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ICYMI: Smith County Mayoral Debate (HD Version)

The Smith County Mayoral Debate was held on Thursday, July 12, at the Historic Smith County Courthouse. The debate was hosted by Smith County Insider and sponsored by Bass Funeral Homes, Powell & Meadows Insurance Agency, R.M. McCaleb Transportation, Joey Nixon for District 7 County Commission, and Hackett’s Discount Drugs.

The debate consisted of 4 of the 5 candidates for Smith County Mayor, Ricky Slack, Jeff Mason, Mark Jones, and Billy Woodard. Smith County Insider was unable to get in touch with the 5th candidate, Willie B. Bane. The debate was moderated by Smith County Insider Reporter, JR Smith. See the HD version of the debate below: 

Jimmy Shane Gregory announces candidacy as a write-in for District 5 County Commission (Gordonsville)

I, Jimmy Shane Gregory, would like to announce my write-in candidacy for Smith Count Commissioner for District 5. That covers Gordonsville, Lancaster and Hickman areas. I have lived in Lancaster community for the past 20 years. I am married to Tina Gregory. We have three children, Jay, Josh and Kelli. We attend Gordonsville Church of Nazarene.

I have served in the military for almost 24 years now with 8 yrs. being active duty in the U.S. Army. I have worked for the Smith County Sheriff Office since 2009. I am currently Sergeant and night shift supervisor.

I have been a member of Gordonsville Volunteer Fire Dept for 14 yrs and serve as Lieutenant. Being able to serve my country and community is something I enjoy. I would like to humbly ask for you vote and support as a write in on election day August 2. Early voting begins July 13- July 28. May God bless our county and its residents.


Smith County Democratic Party providing free rides to polls

The Smith County Democratic Party is providing free rides to the polls to anyone who may need them during this election season.

If you need a ride to the polls to vote, please call (615) 270-2595 and leave a message. Someone will call you back to arrange a convenient pick-up day and time.

Early Voting begins on Friday, July 13, 2018 and continues through July 28, 2018. Election Day is August 2, 2018.


Smith County Mayoral Debate set for July 12, exclusively via Facebook LIVE

Smith County Insider would like to invite you to watch the Smith County Mayoral Debate on July 12, 2018, exclusively via Facebook LIVE. The event will be streamed live on Smith County Insider’s Facebook page, click here to follow.

The debate will consist of 4 of the 5 candidates for Smith County Mayor, Ricky Slack, Jeff Mason, Mark Jones, and Billy Woodard. Smith County Insider was unable to get in touch with the 5th candidate, Willie B. Bane. The debate will be moderated by Smith County Insider Reporter, JR Smith.

The debate is schedule to begin around 7:00 PM on Thursday, July 12.

We invite you to submit a question for the Smith County Mayor candidates in the form below. Questions will be picked randomly. (We ask that you only submit one question per person)

VIDEO: Rally on the River at the Smith County Fair

The Smith County Fair’s first-ever Rally on the River took place on Wednesday night, July 4th, 2018. All candidates were invited to attend. 22 candidates participated and each candidate was given up to three minutes to speak to the crowd. Free watermelon was sponsored by the candidates for everyone who attended.

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Latest list of candidates for November 6, 2018 election

(Smith County Insider Press) Carthage, Tenn. – 2018 is scheduled to be a big year for elections in Tennessee and Smith County. Gordonsville and Carthage’s Municipal Election, along with the State General Election will be held on November 6, 2018. The election for Carthage will include Mayor and three Aldermen. The Gordonsville election will include three Aldermen. The candidates for the State General Election will not be determined until the August 2, 2018 Primary Election

Election Day will be on November 6, 2018. Early voting will be held at the Turner Building from October 17 until November 1. Deadline to qualify is August 16, 2018 at noon. Petitions are available at the Turner Building located at 122 Turner High Circle, Suite 105 – Carthage, TN 37030.

