Smokey’s People & Community News Across The County Aug. 18, 2019
ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – Welcome to Smokey’s news in review. This week we have over 30 stories and events for you. It’s a look back and forward covering news and events along with this week’s top stories, some you’ll only see on Smokey Barn News.
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In Springfield News
(Springfield, TN) NorthCrest Foundation Volunteers Deliver School Supplies To Springfield’s CrestView Elementary.
Peggy Rowland (left), and Marcia Nelson (right) represented the NorthCrest Volunteers in delivering school supplies to CrestView Elementary this morning. This is the Auxiliary’s chosen 3rd Quarter giving drive every year. Members of the Student Council helped carry the items in while school administration and members of the Robertson County School Board cheered!
Springfield Honored With Custom Board Game
Released this month and only for sale at Walmart, it’s called (as you can see in the photo) Springfield-Opoly and it’s made by a company in Ohio called Late for the Sky Production Co. In a conversation with Smokey Barn News, the firm said the game is designed to showcase a community. Open up the game and you’ll see familiar landmarks like restaurants, city buildings, and parks.
The firm told Smokey Barn News that they have “no affiliation with Hasbro,” the makers of Monopoly, but the game is similar. The 1924 patent expired in 1941 for “Monopoly.” That apparently opened the door for companies to make similar games.
Why Springfield? Late for the Sky said they look for cities that have shown a love for their community, a decision made by the city’s digital footprint and some market research. They have a team of about eight that do nothing but research communities.
How to win a free game!
Smokey Barn News would like to find a Springfield family to evaluate the game for us and report their findings. The first family to send an email to (UPDATE WE HAVE A WINNER SEE BELOW) “Give us the game” will win a free game. We’ll give the winning family a week to put the game to the test. We will report your thoughts on the game in a couple of weeks. The game goes for $19.95.
UPDATE: Liesa Elliott is our winner of the game. We received her email just 6 minutes after we launched the community column. Congrats Liesa! We’ll get an update from her on the game in a week or so.
Springfield High School – Teacher, Students & Athletes of the Month
Congrats to our teacher of the month (Dale Lightfoot), our two students of the month (Allison Beard & Francisco Huipe), and our two athletes of the month (Austin Stiltner & Leslie Lujan)! #ExcellenceInAllWeDo #AllGritNoQuit #WeAreRCSTN
Free Remote Medical/Dental Clinic Visits Springfield
SPRINGFIELD TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – On Aug. 17th the Robertson County Baptist Association offered a free medical/dental and vision clinic.
The clinic was held at the Center Springfield on Saturday. It was a “No I.D. required open to the public” event. In addition to medical treatment, each patient received a New Testament Bible.
The Clinic treated 299 patients and provided $122,911 in services. PHOTOS: RCBA
Springfield Middle School UT Extension Afterschool Now Enrolling
We are now enrolling for the 2019-2020 Academic year. We have a limited amount of slots available. Get those applications in fast. You all don’t want to miss the fun.
Springfield’s Wins $25k Grant For Dog Park Improvements (VIDEO)
Recently the Boyd Foundation announced 30 new Dog Park Dash winners across Tennessee. Springfield was one of just 30 cities to be awarded a $25,000 grant for improvements and expansions like an obstacle course and walking trail. Smokey Barn News was there on Wednesday when the check was presented to the city.
The Tennessee Dog Park Dash, funded by the Boyd Foundation, is dedicated to building or enhancing dog parks across the state. Established in 2018, this program is helping to make Tennessee the most pet-friendly state in America alongside other major efforts from brands such as Radio Systems Corporation, parent company of PetSafe (R). Through the Dog Park Dash, more than one hundred communities across the state of Tennessee will benefit from dog parks.
Springfield’s Payne Chevrolet Serving Robertson County since 1926
Congratulations Mr. Thomas on your brand new 2019 Silverado! We appreciate your business and wish you safe travels back to Mountain City!
Apply Today!, Payne Chevrolet Turns 93 And Still Growing
SPRINGFIELD TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – Why drive to Clarksville or Nashville when great opportunities can be found right here in Robertson County. If you have experience in sales or auto repair, Payne Chevrolet has immediate openings.
