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November 2020 Meeting of the Smith County Commission

The Smith County Commission held its October meeting on the evening of Monday, November 9, 2020.

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. During the July 2020 Meeting of the Smith County Commission, commissioners voted to hold all meetings at the Smith County Ag Center until the COVID-19 pandemic is over.

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

November 2020 Meeting of the Gordonsville City Council

The Gordonsville City Council held its monthly meeting at 6:15 p.m. on Monday, November 9, 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/. 

November 2020 Meeting of the Carthage City Council

The Carthage City Council held its monthly meeting on Thursday, November 5, 2020, at 6:00 p.m.

The meeting was held at the Performance Hall of the Smith County Heritage Museum in order to practice social distancing.

During the meeting, several items were discussed, including department updates, grants, a commercial trash bin for the city, the insurance of external keys to employees at city hall. A special event permit was granted for next year’s River City Ball to be held in April. By a vote of 4-1 with 1 abstention, the council voted to have City Attorney Moore investigate a possible ethics violation by Mayor Smith regarding an email sent out about Halloween in downtown Carthage.

This was the last city council meeting for Councilwoman Scott and Councilman Watts. Both did not seek reelection for their positions in the recent November election. New council members will be sworn in after certification of the election results.

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/. 

John Potts Elected Mayor of Gordonsville

Voters have cast their ballots, and the results are in for the mayoral race in Gordonsville, Tennessee. On November 3, 2020, voters in Gordonsville elected John Potts as their next mayor.

John Potts, a Gordonsville alderman, defeated incumbent James M. (Duck) Gibbs and challenger Ronnie Burton by obtaining 327 votes or 51.25% of votes cast. Gibbs received 212 votes, 33.23%, and Burton tallied 98, 15.36%.

Potts stated, “I am humbled by the opportunity to serve the citizens of Gordonsville! I appreciate all of your votes and support. I look forward to what the future holds for our amazing community.”

November 3, 2020 General Election Results

Voters had the opportunity to cast ballots in a variety of races during the November General Election, including municipal elections for Carthage & Gordonsville and elections for two vacant county commission seats.

For Carthage, three city aldermen were elected. Since only three candidates were on the ballot, it is presumed that Stephen Babcock, Barbara Kannapel, and Jess Peters will be elected to those offices.

In Gordonsville, a mayor and two city aldermen will be selected to four-year terms. In the alderman race, it is presumed that Sam Bowles and Jessica Dillard-Biggs will be elected as the only two candidates on the ballot.

For Smith County, voters cast ballots for open seats to fill unexpired terms for District 3 and District 6 commissioners. Casey Elrod is presumed to be elected to the District 6 as he was unopposed.

In addition to the local elections, voters also cast ballots for U.S. President/Vice-President, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives for the 6th Congressional District, and TN House of Representatives for the 40th District.

Polls were open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and voters had the opportunity to vote early from October 14th through October 29th or by absentee ballot.

The election results for Smith County will be updated as the Smith County Election Commission  updates their results. Please note that these are only the results for Smith County and do not include all results for state races.

of 8 Precincts Reported
Election Day Absentee Walk-In Early Voting TOTALS%
President and Vice President of the United States
Donald J. Trump and Michael R. Pence (R)20531604911712478.29%
Joseph R. Biden and Kamala D. Harris (D)3431781277179819.88%
Don Blankenship and William Mohr (I)7111190.21%
Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente and Darcy G. Richardson (I)20130.03%
Howie Hawkins and Angela Walker (I)218110.12%
Jo Jorgensen and Jeremy “Spike” Cohen (I)29231620.69%
Alyson Kennedy and Malcom Jarrett (I)20570.08%
Gloria La Riva and Sunil Freeman (I)10120.02%
Kanye West and Michelle Tidball (I)40590.10%
Write-In50270.08%
 United States Senate
Bill Hagerty (R)19251514523659978.63%
Marquita Bradshaw (D)2851541050148917.74%
Yomi “Fapas” Faparusi Sr. (I)8012200.24%
Jeffery Alam Grunau (I)3210150.18%
Ronnie Henley (I)12018300.36%
G. Dean Hill (I)2012140.17%
Steven J. Hooper (I)323811161.38%
Aaron James (I)6212200.24%
Elizabeth McLeod (I)11419340.41%
Kacey Morgan (I)12111240.29%
Eric William Stansberry (I)2012140.17%
Write-In1007170.20%
 U.S. House of Representatives – District 6
 John Rose (R)18721594540657180.25%
Christopher Martin Finley (D)2911371018144617.66%
Christopher B. Monday (I)7210841662.03%
Write-In10450.06%
 TN House of Representatives – District 40
Terri Lynn Weaver (R)18311714352635478.28%
Paddy Sizemore (I)1551291235173921.42%
Write-In2120240.30%
County Commissioner – District 3 (Unexpired  Term)
Josh Brown1781035153951.58%
Stephanie H. McCaleb1552032850348.13%
Write-In20130.29%
County Commissioner – District 6 (Unexpired  Term)
Casey Elrod1333636753699.44%
 Write-In00330.56%
Alderman – Town of Carthage (3 Seats)
Stephen Babcock1122645234035.18%
Barbara Kannapel913444135034.32%
Jess Peters852938229729.73%
Write-In501050.78%
Mayor – Town of Gordonsville
Ronnie Burton233729815.36%
James M. (Duck) Gibbs361316321233.23%
John Potts60526232751.25%
Write-In00110.16%
Alderman – Town of Gordonsville (2 Seats)
Sam Bowles71929237247.69%
Jessica Dillard-Biggs78826240551.92%
10230.39%
Town of South Carthage – Consumption on the Premises Referendum
For legal sale of alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises in the Town of South Carthage.822220230661.57%
Against legal sale of alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises in the Town of South Carthage.381713619138.43%

