Over 40 Stories! People, Events, Community News & More 10/24/19

Over 40 Stories! People, Events, Community News & More 10/24/19

Over 40 Stories! People, Events, Community News & More 10/24/19

ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – Welcome to Smokey’s news in review. This week we have over 40 stories including Business development, upcoming Trunk or Treats, fall festivals and more! It’s a look back and forward covering news and events along with this week’s top stories.

Don’t be the only one around the watercooler this week that doesn’t know what’s going on. Smokey’s People & Community News column highlights local stories of people, events, charities and businesses that make Robertson County great!

Do you have a story you would like to submit? Smokey Barn News welcomes your community news and photos. Email your story ideas to our 24/7 news desk; [email protected]

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In Robertson County News

Robertson County Beekeepers Association – Congratulations to Gene Armstrong, 2019 TBA Beekeeper of the Year.

Gene’s contributions in the past year included presentations at the Pick TN and TBA conferences as well as coordination of the Ag on the Hill beekeeping presentation at the state capitol. Outgoing TBA President Barry Richards (left) made the announcement.



Robertson County Sheriff’s Office “PINK OUT” Day

The Sheriff’s Office employees sported their pink attire to bring attention to October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.



United Way of Robertson County needs your help For The Thanksgiving Season

The holidays are an expensive time for many in our community. Thanksgiving, a holiday centered around food and celebrating, can be especially difficult for families who have a limited food budget to begin with.

For the 2019 Give Thanks Day of Action, we’re tackling food insecurity by providing food to individuals and families who need it most.

Here’s how you can help: collect and assemble Give Thanks boxes throughout October and early November, volunteer your time to deliver boxes or make an online donation. For more information, click here.



Robertson County Animal Control – October is Adopt a shelter dog month!

Please visit your local shelter – We need you! See pets online – click here!



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SAVE THE DATE… October 26 –


After much deliberation and consultation with weather officials, we have decided to postpone Tomorrow’s Derby to a later date for the safety of everyone involved. We will announce that date as soon as it is confirmed.

(Robertson County Fairgrounds) SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26 BOO BASH CRASH  DEMOLITION DERBY & (Kids Power Wheels Derby)

The Robertson County Fair Presents “Boo Bash Demolition Derby and “Kids Power Wheels Derby” Saturday, October 26th. A fun-filled night for the whole family. Concessions on site!

October 26th Rain or Shine at the fairgrounds: 4635 Highway 41 N Springfield, TN 37172

Gates Open: 5:00pm
Derby is at 7PM

General Admission $10
5 and Under: Free
Fairgrounds Parking: Free with paid admission.

The Ticket gates, Pit and Spectator entrance will be off Blackwood behind the warehouse.

Kids Power Wheels Derby Age 9 and Under:

Free for Kids 9 and under must have a bike helmet (or helmet) to participate. All participants receive a trophy. Must have your own power wheel to participate. We will start the show with the power wheels derby at 7. The parent or guardian must sign a waiver to let the child participate.

Full concession stands opening at 5:30 with a wide variety of food and drinks.

ADA compliant bleachers with concrete walkways, and handicap parking available.

POSTPONED – Refresh this page for updated information


SAVE THE DATE… October 31

Robertson County Senior Center Chili on/off the Square Fundraiser – October 31

Wednesday, October 31, 2019,keep re at 11 AM – 2 PM at the Robertson County Senior Center – 601 S Locust St, Springfield, TN

Chili – Hot Dog – Fritos – Dessert – Drink:$6

Bingo, Cards, Dominoes & Rook in the back of the facility





SAVE THE DATE… November 9

FREE Robertson County Flu Clinic Set For Nov. 9

The Robertson County Health Department is offering flu vaccines at no charge to the community during a special “FightFluTN” vaccination event November 19 from 2-6PM at The Center located at 401 N. Main Street, Springfield. This free community event is open at any Robertson County resident with or without insurance. United Way will also be onsite providing light refreshments and community resources.

“Getting a flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself, your family and others from the flu and help keep our community healthy,” said Interim Robertson County Health Department Director Sanjana Stamm. ”The flu can make you very sick, keep you away from work, school and other activities, put you in the hospital or even take your life. We urge everyone in Robertson County who has not received a flu shot yet to get one now, and this event is a great time to do it.”

The Robertson County Health Department will provide flu shots November 19 at no cost to anyone who wishes to receive one at The Center, located at 401 N. Main Street, Springfield from 2pm to 6pm.

Seasonal influenza activity is spreading in Robertson County and across Tennessee and is expected to continue for months, so it’s important for anyone over six months of age who hasn’t had a flu shot this flu season to get one now. The flu vaccine is especially important for infants, young children, pregnant women, adults over age 50 and those with chronic medical conditions. The flu shot remains the best protection against influenza.

For more information about the flu and getting a flu vaccine, contact your health care provider, call the Robertson County Health Department at 615-384-4504 or click here.


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In Springfield, TN News

Springfield Celebrates Bicentennial With Time Capsule

Springfield is having a birthday, a 200th birthday to be exact. The city is celebrating the milestone with several events. Did you miss the time capsule event for Springfield bicentennial celebration? Smokey Barn News captured it for you. We apologize for the audio quality as the mic captured the incoming winds during the ceremony.


