Smokey’s Community Column, Stories Across Robertson County (6/20/2021)

Smokey’s Community Column, Stories Across Robertson County (6/20/2021)

Smokey’s Community Column, Stories Across Robertson County (6/20/2021)

ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – Welcome to Smokey’s Community news column. It’s a look back at this week’s top community news in and around Robertson County.

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

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(Robertson County, TN)

Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. – Congrats to Faith for getting 1st in 4-H State Horse Judging! 



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(White House/Cottontown, TN)

Clothes Give Away and More!! – July 31st 8am – 1pm

White House General Baptist Church
4012 Hwy 31 W Cottontown, TN



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(Robertson County, TN)

RCS School Nutrition Program – Save the dates!! Drive-thru Meal Pickup

What: Drive-thru Meal Pickup
When: June 18th, June 25th, July 23rd
Time: 9:00am – 11:00am
Where: Board of Education – Central Office
800 M.S. Couts Blvd
Springfield, TN 37172
For: children ages 18 and under
7 day meal boxes will be available! We cannot wait to see you!!!



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June 26-27: (Springfield, TN) Amateur Radio Operators Field Day Event 


The Robertson County Amateur Radio Club will be participating in the 2021 ARRL (American Radio Relay League) Field Day Event on June 26-27. They will be located at the pavilion behind the Springfield YMCA.

This is an annual event in which amateur radio operators all across the country set up their equipment in remote locations attempting to make as many radio contacts as possible in a 24 hour period. This event is to demonstrate the use of amateur radio in the field in national and regional disaster situations.

Staff of Northcrest Medical Center will also be on hand offering free blood pressure tests, to discuss health related issues, and provide information on the Northcrest Medical Center Facilities from 11:00AM to 2:00PM on Saturday June 26th.

Come Join us and watch live amateur radio demonstrations and ask any question you may have about amateur radio beginning at 1:00PM Saturday, June 26th. It’s a great hobby!

From 2018 Video report…

Join The Robertson County Amateur Radio Club on Facebook

2013 Video report…


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City of Cross Plains TN – Remembrance at Kilgore Cemetery July 3

“Due to circumstances beyond our control, the celebration of fireworks and music at Kilgore Park on the Fourth is CANCELLED. BUT The Remembrance at Kilgore Cemetery is STILL ON and eveyrone is welcome to attend. Saturday morning July 3 at 9. We are disappointed but happy Covid is becoming a thing of the past.” Kenny Swann, Parks Director – City of Cross Plains Tn.



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Robertson County Senior Center In Springfield, TN

Lots of fun events every month, sign up for the newsletter

Our Operating hours will remain from 9:30am- 2:30pm. This allows adequate time to sanitize and prepare for activities.

We plan to add many activities in May like, our Harmonica class, another exercise class, etc. We also plan to start our “Out & About trips again!

WOO Hoo! Things are really looking up!

Can’t wait to see your smiling face!

Stuff Just For Seniors (Upcoming Events) Come Join The Fun




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City of White House, TN- Police Department – We had a great time talking with Small Wonders pre-K children about bike safety.

You all did a great job with the bike obstacle course and we hope you have a great summer.


White House Police – What a great SPEARE class with 21 women participating.

Thank you for spending your afternoon with us, everyone did an amazing job. A special thanks to all the instructors that came out and helped make this class a success.



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Springfield Parks & Recreation Free Movie Fridays & Summer Concerts

The Springfield Parks & Recreation Department is excited to once again partner with Walmart of Springfield to bring free, family-friendly movies to Springfield as part of Free Movie Fridays.

Free Movie Fridays will be held on the third Friday of each month, June through September at the Robertson County Fairgrounds.

July 16: Moana
August 20: The Trolls World Tour
September 17: Raya and the Last Dragon

All movies will begin at 7:30 PM. Concessions will be available to purchase snacks and refreshments. Guests should bring their own blankets or folding chairs for seating.