Come be a part of the Payne family. A family-owned business for over 93 years.
Payne Chevrolet Sales Representative
Springfield, TN 37172
Salary: $30,000.00 to $60,000.00 /year
Come be a part of the Payne family. A family-owned business for over 90 years.
Assist customers in every aspect of the dealership.
Track and monitor all advertising provided by the dealership.
Work with phone and internet customers to answer any and all questions.
Help maintain all aspects of merchandising including the lot.
Help to meet and exceed all goals set by manufacturer and management.
Stay current on all training and certification programs provided.
Prepare all paperwork required to complete a purchase.
Salary plus aggressive bonus plan based on performance
Health, Dental, and Vision insurance
Company matching 401k
A very extensive training program
Modern and Professional work environment
Year-end profit sharing
Send resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
Payne Chevrolet General Line Service Technician:
General Motors experience preferred
· Testing to check whether systems and components are secure and are working properly.
· Isolating the systems or components that might have caused the problem.
· Driving the vehicle for testing purposes or using various equipment, including hand-held and onboard compression gauges or diagnostic computers.
· Maintaining efficiency and accuracy in diagnosing as well as repairing vehicles.
· Repairing or replacing worn parts ahead of the vehicle’s breakdown or damage.
· Following a checklist in ensuring that, they examine each critical part of the vehicle.
· Watching or inspecting closely parts like hoses, belts, plugs, fuel systems, brakes, and other possible troublesome items.
Our Dealership’s Commitment to You :
· Competitive Salary
· Health, Dental, Vision, and Life
· Paid Time Off
· Professional Work Environment
· Opportunities For Advancement
Job Type: Full-time
Salary: $50,000.00 /year
· Automotive Technician: 2 years
Send resume to email@example.com
More about Payne….
Payne Chevrolet: A Brief Look At Over 90 Years In Robertson County
SPRINGFIELD/ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – Payne Chevrolet has been a staple in Springfield, Tennessee since 1926, enduring the Great Depression and thriving throughout the years in three different locations in Robertson County. Regardless of their location, the care and support they feedback into the community have been the same since their beginning. “Our first location was established in 1926 in downtown Springfield, TN on Main Street,” said Alex Payne, and great-grandson of Byram Payne who is currently acting as the firm’s Digital Marketing Manager. “This is where the current playground/parking lot is for Springfield Baptist Church. The lot was a very tiny space, so we were only there for a few years until 1928.”
“Once a little expansion was necessary, our next location was on Locust Street, where the current Robertson County Senior Center is located. The business expanded to two different buildings, one for service and one for sales showroom and office spaces, to increase productivity. Despite the efficiency between the two buildings, the space maxed out around having 30 vehicles available at any time. So as a result of increased business, the need arose yet again for an even bigger area. So in 1969 we built a new building with more lot space and moved into our current and final location at 2807 Memorial Blvd. in Springfield, TN.
“Payne Chevrolet was started by Mr. Byram Payne in January of 1926. With some help from his brother Van, the two managed the business together for a few years until Byram eventually bought him out completely. Byram made it a family business and brought in his two sons to help out: Don and Bobby Payne. He was succeeded by his two sons and they managed the dealership for a number of years until Don’s sons took over.
“Currently, we are in our THIRD generation of family ownership with Jeff and David Payne at the helm. They have been co-owners and dealers since 1977 and 1985, respectively, and are continuing the family legacy. If you have relatives from Springfield, or in the neighboring towns surrounding it, you have heard about the quality care from Payne Chevrolet. We support many local schools and businesses, allowing us to pour money back into the town where we have been located for over 90 years.”
PHOTOS: Courtesy Payne Chevrolet
In Cross Plains News
House Rep. Sabi Doc Kumar along with Mayor Barry Faulkner and friends Cross Plains Honor the legendary WSM Opry announcer Bill Cody for his 25 years at WSM Radio.