As of 6/27/18, the following individuals have picked up petitions (Bold denotes that the individual has qualified):

Carthage Mayor
  • Donnie Dennis
Carthage Aldermen (3)
  • Cole Ebel
  • Sam Petty
  • Matthew G. Watts
Gordonsville Aldermen (3)
  • Ronald L. Burton
  • Charles E. Chaffin
  • Michael W. Harpe
  • Jonathan Potts
  • Charles E. Proffit


Larry Eddlemon announces candidacy for District 2 County Commission (Tanglewood)

My name is Larry Eddlemon and I am a candidate for County Commissioner District 2 which includes Dixon Springs, Riddleton, Tanglewood, Turkey Creek and Monoville. Thirteen years ago I chose to make Smith County the home for my family. My wife is the former Janice Hiett of the Beasley Bend community.  Together we have four children, two grandchildren and two great granddaughters. We are members of New Middleton Baptist Church.

I am a veteran of the US Army, a graduate of MTSU and was employed thirty years with the Square D Company. I am currently employed with the Smith County School System as a full time substitute teacher at SCHS. I volunteer with the SCHS band as needed.

I am presently serving as a County Commissioner for District 2 and currently serve on the Budget and Finance and the Solid Waste committees. I am asking for your vote in District 2 in August so that I may continue to serve the residents of District 2.

Thank you in advance for your support.  


Greta Kirby announces candidacy for District 2 County Commission (Tanglewood)

I look forward to representing District 2 (Tanglewood) on the County Commission.  I was born and raised in the 4-Way Inn/Smith Branch community of Smith County. I have walked the hills and fished the waters of this beautiful county. My husband of 39 years is Glen Kirby.

I attended college at MTSU & received my BS degree in 1975 and an AD from TSU in 1983. I was a professional R.N. from 1983 to 2004 before I retired back to Smith County. Since then I have volunteered locally for several different charitable endeavors which has included accordion music ministry at the Smith Co. Senior Citizen’s Center and the Concordia Nursing Home and I am a full-time pianist and treasurer for Granville United Methodist Church. I also volunteer as a guide at the Granville Homestead. I have been a member of the FCE (Family & Community Educators) for 14 years and received their “Best Of The Best” award in 2009 after having held various leadership positions within the organization.

My parents, Christopher (Bug) and Kate Anderson taught me to be a caring and responsible person and to give back to my community.  I plan to do just that when elected to the County Commission. We have challenges ahead and I intend to be diligent, reliable and intelligent on the very important issues which challenge Smith County. Thank you for your vote and for your allegiance to Smith County!

Press Release: Chad Williams – Why I am a Republican

Paid for by Chad Williams for Tennessee

Chad Williams

My name is Chad Williams, and I am running for State Representative in the 40th District. This district, which includes Smith, Trousdale, and a part of Sumner and Dekalb counties, shares a common interest in the conservative, independent values I believe in. As your State Representative, I will uphold the principles that define the modern Republican Party, such as low taxes, less government intervention, increased personal responsibility, and pro-life values.

My experiences as a small business owner have equipped me to understand these conservative values firsthand. Being the owner of the Lebanon Antique Mall has taught me how to responsibly manage money in a business setting, and this skill will serve me well as an elected official.

Since high school, I have been active in community organizations like the Southside Lions Club and the Masonic Lodge. I recognize the value of civic engagement, and I strive to give back to my community. My involvement in these organizations has motivated and inspired me to make a difference on a larger scale by advocating for my hometown values at the level of our state government.

I am a Smith County native, and many generations of my family have lived in Tennessee. My civic and business experience has taught me the importance of returning to a common-sense approach to government. I am passionate about infrastructure, public education, and the support of small businesses that contribute to our economy.

The Democratic values my grandmother and family before me supported are very different from the values of the modern Democratic party. The old-time “Southern Democrat” that upholds to conservative values are now a rare breed. What were those Southern Democrat values are now those of the Republican Party.