SAVE THE DATE… October 24

Springfield High School Trunk or Treat – October 24

Join us Thursday for our annual Trunk or Treat event at SHS! 21 clubs and organizations with be participating in our event this year, we hope to see you there!



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(Springfield, TN) Ross Smith #16 pitcher from Springfield Top Player in Breast Cancer Fall Championship in Murfreesboro

Ross Smith #16 pitcher from Springfield. In last weekends, breast cancer fall championship. In Murfreesboro top player. With a four run grand slam, to take his team into extra innings. Representing his family and team strong with something very meaningful to him, while wearing his pink jersey. Nashville Pirates organization.





Coach Mettler Honored At Golf Charity, $25K Raised For ALS Research

SPRINGFIELD TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – The 447 Foundation held its 2nd annual Annihilate ALS Charity Golf Scramble at The Legacy Golf Course in Springfield, TN on Oct. 11, 2019.

The event, which was attended by more than 80 golfers and featured various prizes and awards, raised more than $25,000 for the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI). This year’s event featured dedications on each hole, with stories of inspiration shared by those who have been diagnosed with ALS.

Robertson County native Dale Mettler, who is a Vietnam Veteran, and formerly a teacher and golf coach at East Robertson High School….Keep Reading…and see lots of photos!



(Springfield, TN) The Open Door Pregnancy Center chili challenge fundraiser was a BIG Hit from supporters throughout the community Monday evening.

“We were blown away by the support of everyone involved with this year’s Chili Challenge! We believe it was our best one yet! We ended up having 59 different chili’s/soups! A giant thank you to all of our sponsors, all of the participants, and all judges and volunteers! Thank you to everyone who came and made this night a huge success while supporting the ministry of Open Door Pregnancy Center!” Open Door Pregnancy Center.

The Open Door Pregnancy Center is a non-profit, faith-based outreach established to serve area women, men, families and children of our community. Our mission is to provide encouragement, support, education, information, material goods, and other resources to help members of our community through difficult situations. All of our services are offered for FREE and are entirely CONFIDENTIAL.

Congratulations to SHS HOSA for winning best chili, and to all Springfield clubs for winning most school spirit at the Open Door chili challenge this evening! Go Jackets! #ExcellenceInAllWeDo #AllGritNoQuit #GoJackets #YJP

Congrats and thanks to our chefs Jeremy Robertson (left) who won “Best Soup” and Daniel Goodwin (right) who won “Best Overall” in the Chili Cookoff for Open Door Pregnancy Center’s competition last night. We’re so proud of our guys! – Depot Bar & Grill
Greenbrier’s Bobby Bobcat With Johnny Gardner at The Open Door Chili Challenge

Great night at the Open Door Pregnancy Center Chili Challenge. The city of Springfield team won the 2nd place award for best of show for the tailgating theme!

A great crowd to show support for the OpenDoor Pregnancy Center! God Bless! — in Springfield, Tennessee. – Sabi Doc Kumar State Rep, District 66 Robertson County


SAVE THE DATE… October 24

Springfield’s Stokes Brown Library – Trick Or Treating – October 24

Thursday, October 24th Trick Or Treating at the Library from 5pm – 7:30PM



(Springfield, TN) Thru October 26: Spiderman Coming To Springfield Walmart 

“It’s officially Halloween month!!! We are excited to announce we got #Spiderman coming two Saturdays this month Oct 19th and Oct 26th!!!! He will be in the vision center doing photos and cool giveaways.”


SAVE THE DATE…October 26

(Springfield, TN) Robertson County Sheriff’s Office Drug Take Back Day At CVS In Springfield.

There will be a Drug Take Back, this Saturday October 26th, from 10:00am – 2:00pm at the CVS Parking Lot in Springfield, TN. Please bring any unused medications to have them disposed of properly and without any questions asked.

If you cannot make it to our location on that day, the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office has permanent disposal boxes located in the Sheriff’s Office and Detention Center main lobbies.




(Springfield, TN) Springfield Baptist Church Fall Festival/Trunk Or Treat at the Travis price Park

October 27 from 5-8PM. Inflatables, Trunk Or Treat. Concessions Available for purchase. Wear your costume!



SAVE THE DATE… October 29

(Springfield, TN) NHC Healthcare Springfield – Trick or Treat October 29

We will be hosting a community-wide trick or treat Tuesday, Oct 29th at NHC Healthcare 6-8pm, we would like to invite the whole community! Our patients love seeing all the children!



UPDATE…Classic Tin Cruise-In…

(Springfield, TN) The weather outlook for the Halloween Trunk N Treat is bad. We are Canceling the Event this year. Hope Everyone is Safe!

Some of us will be at Payne Chevrolet for their Trunk N Treat on Halloween Night! Come on out there!!!!

So Bring your ghosts and Ghouls out for some Treats and maybe a Trick or Two!!

Contact Shelby Horner at 615-336-2257 if you have any questions!!




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(Springfield, TN) Payne Chevrolet –  The Edwards Family likes our deals so much they picked up two!

Congratulations Mr. Gerald and Mrs. Janice on two great looking vehicles. Drive safe, and we look forward to seeing you down the road!