Back in late June, our very own Bill Cody with WSM was broadcasting live at the ‘Cross Plains Trash and Treasures’! We recognized him for his 25 years with WSM radio at that time! We announced that I, as his TN State Rep, on behalf of all the members of the TN House of Representatives, was presenting him a Proclamation honoring these 25 glorious years at WSM! Well, to be honest about it, the written Proclamation was not quite ready at that time! You know how government can be, and because we were on the radio, we ‘bluffed’ the Proclamation Presentation! And yes, we did it well! More fun was had than if it had been presented as we had intended! Since that day, a bit of time has passed and it has taken some work to get this group together! But, thanks to Mrs. Paula Carr, she was able to work on it and schedule a date that Bill, Mayor Barry, me and herself could be together! And, what a delightful time we had sharing stories … big time stories! Now, I am pleased to announce, our famous son of Cross Plains, and the legendary WSM Opry announcer Bill Cody has been presented the ‘real’ Proclamation honoring him for his 25 years at WSM! We thank you, sir! May God continue to Bless Bill Cody and all those that he touches through Country Talk and Music!
– House of Representatives Sabi Doc Kumar
East Robertson Jr. Pro Cheerleading – We had a very fun and HOT day! 2019 Jamobree is a wrap. Thank you, cheerleaders, and cheer fans!!!
In Cross Plains TN – WE LIKE BIG ROCKS AND WE CAN’T DENY!!!!
We had a problem with trucks hitting the corner of our concession stand so we came up with a natural solution. Plus they can be “base” for tag or hide and go seek!
Cross Plains Welcomes Two New Pastors At Two Churches..
The Faith Community of Cross Plains is a large part of the fabric of our community.
We are proud to welcome 2 new Pastors and their families.
Cross Plains TN – One of the BEST things about living in a small town is the folks that you can count on year after year.
Tina Freeland starts her 34th year at Thomas Drugs. She claims she started working at 5. If Tina says it we believe it! Thanks Tina and Thomas Drugs for being a “constant “ in our community!
In Ridgetop News
Ridgetop Neighborhood yard sale/silent auction held for the Ridgetop Police department Saturday, August 17th and Sunday, August 18th from 8 am – to 4 PM.
“All proceeds will go into an account to help the Ridgetop Police staff due to lost wages.”, Tammy Koonce LOCATION: 1013 Yunt At Greenbrier. 8 am to 4 pm Sunday. FULL STORY
SAVE THE DATE…October 5
Ridgetop Parks Presents SMOKE on the RIDGE Set for October 5
In Greenbrier News
It was one hot lunch at Greenbrier Middle! – RCS School Nutrition Program.
Lunch is great! Scott Woodall, Assistant Principal at Greenbrier Middle School, is shown with the Lunch Team and their Muy Buena Enchiladas! SNP manager Krystal Ray was one of the team members that created the dish!
Smokey’s Photo Of The Week – Greenbrier’s Gavin Ledbetter
Gavin Ledbetter, a senior at Greenbrier High School steps aside for a pre-game prayer Friday Night at the Highschool Jamboree hosted by East Robertson.
Mom says Gavin always gets by himself before a game and says a prayer. “I had a sister, (his aunt) pass away a few years ago. It hit Gavin very hard. He writes her name on the tape he wraps his wrists with prior to every game and wrestling match. Not only does he play for the passion of the game, but also knows his Aunt Val is watching down and gleaming with pride!”
Greenbrier was up against Harpeth Indians, final score: Greenbrier (7) Harpeth Indians (0) PHOTO: (Mom) Maranda Lynch Knight
Mom says Gavin had a close call with last year due to a throat abscess close to rupturing after being hit in a game last year. “A surgery and two hospitalizations later, he is playing his last year of Greenbrier football. He is definitely my miracle son!”
SAVE THE DATE OCTOBER 26…
1st Annual Greenbrier City-Wide Halloween Bash Set for October 26
Hosted by Trey Craig and Tommy Stratton
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.
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
In White House News
White House Area Chamber of Commerce – Congratulations to Mama Bear Milk- Keepsake Jewelry on their ribbon cutting!
