food and drink establishments:

  • Establishments are to exclusively offer drive-thru, take-out or delivery options to support families, businesses and the food supply chain during this emergency.
  • Establishments may sell alcohol by take-out or delivery (with the purchase of food) in closed containers to those who are age 21 and up.

Gyms and fitness/exercise centers or substantially similar facilities are to temporarily close and suspend in-person services until April 6, 2020. In the interim, these businesses are encouraged to pursue digital programming if possible.

The order also pursues additional measures to keep vulnerable populations such as the elderly and those with underlying conditions safe.

  • Visitation to nursing homes, retirement homes, and long-term care or assisted-living facilities is now limited to visits involving essential care only.
  • Businesses are encouraged to enact policies that take extra steps to assist vulnerable populations by considering measures such as shopping hours exclusive from the general public.

“I urge every Tennessean to take these actions seriously – our physical and economic health depend on this as we work to beat COVID-19,” said Lee.

More information regarding COVID-19, health resources and support for small business is available HERE.

You can view a PDF copy of Governor Lee’s executive order here.

Mayor Mason and Dr. Duke respond to COVID-19 concerns in Smith County

by Rachel Petty

On Wednesday morning, Smith County Insider sat down with Dr. Roger Duke and Smith County Mayor Jeff Mason to discuss what is being done in Smith County in the face of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Dr. Duke, District 6 County Commissioner and member of the Smith County COVID-19 Task Force, says the key is for the public not to panic and to seek out sound information from reliable sources.

Dr. Duke and Mayor Mason’s primary suggestion is for people to listen to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC is the most reliable source for COVID-19 information, and their guidelines should be followed as closely as possible. 

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the CDC recommends cleaning your hands often, avoiding close contact with others, staying home if you are sick, covering your coughs and sneezes, and cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces daily.

You can also find reliable information on the Tennessee Department of Health website, which is updated daily at 2:00 p.m. 

This interactive map from Johns Hopkins University is a great way to track the spread of the coronavirus worldwide.

As of midday Wednesday, no confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Smith County, but local officials are closely monitoring the situation.

Both Riverview Regional Medical Center and the Smith County Health Department have COVID-19 testing capabilities, but tests are only being administered under specific CDC guidelines. According to the CDC, you should call your healthcare provider if you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 or you are a resident in a community where there is ongoing spread of COVID-19 and develop symptoms of COVID-19. 

Locally, Smith County Schools are closed at least through April 3, and the Smith County Senior Citizens Center, the Smith County Fitness Center, and Smith County Public Libraries are closed until further notice. Citizens with reservations at the Smith County Ag Center are being strongly encouraged to reschedule, and the majority of local meetings and events are being postponed.

Last week, local officials formed a Smith County COVID-19 Task Force, which brings together approximately 30 individuals from various sectors across the county for the sake of clear coordination and communication to the public.

The task force includes county and city mayors, hospital personnel, public health officials, school health officials, Smith County EMS, nursing home and home health representatives, local law enforcement, firefighters, religious leaders, and members of the Smith County Chamber of Commerce.

One major goal of the Smith County COVID-19 task force is to replace panic with preparedness and to replace fear with facts by providing easily accessible information at the local level. 

Dr. Duke and Mayor Mason are expected to begin providing frequent updates via Facebook Live in the coming days and weeks. Follow Smith County, TN Mayor Jeff Mason on Facebook for more information.

It’s important for people to remember that information about this subject is constantly changing as experts study and learn more about the novel coronavirus.

“This is not going to last forever,” Dr. Duke assured.

In the meantime, it is increasingly important to take proper precautions. Limit your exposure, practice social distancing and good hygiene, and stay informed using reliable sources.

“This is going to pass,” Mayor Mason added. “Don’t live in fear; don’t live in panic.”

Stay tuned to Smith County Insider, the CDC website, and the TN Department of Health as new information continues to become available. 

For more information about COVID-19, check out this video by Smith County Insider reporter J.R. Smith!

Press Release: The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America: 15 Days to Slow the Spread

The following press release was sent to Smith County Insider by The White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. 

To view the above graphic online, visit https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/03.16.20_coronavirus-guidance_8.5x11_315PM.pdf.