Springfield Summer Concerts/Friday Night Market On The Square

1st Friday Night Market – July 2nd on the Square in downtown Springfield

Join us the 1st Friday Night of each month until September on the Historic Downtown Springfield Square.

Enjoy live music, food trucks, kids zone, classic car cruise-in, farmers market, shopping with local artisans/makers, and your favorite downtown merchants.

This is a FREE event and family/pet friendly!
Event Time: 6:00pm to 9:00pm

July’s Live Music, courtesy of City of Springfield Parks & Recreation Department’s Summer Concert Series: “Howard Decker and the Cosmic Cowboys” starts at 6:30pm (Bring your lawn chair and dancing shoes!)

Fun On The Square Returns With Live Music, Food, Classic Cars & More In '1st Friday Night Markets' 


Springfield’s Freedom Fest featuring Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder

Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder will perform at 7:20 p.m. presented by Grace Baptist Church. Free admission!

Enjoy carnival rides, inflatables, youth games and activities, vendors, food trucks, and more!

Date: Sunday, July 4, 2021

Time: 3:00 PM – 9:30 PM. Concert begins at 3:30 PM.

Location: Robertson County Fairgrounds


Huge fireworks show following at 9:00 PM. presented by the Springfield Parks & Recreation dept.



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(Robertson County, TN)

UT Extension-Robertson County – Check out Robertson County 4-H Member Jilliann Plunkett, an 11th grade 4-H Member from GHS.

This week she competed at the State 4-H Horse Show with her horses L to R Buzz and Zipposkarma Rags. She placed 9th or better in all her classes.



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Join 1st Responders @ Remembering Badges Blood Drive In Memory Of 9/11  Fallen  

Join 1st Responders @ Remembering Badges Blood Drive In Memory Of 9/11  Fallen  

The Robertson County Sheriff’s office, Robertson County Emergency Medical Services, the Robertson County Emergency Management Agency, the Ridgetop Fire Department and other local first responders would like to invite everyone to join with them to participate in the Remembering the Badges Blood Drive in memory of the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

This event will be held Thursday, July 1st, 2021 at the Robertson County Fairgrounds.

Register to donate blood to honor the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

Each pint of blood will be dedicated for each life lost. Collective Goal: 2,977 pints of blood


Date: Thursday, July 1st, 2021

Time: 1:00pm – 7:00pm Location: Robertson County Fairgrounds 4635 US-41, Springfield, TN 37172

Schedule a blood donation appointment today: Sponsor Code: Robertson Remembers

American Red Cross

1-800-RED-CROSS I 1-800-733-2767

Come get an up close look and Touch a Truck with:

🔹Robertson County Ambulance
🔹Ridgetop Fire Truck
🔹EMA Special Operations Team
🔹Sheriff’s Office Rescue Vehicle
🔹Coopertown PD Patrol Vehicle
🔹Skylife Helicopter



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City of White House, Tennessee – The White House Public Library has installed a new sign displaying the hours of operations near the stairwell entrance of the Library.

We are excited for this new addition and look forward to the many #PhotoOp this may provide its patrons.



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(Springfield, TN) SBN sponsor

Springfield’s Payne Chevrolet – A big shoutout to Corey and Austin Nicely for picking up their new Diesel Silverado RST!

Congratulations on the new truck and thank you for your business.



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Calvary Baptist Independence Day Celebration in Greenbrier, TN


Cook-Out at 6PM. Tribute Quartet Singing at 7 PM. Fireworks at dark. Bring family, friends and lawn chairs.



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Saturday Nights…Portland, Tn – Car, Motorcycle & Truck Show

Bring your classic cars, trucks, motorcycles and everyday car and SHOW them off on Main Street under the lights in Portland, TN on Saturdays from 5:00PM to 9:00PM. First Saturday in April through the last Saturday of October.

Address: 125 Main St. Portland, Tn 37148



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(Robertson County, TN)

Robertson County Sheriff’s Office – 🚨SCAM WARNING🚨

The Robertson County Sheriff’s Office is receiving reports of phone scammers posing as Sheriff’s Office Deputies.

