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BREAKING NEWS: SMITH COUNTY SHOOTING

  TBI Agents Investigating Carthage Officer-Involved Shooting At the request of 15th District Attorney General Tommy Thompson, TBI Special Agents continue to investigate the circumstances of an officer-involved shooting that occurred Wednesday morning in Carthage. Preliminary information indicates the incident occurred at approximately 4:30 AM, shortly after a security guard at Smith County Hospital called the…

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BREAKING: AUGUST INDICTMENTS

BREAKING: AUGUST INDICTMENTS The grand jury met for its August session, Monday (August 6). Forty-four indictments were returned. Zachary Lee Micha Thackxton, 29, Carthage—possession of drug paraphernalia, seatbelt law violation, failure to show proof of insurance. Michael W. Jones, 47, Lebanon—DUI (fourth offense), implied consent law violation, simple possession of schedule VI drug marijuana, possession…

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SCHOOLS BACK IN SESSION – TRAFFIC

SCHOOLS BACK IN SESSION – TRAFFIC Residents traveling along Highway 25 may want to leave a little early because of traffic delays. With school starting, traffic has picked up along the state highway. Monday morning, there were reports of traffic backing up as far as Smith County Motor Company. The delay is because of work…

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MAN BOOKED INTO JAIL FOR 64TH TIME

MAN BOOKED INTO JAIL FOR 64TH TIME A man who has been booked into the county jail 64 times has been arrested again. According to Smith County Jail records, Eddie Lee Upchurch, 59, Carthage was booked into the county jail at 3:43 a.m. on July 23 for the sixty-fourth time. Upchurch has been charged with…

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MASON NEW COUNTY MAYOR – INCUMBENTS SEATED

MASON NEW COUNTY MAYOR – INCUMBENTS SEATED Jeff Mason will become the county’s new mayor. Mason defeated four candidates in Thursday’s general election to win the county’s top seat. Mason received 2,409 votes. County Commissioner Mark Jones finished second with 1,664 votes, followed by Billy M. Woodard with 940 votes, Ricky Slack with 175 votes…

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ELECTION DAY – ELECTION RESULTS

  Election results  will be available at the Smith County Election Commission link below after polls close tonight at 7 p.m. Results HERE * *Notice: Votes will continue to come in until the “# of Precincts Reported” reaches 8.   The Carthage Courier encourages you to get out & make your voice heard at the polls! For…

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6 COUNTS OF RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT FILED

6 COUNTS OF RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT FILED A man stopped by sheriff’s department deputies at the Interstate 40 exit in Gordonsville faces six counts of felony reckless endangerment. The man, a Smyrna resident traveling in a blue Chevrolet Impala, is accused of attempting to run a vehicle, with two people inside, off the roadway on Interstate…

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ELECTION DAY COVERAGE

ELECTION DAY COVERAGE Early Voting Numbers Strong (Election night results will be posted on the Smith County Election Commission website Thursday night. A link to the election commission website will be posted here on the Courier website – www.carthagecourier.com) Early voting ended Saturday and residents are going to the polls this week. More than three…

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SCHOOL YEAR BEGINNING

SCHOOL YEAR BEGINNING Teachers returned to school this week from summer break. Next week, students will return back to school to begin the 2018-2019 school years. Scheduled for this week is teacher in-service training on Wednesday and Thursday and an administrative day on Friday. Students report back to school for a half-day session on Monday,…

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SCHOOL SYSTEM EMPLOYEES RECEIVE RAISE

SCHOOL SYSTEM EMPLOYEES RECEIVE RAISE School system employees returning for the 2018-2019 school year will be greeted with a three percent pay raise. The county’s school board approved a “three percent salary increase for the 2018-2019 school year” during its July meeting. The pay increase includes “all Smith County Board of Education employees” and is…

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