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Senator Paul Bailey and Representative Ryan Williams Receive “Legislator of the Year” Awards

TDDA Honors Area Legislators

NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 15, 2017 – Senator Paul Bailey and Representative Ryan Williams have received “Legislator of the Year” Awards from the Tennessee Development District Association (TDDA). The awards were made by the Upper Cumberland Development District and several Upper Cumberland mayors on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 during TDDA’s Day on the Hill.

The TDDA is an association of Tennessee’s nine development districts, which are regional planning and economic development organizations. These policy boards within each District are made up of the state’s 95 counties and 340 municipalities. Development districts assist with regional issues including planning and economic development coordination, transportation, solid waste, loans and grants for critical infrastructure such as water and sewer systems, housing, tourism, economic development loans, environmental quality and natural resources planning, workforce development and services to the elderly.

“The awards are given based on nominations from each of the nine development districts to those legislators who have shown leadership and put forth considerable effort on behalf of their cities and counties,” said Mark Farley, Executive Director of Upper Cumberland Development District. “Both Senator Bailey and Representative Williams understand the needs of our rural region and continue to advocate, sponsor and support needed changes in economic development to bring success to the people and businesses of the Upper Cumberland.”

“We appreciate the support Senator Bailey and Representative Williams have given our local governments in the legislature,” said Richard Driver, TDDA President and City of Lafayette Mayor.

The Upper Cumberland Development District provides regional planning and assistance to the 14-county Upper Cumberland region to promote economic growth and community enhancement. Find UCDD on the web at www.ucdd.org and at facebook.com/UCDDconnect.

Pictured left to right: Sarah Cunningham, UCDD Legislative & Communications Coordinator; Tommy Lee, UCDD Economic & Community Development Director; Donnie Dennis, Mayor of Carthage; Dale Raegan, Clay County Executive; Ben Danner, Overton County Executive; Representative Ryan Williams; Steve Jones, Macon County Executive; Denny Wayne Robinson, White County Executive; Mark Farley, UCDD Executive Director; and Megan Choate, UCDD Lending & Economic Development Director.

Pictured left to right: Megan Choate, UCDD Lending & Economic Development Director; Donnie Dennis, Mayor of Carthage; Dale Raegan, Clay County Executive; Senator Paul Bailey; Steve Jones, Macon County Executive; Denny Wayne Robinson, White County Executive; Ben Danner, Overton County Executive, Mark Farley, UCDD Executive Director; and Tommy Lee, UCDD Economic & Community Development Director.

 

2017 Reagan Dinner Featuring Speaker Keni Thomas: Army Ranger During Operation “Restore Hope,” Immortalized in “Black Hawk Down”

The Smith County GOP just announced the speaker for their 2017 Reagan Dinner. The speaker is scheduled to be Keni Thomas. The annual Reagan Dinner will be held at the Smith County Ag Center on March 17, 2017 at 6:30 pm. Ticket price is $40 per person. To purchase tickets, call (615) 489-5594 or (615) 418-6098.

Keni Thomas Bio:

In the summer of 1993 Staff Sergeant Keni Thomas was deployed to Mogadishu Somalia with the 3rd Ranger Battalion as part of an elite special operations package called Task Force Ranger. Their mission was to find and capture a criminal warlord named Mohammed Farrah Aidid. On the 3rd of October, Keni and his fellow rangers distinguished themselves in an eighteen hour fire-fight that would later be recounted in the highly successful book and movie “Blackhawk Down”. Nineteen Americans gave their lives and 78 were wounded in the worst urban combat seen by US troops since WWII.

A powerful speaker, Keni captivates audiences from beginning to end as he tells the incredible story of extraordinary individuals and how they fought to bring each other home. Drawing from his experiences on the battlefield, Keni inspires people to achieve greatness by stressing the importance of outstanding leadership at every level, even if the only person you are leading is yourself. His message of “Train as you fight – Fight as you train and Lead By Example” epitomizes the Ranger motto “Rangers Lead the Way!”

Keni sums it up like this, “Leadership has never been about the rank or the position you hold. It’s about the example you set. There are people to your left and to your right who are counting on you and its up to you to deliver. But you will only be as good as you prepared yourself to be.”

After Mogadishu, Staff Sergeant Thomas volunteered for one more enlistment in the Army. He became an assistant team leader for a six-man ranger reconnaissance team. He earned his master parachutist rating with over 400 military free fall jumps. He completed the Special Forces Combat Diver course, became an Advanced EMT and was one of ten Americans to complete the Belgium Commando Course.

Keni got out of the Army to pursue his music career and now works full-time as an award winning country music recording artist and songwriter in Nashville. He and his band Cornbread were featured in the movie “Sweet Home Alabama” and his music can be heard on country stations nationwide. Keni continues to serve our troops with regular tours to Iraq and Afghanistan.