In this scam, the caller tells the victim that they have an outstanding bond, and if they do not pay it with a credit card number or gift card over the phone, they will be arrested.

The scammers may use technology to “spoof” the Sheriff’s Office phone number, and even identify with a name of a current Sheriff’s Office employee.

REMEMBER – The Sheriff’s Office does NOT call and demand money for bond, warrants, tickets, fines, etc.

Please spread the word to help prevent someone from being a victim!



Robertson County Sheriff’s Office – Congratulations to Ashlea and Jaya!

Sheriff Michael Van Dyke was excited to present each of them with a $500 scholarship from the Tennessee Sheriffs’ Association! 👏💵
We wish you all the best!




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Martin’s Chapel Annual BBQ Is Back, Set For June 26

Martin's Chapel Annual BBQ Is Back, Set For June 26

The annual Martin’s Chapel Barbecue tradition in Springfield, TN is back this year but with a few minor changes. Event coordinators have been hard at work trying their best to finalize plans.

“Thanks to Debbie Mayes and Holly Biggs, with Lindsay Wilson treasurer, and help from the whole community, this could not be done without everyone’s help,” said coordinator Brenda Wilson.

Saturday, June 26, 2021, is the big day from 3 to 7 PM at Martin’s Chapel United Methodist Church located at 2046 Martins Chapel Church Rd, Springfield, TN 37172 (MAP).

“The event will not be as normal, but just glad to be back. We are so glad to be back this year! Read More…



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Portland TN Fire Department – Although fireworks will be allowed to be sold starting June 20th, the discharging of fireworks is not allowed until June 25th.

Please, review the new fireworks ordinance HERE for all information related to the sale, storage, and discharge of fireworks inside the city.

Portland TN Fire Department – Always use caution when around fireworks.

Fireworks cause over 19,000 fires and 9,000 injuries each year, with 44% of the injuries being burns. Sparklers can even reach temperatures of 1200 degrees. #portlandtnfire #fireworks #CelebrateSafely



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(Springfield, TN) FILM CREW…

Protesters seen near downtown Springfield Friday, some with airsoft rifles, were actually actors part of a video production team. The group was permitted and being escorted by Springfield Police during production.




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(Greenbrier, TN)

JULY 3rd & 4th

Greenbrier Turning Of The Pig And Parade

Turning of the Pig is set for July 3rd from 5-9pm behind Greenbrier City Hall! Many vendors, delicious food, great entertainment, and fun games for the kids. Come out and support the Greenbrier High School band program, and of course, buy some BBQ! There will be BBQ Nachos and Sandwiches at the event, plus selling BBQ by the lb at the event and the morning of July 4th (6am until it’s gone, behind City Hall). Invite your friends and neighbors!


Greenbrier Historical Society will sponsor the Greenbrier 4th of July Parade on Sunday, July 4 at 4:00 PM.

The parade route will run from Greenbrier Elementary School to Greenbrier Middle School.

Parade participants should arrive at G.E.S. between 3:00 and 3:30 PM to line up and will be allowed to throw candy to spectators along the sidewalks.

The 2021 co-Grand Marshals will be Brandon Frank and Jody Dorris.

If further info needed, call 615-643-8461 during Library/Museum open hours Wed. through Sat.



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Robertson County, TN – I65 Near Millersville

Some animals, including a python, escaped from an overturned camper on I 65 south near Millersville Tuesday. Fortunately, the driver was not critically injured and no other injuries were reported. The animals also appear to be in good condition, according to Detective Chuck Consiglio with the Millersville Police Department.



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Adams, TN Fireworks Extravaganza July 3rd 

SATURDAY, JULY 3, 2021 AT 9 PM – 7617 US-41, Adams, TN

The Adams, TN Independence Day Celebration will be held on July 3rd, 2021 at the Bell School, Ball Field presented by Impact Pyro Inc at 9 o’clock. No other activities will take place.



