This Friday, July 1, the Smith County Young Republicans will host their Summer Meeting at the Walton Hotel in Downtown Carthage. The event will begin at 6:30 PM and will feature the Republican candidates for State Representative, Michael Hale and Representative Terri Lynn Weaver. In addition to Mr. Hale and Rep. Weaver, all local Republican candidates are invited to attend and be recognized.
This will be a great opportunity to hear from your Republican candidates. You can find more information at the following link: https://fb.me/e/3yQuz0HEp.
I, Justin Mauldin, am honored to announce my candidacy for County Commissioner – District 6 in Smith County. I reside in the Town of Carthage with my lovely wife, Sarah, and we have been blessed with two young boys. I am a Christian, Husband, Father, and Conservative.
I have the privilege of serving as the youth minister for the Carthage Church of Christ and also work for a local telecommunications cooperative. Before my current employment, I was in the banking sector with work focused on operations and anti-money laundering analysis.
I am seeking this office to be a voice for Smith County values. We are all fortunate to be Americans and Tennesseans, but even more significant than those two identities is that we are Smith Countians. We are lucky to be able to call this wonderful county our home. It’s home to my family and me now, but I want Smith County to be the place that all of our future generations want to call home and continue to be proud of.
I make the following commitments to the people of Smith County:
-to promote fiscal responsibility
-to partner with everyone in our community and build positive working relationships
-to work for a better quality of life and leave this county a better place.
-to conduct myself with the utmost integrity
-to fulfill all the duties and responsibilities of the office of county commissioner as efficiently and competently as possible
I ask for your vote in the county general election on August 4th. I am excited about this journey that I am embarking on and would be delighted to serve you as a commissioner for District 6. It is an honor and a privilege to be considered for this office. Please reach out to me to share your ideas about how to improve our community and improve Smith County. This is your community and your county. Please allow me to be a voice for Smith County values. I look forward to hearing from you.
You may follow my campaign on Facebook page or reach me by phone at 615-486-2079 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submitted by Smith County Mayor, Jeff Mason.
I wanted to update the citizens on the budget plans we have worked on this Spring. Each year, we begin internally discussing budgets in January and February. Budget work sheets are sent to elected officials and department heads in February each year. Elected officials and department heads compile their projected budgets for the next year and return the forms. The Budget and Finance Committee, which is made up of 11 county commissioners, begins budget meetings in March. During these meetings, elected officials and department heads present their proposed budget, explaining why they have requested the funds they have for the next year. This year we ended those in late May. Below I will lay out some of the high points of the proposed budget the Commission will vote on June 27th. We are mandated by the state to pass a balanced budget by July 1st. If a budget is not passed, then a continuing budget based on the previous year’s budget is in place until a new budget is passed.
The state certified tax rate will be $1.7331. This rate is set by the state and determined by the new property values and what the rate should be set at to bring in the same amount of property tax dollars as the previous year. As all of you know, our property values increased significantly in the past 5 years. I believe the actual increase in values was 43%. Our property tax rate last year after reducing it 25 cents was set at $2.48. In full transparency, I will use my home as an example of how this effects your tax bill.
- Total Appraisal $229,000
- Assessment 25%
- Total Assessment $57,250
- $57,250 X .0248 Tax Rate= Tax Bill Due Oct 1, 2021 -$1419.80
- Total Appraisal $329,900
- Assessment 25%
- Total Assessment $82,475
- $82,475 X .01731 Tax Rate = Tax Bill Due Oct 1, 2022 -$1429.37
I know this will be different for every parcel across the county and some will go up more and others may decrease.
We had several different allotments state and federal money that was directly allocated to the county over the past 2 years from the Pandemic. There were heavy restrictions placed on some of the money and others were not. Some of those restrictions have been eased and others have not. Below I will lay out the plan I proposed and that has passed the Budget and Finance committee.
From our Federal American Rescue Plan (ARP) Funds, $1.5 million will be placed in a Highway Capital Projects account. This money will be only used to buy oil and rock for road improvements, a chip spreading machine, and an engineering study to develop a master road plan.