Payne Chevrolet – You could save OVER $13,000 on a Brand New 2019 Chevy Silverado.

Inventory is starting to go, so call in before somebody takes your truck! See Dealer for more details at (615)384-5573 or see more deals HERE! Based off Stock #2170.



Payne Invites Local Businesses To Participate In Their "TRUCK" N Treat

SAVE THE DATE… October 31

October  31: Truck -N- Treat  Hosted by Payne Chevrolet

Thursday, October 31, 2019, at 5 PM – 7 PM at Payne Chevrolet: 2807 Memorial Blvd, Springfield, TN

We are inviting ALL local businesses, churches, organizations, etc to come out and participate in our annual Truck -N- Treat! We had another successful year last year and we are hoping this one will be even better. As always, we will be supplying the trucks to our vendors to decorate and advertise, so y’all just bring the candy for the little ones!

If you would like to participate please call Alex at (615)384-5573 or send us a message on Facebook. We look forward to seeing y’all again this year!!

**VENDOR SETUP starts at 3pm the day of. Trick-or-Treating starts at 5pm**



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In Greenbrier, TN News

(Greenbrier/Ridgetop, TN) New GreenRidge Chamber Off And Running

New beginnings! Mrs. Linda and I were honored to be a part of the introductory organizational meeting for the newly formed GreenRidge Chamber of Commerce serving the Greenbrier and Ridgetop communities!

The Chamber is an organization that exists to help promote a business community. They’re local to where you set up shop and serve as a way to bring together all the professionals in town to serve local residents and visitors to the area. A broad representation of businesses were present!

There were restaurant owners, a construction and remodeling business, cleaning services, financial planners, credit unions, bankers, accountants, boutique shop representation, education professionals, counseling experts, healthcare providers and faith based services present! Another great way to support Robertson County by shopping and buying local!

Let us all wish GreenRidge Chamber of Commerce the best! God Bless!



SAVE THE DATE… October 26


Last night of the season!


October 26th – Trunk Or Treat

Along with an unprecedented nine divisions of race events, Veterans Mororplex at the Rim will pause for one of the best Trunk or Treats you’ve ever seen! All the drivers and cars will be pulled onto the track at intermission time and we will let all the children come out of the stands and go trunk or treating to each car.

Should be 50 or 60 or more cars on the track!

Championship trophies will also be presented, so don’t miss out!

Veterans Mororplex a the Rim is located at 6801 Kelly Willis Rd.
Greenbrier, Tn 37073 MAP

Saturday October 26TH

Races at 4:00 PM

We have a 100 lap sportsman race
50 lap late model race
25 lap legends
25 lap baby grand
25 lap pro four oval asphalt.
30 lap pure stock
20 lap road warriors
30 lap ridge runners
30 lap super stock.

Children and fans. Meet and greet all the racers during Trunk or treat at intermission

Tickets are available at the track on event days.

** Family Pack Special **
$30 for 2 Adults and up to 6 minor children ( less than $4.00 per person )

Pit admission is $35 per person.

Regular Events Grandstand Admission: Adult $12.00

62+ Senior $10.00

Military ID $10.00

13-17 Students $10.00

6-12 Youth $5.00

Children ages 5 and under are always free with a paid adult


Racing starts at 4 pm.
6801 Kelly Willis Rd.
Greenbrier , Tn 37073

Veteran’s Motorplex/Highland Rim Speedway raised over $20,000 for Down Syndrome at a recent charity event.

“Incredible! The final total on the Veterans Motorplex Down Syndrome fundraiser.” CLICK HERE FOR BACK STORY






SAVE THE DATE…October 29

Greenbrier High School Trunk Or Treat

Tuesday, Oct. 29. from 6-8 PM. Join us for a night full of ghosts, goblins, and goodies! We will have inflatables, games and lots of candy! Presented by the Greenbrier Highschool Student Council.

NOTE: Please help us support Socktober by bringing new pairs of socks to donate to local homeless shelters



(Greenbrier, TN) College St Area Proposed Town Square Commons

The heart of Greenbrier may be on its way to getting an incredible facelift. Parked on the corner of Hwy 41 and College St., and directly across from the site of the new McDonald’s, it’s called “Town Square Commons.”

Town Square Commons is the brainchild of Jody Dorris and Brandon Frank. Both men are local and share a love for the community. – The project focuses on historic preservation, repurposing existing space, and bringing new businesses to the community.

The project is both restoration/modification. According to Brandon and Jody, the project does call for the buildings to be modified for function and safety but the plan is to preserve as much of Greenbrier’s history as possible.

Over the last few quarters, Greenbrier has been in the midst of a growth spurt with the addition of two fast-food chains, a donut shop, and a coffee shop. This project seems like a logical fit considering it sits in the middle of downtown. Smokey Barn News will follow the project as it makes its way through the city and county process.

For more on Greenbrier new businesses in Greenbrier CLICK HERE.

What do you think of the project idea? Tell us in the comments below.




Every Saturday Thru Nov. 30th: Greenbrier’s American Legion Post 45 Annual Turkey Shoot

Saturday’s from 8 AM – 12 PM at the American Legion – Post 45 , Greenbrier, TN
2730 US Highway 41S, Greenbrier, TN

Our annual event to support our programs in Americanism, Patriotism, Youth and Veterans. A family-friendly fun event for the whole family. Event is each Saturday, October 5th thru November 30th. We run until 12p or we run out of shooters, whichever comes first.