Check them out for fabulous, handcrafted keepsake jewelry! You’ll also find lots of other fun merchandise from local artisans, boutique clothing, baby essentials and more.
City of White House, TN- Police Department Congratulates Officer Brad McMurty…
Congratulations to White House Police Officer Brad McMurtry, who was promoted to the rank of Patrol Sergeant on August 4th, 2019. Sergeant McMurtry began his career with the W.H.P.D in 2015 and is a 2009 graduate of White House High School.
In Millersville News
Millersville Elementary School – Congratulations MES Mustangs of the week! We are very proud of you.
City of Millersville Police Dept. Increase Impaired-Driving Enforcement
The Millersville Police Department is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) for its “Booze It and Lose It” campaign from August 16 to September 2, surrounding the Labor Day holiday. This initiative coincides with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” mobilization to increase impaired-driving enforcement nationwide.
“There will be increased enforcement efforts in residential neighborhoods, as well as on Highway 31W and Bethel Road. It’s everyone’s responsibility to have a plan to get to and from their destination and drive safely and lawfully. The primary goal of traffic enforcement is to save lives.” said Sergeant Josh Barnes.
Increased state and national messaging about the dangers of drunk driving, coupled with increased sobriety checkpoints and high visibility enforcement, aim to drastically reduce the number of drunk-driving crashes, injuries, and fatalities this year.
The consequences of a single DUI conviction for a first-time offender in the state of Tennessee may include costly fines, court costs, legal fees, jail time, mandatory drug and alcohol treatment, and/or the installation of an ignition interlock device in his/her vehicle.
The THSO provides grant funding to support The Millersville Police Department and it’s increased enforcement efforts during this Booze It and Lose It campaign. For more information about the THSO, please visit www.tntrafficsafety.org.
In Pleasant View News
Pleasant View Volunteer Fire Department a great day at Climb A Truck 2019 at the Pleasant View Community Park.
Everyone had fun with the big trucks, water slide, fire trucks, airplanes, good food and friends.
SAVE THE DATE…OCTOBER 26TH
Pleasant View Volunteer Fire Dept. Annual Parade & Picnic is set for October 26th
Come out and enjoy some family fun Saturday, October 26, 2019, at 6 AM – 11 PM. The theme of this year’s Parade & Picnic is “Building on a Strong Foundation”. October is Down’s Syndrome Awareness Month and the day all starts with a $5-dollar pancake breakfast with sausage, coffee & juice to support the “Unified Champion Sports Initiative”.
Next, the parade will kick off where floats will be in a contest to receive the prized 1st, 2nd & 3rd ribbons for best representing our theme. Fun seekers can then expect a great day filled with dunking booths, costume contests, pumpkin painting, an auction, co-ed softball tournament, a car show and oh yeah did I mention the FOOD! Firefighters will be fixing’ smoked bologna and hot chicken! If that doesn’t suit your fancy, we’ll have food trucks galore! We hope you’ll come out and join us for an amazing day! Stay tuned as more of these events are scheduled!
In Robertson “County” News
Robertson County Schools & Department of Education Recognizes Five District Schools As Top Tier
On Wednesday, Aug. 15, the Tennessee Department of Education released their statewide evaluation information from the 2018-2019 school year. Robertson County Schools is proud to announce that 5 district schools were designated as Reward Schools, which is the highest level of distinction a school can earn in the state. These RCS schools are:
Coopertown Middle School
Crestview Elementary School
Krisle Elementary School
White House Heritage Elementary School
White House Heritage High School
Reward schools are those that are improving overall student academic achievement and student growth for all students and for student groups, and they are identified annually.
Additionally, the district earned the distinction of “Advancing,” a higher evaluation than last year’s, “Satisfactory,” rating.
TVAAS, or Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System, scores were also released. These scores show the growth that students made based on their peers across the state and range from 1 to 5. Robertson County has improved its Overall TVAAS Score from 1 to 3. For its Literacy, the district improved from 1 to 4, and the math improved from 2 to 3.
