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Dr. Roger Duke appointed to fill vacant County Commission seat

Dr. Roger Duke, newly-appointed District 6 County Commissioner

During the November meeting of the Smith County Commission on Tuesday night, Dr. Roger Duke was appointed to fill an empty seat on the commission. 

This seat became vacant on September 6, 2019, when District 6 Commissioner Barbara Kannapel turned in her resignation.

Registered voters living in District 6 (Carthage) had the opportunity to submit their names for consideration.

During Tuesday night’s meeting, two candidates submitted their names: Dr. Roger Duke and Steve Babcock. 

Both candidates were nominated by the commission, and current County Commissioners took a vote to decide which candidate would fill the empty seat.

Dr. Roger Duke was elected by a vote of 13-8.

Dr. Duke is a longtime Carthage resident and physician. He currently serves on the Carthage City Planning Commission and Carthage City Board of Zoning Appeals.

You can watch the November 2019 meeting of the Smith County Commission below. 

November 2019 Meeting of the Smith County Commission

The Smith County Board of Commissioners held its November session on Tuesday, November 12, 2019. 

You can watch the full meeting below. 

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

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

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

November 2019 Meeting of the Gordonsville City Council

The Gordonsville City Council held its November Meeting on Monday, November 11, 2019. 

You can watch the full meeting below.

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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/. 

November 2019 Meeting of the Carthage City Council

The Carthage City Council met on the evening of Thursday, November 7, 2019.

You can watch the full meeting below.

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 on the first Thursday of each month at Carthage City Hall, located at 314 Spring Street. All meetings are open to the public and streamed live at https://www.facebook.com/smithcountyinsider/. 

Representative John Rose Resumes Official Duties Following Family Emergency

Cookeville, TN – U.S. Representative John Rose left Washington Wednesday and returned to Tennessee where his wife, Chelsea, had been hospitalized earlier that day due to complications related to her pregnancy of their expected son. Sadly, even with careful medical treatment, their baby did not survive and his chance at life ended on Friday, November 1 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center (CRMC) where he was delivered.                                                                                                

John and Chelsea shared the following statement after the passing of their son: 

“We are heartbroken by the unexpected loss of our anticipated baby boy. God filled our hearts with joy and hope when we learned that we would be blessed with another child. We may not get to walk with him in this life, but we pray we see him in Glory one day. We ask for your prayers for us, our son Guy, our family, and our close friends who will help us move forward in the days ahead. We extend sincere thanks to our doctor and the capable nurses who gave this child every chance. Further, we extend our sympathy to families who have gone through or are going through extraordinary loss, such as this.”

Chelsea Rose was released from CRMC Saturday in good condition. Sunday, the couple, their two year old son, Guy, and several family members held a graveside service for the baby, Mack Wayne Rose, in the Rose family cemetery on the Rose farm in Temperance Hall, TN.

October 2019 Meeting of the Gordonsville City Council

The Gordonsville City Council held its October meeting at Gordonsville City Hall at 6:15 p.m. on Monday, October 14, 2019.

You can watch the full meeting below.

The Gordonsville City Council meets on the second Monday of every month. All meetings of the Gordonsville City Council are open to the public and streamed live at facebook.com/smithcountyinsider.

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Commissioners vote to have wheel tax referendums appear on March 2020 ballot

At Monday night’s meeting of the Smith County Commission, commissioners voted to have two wheel tax referendums appear on the ballot in the March 2020 Presidential Primary Election.

Discussion of a wheel tax began alongside the Commission’s property tax discussions this summer.

Commissioners passed a resolution calling for these two wheel tax referendums on a first reading in September, and the resolution came before the Commission for a second and final time in the October meeting held on Monday night.

In the voting booth, Smith County’s voters will be able to vote for or against two different wheel taxes, both in the amount of $25.

If passed by voters, one wheel tax will be collected for the county’s general fund, and the other will go into a highway capital projects fund to benefit the roads.

The proposed wheel tax for the county’s general fund, in the amount of $25, will have a three-year cap, meaning that the wheel tax will be collected until 2023.

The proposed wheel tax for the highway capital projects fund, also in the amount of $25, will have a ten-year cap, meaning that the wheel tax will be collected until 2030. 

After some discussion, the Commission decided that both proposed wheel taxes will apply to “any motor vehicle taxable by the state.”

Currently, a $15 wheel tax is collected in Smith County to pay off debt associated with the new Jail and Courts Facility. Depending on the will of the voters, the two proposed wheel taxes would be collected in addition to this amount.

Smith County Mayor Jeff Mason and many commissioners have expressed their hopes to lower the property tax rate if these wheel taxes are passed. 

The Commission was advised by County Attorney Branden Bellar that language specifying the amount that the property tax could be lowered could not be included on the ballot.

You can watch the October 2019 meeting of the Smith County Commission below. 

October 2019 Meeting of the Smith County Commission

The Smith County Commission met at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, October 14, 2019, in the General Sessions Courtroom of the Smith County Jail and Courts Facility.

You can watch the full meeting below. 