He is a regular guest on all the major news networks as a military analyst and was also a military advisor for the Mel Gibson movie “We Were Soldiers”. He has been recognized by the President of the United States, by Congress and has been awarded the American Patriot Award. But Keni is most proud of his appointment as a national spokesman for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. They provide college educations to the children of our special operations personnel killed in combat or training.

“Our special operations warriors are the tip of the spear. Their’s is a dangerous and high risk mission” says Thomas. “Because of that, they’re losses are disproportionately high when compared to the rest of our military. Taking care of their kids, is the least we can do. It’s what those dads would have wanted.”

Keni Thomas is a graduate of the University of Florida, and the recipient of the bronze star for valor.

Click here to visit Keni’s website to learn more about his life. 

Governor Haslam to Visit Smith County on Friday; Public Invited

(Smith County Insider Press) Carthage, Tenn. – Governor Bill Haslam plans to make a trip to Smith County this Friday, February 10. Haslam will be speaking at the Smith County Agriculture Center beginning at noon. Haslam plans to inform Smith Countians how his “Improve Act” can provide more long-term funding to Smith County for roads and bridges.

This meeting is open to the public and everyone is invited to attend. The capacity for the event is 450 people due to fire codes. If you are unable to attend the meeting, you can watch live via Facebook LIVE at https://www.facebook.com/smithcountyinsider/.

Smith County would receive an additional $618,283.57 per year to use for roads if the proposal passes. That would be $168,197.85 in diesel tax and $450,085.72 in gas tax. 

Carthage would receive a total of $25,053.61 with diesel and gas tax combined. 

Gordonsville would receive a total of $13,178.68 with diesel and gas tax combined.

South Carthage would receive a total of $14,362.92 with diesel and gas tax combined. 

Click link to read more about the Haslam’s “Improve Act” and see footage of the full proposal: https://smithcountyinsider.com/politics/smith-county-receive-618283-57-roads-governors-improve-act/

Smith County to Receive $618,283.57 for Roads Under Governor’s IMPROVE Act

NASHVILLE – Joined by mayors from across the state and leaders in the manufacturing and trucking industries, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced a comprehensive and strategic plan to cut taxes on food and manufacturing while updating how the state provides Tennesseans the safe and reliable transportation network needed to support future job growth.

The IMPROVE Act, “Improving Manufacturing, Public Roads and Opportunities for a Vibrant Economy,” is the first piece of Haslam’s NextTennessee legislative plan, policy proposals aimed at building and sustaining economic growth and the state’s competitiveness for the next generation of Tennesseans.

The IMPROVE Act increases the road user fee by 7 cents for a gallon of gas and 12 cents for a gallon of diesel and increases car registration fees by $5 for the average passenger vehicle. It places an annual road user fee on electric vehicles and increases charges on vehicles using alternative fuels. The proposal also includes a 3 percent charge on rental cars and changes the state’s open container law to allow the Tennessee Department of Transportation flexibility to use $18 million in existing federal dollars on roads. Fuel taxes would be indexed – but also capped – to the Consumer Price Index in order to keep up with the rate of inflation.

The IMPROVE Act would bring in $278 million in new dollars to the state for projects while limiting the impact on the average Tennessee motorist to approximately $4 a month. All funds would go toward transportation, including the 2 percent typically reverted to the General Fund, to provide funding for 962 projects across all 95 counties plus an additional $39 million to cities and $78 million to counties. The legislation would also allow municipalities, only if approved by local voters through referendum, to impose a surcharge on their sales tax rate that would be solely dedicated to public transit projects.

The governor also announced that his FY 2017-2018 budget proposal would use surplus one-time funds to finish repaying the Highway Fund by transferring $120 million from the General Fund.

Smith County would receive an additional $618,283.57 per year to use for roads if the proposal passes. That would be $168,197.85 in diesel tax and $450,085.72 in gas tax. 

Carthage would receive a total of $25,053.61 with diesel and gas tax combined. 

Gordonsville would receive a total of $13,178.68 with diesel and gas tax combined.

South Carthage would receive a total of $14,362.92 with diesel and gas tax combined. 

Watch full proposal below, including Mayor Michael Nesbitt Speaking:

Smith County Republican Party Election of Officers

The Smith County Republican Party Executive Committee is scheduled to meet on January 24th at 7pm to elect new officers. The meeting will be held at the Historic Smith County Court House located on the square in Carthage, Tennessee.

The meeting is open to the public and everyone is invited to attend.

Alexander: Senate Sends “Most Important Bill of the Year” to the President’s Desk

By 94-5, Senate passes 21st Century Cures bill to help find cures for cancer and Alzheimer’s, fight opioid crisis

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“For the second consecutive year, the Senate is sending the President another Christmas miracle for his signature. Last year, it was the Every Student Succeeds Act, and this time, it’s the 21st Century Cures Act—a bill that will help virtually every American family. With its vote today of 94 to 5, the Senate has sent an unmistakable message that the time is now to deliver on the promise of 21st Century Cures.”

