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McDonald participates in National Dialogue on Safely Reopening America’s Schools

MTSU student and Smith County native Delanie McDonald participated in the National Dialogue on Safely Reopening America’s Schools at the White House on July 7, 2020.

MTSU student and Smith County native Delanie McDonald had the opportunity to travel to the White House this week to participate in the National Dialogue on Safely Reopening America’s Schools, which was held on July 7, 2020.

McDonald, who currently serves as the student trustee at Middle Tennessee State University, spoke in a panel setting with President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, and Vice President Pence and his wife. 

“It was such an honor to be invited to the White House as a representative of higher education students across the United States,” McDonald told Smith County Insider. “I was able to hear from some of the most influential leaders in our country and discuss the current challenges that face our education system. It is inspiring to see so many people dedicated to ensuring our safe return to school this fall. I’m incredibly thankful for the opportunities God has given me in the past four years and I’m so proud to be a Blue Raider!”

Congratulations, Delanie! You represent Smith County and MTSU well. 

You can view a transcript of the National Dialogue on Safely Reopening America’s Schools here, and watch the recording on YouTube here. 

PRESS RELEASE: Smith County Young Republicans Endorse Bellar for Judge

Update on 7/9/20 at 3:00pm cst. The Smith County Young Republicans retract their original press release and released the following statement (below in bold). All of the SCYR executive board members resigned their positions. 

July 9, 2020 –The Smith County Young Republicans officially retract their press release submitted for publication on July 8, 2020. This press release contains an endorsement for an Independent Candidate. This endorsement is a violation of Tennessee Young Republican Federation bylaws as an Independent candidate cannot be endorsed in cases where a Republican candidate is nominated. The mission of the Tennessee Young Republican Federation is to promote the growth and acceptance of the Republican Party among young professionals and is committed to electing Republicans to office. The Smith County Young Republicans Executive Board acknowledges this violation, and all executive board members have resigned. The Smith County Young Republicans remain committed to electing all Republican candidates in Smith County.


July 8, 2020 — The Smith County Young Republicans Executive Board is pleased to announce their endorsement of Branden Bellar for the 15th Judicial District Circuit Court Judge race. The SCYR Executive Board came to this conclusion after examining the experience and history of affiliation with the party of the two candidates.

Mr. Bellar has far more experience in the courtroom, including trying cases in the Court of Appeals and the Tennessee Supreme Court. Mr. Bellar primarily works as a trial lawyer, including many cases in front of juries. Mr. Bellar’s opponent, Mr. Collins, has never tried or administered a jury trial. Experience in the jury trial setting is of utmost importance for someone who is going to be the presiding judge of a court that handles jury trials. In addition to his experience in the courtroom, Mr. Bellar also has served in a variety of government roles as a municipal judge, city attorney, and county attorney.

As supporters of the Republican Party, we must also examine the candidates in view of their affiliation to the party. An examination of the voting records of the candidates shows that Mr. Bellar has supported the party longer and more often than Mr. Collins. Before the primary election cycle for this seat, Mr. Collins had only voted in the Republican primary one time. Mr. Bellar has previously voted in the Republican primary on three different occasions before voting in March also. When considering his voting record and political activity, we believe Mr. Bellar aligns more closely with the Republican Party than Mr. Collins.

This endorsement is the view of the SCYR Executive Board.

The above press release was submitted and paid for by the Smith County Young Republicans.

July 2020 Meeting of the Carthage City Council

The Carthage City Council held its monthly meeting on Thursday, July 2, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. 

The meeting was held at the Smith County Chamber of Commerce in order to practice social distancing.

You can watch the full meeting below.

Please note that the audio at the beginning of the meeting sounds distorted. Audio issues are resolved at the 3 minute 30 second mark.

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

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

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

Want to Vote in the August 6 Election? Tomorrow July 7 is the Registration Deadline

The following press release was submitted to Smith County Insider by the office of Tre Hargett, Tennessee Secretary of State. 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennesseans who want to vote in the Tennessee State and Federal Primary and County General Election on August 6 must register to vote by Tuesday, July 7, 2020.

“The first step to making your voice heard at the polls is registering to vote,” said Secretary of State Tre Hargett. “With our online voter registration system, it’s never been easier or safer for Tennesseans to register to vote or update their registration.”