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Phase (1) Of Electrolux $250-Mill Mfg. Expansion Project In Springfield Officially Opens

Phase (1) Of Electrolux $250-Mill Mfg. Expansion Project In Springfield Officially Opens

On Monday morning, Electrolux hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening of its new Springfield warehouse. This is the first section of the more than $250 million factory expansion to open at its Springfield manufacturing campus Smokey first told you about back in January of this year. The warehouse connects to the new factory by way of an underground tunnel that is a quarter of a mile long.

“We are modernizing our factory, advancing our employee’s manufacturing skills and making a significant investment in the Springfield community,” said Nolan Pike, head of Electrolux North America. “Today’s celebration opens our new state-of-the-art, energy-efficient warehouse, the first section of the expansion to launch.” READ MORE



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Great Companies->Great Jobs-> Who’s Hiring In Robertson County



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TNKids Nutrition To Deliver Lunches This Summer To Kids Under 18

TNKids Nutrition To Deliver Lunches This Summer To Kids Under 18

TNKids Nutrition has been approved by the State of Tennessee to provide sack lunches to children ages 18 and under in Robertson County this summer. To see full schedule an locations Read More



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Wednesdays In Springfield – Classic Tin Cruise-In Through October

“It’s almost time for Cruise-In Season! Starting April 28th. Every Wednesday (weather permitting) Springfield!” Shelby Horner

Classic car Cruise-In for Springfield and the surrounding communities coming together, sharing and talking cars, trucks and bikes.

Family Fun!

Held every Wednesday, from spring till Halloween, Classic Tin Cruise-In will be in Springfield, TN. The classic car, truck, and bikes Cruise-In for Springfield and the surrounding communities coming together for some Family Fun!

Being held at 2008 Memorial Blvd, Springfield, TN, Between the Hardees and Burger King.

Any questions please call Shelby Horner at 615-336-2257




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After 45 Years, Reunion Brings Marines Together. A Robertson County story. 

CROSS PLAINS TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – Mike Yarlett of Cross Plains hosted a reunion for his Marine Corps platoon (unit Fox Co. 2nd Bn, 2nd Mar, 2nd MarDiv.) on June 12th. It was an event three years in the making for a group of Marines that had not seen each other in over 40 years.

Their platoon was stationed at Camp Lejeune North Carolina in the mid to late seventies. “The majority of us have not seen each other for 45 years,” said Mike Yarlett who hosted the event at his home in Cross Plains Tennessee. With all the bad news and tragedies that are happening around the world, I thought maybe this little bit of good news might brighten up the day of Americans and Veterans.” READ MORE…


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NorthCrest’s Grapevine Gift Shop Needs Gently Used Books!

Now with more visitors to NorthCrest, the used book cart can use a few more titles on it. All of the proceeds from the Volunteer Book Cart go directly to the fund for college scholarships! Believe it or not, selling books at $1.00 or $2.00 really adds up! So clean out your bookshelves, and let our volunteers put them to good use!



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TN 3 Day Sales Tax Holidays (Food, Gun Equipment, School Supplies) & 2021-2022 Schools Open House Dates

TN 3 Day Sales Tax Holidays (Food, Gun Equipment, School Supplies) & 2021-2022 Schools Open House Dates

There will be three sales tax holidays this summer starting July 30th. The Tennessee General Assembly has approved two more sales tax holidays in addition to the traditional sales tax holiday on clothing, school supplies, and computers. Residents will now be able to purchase food tax-free as well as gun safes and gun safety devices.

We have provided dates and all the details below. In addition, you will find the open house schedule for the 21-22 Robertson County School year along with school supply lists. Read More



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EVERY SATURDAY NIGHT IN GREENBRIER, TN – Racing Action/Family Fun At Veterans Motorplex At The Rim

Here’s everything you need to know…

Pits open at 11 am
Grandstands at 4 pm
Racing at 6 pm

WHERE: 6801 Kelly Willis Rd, Greenbrier, TN – Call (615) 643-8725

TICKET INFO: FAMILY PACK – $30 for 2 Adults and up to 6 minor children!