WASHINGTON, December 7— Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said “the most important bill of the year is headed towards the President’s desk,” after the United States Senate passed the 21st Century Cures Act by a vote of 94 to 5:

“For the second consecutive year, the Senate is sending the President another Christmas miracle for his signature. Last year, it was the Every Student Succeeds Act, and this time, it’s the 21st Century Cures Act—a bill that will help virtually every American family. With its vote today of 94 to 5, the Senate has sent an unmistakable message that the time is now to deliver on the promise of 21st Century Cures.”

Senator Alexander continued: “This bipartisan legislation – which Majority Leader McConnell has called ‘the most important legislation Congress will pass this year’ – will help us take advantage of the breathtaking advances in biomedical research and bring those innovations to doctors’ offices and patients’ medicine cabinets around the country. This legislation will advance Vice President Biden’s moonshot to find cures for cancer, President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative, and the BRAIN Initiative – and it will help states in the fight against opioid abuse and the one in five adults in this country suffering from a mental illness. I look forward to the president’s signature.”

This past weekend, President Obama voiced his strong support for this bill, in his weekly address to the nation saying: “Like all good legislation, [the bill] reflects compromise.  This week, the House passed it overwhelmingly, and in bipartisan fashion.  The Senate will vote in the next few days, and I hope they’ll do the same.  I’ll sign it as soon as it reaches my desk, because like a lot of you, I’ve lost people I love to cancer.  I hear every day from Americans whose loved ones are suffering from addiction and other debilitating diseases.  And I believe we should seize every chance we have to find cures as soon as possible.  When it’s your family, hope can’t come soon enough.”

The 21st Century Cures agreement will:

  • Help bring safe drugs and devices to market more quickly and at less cost by making needed reforms to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), including: expedited review for breakthrough devices, increased patient involvement in the drug approval process, a streamlined review process for combination products that are both a drug and device, and freedom from red tape for software like fitbits or calorie counting apps.
  • Provide $4.8 billion to National Institutes of Health, including: $1.8 billion for Vice President Biden’s “Cancer Moonshot” to speed cancer research; $1.4 billion for President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative to drive research into the genetic, lifestyle and environmental variations of disease; and $1.6 billion for the BRAIN Initiative to improve our understanding of diseases like Alzheimer’s and speed diagnosis and treatment.
  • Provide $500 million to the FDA.
  • Provide $1 billion in grants to states to address the opioid crisis.
  • Address the country’s mental health crisis and help the one out of five adult Americans suffering from mental illness receive the care they need.
  • Improve electronic health records for doctors and their patients.

Diane Black Wins Landslide Reelection to Congress

Gallatin, TN – Diane Black (R-TN-06) defeated her competition tonight to win a landslide reelection to Congress, continuing her undefeated streak that dates back to her first campaign for state representative in 1998.

“I am humbled by Tennesseans’ overwhelming vote of confidence tonight and am ready to return to Congress to continue fighting for our shared Tennessee values in Washington,” said Diane Black. “This victory is shared with my family, my incredible volunteer team, and my supporters across our district who have encouraged and sustained me throughout this campaign. Tennesseans spoke clearly tonight, demonstrating that they want a solutions-oriented conservative in Congress who will take the fight to the entrenched Washington bureaucracy and get results. After tonight’s win, we have a mandate to continue that fight. I won’t let the voters of middle Tennessee down.”

Diane Black was first elected to Congress in 2010, winning 69 percent of the vote in a district held by Democrats for more than a quarter century prior to her election. Known for her effective pro-life leadership and healthcare expertise, Black serves on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee and Budget Committee. She was endorsed for reelection by the NRA, National Right to Life, American Conservative Union, Susan B. Anthony List, and NFIB, among others.

Smith County November 8, 2016 Election Results

 

District 1 – Defeated 

President of the United States:

  • Donald J. Trump (R) – 748 votes – 78.24%
  • Hillary Clinton (D) – 170 votes – 17.78%
  • Roque De La Fuente (I) – 0 votes – 0%
  • Gary Johnson (I) – 24 votes – 2.51%
  • Alyson Kennedy (I) – 1 votes – 0.10%
  • Mike Smith (I) – 3 votes – 0.31%
  • Jill Stein (I) – 6 votes – 0.63%
  • Write-In – 4 votes – 0.42%

United States House 6th District:

  • Diane Black (R) – 664 votes – 74.77%
  • David W. Kent (D) – 163 votes – 18.36%
  • David Ross (I) – 61 votes – 6.87%
  • Write-In – 0 votes – 0 %

Tennessee House of Representatives 40th District:

  • Terri Lynn Weaver (R) – 708 votes – 76.96%
  • Gayla Colvert Hendrix (D) – 209 votes – 22.72%
  • Write-In – 3 votes – 0.33 %