Stock guns only. No custom Guns or Barrels over 36″. Prizes include but not limited to: Turkey, Bacon and Ham. Proceeds will be assisting local Veterans and the American Legion Post 45 Greenbrier.

Hot and Cold refreshments available





SAVE THE DATE… October 26

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(Greenbrier, TN) 1st Annual Greenbrier City-Wide Halloween Bash (FREE) October 26
Hosted by Trey Craig and Tommy Stratton

For now, it’s still on go! We have moved the trunk or treat up to 430. Till 630 if u are setting up a car an participate in this event be there at 4. To set up. An again thank you for those who are setting up an handing out candy we will still have free chili free hot dogs smores pits will be under tents. An will try to do the movie night if rain holds off long enough for us to get that in. I am sorry for the bad weather but there is nothing we can do about that. So please if ur setting up a car or truck be there 330 or 4 an be ready by 430 for the babies thank you.

Saturday, October 26, 2019, at 4 PM – 11 PM at Louise Martin Memorial Park located at 2295 Old State Highway 11, Greenbrier, TN

Events include Movies on the Ballfield @dark, Face Painting, Bonfires with Smores, Music, Hayrides, Trunk or Treat for the kids, Halloween Photobooth, Finger Foods will be provided.

“This is a free event for everyone in the city for all kids an adults to have a great time together as a family at no cost to anyone. All items so far have been donated and it’s been a great thing to see the community come together for the kids,” Tommy Stratton

Schedule of events:
4-7 free bowls of chili, hot dogs and drinks, music.
4-930 hayrides for adults and children
5:30 -6 : trunk or treat cars need to be in the park and decorated
6-730- Trunk or Treat ages 0-6th grade
730- 930 movie

All parking will be at Solid Rock Baptist Church with exception of Trunk or Treat cars and handicap drivers.

Please bring your own blankets and bag chairs. This is a completely FREE event! Family fun for all.

Volunteers are needed. Please Contact: Tommy Stratton – 615-582-0182


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In Ridgetop, TN News

SAVE THE DATE… October 25

(Ridgetop, TN) Mult-Family Garage Sale October 25

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In Orlinda News, TN News

SAVE THE DATE… November 9

Byrum-Porter Senior Center “FALL” Fundraiser November 9th 4-7 pm

Bottomless Bowl of Beef Stew, Cornbread or Roll, Dessert & Drink for just $9.00
Advance tickets $8.00. Takeouts also available beginning at 4 pm

Location: 9123 Highway 49 E Orlinda, Tennessee

The Byrum-Porter Senior Center In Orlinda offers lots of Activites, classes, trips dance lessons and tours planned.

Exercise/Yoga Classes. Come and check us out at the Byrum Porter Sr Center in Orlinda, Tn. Exercise offered 5 times a week. (Two Evening Classes) and YOGA twice a week. All classes are free and open to all ages. Certified teacher Sheri Link

Follow us on Facebook or check out our new website or call 615-654-3161 for more information. Check out our monthly newsletter for all the events this month.

The Byrum-Porter Harmonicas for Health program can help you:

Learn how to have better control of your breathing
Exercise the muscles that help pull air in and push air out of the lungs
Strengthen abdominal muscles for a more effective cough
Boost self-confidence, relieve stress
Socialize with others and have fun

Reported benefits include: decreased shortness of breath, increased sputum mobilization and increased quality of life.

Byrum-Porter will begin a 5 week program to learn to play beginning Tuesday, May 8th. It will be weekly for 5 weeks on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. This program is sponsored by the NorthCrest Medical Center.

Byrum-Porter has a limited supply of Harmonicas to sell so sign up for this class now and buy a new Harmonica for $2. Call 615-654-3161 and sign up for this free fun and health class.

Follow us on Facebook or check out our new website or call 615-654-3161 for more information.


Orlinda City Manager And Dog Escape Home Fire 

ORLINDA TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – Orlinda City Manager Kevin Breeding was sound asleep when the faint sound of a smoke detector buzzing woke him up and likely saved his life.

Breeding got up and opened the door to his bedroom and was hit by a wall of smoke. According to Breeding, the smoke, from the ceiling, came down to his chest. He wasted no time, he grabbed a cell phone, the dog and ran out the door without even stopping to shoes or a jacket. As Breeding ran for the exit he could see the kitchen was engulfed in a fireball. Keep Reading…


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In White House, TN News

(White House, TN) City of White House, TN- Police Department – Beauty For Ashes ~A Healing Place

“We had the privilege of working with the awesome ladies Monday and Wednesday”, City of White House, TN- Police Department

“Beauty For Ashes ~A Healing Place is so thankful for Officer Eric Enck for providing self defense classes for our women. Education and safety are key!! We salute Officer Enck for his time and willingness to give to our residents!

We are also so thankful for all of those that continually support and embrace the vision and the ministry of BFA. Lives are being changed. Women are being restored. Staff, volunteers and residents are being blessed by all those that believe and give! You are making a difference”, ‎Alicia McClain Sharpton‎.

