Malone Staffing Solutions

The Smith County Chamber of Commerce welcomes new member, Malone Staffing Solutions. With their branch office located at 1105 A South Walnut Avenue in Cookeville, Malone offers temp-to-hire positions in the Carthage, Gordonsville and surrounding areas. Malone recently held a job fair at the Smith County Chamber of Commerce and were interviewing on the spot for warehouse associates, welders, press operators and painters. Pictured with Chamber Director, Bill Woodard are Malone Branch Manager, Trevor Sexton and Staffing Specialist,Shelly Pennington

Malone Workforce Solutions is much more than your typical staffing firm. Malone commits to accurate and timely pay, accessible benefits and a safe work environment. As one of the top 50 largest national staffing firms we work closely with our clients to fully understand their opportunities, so we can place our associates in the position that is the best fit for them. This philosophy has earned us the 2018 national “Best of Staffing” award. “When you work through Malone you have a partner in your career, your success is our success.”

Caney Fork Farms CSA


The Smith County Chamber of Commerce welcomes new member, Caney Fork Farms. By joining the Caney Fork Farms CSA and you’ll enjoy ultra-fresh vegetables for up to 30 weeks from May to November. Each week, you’ll also be able to add-on items like pasture raised meats, gourmet mushrooms, flower bouquets, as well as additional produce for canning or freezing. Caney Fork Farms believes that Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a relationship between farmers and people that love good, clean food. As a subscriber, every meal you cook supports an alternative, locally based model of agriculture where growers and consumers share the risks and rewards of sustainable food production.


Caney Fork Farms’ mission is to inspire others with living proof that carbon farming benefits farmers, the community, and the environment. We aspire to be a collective of farms in middle Tennessee that use carbon farming practices to provide healthy, affordable food that prioritizes people and planet. When you join or support Caney Fork Farms, you are not only eating the best clean, healthy, local food, you are helping to create a new age of carbon farming, one in which farmers, the community, and the environment thrive. If you are interested in joining the 2018 CSA Season, please visit or contact Tripp Eldridge at 615-972-2950 or

Smith County Celebrates, Inc.


The Smith County Chamber of Commerce welcomes new member Smith County Celebrates. Smith County Celebrates, Inc. is a local non-profit,non-partisan organization established to celebrate the history and heritage of Smith County and its residents, both past and present. Their annual banquet honors Cordell Hull and Al Gore, Jr., two Nobel Peace Prize recipients from Smith County. This annual celebration and its year-round initiatives provide a unique crossroads for a diverse community of residents, business members, educators,and civic practitioners. Proceeds from this event will assist with providing a mobile educational exhibit related to the two Nobel Peace Prize winners from Smith County, with photos, historical documents, and artifacts. The exhibit will be available to local businesses, schools, and organizations on their premises upon request. It will also help provide four$500 recurring local scholarships to students in Smith County. For more information please visit or contact Smith County Celebrates President, Jim Hebert at 615-270-5565.

The 2018 banquet was held at the Smith County Agricultural Center on August 18th. Dinner was provided by Helen’s Restaurant. Mr. Walter Glenn Birdwell and Jack McCall served as keynote speakers. Carol Brown Andrews emceed the event. Invocation will be given by Carthage United Methodist Church Pastor, Monica Mowdy. In attendance for the dinner were Gore and his daughter Karenna Gore Schiff. After the night’s presentations were complete, Al Gore mingled with other event attendees, pausing for pictures and personally congratulating the local scholarship recipients.

Just Box It – Carthage

On Monday, August 13th, the Smith County Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting for newest member, Just Box It Self-Storage Carthage. Located on Lebanon Highway in South Carthage, adjacent to The Pavilion Senior Living, Just Box It is a temperature controlled self-storage facility. They have 22 units and 3 warehouse spaces ranging from 1000 – 1200 square feet. Upon opening The Pavilion Senior Living at Carthage, the space and building allowed them to meet most any need of their residents., but many families needed temperature-controlled storage. Hal Bone, owner of both The Pavilion Senior Living and Just Box It, wanted to provide a solution for their residents, resident families and the citizens of Smith County. Just Box It Carthage is the first and only temperature controlled self-storage unit in Smith County. They offer tenants a gated facility with security cameras and 24/7 access. A self-service kiosk allows the renting of a unit anytime, paying for a unit anytime and getting assistance at any time with any questions or issues that arise. They also offer outdoor parking for boats, RV’s, and vehicles. Please call Just Box It Carthage at 615-453-9912 with your storage needs or questions.

