Waverly Utilizes Local Companies for Temporary School


On August 21, 2021, the City of Waverly, Tenn. faced a devastating flood. Now, with the help of L. I. Smith & Associates (LIS) and other companies, the students of Waverly Schools will be able to attend class in their temporary school beginning in the spring semester.

Waverly Elementary and Waverly Junior High School were destroyed in the flood. Until the new schools are built, the students will be placed at a 73,000 square-foot temporary school.

Nathan Grasfeder, a LIS Civil Engineer working on the project, said, “LIS takes pride in working with local communities. We were up to the task of delivering a quality plan in a very short period of time to help the community get back on its feet.”

The former Dan Post boot factory will be repurposed and fitted with classrooms and a cafeteria. At one end of the building, a new gymnasium will be built, and the other side will have a playground and parking lot for staff and visitors. The school district chose to utilize this site because it sits up on a hill and would be safe from any future flooding events in the area.

LIS met on site with Meridian Architecture, the prime contractor on the project, in January of 2022. The companies also coordinated with the Director of Schools, Richard Rye, to ensure that their vision would ultimately be constructed.

Rye stated, “LIS has been very accommodating in helping us with our temporary school and understands our small-town needs and timelines…. I like local companies and supporting the economy around us.”

The surveying and designing portion of the project took five weeks to complete. Now that the site plan has been finalized, LIS is continuing its involvement by performing civil engineering oversight and construction layout.

Grasfeder said, “The construction is ongoing, the goal is to have the facility open in time for the spring semester classes.”

The temporary school was previously set to open for the fall 2022 semester, however, due to numerous roadblocks including supply chain issues and scheduling conflicts, the school is not projected to open until spring 2023.

Larry Smith Retires from Tennessee State Guard

Larry Smith Retires from tennessee state guard After 18 Years of Continuous Service

24-year veteran, Larry Smith, has announced his retirement from the Tennessee State Guard, effective January 31, 2022. At the time of his retirement, Smith served as the Regimental Commander for the First Tennessee Regiment located in Henderson, Tenn. He held this position for the last three years.

Smith led a highly decorated career, having received numerous awards and decorations throughout his near two decades of service. These honors include Commanding General Letter of Commendation, Meritorious Service Ribbon, Commendation Ribbon, Aid to Civil Authority with one Oak Leaf, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Task Force Volunteer, Community Volunteer Service with two silver and three Oak leaf, Recruiting Achievement Ribbon, to name a few.

“I would never have realized that my time in the State Guard would have had such a rewarding and fulfilling experience in my life,” Smith said. “Obtaining the grade of Colonel and becoming a Regimental Commander has been a reward for me that is hard to put in words. The overall experience definitely fulfilled the greatest aspiration of my life.”

During his extensive military career, Smith paved the way for the implementation of numerous initiatives that benefited both his fellow guardsmen and the community.

In wake of the flood that devastated Waverly and Humphreys County in August of 2021, Smith served as the Ground Commander for the First Tennessee Regiment as they were deployed to assist victims in the flood’s aftermath. Smith assumed responsibility for the overall supervision of the state guard soldiers on the ground in Humphreys County. 

Another such initiative was the development of the Military Funeral Honor Detail for the First Tennessee Regiment. This detail has the duty of performing “Taps” and presenting the American flag to the deceased’s nearest relative. Due to a lack of training, there was a shortage of soldiers helping with the detail. Smith, along with a local Corporal, begin training with the National Guard to fill this void. The program evolved over time and as of the end of 2021, there were 18 soldiers qualified with 40 hours of training and current uniforms, all of whom assist with upwards of 30 funerals per month.

In 2005 Smith, then a Lieutenant, assisted with the refugees in the wake of Hurricane Katrina at the Milan National Guard Training Center.

Smith’s son and current president of L.I. Smith & Associates (LIS), Patrick Smith stated, “We are extremely proud of the service and leadership that Larry has given to the Tennessee State Guard. Through his leadership at LIS, we have promoted the hiring of veterans and active service members in all phases of the company.”

Larry Smith is the founder and Vice President of L.I. Smith & Associates, a civil engineering and surveying company headquartered in Paris, Tenn. He holds more than 45 years of industry experience, having started the company and earning his first professional licensure in 1975. He is a well-established civil engineer and land surveyor, holding Registered Land Surveyor licensures in seven states and Professional Engineer licensures in six states. Smith credits his immense career in the engineering and surveying industries as a key component to his military success.

“My experience as an engineer and managing an engineer and surveying company helped to prepare me to lead soldiers. Leadership in the private sector has many of the same attributes as leadership in the military,” stated Smith.

Smith is a member of several professional and military organizations including the National Guard Association, State Guard Association, American Legion, Veteran of Foreign Wars, Society of the American Military Engineers, Tennessee Association of Professional Surveyors, and the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers.

LIS Monthly Staff Photo Competition – May 2022

Staff Photo Competition - May 2022

 The L.I. Smith & Associates (LIS) Staff Photo Competition is a unique opportunity for staff members to share the interesting, behind the scenes aspects of their roles, while also getting creative! Our workforce is comprised of professional surveyors, field crews, professional engineers, and administrative personnel. Our field personnel travel throughout the Central and Southeast regions of the country, while our office staff commute to three separate office locations. Each staff member’s role is different. No two workdays are alike. 

In order to showcase the unique experiences of our staff, we challenged them to submit images that reflect their day in the workplace- wherever that may be. 

Each month, one photo is chosen as the winner. Additional photo(s) are also highlighted as honorable mentions. A grand prize winner will be selected at the end of the year. This month’s winning image and honorable mentions are featured below along with submission descriptions and the photographer’s name. Congratulations to all of our staff members for their incredible, creative images.