Beauty for Ashes ~A Healing Place is a 9-month, live-in, Christ-centered rescue & retreat center for women suffering from the effects of addiction.



SAVE THE DATE… October 24

(White House, TN) October 24: You Are Invited to The White House Museum Veteran’s Recognition

You are invited to the Veterans Recognition Day on October 24, 2019 at 10 AM at the White House Museum – 412 Highway 76, White House, TN 37188

Dr. Sabi Kumar and the White House Museum will be honoring Veterans from White House and surrounding areas with a proclamation to be presented to the White House Museum for display. In addition, Dr. Kumar will be presenting Sergeant Lawrence Davis with a proclamation for his service in the Vietnam war.



City of White House Fire Dept. – “Our “Second Annual Breakfast at the Firehall” was a huge success!”

We at the White House Fire Department, would like to sincerely thank everyone that made this annual tradition possible. We greatly appreciate your unwavering support!  Thank you to all who came out and enjoyed this breakfast with us, we loved having all of these adorable visitors! THANK YOU ALL!

“We’re so lucky to have these men and women serving our community. Thank you to Chief Bryson for some fantastic leadership”, White House Area Chamber of Commerce.

City of White House Fire Dept. Safety Tips

COOLER TEMPS ARE HERE! …The changing of seasons means all of us will need to keep our homes nice and warm. Here are a few tips to stay safe while using space heaters. Never use an extension cord on a space heater, give them 3 feet of room from everything, dont leave them unattended, and if you use kerosene or propane have a good Carbon Monoxide detector. Stay safe White house!


City of White House Fire Dept. – IT’S FIRE PREVENTION MONTH…

Shut your doors! Slow the spread of fire! Stay safe White House!

In a fire, a closed-door can hold back deadly smoke, heat, and flames. Close your bedroom door at night before going to bed, install working smoke alarms inside and outside of every sleeping area, and know two ways out of every room.


SAVE THE DATE… October 26

(White House, TN) Drug Take-Back Day Hosted by City of White House, TN- Police Department – October 26

Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 10 AM – 2 PM – Kroger (510 Hwy 76 E, White House, TN)

On Saturday, October 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the White House Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 18th opportunity in nine years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Bring your pills for disposal to White House Kroger at 510 TN-76 E, White House, TN 37188.

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.






White House Public Library Gears Up For Fall Fandom Fest

Hi everyone, we are one week out from the library’s Fall Fandom Fest. Check out the flyer below for all of the events going on during the two week celebration. We hope you can make it!


Clark Beckham In White House For 5k Run

“Happy to have finished 3rd overall and 1st in my age bracket with a 20:07 time. A few more days till the marine corps marathon!” Follow @clarkbeckhamrun for training and race day pictures and video. #marathontraining #marinecorpsmarathon #running #run #funrun #5k #race


White House Flags To Go Half-StafF For Mrs. Jaska Hobbs

Mayor Arnold has directed the City of White House’s flag be half-staff on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 for the funeral service of former first lady Mrs. Jaska Hobbs. Our thoughts and prayers are with former mayor Mr. Billy Hobbs and family. Click to view obituary



(White House, TN) H.B. Williams Elementary – Congratulations to our Wheels in Motion winner…..Joseph Baker.

He was nominated by his teacher, Mrs. Moran and Coach Bargery. Joseph greets his teacher with a smile and a hug every morning. He goes out of his way to be kind and helpful to everyone! Congratulations Joseph!!!


SAVE THE DATE… October 29

White House Trail of Treats October 29 from 6 PM-9PM

Trail begins at the WH High School Greenway Trailhead @ 6 PM
*All children must provide their own bag/basket for candy
*For more information, please contact the WH Parks Dept: 615-672-4350






(White House, TN) Robert F. Woodall Elementary Students Learn About Healthy Lifestyles

Students will be learning about healthy lifestyles that are free from drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. We encourage students to celebrate by participating in Red Ribbon Week next week. #WeAreRCSTN


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In Millersville, TN News

SAVE THE DATE… October 26

INDOORS!! Still On!!

(Millersville, TN) Celebrate Halloween at the Millersville Community Center

“Madame Millies Monstrosities” on Saturday, October 26 from 4 PM to 7 PM all ages free event trail of treats

Don’t worry about the forecast for Saturday! We’ll be holding the Trail of Treats rain or shine (it just might have to move inside). We’ll see you on Saturday, 10/26/19, 4:00-7:00 at the Millersville Community Center!


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In Portland, TN News

Portland TN Fire Department – We would like to congratulate FF Colby Bickerton on obtaining his EMT license.

We are constantly expanding our knowledge and skills to serve you better.

Portland TN Fire Department Share Fire Safety With Students

A-Shift spent time Thursday talking to the students at Clyde Riggs Elementary about Fire Safety. B-Shift spent the day Friday at Gateview Elementary talking to the students about Fire Safety, showing them the firetruck, and what we look like in full gear. We enjoy getting to spend time with the students.