Also, I am proposing to shift 17 cents from the General Fund to Highway Capital Projects account which will add another approximately $1 million into the Highway Capital Projects account for the 2022-2023 budget year. This is only for one year and it is because we have a healthy enough fund balance to support this for one year. If revenues are more than expected and costs are less than projected for 22-23, we may be able to do that again in the 23-24 budget.
I know how bad our roads are and how much work that needs to be done. This not enough to fix them all but it is a start. Road Superintendent Mickey Barrett will develop a list of roads that this money will be used on and will develop a plan to fix those roads. He will then report on the road improvement progress to the Road and Bridges Committee and full Commission as it is made.
We will allocate $512,000 dollars of our American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds to either match a grant that DTC has applied for or directly pay DTC a portion of the total project. DTC has agreed to either use grant funds and the local match, or their own capital dollars and the local match to finish supplying fiber internet in Smith County. Within the next two to three years, every home should have access to high-speed fiber internet. DTC, North Central and Twin Lakes have worked hard to get grants or have spent their own money to high-speed internet throughout Smith County.
TDEC ARP Water, Sewer, and Wastewater Grants
I have proposed to set aside another $700,000 of ARP funds to provide match money to utility districts to do water line extension or upgrade projects. Smith County has been allocated $3.9 million from the state ARP Funds to do these projects. We must match up to 35% of that money with our own federal ARP money. My plan will be to split that 35% with utility districts to get their projects done. My one desire is to make sure this money is used to get water to people that do not currently have access to water.
State of Tennessee Direct County Grant
We received $342,000 dollars in a one-time direct allocation from the Governor and the State Legislature in July of 2021. I have proposed to set aside that money to make the needed repairs and or replace the playground equipment at Kidz Central and other projects at Crump Paris and the Ag Center complex.
County Capital Project Fund
We started a Capital Projects fund in the 19-20 budget year. The purpose of this fund was to avoid the county having to borrow money to replace police cars, ambulances, fire trucks, etc. We place approximately $400,000 per year in this fund. This year we will buy the sheriff’s patrol 3 cars, which cost more than $40,000 each and an ambulance remount, which is over $160,000 and fund the match portion of the CDBG (Community Development Block) Grant that is purchasing a new rescue squad truck for the south side of the county, for which our match portion will be approximately $60,000. We do not spend every dime in this fund. We are trying to meet our needs but also build a balance for future purchases of fire trucks and turn out gear that will be needed in the next 10 years.
This proposed plan does not fix every need we have in the county, but it does make some improvements. The library, the old courthouse and the Turner Admin building still need updates and repairs. I will continue to try and make those happen as we have the funds.
Thank you for allowing and trusting me to lead our County. I love my job and I love this county and its people. – Jeff Mason
You are invited to attend the ‘Rally on the River’ candidate forum at the Smith County Fair on Monday, July 4, 2022. This event will be held at the Smith County Fair Grounds located at 159 Ag Center Lane – Carthage, Tennessee. The event will begin around 6:00pm, immediately following the Apple Pie Contest in the Pioneer Village area of the fairgrounds.
This event is sponsored by Smith County Insider and the Smith County Chamber of Commerce.
All candidates are invited to attend. Each candidate will have the opportunity to speak for 3-5 minutes (time limit will depend on how many candidates participate). There is NO COST for candidates to come speak except for the $5 fair admission.
The forum will be streamed LIVE on Smith County Insider’s Facebook page and viewers will be able to watch for free.
We look forward to seeing you at the Smith County Fair ‘Rally on the River’!
Hi! My name is Brian Goodman and I am seeking the office of District 8 County Commissioner as a write-in on August 4th, 2022.
I have served our community with the agency that I am employed by, which is UCHRA where I serve as the County Coordinator in Smith County. I have a beautiful family, Renee’ and myself have been married for 18 years and we have 4 boys. I am also the Pastor of Grace Family Fellowship in Lebanon, TN.
I want to be a Candidate that will work for you regardless of your Political views and insights that you might have. I believe every Candidate has to treat the voters all on the same level, “No one is higher than the other one.” It would be an honor to work alongside the other County Commissioner to help serve the Citizens of Smith County.