Within the last 15 to 20 years, the Democratic ticket has turned away from those independent, conservative values it once stood for, effectively abandoning constituents in its historic base here in Tennessee. I chose to be active in the Republican Party because this party now represents the strong, God-fearing values which are very important to me. As your State Representative, I will make sure those values are the ones that will lead our district, state, and nation in the right direction.

Tennessee needs new, passionate conservative leadership, and I promise to uphold that as your State Representative.

I would greatly appreciate your vote in the upcoming Republican Primary on August 2, 2018. Early voting begins July 13 and will continue through July 28. Conservative values are the backbone of this district, and I look forward to representing you and upholding the values you support.

Press Release Paid for by Chad Williams for Tennessee

Smith County Mayor candidates speak at the Smith County Candidate Forum and Meet & Greet

Smith County Insider and the American Legion Post 57 hosted the Smith County Candidate Forum and Meet & Greet on Monday night, June 4, 2018.

The event began at 6:00 PM with a meet & greet. At 7:00 PM, the forum began and candidates running for County Commission, School Board, South Carthage Mayor, Register of Deeds, County Clerk, Sheriff, Smith County Mayor, State Representative, State Senate, and US Congress spoke for 3 minutes.

The Smith County Mayor candidates were allowed to speak for three minutes, then they were each asked a question and had two minutes to respond to the question. See the video of the Smith County Mayor’s portion of the forum below:

Ronald Shumake announces candidacy for District 4 County Commission (Rome/Rock City)

Ronald Shumake

I, Ronald Shumake, would like to formally announce my candidacy for Smith County Commissioner for District 4 (Rome/Rock City). I was raised in the Elmwood community. I attended Carthage Elementary and graduated from Smith County High. I was president of the FFA chapter my senior year. I farmed with my father a few years then purchased a farm in the Riddleton community, where I lived and farmed for several years. I was elected President of the Smith County Farm Bureau when I was 21 years old and served as director for 15 years. I also served as a director Smith Farmers Coop. I later worked with Coffee County Bank for 18 years.

My daughters graduated from Smith County High and my grandchildren have attended various schools in Smith County. My daughter Sherry’s husband, Robert McClanahan is part-time pastor at Grace Baptist in Riddleton. My daughter Brenda’s husband, Jamey Duke is pastor at The Refuge church in Carthage. My daughter Connie’s husband, Jackie Gentry owns and operates Volunteer Motors in Carthage. My wife Marilyn is a retired school teacher and we live in the Lock Seven community.  We are members and attend Elmwood United Methodist Church, where I am the song leader and teach Sunday School.

If elected as one of your commissioners, I will work to keep Smith County moving forward, working with improving schools, helping to create more good paying jobs in the county, and striving to improve the roads, while trying to keep property taxes down. I will listen to the concerns of all the people. I humbly ask for your vote and support. I encourage each one to get out and vote. Be sure to register if you are not already registered.

Hollis Mullinax announces candidacy for South Carthage Mayor

Hollis Mulinax

I, Hollis Mullinax am seeking the office of South Carthage Mayor. I have served as Alderman on the South Carthage City Council for 11 years and am currently serving as Vice-Mayor. I am Chairman of the South Carthage Police Committee, on the Street Committee, and the Planning Commission. Since I have been on the City Council, we have applied for and received the Fire Fighters Grant. This grant gave the South Carthage Fire Department 8 new SCBAs and 20 new breathing masks. The grant purchase also gave each firefighter their own mask, which promotes health and safety for all firefighters.

The City of South Carthage purchased a 65 foot ladder truck, which lowered the ISO rating from an 8 to a 6. Lowering the ISO rating helps lower all of South Carthage Citizen’s homeowners insurance. We have just paved Mill Land and Davis Street, and we plan to get more streets paved in the near future.

I am asking all of South Carthage residents to vote for the man with the most experience, who will continue to help South Carthage prosper. On August 2nd, please vote HOLLIS MULLINAX for South Carthage Mayor.

Thank you so much.

