In This Week’s Hometown/Community News January 27, 2020

In This Week’s Hometown/Community News January 27, 2020

In This Week’s Hometown/Community News January 27, 2020

ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – Welcome to Smokey’s week in review/community news column. It’s a look back and forward covering the latest news in and around Robertson County.

Smokey’s People & Community News column highlights local stories of people, schools, community events, charities, and businesses that continue to make Robertson County great!

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State Veterans of Foreign Wars Teacher of the Year!

“Congratulations MSgt Holland & thank you for 18 amazing years as Springfield High Schools Aerospace Science Instructor. This reward was presented this past week from the Greenbrier VFW.



Electric Portable Space Heater Safety

When the weather turns cold, it can bring a chill into our homes. Portable space heaters have become a popular way to supplement central heating or heat one room.

If you plan to use portable electric space heaters, make sure to follow these tips and recommendations:

• Purchase a heater with the seal of a qualified
testing laboratory.
• Keep the heater at least 3 feet (1 metre) away
from anything that can burn, including people.
• Choose a heater with a thermostat and overheat
• Place the heater on a solid, flat surface.
• Make sure your heater has an auto shut-off to turn
the heater off if it tips over.
• Keep space heaters out of the way of foot traffic.
Never block an exit.
• Keep children away from the space heater.
• Plug the heater directly into the wall outlet.
Never use an extension cord.
• Space heaters should be turned off and
unplugged when you leave the room or go to bed.

Types of electric space heaters

Oil or water-filled radiator
Heated oil or water travels
through the heater.
Fan-forced heater
A fan blows warm air over
metal coils.
Ceramic heater
Air is warmed over a ceramic
heating element.
Infrared heaters
Heat is created by infrared bulbs.



Robertson County Fair, TN – Thank you to everyone for helping us receive the 2019 2nd Runner Up AAA Division Merit Award at the Tennessee Association of Fairs Convention.

Can’t wait to see you at our 2020 Fair, September 8- September 12.

The best fairs in Tennessee are being honored for their success in sharing agriculture with citizens statewide.

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) and Tennessee Association of Fairs recently presented awards to the top county, regional, and state agricultural fairs for the 2019 season. Approximately 850 people attended the Fairs Merit Awards event during the 98th Tennessee Association of Fairs Convention held Jan. 16-18, 2020, in Murfreesboro.

A total of 53 fairs received the Award of Merit based on agriculture, educational value, overall operations, and the promotion of local interest and community spirit.

“For more than 160 years, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture has been promoting agriculture through fairs across our state,” Agriculture Commissioner Charlie Hatcher D.V.M. said. “Our abundant food and fiber originates from our farms and forests, and you cannot put a true value on the beauty of our landscape and the quality of life that we all enjoy. Fairs highlight those assets and our rural heritage.”

“Agricultural fairs provide good, clean competition, entertainment for all ages, community support, and promote our youth,” Tennessee Association of Fairs President Phil Booher said. “More than 22,000 volunteers are key to that success statewide, representing the spirit of greatness in our Volunteer State.”

Sign Up Now for Fair and Festival Judging School!

UT Extension: 408 Main St N Springfield, Tennessee – Call (615) 384-7936



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Greenbrier Middle School  3/4 grade Bucks took the Championship January 26, 2020 with 31-19.




January 30: Super Bowl lunch at the RC Senior Center

Where your team colors! 11:30 AM Lunch. $6

Sign-up deadline is Tuesday, January 28

Phone(615) 384-6367
Email: [email protected]



City of White House, TN- Police Department – Congratulations to Ofc. Carlson on taking the Oath of Office with Chief Brady and the White House Police Department.



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Should TENN legalize “Medical” CBD Or Marijuana With Higher THC? Take The Senator Roberts Survey


Should TENN legalize "Medical" CBD Or Marijuana With Higher THC? Take The Senator Roberts Survey 

MIDDLE TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – Senator Kerry Roberts, 25th District, which includes Robertson, Dickson, Cheatham, Humphreys and Hickman Counties, has released a Legislative Survey to get a better understanding of how citizens in Tennessee feel about legalizing (with a doctor’s supervision) CBD with higher levels of THC or Marijuana.

Here’s the exact wording on the Legislative Survey.

“Cannabis oils (CBD) are legal in Tennessee. CBD oils generally contain only trace amounts of THC, the chemical that creates the “high” in marijuana, but some advocates want to legalize CBD or marijuana with THC for pain relief or other benefits. Should Tennessee legalize “medical” CBD or marijuana with higher amounts of THC to be dispensed under a doctor’s supervision?” READ MORE…


Greenbrier Middle School  – Great to be a Bobcat! Ms. Carroll bringing home two Championship Trophies (Girls & Boys Basketball)

GMS LADY CATS – County Champions!!!! Way to go!