I’m Clay Faircloth, a candidate for Tennessee’s 6th congressional district, and my name will be on the Democratic Primary ballot this year on August 4th and again on November 8th. I would appreciate your prayers, support, and vote! Please visit clayforcongress.org to learn more about how to get involved!
I’m a hometown boy, born and raised in Middle Tennessee. My wife and I raised our family in Donelson; however, we did live for a time in Wilson County and in Murfreesboro. We grew up down the street from one another and now live on her grandparents place we purchased twenty-one years ago. This land was originally granted to a distant relative of mine for his service in our war for freedom from Great Britain.
This part of God’s country means a lot to me, and yes, it’s still worth the fight!
As a young child growing up in Nashville, I had free rein to play in the fields and cow pastures surrounding our home.
My paternal grandparents had a farm with animals and a large garden, and once we were old enough to reach the pedals of the truck, we helped haul hay. The men in the family spent this time loading heavy bales of hay into the back of the truck, but I too would soon get a turn doing my share of the heavy lifting.
While playing in the fields and woods surrounding our home, my brother and I would often pretend we were one of the first settlers to this land or one of our great war heroes fighting off the “commies” in our town. Yes, Nashville was a town not too long ago. Our imaginations would take us on a path to conquest and freedom, protecting our land, families, etc.
Another character I often dreamed of one day becoming was Perry Mason. The television show was one of my favorites. I thought he was brilliant! He always knew the right questions to ask and almost always it helped his client secure their freedom while simultaneously winning their case.
For years, when anyone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would say, I want to be a lawyer, like Perry Mason. I even began my college career as a political science major hoping one day to attend law school and fulfill that dream. As the country song goes, thank God for unanswered prayers!
Years later after finally finishing college, earning a masters’ degree in counseling, and serving as a pastor in Nashville, I recently offered myself some of the same advice I had given so many others over the years. To determine where a person’s passions lie, I would often ask them questions like why did you choose this training or what ability do you possess that will help you succeed in this field of work? As I had been praying about the opportunity before me now, I did a brief review of my career and noticed something as obvious as the nose on your face. What I discovered was this: I did not want to be Perry Mason because he was a lawyer; I wanted to be Perry Mason, because he helped people.
That’s who I am, a helper. Now I know that doesn’t seem like a grand title for someone seeking the office of United States Representative from Tennessee’s new 6th district would covet, but I wouldn’t trade it for any other. That’s who I am. I want to help.
As I assessed the growing vitriol language and angst in our society, I knew my time had come to do the “heavy lifting” once again. I’m a candidate for Congress not because of the fancy title and the prestige that comes with the office. I am going to be your next Congressman from TN6 because you know that’s what we need as well; someone who will help. Help heal our land and help people communicate their beliefs and ideas without hatred or indifference for those with opposing views. I want to serve you and all the people of our region, all 2.3 million of you who reside in the greater Middle Tennessee area. As one of three votes/voices in Washington representing us and our Tennessee values I pledge to help us come back together as a nation and as a people. I will work for our families, our communities, and for each of you too, as we imagine what the world could be if only someone cared…. if only someone believed in us again. I believe in you! Let’s do this together. Vote Clay for Congress TN6. Your vote is your voice! clayforcongress.org.
A Meet and Greet will be held Friday, June 10th from Noon-1:30 p.m. at BB’s Bistro, 4 E Main Street, Gordonsville TN.
Now that the Tennessee 112th General Assembly has completed the people’s business, State Representative Terri Lynn Weaver announces her re-election candidacy for 2022.
“I am very honored to work for House District 40, which also, due to redistricting, encompasses new ‘fabulous folks’ that I am eager to meet on the campaign trail.” District 40 includes Jackson, Smith, Dekalb, Cannon plus a small portion of the northeastern corner of Wilson County below the Trousdale County line.
Residing in Lancaster on a small farm with her husband Mike of 43 years, Terri Lynn is a singer/songwriter, mother and grandmother who is passionate about her faith in Christ and fulfilling her purpose and calling for such a time as this by representing her district in Nashville.