Attending the Ribbon Cutting were Bill Woodard –Smith County Chamber of Commerce, Hal Bone –Just Box It Owner, Benita Woodard, Rebecca Silcox, Amber Donnell and Heather Sadler -all of Just Box It, Judy Markham and O.J. “Skip” Gaerte -Pavilion Senior Living Carthage, Colby McKinney –Smith County Insider, Anthony Apple – Citizens Bank, Andy West –Wilson Bank & Trust, Jim and Melissa Hebert –The Candy Bar

Adoration Home Health


The Smith County Chamber of Commerce welcomes new member, Adoration Home Health. The Carthage Branch of Adoration is now open at 108 Hospital Drive in Carthage, in the building formerly known as Hair Supreme. On Friday, June 8th, the Chamber hosted a Ribbon Cutting at Adoration’s Grand Opening.

Adoration Home Health, a Medicare and Tennessee State Certified Medical Organization, provides compassionate care at the highest quality for patients with a variety of illnesses, injuries, and rehabilitation needs. Adoration Home Health offers you and your family many options and opportunities to make important care decisions as you regain your independence. Their interdisciplinary Home Health team tailors unique and individualized plans for you based on a comprehensive understanding of your needs, providing you with expert medical care, wound care, symptom alleviation, educational programs, and other services. They will ensure that your route to recovery and self-reliance is comfortable and convenient.

Attending the June 8th Ribbon Cutting were Jay Roberston, Laura Piper- Wilson Bank & Trust, Karen Hackett- Smith County Bank, Jenna Key, Dr, Larry Key, Amanda Linville- Director, Jennifer Hazelwood- PT, Amy Roberston- Account Executive, Sara Dallas- LPN, Alicia Hooten- RN, Julie Forbes- PTA, Scott Key- PTA, Josh Mahoney-PT, Chad Williams, Chris Jones- CEO, Artie Burner-Account Executive, Pat Nixon- Smith County Bank, Michael Nesbitt- Smith County Mayor, Patricia Burns- Regional Director of Operations, Billy Woodard- Smith County Chamber of Commerce Director, Alex Miller- VP of Marketing, Meagan Bell- PTSA, Frankie Webb- PTA, Jolene Ellis- LPN and Keri Halliburton- PTA.

Titan Tattoo II


On Saturday June 9th, the Smith County Chamber of Commerce welcomed its newest member Titan Tattoo II with a ribbon cutting at Titan’s Community Appreciation Day. Titan Tattoo II is an artist-owned and operated custom tattoo and professional body piercing studio now open at 217 Upper Ferry Road in Carthage. Titan’s owners were inspired to open a smaller, slower paced studio near the Cumberland Plateau where clients could receive the same quality tattoo and body piercing services as in larger cities like Nashville.  Titan Tattoo II began their journey on March 9th of this year and are the first of its kind for Smith County. With fully licensed artists, they specialize in custom artwork, cover-ups, large scale black & gray and color work as well as realistic portraits. Big or small, they do it all!  

For anyone looking for a stunning sleeve, a portrait or just a small, simple design, their artists will provide quality attention to detail and professionalism. Titan’s artists will always take the time to discuss a tattoo with their clients, helping them to make the best choices in design and application.  They will also provide the verbal and written instructions and information that is needed to properly care for a new tattoo or piercing.  This will ensure the best healing process.  Aftercare products for new tattoos and piercings are available for purchase.  At Titan Tattoo II, walk-ins are always welcome, but appointments are preferred.  Titan Tattoo II always does their best to take care of all walk-ins.  An appointment is never needed for body piercing services. Titan carries an extensive line of body jewelry including large-gauge organic ear plugs. Aftercare products for new tattoos and piercings are also available for purchase.  Titan’s artists are friendly and are ready to consult and offer suggestions to make your tattoo ideas amazing and design your tattoo.  They can help you get started today on the work of art you dreamed of for years.  Titan Tattoo II invites you to top by the studio for a truly unique experience with artists that tattoo & pierce with integrity!  They look forward to meeting you!