District 2 – Tangelwood

President of the United States:

  • Donald J. Trump (R) – 731 votes – 70.29%
  • Hillary Clinton (D) – 263 votes – 25.29%
  • Roque De La Fuente (I) – 0 votes – 0%
  • Gary Johnson (I) – 30 votes – 2.88%
  • Alyson Kennedy (I) – 1 vote – 0.10%
  • Mike Smith (I) – 3 votes – 0.29%
  • Jill Stein (I) – 3 votes – 0.29%
  • Write-In – 9 votes – 0.87%

United States House 6th District:

  • Diane Black (R) – 652 votes – 67.92%
  • David W. Kent (D) – 252 votes – 26.25%
  • David Ross (I) – 54 votes – 5.63%
  • Write-In – 2 votes – 0.21%

Tennessee House of Representatives 40th District:

  • Terri Lynn Weaver (R) – 683 votes – 67.62%
  • Gayla Colvert Hendrix (D) – 326 votes – 32.28%
  • Write-In – 1 vote – 0.10 %

District 3 – New Middleton

President of the United States:

  • Donald J. Trump (R) – 854 votes – 78.06%
  • Hillary Clinton (D) – 213 votes – 19.47%
  • Roque De La Fuente (I) – 0 votes – 0%
  • Gary Johnson (I) – 20 votes – 1.83%
  • Alyson Kennedy (I) – 2 votes – 0.18%
  • Mike Smith (I) – 2 votes – 0.18%
  • Jill Stein (I) – 2 votes – 0.18%
  • Write-In – 1 vote – 0.09%

United States House 6th District:

  • Diane Black (R) – 755 votes – 73.44%
  • David W. Kent (D) – 202 votes – 19.65%
  • David Ross (I) – 71 votes – 6.91%
  • Write-In – 0 votes – 0 %

Tennessee House of Representatives 40th District:

  • Terri Lynn Weaver (R) – 794 votes – 74.55%
  • Gayla Colvert Hendrix (D) – 268 votes – 25.16%
  • Write-In – 3 votes – 0.28%

District 4 – Rock City

President of the United States:

  • Donald J. Trump (R) – 714 votes – 77.69%
  • Hillary Clinton (D) – 167 votes – 18.17%
  • Roque De La Fuente (I) – 0 votes – 0%
  • Gary Johnson (I) – 29 votes – 3.16%
  • Alyson Kennedy (I) – 1 vote – 0.11%
  • Mike Smith (I) – 1 vote – 0.11%
  • Jill Stein (I) – 4 votes – 0.44%
  • Write-In – 3 votes – 0.33%

United States House 6th District:

  • Diane Black (R) – 624 votes – 72.14%
  • David W. Kent (D) – 167 votes – 19.31%
  • David Ross (I) – 74 votes – 8.55%
  • Write-In – 0 votes – 0 %

Tennessee House of Representatives 40th District:

  • Terri Lynn Weaver (R) – 78.36 votes – 78.36%
  • Gayla Colvert Hendrix (D) – 183 votes – 21.18%
  • Write-In – 4 votes – 0.46%

District 5 – Gordonsville

President of the United States:

  • Donald J. Trump (R) – 831 votes – 74.53%
  • Hillary Clinton (D) – 246 votes – 22.06%
  • Roque De La Fuente (I) – 1 vote – 0.09%
  • Gary Johnson (I) – 21 votes – 1.88%
  • Alyson Kennedy (I) – 2 votes – 0.18%
  • Mike Smith (I) – 2 votes – 0.18%
  • Jill Stein (I) – 6 votes – 0.54%
  • Write-In – 6 votes – 0.54%

United States House 6th District:

  • Diane Black (R) – 729 votes – 70.57%
  • David W. Kent (D) – 233 votes – 22.56%
  • David Ross (I) – 69 votes – 6.68%
  • Write-In – 2 votes – 0.19%

Tennessee House of Representatives 40th District:

  • Terri Lynn Weaver (R) – 725 votes – 70.57%
  • Gayla Colvert Hendrix (D) – 340 votes – 31.92%
  • Write-In – 0 votes – 0 %

Gordonsville Mayor

  • James M. (Duck) Gibbs – 437 Votes – 97.98%
  • Write-In – 9 votes – 2.02%

Gordonsville Alderman (2)

  • John Jay Slatton – 413 votes – 53.99%
  • Barbara P. Vantrease – 345 votes – 45.10%
  • Write-In – 7 votes – 0.91%

District 6 – Carthage

President of the United States:

  • Donald J. Trump (R) – 425 votes – 61.77%
  • Hillary Clinton (D) – 235 votes – 34.16%
  • Roque De La Fuente (I) – 2 votes – 0.29%
  • Gary Johnson (I) – 9 votes – 1.31%
  • Alyson Kennedy (I) – 2 votes – 0.29%
  • Mike Smith (I) – 4 votes – 0.58%
  • Jill Stein (I) – 5 votes – 0.73%
  • Write-In – 6 votes – 0.87%