Tim Grisham announces candidacy for South Carthage Mayor

Tim Grisham

I, Tim Grisham, would like to take this time to reach out to the citizens of South Carthage and formally announce my candidacy for South Carthage Mayor. I would like to reach out to as many of you as possible by getting out and going door to door and speaking to you around town as time permits, with that being said you will not see me putting up signs on every street corner. I would personally like to speak with the residents of our town and know your concerns as well as giving you a chance to know me, and what I stand for. I have lived in South Carthage almost my entire life, graduating from Smith County High School in 1984. I then began my work career within our county and outside of the county as well. My career field has been in many different areas such as assembly lines, maintenance  and sales. I am a proud father of 2 son’s, one has served our country with the United States Army,  and one has just graduated kindergarten and will continue as a student in our county school system.

I attend North Gordonsville Missionary Baptist Church, and feel very fortunate to still have my father and mother that have resided in the city for over 50 years. My father and mother as well as myself have seen many changes that have taken place in our quaint little city. I fully believe we continue to have the potential for growth and improvements, as I meet with you I want to hear from you as citizens that have the ideas and knowledge of things that need to be addressed. I have been fortunate to have been able to meet with some of you already and have listened to the issues and suggestions that you have.

I will continue to reach out to the citizens as I begin my journey for election as South Carthage City Mayor, thank you in advance each and everyone of you for consideration as your next City Mayor.

Smith County Democrats hosted a booth at Heritage Day in Granville

The Smith County Democrats hosted a booth at Heritage Day in Granville on Saturday, May 26. Many candidates visited the booth during the day including Mary Alice Carfi, Merrilee Wineinger, Karl Dean and Dawn Barlow.

Several local candidates put in appearances including Ron Shumake (County Commissioner District 1) and Greta Kirby (County Commissioner District 2). The Bredesen campaign donated a number of t-shirts which were gone by lunch time. Voter registration forms were available as well as materials from each of the candidates’ campaigns.

For more information about the Smith County Democratic Party, check out their website: https://www.smithcountydemocrats.com.

Karl Dean with Dawn Barlow

Erika Ebel announces candidacy for District 4 County Commission (Rome/Rock City)

Erika Ebel

I, Erika Ebel, am pleased to formally announce my candidacy for Smith County Commissioner, District 4 (Rock City/Rome).

My husband, Cole, and I have been married for 13 years, having met while both serving in the military. We moved to Smith County in 2012 with our three children, Colin, Cason, and Evangeline. We homeschool them from our farm on Lock Seven Lane and also own and run a restaurant, Ebel’s Tavern, in downtown Carthage.

I have been actively involved in the local community. I serve on the Smith County Youth Soccer Board, am Vice Chair of the Smith County Living Board, and am on the River City Ball and William Walton Harvest Festival Planning Committees. I am the Vice Chair of the 2018 Smith County Adult Leadership Opportunity Class. I also serve in the preschool and youth ministry at my church, Carthage Full Gospel, of which we have been a member for the past six years.

I am politically active, serving as the Chair of the Upper Cumberland Libertarian Party of Tennessee, which includes Smith County and 13 surrounding counties. I regularly attend County Commissions and City Council meetings so as to stay informed of the issues locally.

I believe the most important role of a County Commissioner is to be a representative of the voices in their community. Those elected to such a position are entrusted with the task of making decisions that impact the entire county, so it is vital that you know the values of those you elect. I am very budget minded, strongly against any measure that will raise taxes or waste taxpayer money. I also believe in limiting government interference and restrictions on the average citizen’s every day life and our Constitutional rights.

Smith County is a growing community and facing some difficult decisions about how that growth will occur. I believe I have a vision for positive, healthy growth that will benefit the entire community and allow Smith County to prosper for generations to come.

Smith County is my home and the place we chose to raise our children. I love this county and, like many of you, want to preserve the history of this wonderful community while planning for its future.

I ask for your vote for District 4 County Commissioner in the upcoming August 2nd Election. Thank you.


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