The CDC’s official Coronavirus website (www.coronavirus.gov) is the best source for up-to-date information and guidance.

Here are President Donald. J. Trump’s new guidelines to address COVID-19: 

1.)  Listen to and follow the directions of your state and local authorities.

 

2.) If you feel sick, stay home.  Do not go to work.  Contact your medical provider.

 

3.) If your children are sick, keep them at home.  Do not send them to school.  Contact your medical provider.

 

4.) If someone in your household has tested positive for the coronavirus, keep the entire household at home.  Do not go to work.  Do not go to school.  Contact your medical provider.

 

5.) If you are an older person, stay home and away from other people.

 

6.) If you are a person with a serious underlying health condition that can put you at increased risk (for example, a condition that impairs your lung or heart function or weakens your immune system), stay home and away from other people.

 

7.)  Even if you are young, or otherwise healthy, you are at risk and your activities can increase the risk for others. It is critical that you do your part to stop the spread of the coronavirus:

  • Work or engage in schooling from home whenever possible.
  • If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, such as healthcare services and pharmaceutical and food supply, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule.  You and your employers should follow CDC guidance to protect your health at work.
  • Avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.
  • Avoid eating or drinking in bars, restaurants, and food courts – use drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options.
  • Avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips, and social visits.
  • Do not visit nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.

8.)     Practice good hygiene:

  • Wash your hands, especially after touching any frequently used item or surface.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow.
  • Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible.

 

* School operations can accelerate the spread of the coronavirus.  Governors of states with evidence of community transmission should close schools in affected and surrounding areas.  Governors should close schools in communities that are near areas of community transmission, even if those areas are in neighboring states.  In addition, state and local officials should close schools where coronavirus has been identified in the population associated with the school.  States and localities that close schools need to address childcare needs of critical responders, as well as the nutritional needs of children.

 

** Older people are particularly at risk from the coronavirus.  All states should follow Federal guidance and halt social visits to nursing homes and retirement and long-term care facilities.

 

*** In states with evidence of community transmission, bars, restaurants, food courts, gyms, and other indoor and outdoor venues where groups of people congregate should be closed.

March 2020 Meeting of the Smith County Board of Education

Some great information about the local response to COVID-19 was shared during last night’s school board meeting.

Director of Schools Barry H. Smith talks about the Board of Education’s response and the take-home meal program beginning at the 19 minute mark.

Around 33 minutes in to the meeting, Kim Maynard, Coordinated School Health Program Coordinator, provides  general information about the virus and what’s being done at the county level to combat it.

You can watch the full meeting below.

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The Smith County School Board meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 5:00 p.m. at the Smith County Board of Education, located at 126 Smith County Middle School Lane in Carthage, Tennessee.

The next School Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 14, 2020. 

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

Tennessee cannabis growers lobby on Capitol Hill in Nashville

On Monday, February 24 and Tuesday, February 25, 2020, Tennessee cannabis growers lobbied on Capitol Hill in Nashville for three separate bills.

Four of the Lobbyists included Greg & Debbie Pilant with Leviathan Cannabis and Cole Ebel & Madison Nowak of Cumberland Cannabis Company.

Leviathan is a Canadian company which processes and manufactures CBD heavy cannabis and Cumberland Cannabis is a wholesale distributor of numerous cannabis growers and processors from the State of Tennessee.

The lobbyists met with numerous senators and representatives, including our own senator, Mark Pody who fully supported all three bills and Terri Lynn Weaver, who generally supported, but stated she would read through the details of the bills.

The first bill, known as the “Constitutional Protection for Hemp” bill, is sponsored by Rep. Jay Reedy (R) & Sen. Janice Bowling (R). (HB 0274 / SB 0279). This bill prohibits police searches based solely on the odor of cannabis and specifies that hemp and products derived from hemp, other than isolated THC, are NOT subject to scheduling as a controlled substance and are NOT subject to forfieture based solely on their composition. The reasons for this bill is it protects our 4th amendment right for people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches & seizure. Hemp is legal and its scent does not justify searches. This protects farmers and processors working with a legal crop and protects consumers who use hemp and CBD products.