Attending Titan Tattoo II’s ribbon cutting were Carthage Mayor Donnie Dennis, Karen Cain- Owner/Tattoo Artist/Master Piercing Technician, Wes Bennett- Tattoo Artist,  Ty Higgins- Tattoo Artist, Amy Millslage- Tattoo Artist, Bonnie Phillips- Master Piercing Technician, Bill Woodard- Smith County Chamber of Commerce and Matt Watts- Carthage City Council.



Tri Star Land Improvement, LLC.

The Smith County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome new member, Tri Star Land Improvement, LLC., a custom land clearing and maintenance business. Their services can enhance your property with trails to fully immerse you in the health and beauty of your land. They can restore and maintain your farm, home or commercial property with underbrush removal, field and pasture reclamation, site prep and storm clean-up. Pictured are Rick Garrels, owner of Tri Star Land Improvement, and Braden Garrels. Tri Star Land Improvement can be emailed at and found on Facebook by searching @TriStarLand.


    “Tri Star Land Improvement, LLC is a family owned and operated land maintenance service. The services we provide are reclaiming overgrown properties with forestry mulching and extreme brush cutting equipment, capable of clearing up to 10 years of growth. We also take care of regular pasture or field maintenance with a tractor and bush hog.

      Our customers are private landowners who want to open up the natural features of their property that are being choked by brush and unwanted foliage or who desire to clear a spot for future building sites. We also cater to residential and commercial real estate companies that want to spruce up a property to sell.

     We plan to add additional services as we grow, so call with your unique need, and we will do our best to take care of you within your budget. Contact Rick Garrels at 615-489-6431 or Braden Garrels at 615-483-7719.

      Being a part of the Smith County Chamber is important to us, as we want to be a part of and contribute to our community.”


  • Rick Garrels

          Tri Star Land Improvement

Tennessee Kayak & Outdoor Company


On Saturday, May 19, the Smith County Chamber of Commerce welcomed its newest member by hosting a Ribbon Cutting at the Grand Opening of Tennessee Kayak & Outdoor Company. Pictured with Chamber Director, Bill Woodard, is owner Brad Smith. Tennessee Kayak & Outdoor Company located at 510 Main Street North in Carthage offers van & trailer shuttle service for up to 14 per van and up to 28 per group for daily float trips on the Caney Fork and Cumberland Rivers. They offer kayak and canoe rentals for half and full days, as well as specialty trips in the area. Transport service is available if you own your own gear and just need shuttle service. Special rates for group outings such as church, civic and employee groups. A full line outdoor store, you will find camping, fishing and hiking gear such as backpacks, tents and camp stoves. They have all the snacks, food and drinks you might need for anything outdoors.  They offer several styles of t-shirts and logo hats that are produced here in Smith County.  They carry Xero brand outdoor footwear for men and women. Xero specializes in outdoor footwear- everything from sandals, hiking shoes and boots, running shoes and even men’s dress shoes. They are great for anyone who may be suffering from back, leg or foot pain. Tennessee Kayak & Outdoor Co. offers water shoes, coolers and so much more. They are also a Rhino propane tank dealer.  Attending the Ribbon Cutting were Anthony Apple, Citizens Bank:  Matt Watts, Karen Hackett, Smith County Bank; Donnie Dennis, Carthage Mayor, Scott Oliver, Citizens Bank; Brady Smith, Cate Smith, Linda Smith, Calvin Smith, Deneshia Smith Jackson, Lexi Jackson, Cole Jackson, Jamie Daley, Dustin Miller, Thom Ellis, Brad Smith, Tennessee Kayak & Outdoor Company; Bill Woodard, Smith County Chamber of Commerce, David Anderson, Gramps Travel; Bill Williamson, ProtectStor.