SAVE THE DATE… October 31

October 31: Portland, TN Parks & Recreation Trick or Treat in the Park 

Thursday, October 31, 2019 at 5 PM – 7 PM Portland, TN Parks & Recreation 303 Portland Blvd, Portland, Tennessee 37148

The Portland Parks Dept.will have Trick or Treat in the Park at Richland on Thursday, October 31, 2019 from 5-7pm. This event is FREE!! Businesses, churches, clubs and organizations are encouraged to set up and hand out treats to all of the children. The parks will be giving a free shelter rental for the best decorated space according to decorations and character dressing.

Please come and be a part of this event and create a safe place for all the children to come and trick or treat. For more information or application please contact the parks dept. by email [email protected] or by phone at 615-325-6464.



Letter To the Editor

It upsets me when I hear people, even government leaders say that “America is a Democracy”. Here again is a situation when a lie is repeated often enough, people simply begin believing it.

Slowly over the years the United States of America has been mistakenly designated a democracy, thanks to the mis-education of American history.

America’s founders knew what a corrupt system of government democracy was and did everything to ensure our country would never become one.

Our nation was founded as a constitutionally limited republic. This was common knowledge several generations ago. Remember the Pledge of Allegiance: “and to the Republic for which it stands”? The Founding Fathers were concerned with liberty, not democracy. The word democracy does not appear in the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution. On the contrary, Article IV, section 4 of the Constitution is quite clear: “The United States shall guarantee to every state in this Union a Republican Form of Government”

In a Republic, the law is supreme, and all men, including its leaders, are subject to it. Founding father John Adams said this: “A republic is based off an ‘Empire of Laws, and not of men.’”

A constitutionally limited republic emphasizes the rights of the individual. It is not set up to abuse your God given unalienable rights.

As another presidential election comes upon us, the Electoral College debate has been rekindled.

Alerted to the dangers of majority rule, the Constitution’s framers inserted several anti-majority rules. One is that the election of the president is not done by a majority popular vote, but by the Electoral College.

The Electoral College method of choosing the president guarantees that each state, whether large or small in area or population, has some voice in selecting the nation’s leaders. Were we to choose the president under a popular vote, the outcome of presidential races would always be decided by a few highly populated states.

The electoral college is a buffer that allows all states to have a voice. If we remove the role of the states in electing the president, our country would no longer truly be the United States of America.

Ken B. – Portland, TN



SAVE THE DATE… November 9

(Portland, TN) 10th Annual Portland Veteran’s Breakfast Set For November 9th

The 10th Annual Portland Veteran’s Breakfast presented by the Portland Chamber of Commerce and Friends of Veterans will be held on Saturday, November 9th at 8am in the First Baptist Portland Gym (106 N. Broadway). All Portland and surrounding area Veterans are invited to attend this free breakfast along with a spouse. Widows & widowers are also invited to attend. If you need additional information, you can contact the Portland Chamber of Commerce at 615-325-9032.
For more information regarding this event or the Portland Chamber of Commerce: [email protected] or (615) 325-9032.


TO: All Area Veterans

RE: Veterans’ Appreciation Breakfast

You and your spouse/guest are cordially invited to the annual Veterans’ Appreciation Breakfast  being held at the Portland First Baptist Church Family Life Center on Saturday, November 19, 2019 at 8:00am.

In appreciation for your service to our country, we wish to honor all veterans
from Portland and the surrounding area, regardless of whether your service was combat related.

Widows/widowers of those who have served are also invited.

We look forward to seeing you!


Kristen Daughtry

Kristen Daughtry,
Portland Chamber of Commerce

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In Coopertown, TN News

Every Saturday THRU Nov. 9: Coopertown Men’s Club Annual Turkey Shoot

October 12 thru November 9 from 8 AM until 2 PM.

Directions from Highway 49, turn onto Burgess Gower Road at the Elementary school to 2560 Burgess Gower Rd.

• Turkey shot $3 each
• Ham shot $6 each
• 12, 16, 20 and 410 shells provided
• No outside ammunition allowed
• We have shotguns available for use if needed
• Remington model 1187 12 gauge shotgun raffle tickets $1
• Breakfast, Lunch and soft drinks available


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In Neighboring Pleasant View, TN News

Pleasant View Volunteer Fire Department Trunk Or Treat & Costume Parade Set For October 26 HAS BEEN CANCELED


We regret to have to announce that this Saturday’s big Parade & Picnic has been canceled due to multiple weather sources reporting many inches of rain.
The Softball Tournament has been postponed until the following weekend, resuming on Saturday Nov. 2.

We are pleased to announce that we are planning an event in the Spring in it’s place. Please standby for more information as it comes in!




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In Neighboring Goodlettsville, TN News

SAVE THE DATE… October 26


(Goodlettsville, TN) Halloween In The Park  October 26

Halloween In the Park will take place on Saturday, October 26th, from 1-3 pm at Moss-Wright Park: 745 Caldwell Drive Goodlettsville, TN 37072

The event will consist of a DJ, dancing, a pumpkin patch, crafts, games, photo booths, and treats from local businesses and organizations. This is a family friendly event. There will be carnival type food available for purchase including popcorn, shaved ice, pretzels, lemonade, and more!

Costume Guidelines
Please remember that this is a family-friendly event.

No masks are to be worn by teens or adults
No clown costumes will be permitted, except for on very young children





SAVE THE DATE… October 31

October 31: (Goodlettsville, TN) Rivergate Mall: Halloween Mall-Wide Trick-or-Treat!

