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August 2022

Clay Faircloth announces run for 6th District U.S. House seat

Clay Faircloth

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.

Terri Lynn Weaver announces re-election for House District 40 State Representative

Terri Lynn Weaver

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!”

UCEMC notice of directors to be elected

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.

Mason, Hopper re-elected in low turnout primaries

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!

Smith County Primary Election Results – May 3, 2022

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.


2048 votes were cast during early voting; Election day set for Tuesday

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

Nearly 1400 early votes cast so far in county’s first primary; 3 day left to early vote

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

To find our where your election day polling place is, click HERE to see a list of addresses.

First-ever county primary to determine mayor, sheriff elections

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

Michael Hale

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.

19 candidates attended the Smith County Insider Candidate Forum held on April 12, 2022

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 

List of candidates attending SCI candidate forum on April 12; Studio audience tickets now on sale

Studio audience tickets are now on sale for the Smith County Insider Candidate Forum that is set to take place on Tuesday, April 12, 2022. This event is co-hosted 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 beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday evening April 12 and will be FREE to watch. The forum will not be open to the general public to attend in person, but there will be limited studio audience seating available. Tickets for the studio audience seating are available for purchase, proceeds will benefit the Smith County Chamber of Commerce with tourism projects in Smith County. Tickets are now available for purchase at this link. 

Below is a list of the candidates that have signed up to come and speak as of April 11, 2022:

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

School Board (District 3) – Stephanie Winfree

Each candidate will have the 3-5 minutes to speak (depending on the number of participants.)

If you or your business is interested in being a sponsor of the forum, please reach out to us at news@smithcountyinsider.com.

Early Voting for May 3rd Primary Election begins April 13th

Early voting for the May 3rd primary election begins on April 13th and runs through April 28th. Voters will cast their votes for 15th District Circuit Court Judges, Chancellor 15th Judicial District, Criminal Court Judge 15th District, 15th District Attorney General, 15th District Public Defender, County Commissioner District 1-8, County Trustee, County Sheriff, General Sessions Judge, Circuit Court Clerk, County Clerk, Road Superintendent, Register of Deeds and School Board Members for Districts 3, 4, 6, & 8.

Early voting runs Mondays through Saturdays and ends April 26th Election Day is Tuesday, May 3rd. The voter registration deadline ahead of this election was April 4th

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 April 13th – 28th 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 April 19th and 26th from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Voters may vote early at the Gordonsville Municipal Building on Tuesday, April 19th 8am to 7pm, Thursday, April 21st 8am to 4pm, Friday, April 22nd 8am to 4pm, Saturday, April 23rd, 9am to 12pm, Tuesday, April 26th 8am to 7pm, Thursday, April 28th 8 am to 4pm.

Both early voting sites will be open to all Smith County voters, regardless of where in the county they live. On Election Day, the Gordonsville location will only be available for those voters who live in the Gordonsville district. The Smith County
Election Office is not a voting location on Election Day.

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

Congressman John Rose Local Office Hours on April 7th

U.S. Representative John Rose’s (TN-6) district staff will hold a series of local office hours for constituents to connect directly with caseworkers and receive assistance with federal agencies throughout the month of April.

During the local office hours, district staff will be available to answer questions and assist constituents with federal casework, such as social security and veterans’ benefits, steps for obtaining a passport, and more. Local office hours occur monthly. If you have questions, please contact one of Representative Rose’s offices so a staff member may help you.

“We are ready to assist constituents with federal casework and welcome anyone with questions to sit down with staff,” said Representative Rose. “My goal is to make the expertise of my staff and the resources of this office easily accessible to every person I represent.”

Details for local office hours can be found below and on Representative Rose’s website.

WHEN: Thursday, April 7, 2022

TIME: 2:00pm-3:00pm

LOCATION: Smith County Administrative Building, 122 Turner High Circle, Carthage, TN 37030

WHO: Representative Rose will be represented by District Director Rebecca Foster during this visit.