“You have people who are hurting, using a completely legal and natural plant, who are being harassed and having their constitutional rights violated based on an odor, which cannot be distinguished from THC cannabis, which is medically legal in 39 other states,” said Cole Ebel, owner of Cumberland Cannabis Company in Carthage. “Why are we going to encourage law enforcement to break constitutional and state laws on searching a person based on suspicion for gauging a substance which emits the same terpenes as THC cannabis even though it has almost zero THC?”

The second bill, known as the “Hemp Consumer Protection Act of 2020”, is sponsored by Rep. Bryan Terry (R) & Sen. Richard Briggs (R). (HB 2054 & SB 1944). This bill prohibits revocation of parole, probation, or bail based on drug test result that is positive for THC below a certain level; prohibits public employers from taking adverse employment action and denying certain benefits based on such test result. The reason for this bill is it is protecting consumers who rely heavily on legal full spectrum hemp products which are helping with pain and supplementing scheduled pharmaceuticals. It’s supporting a healthy and legal market for sales and use of full spectrum hemp harvests and products. This would apply to state, county, and city employees.

The last bill, known as the “Hemp is Not Tobacco – No Tobacco Tax” bill, is sponsored by Rep. Jay Reedy (R) & Sen. Frank Nicely (R) specifies that rolled hemp is not a cigarette and hemp is not a substitute for tobacco for purposes of clarifying that such products are not subject to the tobacco tax. Many Tennessee farmers are trying to sell their crops and would have trouble doing so if charged an extra tax. Tobacco is deadly and addictive and its tax helps support various government healthcare funds. Hemp is not addictive.

March 2020 Meeting of the Smith County Commission

During the March 2020 meeting of the Smith County Commission, Smith County Mayor Jeff Mason acknowledged the Smith County High School Band for their accomplishments, including a recent performance at the Daytona 500.

The Smith County Commission held its March meeting on the evening of Monday, March 9, 2020.

During the meeting, Mayor Jeff Mason addressed the county response to the March 3 tornadoes, discussed forming a coronavirus task force in Smith County, and acknowledged the Smith County High School Marching Band for their performance at the Daytona 500 earlier this year.

You can watch the full meeting below.

Thanks to Powell & Meadows Insurance Agency for sponsoring the live broadcast of this meeting.

Subscribe to Smith County Insider’s YouTube channel to stay up-to-date on meeting coverage, business spotlights, video features, and more!

The Smith County Board of Commissioners meets on the second Monday of every month except December. Commission meetings are held in the General Sessions Courtroom of the Smith County Jail and Courts Facility, located at 322 Justice Drive in Carthage.

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

March 2020 Meeting of the Carthage City Council

The Carthage City Council held its March meeting on Thursday, March 5, 2020, at 6:00 p.m at Carthage City Hall. 

You can watch the full meeting below.

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

Subscribe to Smith County Insider’s YouTube channel to stay up-to-date on meeting coverage, business spotlights, video features, and more!

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/. 

Press Release: Rose Announces Local Office Hours

Cookeville, TN –The staff of U.S. Representative John Rose (TN-6) will be in Smith County on Friday, March 13, 2020, to meet with local citizens who need assistance with federal services.

“I am thrilled to have a talented district staff serving the good folks of Tennessee’s Sixth District. We are focused on providing top-notch constituent services for all 19 counties,” said Rose. “Knowing that at times it may be difficult to travel to one of our two district offices, I have directed my district staff to periodically set up office hours in other locations throughout our 19 county-district. This will allow everyone in the Sixth District to have face-to-face access to my district staff and the services we provide.”

“The next opportunity for constituents to take advantage of these remote office hours will be in Smith County,” Rose announced. “My staff will be meeting with constituents at the Smith County Administration Building on Friday, March 13 from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM Central Time. Constituents who do not need a face-to-face meeting may call the Cookeville office to discuss any questions at 931-854-9430.”

U.S. Representative John Rose represents Tennessee’s Sixth Congressional District and resides in Cookeville with his wife, Chelsea, and their son, Guy. 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.

U.S. Representative John Rose (TN-6)

Collins wins Republican Primary for 15th Judicial District Circuit Court Judge

Judge Michael Collins

Michael Collins has won the Republican Primary for Circuit Court Judge in the 15th Judicial District.

