Newsmaker: Smith County takes a trip back in time


SMITH COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – Tressa Bush joins Nikki Burdine in the News 2 studio to discuss Smith County Historical Tourism Society’s first fundraising event happening October 23 in Carthage.

It’s called “An Evening at the Starlite Canteen – Tents, Tanks and Tunes.” Those attending can expect to take a trip to the past and relive Tennessee history.

The event will benefit the society’s first two projects – a play and a self-guided driving tour of some WWII Tennessee Maneuvers sites.

Bush said a majority of Middle Tennessee was affected by the maneuvers such as property being torn up from where they practiced.

“The maneuvers were large-scale simulated combat training exercises that took place all over Middle Tennessee. There were seven of them. Each of them lasted between 6 to 8 weeks, and the soldiers came here after basic training learned how to work together as a unit, and then they went on to their other assignment which was World War II,” said Bush.

The Gala starts at 6 p.m. with refreshments to start, then a preview of a historical play in development, and guest speaker, Rick Beyer.

Beyer, a New York Times Best Selling author and award-winning documentarian will share a 45-minute presentation about the ‘Ghost Army’ which was organized at Camp Forrest in Tullahoma during the Tennessee Maneuvers.

Free outdoor events like a mock war bond and metal drive will be happening from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. outside the Smith County Courthouse.

Tickets for the Gala at the Rose Building are $50. Tickets are limited. Call 615-735-7305 to reserve tickets.

Tickets can also be purchased by email at

To learn more about the event, click here.

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