Sims family reunion

Posted by | June 30, 2015 3:38 pm

There will be a Sims family reunion, on July 4, at the home of Mildred Sims Geer. Potluck lunch a noon. Friends and family are invited.

Christopher Louis Battaglia

Posted by | June 30, 2015 2:21 pm

On June 27, 2015, at Highlands Medical Center, in Sparta, Christopher Louis Battaglia, 61, of Sparta, went home to his Lord and Saviour after a long illness.

Mr. Battaglia was born Oct. 27, 1953, in New Orleans, Louisiana, to Salvador Battaglia and Sammie Battaglia.

He met his beloved wife, Gwen Hartman Battaglia, in New Orleans, and was joined in marriage, on June 23, 1996. He was full of pride as he raised his two loving boys. He was a facilitator and board member of Clean Heart Christian Ministries, taking part in 357 meetings. He was a friend to many, and all will miss his contagious smile.

He was preceded in death by his father, Salvador Battaglia, and his mother, Sammie Battaglia.… Read More

James Dale Billings

Posted by | June 30, 2015 2:10 pm

James Dale Billings, 70, of Doyle, passed away June 29, 2015, at his residence.

Mr. Billings was born April 20, 1945, in Whitehead, North Carolina, the son of Lon Billings and Margie Halsey Billings.

He was preceded in death by his parents and several sisters and brothers.

Survivors include two brothers, Jerry Billings and wife Betty, of Doyle Larry Billings and wife Wendy, of Maryland; sister, Evelyn Wagoner, of Maryland; son, Donald Billings, of Sparta, North Carolina; daughter, Tonya Jones, of Haverde Grace, Maryland; and many nieces and nephews.

No arrangements were provided.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

One transported in Wheat’s Curve crash

Posted by | June 30, 2015 1:23 pm

Photo by Pamela Claytor

Emergency workers transported one individual up a steep ravine into an ambulance to be transported for medical treatment for injuries suffered in the crash.

Emergency workers respond to Wheat’s Curve crash

Posted by | June 30, 2015 1:15 pm

Photo by Pamela Claytor

Tennessee Highway Patrol, White County Sheriff Department, White County Emergency Medical Services, Sparta-White County Rescue Squad, Mt. Gilead Volunteer Fire Department and Hickory Valley Volunteer Fire Department responded to a traffic crash on McMinnville Highway at Wheat’s Curve, where a vehicle traveled off the roadway into a ravine. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Win a pair to tickets to Cumberland Caverns in McMinnville

Posted by | June 30, 2015 12:43 pm

Here’s your chance to win a pair of tickets to Cumberland Caverns, in McMinnville. All you have to do is email a photo of you by yourself or you with family and pals involved in an outdoor activity, such as hiking, camping, swimming, kayaking, etc. Email the photo to Label it “contest.” Include your name, phone number and city in which you live. Also provide the names of the people in the photo (if possible) and where the photo was taken. Deadline to enter is noon, Tuesday, July 7. You must also visit and search for “Bluegrass Underground” and list in the email at least two of the featured groups/artists who are scheduled to perform in the next few weeks.… Read More

TBI Top Ten fugitive from Warren County captured in Florida

Posted by | June 30, 2015 12:39 pm

A fugitive on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Top Ten Most Wanted list, Bryan James Cooke, was captured Tuesday morning in Jacksonville, Florida, a day after being added to the list.

Early this morning, Cooke was arrested at a hotel in Jacksonville by officers with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. A Jeep that had been stolen from the residence of Gail and Gary Dodson, in McMinnville, was recovered in the parking lot of a nearby Jacksonville business.

Bryan Cooke was placed on the TBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted list on June 29. He was wanted by the Warren County Sheriff’s Department and TBI on two counts of Criminal Homicide. Earlier the same day, Gail and Gary Dodson were found deceased in their home in Warren County.… Read More

Celebrate a safe Independence Day on TVA’s public lands and water

Posted by | June 30, 2015 12:08 pm

On Independence Day:

Share photos with TVA during our summer photo contest. Just tag the photo with #TVAsummer and post it to your personal Twitter or Instagram account, or upload the photo directly to TVA’s Facebook page.  For complete contest rules and information, visit


Taylor’s Providence Free Will Baptist Church

Posted by | June 30, 2015 10:15 am

Taylor’s Providence Free Will Baptist Church will have a homecoming and decoration, on Sunday, July 12. Bro. Philip Luna will preach the morning message. Also, a revival begins on Monday, July 14, with Bro. Clayton Lee as the evangelist. Services begin at 7 p.m., each night, with pre-prayer service at 6:45 p.m. Special singing each night. Bro. Seth Price, pastor, invites everyone to attend.

Mary Etta Yates

Posted by | June 30, 2015 10:03 am

Mary Etta Yates was called home to her Lord and Savior June 28, 2015.

She was born to Lawrence and Lillie Mae Fletcher, on Feb. 19, 1935, in Sparta.

Mrs. Yates was raised in the mountains of White County, Tennessee, until her teenage years, when her family moved to Charleston, South Carolina. There in Charleston, in 1952, at a five and dime store, she met her Marine and husband, Robert Augusta Yates Jr. He brought her back to Texas with him where they began their life together.

She was an exceptional wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend to so many. She gave selflessly of herself to her family, and she dedicated most of her life to helping the people of Walker County working at Huntsville Memorial Hospital for over 25 years.… Read More

County mowing along roadways

Posted by | June 30, 2015 9:35 am

Photo by Pamela Claytor

Mowing is taking place on some county roads this morning. Drivers should exercise caution when approaching the mowers.