Collins carried Smith County with a total of 2,004 votes, which amounted to 63.80%. 

In Smith County, Javin Cripps received 865 votes, Shawn McBrien received 255 votes, and 17 votes were cast for the Write-In candidate. 

Collins also carried the vote in Wilson County. In Wilson County, Michael Collins received a total of 4,986 votes, compared to 3,252 votes for Javin Cripps, 3,726 votes for Shawn McBrien, and 18 votes for the Write-In candidate.

In Macon County, Javin Cripps had the highest number of votes with 849, followed closely by Collins with 842 votes. Shawn McBrien received 189 votes, and 2 votes were cast for the Write-In candidate.

Across the three counties, Collins received 7,832 votes, Cripps received 4,966 votes, McBrien received 4,170 votes, and the Write-In candidate received 37 votes.

Local Republican parties in Jackson and Trousdale counties elected not to vote in this primary election.

Following his victory in the March 2020 Republican Primary, Collins released the following statement: 

“It is a bittersweet day to celebrate a victory in light of the tragedies and loss of life caused by the tornadoes. My prayers go out to all that have been affected.

I am thankful that God has allowed me thus far to be in a position to serve the people of our community.

In this race I am blessed by the outpouring of support from so many throughout our district. I am grateful for the devotion of my wife, my children, my family, and my friends. I am humbled by the turnout in the primary that so many people have put their trust in me.

I looked forward to the next steps and trust that God has a plan.”

Micheal Collins will now face off against Independent candidate Branden Bellar in the August election. No Democratic candidate will appear on the ballot. 

The State Primary election will take place on August 6, 2020. 

View the complete summary of the 2020 Presidential Preference Primary Election results for Smith County at https://www.smithcountyelection.com/election/Smith_ElecSumm_All.htm. 

Wilson County results can be viewed here, and Macon County results can be viewed here. 

Click here to view this year’s upcoming election calendar.

Press Release: Rose Supports Relief for Middle Tennessee Tornado Victims

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In memory of those who lost their lives in Putnam, Wilson, Davidson, and Benton counties this week, U.S. Representative John Rose (TN-6) spoke on the House Floor yesterday afternoon.

During the early morning hours of Tuesday, March 3, 2020, a devastating storm tragically struck Middle Tennessee with a tornado path stretching from Nashville to Cookeville. The vast majority of reported deaths to this point have been in the Sixth District.

As first responders and local officials continue to assess damages, Rep. Rose urged his colleagues to join him in prayer and pledged his full support to those in the wake of this tragedy. He has signaled his full support for the anticipated request from Tennessee Governor Bill Lee that President Trump officially designate Tennessee as eligible to receive additional federal aid for the recovery effort.

Rep. Rose’s full remarks can be viewed here or below.

“Madam Speaker, today I rise with my colleague from Tennessee, Mr. Cooper.

Earlier today, a devastating tornado tore through Middle Tennessee, the area I represent and call home.

While rescue workers are still in the critical phase of sorting through debris and accounting for those who are still missing, we know already many lives were lost and dozens of people were rushed to emergency rooms.

I and countless Tennesseans are lifting those people up in prayer.

I am working diligently alongside my fellow Representatives, the Administration, Governor Lee, Senators Alexander and Blackburn, and emergency officials to get much needed federal aid to the affected areas.

Homes, schools, businesses, churches, farms, and other buildings and numerous communities have suffered serious and, in some cases, overwhelming damage.

I stand today with those affected by this disaster and pledge every effort will be made to give shelter to those who need it, give care to those who are hurt, and give assistance in the critical effort to recover and rebuild.

I yield back the balance of my time.”

March 3, 2020 Primary Election Results

Voters in Smith County headed to the polls on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, to cast their votes in the 2020 Presidential Preference Primary and weigh in on several local referendums.

Polls were open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and voters had the opportunity to vote early from February 12 through February 25.

Reports from the Smith County Election Commission detailing the election results began to come in around 7:30 p.m. on the night of March 3.

According to the results, a total of 4,405 Smith County citizens voted in the 2020 Presidential Preference Primary. 2,209 of these votes were cast on Election Day, and 2,196 of voters voted early or absentee.