Art Shady Announces His Candidacy for Smith County Mayor

It is with great pleasure that I announce my candidacy for Smith County Mayor. As a proud member of this county I look forward to serving the citizens of our county as your mayor. I have 35 years of accounting and tax preparation experience. While in college I built a practice in Chattanooga of over 200 individual and business clients. I’ve been a comptroller and HR director for a multi-dollar construction company in Knoxville and an Assistant Branch Manager for a bank. I taught computer classes at Roane State Community College and have spent most of my life in some form of management. I feel well qualified for this office as I am the only candidate with a strong financial management background.

I live in the Riddleton community with my wife Sandra, we have seven children and three grandchildren so far. Formerly from the Nashville and Baxter areas we have lived in Smith County for the last five years and intend it to be our home. I would appreciate your vote for Mayor of Smith County and I promise to do the best job I can for the privilege. As Mayor I will maintain an open-door policy and strive to be as transparent as possible. It will be my primary goal to restore fiscal responsibility and accountability to the office of Mayor. You may contact me by email at art@artshady.com, or text or call my cell phone at 615-486-9308.

In my opinion the current administration has not handled the county funds responsibly. This has led to shortages that have put a burden on the citizens of this county. The sitting mayor miscalculated anticipated revenue and plunged the county into a million-dollar deficit. The mayor made wild projections based on unrealistic anticipation of revenue. You can read more about this on the “Why Me” menu item of my website at www.artshady.com, be sure to click on the “New Rules” menu item at the top also in the main menu.

There will be a Night of the Candidates forum at the Riverpoint Ranch, 46 Fox Run Lane, in Carthage on Tuesday, April 5 2022 at 7:00 PM. There will also be a candidate forum April 12 where you will have the opportunity to hear from each candidate that participates. The primary election will be May 3rd and early voting begins April 13th, one day after the forum. Check our website for updates from time to time. The forum will be broadcast so check with the Smith County Insider to find out when, it will probably livestream in real time.

God bless you and yours — Art Shady

Sheriff Steve Hopper Announces His Candidacy for Re-election

I, Sheriff Steve Hopper would like to announce my candidacy for re-election. I am a 1978 graduate of Smith County High School. My wife Donna (Nesbitt) and I live in the Riddleton Community. My parents are Mary Lou and Dale Roberts and the late Charles Hopper. Donna’s parents are Jan and Roger Fisher and the late Philip Nesbitt. Together we have four children Michael, Stephanie and her husband Craig West, Charlie, Joel and Jessica Lafferty and five grandchildren.

My commitment to serving the citizens of Smith County began in the early 1980’s when I became a member of the Smith County Rescue Squad and served as treasurer for several years. I am also a member of the Central District Volunteer Fire Department and served as the Fire Chief until 2020. I also worked at the Smith County Ambulance Service as a paramedic.

I began my law enforcement career in 1995 with Carthage Police Department as a patrol officer. I graduated from the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy in 1996. During my career with Carthage P.D. I was promoted to Sergeant and in 2003 promoted to Chief of Police. While employed with Carthage P.D. I received numerous specialized certifications and served as Chief of Police until elected Sheriff in 2010.

I currently serve on the Finance committee for the Tennessee Sheriff’s Association and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the 15th Judicial District Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force. I am also a member of the Smith County Adult Leadership Class of 2014 and a retired member of the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police.

The years serving as your Sheriff has been an honor and a privilege. Along with an amazing staff, I have strived to promote honesty, integrity, and professionalism throughout all operations of this very important office while upholding the laws of the State of Tennessee and the Constitution of the United States. My staff and I work hard to stay within the budgets that the County commissioners set for the Sheriff’s Office. Looking back to the fiscal year 2015-2016 budget year up through fiscal year 2019-2020 more than one million dollars has been returned to the County general fund that we did not spend.

There are many duties that must be taken care on a daily basis while striving to make Smith County a better and safer place to live, work, and raise our families. If re-elected, I will continue to conduct the Office of Sheriff in a manner that serves all Smith County residents fairly and equally.

I will do my best to see as many of you as possible and if I happen to not see you personally, please let me take this opportunity to humbly ask for your vote and support in the May 3, 2022, Republican primary.