While the district did have one ATSI (Additional Target Support and Improvement) designated school, (Springfield High School) it is important to note that this school still scored a 5 in Literacy.
Dr. Chris Causey, Director of Schools commented on the district’s achievement saying, “It is important to celebrate when the data reflects the hard work of our students, teachers, and staff. Two years ago, we were, ‘In Need of Improvement.’ We are so proud of the growth we have seen over the last couple of years, of moving up one designation level per year. As we begin the new school-year, this progress gives us a great jump-start to becoming an Exemplary school system.”
Robertson County 4-H Shooting Sports – The Trap Team had a great- but HOT- practice today.
The Tennessee 4-H Shooting Sports Program is a volunteer-led program that teaches life skills through shooting sports. Youth learn safety and shooting techniques in the disciplines of shotgun, rifle, archery, muzzleloader, and hunting. This program is affiliated with National 4-H Shooting Sports. Contact your County Extension Office for more information on joining 4-H. 615-384-7936
Robertson County Fair 2019 – Everything You Need To Know
The Annual Robertson County Fair Kicks off Tuesday, August 20, 2019. The fair will begin with its annual parade on Memorial Blvd in Springfield at 5 pm.
For all the details, schedule of events, ticket info and more…CLICK HERE
August 21: Faith Night at the Robertson County Fair on Wednesday, at 7:00 pm.
Everyone is welcome!
THURSDAY, AUGUST 22ND (RC Fairgrounds)
7:00 PM The Summer Black Out Diesel Truck Pull – Arena. For full details, rules, and regulations just click the banner below.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 23RD (RC Fairgrounds)
7:00 PM Full Throttle Monster Truck – Arena. Free Pit Party from 5PM – 6:30PM. Three competition events: 1. Wheelie 2. Racing 3. FreeStyle. ATV & Side by Side racing between events. Locals can participate.
See the trucks, meet the drivers, get autographs and photos!
SATURDAY, AUGUST 24TH (RC Fairgrounds)
7:00 PM Demo Derby – Arena
Derby will be rain or shine at the discretion of the RC Fair board. Classes running: Stock Big Class and Mini Cars Class. Also Kids Power Wheels Derby – free entry for kids 9 and under. Must have a helmet to participate. Trophy to all participants.
August 24: Robertson County Fair “Share The Fun Youth Talent Show”
Singing, dancing, playing an instrument —- all part of the annual talent show at the fair for ages 5-19. Register at the UT Extension Office by Wednesday, August 21.
For rules and application….Click Here
(Robertson County) Nineteen Robertson County Schools bus drivers were recognized for outstanding performance at the August 12, board meeting.
Each of these drivers logged a perfect attendance record for the 2018-2019 school-year in the performance of their driving duties.
The list of drivers includes:
Amelia Bernard, Joe Bruton, Linda Carson, David Eden, Ricky Henderson, Charles Hillard, Mike Hughes, James Peters, Karen Peters, Lan Stapleton, Lorenzo Thomas, Cris Way.
John Stinson, Clint York, Samantha Smith, Jeff Peterson, Freida Lane, Melvin Christian, Becky Fisher.
HWY 49 Weekend Construction Closures By TDOT (Dates)
ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – TDOT is providing a heads-up for commuters in the Coopertown area regarding weekend construction and road closers for Hwy 49.
On Friday, August 23 at 8 PM through Monday, August 26 at 5 AM there will be a weekend road closure on SR 49 at the Calebs Creek bridge; which is located north of Coopertown Middle School and south of Sandy Springs Rd on Hwy 49.
Friday, September 6 at 8 PM through Monday, September 9, 5 AM there will be a weekend road closure on SR 49 at the Miller Creek bridge…Read More…
Robertson County’s United Way Delivers Schools Supplies To Family Resource Center and the Teachers Center
The United Way delivered a full-size U-Haul truck full of school supplies just a few weeks ago for Robertson County Schools students! Items were delivered to the Family Resource Center and the Teachers Center.
Thanks to the United Way, the district now has a stock of:
Crayons (boxes of 24)
…and so much more.