8 of 8 Precints Reported
TotalsElection DayEarly/Absentee
(R) Presidential Candidates
Donald J. Trump305415331521
Joe Walsh442123
Bill Weld19910
Uncommitted623329
Write-In835
(D) Presidential Candidates 
Michael Bennet1046
Joesph R. Biden391266125
Michael R. Bloomberg291104187
Cory Booker532
Pete Buttigieg34529
Julián Castro101
John K. Delaney211
Tulsi Gabbard312
Amy Klobuchar28523
Deval Patrick000
Bernie Sanders239123116
Tom Steyer725
Elizabeth Warren734132
Marianne Williamson110
Andrew Yang606
Uncommitted1468
Write-In532
(R) Circuit Judge Div II Dist 15
Michael Collins20049841020
Javin Cripps865446419
Shawn McBrien255131124
Write-In17134
(R) Public Defender 15 Judicial District
Shelley Thompson Gardner20461056990
Write-In1293
(R) Delegates At-Large
(DT) Steve Allbrooks1508770738
(DT) Julia Atchley-Pace1115570545
(DT) Mae Beavers19669641002
(DT) Chad Blackburn1661842819
(DT) Linda D. Buckles1298649649
(DT) Jane Chedester1106573533
(DT) Beth Scott Clayton1385704681
(DT) Douglas M. Englen1248644604
(DT) Lei Ann Gleaves1315656659
(DT) Shannon Haynes1414731683
(DT) Jack Johnson1638838800
(DT) Amy Jones1439733706
(DT) William Lamberth1482758724
(DT) Peggy Larkin1243628615
(DT) Jennifer Inman Little858432426
(DT) Mary Littleton834416418
(DT) Raul Lopez517271246
(DT) Paulina Albornoz Madaris368187181
(DT) Nazar Sharanshi281144137
(DT) Robin T. Smith1004495509
(DT) Dalton Temple786392394
(DT) Rick Tillis872442430
(DT) Susan Richardson Williams816413403
(DT) Marsha Yessick494253241
(U) Jake Adams249129120
(U) Wanda J. Cooke884345
(U) Leslie D. Mills724032
(U) Patricia D. Mills713734
(U) Larry M. Sims1035251
Write-In321
Write-In211
Write-In211
Write-In211
Write-In110
Write-In110
Write-In110
Write-In110
Write-In110
Write-In101
Write-In000
Write-In000
Write-In000
Write-In000
(R) Delegates 6th District
(DT) Paul Bailey1454730724
(DT) Craig Evan Clark1061544517
(DT) Holly S. Jones1129558571
(DT) Terri R. Nicholson758380378
(DT) Mary Ann Parks639322317
(DT) Ryan Williams969485484
(U) Joseph Elder1417863
(U) Frank Gorgie985147
Write-In422
Write-In000
Write-In000
Wheel Tax – General Fund
For1294603691
Against289815021396
Wheel Tax – Highway Capital Projects
For1246584662
Against298015351445
Sales and Use Referendum
For1067487580
Against248113201161

View the complete summary of the 2020 Presidential Preference Primary Election results for Smith County at https://www.smithcountyelection.com/election/Smith_ElecSumm_All.htm. 

Early Voting turnout strong ahead of today’s election

It’s Election Day! Here in Smith County, polls are open from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Leading up to Super Tuesday, a total number of 2,183 voters participated in Early Voting in Smith County. Early Voting was open from February 12 to February 25.

During the last Presidential Election cycle in 2016, only 1,396 voters participated in Early Voting. All past election results can be found on the Smith County Election Commission website.

Three referendums of local interest are likely bringing more voters to the polls in Smith County.

At the local level, voters will have the chance to vote for or against two $25 county wheel taxes and for or against an increase in the county’s sales tax rate. These referendums will appear on both the Republican and Democratic ballots.