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

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The Smith County Board of Commissioners meets on the second Monday of every month except December.

Congressman John Rose announces local office hours on October 11, 2019

Cookeville, TN –The staff of Congressman John Rose (TN-6) will be in Smith County on Friday, October 11, 2019, to meet with local citizens who need assistance with federal services.

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

“The next opportunity for constituents to take advantage of these remote office hours will be in Smith County,” Rose announced. “My staff will be meeting with constituents at the Smith County Administration Building on Friday, October 11th from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Central Time. Constituents who do not need a face-to-face meeting may call the Cookeville office to discuss any questions at 931-854-9430.”

Congressman John Rose represents Tennessee’s Sixth Congressional District and resides in Cookeville with his wife, Chelsea, and their son, Guy. The Sixth District includes Cannon, Clay, Coffee, Cumberland, DeKalb, Fentress, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Robertson, Smith, Sumner, Trousdale, White, and Wilson counties as well as portions of Cheatham and Van Buren counties.

October 2019 Meeting of the Carthage City Council

The Carthage City Council met on the evening of Thursday, October 3, 2019. 

You can watch the full meeting below.

Thanks to Smith County Animal Clinic for sponsoring the live broadcast of this meeting!

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The Carthage City Council meets on the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at Carthage City Hall. The next council meeting will be held on Thursday, November 7, 2019.

Press Release: Senator Pody announces Highway Safety Grant for Smith County

NASHVILLE — State Senator Mark Pody (R-Lebanon), said today he has been informed a Highway Safety Grant has been awarded to promote public safety on Smith County roads and to curb drunk driving.  Pody made the announcement after being informed by the Department of Safety and Homeland Security.  

The $5,000 award will go to the Smith County Sheriff’s Office for High Visibility Enforcement. 

“I am very pleased that we have been able to secure these highway safety grants to help make our roads safer,” said Sen. Pody.  “I also appreciate all the hard work that our local officials have done in helping us to receive these funds.”

The grant awards will be disbursed by the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO).  The grants are provided to agencies that successfully applied for funding who meet the required data-driven criteria and highway safety standard.  Grant applications must be in line with THSO’s mission to reduce traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities.   

Congressman John Rose announces local office hours

Cookeville, Tenn. –The staff of Congressman John Rose (TN-6) will be in Smith County on Friday, September 13th to meet with local citizens who need assistance with federal services. 

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

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

Congressman John Rose represents Tennessee’s Sixth Congressional District and resides in Cookeville with his wife, Chelsea, and their son, Guy. The Sixth District includes Cannon, Clay, Coffee, Cumberland, DeKalb, Fentress, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Robertson, Smith, Sumner, Trousdale, White, and Wilson counties as well as portions of Cheatham and Van Buren counties. 

To view a complete schedule of Representative John Rose’s local office hours, click here.

August 2019 Meeting of the Smith County Commission

The Smith County Commission met on the evening of Monday, August 12, 2019.

You can watch the full meeting below.

Thanks to Powell & Meadows Insurance Agency for sponsoring Smith County Insider’s live broadcast of this meeting.

The Smith County Commission meets on the 2nd Monday of every month except December. 

The next meeting of the Smith County Commission will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, September 9, 2019, inside the General Sessions Courtroom of the Smith County Jail and Courts Facility. All meetings of the Smith County Commission are streamed live at https://www.facebook.com/smithcountyinsider/.

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Senator Mark Pody invites community to meet TN Commissioners of Agriculture and Tourism on July 25

NASHVILLE, Tenn.–State Senator Mark Pody (R-Lebanon) invites the citizens of Smith County to attend a community gathering on Thursday, July 25, 2019, where they can meet the TN Department of Agriculture Commissioner Charlie Hatcher and the TN Department of Tourism Commissioner Mark Ezell. 

Local leaders and engaged citizens are invited to participate and learn about opportunities and programs for their county administered by the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Tourism. Also in attendance will be Representative Teri Lynn Weaver (R-Lancaster).

“The Department of Agriculture is the number one revenue generator out of all state agencies, and the Department of Tourism is number two,” said Senator Pody. “I think it is very important for rural counties to build relationships with these two departments, so I invited the commissioners to Smith County to initiate those relationships and ensure the county is taking advantage of all the state has to offer from the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Tourism.”

Both Commissioner Hatcher and Commissioner Ezell are newly appointed to their positions by Governor Bill Lee.  

The event will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Smith County Ag Center (159 Ag Center Lane; Carthage, TN). 

“This will be a great opportunity for Smith County residents to get to know these commissioners as well as interact with local leaders and elected officials,” added Pody.

July 2019 Meeting of the Carthage City Council

The Carthage City Council met on the evening of Thursday, July 11, 2019.

You can watch the full video of the meeting below.

The Carthage City Council meets on the first Thursday of every month. The next meeting of the council will be held on Thursday, August 1, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. at Carthage City Hall, located at 314 Spring Street in Carthage. 

All meetings of the Carthage City Council are streamed live at https://www.facebook.com/smithcountyinsider/.

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