Bring your kids to RiverGate Mall on Halloween night for a family-friendly, well-lit, weather-proof place to Trick-or-Treat and enjoy fun fall activities!

Kids dress in your favorite costume and join us to trick-or-treat from store to store!

Event will be located in the Center Court Area. Trick-or-Treaters will be given a complimentary Halloween Trick-or-Treat bag and a map of the participating mall stores and candy stations. The first 250 kids will also receive a FREE pumpkin, sponsored by Shuckles Corn Maze at Fiddle Dee Farms

NO masks are allowed on adults or kids 12 and over. Costumes should be appropriate and follow our code of conduct. Candy will be first come first serve, please limit to one trip per store and candy station to ensure all kids receive enough candy.


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In Neighboring Hendersonville, TN News


October 26: Hendersonville First United Methodist Holiday Craft Show and Bake Sale

October 26, 2019, 9am-3pm – 217 E Main St., Hendersonville, TN 37075

Variety of crafts, jewelry, fine art, boutique clothes, and décor. Bake Sale, Freezer Pleezers, lunch, and silent auction. New Children’s Corner (special crafts just for kids).Free Admission.

Proceeds support local programs: Homebound Meals, Samaritan Center, Community Child Care Center, Salvus Center, School Backpack and Tennis Shoe programs, Sumner County CASA, Shalom Zone, Home Safe, Bethlehem Center, Community Care Fellowship, Miriam’s Promise, and Room in the Inn.



Hendersonville Police Department – We Need Your Vote For K-9 Grant!

The HPD K-9 Unit is in the running for the Aftermath K-9 grant. This is a grant that is available through a nationwide voting contest. The law enforcement agencies which receive the most votes win the grants so PLEASE vote for the HPD K-9 unit.

You can vote by clicking on the link below and then scrolling down to select the Hendersonville Police Department. YOU CAN VOTE ONCE PER DAY AND YOU CAN VOTE EVERYDAY THAT THE VOTING IS OPEN. Thank you in advance for your continued support of the Hendersonville Police Department K-9 Unit. To Vote online —> Click Here



SAVE THE DATE… October 26

(Hendersonville, TN) A Night In Monte Carlo Holiday Fest at The Hendersonville Senior Center – October 26

Aa great event on October 26th that supports The Hendersonville Senior Center. Dinner, Music, Pay for fun & Door Prizes! You must purchase a ticket to attend.

Enjoy an evening of food catered by The Hearth at Hendersonville, live entertainment, play for fun, and door prizes!

Tickets: $75/each

For questions about tickets or to sponsor this event please email [email protected] or call Lynda Evjen at (615) 517-5714.


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In Neighboring Gallatin, TN News

Gallatin Police Department –  Two Sergeants Graduate 

We are pleased to announce the graduation of Sgt. Chris Castleberry and Sgt. James McFadden from the Southeastern Leadership Academy. The academy is sponsored by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and is a 10 week-long leadership and management training program.



SAVE THE DATES… N0vember 8-9

6th Annual Tennessee History Trail Bledsoe Creek State Park and Middle Tennessee History Coalition

FRI, NOV 8 9:00 AM & SAT, NOV 9 9:00 AM – 3 PM at Bledsoe Creek State Park
400 Zieglers Fort Rd, Gallatin, TN

Come and explore Tennessee before European colonists reach the Cumberland, chat with French fur traders, and experiance the hardships of life as a colonial settler, as skilled heritage interpreters open your eyes to the past. Also enjoy tomahawk throwing, blackpowder musket demonstrations, and our outdoor museum.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the event. Children under the age of five get in free! For further information contact: Bledsoe Creek State Park (615-452-3706) or The Middle Tennessee History Coalition ([email protected]).



SAVE THE DATE… November 16

November  16 Christmas Harvest Craft Show – Gallatin Civic Center

Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 9 AM – 4 PM at the Gallatin Civic Center
210 Albert Gallatin Ave, Gallatin, TN

A Gallatin tradition this craft fair has something for everyone. It is Free to the public, however we do encourage a free-will donation at the to the Gallatin Miracle Park. What a wonderful way to ring in the holidays!


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In Neighboring Clarksville, TN News

Clarksville-Montgomery County Public Library Welcomes New Public Service Supervisor

Join us in welcoming Lindsey to your library! She is the new Public Service Supervisor. That means she oversees all the great services and programs we offer here. Lindsey is excited to help each of you as you visit your library!


Clarksville-Montgomery County Public Library Used book sale 

Set up is underway! The sale opens to Friends of the Library on Thursday. You can join the Friends for $5 at the door. The general public can shop starting on Friday.

No book, CD, DVD, or other item is more than $1!



SAVE THE DATE… October 26

Clarksville Parks and Recreation Fright On Franklin!  RESCHEDULED October 27

Clarksville Parks & Recreation’s Fright on Franklin, which had been planned for Saturday, Oct. 26, has been rescheduled because of the threat of inclement weather.

Fright on Franklin will be from 3-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27 in historic downtown Clarksville.

There will be themed activities, a hayride and safe trick-or-treating! Downtown Clarksville — at Clarksville Parks and Recreation.