A conservative in action who does not back down, Terri Lynn fights for family values we hold dear, such as protecting the unborn and end abortion, protecting constitutional rights, preserving our 2nd amendment, less government more freedom and lower taxes. Weaver has a strong consistent track record during her tenure has the voice of the 40th and always puts her district first by sincerely seeking what is best for those whom she represents. “In order for a thumbs up vote, there are three questions I ask when considering policy. Does it grow government? Does it cost working men and women more out of their pocket? Does it infringe on Constitutional rights?
Serving the Fabulous Folks of the Fortieth since 2009, I have been a leader you can trust. Leading the way that removed the Death Tax, Hall Tax, Professional Privilege Taxes, and by creating a business-friendly atmosphere, what happens in Nashville matters so that families and businesses can thrive in the 40th District. My experience has afforded me an understanding of the complexities of government including its limitations. I ask for your vote in the August 4th primary and the November 1st general election. Send me back and together we will continue to make a difference in this great state. Blessings!”
In accordance with Article IV, Section 4.05 of the Bylaws of the Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation, hereinafter called “cooperative,” notice is given of three impending vacancies on the Cooperative’s Board of Directors due to expiring terms of three incumbent directors.
One directorate term will expire in District One and one director will be elected or re-elected from District One.
One directorate term will expire in District Three and one director will be elected or re-elected from District Three.
One directorate term will expire in District Four and one director will be elected or re-elected from District Four.
- Directorate District No. One consists of the areas served by the cooperative in Smith, Dekalb, Macon, and Wilson Counties.
- Directorate District No. Three consists of the areas served by the cooperative in Overton, Clay, Fentress and Pickett Counties.
- Directorate District No. Four consists of the areas served by the cooperative in Jackson County.
Any member meeting the qualifications for director as specified in Article IV, Section 4.02, of the Cooperative’s Bylaws may petition to become a candidate for election to the Board of Directors. Any candidate for director must file a qualifying petition with the Secretary of the Cooperative, Alan Pippin, or with the Cooperative’s General Manager, Jennifer Brogdon, on or before June 12, 2022.
Petition packages containing petition forms, the Cooperative’s Bylaws and the board’s policy governing the Directorate Election activities will be issued from UCEMC’s Corporate Office located at 907 Main Street North, Carthage, TN 37030. Requests for petition information may be made to any cooperative office.
- 1794 West Broad Street, Cookeville, TN 38503; 800-261-2940
- 320 Celina Highway, Livingston, TN 38570; 800-261-2940
- 1085 N. Grundy Quarles Highway, Gainesboro, TN 38562; 800-261-2940
- 138 Gordonsville Highway, South Carthage, TN 37030; 800-261-2940
- 907 Main Street North, Carthage, TN 37030; 800-261-2940
A Credentials Committee, appointed, meeting, and acting in accordance with Article IV, Section 4.07 of the Cooperative’s Bylaws, will determine the eligibility of each petitioner to become a qualified candidate.
If required to comply with Article IV, Section 4.11 of the Cooperative’s Bylaws, a district directorate election will be held on Saturday, August 27, 2022, between the hours of 7:00 AM and 3:00 PM in the cooperative’s office in each directorate district. Early voting will be held on Friday, August 26, 2022, between the hours of 7:00 AM and 3:00 PM in the cooperative’s office in each directorate district.
On Tuesday, Smith County voters cast ballots in the first of three elections for 2022. For the first time in county history, primaries were held for locally elected officials, with only 29.7% of registered voters going to the polls. The winners of the party primaries move on to the county general election in August as nominees for their party; however, two races served as de-facto elections, with only Republican candidates qualified for the County Mayor and Sheriff’s races.
Riddleton resident Art Shady challenged first-term County Mayor Jeff Mason in the mayor’s race. Mason won the Republican nomination and presumptive general election victory with 2,937 votes to Shady’s 532 votes. Mason will begin serving his second term after the August election.
Incumbent Sheriff Steve Hopper faced opposition from Scott Moore, Captain and Public Information Officer for the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office, for the sheriff’s race. Steve Hopper earned the Republican nomination and will be elected to a fourth term during the August elections.
In the race to succeed retiring Trustee Lee Ann Williams, Julie Wright defeated Jackie Gentry 2,385 to 898. Wright will serve as the Republican nomination for Trustee in the August election. Independents Ronnie Lankford and Craig Williams will also appear on the ballot during the general election.