Registering to vote, updating your address or checking your registration status is fast, easy and secure with the Secretary of State’s online voter registration system, GoVoteTN.com. Any U.S. citizen with a driver’s license or a photo ID issued by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security can register online from a computer or mobile device without ever leaving their home at GoVoteTN.com.

Voters can also download a paper voter registration application at GoVoteTN.com. Completed paper voter registration applications must be submitted or postmarked to your local county election commission office by July 7, 2020.

Election Day registration is not available. The Tennessee State and Federal Primary and County General Election is on Thursday, August 6, 2020. Early voting begins Friday, July 17 and runs Monday through Saturday until Saturday, August 1.

Voters can find early voting and Election Day polling locations, view and mark sample ballots and much more on the GoVoteTN app available in the App Store and Google Play.

For more information about registering to vote, voter eligibility, photo IDs, and other Election Day details visit GoVoteTN.com or call the Secretary of State’s Division of Elections toll-free at 1-877-850-4959.

Special Called Meeting of the Smith County Commission – June 29, 2020

The Smith County Board of Commissioners held a special-called meeting on the evening of Monday, June 29, 2020. 

You can watch the full meeting below.

The next meeting of the Smith County Commission will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 13, 2020. The Commission is expected to pass a budget during the July meeting. 

Thanks to Powell & Meadows Insurance Agency for sponsoring the live broadcasts of our Smith County Commission meetings!

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. Typically, 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/.

Press Release: Branden Bellar Receives 94.7% Approval Rating from Bar Association

The following political press release was paid for by Branden Bellar for Judge. Stay up-to-date with all local election and political news at https://smithcountyinsider.com/politics/

Judicial candidate Branden Bellar was the clear choice in the recent candidate survey conducted by the 15th Judicial District Bar Association for Circuit Court Judge. 94.7% of the members who responded selected Branden Bellar as the best candidate to fill the role as the next Circuit Court Judge for the 15th Judicial District. Mr. Bellar received high marks on all areas of the survey including an Overall Rating of 4.49 out of 5.0.

“I am honored by the confidence of my peers in me and their belief in an independent judiciary”, stated Mr. Bellar.

The 15th Judicial District Bar Association is comprised of practicing attorneys and judges in Wilson, Smith, Trousdale, Macon, and Jackson counties. Please see the following link for full results of the 15th Judicial District Candidate Survey and to read comments from the legal community.

June 2020 Meeting of the Smith County Board of Education

The Smith County Board of Education met at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16, 2020.

School board members sat at tables spaced throughout the room to comply with social distancing recommendations, and some board members attended the meeting virtually via the video conferencing platform Zoom.

You can watch the full meeting below.

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 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, July 21, 2020.

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

June 2020 Meeting of the Smith County Commission

The Smith County Commission held its June meeting on the evening of Monday, June 8, 2020. 

In order to maintain recommended social distance, the Commission met inside the Smith County Ag Center. 

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. Typically, 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/.

June 2020 Meeting of the Gordonsville City Council

The Gordonsville City Council held its monthly meeting on Monday, June 8, 2020. 

In order to practice recommended social distancing, the meeting was held inside the Gordonsville Civic Center.

You can watch the full meeting below. 

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

The Gordonsville City Council meets at 6:15 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at Gordonsville City Hall, located at 63 Main Street in Gordonsville. All meetings are open to the public and streamed live at https://www.facebook.com/smithcountyinsider/. 

Meet & Greet with Circuit Court Judge Candidate Branden Bellar planned for Friday, June 12

Get to know Circuit Court Judge Candidate Branden Bellar at his upcoming Meet & Greet event at the Smith County Chamber of Commerce on Friday, June 12, 2020. 

The event will be held from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. and lunch will be provided. 

The Smith County Chamber of Commerce is located at 939 Upper Ferry Road in Carthage, Tennessee.

To learn more about Branden Bellar and his campaign, visit https://brandenbellarforjudge.com. 