United Way Community Impact Manager Asailio “Ace,” Timmermeier said the district was a natural choice since the change in county United Way leadership changed.
“United Way of Metropolitan Nashville transitioned to lead operations in Robertson County in January 2019,” said Timmermeier. “One of our focus areas is education, so it made perfect sense to stream supplies from our very successful Stuff the Bus Event in Davidson County to RCS to help get the school year off to a great start.”
In all, more than 700 backpacks full of school supplies were donated. In addition, the number of glue sticks, scissors, etc. totaled more than 25,000 pieces.
Timmermeier said the donation will be an annual event that she’s excited to be a part of.
“United Way is pleased to partner with Robertson County Schools to provide extra supplies to both students and teachers,: she said. “ Your teachers are tirelessly working to educate our future, the least we can do is facilitate the supplies necessary to prepare these children to learn.”
In acknowledging the sizeable donation, Director of Schools, Dr. Chris Causey said that in his opinion, there is no need for teachers or students to purchase any of these items for this school year.
He expressed gratitude on behalf of the entire district, saying, “This truly is the largest amount of school supplies we have ever seen at one time and are so blessed that the United Way is helping us out in this cause.”
UT Extension-Robertson County TN 4-H – Are in the 9th – 12th grade? Interested in teamwork, robots, competing, and just having fun….then check out this new opportunity.
Robertson County 4-H has received a grant to sponsor a VEX robotics competition team, in fact, two. If you are in the 9th – 12th grade, please contact me by August 23 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Not in 4-H? This may be a good time to join!!
SAVE THE DATE…AUG. 23
Robertson County Senior Center To Host Bluegrass Night on August 23rd.
Enjoy some good ole Pickin & Grinin at bluegrass night with Don Postan and friends at the Robertson County Senior Center located at 601 S Locust St Springfield, Tennessee. Music to begin at 6PM. $5 at the door. Concessions for sale.
Our mission is to promote independence, wellness, and advocacy for 50+ adults, their caregivers, and their families. Questions Call (615) 384-6367.
SAVE THE DATE…AUG. 28th
Robertson County Senior Center To Host Labor Day Luncheon on August 28th.
Come and enjoy BBQ, sides, drink and a dessert at 11AM at the Robertson County Senior Center located at 601 S Locust St Springfield, Tennessee. Just $6. Questions Please let us know you are coming, sign up by August 26.
Our mission is to promote independence, wellness, and advocacy for 50+ adults, their caregivers, and their families. Questions Call (615) 384-6367.
SAVE THE DATE SEPTEMBER 24…
Robertson County UT Extension: Weaning and Marketing Workshop Beef Cattle Producers
September 24, 2019 at 5:30 pm at the Kentucky-Tennessee Livestock Market located at 9169 Russellville Road Guthrie, KY 42234
*Live Animal Grading Demonstration
*Live Animal Vaccination Demonstration
*Guess the Weight Contest
RSVP by Sept 19th for your meal. Call the Robertson County Extension Office, 615-384-7936
Robertson County UT Extension: To All Goat & Sheep Producers, Tn Master Small Ruminant Producer Classes
-Sept 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th at Dover, TN at 5:30 – 9:00 pm each night
-Sept 21st at Houston County Fairgrounds – 10 am- 2 pm
-Nutrition / Forages & Soil Testing
-Reproduction / Health
-Forages / Fencing & Equipment
-Industry / Genetics / Ag Enhancement Update
-Equipment / Famacha / Foot Trimming
Farm Bureau Conference Room
313 Spring Street, Dover, TN 37058
COST: $100.00, This training meets the requirements of the TN Ag Enhancement Program
Please call to register by SEPT. 3rd or if you have any questions, at (931)232-5682
For more info on agenda, click here
Caught On The Cumberland…
34yr old Matthew Gilliam of neighboring Logan County, used a cut bait-skip jack, to pull this hog out of the water August 17th 2019.
“It was definitely a fight, that fish didn’t want to come up and took quite a bit of drag out every time it breached the surface.”
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