November 3, 2020 Election Day Information

Registered voters in Smith County will have their final opportunity to head to the polls today for November 3, 2020 elections. Polls in all eight districts will be open from 7:00 am until 7:00 pm. Please click here for a list of voting locations in the county. Registered voters are required to vote at their district polling location on Election Day.

If you voted via an absentee ballot, you may track its status online here. Absentee ballots are required to be mailed and received by the close of polls on Election Day. If you have not returned your absentee ballot, you may drop it off at the Carthage Post Office at 115 Main Street N Frnt in Carthage by 3:00 pm today. Postage will be required when dropping off your absentee ballot. Absentee ballots will not be accepted at the polls or the Smith County Election Commission.

Voters will cast their votes in the State General Election, County Special Elections, Carthage Municipal Election, and Gordonsville Municipal Election. You may view a sample ballot here.

Voters need to bring valid photo identification to the polls. A Tennessee driver license or photo ID issued by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, Tennessee state government or the federal government is acceptable even if it is expired. College student IDs are not acceptable.

State law requires polling locations and the area within a 100-foot boundary of the entrance to remain campaign-free zones. Voters wearing campaign-related clothing or paraphernalia are not allowed within the 100-foot boundary.

Early voting for Smith County voters was up 37.0% compared to the November 8, 2016 election. 6,495 votes have already been cast by Smith County residents compared to the total of 7,495 for the November 2016 election. Across the state, 2,280,767 voters or 51 percent of all registered voters have already cast their ballots. Total voter turnout locally and statewide is anticipated to far exceed the November 2016 election.

For additional information, please visit the Tennessee Secretary of State’s website or Smith County Election Commission website. You may also call the Tennessee Division of Elections’ toll-free Election Day hotline at 1-877-850-4959 with any election questions.

Be sure to keep an eye on Smith County Insider’s Politics Page for future local political and election news!

Early Voting Ends Thursday

Press release submitted by Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennesseans planning to vote early for the Presidential election have until this Thursday, Oct. 29 to cast their ballots. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3.

“We have seen high turnout numbers during early voting, and I urge Tennesseans to take advantage of these final days of early voting,” said Secretary of State Tre Hargett.

During early voting and on Election Day, Tennesseans are encouraged to wear a face covering and maintain a six-foot distance from poll officials and other voters. Voters should expect to see signs with further safety instructions at their polling locations. All poll officials will be wearing face coverings and will be trained in social distancing measures.

Voters can find early voting and Election Day voting locations, view and mark sample ballots and much more with the GoVoteTN app or online at GoVoteTN.com. Download the free GoVoteTN app in the App Store or Google Play.

Tennesseans voting early or on Election Day should remember to bring valid photo identification with them to the polls. A driver’s license or photo ID issued by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, by Tennessee state government or by the federal government are acceptable even if they are expired. College student IDs are not acceptable. More information about what types of ID are acceptable can be found on sos.tn.gov by calling toll free 1-877-850-4959.

To view early voting turnout vote totals by county and a comparison of how this year’s turnout compares to 2016 and 2012, visit GoVoteTN.com.

For election updates, follow the Secretary of State’s social media channels Twitter: @SecTreHargett, Facebook: Tennessee Secretary of State and Instagram: @tnsecofstate.

For questions about early voting in Tennessee, go to GoVoteTN.com or call the Division of Elections toll-free at 1-877-850-4959.

Carthage City Council Denies Event Permit for Jeepers Creepers

On Thursday, October 22, 2020, the Carthage City Council met for a Special Called Meeting at the Performance Hall of the Smith County Heritage Museum. The agenda for the meeting was “Motion and discussion to grant or deny Special Event Permit for “Jeepers Creepers” in downtown Carthage.”

Jeepers Creepers is an annual trunk-or-treating event held on Main St in downtown Carthage.