United States House 6th District:

  • Diane Black (R) – 402 votes – 63.31%
  • David W. Kent (D) – 184 votes – 28.98%
  • David Ross (I) – 48 votes – 7.56%
  • Write-In – 1 votes – 0.16%

Tennessee House of Representatives 40th District:

  • Terri Lynn Weaver (R) – 419 votes – 63.97%
  • Gayla Colvert Hendrix (D) – 235 votes – 35.88%
  • Write-In – 1 vote – 0.15%

Carthage Alderman (3)

  • Randy Dennis – 400 votes – 28.49%
  • L.C. Grisham – 295 votes – 21.01%
  • Barbara A. Kannapel – 394 votes – 28.06%
  • Jacquelyn M. Scott – 309 votes – 022.01%
  • Write-In – 6 votes – 0.42%

Retail Package Stores Referendum (Permit retail package stores to sell alcoholic beverages in Carthage)

  • YES, to permit – 407 votes – 61.57%
  • NO, not to permit – 254 votes – 38.43%

Consumption on Premises Referendum (Permit legal sale of alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises in Carthage)

  • YES, to permit – 390 votes – 59.54%
  • NO, not to permit – 265 votes – 40.46%

District 7 – South Carthage

President of the United States:

  • Donald J. Trump (R) – 617 votes – 71.25%
  • Hillary Clinton (D) – 211 votes – 24.36%
  • Roque De La Fuente (I) – 1 vote – 0.12%
  • Gary Johnson (I) – 23 votes – 2.66%
  • Alyson Kennedy (I) – 1 vote – 0.12%
  • Mike Smith (I) – 3 votes – 0.35%
  • Jill Stein (I) – 2 votes – 0.23%
  • Write-In – 8 votes – 0.92%

United States House 6th District:

  • Diane Black (R) – 563 votes – 69.59%
  • David W. Kent (D) – 198 votes – 24.47%
  • David Ross (I) – 47 votes – 5.81%
  • Write-In – 1 vote – 0.12%

Tennessee House of Representatives 40th District:

  • Terri Lynn Weaver (R) – 581 votes – 70.51%
  • Gayla Colvert Hendrix (D) – 241 votes – 29.25%
  • Write-In – 2 votes – 0.24%

Retail Package Stores Referendum (Permit retail package stores to sell alcoholic beverages in South Carthage)

  • YES, to permit – 223 votes – 51.74%
  • NO, not to permit – 0 votes – 48.26%

District 8 – Elmwood

President of the United States:

  • Donald J. Trump (R) – 565 votes – 73.19%
  • Hillary Clinton (D) – 183 votes – 23.70%
  • Roque De La Fuente (I) – 2 votes – 0.26%
  • Gary Johnson (I) – 15 votes – 1.94%
  • Alyson Kennedy (I) – 1 vote – 0.13%
  • Mike Smith (I) – 1 vote – 0.13%
  • Jill Stein (I) – 2 votes – .26%
  • Write-In – 3 votes – 0.39%

United States House 6th District:

  • Diane Black (R) – 494 votes – 68.90%
  • David W. Kent (D) – 169 votes – 23.57%
  • David Ross (I) – 53votes – 7.39%
  • Write-In – 1 vote – 0.14%

Tennessee House of Representatives 40th District:

  • Terri Lynn Weaver (R) – 509 votes – 68.97%
  • Gayla Colvert Hendrix (D) – 229 votes – 31.03%
  • Write-In – 0 votes – 0 %

Carthage & South Carthage Residents Vote on Alcohol Referendum

(Smith County Insider Press) Carthage, Tenn. – As Carthage and South Carthage voters hit the polls during this election, they will face the choice of voting for alcohol or not.

There will be two alcohol related referendums on the ballot for Carthage City voters, Retail Package Stores and Consumption on the Premises. South Carthage City voters will only have one alcohol referendum, Retail Package Stores.

In November of 2006, the Town of Gordonsville voted to allow Retail Package Stores and Consumption on the Premises within the city limits of Gordonsville.

By voting “Yes” on the Retail Package Store Referendum, it allows a retailer to obtain a license to sell liquor, wine and high gravity beer at a retail package store located in a city which has authorized the sale of alcoholic beverages for consumption off premise.

A retail license is valid for one (1) year from the date of issue. The forms and fees for this license are available under Public Information and Forms.