SAVE THE DATE… October 31

(Clarksville, TN) Trick Or Treat With Us October 31! Scare-Crow – Indoor Trunk Or Treat – Clarksville Parks and Recreation (Crow Recreation Center) FREE

Thursday, October 31, 2019 at 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM at the Clarksville Parks and Recreation (Crow Recreation Center) 211 Richview Rd, Clarksville, Tennessee 37043

Fee: Free

Come enjoy our third annual indoor trunk or treat event and costume contest! Local businesses and organizations are invited to participate; if interested please register your business or organization here: https://bit.ly/2WTxim4.

Awards will be given to the “Most Haunted Booth.” The costume contest is for all ages and will be judged on the following categories: Cutest, Best Quality, Most Original, and Best Group.

Pre-registration is not required to attend the event.

For ADA assistance, please call 931-645-7476.



(Clarksville, TN) The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office would like to congratulate Lieutenant Cliff Smith on his retirement after 45 years of public service.

Smith started working for the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office in 1974 as an Undercover Narcotics Investigator. Since then he has worked as a Jail Deputy, Patrol Deputy, and Investigator.

In 1988 he was promoted to Criminal Investigations Sergeant. In 2011 he was promoted to Criminal Investigations Lieutenant. In 2012 he transferred to Patrol and in 2014 transferred to the School Resource Division.

He established the Bomb Squad in 1981 and served as its Commander for 31 years. He also served as a U.S. Marshals Special Deputy from 2003-2014.

Smith received eight letters of commendation and was recognized as Criminal Investigator of the Year during his service. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

During his retirement celebration, Sheriff Fuson presented Smith with his retirement badge, service weapon, plaque, coin, and flag flown in his honor. Mayor Durrett read a Proclamation recognizing Smith for his service to Montgomery County.


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In Neighboring Guthrie, KY News

Guthrie Police Department/ Todd County Sheriff Dept Train For Real-world Shooting Scenarios

Cooperation between Law Enforcement agencies in key in the safety and security of the citizen they serve. Chief Blumel would like to thank Elkton’s Chief Robert Toombs, Trenton’s Chief Henry Hamlett and especially Todd County Sheriff Tracy White for coordinating and hosting this joint firearm training exercise. This event really stressed real-world shooting scenarios, firearm safety and discipline, but more importantly, camaraderie with the Law Enforcement professionals of Todd County. Once again thanks Tracy!!!


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In Neighboring Logan County News

Logan County Sheriff’s Office Helps With Lunch

Sheriff Stratton and Deputy Toomey helped serve lunch to the students at Auburn Elementary on Wednesday. They enjoyed working with staff and interacting with the students as they came through the lines.

On Thursday, Sheriff Stratton and Sgt. Shaun Embry served students at Chandlers Elementary school lunch. They both have commented on how well behaved the students were during lunch today. Way to go, Bears!


The Logan County Sheriff’s Office: SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES NEEDED

The Logan County Sheriff’s Office is now accepting applications for certified and non-certified applicants for the job of Deputy Sheriff. Applicants must be goal oriented individuals that are interested in being on a team. Certified officers with three years of experience will be interviewed immediately. Non-Certified applicants will be subject to a physical test and interview process.

To apply applicants must be:
Twenty-one years of age
US Citizen
Have a high school diploma or equivalent GED
Possess a valid Drivers License
Honorable Discharge
Be able to pass a criminal background check
No Felony or domestic violence convictions

Applications can be obtained in person at the address below:
Logan County Sheriff’s Office
100 N. Owen Street
Russellville, KY 42276




Logan County-Tourism Annual Hometown Haybale Trail (Winners)

Every year the Hometown Haybale Trail just gets better and better thanks to all of our wonderful participants! Everyone did such an awesome job!!! Logan County Tourism wants to say thank you to each and everyone of you for your hard work and creativity!! We will be in contact with our winners and get them their ribbons this next week!

Category: Schools
1st Place & Overall Winner-Auburn School
2nd Place-Lewisburg School
3rd Place-Adairville School

Category: Business
1st Place-Solazteca Auburn
2nd Place-Auburn Health Care
3rd Place-Whole Sale 2 U

Category: Individuals
1st Place-The Nelson Family
2nd Place-The Holder Family
3rd Place-The Perdue Family

Auburn School Logan Schools 1st Place Winner School Category/Overall Winner 2019 Logan County Hometown Haybale Trail
Lewisburg School Logan Schools 2nd Place Winner School Category 2019 Logan County Hometown Haybale Trail
Adairville School Logan Schools 3rd Place Winner Schools Category 2019 Logan County Hometown Haybale Trail
Auburn Solazteca 1st Place Winner Business Category 2019 Logan County Hometown Haybale Trail
Auburn Health Care 2nd Place Winner Business Category 2019 Logan County Hometown Haybale Trail
Whole Sale 2 U 3rd Place Winner Business Category 2019 Logan County Hometown Haybale Trail
The Nelson Family 1st Place Winner Individuals Category 2019 Logan County Hometown Haybale Trail
The Holder Family 2nd Place Winner Individuals Category 2019 Logan County Hometown Haybale Trail
The Perdue Family 3rd Place Winner Individuals Category 2019 Logan County Hometown Haybale Trail



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Pick up a calendar or check our website for MORE events and activities!

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