Congratulations to the Greenbrier Middle Boys – County Tournament Champions!!




January 31: Go Bowling with RC Seniors

Friday 9 AM Go bowling $8 bus fee + $1.99 per game + $3.99 shoe rental, plus your lunch afterward

Sign-up deadline Thursday, January 30

Phone(615) 384-6367
Email: [email protected]




Millersville Valentines Family Sock Hop  by the Millersville Parks and Recreation

Valentine’s Sock Hop set for Saturday, February 15 from 4 to 7 PM at the Millersville Community Center located at 1181 Louisville Hwy. This is a FREE event for the whole family. Join us for dancing, games and treats!



Millersville Fire Department & Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance with a message about Home Fires

During a home fire, every second counts, especially today. Forty years ago, residents had over 17 minutes to escape a home fire with their lives. Today, that number is now under 3 minutes. A closed door can hinder flames and smoke from spreading to other rooms and can help deprive a fire of the oxygen it needs to grow, limiting the structural damage a fire can cause and saving lives.

Combined with working smoke alarms and an escape plan that you practice with family members, make closing the door at night a practice for 2020.



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The NorthCrest Foundation Presents a new fundraiser “The Great Barn Party” set for May 2. See details to reserve your spot!

The NorthCrest Foundation is organizing a brand new fundraiser to help complete Phase 2 NorthCrest updates (see our 2019 Year in Review at right) and to continue the tradition of Camp TAG, a camp that has been hosted by NorthCrest Hospice for more than 25 years. Comfort Care Hospice is not only allowing Judy Suter and her team of volunteer angels to continue this camp, but they are embracing this wonderful endeavor.

Camp T.A.G. (Teaching About Grief) is free of charge to children in our community identified by school resource counselors who have lost a parent or guardian to death, or maybe deployment or incarceration. The camp hosts between 25-50 children every year and the campers learn how to work through grief, anxiety and anger through fun team building activities, expression through art, and counseling from trained social workers and chaplains.

The Great Barn Party will take place on Saturday, May 2 at the Smiley Hollow Barn. Each year, we hope to offer a fun theme, or fun entertainment to keep things fresh and something to look forward to!

Our special guest for the inaugural year hails from right down the road from Nashville – Stephen Bargatze – a comedic magician. He has more than 25 years of stage experience with audiences from casinos, cruise ships, the corporate stage, and colleges and high schools. His stage show will make you scream with laughter and also amaze you with his magic talent. How DID he do that??

As Director of Student Services Program for Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association, Bargatze also speaks to thousands of students each year using his magic to show today’s youth how drugs, alcohol and tobacco can effect their lives.
So pull on some comfy clothes, grab some close friends and come enjoy a fun show after eating what Smiley’s is famous for – traditional style pork BBQ, barbecue chicken, baked beans, cole slaw, fresh fruit, corn cakes and numerous homecooked desserts!

Tickets for the event are $50.00 each, or you can host a table for $500.00 that seats 10 guests.

To reserve your spot at The Great Barn Party, call Adele at 615-382-6048 or email [email protected].



Springfield’s Payne Chevrolet  Making Happy Customers for over 90 years!

Congratulations Mr. Mercer on your 2016 Silverado! Thank you for your business, we look forward to providing great service for you in the future.


Congratulations Mr. Edwards on the purchase of your Chevy Equinox!

Thank you for your business, and please let us know if there’s anything else we can do for you down the road.

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February 1: Robertson County AFJROTC Pancake breakfast 


The Robertson County AFJROTC is selling tickets for their Pancake breakfast fundraiser at Colorado Grill on February 1st from 7 to 10am. $5 gets you pancakes, bacon, sausage and a drink. 100% of the proceeds goes directly to the AFJROTC. Tickets will be sold from now until January 31st. Tickets will also be sold at the door. If you don’t have a cadet in the program but would like to support this fundraiser, please contact an AFJROTC instructor or booster club member.

For tickets: Rebecca Morrison: [email protected]
615-947-2262 OR Tickets will also be sold at the door.



Coopertown Elementary Receives Gift From City Police Department

Coopertown Police Department Chief Tyler Haley and two of his officers presented Coopertown Elementary School principal Tiffany Hyde a gift of 45 handheld communications radios on Monday, January 6.

Tyler said the money for the gift was a result of fundraising during the town’s 2019 Barrel Festival. During the festival, he, his officers, and the town’s mayor volunteered to be dunked in order to generate funds for the city. After discussions with his department and town officials, the decision was made to provide CES with the radios.

School principal Tiffany Hyde said the gift was a welcome one with safety as a major consideration.