Requirements for Retail Package Stores

  • Applicants for a retail store must contact the city first and apply to the city for a certificate of compliance.
  • The application for a retail store must be approved by the TABC commission at a regular monthly commission meeting. Applications must be complete before being placed on the agenda.
  • A retail store must be located on the ground floor with one (1) main entrance opening on a public street with no other door or entrance for use by the public unless the store is located on the corner of two public streets. Under those circumstances, a retail store could have a door opening on each of the public streets.
  • Retail stores must be closed for business on Christmas, Thanksgiving Day, Labor Day, New Year’s Day and the Fourth of July. Their hours of operation are from 8:00 A.M. to 11:00 P.M. Monday through Saturday. They must be closed on Sunday.
  • Employees of a retail store must be at least eighteen (18) years old and must have a retail employee permit card to work in the store.

Restrictions for Retail Package Stores

  • No person, firm or corporation having at least a five percent (5%) ownership interest in the establishment can have any conviction for 10 years prior to the application of a violation of the laws governing the sale or manufacture of alcoholic beverages or of any felony. No owner can have been convicted of a felony involving moral turpitude within 10 years prior to the time they will receive their license, unless their rights of citizenship have been restored or judgment of infamy has been removed by a court of competent jurisdiction.
  • An owner of a retail liquor store cannot be a public employee, either state, city, local or county. An owner of a retail liquor store cannot hold any type of public office, either appointed or elected, unless that owner is an uncompensated appointee to a municipal board or commission where they have no duty to vote for, overlook, or superintend the sale of alcoholic beverages.
  • No owner can have any interest, either direct or indirect, in any other retail liquor store, wholesale license, or liquor by the drink license.

By voting “Yes” on the Consumption on Premises Referendum, a Liquor-By-the-Drink (LBD) licenses or On-Premise Consumption licenses may be issued to restaurants, hotels, private clubs and other establishments that are eligible under Tennessee law. An LBD or On-Premise Consumption license allows an establishment to sell and dispense alcoholic beverages that contain an alcoholic content greater than five percent (5%) by weight, for example, liquor, wine and high alcohol content beer. Wine-only licenses are available for eligible restaurants.

A catering license is available for businesses or individuals that want to offer food and alcoholic beverage service at various locations. In order to be eligible for a catering license, an entity must operate a permanent catering hall on an exclusive basis, have complete and adequate commercial kitchen facilities, and be licensed as a caterer by the Tennessee Department of Health.

The TABC does not have jurisdiction over alcoholic beverages with an alcoholic content of five percent (5%) or less. To apply for a beer permit, establishments should contact the local beer board.

The different types of Liquor By the Drink Licenses are listed on the left or you can refer to the table below. Follow the links to find more information about a specific type of Liquor By the Drink license.

Click HERE to see Requirements and Restrictions for the different types of “Consumption on Premises” Licenses. 

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Early Voting Begins Wednesday – October 19

The Smith County Election Commission invites you to come out and vote early for the 2016 Election. The Election consists of the following:

Federal and State Offices – General Election

  • United States President/Vice-President
  • United States Representative – 6th District
  • Tennessee Representative

Carthage City Election

  • 3 Alderman
  • 2 Liquor Referendums

Gordonsville City Election

  • Mayor
  • 2 Alderman

South Carthage City Election

  • 1 Liquor Referendum

Early voting begins October 19 and will end on November 3.

2016 Smith County Election calendar

Press Release: Defrauding Millionaire Supports Weaver at Sumner County Fundraiser

Hendrix Campaign

Press Release submitted to Smith County of Insider by the Campaign to Elect Gayla Hendrix. 

SMITHVILLE – On September 20, The Tennessean published a story about Andy Miller, a wealthy Republican donor and businessman, who, along with his brother and others, has been fined $7.74 million dollars for defrauding TRICARE, the federal healthcare program for veterans and their families.

Miller also made news recently for taking campaign money as investments from Jeremy Durham, the Tennessee legislator expelled only last week from the General Assembly for inappropriate conduct involving the alleged sexual harassment of 22 colleagues and subordinates on Capitol Hill.  Durham was expelled by a 70 – 2 vote with District 40’s Terri Lynn Weaver being one of the two votes to allow him to retain his seat, and thus, draw a lifetime pension and benefits from the taxpayers of Tennessee.

Yesterday September 22, Miller served as a cohost for a fundraiser benefitting Representative Weaver.  He has also supported her previous campaigns through his political action committee, Truth Matters, by donating over $8,000.00.

Smithville attorney, Gayla Hendrix, who is challenging Weaver in November’s general election and condemned Weaver’s support of Jeremy Durham, issued the following statement today:

“Terri Lynn claims to represent the interests of everyday Tennesseans, and relies on her credentials as a gospel singer to present a persona of values that she shares with people of District 40; but clearly, it is only a persona. Given her recent actions, both with her vote on the Durham matter and now her financial association with those who have stolen healthcare dollars from veterans and their families, her ability to represent District 40 must be called into question.

It is a legislator’s duty to put the needs and values of their constituents first; but once again, we see Representative Weaver put her political alliances and campaign coffers above all else.