Winner: John snow

John Snow was standing behind the terminal parking locations at the Nashville International Airport in February of 2021. He was marking locations for the drilling spots to erect steel for the new construction. The crane behind Snow was being assembled for steel erectors. 

John is a Party Chief for LIS at the Paris office. He has been working at LIS for 27 years. 

Honorable Mention: Austin (aj) Maxwell

At the University of Tennessee at Martin ROTC Battalion’s Spring 2022 Commission Ceremony, Austin (AJ) Maxwell, took his oath as a commissioned officer and became a 2nd Lieutenant (2LT) for the Tennessee Army National Guard. The portion of the ceremony pictured above is called the First Salute. It is a courtesy and tradition of lower enlisted and noncommissioned officers to salute those of higher ranking. Tyler LaPointe, a LIS Survey Technician, is shown saluting AJ for the first time.

AJ (left) has been working at LIS for six years, currently in the role of a Survey Technician. Tyler (right) has been a member of the LIS team for three years.

Honorable Mention: Mason peale

Mason Peale conducted a 50-acre ALTA Survey on the grounds surrounding the Coca-Cola plant located in Truesdale, Mo. last June. The field work was conducted in three days by using drone, robotic, and GPS equipment. There were 22 property corner monuments found on this job.

Peale is a Professional Land Surveyor (PLS) and he has been working at L.I. Smith & Associates for almost six years. He is located at the Paris office.

UT Martin Students Join LIS as Summer Interns


Students Interns Nikolas Heath and Martha Jane (MJ) Hooper


L.I. Smith & Associates (LIS) welcomes two students from the University of Tennessee at Martin (UTM) as interns for the summer term. The students will learn from experienced industry professionals while gaining hands-on experience in their chosen fields of study.

Professional Land Surveyor, Mason Peale (UTM ‘16) and Marketing Coordinator Ashley Horn (UTM ’16, ’18) will serve as staff mentors in the internship program.

“We are proud to have the opportunity to offer paid summer internships at our Paris office. Our summer interns are current students at UT Martin and have impressive resumes,” stated Marketing Coordinator Ashley Horn. “With several UTM alumni on staff, we are eager to, both, provide a learning opportunity for students and to discover the unique skillset each student will bring to our team.”

Students were hired for two positions, the Land Surveying Intern and Marketing and Communications Intern, both of whom will work from the LIS headquarters in Paris, Tenn.

UTM Sophomore Nikolas Heath was selected as the Land Surveying Intern. Heath is a McKenzie, Tenn. native, majoring in agriculture with an emphasis in engineering technology. In his role, Heath will spend most of his time working on survey crews to become more familiar with survey equipment, data collection procedures, and various types of survey projects. He will also gain experience in AutoCAD drafting.

Mass Media and Strategic Communication student, Martha Jane (MJ) Hooper, will take on the role of Marketing and Communications Intern. Hooper is a rising junior and an active member of Zeta Tau Alpha (ZTA) and the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). As the Marketing and Communications Intern, she will work to enhance the LIS brand through the development of innovative concepts and design.

 “The Department of Mass Media and Strategic Communication is delighted to partner with L.I. Smith to provide this internship opportunity. We have always prided ourselves in preparing our majors for the types of professional positions they will be assuming, and I am especially excited about the broad range of PR and marketing projects our student will be completing this summer with LIS,” stated UTM Professor and Internship Coordinator for the Department of Mass Media and Strategic Communication, Jerald Ogg Jr., J.D., Ph.D. on behalf of intern MJ Hooper.

The LIS student internship program was launched in the fall of 2021, with this year’s group of interns spearheading the program. The internships are geared specifically towards students studying in civil engineering, surveying, communications, or marketing fields, allowing students to grow their talents in their chosen majors. The internships are paid positions, but also provide the option for students to receive college credit upon completion.

For more information about the LIS internship program, contact Ashley Horn at ahorn@lismith.com.

Professional Land Surveyor (RLS)

Professional Land Surveyor (RLS)

L.I. Smith & Associates, Inc. (LIS) is seeking a motivated, experienced Professional Land Surveyor to join our Nashville office.

The Professional Land Surveyor will work closely with crew chiefs and their teams on a wide variety of projects. This position requires proficiency with the use of Carlson Survey software. Responsibilities include preparing accurate drawings, maps, charts, and other survey deliverables on schedule with minimal supervision.

The ideal candidate will have a basic understanding of related civil engineering work.

We are offering a $2,000 signing bonus.


  • Coordinate, direct, and assist in leading team members in the completion of Boundary and Topographical Surveys, Route Surveys, ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys, Utility Surveys, and Constructional layout for public and private entities
  • Draft, design, and layout surveys in Carlson Survey software
  • Read and interpret deeds, plats, plans, and specifications
  • Perform record research including legal records, survey records, and land titles
  • Review and approve all survey field data and drawings to ensure they meet the state-specific minimum technical standards
  • Assist Survey Manager in developing and growing client base
  • Meet project schedule requirements and deadlines
  • Coordinate with clients and workforce to resolve project challenges and conflicts


  • License: Tennessee Professional Land Surveyor (RLS)
  • Working knowledge of Carlson Survey software applications
  • Skilled in the use of surveying instruments and software including Trimble Robotic and GNSS equipment
  • 2- 3 years of experience as LSIT
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and have a good driving record
  • Critical thinking skills with strong attention to detail, the ability to prioritize and plan ahead
  • Must be physically able to work outdoors in all terrain and weather conditions/lift a minimum of 50 lbs.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field
  • 8-10 years of professional surveying experience

To apply, email your contact information and resume to careers@lismith.com. Be sure to include the job title you’re applying for in the email subject line.

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