Press Release: Team Hagerty Promotes Braden Stover To Deputy Campaign Manager

The following Press Release was submitted to Smith County Insider by a member of Bill Hagerty’s campaign team. To learn more about Bill Hagerty, candidate for U.S. Senate, visit https://teamhagerty.com

Nashville, TN —Team Hagerty announced Braden Stover will be stepping up to the role of Deputy Campaign Manager. He has served as Team Hagerty’s Field Director since November 2019.
“Braden is a true conservative who understands the value of hard work, and we’re grateful to have him on Team Hagerty,” said Bill Hagerty. “Our grassroots campaign is one of the best in the country, and Braden has been critical to building our grassroots network. I know he will continue to work around the clock as election day nears to ensure President Trump has a strong ally to represent Tennesseans in the Senate.”
Prior to joining Team Hagerty, Stover served as John Rose’s campaign manager in 2018 and later joined the Congressman’s office as the Director of Operations. He is a graduate of Belmont University. He and his wife Gracie live in Gallatin.

June 2020 Meeting of the Carthage City Council

The Carthage City Council held its monthly meeting on June 4, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. 

The meeting was held at the Smith County Chamber of Commerce in order to practice social distancing, and some council members attended the meeting virtually via the video conferencing platform Zoom.

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/. 

Public Notice from the Town of South Carthage

PUBLIC NOTICE

The Town of South Carthage will conduct a public hearing on Thursday, June 4, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. The purpose of this hearing is to solicit comments from the public on the passage of the following Ordinance:

  • Ordinance # 20-409 – Adopting the annual operating budget and tax rate for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2020 and ending June 30, 2021.

The hearing will be held in the Hughes Building on South Main Street.

Following the public hearing the Town of South Carthage Board of Mayor and Aldermen will meet in regular session.

All interested citizens are encouraged to attend.

Hollis Mullinax – Mayor of South Carthage

The South Carthage Board of Zoning Appeals will have a public hearing scheduled for Monday, June 15, 2020 at the William Ernest Hughes building for the purpose of receiving public comment regarding the following:

  • A special exception for the establishment of a multi-family structure in a C-2 zoning district for property located on Old Highway 53 (Ricky Dixon Request).
  • A special exception for the establishment of a multi-family structure in a C-1 zoning district for property located at 74 Lebanon Highway further described as Map 053, Parcel 032.02 (Josh Kirby Request).

The public hearing will begin at 6:00 P.M.  All citizens are invited to attend.  Any questions or comments can be addressed to South Carthage Planner Tommy Lee by phone: 931-979-2170 or email:  tlee@ucdd.org

Grover Ellenburg, Chairman – South Carthage Board of Zoning Appeals

Press Release: Dr. Manny Sethi visits Smith County

The following article was submitted to Smith County Insider by Adrienne Walker, Press Secretary – Dr. Manny for Senate. You can learn more about Dr. Manny Sethi’s campaign by visiting https://www.drmannyforsenate.com

Dr. Manny Sethi, candidate for U.S. Senate stands beside Smith County Mayor Jeff Mason.

Dr. Manny Sethi, conservative candidate for U.S. Senate, visited Smith County on Tuesday, May 19, 2020. He met with Mayor Jeff Mason and toured the County Courthouse.

He also spoke with the Smith County Drug Prevention staff about their work. Dr. Manny founded the nonprofit Healthy Tennessee with his wife, and the Smith County Drug Prevention team attended two opioid summits put on by Healthy Tennessee in 2018 and 2019.

Dr. Manny Sethi is an orthopedic trauma surgeon. He was raised in Coffee County and after studying to become a doctor, Dr. Manny returned home to Tennessee to impact change in healthcare and education. He is married to Maya. Together they have two children, and the family attends McKendree United Methodist Church in Nashville. More information about Dr. Manny and his campaign can be found at DrMannyforSenate.com.

Smith County needs poll workers for August 6, 2020 election

The Smith County Election Commission is calling on residents of Smith County willing to serve as poll workers for the August 6, 2020 election.

More people than ever before are eligible to work as a poll official. State, county, or municipal employees, along with anyone 16 years of age or older can now serve as poll officials.

This is also a great opportunity for anyone looking for temporary work and for students who need volunteer hours for the Tennessee Promise program.

The county election commission will provide training for any new poll officials before the election. Poll workers are compensated for working and attending training. A worker may also volunteer their time, if preferred.

Anyone who is interested in working should call the Smith County Election Office at 615-735-8241 or email your contact information to jillg.smithelection@gmail.com.

For more about upcoming elections and voter information, visit https://www.smithcountyelection.com.

 

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