The referendums will appear on the ballot as follows:

  • Wheel Tax Referendum # 1: Shall Resolution No.: 10-2019-05 adopted by the Smith County Board of Commissioners on September 9, 2019, and October 14, 2019, supporting a twenty-five ($25.00) dollar Motor Vehicle Privilege Tax pursuant to TCA § 5-8-102 to financially support the Smith County Highway Capital Projects for ten (10) years be approved?
  • Wheel Tax Referendum # 2: Shall Resolution No.: 10-2019-04 adopted by the Smith County Board of Commissioners on September 9, 2019 and October 14, 2019 supporting a twenty-five ($25.00) dollar Motor Vehicle Privilege Tax pursuant to TCA § 5-8-102 to financially support the Smith County General Fund for three (3) years be approved?
  • Sales Tax Referendum: Shall the resolution passed pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated, Sections 67-6-701, et seq., by Smith County, published in a newspaper of general circulation, increasing the Local Sales and Use Tax Rate from two percent (2%) to two and three-fourths percent (2.75%), except as limited or modified by statute, become operative?

Voters living in the Towns of Carthage and Gordonsville will be exempted from the sales and use tax referendum because the local option sales tax rate in these cities is already at the maximum percentage of 2.75%.

On the Republican ballot, voters will select their preference for one Presidential candidate, one candidate for Circuit Court Judge (15th District), one candidate for Public Defender, 14 delegates-at-large, and three delegates for the 6th Congressional District.

On the Democratic ballot, voters will select their preference for one Presidential candidate.

Interested voters may view a Sample Ballot here: https://www.smithcountyelection.com/pdf_files/sample_ballot.pdf.

Please note that all registered voters have to go to the precinct located in the district where they live.

Find your polling location in the list below:

 

District 1 – Defeated 

The Carver Barn

315 Defeated Creek Highway

Carthage, TN 37030

 

District 2 – Tanglewood 

Smith County Motor Company

211 Dixon Springs Highway

Carthage, TN 37030

 

District 3 – New Middleton

New Middleton Elementary School

402 New Middleton Highway

Gordonsville, TN 38563

 

District 4 – Rock City

Union Heights Elementary School

663 Lebanon Highway

Carthage, TN 37030

 

District 5 – Gordonsville

Gordonsville Municipal Building

63 Main Street East

Gordonsville, TN 38563

 

District 6 – Carthage 

Chamber of Commerce

939 Upper Ferry Road 

Carthage, TN 37030

 

District 7 – South Carthage

Senior Citizens Building

120 Pauline Gore Way, Suite B

Carthage, TN 37030

 

District 8 – Elmwood

Forks River Elementary School

611 Cookeville Highway

Elmwood, TN 38560

 

There will be no voting held at the Turner Building on Election Day. For more information, visit the Smith County Election Commission website. 

Stay tuned to Smith County Insider this evening as election results come in. See you at the polls, Smith County!

Press Release: Joint Statement from DOS, DOJ, DOD, DHS, ODNI, FBI, NSA, and CISA on Preparations for Super Tuesday

WASHINGTON – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, U.S. Attorney General William Barr, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf, Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell, Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray,U.S. Cyber Command Commander and National Security Agency Director Gen. Paul Nakasone, and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Director Christopher Krebs today released the following joint statement:

“Tomorrow, millions of voters in more than a dozen states and territories will cast their votes in presidential primaries. ‘Super Tuesday’ will see more Americans head to the polls than any other day of the primary season. We continue to work with all 50 states,U.S. territories, local officials, political parties and private sector partnersto keep elections free from foreign interference.

“Americans must also remain aware that foreign actors continue to try to influence public sentiment and shape voter perceptions. They spread false information and propaganda about political processes and candidates on social media in hopes to cause confusion and create doubt in our system.We remain alert and ready to respond to any efforts to disrupt the 2020 elections.We continue to make it clear to foreign actors that any effort to undermine our democratic processes will be met with sharp consequences.

“The level of coordination and communication between the federal government and state, local and private sector partners is stronger than it’s ever been. Our Departments and Agencies are working together in an unprecedented level of commitment and effort to protect our elections and to counter malign foreign influence, but voters have a role to play too.

“We encourage all voters going to the polls to check your voter registration and know ahead of time when to vote, where to vote, what’s on your ballot, and whether your state requires identification. Your state or local election official’s office is the most trusted source for election material. A well-informed and vigilant republic is the best defense against disinformation.”

 

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