Whether Terri Lynn’s breaches of responsibility are due to a weakness of character, a knowledge deficit or some combination of factors, she must be held accountable for these failures of leadership and representation.”

Paid for by the Campaign to Elect Gayla C. Hendrix, State House District 40, Joy Parker, Treasurer 

Weaver Responds to Press Release by Hendrix Campaign

In response to a press release from the Hendrix Campaign, Representative Terri Lynn Weaver gave the following statement to Smith County Insider. 

“I believe in the due process of law, and the rule that applies – innocent until proven guilty – and I had no confidence in the process, and I believe we opened up a Pandora’s box going forward for any member down there,” Weaver also told Smith County Insider. “It came down to this: there was no due process for me and I believe you’re innocent till proven guilty. I believe I work through the lens of our Constitution and if we’re going to start convicting someone on rumors and allegations, and you never get to see your accuser, never get to have a statement made under oath, that’s a slippery slope. That’s what we were dealing with.

Weaver also stated, “In order to protect everyone, even bad actors, due process must be a priority. No complaints were ever filed against Rep. Durham. After this episode, any member can be expelled on rumors or hearsay without facing ones accusers.”

“Unless I’m fully convinced that it was fair on both sides, my only option is to vote no.”

Terri Lynn Weaver

Terri Lynn Weaver

Weaver also commented on a number of legislators who voted present, rather than cast a vote either way. More than 20 members of the House either voted present or were not in the chamber at all.

“When I go to vote for the 40th District… when I’m present, I vote yes or no,” Weaver said.

Weaver also pointed out that Durham has already been defeated in August’s primary and would not be back in January for a new session anyway.

 

Weaver Defends Sexual Predator on Capitol Hill – Press Release from Hendrix Campaign

Press Release submitted by the Campaign to Elect Gayla C. Hendrix, State House District 40.

On September 13, by an overwhelming vote of 70 – 2, State Representative Jeremy Durham (R – Franklin) was expelled from the Tennessee Legislature for disorderly conduct relating to allegations of sexual harassment and having inappropriate sexual contact with 22 women and using his position of authority to intimidate, marginalize, and behave unacceptably toward female interns and subordinates. An extensive report, made public by Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery in July of this year, outlined the allegations in detail.
Disturbingly, Representative Terri Lynn Weaver was one of two legislators who voted to allow him to complete his term and receive his taxpayer-funded pension, even in light of all the allegations.

“Today, Terri Lynn Weaver voted to excuse his sexual aggression and enable his unacceptable behavior, his mistreatment of others, and his repeated breaches of sworn duty as a Tennessee lawmaker.” Said Gayla Hendrix.

Hendrix, who is running against Weaver in the November election, said that this kind of vote shows the true morals of her opponent. “Terri Lynn talks a good line about strong morals and family values, but where were those morals and values earlier today when she stood with a sexual predator instead of the overwhelming and bipartisan majority of her peers in the Tennessee House of Representatives and voters across the state?”

In addition, the Hendrix campaign released the following statement regarding her opponent’s vote on today’s expulsion proceedings:
“Terri Lynn’s support of Jeremy Durham is detestable, sickening, and a slap in the face of everyone who has experienced sexual harassment in the workplace. Her vote to allow him to remain in the legislature and collect a lifetime pension is evidence of her willingness to be fiscally careless with Tennessee tax dollars. As a former domestic violence prosecutor, I know first-hand the kind of trauma the 22 women in the report experienced. Her insensitivity to these women – the threats and intimidation they experienced – is proof that she has neither the moral conviction nor the strength of character the voters of District 40 deserve from our elected representative.”

Paid for by the Campaign to Elect Gayla C. Hendrix, State House District 40, Joy Parker, Treasurer 

Gayla Hendrix

Gayla Hendrix – Candidate for State Representative in District 40

August 4th Election Results for Smith County, TN

Below are the results from all 8 Smith County Precints for the August 4, 2016 Election as of 8:18 PM. 

Only 15.88% of Smith County registered voters turned out to vote in this election, which is 1,599 voters. There were 822 absentee and early votes and 777 election day votes.