The fourth and final contested primary was for County Commission District 5 – Gordonsville. Danny Irizarry, Steven Lish, and Eddie Stout earned more votes than incumbent Linda Nixon in the Republican primary. In August, the three will appear as the Republican nominees against Independent Blake Richmond.
The remaining races were uncontested, and all candidates moved on to the general election in August. You may see the complete list of election results here.
For future local political and election news, keep an eye on Smith County Insider’s Politics Page!
Voters had the opportunity to cast ballots in a variety of races during the county’s first primary election, including circuit court and general sessions judge, public defender, county mayor, sheriff, trustee, county commissioners, and several more.
Polls were open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and voters had the opportunity to vote early from April 13-28 or by absentee ballot.
Below is a PDF of the election results for the May 3, 2022 Smith County Primary.
Use the up and down arrows at the top and bottom of the PDF to scroll between pages.
8 of 8 Precincts have reported, along with Early and Absentee.ALL-8-ElectionSummary
The polls closed for early voting for the county’s first primary at 4pm on Thursday afternoon, April 28. A total of 2048 citizens cast their vote during the early voting period from April 13-28.
Primary election day is set for Tuesday, May 3, and the polls will be open from 7am until 7pm. Citizens can cast their vote at their respective polling place. Below is a list of the polling places by district:
District 1 – Defeated:
The Carver Barn
315 Defeated Creek Hwy
Carthage, TN 37030
District 2 – Tanglewood:
Smith County Motor Co.
211 Dixon Springs Hwy
Carthage, TN 37030
District 3 – New Middleton:
New Middleton Elementary School
402 New Middleton Hwy
Gordonsville, TN 38563
District 4 – Rock City:
Union Heights Elementary School
663 Lebanon Hwy
Carthage, TN 37030
District 5 – Gordonsville:
Gordonsville Civic Center
63 Main Street, East
Gordonsville, TN 38563
District 6 – Carthage:
Smith County Chamber of Commerce
939 Upper Ferry Rd.
Carthage, TN 37030
District 7 – South Carthage
Senior Citizens Bldg
120 Pauline Gore Way Suite B
Carthage, TN 37030
District 8 – Elmwood:
Forks River Elementary School
611 Cookeville Hwy
Elmwood, TN 38560
As of the end of the day on Monday, April 25, 1397 votes have been cast during early voting in the county’s first primary. Early voting began on April 13 and runs through April 28.
The last county election in 2018, 3161 people voted absentee/early and 2311 voted on election day with a total of 5472 combined votes.
Only three days remain to early vote before primary election day on May 3. Citizens can vote early at the Turner Building in Carthage on Tuesday, April 26, from 8am until 7pm and again on Wednesday and Thursday, April 27-28, from 8am until 4pm. Early voting can also be done in Gordonsville at the Civic Center on Tuesday, April 26, from 8am until 7pm and again on Thursday, April 28, from 8am until 4pm.
If you wait until Election Day (May 3) to vote, you must go to the polling location that is located in the precinct where you
You can view a sample ballot at https://www.smithcountyelection.com/upload_sampleballot/sampleballot.pdf
For the first time in Smith County history, a primary election is being held for county offices. This first-ever county primary will also determine two different races. On the evening of May 3, Smith County should know who the next County Mayor and Sheriff will be. How is this possible with the county general election not being until August?
These races will be determined during the May primaries since all candidates have chosen to run in a primary, the Republican primary in these cases, and no other candidates qualified for the Democratic primary or as an independent for the August general election. The winners of these primaries will be the only candidates listed on the general election ballot later this year for these offices, so the May primary effectively determines the winner of each race. We will know whether Jeff Mason or Art Shady will be the mayor or if Steve Hopper or Scott Moore will be the sheriff three months before the general election.
Only voters who participate in the Republican primary will be able to vote in these races since no candidates qualified for the Democratic primary. Voters must select one primary to vote in during the May primaries and are not allowed to vote in multiple primaries. Each voter must choose a Republican ballot or Democratic ballot. Voters who select the Republican ballot will only see Republican candidates, and voters who choose the Democratic ballot will only see the Democratic candidates.