Adults $12 Students, Seniors & Military $10, Children 6-12 $5.00

Great Concessions, Kids Zone and FREE PARKING!

Everyone can get great souvenir items as well as photos and videos of the racing action at the Souvenir Alley Souvenir Stand!

Check out all the winners, photos and videos on their FaceBook page.




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Important Message from the US National Weather Service Nashville Tennessee

If you do have young children traveling with you over next few days with these seasonably hot conditions expected, remember this simple saying: “Beat the Heat, Check the Back Seat!” Tragically, nationwide 24 children died in hot cars in 2020 and 1 toddler already has died in April 2021. For Additional Heat Safety Tips & Resources:



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Monday Nights – White House Cruise-In 

5:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Location: Tavern 76 Parking Area (Only)

520 Highway 76

White House TN, 37188

Contacts Wayne Maligin 615-566-7343 or Bob Boone 601-354-3604 (Tavem 76 Parking area is located in the parking area in front of the Tavem 76)


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(Millersville, TN) 

July 2nd: The city of Millersville presents its first annual bluegrass festival

The festival will be held at the Millersville Community Center, Friday, July 2 at 6 PM with stars of the stage,screen and radio: “The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band” and “The Ridgetop Ramblers” plus special guests! FREE admission



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(Robertson County, TN)

The Robertson County Animal Control is overwhelmed by the current overpopulation of pets in our county

We have been working diligently to improve the situation in our area and lower our euthanasia rates. This has only been possible with support from our commissioners and mayor, and leadership of our Director Kevin Clinard. We promote spay and neuter. Please contact our office for information on low cost spay and neuter or to schedule to have your pet fixed.

Robertson County Animal Control
2900 W. County Farm Rd.
Springfield, TN 37172

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 615-384-5611




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3rd Saturday of each month thru October – Pleasant View’s – Cruise’n N Groove’n 

Cruise’n N Groove’n at the Pleasant View Village on 41A, South of intersections Hwy 49 & Hwy 41A, Starts May 15th thru October. Times: 5pm – 9pm.

We have music, several food choices, shopping for the ladies, and lots of cars.

Each month the Mayor will select Mayor’s Choice Vehicle, plus a “Pick of the Month” sponsored by O’Reilly Auto Parts.

At the October event, all six (6) Mayor’s Choice Vehicles will be up for TOP pick for the year voted on by the people.

Location: 214 Village Square Pleasant View, TN 37146

For more info, contact 615-746-0600 or Jim Hutchens 615-517-1423 or Larry Rediker 615-419-5214.



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(Springfield, TN) Stokes Brown Public Library – Some pics from this weeks Summer Reading event, Mr. Brendan the Reptile Guy!

Check out the calendar of events for more upcoming fun!

Check out the calendars below for the full schedule of storytimes.


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WEDNESDAYS – Farmers Market! – White House, TN 

When: Wednesdays from 3:30 PM CDT – 7 PM CDT

Come out and visit all of your favorite farmers!

We are excited to announce that the White House Farmers Market is now accepting applications for the 2021 farmers market season!

Please visit our website at to view the policies and procedures and fill out an application.

The NEW location for the market this year will be at the White House Municipal Park (located at 420 HWY 76)!

Spots will be limited this year, but we are hoping to have more than years past!

We look forward to a new and fun season this year!



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(Springfield, TN) Sponsor

Ace Hardware Springfield – We’re here to help with your outdoor living!

We’ve got tons of grills, lounge chairs, canopies, tables, chairs, umbrellas, and more. Come see us soon!

Get your grill on at #AceHardware!

Ace Rewards members can shop their favorite grills online for FREE assembly & delivery. Visit for details and exclusions. #TheHelpfulPlace

Ace Hardware Springfield Memorial Day Sale is on!