The discussion began with Dr. Roger Duke, Public Health Officer for the Town of Carthage, providing information on the current status of COVID-19. His official recommendation was to deny the event permit given the current state of COVID-19.

After further discussion by the council, a motion was made by Councilman Ebel to approve the event permit for Jeepers Creepers. The motion failed by a 2-3 vote. Councilman Ebel and Councilman Watts voted yes. Councilwoman Kannapel, Councilwoman Scott, and Councilman Petty voted no.

Another motion was presented by Councilwoman Kannapel to deny the issuance of a permit for Jeepers Creepers based on the data, documentation, and health of Smith County as recommended by Dr. Duke. This motion passed by a vote of 3-2. Councilwoman Kannapel, Councilwoman Scott, and Councilman Petty voted yes. Councilman Ebel and Councilman Watts voted no.

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/.

October 2020 Meeting of the Smith County Board of Education

The Smith County Board of Education met at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 13, 2020.

Some school board members sat at tables spaced throughout the room to comply with social distancing recommendations.

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, November 17, 2020.

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

Five Candidates Attended the Smith County Candidate Forum Held on October 14, 2020

On Wednesday, October 14, 2020, Smith County Insider hosted a Candidate Forum prior to the November 3 election. This event was co-sponsored by Smith County Insider and the Smith County Chamber of Commerce.

All candidates who are on the November ballot were invited to speak at the Candidate Forum. Candidates were invited and notified multiple times via letters and email.

See video below:

Early Voting began on October 14th and continues until October 29th. For more information about Early Voting, click here.

Election Day is November 3, 2020.

For more information about voting in Smith County, visit https://www.smithcountyelection.com or https://govotetn.com.

Click here to view a sample ballot.

See you at the polls!

October 2020 Meeting of the Gordonsville City Council

The Gordonsville City Council held its monthly meeting at 6:15 p.m. on Monday, October 12, 2020. 

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

You can watch the full meeting below. 

Thanks to John Potts for Gordonsville Mayor 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 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/. 

October 2020 Meeting of the Smith County Commission

The Smith County Commission held its October meeting on the evening of Monday, October 12, 2020.

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. During the July 2020 Meeting of the Smith County Commission, commissioners voted to hold all meetings at the Smith County Ag Center until the COVID-19 pandemic is over.

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

Stephanie McCaleb Announces Candidacy for District 3 County Commissioner

I am officially announcing my candidacy for Smith Co. District 3 County Commissioner. I will work hard for the residents of my district with the desire to respect the fundamental principles of property owners and values maintained for generations. I was raised in a life of service to others, love for our land, and, most of all, family, which I am so lucky to have a village who has supported me! I will do my best to share a positive vision for our communities future. I would appreciate your vote this November.

Smith County Insider Candidate Forum Scheduled for October 14th

On Wednesday, October 14, 2020, Smith County Insider will host a Candidate Forum prior to the November 3rd election. This event is co-sponsored by Smith County Insider and the Smith County Chamber of Commerce.

The Candidate Forum will be live streamed on Smith County Insider’s Facebook page at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday evening.

All candidates who will appear on the November ballot have been invited to speak at the Candidate Forum. Candidates were invited and notified multiple times via letters and email.

Below is a list of confirmed candidates who plan to participate in the forum:

Gordonsville Mayor

  • Ronnie Burton
  • Milton Gibbs
  • John Potts

U.S. House – 6th District

  • Chris Finley
  • John Rose

Be sure to tune in to the live stream of Smith County Insider’s Candidate Forum! After the video airs, it will be uploaded to Smith County Insider’s FacebookInstagram, and YouTube channel.

For more information about the upcoming election on November 3, 2020, visit https://www.smithcountyelection.com. 

Click here to view a Sample Ballot for the November 2020 election. 

Early Voting for the November 3rd Election Starts October 14th

Early voting for the November 3rd election begins on Wednesday, October 14th. Voters will cast their votes in the State General Election including U.S. President, County Special Elections, Carthage Municipal Election, and Gordonsville Municipal Election.

Early voting runs Mondays through Saturdays and ends Thursday, October 29th. Election Day is Tuesday, November 3rd. The voter registration deadline ahead of this election was Monday, October 5th.

Early voting will be available at two locations: The Smith County Election Office and the Gordonsville Municipal Building.

Early voting at the Smith County Election office will be open from October 14th through October 29th from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday. Late-night early voting will be available on October 27th and 29th from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Voters may vote early at the Gordonsville Municipal Building on October 16th from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., October 17th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., October 26th & 28th from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., and October 27th & October 29th (late-night voting) from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. There is no early voting in Gordonsville from October 19th through the 23rd.

Both early voting sites will be open to all Smith County voters, regardless of where in the county they live.

You can view a sample of the official ballot for the election here.

You may find more information about all elections and news at the Smith County Election Commissions website at https://www.smithcountyelection.com.

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