Other contested primary races include the Republican nomination for trustee between Julie Wright and Jackie Gentry and the District 5 County Commission election with Danny Irizarry, Steven Lish, Linda L. Nixon, and Eddie Stout. The winners of these primaries will face opposition from independent candidates in the August elections.
Early voting is underway and runs through April 28th with Election Day on May 3rd.
For future local political and election news, keep an eye on Smith County Insider’s Politics Page!
Michael Hale announces candidacy for State Representative in the 40th District; Campaign kickoff event set for April 16
Press Release: Conservative DeKalb County businessman and farmer Michael Hale officially filed his petition and will be a candidate in the Republican Primary for the Tennessee House of Representatives in House District 40. House District 40 consists of all of Cannon, DeKalb, Jackson, and Smith Counties, and a portion of Wilson County. The seat is currently represented by 14-year incumbent, and Smith County resident, Terri Lynn Weaver.
“As I have spoken to voters over the past few weeks, it has been clear to me that they want a fresh voice representing them in Nashville,” Hale said. “They want an America First, Christian, Conservative Republican, who will work hard to get things done for our communities. They are tired of career politicians. They want someone who is 100% Pro-Life and will work to cut taxes for hard working Tennesseans. They want someone who will fight for our schools, children, teachers, and parents. They want someone who has business experience to bring new jobs and improve our local economy. They want someone who will fight for better roads and infrastructure in our communities. They want someone who will carry their conservative Tennessee Values with them to Nashville. They want someone who will support our law enforcement and emergency personnel, and honor veterans and their families.”
“I started working at age 11, bagging groceries and working on farms in the area,” continued Hale. “I worked my way through school and built a rewarding career in service of others. I have built a business from the ground up and know what its like to meet a payroll and have difficult conversations with families. I have battled life threatening illnesses that confined me to a wheelchair. As the parent of a daughter in college and a son in high school, I know the challenges in our schools, and of raising a family. As a proud gun owner, I know that our rights are under attack. During this campaign, I look forward to sharing my experiences and ideas for how we can make Tennessee an even better place to live, work, raise a family, and retire.”
“The individuals in communities around this district have been incredibly good to me over the years,” concluded Hale, “and my family and I are excited about this opportunity to serve and earn your vote. I want to invite you and your family to our Campaign Kickoff Event on Saturday, April 16, from 5PM-7PM at the Smith County Ag Center. My family and I ask for your prayers over the coming months as we campaign and meet voters throughout the district.”
Michael and Tara Hale are lifelong residents of the 40th District and have been married for nearly 26 years. They are the proud parents of three children and three grandchildren. They have owned and operated DeKalb Funeral Chapel for over 20 years and also raise Simmental cattle at their family farm. They are active members of New Life UPC in Smithville. For more information, or to contact Michael Hale, call 615-464-0518, visit VoteMichaelHale.com, or go to Michael Hale for State Representative on Facebook.
On Tuesday, April 12, 2022, Smith County Insider held a Candidate Forum prior to the May 3 primary election. The event was held at the Rose Building in Carthage and was co-hosted by Smith County Insider and the Smith County Chamber of Commerce. The Waggoner Building and Bass Funeral Homes sponsored the event.
All candidates who qualified for either the May 3 primary or the August 4 county general election ballot were invited to speak at the Candidate Forum. 19 candidates came and participated. Below is a list of the candidates that attended:
Criminal Court Judge – Brody Kane
District Attorney – Jason Lawson
County Mayor – Arthur (Art) Shady and Jeff Mason
County Commission (District 1) – Helen Vose
County Commission (District 4) – Matthew J. Inyart
County Commission (District 5) – Danny Irizarry, Eddie Stout, and Blake Richmond
County Commission (District 6) – Justin Mauldin
County Commission (District 7) – Connor David McDonald
Trustee – Jackie Gentry, Craig Williams and Julie Wright
General Sessions Judge – Branden Bellar
Sheriff – Scott Moore and Steve Hopper
County Clerk – Clifa Norris
Road Superintendent – Mickey Barrett
Watch the full video of the forum below:
Early Voting began today, April 13, and continues until April 28.
Primary Election Day is May 3, 2022.
For more information about voting in Smith County, visit https://www.smithcountyelection.com