It is a long way from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. But if people here get their way, up to 100 detainees now held in Guantanamo will soon be living in a brand new prison on the edge of town.
It is a windowless, low-slung tan concrete hulk surrounded by a double row of high mesh fence topped with gleaming coils of razor wire.
Earlier this month, Hardin's town council voted unanimously to offer the US government a deal: Send Hardin the detainees that most foreign countries and other cities the US are afraid to take.
"We have some very hardened criminals in our own country that have committed some heinous crimes, and they are in communities all across this country," Smith argues.is an unusually desperate town.
"We're the poorest county in the state and one of the poorest counties in the nation," Smith says.
He estimates at least 100 new jobs would come from filling the prison, a real boost to this small, beleaguered community.