Originally from Red Boiling Springs, Brad moved to the Cookeville area after high school and graduated from Tennessee Tech University with a degree in Business Marketing. He always felt the desire to get back to that small-town life and the outdoors that he learned to love as a kid growing up on a farm, the son of a logger and being active in Boy Scouts. An avid and lifelong explorer of the outdoors, water activities and hiking are in his blood. In his youth, he was a lifeguard and a swimmer and paddler all over parts of Tennessee.  After 20 years in the advertising sales business, he felt God was leading him to a different season in his life, one where he got back to his roots and would allow he and his children, Brady and Cate, to work together and be a positive influence on others. Being a lover of the rivers, lakes and trails in the area, he knew there were sections of the Caney Fork and Cumberland Rivers that very few leisure paddlers had ever been exposed to. Knowing Smith County, Carthage and Gordonsville, he felt led that they could see the coming growth and a need for more catered outdoor activities that would allow area residents and visitors to explore and learn more about the natural beauty of Smith County. With prayer, faith and an enormous amount of help from his family and friends, city and county officials and special friend and fellow hiker, paddler and Carthage resident, Jamie Daley, and her family – Tennessee Kayak and Outdoor Company was born.



For your next river trip, hike or any outdoor need you may have, give them a call at 615-735-7995. You can find them on Facebook and get more information on their website The Smith County Chamber of Commerce encourages visiting our local businesses. Keep more money in our local economy. Celebrate the uniqueness of our community. Support local jobs. Make Smith County a destination!

Ace Hardware

The Smith County Chamber of Commerce hosted a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on March 23rd for new chamber member, Ace Hardware. Ace Hardware recently opened at 531 Industrial Drive in Carthage. This store is owned by Melvin Grace, a Hermitage Springs developer. Grace also owns Ace Hardware stores in Lafayette, Tennessee, Scottsville and Edmonton, Kentucky. This newly renovated space was at one time the home of Dollar City, which was also owned by Mr. Grace. The Grace family has owned the neighboring Save-A-Lot store for approximately 30 years. Ace Hardware’s Carthage store hours are 7am – 7pm Monday thru Saturday and Sundays 10 am – 5 pm. The store and be reached by phone at 615-588-1900.


In attendance for Ace Hardware’s Ribbon Cutting were Chris Ferrell – Farm Credit Mid-America, Jim Hebert -The Candy Bar, Carthage Mayor Donnie Dennis, Melvin Grace – Store Owner, Diane Skelton -Smith County Bank, Pat Nixon- Smith County Bank,  Greg Clements -Store Manager, Karen Hackett -Smith County Bank, Bill Woodard -Smith County Chamber of Commerce, Shannon Lane -Ace Hardware Team Member, Andy West -Wilson Bank & Trust, Smith County Mayor Michael Nesbitt and Seth Dillehay -J.M. Insurance.



Blackwell Realty and Auction – Fred Bradley


The Smith County Chamber of Commerce welcomes new member, Fred Bradley of Blackwell Realty and Auction in Lebanon, Tennessee. Mr. Bradley has been in the Nashville area for 18 years and was in the in the IT industry for over 25 years before joining Blackwell Realty and Auction. With a background of attention to detail and the ability to “think outside the box”, he is devoted to taking the time to listen and learn about his clients’ needs, wants and desires. He studies the market to help clients when they are buying or selling. He uses innovative marketing plans and buying/selling techniques. He is always ready to work for his clients and deliver on his motto: “Results.  Not promises.”  Contact Fred Bradley for your real estate needs. His office at Blackwell Realty and Auction is located at 3080 Leeville Pike in Lebanon. Fred may be reached in the office at 615-444-0072 or on his cell phone at 615-519-0229. He may also be reached by email at 

To learn more about the Smith County Chamber of Commerce or how you can become a chamber member, please visit,  call 615-735-2093 or visit our offices at 939 Upper Ferry Road in Carthage. We encourage everyone to support our local businesses!

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