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Free Fishing Day returns to City Park


ONEIDA  |  The Free Fishing Day contest is returning to Oneida City Park.

Once an annual event at City Park, it has been several years since the contest has been held. But it’s back for 2024, and kids ages 3 to 15 are invited to fish — for free — on Saturday, June 8.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m., and the first 200 kids who are registered will receive a backpack. Fishing begins at 9 a.m. and continues until 11 a.m. Prizes will be awarded in each age group at 11 a.m.

Fishing Day at Oneida City Park coincides with the State of Tennessee’s Free Fishing Day. The state’s Free Fishing Day is always the Saturday of the first full week of June — June 8 this year. On that day, anyone in Tennessee can fish without a license. For the week after — June 9 through 16 — kids ages 15 and under can fish without a license. 

Proposal to Bid: City Park Mower


The Town of Oneida is requesting bids for a new mower at City Park. All bids should be dropped off at the Municipal Building or mailed to the attention of Mayor Lori Phillips-Jones at P. O. Box 4237, Oneida, TN 37841.  All bids shall be received by May 10, 2024.  

Specifications should be as follows: 

Engine Brand: Kawaski

Transmission Speeds: Infinitely Variable

Engine Model: FX921V

Speed: Infinitely variable speed selection from 0-11.5 mph (18.5 kmph) forward, 0-7.0 mph (11.3 kmph) reverse

Engine Speed: 3,750 RPM

Drive Description: Two Exmark exclusive Parker unitized pump and wheel motor systems with no hoses, integrated cooling fans, shock valve, 1.7-quart integrated reservoir, spin-on filter and heavy-duty components. 16 cc pumps and 17.1 cubic inch motors.

Deck Lift: Standard; foot-controlled deck lift changes cutting height and lifts the deck to maneuver around obstacles, or place in transport position. Equipped with Adapt system. 

Deck Style: Floating Deck

Deck Style Description: Full-floating UltraCut Series 6 with heavy-duty spindle. 

Width/Cutting Deck: 72”

Cutting Deck: 1.0” (2.5 cm) to 5.5” (11.8 cm) in 0.25” (0.64 cm) increments adjustable from operator’s seat. 

Blade Tip Speed: Approximately 18,500 fpm. 

Blades: 3 Blades at 24.50” Length

All bids must meet or exceed these specifications or be comparable.  


» Bid Notice (.docx)

Beer Board Meeting: May 16


The Town of Oneida Beer Board will meet on Thursday, May 16, immediately following the Board of Mayor and Aldermen regular session at 6 p.m. The meeting will take place in the Courtroom of the Oneida Municipal Services Building and is open to the public.

May work sessions


The Oneida Board of Mayor and Aldermen will meet in work session on Monday, May 6, at 5:30 p.m., and again on Monday, May 13, at 5:30 p.m. The work sessions will be held in the Courtroom of the Oneida Municipal Services Building. The public is welcome to attend.

July meeting date changed


The Oneida Board of Mayor and Aldermen’s July regular session has been changed from Thursday, July 18, to Wednesday, July 24. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. The Water Department Board Meeting will precede the regular meeting at 5:30 p.m.

Main Street mural honors singer-songwriter Anthony Smith


ONEIDA, Tenn.  —  A new mural on the side of the Oneida Public Library pays homage to one of the town’s favorite sons, award-winning singer-songwriter Anthony Smith.

Before Smith moved to Nashville to pursue a career in country music, he grew up in Oneida. The son of Ralph Smith and Carol Kitts Smith, he graduated from Oneida High School before pursuing a career in music when he was in his early 20s.

The Smith family’s roots run deep in Oneida. His great-grandfather was John J. “Hawk” Smith, a noted moonshiner who lived in what is now the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area.

Smith had joined his first band by the age of nine, and was arranging music at his church by age 12. He cites his early musical influences as artists like Johnny Paycheck, Johnny Cash, Aerosmith, ZZ Top and Led Zeppelin.

As an adult, Smith joined the house band Sneaky Pete, based in London, Ky., which performed at the Soundstage Club. From there, he landed a spot at a singer/songwriter showcase at The Broken Spoke in Nashville. Mercury Nashville boss Luke Lewis received a demo of Smith’s music, and offered him a contract.

Smith’s debut album, If That Ain’t Country, was released in 2002 on the Mercury Nashville label. It produced three singles that charted on the U.S. Country charts, including “If That Ain’t Country,” “John J. Blanchard” and “Half A Man.”

Several of the songs from Smith’s debut album were recorded by other artists, including “John J. Blanchard,” a song about a comatose nursing home patient, which was recorded by Tommy Shane Steiner, and “Metropolis,” a song loosely based on Oneida, which was recorded by Sammy Kershaw. Also, “That’s What Brothers Do” was recorded by Confederate Railroad.

Meanwhile, Smith emerged as a highly sought-after songwriter. Songs to his credit include “Run” and “Cowboys Like Us” by George Strait, “I’m Tryin’” and “Chrome” by Trace Adkins, “Didn’t I” and “What Do Ya Think About That” by Montgomery Gentry, “My Worst Fear” by Rascal Flatts, “Kristofferson” by Tim McGraw and “Chasing Down a Good Time” by Randy Houser.

Smith also wrote songs for Faith Hill, Blake Shelton, Halfway to Hazard and others.

“Didn’t  I,” performed by Montgomery Gentry, was included on the soundtrack of We Were Soldiers, a 2002 film about the Vietnam War starring Mel Gibson.

Smith’s awards include “Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year” by Music Row magazine, as well as other awards from BMI, ASCAP and NSAI.

The mural features Smith playing his guitar against a backdrop of the historic O&W Railroad Bridge over the Big South Fork River near Oneida. It is part of the town’s efforts to revitalize South Main Street, which is where the public library is located.

“I don’t even know what to say. I am beyond honored and humbled,” Smith said of the mural. “I can’t even find the words to express how surprised and honored I am.”

Local businesses provided donations to help match grant funding, including First National Bank and United Cumberland Bank.

Meeting Agenda: February 2024


The Town of Oneida Mayor and Board of Aldermen will meet Thursday, February 15, 2024, at 6 p.m. Here is the agenda for the meeting. The public is invited to attend. The meeting will be held in the courtroom of the Oneida Municipal Services Building.

Town upgrades payment system


The Town of Oneida has upgraded its computer system and will be able to accept credit and debit card payments for taxes, park rentals and other payments.

The administrative offices of the town will be closed Friday, March 1, and Monday, March 4, as the system is upgraded and staff is trained on the new system.

Splash pad opens for summer months


The Oneida City Park Splashpad is open for the summer!

The splash pad, which debuted in 2016 at the site of the park’s former swimming pool, opened Memorial Day weekend and will remain open through Labor Day weekend. The splash pad is open daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., during the park’s normal hours.

Admission is free.

The splash pad is available for all ages.