“Coopertown Elementary School is extremely grateful for the generous donation of 45 walkie talkies units from the Coopertown Police Department,” she said. “This donation helps us with ensuring safety for all of our students and staff by providing an immediate form of communication in the event of an emergency.”



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Millersville Elementary School – Congratulations to our Mustangs of the Week



Springfield High School News & Highlights



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(White House, TN) Robert F. Woodall Elementary – Way to go, students and families, we collected almost $500 to send to the Koala Bear Rescue of Australia! 🐨 #WeAreRCSTN



(Springfield, TN) Advance Auto Parts Robbery Suspect Arrested, Charged With Multiple Robberies 

SPRINGFIELD TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – Around 5:20 pm Tuesday afternoon, the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office and Springfield Police Department conducted a search warrant at a home located on Mariview Drive in Springfield.

The search led to the arrest of John Kyler Ray Osborne, 23, of Springfield TN for robberies at an Advance Auto Parts store and a Dollar General, both located in Springfield, TN.

During the course of the search at the home, the alleged vehicle used in the Advance Auto Parts Robbery on Memorial Blvd was found along with other evidence at the scene from a robbery at a Dollar General Store on Tom Austin Highway in Springfield on January 20th, 2020.

Osborne has been charged with Aggravated Robbery and Aggravated Assault x2 by the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office for the robbery at the Dollar General Store. He has also been charged with…READ MORE…



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February 4: UT Extension-Robertson County – You are invited to our TN-KY Tobacco Expo will be held on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 in Springfield, TN.

The annual Tennessee-Kentucky Tobacco Expo is scheduled for Tuesday February 4, 2020 from 6:30 am to 3:00 pm at the Robertson County Fairgrounds Community Building, 4635 Hwy 41 North, Springfield.

The Tobacco Expo Trade show, featuring 30 agribusiness exhibitors, will open at 7:00 a.m. The trade show offers tobacco farmers an opportunity to meet with a wide range of agribusiness representatives involved in tobacco production and related fields.

This is the year that current Private Pesticide Applicators must attend Re-Certification Training that will be conducted twice during the day; first session at 7:00 am and a second session at 1:00 pm. Cost for Re-Certification is $25.
Lunch will be served for all participants at 12:00 pm and is sponsored by Eastern Dark Fired Tobacco Growers Association, Burley Stabilization Corporation, Farm Credit Services, Hail & Cotton, Inc., Drexel Chemical, and Agriculture Workforce Management Association.

Tobacco growers will have an opportunity to complete GAP Training. Be sure to bring your GAP card or have your GAP number available when you attend a GAP training. To learn more about the GAP Connections program call 865-622-4606 or visit

There is no registration fee for attending the Tobacco Expo and it is open to all persons. Programs in agriculture and natural resources, 4-H youth development, family and consumer sciences, and resource development. University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture and county governments cooperating. UT Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment.

The Agenda includes:
• 6:30 am – Coffee and doughnuts
• 7:00-9:00 am – Private Pesticide Applicator Re-Certification ($25)
• 9:00-10:00 am – Angular Leaf Spot Disease, Connecticut Broadleaf, Reducing TSNA’s
• 10:30 am-12:30 pm GAP Training
• 12:00-1:00 pm – Lunch
• 1:00-3:00 pm – Private Pesticide Applicator Re-Certification ($25)
• 3:00 pm – Trade Show closes

Note: Commercial Pesticide Applicator Points available for Categories: 1,10, 12 for KY & TN

For more information on the Tobacco Expo contact: Jeff Smith, UT Extension Agent, Robertson County, (615) 384-7936 or on the web

Jeff Smith, Extension Agent
UT Extension – Robertson County
408 North Main St.
Springfield, TN 37172
[email protected]



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Greenbrier High School – Hunter Hardaway is the 2020 Bowling State champion runner up!

We are so proud of you Hunter! You represented Greenbrier exceptionally well this season and during this tournament!




February 14: Valentine’s Day Sweets & Treats at the RC Senior Center

Yummy dessert bar, games/activities, treats and prizes $3

Sign-up deadline Wednesday, February 12

Phone(615) 384-6367
Email: [email protected]



R.C. 911 Dispatch Center Dir Resigns, Interim Director Named

R.C. 911 Dispatch Center Dir Resigns, Interim Director Named

ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – After almost six years in the position, the Robertson County 911 dispatch Center Director Hope Petersen has resigned.

Peterson joined the 911 call center as the director back on May 1st, 2014. Peterson’s last day will be January 31st, 2020. Peterson followed Elvis Wilson who retired after 41 years in public service. FULL STORY

An interim director has been selected to fill the role until a permanent replacement can be located. Former Springfield Police Chief Mike Wilhoit will step in temporally. READ MORE…



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Innovation Academy Application Period Opens In February

Applications for the Innovation Academy 2020-2021 school year will be accepted between February 3, and February 28, 2020.