Great deals for a great day! Get into Ace and ensure your ready to celebrate!


Springfield Ace Hardware – Prevent bugs in your backyard up to 12 weeks with Cutter® Backyard™ Bug Control.

The 32oz. size is on sale now for $6.99 after your $3 Off Ace Rewards Card Discount. Limit 2. *Offer valid at participating locations June 1 – 29. #MyLocalAce

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White House, TN Americana Celebration

Carnival July 7-10 at soccer complex. Opens nightly at 5 pm.

Americana celebration – Saturday, July 10

Live music begins at 5:30 with Ava Hurst
6:00 The WannaBeatles
8:00 Vinyl Radio
9:00 Brandon Webster Fireworks Show
9:30 Vinyl Radio
Food trucks, concession stand

Free Inflatables, Free Balloon Twisters Free Facepainting, Free Caricature Drawings!

Free air-conditioned shuttle buses from 3:30-11 pm. Bus stops at White House Middle School, the Church at Grace Park and White House City Hall/public Library will have an ADA bus. All buses will run continuously through the evening.




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THURSDAY, JULY 1:  Cedar Hill Farmers Market 

New Farmers Market Coming Thursdays To Cedar Hill

When: Thursday, July 1, 2021 at 4 PM CDT – 8 PM CDT

Runs every two weeks through October

Where: Located behind Cedar Hill City Hall: 290 S Main St Cedar Hill, TN 37032

Nearly two dozen local vendors selling produce, clothing, plants, leather products, jewelry, baked goods, knife ware, candles, decor, flowers and more. We’re also excited to bring our local FFA chapter from JBHS in to assist support their program and to help shape and mold the future generations of farmers and create a long term sustainability for our Market.

Our Local Vendors:
Bellhollow Farms, Head Farms, Corbin Creek Greenhouse, Jo Byrns FFA, Gingham Roots, For The Love of Fabric, Sweet Loaves & Ivey, Hudson Barn, Roan Clay Designs, Wholesome Homemade Home, Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy, Perfectly Imperfect Gifts by Michelle, Tennessee Keepsakes, Gracefully Plain Jane, Rampant Lion, Leathersmith, The Tree Maker, Rustique Essentials, Cedar Hill FCE, Sugar Roots Bakery.

Delicious food can be purchased from the Santa Fe Food Truck!! Picnic tables will be placed near the food truck to allow patrons to eat onsite if they’d like.

Big Mikes Little Doughnuts will be there for the perfect snack or dessert. Pick up some homemade ice cream from Heads Farm or some lemonade from Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy.

Music will be provided by the guys from the Inglewood Old Time String Band.

You spoke and we listened. This year you’ll experience expanded food truck options by alternating food trucks during markets. Santa Fe will be with us for a market each month and another always different food truck will be there for the other market during the month. Also, we’ve added some new local vendors and are switching several vendors out each market to ensure variety and help us keep our market exciting and fresh. We have increased our roster of local farmers and growers, so this year you’ll be seeing more produce and organic products; especially as produce and other products come in and reach harvest time.

We work tirelessly to try and bring you local vendors with local products. If you are interested in being a vendor, please message me and let me know. Outside vendors are welcome, but priority will be set on local availability, range of products, etc.


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City of White House, Tennessee – The Splash Pad is open THIS Saturday!

The hours for the Splash Pad this year will be:
Monday: 9am – 8pm
Tuesday: 2pm – 8pm
Wednesday – Saturday: 9am – 8pm
Sunday: 11am – 6pm
Weekends only after Labor Day until September 26th.



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(Springfield, TN) Sponsor

Springfield Carpet One – Do your pets require unique floors made specifically with their needs in mind?

At Springfield Carpet One Floor & Home, we offer the durable and scratch-resistant floors you’ve been waiting for! Save up to $1,000 on pet-friendly flooring today during our Claws + Paws Flooring Sale.

Check out the details, click image below.


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