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Primary elections voter turnout low

By Eddie West Staff Writer Voter turnout for the county’s first ever Republican and Democratic primary elections was exceptionally low. A total of 3,751 residents participated in the election which may seem like a considerable number of voters in a county of less than twenty thousand people. However, the county has approximately 12,633 registered voters,…

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One seriously injured in Dixon Springs accident

By Eddie West Staff Writer One person was seriously injured in a two vehicle accident which occurred on Highway 25 in the Dixon Springs community. The wreck, which involved a car and dump truck occurred around 11:35 a.m., Tuesday (May 10). The site of the wreck occurred in the 900 block of Dixon Springs Highway,…

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Wreck in Pleasant Shade

By Eddie West Staff Writer One person was seriously injured in a single vehicle wreck in the Pleasant Shade community, Friday afternoon. The wreck occurred around 3:30 p.m., a short distance south of the Pleasant Shade Cafe and the Pleasant Shade Highway/Highway 80 intersection with Little Creek Road. A pickup truck rolled over before coming…

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Hopper, Mason, Wright, Barrett win

  By Eddie West Staff Writer There were only three contested races for full-time offices in the Democratic and Republican primary elections. All three of the races were in the Republican Primary Election. One of the more anticipated races was between incumbent Sheriff Steve Hopper, challenged by Scott Moore. Sheriff Hopper defeated Moore 2,313 votes…

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County property reappraisals leave residents in disbelief

By Eddie West Staff Writer After receiving their latest county property reappraisal, it was a feeling far beyond sticker shock experienced by many county property owners. Some residents were hit with disbelief when the numbers were revealed. Many were left wondering, “Can I still afford to live in Smith County?”. A  newly married couple with…

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Fatal crash leaves two dead

By Eddie West Staff Writer Two people were killed in a horrific tractor-trailer accident on Interstate 40, Thursday morning. The wreck, involving two tractor-trailer trucks, occurred in the West bound lanes near milemarker 254 around 8:45 a.m. The victims were traveling in a 2010 Freightline which caught fire after colliding with the rear end of…

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Man sentenced in officer stabbing

By Eddie West Staff Writer A man found guilty of stabbing of a Carthage police officer and attempting to break into the police department/city hall in Carthage has received a 41 year sentence in criminal court. During a February trial, Ralph Overstreet Jr., 40, was found guilty of attempted first degree murder, burglary other than …

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New principals named at schools for 2021-2022

By Eddie West Staff Writer Two new principals have been named within the county’s school system, according to school officials. Scott Apple has been named principal at Smith County High School. Randy Jennings has been named principal at Smith County Middle School. With the school year ending, the two new principals are transitioning into their…

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