Informational meetings for parents will be held in the Springfield Middle School auditorium on February 5 and 6, at 6 p.m.

Applications and all questions should be directed to Maureen Henderson, at Springfield Middle School. Her email is: [email protected]

The lottery drawing of applications will be held on Friday, March 27, at the Robertson County Schools Central Office, at 8:30 a.m.

Informational meetings for parents will be held in the Springfield Middle School auditorium on February 5 and 6, at 6 p.m.

Applications and all questions should be directed to Maureen Henderson, at Springfield Middle School. Her email is: [email protected]

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February 1: Orlinda Concert/Dance To Benefit Tom & Mary Campbell

Orlinda Concert/Dance To Benefit Tom & Mary Campbell

ORLINDA TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – Everyone from all ages is cordially invited to a Benefit Concert & Dance for Tom and Mary Campbell. Tom Campbell is our very talented musician. Guitar, fiddle, and singing are just some of his talents and Tom plays weekly with a Good Time Charlie Band every Thursday night dance at the Byrum Porter Senior Center as well as other local community events.

He has had his second back surgery on January 3. Hopefully, this will help with the pain that was not relieved from the first surgery. His wife Mary is a cancer survivor and has had several major operations in the past year. We want to help them with some expenses they have accumulated so your donations will be very much appreciated.


February 1, 2020, Saturday beginning at 2 PM


Byrum Porter Senior Center located at 9123 Highway 49 E. Orlinda Tennessee


The Good Time Charlie Band & The Blue Creek BandCall and let us know if you can bring a band, Guitar or just seeing as all are welcome just drop in as all are encouraged to make this a great event!



Bring baked goods, bags of chips, soft drinks or other items to sell bake sale sandwich sale soft drinks. All proceeds go to Tom & Mary.


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Winter Commencement 2020 – The Robertson County Schools Winter Graduation 

The Robertson County Schools Winter Graduation was held on January 12, 2020 at 3 pm at the Center in Springfield, TN. Graduates entered to Pomp and Circumstance played by the Robertson County Community Band. This was followed by the national anthem and pledge as colors were presented by the Robertson County Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, and a welcome from Dr. Chris Causey, Director of Schools.

Following the playing of Holst’s Jupiter by the band, the Hon. Melanie Stark, Robertson County Juvenile Court Magistrate delivered a special address to the graduates. This was followed by honors and recognitions by Dr. Bob Pruitt, Supervisor of Secondary Education.

Graduates with Honors (cumulative gpa of 3.5 or greater) included Caleb Isaac Davaloz, Hunter Logan Engel, Cody Thomas Heatherly, Marisa Jolie Hubbard, Colton Clint Jones, Abby Lynn Leavitt, Sean Allen Mason, Margaret Mary Merchant, Lauren Elizabeth Pate, Karen Yulissa Ramirez-Gil, Megan Rhea Rives, Mara Jacqueline Rodriguez, Aaliyah Paige Searcy, Olivia Raven Sidor, Evan Andrew Smith, Morgan Grace Smith, Stacey Trejo Rubio, and Hannah Marie Mae Wilson.
Graduates with state honors (meeting all four ACT college readiness benchmarks) included Caleb Isaac Davaloz, Hunter Logan Engel, Cody Thomas Heatherly, Colton Clint Jones, Margaret Mary Merchant, Lauren Elizabeth Pate, Morgan Grace Smith, and Dalton Blake Thurman.

Graduates with distinction (a 3.0 minimum gpa while completing at least 12 hours of university coursework) included Hunter Logan Engel, Colton Clint Jones, Abby Lynn Leavitt, Lauren Elizabeth Pate, Olivia Raven Sidor, Morgan Grace Smith, and Hannah Marie Mae Wilson.

Three Greenbrier honor students: Hunter Logan Engel, Aaliyah Paige Searcy, and Olivia Raven Sidor, while listed in the program, were not announced at the graduation ceremonies. Their achievements bring honor and distinction to their schools, the district, and themselves, and they deserve the recognition afforded to all those graduates achieving high academic levels.

Engel was also honored as the singular Tennessee Scholar (high levels of academic performance accompanied by many hours of community service), recipient of the evening.

Following academic recognitions, the 82 graduates were then given their diplomas by their building principals. Dr. Causey closed the ceremony with the conferral of diplomas and presided over the tassel moving tradition for the graduates.


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March 6: Robertson County – Young Farmers & Ranchers 15th Annual Chili Supper and Silent Auction March 6 (Friday) at 6:00 pm at East Robertson High School

This Fundraiser provides 3 college scholarships for local students attending a four-year university for an Ag degree.


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