(R) U.S. HOUSE of REP 6th Congress District – 1048 Total Votes
605 Votes – 57.73% – Diane Black
410 Votes – 39.12% – Joe S. Carr
17 Votes – 1.62% – Tommy N. Hay
16 Votes – 1.53% – Donald Strong
0.00% – Write In
 
(R) TN HOUSE of REPRESENTATIVE 40th House District – 952 Total Votes
942 Votes – 98.95% – Terri Lynn Weaver
10 Votes – 1.05% – Write In
 
(D) U.S. HOUSE of REPRESENTATIVE 6th Congress District – 366 Total Votes
258 Votes – 70.49% – David W. Kent
107 Votes – 29.23% – Flo Matheson
1 Vote – 0.27% – Write In
 
(D) TN HOUSE of REPRESENTATIVE 40th House District – 441 Total Votes
325 Votes – 73.70% – Gayla Colvert Hendrix
115 Votes – 26.08% – Teresa Marion
1 Vote – 0.23% – Write In
 
County Commissioner – District 4 – 131 Total Votes
130 Votes – 99.24%Shannon Minchey
1 Vote – 0.76% – Write In
 
County Commissioner – District 6 – 112 Total Votes
110 – 98.21% – Andy Rutherford
2 Votes – 1.79% – Write In
 
Smith County Assessor of Property – 1387 Total Votes
1377 Votes – 99.28% – Terry Collins
10 Votes – 0.72% – Write In
 
Smith County Road Superintendent 1446 Total Votes
1435 Votes – 99.24% – Steve Coble
11 Votes – 0.76% – Write In
 
School Board District 1 – 160 Total Votes
159 Votes – 99.38% – Robin C. Moore
1 Vote – 0.63% – Write In
 
School Board District 2 – 325 Total Votes
158 Votes – 48.62% – David Apple
88 Votes – 27.08% – Walter Scott Enoch
78 Votes – 24.00% – Melissa Hebert
1 Vote – 0.31% – Write In
 
School Board District 5 – 187 Total Votes
184 Votes – 98.40% – Tommy L Manning
3 Votes – 1.60% – Write In
 
School Board District 7 – 143 Total Votes
143 Votes – 100.00% – Brian L. Smith
0.00% – Write In
 
South Carthage Alderman – Ward 1 – 25 Total Votes
25 Votes – 100.00% – Hollis Lee Mullinax
0.00% – Write In
 
South Carthage Alderman – Ward 2 – 48 Total Votes 
47 Votes – 97.92% – Christy Thackxton Grisham
1 Vote – 2.08% – Write In

August Election Today

(Smith County Insider Press) Carthage, Tenn. – Voting will be open at all precincts from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m today.

Click HERE to see a copy of the Sample Ballot.

Below is a list of all Smith County voting precincts and their addresses.

DISTRICT 1 – DEFEATED (located in Defeated)

DEFEATED ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
451 DEFEATED CREEK HIGHWAY
CARTHAGE, TN 37030

DISTRICT 2 – TANGLEWOOD (located in Tanglewood)

SMITH COUNTY MOTOR CO.
211 DIXON SPRINGS HIGHWAY
CARTHAGE, TN 37030

DISTRICT 3 – NEW MIDDLETON (located in New Middleton)

NEW MIDDLETON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
402 NEW MIDDLETON HIGHWAY
GORDONSVILLE, TN 37030

DISTRICT 4 – ROCK CITY (located in Rock City)

UNION HEIGHTS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
663 LEBANON HIGHWAY
CARTHAGE, TN 37030

DISTRICT 5 – GORDONSVILLE (located in Gordonsville)

GORDONSVILLE MUNICIPAL BUILDING
63 MAIN STREET, E
GORDONSVILLE, TN 38563

DISTRICT 6 – CARTHAGE (located in Carthage)

SMITH COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
939 UPPER FERRY RD.
CARTHAGE, TN 37030

DISTRICT 7 – SOUTH CARTHAGE (located in South Carthage)

SENIOR CITIZENS BUILDING
120 PAULINE GORE WAY, SUITE B
CARTHAGE, TN 37030

DISTRICT 8 – ELMWOOD (located in Elmwood)

FORKS RIVER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
611 COOKEVILLE HWY
ELMWOOD, TN 38560


Only two seats are running opposed, TN House of Representatives and School Board – Tanglewood – District 2.  The following are a list of the candidates for the election.

U.S. House of Representatives – 6th District – Diane Black (R), Joe S. Carr (R), Tommy N. Hay (R), Donald Strong (R), David W. Kent, (D), and Flo Matheson (D)

TN House of Representatives – 40th District – Terri Lynn Weaver (R), Gayla Colvert Hendrix (D) and Teresa Marion (D)

County Commission – Rock City – District 4 (To fill an unexpired term) – Shannon Minchey

County Commission – Carthage – District 6 (To fill an unexpired term) – Andy Rutherford

Smith County Assessor of Property – Terry Collins

Smith County Road Superintendent – Steve Coble

School Board – Defeated – District 1 – Robin Moore

School Board – Tanglewood – District 2 – David G. Apple, Scotty Enoch, and Melissa R. Herbert

School Board – Gordonsville – District 5 – Tommy L Manning

School Board – South Carthage – District 7 – Brian Lee Smith

Town of South Carthage Alderman – Ward 1 – Hollis Lee Mullinax

Town of South Carthage Alderman – Ward 2 – Christy Thackxton Grisham

Smith County Insider will keep you up-to-date on all election news. Be sure to check our new Politics Page for regular updates.

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