Doyle July 4 firework show

Posted by | June 30, 2015 8:44 am

On July 4, Doyle will be holding their annual fireworks show at the Doyle Community Center. The show will begin at dark. If rain prevents the show from taking place, the fireworks show will take place the next night.

Dortha Teeple Advocacy Award presented on June 26

Posted by | June 30, 2015 6:49 am

Fentress County volunteer, Carolyn Aronson, receives the Dortha Teeple Advocacy Award, from AAAD staff. L-R: LaNelle Godsey, Carolyn Aronson, Kelly Clarkson and Loni Holloway Hitchcock

On June 26, Upper Cumberland Area Agency on Aging and Disability recognized volunteers who serve with the State Health Insurance Assistance Program /Senior Medicare Patrol, Guardianship and Ombudsman programs.

Each year the SHIP/SMP programs present the Dortha Teeple Advocacy Award to a volunteer that goes above and beyond. For 2015, the award was presented to Carolyn Aronson, who volunteers in Fentress County. Teeple, who had lived in White County, was a previous SHIP/SMP volunteer who began advocating for seniors and affordable medication when she was 72 years old.

For more information contact the AAAD at (931) 432-4111.

Warren County man added to TBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted list

Posted by | June 30, 2015 6:41 am

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has a new addition to the state’s Top Ten Most Wanted list, Bryan James Cooke, of McMinnville.

Bryan Cooke is wanted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Warren County Sheriff Department. On June 29, Gail and Gary Dodson were found deceased in their residence, in Warren County. They were discovered after employees at their restaurant were concerned when they did not show up for work. Cooke is wanted on two counts of Criminal Homicide in connection with their deaths.

Cooke, 39, is a white male with brown eyes and brown hair. He is 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 220 pounds. He should be considered armed and dangerous.… Read More

Both Sparta All Star teams pick up Monday wins

Posted by | June 29, 2015 9:53 pm

Both of Sparta’s Little League All Star teams picked up wins on Monday in area tournament play.

The 9/10-year old team bounced back from their opening night loss to defeat host team, Smith County, 12-2 in a mercy-rule game.

The 7/8-year old team pulled off another thriller edging Smith County 6-5 to improve to 2-0 in area tournament play.

That win by the younger team sets up a Tuesday night match-up against Lebanon for the top spot from the area tournament.  Both Lebanon and Sparta will advance onto the district, which is scheduled to start Thursday in Carthage.  Tuesday’s game is set for a 6 p.m. start at the ball fields located on the Smithville Highway.… Read More

Betty Ruth Anderson Hall

Posted by | June 29, 2015 3:16 pm

Betty Ruth Anderson Hall, 66, a McMinnville resident and White County native, passed away June 28, 2015, at River Park Hospital, in McMinnville, following a lingering illness.

Mrs. Hall was born Dec. 14, 1948, the daughter of Kelly Ted and Arzella Turrington Anderson.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Spirit of Life and Hope Church.

She was married April 20, 1992, to Bill Hall, of McMinnville.

Mrs. Hall was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, James Ray Manus, and her stepfather, Stanton Manus.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two    daughters and son-in-law, Zella Ray Dunn Turner and Jeffery Steven, of Rock Island, Brittany June Hall, of McMinnville; two grandchildren, Amelia and Christian Syudam, both of McMinnville; three sisters and brother-in-law, Margaret and Earl Hassell, of Mooresville, Indiana, Martha Conley, Carolyn Ashburn, both of McMinnville; aunt, Ruby Toparis, of Cleveland, Ohio; many cousins, nieces and nephews; and two special pets, Rascal and Lil Faith.… Read More

EMS employee helps deliver fawn back to its mother

Posted by | June 29, 2015 2:32 pm

This picture was taken at White County Ambulance Service. Jon-Erik McCurry was on duty. This baby deer had made its way inside the chain link fence and kept ramming the fence trying to escape back to its mother (who was watching from the woods.) Jon-Erik (afraid it was going to injure itself, was able to catch the fawn and carry it back to the woods so it could be reunited with its mom. He has delivered babies, helped in the delivery during the ice storm, saved lives, and now he is saving baby animals.

Mary Christine Simpson Cummings

Posted by | June 29, 2015 2:13 pm

Mary Christine Simpson Cummings, 69 of Sparta, passed away June 27, 2015.

Ms. Cummings was born Aug. 14, 1945, in White County, to Richard Simpson and Lillie Mae Marshall Simpson.

She worked many years at NHC Healthcare of Sparta in the dietary department. She was a beloved mother and grandmother and a good-hearted woman to all who knew her.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Harold Simpson; sister, Zettie Lou Gardner; and father of her children, George A. Gardenhire.

She is survived by her children, Doris (Kirk) Young, Mary Davis (Leonardo White), Elizabeth Gardenhire, all of Sparta, Vera (Charles) Darvin, of Manchester, Shawn Gardenhire, of Cookeville; grandchildren, B.A.… Read More

Adult Education location has changed, State to pay for diplomas

Posted by | June 29, 2015 2:09 pm

Adult Education haschanged locations from the American Legion Building to UCHRA office building. The State will pay for all high school equivalency diplomas beginning July 1. To register, visit the UCHRA building, located at 826 Valley View Drive each Tuesday at 9am for registration and assessment testing.

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